Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: November 19th

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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”, Motley Meese! The week begins …

    Morning low of 54 degrees in the Desert Southwest with an expected daytime high of 64. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Sunday Meese. 36 degrees here in Kingston going up to 40. Will be spending the day – gathering all my lists for food prep for Thanksgiving dinner.

    Puerto Rico

    A dozen U.S. Representatives requested the IRS to release information on the audit of Act 22 beneficiaries

    Nuevo Día.

    • I have started my food lists as well. This year we are going to do something different for the Thanksgiving meal because we are in a different place. Last year we tried to do the same thing we had always done when we lived in the Upper Midwest and it didn’t work; the grocery stores are different and some of the staples are not available or simply not the same. We are leaning towards seafood, possibly salmon, and crispy vegetables.

  3. Good morning. Got the vegetables for my risotto done yesterday. Today I’ll pan-toast some nuts (my oven is broken) for protein and yumminess, and do the risotto part. For now, I’m watching the news and enjoying the smell of my steeping tea.

  4. Good Sunday morning, Moosekind! Our day is getting off to a very slow start. It’s another sunny but bone-dry day in Ashburn, 51 F. now, going up to 62 F.

    Sweet Daughter texted a photo of the family who came from all over Texas to attend our late Aunt Joyce’s memorial in Bay City, TX, yesterday. She was driving back to Lakeway in the dark.

    Yesterday was busy and exhausting. Spent the morning baking the Hot Lips Cookies, then went to the Drama Club meeting. My playlet about the llama was performed and received a few laughs. Then I dragged home for a cup of tea and a bit of rest before meeting our friends and their baby. We had dinner in the restaurant around the corner from our apartment. The baby, who is just learning to walk and talk, certainly made her presence known!

    We both dozed off after we arrived home, so naturally we weren’t sleepy at bedtime. Dearly’s habit of staying up all night to watch movies and then sleeping all day certainly militates against my getting any laundry done. The machines are not noiseless. Oh, well, I’ll just have to do a load or two a day when he’s awake until it’s all done.

    One of my team members in the Drama Club, born and brought up in Mexico, liked the Hot Lips cookies so much he asked for the recipe! After the first shock, they did seem to grow on one.

    Aside from the Friends of Bill meeting tomorrow, the interview on Wednesday morning
    and making the apple crisp on Thursday morning, I’m going to have a light week. Good.

    Wishing a nice, relaxing Sunday to all at the Pond!

  5. It’s 45 heading for 63 overcast and raining. Well, drizzling. Yesterday we generated 6.4 KWHs so didn’t lose ground even though we didn’t gain any either – 103 m-t-d is not on track.

    Family will be bringing me Thanksgiving dinner so I don’t need to shop or prepare anything. They have so many leftovers after having dinner with my oldest grandson’s other grandmother, they just plate up a serving of everything for me. LOL. It’ll be good to see family again.

    Done my housecleaning chores and am about to start my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  6. Good morning. warm enough for capris & sandals, sigh. Did my walk — and I ran some of each lap! Risotto is made, I’m letting it sit until at least Wednesday so the flavors really combine. It smelled really good. Only day in the office till next Monday.

  7. Monday Meese. Frost on the ground, and it’s 30 degrees, going up to 42.
    Puerto Rico


    “In recent days, the winds have seen a couple of changes. They are tiny at the moment and still have unsuspected consequences. But some reactions make it advisable to tune up your ears because it seems that history is stretching for the first time in a long time. The first blizzard is the formalization of the electoral alliance between the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) and the Citizen Victory Movement. Although it had been discussed for more than a year, judicial setbacks, some discouraging news via surveys and the tremendous secrecy of the negotiations, led more than one to believe that the initiative would founder before setting sail. The leaders of the two groups, Juan Dalmau, of the PIP, and Manuel Natal, of Victoria Ciudadana, were astonishing when they appeared before the press announcing a much more comprehensive agreement than was anticipated. They agreed to support each other in all the most important races: the governorship, the commission in Washington, the mayor’s office of San Juan (along with seven other municipalities, including Caguas and Ponce), the eight senatorial districts and the 40 representative districts.”

