Friday, October 16, 2020

The Letter "P" -- Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The forty-second issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020... 

(THE SIXTEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES) - the Letter "O" Prompts are: 

(A) Starts with the Letter "P"; 

(B) "Plentiful" (Tom's Choice); 

(C) A Favorite; and 

(D) Reflections. 

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(A) Starts with the Letter "P":   The Pumpkin Patch is a Popular Place this year.  This find was at the Katy (TX) First Methodist Church.  

Mrs. Jim says that most Methodists have Pumpkin Patches at Halloween time.  Until this one I did not know this, DID YOU?  (something for a Yes/No leaving in the comments)



(B) "Plentiful" (Tom's Choice):   Pink Flamingos were Plentiful at our Houston Methodist Hospital last week when we were there for a Mrs. Jim appointment.   It was to emphasize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The Pinks were all over the place.  Houston Methodist Hospital is a leader in the field of Breast Cancer treatment and care. 

(C) A Favorite:   Pie, here a store bought Key Lime Pie that our younger daughter had brought us.  There were two in the box.


(D) Reflections:  Wedding reception tables set up for social distancing.  I pictured the lovely bride, she's my great-grandniece,  her husband,  and both sets of parents here last week.

The reception was outside in this lovely 15 acre Texas garden. You see about 1/5th of the tables.  I do not know what the blue object giving Reflections is.  And I helped set the tables.  
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Bonus Questions: 

(1)  What do you like best about Wedding Receptions?   I have a hard time deciding between the "cutting of the cake" and the nice "catered dinner."    For sure it isn't sampling of  the $1800 spirits bill.
 
(2)  What is your favorite word beginning with the letter "P"?   Today I  will choose the word "Piano" because it can play such pretty music.  
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The fine print:  
 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large]
- I am linked with Tom of "Backwoods Travel" (Link here to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews)
- I am also linked this week with James of "Weekend Reflections" (click here for his Reflections Photos).
- The pictures mostly are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law.
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Friday, October 09, 2020

The Letter "O" -- Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The forty-first issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020... (THE FIFTEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES) - the Letter "O" Prompts are: 

(A) Starts with the Letter "O"; 

(B) "Orange" (Tom's Choice); 

(C) A Favorite; and 
(D) Reflections.
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(A) Starts with the Letter "O":  "Old" starts with the letter "O".  I am Old but this Model A Ford pickup is older

This is a 1928, 29, 30, or 31 Model A Ford Pickup.  I don't know who owns it but it was parked in the parking lot of First Baptist Church, Conroe, Texas.  It looks almost all original.  I have never owned a Model A and haven't driven one.  My parents had a 1929 Coupe when I was born.  I would like to have a Model A Ford Pickup but that isn't practical for us anymore.


(B) "Orange" (Tom's Choice):  This picture according to Oceania Cruises is supposed to be of Paris, France,  but I can't place where.  Here though,  my main concern is the Orange Citroen car.  Mrs. Jim would love to have a nice clean restored model like this.  I have a 1:18 scale model blue toy car, that is enough for me (link).


(C) A Favorite:  Our great niece and her new husband posing with their parents, her dad is our nephew.  Their wedding was last Saturday. 


(D) Reflections:  A TV capture from our Houston Channel 11 at the beginning of the weather report.
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Bonus Questions: 

(1)  Have you ever had or driven an old car or driven one?   A Ford product if you have a choice.  Tell us  little about your experience.  For a few weeks my dad bought me for my junior year school car a pristine 1937 Ford Tudor owned by a LOL (Little Old Lady).  It reeked of her perfume but otherwise it was a really nice car. 

But Dad traded it in for a new Ford F1 Pickup because he thought the mechanical brakes might not stop fast enough with a novice driver behind the wheel.  I had no say-so because it was titled in his name, 21 was the legal age to own property back in those days.  Besides I think he really wanted a pickup for the farm. 
 
