Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: April 11th

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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. It’s 52 heading for 63 and overcast. sigh. But we generated 15.8 KWHs yesterday and started this morning at 175 for the m-t-d. We shall see what today brings.

    Amelia got her car back – took almost $1K of her stimulus. She’s not done yet – needs a smog inspection for the car and then to renew her driver’s license – but at least the money bleed-out of impound fees is stopped. She may need to wait until she’s got the 2nd jab before she can go back to the doctor and get her meds. Which may need to be adjusted anyway since she hasn’t seen the doctor in over 18 months. But things are in train. The new cell phone & the helping “neighbor” in the motel were both godsends. Bless a friend for the cell phone. Bless the motel manager for knowing enough about – caring enough about – her long-term residents to suggest the “neighbor”.

    The vet, bless him, came by after hours yesterday to look at Cloud. Checked his liver and some other things to be sure the not eating hasn’t caused worse problems. (No, thank heavens.) Said Cloud’s gums were showing “some inflammation” that probably came from eating those hard kibbles before the gums were healed enough. And gave me more anti-inflammatories/pain meds plus some antibiotic. And didn’t charge me either. Post-op care. I can’t say Cloud’s back to normal because he’s not but he did eat almost 2 TBSPs kibble last night after his first load of meds and again this morning. He’s taking more time – I had to put his bowl up twice so the other cats wouldn’t finish his food when he walked away – but so far he keeps coming back to finish. Hold the Good Thought.

    Springtime! When pollen and dust combine to mess with everybody’s breathing (& eyes) and trash everybody’s sleep. sigh. No, I didn’t sleep well, either. So I’m slow and easily derailed from whatever I start doing. Thank the Goddesses I’m retired. The sun’s trying to peek through a break in the clouds. That’s a gift. Light always helps me get through, whatever it is I’m trying to get through. (Doesn’t help me sleep, of course, but it helps me deal with a day when I didn’t get any the night before.) Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  2. {{{princesspat}}} Yikes! on the J&J – & thank All That’s Holy this came up before you got that shot. Healing Energy & moar {{{HUGS}}}

  3. Wednesday Meese. 44 going up to 70 here in Kingston, NY

    I’m still really angry.

    Daunte Wright

  4. Puerto Rico – a reminder

  5. They keep saying we’ll get cooler temperatures…… but another warm morning at 72. Some chance of rain. Didn’t walk yesterday, maybe today. Since it’s warm, I should switch back to early morning walks. Ugh. It’ll take me a few days to convince myself to re-set the alarm to “ungodly early”.

  6. Good Wednesday morning, Moosekind! It’s bluishly gray with cloud cover this morning. The current temp. in Ashburn is 56 F., going up to 63 F. with rain predicted for the plain this afternoon.

    Got lots of work this morning for the meeting tomorrow at 3 p.m. Hope to make it to the main Clubhouse this afternoon to walk on the treadmill. The Surgery Center’s instructions were “no heavy exercise other than walking or going at a very slow pace on the treadmill.” I wish my energy matched my ambition.

    Have been thinking more and more about how pleasant it would be to take a sabbatical from the Committee so I wouldn’t always have this feeling of “undone homework” hanging over me. The Writers’ Group, on the other hand, is no problem: the topics are so general that I can almost always recycle something I’ve written before. My biggest problem in that group is staying awake.

    Quite unexpectedly I have acquired a garden tub! These are galvanized steel containers, waist-high and oval in shape, which makes it easier for bent, trembly old people to tend their plants. I was no. 5 on the list but all of a sudden I am now in possession of Tub 26! Once again I’ll plant tomatoes and zucchini, being entirely too lazy to look for real tomatoes at a farmers’ market this summer. Wish I could grow peaches too.

    Cannot think of a single intelligent thing to say, so will now sign off. Wishing all at the Pond a good day.

  7. It’s 51 heading for 63 and not exactly sunny but not exactly overcast either. Which is better than expected/predicted. Yesterday we generated 14.67 KWHs and squeaked over 190 for the m-t-d. If it continues as it’s started today (doesn’t get darker again) we should get to 200 by nightfall.

