Monday, March 20, 2017

A Morning at Brazos Bend State Park

Around OakMeadows

It was a lovely foggy morning today.  I love the hushed quiet of the fog and the way things are hidden. And the sunrise was exquisite with the sun glowing peach through the mist.  Even the morning choir of blackbirds was hushed.  

It is so beautiful to see the new green leaves on the trees and the misty green corn and rice fields as the plants are just coming up. The milkweed is coming back from the winter freeze and JMM counted 12 Monarch caterpillars. He has been planting milkweed, Mexican heather, and blue mist flowers all along the path and in the flower beds.  Yesterday I saw a skipper but wasn't able to identify it.  

Speaking of butterflies, JMM and I are planning to make a gift to the National Butterfly Center. I have started a savings fund toward it. Since we will have no grandchildren to provide educational funds for, I want the National Butterfly Center to be our legacy to the future. 

I am making progress on the Sampler Quilt top. Today I started sewing the block strips to the lattice strips. I may be able to finish the top tomorrow. Then I will measure it and make the backing. Unless I find something else, that will finish up all of my UFOs (UnFinished Objects.) I have determined the pattern for the next quilt which will be made from my fabric stash. Also I want to go through the stash and iron everything that is wadded up so that I can fold it all and arrange it by colors. I do not plan to buy any more fabric unless it is needed for backing. 

Last night I re-watched The Blind Side; I really like that movie. Tonight I plan to start watching The Americans. I am reading 3 books: Lindbergh by A.Scott Berg, At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier, and Climate Change and the Health of Nations by Anthony J. McMichael. All are very good although I must admit that the more I read about Lindbergh, the less I like him. 

Now to make scrambled eggs, Canadian bacon, and toast for dinner. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March Cooking -- Three Bean Salad

1 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper
8 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch lengths
8 ounces yellow wax beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch lengths
1 (15.5 ounce) can red kidney beans, rinses
1/2 red onion, chopped medium
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

1. Heat the vinegar, sugar, oil, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 4-5 minutes. Pour into salad bowl and set aside.

2. Cook the green and yellow beans in 3 quarts boiling water seasoned with two teaspoons salt until tender-crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain and plunge beans immediately into ice water and allow to cool for two minutes before draining.

3. Stir all of the beans, the onion, and the parsley into the vinegar mixture and refrigerate at least 8 hours to let the flavors meld.  Bring to room temperature for 30 minutes and season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.

March Thoughts

“We might summarize our present human situation by the simple statement: that in the 20th century, the glory of the human has become the desolation of the Earth and now the desolation of the Earth is becoming the destiny of the human.

From here on, the primary judgment of all human institutions, professions, programs and activities will be determined by the extent to which they inhibit, ignore, or foster a mutually-enhancing human/Earth relationship.” 
― Thomas Berry

March Poetry -- Nature by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

As a fond mother, when the day is o'er,
Leads by the hand her little child to bed,
Half willing, half reluctant to be led, 
And leave his broken playthings on the floor,
Still gazing at them through the open door, 
Nor wholly reassured and comforted
By promises of others in their stead,
Which though more splendid, may not please him more;
So Nature deals with us, and takes away
Our playthings one by one, and by the hand
Leads us to rest so gently, that we go
Scarce knowing if we wish to go or stay,
Being too full of sleep to understand 
How far the unknown transcends the what we know. 

March Goals

     No ADG/Church since we will be out of town
     Spiritual Reading

     Exercise DVD 
     Healthy Breakfast 
     32 ounces water

     Make backing for Sampler Quilt 

     Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg
     Climate Change and the Health of Nations by Anthony J. McMichael
     At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier 

     Scrambled Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Toast
     Roast, Carrots, GMP
     Stuffed Wieners, Corn
     RB Hash, Leftover Corn

     New flower basket for dining room

     Trip to Washington, D.C.