Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: October 16th

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 59 degrees in the Desert Southwest with an expected daytime high of 68. Sunny skies with a chance for afternoon rain.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Sunday Meese. 44 here in Kingston, NY going up to 64.

    Puerto Rico

  3. Good morning. I spent all day yesterday getting started on the MTurk thing. You have to do a lot of things to make any money, but it will get easier with experience. Anyway, I’m watching the news & eating breakfast while my tea steeps. We might get rain tonight!

  4. Good Sunday morning, Moosekind! It’s cloudy in Ashburn at the moment, but we’re supposed to have sunshine later. Right now it’s 54 F, on its way up to 73 F.

    Yesterday we had a frenetic early morning, getting ready to receive Elder Son and little Ethan here. It was The Home’s Fall Festival. I scurried across the Common with my cake, an applesauce cake with coconut pecan frosting, for the cakewalk. To my surprise, it was claimed instantly! Hope she enjoyed it.

    It was an absolutely gorgeous autumn day, and we four enjoyed the hot dogs, cotton candy (well, Elder Son and I didn’t eat the sweet stuff), and watched the old white-haired people tottering along in the sunlight. Two were pushing little dogs in strollers. Ethan was afraid to go on the play equipment at first, but later enjoyed it a lot. He and I went to Fisherman’s Pond to see whether the catfish would swim up, but they didn’t.

    Afterwards, Dearly and I were so tired we just flaked out. M’Daughter called as she was driving back from Houston to Austin. She thinks our aunt is in such bad condition that she will never leave the hospital. Sigh. About 100 relatives are taking it in turn to drive from Corpus Christi, Brenham, Kilgore, Austin, and Georgetown to sit with Aunt so she won’t be alone. It’s so sad.

    I have to interview someone at 2 p.m. today—right at my naptime, blast it! Well, I’ll just have to cope. I’m very behind on everything, have to make up for that. Wishing a good day to everyone at the Pond.

  5. It was 59 when I turned the computer on (after I finished all my Sunday chores and did my 1st 10-minute session on the treadmill) going up to 73. Which it happens to be in the house. I guess with the heavy cloud cover and late rain the outside temps didn’t really start dropping until close to dawn or it would have been cooler inside. We didn’t quite get 8 KWHs and the m-t-d is 126. At this rate we may not even reach last year’s piddly 237. Sigh.

    Having gotten all my Sunday chores done, paying extra attention to the computer desk, time to head over to twitter and to DK for Dee’s diary. Healing Energy to everybody. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  6. Hello, 71 and smoky in my garden today. I had hoped to be outside but family phone chats and too much time reading around on the computer have kept me busy, so now it’s time for laundry and to bake a gingerbread for dessert tonight. I enjoy our Sunday suppers and House of Dragon time with our son.

    My sil, Debbie, will be here next week while Ron and his brothers spend a few days together exploring museums on Vancouver, BC. I think I’ve got an easy but fun meal and activity plan for us, and when I need to rest she will easily do things on her own so it should be a busy but fun week. The Museum of Anthropology is fascinating to explore so the guys will be busy too. Best wishes to all.

  7. Monday Meese. 41 here in Kingston NY going up to 61 with rain.

    Some Moose

    Puerto Rico

  8. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 54 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 75. Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of afternoon rain.

    We are reaching the time of the election cycle where the political ads get increasingly harsh and the Republican candidates are pretending to care about bread and butter issues when they have been screaming about “rigged elections” for two years and plotting to defund Social Security and Medicare. There is no way to cut through the lies and the faux pivot and I can only hope that people have who made up their minds a month ago when the primaries were exposing the rot of the Republican Party don’t believe the crap that is on the TV now. Yes, grocery prices are too high, yes, gas prices are too high but inflation was not caused by Biden, it is a byproduct of an economy shut down by Trump’s Pandemic and which has restarted unevenly. Plus, there is nothing in the Republican agenda to fix inflation – their plan is to sunset Social Security and Medicare and to investigate Hunter Biden’s laptop. How does that make grocery prices come down, how does that fix the supply chain? Bad faith, lying sacks of fecal matter. Goddess help us if they win Congress.

    Time to immerse myself in work and stay away from the news. I have to research the propositions we will be voting on and find out who is running for school board seats so I can vote for the ones who don’t appear insane. Then I will vote for Democrats and put my ballot in the mail.

    See all y’all later!

