Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: July 1st through July 7th

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 “morning”, Motley Meese! The week begins …

    Morning low of 75 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 84. A chance of thunderstorms is in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Sunday Meese
    70 degrees here in NYC – going up to 99 – Heat Alert in effect.

    I’m with Maxine

    Puerto Rico

    • I just read that the FEMA assistance being provided to house people displaced by the storms ended and everyone has to go back to the island where there is no electricity, no water – and no housing for them. Senator Bob Menendez and 6 other senators sent a letter to FEMA asking for an extension but it was ignored. :(

      • Yes – I tweeted out quite few FEMA cutoff stories this morning – grrrr

  3. Good morning meese. 72 with high of 98 in Poughkeepsie/Kingston. Yesterday was pretty darn hot even at 11 pm and so my sister and I slept with a bunch of air conditioners on. Today should hopefully be a bit cooler.

    Waves to Denise 😁

    • I’m only a hop skip and a jump from the Hudson River – usually the breezes help cool it down a bit – it isn’t happening today :(

    • {{{basket}}} – have fun in NY however you have to manage it. Enjoy whatever meetups happen. stay cool/stay safe. moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • Liked, retweeted – up in a tab to read later.

      We will survive – we have survived worse. But right now I hope people have learned that depending on the courts for their rights is a terrible idea. Roe will almost certainly be overturned – all of the 25 names on Trump’s list are not just anti-choice but anti-Roe and the fundies have told Trump that if he ignores the list, they will reconsider their support. In the intervening years since Roe was decided, states – states that we controlled including New York – did not bother to pass amendments or statutes to protect a woman’s right to choose what to do with her body. It is also possible that Ogberfell will be overturned and the chaos from that would be felt everywhere. Only a handful of states have state protections for same-sex marriage and – JHC on a popsicle stick! – California is not one of them. In Wisconsin, hate is enshrined in our constitution and repealing an amendment takes 4 years minimum in the unlikely event that the Republican legislature wanted to fix it. The Republicans have their eyes on a lot of “inconvenient” court rulings that they would like to overturn and which would do a lot of damage.

      We need to quit relying on deference to our institutions (sorry, President Obama) to bail us out. Republicans don’t revere our institutions, they ignore every norm, defy every historical precedent to hang onto power. We still have the power of the vote – right now – but if we don’t start wielding it as a cudgel, we are going to lose that too.

  4. Wow, yesterday was…..wow. My ceiling is still wet/stained. Neighbor is going to have people to look at her & my place sometime soon. The rally was amazing & exhausting. I really should have had more water. And a rec list diary! Wow! I took a nice, cool shower to cool down after the rally & spent about an hour in the grocery store — you know how chilly they are. Slept 9 hours last night, so I guess I was really tired. Today I need to make breakfast for the week. I may splurge & buy a migas kit — they’re yummy & it’ll be less work.

    • {{{ad}}} – you did good! Both in the event itself & in the diary reporting it. A stellar lot of high “loving-kindness” energy was raised and sent out into the Universe to do good work. Glad you got a good night’s sleep. Take care of yourself. (& holding the Good Thought about the leak.) moar {{{HUGS}}}

  5. Our “overnight low” was 75 and I closed up the house before 8 am. sigh. Headed for “only” 88 today but when you add the humidity the heat index will be close to 100. But a cool(er) front is moving in this week. Hope it brings rain with it. Although if offered a choice, which of course I’m not, I’d send it to NM & CO to put out some fires. It’s finally dawned on me that being retired means I don’t have to stick to the routine of my working years that insured everything got done. I don’t have to do my ‘Sunday chores’ today – they can be done when the weather or whatever conditions make it better or more convenient. So I’ll save vacuuming the entire house for when it cools down & just get the worst of the cat fluff. I’ll save baking for when there’s a cooler morning. Eat raw veggies until steaming them doesn’t steam up the kitchen as well. Stuff will get done and checked off my list – but I’ll take things easier and slower since I can. And spend a lot of the day not getting my blood pressure or my core temperature up – and drinking lots of iced water flavored with apple cider or blackberry-ginger vinegars.

