Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: December 3rd

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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, Moosekind. What day is this? What planet is this? Oh, I remember—this is the planet rapidly being ruined by stupid males. I like to think of the male gender as laboratory rats, except for a precious few. I’m sure all the men who married to Pond women are excellent.

    Here in Ashburn, where we’re promised rain that doesn’t materialize, it’s 38 F., going up to 48 F. I think. Both Dearly and I had horrible nights, so we have to take a nap. Otherwise, I don’t want either of us to drive, it wouldn’t be safe. We’re going to deliver some presents to Younger Son’s house and I’m going to the Post Office to mail some packages.

    Other than that, it should be a quiet day. Tomorrow it’s going to be go-go-go.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond. Oh, BTW, I hear POTUS told a private meeting of donors that if Thing weren’t running, he might not run either. CAN YOU IMAGINE a presidential contest between our own Kamala Devi Harris and Nikki the Tricky? That would be interesting to the max! Also, the Trumpanzees are threatening to leave the country if Thing doesn’t win. Great! If we can send one man to the moon, why can’t we send them all?

    P. S. If I seem bitter against males today, it’s because I just read about a raped 7th-grader in Texas, who was forced to bear the unwanted child of a pervert because abortion isn’t legal in Texas.

    • I despise Forced Birth America and the people who allowed it to come to this including every single person who stayed home in 2016 because their god Bernie Sanders was not on the ballot.

  2. It’s 30 going up to 55 and sunny. At least no wind. At the moment. Yesterday we generated 6.26 KWHs and the m-t-d at 25.6 gained another smidge.

    Fineena called last night. The OT thinks she needs to start wrapping her right leg as well as her left. Sigh. She’s still not been able to connect with all of her doctors. She’s got to go out today to pick up a prescription. One of those kinds they won’t mail, deliver, or let anybody else pick up. Amelia/earicicle is still being frustrated trying to deal w/ paperwork on a years’ old snafu on her Medicare Part D. Doctors send her social workers to help and when the social worker gets there they say “oh, we can’t do that” (which according to a social worker friend is bull pucky – it’s just messy and they don’t want to), spending hours on hold with SSA and still not reaching anybody. . . Nothing like requiring something but making it impossible to get through the hoops to actually do it.

    Just an ordinary day for me. Winter day. Off to start my boosting. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  3. Good afternoon from rainy Bellingham. I went to an ortho walk in clinic yesterday and to my great relief saw a PA who used to work with the vascular surgeon who saved my BCH leg. So she saw the reality of severe arthritis on my knees and the complications from the blood clots and knew what she was seeing, yay! So I said yes to a cortisone injection and woke up (late, after a sleepless night) to much less leg pain. I need to take it easy today and then I should be able to walk again without feeling like my leg is exploding. I also have a referral for PT and to talk about a different knee brace that may allow me be more active. So I’ll see her again in 3 months and by then I’ll have a new physician so if they can work together I may have a chance for a more comfortable old age. Feeling more hopeful today. As always my best wishes to all.

    • {{{princesspat}}} I’m so glad you managed to see the PA who knew your medical history. And that you got the cortisone shot to relieve the pain. Holding the Good Thought about the PT visit & different brace. Healing Energy & moar {{{HUGS}}}

  4. Thursday Meese. brrrr – it’s 23 here in Kingston, going up to 37.
    Am worrying about Guyana – who may be invaded by Venezuela. Is the topic of my Caribbean Matters today.

    Puerto Rico

  5. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 50 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 72. Sunny skies are in the forecast. Yesterday it was 82 but a bit breezy so not easy to sit outside. We will soon drop into the mid-60s to upper-60s for highs; the historical average high for December is 65.

    I am not going near the news today – I have no interest in whatever ugliness occurred in the Republican debate which will have no bearing on the primary. Unless TFG chokes on a cheeseburger and leaves this mortal plane, he will be the nominee. I hope the pro-choice issue has enough power to get us over the finish line next year. People should care about the hundreds of other terrible things that a second tRump administration would bring but they don’t appear to. :(

    I was up too early and couldn’t sleep so I spent some time puttering around with 2024 calendars, different sizes which hang on my bulletin board and are near my whiteboard. I am a bit panicked by the thousands of things that have to be done in December and am trying to figure out a way to organize them so that they are not forgotten. My lists seem a bit out of control so I feel I need Something New. In any event, I am done puttering and need to get back to work.

    See all y’all later!

