Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Feb. 23rd through Feb. 29th

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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  61 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Feb. 23rd through Feb. 29th

  1. JanF
    February 22, 2020 at 5:51 pm

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

    Morning low of 33 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 46. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Denise Velez
    February 23, 2020 at 5:51 am

    Sunday Meese. 23 going up to 52 here in the Catskills of NY

    Puerto Rico

    • JanF
      February 23, 2020 at 6:54 am

      I am glad I won’t be on Twitter today; Berners will be insufferable. We need the South Carolina primary to remind them that a caucus is not “democracy”.

  3. anotherdemocrat
    February 23, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Had a good day yesterday,knocked on doors for my congressional candidate, got mostly neutral/ “what election?” responses — but no negatives. Have a packed day today: making tea for next week, then at church it’s the 9 year anniversary of being a Reconciling church, and in the afternoon my old marathon group invited me to their celebration luncheon. And I really want to go to the gym. Listening to Wild Horses for some energy.

    • February 23, 2020 at 9:23 am

      Good for you, another, canvassing! I hate doing that but anything is better than phonebanking. I like to canvass on Saturday mornings, when everyone is out at their kids’ soccer game or doing their grocery shopping.

  4. Denise Velez
    February 23, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Sunday Sermon – to uplift spirits!

    • February 23, 2020 at 9:24 am

      Will be sure to read it, Sis!

    • anotherdemocrat
      February 23, 2020 at 9:55 am

      rec’d, tipped & shared – really informative about music & history, fantastic diary!

  5. February 23, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Good Sun Day morning, Meese, and a lovely, sunny morning it is as well! The current temp. in Ashburn is 37 F., going up to 57 F.

    Feeling devastated by the Nevada results. Good idea of yours, Jan, to stay off Tweeter today. How could Nevadans have voted for him? He’s the lefty version of Thing! Just wait until South Carolina, though, and then Super Tuesday.

    Yesterday I saw that Younger Son was ringing me up, but when I answered the phone a wee, piping voice informed me that its owner had already packed a bag for a sleepover at my house that very evening! Now, delighted as she always is to see Miss Pink Cheeks, Grandma dislikes surprises and all “spontaneous happenings.” I had none of Miss PC’s favorite foods for breakfast and lunch in the house. If I’d known she wanted to come over, I’d have been able to pick up 90 percent of them at Trader Joe’s but I didn’t know. Anyway, as Daddy refused to drive her, she didn’t arrive.

    However, she’ll be here to spend the day—LOL! That’s fine, although I do have some writing to do. Last time she was here she began writing the grocery list for my next shopping expedition on the whiteboard that lives on the fridge door. She headed the list, “Cadbury eggs.” So I guess that’s what we’ll be picking up later today.

    Wishing all at the Pond a pleasant Sunday and do try not to be depressed. I’ll do my best, but it’s uphill work.

  6. bfitzinAR
    February 23, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Welp, it’s 48 and might get to 55 this last and not sunny Sunday in February. The PV system is on – but so is the lamp by my computer so I can see the keyboard clearly enough to use it. sigh. But yesterday we got a tad over 12.5 KWHs and we’re at 168 for the month with 7 production days left. If we can average 5 KWHs/day we’ll make the 200.

    My “concerned about” list has reordered itself slightly – jan4insight hasn’t been online for 2 weeks so she’s just moved to the top. But really, everybody’s at the top – where my Energy flows just depends on who I’m thinking of at any given moment but nobody is more important, just some have issues that need more immediate attention.

    As much as I really don’t like it – and I really don’t like it – we may end up with not-a-Dem bernie as our Dem candidate. He’s running the same scam he gets away with every cycle in VT. Only Hillary being as good as she is stopped him last time. Then we’ll be down to which idiot is the more useful to Putin and the birchers. Having a Black president and barely saving themselves from a woman president with the help of Putin has really scared the crap out of the Deplorables to have this much backlash. But it is a backlash and the nation has survived these before. Only…the thought of those who will be harmed, will die because of it…heartbreaking.

    I haven’t done my Sunday chores yet. Needed to get online to check for an email and just haven’t gotten off again. Cloudy days are not only depressing, they’re energy sapping. But I’ll get to them sometime today. Healing/Helping Energy to everybody. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  7. princesspat
    February 23, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Good morning, 44 and cloudy in Bellingham. I was awake in the night so an early morning nap happened and now my day is starting late. Oh well, coffee time is when it happens sometimes! I’m going to see the Bolshoi Ballet production of Swan Lake with Emma today so I hope I can stay awake.

