Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: May 12th

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”, Motley Meese! The week begins …

    Morning low of 55 degrees in the Desert Southwest 🌵 with an expected daytime high of 87. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

    Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!!!

  2. Happy Mother’s Day Meese – to all moms and nurturers.

    Puerto Rico

    Things that many do not realize about Puerto Rico. But that’s how we are

    • All moms and nurturers, perfect! I was trying to figure out just how to say that since some of us are not Hallmark Mothers but folks who are mothers-in-the-heart for people we know.

      • I’m not a mom – in the birthing sense – but am mom and grandmom/abuela nurturer to quite a few younger folks

  3. Good morning. Had a good walk/run yesterday, and got a lot of stuff done. So I’m going to the gym this afternoon. Watching local news, since national news is just talking about tfg’s trial.

  4. Good Sunday morning, Moosekind, and happy Mother’s Day to all Meese! It’s a glorious blue and gold day in Ashburn, with just a few small drifts of white cirrus cloud here and there. It’s 58 F. right now in Ashburn, with a bit of a breeze. The high will be 67 F. In view of this, I’m wearing capris and a sweater to the Mother’s Day brunch rather than the dress I was planning to wear.

    There was an amazing thunderstorm at 11:30 last night. Lightning, thunder, the works. The rain beat down so hard I could hear it even without hearing aids! Of course, I take them out at night.

    Very glad to be back here after a terribly busy and exhausting week—the Cast Party on Wednesday, the Writers’ Group on Thursday, and the Girls’ Lunch on Friday.

    Four people didn’t make it to the Writers’ Group meeting. As there were only 8 of us, we had a really good discussion about all the essays we’d written. One guy opened up more than I had ever seen him do. He’s a bit of an introvert and normally only speaks when he has to.

    The “Girls’ Lunch” was tremendous fun. The day was miserable, cold and rainy, so the charming French restaurant in the countryside seemed even more welcoming than usual. Our round table was placed in a corner overlooking the gardens, and near the fire burning cheerfully in the fireplace. The restaurant grows its own vegetables and herbs. Three of us ordered souffles, which take 40 minutes to create, and we talked the whole time we weren’t dining. T. asked me why I had wanted this “girls’ lunch,” so I said I wanted to have lunch with three fascinating, well-read women. We could have got quite snockered, as T.’s driver drove us there and back, but most of us didn’t order wine.

    This coming week should be busy, but restful in the sense that I don’t have to be out so much. Dr. appt first thing tomorrow for a fasting blood test, Drama Club board meeting in the afternoon, Biography Book Club meeting Thursday afternoon, then a postcard-writing party Thursday evening with the Progressives.

    In addition, I’ve begun receiving pieces to edit for our anthology. That should keep me off the streets and out of the pool halls!

    Wishing a nice day with NO bad news to all at the Pond.

  5. Happy Nurturer’s Day (Thank you, Dee – that’s the word I wanted) – & {{{HUGS}}} to all of us whose beloved Nurturers have passed on.

    It’s 69 heading for 80 and overcast. Not dark enough to need the lights on but definitely not sunny. Yesterday we generated 21.6 KWHs and the m-t-d at 166.2 is on track for 450. Whether or not it will be by sundown is another matter.

    For the last 2 nights I’ve been blessed to see the crescent moon, lightly veiled, just as I was going to bed. Then the clouds got thicker and all the light was artificial. Fayetteville does not have regulations about reducing light pollution so I’d probably not been able to see the aurora even if the night had been clear. But I’m delighted that other folks were able to.

    I have no idea whether or not my sons will do anything about this day but there is a possibility that my older son will prepare a nice meal for me and my younger son will call. We shall see what we shall see. Meanwhile, off to start my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for Everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  6. Good morning, 59 and sunny in my garden today. We’re meeting at the bookstore cafe for lunch today and then home for either a nap or some time in the garden. Best wishes to all.

  7. Monday Meese. 44 here in Kingston, going up to 71. Looks like I’ll get some gardening done today – yay!
    This made me smile:

    Puerto Rico

  8. Good morning. Got my walk done. Thinking about leaving work early so I can go to the gym for a weight session. Anyway, happy Monday! Another week of nothing on the news but tfg’s trial.

  9. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 59 degrees in Tucson 🌵 with an expected daytime high of 91. Sunny skies are in the forecast. Moonrise is during the daytime hours but I should be able to see her in the WNW sky tonight if I look for her. She is already at 31% illumination!

