Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Mar. 22nd through Mar. 28th

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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  1. Friday Meese.

    46 going up to 61 here in Saugerties NY. Have to go out today – to deposit two checks. Glad to have the checks but wish I could deposit by mail.

    Puerto Rico

  2. This. This. This.

  3. Yesterday was interesting. Had to walk a different route because there was a horrible-smelling spill in my neighborhood. Between not really knowing the distance & having a blister, I only got in 2.19 miles. I took a picture of a cool sign in my neighborhood and the news showed it this morning. (the picture is earlier in the thread) And Joy Reid retweeted me! So, wow. I’m going for another walk this morning, hopefully the smell is gone & I can walk the familiar route.

  4. Good morning, Moosekind, and welcome to whatever day of the week this is. I’m not even sure which planet we’re on.

    Yesterday morning the Administration put little goodie bags containing a book of crossword or sudoku puzzles, some candy, and a sheet of helpful hints on our outside shelves (we each have a little shelf next to our apartment front door). I was terribly pleased that we received a book of crossword puzzles as Dearly loves doing them.

    When we watched the 4 p.m. message on our in-house channel yesterday, we were informed that there are no cases of coronavirus on the campus, as far as anyone knows. However, they realize we’re getting antsy. We’ve been asked to open our apartment doors at 11:40 this morning, turn our TVs to the in-house channel, and start singing “Sweet Caroline” at 11:45 a.m.

    Then this morning we received a note from our neighbor down the hall and our Irish neighbor next door to join in a sing-along tomorrow night at 8 p.m. We’re supposed to bring a glass of wine and meet in the hallway. (I suppose it wouldn’t do to sing “Knees Up, Mother Brown” while this is going on.) Our Irish neighbor, the mother of seven, is hilarious! She loves her glass of vino and in the days when the Pub was open, encouraged the bartenders to sing.

    Our enterprising, extrovert neighbor on the fifth floor, who also happens to be the building ambassador, put a notice in the mailroom and in both elevators to say that those who wanted to donate their 460-calorie double chocolate muffins, their 350-calorie blueberry muffins, plus all the wretched chocolate chip cookies, granola bars, and whatnot, to the two bags she’d set up on the fifth floor. All day long people were traipsing up there with their contributions. She’s going to drive the loot to a food pantry or a homeless shelter. Bless her!

    Yesterday I tried ordering some items through Amazon’s Whole Foods service. There’s a Whole Paycheck store a couple of miles down the road from us. Well, I finally found an “open delivery window,” ordered, and voila! It was delivered to my front door! They knocked and went away. How they managed it I do not know, as Amazon and USPS are supposed to leave packages at the front desk of the main clubhouse. Probably I am not meant to know. Problem is, I forgot to order baby carrots for Monty’s diet and we’re going to run out of them today.

    All the women ADORE not having to wear a bra nowadays, and I’m going without makeup too. Mah hair looks as shaggy as the mane of a Shetland pony, but so does Dearly’s hair. There is plenty to keep us busy at the moment, as I’m still working on organizing things. Pleased to say I’ve made a little progress on that front.

    Here’s hoping everyone will have a decent day. If ONLY we had a real leader in this country! I wish the fleas of a thousand pariah dogs to invest the crevices of every Thing voter in this country. This is on THEM.

    P. S. Someone has picked today to move into the apartment immediately above us, right in the middle of a pandemic! I’m amazed they’ve allowed it!

    • I was slightly past needing a haircut just before everything shut down here and now I am in desperate need of one. Even though my hair is generally straight when kept short enough, there is tendency for waves to take over as it grows longer. It is driving me nuts – the only thing I can do is heavily hairspray it so it stays out of my face! I will persevere as long as I can – my daughter offered to cut it but she has no experience doing that and probably (like all kids in their early 20s) simply has a strong belief that she can do anything. :)

      • Same here – I was already a few weeks overdue and had planned/scheduled to get it done 4 days after the balloon went up, as it were. Fortunately mine will stay out of my face if encouraged with water. I’m allergic to hairsprays. I’m certainly not gonna try to cut it myself. And the cats…LOL

      • …probably (like all kids in their early 20s) simply has a strong belief that she can do anything. :)

        Oh, dear, that’s why I won’t cut Dearly’s hair or let him cut mine! ;)

  5. ‘Morning Meese – I got to reading Dee’s diary and forgot to check in. LOL. It’s 73 here but only going up to 78 according to the widget. Also overcast with rain maybe late this afternoon. sigh. Yesterday we generated 16.6 KWHs (m-t-d is 271) but we’ll be lucky to get over 10 today if it doesn’t clear off. Which it’s not supposed to. We’ve got one (1) sunny day forecast of the 5 production days left in March. So getting over 300 is still iffy. It just depends on how cloudy the 4 cloudy days are. And reaching 300 is 60 KWHs less than the next marker up. We’re doing better than the 2.5K system but that’s not really saying much.

