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?

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

  1. bfitzinAR
    February 19, 2020 at 9:17 am

    PSA – I’ve got an email from Diana saying she and Dee can’t log into Moose this morning. Hope it’s an easy fix.

  2. February 19, 2020 at 9:36 am

    Good Woden’s morning, Meese! It’s partly cloudy—some gray, some blue—and 40 F. right now in Ashburn, on its way up to 49 F. later. Mahvelous, dahlings!

    Whew, this morning Dee notified me that she couldn’t get into the Pond, so I notified Jan and bfitz, and now I’m in, peacefully swimming around! Thank you, thank you, much appreciated!

    Not much to say except that I didn’t like one of the headlines on the front page of the WaPo making the statement that St. Bernard of No Accomplishments is ahead by double digits. Ahead of what? Just read that 600,000 have already voted early in California: it’s to be hoped that they won’t all be voting for bernie. As bfitz says, we shall see what we shall see.

    In the meantime we’re still watching “Anne with an E” in the evenings. Yesterday during the second of the eps we watched I almost died of delight: Anne discovered that her parents were from Scotland, so she borrowed a book about that country’s history and culture. Well, she ended up leading a circle of girls, wearing flower wreaths and nightgowns, dancing around a balefire at night! Also, the UST between her and Gilbert during a barn dance rehearsal was most interesting to watch. I dote on UST, being far too old to experience it myself.

    On the other hand, the way these lily-white, God-fearing, Jesus-quoting Canadians treated the indigenous tribal members on Prince Edward Island is very depressing to watch. It’s especially depressing because 121 years later, we don’t seem to be treating Native Americans or indigenous people any better.

    If I could have three wishes granted by a genie, it would be to reverse climate change, eradicate hunger worldwide, and to completely, utterly eradicate race prejudice. And while the genie was at it, she could turn everyone’s skin a light golden brown.

    Need to start my day. Thanks again for the fix, BlogGoddess, and here’s wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

    • anotherdemocrat
      February 19, 2020 at 10:07 am

      I had to do my post without logging in, but now it let me log in.

  3. princesspat
    February 19, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Good morning, 30 and clear in Bellingham. We had a moss treatment applied to the roof yesterday and now the upstairs windows need a hard rain to wash away the streaks. This is the first of three treatments and is supposed to be safe for the plants growing around the house so I hope it works. I’ve had several estimates for removing the moss from the roof, and this was the less expensive and the most environmentally friendly so I hope I choose well.

    I’m trying to keep tRump/Bernie angst under control today, but it’s going to take a lot of primroses! As always my best wishes to all.

  4. bfitzinAR
    February 19, 2020 at 9:51 am

    OK – well Diana says it’s partly cloudy and 40 in No VA. It’s sunny here in Fay., AR and in the low 30s but heading for 50. Yesterday it did lighten up enough we got 7.6 KWHs and the m-t-d is 118.7 which is at least more than I’ve used. (Averaging – I don’t have the kind of equipment to tell me what I’ve actually used. I’m going off 10 years of pre-PV-system data that I averaged by day.) Gaining is good.

    So. Day ending in ‘y’ so I’m worried about my friends in not-so-good situations and depressed about the political and world situations. I guess I’m lucky in that unlike Cassandra nobody’s attacked or beat me up for being right all along. Of course that’s mostly because they didn’t pay any attention when I was writing letters in all directions and I never reached a large enough audience to be considered a threat. It doesn’t matter. It’s too late to matter for somethings and we’re just going to have to figure out how to survive it.

    I’m dealing with another headache. I haven’t really been outside enough for it to be the pollen. I hope. If the pollen is that virulent we’re all in trouble. So I’m betting it’s all the dust and dander stirred up by the forced-air heating system. Not sure what to do about that. This house is not designed to be heated (or cooled) any other way. It’s also not designed to be able to close off part of it so it could be. Especially in winter when water pipes are at issue. Oh well. Talk about First-World problems. We shall see what Life brings. Healing/Helping Energy to everybody. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  5. Denise Velez
    February 19, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks Diana! I’m in
    Thanks Jan

    • JanF
      February 19, 2020 at 10:41 pm

      Sorry, meese friends. I have been off the grid today and of course this is the day that the site chooses to go kablooey! Glad everyone got in eventually; I have no idea what the problem was but it logged me out of all my devices. I will probably be offline for another day – I’m not sure yet. Carry on!

