Monday, October 24, 2016

Around OakMeadows

Cloudless Sulphur

Around OakMeadows 

Woke up this morning to blessedly cool, low humidity air!  We have been having temperatures in the 90s the past week (several degrees above average for this time of year) and I am so ready to be able to open the windows.  Up north people get cabin fever in the winter but I get it in the summer when it is too hot to go outside and all I want to do is hug the a/c.

We went to our monthly lunch P&W&C&B. My SIL, B, is recovering

from West Nile Virus. She is looking great.  She lost a lot of weight, fatigues easily, and has a slight tremor but on the whole she is making a really good recovery.  Her husband though does not look so good. These last two months have been a real strain on him. I hope he will go to see his doctor and get checked out. 

I did my usual Friday Finances this afternoon. All bills paid (including 6 month auto insurance), savings fund paid, and we are in the black.  Am still puzzled as to why my blood work for my annual physical cost almost three times as much as the JMM's blood work for his annual physical--Medical billing is truly one of the mysteries of the universe.  Next big bill is Property Taxes but that is ready to be paid thanks to the Savings Fund.

Saturday morning is my day for grocery shopping.  I like to go early before it gets crowded.  I know where everything is so I can zip through the store in one round. However, JMM wanted to go to a different mega- supersize grocery just to try it out. Ack! It took twice as long as usual.  I'll stick to my smaller store where I know where
everything is and where the produce and meat market people know me and will help me get the good stuff.  

My sweet daughter has taken a work assignment that will require a temporary relocation.  It is great for her and I am 100% supportive. But oh my, how I will miss having her close by. I know I can go and visit her but it's just not like being able to meet up for lunch or a movie.

We have had so many butterflies the past few weeks.  We've been cultivating a butterfly garden for about 3 years now and it is finally coming to fruition.  JMM and I are having such fun going out to see who is there. Lots of Gulf fritillaries, several Monarchs, Queens, Tiger Swallowtails, and many, many more. 

That's all the news from the home of Bandit, Misty, Duffy, and Henry who graciously allow us to live here with them and care for their every desire. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf

Founding Gardeners

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is about the horticultural interest of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.  While I knew that Washington, Jefferson, and Madison had plantations in Virginia, I didn't realize how innovative and forward thinking they were in their agricultural endeavors.  The book is interesting and well written. The notes, appendices, drawings, and bibliography are excellent resources for anyone interested in the gardens and farms of these Founding Fathers. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Around OakMeadows

Around OakMeadows

We are having  a blizzard of caterpillars on our milkweed.  They have eaten it down to the stalks. They are Monarch and Queen caterpillars.  There are chrysalis hanging all over.  The Monarch will fly on to Mexico but the Queens will overwinter.  

I haven't been writing much because I have been so tired.  I manage all right in the morning but even taking a 1-2 hour nap, I am just wiped out all afternoon.  I don't know if it is age related, if it is from the CMT, or something else.  I am going for my annual physical next week and hope to get some answers.  

I did get my quilt back from the lady who machine quilted it for me and it is very nice. It cost $116.22 for her to layer it, quilt it, and bind it.  I think it was a bargain!! I have another quilt top ready for her.  

Tonight is the third debate. I'm not going to watch. I've already voted and just wish I could fast forward to Hillary's inauguration and be done with it.  I cannot express how much I am looking forward to never, ever hearing or seeing Donald Trump again!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

November Menu

November Menu

1. Chicken-Rice Bake
2. Steak, GMP, GB
3. Leftovers
4. Out
5. Stuffed Wieners, Corn
6. Pancakes, Sausage
7. Baked Fish, Carrots/Thyme, Cabbage
8. Chicken Tenders, Oven Roasted Vegetables 
9. Beef and Bok Choy Stir Fry
10. Leftovers 
11. Out
12. Macaroni and Cheese, Corn
13. Slow Cooker Chicken
14. Shrimp Jambalaya 
15. Chicken Parmigiana 
16. Cutlets, GMP, GB
17. Leftovers
18. Out
19. CB Hash, Cream Style Corn, Salad
20. Schlotzsky's
21. Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Veggie Tray
22. Chicken Casserole 
23. Pizza
24. Turkey
25. Leftovers 
26. Out
27. Slow Cooker Beef
28. Seafood Pasta
29. HBs
30. Spaghetti and Meatballs 

Friday, October 14, 2016


O hushed October morning mild, 
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall; 
Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild, 
Should waste them all. 
The crows above the forest call; 
Tomorrow they may form and go. 
O hushed October morning mild, 
Begin the hours of this day slow. 
Make the day seem to us less brief. 
Hearts not averse to being beguiled, 
Beguile us in the way you know. 
Release one leaf at break of day; 
At noon release another leaf; 
One from our trees, one far away. 
Retard the sun with gentle mist; 
Enchant the land with amethyst. 
Slow, slow! 
For the grapes' sake, if the were all, 
Whose elaves already are burnt with frost, 
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes' sake along the all. 

Robert Frost

Goals for the Week October 16 - 22, 2016

     Daily Bible Reading
     Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales 

     Exercise DVD
     Water 32 oz. daily

     Cut out next quilt
     Pick up Starz quilt from machine quilter

      Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf
      Cyberstorm by Matthew Mather
      Early Warning by Jane Smiley

      Tuna Salad Sandwiches
      Chicken and Snow Peas Stir Fry
      Hamburger Pie
      Chocolate Chip Cookies 

      Take in Recycling 
      Clean off back porch

      Monthly Lunch with P&W&C&B
      Rosetta Stone Spanish
      Check on possible Thanksgiving trip to National Butterfly Center in Mission, TX