    I avoided election/tRump angst yesterday by focusing on stretching the old needlepoint back into shape and listening to the Saturday Met Opera broadcast. Years ago, when I was working, I kept classical music playing in the background and my sewing room became its own little world. I’m hoping I can do that again and stop obsessively worrying about what I can’t control. However, turning the tv off is easier than not checking twitter so I’ve got some work to do with that habit.

    Best wishes to all on this quiet Sunday morning.

    • bfitzinAR
      February 23, 2020 at 12:52 pm

      {{{princesspat}}} listening to/playing opera is how I got through one of the most stressful periods of my life. It’s very powerful. Hopefully it will make your safe world for you again. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  8. Denise Velez
    February 24, 2020 at 6:31 am

    Monday Meese

    28 here in Saugerties NY, going up to 58 – which is unusually warm for this time of year in the Hudson Valley.

    Puerto Rico

  9. Denise Velez
    February 24, 2020 at 6:45 am


    • February 24, 2020 at 7:13 am

      Honestly, Dee, Marianne is loathsome. I despise the entire antivaxx movement and wish it would die.

      You haven’t mentioned how everyone, including the dogs, is liking the new house. How is your husband doing? Is he still in rehab several times a week?

      I’m starting to freak out about the corona virus. Apparently the first week it’s like a regular cold, then it attacks the lungs and the victim dies. Going to start putting our financial affairs in order just in case. I don’t want poor old Elder Son to freak out completely if he has to wind things up after we joss it.

  10. February 24, 2020 at 7:08 am

    Good Moon Day morning, Moosekind! I awakened far too early, so got up at 5-blinking-thirty. I’ll be as cross as two sticks the rest of the day, no doubt. Right now it’s clear in Ashburn, but we’re going to have increasing cloudiness throughout the day culminating in night-long rain. I do wish I weren’t very nearly stone-deaf, as I love to hear the sound of rain pattering on the roof.

    But enough of that meteorological chitchat. Never finished my work yesterday as the delightful Miss Pink Cheeks came over here to spend the day. We went for a walk in the afternoon as it was so mild and sunny. She dreads the onset of puberty and wishes she could remain a carefree child for years and years. I suppose we all feel like that at age eleven. Anyway, we had an enjoyable day together.

    Poor little Great-Nephew has the ‘flu, despite being vaccinated last September, so that puts paid to my plan of asking Darling Niece to lunch later this week. Tomorrow there’s a Sustainability Meeting I’d like to attend, followed by a seminar presented by my doctor. It’s about how to save your heart.

    Trying not to think about politics. I want to see what happens at the SC primary. It turns out that we at the home for the aged are not going to be on Bloomberg’s schedule after all. I don’t know whether to be glad or sorry. I wanted a closer look and listen, but bottom line, I think he’s the usual breed of thoroughly nasty billionaire. I think he’s terrified of Bernie or Liz winning and taking away some miniscule portion of his billions.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  11. anotherdemocrat
    February 24, 2020 at 7:39 am

    Warm, misty day. Supposed to clear out later, and a cold front is coming — it may even freeze later this week. Yesterday was great — had a speaker at church who had to leave the UMC to be out & ordained, he was joyous and really excited about what my church does. Then I visited with my old marathon team, that was nice but no I’m not going back. Fundraising for the Children’s Shelter along with what I already do for AIDS Services… that’s just too much. Also, not having any day to sleep in — the trainings are Saturday mornings at 7am in Zilker Park. Anyway, today’s Monday. Back at work, drinking tea, eating overnight oats. Brought my gym bag, put a U2 t-shirt in it, aiming for any littlest bit of extra motivation to make myself go. Listening to Big Girls Are Best — which really should be in my workout mix.

  12. bfitzinAR
    February 24, 2020 at 10:00 am

    It’s 56 and sunny at the moment in Fay., AR – that’s also the high for the day. And clouds are all over the place, the sun is just finding the gaps right now. Long may that continue. Yesterday we got just over 3 KWHs and the month so far is 171 – still possible to get over 200 in the 6 production days left. Maybe.

    Trying to avoid twitter as best I can. Boosting the few folks tweets I can get to without going to my TL. Worried about, well, a lot of people. Sending Healing/Helping Energy to everybody. I need to go make some phone calls I’m not looking forward to. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  13. princesspat
    February 24, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Good morning, 41 and raining in Bellingham. The Bolshoi production of Swan Lake was wonderful to see yesterday……music, dancing, costumes all glorious! And it was a ‘live” broadcast so we saw the audience entering the theatre, posing for photos in the lobby, the dancers backstage warming up, an interview with the conductor in the orchestra pit, and backstage again for the final bows. As Emma said, we were somewhere else for 2.5 hours and it was nice being there.

