Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Feb. 16th through Feb. 22nd

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?

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  62 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Feb. 16th through Feb. 22nd

  1. JanF
    February 16, 2020 at 4:26 am

    Good morning, Motley Meese! The week begins …

    Morning low of 21 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 28. Partly cloudy skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Denise Velez
    February 16, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Sunday Meese
    A toasty 29 (lol) here in the NY Catskills, going up to 46.

    This Bernie supporter crap is really pissing me off

    Puerto Rico

    Sunday sermon this morning for Black History month will be on Haitian-Americans

  3. Denise Velez
    February 16, 2020 at 9:13 am

    Sunday Sermon

  4. anotherdemocrat
    February 16, 2020 at 9:36 am

    Eating breakfast & watching Ai Velshi on MSNBC. Yesterday went really well — exhausting but I got no negative responses. Today: have to leave early for church because of the marathon, and this afternoon I’ll cook the next stir fry. Oh, and I see that Lisa Murkowski got paid off for her vote, wonder when they’ll announce Susan Collins’ compensation. Anyway, I’m gonna enjoy my 3 day weekend.

    • bfitzinAR
      February 16, 2020 at 11:25 am

      {{{anotherdemocrat}}} – I’m sorry I couldn’t contribute to the match last week. I’m still waiting on my tax refund to get here and get me back into a position to give again. Glad yesterday went well for you. moar {{{HUGS}}}

      • anotherdemocrat
        February 16, 2020 at 8:54 pm

        it was super short notice – I hope I’ll get more notice next time

  5. bfitzinAR
    February 16, 2020 at 10:01 am

    It’s 42 heading for upper 50s and overcast in Fay., AR – heading into another week of more cloud than sun. sigh. We did reach 10.4 KWHs and 100.4 m-t-d yesterday. But right now it’s overcast enough I need my desk lamp to see the keyboard clearly. sigh. At this rate making 192 to beat the current lowest February generation is going to take some doing. (Politics and stuff my friends are going through does not help – or rather this doesn’t help me be able to get up the personal energy to do whatever I can to about politics and the stuff my friends are going through. more sighs.)

    In another reality, where the colonizer/evil ones are isolated so they can only work their harm on each other, where Europe’s “wretched refuse” of whom my families are part found new and better lives with Natives of Turtle Island and not by killing them off/stealing their land & resources, I have a nice “tiny” house of about 450 sq ft. Just enough roof for my solar panels. Removable ceiling to conserve heat in the winter and let it flow out the just-under-the-ridge-line windows in summer. Biogas wall heater, hot water heater, cook stove. Small woodstove in the corner furthest from the wall heater. A screened porch in front that doubles as a greenhouse. A screened patio in the back that doubles as “outside” for the cats. & decent internet connections. That’s not everybody’s dream of riches/heaven but it’s mine.

    Goofball cat Murf, currently on my lap, didn’t eat his 2 TBSP mashed/diluted salmon this morning but I caught him finishing off my oatmeal (has butter and a little maple syrup in it) when I got back from the room. Goofball cat. I’ve gotten half my Sunday chores done. (Of course the floors are in the half I haven’t done. Why do you ask? LOL) Taking an internet break. And need more coffee. Healing/Helping Energy to everybody. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  6. princesspat
    February 16, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Good morning, 41 and partly sunny in Bellingham. Our sons are cooking a February birthday dinner for RonK and me tonight, helping us ease into our advancing years :) Son#1 will be here soon to help me bake a gluten free version of a chocolate fudge pecan cake that we have enjoyed years. I think the Cup4Cup flour will just substitute for the cake flour the recipe calls for, and this time I will remember that the bakers chocolate bars have changed. One square used to be an ounce of chocolate, but now a square is 1/2 oz, and it confuses me.

    The Grandma Rose cookbooks have been a staple for me, and I treasure the page with this recipe and her hand written correction. I should write the chocolate correction on the page as well. This review, written by James Beard in 1978 is fun to read. We loved going to her deli when we lived in Portland, oh so many years ago.

    Best wishes to all on this slightly less grey day.

  7. Denise Velez
    February 17, 2020 at 5:55 am

    Monday Meese

    26 going up to 43 here in the NY Catskills. Snow tomorrow.

    Puerto Rico

  8. JanF
    February 17, 2020 at 6:20 am

    Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 27 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 32. The forecast calls for a storm that will dump about 4-6 inches of snow over the region.

