Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: August 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 Wednesday morning, Moosekind! I’m using my old computer as I couldn’t remember my password. It’s memorized on the Mac.

    Anyway, it’s 68 F., going up to 85 F. later, and sunny. Yesterday we had short but incredibly fierce rainstorm, after which the bad weather moved merrily off into the distance. Today I’m meeting Darling Niece for lunch so I’m glad it’s going to be good weather.

    The new laptop is going to take some getting used to. I wonder whether I was wise to decide on DuckDuckGo as a browser. I can’t do bookmarks in it! There’s some advice that sounds good when you get it from the search engine, but when you follow it the option isn’t there. Oh, well, enough of that.

    I really, really enjoyed establishing proper file folders in File Explorer yesterday. I swore less yesterday than I have in years.

    Update on our little boy: Monty was at the vet all day yesterday. When he arrived back home, he looked considerably perkier. During the “Exploratory” they put him out, and a bad tooth dropped out. They found some swelling around his throat. He’s to be on soft food for two weeks, must lose five pounds, and take pain pills. I think the pain pills are already working.

    Okay, will try again on the new machine with a different password. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

    • Why are you not using the built-in Edge browser? Just curious. I feel nervous about using a browser that is not monitored for Windows related updates like Edge is. I use FireFox for blogging and news reading but my Edge is my secure browser.

      I am glad that they found what was going on with your little boy! An infected tooth will cause all sorts of problems – and much easier to fix than if it was the onset of a chronic condition.

      • H’mm. I thought I would use DDG because it’s secure. I like that idea but if I can’t havem bookmarks, it’s going to be useless. However, if I continue to get unsatisfactory answers when I try to make bookmarks, I’ll switch to Edge.

        Firefox makes me nervous. I had it on my Windows 7 Professional desktop and toward the end, it would crash three times a day because it didn’t like Adobe Acrobat. I grew tired of daily crashes. I bought a Toshiba laptop but hated Windows 8 so much that I gave that machine away and bought a Mac. The Mac had its charms back in the day, but I am livid at not being able to retrieve my files instantly, Hence, this ThinkPad.

  2. Good morning. I got a lot of work done yesterday, even with an hour zoom meeting to meet the new division director. One of my co-workers worked with her before & says she is nice. Today: more work. Every time I woke up last night (maybe 4 times?), there was music playing in my head.

    • Is it Snow Patrol?

      I have had an earworm for three months that I can’t get rid of. It’s from a movie I HATE, but Dearly was watching it and it wormed its way into my mind. Every time it starts playing I try to drown it with something else, even hymns from my Episcopalian days.

  3. It’s 70 heading for 91 and sunny at the moment. Yesterday we generated 12 KWHs and the m-t-d is 402. If we can get a bit over 13 today we’ll end the month in 2nd to last instead of last place. We shall see what we shall see.

    Lousy sleep last night. I hate sinusitis. Groggy but so far mostly functioning. I’ll close up the house in another 45 minutes or so. Probably about the time I go out to hang up the laundry. Hoping to keep little Bobbie Cat inside when I do. He’s the one who comes home panting and showing other cat-distress symptoms but won’t let me pick him up and is very difficult to get back into the house at all.

    Amelia’s scheduled for a telehealth visit today – the first time she’ll have had medical care except for 3 ER visits since before COVID began. Holding the Good Thoughts. Nothing new for anybody else. Which ain’t great but at least it’s not worse. Healing Energy all around. (Including Monty Beagle.)

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

  4. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 73 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 93. Yesterday’s promised high of 91 turned out to be 104 so I think it will be hotter.

    Quick check in. I have to be ready for some repairmen to show up at 8am so I can’t linger on the Internets. I will try to come back to Fierce and reply.

    See all y’all later!

  5. Good morning, 68 and mostly sunny outside my window today. I slept late but finally feel rested so today may be a better day. Hope so because I’m tired of dragging myself around.

