Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: August 15th

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. Wednesday Meese. 68 going up to 82 with rain here in Kingston. Going to get a Moderna booster shot today, so is my husband.

    Puerto Rico

    Senator Migdalia González Partido Popular Democrático

    “After going through 2 threats of Tropical Storm, I raise my voice so that the reconstruction of the homes that 4 years after Hurricane Maria continue with blue awnings is attended to in an expeditious manner. It is time to take action safeguarding the lives of our people.”

  2. Good morning. Working in the office today, hope my back can deal with it. Laughed so hard at the news that Abbott has covid. But they said his symptoms are mild, darn it.

  3. It’s 71, going to 81 (heat index mid to upper 80s) and overcast. “Scattered” showers supposedly throughout the day. What’s certain is the cloud cover. We generated 9.5 KWHs yesterday. At least I’m not having to use the A/C. The m-t-d starting out today is 246.97 – so yeah, 250 today. But probably not 260.

    One more potential path out for Jill hit a dead end. She’ll keep trying. I haven’t checked in with anybody yet this morning so as best I know everybody is doing as they were yesterday. Which isn’t good but for some is worse – or at least more immediate – than others. And while money would help most of them with some of it, not all of it can be helped with money. Holding Good Thoughts.

    Wretched sleep. Probably not compared to other folks considering I probably got 5 hours altogether. Not in one stretch, of course, but total. So. Coffee, then Dee’s diary & twitter. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  4. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 73 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 82. Mainly sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I only have time for a quick hi and bye as it is already after 10am and I have been dealing with client issues all morning.

    See all y’all later!

  5. Good morning, 58 and mostly sunny in Bellingham. Ryan and I had a quiet but very nice day together yesterday. We were in my sewing room again and while I puttered around he played a challenging computer game. Ron cooked a good dinner and we were all early to bed.
    I gave Ryan the Ancillary Justice series for Christmas last year and he loved the books so I’m reading the first one now. It’s always a challenge to enter into a new fictional world but worth it when I can finally keep the characters straight and become engaged in the story. I’m nearly there with this one!

    Best wishes to all.

    • I wanted to like the Ancillary books. In theory, they should be right up my alley. But I just didn’t care about any of the characters. I tried twice, gave up both times. I hope you enjoy them – the author seems really cool.

  6. Thursday Meese. 72 going up to 82 here in Kingston NY. with rain all day.

    Got my booster shot. Husband did too.

  7. Am going to post Haiti tweets along with my daily Puerto Rico ones – I am VERY upset about the lack of news priority around what is happening there.

    Asked this question

  8. Puerto Rico

  9. August in Texas. Our overnight low was 80. No, really. And the weather people are talking about a heat index, even before the sun is all the way above the horizon. Working at home, my back doesn’t hurt that much — way better than last week.

  10. It’s 70 heating for 84 (heat index supposed to top out at 92) and sunny at the moment. Rain supposed to move in later today but the widgets can’t decide when. Yesterday we generated 12.7 KWHs – no, not on track – and are starting the morning with the m-t-d at 259.59 – also not on track. sigh.

    Anybody who expected a different result whenever we pulled out of Afghanistan was deluding themselves. And others. Just like they did with Vietnam. Some of us weren’t fooled the first time and certainly weren’t this time.

    The world – well, as it impacts humans and other living creatures – seems to be teetering on the edge. Environmentally, politically, health, every which way. My friends are also teetering on the edge. Financially, physically, emotionally. Nothing I do helps get them off the edge. My best has maybe helped them from going over. Maybe. So Good Thoughts, prayers, whatever.

    I’m heading out to do stock-up shopping shortly. Like as soon as the morning traffic passes through. I’ll be masked. We shall see how many other will be. Meanwhile I’ll try to boost everything I can find before I take off. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  11. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 64 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 77. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast. It was foggy when I got up but it has cleared.

    Mask mandates are now in force in Dane County and Madison until September 16th. This is mainly to give schools “cover” for mask mandates – so that they can blame the county; County Executive Joe Parisi has said he is willing to take the heat to protect the children. The #RepublicanDeathCult is already suing but the other lawsuits were dismissed and this one will be also. Any judge in any court that refuses to allow schools to require masks is a murderer, full stop.

