Friday, February 24, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.08 -- "H" is for ...

Friday Hunt for the week of February 24th: (1) Starts with H; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Chiaroscuro or shadow. 

(2) Week's Favorite(a):  This February 24th is our 44th Wedding Anniversary.  I posted on Facebook: ( https://www.facebook.com/jim.hovendick )
To see our other Years' "Anniversary" posts, please click here.

 



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(1) Starts with "H": This week my "H" is for Horse.  Did you know that I rode a horse to high school for my freshman and sophomore years? 

The horses here are purebred Icelandic horses.  They have a carefully guarded strain.  Part of that guard is to keep horses from another country from coming in.  Furthermore, once an Icelandic horse leaves the country it is very hard, and often impossible to bring these horses back into the country.
 
The horses are beautiful.  The ones in the picture I took from our tour bus window last June during our Iceland cruise stops. I haven't posted much about this but we had three stops in Iceland from our Transatlantic, Pacific Princes ship, cruise from NYC to London.  We also stopped in Halifax and made two more stops in northern Scotland.  You can read more about the Icelandic horses here.   

(2) Week's Favorite (b): Our chair is ready to be picked up.  This chair he did for free for a class he was taking about recanting chairs.  He has offered a reasonable price to redo the other five.  One will be more than the others because it is in pieces.

I intend to check the value of a restored chair.  They are slightly over 100 years old but I think that they were rather inexpensive chairs when they were purchased way back then.  Mom had stored them for her step-mother (Mom's mother, my grandmother, died of the flu in 1917) when the family moved from Tekamah (Nebraska) to Missouri back in the 1930's.

(3) Chiaroscuro or shadow: "Chiaroscuro, the marriage of light and shadow, is primarily used to emphasize details for dramatic effect. It consists of bright light and bold contrasts, hence balance. In Renaissance painting, the technique is used to master human anatomy, formation and structure. The art will often have a heavily darkened background, sometimes reaching out to the darker parts of the subject. Most of the time only the subject is being touched by light."
https://www.lomography.com/magazine/318906-studying-light-and-shadow-with-chiaroscuro

I don't have great pictures to represent these.  I do have quite a few with shadows, perhaps a few with the Chiaroscuro effect to some extent. 

Here are three more that I took on one of our Iceland stops.  The snow capped mountains at the bottom were taken from the ship pointing towards the mainland.  We were somewhere near the Artic Circle then, we did cross into it.


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Friday, February 17, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.07 -- "G" is for ...

Friday Hunt for the week of February 17th: (1) Starts with G;  (2) Week's Favorite; and  (3) Pink

(1) Starts with G:  

"G" is for Grandchildren.  Last week's trip to Washington D.C. was a grandchild visit, we went to visit BP.  KP, our youngest Grandchild and her parents also came along, Karen (our daughter) and Bill (SIL).

Pictured at right are BP and KP at the skating rink on Saturday afternoon.  In these pictures are also BP's three roommates.  They live in a Georgetown U. apartment.  Note also that KP is skating with a Penguin, which is an aid for helping beginning skaters to remain upright while skating.

 


Graham Crackers -- What do you see in the right hand picture?  I see two boxes of Graham Crackers, same brand, one smaller than the other one.  What does this mean?

Kroger has downsized the size of the crackers to fit, resulting in a "savings" from 16 oz in the boxes to 14.4 oz making the smaller box workable.  So have other brands (link).  Martha Stewart has a recipe for making your own.  I'll let you know if I make some (link

Green RV, I don't know the make but it is not a Jeep, parked at our Kroger Grocery store along with the other cars.

Grocery Cart:  Full of savings, this Grocery Cart is.  We saved $101.00 and had a payment for the reminder, $67.97. 

I wish we could do this every day, but that is the way things work.  Our local Randall store was going out of business and everything in the store was 50, 60, or 70 percent off.


Ginger Plant:  These bromeliads (???) were sitting in the window of the United Airline Lounge at the Reagan Airport in Washington D.C.  Note the Capital building behind the departing plane.  We took the picture through the window, from above the plants.

