Saturday, November 27, 2021

My 10 Best Reads for 2021


10 Best Books that I read in 2021:

OK, I never have been able to keep it to 10. The * marks the really good fiction that I enjoyed this year; mostly I read nonfiction.

The Speckled Beauty by Rick Bragg
Master of the Senate by Robert Caro
The Mosquito by Timothy Winegard
Being the Change by Peter Kalmus
Owls of the Eastern Ice by Jonathan Slaght
The Premonition by Michael Lewis
Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams
*What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty 
*The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
*The Consequences of Fear by Jacqueline Winspear
*The Paris Library by Janet Charles
The Plague Cycle by Charles Kenny
Saving Freedom by Joe Scarborough 
The Fifties by David Halberstam 

Thursday, November 18, 2021

I Worried by Mary Oliver


I Worried by Mary Oliver

I worried a lot, will the garden grow, will the rivers
flow in the right direction, will the earth turn 
as it was taught, and if not, how shall
I correct it?

Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,
Can I do better?

Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows
can do it, and I am, well, 

Is my eyesight fading, or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism,
lockjaw, dementia.

Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And it gave up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning
and sang.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

December Menu


December Menu

1. HB Patties, GMP, GB
2. Leftover
3. Out
4. Bacon Sandwiches, Oven Fries 
5. Schwan’s 
6. Tuna Salad, Veggie Tray
7. Oven BBQ Chicken, Beans, Coleslaw 
8. HB Pie, Salad
9. Leftovers
10. Out
11.  Macaroni & Cheese, Corn, Salad
12. Slow Cooker Old Fashioned Beef and Noodle Soup
13. Baked Fish, Potatoes, GB
14. Schwan’s Chicken Pot Pie
15. Pizza
16. Leftovers
17. Out
18. Scrambled Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Toast 
19. Schwan’s
20. Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad
21. Schwan’s 
22. Ham, Sweet Potatoes, GB
23. Leftovers
24. Out
25. Ham, Sweet potatoes, Fruit Salad, Dressing 
27. Leftovers 
28. Schwan’s 
29. Burgers
30. Leftovers 
31. Out


Monday, November 15, 2021

Around OakMeadows


A beautiful sunrise

I am watching (again) Simon Schama’s History of Britain. What an excellent series!  We have it on a a set of DVDs. Tonight’s DVD starts with Skara Brae, on to Iron Age Britain, the Romans coming and going, Anglo Saxons, and the Vikings. So interesting.

Today I tracked down and actually talked to the manager of our Neverending Bathroom Remodel. I brooked no nonsense and pinned him down to starting the Redo December 6. They need to take out and replace the tile on the shower walls and floor, install the grab bar and towel racks, and paint. Now considering that it took them 4 months to get it wrong, I’m not optimistic as to how long getting it right will take. To be continued…

Gradually, I am adjusting to the time change. Like most everyone, I wish we could just stay on one time and not switch back and forth between Standard and Daylight Savings time. The cats are not pleased with any change in their morning feeding time. Such is life.

Still lots of butterflies in the garden. Lots of Gulf Fritillaries.

I’ve been ruminating on Goals for 2022. However, since 2020 and 2021 were so disrupted that much was put on hold, I think my Goals for 2022 will be mostly a combination of undone goals from 2020 and 2021. We shall see. 

That’s about all for today.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Butterfly List for November


Mexican Blue Wing
OakMeadows Butterfly List - October-November

These are not in any order but all have been seen in our butterfly beds. 

Gulf Fritillaries 
Longtailed Skippers 
Fiery Skippers
Common Buckeyes 
Funereal Duskywings 
Dusky-Blue Groundstreak 
American Snout
American Lady
Red Admiral
Gray Hairstreak
Great Purple Hairstreak 
Cloudless Sulphur 
Little Sulphurs 
Pearl Crescents 
Mexican Blue Wing (This was the first time I’d ever seen one. I was at the NBC in Mission, TX.)
Giant Swallowtail 
Hackberry Emperor 
White Peacock

Friday, November 12, 2021

Autumn Butterflies

 Autumn butterflies have been spectacular this year. We have had a couple of cold/cool fronts that have pushed the Monarchs our way. 

Not my photo because he was too small and too fast for me to get a photo.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Around OakMeadows


My sweet Angie

I think that my sweet Angie picked up an intestinal virus when we boarded her overnight at Camp Bow Wow while we went to the National Butterfly Center. Within 2 days she was throwing up and had diarrhea. So off to the vet we went for metronidazole, kaopectate, and an anti-nauseant.  JMM is the official animal medication administrator and with the help of Greenie Pill Pockets for pills and an oral syringe for liquids, he does an admirable job of it. And best of all Angie is recovering nicely, no diarrhea, no vomiting. I’ve put her on Hill’s Prescription I/D dog food and she loves it. 

My insomnia has gotten really bad. (Last night I was awake from 11pm until after 3am.) So I finally agreed to a sleep study. My Family Medicine doctor sent a referral and now I am waiting for clearance from my insurance. In the meantime, she has me taking trazodone at bedtime but I don’t see that it is helping at all.  I’m not looking forward to the overnight sleep study but I really need to be able to get more uninterrupted sleep. To be continued.

We went to our daughter’s house for burgers & fries (made by our son-in-law).  Then we settled in to watch Dune.  SciFi is not my favorite and I had trouble following the dialogue but I thought it was well done. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

We are so enjoying all the butterflies on the blooming crucita. We worried that the Freezepocalypse last February had killed all the crucita and milkweed. Fortunately, enough of the milkweed came back to attract the Monarchs and the crucita simply exploded, taking over the world if it could. Butterfly List and photos to follow.

That’s about all the news from OakMeadows.