Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: September 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 Thursday morning, Meese. It’s 70 F. and partly cloudy here in Ashburn, going up to 82 F. Last night the thunderstorm waited until we were in bed to start making a fuss. I could hear and smell the rain, even through the dark. Once in bed I couldn’t hear the thunder, naturally, but watched quite an impressive lightning show for some time.

    Very tired this morning, but mercifully, I don’t have to go anywhere. I’ll be doing all the laundry I promised I’d do, looking over the writers’ essays again, making tart shells for the apple tartlets for the group tomorrow, and studying my part in the play. That should keep me off the streets and out of the pool halls.

    Tomorrow will be very busy, what with accompanying Dearly on his drive to the doctor at 9 a.m., then making the filling for the tarts and getting ready to go to the writers’ group. Younger Son has promised to drive Dearly back here. It is not a success when I try to drive him.

    Wishing a nice, peaceful Wednesday to all at the Pond.

  2. It’s 60 heading for 79 and sunny at the moment although the widget says clouds all day. We generated 8 KWHs yesterday. The m-t-d at 134.7 is at least still on track for 300 which is what we generated last year.

    Fineena was very tired last night when she checked in and had just had a phone visit with Diana so she didn’t say much. It was a quiet day in too many ways.

    Looks like tomorrow is going to a good day – or at least an OK day – for laundry. I’m waiting on the chimney sweep guys who are also the chimney inspector guys today. Guess I’d best get to my boosting day. Which is going to take some doing anyway as my hands are being uncooperative. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  3. Good morning, 60 and the sky is partly cloudy. A window washing crew was here yesterday so I literally have a new outlook……amazing how much better clean windows look! It was a busy morning though, getting windows closed, screens washed and put away, etc. They also repaired the glazing on a high storm window and will be back tomorrow to paint the outside so that window will be ready for winter. We have more repairs to do but out ladders wouldn’t reach that one.

    Elsa is still with us, and is doing well but it’s very clear we are old for an active dog now. She woke me up about 3:30 this morning but I was to sleepy to take her out so I’ve got an area rug soaking in the bathtub now. No need to scold her because I am to blame for this accident. She is napping now and I wish I were.

    Busy day ahead with an online meeting re Ron’s upcoming hip replacement surgery. The surgery clinic has a “coaching” program, but they are rather zealous about it and for some reason I find it annoying. Of course I’ll help him recover, but he is fully capable of doing all the required post op exercises without me making sure he does. He’s been gatherin the necessary equipment…..a walker, shower chair, toilet riser, etc, and we will rent a hospital bed for the main floor so the stairs will not be an issue for the first week or so. He will start PT right away so I’ll be the driver and we’ll park in fron of the house so we won’t need to use the back steps. Elsa has turned the mainfloor into a dog house, and next it will be a rehab/recovery area.

    Bri is coming to work in the garden later today and I am looking forward to that. She has been bringing me plants no longer needed from her other landscaping job so we’ll prep the soil and plant a swath of hosta’s and primroses today. Better yet the new deer spray seems to be working so they may even survive, yay! Best wishes to all.

    • {{{princesspat}}} Heavens! Thing’s have been/are busy your place right now. Yay! for clean windows, the new flowers & the deer spray working. Healing Energy for everybody. moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • I think the rehab people have to present directions for the lowest common denominator which is probably a person who thinks that hip replacement surgery is all that is needed – recovery will be like magic! It is probably better to hear things you know over and over again than for them to assume you know it.

      Good luck to Ron!!

  4. Thursday Meese. 56 going up to 74 here in Kingston.

    Puerto Rico

  5. Good morning — it’s raining!! I gave up on my walking plan because there was rain and lightning. I don’t have to go in to work until 8:30 today, and I’m working at an outreach day at the School for the Blind, which is in my neighborhood, so no commute and an easy day. I have a KN95 mask to wear, because lots of kids. Watching astronomy, hoping for more rain.

    • Yay, RAIN! Good for you, wearing a mask. I’ve taken to doing that even in our community. There are 60 cases in our community of more than 2,000. Unfortunately, we can’t mask all the time—I mean, we have to eat, and then there’s rehearsal. Some of our actors barely make themselves heard without masks, let alone with them.

