Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Aug. 9th through Aug. 15

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, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 57 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 84. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I would like to say I woke up at 2:30am to watch the Perseids but alas it is because I couldn’t sleep with a head buzzing with projects due today. So I am awake and ready to carpe diem.

    I am not going to read any news today – I am going to bask in the knowledge that Kamala Harris is going to be vice president of the United States and will bring her intelligence and strength of character to an important job – helping Joe Biden clean up the mess made by the Republicans. She is the future of the Democrat Party and is the running mate of a man who is a bridge to the past of the party, both long long ago and recently, the Obama years. President Joe Biden will tie off the seeping pustule that is the Trump “presidency”, stitching January 19, 2017 to January 20, 2021 and taking the resulting nasty sac of fetid slime and tossing it out. This ticket says “hell, no” to the anti-immigrant white supremacists who reject a vibrant multi-racial America and “hello” to the America we can be when we are diverse and welcoming and, above all, decent.

    See all y’all later!

    • Yes, yes, yes!

      Good luck with getting the projects done and hope you’ll get a nap.

      Can’t you divorce one of your clients so your workload won’t be so heavy? Are you old enough to get Social?

      • I am actually handing off one of my clients – one of the projects that is adding stressors right now. They are becoming too difficult to manage online-only and they need someone who can get them to the next level for remote access. It requires gathering a lot of information so that the handoff is as seamless as possible. I can’t live off my SS yet so I need to work but certainly not as hard as I have been!!

  2. Good Wednesday Meese. I’m still celebrating the Kamala pick and already at work fighting back

    Good thread here

  3. Good Wednesday morning, Moosekind! Have been unable to stop smiling since yesterday afternoon. I’m absolutely ecstatic!

    Unbelievably, we woke to falling rain this morning. It began during the night. In my half-conscious state I wondered whether the flashes of light I was aware of were due to aircraft lights or lightning, but when I woke I saw raindrops on the window panes.

    Now it’s fair and clear, a nice morning. Currently it’s 72 F. in Ashburn, going for a high of 89 F. Thunderstorms are predicted, although the weather widget doesn’t make it clear whether it’s morning or afternoon. We’ll see.

    I couldn’t get to the chores I had set for myself yesterday, then in the afternoon Younger Son’s family came to tea unexpectedly so I still couldn’t do them. I was so delirious about the news that I couldn’t pay attention to the family as I normally would, but that’s OK. We’ll see them on Saturday.

    Perhaps today I’ll have better luck doing my chores. Wishing all at the Pond a good day!

  4. Another record-setting day — yesterday was 104 & the rest of the week should be at least that hot, going up to 108 by the weekend. I did my 6am walk — it was 80 degrees. 1.24 miles, 3 segments each of 1 minute & 45 seconds running. Today: work, just work.

  5. It was 66 at dawn so I baked muffin bread. 😁 It’s 71 now heading for 85 and a heat index supposedly only in the low 90s. We shall see. It’s sunny at the moment but “partly” cloudy is on the widget. I’m hoping not very cloudy to make up for yesterday’s very cloudy (got 6 KWHs, m-t-d is 190) but we’re still on track if barely and that’s good. Yesterday’s cloudy and rainy most of the day also lowered the temps. Once the rain started we didn’t get above 80 again for the day. Give thanks for the blessings – the heat rash is easing up.

    I am relieved and happy Kamala was chosen. Not as happy if she’d been the front runner, but happy she’s on the ticket. Joe is going to expect the kind of loyalty he gave Barack Obama from Kamala. I don’t know how that’s gonna work. I have sorrow in that I have Native friends who believe Kamala is anti-Indigenous. Not just ignoring, not thinking of Indigenous people and their concerns, but against them. I may believe they got that information from trolls and bots but that’s immaterial. They believe it. They fear for their peoples. They’re angry that people they thought of as friends and allies are championing someone they see as having intentionally harmed them. And the only way out of that is for Kamala to have the chance to prove otherwise – and then actually do it. Nothing anybody says will change that. Only action. And that takes both time and opportunity. But I see my other friends rejoicing and I rejoice with them/you. (& I seriously, seriously, seriously hope KHive can convince folks to vote down ballot – the magic president and the even more magic vice president cannot “save” us. That’s as silly as saying having Ike Eisenhower as Allied Commander of the Normandy landing was all we needed. That magically the battles were won without officers, staff, supply chains, air & sea transport, or the men and material who landed there and fought their way up and off the beaches. Nope. It’s gonna take all of us.)

