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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Friday, September 01, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.09 -- "I" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of September 1st: 
(1) Starts with "I"; (2) Bowl; and (3) Desire

 
 
 
(1) Starts with "I":  "I" is for Idiot Drivers.  About half of the auto accidents are caused by Idiots.  More than half of the improper parking is caused by Idiots.
(Previous posts on parking, http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/search?q=parking)
 
(The only correct definition for Idiot is now "a stupid person."  An archaic definition was "

a mentally handicapped person." I hope my use of that word doesn't offend anyone reading this.  You may take issue in your comment.)
 
[please click on the picture to make it a
bit larger -- I am the boy in back row]
Older 2010 Blog Post with this 6th grade picture:
http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2010/08/flashback-friday-9-what-do-i-remember.html

(2) Bowl: "Bowl haircut" ~~ Some of the kids in my school got teased for their bowl haircuts.  Generally those were given by a parent, usually the dad.  I was lucky, my dad bought some hand clippers (we didn't have electricity) and cut my hair with them, and Mom cut his also with them.  

Dad did a pretty good job, I never got teased.  See picture above, I am the boy in bib overalls, second from the right.  This was probably a 6th grade school picture.  I was the only one in the 6th grade.  And about half of us were cousins.
 


 

(3) Desire: 'Desire' equals 'want'.  I like the Rolling Stones' song, "You don't always get what you want" (but you do get what you need).  One of my favorite songs.  The  Lyrics: (below)

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Print Screen copy of the lyrics posted at https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGHP_enUS574US574&q=You+don%27t+always+get+what+you+want+video

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Friday, August 25, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.08 -- "H" is for ...


Friday's Hunt for the week of August 25th: 
(1) Starts with H; (2) simple (simplify); and (3) Green

(1) Starts with "H": House, Home, Hurricane, Harvey
These pictures below are the positional views, down the street (South), our House, and the view up the street (North). [click on a picture for larger sized viewing]
 
The front door opening when you knock or ring the bell makes it "Welcome to Our Home."

You might notice that the streets are wet.  I took this earlier today, we are having the fringes of Hurricane Harvey cause showers and mists all day long.

Harvey (or Ex-Harvey as some call it because it is the resurrected hurricane or Hurricane Harvey) began in the Pacific Ocean, crossed over Mexico going East, and then came up to us on the Gulf Coast as a full blown Category 3 Hurricane

It is expected to make landfall around Corpus Christi to the South, then go up into Texas or meander East along the Gulf shores.  Forecasters are saying that it to go East to Louisiana as a tropical storm and then find its way up into Canada.  Lots of water along the way for us here in the Houston, Texas, area.



 


(2) simple (simplify): This was simmply left in our car for a few hours Wednesday and look what happened. 

Think a child could survive?  In the 90's outside but I wonder how hot it got in the car?  What in the world is this?  Highlight the blank space below, in between the parenthesis marks to find the real story.
(Simply peanut butter in a jar melted down?  See the flat place on the right side where it settled, then cooled from our car A/C. )

(3) Green: (John Deere tractors) ??  Calendar trucks/cars ) ??  My old Studebaker ) ??  Not this time, search my blog for those.



How about a Green Dragon?  SIL got this for KP, she is now eight but still has fun with it.  In the bath tube of the bath adjoining my office (a converted extra downstairs bed room.)

Or a nice Green Garden Salad? (Pictured at the top of this blog post)  Mrs. Jim and I made this for lunch today.  It is a Chicken Salad with Lettuce and Veggies.  Really Good!!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.07 -- "G" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of August 18th: (1) Starts with "G": (2) Candy: (3) Latch

 
(1.a) Starts with "G": "G" is for Guy the Gorilla (1946–1978) who lived in the London Zoo from 1960.  He is now a bronze gorilla casting at the London Zoo.  KP was four (4) and a couple of days.  For more information please visit Wikipedia here at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_the_Gorilla.  Guy led quite a life, he was even in movies.

(1.a) Starts with "G": "G" is for GT-350, here a Shelby Mustang GT-350 Convertible.  This one is a 1969 model for the August classic car picture for my August 2017 NAPA Calendar.

