Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Aug. 23rd through Aug. 29th

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. Tuesday Meese. 67 here in Kingston NY foing up to 88 with rain.
    I didn’t watch the RNC – knew I would get the poop on twitter.

    Puerto Rico – Kimberly Guilfoyle

    Resident Commissioner

  2. Oh, lawks, just lost the comment I had typed when I went back to copy Jan’s remark about the shooting in Kenosha.

    Start over–

    Good Tuesday morning, Meese! It’s already 77 F. in Ashburn, on its way up to 94 F. with a possible severe thunderstorm this afternoon. Ugh. Hope this is summer’s last gasp.

    Trevor’s next-door neighbor will look after Mort the Boxer while they’re at the beach this week, so we don’t have to make a 20-mile round trip there every morning. Is good thing, ja.

    I am disgusted by Kimberly G.’s remark. Are stupidity and utter lack of education hallmarks of Trumpanzees? We’re already living in an “idiocracy.”(I didn’t see the movie but I heard about it.)

    Re Jan’s remark about the unfortunate Mr. Blake: WHY DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING? Do these blue-uniformed villains understand that you’re not supposed to randomly shoot individuals who happen to be Alive While Black? I want all the cops in the country rounded up to spend a month in reeducation camps. There they can be obliged to live as Black individuals in a racist society so they can experience for themselves what it’s like. They should write “Black Lives Matter” 100 times every morning before breakfast or they won’t get anything to eat. It is so revolting that this is STILL going on in the year 2020!

    Well, another subject. Yesterday I went to the AV room at Great Oak Club House next door to record the voiceover for a TV commercial our Philanthropy Dept. is going to release during the Benevolent Fund campaign week. After the AV guy “miked me up” as he put it, I read my eight short paragraphs. Elisabeth, the head of Philanthropy complimented me when I finished, remarking on the expressive way I’d read it. It only required one take! For the commercial (which will appear on our in-house TV channels), scenes of our community will be flashed on the screen during my reading. I’m looking forward to seeing it and Elisabeth has promised to let me know when it’s going to air.

    Need to get a walk in. I’m a chocoholic. Every day I say to myself, “I will not eat chocolate today,” but alas, every evening I get a snack attack and start rooting through the pantry shelves for chocs. I’m hopeless.

    Wishing a good and, it’s to be hoped, quiet day to all at the Pond.

  3. It’s 70 heading for mid 90s and the heat index will be close to – hopefully not over – 100. sigh. I’ve got the house open and the fans on but I’ll have to close up before 10. We’re back in heat rash territory. sigh. Yesterday we generated 14.5 KWHs (not on track for the day) and the m-t-d is 436 (still on track for the month). Today is supposed to be the last sunny day of the month, rain moving in tomorrow afternoon, so we will hope for the best. If 534 isn’t gonna happen, well, anything over 456 will put 2020 in 2nd place for August generation.

    Avoiding HOF responses to R lies is pretty much my goal on twitter as far as news is concerned. Situations haven’t changed for anybody of my online family but the stress is getting worse. My own situation has changed to needing to do all my shopping for myself again. My son’s schedule is 15 hours a day 7 days a week and will be until he can hire enough people and work with them long enough to know they are trustworthy enough to leave unsupervised for opening or closing. Which I hope happens soon whether or not he ever goes back to doing some of my shopping for me. I’m going to miss visiting with him every week to 10 days, even if all we did was just 10 or 15 minutes through the front room window. I’m not happy about having to go out this often. I’m trying to work it out so it’s not more than every 2 weeks. It’s always been the fresh milk and produce that does that. I’d shift to more frozen stuff if I had a bigger freezer but it’s pretty full right now.

    As with everything else, we shall see what we shall see. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  4. Had an awful night last night. I noticed around 6 that the a/c wasn’t kicking on, called repair people and waited…..and waited……. Called at 10, then midnight, and finally at 2 I asked what is the earliest appointment I can have today. It was 82 degrees inside my apartment. Ugh. They told me they’ll be here at 10. Of course, the a/c woke me up at 7, kicking on. I have it turned way, way down to 77, to somehow make up for being so hot last night. E-mailed in sick to work. Watching some sensationalistic show about Egyptian archeology, because it is the least bad thing on, and I need to stay awake till repair guy comes.

