Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Oct. 4th through Oct. 10th

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 37 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 52. Mainly sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. The #RepublicanDeathCult extends into the U.S. Senate. May the infected Republicans have symptoms that keep them from returning to Washington D.C. until after the election. Good for McCabe to call them on their unsanitary habits: “Mr. McCabe is willing, able, and eager to testify in person about Crossfire Hurricane at any time in the future when it is safe to do so. But he is not willing to put his family’s health at risk to do so.”

  3. Proving that no one has a lot of sympathy for someone who willfully exposes himself to danger, like the motorcyclist who doesn’t wear a helmet and ends up with brain damage after an accident. Wear a mask.

  4. Did my walk/run this morning — slowly making progress. Still 8 segments, but 3 of them were 1:15; and 3 or 4 — I can only keep track of so many things — had 1 minute walking segments instead of 90 seconds. Got windows open to let in the 64 degree coolness, and let out yesterday’s cooking smells. Watching the news, eating almond butter sandwich. Today: church, and make next week’s tea and risotto.

  5. It’s 49 going to 65 and overcast at the moment although the sun’s supposed to come out by mid afternoon. Yesterday we only generated 11.96 KWHs but any double digit production is on track in October. M-t-d is 39.6 which is good. Fingers crossed for today though. I’ll have a fire tonight but it’s warming up next week so probably not again for a while.

    COVID19 said “hold my beer…” and got the guy who gave him the beer in the process. Nobody except KKK/Nazi/Fascist cultists gonna have sympathy for that. Although there is a CT going around that he doesn’t really have it, just putting it on so he can “recover” and go on TV/twitter telling his followers “no worse than the flu”. We shall see of course. Meanwhile among the ordinary folks just hanging on, it’s very real. I don’t personally know anyone who currently has it. (Amelia’s pretty sure she did in February and is still dealing with the effects & I’m at least partly thinking jan4insight had it in January and died of the damage it did her liver.) But Aji & Wings know a bunch – most of the Taos people who have it are white anti-maskers but there are at least 5 Natives who’ve got it now and one who died in May (not counted on the NM stats as she points out nightly). And otherwise folks are just hanging on. Some think things will get better if we win the 11/3 election. Some don’t. But everybody’s hanging on.

    Pleasant news is that the gurdwara my son was going to last summer that had been closed for maintenance/renovations opened up last week. And they think highly enough of him that multiple people contacted him to let him know. He’s up there right now getting the spiritual and community support he’s been missing these last couple of months. And that is good. I need more coffee and to get over to Dee’s #BlackMusicSunday. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  6. Good morning, Moosekind! It’s another lovely day here. The current temp. is 54 F., going up to 68 F. later. A proper Sunday breakfast has been cooked and consumed.

    In a little while I’m going to prick the bottom pie crust and put it in a preheated oven for five minutes. One thing I don’t like is a soggy bottom crust. Also have a ton of apples and pears to peel.

    Today will be the usual—postcards, catching up on sleep after an awful night, writing to a good friend. Elder Son Eric called a while ago. He and little Ethan are off to Burke Lake for a morning’s fishing.

    Apparently Thing is signing blank pieces of paper to show how on top of things he is, even while hospitalized. He’s getting free health care in the Presidential Suite at Walter Reed, and you and I are paying for it.

    Was happy to hear that Jaime Harrison blew Lindsey out of the water and had his own Plexiglas shield to protect him against airborne droplets. I made a real nuisance of myself last night on Twitter, screaming that Kamala must be protected, that Harrison should lend her his Plexiglas shield for the Wednesday evening debate, and that VP Q-Tip shouldn’t even be debating: he ought to be doing a 14-day quarantine.

    I must get down to the garden at some point to see whether there are any more tomatoes. The greenies I’ve picked have been slowly, blissfully ripening in the kitchen. I used one for Hubby’s breakfast.

    Bfitz, what’s a gurdwara? It sounds like a Hindu ritual. Is it?

    Well, that’s it from me this morning. Wishing a nice, peaceful Sunday to all at the Pond.

    • {{{Diana}}}} it’s a Sikh temple. My son has been learning/following the Sikh Faith for about a couple of years now. They joke he’s the only blue-eyed Sikh in America, possibly the world. moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • lol on the “blank pieces of paper” thing – from one of the authors I follow:

  7. Monday Meese. 43 here in Kingston NY, going up to 66.
    Every day I think things can’t get more batshit crazy in the Trump regime, I’m proved wrong. Asking my goddess Yemaya to grant us a blue wave.

