Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: March 19th

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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! Wednesday …

    It is 51 degrees in Tucson with the expected daytime high of 55. The forecast calls for rain but I think most of the front moved through last night and today will be dry. I am not sure that we will see any sun, however.

    The headlines are filled with “news” of tRump’s pending arrest. I am sorry but I really don’t care. It won’t change the cult of personality around him, it will only make it stronger. I just hope no one targets the prosecutors in New York and Georgia. The indictment I am waiting for is the federal indictment that holds him liable for January 6th – everything else is noise. If he gets off scot-free for planning an insurrection in order to stay in power, we may as well declare our 247 year “experiment in democracy” a failure. With no enforceable rules to govern the orderly transfer of power, we will devolve into chaos, ripe for autocracy and ruled by whoever has the firepower.

    I got sidetracked to a client issue yesterday that required more time on my computer than I wanted to spend and I need to figure out where I am in my project work.

    See all y’all later!

  2. Good Wednesday morning, Moosekind! It’s 54 F. and sunny here in Ashboring. Have been unable to pay much attention to the alleged indictment, perp walk, arrest, and bla, bla bla because we have been waiting since Bobby Three Sticks (Robert Mueller III) for Thing to get his comeuppance. That has never come.

    This morning had to get ready to walk to the Medical Center by 9:15. I wrote a one-page precis (I DO wish I had my French accent marks) of what has been happening, and communicated the rest of the time by printing in blue ink on a little yellow pad. I still can’t talk, even though I actually feel better today than I have felt since a week ago. Slept 6 and 1/2 hours without coughing!

    Anyway, the doctor and nurse-practitioner read my little summary and told me that it was the oxygen intubation that had probably caused my sore throat, etc., etc. The doctor was very nice. He prescribed something to soothe my poor old esophagus, another something for the GERD that troubles me every day, and then asked if he could keep the summary, which he found very amusing. He said, “Are you a writer?” For answer, I pointed to the legend on my t-shirt, which reads, “You are dangerously close to being killed off in my novel.” This caused him to laugh even more.

    As I texted Darling Niece last night, I feel as if a lot of the stress that began a week ago today has been lifted. My poor sister’s remains were cremated some time yesterday afternoon, I haven’t been told exactly when. I posted the news of her death on the family Facebook page. My own personal page is closed to all but 200 of my closest friends. I’d like to write a blog about my sister, about how funny, original, and gregarious she was, how artistically gifted, how we could make each other laugh, and how outrageous and obdurate she could be.

    Haven’t the strength to do that now, but will in the future. For now I must regain my strength and focus on regaining my speaking voice. I’ve had to turn down a dinner and a lunch so far.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  3. It’s 67 heading for 75 and mostly but not totally cloudy. Yesterday we generated 1.6 KWHs. The m-t-d at 207.7 is not on track even for 300, but it’s only 13 to catch up. We shall see if we get enough sun today for that.

    I just got back from getting my hair cut and grocery shopping. Frozen OJ is 175% what it was 2 years ago. Up 25% from what it was 2 months ago. I can still get milk at $3.10 per gallon – IF I buy 2 gallons at a time. So I did and will give one to my son when he comes over Sunday. I haven’t checked in anywhere with anybody yet.

    I don’t need all the OMGHOF – tell me if we get a conviction on tfg. Anything else is one more rich white man getting away with literal murder and treason. He won’t be the first, he won’t be the last. He’s just the worst we’ve reached at this point. RR got them talking about repealing the 2-term limits. W got them talking about not giving up the office when the term was up. The Deplorables are getting worse, step by step.

    Off to twitter & spoutible. Holding the Good Thoughts. {{{Meeses}}}

  4. Good morning, 40 and mostly cloudy outside my window today. The grey fog I woke up to has lifted, so now the grey skies are the predominant color. Today should be an ivy clipping day but I’m procrastinating. I’ve talked with the city official responsible for street trees so now I know what I should and should not do with the tree in question so I’ll see how much I can do.

    Best wishes to all.

  5. Thursday Meese. 35 and raining here in Kingston going up to 45.

    Puerto Rico

    (nasty trolls have infested the reply thread to this tweet)

    • “Enslaved people were required to continue working for three more years”?!? What kind of bs is that? If slavery was deemed wrong, how could they require it to continue for any period of time? The “owners” got compensated, pay the workers. Sheesh!

