Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: September 25th

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So … what’s going on in your part of Moosylvania?

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  1. Only went down to 55 overnight. It’s 57 now heading for 80 and at least trying to be sunny. Yesterday we generated 10.6 KWHs and the m-t-d at 270.4 is right at on track for 300. As of yesterday afternoon SolarEdge is still showing my “case” as pending. Which means they hadn’t even looked at it yet, just a computer-assigned case number. Because how long does it take to respond, yay or nay, to an installer’s request for an optimizer. sigh.

    Amelia’s responding well to things – like housecleaners and repair people coming in – that used to freak her out and exhaust her for days. So I’d say she’s doing lots better. Ronald apparently hurt himself with the last harassment visit to Jill’s RV park. When he left town, he went the totally opposite direction and ended up in the hospital one town west of her. And since Jill’s still legally his wife, even though he’s told everyone she’s not to know anything about his condition, she’s received multiple phone calls asking about his condition, allergies, etc. A situation both frustrating and amusing. I didn’t wake up choking or with a skull-banging headache this morning, so I’m calling it a win for me, too. Healing Energy to everyone, of whatever species, for whatever reason.

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

  2. Good Wednesday morning, Moosekind! It’s a beautiful morning in Boo-Hoo County—47 F., going for a high of 70 F. at 4 o’clock. I plan to wash Monty’s dog beds while we’re getting sunny weather. Even if they don’t dry completely on the screened porch, finishing them off in the dryer will still take less energy than if I put them in immediately from the washer.

    He’s behaving more like his normal self this morning: still a little slow, but much better than when he was a zombie. I gotta google Prednisone when I get a chance. We have to give it to him in diminishing doses, check with the doctor on Friday, and bring him in next Tuesday.

    This afternoon I’ll show up to listen to the young man who’s running for Loudoun County School Board. He’s nonpartisan but has been endorsed by the Dems. I know he’ll vote the right way: as soon as I saw him my gaydar went off with a screech. Did y’all hear what happened yesterday, with THOUSANDS of high school kids walking out of class in Arlington and Fairfax Counties? They were protesting Goobernator Dumbkin’s cruel policies against transgender kids. My Goddess, how I LOATHE that despicable troglodyte!

    He evidently only regarded the governorship as a stepping-stone to what he really wants, which is the White House. This week he’s having a little gathering of MEGA-RICH donors in a very expensive resort near Charlottesville. I hope his little ambitions are dealt a resounding blow at the mid-terms. He just can’t wait to sign an abortion ban if the Rethugs retake the Virginia lege next year. Uh…not so fast, Dumbkin.

    Anyone who looked at the front page of The Washington Poop this morning would think that Defeated Former Guy/Criminal is going to run against Biden in 2024 and win back the White House. The media are desperately in love with DFG and just won’t let him go. They’ve never had such good copy before.

    Well, that’s enough from me. Time to get on with my day. I need to make some notes on the biography I just read. Although from a 21st-century viewpoint I have nothing but revulsion for the oppression of women, Black, and Indigenous people in the 18th and 19th centuries, I have to admit the FFs came up with as decent a government as was possible at the time. It needs a LOT of improvement, as we all know!

    Wishing a good day and safety to all at the Pond if your state is anywhere near the path of Ian.

    • This morning’s WaPo says that Dumbkin is "straddling the Big Lie divide" apparently planning to appear reasonable while boosting the election deniers, white supremacists, misogynists, homophobes and granny killers in his party. Sorry, WaPo! No one is buying it. Virginians can’t wait to relegate His Fleeciness to the dustbin of history and move on from their epic mistake. His brand of Republicanism is no more appealing to not-insane Republicans than the KKK’s.

  3. Good morning, 57 and cloudy outside my window today. Sue will be here soon so my house will be clean again. Between health issues and family needs she hasn’t been here very often so I’m grateful for her time today.

    Hard to believe, but our “new” furnace is 30+ yrs old, yikes! Barry was here to install a new ignition system yesterday, but now we need a new thermostat and something isn’t right with the chimney damper so the sensors in the ignition won’t allow it to turn on. The furnace itself is still high efficient but we need to get it working again. Fortunately Barry will do what ever is necessary.

    Time to find some coffee and to get ready for Sue. Best wishes to all.

    • {{{princesspat}}} I’m glad Sue is coming today & Holding the Good Thoughts for your furnace being operational very soon. Healing Energy & moar {{{HUGS}}}

  4. Thursday Meese. 47 here only going up to 65. Going to get my COVID booster today.

    Puerto Rico

    • I saw that they finally got around to suspending the Jones Act so that Puerto Rico could get fuel that was literally sitting in their harbor. Maybe they should put someone at the White House in charge of caring about Puerto Rico’s needs instead of waiting until people are screaming at them? It is not really that difficult.

