Friday, June 23, 2017

Yellow Day Lilies ~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.25 -- "Y" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of June 23rd: (1) Starts with Y; (2) Week’s Favorite; and (3) Splash
 1. Starts with "Y":  "Y" is for Yellow, that's my old standby.  It will also work for Yesterday, a couple of these driving pictures were taken Yesterday.

The top picture is of a clump of Yellow Day Lilies planted along our Cinco Ranch Boulevard, the coming and going road to our street off the Freeway.  

The second bunch of yellow flowers, on the left, I don't know what they are. They are all about our subdivision, here by our mailbox group.

Behind me (above) is the little flood retention green belt.  You can see just a part of a walking trail, they go for several miles on both sides of little stream that runs all the time.  Small lakes down there too.  I've posted a few small pictures of the stream and walkways.  Make them larger and you can see better.  The on the left has a pretty white heron sitting on the bank trying to catch a fish going by. 

2. Week’s Favorite:  This will be another Yellow object, I found this Yellow
Mitsubishi ( or Dodge ??) Lancer driving along beside me.  Again, I was on our Cinco Ranch Boulevard. The Lancers were made during the years (work in progress finding this information).  This one was in fine shape and was being driven by a little old man.

3. Splash:  This Dragon made quite a "Splash" when it showed up at our house Yesterday.  KP claims ownership, says she has had it for "years".  She's only seven years old and she said she did not have it when they lived in London three years ago.  Anyway, the dragon will be living with us, Grandparents, for the summer.  I may take a ride on him some evening, we never know.

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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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Saturday, June 17, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.24 -- "X" is for ...

Friday's hunt for the week of June 16th:  (1) Starts with X; (2) Week’s Favorite; and (3) Insect

(1) Starts with X:  X's are hard to find. I did do some Flash writing on my other blog, my main character was named 'Xentor".  I actually quit before I hardly started, here are some of those, click.  This opportunity was available only on certain of Jenny's Saturday Centus days.  100 word posts with certain other restrictions were . (Saturday Centus posts)  About a year ago Jenny became ill and has almost stopped blogging.

KP was one of those descendants absent.  She was in San Antonio with a prior reservation.
The family picture was taken by a wait staff at the restaurant.  She wasn't the best photographer.

(2) Week’s Favorite:  Did you note that this "Friday Hunt" was done on Saturday?  Well last night we had a Father's Day dinner at my favorite gathering restaurant on 11th Street in the Heights of Houston. Berryhill's Mexican Restaurant.  

Mrs. Jim and I shared chicken 'fajitas for one.'  Sorry no picture. Berryhill's is famed for its fish tacos. My say, "they are good but too messy."  To work around that I order them "dry" with the fish sauce on the side. That works.  And I can be judicious with the sauce's application. 

Sixteen of our twenty-four were present. I noted that the fifteen of them that were here, all were my descendants, spouses of one, or steadily following one.

The nine others were accounted for; four were here in Texas having other commitments, two are in California/Arizona, two in Alaska, and one in Washington, D.C.

Some more pictures: Our oldest granddaughter's due date is less than a couple of weeks away.  She will add one more girl to our two girl "Greats" list. One boy, JP (link).

(3) Insect:  June Bug. The little brown beetle who flies the night away, looking for a light. When, and if, it finds the light it spends the rest of the night worshipping that light. And then before daylight our June Bug dies. 

A sample, here are two of my "June Bugs not" pictured Bugs

Several years back I blogged a feature, "June Bug of the Week." I didn't exactly give it that name. I had a running joke with Rachel that what she called a June Bug was actually not a June Bug as June Bugs are supposed to be brown. You will notice that NONE of these is a real June Bug. (The June Bug Collection)   

At right is one of my "Xentor" favorites.  A few others may be seen here. 

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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, June 09, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.23 -- "W" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of June 9th: (1) Starts with W; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Pastel

(1) Starts with "W":  "W" is for WashWhoJim.
What does Jim do?   He/I do my own clothes washing, here is a little about how I do it in pictures:
"W" is probably most commonly used (followed by We) in the question sentences, WhoWhat, When, Where,  and Why.

