Friday, August 26, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.09 -- "I" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of August 26th:
1. Starts with "I"
2. Week's Favorite
3. Pink

1. Ice Cream Starts with "I" :  In my world of eating, and blogging (link to past SOME of my past posts), "I" definitely is for Ice CreamI Scream for Ice Cream!!!

I'll do favorites here.

At the right is the neighborhood Gelato Mio store in St. John's Wood, London, U.K. (link) The store is on High Street, like the U.S. "Main Street", for St. John's Wood, this town in Westminster, is home for Paul McCartney not and the old London Stomping ground for the Beatles. 

Their first recording school was on Abbey Road there, and only a block from our Daughter, KP, and SIL, who lived in London for five years, all but the last two months in St. John's Wood.

While we were in London, staying with the kids, we would make a visit to Gelato Mia more often than once a week, i.e., we were 'regulars'.  The ice cream, European Gelato, was to die for.  My favorite was Raspberry Amaretto in a Waffle cone. 

Now for the ice creams that we eat here at home:

In order of our likes:

1.  Blue Bell Light -- for a long time Blue Bell was shut down due to a bacteria run loose in their plants.  Finally this was all scrubbed out and disinfected and things were back to normal.  Almost.  Our favorite flavor, this Light variety, was the last to start production, months behind the regular flavors.  It was also Adi's favorite. (link)
2.  This should have been "Dryer's French Silk" but I got the wrong kind and so we eat chocolate again.  KP will help us with that, she has several kinds of chocolate that she likes.

Not very obvious on the package, but 'Slow Churned' flavors are also their Lite ice cream, of which classification French Silk belongs.
3.  Blue Bell Dutch Chocolate is KP's favorite.  It is regular ice cream, not 'light'.  For chocolates, this is also our favorite. 

We always keep chocolate on hand for KP.
4.  Blue Bell Butter Crunch is sort of like having Butter Finger bars ground up and mixed into the ice cream.  Not being light, we eat this one sparingly but it is really good.

Often with our Blue Bell Light we cut up a Butter Finger or a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup bar and sprinkle that on the top of the ice cream.

4.  Kroger Chocolate is very dark and chocolatey, KP likes this one next to Blue Bell.   Kroger's 'Private Selection' ice cream is very fine, almost as good as Blue Bell.

2. Week's Favorite:  Not too much going on, lots of TV news: (I did get the car inspected get the license plates updated)

Floods in neighboring Louisiana were still bad. 
Alligators had escaped from their habitat. 

Our weather is cooling now.  Mid 90's for highs, sometimes high 80's.  We haven't been to Galveston for quite a while. It's about a 45 minute drive.
3. Pink:  I like to take pictures of pink cars, I don't really know why.

Both these are 1955 Fords, the one on the left was on a NAPA calendar, part of my collection.  It might be red but I think it is a dark pink.  Ford made more pink ones that red in 1955.

The one on the right is my car, a 1:18 scale cast iron model of the 1955 Ford Crestline hardtop.  I bought it way back from the farm store in Tekamah, Nebraska, from their after Christmas sale for half price. 

Here are a few more that I appreciated at least enough to take their pictures:

At left a toy plastic car in conjunction with the Big Breakfast celebration at our church, it was a place marker for its owner's lemon bars.  I got the last one.  On the right is a nondescript pink car parked in Friendswood (Texas) at a shopping center.  Kind of pretty.

On the right here is a pink toy car for kids to ride in after the parents have loaded it with a few quarters.  It was by the Merry Go Round at the Woodlands (Texas) Shopping Mall.
I am not KP's parent, just a grandparent, and I didn't have quarters for this car.  We may have fed another earlier, I can't remember.  We did feed the Carousal.
KP was about three here, home from London to visit her four grandparents..

This is a training vehicle belonging to the U.S. Navy at Christchurch, New Zealand.  The Navy has a training facility there for Antarctic Exploration.  One like this one took us for a bumpy ride through the snow at the training field.  We were riding in a trailer-like vehicle being pulled by an Arctic Crawler like this one.  I don't know why it was pink, not a regular Navy color for vehicles.

