Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: November 27th

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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 48 degrees in the Desert Southwest with an expected daytime high of 63. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Sunday Meese. 37 here in Kingston, going up to 51 with rain.

    Puerto Rico

  3. Good morning. The sun finally came out yesterday, there were lots of jokes about “what’s that yellow thing in the sky?”. It’s still weirdly cold, but maybe warmer tomorrow. Anyway, today: church then making my overnight oats for next week and watching more West Wing. Yesterday I made lunch for next week, it started off as butternut squash with brown butter and cilantro; I added some greens, broccoli, and quinoa. Got it packed for my 3 in-office days, hoping it’s good.

  4. It’s 46 heading for 52. Not dark but still more cloudy than not. It’s supposed to clear off. I hope so. Yesterday we generated 1.68 KWHs and the m-t-d is at 144.55 – sigh.

    I’ve finished all my Sunday housecleaning chores. And my back and hands are screaming at me even though I took Ibuprofen before I started. But it’s a whole week before I have to do it again, so that part’s good. Eating breakfast and about to head over to twitter to boost stuff & DK for Dee’s diary. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  5. Good rainy Sunday morning, Moose Peeps! It’s 50 F. in Ashboring, on its way up to 55 F. After a perfect Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, we have rain. We’re still 4 inches under for the year, but it won’t be very nice for the Washington Commies footbore team at 1 p.m.

    The day after Thanksgiving (which was wonderful, by the way), I wondered why I didn’t feel like doing anything. Then I realized I’ve come down with a cold, my first in about a year. Owing to the amount of Vitamin C I take daily, this one isn’t as bad as it could have been; however, it’s the fatigue that’s so awful. My gym buddy down the hall urged me to take a Covid test, so Dearly administered that yesterday. Nada. I suspected as much, given that I could still smell and taste. Appetite is way down, so that’s all to the good.

    There is so much I could have been doing while I’ve been confined to bed. Today is the first day I’ve been able to tolerate sitting in a chair at the computer. My iPad died a while back and I never could get to the Moose Pond on it anyway, even while it was up and running.

    Well, that is all my non-news at the moment. Perhaps I’ll get some of those Christmas cards done today. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  6. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 46 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 68. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast. We will see highs in the 70s for a few days mid-week but it may come with some rain. There is a pretty waxing crescent moon in the night sky to the WSW but I won’t see her in the morning until she is at a quarter.

    I have been ignoring most of the news because the mid-term retrospectives are getting old. We lost the House thanks to illegal gerrymandering allowed by the corrupt “Supreme” Court of the United States and we held the Senate. Arizona’s Republicans are fighting among themselves – the Lake branch attacking the election commission in Maricopa County and the election commission having none of it. When there was a problem with the printers at several sites, voters were offered alternative ways to vote and rejected them because their “leaders” told them not to. As the Maricopa attorney pointed out, that was their choice. The votes will be certified on December 5th and then the recount of three elections will begin. The Democratic candidate for Attorney General is ahead by 520 votes and based on past history of the accuracy of the Arizona election system, it is unlikely that her victory will be overturned. I am not sure yet that violence will be avoided – the rural counties are certain that The Cities And Those People have stolen the election and they are the guys with the guns and the deranged leaders. The out-of-power “normal” Republicans (the ones who just want to destroy reproductive rights, defund schools and cut taxes on businesses and rich people) are trying to take back their party but I am not sure how that happens. We shall see!

    I have to get some accounting work done today before the sun rises. I have a busy day scheduled and can’t get bogged down so I will bid adieu.

    See all y’all later!

  7. Good morning. Another cold morning, but we’re supposed to be back to our normal roller coaster weather, so there will be a couple of warm days this week. Watched the West Wing all the holiday weekend. Hard to come back to the real world. Was just re-listening to Bono’s memoir, the part about tfg. Now, this is a man who found a heart in Jesse Freaking Helms – not that he liked him, but he found a human thing to appeal to, and actually made him cry about people he had previously condemned. Bono has nothing but contempt for tfg, could not find anything in him to talk to. And on that happy note, have a good Monday everyone!

  8. Good Monday morning, Moosekind! It’s 51 F. in Ashburn, on its way up to 53 F., and sunny. It was supposed to be cloudy today. Yesterday we were supposed to have fierce rain and howling winds until 8 p.m.—what a laugh! The rain stopped before noon and the rest of the day was dry. When I checked the paper this morning I found we’d received .16 of an inch, so we’re still 4 inches under normal rainfall for the year. I would call this a moderate drought.

