Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: October 24th

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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 34 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 52. Showers are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Sunday Meese. 38 degrees here in Kingston, NY going up to 60 and sunny.

    Puerto Rico

  3. Good morning, all. Eating breakfast & watching the news. MSNBC will air a documentary tonight on how the Civil War is taught differently in different parts of the country. Could explain the hysteria about “critical race theory”. Anyway, today: in-person church, some cooking for next week.

    • Yes, the War of Northern Aggression versus the War to Free Humans from Being Enslaved. You can see why “critical race theory” looks like an insult to one’s forebears if they are from the South – many there see the Civil War as a righteous defense of personal “property.”

  4. It’s 69 going to 80 today – summer revisiting briefly – windows are open and the cats are happy. Sunny, which is nice. Yesterday’s generation barely got over 7 KWHs. We’re at 194.74 for the m-t-d and only 8 production days left in October. So 250 is still possible, if getting less and less likely. sigh.

    I haven’t checked in on anybody today but nobody’s called so I’m assuming things are pretty much the same. My coffee maker died yesterday. I didn’t really like it – I hate electrical appliances, especially when generation is this low – but it was a lot easier for a single cup than doing it stovetop. I was thinking of just giving up coffee but this morning’s headache convinced me otherwise.

    I’ve gotten some of the Sunday chores done. Lots more to do, of course, but I’m currently having that “cowboy coffee” so over to Dee’s diary and twitter. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  5. Good morning, 52 and cloudy in Bellingham. I was pruning between rain showers yesterday and will do more today. Plants crowding the walkways are really wet this fall so I want to trim them back more than I usually do. I’ll counter the darkness with white lights on some of the small trees hoping to help the garden look less damp and gloomy.

    Time to find some coffee and clean gardening clothes. As always, my best wishes to all.

    • I took my doggie for a walk last night and it was very chilly and rainy. I am pretty sure I am not ready for uncomfortable weather. I may need to get a rain hat as I somehow misplaced the tiny umbrella I used for quick dog walks. It was a child’s umbrella, the perfect size for one adult’s head. :)

  6. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 45 degrees in Madison with and expected daytime high of 48. Light rain this morning, then cloudy – clearing overnight. We will not get above 55 for the remainder of the week; I think Fall is finally here to stay.

    Diana, should we be nervous about the Virginia gubernatorial race? I can’t believe that Virginians would be giving up on their Blueity after just a couple of election cycles. :(

    Ron DeathSantis is determined to make Florida ground zero for the #RepublicanDeathCult. He is now planning to offer a $5,000 relocation bonus to unvaccinated law enforcement officers who come to Florida after being fired. I wonder if he is going to offer a job to the fired head coach from Washington who also is an anti-vaxxer? And if anyone wonders about how awful the Atlanta baseball team is (they of the disgusting war chants and tomahawk chops), they chose an anti-vaxxer to do their national anthem at a recent playoff game, the anti-vaxxer who cancelled shows in states that won’t let his audiences blow COVIDs all over each other. It makes the decision to boycott Atlanta for the All-Star Game look even smarter by MLB. Disgusting MAGAts.

    All of a sudden,the last work week of October is here! I am not ready as I am still working on closing the quarter that ended September 30th and have some hard accounting deadlines. Today I get my Pfizer booster and I am hoping it does not make me tired and achy. Some people say it had no side-effects, others said it was similar to shot #2. I guess I will find out!

    See all y’all later!

  7. Monday Meese. 48 going up to 63 with rain all day here in Kingston NY.
    I wanted to watch the Civil War special program on MSNBC last night – but they aired it at 10PM and I fell asleep at 9.

    Puerto Rico

  8. Good morning. The high here today will be 93. Ninety freaking three. But there are people who will still say that climate change is some sort of conspiracy theory. Sigh. Working in the office today.

    • I can always tell when you are working from the office because you have to type in “anotherdemocrat” to use the email login and it autocorrects and uppercases the “A”. Autocorrect does NOT understand screen names!! :)

  9. It’s 49 going to 67 and overcast at the moment. That’s supposed to clear off soon. I hope. Yesterday’s generation 4.94 KWHs – 199.67 m-t-d. We’ll at least cross 200 by noon. Not sure what else. That 250 total is looking more and more iffy.

