Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: October 25th

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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 28 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 37. Chance for mixed precipitation is in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Thanks Obama for bringing up Puerto Rico.

  3. Good rainy Sunday morning, Moosekind! Would you believe, as we set off for the government center down the road yesterday morning, raindrops spattered the windshield? After weeks of no rain a-tall, Goddess picked yesterday to let loose a few drops. Raindrops kept fallin’—not badly, but randomly—on my newly coiffed hair when I was handing out sample Democratic ballots yesterday. Luckily I’m so old I no longer care what anyone thinks of my hair.

    Speaking of hair, I didn’t even recognize our precinct captain, who evidently stopped dyeing her hair during the pandemic lockdown at Ashby Ponds. Now it’s as white as mine and as short as a boy’s. The Republican volunteer who was standing near me handing out her sample ballots complained that a yellowjacket kept trying to dive-bomb her. “That’s because your blouse has a flower pattern on it,” I said. “He thinks you’re a flower bed!”

    Same thing happened to me once, but in my case it was a bee who was convinced that the big flowers with yellow centers on my dress was a potential source of sumptuous delight.

    But enough of this entomological chitchat. After handing out ballots for two-plus hours (Dearly was so engrossed in watching Formula 1 Qualifying on TV that he forgot he was supposed to pick me up), I came home and simply collapsed after lunch. Didn’t do one thing yesterday. I restricted myself to half a cup of coffee yesterday at breakfast for obvious reasons, but as a consequence was as cross as two sticks all day.

    At least our voters were well-behaved and no one threatened anyone while I was there. Not so in Pennsylvania! I read on “Raw Story” that a great many “semis” (whatever those are) surrounded the lines of early voters and leaned on their horns to the extent that the early voters could not hear instructions issued by the poll workers. The police did nothing. One can only assume the Pennsylvania police are as racist as anyone else. City of Brotherly Love my foot!

    There are also stories floating about that a body double is standing in for Melania and that five people in Pence’s office have Covid. He probably has it too.,

    It was depressing to read a statement by a Black man in Louisiana in the WaPo that he would be voting for Thing because he felt the Democratic party lacks morals. HUH? Thing has “morals”? From this statement I infer one thing: the voter in question hates abortion and will applaud a thrice-married serial adulterer and rapist because he pretends to be “against” abortion. Men as a class HATE it when they can’t control women. Who knows what women will do if they aren’t barefoot, preggers, and home-schooling nine children in the kitchen? Why, one of them might run for president or vice-president! Quel horreur, n’est-ce pas?

    It was 50 F. here in Ashburn when I got up this morning. Now it’s 46 F. and actually raining! The rain is predicted to be steady this morning, dwindling to showers this afternoon. The high will rise to 49 F. This will be a good day to have Crock Pot Chicken Soup, hot rolls with butter, and warm apple pie with warm custard for dinner. We’ll look like barrels afterwards, but that’s OK.

    Longing for the election to be over, hopeful that our side will win bigly, and all that. Wishing everyone at the Pond a happy St. Crispin’s Day!

    • “Semi” is short for semi-trailer truck, so basically a bunch of MAGAt truckers felt that disrupting elections with air horn blasts would help their Dear Leader. I despise them all.

      I agree with you on the hair – I am generally disinterested in how my hair looks. However, it has to look tidy so I am heading to the hairdresser again this week much sooner than I want to. My last haircut was not very good (it did not get short enough in the back and grew out oddly). I blame it entirely on myself – I was curious about a trip the hairdresser had taken and spent too much attention on that and not enough attention on how the haircut was progressing. This time I will focus on the haircut and do less chit-chatting. :)

  4. Good morning, everyone. Nice, mellow day today: church, make tea & overnight oats for the week…… and that’s all I can think of. Roller coaster weather here: yesterday I not only had to wear long pants when I went grocery shopping, I had to wear shoes & a sweater — and I even had to zip it up. Today it’ll get into the mid 80s, and tomorrow morning’s walk/run will be in shorts & a t-shirt.

      • No, Lloyd was gerrymandered away from most of Austin — that’s why I’m so big on taking back the Texas House. My congresscritter is Mike McCaul, the 2nd richest Rep. They literally drew the district for him – around his house here in Austin.

  5. It’s 47 and may or may not make it to 60 today. It was 57 in the house when I got up so I turned on the furnace. Let it run one cycle to bring the house up to 70 then turned it off again. I’m hoping the dust etc will have settled by bedtime and I’ll be able to (more or less) sleep. IF I can keep the house tolerable running the furnace in the morning and doing fires in the evening. We shall see what we shall see. We generated 3.8 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d is 233 – not on track and not likely to catch up. But if we can get another 45 in these last 7 days of October will be in 2nd place for October production. More we shall see what we shall see.