(2)  What is your favorite word beginning with the letter "O"?   Today I will choose the word "One" because it is a short word.  I like the song, "One is the Loneliest Number" and since starting tis blog post that song has been an ear worm for me. 

 
[  "One is the Loneliest Number"  ]

The fine print:  
 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large]
- I am linked with Tom of "Backwoods Travel" (Link here to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews)
- I am also linked this week with James of "Weekend Reflections" (click here for his Reflections Photos).
- The pictures mostly are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law.
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Friday, October 02, 2020

The Letter "N" -- Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The fortieth issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020... (THE FOURTEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES) - the Letter "N" Prompts are: 
(A) Starts with the Letter "N"; 
(B) "Number" (Tom's Choice); 
(C) A Favorite; and 
(D) Reflections.
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(A) Starts with the Letter "N":  National starts with the letter "N".  I always think of our National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner when I think of that word.
 
I also think of National DaysOctober 30th is National Candy Corn Day, it comes one day before Halloween.  So does my Birthday.    I always buy a bag of Candy Corn, again this year I already have it.  October 30th is also my birthday, it started as a joking sentence, that for my Birthday I would run away.  Most times if I do, all times so far, Mrs. Jim and perhaps other relatives run with me. 
 
Some I have blogged about, I remember best the year I ran to New York City when our younger daughter ran the New York City Marathon.  Mrs. Jim and I followed her to six locations on that run using the city subways.
 
A toy 1934 Ford Coupe
 
(B) "Number" (Tom's Choice):  Number 88 is my favorite Number, it is the Number we used for our race car, a "modified stock"** 1934  Coupe painted baby blue.   Read more about the pictured toy car and of our race car here, http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2020/05/the-letter-s-weekend-roundup-and.html .
 
 
[Photo is a screen shot of our Channel 13 from Houston, Texas]

(C) A Favorite:   I like watching Car chases on TV when nobody gets hurt and the crook is caught and cuffed.  I didn't see the end of this one as our Houston Astro baseball came on (they won the game and the wild place in our division.) 

In the picture the white car on the left is being pursued by Houston police cars.  Those have white doors.  The are followed by or Texas state Patrol in the SUV's with the white hoods..  It was surmised that a woman was driving as she wasn't speeding and signaled all her lane changes.
 

(D) Reflections:  Backwater cruising during our January 16 stop at Cochin, India.  We spent the morning on a houseboat larger than this one, it had an upstairs outside deck, then disembarked after lunch.
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Bonus Questions:    

1.  What kind of action do you prefer on TV?  In addition to the chase scenes I like "Dancing with the Stars" shown on Monday nights.

2.  What is your favorite "N" word?   I like "No" because I don't have much Negative in my life.  Saying it adds some excitement going against the grain. 
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The fine print:
 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large]
- I am linked with Tom of "Backwoods Travel" (Link here to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews)
- I am also linked this week with James of "Weekend Reflections" (click here for his Reflections Photos).
- The pictures mostly are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law.
 

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

City and Country -- a Poem for The Sunday Muse # 127

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She milked the cows;  
   he farmed the land 

She was a city girl, young 
on her first job 
They had met before in a 
neighboring town 
The girls all knew, "stay away" 
from that fast town 
She went there anyway, met 
her future man 

Married, this city girl young 
cried the first night 
Not accustomed to farm life 
there by themselves 
Barely knew a pig from a horse  
she'd learn a lot 
Husband was beside himself 
gave her a calf 

The calf wasn't like her cat 
it stayed apart 
Never sat in her lap but 
stayed in corral 
Sort of a pet but still its 
future uncertain 
To market when it was grown 
or milking cow 

Please a milking cow begged 
this city girl 
Keep it they did, calved and milked 
called her Blackie 
Blackie still her pet corralled 
with other cows 
Knew her name leader became 
"Queen of the cows" 

