Friday, November 16, 2018

Around OakMeadows

I love PBS and one of my favorite shows is Nature. The most recent program was on Squirrels. Did you know that there are over 300 species of squirrels? Tree squirrels, ground squirrels, flying squirrels. A squirrel’s teeth never stop growing to counter the wear and tear of their diet. A red squirrel’s teeth grow about 8 inches each year. Chipmunks can stash up to 7 nuts in their flexible cheek pouches.  Fox squirrels can bury up to 9000 nuts per year.  Flying squirrels can glide up to 150 feet which is half the length of a football field!!

I spent a good bit of time today straightening out of electrical and water accounts.  We have them on autopay to our credit card. For some unknown reason this month’s charge went to a previous card number and not to the current card. No idea why. The water bill was easy to correct and pay online. But the electric bill was complicated because the company is updating their website. I had to completely reregister but once that was done, I was able to pay and get that cleared up. Tomorrow I have to contact the septic system company because I was notified that the disinfecting mechanism needs repair. No idea what this will cost.  Last of all I got the bill for our property taxes. I’ve got the money and it will be good to have it paid for the next year. 

Angie is just about completely over her bout of kennel cough. She only coughs when she is excited which is every time the walker from Awesome Paws comes. She needs a bath. I need to make an appointment for her to be groomed; it will probably be after Thanksgiving.  

Not much progress on the quilt top. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams by Joseph Ellis

Passionate Sage

Commitment to principle somehow necessitated unpopularity for John Adams, and the fullest expression of his best energies occurred in singular acts of passionate defiance.  For Adams, virtue demanded a level of disinterestedness and a purity of public spiritedness that derived its compulsion from psychological imperative which seemed to require isolation and unpopularity as evidence of its authenticity. 
Adams believed that there is no one principle which predominates in human nature so much in every stage of life as the passion for superiority. Every human being compares itself with every other around it and will find some superiority over every other. 
Adams was obsessed with interior integrity, not with the external rewards that mastery of appearance could bring. Humility, piety, self-denial, and other habits were not just means to an end for him, but the ends themselves. 
Adams suggested that most enduring political, social, and economic transformations were evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Successful revolutions such as the one he helped lead in America, were merely the final and most visible stages of what was a long process of preparation. The only kind of progress Adams truly trusted came gradually, moving at an evolutionary pace that allowed institutions to adjust and expectations to remain under some modicum of control. 
In his political thinking, Adams did embrace two of the central tenets of the liberal tradition: the doctrine of popular sovereignty, that is, the notion that political power ultimately derives from the people; and the principle of equality before the law, the view that justice is blind to the class, race, or gender of the accused. In these two areas, Adams was a liberal. 
Adams warned Jefferson that individual freedom and social equality were incompatible ideas, that ignoring their conflict only assured the triumph of the privileged. Adams insisted that government needed to play an active role in managing national priorities; that it was not, as Jefferson seemed to believe, only and always, a source of oppression. 
An excellent book which explores the principles of government which two hundred years later we are still debating. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. DayđŸ”¥

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Thank you note to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and/or Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore 
Thank you for your commitment to addressing and preventing hate crimes in the U.S. The DOJ’s new website, trainings, and data-gathering efforts can make a positive difference in our communities. Thank you.
Address: U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Thank you note to Sean Combs for committing $1 million to the Capital Preparatory Schools network to help kids in underserved communities gain access to high-quality education. 
Address: ℅ Violator Management & Records, 36 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10010-2706

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Notes of Congratulations to:
Josh Bendor, Vianey Hurtado, and Ron Kilgard 
Congratulations for receiving recognition as Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project pro bono attorneys of the year. I share your dismay at the militarization of the southern border and the attempts to restrict migrants from seeking asylum. Thank you for your work. 
Addresses:
JB, 2929 North Central Avenue, Twenty-First Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85012-2793
VH, 3830 North 19th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85015
RK, 3101 North Central Avenue, Suite 1400, Phoenix, AZ 85012-2600

