Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: May 24th through May 30th

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. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 72 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 81. Thunderstorms are in the forecast. This line of storms will usher in more normal weather – 70s – then a cooling into the 60s for a few days. Sounds fine to me! I am not a warm weather person.

    Central Park Karen had her life ruined by being a racist ahole. I was trying to muster some sympathy for her based on the principle of “what if that had happened to me, would I want others to forgive me/give me another chance?” I was unable to get there because that type of hate is not accidental or driven by an impulse, it indicates a permanent blemish on her soul. She should apply for a job with the tRump White House or the Trump/Pence 2020 campaign where hate and white entitlement is a resume bullet point.

    Speaking of “if a white person is scared, they can order the execution of any black person”, I am not holding my breath that the Minneapolis cops will permanently lose their jobs and/or be charged and convicted of any crime. The judicial principle of “if the cop is scared in any way, they are blame free” will let them off the hook. We need to fix that via statute if the courts won’t – there has to be accountability, period.

    Crazy people in Alabama on their beaches over the weekend said that “the Lord will take me when it is my time, I am not going to give up my enjoyment of the holiday.” One guy actually said that “his president told him it was safe.” You can’t fix that level of stupid. I hope they all stay in Alabama and don’t bring their diseases north. I also hope that our colleges have a way to weed those people out and keep them off campus.

    I’m staying quarantined as Madison opens up – I will be watching things carefully. I am trying to understand the science and when the spike from the first wave of reopenings can be expected. I just hope that the grocery stores keep the senior hours – it is the only thing we really need.

    See all y’all later!

  2. Not walking this morning, today is core work & arms. Big thunderstorms expected this afternoon, but it’s so nice now I have the door & kitchen window open to let fresh, cool air in. So, that’s the plan for today: work, take a break for ab workout, work some more, another mini-workout, etc. And step outside to look at the thunderstorms from my porch.

  3. Wednesday Meese. 66 going up to 84 in the Catskills.

    Puerto Rico

  4. Good Wednesday morning, Moosekind. When I got up at 6:30 we had a pleasantly blue sky covered by a veil of white cirrus cloud, but now the sky is almost completely covered with white. At least the clouds aren’t gray. It will continue to be this way all day, or so they say. It’s 67 F. already in Ashburn, going up to 78 F.

    When Biden and Harris get in, I hope one of the first things Harris will work on is stopping random, wanton murder by the police. To be alive while black is not a crime. Nor does it require summary execution. These are nothing but judicial murders and they need to cease forthwith. All of this hatred and prejudice has boiled up since The Evil One took office, given free rein by his own vile prejudice.

    Need to get out for a walk today, finish some writing, and so some desk chores. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

    • Right wingers are claiming that “poor” Amy Cooper was treated badly and calling the attacks on her “Covington 2.0”. If you recall, Covington was where the racist MAGAt offspring from the white privileged enclaves were exposed as MAGAts and, really, terrible people breeding terrible people. Those who pointed it out were attacked because you cannot upset the racist pieces of garbage who cry about the tyranny of the press – masking that they simply want to control what is said about them.

  5. It’s 66 heading for 72 and overcast. We’ve had a few spates of clear but it always clouds up again in short order. The PV guy is here hopefully finishing up. We’ve got more rain coming so I hope he finishes quickly. He showed up an hour later than I expected/he said he’d be. I haven’t talked to him yet but I can hear him on the roof. & the younger cats have disappeared. I do like the new configuration. He managed to get 13 west of the vent. Seems the 6 panels from the upgrade when I went from the 2.5K to the 4K system are slightly larger than the original 10, so he did a row of 7 of the original panels with a row of the 6 newer ones under it. He’s put the remaining 3 of the original set in a row east of the vent to get the best angle for that part of the roof. Now we just need it hooked up so we can take advantage of the new and better configuration.

    I got a DM from Mopshell yesterday saying that other than the rehab nurse trying to kill her (LOL) she was fine and expected to go home Friday. Which is Thursday our time so that would be tomorrow. Holding the Good Thought. For her and others. If Aji doesn’t get some serious revenue – mostly meaning some decent sales – in soon I think she’s going to have what we used to call a nervous breakdown. Every time she turns around there’s a new bill or something breaks or there’s a medical issue. And I think they’ve averaged one sale a month since last Fall. Some were good sized ones that got them through the month. Some were smaller ones that barely covered the internet bill. And I can’t do anything except boost her stuff & hope that of the 600 followers I have who don’t also follow her, somebody will send the links on to folks who want to buy authentic Native jewelry from the Native who made it. As for Amelia, her CFS kicks in whether the exertion is a good or bad thing. She attended her college reunion via Zoom, including a 2nd session with the members of her “house” at Yale – and has been sick and mostly sleeping the last 72 hours in recovery. But one way or another the June “rent” will be paid. I’m hoping for the “one way” – she manages a fundraiser – but “the other” is in the background and will step in if needed. So at least I can sleep a little better. Because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to help at all this month.

