Friday, June 26, 2020

The Letter "Z" -- Weekend Roundup and Reflections



The Letter "Z" -- Weekend Roundup and Reflections
The twenty-sixth issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...
(THE TWENT-SIXTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "Z" Prompts are:
(A) Contains the Letter "Z";
(B) "Our Choice";
(C) A Favorite; and
(D) Reflections.

THIS COMPLETES OUR ALPHABET ON MID 2020  
WE WILL START OVER NEXT WEEK, PLEASE JOIN US
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(A) Contains the Letter "Z":  Zebra has the letter "Z" as the first letter.  We saw these in South Africa at a game preserve southeast of Cape Town.



(B) "My Choice":  My youngest great-granddaughter and me on Father's Day 2020.  

One daughter and two sons, a daughter-in-law, two granddaughters and hubbies, three greatgrandchildren, and two great-greatgrandchildren were there.  Plus Mrs. Jim and other friends.  I believe that count is correct. 





(C) A FavoriteBees go BUZZZZ.  On Father's Day afternoon   my youngest Granddaughter and the younger Daughter, dropped in with a present for me. 

The Two cards and Five cans of Wasp Spray.  The spray was an inside joke of which I had forgotten the set up
  
A couple of weeks ago we were sitting around the poolside (pictured last week) table when our granddaughter noticed a wasp flying around and attempting to get inside the back wall of our house.  Mrs. Jim went quickly inside and came running out with my precious flying insect spray can.  She did not kill the wasp but rather sprayed the wall crack and surrounding wall and a broken piece of furniture.   

I would have used a can of regular insect spray as the flying insect spray can had only about a third left.


(D) Reflections:  Taken from The Backwaters off the coast of Southeast India, near Co Chin.
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you wish):

(1)  If you are a parent or grandparent how were you recognized for Mother's Day or Father's Day this yearMy post with JE photo here pretty well explains mine for this year.  Not all the kids and grandkids could come to this celebration, our younger daughter and youngest granddaughter brought my bug spray present the day before.  They spent Father's Day with their other grandfather in East Texas this year.  All five of the kids got in touch by phone also.
  (2) Where and when was your last boat ride?  We were on a cruise from Dubai to Cape Town, South Africa, visiting India and several islands in the Indian Ocean along he way, as well as other various countries.  We left Dubai on December 5, 2019 and arrived in Cape Town on January 4, 2020.

Bonus Questions:

(1) What is your favorite "Z" Word? That would be Zip, like "Zip it Up" and there is now reason for that liking. 

(2) What if any sort of silly present did you give some one, perhaps a 'gag gift'?   I am sure it was a White Elephant gift where I regift presents that I cannot use.  I justr don't have one in mind for here. 
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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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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Letter "Y" -- Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The twenty-fifth issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...

(THE TWENT-FIFTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "Y" Prompts are:
(A) Contains the Letter "Y";
(B) "Yellow";
(C) A Favorite; and
(D) Reflections.
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(A) Contains the Letter "Y":  "Yard" even starts with "Y".  Here are a couple of photos of our Backyard, it was landscaped when we bought it and this is our version five years later. 


(B) "Yellow":  Egg Yolks are Yellow.  These aren't the eggs with the Yolks broken and then fried until both the Yellows and the Whites are cooked hard. 

By mistake and for using my smart phone instead of my broken computer, I had thought the Yellow items were eggsSandie got it right, they are corn chips with melted Yellow cheese and Salsa that I made for a snack.  Sorry.

How do I eat these hard fried eggs?  Either with pancakes and syrup having fried sausage and catsup; or an egg, ham, and Yellow Cheese sandwich with toasted wheat sandwich and ketchup. 

Today it was the sandwich but I don't have a picture of that.  And Mrs. Jim fried these. I make them in the Microwave,  I stir them just enough to be pretty and swirly when they are finished


(C) A Favorite:  One of my favorite walking places, a good posting for the Yellow flowers.  The fingers are mine.

Generally I don't pose for full body photos because I've pretty well lost my youthful figure (See it here).
Click on any picture to make it bigger or smaller.
 

(D) Reflections:  This isn't the end of my walk, I am across the street and over as little from my home.


(F) A Lagniappe:  We have to cross this street before we can turn left a block to get my home street.  Had there been a rainbow, we would live at the left end of it.
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you wish):

(1) What is your favorite "Yellow" thing? I Mine will be a yellow car or pickup truck.  I've never owned a yellow car but my oldest granddaughter had a yellow Mustang for college and on until quite a while after she married. 
Bananas are next.

(2) When was the last time that you saw a very pretty sunset? We have them quite often but there are houses across the street west from us.  Even from an upstairs window we cannot enjoy the full sunset picture.

