Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: June 5th

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So … what’s going on in your part of Moosylvania?

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  1. Good morning, 59 and sunny so I’m headed outdoors. I need to buy a few more flowering plants for the back entrance pots and then the garden will be basically ready for company. I haven’t had the energy to do as much as I usually do so good enough will just have to be good enough! Best wishes to all.

  2. Good morning. Depressingly hot & dry. June is supposed to be a wet month & we’ve barely gotten any. Highs over 100 for the foreseeable future — 105 over the weekend. Staying inside all day today.

  3. Good Wednesday morn, Moosekind! It’s partly cloudy and 68 F. right now in Ashburn, heading for a high of 85 F. and thunderstorms late in the day.

    I am meeting Darling Niece for lunch today—calloo, callay! Going to try to convince her once more to sign up with Task Rabbit. My great-nephew, the future Stephen Spielberg II, brings home every illness known to humankind and they all get it. (I’m waiting to be told of leprosy, TB, and monkey pox.) The bottom line is that a conventional employer would not appreciate her frequent absences because of caring for him or herself, so once-in-a-while assignments for Task Rabbit would certainly get her foot back into the world of work. She can do a lot of sought-after tasks, believe me.

    I’m taking some more clothes for her to sell on eBay. She’s already bought a laptop with the proceeds of the previous sales, which is a step in the right direction.

    I must get ready for my day. Wishing peace and no bad news to all at the Pond.

  4. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 73 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 102. We are expecting cloudiness – when I got up there were wispy clouds over the mountains but it is sunny now. Tomorrow there may be showers! That would be the first precipitation we will have seen since arriving here two months ago.

    Republican electeds are giving lip service to gun safety measures – the carnage has finally disturbed enough Republican voters that it is registering on opinion polls. I am sure the electeds won’t do anything “rash” like changing laws! They will do what they always do when their voters disagree with their donors: wait it out and hope that the voters get bored and move on. Probably because they will!

    June is my planned “get things done” month and so far I am making progress on my to-do list. Time to get back to it.

    See all y’all later!

  5. Good Wednesday morning Meese. 63 going up to 81 and sunny, but more rain on the way.

    Puerto Rico

    Axios gets corrected

  6. It’s 68 heading for 78 and basket just left. According to the radar he’ll be driving through rain and maybe some thunderstorms all the way to Memphis. Holding the Good Thoughts for safe travels. Why he was here so long wasn’t a good thing, but it’s been very nice to have him here this long. And yesterday was his birthday so we at least took a little notice of it. I bought dinner (Indian food) to celebrate. & I sent him off with a good “home-cooked” breakfast so there’s that.

    We generated 7.8 KWHs yesterday – partly because of clouds and partly because we had a power outage for 2 hours during peak production time (it was actually sunny during those 2 hours – sigh) and the system shuts down when there’s an outage to keep from frying the line workers trying to fix it. The m-t-d is 98.7, very much not on track and probably going to lose more ground today. Double sigh.

    Best I can tell, everybody and everything is trucking along. Not any better but at least not worse. Including me. I’m still testing negative and will continue to test daily until at least Sunday.

    I guess I’d best start my own breakfast and get over to twitter. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • I was watching the weather on the TV yesterday (Wednesday) and it looked like the entire state of Arkansas was one big storm! I hope he made it out of there safely.

      • He did. The storm apparently was moving faster than he was. By the time he was just an hour out of Memphis he was out of the rain (although still cloudy).

  7. Good morning, 60 and partly cloudy with a cool breeze outside my window today. My gardening plans were sidetracked with family issues yesterday but I hope to try again today. Our son is really sick and it appears to be a covid related illness. He continues to test negative we are helping him from a distance, just in case. He’s slowly recovering but I remain worried re his vulnerability and extreme fatigue. So if I can plant a few flowers today it will be good for me. Best wishes to all.

