Thursday, December 14, 2017

Plans for Next Week

Cooking
Saturday -- Stuffed Wieners, Corn
Sunday-- Bacon Sandwiches, Oven Fries 
Monday-- Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Veggie Tray
Tuesday -- Chicken and Spaghetti Casserole 
Wednesday -- Pork Roast, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach
Thursday-- Leftovers
Friday -- Out
Bake Apple-Pecan Muffins for Dental Office
Bake Banana Nut Bread

Reading
Summer for the Gods by Edward Larson
Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

Dental Cleaning Appointment 

Finally Finish Quilt Top

January Menu and Budget

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Around OakMeadows

                                            
JMM staying warm under the cat and the dog. 

Marianna Scheffer has died of lung cancer. She faced it with grace, courage, and realism. She was a dear blogging friend and I can hardly believe that I will never again read her lively and insightful blog or see photos of her gorgeous orchids and her unique ceramics.  I am making a contribution to Planned Parenthood in her memory. I just can’t yet bring myself to take Hattie’s Web off my blog roll. 

When my daughter was a baby, she was prone to ear and throat infections. There is nothing so worrying to a young mother than a baby who is sick. We were very fortunate that we had insurance to give us access to good medical care.  We were able to take her to the doctor and to get prescriptions filled.  I always knew that medical help was there for her.  I cannot imagine the stress it must be to have a child and not be able to get needed medical treatment because there is no insurance for my baby.  Because our despicable Congress will not fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program and instead chose to pass tax cuts for their billionaire donors, this is exactly where many, many low income families find themselves. I am shamed that my country lacks the decency to provide insurance for our babies and children.  Shame on us all.

We are planning a trip to Washington, DC right after the first of the year in order to see the Vermeer exhibit at the National Gallery. I am very much looking forward to it and to seeing my daughter and her golden doodle puppy.  I hope the weather will cooperate. There is also a plan in progress for a trip to Rome next November.  But before that we are going to Pawhuska, OK to see Pioneer Woman’s Merc. 

I’ve just about finished my next quilt top. I won’t have it quilted until after the New Year though. Lots of good reading. I love a good history book and the one I have going right now is excellent, Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham.  

That’s all the news from OakMeadows where the dog gets a new bed and the cats sleep on the electric blanket and the people love them dearly. 


Saturday, December 9, 2017

December Thoughts


“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” 
― Allen Saunders

Plans for Next Week

Cooking
Saturday -- Stuffed Wieners, Corn
Sunday-- Pancakes, Canadian Bacon
Monday-- Baked Fish, Coleslaw, Potatoes
Tuesday -- Chicken Tenders, GMP, Corn
Wednesday -- Pork Roast, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach
Thursday-- Leftovers
Friday -- Out

Reading
     Summer for the Gods by Edward Larson
     Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham
     One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

Quilting — Finish Quilt top 

Personal
     January Budget and Menu
     Lunch with P&W&C&B 


December Poetry


"Come, come thou bleak December wind,
And blow the dry leaves from the tree!
Flash, like a Love-thought, thro'me, Death
And take a Life that wearies me."
-   Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, Fragment 3

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥


đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Called Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz
I am calling about the Dream Act. We need to ensure that Dreamers can go to school, work, and serve in the military—but not in exchange for an unnecessary border wall or increased threat to other immigrants. Please support a clean Dream Act. 

Thank You note to Senator Bob Corker:
Thank You for questioning a president’s role in a nuclear strike. I’m concerned about the unpresidential saber-rattling toward North Korea, and grateful for your decision to openly discuss this serious issue. I appreciate your leadership, bipartisanship, and openness to legislative solutions to avoid nuclear war.

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Email to Rep. Pete Olson:
I strongly oppose the Republican tax plan which hurts low- and average-income Americans while helping the richest. Not only is it ill-conceived, I am angry that my tax dollar is paying for Rep. Olson to cater to his donors while shirking his obligation to observe regular order. He needs to show respect for the taxpayers who fund his salary. My future vote depends on Rep. Olson voting against this slapdash bill and returning to regular order.

Thank You note to Senator Elizabeth Warren:
Thank You for holding Steve Mnuchin accountable for his overstated tax claims. Asking the Treasury Department’s inspector general to investigate whether there’s a secret analysis--or none at all--will shed light. In the chaos of the tax plan process, your tenacity, clear thinking, and analysis are very much appreciated. Thank you. 
P.S. Liz! 2020!

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Called Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I’m calling about funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. The Senate is dragging its feet and putting the health of 9 million kids at risk. Could you please tell me what he doing to reauthorize CHIP funding?
Cornyn’s Washington phone mailbox is full but you can get a real live person at 713 572 3337. 

Thank you note to Senator Bob Corker:
Thank You for being the only Republican senator interested in math. Your ‘no’ vote on the GOP tax bill was courageous and consistent with the party’s traditional concern for fiscal responsibility. Thank you for standing your ground. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

December Thoughts

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. —MARCUS AURELIUS