    As I was helping RonK fix a computer mishap yesterday I started thinking about how complex our computer interactions are now. He inadvertenly permitted 2 factor id on an account he uses frequently, but the text alert was set for my cell phone, not his. Because it’s a security issue it took some time to get to a live person who could “fix” it. And then I had to set up online access to pay an account I rarely use…..multiple tries ar a user name/passwd combo and 5 security questions later I finally got it done. I’m thinking that as we age we need more simple computer interactions, bot increasingly complex ones. It’s just to much to remeber and to be able to understand.

    Diana, thinking about your DuckDuckGo decision. RonK uses Chrome as his browser, but I think it might be better for him to use Microsoft Edge now. Keeping his Window 10 updates and the Chrome updates all done is confusing him. I use Chrome and thought it would be easier if we both had the same system, but that may need to change. Regardless he needs to “de clutter” his computer and close some of the many tabs he keeps open.

    Time for another cup of coffee and to get my day underway. Best wishes to all.

    • Regarding browsers, I concur that simpler is better. A lot of my clients use Chrome but Edge is the default for Microsoft online services and they are always messing up their logins. Chrome is Google and I do not trust them with my data or that they won’t just one day scoop up everything on my computer and store it in the cloud without my permission.

    • Trying to figure out what is wrong with this comment:

      Since I have no landlines, I guess it is fine that my cell phone is part of my security – I always have it with me – but it seems like too much rides on that 10 digit number. I get so many garbage calls, I feel like every bad person in the world has that phone number.

    • Princesspat, I have Chrome, Edge, and DDG on the ThinkPad. On my iPhone, Apple wouldn’t let me have Twitter until Chrome was installed. I am a bit wary of Chrome, as I am of Google. I hate being tracked and getting emails from lousy retailers every time I show interest in a given product.

      Agree that everything is too damn complicated!

  6. Oh, hey — I forgot to mention that I’m hosting Bookchat tonight at the orange place. It’s a review of a science fiction trilogy, posts at 7pm central time. Please come by if you can.

  7. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 77 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 95. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    ‘Tis September! This is the start of Meteorological Fall in the Northern Hemisphere and the promise of cooler days. Our September average high is 95 instead of 100 with an average low of 69 degrees instead of 77. I am looking forward to morning 60s again – a peek ahead puts the first one this month at September 9th.

    Mary Peltola! w00t!! Not only a Democrat from Alaska but a Democrat who defeated Sarah Palin. In my mind, ranked choice voting is a very sensible way to do elections in a state so large and with populations so isolated that it takes a month to gather the results. I think it will end the way third party candidates ratfk elections – it allows people to cast their “purity” vote and then their sensible vote. Paul LePage got elected twice in Maine because the third party vote split the non-insane people – the terrible things he did literally without the will of the people is case in point. Anyway, Alaska Native! w00t again!

    See all y’all later!

  8. Thursday Meese. 61 going up to 79 here in Kingston.
    Puerto Rico/USVI

  9. Good morning. In the office, sigh. Bookchat was quiet last night, but good. Looking forward to tonight’s speech.

  10. It’s 72 going to 90 and more or less sunny. We wrapped up August with 412.5 KWHs – in “last place” for the 4K system, but only by .75 KWHs. The not so good thing is we’re behind 2021 in production and in 2021 we didn’t quite generate 4 MWHs for the year. The best we’ve ever done in September was 458 but if we can get to 375 I’ll be happy. For September. Not the annual. We’d have to get top generation for September through December to reach 4 MWHs and I don’t think that’s going to happen. sigh.

    My computer started seriously overheating again yesterday. Shut down 2x before it had been on even 3 hours. Basket remoted in and checked it out. Said it needs to be cleaned. The problem with these little boxes instead of the old towers is the fan is in a separate compartment – and you need a special tool specific to the manufacturer to get into that compartment and clean it. He also said something about replacing the thermal paste. So. I’ve got an appointment to drop off the computer (at least they’re a lot easier to move) next Wednesday at 4:40 with the Best Buy Geek Squad. I’m not happy about “appointment to drop off” – I’m old fashioned I guess but to me “appointment” means to fix it while I’m there. Not so any longer. Appointment just means not standing in line to drop it off. Meanwhile I’m babying the computer. Not having 15 tabs plus Outlook open at one time. Not running multiple Youtubes at the same time. And keeping the icepack handy to cool it down when it gets hot.