Bonus Questions:

(1) What is your favorite "Y" Word? That would be Ysleta, El Paso, Texas (Wikipedia article)(google pictures).  For three while I was in the U.S. ARMY military service, we lived near where Ysleta started, east out of El Paso about on I-10. I would ride my Vespa Motorscooter up and down the levee and in the nice grassy area between our home and the levee and border with Mexico.

(2) When did you last have a nice sunset to watch and where were you (like snowflakes, no two people see the same sunset).  It was the one I posted above.
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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, June 12, 2020

The Letter "X" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections


The twenty-fourth issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...

(THE TWENT-FOURTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "X" Prompts are:
(A) Contains the Letter "X";
(B) "Open choice; 
(C) A Favorite; and
(D) Reflections.
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(A) 
Contains the Letter "X": "TeXas" contains the letter "X". These pretty blue flowers are our Texas State Flower, the TeXas Bluebonnet. In Spring, March and April and the first half of May, they grow along sides of our roads and highways and some farmers have entire fields of them. 

I found the little plants above planted under a tree in our neighborhood during one of our many stay-at-home walks.  It was on March 26, 2020.  The bottom picture was one I took in 2013.  Some fields are more full of flowers than this.
 
(B) Open choice: From my Saturday, December 10, 2005 post, it was my first picture to post.  Of course Mrs. Jim is ALWAYS FIRST and is ALWAYS RIGHT. 

"It can't get much better than this

I was awakened this morning, Saturday, at 7:05. That doesn't sound good, but it was.

Mrs. Jim and Adi had brought me coffee and the paper and now both were sitting beside me on the bed..." http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2005/12/it-cant-get-much-better-than-this-i.html

 My Nebraska cousins, Linda and Jack, standing
away from the tall Statue of Sam Houston
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(C) A FavoriteEverything is BIGGER in TeXas!!! (Note, Sam Houston was not a Civil War hero and he resigned his post after Texas seceded from the Union.  He did own slaves as did most Texas plantations.)   https://www.history.com/topics/mexico/sam-houston )
 

(D) ReflectionsThis giant rubber duckie, kind of BIG also, made me laugh a little, Mrs. Jim is smiling.  Sitting in Sydney Harbor, it is a piece of art commissioned for the Sydney Festival.  It was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman [Zap2it Blog for more].  We enjoyed the Festival activities all over town.   Saturday night we went to a concert in the park. The duck didn't Quack while we were there.
  
More Sydney picture posts from our visit there, 
https://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2014/09/six-pictures-my-alphabe-thursday-4th_11.html?m=1 

A final view here our 67-foot-tall statue of our First TeXas President. (link).  The statue is a few miles south of Huntsville, Texas, on the side of Interstate Highway 45. 
 
It is visible from a couple of miles to the south and also welcomes motorists coming over the hill from the north.


My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you wish):

(1) What comes to mind when you think of "TeXas"? I have spent 61 years here.  I came to Texas in 1956 and was stationed in El Paso for a five year stint in the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss.  Forty-three weeks was at an electronics class for my next my Army second enlistment job and then using it in a 17-year civilian career until I quit for a teaching job at San Jacinto College.

Upon discharge I left for a civilian work assignment as an Aerospace Engineer at the New Boston New Hampshire USAF Satellite Tracking Station.  (there our company had all the equipment installed and my job was to make it work and teach the Air Force personnel how to operate and maintain it).  After that I have lived here in the Houston area ever since.

(2) When was the last time that you saw something very large? A huge Jig Saw Puzzle Map of Texas (no picture, sorry).

Bonus Questions:

(1) What is your favorite "X" Word? Of course mine is "TeXas" but next will come "Extra".  It is always nice to have an extra helping of some kinds of food, especially ice cream for me.

(2) When did you last have a far away from home and where? This January my SIL had a stroke.  She lives in North Louisiana and we spent a couple of weeks there while she was in the hospital. 
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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, June 05, 2020

The Letter "W" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The twenty-third issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...

(THE TWENT-THIRD LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "W" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "W";
(B) "White" (Tom's choice);
(C) A Favorite; and
(D) Reflections.
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(A) Starts with the Letter "W": Water starts with "W".  It has rained tropical water, cats and dogs and rabbits this week. We are looking out the front door, the whipping rain doesn't show real good.

At right, the rain gutters were running over.  You are looking into a small front porch with a brick floor leading to the drive way.  The wall is a column at the middle of the driveway's front, into the garage.



(B) "White" (Tom's choice): This is Trudy, our youngest granddaughter, KP's White Rabbit

[Picture from TV, ABC Ch 13 Houston]
(C) A Favorite:  More Water, the Gulf of Mexico at Galveston, Texas.  This is beside the Downtown Galveston.  It runs about three miles on to the East.  The beach runs the length of the island, about 22 miles more over to the West.
What you are seeing in the foreground is a little amusement park.
  