      You’re doing the right thing, another, and I hope people will emulate your behavior.

  6. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 72 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 93. Sunny skies are in the forecast. The local weather guys have declared the monsoon over as our latest storms have come from the west instead of the south and east as they do during monsoon season. There will be a few hot days left but it looks like fall weather – the best time of year in the Old Pueblo – is finally here.

    So much power is in our courts which have become a corrupt adjunct of the MAGAt movement. Now they are declaring a constitutional right to immunity from prosecution to a congressman who literally helped foment a rebellion. Scott Perry, who is probably Individual n in a dozen federal indictments, has congressional immunity from Jack Smith’s probe only because he convinced enough people in his blood red congressional district to vote for him. Deplorable.

    I love Pelosi’s description of McCarthy’s speakership as “an ever incredibly shrinking speakership”! I am sure that anything related to Kevin that includes the word “shrinking” is a blow to him manliness, a manliness that Marjorie Taylor Greene shrinks daily when she claims that she forced him into whatever new concession he makes to the hardliners in his party. I was pleased to see that the pundits are punditting that forcing the 18 Biden district Republicans to vote for impeachment will likely guarantee a Democratic House in 2024 – I hope we have some good candidates lined up. Unfortunately for the American people, we will have to suffer through the next 15 months with literally no functioning government. Goddess help those in need.

    I got a few projects closed out yesterday and I am hoping to put together a good list of fall projects that I can ease into and finish at my own pace. My bicycle that had been sitting with a flat tire for a couple of years got rehabbed this spring just in time for when it got too hot to ride. I am looking forward to cool mornings and bike rides on the local bike trails that are adjacent to my home.

    See all y’all later!

  7. Good Thursday morning, Meese! It’s a delightful 66 F. and sunny here in Ashburn, quite autumnal. Too much wind for my liking but I don’t have to be out in it. We’ll have a high of 80 F. today, and with the rain we received the other night, we’re now just 8 inches under par for the year.

    I do have to accompany Dearly to the doctor’s office and then drive home. Younger Son will pick him up when the appointment is over. Dearly won’t be able to see at that point.

    Too much going on—CVS hasn’t notified me about a prescription that I will need to visit the doctor on Tuesday, I need to make the apple filling for the tartlets I’m serving to my writers, and of course, I have to conduct the meeting. One-thirty p.m. is my naptime, but I keep going with strong tea. I hope they agree that October is a month to write ghost stories, because I’ve got one that’s really begging to be written.

    Well, it’s getting near leaving time, so I’d better close. Wishing all at the Pond a good day!

  8. It’s 64 heading for 80 and overcast. Yesterday we generated 8.7 KWHs and the m-t-d at 143.4 is still on track for 300 but losing ground.

    Overcast or not I’ve got the laundry in the washer right now and will hang it outside in a bit. Maybe it’ll clear off. It’s trying to. But either way it’s warm enough to dry them outside and too warm to have a fire for drying them inside. I’ll be going to Walmart this afternoon for HVAC filters and hopefully cat food (so I can push out the Tractor Supply run another month). Maybe a few other things if they have them. The chimney cleaner inspector did come yesterday. A check for a couple of hundred left with him but my chimney and woodstove are safe for use for another year. I live a wonderfully, relatively secure, boring life. For which I’m grateful. (Fineena had a boring day yesterday and was also quite grateful for it.)

    Off to start my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  9. Friday Meese. 50 going up to 71 here in Kingston.

    Puerto Rico

  10. So yesterday was…… I came home from work early and the thief was back. She said someone who lives in my complex told her she could take my stuff. Just, some guy. She agreed to bring back what she took, but she wasn’t even sorry because some guy told her she could take my things. She wasn’t sorry, startled or anything. She kept right on cutting off things from my plants while I was confronting her about stealing my stuff.

    So, I’m slightly stressed out. I came in to work, but I don’t know how long I’ll stay. Needed to bring in all the new applications I’ve completed. But I don’t think I’ll be the best customer service person ever today.

    • Find that guy and castigate him! Or inform condo management, or get a lawyer, or something.

      I’m sorry you have to put up with this. I think Defeated Former Guy has created an environment wherein people feel it’s perfectly all right to do whatever they want. Civility and circumspect speech in public discourse disappeared ages ago.