    I am pretty sure it is still too early to start looking at the polls. I am very tapped into politics and don’t know anyone who is not so I am not sure when The Rest of the Country starts paying attention and verbalizing choices that will reflect their actual votes in November. It is probably Labor Day. So I will ignore the polls that say that young people and minorities plan to vote for tRump because it seems insane to me that they would and will rack it up to “general discontent” among those groups. Clearly, Biden’s Bibi-Gaza problem is driving the polls right now – in a sane world, no sentient being would think that tRump has a better Bibi-Gaza policy plan but since it is the current president’s problem, he can run as being Not Biden on that issue. Sadly, Middle East conflict resolution is intractable because of mistakes made for decades; Biden can’t fix it so we just have to wait and see if voters eventually realize that. I saw that UW-Madison resolved their campus tent city problem by agreeing to put the pro-Palestinian protesters in contact with the UW Foundation who manages the investments of the university. They want divestiture from Israeli investments similar to how activists in the 80s pushed for divestiture from South African companies. That seems like a good plan – money talks more than banners and chants. I wish them luck.

    I am still working on setting up my new computer infrastructure. I have a good plan in place and I can do it slowly. Today, I will make sure I have everything I need to do accounting so I can prepare invoices for last month and then I can set it aside for a while. I used my last “main” computer for 11 years and there is a lot of stuff on it that I don’t need any longer but also a lot of stuff tucked away in the corners that I might need and should at least save off before I erase the disk and recycle the computer. I think I will take another day off from client work to get closer to finishing that.

    See all y’all later!

  10. It’s 63 heading for 74 overcast and drizzling with more rain in the forecast. The lights are on but so is the PV system. Barely. Yesterday we generated 12 KWHs and the m-t-d at 178 is still on track for 450 but lost ground. Looks like it’s going to lose more today.

    My younger son called around noon. We had a nice phone visit and talked for about 45 minutes. My older son came over around 3:30 and prepared an early but delicious steak and mushroom dinner for me. There were 2 steaks in the package and he cooked both. I will confess that I ate one 10-oz steak yesterday. But the other will make 2 lunches and 2 dinners. LOL. We also had a nice visit. And wonderful news – he’s finally got his electricity back. (He told me a co-worker was hassling him because he wasn’t doing anything special for his wife for Mother’s Day. He said he told her that special for his wife was up to their sons, he was going to go prepare a steak dinner for his own mom. The coworker was silenced.)

    I didn’t hear much of anything from anybody so I’m guessing/hoping there’s nothing new going on. Nothing worse I mean. Anyway, off to start my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  11. Good morning. Walk done, nice morning here. I wish the news would cover things like MVP’s speeches that draw big crowds, or all the things the administration is doing to help people. We don’t need a full hour on the damn trial; much less all day & evening.

    • The only thing I saw about MVP yesterday was a headline scolding her for something she said to young people. I did not click on it – life is too short.

      The damn trial will be over with soon enough then the jury will deliberate and it will be BREAKING NEWS when they issue their verdict. It is Reality TV, something that made tRump wealthy and the captive media keeps feeding it to the people who want it. Gross.

  12. Tuesday Meese. My friends came over yesterday, mowed my backyard, cleaned the patio and are now going to re-paint the yard furniture. Bless them :)

    Puerto Rico

  13. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 60 degrees in Tucson 🌵 with an expected daytime high of 91. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Today is Microsoft Patch Tuesday which means that I will be monitoring client’s (and my own) computers for updates. I took yesterday off from client work and will check my to-do list and decide if there is anything urgent. If not, I will take it easy today also.

    See all y’all later!

  14. It’s 60 heading for 74 and overcast. More of a heavy mist than actual rain. Lots of clouds, very little water coming out of them. Yesterday we generated 9.1 KWHs and the m-t-d at 187.2 is no longer on track for 450.

    Karen called yesterday afternoon. She got the card I sent even though I didn’t know – still don’t know – her room number. Just “c/o Matthews Health and Rehab Center” gets it to her. As far as she knows she’s still not on a treatment plan for the cancer. They’ve got her on some kind of exercise program, I assume for the leg problem, that sometimes she can do and sometimes she can’t. She’s in lots of pain and has lots of nausea. About the only thing they bring her to eat she likes/can tolerate is baked potatoes. She doesn’t like this place at all. The food’s not as good and neither are the nurses as at the hospital hospice. But she’s at least not trying to deal with things alone in the apartment.

