Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A Beautiful Day


This is the time of year that makes living here on the Gulf Coast in July, August, and September worth it.  We are having lows in the mid 50s and highs in the low 70s.  My idea of perfection. And we have so many butterflies on the prolifically blooming Blue Mist. Just today we saw a White Checkered Skipper which is actually more common further south.  Such a pretty little butterfly!!

I am studiously avoiding all news of the impeachment proceedings. Since there is nothing I can do to have any influence on it, I see no purpose in following it. All that would do would keep me upset. Just inform me after it is all over which way it went. I’ve been a Liz 2020 fan for a long time but even there, I’m not following the race for the nomination because the fact is that I’ll vote for whoever the Democratic nominee is.

Domino’s Veggie Pizza for dinner. Lovely day.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Around OakMeadows

Library Books

As you can see, I’ve been to the library. If you can read the titles you know that I’m looking into Cooking and Quilting. I have a goal next year to make one new recipe each month; I think it is nice to change up the menu a bit. The quilting books are to inspire me to use some of my fabric stash by making some scrap quilts. 

We went to see Knives Out today and it was very enjoyable. One of the pleasures of retirement is being able to go to movies on weekdays when it is not crowded at all. We even had hot dogs and popcorn.  

Yesterday we had our annual physicals. No real issues—I still need to lose weight and my BP is still moderately high. I will stay on my same dose of Lisinopril for BP and Myrbetrig for overactive bladder. JMM gets to decrease his dose of Lisinopril and stop the niacin but he is needs to start tamsulosin for his urinary problem.  On the whole, we are doing quite well for 72 year olds. 

The weather has been a bit cooler which is a welcome relief. I watch the news about the heavy snow in the northern states and am thankful that I don’t have to deal with it. We are still having butterflies (a few Monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries, Queens, and today a pair of Common Buckeyes) on our Blue Mist.

That’s about all the news from OakMeadows where the cats are super affectionate with the coming of cooler weather and the people are stuck in the recliners with sleeping cats on their laps. 









Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Around OakMeadows


This morning we went to the Museum of Fine Arts to see an exhibit of Impressionists.  I’ve always loved impressionist art.  I was especially interested in the section of Berthe Morisot. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

November Menu

November Menu

1. Out
2. Bacon Sandwiches, Oven Fries
3.Slow Cooker Old Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup
4. Baked Fish, GMP, Peas 
5. Chicken-Sausage Casserole
6. Cutlets, GMP, GB
7. Leftovers 
8. Out
9. Macaroni and Cheese, Corn, Salad 
10. Schwan’s 
11. Tuna Salad 
12. Oven BBQ Chicken, Beans, Coleslaw 
13. Roast and Veg
14. Leftovers 
15. Out
16. Scrambled Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Toast 
17. Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup
18.Baked Fish, Fire Roasted Veg, Salad
19. Chicken Tenders, GMP, Carrots/Thyme
20. Pizza
21. Leftovers 
22. Out
23. CB Hash, CSC, Salad 
24. Schwan’s 
25. Fried Shrimp, FF, Coleslaw 
26. Schwan’s 
27. Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad 
28. Thanksgiving 
29. Leftovers 
30. St.Wieners, Corn, Salad

Monday, October 14, 2019

Quilting around OakMeadows


This is my latest quilt. I used only fabric that I had on hand for the hearts which I machine appliqu├ęd on to the blocks. I did have to buy fabric for the back and for the lattice strips.

I finished this quilt 2 months ago.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Why Old People Don’t Want To Change Things

Why Old People Don’t Want to Change Things 

I have hated my propane stovetop for the entire 15 years we have lived in this house. Knowing, after years of experience, that things are seldom as simple and easy as you think and always cost more than you planned, I finally decided to change the stovetop and change it to an electric.  Great. You go to Home Depot, buy the stovetop and make an appointment for them to install it after researching whether an induction stovetop is better. (No, it’s not because all my good Calphalon cookware would not work on an induction top and I would have to replace it.) Next we have an electrician ($$$)come out and check the wiring to make sure it is appropriate for the stovetop. (It is.) So the technician comes and announces that there are problems. 1. The old stove has a downdraft but the new one does not which may present a code violation when we go to sell the house. 2. There needs to be a trim to go around the edge of the opening to support the new stovetop but we can order the appropriate trim from the GE website.  He leaves and we will have to reschedule (and repay) when we have the appropriate trim. Fine, except that when JMM goes to the GE website to order the trim, he finds in big red letters that the trim is NOT FOR SUPPORT OF THE STOVETOP.  The website says that GE suggests installing wooden support strips. Do I see a carpenter in my near future. Or shall I put the damn stovetop back in the box and take it back to Home Depot for a refund? At least the old top had one useful burner. aaarrrggghhh. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

October Menu

October Menu

1.  Chicken-Rice Bake, lettuce
2.  Cutlets, GMP, GB
3.  Leftovers 
4.  Out
5.  Bacon Sandwiches, Oven Fries
6.  Slow Cooker Chicken Stew with Sausage and White Beans
7.  Baked Cod/Salmon, GMP, Peas 
8.  Oven BBQ Chicken, Beans, Cucumber 
9.  HB Pie
10. Leftovers 
11. Out
12. Macaroni and Cheese, Corn, Tomatoes 
13. Schwan’s 
14. Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Veggie Tray
15. Chicken Tenders, GMP, Cabbage 
16. Schwan’s 
17. Leftovers 
18. Out 
19. Scrambled Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Toast 
20. Slow Cooker Cassoulet 
21. Baked Fish, GMP, Lettuce
22. Schwan’s 
23. Pizza
24. Leftovers 
25. Out
26. CB Hash, CSC, Cucumber 
27. Schwan’s
28. Fried Shrimp, FF, Coleslaw 
29. Schwan’s 
30. Spaghetti and Meatballs, Lettuce 
31. Leftovers