Friday, May 27, 2016

Our Police Chaplin ~~ Friday’s Hunt v1.22-- "V" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of May 27th: (1) Starts with V; (2)  Week's Favorite; and (3)  Sunshine


(1)  Starts with V:  "V" is for Volunteer.  Our Sunday school teacher, Dr. Charles Wisdom is a Volunteer with the Fulshear, Texas, Police Department.  He serves as the Police Chaplin.  Some tease him of having special driving and legal privileges.

As a teasing joke, a few of our members doctored up a picture of Dr. Wisdom's car by putting a big sign on it, reading "Fulshear Police."  After a bit of fun during pre-class time it was admitted that his car actually didn't have this sign.  Rather it was doctored up by clever usage of a photo editing program.

As you can see in the picture, Charles really enjoyed the photo which was presented to him. 


(2Week's FavoriteAn Aggie experiment.    Students, graduates, and staff at the Texas A&M College have a reputation of not having everything just exactly right.  These students and graduates are called "Aggies".  Aggies are the butt of many unkind jokes hinting of a less than 'normal' intelligence concerning everyday situations.

There is an Aggie joke saying that some Aggie graduates were having trouble concerning the growing of chickens.  Since none of the chickens planted seemed to be growing, one brilliant graduate decided to call his college professor.

When told of the problem, the professor asked how they were planting these chickens.  "Feet first" was the graduate's response, whereby the prof quickly and wisely responded, "Why don't you try planting them 'heads down'?"

As I snapped this picture I was reminded of the Aggie joke above.  It may be an Aggie clandestine operation of growing children.  Clearly these kids are planted 'head first.'

[click once or twice on any picture for a larger size]
(3Sunshine:

This little rabbit is grazing in the sunshine.  We have a very good rabbit crop this summer.  They come and go in and out of our yard, back and front. 

Since dogs here are required to be on leash and rabbits are a protected species in Katy most live a long life.

This one seems to be off to a good start.
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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."
- The Mr. Linky address here has a list of others who are participating if you would to read what these folk are doing for the Friday post.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Non-Summer Birthday school party ~~ Friday’s Hunt v1.21-- "U" is for ...

For the week of May 21st:  (1) Starts with U; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) In the morning


(1) Starts with "U": Uncanny -- I had an Uncanny feeling that this was to be a bang out school party. KP's birthday is during the summer when school is not in session.  Therefore these kids don't have opportunity to have a birthday at school to let all the other kids help celebrate.

KP's school has a fix.  The children celebrate with their classmates during what is called a "non-summer birthday."  A day is set for this celebration for each student and the kids have a party.  KP's was on her way to hers.

In the white sack is a bag of donuts, one for each student plus the teacher, plus a few extras.  Her sack contains 23 donuts, they bought two dozen and KP is having one with her chocolate milk on the way to school.  BTW, the school the building you can see through the car's back window.

I found out last night that KP didn ' eat a donut on the way to school.  Instead she had a dozen donut holes.  She ate eleven and Mom had one.

 - [Google Definition for Uncanny, it came with my 'Google Search']
"un·can·ny -- ənkanē -- adjective
 - adjective: uncanny; comparative adjective: uncannier; superlative adjective: uncanniest

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(2) Week's Favorite:  The Ginger Plants are in bloom.  They always come late in Spring, after most other plants have finished flowering.  These pretty pink blossoms will only last for a week or two.  Then very large leafed green talks will come up from scratch.


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(3) In the morning:  The vultures, ten of them, came to eat the poor little deer that got run over by a car in the middle of the night.  You can see it laying in the foreground.  Their mother called a meeting before breakfast to divide up the parts of meat among her brood.
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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."
- The Mr. Linky address here has a list of others who are participating if you would to read what these folk are doing for the Friday post.

 

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Mothers Day reminders ~~ Friday’s Hunt v1.20 -- "T" is for ...

The Friday Hunt, week of May 13th: 
 (1) Starts with "T"; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Evening



(1) Starts with "T": Tasty.  Today it's tasty homemade meat loaf.

 
After reading this article in the H O U S T O N ... C H R O N I C L E .food section we talked a little about Meat Loaf and its making.  Mrs. Jim said it is hard to make a consistent meat loaf, time after time. She would like a good recipe, one that she likes.  So we will try this one. 

Do you remember eating at those old cafeterias owned and operated by a local entrepreneur?  Not the ones most common now, chains and/or franchise enterprises. Cleburne recently closed their doors after opening in 1975.  They will be missed, even so they have shared three of their favorite recipes with the public.  Our paper ran them in the May 4th edition, food section.
 
