Thursday, February 14, 2019

March Menu

March Menu

1.  Out
2.  Bacon Sandwiches, Oven Fries
3.  Slow Cooker Turkey and Wild Rice Soup
4.  Oven Baked Salmon/Cod, Carrots/Thyme, Corn
5.  Chicken and Spaghetti Casserole 
6.  Cutlets, GMP, Peas
7.  Leftovers 
8.  Out
9.  Macaroni and Cheese, Corn
10. Schwan’s 
11. Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Veggie Tray
12. Oven BBQ Chicken, Beans, Coleslaw 
13. Schwan’s 
14. Leftovers 
15. Out
16. Scrambled Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Toast 
17.  Corned Beef and Cabbage
18.  Baked Fish, Potatoes, Salad
19. Chicken Tenders, GMP, GB
20. Pizza
21. Leftovers 
22. Out
23. CB Hash, CSC
24. Schwan’s 
25. Fried Shrimp, FF, Coleslaw
26. Schwan’s 
27. Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad
28. Leftovers
29. Out
30. St. Wieners, Corn
31. Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff 

Friday, February 8, 2019

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Thank you note to Sen. Tim Scott (R-NC):
Thank you for opposing Thomas Farr’s nomination to a federal court, in spite of pressure from your own party. I admire and appreciate your courage and integrity. 
Address: 1901 Main Street, Suite 1425, Columbia, SC 29201

Letter to  House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (D-NY):
I oppose the president’s border wall.  I also oppose support for increasing surveillance and DHS funding. With news of ICE force-feeding people, and Border Patrol responsible for the deaths of at least 83 people in 8 years, I echo RAICES in insisting that DHS receive no additional funding. Thank you.
Address: 2365 Rayburn HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Thank you note to six Republican Senators:
Thank you for refusing to treat federal workers like bargaining chips and voting to reopen the government without wall funding. I admire and appreciate your courage and integrity. 
Addresses:
Susan Collins: 202 Harlow St, Bangor, ME 04401
Lamar Alexander: 3322 West End Avenue, #120, Nashville, TN 37203
Lisa Murkowski: 510 L Street, Suite 600, Anchorage, AK 99501
Mitt Romney: 125 S. State Street, Suite 8402, Salt Lake City, UT 84138
Johnny Isakson: One Overton Park 3625 Cumberland Blvd Suite 970. Atlanta, GA 30339
Cory Gardner: 400 Rood Avenue, Federal Bldg., Suite 220. Grand Junction, CO 81501

Called Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I’m calling to express my support for giving experienced farmworkers a path to citizenship. Their work feeds our nation. I would like you to co-sponsor the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2019 (S. 175/H.R. 641). 

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Letter to Dave Leach, CEO, ℅ Greyhound Lines, Inc, P.O. Box 660691, MS 470, Dallas, TX 75266-0691
Greyhound is allowing Border Patrol to violate citizens’ 4th Amendment rights. Please protect your customers and do not allow illegal searches and racial profiling.

Thank you note to four House reps: 
I join with RAICES in thanking you for taking a principled position on the administration’s decision to put profits before people and rhetoric before the lives of immigrant children. I admire and appreciate your courage and integrity. 
Addresses:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: 229 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515
Rep. Ilhan Omar: 400 South 4th St Suite 401-200, Minneapolis MN 55415
Rep. Ayanna Pressley: 1700 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02122
Rep. Rashida Tlaib: 1628 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Email to Rep. Pete Olson:
 I’m a constituent concerned about Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s objections to H.R. 1. Our leaders should support fair and accessible voting for all Americans. Can I count on you to support voter participation and H.R. 1?

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Around OakMeadows

Quilt top ready for machine quilting. 
I am so thankful that I don’t live in the northern Midwest. The polar vortex has dropped temperatures to unbelievable low temperatures with wind chill factors down to -60 degrees.  It was colder today in Chicago than at the South Pole.  

My Clean the Garage project for today was to clean the windows in the garage. Done. Next week I will clean the garage doors. 

The kittens are so darling. I just love it when they are exhausted from playing and chasing each other and batting things around and then they curl up in my lap and go to sleep. 

I finished the backing for my quilt. I will take it in for machine quilting Saturday. JMM wants me to make a quilt for the king sized bed because the ones that I have now are getting really worn with age. I wasn’t thrilled with the idea at first but I’m thinking that a modified Rail Fence might be doable. I will need to figure the size and the fabric needed.  We shall see. 


