Thursday, June 30, 2016

Around OakMeadows

Around OakMeadows

Brexit. Who would have thought it would actually pass?  Makes me nervous that Trump might actually pass/win.  I guess things will sort themselves out but it will take time and things will be in turmoil in the the meanwhile.  I doubt it will make an improvement in anyone's circumstances. Too late now.  Henry VIII would never have stood for it. 

Yesterday was my husband's last day of employment.  He retired from full time work 2 years ago but has continued 2 days a week since then.  He is 69 years old and has worked since he was 12 so it is high time he retires.  He has so many interests that I can't imagine he will be bored.  

Quilting is progressing at a snail's pace.  But then everything I do is at a snail's pace.  At least there is some progress on it.  

I have 2 really good books going now. The Barbary Plague by Marilyn Chase is about the bubonic plague outbreak in San Francisco in 1900-1905.  I didn't know there had ever been an outbreak of plague in the U.S. Several hundred people died but it was hushed up as being bad for business and tourism, which I suppose it would have been. 
The other is Old Filth by Jane Gardam. FILTH is an acronym for Failed in London, Try Hong Kong. It is fiction about the waning days of the British empire.  So far, it is quite interesting.  

Hot and humid. 94.4 degrees on the back porch.  The rose moss is thriving in the heat as is the plumbago.  The milkweed has stopped blooming. The barn swallows pulled a sneak nest of babies on the back porch. I had no idea there was another brood coming but there are at least 3 babies in the nest.  No Monarchs but several swallowtails and a couple of Gulf Fritillaries. The cats are comatose most of the day, as is only sensible in this heat.  

That's all the news from OakMeadows where the cats all eat Fancy Feast and the people are having leftovers. 


Hattie said...

In theory, the Queen could veto Brexit. However, if she tried this the Parliament would strip her of her remaining powers.
I will read those books. I'm from SF and never heard about the plague epidemic. Plague was endemic in the wildlife in the Bay Area, and every once in a while someone would die from it. And Hong Kong fascinated me on a visit I made there just at the time of the Chinese takeover.
Congratulations to your husband on retirement. I think it's a wonderful time of life. My husband continues to work, and I think he is stressing himself out too much. But he's a research scientist, and his work fascinates him.
It's been too hot here in Hawaii as well, but it seldom gets above the mid 80s. And the air is clean and we get the trade winds. We do everything in the a.m. eat our main meal at midday and take it easy in the afternoon, go for a stroll in the neighborhood in the evening and meet our neighbors for the local gossip. Like being in Spain, it's the best way to beat the heat. said...

HA HA Of course the humans eat leftovers so the cats can have Fancy Feast. What do you expect? Cats rule! or dogs at our house.

You sure paint a beautiful picture of your Gulf Coast surroundings. I grow the Plumbago. Its wonderful. Mom loved the other flower. Already forgot its name. Have a good day.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Hooray for retirement! Don't think there is much danger of your husband spending his days in a rocking chair, from what I've seen on your blog! It sounds rather lovely around your place, in spite of the humidity. Early morning works for me, so heat and humidity don't upset me too much. It seems rather chilly here in Oregon in fact, although people who live here all year round are complaining about temps in the 80s! (They've never lived on the Gulf Coast obviously ;>0

Did not know about the plague here -- it would be impossible r to cover up a story like that these days ... can you imagine social media?