Friday, September 30, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.14 -- "N" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of September 30th:  (1) Starts with "N"; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) I Made This.

1. Starts with "N": New and Nursery

"New Kids in Sunday school Nursery"

I really don't know how many, but there were a lot.  I might expand things and count best I can.  Anyway there's a lot of strollers pictured on the right, empty now while the kids are in the Church Nursery.


Newest washing machine problem, these washers are exploding!  Maybe you heard about them on the radio.  If you have one I'd check it out.  Ours was new back when but surely it has passed the test of time now.

The this summer we went to another nursery, The Antique Rose Emporium located southeast outside a bit from Brenham, Texas.  We don't get there very often but do stop in when we are going through and have time. 

We once, back in the 1970's, bought an antique rose.  It grew nice and pretty on the south side of our garage.  I have here one picture of the 12 (1st is the top one) that was from our back yard and not the Antique Rose Emporium.  Answer below.

If you'd like to read more or possibly plan a visit, click here. Or come visit us and we all will go there.

Answer to my quiz, "which of the 12 pictures does not belong to the Antique Rose Emporium?":  Highlight the blank area below and you'll see the answer. 
It is the one immediately above on the left; this is a picture of a bottle brush bush in our back yard.  To the left are three 'knock-off' rose bushes and to the right is an Oleander bus.  Various ground cover items are below, on the right are more short growing rose bushes.  All the roses are red and they bloom all year long.

2. Week's Favorite:  Mrs. Jim and I had appointments with our cardiologist this week.  My big concern was my AAA Sent Graft as I had a leak in it repaired the first of the year.  A sonogram showed nothing was leaking now!!  Then the usual X-ray, EKG, and Blood Tests.  I expect to pass all that but haven't gotten test results back yet.

Mrs. Jim's primary concern was that no complications had come since, or before, her Branch Bunch Block was discovered last year when she had her pre-surgery checkup for bunion surgery. That was Okay but the doctor did want here to closely monitor her blood pressure.  Her family history for heart problems is scary.

On the way home we stopped at the Ragin Cajun restaurant.  Mrs. Jim had the
Beans and Rice plate and I had a Shrimp Po'boy with .  We shared half and half.  Not pictures of the food, sorry.  Here is a Google link of some of the Cajun eating places in and near Houston and also recipes, etc.

3. I Made This:  I had hoped to show you one of my electronic items I made, a simple Morse Code Practice Oscillator.  But I couldn't find it since the move. Later.  I am a Ham Radio Operator. 

So here are a few food pictures I took lately of food items I made.

Sure, I "made" this Ramon Noodle Soup with Shrimp but all I had to do was to add boiling water.
More important was the Clam Roll I "made" to have with the soup, pictured just below the soup 'bowl'.  I baked the frozen clams using 1/4 of this package from Kroger.  When I lived in New Hampshire that fried clam roll was my favorite food, it is still high on my list. 

I also "made" this Bratwurst Sandwich.  The Wursts are frozen before I start.  I cut the center out of the rolls so as to not eat too much bread.  I heat the Wursts and the bread, then lay slices of cheese in the trench.  Then I heat and put mustard.  Sometimes I have sauerkraut on them but my sauerkraut had been in the refrigerator too long and I threw that away.

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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.  That is in her sidebar.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.13 -- "M" is for ...


Week of September 23rd
1. Starts with "M"
2. Week's Favorite
3. Work

1. Starts with "M":  "M" is for Molehill or Missed pictures, take your pick.  This morning we went for a 50 Minute walk (another "M" word group) after walking our granddaughter to school. Sometimes we walk through the neighborhoods, other times we walk the trails in our green belt/flood control/runoff water retention area

I didn't have my camera, surprise, surprise, I always carry it.  Passing over a pedestrian bridge we noticed below a fire ant hill (molehill?) that was three feet in diameter at it's base and about equally as high.  It was covered with grass that had been carefully trimmed with a weed eater.  I assume from that the fire ants are long gone.  I also missed a really would-be-nice birds on a wire shot.
Pictured in the distance is the street leading to the school [click on a picture for larger sized viewing].  The pond has several white heron-like large birds fishing its banks. 

The mushroom I found is typical of the Texas 'rooms that grow up between mowings.  It might make for some nice mushroom tea but I stay away from having wild mushrooms in my stomach. 
Another nice blog post of pictures of our trails is this one, click here to see.

