Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: January 23rd

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  1. Good morning, 30 and light clouds. The Nooksack River is back in it’s banks so RonK took his camera exploring yesterday. It’s too cold and damp for my creaky joints so I stayed indoors and busy in my sewing room. I’m working on another donation box to go to Ragfinery and the basket of duvet covers waiting to be ironed is nearly empty. No big accomplishments but oh well! Best wishes to all.

    • Life is the big accomplishment. Living is mostly made up of a series of small ones. {{{HUGS}}}

  2. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 12 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 21. Mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast. I am not going to complain – I see that the northeast is going to get clobbered.

    I am not sure what is grosser – that Ilya Shapiro expects his apology to cover up his deplorableness or that the right-wing commentariat says that it was “just one bad tweet.” No, it is a history of racist, sexist, assholish tweets which bare what he is at his core – a racist, sexist asshole.

    The January 6th commission is starting to find the soft underbelly of the coup attempt as it goes after the fraudulent electors. When those folks find out that it is a crime to certify an election document and that “getting advice from the tRump campaign’s lawyer Rudy Guiliani” is not a defense, they will spill every bean they have. I hope they all get rolled up in another charge of “seditious conspiracy” and have to share a jail cell with an unclean oathkeeper. The fraudulent electors in Wisconsin are the Republican Party. It won’t matter as far as votes go – the MAGAt core is solid – but it will make them have to scramble in advance of the midterms to staff their hit squads. By the way, the recent Marquette Poll shows that Biden is underwater in approval (by 7 points) but would still beat both tRump and DeSantis in Wisconsin. Biden is not loved but people here don’t want to go back to Republican Party rule.

    I woke up with good intentions to get something done, started on project work and then got distracted by a shiny bauble on the Internet. Fortunately it is Saturday so there is at least one more weekend day PLUS the end of the month is not until Monday so that is an EOM cushion.

    See all y’all later!

    • Jan, in my opinion Biden’s “approval” numbers are meaningless. The media interview only people predisposed to think badly of a Democratic president—demented Trumpanzees and oblivious independents.

      The MSM never asks people like us what we think. As far as I’m concerned, he is the Man of the Hour! He’s cleaned up the Augean stables of the Thing administration. It wasn’t his fault that he had to take office amidst a reeking pile of ordure.

      LOL, can you tell I’m in my usual nasty mood this morning? ;)

      • We who were particularly distressed by the tRump years do not have to love Joe Biden to be eternally grateful that he is president. I suspect some of the “disapproval” is from Democrats who did not get their ponies (sorry, he is not Bernie) and NeverTrump Republicans who expected Joe Biden to be Republican Lite (sorry, he is a Democrat). Answering a poll is the only way they have to express their unhappiness but they will NOT vote for tRump or deathSantis.

  3. Saturday Meese. Looks like we missed a direct hit from the blizzard – only 2 inches of light snow on the ground here in Kingston – tho it is cold and windy

    I would love to be in Puerto Rico right now

  4. Good morning. We’re having gorgeous weather. I don’t know if it froze last night but this afternoon is supposed to be sunny & 67. I don’t have to cook this weekend, so I should get in a walk this afternoon & enjoy it.

  5. Good Saturday morning, Meese. It’s 21 F. in Ashburn, going up to 25 F., and miserably windy. Ugh!.

    Outside it looks as if a giant sifter has powdered the landscape with confectioner’s sugar. A pale blue sky is breaking through the white veil that’s covering it. I don’t want to go outside if I can avoid it. We received one inch of snow out here, just enough to line the branches prettily and allow dead grass tips to poke up through the white blanket.

    Yesterday desultory white flakes began swirling down as we arrived at our friend’s house. She had laid a fire in her fireplace, and lit it right after we arrived. It was so nice to be in an actual HOUSE, and to see a real fire burning in the fireplace. I miss that so much! She and Dearly started off with a glass of sherry, which I can’t have, of course, and at four she put the kettle on for tea. She had made two kinds of sandwiches, sausage rolls, and an English Coffee Cake with Walnuts. The said cake is not at all what we call “coffee cake”: instead of being a random Bisquick affair, it’s a proper layer cake with coffee-flavored icing and decorated with walnuts. She put it on a cake stand, too. She had floral-patterned cups, saucers, and plates, a tea cosy for the pot, sugar tongs and sugar cubes, a milk jug, the lot! It was a charming interval of civilization in the Time of Covid.

    Today I am slammed with work. I can’t believe how much I have to do, so I’d better get busy and do it.

    Wishing an enjoyable Saturday to all at the Pond!

    • Lovely, thanks for sharing…..

      It was a charming interval of civilization in the Time of Covid.



  6. It’s 27 heading for 56 and sunny. Yesterday we generated 8.7 KWHs! The m-t-d is 148.8 so we’re definitely getting over 150 for the month. And with 2 more supposedly sunny days in January we might end up with over 170. Which would be nice. I only had 11 left “in the sock” this billing cycle (I got the bill Thursday – still only paying maintenance) and I need to start building that up again.

    The only phone company in NM that combines inexpensive with decent coverage is an abusive husband’s dream. They not only let Jill’s husband add himself to her account including “buying” himself an upgraded phone without checking with her, the account owner first, they allowed him to remove her debit card from the account so she couldn’t pay the bill and would get more late fees. It took her 3 days of contacting succeedingly higher managers before that got straightened out. A lot of hassle – but no fees and her account is now so secure he couldn’t change anything if he swore he was the company CEO. Anyway, far as I know, nothing new with anybody.

    I got an actual good night’s sleep with only one short interruption. I’m not sure my brain is functioning any better – my hands sure aren’t – but I feel better and my eyes aren’t so tired. Off to twitter. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  7. Good morning, 34 and pinky blue clouds outside my window today. So nice to see light returning to the sky. I’ve been home so long it’s hard to disrupt my routine, but I do need to do a few errands today so I may venture forth. But first things first, solitaire and another cup of tea :) Best wishes to all.

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