    The comment by Bernie Sanders that “all the campaigns need to check their rhetoric” after his campaign staff and supporters were specifically admonished for their assholery, stomped on my last nerve. No, you can’t control the actions of everyone who supports you but the fact that a lot of your supporters are terrible people is a sign that your campaign attracts terrible people and maybe you should look at your own rhetoric. That a “movement” which claims to be about universal healthcare is issuing death threats to those who disagree with them is like the “pro-life” movement advocating for the murder of abortion clinic workers. The New York Times stomped on my second to the last nerve with their article that the other Democrats in the race are “nervous” about Sanders’ unstoppable momentum. Unmitigated bullcrap:

    The flurry of attacks against Mr. Sanders in Nevada illustrates his growing strength — and the urgency his Democratic rivals feel about the need to stop him from winning the most votes in a third consecutive contest next Saturday. If no Democrat slows Mr. Sanders in the caucuses here, he will gather what may be unstoppable momentum heading into next month’s Super Tuesday states.

    JHC, people, he basically had a tie in the first two nominating contests, one of which is next door to his home state where he is god. He is actually performing worse than he should be – there is no momentum there.

    Busy day here as I try to tie up some loose ends to clear the decks for the trip that I could not take last week.

    See all y’all later!

  9. February 17, 2020 at 7:06 am

    Good Moon Day morning, Moosekind! Not sure what kind of day it’s going to be here, it’s too early to tell. The weather widget says “sunny to partly cloudy,” with a high of 53 F. Right now it’s a very chilly 33 F. in Ashburn.

    Never made it here yesterday because we rose early to get ready to take Miss Pink Cheeks and Mr. Kindergartener out to breakfast. Their absence of a couple of hours was probably a boon to Younger Son and DIL, who were preparing for Miss PC’s birthday party. She was 11 yesterday. I can hardly believe it! Anyway, after we took them home we gave Miss PC her presents, a Barnes & Noble gift card among them. She carries a book with her wherever she goes, even out to breakfast. We gave Mr. K. a couple of small presents as well to avoid hurt feelings. He doesn’t seem to receive many presents.

    Once home, we simply collapsed with the newspapers and napped. I don’t know why but I had as little energy yesterday as Jebby Bush. Just could not get up and doing! Thank Goddess for the slow cooker, quietly simmering away with the beef stew.

    Today I really hope to get a few things done. There was an article in the WaPo yesterday about the racism and sexism of Bloomberg:


    I hope it’s not going to come down to one nasty, racist, sexist billionaire battling another nasty, racist, sexist billionaire. If Bloomer ends up getting the nom, he should pick Kamala Harris as his running mate. Some say he’ll pick Hillary, which I think would be hilarious! If Bloomer and HRC won, can you just picture Thing’s face when he has to hand over the keys to the Oval Office? He’d foam at the mouth and fall down from an apoplexy.

    Princesspat, hope your birthday dinner was pleasant and tasty, and Jan, hope your business trip goes well. We didn’t get a 24-inch snowfall as we’ve sometimes had on what used to be known as Washington’s Birthday, but we’ll still enjoy the holiday. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  10. anotherdemocrat
    February 17, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Slept in, watching the news. Today I need to make tea for the week & cook a stirfry, then go volunteer for my congressional candidate. Really warm — I think today’s high may be 80. Then a cold front tomorrow, I’ve set out all long sleeves for the week because highs will be in the 50s. For Austin, that’s cold.

  11. bfitzinAR
    February 17, 2020 at 9:37 am

    It’s 53 heading for low 60s in Fay., AR. The last day of an unseasonably warm spate – rest of the week will be highs in the 40s. It’s cloudy but the sun is trying to come out. I’ve got the lamp on. sigh. At least we’re generating in 3 digit watts which gives a little promise for the day. Yesterday we generated 6.6 KWHs which brought the m-t-d to 107 and at least covered what I used for the day.

    Early voting starts tomorrow. I still haven’t decided what I’m gonna do about the top slot. Kamala’s not on the ballot. She pulled out early enough for that. Castro is because he didn’t. Along with a bunch of other people I’m not interested in voting for. I can either skip it entirely – which is what I feel like doing – “protest” vote for Castro, or vote for Joe as the best shot to stop bernie. In this corner of AR, bernie winning the primary is a real possibility. Not statewide unless the Rs fat ruck it – which is also a real possibility. What we are now dealing with is the situation of Deplorables helping get the candidate who’ll insure their guy wins and Russia helping get the election between two of their tools. I need to decide soon. I’m probably going to vote Thursday – I’ll have the car as I need to do a bank run for cash and will do my “weekend” shopping a few days early to take advantage of the Co-op’s “Senior Discount” day – but what a sucky end to a primary that started so promisingly. sigh.