    • It’s fixed. Something about the drain. I have written a note on my calendar to pour vinegar down the drain every 2 months.

      • Oh good. That’s such an easy fix. At least the coils hadn’t frozen over. The only thing you can do about that is run the fan until they thaw themselves. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  5. Good morning, 60 and cloudy in Bellingham. Yesterday was sot of a lost day because based on the familiar rash I suspect I ate something with gluten in it on Sunday. It takes about three days for symptoms to ease so I should be feeling better tomorrow. It doesn’t take much to trigger a response, and everyone tries hard to keep shared food safe for me but I need to be more careful than I was on Sunday.

    Best wishes to all on this quiet august day.

  6. Wednesday Meese. 59 here in Kingston NY, going up to 77. Cool for this time of year.
    Jacob Blake

    • Bloody hell! Is there a GoFundMe for this poor soul? If Y, I’ll contribute. If I know where to send it, I’ll send a card too. THIS SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED!

      Get that police officer. Arrest him. Try him and sentence him to 15 years at least, for attempted murder.

  7. Puerto Rico

  8. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 75 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of UNKNOWN because my weather widget just crashed. It will be very hot today (90s I think) and hot at least until Friday when a front will cool us down to highs in the upper 70s.

    I am not ready for September and my calendar tells me that it begins next week! I want to get my seasonal flu shot and will call the pharmacy and see if they have the Medicare version in stock. Last year there were shortages. Reports are that the flu shot may have helped some people keep the COVID-19 at bay because having immunities for certain viruses improves our ability to fight off other viruses as it improves our immune system in general. Sounds reasonable! Anyway, better to get the shot sooner rather than later as there are likely to be shortages because this maladministration sucks at everything.

    I am staying away from the news today – I have Kamala’s op-ed in WaPo saved off in Pocket to read later. I don’t need the blow by blow from the RNC and that appears to be all that is reported right now.

    See all y’all later!

  9. Did my walk/run this morning. Made it to 7 1-minute segments and 1 at 45 seconds. A good morning. Today: work, an afternoon webinar, more work.

  10. It’s 70 and sunny at the moment but that’s gonna change. Humid as all get out already (read uncomfortable) and the rain’s supposed to move in just after noon. Not supposed to get as warm – topping at 85 – but with the humidity… sigh. Yesterday we got 16.9 KWHs and the m-t-d’s 452.9 is still on track. But yesterday was also the last mostly sunny day for the month so we shall see what we shall see. We’ll definitely get above the 455 needed to put August 2020 in 2nd place for production.

    I’m tired and I’m weary and I feel grungy. But there’s no way I can be as tired or weary or feel as grungy as my friends any more than my short-of-sleep comes even close to that of folks here at the Moose Pond. So if they/y’all can keep slogging, I dang-sure can. So I do. But that doesn’t mean I’m gonna subject myself to even my own twitter TL with all the excerpts from and reactions to the twitler love fest calling itself the RNC convention. I’ll hit my TL just long enough to see if some friends I don’t connect with otherwise are online, RT a bunch of stuff while I’m looking for them, and get off again. Everybody is working as hard as they can and seemingly not making any progress. Most of them are maintaining. A few are not. Prayers/Invocations…

    I need to go do the AR COVID stats. I try to post them every afternoon/evening as soon as they update. They didn’t update their site last night until after 8 pm when I got offline. They’d “adjusted” the 8/24 stats to show 9 deaths from the “no new deaths” I didn’t believe when they did 8/24 update. Until we can get Dems in office & in all the appropriate appointed positions we’re not going to actually fight COVID19, we’re just going to pretend it went away by slowly reducing the reported numbers. A genocide that as usual doesn’t care if it takes a percentage of white people – as long as it takes more BIPOC. So we work as hard as we can on getting in office so we can fix this too. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  11. Good Wednesday morning, Moosekind. It’s an agreeable 71 F. here in Ashburn, sunny and blue-skied. The high today will be all the eights. We have low humidity, as I just discovered when I took the Mont-ster out to the courtyard.

    There are two kinds of time: Real People Time and Our Family Time. Yesterday Younger Son didn’t start out for the beach until 12:30 p.m. Here it is now, past 10:15 a.m., and we’re barely dressed. I have to make our lunches before we all pop into the car and drive over to Elder Son’s house to spend the day. He has an elliptical machine in the basement, so I could do my exercise on that.

