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Tuesday Morning Herd Check-in: Greetings and Grazings of the Moosekin

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If you are new to the Moose, Kysen left a Moose Welcome Mat (Part Deux) so, please, wipe your feet before you walk in the front door start posting.

The important stuff to get you started:

– Comments do not Auto-refresh. Click the refresh/reload on your tab to see new ones.

– To check for replies to your comments, click the “My Comments” link in the right-hand column (or go to “My Moose”). Comments will be listed and a link to Recent Replies will be shown. (Note: Tending comments builds community)

– Ratings: Fierce means Thumbs Up, Fail means Thumbs Down, Meh means one of three things: I am unFailing you but I can’t Fierce you, I am unFiercing after a mistaken Fierce, or Meh. Just Meh.

– Ratings don’t bestow mojo, online behaviour does.

– Only click Post once for comments. When a diary’s comment thread gets longer, it takes a bit to reload and the comment may not display as quickly. Clicking the Post button twice posts the comment twice. (h/t Khloe)

– When creating a new diary, remember to choose the Draft option (near the bottom) while you are working on it. Choose the Public option when you want to publish it. (h/t Khloe)

– Finally, the posting rules for a new diary: “Be excellent to each other… or else

(Some other commenting/posting/tending notes for newbies can be found in this past check-in and, of course, consult Meese Mehta for all your questions on meesely decorum.)

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From our news hound jlms qkw:

All the News Fit to Share: Open News Thread

News stories are added in the comment threads throughout the day.


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  1. iriti


    Good morning. 34 here, headed for a high of 46 before plunging with the arrival of Snowquester 2013. If you look at the Mid-Atlantic snow maps as currently forecast, and zoom in on the middle of the peak snowfall area where WV meets VA, you’ll see the roof of our house just peeking up from among the drifts.

    Depending on who you ask, we’re at 10-12 or 15+ inches.

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  2. mapamp

    We could have 3 inches by the end of tomorrow, or 7 inches. In other words, they don’t have a clue.

    In the meantime, I went to see the Pittsburgh Penguins play and win last night and did not get home until 11:30. I am a very tired Speech Therapist. I hope my wee ones this morning aren’t too lively!

  3. Groggy this morning. Getting coffee down.

    I’m getting really frustrated with my supposed “Advocate” over at Social Security. They denied my application for help with drug costs because of their error. I’ve left messages for this guy since Thursday and no call back. I’ve been sick since the end of August but can’t afford the medicine so it is no use going to the doctor.

    Finished “Greeting Friends” yesterday.

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  4. We woke up too early here, but no harm done.

    I want to give a shout out and brag on our FFDIL (Fabulous Future Daughter in Law.) She got the first of her responses on her applications for grad school. BERKELEY accepted her; she doesn’t really want to go there so it is now her fall-back position. She’s still waiting for 4 others, including Harvard and Chicago. She’s brilliant AND kind, and she loves our son. Seriously, FFDIL.

    I have the little quilt top done and on the frame. It’s small enough it literally will take only a few minutes to quilt this morning. And then on to the next thing…

  5. Jk2003

    Just a dusting overnight in St Charles.  The big stuff is said to be coming this afternoon.  We shall see.  We also have a showing scheduled for Foyt pm this afternoon.  We shall see about that too.

    My husband said they were running out of some types of bread and milk at his store yesterday.  People are a bit jumpy about this storm.  I think we forgot how to do winter because last year was so warm.

  6. anotherdemocrat

    Sitting at my desk, eating my smoothie (which is against the rules – we are not allowed food at our desks). Will see how much of the day I can do. Ar the very least, I have to leave early for the post office, but I don’t know if I can make it through the whole day anyway. Pretty sure the hugs & sympathy will be too much. Not that either is a bad thing, but my human interactions have been limited, being back around this many people may be too much.

    So, my day: work (maybe), post office – the license plates for my new car have finally arrived after a 2 week odyssey around the state, gym (bag is in the trunk). Now that I have a Kindle, I’ll read on the elliptical machine.

  7. Broke and Unemployed

    He wasn’t even driving or walking, he was sleeping at his house at 1AM.  He had a DUI from about 5 years ago, but he’s been sober for 3-4 years, and this year he went back to school to finish his degree. He told me he wants to set a good example for his 7 kids.

    He put the past behind him and is turning his life around. But instead the cops keep hounding him over some fine they say he still owes. They surrounded the house like they were going to raid it, major overkill. 5 years, isn’t there a statue of limitations?

    So he spent Sunday night in jail, was released in the morning and went right back to school with almost no sleep. He’s doing everything right, but the for-profit injustice system is a trap designed to keep people in the system. Stuff like this is why I don’t trust cops and have zero faith in our justice system.

    Sorry to throw a downer into your open thread, but I needed to vent. 20 degrees in Ohio, high 40, but today I’m  just thankful for my freedom when I see so many people struggling with the American injustice system. Have a good day, Moose.

  8. JG in MD

    Gorgeous out again this mornin’. I’m thinking of going back to Target for the other pie, the pecan, but just putting the words on paper makes me say No to myself.

