Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: May 31st through June 6th

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 Thursday morning, Moosekind! It was cloudy when I woke up from a blissful drugged sleep (owing to the cold medicine), but now the sky has cleared. I don’t believe there will be thunderstorms this afternoon. Currently the temperature in Ashburn is 75 F., on its way up to 92 F. This morning I will go down to the community garden to water my plants there.

    Tomorrow is the last day our Upstairs Angel will deliver food donations to the food bank in Reston. Ever since the Powers That Be caught on that the residents have been donating the overly sweet snacks (horrible huge, chocolate chip cookies, 450-calorie “muffins,” and the like), they’ve been omitting those from our food deliveries and substituting fruit. Fruit goes bad after sitting at room temperature for a week, which is why our Angel is stopping the donations. She told us in an email that the food bank has been very grateful for our contributions of popcorn, chips, cereal, and other things over the past couple of months.

    I did manage to upload Chapter 3 of Iron and Scarlet to my website last night, so today I need to create the Facebook ad for it.

    Feeling a little better because I’ve been taking cold meds that stopped the “my nose is a dripping tap” effect. It’s not even 10 a.m. but I’m already looking forward to my afternoon rest! Just shows you that I’m old.

    Amidst all the overwhelmingly bad news, something pleasant did happen last night. My 22-year-old grandson, who has just graduated with high honors from the University of Texas, texted to thank me for the card and present I conveyed by way of his mother. We had a nice exchange, during which he emailed his thesis to me. I’m looking forward to reading it this afternoon. He took a B.A. in anthropology and now wants to do a master’s in it, also at the University of Texas. I’m really glad he traveled pretty extensively before All This happened, because obviously he won’t be traveling anywhere for a while.

    Sometimes I just have to think about something other than what’s happening, so that’s what I’ll do today. Hope all Pond-dwellers will have a good day.

  2. Good morning, 56 and cloudy in Bellingham. I’ve got red itchy eyes this morning. Pre covid I would just it would just be another allergy day, but now I wonder “what if.” Wish I had an antihistamine for worrying!

    The 2nd moss removal treatment was put on our roof yesterday and as I was talking with the young man doing the work re an estimate for washing the exterior windows I could see how close plants are growing to the house. I’ve been clipping, but not pruning, but I need to clear a path so we can get to the windows. I need a rest from the fire hose of news so working with my clippers will be a good respite.

    Best wishes to all on this quiet cloudy morning.

  3. Good morning, meese! Friday …

    I am 404’ing via Firefox so I need to clean up cookies or put off deferred browser updates before I can properly check in (this is my phone). In the meantime, it is 72 and heading to 82. Storms this evening.

    I saw a disturbing video last night from Buffalo(?) that showed a policeman murdering an old man who asked him a question. Nancy Pelosi wants to know who the fk those uniformed but unidentified men are that Barr has protecting his crapping-in-his-pants boss. Goddess, someone needs to explain how the hell policing in America got to this point.

    See all y’all later!

    • The 404 appears to only be on Firefox so I will have to “phone it in” until I have time to research it. A Firefox update and cache clear did not help!

      • {{{Diana}}} – unfortunately, tragically, the police aren’t out of control. They’re still being controlled by the same Evil people who set them up as “Indian” killers and slave catchers in the first place. To them, a “good” BIPOC is a dead one. If the BIPOC person in question isn’t subservient enough to be worked to death, then more direct means are used. As an “example” to the rest. It’s not just the police who need to be stopped. It’s those who control them.

  4. Puerto Rico

  5. After yesterday’s hard workout, you’d think I would have slept great last night. Ugh. Wondering about workouts over the weekend, as it’s going to be really hot — overnight lows are supposed to be mid-70s. But I want to keep up my workouts. Anyway, today’s plan: 5 hours of work, listen to lots of music between calls, get some tacos for dinner.

    • I wanted to comment on your post yesterday but couldn’t!

      I think that a lot of people will be staying home – at least for the short term. Workplaces won’t be safe for the old way of working (cheek to jowl on elevators, shared restrooms, jammed together desks) until there is a vaccination. People who can work from home, like you, may just stay there!

    • Maybe the tacos will help you get a good night’s sleep. I hear ya on the workouts. When I was too young to know how dangerous it was I used to do my summer walking between 10 pm and midnight. Or right after the sun came up. I’ve never been able to sleep once the sun’s up. Healing Energy & {{{anotherdemocrat}}}

  6. Already 78 heading for mid 90s. At least it’s clear. Sticky but clear. Got 18 KWHs yesterday once the rain finally cleared off. The m-t-d is 79 and that’s still on track for 569 for the month. We shall see what we shall see. Cool front moving in Monday night. I’m gonna buy a few things I don’t normally tomorrow so I don’t have to fire up the oven until Tuesday and Wednesday. Then I’ll do some major baking of chicken breasts and possibly other meats (depending on what’s in the stores/on sale) so I can just pull protein out of the freezer for a while. The muffins I’m not sure about freezing. Truth to tell, if GF bread weren’t so expensive – especially the Udi’s brand that actually tastes like bread and not Styrofoam – I’d do toast for breakfast and wait until Autumn to do muffins again. 😁 But muffins only require the oven to be on 40 minutes so I can deal with that. Especially if I get up early and do it before the day & the house heat up.