(2) Week's Favorite: WhatCalendar -- Also a "When" Question.

When can I reuse this calendar?  If you look closely (click to enlarge) you will see that it is a 2006 calendar.  Well this is the first year that we can use the 2006 again. 

The picture is of Sorrento, Italy.  The Isle of Capri is to the left, across the way.  We were in Sicily for two weeks in 2006 and then another week in Sorrento. 

Sorry the picture isn't real clear.  Our hotel was down the street to the right from the taller buildings.  It was a wonderful place to visit!
(Link to Google Sorrento)

Got a 2007 calendar? Check it out, when you can use it again from the link below.  (Answer, next year, 2018) (Highlight the blank space in the 'answer' above. 

I don't throw my car calendars away, especially not my NAPA Auto Parts Classic Calendars.  (click here, a link for some others).  Except for the very first one back in the early 70's I have them all.  Ask if I can find them all?  Probably not.

What?  The NAPA calendar is showing a 1951 Buick Roadmaster Convertible.
The Jim's Hardware calendar is showing a 1932 Dodge Brothers F-10 Pickup.
Which one do I hang on my office wall?  The NAPA calendar of course.

(3) Pastel:  pas·tel  paˈstel/   Adjective
Soft colored.  synonyms: pale, soft, light, light-colored, muted, subtle, subdued, soft-hued
Who?  The guy who moved here some time back.  It is mine.  What?  This is an ordinary old cardboard box, folded for storage.  Where?  In my office.  Why?  Because it is the first large moving box that I've unpacked in a long time. When?  I did it the day before yesterday.         _ _ _ _ .........................
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, June 02, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.22 -- "V" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of June 2nd:  (1) Starts with V;  (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Inch

(2) Week's Favorite:  My very favorite was the Clafouti aux Cerises (French for Cherry Custard Cake) that Mrs. Jim made.  First on the left is my plate before three dips of Blue Bell Vanilla ice cream.  Sooo good!!  You can click on the recipe for a larger size viewing.  You may have to also raise your computer Zoom level.  I constantly run mine at 125% because my glasses are not strong enough for the normal computer screen printing.


(1) Starts with "V":  Veteran starts with "V".  This picture is of my Honorable Discharge copied.  The copy is 55 years old and has endured a flood in our home. [click it for a larger view] The original has my full name and Service Number.  I was in the U.S. Army for five years, all except two weeks for processing was spent in Texas.  Eight weeks Basic Training in Fort Hood and the rest at Fort Bliss, Texas (El Paso). 

I was drafted and then after my two years I was without a job because of a recession when my first discharge came, I reenlisted for three more years.  One year of that being for the NIKE Hercules Fire Control Maintenance course of 43 weeks plus two more weeks for MOI (Methods of Instruction) which was my Instructor Training course and an additional week for a course in Television Instruction and Production.  My practice TV course was on "How to Ride a Vespa Motor Scooter".  The NIKE course was all about electronics and trouble shooting. 

With my electronics Army training and experience I was qualified for a Field Engineer job with the Philco Corporation's Tech Rep Division.  I worked this job for 17 years,.  When I left Ford Motors had bought them out and I was a Senior Aerospace Engineer at NASA.  It also gave me the electronics education I needed for an Amateur Radio station operation.  I have been a Ham Radio person not for 57 years (K1TLT--Amateur Extra Class).

Incidentally though I was a college prof for 22 years the Army MOI and the TV Instruction course were all the teaching classes I have ever had.  Besides the college I volunteer taught Sunday School classes for over 30 years.  My NASA and Army time was also in training.  At New Hampshire my job for three years was teaching Air Men how to operate and maintain the equipment at the satellite tracking. 