    I saved a ton of money buying milk, butter and cheese at Aldi yesterday. If you have one in your area, I recommend it. Here’s the link:

  9. nchristine

    sidewalk.  There are a lot of schools closed today.  We got about 3 inches yesterday and there’s about another 3 down now with 1-2 more to come.  What I want to know is why are the schools closed??  It’s winter, it’s Iowa, it’s going to snow, get used to it and you’ve known about it for more than a couple of days.  Pretty soon, they’re going to be going to school in the summer because it’s too ‘dangerous’ to go anywhere in the winter…… idiots!!!

  10. dear occupant

    reached the high of 32 and if all the warnings

    are to be believed, THE SNOWQUESTER of 2013

    will drop the heaviest accumulation of the

    year in Chicago.

    MEH….i got me some help this time!

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    have a great day everyone!

  11. JG in MD

    My niece with her two sons. Kyle the Iraq vet is on the left, Troy the musician is on the right. I burst with pride.

  12. wordsinthewind

    we got home last night, it was a good trip and the weather was mostly nice.  It was good to not have internet access for a few days, our cabin is pretty crude but at least we have a brand new on-demand hot water heater. What that actually means is that it’s not possible to take too long a shower-the hot water never runs out. I think I would wreck my skin if we had one here.  

  13. Diana in NoVa

    Beautiful, blue-skied frosty morning here.  Have all kinds of errands to do before The Big One comes down, starting at midnight.  Yes, during the night and most of the day tomorrow there’s supposed to be 8-10 inches of four-letter-word descending on our area!

    I’ll believe it when I see it, but all the forecasters keep revising the allege accumulation upward, which seriously tempts me to go shopping for bread, milk, beer, chocolate, more beer, and so on.

    Hope the electricity doesn’t go off during the night, but if it does, the generator will give us enough juice to at least have coffee, tea, and instant soup.

  14. around the edges, of course. This is the top. In case the colors don’t show well, it is purples, turquoises, and chartreuse.

    And this is the back, in turquoise with purple thread:

    And a close up of the back so you can see the flowers I stitched:

  15. raina

    We got our 86 yesterday as promised, and tonight it’s back down to the 30’s.

    This was an ad during the landmark episode of Switched at Birth last night. What’s special about that episode, you ask?

    In an ALL NEW episode of ABC Family’s award-winning original series Switched at Birth, told entirely in American Sign Language (ASL), the students at Carlton School for the Deaf protest to keep their school open. The ground-breaking episode, a first for a scripted series on mainstream television, will air Monday, March 4 at 8/7c. The special episode, will be told from the perspective of the series’ multiple deaf characters — with open captions for hearing viewers

    I saw this ad (video relay) and naturally thought of the Moose. Purple sure is popular.

  16. slksfca

    It looks grey and befogged here today.

    I have a gruelling program ahead: today “we” begin learning how to negotiate stairs with crutches. Yes, I thought it sounded like a picnic in the park as well. But I plan to amaze them all with my prodigious feats of getting therapyized. ;-p

  17. LeftOverFlowerChild

    Yesterday–flip flops and a wide brim hat required. Today, not so much. Maybe toe socks with those flip flops. Upside after a few days of nippy weather we’re headed for a steady warm up. Yea!

    Trying to get my act together so I can get some work done, get some supper into the crock pot and spend some time working on cleaning up my web site and Facebook crafting page. The web site is one of the “for dummies” set ups so it’s not beyond my pitiful html skills. Working on my third cup tea and waiting for inspiration to magically settle upon me and set me to super productive mode…Yeah I’m not seeing that happening either lol…

    Happy Tuesday!

  18. DavidW

    from dropping off these two paintings at the Coral Springs Museum of Art. It’s the Palm Beach Watercolor Society 30th Anniversary Juried Open Exhibition. The venue is really very fancy! On the way home I stopped at Target and bought my first ever cast iron skillet (grill). I read the other day I have been using the non-stick ones wrong all these years. So going to try this out and hope I don’t burn my hands on the handle. Anyways, here’s the paintings:

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  19. Pam from Calif

    I’ve just joined Mooseland. In the San Francisco East Bay it’s a bright sunny 53F.  

  20. slksfca

    …I had a visit from Charlie, a fluffy little animal visitor  whose partner adopted him from a local rescue org. I think Charlie was a poodle/chihuahua mix and while he was friedly enough, I’m pretty sure it was the treats he was getting that really motivated him. Such a little piggy he was that I could nearly hear him oinking.

    Then a PT session where I learned the basics of getting up and down stairs with crutches. Pretty much all I need to do now is keep practicing with ever-longer numbers of steps, until I’m handling two full flights without dizzyness or too much fatigue.

    My physical therapist says they had a weekly meeting this morning where they assess individual cases, and that she made a suggestion that I’ll be ready to go home at the end of this week. I won’t hear anything else about this for at least another day or two…

  21. DTOzone

    my grandfather’s last surviving brother is ill and dying (it’s ok, he’s 90) so I’m heading across the pond to see him for what may be the last time.

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