  6. Good morning. Got my mile done, ran some of each lap. Holiday lunch was nice yesterday, just sitting around talking with people. work fridge is crammed with leftovers, I guess other divisions had their parties, too. We had a spree killer here yesterday, but that was overshadowed by the Las Vegas one. He only killed 3 here, and 2 in San Antonio. Melt. Down. All. The. Damned. Guns. Oh – I wrote Saturday’s music diary, on John Lennon.

  7. It’s 42 heading for 64 and sunny at the moment. There are a fair number of clouds to the north and west. I just hope they stay to the north and west. Yesterday we generated 6.1 KWHs and the m-t-d at 31.7 at least didn’t lose ground.

    Fineena said she had a lovely chat with Diana before she called me. And that she’d managed to get to the Publix pharmacy for her Rx plus do a little – very little – grocery shopping. She’s supposed to have a PT and an OT showing up today. One in the morning and one in the afternoon but she couldn’t remember which was which.

    I got enough hours of sleep but it wasn’t solid sleep so I’m a bit groggy today. Hope it passes off. Meanwhile I need to start my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  8. Friday Meese. 30 degrees here in Kingston, going up to 43 and the little bit of snow we got yesterday is gone.
    I’m still focused on events going on in Guyana/Venezuela. Top news in Latin American press:

    “Danger: Guyana’s president launches serious alert for the entire region at Nicolas Maduro’s invasion plan in the Esquibo, and says they are ready with their allies to respond militarily
    In an interview with SEMANA, Irfaan Ali, president of Guyana, issued an alert for Latin America about the Venezuelan dictator’s plan to invade the Esquibo, a rich oil zone that belongs only to Guyanese.”

    • Puerto Rico

      • Another reason to despise Bobby Knight. When he died and was lionized in the sports press, I was disgusted. He was an abusive ahole who happened to win basketball games.

    • Can’t Maduro think of anything better to do? There MUST be something good on TV they could watch instead of mounting an invasion of someone else’s sovereign territory.

      • He’s attempting to ramp up sagging support for himself by stirring up a war frenzy. I’m sure he hopes he’ll get support from Putin.

  9. Good morning. Did my mile, ran a little bit. Working on my music diary at the orange place for tomorrow, it’s about John Lennon. 6pm central time.

    • I must be sure to stop by your diary! Today, as you know, is the anniversary of the day he was murdered. From what I’ve read, as a human being John was no great shakes, but as a musician he was extremely gifted.

      There hasn’t been much music I’ve liked since the Beatles folded up shop. Just shows you how ancient I am.

  10. It’s 57 going to 63 and overcast. Lights are on and the PV system isn’t. I hope it clears off – or at least lightens up – by noon. I doubt it but I hope for it.

    I hope for many things – Healing for those who need it, however they need it. Or at least a lessening of pain. Decent/safe, secure & sufficient water, food, & housing for everybody. Peace on earth to men of good will – of whom there seems to be appallingly few. I know I’m not going to get any of that. Not even close. But as Aji’s Patreon says this morning, Hope is a stubborn thing. Off to start my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  11. Good leisurely Friday morning, Moosekind! It feels fine to have a morning when I don’t have to rush off somewhere. It’s 38 F. in Ashburn and the woods are still full of the misty morning light I love. Hoping for a day at home, as the laundry has burst out of the hamper and started crawling down the hallway. Haven’t been home much.

    Hot news: Yesterday the head of the Drama Club, Rob, asked me to be the assistant director for the spring presentation of “Oklahoma!” He said I’ve written plays and acted in them, so why not try my hand at directing? Dearly said he doesn’t mind my being gone in the evenings when rehearsals are hot and heavy.

    Yesterday a colleague from Resident Publications Committee and I were tasked with selling books outside one of the Neighborhood 2 restaurants. We both live in Neighborhood 2. The books were an Around the Ponds (the quarterly publication) compendium of pictures and articles from 2008 until the present. Phil and I both put on Santa hats and sat outside the Pub, inviting people to buy books. Every time we sold one, I jangled a strip of bells I happened to own and invited them to select a Ghirardelli peppermint bark chocolate. We sold 9 out of the 10.

    Dearly and I both had terrible nights. Goddess alone knows what kind of shape we’ll be in today. I do know I have to work on my Christmas newsletter as well as the laundry.

    Wishing all at the Pond a good day!

  12. Good morning, 40 and mostly cloudy outside my windows today. Bri will be here soon to finish the fall garden clean up but I’m not going to work with her. I really want to do so but had best be careful re activity for a few more days. I need to tend to my desk this morning, and then focus on sewing this afternoon. Best wishes to all.

  13. Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 61 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 66. Sunny skies are in the forecast. The waning crescent was beautiful in the early morning sky – there was a bright star off to the lower right of her and the morning star below.

