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 “morning”, Motley Meese! The week begins …

    Morning low of 84 degrees in the Desert Southwest with an expected daytime high of 104. Sunny skies are in the forecast – slight chance of rain in the evening.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Sunday Meese. Temps have dropped a bit here – 66 going up to 78, but today will be another day of thunderstorms.

    Puerto Rico

  3. Good morning. Tea is steeping, watching the news — big local story is tomorrow might be our last 100+ degree day, and they’re even predicting rain later in the week! Not enough to break the drought, but better than nothing. Today: church and making next week’s breakfast. I’ll dance while I make breakfast for exercise.

  4. It’s 66 heading for 86 and sunny at the moment. Yesterday we generated right at 12 KWHs so the m-t-d at 108 is still right at on track for 360. I’m not seeing a sunny day again in the 10-day although next weekend shows partly sunny. I’m also not seeing a temp reach 80 until next weekend. So we’re going to lose ground as far as the PV generation goal is concerned & I don’t know when the heck I’ll be able to do my laundry. Unless one of those days decides to drop into the 60s. If so I’ll have the 1st fire of the season – while other folks are still suffering from heatwave – and dry laundry inside.

    Fineena is OK. Not good but OK. She paid the vet with what otherwise would have been her utilities money but they haven’t even come in yet so there’s time. And she thinks maybe – maybe – her SNAP is going to come in.

    More wildfires in NM that of course weren’t started by the Forest Service’s “controlled burns” they have no business lighting under current tinderbox conditions. Of course not. The Forest Service “is investigating” how those wildfires happened and keeps suggesting lightning (that they haven’t had). As far as Aji can find out, and it’s not easy to find out, none of the Pueblos are in danger. Yet.

    I’ve done my Sunday housework chores and just finished breakfast. I won’t need to close up for another hour. Off to do my boosting chores. To the music of Dee’s diary, of course. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  5. Good Sunday moaning, Moosekind, what are we moaning about today? We’ll get to that in a minute. Yesterday afternoon was our third consecutive afternoon of thunder, lightning, heavy downpours, and wind. Although it looks like a lot out here, annoyingly the rainfall is measured at the stupid airport down the road, so it always appears to be less than it is. We’re still 10 inches under, according to that. Right now in Ashburn it’s 71 F., going up to 80 F. with rain by 11 a.m.

    A late breakfast has been cooked and consumed. We’re now recovering and drinking coffee. Last night Dearly discovered, to his bone-dissolving horror, that we had no more dishwasher pods! Aiee! So guess who had to gulp down her Early Morning Tea, jump into some clothes, then into the car, and go buy some. I bought a huge package, and then an emergency package, which I have hidden.

    Yesterday I finished the blog about my poor sister. We’re having her Memorial Dinner today at 5 p.m. The blog is very long, so long that I may have to post it in two parts. Also, I’m having trouble finding a picture of her in later life in which she’s not holding a drink or a cigarette. There’s a good photo of her, taken 10 years ago in her Elks uniform, but as I didn’t take it, I can’t use it. I just pulled it off the Internet when I Googled her.

    Bad problem: I accidentally (WHAT was I THINKING?) created a Facebook account using my full name rather than the abbreviation of “Di.” Now that account has taken over on both my laptops! I have followed the so-called instructions as to how to delete or at least deactivate the account, but the instructions do not work. Oddly, on my iPhone and my Kindle, the regular accounts are fine and Daughter says she can see both of them. She can’t see the bad account.

    I’m heartbroken, because one of the things I do is look for funny pictures or cartoons on FB, save them to my hard drive, and email them to my friend at Greenspring. She is very old, shut in, and has COPD so badly she can hardly leave her apartment to go outside. She has aides to help her dress, bathe, and tidy up the flat. She says my news and cartoons help her to feel that she’s almost still in the world.

    Enough from me, Moosekind. I need to do laundry (so soothing, don’tcha know), and start reading my writers’ group essays. Wishing a good Sunday to all at the Pond!

