Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: June 27th

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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, 62 and cloudy in Bellingham. After yesterday’s small pool workout I was pleased to have the option of easy access to water so decided to keep the pool up and ready to use. But later in the day the reality of keeping the water clean settled in so now I’m conflicted. If I use chemicals the water will hurt the plants and without chemicals the pool will need to be emptied and cleaned frequently. Do I want/need another chore? I’ll decide later :)
    My neglected desk is waiting for me today so I’d best get busy. Best wishes to all.

  2. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 59 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 88. Sunny skies are in the forecast. For those keeping track, this is 20 degrees higher than the temperature a couple of days ago. We expect rain on July 5th and 6th and I am hoping it comes earlier to “dampen” the Fourth of July neighborhood fireworks. I don’t mind the professional displays – they have a start and end time – what I hate is the fireworks going off all night long because FREEDUMB.

    One nice thing about the Biden presidency is that the firehose of news pretty much stops at the end of the day on Friday. We can take a break and go about our daily lives without worrying about what fresh hell may have been unleashed by the Twitterings of an unbridled malignant narcissist. We do have to put up with Joe Biden’s meanderings (pith is not his strong suit) but it is a small price to pay. The economy is healing, fewer people are getting sick and dying and the rule of law seems to still have power in many places.

    Diana, I am glad you did not start sending out change of address forms!! So much better to find out that combining households was not going to work before plans progressed much further. Maybe now that things are opening up a bit, your current living arrangement will become more attractive again.

    I have to get back to it! I have set the ball rolling on downsizing and I have a million things to do. The actual move is still far enough out that there is no need to panic yet but I want to get ahead of the curve so that the final phases are simple and painless. This is a project that requires a lot of lists and I am very good at list-making. :)

    See all y’all later!

    • Hi, Jan, thanks. You’re right. As you suggest, this place is starting to be a little more like its old self.

      I need to take a step back from Younger Son’s family and concentrate on my own stuff, it’s true. Also need to realize that the children are growing up and staying at Grandma’s place isn’t quite as exciting as it used to be.

      Good luck with the downsizing! I’m doing it too; We have accumulated an incredible amount of stuff in three and a half years and we don’t need it.

  3. Saturday Meese. Another rainy day here in Kingston NY. 56 going up to 64.

    So much negative news about voter suppression it’s good to see the positive action on the ground

  4. Puerto Rico

    “A hawksbill sea turtle was trapped today inside the construction of the Sol y Playa condominium, in Rincón, after spawning 180 eggs at 3am. She was trapped until 7am, when a guard helped her. Mariela Muñoz and Mike Morel, from Proy. West Area Sea Turtles took the eggs.”

  5. Good morning and happy weekend. I’m eating breakfast, watching the news & Le Tour. Today’s the 1st mountain stage, and it’s raining. After yesterday’s incredible heat, today’s cold & rain has to hurt. Big crowds, but not many masks, which worries me. I felt bad last evening, I think I didn’t drink enough water yesterday so I’m going to be really conscious about that.

  6. Good Saturday morning, Meese! It’s a beautiful blue-and-silver day in Ashburn, with cloud shadows occasonally blotting out the sun. Right now it’s 70 F., going up to 78 F. with rain (which I do not believe). The 12 mph winds make it a bit too breezy for my taste.

    My cold is taking hold so I am dosing myself faithfully. Yesterday I did too much, so my foot hurt all evening. Between bouts of tidying, I must rest because we’re going out to dinner tonight. The family friend who has invited us is an Englishwoman who married an American (deceased now) and has lived in this country for years. We haven’t seen her in a year and a half.

    The dog sitter is coming from 6 to 8. The Mont-ster exercises an enormous constraint on our social life as when we’re not here, he tries to destroy the place. He often succeeds in this enterprise.

    Wishing a quiet, enjoyable Saturday to all at tthe Pond.

  7. We started at 59, it’s already 68, heading for 85. A little more humid than yesterday but the heat index is still not supposed to get to 90. We shall see. It’s sunny and supposedly will be “mostly” today. Yesterday cleared off long enough to generate 17.6 KWHs which is good though not great. On track for the day though not the month with 24.2 as the m-t-d. More we shall sees.

    Our last big chance to stop a fascist takeover in this country was 2016 – we had a 4-4 SCOTUS and while it would have stayed that way until/unless we got the Senate back, we wouldn’t have a SCOTUS that says it’s OK for rich people to have more access to voting than poor people. 2018 and 2020 weren’t exits from this path. More like stopping at a combined truck stop rest area. We’re repairing our vehicle as best we can with what’s available – and what we’re allowed to use – while the fascists try to stop us and break more. But we’ve also got a space to rest and recover in. Not having to try and repair the vehicle while it’s moving. I don’t know if there’s another exit down the pike. Even an emergency exit. Or even a space that can be used as one.

    This vehicle was designed and built by and for WASP male supremacists. Ones who demand freedom and equality within but only within the tiny subset of humanity that is WASP male supremacists. It has done and is still doing evil things to anyone not a WASP male supremacist. And is supported by deluded people who think they can be a part of the club if they do. It’s been expanded over the centuries to legally include most other folks. But that hasn’t stopped lynchings – or genocide – just slowed it down, shoved it under the rug, and called it something else. I can see the point of the folks who want to blow it up and start over. But a whole lot of people, people who will be hurt worse in a gang-war followed by fascist society which is what happens after blowing up an existing state, have put a whole lot of work into getting those legal changes. My old white woman vote goes to fixing it – and getting it out of the hands of WASP supremacists as fast as we can. If it’s possible.

    Cocoa-cinnamon-walnut muffin bread in the oven. Need more coffee. Then over to twitter to see how folks are doing. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  8. Good morning, 65 and sunny in Bellingham. I woke up feeling chilly, quite a change from last week! Son#2 is hosting a family 4th barbeque tomorrow so we’ve got some cooking to do today. I’m making gf ice cream bars, and Ron has bacon and blue cheese potato salad duty. If I find the energy to collect greens and flowers I’ll make a holiday bouquet as well.

    Best wishes to all.

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