Friday, October 20, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.16 -- "P" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of October 20th: 
(1) Starts with P; (2) Surprise; and (3) Looking up


(1) Starts with "P": "P" is for Perky.  Our Hibiscus was really perky today.  It has 12 or 13 blooms, outdoing itself. 

It's usual is 2-4, mostly three.  I know, by the time I took the picture only ten were showing.  Maybe you can count more.



(2) Surprise: It was a surprise this morning when I pulled the curtains back and, "Whoa!!  Surprise, surprise."

"Is this OUR back yard?"


(3) Looking up:  We enjoyed looking up at this giant spider.  It looks so real, it ought to animated for a scary Halloween movie.  It was in the Bentonville, Arkansas, Crystal Gardens entry way to the Art Museum.  An elderly lady was the Artist.  I don't know if she "Man Handled" the pieces for the welding (they were large and heavy).

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Friday, October 13, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.15 -- "O" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of October 13th:
(1) Starts with "O"; (2) Purple; and (3) City or town

(1) Starts with "O": "O" is for Open, like "Open your presents."

(2) Purple: Lots of purple in the wrapping of KP's eighth birthday presents.


(3) City or town?  I'll take town any day over city.


Here are some 4th of July Day Parade pictures taken in my home town this summer.  Not really my home town but I did go to high school for my last two years here at Tekamah, Nebraska.




[click any picture for larger viewing size, this one
for the Shriners and cars, or any other as well]
What's missing?  For one thing, I didn't get any pictures of the many, many, fire trucks. They came from all around.
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Friday, October 06, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.14 -- "N" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of October 6th:
(1) Starts with "N"; (2) Silhouette; and (3) Sky


(1) Starts with "N": Nebraska!!!  I was born in Nebraska and lived there until I was drafted into the Army.  This license plate was on Mom's 1974 Mustang II Ghia, now mine, (picture). I found the plate when I was cleaning out my 1950 Ford to sell (link, scroll down). 


The barn here early on was used for the draft horses that Dad used to farm with, pulling plows and other farm equipment, and wagons.  The horses were housed on the near side to us, West.  

About two/thirds of the other half (East) was stations for the milking cows to eat in while we milked them.  The remaining with the small door on the southeast corner was used for the small calves.  It was in there that we taught them to drink from a bucket.

I was born on this Nebraska farm, in the house that frequents my blogs (link)

Picture at right from "12 Unwritten Rules Every Nebraskan Lives By ‘Til Death" [click picture for large]  [click here to read the other eleven]


(2) Silhouette: My winter tree is silhouetted against the sky, hovering over the ducks swimming in the Potomac.



(3) Sky: A cold cloudy day in Washington D.C.

 
It rained later that day

 
I love to be flying high in the sky, above the clouds.  A pretty sunset over the clouds.
 
 
Texas skies with clouds lend themselves to prettiest sunsets in the U.S. 
The type of clouds determine the sunset.  These wispy clouds 'just floated'.
 
 [click on any photo for larger size.  clicking again most times makes for larger still.]
Finally, Texas usually brags of the bluest sky.  This may be true, the sky is sooo regal looking with the Texas Blue.  My camera doesn't do justice to blue skies.
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Saturday, September 30, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.13 -- "M" is for ...

For the week of September 29th: 
(1) Starts with "M"; (2) Cloth; and (3) Everyday Things:
(1.a) Starts with "M": Morning.  This is morning as I saw it looking out from our back porch.  I've done this before but never this time of the morning.  And most often from our previous home adjacent to the golf course.  Wasn't our sunrise was spectacular here earlier this week.  Yet we didn't even see the sun hiding behind another house here in YuppieVille.

(1.b) Starts with "M": Mrs.  Mrs. Jim has had two cataract surgeries this month.  This is how she looked when she came home.  Plopped down in the recliner and went back to sleep.  Waiting for lunch that I made, of course.  She's a keeper, worth much more now than when she couldn't see very well.  Sooo good that right now I am sure she will get very good marks on my annual evaluation of her.

(2) Cloth: Dunno right now.  I think of "Persons of the cloth" meaning the clergy of Christian church.



