Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: January 22nd

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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. Oh, brrrr! In from my walk, it was in the mid-30s. Wore thermals, big fleece pullover, hat, gloves…. and I’m still cold 30 minutes after coming inside. But I got my walk done. Watching astronomy & eating breakfast. So glad I get 2 wfh days.
    Did I not check in yesterday? That’s weird, I have a memory of doing so, but I don’t see one from me.

  2. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 34 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 52. Sunny skies are in the forecast. It looks as though the end of winter is not quite here – we will see swings in and out of freezing through the next week. Historically, we should be seeing temperatures in the upper 60s low 70s and never below freezing. It is still better than winters other places I have lived and the sun helps a lot but I will have to tone down my bragging. :)

    It is difficult to read the news without seeing the insanity that is going on in one branch of our government – the House of Representatives. They do not represent me or anyone I know and it is unlikely that they represent a majority of the American people given the number of electeds who lied to win their elections, the number of congressional districts specifically invented to go marginally Republican and the number of people disenfranchised physically as well as emotionally. :(

    I finished the most urgent accounting project on my to-do list yesterday and now I need to organize my project list so that I can get back on track.

    See all y’all later!

  3. Good Wednesday morning, Moosekind! It’s 38 F. and overcast this forenoon in the middle of nowhere, but of the alleged snow/rain forecast, there is no sign. For this I am glad, as it means my 89-year-old friend won’t have to contend with bad weather when she drives to her regular eye doctor to get her eye checked after the cataract surgery yesterday.

    Yesterday evening, when I was walking back with our carryout dinner (fajitas) from the Grille, I saw a thin silver slice of new moon in the clear, rapidly fading blue sky. For some reason, although they’ve taken down the Christmas trees, the Powers That Be have left the bare trees around the club houses illuminated with fairy lights. It was a beautiful, soothing sight.

    Needed it after a most stressful day, driving to my friend’s house to bring her to the ambulatory surgical center so she could have cataract surgery on her left eye. For some reason it took much, much longer to have this operation than it did on her right eye two months ago. Anyway, I stayed to take her home, saw her settled with tea and toast, and then came back here. Luckily, Dearly found a spaghetti lunch in the freezer, so he ate that. Our Younger Son was due to have a business meeting in this area but it fell through, so he visited Dearly instead. That was nice. I was away from home from 9:30 to 2:30, so I’m glad Dearly wasn’t alone all that time.

    Darling Miss Pink Cheeks sent me a photo of her younger brother, hanging eagerly over the barricade at the airport yesterday, waiting for his mom to emerge into the International Arrivals section. She flew back from London. Haven’t texted her yet to ask how she enjoyed it, will wait until she’s over her jet lag. For the life of me I can’t figure out how to save that adorable photo to the photos on my iPhone.

    This afternoon the carpet cleaners are coming. I just cooked one of Dearly’s favorite breakfasts, so that’ll put him in a good mood for a while. It’s supposed to rain heavily this afternoon. Yawn. So they say.

    I’m so fed up with the news (always bad) that I want to concentrate on my own affairs this week. Goddess knows I’ve plenty to be going on with! Little Ethan is scheduled to come for dinner on Sunday evening and stay the night. I’d like to take him to Barnes & Noble, as I have grandparent shopping to do for two upcoming birthdays.

    That’s all the news I have—oh, except that Beloved Nephew sent in a DNA sample to 23 and Me, and guess what! On his maternal side he’s related to the unjustly maligned Richard III! Wow. I might ask for an ancestry test kit for my own birthday.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  4. Quick update on behalf of bfitz: she’s fine and not to worry, but she’s lost power since around midnight so doesn’t have home phone or internet at her house. The wood stove and gas stove are working so she’s got coffee :)

  5. OK – got power back a few minutes ago, long enough for the router (or whatever it is) to power everything back up so I now have phone and internet. The power’s been down since midnight. I couldn’t sleep so I got up at 5, dressed, and used snowglare to get the perishables out of my fridge and into the small snowbank next to my carport. (They’ll go back in the fridge as soon as it cycles off.) Then built a fire, cooked breakfast (gas stovetop works without electricity – I light it with a match) and played solitaire, with a real deck of cards, by candlelight until there was enough daylight to do something else. LOL. We got 1.3 KWHs yesterday and probably won’t get anything today. There’s about 7″ of slushy snow on the panels. The m-t-d is at 140, not on track, and who knows if it can catch up in the week we have left.

