Friday, May 25, 2018

Weekend Roundup -- 20 & 21-18 (for letter "T" & "U")


My cousins, Linda and Jack, standing away from the tall Statue of Sam Houston

The combined 20th and 21st issues of Weekend Roundup for this year...
The week's prompts:
(1) Starts with "T" and "U"; (2) Favorites; and (3) Truck and Under
 
I am sorry to have missed for last week.  I am posting the things I had ready but couldn't post then.  The picture at right pretty well shows the predicament I will be tolerating for the next five weeks.  It started ONE WEEK ago
 
I have a broken left kneecap.  I do not know how it got broken, neither does my orthopedic surgeon who tended it before and put in my artificial knee joint.
 
It was swollen and hurt some when I walked.  I knew I should go see the doctor but I procrastinated.  Then two weeks ago I was walking down the stairs and I heard and felt a cracking sound.  My knee almost buckled but I caught the rail.
 
It took a week to see my doctor who doesn't know why it broke either.  He didn't say broken into how many pieces, only that it was cracked.  I will ask to see the X-ray next Wednesday at my two week appointment.  In he meantime I am keep it immobilized with this brace which is supposed to limit my bending to 30 degrees.  BTW, the other knee cap is broken into three pieces from a fall in 2007 (link to my reports).
 
My theory is that the swelling pushed against the kneecap which was thin from shaving it to make more room for the artificial joint.  Or it could be that it had cracked because of my brittle bones (from Osteopenia) helped by the shaving.
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Now for the good (??) stuff:
 
(1.T.) Starts with "T":  Of course I would say that "T" is for Texas, first and always.
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TEXANSa. Like to brag,  most famous Texas brag is "Everything is bigger and better in Texas."

b. Like their sports teams. In Houston we have Three college teams for most college sports,  for sure football, basketball, and baseball.   The four major colleges are The University of Houston (my alma mater), Texas Southern University, Houston Baptist University,  and St. Mary's University. 
The professional teams are complete and win a lot.  However we did lose our Hockey team.
c. Antique and Classic Car dealer in Dallas, it is larger than any of several here in Houston. Their Web Link, https://www.streetsideclassics.com/vehicles?q%5Bbranch_id_eq%5D=2 shows their large inventory.
d. I'll stop with this statue of Sam Houston, along I-45 north of the City of Houston near Huntsville.  It is large, large and TallFor more about the statue on my blog, please click here. Or about Sam Houston, click here. 
Huntsville was the home of Texas' first president, President Sam Houston, when we were our own country. He was also the first governor of the State of Texas. There is a very fine museum in his town honoring him.


(1.U.) Starts with "U" is Uruguay.  We visited Montevideo Uruguay on New Years Day, 2017.  We were almost finishing our 31 day cruise, from Los Angeles down to Cape Horn at the bottom of the world and back up to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
 
(2) A Favorite
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(3) Truck: 
I will always like the 1949 Ford Pickup., it is one of my favorite old trucks.  That is what I drove to high school in town for my last two years.  This one is on the August 2009 NAPA calendar that I have in my collection.  Here is a link to read about me and that truck. 

 http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2010/05/one-of-my-favorite-cars-midweek-blues.html 
 
(5) Under:  


 Standing under the balloon drop on New Year's Eve, then dancing after
 
(2.U.)  Below are some other of my favorites from Montevideo:
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I guess you got the flavor, Montevideo is a very pretty city.  We were there on a holiday.
                                                   The end, that's all for tonight.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Weekend Roundup -- 19-18 (for letter "S")

The 19th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
The week's prompts:
(1) Starts with "S"; (2) A Favorite; and (3) Silver
 

(1.a) Starts with "S":  These Steel bladed knives have Silver colored blades as they are made of Steel.  I use the large one to cut food with, really works well with melons.  Or celery.  The thinner bladed knife is my letter opener. 
(1.b) Starts with "S": Here we have:   a Spreader brush;    a Spatula;    a Spoon; and    another Spatula.  They were a present from me last year, I'm not sure there was an occasion.  There doesn't have to be one. 
I use the orange spatula to clean out my Peanut Butter jars when they approach empty.
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(2) A Favorite:  If you look close you can See the little Rabbit who thinks we are growing a garden for him in our back yard.  He is in the grass showing out from under and past the left side of the table.  Lately I have been spraying them with Rabbit and Deer Repellant.  It seems to help.

