Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: March 10th

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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, 49 and raining outside my windows today. It will be a busy day in the garden but I’ll just be watching as Marcus prunes the laurel hedge and Bri cleans up the frost damaged salal. RonK has clipped the frozen ivy……our formerly green garden looks like a clear cut! Oh well, the garden will recover and hopefully so will I.
    Diana, my best birthday wishes. May you have a happy and healthy 80th year.

  2. Good afternoon, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 75 degrees in Tucson 🌵 and the sun is shining.

    I only have time for a quick wave, I hope everyone is doing well.

    See all y’all later!

  3. Good morning Meese – it was 70 here in Kingston yesterday and today it will be 65. In a few days we’ll be back to more normal weather.

    Puerto Rico

    “New episode! The Government promised to improve education with charter schools. The lack of oversight and the millions of dollars that these institutions receive maintain doubts about this educational model.”

  4. Good morning. Yesterday, I did 4 rounds of 5 minutes running, 2 walk; this morning I managed 3. Difference between the treadmill & the real world? I dunno. Anyway, here I am in the office. Sigh.

    • When I was able to do my walking outside (can’t do the uneven ground any longer – balance issue) I always found it easier to do that instead of the treadmill. I don’t know why from a physical standpoint. From an emotional & subconscious one, yeah. Walking outside you’re going from somewhere to somewhere. On the treadmill you’re not. {{{anotherdemocrat}}}

      • I read a book on my Kindle while walking on the treadmill. I adore walking outside but since I became old and wildly attractive to insects and pollen, I come home with rashes. Ugh!

  5. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 44 degrees in Tucson with an expected daytime high of 68. Sunny skies until about mid-day then we cloud up with a chance for rain. Tomorrow will be more cool and wet weather, with a chance of thunderstorms. The paper is filled with stories about how great the wildflowers are this year but it will probably not be good weather to view them until the weekend.

    I was laughing out loud about how Ken Buck’s resignation screwed up Lauren Boebert’s plan to switch to a new Colorado Congressional District in order to keep her seat – a Democratic challenger in 2022 showed her weakness in her current seat. She can’t run for the open seat without resigning from her current seat (which she won’t do) and whoever wins the open seat will become the incumbent and will have a leg up on the competition. Is that why Buck resigned abruptly rather than just announce he wouldn’t seek re-election? If so, that is hilarious.

    I did scan one other article, the one talking about how the tRump is remaking the RNC. One of the things he is doing is closing all the minority outreach community centers that they had set up in an effort to reach “Black, Latino, Asian and Native American voters” to get them to join the party that hates them and wants to purge them from American society. Possibly the RNC sees it as a hopeless task – I hope Democrats have some interest in exploiting this opening and showing those whose community centers were closed that at least one major political party cares.

    I survived a crazy busy day yesterday and pared down today’s schedule enough to be able to wake up without dreading it. The time change for my clients is taking some adjusting – two of them had issues that needed to be addressed in the early morning which means getting up earlier than I want to. I need to sort through the stack of notes that accumulated over the past few days and make sure I am not missing any hard deadlines.

    See all y’all later!

  6. Good bright sunny Thursday morning, Meese, and welcome to “Pi Day”—being 3/14, y’know. One of my writers pointed that out to me (not being mathematically minded, I’d completely forgotten), and is bringing Whoopie pies to our meeting.
    Right now it’s 50 F. in Ashburn and will go up to 78 F. I plan to wear capris and a shirt that says “Irony. The opposite of wrinkly” to our meeting this afternoon.

    Yesterday the temp. rose to 74 F. but it was cloudy all day. Why do we feel happier on sunny days than on cloudy days?

    Last night I arrived at the theatre at the unheard-of hour of 6 p.m. I wanted to attend the makeup and hair meeting. Our director said she had a dark, curly wig for the man who plays the part of Curly. I tried it on him a couple of weeks ago, but it was a disaster. He’s not a gay cowboy in the year 1907. We have to think of something different. If he dyes his hair and then gets a permanent his hair will break off to the roots! We’ll work it out.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, as I left rehearsal at 9 p.m., I saw a thin slice of Herself over the theatre rooftop. Lovely! She’ll be full on the 25th. That’s one thing rehearsals have done for me—they’re getting me out at night so I can see things.