    Puerto Rico

    • Good morning, Sister Dee! That painting you posted on Twitter of Yemaya and the blue way blew me away! Or should I say, “Blue me away!” I’ve always liked Yemaya.

      I’ve seen a tweet or story that the majority of PR voters are in favor of statehood! Is this true? As our resident expert on PR, would you say this is a good thing? At first glance, I would think it would be. If we get a Blue Wave in all three, wouldn’t a Democratic administration actually be able to do something for PR, Vieques, and Dominica? (Did I get that right?)

  8. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 39 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 59. Sunny skies are in the forecast. We are expected to warm up into the 70s later in the week but I am fine with these temperatures.

    The. Press. Will. Never. Learn. The headline should not be “Trump says ‘I get it'”! That is pure bulldung, something his handlers told him to say. The headline should be “Trump unrepentant, continues to expose people to his deadly virus.” I am not going to pay any attention to the news accounts of his illness, “recovery” and anything else that comes from the White House. To the extent that it worries people to have a sick man who will be suffering the effects of an infection for months as their president, “it is what it is.” But it is not important to the task of electing Joe Biden and that has to be our focus.

    I have a half dozen emails ready to “launch” at 6am so I need to get back to work. I used to email people at all times of the day or night but now people are tethered to their phones and there is a likelihood that my email would arrive as an alert if I send it at 4am. Technically that is not my problem, I choose to not have my emails notify me when I am sleeping, but I am trying to be nice. If I was not going to be on my desk later in the morning, I would send it after I compose it but when I can wait, I do.

    See all y’all later!

  9. Decided I would post my prayers – since there is all this praying going on.

  10. Running into the office this morning to drop off completed paperwork & pick up more. After that, I’ll just sit on my couch & listen to U2 radio while answering e-mails & trying to reach new library users.

  11. Good Monday, Moosekind! At 10 a.m. it’s 58 F., heading for a daytime high of 67 F. It’s another blue and gold October day! I’m enjoying this weather while it lasts because the newspaper assures me it’s gonna git rill ugly in a couple of weeks.

    Yesterday I wore myself out cooking all day. Starting with Sunday breakfast, I went on to make the Old English Pear Pie (turns out I didn’t cook it quite long enough but it was still good), the pork loin with Honey-Butter sauce (much too sweet, will not make it again), the red cabbage with apples and caramelized onions, and the steamed new potatoes. We have to start using up our Dining Services meals for the next two weeks after enjoying ourselves with this break from it.

    Yesterday I went down to the garden, finally, and picked the tomatoes. Some were so ripe they fell to the ground when I touched them. I now have quite a few. The big tomatoes that are already on the turn will ripen in a few days.

    We have our week all planned except for Thursday. We hope to go “leaf peeping” as the newspaper puts it, on Wednesday. On Friday little Karl will arrive for a sleepover but will go home Saturday, and little Ethan will hang out with us for a few hours while his parents go on a winery tour. Virginia is full of wineries. Elder Son took a very cute picture of Ethan sitting in a fishing rowboat yesterday at Burke Lake. I never heard whether they came home with any fish.

    Following the news of his hospitalization avidly. If he really does have it and goes home today, he’ll pop his clogs, mark my words.

    Wishing a nice day on the domestic front to everyone at the Pond! Every day of this week will seem like a year. I understand that the MSM has already designated Thing obit writers if he josses it.

    • I didn’t realize until this morning that the trip in his limo that I was watching was not going from Walter Reed back to the White House – it was to wave to his fans. JHC!! That makes it all the more deplorable. Someone on Twitter said it was a dry run for his funeral procession. Ha!!

  12. It’s 45 heading for 72 and shaping up to be another sunny day. Fire tonight but probably not for the next week or so as the day temps are shifting up to low 80s and overnights to low 60s. Yesterday we generated 13.3 KWHs and the m-t-d is 52.8 – most definitely on track for October.

    Not gonna laugh at those blank pieces of paper twitler’s signing. He’s done this before. They become already signed EOs written by Stephen Miller. Goddess only knows who will die of it. My folks are hanging on. As am I. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst is a true a guide as it’s ever been.