    Amelia’s telehealth visit seems to have gone really well. Jill’s pissed that one more thing she ordered from Amazon being delivered without all its parts. Everything else just trucking along. At least I got more sleep – even if that did mean not waking up until after 7. Healing Energy to everyone.

    Off to close up the house, then twitter & Dee’s diary. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

      • This is a desktop. My laptop died early in COVID. The warranty ran out in June 2020 so I haven’t had it looked at. But yes, once I’ve unplugged everything and taken the box in to Best Buy, I’ll be offline until I get it back. {{{Diana}}}

  11. Good Thursday morning, Meese! It’s a deliciously cool, nonhumid morning in Ashburn, 73 F. at 10 a.m. after a morning low of 61 F. It’s a beautiful September 1st! Our high today will be all the 8s, no chance of rain.

    Had a good night’s sleep, thanks to the pill. Late getting here because I made blueberry bran muffins for breakfast. It’s autumn, so I’ll switch to making apple muffins, carrot muffins, and cranberry muffins.

    Have to trudge back to the dentist in Herndon—OMG, so tired of that drive! Then I have a Committee meeting this afternoon, after which I’ll go to Trader Joe’s. The food here is getting worse and worse. If I can pick up dinner from TJ’s, I’ll have an Empty Square day tomorrow! Time to spend hours on the phone with Vanguard, who still won’t let me into my account, hours to spend on the phone trying to make a doctor appointment (specialist) for 2030, and catching up on some very overdue correspondence.

    Had a nice lunch, but hurried, with Darling Niece in Reston yesterday. She insists on picking up her son from school, even though at age 12 he could perfectly well take the school bus. However, he likes being picked up and she likes doing it, even though it’s tiresome waiting in the “Mom line” of cars, which starts at 1:30. School lets out at 2:15 p.m.

    I will not criticize her because I understand her reasons. When he’s in high school, though, I’ll remind her that soon he’ll be going off to college and she’ll need to find something else to give meaning to her life.

    Oh, well. enough of that. I have decided to cut back my participation in the Communications Committee. I’ll never get that book finished if I don’t.

    Must get ready for my appointment. Y’all stay cool at the Pond!

  12. Good morning, 61 and mostly cloudy outside my window today. Yesterday was busy with laundry and house and garden tending so today I should have time to do something else. I don’t know what I’ll do yet but oh well, something will happen. Best wishes to all.

  13. Good morning. Yesterday was exhausting, too few people here and I’m afraid to look at the calendar for today’s absences. The Monday holiday will be nice, give me time to spread out my weekend chores. I’m picking up groceries Saturday morning – ingredients for 2-ish weeks of lunch (sweet potatoes, black beans, frozen chopped mango, avocados)

  14. Friday Meese. It’s nippy here this morning – 52 degrees going up to 82. Wildfires still burning in the county.

    Situation in Puerto Rico re access to medical care worsens.

    Why NOBODY talks about the fact that yesterday the delivery room and NICU of the HIMA SAN PABLO FAJARDO hospital were closed. This creates a collapse in health care for the maternal and child population in the EASTERN area, including VIEQUES AND CULEBRA. Additional that in PR of every 5 babies 1 is born premature

    • Mah Gawd! I suppose the only thing that would really help is a Blue Wave, all three held by Dems, who can then revoke the Jones Act and get PR the help it needs.

  15. Well, bummer. Went to look up today’s forecast but while I was doing so, I lost the first sentence of my post, so am starting over.

    Good Friday morning, Moosekind! At the moment we have all the 6s here in Ashbuggy, heading for a high of 86 F. Today won’t be quite as stunningly beautiful as yesterday, but ’tis enough, t’will serve.

