Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: June 28th through July 4th

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”, Motley Meese! The week begins …

    Morning low of 63 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 85. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Good Sunday morning, Moosekind! We’ve awakened to yet another cloudy morning. The weather widget claims it’s 74 F. in Ashburn, on its way up to 87 F. Thunderstorms are in the forecast, with locally heavy rains and gusty winds, 80 percent chance of rain, bla bla bla. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Not much happening here except that this will be a laundry and writing day. I want to write a letter to my son, who will be 50 years old on Thursday. He’s been a wonderful Elder Son and we’re so proud of him. None of us can be sure how much longer we’re going to be around, so I want to be sure to let him know how much I value him, especially for his sense of whimsy. Most intelligent persons have a sense of humor, but not many have a sense of whimsy. My father had it, I have it, and he has it. It’s too early to tell whether any of the grandchildren have it. Most young people take themselves very seriously, which is natural.

    Read a crappy review by Carlos Lozada in this morning’s WaPo of a book about Russian interference in American elections. Both Lozada and the book tear down Obama’s actions without once mentioning that McTurtle forbade Obama’s mentioning Russian interference before the 2016 election, and without pointing out that black men, including black presidents, have far less political capital than even mediocre or downright racist white guys.

    Also read that Lincoln wasn’t quite such a plaster saint as white people have been led to believe. Frederick Douglass made an impassioned speech about it in 1876 when that statue was dedicated. I think the fact that Lincoln as assassinated has cast a fine gloss over his racist political beliefs.

    On the same note, there’s a journo at the WaPo who’s obsessed with finding fault with Kamala Harris. I’ll have to look up his Twitter handle so I can tear him down every time he attempts to tear her down. I’m sure we’ll see much more of that.

    Well, now that I’ve cheered everyone up, it’s time to go cook breakfast. Our kitchen only holds one person at a time, so I’m waiting for Dearly to finish unloading the dishwasher.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

    • {{{Diana}}} Lincoln got the full whitewash treatment of a president who won a war and a president who was assassinated. And that plastered over a whole lot of things we would condemn if “honest abe” hadn’t done them. Which is why the fascists/birchers don’t want us to know about them. He was racists as hell. Yeah, he didn’t believe in slavery – chattel slavery where human beings were not legally considered human. But if it had kept the Union together he would have left things as they were. His “solution” was to get Black folks out of the country and send them “back” to Africa. Even less funny thing. While he accepted Black people as people, inferior but still people, he did not do the same for Natives.

      Enjoy your Sunday breakfast. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  3. Sunday Meese. 63 here in the NY Hudson Valley – going up to 83 with more thunderstorms.


    Puerto Rico

  4. I skipped my walk this morning, there was a story on the news about illnesses due to the dust. I decided walking can wait till Tuesday. I’m voting in the runoff tomorrow. Very excited that my congressional candidate was endorsed by Kamala Harris. So, today: watch the news, church on youtube, make overnight oats for next week, maybe try some furniture re-arranging — my jerry-rigged shoe shelves fell apart & I have shelves in the spare room I could use. So that will be plenty of exercise, if I do it.

    • I like the doo-wop version of “I Only Have Eyes for You” better than the Dick Powell version in the 1934 movie “Dames” – LOL.

    • Denise, read this yesterday on dk too late to be allowed to comment. What a wonderful diary! Do you know, the first song I ever remember hearing on the radio was “Wy do Fools Fall in Love! When I hear it I feel transported back to 1956, when I used to dance to the music of the radio in the kitchen of our duplex apartment in Little Rock.

      Another of my favorite songs from that period is “Yakety Yak.” It epitomized my life, although I didn’t have any “hoodlum friends outside” who wanted to take me for a ride.

  5. It’s 76 heading for the 90s and sunny at least at the moment. Yesterday we only got 13.4 KWHs but the m-t-d is 530 which is only 39 from the goal and that’s every doable in 3 sunny June days. We shall see what we shall see. Got all my Sunday chores done. Vacuuming counts in place of walking for exercise – it takes as much time as my usual walks and takes more energy. (Also hurts more but that’s a different issue.) As soon as the cat gets off my lap I need to close up the house though. Inside and outside temps are just about the same right now.

    Aji’s patreon last night, which I just saw and boosted this morning, well – tears. As much as it hurts Aji to have lost the dogs, it hurts poor little Cricket more. He showed up in February 2018, a maybe 6-month-old very abused pup, as part of a pack of 6. Aji and Wings had two elder dogs who accepted the youngsters fairly quickly. All gone now. Cricket’s alone. It’s heart-breaking. And apparently the rain stopped when the dogs were taken which is a different kind of tragedy but coming at the same time… (That sort of connecting has led to whole religions being created. Human minds work like that.)

