Saturday, May 23, 2015

May Meditations


When the power of love is greater than the love of power, the world will know peace.

     Jimi Hendrix

The Coyote on the Back Porch

Last night at 9pm I was getting ready to go to bed and I wanted to see if I could get Bandit (my 11 year old tuxedo cat) to come inside. So I turned on the back porch light and opened the back door. And there on the porch was an adult coyote looking at me with sad, tired eyes.  He made no move toward me but I quickly shut the door.  I left the light on and called Joseph.  I told him that there was a strange dog on the porch because I just couldn't believe that it was a coyote.  Joe was like me and at first couldn't believe what he was seeing. About that time Bandit came around the corner and Joe almost had heart failure thinking that he was going to see Bandit torn to bits. But again the coyote made no movement toward Bandit or Joe. It was evident that the animal was very sick. Joe called animal control but to no avail because in the meantime the coyote had moved off the porch and we couldn't tell them exactly where he was.  This morning we found the poor thing dead by the bottlebrush bush by the garage.  Why he came to our porch to die is a mystery to me. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Rilke

I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one
but I give myself to it.
I circle around God, around the primordial tower.
I've been circling for thousands of years
and I still don't know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?
Book of Hours, I 2

Goals for Next Week




Yosemite

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Color Explosion

It was such a long, gray, rainy winter and early spring that the explosion of color around OakMeadows is very much appreciated. Here are a few of the blooms.
















Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Iraq....Again.....Still

Iraq...Again...Still...

So another city in Iraq, Ramadi, has fallen to ISIS or is it the Huthis--no that is Yemen and the Saudi's are taking care of them--or not. 

I remember being so hopeful that once GWB was out of office and Obama was President, we could declare victory and get out. Well, it took a lot longer than I expected but we did kinda, sorta get out....for a while. But the Middle East has a lot in common with flypaper--once you touch it, it is the very devil to get it off.  

We have troops in Iraq to train the Iraqi army. This doesn't seem to doing a whole lot of good.  From what I read the Iraqi Army outnumbers the ISIS troops 3:1 but turn and run when confronted. 

Now this post could just as easily be titled Afghanistan...Again...Still. 

Or Yemen or Libya....

Frankly, if we had a draft so that everyone's darling son or daughter stood an equal chance of killed or maimed, there would be marches on Washington to protest.  And if we had to raise enough taxes to pay for all these interventions, there would be a lot of irate taxpayers. 

Just think of what we could have done with the money we have poured and continue to pour into the bottomless pit of the Middle East. And just think of the lives that have been lost or ruined by this mess. And just think of how we keep on doing it. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Around OakMeadows


The picture is of me driving the golf cart, which I refer to as my LadyBuggy, around our 4 acres with my faithful sidekick, Bandit, riding shotgun on top.

This has been a week of finally getting some things taken care of.  Like getting our passport photos made and the paperwork sent in for passport renewal. That has to be taken care of for our Alaska Cruise because we stop in Vacouver. Next the rain finally let up long enough for the roofers to come out and replace the ridges and seal around the vent pipes. And I have finally gotten the garage cleaned out, the blinds washed, and the windows cleaned.  But best of all we are rid of our horrible internet provider, HughesNet, and have infinitely better internet now with AT&T U-Verse. Yea!!!

Lots of good cooking but after Thursday, we will be eating up what is in the refrigerator. I baked Banana Nut Bread today--so good.

The monster quilt is almost halfway finished. I ordered some fabric for my next 2 baby quilts from Craftsy. I've never bought fabric online before but this looked like just what I wanted at a really good price even including shipping. We shall see what the quality of the fabric is.

I have 2 really good books going now. One is fiction, Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow and the other is nonfiction, Dead Wake by Eric Larson, about the final voyage of the Luisitania. Both are real page turners.

All is set for our trip to Yosemite. I will start setting things in one place that I want to take with us. I am looking forward to seeing Yosemite as I have never been there. Our daughter and SIL are joining us there for 3 days and she and JMM are planning a day hike. I plan to take a tour, see the sights, enjoy the hotel which I understand is spectacular. I have the wonderful pet sitter coming to take care of the cats. The airline, hotel, and car reservations are made.  So unless something unanticipated comes up, a week from today we will be in Yosemite.

That's all the news from OakMeadows where the cats are all spoiled and the people take afternoon naps.