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?

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

  1. February 26, 2020 at 7:27 am

    Good foggy, rainy Woden’s Day morning, Meese! It’s 48 F. in Ashburn right now with fog and sprinkles. This afternoon we’ll have showers. The high will be 54 F., but it will turn sharply colder with wind tomorrow.

    Had exactly four hours’ sleep last night in the green recliner. Went to bed as usual but Hubby’s restless leg syndrome kept me from ever going off. I tried to go back to bed at 4:45 a.m., but that didn’t work, so here I am. This has put paid to my plans to drive to Greenspring today to visit my friend. I wanted to do it before we’re all locked down by the coronavirus.

    We watched the noisy circus that passed for a debate last night. I kept looking at the iPad while it was on, was just unable to focus. I hope some of those cats drop out. I’m having nightmares about bernie’s being the nominee, but hope that will not happen.

    Will spend the day catching up on my sleep. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  2. anotherdemocrat
    February 26, 2020 at 7:46 am

    Didn’t make it to the gym yesterday & I won’t tonight. Between needing to cover the plants and Ash Wednesday service, I’ve already got a busy evening. Didn’t watch the debate, instead listened to Rachel Maddow tell all the things Trump has done to the CDC & the scientific, disease-fighting part of Homeland Security. Not great bedtime listening. So here’s Head Full of Dreams, with the intro being the Great Dictator speech, always a good thing to listen to.

  3. Denise Velez
    February 26, 2020 at 7:49 am

    Good morning Wednesday morning Meese. 38 going up to a rainy 43 here in the catskills

    Puerto Rico

  4. anotherdemocrat
    February 26, 2020 at 9:13 am

    I’m thinking about going to the Warren/Castro event in San Antonio.
    I’d get a selfie with Warren & maybe Castro.
    Get to know some Warren supporters.
    Would maybe get autographs on my Adios Trump t-shirt.
    It would be fun & uplifting.

    Would need to ask off work Thursday afternoon & Friday morning.
    Lots of standing would make my feet very swollen & unhappy. Last time I stood for that long I could barely walk the next day.
    Would need to look for someone to carpool with. – sub-point: I can’t really afford to eat out

    So, “no” – right? The foot thing. I went to a concert last year (or was it 2018?) & they hurt so much I was nearly hallucinating. I remember having to concentrate on just breathing on the bus ride home. Otoh, I’m so glad I got to hug the singer & tell him thank you. Getting to hug Warren might be worth it.

    • bfitzinAR
      February 26, 2020 at 10:12 am

      {{{anotherdemocrat}}} – only you know if it’s worth the pain and time and all that. So if it’s worth it to you, do it. If not, don’t. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  5. princesspat
    February 26, 2020 at 9:43 am

    Good morning, 39 and cloudy in Bellingham. Years ago RonK’s favorite t shirt featured a “partially aware” motif. It was funny then but now it’s a stay sane message. Seeing shouty bernie on the tv makes Ron shout back, and seeing the rest of the hapless choices makes me mad/sad. So we are trying to be partially aware and hope for the best.

    Danny Westneat, at the Seattle times, Hey America, welcome to the Seattleization of politics

    As I said I don’t know who wins the coming polarization smackdown. But it sure feels like the loser already is the two-party political system, which is being pulled to the left and right so hard it’s cracking up.

  6. bfitzinAR
    February 26, 2020 at 9:53 am

    It’s 32-feels-like-26-heading-for-38 (maybe) in Fay., AR. It’s also cloudy again. There were a few patches of blue showing about an hour ago but the clouds have moved back in and it’s a gray day. sigh. We generated 3.5 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d is 178.5 – with just 2 good sunny days we’ll make it over 200. We shall see if we get them.

    Other than that we’re still alive – those of us who are – and we have each other/the Moose Pond (a very good thing) I can’t think of anything good going on right now. I don’t know whether it’s because I’m not looking in the right places, the damp chill is clouding my view, or there really isn’t anything good going on right now. But I’ll go back to looking. And doing a lot of praying. And seriously appreciating you all. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  7. JanF
    February 26, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 25 degrees in Madison with the temperatures dropping throughout the day. After some periods of cloudiness and possible a few flurries, we expect sunny skies and then much colder temperatures in the morning.

    I did a quick scan of the news early this morning and then got pulled away to dealing with an Inbox “stuffed” full of issues and concerns that I needed to prioritize. I had to get my personal tax returns printed to be mailed and will now go run some errands including the mailing of said returns. I thought one pundit’s assessment of a Bernie v Trump general election was pretty spot on: “socialist versus sociopath.” Sadly, more people will pick the sociopath because sociopaths are revered by our society while people who want to collect taxes to care for our fellow citizens are vilified. We are truly a nation of idiots.

    See all y’all later!

  8. JanF
    February 27, 2020 at 5:09 am

    Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 25 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of … 25! Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast. A couple more cold days then March comes in like a relative lamb with temperatures in the 40s.

    Well, I don’t know about you but I certainly feel safer knowing that Q-Tip Head Pence, whose medical “knowledge” consists solely of “life begins at conception”, is managing America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. :::insert gawd we’re screwed emoji here:::

    Joe Biden is reminding people that Joe Biden is a terrible campaigner – he is really a drooling dotard. If a moderate does not emerge from the pack soon to consolidate opposition to Sanders, we will lose the House and any chance of regaining the Senate when tRump wins in a landslide.

    I was following the news yesterday from Milwaukee where an act of workplace violence took 6 lives. I have not seen yet a motive for what caused the 51 year old gunman to murder his co-workers and kill himself but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is one of the digital newspapers I subscribe to so I will get caught up on it later. This from Mayor Tom Barrett (free link):

    “This is a time for us to think about those families because there were five individuals who went to work today, just like everyone goes to work, and they thought they were going to go to work, finish their day and return to their families. They didn’t, and tragically they never will.”

    Guns don’t kill, you know.

    See all y’all later!

  9. Denise Velez
    February 27, 2020 at 5:40 am

    Thursday Meese

    43 and pouring raining here in the Catskills.

  10. anotherdemocrat
    February 27, 2020 at 7:52 am

    We had a freeze overnight, brrr! It’s a bit late for us, but the weather guy isn’t even completely sure it’s the last one. I’m not going to the Warren thing, even if I could buy a walker to sit on, or portable chair (as a friend at DK suggested), it’s too late to find a carpool. I’m not familiar enough with San Antonio to drive by myself, and part of the point would be to get to know new people. I brought my gym stuff — I’ll wear my “Adios Trump” t-shirt there instead.

  11. February 27, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Good Thor’s Day morning, Meese! Sunny but beastly cold in Ashburn, with horrible winds at 20 to 30 mph, occasionally gusting to 40 mph. Right now it’s 35 F., going up to 41 F. later. Soup and salad seem to be indicated for lunch.

    Feeling sad about yet another mass slaughter yesterday, this time on Jan’s doorstep, practically. Two changes I’d like to see: no one gets to own a gun (hunters can borrow hunting rifles from a government lockup during hunting season), and anger management a required course for all males in grades 7 through 12.

    In other news, I finally finished the piece of writing I had to do and will send it off to the woman I interviewed so she can ensure the accuracy of the writeup. Now I can get on to other things. Still planning to stock up on certain essential items in case we’re all locked down. There was a lockdown at Greenspring because of the ‘flu a couple of years ago, but it was confined to the medical building. In the rest of the facility, they simply canceled all public gatherings.

    It’s so nice to see a sunny sky I feel quite perky. Also, I did get some sleep last night. I have a child-tending job tomorrow night for the little girls down the road. I asked their dad to find out whether they’d like a Drama and Poetry night. There’s a one-act play for children we could do, just reading it aloud, and I found a copy of the poem, “The Twins,” on line. It made me laugh my head off when I first heard it read aloud in my school more than 60 years ago.

    My hope is that if Biden wins the nom he’ll choose a really high-powered person for veep. I know exactly whom that person should be, and so do all of you. ;)

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond, with lots of sunlight for bfitz and princesspat!

    • JanF
      February 27, 2020 at 10:30 am

      Biden needs to pick a running mate from the next generation of Democrats. It is so sad that as we prepare to meet the future head on, the field has mostly old people or people with old ideas. I include Mayo Pete in there – he is running as “sure I’m young, but I am very stodgy and stuck in my Republican Lite/DLC/Third Way/No Labels ways.”

      I saw a report that Bernie Sanders is expected to win California by a huge margin. JHC on rollerblades!!! What the hell is wrong with people??!!?

  12. bfitzinAR
    February 27, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Welp, it’s 24-feels-like-18-heading-for-55 bright sunny day today in Fay., AR. Sunshine is a blessing indeed. Even with the frost still on the panels we’re already generating at over 1/2 kilowatt/hour and if the sun stays should peak at over 2. Yesterday we got right at 4 KWHs. The m-t-d with this morning’s driblet is just over 183 – if this is a good production day we should get to 195 by the end of the day and that will get us out of last place on my production records.

    My own days are quiet and calm. My Social Security (at least right now) is enough not only for my needs but for a few treats here and there and to be able to help others at least a little bit. I’m OK. Most of my worries are about others who are not. Some a whole lot of not. More than I can help type not. But they do their best and I do my best to help them from the secure place of where I am. (I certainly couldn’t help them at all if I weren’t in the secure place where I am, as guilty as that sometimes makes me feel.) So it goes. We keep on keepin’ on – individually if that’s all we can do but as broad and rippling out as we are capable.

    Healing/Helping Energy to everybody. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  13. princesspat
    February 27, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Good morning, 44 and raining in Bellingham. I finally completed one of the needlepoint pillows I’ve been puttering around with, and to my relief it looks like I know how to sew! Stretching the old canvas back into a somewhat square shape, using decorative trim to straighten the edges, cutting the velvet for the back into an exact size and then easing the needlepoint to fit it, remembering how to sew a lapped zipper, etc were challenges for me and a good reminder of “use it or lose it.” Fortunately my sewing room is well stocked with interesting projects so I can continue to be partially aware for a long time!

    I have a few errands and some desk work to do today, and then if energy allows, more sewing. Best wishes to all on this rainy morning.

  14. JanF
    February 28, 2020 at 5:15 am

    Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 14 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 25. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    So Mike Pence – pray away the HIV – is issuing an edict that all coronavirus messaging has to come through his office while his boss is pushing the conspiracy theory that the coronavirus pandemic is “fake news” made up by Democrats to hurt his chances to win “re”-election. We are doomed.

    I saw a hopeful headline that Biden’s campaign is not dead – I really and truly think that his nomination is the only chance we have to beat tRump in November. The news media that helped install Putin’s Puppet by their focus on Hillary’s email security is now working overtime to trash Bernie Sanders. I have no problem with that in a general sense but if he gets 33% of the delegates (like Trump did) and wins the nomination (like Trump did) we will be forced to vote for him and hope (like Republicans did) that we can contain his worse impulses. We are doomed.

    See all y’all later!

  15. Denise Velez
    February 28, 2020 at 6:13 am

    Friday Meece

    28 degrees going up to 37 here in the NY Catskills

    covid19 Corona virus

    Suggestion: Follow the daily reports from Dr. John Campbell

    • JanF
      February 28, 2020 at 6:25 am

      “Golden period of containment lost” :(

    • princesspat
      February 28, 2020 at 11:06 am

      Thanks for the info link Dee. Even though I don’t have reason to worry I am aware that my compromised immune system and my age makes me vulnerable should the virus arrive in Bellingham. This tweet from Wa State Gov. Jay Inslee makes me smile…..

