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Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Apr. 19th thru Apr. 25th

Welcome to The Moose Pond! The Welcomings diaries 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.

In lieu of daily check-ins, which have gone on hiatus, Welcomings diaries will be posted at the start of each week (every Sunday morning) and then, if necessary due to a large number of comments, again on Wednesday or Thursday to close out the week. To find the diaries, 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?


  1. It is 50 degrees in Madison WI, on its way up to 67. Partly cloudy skies with evening showers in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. DeniseVelez

    Had fun posting this yesterday at orange – message to kids and anti-vaxxers from Elmo and our Surgeon General

  3. DeniseVelez

    fleeing war zones.

    Many in Europe doesn’t want more immigrants – there is a resistance that is on the rise – and search and rescue effort funds have been cut back. (listening to an NPR report as I type)

    But people facing death will continue to flee war zones and starvation in refugee camps.


  4. Portlaw

    The refugee problem will only get worse with climate change. More hungry desperate people will flee the drier hotter areas as crops fail, areas which are also war torn, and head north. I fear there will be massive migrations north which will create more misery and strife. I hope there are people with vision who can solve this as suffering increases. This is a growing problem and it demands a humanitarian answer,

  5. anotherdemocrat

    We had a strong thunderstorm, with hail, last night. No damage that I’ve seen, but I’ve only been outside to pick up a knocked-over plant. Anyway, I’m watching the morning news (Up & then MHP with Joy Reid subbing again) then church then shopping & cooking.

  6. princesspat

    Thanks to yesterday’s garden fun I’m waking up slower than ever today so I just asked the family to arrive an hour later. I need some quiet time and another cup of coffee so I can enjoy our brunch. Ron and sons are good cooks so once I get all the pieces in place they will take over and I’ll rest some more.

    I remember my mom telling me that she found being 70 yrs old a big change in regards to energy…..she was right!

  7. bfitzinAR

    already hit the high of 72 clouding up (again) and moving down to the mid-40s and rain hopefully after dark.  Tomorrow isn’t expected to get out of the mid-60s but is supposed to be sunny.  We’re at the 150 KWH mark for the month to date – a ways to go to beat last month’s 233 or last September’s 250.

    I suppose I should check the political world – local or national or both – but I’m depressed enough with the cloudy skies and don’t need any help.  Did manage to re-pot my few houseplants and get some not-blooming-yet vining petunias into a hanging basket in my back garden (the one visible from my kitchen/dining table).  Weekly cleaning done, chicken in the oven, and only need to get my clothes ready for next week so I guess I’m good.  Hope everyone else is.  Take care.  {{{HUGS}}}

  8. It is 49 degrees in Madison and not expected to get above 50. Morning rain and wind are in the forecast. It looks like the really heavy rain is at the Iowa border heading this way.

    I get a bit itchy about making a big deal out of the anniversary of terrorist attacks. Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing and there were ceremonies and speeches. I can understand honoring the dead and injured in Oklahoma but bringing attention to a horrific act of violence perpetrated against our government by a disgruntled citizen seems a bit dangerous. If someone out there wants to leave a lasting “impression”, you have given him a blueprint. And no, realizing that the killer was put to death is not a deterrent.

    Today’s 5th anniversary of the BP oil rig explosion (I refuse to call it a “spill”) is worth noting. Because the Gulf of Mexico still has not recovered and the images from that man made environmental disaster should be burned into everyone’s brains, every year, to remind us that fossil fuel in all its forms is a killer.

    So the needle exchange program instituted in Indiana to try to stop the surge in HIV infections is not working. Why, you ask? Because the local authorities in Austin IN just can’t let go of the idea that if you take away the needles, drug addicts will Just Say No. Fools. So instead, cops are confiscating the clean needles being brought in by organizations trying to help and there has been another outbreak.

    Busy Monday (is that redundant?). See all y’alls later!

  9. DeniseVelez

    The entire needle exchange program they have instituted in one spot if a farce.

    They need statewide NEPs that also protect users from arrest.

    I’ve spent years dealing with needle exchange and harm reduction models – NEPs benefit public health – and not allowing them or limiting them is encouraging the spread of HIV, Hep C and other problems.  

  10. Diana in NoVa

    morning after a night of rain. Going up to 80 and violent thunderstorms between 4-8 this evening. Heigh ho, what’s that going to do to dinner? We half expect the electricity to go out during thunderstorms.