    Also—GUESS WHAT! Granddaughter has her very first resume! She wants to be a server here at The Home for the Aged! School buses pick up the other servers from the high schools in Loudoun County in the afternoons, but I’m not sure if buses in Fairfax County pick anyone up.

    She’s coming for the weekend, so we’ll get our nails done. Her family is going to California for spring break.

    Got to skedaddle, Meese, I still have two essays to review, my package of stuff to arrange for the meeting, and the agenda to type. My writers really wrote some interesting essays, ranging from bittersweet memories (Viet Nam), to romance, to art appreciation, you name it. My essay was about “Porch Time,” starring my little dog Crumpet.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond and smiles to everyone who is cheered that gun-toting Lauren Boebert may not be in Congress much longer.

  7. It’s 67 heading for 73 mostly cloudy and off-and-on raining today. Yesterday we generated 15.1 KWHs and the m-t-d at 180 is still on track for 400 with enough cushion for 1 cloudy day. But not 2. So hopefully all these “partly cloudy” days I’m looking at in the forecast will be lightly as well as partly cloudy.

    Nothing new that I know of with anybody. And that’s usually good. Off to start my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  8. Good morning, 38 and light clouds. Due to cold night temps we decided to wait a few more days before pruning the hedge. Our side is ok but our neighbors side has more freeze damage so it’s safer to wait for warmer temps. Hard to be patient…..with both myself and my winter weary garden! Best wishes to all.

  9. Good morning. Just a walk today, will try the running thing tomorrow. It’s supposed to rain today, which will be nice. In the office, just have to remain upright and coherent till 5….well, maybe 5:30 because driving home.

  10. Good gray Saturday morning, Meese! It’s 64 F. with an expected high of 72 F. in Ashburn—our last warm day for a while. Rain is expected to move in later this afternoon. Yesterday was sunny and gorgeous, but it was so frightfully dark this morning at 6:30 I didn’t know what to think.

    Our writers’ group meeting was a great success, starting with the Whoopie pies. I didn’t eat mine because I knew I’d get it all over my face. Then I’d look like that guy with the most unfortunate beard on the BBC news. He looks as if he has a disease, it’s so dark and closely trimmed. However, we had a great time giving feedback on all the essays and talking about what to write for April. April is, of course, Shakespeare month.

    We’ve got to skedaddle o the Costco hearing aid department, then shop for new sheets and pillows and a wine bottle opener. After that I’ll have to race home to type notes for the makeup meeting and then decide what’s going into the Shred Box: the truck comes tomorrow.

    Wishing everyone at the Pond a good day, and I refuse to waste a single thought on the Royals and their stupid picture. I can’t see a thing wrong with it, and don’t they know people are dying of starvation in Gaza and Russian bombs in Ukraine? Blessed be.

    • Did you tear up your calendar to celebrate your 80th? “I do not care about days of the week, weeks of the month, or months of the year!!” Do not advance the days, I need every one of them and really need today to be Friday. :)

      • Nupe, I’m proud of achieving the age of 80 after my wild, misspent youth. Of course, it does help that people tell me I look younger than I actually am!

  11. Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 46 degrees in Tucson 🌵 with an expected daytime high of 63. It is overcast now with rain expected this morning, a slight clearing around mid-day then more rain. However, yesterday’s forecast called for rain and we did not see a drop.

    Hahahahaha! Peter Navarro, who tried to parlay his Foxspert (Fox “News” Expert) status into a position at the tRump White House has to report to prison while he awaits his appeal. Still true that Everything Trump Touches Dies – I hope he enjoyed being in the halls of power. He really thought tRump would bail him out not realizing that tRump is not loyal to anyone.