I mentioned that my mom made the best meat loaf that I have ever tasted.  Mrs. Jim agreed that it was super delicious.  We don't have her recipe though.  This was so close to Mothers Day that I was reminded of a lot of things about Mom.  She died in 1999 at age 88.
 
(2) Week's Favorites:
 
The Ginger Plants are in bloom at our former residence.  

For summer this pink blossom, a little yellow flower I missed getting for this picture, and these tender leaves will be gone. 

They will be replaced by new growth with solid green leaves, some being over six feet tall/long.

The house there has not yet sold.
 
This is our Mothers Day Photo, taken an the church foyer, before the service.    We went to a nice little Chinese restaurant after church.  Both of took home a doggy bag and we made another meal from these leftovers.  Mrs. Jim had Chicken Moo Guy Pan I had Vegetable and Chicken Chow Mein. 
 
Both the Church and the restaurant are within walking distance of our home, about 1.2 miles.
 
(3) Evening:
 

Sunday Evening Church Service ~ ~ ~ ~ Sunday Morning
 

We are members of Second Baptist Church of Houston.  There are six Campuses, ours, the 1463 Campus (we are located on Hwy 1463, Fullshear, Texas, with a mailing address of Katy, Texas) is our church. 
 
Sunday evening services have an average attendance of around 100 and we begin the service with The Lord's Supper (communion) before the focal song and the sermon.  In the evening we have a singing group and a small instrument section. 
 
Morning service has over a thousand in attendance with a choir and an orchestra.  We have Communion quarterly.  Attendance was over 5000 total in the three services for Easter.  We do baptize every Sunday after the service.  Mrs. Jim and I help with that.
 
This Sunday we will observe this campus' first anniversary.  We will have hot dogs and cupcakes furnished.  There will also be food trucks where full meals will be available.   The theme is PATRIOTIC as we are in the middle of Primary Election Runoff.  Our church DOES NOT endorse candidates.
 
Cleburne Cafeteria's Baked Squash Casserole Recipe (Link)
 
Cleburne Cafeteria's Meatloaf Recipe (Link)
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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."
- The Mr. Linky address here has a list of others who are participating if you would to read what these folk are doing for the Friday post.
 


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Friday, May 06, 2016

Friday’s Hunt v1.19 -- "S" is for ...

Friday Hunt for the week of May 6th: (1) Starts with S; (2) Week's Favorite; (3) Smile



1.  Starts with "S" ~~ Still water Sailing.
This little duck we found on our walk earlier this week was just sailing along in the pond beside us.  Actually it was paddling pretty much full speed ahead with his under water paddle webbed feet working pretty hard


2.  Weeks' Favorite ~~ Rescue Horse that had the markings of my horse, Minnie.


This pretty horse was one rescued from the Houston area flood.  Last week, link, I had posted about the horse rescue effort.  Then this Monday the H o u s t o n  C h r o n i c l e front page had another article this time telling about the completed effort.

I don't know its name.  It reminds me very much of my horse, Minnie.  Growing up, Minnie was our farm pony for riding.  We had other draft horses for pulling equipment and wagons (also a sled in the winter). 

When I started high school I rode Minnie to a two room country school for my first two years.  New England School in Washington Country Nebraska held grades 1-6 in one room and 7-10 in the other.  The two years I went we had three students in each grade each year.

Minnie was colored like the rescue horse but we cropped her mane to help her heal a fistula.  After the healing we still kept her mane cropped to about two inches.  She was also a little wider in girth as she had quite a few draft horse genes.

Our ride was three miles, 'up hill and down hill in the rain and snow.' At the end of the first mile I was met by a pair of sisters, both riding their horses also.  Betty was a grade or two below me, Francis was in the one ahead.  Another quarter mile we were met by Vivian on her bike. Francis died Sunday this week. Her obituary is here.

The girls horses would jump over the little streams that show up after the rains.  Soon Minnie, though an older horse, had also learned to jump. 

Our school barn held either six or eight horses.  At first there wasn't an opening for Minnie but before the first winter a stall opened for her.  In the winters I often rode bareback as that would help both Minnie and me warmer.

When I transferred to a four year high school in town my dad bought me a 1937 Ford Tudor.  It had been owned by a little old lady so was a low mileage car in very good shape.  It also smelled of her strong perfume and makeup.  We could drive at age 14 to school or work back then.

Before school started Dad decided that I should not drive the car as it was an older one with mechanical brakes, not hydraulic--way before power brakes were invented.  That was his excuse for buying himself a new Ford pickup truck and my older Ford was his trade-in.
My sister, Lois (link), also drove the pickup to school for her senior year.  She did not attend New England country school like I did.  She rode with the cousins who had been riding with me for her first three years.  I taught her how to drive. 