    Dearly is on a seemingly never-ending phone call with someone from Kaiser Permanente, trying to arrange transportation to the Kaiser facility in Woodbridge, VA on Wednesday morning. It’s only 43.5 miles from here! Imagine asking a 92-year-old man to drive that distance and back with his gimpy legs! We’re hoping that Kaiser will send a driver. I can’t drive him there because Dearly would die of fright on the way. The so-called “mixing bowl” would freak me out. I’m the world’s worst driver, and even driving him home from Tysons Corner after he’s been mistreated by the eye doctor causes us to quarrel.

    Once, when I was giving some office colleagues a lift to lunch at a nearby restaurant, I turned around and said, “I have three rules for anyone who is a passenger in my car. No laughing, no crying, and no audible praying.”

    “Oh, God, let me out now,” Walt said. But he stayed in after all and we arrived without mishap.

    It is now past 10 and high time I was getting dressed. It’s been a slow start to the day but better a slow start than no start at all, which has been the case for the past couple of days. So I’ll start getting to it.

    Praying for a good result in Georgia. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  9. It’s 42 heading for 60 and sunny at the moment. Yesterday we managed to generate 3.5 KWHs and with the m-t-d at 147.98 we might or might not make it over 165 by end of month.

    Very little sleep and very slow start for the day. But I’ve got cocoa-walnut muffin bread in the oven so that part’s good. I guess I’ll get over to twitter and see how folks are/start boosting stuff. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  10. Good morning, 33 and a chilly wind outside my window today. I had good intentions of sewing yesterday but not much got done so I’ll try again today. I made good progress on the Christmas list prior to T Day, but I seem to have lost my focus now. My kids have been telling me it’s ok to do less but I wonder if they will enjoy the results of me doing so! Best wishes to all.

  11. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 50 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 61. Sunny skies are in the forecast. We are starting to get to the time of year when I am glad to not have to worry about the weather. Travel mercies to everyone who is still on the road or trying to catch a plane somewhere.

    People happy to get Republican tax breaks and enjoy the bounties of deregulation and union busting, claim to be “drawing the line” at out-and-proud antisemitism. Except they really don’t draw any lines – they are just seeing a wounded tRump and are virtue signalling. As soon as he is the nominee, they will line up behind him and vote for him. The news media needs to ask this question: "Will you vote for Donald J. Trump if he is the Republican nominee?" That is how you find out who is just fine with antisemitism, not by quoting their painless statements a year before the nominating contests begin. Rusty Bowers, the outgoing Speaker of the Arizona House, despite death threats for daring to follow the rule of law, will still vote for Trump. That is all you need to know about Principled Republicans. They make me nauseous.

    I am laughing about Cochise County Arizona refusing to certify their vote because some Cyber Ninja guy told them that the tabulation machines were compromised. This is one time I am rooting against Marc Elias’ lawsuit (he is suing to make them certify). If Cochise County stands firm and refuses to certify, the votes from their county would not be included in the state certification and I will have a Democratic US House member instead of the #BrokenMirrorRepublican who won. Ha! I would probably overdose on Schadenfreude and need to read something depressing in order to recover.

    I have two days to do November things and I need to get back to it.

    See all y’all later!

  12. Tuesday Meese. 29 here in Kingston, going up to 44. Am giving a zoom lecture this afternoon at UCLA, talking about movement history. So glad for zoom – I did not want to travel to CA.

    Puerto Rico

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  13. Good morning. 70 degrees. I opened the windows for fresh air, but will have to close them later, it’ll be too warm. But tomorrow morning, it’ll be in the 40s, with a wind chill in the 30s. Rollercoaster. Watching astronomy tv, getting ready for wfh day.

  14. Good Tuesday morning, Meese. A gray day, currently 42 F. in Ashburn, going up to 50 F. or thereabouts. They always lie.

    Feeling so much better today that I may attend a meeting this afternoon with the UU’s from 4 to 5. Have writing to do before then. Have to check with Darling Niece to see whether she’s recovered sufficiently from her visit to NYC with the family to meet for lunch on Thursday. My afternoon meeting on Thursday is cancelled, good!

