Sunday, July 11, 2021

For Those Who Would Govern ~ Joy Harjo


 For Those Who Would Govern ~ 


First question: Can you first govern yourself?

Second question: What is the state of your own household?

Third question: Do you have a proven record of community service and compassionate acts?

Fourth question: Do you know the history and laws of your principalities?

Fifth question: Do you follow sound principles? Look for fresh vision to lift all the inhabitants of the land including animals, plants, elements, all who share this earth?

Sixth question: Are you owned by lawyers, bankers, insurance agents, lobbyists, or other politicians, anyone else who would unfairly profit from your decisions?

Seventh question: Do you have the authority by the original keepers of the lands, those who obey natural law and are in thee service of the lands on which you stand?

Friday, July 9, 2021

To Be of Use ~ Marge Piercy

 

To Be of Use ~ Marge Piercy 


The people I love the best
jump into work head first
without dallying in the shallows
and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.
They seem to become natives of that element,
the black sleek heads of seals
bouncing like half-submerges balls.

I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart,
who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience,
who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward,
who do what has to be done, again and again.

I want to be with people who submerge
in the task, who go into the fields to harvest
and work in a row and pass the bags along,
who are not parlor generals and field deserters 
but move in a common rhythm
when the food must come in or the fire be put out.

The work of the world is common as mud.
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust. 
But the thing worth doing well done
has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident,
Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums
but you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

April Update on Plans for 2021

 

Plans for 2021

Items marked with 🌸 were completed in April.


1. Repair LadyBuggy (Electric Golf Cart)
2. Replace cat flap
3. New bed and dresser🍀
4. Freezer❤️
5. Back porch furniture
6. Paint Fence
7. Paint Back Door
8. Windows Cleaned❄️
9. 12 new recipes
     Black Bean Soup & Jalapeño Cornbread ❄️
     Primavera Stuffed Chicken Breasts 🌸
     Baked Fish en Papilotte 🌸
     Pork Chops with Snap Peas and Feta Cheese🌸
10. Read 24 books 
     A Promised Land by Barack Obama❄️
    The Guest List by Lisa Foley❄️
    Saving Freedom by Joe Scarborough ❄️
    The Jane Austin Society by Natalie Jenner❤️
    Seeing Trees by Nancy Hugo❤️
    Saving Freedom by Joe Scarborough ❤️
    The Plague Cycle by Charles Kenny🍀
    How to Avoid A Climate Disaster by Bill Gates 🍀
    Breath from Salt by Bijapur Trivedi🍀
    The Paris Library by Janet S. Charles🌸
    The Most Perfect Thing by Tim Birkhead🌸
    The Consequences of Fear by Jacqueline Winspear🌸
11. Houston Botanical Gardens
      Mercer Botanical Gardens
      National Butterfly Center
      Houston Arboretum 
      Memorial Park Eastern Glades
      MFAH🍀

Friday, April 2, 2021

March Update on Plans for 2021

 

Plans for 2021

(Items marked with 🍀 were done in March.)
1. Repair LadyBuggy (Electric Golf Cart)
2. Replace cat flap
3. New bed and dresser🍀
4. Freezer❤️
5. Back porch furniture
6. Paint Fence
7. Paint Back Door
8. Windows Cleaned❄️
9. 12 new recipes
     Black Bean Soup & Jalapeño Cornbread ❄️
10. Read 24 books 
     A Promised Land by Barack Obama❄️
    The Guest List by Lisa Foley❄️
    Saving Freedom by Joe Scarborough ❄️
    The Jane Austin Society by Natalie Jenner❤️
    Seeing Trees by Nancy Hugo❤️
    Saving Freedom by Joe Scarborough ❤️
    The Plague Cycle by Charles Kenny🍀
    How to Avoid A Climate Disaster by Bill Gates 🍀
    Breath from Salt by Bijapur Trivedi🍀
11. Houston Botanical Gardens
      Mercer Botanical Gardens
      National Butterfly Center
      Houston Arboretum 
      Memorial Park Eastern Glades
      MFAH🍀

Thursday, March 4, 2021

February Update on 2021 Plans

 

February was mostly a bust as far as my plans were concerned. Granted for a week I was without power and/or water during a pandemic but still I ought to have gotten more done. So here we are. Things done in February are  marked with a ❤️

1. Repair LadyBuggy (Electric Golf Cart)
2. Replace cat flap
3. New bed and dresser
4. Freezer❤️Yea!! We got our freezer.
5. Back porch furniture
6. Paint Fence
7. Paint Back Door
8. Windows Cleaned❄️Done in January..
9. 12 new recipes
     Black Bean Soup & Jalapeño Cornbread ❄️
10. Read 24 books 
     A Promised Land by Barack Obama❄️
    The Guest List by Lisa Foley❄️
    Saving Freedom by Joe Scarborough ❄️
    Seeing Trees by Nancy Ross Hughs❤️
    The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner❤️
11. Houston Botanical Gardens
      Mercer Botanical Gardens
      National Butterfly Center
      Houston Arboretum 
      Memorial Park Eastern Glades
      MFAH

Monday, February 1, 2021

Plans for 2021–January Update

 


Plans for 2021 - January Update


Books read in January
   A Promised Land by Barack Obama
   The Guest List by Lisa Foley
   Saving Freedom by Joe Scarborough 

Household projects
   Windows cleaned inside and out

Health preservation 
   Received second Moderna Covid-19 vaccination
   Annual physical

New Recipies
   Black Bean Soup
   Jalapeño Cornbread 

Here’s the whole list:

Plans for 2021

1. Repair LadyBuggy (Electric Golf Cart)
2. Replace cat flap
3. New bed and dresser
4. Freezer
5. Back porch furniture
6. Paint Fence
7. Paint Back Door
8. Windows Cleaned
9. 12 new recipes
10. Read 24 books 
11. Houston Botanical Gardens
      Mercer Botanical Gardens
      National Butterfly Center
      Houston Arboretum 
      Memorial Park Eastern Glades
      MFAH




Saturday, January 16, 2021

February Menu

 


February Menu


1. Slow Cooker Farmhouse Chicken-Corn Chowder
2. Chicken-Sausage Casserole
3. Cutlets,GMP, Peas 
4. Leftovers 
5. Out
6. Bacon Sandwiches, Oven Fries
7. Beef Pot Pies
8. Baked Fish, Fire Roasted Vegetables 
9. More Casserole 
10. Stew
11. Leftovers 
12. Out
13. Macaroni and Cheese, Corn, Salad
14. Schwan’s 
15. Tuna Salad Sandwiches
16. Chicken Tenders, GMP, GB
17. Pizza 
18. Leftovers 
19. Out
20. Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Toast 
21. Chicken Pot Pies 
22. Shrimp Jambalaya 
23. KFC
24. Spaghetti and Meatsauce, Salad
25. Leftovers 
26. Out
27. CB Hash, CSC, Salad 
28. Schwan’s