Thursday, February 11, 2016

February Around Oak Meadows

We continue with our alternating weather. Last week it was freezing, this week we may hit near 80 degrees.  I did get out and plant some daffodils that had been in the refrigerator for the past six weeks. I planted them in a half barrel that I put near the back porch. In the barrel to try to keep the armadillos from digging the bulbs up and near the back to keep the deer from nibbling them down to the ground once they come up. Ah, living with wildlife!

I am making good progress on my new quilt top. I have all 17 of the strips made and should be able to start putting them together tomorrow.  I'll post a picture when I get the top together.  I still don't have a backing fabric so I'll have to get that before I can put it together. I am thinking about machine quilting this one. I've always hand quilted but it is getting more and more difficult to manage a needle and thread. We shall see. 

The goldfinches are still with us, as are the Sandhill Cranes. We have more of both of these than I have ever seen before. 

JMM and I finished Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts. It was just so interesting to read about the women of the Revolution.  Now we have jumped back even further in time to Ancient Rome.  I think it was on the Diane Rehm Show or it could have been Fresh Air that I heard an interview with Mary Beard about her new book, SPQR. It sounded very interesting and readable.  So far it is both.  

Politics. Well, there's a circus for you.  I've been eating popcorn and watching the Republican circular  firing squad.  Now, we get to watch Hillary and Bernie go at it.  If Hillary is too hawkish for me, then all of the Republicans certainly are, so that just leaves Bernie.  But unless Congress gets its act together, nothing can get done, anyway, no matter who wins the White House. 

Cooking. I need to lose 40 pounds so I'm really having to modify my cooking plans. All my healthy breakfasts are pretty much habit now.  Lunch is pretty much soup/salad/sandwich.  But dinner is a real problem. How am I going to manage without rice, potatoes, pasta? Weight Watchers counts 1/2 cup as 2 PointsPlus so I guess I can work around it. To be continued.....

We are going to Brazos Bend State Park tomorrow so I should have some nice photos from it for next time. 

That's all the news from OakMeadows where the cats are all napping and I will be napping soon too. 


eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love the gorgeous tree. It is great to see the Goldfinches and the Cranes. I hope you had a nice visit at the park. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Rambling Woods said...

I wonder I'd Bernie could be elected