    • Are you getting the COVID bivalent booster all by itself or with the seasonal flu shot? I am trying to decide what to do – on the one hand, I get nervous about too many things going on in my body at once but on the other hand, my shoulders are tired of getting poked!

      • Jan, I’m not allowed to have the ‘flu jab, so I’m just getting the Covid booster next month. For the ‘flu, I just have to rely on herd immunity, masking, and wiping down surfaces in the gym before I use them.

        Darling Niece and my friend Suzi (who lives here) BOTH came down with Covid despite being vaxxed and boosted! It just shows you. I don’t feel I’ll ever go anywhere unmasked (off campus) again.

  5. Good morning. I got in a 1.15 mile walk this morning! And it is cool enough that I wore long sleeves. Went to a candidate forum last night, small crowd — which was fine with me. My candidate for mayor told me that her polling shows her tied with the guy I assumed would be the front runner. Front runner is the former mayor, and he was a good one, and is a great person, but it is time for change.

  6. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 66 moist degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 84. Overcast now and a chance of rain after 2pm. Yesterday I was laughing at the 100% chance of rain at 3pm – there was nothing at all on the radar all day. Then BOOM, the wind kicked up and a storm popped up that gave us a little rain shower that started at about 2:55pm. The storms can develop at any time in the mountains and then choose to visit the valley but that one was really REALLY unexpected – except by the people at Weather Network, I guess!!

    I watched Ian arrive yesterday and wondered at the sanity of the people at the Weather Channel standing in 100 mph winds while debris is swirling around them. It had been a while since I watched the Weather Channel because too often they have no weather news – only their really dumb shows – and I was surprised to see that they are now wearing helmets and eye protection. That’s better but really a scrap of corrugated metal roofing does not care about your silly helmet, it will cut off one of your legs. I am not sure who is demanding that these people risk death and maiming – I certainly would not want to see it live.

    I will finally get the cataract referral I have been waiting for since last year’s debacle. The ophthalmologist I had been seeing abruptly said that the cataracts were not ready, went ballistic on her tech for her assessment of my eyes and sent me to an optometrist to waste more money on trying to find a glasses prescription that would let me see letters on road signs clearly. After this year’s prescription looked fine in the exam room, the "road test" was a failure and I asked for a cataract evaluation and referral. I have cataracts, two different kinds, and will get the referral I need to at least establish a baseline if Medicare makes me wait. They will need to be fixed at some point but the first step is to find someone who will manage their care. It has been a long and bumpy road since 2019 when the cataracts were diagnosed as making it difficult to find prescriptions that would sharpen my vision any further, the on again off again cataract surgery, and then the doctor completely backing off. I will always wonder what happened there – did she get in trouble from the HMO or Medicare for overdiagnosing “ripe” cataracts? Well, anyway that chapter is done.

    It is Thursday and there are two more work days left in September. I got a lot of things done early in the week and I do not have a good current list to work from, just a stack of notes that may or may not require my attention. Time to get back to it.

    See all y’all later!

    • Hope you get the cataract question settled, Jan!

      It took ONE FULL YEAR after my cataract surgery for monovision to kick in. It took one day the first time I had Lasik, in 2004. I suppose old age makes a difference.

      People say you will see much better after the cataract surgery.

      • I am looking forward to seeing better! I am not getting the fancy lenses, they are not covered by Medicare and I am just fine with reading glasses and maybe computer glasses. I have been wearing glasses for 60 years with a 25 year break when I wore contacts (I stopped when I needed tri-focals which could not be done with my type of eyes). I couldn’t get an appointment with the doctor I wanted until January but that’s fine, I am willing to wait for a guy who has done thousands of eyes instead of a new graduate.

  7. It’s 52 heading for 76 and sunny at the moment. We didn’t quite generate 10 KWHs yesterday but we got close enough to bring the m-d-t back on track for 300. Only today and tomorrow to go. At least I’m banking KWHs again. Started gaining practically the minute I stopped using the A/C.

    I’m groggy and haven’t checked on anybody yet today. As of last night everybody was at least hanging on. Some just barely, but still hanging on. Healing Energy to everyone, of whatever species, to meet whatever need.