Blackie loved this city girl 
she loved her cow 
A country girl became, they  
love their pet cows 
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 - Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2020, All Rights Reserved 
 - I am linked with Carrie Van Horn with The Sunday Muse * 127 for the picture inspiration prompt at http://thesundaymuse.blogspot.com/2020/09/weve-got-cowsand-footnotes-muse-127.html?m=1 

 - Before I started high school I was in 4H and had a Brown Swiss calf as a project.  Dad kept the calf, soon named Brownie, as a milking cow.  She gave a lot of milk and had good feeding calves, he kept her for a long time, probably until she died of old age.  In high school, as an FFA project for my last two years each I raised a litter of pigs.  Those pigs, 8 and 9, became farmstead pets who followed us around. 

  - And my mom was a city girl before marrying Dad.   She was away in Lincoln, Nebraska, working as secretary for a state legislator.  Dad share cropped on one of his father's small farms, half of all the crops went to Grandpa until he died and Dad became its owner.  They were married for 67 years until Mom died.  She raised the chickens and took care of the egg production.  She also milked cows until I was age five and took her place.  She was Dad's helper from husking corn to slopping pigs.  When they retired they, having purchased a home in town, moved to it.
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Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Letter "M" -- Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The thirty-ninth issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020... (THE THIRTEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES) - the Letter "M" Prompts are: 
(A) Starts with the Letter "M"; 
(B) "Many" (Tom's Choice); (C) A Favorite; and 
(D) Reflections.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asGhCioHqow

 (A) Starts with the Letter "M: Monkey starts with "M". I haven't shown this guy playing with me here for a long time. I found him in the courtyard of our hotel on our first mission trip to Guatemala. 

 
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(B) "Many" (Tom's Choice): Many kids wished me Happy Birthday (October 30) on that mission trip. Our purpose was to upgrade the living facilities there and conduct a Vacation Bible School. 

We installed a hot water heater for the boy's bathroom and overhead lighting in the girl's dorm so that they could read or play games and stuff after dark. 

We also did a lot of painting. Oh yes, one man in our group was an electrician, we were his helpers. 


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(C) A FavoriteMcDonald's delivery motorcycle, in Guatemala City.  Note that I went back for another mission holiday the next year, 2008 for this shot.  He got ahead before I could get the camera turned on, this is a zoom picture from our bus.

[Note the out flow through a culvert under the walkway.  the day before it was gushing over the walk in tandem with the smaller culvert.]


(D) Reflections: The rain water retention area at the end of our street got a little workout from our Hurricane Beta. We only had six inches of rain in our area and the winds had diminished to the mid twenty MPH.  Note the bird's Reflection on the right.
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  Bonus Questions:

1.  What is your favorite "M" word?   Mine will be Mule.  Stubborn, beast of burden, even a line and a verse of a song, "... or would you rather be a mule? ..." (see below or Click here for Frank Sinatra singing it, )
 
2.  Tell about one of your experiences with mission, student, or other purposed travel.  We enjoyed mission trips, to Hawaii taking our daughter in 1988; two to Albacete Spain 2001 and 2004, taking the two older granddaughters with us as a treat and to help with the kids;  two (Mrs. Jim the first only) 2007, 2008 to Guatemala, and Mrs. Jim two to Mexico while I was working.  

I had six weeks off in the summer, Mrs. Jim had 10, both working in education, each year we would generally have a big trip and then smaller to see parents in Louisiana and Nebraska.  A lot we drove, even in Europe and the Caribbean Islands.  As we became older we would cruise more.  We've been to all 50 states and most western European countries, even the small ones.  The last one of those was to Andorra in 2009 where we also took our youngest son, father of the older girls.  Be went from Barcelona to Bruges Belgium and back to Paris.  I drove. 

