Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: May 22nd

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  1. Saturday Meese. 63 going up to 74 and rain again – can’t finish mowing the backyard – again
    Sigh.

    Puerto Rico


    if officials in Uvalde can’t be bothered to address the majority community – who speak Spanish, in their language how would US officials deal with a state where only 20% of the population speaks English fluently?

  2. A/c was finally fixed after 8:30 last night. Finally comfortable. I’m up, watching the news & eating breakfast. Later today: pick up groceries, cook a batch of spinach & mushrooms.

  3. Good Saturday morning, Meese. It’s a marvelous late spring day with blue skies and full sunlight. The current temp. is a pleasant 64 F., going up to 79 F. “They” say we might have a thunderstorm, but that’s a load of old codswallop. There was no tornado yesterday, at last not in NoVa, but occasionally we did have one little rumble of thunder, a flash of lightning, and heavy rain.

    The next three days are predicted to be 90 F. or more. I can see that I’ll have to resume my habit of taking that creature out for early morning walks before breakfast. I’ll do anything to tire him out.

    Yesterday I had a great day, right up until the time when, too distracted after emerging from the clubhouse after gym, I sat down on a bench to wait for the campus shuttle. I failed to notice it had rainwater on it. I leapt up with a howl when I realized it. Fortunately I had an ugly little taupe jacket with a hood that came down fairly far; when I arrived at the main clubhouse I asked the cute boy at the Reception Desk if “anything showed on the back of my ‘Mom jeans’.” He said not to worry. Dearly said the same thing when I arrived back at the flat. The restaurant had carrot cake for dessert, which they hadn’t had for months, so we both happily dove in after the main course.

    Made a lot of progress on writing projects yesterday. I told everyone to write something humorous for our next Writers’ Group meeting. I was going to write about my grandchildren, but it came to me as if in a dream, that not everyone might find my grandchildren as amusing as I do. At one point little Ethan was dropping the F-bomb, much to the agony of his parents. After some thought, his mother decided to tell him to say “Raspberry” instead and for adults not to react with visible horror when the dreaded word was spoken. It seemed to work.

    So instead of writing about grandchildren, I resurrected an old blog about The Washington Post Saturday Real Estate Section, to which I profoundly object, although I read it assiduously every week. Dam’ thing turned out to be 798 words and I had given my writers a word limit of 500. So yesterday in a group email I lifted the limit, and people have already started thanking me. They had been prepared to apologize for going over.

    I’m changing the sheets this morning. Dearly’s motto has always been “Cast not a clout ’til May is out,” spoken in his deep London-accented voice, but since May is nearly out, I’m not putting up with that heavy winter bedspread a minute longer.

    I’ve rattled on long enough. Y’all are probably asleep by now. Must get ready for a badly needed mani and pedi at 10. Wishing a good Saturday to all at the Pond, free of any bad news.

    • This: “for adults not to react with visible horror when the dreaded word was spoken.” Curse words are generally spoken for shock value. People whose conversations are regularly peppered with vulgarities don’t realize how boring they are. The English language has billions of wonderful words, many of which are designed to perfectly convey a thought. If the only adjective one knows is “f–king”, that is sad.

  4. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 66 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 97. The forecast calls for sunny skies with an occasional cloud!

    I am finding come comfort that the trials of the January 6th insurrectionists are all ending in convictions. I think the sentences are too light but a felony conviction – instead of being let off as “tourists who turned the wrong way in the Capitol building” – is a big deal. Now we need the Fulton County District Attorney to charge and convict the tRump campaign, tRump administration officials and Lindsey Freaking Graham with racketeering.

    I am not thrilled with the idea of federal agents bursting into a school after the local police told them not to but in Uvalde is sounds like the local police had essentially given up on trying to subdue the gunman and save the children. I hope there was a strict protocol that was followed in overriding the local authorities. In any event, if the statement “they did not want to go in because they might get shot at” attributed to a Uvalde police lieutenant is true, the entire police force should resign in shame. The city fathers, most of whom are white in a 90% Hispanic community, should all resign too. Bastids.

    I let myself sleep in and I need to get to some projects left over from yesterday. At least I am not under any pressure to get them done today – they can be spread out over the long weekend.

    See all y’all later!

  5. It’s 60 heading for 85 and mostly sunny. At least at the moment. We had a grand sunny day yesterday and generated 22 KWHs! If we can do that again, or even close, these last 4 days of May we’ll take the current 346 m-t-d to 426 or thereabouts. That’s not the perfectly possible over 500 we got for May in 2017, ’18, & ’19 but it’s certainly better than the under 400 we’ve gotten the last two years.

    My CMOS battery has failed. Obviously the computer still works although it takes longer to start up. Hopefully it will continue to do so. We’ll see what basket says/can do about it when he gets here. I have no idea if that has anything to do with the overheating problem. I put a (cloth-covered gel type) icepack on the computer yesterday when the fan kicked into high and stayed there and that worked. What I fear – since I did it before about 10 years ago – is I managed to let a trojan in and it’s busily running all kinds of nasty programs in the background and that’s what’s causing the overheating. But I’m sure basket will be able to deal with that if that’s the problem. I hope. If it’s not too late.

    The world is full of pain and evil but we’re still here. And trying. I’m off to twitter to try some more. Healing Energy to everybody. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • Is your computer a laptop? I know that Dell laptops – for one – have fan issues which can cause overheating. There may be some firmware updates that can be applied (if you haven not updated your BIOS in a while, you might find some help there) and there are some apps from the computer manufacturer that allow you to adjust the fan speed and heat threshholds. You are right that a program can cause a computer to heat up – my daughter had a graphics intense program that would always cause the computer to heat up and the fan to kick in. She had to run it by itself and then make sure it was completely shut down when she finished with it. The fan was noisy!

      That said, there must be a bad planetary transit for computers right now! I know three people whose computers crashed in the past two weeks. I know that there is a Mercury retrograde going on right now (until June 2nd) but that usually involves communications not hardware.

      • No, this is a desktop. About 3 years old now. My memory is shot but I know it’s definitely pre-COVID. (My previous computer was a laptop but it died about the time COVID started so I haven’t had it looked at. Either the charging block or the laptop’s own battery (or both of course) are at issue. It did have overheating problems. I had an auxiliary fan/cooling stand for it.) I’m not doing anything I haven’t been doing for months to make this desktop overheat which is why I’m concerned that something might have slipped by the security stuff. (basket thinks cat furr buildup inside might possibly be the culprit.)

        Mercury retrograde used to really mess my mother’s stuff up – communications and transportation, so appointments and deliveries too – but it hasn’t impacted me much over the years. I’d say you’re correct, that there’s a bad transit somewhere exacerbating the Mercury retrograde and causing it to hit folks it normally doesn’t. Or maybe just specializing in computers no matter who’s using them.

  6. Good morning, 52 and cloudy outside my window today. Ryan and Emma left here together yesterday and he hasn’t returned. But based on the text and photo sharing they are having fun. I’m grateful to have so much time with my grand kids, but it does seem their childhood has gone fast. Best wishes to all.

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