Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: September 19th

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”, Motley Meese! The week begins …

    Morning low of 57 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 88. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Sunday Meese
    58 going up to 74 here in Kingston NY.

    Puerto Rico

  3. Diana can’t even email but she can DM on Twitter & this is what she sent me yesterday afternoon.

    Darling, thanks for emailing! I am missing the Pond dwellers dreadfully. No word on my laptop. All my passwords are on my laptop, unfortunately.

    It’s 79 F. In Ashburn, a blue-and-silver day with cloud shadows blotting out the sunlight. We are assured the sun will return at 1 p.m. today. Last night when I stepped onto the porch to see whether the rain had stopped, I could smell that Mr. Skunk had been visiting. This morning I could hear the September song of the crickets, who evidently all woke up at the same time and decided to serenade us.

    One of the nicest people here has come down with Covid. She’s been double-vaxxed like the rest of us, masks up in public, and she contracted it anyway! Must have been from someone asymptomatc.

    I have to go to Wegman’s now. How are you? How are your poor hands? May the sun shine on your solar panels!



  4. Good morning. I made pasta & vegetables yesterday, today I need to make next week’s tea and overnight oats. I don’t really have 5 lunches, so I may dash into the grocery store for a couple of frozen meals. Currently watching the news, waiting for church on youtube.

  5. It’s 66 going to 86 (heat index 92) and partly cloudy. Which doesn’t bode well for the electricity generation since it was mostly sunny yesterday and we only got 10.4 KWHs. With the m-t-d at 224 at this rate it will be end of Tuesday by the time we’re over 250 (the 2.5K system generation September 2014).

    More drama at Jill’s – the other dog who was part of the fight that killed her sweet older dog came back. Definitely hurt and covered with dried blood. Animal Control wasn’t going to come out to get him until this morning. So a neighbor came over and put the dog out of his pain and misery. So in 48 hours Jill’s buried 2 dogs, spent a terrified night, had one taken away (& the shelter’s discovered what she told them about the dog being fine with humans but aggressive to other animals was true and are now trying to blame her for “sticking” them with an unplaceable dog), and is dealing with more PTSD as well as mourning the elder dog and trying to comfort the remaining dogs.

    Aji’s got her NDN Silver account back – even got an apology from Twitter! Everybody else doing about the same. Hanging on and doing what they can in the circumstances. Holding Good Thoughts all around.

    Sunday chores included turning the mattress on my bed this morning. But it’s done until the solstice. Off to DK and twitter. After more coffee. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  6. Good morning, 54 and raining in Bellingham. Less rain yesterday so enjoyed a visit in the garden with my sister, but lunch will be indoors today. It’s just too wet outside, and everyone else is ok with being indoors together so I’m trying to cope. I think my tRump anxiety has morphed into covid anxiety and that’s not good for me or anyone else.

    Time to find my coffee and get busy. Best wishes to all.

  7. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 70 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 81. Chance of thunderstorms today. After this front moves through, we will be cooling down. I am ready. The full Harvest Moon is splendid and Fall Equinox will be Wednesday afternoon. Thank the goddess for her constant presence.

    A quick glance at the headlines – “Biden takes a quiet bike ride while there are crises, won’t take questions.” JHC on a popsicle stick – our press is a steaming pile of garbage!!! They want 24×7 trumpian choas and a person whose life revolves around the injuries to his fragile ego. It’s time to prune the pundit class, they are now manufacturing news stories to fill their click-bait basket.

    Busy day here so I have to get my nose back to the grindstone.

    See all y’all later!

  8. Monday Meese. PR is in my prayers today – as always

  9. Happy Monday. Working in the office today. Did my walk/run even though August has made a return appearance. 77 degrees and I think the heat index was 80. The weather guy said today may be the hottest day of the year.

  10. It’s 71 going to 90, heat index at least 95, and sunny. At least at the moment. We only got 6.66 KWHs yesterday – m-t-d is 231.49 – so definitely not reaching 250 today and with the rain moving in probably not tomorrow either.

    Lousy sleep and feeling grungy. As soon as I get some breakfast in me I need to head out to Tractor Supply. It will take about 5 trips in the Camry to get that pallet of woodbricks home. With unloading between each trip. sigh. But I’ll have them which is the important part. If the widget is correct, I may be doing my first fire of the season tomorrow night. We shall see.

    A few miracles have happened for Jill – expensive miracles, but miracles still. But she’s still not out of there and safe. Just has everything in a row to get out of there and safe. Step by step. At least the steps are getting closer together. Everybody else seems to be hanging on. I think. I hope. (Diana was supposed to get her laptop yesterday and hopes to be back today.)

    Oatmeal, coffee, twitter while I eat, hit the road. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  11. Good Monday morning, Moosekind! How I’ve missed you! Yesterday, when they called to say my laptop was ready, I was going to sing:

    My laptop’s back
    And you’re gonna git it

    (Sung by a loud female chorus)

    Unfortunately, no. Yes, I managed to get here (thank Goddess), but my email doesn’t work! Dearly has promised to call Geek Squad, but it will take them ages to to do a home visit. They’re understaffed. Moreover, I can’t find my data and my precious bookmarks.

    But enough of this technical chitchat, it’s boring. Right now in Ashburn it’s 69 F., going for a high of 79 F. We’re in for a week of temps in the mid- to high 70s, Meese! This makes me very happy as I was getting hugely bored with summer. The equinox will be rainy, which is a bummer. However, looking at it another way, how better to spend a rainy morning than by attending the Authors’ Festival here on campus? Come one, come all, to Farmwell Hall! There will be balloons, flowers, prizes, and 24 authors, looking very earnest and wearing blue-and-gold Authors’ Festival masks. There will be a photographer as well as representatives from the press.

