Friday, March 24, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.12-- "L" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of March 24th: Starts with L; Week's Favorite; and Antique

(1)  Starts with L:  "L" is for Llama. You can help us decide if this animal that I am posed with is a llama or an Alpaca. Mrs. Jim isn't for absolute certain but she thinks it is a an __??__ .  She goes by the Length of its ears and neck and height.  "L" for Long and "L" for Llama.  Not much help, huh?

(2) Week's Favorite:  La Madeleine honored National French Bread Day last  Tuesday (check it out, click here).  All the customers having an La Madeleine App were sent One Free Baguette (large size) with a purchase (really free?).  Each of us had a sandwich salad, coffee and a free Baguette.

(3)  Antique:  This Bombay chest is old but it may or may not be antique.  It is a little shakey and has a small cigar sized hole in one end.  We have had it a long time, Mrs. Jim bought it from a widow lady who was moving to Florida to be near her daughter. 

She also bought six green upholstered dining chairs with Queen Anne legs and brass tacks.  Well, ... there was also a fairly large sitting dog, definitely not antique.  If we have another antique day here and if I remember I will show these items then.

(4)  Starts with L:  Some more

"L" is for Leftovers.  This half my lunch (on the left).  Mrs. Jim had two left over baked and frozen sweet potatoes and a left over small end of a baked pork loin, also frozen, and a left over cabbage, not frozen.  Remember that I had already eaten half of my leftover meal before I remembered to take a picture.

"L" is for Lipsync.  I took this snap above of the Kelly (and friend) Show while they were doing the WINTER LIP SYNC trivia contest on March 23.  I think a lady won a nice trip to a resort.  It may have been to an Arizona Dude Ranch that day. 

The name for this contest because a dancer in a cage-like stage lip sync sings to the music playing of a song that she is dancing to.  This is just before the person is called to answer the trivia question, generally something about the previous day's program or guest.  

You can see the sign behind Kelly and her friend of the day, please forgive the poor quality, but note the sign says "Winter".  Winter ended on Monday, March 20 with the first day of spring.  I.e. we were three days into Spring and the sign had become dated, out of date. I plan to see if they have changed it by next week for Monday's program.

"L" is for Long Life.  (Enlarge to read the article photo I've posted here at the right.) Scientists are beginning to believe that humans have a maxim age, regardless of modern medical advances  They believe that will end up somewhere around age 115.   .                      Do you believe in Science?                  How about the increasing extremes, warming and cooling, of the weather for the next zillion years?  As an ex-rocket science worker, NASA Aerospace Engineer (before leaving to teach), I do for both of these.                                                                           - - - - - 
The Fine Print: - Teresa of Eden Hills, (click) is running this meme, Friday's Hunt.  Her rules are: "Welcome to linkup for Friday’s Hunt. It’s very simple. Anyone can participate. The link opens at 7pm Friday Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm."

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Share Your World -- March 20 Week

Picture from Cee, Share Your World -- March 20, 2017

Here are Cee’s questions for this week. I hope you’ll share your answers, too.

If you did not know how old you were, then how old would you think you were?
I'd think I was nineteen (19).
You've lost your umbrella. Where might it be found?
My umbrella is where I left it the last time I used it. Very likely on the shelf by the house door from the garage. 
Do you recharge your energy by going out with friends for a good time or by spending with quiet time alone?
Neither, I take a nap. It may be a short one or a long one. 
Name three things you and your spouse, partner or best friend to have in common (for me it's Mrs. Jim).
1.  We are both Christians, have been for a long time. I recommend it highly.
2.  We are both naturalized Texas citizens.
3.  We both like to travel. Our last travel was on a Princess cruise starting from L.A. and ending in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
4.  We both love and like to be with our family members, five kids, six grandkids, and two great-grandchildren with another on the way. 
5.  Even though we don't tweet we both twitter away a lot of time with our electronic devices and social media.
Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 
Last week was Spring Break and our youngest granddaughter spent part of her week with us.
Next week is pretty far away for us old folk to plan for. We hope to get to see some Texas Bluebonnet fields

I'm linked with Cee at Share Your World, 

 - You might want to participate, check her out
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Friday, March 17, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.11 -- "K" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of March 17:  Starts with K; Week’s Favorite; and Drink

(1) Starts with "K": I've been hurting here.  So when we went to the "World Market" store here I took a few pictures with items for sale that began with "K" words.  I quite after these:
"K" is for Kipper Fillets, i.e. Herring Fillets.  $3.99 seemed a little high for this can so for sure I would only take home the picture.

When I was growing up (on
Dad's farm) my father would buy fish by mail order from up North some place, perhaps Wisconsin or Michigan. 

He would order some herring and also cod.  Add a few gallons of oysters.  It came in frozen, packed in dry ice.  Eating seafood was a a relief from the fried chicken, roast pork, ham, and chops.  Once in a while he would kill steer to eat, not often. 

