Friday, January 12, 2018

Weekend Roundup -- 02-18 (for letter "B")

Weekend Roundup:
Starts with "B."  Weeks favorite.  New Beginning. 

(1) Starts with "B"  "B" is for Bellaire, a Red 1957 Chevy Bellaire Convertible.  It is the First month's picture for my 2018 NAPA Calendar.  BTW, I had a very good friend who had one of these new.  Both he and the Chevy Bellaire were consumed in a Gas Station Fire.  Someone lit a cigarette, my friend was working at the station.

The specs:  Either a 265 c.i.d. or a 283 c.i.d. engine.  My flathead Hot Rodded 1952 Ford 2-Door** would outrun or keep even with all the overhead valve 1955-6-7 Chevy's

(2) Weeks favorite:  Mood helpers:

Happy MacDonald's Balloons and
Hopeful Promise (Rainbow after Rain):

(3) New Beginning:  My Chevy Bellaire is also a New Beginning as it is to be found on my NAPA Auto Parts Classic Car Calendar, New for January 2018

As I have mentioned before, I have them from the second to this one.  These NAPA Auto Parts  Calendar had their beginnings in the 1970's.

** Note:
My 1952 Ford 2-door, hot rodded, had a Mercury Flathead valve V-8 engine that I built, bored and stroked, ported and relieved, with a "Street cam".  It had an automatic transmission, looked stock, except for upgraded seats.  We calculated it to be 297 c.i.d.

It was a very pretty green, I bought it two years old.  I don't know how fast it would go but the speedometer only went to 100 and I drove it so fast you could look down into the instrument and not be able to see the needle.  Those were my 'fast days'.

4.1. LagniappeBMW Car Logo (starts with "B")
found at

4.2. LagniappeBraunschweiger (starts with "B") Snack that I take with my Tri-glyceride Meds (take with food" directions). I buy them at our New (beginningsAldi's Grocery Store for $1.99 for a one pound package.  My other name brand had gone up to $3.99 for eight ounces at our name brand store.
BTW, you may call this treat "liverwurst".

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Monday, January 08, 2018

Little Red Wagon

"Little Red Wagon" Foto Tunes
[incidentally, I'm sitting in a little red wagon in my profile picture]


1970's VolksWAGON, found in Montevideo, Uruguay, January 1, 1917.
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We were making a pit stop potty-wise, and not many places were open on the New Year Holiday.  Not even MacDonald's.  But this gas station was kind and loaned us the use of his facilities 

This Little Red VW find was a beauty in my book. I'd like to have seen and heard it run. I believe it is used for street purposes?  Street racing?  I'm too old for that now though my Mustang GT strains at times but I hold it back.

Below are a couple other "Little Red Wagons"
that I found on our Montevideo city tour that day:

I had been wanting to post the VW find, quite a surprise for me.  But for today? 
I didn't know this song existed until I Googled "Little Red Wagon" and I've never heard of Miranda Lambert (search) before.  You may have, I don't keep up with the moderns songs, it's mainly the Oldies and Classic Rock songs for me.
"Little Red Wagon"

You only love me for my big sun glasses
And my Tony Lomas
And my Dodge Dart classic
You said "I'll be Johnny and you'll be June
I'll ride with you to the moon"
But guess what?

You can't ride in my little red wagon
The front seat's broken and the axle's draggin'
You can't step to this backyard swagger
You know it ain't my fault when I'm walkin' jaws droppin' like
Ooh, ah, ooh, ah

Oh, heaven help me
I've been sowing wildflower seeds
And chasing tumble weeds
But that's just who I be
And you're just trying to slow this rolling stone
But I'm on to you baby
So guess what?

You can't ride in my little red wagon
The front seat's broken and the axle's draggin'
No you can't step to this backyard swagger
You know it ain't my fault when I'm walkin' jaws droppin' like
Ooh, ah, ooh, ah

Oh, you only love me for my big sun glasses
And my Tony Lomas
I live in Oklahoma
And I've got long, blonde hair
And I play guitar, and I go on the road
And I do all the shit you wanna do
And my dog does tricks
And I ain't about drama, y'all
And I love my apron
But I ain't your mama!
So guess what?

You can't ride in my little red wagon
The front seat's broken and the axle's draggin'
No you can't step to this backyard swagger
You know it ain't my fault when I'm walkin' jaws droppin' like
Ooh, ahh, ooh, ahh
Oooohh, yeah. Ahhhhh. Oooooohh. Ah
From "AZlyrics",

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Friday, January 05, 2018

Weekend Roundup -- 01-18 (for letter "A")

Weekend Roundup --
Starts with "A", Week's Favorite, and Art

1. Starts with "A": "Away" starts with "A"

"Away in a Manger":
This manger was in a neighbor's lawn.  I especially like it because when taken down it will fold for easy storing and occupying a small space. 

