Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: October 1st

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  1. Reminder – the government will be running a test of the Emergency Warning System that will text cell phones and override broadcast signals. The test will run at 2:20pm Eastern, 1:20pm Central, 12:20pm Mountain, 11:20am Arizona and Pacific over a 30 minute window of time.

    I hope the text message is clear that it is a test so that it does not scare people!

  2. OMG! My whole post disappeared! Well, y’all missed a bellyload of whining, so that’s OK.

    There was mist everywhere when we got up this morning. I love the mists of October, shrouding the landscape in pastel colors when the sun strikes them. Today is a spectacular day, with a blue sky hanging over the woods, slowly changing color. I would like to say autumn is my favorite season but no, I love them all.

    Rehearsal tonight. Work on my picket sign is coming along slowly. It’s very inconvenient not having printers, especially when I’m expecting 10 essays from my writers’ group! AND—the Powers are going to turn off the power in the very room at the very time we are supposed to meet on October 12! If I can just obtain reassurance that the elevators will continue to work*, I’ll hold the meeting in the same room as usual. There’s a big window there. Besides, it’s October, when things are supposed to be a little spooky.

    Thank Goddess that I don’t have to print my submissions to the anthology my friend is putting together. I’ve been to many of her seminars. Need to lick my stories into the proper format and send them off before October 15th.

    Prayers and healing vibes for RonK and fineena! Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

    Two of my writers get around on electric mobility vehicles.

  3. It’s 71 heading for 74 and overcast at the moment. We’re supposed to get rain but since it was supposed to have started already I take leave to doubt we’re going to get anything but clouds. Sigh. We generated 8.3 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d at 24.5 is still on track for the “at least” goal. But it probably won’t be tomorrow.

    It’s a groggy day. Putting coherent sentences together and then typing them out is slow/difficult. Remembering what I wanted to say in the first place is iffy. Oh well. I’ll manage. Guess I’d best get started on my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  4. Good morning, 57 and cloudy outside my window today. Ron is continuing to move about easier but his BP isn’t stable so he gets dizzy easily and that limits what he can do. With the PT’s help he was able to go up and down the stairs yesterday , but his BP was too low to be safe doing so on his own so for now he is still limited to the main floor only. PT will be here again today and he sees his surgeon tomorrow so the hip is healing on schedule. I can’t safely help him get to the car yet, but our son can. Very grateful for family assistance and in home PT.
    I’m doing ok, just weary but that’s not new for me. I am continuing to work in the garden so today’s errand will be buy a replacement tree for the front porch so Bri can help me replant it tomorrow. Grateful for garden therapy as well! Best wishes to all.

    • {{{princesspat}}} Garden therapy is good. Wonderful you’ve got family there to help out. Healing Energy to your household. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  5. Thursday Meese. 57 and foggy here in Kingston going up to 78.

    Puerto Rico

    Conservative principles

    High altitude campaign

  6. Good morning. Heavy rainstrom — glad today’s a downtown day & I walked in the garage. Heavy rainstorm. But I did the whole 1.2 miles. Still shorts-and-t-shirt warm, some day it will be cool enough for long sleeves; or maybe even actual shoes.

  7. Good Thursday morning, Meese! It’s 59 F. in Ashburn and the sky is cloudy, although there’s tentative sunlight. Clouds are expected because of the rain that’s coming. This will be our last 80 F. day for a while.

    Our rehearsal last night solved a few problems. Now that we’ve memorized our lines (we still need to work on cues), we can focus on acting rather than just reading. Our director was pleased. Because we’re all so old, memorizing lines is a bit of a problem. I learned to my surprise that one of our team members is making me a t-shirt that says “Raging Grannies” on it. She’s a whiz at quilting, but I didn’t know she sewed other things. Very nice of her!

    The residents here are much too busy. There’s Covid vaccinations coming up, a survey about how we feel about life here to fill out (they’re going to get a VERY unfavorable review from me), interesting movies to watch—for example, the one about Richard III—and of course, Banned Books Week. I’m not going to go see “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which will be shown on Saturday. I’ve already seen it and, although it was good, I don’t feel the need to see it again.

    I still have to prepare two submissions for my friend Lisa’s anthology. I’m upset that when my writers’ group meets next week, a couple of them will be missing. It can’t be helped—one writer’s husband has been very ill.

    I have to prepare for a doctor’s visit. Want a shower, but I can’t use soap, deodorant, perfume, bla bla bla. I wonder how old I’ll have to be before I can stop having mammograms.

    There’s a Resident Pubs meeting this afternoon, what a bore. The entire issue has been put to bed, so I don’t know why we’re meeting. (First-world problem!)

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

    • I would stop mammograms permanently if I could but I have at least talked my PCP into every other year. There is no breast cancer in my family, so there is little risk with spreading them out longer.

      No more COVID shot stickers/cards – it seems very odd.

  8. It’s 64 heading for 78 and trying to clear off. When the rain came yesterday it really did come – just over 1.5″ of steady water falling from the sky. On the other hand I had to have the lights on all day and we only generated 2.5 KWHs. At 27 for the m-t-d not only are we not on track for any of my monthly goals, we’re just barely on track to cover usage. IF I keep my usage to minimum.

    Rocky night and my eyes are bothering me. But I’ve got a small loaf of herb bread in the oven and the house smells of oregano. Fineena should be just about finished with a scan and X-ray for some issues with her legs and feet about now. Since she’s diabetic I’m glad her doctor is taking those things seriously. EM must be sitting back and thinking “why won’t this effen platform just DIE” as he does one more thing to kill it. Those who use twitter for good are a lot cleverer and more tenacious than he thought they’d/we’d be.

