Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: April 21st

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! Wednesday …

    It is 57 degrees in Tucson 🌵 with an expected daytime high of 88. Sunny this morning but clouding up a bit this afternoon. We made a point of watching the full moon rising over the mountains last night and it was spectacular. It starts as diffuse light showing behind the mountain peaks like someone is back there with a flashlight. Then she peeks over the top and within minutes she emerges. This morning she was over my shoulder in the southwest sky as I was working in my office.

    Thank goodness that the Senate passed the Ukraine support bill! I understand the Democratic no votes, swallowing giving money to Netanyahu’s government would be a bitter pill, but I will never understand “Coach” Tommy Tuberville and his gobsmackingly idiotic assertion that “we don’t know what we are fighting for in Ukraine.” People in the south should quit electing their former college football coaches to important jobs in government.

    I have some deferred accounting projects that need my attention and I should work on them before I move on to things that I want to do.

    See all y’all later!

  2. Good Wednesday morning, Moosekind. It’s 64 F. outside in Ashburn, going for 73 F. later. Conceivably I could put on capris or Bermudas and not feel cold. We’ll see. It’s a clearing day in Ashburn. Naturally we did not receive any of the predicted rain.

    My troubles are so first-world! Was furious not to see the Pink Moon last night. She was trying to peer through the layer of clouds but She looked quite fuzzy. Think the clouds took over. I attribute the clouds to the nasty thoughts of all the MAGAs, as the clouds try to escape into Deep Space.

    Rehearsal last night was kind of…ah…well, some people forgot their lines and we had the dreaded Dead Air for a couple of minutes. I did love seeing the cast in their makeup and costumes and took pictures of some of them, including Curly, my favorite. His gray hair is starting to show at the sides, but luckily, he said, he has another bottle of brown hair wash. We open tomorrow with a matinee!

    Was distinctly shattered to hit the Great Orange Satan site this morning and find that several of my favorites were gone with the wind! Hunter, TrueBlueMajority, Jay Cuasay, and Laura Clawson, among others! I know Jay and his wife personally, as we met more than 20 years ago during the Howard Dean campaign.

    I’m very, very careful what I say on that site. In fact, I avoided it for a long time. It seems as if it’s on the way out, anyway. People have other ways to communicate about politics now. What is this Tik-Tok thing? Not familiar with it.

    Dearly brought me Early Morning Tea, which I enjoyed so much that I decided to reciprocate his niceness by making soft-boiled egg with soldiers, which is one of his favorite breakfasts. I must write my sister-in-law in Oz this morning, because she used to be Head Nurse at a medical facility in Melbourne. The May writing assignment for my group is to do a “Why” construction. I want to know why a patient’s experience in this country and overseas is so different. She once told me the first thing the nurses did when they arrived at the medical center each morning was to start mixing cakes. By the time the patients arrived an hour later, the air was filled with the aromatic scent of cakes rich with butter, eggs, sugar, and warm spices, baking in the kitchen.

    Burble, burble. Must get on with my chores. Hope all at the Pond will have a great day!

  3. I’m late – had to do some extra writing today – sigh. Am heading out later to spend some time with our new initiate.
    Was sad to see some of my fav folks are no longer at Dkos

    Puerto Rico

    NOTICE | The power will go out today Wednesday and tomorrow Thursday in these municipalities

  4. Good morning, 48 and cloudy outside my windows today, but it’s nice to see the new green leaves of the old maple trees against the grey sky. I slept well last night, yay! I’ll be very careful today, but if I can I want to go to a garden shop. Using the walker on gravel paths is a challenge but I’ll find a way to manage. Best wishes to all.

  5. Thursday Meese. 35 here going up to a sunny 57.

    Puerto Rico

    The Associated Press will provide coverage for the Democratic presidential primary. It is the only contest on the ballot. Appearing on the ballot are Biden, self-help author Marianne Williamson and U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, who suspended his campaign after Super Tuesday and endorsed Biden.
    Puerto Rico does not register voters by party, so all voters who registered by March 29 are eligible to participate in the primary, provided they are willing to sign a document at the polls declaring themselves as Democrats. Those unwilling to sign the document will not be permitted to vote.
    Puerto Rico’s 55 pledged Democratic delegates are allocated according to the national party’s standard rules. Twelve at-large delegates are allocated in proportion to the statewide vote, as are seven PLEO delegates, or “party leaders and elected officials.” The state’s eight state Senate districts have at stake a combined 36 delegates, which are allocated in proportion to the vote results in each district. Candidates must receive at least 15% of the statewide vote to qualify for any statewide delegates, and 15% of the vote in a congressional district to qualify for delegates in that district.
    Biden is the overwhelming favorite in the primary. The first indications that he is winning statewide on a level consistent with the overwhelming margins seen in most other contests held this year may be sufficient to determine the statewide winner.

