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Saturday Morning Herd Check-in: Greetings of the Moosekin

  Make sure you let your peeps know where to find you!  

The morning check-in is an open thread posted to give you a place to visit with the meeses. Feel free to chat about your weather, share a bit of your life, grump (if you must), rave (if you can). The diarist du jour sometimes posts and runs, other times sticks around for a bit, often returns throughout the day and always cares that meeses are happy … or at least content.

For those 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. Only click Post once for comments. When a diary’s comment threads grow, the page takes longer to refresh and the comment may not display right away.

– 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. (p.s. Ratings don’t bestow mojo, online behaviour does).

– 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 the Moose collaborative news team, the current Open News Thread:

President’s Weekly Address and Open News Thread for the Weekend


A little science news from Earth Week:

Let the greetings begin!



  1. Khloe

    44 degrees with an expected high of 66. Just a drive by post today. It was a long night and the bed is calling. Everyone have a great day!

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  2. where the sun shines, the sky is clear, the wind is mild, and the temperature is about 43 degrees. As I look out my windows I can see birds and squirrels and the occasional cat.

    Speaking of occasions, Son in IA passed his thesis defense yesterday. This evening is his AFROTC dinner.

    I have borrowed a black dress from Daughter in IA that is quite suitable for the event.

    Three weeks from today is the commissioning ceremony. I saw the colonel yesterday and he said the room they have reserved may not be big enough for all the guests. Our group could number 40, maybe. And there are 6 other cadets commissioning, a couple of whom have a lot of sibs. Colonel said they need to check for fire code limits.

    Lots to do today, and apparently for the next 3 weeks!

  3. has been celebrating coffee all week. Today’s post is on “Why Caffeine In Coffee Is A Miracle Drug For The Tired”:

    As much as we may enjoy the nutty dark roast aromas and the sensations of a warm beverage, coffee is often just a caffeine delivery system for a groggy brain. Approximately 80 percent of caffeine is consumed in the form of coffee, and in the U.S., we average about two cups of coffee per day. That 200 milligrams of caffeine affects our brains, our performance, and maybe even our health.

    According to Stephen Braun, author of Buzz: The Science and Lore of Alcohol and Caffeine (har! Amazon calls it a “stimulating little tome”):

    … caffeine works by blocking receptors for adenosine, a compound in the brain that makes you feel sleepy.[…]

    “We also know that caffeine is bad for people with anxiety – for them, it’s likely to hurt productivity,” Braun tells The Salt. “But for people on the more depressive end, caffeine would improve productivity. The effect of the drug really depends on the brain into which it’s being infused.”

    One study reported that “600 mg of caffeine (or six cups of coffee) will bring on negative cognitive effects, otherwise known as the jitters, in most people”.

    Braun recommends taking a caffeine holidays 5 or 6 times a year.

  4. Jk2003

    Another good night sleep last night.  We are settling in to the house.  There is a lot of work to be done but at least we have a refrigerator now.  I may begin wallpaper removal later today.  Fun!

    I am going to work for a few hours this morning.  It will be good to get some puppy lovin this morning.  Plus a little extra money never hurt.

    I hope you all have a great day.

  5. JG in MD

    Sunny and chilly and gorgeous Here Near DC.

    Today I’ll be generating invoices for two clients, cleaning my office, and counting teeny tiny 1-mg pellets for my Effexor taper. I’m reducing my intake a little at a time, hope to be completely off the drug by September.

    Nats play at 1:00 p.m. today. I’ve placed my reading chair in front of the couch so I can see the game better. Getting a whole new view of the team. Living room impassable, but I haven’t tripped yet.

    Song lyric: Good morning, world, it’s a brand new day. Remembered from a 1970 trip across country, it was background music for a very listless stripper. Anybody know the source of the lyric? I’ve been racking (wracking?) my brain.

  6. wordsinthewind

    it’s days like this that keep me here.Interesting morning here, Grace woke up really early and started fussing. Our old dog who sleeps with us got up out of bed to go check on her, perhaps all that outrage was a show to convince us to go back to being a one dog household. Grace was easily settled down once she got warmed up, we just let it get too cool for her.

  7. I have come to the conclusion that sleeping in is a foreign idea to Pixie. Besides waking me up at 4:00 AM because she had an upset tummy from gobbling her food and it came right back up all over Mommy she kept trying to wake me up this morning thinking I needed to get my niece to work. She has trouble grasping this weekend thing. 😉

    Today’s picture is called Gentle. The Chinese version of the unicorn is called a kirin and is said to be so gentle that when it walks it doesn’t even bend a blade of grass.

    Gentle photo Gentle3_zpse534ff50.jpg

  8. slksfca

    Good morning Mooseopolis. Hope everyone has a good weekend. I’m planning the usual walks, with a trip to the farmers market tomorrow. Nothing unusually exciting, but perfectly nice.

  9. remembrance

    Went to a training yesterday at a private university campus…. at the end of the day 4 of us including the instructor had our cars towed. Ya know, when a lot says, ‘visitor parking,’ I see this as a polite way of saying if you are not a regular visitor here, please park here, we care. But no, this is not the case. Of course, $256.00 later and having returned home in my car at the end of the day, I see the letter from the university had arrived in the mail – indicating where to park. Too bad I can’t read minds or mail before it arrives. Yesterday was not so good a day for me.

    TLO™, OTOH, is enjoying her bright orange/pink hair and henna designed arm from yesterday’s fund raising event at school – which I completely missed bc said car had to be picked up in the city.  

  10. slksfca

    …is some housework. Now that I’m feeling less disabled I’m slowly getting caught up on the past year’s deferred maintenance. My living room is still a fright, though not as bad as it was, and my kitchen and bathroom are both making good progress (though I still can’t bend over to give the bathtub as good a scrubbing out as I’d like to — I used a long-handled toilet brush to clean it but that only did a so-so job.

    Also, I need to get a new floor mop. Maybe I’ll stop by the hardware store this afternoon during my walk.

  11. Portlaw

    even the West Coast members of the herd are up and running or at least up. Hoping for a great day for all.

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