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?

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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  83 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: May 31st through June 6th

  1. JanF
    May 30, 2020 at 5:33 pm

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

    Morning low of 45 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 66. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Denise Velez
    May 31, 2020 at 6:39 am

    Sunday Meese
    53 going up to 65 here in the NY Catskills

    Puerto Rico

  3. Denise Velez
    May 31, 2020 at 6:40 am


    • May 31, 2020 at 8:57 am

      The police force in this country is monstrous! One of the first things the new administration should do is order nationwide retraining.

      ‘Course, it would help to have gun control too.

  4. Denise Velez
    May 31, 2020 at 6:42 am

    Put this up yesterday

    Being an elected official is no protection when black

  5. DeniseVelez
    May 31, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Sunday Music

    Folk, blues, rock, reggae, and politics intersect in the music of Richie Havens and Taj Mahal https://t.co/eLbyEZYQ4T— Denise Oliver-Velez (@Deoliver47) May 31, 2020


  6. May 31, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Good Sunday morning, Moosekind! It’s sunny and 65 F. in Ashburn, going up to 72 F. later with no chance of rain.

    Made a big Southern breakfast this morning because I was craving one after three months of lockdown. Buttermilk biscuits, scrambled eggs, bacon, and bacon gravy. Oh, mah Goddess! The biscuits were the easiest part, as Amazon obligingly supplied a little box of Jiffy Biscuit Mix. The bacon gravy was an abysmal failure: I should’na used precooked bacon. Duh. There was hardly any grease, so I had to add a little canola oil. I made the mistake of salting the gravy, with the result that it was basically inedible.

    Sigh. Seventy years ago my maternal grandmother used to prepare biscuits, bacon, and bacon gravy for my mother, my sister, and me. She served it on bottle-green glass plates and I thought it was the most delicious breakfast in the world.

    I continue to be amazed and delighted by the change in the environment around here. As a rule, the Washington area in summer has so much air pollution that the sky has a tint of brown or purple or grey underlying the blue. But it’s absolutely clear today, no haze, nothing to spoil the cerulean expanse. The absence of airplanes roaring overhead means that now we can hear birdsong. I’ve never been so aware of it as I have during this lockdown.

    Last night we FaceTimed with Younger Son, Elder Son, and the children, as it was Mr. Kindergartener’s sixth birthday. Younger Son procured a birthday cake from Costco, and we all sang “Happy Birthday.” Our little boy appeared somewhat overwhelmed by the attention, but dutifully blew out the candles in only three tries.

    I will not comment on the national situation as I’m too heartsick about it. I just wish it were November now, or better still, January 21st, 2021.

    Wishing a nice, peaceful day to all at the Pond.

  7. princesspat
    May 31, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Good morning, 52 and mostly cloudy in Bellingham. Yesterday was a pouring rain day so I hope today is less wet. Our sons made good progress moving things in spite of the rain but there’s lots left to do so it will be a busy week. I hope the donation sites open this week so he doesn’t have to move/store the stuff that will go away.

    I’m doing some simple sewing just to keep my hands busy and my mind occupied. Seeing the damage done to downtown Seattle makes me so worried that the chaos resulting from justified anger and accelerator behavior will result in in replay of 1968. Our first child was born that spring and I can still feel the fear I felt worrying about how we would keep her safe with assassinations and rioting happening all around us. Now my children are worrying about how to keep their children safe. And I’m staying home and sewing, :::sigh:::

    Sorry for sharing my gloomy feeling, but as always, thanks for listening. May we all find moments of peaceful quiet today.

    • May 31, 2020 at 12:15 pm

      Princesspat, 1968 was a very scary time. I remember looking across the Potomac River from our office in Rosslyn, Virginia (the Virginia end of the Key Bridge), and seeing plumes of black smoke swirling into the sky from the riots.

      Seems that nothing changes.

      Why are you donating furniture? Are you and Ron preparing to sell the house and move?

      • princesspat
        June 1, 2020 at 10:59 am

        Diana, our son is moving and has the need to donate, not us. Between his hundreds of books, collectibles and family furniture he will soon fill the new 3 bedroom rental so he is editing his belongings as best he can.

        Shared memories of 1968 are an important historical record, and gives comfort knowing we are not alone. But may we please not repeat the experience!

  8. bfitzinAR
    May 31, 2020 at 10:36 am

    It’s 69 heading for mid 80s and sunny enough the PV system’s already generated over a KWH. We got 24.78 KWHs yesterday and with this morning’s addition we’re at 347 – if it stays sunny we should reach 370 or so by the end of the day. And month.