    Off to twitter & Dee’s diary on DK. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  8. Good Thursday morning, Meese! We have blue air in the house from all the curses I’ve been screeching as I tried to work with a document in this new Word program on my new laptop. It’s so shriekingly frustrating that I’m going back to Pages, which is still hooked up. Well, that is so first-world, considering what’s been happening in Florida and the Caribbean! Sorry.

    We have 63 F. at 11 a.m. on a sunny, breezy morning here in Ashbuggy. I’ve washed Monty’s office dog bed and blanket and am drying them on the screened porch, for tomorrow it will rain. He is STILL not the same dog, but he is a bit better. He has started following Mommy around as she moves from one room to another. Dearly just took him for a walk and of course he moved very slowly. He’s not bouncy at all.

    Didn’t go to the candidate speech yesterday because all of a sudden after lunch I felt ill. I went to bed but after I woke up I didn’t feel like eating. Had gingerale for dinner. This morning I feel fine, just frustrated.

    This afternoon is the biography book club and after wading through that ENORMOUS book, you’d better believe I’m going to go talk about it! I know the prevailing attitude at the time was hateful toward anyone who wasn’t white, male, and rich, but I still feel resentful that men received all the advantages that women did not. Have to admit this was a fascinating look at that period of American history, however.

    With that, I’ll shut up and express the wish that everyone at the Pond will have a good day. I know millions of people won’t have a good day, but I hope they can get the help they need from a president who won’t hurl paper towels at them!

    • Jill Lawrence at USA Today reminded us about TFG’s idea that disaster funds are to be doled out to people who bend a knee to him and lauded Joe Biden for being Not Like That.

      Biden revived the [no red states and blue states] theme in his own 2020 presidential campaign: “I’m running as a proud Democrat, but I will govern as an American president. No red states, no blue states, just the United States. I promise you. I’ll work as hard for those who don’t support me as those who did. That’s the job of a president, a duty to care, to care for everyone in America.”

      The contrast with former President Donald Trump is glaring. If he intuited “a duty to care,” he conveyed that strangely by, for instance, throwing paper towels at a crowd of Puerto Ricans in 2017 after the island had been devastated by Hurricane Maria.

      This month, two days before the fifth anniversary of Maria and still struggling to recover, Puerto Rico was battered by Hurricane Fiona. Biden’s response: “We are with you. We’re not going to walk away. We mean it.” Then he told Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi, “You have the phone number. You can call me, personally, anytime. And I mean it.”

  9. Good morning, 55 and mostly cloudy outside my window this morning. Thanks to Sue our house is clean again, and thanks to our son the exterior door in my sewing room is being repaired. So if I get the laundry done today we’ll be “caught up” :) I hope to cut a few hydrangeas and make some bouquets as well.

    As always, my best wishes to all.

  10. Ugh, woke up super early. Tried to go back to sleep. Ugh. Got downtown & started my walk early. 1.12 mi. Will take all my concentration to stay awake & work today.

  11. Good Friday morning Meese. 44 here in Kingston NY going up to 65. Have to take senior dog to the vet today – she’s got some kind of allergy and is scratching her hair off. Got COVID booster yesterday – arm is a little sore. Was annoyed that half of the people in the pharmacy were not wearing masks – tho the staff was.

    Puerto Rico
    Puerto Rico still doesn’t have full power

    • I have noticed that while a lot of people in places related to health care don’t wear masks, the caregivers themselves (so far) still do. That is important because they are very often right in your face! I decided that I did not particularly want to breathe the same air as random people I come in contact with so I have no problem masking. They say this flu season will be bad and I don’t want that either.

  12. Diddly sleep and feeling less than par. Groggy and moving very slowly. Hoping breakfast will help. It’s 41 heading for 78 and working on being sunny. Yesterday we generated right at 10 KWHs and the m-t-d at 290 is on track for 300. Which ain’t great. Last year we did 345. The Ozark Solar guy hasn’t gotten back to me. I guess I’ll email him again about a Plan B since SolarEdge doesn’t seem to think my little 4K system is worth bothering to address.

    Everybody was OK/hanging on as of last night. Holding the Good Thoughts and Healing Energy to everyone, whatever the issue, whatever species. Off to twitter. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  13. Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 68 muggy degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 82. Rain expected this morning and this afternoon. After the rain, we are expected to get some 70s this evening (instead of having to wait for the wee hours) which would be awesome. I have started my twice daily walks again and hope that the weather cooperates. I could use the fitness center when it is too hot to walk but treadmills are boring.

