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Wednesday Watering Hole: Check In & Hangout for the Herd

Good morning, Moosekind. Don’t forget to let your peeps know where to find you.

The common Moose, Alces alces, unlike other members of the deer family, is a solitary animal that doesn’t form herds. Not so its rarer but nearest relative, Alces purplius, the Motley Moose. Though sometimes solitary, the Motley Moose herds in ever shifting groups at the local watering hole to exchange news and just pass the time.

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The morning check-in is an open thread and general social hour. Come back when time allows through the day – the conversation continues.

It’s traditional but not obligatory to give us a weather check where you are and let us know what’s new, interesting, challenging or even routine in your life lately. Nothing is particularly obligatory here except:

Always remember the Moose Golden (Purple?) Rule:

Be kind to each other… or else.

What could be simpler than that, right?

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  1. iriti

    30 degrees, heading for 48. Last day in the 40’s showing in the extended forecast. Hopefully we’re done with this foolishness.

    Tax man supposed to be sending a refund, and here was my first thought (trs’ first thought was cool tools):

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  2. Khloe

    24 degrees with a wind chill of 15. We will be hanging out in the mid 40’s for the next several days.

    Lydia and Gaffer agree with TRS.

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  3. DeniseVelez

    It’s 31 here and tonight will be 23.

    Wistfully wondering when I’ll be able to pack away the winter things and bring the spring/summer clothes down from the attic.  

  4. Portlaw

    here,going up to the mid forties.  Mark Sanford seems to have won his primary and some other state is thinking of  having an official state religion.  That’s as  far as I’ve gotten with the news today. Now for some caffeine  and the serious stuff. Hope it’s a good day for all in Mooseland.

  5. As Jim said, he’s headed out already.

    Current temp is 21° and heading to low 50s today. It would be loverly if Daughter in IA and I can spend a little time outside today. I’ll leave to see her and the 2-yr-old in a couple of hours.

    Last night I made wonton soup for supper. It was deelishus! I’d do that again, for sure.

    I’ve been checking so many things off my lists, and feeling quite proud about it! There are ALWAYS plenty of things to do. The trick is to find things to look forward to, also.

    Here’s a thing to daydream about, returning to Barra. Don’t know when we will, but it’s on the list.

  6. Looks to be a nice day. The Hugo nominations are out and two friends are nominated. Maurine Starkey has been nominated for Best Fan Artist and Christopher Garcia for his Fanzines. Chris frequently uses my art in his online fanzine Drink Tank. So I’m happy and celebrating.

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  7. anotherdemocrat

    The calm after the storm. Streets are still wet, and we may get a little more rain today, but no more thunderstorms. I had to wear a sweater this morning – it’s in the 50s, with a high only supposed to get to the mid-60s.

    A guy was struck by lightning yesterday, they say he’ll be ok. Passenger rail is shut down because of a freight train derailment.

    Photo gallery:

    Anyway, today: work, then a fundraiser for the best Congressman in the U.S. – Lloyd Doggett (they know I’m coming to get donations for the Ride, it’s fine with them)  

  8. Diana in NoVa

    Gotta stop talking about things and DO them!  Yesterday had a long lunch with two Circle sisters I haven’t seen since January, and it was wonderful.

    Tonight–lamb curry over Basmati rice, made with the leftover lamb from Easter dinner.  Served with salad, followed by roasted pineapple slices.

    What else?  Must. Tidy. Closets.

    Have a good day–Peace to the Meese!

  9. Jk2003

    Sunny and up to near 50  today.  My husband is off today because he will be working on Saturday.  Considering a trip to a Orestes preserve with the kids to let them run in the woods.  The little legs need some exercise.  Have a great day.

  10. slksfca

    Cloudy and mild here, 51°F. Supposed to be warmer than yesterday, reaching the low 60s this afternoon. Rain predicted in a few days, but not yet.

    Up early after a fairly good night’s sleep. Saving the rest of it for a nap later on. 🙂

    Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

  11. pittiepat

    a post-prandial snooze.  Not much on the agenda today other than going to the drugstore to pick antibiotic for cat bite.  Was at the shelter yesterday and playing with a pretty and sweet little girl.  She was purring like crazy — just before sinking her teeth into my hand.  Not worried about the bite (it looks fine today) but animal bites can turn nasty quickly so want to take no chances.  I’ll go back again tomorrow, but with a different cat.

  12. JG in MD

    Breakfast with old friend/former boss yesterday included a discussion of the laptop computer I need. He immediately jumped to “You should get a tablet” and of course for many people that’s true.

    But it took me 20 minutes in Best Buy to get through to him-my former boss!-that I need a computer for typing documents away from home, not for… whatever people use tablet computers for. I don’t even know how tablets get actual work done.