    • February 20, 2020 at 7:51 am


  6. Denise Velez
    February 20, 2020 at 4:52 am

    Thursday Meese. 25 here in Saugerties NY, going up to 32 with snow.

    As usual – Democrats ignore Puerto Rico in the debate

  7. anotherdemocrat
    February 20, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Cold, rainy morning — not complaining though, we need rain. I had the debate on, would un–mute when Warren, Biden or Klobuchar spoke, but that was too much work, so I turned it off & had Alexa play my mellow mix while I got ready for bed. Just kept my phone in my pocket so I could hear 40, MLK, Promenade, One, Bad… yes all my lullaby songs are U2. I checked why Chuck Todd is trending and of course it’s because he is bad at what he does, and said something jaw-droppingly awful. Here, have a lullaby: Promenade. This song is like an impressionist painting – if Monet, Cassat or the others played music, it would be this.

    up the spiral staircase to the higher ground

  8. February 20, 2020 at 7:59 am

    Good Thor’s Day morning, Moosekind! It’s cloudy today and 34 F. here in Ashburn. There may be rain or snow south of DC (shrug), but it matters naught to us.

    We enjoyed a large, terribly stuffing dinner at our dear friend’s house last evening, with the result that my weight is two pounds over what it was yesterday morning. Also, I woke up at 4:30 today and couldn’t go back to sleep, which kinda ruins my day. It wouldn’t matter so much except that I’m working the Clubs Fair from 11 to 12 (staffing the Progressives’ table), and I have a meeting at 3 p.m. Hope I can go back to bed after breakfast.

    We watched some of the debate last night after we returned home. I think Bloomie’s campaign is DEAD. I hope Warren’s revives, although the MSM seemed to determined to erase her for being—gasp—a female candidate! I hate the MSM. I loathe and excoriate “Oh, God–Chuck Todd” too. What did he say that was so awful it was trending on Twitter?

    I had hoped for the extinguishing of bernie but it didn’t happen. I hope it happens in Nevada and on SuperTuesday.

    Nothing intelligent to add, so will simply wish all at the Pond a good day!

    • anotherdemocrat
      February 20, 2020 at 8:07 am

      Besides just doing a really bad job at moderating, apparently he asked Bloomberg if he should exist.

      • February 21, 2020 at 8:19 am

        Dear Goddess! Even for Chucky, this is bad!

        Wish Bloom had been able to turn it around and ask, “Should you?”

  9. JanF
    February 20, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is -8 degrees in Madison and there is a foot of snow on the ground for the first time in 10 years. Winter!

    I have been news-less for a couple of days which sounds like a blessing! I will catch up on the debates via tweets and hope to not get depressed. The person I wanted as the Democratic candidate in WI-07 (Sean Duffy’s old seat) won on Tuesday so that is good. It is a Native American woman.

    See all y’all later!

  10. bfitzinAR
    February 20, 2020 at 9:59 am

    It’s 35-feels-like-31 heading for 40 and cloudy in Fay., AR. We had some beautiful sun yesterday. Reached 12.3 KWHS – highest daily generation since last September – and brought the m-t-d to 130.9 which is not only covering usage but is danged close to being on track for 200. Of course today is going to derail us again unless the clouds clear off by noon or so, but still, it was a good day.

    I didn’t do the debate last night. But then I haven’t done the debates since the middle of ’08 – the moderators are trash and there’s always at least one somebody on stage whose face I don’t want to see and whose voice I don’t want to hear. I just boosted Aji’s stuff and some Indigenous things up in Canada then got offline. Puzzle books make more sense than the news. Prayers/Invocations/Channeling/Whatever needed – for lots of folks of course but Amelia and Aji are not in good places right now. Amelia is still dealing with the tag-end of pneumonia and simply doesn’t have the energy even when she has the voice to deal with anything. Like anything – calling her insurance company about her windshield (not broken through but “shattered” pattern across most of it – we think tree limb), calling her doctor’s office to set a visit for her regular meds as well as the pneumonia she can’t shake, or goddess help her put out anything on he FB page to fundraise for March at the motel. The last is the most important and the hardest for her to do – she has to explain, all over again, that she can’t have money sent to her, someone else has to gather it then pay the motel – and people are not very good about responding which just depresses her more and makes it harder to reach out. And Aji…Aji has started having those “can’t breathe/feel like dying” episodes again. Lots of pain, no sleep, rejections and screw ups practically non-stop – Depression has got her in its talons and not only won’t let go but gives a squeeze every now and again. So please. Any Good Thoughts heading their way would be appreciated.

