Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: March 31st

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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 48 degrees in the Desert Southwest 🌵 with an expected daytime high of 51. Rain and high winds will dampen people’s Easter Parades.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Easter Sunday Meese. Blessings to those who are celebrating. 39 here in Kingston, going up to a cloudy 56.

    Puerto Rico

  3. Will be celebrating Black gospel music today for Black Music Sunday. In order to understand the Black community, we need to understand how gospel has been and still is a key element of survival, strength, healing, uplift and hope.

  4. Good morning. Got tea steeping, it smells so good. Will try again to exercise this afternoon. I hope tfg’s shenanigans don’t get someone hurt.

  5. Good Sunday morning, Moosekind, and happy Easter to all who celebrate it! It’s 54 F., cloudy, and windy here in Ashburn. We did have some rain late last night, too late to enjoy it, but there you are. Today the high will be 70, but who cares? Grey skies and wind are not inducements to walk outside.

    We’ll be going to the Easter Sunday brunch down the hall and around the corner. I have to hurry because I need to go up to our storage unit and get a spring wreath for our door.

    Had such a lovely day planned yesterday—laundry, with writing between loads. Alas! It was not to be. Instead, screams and curses resounded through our flat as the washer door locked and refused to open. Now the sheets I washed are merrily mildewing away. My washer at home was a top-loader and NEVER behaved like this! Naturally, the people who know how to fix it don’t work on weekends. (First-world problem, I realize.)

    I sent Natasha to the UU dinner Friday night, and it was hysterical. People didn’t recognize me until I spoke in a fake Russian accent. I didn’t wear the Cripplers—in fact, I’ll have to get rid of them. Hail, you’re supposed to be able to play basketball in Easy Spirit shoes, so what went wrong? Well, I’ll give them to my niece to sell on Poshmark.

    I have four pieces of writing to do: my essay for the writing group, my Yule newsletter (haven’t updated it in ages), my personal journal, and another piece of writing. Perhaps I can write one paragraph or an outline of each and then just get to them when I can, using the Peg Bracken style of task allocation. Well, she made it work for her!

    A delightful woman on the 4th floor of our building and I are enthusiastically planning a Girls’ Lunch at her favorite restaurant and plans were proceeding until she found out the place isn’t open on Mondays and Tuesdays! Argh, now we’ll have to put it off until May. Two other really fun women have been invited.

    There IS one law for the rich and influential (not sure if he has any money left if he’s selling Bibles), and one for the rest of us. Anyone of us ordinary citizens would have been locked up years ago for the things he’s done. Nothing touches him. Read a disgusting piece in the WaPo about how billionaires are coming back to his support. What is WRONG with these people? If I had a billion dollars, I’d be busy thinking of organizations that could benefit from it and give most of it away.

    And Ukraine—if Ukraine falls, Finland and the Baltic countries will be next. How is that nothing bad ever befalls Putie and Thing? Of course all the Rethugs in Congress want to Russia to win. They’re too stupid to know what an autocracy would mean for them. Sister Denise, I must respectfully disagree with your statement that it’s a mistake to dismiss the Rethugs as stupid and uneducated. I can’t believe they’ve ever opened a book in their adult lives. If not stupid, at the very least they’re supremely selfish.

    That’s enough from me this windy, grey last day of March. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

    • Ack – sorry about the washer door (our dryer stopped working yesterday – and I have damp clothes spread out all over the house)

    • Yikes! That’s the only drawback – in my opinion – of front loaders. (I have had top loaders also lock & refuse to unlock but that’s even rarer.) Good luck in salvaging the sheets.

  6. Happy Easter to those who celebrate it. It’s 66 heading for 77 and overcast. Yesterday we generated 10.2 KWHs and the m-t-d is at 407 – with a bright sunny day we could easily get the 15 needed to reach 422 for the highest March production thus far. But we don’t have a bright sunny day so it isn’t going to happen. But I’m delighted with what we’ve already got since it’s the 2nd time we’ve gotten over 400 at all. We’ll see where we end up.

    It’s warm enough I’ve got several windows open to air out the house. I’ll have to keep an eye out for Freddie any time I go out because Freddie wants out in the worst way for the first time since last year and he’ll probably try to slip out. I’ve finished my Sunday housecleaning chores and am about to start on my daily boosting ones. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  7. Monday Meese. Looking at a very weird weather forecast – still not sure what will happen here. Tomorrow I’ll be going out to vote, hope the rain won’t be heavy.

    Puerto Rico


  8. Good morning. Just walked this morning, for 8 minutes times 3, I’m going to use the treadmill. Speaking of treadmills, our political system seems stuck on one. Just the same old thing over & over. Maybe this week, something will shake loose.