    Everybody’s hanging in there. That’s about all I can say. For several of them no progress is actually losing ground – time and deadlines come apace – for most it’s running as fast as they can to stay in the same place and one or two seem to be gaining ground. I hope. Our society sux. So lots of prayers and invocations. Channeling Healing/Helping Energy to everybody. Hoping for the best. Or at least the better. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • anotherdemocrat
      February 17, 2020 at 10:02 am

      I’m back & forth between Warren & Biden. I’d be really depressed to vote for him, but it that’s what it takes to beat Sanders, I’ll do it.

      • bfitzinAR
        February 17, 2020 at 10:26 am

        I hear ya. {{{HUGS}}}

  12. princesspat
    February 17, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Good morning, 41 and mostly cloudy in Bellingham. Yesterday was fun, baking cakes and cooking dinner with our sons, calling and texting with our daughters, and just being with our grand girls and grand dogs. A nice family day, and I’m not exhausted this morning yay! It’s such a relief to feel some energy returning.

    Ron, Ava, and our sons are going to tend the family land trust plot this morning, and I’m going to tend to the plants and pots by the back entry. The deer have been munching ivy leaves but leaving the stems so those need to be clipped, leaves have accumulated on the stair, and it’s nearly time to plant some early spring flowers in the pots. The deer don’t seem to like daffodils so I’ll plant some as guards for the primroses.

    Best Monday morning wishes to all.

  13. JanF
    February 18, 2020 at 5:01 am

    Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 32 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 28. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast. The storm yesterday dumped (officially) 5.2 inches of snow, sparking early release from some school districts as the heaviest snow landed late morning and threatened to make rural roads impassable by the time school would get out. It was scheduled to have stopped by 10pm but I was not awake to note it! Lots of snow on the ground this morning, though.

    Apparently a Fox News tweet caused Democrats to “go into disarray”! Good lord, people, the reason Fox News exists is to promote the Republican Party and it is in their corporate charter that they should ratfk anything and everything small d democratic and big D Democratic. Barack Obama is not going to publicly “pick” a primary candidate. When our nominee is finally chosen, he wants to be able to come out in full-throated support for him or her – you don’t do that when you have to say, “well [certain to be disappointing candidate] was not my first choice but let’s get fired up. zzzzzzzzz.” Anyway, the end of the primary season can’t come too soon for me. When I was traveling on Sunday, I was listening to the all-news Chicago station and they had ads that were Barack Obama praising Mike Bloomberg that started out sounding like a news clip and ended with the candidate’s approval boilerplate. SUBtle!!

    I was laughing at John Bolton trying to stay relevant – too late, walrus face, your opportunity to save the republic passed and now you are just another hateful little man trying to sell a book. You will be a single sentence in the history books when they document the men and women who enabled a despot to sit in the Oval Office, unchecked.

    Project work awaits. This morning I have a hard deadline and need to get to it.

    See all y’all later!

  14. Denise Velez
    February 18, 2020 at 6:40 am

    Tuesday Meese. 30 here in Saugerties NY, with snow maybe on the way.

    I’m gonna drop a mini rant around 7:30 EST – about “black voters” “the black vote” etc.
    I’m really getting fed up.

    Puerto Rico

  15. Denise Velez
    February 18, 2020 at 7:36 am

    rant posted

    • February 18, 2020 at 8:30 am

      Will be sure to read your rant, Sis!

  16. anotherdemocrat
    February 18, 2020 at 8:02 am

    Back to work Tuesday. Urgh. Yesterday I had multiple kitchen mishaps, resulting in the loss of a whole container of just-cooked mushrooms, broken can opener I’ve had for 30 years & loss of about half the can of coconut milk I was trying to open — also cuts on my hand from trying to open that. Extra load of laundry & took out the trash because I didn’t want the mushrooms sitting in the trash in my house. But I did some volunteering for my congressional candidate., so that was good. And some time this week, I’ll buy a new can opener at a thrift shop, so whichever charity will at least benefit. So being at work today, I’m at least saved from stuff like that. And the stir fry I made is….adequate. Would have been better with mushrooms. And here’s the Coldplay song that uses the Great Dictator speech as an intro ( the song itself is happy & positive)

    • February 18, 2020 at 8:31 am

      Yikes, sounds like a catalogue of horrors, another! Hope today is lots better!