    I had a passage of time moment with her as well. She drove me home in her car, which is the is the older family Subaru. Her car seat used to be in the back set and now she’s in the drivers seat. How can that be!

    Best wishes to all on this rainy Monday morning.

  14. Denise Velez
    February 25, 2020 at 7:04 am

    Mardi Gras /Fat Tuesday Meese

    38 going up to 52 here in the NY Catskills

    Puerto Rico

  15. JanF
    February 25, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Good morning, meeses! Tuesday ..

    It is 19 degrees in Madison with a daytime high of 33. Flurries are in the forecast. We were scheduled to get a winter storm but it is thankfully staying south. Barring any unforeseen travel glitches, I should be back home by late afternoon.

    I have been blissfully newsless and may choose to be for another few days as I get back into the swing of things.

    See all y’all later!!

    • February 25, 2020 at 9:51 am

      Good to see you, Jan! Glad you checked in!

      • JanF
        February 26, 2020 at 7:28 am

        By the time I was able to find a free moment on Monday, it was late afternoon. Tuesday morning, I had a 3 hour wait at the airport so I was able to fight through posting a check-in on my tiny little cell phone. :)

  16. anotherdemocrat
    February 25, 2020 at 7:38 am

    I made it to the gym yesterday! Not the longest exercise session ever, but still better than nothing. Brought gym stuff today, see if I can make it 2 in a row. I need to put Come & Get Your Love in my workout mix.

  17. anotherdemocrat
    February 25, 2020 at 7:51 am

    this thread about Katherine Johnson makes Twitter worthwhile – full of math puns & nerd jokes

  18. bfitzinAR
    February 25, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Let’s see – it’s 42-feels-like39-going-to-46 today. And cloudy. sigh. We generated a little under 4 KWHs yesterday. Just enough to bring the m-t-d to 175. So if we can manage to average 5 a day for these last 5 production days of February we’ll make 200. That’s nowhere near making a new record but at least it gets 2020 out of last place.

    The likelihood of our country going over the cliff we’ve been heading for since Nixon is getting stronger by the day. Since that’s happening concurrently with the likelihood of the environment going over the cliff we’ve been heading for also since Nixon I can’t say I’ve got much hope stashed back for the “Big Picture”. So I’ll keep working on whatever “small picture” things I can do, take pleasure and comfort in whatever beauty and kindness I can find, love my immediate and internet families, and pray a lot. I spent a lot of time on hold yesterday. To the extent I’m not sure how many minutes I have left on my land line. Talked to some caring people but no further forward. sigh. But then, that’s where prayers & invocations come in, isn’t it? Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  19. February 25, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Good Tiu’s Day moaning (and I use the word advisedly), Moosekind! It’s raining here in Ashburn, good. It will stop later on. Currently it’s 47 F, going up to 54 F. today. That’s fine with me, I quite like rainy days.

    Yesterday I dragged all day long because of lack of sleep. However, I received royal treatment at the nail salon, which quite boggled my mind! Next time I request that particular nail technician, I’ll know to allow 2 hours and 15 minutes for my visit rather than the usual 90 minutes. I hate having pedicures! Many people say they enjoy them, but my problematic feet make me regard a pedicure with the same pleasure that I regard the prospect of a root canal. It’s necessary, but I hate it.

    In other news, if I hear one more person say bernie is inevitable I’m going to have a Mr. Preschooler-type meltdown. Received an Elizabeth Warren phonebanking call yesterday evening (I sent Liz some money early last year because I felt sorry for her), but I told her I’m planning on Ridin’ with Biden. She attempted to persuade me otherwise, but I politely told her I had to go.

    Monty is still on his reducing diet. I really hope it’s working. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

    Must get on with my day, it’s already 10 a.m. and I’m still in my dressing-gown! Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  20. princesspat
    February 25, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Good morning, 35 and partly sunny in Bellingham. I had hoped to begin sewing the needle point pillow covers yesterday, but they needed to be stretched again so I’ll see what happens today. I haven’t done this type of sewing for awhile so remembering the techniques I used to have has been a good mental exercise, and best of all, remains a distraction from tRump/bernie worries!

    Best wishes to all on this quiet Tuesday morning.

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