Saturday, January 22, 2011

Contest time again — Six Word Saturday —

My Six Words:

How Many Biscuits in My Jar?
(winner and correct answer here next Satuday)

That sounds easy. Just guess how many dog biscuits are in my jar.

They're sold in boxes like this. The jar is an antique (almost) from the 1950's.
Although these biscuits are sold for puppies I give them to my adult dogs, Adi (beagle) and Katrin (toy poodle).

I don't give them a whole biscuit at a time so these thin ones break easier.

Okay, now, give it a try. Leave your guess in with your comment. Your last entry is the one that counts.

Oh yes, you can click on the picture to make it bigger. Easier to count? I didnt say that.

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Describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words.
Six Word Saturday, Click the box --> to visit Cate's blog with Mr. Linky showing all the other blogs participating this week.
Cate is the boss at Six Word Saturday. She would like for you to participate.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Flashback Friday # 22 ~ Technology in Jim's early life

For this week Linda asked several questions about new inventions and technology that affected our lives growing up. Click her icon, right, if you want to read others or participate in this with a blog post of your own.

Linda's questions and then my answers: (you will note that some of these I did not answer as they did not apply to my family situation--they may apply to you)

What new inventions or technology came out when you were growing up that you remember being amazed at?

Two that come quickly to my mind are TV and automatic transmissions.

Were your parents "early adopters"--did they get the "latest and greatest" pretty quickly or did they stick with the "tried and true"?
My parents were poor; Dad share cropped from Grandpa on halves. It was a good thing that Grandpa was a very generous man as he helped us in many ways.
The answer to the question is NO. Mostly because we were too poor. Besides we could go to Grandpa and Grandma's to watch TV. And we had a perfectly good radio.

What are some things that you remember being a big deal when your family got them? (These may be items like stereos or kitchen equipment or bigger things such as carpet.)
It was a new kitchen electric cooking stove Dad ordered for Mom from the Sears catalog. This stove even had a 'deep cooker' which operated much like a crock pot.
My sister and I had a bicycle, one girl's for us to share, at an early age. Dad ordered it fromthe Sears catalog too.
My cousins had record players but we didn't. We enjoyed listening to records with the cousins at various times.

Were your folks prone to updating their furniture periodically or did they keep their old furniture forever?
Mom and Dad took very good care of their furniture and would keep the living room looking especially nice for company.

How was the way they were raised impact the way you were raised? And how did your upbringing influence the way you are today?
In my adult life I suppose I would be classified as being somewhat tight with my spending.
In our married life Mrs. Jim and I have never bought a new car. Every car we have had was previously owned. Most of the time we purchased from an older lady who had put very few miles on their cars.
We watch the ads for grocery bargains, buy used items, keep our personal property in good shape, and in general spend wisely.

Our travel budget is fairly large as we enjoy splurging going to places we have never seen before. When our money is gone, soon perhaps with the economy as it is and us on a fixed income, we are sure that the kids will pass the hat to keep us from starving or living on the streets. That or take us in.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Today is National Popcorn Day! *
Too bad my doc says to me, "No popcorn."

* October is National Popcorn Month.

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Christmas put-aways 101 — MidWeek Blues —

Why do Christmas decorations always come down and get put away much slower than taking out and putting up?

While Mrs. Jim worked on the tree and the household decorations my job was simpler--just bring in the outside stuff, pack it up, and put it away. Then, of course, my other job was to help with the inside things under Mrs. Jim's directions. I must say that she did most of that and worked very hard at it.

Here is the harder part of the outside stuff:


First I had to get the snowman stuffed back into the little box that it came in. That turned out very simple, just stuff it in and tape the box shut.
Then the two white deer had to be disassembled and boxed and the lights put in their places. That all worked fine too until I stepped on one of the lights. Between a pair of needle nose pliers, a broom and dustpan, and the vacuum cleaner that went fairly quickly still.

I didn't picture everything but these were items either with blue or that caused me some problem. We did have an outside little tree blow over and break the base I had made for it. It too is packed except for the broken base. I will construct a more sturdy base for next year.

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If you want to post a MidWeek Blues picture, go get directions from Rebecca by clicking on the logo picture on the right. She has a Mr. Linky and good directions . Just do what I did.

Or do less. All she requires is a BLUE PICTURE or BLUE THOUGHT, you don't have to write.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

I wrote this for Susan's microFiction Monday. You can too! Just write a short tale (fiction preferred) about this picture in less than 140 characters and spaces. Then tell her and wait for the critique and praises!

Here goes my entry:

Momoe was feeling sorry about the sword, umbrella swap.

With Mrs. M on rampage all Heck was breaking loose.

Aah! My fingers!


140 Characters
Story Copyright
© 2010 Jimmiehov
All Rights Reserved

Note: Momoe is a Japanese name meaning "hundred blessings."

The Dueling Samurai picture was found by
Susan amongst some clip-art. It's posted on her blog, Stony River


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