Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: April 7th through April 13th

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?

NOTE: The comments page will now split off after 20 or so left margin comments with the most recent comments on the current page. To see the older comments, scroll to the bottom of the page and use the link.

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  1. Good morning, Meese! We have overcast this morning in NoVa: it may rain. Then again, it may change its mind and refrain from rain. Who knows? The current temp. in Ashburn is 48 F., going up to 64 F. Thought of you, Jan, making your way home over icy, snowy roads yesterday. What they showed on the evening news last night did not look at all encouraging! The news also mentioned power outages.

    Not much to say this morning except that we’re still getting ready to fly on Sunday. Have a couple of frivolous things to do along with the packing. Yesterday I attended a Feldenkrais class. I liked it and plan to go again after I return from my travels. I want to be a vigorous old Witch, not a bent-over one.

    What a loathsome specimen is Julian Assange! Speaking of loathsome specimens, apparently raising Cain to the Fed is too much even for Rethugs! Several senators appear to be defecting, which means he might not make it there after all.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

    P.S. Just as I was congratulating myself that The Pond was letting me in with no trouble, and there’s still a “Howdy, Diana in NoVa” in the upper righthand corner, all of a sudden I’m “Anonymous”! Is there no end to these cyber-shenanigans?

    P.P.S. When I tried to log out so I could log back in, I received the “temporarily disabled” message.

    • The best I can tell is that the problem is coming from dangerous cookies being put into your browser’s cache by sites with badly managed ads. Unfortunately, there is nothing more I can do at the site end! The cookies generally expire after about 20 or 30 minutes and you can then get in. My recommendation is to use an ad-blocker so that the cookies from the bad sites are rejected.

  2. Cool (by Texas standards, and for April) morning. Wore long sleeves if the walk from the garage to the building had been any longer, I’d have needed a jacket. Today will be a nice break from the record-breaking heat we’ve been having. The weather guy explained how our heat was caused by the same thing that’s doing the cold & snow in the Midwest, but at 5am my brain is more focused on keeping me upright & getting my contacts into my eyes. Anyway, I’ll appreciate the great weather we have, and send good thoughts to people dealing with snowstorms in April. As for the news…. too much awfulness to deal with. Here, listen to Mercy from my darling boys. (one fansite calls this 5 minutes of U2 at their most U2-ish)
    Love has come again
    I am gone again
    Love is the end of history
    The enemy of misery
    Love has come again
    I am gone again
    Love is justice, a charity
    Love brings with it a clarity
    Love has come again
    I’m alive again

  3. The front moved in last night. Right now it’s 36-feels-like-32 and sunny, heading for maybe 60. I’m hoping the sunshine will stay with us today and not cloud over in preparation for tomorrow’s rain. Yesterday we got 12.8 KWHs and the m-t-d is 183.6 – still trucking but not on track. Maybe we can get it back after the rain cleans the panels and the clouds clear off. Maybe.

    As of when I left work yesterday we hadn’t heard back from HR about the next steps with our international hire so I still haven’t a clue when my last day will be. I guess that’s a “join the club” as nobody else has a clue as to what the heck is going to happen when among the folks I know and am worried about. At least the fire is finally putting out some heat. I’m back down to red oak – hard to get going and hard to keep going but puts out a lot of heat while it is going. The washer is running, should finish soon. I’ll hang the clothes on the racks shortly. Need to get coffee first. I didn’t get a chance to have any before I took my friend to work and then did my stocking up at the co-op’s “Owner Appreciation Weekend” which started today. (Members get 15% discount off the entire ticket – so while I spent a lot more money than I normally do at one time I saved over buying at need. That is riches right there – having the funds to buy bulk or stock up when there are sales and discounts – and shows one more aspect of the war on the impoverished.) Anyway need to get that coffee (after I see what that crash down the hall was). Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • my co-op’s “owner appreciation” is this weekend – I’m going to stock up on almond butter and tahini, that’s all I can think of that I need a lot of; I’ve already got beans and quinoa

      • I got a case (which isn’t as much as it sounds) of gluten-free flour – Bob’s Red Mill has one of the few non-rice-based mixtures out there but he ain’t cheap. (more riches.) And I got a 6-month’s supply of most of my supplements. I go through the Ca & Mg too fast to get that much, but I’m covered for vitamins A, C, D, and E until the next Owner Appreciation Weekend. Nuts, nut butters, ground flax seed, and my regular stuff. And treated myself to a “Smart Flour” g-f pizza. LOL

  4. Good morning, 47 and cloudy in Bellingham. I woke up early, then went back to sleep so my day is off to a slow start. But that’s ok, because I don’t have a time clock in my sewing room :) I hope to start a new duvet cover and shams for our son’s upcoming birthday. I have the fabric and the time, just need to focus.

    Best wishes to all.

  5. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 36 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 43. Mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast. It looks like another snow event will be arriving tomorrow – I hope it is short-lived like the last one. Spring snows melt quickly but can be a big pain if you need to get places.

