Beltane and the Living in the Mountains Moon
Sunday gratefuls: Family making salads. Eating in the Sewing Room. Remembering Kate as her memorial Iris bed blooms. Sarah. Jon. Ruth. Gabe. Laughing at the dead battery after leaving the lights on. Ruth and Cord. Rabbi Jamie on lighting candles as rituals. Why. Cool mornings. Clouds. Rain. Pine Pollen. Pollen plan working so far.
Sparks of Joy and Awe: Shrimp salad, Melon salad, Quinoa salad
This Synthroid. Has complicated my pill taking. Missed yesterday’s morning meds. Not good. Includes my Erleada and a blood pressure med. Used to be I’d take my morning meds as I got up. NBD. Now I have to wait an hour. So I moved my meds up here to the loft, in front of the computer. I set an alarm on my phone. But yesterday I was getting on Rabbi Jamie’s presentation about lighting candles, getting a burrito, and some coffee, also dictated by the Synthroid, and I missed the pills. Gotta get this figured out.
Also, my fourth later evening of the week last night with Jon, Ruth, Gabe, and Sarah up for the meal of three salads. I bought this great book, A Salad a Day, and it provides salad recipes by day and month. That way it focuses on what’s fresh. The shrimp salad, which I made, not so much, but the Melon salad featured fresh Watermelon, Crenshaw, Honeydew, and Cantaloupe with a yummy citrus dressing, lemons and limes. The Quinoa salad had roasted Bell Peppers, Red and Yellow.
Gabe and Sarah made the Melon salad. Ruth the Quinoa because she’s vegetarian now and I made the Shrimp salad earlier in the afternoon. Mostly so the kitchen wouldn’t get overcrowded. We ate in the dining room created from Kate’s sewing room, her decor still very evident. A fun evening for all of us.
Talking with Sarah made me start a few times. She’s as quick as Kate and her conversational mannerisms were very familiar. Sweet. I told her so. The Johnson sisters are now my sisters. I’m considering extending my 57th reunion trip in September (Covid delayed) to include Bellews Creek, North Carolina where she and Jerry have their wonderful home. I’ve never been.
That would mean scotching for this year a trip to see the Redwoods in the fall. Maybe in the Spring? Considering.
A busy, busy week. Acting class and acting! Sarah’s visit which included a late Tuesday night, a late Friday night for the Beatle’s Shabbat, and the family salad meal last night. She helped Jon clear out a lot of his house, got him some steps closer to a more typical home.
Mussar. A lot of hiking. Meals out with Alan, learning lines.
Unsure whether I’m tired because of the (relatively) busy week or my meds. Many of them can cause fatigue. Almost zero testosterone. The Erleada. The Synthroid will (has?) combat the fatigue when I get my tsh right, but until then my thyroid is a culprit, too. So, I have to husband my energy for use when I need it. Not always easy. Especially when working out also has to get in there, too.
For closing, the Texas Republican Party Platform for the Year of our National Shame, 2022:
“…delegates to a convention of the Texas Republican Party today approved platform planks rejecting “the certified results of the 2020 Presidential election, and [holding] that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States”; requiring students “to learn about the dignity of the preborn human,” including that life begins at fertilization; treating homosexuality as “an abnormal lifestyle choice”; locking the number of Supreme Court justices at 9; getting rid of the constitutional power to levy income taxes; abolishing the Federal Reserve; rejecting the Equal Rights Amendment; returning Christianity to schools and government; ending all gun safety measures; abolishing the Department of Education; arming teachers; requiring colleges to teach “free-market liberty principles”; defending capital punishment; dictating the ways in which the events at the Alamo are remembered; protecting Confederate monuments; ending gay marriage; withdrawing from the United Nations and the World Health Organization; and calling for a vote “for the people of Texas to determine whether or not the State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation.” Heather Cox Richardson post for today, Sunday, June 19th.