    Aji’s dogs are still missing so lots of metaphysical Energy, by whatever name, towards getting them home safe and sound. Amelia’s situated until July 3rd. And she managed to get her laundry done with the adrenaline rush energy she always gets after the “rent” is paid. She figured she was gonna crash when the adrenaline wore off either way so might as well use it. Which tells me with or without her meds (and she’s still without) she’s starting to be able to focus on at least what’s physically right at hand. Other folks I haven’t heard from lately so hoping for the best. Or at least the better. My friend called yesterday. I helped her deal with another of the really convoluted processes – thank you R-controlled legislature – for doing summer pay at the University and got her latest news. She, like me, is personally OK. It’s the folks around her – in her case her husband and parents. & at least she’s sharing dealing with her parents with her siblings. Her husband needs major dental work and the price tag is $27K which she can’t afford. Deja vu again – that’s the same situation Aji’s in with Wings. Both men in question are diabetic. Wings’s is at least better controlled. But he’s also 20 years older than my friend’s husband. Dental in AmeriKKKa is getting worse than medical. But right now just about everything in AmeriKKKa is getting worse.

    I think I’d best get my treadmill/walking in before it heats up any more. Channeling Healing/Helping Energy to everybody, to your shaping. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  7. Good Friday morning, Moosekind! It’s late. I slept until well past seven, owing to the cold meds. Got up, read some of the paper, then decided I didn’t want the usual breakfast, so I prepared eggs, bacon, and toast for both of us. We are getting ready to go to the store to shop for groceries. I will be masked, gloved, and bespectacled again.

    Also, as soon as I’m dressed for the day, I’ll be going for a walk. I haven’t done that lately (haven’t felt up to it), but gad, my weight is creeping up again. Gotta nip it in the bud.

    We had our forecasted thunderstorm with lightning and rain at 10 p.m. last night. I enjoyed watching it from the screened porch. It’s a better fireworks show than anything humans think up. At the moment in Ashburn it’s 73 F., going up 81 F. with chance of thunderstorms.

    Not much to say. Tried to read my grandson’s thesis but it was so loaded with academic-speak that I felt quite weary. He did a nice job on the graphics, footnotes, and references, though. I understand why he had to load it down with all that jargon, because that’s what professors revel in, but it is burdensome to read.

    Now that I’ve completed my obligations for the quarterly, I must get down to writing some more fiction. I’d really like to have my book out by fall.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond, and please Goddess, tone it down with the bad news. We’d like some good news for a change.

  8. Good morning, 53 and partly sunny. We worked with our son yesterday, packing, cleaning and moving things. Moving was easier when we were all younger! Our son is single and thanks to covid still limiting the number of people he is around because he worries about RonK’s and my exposure. So the moving crew is essentially the three of us, with son#2’s weekend help. Today will be a push, then thankfully two movers and a truck are scheduled for Saturday.

    I’ve scanned the news, but my brain is weary so I’m just letting the info flow past my eyes and wishing November were here now. I know there are no fast fixes for the mess we are living through, but it will be easier for me to cope when tRump is no longer occupying the White House.

    Best wishes to all.

  9. Saturday Meese. 67 going up to 86 here in the NY Catskills

    More DC shade from Mayor Bowser

    Puerto Rico

  10. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 61 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 75. Sunny skies are in the forecast. It sounds like a perfect day and I will try to spend some of it outside.

    Yay for Joe Biden locking down the nomination without the need for the “thuggish” Superdelegates (aka the Democratic Party elders and electeds who have built the party) putting their thumbs on the scale. I hope the berners go away – I’m sure they won’t. I am now going to be Republicanish about my devotion to our nominee and will not say one bad word about Joe Biden and not criticize anything he does until after he is inaugurated. I do reserve the right to be sad if his Vice Presidential pick is not Kamala Harris, the one person who ties the party past with the party future. Other than that, I am good.

    Double yay for Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington DC, for not taking crap from #BunkerBoy – painting and renaming a street corner and sending 3rd Amendment letters to the White House and the governors of the states who sent their National Guard troops to Washington. Gawd, tRump must be livid – another strong smart woman not cowering to him. “Leaving a night light on for him” was excellent trolling.

    I was able to log in this morning so whatever issue I had aged out after I cleaned cache, did updates that I did not want to do and turned off the adblocker on this page. I am not sure which one fixed it but I don’t care as long as it doesn’t happen again. I was able to log in yesterday from an Internet Explorer 11 browser so it was definitely a Firefox issue. IE11 won’t be around much longer and I can’t intermingle news and blogging sites with my business browsers so I hope it was just a temporary thing. I think the newest Firefox moved my toolbar to a new place and I have to see if I can move it back. I hate change!!