    Watching even a little bit of the Kristallnacht/Reichstag Fire episodes all over the country is sickening. I feel so effen useless. I can’t help protect folks from the evil I’ve watched growing – and did what piddly insufficient work I could to stop it – I can’t help friends with financial issues that are mostly caused by that growing evil somewhere along the line. All I can do is RT stuff and Channel Healing/Helping Energy. Which I do. But it seems so very useless. It hasn’t slowed the evil over the 60 years of this round’s growth or the 50 I’ve been working against it. And watching it happen, knowing it was growing to this – and will continue to grow to even worse if we don’t somehow stop it – does not make it one bit better or easier.

    So I concentrate on closer things. PV system. Quarantining. Dogfood to a few folks who’re chronically a bit short. RT things that might bring help to a few folks with major financial issues. Channel Healing/Helping Energy to everyone, to your/their shaping. It’s not enough. But it’s what I can do. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}} bf

    • bfitzinAR
      May 31, 2020 at 11:47 am

      And all Gods/Goddesses bless the Moose Pond for being here, bless the folks who started it, the folks who maintain it. My distress is nothing to those in the firing line, to those with family on the firing line, but I can at least let it out here. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  9. anotherdemocrat
    May 31, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Did my early morning walk/run today. 11 rounds of run 30 seconds, walk 90. That. Was. Hard. It is hot, but this is Texas, so yeah. Yesterday’s protests here were huge, and there was some looting & 1 car fire, but it stayed downtown, away from residential areas — the main police station & the Capitol building were the targets & there are very few, if any residents near there. News isn’t talking about any injuries. There’s another protest planned today.

    • anotherdemocrat
      May 31, 2020 at 1:14 pm

      And today’s protest has been called off:

  10. anotherdemocrat
    May 31, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    seriously ginormous crowd for a barely-million population city — but peaceful, almost festive & friendly:

  11. JanF
    June 1, 2020 at 5:09 am

    We have to watch these Lincoln Project guys very closely (their hero is Reagan) but AFTER they help us elect Joe Biden and take back the Senate. In the meantime, their ads are good – and riling the Occupier.

  12. JanF
    June 1, 2020 at 6:40 am

    Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 59 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 73. Isolated showers are in the forecast. I am glad I got my sunning done yesterday!!

    Wow, electing an ignorant man who is also an unapologetic racist appears to be fomenting a race war in America. Who could have predicted that? I want to know who is behind the violence – there will always be people who will take advantage of chaos to steal but I want to know who is destroying things just to destroy them. It may be “antifa” whatever that is but it is just as likely to be chaos agents from the white supremacist movement. Sadly, we do not have a government interested in the truth – the “Justice” Department is only there to protect tRump and his deplorable followers. This is all you need to know:

    See all y’all later!

  13. June 1, 2020 at 7:29 am

    Good Monday morning, Moosekind. Beautifully sunny here in Ashburn, with a current temp. of 51 F., on its way to a high of 74 F. It’s rather cooler than our usual June weather but I’ll take it.

    This morning we are planning a foray to Trader Joe’s. Dearly Beloved will drive, I’ll nip in and out to get what I need quickly. I’ll be masked and gloved, and I understand that the TJ staff are extremely careful about wiping things down and keeping a social distance. We only need a few things.

    Had another extremely bad night so I need to get as much done as possible before I collapse. There are numerous tasks I need to accomplish and yet I seem to exist in a state of paralysis or mental fog. I don’t know whether it’s stress or what. Also, I’m very worried about my husband. He seems to be fading. Doesn’t eat much, sleeps a lot. He takes the dog for a walk every day and does the dishes, but other than that he does little besides read and watch telly.

    The dog got on my last nerve yesterday. For anyone who’s thinking of moving to an apartment, take it from me: having a dog in an apartment is no joke. I can’t think why I ever contemplated it. Problem is, Monty is like the boy in the O. Henry story, “The Ransom of Red Chief.” Potential human parents would practically pay me to keep him!

    Well, that’s enough whining from me, and it’s all very first-world anyway. I just don’t know what to say about the cataclysm in this country. There are times when I wonder if there will even be a United States of America in November 2020.

    Wishing all at the Pond a good day with, it’s to be hoped, better news than we’ve been having.

