Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: May 26th

Welcome to The Moose Pond! The Welcomings posts give the Moose, old and new, a place to visit and share words about the weather, life, the world at large and the small parts of Moosylvania that we each inhabit.

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 59 degrees in the Desert Southwest 🌵 with an expected daytime high of 91. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Sunday Meese. 65 going up to a sunny 85 here today in Kingston. Had a lovely visit with friends yesterday, they opened their pool – but I didn’t go in – still seems to early in the season.

    Puerto Rico

  3. Good morning. Local news is all about the excessive heat — heat index expected in the 100teens. The lake levels are low, people are out there anyway, the people patrolling are asking people to please drink water. I’m going to the gym for exercise this afternoon.

    • Just read about howler monkeys dropping dead out of the trees in Mexico from the heat. I cried when one rescue worker recounted how wrenching it was trying to save them and how they stretched out their little hands as if to say, “Please help me, I’m dying.”

      Rescue workers are walking through the habitat, leaving buckets of water and mangoes for the monkeys, but many have died.

  4. Good Sunday morning, Moosekind! It’s a beautiful day in Ashburn. Everything looks rainwashed and fresh after last night’s thunderstorm. Dearly and I were fascinated by the continual lightning show and sounds of thunder. Oh, it also rained, late at night.

    Yesterday I ended up getting 10,000 steps in, but it’s only 4.2 miles. One walks and walks and walks, and nothing ever happens to one’s figure. A friend said it’s good for the brain, though.

    Yesterday I edited my two pieces, giving “Shaman” a much stronger ending, and sent them off. Today I have more editing to do. I have to get the authors’ permission to make editing changes, but no one is going to feel like working on a holiday weekend. I’ll just get them ready to send off on Tuesday morning.

    Are you as…well, annoyed is the most polite word I can think of, at how pundits and journos are behaving as if Thing is ALREADY president, and now they’re dissecting his proposed policies? If I have to tie a cookie sheet around my ample chest, grab a meat tenderizer, and go out to do battle in the streets with a saucepan over my head, I’ll do it—if we wind up with Nazi USA in November.

    Time to start my day. Walk first, then run to the store, then edit between bouts of laundry. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  5. It’s 79 heading for 89 and sunny at the moment. Humidity is up – heat index will be at least 95 and possibly higher. Yesterday we generated 17.8 KWHs and the m-t-d at 370.9 is at least slightly higher than May of 2020 when the system was off for over a week (going partly into June) while the roof was replaced. We’re still on track for 450 and gained a little bit.

    Fineena called last night just before her dinner came in. She actually felt better physically than she has in a while although she’s not sure why and isn’t counting on it continuing. Otherwise things are still up in the air. She’s got to get approved for Medicaid for medical residential before she can do anything else. Then it’s decide where she’s going to go – stay at Matthews in the “Medicaid wing” that “isn’t as nice” as the wing she’s in or find a place where the “Medicaid wing” is at least as nice as where she currently is at Matthews. Then, once she’s there, she’s got to somehow arrange to have her stuff stored, distributed, or disposed of and out of the apartment. That’s the current situation.

    Housekeeping chores done with a little extra detail in the spare room. I won’t remove the cat-fur covered bedspread and make the bed for basket until tomorrow. (He played yesterday at the old-time piano competition in Oxford, MS and advanced to the semi-finals so he’ll be playing today as well. It’s not being live streamed this year so no links.) Anyway, off to start my boosting day. Holding the Good Thought for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  6. Memorial Day Monday Meese. 69 here in Kingston going up to a rainy 72. Got up, lit a candle and called the names of my family members and friends who died in various wars.

    Puerto Rico

    “We have to take the reins”

    On Sat. On May 26, 1962, the most popular and perhaps the most representative orchestra of salsa officially debuted at the ‘Rock & Roll’ hall in Bayamón: El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, and since then, they have not stopped achieving success! Happy 62 years, thanks for so much sauce!

    • OMG—are the snakes Burmese pythons? Someone should round them up and fly them back to Myanmar, right after PR passes a law that no one can own constrictors as pets. People should watch out for their dogs and toddlers.

  7. Good morning. We continue under an excessive heat warning, highs in the upper 90s with a “feels like” of 112-115. So I’m going to exercise in the gym. For now, I’m watching astronomy.

    • I was watching some of the NCAA softball tournament in Austin and the players and fans looked very uncomfortable. My softball favorite was eliminated on Saturday after sitting through a 2 1/2 hour rain delay in Stillwater, Oklahoma where the players learned about local weather and the difference between tornado watches and tornado warnings. They were surely sad to lose but probably glad to be back home in Tucson.

      • Yeah, it is just ridiculously hot. Sorry about your team, but proud of the UT women.

  8. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 62 degrees in Tucson 🌵 with an expected daytime high of 97. Sunny skies are in the forecast. It smelled like smoke from my deck this morning but the closest wildfire is pretty far away. I hope people are careful now that “hot and dry” has arrived – many fires are started by stupid people. A series of fires a couple of years ago were started by an idiot who put is burning charcoal grill into the back of his truck for his drive into the forest so that he would not have to wait for the grill to heat up to start his picnic. Hot briquets were scattered alongside the road and ignited the brush.

