Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: July 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. Wednesday Meese. Another day of rain here in Kingston NY. 68, going up to 86.

    Medicare. This senior approves

    • That makes so much sense. Now do Social Security – 40% of earnings replacement is just not going to cut it for many seniors in their 2nd or 3rd decade post-retirement.

  2. Puerto Rico

  3. Yesterday was tough. I logged out from work and took a nap in the afternoon. I should’ve put pain patches on this morning but I thought I’d see if just aspirin and desk yoga is enough. I’ll take a couple of exercise breaks during the day, maybe big movement will help.

  4. It’s 72 heading for 91 with heat index close to 100. At least it’s sunny. Yesterday we generated 20.6 KWHs and the m-t-d is 213 – not on track for 500 and more than a very good single day’s generation to catch up. Sigh.

    My hands are not working well again today. Maybe it is carpal tunnel. It doesn’t hurt which is a carpal tunnel symptom and my hands are cold which is not, but the weakness certainly is. Immaterial except that it means I won’t be boosting as much stuff – or even be online as much – as normal.

    Aji’s internet is still down but should be back up late this afternoon. Totally a provider eff up but that won’t replace missed sales or even reduce their extortionist bill any, of course. Jill’s got the virtual hearing today. The bad news is the judge has been changed – from a guy who understands the seriousness of the issues to a (irony of ironies) WOC who’s an abuser enabler. So her husband now has a friend in court. One who won’t issue that bench warrant if he doesn’t “show up” to that virtual hearing. Hold the Good Thoughts.

    Everybody else about the same. Still hanging on – but the knot in the end of the rope is getting a little frayed. And I’m not the only one whose hands are giving out, even if with them it’s metaphorical. Our country’s kinda in the same shape. We know we outnumber them but the law is written for an elite minority – and the MSM has been their propaganda machine for over 40 years now. More Holding of Good Thoughts – microcosm, macrocosm.

    Need more coffee, then do what I can online. Probably reading is in my near future. That’s OK. I like reading. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  5. Good morning, 56 and mostly sunny in Bellingham. I’ve got a quiet morning, but this afternoon will be busy as I made plans with Sue to clean the kitchen cupboards. I’m regretting it now but will be relieved when it’s done. Sue will do the upper cabinets, I’ll do the lower and we’ll both sort and discard what’s lurking in the hard to reach places.

    Best wishes to all.

  6. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 70 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 75. Cloudy this morning as the front finishes moving through then a few sunny breaks later in the day. We were under a tornado watch for most of the evening but the worst of it went north and south – the best outcome for me!

    Yesterday, the Republican mayor of Miami screamed at Joe Biden to “start airstrikes” to protect the Cuban people. JHC! First, you are a right-wing jackass who chose Donald J. Trump – a man who despises you for your ethnicity – over Joe Biden because of some bullcrap about “socialism.” Second, “airstrikes”? Where, on Havana? On remote jungles just to “show them”? They are just looking at something to yell at President Biden about to burnish their right-wing creds. Florida is tRump and I have no sympathy for the plight they find themselves in because they reject science and the need for regulations and the rule of law. Apparently the anti-BLM law that DeSantis put in place came back to bite him in the ass because those protesting against Cuba – and blocking Florida highways – had to be arrested and held without bail. He says this protest is “different” and they should not be treated like BLM protesters. The only difference is that one group is his supporters and the other is not – oops!

    The tRump “Last Days” tell-all books are disturbing. General Milley had no option but to stay on and try to push back but anyone else could have and should have quit or had tRump removed from office. And people wanting to rehab Jared Kushner, a man complicit in the killing of 600,000+ Americans, as our protector can STHU right now.

    I have a busy day of sorting, recycling and shredding ahead amid plans to get one work project done. The sad thing is that a lot of the cleanup has been invisible – from inside filing cabinets and in corners and under desks and furniture so it doesn’t appear as dramatic has it really has been. Today, I am going to concentrate on reducing some visible stacks of papers to see if that makes me feel more productive.