    I had allowed my depression over what’s going on to push me into a “why bother, what’s the use” frame of mind regarding practically anything not directly occupying, suing, or voting out activities. And in a sense that’s true. Marches and protests have absolutely no effect on how Deplorable Govt acts or Genocidal Old Party votes. I was forgetting until not only the expected folks (John Lewis, Auntie Maxine, Denise Oliver Velez…) but “our own” anotherdemocrat reminded me – actions are the outcome of intent. Intent can be dealt with using a different approach. The Witches of the New Forest raised Energy to stop the Nazis from invading. They couldn’t stop the war itself or even the bombing, but they raised Energy to change Nazi intent before that became actions. The marches, the protests – we’re raising Energy. Lots and lots and lots of good, kind, caring, loving Energy – to change intent. The Universe will use it as it can and the results may not be even noticeable until the “war’s over” – but the Energy will be used to it’s good, kind, caring, loving purpose and we will look back someday to see it. Or our children/grandchildren of blood or spirit will. So those who can and do act directly, wonderful and thank you. The rest of us support you by raising Energy for your efforts.

    Speaking of which I have a bit of Channeling/Energy raising for more personal efforts (a bunch of folks’ health – including a serious focus on Aji’s horse Shade who’s in bad – like 50/50 chance bad – shape right now) & any “input” is greatly appreciated. Heading over to DK to read Denise’s diary. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • Ha! “It’s finally dawned on me that being retired means I don’t have to stick to the routine of my working years that insured everything got done. I don’t have to do my ‘Sunday chores’ today.”

      Liberating! :)

      • LOL, yes it is. One more “manhole cover” don’t have to hold down frees up a ton of energy. {{{HUGS}}}

  6. Good morning, 60 and cloudy in Bellingham. It was a very cozy 2 dog night for me. Milo and Maggie are small dog bed hogs! Their family will be here to collect them soon but until then all the pillows belong to them :)

    I hope to be in the garden today, replanting the 2 pots that the yew trees were in. It was a chore to get the root balls out. I’ll be more careful re what I plant in them this time.

    Best Sunday wishes to all.

  7. Monday Meese

    73 here in NYS going up to 98 – which will feel like 110

    Happy Birthday

    • Thurgood Marshall! A brilliant jurist and trailblazer. In my mind, he is the only African American to serve on the court – Clarence Thomas denies his connection to African Americans with every ruling, every utterance. Do you remember when the right-wing got their undies in a bunch about him not being part of the National Museum of African American History and Culture? I think the purpose of the museum was to celebrate the history, not laud its villains. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) was making the rounds of the talk shows again, being sad that the president he supports and the party he enables is racist. JHC, you can fix that! Turns out that there is a political party that doesn’t have racism baked into its platform (I won’t claim that it does not have any racists but at least it is not our policy). Switch parties.

      Anyway, one legacy Justice Marshall left was the NCCAP Legal Defense Fund. I follow Sherrilyn Ifill and am impressed with the cases they take on – and win.

      • Yes – the NAACP LDF is amazing.

        An offshoot – was the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund – now called “Latino Justice” Sonia Sotomayor sat on their board

  8. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 63 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 84. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I was irritated to see the pundit class declare last week a “bad week for Democrats.” It was a bad week for America, we just happen to be the only party who cares about that! In their mind there will never be a Republicans in Disarray headline because even victories for Democrats are never reported as such – who can forget the global financial meltdown caused by George W. Bush’s policies being called “Good news for John McCain”.

    A leftist government won in Mexico and I am not sure what that exactly means (leftist is kind of vague) or what it means to us. I do know that corruption in Mexico is rife and the gap between the haves and have-nots immense. I hope it ends up being good for the Mexican people.

    See all y’all later!

  9. Good morning meese. 73 in Kingston with a projected high of 97 which will probably feel more like 105 with the humidity. Yesterday was a good day, checking out Woodstock, and Saugerties Lighthouse among other places. Today might be a bit quieter.

