Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: July 10th

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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 81 degrees in the Desert Southwest with an expected daytime high of 102. The forecast calls for a mix of sun and clouds.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Sunday Meese – 57 going up to 83 and sunny – yay – perfect weather for today’s Yemaya celebration – I”ve been up half the night cooking.

    Puerto Rico

  3. Good morning. Eating breakfast & watching Le Tour. Today is mountains, the commentators keep talking about what a tough day it is. Three riders have had to leave with Covid, and several coaches/staff. Anyway, I have tea steeping, will make my “overnight” oats later.

  4. It got down to 66 about 5 am according to the widget. It’s 71 now and I’ll need to close up the house within the hour. We’re heading for 94 and the heat index is going to be close to 100 – I’m not sure which side of it we’ll end up on. We generated a hair over 19 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d at 161.77 is still on track to get us over 500 for the month.

    I’ve done all my Sunday chores. I’m not sure when I’ll get on the treadmill. Or whether or not I’ll manage all 3 10-minute sessions today. As with everything else, we shall see. Last night I logged off a little early and have a bunch of twitter things to boost so I’m heading over there. I’ll check back in a bit for Dee’s diary. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  5. Good Sunday morning, Moose Peeps! Although the areas around Ashbuggy received 4 inches of rain, we did not. We did receive some, with the result that we are very nearly at par in rainfall for the year to date, I won’t quibble about two-tenths of an inch.

    Right now it’ s 73 F., with silvery light from a white-veiled blue sky lighting up the landscape. Felt confident enough to restore the cushions to the porch furniture. I’ve so much writing to do! Also, I need to do a preliminary reading of the obituaries my group has submitted. Two chose to use poetry. One guy, the sexy one, left so many blank spaces in his obit it’s a bit like a crossword puzzle. Think I’ll fill in those blanks. I enjoy the touches of humor in some of the obits. My friend Suzi says the WaPo death announcement department charges by the inch, and her husband’s obit cost $3,000! Yikes! That’s a good argument for keeping it short and sweet.

    However, I might have to leave a longer biography for my descendants. After all, I and 2 others tried to start a labor union at the place where we worked—we didn’t get the union, but they upped the vacation time for the nonexempts from 2 weeks to 3—then I defended women’s clinics, attended Witch Camps in Maryland, West Virginia, and a redwood forest in California—and wrote tons of fan fiction about my favorite show in the 1990s, Due South.

    That’s enough about yrs truly! No big plans for today other than making yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting. My poor friend down the hall is having a very rough time with her husband, who has Parkinson’s. This gives him hallucinations. He has suffered numerous falls and therefore is recovering from concussion. Life in an old people’s home is no joke, that much I can tell you.

    Am wondering why Pat Cipollone claims “executive privilege” with regard to answering questions when he was only White House Counsel, not POTUS.

    Dearly is watching F1 on TV. I’d better get busy with chores. Wishing everyone at the Pond a lovely, peaceful Sunday and strong fingernails, which I unfortunately do not have.

  6. Good morning, 63, partly sunny with a light breeze blowing in my window today. I was outdoors yesterday and despite my pesky knees my flower pots are nearly planted, just 3 more to go. It was nice to plant a few plants, rest, and then plant a few more. Ice, compression and elevation are good for my legs and gardening is good for my soul. I’m feeling weary but grateful. Best wishes to all.

  7. yay we set a record

  8. My car said it’s 85 degrees. At 6am. Great. I’m leaving work early today, going to that movie I was going to last week. Hope people are working and not taking off to see this. Also hope I get extra chilled at the theater, bring the cold home with me.

  9. Monday Meese. 58 going up to 88 here in Kingston. Had a lovely day yesterday – last guests left at 10 PM. I’m pooped – and a few more folks are coming today.

    Puerto Rico

    Serious flooding is recorded in Bayamón, several roads have become impassable.

  10. Good glorious Monday morning, Moosekind! It’s 73 F. on a sunny, blue-skied day, going up to 87 F. later. Who cares, the humidity is low! This is one of those perfect summer days that’s like getting a surprise birthday present.

    Well, I finished the preliminary read-through of the writing assignments for my Writers’ Group. Our assignment this month was to write our obituaries. Quite a few had touches of humor, which I appreciated. One guy’s effort was fascinating because he left a lot of blanks. I found myself wanting to fill them in with adjectives of my own choosing, like a word game. I don’t do Wordle, do you? I seem to have so many other things to do.

    Feeling a bit pinched for money this summer (my ear and my crown were very expensive), so I will give my daughter something only I can give her: a letter from me, her original mother, telling her what she has meant to me. She is one of the chief joys of my life. Before she found me I didn’t realize I was always looking for her: not consciously, because I knew perfectly well where she was and what she looked like, but in my many friendships with much younger women. Strange, that.