For next year I think I will try to make one out of a half piece of plywood.
I learned this song at school, 1st grade:

"Away in a Manger
....  Faith Hill
Away in a manger
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Lay down His sweet head

The stars in the sky
Look down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay
The cattle are lowing
The poor Baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes
I love Thee, Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my side
'Til morning is nigh
Be near

'Away up there':
Those niches are as long way away from the floor, and still a ways up from my 10-foot stepladder.   

This is the first year we have used them for Christmas.  Thank goodness the nutcrackers are made of wood and aren't very heavy. 

Next year I will use my 14-foot stepladder.  We had to have a handy man come to exchange a battery for the smoke detector outside the master bedroom, behind the fireplace.

2.  Week's Favorite:
"Ghosts at Full Moon"
I just happened to catch this one in our garden/backyard begging at the first Super Moon of January.  There will be another late in the month, the 31st. 

Since there are two full moons in one month, the second is called a "Blue Moon".  Using my camera it will not seem any different than this one.

Inside the sheet, the ghost is actually our orange flowering hibiscus plant which will be a casualty of the cold night.  It got down to 25°F, which was a bit too cold for the tender plant.

3.  Art:  Box Car Art  

These two pictures are what I call "Box Car Art" although to some it is just plain (malicious??) graffiti.  I noticed them as the train passed at the crossing where I was waiting to cross.  I was very pleased with my stop. 
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As an aside, why don't you be on the lookout
for some Box Car Art and share it here.

I shared these pictures before on my other blog with a little poem which surmised the attributes of a possible artist who did the painting.  Link 
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4. LagniappeAlpha Romeo Car Logo (starts with "A")

Let us see as we progress at what letter we have to skip because there isn't nor hasn't been a car starting with that letter.

I'm getting my car info from

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! ~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.26 -- "Z" is for ...

Friday Hunts for the week of December 29th:
1. Starts with "Z"; 2. reflect(ion); and 3. the end

1.a. Starts with "Z": Ze (also zir) starts with "Z".  I learned something when I discovered this, you might also like (or you might not):

"ze - Wiktionary
One refers to a person with ze and hir or zir typically (a) when their gender is unknown, and one wishes to avoid assuming their gender, or (b) when they are neither male nor female in gender, making he and she (and also either/or terms like s/he or (s)he) inappropriate and potentially hurtful."

1.b. Starts with "Z": Better I like e Zee, mostly used instead as Easy.  Here we have "e Zee on the Eyes" with this beauty, a Red 1955 Ford Crown Victoria.  The fine print says they sold for $2,202 new.  A new convertible would be $48 less so most opted for the  convertible.  My new 1956 Ford Convertible cost me $32xx.  But it had the Ford Thunderbird engine, auto transmission, and air conditioning.  AM radio, also extra, was it for the Fords and Chevys back then.

I have a story about a particular 1955 Ford.  My grandfather, just about ever since I new him  and the cars that he drove, with a 1942 Ford being the first car I remember him having, tried to buy a new car every year, alternating between Ford products and Buicks.  His last was a White 1955 Ford Tudor.  
Click here to read a whole 2009 blog post (shorter than this one) about both my 1955 Crown Victoria Ford Crown Vic and my Grandfather's 1955 Ford.
Grandpa also had a 1941 Ford 3/4 Ton Pickup that he used for farm activities and for hauling his Stud Horse around to the various farms where the horse serviced.  I went with him one time but had no idea of what was happening.  Not until much later. 
He kept that truck until he didn't have need for a pickup anymore.  An aside, I believe that a fellow loses a part of his manhood when he has to sell his truck.  I felt that way when I sold my 1986 Chevy pickup.

One day when his '55 Ford was fairly new he took me riding.  After he had asked if I liked his car, he said that when he died I could have it.  Well, he died still having that car but I didn't get it.  I am not sure what happened to it, I was away in the Army then.  And of course he hadn't changed his will for me either.

Pictures of the Calendar January page is from the newest of my NAPA Classic Car Calendar collection.  I have all but the first edition, 1972 or 1973. 

2. Reflect(ion):

 Here on the right you are seeing a reflection of Mrs. Jim, watching and waiting for me to finish taking this picture. 

I wanted to show some of our churches' Christmas Train Exhibitions.  We were standing outside a window, hence her reflection in the glass.

3.a. The end:
This will be Teresa's last time for to host the Friday Hunt.  Next year Tom, of The!/2017/12/fridays-hunt-z.html, the Back Roads Traveler, will be hosting Weekend Roundup which will be going through the Alphabet like I have been doing the past several years.  Both for Teresa's blog and another.