      All the while that police dog, Yoda, was hunting that criminal in the woods and finally dragging him to justice, I kept thinking, “If that guy had been Black, he’d have been shot on sight.”

    • {{{anotherdemocrat}}} how outrageous – and outraging – and so very “colonize culture” that what “some guy” says overrides the owner’s rights when somebody wants to steal something. Get her name and spread it around the complex as a thief who steals stuff with “some guy’s” permission? The cops certainly aren’t going to take stealing plants seriously but your neighbors might. Healing Energy. moar {{{HUGS}}}

      • Good idea, bfitz!

        You know, the cops up here took it seriously36 years ago when my elder son called them to report the theft of his younger brother’s Halloween candy! They sent around a police officer to interview me about the theft. He was really young and cute.

  11. Good Friday morning, Moosekind! Yesterday I was on the go all day until we came back to our flat after dinner. Drove Dearly to the doctor, came home and made the apple tartlets—ran out of apple filling for the pastry cases so had to fill some of them with warmed apricot jam—then went to my writers’ meeting. It was an excellent meeting. The assignment was to write about an unforgettable character. People wrote about grandmothers, Vietnamese soldiers, college professors, and piano teachers! I wrote about my father.

    Not feeling very well, so am worried about Covid. We already have 60 cases in our community. I’ll get Dearly to give me a test.

    We have a beautiful morning. The low was below 60 F. out here! It’s now 60 F., with an 8 mph wind, which I don’t like. Otherwise it’s lovely and dry, going up to 80 F. I’ll put the porch cushions back when I feel up to it.

    Today I have a 2 p.m. practice for the second play I wrote, “DNA Dilemma.” I’m playing the part of Irene, the somewhat irascible English teacher. (“Don’t say ‘WHERE AT’! The ‘at’ is inside the ‘where’!” She roared at her students before she retired.)

    Dearly brought me a delightful cup of Early Morning Tea. I’m going to ignore the whole Hunter Biden thing. Whatever he’s alleged to have done, Rethugs have done much worse. The WaPo is hopefully wondering whether Hunter Biden and the economy will drive Dems away from Uncle Joe, so they can get a Rethug in the White House. Men continually dismiss how furious women are at the overturn of Roe.

    Wishing everyone at the Pond a nice, worry-free Friday!

  12. It’s 53 heading for 83 and sunny. At least at the moment. We generated 12 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d is 155.5 – not on track for 360 but still on track for over 300 so that’s good.

    Fineena has 2 working TVs and doesn’t have to worry about the remote controls being eaten. She said she’d rather have Harriet and have to hide the remote controls. But she knows Harriet is better off with Joker. Joker can give her the long walks she needs and Fineena simply can’t. She wants/needs a smaller, older dog. But that’s for later.

    I’ve got molasses spice muffin bread in the oven and the house is smelling “most sentimental” at the moment. I’m so glad I put the insulation in the walls 12 years ago after I paid off the house. It’s 53 outside and 68 inside. Actually in the kitchen with the oven on it’s a cozy 74. Anyway, I’d best get started on my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

    • Fineena found the two TVs? Thank Goddess! And they both work? Even better!

      Thank Goddess for small mercies. I also think Harriet is better off living with Joker. I know Mandy, at 6 years old, was too full of energy for us old, tired people. That’s not why we gave her back, though. She simply couldn’t be housebroken.

      • She found one and Suzanne (Aashirs nani) bought one for her that was on sale at Walmart. (Suzanne’s got the delivery plan so she can buy and have things delivered anywhere at no extra cost to her.) Fineena would only allow her to do it after being assured that Suzanne’s propane was paid up for the winter. Yes, Fineena knows Harriet’s better off with Joker. But she was already missing her and now with Henry gone she misses them both.

        Yeah, I remember your attempts with Mandy. An older and house-trained dog might work for you. But right now you’re so busy that not having a dog at all is probably better. Strange and a bit lonelier. But better. {{{Diana}}}

          • That sounds like a good plan. He’s probably hanging around still. Trying to comfort you. They do that, you know. If you feel like he’s there, talk to him. He’ll hear. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  13. Good just barely morning (in MST), Meeses! Friday …

    It is 91 degrees and sunny in Tucson. A wonderful 68 degrees when I got up.