Oh yes, 2014 was the last year I drove in Europe, from Britain to Northern Wales. We've crossed the Arctic Circle, and been in the Southern Ocean, near Antarctica but not to it.  The other continents, yes.  My bucket list was trhe Panama Canal, Moscow Russia, and China.  We did those quickly but didn't stop, all parts of the world, some more than others.


https://www.songfacts.com/lyrics/bing-crosby/swinging-on-a-star
Would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a mule

A mule is an animal with long funny ears
Kicks up at anything he hears
His back is brawny but his brain is weak
He's just plain stupid with a stubborn streak
And by the way, if you hate to go to school
You may grow up to be a mule


Or would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a pig

A pig is an animal with dirt on his face
His shoes are a terrible disgrace
He has no manners when he eats his food
He's fat and lazy and extremely rude
But if you don't care a feather or a fig
You may grow up to be a pig

Or would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a fish

A fish won't do anything, but swim in a brook
He can't write his name or read a book
To fool the people is his only thought
And though he's slippery, he still gets caught
But then if that sort of life is what you wish
You may grow up to be a fish

A new kind of jumped up slippery fish

And all the monkeys aren't in the zoo
Every day you meet quite a few
So you see it's all up to you
You can be better than you are
You could be swingin' on a star
Writer/s: Johnny Burke, Jimmy Heusen-van
Publisher: BOURNE CO.
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind _ _  
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The fine print:
 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large]
- I am linked with Tom of "Backwoods Travel" (Link here to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews)
- I am also linked this week with James of "Weekend Reflections" (click here for his Reflections Photos).
- The pictures mostly are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Letter "L" -- Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The thirty-eighth issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...
(THE TENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "L" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "L";
(B) "Lake" (Tom's Choice);
(C) A Favorite; and
(D) Reflections.

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(C) A Favorite:  These young Ladies are our (We have four, the fourth lives away for her job) granddaughters, they visited last Sunday.  I had forgotten all about it being Grand Parents Day.  Lucky Me.



(A) Starts with the Letter "L":  Lantern starts with my "L" today.  These are LED lanterns that I bought last year when a hurricane threatened, as then if it came we very likely would loose power.  I had them out again this year but so far those coming up from the Gulf of Mexico have veered into Louisiana instead.  We live about 55 miles from the ocean waters.  The lanterns were three for $19.99.



(B) "Lake" (Tom's Choice):  I'm not sure exactly where we were.  And I'm not sure it is a Lake.  I took the picture in South Africa around Cape Town last winter.   

(D) Reflections:  A point along Lake Conroe (Texas, north of Houston) on which our former home's subdivision bordered.
Note the crane and it's Reflection swooping down and along looking for fish. 

Catfish are plentiful according to the people who fish. Hint:  enlarge the picture by clicking on it once or better yet click it again.
The lake should have been much higher.  It had been drained for repair after Hurricane had done damage to much of the dam.  But after getting it filled the city of Houston needed water from it due to drought like weather conditions.
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Bonus Questions:

1.  What is your favorite "L" word?   Mine First would always be the Lord.  After that will be Lois, my sisterhttps://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/search?q=lois She lives about 1400 miles north of us so neither of us hardly drive that far anymore.  Last time we were up was July 2017.  We had been thinking of going up this year to Eastern  Iowa to see her but Mother Nature's new Corona Virus strain #19 put a nix on that.  Next year?  She a daughter near us but they are able to drive the distance regularly to see Mom.
 
2.  Tell about one of your experiences with water birds.    Just around the corner is the rough area of the golf course with a steep bank going into the water.  Adi and I would walk there and Adi saw a crane or egret watching for a fish down in the water, she would chase it off.  She liked to see them go flying away. 

The fine print:
 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large]
 - I am linked with Tom of "Backwoods Travel" (Link here to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews)
 - I am also linked this week with James of "Weekend Reflections" (click here for his Reflections Photos).
 - The pictures mostly are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law
https://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/search?q=lois 
 
WE ARE SADDLED WITH A NEW BLOGGER DASHBOARD AND IT IS HORRID, FULL OF BUGS AND CUTBACKS. 
 