But better would be my little 1998 Rag Top Ford Mustang GT Convertible.  It was a 2001 retirement present from me to me.  I also call it an "Old Man's Motorcycle".



(3) Everyday Things:  My favorite everyday hat, also made of Canvas Cloth


Made in Guatemala, I purchased it in 2006 while visiting Guatemala from a street vendor.  I really like it for walking, attending out door sports, and for riding top down.  I wore it this morning while watching KP's soccer game.  It keeps my ears out of the sun which a ball cap won't.

It does double duty in top down because it doesn't blow off in the breeze.  If it tried to blow off I would use it's chin string.       

Also "I" think it makes me look younger.  People say I don't look nearly as old as I am even without the hat.
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Friday, September 22, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.12 -- "L" is for ...


Friday's Hunt for the week of September 22nd: 
(1) Starts with "L"; (2) Landscape; and (3) Key:

(1) Starts with "L": .
"L" is for LollipopsLaxative Pills and Landscape.
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Things I didn't get a picture of?   KP with her Lollipop.
When I went to the bank, at the drive in window, the teller there offered and gave KP a Lollipop. KP was very proud of that Lollipop.
The large 'all day sucker' type Lollipops on the stand were at the Dilan's Candy Bar
candy shop in the Galleria Mall in Houston.  KP wasn't there, neither was Mrs. Jim or Karen, so I came out of that store with only the pictures.  No candy.

[click on any picture for a larger sized view].... 


"L" is also for Laxative. For my semi-annual cardio checkup yesterday I had to give a blood sample, take a stress test, the chemical EKG kind, that makes you breath hard, and also have my heart and body's arteries checked by both sonogram and a chemical dye PET Scan. 
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I passed most tests but not exactly with a perfect score.  My blood pressure dropped down to 30 and they stopped the chemical stress EKG.  Stressed for sure.  But pretty good considering. 
 
The Laxative? It went along with the no coffee or dark drink 24 hours preceding the tests, no food after midnight, etc., parts of testing.
 

(2) Landscape: Another walk picture.  This morning Mrs. Jim and I spotted this hot air balloon drifting to the west over the neighborhood Landscape
 

The broad expanse here is a part of our Cinco Ranch flood retention 'Green Area' reserve. 

The ponds were brimming full but that stopped before the water rose into any homes.  We did have 40 plus inches of rain in three or four days. 

The water was well over this little bridge where we walked this morning. 



BTW, a fellow walker said the company having the balloon flew about every other day and took paying passengers.  At $150, a pop.  Mrs. Jim said that wasn't on her bucket list.  It is on mine, but written very faintly.

(3) Key: One of the Keys to healthy living is to eat light.  Our daughter picked several of these cans of Light Coke up, either from the airline lounge or from their visit to London and Milan and surrounding areas. 

Over there they do not sell my favorite, "Diet Coke".  
I could not read my picture of the 'contents' to check out how really healthy this light was. Also I need the ingredient, 'Aspartame' to help my 'Meloxicam' pill help me sleep through the night with my shoulder pain.

I was going to have some unpublished before pictures of our Key West but this isn't the place I wish to put them.  Perhaps for my "W" word entry.  

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Friday, September 15, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.11 -- "K" is for ...

Friday's Hunt topics for the week of September 15th:
(1) Starts with K; (2) Stinky; and (3) Old.


(1) Starts with "K": "K" is for Kids.  Since Sunday was Grandparents Day our third-grader kid's classes hosted their Grandparents for lunch.  We went to KP's school, armed with a Chic-fil-A kid's meal, a chocolate milk shake, a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich, a Diet Coke, and two small bags of chips, and had lunch with her. 

This is our 4th year to attend, their having been back from living in London (U.K.) five years, again for now a fourth year of elementary school observation.

"K" for kid's grandparents also has the kid's learning about cataract surgery.  Mrs. Jim had hers this Wednesday.  

And the Kids too worked with crews to dry houses after Hurricane Harvey.  Our help varied, mainly Mrs. Jim and I helped coordinate activities in our Sunday school class in providing prayer support for the victims, for the houses, and for the crews themselves, especially in the area of safety as far as electrical shock, cutting, fatigue, and overheating.

