Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Aug. 2nd through Aug. 8th

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. It was 56 just after dawn and according to the widget will only get to 79 today (which I don’t believe but I’ll buy low 80s) – and it’s so cool even though sunny there isn’t a heat index. We got another 21 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d at 62.5 is definitely on track. And a good way to start the month. That’s one of the few good things happening right now but it is happening and I am thankful.

    Amelia’s bank card came in and her “rent” is covered – bless the folks there, they comped her a couple days (rationale being the water was shut off for several hours on 2 separate days and the fire alarm tests took over 8 hours on a 3rd), which pushed the due date to when her own Social Security comes in so she doesn’t have to raise the whole amount. I’d hoped the energy boost would be enough to get her to the store/pharmacy and to deal with Verizon but I think she crashed shortly after dealing with the bank and then getting the rent in. Aji needs more patrons and more sales. She can deal with the rest of it – it’s not good but she can deal with it – as long as she’s got the revenue to deal with it with. I haven’t heard from anybody else but I at least see some of them “liking” stuff on twitter so I know they’re alive and have internet access.

    I’m doing laundry this morning and the machine just finished so I need to hang stuff up on the racks. Channeling Healing/Helping Energy to everybody everywhere to your shaping. With a bit of extra focus on the Atlantic coast folks. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  2. Good morning, 64 and partly sunny in Bellingham. tRump angst struck in the night so I was awake and worried, finally went back to sleep about 4:30 am so now I’m barely awake and still worrying, grrrr!

    Coffee may help, but I’ve a feeling it’s going to be a long day. My sleepy best wishes to all.

  3. Wednesday Meese. 64 and sunny here in Kingston NY going up to 84. We survived wind, torrential rain and flooding up here yesterday – power and internet flickered off and on all day.

    Puerto Rico

  4. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 61 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 75. Mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast.

    The Justice “Democrats” took out another long-time politician, this one in Missouri. I don’t know much about William Lacy Clay or MO-01 but the idea of Cenk Uggo choosing House members makes me itchy. In other primary news, part of me wanted Kobach to win the Kansas Republican Primary but the other part knows that wishing for a certain opponent who you think will be easier to beat is a bad idea both karmically and in general terms – if the worst happens, you end up with a terrible person in the Senate for 6 years.

    It sounds like the White House is going to issue executive orders for coronovirus relief, another blow to the representative democracy established in the Constitution. He will probably assign Jared to dole out the goodies to his friends. I hope it comes back to haunt him and his Republican Senate lapdogs.

    Busy morning here – still trying to get caught up but I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

    See all y’all later!

  5. Got an ok night’s sleep — 6 whole hours. And had a great walk/run this morning: 4 segments of 1 minute running (tied with my best day) and 2 each at 45 & 30 seconds. Today: there weren’t any applications when I went in yesterday, so it’s voice & e- mails all day. And listening to a really terrible fantasy novel for work. I volunteered to rate a couple of books for sex, profanity & violence, and they kindly assigned me 2 fantasy ones, but they’re awful.

    • {{{anotherdemocrat}}} 👍 on the sleep and walking but yuk! on the books they assigned you. Healing Energy & moar {{{HUGS}}}

  6. It was 56 at dawn. Overcast and 60 now but supposed to get up to mid 80s today. Slipping back into summer but the overnights will still be in the 60s at least til the weekend. Yesterday we generated 22.2 KWHs (m-t-d 84.8) which is the best for the month so far and definitely on track. Which will probably not be the case today. Still, we’ve had a good start to the month. Always something to be thankful for.

    Pretty much same ol’ same ol’ all over. The Evil Ones doing evil, killing people for fun and profit, overtly and covertly. With the help of the LW “we know best, do what we want – exactly what we want – or else” group. (I hope the “justice” Dem in MO can beat the R but I doubt it. sigh.) Everybody else hanging on. Some better than others but at least doing it. And while hoping/wishing/prayer for better, hanging on is still something to be thankful for. Which I have to keep reminding myself. Mostly to drag my mind back from the the worst-case scenarios that are on continuous loop there.