The other non-farm-raised food we had quite a lot of was processed meat like bologna and hot dogs.  We were rationed hot dogs, only two.  So I split mine into fours and had eight hot dog sandwiches.

My second "K" find was over on the wine shelves, there I found some "Klicker Brick (vineyards of California)"  Zinfandel wine.  It was on sale but I wouldn't have any idea if it were a bargain. 

We don't buy much wine, and Mrs. Jim buys it when we do.  I have been tempted to call her a frustrated Sommelier who has missed her calling.  Our University of Houston does offer a Sommelier course and since we live in Texas tuition would be free for us, Senior citizens.

Next "K", I have no idea what this is but the label said "Korean Food".  I suppose if one were Korean he or she should be able to read the label.  We had a Korean lady friend up at Montgomery who could read Korean

She could read most oriental language publications because they mostly use the same characters.  Of course that didn't say she knew the meaning of what she was reading except for the common oriental language words.

She was an artist so for us she also rescued a painting for us after it had fallen off it's wall onto the tile floor.  While she was doing that she also painted in some places that the assembly line artists had missed or botched.

Lastly, our code word so that we could pay our Sunday after church food bill with the Carrabba App was "KCKWGP".  Neither of us had the app so I paid using the conventional method. If you have one you could 'pay ahead' for me.

The food was good, each of us took home half our entry for a leftover meal.  We divided that in half for lunch and supper.  

For lunch we finished off my spaghetti and shrimp and scallops.  I put in another five shrimp before heating so we would have enough.  The original had six scallops and six shrimp.  I ate the shrimp with the plan to add more at home.

Then Monday night we had Mrs. Jim's pork and broccoli.  It was also very good and nice and tender.

Oh yes, my salad was a Caesar Salad with Balsamic Vinegar/Oil dressing with anchovies (chopped in the small dish).   I don't eat the Caesar dressing as it contains raw eggs.  This one did, I always ask.  Generally I then have Oil and Vinegar but that was not an option here.  You have to ask for the anchovies but since they are traditional with the Caesar Salad generally they will add with no extra charge.

(2) Week’s FavoriteWinter-Spring Soccer is in full swing here for the KidsKP's team won, two to naught for their first game.  Last fall they lost it, six to zero.  Here are a few pictures. She plays Left Defender and is wearing a bluish purple head band.  [Click on a picture that you'd like to see bigger.]


(3) Drink:
Diet Coke;
my favorite soft drink

Old Mother Hubbard went to her cupboard
To get the family a Diet Coke
But the ice box was empty for tonight
No way there'll be a Diet Coke for us

Do you think the wise rabbit drank them all?
You can see for yourself, just click right here

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The Fine Print: - Teresa of Eden Hills, (click) is running this meme, Friday's Hunt.  Her rules are: "Welcome to linkup for Friday’s Hunt. It’s very simple. Anyone can participate. The link opens at 7pm Friday Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm."

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Friday, March 10, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.10-- "J" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of March 10th: 
(1) Starts with "J"; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Bird or wings

(1) Starts with "J":  "J" is for "Jeeps I have known." Note the dog waiting in this one parked outside the grocery store.  I think he was hiding from me.
A local Jeep, parked in the grocery store lot in Conroe, Texas.  I wouldn't leave my dog unattended there in the back.  If you tried to take her she probably would have gone (she died in 2-13).  This one looks a little afraid but would probably go also. 
I'm thinking the owner is fairly young, this looks like a young person's Jeep.

Parked outside a small bungalow in Key West, Florida.  We walked past this Jeep every morning but never saw anyone near it.  I'm thinking it belongs to a person who likes to take his Sunday car out in the Boone Docks Could be a lady, I'd guess in her early thirties.

This is our granddaughter KP driving her rental Jeep find in Hyde Park, London, U.K.  She seemed to be going in circles.  Taken while we were visiting them as they lived in London.  They are home now.

Another Jeep find in a grocery store parking lot.  This time here in Katy, Texas.  Tom thinks it may be a "Wanta be Jeep."  I didn't hang around waiting for the owner but I can imagine he also is in his early thirties and likes to drive in the muddy rice fields.  He may go rock climbing with it.

I don't know much about this Jeep or its owner.  But I was glad to find that I had blogged about it being a Red Jeep.  My son had a red one but sold it when he retired.  My younger Great-grandniece is getting married tomorrow.  When she was in high school she was wanting to get a Red Jeep but her father got her a Chevy Tahoe instead.

This white and pink Jeep was driven by a young lady her in town on Cinco Ranch Boulevard.  I couldn't quite ever get even with her (I was driving beside and behind her) so that I could get a really good picture.  Notice the pink decorations on the back.  There were more and larger pink items around the hood area and on the grill.

