Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: January 14th

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, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 50 degrees in Tucson 🌵 with an expected daytime high of 66. Partly cloudy skies are in the forecast. Yesterday we got to 74 but the high clouds made it feel cooler. The sun really changes how comfortable the 70s are (yes, I have become a wimp).

    I woke up early enough to actually get things done but got distracted as I was trying to research an accounting issue. I discovered that my laziness in scanning means that a group of documents that needed to be with my tax things are still in the “to be scanned” pile. I located them, put them on the “must be scanned now” pile and will get them scanned later this morning. I try to not scan in the early morning because I don’t want to wake up the household. In any event, I will have to avoid being lazy today – I am down to this weekend to finish a project and I do not want to be in panic mode tomorrow.

    See all y’all later!

  2. It’s 8 going up to 26 and sunny so far. Yesterday we generated 10.47 KWHs, which if we could do the rest of the month would bring us over 200 even with 87 being the current m-t-d. We won’t of course. ALL next week will be overcast. But we could.

    Used the nasal decongestant last night and got a decent night’s sleep. Which I certainly appreciate. Saw the moon again, too. Which I also appreciate. Off to start my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

    • Glad you’re feeling better, bfitz! A good night’s sleep is such a boon.

      Here’s to more sunlight! We couldn’t see the moon here because it snowed all day. It’s clearing now, though.

  3. Good Saturday morning, Meese, and happy St. Agnes’ Eve!

    Actually, poor St. Agnes did not have a happy life. She was martyred when barely in her teens during the persecution of Christians early in the 4th century by that scumbag, Emperor Diocletian. However, tomorrow is her feast day, and Goddess knows, it’s certainly cold enough! We have 22 bone-chilling degrees Fahrenheit under gradually clearing skies in Ashburn. The “gutsy” wind is blowing the snow off the tree limbs, making it feel even colder. It’s THIS cold:

    St. Agnes’ Eve—Ah, bitter chill it was!
    The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold;
    The hare limp’d trembling through the frozen grass,
    And silent was the flock in woolly fold:
    Numb were the Beadsman’s fingers, while he told
    His rosary, and while his frosted breath,
    Like pious incense from a censer old,
    Seem’d taking flight for heaven, without a death,
    Past the sweet Virgin’s picture, while his prayer he saith.

    John Keats was a poetic genius, in the English language second only to Shakespeare.

    I’ve been invited to a birthday dinner in the main clubhouse tonight—it’s in honor of one of my writers—but I wonder whether it will actually happen. Yesterday, because of the snow (which lasted on and off all day), half the staff couldn’t come in. Dinner was served in three different venues. People who picked up dinner there informed me that it was “like a circus” and there were long lines. I looked in the pantry and freezer and made tuna casserole. Not the most inspired dish, of course, but Dearly ate it without complaint.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I must get ready to go to the gym, in case there is a birthday dinner tonight, and for the Drama Club’s “singalong” of Oklahoma this afternoon. We called the auditioners yesterday to offer them their roles and one or two were NOT happy! First-world problem, right?

    Sending good wishes to all at the Pond.

  4. Good morning, 36 and cloudy, a slow melt day. Real rain should come tomorrow and then the snow piles should start to go away. The main road behind out house is relatively clear but it’s slippery getting out of the alley. If I can I want to go to Fairhaven this afternoon just because I’m restless. I am slowly sewing a few projects and have a pile of books to read so I do have plenty to keep me entertained regardless. Best wishes to all.

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