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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Friday, May 05, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.18 -- "R" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of May 5th:  (1) Starts with R; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) window

(1) Starts with R: "RED"-- so here I have an assortment of RED.  I'll tell a little as well.  Please note that my Week's Favorite and the Window also have RED
I'll start things out with JPJP is my great-grandson.  Here he is still one year old, but last week's Friday's Hunt post had some pictures of his second birthday celebration with Family.
So this is RED for his little Red Petal Car.  He goes all over the house in it.
Next I have more for the RED assortment.  First we will have a little food with red.  Did you know that a lot of food has Red, some even have used Red Dye to accent the Red color?

Today, what's left of it is Cinco de Mayo, the Fifth of May, the day when Mexico made it big time.  It is  a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla.  Read more about it here.
Mexican food uses a lot of Red Tomatoes and Red Tomato Sauce, which gives the Mexican a red hue.  On the plate at the left is a chili relleno, a chili pepper stuffed with meat or cheese (link).  Beside the small bowl of (also used Tomato Sauce) charro beans (link) is a small pico de gallo (link) salad with pieces of red tomato
On the right is a MacDonald's Egg MacMuffin with a fried egg and a slice of processed ham.  But notice my ketchup bottle, ketchup is definitely red from red tomato.  The good thing about Egg MacMuffin (English muffin) is that they are half price if you will enter a little survey which is on your last receipt.  The half price is good until one month after that previous sale.  Note:  If you are used to eating real British English Muffins you will be disappointed.  The American variety is tough while the British is more like fresh made bread in consistency.

On the left is a small plate of the included breakfast at our Washington D.C. hotel.  We styed at the Marriot in downtown.  Of course the strawberries are red as is the catsup red for my scrambled eggs.
On the left is one of the new size graham crackers with my favorites spread, chocolate frosting and peanut butter.  What is red is the little Red Plate.  It isn't really a plate but I have forgotten what is from, probably a lid of some sorts.  Don't you just hate it that the graham cracker has been downsized??  The box now holds 15 ounces of theses smaller crackers instead of the 16 ounces in the old regular size.

Here we have a winner if the owner would just put his "Johnny Cash put together truck"  Remember that song, the fellow would steal one part for his car a day from his work.  Then after a few years he would have a whole car, a 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953 Cadillac. (ONE PIECE AT A TIME by Johnny Cash, click for Lyrics or YouTube )
What is Red here are the taillights on each car.  Almost dark, they really show up.  BTW, I would hate to HAVE TO identify the pickup but I am guessing that it is a Ford, around the 1980's.

Here are two patriotic vehicles, a RED, WHITE, AND BLUE bus running the streets of Washington D.C. and the Katy Plumbing truck.  I'd rather have the black Dodge Challenger above.
[You can click on the pictures for a larger size.  Some you click a second time for larger still.]
(2) Week's Favorite: Flower Girl at the wedding.  Ladies, left to right: my niece, mother of the bride; Mrs. Jim, great-aunt of the bride; and Lois, grandmother of the bride and my sister from Iowa (link).  In the foreground is the flower girl, my great-great-niece and niece of the bride as well.  (More below)(I might be my own grandfather.)

This, on the left, was after the wedding of my great-niece.  The flower girl was my niece's niece, making the flower girl my great-great-niece.  She scattered her Red Petals all over the Red Carpet of the Church.  Then after the wedding she came back an picked the Petals all back up, putting them in her basket.

On the right is also inside the old Methodist church, the ceiling of which was decorated with Red Umbrellas for the wedding.  This church survived the Great Flood of brought on by a hurricane in 1900.  But it was not so fortunate the last hurricane, but now much of it has been restored, capable of having regular church services and activities.

(3) Window: This is a row of mostly Hotels in Honfleur, France (link).  I would opt for a room with a view, i.e. a pretty view from my window.

I will tell more about our visit to this place next week, it will be my "S" Word Story of the Week.
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The Fine Print: - Teresa of Eden Hills, (click) is running this meme, Friday's HuntHer 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, April 28, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.17 -- "Q" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of April 28st:  (1) Starts with Q; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Evening

(1) Starts with "Q":  Q-tip is a common compound word seldom seen in the blogs, not even for the "Q" word of the week.  Guess I was pretty hard up.  Please see the "Note" below for a rundown of the name.  It must be properly protected or it will go generic.  I believe this may be the case already.  Time will tell.

So of what purpose is the lowly Q-tipMen use it to hand pollinate the citrus plants, apply glue or paint in hard-to-get-to places, clean the wax out of their ears (I'd rather use the rounded edge of a paper clip), use it with alcohol or nail polish remover for cleaning up tiny spots, and--what am I leaving out for the guys?

But what in the world do women do with their Q-tipsThey are the keepers, we men have to ask for one.  Mrs. Jim had this one and another in the top drawer in the bathroom.  She said she had a bag of them under the sink, but I didn't see them.

But what does she do with them?  What does she use them for?  Most ladies aren't brave or stupid enough to dare stick one in her ear.  Nor does she build model cars or work with trains.  My guess is that she uses them for tasks which men use their index finger but for which a women wouldn't dare use her finger.

Now, I am asking for the women reading this to tell me what they use the Q-tips, i.e. "cotton swabs", for.

Note: (from my Google Search) "Q-tips®

"Q-TIPS® is a registered trademark of Unilever and is NOT a name for just any cotton swabs. The Q-TIPS® trademark can only be used to refer to the specific cotton swab products manufactured and sold by Unilever and should not be used to refer to cotton swab products of other companies or to cotton swabs generally."

