Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Sept. 20th through Sept. 26th

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 Friday morning, Moosekind. It was very dark this morning, overcast and slightly misty around the edges, like an Impressionist painting. It’s lighter now, but we probably won’t see the remnants of Hurricane Beta. I’ll have to water the garden today.

    We watched the telethon last night. My commercial came at the beginning of the second hour. My voice sounded weird, I thought, although I wouldn’t describe it as “squeaky.” For the visuals, there were scenes of happy-looking residents engaged in various activities, the kind we did before COVID. Afterwards Holly, the Director of Sales who doubles as one of the “Happy Hour” hosts on our in-house TV network, remarked to Faith, the other host, “Mrs. Read’s profile was very moving.” One of my fellow members of the Writers’ Group emailed afterward to say she thought I’d hit exactly on the reasons we all wanted to move here, although watching pictures of how it used to be made her sad.

    This morning I have a pedicure at 10:30. I’m mailing the first batch of postcards today. This afternoon I need to work on the second batch, to be mailed October 5th. I also will need to make the final touches on “Catwalk” and mail it to the Mac expert. He (or she) wants it in Word.

    I’ve got the remains of a roast chicken in the slow cooker, simmering in a quart of chicken broth. At noon I’ll remove the meat and bones, strain the broth, and add the vegetables for soup tonight. I’m going nuts trying to track down a recipe I thought I’d saved that involved baking pears in the oven with nothing added except vanilla and butter. Imagine a dessert that tastes good with no sugar!

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  2. For some reason I managed to sleep in this morning. It was almost 8 by the time I actually go up. Although I’d been drowsily listening to “morning noises” for a while before I did. It’s 62 heading for 82 and overcast at the moment. The sun’s supposed to burn through shortly which will be good. Yesterday we generated 14.4 KWHs which is the best daily production since the 8th. The m-t-d is 286.5 so if we can do as well and a scrooch better than yesterday we’ll reach 300 today. That would be good.

    Friends/family circle still needs help. Mostly monetary but not totally. Monetary only works for what money can purchase – if it can’t be purchased for a reasonable amount (if at all) then… But they’re hanging on as best they can. As is the nation – or at least the Decent people of the nation. The Deplorables are still too busy being superspreaders for the genocidal death cult to notice much else. Blue wave can solve a whole lot of issues – but will only do long-term good if we can keep it going. A wave like a flash flood in a desert restores life and brings beautiful flowers overnight – and is gone again in less than a week. It’s just enough to survive. A wave that fills the rivers and lakes and stock ponds, that can bring more than surviving – at least surviving comfortably and maybe even thriving. So we work and hope and pray – and see what happens.

    Meanwhile, there seems to be one hummingbird still here so I need to go fill the feeder and make sure it gets enough energy to get where it’s going when it leaves. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • Bfitz, do hummingbirds migrate? My mother and I saw one up close when we were hanging clothes on the line in Arkansas, and I couldn’t believe the whirr of its tiny wings! It is quite miraculous.

      • Yes, thousands of miles. You wouldn’t think such a small creature could do it. (But then so do Monarch butterflies.) They get here sometime around the Spring Equinox – some just passing through to points north, some stay and nest here – and leave for Central and South America after the Autumnal Equinox. They are indeed quite miraculous.

  3. Good morning, 59, wind and rain in Bellingham. A wind warning with gusts up to 50 mph is in effect but so far the trees are still standing. The leaves are turning and falling but the leaf canopy on the trees can still act like large sails.

    I’ll be in my sewing room today, and I think I’ve got the projects I just walked away from several months ago ready to work on again. I thought I would remember what I was doing but my covid/tRump/ worried brain doesn’t hold a thought for long so I’ve had to start over. Oh well, it’s still creative and fun and that’s important.

    Best wishes to all on this windy morning.

  4. Saturday Meese. 64 going up to a sunny 77 here in Kingston NY.
    This is what we are dealing with:

    Puerto Rico

    • Dee, I couldn’t BELIEVE that someone applauded The Woman Rittenhouse! What kind of country is this?

      The photo of the empty shoes is very moving. The day will come when PR is restored its full measure of rights.

  5. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 64 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 79. Mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast. The expected cooldown that we were going to have starting yesterday was delayed. It should arrive tomorrow.

    I started a couple of projects early this morning and had expected them to be finished by now but had to take a couple of detours along the way. I need to get back to it because users who work on weekends may need to connect to their computers and will expect the computer work to be completed.