  6. Good morning. So, Gov. Abbott sent state troopers after the protesters at UT yesterday. Not the ones at UT Dallas or San Antonio, just Austin. I wonder why that was. If you’re on Blue Sky, there’s lots there. And there’s a statement from the Faculty Council calling for a strike today. So that’ll be fun. We are really messing this up.

    Oh, and there’s a theory that when the charges are dropped against the protesters, Abbott will use Texas’ “rogue prosecutor” law to remove our D.A. So that’s why Austin and not the other cities.

  7. Good gray Thursday morning, Meese! It’s 49 ugly, windy degrees F. here in Ashburn. Will this wind ever stop so we can put the porch to rights for the summer? The high today will be 60 F.

    TODAY WE OPEN! We’re doing a matinee from 3 to 5 today. Dearly is supposed to attend. I want him to go at 2:30 so he can sit at the back and leave early if he has to. He is skin and bone, so frail I don’t know how he makes it through the day. Every day that he’s with me is a blessing from Goddess.

    Rehearsal went so well last night that I hardly had to make any notes, except that Ado Annie blanked on one of her lines. That was our Director’s fault, because Ado heard her voice from the nearly empty audience. Never mind. Laurey looks lovely in her redesigned wedding dress; Curly said he likes his newly brown hair so much he might keep it that way. Men do look funny with lipstick on!

    Today is the Director’s birthday so I’m to organize a birthday song when she appears in the classroom upstairs for the “Notes” meeting at 2:15.

    Beloved Nephew is undergoing surgery today, so I want to send him a card. M’Daughter must be packing furiously, haven’t heard from her since Monday.

    That’s all my news. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond, and to the cast—break a leg! (Not really, we’re all pushing 80 so this reverse curse probably would not be a good thing.)

  8. It’s 56 going to 64, overcast and misting. The PV system is on – but so are the lights. Yesterday it did cloud up but it cleared off again and we got 15.86 KWHs. The m-t-d is 375, matching 2017 at the lowest production point of the 4K system. Technically it’s possible for us to reach 500 in the 6 production days we have left in April. But that would take 6 very sunny days that we aren’t going to get. But if we can manage at least 9 KWHs per day we’ll beat out last April and be in 4th place.

    Fineena called yesterday afternoon, when she got the card I sent her. I need to find another card. Heaven only knows when she’ll get out of there and it cheers her up to get mail. She’s still having the gastric upset. She didn’t say anything about pain so hopefully that means the hospital has that under control. She still doesn’t seem to know what her Dx is. Whether that’s because nobody does, nobody’s told her, or she’s been told & forgot Heaven only knows.

    We’ll see if my hands do better today. If it’s barometric pressure rather than temps, there’s a chance since the front has moved through. Anyway, off to start my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

    • Glad she received your card, bfitz. I sent her an Amazon gift card and an actual get-well card, but haven’t heard whether she’s received either one. Tomorrow our performance is 7 to 10, so perhaps I’ll get a chance to call her during the day.

  9. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 57 degrees in Tucson 🌵 with an expected daytime high of 77. Sunny skies are in the forecast. It looks like we will have a few days in the 70s and 80s before we hit the 90s again. We were reminded (by the weather guys) that last year we had already had some 100 degree days. Fingers crossed that this means that we will have a typical Tucson summer and not the off the charts hot summer we had last year.

    Arizona passed the repeal of the 1864 abortion ban but it won’t help women until the end of August at the earliest. New laws don’t go into effect until 90 days after the end of the legislative session. So there will be a period of time from June 8th until the repeal kicks in that abortion providers can be jailed for providing abortions. PLUS there is some question whether or not the June 8th date provided by Attorney General Kris Mayes is correct and that the ban was in force as of April 23rd (14 days after the Supreme Court ruling). I know that if I were an abortion provider, I would not risk a felony based on anyone’s interpretation of the law. If someone took exception to AG Mayes’ interpretation, even if it holds up in the end, that person could be charged by some crazy prosecutor in Crazy, Arizona and have to hire an attorney to defend themselves. If it turns out that AG Mayes’ interpretation is wrong, you could literally be imprisoned for 2 to 5 years. Much better to send women to California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah or Colorado.

    In other Arizona news, a grand jury indicted the fake electors who broke Arizona law in 2020. The headline in the paper of record, the Arizona Republic, was all caps and taller than the masthead screaming “FAKE ELECTORS IN ARIZONA INDICTED”. If nothing else, this should give people who plan to ratfk the 2024 election reason to pause. Or possibly not because most of them are cult members with no ability to make rational decisions about their behaviour. tRump was not charged but mentioned as an “unindicted co-conspirator” so these charges won’t have to be concerned about presidential immunity claims. Fun times!

    I have two more days to get things wrapped up before I take a short trip to visit relatives. Today I need to create a good list so that things I can’t finish can get pushed off until late next week.

    See all y’all later!