    This time tomorrow I’ll be – am planning to be anyway – at the co-op. They have senior shopping from 8 to 9. Also senior discounts on Thursdays. Stocking up on supplements. And hoping they’ve got the bulk area open again since that’s where I ‘normally’ get my olive oil, apple cider vinegar, molasses, maple syrup, and spices. All of which I’m either almost or totally out of. Also hope they’ve restocked on some of the cleaning supplies I can actually use and the grocery store doesn’t carry. Then I’ll visit Harps on the way home. Regular grocery shopping for stuff I can’t afford at the co-op. (These last few days would have been wonderful for baking. If I had anything to bake.) After I’ve put up all the groceries I think I’ll do the Tractor Supply run for critter stuff – litter, kibble, bird seed & suet (& a bottle of Zodiac flea upholstery spray – I haven’t seen any and the cats aren’t scratching more than normal but I don’t have anything in the house to deal with fleas before they become an infestation and that makes me nervous this time of year). That should be that for those stores until October.

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

  7. Good Woden’s Day morning, Moosekind! It’s a beautiful day here, so nice that we may actually sit out on the porch at some point. Right now in Ashburn it’s 70 F., going up to 85 F. later.

    An hour ago I received a surprise visit from the Emergency Tech. He arrived at the same time Don arrived back from taking Monty to the vet. I was wearing only what I sleep in—an oversized Apple t-shirt and briefs—so I had to dash into the bedroom for my dressing-gown before he could enter the premises.

    I was mystified, as I hadn’t summoned help. We have emergency pull cords in both bathrooms and the bedroom in case we’re overtaken by the Fates or whatever, but I had been in the kitchen preparing breakfast. The masked and gowned personage was very nice and said that my doctor had ordered the visit. He then proceeded to take my blood pressure and temperature, asked how I was feeling, and what not. The funniest thing was the memory test: after asking me to state my name, what day this is, what place this is, and so on, he asked what year this is. “2020,” I trilled. “Who’s the president?” he asked. I looked straight at him and said clearly, “Thing.” He blinked and said “I’ll accept that,” and then indicated that he thought the same.

    After I had proven to be alive, well, and in my right mind, he received a call from the dispatcher. Turned out he was meant to go to apartment #402, not #102! “That poor lady is a widow,” I informed him. “Her husband died a couple of weeks ago.”

    Mah gawd, people ought to pay a little more attention! He left, apologizing profusely but I waved it away. “You were only following orders, and anyway, I got a free blood pressure check out of it.” (BTW, it was high because I was so startled.)

    You know, I could probably get a short story out of this. Anyway, in a little while I’ll go down to the garden to see if there’s anything left to pick. I hardly think my little plot will need watering after the rain we received here yesterday. I also have to finish the postcards to voters.

    With Monty away for most of the day, perhaps I can get going on my writing. Our local libe is running a short story contest. I’m going to have a go at it.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

    • {{{Diana}}} at least it shows the folks there are taking the residents’ health seriously. Actually it reminds me of something that happened to a friend when I was a kid. Charlie’s older brother was diabetic – type 1 (you remember, we didn’t even have type 2 back then). So one day when their mother wasn’t home, the school called to say “your son” is sick. His (teenage) uncle took the call and everybody panicked. They told the school to not let him go to sleep and give him fruit juice or candy until someone could get there then made frantic phone calls to relatives to get someone over to the junior high to get Sam. Who was as surprised as you were this morning to get folks showing up in a panic about him and pulling him out of class. Meanwhile, poor Charlie at the elementary school had a mild fever and just wanted to sleep and nobody would let him. It was finally settled when they reached Nancy (the momma). When they told her which school had called, she sent them to get Charlie. And everybody had a shaky laugh about the mix up – shaky because it wasn’t Sam and things could have been so very bad if it had been.

