Thursday, September 29, 2016

Around OakMeadows

Around OakMeadows

Oh my, what glorious weather--cooler and very low humidity! I have been waiting for this since May!  

I found someone to machine quilt my quilt top for me. It should be ready soon after we get back from our trip. I hope this works out so that I can still have the fun of designing and making the tops and she can do the quilting on her machine for me. We shall see. 

I couldn't watch the debate. From the reports the next day, it seems that Hillary did quite well and for that I am glad.  The state of Texas allows seniors over 65 to vote by mail and that is how JMM and I vote.  He received his vote by mail ballot yesterday so I should get mine today. I just want to get them filled out and mailed back in ASAP and put this awful election behind. 

My SIL came home from rehab Wednesday. Slowly she is getting back her strength and general liveliness. What an ordeal she has been through. West Nile Virus is serious!

We did not see one single Monarch last week!  However, we have had a wide variety of others: Gulf Fritillaries, Queens, Little yellow, Longtailed skipper, Ocola skipper, Lyside sulphur, Cloudless sulphur, and Sachem. When we get back from our trip, I am getting an early birthday present of a pair of butterfly binoculars. These have a closer focal range of about 6-8 feet which is perfect for butterfly watching. 

Speaking of our trip, we leave early on Saturday and drive 10 hours to Birmingham, AL. JMM has a couple of geology stops along the way. The next day we drive another 10 hours to Charlottesville, VA. I noticed that the Shenandoah National Park is quite near so after we have seen Montpelier, Monticello, and Mount Vernon, we will see SNP. I hope the fall foliage is nice while we are there. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


"I saw old Autumn in the misty morn
Stand, shadowless like Silence, listening
To Silence."
-   Thomas Hood

Monday, September 26, 2016


"The scarlet of maples can shake me like a cry
Of bugles going by.
And my lonely spirit thrills
to see the frosty asters like smoke
upon the hills."
-   William Bliss Carman  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Goals for Week of September 25-October 1, 2016

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

     Exercise DVD
     2 Fruits daily

     Nothing to work on

     Strangers in their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild 
     Miraculous Abundance by Charles Herve-Gruyer 
     A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

     Seafood Pasta
     Garlic Chicken Stir Fry
     Spaghetti and Meatballs 

     Autumn Decorations 

     Get everything ready for MMM trip (Montpelier, Monticello, and Mount Vernon)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Around OakMeadows

My quilt top that will be machine quilted for me. 

I found someone to machine quilt my quilts! I'm going to meet her and take the tops to her Sunday afternoon. That is one problem solved. 

We've had only 3-4 hummingbirds at a time so far and almost no Monarchs. We had so many Monarchs this spring that I was really expecting more. Not happy about this. But we have had other butterflies: Common buckeye, Phaon crescent, Soldier, Sachem, and Gulf Fritillary.  

My SIL is in the rehab center. According to her daughter, she is still very lethargic.  We are going to take her lunch on Friday.  We are bringing pizza and Paul and Wendy are bringing drinks.  This is going to be a very long recovery. West Nile Virus is really serious. 

I've been binge watching Grey's Anatomy.  I had never seen it. Really over the top in some areas but interesting in others.  My daughter suggested binge watching Modern Family after I finish.  

Lots of good reading.  I'm almost finished with The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humbolt's New World  by Andrea Wulf. What an extraordinary man!  I finished The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.  It was OK but I had very little sympathy for any of the characters. 

It has been GawdAwful hot here. 102.2 one day and 95+ all week. And humidity!  September is my least favorite month because while I'm thinking autumn, the weather is usually GawdAwful hot. Ack! Usually October brings some cooler temperatures. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

October Menu

October Menu

1. Road Trip to Virginia
2. Road Trip to Virginia
3. Road Trip to Virginia
4. Road Trip to Virginia
5. Road Trip to Virginia
6. Road Trip to Virginia
7. Road Trip to Virginia
8. Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Toast
9. Slow Cooker Chicken
10. Shrimp Jambalaya 
11. Chicken-Rice Bake
12. Cutlets, GMP, GB
13. Leftovers
14. Out
15. Macaroni and Cheese 
16. Bacon Sandwiches, Oven Fries
17. Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Veggie Tray
18. Chicken and Snow Peas Stir Fry
19. Pizza
20. Leftovers
21. Out
22. Pancakes and Sausage
23. Slow Cooker Beef
24. Seafood Pasta
25. Fr. Stir Fry
26. Spaghetti and Meatballs 
27. Leftovers
28. Out
29. CB Hash
30. Out - House of Pies
31. Potato-Leek Soup

Sunday Musing

In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil.  And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November."-   Rose G. Kingsley, The Autumn Garden