Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: June 12th

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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 85 degrees in the Desert Southwest with an expected daytime high of 104. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Sunday Meese. 56 going up to 73 here in Kingston, with rain, and looks like it will be a rainy day for the Puerto Rican Day parade in NYC :(

    Puerto Rico

  3. Walked 1.25 miles this morning, yay me! Got next week’s tea steeping, watching the news. We had a good size March For Our Lives rally yesterday. It is so hot this weekend — high of 105. Ugh.

  4. It’s 81 heading for upper 90s, heat index around 105, and sunny. Yesterday we generated 19.7 KWHs and the m-t-d is 159.75 – gained a little bit of ground. Just as well. I finished vacuuming at 7:40 and the A/C kicked on as I was putting the vacuum cleaner away. No A/C days my electricity usage is about 6 KWHs per day. With A/C it’s 17.

    I think I got 3 hours of sleep. It wasn’t the temps or the humidity, just my regular ol’ sinusitis. But since I was awake before 6 and it was daylight, I got up and did all my household chores. Hoping I’d get them done and my own body temp would cool down to deal with a hot day without A/C. Well, I got them done but the A/C kicked on so my body temp is cool. sigh. I haven’t done my treadmilling and I’m not sure I’m going to today. I totally hate giving myself an excuse not to do it because I certainly don’t want to get out of the habit, but I did vacuum and it does take about half an hour to do it. We shall see.

    Amelia’s mom, sister, and 2 nephews called her yesterday, some FB friends sent nice messages, and another friend (after figuring out the delivery app) sent her sushi for a birthday treat. So she ended the day she’d dreaded feeling good about it. Jill’s section of the RV park lost power yesterday afternoon. The temps got hot enough in Roswell the circuit breaker blew. Fortunately that’s a park manager problem and not Jill’s. As of last night the wildfire west of Aji was up to 3500 acres with zero containment. And about 12 miles west of Native lands. This is the one that could actually get to them. Prayers up.

    My hands hurt and are shaking. It’s a “both hands on the cocoa mug” morning. (That’s why I usually do vacuuming after breakfast.) But they’ll get better in a bit. Sinusitis is still an issue. Which having the blower on isn’t going to help. I may go turn the A/C thermostat up a little bit so it doesn’t come on as often. Oh well. I’m not comfortable with the A/C on but I’d be a long less comfortable with it off. And I’ve actually got it which it riches.

    Off to twitter & DK. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  5. Good Sunday morning, Moose Peeps! Late again to the Pond, but then I’ve been busy cooking A Proper Sunday Breakfast. As I haven’t been feeling well, I’ve fallen back on Dearly’s time-honored remedy for all women’s illnesses: call in sick to work and do the laundry. Okay, I’ve already done a couple of loads and the machine is now working on a third.

    We’re expecting awful weather. It was going to rain all morning, right? Duhh. We looked out the window and there it wasn’t! This afternoon there are supposed to be tremendous thunderstorms with hail and they’re not ruling out a tiny tornado or two. What a load of old codswallop! All the same, I think I might make tonight’s dessert, apples either in or under pastry, before the electricity goes off–if it does.

    Right now it’s partly cloudy, dry as a bone, and 70 F., heading for an alleged high of 83 F.

    Yesterday Dearly drove me to a doc-in-the-box. It was very nice. There weren’t many patients there but we sat masked, in the corner of the waiting area. A somewhat weird LPN took my vital statistics and and then measured me. As she didn’t remove the sunglasses perched on top of my head, she wrote down my height as 5’3″ and a half. How agreeable, I’ve gained half an inch!

    Anyeay, this nice old doctor phoned an ENT’s office in Reston and says I can get in there much quicker than waiting for Wazzerface to see me on June 27th. I hope to see this ENT early in the week because I’m not allowed to use the left hearing aid until I’ve seen one. Meanwhile, the eardrops prescribed by the nice old doctor ($45 for a tiny bottle), are helping far more than the vile-tasting Cipro that I have to take twice a day.

    Enough meteorological and physiological whining! Jan, you impressed me yesterday by saying you have a 4-hour window every morning to get things done. I think I’ll institute a 9-to-1 rule here. It might help.

    Hope everyone who frequents the Pond will have a good day.

    • I find that when I try to push myself past the 4 hour window, the things I do often turn out poorly. It is more a function of how my older brain works – I have accepted it as part of aging which is better than the alternative (no longer aging!)

  6. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 82 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 100. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast. We are not done with the heat by any means but apparently the “excessive heat” is over and requires no special warnings. We will see temperatures around 100 the rest of the week and then our first bit of rain on Saturday with a slight cool down. The morning lows below 80 will return.