This nice looking, seemingly sedate, Jeep belonged to my friend.  I am not sure that he owns it any more.  It is the main piece of hardware when he and his son would go Jeeping.  He bought the RV so that he wouldn't have to stay overnight in town while on a Jeeping Weekend but rather could camp out with his son in the rock fields where they Jeeped.

This0Yellow0Jeep I don't know much about.  It was in 2006 when I found it and took a picture.  I have no idea where I was then.  Maybe Quebec City, CA?  I did talk about liking it better than my son's Red Jeep (blog link).
All of the above Jeeps have been on my blogs.  Each one had its own story, often behind that story is another story I haven't told.  Someday, I might ...
(2) Week's Favorite: When we got back from our South American cruise (L.A. around Cape Horn and up to Rio de Janeiro) my Mustang, a 1998 GT Convertible, had cratered.  The battery was completely dead and would not start.
This week I jumpered it off my other Mustang, a 1974 Mustang II Ghia, to get it going.  Then without shutting it off I drove to Sam's and bought it a new battery, one with a three year warranty.  Below is the waiting room where I got caught up with comments owed, some from you guys reading this.  I hope I didn't miss anyone.
(3) Bird or wings: One burglar was shot dead.  The other escaped for today but he will be caught and become a jail bird. Two policemen were shot, one seriously, the other went home after spending a night in the hospital.

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The Fine Print: - Teresa of Eden Hills, (click) is running this meme, Friday's Hunt.  Her rules are: "Welcome to linkup for Friday’s Hunt. It’s very simple. Anyone can participate. The link opens at 7pm Friday Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm."

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Friday, March 03, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.09-- "I" is for ...

Please note that today's Hunt is my 2001st post on this blog. 
My "Jim's Little Photo and Poem Place" blog is sitting at 1032. Link

Friday’s Hunt for the week of March 3rd:
(1) Starts with "I"; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Nose

(1) Starts with "I": "I" could write a book about this One Letter Word.  But don't worry, I won't do that.  Before we go through the Two Letter Words that start with "II will ask a bit of trivia. 
1st, how many Two Letter Words begin with the letter "I"?  Answer, five (I'm betting that you missed one)
2nd, how many two letter words are in the English language? Answer, 101
Highlight the word "Answer" and the blank area grouping after the word "Answer" to check your guess. 

Here goes:

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Friday, February 24, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.08 -- "H" is for ...

Friday Hunt for the week of February 24th: (1) Starts with H; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Chiaroscuro or shadow. 

(2) Week's Favorite(a):  This February 24th is our 44th Wedding Anniversary.  I posted on Facebook: ( )
To see our other Years' "Anniversary" posts, please click here.


(1) Starts with "H": This week my "H" is for Horse.  Did you know that I rode a horse to high school for my freshman and sophomore years? 

The horses here are purebred Icelandic horses.  They have a carefully guarded strain.  Part of that guard is to keep horses from another country from coming in.  Furthermore, once an Icelandic horse leaves the country it is very hard, and often impossible to bring these horses back into the country.
The horses are beautiful.  The ones in the picture I took from our tour bus window last June during our Iceland cruise stops. I haven't posted much about this but we had three stops in Iceland from our Transatlantic, Pacific Princes ship, cruise from NYC to London.  We also stopped in Halifax and made two more stops in northern Scotland.  You can read more about the Icelandic horses here.   

(2) Week's Favorite (b): Our chair is ready to be picked up.  This chair he did for free for a class he was taking about recanting chairs.  He has offered a reasonable price to redo the other five.  One will be more than the others because it is in pieces.

I intend to check the value of a restored chair.  They are slightly over 100 years old but I think that they were rather inexpensive chairs when they were purchased way back then.  Mom had stored them for her step-mother (Mom's mother, my grandmother, died of the flu in 1917) when the family moved from Tekamah (Nebraska) to Missouri back in the 1930's.

(3) Chiaroscuro or shadow: "Chiaroscuro, the marriage of light and shadow, is primarily used to emphasize details for dramatic effect. It consists of bright light and bold contrasts, hence balance. In Renaissance painting, the technique is used to master human anatomy, formation and structure. The art will often have a heavily darkened background, sometimes reaching out to the darker parts of the subject. Most of the time only the subject is being touched by light."

I don't have great pictures to represent these.  I do have quite a few with shadows, perhaps a few with the Chiaroscuro effect to some extent. 

Here are three more that I took on one of our Iceland stops.  The snow capped mountains at the bottom were taken from the ship pointing towards the mainland.  We were somewhere near the Artic Circle then, we did cross into it.


The Fine Print: - Teresa of Eden Hills, (click) is running this meme, Friday's Hunt.  Her rules are: "Welcome to linkup for Friday’s Hunt. It’s very simple. Anyone can participate. The link opens at 7pm Friday Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm." 

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