Friday, December 02, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.23 -- "W" is for ... (also a little Quiz)

Friday's Hunt for the week of December 2nd: (1) Starts with "W"; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Machine


(1a) Starts with "W": "Where?"  Also known as (AKA) "Where am I?"
 - That question is my Quiz.  See "ANSWER" below to find out.
ANSWER to Quiz: Highlight the blank area below:

    I am (was) in St. Remy, France.  Van Gogh lived there almost a year, in a sanatorium where he admitted himself after he cut his ear off. We spent a week there in town, St. Remy
For a peek at Van Gogh's picture of the same garden, go here:
http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2007/03/this-is-day-lord-has-made-let-us.html

(1b) Starts with "W": "W" is for Win



1970 Hemi Cuda vs 1969 L88 Corvette  -- I'd love for the Cuda to win but I'll put my money (a saying, I don't gamble) on the Corvette. 
Your prediction? 

. I have had three Chrysler products, ranking them in like and dependability:
 (1st) 1976 Plymouth Volare station wagon (picture link) Had Mrs. Jim voted, it would not be # 1 on my list.  It was susceptible to rusting and had a rust hole in the floor board, nicely covered with a floor mat.  But she was afraid of falling through.
 - When it had over 150K miles we took it from Houston to the East Coast up to New Hampshire, across over to Niagara, Canada, on through and down to Detroit, then, stopping at Nebraska, on back to Texas. 
 - At 176K miles it developed a bad, fast transmission leak.  I sold it for $600, then the buyer stopped it with stop leak.  It may still be running.
 (2nd) 1984 Dodge 600 Convertible (picture link) (A fun car, mine wasn't a turbo, it had a regular Mitsubishi 2.4 four cylinder engine); and
 (3rd) 1980 Chrysler Cordoba (
picture link).  It got us where we needed to go.


 (2) Week's Favorite:

Got five 2017 calendars Tuesday.  I wanted my 2017 N A P A Classic Car calendar but they weren't in yet.  We were in Magnolia, Montgomery, Conroe, and The Woodlands as I usually get them at either Montgomery or Conroe.  The local hardware had these.

I may not make it back up before mid-January and often they are out by then.  I have all issues except the very first one, early 1960's edition. (link to some here on my blog
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(3) Machine -- my '70 Cuda and 69 Corvette cars and the 1946 Chevy pickup will be my machines.

Sorry it's mostly cars.  I hope you like Van Gogh.  I do.

Next time it might be better.  Some Birds?

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The Fine Print:
 - Teresa of 
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Friday, November 25, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.22 -- "V" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of November 25th:  (1) Starts with "V"; (2) Week's Favorite; and  (3) Thankful

(2) Week's Favorite:  This would be MaggieMaggie and Phil have been married about a year now.  We count her as the newest in the family.  Both graduated from college about a year ago.  They live in Georgia and we weren't able to attend their wedding. 
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(1) Starts with "V": A slice, wedge shaped, of Pumpkin Pie (most any pie slice for that matter).  Mrs. Jim made the pumpkin pie at the cabin from the ingredients she had brought, before we ate.  

We were in north Louisiana for BIL's, Royce's, Birthday Party.  It was a BIG numbered birthday.

(3) Thankful:  For our family and for everyone to have a safe drive home. 


When the fire needed stirring or more logs added KP would call "Cowboy".  Cowboy is her second cousin, another Phil, retired after serving 26 years in the Air Force.  Phil is Royce and Velma's (Mrs. Jim's sister) son.  KP had never met anyone who wears a cowboy hat.



The party was at a state park in north Louisiana.  It is about a six hour drive from our home.  We have stayed there before and have had several family reunions in one of the lodges.

 

One of the activities was a scavenger hunt in the woods.  Here is Cowboy Phil and KP on the right in the picture on the right.  This was in the back yard of our cabin and Lake D'Arbonne was behind.   

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The Fine Print:
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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, November 18, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.21 -- "U" is for ... and a little Quiz

Friday's Hunt for the week of November 18th:  1. Starts with U;   2. Week's Favorite; and   3. Nature

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1. Starts with UUnusual (or is it Usual?)  My Quiz, what is this thing?
Click here for a big hint.

2. Week's Favorite:  A tossup between the three below. 

 - Probably I should choose the first one of Mrs. Jim and KP walking to KP's school in the fog. 
 - Then a tie, I'll pick the large moon because I won't live long enough to see another. 
 - The bottom one is this week at our local Kroger Grocery store the computer hung up and had to be restarted.  That all took about a half hour and only cash sales could be made until the computer was back up.

 

 

3. Nature: Notice the egret from my November 4 post is still "fishing" in the twilight.  He is walking back to his starting place. 

I hope he or she had a big catch that day.   There may be many mouths to feed back home.

(Note:  The top picture is also a pretty gift from Nature.  Useless perhaps)

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The Fine Print:
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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.

You have plenty of time to enter as you can get the letter and the other two requested topics as early as Monday, posted in her sidebar at its top.
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Friday, November 11, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.20 -- "T" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of November 11th:  (1) Starts with "T"; (2) Week's Favorite; and   (3) Rule of Thirds.

