Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Dec. 15th through Dec. 21st

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. Friday Meese.

    13 degrees here in the Catskills – going up to 31. I do not want to leave the house but have a dentist appointment this morning and have to take hubby to PT this afternoon.

    Like Jan I didn’t watch the debate. I did follow Julian debates on twitter

    • Be careful in that weather. Holding the Good Thought for dentist stuff, PT stuff, and simply being out in it stuff. {{{HUGS}}}

  2. Puerto Rico

  3. I’m going to see Star Wars this evening! A movie theater here had not 1, but 2 Star Wars-themed weddings last night. I’m wearing a Star Wars t-shirt under my other shirt……. have I maybe gone overboard? Oh — and new Doctor Who on New Year’s day.

    Didn’t watch the debate last night. Apparently Klobuchar said something I’ve seen described as a “low blow” about Buttigieg? And lots of praise for Warren. Castro is on the ballot in Texas, he’ll get my vote even if he drops out before March — my way of protesting a way-too-white field.

  4. Good Freya’s Day moaning, Moosekind! We’re moaning because the outside temp. is 21 F. Well, that’s better than the 107 F. they’re having in Sydney, NSW. Poor old Syddie, once at the top of my list of 10 favorite cities. Now the “Hahbah Bridge” and the Opera House are obscured by the smoke of the burning bushfires that surround the city.

    Well, at least it’s clear here. I have to rush off to get ready to go on an errand drop. We didn’t watch the debate last night, I was too busy sending out Christmas emails.

    Had another decent sleep because of the cold pills. It makes all the difference to have sufficient sleep!

    Wishing everyone at the Pond a good day and let us hope that it’s a nice, quiet one.

  5. Overcast again in Fay., AR. sigh. 37-feels-like-31 heading for 50 today. I hope the sun manages to come out. That always helps. We got 6.9 KWHs yesterday and are at 106.8 for the month. And we’ve already reached 4 MWHs for the year so I’m good. At least as far as electricity generation is concerned. As to money and car stuff mebbe/mebbee not good but I’ll manage. It is touching and most heartening, the number of friends who rushed to offer help yesterday. That’s real wealth.

    I’m a member of the “didn’t watch the debates” club. I wouldn’t have anyway but without Kamala there isn’t even a reason to look up who said what. It’s all pretty wypipo script and I know that script by heart. I have no idea of who is on the ballot for AR. I’ll look into that when we get closer to election day. Depending, I may skip the presidential race and only do down ballot. Which is quite possibly what I will do in the general election. AR falls under the Molly Ivins Rule. We shall see what we shall see.

    My friend and her family came over yesterday afternoon around 4 – she left work a little early – and between her brother’s dually and trailer and her car managed to get everything out of the shop and a couple of things from my house. To show how stressed-out crazy things were going after the truck pulled out Sunday night, the bedding, coffeemaker, and towels all ended up in the shop instead of in her car. I know she had a much more comfortable 2nd night in her new home – and coffee before she left for work this morning. 😁😁😁

    Same ol’ same ol’ with everybody else. They’re OK right now but time is running out and what they need to stay OK isn’t coming in. Or at least doesn’t seem to be coming in – and definitely not in time to deal with the current OKness running out. For most of them – because most of them are small vendors – the holiday sales they should be but aren’t getting would take care of things for the next year. For Amelia, well, her situation is so fraught…but for all the financial stuff that’s currently snafu (fubar really) what she needs most and has needed for over a year is someone to be with her while she deals with these agencies. Someone who can pick up the conversational ball when she has a panic attack and starts crying. If she’d had that a year ago, she would already be in a new place and wouldn’t have been evicted from the old one in the first place. But she didn’t and doesn’t – and, well, prayers/invocations or whatever your Faith Tradition indicates for best (or at least better) outcome.

    It’s a gray day. Yuk. Gonna take more coffee than usual. So I’d best go make some. Healing/Helping Energy to everyone who needs and accepts it, to their shaping. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  6. Good morning meese, it’s 46 with a high of 58 in Folsom, CA, where I am not singing the blues today ;)

    Work is organizing a showing of the new Star Wars movie in about 2 hours so today will be pretty low-key. I might take a few days off next week, too. ❤️ To all

  7. Good morning, 46 and raining in Bellingham. My day will be busy preparing food for tomorrow’s party, but right now I’m enjoying listening to Carols From Kings College and wishing for a second cup of coffee. Thanks to our son’s help the dining room is set for the buffet, all the drinks items are in place in the front hall, and the kitchen faucet will be repaired this morning :)

    Best wishes to all on this rainy December day.

