Friday, August 18, 2017

Great American 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

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Where will you be? See the video below to show the right places.

Friday, August 11, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.06 -- "F" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of August 11th:
(1) Starts with F; (2) New; and (3) Self (portrait)

(1) Starts with "FFFF, or Fine Feathered Friends and Fine Finned Friends.

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

I was at the Fort Bend Country Library, our branch, and happened upon these feathery guys.  Mother led the pack but the little ones scrambled for drinks.

These feathered folks are hanging out in our front flower bed.  Mrs. Jim has been giving them water.  Probably not needed now that we had seven (7) inches of rain last night.

We call them doves but they are much smaller than the ones we had north of town.  At first I though the larger one was the mother and the smaller one a babies about ready to fly.  Now we are thinking that they might be a pair, making four.

They don't seem to want to habit this nest in the gable.  We have not seen them fly.

(2) New: This is the New -- It is a 2017 Cadillac XTS SUV that we were GIVEN as a loaner while ours was being repaired.  It is for sale of course, as it only had 287 miles on it when we drove out the dealer's driveway.  

Now it has 2000 and a few miles. We drove it to Jackson, Tennessee, and back last week to see my BIL and out SIL.

 .....  and This is the Old -- Guess which one we kept.

Of course we are keeping the Old, we don't buy New and haven't during our marriage of 44 years.  The Old one has 106K miles on it, a 2011 Cadillac DTS.  The power steering pump went out on it and also the front suspension had a problem that didn't keep us from driving.  Supposedly it is all under warranty.

Update:  It was all covered by warranty with the loaner car, a replacement power steering pump, a conduit system that is fancier than a hose and including the towing and a front end alignment.  Plus a nice wash job. 

(3) Self (portrait):

(3.a)  A couple of Selfies of me taken in Spring 2014:  
-- me, my hand, holding a half eaten brat and sauerkraut sandwich, purchased at London, UK's, Borough Market;
-- then me with camera taking this 'mirror shot', Mrs. Jim, and KP all eating "on the street" at a Vauxhall (London, UK) standup eatery--I had fish and chips, Mrs. Jim had the hamburger and FF's, and KP had chicken nuggets. 
(3.b)  A couple more older Selfies from 2014:

Not my driving license picture, this one was taken during an 'honor Veterans breakfast' at KP's school.  No place like Texas!!
Older picture (a selfie) I wish was on my DL, I was much younger then.
Proof that I went to the DPS. I went to Huntsville, Texas, to get it done.
They are friendly down home, small town people, possibly with
a "large print" eye test chart.  The wait there was only 20 minutes.
My new license was for seven years and expires October 30, 2022.
That license will only last for two years due to age discrimination (getting Old).

(3.c) Selfie shots appearing on my blog, including these shown:
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 - 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 Friday Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm."

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Friday, August 04, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.05 -- "E" is for ...

Friday Hunt for the week of August 4th:
(1) Starts with E; (2) Drop(s); and (3) Happy

(3) Happy: Happy Cats appear a lot on calendars.  This calendar is a Cat Calendar that hangs on the wall between the breakfast room and the kitchen in my BIL's home in Jackson, Tennessee.  We were visiting him and his wife for a last weekend until yesterday (Friday evening until Wednesday morning.)

That was all in a loaner car from out dealer as the power steering pump went out in our car.  Our loaner was nice, a 2017 Cadillac XTS Stellar Black SUV with only 287 miles when we started.  Now it has over 2000.

I'll have a better picture next week or maybe "L" for Loaner week.  This picture was taken somewhere in eastern Arkansas of the car's Instrument Cluster.  The seed limit was either 70 or 75 mph.  I generally drive 'just a bit over.'

(1) Starts with "E":  Exoskeleton starts with "E".   For some reason I always called these a shell.  Well, it is really.

At the lower left in this picture is the shell from a locust who had outgrown his was in need of a new one.  My BIL think it belonged to a Katydid, but I wouldn't know.

Click on the picture for a much better view.  Click again, it might get bigger still.

(2) Drop(s):  Somehow I get the feeling that something dropped in here.  Or at least a few Drops did.
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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 Friday Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm."
 - I'm also linked with Sandee at her Feline Friday post,

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Friday, July 28, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.04 -- "D" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of July 28th:  
(1) Starts with D; (2) Favorite; and (3) Photographer’s choice

(1) Starts with "D":  Dinner.  Here we have about half of our Sunday school class for a Saturday night Pot Luke Dinner.  The ribs at the bottom went fast.

