Saturday, January 21, 2017

January Around OakMeadows

Around OakMeadows 

Each year we celebrate 3 birthdays in January: JMM and my two sisters-in-law.  It has become a tradition that I bake a German Chocolate birthday cake for them. This year I totaled up their ages and bought numerical candles to put on top. That's what the 217 on the cake is all about.  We met at the Olive Garden for lunch and then had birthday cake for dessert which we shared with our waitress.  The rule was No cake for anyone who mentions politics. The rule was followed and a pleasant time was had by all. 

Rain, rain, and more rain! The back of the property looks like a swamp. But the sun is out and no rain is forecast for the next 4-5 days so it will dry out.  With the exception of a couple of days, we are having the mildest winter I can remember. I hope this doesn't mean that we will have a killer hot summer. Oh well, I'll enjoy the pleasant temperatures while I can. 

I am making steady progress on my plan to use up my fabric stash to make quilts.  I have one being machine quilted now and I have the monster quilt ready to take in for machine quilting.  I estimate it will take about 5 years to whittle it down. No joke, 5 years. 

Somehow in my high school and college education, I managed not to read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It was written in 1951 but it is as relevant to today as it could possibly be. Now, instead of interactive walls, we take our interactive phones with us everywhere.  Excellent.  I also finished Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal. Another excellent book.  Quite a difference between current thinking and what I was taught as a psychology minor in college in the 1960s. Currently I am reading Lindberg by A.Scott Berg. The History group on GoodReads will be reading it in March and since it is a lengthy volume, I thought I would get a head start on it.  So many books, so little time. 

That awful man is now the President of the United States.  I just hope his narcissistic impetuousness doesn't start a war with a nuclear power. How we ended up with such a lying liar is just beyond me. 

We are planning a trip to visit our daughter in Washington, DC in March. I want to go to the Newseum and the National Gallery for sure. Not sure what else we will have time and energy to see.  But before that is the trip to London and Paris next month; I don't remember whose idea it was to go in February but I'm sure it will all work out fine in spite of cold and rain.....

That's all the news from OakMeadows where the cats shed all over everything and the people have learned to live with it..


Rambling Woods said...

Happy birthday! .... this is a very scary time, I agree with you...sigh said...

Cats rule. My theory...we ended up with Trump because too many people thought it would never happen and stayed home on election day. Now we will all suffer the consequences and they won't be pretty. Thanks for the book tips. I haven't done much reading while I've been sick. Already behind with my challenge. Looking for inspiration.