    • bfitzinAR
      February 18, 2020 at 9:24 am

      {{{anotherdemocrat}}} – I’ve had kitchen days like that. sigh. Frustrating to say the least. Glad you had some good yesterday with your volunteering. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  17. February 18, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Good gray Tiu’s Day morning, Meese! Right now it’s 43 F. in Ashburn, going up to 56 F. later. “Cloudy with showers” is the phrase of the day for our continuing “Not-Exactly-Winter.”

    Finished the income taxes, filed, and they were accepted. Yay! Now I need to get to work cleaning up my Awful. There are papers on the footstool, desk, child-sofa, office sofa, and the floor. I’m also hoping to get to the gym at long last!

    There’s an interesting closed hearing scheduled in Judge Amy Berman’s courtroom this morning re the interference in the Roger Stone case, so I’ll be keeping an eye on that.

    Interviewed the woman who honchos the Sustainability Committee here, so I need to write up those notes and get them to her for vetting. I have meetings Thursday and Friday afternoons, plus an activity Thursday morning, so it’s going to be a busy week.

    Was pleasantly surprised yesterday when Younger Son, DIL, Miss Pink Cheeks, and Mr. Kindergartener came to tea yesterday afternoon, bringing the remains of the birthday cake with them. DIL is having trouble finding a summer camp that will take 5- to 12-year-olds. There may be one across the street from us, I’m trying to find out about it now. Life is so difficult for parents of young children in the summer!

    Monty is still throwing up so we’re stopping the pain medication. We’ve also put him on a diet. I think it’s because he’s so fat that he can no longer jump onto the sofa. I want him to lose 10 pounds or more by the year’s end. Instead of dog biscuits we’re giving him cut-up baby carrots and bits of apple. We’ll see how it goes.

    Got to eat breakfast, it’s already 8:30! Wishing all at the Pond a good day.

  18. bfitzinAR
    February 18, 2020 at 9:46 am

    It’s 45-feels-like-40 and looks to stay that way all day. Cloudy – generating in 2-digit watts right now – and the wind had developed an edge. We got a hair under 4 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d is 111 which is barely over what I’ve used so far this month. Sigh. Maybe the sun will come out later today. Noon to about 4:30 is best generating time. I wish I had a tiny house (which technically in this land of “bigger is better” means anything less than 1000 sq ft – but I mean between 400 and 600 sq ft depending on whether or not I did a guest room) with radiant heat in the floors and NO vents. I’m not sure what’s worse for my sinuses – the pollen outside or all the stuff blown around by the forced-air system inside. Whatever. My sleep last night wasn’t good.

    “My folks” are keepin’ on keepin’ on – a boon here, a setback there, looming deadlines for a couple…And I keep praying for better situations. Far enough away from the cliff to relax. Engine running on its own and not needing boosts from other folks’ engines. Injuries’ healed enough so they can pick up their own loads again. However the imagery works. Politically I’m not sure whether or not we’ve gone over the edge or if we’re just so close to it the vertigo makes it feel like it. Climatically we’re over the edge and picking up speed. sigh. Prayers. Invocations. Incantations. Channeling. Whatever. Healing/Helping Energy. Murf just got up so I’m heading for coffee. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  19. princesspat
    February 18, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Good morning, 29 and partly sunny in Bellingham. It’s nice to see a bit of blue sky, but the frosty roofs are in view too. Yesterday RonK was surprised with snow flurries at the land trust site and rain showers here changed my gardening plans so I’ll see what today brings.

    Best wishes to all as our days unfold.

  20. anotherdemocrat
    February 19, 2020 at 7:56 am

    I voted yesterday! For POTUS, it was a debate between heart & head until I was literally in the voting booth. Heart won, I voted Warren. We have cold, rainy weather for the rest of the week. Huge political news in Austin: our state senator is resigning. Kirk Watson has been our senator for maybe 20 years. He’s great at working across the aisle but never betrays his progressive beliefs. Unmatched parliamentary skills — a serious skill set in Texas, he kept some awful bills at bay with them — and was instrumental in the success of Wendy Davis’ filibuster. (I don’t remember the details, but it really was a tiny rules detail that won us the day, because of Kirk.) And of course, a million people will be putting in for his seat. Good that some of the great candidates who are unsuccessful in the primary will have something else to aim for.

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