    Am writing to you on my new ThinkPad and using Edge, per Jan’s recommendation. I have bookmarks! Yay! What I don’t have is good mouse control. It’s also irritating that when I “save” a given document it saves in OneDrive and doesn’t let me save it into the nice file folders I’ve set up. Never mind, bit by bit I’ll figure this out.

    Yesterday while drearily driving down Route 28 I decided to make some changes in my life. By the end of the year I plan to be on sabbatical from the Communications Committee or retired from it. I’ve also decided to stop saving so much money for the three local grandchildren. I’ve given them a good start, their parents are all doing marvelously well, and I need the money more than they do.

    Today is an “Empty Square” on the calendar day, so I don’t have to go anywhere or have any meetings. Instead I get to spend the day on the phone, fighting with Vanguard to get access to my own money. I can’t tell you how furious this makes me, especially in light of the horrendous doctor and dentist bills I’m experiencing! Oh, well, enough of that.

    I’ve started going through my desk diary and writing down passwords in my new password book. It has alphabet tabs, so it’s very nice. Also, it’s small. So that’s my world at the moment.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

    • You will want to do Save As to use your beautiful folders. The Save puts it in Documents in OneDrive. There may be a way to have Save pop up a question but I don’t know it offhand – since Windows 7 (and the local users structure) I have done Save As so that I always know WHERE my files are going.

  16. It’s 70 heading for 77, overcast, and off-and-on raining. We’ve gotten almost an inch since it started last night. Yesterday we generated not quite 8 KWHs – a lousy start for September.

    It’s cool enough I have a cat in my lap. Sleeping like all the rest of the cats. That only happens in the cooler weather. That part’s nice anyway. My phone/internet bill is going up with absolutely no changes on my part. Higher rates for the same or less service. A hallmark of capitalism. Life is getting more expensive by the minute. sigh.

    Amelia had problems with the lab yesterday. Not the blood draw, that part was fine. But they wanted to do a urine test, miscoded it, and said that it wasn’t covered by Medicare give them $800 cash. Nope. It really upset her & set her back a bit. By afternoon she was contacting her PA and doing follow-ups on getting some of her meds, so she’s definitely doing better. But she’ll probably do nothing but sleep for the next few days to recover.

    I haven’t connected with anybody today. Hoping they’re all doing at least as well as yesterday. I’m short of sleep again and the rain/cloudiness isn’t helping that. Oh well. Healing Energy to everyone. I’m off to twitter. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  17. Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 77 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 97. Mostly sunny skies.

    I got a late start and I need to save the news stories in Pocket and read them later. It sounds like MAGAts are upset at being called fascists – perhaps they will embrace it like they did “deplorables” and we will get them on tape admitting to being fascists? In any event, decent people don’t care about the tears of butthurt fascists.

    See all y’all later!

  18. Good morning, 60 and cloudy outside my window today. It was in the 50’s and partly sunny when I woke up but everything changes, including the weather. RonK is headed out to pick more blackberries and I’ve lingering with tea and reading around the internets.

    I listened to Pres Biden’s speech last night but wasn’t watching, so the twitter uproar re the visuals was a surprise to me. What he said is important, but in this nit wit age we’re living in what people see seems to have more impact. Oh well, I suspect we’ll move on the next outrage soon. Best wishes to all.

  19. Saturday Meese. Am really cold sitting in my office – don’t want to turn the heat on yet – it’s 55 right now, going up to 85 the weather says. They have predicted rain for Sun, Mon and Tues – however I’ll believe it when I see it.
    The West Indian-American day parade returns to NYC on Monday – will be featuring steel pan music tomorrow for Black Music Sunday

    Puerto Rico

    • Good reminder about how much racist governments like those in Mississippi care about the quality of life of their citizens. Truly deplorable – they should make the shiny tooth fluffy haired governor of Mississippi brush his teeth and wash his hair in the sewer water being provided to his constituents.

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