Rabbits are protected species here in our Fulshear/Katy/Cinco Ranch part of town west of the City of Houston (Texas).  The Flowers are Vincas growing from Seeds spread when they dried and fell last year.
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(3) Silver 

 Silver Seeds      

This  is my Dandelion from last week now gone to Seed, Silver colored seeds.  I have it in a small vase, it and another Dandelion and two weeds with Yellow Flowers were in my bouquet.


You can see the Silver Seed Wings, about to fly away when someone blows.
Below is before and after ripening.   

    [This week, the silver seed stuff ] --  [Last week (left) when it was ]          
  [is on the left side of the picture ]            [fresh from the lawn]                

The end, that's all for tonight.

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Friday, May 04, 2018

Weekend Roundup -- 18-18 (for letter "R")

The 18th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
The week's prompts:
(1) Starts with "R"; (2) A Favorite; and (3) Red

 
 
(1) Starts with "R": Rabbit starts with "R".  We have had a lot of chocolate ones over Easter holidays but the real Rabbits remain.  They love Mrs. MaGoo's, a.k.a. Mrs. Jim's, Garden. 
[Google results from a "Mrs. MaGoo's Garden" search]

Last year Rabbit ate our Pansies, this year they are working hard on the Daffodils.  They pretty well are leaving the Marigolds alone.  We also have Vincas, sometimes called "periwinkles", coming up by seed from last year, they do not eat those.
 
[Left, KP's Easter Rabbit from "Build-a-Bear -- Right, grocery store display of chocolate bunnies.]
 
(2) A Favorite:  My favorite for this week is Mustang.  I have two, a Green and Cream 1974 Ford Mustang II Ghia, and a Black 1998 Ford GT Convertible.  For their ages, they are low mileage, 76K for the Ghia and 107K for the Convertible.

 

The green one is the one I bought for Mom as she didn't trust Dad's car with an automatic to be running in the right gear.  It was a Ford employee lease car turned in when the '75's came out.  I had a lot of seniority with Ford then, I was a Senior Aerospace Engineer with Ford at NASA Houston.
 
The Black one is my retirement present for me, from me.  It belonged to a young lady who had already put 49K miles on it in two years.  Now eighteen years later it has 112K, meaning that I put 63K miles on it in 18 years, or just over 6,222 miles a year.  Not bad for Houston distances.  I drove one-way 75 miles to work.  But then we did have other cars too, a pickup and a passenger car then.  I finally sold my little S-10 Chevy pickup, it had over 300,000 miles.

(3) Red: This is a Red Headed something.  I'm not artistic but I do think it could turn into art.  Use this picture for a beginning and draw, color, paint, and/or cut as you like.  You might try it.  Or use your own fruit the next time you eat one.  What ever it was I think we ate it.

I made the body as a paper doll cutout using only one, not a string of them. I had in mind photographing the figure with the cut open fruit as a head. 

I couldn't Remember what the fruit was but was thinking tomato.  Readers are suggesting it was a Red Bell Pepper and I also am now thinking that's what it was.
 
Above, right, is the head only, you can click on it to make it larger.  
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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Weekend Roundup -- 17-18 (for letter "Q")

[Adi is checking out our new baby girl, KP)

The 17th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...  
The week's prompts:
(1) Starts with "Q"; (2) A Favorite; and (3) Quiet
 


(1) Starts with "Q": "Queen" starts with "Q".  One of these bees will be a "Queen Bee."  The other is her suitor.  This is a photo of a painting by a school child, one of many posted there for this week's display.

 
 
(2) A FavoriteAdi was my Favorite Dog., a purebred but without papers.  She and I were a certified animal therapy team.  We visited mainly at an assisted living home. 

Adi loved to visit the Alzheimer wing residents and they all loved her.  After petting her for a bit many would reminisce about the dog or dogs in their lives.  Many they said, were now living with their children. 

Adi was also a Reading Dog, she loved to read with the children in the library and in school.  Adi died in 2012 at age 17 (link).  Read more about her here (Adi was a co-author of my blog).
 
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.((Adi was retiring from Pet Partners
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(3) QuietShshshshshsh, someone is sleeping here (earlier post source).

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