  6. Good morning. Back to our normal warm temps. Got my walk done. There’s a fancy party here this evening, they invited the legislators over to show our lobby exhibit — historical pictures & documents of the governors. They haven’t said anything about shooing us workers bees out the door early, but maybe they will.

  7. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 50 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 59. Mainly sunny skies are in the forecast. We had bursts of rain yesterday (some heavy) and a few glimpses of sun but mainly cloudy and overcast. It looks like we will be sunny again for the short term but we won’t see the 70s until next week. The historical average high for March is 78 degrees and we are going to be well below that this March.

    I am trying to understand the Federal Reserve’s “keep doing the same thing over and over again even when it doesn’t work” approach to inflation mitigation. First of all, I understand that inflation is not good but “beating it” by attempting to tamp down employment seems like something from the Gilded Age. And they seem to have only one tool, interest rates. I am enjoying higher interest rates on my cash savings but how long can they keep raising them? In my mind, inflation is being caused by shortages – manufacturing that has not caught back up after the pandemic shuttered businesses and disrupted the supply chain as well as higher energy prices, including green energy, that are still being factored in. A country with this many smart people should be able to figure out where the bottlenecks are and put together some plans to ramp up manufacturing to alleviate them. But the Fed keeps hammering away “If the only tool you have is a hammer, it is tempting to treat everything as if it were a nail.”

    This feels like the laziest week ever! I think the lack of sunshine and the intermittent rains makes me want to just sit on my couch under a blanket. I do have to get an accounting task done today and I have some errands that have been put off for too long so I will do them later this morning.

    See all y’all later!

  8. Good Thursday morning, Meese. It’s 52 F. here in Ashboring, cloudy, and when I step outside onto the porch I can smell rain in the air. We’re supposed to receive some today, please Goddess! It might help our 4-inch deficit for rainfall to date. The drought is so bad that even the Chief Weather Wench felt obliged to mention it, fancy that!

    Yesterday I received the first intimation of why my throat was so sore and burning and yada yada yada. While I was knocked out from Propriol, the anesthetic, I was intubated! No WONDER my throat hurts! At any rate, he prescribed some lidocaine in liquid gel form, which I have to swish around, gargle with, and then spit out. Just the first application last night already helped. Slept 6 hours, which means I’ll need more.

    Yesterday we did our running around so today we could stay home and enjoy the rain. I am going to focus on taxes, but ideas keep popping up in my brain, I just want to write, write, write! I’m rereading a series on my Kindle about three beer-drinking old ladies and laughing now almost as much as when I first read them at age 20 in Tulsa. This time I’m reading with raised eyebrows: talk about racist, colonizer culture! Still, it’s an interesting look at everyday life in wartime California,

    Better get to work. Did I tell you I consulted a Tarot reader a few months ago because I kept experiencing a feeling of impending doom? She read my cards at long distance (she lives in NM), and told me I’d be in High Priestess mode until April. Now I know what the cards meant. I’ve been advising Beloved Nephew and Darling Niece about the steps they’ll need to take and so on. She’s probably going to email the death notice to the WaPo today and it will appear tomorrow.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond. I knew he wouldn’t be arrested yesterday. We had only his word for it and when has he ever told the truth about anything?

    • {{{Diana}}} I’m glad you’re feeling better. I know those 3 – Mrs. Feeley, Mrs. Rassmussen, and Miss Tinkham – and yes, they’re still funny. Equally yes, as I’m rereading them right now, they are seriously racist/colonizer culture. The kind of racism that isn’t KKK, that thinks reasonably kindly of other folks, but totally with the stereotypes colonizers created to create/enforce white superiority. (There were 6 books in the series but I like the 1st and last best. The main reason for reading books 2-5 is so you’ll know who they’re talking about in book 6.)

      More Healing Energy. moar {{{HUGS}}}. & for your work in High Priestess mode, Blessed Be.

      • Great Mother, great minds think alike! I just have to have some humorous mind candy to relax with, as sex & drugs & rock’n’roll are no longer permitted. So you’re rereading them too? I grew up with an entitled white girl point of view—less so than my peers, as I had lived overseas in two different cultures and learned that People Are People, Whatever the Color of Their Epidermis. But still, things that got by me at the time are making me gasp for breath now!

