Friday, June 24, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v1.26 -- "Z" is for ...


Friday’s Hunt for the week of June 24th
1. Starts with Z
2. Week's Favorite
3. Today


1.  The letter "Z" is for Zigzag. Hardly anything in this world is straight. It curves or is irregular. One of the more common irregular routing takes form as Zigzag


The fence above is a Zig Zag fence (my name for it). This type of fence is free standing and the posts do not have to be dug in for it to stand up even under the very strong winter winds.  These fences are common along the roads around Telluride, Colorado, where this picture was taken. 

On our recent cruise (NYC to London) we were starting with the 'great circle' concept which provides the shortest distance.  But we had to deviate and Zigzag some for passenger safety.  The most notable of these was jogging to the south and east to get around an iceberg field off the coast of Newfoundland.  Even though we traveled wide open to catch up, that detour made us three hours late into Reykjavik, Iceland. 

2.  This week's favorite is in memory, of my recent travels, of London.  The garden pictures are ones I too while visiting Regents Park.  We walked there from Oxford Square. 

The 'Ferris Wheel' is the famed Big Eye along the Thames, which is also the river in that picture.






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3.  Today, our back yard garden and pool


Today completes the alphabet from A to Z.  I've done them all, I hope Teresa will start us over. 
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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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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Six Word Saturday:

My Six Words:
It's Good To Be Home Again!!!
 
We've been on a 'Transatlantic' Cruise, going from NYC to London (landing at Dover, U.K.)
 
That was leaving home May 31 and arriving in Dover, U.K. on June 15.  It was very, very, nice.  We rode over on the Pacific Princess ship.
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Our ports of call were Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada), three stops in Iceland, and two more in Scotland.  Then we spend two more nights in London and went North to see a couple in Northampton who we had met on another cruise.  I will blog more about our travel in the future.
 

 
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Pictures, Left to Right & Top to Bottom:
 - Mrs. Jim with the lighthouse at Peggy's Cove, Halifax, N.S.
 - Our Itinerary (be sure to click it at least once to see it larger)
 - Statue of Liberty, NYC Harbor
 - Empire State Building and NYC sky line photo
 - Mrs. Jim and I for Formal Night on the Ship
 - Mrs. Jim at Peggy's Cove.  That is coffee in her hand.

 
Six Words Saturday fine print:
Describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words for Six Word Saturday. Click the box at right 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, June 17, 2016

Transporting means ~~ Friday’s Hunt v1.25-- "Y" is for ...

Topics for the week of June 17th are: 
1. Starts with Y;
2. Week's Favorite; and
3. in my shoes. 

 


(1) Yellow is for:  Submarine, a Yellow Submarine at that. You can read about this one by Googling "ScotchWables Tidal Power Ltd".  It and it's service boat were parked at the dock with our ship at the Orkney Islands (Kirkwall, Scotland).  The service boat is ownership can be viewed as www.scotmarine.net.
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(2) This week's favorite: this 'Implematic' model "David Brown 880" tractor. It was parked in the parking lot by the Kirkwall St. Magness Church, Scottish Anglican, garden.  

I have no idea of the tractor's heritage and did not have the time nor the means, wifi time, to check with Google. You may want to shed more light on it in the comments below. 
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(3) In my shoes:
 
.These old shoes have been with me through a lot. They've been to dozens of states and almost as many countries. I once left them in Iowa (link) and had to change my life for a while. 

They've sttod with me, holding me up when I feel like falling. Cheerful, them, they feel sorry for me when I might want to cry. Too, they literally stomp when I heartily laugh. 
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I am still imprisoned but may be 'free' to answer your comments later, fairly soon. 

Update!! Update!!  We came home this evening around 7:30.  We took a cruise from New York City to London, leaving home May 31 and arriving in Dover, U.K. on June 15.  It was very, very, nice.  We rode over on the Pacific Princess ship.

Our ports of call were Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada), three stops in Iceland, and two more in Scotland.  Then we spend two more nights in London and went North to see a couple in Northampton who we had met on another cruise.  I will blog about our travel in the future. 
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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, June 10, 2016

y ~~ Friday’s Hunt v1.24 -- "X" is for ...

For the week of June 10th
1. Starts with X
2. Week's Favorite
3.  Wet (0r water)

(1)  The Letter "X" is for cross members.  Cross members are structural supports used in many applications, construction being one of the main places used.

Here are some pictures, one of a highway sign support (over the roadway) and the others where they are used in bridge construction.

Oh yes, I'm still out of pocket. Maybe next time?


(2)  This week's favorite is for the Tug Boat I caught on its way to help a ship to the dock for tying up alongside.  It reminds me of "The Little Tug that Could."



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You might want to name it or mention of what it reminds you.

(3) Wet (or water)
















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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Saturday, June 04, 2016

A Poem ~~ Friday’s Hunt v1.23-- "W" is for ...


(1) The letter "W" is for Wickett's Remedy:  A book by Myla Goldberg telling of a young medical student whose marriage went sort of caplooey, especially until the begging of WWI when his wife became preoccupied by becoming a nurse.   

Wickett, the young medical student, went off the deep end by dropping out of med school and becoming a medicine man.  He invented his tonic and called it Wickett's Remedy, which became a magic cure-all for many ails.  Unfortunately not for their rocky marriage.  I have not read the book but do have it on my reading list. 

In my spine poem* below I used "Wickett's Remedy" for a subtitle, but more importantly as a first line legal remedy for a bad person Caught up in his misdeeds.
 



The Garden of Evil;
Wickett's Remedy
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Wickett's Remedy
Plea of insanity
My dark place

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Photo and Poem Copyright, © 2016, Jimmiehov

 
Today I am linked with  at The Imaginary Garden with Real Toads,

*Spine Poem":  A poem composed of book titles, mine are generally accompanied by a picture of them stacked up in order.  I then leave the stack on a shelf or table in the library. I doubt that many who see this will appreciate it one bit as a poem.  Sometimes they aren't much.

You can see some of my other spine poem works by clicking here.

(2)  This week's Favorite:


(3)  Not in the prompt/request:  I will be mostly 'out of pocket' for a couple of weeks but will return your comments when I am able.  Please leave your comment as I would like to hear from you.  To bad you won't be able to visit me.
To my old time readers, I am presently "in Jail".

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, 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.'

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(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:
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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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