    I had a lovely visit with my son yesterday. Him on the porch and me in the living room with the picture window between us. Although some probably wouldn’t call it lovely. We tend to discuss politics, religion, and the perfidy of major corporations and have been known to get a bit loud at times. LOL. But we enjoy it. And he looked better, not as stressed. I’m glad he’s back with his “family” gurdwara. He’s got a foundation again. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  13. Good morning, 55 and cloudy in Bellingham. Thanks to tRump/covid angst I’m not sleeping well again so my days aren’t so great either. Looks like I forgot to check in yesterday, but the good news is you all were spared my morning whine! I’m going to try to do better today.

    Best wishes to all.

    • {{{princesspat}}} I worry about you when you don’t check in. Thank you for doing so. Healing Energy & moar {{{HUGS}}}

  14. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 54 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 68. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Never has it been so clear what the phrase “we are all in this together” means. We can’t survive a pandemic unless people take it seriously and stop the spread. I look with horror at the upper right-hand corner of my state, an area filled with bars and MAGAts and read how they are filling all the available hospital beds in Green Bay and Appleton with COVID patients. Then I read about how the Republicans are suing to block masking and end all the statewide health orders that are still in place because “tyranny.” In Michigan, the Republicans successfully sued to end all public health orders from the governor so they are essentially Open for Infection. I am not sure how it ends – only 2% of our state and from what I read 10% of the country has the antigen. If the goal of Republicans is herd immunity, we are nowhere near the 50% number that experts say would be required. 200,000 people died to get to 10%, how many would have to die to get to 50% – a million? I have the luxury of being able to work from home and I live in a blue county where masking is not just mandated but complied with. How many will have to die or suffer permanent physical damage because of the #RepublicanDeathCult that many of them did not sign on to? Deplorable.

    I have not looked at the morning news yet – I was sickened reading the tweets about the call from the Republican’s president for people to just go about their business, the virus is not that bad. Along with the FDA being told that they can’t issue any guidelines to protect people from untested vaccinations rushed into place for political reasons. At least most of the American people aren’t duped – nearly 70% blame our government for the bad response and about that same percentage believe that tRump brought the virus on himself. The 30% are hopeless – now we have to vote their leaders out and make them irrelevant.

    As much as I want to see Kamala debate Q-Tip Head Pence, I really don’t want her near anyone from the White House infection vector. I feel incredible sadness for the White House staff – housekeepers, cooks, food servers – whose jobs now require getting infected with a deadly virus. As it was, I felt sorry for them having to take care of literal human garbage – the Trump Family and their friends – now with many of the workers people of color and over 50, they may get very sick and die because our country’s presidential selection mechanism failed in 2016. :(

    I am still not set for October work, I had a couple of unexpected things show up in my Inbox over the weekend that needed to be addressed. So I better get to it.

    See all y’all later!!

  15. Tuesday Meese. 46 going up to 68 here in Kingston NY. Woke up at 3 AM and couldn’t get back to sleep. Bravo to Joy Reid for calling Trumps balcony performance his “Mussolini Moment”

    “gasping for air”

  16. Puerto Rico

    Today –

  17. I’m in from my walk/run. Making slow progress. Today: just work. The Science Channel isn’t having astronomy Tuesday, so I’ll listen to U2 radio. I’ll probably go to the office tomorrow, because I got 5 new people set up yesterday & will get more today.

  18. Good Tuesday morning, Moosekind! It feels like a week since yesterday. It’s another gorgeous autumn morning in Ashburn, with a current temperature of 52 F., going up to 72 F. In the Washington, DC, metro area we have the best weather of the year in October.

    Although I’m doing my best to avoid blue light after 7 p.m., I had a terrible time trying to sleep last night. I tossed and turned until I lost consciousness, probably some time after 1 a.m. Feeling awful this morning, but we are going to Costco. This afternoon I want to start on the manuscript.

    The second week is often thought to be the worst for COVID. Thing feels fine right now, apparently, but what kind of shape will he be in by the weekend? Someone on another blog and I think he will expire by the weekend. That’s kind of mean, but he’s so reckless that it wouldn’t surprise me.

    I am so tired I’m not sure how I’m going to get dressed! I’ll manage, though. Wishing everyone at the Pond a pleasant day with no nasty surprises. Blessed be.

    • I don’t think he survives either. I just hope he hangs on until after Kamala shreds his vice president so as to leave no doubt that voting for President Pence on November 3rd would not be a fix for the ghastliness of tRump and what he has done. We need to defeat them both and the case will be made Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.

      • For that very reason – winning the election – I’m hoping he hangs on until after the votes are in. 11/4/2020 and he can pop off whenever (I’d have preferred 10 years of prison for but…)


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