    The outside world is being so evil. Everyone I know is walking around depressed, angry, or nauseous – or a combination thereof. And we can’t do anything but what we’re doing – and try to live through it. Or at least help others live through it. Getting specifics on what particular evil is happening, well, they’re evil. They take you/me from “grungy tummy” nauseous to “can’t eat” nauseous. Specifics are only good if you can do something about them. Then it’s ‘grit your teeth and do it’ time.

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

  6. Good morning, 56 and sunny in Bellingham. I finished the last mask yesterday and I’m done! Sewing one together inside out and another with the finished end of the ties inside the seam was a good clue I was not paying attention :) I’ve fixed them and will package them for today’s mail. I want to sew a couple more for myself and then I’ll clear my table so I can start a new project.

    Whatcom County has several new covid cases and another death, so we will not be moving to Phase Two of the reopening plan. I hope I can get a haircut soon, but staying safe is more important so I can wait. I may have to trust RonK to trim the back of my hair though, yikes!

    Best wishes to all on this sunny day in May.

  7. Thursday Meese. 66 going up to 77 with rain here in the NY Catskills

    Déjà vu

    Puerto Rico

  8. Kamala Harris

    • Thanks for those tweets! I saw that Joe Biden said he would pick his running mate by August 1st. I am glad they will not wait for the “convention” – we need a strong second voice making our case as soon as possible.

  9. Good morning, meeses! Thursday that feels like Friday because the space-time continuum is a mess …

    It is 70 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 68. It is raining now as the front moves through that will cool us down substantially. I’m ready! I sat outside on the deck for about 15 minutes baking in the 88 degrees sun and that felt good but then I had to retreat to the air conditioned comfort of my home.

    I scanned the news in between projects I was working on in the early morning hours. I have not yet read the articles discussing the authority that tRump thinks he has to shut down social media. I suppose the FCC which is run by one of his early garbage-person appointees could wade in. Certainly the “Justice” Department will back up whatever authoritarian rule he tweets out of his ass. I am about 99% certain that Jack will back down because, like Facebook’s CEO, the tech guys are all right-wing sycophants. I asked a friend why that is and she thought it was because of their libertarian bent. It certainly sucks because the social media companies control so much of our lives especially in this online-because-in-person-is-dangerous world we are in. There really are no alternatives to some forms of social media.

    I was glad to see that the Wisconsin Election Commission unanimously voted to send absentee ballot applications to 2.7 million registered voters. The “unanimously” is important because the panel is split – by statute – with 3 Democrats and 3 Republicans. If it was a narrow win, it would have been seen as political; this appears to be a serious attempt to help people vote safely. Good government is not completely dead in Wisconsin!

    It has gotten to be Thursday somehow and I have a stack of things I really need to address today. I feel as though I squandered the long weekend but I did get some things done – the list is just too long right now.

    See all y’all later!

  10. Good Thursday morning, Moosekind! It’s rainy and that’s just fine because at least it’s warm. Also it means that I don’t have to trek down to the community garden to water my three tomato plants and lone zucchini. Right now in Ashburn it’s (notices that weather gadget is missing, gets up to check phone) it’s 72 F. and raining, with the high going up to 84 F. This will pretty much be the weather pattern until Sunday.

    I’m glad Joe will defer announcing his VP pick until 1 August, if for no other reason than that it gives the ravening hyena-like hordes from the left and right, not to mention the loathsome media, less time to tear her down.

    Sent one article off to the managing editors with the proviso that if they don’t want to use it, that’s okay because I have another couple of places I can send it. (One of them is here, of course!)

    Now I need to work on the second one because 1 June is dangerously close and I still have to run the completed article by the subjects.

    Wishing everyone a good day and hoping the next time I attempt to log in I won’t get the “404” message. My Mac tiresomely insisted on updating itself, with the result that everything has gone haywire.

  11. Thunderstorms last night, and hail to the south & north but not in town. Largest hailstone in the country yesterday in Georgetown (about an hour north of here) — literally baseball sized. Today is beautiful & calm. Had a great walk/run this morning. I did all 10 rounds of walk 90 seconds, run 30. So, that was 1.57 miles in 33 minutes, which is really great for me. Going in to the office today, then I have a dermatologist appointment, there’s a spot on my face that’s concerning. Have a great day, everyone!

