Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: October 31st

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 41 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 50. Partly cloudy skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Puerto Rico

  3. Good morning, blessed Samhain to everyone. Chilly here, I’ll need a sweater going to church. Wearing orange & black, that’s the totality of my celebrating. Today: church, cooking, and getting ready for 3 days of in-office working. They needed someone on my team to be there Thursdays, so I’m there Monday, Thursday & Friday, which will complicate my walk/run schedule. I may try getting downtown super early on Thursdays & doing the walk/run around the Capitol, which is the closest to flat there. Anyway, for now I’m watching the news & Dr. Who — oh, there’s new Who this afternoon! So I’ll be celebrating that.

  4. A blessed Samhain to you, Moose Peeps! It’s cloudy here in Loudoun County, although the sun tried to break through a little while ago. It’s currently 54 F., going up to 64 F.

    There was no hope at all of seeing the rare Aurora Borealis last night, because guess what happened as we were on our way to bed? It rained mightily! This, despite a forecast of an Absolutely Dry Night. I know—let’s all get jobs as weather forecasters! We’ll earn $300,000 a year. It’s not as if we have to actually know anything: all we need to do is drag a pointer across a map of the good ol’ USA, and make uneducated, random guesses as to the weather. I would enjoy that sort of salary for not doing much.

    Anyway, back to business. Breakfast has been had. Nora will arrive at noon. I will drop her off this evening at 6:30 or thereabouts at her former school to go trick-or-treating with six of her girlfriends. I’m going to end up spending the night at her house, so we can feed the dog in the morning and then come back here. There are things to do before Election Day.

    More than a million people voted early in Virginia. As the Rethugs are also voting early, Goddess alone knows what’s going to happen.

    On the domestic front, more laundry beckons. Why isn’t it ever finished? Does it reproduce in the laundry hamper? I am seriously disturbed by this.

    As I won’t be here tonight, I will toast the New Year in sparkling cider tomorrow night. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  5. Happy Samhain & All Hallows Eve – the beginning of Winter in some Traditions, also the New Year. It’s 39 heading for 62 and sunny – a small blessing before heading into more wintry weather tomorrow. We generated 8.7 KWHs yesterday and are starting the last day of October m-t-d 229.44 – won’t make it even to 240 so 2021 will be 7th in production whatever the total is this evening.

    Going slower than “usual” on my Sunday chores. Hands. sigh. But I’ll manage. Mostly. I’m trying to put off going anywhere for another week. If I can manage it, the 2nd week of November is going to be “go everywhere and stock up” expensive. But since I’m paying with credit card these days it really doesn’t matter as far as the money part is concerned. Spread over the month or all in one day, the statement comes at the end of the month. It matters as far as getting out in the generally unmasked and probably unvaxxed public though. Which is why I’m trying to do it all in one week.

    Everybody’s pretty much the same – need money basically. To deal with health issues or bills or both. To deal with safety issues or bills or both. If I had it, they’d have it. But they shouldn’t need that kind of help. This society is evil. And every time we manage to pass something to make things better the Deplorables come right after us writing the rules for it to make it hard/impossible to get and not enough anyway. sigh.

    So. Chores, household & twitter, to the music of Dee’s diary. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  6. Good morning, 49 and sunny in Bellingham. My family phone calls have been fun today, lots of Halloween memories. I’ve sent e-cards to my out of town family and will see our grand girls later today. They are all too old now for trick or treating but we still have silly fun with the dogs and what ever else happens.

    RonK just left for a walk and the sunshine is tempting me to be outdoors so that’s where I’m going. Best wishes to all.

  7. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 32 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 45. Mainly sunny skies are in the forecast.

    A quick scan of the news suggests that I can ignore it for another day – it looks pretty similar to last week! I have some errands to run and I need to contact some people and be available to jump on their computers quickly. I have been up since 2:30am (awakened by a busy brain planning today’s projects) and I hope there is an afternoon nap in my future.

    See all y’all later!

  8. Happy Monday Meese and ¡Feliz Día de los Muertos!

    47 going up to 57 here in Kingston NY

  9. Puerto Rico

  10. Happy Monday. I didn’t get any exercise this weekend, but I did a lot of cooking. In the office today, I wonder if there will be any “welcome back to normal, or to the new normal” celebration.

    • {{{anotherdemocrat}}} Holding the Good Thoughts the “back to the office/new normal” day goes well. Healing Energy & moar {{{HUGS}}}

  11. It’s 46 and might make it to 55. Overcast. sigh. October wrapped up with 237 KWHs – if just one of those cloudy days had been sunny we’d have gotten over 242 & moved into 6th place. The target for this month (& December & January) is 200 KWHs but anything over 150 is OK. We’re not getting off to a good start.