2. Week's Favorite :  Mrs. Jim made some Apple Galette using a recipe from her Christmas present Jaques Pépan cookbook.  We had another couple from our Sunday school class over for Texas 42 (played with dominoes).  It turned out really good for a first attempt (Mrs. Jim's rule, "Rule 103: never serve company any food you make for the first time from a new recipe." ) 
[Right: Jaques Pépan's Palette                         Right:  Mrs. Jim's Palette]          

Mrs. Jim made hers using pie crust for a thinner, crispier crust; Jaques used pizza dough in his recipe for a chewy crust.  She would cover the edges with foil next time as it caramelized which she didn't want to happen.  Also she baked it on foil but that wasn't entirely good because it stuck in a few places.
[click on the recipe picture to the left ONCE or TWICE so that you can read it.]

3. Work -- I work every day, right now I am working on my 2015 Federal Income Tax Return. My work is all for no pay, I've been retired for quite a while now. My last job was as a business professor at San Jacinto College. Before that I was an Aerospace Engineer at NASA, the Jonson Manned Center Houston.

Note that my 'office' is useable again.  Not neat at all or still not very unpacked after the move but I'm in here!  I do wish I had a TV in with me but that will be after some more consideration of my choices (Off the Ethernet airways--i.e. broadcast, or cable, or the Internet).
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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.  That is in her sidebar.

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Oh yes, the top picture would be "M" for Mustangs.  I've used this picture before, Adi sitting in front of my Two Mustangs.  On the le left is Mom's 1974 Mustang II Ghia.  It has 76K miles on it and is pretty original, she didn't drive on snow.  It, a 2.8 Liter German V6 with a 4-speed console shift is loaded with accessories then available. 

The other is my driving 1998 Mustang GT Convertible.  It is also loaded and was my retirement present for myself.  Belonging to a little young lady, in 2000 it had 49K miles, Now it has 106K but for a '98 it is still fast and quick.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

a Cheeseburger Limerick (poem)


National Cheeseburger Day

O Goodie, it's National Cheeseburger Day
I had mine for lunch, have you one today
Went to Whataburger
Senior drinks free, get urs
Not all give seniors free, some make us pay
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Photo and Poem Copyright , Jimmiehov 2016, All Rights Reserved

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Friday, September 16, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.12 -- "L" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of September 16th:
1. Starts with "L"
2. Week's Favorite
3. Critter

1. Starts with "L":  "L" is for Laugh.  I posted this little story back in 2013 (link) but since to me it was really funny I'll post it again.  You might laugh.
Joke of the day brings smiles
(You'll figure it out before it ends)

A man comes home from an exhausting day at work, plops down on the couch in front of the television, and tells his wife, "Get me a drink before it starts."

The wife sighs and gets him a drink.

Fifteen minutes later, he says, "Get me another drink before it starts."

She looks cross, but fetches another beer and slams it down next to him.

He finishes that beer and a few minutes later says, "Quick, get me another drink. It's going to start any minute!"

The wife is furious. She yells at him "Is that all you're going to do tonight? Drink and sit in front of that TV? You're nothing but a lazy fat slob, and furthermore..."

The man sighs and says, "It's started."

Joe Cosity used to send me one of these every day. His jokes are still at where I clicked on "Archives I"

The picture is of Mrs. Jim.  I smiled at the joke but it wasn't how we work.  Mrs. Jim has never brought me a beer while I was watching TV and I have never asked her to.

Here are some other past posts where I was using the letter, "L": , for other requesters. 

2. Week's Favorite: I was pretty proud of this sandwich.  Mrs. Jim was having eggs and grits for lunch.  I opted out of those although she volunteered to hard boil an egg for me with hers if I wanted.  I wanted.

Before the egg was finished I had decided that I would like an egg salad sandwich.  I said that I would make her one also but she stuck with her grits.

My Ingredients, yours may vary:
 - One hard boiled egg
 - One hot dog bun
 - A piece of onion, One large purple plum, One teaspoon tartar sauce, Mayo as needed for consistency (I used light), One teaspoon yellow mustard if you want, I did not, Salt and Pepper, I used a couple of pinches each.
 - Other items that you yourself would add to make a deviled egg or egg salad
 - Two fairly large Romaine lettuce leaves

I cut the center out of the hot dog bun to replace that part with my egg salad.  Dice the egg and onion into fairly small pieces, the fruit into larger.  Put in the lettuce, add the salad.  Yummy!

3. Critter:  Farm Dog:

Most farm people have at least one Farm Dog.  If more than one, most likely only one will be the favorite.

Ours would be raring to come out to the field with the lunch like the dog in the picture. 

The lunch for sure came in the afternoon and depending on what activity was there, a morning lunch also might be had.  Farmers can work up an appetite. Also a nice cold drink is appreciated mid-day.

