Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: May 29th

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 Wednesday morning, Moosekind! It’s already 69 F. here in Ashburn, heading for a high of 93 F. I really ought to wash a dog bed or two today while the sun is high and hot. I dislike drying them in the dryer.

    Had 3 and a half hours’ sleep last night, from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. After that it was wakey-wakeys all night long. I stupidly decided that I was becoming too reliant on the nightly sleeping pill, so decided not to take one. Reading about someone’s sleep problems is boring to the max, so I won’t go on and on about it.

    Yesterday I wasted hours looking for a stray bit of dialogue that I need to start Chapter 10. In fact, I wasted more time than if I’d just sat down and recreated it. Problem is, I can’t remember the marvelous way I handled it before. Damn one’s bloody files! I even looked in the “trash” file but still couldn’t see it. Oh, well, such is life. First-world problem, to be sure.

    I need to throw on some clothes and take Monty out before it gets too hot. I don’t like Dearly to have to walk him in this heat.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond with no bad news.

    • Don’t you hate when you know that the perfect words exist and you can’t find them again! I have spent hours searching for things I know I read or wrote. Sometimes I am rewarded for my perseverance but more often I can’t find them. :(

      • Yes, Jan, I hate it bigly! My protagonist is going to make a real smart-alec comeback to his enemy, a remark which is most unlike him, but I can’t remember exactly what the enemy said! Grrrr!

        Oh, well, I’ll think of something. :)

  2. Wednesday Meese. 61 going up to 71 with rain. Sigh. Guess I won’t be able to finish mowing today.

    Puerto Rico

  3. Good morning. It’s not 100 degrees today & we might even get rain some time this week. Nothing but work yesterday, no plans otherwise today.

  4. It’s 76 and that’s about as high as it’s supposed to get. Overcast. The predicted rain didn’t happen but it may yet. We wrapped up May with 412.8 KWHs so about 15 better than last year and 40 better than the year before but nothing like the pre-COVID years of over 500. COVID years have been dark in more ways than one. Although the best June we’ve ever done was 575.6 (so our “meet or beat” goal) in 2020. Last year was our worst. We did 502.8 so that’s our “at least better than” target. Realistically I’m hoping for 550 or better to put us in the “pack” so to speak.

    Got a bit of a scare this morning. I thought my computer was dead. The power light was on but nothing on the screen. So I did my treadmilling sans music waiting for basket to wake up and look at it – and it finally dawned on me that he might have turned off the monitor when he finished working on it last night. LOL. He did. Once I found the power switch for the monitor, by gum! There everything was. (I don’t turn off the monitor or speakers at the monitor or speakers once I’ve logged off. I just turn off the power strip.)

    Other than basket being here – which is very nice – I can’t think of anything good to report on anybody. I truly wish I could. But everyone’s still breathing and hanging on as best they/we can.

    I guess I’ll head over to twitter and get started. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  5. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 66 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 93. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I started this comment about an hour ago and then went down a rabbit hole trying to figure out what to do about a new level of security put on FaceBark. I think I am going to cancel and delete my account (if I can figure out how to do that without logging in!!) rather than submit to their ridiculous demands. They are NOT going to get my phone number, I am NOT going to set up a third-party authentication scheme or – goddess forbid – put anything on my phone that turns it over to Mark Zuckerberg or Google. I will Moose and Tweet and email friends to stay connected.

    I checked the news and found it to be frightening (4 justices on the Supreme Court wanted to approve putting Texas in charge of what is acceptable and not acceptable on social media), alarming (inflation can’t be tamed) and sad (the war in Ukraine may never end).

    First day of June! I extended my holiday weekend into Tuesday so I need to get moving on my to-do list and catch up with clients who expected me to do things for them yesterday.

    See all y’all later!

  6. Sorry, meeses! Our domain registration got suspended again and apparently we lost the site for a while. I am in the process of trying to move it so we don’t have this happen again.

  7. 62 here in Kingston, going up to a rainy 77.

    Puerto Rico

    For background reading on decolonial justice in Puerto Rico this is an excellent essay

  8. Working in the office, so I came downtown early and walked. 3/4 mile, and not fast, I still have a large bruise from when I fell last week. Fading, but it still lets me know it is there.

  9. It’s 66 heading for 76 and overcast. We didn’t get the rain forecast yesterday (just a few sprinkles) and probably won’t today either. Just clouds. We started June generating 15 KWHs and that’s the m-t-d. Not on track. sigh. Oh well, it’s close to being on track.