    My son suggested that since my coffee maker’s broken I go off coffee altogether for a week or so. By getting rid of the caffeine withdrawal headaches I might be able to manage the sinusitis ones better. I haven’t decided whether or not I’m going to do that. But I haven’t had any this morning. (There’s this sleeping cat on my lap. . . )

    Jill called. Her stalker/harasser had another go at her last night. Roswell PD were not amused. Or happy w/ Taos County Sheriffs Dept’s lack of action on the woman. Roswell PD read the order of protection & commented the woman was acting as if the order were against Jill & that apparently stalker didn’t realize what she’s doing is a felony and extraditable. We’ll see if anything comes of it. As far as I know, everybody else is about the same. Not good but not getting worse.

    I’m late getting going. My deepest chunk of sleep was between 6:30 am and 7:30 am. I’m still climbing out of it. Off to twitter. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  10. Good Monday morning, Moosekind! Sorry I was out of reach* on the weekend, but I was frantically baking and cleaning. Dear Goddess, I hate cleaning. I did bake Peg’s Molasses Cookies for tea as Elder Son was coming, and he loves them. For whatever reason, they didn’t come out as crisp as they usually do. It’s been YEARS since I made them. I gave him a small box to take home with him.

    Little Ethan spent teatime Saturday to noon Sunday with us. Always eager to exploit child labor if I can get my hands one of the little darlings for the weekend,Bangalore: it now looks like the inside of the average American garage. That is to say, we can now see the floor. Ethan loved the treasure hunt and indeed, found seven “treasures,” which he proudly showed his father when the latter came to pick him up.
    cirrostratus clouds of earlier have given way to a clear blue sky. I’ve just come back from walking Monty, who has to be bribed with bits of baby carrot and non-sweet apple chunks to move one step. Currently in Ashburn it’s 66 F., going up to 79 F. today. (Will summer never end?) We’ve been promised rain tonight but as we are now 7 inches under for the year, I’m not rilly paying attention to that.

    Jan, the pundits of four years ago predicted a victory for Ed Gillespie over Ralph Northam. Earlier this year they predicted a Rethuglican winner in the California recall election. Look how those elections turned out. Now they are salivating over a Glenn Dunkin’ victory. As usual, they have completely discounted the votes of women, Black people, the LGBTIA community, and so forth. If the Supremes hand down a defeat for Roe on Monday, November 1, I predict explosive rage from Democratic women that will drive them to the polls.

    Blue Virginia, an online bulletin to which I subscribe, reports that the first Saturday of early voting, which was October 23, there was a MASSIVE voter turnout. Of course they can’t really say who was voting for whom, but generally speaking, massive turnout is good for Dems. I shall continue to pin my hopes on Arlington and Reston.

    I have two stories to write for the paper, so I’d better email my subjects. My building leads in donations to the Staff Appreciation Fund! Our secret weapon is named Edie.

    Monty has sunk into an exhausted sleep in my office. Dearly is out at the barbershop. I get such a kick out of that place. There is a large sign on the front door that reads “MAN. BOY. GIRL.” They should add, “WOMAN.” As far as I know, I’m the only woman who goes there to get her hair “done.”

    That’s enough from me this lovely October morning. Wishing all at the Pond a good day!

    I prefer the original term, “out of reach,” to “out of pocket.” “Out of pocket” used to mean having to pay for something another entity was supposed to provide, such as, “Last school year I had to pay for my classroom’s school supplies out of pocket.”

  11. Good morning, 54 and cloudy in Bellingham. The leaves are falling now and a breeze is gently distributing them around the neighborhood. Our neighbors enjoy the trees in the summer so it’s only fitting they share some of the falling leaves :)

    RonK will get his booster shot today but I won’t be due until after Christmas. I hope he will feel ok because he’s leaving tomorrow for a trip to Eastern Oregon with his brothers. They will stay in a hotel near Bend, Oregon and have some archeology trips planned so I’m sure RonK will write an article showing their adventures.

    Time for coffee and to see what my day brings. Best wishes to all.

  12. Jan, can the edit time be extended, or should I compose comments off line? Big Surly, my new operating system, is doing “destructive” typing over my original, so I’m in bad shape.

    • Let me see what I can do. I wondered what happened! There were some odd characters in the comments and now you have two! Do you want me to remove one of them?