    Other folks, other problems – but all come down to health of one or more kinds (including financial). Channeling Healing/Helping Energy to everybody everywhere, to your shaping. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  6. Good morning, 56 and partly sunny in Bellingham. Yesterday was a fun family day so I’m pleasantly tired this morning. It was so nice to just be with Lisa and Ryan, and weather cooperated so lunch on the patio was relaxing and fun. After lunch we took dessert to our son’s new house and visited and helped organize and hang some of his art work, so it was a good ending to a busy day.

    I did have a cookie fail though. In my hurry I forgot to add half of the flour so the cookies became a cookie spread. Fortunately I had used parchment paper so we just peeled pieces off, and the brown sugar and chocolate was tasty regardless!

    Best wishes to all.

  7. Monday Meese
    63 going up to 83 with rain in NY’s Hudson Valley.
    Florida seniors fight back

    Puerto Rico/Puerto Ricans

  8. Good Monday morning, Moosekind, and a fair morning it is! Right now in Ashburn it’s 76 F., on its way to 90 F. I need to get out for my walk pretty soon. It’s so agreeable to wake up to a lovely day instead of clouds. Our beloved bfitz would approve of the weather here!

    All these alleged thunderstorms with heavy downpours have been skirting this area and hitting Montgomery County, across the river in Maryland. On Saturday there were huge trees uprooted there. I could hardly believe what I was seeing on the TV screen.

    The zucchini in the garden patch has gone crazy. I had to give one of them away to a fellow gardener yesterday. Must watch that video on using the spiralizer.

    Younger Son and DIL saw a house we all liked on the Internet, but trying to get a loan when Son hasn’t had a paycheck since March is problematic. We’ll have to let this one go, although the in-law suite looked really nice. Although I’ve enjoyed being able to hear birdsong and breathe relatively unpolluted air, society and business will resume its normal pace, I’m sure. Younger Son needs to get a job soon. August first would be good.

    Am hoping that the MSM will do its job for once and keep on the Taliban bounty scandal. There was speculation on Twitter yesterday that Thing would resign because the situation looks so bad for him. I don’t think his ego would permit him to do that.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond and Dear Goddess, might we have some good news for a change?

  9. It’s 76 heading for a muggy mid to upper 80s – because we’re supposedly gonna get rain. Of course we’ve been supposed to get rain for the last several days and it hasn’t happened. Yesterday we got over 16 KWHs and the m-t-d is 546 so again not quite on track for the day (that would be 19) but still on track for the month. We’re 23 KWHs from the goal (569) and a single sunny day would do it but we aren’t gonna get a single sunny day. Still, 2 partly sunny days will get us there. Part of that is June’s been the sunniest month we’ve had since last August. Part of it is the new configuration. The latter won’t make a lot of difference but it will make a measurable one.

    Nothing new under the sun. Which isn’t promising at the moment but as I was saying to a friend yesterday, just because we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel doesn’t mean there isn’t one. It could be farther out than we can see or the tunnel could be taking a bend in front of us and it’s a lot closer than we think. Our job is to keep moving. Even when things are so bad we just want to lie down and give up. Which is why community is so very important. We support each other and help each other keep going.

    I need to close up the house to hang onto what coolth we have. Channeling Healing/Helping Energy to everybody everywhere, to your shaping. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  10. I voted in the runoff/special election today. Got there at 6:45 & was 2nd in line. By 7, there were about 10 of us. Glad I got that out of the way. Today: work, and standing abs on my standing breaks. And a trip in to the office, all my new applications are done. The Science Channel has How The Universe Works all day, so that makes me happy.

  11. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 79 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of TOO HOT. It will be TOO HOT all week.

    I only have time to wave hi and bye – as often happens, Monday mornings are crazy busy.

    I just saw that Chief Justice Roberts is continuing to protect the integrity of his court and refused to uphold the Louisiana Abortion Ban, citing the Roe v Wade precedent. I would really like to know what happened to him, did he see the joke that the Supreme Court had become and realize that for it to survive the Trump Years it would have to reject his political party’s pet causes? That bodes well for the ACA. I hope to hell we can keep our side pumped up that “It’s the Supreme Court, Stupid.” This ruling means that we were indeed one vote away from losing reproductive rights.

