Thursday, January 18, 2018

Plans for the Week of January 21-27, 2018


Reading
     Summer for the Gods by Edward Larson
     Eisenhower: Soldier and President by Stephen Ambrose
     Year One by Nora Roberts 
     Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass 
     Captains and the Kings by Taylor Caldwell 

Cooking
     Saturday -- Scrambled Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Biscuits
     Sunday-- Slow Cooker Beef
     Monday-- Baked Fish, Coleslaw, Oven Fries
     Tuesday -- Schwan’s 
     Wednesday -- Spaghetti and Meatballs 
     Thursday-- Leftovers 
     Friday -- Out
     CC Cookies

Quilting 
     Cut out 10 more blocks for my Dutch Churn and Dash quilt

Personal
     Housecleaners on Wednesday 
     Movie — The Post

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đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Thank you note to AG Bob Ferguson
Thank You for investigating Motel 6’s practice of reporting guest names to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Companies that discriminate based on race should be held accountable. I appreciate your initiative on behalf of equality for all people. Thank you.
Address: PO Box 40100, Olympia, WA  98504-0100

Wrote to House Committee on House Administration leadership
Gregg Harper, 2227 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
Robert Brady, 2004 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
I’m a voter from Texas writing to express my enthusiasm for weekend voting which reflects 21st-century Americans’ needs and increases participation. I would like you to use your position on the House Administration committee to bring the Weekend Voting Act (H.R.1094) to a vote. Thank you.

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Thank you note to Senator Susan Collins:
Thank you for your cooperation in creating The RAISE Family Caregivers Act. Families everywhere congratulate you on its passage in both houses. Thank you!!

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Thank you note to Senator Tammy Baldwin:
Thank you for your cooperation in creating The RAISE Family Caregivers Act. Families everywhere congratulate you on its passage in both houses. Thank you!!

Called Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I am concerned about the president’s wasteful and unAmerican policies concerning immigrants. It’s wasteful to build a 350-mile, $18 billion wall with taxpayer dollars and entice new border agents with higher wages while lowering employment standards. People who immigrate to the U.S. from other countries bring new jobs, create new business, and enrich our communities. I want you to support a clear path to citizenship, starting with the bipartisan and clean Dream Act (S.1615/H.R. 3440). Thank you. 

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Thank you note to Rep. Gregg Harper: 
Thank you for your cooperation in creating The RAISE Family Caregivers Act. Families everywhere congratulate you on its passage in both houses. Thank you!!

Emailed Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I would like for you to make a public statement opposing the president’s comments regarding Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations. Some of your constituents are from or descended from these places and would appreciate knowing that you welcome them.

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Thank you note to Rep.Kathy Castor:
Thank you for your cooperation in creating The RAISE Family Caregivers Act. Families everywhere congratulate you on its passage in both houses. Thank you!!

Called Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I am calling about protecting the vote. Our democracy is a sitting duck if we don’t protect ourselves from Russia-linked groups actively hacking the Senate and seeking to control our midterm elections. Time is short. I would like you to make election security a priority, especially by co-sponsoring the bipartisan Secure Elections Act [S.2261] that allows states to assess their risks and implement proven measures that protect the integrity of our vote.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Around OakMeadows

Fabric for my next Quilt.  

Last Friday morning I got a reminder of just how fast everything can change. My husband got out of bed and slipped on a pair of socks on the floor. He tried to catch himself but fell, hitting his knee, elbow, and head. He came into the kitchen where I was and looked lost, like he knew he was supposed to be in the kitchen but couldn’t think what he was supposed to do there.  He said that he must have passed out and fell and hit his head but he had no memory of it. I thought he may have experienced orthostatic hypotension so I took his blood pressure which was essentially normal. What was not normal was his memory which was definitely impaired. His short term memory was just not functioning. He had no memory of the fall, no memory of coming into the kitchen, and would repeat the same questions over and over with no memory of asking them or my answers. Gradually, over about an hour, his short term memory returned although he still doesn’t remember anything about the fall or the following half hour. Fortunately, he didn’t break any bones or suffer any permanent brain injury. Things can change in an instant. 

