Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: May 22nd

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 64 degrees in the Desert Southwest with an expected daytime high of 91. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Here in Minnesota, I am waiting for whatever will pass for “spring” to appear. Yesterday we had dime sized hail. Once it was in the high 70s. It made me think the weather had turned. So when I went to watch my oldest 3 grandkids, I took shorts and summer T-shirts. I washed my leggings and sweatshirt a couple of times to stay warm enough. The kids are almost 16, 13 and 11. Great people and so interesting. I hope to hang out here more often.

    • Good morning, old friend! It is fun when babies turn into people we can interact with. They are not as cuddly and sometimes roll their eyes at us but it is interesting to get their perspectives. My daughter is a GenZ’er and she has a different take on life – it makes me stop and think and reevaluate my assumptions.

      Would you like a Moose account? It makes it easier to check-in – guest comments often need to be appeoved and now that I am in MST, my time on the site is hit or miss.

        • It is done! Watch for an email with your login and password. It comes from a WordPress email account so it might get sent to junk mail. NOT junk!! :)

          To log in the first time, click on My Moose from the top menu and you will be brought to the login screen.

  3. Sunday Meese. 69 here in Kingston going up to 93 with thunderstorms. Still have not gotten my planting done. Sigh.

    Puerto Rico

  4. Good morning. Lovely & cool here 63. I opened 2 windows to get the cool, fresh air; my apartment still smells like the tea I have steeping. Later today: church and maybe a walk this afternoon.

  5. I won’t call it winter but we’ve definitely backed up into Spring from the Summer weather we’d been having. It’s 50 heading for 65 and overcast. No rain, just clouds. I turned the furnace back on yesterday evening “just in case” and it kicked on at 4 am. Yesterday we got 2 KWHs and the m-t-d is 289.68 – definitely lost ground. Not even enough to cover daily usage. It did cover the “extra” for having the lights on all day. sigh.

    The media’s gotten bored with NM’s wildfires and isn’t reporting them much any longer. But the wildfires themselves are still raging – and growing. People are still having to grab what they can, hopefully including their animals, and evacuate. Picuris Pueblo is threatened. And the whole state, but especially the whole NE quarter, is tinder. Including Aji’s place. Wings is behind on his silverwork because the buffing and grinding have to be done outside – and both throw sparks. NM is full of self-centered “free-dumb”, do-what-they-want-when-they-want fools but Wings isn’t one of them.

    I’ve done my treadmilling and both bathrooms, need to change my bed and vacuum. Right now I’m eating breakfast (stared at by a cat who wants my oatmeal) and starting my online stuff. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  6. Good morning, Moose Peeps! It’s 11:07 a.m. and I feel as if I’ve already done a day’s work. I had the dog out at 7:20 this morning for a walk before it became too hot; we returned at 8. Actually, it was cool and breezy rather than hot. We had a huge treat because we saw a blue heron on Fisherman’s Pond! The sunbathing turtles were nowhere to be seen as the sun didn’t appear to want to come out, and Mr. and Mrs. Mallard were clearly swimming elsewhere.

    Just have to finish those stories this afternoon (sigh of relief), send them off tomorrow, and then get busy with other things.

    Tomorrow kicks off “Kindness Week” here at the Home, so I’ve picked out several residents I think could use some cheering up. The women will get tiny lavender-colored organza bags full of lavender; the males will get tiny blue organza bags of wrapped Ghirardelli sea salt caramels. To each bag I’ll attach a tiny strip of paper bearing the words “For You” in script.

    Meese, I fear for my husband. His health constantly deteriorates. He hasn’t spent an entire night in our bed for six weeks. After an hour or two of lying flat he has to go prop himself up on the sofa so he can breathe. He’s also in pain from arthritis and so finds it difficult to walk. This morning we went as far as talking about A Plan for what to do if he leaves this Earth. I don’t even know who our social worker is for this building, but I can find out. Apparently there’s a whole protocol about what to do when the event transpires.

    Meanwhile, here in Ashburger, we have cloudless blue skies, sunshine, 83 F. and cries and whispers about thunderstorms this afternoon, bla bla bla, yeah. Dearly is going to grill steak and corn on the cob for tonight’s dinner. I just hope we can find that thing that strips the kernels off the cob because our teeth are likely to fall out if we try to eat corn the regular way.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  7. Good morning, 55 and sunny outside my window today. I reached a stopping point with pruning the large salal planting in the garden so I’ll rest and catch up with laundry today. Family plans are finally coming together and June will be busy so I need to be ready to for our annual B&B season. It’s always fun to visit with everyone but our quiet house changes so the more I can do ahead the easier it is to keep up with all the activity. Best wishes to all.

  8. Good morning. We still have nice weather. I wore a long sleeve shirt for my before work walk, it is 70 degrees. Brrr. There are rumors about a SCOTUS decision today. Depressing, but today is no worse than any other to announce that women are officially 2nd class citizens.