    See all y’all later!

    • Glad the tornados went around you. 🤞🙏🤞 you clear enough visible stuff today to see progress/feel productive.

  7. Good morning. Yesterday in the office was better, just a little shoulder stiffness this morning. Today: work & watch Le Tour. And get up to dance & stretch my shoulders several times.

    • Holding the Good Thought things get better. Whatever that means to you. Glad it wasn’t as bad at the office yesterday but wish you could continue to work from home. Healing Energy & {{{HUGS}}}

  8. Thursday Meese. 67 going up to 88 here in Kingston – and finally have a day where it might not rain – so can get some planting done (fingers crossed)

    Puerto Rico

  9. Good Thursday morning, Meese, and happy St. Swithin’s Day!

    St. Swithin’s day, if thou dost rain,
    For forty days it will remain;
    St. Swithin’s day, if thou be fair,
    For forty days ’twill rain na mair*.

    On the home front, it’s 78 F., with 71% humidity in Ashburn. Do not speak to me of rain: yesterday dark storm clouds gathered to the point I thought we were really going to be in for it, but then the clouds laughed and merrily moved away.

    Our fridge is on the blink. Much food has been spoiled and will continue to be spoiled until someone repairs the bloody thing. Monty, protesting volubly, was driven to the vet at 7 a.m. by his long-suffering parent. They wouldn’t let us feed him breakfast. The poor boy will no doubt have starved to death by the time Dearly picks him up at 4.

    In other news, I have a doctor’s appointment at 11, during which I’ll complain mightily, and a Communications Committee meeting at 3. That’ll be my day.

    Wishing a good day to everyone at the Pond!

    • {{{Diana}}} That sux. I hope “management” will pay you for the food lost as well as repair or replace the fridge. Holding Good Thoughts for both Monty and you with your various medical things. Healing Energy & moar {{{HUGS}}}

  10. It’s 75 heading for 90 and hopefully only a heat index in the mid 90s. Hopefully. The day started sunny but already starting to cloud up. Of course we won’t get the actual rain – if we get actual rain – until tomorrow. But we get to be cloudy or mostly cloudy for the next 10 days. Which pretty much shoots any chance we had of reaching 500 for July. But it hasn’t happened yet and who knows, we might. Yesterday we got 20.6 KWHs and the m-t-d is a hair under 234. (Which a totally possible 22 KWHs we’re not going to get today would put back on track. sigh.)

    Aji’s got internet back. Thank All That’s Holy. She went 4 days w/ no email, no social media, unable to reach her blogspot or the NDN Silver site, couldn’t even get to her downloaded kindle books. But she’d written everything up so yesterevening she spent several hours getting 4 days worth of posts actually posted. Jill’s day was truly bad. Starting w/ Mario not showing up on time and ending – after his truck broke on the way home & having to get someone else to pick them (& all the stuff she’d gotten in Taos) up and get them to her house – w/ Mario trying demanding more money for going “above and beyond”. Which even if she wanted to she couldn’t give him because, as he was well aware, her wallet was stolen while she was at the laundromat. Abuser-enabler Judge cut Ronald off every time he started to say something that would get him in trouble. Also didn’t let anybody bring forth proof to counter his lies. And ruled that his theft of her SSI wasn’t really a “felony” – but did sort of hint without saying it that a small claims court might rule in her favor. Lisa’s holding steady. Which isn’t good but at least it’s not getting worse. My friend on the other hand has got to get some of this stress off herself. And of the 3 – her dad, her husband, her job – the only one she can quit is her job. She may have enough combination of years of service + her age to actually retire rather than quit. She’s looking into that. Hold the Good Thoughts.

    My hands are better and the cats are asleep. I need to close up the house for the day. Then over to twitter – I didn’t finish boosting Aji’s stuff last night before I cratered. And I’ve my regular twitter chores as well. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  11. Good morning, 56, cloudy and a cool breeze in Bellingham. My thoughts are with family today. My bil is in surgery now for what I hope will be a cure for his cancer, and Erica and Sophia are in New York with Wil. His mother passed last night. She was comfortable in hospice care, but with no hope of recovery from her stroke it is for the best, just very hard for her family. So glad Erica and Sophia are with him now.

