Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: August 14th

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. Wednesday Meese. 59 here in Kingston going up to 74 and we are going to get some rain- yay! My thirsty garden is happy.

    Puerto Rico

  2. When I woke up, I was sure it was Sunday, and since I didn’t remember getting groceries yesterday (since yesterday was actually Tuesday) I was panicking about making next week’s food. That was weird. Also the second time lately I’ve woken up on a weekday convinced it was the weekend. Anyway, I’m savoring my wfh day & watching astronomy tv. Got to figure out how to make the new computer stop changing the zoom on browsers & Excel. I fixed it on the old one, but doing a search for anything involving “zoom” is no longer helpful.

  3. It’s 69, rainy and very humid (also very cloudy – lights are on) heading for 73. The clouds started moving in yesterday afternoon and we only generated 14.48 KWHs. The m-t-d at 243.5 is still on track for 450 – but it probably won’t be by end of day if we don’t get some serious afternoon sunshine. sigh.

    Sinusitis again last night so I don’t know how much sleep I got but I’m groggy. At least no backache, just my normal morning stiffness. Hands also stiff & tremors. But nothing nearly as serious as other folks are dealing with. I give thanks for my own blessings and prayers to Heal others of their issues. As far as I know everybody’s hanging on. Good Thoughts for things definitely not getting worse and someday – soon – getting better.

    Off to twitter. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  4. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 75 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 93. Sunny now, monsoonal rains expected at 3pm and into the evening. Yesterday we got a tremendous downpour around 6pm that filled the washes – it came out of nowhere and ended after about 30 minutes; we did get a nice rainbow.

    I will laud Liz Cheney’s support of democracy and determination to hold tRump’s feet to the fire. Everything else about her is still Cheneyesque and there is no forgiving her family’s bloodthirstiness and cruelty. Maybe without having to cater to the Wyoming people (who apparently despise democracy!) she can be even more relentless in her pursuit of justice.

    I can’t stay – this morning was busy and now I have a bunch of lingering projects I need to get done.

    See all y’all later!

  5. Good morning, 67 and sunny outside my window today. I slept late and am lingering with my coffee. But the beds need to be changed, laundry is waiting, the garden pots need to be watered, etc. This quiet moment is nice though, so I’ll linger a bit longer. Best wishes to all.

      • The 406 is the error that indicates that there is something in the comment that the software considers an attack (via program code). It is definitely related to the use of quotes but in some cases the 406 manifests when there are no quotes. I need to get on livechat with support at the hosting firm but I have not had time – July disappeared and now August is screaming by.

      • Here is the Diana message to the meese from Wednesday:

        Good Wednesday morning, Moosekind! It was 60 F. when we woke up to a pale blue sky mostly covered with cirrostratus clouds. The current temperature is 69 F., going up to 82 F. Seems as if it would be safe to put the porch cushions out and wash at least one of the dog beds.

        Monty has been very subdued since his visit to the vet, where they did mean things to him and hurt his feelings. However, it seems he checked out just fine, according to the vet. Now we won’t have to drag him back until September, when he gets another 3-year rabies shot.

        My back feels better. I am being troubled by some *little miseries* of the body, too indelicate to describe. Well, I’m seeing the doctor for a routine wellness checkup on Friday, so we’ll see.

        I have a great desire to make tabouleh before August ends two weeks from today. I have the lemon juice, but need the bulgur wheat, mint, parsley, and tomato. I find Middle Eastern cooking delicious. When we were in Jordan, I was fascinated by how there was always a pot of mint on the table so we could put some in our hot tea. We don’t drink it that way at home, but it was very refreshing.

        Twitter says Liz Cheney is contemplating a run for POTUS since she lost the primary. And what makes her think she can do any such thing? What makes ANY woman, Democratic or Rethug, think she can contemplate such a course?

        Two words: Hillary Clinton! Hillary was the FIRST woman candidate whose name ever appeared on a presidential ballot. Women who run for president don’t realize, and largely don’t acknowledge, her bravery in putting herself out there. And she suffered for it! Personally, I’m going to die mad. That effing Electoral College did her in.

