Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: November 28th

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, meeses! Friday …

    It is 34 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 45. Cloudy skies are in the forecast.

    Well, at least the government won’t shut down right now. That is a relief for people who would like to enjoy the winter holidays without worrying about losing government benefit payments and being unable to access help during the ongoing pandemic. I wish that the rich white people in the Senate could experience for ten minutes how it feels to be living on the edge. The empathy gap is not partisan, it is privileged by race and wealth and power. Joe Manchin is no different than Mitch McChinless, Kyrsten Sinema is no different than Susan CoatHanger Collins – they do not suffer when times are bad and they don’t have to care about their constituents who do.

    I have a few things that I need to do this morning so I better get to it. The Postal Service slowdown coupled with the Thanksgiving holiday and probably a crush of early mailing of holiday cards is causing my bill payments to not arrive on time. I just had to do an emergency online payment to avoid late fees on an account that I had requested my Bill Pay service to issue a check to with 7 day cushion. The service needs to factor in Louis DeJoy and not promise delivery based on historical experience. I will add the cushion myself.

    See all y’all later!

  2. Good morning, 34 and mostly cloudy. We did get a tree yesterday, along with a wreath for the front porch. RonK scrubbed the mold and grime off the steps, then we put lights on the porch tree and swept the rug. I would like to say I’m done now, but the back entrance needs attention today. I usually have a small potted live tree with lights on the plant shelf but this year I’m going to make a winter arrangement and add lights to the branches. Hope my idea works!

    Best wishes to all.

  3. It’s already 59 and while the widget says mid 70s I’m betting it’ll hit 80 before the cool front moves in tonight. I say cool rather than cold because the temps are only dropping back into the 60s. We didn’t quite reach 6 KWHs yesterday but close enough that combined with the slightly over 6 Wednesday made the m-t-d reach 12 – on track for 180 but barely.

    Slightly groggy and running behind today. (I haven’t even had breakfast yet.) Got enough sleep but didn’t manage to go to sleep until after midnight and slept until 8. I need to do some baking today, like as soon as I’ve set up my twitter stuff for the day. And the whole-house water filtration system, being slightly overdue for maintenance, is getting done today so I need to at least tidy up a bit before the guy gets here. I think. I hope.

    Amelia’s focusing on her mother, being emotional support, as it looks like her mother’s husband may pass within the next day or two. Meanwhile we who are trying to help here are working on finding out what’s happening with her doctor’s office – and finding her a viable if temporary alternative walk-in clinic to see if she can get at least some of the medications she’s supposed to be taking that way.

    So. Off to twitter. Then off to baking. Then we shall see. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  4. Saturday Meese. 27 here in Kingston going up to 47. Can’t get used to it being December already.

    Puerto Rico

    • Good Saturday morning, Meese! It’s a lovely day in Ashburn, although the sky was clouded over earlier. Right now it’s 46 F., going up to 58 F., and white veils of cloud are trailing across the blue. The trees are very still, either so denuded of leaves and showing their squirrels’ nests, or sporting dry brown leaves.

      No one, especially no journalist, ever mentions that WE, the already born and breathing independently, have a “right to life.” I despise the media and all evangelical Christians who seek to impose their hateful worldview on the rest of us. There is a deep vein of stupidity among the American populace, and always has been.

      I blame the British for exporting all their religious nuts and criminals to these shores in the 16th and 17th centuries. That laid the foundation for what we are experiencing today.

      I understand why people believed in religion. When life was hard and most children didn’t survive infancy and childhood, it was a way to make themselves keep going. If God had a plan, then mere humans could know nothing of it but must accept it. Moreover, white males constantly informed them how “good” this deity was (anyone who really reads the Bible questions that), and how society was stratified in its rightful place.

      As dear Napoleon used to say, “Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.”

      There’s no reason to believe in oppressive patriarchal religion nowadays. How I wish I’d been in that Boston church in 1975 when women rose from the pews chanting, “The Goddess IS alive, and magic is afoot!” and then they walked out.

      Oh, well, sorry to get off on this rant. It just makes me so furious.

      Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I’m reading Rita Moreno’s autobiography. I had no idea the Puerto Rican countryside was like that! I’ll keep reading although I may limit myself to a chapter or two a day: nonfiction doesn’t have the power that fiction has over me.

      Also had a pretty decent night’s sleep, probably owing to the pain pill. I have no pain! I’ll take the next one at 4 p.m. With my poor hearing, when the dentist said “tooth splinting” I heard “tooth splitting” and wondered whether I’d look like Blackbeard the Pirate after the root canal. Not so. Next Friday I’ll go and get worked on again, this time for the “tooth splinting.” There’s one tooth that likes to dance a little jig when encouraged to do so and it’s right in front.

      Wishing a good day to all at the Pond and a lousy day to all the forced-birthers. I will have a good time scrubbing the toilets with my Tr*mp-headed toilet brush!

  5. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 28 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 36. Cloudy skies are in the forecast. We are expecting some mixed precipitation tomorrow.

    The Crumbleys are exhibit A for “not everyone should have children.” They give their obviously disturbed son a gun, force the school to keep him in his classroom, encourage him to hide his criminal tendencies from authorities (“LOL don’t get caught”) and then when he commits a horrific act of violence, they freaking run away, leaving him to fend for himself. When I adopted my daughter, I had to submit to background checks, financial disclosures and interviews. Maybe they should shut the whole “getting pregnant” thing down until we can guarantee that selfish unfit assholes can’t bear children and then force their damaged offspring onto our society.

    I have been up since 4:30am, as I usually am, working on trying to organize my to-do list and trying to avoid being distracted by things that “I just remembered” that I need to do. It is not working very well! I rearranged my office space last month and I am still not comfortable with where my stacks and folders are. I think I need another little table to put stuff on so my stacks are spread out a bit and the HOT stack has its own spot. Anyway, I better finish the handful of things I have started so I don’t have an even bigger mess.

    See all y’all later!

  6. I feel somewhat guilty reading about the weather elsewhere. I’m wearing sandals, had to switch back to a/c, it’s 67 degrees out, headed to a high near 80. Not sure what I’m doing today. Maybe the gym…. For now, I’m watching the news and waiting for the caffeine to kick in.

  7. It’s 53 going up to 68 and overcast. sigh. May get rain this afternoon. Probably won’t. Just clouds all day. Yesterday we generated a bit over 6 KWHs and the m-t-d (at 18) is on track for 180. It won’t be tomorrow.

    Got 5-1/2 hours of sleep. Groggy. sigh. So much just plain wrong stuff going on – not really with me personally other than my hands and the sinusitis messing with my sleep – that I can’t do anything about. In the world in general as well as with my friends in particular. We live in a stupid, short-sighted, evil society. Almost every single wrong in the world and definitely in the country trace back to that. The stupid refuse to learn, the short-sighted see no benefit to long-term gain, the evil are chortling over their success. These people cannot be worked with. They have to be worked around. And since these people also own the media, I don’t know if we can do it. (Especially since some of those short-sighted, stupid, evil people are on our own team.)

    The cranberry-nut muffin bread came out nicely and added to the holiday scent the evergreen wreath brings to my house. So at least that is good. Off to twitter. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  8. GM….34 and raining. I should have cut the garden greens yesterday but I was busy indoors so I’ll wander around in the rain later today. RonK collected some holly branches yesterday, so I’ll have some arranging fun soon. With family help we are going to bring the tree indoors this afternoon. Younger knees bring Christmas cheer up the basement stairs easily and smile while doing so!

    Best wishes to all.

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