It would be nice to report that I have been not posting recently because I have been on a winter cruise to Cuba (we did consider it!) or that I have been working on the final draft of a new novel (I am thinking about it!). I regret that I have missed reading many of the entertaining blogs that I follow!
The main reason for neglecting my blog and other blogs is that I am volunteering four mornings a week through United Way of the Coastal Bend with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. I will be volunteering through April 17.
RANDOM THOUGHTS BRIEFLY INTO 2017
Our winter came compressed into two days in the early part of January when we had temperatures just below freezing for two nights. I lost several of my herbs and will be ready to replace them soon, especially my basil. Now the temperatures are hitting the high eighties so spring is here early as the mesquites are putting out and the live oaks are losing their leaves.
The last of my basil was used in December to make a small experimental batch of cellobasil, a liqueur, made with 190 proof alcohol. The basil leaves were soaked in the whisky for a few weeks, then the leaves were strained and a mixture of sugar and water were added. It aged in a dark cabinet for a few more weeks before it was ready. It turned out better than I expected but it is potent and needs to be sipped slowly. It is green with a hint of basil and reminds me of absinthe.
Trump has begun his administration and has not disappointed his supporters as becoming President has not changed him at all. He tweets daily about international policy, those who dare disagree with him, Saturday Night Live, domestic policy, judges, theater and various trivia. I never felt so close to a POTUS before! He really wants to communicate with me on a personal level! Seriously, I am appalled that he continues to put the media down and calls all news that does not flatter him fake news. Scrutiny comes with the job. He seems to want Americans to believe only what he tells them and cut out the free press and the First Amendment. And that is a dangerous thing!
Volunteering with the VITA program is a way for me to combat the negative effects of what is going on with the wide political division in my country. I can treat each person with respect no matter their status, appearance or attitude and spread tolerance and kindness. The college student volunteers, some international, give me hope for the future. And paying our taxes unites us all!
Husband and I have been looking at condos on North Beach located in Corpus Christi and near the Harbor Bridge. Sometimes we think we want to downsize a bit to a life on the beach without the worry of keeping up a yard. Could we adjust to happy hour on the balcony looking out over the bay and watching the ships come in and out and the dolphins at play? Maybe…maybe not. We will see if we are brave enough for change!
Thanks for stopping by! Remember that every day is a gift and we all depend on each other and this Earth we all call home.