    Haven’t paid much attention to the news because of being so busy this weekend. In fact, I’m trying not to get too involved in the news because of the Hillary-hate.

    Hope it’s a good day for people at the Moose Pond and beyond!

  11. anotherdemocrat

    Took a break from walking, I want my legs to be fresh for Saturday. “Slept in” till past 5, woo hoo. And it’s cooler today – I actually needed a sweater this morning & if I had walked further than a block would have regretted the sandals.

    Does anyone else have shirts that are stain attractors? I’m wearing a yellow t-shirt. It had a berry juice stain that finally faded after 10 or so washes. Today I take the lid off my breakfast, look down at my shirt & there are drops of cherry juice on it. Humongous eyeroll.

  12. Portlaw

    I see that Cuomo is heading for Cuba with a trade delegation. Am sure others will follow.

    Am already behind on everything today. Will stop by later to see how everyone is. Have a good day!

  13. bfitzinAR

    I’ve got lebenty hundred things to sort out, most of which landed on my desk last Friday afternoon when my brain was out somewhere (coffee break probably as nothing productive came of it), so I’m hoping the sunny day will allow me to experience actual cognitive function and I can get rid of some of this mess.  Of course part of the problem is emails from professors saying “please process two units per interviewer” without giving me a list of the interviewers.  Sigh.  We brownies and fairies are supposed to be omniscient as well as cheap – and omnipotent as far as getting whatever the Powers That Be want done (but totally powerless otherwise).  Double sigh.

    Hope you all have sunshine in your day and lives, in one form or another.  {{{HUGS}}}

  14. princesspat

    Yesterday’s brunch was so nice…..our first outdoor meal this spring. We had some work to do to clean up from the rock garden project so we’re both tired today, but in a good way.

    Unfortunately our worries re our son continue, so it’s back to the Dr. this afternoon. Last week’s meds helped the pain and temporarily reduced the swelling but it’s all back again this morning :(

  15. anotherdemocrat

    here are pictures from today’s Boston Marathon — so cool; and a great story for picture #22:

    Last year’s male winner – and the 1st American in years, Meb (whose last name I can’t remember), and who is a HUGE star in the running world, wasn’t winning this year; as he got to the finish line, there was a woman finishing; he took her hand & held it up as they crossed together. This would be like Shaquille Oneal or Michael Jordan making a basket with a regular person. Or {huge football or baseball player} doing sport thing with a regular person — sorry I can’t think of any other sports names. Anyway — check out these pictures:

  16. It is 39 degrees in Madison on its way up to 48. Afternoon rain and very windy.

    My Internets were down this morning so I am a little late getting to the news. I am not sure why the GOP wants to remind people that they are the party that hates Social Security. Talk about handing Democrats an easy issue! Actually, all of our issues are easy … the party of Mitt Romney is not going to be able to pivot to “message: we care”. And I am pretty sure that Wayne LaPierre as the face of the GOP whining about “demographically symbolic candidates” is not a winning strategy.

    Latest CNN Poll: HRC beats Rubio by 14, Bush by 17, and all the others by 20 or more. My guess is that the more people find that Rubio is an empty suit they will agree with Ana Marie Cox in this excellent opinion piece:

    Take away Rubio’s biography and look at his positions and he becomes less the voice of his generation and more Benjamin Button … he’s not competing for the youth vote at all-he’s competing for the old rich white guys who think they know what the youth of the country want.

    [The] only demographic Rubio can plausibly claim to represent is old white guys. Well,  even old white guys support marriage equality these days-63 percent of all Americans do. But Rubio has the olds on other issues! Americans 65 and older are the only age group with a majority against marijuana decriminalization and the only group who deny anthropogenic climate change; those 50 and older are the only group with a majority that believes the government surveillance “has not gone far enough.” …

    As far attracting young voters, Rubio’s campaign will probably go about as well as most old-people-try-to-guess-what-the-young-people-want strategies go. Marco Rubio is the GOP’s Cousin Oliver, a desperate gimmick by the out-of-touch to spark interest in a moribund brand. That Rubio is a gleeful participant in this exercise makes his distance from the actual dreams and desires of this country’s young people all the more apparent.

    Back later if I can get caught up. Have a great day all y’alls!

  17. Portlaw

    The news from the Mediterranean is very depressing. So many dead, so many desperate to flee, so many human traffickers making money, so many dead.