    I haven’t checked on anybody yet or started my twitter chores, of course, so I’d best get to it. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  6. Good day, 45 and cloudy outside my window today. I’ve enjoyed an easy quiet morning so today will continue to be a lazy day. I’m very relieved my friend is home and that her surgery went as planned. There’s always risk, and there was also a cancer scare so it’s a big relief. Glad to have a break from big dog duty too, puppies are busy but easier to manage :)

    Best wishes to all.

  7. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 34 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 50. Sunny skies are in the forecast. We might see 60 again by Saturday.

    So inciting an insurrection against the United States government in an attempt to overturn the election of your successor is simply a “two year suspension” from social media. I hope that any business who uses Facebark for its communications rethinks their business plan – who would want to expose their customers to nazis when they are just looking for phone numbers and hours of operation? Also, hurry up, Jack Smith and Fani Willis!

    I have file folders laid out across my office couch and need to finish sorting for the final push on tax returns. I am going to go to the Wisconsin DOR site and see if I can find the paper forms for partial year resident so that I can at least see what they will look like while I wait for TurboTax to include them in the tax return software. I don’t want any unpleasant surprises.

    See all y’all later!

  8. Thursday Meese. 35 going up to 41 here in Kingston.

  9. Puerto Rico

  10. In from my walk, oh wow it’s cold. 1.34 mile, I looked for the comet…. hard to do while you’re walking. There is one star that maybe had a greenish tint, tomorrow I’ll see if it’s in the same spot. In the office. Sigh.

  11. Good Thursday morning, Meese! It’s 41 F. in Nowheresville, on its way up to 51 F. The sky looks as if Someone were trying to make Scrambled Clouds for breakfast and failed. They’re all over the place. Beneath the mess we can see the blue.

    In a little while I have to get ready to go to the dentist to have my crown reconstructed after the endodontist finished with it nearly two weeks ago. One grows weary of doctor appointments. I still have one coming up on Tuesday with a plumber.

    The big news on the home front is that Dearly appeared in the Pub yesterday (with me), leading his oxygen cylinder on its streamlined cart. There’s a resident on the 5th floor who does the same thing. Buck still drives everywhere, I’m told, both to his own doctor appointments and to the doctor appointments of his lovely wife. We had to go to the Pub for dinner because the carpet cleaners came yesterday. We told them just to clean what they could see, without moving anything. That’s why they finished the whole flat in 45 minutes.

    I’m trying to think of funny things to write to my two bedridden relatives. They can’t write back, being too ill. I’ll think of something. Just found out the name of a new book, The Way We Were, that will thrill the future Steven Spielberg, whose birthday is 3 February. He’ll be 13. We can buy it on Monday, when I plan to take Ethan to Barnes & Noble.

    That’s all from me, Meese—hope everyone at the Pond will have a good day.

  12. Good morning. It’s 26 heading for 41 and sunny. Which at least is good for the spirits. We’re supposed to get clouds again in the afternoon but I hope only after the combination of sun and above freezing temps gets the snow off my solar panels. No production yesterday and the system’s still off at the moment. With only 6 production days left in January, only 2 of them sunny and the system not producing at all on one of those, let’s say the likelihood of meeting the target are slim to none. M-t-d is still at 140.

    Having power certainly beats not having power! Not that I couldn’t – and haven’t – lived without it at times in my life, but modern houses never mind modern lifestyles aren’t set up for it. Sunshine also beats overcast, at least when you’ve had a surfeit of clouds. And sleep – 6-1/2 hours in 2 chunks overnight – beats the 3 hours I got yesterday. Altogether it’s starting out to be a good day. 😁 (At least for me personally. There’s a whole lot of not good in a lot of folks’ lives, in the country, and in the world.)

