Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Around OakMeadows

Around OakMeadows

Charleston, what a horror! What a crying shame that peaceful people in their own house of prayer are murdered by such a pathetic excuse for a human being.  It is a shame that instead of stringent gun legislation, all that is being done is discussing taking down the Confederate battle flag, emblem of Southern treachery and slavery.  I'm all for taking every one of them down but it really isn't going to prevent the next mass murderer from committing the next atrocity. And as long as Congress is for sale to the highest bidder, well, we all know nothing will be done. 

Well, that's enough of that. Back to OakMeadows. 

I am getting well slooowly. I haven't had any fever since Saturday. But I still have zero energy. 

The new baby quilt was put on hold much of last week but I am back at it today. I think it is going to be so cute. As soon as I get the top together, I'll post a picture. 

I read the new book on Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I like her idea of pulling everything out and putting back only what is really used and really loved.  I need to do that with my kitchen pantry. Honestly, I don't know how all that stuff gets into my kitchen pantry--2 bottles of balsamic vinegar and 1 of rice wine vinegar?? It would be nice to take everything out, wash the shelves, and put back only the useful stuff all at one time.  I usually do the pantry the same way I do the refrigerator--one shelf at a time. Anyway, the book was a good read but realistically, I will probably stick to my slow but steady cleaning out system.  I also read David Brooks' The Road to Character.  It was OK but I didn't find several of the people he wrote about particularly admirable. The book that Joe and I are really enjoying is The Wright Brothers by David McCullough; absolutely fascinating! I thought I knew all about the Wright Brothers and Kitty Hawk and their flying machine but there is so much more and David McCullough just tells the story as it should be told. Excellent!

The big news around here is that it hasn't rained in 5 whole days!  The back 2 acres of our property has been more or less like an overgrown swamp. And I'm not kidding, one day there was a Little Blue Heron in one of the areas of standing water. Joe has spent the last 3 days mowing. There are still a couple of places where he still can't mow but if it will just hold off for a couple more days. 

Our passports came yesterday so all is set for the Alaska cruise in August. I still have no idea what kind of clothes I need. Will it be hot, cold, both? 

Well, that's all the news from OakMeadows where the deer eat all the flowers and the cats nap all the time. 


Rambling Woods said...

I was going to look,for a book on the Wright Brothers... thank you...... Some bugs take me a long time to recover from.... Glad you are making progress...

Hattie said...

Glad you are feeling better. I had something, a bug of some sort. But I think I threw it off.
I was on the Alaska cruise and loved it. You will too.I would dress as for early spring. Take a windbreaker and a fleece.And maybe a travel umbrella. Hat or cap and sunscreen. Jeans or hiking pants are fine. Running shoes.I had black hiking pants which were fine for formal dinners with a nice top and sweater or jacket and sandals. Maybe short sleeve shirts and shorts if you are feeling optimistic.
Are you leaving from Seattle or from Vancouver?

Florence said...

Thank you so much, Hattie! I hadn't even thought about a travel umbrella, sunscreen, or hat. I think I'll wear my LLBean slacks and shirts for everyday and