Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: October 11th

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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 48 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 66. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Sunday Meese. 53 going up to a sunny 60 – will be a beautiful fall day here in the Hudson Valley of NY.

    Loved this tweet from Hillary

  3. Puerto Rico

    • I saw the original airing of the Muppet Show with Cleo Laine. LOL. Woman’s voice…yup right up there with Ella. {{{Dee}}}

  4. Good morning, everyone. I’m up & watching the news, slept badly again last night. Trying the 4-7-8 breathing thing, but it didn’t really help last night. Ali Velshi is in Michigan, talking to voters, the 2 independents on the panel are both voting Biden. Of course, he’s also talking about the terrifying terror plot. Today: church, make tea and overnight oats, clean house.

  5. Good Sunday morning, Moosekind! It’s overcast, humid, and 67 F. just before 11 a.m. I was awake at 2:30 a.m., up at 3:30 a.m., so I leave it to you to guess how my day is going. Also, although we’re supposedly getting the remnants of Hurricane Delta here today, the rain so far has completely failed to materialize.

    Got to scuttle off in a minute to put the beef stew ingredients in the slow cooker. Our neighbor gave us a fruit trifle, which we’ll have for dessert tonight. I constantly give her tomatoes from the Desultory Garden, which she enjoys, and fresh, hot muffins, which I enjoy making and she appreciates.

    Slaved all day yesterday looking after people. Karl’s family picked him up after lunch, and Ethan and his father came to tea yesterday.It’s been a lovely weekend of seeing family! Today is going to be a “ME” day. As soon as I recover from my horrid sleepless night I’m going to get on with my own stuff.

    I’m weary of the news. He’ll never fall into a coma. I was hoping for something like that so as to derail the hearings for Awful Amy.

    Wishing a nice, peaceful Sunday to all at the Pond.

    • Take comfort in the knowledge that Mrs. Jesse Barrett will be the hideous face of Republican overreach for a lifetime as her willingness to aid McConnell’s theft – no self-respecting person would agree to this nomination – will follow her all the days of her pinched existence. We shall call the court expansion act the McConnell-Barrett Court Reform Act and she can join Alito in his deranged dissents for the next 40 years as a Democratic Golden Age settles over our country.

  6. A new week and the tail end of a revisit of summer. It’s 68 heading for 87 – and we’ll have a heat index today. The sun is breaking through the clouds which is nice. Yesterday we generated 11.8 KWHs and the m-t-d is 122 which is also nice. Cooler temps start tomorrow. But still sun. More nice.

    My son just brought me milk and we visited for a few minutes. We’ll visit more when he brings the Camry back this afternoon. Back in the day he used to sit with/listen to a drum circle every night in the rose garden on Dickson Street. He says the community/fellowship Sunday mornings at the gurdwara feels like that. Combined with some other community type Traditions we/he has been part of over his life. Reading from the Text of whatever writing that Tradition honored. Food and discussion afterwards. I’m glad he has this. The rest of his life is very stressful and he has little emotional support from anyone but me. (& moms are good but…he’s a grown man – he’ll be 50 next March.) Everyone else is depending on him. But the Sikh folks have welcomed him in like extended family. And this is very good.

    Evil ones being evil. Trying to pile up as much evil as possible so that we’ll be too busy dealing with it when/if we win (& get in office of course) to be able to seriously work on the system that gave them power. So they can get it back again in 2 years. This isn’t gonna be “walk and chew gum at the same time” – this is and will always be carrying victims of war and natural disaster to safety over a rope bridge spanning an abyss. But if we don’t do it, if we just deal with the mess left us, they’ll do it again and worse. Each time they’ve gotten in they’ve taken us close to a fascist state. Not just fascists in office but an actual, no constitution, fascist state. They’ve been preparing us for that since the “rumors” that W wasn’t going to leave office. They aren’t ready for that yet for all some folks actually believe twitler won’t go. As long as the constitution is in effect, it doesn’t matter what he wants, he’s out once his term is (or 2 terms are) up. I think they’re grooming Tom Cotton for the actual dictator role – but they’ve got to get back in and actually break rather than just piss on the constitution first. And this is pretty much our last chance to stop them.

