Saturday, June 30, 2018

Life Around OakMeadows—June, 2018

Yes, these too although they are not listed. 

Life Around OakMeadows—June, 2018

White-winged Dove
Barn Swallows 
Tufted Titmouse 
Cattle Egrets 
Great Egrets 
Red-shouldered Hawk
Black Vulture 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 
Blue Jay 
Collared Dove
Whistling Ducks
Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Mourning Doves 
Robin (NYC)
White-throated Sparrow (NYC)
Pigeons (NYC)
Starling (NYC)
House Sparrow (NYC)
Mallard (NYC)
Brown-headed Cowbird (NYC)
Turkey Vulture 
Great Blue Heron 


Funereal Duskywings 
Pearl Crescent 
Palamedes Swallowtail 
Little Sulphur 
Juvenal’s Duskywings 
Fiery Skipper
Brazilian Skipper 
Longtailed Skipper 
Eastern Pondhawk 
Blue Darter
Flame Skimmer


When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Plans for 2018 — June Update

Plans for 2018

1. Learn to make Sourdough Bread — not done. 

2. Learn to make something with Butternut Squash. (Mostly this means learning how to  get into it.) — not done

3. Make 2 Scrap Quilts and 1 from new material — 2 finished and 1 in progress

4. Read 52 books — 32 books read

5. Trips:
     A. NYC — done 
     B. National Butterfly Center — done
     C. National Gallery — done 
     D. Pawhuska, OK to see PW’s Merc — reservations made for October 

6. Home Improvements 
     A. New Stovetop 
     B. New living room furniture 

7. Expand Butterfly garden — done

8. Work on Political campaigns for House and Senate — in progress

9. Self Improvement 
     None. I’m fine. — still aok 

Friday, June 22, 2018

June Poetry

Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

July Menu

July Menu

1. Slow Cooker Chicken
2. Baked Fish, Carrots/Thyme, Corn on the Cob
3. Chicken-Rice Bake
4. Cutlets, GMP, GB
5. Leftovers 
6. Out
7. Bacon Sandwiches, Oven Fries
8. Schwan’s 
9. Tuna Salad
10. Oven BBQ Chicken, Beans, Coleslaw 
11. HB Pie
12. Leftovers 
13. Out
14. Macaroni and Cheese, Corn, Salas
15. Slow Cooker Beef
16. Baked Fish, Potatoes, Coleslaw 
17. Chicken Tenders, Carrots/Thyme, Corn
18. Pizza
19. Leftovers 
20. Out
21. Scrambled Eggs, Schwan’s Potatoes and Sausage
22. Schwan’s 
23. Chicken Parmigiana 
24. Fruited Chicken Salad
25. Spaghetti and Meatballs 
26. Leftovers 
27. Out
28. CB Hash, CSC
29. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
30. Fried Shrimp, Oven Fries, Coleslaw 
31. Schwan’s  

Plans for the Week of June 24 - 30, 2018

     Daily Devotional

     Sit and Be Fit Exercise 

     Make lattice strips for Scrap 9-Patch

    Grant by Ron Chernow 
     Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-1782 by Elizabeth Fenn
     Factfulness by Hans Rosling

     23. CB Hash, CSC
      24. Schwan’s 
      25. Fried Shrimp, FF, Coleslaw 
      26. Schwan's 
      27. Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad 
      28. Leftovers 
      29. Out 

     New television 
     New chair

     đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥
     Lunch with P&W&C&B 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Around OakMeadows

Around OakMeadows 

Our 15 year old cat, Bandit, has been limping on his back left leg for about 2 months with it gradually getting more noticeable. The leg was not swollen and he was obviously not in any pain so I thought given time, it would get better. But it didn’t. So today JMM took him to the vet.  The vet says it is probably a torn ligament and there really isn’t anything to be done. I have to be sure to pick Bandit up 4 times a day and put him on the counter so he can eat and drink. He gets down by himself with no problem but he can’t get up.  This we can deal with.  

We are getting some much needed rain. And even better, the temperatures are about 10 degrees cooler. Yea! 

I finished reading The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews. It was a surprisingly good summer read. No mental exertion required. 

The horror in Washington continues. I’ll tell you flat, I am tired of it. But I just cannot pretend it isn’t happening and just bury my head in the sand. This business of taking children away from their immigrant parents and warehousing them in cages in empty WalMart buildings or worse in tents in West Texas has been furious not just with the administration but with the people who still support it. It boggles my mind that this is going on today, in my country. I never, ever thought I would see anything like this. And , you know, I keep thinking, “What is coming next?” What will the next horror be?  It just doesn’t end and it is wearing me down. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Called Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I’m calling to oppose the president’s appointments of several people who have failed to support for equal right in their careers. I would like you to vote no on:
Kenneth Marcus for Department of Education's office of civil rights.
Ronald Mortensen for Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.
Ryan Bounds to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Britt Grant to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Thomas Farr to the US District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina.
Patrick Wyrick to the US District Court, Western District of Oklahoma.

