Friday, July 21, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.03 -- "C" is for ...

Friday Hunt for the week of July 21st:  
(1) Starts with "C"; (2) Building; and (3) Something I wear

(1) Starts with "C":  These are not my Camel Bells (if I can find them/I couldn't).  (Mine look a lot like these pictured only newer, bright brass color with engravings.  I'll tag this post with a "Camel Bells  "Label" here and with a post of mine to come later showing and telling of my Camel Bells.  Click on this picture for larger viewing or you can see the ones on the right better by themselves at http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/503692

I bought my Camel Bells from a street vendor in Egypt, probably Cairo, in our 1980.  There to the Sphinx we did ride a camel up the hill to visit the largest pyramid.  My pictures need to be scanned to show here.

Alternative "C", Clocks in our House.  The one above is an old English pendulum clock from the 1860's.  We have some documentation on it.  It is a gift to Mrs. Jim.
Daily driver if I NEED to wake up before I wake up.
It used to be Karen's who needs an extra loud one.

Watches with history.  One is my grandfather's who hocked it to get back
home to Nebraska from Arkansas where he couldn't make a living farming.
Another belonged to Mrs. Jim's father.  She bought an uncle
a new watch to replace his in order to have this one.
Finally one has been 'willed' to me by Katrin's deceased owner.
 
Clocks on our built-in Book shelves:
Three carriage clocks, British I believe.  Given to Mrs. Jim.
 
Three French clocks, we don't have them running.  They
sit on a large secretary standing next to the stairs.Given to Mrs. Jim. 
I also have a wall clock larger than these that hangs in my 'office'.
We also have my parents Kitchen clock, about 18 inches high, windup.
And an Emperor hall clock which we bought and I assembled.

(2) Building: The Trump Hotel in Washington D.C.  No, we didn't stay there, way too many $$$$Bucks for us.  But we did go there for coffee one afternoon.  Mrs. Jim and I opted for a nice Cappuccino.  We were served in the hotel lobby.

 
 
 

This January we traveled with Karen's family to visit BP who is attending college there.  While there we went on a campus tour and attended a play she had produced.  Some of those pictures are on another post.

(3) Something I wear:  Most year round I wear golf or sporting shirts and shorts.  The color fitting me is blue.  These socks I just washed, Iwash my own clothes.  The small pair was for Adi so she wouldn't scratch the floors.  But she would not wear them.  But she didn't scratch the floors either. 

I have twelve pair of the larger ones, always I can find a mate.

My most common shoe is a pair of  sandals.  Yes, winter too.  My best ones are a pair of Dockers Gladiator sandals.  They are made of leather and really were comfortable.  But seems hardly anyone makes them of leather anymore, they all are plastic (man made materials).



Once in a while Mrs. Jim has me wearing longer pants.  That would be for social events (not all) and church things.  A small percentage do wear shorts to church, blue jeans are the leader but not nearly half wear those.  This is a picture I took at church this week.  We were sitting about half way up, on one of the second section's front row.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.02 -- "B" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of July 14th: (1) Starts with B; (2) Unbalanced; and (3) Door


(2) Unbalanced: It's hard to lose one's balance when standing in tall corn.  Here KP and I were standing in cousins Dwaine and Jean's (my first cousin) high corn.  Remember the old saying, "Corn should be knee high by the Fourth of July?"  This picture was taken July 2nd in Nebraska. Neither this sweet corn nor the taller still grain corn has set on ears yet. 
(BTW, KP will be eight this SundayHappy Birthday, KP!!!)

(1a) Starts with "B": That would be "B" for Barn.




This is the barn on Dad's Eastern Nebraska farm, the farm where I was born and grew up.  I kept Minnie in here when the weather was really bad.  Minnie was the horse I rode to high school for two years.

We also called the milk cows in for eats and milking in the mornings and evenings.  Every day, both.  There was room for 16 cows but I every knew only  when we had twelve at the most.  The cow put would her head into a stanchion  where the feed box was, then one of us would pull a board mechanism up to her neck and lock it.  That locked her in until we were through milking. (Stanchion: a frame that holds the head of a cow in place, especially to facilitate milking)

On the left side of the barn you are seeing where there were horse stalls for up to a dozen horses.  On the right side here was the milking area and the calf barn where the calves stayed when separated from their mothers.  Also here we taught the little calves how to drink.

Above the ceiling of the barn is a second floor.  Ours was used entirely for keeping hay, a hay loft.  I once fell down, out of the loft and landed on my back.  That is one of the few times I have accidently lost my wind. 

The window at the apex was for lighting purposes.  Some barns have a larger opening large enough for a hay sling to raise hay into the lofts.  We used pitchforks to put our loose straw and hay inside through a large upper door on the north side.  Also we would put baled hay up there.

This barn was always kept a shiny red when it was ours.  Dad would paint it every five or so years.  Why is it traditional to have one's barn painted red?  KP wanted to know this and she found that Seirie (sp??) on her iPad had an answer of sorts.  It seemed many barns were not painted but rather oiled for wood preservation.  Oiled with a red oil for wood.