VERY SLOW TOO, ONLY HAS A ONE INCH HIGH WINDOW TO WRITE REGULAR TEXT,  BUT THREE INCHES HIGH FOR HTML.  I HAVE NOT FOUND THE POST BUTTON BUT IF YOU SEE THIS THEN I FOUND IT.
 
SORRY FOR THE LARGE PRINT PARGRAPH, IT WILL NOT CHANGE.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

The Letter "K" -- Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The thirty-seventh issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...
(THE ELEVENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "K" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "K";
(B) "Keepsake" (Tom's Choice);
(C) A Favorite; and
(D) Reflections.
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(A) Starts with the Letter "K":  King starts with the letter "K".  Here is a little poem about King Og that I found: (Hint, I've always been saying that he had big feet but that is not the correct answer.)

BED OF OG
"While browsing through the Bible once
I ran across the queerest thing:
A Bashanite of giant height
Upon his nation’s throne was king.
His name was Og. …"
(more, please click here)

 
The five cousins
 
(B) "Keepsake" (Tom's Choice): This picture is a Keepsake, from 2006.  Left to right is Viola (Mema, Mrs. Jim's mother), Gracie (a cousin by marriage), Louvenia, Oma, and Ethel. All of them were born and grew up in Central Louisiana. They all still lived there, except for Mema, who lived in Texas near us. All were widowed, all have died since 2006.
Adi was certain she was going to have to stay in the car
while we all were enjoying food things in the church
[This photographer is overpaid]
We met at the New Hope Baptist Church in Elmer, Louisiana, for Homecoming 2006. Only Mema had been able to come to the family reunion the week before in North Louisiana, so this was a second reunion oppertunity for them.
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Adi wonders if she will get to eat with us
 
The service was good, the guest minister, Dr. Joe Kite, gave a fiery sermon. He was about a year older than me, both of us slightly younger than Methuselah. He had a keen sense of humor. Since he didn't know us, he looked our way a lot; sure he didn't want to miss an opportunity for a convert.

The piano player played like church music should be played in a Louisiana country church. Her grandmother was a cousin of some sorts to the five cousins.
 
Excerpted from (read our escapade from this link below) http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2006/06/family-reunion-ii-meeting-of-five.html  

Adi was our Beagle dog.  She and I were a registered Pet Therapy pair.  (Adi's meme )


 
(C) A Favorite: We had been celebrating our younger daughter's birthday and stopped off at Brennan's Restaurant for an open house with wine and hors d'oeuvres; also there was a kitchen tour and demonstration by the chef.
 
I forgot to ask if the original restaurant in New Orleans had reopened yet after being devastated by Hurricane Katrina (link).  [This is pulled from a 2006 post, you will have to imagine these folk aging 14 years (link to 2006 post)]. 
  
 

(D) Reflections:  Parked water taxis at the Dubai Harbor.  We were headed toward the dock riding in one like these.
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Bonus Questions:

1.  What is your favorite "K" word?   Mine was hard to decide.  I settled on Kind.  My MIL, Mrs. Jim's mother had a favorite Bible Scripture verse that she taught to all of her preschooler Sunday morning Bible class.  It was "Be ye kind one to another..."  

She once came into her room one morning and two boys were fighting.  She asked them, "Boys, boys, do you know what Ephesians 4:32 KJV says?" One replied, "Yes, Ma'am, we know but we just ain't doing it."
 
2.  Tell about one of your experiences with water travel.  We like to do the "Transition Cruises" offered by the cruise lines.  Our first was from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles through the Panama Canal.  It and Princess below both were sailing for over two weeks. 

Then we have done several to Europe on the Princes line.  Our favorite there was on the small ship, the Pacific Princes, from New York City to Brittan.  It stopped at Halifax, Newfoundland, three stops in Iceland, and two stops at Scotland, then it cruised on to Dover, England.  
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The fine print:
 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large]
- I am linked with Tom of "Backwoods Travel" (Link here to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews)
- I am also linked this week with James of "Weekend Reflections" (click here for his Reflections Photos).
- The pictures mostly are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law.

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