    Best wishes to all.

    • {{{princesspat}}} Sending Healing Energy to you and your family, however needed. moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • Most righteous rant! I wish I could help but I have tried to reach my siblings in deep-red states and pockets of insanity in blue states but it is impossible. I think I nibbled along the edges and at least three of my siblings are not MAGAts but they live in places where their votes are diluted by overwhelming stupidity (Missouri).

      This is me, too, Sis: “I never thought I’d have to side-eye all the random white people I see in the mall, or when I’m walking down the street.” I have had this problem since 2016 when I knew that neighbors in liberal Madison proudly voted for a literal heap of human garbage because he checked their “presidents must be white males who will promote our supremacy” boxes.

      THIS!! “‘Cause it ain’t gonna be just Black folks who are going down with the Whitanic.”

    • Very righteous rant! I haven’t managed to convince anybody that I know of. Although I keep trying. Your white grandmother was right.

    • I just got into the comments. Jeebus Cluny Frog! Somebody came into your diary just to #NotAllWhitePeople at you? Might white of them. sigh.

  12. Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 61 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 77. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast. It will be 72 this evening which is perfect weather – I see a long evening walk in my future.

    It sounds like the $4.5 trillion Biden budget is not just pie-in-the-sky. Yikes! There is a lot of good stuff in there – a friend who can’t hear well and can’t afford hearing aids is looking forward to the Medicare change. I am looking forward to the end of Medicare Advantage program advertising on my TV (bye, Broadway Joe!). Although it will probably be replaced by erection pill advertising so I should not celebrate yet.

    It looks like the election fraudit in Arizona is coming to a crisis point – the state senate wants to empower MAGA thugs to go door-to-door and ask people who voted absentee if they really did. I hope there is someone to stop them from doing this – nothing will put a chill on voting like “if you vote, expect literal stormtroopers to come to your door and demand to know your voting status.” My bet is that they would look for Hispanic sounding names and visit those homes. A Maricopa County judge did rule that everything related to the audit, including who is paying for it, are public records. The state supreme court is a Ducey rubberstamp so if it gets there it is likely to be overturned on the grounds that “it will make our lord and saviour tRump sad.” There are some big elections in Arizona next year – an open seat for governor (Ducey is term limited), attorney general, secretary of state and Mark Kelly’s bid for his own 6 year term (he is filling the rest of McCain’s term). Free and fair elections there are a BHD.

    It’s Friday and I am not quite where I want to be, project wise, so I need to map out a pre-weekend plan so that the weekend is productive.

    See all y’all later!

  13. Puerto Rico

    “Culebra residents have been without drinking water service for several days. Some have had to come to Isla Grande to get water by gallon since the cost increased to $ 8 and up to $ 9 dollars”
    Culebra is a municipality of Puerto Rico which is an island of 1,311 residents. “Isla Grande” refers to the big island of Puerto Rico.

  14. Good morning. Last weekday of Le Tour. They’ve been riding less than an hour & there’s been 2 crashes, the boys are tired after 3 weeks. My back is the same, just a little stiff with minor pain. Today’s plan: work till 3:30 then pick up my groceries. Got to check my health insurance selections, today is the last day for us to change. And with any luck, I’ll watch a rider break a long-standing record in Le Tour. He hadn’t even been selected to ride this year but an injury to another rider brought him in.

  15. It’s 74 heading for 81, raining and dark. The forecast is lower than they said yesterday & I might try to get some baking in. Didn’t get much sleep last night so clumsy and brain fog so I might not either. We got 16.5 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d is right at 250 – almost on track but gonna lose ground today. Sigh.