        • Truly – both on the something humorous to read & the gasping for breath now. Some of it I think is the language of the time – the way we said things not realizing that they were racist and not having racist intent. But some of it, the stereotypes, really are. The last of the series deals in stereotypes of Gays, too. (And yet she was probably thinking she was doing good having gay characters in the book at all.)

        • Truly – both on the something humorous to read & the gasping for breath now. Some of it I think is the language of the time – the way we said things not realizing that they were racist and not having racist intent. But some of it, the stereotypes, really are. The last of the series deals in stereotypes of Gays, too. (And yet she was probably thinking she was doing good having gay characters in the book at all.)

  9. It’s 69 heading for 72 and overcast. An hour ago there were still some patches of blue but it’s solid gray now and the house lights are on. Yesterday we generated 11.55 KWHs bringing the m-t-d to 219. Not quite on track for 300 and going to lose more ground today. We’ve got 9 production days left in March, most of them forecast for cloudy, none of them forecast for full sun. sigh.

    I see tfg succeeded in his 2-fold objective by declaring he was going to be arrested Tuesday – raised a lot of money off his cult followers and upset/depressed the ones on our team who believed him. Folks, Al Capone didn’t know when he was going to be arrested until it happened. Neither will tfg. Meanwhile, our team is doing the Rs’ voter suppression by apathy for them. There are issues on which our team really is hard to tell from the Rs as far as actions are concerned. This isn’t one of them.

    I don’t know why I’m zoning out this morning. I actually got over 6 hours of sleep last night. Oh well. Off to twitter & spoutible & DK for Dee’s diary. Holding the Good Thoughts. {{{Meeses}}}

  10. Good morning, 44 and cloudy outside my window today. RonK bought some early veggie starts yesterday and planted them so I hope they grow. If not the squirrels and birds will appreciate the buffet! I’ve been waiting for slightly warmer temps to start flower seeds so if energy allows I may plant a few today. It’s too early sow outdoors but I think I can start them in milk jugs…..sort of a mini greenhouse. Best wishes to all.

  11. Friday Meese. 36 here in Kingston going up to 53.

    Puerto Rico

    A U.S. Senate bill introduced on Wednesday seeks to help residents of Puerto Rico access the same food aid benefits that other U.S. citizens receive.
    Why it matters: Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, but their access to several federal programs is restricted. For example, they haven’t been eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) since the U.S. government cut the territory off from the program in the early 1980s in an effort to reduce federal spending.

  12. Good morning. Didn’t want to do my walk/run this morning, but I did anyway. Stomach woke me up at 4. I’m here, hope I can stay upright the whole day. Drinking my tea as fast as I dare.

  13. Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 43 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 59. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Today’s news headlines are all over the place. NHL Players refuse to participate in Pride Nights (as they have for the past decade) because of “religious beliefs” – leading to cancellations of Pride Nights by cowardly owners. Ron DeSantis is trashed by tRump because he tried to back away from his “Ukraine war is a territorial dispute” statement – trashed not because it is terrible foreign policy but because “only losers correct their mistakes.” :::insert eyeroll::: Peggy Noonan says that tRump should not be charged in the hush money case because apparently it is okay to do some criming but not other criming. She said specifically “Stormy Daniels wasn’t an offense against America. Focus on Georgia and the Jan. 6 riots instead.” Of course any crime committed by someone rich and powerful that is not prosecuted is an offense against America but someone as white and privileged (and complicit in destroying America) as Peggy Noonan would never see that. Utah is banning minors use of social media without parental consent, likely making another generation of young people despise Republicans – please proceed, Governor Cox, help us turn Utah purple. I have a couple of other stories up in tabs that I hope to get to before I need to shut down news reading for the day including an article that would help game planning a move to Finland should the United States devolve into authoritarianism.

    I was very productive yesterday and just have one small project to finish before I can do things that I want to do rather than things I have to do.

    See all y’all later!

  14. Good Friday morning, Moosekind! We woke up to the delightful sound of rain falling steadily. Our temperature in Ash-no-longer-burned is 50 F. I heard a little bird chirping, “Thank Goddess for the rain, now we can have a proper bath.” Yesterday, the first of our alleged rainy days, it was 79 F., sunny, and bone-dry.

    However, even the Chief Weather Liar was forced to admit, on air, that we are 4 inches under normal rainfall for the year to date. The annual Cherry Bosom Parade—oh, excuse me, the Cherry Blossom Parade—has been moved to Sunday because we wouldn’t want the princesses’ bosoms to become moist.