    Basket’s adrenaline ran out and he slept most of yesterday. We’re both still testing negative. We’ll see if we manage to meet with anyone we’d planned to meet with while he’s here. He’s leaving tomorrow. Even asleep in the other room, it’s nice to have him here.

    Aji had her 1st treatment on the new pain regimen yesterday but hadn’t posted as of when I logged off yesterday. Once I post this, that’s my next stop – her blogspot to see how it went/she’s doing. From her Patreon post I’d say it was rough but helped. We will hope on the “helped”. Amelia’s also in pain and very weak. Jill’s in pain but managing to – slowly – get stuff done in and around her RV. But isn’t managing to reach any of the people she needs to reach to go forward with anything else. I haven’t heard from my friend in a couple of days. We’re hoping to see her at least for coffee or ice cream or something today.

    Off to read Aji’s post then do my twitter chores. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

      • The “Disabled Community” tends to live pain, unfortunately. Arkantart included. I haven’t been in touch lately but we’re hoping to meet this afternoon. I’m waiting for her to confirm a place.

  10. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 66 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 97. Sunny skies are in the forecast. The local weather guys are saying we will see 100 tomorrow through Sunday but my weather widget (from a Canadian company) says it will just be the upper 90s. There is not much difference, it is mostly a mental thing – 100 degrees sounds exponentially worse than 99.

    Well, now uppity wimmins who dare mention that their asshole husbands want to hurt them will be sued AND WILL FIND A JURY OF SELF-LOATHING WOMEN TO FIND THEM GUILTY. I think women should re-think getting married and do like the sea lions (?) do – kick the males off the island after they breed so that they can give birth and raise their babies in peace. I guess the take away is “suffer in silence” – what a terrible place we have come to. It is no shock that loosening libel laws was a pet project of TFG – rich men will always win.

    By the way, how tone deaf is it for the White House to honor Nancy Reagan, whose husband’s policies led to the death of millions of gay men, during Pride Month? The Biden Administration needs to hire someone to vet the reflexive “all Republicans are nice people, even the murderers” bent of this White House.

    I started some early morning projects and I need to finish up before the day begins. I usually need to disconnect from clients computers before 8am CDT which is a challenge some days. Now I need to document what I did and send off emails.

    See all y’all later!

  11. Good Thursday morning, Meese. So far it is an amazingly beautiful day, with the trees in full green glory in the woods across the way. It’s 83 F. at 20 minutes to 11, which is almost our high for the day. Thunderstorms are predicted to begin at 1 p.m. Hah! I often feel that bfitz and I should change climates.

    Feel as if I’ve already done a day’s work, which I actually haven’t. I cooked breakfast this morning. It was TERRIBLE. At least, mine was. The tomatoes tasted bad, and as for the allegedly “fully cooked bacon,” the less said about that, the better. It takes me all my time to eat an egg anyway. I was supposed to go grocery shopping this morning but simply don’t feel up to it.

    Took the dog out at 7:20 this morning for just 20 minutes, will see if we can get him out for another 20 minutes after the rain, when it may cool down.

    I’m now doing laundry. Have a meeting at 3, which will drag out until 4 as usual. There are Certain Persons who love the sound of their own voices and keep going on and on. This issue is almost put to bed, so why’ve we got to drag out the discussion of it?

    Finally installed the magenta ink cartridge yesterday after a severe case of “don’t wanna install the magenta cartridge-itis.” It sat around for a week before I got around to it. Even then I had to get Dearly to help me. I’m always so afraid I’m going to break something!

    I’ve got to tidy my office, so will stop now. I need a long, skinny table to run alongside my desk so I’ll have a place to put stuff. Might look to see what’s on Amazon.

    Luckily I had a pretty decent night. The dog next door barked in the hallway at 6 a.m., so that woke me up. Poor little Hallie is new to apartment life and hasn’t quite adjusted yet, so I am not going to make a fuss. She’s a rescue dog, too.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond. Why even turn on the news? It will only be bad.

  12. Good morning, 60 and partly cloudy outside my window. I woke up to rain so I’m glad to see a bit of blue sky now. My grandmother always ironed pillowcases, sheets and table linens and I love the memory of ironing day in the kitchen, with various irons heating on the wood cook stove. Try as I may her lessons remain with me but I’m not as disciplined as she was so the baskets of waiting to be ironed linens have accumulated in the laundry room. If (big if) I can stay focused today the last of them will be ironed and put away. It’s past time for Christmas to be back in the drawer!