      • Thanks, but I’m actually going to start composing posts offline and just transfer them here. I hate the new operating system. If only there were a computer that had the tight security of a Mac and the neatness of Windows 7! Of course, that isn’t supported any more.

    • I upped it to 15 minutes from 5 minutes. It is a popular feature! The widget tells me this: “Your commentators have edited their comments 606 times.”

  13. Good Monday morning, Moosekind! Sorry I was out of reach* on the weekend, but I was frantically baking and cleaning. (Dear Goddess, I hate cleaning.) I did bake Peg’s Molasses Cookies for tea as Elder Son was coming, and he loves them. For whatever reason, they didn’t come out as crisp as they usually do. It’s been years since I made them. I gave him a small box to take home with him.
    Little Ethan spent teatime Saturday to noon Sunday with us. Always eager to exploit child labor if I can get my hands one of the little darlings for the weekend, I organized a treasure hunt in our walk-in closet. It used to resemble a garbage dump in Bangalore: it now looks like the inside of the average American garage. That is to say, we can now see the floor. Ethan loved the treasure hunt and indeed, found seven “treasures,” which he proudly showed his father when the latter came to pick him up.
    
After an unpromising dawn, the cirrostratus clouds of earlier have given way to a clear blue sky. I’ve just come back from walking Monty, who has to be bribed with bits of baby carrot and non-sweet apple chunks to move one step. Currently in Ashburn it’s 66 F., going up to 79 F. today. (Will summer never end?) We’ve been promised rain tonight but as we are now 7 inches under for the year I’m not rilly paying attention to that.
    Jan, the pundits of four years ago predicted a victory for Ed Gillespie over Ralph Northam. Earlier this year they predicted a Rethuglican winner in the California recall election. Look how those elections turned out. Now they are salivating over a Glenn Dunkin’ victory. As usual, they have completely discounted the votes of women, Black people, the LGBTQIA community, and so forth. If the Supremes hand down a defeat for Roe on Monday, November 1, I predict explosive rage from Democratic women that will drive them to the polls.
    Blue Virginia, an online bulletin to which I subscribe, reports that the first Saturday of early voting, which was October 23, there was a MASSIVE voter turnout. Of course they can’t really tell who was voting for whom, but generally speaking, massive turnout is good for Dems. I shall continue to pin my hopes on Arlington and Reston.
    I have two stories to write for the paper, so I’d better email my subjects. My building leads in donations to the Staff Appreciation Fund! Our secret weapon is named Edie.
    Monty has sunk into an exhausted sleep in my office. Dearly is out at the barbershop. I get such a kick out of that place. There is a large sign on the front door that reads “MAN. BOY. GIRL.” They should add, “WOMAN.” As far as I know, I’m the only woman who goes there to get her hair done.
    That’s enough from me this lovely October morning. Wishing all at the
    *
    I prefer the original term, “out of reach,” to “out of pocket.” “Out of pocket” used to mean having to pay for something another entity was supposed to provide, such as, “Last school year I had to pay for my classroom’s school supplies out of pocket.”

  14. Good Tuesday morning, Meese. Whaddaya know, we actually did get some rain last night! It was steady, too, very nice as a lullaby. This morning is partly cloudy, which is good, 57 F. in Ashburn on its way up to 62 F.

    We had the car detailed bigly last week, and I washed the back seat cover. We now need to reinstall that and install the new ones for the bucket seats in the front. I didn’t want my exquisite friend to sit in a car covered with dog hair and debris tomorrow.

    In other news, I feel as if I’m running faster and faster and not getting anywhere. Haven’t been to the gym in a week, there’s so much to do. I miss having a cleaning service twice a month. The ones we had were extremely careless, but at least things looked better for a while.

    However, that’s a minor gripe. We watched the BBC news before dinner yesterday evening: what a horror show. Babies and children in Afghanistan are dying of starvation. Women, of course, are not allowed to work in that Goddess-forsaken country. I wish there were something we could DO! It’s awful to think of people dying of starvation. Is that what the evil Taliban wants—to rule over a country with no population? Reminds me of the Aztecs, who never caught on to the fact that if you sacrifice 20 percent of your pop. to the gods every year, pretty soon you don’t have a pop. at all.

    Well, now that I’ve cheered y’all up, I’m going to totter off to breakfast. Coffee and porridge beckon!

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond. Jan, thanks for extending the editing time!

