Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Dec. 1st through Dec. 7th

Welcome to The Moose Pond! The Welcomings posts give the Moose, old and new, a place to visit and share words about the weather, life, the world at large and the small parts of Moosylvania that we each inhabit.

Welcomings will be posted at the start of each week (usually Saturday night with a Sunday date). To find the posts, just bookmark this link and Voila! (which is Moose for “I found everyone!!”).

The format is simple: each day, the first moose to arrive on-line will post a comment welcoming the new day and complaining (or bragging!) about their weather. Or mentioning an interesting or thought provoking news item. Or simply checking in.

So … what’s going on in your part of Moosylvania?

NOTE: The comments page will now split off after 20 or so left margin comments with the most recent comments on the current page. To see the older comments, scroll to the bottom of the page and use the link.


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  75 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Dec. 1st through Dec. 7th

  1. JanF
    November 30, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Good “morning”, Motley Meese! The week begins …

    Morning low of 34 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 36. Light flurries expected throughout the day.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. JanF
    December 1, 2019 at 7:02 am


  3. Denise Velez
    December 1, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Dec 1 Sunday Meese – Not snowing yet here in the Catskills – 20 degrees and sky is very gray.

    It’s World AIDS Day.

    • anotherdemocrat
      December 1, 2019 at 9:06 am

      I’ve got to register for the Ride – registration opens today; and should probably throw together a “I registered” diary….. after I have some caffeine.

  4. anotherdemocrat
    December 1, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Yesterday was gorgeous & warm — I got in a little over a mile walking. Cooler today but still sunny. Today: get ready for a full 5-day work week. And get in my mile, got to make day 10. Right now though, I’m chilled out, eating breakfast & watching the MSNBC morning show.

  5. December 1, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Good gray Sunday morning, Moosekind! As Dee says, it’s very gray over the Mid-Atlantic. It rained a little during the night, and looks as if it would like to rain considerably more. That’s fine, we’re not going anywhere. Currently we have 39 F., going up to 47 F.

    Dearly Beloved is eating his cooked Sunday breakfast. I urged him to take a photo of it, it looked so nice. I myself can’t eat that sort of thing, so I’ll have waffles, jam, and blackberries.

    At some point before darkness falls we’ll cover up the porch furniture for the winter. I had The Night from Hell so I’ll be dragging by afternoon.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  6. princesspat
    December 1, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Good morning, 33 and mostly cloudy in Bellingham. Ready or not Christmas is coming, so today I’ll put away the blue Spode dishes and bring the Christmas Spode out so we can enjoy using it for the month of December. I usually try to get the Christmas tree this weekend, but we’re still recovering from our busy T Day so we’ll wait a few days.

    Best wishes to all.

  7. bfitzinAR
    December 1, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Welp, new month. Last of 2019. We finished out November with 165.75 KWHs and are starting over for December. The goal is 200 KWHs (or better of course) which we actually did in 2015 so I know it’s possible. Not likely of course but possible. As with so many things going on right now – a good possible that isn’t likely. But unlike with the electricity generation which depends on the sun, many of those good possibilities can actually become real with enough work. So we shall see what we shall see. Today’s clouds aren’t helping any for the electricity generation. I hope the various end-of-month fundraisers were good enough for the rest.

    Picked up my son so he could use my car to get to the Sikh Temple – riding a motorcycle with a turban on is not a good idea on many counts – and finished my normal Sunday chores. Also my beginning of the month donations and bills. Taking a break – I actually have the coffee as well as a cat (Charlie) on my lap – before I deal with the end of November energy use etc. recording and start on my holiday cards. So I’ll do some internet stuff and then get back to it. Everybody I worry about is alright right now and that will have to do for right now. Invoking/Channeling Healing/Helping Energy to everyone who needs and accepts it, to their shaping. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  8. JanF
    December 2, 2019 at 4:32 am

    Good morning, meese! Monday …

    It is 28 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 34. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I only have time for a quick check-in – I procrastinated over the long weekend and have a project that needs to get done before the sun comes up.