(1) Starts with "T":  Model T Ford cars.  My friend John and his wife own these fine cars.  The pickup is a 1912 "T".  It started as a "T Bucket", a single seat roadster.  Most of these have been made into Hot Rods.  Back in their day one could order a kit to turn the car into a pickup.  This is one fine example, almost in original condition.


The other "T" Model Ford is an open touring car which dates from 1913.  John has it "Polished to a 'T'."

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(2) Week's FavoriteFor Veteran's Day our second grader, KP, invited us to their school Honor Veterans Day Celebration Mrs. Jim and I went, as guests of KP.  We had about 130 Veterans and spouses.  A few were still on active duty.

Our agenda:
(A) Breakfast in the Library.  The Menu was scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, biscuits, fruit, and coffee.  The 5th grade chorus sang a song of appreciation for us.
(B) A Vets Day Celebration in the Auditorium.  Again we were serenaded, this time with our branch of service song.  I got to stand while one of the classes sang of the U.S. Army caissons rolling along. KP's second grade sang the Navy song.
(C) As a final touch we had a parade of the students walking with their guests.  Those having no parent or grandparent to invite sat along the wall by their class door and cheered us along.

(3) Rule of 'Thirds':  Oh, I thought you said the Rule of 'Birds'.

 
Well, since I have this picture, how about for the 'Rule of Thirds',
"One Third of these birds will poop on your car in any given day."


In honor of our Veterans:
From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli; We fight our country's battles, in the air, on land, and sea; First to fight for right and freedom and to keep our honor clean; We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine!


Anchors Aweigh, my boys, Anchors Aweigh! Farewell to Foreign Shores, we sail at break of day-ay-ay-ay; Through our last night ashore, drink to the foam. Until we meet once more, here's wishing you a happy voyage home. (Navy)

Over hill, over dale as we hit the dusty trail, and the Caissons go rolling along. In and out, hear them shout, counter march and right about, and the Caissons go rolling along. Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hee! In the field artillery, shout out your numbers long and strong, for where’er you go you will always know that the Caissons go rolling along. (Army)

Off we go into the wild blue yonder, climbing high into the sun. Here they come zooming to meet our thunder at’em boy, give‘er the gun! Down we dive, spouting our flame from under, off with one helluva roar! We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey! Nothing can stop the U.S. Air Force!

From Aztec shore to Artic Zone, to Europe and Far East, The Flag is carried by our ships in times of war and peace; And never have we struck it yet, in spite of foemen’s might, who cheered our crew and cheered again for showing how to fight. (????)

We Salute and Thank our Veteran’s!
If tomorrow all the things were gone I worked for all my life and I had to start again with just my children and my wife, I thank my lucky stars to be living here today; "Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away. And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free, and I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me, and I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today ‘cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land……
God Bless the U.S. A.!
Lee Greenwood
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Friday, November 04, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.19 -- "S" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of November 4th is: (1) Starts with S; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Amazing 

2. Week's Favorite:  Cousins, Mary and Mrs. Jim

Picture was taken at Mary's church after the service.  They were having a fund raiser for the "Clothes Closet" for the needy.

Our menu was Chili Dogs, a salad, and chips.  Oh yes, a piece of cake and a cookie as a part of the Baby Shower in the room next.  Mrs. Jim bought our and five for others not so lucky as we.

This was also my Birthday Dinner, 30 October.  I like hot dogs (link).

1. Starts with "S": Steamboat Bill's ~~ Last week I was late for sign-in as we were in Louisiana visiting our cousin, Mary.  Mary is 93 years old but still gets around fine, and drives.

Mary had gotten us tickets for the Sandy Patty Concert being presented in her church.

Going over Friday afternoon, we decided to stop at Steamboat Bill's, a Cajun Seafood restaurant in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on I-10.  (The little guy in the little tub was stationed at the men's restroom entrance.)

We shared a fish poboy and each had a pistolette (Google search link).  Mine was crawfish and Mrs. Jim's was shrimp.  These have been cooked in an étouffée (Google search link) mixture and poured into a special pastry made just for pistolettes. 

Pictured on the left is half a fish poboy with one bite missing, and our pistolettes. 
The interior of Steamboat Bill's was very informal.

3a. Amazing:  I thought that the makeup resemblance of these two was amazing:  (KP's and that of the cover picture Amazon young lady's).



KP likes to go to Children's Night at our local McDonalds.  This is a weekly feature, one of the things she really likes is getting her face painted.  Here she is an Indian Princess.  We all like Thursday nights, Happy Meals for KP are $1.99 then.


3b. Amazing:  I find it amazing that one of these creatures in my picture above would stay put for the most of the day:  Guess which one?
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Answer: Not the man walking.  It is the white bird, an egret I think, at the edge of the pond.  It will stay all day looking for a fish.  Most of the time a fish won't show up but I often see it grabbing something passing by.  The little lake/pond empties as it is a part of our drainage system for flood control.
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Sunday, October 30, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.18 -- "R" is for ...

