Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: April 10th

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 Wednesday morning, Moosekind! Sorry I never made it to check-in yesterda, but I had to hurry-scurry to get ready to go to the doctor at 10. Then home to walk Monty, prepare lunch for all, then collapse into bed because I’d had an awful night.

    Last night I took the Ativan and enjoyed a wonderful night’s sleep, 7 hours. Good thing, too, because I have a heap of things to do today: get my hair done, pop by the grocery store for bread, milk, lunch stuff, dog stuff, and above all, order the cake. The legend will be:

    Happy 458th Birthday, William Shakespeare, Bard of Avon

    It will be 1/4th of a yellow sheet cake with milk chocolate (not fudge) frosting, decorated with yellow roses and green leaves. I intend to take a picture of it with my phone since they don’t provide a copy of the order. If they don’t give me exactly what I order, I will make a fuss. One year this happened and I got the cake free.

    Anyway, after I rush home from all that, I am meeting Darling Niece at Barnes & Noble and then we’ll decide where to go for lunch. We’ll finish up by shopping at Trader Joe’s.

    Right now in Ashburn it’s 55 F. already, going up to 85! How ’bout that? Yesterday it was a gorgeous day with a high of 77 F. Monty and I enjoyed our walk. The trees are popping out, of course, pink, purple, and white, and the forsythia is bursting out yellowly as well.

    “…As blossom by blossom the spring begins.”

    The dogwood tree in the courtyard is in the last stage of creamy-white before turning completely white. It’s been a cold spring, so trees are rather late. I know the lilacs are late because I checked them yesterday.

    Wishing a nice day to all at the Pond. See y’all later!

  2. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 43 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 66. Sunny skies are in the forecast. It will not be a nice day to sit in the sun but it will be a fine day for running errands.

    Yikes! What’s the deal with New York state politics? Is there anyone who isn’t up to their eyeballs in corruption or abuse of office? How difficult can it be to find a person to serve as Lt Governor who isn’t tainted with sliminess and criminality? Sheesh.

    I am going news-lite this week because I will be busy and because it is the same news as before I started my trip – Putin is killing civilians and destroying Ukrainian cities, Joe Biden is being blamed for the inflation that came from the economy heating up after the pandemic, Republicans are terrible people, and pandemic relief ending TOO SOON is going to cause a resurgence of infections and new variants here and worldwide. :(

    See all y’all later!

  3. It’s 56 – we’ve already had our high for the day of 67 – and will slowly drop until just before dawn when it hopefully will bottom out just above freezing. When I got up a couple of hours ago it was pretending like the sun was coming out. It’s now dark and raining and the PV system has shut off again after generating enough electricity to cover the lights I hope I won’t have to have on all day. Yesterday it never exactly cleared off but it lightened up enough we generated almost 9 KWHs and the m-t-d is 169.5 – not on track and losing more ground. sigh.

    My joints are a bit achy with this rain and I spent over an hour awake w/ sinusitis but I did get over 6 hours of sleep and I’m mostly OK. I’ve been interrupted a lot this morning between cats and phone calls so I haven’t checked in with anybody yet. Holding the Good Thought they’re at least as good as yesterday if not better.

    Need to get set up at twitter and finish my breakfast then do my treadmill. Not sure there’s anything else for the day. Unless I decide to do laundry today and dry it inside (as I’ll be lighting the fire early as the temps drop). Right now the plan is do laundry tomorrow and dry it outside in the sunshine we’re supposed to get. Also tomorrow go shopping (need to restock supplements). Anyway, off to twitter. Bright the Day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  4. Good morning, 34 and partly cloudy outside my window today. If I can stay focused I’ve got a busy day ahead, so time for coffee and hopefully I’ll wake up. Feeling very slow and sleepy this morning. Best wishes to all.

  5. Thursday Meese. 59 raining going up to 81 -wow

    Puerto Rico

  6. Working in the office today. My governor’s stupid stint is driving inflation higher. Guess he’s aiming for being the Republican VP candidate in 2024. And Elon Musk is attempting a hostile takeover of Twitter. Great. I have a lot of people who I only talk to there. Hope we can all find each other on whatever other platform.

  7. Good Thursday morning, Meese! It’s a lovely, sunny day here in Ashburn, with a current temp. of 72 F., on its way up to 79 F. later. Tonight there will be rain for everyone except us, as usual. Yesterday the high was 87! Wow.

