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 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Around OakMeadows


My sweet Angie

Monday morning I received an email from my physician group telling me to call for an appointment for JMM and Me to get our Covid-19 vaccinations. I assumed that it would be weeks before we could come in but they said for us to come in at 12 noon that same day.  I have seldom been so surprised in my whole life. So we went in and got the Pfizer vaccine.  We go back on January 25 for the second injection. 

The pandemic goes on. 350,000+ Americans have died of Covid-19 and hospitals are overwhelmed. It just seems incredible that this is happening but it certainly is. January is looking like it will be worse than December when 78,000+ died. Hopefully, the vaccinations will lower the toll as more and more people are vaccinated. But with so many Americans out of their minds with conspiracy theories, who knows.

I sent $500 to the West Fort Bend Food Pantry because so many people are out of work because of the pandemic. The economic consequences of Covid-19 will be with us for a long, long time.

After we get the second injection, it will be so nice to be able to go out to eat, to get a manicure/pedicure, and go shopping.  I need to see the optometrist and get a mammogram. And I can finally go shopping for a new bed and dresser. 

Speaking of doctors, JMM and I will be seeing our new doctor, Dr. Basu, for the first time on January 11 for our annual physicals.

Still reading A Promised Land by Barack Obama. It is excellent!! I’ve set my reading goal for 26 books in 2021 so I need to finish one book every two weeks. At 700+ pages, I have a lot of reading to do. Fortunately, it is interesting and very well written.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Plans for 2021


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

My personal self improvement plans;
1. Eat good food.
2. Read good books; watch good movies.
3. Look for the beautiful.
4. Share. (My word for the year.)

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Around OakMeadows


This morning we had an early morning (8am) HEB curbside pickup for some items left off last Saturday’s grocery list—grapes, bananas, whole wheat bread, and my small canned Cokes. So I went along and we stopped at McDonald’s for an Egg and Sausage Biscuit to share with Angie. We talked about the strange things people believe to be true these days. I’m convinced that the Internet is responsible for the vast majority of it but still people do believe the most nonsensical things.

Yesterday was a grim day in that there are now over 300,000 Covid deaths in the U.S. The good news is that the first round of vaccinations has begun. I have no idea when Joe and I will be eligible for vaccinations but I should think that by March, we will have been vaccinated. Speaking of strange things people believe, there are those who will refuse being vaccinated for one reason or another. (There are valid reasons such as allergic reactions, immunosuppression, etc. for not receiving the vaccine.)  Anyway, I hope enough people will be vaccinated to induce a herd immunity. We shall see.

It is cold and dark with more rain expected. Needless to say, the cats are exceptionally affectionate. The fact that I have a heating pad on my lap is a major reason for.their recently acquired devotion to me.

I am reading two really outstanding books. A Promised Land by Barack Obama is just wonderful. He writes just like he speaks so it’s like listening to him. The other is The Ministry of the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson. I normally detest science fiction but this is so interesting (about the amelioration of climate change in the coming century) and well written that the 563 pages don’t daunt me.

Leftover Beef and Barley Soup and Joe’s bread machine bread toasted and buttered. I have put a container with 2 more servings in the freezer. Such a good meal for a cold, dark, wet evening.


January Menu


January Menu

1.  Beans & Rice & Ham
2. Bacon Sandwiches, Oven Fries 
3. Beef Pot Pies
4. Potato-Leek Soup
5. Chicken-Rice Bake, Squash
6. Cutlets, GMP, Peas 
7. Leftovers 
8. Out
9. Macaroni and Cheese, Corn, Salad 
11. Baked Fish, Fire Roasted Vegetables 
12. King Ranch Casserole 
13. Roast, GMP, Carrots 
  1. Leftovers 
15. Out
16. Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Toast 
17. Chicken Pot Pies 
19. Chicken Tenders, GMP, GB
20. Pizza 
21. Leftovers 
22. Out
23. CB Hash, CSC, Salad 

25. Fried Shrimp, FF, Coleslaw 
26. KFC
27. Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad 
28. Leftovers 
29. Out
30. Coney Islands
31. Out

Friday, November 27, 2020

Favorite Books of 2020


Favorite Books of 2020

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune 
Home Front Girls by Suzanne Hayes
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
The Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler
The Shooting at Chateu Rock by Martin Walker (Bruno, Chief of Police #13)
Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson
Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb 
Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer 
Rescuing Ladybugs by Jennifer Skiff
Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere on the Wings of Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul

The Blood of Emmet Till by Timothy B. Tyson
The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory by Andrew Bacevich
The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham
The Path to Power by Robert Caro
Ascent to Power by Robert Caro
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson 
Nothing to Fear: FDR’s Inner Circle and the Hundred Days by Adam Cohen
Midnight at Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020



Just because you’ve been labeled as a pessimist does not mean things won’t go all to hell.

I am exceedingly pessimistic because unless both Biden wins the presidency and the Democrats take the Senate, nothing will be done about our three looming problems:
     1. Climate change 
     2. The COVID-19 pandemic
     3. The economic fallout from the pandemic and our growing inequality 

I am turning my attention away from the things over which I have no control and focusing on keeping us:
     1. Fed
     2. Housed
     3. Healthy