  6. Good morning! Practically cool outside — mid-70s. Nice for my walk, just over a mile, and I ran 3 segments on all 3 laps. I’m in the office, brought Throat Coat tea and their couch drops, too. I could talk at church yesterday, so we’ll see if the voice lasts today.

  7. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 77 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 99. Mainly sunny skies are in the forecast with a chance of rain this afternoon. According to my weather widget, I can probably wait until 8am to take my walk. This morning I was greeted by the waning moon, supine in the eastern sky over the mountains with Venus to her left (my right). I am looking forward to the cool mornings when I can linger on the porch.

    I was pleased to see that the Spanish soccer president resigned. Even someone as wrapped in male privilege and narcissism as he is realizes that he has lost any opportunity to do his job effectively. He will loudly proclaim that he was treated unfairly and then, we hope, leave the public stage. That the Spanish women’s victory was trashed by men should shock no one – I hope that with a new woman coach and new leadership at the soccer federation, they can finally have the celebration they deserve.

    I read an article that suggested that Senate Republicans are not planning to “sit out” the budget battle this time but will force Marj’s Kevin to cut a deal that will pass a Continuing Resolution that includes aid for Ukraine and disaster relief. I guess we will find out if the MAGAt hardliners go with the nuclear option and call a vote for a new Speaker or if they fold again. It is going to get ugly. Goddess help those who will be harmed by the government shutdown.

    My hoped for “quiet morning” got busy so I need to go back and tend a few computers.

    See all y’all later!

  8. It’s 68 heading for 82 and overcast. I’m looking at an overcast week with today and tomorrow being the most overcast. Yesterday we managed to generated right at 12 KWHs again so the m-t-d at 120 is right on track for 360. Today I’ll be lucky to generate the 6 I need to run the house when the A/C isn’t on. We won’t be on track tomorrow. At least not for 360. Heavens knows when I’ll manage my laundry but it’s got to be done by Sunday.

    Karen didn’t tap her utility money for the vet bill after all. She’s known that Henry only had a few years left for some time. She’s been putting leftover cash, a few dollars at a time, in a baggy in the freezer. What she had saved covered the vet/cremation with $5 to spare. She said the house is too quiet. Just so very, very quiet. Yeah. But she’s hanging in there.

    Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of Miskwaki’s joining the Star Herd so a hard day for Aji and Wings. On top of everything else. Including wildfires in just about every direction from them. Nothing close enough to endanger the place although the smoke certainly isn’t good for them to breathe. Especially Aji who has breathing issues anyway. But nothing “contained” either. And of course with sales as down as they’ve been – for everybody – they’re hurting for money. Putting of medical they need and, what hurts their hearts more, unable to help local folks the fires are endangering.

    I’m groggy this morning. We’ve got a fire of some kind around here and while the smoke isn’t bad, it’s still there. My sinuses don’t like it. Oh well. Off to start my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  9. Good Monday morning, September 11, Moosekind. This is the anniversary of an awful day, as we all know. I just viewed the last six minutes of “Flight 93” on another blog and cried. What a horrible, monstrous day. The rotten bit is, people haven’t become closer in this country. Approximately 40 percent have become crazier.

    Oh, well. Am exhausted this morning from the Memorial Dinner for my late sister yesterday evening. Darling Niece and Beloved Nephew rose magnificently to the occasion, supplying an absolute mountain of delicious Mexican food. After some work, Younger Son got the TV working (thank Goddess for one’s children, who know what an HDMI cable looks like), and plugged the requisite cable into my laptop. The slideshow was arranged by Nora. How do 14-year-old kids know these things?

    Not much remembering went on. I was disappointed in Nora, who paid no attention to her cousin, whom she hadn’t seen in five years. B. is a cute kid, aged 13. New Orleans Niece, my sister’s daughter, flew into town Friday. She does not look well.

