Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: June 16th

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! Thursday, marking the Summer Solstice later today …

    It is 71 degrees in Tucson 🌵 with an expected daytime high of 108 degrees. Sunny skies this morning but clouding up with a chance of rain after 2pm. We are under what is called an Excessive Heat Warning which I find an odd way to put it. “Excessive” makes it sound like “we have exceeded the amount of scorching heat we should have.” Who decides how much heat is “okay”? In any event, I am happy to live in air conditioned comfort without any outside activities planned.

    In honor of Summer Solstice, I am going to go news free today.

    See all y’all later!

  2. Good morning, 58 and sunny in Bellingham today. We’ll have summer solstice supper on the patio tonight, and hopefully Emma will join us. She is so busy with life, work and school we don’t seen her very often now. I’m with Jan re taking a day away from the news, so tea, solitaire and music are entertaining me. Best wishes to all.

  3. Good morning. Doc looked at the cyst yesterday & referred me to a surgeon. But she did the referral wrong…. I made an appointment with my dermatologist for Monday, hoping she can deal with it. Did my 30 minutes walking this morning, listening to the super-happy new Coldplay song.

  4. Friday Meese. We’ll only be 86 today here in Kingston because rain/thunderstorms will cool us off a little bit.

    If any of you have Amazon Prime – strongly suggest you see this documentary

    Power of the Dream is a new documentary film about the empowering and unlikely true story of how a group of professional women’s basketball players took on a WNBA team owner and rallied behind now-Senator Raphael Warnock, forever changing the landscape of their sport and the course of U.S. politics.

  5. It’s 75 heading for 91, heat index 95, and sunny at the moment. Clouds are supposed to move in later. I hope they don’t but they probably will. Yesterday we generated 15.87 KWHs and lost a little more ground. The m-t-d at 341 is barely on track for 510 and won’t be by end of day if we don’t get at least 17 KWHs today.

    I didn’t hear from Fineena – or anybody else – yesterday. With my family that’s usually good. With Fineena only heaven knows. Getting to be time to close up the house. At least I was able to open it in the middle of the night. I should be able to do it again overnight. But once the house is closed up and the A/C turned on tomorrow, it’s going to stay closed w/ the A/C until about next Thursday is the forecast is correct. Happy Summer. Off to start my boosting day. Holding the Good Thought for everybody. {{{Meeses}}}

  6. Good Friday morning, Moosekind! WHAT a week! It’s already 81 F. at 9:18 a.m., and supposed to go up to 95 F.

    All week I’ve been running around getting ready for Summer Solstice—shopping for it, hair and nail appointments, memorizing the script, and so on. Early Wednesday afternoon Betsy and I made flower wreaths to wear in our hair for the ritual. Or rather, Betsy made them while I handed her the twist ties. She’s good at making things, whereas I am useless. At least I provided the headbands to twist the flowers on when we discovered the covered wire didn’t work.

    It was a million degrees F. yesterday in the courtyard at 4:30 p.m.—at least, it felt like it—and we had a fire in the fire pit! We had to, because part of the ritual was staring into the flames, which symbolized the sun’s rays that were symbolically cleansing us. Then we did a water blessing, followed by sweeping around ourselves with my broom (a Nimbus 2024) to dispel negative energy. Then I asked them to think of a quality they wanted to increase: Respect? Optimism? Gratitude? Compassion? and told them how to work on developing it. We ended by thanking Juno, Goddess for whom the month of June was named, who watches over women, relationships, and summer, for blessing our rites and guarding our circle.

    About 30-35 people showed up, among them three Episcopalians, who looked a bit goggle-eyed at the end. Never mind. People really seemed to like it, especially the women, and thanked me. Betsy’s playlist of Summer Solstice music was wonderful.

    And guess what, yesterday morning I woke up sicker than a little yellow dog. Horrid goings-on below, backache, headache, fatigue, and total lack of desire to eat. I prayed to Juno (she must be one powerful Goddess), “Let me get through this and tonight at six I’ll collapse,” and implored Mnemosyne to let me memorize the ritual. I shortened the ritual so has not to keep all these 80- and 90-year-olds standing in the heat for too long. Everyone loved the ice-cold lemonade afterwards. I DID get through it. No one suspected I was ill. Good old Pepto-Bismol and aspirin!

    That’s enough about me. Elder Son says the puppy has Parvo but DIL rushed the little boy to the vet, where he has to stay for 3 days. Vet said it was caught so early that Puppy has an 80 percent chance of surviving. Younger Son and Nora flew to San Diego yesterday for a little holiday. I have a pedi this afternoon and a UU dinner at 5. Hope I feel like pretending to eat.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond! (Sorry I babbled so much!)