  8. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 32 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 43. Sunny skies are in the forecast. So in my part of Moosylvania, I can wish you a Sunny Solstice (except that the official Solstice moment occurs tonight at 10:19pm when it will not be sunny – but it will be clear for viewing the waning moon).

    I am going to go news light today – Congress is in recess, their work done for the season. For the next couple of weeks, the news sites will do 2019 retrospective with the added “bonus” of decade retrospectives. I despise the format, especially for 2019, a year that is impossible to embrace with its pointy edges and lack of pizzazz. Now 2020, there is a year one can love. Symmetry rules!

    I have a million things to do today. We will celebrate our holiday with a meal this afternoon which I have to go hunt and gather. The past week has been extremely busy and I have a few gifts left to wrap and put under the tree before the creatures begin stirring. I have some accounting work to wrap up, some letters to mail and some banking to do. In some ways it is irritating that my winter holiday is just another day for everyone else but the fact that everything is open for business is handy. :)

    See all y’all later!

  9. Saturday Meese

    10 degrees here in the NY Catskills.

    Puerto Rico

  10. Up & watching the news. Star Wars was…. I’m still processing. They handled Leia’s death well, it is what she would have done. Later today, I’m volunteering for my congressional candidate, and the weather is supposed to be nice.

      • No, though he said that he has a primary opponent. This is for a candidate in my district to run against Michael McCaul. We have 3 in the primary; 2 good Democrats & 1 “former” Republican (I haven’t heard good things about her – also, if she was a R in Texas, she is anti-choice & that’s a hard pass from me)

  11. Happy Yuletide, Moosekind! We’re having a frosty gray morning here, with a current temp. of 24 F. The forecast calls for a mix of clouds and sun, with a high of 41 F.

    Yesterday, although I had never felt less like attending a meeting, I dragged myself and my gravelly voice to the Writers’ Group to read “Wolves Don’t Fly” to the assembly. They appeared riveted and there was a collective gasp at the end when I read the last paragraph. LOL!

    Was so ill yesterday evening from this nasty cold that I lay around and gobbled chocolate and fruit. NOT a good thing to do! Today will be more health-minded. In the morning I’m going to do the housework I don’t think the maids will do on Tuesday, and in the afternoon, energy permitting, I’ll work on the closet.

    Tonight I’m moderating my diary in the Original Fiction group at Orange.

    Going news-light today is a good idea, Jan, and thanks for the Winter Solstice feature! This is one of my favorite times of year.

    Wishing a good Winter Solstice to all at the Pond.

  12. It’s 39 and mostly overcast although blue sky is starting to show in streaks. Had a minor power outage this morning – not long, just long enough for the internet, phone, and PV systems to all have to reboot before they’d work again. We got 4.68 KWHs yesterday and are now at 111.77 for the month. Still have 12 production days this month counting today. We shall see what we shall see.

    Micro to macro and back the world’s in a friggen mess. Tonight being the start of a new cycle, here’s Holding the Good Thought we’ll be able to start on the road of cleaning it up and making things better in this one. Removing power from those who use it to hurt others – public, private, well-known, unknown secret-evil – is the first step. It’s hard to bail the boat when the evil ones are still drilling holes in the hull (& the evil ones supposedly on our side won’t help because the boat needs a new hull so they scream we shouldn’t waste time or energy bailing it – as we’re still at sea and sinking). That is true of nations or workplaces or marriages. sigh.

    Happy Solstice by whatever name. May your Winter Holy Days bring you joy. Also calm and peace. Healing/Helping Energy to all who need it and accept it, to their shaping. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  13. Good morning, 40 and raining in Bellingham. I’m as ready as I can be for today’s event, just hope the food is tasty and that my knees hold up! Our grand girls are sick so rehearsals have been hard for them. I hope they can relax and enjoy today, but with two performances and the party it’s officially a lot to do.

    Best wishes to all on this rainy Winter Solstice day.

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