    Work is going well: I am half-finished pulling short stories into my main manuscript. I desperately wish I knew how to format in Pages—the mss. looks bloody awful. Perhaps an inspiration will come to me during the night. Our dear Moose bfitz has kindly agreed to copy-edit the mss. for me. When it’s in decent enough shape, I’ll send it off to the publisher.

    Had a lovely drugged sleep last night, thanks to Tylenol PM. I try to avoid drugs but I really need my sleep, so occasionally I have to resort to such things.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond. #JailDeJoyBoy!

  12. Good morning, 54 and mostly sunny in Bellingham. I had a trial run with the new rollator walker yesterday and to my relief it was easier to negotiate two shopping errands. Ron needed a new computer monitor so we went to Best Buy and being able to sit on the seat while considering the options made a big difference. So ready or not looks like I’m in the rollator stage of life!

    Best wishes to all.

    • {{{princesspat}}} I’m so glad the rollator walker helps. Anything that let’s you do what you need to do with the least amount of stress/damage to yourself is good. Healing Energy and moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • Hi, princesspat! Where I live half the residents are on rollators, walking frames, scooters, or wheelchairs. It’s just everyday life here.

      The important thing is to be comfortable, and it sounds as if you are. Good for you!

      Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead.

  13. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 75 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 88. Chance of thunderstorms later in the day.

    I was watching the horror out of Kenosha unfold and was NOT shocked that the person who killed the protesters in cold blood Tuesday night was a MAGAt inspired by tRump’s call to arm themselves and kill protesters. That the Republicans are calling Kenosha (and Minneapolis) examples of “Joe Biden’s America” should be exposed by the media for the blatant lie that it is – this is Donald Trump’s America, where racist cops kill and maim Black men with impunity because their police departments are run by white supremacists who see nothing wrong with inviting white militia to their city to shoot the citizens they are sworn to “serve and protect.”

    I was reading an article about a law that a Wisconsin State Senator wants to pass which he developed with input from Michael Bell, a man who lost his son to a police shooting in Kenosha back in 2004, and who was working with Kamala Harris during her campaign. After his son was killed, Michael Bell started a campaign to get the laws changed so that police departments could no longer investigate their own shooting incidents – they had to call in the Wisconsin Department of Justice to conduct all reviews. The new law being proposed:

    Would allow officials here to analyze police-involved deaths the same way the National Transportation Safety Board investigates plane crashes.

    The idea, championed by retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and pilot Michael Bell, whose son was killed by Kenosha Police in 2004, was part of Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign. Her selection as Democrat Joe Biden’s running mate and the high-profile shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha officers earlier this week have brought the proposal into the national spotlight.

    With plane crashes, the NTSB’s methods include examining and sharing the factors that contributed to a crash or near miss with an eye toward prevention.

    Wanggaard’s bill would create a Police and Community Safety Board tasked with using that approach to help law enforcement learn from fatal and near-fatal incidents that victimize officers, civilians or both.

    Shedding light on every incident is a good start but it isn’t going to be enough – the rogue cops and their enablers in leadership need to be fired. “Serve and Protect” should include everyone not just white people.

    See all y’all later!

  14. Thursday Meese. 60 degrees and raining here in Kingston NY going up to 83.
    Puerto Rico/USVI

  15. The storm hit too far east for Austin to feel any effect, at least all the people who evacuated to here have safe places to stay. They’re telling people not to try going back yet, I-10 was under water & is completely closed till they can see the damage. I will once again mention my love of air conditioning. And a place to live that isn’t flooded and has a roof. Today: just work.

  16. Good Thursday morning, Meese. It’s going to be ‘ot, ‘umid, and ‘orrible again today. The current temp. in Ashburn is 73 F., going up to 94 F. Ugh.

    We spent a good bit of the day yesterday at Elder Son’s house in Arlington. Monty enjoyed racing around the fenced backyard and found some good sniffs. (Note to self: Whyinell did we ever move from a house to an apartment? Big mistake.) Anyway, I watered the front, back, and side gardens and picked tomatoes and cucumbers. We left after tea but will go back tomorrow to use the barbecue.

    The Woofies’ dog groomers came by to pick up Monty at 9 o’clock. He’s having a bath, manicure, and other things done to him. He’ll hate it, but there it is.