The car had a 351 CID Ford Windsor engine developing 290 horsepower.  That isn't super much, my 1969 Ford T-Bird Hardtop had a 429 CID engine that made 360 horsepower.  It would and has run away from these Shelby GT-350's

Below I have a link to some other of my NAPA Calendars.  1969 Ford Specifications:  http://automotivemileposts.com/tbird1969specifications.html . I have the spinner hubcaps and the blue glass Thunderbird emblem from it.  That was okay as I sold it for scrap after it flooded in 1979 with four feet of water.

My 1998 Mustang GT specifications are
4.6Litter (281 CID) DOHC V8 = 305 hp @ 5500 RPM & 300 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
It is quicker and faster than either of the cars above because it is lighter.
 
(2) Candy: Here we see two water bottles from the Marriott Hotel near the Capital in Washington D.C.  Since they are disposable many guests take them home to reuse. 

The one on the left in the picture Karen brought home for me.  It is a new bottle filled with Candy Coated Reese's Peanut Chocolate blended very close in size to the M&M's that we all like.

On the right is a bottle I brought home with the Reese's when we went this January.  Now is has some sitting-around leftover candies.

The newer bottles have decreased in size.  They are a fill-your-own, water or candy.  They may now be smaller as to be less obtrusive when carried in a pocket.

 
To the right is a piece of Chocolate Covered Honey Comb Candy.  It has sort of a Butter Finger taste.  I've cut through it so that we can see the honeycomb.

Bees didn't make this honeycomb, it is a piece of mostly sugar and honey  heated to the candy stage, infused with baking soda, and then poured out on a baking sheet. 

Below I have copied a recipe to make your own.  We bought ours in bulk from Sprout's Grocery out of a 40 or so gallon wooden barrel. 

(3) Latch: We went to Jackson, Tennessee last month, driving the loaner SUV I blogged about last week and the week before.  My BIL & SIL sang a duet for the Sunday Night
Service at the Methodist church.  Winetta sang four additional songs after that.  It was an outside affair with Barbecue and fixings, soft drinks, and homemade dessert.

Jackson is a nice smallish city, population of  67,265 by a 2012 estimate.  (Wikipedia) Sunday after church and on Monday we toured the city and surrounding area.  One of my favorites was the little train museum with inside and outside exhibits.  The inside was the old Jackson train station but it was closed on Sunday when we visited.
In the picture above at right we were peeking into the Dining Car which was closed.  I am sure it had a latch with a lock to keep people out when things are closed.  We were standing between this caboose (what is that!!!) and the kitchen looking into it ahead.

Mrs. Jim is operating the manual switching levers to get a feel of what her daddy did when he worked in the railroad yards.  He died when Mrs. Jim was only seven years old. (Click on the pictures to get a larger sized view.)

 
 
 
The Polk House in Jackson, Tennessee, not President Polk's
 
 
Dr. M.D. Anderson's boyhood home in Jackson, Tennessee
 
Chocolate Covered Honeycomb recipe
http://www.clumsycrafter.com/2013/11/chocolate-covered-honeycomb-recip/
 
Chocolate Covered Honeycomb Candy
A flaky honey candy covered in chocolate.
 
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup honey
  2. 1/2 cup corn syrup
  3. 2 cups sugar
  4. 3 tablespoons water
  5. 1 tablespoon baking soda
  6. Chocolate Candy Coating
 
Instructions
  1. Combine honey, corn syrup, sugar and water in a deep pan on the stove. Stir together quickly and then turn the stovetop to medium high and do not stir again. Watch closely to keep from bubbling over. Cook until mixture reaches 300 degrees, about 12-13 minutes and a light amber color.
  2. While mixture is cooking, prepare a deep pan by lining it with parchment paper and greasing it liberally.
  3. When mixture is at 300 degrees or a light amber brown, remove from heat and quickly stir in 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Mixture will expand rapidly.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and let cool and harden for 30 minutes.
  5. When the candy is hard, cut into smaller pieces over a sheet of parchment paper.
  6. Melt chocolate in microwave according to package directions. Coat candy in chocolate and set aside on parchment paper to harden.
  7. Enjoy!
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