    I did so much walking to and from our apartment to the lounge in the Great Oak Clubhouse, fetching things I’d forgotten, that I am exhausted today. Dearly wants to go to Target and get the SIM card installed in my iPhone. I hope they don’t interfere with the programs on it. I can still get my real Facebook account on it and on the Kindle.

    Will skip the Friends of Bill meeting today. I need to read through my writers’ essays and we have rehearsal tonight for the play.

    Although we didn’t get any actual rain (just a drop or two) yesterday, there were menacing clouds and a rainbow yesterday afternoon. It rained during the night, however. The high in Ashburn will be 85 F. (currently it’s 75 F.), but the rest of the week will bring cooler temperatures and rain. Or so they allege.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

    • I will never forget 9/11 as the anniversary of what happens when an election (2000) is ratfked and when the incoming illegitimate administration is so full of themselves that they won’t pay attention to any of the intelligence information provided to it by the previous administration. Millions and millions of people died and millions and millions more had their lives destroyed by endless wars launched from that event. We are still suffering from the 2000 election as Alito was shat out by the Bush Administration. Maybe the millennial bug, which some people say was a hoax (it was not, lots and lots of people worked their asses off to fix the software), was a millennial curse that we need to find a way to counteract.

  10. Good morning, 61 and mostly cloudy in my garden today. I should say “Elsa’s garden” because she has claimed both house and garden as her territory. Our son took her to the dog park to play hard yesterday afternoon so we were early to bed but she’s woke up early this morning, re-charged and ready for more fun. She’s napping now so it’s a nice quiet moment. Best wishes to all.

  11. Tuesday Meese. 62 going up to 82 here. Spent yesterday as always – thinking of those lost in the WTC – where I worked.

    Puerto Rico

    Thousands of customers without electricity due to limitation in generation capacity
    LUMA Energy anticipated that “some customers may experience service interruptions in the coming days.”

  12. So, yesterday sucked. I had all my plants, shelves, stands & stuff in my 2nd parking space because they were supposedly starting work on my building last week, which of course they didn’t. Came home yesterday and someone stole most of that stuff. I’m sad, angry & really hurt. If anyone had asked, I would have happily given them all the cuttings & baby aloe vera plants they could deal with. I e-mailed work that I’m starting late, because I didn’t have the heart to clean up yesterday. For now, I’m watching my astronomy show.

    • My Goddess, what filthy luck, another! I’m so sorry! May karma deal with those @#$%^&* as they deserve.

      Hope you can replace the plant stands and shelves from Freecycle and get cuttings of the other plants. It will be a disheartening task, thinking of the nasty people who stole them.

    • {{{anotherdemocrat}}} well, that’s enough to curdle the milk of human kindness. Healing Energy & moar {{{HUGS}}}

  13. Good Tuesday morning, Meese! It’s 69 F. here, going up to 87 F. (yes, they lied again, saying it would be cooler), with rain expected at 8 p.m. It’s supposed to be heavy rain. The newspooper finally admitted that we received 1.45 inches of rain the other day, so now we’re just 8 inches under. The farmers should be happy.

    We had rehearsal last night. Gods, I stepped on another actor’s line, messed up one of my lines, and missed a cue, but, uh, other than that, it was fine. The backdrops were shown last night and they’re impressive! I was gratified to see the backdrop that read “Shakespeare Was Right” and underneath, by Diana Read. Before we began the rehearsal, in the wings a couple of actors were discussing my second play, “DNA Dilemma,” how important and gut-wrenching it was and how many people would be able to relate to it. The actor who’s going to play the part of Gabe in “DD” revealed that he himself had grown up without a father.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Health section of the WaPo contained a section on voice therapy. I’m going to start doing it, as my voice still isn’t 100 percent. I have a Morning Coffee down the hall at 10, followed by a haircut, so I’d better get going.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  14. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 73 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 96. Rain off and on today. When I got up, hoping to see the green comet Nishimura, we were cloud covered and ready to be pounded by a very noisy storm. The perfect visibility was supposed to be this morning an hour before dawn but I am hoping that a less-than-perfect view will be available if I try again tomorrow.