    Cloud’s stopped eating again. He did fine yesterday until just before bedtime. But he didn’t eat that last TBSP I give them to hold them until I get up in the morning. And he wasn’t at the bedroom door with the rest of them when I opened it. I’ve got another call in with the vet. Hold the Good Thoughts.

    So much evil going on in the world and I can’t do anything about it. Or at least anything I haven’t already done/am already doing. Or if there is, I don’t know what it is. So much anger, so much pain, at the deaths of folks who shouldn’t be dead and if we were a decent country wouldn’t be dead.

    So much need going on. Most of it shouldn’t be and if we actually were a decent country there wouldn’t be. Folks having to fundraise online for rent or other big-ticket needs is bad enough. Folks having to fundraise online for food is Deplorable. I’m tired. But I can’t be as tired as the folks having to do it.

    So. I worry about my cat. & my friends. & the online folks I may not know personally but I do know they’re human being, have value, & shouldn’t be in these situations. Give a little, boost a lot, pray/Channel constantly. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  8. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 36 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 39. It is supposed to snow shortly.

    Just a quick hi and bye – today’s schedule blew up with some issues at a client’s site and I am still working on it.

    See all y’all later!

  9. Good morning, 47 and sunny in Bellingham. Looks like my vaccine dilemma is on hold for now as Rite Aid has cancelled J&J appointments. I’ll still see my doc with the hope he can help me with a new plan. If not, I guess I’ll continue to be a reclusive old lady muttering around in my garden!

    Best wishes to all.

    • Princesspat, I’m sorry about the postponement, but I was worried about your getting the J&J shot. You have a history of blood clots, if I remember correctly. Let’s hope your doctor can recommend something that will work for you.

  10. Good Thursday morning, Meese! Looks as if a clear day is dawning. The current temperature in Ashburn is 52 F., going up to 63 F. We had so much rain yesterday that even I was satisfied with the amount.

    I have an appointment with the eye doctor this morning at 11:30, a very awkward time of day. I’m afraid of what she’s going to tell me because there’s a fuzzy patch in my vision.

    Woke up far too early this morning because I didn’t take a prescription sleeping pill. Wonder whether I’ll be able to stay awake for the meeting at 3 p.m.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  11. Thursday Meese. 55 here in Kingston NY, and it will stay 55 all day, with rain.

    Puerto Rico

  12. I told myself last night that if I woke up at 5, I had to get up and walk. So guess what happened at 5:10? I got in a 1.23 mile walk, with 6 segments of 30 seconds running, 1 minute rest between. Yay me! Today’s plan: work. Once again, they’re forecasting rain. I’ll believe it when I hear some. It was comfortable out when I was walking in capris & a t-shirt.

  13. Good morning, 40 and will be sunny in Bellingham. I’m awake way to early because I went to bed way to early last night. I’m enjoying working in the garden but I get really tired so my day ends before the sun goes down. Oh well, it’s nice to be outdoors regardless.

    Time for coffee or perhaps a nap :) Best wishes to all.

  14. It’s 48 heading for 65 today and sunny at the moment but overcast in the forecast. sigh. We did get 13 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d is 203 – still on track to get over 400 this month. It’s nice this time of year – between the angle of the sun and the more hours of daylight, even on overcast days we generate as much or more than a good day any time between Samhain and Imbolc.

    Well, the vet couldn’t find anything wrong with Cloud yesterday afternoon. Or nothing more than the minor inflammation of the gums we already knew about. He gave Cloud a shot of pain meds and another of a different antibiotic plus sub-q fluids – and gave me a scrip for topical pain meds if it looks like pain is what’s causing him to not eat. This morning I gave Cloud his oral antibiotic and his anti-inflammatory meds. Cloud didn’t eat last night but so far this morning – slowly and with many breaks – he’s eaten almost 3 TBSP of kibble. If he eats another TBSP, I won’t stop worrying but I’ll stop freaking. That’s not enough for normal, of course, but it is enough to keep his liver and other organs from being damaged.