    I am running late again and have to get my day started.

    See all y’all later!

  12. Good Thursday morning, Meese. For once we woke up to a beautiful day! There’s a mackerel sky of white cirrus clouds stretching across the blue. We have sunlight gilding the woods across the way, and a steambath outside. It’s 78 F. with 72% percent humidity, on its way to 88 F. If rain happens, it will be during the night.

    The 9/11 article that’s been giving me fits all summer is now back from review by the subjects. It currently reads as if three different persons had written it, so I’ll spend the morning changing that. I’m stil over the 600-word limit. I changed “returned tanned and rested from summer holidays to take up everyday life again” to “returned tanned and rested from vacations to resume everyday life.” I read so many novels set in England, I keep forgetting that “holidays” has one meaning in this country.

    One bit of good news: in the barbershop where I get my hair cut I noticed twice as many customers wearing masks as last week. I double-mask and always have.

    Bad news: my friend at Greenspring writes that she has had double vision for two weeks and it’s due to very bad cataracts. Her doctor tested her and eliminated macular degeneration and glaucoma as the cause, but is waiting to find out whether it’s due to a small stroke. I hope she will be OK for surgery. It was at her flat I first noticed double vision and fuzziness in my own eyes 18 months ago. Oh, the joys of getting old, etc., etc. When I see a United Airlines jet coming in to land it hurts to know that I will probably never fly again.

    Well, that’s enough from me this morning. Onward and upward! Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  13. Good morning, 64 and cloudy in Bellingham. The sidewalks across the street are being replaced so it’s noisy with big trucks and concrete saws coming and going. Years ago broken sidewalk pieces became our patio pavers. The concrete company dumped several loads on our front lawn and our sons and their friends hauled them to the back. The neighbors were alarmed :)
    Noise aside I’ve got another quiet day ahead. Ryan’s muscle issues are limiting his activity so we are just spending time together. I worry about what this means for his future, but for now he is coping well. Best wishes to all.

  14. Friday Meese. 68 going up to 82 and cloudy here in Kingston. Arm still sore from Moderna booster shot, but I expected that.


  15. Puerto Rico

  16. Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 66 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 86. Sunny skies are in the forecast. I misread yesterday’s forecast and “shared” the morning rather than the afternoon high – it was not 77 (that would have been nice) – it was closer to 85 at the hottest point.

    I am nose to the grindstone as I approach a hard deadline for some house clearing work. I will say this – I should have dusted more! Some of the things I am pulling out of closets are dust laden and it is not great to breathe in. How does dust get into a closet??!! The door is closed!! Anyway, I have extra help only through tomorrow and I need to focus on utilizing that to the maximum extent possible.

    See all y’all later!

  17. Good morning. We’re having normal August weather, which feels hot because we’ve had such a rainy & less-hot (not gonna call mid 90s cool) weather. The Science Channel has astronomy shows all day so I’ll have that on in between making calls.

  18. It’s 76 at the moment. The day started sunny but is now overcast. We may or may not get rain but it’s supposed to cause a temporary dip back to 70 before heading up to 88. Heat index is supposed to top at 95. Yeah, right. Yesterday we generated 13.9 KWHs and the m-t-d reached 273.

    Nothing’s changing. For me that’s not bad. My need for more money is so I can give it away. (The skid of woodbricks I need to get soon will cut that back even more – but I still have it.) For Jill, Amelia, Aji, Karen. . . that’s not good. Right now especially Jill. The Taos County DMV office is jerking everyone around on the “Real” ID thing – and every extra hoop, loop, and derailment means another $50 trip to town and that she can’t file the divorce papers. And that’s just the legal stuff. And when I look further out than personal friends. . . It’s worse than not good.

    At least I got some sleep last night. Almost 7 hour, too. So that part’s good. Got flea goo on the cats. So that’s done for another month. Coffee and twitter stuff up next. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  19. Good morning, 60 and cloudy in Bellingham. Lisa will be here soon and after lunch Ryan will go home. It’s been a very good visit but we’re all ready for some down time. We’ll have more family visits in September.

    RonK will have a basil cell spot removed from his leg this morning, and I should help Ryan gather up his belongings before his mother arrives so I need to get moving. Best wishes to all.

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