    A busy morning is turning into a busier afternoon so I only have time for a quick check-in.

    See all y’all later!

  14. L’Shanah tovah Meese. 57 here in Kingston, going up to 75 and sunny.
    Puerto Rico

    This year marks the 125th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Puerto Rico. Since 1898, the island has existed in a political limbo: neither a state of the union nor a sovereign nation. To this day, Puerto Ricans remain, essentially, colonial subjects: living under U.S. rule without meaningful rights or representation in the U.S. government.
    This unjust, undemocratic colonial status has endured, in part, because most Americans remain silent on it. Worse yet, many believe that silence is appropriate, and that it’s not up to Americans to take a position on Puerto Rico’s status.
    That is wrong. Americans’ views on this issue should be informed by those of Puerto Ricans, but they need not be wholly dependent on them. Americans should not speak for Puerto Ricans, but they must speak with us on an issue that involves our two nations, both as a matter of moral responsibility and as a prerequisite for effective political action.
    The idea that it’s up to Puerto Ricans to resolve this issue makes for a nice talking point, but it’s unmoored from reality. Congress has plenary power over Puerto Rico, including the power to ignore this issue altogether, which it has exercised for decades and continues to do today.

  15. Good Saturday morning, Meese. It’s a delightful 54 F. or 57 F., depending on which widget you believe, and a lovely clear morning. High of 80 F., no rain until tomorrow, and we’ll have a week of autumnal temperatures. Wish the rest of the world could be so fortunate.

    Today, as Sister Dee has indicated, is Yom Kippur. It’s pathetic that there must be extra security for observant members of the Jewish faith. What white supremacy hath wrought!

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the shred truck is coming this morning, so I must hasten to look for something to feed it. Need to run to the grocery store to get food for the weekend, because I don’t like what they’re serving in the restaurants. Then at noon I have to go look at the banner for the play, in the theater.

    Yesterday I went to a read-through for the play, “DNA Dilemma.” I do wish people would read through their parts properly and not add their own lines. But whatcha gonna do? We’re all pushing a hundred years of age. Anyway, it’s a first-world problem.

    Perhaps this afternoon I can do some work. There’s a play that I’d like to write, and a short story. I also have emails to write. EMAILS! OHMYBENGHAZIGODDESS!

    Wishing a nice, peaceful day to all at the Pond.

  16. Good morning. Watching the news and getting ready to get my groceries. Supposedly window stuff starts Monday. I’m going to have to let the workers tape my windows, I tried to do one and, just no. Anyway, happy Saturday to all.

  17. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 70 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 97. Sunny skies are in the forecast. FINALLY the morning low is accompanied by low enough humidity to be able to open the windows. My morning visit to the patio to look at the stars over the mountains was wonderful – I am going to take some time next week to spend more than 5 minutes there. In theory the middle of the month is when I have soft deadlines – in practice it seems like there is no unbusy time. I need to work on that!

    From CSPAN, the commemoration of the 16th Street Bombing featuring Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

    It’s a darn good thing we are a post-racial society and the targeted murders of Black people by racists is a thing of the past. :::insert eyeroll emoji here:::

    I am going to choose to ignore the rest of the news.

    See all y’all later!

  18. It’s 66 heading for 78, the humidity is up and while it was sunny when I got up the clouds are already moving in. Supposed to rain but the chance is under 50% so I doubt we’ll actually get any. Yesterday we generated a tad over 9 KWHs. The m-t-d at 164.7 is on track for over 300.

    Fineena now has railings on her back porch so that’s a relief. Another couple of bags opened and the contents dealt with. Mostly thrown out. Those scam-artist movers had a genius for packing what she didn’t want and throwing out what she did. Step by step.

    Sinusitis last night. Groggy today. But that’s life. Guess I’ll get started on my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  19. Good morning, 60 and light clouds outside my clean windows today. We met our son at the boat dock yesterday afternoon so he and Elsa are home now and our house seems very quiet. I’ve got a busy day with laundry and housecleaning so we will be ready for next week. Our son has surgery on Monday and Ron on Thursday so I’ll be in care taking mode for the next few weeks. Best wishes to all.

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