Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: July 19th through July 25th

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 77 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 86. Chance of thunderstorms.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Sunday Meese. Looking at a scorcher today here in Kingston NY. It will be 97!

    I’m staying inside

    Puerto Rico/USVI

  3. Practically chilly today with a high of 98. Went to the grocery store yesterday & everyone had masks on, yay. The U2 concert was wonderful; so much fun chatting with fellow fans on twitter & the chat on their website. It’s good to keep in practice with real-time talk.

    • {{{anotherdemocrat}}} I hope the humidity drops along with the temps. (I know, not likely.) And am so very glad you had a good/relatively decent day yesterday. Music always helps and real-time connections with other friendly/like-minded human beings does too, so very Healing to the Spirit. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  4. The widget says same as yesterday which I hope is true. Highs in the low 90s, heat index getting into the 100s (it’s 80 right now and the heat index is starting to climb). There was less humidity than Friday so I not only managed to not run the A/C at all but opened the house a little before 9 pm. It was a good production day, too. We generated 20.98 KWHs out of a possible 25 and the m-t-d reached 306 which is certainly on track to get over 500 even if 563 is pretty much out of bound at this point.

    Yesterday was mourning and anger. Deeply mourning a truly great man. Some anger at the Rs already starting standard WASP male supremacist propaganda of “whitewashing” his history and memory until they can erase him altogether. More anger at the bernie cultists continuing their very racist disrespect for him with their standard “sellout/establishment” crap they started the minute he endorsed Hillary and made it obvious he wasn’t going to worship at bernie’s feet like a “good Negro” should. And absolute volcano-erupting outrage that so much of the work of his life has been rolled back, that the bills passed by this Congress to get some of it back are sitting on traitor McConnell’s desk, and that – presupposing we do manage to win White House and both Houses of Congress – he didn’t live long enough to see them passed. Like FDR dying in April 1945 – less than a month from V-E Day, less than 5 from V-J Day and nowhere close to “Winning the Peace” people don’t even know he was working on. I truly hope that we will see the victory John Lewis worked so hard for – in increased voter turnout, in winning this election “war”, and very seriously, joyfully winning the Peace that Dee knows so much more about than I ever will.

    Aji’s family’s taken another hit. A relative of Wings died yesterday (or at least they got word yesterday). So on top of desperately needing rain and desperately needing revenue (a big chunk of which is needed because of the drought), they have more personal sorrow. I think this is the 4th or maybe 5th this year, not counting the dogs (who Aji does count). Amelia’s debit card’s been closed due to “possible fraud” and the bank closed while she was on hold waiting to talk to someone in the Fraud Dept. Which triggered an anxiety/panic/depression/suicidal ideation attack. I’m not claiming any good here, but I listened until she was through it. When she could think again she came up with some good ideas, both for meals with what she has left in the house and what to do on Monday about the bank. As to the not-quite-as-close-to-the-edge folks, so far so good – and Fineena’s birthday is next Wednesday. She’s reaching what you might call a good “road trip” number. I’m pretty sure everybody at Moose Pond is old enough to get the reference. LOL.

    Gave the house a real “lick and a promise” – as in I quit doing much of anything when my core temp started going up. I’m comfortable in this heat as long as I keep my core temp pretty much at “basal metabolism” level. Is that an excuse or is that an excuse. LOL. I may have to turn the A/C on later today anyway though. I need to cook some protein. Most of the chicken breasts will go into the instant pot which while it doesn’t generate much heat does generate some. But I’m also running out of breakfast meat and other than sausage or ham (or really good beef that I don’t have and wouldn’t be able to cook properly if I did) the only breakfast meat I can tolerate is fried chicken. So this afternoon I’ll find out what kind of “dredging” for chicken besan makes. LOL. But that will definitely add heat. We shall see what we shall see.

    Meanwhile I need to close up the house. Channeling Healing/Helping Energy to everybody everywhere, to your shaping. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  5. Good Sunday morning, Meese. Woke up at 4, got up at 5:30, and now feel like a zombie. It’s 89 F. in Ashburn at 10:30 a.m., on its way up to 97 F. I went to the garden at 7:30, picked a few things.The garden patch beginning to look really dry and horrible, even though I water it every other day.

    No chance of rain for the next week, but the highs will be in the upper 90s. Oh, well, this is July, nothing we can do about it except stay inside.

    Thank Goddess, starting Monday we will be able to pick up meals at 5:30 p.m. from the Pub down the hall. It will be a relief not to have our fridge crowded with stuff we don’t even want.

    Monty had a very quiet birthday. We couldn’t get a good photo of him so we gave up. I’ve just been reading about the Gestapo in Portland and how they and the police were completely flummoxed by Naked Athena walking toward them. Fascinating!

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  6. Good morning, 64 and sunny in Bellingham. I enjoyed working with my son yesterday but we both got to tired. He needs a book fairy to visit and magically fill the bookcases! Two more rooms to sort out and then he can do the rest as he has time.