    Today’s my 2nd Pfizer jab. The pharmacist said show up between 10 and noon so I will be out of here in a little over an hour. Once I’ve got it on board I’ll breathe a little easier for myself. Beltane is my “as safe as it’s gonna get” marker. If the place I get my haircuts is still masking, I may celebrate that way. I am seriously craving an enchilada plate lunch. 😁 We’ll see if I can bring myself to go get one today. (Not likely. But I do pass a Mexican restaurant on the way back from the pharmacy.)

    Off to do my twitter stuff before I head to the pharmacy. (Need to do laundry when I get back. heh.) Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • I am sure you are already aware that the second shot can cause some symptoms that the first shot didn’t. My second Pfizer made me very tired and the next day I had no appetite and just wanted to nap. A friend’s second Moderna make her pretty sick, headaches, fever, like a flu. Give yourself time to recover!

      • I’m 3 hours in and so far so good. But yes, I will indeed do what I can to take care of myself for the duration.

  15. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 41 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 50. Mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast.

    I caught some of the hateful Republican Senators attacking Kristen Clarke at her confirmation hearing. They really lose their shit when a smart Black woman is given any power, they don’t even try to hide it. Deplorable.

    I think it is a good idea that a bill to expand SCOTUS has been introduced. Back in the 30s, when FDR tried to add justices because the ones he had were trying to undo the New Deal, the court decided – on their own – to quit being anti-WeThePeople assholes. Maybe such a thing could happen now although even when Roberts votes with the liberals, we still lose. It would require that at least two Justices who want to preserve the institution instead of being seen as tRump hacks. In any event, it will make for some interesting conversations.

    I spent all morning working on one recalcitrant problem and now my daily allotment of work energy has been expended. Time for a nap!

    See all y’all later!

  16. Good Friday morning, Moosekind! Gracious, am I the first one to chime in today? That’s unusual.

    At the moment our 15-20 mph winds are blowing white clouds across the otherwise clear, pale blue sky. It’s a chilly 44 F. at the moment in Ashburn, going up to 59 F. later, and will feel 10 degrees cooler because of the wind. If I get a walk in today, it’ll be in late afternoon at the main clubhouse gym on the treadmill.

    Yesterday’s visit to the doctor consumed two hours! Thank Goddess I told Dearly I’d drive myself rather than asking him to drive me and wait. I was able to leave him a sandwich for lunch because we made a lightning visit to the grocery store for lunch materials. Anyway, the doctor appeared pleased with my results and the surgery coordinator said my left eye surgery will happen the afternoon of May 14. It’ll be good to get it over with.

    A busy morning lies ahead with various writing chores to do. I actually did manage to get one story in to the committee before the meeting yesterday. I looked like the Wrath of Goddess on Zoom because besides the lack of sleep, I’m not allowed to use makeup while all this is going on. Good thing my hubby doesn’t mind my Ugly Phase!

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond and nothing bad happening today.

  17. Good morning, meeses! Friday, finally …

    It is 34 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 55. Some sun expected but mostly cloudy skies.

    I was glad that Joe Biden sanctioned Russia for their attempts to destroy our democracy both in 2016 and in 2020. They failed but they came pretty close by selecting Donald J. Trump as their vessel, a sociopath with no scruples, easily flattered and easily manipulated. There needed to be repercussions and we needed to put Russia, and everyone else, on notice. I hope that the rest of the Mueller findings are released to remind people that Republican Senators were willing stooges for the Russians by refusing to rein in their compromised political leader. They do not deserve to have any power.

    I hope that Joe Manchin takes a good look at Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz (and Rand Paul and Roger Marshall and Josh Hawley and Tommy Tuberville) and what his alliance with them means. By giving power to the Republican Party and the racists who control it – allowing them to block qualified nominees and slow down justice – he exposes his own white supremacist bent. I will be glad when we don’t need his vote to kill the filibuster and advance We The People legislation. We need to pad our Senate lead in 2022.

    Goddess help us if Chauvin is not convicted of something that puts him in prison. If he is acquitted after incontrovertible video evidence that he tortured and murdered George Floyd, there is no justice in America.

    See all y’all later!

  18. Friday Meese. 38 and cloudy here in Kingston NY going up to 49
    In case you missed this:

  19. Puerto Rico

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