    • {{{princesspat}}} Healing Energy to you and your family. Planting flowers is good, Healing magic, and a very good thing for you to do. moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • I read that some of the “mild” COVID does not show up on tests but that it is still contagious. Are there medications he can take or do they just treat the symptoms?

  8. Thursday Meese. 57 going up to 78 and rain all day here in Kingston. :(
    Puerto Rico

  9. I made it to just over a mile this morning. It was like walking in a sauna – 78 degrees at 6am. Blech. And a bad sign for the summer to come. I’ll watch some of the hearing tonight. Don’t really have hope it will change anything.

  10. Good Thursday morning, Meese! Currently it’s 77 F. and sunny in Ashburn, going up to 79 F. today. That’s the good news. Dearly tells me that last night at 1 a.m. we had one hail of a storm, lots of lightning, dashing rain, and so forth. I could see that it had torn some leaves off the trees. With the sleeping pill, pain pill, and sheer fatigue, I was dead to the world and never heard a thing.

    The bad news is that I have an exceedingly tiresome ear infection. Yesterday afternoon after lunch with Darling Niece (great fun, as usual), I was aware of a pain in my left ear that even I couldn’t ignore. I called the Med. Center here, got in for a 4:30 appointment and then had to go to the pharmacy down the hall. At first CVS said they could find only four pills of the 20 prescribed. Then they found the other 16. The poor old receptionist was still waiting at the Med. Center to hand me my referral slip for an ENT.

    However, there is no phone number for this ENT. So I simply consulted the preferred provider list and called them. Of course, they’re never there, even at 9 a.m., so I had to leave a message.

    I am now taking Cipro for 10 days and very fussy it is, too. Can’t take it with my morning vitamins & bp meds., can’t take it with my evening antacid. Sheet.

    This is beyond tiresome, as today is a very big day. I have my Writers’ Group meeting today so I suppose I’ll only have half an ear. After that I have the UU dinner at 5 p.m., to which I am very much looking forward because I would like to talk to my friend. I’ll have to save a seat for her on my right. I’m not supposed to use the left hearing aid at all.

    Finally, at 8 p.m. there are the HEARINGS on C-SPAN. Hope I don’t fall asleep, but if I do, I’m asking Dearly to record the program.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  11. It’s 65 heading for 82 and overcast at the moment. It is supposed to clear off. I hope so. For many reasons. (Including wanting to wash the spare room bedding and get it put up before it becomes covered in cat fur.) I’ll close up the house when the outside and inside temperatures meet. Yesterday we generated 3.8 KWHs (which is 3 more than I was thinking we were going to do when it was so dark the street lights were on) and the m-t-d is 102.66 – about 35 short of being on track. We shall see what today brings.

    It was lovely to have basket here. And for so long although of course I’m not happy about why he was here that long – and that he missed visiting his friend in Nashville. (His other friends here for that matter.)

    Amelia’s crutches got to her yesterday so she’s able to get around a little better/less painfully. I guess count that as a good in a world full of not good. Ronald did another harassing thing towards Jill. She’s not responding, as angry and shook as she is, because if she did it would tell him where she is. There was a fire on Aji’s side of the mountain. It’s supposedly out but that’s not a given. “Out” to white firefighters seems to mean no flames. A Native firefighter knows the soil itself holds the heat and can smolder for months until enough tinder gets blown onto it for it to fire up again. Native “hot shots” check the site regularly until there’s a good snow or rain to cool the earth. White ones don’t. So she’s even edgier than she’s been. I haven’t heard from anybody else.

    I need to do some house stuff, get over to twitter and get started. And of course visit Dee’s diary. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  12. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 79 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 102. Mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast. There is rain over the mountains but not here.

    A new Marist poll shows that being “against gun violence” polls better than being “for unchecked gun rights.” I don’t think it will translate into votes in many places but I am glad that the House of Representatives got on the record by showing which party cares to actually do something. Maybe it will make voters in California and other blue states go to the polls instead of sitting out the midterms as they often do. If we lose the House, there is a lot that we can’t do that we need to do.