      Hope you do get a story out of it. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  8. Good morning, 67 and sunny in Bellingham. I’ve let a Rugosa rose grow tall, and it’s now towering over the arborvitae hedge and shading the veggie garden so I’m going to have to prune it back to save the green beans! I’ll need long sleeves, a pole pruner, and a calm helper (RonK) because it’s not going to be an easy task. However it will keep my mind occupied and should relieve tRump/covid angst so both of us as well as the beans will benefit.

    Our vote by mail primary results are posted in the newspapers so we can follow along as the votes are counted. Looks like the Dem candidates are doing well, and the established R’s still have voter support……

    Not much of a blue wave in Washington’s primary election. But results show the state is getting more polarized.

    But unlike in the big blue wave year of 2018, there weren’t signs of a broader washout of Republicans down the ballot. If anything, what the primary results suggest is that the blue parts of the state are getting strongly bluer, and the red parts redder. The state is becoming even more polarized, especially along geographic lines.

    Best wishes to all.

  9. Y’all. Rachel got an interview with the State Dept. IG who stepped down. Even in the age of Twitler, it is jaw-dropping:

  10. Thursday Meece.

    Weather here in Kingston NY beautiful today – 60 going up to 82 – rain predicted for the rest of the week. Lots of places still without power.

  11. Puerto Rico

    Grandmother Carmen is right

    Will have diary on this at 9AM EST

  12. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 54 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 77. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I am going to go news-lite today because it looks like the same thing as yesterday: tRump to be charged criminally, Senate Republicans won’t help people who are not their donors, school children testing positive and schools shutting down – by the way, tRump having wealthier donors than Joe Biden is NOT breaking news.

    The light at the end of the tunnel that I thought I was getting a glimpse of was merely someone holding a lantern at a bend in the track. The best I can do is keep plugging away and get myself safely to the weekend when at least there won’t be new projects added to the list.

    See all y’all later!

    • For some reason I didn’t see this yesterday – but it doesn’t hurt to post it now (& might even help, who knows) so I did.

  13. Good Thursday morning, Moosekind. It was raining quietly when I rose at 5:30 this morning to check the weather. When my husband woke up later he told me there had been a tremendous storm during the night with thunder, lightning, heavy rain, the lot. I missed it, even though I had opened the window before retiring. It’s a pain to be as deaf as a post because I’d have enjoyed listening to that.

    Anyway, the sky has now cleared before the next onslaught of rain. Currently it’s 73 F., going up to 81 F. later. Heavy thunderstorms with gusty winds are predicted for the afternoon.

    Poor little Monty! I had thought his appointment with the vet yesterday was for a borditella shot. His doctor put him under anesthesia and cleaned his teeth. He was away most of the day, and when Dearly finally brought him home, Monty was very lethargic and subdued. This morning he didn’t want to go out for a business meeting, but he’ll have to go out some time. I texted the groomer to ask for an appointment two weeks from now, because I didn’t want to put him through the grooming he would have had this afternoon. Poor baby!

    Dee revealed on Orange that the high school kid who snapped a photo of a Georgia high school hallway crowded with unmasked teenagers has been expelled. Oh, duh…yeah, expel the truth teller instead of responsibly arranging for social distancing, staggered schedules, and masks! These people who resist having their “freedumb” not to wear masks are going to get it and pop their clogs. No loss, except for their poor kids, who will miss having parents.

    On that cheery thought I will wish all at the Pond a good day.

  14. I thought I posted my check in before I left for the eye doc but I don’t see it.

    Had a good day yesterday, got lots of work done and even got more than 6 hours of sleep. This morning, I’m going for my long-delayed yearly eye exam. I’m running low on contacts, so I have to. Then, it’s more work. Anyway, y’all have a good day.