    • I was horrified to read about one of the women from the Afghan Olympics volleyball team being beheaded by the Taliban. Would it have been better for the women there to have had no taste of what they could have and quietly continued their second class citizenship or will having personal power for the last 20 years create a groundswell of resistance that will eventually lead to the demise of the Taliban? I would not hold my breath for the latter but I suspect that the women themselves would not have chosen the former. We can’t invade every country where women are treated badly (and we are no beacon of light in that area ourselves) – I have no answers. :(

  15. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is :::wait a minute, my weather widget crashed::: 32 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 54. Sunny skies are in the forecast. I am wondering how long the annuals (covered and huddled together on the deck during the overnight hours) will last. I will miss them when they lose their blooms. :(

    I think we will just have to learn to live with “Democrats in disarray” as the default meme from the pundit class. No, Democrats are not going to abandon Joe Biden, the left-of-the-left will rant as they always do (if they had Twitter accounts during FDR’s administration, they would have trashed him for not going “big enough” or “bold enough” on the New Deal). Intelligent people have learned to ignore those who are running around with their hair on fire; it is one of the reasons I could no longer abide being on DK, I did not want to see the frustrati attacks on President Obama and pragmatic progressives any longer. They are ignorant, they will always exist and they are a tiny but noisy part of the Democratic Party (more than a few are NOT Democrats). We will get more than a trillion dollars in social spending and a downpayment on some other things we want. Seniors who are living Social Security check to Social Security check will not have dental care, eyeglasses and hearing aids paid for by Medicare and they can thank Joe Manchin personally for those benefits being removed from the reconciliation package. I hope they show up at one of his offices and pelt him with used dentures!

    Meanwhile, here is some Good News:

    The Senate voted Monday to confirm Myrna Pérez, a longtime voting rights attorney and advocate, to a lifetime seat on a U.S. appeals court.

    Pérez, 47, was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She will be the only Latina on the court and just the second Latina to ever serve on this court. The first was Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

    The final vote was 48-43. Every Democrat present voted to confirm Perez. No Republicans voted for her.

    This is why we don’t give up and we don’t give in to the naysayers. The slim majority is worth something and if we can add two more Senators to dilute the votes of Manchin and Sinema, we can kill the filibuster and make real progress.

    I had my Pfizer booster yesterday and I have a sore arm which made it difficult to sleep. The only other symptom was that I was tired yesterday afternoon but that could have also just been “tiredness from running on fumes over the past month” – I feel okay this morning except for the arm and it is not slowing me down.

    See all y’all later!

  16. In from my walk/run. It is muggy — mid-70s and humid. It was really hard, but I got in my 30 minutes. 4 segments of 90 seconds running, and one more of 45 seconds. Today: work from home, and that’s really all. Hope I can stay awake all day, I slept poorly and now that my heart rate is back to normal after the walk/run, my eyes are saying “sleep, please”.

  17. Tuesday Meese – pouring rain here in Kingston NY, thunderstorms all night – 49 going up to 56.

    The asshats we have for police in NY

    Puerto Rico

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  18. It’s 55 heading for 73, still a bit overcast but supposed to clear off soon. I hope so. I’ve got my clothes in the washer right now. Yesterday generated 8.49 KWHs & 208.25 is the m-t-d.

    The “get off coffee” experiment is going as expected – but is about to be delayed as my friend is out running errands and will be coming over shortly with coffee on her coffee break to belatedly catch up as she missed my birthday. Then I go back to getting off coffee just to see if it makes any difference in the number and severity of headaches I get. The upside of not doing coffee regularly is that it becomes a treat again. And I don’t have a whole lot of treats I can actually ingest. heh.

    Aji’s internet is down. Considering what they pay for it (& that’s on top of federal money the company gets for “serving” the Reservation) it shouldn’t go down. If any tower, transmitter, or whatever goes down there should be another already online they can route the signals to. sigh.

    Anyway my friend is here. Bright the Day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  19. Good morning, 49and raining in Bellingham. RonK is having second thoughts re his planned trip. It’s a bit late to back out, but his hip hurts and he’s feeling some side effects from his booster shot so a long drive today may not be wise. Hard to know what to do sometimes. I get restless staying so close to home but it’s safer and easier to rest when I need to.

    Time for coffee and to check the news. Best wishes to all.

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