  9. It’s raining! Not a lot, but after 6 weeks, in what should be a rainy season, that’s still exciting. I walked inside the parking garage, better than nothing. Working in the office, hope I have enough caffeine to get me through the day. I woke up at 4:15 but refused to get out of bed for 30 more minutes.

  10. Good Monday morning, Moosekind! It’s partly sunny and partly cloudy here in Ashburn, with a temp of 56 F. This afternoon the temp. will drop rapidly, or so they say.

    As it happened, although Sunday began and ended cloudily, we had a beautiful day in between. I walked around Fisherman’s Pond, the same route I used to take Monty, and cried again. We haven’t yet heard when we can pick up the new dog.

    Hubby is having a nap after waking much too early. Yesterday he did not stick even one tiny pink toe out of doors, which is a very bad thing. Still, he doesn’t like to go for walks without a dog, because he walks so slowly with a cane.

    I can’t wake him up because he needs his sleep, so I’m sitting here in my dressing gown. I’ll have to do what I can do dressed like this. Fortunately, that’s quite a lot.

    A week from today we can go to the polls to vote early. We’ll have little Ethan with us, as next Monday happens to be Diwali and the Arlington County Public Schools are closed for the religious holiday. Never mind, I have a big book about wolves that we can look at, and we can always go for a walk if the weather permits.

    In a moment of weakness I promised a BookChat to B., the guy who runs it over at dailykos. It’s half-done, so I’d better get on it.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  11. Our overnight was 40, windchill 38, it’s 44 right now, and we’re heading for 58. Sunny at the moment. We didn’t get quite 7 KWHs yesterday. The m-t-d is 133 and we’re just over half way through the month. And over 3 weeks since I reported the problem with the system. Longer than that of course since the problem began.

    I will be so glad when we get back to standard time. I’m fine with getting up with the sun (when the sun gets above the hill and there’s enough light in my room to get dressed without turning on the lights) but I’m not really fine with it being 7:30 when that happens. I’m still not getting 8 hours of sleep. It’s too broken, there are multiple hour or more chunks when I’m dealing with sinusitis flares. But I’m still getting more sleep than a lot of folks I know. The time thing just means that on the rare days I want to go out for some reason – store or whatever – I’m not getting there as early as I’d like to in order to avoid other people. Oh well.

    Time to get over to twitter and see how folks are. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • About a month ago we were sad that it was so dark at 6:30pm when we had been used to summer light much later in the evening. Pretty soon, though, everyone will be on the same daylight and we will achieve it without having to change a single clock! I saw an article that said people want to keep Daylight Saving Time not Standard Time which would be a huge pain in the ass. It would mean permanently being on the same time as Pacific Time which is two hours off from most of my clients and most of my family members. Arizona won’t change from Mountain Standard Time regardless of the fiddling with the time zones. We are “Arizona Time” on most computers and apps.

      • I hope that permanent DST doesn’t happen. I want to get rid of it, not have to mess with it forever. Oh well. We shall see what we shall see. Good for AZ! I wish more states had that kind of sense.

  12. Good morning, 54 and smoky skies. Our garden is very dry so I had to water plants yesterday instead of baking, but I did make a very tasty Waldorf salad for supper. So another Monday with a few errands, some laundry and some desk work. But first another cup of coffee and a few solitaire games while I wake up. Best wishes to all.

  13. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 61 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 75. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I started this comment about 30 minutes ago, scanned the news and decided I could not look at it any longer. Republicans plan to privatize Social Security and cut Medicare and people are going to vote them in because their gas guzzling truck costs an extra $20 a week to run. They want to turn the economy over to people who hate government oversight and regulation – what the hell do they think the Republicans will do to fix the price of gas? JHC on a popsicle stick, get a grip, doodieheads!!

    I need to get back to work. I found out there are pages and pages of propositions I need to review before I can vote. I am determined to get through them and mail my ballot by Friday at the latest.

    See all y’all later!

    • I filled out my ballot last night. Signed, sealed, and ready to mail in. I’m thinking of waiting until Monday to mail it. That’s when early voting starts and I normally vote the 1st day of early voting. LOL.

  14. Tuesday Meese. Woke up at 2:30 AM, fell back asleep and overslept – which is rare for me. Oh well. It’s 46 here in Kingston, going up to 58.
    Am trying not to get depressed over the fact that so many people here want to destroy the Democracy we have and are so-filled with hate.