  12. It’s 60 heading for 72 and overcast. Rain expected today again. But it’s supposed to clear off tomorrow morning and stay more or less clear for a whole week! That will be a lovely test of the new configuration of my now-online PV system. Yesterday it generated 9.2 KWHs and the m-t-d is 280. There’s not a lot of month left but with sunny days at the end we should at least get over 300 and maybe even to 350. Which considering it was shut down and not generating anything at all for a full seven days…not gonna complain.

    I’m trying to hold out for my big grocery stores run until next Thursday. Partly because I did potential “contamination” from the roof project manager last Saturday and partly because Thursday seems to be the best day for my son to let me have the car. (Which he says is drinking gas but neither of us have the money to take it in and find out why. sigh. Fortunately neither of us have long distances to travel. At least not often.) But I’ll need more carrots and milk by Sunday and fruit by Monday. The amount of fruit he brought me last time was planned around me having cherries for at least a week. Nope. The fruit’s pretty much rotting on the tree. Which is seriously disappointing. Even last year, which was a bad year for rot, we got enough not only to eat a 4-oz/day serving for a few weeks but enough for my friend to make a batch of jam. This year…I’ve gotten 20 cherries – and those split from the too-much rain – 10 each on two separate days. sigh.

    Aji being Aji, she talks about the $5K well they need to drill because the old ways of irrigation are being blocked (when the Pueblo closed, “tourists” started taking back roads on private Rez land to get there anyway, so they used road equipment to block them with earth berms – but that also blocks the irrigation ditches). She also talks about the $3.3K 1st & 2nd qtr taxes due next month. She talks about money for hiring guys to help Wings do the outside work she can’t any longer. But she doesn’t talk about the $4K for a new continuous-flow O2 generator she needs for her own health. An individual version of Puerto Rico’s situation – if things had been addressed when they first came up, yeah it would have been expensive but it would have been a lot less expensive and healthier for all concerned than not addressing them then. (Among other things she might not need a continuous-flow O2 generator if the condition had been addressed when it first happened.) Well, the US wouldn’t help Puerto Rico and some one or more evil jerks over at DK shut down Aji’s fundraising capability in the next to the last stage. Genocide writ large and small.

    Holding the Good Thought for, well, everybody – but especially the ones near or right on the edge. I need coffee for myself. Channeling Healing/Helping Energy to everybody, to your shaping. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  13. Good morning, 62 and partly sunny in Bellingham. I went to the garage yesterday to find mailing boxes but picked up my clippers instead. The ivy was calling to me! Several hours later I realized I had forgotten all about mailing finished masks so I’ll do that today. I’ve got a flower planting plan sorting it’s self out in my head so I’ll work on that too. It’s nice to be outdoors again.

    Best wishes to all on this May is nearly over day.

  14. Good news from the dermatologist. The scary thing isn’t. She froze off some other things, but the thing I was concerned about isn’t anything.

  15. Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is a delightfully cool 55 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high 64. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Herr Twittler just showed that he is not only gross and disgusting – and a terrible person – but the dumbest man in the world. Tell Twitter that they will no longer be protected from liability for content other people post? What did he think they would do?!?!! Now they are going to put the warnings on all the tweets that foment violence regardless of who posts them. Good. I just hope no one tells Donald Trump that he has the ability to text everyone in America – and we can’t block him – on the Emergency Network whenever he chooses.

    Minneapolis has long had problems with police violence against people of color. I was trying to figure it out – maybe it is because Minnesota is one of the whitest states in the country and it ticks them off that they are being forced to live with the diversity in their big cities. Maybe it is because the city has never cared enough to prosecute bad cops – yes, it is difficult to get a charge to stick but there has to be a way to fire a rogue cop, to say otherwise is an invitation for more police misconduct. By the way, it does not matter what Amy Klobuchar says – and she may have a very good reason to not discipline a dangerous repeat offender – she is now off the list for VP. Joe Biden is going to have enough to deal with without having to defend a VP’s conduct in a high-profile case.

    I want to read all the news on an interesting news day but I have three things I am working on right now and I need to wrap up before people start work.

    See all y’all later!