    “Manuel Natal made official today his aspiration to be mayor of San Juan for Victoria Ciudadana. The alliance agreement with the Puerto Rican Independence Party provides that it will also have the support of the PIP, which will not present a candidate in this race”

    The choir of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, San German Campus, performing “La Borinqueña” by Lola Rodríguez de Tió.

  8. It’s 50 heading for 57 and raining. The lights are on and the PV system isn’t. Yesterday we generated 3.7 KWHs and the m-t-d at 107.3 is not on track and losing ground.

    Things in the world are bloody awful. On so very many levels. But I am OK, have the riches of caring family and friends, a safe and relatively comfortable home w/ decent water and nourishing food, reasonably good health. So I have things to be thankful for and I do give thanks for them. While praying/channeling that things get better for those who are not so blessed. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  9. Good morning, 39 and light clouds outside my windows today. Thanks to Sue’s help this weekend my house is clean and starting to look like Christmas. It’s a bit early, but my sister arrives the day after TDay, and a family Christmas party will happen here on Dec 3rd so I need to work ahead and be careful with my old knees. So it’s a mix of seasons now with fall flowers and dishes and ready for T Day and Christmas on the porches and in the adjoining rooms. Best wishes to all.

  10. Good Monday afternoon, Moosekind! At 12:16 p.m. it’s 44 F. on a sunny but increasingly cloudy day. Our high is predicted to be 53 F. I notice the forecast for 2.5 inches of rain tomorrow is being revised downward: this morning it was revised to 1.5 inches, and no doubt by evening it’ll be 1 inch. We’re 12 inches under for the year. It’s not that we’d get a prize for the most rainfall or anything, but the farmers and the water table would be appreciative.

    This morning I baked blueberry muffins, distributed a few on the neighbors’ hallway shelves, then Dearly and I hotfooted it to the barbershop. My barber looked astounded, as I usually go on Tuesdays, but we explained that it may rain tomorrow.

    I have a Friends of Bill meeting at 1, so I’d better eat my bowl of homemade chicken soup El Soon-oh. They’re a perfectly nice group, but this will be my last meeting. I don’t think about being an alcoholic 24/7/365. In fact, I don’t think about it at all unless I go to a meeting! I have zero temptation to drink because I have too much to lose. Anyway, my brain is entirely filled with looking after Dearly, the next few plays I’m going to write, starting my annual Christmas newsletter, etc., etc.

    An itsy-bitsy spider started crawling on my PC. Don’t mind spiders unless they’re brown recluses or black widows, but I really don’t like them crawling on my screen. I brushed it away.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  11. Good afternoon, meeses! Monday…

    Late check-in after busy morning. It was 55 when I got up and is only 67 now but the sun is shining. Yay!

    See all y’all later!

  12. Good morning. Much cooler today, will be doing my walk in sweats & long sleeves. Getting ready for wfh.

  13. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 52 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 68. Sunny skies are in the forecast. The Thanksgiving Day forecast calls for a high of 73. Cool mornings and sunny days – perfect weather. We have still not turned on our furnace except to burn off the coils (it sets off the smoke alarm) but it won’t be long before we will need it for comfortable daytime temperatures. We get morning sun in the front room but the afternoon sun only hits the back bedrooms.

    The news is too filled with breathless horserace politics, TFG trials, and the destruction of our democracy. I am going to ignore it and hope for the best until it is time to engage for voting. There is a lot of entertaining college sports right now and I am here for it. Yesterday on my ESPN+ streaming subscription (only $10 a month!), I watched the Arizona Wildcats women’s basketball team play in the Bad Boy Mower Bahama Tournament and it was fun to see the new players and excellent freshmen that Adia Barnes brought in. A couple of days ago, I watched the Wisconsin Badgers play Kansas State and while it was a bit of a lopsided loss, you could see the improvement that team is making under Marissa Mosely. Wisconsin is ranked in volleyball and women’s ice hockey and it is fun to root them on as well. So MEH to TFG and his ghastly party of haters.

