Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: March 27th

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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 16 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 32. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Sunday Meese. 36 going up to 42 here in Kingston – tonight temps will plummet to 19 degrees. Sigh. March.

    Found zero new stories on Puerto Rico in English.

  3. Good morning. Warm morning and will be gorgeous this afternoon. I got most of next week’s cooking done yesterday. I have tea steeping now, and will make overnight oats this afternoon. And I’ll go for a walk. Now I’m watching Ali Velshi (who just did an eloquent defense of Biden’s “Putin’s gotta go” moment) and eating breakfast.

  4. It’s 45 heading for mid 60s and sunny again. 3rd day in a row. If it doesn’t cloud up again. Yesterday we generated right at 17.5 KWHs and the m-t-d is 28.3 – it’s possible, not likely but possible, for us to reach 300 by end of day. Counting today we’ve got 5 production days left in March.

    My friend will be here shortly – we’re going out for coffee. I’ve started my housework and need to get over to twitter and set up before she gets here. Well, I don’t really need to but I’m going to. LOL. And of course visit Dee’s diary when I get back. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  5. Good Sunday morning, Moose Peeps! March is going out like a lion—cold, blustery, and dry. Thank Goddess we don’t have to go anywhere. Tomorrow I might have to pick up a couple of items, but at least I can stay home today.

    Not much to say except that I did get some sleep last night because I took half the recommended dose of Tylenol PM. Consequently, I actually have a little energy and have not fallen asleep even once since rising.

    Outside it’s 42 F., with gray clouds and white clouds hanging around, not beautiful to comtemplate at all. The high will reach only 45 F., if that.

    Well, it’s time to get on with my day. Housework! Ugh. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  6. Good afternoon, 54 and mostly cloudy outside my window. I worked in the garage yesterday have kept and have my legs elevated all morning so I can do a bit more this afternoon. When our son finishes sorting all the wood and rebuilding the rack it’s stored in I will shuffle one more shelf unit and then the storage will be organized and we will have some actual work space. I know things will shuffle again when we work on the structure, but I don’t know when that will happen so this is good progress for now.
    Thanks to the magic of Kindle I read book 4 in The Time Police Series, written by Jodi Taylor yesterday too. I stayed up late but it was fun to be lost in a book while resting my legs. Best wishes to all.

  7. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 18 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 34. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast.

    The news is easy to scan this morning because it mostly centers around the Oscars and I have no interest in movies or really any current culture! The president of Ukraine appears willing to trade his country’s agreement to neutrality for Russian troops going home. The question is if he is willing to cede the two “breakaway” regions in the east to Russia in exchange. It would be a difficult decision – the regions have been a mess for quite a while and the constant fighting has made them nearly uninhabitable. But if you give them to Putin, does that set the stage for the next set of regions he wants – and another invasion after he gets his military beefed up? The other side of the coin is that Ukrainian citizens are being slaughtered and their homes and businesses leveled. Do you stop the – literal! – bleeding by agreeing to terms and hoping for the best? :(

    Busy week ahead as I have to finish clouding my files so I can downsize my network one more notch. It is turning out to be tricky and I need to do it right so that I don’t lose any documents or functionality.

    See all y’all later!

  8. Monday Meese. Brrrr. 20 degrees here in Kingston NY and we have snow on the way.
    Stayed up past my bedtime to watch Oscars because I was rooting for “Summer of Soul” to win Best Documentary- and it did. Yay!

  9. Puerto Rico

  10. Didn’t even need a sweater this morning. And it’s supposed to be gorgeous this afternoon, probably 80. I may leave work early, to check out some shoes to replace my broken brown ones. Happy that Summer of Soul won!

  11. Good Monday morning, Moosekind! I must have slept because I had absolutely peculiar dreams. Where was that dark little walkup apartment in New York that we moved to, and was I half-asleep when I chose the clothes that didn’t match? Not to mention having a housewarming party the minute we moved in! Dreams are weird.

    Anyway, I have recovered some of my ability to walk and talk after being bored stiff by the Oscars. Luckily, I had a book in my lap as usual, but after an hour or so I just got up and went to the bedroom, there to read some more. I understand from Twitter that I missed the most interesting part of the show.

    I did wonder whether Jada Pinkett had been undergoing chemo or had alopecia. It’s alopecia. I know something about that, as Elder Son had it for a while. I ransacked the Internet for cures and came up with thyme oil and a peculiar Swedish drug made of fish scales, and it seemed to do the trick. The round spot of alopecia disappeared from his head eventually. Feel great sympathy for those who suffer from it, it can’t be pleasant.

    Meanwhile, back here at the ranch, it’s 29 F., partly sunny, and we’re about to have a cold week with annoying gusty winds. The winds were 40 mph yesterday. Our highs will be in the 40s.

    In the meantime I must deal with a disturbing rumor that The Powers That Be are going to stop allowing carryout from the restaurants. My poor husband has such bad arthritis that he can’t sit in an uncomfortable chair while waiting for the well-meaning but clueless kid servers to bring dinner. He also has COPD, so can’t be around people who go maskless and who mingle with unvaxxed people off campus. Third, but a factor I can’t really mention to the Powers, is that dinner with other people is so boring. “Where did you come from, do you have children in the area, what did you do for a living before you retired,” repeated ad nauseam. My neighbor down the hall is so immunocompromised (kidney transplant) that she wears a mask at all times, and my friend who has a husband dying in hospice care can’t use restaurants either.

    A first-world problem, to be sure. In other news, allergies are up, weight is up, and time for check-in is up. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

    • That is awful about not allowing carryout! You live in a shared living community with older people who have valid reasons to not want to mingle. Did they hire Ron DeathSantis to establish policy??!!?