  10. Friday Meese. 35 here in Kingston going up to a sunny 62.
    Am really disturbed by what I heard yesterday from the horrid SCOTUS crew (not our great 3)

    Puerto Rico

    Excellent piece on current Puerto Rican politics for Time by J.Meléndez-Badillo, Asst. Prof of Lat Am and Caribbean History:

    • I guess the current Supreme Court shows that you can destroy a democracy by ratfking an election and then taking out all the guardrails. That this SCOTUS is actively considering that a president is indeed a king, with powers to murder his political rivals with impunity, should make everyone nervous.

  11. Good partly cloudy Friday morning, Moosekind. It’s 50 F. in Ashburn, going up to a whopping 66 F. Tomorrow it may rain, wish it would.

    We had a very successful opening show yesterday. The Director said afterwards that the cast will be so cock-a-hoop they’ll get careless and start forgetting their lines or rushing through them. Hope not, we have six performances ahead of us. One of the costumers told me, with barely concealed rage, that one of the cast was playing mah-jongg in costume before the show. We were all supposed to be in the upstairs classroom with the blinds drawn so no one would see the cast in costume before the curtain opened on the stage.

    Feel in despair this morning. It looks as if Thing, despite all Jack Smith’s hard work, is going to get off with no punishment at all. He does whatever he wants and NOTHING happens! And Harvey Weinstein’s rape conviction being overturned? Rich, powerful men can do WHATEVER they want and get away with it.

    If there really were such a thing as an all-powerful, omniscient deity, these people would be struck down.

    To cheer myself up I’m signed up for a broadcast called “The End of Everything.” In 7 billion years our sun will explode, taking its nine planets and their satellites with it, then dwindle into a white dwarf and the universe will end. That’s OK.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  12. It’s 62 going to 71 and raining at the moment. Slacked off a bit from the downpour stage but not by much. The lights are on and the PV system isn’t. The rain isn’t supposed to stay long. Hopefully the clouds will move off when it does. Yesterday we generated 10.9 KWHs and the m-t-d at 385.95 is still on track but losing ground. We shall see what today brings.

    Fineena called last night. She’s feeling better and sounding better. We didn’t talk long, a nurse came in for something or other, but she said she still doesn’t have a diagnosis. And that 2 of her local friends are going to look into “rehab” places for her. She seems to think the hospital will release her to one in a week or two. Whether that’s her idea, her friends’ idea, or the hospital’s idea I don’t know.

    I’ve a small loaf of soda bread in the oven. It’s starting to smell nice – and also warm up the kitchen nicely as well. I’d best be about my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  13. Good afternoon, meeses! Friday …

    Yikes, I started this comment about 7 hours ago and got thoroughly sidetracked.

    It is 75 degrees in Tucson 🌵 with an expected daytime high of 79. Sunny skies but winds picking up around 5pm.

    I have to get back to finishing up making some notes so that when I get back from my trip, I don’t have to try to remember every thing I need to do.

    I will be putting up the Welcomings post for next week tomorrow but may only be lightly online; I have some travel days and then some days when I am not sure what kind of Internet I will have. I should be back at my desk by Thursday.

    See all y’all later!

  14. It’s 70 and going to 78 (feels like 80) today. We had about 20 minutes of sunshine just before I got on the computer but it’s clouded up again and I’ve got the light on. Not nearly as dark as yesterday. The PV system is at least on. Yesterday we generated 2.3 KWHs and the m-t-d at 388.4 is still on track but losing ground. We’ll see what today brings. Or doesn’t bring.

    I didn’t hear from Fineena last night. I’ll call her tonight if I don’t hear from her today. Hope Diana’s show is going well. Concerned about folks not checking w/o warning. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody and starting my boosting day. {{{Meeses}}}

  15. Good morning, I’m home from my training group. Walked a mile, it was nice. Plan for the day: laundry & cooking. Science channel is showing astronomy, so I don’t want to go anywhere. 

  16. Good hideous gray Saturday morning, Meese. It’s 54 F. in Ashburn and will be cloudy all day. “Just like England,” Dearly said gloomily as we finished our porridge. Showers are forecast for noon—uh huh, uh huh. The high will be a torrid 64 F.

    Anyway, Madame La Directrice was a little worried about last night’s performance, but it all went well. Only one or two weird things happened. Our Friday night audience was awake, which always helps. The matinee performance Thursday was during most people’s naptime.Saw some people I really like in the audience and said hello during the intermission. We have a performance tonight so I do hope at least two of the family members can attend: Darling Niece and Hollywood-crazed Great-Nephew, perhaps. Beloved Nephew is spaced out from pain pills after his surgery, the poor angel.

    After all this is over (our last performance is a week from today), I can have a life again. Lovely! Lunches and teas with friends, more time with Dearly. Especially the latter. I now weigh more than he does, and he used to be 6’3″. He’s off to get the car inspected this morning.

    I refuse to look at the news this weekend and will leave the room if Dearly turns it on. I don’t want to hear another thing about Defeated Former Guy winning the White House and imposing a fascist regime, so we’ll all be goosestepping and giving the Hitler salute.

    Wishing sunshine and a nice Saturday to all at the Pond! And safe travels, Jan!

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