This picture was one I found in an old John Deere book last Sunday afternoon during some 'stops' after church.  I don't think the illustrator person was very famous, there were no credits that I could find.

I did not buy the book, it was marked $20.00.  Dad had a binder machine like this one, he pulled it with four horses.  It cut the oats or other grain and when a bundle size was ready the binder put a piece of twine around it and tied a knot. 

I think it kept maybe four and then dumped them.  Another person or the farmers would pile them in a 'shock' to dry.  The 'shook' had six to eight bundles and was sloped so that any rain before threshing could run off.

This operation, cutting and binding, and threshing happened in the summer so I was able to help a lot.  Dad would not let anyone except himself do the cutting and binding.  Now a 'combine machine' replaces the binder and thresher, combing both operations.  One think though, the grain will have a higher moisture content than doing it the old fashioned way.

Oh yes, now the farm critter dogs either come out with the trucks or stay home and play with the kids.
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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.  That is in her sidebar.

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Friday, September 09, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.11 -- "K" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of September 9th is:  (1) Starts with "K"; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Yellow or Gold

First, last week's vote:
1st _The Little Rabbit_(click here)
2nd _The Watermelon__(click here)
3rd _1937 Ford Advertisement_(here)_and_(Tie)_The Toad Stool_(here)
5Tt _The Indifferent Smart Alek Owl_(click here)

(1) Starts with "K" : Kind of Korny here today.  Two choices:

First, Kansas.  Only this ain't Kansas, it's going to be Louisiana.  It is just around the bend, for hundreds of miles.

Second, Keyhole views
 - The first two (left, below) are from the upstairs in our church.  That's Second Baptist Church Houston, 1463 Campus (link)
 - The lower picture is looking our back window, across the back porch, of our house.  The big bird-like creature swimming there is a giant pool toy Swan.

Now you know?
[click on pictures for larger viewing size]

(2) Week's Favorite:  Monday here in the U.S. was Labor Day. 
In honor of Labor Day Mrs. Jim wanted to do something American so we had a hamburger

We went to a Sandwich and Drink like place, Willies', Willie's Grill & Icehouse.  Most Texas ice houses are in a place where the front or side doors are garage type and will open into a garden seating and eating area.  Not Willie's, it has an open wall to the outdoor eating area.  We ate inside.

Mrs. Jim had a coupon for hamburgers and fries (French fries) for $5.00 a plate.  I had a cheeseburger, it was 50c more.  They made up for this a little bit, as fountain drinks were $2.29 each. 
A man in the party across from us had "Texas Tea."  On the way out I asked what Texas Tea was, she said a shot and a half vodka mixed with lemonade. 

When we got home I looked on the menu and found that the Vodka they used was "Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka (link)."  I haven't had Texas Tea and probably won't ever.  Our neighbor introduced us to the "Arnold Palmer" though, it is non-alcoholic, half lemonade and half ice tea, which tastes quite good to me.

(3) Yellow or Gold:  It's a Yellow late 70's model Chevy Super Vette Barby Car that was our daughters when she was young.  It was an electric, 2 D Cells, 'remote control on a wire.' The car now has a problem, probably a wire open or came loose, that affects the steering.

It isn't real special but it and the pumpkins rate the top shelf place in the hall closet.  Toilet paper isn't that special to rate top shelf, but it may come in handy when the hall powder room runs low on paper.  It is right across the hall and has no shelf or drawer space.  That is subject to change but it will involve a carpenter's help.  I don't remember what the black plastic thing is and I'm not at home right now to look.
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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 Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter.

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Friday, September 02, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.10 -- "J" is for ...

For the week of September 2nd
1. Starts with "J"
2. Week's Favorite
3. Surprise

1. Starts with "J" :  Of course one of my favorite names is JIM.  My real name is James, James Vernon.  Growing up around Grandpa, I was Little Jim, as well as with my three uncles. 

You see, Big Jim was just plain Jim.  His real name was Charles Vernon but they all called him Jim, so I had to be Little Jim.

2. Week's Favorite:

Our rabbit population here is really growing fast.  This little bugger was sitting in the neighbor's lawn, beside our driveway.  He didn't move, just sat there and watched me. 

When I locked the car, I only pressed the button once so that I wouldn't scare.  We treat the rabbits nice but Mrs. Jim won't let me feed them.


3. Surprise:

He surprised us that evening. More surprising is that he didn't run away. 

Here is the rabbit in another picture, cropped a bit.  To see another surprisebig one maybe, click on the picture here at your left.  You will be surprised.

When you get to the surprise, you can vote which if any you like best, then down to the last in order.

If you don't like any of them, write None liked for first place.