    Busy day here – I have an appointment this afternoon and it will require going to an area of the city that I am unfamiliar with. I will leave early enough so that I can make at least two wrong turns and still not be late (my “learning a new city” strategy). The roads here wind around one-time rivers and washes and the foothills for the mountains that surround the city so it is not quite on a grid.

    See all y’all later!

  13. Good morning, 57 and raining outside my window today. Sue, my friend and house keeper, has been recovering from surgery but is now well enough for part days work, so we got the upstairs cleaned yesterday and she’ll be back today so we can bring order to the main floor. We kept up with the basics while she was gone, but it’s apparent to both of us that we need assistance in order to keep living here. I’m grateful she is recovering.

    Our son seems to be a bit better. I hear more strength in his voice, but his congestion and breathing are still not normal. His doc was on vacation when he got sick and the clinic has been sold to another medical group it’s hard to see and talk to the experienced nurses now. It’s hard to know if better medical access would have helped earlier, but now it’s just treat the symptoms and hope the fatigue eases. Worries me when he is so sick.

    I wasn’t able to be in the garden yesterday, but will try again today rain regardless! Best wishes to all.

    • Keeping up with changes in medical provider merges/acquisitions/shutdowns is daunting. When I was looking for a PCP here, I kept seeing the same people but at different locations. I suspect the pandemic didn’t help – some places were too small to survive the shutdowns and a lot of people retired rather than deal with learning remote tools and/or worrying about dying from exposure to an untreatable virus. I hope your son can get it all sorted out and find a backup plan for when his doctor is not available. It is not okay that there is no competent backup.

  14. Friday Meese. 55 going up to 78 here in Kingston. Watched the hearings. Then took a look at Twitter and news. Am really not feeling all the damn kudos for Liz Cheney.

    • I agree completely. She is still a Cheney and to them power is everything. Her party, which she has not renounced, is for every anti-human policy on the planet. Doing one right thing does not make her a hero or get the blemish off her soul.

  15. Puerto Rico

  16. Walked over a mile this morning: 1.12. Yay me. Was hard to watch the hearing last night, I kept flipping over to Sing, an animated movie showing on another channel. I don’t know how that officer found the strength. Chris Hayes made a great point: there was always an organized vanguard, every step of what happened. Joe and Jane Trumped might not have consciously gone there to overthrow the government, but they were led that way. And I’ll add that they didn’t turn back. Beating police officers, breaking doors and windows….. They were led, but they went.

  17. Good Friday morning, Moosekind. Just lost a whole comment by hitting the wrong key! Blast. Anyway, we have glorious blue skies and sunshine in Ashburn at the moment. It’s currently 66 F., heading for a high of 81 F.

    Was so tired from activities yesterday and the infection that I kept falling asleep last night, but I did wake up in time to watch a lot of it. I’m going to watch it ALL. C-SPAN is very good about not obtruding on the actual people giving testimony.

    Saw in the paper that 220 CEOs are sending a letter to Congress about gun violence. They need to send it to the obstructors.

    Have a dental appointment today at 11:30 a.m. After that I’m going to look for a doc-in-the-box to do something about my ear. I tried two ENTs yesterday; one of them didn’t even bother to return my call. I couldn’t get an appointment until June 27 with the other one. I need treatment a lot sooner than that, as the state of my pillowcase attested this morning. I will say no more about that. I’m still taking the awful-tasting Cipro twice a day. UGH!

    First-world whine: Why are doctors always so booked up?

    Observation: Liz Cheney has handled DFG’s treason the correct way. However, a Rethuglican is STILL a Rethuglican, always on the side of the rich and powerful against the poor and oppressed. I never forget the dark side of Rethugs, which is why I treat Maryland Governor Hogan’s ideas about running for POTUS in 2024 with disdain. Goobernator Dumbkin thinks he’s going to run too, despite (1) only two years in as goobernator, a job he knows nothing about, and (b) only two years in as goobernator, which is a four-year term. Arkansas used to have two years for a gubernatorial term, not sure whether that’s still true.