    Sinusitis flare – a personal new normal I wish would go back to the old normal – and short on sleep. Raynaud’s flare – also normal for the cold weather – so typing is hard. Everybody’s hanging on but. . . the world isn’t staying put. Holding the Good Thoughts for folks with accidents or other things bringing the edge closer to them.

    Gonna bake oatmeal cookies in a bit. Warm up the kitchen, make the house smell good, and maybe even help my hands. Just letting the butter come to room temperature so it will be softer and easier to cream the sugar into. So over to twitter while I wait. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  12. Good morning, 44 and sunny in Bellingham. It looks like a November sky outside my window this morning with just a few leaves left on the old maple trees. Between Halloween fun with the family, dinner, and voting yesterday was busy so I’m slow and sleepy this morning. I’ll find my list soon, but plan to linger with coffee for awhile longer. Best wishes to all.

  13. Tuesday Meese. Will be headed out to vote in a few hours. We have several ballot propositions to consider. 47 going up to 57 and sunny here in Kingston NY.

  14. In from my walk/run. Warm enough for short sleeves, but tomorrow will be cold and probably rainy. I’ll believe in rain when my plants are getting watered by the sky. Working from home today.

  15. It’s 41 going to 47 and overcast. Not actually raining yet but is supposed to this evening. We generated 1.48 KWHs yesterday. Not what you’d call a great start for the month.

    I haven’t checked in with anybody yet today. As of last night one person’s health situation was better than feared and everybody else is same ol’ same ol’. I’m not happy with either my sinuses or my hands this morning. That’s a “new normal” I certainly wish otherwise. Oh well. It could certainly be worse. And probably will be. Just hopefully not for a while.

    Nothing new politically, nothing new environmentally. We try, it gets blocked until it’s whittled down to not enough. That doesn’t mean I don’t vote. I vote in every election I’m eligible to. Just means I’ve watched this routine play out way too many times.

    Off to do my twitter chores. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  16. Good (late) morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 34 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 43. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast. There was a gorgeous waning crescent moon this morning above the emerging dawn.

    I actually opened the Moose quite early this morning but then after fighting through problems on a client’s site and my own Internet issues, I never made it back. And now it is time for a nap!!

    Good luck, Virginia! I wish you had found someone better than McAuliffe to run – I am sick of these old used-up politicians who have to have metric tons of lipstick to gussy up.

    See all y’all later!

  17. Good morning, 44 and cloudy in Bellingham. Rain showers are forecast all week so my hope of being outside for drinks and snacks on Saturday afternoon may not happen. It’s our son’s 50th birthday so the family will be gathering here for dinner. I had hoped to celebrate the twins 50th birthday together, but Erica can’t be here until TDay, so we’ll have a birthday time with her then. Gives me pause to realize all four of our children will soon be in their 50’s. No wonder we are feeling older!

    We’ve been doing more work in the garage and our “good enough” plan for the interior is going to be just fine. The structure will still need some major work with new doors and windows and siding and foundation repair but that will happen later. For now it’s good to have a clean and better organized space.

    I’m trying to keep election angst at bay, but am also semi resigned to continuing to focus on domestic and community life and not get too upset re national political realities. Easier said than done, but that’s my intent. Best wishes to all.

  18. Morning, meeses. Wednesday …

    It is 23 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 41. Sunny skies are in the forecast. Winter!!

    Holey shamoley, Virginia! I guess the seat of the Confederacy will always revert to its roots. Youngkin won on white supremacy, he is essentially tRump with a sweater vest. It is sad that outright lies gave white Virginians the comfort they needed to vote what was in their hearts – hatred of The Other. I saw a headline that suggested that the outcome could not be replicated because of “unique circumstances” but I don’t see why this approach won’t win in every state that Democrats won in 2018. Goddess help us.

    I just wasted an hour shopping for a phone case for a “new” phone. Why is it so difficult??! You can never find the EXACT ITEM you purchased the last time and then you have to weed through features that make no sense and reviews that do not seem to match the item you are looking at. In any event, I have something ordered and I just hope it works. I am going to go without a screen protector because I don’t like the stick-on ones (they are so difficult to put on that I never change them) and the reviews on the click-on ones are pretty bad. Maybe I will go to the phone store and see them in person. First world problems!

    See all y’all later!

    • VA is still VA. However,lots of Black wins in cities – see this Twitter thread

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