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Thank you note to Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D-CA):
Thank you for working to protect the promises made to Dreamers. I appreciate your insistence that the rule of law prevail, and that public policy must be vetted and centered in human decency.
Address: 1300 “I” Street, Sacramento, CA 95814-2919

Thank you note to Jeff Flake (R-AZ):
Thank you for publicly supporting the Mueller investigation, opposing conflicts of interest, and urging the Senate to bring to a vote the bipartisan Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act (S. 2644) passed in committee last April. I trust you’ll support it when it comes up for a vote. Thank you for putting integrity over party.
Address: 6840 North Oracle Road, Suite 150, Tucson, AZ 85704

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

I’m concerned about the president’s plan to restrict asylum and deprive legal asylum seekers of their right to due process granted in the 1980 Refugee Act. Our nation has an international responsibility and a moral obligation to receive people whose lives are in danger. I would like you to defend the rights of people seeking asylum in the US.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Around OakMeadows

Winter has arrived. Cold, gray, windy. 

The dog is slowly recovering. She only coughs when she is excited.  She’s back to eating her regular food in regular amounts.  And best of all she is back to her happy bouncy self. 

I’ve been watching Designated Survivor and it is very good. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Around OakMeadows- Sick Dog Edition

My sweet Angie



Last night around midnight our sweet little dog, Angie, started coughing. She coughed and coughed.  It sounded like something was stuck in her throat but she coughed up nothing. She coughed off and on for the rest of the night. This morning I called the vet and made an appointment to see the vet this morning. When I described the symptoms, the receptionist asked if Angie had been boarded recently. I said yes that she had been overnight at Camp Bow Wow.  She then said it was probably kennel cough. This means that she would not be able to be boarded while JMM is in Italy. Since JMM leaves in 3 days, I am in a scramble to figure out how to take care of her here at home. Arrgghh!!!
Update: Angie does have Kennel Cough. She gets doxycycline twice a day and cough medicine 4 times a day. I can get her medicine in her by mixing it with various things she likes, scrambled eggs, Fancy Feast, buttered chicken, etc. Awesome Paws is coming once a day to take her for a walk and I will take her out for a driveway p&p 3 more times. The main problem to be solved is what kind of leash will work with my hand weakness. We have 2 days to get that figured out. 

My sweet dog really doesn’t feel well. She has periods where she just lays on her bed and snoozes and then she has coughing spells that last 2-3 minutes. She eats very little but she does eat and doesn’t throw up when she coughs. This is supposed to last about 10 days.  So I guess, 1 day down, 9 to go. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Around OakMeadows

Butterflies on the blooming Crucita

Twice a year I rail against changing the time to or from Dqylight Savings time. Arrgghh!  I don’t know anyone who thinks this is a good idea. One way or the other all year round please!! Rant over for this 6 months. 

Yesterday my daughter came over and showed me how she makes roast chicken and gravy. Oh my, was it ever good. I’ve never been able to make good gravy and this onion gravy was wonderful.  We had such a nice visit. We walked the dogs and watched the new Netflix documentary, Salt Fat Acid Heat. JMM baked a Schwan’s Apple Pie. Just a lovely afternoon. 

Today I had my manicure/pedicure that I get every 6 weeks. Such luxury. 

We have had a dismal summer for butterflies but the last two weeks have made up for it. We have had literally hundreds of Queens and at least a hundred Monarchs plus skippers and several Common Buckeyes. (I don’t know why they are called Common Buckeyes because they are not common and they are spectacularly beautiful.  Maybe they should be called the Spectacular Buckeye instead. 

Quilt top is going slowly. I have ate 6 strips ready to sew together. Maybe tomorrow. I have the blocks ready for the following quilt top. I hope to get it together before the end of the year.  


Thank goodness the Election is tomorrow. I hope Beto wins the Senate seat and Sri wins our House seat. I just want it over! (But OTOH, they will immediately start the 2020 Presidential campaign. Ack!!!)