(3) Door:  On the barn above you can see that the doors and windows have been removed.  This makes it more uncomfortable for squatters to take up residence in the deserted building.  It also is about the only way of keeping souvenir and relic seekers from absconding with them.


(1b) Starts with "B": That would also be "B" for Born.This is the house where I was born. Probably around the turn of the 20th century it was brand new. It had two bedrooms upstairs, a living room, and a country kitchen. Later two enclosed but not heated porches were added.

The porch on the right is where I had to sleep when my sister was old enough to have her own room. Cold mornings would find frost on my blankets where my breath would freeze. You can see it is fallen in now, first entered by the raccoons, then finished off by the tree.

There were storm windows for the winter. My porch sleeping room was not heated and we did not have air conditioning.


UpdateThe new owners bulldozed down the house and then burned the rubble. Corn is now growing over the farmstead except for some trees saved and around where four buildings remain.

(1c) Starts with "B": That would be "B" for Bathroom and Body Board.  This is what our second downstairs bedroom bath, adjacent to the kitchen, looks like in the summer.  Towels hanging where curtains belong and pool toys in the bathtub.

New addition toy is the body board, i.e. the boogie board.  Mrs. Jim and KP bought it on their way home from KP's golf lesson.  The dragon is several years old. 

There are other toys also but we keep the ones here inside to stay out of the sun and heat.
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Friday, July 07, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.01 -- "A" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of July 7th:  (1) Starts with A; (2) Sunset; and (3) Inside

1. Starts with "A": an adjective, 'Abomasal'.  The bison ate too fast and too much, which gave him an appalling abomasal ache. 
(a) Definition: relating to the abomasum (the fourth compartment of the stomach of ruminants)
The Buffalo Ranch outside Center Point, IowaWhat is the difference between a buffalo and a bison?  Answer: so see, highlight between HERE Technically these are Bison (with a hump up front) https://www.britannica.com/demystified/whats-the-difference-between-bison-and-buffalo and HERE
 2. Sunset: In western Missouri

 Outside . . . . . . .
3. Inside:   Outside, inside, inside, inside, and back outside. When back outside, did you notice the dog watering spot?  Other businesses had these drinking places also. [click on any picture for larger size]
The Urban Abbey is located in Omaha's (NE) "Old Market" area, next door to the Farmer's Market. Operated by the Methodist churches and ministers to the students at the Creighton and University of Nebraska Omaha.
There is a full time minister/caretaker and other part time workers who are students. 

Inside
 
 

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Inside
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Saturday, July 01, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.26 -- "Z" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of June 30th:  (1) Starts with "Z"; (2) Week’s Favorite; and (3) Dessert

2. Week’s Favorite: Meet "EP".  EP is the newest edition to our family.  She is our oldest granddaughter's new baby (makes her my youngest great-grandchild), born last Sunday evening.  She weighed 6.25 pounds and was 21 inches long.  So far her eyes are teasing being hazel.

Below pictured are the proud grandpa seeing his second, and the mother of two now (JP's little sister, JP is two).

The picture on the right is KP with Mrs. Jim.  KP has another cousin.

[click any picture for larger sized viewing]


 
3. Dessert: The official name of my newest concoction is "Cheerios on a Stick".  Shown is my 'breadboard' culmination, you should actually use a wooden popsicle stick or the like instead of a table knife.  See below for pictures representing these directions:  (1) Coat the sticks with  ample peanut butter. (2) Swirl coated sticks dipped into the Cheerios still inside the box (I use the crispy version Cheerios) until it is covered with cereal.  Yummy!!!  This is not an elegant dessert as you can tell, but it is a mighty sweet and good tasking snack.  Some Healthy too!




1. Starts with "Z":   Today's "Z" was found in the wine department of our local World Market store.  It is three bottles of Zardetto Brute Private Cuvée.  Per the sign, "Fabio Zardetto has created his own personal curvee -- a blend of Glera (Prosecco), Chardonnay, and Muscat." I don't know what all  this means.  And "No", we did not buy any.   (Wikipedia on Cuvee Link)
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Friday, June 23, 2017

Yellow Day Lilies ~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.25 -- "Y" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of June 23rd: (1) Starts with Y; (2) Week’s Favorite; and (3) Splash
 
 1. Starts with "Y":  "Y" is for Yellow, that's my old standby.  It will also work for Yesterday, a couple of these driving pictures were taken Yesterday.

The top picture is of a clump of Yellow Day Lilies planted along our Cinco Ranch Boulevard, the coming and going road to our street off the Freeway.  

The second bunch of yellow flowers, on the left, I don't know what they are. They are all about our subdivision, here by our mailbox group.


 
Behind me (above) is the little flood retention green belt.  You can see just a part of a walking trail, they go for several miles on both sides of little stream that runs all the time.  Small lakes down there too.  I've posted a few small pictures of the stream and walkways.  Make them larger and you can see better.  The on the left has a pretty white heron sitting on the bank trying to catch a fish going by. 
 