Today we are having an ice storm. All the bushes and trees are covered with ice and we even have icicles on the eves of the house.  Much of Texas is simply closed down, schools, government offices, most businesses are closed and everyone is encouraged to stay off the icy roads. The people up north laugh at us but we really have no experience driving on ice.  

We had lunch yesterday with DD and DSIL at House of Pies before she had to go back to Washington, D.C.  It’s a good thing she left yesterday because so many flights have been canceled today.  It was a pleasant lunch and I am overwhelmed with how much I love them.  

Speaking of Washington, we are all wondering if the government will run out of money and shut down and if so, for how long.  There is so much that needs to be done but all they want to do is bicker.  All I can say is that the mid-term election can’t come soon enough!! 

That’s all the news from OakMeadows where the cats are firmly attached to the electric blankets and the people are just as firmly under the electric blankets. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

January Thoughts




“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” 
― John Lennon

January Poetry

"Rain and wind, and wind and rain.
Will the Summer come again?
Rain on houses, on the street,
Wetting all the people's feet,
Though they run with might and main.
Rain and wind, and wind and rain.

Snow and sleet, and sleet and snow.
Will the Winter never go?
What do beggar children do
With no fire to cuddle to,
Perhaps with nowhere warm to go?
Snow and sleet, and sleet and snow.

Hail and ice, and ice and hail,
Water frozen in the pail.
See the robins, brown and red,
They are waiting to be fed.
Poor dears, battling in the gale!
Hail and ice, and ice and hail." 
-  Katherine Mansfield, Winter Song 

Plans for the Week of January 14-20, 2018


Monday — Lunch with T&C 
Tuesday — Mani/Pedi
Friday — Lunch with P&W&C&B 
(I seem to be quite the ladyof leisure this week!!)

Reading
Summer for the Gods by Edward Larson (JMM and I are reading this aloud to each other. It is taking forever and I am more than ready to move on tosomething else!)
Eisenhower: Soldier and President by Stephen Ambrose
Day One by Nora Roberts (Just started. So far, so good)
I just finished two excellent books and I am planning to write reviews for both of them next week. 

Quilting 
I finished the top and backing for my Scrap Quilt. I must call Karen and set up a time to take it to her for machine quilting. 
I have the fabric and pattern for my next quilt which will be a Dutch Churn pattern in blues and yellows.  

Cooking
Saturday -- Macaroni and Cheese, Corn
Sunday-- King Ranch Casserole, Salad
Monday-- House of Pies
Tuesday -- Chicken Tenders, Carrots/Thyme, Corn
Wednesday -- Schwan’s 
Thursday-- Leftovers 
Friday -- Out
Brownie

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥


đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Sent Postcards to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I am concerned about the numerous and credible allegations of sexual assault by the president. I would like the Justice Department to lead an investigation into his conduct. 

Called Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I’m calling about the nomination of Thomas Farr to a lifetime appointment to the US District Court. His history of defending voter suppression and targeting minority voters makes him unfit for this position. I would like the Senato to oppose Farr’s appointment. 

Sent contribution to Beto O’Rourke campaign. 

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Emails to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I am concerned about the president’s demand for an $18 billion wall in exchange for protecting DACA youth. I want to be clear: his idea is wasteful, ineffective, and offensive to American values. I want you to refuse fund any aggressive immigration tactic including a wall, 10,000 new ICE agents, and more stringent asylum requirements in exchange for Dreamers’ futures.

Thank you note to Senator Dianne Feinstein:
Thank You for calling Dan Scavino for an interview about communications with Russia. I appreciate your pursuit of truth through the Senate Judiciary Committee in spite of Chairman Grassley’s lack of meaningful focus. History will look kindly on you for seeking accountability. Thank you.
Address: 11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 915, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Called Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
It appears the president has renominated  Thomas Farr to a lifetime appointment to the US District Court. His history of defending voter suppression and targeting minority voters makes him unfit for this position. I would like the Senate to conduct a second hearing and for you to  oppose Farr’s appointment. Thanks.

Thank you note to Rep. Ro Khanna:
Thank You for calling for limits on the president’s powers to initiate a nuclear attack. Requiring congressional approval can make Americans safer. Thank you for your leadership.
Address: 900 Lafayette Street, Suite 206, Santa Clara, CA 95050-4966