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Life Around OakMeadows - October, 2018


Life Around OakMeadows - October, 2018

Birds
Great Blue Heron 
Cardinals 
Red-winged Blackbirds 
Hummingbirds 
Killdeer
Mockingbirds 
Grackles 
Crow
Cattle Egrets
Caracara
Black Vulture 
Barn Swallows 
White-winged Doves

Insects
Giant Swallowtail 
Monarchs 
Fiery Sachem
Little Sulphur
Cloudless Sulphur 
Gulf Fritillaries 
Long-tailed Skipper 
Grey Hairstreak 
Clouded Skipper
Blue Darter
Eastern Pondhawk 

Other
Raccoons 
Western Ribbon Snake
Squirrels 
Crayfish
Deer
Armadillo 
Opossum 

Other

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Around OakMeadows

Sunrise

Yesterday we met with our Fidelity representative to go over our retirement and investments accounts. I wanted to see what our Minimum Required Distribution will be for the coming year. I was really surprised that JMM was agreeable to becoming much more conservative with his funds. I have always been slightly more conservative than him. I think he is looking at this long bull market and thinking that “all good things must come to an end” and moving toward less market exposure. The really great thing was a graph the representative showed us that if we live to 94 and 96, with our current rate of withdrawals and even assuming an underperforming market, we will not outlive our money.  (I know, Man plans, God laughs.) Anyway, it was rather reassuring. 

Cooler weather has finally arrived! Lows in mid 50s, highs in mid 60s. It is overcast and cool. Perfect. 

I am so pleased with the way my quilt top is coming along. I have all 36 blocks finished and pressed. Now I need to trim them and then I can begin stitching them together.  I joined a Facebook group of ScrapQuilters.  I have gotten so many good ideas. Actually, I have pulled out the fabric for the quilt after this one.  I think I need to have JMM take my sewing machine in for cleaning and servicing before I start on another top. 

Now for the awful news. One of my long time blog world friends was treated for pancreatic cancer with surgery and chemotherapy.  For the last 6 months we have thought that she had beaten it. But the last tests show an elevation of tumor markers and metastasis to the lungs. I am so very sorry because I have known her and her blog for at least 12 years. She is a really special person. I am still missing Marianne Schiefer from Hattie’s Web. 




Monday, October 8, 2018

Around OakMeadows

Angie, mighty sock killer. 

I’ve been thinking about my animal companions.  I started this year with 4 cats and 1 dog. We had to put 2 of the cats down. They were old and sick and would never be well again so I have no qualms about having them euthanized. The two remaining cats are 4 years old so I will probably have them for another 10 years. The dog is 6 years old and will probably live another six years. Since I am 70 now, I will be 76 when the dog dies and 80 when the cats go. We are in the fortunate position that feeding and veterinary care for them poses no financial hardship for us. I love animals and they are a source of great enjoyment to me. So I hope I will always have the their companionship. The question, of course, is whether to replace them as they die. I am leaning currently against more animals as I am finding 2 cats much easier to care for than 4 and with my neuromuscular condition, if I didn’t have JMM to help with the dog, I couldn’t take care of her at all. I do understand the pull of getting a new kitten or puppy but this is like other things in life, there is a time in life for somethings and not for others.  These are just my thoughts right now and I know how quickly I melt when faced with an abandoned kitten. 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Around OakMeadows

Beautiful clouds at sunrise. 

No mosquitoes this morning! I really take mosquitoes seriously since Bonnie had West Nile virus and spent two weeks in intensive care.  She has recovered but it was nearly fatal. 

JMM and I got the Slow Cooker going with Chicken with White Beans and Sausage this morning. It is one of my favorite Slow Cooker recipes. All I have left to do on it is add the cannellini Beans and Spinach about an hour before dinner. So good. And leftovers for several meals. The house smells wonderful. 

JMM is going to the Woodlands BBQ Festival. He is leaving here about 10:15. Chris runs two of these a year. 

A month from now we will know the results of the Midterm Elections. On one hand, I will be so glad to know which way the US is going, but on the other hand, I am worried that the ultraright is too firmly entrenched. I hope Beto and Sri can pull off a miracle and win. We shall see. 

I have my fabric ready to cut for the center strips for my new quilt which I am calling One Way. I bought some new fabric to bind the worn out edges of the Sampler quilt that TSMR has. I hope I can pay Karen Shively to do the binding. 

