Saturday, October 25, 2014


Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
     Abraham Lincoln 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Saturday Poetry

The Ongoing Holy War Against Evil by Wendell Berry

Stop the killin, or
I'll kill you, you
God-damned murderer!

Goals October 5

     Layer and baste quilt

    The Fall of the House of Dixie by Bruce Levine
     Some Luck by Jane Smiley
     Macs for Dummies by Ed Baig
     The American Way of Poverty by Sasha Abramsky

     Baked Fish, Oven roasted carrots/thyme, Brussels sprouts
     Chicken Rice Bake
     Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

     Frame and hang door photos
     Heating system inspection

     Get ready for NABA trip to Mission, Tx
     Reservations for trip to Kimball Museum

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear

The Care and Management of Lies is a beautiful story of the love and friendship of three people and how those lives were forever altered by World War I.
Kezia and Thea met in school and became best friends. Kezia marries Thea's brother, Tom. Thea becomes active in the suffragette movement and is convinced that Kezia is going to have a difficult time being a farmer's wife.
As the war begins, Tom sees that many of the men who work on his farm are enlisting.  Thea volunteers as an ambulance driver to avoid being arrested for her war protesting activities. Kezia is left to keep the farm running, with an old man and a lame boy to help her with the work.
Kezia keeps the farm running and makes everyone around her feel loved and cared for. Her letters to Tom are filled with her cooking that she cooks for him at home. These letters are read by Tom to his men who feel her love for Tom and give them something to think about besides the mud and rats and death that actually surround them. 

There is no gratuitous violence and the characters are complex and well-drawn. 
I listened to this as an audio-book and the reader's voice was perfect for it.  
A really good read or listen. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Around OakMeadows

I have scheduled a heating inspection. We have been in this house 10 years and I have never had the heating or air-conditioning inspected.  I had no idea who to call so since I joined Angie's List to find a house painter and was happy with that, I went back to Angie's List and selected one. The inspection is  scheduled for October 31 so that JMM will be here. He is convinced that they will try to sell us a new heat exchanger or something else very expensive. (He could very well be right; we shall see.)

The quilt top is finished! Woo Hoo! As soon as I figure out how to load photos on my new iMac, I will post a picture.  I've bought the batting and I have the fabric to make the backing but I seen to have run out of quilting steam.  So I'm taking a week off from quilting. 

We went to our monthly Property Owners Association. The only thing of interest is the plans to have high speed fiber optic cable laid throughout the subdivision.  The project is moving at a glacial speed but of course, the Board are all volunteers with jobs and families so I should not complain. But I am so anxious to have good high speed internet service! My estimate is June, 2015. We will see how close my estimate comes. 

JMM found out that the Kimball Museum in Fort Worth is having an exhibit of Impressionist paintings from the d'Orsay.  So we made reservations to see it on my birthday next month.  I'm really looking forward to it because I love the Impressionists and I've never been to the Kimball. 

We went to see Gone Girl at the theater and it was really good. TSM and I had read the book and wondered how they could portray so much that was going on in the character's mind. Well, they did it perfectly.  JMM had not read the book and he was really enthralled by it. We splurged and had hot dogs and popcorn and shared a large Diet Coke. A fun time was had by all. 

The guys came today to set up the rig and equipment for the water well. They will start drilling tomorrow. They anticipate 2 days of drilling and ½ day to finish up. They anticipate the depth to be about 250 feet.

And that's all the news from OakMeadows were the women are all retired, the men work two days a week, and the cats are all above average. 

Cooking October Soup

Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

2 onions, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 carrots, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 celery ribs, sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 bay leaves
2 bone-in turkey thighs, skin removed
Salt and pepper
1 cup long-grained and wild rice blend
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

1.  Microwave onions, garlic, tomato paste, oil, and thyme in a bowl, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened; transfer to slow cooker.

2.  Stir broth, carrots, celery, and bay leaves into slow cooker.  Season turkey with salt and pepper; nestle into slow cooker.  Cover and cook until turkey is tender, 6 to 8 hours on low or 5 to 7 hours on high. Add rice during last hour of cooking.

3.  Transfer turkey to cutting board, shred meat into bite sized pieces, discard bone and bay leaves.  Remove any fat from the surface with a large spoon. Return turkey meat to pot. Stir in parsley. Adjust salt and pepper as needed.

This is very good with a salad and toasted sourdough bread.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday Poetry October 3

In a Country Once Forested by Wendell Berry

The young woodland remembers
the old, a dreamer dreaming

of an old holy book,
an old set of instructions,

and the soil under the grass
is dreaming of a young forest,

and under the pavement the soil
is dreaming of grass.