  7. Good morning, 58 and sunny outside my window today. We enjoyed our solstice dinner with Emma last night. Nice to be with her, but as we shared a toast to summer I had a moment remembering her as a small child with her sippy cup. We’re all older now!

    If my aching knees allow I hope to work in the garden today. The winter freeze damaged the plants and so there are a lot of dead branches to remove. New growth is coming from the base of the plants, and some branches have new leaves so recovery is happening but they look very scruffy. Best wishes to all.

  8. Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 96 degrees in Tucson 🌵 with an expected daytime high of 102. Partly cloudy skies with a 50% chance of rain this afternoon and evening. This morning when I got up the temperature had only “dropped” to 91 degrees and a hot wind was blowing in from the east. Yesterday we had rain in the valley and rain in the mountains so the monsoon is definitely here. It smelled like the monsoon – the distinct odor that rises up when the rain hits the desert floor. Looking forward to more.

    I had a too busy morning so I will ignore the news. I need to get to the fitness center for my morning walk – it is too hot to walk outside plus the air quality is pretty bad from the haboob dust storm that New Mexico sent us yesterday.

    See all y’all later!

  9. Good morning. Up for my early Saturday workout. Hoping that the dermatologist can deal with my cyst on Monday. Anyway, hi. Happy Saturday.

  10. Good Saturday morning Meese. Stayed up late with the Geek Squad trying to resolve some puter issues – hope (fingers crossed) it is fixed. 72 and cloudy here, going up to a rainy 86 which isn’t going to cool things off – will be 90 with rain tomorrow.

    Puerto Rico

  11. It’s 74 heading for 93, heat index 98, and sunny at the moment. We seem to be in pseudo-monsoon pattern. Clouds up every afternoon as if it were going to rain but doesn’t. The worst of situations as we get neither benefit. Yesterday we generated 18.9 KWHs and the m-t-d at 360 is still on track for 510.

    I did talk to Fineena last night. I’m not sure what would be good news but whatever it would be it isn’t. She’s in some pain and has a lot of nausea. Staff are yammering at her to eat more, that she’s not getting enough calories, but everything they bring her trips her gag reflex. She told me that in the early hours of the morning she felt like she “was dying” but when she called the nurse she got “Now, Hon” and when she called her local friend she got “Snap out of it” – and then later in the morning “Why aren’t you exercising, I thought you were going to fight this” as if exercising cures stage 4 cancer. She was very tired and said she was hoping to get some sleep. If people would help when she asked for it and leave her alone the rest of the time. Because she doesn’t have anybody, caring family, to not only advocate for her but to just sit and be with her.

    I’ll be closing up the house as soon as I post this. Then get started on my boosting day. Holding the Good Thought for everybody, be the issues health, financial, or other. {{{Meeses}}}

  12. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 83 degrees in Tucson 🌵 with an expected daytime high of 95. Mostly cloudy skies with a 50 chance of rain. I just got back from my walk but it was hardly bracing – warm and damp. But the “walk” on the treadmill yesterday was not as satisfying as turning corners and seeing my mountains so I will continue to do outside walks whenever I can.

    I am still stunned that the tRump Supreme Court turned down a chance to let men with guns kill women who have restraining orders against them. It would have burnished their Second Amendment creds and their “any way to put women down” creds. Maybe it was a bridge too far even for them? The ruling from the 5th Circuit that they were overturning had stated that the founding fathers would never have countenanced even the idea of a restraining order therefore the Second Amendment cannot be blocked by a “modern” contrivance. Indeed, the mouthbreathing pile of excrement from the 5th Circuit who said that is right: in the Founding Fathers time, women were chattel and I doubt there were any rules governing men’s behaviour towards them. But that is the future that male christian white nationalists want for America – and we have to figure out a way to slow down their progress towards that end.

    I let myself sleep in knowing that I had access to my clients computers for the next two days without interference. I am going to organize a couple of projects and ease into my day.

    See all y’all later!

    • There were rules governing what men could do to (white/free) women. 2 of them. Couldn’t legally kill them and couldn’t legally break bones or draw blood when beating them. (& my memory is foggy but I’m pretty sure if a woman survived a beating for at least 3 days, no matter what internal damage was done w/ the beating, it still didn’t count/wasn’t illegal.)

  13. Good morning, 58 and cloudy in my garden today. Removing the dead branches were removed from the hydrangea bushes has left us with a very bare planting bed and one bloom. The new growth is healthy so some of the plants will recover this summer but we will not have any flowers. I want to buy one or two more to fill in so I hope I can still find some with blue blooms.

    I’m trying to stay careful re tRump angst but this certainly triggered an unhealthy response……wtf is wrong with these people!

    At first I was dubious of
    for inviting a Heritage Foundation person on to spout lies.

    Then I saw this interview and recognized that the best way to highlight the insanity that’s afoot is to put examples of it on television for all to see.


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