At NASA it was teaching and training Astronauts and Flight Controllers their roles using flight simulators.  During missions I had a position of Electrical Control or Environmental Control in the back room and keeping the Skylab Flight Control Room "ECom" appraised of whichever system I was monitoring and offering "suggestions" as to what actions if any were needed in these areas. 

(3) Inch:  This and 14 more frozen Six Inch "Galaxy Butter Croissants" were part of Karen and KP's Mother's Day present for Mrs. Jim.  We have been enjoying these, there are still several left.  They came frozen unbaked so they are extra fresh.

Older 2006 pictures [ ] My ex-blogging friend, Ralph Link ], made the suggestion back then to always include a ruler in pictures where its size is important.  I did the ruler with the giant toadstool that Adi found. (Adi died in 2013.  She was my best beagle dog friend) It was the giant cow pie that he suggested I include the ruler.  It was about ten inches across.
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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, May 26, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.21 -- "U" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of May 26th: (1) Starts with U; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Kids

(3) Kids:  At least once a week we have been privileged to walk our KP to school.  Sometimes, mostly with cold or bad weather we drive her.  She likes to walk with the neighbor kids.  She was walking with a close friend and her mother on this day.  The neighbor's little brother was dilly-dallying along behind or I would have had him in the picture also.

I was trying to get a good morning shadow picture when I took this.

(1) Starts with "U": "Unglued" is a seven letter word starting with "Un".  There are 355 of these seven letter starters, this is one that only gets you nine points in Scrabble. 

Most "Un" words and many of the plain "U" words have an opposite by dropping the prefix.  A few like "Upload" (I'm uploading this when I finish--actually also every time I "save" during composition) will have for opposite another prefixed word like here, "Download".

Unglued definition per Google (Link)

(2) Week's Favorite: We had a nasty storm with several smallish tornados around our area this week.  After one hard day of hail and winds we had this lovely Rainbow make and appearance over the homes behind us. 

I almost got "Unglued" while trying to "Upload" my picture.  
This one isn't the one that I was trying to "Upload", instead of
Screen Printing it to Picasa I accidently hit the Delete button. 
That picture was much better than this one.
(4A little lagniappe for "U":  I found this comic for some reason, I am not sure what.  It sort of fits here, a couple is getting "Unfriended

And Dagwood is dreaming about food.  Do you think that Dagwood is on Facebook?  I didn't try to find out but I am thinking his syndication is.
(Lagniappe Google definition link)

Did you know that Unfriend is not a word for Second Graders.  KP missed getting her deserved grade when she used Unfriend in a sentence.  Her teacher counted that answer as bad, not credit.  Seems she doesn't subscribe to Google: 
Google definition of Unfriend (Link)

Do you think "Unfriend" is a real English vocabulary word? 
Best answer:  We asked "Oxford".  (click here to find out)
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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, May 19, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.20 -- "T" is for ....

Friday's Hunt for the week of May 19th:  (1) Starts with "T";  (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Food


(2) Week's Favorite:  Mother's Day 2017 -- Three Generations

And to the right is the first year picture for Karen and KP to be mother, daughter.  And first for Mrs. Jim to be KP and grandmother.

Now KP is seven to be eight in a couple of months.

And HERE is a link to the word generations appearing in my blog.  It has several Holiday occasions with kids and grandkids.

 (1) Starts with "T":  "T" is for Truck.

For years I have had a pickup truck. Finally I sold it, fairly cheap. All my cars I sell fairly cheap.  A man isn't the "Real Man" anymore after he gets rid of his truck. 

Now my pickups are on paper and on the Internet.   I like old trucks.  This year I have a calendar from Jims Hardware Store which I really enjoy.  And no, I don't know Jim.  Thirteen pretty trucks. This month's is a 1952 Chevy Three Window Pickup, (the five window ones are more in demand--they have a small window on each corner in the back) which is nicely restored. 

(3) Food:  We have a weekly date with MacDonald's.   Why?  What's with the pie?

