Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: April 4th

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, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 48 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 52. Rain expected all day. Hello, April? We are pleased about the showers because it is dry here and we DO like May flowers but a few hours of sunshine would be nice also.

    I am hoping a lot of the garbage coming from the right is the last remnants of butthurt being shed – the ugliness has to be driving away the middle, those who claim to not like liberalism but who enjoy many of the benefits having a decent competent government can bring. “Replacement Theory”? Sheesh, our country is built on diversity and it is beautiful and glorious and yes it means fewer white people. I hope we can keep the idiocy tamped down long enough for the next generation – multi-racial, multi-cultural, LGBTQ-friendly, diversity-embracing – to take over and dilute the ugliness of the Fox News poisoned in America.

    Diana, I hope your surgery went well and that you are resting and recovering quietly, waited on hand and foot by your family members. Get well soon!

    I am determined to complete several accounting projects and will also put up a Biden-Harris post on the American Jobs Plan from earlier in the week.

    See all y’all later!

  2. Saturday Meese. Ut’s already 53 here in Kingston – going up to 73.
    Have been following the volcano eruption in St. Vincent.

    Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves

    Some history


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    6 May 1902, La Soufrière erupted killing 1,680 people, just hours before the eruption of Mount Pelée on Martinique that killed 29,000. The death zone, where almost all persons were killed, was close to entirely Kalinago (Carib). BE PREPARED https://t.co/zHnafAQ9Tq

    • Great Goddess, Dee! Those poor people! Hope they were able to get away without harm.

      I read about Martinique years ago and thought how totally horrible it must have been—like Vesuvius, like whatever-the-Minoans-called the volcano that erupted in 1650 B.C.E.

      May all survive and find comfort again.

  3. Puerto Rico

  4. Good Saturday moaning, Meese, although really, there’s nothing to moan about as far as my personal life is concerned. We have 54 F. in Ashburn, going up to 73 F. today, and it’s foggy. It’ll be cloudy all day, too. I don’t mind as I’m forbidden to exercise for a week and so have no need to go for a walk.

    Jan, thanks for your good wishes. The experience was much, much better than I anticipated. Although the inside of the Surgery Center (what a name) was as ugly and gray as all the other such places I’ve ever visited, the doctors and nurses (all women) couldn’t have been nicer. I liked the way they explained every single thing they were about to do. The pre-op nurse put a Xanax tablet under my tongue to “relax” me and it was the nastiest-tasting thing I’ve ingested for some time. Then the doctor-anesthetist showed up. I asked if they couldn’t put just put me into a deep hypnotic trance, as my dentist used to do when I was a child, but they simply giggled. They explained it was the least amount of anesthesia that could be used, so no, I wouldn’t suddenly burst out singing unsuitable songs, because they needed me to be conscious enough to follow directions.

    They even left my left hearing aid in my ear, which was good, because I could hear and understand what they were saying. Anyway, they took me to the laser room, where my doctor said they were “breaking up” the cataract, then to another room where they were going to do the rest of the surgery. I felt no pain at all. It all took less time to do than to write about it!

    Anyway, I’m home now, where I can EAT and drink endless amounts of the tea and coffee I wasn’t allowed to have yesterday before the surgery. When the doctor and I had my post-op visit in the afternoon, I was given a “read these capital letters from left to right” test, causing the doctor to say, “Your vision has already improved!”

    They warned me that my vision would be blurry the next day, and it is, rather, but what I can see is very sharp and clear. I’m not to drive, cook, bend down, shower (for a couple of days), or do anything very much. I slept off the rest of the anesthetic yesterday. Unfortunately I failed to notice the post-op instructions that warned against eating anything but soup and jello, so I had an Impossible burger for dinner. Totally enjoyed it, too.

    So—a week of drops four times a day, sleeping on my back with an eye shield, and wearing very dark sunglasses when I do go out is in store. I’ve had Lasik before, so I’m used to this regime. It’s not as onerous as it probably sounds.

    At the risk of sounding mean, I must say it has been like a vacation not to have Monty around. His neediness, whining, yelping, and begging would have got on my last nerve. As it was, I was able to rest yesterday, so this morning I feel quite well. We’re getting him back from his “hotel” this morning after he’s had a bath.