    Yesterday I learned about Charcot Foot, and realized with horror that I might get that myself one day. Will try to take better care of my feet.

    Never have I regretted leaving my hardwood floors more than I did at 6:20 a.m. today when I saw that Monty had pooped on the bedroom carpet. Not on the plastic chairmat we carefully placed beside his bed, mind you, but no, on the carpet. I hate carpet! Nasty, smelly, allergy-inducing stuff, but unless I win the lottery I can’t afford to put hardwood floors in. And then, after I pop my clogs, my heirs would have to PAY to have the hardwood floors ripped out so the next resident wouldn’t be offended by my taste in floors. To hell with that, say I.

    I have four assistants lined up to help me move the Shakespeare birthday cake, prizes, Shakespeare poster, plates, napkins, forks, disinfectant wipes, plastic garbage sack, pile of essays, and plastic containers to use for cake for those who could not be there. Unfortunately I was unable to find an extra-long disposable tablecloth bearing the legend, “I love my Willy.”

    I’ll let you know what transpires. Hope it’s a success.

    Must close now. Wishing a lovely day to all at the Pond!

  8. It’s 48 heading for 68 and sunny. Which is good because I’ll be hanging the laundry out in another 20 minutes or so. Yesterday it cleared off about midafternoon and we generated right at 10 KWHs. With this morning’s production the m-t-d is 182 – there’s no way to reach 200 by end of day but we could get really close. Which would be nice.

    I’ve been to the co-op – spent just under $200, most of which was supplements. It would have been over $200 except for Thursday’s senior discount. Which is why I shop there on Thursdays. LOL. I been to twitter and boosted everything I could find from last night and this morning. Including Dee’s diary although I haven’t gotten over there to read it myself. I will after I get the laundry hung out.

    I haven’t a clue how anybody’s doing so hoping/praying/Holding the Good Thoughts for the best. (Includes everybody here at the Pond, if that needs saying and I hope it doesn’t.) Back to twitter. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  9. Good morning, 34 and cloudy outside my window today. We finally finished this round of gravel work and have cleaned up the mess so the patios look inviting and the mud is contained for now but the air is really cold so we’ll stay indoors for Easter lunch.

    I have some fabric with a tulip print and yesterday I decided to sew a new table runner and some napkins so I’d best take my coffee to my sewing room and get busy! Best wishes to all.

  10. Good evening, meeses! Thursday …

    It is a pleasant 73 degrees and sunny here in Tucson.

    Busy but tiring day. Tomorrow will be rest and recovery – I just have to get some deferred projects done in the early morning then I can put my feet up and enjoy the nice weather.

    See all y’all tomorrow!

  11. Friday Meese. 43 going up to 68 here in Kingston NY
    Reproductive rights assault

    • You KNOW the answer to that question.

      I hate patriarchs. They dare not pass laws that would benefit society as a whole because that would rile the base, so pickin’ on the wimmens makes them feel as if they’re doing something.

      I wish all of those “wimmens” would refuse to have sex with those bastards.

      • I think they tried that once – a sexual favors boycott – back in the 70s when women simply wanted the right to get a bank account without their husband’s permission. The problem is that 40% of white women SUPPORT the patriarchy because they feel it gives them the most power. They do not want their husbands and future husbands to lose any power because it diminishes their own power.

        I am not sure what happens when (not if) Roe is overturned. Some states are now banning the use of medical abortions and attempting to block their residents from traveling to get abortions. The later should be unconstitutional but the Bernie Sanders-Susan Collins Court consults the bible instead of the Constitution when considering women’s rights. Bastids.

  12. Puerto Rico

  13. Good morning. Skeleton crew day at work. I get 8 hours of leave to use another day for being here. Really hoping people think we’re closed, there’s truly a skeleton crew scheduled.

  14. Good Friday—literally—morning, Moosekind. It’s a truly beautiful day and we must enjoy it bigly because it’s going to get cold tomorrow.

    It was 40 F. this morning, but right now the temperature in Ashburn is 60 F., on its way up to 72 F. Yesterday at 3 p.m., as we came out of the writers’ group meeting, the sky clouded over in a menacing manner and three drops of rain fell on those denizens of the Home who happened to be outdoors at the time. Then the clouds merrily broke up and ran away. I knew they would. We’re an inch under normal rainfall for the year at this point.