We did our quarterly financials and our retirement accounts are doing just great. I went against my own rule and put the new Heating and Air Conditioning on an interest free loan. I have the money in savings to pay it off but I have several big bills that come due before the end of the year—Property Taxes, Homeowners Insurance, and the HOA fees. So I will wait until after the first of the year and pay it off then. 


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Around OakMeadows




Yesterday we met DD and DSIL at Brenner’s for dinner. The food was wonderful and it is always such a pleasure to be with them.  

I more or less took today off. I stayed in pajamas and took both a morning nap and an afternoon nap. I read quite a bit in FDR by Jean Edward Smith. Today I read right up to the edges of Hitler and WW II. 

It is blessedly cooler and the hordes of mosquitoes are gone. I was actually able to read for a bit under the trees. 


I am very unhappy that we have had almost no butterflies in our butterfly garden this year. I have no idea why the numbers have plummeted.  

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥


đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Called Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I’m calling from to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. I value equal opportunity for disabled people. Kavanaugh could undermine the federal regulations and programs, including health-care, that have advanced prospects and access for our neighbors with disabilities. America needs a fair and moderate Supreme Court judge who truly supports “equal justice under the law.” I urge you to vote against his confirmation.

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Postcard to Rep. Pete Olson:
I support reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act before Sept. 30. Since its passage in 1994, this law has increased accountability for perpetrators and received bipartisan support for three previous renewals. I want you to co-sponsor and vote for passage of H.R. 6545.Thank you. 

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Sent emails to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I am concerned about the Farm Bill. The Senate version strengthened SNAP to provide critical nutrition to elders, people with disabilities, and low-income families. When it comes out of conference committee, I’m asking that youonly support a bill that maintains the Senate provisions without work requirements. I want my tax dollar to help feed hungry families.

Sent Thank You notes to Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM:
Thank you for continuing to demand this administration comply with a court order to reunify more than 500 children and their parents. We haven’t forgotten separated families. Thank you for ensuring this administration doesn’t either.
Addresses:
SH: 6500 Cherrywood Lane, Suite 310, Greenbelt, MD 20770
MLG: 400 Gold Avenue SW, Suite 680, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Monday, September 3, 2018

Around OakMeadows

Cleaning out and organizing my fabric scraps with help from Duffy. 

Around OakMeadows 

We really need rain. We’ve been watering trees just about every evening.  So I was happy to get a little rain yesterday and today. Not enough to do the trees any good but enough to perk up the lawn. The irony is that this time last year this whole area had been inundated by Hurricane Harvey with 40+ inches of rain. I’ll take needing to water the trees over 40+ inches of rain any time. 

Our daughter came over yesterday and brought her dog Lucy. That is the happiest most eager to please dog ever. Daughter also brought a Costco Lasagna and salad for lunch. Good, minimal fuss lunch. We took the dogs out for a couple of runs and I just love to watch Lucy with her bounding lope. After lunch everyone was stuffed and so we all took a nap. We watched an episode of The Great British Baking Show which is always pleasant.  So nice to live close enough to visit. 

I spent $2500 to get an electric lift chair.  My legs have weakened so much in the past six months that I really had trouble getting up from a regular chair. I’m going to have to remodel the bathrooms: 1.) the shower will need to be redone so that I can roll up to it and not have to deal with getting over the edge of the pan or deal with the door. 2.) on the small bathroom I need to take out a wall and install a pocket door so that I can get to the toilet. I am so fortunate to have the money to make these modifications.  I don’t know how I would cope without my scooter, van, and lift and now with these bathroom modifications. 

The next quilt is going to be a bit different. It is more Abstract in design, blues and yellows with cream background. I cut out 660 pieces 1 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches, now I need to cut 36 3 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches. I have this picture in my mind now we will see how it goes together. Sometimes things turn out as planned and sometimes they seem to have a mind of their own and come out rather different. 

JMM and I are reading aloud to each other London 1945: Life in the Ruins of War by Maureen Waller. It is so interesting. I had no idea how devastating the V1 and V2 rockets were in the last months of the war. The book tells how the people and the government dealt with the housing shortage caused by thousands of houses destroyed and the food shortages. Excellent so far. 

