Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: February 28th

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, 47 and cloudy in Bellingham. The long overdue Dr.Who sewing project is now done, yay! Sophie still loves the quilt and has waited patiently for the pillow cases. I combined all the left over fabric and over designed what should have been a simple sewing project, but six pillow cases and a quilted sham will be on the way to her today.

    I see some blue sky between the clouds so my plans to sew another well aged project today may change. Might be a good day to plant a few primroses instead. Take care everyone.

  2. Saturday Meese. 24 going up to 31 here in Kingston NY.

    Puerto Rico

  3. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 21 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 41. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Apparently someone made Joe Manchin realize that signing onto a Republican amendment to a bill that NO REPUBLICAN WILL VOTE FOR is as stupid as it looks. He eventually signed onto an amendment that was still bad but at least sponsored by Democrats. I hope we are done with the “debate” on the COVID relief bill. It was sheer brilliance that the Democrats left in the Senate after Ron Freaking Johnson’s tantrum voted to cut debate from 20 hours to 3 hours after all the Republicans left but the Senate was still in session. It helped some – the debate will end sooner – but it did not keep the Senate from looking foolish yesterday. I really do not think that Chuck Schumer is very smart – I wish we had someone with the chops of Harry Reid running the Senate. Anyway, the bill will pass, it won’t contain any poison pills that the House can’t vote for and help will be on the way to Americans hurt by the #RepublicanDeathCult. More Democratic Senators are starting to understand the damage the filibuster is doing to small-d democracy – I am hoping there is something that will wake up Joe Manchin to that fact but I won’t hold my breath. I am pretty sure we will expand our Senate majority in 2022 and we just need to get to 51 to kill the filibuster. If Manchin switches parties at that time so that he can keep racisming, it won’t matter.

    The wheels of justice are grinding pretty slowly but people in the Capitol riot are being indicted and incarcerated and will likely face punishment. I hope Merrick Garland is confirmed soon – apparently Tehran Tom Cotton put a hold on the vote – we need a fully functional Justice Department to prosecute these cases, taking care that any leftover trumpers are not putting their fingers on the scale to let their mob boss’ pals off the hook.

    A million Wisconsinites have had at least one shot and 500,000 have completed the two-shot protocol. I am in the later category and I have one more week to wait until I am considered immune. It is terrible that people who know nothing about science are telling folks that the J&J is inferior and that people should wait until they can get the Pfizer or Moderna. JHC!! The J&J will keep you from getting sick enough to end up in the hospital and stop you from dying!!! That is pretty freaking effective. PLUS it is known to be effective against the variants, something that we are not certain of with the other vaccines. I want the media to start putting disclaimers under every politician talking about science and health that reads “THIS PERSON IS NOT A DOCTOR OR A SCIENTIST” – or maybe just “NEANDERTHAL THINKING” for short.

    I made it to Saturday and my to-do list appears to be manageable. I will spend some time this morning clearing my List of Three, the three most important things that I need to get done; two of them have been on the list all week but I haven’t had time to get to them.

    See all y’all later!

  4. Good Saturday morning, Meese! It’s sunny with little wisps of white cloud here in Ashburn, with a current temp. of 37 degrees. The high will be 46 F., with winds from 10 to 20 mph.

    There are, I am aware, persons who think differently, but I despise Joe Manchin. What a dork! And as for Abbott and Costello, don’t even get me started. Luckily I’ll have other things to think about today, since my youngest grandchild will be coming for his very first sleepover. Gods, imagine it—grandparents, child, and dog, all sleeping in one room. At least our dog doesn’t sleep on the bed.(I’d refuse to sleep in it if he did, but his legs are too short to jump up on it.) Anyway, I find this to be medieval.

    There’s a pedicure on the agenda today, ugh. It’s necessary, though. I can’t imagine anyone actually enjoying this process. My feet are very problematic, though, so I have to have this done periodically. The owner of the nail salon has raised the price of a gel mani by $7 “due to Covid.” I will therefore get my manis with three weeks between rather than two. “Due to Covid” means “not enough business,” but low prices were the chief thing that attracted me to that place.

    Enough about first-world concerns. I’m planning a pretty active day, so I’d better get on with it.

    Wishing a nice, peaceful day to all at the Pond!

    • I don’t like Manchin but he is a necessary evil right now. Without him, we get the bipartisan bill, another “too small to help” bill that will mean that the recovery lasts past the next presidential election. Gosh, you almost wonder if that is on purpose? (No, I do not actually wonder)

      Yay, grandchildren sleepovers!!!

    • I can’t stand Manchin, never could. Just like I couldn’t stand Mark Pryor. But until we have enough decent Senators to hold the leadership roles in the Senate, we’re stuck the bastid. Among others.

      Have fun with the sleepover. Yes, it is Medieval – but it’s also just about every generation of ordinary folks until WWII. Only the rich had their own rooms in “olden days” – privacy, light, and square footage are marks of status and wealth (which is why CEOs get large corner offices and secretaries get cubicles). Think of it as doing a fantasy role playing event. LOL. {{{Diana}}}

  5. Chilly morning, a front blew in last night — we’re still going to have a gorgeous day & high of 66 but man did it blow in some pollen. Even after taking a benadryl, I’m constantly sneezing & blowing my nose. Today: housework. For now I’m watching the news & eating my almond butter sandwich.

  6. We have sunshine again! Yay! It’s 33 heading for 61 and there’s still a rime of frost over everything but it’ll be gone soon. Yesterday we got 2 KWHs and the m-t-d is still not quite to 61 but it will be shortly. That always helps.

    I’m better I think. At least my knee isn’t protesting when I’m sweeping. Just when I’m squatting to deal with cat food and water dishes. (& cleaning up cat barf/hairballs. sigh.) Ashirs nani sent me some leftover flea treatment she had – well, more than leftover as she’d ordered a box and they sent her a case. There’s enough for me to treat all the cats for the entire flea season! I wish the smell of it didn’t upset my tummy, but it is only once a month. Bobby the Cat is fitting in nicely – right down to stealing Murf’s food like everybody else does. sigh. Just needs his night times safely in the bedroom with the door shut and otherwise he’s out and about all day.

    My hands are another issue. I think I’m better but the only way to test that would send them back into full flare if they aren’t. Sigh. So I will lay off emojis, not RT each tweet in a thread, use function keys to move around as much as I can, and take multiple breaks between groups when I’m boosting the #HelpFolksLive2021 people and other tweets that show up close together.

    At least sweeping uses different muscles and a change is as good as a rest with these sorts of things. LOL. So. More coffee then tend to twitter and stuff. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  7. Good morning, 46 and cloudy in Bellingham. We enjoyed lunch in the tent at a favorite Fairhaven restaurant yesterday, and after telling our server we had the vaccine and our son had had covid he relaxed too. Staying safe while working with the public is hard, even in our mask accepting community.

    Yesterday was a reflective day…..26 yrs since my parents death, and one year ago our son was sick with Covid. Been a long year, but we made it through. So grateful he is healthy now. I hope he will regain his sense of taste and smell. It comes and goes now so there’s hope.

    Best wishes to all.

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