Today was a Pajama Day. We didn’t need to go anywhere. Very pleasant day at home—usual, housework, reading, napping with kittens, and made spaghetti for dinner. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Letter to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
I believe that our nation has a moral responsibility to protect all children and treat them with decency, regardless of immigration status. The practice of separating children from parents is inhumane. Concealing data about actual numbers is unconscionable. As a taxpayer funding this egregious neglect of duty, I urge you to take full and immediate responsibility for righting this injustice.
Address: Secretary of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C. 20528 

Thank you note to Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX):
Thank you for opposing a border wall and working to address root causes of current migration trends. 
Address:17721 Rogers Ranch Parkway, Suite 120, San Antonio, TX 78258

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Email to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
The president’s border proposal pits Americans and government workers against our immigrant neighbors. I am asking you to publicly reject his proposal and support three specific things: 1. to end the government shutdown that is hurting so many Americans. 2. to refuse even a single dollar to the president’s wall or a militarized border. 3. to create permanent solutions for DACA and TPS. Thank you.

Thank you note to Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA):
Thank you for your determination to prevent the transfer of funds to ICE for the purpose of immigration detention. 
Address: 1904 3rd Ave., Suite 510, Seattle, WA 98101

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Favorite Things


I regularly enjoy Dkzody’s Weblog. Yesterday she put up a list of her favorite things. And this got me to thinking about all the things that make me happy. So here are some of my favorites. 

Favorite things (in no particular order):

Cat napping on my lap
Breakfast or lunch at HoP
Beautiful music
My family
Starbucks hot chocolate 
Making the very last payment on something big
Beautiful sunrises and sunsets
The smell of rain on the earth
The sound of rain on leaves
Learning something new and interesting 
Coming home after a trip
Laughing at something really funny
Fresh, crisp, clean sheets
Reading a really good book. Better yet discovering a new author with a whole series of books. 
The sounds of nature when there is no man made sound
Listening to Humankind podcast
The smell of something good baking in the oven
Birds and butterflies, especially identifying a species I’ve never seen before
Finding just the right fabric and pattern for a new quilt 




Friday, January 18, 2019

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Called Senators John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, and Mitch McConnell 
I’m calling to express alarm that more than 1,000 private HUD contracts just expired due to the government shutdown, leaving some of our poorest neighbors vulnerable to eviction. I want you to insist the Majority Leader hold a vote on legislation to reopen the government while continuing border security negotiations.

Thank you note to Mayor Jim Darling:
Thank you for sharing honestly about how a border wall would negatively impact your community. I appreciate your focus on compromise. We very much enjoy our twice yearly visits to the LRGV to see the National Butterfly Center and the many other parks and nature preserves. Thank you. 
Address: 1300 W Houston Ave #220, McAllen, TX 78501

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Thank you note to Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt:
Thank you for supporting an end to modern-day debtors’ prisons by questioning counties’ authority to count jail debt as a court cost or fine. These fines disproportionately impact low-income citizens.
Address: Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Supreme Court Building, 207 W. High St., P.O. Box 899, Jefferson City, MO 65102

Called Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I would like to see the government reopen, but without funding a wall with our tax dollars or disaster relief money, or a “tech wall” that involves surveillance of citizens. I want our nation to respect its laws to provide refuge and asylum to people in need.

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

 Email to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
We support background checks for all gun buyers as a step toward reducing gun violence in this country. Please co-sponsor H.R 8 to help make this happen.

Thank you note to Sen. Jon Tester:
Thank you for demanding answers from the FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs for their 13-day delay in announcing the disappearance of a Native teen. Thank you for caring. 
Address: 2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201, Billings, MT 59101

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

 Sent letters to Joan Huffman and Phil Stephenson:
I’m concerned about the harmful impact of school lunch debt. Some districts have policies that deny food or humiliate students in front of their peers. I’d like Texas to follow New Mexico’s model and pass the Hunger-Free Students’ Bill of Rights. Thank you.

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Called Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I would like to see the government reopen, but without funding a wall with our tax dollars or disaster relief money, or a “tech wall” that involves surveillance of citizens. I want our nation to respect its laws to provide refuge and asylum to people in need. 

Thank you note to Julia Ainsley:
Thank you for your article fact-checking the administration’s false and exaggerated claims about the number of known terrorists stopped at the southern border. 
Address: NBC News, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10112

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

It seems that in my 71 years on this earth, my education has been sorely lacking in many aspects of our criminal justice system.  This book has been my primer. I am so glad that this book came to my attention as I will find a way to help the Equal Justice Initiative. Kudos to Bryan Stevenson.