    Hope it’s a good day for all in the Pond and all creatures on our planet.

  18. Diana in NoVa

    So depressed by the news: not only those poor, desperate Libyan refugees, but it appears that poor Mr. Gray’s spine broke all by itself–no police officer had a thing to do with it. Uh-huh. Princesspat, hope the doctors will be able to help your son. Please keep us posted.

    On the home front, I have a cold that I’m treating with meds. I have to look after the baby today and am wondering whether I should wear a mask. He’s the one who gave me the cold, actually. However, I did make some progress on the May short-short story for the Fiction Cafe–in fact, it’s half-written. Haven’t worked on the novella since the weekend, though.

    Hope everyone around the Pond and elsewhere will have a good day!

  19. anotherdemocrat

    Needed a sweater again this morning. But the highs by the weekend will be 90.

    Still skipping the walking, though my legs are still sore. Which is weird, because I haven’t exercised since Friday. I’m definitely riding the shortest route on Saturday.

    Very few thoughts this morning. Have a good Tuesday!

  20. DeniseVelez

    Was informed yesterday of the death of a dear young colleague Emily Caigan, a brilliant feminist artist. She leaves behind a wonderful husband and young twin girls.

    Sadly cancer can strike at any age.

    The family is in my prayers. They will be sitting shiva tomorrow.

    Emily used to come and lecture my classes about Goddess worship – she was culturally Jewish and also Pagan.

    Blessed be her spirit.

  21. bfitzinAR

    when I left for work – walked in today – it was starting to cloud up by the time I got to the University.  Hope the rain holds off as the solar panel guys are supposed to install my upgrade this morning – may even be at the house right now – but installing electrical equipment on a rooftop in the rain is a seriously bad idea!  Yesterday we crossed the 15 KWH for the day mark – definite evidence that we are heading towards the summer solstice and not away from it no matter how cloudy it gets!  I have absolutely no idea what the maximum per day this system could generate on or around the solstice as I wasn’t “online” for the monitoring until the middle of July – theoretically it should have been able to generate over 20 KWHs if it got full sun – and we will never know as I’m adding 6 more panels.

    Wishing I could do something about where America and the world are heading and avoiding the already painful evidence of why we shouldn’t be heading that way.  Sigh.  {{{HUGS}}}  

  22. princesspat

    We didn’t get answers yesterday re our son, but I think we’re closer. The current thinking is that he has had additional blood clots develop in his pelvis and that the Vena Cava Screen in the vein between his heart and lungs maybe be blocked with clots so he’ll have another Doppler exam this afternoon. Needless to say my vow to stop speculative worrying is being sorely tested!

  23. princesspat

    I love this photo Lisa took at the Skagit Tulip Fields when she and Ron were there earlier this month. Flowers are life affirming!

    Tulip fields, April 2015

  24. It is a cold earth here in Madison, 33 degrees on its way up to 48 … cloudy skies are in the forecast.

    Loretta Lynch will finally get her up or down vote this week after the human trafficking bill had the extra abortion restriction removed. It sounds like we may need Vice President Biden’s vote to confirm her.

    See all y’alls later!!


  25. Diana in NoVa

    Although they do predict rain later.

    The news is as bad as always. Apparently a planned terrorist attack has been foiled in Paris, although the news presenter didn’t call it a “terrorist attack.” Just because Dubya couldn’t pronounce the word “terrorism” doesn’t mean the rest of us have to follow suit by calling it “tay-rir.” We all have IQs, even if some of us work for television news.

    The good news is that the cruise ship made it into Sydney Harbor safely after being forced to stay at sea for two terrifying days of 30-foot waves.

    Had the night from hell–because of the cold, couldn’t sleep so I’m running on empty. Will continue to take cold meds until this thing goes away.

    Hope all is well with those at the Moose Pond!

  26. DeniseVelez

    Going up to 61

    Have to leave in a few for the funeral services for my friend

    You all have a good day.

  27. anotherdemocrat

    Saturday is gonna be downright hot. Sigh.

    Still not walking in the mornings & my quads are still tired. Sigh. Sucks getting older.

    Today’s google doodle is cute – takes you to a quiz. I’m a wooly mammoth.

    Very few thoughts in my head. That Hozier song, Someone New is playing so loud in my head it is driving most other thoughts out.