    The Democratic Party Weekly Address is Senator Sherrod Brown and the topic is Filling Supreme Court Vacancies in an Election Year so I will make an effort to get the Fighting Back post up later this morning. There is nothing we can do to block Amy Coney Barrett – the berners ratfked the Supreme Court and they will own the damage. The sad thing is that they don’t even realize the damage because their privileged white male asses have never had to deal with any of the things that will be destroyed by a locked in 5-person majority mouthbreathing right-wing court. Chief Justice Roberts can’t save us like he did the last time the ACA was being considered and he won’t be able to protect “precedent” in any Roe case.

    See all y’all later!

    • Good morning, Jan! Just read about the poutrage of the Rethugs regarding the “vote-in operating today and next Saturday in Wisconsin. They know they’re gonna lose and they’re desperate.

      • Another group is suing the voting help organizations who want to give money to municipalities to help people vote. They are calling it “bribery” to pay for hand sanitizer for poll workers or to help people figure out how to register to vote. Bastids!

        • Blast their hides! May the fleas of 1,000 pariah dogs infest their innermost crevices so that they itch unbearably without respite, and may the crusty curse of Oliver Cromwell fall upon their poxy penii.

  6. Good morning. I’m in from my walk/run — 2nd one in a row with 8 running segments. Tired. Watching the news, drinking tea. Hands are shaky because of my asthma med. I’ll watch the pre-show on MSNBC, but when Trump announces Aunt Lydia as his choice, I’ll be watching a U2 concert.

  7. It’s 57 heading for low 80s and sunny. At least so far. Yesterday we generated another “best since the 8th” day at 14.8 KWHs and the m-t-d is 301. We’ve 5 production days left to see if we can get out of “last place” for the 4K system.

    I managed to drop the hummingbird feeder yesterday and break off one of the ports. Found some old household glue – still liquid but so thick I had to stand on the tube to get even a little bit of it out – and plugged the port. Then put more syrup in it. Irony is – I think she’s taken off, as in before I put this last batch in. It doesn’t seem to have been tapped. So I may have wasted the sugar and broken the feeder needlessly. But if she hasn’t, well, it’s there to fuel her on her way. I’ll leave it up until I’m sure she’s gone.

    Evil ones still being evil. Why people think calling on them to resign from doing what they were put in place to do is gonna work I’ll never know. Or that calling on their better natures or pointing out the hypocrisy of what they’re saying/doing will do anything more than make them laugh. We have to vote – which I’ve already done (ballot’s been received and “accepted” according to the AR SoS site) – in overwhelming numbers. They’ll stop laughing then. & Goddess! but we’ll have a lot of work to do. I don’t know if we’ll have enough time to do it, but I do know we can’t start until we get the power to do it. So we vote.

    Wrapping up the 3rd quarter of 2020 this coming week. I’ll not be sad to see it go – but I’ll not count on the 4th quarter being any better either. Even if we do win, Blue Tsunami win, our team won’t take office until January 2021 and the evil ones will do as much damage on the way out as they can. But we keep on truckin’ anyway. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  8. Good Saturday morning, Meese! It’s 62 F. and overcast in Ashburn this morning, on its way up to 74 F. We’re going to be in the 80s tomorrow and the two days after that, but looking at next week we’ll be on a downward slope. GOOD!

    Last night we actually did get some rain. It began late in the evening before bedtime so I stood on the screened porch, listening and smelling. I rarely get to hear rain falling. It was still raining quite hard when we went to bed but it must have stopped in the early morning hours. When I took Monty to the courtyard around 6:30, the pavements were still wet and glistening in the pale light. I often think bfitz and I should swap climates, but we don’t have an app for that.

    Breakfast, which was delightful (croissants and cappuccinos) has been had, so I’ll soon be able to concentrate on the work I need to do today. Hope to be back here later to catch up on reading I haven’t done yet.

    Wishing a nice, peaceful Saturday to all, and I hope Awful Amy gets borked!

  9. Good morning, 56 and partly sunny in Bellingham. The garden is full of soggy leaves so it’s officially fall outdoors. I want to do some more pruning but my legs are telling me to stay indoors. I may persist regardless!

    I was in Fairhaven with my grand daughter and her mom yesterday, so we stopped at the bookstore cafe for coffe and a visit. I gave Ava Becoming RBG for her birthday and she is enjoying reading it and we all enjoyed sharing our thoughts. I thought the graphic novel format would appeal to Ava and thankfully it does.
    Best wishes to all.

    • Blast their hides! May the fleas of 1,000 pariah dogs infest their innermost crevices so that they itch unbearably without respite, and may the crusty curse of Oliver Cromwell fall upon their poxy penii.

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