Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: May 30th

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 66. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

    p.s. I hope everyone slept in! Normally I post this on Saturday evening but I got distracted and then went to bed late which made me late this morning.

  2. Sunday Meese. 46 going up to 49 here in Kingston NY.
    Puerto Rico

  3. Good morning. I slept in this morning, going to go to the gym later. Since I know the elliptical helps, I’ll do more than 8 repeats of the 90/60 second segments. Later today, my legislature will likely pass a truly shocking anti-voter bill. Of of the provisions that are really horrifying, this one making it really easy to overturn an election is just…. I don’t even have words. I need a word that means enraged & depressed.

  4. Good morning, 52 and sunny in Bellingham. I relaxed in the garden yesterday morning and bought some begonias in the afternoon, so I have flowers to plant today. I’m just buying a few plants at a time this year, trying to keep the work of planting fun and easier.

    Best wishes to all on the quiet Sunday morning.

  5. It’s 54 heading for mid 70s and although the sun is shining at the moment the widget says partly cloudy. I hope those clouds hold off until after dark. I hope. Yesterday we got another 20 KWHs and the m-t-d is 367, so we’ll definitely beat last year’s 369. If we can get 2 more good days like the last 2, we’ll get over 400 for the month. Not great but definitely better than it was looking last week.

    Nothing from or about Jill. I wish I could think of something to do. Besides pray. Aji’s scared but still fighting. She shouldn’t have to be fighting the system to get the diagnosis much less the treatment she needs. U.S. medical industry is another branch of WASP supremacist fascism. It’s worse than the law “enforcement” branch because its savior mythology is so much stronger. Yet it’s always killed women and minorities through neglect, megalomania, or a combination thereof. Even when it wasn’t doing it deliberately as research, eugenics, or whatever scientific-sounding word they could come up with to cover their evil. I am blessed with good enough health to not need them often. I have lost friends to this “system” and don’t want to lose any more. Not only is Aji in the health situation she’s in because of the U.S. medical industry, so is Amelia, and Fineena, and just about anyone you can think of who’s on Disability – or should be and can’t get approved. And Tricia’s dead. And Momma’s dead. I don’t know if “saving” democracy is actually possible but even if we do I seriously doubt any real changes will get made to the medical industry. The Deplorability is so systemic. sigh.

    But the sun is shining and I have chores to do. Including getting my molasses-spice muffin bread in the oven. Warm up the house (in May!) and make it smell much better than any air “freshener” ever could. So. Coffee. Then listen to #BlackMusicSunday while I work in the kitchen. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  6. Monday Meese. 46 going up to 67 here in Kingston and no rain!
    Will be dividing my time between two diaries today – one on the Tulsa Massacre, the other on the first Memorial Day, which was freed Black people celebrating the Union Army victory

    Puerto Rico

    • Sis, I’ll be sure to go over to read your Tulsa massacre diary. I lived in the Goddess-forsaken city of Tulsa for four years and never heard about this! Not ever, not in the newspapers, not in history class (admittedly, I was in Ancient & Medieval History), never!

      I’ve never been back to Oklahoma since I left it 56 years ago and I never will.

  7. Good morning, meeses! Monday – I hope you are enjoying the long weekend! ;)

    It is 52 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 72. Cloudy with sunny breaks.

    The right-wing notion that Kamala Harris wishing for all Americans to enjoy the long weekend is somehow a disqualification for high office is hilarious. THEIR president didn’t even know the words to the National Anthem and fidgeted like a 4 year old whenever he was asked to honor war dead. They claim patriotism yet elect people who dishonor our democratic institutions. Maybe Governor DeSantis should fine furniture stores for having Memorial Day mattress sales!! That would be a sign of real patriotism. By the way, it is a long weekend for many workers and we should enjoy that. We can honor the deaths of those who volunteered to preserve democracy (and those sent off to die in old white men’s wars) while still enjoying being with family, walking in parks and attending outdoor events today.

    I decided to limit myself to one Democracy is Dying article a week to avoid feeling disheartened by the state of our nation. That the end of free and fair presidential elections rests in the hands of a white man from Trump+65 West Virginia is sad beyond belief. I think of the lost chances for Senate pickups in 2020 which would have made his vote irrelevant and hope that someone smart on our side has a plan. The Texas bill died in a procedural maneuver (yay, Texas Democrats!) but it will come back on steroids in a special session. The impediments to voting are awful enough but the bigger problem is allowing states to override election results and potentially certify their own slates of electors if they dislike the outcome. Florida and Georgia have already done that and Texas was poised to.

    I have an accounting project that has to be completed in May and this is it – the last day of May is thankfully a holiday to accommodate my procrastination.

    See all y’all later!