    Apparently there is a modest bi-partisan gun safety deal in the Senate. Of course the first thing that the naysayers nay say is that it is “not enough”. I am certain they are the same people who killed the public option in 2009 because it was not single payer and who are fighting against the notion of $10,000 in college loan forgiveness because it is not $50,000. They get on my last nerve. I wish “I’m Just a Bill” would visit them and hit them with his rolled up paper. We can’t get everything we want in this Senate and anyone who thinks that closing the “boyfriend loophole” is nothing probably never had an abusive male in their lives and fk them again for not caring about women. We get that, we get money for mental health, money to implement red flag laws at the state level, and some extra background checks and waiting periods for young men between 18 and 21. Get it done.

    Busy week ahead as I need to get some accounting projects done before mid-month which is arriving on Wednesday.

    See all y’all later!

    • Here is Chris Murphy’s tweet with the specifics:

      Murphy: “8/ Will this bill do everything we need to end our nation’s gun violence epidemic? No. But it’s real, meaningful progress.”

  7. Good Monday morning, Moosekind! Well—ha, ha—we did not receive a single drop of rain, rumble of thunder, or flash of lightning yesterday. Why not pay me $300,000 for being a meteorologist? I predicted yesterday’s weather more accurately than they did. The weather freaks appeared this morning, unblushing and unapologetic, and yammered about rain somewhere, sometime. Glad I don’t have a garden plot depending on it. It’s cloudy and we have 73 F. in Ashburn at the moment..

    But enough of that. Today the hearings come on from 10 to 12. I’ll watch them on C-SPAN, of course. Before that, however, I have to call the ENT’s office and see how soon I can get an appointment. I’m so sick of this ear infection. Grownups shouldn’t have these childish illnesses.

    Wanna bet the Supremes are going to hand down the decision that overturns Roe today? And when will they overturn Griswold, Loving, Eisenstadt, and Obergefell? Stare decisis means nothing to these maniacs.

    One tiny thing cheers me up on a personal level. I can’t find anything on this stupid Mac after the latest operating system was installed. It is beyond annoying. Last night, however, I thought of searching for files with “.htm” and came up with the jackpot! I’ve now retrieved most of the stories I thought I’d lost. Good thing, too, because trying to retrieve them by Googling for them again did not work. I can’t wait until Prime Day, when I plan to buy a Lenovo ThinkPad with proper software on it. (First-world problem, I know.)

    That’s enough from me this morning, unless they overturn Roe, in which case I’ll be back here, screaming. Wish I could jump into the car and rush downtown to scream, but I’m too old and too frail.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Moose Pond.

    • I think this Supreme Court will wait until the last day of the term so that they can leave town and hole up in their donors’ underground bunkers for the summer. I hope the bodies of the women killed by the Roe repeal are stacked up on Mrs. Jesse Barrett’s front lawn so she has to walk around their corpses every day. It won’t be enough to have Safe Havens for abortion providers – a woman who arrives at an emergency room with a fetus that is literally killing her can’t be put on a plane and sent to a blue state. She will simply die because no doctor will want to risk being criminally charged for saving her life should it require aborting the fetus. Fk berners.

  8. Walked 1.13 no this morning, on the much hillier downtown route. Slept really badly last night, hope I make it through the day. It was 79 degrees already at 5:30am. Bad sign for the summer.

  9. JHC!! What kind of headline is this, A freaking P??!!?
    AP: Dad who carried Confederate flag into Capitol heads to trial
    Is that to elicit sympathy for a racist pile of human garbage who carried the flag of the Confederacy, a “nation” formed to protect the right to enslave black people, into the halls of Congress? You could also substitute “man with functioning penis” as that is just as relevant to the case. I hope he rots in prison.

    • Oh I don’t know. It kind of makes it obvious this is Civil War where the CSA wins. Treason is the purest and constitutional sense. The Deplorables will think “Good” but there are some gormless Indies out there we’re trying to reach on the severity of the attempted overthrow. This probably won’t work but it’s a definite starting point when talking to them.

      • The judge hearing this guy’s case via a bench trial (no jury) is a tRump judge who has complained that Black Lives Matter and Keggernaugh protesters were treated lightly. He let one guy off earlier this year who said that he had been “waved into the Capitol building” by a police officer. Probably a little different from these guys who came in through a broken window BUT a tRump judge will look more kindly on one of his people expressing their “first amendment rights.” Goddess help us if this man wielding a symbol of white supremacy is given a free pass.

        • I wish it were the judge who’d look at that and see obvious treason but I never counted on it. It’s the folks who don’t watch Faux Noise but don’t really watch anything else either that I’m hoping we can reach.