At left is a pink car on track in Peppa Pig Land, Southampton, U.K.  We rode the train down from London.  Our main purpose was to introduce the play-land to KP.  She was three and loved Peppa Pig (Google search).  Mrs. Jim was driving, Billy (KP's Daddy) was her passenger.  Front seat passenger was KP.  The car on the right was a Ukraine find.

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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 Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.08 -- "H" is for ...

This week's Friday Hunt topics are:

 - Starts with "H";
 - Week’s Favorite;  and
 - Single.  

Starts with "H":  That would be our Home. Here would be KP and Mrs. Jim, soaking up some sun between the showers we've been having this week.  KP also did some swimming.

Week’s Favorite:  We've had KP as guest all week, she will be going home either tonight or Saturday morning.  Her favorite activity this week has been swimming.

Here are some pictures of her activities for the rest of our Week's Favorite:

Old Maid is her favorite card game.  We played Old Maid quite a bit but also she likes Bunco so we played that one also.  For some reason we missed getting out the checker board. 
I asked KP if the Old Maid were married.  She said, "No, but she used to be.  Her husband died."

She even swims after dark.  The "STEP-iT" wrist device is the toy that McDonalds quite handing out with the Happy Meals.  She has two, this one she picked up when they stopped for brunch on the way to the Children's Museum down at Richmond, Texas, 24 minutes from here.  Starting with Zero and ending at bedtime with 17, 190 steps, I'd say she had a busy day.  Of course Mrs. Jim followed her every step.

KP likes to play hide and seek better than we do.  But we do accommodate her.  I found her hiding behind the bed here.  Thursday she had a dental appointment so we took her to the local Pediatric Dental Safari for her checkup.  She is about to lose another front tooth but it stayed in for a later date to disembark.

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My last picture is from our visit to Trade Joe's grocery store.  I like Trader Joe's because they have food samples all the time.  We went there because it is close to KP's dentist.  Our best bargain was a dozen Jumbo Grade A eggs for $1.49, the same price as a can of sardines in olive oil for me.  Bananas were also 19 cents each, I picked up three large green ones.  I won't bother you with the rest.
Single:  I should have left the old maid for this one.  She by definition is a single lady. 
But I have found another Single item, it is a Single Exhaust as opposed to Dual Exhausts.  This would be on a car, explaining how many exhaust pipes car has, one two.
My car below is a 1936 Ford Tudor Convertible with one, i.e. Single, exhaust (lower picture, the shiny pipe and muffler running from the motor to the rear bumper).  Hot rodders would add another exhaust for better efficiency and more power.
The next two cars have dual exhausts.  First is this pretty 2003 Ford Mustang Cobra which I bought from the parts people at the Ford dealer in Conroe, Texas.  Those parts people generally have a 'car calendar' having Ford car pictures for me sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas time. 

And this third one is a 1956 Ford Sunliner Convertible which came from the factory with dual exhausts with the standard Ford Thunderbird V8 engine. 
Mine was white where this one is red, and a pale green where this one has black.  I bought it new when the law was giving me a really hard time about my loud mufflers.  That car was hot-rodded and needed those exhausts to accelerate quickly enough to stay ahead of the '55 and '56 Chevy's.

Did you notice that the '56 had no "X" pipe welded between the car pipes before the mufflers.  Doing that would have added several horsepower and would have helped it go quicker and faster.  All modern cars with V8 engines now have these.  My 1974 Mustang II does not.
I was drafted in May of 1956 and had to sell the car because my car payments were more than my total Army pay including a married with two kids (in December) allotment.  I placed it on a consignment lot and traded it for a 1950  2-door Jimmy Dean type Mercury.  I kept that car for five years and literally drove the wheels off it.  It was also very fast and had dual exhausts.
(image below and the 'definition' above are from Googling "Old Maid") 

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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 Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.07 -- "G" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of August 12th:  (results of last week's survey are here posted below) (1). Starts with "G"; (2). Week's Favorite; and (3) Wheels

Watermelon way of eating survey - Here and Facebook total was thirteen (13):
Spoon - 4
Fork & knife - 5
Hands - 4, some others did this way when younger, I did out in the melon patch.