    The holiday news dump by the Trump Administration included cutting food stamps – literally starving the poors – and repealing nursing home regulations because who cares if a few seniors die miserable deaths at the hands of Republican donors!? We need to figure out how to multi-task because the 2020 primary is sucking up all the oxygen in the room while the vulnerable are under attack. We have more than a year of a Republican-run government and we need to turn some of our energy towards keeping people alive until we can fix this.

    See all y’all later!

  9. Denise Velez
    December 2, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Monday Meese
    Still snowing here in the NY Catskills, have no idea how much we will see.

    Puerto Rico

  10. Denise Velez
    December 2, 2019 at 8:07 am

    From DigitusImpudicus


  11. anotherdemocrat
    December 2, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Got my mile in, though it is cold — I know 43 would be a heat wave to you guys but Saturday it was in the 80s. I’m going to walk after work also, to see how fast it gets too dark, and how bad the traffic is. Might switch to after-work walking. Preparing for the first full week of work since…..maybe October? Hmmm. And there are more hearings this week. I hope Nadler can do as good a job as Schiff did.

  12. bfitzinAR
    December 2, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Well, it’s 28-feels-like-16 and sunny at the moment in Fay., AR. I like sunny. We’ve started the month with 6.3 KWHs. We’ll have to average a bit better than that to reach 200 for the month but it’s not a bad start. Winding the year down. Only a few weeks before the solstice and we start gaining again. So many changes coming this month and over the next year. We will hope/pray/invoke/Channel that they be good ones. Or at least better ones. Ones that we can work with and make things better for those in the most need while we make things better for our country and the world.

    I’ve got some stuff I need to do right now but will check back later. Hold the Good Thought for Fineena – she’s got cataract surgery today. Invoking/Channeling Healing/Helping Energy for everyone who needs and accepts it, to their shaping. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  13. December 2, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Good Moon Day morning, Moosekind! No moon, sun, or any other celestial body can be seen through the heavy gray cloud layer this morning. The current temperature in Ashburn is 44 F., going up to a whopping 45 F. later. H’mm. I know it’s windy, because I took the laundry hamper liner to the courtyard to shake it out.

    Took a nighttime cold pill last night, with the result that I slept until 7 a.m.! How heavenly. It’s amazing what getting 7 hours’ sleep will do for a person. Have already done some things this morning, it is only to finish dressing.

    Still bored by and upset with the misogynoir that Bloomie and the MSM are directing at Kamala. The only way I know to counter it is to push back fiercely. How I wish I didn’t despise making phone calls so much! Canvassing isn’t so bad if one does it with company. Half the people don’t answer the door anyway because they’re either gone from the house or passed out drunk in the parlor.

    Never mind, I’ll think of something. The #KHive over at Orange are planning a “money bomb” for Kamala before the debate. Will do my best to promote that.

    Hoping to go to the Current Affairs discussion this afternoon and then visit the gym. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  14. princesspat
    December 2, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Good morning, 36 and foggy in Bellingham. I’m hoping to bring Christmas to the porches today, but my knees are not happy this morning so I’m hoping ice packs will help me get moving. I miss the days when I could walk the alley and clip branches for winter arrangements. The holly tree is calling to me!

    A sobering read from Danny Westneat……

    “I’m not in favor of everyone going to college for free, or getting health care for free,” one farmer said. “Someone has to pay the bill.”

    With cognitive dissonance like that, it’s probably true Trump could shoot somebody on Fifth Avenue and not lose any votes. Here he’s dropped a bomb on farmers — and by extension, made a multibillion-dollar hit squarely on our trade-dependent state. Yet even the main casualties aren’t budging an inch.

    Like I said: Nothing matters. Nothing manages to bust through the fog of polarization. That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it, at least until something comes along that causes this strange fever to break.

    Nature therapy needed to help me through another day in upside down tRump world! Best wishes to all.