  10. It’s 81 heading for a minusculely-cooler 96 with heat index of 104 (yesterday it reached 111). We generated 19.86 KWHs which brought the m-t-d to 179.76 – so on track for the day, gained a little ground for the month, and covered the A/C use. So that’s good.

    One more test – and if it’s negative I’ll feel safe to go out again without endangering others. Masked, of course, to prevent/slow down them endangering me. Which will be good because while my son brought me a month’s worth of groceries yesterday, bless him, I just opened the last bag of kibble and I’m closer to being out of some of my supplements than I thought I was. Wretched sleep again – sinusitis – but at least more of it, and a really solid just over 2 hours from 4:50 to 7 am. My hands are happy with this heat and my feet would be too if I weren’t wearing shoes. I’m going to have to do my 10-minute sessions of treadmilling with a lot of space between them though, even with the A/C on.

    There’s a disturbing/Deplorable lack of wildfire reporting on the fires near Native lands. But as of last night Aji was still safe. Amelia’s exhausted – the birthday was good but still adrenaline charge dealing with it and she needs several days of rest for every adrenaline charge. So far, so good on Jill’s electricity staying on. But she has to unplug the A/C to run anything else. Including her microwave. All the breakers/fuses – both park and RVs – are ready to trip if somebody looks at them wrong in this heat.

    I’m a bit behind on starting my online day but what the heck. It may be my “job” but it’s a self-appointed one. LOL. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  11. Good morning, 52 and raining. I had a busy day yesterday getting ready for three weeks of family coming and going. My sister arrives later today and I predict weather shock. She is longing for relief from the heat and fires in NM, but she’s also used to seeing a sunny sky occasionally. Best wishes to all.

  12. Tuesday Meese. 55 here in Kingston going up to 84. I’m still pissed off about those people tossing around the idea of Liz Cheney for POTUS – like
    Robert Reich. SMDH

    • Robert Reich had his brain cells berned away and is an idiot. Whenever I see something he has written cross my timeline, I click away knowing it is a complete waste of time. That twitterer is 100% correct: “Robert Reich promoting Liz Cheney over Kamala Harris as the first woman POTUS is seriously the least surprising thing ever.”

    • What a load of old codswallop! Promoting Liz Cheney, who is the richest of bitches, over Kamala! RR is a has-been who is still trying to appear relevant. He will be relegated to the dustbin of history.

      As I said before: it is possible to accord Congresswoman Cheney a certain amount of respect for her work on the January 6 Committee, but there’s no need to get all goo-goo over someone who stands for precisely the opposite of what we stand for.

  13. Puerto Rico

    • Thanks, Dee! What wonderful photographs!

      Hoping for the best possible outcome for P.R. in accordance with the wishes of its people—the real people, not the powerful.

  14. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 79 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 100. Sunny skies are in the forecast. The moon will be full this morning at about 4:51am my time (in about 10 minutes) but she was nearly full (and gorgeous!) last night. She will be fullish again tonight where she should come up over the mountains a little before 8pm. I will see if I can transfer a photo to the Internets to share. From Space.com:

    The June full moon is the second of four consecutive supermoons in which the full moon of a month coincides with the moon at or near perigee, its closest point to the Earth in its monthly orbit. A supermoon can appear ever-so-slightly larger than the full moon does when it is farthest from Earth (NASA has said it can appear up to 30% brighter and 17% larger), but it won’t look much different to the casual observer.

    June’s Full Strawberry Supermoon will occur on Tuesday at 7:51 a.m. EDT (1151 GMT), but the moon will appear full to observers in the day before and after the actual event. So feel free to watch the moon shine from June 13-15. It gets its “strawberry” name from the short strawberry harvesting season it coincides with.

    The full moon of June will be the lowest full moon of 2022, with the moon rising just 23.3 degrees above the southern horizon early on June 15 for observers in Washington, D.C., NASA has said. That’s because its coming ahead of the summer solstice on June 21.

    Full moon light will be a nice mental cleanser for the ugly mess our country and our world is in.

    Today is primary day in Nevada, Maine, South Carolina. A Republican in South Carolina who voted to impeach TFG is up against rabid MAGATs but may survive because he represents his district well – it will be interesting to see if that is enough. I wish that unhinged Republicans advancing to the general election meant openings for Democrats but most of these districts are R+30. Literally, tRump could engineer a bloody coup and still be popular in these districts. The more likely result is a crazier more unhinged Republican House.

    Time to get back to finishing some early morning projects.

    See all y’all later!

  15. Good Tuesday morning, Meese! It’s 74 F., going for 81 F. eventually. Perhaps I’ll get to see the Strawberry Moon tonight—“they” are predicting bad weather but we all know what that means.