    I have an errand to run later and need to finish tying off a couple of loose ends from morning projects.

    See all y’all later!

  14. It’s 44 heading for 50, overcast and breezy. The windchill is about 33. We got over an inch of rain yesterday which I suppose sort of makes up for the fact that we only generated 2 KWHs. The m-t-d at 109.4 is not on track and losing ground.

    I’m slow getting started today. Or just slow today. My hands are stiff and I’m not typing very well. Having to do a lot of correcting of typos before posting and all that. Got laundry to do today. And of course my boosting. On 3 platforms. So I guess I’d best get to it. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  15. Good morning, 33 and light pinky blue clouds outside my window today. The front maple trees are bare now, love seeing the branches with the sky behind. I managed to get my desk work done yesterday so today I’m free do some more holiday and cooking prep. Best wishes to all.

  16. Good Tuesday afternoon, Moosekind. It’s 47 F. at 4 p.m. and raining in an entirely satisfactory manner. “They” can’t make up their minds—they’re now predicting 2.44 inches for Loudoun County!

    Just had some most unpleasant news, about which more when the doctor calls me back, if she ever gets around to it. If not, what the hail.

    Daughter called this morning, and as usual we were on the phone for a solid hour. Never mind, it had been ages since we talked. She had some Dark Family Secrets to impart after attending the memorial service on Saturday. I have had some thoughts about trying to attend the celebration of life, which is to be held in April in Texas, but we’ll just have to see. A lot can happen between now and then.

    Trying to decide what I can possibly wear for the TV interview tomorrow. I am between 10 and 13 pounds overweight and it shows. Daughter said black is the most slimming, but even at my age, black is not my color. I think I’ll wear a navy blue T-shirt dress, black shoes, and fling on a scarf. I was going to exercise today but as usual, time got away from me.

    Hope everyone at the Pond is having a good day!

  17. Wednesday Meese. It snowed a little bit here last night, but it is now raining
    38 going up to 47. No rain tomorrow which is good – company will not be tracking mud into the house.
    I’m up cooking.

    Puerto Rico
    Report reveals that Puerto Rico has the highest rate of economic inequality in the United States and the sixth highest worldwide

    “BECAUSE MYTHS ARE IMMORTAL Today would be the 96th birthday of one of the most overwhelming pianists in the Afro-Antillean universe: Charlie Palmieri. His immense and multifaceted recording work ranges from pachanga to Latin jazz, today is a good day to scrutinize it”

    Drinking, sanitary and rainwater lines have suffered decades of poor maintenance and planning that are exposed with polluting discharges and poor performance in the face of intense rains.
    The obsolescence of sewage and drinking water systems, as well as poor planning and illegal or inadequate interconnections between stormwater and sanitary aqueducts, are some of the factors that exacerbate flooding, particularly in the most populated areas, such as the metropolitan area of San Juan, recently affected by multiple heavy rain events.

  18. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday that will feel like a Friday …

    It is 48 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 68. Sunny skies are in the forecast. Yesterday we had a similar forecast but the high got to 72.

    The 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals, sad that it does not get as much attentions as the deplorable 5th Circuit, has decided to effectively repeal the Voting Rights Act. With their ruling, it will only be enforceable when Democrats control the Justice Department which will allow the next Republican administration to gut it and disenfranchise millions – of Democratic leaning voters. We have to hope that the current Republican SCROTUS considers that a bridge too far. Goddess help us.

    I have a busy day trying to get projects done so that tomorrow I can sleep in.

    See all y’all later!

  19. Good morning. It’s actually legitimately cold — in the 30s. Took my walk mid-morning yesterday, will do again today. Watching astronomy & getting ready for my last workday of the week.

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