Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Around OakMeadows

Around OakMeadows

I have recently discovered Hoopla through our library. I can check out up to 6 items per month directly onto my iPad. They have books, audiobooks, movies, and television programs.  I mostly use it for audiobooks. So far I have listened to 3 audiobooks through Hoopla: French Kids Eat Everything, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and White Trash. It is so convenient and I love listening to audiobooks.  Check to see if your library uses Hoopla. 

We had only about 50% of the sun blocked during the eclipse. Our daughter traveled from D.C. to Nashville to see the total eclipse.  

I am gradually getting all the books back on the shelves. Both of us are not just bibliophiles but borderline biblioholics so in 49 years of marriage, we have collected quite a few books. When we had the carpet removed and hardwood put in two weeks ago, we had to take all the books out of the bookcases in order to move the bookcases. Now we get to sort them out and put them back. Some are like old friends who have traveled a lifetime with us.  One of those old friends is my original copy of Jane Goodall's My Life with the Wild Chimpanzees which I think I got in about 1968. 

The hummingbird migration may be just beginning maybe a week or 10 days earlier than usual.  We currently have 3 Ruby-throated hummingbirds.  I have 2 more feeders to put up as soon as I see a few more. I can't tell if the Monarchs are beginning to come through or not as we have had Monarchs all summer.  Quite a few Gulf Fritillaries and Giant Swallowtails.  

It appears that we will be in Afghanistan, et al. for another 16 years because no one seems to have the gumption to declare victory and bring the troops home. So we will continue to waste lives, limbs, and money in one cesspool after another.  At one time, we had civilian control of the military (which I happen to think is a very good idea) but now we don't even pretend that our military is under elected civilian control. 

That's all the news from OakMeadows where the cats, dog, and people are ready for cooler autumn temperatures.  

Monday, August 21, 2017

September Menu

September Menu

1. Out
2. Bacon Sandwiches, Oven Fries
3. Slow Cooker Chicken
4. Baked Fish, Carrots, Coleslaw 
5. Chicken-Rice Bake
6. Steak, GMP, GB
7. Leftovers 
8. Out
9. Mac and Cheese, Corn
10. Pancakes, Canadian Bacon 
11. Shrimp Jambalaya 
12. Chicken and Snow Peas Stir Fry
13. HB Pie
14. Leftovers 
15. Out
16. Scrambled Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Toast
17. Slow Cooker Beef
18. Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Veggie Tray
19. Schwan's Chicken Lo Mein
20. Pizza
21. Leftovers 
22. Out
23. CB Hash, CSC
24. Veggie Soup
25. Schwan's Shrimp, Potatoes, veggies 
26. Schwan's Chicken Pot Pie 
27. Spaghetti and Meatballs 
28. Leftovers 
29. Out
30. Coney Islands

Sunday, August 20, 2017

August Thoughts

But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.” Rachel Carson

Friday, August 18, 2017

August Poetry

"There's a time each year
That we always hold dear,
Good old summer time;
With the birds and the trees'es
And sweet scented breezes,
Good old summer time,
When you day's work is over
Then you are in clover,
And life is one beautiful rhyme,
No trouble annoying,
Each one is enjoying,
The good old summer time."
-  Lyrics by Ron Shields, In the Good Old Summertime   

Goals for the Week of August 20-26, 2017

     Daily Meditation 

     Fruit Daily
     Salad x 3
     Stay cool

     Finish Scrap Quilt  top

     A Thousand Days by Arthur Schlesinger 
     John Adams by David McCullough 
     The Storied Life of A.J. Fickry by Gabrielle Zevin
     Saturday -- CB Hash, CSC
Sunday-- Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup
Monday-- Tuna Salad, Veggie Tray
Tuesday -- Oven BBQ Chicken, Beans, Coleslaw 
Wednesday -- Steak, GMP, Peas
Thursday-- Leftovers 
Friday -- Out  

     Put away 1 box of books each day


đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day. đŸ”¥

"It happened because it was not stopped by ordinary people." Hannah Arendt

Called Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz to express my satisfaction that efforts to repeal the ACA failed and to express my hope that they will act responsibly to fix the ACA to provide the best healthcare for all Americans. 

Sent a Thank You to Mayor Rahm Emanuel for preventing Chicago police from serving in immigration enforcement and for filing suit against threats to withhold public safety grants from sanctuary cities. 

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

1. I tried to find out when my 3 MoCs will have a Town Hall meeting. The best I could come up with was to be put on a waiting list for Rep. Pete Olson to be called but when and where are unknown. Senator Cornyn's mailbox was full as usual. I talked to a real person at Senator Cruz's Houston office where I was told to check his FB page which I did while I was still talking with the real person and told him there was no schedule of events or appearances on his FB page. He then told me to leave my name and phone number and I would be contacted. Right. So I gave up and decided to attend Beto O'Rourke's event in Pearland on Saturday morning. 

2. Sent a thank you to New Haven's Mayor Toni Harp
for affirming that New Haven respects people no matter where they come from -- and for offering sanctuary to asylum seekers like Marco Reyes Alvarez. Your courage and leadership help your city live up to its name. Thank you.

3. Sent email to White House: Resign or be impeached. 

4. Sent email to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz: Impeach Trump Now!

đŸ”¥Resistance.Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Sent email to Rep. Pete Olson:
I know you are in recess, but I’m calling ahead about the budget negotiations coming up next month. Specifically, I'm deeply concerned about what I'm reading about ICE raids, detention center conditions, border patrol abuses, and deporting peaceful, vulnerable people to dangerous cities. Our treatment of immigrants amounts to sanctioned, taxpayer-funded abuse. Please know that I want you to cut funding to the deportation machine, and vote no on any bill that funds this abusive system. I want a respectful path to citizenship for our country’s 11 million undocumented people. Thanks.

Sent emails to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
Stop the madness in the Middle East. Get us out of Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, and anywhere else we are wasting lives, limbs, and tax money. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August Thoughts

“In nature nothing exists alone.” 
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring