Friday, February 23, 2018

Weekend Roundup -- 08-18 (for letter "H")


The 8th issue of my Weekend Roundup for this year...
1. Starts with "H";  2. A Favorite; and 3. House.

1. Starts with "H":  "Hello" starts with the letter "H".  KP painted this picture for me, of a frowning person named "Troubled".  I pasted this smiling person shouting a greeting, "Hello, Hello," which is a MacDonald's sticker found in KP's Happy Meal.

2. A Favorite: We ate lunch today at Dozier's in Fulshear, Texas.  Friday's are our FAVORITE DAY because their special on that day is a BOGO BBQ beef sandwich.






3.a. House:  This (and at the top here) is a picture of the House I was born in.  A tree had fallen on the roof of the screen and storm windowed in the front porch where I had slept, starting at about the age of six. 




Before that I had the second bedroom of the two-bedroom house, but after my sister was about one she was given that room and from then until I left home I slept out there.  It wasn't heated and in the winter frost would develop on my blanket (this was in the hills of Eastern Nebraska).

In December of 2007 my Sister Lois and I had the farm sold (link).  At the age of 97 Dad died early in 2007, Mom had died in 1999.  The weather had turned snowy and bad but the farmers turned out nicely anyway to attend the auction. 
(Link, Lois pictures)(Link, Lois on my blog) 

The buyer owned three neighboring farms so he bought this one for his youngest son.  They have since bulldozed the house down and most all of the other surrounding farmyard structures.  No one had lived there since Mom and Dad had moved to town in the early 90's.
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3.b. A Lagniappe for you:  An automobile logo emblem for the Hyundia car.
"The Hyundai “H” represents the name, but it’s encased in an oval to reflect the perpetuity that Hyundai pursues internationally. The “H” itself is designed to symbolize two people shaking hands (how friendly!)." from Gear Patrol web pages of auto emblems.  https://gearpatrol.com/2015/03/31/automotive-emblems-explained/ 
"The Hyundai Motor Company is a South Korean multinational automotive manufacturer founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea." Wikipedia. I am most familiar with the Sonata and Elantra models.
 I didn't explore their site very much, it is new to me.  They only have the cars you'd see driving around in this section.  I didn't see any antiques and discontinued cars.  You might check out some of my earlier posts for that.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Weekend Roundup -- 07-18 (for letter "G")

This week's (February 16) prompts 
Starts with "G";  A Favorite; and Green
 

Starts with "G":  Giraffe starts with "G".  Today I'm posting some pictures when we took our youngest granddaughter, KP,  to the Houston (Texas) Zoo.  We had purchased some giraffe food but she was not yet two at that time and didn't want to be in the giraffe's nose.

 

Favorite:  After reviewing KP at museum. We once more fell in love with KP at that visit. Here she is sizing up a lamb at the petting yard.  Today she won't pet a dog, let alone pull a sheep's ear.



Something Green:  Had hoped to find some green at the zoo. But since I didn't how about this green grasshopper that I found in Tennessee.

Any idea of what this grasshopper eats?
 
Langnape:  The GMC logo (link).  I wasn't familiar with the GMC until 1954.  That was when we blew an engine in our 1934 Ford Coupe modified stock racing car.  Our sponsor decided not to spend anymore big money on our car so we punted.

We did lay our hand on a 1936, could have been 1937, Chevy Coupe and put a GMC engine in it.  Our race rules limit on engines was 300 cubic inches (ci) so we put in a GMC 302 engine, bored and stroked to about 375 ci.  A GMC 270 head fit right on so we never were subject to a tear down of the engine.
A 1936 Chevy Coupe model 
Google found it but they said
the source was unknown.

The car wasn't nearly as fast around the corners as our little Ford.  This was because of the side location of the intake manifold, at the side of the engine, and the effect of gravity (a "G" word) pulling on the fuel.  Electric fuel pumps did not remedy this, it was also the fuel mainly in the carburetor but clinging to the outside while the engine was inside (Ford carburetors were located on top, in the center of the engine). 

So it always stayed in the "B" Feature final race and sometimes would win.  But it never made, or could make the "A" Feature.

Day at the Zoo with an eighteen-month-old grandchild in a nutshell:.

 


We played with the goats in the petting zoo

We fed the giraffes then gazed at them for a bit

We rode the merry-go-round

We ate a nice lunch from Grandma's bag

We took pictures a zillion times

The elephants were to KP the most amazing. They were huge!



http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-at-houston-zoo-yesterday-midweek.html


Mrs. Jim, KP, and I visited the Houston Zoo on November 1, 2011.  KP, here peeking around and through the bridge, was one and a half at the time and really enjoyed seeing the animals and fishes.

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Friday, February 09, 2018

Weekend Roundup -- 06-18 (for letter "F")



Weekend Roundup items for the week:Starts with "F";  A Favorite; and  Flower




(1)  Starts with "F":  Fruit starts with "F".  So does "Foot Loops", we'll start with that.  My lead picture (above) is of KP holding a box of Froot Loops, she was standing in front of the Acropolis at Athens, Greece

KP was only four in that picture, now she is eight. 




And now Froot Loops also come in round boxes, pour milk and eat.  She had one for breakfast this morning.


Below is a full picture, our daughter took both of these.


She and Karen accompanied Mrs. Jim and I on a cruise from Venice, Italy to Istanbul and on into the Black Sea where we made three stops.  Most every day we stopped. The cruise ended in Athens where we made our last excursion, that one ended at the airport.

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(2)  A Favorite: This is our youngest great-granddaughter, EV with Mrs. Jim and our granddaughter, Megan.  EM may be the last for a while.  But we do have a great-great-daughter coming early in March.  We have five children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

(3)  A Flower:  Our backyard Hibiscus did not survive a recent cold night.  We haven't dug it up but have cut back all the limb ends.  The entire plant now looks dead.  We have already decided to start the Hibiscus with a new plant.


 

 
         Before:                             the Snow before the Freeze:
 
 
 
 

(4)  Some Lagniappe:  Ford emblem Starts with "F".  It was found at https://www.globalcarsbrands.com/ford-logo-history-and-models/ where on the Home Page I also found emblems for Fiat and Ferrari.
 
Two of my cars are Ford Mustangs, a Black 1998 Ford Mustang GT Convertible, and a Green 1974 Ford Mustang II Ghia.  I like them both, the '74 was Moms car which became mine again when she died in 1999. It now has 76K miles.
I was the original owner Mom's, it was a Ford Employee lease car which was turned in for a 1975 model.  As a Ford employee with over 15 years seniority at the time I was able
to get it for her.  She came to Texas to get it real fast.

The picture on the right show four of my cast iron 1:16 scale model Ford cars.  Shown clockwise are a 1956 Ford Sunliner Convertible (I bought one of these new), a 1937 Ford Convertible (for a short time my first school car was a 1937 Ford Tudor Sedan), a 2003 Ford Mustang GT Convertible--mine is a 1998), and a 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible (I almost bought one of these from a friend who was moving for $200.00).

I have over 30 cast iron 1:16 model cars, many of which I have owned a real car similar, most are Fords.  I like Ford cars.  Also I was a Ford Aerospace Engineer for 17 years, working first at El Paso, Texas, then New Hampshire for three years, and for the last 14 years of my tenure at the NASA Manned Space Center, Houston, Texas.



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Friday, February 02, 2018

Weekend Roundup -- 05-18 (for letter "E")

Weekend Roundup, this week's prompts;
Starts with "E"; A Favorite; and Evening  
 

(1) Starts with "E": Elephant starts with "E".  This is KP's school room.  Originally it was a "secret room" with access made by pushing towards the wall on a bookcase.  KP has pretty well taken over there. Other than school, remaining are a few communications distribution equipment on one wall.  KP is our eight-year-old granddaughter.  She's in the third grade.

 
 
 
 
Teacher's desk.  Pretty neat (both definitions)!
 

(2) A Favorite:  First week in February, a new month, calls again for my NAPA Calendar.  On display below is a pretty 1956 Austin-Healy sports car.  They came out just before I was drafted, I remember visiting the dealer showroom in Lincoln Nebraska.  At the moment I wanted one but instead I  bought a New 1956 Ford Sunliner Convertible.



(3) Evening:  It snowed all day but this is all that lingered on until Evening when the snowfall stopped.  Some places in town had more, others had less. 

4.a.  LagniappeElfin Sports cars.  These cars are made in Australia.  I first heard of them when preparing for this Weekend Roundup post. (Link 1)(Link 2)

                           
4.b.  Lagniappe:  Elfin emblem (Starts with "E".  It was found at http://www.car-logos.net/ where I also found emblems for Emgrand and Eterniti automobiles.
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