    Focusing on day-to-day things – blessings and irritants – is how we (or at least I) get through the stressful, scary, bad times. It’s not that I’m not aware or don’t care about the major gawdawful stuff going on. I am and I do. But I’ve also done what little I can do about it and I will become totally non-functional if I focus on it. So I put my focus on things closer to home. Many of which (as with Aji’s and Amelia’s situations) I’m also doing what little I can do but it’s not enough to change things and so can’t focus too much on them either. I am seriously pissed-off (really close to home issue) at the lawn guy and his weed-eating helper as they managed – even though I talked to him over the phone about not doing it and put out old campaign sign holders to mark the space – to mow down and weedeat my daylilies and my peonies that were just coming up. They did that last year which is why I specifically talked to him about it and specifically marked the areas. And they effen did it again anyway. I swear, even with the allergies and other health issues it would cause me, if I had a place to safely keep a lawnmower I would go back to doing my own yard. (There’s a reason he’s cheap – and only has 2 other customers).

    I don’t know to call this good or bad but the Blood Bank called yesterday. They are seriously hurting for blood as they’ve had to cancel all their drives. They said COVID-19 isn’t transmitted by blood (as far as current “indications”) and told me the precautions they are taking at the Center. Appointment only, test temperature before even entering the building, stations are more than 6′ apart, routine questions are on tablets and folks are given gloves to use while answering, etc. I’ve set up an appointment for next Thursday. They open at 11 am and I’m first on the list. Once I’ve donated – if I can donate, sometimes they miss the vein – I’ll visit BBB (CO2 cartridges for my seltzer water machine), PetSmart (kibble), the Co-op (supplements & the only cleaning products I can use), Harps (general grocery shopping), Aldi’s (chicken, cheese, and popcorn), & Braum’s (milk). Between the Co-op and Harps I also hope to get a few garden things (potting soil, “container” tomato, lettuce seedlings, spinach or chard seeds, & green beans seeds). Then go back to quarantining for the rest of April. Need to find something I can use as a mask – even if nothing more than a bandana ala the old westerns – because it’s allergy season and I am going to cough.

    So. Need coffee. Healing/Helping Energy for everybody. Bright the day, Meeses.

      • You’re welcome. It’s the one thing I do well – make blood that can go to anybody including neo-nates. And now, when they’ve had to cancel all the drives, well, those of us who can, should. It’s not as far-reaching as what you do (& thank you for that), but it’s what I can.

  6. Good morning, 45 and raining in Bellingham. I’ve had the 404 message this morning, but after a computer update I’m finally able to log in so all’s well. COVID frustration phone calls with our sons this morning, but they are resolving. After multiple phone calls our sick son will finally be tested, and our land surveyor son will keep working while the powers that be decided if his business is deemed essential or not. So much uncertainty!

    Ron just left for a long walk and I need to do something myself. Too much worrying caught up with me last night. Best wishes to all.

  7. omg. I just got a notification from the pharmacy that my doctor denied my refill because he wants me to come in. He. Wants. Me.To.Visit. His. Office. I’m wondering if he has been paying attention to the world. I’m not going for an unnecessary doctor visit. What a great time to not have my sleep medication. I’m going to call on Monday & try not to cuss.

  8. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 43 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 50. It will rain all day.

    The $2.2. trillion dollar bill intended to help workers survive the Trump Administration’s criminally inept pandemic response was signed into law without any Democrats present. I was glad to see that; I don’t want our electeds in the same room with science-denying “COVID-19 is a hoax” fools – protect our Speaker! And we see the return of the “signing statement” this time one that says the oversight will not happen because the bucks truly stop at tRump’s desk – or more precisely, his businesses and the businesses of his friends and donors. I hope we find some way to monitor where the money is going – we need to know who to vilify when this is all said and done. If not, then President Biden will need to have his Treasury Secretary follow the paper trail of cancelled checks and claw back the money from the worst offenders – and throw some of them in jail!!

    Our April 7th primary is still on even though municipalities are reporting that they don’t have enough poll workers. The governor is encouraging everyone to vote absentee but that requires Internet access and uploading an image of your photo id which is daunting for even the technically proficient. I ordered mine 2 weeks ago and have not gotten it (a followup call early in the week said it was “in the mail”). So I will probably have to go to in-person voting next week – there is a crucial Supreme Court race on the ballot, the choice between giving a 10-year seat to a mouth-breathing Walker appointee or rebalancing the court so we have some chance at restoring democracy in 2022. Our state needs to figure out how to do vote-by-mail before November – this is no way to run an election. Sadly, it will require help from the Republican legislature and I don’t see that happening.