Today was my birthday and so I missed Teresa's sign-in cutoff.  We got in tonight about a couple of hours ago from Baton Rouge, no Internet at cousins where we were visiting, and I am just now writing my "R" post

Since I had started on this last Thursday (we left on Friday and were still on the road back Sunday evening) I will go ahead and post.  Just can't sign in for Teresa.

I will post a few birthday pictures next week.  Saturday night we attended Sandy Patty's final U.S. tour at Baton Rouge. It was good, uplifting, and LOUD!

Friday's Hunt for the week of October 28th:  (1) Starts with "R";  (2) Week's Favorite; and  (3) Black and/or Orange.

(1) Starts with "R":  "Red" starts with "R". 

First is KP's Banjo.  This was a school project for her to make after the class had studied musical instruments and HOW the sound is made.  KP opted for a stringed instrument, the Banjo.

One part was to make it, better if it made sound.  She was also supposed to tell directions for making an instrument like she had made.  Hers is made from a Graham Cracker Box, a dah tah dah tube and four rubber bands.  Her artistic talent went into the decorations.  (Directions Galore are to be found on-line.)

Her grade showed the work and preparation was paying off. 
A very nice grade!! A+++

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The second is a couple of Christmas Tree Decorations we found at the World Market store near us.  Red Cardinals and a Toy Red Vacation Camper.



(2) Week's Favorite (not):  Thursday before we left for Baton Rouge I went for a scheduled CT Scan with and without dye.  I was to come to Houston Memorial Hospital, Katy Hospital, an hour before my appointment.

This turned out to fill out papers and to drink this solution a half hour before my appointment.  It looked like water but had electrolytes and other stuff.

I was asked whether I wanted 'peach tea' or 'lemonade'.  I opted for lemonade.  That made drinking it easier. 

The marking on the bottom?  I was to save that part until I had an IV Port placed in my arm.

I should get results tomorrow from the hospital (only 20 minutes away).  Then I will call my GP doctor and after that another specialist who is looking for me to come in for a visit and a procedure.


(3) Black and/or Orange:  This was a yard decoration on KP's street.  We see lots of Orange and matching colors when we walk her to or from school.  Come November 1st, they will all be gone.



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 - Teresa of 
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Friday, October 21, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.17 -- "Q" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of October 21th: (1) Starts with "Q"; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Fall or Spring

(1) Starts with "Q": Quaint or Queer.  These words are some of the less frequently used "Q" words so I thought that I would use them here to give them some more publicity.  The following are their Google definitions:

Quaint: adjective; attractively unusual or old-fashioned. "quaint country cottages"
synonyms: picturesque, charming, sweet, attractive, old-fashioned, old-world, cunning

Queer: adjective; strange; odd. "she had a queer feeling that they were being watched"
synonyms: odd, strange, unusual, funny, peculiar, curious, bizarre, weird, uncanny, freakish, eerie, unnatural

This 1951 Oldsmobile I found when I came outside was parked in front of Dozier's BBQ in Fulshear, Texas. Dozier's is an older and slightly quaint meat market with serving tables inside on the side and in back.  But coming outside after eating our chopped brisket sandwiches (2 for price of 1 on Fridays) to find this neat car made the atmosphere feel really Quaint.

People probably thought it Queer that I, a grown and older man, would play with these cast iron 1:64 scale model toy cars that were for sale.  There were five or six shelves full of them all sitting pretty.  I picked some older models that I really liked and placed them front row, out across on the top shelf.


Leading the pack is a 1968 or so, maybe 1972, VW Transporter.  Next is a pretty red 1964½ Ford Mustang, followed by a yellow 1967 VW Beetle.  Trailing these pretties is a red 1957 Chevy Belaire Nomad station wagon.

Would you think it would be Queer for an adult to be playing with these attractive and appealing toy cars?  No one stopped and stared, not even when I took my pictures.  I have had a real 1962 VW Beetle with a sliding cloth top.  Later I put a VW Transporter larger engine in it to pep it up some more.
 
(2) Week's Favorite:  Last Sunday our KP, now seven years old, was baptized.  Her parents and grandparents (four) and some of her nieces and nephews were there to be witness for her.

We are members of Second Baptist Church of Houston, the Hwy 1463 Campus.  We have baptism outside in the patio/garden after the church ceremony.  See more pictures here.

(3) Fall or Spring:  It is Fall now, even in Texas.  But our trees won't be turning red and yellow for another month yet, in November or December.  But the fruit trees are now maturing, we had one orange on our young backyard tree which we picked before the birds got it.

This morning for our walk after walking KP to her school was along a path having some young pecan trees.  The pecans were starting to ripen and a very few had fallen. I shook one tree to get some more but Mrs. Jim wanted me to stop as should said they were too green to eat.  The four we got are pictured below.
 
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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.
You have plenty of time to enter as you can get the letter and the other two requested topics as early as Monday, posted in her sidebar at its top.
 

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