      I just received a call from
      Mike Pence, thanking Washington state for our efforts to combat the coronavirus.

      I told him our work would be more successful if the Trump administration stuck to the science and told the truth.


  16. Denise Velez
    February 28, 2020 at 6:18 am

    Puerto Rico

  17. anotherdemocrat
    February 28, 2020 at 7:49 am

    Not quite freezing this morning, still cold enough for hat & gloves. Having my overnight oats & tea. Listening to U2. Almost the weekend — though as it’s the weekend before Super Tuesday, I’ll be busy putting out literature.

  18. February 28, 2020 at 9:27 am

    Good Freya’s Day morning, Moosekind! Clouds mixed with sun here and it’s 36 F. in Ashburn right now. Later it’s going up to 47 F., with winds at 10 to 20 mph—an improvement over yesterday.

    I’m due to leave shortly to visit my friend at Greenspring. I fully expect to be in lockdown one day owing to coronavirus, so this may be the last chance to visit my friend for a good long while. It’s too bad she can’t do FaceTime or Facebook video. She’s 82, so email is as much as she seems able to manage, even though her hotshot IT son could help her with the other apps. Oh, well.

    Today is my great-nephew J.’s birthday. He’s the son of our darling niece who lives in Kent. J. was very kind to Miss PC when we saw them in England in 2018. As Miss PC is a child, naturally she couldn’t enter the pub where most of us were gathering, so J. took her to Trafalgar Square to see the lions. So nice of him to pay attention to a little girl! Our niece joined them a little while later so she could take photos. Anyway, J. has a Swedish girlfriend whom he recently visited in Stockholm. Wonder how Brexit is going to affect that relationship.

    Here I am, rattling on. Of course I’ll be tuning into tomorrow’s contest in SC and hoping for a Biden win. I understand Goldman-Sachs is very worried that corona will kill Thing’s chance of reelection. Sad!

    Wishing a nice, hopeful Friday to all at the Pond.

  19. bfitzinAR
    February 28, 2020 at 9:42 am

    We’re just above freezing in Fay., AR – heading for 56 – and while it’s not at the moment it’s supposed to be sunny today. Yesterday we got to 13.3 KWHs and the m-t-d is a hair under 196 so at least we’re no longer in last place for February generation and we should, presupposing the sun does come out, get over 200 by mid afternoon. Which would be nice.

    I need to make a Tractor Supply run. The kibble isn’t gonna last until Sunday as I’d thought. So I’m waiting for my son to show up with the car. Focusing on little things. Like kibble (which the cats rightly don’t think is such a little thing) and bird seed. Things I have control over. I’ve voted – last week in fact – and there’s nothing else I can do in the political realm at the moment. My various automatic donations will go out on their schedules. I’m forcing myself not to do anything else. My situation is so much better than so many folks’ – but Social Security isn’t exactly bernie or bloomberg type wealth. I’ve got my PV system that generates at or just over 4 MWHs/year. I’m as environmentally conscious as I can physically and financially be. I’m not gonna say I can’t to more – but I can’t consistently do more. So. Concentrate on the small things.

    Holding everybody in my heart. Sending Healing/Helping Energy to everybody. You are a blessing. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  20. princesspat
    February 28, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Good morning, 37 and cloudy in Bellingham. I’ve had a busy morning worrying about things I can’t control, so I think I need a nap and a restart for this day. I did finish another pillow cover yesterday and even though it’s not perfectly sized the drift to the left is fine with me :)

    Ava wants to be here tomorrow to help with a project so she can earn some money and I don’t have anything planned so that will be today’s task. The big closet at the top of the back stairs should keep us occupied, and we can go to the park or the bookstore when we’ve done enough.

    Best wishes to all on this foggy cloudy day.


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