(2) Week's Favorite: Our Great-grandson, JP, had his second birthday.  He celebrated with aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, great-grandparents, and friends with his party in they park.  He enjoyed every minute, stuffed himself with food, and enjoyed the BDay cake.
(3) Evening:  I "cook" some of the light meals.  My specialties are DiGiorno Pizza, hot dogs, corn dogs, and a nice assortment of sandwiches.  Plus trimmings.  This is a TCT, Turkey, Cheese, and Tomato sandwich on toasted wheat bread with leftover potato salad, ready for our evening meal.

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The Fine Print: - Teresa of Eden Hills, (click) is running this meme, Friday's HuntHer 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, April 21, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.16 -- "P" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of April 21:  (1) Starts with P; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) foot/feet

(1). Starts with "P":
"P" is for pills, the pills I take every day.  This in the end of my morning ritual of ten (10) pills between breakfast and lunch.  There are nine pills later on during the day.

Two of the morning's are prescription, one is a full strength aspirin, six are various vitamins and minerals, and three are digestive aids  My dctors and I think that all these pills are helping to keep me alive.

I need to have food with some of those so generally I have saltines and either peanut butter or cottage cheese, low fat or no fat, with my pills.
"P" is for Potato Salad. Mrs. Jim made some for us this week.

 Sometimes Mrs. Jim tries to make Mom's and has just about gotten it perfected.  As far as we know hers was never written down, she just had it perfected and kept it in her head.

Mrs. Jim makes a delicious Potato Salad with her own experimenting as well.  One version has small apple slices in to give it a little crunch.  Always it has onions, sweet pickle relish, hard boiled eggs, and mayo.  I think she might put a little sugar in sometimes as well.

In the picture of my lunch plate you see lots of yellow mustard applied to the top.  My Rule No. 107 is never to mess with the cooks creations very much.  The cook in your favorite restaurant appreciates when you ooh and awe over his or her cooking.  But on the leftovers, Rule No. 107.a allows for a liberal application of mustard on Potato Salad.

(2) Week's Favorite:  This could have been the Potato Salad above, but too much has been going on for that. 

Instead, this Week's Favorite was Easter and the pre-Easter preparations.  My pictures will be fairly self-explaining. [You can click on them to make them a tad bit larger.  My Picasa (free) program is not working well so that will be all the bigger I can make them at this time.]

Good Friday evening our daughter Karen and family invited Mrs. Jim and I over for Dinner, aka Supper. Above is the hors d'oeuvre hour yummies. She baked the Gougères (link) making them of Goat Cheese.  The eggs are candy coated chocolate eggs, in the other bowls are pop corn, potato chips, and mixed nuts.  On the tray was crackers and anther homemade cheese spread.

Seafood Bouillabaisse was our main dishIt is a French tomato based stew derivation with some vegetables.  Then Karen's for seafood had mussels, shrimp, and whitefish. 

When Mrs. Jim is with Karen and KP we have a 'three generation' gathering.  By the time I took this picture we had all removed our crowns that were inside the crackers.

(Easter Crackers link)  On the Easter Table Crackers (they also make them for Christmas and just plain party table crackers) you have the neighbor on your right take one end and you take the other, in your right hand.  Then your neighbor on your left will offer you one end of his or her cracker.  One command every one pulls.  The thing pops when it gets pulled apart. 
At the front of our house we placed the cross you see to the left of the entryway.  The letters are on the backside and the resulting white cross goes out Friday Evening.  Then on Sunday morning the sign is meant to be turned around showing the letters, "He is Risen!"  The smaller letters below say, "He is Risen Indeed!"  I brought the sign in Tuesday morning.

(3) foot/feet:  I have sometimes threatened to have a Pretty Foot contest or an Ugly Foot contest on my blog.  Then I will say that my right foot win the Ugly Foot contest and the right will win the Pretty Foot contest.  I do have several posts about feet or foot situations.  ( Links,  ,  )

Here are pictures of my feet today and one from another day (sideways view).  [You can click on the pictures to make them appear in larger size.]

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The Fine Print: - Teresa of Eden Hills, (click) is running this meme, Friday's HuntHer 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, April 14, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.15 -- "O" is for ...


Fridays Hunt for the week of April 14th:  (1) Starts with "O"; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Blossom

(1) Starts with "O":   "O" is for Odometer.  Our 2011 car just rolled over to 100,000 miles this week.

(2) Week's Favorite:  This week is the Passion Week for Christians to celebrate.  Jesus died on Friday night and on Sunday (Easter for us) he had Risen from his grave.  He died as God's son, sent to earth as a human to die as a perfect sacrifice for all mankind that would accept this as truth for them included.  Before this lambs were sacrificed as a sacrifice offering to God for humans sins against God.

Thus, we as Christians have assurance, by his Word of our being freed from the grave and ascend to Heaven with Jesus.  Things that happened to us this week follow in pictures: (remember the Odometer above)

The rabbit is not Bible material, but besides church services children celebrate Easter by enjoying the Easter Eggs and treats that the Easter Bunny has brought them, often in a basket the children have set outside.  Mrs. Jim and KP were decorating hard boiled eggs this evening.

When Jesus died, he actually was killed by the Roman Army by crucifixion on a large wooden cross.  Since then the Cross has become a symbol for Christians to celebrate his death and resurrection from his grave.  Here you see Mrs. Jim and I at church by one of the floral displays.  Note the cross in the midst.

(3) Blossom:  Our vinca flowers are in bloom.  So are the toadstools, aka mushrooms, growing in our flower beds.  We think their seeds came with the mulch.  It was bulk mulch and not pasteurized mulch from sacks.

Here, left, is one of the toadstools blooming.  At right I found this single blossom in a fairly large bed of flowers.  I don't know what plant/flower this is.
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The Fine Print: - Teresa of Eden Hills, (click) is running this meme, Friday's HuntHer 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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