    I’m going to rest this morning and then I”ll decide what to do next. Best wishes to all on this quiet Sunday morning.

  7. Monday Meese. 74 and raining w. thunderstorms, going up to 94 with a heat advisory here in Kingston NY. Ugh.

    Such a tragedy.

    Puerto Rico

  8. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 66 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 79. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I caught some transcripts of the Vulgar Talking Yam’s interview with Fox News yesterday and holeeeee sheeeeeet! Someone said it should be listed as an in-kind donation to Joe Biden’s campaign. It becomes more and more difficult to imagine how that level of disconnect and ignorance would be admired by 40% of the voting population.

    I will be watching Congress very closely. I trust Nancy Pelosi to do the right thing on the next stimulus but she will be tugged in the direction of giving in on Senate demands in order to – literally – save lives. But we can’t give in on lawsuit immunity, it is the only thing that keeps corporate America from rejecting every public health guideline issued. Once you tell them that they can’t be sued if people get sick in their unmasked facilities they will opt out.

    I saw rumors that Cuccinelli will be sending his Gestapo to Milwaukee for the Democratic National Convention to make sure that the Trump Campaign has good footage of rioting Democrats “under control” for the fall election. Unfortunately, our Governor and Attorney General have no power to push back – the Republican legislature controls the state and their captive Supreme Court will knock down any attempts to block federal law enforcement from taking over crowd control at the convention. I wish that Senate Republicans did not live in tRump’s colon – we could use a legislative intervention.

    See all y’all later!

      • There will be some people there (the nominee and his VP, at least) and TV cameras. Wherever there are TV cameras, there is an opportunity to get on TV so there will be protests. I doubt that they will be violent unless the Maskless Ones come to protest the tyranny of government literally wanting to save their sorry lives.

  9. We’re not supposed to get to 100 degrees all week! And it might even rain, which would be really wonderful. I got in a walk this morning – 1.18 mile, and 2 segments of 1 minute running. It’s 30 weeks till the Austin Marathon, if I can build up to running 1 mile reasonably soon, I might sign up for the half.

  10. Same like yesterday and the day before – started at low(ish) 70s heading for 90s and a heat index that isn’t supposed to go over 100 but probably will since it did both Saturday and Sunday. Sunny which is good (yesterday was 20.7 KWHs, bringing us to 327.9 m-t-d) on multiple counts. Although it does kick the heat index above 100 by 4 pm, it also drops the temps to low(ish) 80s and heat index below 90 by 9 pm. Which keeps the A/C off. That’s a maybe today – I gave up and baked muffin bread this morning. The little fridge magnet thermometer in the kitchen only goes up to 85 so I don’t know how hot it is in there but… We’ll see if the fans will cool things down enough by the time I close up. Which will be shortly.

    I do not know if we can pull off getting rid of the fasctists. It may be too late. This is our last chance to do it if it’s not. Omaha Beach folks. We took that highly fortified, well defended beach by throwing so many bodies at it so quickly they couldn’t kill us fast enough to keep us from breaking through. This time the bodies we need to throw are votes. But this enemy – and they are the enemy – has heavy defenses in place in the form of voter roll purges, (usually unconstitutional) voting requirements, reduced polling places, and hackable voting machines. They also are have their “Brown Shirts” to intimidate, harass, and kill those likely to vote Dem. An election, however illegitimate, gives them cover for their very illegitimate activities/policies. But if we vote in high enough numbers to overwhelm them, well, like Omaha Beach that isn’t the end. It’s the beginning of clearing the fascists out and giving rights back to those the fascists have stolen them from. And more lives will be lost in the process. But doing it at all hinges on getting enough voters to the polls.

    I wish I could write of joyful things for those in my “circle of caring” but the best I can say is everybody is hanging in there. And so am I. So we do what comes to hand when it comes to hand. Channeling Healing/Helping Energy to everybody everywhere, to your shaping. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  11. Good Monday morning, Moosekind. At 10:20 a.m. we have partly cloudy skies in Ashburn and a temp. of 90 F. It’s going to get up to 100 F. today. I had hoped to go for a walk early this morning, but the combination of a super-bad night and a wakeup temperature of 84 F. put paid to that. I’ll just mope around the flat, I think.

    Have a headache from not sleeping but at least I’m ready for the day and catching up with laundry. Polished off some correspondence yesterday.

    Will attend to some business today but otherwise take it easy. I have to call Security to tell them we’re going out of town tomorrow and will be away Tuesday night, returning Wednesday. Elder Son invited us to visit his house and use his grill for the meals we can’t get here—steak and corn on the cob. I have a blueberry pie from Trader Joe’s that I’ll take with us for dessert.