[Lois 'baby' sits dogs for her son and grandchildren. She had never said yes to
 my request for her to 'baby' sit Adi. Probably she thought I wasn't being serious.]
Lois did knock down one country mail box, but just that one.  I had two accidents, neither was my fault.  One was when a drunk driver almost head-onned me as I couldn't take the ditch where I was on the road.  But at the last minute he veered and only swiped the side of Dad's truck.

3.  Smile ~~ My Art.  I never developed my talent for drawing and painting, if I did have some.  In the early grades in school I learned to draw stick figures.  Some place I still have my first which I learned quit well.  It was a stick fellow and a stick horse.

Now most of my 'Art' is captured photos of pretty or clever items.
Below are a couple of photos I took.  The first was at McDonalds, they had what I call a Balloon Bouquet.


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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."
- The Mr. Linky address here has a list of others who are participating if you would to read what these folk are doing for the Friday post.
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4. another Ditty:
Poem to the right, "Reaching my Potential; Small time Art with Stickman style" is Copyright © 2016 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Yellow Day at School ~~ Warm Heart Wednesday No. 025

Our granddaughter, KP, had a "wear yellow day" at school today.  In the picture she has on a nice yellow blouse and is just out her door, in the neighbor's driveway on her way to school.
 
We had a little problem figuring our exactly why the kids were to wear yellow.  All that KP could tell us was that it was "Wear Yellow Day" because it was an "Essential Elements Day."  Okay. Essential elements of human character it was.
 
We asked the crossing guard why it was 'wear yellow.'  She had received an e-mail couldn't remember what the essential elements the first grade would be studying.  She only remembered she was to wear yellow.

On the way home we asked some more and finally learned that the essential element they would be studying today was "Courage". 

Sort of an oxymoron to us as we always associated the 'trait' of yellow as being cowardly. Okay.

All of the finding out process and the asking others along our way to and from school gave us our Warm Heart feeling.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Horses Matter II ~~ Warm Heart Wednesday No. 024


This pretty horse was one rescued from the Houston area flood.  Last week, link, I had posted about the horse rescue effort.  Then this Monday the H o u s t o n  C h r o n i c l e front page had another article this time telling about the completed effort.

What warms me is that the horse reminds me very much of my horse, Minnie.  Growing up, Minnie was our farm pony for riding.  We had other draft horses for pulling equipment and wagons (also a sled in the winter). 

When I started high school I rode Minnie to a two room country school for my first two years.  New England School in Washington Country Nebraska held grades 1-6 in one room and 7-10 in the other.  The two years I went we had three students in each grade each year.

Minnie was colored like the rescue horse but we cropped her mane to help her heal a fistula.  After the healing we still kept her mane cropped to about two inches.  She was also a little wider in girth as she had quite a few draft horse genes.

Our ride was three miles, at the end of the first mile I was met by a pair of sisters, both riding their horses also.  Betty was a grade or two below me, Francis was in the one ahead.  Another quarter mile we were met by Vivian on her bike.

The girls horses would jump over the little streams that show up after the rains.  Soon Minnie, though an older horse, had also learned to jump. 

Our school barn held either six or eight horses.  At first there wasn't an opening for Minnie but before the first winter a stall opened for her.  In the winters I often rode bareback as that would help both Minnie and me warmer.

When I transferred to a four year high school in town my dad bought me a 1937 Ford Tudor.  It had been owned by a little old lady so was a low mileage car in very good shape.  It also smelled of her strong perfume and makeup.  We could drive at age 14 to school or work back then.

Before school started Dad decided that I should not drive the car as it was an older one with mechanical brakes, not hydraulic--way before power brakes were invented.  That was his excuse for buying himself a new Ford pickup truck and my older Ford was his trade-in.

My sister, Lois (link), also drove the pickup to school for her senior year.  She did not attend New England country school like I did.  She rode with the cousins who had been riding with me for her first three years.  I taught her how to drive. 

[Lois 'baby' sits dogs for her son and grandchildren. She had never said yes to
 my request for her to 'baby' sit Adi. Probably she thought I wasn't being serious.]
 
Lois did knock down one country mail box, but just that one.  I had two accidents, neither was my fault.  One was when a drunk driver almost head-onned me as I couldn't take the ditch where I was on the road.  But at the last minute he veered and only swiped the side of Dad's truck.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Horses Matter ~~ Warm Heart Wednesday No. 023

 
This news headline picture was extremely heartwarming to me.  At first the estimate was that twenty or so horses were rescued.  But Tuesday morning's Houston Chronicle was saying that "about 70 horses were rescued" from our April 2016 Houston Area Flood.
 