    Aji’s scary health condition has never gone away, she just doesn’t talk about it much any longer. Fineena’s unsettling health condition has gotten more unsettling as the tests come back. And of course Amelia never really recovered from the cancer treatment and each new hit (hysterectomy 2 years ago, possibly/probably COVID19 in Feb/March of this year) just makes her conditions worse. Other folks with health issues not as serious – or at least if they are we don’t know they are. Everybody could use financial help. (That $2K/month Kamala talks about? Amelia wouldn’t need any outside help if she had that. & if that was on top of what they are currently bringing in, neither would Aji.)

    I need to deal with my baking and close up the house. Take what joy we can in our bad situation.
    Channeling Healing/Helping Energy to everybody everywhere, to your shaping. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  6. Good morning, 58 and partly sunny in Bellingham. I see leaves changing color on my old maple trees and heavy dew and spider webs are in the garden now so our short summer is ending. I was in the garden for a while yesterday, but then needed a nap. I’m trying to prune several tall plants growing over a walkway but it’s complicated and hard to do so I’ll keep it simple and just clip some ivy today. It’s amazing to see the ivy grow….a force of nature in small green leaves!

    I’m going to savor the moment of well being I feel re the Biden/Harris campaign. It’s a welcome relief to wake up to some hopeful feelings instead of another day of tRump angst. Best wishes to all as we count down to November!

  7. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 61 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 84. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I see I am going to have to get up-to-speed on the Biden-Harris campaign resources so that I can track and post. I am hoping they have someone doing transcripts because I am a reader more than a viewer. Plus videos disappear but transcripts (copy/pasted into blog posts) are forever. :)

    So we are “nasty women” again! And Kamala is “mean” because she went right at a man whose beery past includes sexual assault and whose lifetime of hyperpartisanship makes him completely unsuited for a lifetime seat on the highest court in the land. I am looking forward to this fight because it will remind everyone of just how awful every person appointed by and working for tRump are. I am pretty sure Kamala is tough enough; I wonder how suburban white women will like this line of attack. In a just world, they would finally turn on the pig in the White House and vote for decency this time.

    The people I wanted to win in the state senate primaries in Dane County Tuesday did and they should have a clear path to election in our solidly blue area. One of them will be my senator and I am thrilled for her.

    Back to it – up early again unable to sleep but getting very close to delinking from a huge time suck and stressor.

    See all y’all later!

    • Happy delinking from the time suck and stressor. There’s just something so appealing about calm. LOL

  8. Good Thursday morning, Meese! Awake at 3 a.m., back to bed for no sleep, up at 4 a.m. and beginning to wilt. It was dry when I took Monty to the courtyard at 5:15 a.m., but at 6 it began to rain heavily and it’s still raining. We had some thunder and lightning with it. The current temp. in Ashburn is 73 F., going up to 82 F. I’m deeply thankful that the rest of the week will be in the mid- to-low 80s.

    Today is my husband’s 90th birthday! The Australian branch is arranging a Zoom call at 9 p.m., so we’ll see whether that works. I’d better put on some makeup, I’m going to look like death warmed over.

    To make a rainy day even more perfect, my printer just jammed and I’m not good at repairing paper jams. OK. No printouts until the next time Trevor comes over.

    I’m going back to bed after breakfast. Wishing all at the Pond a good day!

  9. 106 yesterday, 107 today & for the rest of the week. Ugh. I asked about going into the office this morning, if they want me to go in later than 9, I’ll ask about tomorrow. Loved the joint appearance yesterday, missed cheering crowds — though MSNBC showed that some people figured out where it was & showed up anyway. I miss the old days.

  10. Welp, somewhere in the middle of writing my comment this morning Moose logged me out. Since I’d just made a comment successfully I didn’t copy it before I hit post. And considering that my brain is moving slowly enough that it took me over half an hour to compose it, I’m not even going to try to reconstruct it. So. Briefly: it’s 70 & raining. It’s supposed to go to 89/heat index around 100 today. sigh. We generated 18 KWHs yesterday, m-t-d of 209 is on track but we probably won’t be tomorrow. Kamala joy is good but we still have to get her & Joe elected (& he is the top of the ticket) as well as give her/them a Congress to work with. & state govt’s to work with. No news is good news – I hope – on my friends/online family.

    Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  11. Good morning, 58 and partly sunny in Bellingham. I rested the morning away yesterday, and I guess that’s better than napping the afternoon away. Either way it seems like I’m not doing very much.