    Off to do start my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  9. Good afternoon, meeses! Thursday…

    It is 93 with a few wispy clouds. I had a lot of eyes forward projects this morning then I needed to to pick up my new glasses. They seem pretty good and for part-time wearing, will be just fine. I got poofier nose pads which seems to be helping them be more comfortable. In any event, I am done tweaking them.

    See all y’all later!

  10. Friday Meese. 60 going up to 72 with rain here in Kingston.

    Puerto Rico

  11. Good morning. Happy Friday. Austin is being invaded by all the ACL Fest people, and of course we have the kind of weather that makes people want to move here. I’ll find a live stream to watch Hozier, because that young man can sing. Anyway, walk is done, weather is nice — I wore actual shoes today. Feet feel weird but they’ll get used to it.

  12. It was 50 when I got up, 56 now, heading for 72 and sunny at the moment. I hope it stays sunny as yesterday – we generated 9.49 KWHs and the m-t-d at 36.5 while not on track for my 229 “at least” goal, is gaining and is now on track for over 200.

    Grocery store this morning. One employee and one other customer masked. Only surgical masks but at least masks – and worn properly. Got most of what I went there for. I’ll try the Co-op sometime or other for the rest. It’s stuff I usually get at the Co-op anyway but they were out of stock last time I was there.

    Fineena’s scan was reassuring – no blood clot – but we still don’t know why her ankles & feet, especially the left ones, are swollen. Otherwise she’s doing OK, pain, depression, and missing her dogs being unfortunately normal for her.

    Haven’t checked on anybody else yet. Hoping they’re trucking along. Anyway, off to start my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  13. Good afternoon, meeses! Friday …

    It is 96 degrees and sunny. Another busy morning with no opportunity to break – I could not get my walk in before it got hot so it will be skipped. I am trying to do an evening walk also but it is not cooling down enough, yet.

    See all y’all later!

  14. Saturday Meese. 64 going up to 66 and raining. The damp makes my bones ache.

    Puerto Rico

    (pork fatback)

  15. Good morning. Chilly morning, by our standards — 67 degrees. Watching the news, local news isn’t all ACL Fest but it’s the biggest thing. Definitely going to get in a walk later.

  16. Good rainy Saturday morning, Meese! Actually, I think the rain has stopped for the moment, but I can see the wind tossing the treetops in the woods across the way. Currently it’s 62 F, outside, not expected to get much higher.

    This would be a really good day to have onion soup for lunch. Trader Joe’s onion soup is vegetarian but extremely tasty.

    Dearly, who is subject to long periods of wakefulness during the night, said at breakfast that there was really heavy rain during the night. When I rose at 6, it was raining steadily. Seemed like a good morning for Cranberry Muffins, so I made them and took some to the neighbors. Two of the three people nearest me are single, and the neighbor down the hall is married, but his wife is in Memory Care in another building, so I take muffins to him too.

    Yesterday we had a delightful lunch with our Chinese friend. She and her year-old-baby picked us up and took us to a Chinese restaurant. It’s amazing how many restaurants are now carry-out only—the first restaurant we tried, Pizza Hut, was like that. So we went to the Chinese restaurant at the other end of the shopping center.

    It was a pleasant interlude, especially after fighting with IT for hours in the morning. They told me they’d be here at 10 because I told them we had an appointment at 11:30. Then, when the guy wasn’t here at 10, I called IT and he informed me that the guy would be there between “10 and 12.” I lost it, had a tantrum on the phone, told him it was urgent (as indeed it was, considering my writers have turned in essays and I’ve got to read and comment on all of them before next Thursday), so he sent a guy at 11. It took exactly 3 seconds to fix the problem, after which BOTH laptops started printing again! Whew! I knew what the problem was, it just didn’t occur to me that the fix was that easy. May I add that the problem was NOT of my making, but that of Management, which is inflicting some horrible new telecom scheme on the community.

    Enough about that. I need to go to Wegmans because neither the Giant nor Harris Teeter has any H&P sauce, without which Dearly is very unhappy.

    We have a dinner date at 5 down the hall, but apart from that I’m looking forward to a nice, quiet afternoon.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  17. It was 36 when I got up, 40 now, heading for 64. There was frost on the rooftops this morning. Sunny at the moment and I hope it stays that way. Yesterday it didn’t and we only got 6.4 KWHs. It covers what I use and that’s the best I can say about it. We’re right at 43 for the m-t-d.

    It was 60 in the house when I got up so I turned on the furnace for a cycle. Mostly to be sure it works. I didn’t realize the temps would drop so fast yesterday after sundown or I’d have built a fire. I most certainly will be building one tonight. Also baking a pork roast this afternoon. So the house should be fine without having the furnace on again. For a few more days.

    Yesterday was 6 years since Aji moved into the house. I remember so well her marveling that it was warm even though the wood stoves hadn’t been installed yet (they were 3 days later) – too warm for the electric blankets and space heaters they’d brought from the toxic RV they’d lived in for 7 long painful cold in winter years. Blessings of adobe.

    Far as I know everybody’s trucking along. And I’d best get about my boosting chores. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  18. Good afternoon, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 91 degrees in Tucson with sunny skies. It never cooled down lower than 81 overnight so all the windows stayed closed. Should cool down again next Wednesday but I am not going believe any weather forecasts.

    Hope everyone had a great day!

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