Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Why Old People Don’t Want To Change Things

Why Old People Don’t Want to Change Things 

I have hated my propane stovetop for the entire 15 years we have lived in this house. Knowing, after years of experience, that things are seldom as simple and easy as you think and always cost more than you planned, I finally decided to change the stovetop and change it to an electric.  Great. You go to Home Depot, buy the stovetop and make an appointment for them to install it after researching whether an induction stovetop is better. (No, it’s not because all my good Calphalon cookware would not work on an induction top and I would have to replace it.) Next we have an electrician ($$$)come out and check the wiring to make sure it is appropriate for the stovetop. (It is.) So the technician comes and announces that there are problems. 1. The old stove has a downdraft but the new one does not which may present a code violation when we go to sell the house. 2. There needs to be a trim to go around the edge of the opening to support the new stovetop but we can order the appropriate trim from the GE website.  He leaves and we will have to reschedule (and repay) when we have the appropriate trim. Fine, except that when JMM goes to the GE website to order the trim, he finds in big red letters that the trim is NOT FOR SUPPORT OF THE STOVETOP.  The website says that GE suggests installing wooden support strips. Do I see a carpenter in my near future. Or shall I put the damn stovetop back in the box and take it back to Home Depot for a refund? At least the old top had one useful burner. aaarrrggghhh. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

October Menu

October Menu

1.  Chicken-Rice Bake, lettuce
2.  Cutlets, GMP, GB
3.  Leftovers 
4.  Out
5.  Bacon Sandwiches, Oven Fries
6.  Slow Cooker Chicken Stew with Sausage and White Beans
7.  Baked Cod/Salmon, GMP, Peas 
8.  Oven BBQ Chicken, Beans, Cucumber 
9.  HB Pie
10. Leftovers 
11. Out
12. Macaroni and Cheese, Corn, Tomatoes 
13. Schwan’s 
14. Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Veggie Tray
15. Chicken Tenders, GMP, Cabbage 
16. Schwan’s 
17. Leftovers 
18. Out 
19. Scrambled Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Toast 
20. Slow Cooker Cassoulet 
21. Baked Fish, GMP, Lettuce
22. Schwan’s 
23. Pizza
24. Leftovers 
25. Out
26. CB Hash, CSC, Cucumber 
27. Schwan’s
28. Fried Shrimp, FF, Coleslaw 
29. Schwan’s 
30. Spaghetti and Meatballs, Lettuce 
31. Leftovers 

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Rightful Heritage by Douglas Brinkley

This book is both an exhaustive examination of the conservation movement in the USA, and a biography of FDR.  I have always been a fan of FDR but had no idea that he was a lifetime conservationist. It tells the story of the farsighted people who made possible our national parks, national monuments, many state parks, national seashores, and wildlife refuges. It is a fascinating account of land preservation during the FDR years of the Great Depression and World War II, of FDR's love of trees and 
the Hudson River Valley, and of the people who helped to make it happen. The book also notes the understandable for the time lapses in judgment or knowledge that actually harmed the environment. 
FDR and his team of New Dealers were able to get millions of dollars granted for 
conservation projects even in the midst of fighting both the Great Depression and World War II.
This book is the second in a planned trilogy by Brinkley on the conservation movement in American history. The first being Wilderness Warrior about Theodore Roosevelt’s contribution to the history of American conservationism.  I can hardly wait for the third volume to come out. 

Around OakMeadows

Our new kitten, Tigger, destroys my closet. 

We were supposed to meet P&W&B for lunch at Gringo’s in Texas City last Friday but W is in the hospital. She has “fluid around her heart”” and so they are carefully diuresing her. I suspect that her cardiac output isn’t sufficient to perfuse her kidneys leading to fluid retention. She is on the lung transplant waiting list so she is being closely monitored and everything possible will be done to keep her alive until the transplant.

I watched 2 really good movies lately.  I watched Book Club on Prime and haven’t laughed so much in a long time. It is definitely an older woman hen flick. The second good movie was American Factory which makes it abundantly clear why the Chinese are kicking our butts. 

I had planned to make Veggie Soup and get all sorts of things done today but by 9 am I was sound asleep for a 2 hour nap. Don’t know why I was so tired but I decided to eat leftovers for lunch and get burgers for dinner. 

T and Lucy came for a visit. We are working on insisting that Lucy not jump up on people. 
We read and watched HGTV. It is just so pleasant. We discussed modifications to the bathroom to make it easier for me to take care of necessities safely and easily as this dratted neuromuscular condition progresses.  

That’s about all that’s going on at OakMeadows. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

September Menu

September Menu

1. Bacon Sandwiches, Oven Fries
2. Slow Cooker Chicken
3. Baked Fish, Carrots/Thyme, Coleslaw 
4. Chicken - Spaghetti Casserole 
5. Steak, GMP, GB
6. Leftovers
7. Out
8. Macaroni and Cheese, Corn, Salad
9. Schwan’s 
10. Tuna Salad
11. Oven BBQ Chicken, Beans, Coleslaw 
12. HB Pie
13. Leftovers
14. Out
15. Scrambled Eggs, Schwan’s Sausage and Potatoes 
16. Slow Cooker Beef
17. Baked Fish, Potatoes, Coleslaw 
18. Chicken Tenders, Carrots/Thyme, Corn
19. Pizza
20. Leftovers 
21. Out
22. CB Hash, CSC
23. Veggie Soup
24. Fried Shrimp, FF, Coleslaw 
25. Schwan’s 
26. Spaghetti and Meatballs
27. Leftovers 
28. Out 
29. St. Wieners, Corn
30. Pork, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Small Pleasures

I love Ronni Bennett’s wonderful blog, Time Goes By.  A recent post was about some of her favorite small pleasures so I thought I would list some of my small pleasures. 

My greatest small pleasure is when my daughter and her dog come over on Sunday. We eat Chipotle burritos and watch HGTV home remodels and read or chat or take a nap. We walk the dogs and play with the kitten. 

I’ve been retired for several years now but it still gives me such pleasure to be able to wake up slowly.

Buying things from the Refugee Services of Texas Amazon Wishlist.  

My Housecleaners. 

Reading a good book. 


Watching birds at the feeders and butterflies in the garden. 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

We are not helpless.

Three mass shootings in one week. Only in America. Really, no other developed country on earth has anything remotely like this. Why? We are awash in guns, semi automatic guns, and large capacity magazines. Why? Because so many of our elected officials have been bought and paid for by the gun lobby. 

In watching or reading the news, I see people expressing their grief, anger, and feelings of helplessness to stop this madness. But we are not helpless. II can be stopped. We do have a choice. The choice is to continue with the same politicians or take a minute to determine your Senators‘ and your Representative‘s stand on gun control legislation. If they have been bought and paid for by the gun lobby, work like hell to unseat them. Find candidates who will pass rational gun laws and support their candidacy— send a contribution, volunteer to stuff envelopes, canvas a neighborhood. IMHO, votes are more effective than thoughts and prayers.