    So, okay, the weather has been dealt with. Sorry you asked? Yeah, I know. Because it’s so cold and gloomy outside I cooked a nice hot breakfast for Dearly, who appreciated it very much. He deserved it for bringing me Early Morning Tea in bed.

    He’s asleep in the bedroom now, which means I can’t go in there and take a shower in the master bathroom until he wakes up. He had a rotten night, as always.

    Well, there are other things I can be doing so I’ll say au revoir for now. I’m too weak to go to my Balance Class this afternoon. Still can’t speak but hoping to develop a stronger voice soon. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  15. It’s 53, might get to 59, and raining. Apparently most of the day. The lights are on and the PV system is off. Yesterday we generated 4.1 KWHs and the m-t-d at 223.5 is not on track. We’ve got 8 generating days left in the month.

    Funny thing. I got 5 emails from DK saying photos I’d used in 5 different diaries in 2017 had been removed by their owners and I should go edit my diaries. LOL. As if I could. I may go look and see if I can remember what photo I used. Just for (bitter) laughs.

    Groggy. It’s dark enough it doesn’t really feel like daytime. It’s not really that dark. But it feels that dark. I got up when my back started aching. Going to be a slow moving, slow thinking day today. Oh well. I’ll have a fire tonight and bake a pork loin roast this afternoon/evening. That’ll warm things – and me – up. For now, I’d best get going with my online chores. Holding the Good Thoughts. {{{Meeses}}}

    • That’s funny with DK wanting a banned person to go back and edit their diaries. Did you use the DK photo library? That is the only way I can think that they would know that you had diaries whose photos had been withdrawn from public usage. I never used it because I did not want to donate my photos to them – I always used Photobucket. My old diaries are probably a mishmash of notices about missing photos; I downloaded all my photos and let my Photobucket accounts expire when I stopped posting on other people’s web sites.

      • It’s an autogenerated message but amusing sort of. And yes, I used the DK photo library – and always the ones that said were OK to use in DK libraries. That way I (mostly) didn’t have to worry about stealing anybody’s work as was happening a lot with photos just “found on the internet” at the time. And probably still. I had a few of my own photos (of my cats) but at the time I didn’t know how to put a photo in a diary without putting them into the DK photo library first. So Charlie & Cloud are still over at DK for anybody’s use. LOL.

  16. Good morning, 39, rain and sleet outside my window today. I’m just waking up so time for coffee and then to decide what to avoid and what to do. I suspect my “to avoid” list will be the longer list :)

    I did have a creative moment in my sewing room yesterday so if I still like the mix of fabrics and trim I found I may actually make something. Best wishes to all.

  17. Saturday Meese. 40 degrees here in Kingston, go down to 33 -we have rain,snow,sleet mix. Ugh. Will have to spend the day mopping up after the dogs when they come in from their backyard trips to do their doo.

    Puerto Rico

    • This is the hardest time of spring – when you feel that you are over the hump and get walloped again.

  18. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 45 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 63. Sunny skies are in the forecast. There will be an air show at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base today and they will have nice weather although a little cool. The “Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona Air Show” has been on hiatus due to COVID restrictions and it sounds like a lot of excitement has been generated. The air force base is south of us and we do not have very good south views so I am not sure if we will see any of the sky displays. When we lived in Madison, you could see air shows from any high hill – maybe we will try to find one. I am not a fan of big blustery shows of military might but the jets are always fun to watch.

    It sounds like tRump is angry because he has not been indicted and can’t play the martyr card at his rally in Waco. Waco is a perfect setting, the site of a cult of ignoramuses breaking laws, being challenged and then self-immolating. I hope the MAGAts choose to self-immolate – but safely away from decent people.

    It looks like DeSantis’ star is already fading – he had not had enough time to build a cult to protect him from the tRump attacks, probably because he has no personality to build a cult around. People are used to crazy Florida men and his antics will soon end up on page 10 with the stories about western Washington counties wanting to secede and join Idaho.

    I woke up determined to use the quiet time of a Saturday morning to get projects finished so I best get to it.

    See all y’all later!

  19. Good morning. Eating breakfast, watching the news. Will cook later today, and get my walk in when it is sunny & warm this afternoon.

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