Additionally all three of us, Mrs. Jim, KP--we have been keeping KP for the last ten days, there was no school until Monday--and I one afternoon was spent repackaging and grading diapers into paper sacks holding 20 diapers.  Another afternoon, Mrs. Jim did wheelbarrow duty, hauling wallboard, wet insulation, and carpeting to the curbs at a house that needed drying. 

Drying prepares a home for contractor work rebuilding. (In 1979 when our home flooded with 33 inches of water the Flood Insurance Program paid us $36,000 to rebuild outs.  Building costs have more than doubled now, and only 17-20% of Houston homes were covered by flood insurance as the price had gone way up.)

Below is a day's agenda for 12 crews to clean and dry 15 houses.  We are just about finished, there were 618 homes that were appealed to our church needing flood help according to the last figures given us to have our class pray for.  Additionally, "All work and no play makes Mrs. Jim a dull lady" works for certain at our home.  Her she is planning another cruise and looking at last year's which left from Los Angels and went around Cape Horn and back up to Rio de Janeiro. 



(2) StinkyStinky Feet.  But our daughter and I do not have stinky feet, they smell like STRAWBERRIES.  Have ever since Karen was a little girl.



My sister's feet, my feet, and my old sandals.  Ugly foot contest?

(3) Old: My old Ford.  I've had several, but this was my last one, being hauled away to be with it's new owner.  A 1950 Ford Tudor.  That doesn't count Mom's 1974 Ford Mustang II Ghia of which I have had since Mom died back in 1999.  It is classified as a forty-three-year-old Classic here in Texas. 




Well, anyway, here is a picture of it up on the flatbed auto hauler.  It does drive, but I never did except around the block when I bought it.  But I did drive it when I visited the new owner, even the overdrive worked.  I think it had 102K miles on it and was all original.  I hauled it back from Nebraska in 2007 but then I didn't know much of it's history.  Neither did the fellow I bought it from.

Note:  I have had another 1950 Ford Tudor, black like this on back in 1965.  It was sort of my hobby car, not club or anything like this time.  It also was original except for the dual exhausts.  A list of all my cars, http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2006/11/my-political-call-last-night-eight.html, at the end of the post.

Here is Mom's 1974 Mustang II Ghia.  I was the first owner, Mom wanted me to buy her a stick shift from the lease cars turned in for the Spring of 1975.  I worked for Ford Aerospace at NASA Houston then and some of our executives were encouraged to lease a new Ford every year. 


Mom didn't trust the automatic transmission in the car Dad had purchased as she couldn't tell what gear it was in and was afraid it might be choosing the wrong gear at times.  This Mustang II and a hot rod Ford Torino were the only Fords that year with standard transmission.  She said, "Yes, get it for me" of the little down-sized Mustang.  That was the first year of downsizing for it.  It was built on a Ford Pinto chassis (we had a yellow 1972 model Pinto for our driver car--it was lost in our 1979 flood along with two other cars and a motorcycle).
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Friday, September 08, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.10 -- "J" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of September 8th: 
(1) Starts with "J"; (2) Car; and (3) Outside


(1) Starts with "J":  Jim, of course!!  I took this at the Rose Emporium outdoor garden a couple of years ago.  It has been my profile pretty much since then.  It has a picture of me sitting beside the Yellow Brick Road commiserating with Mr. Tin Man and Toto. 

(another Mr. Tin Man story here)
Funny, I never noticed Toto until KP pointed her out to me yesterday.  Funny also, she had always thought, seeing Tin Man from a distance, that he was a Robot.

(2) Car: Here are a couple of "Lonely Cars".  Poor cars, sitting all alone.  Makes for a good story: 
"Boogey Man got out to lurk;"
"Couples meeting in the night and leaving one car;"
"A breakdown" .... 
Your version or suggestion?

(3) Outside: Just outside our ship leaving the Los Angeles Shipyard, headed for the end of the world, Cape Horn and then back up to Rio de Janeiro from where we would fly back to Texas.  WOW!!! 
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Another "Car" filled scene from a street in Lima, Peru,
which city we visited during our Looong Cruise.
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