    As always, my best wishes to all.

  13. Friday Meese. 63 and raining here in Kingston going up to 81. Hubby’s b-day today but he’s not awake yet so snuck in some puter time.

    Puerto Rico

  14. Good partly cloudy Friday morning, Moosekind. At the moment it’s 63 F., on its way up to 81 F. It will be breezy today, but we’re in for a week of temps in the eighties. That’ll be nice.

    I hear that basket has tested positive for Covid, poor guy. Wonder how he’ll get home.

    We received bad news from Australia when we woke up at 5-something this morning. We would have received it last night if we hadn’t gone to bed so early. My husband’s elder brother, Jack, is in hospital and not expected to survive. He has been ill for a long time. We were just going to send him a birthday card because his 94th birthday would be June 23rd.

    He’s comfortable and will be surrounded by his wife and four daughters until the end. When we got on the phone just now, one of the girls said his eyelids flickered when he heard the sound of our voices.

    It’s some comfort to think that, despite living through World War II in London, being evacuated to the countryside and all that, he grew up to have a wonderful life. He met his Australian wife in London and married her over there in Melbourne. They had four daughters, lived through a horrendous Bush Fire in 1982 (fleeing down the mountain in their cars with the four girls minutes before the flames), and finally settled in a flat they bought in the city center of Melbourne. They traveled all over Europe. We visited them several times and grew to love Australia. There’s no other place quite like it.

    Anyway, my funny, eccentric brother-in-law is much on my mind this morning. I need to shop for groceries today, do more laundry, etc., etc.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

    • It sounds like your brother-in-law had a long and wonderful life. The best any of us can hope for is to pass quietly while surrounded by loved ones. Condolences to you and yours.

  15. I walked again this morning, 3/4 mile. Might add more next week. It might rain this afternoon, that would be nice. Otherwise, just work.

  16. I wish I knew how to copy and paste on this tablet. Courtney Milan has a great Twitter thread about guns and “freedom”. If you’re on Twitter, you should read it.

    • She has a lot of good threads right now. Can you paste the start of it as a text? Is it the Ken Buck tweet about using AR-15s to kill racoons?

      • Is it this one?

  17. It’s 60 heading for 80 and can’t make up it’s mind about whether it will be sunny or cloudy today. Yesterday we generated 11.87 KWHs and the m-t-d is 45.26 – not on track and losing ground. sigh.

    Yes, basket has COVID. I’m doing my best not to get it. We shall see what we shall see. The hospital Urgent Care center is supposed to call him today for an appointment to get treated. And you thought we’d have a “test-to-treat” site here. :::bitter laugh::: As soon as that’s resolved I’ll see about getting him something like Nyquil – folks heal in their sleep so he should be doing as much of it as possible.

    Amelia’s open to relocating so next thing is to figure out where and how since she can’t to any of it herself. Best I can tell the treatment is working for Aji. It doesn’t reduce the pain but it allows her to push it to the side, as it were, and not have pain take up all her focus and concentration. She’d like reducing of pain but being able to think around it is still a good thing. Jill’s managing to get some stuff done but it’s still slogging through molasses. Other folks, well, nothing good but nothing new. But everybody is still hanging on.

    I need to get started on breakfast and get over to twitter. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

      • So far, so good. I’ve been testing negative and certainly don’t have any symptoms not consistent with my “normal” sinusitis. I’ll be masking while he’s here of course and testing daily until at least 4 days after he’s home again.

  18. Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 68 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 97 (will feel like 91 which is actually a big deal when it is 97). Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Funniest headline this morning: “Susan Collins Faces a Moment of Truth”. Puhlease!! Susan Collins cares not a whit about her constituents, women’s reproductive rights or, frankly, decency – she is and has always been a craven opportunist, happy to take lobbyist money to feather her nest. See that R by her name? It overrides everything.

    I opened the Moose about an hour ago, tried to get a few emails sent off to form my day and then realized I better not just plan my day but start it!

    See all y’all later!

  19. Saturday Meese. Beautiful day here in Kingston today, 55 now, sunny going up to 81.
    Puerto Rico

    Today is the day public hearing is being held in PR

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