    Wishing good luck to Jan finding her way around the city, to princesspat’s son with his treatment, to another, who has too much sunlight, and to bfitz, who has not enough. I’m not feeling up to much this morning, I can tell you.

    May peace prevail at the Pond today.

  18. Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 79 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 104. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast. We could see rain over the mountains yesterday and there was a ginormous thunderhead to the southeast in the late afternoon – no rain here, though. We continue under an “Excessive Heat Warning” until Sunday.

    I did not have a chance to watch the January 6th hearing but my news feed this morning has a lot of articles covering the event and I checked a few things on my Twitter feed last night. It sounds like it was well done. I don’t expect it to make a dent in the opinion of 70% of Republicans that it was a tourist visit gone awry or that the leaders of their party condoned – and led – a coup attempt to overthrow the orderly transition of power. I read that the Senate is “working on” their Electoral College Act to tighten up some of the ambiguities that led TFG and his legal hacks to believe that they could overturn the election by exploiting a loophole. I will believe it when I see it – Republicans have no incentive to fix what almost gave them another four years to destroy democracy from within; they will want to leave all paths open to regaining power in 2024.

    The rush to blame the presence of a gunman at Keggernaugh’s house on the Supreme Court breach is ridiculous. People got angry early when they discovered that Roe v Wade would be struck down. The same anger will be present when they do it officially later this month but thankfully, because of the leak, some blue states were able to get some new protections passed before their legislatures left for the summer. And we don’t know that it was “liberal” Supreme Court clerks who leaked the Alito brief – there is ample evidence that the leak was to push the leaners into the full repeal of the 20th century rather than the incremental “let’s do 15 weeks” that Chief Justice Roberts wants. And people claiming that no one from the right ever called for violence against liberal justices are simply lying and Mitch McChinless saying that the House delaying the bill that they rushed to pass is endangering Supreme Court Justices is unmitigated bullcrap. The protection was already beefed up, the bill just pays for it. What is unseemly is that the RNC is fundraising off the incident. Bastids.

    I have another appointment this morning, this one much closer to home and in an area I am familiar with. I gave myself plenty of extra time for my appointment yesterday and did not use up any of my wrong turn reserves. However, I did not factor in “missing a left turn signal” and the 5 minutes extra waiting at lights in two places. I arrived with only 5 minutes to spare! Next time I will add another 15 minutes of cushion. The city has a lot of very large intersections that all include left turn signals so that people don’t try to cross dangerous traffic. However, it makes the time between light changes very long.

    See all y’all later!

  19. I truly wish to All That’s Holy Aji could have woken to the sounds I did. Rain. Slow, steady, rain. Only a half inch and it’s tapering off now, but it would have at least settled the dust and given the land a rest. She might have even slept with that sound in her ears. I did. Not solidly, I kept waking up, but the sound let me drift back to sleep. The probably 6 hours I ended up with is 6x what she normally gets. sigh.

    Yesterday we generated 20.4 KWHs and brought the m-t-d to 122.96 – so gained a little ground. We’ll see if it clears off today and we don’t lose it – gaining more by sundown would be nice. I’m not going to chance it enough to put laundry on though. Tomorrow will do.

    Lisa’s knees are still painful. The crutches help her get around but hurt her hands. Jill’s pissed because every step of everything she needs to do is being delayed by understaffed bureaucracy. Fineena’s got doctor appointments coming up – might be able to get a straight answer out of her Gastro doctor but he’s really reluctant to give answers at all much less straight answers. I’m hoping her PCP will get tired of it and find her one who will. And they’ve all got money issues, of course. A Deplorable given for Disabled people, especially elderly women, in America.

    I’ve still one session on the treadmill to do but I was so late starting I stopped for breakfast and to get set up online after the 2nd. So. Off to twitter to do that part of setting up online. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

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