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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The fine print:   . . .
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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:   . . .
Warm Heart Wednesday for the week of March 30.  Click here, 
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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Adi Badge Picture ~~ Warm Heart Wednesday No. 021

This one really makes me warm.  And I can get this nice picture of Adi and me anytime my computer or iPad is up with Internet.  Adi died in 2012 and I still miss her.  Really I have a few regrets that we didn't have a clone of her made. 
She is a part of my profile picture at the Amateur Radio web site, QRZ.COMfor my Ham Radio Call Sign posting.   I have been continuously licensed since 1961.  This picture was made for 'our' Pet Therapy Team badges, hers and mine, when we first became certified. (Adi's retirement blog post)
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The fine print:   . . .
Warm Heart Wednesday for the week of March 30.  Click here, 
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Friday, April 01, 2016

Friday’s Hunt v1.14 -- "N" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of April 1st: (1) Week's Favorite; (2) Starts with "N"; (3) Vintage  (4) two Poems to bring here

(1) Week's Favorite:


This was a "Walk Picture" that we took Saturday during our 'daily' walk.  I was taking pictures of some birds in the grass and when I finished I decided this cypress tree and water reflections were worthy of a photo.  [You can click on it for a larger view.]

(2) Starts with "N":

Nancy.  I really didn't know any persons named Nancy until the 80's and she was the wife of my friend at church, Don ---.  I also vaguely knew the wife of my boss at NASA who was a Nancy.

But I did know Nancy of the Comics when I was five or six, as I read the funnies in the comics even before I went to school.  Nancy first appeared in 1938 and I may have welcomed her about then.

The first real Nancy I knew was a family friend from Sunday school we met in about 1999.  She and hub, Joe, are still friends and we see them at least once a month still, even after moving away.
Nebraska.  I was born in Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska for three semesters before I withdrew and went to work in the Elgin National Watch factory in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Eleven years later I returned to school and now have my degrees.

Harry Husker in this picture is also Vintage.  He gets put out for University of Nebraska football games that are broadcast on TV.  He belonged to my Mom, she treasured him.  Every Nebraska football game she, a true Nebraska Husker, would put him out.  Here, and there, he would come in at evening time for fear of being kidnapped.

(3)  Vintage:

A John Deere Model "B" similar to this one was my dad's first tractor, purchased in 1938. His had steel wheels, at least in the rear, that had  large chisel shaped steel cleats bolted on around the rims.  In the late 1940's he had each of the rims with cleats cut off and a rubber tire rim welded in its place. This tractor had solid wheels but Dad's still had the yellow spokes. 

John Deere motors were two cylinder and ran at low speeds. Thus the always unique "Putt, putt, putt ..." sound made them recognizable even when one could not see them. Like a Harley Davidson motorcycle, you could hear and identify on coming.  

(4) another Ditty:



The last sections, 'opticians', was sort of an earworm ditty I had in my head.  Just prior to hearing the little riddle, I had been to my eye doctor for a check up.

On my other blog, Jim's Little Photo and Poem Place, after what you see here I told of a Mark Twain story where a conductor had an earworm, the song, "Punch, Brothers, Punch."  Click on these two links to see more:
My other blog link
Mark Twain's story on-line link

Photos and Poems (ditties) Copyright © 2016 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved
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Still another for today, April 1, 2016:
 


The Joker

The Joker is wild today
Obnoxious in every way
There's no way to reign him in
This day lying's not a sin
 
Every year come April First
To trick you good he will burst
Society says be cool
Joker's prank it's April Fool
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The Fine Print:
- Teresa of Eden Hills is running this meme, Friday's Hunt. She has three alternatives for us to post about but this one, Alphabet series, will be the one I will try to follow and post about. - 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, March 30, 2016

Hot Dog !! ~~ Warm Heart Wednesday No. 020

That's how I feel today, "Hot Dog !!"  Why? 

Today they are a dollar at our local Sonic drive in/thru restaurant.  Limit three, plain, dressed, or with chili. 

I'll get three with chili.  Take them home after stopping at our Kroger store for a few items, and add some cheese and mustard.  I will eat one, Mrs. Jim eats one, and will save the other for a snack.
[Click on the picture for a larger view on a cheese hot dog that I make.] 

My cheese is generally low or no-fat, the hot dog is, if I find them priced right, is Oscar Meyer bun length, Ball Park are okay if I don't like the other's price.

Some of the prior hot dog posts on my blog: (you might can tell that I like hot dogs)
http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/search?q=hot+dog and
http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/search?q=wiener
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The fine print:   . . .
Warm Heart Wednesday for the week of March 30.  Click here, 
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Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday’s Hunt v1.13 -- "M" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of March 25 is (1) Starts with "M", (2) Week's Favorite, (3) Bird or Wings, and (4) a Poem

(1) Starts with "M" :
This is a picture of Mrs. Jim and KP standing by a fairly large statue of
"Mike" the Tiger.