    The country’s not exactly in a holding pattern but for folks like me who’ve already voted and just want to get this done it sorta feels like it. Meanwhile folks are scrambling for rent or repairs, tools or healthcare, or combinations thereof. And everything west of 95° W needs rain (or snow) from badly to desperately while LA and points north & east are about to get slammed with another hurricane. sigh.

    Feeling grungy this morning and moving slow. I’ve dealt with cats (of course) and made my bed but otherwise I’m hoping coffee and Dee’s #BlackMusicSunday will get me going enough to do the rest of the Sunday chores. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  6. Good morning, 35 and partly sunny in Bellingham. My sewing room is so full of memories…and unfinished projects. Yesterday’s find was a rayon skirt I started for Erica in 1996! Oh well, it’s perfect for Emma now and she’s intrigued with the sewing process so all’s well. We’ve spent a lot of time together in that room.

    I’m slow and sleepy this morning, but hope to have a productive afternoon. Best wishes to all.

  7. That was an incredible comment by Meadows. It reminds me of when Barack Obama won in 2008 and George W. Bush essentially turned the response to the global financial meltdown to President-Elect Obama’s transition team because he had no idea what to do with the mess he had made. Sadly, I don’t expect this administration to include Joe Biden’s transition team in the pandemic response – we could lose a million people between election day and inauguration day. Goddess help us.

  8. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 30 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 37. Isolated flurries this morning then cloudy the rest of the day. We had snow yesterday afternoon into the evening and it stuck to the grass and the trees (which was pretty!) but the roads were fine, at least the last I had looked which was about 8pm.

    I am going to avoid the news today as it will be filled with stories about Mrs. Jesse Barrett and her husband being given a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court of the United States. Someone asked Harry Reid what he thought about the filibuster (which we would need to break in order to expand the courts) and he said that Joe Biden is a big fan of bipartisanship but he needs to give the Republicans in the Senate no more than a three week grace period then he needs to kill the filibuster. There is too much we need to get done, he said, and trying to find a consensus will be impossible. As he knows, the only thing that happens in that case is watered down legislation and still no votes. The compromises made to get Republican votes for the Affordable Care Act made it weaker and less appealing – and not a single Republican voted for it in the end. Bipartisanship is for chumps. Listen to your elders, Joe!

    I have a busy day here because – lo and behold! – we only have 5 working days left in October and I have October projects that need to be done.

    See all y’all later!

  9. Puerto Rico

    Gretchen Sierra-Zorita’s piece is an important read

  10. In from my walk/run. Warm morning — 74 & humid; but a cold front this afternoon. This one’s an actual cold front, 40s overnight and even freezing weather outside of town. Today: dashing into the office to drop off completed applications, then home to call & call & call. People apply for a service then never answer their phone when we call. Sigh.

  11. Good Monday morning, Moosekind! Only it won’t be a good morning at all for us, with the confirmation of Bony Amy Coney. Never mind, perhaps an invisible supreme being shall smite his handmaiden in some way. My favorite would be inflicting such horrible dandruff on her that working five days a week in a black robe would not be at all possible.

    Had a pretty decent night’s sleep, still determined to get something done today in addition to a walk. Today’s big job will be changing the sheets on the bed. Yesterday I seemed to do nothing but cook.

    The menus from Dining Services this week look abysmal, so I foresee home-cooked meals in our future. My next-door neighbor, a sweet Irishwoman, says of all the muffins I’ve made she likes the Carrot Muffins the best, so I’ll see about making some, possibly as early as tomorrow. I did score a jar of Trader Joe’s delightful cranberry sauce on my last visit there, so I’ll make those as well.

    However, enough of this culinary chitchat. I’ve got to spring into action and actually get something DONE! Wishing as good a day as possible to all at the Pond. Remember—there are only two Mondays between us and possible deliverance!

    • Ha! This would probably deter a normal person but Mrs. Jesse Barrett has no mirror and will not realize how she looks!

       My favorite would be inflicting such horrible dandruff on her that working five days a week in a black robe would not be at all possible.

  12. It’s 41 heading for 43 overcast and drizzling here. Furnace is on. I’ll turn it off again when it finishes this cycle. I had enough trouble sleeping last night. Or rather I didn’t get to sleep until early this morning. Sinusitis. sigh. Anyway we generated 3.4 KWHs yesterday which isn’t as much as I use in a day and the m-t-d of 236 is most certainly not on track.