    • Someone on the telly said that decision will come down at the end of June. The Supremes want to escape DC before angry mobs descend on them, I’m sure.

      • Usually the more contentious rulings come out on the last day of the session which ends on June 30th. This year more than ever they will want to leave town although I think that the “angry mobs” phase has probably already passed. We know what will be in the ruling so mobbing is unlikely. The anger won’t dissipate – ever – against those who enabled these reactionary misogynists to destroy our rights. Bernie Sanders and Susan Collins own it all. From all the things I have read, this outcome was inevitable and Democrats in states that had been blue but went red are guilty of political malpractice for leaving abortion bans on the books. We must never forget and NEVER trust a Supreme Court ruling to confer permanent rights – the only permanent rights that the Federalist Society hacks recognize are the rights of white male landowners to do whatever the hell they want. We need to figure out a way to dilute the power of this court and to enshrine in non-reviewable statutes the rights to bodily autonomy that are being stripped away.

  9. Monday Meese. 57 here in Kingston going up to a lovely 72. The thunderstorms and wind yesterday swept away the heat.
    Have to take puppy to the vet this morning for shots. Am going to finally get a chance to get started on the garden this afternoon (fingers crossed)

    Was happy to find a good news story on twitter in the midst of all the horrors

  10. Puerto Rico
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    4 years and 242 days post hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, when people assert how PRs problems would be solved by statehood, suggest you go talk to Black folks who managed to survive Katrina, or to Indigenous Hawaiians

    — Denise Oliver-Velez 💛 (@Deoliver47) May 23, 2022

    • Someone did that in Hawaii, I think. He created an eating plan that consisted of fruits and vegetables native to Hawaii, people tried it and lost weight. Not to mention their health improving!

      • Same with Indigenous folks on reservations – get them back to their traditional foods and eating patterns and their health improves 100%. Or more, depending on how bad their health was to start with.

  11. Good Monday morning, Moosekind. Wow, for once the weather people were right. Yesterday we had a 4 p.m. storm that lasted an hour with hard rain, after which it cleared up and we saw blue skies again. Then at 6:30 we had a tremendous blow with thunder, lightning, hail, rain, and high wind. Trees fell down. Elder Son in Arlington said they had hail, but I couldn’t see any out here.

    However, it’s clear and 62 F. now. More storms are threatened for the afternoon. After rising at 5:30, I took Monty out at 7 for a half-hour walk. It was so cool I had to wear a jacket. There’s a lot to be said for getting your exercise over with in the cool of the day. I’m not sure I’ll make it to the gym today because my neighbor across the hall has formed a little group to accompany our new neighbor to dinner at Windows restaurant two buildings away and she wants to go at 4:30, so we can eat earlier. We all have dogs who scream and cry if left alone for too long.

    I am going to finish up the stories today if it kills me. I also have to deliver the wee gifts to their recipients. I would like to do this anonymously.

    I am feeling quite tired so think I’ll rest a bit. Wishing everyone at the Pond a good day with no bad news.

  12. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 63 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 91. :::press sunny-skies macro key::: Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I know this is not a shock to anyone but Republicans and their media enablers are such ginormous hypocrites. Republicans ran on – and continue to run on – how Democrats have ruined America and made it a hell hole but when Stacey Abrams points out that Republicans have made Georgia a terrible place to live she is castigated for “hating Georgia.” It makes me want to scream!! Why do Republicans get tongue baths from the media when Democrats have to scratch tooth and nail to get any kind of positive coverage?

    I need to get some new accounts set up for the weekend visitors and if there is time, I will stay online and read more news. What I thought might be a remote server crisis was resolved easily but I have one more server restart that I am monitoring – when it restarts, I can breathe easily. I have a few projects left over from the weekend and I need to get to them.

    See all y’all later!

    • The same people who own the Rs also own the media. That’s why Rs always get good coverage. And Dems don’t. The Rs are the political arm of the Fascists while the media is their propaganda machine. And no, I don’t know what we can do about it. But keep trying I guess. (Good luck with your server restarts.)

      Bless you for taking care of the Moose Pond.

  13. It’s 56 heading for 66 and overcast with rain coming in a few hours. sigh. Yesterday we at least generated enough to cover average daily usage – 7 KWHs – but the m-t-d is still under 300 (296.8) so while it’s very possible to reach 400 (and even 500 with a miracle), it’s getting less likely.

    I got almost 2-1/2 hours of sleep starting at 4 a.m. so I’m groggy and moving slow today. I’ve done my treadmilling and gotten everything out to bake applesauce spice muffins and am taking a break to eat breakfast and get online. Hopefully I’ll be up at at ’em earlier tomorrow because I’m going to try for a haircut. The woman at Great Clips said the best – and probably only – chance of finding the place empty would be 9 a.m. Tuesday morning. And since they can only “suggest” and not mandate masks, I need the place empty. But I also need a haircut.