    Puerto Rico

    My dear friend

    • People voting to punish the Democrats for the slow recovery from the economic disaster that was the direct result of the tRump Pandemic is going to turn out to be a huge self-own. Things will NOT get better when Republicans use the debt limit hostage to try to destroy everything including Social Security and Medicare. Things will NOT get better when they shut down the government and throw another freaking tax season into chaos. And idiots who think that people who received a $1,400 check two years ago are still living large on that and it is keeping them from looking for a job are the stupidest people in the world. Republicans will focus on one thing – to make life suck for as many people as possible so that their cult leader can be reinstalled as president in 2025. Goddess help us.

    • It’s largely – over 55% – us wypipo who are so evil we cannot stand the idea, not reality just the idea, that BIPOC benefit from anything. A fascist despotism that is also genocidal is what the majority of white people want and they grad at any excuse as cover for it. And that is very depressing indeed.

  15. I’ve got my windows open, it’s lovely & cool outside. It’s almost too cool with the ceiling fan going, but I’ll leave it on. Going to walk this afternoon, because our high will be 70. Have a great day, y’all!

  16. Good Tuesday morning, Meese! It’s 43 F. and gorgeous here in Ashburn, with an expected high of 55 F. I’ll save my walk for 11 a.m., when it’s a bit warmer.

    At a few minutes to 8 I was standing in a long line of residents waiting to get vaxxed with a Pfizer Covid booster. It has been done. I tottered back to our apartment to enjoy a toasted English muffin and COFFEE. Have now finished my second cup, so feeling quite the thing.

    We’re picking up Mandy Beagle around noon on Friday! I do so hope she likes us. She seemed to, when we met her. Her current name is Dot, but I like two-syllable dog names because they’re easier to yell. We can call “MANNN-dee!” I hope she’ll be a good girl and not try to run away.

    Have made arrangements for a “new patient visit” with the new, nice vet in Reston. She’ll treat Mandy right. Tomorrow we’re going by the animal hospital to pick up Monty’s ashes. I will no doubt be in tears the rest of the day.

    Will be so dam’ glad when the election is over. We’re so sick of election ads on the TV.

    OK, off to finish my book blog and start on the 1,000 other things waiting to be done! Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

    • Of course tears for Monty Beagle and very much welcome Mandy Beagle. She can’t fill the Monty-shaped hole in your hearts, but she can smooth the raw edges. Healing Energy & moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • Yay for Mandy! I looked & looked for this quote for you, finally found it:

      It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.

  17. It was 25 just before dawn, windchill 19, is 32 now and heading for 49. Yesterday we managed to generate 8.6 KWHs and the m-t-d is just a hair under 142. Yesterday afternoon I emailed SolarEdge Support myself asking if they needed anything from me, the homeowner, before they would proceed with sending the optimizer. So far I’ve gotten a computer-generated reply email assigning a case number to look into the progress on the case number I gave them and saying a technician would get back with me “soon”. sigh.

    My hands are cold. The furnace did kick on about 1:45 (yes, I was awake to hear it, why do you ask) and has been cycling on about every 45 minutes since. Thermostat is set at 62 and I’ve got a sweater on. But that doesn’t help my hands. Oh well. Winter. Nothing new under the sun and all that.

    I guess I’ll get over to twitter and see how folks are doing. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  18. Good morning, 46 foggy and smoky outside my window today. I’ve got a few things left to do to be ready for my sil’s visit, just hope I can find my company manners. I’ve been a recluse and feel like my social skills are rusty. Oh well, my knees are too! So I’ll just do my best to cope and have fun. Best wishes to all.

  19. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 72 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 79. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast. The waning crescent moon is supine in the eastern sky – spreading her light over the landscape even though she is only at 33.9% illumination.

    Very quick scan of the news this morning – not much new. Mark Freaking Warner trashing Joe Biden for spending money to help people – certainly not new. The moderate Democrats who are beholden more to the special interests than the people will always turn on the people. I remember Chuck Freaking Schumer moaning about wasting political capital on the Affordable Care Act, a law that literally saved lives. We need more politicians with skin in the game and fewer multi-millionaires.

    I have some early morning projects and a hard deadline to meet so I need to go back eyes forward. I have my ballot choices sorted out and will mark it and, if my daughter’s ballot is ready, will try to mail them later today. I remembered that mailing on Fridays is a bad idea because the mail leaves town and can get stuck in a bin in Phoenix for a few days – if we aren’t both ready, I will wait until Monday. I take them to the Post Office and mail them inside to be doubly certain that they are safe and sound.

    See all y’all later!

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