Sunday, July 23, 2017

July Thoughts

The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today” 
― Francis of Assisi

Saturday, July 22, 2017

July Poetry

"A break in the heat
away from the front
no thunder, no lightning,
just rain, warm rain
falling near dusk
falling on eager ground
steaming blacktop
hungry plants
turning toward the clouds
cooling, soothing rain
splashing in sudden puddles
catching in open screens
that certain smell
of summer rain."
-  Raymond A. Foss, Summer Rain

Goals for the Week of July 23-29, 2017


     Healthy Snacks

Quilting -- Scrap Quilt

     A Thousand Days by Arthur Schlesinger
     Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life by Sari Nusseibeh
     The Underground Railroad by Colton Whitehead

     Saturday -- Scrambled Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Toast
Sunday-- Subway
Monday-- Baked Fish, Carrots/Thyme, Corn on the Cob
Tuesday -- House of Pies 
Wednesday -- Spaghetti and Meatballs 
Thursday-- Leftovers 
Friday -- Out  

     Lawn maintenance 
     Autumn Door Wreath

     Frida Kahlo Exhibit

Friday, July 21, 2017

Around OakMeadows and

Around OakMeadows 

It is peach and melon season! Nothing better than biting into a juicy fragrant peach or a slice of icy cold watermelon. I love peach pie or peach jam but the fresh fruit is best of all!!

I am bereft. My darling swallows have left for their Central American home.  We watched them raise 20+ babies this year. If you have never watched baby birds gather up their courage and learn to fly, you have really missed a treat. While it will be nice to be able to clean off my porch, I will miss their chatter and their graceful flight until next spring. 

I learned this week that a dear friend from high school days has been diagnosed with mesothelioma.  I don't know what stage it is but in general, mesothelioma has a very bad prognosis. He and his wife have been married almost as long as JMM and I. Such a difficult road. 

That's about all the news from OakMeadows.  I'm still upset about the idiotic border wall but I understand that their is a legal process underway to stop it. As John Muir said, You shouldn't have to fight your government to protect the land. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Just when you think it can't get any worse

That orange bastard in the White House is staking out the beginning of the idiotic border wall right through the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge and my beloved National Butterfly Center. I didn't believe it until I saw photos of the stakes at the Butterfly Center and then read about it in both the Texas Observer and LA Times. I suppose the Trumpophiles think it will solve the immigration and drug problems and if he says it, they will knock themselves out believing it.  Unbelievable. Horrible. That despicable, disgusting man and his party. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day. đŸ”¥

1. Called Senators Cornyn and Cruz and urged them not to support the current Senate Healthcare Bill. 

2. Sent postcards to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I am worried and upset that the US is detaining young children for years because their asylum status is contested. America should be a place of refuge.  It is inhumane to lock up endangered children. Will you please follow Sen. Casey’s lead and advocate to Sec. Kelly for their release pending court decisions? Thank you. 


Sent emails (voicemail full) to Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
     Hi. I’m concerned about cuts to services for kids in special ed programs. I believe we have a responsibility to fully support all learners. The Senate healthcare bill strips Medicaid funding which currently covers essential tools, staff, and screenings to give these kids a fair chance. I oppose the bill for many reasons, but this one is critical. 

Sent Thank You to Senator Elizabeth Warren for her words of encouragement on Samantha Bee's show. 

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Called Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I’m calling to express my concern for recent news about the hacking of US power plants. With Russia’s election hacking last fall as well, I’m concerned that our president and members of congress are not taking these threats seriously. I support strong sanctions against Russia to address these forms of foreign aggression? Thank you.

Sent postcards to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I am confused about why Ivanka Trump posted a photo of herself and Jared Kushner on twitter saying, “We...are looking forward to productive discussions at the G20 Hamburg Summit!” Aren’t discussions the president’s job? Why are the president’s unelected daughter and son-in-law doing the president’s job? This makes the US look like a banana republic.  

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day. đŸ”¥

Email Pete Olson:
 I am writing to express deep concern for H.B. 2936. This bill attempts to expedite logging up to 30,000 acres--an area the size of Disney World--without considering environmental impacts. I’m concerned it empowers timber companies at the expense of public input, judicial review of projects, and Endangered Species Act protections. I oppose this unethical bill and want you to do the same. Thank you.

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

1. Signed online petition supporting continuation of protection of DACA students.  

2. Sent email to Texas Secretary of State, Rolando Pablos, shaming him for his blatant efforts to deport DACA youth. 

3. Sent thank you postcard to Senator Lindsey Graham for speaking out about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with the Russians and for his tenacious grilling of FBI Director Nominee Christopher Wray. 

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Sent email to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I understand that funding for a $2.1 billion border wall is in the 2018 budget. I want to be clear that I will never, ever support this. I want my tax dollar to support things like schools, bridges, medical care, public housing, and food stamps, not a border wall. Especially since a wall won’t solve the drug trade problem, violates sacred Native lands, and puts 93 endangered species at risk. 

Sent postcards to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:

Sent Thank You to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for posting the EPA's deleted climate science data. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

July Cooking -- Best Skillet Turkey Burgers

Skillet Turkey Burgers

1 1/2 pounds (93 percent lean) ground turkey
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon pepper 
1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
4 hamburger rolls

Mix the turkey, butter, salt, poultry seasoning, and pepper together. Divide the meat into 4 equal portions. Shape into 1 inch thick burgers with a 1/4 inch indentation in the center of each. 

Heat the oil in a 12 inch skillet over medium-high heat. Place the burgers in the skillet, indentation side up and cook until bottoms are dark brown, about 3 minutes. Flip the burgers over and continue to cook until light brown, about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and continue to cook until Center is completely cooked, about 7 minutes. 
Transfer burgers to buns and top as desired.