  28. bfitzinAR

    So overcast right now that we’ve got the desk lamps on in the office and my new 4 K system is generating at 167 watts!  But the cell, while large (like stretching from west of OKC to almost at our doorstep in Fay., AR) is moving fast so I may get some sunshine – or at least less dark – later today.  And every KW my system generates is one less coal-generated one – so my present to myself is also my present to the earth.  {{{HUGS}}}

  29. princesspat

    I’ve finally got a quiet morning so I’m going to honor earth day by gazing out my window and communing with my old maple trees!

    No results from yesterday’s exam yet, but our son seems to be  improving. He has better color, less swelling and more energy so I’m going to try to take a rest from worrying this morning as well.

  30. It is 31 degrees in Madison on its way up to 54. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    The good news is that the Senate human trafficking bill passed 99-0 (Ted Cruz absent) and today the Senate will vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch: cloture vote at 11:40am, confirmation vote at 2:00pm.

    And this may be the coolest image from the many cool images from Earth Day tweeting:

    Julián Castro @SecretaryCastro

    It’s up to us to build a healthy and sustainable future where opportunity is within reach for all. Happy #EarthDay

    Busy day, gotta go. I will try to put some more tweets in comments in the Earth Day post along with the video and transcript of the president’s speech. It was a short speech, 14 minutes, but a good one.

    See all y’all later!!

  31. DeniseVelez

    Am trying to keep the clown car numbers straight – the list of GOP hopefuls and candidates and thinking about running and maybe running gets longer every day.

    This caught my eye:

    A ‘New Low’? GOP Tries to Block D.C.’s New Reproductive Health Law

    Congressional Republicans voted Tuesday to overturn a new law that would protect women in Washington, D.C., from being fired due to their reproductive health-care choices.

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 20 to 16 to advance a resolution of disapproval that, if passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president, would block D.C.’s new Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act.

    The committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings, called the repeal attempt a “new low” for the Republican Party on women’s health issues.

    “Under this legislation, congressional Republicans would permit District employers to fire a woman because she had an abortion after being raped, demote a man because his wife chooses to use a birth control pill, pay an employee less because his or her teenage daughter became pregnant out of wedlock, and impose a host of other penalties based on ideologies that discriminate against certain reproductive health decisions,” Cummings said in a statement last week, ahead of the markup.

  32. It explains why the GOP presidential candidates are all still talking about same-sex marriage bans even though SCOTUS will likely rule in favor of marriage equality later this year:

    That line with the 28% is their base and is heavily represented in Iowa and, really, in all the GOP primaries. So they will continue to pander and propose “plans” to re-institute gay marriage bans and/or statutory discrimination. My opinion is that new Jim Crow laws targetting LGBT will simply accelerate the timeline for when gay Americans are deemed protected from discrimination by the constitution.

  33. Diana in NoVa

    40 F. here in NoVa, going to 64 F. today on a fairish morning. I’m dog-sitting my niece’s tiny dog while said niece is in San Francisco. The little creature won’t eat. In addition, she thinks I’m her new mom.

    Meanwhile, my cold has entered the “nasty” stage, and I still have one more day of baby care! He has a cold too, so I suppose we’re just reinfecting each other.

    With the water rationing in California I’ve started really watching when I use water. Very conscious now of how much flows out of the tap and how I can reduce the amount I use.

    I hope the lousy conservatives on the Supreme Court decide in favor of marriage equality. Also hope that one day we women will be considered human beings with full rights and dignity. I almost fell out of my chair when I read Denise’s post upthread about a new Rethug resolution against reproductive health care in DC. And these are the people who claim to want small government!

    Wishing a good day to all at the pond!

  34. DeniseVelez

    D. Watkins has written a powerful – and depressingly real piece which is posted over at Salon.

    Read the whole thing – but I’m posting what he ends with.

    Cops are the terrorists in our neighborhood: On Freddie Gray, another victim of police brutality

    Where I live, the consequences of misunderstanding a cop could be death. Here’s what young black kids need to know

    1) Police officers are like mice – they are more scared of you than you are of them, so don’t startle or they will shoot. Things that startle them include speaking loud, being black, moving your hands, and running. If you move your hands or run, they could kill you.

    2) Answer their questions in a clear manner. Expressing anger scares them and could lead to your death. Remind them that you are a person; sometimes they forget or were never taught that black people were human. Tell them that you don’t have weapons and assure them that they are safe. When police officers don’t feel safe around black people, they shoot.