    Lots to do, so I’d better hop to it. Wishing everyone at the Pond a good day. Why does a person always feel more optimistic and happy when it’s a beautiful day? I ought to go for a walk or something. The number that greeted me on my morning weigh-in was not beautiful at all. Harrumph!

    • This: “Why does a person always feel more optimistic and happy when it’s a beautiful day?”

      It is something, isn’t it? Even when the forecast calls for hotter-than-I-would-prefer temperatures, the sun is almost always shining and the mountains are beautiful. I am not sure I could live where the “lights” are out for months at a time. I have run into a lot of people who move here from Washington state and Oregon, simply unable to bear the gloomy sunless days and constant rain any longer.

  11. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 80 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 104. Sun with occasional clouds. The week ahead: hot mornings, super hot afternoons, chance of rain in the afternoon and evening – we won’t see a break until next Monday when I might see some morning 70s again. June is the hottest month here with July a close second. I am not looking forward to seeing my cooling bill – I will have to remember that I am unlikely to see $300 a month heating bills again and that it will all balance out.

    Gawd, our short attention span media is hopeless. Hey, media, your breathless doom-and-gloom 2024 polls are stupid and destructive. Joe Biden is president right now, he has 2 years and 6 months left to his first term. Let’s concentrate on GOTV for the midterms and reminding people that the leader of the Republican Party is an insurrectionist who should be in prison. I got my 2022 primary ballot and have been reading up on Arizona candidates. I think I am ready to vote and will mark my ballot and send it in later this week. August 2nd is the date for the partisan primary and the “non-partisan” local elections. There are a lot of election ads on my TV – a lot of Republicans beating each other over the head to prove who is the trumpiest. The good news is that polls show Senator Mark Kelly beating them all. My Congressional District has no incumbent (they gerrymandered it “Lean Republican” so the Democrat decided not to run again). We have two very good Democratic candidates so it is win-win (I will vote for the woman but Gabby Giffords’ former staffer winning will be fine also). The Republicans have a trumpian Marco Rubio type in the lead (self-loathing Latino man happy to be called a rapist and a drug runner, I guess). It will all boil down to turnout. There is a better than even chance that deflated QOP cult voters will stay home if their candidates don’t win. I really really want to be represented by a Democratic Congressperson.

    Busy day – it’s Monday – so I best get back to my project list.

    See all y’all later!

  12. Morning, Meese. I was just getting ready to check in when my power went out. It just came back on. Fortunately it was cool (66) this morning and I had the house open airing out/cooling down so I was/am comfortable still. I’m closed up now, of course. But the house temp is low enough the A/C shouldn’t kick on until around 1 pm or so. I hope. It’s going up to 100 today. Anyway, we generated 20.7 KWHs yesterday, highest for the month thus far, and the m-t-d at 182.5 is still on track to get over 500.

    To ready a democratic republic to become a theocratic despotism requires convincing “the people” that the only election and the only elected position that counts is the presidency. The media started working on that in 2001 and are pretty much “Mission Accomplished” – much more so than when W pulled that little photo op.

    Anyway, Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. Off to twitter. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  13. Good morning, 65 and sunny outside my window today. I’m not used to seeing a blue sky in the morning but it’s a very welcome sight. I was outdoors most of yesterday, just watering and generally puttering around so it was a restful day. Best wishes to all.

  14. Good morning. It got up to 110 yesterday, some people lost power in town, but it wasn’t widespread. I saw the new Thor movie yesterday, it’s not that great. It was nice to take the afternoon off, and the theater is great, so I’m still glad I did. So glad I’m wfh today, between Le Tour and the Webb pictures, I have plenty of distraction for between calls.

  15. Tuesday Meese. 67 going up to 89 here in Kingston – expecting major thunderstorms with hail this afternoon. Have to get out early to plant the gifts of perennials folks brought me Sunday and yesterday.

    Puerto Rico

  16. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 86 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 103. Sunny skies with scattered clouds developing later, possible showers. Last night a storm developed over the mountains and we had some high winds and a little rain. We did see the fullish moon above the clouds before she disappeared from view. Tomorrow there will be another Super Moon and we might see her but likely not at moonrise because it is too light.

    From what I understand, the White House lawyer essentially corroborated Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony. That is NOT good news for TFG and his coupmates. My “best case scenario” is that a half dozen Republican Congressmen get indicted for their role and can’t be seated in the 118th Congress (they will win re-election – Republican voters don’t mind voting for felons and murderers) and the House stays in Democratic hands by a vote of those present. Or we could win the House outright but there are some pretty tight gerrymanders out there and strong headwinds with an unpopular president; no one right now is saying we can win. The Roe reversal is a wildcard but women’s reproductive rights has never been a single issue that drives people to the polls – the bernie bros stayed home in droves in 2016 when it was clearly on the ballot. This year marriage equality is also on the ballot but it was in the 2006 midterm and Republicans won seats in a midterm that they should have lost seats in. We won a lot of seats in 2018 with tRump threatening to destroy all that we hold dear – will the specter of another tRump presidency and Congressional trifecta scare Democrats to the polls? I hope so.