        Well, I must get on, Moosekind! The day’s a wastin! Wishing everyone a good day.

        The little miseries was in double quotes and the wastin had a single quote after it; I changed both. This is really annoying. I will chug diet cola later this morning and see if I can sit at my computer this afternoon for a livechat with the hosting firm.

        • Upon further review, the wastin with the apostrophe after it was not the offending text – it was that the apostrophe in the word day’s made the letters between it and the ending of wastin’ look like a quoted phrase. The good news is that there is some consistency – the bad news is that it has to be dealt with at all!

  6. Thursday Meese. 59 here in Kingston going up to 85. The rain predicted for yesterday didn’t happen – so my garden is still dry. Drought restrictions still in effect here.
    Can’t believe I have to post yet again about a major blackout in Puerto Rico.

    Puerto Rico

  7. Exciting day — we’re supposed to get rain! It hasn’t rained since June, so that is actually very exciting. Other than that, I’m just in the office today. Still weirdness with the new computer (now the displays are switched, even though on the settings, it says they’re right)

  8. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 72 muggy degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 86. Partly cloudy right now (I can see the stars above the mountains) with today’s rains expected around noon. Yesterday’s rain hit at about 6pm and storms popped up throughout the evening. There is a pretty strong chance of measurable precipitation for the next week.

    I am trying to avoid looking at the Senate polling because I remember 2014 when the polling showed a chance for us to hold our majority and instead we got destroyed. That led directly to the Scalia SCOTUS seat being left open for the forced birthers to begin their assault on women’s rights. People need to BELIEVE NO POLLS and vote like this is the last chance we will have for our vote to count – because it might be.

    I have a phone meeting later this morning so I need to get a few projects done before that interruption. Planned or not, when I have to interact with humans it throws off my schedule – it is difficult to regain the peace and quiet.

    See all y’all later!

    • I discovered the issue with your Wednesday comment – double quotes and a single quote. I will chug a diet cola later this morning and see if that gives me enough caffeine to stay alert into the afternoon. I am fairly certain that a livechat will clear up the issue. There is a security setting we can downgrade since we are a closed site. I miss my quotes!!

  9. It’s 68 heading for 83 and sunny at the moment. I hope it stays sunny. We generated 4.79 KWHs yesterday (we did get just over an inch of rain) and the m-t-d at 48.3 is not on track – and will take a couple of 17+ days to catch up. sigh.

    Back from Walmart – a store I haven’t set foot in for over 5 years and then was just going along with my friend to help carry stuff – where I got catfood (Iam’s which has more corn than meat but at least is better than cat-chow-grade food – and my cats will eat it) and a couple of GF treats Harp’s doesn’t carry. I haven’t checked in on anybody yet today but as of last night everybody was still hanging on. Thank Goddess/es.

    Need to get to my twitter boosting and then to Dee’s diary. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  10. Good morning, 71 and mostly cloudy. Yesterday started slow and easy, but the afternoon certainly wasn’t! But I did find a plumber to come and free the blocked sewer drain and the basement cleanup was minimal so I think it’s safe to relax this morning. I’ve been so distracted with medical worries and tRump angst I forgot to schedule a drain cleanout this spring. We love the shade of our old trees but I sure wish the roots would stay out of the pipes!

    I’m going to read and play solitaire for awhile this morning, then I’ll deal with the piles of laundry. RonK has warned me the deer were back in the garden last night and that the plumbers trampled the planting area around the drain access pipe but I’m just going to ignore that for now. Best wishes to all.

  11. Friday Meese. 60 here in Kingston going up to 90. Ugh. No rain predicted till next Monday. Still under drought restrictions.

    Puerto Rico

  12. Good morning. It rained yesterday! Like, lots of rain. Like, it took me twice as long as usual to get home rain. And there was more rain as I was driving in this morning. Yay! So, here I am in the office. At least it’s Friday.

  13. Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 72 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 82. Mostly cloudy skies with rain expected at 11am. We have a swirling low that wandered in from the southeast and is trapped just south of the border. The forecasters are saying that we will have significant rain for the next 3 days and then a pretty good chance for rain over the next week. One positive from the rain (besides filling aquifers and hydrating plants) is that it cools things down quite a bit. The weather guy said that last year at this time, when the monsoon had pretty much finished, the temperatures hovered around 105. In rainless Phoenix yesterday it was 103.