    Nobody’s better. Including me. & I don’t know what to do about it besides pray. So that’s what I’m doing. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  16. Good Friday morning, Moosekind! Another beautiful but HOT summer day has dawned. it’s 88 F. in Ashburn right now, going up to 94 F. Puffy white clouds will bubble up in the afternoon.

    Today begins week 4 of this nasty respiratory illness. I went to my primary doctor yesterday morning but she just laughed at my problems. Thinks my health is marvelous. I told her that one day she may be the only doctor whose patient committed suicide because of “overactive bladder,” and she replied “Three milligrams of melatonin when you wake up at night and can’t go back to sleep.” Rubbish.

    Monty was retrieved from the vet yesterday afternoon after an early morning starvation start. He’s very subdued, poor little thing. He was put under anesthesia so they could clean his teeth. He is now dangerously close to weighing 33 pounds, so we need to cut back on his food. Dearly and I are fighting about this: Dearly loves to give him titbits from the table while I argue furiously that he doesn’t need them.

    Heard from my great-niece in the U.K. this morning. She has now completed her master’s in journalism and will start work with the ITN network on Monday. She also freelances for the BBC. I sent her a copy of my book for her birthday last week, as she is a fellow writer.

    Still feel devastated by the death of Carol P. Christ. Everyone on the “Feminism and Religion” blog knew she’d been ill and was under treatment, but none of us expected her to depart this life quite so soon. Her writings have heavily influenced my thinking for the last 30 years. She and Starhawk, along with Gimbutas and others, have freed me from the burden of patriarchal religion.

    I have to leave for a doctor appointment in 20 minutes, so will wish a good, peaceful Friday to all at the Pond.

    • {{{Diana}}} Doctors who blow off what patients tell them are the reason why I don’t have one. And wouldn’t trust one as far as I could throw a Clydesdale if I did. Holding the Good Thought somebody somewhere listens to you and checks out for you what you are presenting with. Unless it’s a new but undiagnosed allergy – and unless they pay attention to you it will forever stay undiagnosed – there is no way you should still be having this respiratory illness for 3-going-on-4 weeks. Sending Healing Energy & more {{{HUGS}}}.

    • I have some of Carol Christ’s books, she was really good. Sad to hear of her passing.
      The melatonin suggestion would have me yelling. Melatonin gives me a headache, so no matter how badly I sleep, I never take it.

    • I hate how my doggie feels after dental but it is really essential to her health and well-being. The older she gets, the longer it takes to “recover”, it seems.

  17. Good morning, 57 and partly cloudy in Bellingham. My bil’s surgery went well, may his recovery do the same. As you all know finding good health care in rural New Mexico involves long drives and even longer waits for appointments so that reality has complicated everything.

    I’ve got a busy day so I need get going. Best wishes to all.

  18. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 55 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 79. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    DACA is under assault again (still?) but it appears that nothing will change except new applications. I am a bit perplexed because I thought that SCOTUS already blocked killing DACA – maybe they were just killing the immediate order to end the program and letting it finish at the district court? If this is the “finishing at the district court” part then there are at least two more chances to appeal – to the heinous 5th Circuit and then to the Sanders Court where Mrs. Jesse Barrett and her peeps will gleefully send 800,000 people “back” to their countries of origin and destroy the lives of millions. Goddess help us.

    I am trying to muster sympathy for unvaccinated people dying of a deadly disease that has been circulating for 16 months. Science gave us vaccines to protect us from the worst effects but they can’t cure ignorance and laziness: the current hospitalizations and deaths are skewed to 30 and 40 year olds who decided to invent their own facts that the virus only killed grannies and the blah people. I hope our hospital system holds up in the face of this pandemic of stupidity.

    Saturday! No new projects will arrive from clients for two days and I can make a dent in my scanning and shredding project and fine tune my to-do lists.

    See all y’all later!

  19. Saturday Meese. 68 going up to 85 here in Kingston NY, with another flash flood watch issued (I’m not in a flood area) due to more major thunderstorms and heavy rain.


    RIP. A warrior woman.

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