    • My goddaughter was out hiking by the Lighthouse yesterday – I stayed home under the fan :)

      • We went around 6:30 in the evening, which was a great time! The breeze was lovely as was being on the Hudson. 😊 Heading back tomorrow afternoon.

  10. Eating my migas, with added vegetables. I think I made enough for 2 weeks. It is 80 degrees pre-dawn, going up to 104 or so. June was the 4th hottest ever. Here’s a video of Bono & Edge doing Summer of Love in Cape Cod, talking about the Syrian refugees. And he says “we were those people”, this song is so gorgeous but it breaks my heart.

  11. 69 at daybreak so I baked lemon almond butter muffins. 😁 House is open and cooling down. Humidity is currently 100% but that will go down as the temps go up. I hope it goes down enough to stay relatively comfortable. Not sure about a walk. The mosquitos are back. sigh. We wrapped up June with 552.7 KWHs which is not bad at all. The highest I’ve gotten in July was 561 in 2015 so meet or beat is my target. Slow start, it was cloudy most of yesterday – only got enough rain to lay the dust but the clouds hung around – the current m-t-d is 5.98.

    It’s a struggle to keep the stolen children trending but as of last night anyway our team was still managing. It’s a struggle to keep from dropping into despair at all the different assaults the Deplorables are making on everyone in the world who isn’t WASP & cis male. It’s Luke panicking in Star Wars about “there’re too many of them” – but he & Han knocked them out anyway while Chewie & Leia kept the Falcon flying. Keep on keepin’ on. Do what your hands find to do. And sometimes just bring your focus in. I’ve got Energy going out to Aji’s household – Shade was still alive as of last night but it’s still very much touch-and-go – that’s enough for the moment.

    Blessings are still coming, even in these evil times. The caring and sharing of friends can lighten the load and give Energy to do that keepin’ on. Yesterday a bunch of folks on a different blog sent me money to buy a laptop cooling mat (the temps I’m OK with are not good for the laptop) they’ve been urging me to get – which I’ve now ordered. Actually they covered more than the mat & I’ve ordered a couple of pairs of wool socks (at very deep “discount” via Sierra Trading Post) with the remainder. The wool not only helps keep my feet warm, it cushions some scars I have on them. Friends are the greatest blessing in the world. 💖💖💖 Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}

      • {{{ad}}} – the gifts themselves will be lovely to have – but the best part is the caring of the givers. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  12. Good morning, Moosekind! It’s hot, sunny, and beautiful here in Ashburn today. The current temp. at 10:04 a.m. is 78 F, going up to 96 F.

    Yesterday I never made it here as my policy is not to look at the computer before the Formula I race is done. Ugh, my man Valtteri had to retire from the race because something went wrong with his car. So did Hamilton. However, at least young Verstappen won the race without destroying any other cars in the process—unusual for him!

    We went to Elder Son’s house yesterday for a delightful gourmet dinner cooked by himself in honor of his 48th birthday today. I played golf and basketball with Mr. Toddler, who is soon to be 3 years old, and took him to the park. On the way home from Elder Son’s house we picked up Miss Pink Cheeks, just back from the beach, and she’ll stay with us until July 4. Her parents are giving a barbecue at their house on the Fourth.

    So this will be quite a family-oriented week, for which I’m grateful as, like bfitz, I was getting depressed. But I’ll remember Fanny Lou Hamer and the actions of the Resistance in Occupied France in WWII.

    Haven’t really looked at the news, I’ve been so busy, but will catch up. I actually made a list of things to do—how, ah, logical—and will proceed to tick them off one by one.

    Wishing everyone a good day! Seems that a lot of people have gone to the beach because traffic is almost nonexistent.

  13. Good morning, 56 and cloudy in Bellingham. My creaky knees cooperated with my gardening plans yesterday so it was a good day. We planted a tall camellia in one pot and a nine bark maple in the other so my patio garden room is peaceful again. The yew trees could have lasted a while longer, but they were struggling and that was upsetting. I can’t fix our tRump world but I can keep plants healthy and happy :)

    Busy day with the pool, laundry and my ongoing desk mess. Take care everyone.

