Wednesday, June 21, 2017

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Sent an email through the Sierra Club website to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, opposing the elimination of protection of the Bears Ears National Monument. 

Sent emails to Senators Cornyn and Cruz and Rep. Pete Olson opposing the elimination of protection of the Bears Ears National Monument. 

Sent email to Senator Mitch McConnell opposing the secret dealings on healthcare. 

Sent thank you to Senator Kamala Harris for her tenacious, focused questioning in Sessions' hearing. She persisted!!

Sent a thank you note to Rep. Mike Quigley for sponsoring the COVFEFE Act which will make a permanent record of Presidential tweets. 

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Called Senators Cornyn and Cruz and left message opposing closed door discussion of the AHCA. 

Sent thank you to D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and MD Attorney General Brian Frosh for filing a lawsuit against the president for emoluments violations.

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Called and left message with Senators Cornyn and Cruz urging them to oppose S335 which would relax federal oversight and allow corporations to extract natural resources from our public lands. 

June Poetry

A something in a summer's Day
As slow her flambeau burn away
Which solemnizes me.
A something in a summer's noon --
A depth -- an Azure -- a perfume --
Transcending ecstasy.
And still within a summer's night
A something so transporting bright
I clap my hands to see --
Then veil my too inspecting face
Let's such a subtle -- shimmering grace
Flutter too far for me --
The wizard fingers never rest --
The purple brook within the breast
Still chafes it's narrow bed --
Still rears the East its amber Flag --
Guides still the sun along the Crag
His Caravan of Red --
So looking on -- the night -- the morn
Conclude the wonder gay --
And I meet, coming thro' the dews
Another Summer's Day.

Emily Dickinson, A Something in a Summer's Day

June Thoughts

Here is your country.  Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children.  Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.

Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

My Father, Capt. William Hart

My father was in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He made the North Atlantic run to keep Britain supplied and to deliver tanks to the Soviets.  He never, ever said a word about his service during the war. It was only after his death that I discovered a Presidential Citation for his rescuing seamen whose ship had been torpedoed. He never said a word. 

Goals for Week of June 20-26, 2017

     Spiritual Reading 

     Exercise DVD
     Healthy Breakfast

     Finish strips for Scrap Quilt

     A Thousand Days by Arthur Schlesinger 
     The Sum of Small Things by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
     Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell

     Slow Cooker Beef-Noodle Soup
     Schwan's Popcorn Shrimp, Oven Fries, Corn on the Cob
     Stir-Fry Chicken Lo-Mein
     Beef Pot Pies
     Applesauce Raisin Spice Cake

     Buy new faucet for kitchen sink

     Tuesday-Routine Dental cleaning
     đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

More Butterflies

These are photos from our trip to the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Tx last December.  I love the Rio Grande Valley especially in the winter. 

Around OakMeadows

One of our (well fed) resident raccoons. 

We met T&C at the Cheesecake Factory for dinner yesterday. Then TSMR came home with us and spent the night. We came home and read a bit and then went to bed early as we were all tired.  TSMR was so tired that she went back to bed this morning for a morning nap. 

This morning Angie was outside with JMM but when he came inside, she was no where  to be found. Evidently, Angie had seen some joggers go by on the street in of our house and decided to go jogging with them. All three of us went searching for her and found her way down the street.  She was happy to see us and to come back home with us but it was a good lesson to us that she needs to be on a leash.

TSMR and JMM went to see Wonder Woman and both enjoyed it. I liked it but not enough to see it again.

The summer heat is settling in. Our electric bill was only $99 last month but it will be twice that this month. No complaints -- thank goodness for air conditioning!!

The butterfly garden is spectacular, especially the milkweed. The lantana isn't blooming as much but everything else is gorgeous. We have had more Swallowtails, especially the Giant Swallowtail and the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, than we have ever had. And the Monarchs! At least 8-10 every day. 

I am taking a news fast for a few days. I just want to focus on how beautiful things are.