    Aji had a scare yesterday – a plume on their side of the ridge. It turned out to be a structure fire in town – but could easily with the winds they’re having become another wildfire. Amelia had gotten the “spoons” to try to make shrimp stock for coconut soup but wasn’t sure she had enough for a shower afterwards. Jill’s living in a 16 y.o. RV which means something’s always breaking but so far nothing she can’t handle. She’s got a doctor appt today. I don’t know what kind of doctor but since she hasn’t seen any doctor for well over a year, this is probably a good thing. & my computer overheated last night and shut down on me. It was fine after being off for 10 minutes -but I wasn’t doing anything new, different, or unusual so I’m not happy about that. Maybe it was the fire. I had one last night. But the den wasn’t any hotter than it’s gotten on warm summer days. More sighs.

    I’m heading over to twitter. Once I’m set up I’ll go do my baking. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  14. Welcome, new users!

    On Saturday, we were visited by TheSwampWytch, a friend of Dee’s with this greeting:

    Hello Everyone! I’ve had this community recommended to me by Denise… She’s my Godmother! Glad to meet everyone! I’m on Twitter under the same name. I live in rural South Ga.. home of the Okefenokee Swamp. My family happens to be one of the only open minded Democrat ones in our area!!! Becca / TheSwampWytch

    Maybe she will weigh in on what’s going on in Georgia.

    Sunday morning an old friend who I knew from past blogging lives and who I see on Twitter occasionally stopped by. She is from Minnesota and lived for a while in the spectacular Boundary Waters area where Minnesota and Canada meet. From yesterday:

    Here in Minnesota, I am waiting for whatever will pass for “spring” to appear. Yesterday we had dime sized hail. Once it was in the high 70s. It made me think the weather had turned. So when I went to watch my oldest 3 grandkids, I took shorts and summer T-shirts. I washed my leggings and sweatshirt a couple of times to stay warm enough. The kids are almost 16, 13 and 11. Great people and so interesting. I hope to hang out here more often.

    Welcome all! If you don’t get your email invitations, DM me on Twitter at JanF_Blogs.

    • Happy to have new folks join us. Momma lived by the saying “Sorrow shared is sorrow halvd, joy shared is joy doubled.”

  15. Good morning, 54 and light rain outside my window today. Ryan will be here this evening and will stay through the week, so that will be fun. I’m pleased he wants to be here and that we can better know the young man he is now. He wants this to be a working visit and we welcome his help! Best wishes to all.

  16. Tuesday Meese. 54 and cloudy here in Kingston NY going up to 70. Finally got a chance to go out yesterday and start mowing my yard – grass was getting very tall. I’ll do some planting this weekend (fingers crossed)

    Puerto Rico

    Headline change

  17. Good Tuesday morning, Meese! It’s 57 F. right now in Ashburn with light showers, on its way up to 62 F. Had a terrible night, so feel like going back to bed for a while. I do have that last story to finish, then there’s a memorial service for my friend’s husband at 1 p.m.

    All the rain we had on Sunday brought us within three-tenths of normal rainfall for the year to date, so that’s good.

    Went to dinner yesterday with three of my neighbors. It was Ladies Only, which suited us just fine. Three of us have dogs, so we wanted to get back to them and I wanted to see if Dearly had survived dinner at the Pub down the hall. Before Covid, the Pub offered fairly decent food: now, it’s practically inedible.

    Younger Son has invited us to Sunday dinner, so I’m happy about that. I was not able to get a dog sitter for Monty. The one I’ve been using used to dog-sit for $30 for two hours; now she charges $45 for two hours, so I declined. For what she has to do (almost nothing, Monty mostly sleeps in the evening), I think that’s entirely too much. Healthy Hound down the road charges $25 for three hours, but they close at 7, so that’s no good to us.

    Elections in Georgia today, so I’ll have to stay away long enough to see who won. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  18. Good morning. Was supposed to rain overnight so I set my alarm for the very latest I could for starting work, so of course it didn’t rain & I could/should have walked. Sigh. If it isn’t raining around 4, I may log off work early & walk then. There are supposed to be thunderstorms tonight, the weather people say they really mean it this time.

  19. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 64 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 90.Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Today is the Georgia primary and TFG’s BFF Perdue will likely crash and burn. I wish it portended a break in the tRump fever dream but it was always unlikely that a person already embarrassingly rejected by the voters would somehow look fresh and electable. Georgia will be an interesting state to watch. It is also Ground Zero for the Republican plan to take over election offices in swing states so that they can ratfk the 2024 election. To them “Never Again” means never again will they rely on people who will simply count the vote and report on the results, they want to insure that the will of the people is thwarted – it is how they will achieve permanent minority rule. That and flooding the federal judiciary with partisan hacks and literally the worst of the worst.

    Women are already dying in Alabama because of the Republican attack on abortion rights – when they arrive at emergency rooms with miscarriages, they are being turned away because no one wants to try to figure out what the law requires them to do when caring for pregnant women. Goddess help us.

    See all y’all later!

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