2. Week’s Favorite:  This will be another Yellow object, I found this Yellow
Mitsubishi ( or Dodge ??) Lancer driving along beside me.  Again, I was on our Cinco Ranch Boulevard. The Lancers were made during the years (work in progress finding this information).  This one was in fine shape and was being driven by a little old man.

3. Splash:  This Dragon made quite a "Splash" when it showed up at our house Yesterday.  KP claims ownership, says she has had it for "years".  She's only seven years old and she said she did not have it when they lived in London three years ago.  Anyway, the dragon will be living with us, Grandparents, for the summer.  I may take a ride on him some evening, we never know.
 

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.24 -- "X" is for ...

Friday's hunt for the week of June 16th:  (1) Starts with X; (2) Week’s Favorite; and (3) Insect

(1) Starts with X:  X's are hard to find. I did do some Flash writing on my other blog, my main character was named 'Xentor".  I actually quit before I hardly started, here are some of those, click.  This opportunity was available only on certain of Jenny's Saturday Centus days.  100 word posts with certain other restrictions were . (Saturday Centus posts)  About a year ago Jenny became ill and has almost stopped blogging.

KP was one of those descendants absent.  She was in San Antonio with a prior reservation.
The family picture was taken by a wait staff at the restaurant.  She wasn't the best photographer.

(2) Week’s Favorite:  Did you note that this "Friday Hunt" was done on Saturday?  Well last night we had a Father's Day dinner at my favorite gathering restaurant on 11th Street in the Heights of Houston. Berryhill's Mexican Restaurant.  

Mrs. Jim and I shared chicken 'fajitas for one.'  Sorry no picture. Berryhill's is famed for its fish tacos. My say, "they are good but too messy."  To work around that I order them "dry" with the fish sauce on the side. That works.  And I can be judicious with the sauce's application. 

Sixteen of our twenty-four were present. I noted that the fifteen of them that were here, all were my descendants, spouses of one, or steadily following one.

The nine others were accounted for; four were here in Texas having other commitments, two are in California/Arizona, two in Alaska, and one in Washington, D.C.


Some more pictures: Our oldest granddaughter's due date is less than a couple of weeks away.  She will add one more girl to our two girl "Greats" list. One boy, JP (link).

(3) Insect:  June Bug. The little brown beetle who flies the night away, looking for a light. When, and if, it finds the light it spends the rest of the night worshipping that light. And then before daylight our June Bug dies. 


A sample, here are two of my "June Bugs not" pictured Bugs

Several years back I blogged a feature, "June Bug of the Week." I didn't exactly give it that name. I had a running joke with Rachel that what she called a June Bug was actually not a June Bug as June Bugs are supposed to be brown. You will notice that NONE of these is a real June Bug. (The June Bug Collection)   

At right is one of my "Xentor" favorites.  A few others may be seen here. 

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Friday, June 09, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.3.23 -- "W" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of June 9th: (1) Starts with W; (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Pastel

(1) Starts with "W":  "W" is for WashWhoJim.
What does Jim do?   He/I do my own clothes washing, here is a little about how I do it in pictures:
"W" is probably most commonly used (followed by We) in the question sentences, WhoWhat, When, Where,  and Why.


(2) Week's Favorite: WhatCalendar -- Also a "When" Question.

When can I reuse this calendar?  If you look closely (click to enlarge) you will see that it is a 2006 calendar.  Well this is the first year that we can use the 2006 again. 

The picture is of Sorrento, Italy.  The Isle of Capri is to the left, across the way.  We were in Sicily for two weeks in 2006 and then another week in Sorrento. 

Sorry the picture isn't real clear.  Our hotel was down the street to the right from the taller buildings.  It was a wonderful place to visit!
(Link to Google Sorrento)

Got a 2007 calendar? Check it out, when you can use it again from the link below.  (Answer, next year, 2018) (Highlight the blank space in the 'answer' above. 

I don't throw my car calendars away, especially not my NAPA Auto Parts Classic Calendars.  (click here, a link for some others).  Except for the very first one back in the early 70's I have them all.  Ask if I can find them all?  Probably not.

https://www.whencanireusethiscalendar.com/?y=2007

 
What?  The NAPA calendar is showing a 1951 Buick Roadmaster Convertible.
The Jim's Hardware calendar is showing a 1932 Dodge Brothers F-10 Pickup.
Which one do I hang on my office wall?  The NAPA calendar of course.

(3) Pastel:  pas·tel  paˈstel/   Adjective
Soft colored.  synonyms: pale, soft, light, light-colored, muted, subtle, subdued, soft-hued
Who?  The guy who moved here some time back.  It is mine.  What?  This is an ordinary old cardboard box, folded for storage.  Where?  In my office.  Why?  Because it is the first large moving box that I've unpacked in a long time. When?  I did it the day before yesterday.         _ _ _ _ .........................
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