    Not much to say except that I continue to be horrified by the ascent of fascism in our country—witness what’s going on in Portland—and the fact that we seem to be controlled by Putie. Didja hear about the judge in New Jersey whose son was outright murdered and whose husband was seriously injured by a gunman in a Fed Ex uniform? Four days ago she was assigned to the Epstein case. I’m also fascinated by Naked Athena. I wish a whole bunch of people in Portland would drive up in vans, leap out stark nekkid, and confront the Gestapo. If one courageous woman completely unnerved them, what would fifty of them do?

    Well, that’s enough from me. People, I want to hide in a cave. Wake me when it’s over.

    Wishing a good day—hollow laugh—to all at the Pond.

  12. Good morning, 66 and sunny in Bellingham. Between family phone calls and an inability to focus I didn’t do much yesterday. I finally just sat outside, enjoyed looking at the garden, and read my book while Ron cooked. Apparently we both needed an easy day.

    I’ve got some desk work to do this morning, and this afternoon I hope to plant the lovely lime green I found at the garden shop. I think I want to use a burgundy pot, but terra cotta may be better. Fun to have possibilities!

    Best wishes to all.

  13. Happy Tuesday. Yesterday I got a package from a friend in Colorado that was mailed on June 30. (It’s a supplement from an Irish newspaper, done for Bono’s recent 60th birthday, I won it in a drawing.) So that was both very cool, and frustrating. Currently watching a space walk outside the Space Station. Today: just work. There’s a work meeting on Zoom, but otherwise, I’ll just be answering e-mails & voice mails. One of my other favorite musicians, Hozier, is trending on twitter for no reason, so I will post a link to Nina Cried Power, because:
    It’s not the song, it is the singin’
    It’s the heaven of the human spirit ringin’
    It is the bringin’ of the line
    It is the bearin’ of the lie
    It’s not the wakin’, it’s the risin’

  14. It’s already getting to the upper 70s but a cool(ish) breeze has sprung up so I’ll leave the house open a little longer. because it really didn’t manage to cool down all that much overnight. In winter it’s grand that the house is warmer than outside. In summer, even in the morning, not so much. It’s the clouds that moved in late afternoon – which is also why we ended the day with 19.3 KWHs instead of over 20. We start the day at 347.4 for the m-t-d. Still on track for over 500. (The widget says it’s sunny. The widget should look outside my windows.)

    I’ve got the laundry on. In winter it’s heavier clothes. In summer it’s more of them. Hopefully the humidity will let up a bit so they’ll dry properly. And hopefully this will be another day I manage to get through without turning the A/C on. The cat’s don’t need any help getting fur on everything.

    Aji needs rain. Amelia needs energy. Everybody needs money. Like in the multiples of 4-figures money. Except me. I’m fine. (I hope – my son is taking the car in for the diagnostic this morning. He should be there right now in fact.) I just don’t have money to help folks with 4-figure monetary needs. Or even 3-figure monetary needs for more than one or two. But it’s out there somewhere. There is abundance, even in times like these. It’s the age-old problem (in hierarchical, patriarchal, colonizer societies) of getting the good from where it is to those in need of it. And of course we’ve got to get rid of the folks who are deliberately withholding and/or destroying that abundance to keep “others” from getting it.

    Washing machine just finished. I need to hang out clothes (& close up the house). Channeling Healing/Helping Energy to everybody everywhere, to your shaping. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  15. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 64 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 73. Chance of thunderstorms.

    I will give today’s news a pass. Too much to digest.

    Quick hi and bye. It’s another TooBusy Tuesday.

    See all y’all later!

  16. Tuesday Meese. Hot still, though not as hot as yesterday – it will only be 90.

    Georgia – John Lewis’ seat – Nikema Williams

  17. Puerto Rico

  18. Good Tuesday morning, Moosekind! At 9:45 a.m. it’s already 87 F., on its way up to 95 F. Yesterday the temp. reached 99 F. No rain, of course.

    Went down to the garden patch at 7:30. Our bfitz is right: high temperatures and no rain are detrimental to crops. The zucchini factory has shut down. I picked one but no more are coming. I did cut back some of the foliage shading the big tomatoes and harvested the little ones that were orange or red, depending on their variety.

    We are leaving here in an hour or two to spend the night at our son’s house. On the way we’ll buy corn on the cob. Tonight we’ll grill steak and corn! Elder Son has invited us to help ourselves to the cucumbers and cherry tomatoes he grows. He and his family are at the beach somewhere in the Carolinas. Forget the name of the place.

    The Governor of Missouri should have something dreadful happen to him after what he said yesterday. The Gov. of Florida is insane and should be carted off to the nearest lunatic asylum. Thing has been insane for years.

    Wish I had thought to ask Dearly to record Joy Reid last night. I understand it was very good.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  19. Good morning, 64 and sunny in Bellingham. I finished planting the pots by the patios and back entrance yesterday in spite of my creaky knees. I know arthritis is chronic and progressive but adjusting to what that means for my mobility is hard some days. Add covid confinement blues and tRump angst and no wonder I feel so down. Oh well, it’s still a lovely day for reading outdoors and the patio plants are ready to be enjoyed regardless.

    My best wishes to all.

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