    I did have some virtual fun with Sophie though. I’ve always shopped with my grand kids for school clothes as my way of supporting them as they go back to school each year. But thanks to covid confinement I won’t see Sophie this summer so we shopped online via computers and our phones for her online school clothes. She got to chose, I managed the tech challenges and got the order placed, the sale prices were good, and the virtual hug at the end was sweet too.

    Today is a housekeeping and laundry day, with the bonus of a haircut. So if I can find a smile it should be an ok day. My best wishes to all.

  12. It. Is. So. Hot. 80 degrees at 6am for my walk — but I did really well: 4 running segments of 1 minute! and 2 at 45 seconds. Today: I’ll be done working at 3:15. I have astronomy on the TV, radio wouldn’t be a good idea today, I’m fighting to stay awake & I need something that will remind me of the passage of time.

    • {{{anotherdemocrat}}} Congratulations on the walk – especially in the heat. I hope you can get in a nap after work. Healing Energy & more {{{HUGS}}}

      • I’m eating enough lunch to take my vitamins, then taking a nap for lunch. If even How The Universe Works can’t keep me awake……

        • Wise. & the blessings of working at home include a flexible schedule. Healing Energy & moar {{{HUGS}}}

  13. 73 going up to 87 here in Kingston NY on a Thursday.
    Spent part of the evening last night doing block patrol on Twitter re: the hit jobs against Kamala.
    This morning had to address some Wapo trash

    Puerto Rico

    • This messed me up – I thought it was still Thursday. Yesterday was a day filled with a lot of annoyances that seemed like it would never end but I was pretty sure I had made it to Friday. :)

  14. It was 70 at dawn, 73 now, and heading for 90 with a heat index just over 100. Rain started about 4 am. I got up and closed windows on the windward side then went back to bed/sleep. It’s still overcast and a bit misty but is clearing off. It cleared off yesterday too although not as early. Early enough we got 18.6 KWHs and an m-t-d of 228 which is still on track. Although June ended well, we haven’t had this good a start to a month in years. I think it’s partly we haven’t had this much afternoon sun in years but partly it’s the new configuration that gets more light earlier and keeps the better angle of the sun longer. Whatever it is, I am thankful.

    I hope the faith I have in our team to do the right things once we have the power to do so is not misplaced. I seriously hope we get the power to do those things and prove it one way or the other. Arguing over how people should do what they currently have no power to do is divisive and really a waste of one’s anger. Assuming that because they don’t have the power to do it, they wouldn’t if they did is worse. But the propaganda machine is very well oiled. And the owners of said propaganda machine sit back and giggle watching it work. sigh. I believe Joe and Kamala will do what they have the power to do for every single demographic. I know some of those demographics don’t believe that. They have cause to believe the worst of anything and anybody involved in U.S. govt. It’s up to Joe and Kamala to show them good can come from govt. It’s up to us to give Joe and Kamala not just the change by electing them but the chance by electing the Congress that will enable them to do what they want to do “For the People”.

    No changes in anybody’s physical or financial situations. That we know of. My son’s situation in the dorm commons isn’t as bad as originally feared. Other than getting the baked pizzas into the warming oven the students will get them from – and they don’t have to go “out front” where the students are to do it – he and his crew won’t be within 6 feet of the public while working. (Bathrooms are an issue though – the restrooms between his shop and the coffee shop are public as well as used by the employees.)

    So we wait and we hope and we do what we can find to do to make things better. Mundanely and arcanely. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  15. Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 72 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 84. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I am late to check in as I am trying to get some projects sorted out for the weekend. I am finally done and will now get off my computer to avoid having to answer any incoming emails!!

    It is incredible to me that the Republican Party is willing to destroy the Post Office and disenfranchise many of their own voters – and military people – to gain an advantage in November. But we shouldn’t be shocked, these are the same people who, in an attempt to destroy the postal workers union, demanded that the USPS fund their pension plan for 50 years – the action that is leading directly to their current budget crisis. We have so much to run on this fall, issues that in a just world would resonate with the Republican base – defunding Social Security and Medicare, shuttering the US Postal Service. But this is a world where butthurt rural white voters are going to vote for the guy who is literally killing them because he is a Republican. I hope there are enough of us who can vote in-person or drop off our ballots to overcome the Republican plans to ratfk yet another national election.

    See all y’all later!

  16. Good morning, 58 and sunny in Bellingham. I’m going to focus on my small life today because the big picture is just to damn big! My house is clean, I don’t need to tend to my desk, my family is relatively ok, the sun is shining, and the garden is calling.

    Best wishes to all.

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