    I ignored the news yesterday and will do so again today. Apparently Joe Biden was not in attendance at every 9/11 memorial which shows his disrespect for those who lost their lives in the attack. Sigh. I also discovered that 9/11 was named Patriot Day and no one with a brain has bothered to change the name in 22 years. Sorry, but the word “patriot” is used to bash people who don’t believe in endless wars and who were not in the 90% who thought George W. Bush looked swell with a megaphone denouncing the attacks when he knew damn well that his Saudi pals had done it and that he was about to launch a war against a country that he simply didn’t like based on lies promoted by the people he put in charge of foreign policy. Nothing, ever, should be named PATRIOT anything! The firemen who went up into the buildings to save lives did not do it to be patriots, they did it because it was their job – it was heroic, to be sure. It should be renamed First Responders Day and everyone should be reminded on 9/11 that Republicans voted against helping those who survived but had terrible illnesses from working at Ground Zero for 20 years. Bastids.

    I had an already busy early morning and I have to get ready for Microsoft Patch Tuesday and prepare my clients for the updates.

    See all y’all later!

    • There is something strange going on with the Edit Comments plugin. If you get timed out, try again about a minute later. I tried to update it yesterday and it crashed – now it seems to have lost it’s notice telling you how long you had before the edit message went away. I am going to start my hunt for a replacement.

  15. It’s 65 heading for 76 and the drizzle we had from 9:30 last night on has tapered off to sprinkles. Still overcast though. We generated 5.9 KWHs yesterday – not quite as much as I use in a day but close – and the m-t-d at 126 is not on track for 360. It’s barely on track for 300. sigh.

    Fineena saw her pulmonologist yesterday. A very nice as well as good doctor who cried and hugged Fineena when she told her about Henry. There’s still stuff in her lungs showing on the scan but while the doctor wants to keep doing scans every 6 months for a while she’s not worried about the progress Fineena’s making so that’s good. While she was out Fineena stopped at a little Farmers market/store that’s been in the area for decades and found some Purple Cherokee tomatoes which she loves. So the day had good things in it.

    I’m thinking of putting on a 2nd shirt and my hands are most certainly not happy with returning Fall. LOL/sigh. Another sinusitis flare last night so I’m groggy – and running late – today. I’d best get to it. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  16. Wednesday Meese. 62 here in Kingston and raining – going up to 75.

    Puerto Rico

  17. Good morning. Worked on my remaining plants yesterday, took a walk this morning. It’s actually pleasant outside. Could be getting to the part of the year where you can go outside during the day. Anyway, getting ready for wfh.

  18. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 72 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 88. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast. I went out on my patio this morning to see if I could spot the comet and the sky was clear but not at the horizon which is where the comet would be. I also realized I am going to need to spend time sitting outside and so I need a morning when I don’t have client computers that I need to get connected to early. I will try again tomorrow. In any event, it was a beautiful morning – cool breeze but still a little too humid for my taste.

    So the Republicans are going to do it – impeach any sitting Democratic president for made up things any time they are in the majority. Goddess help us and those who rely on federal government programs in order to survive as the upcoming government shutdown is going to be long and painful. Another thing to ignore in the news.

    To the surprise of absolutely no one, “popular” cold remedies don’t help relieve congestion. When I had my nasty chest cold in February, I realized that the stuff I needed was behind the counter in the pharmacy (which I had to request) and the only thing on the shelves was the fake cold medications. What a scam! Yes, some cold medications can be abused but JHC, don’t claim that the replacements have value when they don’t. Who made the terrible decision to allow cold remedy manufacturers to fleece consumers?

    My project list beckons. A long-delayed trip up the mountain will be delayed another couple of days because there is a strong likelihood of rain and that would not be fun. Friday looks better and so that is what we will aim for.

    See all y’all later!

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