I’ve got a yard sign for my Democratic Candidate for Congress, Sri Preston Kulkarni. I’m trying to get a sign for Beto but the local office is out and I’ll have to wait until next week.  I’ve never put out political signs before because I thought the HOA wouldn’t allow it. Well, it turns out that it is illegal to forbid reasonable political yard signs in Texas. 

I listened to Barack Obama’s eulogy of John McCain and nearly wept with pleasure at hearing him speak in coherent sentences at a post kindergarten level. I really think the funeral was overdone but I think it was nice to focus on an honorable life rather than the vulgarity that resides in the White House today. 

That’s about all the news from OakMeadows for now. 


Saturday, September 1, 2018

Life Around OakMeadows - August, 2018

Angie encounters an armadillo. 

Birds
White-faced Ibis
Barn Swallows 
Cardinals 
Grackles 
Mockingbirds 
Hummingbirds 
Blue Jays
Crow
Caracara
Cattle Egrets
Black Vulture
Kildeer
Starling 
Whistling Ducks 
Chickadees 
White-winged Doves
Turkey Vultures

Insects
Little Sulphur 
Queens
Monarchs (very few)
Giant Swallowtail 
Longtailed Skipper 
Sachem 
Cloudless Sulphur 
Black Swallowtail 
Red Admiral

Eastern Pondhawk 
Blue Darter 

Other
Raccoons 
Squirrels 
Armadillo 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Haupt


Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Haupt 

Wonderful book about human/natural world interactions, It was fresh and well-written.mixing stories of her experience raising a starling with historical material about Mozart's starling, scientific information about birds, and reflections on the nature of pets and our interactions with wild things. And yes, Mozart did have a pet tame starling that flew around in his home, adding to what was a joyful blend of chaos, commotion, and brilliant composition. Parallels and observations are made to and with the author's own beloved tame starling, Carmen. A good read. (Haupt has posted videos of Carmen on Facebook.)

August Poetry


The birth of August is upon us, as the fair haired sun rises in the sky
With songs of the cicada unwinding, the sand hill Cranes sail by
The heat is hovering all around us, we feel heavy in it's grip
To break free from it's bonds, from it's clutches we must rip
Shade gives little relief, to this melting, bending soul
A river full of water, is not enough to quench this foe
Only darkness breaks the curse, that the day could not hide
Relief is but short...and that too must subside
For August is just arriving, her journey's just begun
It's only just beginning; her moment in the sun 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. DayđŸ”¥

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Called Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I’m calling today about the national housing crisis due to rising rents. Millions of Americans are paying as much as 70 percent of their income for rent and the construction of affordable housing has stalled. I’m asking you to co-sponsor the bipartisan Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (H.R. 1661/S. 548), which stimulates housing construction and availability.

Thank You note: Thank you for your pledge to refuse corporate PAC campaign donations. Thank you for placing the voices of your constituents above corporate influence.
Addresses:
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI): 170 Westminster St, Ste. 200, Providence RI 02903
Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT): 1 Church St, 3rd Fl, Burlington VT 05401

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Sent email to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I am concerned about the Farm Bill now in conference committee. The Senate version that passed with strong support strengthened SNAP to provide critical nutrition to elders, people with disabilities, and low-income families. I’m asking that you only support a bill that maintains the Senate provisions. I want my tax dollar to help feed hungry families.

Thank you note to Senator Richard Burr (R-NC):
Thank you for your unequivocal acknowledgement that covert social media interference in American elections by foreign countries, as took place in the 2016 presidential election, is a threat to all Americans and the sacred integrity of free and fair elections. Thank you for your leadership.
Address: Russell Senate Office Building, 217 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20510

Thank you for your pledgeto refuse corporate PAC campaign donations. Thank you for placing the voices of your constituents above corporate influence.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): 2400 JFK Federal Building, 15 New Sudbury St, Boston MA 02203
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA): 915 Second Ave, Ste 3206, Seattle, WA 98174