  9. Good morning, meeses! Monday, no Fooling!

    It is 42 degrees in Tucson 🌵 with an expected daytime high of 55. Mostly cloudy now with a very good chance of rain this morning and this afternoon – it rained pretty heavily this morning already. Yesterday it was cloudy and rained all day. The look ahead says more of this roller coaster weather, 80s one day, 60s the next. My knees are complaining, they prefer the dry air.

    Good lord, the dust up over declaring March 31 Transgender Day of Visibility (it has been March 31 since its inception in 2009) because it lands on Easter Sunday! What a bunch of snowflakes the christianists are! And Caitlyn Jenner, self-loathing Republican transwoman, being “disgusted” is not news – but the headline should say “disgusting” just like the Log Cabin Republicans, sending their money and their support to a party that despises them and Tim Scott happy to be the Black face for a party of white supremacists. Gross and disgusting.

    The news accounts seem positive that the House will bring up Ukraine aid for a vote with Democrats working out a deal to keep Pastor Mike Johnson in power. Given that we need a functioning House in order to deal with emergencies, I guess I understand the sentiment. However, the deal should be that the Republicans that tRump called out as cowards need to declare themselves to be Independents, caucus with Democrats and elect Speaker Jeffries … NOT a deal to vote for a Republican who despises them, their constituents and everything that is good.

    April dawns with tall stack of projects. I have a pretty good handle on what I need to do this week and it will start with my COVID booster today and scheduling some imaging appointments from my annual physical last month.

    See all y’all later!

  10. Good Easter Monday morning, Moosekind!

    The rain is stopping, but I should think the White House Easter Egg Roll is ruined anyway. Poor kids, running around in their Easter clothes when the temperature is 53 F.

    Happy Easter wasn’t so happy for us. It began all right, but poor Dearly Beloved slipped and fell on a damp floor while we were waiting to be summoned to a table in the restaurant around the corner from our flat. We had to get the Emergency Tech to lift him up. Because he takes that vile warfarin, the bumps and bruises bled profusely. I spent the day trying to get the bloodstains out of his clothes. Got some carryout Easter dinner and gave him that on a tray.

    He did have a fairly good night, surprisingly, with the hot water bottle, a lidocaine patch, and Tylenol. Convinced that he needed protein, I prepared a soft-boiled egg with soldiers and Canadian bacon for his breakfast. He’ll call his doctor today just to make sure he’s all right. So, shaken but not stirred, he’ll spend the day on the sofa, happily watching British football and the all-lies, all the time, cable networks of CNN and MSNBC.

    Yesterday, before all this happened, Dearly went to the laundry closet and began punching every button on the washing machine. Surprise, surprise, the door unlocked and I could wash! Yay! Never mind that I had done the SAME THING REPEATEDLY on Saturday. This evidently proves the old adage about witches and machinery not mixing. Harrumph!

    Today we get our “Oklahoma!” t-shirts. We’re expected to wear them all day every day for advertising. Beloved Nephew, Darling Niece, and Talented Grandson are coming to see it. I’ll be especially interested in the latter’s reaction. His acting class is doing “Barefoot in the Park.”

    One never minds rain, we had so little last year, but I’m sorry for all the people whose day is being ruined. That said, it’s time to Get On With Things. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  11. It’s 69 heading for 75 and cloudy. Supposed to get rain this afternoon. We shall see. We closed out March with a wonderful 415.5 KWHs. The goals for April are 1) the exceedingly unlikely 477, 2) the also unlikely 461, 3) the hopefully most likely anything over 425 is good, and 4) and the at least get us to 400, please. We shall see what we shall see.

    I’ve got to go get milk today (yes, I’ll be the only one masked) but it’ll wait until I’ve finished my first round of boosting. That takes the longest because it’s everything since I logged off last night on 3 separate platforms. Which I’d best get to doing. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  12. Good morning, 44 and partly cloudy outside my windows today. Yesterday was a busy but very low key Easter and it is very clear to me keeping everything simple was for the best. RonK will go to the Lions club warehouse this morning to see if they have a walker with a seat for the car so I can keep the one I’ve got for the house. And this afternoon I’ll go to the ortho clinic and see about cortisone for my knees. I’m cautiously hopeful. Best wishes to all.

  13. Tuesday Meese. Primary Election Day here. Will be headed out to vote today – I like voting in person, to thank the poll workers for their service. It’s 42 and not raining yet.

