Weekend Update

I haven’t done any weekend round-ups in awhile!  We have been super busy trying to get everything unpacked and organized in the house, which is going slowly because there are so many other things going on at the same time.  We took time out to finish fixing up the apartment and cleaning it top to bottom because we might have some people staying in it in a week or two.  Man, I am telling you it is really a lot of work to get a place spic-n-span for strangers to stay in.  You know how your family might give you a pass if there’s a little bit of dust on the furniture or the oven isn’t quite sparkling but it’s not the same story when you don’t know the people who are coming.  We’re thinking about doing Airbnb or a similar business eventually but we just happened to hear of a need through word of mouth so this will be sort of a test run to see how things go.  Still needs a little more decor but here you are:

Meanwhile the garden is coming along okay; we had to pull up some cabbage plants that were infested with bugs and dying in the ground and we had a freeze the other night so we are hoping we can still harvest more goodies.  We did cut a bunch of greens before the freeze and have had several delicious salads — everything sure does taste a whole lot better straight from the Earth!

I went to an orientation to volunteer with a refugee organization; it was very interesting and there were quite a few people there.  The trainer said they’d had a lot more volunteer inquiries since the election, which I can understand because part of my reason for contacting them was to give my own personal middle finger to Donald Trump. 🙂   \I found out that Texas receives more refugees than any other state and about 1000 a year come to Dallas.  There are needs every week from picking people up at the airport to shopping and making their apartments homey and welcoming before they arrive to transporting people to their many appointments to mentoring to helping with English classes and so on.  I learned that they are immediately eligible for employment and have to pay back their plane tickets and take over their bills pretty quickly. So those who are worried about refugees being a drain on our society, that’s just not the case. Anyway, I am looking forward to getting involved.

And now for a few interesting reads from around the web:

Wish I’d been there for this.

I’ve barely started reading but the stories are really interesting.

Great idea  right here in Dallas.  Unfortunate that there’s a need for it but at least people are willing to help.

Beautiful (and haunting) photos. We can’t let this happen again.

A thoughtful piece.

980,000 in Texas, including Rich and me.

Rich and I watched “Suffragette” last night.  It was infuriating.  I will never understand why (some) men think that they are superior to women, that they have the right to control our lives and our bodies, and that they can treat us any way they wish.  Thankful for those women who came before me, and worried that we still have more of a fight ahead of us.

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Back to work.  Have a lovely week ahead, friends!

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