    I hope that the Texas woman whose fetus is literally killing her is allowed to abort now that a judge has given her permission. I am sure that emergency appeals to force her to die to please Greg Abbott and his base are happening right now. Likely she will not find a doctor to do the procedure until all the appeals are completed. Bastids.

    I spent the morning on client computers and am done for the day.

    See all y’all later!

    • The Texas situation worsens:

      • I am proud of this woman for taking her case to court because she wants to be treated in Texas. However, in as much that she won the case but will lose the battle with time, she needs to leave the state and get that fetal tissue removed. We do not need new martyrs to prove a point, there have been plenty of women dying at Bloody Sam Alito’s hand aided by the Republican Death Cult in Texas.

      • She can’t just wait while her case winds through the courts. Every second she’s pregnant with this fetus endangers her life and may prevent her having future children. She needs to get into a car and rush off to the first state where they’ll take care of her. She also needs to move from that Goddess-forsaken place.

  14. Saturday Meese. Looks like we may get hit by a major storm Sunday into Monday:

    Puerto Rico

    • I saw those weather systems forming out west – they look fierce! I hope they run out of steam before they get to you.

    • {{{Dee}}} Stock up on firewood, food, & water & “shelter in place” – prayers up that it lessens before it hits you. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  15. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 39 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 59. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    It sounds like one of the guys who helped organize Georgia’s election fraud, and cut a plea deal, is now helping other states make their cases. The people prosecuting the fake electors need to put their cases into high gear. The only hope we have of stopping people from trying the same thing in 2024 is to make examples of them in pardon-proof convictions. There are people willing to go to prison for tRump but probably not the kind who are also in positions where they have the credentials to pull off an electoral college theft at the state level.

    In other news, more polls to ignore, more people thinking that tRump won’t be the nominee with reports of Nikki Haley being the best NotTrump. The problem of course is that Nikki Haley is pro-Trump and the worst kind of pro-Trump Republican, the one who doesn’t approve of the nazis but wants their votes. Deplorable.

    I am going to triage my to-do list for the weekend and mix in some things I want to do and some things I need to do. Today is the last day of the regionals in the NCAA Womens Volleyball tournament and I am hoping my team, the Wisconsin Badgers, advances to the final rounds which will be played in Tampa this year. They play at 6pm MST so I might even be able to sneak in an afternoon nap.

    See all y’all later!

  16. Good morning. Another warm day, then cooling off tomorrow. I’m determined to get in a walk/run this afternoon. And do some last edits of my music diary before it posts at 6pm central. It’s about John Lennon and gun violence, come on by if you want.

  17. Good Saturday morning, Meese. It’s 37 F. here on a beautiful, if cold, morning with highs going up into the 50’s. The weather sheeple are bleating about 2.2 inches of rain tomorrow, with even a few snowflakes mixed in Monday morning, to which I say, “Baa, baa, baa.”

    Have to get a move on soon, I’m due at Meadowlark Terrace to get a nice lady to notarize the letter from the lawyer. Since my poor aunt died intestate, my cousin is seeking authorization to wind up her estate. My beloved nephew only last week received such authorization to wind up his mother’s estate—my sister died in March, also intestate. People who don’t make wills are irresponsible. It just makes so much extra work for the survivors! If someone even has a car and a checking account, they’ve something to leave.

    Even if the world comes to an end today, I have to work on my Christmas newsletter and get it out. Luckily, I keep a running list of what happens during the year. I’m also mentally composing a farewell letter to the groups I plan to leave after Christmas. I have only so much energy and cannot do everything.

    I’m also planning to curtail my online life. Will never quit the Pond unless y’all kick me out! However, there are places where I don’t feel welcome and which seem to be a waste of time.

    Wishing everyone at the Pond a lovely Saturday!

  18. It’s 43 heading for 56 before the temps drop like a rock after dark. At least it seems to be sunny today. Trying to be anyway. Yesterday wasn’t. We generated 1.8 KWHs and the m-t-d at 40 isn’t on track and is losing ground.

    My country did great evil in the past. That was hard to accept once I learned it but we now know it’s evil and sometimes even take baby steps towards making up for it. So we won’t do it again, right? Wrong. My country is supporting and supplying evil right this very minute with my tax dollars in my name and I can’t do an em effen thing about it. And that is sickening.

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

  19. Good morning, 37 and raining outside my window today. Thanks to Bri’s help the garden is cleaned up and ready for winter. It’s a good feeling to know the leaves are gone and the compost and soil amendment are spread on the planting beds. I have some winter pruning to do after Christmas but the rest will resume sometime in March. Time to et to my desk, and then to my sewing room. As always, my best wishes to all.

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