Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: September 17th

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 77 degrees in the Desert Southwest with an expected daytime high of 99. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Sunday Meese. 48 degrees! (brrr), going up to 75 here in Kingston.

    Puerto Rico

    Erosion caused by storm surges in Piñones

    They honored Roberto Clemente yesterday at the Pittsburgh stadium. No, I’m not crying.

    • It is disturbing that the Marlins would give a platform to a controversial politician who would have despised Roberto Clemente and his causes and is only using him as a prop for her ambitions. The General Manager of the Marlins is Kim Ng, an Asian American woman – you would think she would be more sensitive to having her team’s position in the community used that way.

  3. Good morning. Cleaned up the plants again — kept thinking yesterday that the thief would do what she said and bring my stuff back, but no surprise that a thief is also a liar. Sigh. Anyway, now I’m enjoying the smell of my steeping tea. My friend’s tea company put out a chocolate tea thing, it is heavenly. Today: church, moving things away from the windows so people can tape plastic over them before they are replaced, make next week’s breakfast….and rese because that is a long list.

    • {{{anotherdemocrat}}} Definitely be a good thing to tell all your neighbors about her. By name if you have it. If for no other reason than so they won’t leave their stuff out for her to steal on “some guy’s” say so. Enjoy your tea. And rest well. Healing Energy. moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • Another, my daughter has begun working part-time at a hospital in Austin. She suggests you go to Aramark.com to look for a part-time, weekend job in a hospital. She’s retired from full-time work, so she works from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. five days a week. Aramark has terrific benefits, including feeding the staff!

  4. It’s 69 heading for 83 and sunny. At least at the moment. We generated 9.8 KWHs yesterday. The m-t-d is 174.7 so still OK for 300.

    Fineena had an emotionally rough day yesterday. Apparently it was “adopt a puppy” day as every time she looked outside she saw one or more obviously new “owners” walking happy puppies. And of course she looked outside a lot in response to happy puppy barks. Otherwise it was a calm day, clearing out a bit more trash and finding a thing or two to actually put up. Step by step.

    I wish this much-touted great economy would translate into small business sales. It’s certainly not for all the small business folks I follow. Of course as long as the Market manipulators keep the Market roller coastering, which they have done, do, will do in order to influence the elections, it’s not likely to. sigh.

    Sunday chores done. Back and hands protesting. So off to start my boosting day. To the music in Dee’s diary, yay Sunday! Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  5. Good late afternoon, Moosekind! Wow. I sat down to check in this morning but M’Daughter was very upset about several things, so we texted and talked for a good few hours. She’s very worried about her husband, who is due to fly home tomorrow from Massachusetts. He’s nowhere near Hurricane Lee, so that’s good.

    Our high in Ashburger today was 69 F. We’ve had most cloudy skies all day, with increasing wind. A nice little rain appeared this morning, and it looks as if it would like to rain again, but I’m sure I’ll be disappointed. I usually am.
    This morning Beloved Nephew asked me if I wanted Mary’s ashes. I do not, so I declined with thanks. He said he did not want to keep them. I’m trying to downsize again. The Shred Truck failed to show up yesterday, which annoyed all the people who waited patiently for the prescribed length of time. I had errands to do, so I dumped my stuff in the large dumpster, which I understand was put into a locked room. There’s a lot of private papers in there, not just from me, but from lots of residents! I’m sure management is going get an earful tomorrow morning. Loudoun County is running a lunch-and-shred truck event on October 10, so I think we’ll go to that.

    Here’s one way to dispose of unwanted private papers if you don’t have a shredder: half-fill your kitchen sink with soapy water (not too soapy) and put the papers in it. Let the ink soak off for several hours. Then drain, let the mess dry out, and break it up to put in the trash.

    I’ve made an apple-walnut cake for dessert, the filling for the Cornish pasties is chilling in the fridge, and at 5 p.m. I’ll start bringing the pastry to room temperature. I wish I didn’t have arthritis in my wrinkled old toes. They hurt. I Aspercremed them, but we’ll see whether that works.

    That’s all my news, boring as it is! Hope everyone at the Pond has had a good day.