    There is a thread on Twitter that’s so funny I laughed aloud several times and am now in a good mood. It was about a young woman who was struggling to get the Christmas tree off the top of her car until a handsome, shirtless, tattooed man showed up and not only removed it from the roof of her car, but also carried it into her apartment building. It’s nice that there’s still something good on Twitter.

    Was sorry to hear that Congressman McEachin has died. Sigh. Good man, terrible disease. May his memory be a blessing.

    Dearly went back to bed so I can’t take a shower until he wakes up. If y’all ever move into an old people’s home, try to either have two bedrooms or two full bathrooms. At home we had a spare bedroom that was always ready for whoever had had a Very Bad Night.

    Feeling very encouraged by the voting turnout in Georgia! Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  15. It’s 60 already heading for 70 on a very windy day. Overcast but not so much that I need the lights on. It might even clear off later. Be nice if all this wind blew the clouds somewhere else and let me get some decent generation before it blows in the cold front this evening. Yesterday we got 6.7 KWHs and the m-t-d is 154.74 – IF we do as good today and tomorrow as we did yesterday we’ll at least leave 2019 the “honor” of last place.

    Nice thing about being retired. You can look at the clock at 5:55 and decide you’re going to give up and get up, then fall asleep and not wake again until 8:05 and it’s OK. LOL. But I’d best get off to twitter. Either side of the 1st of any month there are a lot of fundraisers for rent, or food if they managed to pay the rent, to boost. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  16. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 45 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 70. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast. A front moving in from the west and then swirling up from the south may bring us some rain later in the week. November averages 3 days of precipitation and we have had none so we are overdue.

    Good job by the Justice Department to get a conviction of two of the Oathkeepers on Seditious Conspiracy charges (and all 5 of them on obstruction of the certification of the presidential election). I wonder if Roger Stone is sweating – he probably wishes he hadn’t taken the tRump pardon and had been sitting in prison during the planning of the January 6th coup instead of up to his eyeballs in it. The next set of indictments on January 6th related charges will be interesting.

    Cochise County supervisors have hired the Cyber Ninja’s attorney to defend their right to not certify the based on conspiracy theories. The county attorney refuses to defend them saying that they are committing a crime and he wants nothing to do with it. I am pulling for them sticking to their guns and requiring the State of Arizona to certify the election without their votes – maybe that would finally put the nail in the coffin of election denialism when they realize they gave Democrats unexpected victories. In an interview in today’s Phoenix newspaper, Katie Hobbs said she ran on "not being Kari Lake" and it worked. We may not be able to keep Arizona blue – the red runs pretty deep – but for the next 4 years we can make it more normal to see Democrats running things. Maybe that will be enough?

    I have to work on accounting today and get ready for the December calendar page flip. I also need to put together a plan for 2023 for living within my means now that the moves and settling in is done. I can downsize my storage unit now that I know how much I will need to store – no reason to keep the bigger one. I will contact them later today to check on options and schedule that move.

    See all y’all later!

  17. So, yesterday was sandals & capris — the afternoon high was 84. This morning, it’s 40. Heater hasn’t kicked on yet, but it will. Glad I’m wfh today. Watching astronomy tv with my warm slippers on.

  18. Good Wednesday morning, Moosekind, and happy St. Andrew’s Day! It’s 47 F. here in Ashburn, on its way up to 60 F., and it’s raining. Correction—it has been raining. Periodically I’ve been opening the door to listen to the music of the falling rain, but it now appears to be moving out three and a half hours before schedule. We’ll probably wind up with .13 inches, as we did last time.

    I fail to understand why the media don’t seem to be making a meal of the fact that Herschel lives in Texas but is running for Senator from Georgia. Whatever respect I once had for the media (my father was a journalist), has completely evaporated.

    Dearly is getting ready to be picked up by an Uber at 9 a.m. It is so much better for him than driving himself in his frail condition. I have a lot of writing to do this morning, so will concentrate on that.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond and a bad day to all election deniers.

  19. It’s 28 going to 45 and sunny this last day in November. Yesterday we generated right at 6 KWHs and the m-t-d is 160.7 so IF it stays sunny we should pass November 2019’s 165. Which is less than I use in a month. And I’ve only got 90 left in the sock. But for now, I’m still just paying the $14 maintenance fee to AEP/Swepco.

    My sleep was late coming and late going as it were. I don’t know why but at least it doesn’t cause a problem. Off to twitter to check on folks and boost things. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

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