    3) Remember that most of the police officers in your neighborhood aren’t heroes. They aren’t in your neighborhood to protect you, but to enforce laws. They don’t become cops to save black neighborhoods. They become cops for the salary that comes with a nice retirement and benefits package. Real heroes care about you. They invest time and energy into your well-being. Cops in black neighborhoods don’t.

    4) Never think a cop won’t shoot you. Your blackness makes you a target to them and in many cases it doesn’t matter if you are guilty or innocent.

    I close by telling them I know it’s hard to remember these rules when you are an innocent person with a gun jammed in your face, but maybe – they’ll finally see you as a human. If they come to believe that you are human, then they won’t be so quick to shoot. I have to believe this. Even if it’s not true.

  35. Portlaw

    Am going to a concert tonight of a group I like very much, Anonymous Four.  I also like their name!!  They usually do Early Music but tonight, they and a guest violinist are doing Songs from the Civil War.  There are days when I wonder if that war ended.

    Hope today is a good one for Meese, Meesekin and all creatures on our planet and, why not, on other planets!

  36. anotherdemocrat

    It’s gone from light fog to pea soup just in the 45 minutes I’ve been in the building.

    It is hitting me this morning how much I need to do before I get up at an ungodly hour Saturday morning to drive out to the place where the Ride is happening. And when I try to think about other stuff, my mind goes back to stuff I need to be doing. Sigh.

    Listening to Hozier’s Jackie and Wilson in my head. He put out a really lovely statement yesterday urging people to vote for the marriage equality referendum. One thing that’s weird/concerning — if you’re out of the country, you can’t vote. Other countries let you vote in national elections at the embassy, or with a mail ballot, but not Ireland. There’s talk amongst the “yes” campaigners about asking transportation companies/airlines to provide cheap tickets for people to come home to vote.

  37. bfitzinAR

    sunshine at the moment although the forecast has clouds moving in – no rain until the wee hours of the morning though.  Well, I’m set for electricity – at least as best I can be until/unless Elon Musk actually comes up with an affordable whole-house battery (like affordable for folks like me in the 3rd income quartile).  Wish I could do the same sort of thing with the natural gas.  However, while there are small methane generation units for household use out there – Heifer International has been helping small farmers around the world install them for years – my household of 1 “older” female human and 2 cats does not generate enough carbon matter to produce methane to run my cookstove, never mind my hot water heater or furnace.  (Heck, my compost is less than a quart a week which I put in a neighbor’s bin as burying it in my backyard is an invitation to raccoons to come dig it up.)  Oh well.  We do what we can when we can.  {{{HUGS}}}

  38. princesspat

    Thanks to the exam on Tuesday (which was a contrast CT Scan, not a Doppler) we now know what’s wrong with our son. The Vena Cava Filter is blocked with blood clots so he needs to see a vascular surgeon asap, and I hope that will happen today. The procedures to break up and remove blood clots are risky, so the worry continues but now we know what to do. Thankfully his primary care Dr. is very proactive and will make the necessary phone calls.

  39. It is 33 degrees here on its way up to 59. PM showers in the forecast. The wind is calm so I have my window open to hear the morning sounds.

    As I scanned the news, I wondered if a candidacy can survive a thousand cuts. Then I remembered that 90% of those who will be voting in November 2016 are not even paying attention right now. So Ted Cruz can blast gays on the one hand and then meet with gay donors on the other, Scott Walker and Chris Christie can be underwater on approval ratings in their own states and be hailed in Iowa and New Hampshire as the best guvnas evah and the House Select Committee on Benghaziiiii can talk of subpoenaing a political enemy’s email server.

    Here is a bit of good news: “Nebraska legislature leads charge to abolish death penalty”. The group pushing it is “Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty”. To me “concerned” does not properly reflect the sense of urgency many of us feel about this but it is a start. In other death penalty news, I was stunned to read that a photo of the Boston Marathon bomber flipping off the cameras from his jail cell was introduced as evidence that he should be put to death. JHC on a popsicle stick!! What pettiness. Yes, he hates us and our values. But please, do not kill in my name.

    Changes may be afoot at the Moose as we consider a new publishing platform. Stay tuned!

    See all y’alls later!!  

  40. DeniseVelez

    we’ve got problems with freeze warnings for early plantings in the upper elevations.

