Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: July 10th

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 morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 79 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 99. Mostly sunny skies with a chance for afternoon showers. Yesterday we had a couple of monsoonal downpours in the afternoon that were quite fierce. It is interesting how the weather events seem to come out of nowhere with little warning. There is only the “chance” that they will and then BOOM there they are. It is quite different from living in the Midwest where we can see the storms forming and heading our way hours – sometimes days – in advance.

    I was following political news yesterday on Twitter and there must have been a House hearing on reproductive rights. Apparently the way that the National Right to Life people are going to frame 10 year olds getting raped and getting abortions is to call the termination of their pregnancies “not abortion.” Apparently, only women carelessly getting pregnant because of their personal failings is what they think they are ending. The reality is that women – and girls – seek abortions for a lot of different reasons and, as one doctor said yesterday on TV, it should be a private decision between a woman and her physician. Period. Having state legislatures and courts “decide” the science is the very definition of ignorance.

    Busy day here was I wrap up projects that “somehow” did not get done during the work week. I need to set my weekend schedule and see if I need to get information from clients before they leave for the weekend.

    See all y’all later!

    • Very weird! Some sort of odd blocking has occurred on my comments. I am going to try to narrow it down – the message was “Error 406 Not Acceptable.” It can’t be the word “abortion”, it is unlikely to be the word “sex”.

      • It isn’t “1984 Newspeak!” NOPE
        Is it “chastity”? NOPE
        Is it “puritanical”? NOPE
        Found it. Apparently, stringing the words “h a v i n g” “t o o” “m u c h” “s e x” with dashes in between causes the error. Using that phrase in quotes is blocked also so it is the combination of words.

        Now to find out why! I suspect that some blocked word settings I put in when I set up the site originally are getting their instructions from some nanny place!

  2. Good morning, 64 and partly cloudy outside my window today. RonK just left to put this years murder hornet trap in place. He monitors it weekly and turns the results into the county lab. He doesn’t expect to trap an actual hornet but he’s doing his part.
    I’m very boring right now…..another day of ice, elevation, and compression mixed with a bit of laundry and gardening. Oh well, my small life in my small world suits me now so I’m grateful regardless. Best wishes to all.

    • {{{princesspat}}} – boring is good – Healing Energy & moar {{{HUGS}}}

  3. Saturday Meese. 61 going up to a cloudy 86 here in Kingston.

    Puerto Rico

  4. Good morning. I’m watching the Tour de France and they’re talking about the heat — they’re in the Alps. And it’s worrisomely hot. Watching the news, eating breakfast. Today: just laundry & groceries. Stay inside, keep away from the sun.

    • Another, Dearly FINALLY tuned the telly to the Tour so I could watch a bit of it yesterday. Glorious blue sky in France, and I so enjoyed the sight of those muscular, very fit guys showing lots of leg. One emptied a bottle of water over his head as he rode along, so I agree it must be very hot.

      The British Isles and Ireland have been warned against 89 F. temperatures today and tomorrow. I’ve seen Londoners strip off (at least to the waist) when it was 70 F. in Hyde Park, so Goddess only knows what will happen now. The demand for lemonade and ice cream will go through the roof, no doubt.

  5. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 79 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 104. Sunny with clouds and chance of thunderstorm in the late afternoon. Yesterday’s late afternoon thunderstorm went mostly west of the city and it was pretty fierce. I am not sorry to have missed that! I saw the waning gibbous moon this morning in the southwestern sky when I took the doggie out. I miss seeing the moon climb over the mountains in the evening! Soon.

    The Indiana ObGyn who provided a needed medical procedure to the 10-year-old Ohio rape victim is being threatened and her family put in danger. But Brett Keggernaugh wasn’t allowed to finish his dessert at a restaurant because of peaceful protesters outside the restaurant he was in (dining with donors). One of these is NOT like the other. The blood of women and girls and doctors is on Susan Collins and Bernie Sanders hands.

    The House passed the reproductive rights law putting down a marker for the mid-terms. Any House Democrat NOT running ads this fall pointing out that the Republicans voted to force 10 year old rape victims to carry their rapist’s child to term and voted to let women die in the ER room unable to find a doctor willing to remove a fetus growing outside her womb, is guilty of political malpractice. We have an issue. Speaking of issues, this is probably unpopular but I am fine with Biden sucking up to Saudi princes if it brings down gas prices and leaves Republicans who are running on that issue holding their dicks. It is really nothing different than what every American president has done since they found oil in the Middle East. The Saudis have been complicit in murders for decades – the current crown prince was simply less careful about hiding his involvement. The solution is to not need fossil fuel – and that begins with adding some non-Manchin Senators and holding the House. That overrides everything else.

    It is Saturday and I am working to clean up the stack of notes accumulated from a week of being too busy. When I have no time to stay organized, the notes go on a big pile and I just have to hope that nothing important gets buried. Now it is time for the destacking.

    See all y’all later!

  6. Good Saturday morning, Meese. At nearly 10 a.m. we have 80 F. in Ashburn, 4 degrees F. away from our high today. Thunderstorms with gusty winds and hail are predicted for the afternoon. Rilly? Our blue sky is covered by a thick white veil this morning, but I can see the blue trying to break through.

    Yesterday I did absolutely nothing, which was a reaction from all the stuff I did on Thursday. In the evening we went to dinner at our British friend’s charming house. It’s charming because she has no pets, except potted plants here and there. Anyway, she gave us a delightful dinner, followed by French-pressed coffee and After Eight mints. Dinner at her house is so civilized!

    I really need to get nails done today and I should buy something for dinner tonight and tomorrow. Also need to exercise, of course, and DO SOME WORK. Any kind of work, just to prove that I am not a worthless human being.

    So with that thought I will leave you and hope that everyone at the Pond will enjoy a nice, peaceful Saturday.

  7. 3.5 hours of sleep and zoning out. I forgot to check in after I boosted Dee’s tweets. LOL It never cooled off enough to open the house. At about 5:30 I opened a window and inhaled. Humidity that high makes you wonder if you should breathe the air or bathe in it. (Which beats wondering if you should breathe the air or cook with it – a situation that appears to be coming at us in the middle of next week.) Anyway it’s 84 heading for 100 and who knows on the heat index. We generated right at 17.5 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d starting the day was 271.95 – on track and, depending on the sunshine, entirely possible to reach 300 by tomorrow end of day.

    Amelia’s got pain and insomnia. And her situation is really sucky. Prayers for a safe, secure, comfortable space for her and a way to get there would be nice. Jill’s SNAP has been reinstated. Roswell EBT finally talked to Taos EBT and said “oops”. They apologized and even gave her last month’s SNAP that they’d held “pending investigation” as well. So she’ll be able to eat real food and not alternate noodles with crust-and-goop pot pies as her mainstays. Nothing new with anybody else that I know of.

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

  8. Just posted this since it wasn’t covered at orange
    More MVP

    • My daughter did not realize Kamala was part of a Black sorority, having learned from her time in state run colleges that sororities are generally a horror. I explained that it was a service sorority, not a get drunk and be mean to the non-sorority members kind of sorority. She wants to be her Sister now!! :)

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