    I’m waiting for my son. I’ll take him to work, go to the credit union and get cash, then go vote. I probably am going to vote for Joe. Not that I like him all that much but I think he’s the only “stop bernie” possibility. This primary sux. At least in ’16 I could vote for someone I liked, admired, and knew had a lot of good plans to help everybody everywhere. Now? We’re down to who will do the least amount of damage to the most vulnerable people. sigh. But I’m also meeting a friend for coffee later in the day. That’s always something to look forward to. And get my supplements on senior discount. Also a good thing. Then pick him up from work and give him the car back. And enjoy his company in while we’re driving together. Meanwhile I could use some coffee. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  11. princesspat
    February 20, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Good morning, 31 and mostly sunny in Bellingham. The firm doing the moss removal on our roof also washes the windows and cleans the gutters so they were quick to respond to my call re the streaked windows yesterday. And now I can see my old maple trees and the sort of blue sky again. We used to haul the ladders out and wash the windows ourselves, but that time is past, and we have to hire more things done now.

    I was avoiding the debates last night, but RonK was watching and Bernie shouting made him shout back, yikes! It was both disheartening and amusing. And not focused at all on defeating tRump and winning the Senate. All the talk of health care plans, etc means nothing as long as the Senate is under McConnell’s control. Oh well, it’s spring and I’m planting primroses again regardless.

    Best wishes to all on this chilly but partly sunny day.

  12. Denise Velez
    February 21, 2020 at 7:25 am

    Friday Meese. 17 degrees here in Saugerties NY – going up to 35.

    Puerto Rico

  13. Denise Velez
    February 21, 2020 at 7:26 am

    #OTD #BlackHistoryMonth



    • February 21, 2020 at 8:24 am

      Thanks for citing these outstanding black people, Dee! Oh, how I wish Jordan and Malcom X hadn’t been taken from us too soon. Molly Ivins was right.

    • anotherdemocrat
      February 21, 2020 at 8:45 am

      Thank you for posting the Barbara Jordan diary – made me happy & teary all over again. Goddess, I miss her so much.

    • bfitzinAR
      February 21, 2020 at 9:32 am

      Thank you for the Barbara Jordan re-post. She was and is a very special person.

  14. anotherdemocrat
    February 21, 2020 at 7:52 am

    36 degrees, but at least it’s sunny — or will be when the sun comes up. High is supposed to be in the 50s, but they said it’ll be windy so it won’t feel that “warm”. Yesterday was nice, I left work early & went to a neighborhood coffee for my congressional candidate. Saw some friends I hadn’t seen in years. Then I went to the gym & did my learn-to-run workout. I brought workout clothes today, hope I don’t talk myself out of it. One of the accounts I follow on Twitter does a daily U2 song question, today’s is “a song you find humor in”; many people are answering Discotheque, because this video is just so cheesy.

  15. February 21, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Good Freya’s Day morning, Moosekind! It’s a beautiful, sunny morning, clear as the proverbial bell, with a current temp. of 34 F. It’s going up to 40 F. later. The WaPo was lamenting the lack of snow this winter, stating that this is the most snowless February in a century or something like that.

    Spent yesterday trying to catch up on sleep between meetings. Fell asleep in the green chair last night, so missed the town hall with Uncle Joe. I’m beginning to get very depressed about his chances of winning, even more depressed than I am about voting for an old, tuckered-out white guy after all my hopes.

    Have some writing and tidying to do today. The Writers’ Group meeting is this afternoon. Dearly Beloved and I are thinking of having a huge lunch (fajitas) so we won’t need to go to dinner tonight. Suits me!

    The Russians and Sheldon Adelson, among others, are ganging up on our republic. Today is a day I don’t feel very hopeful. I’m reading my way through the Anne of Green Gables books in order and noting with amusement that the TV series I’m watching bears only the slightest resemblance to the books. The main characters’ names are the same, and that’s where the resemblance ends.

    Spring is coming and I’m itching to have my writing chores done so I can write fiction again. The deadline for submissions is March 2, so I need to get busy!

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  16. JanF
    February 21, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    Just time for a hi and bye. I will only be intermittently available until next Wednesday.

    Diana, the saddest thing is that there is essentially no one in the Republican Party – which controls the government – who cares that Putin is working to keep them in power. They know that Americans don’t want them, most despise them, so they are turning to our longtime enemy for help. Fk them with a rusty boat anchor.

