Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: November 21st

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 36 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 46. Partly cloudy skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

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  2. Sunday Meese. 36 here in Kingston NY going up to 52.
    Puerto Rico

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  3. Good morning. Warm enough here that I won’t even really need long sleeves when I go to church. I made 2 dishes yesterday: risotto with spinach & mushrooms; and a pasta dish that’s like spinach-artichoke dip. All I need to do today is make tea and overnight oats for the week. Right now, I’m eating breakfast & watching the news.

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  4. It’s 57 and pretty much gonna stay 57 all day. Overcast. When the wind is still it almost feels warm. When not, not. We generated 6.34 KWHs yesterday and the 123.32 m-t-d is still on track for 180.

    My oldest grandson’s mom and step-dad are going to bring me Thanksgiving dinner. I hope they bring the boys (“boys” are 24 and 18) – I haven’t seen them since Yule of ’19. Bless them. I mentioned in my last email with them how I was missing a real Thanksgiving dinner. So that’s at least one nice, family, thing to look forward to. (They’re all vaxxed. We’ll be masked.)

    Outside my mostly boring, minor issues, relatively safe world is not so good. Our society is evil and that evil shows everywhere I look. From white murderers getting off because they’re white and their victims were “others” or the “others” allies to the health and financial situations so many people, including all my friends are in because our healthcare system is unaffordable/for profit and the “safety net” is a joke. As far as I know, no new “adventures” – but just hanging on means there will be because they weren’t prevented. Couldn’t be prevented by the person in the health or financial (or both) situation they happen to be in. sigh.

    Sunday chores are barely started. I haven’t even had breakfast yet. So off to remedy that. Then Dee’s diary & twitter chores. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

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  5. Good Sunday morning, Moosekind! It’s 45 F. in Ashburn, with white wisps of cloud showing against the pale blue sky. The woods across the way are increasingly bare, of course, and yesterday I could see that the pool in the woods was iced over. I’m getting that “end of the year” feeling, when we look back on what’s happened and revel in the scenes outside. (Cue my favorite carol, “The Holly and the Ivy”)”:

    O, the rising of the sun,
    And the running of the deer…

    The Zoom call did not happen last night. I’m going to write to my sister-in-law and tell her to join Facebook, for Goddess’ sake. All she needs to do is to become a member so we can do a Facebook video call. My Australian nephews Darren and Tad have used it before, so I know it works. Sister-in-law is very stubborn, however, and believes the Internet is “a waste of time.” Duhh. People deride FB for good and sufficient reason, but I would be desolated if it vanished. I never get any political or RWNJ crap on it. I get the photos and news I want, from my friends and family across the globe. There’s a boy growing up in Japan, the child of American parents, whose progress I follow raptly. So there.

    In other news, the stew is simmering in the slow cooker, I have some frozen rolls that I’ll heat up at dinner time, and I bought two little pies for dessert. I want a day free of domestic chores. I am going to WRITE or die in the attempt.

    Bfitz, I’m really curious to know how you’re getting on without coffee. Oh, one last thing, I saw the moon a little past 6 this morning when I took Monty out. She looked nearly full and quite misty. Well, they do say rain is on the way, which of course I don’t believe.

    Wishing a good Sunday to all.

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    • {{{Diana}}} I’m doing fine without coffee. I just need to remember to replace the fluids I’m not getting when I don’t drink it regularly. Enjoy your writing. moar {{{HUGS}}}

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  6. Chilly enough for a sweatshirt this morning. This is my only “in office” day this week, since we’re closed Thursday and Friday. But, our phones are open from 8-12 today. Ugh. Glad I have a large stash of emergency chocolate.

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  7. Good Monday morning, Moosekind. Will have to keep this short as Monty is already barking to go out again. It did rain a bit before dawn, but nothing serious. It’s 4, going up to 50 F. today. The sky is still cloudy.

    Today my neighbor and I are going to the memorial service for our departed neighbor. She was so funny and charming! There will never be another like her. We won’t stay for the wake because we both have dogs who need attention, but at least we can pay our respects.

    Just put a batch of brownies in the oven for Dearly’s lunchtime dessert. Being British, he thinks they’re OK, not great, but I don’t have anything else right now.

    I was just flexing my fingers to start typing, “What the hell’s the matter with Wisconsin?” when it suddenly occurred to me that it’s not just Wisconsin, it’s everywhere. We live in a lunatic asylum of a country! And if the driver (murderer) is white, he’ll get away with it. Meantime, five people will not enjoy Thanksgiving or Christmas and others are injured. I don’t know what to say. If certain people would just pop off or at least retire, we could all breathe more easily.

    Well, I’d better gulp down my coffee and take the dog out. Wishing a peaceful day to all at the Pond.

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  8. It’s 28 heading for upper 50s and sunny so far. Yesterday we generated 6.34 KWHs and the m-t-d of 126.8 is (barely) still on track for 180.