At first I thought they were ginger plants but now I have decided that these are probably bromeliads. If you read some of the following, it's hard to tell.
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/publications/Creating-the-Tropical-Look.pdf


[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXZQt6sdKU8 ]

We had a row of ginger plants on the property line at our former Montgomery hom (link).  For a long time we didn't know what they were, just a plant given at Mrs. Jim's Mom's funeral and afterwards we turned it into an outdoor plant.  These truly were ginger plants and had bulb type roots similar to the ginger roots found in the produce section of the grocery stores.

 




(2) Week's Favorite:  Galentine Day (also a "G" word) at our LaMadeleine restarant.  The Gals could get a buy one, get one meal.  We, Mrs. Jim, the Gal, and I had the sampler plate.
And we drank lots of coffee
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(3) Pink:  a Pink Guitar (makes this post ALL "G" words).  This is a KP's Christmas present from Mimi and Papa. 

It includes guitar lessons for some time.  Some time is rather uncertain, but that all depends on the progress KP is making. 
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We aren't planning on her doing this:

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Friday, February 10, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.06 -- "F" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for February 10,  2017: (1) Starts with "F"; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Heart

 
Mrs. Jim and the sisters, my grandchildren.  BP is holding KP
[Taken at the Tombs Restaurant in Georgetown, Washington D.C. before the play]

( 1) Starts with "F":  "F" is for 'Fantabulous "F"'.  These are three of my Fantabulous Four Friends .  Mrs. Jim, Karen (missing here), KP, and BP

Adjective Definition, fantabulous: 1.Definition: very good; of the highest quality
Related Adjective(s):excellent, ripping, splendid http://adjectivesstarting.com/definition_of/?adjective=fantabulous

(2) Week's Favorite: Washington, D.C, beckoned us. We went to attend the Georgetown University's production of "The Phantom Tollbooth" which was produced by our granddaughter, BPBP is now a sophomore at Georgetown.  Of course we had front row seats.
 
A framed Billboard poster for the play -- A couple of lines from the play
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At the right is one of the four theatres at Georgetown University.  BP's production was a part of the ________ Building.

If you haven't read the book, I think that you will like it. A little like each of Alice in Wonderland and of The Wizard of Oz. Here is as synopsis of that book.  Written by Norton Juster with illustrations by Jules Feiffer, it was published in 1961. "Though the book is on its face an adventure story, a major theme is the need for a love of education.
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phantom_Tollbooth

On Saturday Morning BP lead us with a group of others on a Campus Tour.  One of her part time jobs is with the Admissions Office who is responsible for Campus tours.  We had the best campus tour I can remember having.
At left is a classroom and ahead is the Admissions Office where our tour started.
One might say "No help is needed" but KP was ready, willing, and able to offer BP a hand.
 


(3)  Heart :  I have always admired Peter Max.  He paints many Statue of Liberty, American Patriotic emblems, Angels, and Hearts.  He has donated his painting, "Angel with Heart" to the Heart Institute housed in St. Luke's Hospital, Houston Medical Center.  

Max also sells a poster sized print of this picture.  One of his "Angel with Heart" poster pictures is on my Bucket list.

You can read more of Peter Max and his painting and this one at my 2007 blog posting, "My very own Peter Max" (link).
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More Georgetown pictures:

 
Our tour guide said the Secret Service was not happy with this cannon as no weapons are allowed this close to the Capital buildings.  Finally a compromise was arranged and now this is the closest piece of artillery to the Capital area.

 
The Georgetown University Chapel.  When the Pope comes to Washington D.C. he attends worship services here.  Former Vice President Bidden also attended here, most every Sunday.  When KP was standing in front of these I was thinking of her when we went to Dubrovnik (Croatia).  She would name the chapels there by the number of bells they had.  This would be a "One Bell Chapel."  (link)

 
At right, on entrance to the classroom building below.  On the left is the front entrance to the campus.  It is also one of the places the cabs and Ubers take on passengers or drop them off.  On the left is the building containing student apartments.  Four students will share each unit.  To the right are a row of apartments for seniors. Senior citizens, or senior class students? 