    • JanF
      December 2, 2019 at 4:18 pm

      The “free college” argument is really insane – college should be free in an economy where a high school degree is just not going to cut it. An article in our paper last week said that student loan debt is $1.6 trillion dollars. That is not only a crushing burden but is tying up money that could be used to fuel the engine of our economy. We are a stupid people, thinking that someone’s gain is necessarily someone else’s loss.

  15. JanF
    December 3, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 28 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 37. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    It was nice to see that Beto O’Rourke is going to start working for state Democrats, helping to flip the Texas legislature. I hope he is collecting political chits to make a run at Abbott in 2022.

    We are getting a bunch of Bloomberg and Steyer ads here – what a gawdawful waste of money! Those guys should be pumping money into organizations working to flip some state legislatures or filing lawsuits to protect the vote. They are making the case for taxing the hell out of the wealthy if they don’t mind literally pissing away millions on vanity campaigns.

    I am going to go news lite this morning as I have a project to finish that did not get done over the long holiday weekend. I did see that House Democrats are thinking about including some other transgressions besides the Ukraine extortion in the Articles of Impeachment. I certainly hope so! It is foolish to have all the eggs in one basket plus it ignores the obstruction of justice laid out in the Mueller Report. If we say “don’t bribe foreign countries but go ahead and use the power of the presidency to obstruct investigations” we are stupid. The most important thing to get across to future presidents is that you will not be allowed to ignore the rule of law. I hope to have some time to watch part of the Judiciary Committee hearing tomorrow when they will be speaking to a panel of respected law professors and Jonathan Turley – a NOT RESPECTED right-wing tool.

    See all y’all later!

  16. Denise Velez
    December 3, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Good Tuesday Meese from winter wonderland – all I see is snow

    • JanF
      December 3, 2019 at 8:59 am

      There must be a lot of people tracking insults to tRump – you picked up a few deadenders in that “How Many Days” tweet.

  17. Denise Velez
    December 3, 2019 at 7:29 am


    • December 3, 2019 at 8:57 am

      Wow, Denise! Hope you and Hubby and dogs are staying in today! Snow is pretty when you don’t have to go out in it.

  18. Denise Velez
    December 3, 2019 at 7:43 am


    • JanF
      December 3, 2019 at 9:02 am

      Excellent Onion article mocking Mayo Pete’s “realization” that his own city is under a bussing order to address segregation in the schools (last week’s “Moment of White Cluelessness”).
      ” ‘I’ve only just realized that [black people] are a constituency. I honestly had no idea. But going forward, my message to black Americans is that I want your vote now that I know that you have one.’ Buttigieg added that in order to avoid alienating potential supporters, he would be open to not letting black people vote. ”

  19. anotherdemocrat
    December 3, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Good morning! I got in my mile walking this morning, and I wrote a post for the AIDS Ride. There’s one here & an orange one.

  20. December 3, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Good Tiu’s Day morning, Meese. It’s 39 F. here in Ashburn, going up to 46 F. There’s a nasty wind outside, which I hate, but it’s supposed to die down in the afternoon. The sky is partly blue, but there is enough cloud cover that the light looks grayish.

    Had the Night from Hell last night—couldn’t get to sleep until 3 a.m., woke up at 7, now getting ready to drive to Greenspring to spend the day with my friend. Haven’t been there since September. I’m thinking the weather is going to get worse this month, which will mean no driving 60 miles round trip for a while.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

    • JanF
      December 3, 2019 at 9:09 am

      What is going on with your sleep patterns?! Is it the change in weather? There is nothing worse than starting a new day sleep deprived – and knowing you can’t just take a nap when it finally arrives. :(

    • bfitzinAR
      December 3, 2019 at 10:22 am

      {{{Diana}}} – hope you have a good visit. And then a good night’s sleep tonight. I don’t know what meds you’re on, of course, but have you checked side effects? I know some of them, especially in combination, do mess with your sleep. Healing Energy & moar {{{HUGS}}}


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