    The boiling frog analogy seems apt given yesterday’s news. Apparently tRump told the border patrol head to break the law and not worry about it, he would pardon him. I am not sure why that is not front page 20 pt headlines “President Trump Commits Crime” but instead it is just Random Friday in America 2019. I really can’t get my head around the total abdication of the Republican Party to a strongman taking over the country and destroying the rule of law. Do they think they can undo the damage at some point or do they simply think that tax cuts and fetal personhood trumps everything else? I am not sure they can see beyond their noses to understand that our infrastructure is crumbing and the foundation of our government – the consent of the governed – is on shaky ground. I am not sure how it all ends but right now it is very depressing.

    Bernie Sanders, destroyer of democracy, was in Madison decrying the destruction of democracy. He had the gall to claim that “love” will help us win in 2020 – and that what happened in 2016 was exactly what we needed to get people enthusiastic about voting. Wisconsin is DSA land and he will likely win the primary even though a smarter choice for the leftiest Democrats would be Elizabeth Warren. She hits all the policy points plus she is intelligent and a Democrat.

    I can’t find the Senate’s Weekly Democratic Party Address and will put up a Fighting Back with news releases celebrating the first 100 Days of the Democratic House.

    See all y’all later!

  6. Good morning, Moosekind! At 6:30 a.m. ,when I took the dog out to the courtyard, I could see that it had rained heavily during the night. However, it was very mild, so presumably the Cherry Blossom Princess won’t freeze to death during today’s parade downtown. At a few minutes before 8 a.m. it’s so foggy outside it looks like the first act of “Brigadoon.” The current temp. is 55 F., going up to 67 F. in Northern Virginia today.

    Lots to do today to get ready to leave tomorrow. Organizing for a journey is so boring. However, it really pays off in the long run.

    Have just looked for an ad blocker for Safari but haven’t had much luck. I’ll keep looking. This post will probably appear as “Anonymous.”

    It’s too depressing what’s happening with Thing. Glad to have something else to think about for a bit.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  7. Cool, rainy morning. I’m watching the news & eating breakfast. Got to go to my co-op today, it’s the 20% off weekend & I’m going to get almond butter & tahini. Also got to start figuring out Easter stuff, since next Saturday I’ll be busy with other stuff. I am taking a couple of days off, so I son’t have to scramble, but I just like to plan ahead. Here’s Snow Patrol live in Sao Paulo last week. Love this song even though it’s nonsense, and I love the audience interaction.

  8. It’s getting close to 50 in Fay., AR and won’t get much higher today. Won’t get much generation today either as it’s cloudy and it’s supposed to start raining in about an hour – and not stop until tomorrow mid-morning. At least it should wash the layer of yellow pollen off the panels. Yesterday even covered with pollen we got 19.7 KWHs and the m-t-d is 202 – not on track but not bad.

    The point Dems don’t seem to get is that R’s don’t want democracy. They have no problem whatsoever with what twitler is doing because that’s what he was put in power to do. The Rs want their mythological white male dominant society where the right people, educated and knowledgeable, do the noblesse oblige thing of taking up the white man’s burden of taking care of the rest of us poor inferior folks – in accordance with and at the level our inferior status dictates and in return for our work, resources, and deference (which they insist is love, loyalty, and respect). They like segregation and love sumptuary laws – which they’ve been trying to reinstate for years via the restrictions on the various safety net programs. The only damns they give about the constitution is how to subvert it to their cause – which most certainly is not equality or freedom or democracy or even a democratic republic. And they (or rather their owners) own the media. Dems don’t seem to have understood either who they were fighting or how to fight them any more than Chamberlain understood Hitler. Meanwhile our lives go on. We’re appalled at what’s happening. People are being hurt and/or are dying. Folks becoming homeless for any number of reasons that shouldn’t even be much less be valid. We help where we can, how we can. But the only way we’re gonna stop this is to win elections while we still can and break up their power to steal them – and dismantle that goddess-be-damned propaganda machine that is the MSM.

    Aji still hasn’t heard back from the doctor’s office but all the money she’d saved up/set aside for doing more testing and the surgery was mailed to the IRS yesterday. Under twitler not only are the less than wealthy being hit harder with taxes but you can only do payment arrangements on a single year – try to do two and you cancel them both – and get hit with 25% fines. So since she’s got a payment arrangement for 2017 taxes, she had to pay the 2018 taxes in full AND the 1st quarter 2019 in full as well. So lots of prayers/invocations that when the doctors’ offices finally get back with her they will work with her on payment and do the should-have-been-done-over-a-year-ago treatment as soon as they figure out what it is.

    I’ve got molasses spice muffin bread about to come out of the oven and definitely need coffee. That storm moving in is playing merry hell with my joints and sinusitis. I’ve got a fire going – that and coffee should (I hope) help. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  9. Good morning, 46 and raining in Bellingham. I have to smile re my sewing room stash. Some days it seems over whelming, but yesterday it was fun to dig deep and find things I’ve forgotten about, like the tote full of fabric for bed linens. I’ve got 2 easy duvet cover’s underway and the sheet set I was going to sew something from is washed and ready to just use on my bed. Easier than shopping!

    Today’s activity will be making a GOT bouquet for the dragon egg vase, and planning our pre viewing Sunday dinner. Silly fun!

    Best wishes to all.

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