    I was not very productive yesterday morning. I did some early morning research on a product that I wanted to buy and spent way too much time on it. So I need to get myself in gear and carpe diem.

    See all y’all later!

  17. It’s 74 heading for a “cooler” 96 and I need to close up the house. The widget says it’s supposed to be sunny but it’s not sunny yet. Yesterday we generated just over 19 KWHs and the m-t-d at 201.5 is nicely on track for over 500 for July.

    Nothing new that I know of. Nobody’s situation has changed, whatever the details might be on a given day. Well, nobody’s situation has changed for the better. Not that this impacts my small circle, but in the larger circle. . . COVID’s officially over so folks who only got Medicaid and SNAP because of it are now being dumped. And those who got added SNAP better have used them all because the states are taking back anything left. In NM they’re making everybody reapply which is mucking the hell out of everybody’s ability to plan – and eat. Fortunately Jill expected the draw back, if not the reapply, and spent hers stocking up on non-perishables as soon as the NM R-controlled legislature announced the state was “back on track”. (A total perversion of what the phrase means but that’s Deplorables all over.) Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody.

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

  18. Good Tuesday morning, Meese! The lawnmowers are making a terrible racket in advance of the imaginary rain that will inflame our imaginations this afternoon. Right now in Ashburn it’s 75 F., on its way up to 92 F. It’s sunny and blue-skied right now, so pleasant enough.

    We shall be transfixed, bemused, and stunned by the 10:30 showing of the James Webb Telescope photographs. The idea that we’re seeing light that began its journey to our eyes 13.6 billion years ago staggers the mind. It’s hard to imagine that we, who inhabit the third planet of a second-rate star in a commonplace galaxy, could be of any interest to a Supreme Being who oversees the entire universe, but finds time to worry about whether women cover their hair or men have grown beards of sufficient length.

    And we’ll be equally transfixed by the hearings, which begin at 1 p.m. today—right at our nap time, blast it! Still, we may be able to stay awake long enough to drink it all in.

    I can’t think of a single thing I accomplished yesterday so I’d better get with it. Wishing everyone at the Pond a good day with NO bad news.

    • I saw the first photo unveiling from the telescope and it appeared like a colorful holiday light display albeit one that was put up by someone with no sense of symmetry or design. Poor Biden – he wanted to show off his administration’s pro-science creds and everyone is in his grill about his Roe response (can’t do much) his bipartisan gun bill (he did as much as he can) and gas prices (he is being ratfked by the fossil fuel industry).

  19. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 84 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 100. Sunny skies until mid-day then clouds roll in and with them a chance of rain this afternoon. We had a bit of unexpected rain yesterday (about 4 minutes worth) – it just sort of “happens” when the weather in the mountains comes into the valley briefly. It is very interesting living in the foothills microclimate.

    I watched the January 6th Committee hearing and these comments from Liz Cheney was dripping with sarcasm – it made me laugh out loud (from a WaPo story):

    At the start of Tuesday’s hearing, Cheney roundly and somewhat preemptively dismissed the idea that Trump was merely being guided in his actions by those around them.

    “Now, the argument seems to be that President Trump was manipulated by others outside the administration, that he was persuaded to ignore his closest advisers and that he was incapable of telling right from wrong,” Cheney said.

    She added: “The strategy is to blame people his advisers called, quote, ‘the crazies’ for what Donald Trump did. This, of course, is nonsense. President Trump is a 76-year-old man. He is not an impressionable child.”

    Of course, her intent was to put into people’s brains the notion of tRump as “an impressionable child” instead of an adult while at the same time calling out those who claim that he had no agency. One of the talking heads I was listening to later on MSNBC pointed out that lots of people in tRump’s administration suggested that they only stayed to keep tRump within the guardrails when it is obvious that they did nothing of the sort – they wanted to be in the seat of power and it didn’t matter to them that they were allowing our country to be destroyed. We came way too close to losing it all. Watching these hearings, I wonder what I would have done if the coup had worked, if the Republicans had installed tRump using the time bomb that the Founding Slaveholders had put into the Constitution that gave each state a single vote (regardless of population) to decide a contested presidential election. It would have been 10,000 times worse than the Republican SCOTUS giving the presidency to George W. Bush.

    I was up early, waking up and then unable to fall back to sleep knowing that I had a few early morning projects to do. So I got up to do them! Now I can read a little news then ease into my day.

    See all y’all later!

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