Please use this as your ballet, paste it or write its numbers into your comment:

Best ______
2nd ______
3rd ______
4th ______
Least _____

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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 Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.09 -- "I" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of August 26th:
1. Starts with "I"
2. Week's Favorite
3. Pink

1. Ice Cream Starts with "I" :  In my world of eating, and blogging (link to past SOME of my past posts), "I" definitely is for Ice CreamI Scream for Ice Cream!!!

I'll do favorites here.

At the right is the neighborhood Gelato Mio store in St. John's Wood, London, U.K. (link) The store is on High Street, like the U.S. "Main Street", for St. John's Wood, this town in Westminster, is home for Paul McCartney not and the old London Stomping ground for the Beatles. 

Their first recording school was on Abbey Road there, and only a block from our Daughter, KP, and SIL, who lived in London for five years, all but the last two months in St. John's Wood.

While we were in London, staying with the kids, we would make a visit to Gelato Mia more often than once a week, i.e., we were 'regulars'.  The ice cream, European Gelato, was to die for.  My favorite was Raspberry Amaretto in a Waffle cone. 

Now for the ice creams that we eat here at home:

In order of our likes:

1.  Blue Bell Light -- for a long time Blue Bell was shut down due to a bacteria run loose in their plants.  Finally this was all scrubbed out and disinfected and things were back to normal.  Almost.  Our favorite flavor, this Light variety, was the last to start production, months behind the regular flavors.  It was also Adi's favorite. (link)
2.  This should have been "Dryer's French Silk" but I got the wrong kind and so we eat chocolate again.  KP will help us with that, she has several kinds of chocolate that she likes.

Not very obvious on the package, but 'Slow Churned' flavors are also their Lite ice cream, of which classification French Silk belongs.
3.  Blue Bell Dutch Chocolate is KP's favorite.  It is regular ice cream, not 'light'.  For chocolates, this is also our favorite. 

We always keep chocolate on hand for KP.
4.  Blue Bell Butter Crunch is sort of like having Butter Finger bars ground up and mixed into the ice cream.  Not being light, we eat this one sparingly but it is really good.

Often with our Blue Bell Light we cut up a Butter Finger or a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup bar and sprinkle that on the top of the ice cream.

4.  Kroger Chocolate is very dark and chocolatey, KP likes this one next to Blue Bell.   Kroger's 'Private Selection' ice cream is very fine, almost as good as Blue Bell.

2. Week's Favorite:  Not too much going on, lots of TV news: (I did get the car inspected get the license plates updated)

Floods in neighboring Louisiana were still bad. 
Alligators had escaped from their habitat. 

Our weather is cooling now.  Mid 90's for highs, sometimes high 80's.  We haven't been to Galveston for quite a while. It's about a 45 minute drive.
3. Pink:  I like to take pictures of pink cars, I don't really know why.

Both these are 1955 Fords, the one on the left was on a NAPA calendar, part of my collection.  It might be red but I think it is a dark pink.  Ford made more pink ones that red in 1955.

The one on the right is my car, a 1:18 scale cast iron model of the 1955 Ford Crestline hardtop.  I bought it way back from the farm store in Tekamah, Nebraska, from their after Christmas sale for half price. 

Here are a few more that I appreciated at least enough to take their pictures:

At left a toy plastic car in conjunction with the Big Breakfast celebration at our church, it was a place marker for its owner's lemon bars.  I got the last one.  On the right is a nondescript pink car parked in Friendswood (Texas) at a shopping center.  Kind of pretty.

On the right here is a pink toy car for kids to ride in after the parents have loaded it with a few quarters.  It was by the Merry Go Round at the Woodlands (Texas) Shopping Mall.
I am not KP's parent, just a grandparent, and I didn't have quarters for this car.  We may have fed another earlier, I can't remember.  We did feed the Carousal.
KP was about three here, home from London to visit her four grandparents..

This is a training vehicle belonging to the U.S. Navy at Christchurch, New Zealand.  The Navy has a training facility there for Antarctic Exploration.  One like this one took us for a bumpy ride through the snow at the training field.  We were riding in a trailer-like vehicle being pulled by an Arctic Crawler like this one.  I don't know why it was pink, not a regular Navy color for vehicles.

At left is a pink car on track in Peppa Pig Land, Southampton, U.K.  We rode the train down from London.  Our main purpose was to introduce the play-land to KP.  She was three and loved Peppa Pig (Google search).  Mrs. Jim was driving, Billy (KP's Daddy) was her passenger.  Front seat passenger was KP.  The car on the right was a Ukraine find.

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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 Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter.

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