  8. Good Monday morning, Moosekind! It’s a clear, sunny mornning here and I’m determined to enjoy it after last week’s cold, rain, and gloom. It was so cold yesterday that we had to have the electric fire on. When I took Monty out to the courtyard just before six this morning I saw the half-moon behind one of the buildings. That cheered me as I never got to see the full moon, naturally.

    Anyway, it’s 51 F. going up to 75 F. today. Yay! I took a day off from the laptop yesterday and simply “chillaxed.” I can never get to the Moose Pond on my iPad. There’s some sort of block. Bloody Apple software.

    I’m getting seriously worried about my near-sight eye. I had the surgery on May 14 and the vision is still fuzzy. That’s going to be hell on my creativity, since I have to use a computer to write. I’ll call the doctor’s office tomorrow and find out what’s going on.

    Wishing a nice, relaxing holiday to all at the Pond.

    • That is troubling about the progress of your near-sight eye. I hope it is normal for it to lag behind the other eye and that it will be back – doing its job! – soon. Do you have to use reading/computer glasses in the interim?

      • Jan, not so far. I’m going to call this doctor person today and ask her whether this is normal. After my Lasik in 2004, it took my brain exactly 24 hours to decide that monovision was the new normal and I was never even aware of it. Now I’m aware of it every second I’m awake.

        • {{{Diana}}} Holding the Good Thought & sending Healing Energy. & moar {{{HUGS}}}. Blessed Be.

  9. Good morning. Thunderstorms yesterday, and rain predicted for most days this week. I may switch my workouts to afternoons, and in the gym. The Democrats in the Texas Legislature killed the anti-voter bill by walking out at the last minute. Of course, Abbott will call a special session. But at least it’s dead for now.

  10. It’s 59 heading for 75 and cloudy. sigh. We got right at another 20 KWHs yesterday bringing the m-t-d to 387.98 – if we can just get a tad over 12 today we’ll reach 400. Which itself is only 80% of “normal” for May. But it’s a lot better than what I was fearing just last week.

    Nothing on Jill. It’s a full week since her “last transmission”. Not knowing really sux. Aji can’t even start making phone calls – which she hates anyway & should have to be doing – for the MRI appointments until tomorrow. I haven’t heard from Fineena and Lisa’s doing pretty much the same as usual.

    Somebody – bb gun – shot at my front window yesterday. There’s a hole in the screen and a “star” in the outside pane of the double-paned window. We found the bb between the screen and the glass. If the person who did it was deliberately shooting at my homemade Biden-Harris sign – or at me sitting at the computer – said person is a lousy shot. My son and neighbor looked, poked around, and discussed trajectories and things. It was fired either from the street and probably in a vehicle or from across the street. I certainly didn’t notice anybody standing in line-of-sight so either I wasn’t in the room (so definitely not aimed at me) or it was a drive by. With a bb gun. The world is getting weirder by the minute. Anyway, I’m as normal as I ever am. No worse sinusitis, messed up sleep, or queasiness than usual. Which is pretty much true of the outer world as well. Except they’re not using bb guns and are a lot deadlier.

    Coffee and twitter and Dee’s diaries. (& more cleaning, getting ready for company.) Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • Jeez, bfitz! I hope you’ll report this to the police, even though they won’t do anything. It’s just as well to establish a record.

      This is awful. Do you have a local newspaper or NextDoor app? You might want to publicize this is much as possible. And can you move your laptop to another room, so if they’re watching you, your routine will vary and they can’t pin it down?

      What a hateful place is the South. But truthfully, you can say that about anywhere in this country.

      I’m very sorry this happened to you.

      • {{{Diana}}} I didn’t bother to report it because I knew what they’d say. To take down my homemade Biden-Harris sign. It’s my fault you see. But I don’t really think it was the Deplorables. Yes, there’s a group of them who live down the street from me. But if they were going to do it, they wouldn’t have used a bb gun. Healing Energy to us all. moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • I hope it was just someone being stupid; but you should report it just in case. Sending all good thoughts your way.

  11. Good morning, 54 and sunny in Bellingham. We enjoyed a quiet day yesterday. Ron cooked, I read and tended the laundry, then our son and Heide joined us for a patio dinner. It was chilly so we lit a fire in the outdoor stove and relaxed. I didn’t plant my flowers, but I hope to do so today.

    Best wishes to all.

  12. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday that will feel like Monday …

    It is 55 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 77. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    The mask ordinances in Dane County and the City of Milwaukee (the only places I frequent) are expiring today and tomorrow (Dane County). It is up to each individual business if they want to enforce the wearing of masks and up to each individual to choose to be honest or lie about their vaccination status if the advice is “unvaccinated people must still wear masks.” I hope that the hospitals are prepared for a surge in COVID cases as the unvaccinated choose “liberty” over the tyranny of public health edicts. By the way, you know damn well that they would be first in line with negligence lawsuits if the public health departments had chosen to do nothing and millions had died. I have no sympathy for those who believe the lies of ignorant trumpers and I thank the goddess that hospital workers are now fully vaccinated and won’t be victims of trumpian selfishness. Is it wrong to wish that the first ones sickened are the elected officials who are spreading the lies that the vaccinations are dangerous and also the lie that if you had COVID, you don’t need to be vaccinated?

