Friday, August 18, 2017

August Poetry

"There's a time each year
That we always hold dear,
Good old summer time;
With the birds and the trees'es
And sweet scented breezes,
Good old summer time,
When you day's work is over
Then you are in clover,
And life is one beautiful rhyme,
No trouble annoying,
Each one is enjoying,
The good old summer time."
-  Lyrics by Ron Shields, In the Good Old Summertime   

Goals for the Week of August 20-26, 2017

Spiritual 
     ADG/Church 
     Daily Meditation 
     Reading 

Physical 
     Fruit Daily
     Salad x 3
     Stay cool

Quilting 
     Finish Scrap Quilt  top

Reading
     A Thousand Days by Arthur Schlesinger 
     John Adams by David McCullough 
     The Storied Life of A.J. Fickry by Gabrielle Zevin
     
Cooking
     Saturday -- CB Hash, CSC
Sunday-- Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup
Monday-- Tuna Salad, Veggie Tray
Tuesday -- Oven BBQ Chicken, Beans, Coleslaw 
Wednesday -- Steak, GMP, Peas
Thursday-- Leftovers 
Friday -- Out  

Home
     Put away 1 box of books each day

Personal 
     Resistance 

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day. đŸ”¥

đŸ”¥ResistanceđŸ”¥
"It happened because it was not stopped by ordinary people." Hannah Arendt

Called Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz to express my satisfaction that efforts to repeal the ACA failed and to express my hope that they will act responsibly to fix the ACA to provide the best healthcare for all Americans. 

Sent a Thank You to Mayor Rahm Emanuel for preventing Chicago police from serving in immigration enforcement and for filing suit against threats to withhold public safety grants from sanctuary cities. 

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

1. I tried to find out when my 3 MoCs will have a Town Hall meeting. The best I could come up with was to be put on a waiting list for Rep. Pete Olson to be called but when and where are unknown. Senator Cornyn's mailbox was full as usual. I talked to a real person at Senator Cruz's Houston office where I was told to check his FB page which I did while I was still talking with the real person and told him there was no schedule of events or appearances on his FB page. He then told me to leave my name and phone number and I would be contacted. Right. So I gave up and decided to attend Beto O'Rourke's event in Pearland on Saturday morning. 

2. Sent a thank you to New Haven's Mayor Toni Harp
for affirming that New Haven respects people no matter where they come from -- and for offering sanctuary to asylum seekers like Marco Reyes Alvarez. Your courage and leadership help your city live up to its name. Thank you.

3. Sent email to White House: Resign or be impeached. 

4. Sent email to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz: Impeach Trump Now!

đŸ”¥Resistance.Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Sent email to Rep. Pete Olson:
I know you are in recess, but I’m calling ahead about the budget negotiations coming up next month. Specifically, I'm deeply concerned about what I'm reading about ICE raids, detention center conditions, border patrol abuses, and deporting peaceful, vulnerable people to dangerous cities. Our treatment of immigrants amounts to sanctioned, taxpayer-funded abuse. Please know that I want you to cut funding to the deportation machine, and vote no on any bill that funds this abusive system. I want a respectful path to citizenship for our country’s 11 million undocumented people. Thanks.

Sent emails to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
Stop the madness in the Middle East. Get us out of Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, and anywhere else we are wasting lives, limbs, and tax money. 


Sunday, August 13, 2017

August Thoughts



“In nature nothing exists alone.” 
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Saturday, August 12, 2017

August Poetry

"Blessed be the Harvest,
Blessed be the Corn Mother,
Blessed be the Grain God,
For together they nourish both body and soul.
Many blessings I have been given,
I count them now by this bread.
Guardian of the East, I pray for your indulgence.
Hear me now as I request your aid in the cycle of life.
As your winds blow through fields of ripened grain,
Carry loosened seeds upon your back 
That they may fall amidst the soil
That is our Mother Earth."
-   Lammas Ritual    

Friday, August 11, 2017

Goals for the Week of August 13 - 20, 2017

Spiritual 
     Reading
     Meditation 

Physical 
     Rest
     Water

Quilting 
     Put borders on scrap quilt 

Reading

     A Thousand Days by Arthur Schlesinger 
     John Adams by David McCullough 
     The Storied Life of A.J. Fickry by Gabrielle Zevin
     
Cooking
     Saturday -- Scrambled Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Toast
     Sunday-- Slow Cooker Chicken Stew with Sausage & White Beans
     Monday-- Baked Fish, Carrots/Thyme, Corn on the Cob
     Tuesday -- Chicken-Rice Bake
     Wednesday -- Steak, GMP, Peas
     Thursday-- Leftovers 
     Friday -- Out  
     
Home
     Finish putting everything back

Personal 
     Movie: An Inconvenient Sequel
     Follow-up with Dr. Shah

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Around OakMeadows

I am rereading David McCullough's John Adams. I just finished his The Spirit of America  and found it so uplifting that I decided to reread his biography of John Adams. 

Every day I feel a little bit better. I still have very limited energy and appetite but there is no pain and little feeling of distention.  

The flooring installation has begun. The plan for today is to move furniture, pull out the carpet, and level the floor where needed. 

That's all the news from OakMeadows where the cats are not pleased with the flooring chaos, the dog loves the flooring installers, and the people are just trying to live through it all. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

August Thoughts




Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” 
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Saturday, August 5, 2017

August Poetry

"As for me, I know nothing else but miracles, 
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan, 
Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky, 
Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water, 
Or stand under the trees in the woods, 
Or talk by day with any one I love, 
Or sleep in bed at night with any one I love, 
Or watch honey bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon... 
Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, 
Or of stars shining so quiet and bright, 
Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring... 
What stranger miracles are there?"
-  Walt Whitman 

Goals for the Week of August 6 - 13, 2017

Spiritual 
     Reading
     Meditation 

Physical
     Eat good food
     Rest when tired

Quilting
     Not going to happen this week. 

Reading
     A Thousand Days by Arthur Schlesinger
     Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life by Sari Nusseibeh

Cooking
     Eating from freezer

Home
     We are having the carpet removed and hardwood flooring installed this week. Chaos will reign. 

Personal
     Survive flooring chaos. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Around OakMeadows

Duffy

Around OakMeadows 

It has been quite a week! Last Saturday I wasn't feeling well and as the day went on felt worse and worse. By 3pm we decided that I should go to the doctor. But by the time I got to the doctor's office, I was in such misery that they said I should go to the ER.  I had a CT scan which showed a small bowel obstruction.  I was admitted and spent the next 24 hours in a morphine and Zofran haze.  It was decided not to do surgery but to rest the bowel and let it resolve on its own. Gradually the pain and nausea decreased and I was able to eat clear liquids, then full liquids, and finally a soft diet.  I was discharged Tuesday evening. I can't imagine what I would have done without JMM to help me.  He took care of me, going home to take care of animals and the house.  What a relief it was to come home to my own bed and shower and to have all my dear animals to love.  Recovery is taking longer than I would like, but I am a little better each day.  

Next week chaos will reign here at OakMeadows as we replace all the carpet with hardwood flooring.  The flooring installers will move the furniture but we need to move everything from the bookcases, the storage pantry, the closet floor.  I have been moving a little every day and JMM is moving all the books from the bookcases. I am so looking forward to getting rid of the carpet and having clean hardwood instead.  

My friend, George Black, died of mesothelioma. He was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.  I cannot imagine the shock and grief that his wife, Sherry, must be going through right now. I will not be able to attend his memorial service at First Lutheran Church in Galveston next Thursday. I will send a memorial gift to an organization he helped to establish to bring music to the underprivileged children of Galveston.