What is his whole name?
Highlight the space between the two " s above to check your answer.

They are at the campus of "LSU" .  Again highlight the space between the numbers to check your answer.

More "M" words for you,  Model A Ford and a Meier, Leslie's 21st
Lucy Stone Murder book.  Hint, I just finished # 22.
 

"M" is also for Mrs. Jim, my wife (picture), and for Mike (picture) and Mitch (picture), my two oldest sons (twins).  The twins were cropped from our wedding picture taken back in 1973 (picture).

"M" is also again for my two fun cars, a 1974 Mustang II Ghia (picture) and a 1998 Mustang GT Convertible (picture). [search my
blogs or either of those for more pictures or some tales]

(2)  Picture of the Week:

Here is a nice picture of Mike.  Titled, as we say, "Let Sleeping Tigers Lay."

[Click on him or any other picture for a large view.  Click again and it might get larger still.]



(3) Bird or Wings:

You can count the birds in the bottom picture for a calming exercise.  Count them again to see if you get the same answer.

The picture on the left is a picture of a bird's nest in our back yard.  I think the birds have left us though.  The other two I took at London's Regent's Park on our last visit to London.




(4) a Poem, extra for you:


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The Fine Print:
- Teresa of Eden Hills is running this meme, Friday's Hunt. She has three alternatives for us to post about but this one, Alphabet series, will be the one I will try to follow and post about. - 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, March 23, 2016

December 12, 2005 revisited ~~ Warm Heart Wednesday No. 019

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Hi, my name is Amber. I am a very pampered cat! I can't wait for 6 PM every night. That is when I get my Fancy Feast! I talk up a storm when it gets around that time(just to remind everyone that I am waiting)! (Reposted from December 12, 2005 -- Link, click here to see the original)

I was looking through my Archives and this one tugged at me. Amber went to Kitty Heaven in 2014. Amber was our daughter, Karen's, cat but we kept her for four years while she and family were in London where Karen worked. Amber is a rescue cat of sorts and lived a Happy life of nineteen years. Note that I said "a life" as she never used nor needed any of her other eight. 

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The fine print:   . . .
Warm Heart Wednesday for the week of March 22.  Click here, 
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I'm also linked with Steve and Sandee for Feline Friday (link).
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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Friday’s Hunt v1.12 -- "L" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of March 18 is (1) Starts with L, (2) Week's Favorite, and (3) Lace.

(1.a.) "L" is for Lifespan:

Calculate your lifespan remaining here at the link below.

I can't believe that mine is 99.8.  Seems that I may have lived more "right" than I had been thinking.  My Dad died at age 97 but they didn't even ask that.  I do know that he lived more right than I did.
The calculator:  http://media.nmfn.com/tnetwork/lifespan/#0

(1.b.) "L" is also for Louisiana.

We have been here for a week.  When we made our plans one thing not in the plan was that of Mrs. Jim's cousin, Gracie's death.

Gracie lived near Hineston, Louisiana and her funeral was there.

What you see at the right is a 'box and cardboard factory' that we passed along the road.  It smells just like a sawmill and gets the paper from trees like the lumber comes. 

(2) Week's Favorite (made by KP the day of the funeral)



Hand drawn by KP:
"I'm sorry that your friend died. 
The good now is that
God is piking her up today." 

KP is in the first grade so I thought she did really good on this.  We didn't ask for it or even mention to her the concept of 'sympathy cards.'  It brought a little tear from me as I read it.  Heart Warming."

This week we attended the funeral of Mrs. Jim's cousin.  This week is also Spring Break at KP's school and so we are having her, our grandchild, while her parents are working.  So this was KP's first funeral to attend.  She wrote a similar card to Mrs. Jim as well.


3.  "L" of course is also for Lace.

There were a lot of laced items in this early 70's farmhouse belonging to
Gracie.

We stayed in her home then this weekend, but also unfortunately, we didn't know to take a picture of the laced items for the blog.

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The Fine Print:
- Teresa of Eden Hills is running this meme, Friday's Hunt. She has three alternatives for us to post about but this one, Alphabet series, will be the one I will try to follow and post about. - 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, March 16, 2016

a Juvenile Sympathy Card ~~ Warm Heart Wednesday No. 018


Hand drawn by KP:
"I'm sorry that your friend died. 
The good now is that
God is piking her up today." 

KP is in the first grade so I thought she did really good on this.  We didn't ask for it or even mention to her the concept of 'sympathy cards.'  It brought a little tear from me as I read it.  Heart Warming."

This week we attended the funeral of Mrs. Jim's cousin.  This week is also Spring Break at KP's school and so we are having her, our grandchild, while her parents are working.  So this was KP's first funeral to attend.  She wrote a similar card to Mrs. Jim as well. 

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The fine print:   . . .
Warm Heart Wednesday for the week of February 24.  Click here,
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