  6. Monday Meese. 59 and raining, going up to 64 here in Kingston.

    Puerto Rico

    “This is how they treat our people in Vieques. They would rather leave our children than the tourists.”

  7. Good morning — a nice cool one at 70 degrees. Almost chilly. Did my mile, ran some of each lap. Tried to tape plastic over one window yesterday, it’s a 2 person job. The construction company will do it — do I need to tip the workers who do that? I’ll worry about that when they get around to doing our windows. New music from U2 over the weekend, and an American kid won the Vuelta Espana; so yesterday was nice.

  8. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 72 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 97. Sunny skies are in the forecast. The weather guys say the first few days of this week is the summer swan song, fall weather will arrive more or less permanently later this week. This morning it was very pleasant on my patio, clear skies and a light breeze. Last night the thin waxing crescent presented herself in the western sky over the buildings and was quite lovely!

    It looks like the Republicans in the House cannot agree on a Continuing Resolution unless it contains poison pills that will cause it to die in the Senate. There are no longer any adults in the Republican caucus who can put together a budget that can attract Democratic votes which means that the 5 guys who want to finish the job of destroying our government that they started on January 6, 2021 will win. The government grinding to a halt is apparently what people want since they keep returning these terrible people to power even knowing what they will do. Bastids.

    I am working on cleaning up my to-do stack and then I will take the rest of the morning off. It is time to get into fall-weather mode and plan things away from my desk and my easy chair.

    See all y’all later!

  9. Good Monday morning, Moosekind! It’s a lovely day in Ashburn, sunny and 64 F. at the moment. A plentitude of ragged white clouds are scudding across a pale blue sky, but there’s too much wind for my taste. The high will be 77 F. We did not receive any more rain yesterday, despite having to put up with ugly gray clouds all day. However, as it is not expected to rain until Saturday, I can put the porch cushions out.

    Today I have nowhere to be until about 4 p.m., when the useless dermatologist will give me a checkup. Therefore, I can have a Writing Day! The laundry is done, all I have to do is get washed and brushed. Oh, I do have to study my part and show up for rehearsal at 7 p.m.

    On August 31 I started an entry in my journal. Nearly three weeks later I still have to write in it! Duhh. The good news: M’Daughter texted last night to say she is now negative for Covid! That means she can go back to her regular job of delivering trays and smiles to the patients instead of wiping down trays in a back room. She told me that for some patients the arrival of the food tray is the high point of their day, so she smiles and greets them and tries to make their day a little more pleasant. She has a very warm, engaging, Leo personality.

    Becky, did you see my note about weekend jobs at Aramark in Austin? You might get one as a hospital greeter.

    Well, enough from me. Disposed of all my letter-writing obligations this weekend, so now I can work on my play and my short story. Rehearsal tonight, but I already pretty much know my lines.

    Wishing everyone at the Pond a good day.

  10. It’s 56 heading for 87, sunny at the moment, and my hands are cold! Yesterday we generated just over 10 KWHs, the m-t-d is 184, and we’re still on track for 300.

    I’m running a bit behind as I had to go get milk this morning before I could make breakfast. Now breakfast has been duly made and I’m ready to start my online day. Not much to say about folks. They’re pretty much going on as they have been. Which isn’t to say good but they’re keepin’ on keepin’ on. Anyway, Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  11. Good day, 63 and sunny in my garden today. Our son had his surgical procedure this morning and to our great relief all’s well. When he had the last round of BCH he had several stents put in to repair damage to his veins and over time they had become clogged enough to slow the rate of his blood flow, leading to swelling and an over all feeling of being unwell. None of the stents needed replacing and he didn’t need any new ones so the existing ones were cleaned out. The route is through a major vein in his groin so he’ll have to rest a week while that heals and then he should feel much better. Feeling very relieved and grateful.

    We had a nice end of summer patio dinner with the B’ham family last night. It was a very busy day and I was very weary but it was nice to be together, and especially nice to have some time with our grand girls. Elsa spent the night with us and just left now to go home with her guy so my house is quiet again. Now to clean up the remaining dishes and start getting ready for Ron”s surgery on Thursday. Best wishes to all.