Our class has about 140 members, last week we had 85 members and five visitors in attendance.  At least that's those who got counted.  Some may have sneaked in.

(2) Favorite
KP is our youngest grandchild.  She is growing more every day.  Almost to Mrs. Jim's height.

(3) Photographer’s choice:  First two are "Before" pictures.

Next three are "During" pictures

The top two were from Wednesday, the day we had 37 third graders.  Mrs. Jim and I volunteered to work in VBS (Vacation Bible School) this year.  Four mornings.  The bottom picture was yesterday, last day when only 23 showed for our class.
In the bottom picture you are seeing a paper plate percussion section playing their paper plates while the little boom box is playing and Mrs. Nan is directing.
We had 14 sections of third grade children, each class supposedly having 30 kids.  The first day enrollment was 2456 ranging from Kindergarten to 5th grades.  I don't know attendance for the other three days. 
Our church is a Mega church, Second Baptist of Houston with Ed Young being our senior pastor.  You may have seen him on TV.  Of the six campuses, we are outside of Houston near Katy Texas.  We became members because our youngest daughter has her family here.  This involved a move when they returned from a five year stint in London, U.K.
There aren't any "After" pictures. 
One would have been of two very large trash bins.
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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 Friday Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm."

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Friday, July 21, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.03 -- "C" is for ...

Friday Hunt for the week of July 21st:  
(1) Starts with "C"; (2) Building; and (3) Something I wear

(1) Starts with "C":  These are not my Camel Bells (if I can find them/I couldn't).  (Mine look a lot like these pictured only newer, bright brass color with engravings.  I'll tag this post with a "Camel Bells  "Label" here and with a post of mine to come later showing and telling of my Camel Bells.  Click on this picture for larger viewing or you can see the ones on the right better by themselves at

I bought my Camel Bells from a street vendor in Egypt, probably Cairo, in our 1980.  There to the Sphinx we did ride a camel up the hill to visit the largest pyramid.  My pictures need to be scanned to show here.

Alternative "C", Clocks in our House.  The one above is an old English pendulum clock from the 1860's.  We have some documentation on it.  It is a gift to Mrs. Jim.
Daily driver if I NEED to wake up before I wake up.
It used to be Karen's who needs an extra loud one.

Watches with history.  One is my grandfather's who hocked it to get back
home to Nebraska from Arkansas where he couldn't make a living farming.
Another belonged to Mrs. Jim's father.  She bought an uncle
a new watch to replace his in order to have this one.
Finally one has been 'willed' to me by Katrin's deceased owner.
Clocks on our built-in Book shelves:
Three carriage clocks, British I believe.  Given to Mrs. Jim.
Three French clocks, we don't have them running.  They
sit on a large secretary standing next to the stairs.Given to Mrs. Jim. 
I also have a wall clock larger than these that hangs in my 'office'.
We also have my parents Kitchen clock, about 18 inches high, windup.
And an Emperor hall clock which we bought and I assembled.

(2) Building: The Trump Hotel in Washington D.C.  No, we didn't stay there, way too many $$$$Bucks for us.  But we did go there for coffee one afternoon.  Mrs. Jim and I opted for a nice Cappuccino.  We were served in the hotel lobby.


This January we traveled with Karen's family to visit BP who is attending college there.  While there we went on a campus tour and attended a play she had produced.  Some of those pictures are on another post.

(3) Something I wear:  Most year round I wear golf or sporting shirts and shorts.  The color fitting me is blue.  These socks I just washed, Iwash my own clothes.  The small pair was for Adi so she wouldn't scratch the floors.  But she would not wear them.  But she didn't scratch the floors either. 

I have twelve pair of the larger ones, always I can find a mate.

My most common shoe is a pair of  sandals.  Yes, winter too.  My best ones are a pair of Dockers Gladiator sandals.  They are made of leather and really were comfortable.  But seems hardly anyone makes them of leather anymore, they all are plastic (man made materials).

Once in a while Mrs. Jim has me wearing longer pants.  That would be for social events (not all) and church things.  A small percentage do wear shorts to church, blue jeans are the leader but not nearly half wear those.  This is a picture I took at church this week.  We were sitting about half way up, on one of the second section's front row.

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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 Friday Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm."