      • Thank Goddess, I contacted a member of the Resident Advisory Council yesterday. This rumor turned out not to be true. It is true that they’d like more people to eat in the restaurants, but there will continue to be carryout, and food delivery will continue to be free.

  12. It’s 49 going to mid 70s today and sunny so far. Yesterday we generated 17.4 KWHs bringing the m-t-d to 299.65 – which is already 300 from just this morning’s driblet. With 4 days left to generate there’s no way to reach 400 or even 375 – but we’ll get over March of ’20’s generation so that part’s good.

    Shingles relapse. Sigh. Instead of the tepid spongebaths while the rash was flaring, last night I enjoyed a nice and long and hot shower. And the rash was back before I turned the water off. Oh well. I got 5 hours of sleep in 2 chunks separated by 4 hours of not sleeping. Yes, I’m groggy. But my hands are still working – stiff on the keyboard (which is probably just as well or the tremors would have me typing all kinds of weird stuff) but no problems with the mouse. I had a lovely visit with my friend over coffee – mocha for me, lavender latte for her – yesterday morning at a “new” shop she’d found. It was early enough we were the only customers so we stayed inside to drink it. Much more pleasant than the chilly wind outside. I also had a nice visit with my son yesterday afternoon when he brought me milk and carrots.

    I haven’t heard anything from anybody which is actually good. They usually tell me if something more stressful than usual has come up. Holding the Good Thought for everybody – including the folks in Ukraine. Off to twitter. I’m gonna do laundry in a bit – and hang it outside for the first time this year. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

      • Thank you. It’s really not that bad. More irritating than anything else. Especially since I can’t get the vaccine until the rash is gone. I know many people for whom they were absolutely much worse than what I’m dealing with. I’m very lucky.

  13. Good morning, 48 and raining outside my window today. We’re all slow and sleepy this morning but that’s ok. Everything on our multiple lists will eventually get done, or it won’t matter if they don’t! Best wishes to all on this rainy sleepy Monday.

  14. Tuesday Meese. Brrr 20 degrees here in Kingston, going up to 37.

    Puerto Rico. RIP. The passing of an amazing ally.

  15. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 27 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 39. Mixed precipitation is in the forecast.

    I started my morning with worrying that the Medicare Advantage plan that I changed to was not in place and spent some time on live chat trying to understand what the status was (it turns out that until Open Enrollment is done on 3/31, nothing looks permanent). Then I spent another 30 minutes panicking because the conversion I was doing on a program that I use to organize my notes and lists was crashing and it appeared to be losing my data. I am still not sure yet what the status of that is – I need to stop EVERYTHING and get a short list for today in place that reflects what I should be working on. The news will have to wait.

    See all y’all later!

  16. Warm morning, nearly 70 already. Cloudy & windy — high fire danger today & tomorrow. We might get a teensy bit of rain later in the week, but not enough to bust the drought. Going to look up ergonomic stuff, my back is bothering me again. My upper back doesn’t rest on my work chair unless I consciously push it against the chair, and it gets tired & achy when I don’t. And now for some humor. Apparently Chris Rock had congratulated Denzel Washington on Hamlet shortly before the slapping incident:

  17. Good Tuesday moaning, Meese. Again, it’s horribly windy although sunny in Ashburn this morning, with the present temp at 31 F. The high today will allegedly be 48 F. Thank Goddess we don’t live any farther north than we do.

    Had one of those Nights from Hell last night. Could not go to sleep, it was 3:15 before I closed my eyes, yadda yadda. One of the most dispiriting aspects of old age is the idea that I can’t do as much in one day as I used to. Well, the alternative is death, so can’t complain.

    Hope everyone will have a good day. Hope bfitz’s shingles will not act up, that Jan will get her tasks done, and there won’t be wildfires anywhere near anotherdemocrat.

    Blessed be to all at the Pond.

  18. It’s mid 60s going to mid 70s and overcast. Not “need the lights on” dark, but it’s certainly not sunny. Yesterday we generated 17.87 KWHs which brought the m-t-d to 317.5 – we’ve got 3 apparently cloudy days left in March to get over the piddly 325 we generated last year. Whether or not we can depends entirely on how cloudy these last 3 days are. One of the characteristics of global warming in the lands west of the Great Lakes meridian/line is more clouds & humidity, less precipitation. sigh.

    I had a rotten night – better than Diana’s but that’s not saying much. Managed to sleep from 5 to 8, which of course has put me behind on everything. I went out and did my grocery shopping. Prices are up. I spent something like $85 on what even a year ago would have been around $60. Part of that’s choice – I bought 2-lb beef because I really need the iron and a few other things that chicken doesn’t have as much of. I’m not switching to beef, just gonna eat it more often than once a month or less. LOL. My hands are cold and stiff. The shingles aren’t any worse even if not better. I’ll take it.

    Having just logged on, I haven’t clue number one what’s going on with anybody anywhere from Jill and Amelia to the nations of the world. I guess it doesn’t matter whether I know or not. I’m Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody anyway. Off to twitter. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  19. Good morning, 47 and partly cloudy so I’m going to be outside today, cleaning, pruning and planting the beds around the patios. We have two family birthdays and Easter in April and if the weather is agreeable I would like to be together outdoors. So that means I need to start now so the patios will look more like spring and feel more inviting. Best wishes to all.

    • You’re an inspiration, princesspat!

      I relinquished my garden plot this year. Now that my charming Irish neighbor is deceased, it just wouldn’t be as much fun to grow Sungold tomatoes. She used to eat them like candy.

      I do like the idea of a garden, and my Desultory Garden at home was just great—I could go out and snip a fistful of fresh herbs to season dinner any time I wanted, and it was kinda of fun saving up runner beans until I had enough for a meal. But those days are gone, gone, gone, at least for me.

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