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Thank You note to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA):
Thank you for working on sentencing reform that has bipartisan support. Fair sentencing benefits low-level nonviolent offenders, taxpayers, and society overall. Thank you for your leadership.
Address: 721 Federal Building, 210 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Thank you notes to:
Thank you for your pledge to refuse corporate PAC campaign donations. Thank you for placing the voices of your constituents above corporate influence.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY): Leo W. O’Brien Federal Office Building, 11A Clinton Ave, Room 821, Albany NY 12207
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ): One Gateway Center, 23rd Fl, Newark NJ 07102

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Thank you notes to:
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD): 44 Calvert St, Ste 349, Annapolis MD 21401
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA): 1904 3rd Ave, Ste 510, Seattle WA 98101
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO): 1220 S. College Ave, Fort Collins CO 80525
Thank you for your pledge to refuse corporate PAC campaign donations. Thank you for placing the voices of your constituents above corporate influence.

Friday, August 17, 2018

August Poetry

From the great trees the locusts cry
In quavering ecstatic duo-a boy
Shouts a wild call-a mourning dove
In the blue distance sobs-the wind
Wanders by, heavy with odors
Of corn and wheat and melon vines;
The trees tremble with delirious joy as the breeze
Greets them, one by one-now the oak
Now the great sycamore, now the elm.

And the locusts in brazen chorus, cry
Like stricken things, and the ring-dove's note
Sobs on in the dim distance. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

September Menu

September Menu

1. Bacon Sandwiches, Oven Fries
2. Slow Cooker Chicken
3. Baked Fish, Carrots/Thyme, Coleslaw 
4. Chicken - Spaghetti Casserole 
5. Steak, GMP, GB
6. Leftovers
7. Out
8. Macaroni and Cheese, Corn, Salad
9. Schwan’s 
10. Tuna Salad
11. Oven BBQ Chicken, Beans, Coleslaw 
12. HB Pie
13. Leftovers
14. Out
15. Scrambled Eggs, Schwan’s Sausage and Potatoes 
16. Slow Cooker Beef
17. Baked Fish, Potatoes, Coleslaw 
18. Chicken Tenders, Carrots/Thyme, Corn
19. Pizza
20. Leftovers 
21. Out
22. CB Hash, CSC
23. Veggie Soup
24. Fried Shrimp, FF, Coleslaw 
25. Schwan’s 
26. Spaghetti and Meatballs
27. Leftovers 
28. Out 
29. St. Wieners, Corn
30. Pork, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Around OakMeadows


Around OakMeadows 

I watched The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on Netflix and it was wonderful. I decided to watch it with some fear and trepidation because the book was so good that I was certain to be disappointed with the movie.  But it was beautiful and sensitive and the actors were perfect.  At least 5 Stars. 

I am coping a little better with the loss of my darling Bandit. I’m still expecting to see him in one of his usual spots. 

******

Well, I just heard on the news that FBI Agent Peter Strzok was fired for criticizing Candidate Horriblis. Evidently there is a GoFundMe page to help with his legal expenses and loss of income. I am sitting here writing this with tears of rage and frustration on my face. Those utter bastards. I hope I live to see them all rot in prison. Of course, I’ll contribute to the GFM page but never, ever did I think I would see this level of utter corruption in America. Never.

That’s enough for now. Got to go meditate and get my BP back down. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Friday, August 10, 2018

August Poetry

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.

The dusty attic spider-clad
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad;
And through the broken edge of tiles
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles.

Meantime his golden face around
He bares to all the garden ground,
And sheds a warm and glittering look
Among the ivy's inmost nook.

Above the hills, along the blue,
Round the bright air with footing true,
To please the child, to paint the rose,
The gardener of the World, he goes. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

RIP my darling Bandit



It seems unbelievable that Bandit is with us no more. His strong presence has been part of my life for 15 years. His absence leaves a a hole in my heart big enough to drive a truck through.  His body had worn out and could not be repaired but his presence was there to the very end. Now while his molecules go back into the earth, his essence, his spirit becomes a part of the life force that is so pervasive yet so incomprehensible. 
If I’ve learned anything in my 70 years, it is that we are here to care for one another and that the time we have to love each other is very fleeting. Do it now.