    When we arrived back yesterday I was too tired to do anything except pick up dinner. Hope it will be a better day today.

    Looking forward to Kamala’s speech and wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

    • Kamala got a couple of good digs in. You can tell, though, that she misses speaking in front of an audience – it must change enormously your delivery, how you time the zingers. I am sad that we won’t have a normal campaign season with cheering crowds and high energy but we really need to keep our electeds and soon-to-be-electeds safe in an America that is dangerous for humans and dangerous for democracy.

  17. It’s 73, cloudy and muggy, heading for mid 80s with heat index in the upper 80s. We’re far enough west that although they say we’ll get rain, we’re not expected to get 2″ out of the entire week/storm system. LA coast is getting slammed now and mid-to-north eastern AR will be, although not as intense, in a few days. We’re just going to be/projected to be solid clouds and some scattered showers for the rest of the month. Only got 4 KWHs yesterday. The m-t-d is 457 which puts 2020 in 2nd place for August production. As to whether or not we can make the 534 goal for 1st, probably not. We’d have to generate just over 15 a day to do it and that’s looking very unlikely right now.

    I’ve got to rearrange the stuff in my freezer to maximize space. Since I’m back to doing all my own shopping and want to make it at least 2 weeks between trips I’m going to have to shift to more frozen and less fresh fruit. And possibly freeze some milk to get 2 full weeks. That or change my breakfast & mid-morning coffee routines which are where I actually use fresh milk. We shall see what we shall see.

    The Evil Ones believe they’ve got permanent power. Otherwise they wouldn’t be so loud and proud about what they are doing. This election is our last chance to prove them wrong. But their propaganda machine, which got them into power in the first place, is excellent at dividing us. rto says (of the “big 3” demographics) we need 40% white, 70% Brown, 90% Black to win the WH – and the Congress if they all vote Dem down ballot. We can afford to lose a % of white if Asian and Indigenous come in strong – and they may in this election – but not any more than that. Those are our target numbers. We shall see what we shall see here, too.

    Meanwhile not much has changed anywhere with my internet family. The folks who’ve been holding on are still holding on. The ones who’re slipping closer to the edge are still slipping closer to the edge. But we all find hope wherever we can – from puppies to sports teams going on strike to protest racist police brutality & white “vigilante” murders. (And surprise gifts of Vernor’s ginger ale. LOL) Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  18. Good morning, 57 and mostly sunny in Bellingham. Sue, my housekeeper friend arrived with with a bucket full of dahlias yesterday so I enjoyed some flower fun. I made her a large hydrangea bouquet from my garden so we both have fresh flowers in our houses. Small pleasures help mitigate tRump angst :)

    Sue lives in the county where tRump signs are now blighting the landscape so she is worrying about the election.And so am I…will Biden/Harris have the 42% of the white vote they need to win? I wish I knew. Oh well, the small dogs will be here this afternoon to stay for a few days so they will be a welcome distraction.

    Best wishes to all on this trying not to be gloomy day.

  19. Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 70 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 82. A front will move through later this afternoon bringing potential storms and cooling.

    I will check on the news later – I am trying to organize projects for the weekend so that I can meet August deadlines and, I hope, take next weekend off. I never go anywhere when other people are driving around in a hurry but it seems weird to have no place to go if I were to choose to do that. A walk in one of state parks might be nice but I suspect that they will be swarmed by maskless hordes.

    Someone on Twitter pointed out that tRump is essentially running on the same theme he ran on in 2016 – to end the “violence” in our cities. I have no confidence that it will bother his fans that, first, there was no uncontrollable violence in our cities in 2016 and, second, that there is now quite a bit of violence in our cities under Trump’s watch. Joe Biden called it out but I am sure that the media will ignore it. “Strongman promises to kill Those People to restore order” is the headline they want, not “Literal pile of human garbage lies to everyone again.”

    See all y’all later!

  20. Reminder to Meeses that I will be working on the new theme cleanup tomorrow (Saturday) probably in the late morning. The site will periodically be Under Construction as I test out options. That also, for some reason, causes the Twitter and Facebook automatic links to want to post the page updates so if you see odd tweets and Facebarks, that is what is happening. I will go back and clean them up when I finish unless I can find a way to turn them off temporarily without wrecking them.

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