    I got a slight reprieve from some hard deadlines late yesterday and will be able to have an easier day today. My client crises seem to come in surges; sadly, there are no good ways to manage the unexpected except to have fewer clients. That may happen eventually but a client who I thought I might be able to move on from, because they were not listening to my advice, has now changed their tune. I have a fixed income and limited savings so the hard truth is that the longer I can work without having to dig into savings, the better off I will be.

    See all y’all later!

  12. It’s 53 heading for 63 and overcast enough to need the lights on right now. It’s supposed to clear off late this afternoon. Hopefully it will clear off earlier than forecast. Yesterday we only generated 6.6 KWHs but the m-t-d at 187 is still on track for 400. If the forecast is correct it won’t be by sundown.

    There doesn’t seem to be much good going on in the world. Hanging onto Hope is getting harder and harder. But we do what we can and keep on keepin’ on. Which I’d best get to. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  13. Friday Meese. I’m late because I accidentally deleted my Black Music Sunday story and had to go back and reconstruct it – grrr. 59 here in Kingston and raining. No gardening for me today. :(

  14. Saturday Meese. 38 going up to 58 here in Kingston, NY.
    Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s day – and I’ll spend it listening to music from Finian’s Rainbow.
    Was surprised to see more Puerto Rico news than usual

    Puerto Rico

    “Teachers and non-teaching personnel from Vieques and Culebra demonstrate in front of school buildings denouncing the failure of the Department of Education to pay monthly incentive payments for working in the island municipalities.”

    Puerto Rico government allowed HIMA owners to accumulate debts for almost 50 years

    The bankruptcy filed by the hospital group under Chapter 11 reorganization
    under Chapter 11 reorganization is in the neighborhood of $500 million. While
    government debts grew, so did the hiring of political leaders or their relatives.

    • “Latinos for Trump” is the saddest sign ever. I don’t get the attraction and never will. In 2016 you could excuse people for believing their theory that things needed to be “shaken up” and that tRump would be a change from the status quo. In 2020, Biden was new and untested and people might have been worried. But in 2024, everyone knows what a Biden presidency would be like and what a Trump presidency would be like. To choose the Trump presidency, given the millions he allowed to die because of his psychopathy and his embrace of authoritarianism, is unforgivable. People who vote for him this year are dead to me.

      • They are Republicans – and also benefit from white skin priv – as part of the elite.

  15. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 39 degrees in Tucson 🌵 with an expected daytime high of 64. Sunny skies are in the forecast. There was rain off and on yesterday and quite a bit of precipitation on the mountains. Definitely cloudy and gloomy. This morning the sky is clear and the starts are bright – there is only a thin wisp of clouds at the mountain peaks where they got quite a bit of snow. The weekend should be great.

    I guess Mike Pence is done with tRump, maybe Mother finally convinced him that he really should not support someone who tried to incite a rabble to kill him! He won’t support Biden either which is actually a relief, no one wants his endorsement. It is only interesting in order to see how fractured the Republican Party is – between turning the RNC over to Q-Anon and being so out of sync that a former vice president from the last administration! wants nothing to do with the current nominee, they are lost in the wilderness. I hope they never find an oasis and instead shrivel up and die with their ashes blown in the winds.

    I have an Inbox that got out of control and I need to go find the messages tagged as “To Do” and “Need Reply” and organize them into a schedule. I will be taking a couple of short road trips to visit family who are in Arizona and don’t want to leave a messy desktop.

    See all y’all later!

  16. Good morning. We barely got any rain yesterday, maybe today will be better. Slept in, will go to the gym this afternoon. Watching the news, or not – it’s awfully grim for this early. 

  17. It’s 47 heading for 69 and sunny at the moment. Widget says we’ll get clouds later in the day. I hope a lot later. Yesterday we generated 8.2 KWHs which is more than I expected but still not enough. M-t-d at 195.4 is not quite on track for 400. Easily fixed IF we get sunshine until at least 5 pm.

    Late getting to sleep and late getting up. Still groggy. Hands are stiff. But the laundry’s put up so now off to start my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

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