    Need to get over to twitter & also Dee’s diary. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  13. Good day, 44 and cloudy in our garden today. I was awake in the night so I watched gardening videos and now have a head full of ideas :) RonK is ok with my plan to create a place in the garage to start plants from seeds so that will be the first job. If it works he can grow all the lettuce starts he needs and I can grow more geraniums than I’ll ever need!

    Garden therapy to the rescue once again, and as always my best wishes to all.

  14. Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 34 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 55. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Apparently “Justice” Burp Keggernaugh, interviewed over the weekend, thinks that all the Supreme Court Justices get along great. Maybe everything looks great from inside a beer induced haze? Or maybe he thinks that the court’s 30% approval rating is a good thing since the Republican House of Representatives is now at 27% approval? When I was watching polls during TFG’s reign of error, I noticed that there was a 30% floor to his support – the core of the Republican Party is pretty much happy with any garbage from their party’s electeds and appointeds regardless of whether or not it damages or even kills them. It is interesting that Marj’s Kevin is below that mark although it could be within the margin of error. I wonder how we can get more people to vote so that their 30% approval consistently turns into 55% for us at the ballot box.

    I was watching horrified yesterday as they unveiled murder charges against 5 police officers in Memphis for the brutal beating death of an unarmed black motorist. I wondered what on earth would make 5 black officers do this as a group effort and also if the officers had been 5 white officers if authorities would have been so quick to charge them. I guess we will find out more today.

    Elon Musk met with Kevin McCarthy – probably to plot a way forward to turn Twitter into a white nationalist propaganda tool to promote the agenda of those who want to “take back” America. I have been spending more time on mastodon sites especially after I lost the ability to tweet from my phone except from the Twitter web site which includes ads and “promoted content” which is stuff I don’t want to see. The Twitter experience is not much fun any longer. I need to go back through my follows again and make sure I have the handles of those who migrated to mastodon after my review back in November. There are a lot of new people and it is becoming filled with readable content.

    It is Friday and I have to put together my plans for weekend work and make sure I have everything I need from people who are only available during the work week. I think my notes are up to date but I need to take one more pass through them.

    See all y’all later!

  15. Just did 1 mile this morning, knee feels wonky. Cold enough for thermal, fleece & hat (33 degrees). I tried to watch the news last night but both Chris Hayes and Alex Wagner showed so many clips of tfg and faux noise hosts that I flipped over to HGTV and watched a house flipper paint everything grey and white. It has been such a looooong week. Just have to hang on till 4:45. I have a coupon for $5 off from an Italian place I like, going to have….. I forget what they call it, but it is basically mushroom alfredo.

    • MSNBC has too much of the same stuff and much of it is pretty annoying. I watch Deadline White House – mostly muted because I don’t need to hear about what TFG is doing and certainly not what Marj’s Kevin is doing. Most of the other hosts insist on showing TFG’s ugly orange visage and Fox celebrities. I am still boycotting Chris Hayes for his bernering that helped dampen enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton in the run up to the 2016 election.

  16. Friday Meese. 28 here in Kingston going up to 40 with a few rain showers.

    Puerto Rico

  17. It’s 39 heading for 53 and sunny. And my PV system is borked. The power light on the inverter isn’t on. I’ve called the installer. He’s going to try to get out here this afternoon. The panels are still about 2/3 covered with snow that should melt or slide off sometime today. So if he can get it working we should get something today. But. . . we got 30 whole watts yesterday and the m-t-d is still at 140.

    This will be the last relatively warm and sunny day for the next 10, so I’m doing a grocery store run today. Probably in another hour or two. I’d like it to warm up some first but Friday afternoons are almost as crowded as Saturday mornings. So I’d best get over to twitter and get stuff done. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  18. Good morning, 43 and mostly cloudy. Steve, the arborist, will be here sometime today to help sort out what needs to happen next with the saga of the fir and ivy tree. So I’m going to try to do some garden and garage clean up while I wait for him. Best wishes to all.

  19. Saturday Meese. 30 going up to 46 here in Kingston which is warmer than normal this time of year for us.

    Was glad to see people speaking up about the fact that Black cops lynched Tyre Nicols:

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