Thank You note to Marco Rubio (R-FL):
Thank you for going against the president’s plans to ease sanctions on Chinese company, ZTE. Holding them accountable for sanctions violations is commendable, as is publicly disagreeing with the president. Thank you.
Address: 1650 Prudential Drive, Suite 220, Jacksonville, FL 32207

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Thank You note to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA):
Thank You for introducing the Detention Oversight Not Expansion (DONE) Act. I share your view that increasing oversight of detention centers and preventing prison growth will help bring humanity to our country’s immigration system. Thank you.
KH: 501 I Street, Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814
PJ: 1904 3rd Ave., Suite 510, Seattle, WA 98101

Email to Rep. Pete Olson and Senators Cornyn and Cruz:
I would like to express my concern that an estimated 5,000 of our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico died as a result of Hurricane Maria. This was considerably higher than the official estimate. I am asking you to ensure PR’s citizens receive the same protection and support as US state residents by initiating Congressional investigations into what happened and how this can be prevented from happening again. 

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

I’m writing to oppose the Farm Bill’s proposed SNAP work requirements. It already takes many hours of paperwork  and mandatory appointments for the average hungry American to qualify for SNAP. The Farm Bill (H.R. 2) only adds more punitive work and reporting requirements. We cannot take food from the mouths of over 2 million children, elderly people, veterans, and people living with chronic illness. Please do not approve the Farm Bill with work requirements intact.

Thank you note to Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR):
Thank you for demanding answers about the administration’s policy of separating families and its detention conditions for unaccompanied children. Thank you for using your position to uplift the silenced and highlight this wrong.
Address: 121 SW Salmon Street Suite 1400 Portland, OR, 97204

Monday, June 11, 2018

Anniversary Trip to NYC

We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on May 31. Part of our celebrations was a trip to NYC with our daughter and son in law. I wanted to see Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Natural History Museum.  All of which we went to. As always, good to go and good to come back home.  Here are a few photos from the trip to the Big Apple.
Central Park

Fine Dining

The Met

Museum of Natural History 

The Frick Museum 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

June Thoughts

     He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions. —THOMAS JEFFERSON

Friday, June 1, 2018


Even while I dreamed I prayed that what I saw was only fear and no foretelling,
for I saw the last known landscape destroyed for the sake
of the objective, the soil bludgeoned, the rock blasted.
Those who had wanted to go home would never get there now.

I visited the offices where for the sake of the objective the planners planned
at blank desks set in rows. I visited the loud factories
where the machines were made that would drive ever forward
toward the objective. I saw the forest reduced to stumps and gullies; I saw
the poisoned river, the mountain cast into the valley;
I came to the city that nobody recognized because it looked like every other city.
I saw the passages worn by the unnumbered
footfalls of those whose eyes were fixed upon the objective.

Their passing had obliterated the graves and the monuments
of those who had died in pursuit of the objective
and who had long ago forever been forgotten, according
to the inevitable rule that those who have forgotten forget
that they have forgotten. Men, women, and children now pursued the objective
as if nobody ever had pursued it before.

The races and the sexes now intermingled perfectly in pursuit of the objective.
the once-enslaved, the once-oppressed were now free
to sell themselves to the highest bidder
and to enter the best paying prisons
in pursuit of the objective, which was the destruction of all enemies,
which was the destruction of all obstacles, which was the destruction of all objects,
which was to clear the way to victory, which was to clear the way to promotion, to salvation, to progress,
to the completed sale, to the signature
on the contract, which was to clear the way
to self-realization, to self-creation, from which nobody who ever wanted to go home
would ever get there now, for every remembered place
had been displaced; the signposts had been bent to the ground and covered over.

Every place had been displaced, every love
unloved, every vow unsworn, every word unmeant
to make way for the passage of the crowd
of the individuated, the autonomous, the self-actuated, the homeless
with their many eyes opened toward the objective
which they did not yet perceive in the far distance,
having never known where they were going,
having never known where they came from. 

Life Around OakMeadows, May, 2018

House Sparrow
Barn Swallows 
Red-Winged Blackbirds 
Tufted Titmouse 
Great Egret
Blue Jays
White-winged Doves
Collared Doves
Inca Dove
Cattle Egrets 
Great Blue Heron 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 
Whistling Ducks

Butterflies / Insects
Giant Swallowtail 
Little Sulphur 
Funereal Duskywings
Pearl Crescent
Blue Darter
Eastern Pondhawk 
Yellow jackets 

Mammals / Other
Red-eared Turtle

Plans for the Week of June 3-10, 2018

     Daily Reading
     Daily Meditation 

     32 Oz. Water daily
     Fruit daily

     Start piecing blocks and lattice for Scrap Nine Patch

     Grant by Ron Chernow
     The Vertigo Years by Philipp Blom
     The High Tide Club

      Baked Fish, Potatoes, Coleslaw 
      Pork, Sweet Potatoes, GB
      Schwan’s Stir Fry

     Trip to NYC
     đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