    Basket & earicicle are having the interesting and some would say enviable problem of what to do with several trees full of oranges and lemons. None of Aji’s problems are enviable. I haven’t heard anything from anybody else so I guess/hope that’s good. Off to start my boosting day. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  15. Good Tuesday morning, Meese! Yesterday was gorgeous, with the temperature eventually rising to 75 F., but today it’s cloudy with possible rain and only 65 F.

    On Monday I had to go to the medical center for my “fasting labs” test, which always makes me cross. Luckily it was over quite soon, so I was able to binge on tea, coffee, water, an English muffin, and so on. But the prolonged early morning start put me behind for the whole day. Then I had a Drama Club board meeting which lasted from 3:30 to 5 p.m., so that derailed my dinner plans.

    On Sunday night Younger Son brought me roses (after his extra shift at the sushi restaurant), and all the family news. DIL is taking young Karl, whose birthday is at the end of the month, to Japan. He has been selected for Advanced Academic Placement, as his older sister was when she was in elementary school. Miss Nora has a new boyfriend. She changes boyfriends every week or two! Younger Son is taking her to San Diego this summer. He lived there 9 years and would like to see old friends again,

    I have a ton of writing projects, have finally caught up on my sleep, and am looking forward to a quiet week except for Thursday (afternoon and evening will be busy), and Saturday afternoon (Drama Club meeting).

    Daughter and SIL are leaving Texas at high noon to drive to Massachusetts. She swears she will die there, the downsizing and moving have been so traumatic.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond, with NO bad news.

  16. Good morning. Going to the gym at lunch, I didn’t get weights done yesterday, sigh. I should make better use of my wfh days. Sad the Jimmy Carter may leave us soon, but I hope the news tells people all that he did.

  17. Good gloomy, damp, showery Wednesday morning, Moosekind! Gray though the sky may be, low though the temperature outside may be (59 F.), ’tis nonetheless a happy day! You know why? Angela Alsobrooks won the Democratic nomination in the Maryland primary yesterday! Calloo, callay, O frabjous day!

    She won against a fellow Democrat who spent more on this election than President Biden did in 2020. Trone started droning a year ago in ads, to the point where people just wanted him to SHUT UP, ALREADY! Voters don’t like rich old white guys who try to “buy” their seats, nor do they like it when such persons contribute to the Rethug party while pretending to be Democrats. Trone the Drone said all the right things, but when it came down to the wire, Marylanders elected one of their own: a Black woman whom they felt understood their problems. She also has a background in local government.

    Larry Hogan, the popular ex-guv of Maryland, won the Rethug nomination. He said he had no interest in running for Senator, but then Mcturtle got to him. Marylanders, like Massachusetts citizens, have a tiresome habit of occasionally electing a Rethug gubernator just to show the Democratic machine that it can’t have things all its own way, Ordinarily, I’d fear for Alsobrooks’ chances in November, BUT—Roe v. Wade was overturned. And even though Hogan, a Catholic, promises to protect the women of Maryland, Rethugs LIE. He’ll vote with his party if he’s a U.S. Senator. Let us hope the women of Maryland know this, and will vote for Alsobrooks.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, it’s payday for Bfitz and me (always a cheerful happening), and I have a book summary to write about the biography I just read. Even if I were one-fourth of my actual age, I’d want no part of the chaotic life as the wife of a rock star.

    Dearly is having his post-breakfast nap after an awful night, so I must do things quietly. Now that I’ve had some rest, my emotional state is much better than it was.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  18. Wednesday Meese. Raining here today – so no gardening will get done. Glad to see Angela Alsobrooks primary win in Maryland

    Puerto Rico
    “Mr. @nadalpower lied on this program when he stated that we oppose the transition from PR to SNAP. Let him publish the “flyer” where we supposedly oppose or let him stop the colonialist attacks on those of us who go to Congress with our heads held high.”

  19. It’s 60 heading for 83 and supposed to be sunny. It’s not there yet. Yesterday we generated 13.49 KWHs and the m-t-d at 200 lost a little more ground but at least is still on track for 400.

    As Diana mentioned above, it’s payday for us today. I will be going out this afternoon to Tractor Supply for critter supplies (inside kitties & outside songbirds), the credit union for cash, and the co-op for supplements & hygiene stuff that doesn’t give me a rash. I thought I was going to have an “in-home health assessment” BCBS sets me up for every year but the person supposed to be doing it just called and cancelled because she woke up sick this morning. So that will be for another day.

    Meanwhile there’s a bunch of boosting to do before I go anywhere. Holding the Good Thoughts for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

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