    Puerto Rico

    • I was listening to my NPR station while running errands yesterday and heard them interview some idiots from Wisconsin. Their primary is today and the people interviewed, several college students, said that they wouldn’t vote and plan to vote for Jill Stein in the fall because of Gaza. The third party vote is what ratfked the Wisconsin election in 2016 – neither tRump or Hillary got over 50% of the vote, the votes going for third party candidates on the right and the left and the write-ins for Bernie Freaking Sanders tipped it to tRump (because the Rs always come home). I am pretty sure I do not want these people in charge of our future if they are so stupid that they do not realize that re-electing Donald Trump will not help Gaza and is likely instead to lead to a third world war. Purity votes will be the death of us, literally.

  14. Good morning. So glad I have 2 wfh days. Starting early then taking a long lunch to get in my run. 8 minutes times three, a big challenge.

  15. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 42 degrees in Tucson 🌵 with an expected daytime high of 64. It is party cloudy now with sunny skies in the forecast. The rain appears to be done.

    Looks like Arizona US Senate candidate Kari Lake is another Republican politician struggling to make ends meet after going all in on election denialism promoted by her cult leader. She defamed the Maricopa County (Phoenix) Recorder, an election guy, and accepted a default judgment (“yes, I defamed him”) rather than have to go through the discovery process which presumably would have required her divulging a lot of information about her finances and private life that she would prefer to keep secret. Sadly for her, it will cost her megabucks once a dollar amount is assessed. Add that to her fund raising drying up and her low polling. Sometimes Democrats are blessed with the most craptastic opponents possible and can win elections that would in normal years be tough. Ruben Gallego’s ads for US Senate are pretty good and in a just world he would be elected in a landslide. That said, it will probably still be close because there are enough voters who reflexively vote R without caring that the person they are voting for is a charlatan and/or a crackpot.

    I have a bunch of accounting projects to finish up and then I plan to take the afternoon off to watch the Home Opener for the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club. I got my COVID booster yesterday and I have a sore arm but none of the other side effects – yet. I expect to be tired and need to nap.

    See all y’all later!

  16. Today’s high was 71 just after midnight. It’s 50 now and still dropping, will continue to drop until tomorrow just before dawn. Yesterday we generated 8.1 KWHs which is certainly not on track. It’s overcast now but supposed to clear off. We shall see what we shall see.

    I don’t know if the weather people were doing an April Fool’s thing or if their ability to forecast any longer is that bad but the heavy thunderstorm, possible tornadoes, and 33% chance of baseball-sized hail did not materialize. My neighbors were prepare for the latter, having lost windshields to hail & dropped tree limbs before. They covered the windshields of all the vehicles with sheets of plywood. Fortunately, they weren’t needed but it’s good that they had the plywood to use in case it had been.

    I’ve a fire laid and ready for tonight. And will probably tap into/try out the ash that’s supposed to be for next year by the time this cold but not freezing spell ends. Meanwhile, off to start my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  17. Good late Tuesday morning, Meese! I seem to have been struck by an unmentionable illness, goodness knows what. If it was last night’s dinner, mid-morning seems to be an odd time for it to strike. Anyway, it’s grey, misty, and 51 F. in Ashburn today. This was supposed to be a day of violent storms and flooding, with 3 inches of rain. Like bfitz, I suspect the weather people are playing an April Fool’s joke on us.

    Went to rehearsal last night. By the greatest good luck, the guy who’s been directing the singers was there–he hasn’t started his vacation yet—but the so-called music director wasn’t! She’s supposed to be at EVERY rehearsal, especially the music rehearsals. The producer called her—no answer. The cast member who plays Laurey went and pounded on her door—no answer. I don’t know what the reason could possibly be, except perhaps one of the diseases starting with an “A.” Crud.

    Dearly has driven himself to the doctor. I’m going to get cleaned up and then rest. Perhaps I’ll take some more Pepto Bismol at noon. Simply can’t imagine what I’ve contracted!

    OK, that’s enough from me this morning. Wishing everyone at the Pond much better weather than we’re having. Stay healthy!

  18. Good morning, 48 and light clouds. It’s Ava’s spring break so she and Ron are taking a picnic and driving towards Mt Baker to see where snow on the road stops them. It’s nice she still enjoys doing going on outdoor adventures with him.

    I’ve got the walker situation sorted out……a smaller one with a seat for the house, the better walker/transport chair for the car, and a folding aluminum one for the garden. The Lions Club program loaning used medical equipment is very helpful for the multiple walking assists needed stage of life! The one Ron brought home yesterday cleaned up well and looks like new.
    The cortisone has kicked in so I slept through the night but I’m feeling restless now. Oh well, I need to lay low and ice today regardless and then be careful re activity. Per the ortho doc….cortisone will allow you to do the PT work so stay cautious. Best wishes to all.

  19. Wednesday Meese
    This ain’t spring :(

    Our NYS primary election results

    NY Dem Primary

    Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico

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