Our home wasn't flooded but a lot around here did.  Most of them began very slightly north and east, in the North West Quadrant of Metropolitan Houston.  Those people had double digit numbers of inches rainfall, ours was about seven (7) inches. 
 
Some of the creeks, bayous, and rivers are still rising due to the run off.  I heard an estimate, I think it was said that 15,000 acres were flooded.  Tonight I couldn't find verification on-line.

 
This is a picture of our family car, hugging the garage door with as much as possible scrunched under the overhang.  This was to prevent as much hail as we could from reaching and pounding the car.  I think it did hail just a little during the night but there weren't any new dents.
 
We have a three car garage, two stall are tandem. So what is wrong with this picture?
 
 
What's wrong is that there isn't room for three cars until I finish unpacking from our recent move.  So the lot was cast for the family car to stay outside.  My two toys (Ford Mustang Pony cars) aren't real valuable but they would be harder to fix come hail damage or vandalism. 
 
On the right sits Mom's 1974 Ford Mustang II Ghia that is now mine and the left stall gets my 1998 Ford Mustang GT Convertible. (Better pictures)
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Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday’s Hunt v1.16 [Girl things] -- "P" is for ...

For the week of April 15th: (1) in motion; (2) Week's Favorite; (3) Starts with P
 
(1) In motion:

Four-year-old KP was driving this Jeep. She's six plus now. Check "KP Driving" label at the bottom.



This was at Hyde Park, London, U.K.  It was at a little two ride amusement machine set up right outside the playground and snack area.  

Her ride cost 1.50£ and it was fairly busy.  The other ride at 2.00£ was a carousel but she didn't ride it.

We had spent the afternoon at the National Science Museum (free admission--link) and walked through the park on the way home.

KP loves rocket, space ships, and astronauts.  She told me that she wants to be an astronaut when she grows up.  That would suit me fine, an ex NASA aerospace engineer.   (I worked in Flight Control at the Johnson Manned Space Center at Houston before I resigned after SkyLab and began teaching business courses at our local community college, San Jacinto College.)

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Now flash back 34 years when KP's mom, our daughter, raced her pinewood derby car.  It was a winner.
 


This one's Karen's car, it's
a 1982 or so Pine Wood Derby Racer
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Karen did most of the work, Mrs. Jim and I were consultants for her..

She won first place. Of course technology has improved since then so it probably couldn't keep up with the modern cars. Dad was the chief speed advisor for her project. Mrs. Jim did the fashion painting advice. Karen did [most of] the work..

Please enlarge the picture by clicking on it so you can see the driver pretty good. The driver is a piece of lead fishing weight, carved to precision weight with the car weighing 1 ounce less than the maximum. 
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The paint is acrylic blue with a red, green, and blue butterfly on the hood. There's a rainbow at the rear, and some green growth with a flower on the deck lid. If we were smart, we could have sensed a tree-hugger growing up here with us.

Weight distribution is 63% in the rear wheels, 37% up front. The uplift in the back functioned better than a spoiler in keeping the car hugging the track surface. Many cars tipped and fell off or tumbled, hers went straight down the slotted hill track.

(2) Week's Favorite Girl jokes here.  Back when we were young.  I've only heard girls doing this a long time ago.
 - Prank Caller Girl:  Hello, do you have Prince Albert in the can?
 - Called Tabac (shop) (Definition link): Yes, we do.
 - Prank Caller Girl: You should let him out of the can, that's not nice to keep him canned up.

(3) Starts with "P":  Pom-poms

 
These are LSU colors and they belong to KP.  At our house we have Nebraska, or University of Houston, colored Pom-poms, red and white .  For some reason when a girl has a pair of Pom-poms to wave she changes her personality.  Ages range from young girls to older women.
When did you ever see a guy getting excited by holding a pair of Pom-poms?
 
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The Fine Print:
- Teresa of Eden Hills 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."
- The Mr. Linky address here has a list of others who are participating if you would to read what these folk are doing for the Friday post.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Take a walk on the semi-wild side ~~ Warm Heart Wednesday No. 022

Happy Wednesday ~~ Our day started out good, we woke up early and walked our six-year-old granddaughter to school.  Then we decided to take the long way home.  All told, we walked about a couple of miles.  Our total walking time was about an hour.  We walk slowly so it might not have been a full two miles. 

So anyway, I thought I'd share my walk pictures with you.  Both Mrs. Jim's and my doctor's orders are to walk a half hour and to do that five days a week.  Guess we doubled up.  That might be a bit far for some of you but we are getting in practice 'in case' we go traveling this summer.

All this and more walking trails are within a three mile radius our home.


Not only ours hearts got warmed but our entire body








Our Beagle dog, Adi, would have loved this walk.

The fine print:   . . .
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