    See all y’all later!

  17. bfitzinAR
    February 21, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Blessed, blessed clear and bright sunshine this morning. PV system is producing at 3 digits even with the panels frosted over. Which they won’t be long in this sunshine. Even though the temp is 21-feels-like-17 at the moment. Might get up to 50 which would be nice. Especially if it stays calm. I’ve some outside work I need to do before the next spate of rain moves in (currently scheduled for Sunday). It’s supposed to be sunnier today but warmer tomorrow. Yesterday we got a hair over 11 KWHs and at 142 m-t-d we are now officially on track for 200 for the month. We shall see what we shall see.

    Aside from what driblets of money I can spare most of my active anything is boosting tweets – Dee’s, Aji’s (aside from her sales ones which I count as friendship rather than ally-ship ), and those of the various mostly Black and/or Native folks I follow on Dee’s or Aji’s recommendations. Trying to figure out which tweets are 1) boost only, 2) boost & reply, 3) reply & block, 4) maybe reply but definitely report & block, or 5) ignore as not my business isn’t always easy. But I keep trying. Otherwise I ignore the news as much as possible. Mostly it’s bad. Somebody I trust will tell me if it’s good. Heaven knows the personal news from Aji is pretty bad and Lisa’s is gonna be again soon as we’re running out of February. Other folks I care for/worry about have concerns but also some hope. That’s a candle in the darkness that keeps us going until the day dawns.

    I had a lovely visit with Arkantart yesterday afternoon. Lovely to see her again. And of course with my son as we did car exchanges morning and afternoon. He gave me a pizza for dinner (and today’s lunch), which was sweet of him. I keep telling him I can pay for it but he keeps reminding me he’s using my car. 😁😍😁 Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • February 22, 2020 at 9:39 am

      Let’s hope for sunlight, bfitz! Arkantart’s name drives me crazy. I keep picturing a Tart in Arkansas, working on the governor, but governors, even Rethug ones, don’t have the power to declare war. All my Tarts superintend their “beneficiaries” at the national level.

      H’mm…perhaps Arkantart could be a tart-in-training, attached to a U.S. senator who later becomes a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I’ll tell Ye Olde Subconscious to keep working on it!

      • bfitzinAR
        February 22, 2020 at 9:58 am

        We’ve got sunshine this morning so that’s good. How long it will last is something else again. I don’t know why she chose that screen name. Tart replies to people who say idiotic things about AR is my best guess. But she’s out of your Tarts’ age range. LOL

  18. princesspat
    February 21, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Good morning, 33 and partly sunny in Bellingham. Daylight is finally returning to the PNW in a way that I can feel. the sky is a light pinky blue outside my window and actual sunlight was shining in my eyes yesterday afternoon. It’a a welcome change from so many dark grey days this winter.

    I’ve been puttering around in my sewing room, but haven’t been able to commit to a project. I do have another donation pile started so I guess that’s progress. It’s nice to finally be able to say “I’m done” with some old sewing plans, and to feel a creative thought or two re what I want to do next. Keeping tRump/Bernie angst at bay with thoughts of how to use my old needlepoint collection is my plan for today.

    Best wishes to all on this very quiet morning.

  19. JanF
    February 22, 2020 at 7:11 am

    Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 23 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 41. Mainly sunny skies are in the forecast. It is about 10 degrees warmer where I am. I am looking forward to tomorrow’s new moon to use it to jettison some negativity and start a new cycle.

    HAHAHAHA! It is no surprise that Russia wants Bernie Sanders as the Democratic Party nominee. It is just a component of promoting tRump – they know that Americans will reject a self-avowed socialist and also that Sanders has no coattails and would probably lose us the House. I have stayed away from the reactions – I am sure his bros are calling it a DNC “rigging”. All eyes on Nevada to see if a GoddessHelpUsAnyoneButBernie can emerge. I am still in the “Biden with a good VP” camp – as sad as this is to say, I don’t think a woman can be elected president this year.

    I am not sure that I will be able to do a Fighting Back post today – my travel laptop is difficult to work on and everything takes twice as long because of the sensitive keyboard. I will see if I have the time to fight with it this afternoon after I get some work projects done.

    See all y’all later!

  20. Denise Velez
    February 22, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Saturday Meese. 21 here in the NY Catskills going up to 46.

    Puerto Rico

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