    I read an interesting article in WaPo (gift link) about how Netanyahu has been trashing Democrats for years and allying himself with the Republicans. He treated Barack Obama disrespectfully and accelerated the rift between Democrats and Israel. Gosh, what is it about President Obama that would have made a right-wing zealot bent on genocide of the brown people in his region think he could treat him like crap? (“When President Barack Obama hosted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office in 2014, the Israeli leader lectured him about Gaza’s future, a Palestinian state and an Iranian nuclear deal in a tone that Obama found condescending and dismissive. After the meeting, an aide asked how it went. Netanyahu “peed on my leg,” Obama replied”). Bibi can pound sand – the United States should refuse to supply him with weapons to carry out his war crimes.

    I have two projects to work on today that need to be ready bright and early tomorrow morning so I best get to it.

    See all y’all later!

  9. It’s 66 heating for 86 and sunny at the moment. We shall see what the day brings but the humidity is down so no heat index. Yesterday we generated 21.4 KWHs and the m-t-d is 392 so unless something untoward happens we should reach 400 this afternoon.

    I didn’t connect with Fineena last night. If she doesn’t call first, we’ll try again this evening. Basket will be here sometime this afternoon or evening. When depends on when he leaves Oxford, MS and what the traffic/road conditions are like. He’s got to drive across the entire state of AR to get here. I am SO looking forward to his visit, as short as it’ll be. (Hopefully it will be long enough that the younger cats will come out of hiding. LOL.) My son’s schedule doesn’t look like we’ll get our evening dinner pizza party as we’d hoped/planned but he said he’d try to pry a few minutes visiting time while basket is here.

    Meanwhile, I’ve got my regular boosting to do as well as mixing & grilling breakfast sausages and making the spare bed for basket to get done so I’d best get to it. Holding the Good Thought for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  10. Good Monday morning, Moosekind! It’s overcast this morning, with rain supposedly starting by 11:30. Perhaps I’ll have time to get out for a little walk before it begins.

    The eggs and butter are warming up to room temperature, the blueberries have been rinsed and are draining in a thick towel. I’m going to make a blueberry cake. It’s a bit fussy but so good it’s worth the effort. I might make another one at Lammas. I’ve decided not to put a glaze on this cake, because part of its charm is that it’s so good without any icing at all. That’s why it’s great to take on picnics, if one can keep it away from interested wild bears.

    Still up to my ears in editing. I edited one writer’s piece yesterday, during which he mentioned that his Muse was named Diana, but he couldn’t seem to follow her directive to write something funny in 500 words. Actually, it was the funniest piece anyone has ever written in our group. He’s hilarious!

    Don’t know whether anything will come of it, but I did ask for a part in a short play that our AV guy is putting on. It’s only one line.

    We’re driving to Elder Son’s house this afternoon for carnitas (huh? Not sure what they are?), black beans, and rice. It’s going to be too stormy to grill outside.

    Remembering our ancestors today, as Sister Denise says. I put a picture of my young, handsome father on our hallway shelf. He was wearing his army uniform when it was taken, and with his curly blond hair and blue eyes he looks like an angel.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  11. Good afternoon, 62 and cloudy in Bellingham today. It’s been a very quiet Memorial Day for our family. Everyone has stayed home tended to our own lives and gardens and that’s ok. Best wishes to all.

  12. Good Tuesday morning Meese. 67 here going up to 79 and thankfully we missed the major thunderstorm/wind/rain damages that hit our area.

    just posted

  13. Puerto Rico

    TODAY | The power will go out for up to 12 hours in these municipalities: https://buff.ly/3VgxrkC (It’s a long list)

    Adding a little Puerto Rican humor
    A spiritualist (Espiritista) does a ritual cleansing of her chihuahua to expel a demon. It seems to work.

  14. Good morning. Did my walk/run: 2 6-minute segments, plus I ran up the hill by my complex twice. And it’s 80 degrees. That’s really scary for May; that’s July/August weather. Anyway, getting ready to wfh. Happy Mon/Tuesday.

  15. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday that feels like a Monday …

    It is 62 degrees in Tucson 🌵 with an expected daytime high of 99. It will probably be over 100 at the airport, where no one lives. The sun is rising at 5:20am here and the birds begin their morning chorus well before 5 so it is not possible to sleep in at this time of year. I could close the windows but I love the night sounds.

    I will ignore the news today because the firehose of “we are doomed!” headlines is ridiculous – there are too many news organizations chasing too few stories and looking for clicks. As it turns out, I have a lot of projects that request my attention as the month of May winds down so I will focus on things I can change.

    See all y’all later!

  16. It’s 63 heading for 83 and overcast. Not so dark I have the lights on but dark enough I’m thinking about it. Yesterday we generated the highest single day for the month at 22.84 KWHs. Which is wonderful but won’t make up for the last 4 days of the month being cloudy. It’s already making up for previously cloudy days. Anyway the m-t-d is 415 so safely over the 400 goal and might even make the 450 goal but definitely is not going to make the “beat last May” goal of 497.

    Basket got here at 3 pm yesterday afternoon and we’re having a lovely visit. He’s sleeping at the moment. We’re going to meet my son for lunch at a poke place close to campus (and get a pizza from the store my son’s working at this summer for dinner). I know it’s not supposed to but I hope it clears off so he can do some laundry today. He’s leaving for Sedalia and the Scott Joplin Festival tomorrow. We had a very nice phone visit with Fineena late afternoon. Things are pretty much the same with her – up in the air. sigh.

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

  17. Good afternoon, 53 and raining outside my windows today. I’m not very motivated to do much of anything, so I’m not :) Best wishes to all.

  18. Wednesday Meese. 60 going up to a rainy 70 here in Kingston. Will spend the day writing.
    Was nice to see these “voting for Biden” folks

    Puerto Rico

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