    I hope we can flatten the curve – I have to say that the daily counts of dead and dying are starting to take a toll on me. The UW-Madison has told returning Spring Break students that they must self-quarantine for 2 weeks. A lot of them have been showing up at the clinics and testing positive, the idiots. Now they will be moving around in the community, infecting people. Grrrrr.

    I hope my work-from-home clients will be taking the weekend off so that I can get some work done.

    See all y’all later!

  9. Saturday Meese. 32 going up to 49 here in the Catskills of NY.

    A great one has passed on.

  10. Puerto Rico

    • Fk this guy and his criminally negligent administration.

      Donald J. Trump: “I love Michigan, one of the reasons we are doing such a GREAT job for them during this horrible Pandemic. Yet your Governor, Gretchen “Half” Whitmer is way in over her head, she doesn’t have a clue. Likes blaming everyone for her own ineptitude! #MAGA”

      In a just world, he would not get the votes of any Michigander. Let’s make that happen.

  11. Good Saturday morning, Meese! It’s been raining heavily but seems to have stopped for a bit. That’s fine. Somehow I always feel great when it rains. The current temp. is 53 F., rising to 59 F. later on.

    Not much to report except that we’re supposed to have an alcohol-fueled singalong in the hallway tonight. Yesterday’s 11:45 a.m. singalong of “Sweet Caroline” fell rather flat as only one or two opened our doors to begin with. (Dearly and I were the first, with printed lyrics in hand.) My wild Irish neighbor and I plan to sing “Danny Boy.”

    Found an open Whole Foods delivery window for 12 p.m., so I’m rushing to get breakfasted, showered, and dress before the delivery arrives. The order contains two bottles of wine, which may mean that I have to show ID, so I must be prepared to show up at the club house. Dearly Beloved has been trying to start a fight about it (at this hour of the morning!), so I’m feeling rather p.o.’d. He gets these ideas and obsesses about them.

    Planning to do my usual pottering about today. Hope everyone has a good day and stays away from the news.

  12. Didn’t get my walk in yesterday, my feet felt like they needed a break. So I’ll definitely walk today. Not much to say about yesterday, just Harry Potter movies & comforting music.

  13. It’s raining – was hard but seems to be tapering off – and of course overcast. sigh. Temp’s 67 – started at 71 and should be going back to it once the rain supposedly stops. Yesterday we generated 8 KWHs which brought the m-t-d to 279. I’m reasonably (sorta) sure we’ll get over 280 today but unless it clears off it won’t be much over. Tomorrow’s supposedly partly sunny day will have to do the “heavy lifting” to get us close enough to 300 for the final 2 rainy days in March to put us over. Oh well, I’ve always liked rumbly thunder and that’s the kind we’ve got at the moment.

    Stressed out and scared for just about everybody right now. Doesn’t help them or me but them’s the breaks or something. I keep trying to focus on one thing at a time. Sympathetic magic and some candle magic. Channeling Energy to be used as needed. And have to figure out something in the way of gloves and mask for Thursday when I go out. I don’t own any. Gloves give me a rash and masks bring on panic attacks so there aren’t any in the house. But I need to do something. sigh.

    Rain’s cranking up again. I need coffee. Then I’ll read the “Fighting Back” and tour the internet. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  14. Good morning, 47 and cloudy in Bellingham. Looks like I’ll be sewing masks after all. I looked into doing so last week, but hesitated because donating masks for medical use when I didn’t know if the cloth I have was the correct choice didn’t seem wise. Now it looks like masks are going to be recommended for personal use so like it or not RonK should wear one while shopping. I’ve got lots of material suitable for family masks, but to be safe they should be washed in hot water after every use so that’s a lot of masks. Oh well, I’ve got lots of time.

    Our son was relieved to finally be tested for COVID, but now he’s worried that it’s taken so long he may no longer test positive. Given his symptoms and his friends positive test there is really no doubt but he needs the reassurance of officially knowing he may have some immunity. He’s quarantined himself for over 3 weeks now and is feeling very isolated. And we miss our Sunday suppers with him and Heidi.

    Best wishes to all as we see what today will bring our way.

    • I had held off too, but tomorrow Im going to have a one-woman sew-athon. I need to make a bunch for me and Hubby, and I’m also sending a bunch to Kiddo and SIL. After that I’m just going to sew and hand them out as people express a need. I’m exhausted when I get home from work (mostly from being aggressively optimistic in the face of all the fear I deal with every day), but I should be able to manage 3-4 every night while I wait for dinner to cook or procrastinate instead of doing dishes.

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