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Saturday All Day Check-in for the Herd: Greetings of the Moosekin

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Let the greetings begin!



  1. JG in MD

    Hey! Today I can say it, with the apostrophes and everything.

    Out yesterday to get gas and buy groceries including lots of pudding so I’ll be in today. I plan to get done what I’ve been putting off for two or three days do some client work.


  2. emeraldmaiden

    yawns Awaiting coffee, just checking everywhere to see what’s new. Already Comet has eaten too fast and barfed it all back up on the floor. sigh At least it was on tile.

    Three more kitty visits til BIL & GF come home from Vermont. Good thing; love the kitty, but it takes a chunk out of our day.

    Gonna be 88 today, and probably still muggy. AC and fans are the order of the day.

  3. DeniseVelez

    though it feels like mid-day already here. 71 going up to 81 here in the Catskills, and no rain (they say) but looking at the cloud cover, rain is possible.

    Just popping in – have to go back to cooking, prepping for more visitors from downstate.

  4. JG in MD

    Supposed to edit translation from Spanish records. Document doesn’t have English version. Emailed The Company to ask for guidance.

    Task 1: Check.

    Task 2: Surely not right now. Would rather surf Internet.  

  5. blue jersey mom

    It is unbelievably humid here. My hair would not dry after I took my shower yesterday. I worried that I might start to grow mold.

  6. princesspat

    My house is delightfully quiet right now. The rest of the family arrives this afternoon, then dinner for 14 tonight. We’ll be at our son’s house but I’m bringing the food…..roasted chicken lasagna, caeser salad and garlic bread. Since gluten sensitive me wants to eat with no fuss it’s easier (and safer) to just do the cooking. I’ll have to pass on the birthday cake and garlic bread but that’s ok.

    I’ve missed all the news for the last few days so I’d best read while I can or I’ll join the ranks of the woefully uninformed voters in this country!

  7. slksfca

    On a short break in between bouts of catching up on sleep. Oh, and yes, it’s foggy outside.

    A happy weekend to all!

  8. In other words typical North Carolina thunderstorms.

    After almost a year I finally got the money from John Hancock going to mt brother’s daughter. I feel accomplished but still that is too long to have to deal with idiots/ “Did you get the letter we sent to New Hampshire?” one person asked. Since I live in North Carolina what do you think. I finally stopped being polite and got sharp and angry.

    One more big stress getting my disabled brother out here by the end of September and then life better straighten up and fly right. I’ve put up with too much these last few years.

    Currently trying to write book reviews after finding out that two of my favorite authors are dead. Dorothy Gilman who wrote Mrs. Pollifax died of Alzheimers late last year and Elizabeth Peters who wrote the Amelia Peabody passed away of cancer on Thursday. So now I have to do obits as well as reviews. Sad about that.

  9. JG in MD

    I got approved for food stamps. My monthly income the way they count it, after housing and utilities but counting the gross of social security before medicare premiums, and with last month’s freelance income as I reported it, legally and legitimately, is


    This entitles me to a monthly SNAP benefit of


    I am grateful for anything I can get.

    Submitted without political comment.

  10. louisprandtl

    Makes me feel so welcomed. I hope the administration also feels the joy of conservative endorsement.

    In the current case, the Obama administration has told the court that Greece’s practice should not be considered an endorsement. The town council’s opening of its meetings with a Christian prayer “does not amount to an unconstitutional establishment of religion merely because most prayer-givers are Christian and many or most of their prayers contain sectarian references,” wrote U.S. Solicitor Gen. Donald Verrilli Jr.

    He noted that the House and Senate had official chaplains and that the court in 1983 upheld opening prayers in state legislatures. If local councils may have religious invocations, the law should not require them to “closely police the content of prayers,” he said.

    Eighty-five House members and 34 senators joined two friend-of-the-court briefs that also urged the court to make clear that prayers and religious invocations are constitutional. They had not expected the administration would weigh in as well.

    The administration’s filing was “a surprisingly conservative brief, and it came as a pleasant surprise,” said Ken Klukowski, a lawyer for the Family Research Council, who filed the brief for the House members. “It’s gratifying that even the Obama administration recognizes that courts are not qualified to censor prayers.”

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