    The Blue Ridge Writers’ Group meeting was a great success! The newsletter staff reporter came to take a photo of us clustered round the birthday cake. We stood in front of a poster of Shakespeare showing how he’d look today—like a Hollywood script writer. After we ate the cake, members were invited to choose a prize from the prize basket. They were all delighted by the choices, which ranged from Shakespeare Insult Bandages to the Shakespeare wooden tea chest full of English Breakfast teabags to a “Shakespeare in the Park” jigsaw puzzle. The members then read the sonnets they’d written. They were all somewhat bemused by the assignment, but many of them felt they’d learned a great deal. I was proud of them.

    This agreeable experience was followed by a miserable one. My foreleg has something wrong with it. It’s very painful, like a leg cramp, but worse. It’s hard to bend the knee, too. It’s hard to see how I can take Mr. Super-Duper-Pooper for a walk in this condition. It has now been 12 hours since I took half the recommended dose of Tylenol PM, so I suppose I can take a Tylenol now.

    I wish someone would “take care” of Putie. He won’t stop until he’s either used nukes or invaded Poland, Moldova, Romania, et al. The atrocities I’ve read about are AWFUL, as bad as those perpetrated by the Nazis in WWII. I was quite happy to hear that the Moskva had been sunk. “Russian warship, go **** yourself.”

    Must start on my day, which, dear Goddess, will be QUITE quiet, by necessity. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

    • I am sorry to hear about your ailing leg! I made the mistake of googling “Charcot Foot” which you referred to in yesterday’s post and, of course, it showed the most graphic picture possible of it. I hope you don’t have any chance of getting that – it looks extremely painful.

      The coverage of Russia’s attack on Ukraine is difficult to watch. Missiles ripping apart parks and playgrounds, places that could be a suburb of any city in America, should spark outrage. Yet the Republican Party’s propaganda channel, Fox News, continues to promote pro-Russian talking points. I wish there were a price to pay for their terrible choice to promote genocide in order to “own the libs.” May their aging and medically compromised audience become unable to turn their TVs on and further shrink their ratings.

  15. Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 55 in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 81. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast – a random cloud may show up. It is difficult to guess the time of day from looking at the sky – early evening seems much earlier from the position of the sun. I suspect it just takes getting used to. Madison is on the eastern end of Central Time and Tucson is on the western end of Mountain time. That difference makes the sunrises and sunsets earlier here by 20 minutes.

    I opened some news items in tabs to read later and just might actually do so! or I may sit on the patio and enjoy the sunny day the goddess has provided.

    See all y’all later!

  16. It’s 57 heading for 77 overcast and drizzly. It may or may not clear off today. Yesterday was lovely. We generated 20 KWHS for the 1st time since last July. Which tells you how cloudy last year was. The m-t-d reached 199 – and even cloudy as it is right now we should get over 200 today. Definitely not on track but we’ve still 16 production days to go.

    Whatever triggers my hands “going out” happened just as I was logging off last night. Unfortunately it’s still with me. I’m having trouble with the mouse clicks. So I’ll be slow boosting and no FreeCell for me today. Yeah, I know. Talk about your privileged 1st world problems. (Well, if I lived in a hunter-gatherer society I’d be having problems picking berries or anything as small as berries. But there aren’t any to pick right now so. . .) Some sinusitis issues last night but I still got a bit over 6 hours of sleep.

    I wish I had something different, well, something better to say about how folks are doing. But I don’t. So Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody that things get better. Off to twitter. Bright the Day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  17. Good morning, 38 and mostly cloudy outside my window today. I’ve got pansies to plant and tulips to arrange so now I need to find my misplaced energy and start having fun! I’m really tired this morning so I’ll rest a bit longer. Best wishes to all.

  18. Good morning. Hot weekend, sigh. I’m going to wear tights with my dress tomorrow anyway. It’ll be to warm, but the dress is blue & purple flowers, it needs blue tights.

    I’m eating breakfast & watching the news. Going to pick up groceries later. Wondering how many “not available” notices I’ll get because of Abbott’s stupid stunt. I didn’t think I could despise him more.

  19. Saturday Meese. 57 going up to 63 and raining. Sigh, no yard cleanup for me today.

    Puerto Rico

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