    • None of us can really “fix our tRump world” – we can only hope that the things we do make it easier to get through it. Taking back Congress will make a lot of things better. I read a report from an election analyst yesterday who said that her projections show us winning the House with over 40 seats picked up and that we are within striking distance of winning the Senate (tied 49-49 with two seats toss-up). If the Senate splits 50-50, I don’t think that Pence can break the tie to determine which party controls committees – I think there has to be a power sharing agreement – but I am not going to worry about that 4 months out. :)

  14. Good morning, meese! Tuesday …

    It is 66 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 88. Sunny skies are in the forecast – the heat index will be 102!

    I woke up and was unable to fall back sleep, worried about the damage the Supreme Court will do before we can take back enough power to pass some laws. “Abood was wrongly decided” became “Roe was wrongly decided” “Obergefell was wrongly decided” “Brown was wrongly decided” “Chevron was wrongly decided” “Loving was wrongly decided” “Engel v Vitale was wrongly decided” “14th Amendment is incompatible with the founders vision” “19th Amendment is incompatible with the founders vision” “22nd Amendment is incompatible with Dear Leader Donald Trump’s vision.” NIGHTMARES! I have been reading the court-packing “remedy” articles and I am not convinced it won’t come back to bite us. It is just a shame that racism and the hyperpartisanship it bred is poised to destroy all three of our branches of government within one election cycle. So much for enduring institutions. :(

    Anyway, tomorrow is a day off and I am going to use it to catch up on project work. I may have to set aside “getting organized” in favor of “getting something done.”

    See all y’all later!

    • {{{Jan}}} – you have now envisioned the worst that could happen. It goes up from there. We will survive. We will keep fighting. We will survive this as our ancestors did before us. And we can recover lost ground much faster than we covered it the first time. {{{HUGS}}}

  15. Good hot Tuesday Meese. Hard to believe that we had frost here in NYS two weeks ago – we may get a little break later today since rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast

  16. Another record-setting hot day — 104 is predicted. But starting tomorrow, 6 days of rain chances & mere mid 90s. Eating migas, drinking tea. The #secondcivilwarletters is keeping me amused. Today’s music:

    But on the streets

    You can see them gathering

    And in your heart

    You know they feel like you do

  17. Good morning meese. My time in upstate NY draws to a close as I get ready to board a bus from Kingston to NYC and start the journey home via Newark and Dulles. 73 with high of 89, but that feels a bit too optimistic.

    • Dear basket, you’ll probably fly right over Ashby Ponds when the plane you’re on lowers its landing gear. Planes flying over is (1) the reason it’s cheaper here than most retirement communities, and (2) a big part of cheering us up for leaving Barky Manor.

      Wave as you go by!

  18. 70 at dawn so I steamed the green beans I got at the Market Saturday and made green bean salad. I finished up the green pea salad last night and will make more tomorrow, but I don’t have to cook the peas for that – just thaw them. Anyway it’s 76 right now heading for 90 (with the 86% humidity, heat index will be approaching 100). Got 18 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d is 24 with this morning’s driblet. Sunny at the moment so if it brings heat, it also brings electricity generation so that’s good.

    Deplorables in charge of all three branches of government is very scary. But not as scary as them being single-minded in the destruction of our government. That’s the one the Founders didn’t account for. Their belief in the competing interests of each elected official keeping this from happening is unfortunately not as well founded as they – and we – thought. We must vote the bastids out. That works for now. But I have no idea how to prevent such a thing from happening again as soon as the Dems stop thinking about it – and stop voting. Which is the way it goes. Well, other than breaking up the media consortium so that there is actually a “free press” – get the propaganda machine broken up and we may be able to stop it.

    Meanwhile, I have to close up the house again and get ready for another “stay quiet” day. Holding everybody in my heart. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

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