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Friday, July 14, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.02 -- "B" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of July 14th: (1) Starts with B; (2) Unbalanced; and (3) Door

(2) Unbalanced: It's hard to lose one's balance when standing in tall corn.  Here KP and I were standing in cousins Dwaine and Jean's (my first cousin) high corn.  Remember the old saying, "Corn should be knee high by the Fourth of July?"  This picture was taken July 2nd in Nebraska. Neither this sweet corn nor the taller still grain corn has set on ears yet. 
(BTW, KP will be eight this SundayHappy Birthday, KP!!!)

(1a) Starts with "B": That would be "B" for Barn.

This is the barn on Dad's Eastern Nebraska farm, the farm where I was born and grew up.  I kept Minnie in here when the weather was really bad.  Minnie was the horse I rode to high school for two years.

We also called the milk cows in for eats and milking in the mornings and evenings.  Every day, both.  There was room for 16 cows but I every knew only  when we had twelve at the most.  The cow put would her head into a stanchion  where the feed box was, then one of us would pull a board mechanism up to her neck and lock it.  That locked her in until we were through milking. (Stanchion: a frame that holds the head of a cow in place, especially to facilitate milking)

On the left side of the barn you are seeing where there were horse stalls for up to a dozen horses.  On the right side here was the milking area and the calf barn where the calves stayed when separated from their mothers.  Also here we taught the little calves how to drink.

Above the ceiling of the barn is a second floor.  Ours was used entirely for keeping hay, a hay loft.  I once fell down, out of the loft and landed on my back.  That is one of the few times I have accidently lost my wind. 

The window at the apex was for lighting purposes.  Some barns have a larger opening large enough for a hay sling to raise hay into the lofts.  We used pitchforks to put our loose straw and hay inside through a large upper door on the north side.  Also we would put baled hay up there.

This barn was always kept a shiny red when it was ours.  Dad would paint it every five or so years.  Why is it traditional to have one's barn painted red?  KP wanted to know this and she found that Seirie (sp??) on her iPad had an answer of sorts.  It seemed many barns were not painted but rather oiled for wood preservation.  Oiled with a red oil for wood.

(3) Door:  On the barn above you can see that the doors and windows have been removed.  This makes it more uncomfortable for squatters to take up residence in the deserted building.  It also is about the only way of keeping souvenir and relic seekers from absconding with them.

(1b) Starts with "B": That would also be "B" for Born.This is the house where I was born. Probably around the turn of the 20th century it was brand new. It had two bedrooms upstairs, a living room, and a country kitchen. Later two enclosed but not heated porches were added.

The porch on the right is where I had to sleep when my sister was old enough to have her own room. Cold mornings would find frost on my blankets where my breath would freeze. You can see it is fallen in now, first entered by the raccoons, then finished off by the tree.

There were storm windows for the winter. My porch sleeping room was not heated and we did not have air conditioning.

UpdateThe new owners bulldozed down the house and then burned the rubble. Corn is now growing over the farmstead except for some trees saved and around where four buildings remain.

(1c) Starts with "B": That would be "B" for Bathroom and Body Board.  This is what our second downstairs bedroom bath, adjacent to the kitchen, looks like in the summer.  Towels hanging where curtains belong and pool toys in the bathtub.

New addition toy is the body board, i.e. the boogie board.  Mrs. Jim and KP bought it on their way home from KP's golf lesson.  The dragon is several years old. 

There are other toys also but we keep the ones here inside to stay out of the sun and heat.
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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 Friday Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm."

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Friday, July 07, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.01 -- "A" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of July 7th:  (1) Starts with A; (2) Sunset; and (3) Inside

1. Starts with "A": an adjective, 'Abomasal'.  The bison ate too fast and too much, which gave him an appalling abomasal ache. 
(a) Definition: relating to the abomasum (the fourth compartment of the stomach of ruminants)
The Buffalo Ranch outside Center Point, IowaWhat is the difference between a buffalo and a bison?  Answer: so see, highlight between HERE Technically these are Bison (with a hump up front) and HERE
 2. Sunset: In western Missouri

 Outside . . . . . . .
3. Inside:   Outside, inside, inside, inside, and back outside. When back outside, did you notice the dog watering spot?  Other businesses had these drinking places also. [click on any picture for larger size]
The Urban Abbey is located in Omaha's (NE) "Old Market" area, next door to the Farmer's Market. Operated by the Methodist churches and ministers to the students at the Creighton and University of Nebraska Omaha.
There is a full time minister/caretaker and other part time workers who are students. 


. . . . . . . . . . . .  Inside --- --- --- --- --- --- --- - Outside

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