    I have a few stories about the Tulsa massacre saved off to read. I know more about it than most because I hang around with people who know – and share – Black History. I wonder how those finding out about this monstrous deed for the first time feel?

    Joe Manchin is SHOCKED SHOCKED that his Republican colleagues hate America – but is happy to be a human fig leaf in front of their naked treason.

    It’s June! I have to put together a good to-do list so that I can wind down for an actual traveling vacation in the middle of the month.

    See all y’all later!

  13. Tuesday Meese. 52 going up to 78 here in Kingston – which is finally “normal” temps for this time of year.
    I now have my Excelsior Pass on my phone:

    • Wow!! I don’t expect to ever see something like that here in Wisconsin – the Republican legislature is still denying that there was a pandemic. :(

  14. Puerto Rico

  15. Good morning. Slept in, and I’m going to the gym this afternoon. I went yesterday, but didn’t realize they were closing early and only got in 15 minutes. Sigh.

  16. Good Tuesday morning, Meese!

    Had a pain-in-the bohunkus wrestling session with the stupid-ass hearing aids before breakfast. Once a month it is required to replace the wax tablets and the domes on said aids. The process is needlessly complicated. I watched the videos on the manufacturer’s website twice each, but the robotic wench in the video made it all look so easy. In real life it’s not.

    Enough with the gripes. After waking up to a rather gloomy mackerel sky we now have a June morning of unparalleled beauty. In fact, it’s so nice I may wash the winter bedspread and spread it to dry on the screened porch. It’s 65 F. right now in Ashburn, on its way up to 80 F.

    Busy morning with a visit to the farmers’ market in half an hour and traipsing over to the baby shower next door at 11 a.m. It’s not that we ancient creaking females here at The Home are preggers, but many of the staff are. We’re not allowed to give them presents, but we’re all bringing packages of disposable diapers to donate to the local diaper bank.

    Wish I hadn’t fallen asleep in the green chair after dinner because I wanted to tell y’all what a great time we had at the bra sale at Macy’s yesterday! I found underwear sized to fit my pandemic pounds. Sorry if that’s more info than you really care to have, but I just feel so happy after being strangled to death for a year and a half.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, work on the 10-minute playlet for the three sisters down the street is going well. It’s titled, “The Mystery of the Missing Dog,” and is about their dog Penny. I’ll be child-tending from 5 p.m. Sunday to 11 p.m. while the parents attend a concert in Maryland.

    Yikes, it’s nearly 10, I’ve got to get washed and brushed to attend the farmers’ market. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  17. It’s 59, heading for 66 – maybe – and raining. We didn’t make it to 400 KWHs for May. Got close at 394 but that’s it. I don’t know about the rest of the country since I don’t have those stats, but anybody in NW AR who has problems with SAD as I do had a rough month with just under 80% of the “normal” light for May. June isn’t starting out much better with this overcast/rain (and the heat just kicked on). June and July are my “power” months with May and Aug next. As long as the sun is shining.

    My friend’s got illness in the family and had to cancel the visit. Of course I’m sorry to not see him – it’s been 2 years now – but I’d be more than sorry (like pissed off) if he came when family needed him. Always sending Healing Energy & virtual {{{HUGS}}}.

    An online friend found a map of where Jill lives. It’s such a mess of unnamed or at least unmarked roads and missing property lines she despairs of being able to find Jill’s actual home. The mailing address for the “development” turns out to be a FedEx mailing station in Taos. Maybe they’d know, maybe they don’t. Basically, if the worst has happened, her body may never be found out there. Prayers by whatever name and Tradition for her.

    Aji’s probably started making phone calls already. Bad enough she has to fight the exceedingly painful and scary condition, but she’s also having to fight the medical industry to get the scans she needs to confirm, locate, isolate, and treat it. On top of bringing in sales to pay for it. As far as I know everybody else is holding on pretty much the same. Ranjit’s GFM got a really nice donation 2 days ago from a Sikh person in Canada so they’re close to 2/3 to the goal. At least some good news.

    I’d planned to go out and get my hair cut today. It’s driving me nuts. But I think not. Damp or chilly I can deal with, but not damp and chilly. I will have to go out some day this week because I’m getting very low on cat food. But I will be masked – and mostly praying a lot – any time I go out. AR is 32% vaxxed. Probably more here in Fayetteville. Probably. But them’s not good odds. And except the actual store personnel, I haven’t seen anybody but me (and my son when he comes over) wearing masks any longer. We live in an evil society.

    Heading over to twitter. Need more coffee. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

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