    • JanF
      June 1, 2020 at 9:00 am

      I am sorry to hear about Dearly Beloved and hope it is just a temporary malaise. It is difficult right now with the world as we knew it crashing and burning to find anything positive. Perhaps the trip to Trader Joe’s will help lift your spirits! By the way, the gloves have been deemed not necessary for shoppers and may make things worse. Your hands work well and can be cleaned (with soap and water) while gloves can carry the virus on them for hours. At least that’s what I read!

      • June 1, 2020 at 8:14 pm

        Thanks, Jan! I took off the gloves immediately when we arrived back home and threw them into the laundry hamper. The guidance on this stuff seems to change hourly!

    • bfitzinAR
      June 1, 2020 at 9:33 am

      {{{Diana}}} Holding the Good Thought for DB – sending Healing Energy to both of you. moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • anotherdemocrat
      June 1, 2020 at 1:38 pm

      Sending all good thoughts to you & DB.

      • June 2, 2020 at 7:56 am

        Thanks for the good wishes for Dearly, my friends. He does seem to have perked up a bit. He drove the getaway car to Trader Joe’s yesterday. Right now he’s mixing the nonfat dry milk powder with regular milk to make our supply last longer. I’m going to give him Belgian waffles for breakfast.

  14. Denise Velez
    June 1, 2020 at 7:54 am

    Monday Meese. 47 going up to 69 here in the Catskills

    On Police and reporters

  15. Denise Velez
    June 1, 2020 at 7:56 am

    RIP James Scurlock

  16. Denise Velez
    June 1, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Puerto Rico

  17. anotherdemocrat
    June 1, 2020 at 8:37 am

    Not walking today, so I slept in. We have clouds & rain so it’s cool, highs only in the mid 80s. Our protests over the weekend were relatively calm & peaceful. A Target store was looted but it is miles away from the protests, so that was likely opportunists. The Houston police chief kept things calm there by addressing the protesters respectfully and calling for police reform. Today: work, and breaks to do arm & ab workouts.

  18. bfitzinAR
    June 1, 2020 at 10:17 am

    It’s 71 heading for mid 80s. Sunny right now although the forecast says clouds will be moving in later today. No rain until Wednesday but the clouds will start today. sigh. Global warming sux. We got 24 KWHs yesterday and wrapped up May at 369.9 – couldn’t quite inch itself over to 370. The ‘meet or beat’ for June is 569. We shall see what we shall see. But – at least when the sun’s out – the panels are now totally out of the shade by 9 am so…

    Evil Ones doing as much evil as they can get away with. Right now they’re getting away with a lot. Good people and blessings of all kinds are there though. And are shining brightly. Large and small. (Like Basket sent me several bottles of Nature’s Miracle – Sunday delivery – and my house no longer smells of kitty piss.) Aji and others are still making masks to give to folks who need them. Even as sales are minimal and she’s got $3.3K in 1st & 2nd quarter taxes to pay this month – and $15K to come up with for drilling a new irrigation well/setting up an irrigation system before August (when the well drillers can schedule them in). Once they have that they’ll be able to grow their own human and horse food – which they also/always share with local Elders and disabled folks. That new irrigation system could pay for itself in as little as 2 years. But it’s cash up front. Amelia, well, she needs help she’s not getting and that’s just that. Monetary, yes, of course – but that can be dealt with online. She needs someone there physically – getting her to the doctor, doing grocery shopping for her, occasionally helping with the laundry even. She’s still recovering from the emotional energy expended 10 days ago with the zoom school reunion. But she does what she can and we do what we can and so far she’s still here. Others…I worry and send what bits I can but at least at the moment they aren’t as close to the edge as Aji and Amelia. They’re all – you’re all lights in my life, candles in the darkness, guides and reasons to keep going.

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

  19. princesspat
    June 1, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Good morning, 51 and sunny in Bellingham. I haven’t read the daily papers yet so as far as I know all is well in my corner of the PNW. Right now the morning sun is illuminating the old maple trees, and the branches look sturdy and the leaves are a fresh color of green. I’m going to savor the moment because reality will soon settle in.

    My focus this week will be helping our son move. He hopes to have the boxes, art work, clothes, etc moved and the new kitchen set up before the movers arrive on Saturday for the heavy stuff. I’m relieved he’s now excited about the new house and neighborhood, and that his health is recovering. Now may the economy please revive so his work can continue.

    Best wishes to all on this sunny day.

  20. Denise Velez
    June 2, 2020 at 7:50 am

    Tuesday Meese. 54 going up to 73 here in the Catskills

    Kudos to Rahul Dubey – the DC homeowner
    who opened his home to protesters


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