    With that cheery thought, I’m heading over to the Sunday Music fest. Or I will once I’ve gotten more coffee. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  7. Good morning, 52 and cloudy in Bellingham. RonK and our sons are driving to Artist Point, at Mt Baker, today. The road closes for the winter tomorrow so this will be the last trip until next year. The hiking trails are open now but will soon be covered with deep snow.

    Our apple tree is finally tall enough to protect the apples from the deer so we can enjoy them. They are small, tart and very crisp so I may bake an apple tarte today. The idea appeals but I’ll see what reality brings!

    Best wishes to all on this quiet Sunday morning.

    • Oh, how I envy you for that, princesspat! I use to love “apple knocking,” as we called it when we knocked down apples with a garden rake. I made apple cake, apple pie, and applesauce. Oh, those were the days!

  8. Monday Meese. Raining lightly here in Kingston NY. 46 going up to 64.

  9. Puerto Rico

  10. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 61 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 59. Scattered showers then clearing later in the afternoon.

    In Wisconsin it is Indigenous Peoples Day, as declared by Governor Tony Evers to the sounds of Republican heads asploding last year. Midwesterners don’t do a lot around the holiday designated for the 2nd Monday in October – in New England, where I grew up, it is a Big Huge Deal. I doubt that any of my clients will be closed for the day but it may be quieter than usual. No mail. No banking.

    I won’t watch the Mrs. Jesse Barrett confirmation hearing (I will find clips later). It is sickening and the only good thing coming from this is that the Supreme Court will finally be identified as the bastard child of Republican ratfking. It is no longer a legitimate third branch of government and today’s hearing culminates a process that began in 2000 when the Republicans on that court gave the election to their party’s presidential candidate. It was underscored when the duly elected President of the United States was not allowed to nominate a justice in 2016 and the death blow will be the confirmation of a “justice” put in place mainly to insure that she is the 5th vote to ratfk the 2020 election. Thread.


    I have several projects looming that I need to get to. The tasks that needed to be done before anyone started work were completed so now the pressure is off.

    See all y’all later!

  11. Not a good walk/run day, only managed 4 running segments. I’ll try again Wednesday. Today: just work. Monday, blah. I’ll listen to U2 Radio to make it less bad.

  12. It’s 62 heading for 73 and sunny. Maybe a fire tonight, maybe not. We’ll see. Yesterday we generated 11 KWHs and the m-t-d is 133 to start the day. Which is good.

    I had a pleasant if short visit with my son yesterday when he brought the car back. Another good thing. Twisted my back doing Sunday chores yesterday. A not so good thing. Hopefully it will work itself out when I get on the treadmill. Usually – not always – walking takes care of what sweeping did to it. Holding the Good Thought for everybody. That being pretty much what I can do. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  13. Good Monday morning, Moosekind! It rained off and on yesterday from mid-afternoon through the night. Was able to go out several times and listen to it by stepping on to the screened porch. It’s supposed to be showery until noon but as usual, I don’t believe it. Right now it’s 59 F. in Ashburn, aiming for a high of 60 F.

    Feeling rather depressed today because of the court hearings for Awful Amy, knowing she’ll be ramrodded through. Why isn’t she wearing a red handmaid’s gown and a weirdly shaped white hat? Why isn’t she home looking after her seven children and brainwashing them? Why doesn’t her HUSBAND order her to stay home? She’s like Phyllis Schafly, who demanded that other women stay home and become female cabbages, while she herself flew around the country getting speaking fees and a megaphone from the right-leaning mainstream media.

    But enough of this political chitchat. It’s another gray day. I’m about to get washed and brushed to begin the day’s work. Feeling happy and rested after a 7-and-1/2-hour drugged sleep. I ate berries on my granola to counteract the possible future onset of Alzheimer’s.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond and wishing for something good to happen for OUR side! Blessed be.

    • Yes!

      She’s like Phyllis Schafly, who demanded that other women stay home and become female cabbages, while she herself flew around the country getting speaking fees and a megaphone from the right-leaning mainstream media.