    Sorry to be so me-focused this morning, but this info may help if anyone else is contemplating such surgery. Jan, I know you’ve mentioned it. You’ll probably have the non-Lasik kind, which is far less complicated with regard to eyedrops and so on.

    Wishing a nice, quiet day to all at the Pond. Regarding the passing of Prince Philip, I will only say may he rest in peace. I read about his life in the WaPo this morning. It was interesting to learn that no matter how rich and well-connected one may be, life doesn’t always go as one desires. He wanted to be a naval commander. The Queen herself has remarked that those few years of being a naval wife on Malta, driving herself to the grocery store and to card parties, was the closest thing to a normal life she’s ever had.

    Later, Meese!

    • Glad to hear you are doing well! It turns out that my cataract surgery, which had been recommended two years ago and which I thought was imminent, will not occur as I don’t need it yet. As it happens, all I really needed was someone who cared enough about my eyesight to get me a prescription that matches my eyes. I will not go back to that original ophthalmologist but the good news is that I am probably years away from cataract surgery and likely won’t have to worry about anything disturbing my semi-retirement work schedule.

      • The worst part of “healthcare” in America isn’t access or cost, as hard/bad as those are. It’s finding people who care enough to pay attention, listen, and treat your symptoms/issues, not what they’ve pre-decided the issues are/treatments needed. Way too many seem to go into the “healthcare” professions for the power it always gives and the money they’re relatively sure they’ll make. sigh. I’m glad somebody checked your eyes against your Rx – and wrote a Rx to match the actual situation with your eyes. Blessed Be.

    • {{{Diana}}} I’m so glad things went well with/for you! You have found some real jewels as far as medical/eye care is concerned. Healing Energy & moar {{{HUGS}}}

  5. Still warm here but a cold front will take us back to seasonal weather next week. Today: make next week’s tea & “overnight” oats. Maybe get in a walk. Right now I’m watching the news & eating my almond butter sandwich.

  6. Rain and cloudy weather moved in yesterday. Clouds first, of course. So while yesterday we got up to 80 degrees, the PV system only generated 11.3 KWHs (m-t-d 135.5) and we’ll be doing good to get that much today. It’s supposed to warm up tomorrow but then be highs in the 60s for the rest of next week. Springtime and all that.

    Cloud wants to eat but it hurts. So he does a few kibbles and stops, then a few more kibbles, then walks off. The vet tech says it’s normal. Especially for cats who won’t eat soft food – like Cloud – because the hard kibbles are hitting the not-yet-healed gums. But she also said cats usually heal quickly and give it to Monday. If he’s not eating more by then, they’ll come out and take a look.

    So many things going on in the world. Healing Energy to the folks in St. Vincent, that most folks got safely away, that things calm down and they can get home soon. That they get more and better help faster than Puerto Rico has for effen sure! That Puerto Rico finally gets the help they need. That all the folks needing clean water get it. All the folks needing vaccines & other medical care get it. So many things that aren’t even personal. So many that are – that earicicle/Amelia Earhart1’s situation with phone, car, & COVID resolve soon (& she can finally get back to her doctor & renew her meds), that fineena’s surgery & post-op go well – the list seems endless. As is the Energy I do my best to Channel to them all.

    Off to read stuff. And boost stuff. And check on those I can. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  7. Good morning, 38 and cloudy in Bellingham. Thanks to the instant delivery of books on Kindle I read all day yesterday. It was very restful, but my eyes are tired. I read on a Kindle app on my iPad, but have been considering buying a Kindle Paperwhite as Erica loves hers. She reads more than I do and loves the ease and has less eyestrain. I prefer to read actual books but sometimes the instant availability of an e-book is nice to have.

    Ron’s brother and our niece will be stopping by for coffee this afternoon so I need to bake something and tidy up the outdoor visiting spot. I thought they would be here tomorrow so thank goodness Ron checked with them last evening. I’m not sure where they are re Covid shots so until I get more protection we’ll keep social gatherings outdoors, rain or shine.

    Best wishes to all.

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