1. Starts with G:  Today "G" is for Green, green spinach.  Being retired, we have cut down on cooking and have tried to cut down on eating.  The later says we need to eat out more than we did while we were working.

Our favorite faster eating places are McDonald's, Wendy's, and a sampling of the various Chinese and BBQ places.  Luby's Cafeteria and Chick Filet are also on our list. 

We hardly ever eat at the Chick Filet places here in Katy because we have not found one that has any 'extra benefits' for seniors to stop there.  In the Conroe/Woodlands and others we find when traveling offer a 10% discount.  But not here in the Katy area.  Katy is a Yuppie area and I really think Chick Filet would rather not have Seniors around.  They even build playgrounds for the kids, but nothing here for us Seniors!

When we eat at Luby's most times we get a coupon in our e-mail of a special.  This Tuesday we had a coupon to buy-one-get-one for their Luby's Combo Meal so we used it, saving $9.99 plus tax.  A good deal, Goodbye again, Chick Filet!!

[on the left, my plate at home, right what I had at Luby's, divided to take some home]
Here is my plate.  First thing is do is to divide my food in half and separate it to one side.  This will be my noon meal for the next day or one more next.  You will note I had Chicken Fried Chicken with White Gravy on the side.  It is my favorite there.  Mrs. Jim had a fried white fish patty.

For vegetables I had Spinach and Black Eyed Peas.  Neither of these had I ever eaten until I met Mrs. Jim.  I was excused from Spinach and Oatmeal at home, the oatmeal made me gag.  I chose to show my Spinach picture as Spinach is a Green vegetable.

Many Nebraska and further north people haven't heard of Black eyed peas. 

2. Week's Favorite:  I have several new teeth in this new bridge.  I've been wearing a temporary bridge.

The temporary bridge had broken three times.  This one is supposed to be affixed much firmer.

The third time it broke I came in to have it repaired or for the dentist to say it would be okay as half was still there.
[Please don't click this one.  It will get so big it will scare you]

Instead, since my new bridge was in, they just went ahead and put this one in.

3. Wheels:

A celebrity must have gotten a ticket.  For speeding?

Cars, aka Wheels, are the 1932 Ford (Duece) Roadster Hotrod and a 1956 Ford Police car.

I've not had a '32 Ford but have had two 56's, a Ford Sunliner convertible and a Ford Four Door Hardtop.  Each has a history that I may never completely tell.

It qualifies as "Wheels" because the later models were about the most practical replacement for hotrods.  Mags hadn't been sold at consumer prices yet.  Wire wheels were an option for some cars.  These red ones were probably off a 1950's Mercury which would bolt on a later model axle using hydraulic brakes.
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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 Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter.

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Friday, August 05, 2016

My Survey ~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.06 -- "F" is for ...

DO YOU USE a knife and fork to eat Watermelon or a spoon.  I will tabulate results for next week.  

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Please Vote with your comment for either, or something else.  Most 'something else' people will be eating it with their hands, taking big juicy bites.  I put salt on my melon use a spoon to eat it.
(2.b) Week's Favorite:  We have watermelon on the brain here this week.  Last weekend we drove up to North Louisiana, to Farmerville which is north of Rustin, almost to Arkansas.  Farmerville was holding its annual Watermelon Festival.

The celebration we had was to buy a round, five of us, Royce, Velma, Mrs. Jim, KP, and me of Sonic Drive In milkshakes.  They were half price after seven on Saturday nights all month.