    My half of the table will be covered with a black-and-silver spiderweb tablecloth. On it will be displayed a copy of Magical Encounters, a dish of wrapped chocolates, an order form (as in, Would YOU like to buy a copy of Magical Encounters, autographed by the author herself, and delivered right to your door?”

    Sure you would. I can’t sell at the Festival itself (the Home would require me to fork over $50), but I can take orders. Also appearing on my half of the table will be a statuette of Bastet and a statuette of Leda with a swan tiresomely nudging her at the knees. I am sharing the table with a Christian writer, so Goddess knows what his reaction will be.

    So today I have to wrap prizes, count the number of paperbacks I can sell, create an order form (luckily Big Sur found my printer), go to the gym, and somehow finish the laundry.

    Poor Dearly had a rotten night so I’ve got to finish the laundry before he has a restorative nap. (I’ve always had to fold laundry on the bed, even when I lived in the house. All the places I’ve dwelt in were designed by great big ol’ hairy MAY-YUN, who never folded towels or underwear in their entire lives.)

    Bless all here at the Pond and don’t forget to look for the Harvest Moon tonight, Goddess willing and the creek don’t git up!

  12. Good morning, 53 and partly cloudy in Bellingham. Our family lunch was very nice…. the food was tasty, the dogs behaved, and Heidi is still with us. Feeling very grateful, but my knees need to recover so I won’t do much today.

    Best wishes to all.

  13. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 61 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 68. Mainly cloudy with occasional glimpses of the sun. A line of storms went through around 10:30 or 11:00 last night and has brought a cool down for the next week. I was shocked to see the radar when I finally stirred from my sleep of total exhaustion at about midnight and heard rain outside. It’s a good thing there were no tornado alerts as I would not have heard them!

    Congress is back in session, intent on burying the good government bills that Joe Biden is trying to pass. “Moderates” in the House (read: “those whose donations depend on the drug companies and fossil fuel”) are planning to reject the reconciliation bill and “progressives” in the House (read: “if we can’t get it all, we don’t want The People to have anything”) are planning to reject the bipartisan infrastructure bill because they want to bern everything down. It certainly looks like Democrats in Disarray – I hope that Nancy Pelosi has a plan including a plan to suspend the debt limit. Meanwhile, Joe Manchin continues his “I Got Mine, Screw You” white privilege assault on democracy by hanging onto the filibuster. I guess he likes being in the minority and is happy to give tRump another presidential term. I hope karma is unkind to him and that it involves his hair falling out and facial craters.

    I had a bad night’s sleep Sunday night, a too-early morning filled with project work and a 3 hour drive yesterday (some in the rain) which wore me out totally. Today I have some work projects then I have to finish prep for a planned large item donation pickup Wednesday (mainly making sure that nothing is in the way of the movers). I have a lot of lists going and it is probably time to consolidate them – I almost missed an important deadline to get a rebate on some HVAC.

    See all y’all later!

  14. Puerto Rico

  15. Good morning. I had really bad laryngitis yesterday, had to grab work where I didn’t need to call people, and that’s what I brought home for today. There’s a big cold front blowing in, so I think it was a combination of allergies and tiredness because I’ve been sleeping really poorly. Tomorrow’s walk/run should be great: it’ll be 62 degrees.

  16. Good Tuesday morning, Meese. Jan, thanks for the Moon report! Naturally I couldn’t see it last night or even at 5:30 this morning, as the sky was clouded over. Right now in Ashburn it’s 66 F., going up to 70 F., with rain coming in later tonight. Showers tomorrow.

    Woke up at 4:30, got up at 5:30, so feel entitled to lie down for half an hour. Have a full day ahead—exercise, barbershop for a shampoo and blow-dry, shopping for tonight’s dinner. This afternoon I have a manicure. I hope to get her to paint my nails with black polish with silver specks in it.

    James the Geek is coming a week from today. Hope that he can restore my email. I can still get it at one of my addresses, both on the phone and on the iPad, but not the one I use for business. Blast.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond! How nice it is to be able to say that again!

  17. It’s 61 heading for 74 and overcast. We got almost an inch of rain overnight. Which unfortunately I was awake to hear. Yesterday’s sunshine gave us 11 KWHs and we’ve got 242.65 m-t-d to start the day. IF it clears off we might reach 250 today. At least generate more than the 2.5K system did.

    Things are on the edge for several people. So I guess “prayers up” works – Healing & Helping & Protecting Energy needed. One serious enough I’ve a real wax candle burning.

    I’m tired from getting and bringing in 96 20-lb packages of woodbricks yesterday. Achy but no pain, thank the goddess. Now if the tremors and muscle twitches going all the way up my arms would just go away. I don’t know why the sinusitis last night but it was not good. I wish to heaven antihistamines worked for me. sigh.

    Twitter and coffee and on with the day. Which includes the vet coming to check out Murf. (He’s been “poorly” lately.) I might bake later. I definitely will bake in the morning. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • {{{bfitz}}}!

      Hope this day improves for you, bfitz! I was wondering whether you’d got all your bricks in. May the Powers relief your pain. Do you have FloNase, or does that not work either?

      Blessed be.

      • {{{Diana}}} – nope, that doesn’t work either. sigh. Not much does and when it does it’s only a few days out of a month. More achy than pains, thank goddess. Healing Energy & Blessed Be.

  18. Good morning, 53 and partly cloudy in Bellingham. The PNW is very dry so the soil and plants need the rain, but I’m ready for a sunny day. It’s soggy outside!

    I’m also looking for some good news but not finding any…..dems in disarray, Biden failing at everything, etc, etc. Makes me feel grumpy and gloomy so I’m going to find a distraction I can enjoy today. Best wishes to all.

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