    I’m still getting ready for the house cleaner. Need to get the sun porch ready for the cats to be on it for several hours (like put a litter box out there as well as water and their food dishes) and get all their toys off the floor. Tidy up around the wood stove. Consolidate all my papers & stuff on the table I use as a computer desk instead of where they usually reside so those surfaces can be cleaned. (They’ll go back to where I actually use them later.) That sort of thing.

    This country is evil. And every step away from evil we take brings a wave of outrage and backlash from the evil ones. And every time an evil one gets away with being evil, it emboldens them to do more evil. And I truly do not have an answer. Just keep trying to move us away from evil.

    Jill got bit by a spider last night, foot swollen and hot, but she thought it was going down the last time I talked to her. I haven’t connected with anyone else yet. So I’m Holding the Good Thoughts for everyone.

    Need to get to twitter and set up then get back to getting ready for the house cleaner. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

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  9. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 19 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 32. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Another too-busy Monday morning shortened my time to read the Internet news so I will have to hope I am not missing something that I need to be enraged about!! I did see that Rittenhouse’s attorney is upset that his white supremacist client is getting embraced by the white supremacist establishment and the gun humpers. Yes, he knows that PuffyCheeks McKiller is not done with his legal problems and that becoming the poster child for the Republican Qs and NRAs is not going to help him. Rittenhouse himself says he is not racist and supports BLM! May the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune find him.

    I am waiting to find out who killed the parade people in Waukesha. From what I know about Waukesha, my money is on an angry old white guy who was pissed that he had to drive around the parade to get the American Legion bar to start his day of drinking.

    See all y’all later!

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    • I was wrong about the killer. People who want an out and out race war are as bad as the MAGAts – goddess help us all.

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  10. Monday Meese – 44 going up to 46 here in Kingston.
    Looks like the Waukesha story has taken a bad turn.

    Puerto Rico

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    • Glad PR is mostly vaccinated. I first read about Vieques many years ago because the Navy’s war practice tactics were killing and traumatizing dolphins. At the rate the Rethugs are gerrymandering districts, we’ll never get a House or a Senate capable of passing laws to help PR and Vieques.

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  11. Good morning, 40 and partly cloudy, with rain later today, and even more rain all week. My housekeeper was here on Saturday and we were visiting in the kitchen when she got the call telling her that the person she was with on Friday tested positive for covid. She left immediately, I opened all the doors, then spent the day outside cleaning up the garden and spreading gravel in our muddy parking area. We are all vaccinated so lets hope this is just a scare. I had a dental cleaning scheduled for today but my dentist decided it best to reschedule.

    My kids are nor alarmed re covid, but due to combined pressures of work, weather and now covid Erica and her family will stay home instead of being here for Thanksgiving. I’ll miss her, but fewer people is wise this year. I hope the rain will ease so we can be together outdoors.

    I’ve got a Tday cooking prep list for today so I’d best get busy. Best wishes to all.

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  12. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 23 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 43. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast.

    It is no shock that the ghastly Waukesha Parade Massacre has brought out the worst in the media. On the surface, the killer looks like a pretty bad guy but claiming that the 16 crimes he has been charged with over the past 20 years as evidence of that is bull. That he was let out on bail and killed people is horrible but it should not be an indictment of the entire bail system, a system that has been used to punish people of color – and people of color who are charged with crimes at a higher rate than others. You can’t indict the entire system because of one terrible outcome. It is heartbreaking that innocent people were killed but when innocent people are killed by white people carrying assault weapons, it is NEVER an indictment of white people or the politics of lax gun laws, each of those murderers gets treated as an individual not a monolithic representation of his race or his politics.

    Kans-ass says any religious exemption to a vaccine mandate is fine and if you get fired for refusing to vaccinate, you are entitled to unemployment. I hope the federal government has some recourse on this – a large portion of unemployment is covered by the federal government and to use that money to promote the #RepublicanDeathCult should not be allowed. The Kansas legislature tried to further block private employer mandates but realized that it would tick off the donor class which wants the mandates and they didn’t have the votes to pass that; no business wants to shut down because ignorant employees are blowing COVIDs all over the workplace. Maybe there is hope.

    I have a couple of errands to run before the stores become impossibly busy. It may be too late but I need to try. This year we will be doing Thanksgiving at a friend’s house so I will not have to hunt and gather for a holiday meal as I usually do. We have been told that we will be taking home lots of leftovers which is good news.

    See all y’all later!

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    • One more point about the controversy swirling around low cash bail. In this case it is also tied into the way the justice system treats domestic violence. If the murderer had done what he did to a random stranger in a bar fight or a workplace incident, he would NOT have been off on $1,000 bail – that the victim of that crime was a family member or person living with him lessens the offense in the eyes of the law. We need to remove the category “domestic violence” and just call it “violence” – then maybe we will see bad actors locked up.

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  13. Tuesday Meese. Starting my prep for Thanksgiving today – lots of cooking to do. 25 here in Kingston going up to 41.