    Senator Doug Jones of Alabama did the Weekly Democratic Party Address. Senator Jones:

    I spoke Sunday afternoon at a rally for justice at Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham – where 57 years ago, in the shadow of the 16th Street Baptist Church, the Birmingham Police turned fire hoses and vicious dogs on peaceful demonstrators – many of them schoolchildren – who were making a stand for equal rights and importantly a stand for dignity. The scenes from Birmingham at that time – and around the world – made it clear that the inequity in our society could no longer be ignored. Sadly, the legislative changes that came from that movement have been eroded over the years in far too many ways.

    There is a clear and direct path from the shadow of the 16th Street Baptist Church where four little girls died in a bomb blast to the death of George Floyd, just a week or so ago – and centuries of injustice that preceded both.

    I will try to get the Fighting Back post up this morning but I got a late start and that will put me behind all day.

    See all y’all later!

    • I hate change!!

      Ha! Well said, BlogGoddess. I do too. “Why fix it if it ain’t broke?” is my motto.

      One of the reasons I fled to the MacWorld in 2014 was that Firefox and Adobe crashed my Windows 7 computer, which I loved, three times a day. I became very tired of it.

      Still wish I had Windows’ file system, though, because Apple’s “Finder” sucks galaxies through a straw. There is nothing about Apple software that I like. But—but—it usually doesn’t get viruses and it’s very fast. My husband’s Windows 10 laptop, even though relatively new (two years), is a clunker.

  11. Good morning, 52 and raining in Bellingham. I’m to tired to sleep and to sleepy to be awake so I’m dozing and wishing coffee would magically appear. I’ll find my way downstairs soon.

    Our son’s kitchen and bathrooms are functioning in the new house, so I’ll rest most of the day and help him put his bedroom together after the movers are done. We’re all tired, the old house is a moving mess, the new house will soon be full of boxes……moving is tiring no fun!

    Looks like Bellingham is now in Phase 11, so I’m looking forward to seeing my flower shop friends and hoping the bookstore cafe will be open for business soon. I know we will need to stay vigilant re covid, but a return to some normalcy will be so nice.

    Best wishes to all on this sleepy rainy morning.

    • I hope that people in locales that are in Phase 2 remember that the virus is still out there; I see a lot of people being more casual about masking and distancing. Our Phase 2 will pause now for two weeks while Dane County public health officials assesses how it is going. The next phase of opening things up will be June 12th if we don’t backslide or if the protests don’t create an unmanageable spike. That is a sensible approach so I am certain that Republican death cultists are preparing a new lawsuit as we speak!

  12. It’s 83 already, going up to 95 but today’s heat index isn’t supposed to go over 100. Yay? Yesterday’s was 103. Cool front moving in Monday afternoon. With rain of course. But if I get some no-cook sorts of things to eat for tomorrow I can hold out until the overnights are in the 50s again – and morning baking will actually feel good. 😁 Yesterday we generated 23 KWHs and the m-t-d is 102.7 – still on track.

    I’m waiting for my son to get here so I can do a month or so’s worth of grocery shopping. Simple pleasures, right? Bad news all over the place. We have to hang onto hope so we don’t drown in it. No word on Aji’s dogs and she’s giving up hope there. Amelia will probably sleep another day before she gets enough energy to do much of anything. I haven’t heard from anybody else. Probably send them a “you OK?” email later today. Anyway, I’m gonna go do internet stuff until time to leave. Channeling Healing/Helping Energy to everybody, to your shaping. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  13. Good Saturday morning, Meese! We had a humdinger of a storm yesterday with lots of rain at dinner time. Not as much lightning on this go-round, however, and very little thunder. Another rainstorm is predicted for this afternoon so I need to get out and do my walk before it starts. At the moment it’s 70 F. in Northern Virginia, rising to 92 F. later on.

    We did go shopping yesterday and it was so nice, again, to see what was available (lots of empty shelves), and pick out exactly what I wanted. I want vegetarian food tonight, so it will be Trader Joe’s pasta with cherry tomatoes and pesto, a salad, and mango chunks with mango ice cream.

    Yesterday Elder Son and DIL took Mr. Preschooler out to a strawberry farm in Maryland to pick strawberries. They posted pix on Facebook and he looked so cute with his bucket full of berries! They’re going to make strawberry ice cream for him today and strawberry daiquiris for themselves.

    I expect I’ll just amble about, today. It would be nice if I were to get some writing done, but I’m so lazy.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  14. This morning’s workout was so very hard. But I made myself do it. 1.57 miles. 3 rounds of 60 seconds running, 2 of 45, 2 of 30. Just so hard. Today: groceries, maybe do the abs & arms workout in the afternoon. For now, watching Joy Reid on MSNBC.

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