  13. wordsinthewind

    it’s cloudy and cold again so we slept in. We need to go to town for supplies today but not very excited about the idea. The dry line is moving east fast so we’ve seen all the moisture we’re going to out of this storm. We should stay cold today then warm up quickly starting tomorrow.

  14. slksfca

    …that today is my youngest sister’s birthday. She’s 49 years old and I still distinctly remember the day she was born. I got to leave my third-grade classroom early that day to go see Mom and baby in the hospital.

    As the months progressed I learned to feed her and change her diapers, and later on I babysat, with some help from our middle sister (who is three years younger than me). Seems like yesterday, yet so long ago.

  15. bfitzinAR

    effin cold for this time of year anyway.  Damp and chilly is not my favorite at any time of year but the fire in the woodstove last night was comforting.  So were the potatoes I had for dinner (quartered, dipped in sausage dripping, sprinkled with pizza seasonings, and baked for 20 minutes).  I’ll try to get back over the course of the day but 1) it’s priority registration and most of our upper-division classes require manual enrollment (only way we can control for major and standing on our system) and 2) the University is under spam attack which is slowing everything down to the extent that stuff times out on a regular basis.  Hope everyone has a lovely day, no matter what the weather.  Y’all take care, bf

  16. princesspat

    Spring break fun continues with all three grand kids today, and the youngest overnight. The older two are staying with their favorite uncle tonight and feeling very grown up 🙂


  17. pittiepat

    uneventful at all.  First the garbage disposal threw up and I can’t get down on my knees to find the reset button.  Someone will show up later today to fix it.  Then the car wouldn’t start.  I knew the battery is old and probably failed, so I called AAA to come fix it.  Turns out the battery is fine but the shift lock solenoid is not.  (Can’t put the car into or out of park).  I can work around it for the time being but the solenoid or whole shifter assembly will need to be replaced.  Another $500+!  I need to rob a bank….

  18. JG in MD

    When I got home today after my errands I was crying over life in general. As soon as I got here and started posting I stopped. Thank you, meesepeeps.

    The drippiness may start again later but right now I have to write a report for a genealogy client. It’s difficult, because I only located one document and the rest are not found. I have to explain why.

    If anybody has some time later to attend my pity party over the phone I’d appreciate it. Not sure I’ll need it but it would be nice to know it’s possible.


  19. I spent the day with my daughter, and even though she is going through a very rough time, it was so good to be with her.

    Monday I mailed the invitations for Son’s commissioning and party, and I’ve started to receive responses already. I had a very nice note from the PROVOST’S assistant, saying he would plan to attend both the party and commissioning. This is the provost of a university with an enrollment of 31,500.

    Funny story, the current provost was the dean of the engineering college. When Son was a freshman, in the early part of fall semester, he went to the dean’s office and made an appointment to see him. Son wanted to focus on aerospace engineering, and though Iowa doesn’t have a major in that, he wanted to be sure his classwork would allow for that path. The dean was one of the faculty members with an aerospace background.

    Son wasn’t especially gutsy, I think. He just figured if he needed something from a dean at the high school, he wouldn’t hesitate to talk to them. So why not talk to a dean at the university?

    Later he worked for the dean for a couple of years, prior to the man’s promotion to provost, so they have a long relationship.

    STILL, the fact that during graduation weekend, the PROVOST would make time to attend his party AND his commissioning speaks well of both the provost and my son.

    Can you tell I’m proud?


  20. slksfca

    …from a couple of late errands, and boy it’s cold outside. Earlier today on my walk I was fine in a tee-shirt, but now there’s a stiff breeze blowing fog in from the Pacific and people were literally huddling together at the train stop down on the corner. I’m glad to be back inside.

    Hope everyone has a lovely evening in store. I’ll be watching TV while I do my exercises, and then to bed fairly early, about 11PM I think.

  21. slksfca

    …is about to land at San Francisco International Airport for some fundraising events tonight. The local news is saying that Air Force One will touch down any moment now. Then it’s off to a cocktail event, followed by a dinner event at the Getty’s mansion ($32,000/plate for that one!). These are to raise money for Democratic Congressional races. And the Prez will be spending the night here in the City, though I think he must have mislaid my letter requesting a meeting because I’ve heard nary a peep from the White House. 😉

    I’m sorry that politics requires so much money — but I’m glad that we have rich people here who are willing to pony up for the Dems!

  22. nchristine

    to a work day!!  The person I work with is of the opinion that it’s alright to work through lunch and leave ‘early’.  So, I get into work by 8am and leave a little after 4pm.  I do know that there will be times where that’s not going to be possible.  I’m remembering more ‘stuff’ at work, much to my co-worker’s delight.

    It’s still relatively cold in the mornings, especially when the wind is blowing a little.  Afternoons are still chilly, you’d want a heavy shirt or light jacket to ward it off.  We might make 60F this weekend.  We haven’t been that warm for over 3 months now!!

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