(D) Reflections:  More Water of a small lake by one of our walking trails
  It was just starting to get dark. The White Globs in the water are Reflections of the street lights along the street and sidewalk. 


(E)  A Lagniappe:  This is Last Week's Reflection that had dissapeared after I posted.  The reflections in the two upper windows are of the sunset, it was real pretty that evening. 
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you wish):

(1) What comes to mind when you think of "White"? I think of the White Carnation flowers that we buy.  But right away I think of the song. 

(2) Where was the last Toy Rabbit Doll that you saw?  If that doesn't work, your favorite stuffed toy will do.  I will ask this again I am sure.  It was the one KP had brought over the afternoon that we played Clue games.

Bonus Questions:

(1) What is your favorite "W" word? This time it will be "Why"?  I like to know the How's and Why's of things.
(2) Where is the closest amusement park to you?  When was the last time you went to one? I The Galveston Beach one is our closest, about 40 miles.  We have never been to it, it is quite new, less than 10 years old.  Probably the last one I have attended was the old Astro World, beside our Astrodome where the  Houston Astros played for a long time.  It was the FIRST DOMED STADIUM in the World, 1965 completion.   It was still being build when I came here from New Hampshire in 1964. 
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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 to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews)
- The pictures are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law.
- I am also linked this week with James of "Weekend Reflections" (
click here for his Reflections Photos).

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Friday, May 29, 2020

The Letter "V" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

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

(THE TWENT-SECOND LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "V" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "V";
(B) "Violet" (Tom's choice);
(C) A Favorite; and
(D) Reflections.
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(A.1) Starts with the Letter "V":   Vehicle starts with the letter "V".  We must now stay in our Vehicles to pick up the library books we have checked out on the phone.  No entrance to the library yet.

But I had to go on-line to pay for my checked out book that I have list.  Plus a five dollar "handling" charge.  Had we been able to handle that book?  

(A.2Vehicles I have owned.    Actually I should have said 'that "we" have owned' although five of them I bought while I was not married.  See the list below.  Or click here (it omits the Sears Vespa Motorscooter and the 1984 ford thunderbird).


(B) "Violet" (Tom's choice):   We call this a "Lily of the Nile" but more appropriately it is an "Agapanthus".  It's kind of Violet Blue.

My interest really is the little Bunny Rabbit behind and between the flowers.   She was inspecting this hole which she had dug the day before.

We think she was preparing a place to have and keep her babies.  But probably she has chosen another place due to the busier traffic in our backyard.   Moving makes us happy as we have had four little bunnies die in our pool.  Her "nest" picture above on the right.


(C) A Favorite:  This is the Bunny Rabbit


(D) Reflections:  A beautiful sunset was mostly obscured by the houses on our street across from our house which faces West.    We saw a part of it as  Reflections in the upstairs windows of the house across and one house to the left from ours.


(EA Lagniappe:  The parts of the sunset that we could see from our driveway.

Reds don't come out with my Sony pocket camera as it tries to suppress it as red eye.  There likely is a way to force it to not think redeye but I let it be.
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you wish):

(1) What comes to mind when you think of "Violet"? I think of the first flowers that I picked.  The Wild Violets grew all over the part of Eastern Nebraska where I grew up (out in the hill country West of the Missouri River about seven miles, between Herman and Tekamah), almost as common as the Dandelion.  Probably I picked Dandelions first. 

(2) Where was the last Rabbit Hole that you saw?  Or the first one?  I had never seen a Rabbit Hole before in all my long life.  I had read of them, both in Nursery Rhymes and other literature.

Bonus Questions:

(1) What is your favorite "V" word? This time it will be Undecided.  That is my official political viewpoint for poles but I'd rather call it Independent.  I keep my blogs free of political talk, this is the closest I've come in the 15 years I've blogged.   If there is a political comment I quickly remove it and slap the wrist of whoever left it.)

(2) When did you last list the vehicles that you have owned?  How many do you think you have owned?   I have kept a list on my Blog for several years. 
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Here are the cars and other vehicles in my life--listed in order of purchase: [should I blog on this as part of my memoirs? (Note:  It is all about the Girls in my life]
My TOY 1950 Studebaker Starlight Coup was posted here last year.