  16. Friday Meese
    68 going up to 82 with rain here in the Catskills

    Puerto Rico

    • Embarrassing video from Wisconsin but that is the ugly white face of Republicans in my state. I see those people all the time. :(

  17. Good Friday morning, Meese. It’s another warm, humid, gray day with the possibility of thunderstorms this afternoon. At the moment in Ashburn it’s 75 F., going up to 82 F. later. Wish it would rain, if it’s going to, and get it over with.

    Yesterday we watched the 4 p.m. briefing on the in-house channel and heard some interesting announcements. It appears that things will be loosening up a bit: the hair salon will begin taking appointments (women only) around June 15th; also around that time the Pub (just down the hall from us), and the Cafe (an 8-minute walk away), will begin taking carryout orders. What a relief! I’m very tired of having food delivered. It’s so highly seasoned it stinks up the fridge for days.

    There have been 11 deaths from the virus so far at the Home. To the best of my knowledge, the unfortunate victims of COVID-19 all suffered from underlying conditions. They were all in the hospital/assisted living/memory care building. The Independent Living sections, which constitute most of the community, have no deaths and only one active case.

    We will still be required to keep a social distance and to wear masks both inside buildings and outside. We are still discouraged from gathering, and mail and packages will continued to be delivered, but otherwise we’re cautiously moving forward, it seems.

    Yesterday I received another letter from Miss Pink Cheeks. It was so excruciatingly funny I laughed all the way through reading it and laughed again when I typed it to save it for posterity. I’ll write back today and send her some stamps. She uses international first class stamps for her letters, which is far too much postage, considering she lives 10 miles away.

    Today saw another fiendish wake-up time of 4:30. I am so sick of this! Have a few things to do after breakfast but I’m going back to bed before lunch. For good news, I got into the Pond this morning with no trouble (thanks, Jan), and I finished my second article and sent it to the principals concerned for review. I’ll have to call them at a decent hour and ask them to please look at their email so they can get their changes to me. They’re the kind of people who look at their email once every three months.

    That’s all my news today. Hope everyone at the Pond will have a good day!

    • I did nothing to deserve thanks! I think the 404s have more to do with things on your local computer although clearing the Cache (something I do occasionally to clean up cookie fragments) helps. I did not do that yesterday, though!!

    • Good news Diana. So glad your lock down is easing. I hope you can have a real life visit with your grandchildren soon. Seeing my from a safe distance and/or online helps but being together in person is better.

  18. Walk this morning was only 1.45 miles, with 8 run/walk rounds. I see why the program builds in a rest day every other day. Only have to work 5 hours today. I like this work from home thing. Still happy from yesterday’s good news from the dermatologist. The scary thing isn’t. She froze off some other things, but the thing I was concerned about isn’t anything. And did I mention I only have to work 5 hours today?

  19. It’s 63 heading for 79 and the clouds are already burning off. Yay! Yesterday we generated 15.5 KWHs and the m-t-d is 296 – with a supposedly sunny day and weekend ahead of us to round out the month. Life is starting to get back to as normal as it’s been for the last several months. I made peanut butter and strawberry jam muffins yesterday which came out quite nicely. It seems I need to add more liquid with besan (garbanzo bean flour) than with other flours. I used the last of the Teff, so next time it’ll be besan and corn starch alone. Next week I’m going out to do a major stock up again and maybe I’ll get an organic lemon – see if the besan/corn starch makes as good a lemon muffin as the BRM GF flour blend does. I was concerned about the besan flavor overpowering a more delicate flavor but since this batch came out so well, I’ll give the lemon a try. (Those are my favorite. 😁😁)

    Once the money issues have been settled – I’m still waiting for the sign-off form from the insurance company, which I have to sign and mail back, to get the “reimbursable depreciation” so I can pay off the roofers – and I can see just where I am financially I will feel a lot better. I think I’m OK. Gonna be a little tight for a few months – which mostly means not being able to help others – but OK. The other OKness is regarding the cat who is still literally “pissed off” – I haven’t found it all but I can certainly smell it. sigh. He’ll settle down again once we have a stretch of days with no noises from people walking on/banging on/drilling on the roof. But I definitely need more Nature’s Miracle!

    Worried about Aji, worried about Amelia, worried about… that’s a “normal” I wish would stop being normal. I’m not hung up on being a “savior” – much less a “white savior” – I don’t care how the betterment in circumstances comes about. No vested interest in the path Good uses to come. But I most certainly wish, hope, pray, Channel, invoke…that said Good does come. Love/caring invests me with an interest in that. (YAY!!! on anotherdemocrat’s news. That’s a blessed Good for which I also give thanks.) Channeling Healing/Helping Energy to everybody, to your shaping. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

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