We forgot to buy a watermelon there so we bought one Thursday at our grocery store.  Kroger sells Texas watermelons which are a bit better than most of them from Louisiana.
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Friday’s Hunt for the week of August 5th:  (1) Starts with F;  (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Shiny  
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(1) Starts with "F":  Ford, my favorite car and also my employer for 17 years.

This one, on the left, is a 1 9 3 4 Ford three-window coupe.  Envision it without headlights, having the fenders cropped fairly close to the body, and with very heavy duty bumpers.

Oh yes, paint the number "88" on the doors and trunk and you will have our 'modified stock' oval dirt track racing car back before I got drafted into the Army.

Our car was very fast, it would almost always win the "B" Feature race.  We held it back so as to come in about third or fourth in our Heat race so it wouldn't have to race in the "A" Feature race.  Occasionally we would race there but never could come in first place.

This is a 1928, 29, 30, or 31 Model A Ford Pickup.  I don't know who owns it but it was parked in the parking lot of First Baptist Church, Conroe, Texas.  It looks almost all original.  I have never owned a Model A and haven't driven one.  My parents had a 1929 Coupe when I was born.

I have owned quite a few Fords in my time:  two 1950 Ford Tudors (both pretty black), a 1951 Tudor,  a 1952 Tudor, a 1953 Tudor, two 1956's (a brand new convertible and a four-door hardtop), a 1967 Station Wagon, a 1969 Thunderbird, a 1972 Pinto, a 1974 Mustang II (still own it), two 1976 four-doors, and my last, a 1998 GT Convertible (still own this one). 

I counted twelve (12) Fords that I have owned, there is another, a 1937 Ford Tudor.  But technically it beloned to Dad as I was only 14 and it was my school car to drive into high school.  We only kept it for a couple of weeks, another story there.

(2.a) Week's Favorite:  It has to be Simone Biles, the U.S. Woman's Gymnastics first seat.  She is from Spring, Texas, which is a northern suburb of Houston.  The U.S. team should be having qualifications Sunday, August 7.  Much will be on NBC if I read the schedule correctly.  You can check for more, Google will get you there. U.S. is predicted for Gold.
(Photos are from today's H o u s t o n C h r o n i c l e.)

(3) Shiny:  This our is our Enterprise rental car for about a week, courtesy of Farmer's Insurance.  It is a 2016 Ford Fusion, fairly loaded, and with low miles. [You can click on it to see it better--back button gets you back here again.]

Did you know that NASCAR Ford Racing uses the Ford Fusion, hot-rodded of course.

A couple of weeks ago we were on our way to Baton Rouge to visit Mrs. Jim's cousin who is 96 years ago--she still drives around town.  We didn't get very far and a who was following us very close banged into us.

He banged into us and after about 50 feet banged into us again.  I thought sure he had road rage and I wasn't about to let him away.  We were in the left, fast, lane going about 40 mph so I just stopped.  A witness stopped in the middle lane beside us and soon a Harris County Sheriff Deputy also pulled in behind my witness.

The man was lethargic and not angry or excited one bit.  He said he was on his way to the hospital, I assumed under too much medication.  When he got out of his Bruiser Ford with a cow catcher front accessory to talk with the Sheriff's deputy he didn't stay because he was told to go get back into his truck.  He almost tripped on the curb going back.

[Our car is the gray Cadillac in the lower left corner]
The Houston Police came and finished things up.  His cow catcher had messed up our back bumper pretty badly and the impact hurt both our neck muscles, I got a headache.  The medic recommended Mrs. Jim go to the ER but she didn't because we were on our way to see her cousin.  The police ordered the ambulance take the other driver to he hospital.  He wasn't quite elderly yet but he was 70. 

After an hour and a half we were back on our way to Baton Rouge.  I did loose the left half of my temporary bridge eating an Egg McMuffin at McDonald's.  My headaches have mostly stopped and our neck and shoulders feel better.  The insurance wants to settle that part quickly, we haven't yet.  We did find out not to mix Advil or Aspirin with Meloxicam from the Walgreen pharmacist.
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 Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter.

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