    Puerto Rico
    Four years and 63 days have passed since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. The lack of full, regular, dependable electrical power on the island is a travesty and far too easy to ignore when all most mainlanders see is pretty pictures of the tourism sector and beaches.

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    • Posted text and not the tweet

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  14. Good Tuesday morning, Meese. Another bright, clear day has dawned, 29 F. right now, going up to 45 F. It began unpleasantly with Monty barfing up more green vomit—not on the brown mat I had carefully placed next to his bed, of course, but on the damn carpet. I’ve changed my mind about buying another washable rug. I’ll look for something like the chair mat Hubby’s desk chair slides around on. That dog gets on my last nerve.

    I’m short-tempered anyway from lack of sleep. Had five good hours, from 10 to 3 a.m., but after that I was trying to get back to sleep for two and a half hours. Getting up early did enable me to see the waning Moon, which made me feel better for a couple of minutes.

    Yesterday I attended my neighbor’s memorial service and cried. Not loudly enough for anyone to hear but enough that I had to avail myself of the little packet of Kleenex thoughtfully provided by the funeral chapel. Evidently I’m more old-fashioned than I’d thought: people clapped after what they considered to be a good eulogy. I did not. Also, I don’t like the 23rd Psalm rendered into modern language. There’s a grandeur to the sonorous cadences of the King James version. If I ever buy a copy of the Bible, it will be that version.

    The service began a little after 1 p.m. We left to drive there (my neighbor across the hall and I) at 11:30, and it was 3:30 when we arrived back here. We did not want to attend the wake as we both had dogs waiting unattended at home. For the rest of the day I was pretty useless.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

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  15. Wow, it’s 37 degrees this morning — glad I’m working from home. It’s supposed to get up to the 70s this afternoon. Nothing much going on. I’ll get back to the walk/run when I don’t have the skin cancer treatment going on.

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  16. It’s 39 of a lovely sunny Tuesday. Heading for 65 – but it’s not going to get over 50 early enough for me to hang the clothes outside. So this will be the 1st of the season laundry dried in front of the wood stove. 😁 Yesterday we generated 6.6 KWHs and we’re at 133.4 m-t-d. Still on track for 180.

    The cleaning person was very nice and did a good job. Her (adult) son who was helping her was also nice and very helpfully changed my HVAC filters for me (I have to use the cut-to-fit filters and my hands haven’t been up to the cutting part). But (generalization &/or stereotype follows) like most men while he did a good job on the cleaning he had to be told what to do. Like “doing” the bookcases means taking the books and knickknacks out, dusting them, cleaning the shelves – including the top you have to get on a step stool to reach – and putting everything back. Not just dusting in front of the books. His mom caught most of what he “forgot” and I caught a few she wasn’t in the room to see. She said she’d do just floors and bathroom for $50 – and I think I can afford that once a month. So I’m to call her around the 17th to set up for cleaning on the 20th. (She’s a good person. Grew up on a ranch in west TX, abusive family, 1st kid at 14, 2nd at 16 – then she managed to escape with her kids. In her 40s now, diabetic, trying to help her older son go back to school & break the poverty cycle.)

    Jill’s son’s been moved to get him away from his father’s interference. So of course his father wants to move to where he is. Truly there is an experimental colo-rectal cancer program in that area. But he wasn’t going to go there, had already made doctor appointments in NM, until the boy was shipped across country. I haven’t heard any situational updates from anybody. But at least they are alive and posting (so coherent and have internet) so I guess call that OK.

    Cats are busily trying to undo everything the cleaning lady did yesterday and I’m doing my best to slow that process down. But for now, off to twitter. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

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  17. Good morning, 46 and cloudy. I was awake in the night, listening to the rain, so it’s nice to see lighter clouds this morning. Yesterday was a housekeeping day and today is food and flower prep. If I apply myself and keep editing items off the list we’ll have the simple Tday we all need this year. Feeling grateful we have that choice.

    Best wishes to all.

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  18. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday that feels like a Saturday because yesterday felt like a Friday …

    It is 36 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 52. Mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast. The wind from the south bringing this warm air in was fierce and somewhat disconcerting – wind does not often come from that direction.

    The January 6th insurrection is finally starting to turn into some prison time for the bad guys. People are still getting arrested and the Congressional Committee is turning over the rocks around the tRump White House and finding all sorts of slimey creatures slithering out. They won’t be able to indict the Orange Orshole himself – as both a past president and a potential 2024 candidate he is untouchable – but the people around him who organized and funded the attack on the Capitol (and democracy) are fair game. I am not sure how the Justice Department will be able to ignore it. I wish the list of indictments would include the sitting members of Congress who broke the oaths they swore to protect and defend the Constitution. They are some truly deplorable people who should be imprisoned.

    Today I will wrap up a few accounting projects to try to get ahead of the month end next week. December! Yikes.

    See all y’all later!

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  19. Wednesday Meese. 22 here in Kingston, going up to 44. Got posts on the stove already – cooking for tomorrow.
    Happy to see our leadership with Chef Jose

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