  15. Good morning, 64 and raining in Bellingham. RonK is pleased his beans now have more sunlight, I;m pleased because the newly pruned Rugosa rose doesn’t look like we did anything to it, and I’m even more pleased it’s raining because I need another day to recover!

    Bellingham Public Schools will be begin the school year as remote learning only and that’s a huge relief for us. We have volunteered to have Ava come here for her school day when her parents are at work so this will be safer for all of us. She is an independent 13 yr old, but day after day of being home alone with a computer classroom isn’t optimal. I can’t help her with her actual school work, but I can provide structure, support, and a good lunch.

    Best wishes to all on this quiet rainy morning.

  16. Hi Meese – I’m late checking in because the “senior shopping” time at the co-op started at 7 am, not 8. But I’ve done it all now. (Except Aldi’s for chicken, popcorn, and cheese – that’s almost all I get there 😂😁😂 – which will wait for a couple of weeks.) Almost everything’s put away. All the frozen/refrigerator stuff definitely. There’s still 80 lbs of litter and 40 lbs of bird seed in the car. I hauled in all the groceries, the suet blocks (10-lb boxes), the kibble (22-lb bags), and two 40-lb bags of litter at which point my back said “you do that again and you’re gonna be sorry!” – so I stopped. But I’m set, barring the Aldi run, for everything except milk and fresh produce until at least October and maybe November as far as stocking up is concerned.

    The overnight was in the low 60s, it’s currently 80 and I need to close up the house when I finish typing this, and sunny so far today. Yesterday we got 19 KWHs and the m-t-d reached 104 so definitely on track still. And that feels good. Everything else is pretty much same ol’ same ol’ – the Evil Ones being evil, the rest of us doing what we can to hang on giving our specific circumstances. And helping each other the best we can through this very evil time we’re living in. (I’d say more evil than usual but really, that’s only true for white people. BIPOC are all too familiar with this evil.)

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

  17. Good Friday morning, Meese. We’ve got a mackerel sky here that’s veiling most of the pale blue this morning, with a temperature of 70 F. When I took Monty out to the courtyard at a quarter to six, the sky was overcast and it had clearly rained during the night. As a matter of fact, the prediction for today is thunderstorms and heavy rain, but this never seems to materialize until late at night. Our high today will be 82 F. I like these lower “highs.”

    Spent yesterday freaked out because a neighbor died. I knew one of our neighbors in this building had died at the end of July, and that also was a shock. She had a heart condition. The neighbor who died on August 1 was a really nice woman who was constantly in the gym, walking on the treadmill. She loved Monty and would leave her second-floor apartment overlooking the square to come down and play with him. Diane was a fine violinist who played at gatherings here: before moving here she taught strings at Fairfax County schools for many years, and always wanted to know who was teaching Nora’s strings classes at her school.

    Her obit was in the paper this morning. It seems she had an autoimmune disease. I need to complete our Death Papers, but being the Queen of Procrastination never got around to doing it in the spring. These two deaths have driven home quite forcefully that we just never know when the Grim Reaper will appear.

    Anyway, on to a more cheerful subject. Monty is recovering. He almost danced for his food this morning, so that’s a good sign. My daughter wanted me to watch “Outlander,” so after much fiddling on Netflix, we finally found it. I watched the first two eps and think it’s worth watching some more. Dearly didn’t like it much.

    Put in some time yesterday researching the background of my short story, and think I’ve got a handle on it now. We’ll see what happens.

    Wishing all at the Pond a good day. Feeling very pleased that the NRA is in disarray!

    • Speaking of the NRA…

  18. Friday Meese. 64 going up to 78 with rain here in Kingston NY.

    Puerto Rico

  19. Good walk/run, despite it being 78 degrees at 6 am. 4 segments of 1 minute running, and 3 at 45 seconds. Today: get in 6 hours of work. Stay awake, because I had a bad night’s sleep. Going to listen to the U2 Radio station, that should help.

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