  1. 1950 Studebaker Starlight Coup (formerly owned by my High School Principal). 
  2. 1952 Ford Tudor, I hopped it up very heavily before I sold it.  It would outrun all 55 and 56 Chevys.
  3. 1956 Ford Sunliner Convertible (new)
  4. 1941 Chevy Two-door
  5. 1950 (Jimmy Dean) Mercury Two-door Coupe (ditched the '41 and '56 when I went into the Army)
  6. 1956 Sears Vespa Motorscooter (while I was stationed in El Paso, Texas, and used as a second car, weather permitting)
  7. 1951 Ford Tudor--a present from Dad while I was still in the Army, it was the folk's family car and had rolled over 100,000 miles.
  8. 1960 Rambler Two-door Custom station wagon
  9. 1953 Ford Tudor (second car)
  10. 1950 Ford Tudor (hobby car, sold in 1967)
  11. 1962 VW Bug--a work car
  12. 1956 Ford Customline Fordor-hardtop
  13. 1968 Ford station wagon (new)
  14. 1969 Ford Thunderbird***
  15. 1971 Honda CB450 motorcycle
  16. 1972 Ford Pinto***
  17. 1976 Ford Granada Tudor Coupe***
  18. 1976 Ford Granada Fordor
  19. 1972 Datsun pickup
  20. 1976 Chrysler Cordoba (picture link)
  21. 1977 Plymouth Volare station wagon
  22. 1982 Olds Cutlass Supreme two-door
  23. 1975 Datsun pickup
  24. 1984 Ford Thunderbird
  25. 1986 Olds 88 four-door
  26. 1988 Olds 88 four-door
  27. 1987 Chevy S-10 pickup
  28. 1992 Cadillac DeVille
  29. 1974 Mustang II Ghia (Mom's car after she died) (still owned)
  30. 1999 Cadillac DeVille
  31. 1999 Easy-Go Golf Car (new)
  32. 1998 Mustang GT Convertible (still owned)
  33. 1950 Ford Tudor (another collector car, sold August, 2015)
  34. 2006 Cadillac DTS
  35. 2011 Cadillac DTS (still owned)
These are about in the order they were purchased. Most were pretty good cars, I just always get used cars, buying them mostly from individuals, LOLs (little old ladies) preferred.

The fine print:

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

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Friday, May 22, 2020

The Letter "U" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections


BABY GIRL !!!
Our oldest great granddaughter was due to have us
a new Baby Girl Great Great-granddaughter last week. That happened Thursday night.  

The twenty-first issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...

(THE TWENT-IFIRST LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "U" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "U";
(B) "Under" (Tom's choice);
(C) A Favorite; and
(D) Reflections.
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(B) "Under" (Tom's choice):   Under the Bridge in Sydney, Australia on our Ferry Ride.   For most of my posts about Sydney and our January 2014 visit, click here

We had a pleasant ferry ride (Sidney Ferries) around the Harbor on the Inner Harbour Ferry.  It left the Circular Quay and sailed over to the Australian National Maritime Museum.  I liked going under the Harbour Bridge.  You can see the Sydney Opera House in the background.
We rode the train over and back across that bridge, we took the ferry to Manly Beach for a morning, we rode the tram to the Harbor Fish Market, and took the bus to Bondi Beach for our major rides.  There were many more as Sydney has a wonderful public transportation system.  Since Mrs. Jim and I were seniors our all day tickets to all modes, even the ferry and the train, were $2.50 AUS each day.


(A) Starts with the Letter "U":  Unknown starts with "U".  This soup was good, great, as it is homemade by Mrs. Jim. but I don't know what kind it was.  Nor do I know the fried stuff on the left.
I will let you guess what kind of goodies we ate? 
(highlight the blank area below for the correct answers)

(Oops, Mrs. Jim said it was part of our lunch
at Suzie Wong's on a Sunday after church. 
It was really good, Hot and Sour soup. 
The other was part of our lunch, neither
of us knew what it was, just Chinese.)

 
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(C) A Favorite:  Again we will let the age of the fellow on the left, me, be Unknown.  The cake is chocolate, my favorite kind.  We were celebrating at an Unknown restaurant. 

[click on picture for larger view]
(D) ReflectionsUphill pitch.  The green on this hole was very steep and the ball didn't want to stay high.  Site was the Wedgewood Public Golf Course, Conroe, Texas, now closed.  Conroe is just north of Houston, where the little hills start.  This was my Favorite public course to play.
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you wish):

(1) What comes to mind when you think of "Under"? I think of my dictionary that I hardly use anymore.  It is an "Under the Bridge with Dick and Harry", 1970's edition.

(2) When was the last Birthday that you celebrated?  Our oldest great granddaughter was due to have us a new Baby Girl Great Greatgranddaughter last week. That happened just during the night now.  6.8 pound BABY GIRL.

Bonus Questions:

(1) What is your favorite "U" word? This time it will be Undecided.  That is my official political viewpoint for poles but I'd rather call it Independent.  I keep my blogs free of political talk, this is the closest I've come in the 15 years I've blogged.   If there is a political comment I quickly remove it and slap the wrist of whoever left it.)

(2) When did you last play a sport?   I have not played Golf for about seven years.  My artificial knee joint gave me fits after playing and lasted a day and a half after.  But I may learn to play "Old Men Golf" this year.  Walking is my only sport at the moment.
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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 to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews)
- The pictures are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law.
- I am also linked this week with James of "Weekend Reflections" (click here for his Reflections Photos).

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