    See all y’all later!

  12. Good morning, 62 and mostly sunny in Bellingham. I slept late this morning, so I hope I’ll feel rested when I finally get my day underway. Feels like a summer morning so I may find a few flowers to plant. My choices are limited now so my “keep it simple” planting plan will be easier to do!

    To my son’s dismay the deer at the new house love the pots of tomatoes, peppers and plants he moved. We rescued what were left of the red geraniums yesterday and he’s going to talk to his landlord about building a fence.

    Time to find some coffee and answer the phone calls that are ringing in. My best wishes to all.

  13. Tuesday Meese. 64 and cloudy here in the Catskills going up to 77 with rain.
    Wish I could send some of the rain to Puerto Rico and the USVI
    Drought – Puerto Rico/USVI

    There is now water rationing in Puerto Rico, and severe drought in the USVI as well. Response from the White House **crickets** It has been 1013 days since Puerto Rico had full power.— Denise Oliver-Velez (@Deoliver47) June 30, 2020


    Hello – mainstream media – where is your coverage of severe drought in the USVI? https://t.co/ZFFW1POrFK pic.twitter.com/JLzAcvNY4Z— Denise Oliver-Velez (@Deoliver47) June 30, 2020


    The Virgin Islands Battles Severe Drought https://t.co/bXwPegmEDn via @VI_Source #USVI #Drought pic.twitter.com/A4aRRBS3Wb— Caribbean ClimateHub (@CaribeHub) June 15, 2020


    Puerto Rico declares state of emergency, cuts off water due to drought https://t.co/pROtitd6kd— Denise Oliver-Velez (@Deoliver47) June 30, 2020


    Drought-stricken Puerto Rico will impose strict water rationing measures in the middle of the pandemic.Starting on Thursday, nearly 140,000 customers of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority, including some in San Juan, will be without running water every other day.— Patricia Mazzei (@PatriciaMazzei) June 29, 2020


    • Sorry, Dee! Your comment went into moderation and languished there for 4 hours because I did not check in until now.

      Off to retweet everything!!

  14. I skipped my walk this morning. The dust isn’t gone, and my allergies are really bad. Also, it’s 80 degrees, along with the dust & humidity. Blech. Today’s plan: work, standing workouts on my breaks, listen to music.

  15. I seem to be here before everybody. (At least at the point I started writing I was.) That’s weird. Anyway it’s 75 heading for low 90s (?? heat index) and sunny at the moment but gonna get over it. Yesterday we got enough sun for 14.4 KWHs and the m-t-d is 560 so if we can just get enough sunshine for 9 more we’ll make the goal and set a new “meet or beat” for next year.

    A neighboring dog came to play with Cricket Sunday and it made such a difference to the poor lonely boy Aji’s looking for a shelter/rescue pair of pups/young dogs for him. It’s been 4 weeks. If Chinook and KitFox make it back after all, they will rejoice. A pack of 5 isn’t as big as the one Cricket came in. But Cricket needs a pack. Meanwhile they need sales desperately. For safety’s sake the plumbing repair and chimney cleaning need to get done but the one they can’t put off is the $3K for the 1st 2 quarters’ taxes due 7/15. After that they’ve got to get the well and irrigation system in. Even when they get a sorta decent snowpack like they did this winter past, the upstream irrigation ditches haven’t been kept up. They lost 3/4 of what should have been their irrigation water to the vegetation in the upstream ditches. The driller couldn’t schedule them before August – but they have to pay about $5K upfront before he’ll do it. Sales have been a trickle since last October. Still, they do have wonderful jewelry to sell – so if somehow between us all we can get that info to the people who both would and could buy it, their financial issues would be resolved. Unlike folks like Amelia and Fineena whose Disability/Social Security are insufficient but they’ve got no other income stream. Prayers for family stepping up and the “kindness of strangers” are all that can be done for them.

    Hot and sticky but I’ve managed to not turn on the A/C so far. I don’t really get decent sleep until after midnight when the temps have finally dropped and the breeze starts up but I breathe so much better without the “forced air” (& the load of dust and cat fur it carries) being blown all over the place. Tap water makes me queasy this time of year (I still count my blessings that I have it) but carbonating it solves the problem. Getting the CO2 cartridges has been a nope though. Nobody’s had them this year. But Momentary Grace gave me a link to a company that’ll refill my own so hopefully within the next couple of weeks that issue will be resolved.

