Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: April 30th through May 6th

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 (every Sunday morning). 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 Saturn’s Day, Meese! Overcast with occasional gleams of sunshine here in NoVa, with a current temp. of 53 F., going up to a whopping 62 F. today. Hardly seems like spring.

    Today I’m going to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, which is visit a Facebook friend in Washington, DC. Met her at my first Witch Camp back in 1995, but haven’t seen her in person since the year 2000. I’m hoping to hear hr views on several different subjects and to walk around DC a lot. She’s a gifted amateur photographer too.

    Then I’ve got to get back home in time to have dinner and watch the Kentucky Derby. Afterwards I’ll walk up the street and round the corner to babysit for the young woman who makes our birthday and other special occasion cakes. She’d asked someone else to babysit but that person cancelled.

    Slowly but surely I’ll pay off that wretched Visa card after the double whammy of new hearing aids and root canal + crown. Wishing everyone a good day!

  2. Morning, Meese.

    GORGEOUS spring weather here!

    The Cook report nudged my district MN-3 (Paulsen) from from Likely to Lean republican. Good start!

    • A very good start! Wait until his constituents get a whiff of what his party calls a “healthcare plan”.

      In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott “doodiehead” Walker has embraced the idea of allowing insurers to charge more for pre-existing conditions so if the Wisconsin representatives who voted for the ACA repeal were counting on the State of Wisconsin to save their sorry asses from the repercussions of this bill, they will have a surprise. Duffy and Gallagher better be looking over their shoulders.

    • {{{inkaudlay}}} – wonderful about the weather and good news about the shift. Do you have a Dem ready to run against Paulsen? Finding people to take that gamble – the expense in time and money – is always hard. We’ve had way too many cycles in NW AR where we couldn’t find anyone – the cycles when we did being a grim reminder of how expensive that long-shot is. sigh. (But we keep trying to find them. I’m hoping we’ll have contenders for the 2018 now that all 4 our bloody-handed Reps voted for ins. co. death panels.)

  3. Nothing on the agenda today but grocery shopping. I should get in a walk. Last night, Rachel had on a New York congressman who said the Republican in his neighboring district wasn’t willing to talk to his constituents about his AHCA vote so he volunteered. I think that’s a great opportunity for Dems — our representatives should go to town halls in Republican districts & explain the AHCA.

  4. Good morning, 46 and partly sunny in Bellingham. Another sleepy morning, another day of possibilities…..my to do list is an opportunity waiting to happen!

    We’ve been clipping and cleaning out more ivy from around the fir trees so now I can start planting plants that the deer have decided to not eat at the base of one of the trees. Between the deer and the root filled soil it’s a challenge, but I’ve got a plan. I can picture the stems of the red twig dogwood against the old tree trunks so I’m determined to find a way to make my vision a reality.

    Best Saturday wishes to all!

  5. Started the day at 45 but clear and sunny – got 23 KWHs yesterday and 21 the day before (month to date is 57 at the moment) so a good start on making up for the driblets of the 1st 4 days of May. Been to the Market – I was right about the rain damaging the strawberries. I bought some anyway from one of the 2 vendors who had them – they’re pretty and smell good but don’t taste like much of anything which is what happens when you get lots of rain and not much sun at harvest time. The rest are pretty much mildewing in the fields. (Oh! for the old FDR farm subsidy program. It would have helped the small farmers survive this.)

    Not as many Rs are going to go down over the healthcare deform as should. The gerrymandering they did after the 2010 census guarantees that. But if we can flip enough to take back control, it will be enough. Especially if we can also flip State Houses and undo the gerrymandering for the 2020 census. For now, we keep making enough noise that we give our Dems support to stand firm and keep blocking as we are able. Which we can and will do.

    Got my Street Prophets diary to do – doing the extra one (Fineena’s fundraiser) took my time yesterday – and of course I have to add her to the community needs list. Oh the difference 5 years made at DK. 5 years ago she needed help – community fundraisers stepped up and she got almost $3K in 24 hours (including added sales at her shop) and would have gotten more if she hadn’t immediately written a thank you diary saying the need was so much more than met that she was passing forward the last bit to another Kossack in need. Yesterday I posted a fundraiser diary (off the sidebar in under an hour) and in 24 hours she’s gotten $300 plus a very welcome (and expense-reducing) offer of a truck to help with the move. It really does show the difference in what DK was when I signed on and what it is now. sigh. But I’m persisting here, too. Bright the day and wind to thy wings, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  6. Hello Meese. Attending Vesak observance, one of the important days/events in Buddhism. And after that I’m performing together with other students from my piano studio at an adult care center.

    • {{{basket}}} Happy Holy Day to you and thank you for that gift to the adult day care center. moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • Yes – thank you for performing for the seniors. In my job, about 70% of the people I talk to are seniors, and I can often tell I’m the only person they’ll talk to that day. But I’ve got to get stuff done & take the next call. So – thank you for taking the time I can’t.

  7. I made more or less this dish for lunch for the next couple of weeks. Target had asparagus on clearance so I got some, and mushrooms, black beans & onion. Adding ground flax so cooking at 300 degrees. And I like nutritional yeast, so way more than 2 tablespoons. Also used yogurt instead of the vegan sub, because it is way cheaper.

    Vegan Spinach & Lemon Quinoa Bake

  8. Heads up, peeps. The site is experiencing some issues with speed. Nothing changed on our end so I am having our hosting firm check it out. It might be best to check back in the morning – the first tech said everything was fine so it will probably take me a while to convince the new tech I am chatting with to check out the server side.

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