Friday, March 16, 2018

March Poetry

"Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year. 

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees."
-  Robert Frost, A Prayer in Spring

March Plans

     Trip to Washington, D.C.

     Grant by Ron Chernow
     Mrs. Lincoln: A Life by Catherine Clinton 
     Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan
     Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

     17.  Corned Beef and Cabbage
     18.  Schwan’s 
     19. Shrimp Jambalaya 
     20. Chicken Tenders, GMP, GB
     21. Schwan’s 
     22. Travel
     23. Travel
     Peanut Butter Cookies 
Quilting — Finish quilt top

Thursday, March 15, 2018

April Menu

April Menu

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

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Around OakMeadows

JMM is busy planting in the butterfly garden beds.  He planted Mexican Flame Vines on trellises along the garage wall; in front of them, he planted Fragrant Mist bushes, and in front of them he planted milkweeds.  Along the brick path milkweed, lantana, and Fragrant Mist.  He has more to plant.  The lady at the garden center told him that the Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillars feed on parsley so he has 6 of them to plant in the bed on the north side of the house.  Everything is planted with butterflies and their caterpillars in mind. 

I did the Friday Financials this morning. All bills are paid, the desk is cleared, there’s cash in the checking account and I am building up the savings account. So all is well here.  I was reading an article yesterday about women who were scammed by a man they met on a online dating site. They were scammed by him using their credit cards, selling their jewelry, emptying their savings accounts.  I kept thinking that they wouldn’t have had this happen if they did Friday Finances, Monthly credit card charges, and Quarterly Net Worth statements. Money isn’t everything in life but it is important and life is a lot more pleasant with it than without it. So I am a firm believer in taking care of my finances. 

That’s all the news from OakMeadows where the cats eat Fancy Feast and the people eat leftovers.  

Sunday, March 11, 2018

March Thoughts

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. Omar Khayyam

Saturday, March 10, 2018

March Poetry

"The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in His heaven -
All's right with the world!"
-  Robert Browning