    Need to go close up the house now. Channeling Healing/Helping Energy to everybody everywhere, to your shaping. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  16. Good Tuesday morning, Moosekind! Feel as if I’ve already done a day’s work and it’s only a little past 10:30. Went down to the garden and watered, came back with three huge zucchini from my sexually active giant plant. As I harvested them I thought of this British music hall ditty about marrows:

    There’s a man lives down in the street I’d like you all to know
    He grew a great big marrow for the local farmers’ show
    When the story got around, they came from far and wide
    When they saw the size of it, all the ladies cried:

    Oh, what a beauty! I’ve never seen one as big as that before!
    Oh, what a beauty! It must be two foot long or even more.

    Early this morning I watched stormy-looking hot grey clouds drift off and now we have a blue, cloudless sky. It’s another hot, beautiful day. At nearly 11 a.m. the temp. in Ashburn is 84 F., going up to 88 F. No rain on this plain!

    We went out with Younger Son and DIL to see two houses yesterday. The first one, in Great Falls, was absolutely impossible. Not only was it well off the beaten track, the next door neighbors were, like, horses. True, they were very beautiful horses, but I mean—rilly. The old farm house at the top of the slope had been renovated, but the renovation did nothing to disguise the tiny 1950-style rooms and the smell of of water damage and mold. Also, it had well water and a septic something. The brochure didn’t specify whether it was a field or a tank.

    The second one was touchingly close to civilization, right off Fairfax County Parkway, which would have been handy for Younger Son and DIL to get to work. The in-law suite was quite nice, with double doors leading to a patio, galley kitchen and all that. It even had a wood-burning fireplace. We regretfully decided that, even if we’d been able to make an offer at this time, it was a little on the small side for two families. The backyard was a little on the small side for two dogs, too, and wasn’t even fenced.

    We were so tired by the time we returned that I couldn’t even do anything about dinner. Dearly Beloved, bless his heart, went across the street to Anita’s and got carry-out tacos. Of course, by the time he brought them home they were a bit soggy, but we enjoyed them anyway. Now I am craving an Impossible Burger and half a serving of french fries. Probably won’t get it, though.

    Dearly had a telemedicine appointment about his eyes at 10 a.m., which resulted in his having to hotfoot it to the Kaiser office in Reston to get them seen to. I therefore took Monty out to save him some time. We had a four-baby-carrot walk. (Monty has to be bribed to go for a walkies or to continue his walkies.)

    At this point, having watered the garden and walked Monty I feel that I’ve done quite enough for someone who’s starting a cold. After I tidy up a bit I’m going to spend the rest of the day writing.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  17. Good morning, 57 and cloudy. The dark skies and cool breeze lulled me back to sleep earlier, so now I’m trying to wake up. I’m listening to Sarah Jarosz perform the songs from her new cd, grateful that my computer and a portable speaker can bring quality music to me and hoping musicians will find a way to survive covid reality.

    Time to find some coffee. As always my best wishes to all.

  18. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 81 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 82. Chance of thunderstorms – I hope not like yesterday where the deluge caused flooding downtown and to the west of the city. One of the nice things about Madison is that it surrounded by lakes and pretty little rivers and creeks, one of the worrisome things about Madison is that it is surrounded by lakes and pretty little rivers and creeks that overflow when it rains very hard.

    It is almost noon so all the news is already quite old and I am not going to read any of it! It is the last day of June and June projects woke me up in a bit of a worry at 12:30am and drove me to my computer where I did about an hour and a half of work on client’s networks. That allowed me to go back to sleep knowing that the to-do list was smaller. Alas, new things needed to be added to the June list but I am finally able to catch my breath to check in. Everything but one project has been pushed into July and that one may end up there as a nap sounds better.

    See all y’all later!

  19. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 68 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 88. Variable cloudiness.

    Dr. Fauci is exhibit A for “No, being in the room is NOT enough. You are a useless pile of crap and just as bad as the other members of the #RepublicanDeathCult if you don’t press for the right response to this pandemic and put your job on the line to protect the American people.” Oh, well, 100,000 infections a day – probably a million will die – can’t be helped, must keep lips affixed to the party leader’s ass! The history of this time will not be kind to Fauci and Birx and the CDC – tens of thousands of people will die needlessly because the covidiot leader of the Republican Party doesn’t do science. Goddess help us.

    Scariest headline today: Liz Cheney, future president. :::runs screaming:::

    I am pretending today is June 31st because I need the extra day to get some things done that have to be dated in June.

    See all y’all later!

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