Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: November 5th

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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. Doing okay with my temporary crown. Didn’t even bring ibuprofen with me. Got my walk done. It’s chilly — 54, and raining lightly. Just have to get through 8 hours of work, and 2 hours tomorrow volunteering at the Texas Book Festival. I can do this.

  2. It’s 38 heading for 64 today and sunny. Which is good. Yesterday most certainly wasn’t. We generated 1.5 KWHs and the m-t-d at 53 is not on track. We got about 1/3″ of rain out of the day-long drizzle but that was it.

    Fineena’s doctor doesn’t have any answers yet but she is most certainly going to look. Fineena should have the results of the blood tests sometime today and her doctor is scheduling other kinds of tests because she says the swelling and other symptoms could have a bunch of different causes.

    basket’s home and probably catching up on his sleep. And that’s a very good thing.

    My hands are cold and the laundry I did yesterday is still on the racks waiting to be put up. I’ll get around to it today sometime. First I need to clear some of my boosting chores. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  3. Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 55 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 70. Sunny skies are in the forecast. I have not let any of this cool air in since it is still 70 in here. We may need to turn the furnace on later today; when the sun stops hitting the east side of the unit, it can get cold in here. Yesterday I “primed” the furnace which requires starting it up and letting the dust “burn” off the coils. It usually causes the smoke alarm to go on for a few beeps so I do it when sensitive humans and dogs are not in the unit. If the forecast is accurate and we won’t get above 70, we will definitely have to turn on the heat. It is amazing how wimpy we have become, I would never have thought of 70 as cold.

    Manchin won’t run again. He must have decided that it was not worth the money and effort for a losing cause. Plus he hates caucusing with the Democrats. He can go home and spend time with his yacht and his bank account. Now we need Sinema to drop out – when she is part of a three way race in Arizona, Kari Lake wins. When it is just Lake versus Ruben Gallego (D), Ruben wins.

    I am going to ignore the next government shutdown which has a good chance of occurring this time because Mike and his johnson won’t be willing to compromise and Republicans House members won’t force him to.

    I have a busy morning which starts in 10 minutes so I need to skeedaddle. I wanted to make an effort to check in more or less on time.

    See all y’all later!

  4. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 48 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 72. Sunny skies are in the forecast. I could not see the moon this morning, I think I got up too late to see her from my vantage point. She is still waning and at 3.7% illumination which is very thin – the morning star was very bright.

    The stories about Republicans realizing that abortion bans are the new third rail of politics and are attempting to avoid full-out embracing of them, ignore the reality of our politics. They don’t really care. Any person who voted for and supports Donald Trump does not care about anything except getting elected. As Mike and his holy johnson said “We must never put people over politics.” Any time a Republican pretends to care about reproductive rights, we need to laugh in their face. Republicans built the Supreme Court that took away women’s rights and everyone knows it. Their hands are bloody and they have no right to step away from their complicity and claim some other narrative. Hell, the third rail used to be Social Security and Medicare and Republicans ran in 2022 on cutting those two programs – and many of them won! Their highly gerrymandered districts will return them to power despite their anti-democratic, anti-woman, anti-humanbeing positions. Burn down the Republican Party and salt the earth where it once stood.

    I have two days to catch up on what turned out to be a lost week for project work that needed blocks of quiet time. I am going to go fill a mug with coffee and get to it.

    See all y’all later!

    • I have been getting some 508 errors when saving comments lately and the web site is telling me to upgrade to the latest WordPress and the latest caching plug-in. I will do that tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon after everyone checks in. I really need to move us to a different hosting but that won’t happen until next year at the earliest.

    • I obviously did not sleep through the waning crescent rising over the mountains, I was too early! She is there now and splendid, a thin golden curvy line in the sky.

  5. Good morning. In addition to the normal groceries and housework, I’m volunteering at the Texas Book Festival today. It’s cloudy, intermittent rain….hoping that doesn’t mess with attendance. All the people I’m interested in are speaking tomorrow, the 2 most interesting — Peter Hotez and favorite science fiction author John Scalzi — at times that I can’t go because I’d miss church. My friends’ daughter, Lisa Doggett has a book about being a doctor with MS and her panel is at 12:45, so I can probably make that one. Anyway, busy weekend.

  6. Saturday Meese. 30 here in Kingston going up to 50. Nippy.
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  7. Good Saturday morning, Meese. The Operating Room nurse told me I’d feel like myself by yesterday evening and quite normal today.

    Well, I don’t. I feel pretteh crappeh. Hail, I’ll be 80 years old in a few months, so I don’t bounce back the way I used to. The blinking hospital was so cold that I caught cold myself! My nose has turned into a dripping tap, my back aches, bla bla bla. I’m going back to bed after I clean up.

    Meanwhile, here at the ranch, it’s a beautiful, sunny morning, current temp. 40 F., going up to high 50s. Yesterday’s rain gave us .25 inches, but we’re still 11 inches under for the year to date.

    Had to break our lunch date with some friends because I feel so terrible. We’ve asked them to come to dinner next Saturday evening at one of the restaurants here. Today is the day of the annual bazaar. Luckily, I made brownies before we trekked to the hospital yesterday, so I threw on some clothes this morning and trotted around to the bake sale table. The bazaar goes on until 1 p.m., so I hope I feel like going before it’s over.

    That’s all, folks! Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  8. It’s 47 heading for 63 and sunny at the moment but looks to be clouds moving in. I hope not. Even with the 6.2 KWHs we generated yesterday, at 59.48 m-t-d we’re not quite on track for 180.

    Our society has always been OK with genocide of Brown & Black peoples. And not-Xtian peoples. Nothing new under the sun. It’s always made me nauseous when done at all & especially when it’s done with my tax dollars. Nothing new under the sun.

    Fineena still doesn’t have answers but she does have a doctor determined to find them. So that part’s good at least.

    Hands cold and sinuses unhappy but that’s normal for this time of year. I’d best get to my boosting chores. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

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