...........................We walked through this building, ground floor. 
 The classrooms are nice.

 
This is our little group.  20+?) You may have to click on the right side picture to see good, but in the middle, slightly green area, is the old, old, cemetery.


 
That is the Potomac River below
 
 
 
On the left is a student apartment with really good views, the Potomac and across.
This steeple has a reputation of having its clock stolen.
 
 
Aha, a second gun for the Secret Service to worry about.
That's the Potomac River down below.
 

 
Snack time in the Student Center

 
 
Georgetown does have a football team. 
And behind the stadium is a telescope for astronomy students.

 
This was our group, minus a few taking pictures and messing back behind
 





















..................We ended our tour at the Bookstore, just like they end up at the gift shop on the commercial tour.  Each of the girls were rewarded by Bill with a new water bottle with the Georgetown University logo. 

It was at the book store that I found out from a phone call from my sister that my cousin, John, had died.  John stayed at home in Nebraska.  We were nine cousins, all grandchildren from my dad and his three brothers.  Don, Bud,  Lois, Ione, and I all moved away to Missouri, Colorado, Iowa, Arkansas, and me in Texas.

We did not get up to the funeral but do plan on going to the midlands in the summer.  My sister comes to Texas regularly to visit her daughter and family, a husband, three grandchildren, in-laws, and a great-grandchild, and ME, her brother.
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Friday, February 03, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.05 -- "E" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of February 2nd: (1) Starts with "E"; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Personal


(1) Starts with "E":  "E" is for "Ear".  I've always wanted a Big Ear, especially a couple of years ago when we lived with the golf course butting adjacent to our back yard.  That way, behind a curtain, I could tune in on the neighbors within eyesight and pick up their conversations.  Sports announcers use the Big Ear to listen in on football huddles, coaches pep talk to a pitcher who's not doing so well, etc. 

Speaking of ears, my ears are not as sensitive to sound as they used to be.  And my ears have been ringing 60 years.  I blame a lot on the U.S. Army, going to the firing ranges while not wearing ear protectors.  Nobody did, but my ears have been ringing ever since that time.

I'm about ready for hearing aids.  Here is a link, click here, to a Big Ear for purchase if you want to buy one.  Let me know if you get one and please invite me to come try it out.  Thanks.
 
Jailed man picture: Nicolas Fouquet and replica
prison cell are in the Vaux-le-Vicomte cellar.
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Photo Copyright © 2010 Jimmiehov  All Rights Reserved 


(2) Week's Favorite:  Back in Jail.  I'll be fed okay so don't worry about me although it may be cold where they take me.  I may not answer your comments until I am released.

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This on the right isn't jail. (click here to read my 2010 escapade)  Hint, the view outside my cell window looks like this picture on the left.
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(3) Personal:  [Christmas Day, Punta Arenas, Chile (more)]  "Standin' on the Corner," (1956, Dean Martin) Waitin' for a bus" in Punta Arenas.  We had arranged for a fellow with a large van to take us around the town for three hours.  It would be $20, others were charging $30.  But the fellow never showed up.  Good thing we hadn't paid in advance.

While we were waiting a group had came into the visitor center who had arranged a small bus.  He was charging $15 for four hours and was hoping to get a couple more people to help make a fuller load.  We took him up and he left with us all.

I will show you with pictures below the lay of the land in Punta Arenas.  Punta Arenas is a peninsula sticking out into the Magellan Strait.  Next week I will have some glacier pictures we took while going through the Strait.



 

 
This nice cemetery had a tree that Neither Mrs. Jim or I could identify.  You might help. [Oh yes, click on any picture to make it larger]


 
Fort Bulnes has been reconstructed on its original site, a Peninsula of Chile bordered on the south by the Magellan Strait.  Our $15 mini-bus ride also took us out there.  That was very pleasant.




 
 
 
This all happened on Christmas day.  Most unusual for us.

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