    Glad I stuck with my “don’t plant anything until after Mayday” plan.

    We even had some snowflakes.

  41. Portlaw

    climbing down. Glad I didn’t put warm clothes away.

    Went to a concert last night at The Great Hall at Cooper Union. It was held to mark the anniversary of the end of the Civil War, not, of course, that that war has really ended. The venue was chosen because this was a place where Abraham Lincoln had spoken before he was elected president. Since Lincoln spoke, the hall has been a forum for many important political issues. One wonders if suffering will ever end in our land. I hope so thought there are days when I lose that hope.  We went because I liked the group singing and I had learned many of those songs, all filled with sorrow, at camp.

    Coffee and the news and wishes for a good day for Meese, Meesekin, and all creatures great and small.

  42. anotherdemocrat

    Thunderstorms this morning, but all the weather people say tomorrow will be clear. I made it to 70% of my fundraising goal, which is way closer than I thought I’d get.

    I’m flustered by technology. Made a revised mix, plugged it into the car, some of the same songs from other mixes are “unplayable”. Will just figure out how to plug iPod into car tomorrow. Though it is only an hour drive out to where the Ride is.

    Happy Friday, everyone!

  43. bfitzinAR

    Got chances of rain most of the day but at least nothing was falling out of the sky as I came in.  And I really expect that it will get a few degrees warmer than the forecast as reality has beaten the forecast by 2 to 5 degrees since the Equinox.   Hope everybody has a good day – I bet Loretta Lynch is :) – and also weekend.  {{{HUGS}}}

  44. princesspat

    I’m so glad its Friday….this has been a long worry filled week. Our son sees the vascular surgeon next Tuesday so the wait isn’t over but it’s closer to being resolved. He has to stay quiet, keep his legs elevated and compressed, and stay positive…..not an easy task for someone used to being very active. But thanks to my extended sofa time I do know how to help him make the best of it. He’s got a nest of pillows, books, music, and three dogs to keep him company. And his friends are being very thoughtful re visits and food.

    I’m going to suggest we take a short drive and/or visit a park today.  

  45. It is 39 degrees in Madison, on its way up to 53. Cloudy skies are in the forecast.

    I don’t have time left to scan the news after putting up the Eric Holder video. I will put any interesting tidbits I find in the comments of the president’s weekly address (which won’t be front paged because … Eric Holder is there!!).

    Republican presidential candidates are in Iowa, valuing faith and freedom.

    See all y’alls later!!

  46. Portlaw

    60. The sun is out, the trees in bloom.

    The news from Nepal is horrible. And then there is the news from Baltimore and the drone.

    Hope it’s a good day for all and that ailing and worried Meese are feeling better. Hoping for peace on earth for all creatures great and small.

  47. Diana in NoVa

    It’s an ugly day, which is a shame–the apple trees are a froth of white blossom and the purple and mauve lilacs are out. The white lilac is just coming out and the pink one, always the last, will probably come out next week. Spring is wonderful!

    The woodruff growing near the front step is looking very healthy. Next week I’ll pick some, dry it, and steep it in nonalky white wine for the May bowl on Friday.

    The visiting doggums has pooped twice on my damn bedroom rug. Luckily the rug is not that large and it is washable. I washed it, put it out in the sun yesterday to dry, then fluffed it in the dryer for 10 minutes. Today she pooped on it again. No one will be more thankful than I when her real mother arrives on Tuesday to take her home.

    The news is awful, with more than 100 dead in Nepal from the earthquake. As for other news, wish this country wouldn’t use drones–too many civilians get killed along with the baddies. The never-ending teardown of Secretary Clinton is in full swing, including jabs from the left from Mr. O’Malley. He’s about as exciting as Rand Paul, which is to say not a-tall. At least he’s a Dem., but that doesn’t make me any more excited.

    Hope everyone will have a good day and a good weekend, and princesspat, hope things continue to look up for your son. Another, hope the ride today is a success!

  48. Diana in NoVa

    Now they’re saying that more than 100 have been killed and the quake caused avalanches on Mt. Everest, killing some of the climbers.

    Prayers and hope that as many as possible can be rescued.

  49. princesspat

    A slow and sleepy morning for me, which is good because all I managed to do yesterday was worry about our son so I’m really tired. I’ll try to find something more productive to do today. If I can focus I’ve got lots of simple sewing projects to keep me busy.

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