    We did have some rain and lightning early but it’s not happening now. I sort of hoped that we’d have enough to keep me from joining the Raging Grannies at the NRA vigil this morning, but, behold! The unfortunate Granny who arranges these things has called off our participation because she thinks she has Covid. She’s going to ask for an appointment the minute the Med. Center opens so she can be tested. I am hearing about even very careful people who are getting Covid, so I expect we’ll all get it sooner or later. M. has been vaxxed and boosted twice, like the rest of us, so I hope whatever she has will be mild.

    I just realized that M’Daughter will be here in 6 weeks, so I’ve got to get on with cleaning this apartment and tidying up the messes. I can work on the living room messes while watching the hearings.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

    • A lot of people are getting COVID, people who you know must be fully vaccinated like Justin Trudeau and our HHS secretary. It sounds like re-infection is very likely with this new Omicron variant. I shall continue to vigilantly mask and hope for the best. I have to travel by plane this weekend (no way around it) and I bought some N95s for the plane and airports.

      • Good! I’ll be wearing at least one mask every time I step off this campus.

        Sigh. Younger Son’s family are all going to London in August. I hope they don’t get Covid. DIL and Miss Pink Cheeks have already had it, despite being vaccinated.

  16. Good morning. Weather person says it never got below 80. Still got in my 1.25 mi walk. Even a couple of running segments. Haven’t been sleeping well. Lucky for me there are 2 meetings today (what’s great about Zoom meetings for those of us on the lower end — there’s not enough bandwidth for everyone to have a camera on, so it doesn’t matter if I doze off for a minute or 2).

  17. It’s 77 heading for 92 and the heat index isn’t supposed to get over 96 – cool spell, right? A/C hasn’t even kicked on yet this morning. LOL. We generated 20.24 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d is 199.56 – so we’re slightly gaining on the cumulative and covering the A/C use. This is good.

    I did my last test yesterday and it was negative. O2 is staying high and pulse is staying low so I guess it’s all good. I did get almost 7 hours of sleep last night. My hands love the heat. I won’t say they don’t ache a bit, but I have to think about it to notice.

    As of last night nothing much had changed with anybody. Except the number of acres of land burning in NM. We all know disaster is coming at us from multiple directions and we’re all doing what we can – which isn’t much – to mitigate it. So far, we’re all still here. Holding the Good Thoughts/sending Healing Energy in all directions.

    Off to twitter and all that. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  18. Good morning, 52 and cloudy. The ignition parts for the furnace haven’t arrived yet so it’s chilly indoors and out. My sister had a long travel day yesterday with flight delays, missed connections and missing luggage. But all’s well now, she’s safely here and RonK and I are hoping to find our company manners. We’ve been so reclusive we’ve lost our small talk skills. Best wishes to all.

  19. Good Wednesday morning, Moosekind! It’s another beautiful blue-and-gold morning here in Ashburn. Right now it’s 71 F., heading for a high of 90 F. On this day in 1215 King John of England signed the Magna Carta, and then lost his things in the Wash.

    Went out looking front and back for the Strawberry Moon last night but could not see it, despite the fact we had perfectly clear skies.

    Yesterday Dearly called 1-800-GOT-JUNK. Two young men showed up, masked and respectful, and carted all the rubbish off the screened porch. I still do a double-take every time I look at it now. Dearly vacuumed up the dead leaves or whatever, and now we need to power-wash it. After that he will paint the ugly concrete floor a soft gray and we’ll restore the cushions to the porch furniture. I wish I knew where the cushions are. I dutifully washed them one winter day years ago, dried them, and put them in a large canvas storage bag, but where did I put the bag? It’s not in any of the closets, it’s too big to escape notice. It’s not good to be old and vague.

    Anyway, work is proceeding well on the collection of essays I’m planning for Daughter’s milestone birthday on August 1. I think I’ve found a desktop publisher for it! My cousin in Seattle has kindly offered to do it for me. I believe that’s what she does for a living. I’d better hurry, Daughter and SIL are coming up here the last Friday in July.

    What else: my ear does not seem any better. This is so boring. Antibiotic and ear drops, you’d think at least one of them would have worked. It’s been a week.

    Well, that’s enough from me this morning. Hope everyone at the Pond will have a good day!

    • We saw the moon but not until 9pm here. It takes a while to rise above the mountain (moonrise was 8:20pm) and I was getting tired waiting for it. It was worth it though – she was spectacular!

      The junk people are an essential service. I had at least 4 trucks of things that they took away and donated/recycled/dumped from my downsizing moves last year.


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