      The hypocrisy is infuriating – the women who preach subjugation while they are grabbing and wielding power are the worst of the worst.

  14. Good morning, 50 and partly sunny in Bellingham. As predicted snow was falling on Mt Baker yesterday so the air is chilly this morning and I’ve finally closed the last open window. The season has officially changed!

    I’m hoping to actually work in my sewing room today, but when I get tired the dreaded dizzy feelings return so I’m being careful. I have a series of physical therapy exercises to do for vertigo so I’m doing those now. If I keep behaving myself I should be ok in a few more days.

    Best wishes to all as we make it through another Monday.

  15. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 48 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 63. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast.

    True to my word, I did not watch or closely follow the SCOTUS hearing. I did peek at Twitter once in a while (there is other news I wanted to hear about) and found it comical that the Republicans on the panel were all screaming about Democratic attacks on Mrs. Barrett’s religion, something that had not actually occurred. They built their narrative and, by golly, they were going to use it regardless of the facts!! No one is going to attack her crazy brand of even-more-anti-woman-than-normal Catholicism – there is plenty in her record to attack. I hope our side spends a lot of time highlighting her need to recuse from 2020 election decisions. It should be headlines that she was chosen specifically to rule in favor of Republicans in post-election disputes – if she won’t recuse everyone needs to be made aware of that and it should be something to help us remember that we need to not just GOTV, we need a blue wave to not have any outcomes “too close to call”.

    I saw the photos of the domestic terrorists from Michigan (and Wisconsin!) who will be having their hearing today. Gawd, are they ugly! The hate must leak through their skin and cause their heads to become misshapened – frightening visages are such a trademark of their ilk. It was a bit disconcerting to realize that they were training just up the highway from here in the county with the sheriff who encouraged protests against our governor. :::shudder:::

    I hope to have a light day today – tomorrow I have a project that will take most of the morning and involves a lot of moving parts and client interaction. After this is done, I should be able to settle into a schedule where I control the deadlines and one that includes a lot of naps. :)

    See all y’all later!

    • Jan, it is my contention that these misogynist serial killers and militia members are too ugly to get a date, so they turn to murder and extremism. I may be wrong.

      It never seems to occur to them that if they worked at making themselves charming and attractive, as women are supposed to do 24/7/365, they might actually get a date.

  16. I voted! I voted! I voted! WooHoo! I got in line before 6am, I was 5th in line. By 6:45 there were probably 100 people in line, when I left the line stretched around 2 sides of the building. But I’m done. I took the day off, don’t really have any plans. Going to have pizza for lunch, because a local shop is giving people with an “I voted” sticker a free slice.

  17. Good Tuesday morning, Meese! Gray this morning but the sky seems to be clearing gradually. We received a nice lot of rain yesterday, and “they” say more will be coming on Friday. Currently in Ashburn it’s 55 F., on its way up to 71 F.

    Not much to write about unless it involves griping about Awful Amy and the Rethugs, a brand-new miniseries starring the Capitol Hill Gang, which will air through Friday. Her confirmation seems inevitable unless Thing pops his clogs today or tomorrow, an event for which even Moscow Mitch might stop long enough to let the funeral proceedings, weeping, gnashing of teeth, and eulogies transpire.

    How many will die by New Year’s Eve?

    We have long planned to vote on Saturday, October 17th. Nora has a soccer game at 9 a.m. and we’d like to see that. I’m going to try to board Monty overnight so we can do both without having to consider the dog.

    Trevor invited us to tea yesterday and served homemade scones with clotted cream. The house smelt heavenly when we walked in. Karl was busy looking up the strange insect he saw on our screened porch on Sunday in his illustrated children’s dictionary—it looked like a stick insect—and Nora was trying to log into her writing class. She couldn’t get in, so the writing coach canceled the class. There is only one other student besides Nora in it.

    So that’s it for now. Wishing everyone at the Pond a good day, cheering for the patient thousands who are standing in eight-to-twelve-hour long lines in Georgia, and hoping that today (please, Goddess) will bring good news for OUR side.

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