We take our youngest granddaughter to MacDonald's on the way to her gymnastic classes.
Mrs. Jim made this delicious chocolate pie (from scratch)
using my sister (linkLois's friend's recipe.
Her pie story:
As you can tell, I'm back from Iowa and have started to catch up with my blogging craziness cravings.

I have been staying with my sister, Lois, who lives in Iowa. I rode up with her and hubby, Jim, a week ago Monday and then flew back yesterday courtesy of Delta Airlines and my savings account.

Mrs. Jim stayed home this time. She had the pets with her though, Adi, Katrin, and Amber

Lois is a very nice host (
link to prior blog about her taking Mrs. Jim and me to Jonesy's, picture below, left, of her eating a pork tenderloin sandwich--she treated me there again this time!). We certainly didn't hurt for food while I was there.

Her brother-and-sister-in-law, John/Jack and Mary Lou also came to visit us on Wednesday. Mary Lou had made and brought the most delicious butternut squash pie I have eaten. Well, it was the first one also but it was really good. When she brought it in we thought it was my favorite vegetable, pumpkin pie.

Lois had made this chocolate pie and baked an apple crisp cobbler too. After we had eaten generous portions of all three, Lois stacked them in her refrigerator with the chocolate on top. Wouldn't you know it fell out top down onto the floor.

Lois saved the day for us. She carefully scraped the remaining meringue off and with the leftovers during our stay we finished it off with whip cream. Well, we didn't exactly finish off the chocolate pie OR the squash pie.

Mary Lou took both leftover pies home with her.

[On the right is Lois eating a Jonesy's pork sandwich.  Next time we come to Iowa we want another one.  I hope they didn't go out of business.]
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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."

Friday, May 12, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.19 -- "S" is for ...

Happy Mother's Day !!!
(And Grandmothers and Great-Grandmothers)

Friday's Hunt for the week of May 12:  (1) Starts with "S"; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Family

(1) Starts with "S":  "S" is for surprise, Lily of the Nile flowering.  A few weeks ago we planted this clump from our home in Montgomery and were really surprised to get a bloom already this week.

(2) Week's Favorite: I did a bit of Yew Tree trimming last Saturday and put the trimmings in this bucket until garbage day. It also surprised me when I got home to find out that the green color of the leaves matches the green color in my 1974 Ford Mustang II Ghia (link)(Grandma's Mustang, I have had it after Mom died in 1999.)

(3) Family:  Yesterday was Megan's (link) my oldest granddaughter's, birthday.  We celebrated at the Mexican Restaurant near her home. 

JP, above with Mrs. Jim, belongs to her.  We met my grandson, Tim, a while before our meeting time and played in the local park.  'We' was JP, KP, Tim, Mrs. Jim, and I, who were playing.

JP seemed to be more interested in collecting sticks, rocks, and tree twigs having leaves than he was in playing on the swing.  He also likes picnic tables.

Here are a few pictures, starting with some of the wait staff singing Happy Birthday to Megan.

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(3) Window: This picture below is of a row of mostly Hotels in Honfleur, France (link). 

Last week I had said that I would tell more about our visit to this place next week, as it would be my "S" Word Story of the Week

Here is my surprising story:

As we were approaching the 'restaurant row' next to the water I spotted a French couple at one of the tables where the man was holding a dog.

Usually the dog has its leash wrapped around a chair leg and it just minds its own business.  Not in the man's lap. So I told Mrs. Jim that I wanted a picture of this scene and its anomaly.

She said that I had better ask in French so as to warm up to the couple.
Mrs. Jim knows French and quickly taught me to say, "Je peux prendre une photo de vous et de votre chien?"

Surprise, surprise; the man chuckled a little bit and asked me in English where I was from.  When I told him "Montgomery, Texas," he told me in turn that he also was from Montgomery.

At first I thought that he was kidding me.  But he and his wife really were, they lived across the lake, about a mile away from us. He worked a the U.S. Customs Office there in Honfleur.  I saw the wife later at our physical therapy rehab therapy place in Montgomery.  We talked some although I doubt I would recognize either of them now.
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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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