Saturday, February 6, 2016


A room without books is like a body without a soul.  
     Marcus Tullius Cicero

February Poetry


Winter. Time to eat fat 
and watch hockey. In the pewter mornings, the cat,   
a black fur sausage with yellow 
Houdini eyes, jumps up on the bed and tries   
to get onto my head. It’s his 
way of telling whether or not I’m dead. 
If I’m not, he wants to be scratched; if I am   
He’ll think of something. He settles 
on my chest, breathing his breath 
of burped-up meat and musty sofas, 
purring like a washboard. Some other tomcat,   
not yet a capon, has been spraying our front door,   
declaring war. It’s all about sex and territory,
which are what will finish us off 
in the long run. Some cat owners around here   
should snip a few testicles. If we wise   
hominids were sensible, we’d do that too,   
or eat our young, like sharks. 
But it’s love that does us in. Over and over   
again, He shoots, he scores! and famine 
crouches in the bedsheets, ambushing the pulsing   
eiderdown, and the windchill factor hits   
thirty below, and pollution pours 
out of our chimneys to keep us warm. 
February, month of despair, 
with a skewered heart in the centre. 
I think dire thoughts, and lust for French fries   
with a splash of vinegar. 
Cat, enough of your greedy whining 
and your small pink bumhole. 
Off my face! You’re the life principle, 
more or less, so get going 
on a little optimism around here. 
Get rid of death. Celebrate increase. Make it be spring.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Goals for Week of February 7-13, 2016

     Daily Bible Reading
     The Rule of St. Benedict

     Weight Watchers
     Exercise DVD

     Sew blocks into strips
     Order backing

     Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts
     Madison: A Biography by Ralph Ketcham
     The Kingdom by the Sea by Paul Theroux



Thursday, February 4, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Painting the Interior

Goals for the Week January 31 - February 6

     Daily Bible Reading
     The Rule of St. Benedict

     Healthy Breakfast 
     Exercise DVD

     Cut out pieces for new quilt
     Order batting, backing, & thread

     Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts
     The Kingdom by the Sea by Paul Theroux
     James Madison: A Biography by Ralph L. Ketchum
     Baked Fish, Carrots/Thyme, Cabbage
     Chicken-Rice Bake
     Steak, GMP, GB
     Veggie Soup
     Peanut Butter Cookies

     The painters are coming Monday to paint the interior walls. I dread the chaos but will certainly be glad to have it over with. 

     Lunch with P&W&C&B
     Plant daffodil bulbs

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Coastal Birds

Since our last trip to Galveston was not a success, I thought I would post a couple from a previous trip.  I think the cormorants are Neotropical and of course, the other photo is a ring-billed gull.