Also my Calendar, with the picture of the 1955 Ford, has this page up front for the end of 2017 with December

Then the next page, close to the front end, will start 2018, January, with a Red 1957 Chevy Bellaire Convertible.  I will post this and tell you about my friend who have one.  Another scary ending to begin the year with.

You can click and see here pictures and read of some of other NAPA Calendar pages which I have posted here from time to time.

 3.b. The end:  This is the end of one of my Christmas presents, a Lemon Pie from Houston La Table.  It was a miniature pie from our daughter, Karen. 

She purchased the next to last one for me.   I shared it with Mrs. Jim, here is a picture of the last bite which was a part of her half, or nearly half.  It was really good, "great!!"

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The Fine Print:

 - Teresa of Eden Hills, (click) is running for the last time this meme, Friday's Hunt. Her rules are: "Welcome to linkup for Friday’s Hunt. It’s very simple. Anyone can participate. The signing in link opens at 7pm Friday Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm." You can read others' posts the link below at any time.
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Monday, December 25, 2017

!!! Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays !!!

(My wish and message for you, one we share on Christmas Day)
Again, "Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays" !!!

My YouTube picks.  Please click on the titles to listen:

O Little Town of Bethlehem - YouTube 
The First Noel - Carrie Underwood (+lyrics) - YouTube 
Andrea Bocelli - What Child Is This - Live From The Kodak ... - YouTube 
Away in a Manger with Lyrics - Christmas Carols - YouTube 

Little Drummer Boy - Celtic Woman - YouTube 
Celtic Woman - Joy to the World 2015 - YouTube

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Photo of Katrin and Mrs. Jim Copyright, © 2017 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved

The announcement songs of Jesus birth are some of my favorites.  All are from YouTube that I found and were Okay.  You might find some you like better.  Or prefer selections.  That is fine.  If you want to share you can leave me a comment.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas !!! ~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.25 -- "Y" is for ...

Merry Christmas !!!
Friday's Hunt for the week of December 22nd
1. Starts with Y; 2. tree; and 3. shadows

1. Starts with "Y":  Yellow starts with "Y", it always does.  And generally I choose some of the Yellow cars that I have found during the last six months or more ago. 

This time I found a Yellow Crop Dusting Airplane Picture.  It was in a book at our World Market store.  I always wanted to ride with a Crop Duster but never had a real chance.  I suppose if I asked Cliff (Cliff Morrow's Blog--now silent in favor of Facebook) he would arrange that, or perhaps even fly me in his brothers plane. 

Cliff's parents and my parents were friends even before ELECTRONICS and SOCIAL MEDIA  were words.  Also, Mrs. Jim flew a similar maneuvering ride in here a Yellow T3 Warbird Trainer plane (picture) over the beach at Galveston (Texas).  She rode with the cockpit open and her job was to deploy the landing gear.  Warbirds for you.

I did find a couple of other Yellow pictures that were in competition for this season of Yellow:

[Train full of fruit at our Sprouts Grocery Store - - - Former 'Family/handicap" RR on Princess ships]

2. Tree: The large trees at the Model Railroad Exhibition at the main campus of our church.  That's the Second Baptist Church of Houston, Woodway Campus.  Ours 34 miles away is the 1463 Campus, located on Texas Hwy 1463 at Katy and Fulshear, Texas. 

Note two girls in these pictures, KP is the youngster at the very bottom of the picture on the left.  On the right this girl is hugging one of the Nutcrackers. 


3. Shadows: These are NYC traffic shots, getting over to Brooklyn.  We were in a van.  I hadn't noticed the car shadows until I started looking for some today.  Yellow vehicles too.  I'm glad our trees aren't going yellow.

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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 signing in link opens at 7pm Friday Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm." You can read others' posts the link below at any time.
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..........Now for more of the LagniappeYellow could also be this corn tortilla taco which uses some of our surplus of frozen clams.  "Y" also for Yummy !!!
....................................................................  4.  4. 4. 4. A bit of Lagniappe: I hope that you like this feature.  Another hint, the running picture concerns my recently married great-granddaughter, who has announced that next year Mrs. Jim and I will become great-great-grandparents

Or "Y" could be for Yummy-not in this not-delicious looking stuff, formally known to the kids as 'slime'. Mrs. Jim and KP made this slime yesterday using the common liquid starch and glue and water (1/2 cup each) and food dye and sparkles recipe. 
If you try to make it, add the liquid starch after mixing the water and glue.  And dump into a clean bowl when it's finished.

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Cliff Morrow also had this on his YouTube: 

David Phelps - Official Video for 'O Holy Night [Live]',…(

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