    Evil ones are going to try and get as much evil done as possible before the election – and more after it. If we win MSM and talking heads/hand puppets will say it’s because we won. But that’s crap. They’re gonna do as much evil as they can until they are bodily removed from office. Period. That’s who they are and why they’re there. So we gotta do our best to remove them from office as fast as we can. And have a “Day One” hit-the-ground-running plan in place and staffed (don’t tell the Rs/MSM who until after the fact) ready to do and not just talk about. Closer to home folks still gotta survive – rent/utilities, food/fuel, health-related stuff – & rain/snow everywhere west of 95W. Holding the Good Thought.

    Meanwhile, there are lemon-almond butter muffins in the oven and the house smells divine. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  13. Good morning, Meesefolk; 43 when I finally started moving this morning with a drizzly high of 46. I’m beginning to think that my yardwork may be done for the season. I don’t mind working outside when it’s chilly, but the damp hits me hard. Maybe tomorrow and maybe this weekend, but after that, it’s highly doubtful.

    I didn’t get the job that I interviewed for on Friday, but my overall reaction when I received the “thanks, but no thanks” email was “meh.” That’s a pretty good indicator that my sub-conscious was picking up on things that my more desperately-wanting-a-job conscious self wasn’t. I’m also learning that if I go into an interview without any obvious nervousness, it’s probably not a good thing. It seems obvious now that I’ve thought about it, but the more nervous I am, the more invested I am in wanting the position. I wasn’t the slightest bit nervous about the Friday interview.

    The countdown to Election Day is starting to make me very, very nervous; like so many Dems, I’m not good at believing the confidence that I am projecting publicly. Inside, my stomach is in knots, hoping that our apparent lead in early voting doesn’t disappear like it did in 2016 in Florida. I’m also concerned that folks may be falling for John James schtick here in Michigan. He’s scrubbed most of his social media to hide the support for 45* that he was trumpeting in 2016 when he ran against Debbie Stabenow. And he’s a master of sounding reasonable and almost bi-partisan until you realize that it’s all just high-level word salad…buzz word combined with Corporate Speak combined with vague talking points. He’s also making a big deal about being a “39-year-old from Detroit” with military experience (he graduated from USMA and served 8 years). Gary Peters signed up in with the USNR in 1993 (when he was in his 30s) and served 10+ years, but that part of his bio gets lost in the hype. I’m just hoping that Peters’ low-key persona doesn’t hurt him, and that when folks see on the ballot that he’s the Dem, not James, they’ll go straight ticket. James is really a DeVos creation (in terms of politics) and heavily funded by the DeVos cabal; we really can’t afford to have his as our senator.

    On that note, back to searching the want ads. Good day to and for all!

    • {{{DoReMI}}} – Holding the Good Thought in all directions for you. Jobs, elections, gardens, whatever. Healing/Helping Energy. moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • The countdown to Election Day is starting to make me very, very nervous; like so many Dems, I’m not good at believing the confidence that I am projecting publicly.

      I hear and agree.

  14. Good morning, 36, cloudy and foggy in Bellingham. I was awake in the night, and now I can’t wake up. But I don’t have much planned for today so I have the luxury of just easing into it.

    I do have the urge to fill another donation bag with fabric so I will do that while the mood is right. I’ve also got the end of the month desk work to do so I’ll fill the day. Best wishes to all.

  15. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 28 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 39. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Well, the dirty deed is done. Now we can run on health care which has always been our best issue. Justice Mrs. Jesse Barrett will strike down the ACA and the only way to save it is to elect Joe Biden and flip the Senate. Unless we get both of those things, the health care law will be gone by March and millions will be left uninsured in the aftermath of a pandemic. The ads write themselves “Joni Ernst voted to repeal your health care and when that bill didn’t pass, she voted for a Supreme Court nominee to strike it down. Joni Ernst hates you and your family and wants you to die.”

    I am not sure yet what to do about the impending loss of reproductive rights with a Supreme Court that now has a locked-in majority who believe the life starts at conception and who have no respect for precedent (they needed both). I guess we find and support programs that arrange to get women out of Handmaiden States for their abortions and work to get medical abortion drugs available to everyone no matter where they live.

    Will Republican overreach finally be punished? It never has been so I am not holding my breath.

    See all y’all later!

  16. Tuesday Meese
    Wow Jan – it is really cold up your way. 46 going up to 54 in Kingston NY.

    On Noonan

    Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico – 2020 Governor’s race

    The candidates are:
    Pedro Pierluisi, New Progressive Party (pro statehood). He’s a Democrat – most members of his Party are Republicans
    Carlos Delgado Altieri, Popular Democratic Party, (pro Commonwealth, and one faction is for free association) Most are Democrats.

    Juan Dalmau, Puerto Rican Independence Party

    César Váquez Muñiz, Project Dignity, conservative, Christian Democratic

    Alexandra Lúgaro – candidate of the newly formed Citizens’ Victory Movement, anti-colonialism/decolonization platform

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