    I read two stories yesterday that I don’t quite understand and which the TV talking heads made even less clear. One is how the Trump Org CFO can testify against the company but not against the Trump family – it is a company privately owned by the Trump family. The other is how a federal judge can release the roadmap for the prosecution of the people who will be charged in the classified document theft and give them a heads up to leave the country and/or cover their tracks. In any event, it will surely muddy the waters and poison the jury pool as it is likely to be portrayed by the right-wing media. Head scratcher for sure!

    In a Better Judicial Outcome, a different federal judge in Florida blocked implementation of the Stop WOKE Act which “found” a state right to ban the speech used by private corporations when training their employees. Thank goodness not all the courts have been MAGAfied.

    Friday has arrived and with it the realization that I have not gotten much of anything done from my to-do list this week. With errands and conference calls and unexpected interruptions and people not getting back to me with questions I need answered, I feel like progress halted. In any event, I need to get back to it – maybe a flurry of activity will give me a few victories.

    See all y’all later!

  14. Update on Moose Comment 406 Issue:
    I did not have time to get on live chat yesterday with the hosting company techs but will do so after the morning check-in is completed. The problem manifests when comments use quotes, both single and double, around phrases that include spaces. So “quote” is fine but "double quote" looks like malicious code to the WordPress environment (I got around the block to show that by using the html code instead of the actual quotes). I am pretty sure that it can be fixed (I have some notes) but I want to make sure it does not cause more problems so I will have a technician help me. I will probably begin work on that around noon Eastern.

    The double quote html can be safely inserted by typing the ampersand quot and semicolon all run together.

  15. Good morning, Moosekind. It’s Friday, 79 F. under a cloudless blue sky in Ashbuggy, and our high today will be 88 F.

    I have to rush off to the doctor but will be back later to moan and whine about what she said.

    A la prochaine!

  16. Good Friday afternoon, Moosekind! It’s still lovely outside, but 89 F. by now. I have a much-needed pedicure scheduled for this afternoon.

    The doctor told me I’m fine but not to gain any more weight. Crud, I’ll have to lose 10. It’s going to be a long haul. She did not tell me to take a statin, which leads me to wonder whether my trick of eating oatmeal porridge every day for six days before the blood test paid off. Harrumph!

    Time for a rest. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  17. Good morning, 71 and cloudy outside my window today. Lisa and Ryan will be here soon so we’ll go to lunch at the bookstore cafe, have dinner on the patio tonight, and tomorrow they will go hiking and then back home. It’s a short visit but very welcome. and now I need to get dressed and ready for company. Best wishes to all.

  18. OK – this morning when I tried to check in, WordPress logged me out in the middle of typing my greeting & wouldn’t let me log back in. (I got the “security” message.) Apparently it’s fixed itself. (Unless Jan did it. In which case, thank you!)

    It was 64 when I got online, it’s 78 now & heading for 88. Mostly sunny so far. We generated a little under 14 KWHs yesterday & the m-t-d is not on track and losing ground. Everybody is hanging on. Which in a few cases is also losing ground. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. Including rain for Dee’s garden. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • The issue where you get logged out in the middle of commenting is an odd one. Nothing is really happening when you are typing – it is no more interactive than typing on Notepad. The site code becomes active when you click buttons: the Preview button, the special codes, or the Post Comment button or press a command key versus just typing.

      One thing to try is to wait until all the page’s displays finish – the embedded Tweets cause a lot of code to be executed and if it is still finishing up the display, something in there could be bouncing you out.

      Another thing you could try is to click the Preview button and type your comment in there. It kind of keeps you out of the fray – nothing else going on with the page can intervene.

      The 406 is caused by the content that is being entered. There is also separate issue related to a login attack that seems to happen to one of us at least once a month. It begins “WordPress Login Temporarily Disabled.” That one cannot be fixed and usually clears after about 30 minutes. I can sometimes clear it more quickly by Deleting Cache but I have to be on my computer to do that.

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