    I am glad to see that the mainstream media is reminding people that one of Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis’ first votes in Congress was to deny funds for Hurricane Sandy relief. That is so typically Republican – now he has his hands out and is “demanding” federal government aid (for the cameras) knowing full well that the federal government has already offered it. Someone pointed out that all the state and local government leaders seem required to begin their statements with tongue baths for DeSantis’ over his greatness. Wait until the people of Florida who could no longer afford flood insurance discover that their governor was too busy with the culture wars and his performative cruelty to tackle the hard work of figuring out how to fix Florida’s insurance crisis. When I hear people say “my car that just got washed away had no insurance because it was too expensive” I think how awful that would be and also how awful it would be to be in a state where “caring for other people” is not a priority – heck it is not even in the top 10 priorities! Sucks to be a Floridian but they could fix this if they elected some Democrats who care about making their lives better.

    Today is a special day as I honor the memory of my beloved grandmother. I hope she would be proud of the choices I have made, the life I am living and the daughter I am raising.

    See all y’all later!

      • When they were talking about Queen Elizabeth at age 96, I was reminded quite often of my grandmother. She was also a not-very-tall woman with white hair who had a very regal bearing. And she also had a wonderful sense of humor and a delightful laugh and an infectious smile. Her long life, with relative good health, was a blessing to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  14. Good Friday morning, Moosekind! How are you this Michaelmas morn? I wish I had some beautiful purple Michaelmas daisies to grace our dingy flat, but alas, I don’t have time to go buy any.

    Have a very full day ahead, which includes lots of laundry. Monty is still the same—marginally participating in life but nowhere near the dog he used to be. Dearly is supposed to call the vet this morning. We’ll see what happens.

    Goobernator Dumbkin, he of the soft, doughy face and narrow-eyed expression, refuses to state categorically whether he’ll finish the gubernatorial term he just started. Even the WaPo, that lover of Rethuglicanism, is somewhat disenchanted with him, at least if this morning’s story in the Metro station is anything to go by.

    I may be back later to relay some news but I don’t have time right now. Wishing all at the Pond a good day.

    • Is Dumbkin (who a friend calls the Fleece Fascist) thinking of resigning? I am not sure that would be all that great – his Lt Governor is a Q person, isn’t she? What would he do, join a right-wing think tank, position himself for a presidential or vice-presidential run?

  15. Good morning, 56 and cloudy, but the color of the changing leaves are a nice contrast to the grey sky. I’m glad this long month is nearly over and that it’s time to clean up and simplify the garden. I did manage to get the laundry caught up yesterday and today I’ll empty the last ironing basket. Finishing the month with a clean slate, heh!

    Best wishes to all.

  16. Good morning. Eating breakfast & watching the news. Feeling almost guilty about our perfect weather — gorgeous cool morning in the 50s. I have the windows open, nice fresh air even though it’ll bother my allergies. Today: laundry, groceries, cooking.

  17. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 64 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 84. Mostly sunny skies with a chance of rain this afternoon. We officially got about 11 inches of rain in our side of town this monsoon season which is about twice as normal. Mount Lemmon, where our reservoirs are, got 32 inches. I will have to read more to see if that is what is expected.

    Apparently the Democratic Senate candidate in Wisconsin berned down his chances to defeat Ron Johnson. He said that anyone not fully embracing the left of the left are cowards and that his president is AOC. Good lord, what an idiot! I am sure that the moderates who cleared the field for him are regretting their decision. He cannot win a general election in Wisconsin as a left of the left berner. You can win primaries but you will never win over the independents and worried non-MAGA Republicans. Ron Johnson must be laughing his ass off at his good luck. Goddess help us if Republicans regain the Senate and Johnson is again in charge of an important committee. In Arizona, Mark Kelly looks to be coasting to re-election – his ads are great, focusing on veterans, people worried about the economy and tailored to the state not some national agenda. We start voting here on October 12th and I am looking forward to voting for a Senate candidate I can wholeheartedly support.

    Hurricane Ian has left Florida devastated and also has left the governor of that state trying to figure out how he stays viable for 2024 if he embraces federal rebuilding support. His gross incompetence and outright negligence led to the insurance crisis that will leave hundreds of thousands of families unable to rebuild their destroyed homes. Nice job, mini-tRump! I hope that enough eyes are opened by his bad governing that Floridians choose Charlie Crist for the rebuilding project and kick DeSantis and his presidential ambitions to the curb.

    I have accomplished absolutely nothing of value this morning – shot off an email about a maintenance project and cleaned up one of my online blogging accounts. I am really bad at logging into them because they are stuffed with election emails. I unsubscribed from as many as I could find and hope that the requests are honored.

    See all y’all later!

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