    • {{{princesspat}}} good that things went well with your son. & that you had a lovely family visit. Holding the Good Thoughts for RonK & sending Healing Energy to everybody. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  12. Tuesday Meese. 54 here in Kingston NY, going up to 72.

    Puerto Rico

  13. Good morning. Skipped the walk, I had a terrible night’s sleep. Wondering when the window stuff will happen. Got to get myself together for work.

  14. Good Tuesday morning, Meese! Avast, ’tis talk like a pirate day, me hearties! Tonight I’m going to wear my black tricorne hat and my black eye patch and scare the hell out of the UU’s at dinner. Currently it’s 65 F. in Ashburn, going up to 77 F.

    From the crow’s nest, I can report ’tis a brilliant, sunny day but with high winds beginning to blow soon. No way am I walking outdoors in that. In fact, I’ve decided to start rowing in the gym again because walking on the treadmill is doing nothing for my weight.

    Last night I had a thrill during rehearsal, as follows:

    There were three people upstairs in the Audio-Visual Room, working the sound board for the music, and the spotlights and backdrops.

    There was Louise, in the audience seats, directing us.

    There were seven of us on the stage, acting out our lines. So that’s eleven people giving up their evening because of a play that I wrote!

    Monday afternoon I wrote a short story for our next Writers’ Group meeting on October 12. It’s a ghost story.

    We have to get washed and brushed so we can go to Office Depot to buy more 4-inch black letters for my poster. Somewhat to my surprise, the Drama Club will reimburse us for what we spent.

    That’s all the news I have this morning. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  15. It’s already 74 but only going to 84. I won’t have to close up today. Especially since it’s mostly cloudy and there’s a cool breeze blowing. We generated 11.2 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d at 196 is still on track for 300.

    Rocky night but not as bad as some folks I know and at least I’m retired and can sleep in. At least as much as the cats will let me. Nothing new with anybody. That’s not good but at least things aren’t getting worse. Heading off to start my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  16. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 82 in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 95. Sunny skies are in the forecast. The temperature on my patio this morning was a wonderful 68 degrees and my morning walk was refreshing.

    I have run too long into the morning and need to get off my computer.

    See all y’all later!

  17. Spoutible’s got some new features – 27 news sources (and planning to add more) for those who go to xitter for that. And he’s about to add tabs that allow you to show TL only, news only, or both. And it’s STILL running on donations. Everybody knows sooner or later CB will have to bring in ads for the revenue, but he’s making it as later as possible. (Now if he’d just fix the DM function. heh.)

    • I imagine that the Xitter replacements are gearing up for an influx of new users should Melon go forward with his plan to charge a subscription for his services. I have no interest in paying for his service and even if I did, I would never EVER put a payment method on his unstable unsecured web platform.

      New organizations and government groups are going to have to decide what they are going to do when they get the bill. I am going to stick with my geekie Mastodon platform and hope that someone builds a user interface for it that does not scare people.

  18. Wedenesday Meese. 46 degrees here in Kingston (brrr) and the furnace is not working – it needs a new condensation pump which won’t be put in till Friday. :(

    Today is the 6th Anniversary of Hurricane Maria devastating Puerto Rico – and prior to today Dominica and other islands

    • Oh no! I hope the furnace fix does not get delayed. Better to have it go out in September than in January, I would think.

    • {{{Denise}}} I guess better to have the furnace go out when the lows are in the 40s rather than when they’re in the 20s. Or lower. Best of course that it not go out at all. Stay as warm as you can. Healing, Warming, Energy. moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • Oh, Sis, so sorry about the furnace going out! Hope the “fix” won’t incur too much expense.

      The Young Lords are part of history and SHOULD be remembered!

  19. Good morning. Yesterday, while I was sitting here working, they started replacing my windows. That was rather startling. Wondering which windows they’ll do today. My upstairs neighbor and I talked about covering the bedroom windows with plastic, since there’s no way I can reach them. Went to my Dem club meeting last night, there are some good candidates for the 2024 races. Anyway, just watching the morning news & getting ready for work.

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