Friday, November 08, 2019

The Letter "S" ~~ Weekend Roundup

The 45th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
(THE NINETEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "S" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "S"; (B) A Favorite;
(C) "S" for '"S"ingle' (Tom's choice); and (D) Reflections


(A.1)  Starts with "S".    Surprise starts with "S".  When I was about a half mile down the road I was very surprised to see this fellow, a Gecko obviously from our front flower bed, clinging to the hood of my car.  
Gecko -- Wikipedia 

It wouldn't get off until I finally shooed it off after I had stopped for gas.  Far from its home it started a new one in a pretty flower bed beside the gas station.
The difference between Geckos and Salamanders (link, click here)



Texas Gecko
(A.2)  Starts with "S".   Strawberry starts with "S".  I like my Strawberries best sliced and in it's own juice, started flowing with a bit of sugar, over Blue Bell Lite Homemade Vanilla ice cream.  






Next best to me is

Strawberry Preserves spread over a slice of a warm from the oven homemade flour biscuit. 



(B) A Favorite:  The letter opener tells it all.  This kind of Navy Seals is in the 'unsealing business.'  

It was in the goodie bag that my SIL received at a golf tournament. He tied for First place but was awarded the trophy for Second place as he lost to the other fellow in a "score card playoff."   
[click picture for larger view -- click again for extra large] 
(C) "S" for '"S"ingle' (Tom's choice):  Single bananas at the grocery store produce isle.
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. What has been your experience with Geckos? .We have been overrun by them.  Don't leave a door open for long or some will come inside.

2. What do you use to open letters?  I use an old thing butcher knife that Mrs. Jim was throwing away.  It has a wooden handle, real wood.  

Bonus Questions:
1. What is your favorite "S" word?   Samballat, he was a rabble rouser in the Bible when they were trying to rebuild the walls that had been destroyed. (click here, Reference link) 

2. What is your take on Strawberries? I like my Stawberries out of the patch better than the two I wrote about 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 to 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 at Weekend Reflections, http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ (click here) for his Reflections Photos.

 - Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved

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Friday, November 01, 2019

The Letter "R" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The 44th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year... 
(THE EIGHTEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "R" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "R"; (B) A Favorite;
(C) "R" for '"R"ed' (Tom's choice); and (D) Reflections 


 

(A.1) Starts with the Letter "R":   Rhubarb starts with "R".  In July 2017 Mrs. Jim, KP (our youngest of four granddaughters), and I drove to Nebraska to visit my cousins. 

These pictures I took in my cousin Jean's garden.  KP and I were picking her Rhubarb and we were pleased to have her give these to take back home to Texas with us.  KP is standing besides the tomato plants.

Mrs. Jim later would make us some Rhubarb Pie when we got home.  This was a nice treat for us as Rhubarb does not grow as far south as we live.  In the background is pictured one of her corn fields.


(A.2) Starts with the Letter "R":  Robbed, Robbery, and Robbers start with the letter "R".  

We were Robbed  this last Tuesday, Robbers took/stole the green garbage can showing here.  It came with the house and is for Recycle Items.  A new one will cost us $65 from the garbage disposal company.

(A.3) Also starts with Letter "R":  This little Rabbit (look closely, at the Right) found 
time to rest from his afternoon Run

The Rabbits have Free Range of our backyard, as do Alligators.  They both were here first and so have been given a lifetime pardon in our Deed Restrictions.

We do use deer and Rabbit Repellent on our flowers that to them are better eating than the stuff in Mr. McGoo's Garden.  

So far no alligators here but the Sheriff Department would take them back to the green area waters or to the Brazos Wildlife Park.  For sure they won't be killed but they will be Removed if they become mean.


(B) A Favorite:   These signs show good RestRoom Rules.  I Rated this one a Five (5) because it is our best local just sitting and eating Restaurant, La Madeleine, and that their Restrooms are always clean and picked up and have pictures. 
[click on the picture once and then once again for larger sizes]


(C) "R" for '"R"ed' (Tom's choice):  A couple of nice old Red Gas Pumps, someplace in Texas.  

I picked this up a while back from an online "Only in Texas" website but don't know much more like dates.  If I did know I would give credit.  There is one for your state, I get Texas, Nebraska, and Louisiana regularly.


(D) Reflections:  The Red in these Red Roses didn't reflect like I wanted them to but here they are anyway.  The pool ledges though not pretty did reflect well.  Like the Rabbit picture above, this is another photo that I took in our back yard. 
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. What kind of animals are running around in your backyard?  Are you allowed to trap or shoot them? Yes.  We are plagued with birds and rabbitits.  Can't get rid of them, deed restrictions.

2. What type of old things interest you?  I am most interested in older cars.  I have my mom's 1974 Ford Mustang II in our garage now.  It is pristine.  I sold my 1950 Ford when we moved here.  I also have a 1:16 scale cast iron older model car collection, about 30 cars.  

Bonus Questions:
1. What is your favorite "R" word?  "R .  The Roulett wheel on "Jeopardy" is my favorite.   

2. What have you had stolen? Before Mrs jim and I married a thief broke into my apartment and stole my goodies.  Another time my motorcycle was stolen, they cut my chain.  But the Houston Police knocked on the door, the thief had downed it and he went into a muddy field.  == "rrrrrr".  

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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 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 at Weekend Reflections, http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ (click here) for his Reflections Photos.

 - Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved

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Friday, October 25, 2019

The Letter "Q" ~~ Rev 04 - Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The 43rd issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
(THE SEVENTEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "Q" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "Q"; (B) A Favorite;
(C) "Q" for '"Q"uite' (Tom's choice); and (D) Reflections

[photo from Wikipedia -- Quince, Van Gogh]
[click to enlarge, once or twice]
(A) Starts with the Letter "Q": The fruit, Quince, starts with "Q".  Quince isn't very good eating raw, even with salt. But it is delicious when cooked, pie will be my choice. 
Quince Recipes googled, click here 


(B) A Favorite:  This Wednesday, October 30, is my birthday.  It's a big one in that I've lived so long but more so that the number does not end in zero or five.  

Still I might run away.  I have done that before and Mrs. Jim always comes with me.



Then after a nice meal comes a good nap!

(C) "Q" for '"Q"uiet' (Tom's choice):  Shhh!!!

Please be Quiet, dogs are sleeping.  Both of these dogs of ours are playing and sleeping NOW in Doggie Heaven.  

To read about Adi and Katrin, Beagle and Toy Poodle, start by clicking here. 


(D) Reflections:  Window facing the Parking Lot at our local McDonald's. 


(E) A Lagniappe for you:  A couple of Halloween Holiday Items I wouldn't want you to miss.  The Blue Pumpkins  were for sale at our local Kroger Store and the cute Scare Crow was at our church lobby for a photo op for families.

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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. Does the little celebration at Halloween make you feel happier? If not, why not? Yes. It reminds me of the time that I went Trick or Treating with my kids.  Now it's grandkids and greats but someone else goes with them.

2. What is the Whacky Halloween item that you have seen, or own?  Mine is actually cute, a couple of seedy scare crow folk, man an wife. 

Bonus Questions:
1. What is your favorite "Q" word?  "Quaint" is my favorite "Q" word because I love going to antique stores where perhaps I will find something old to add to my collection.  An old toy, preferably some with wheels.  Or a cup to add to my Texas Bluebonnet Cup collection.

2. What are your thoughts about Scare Crows?  I always wanted to make a real one but never got the job done.
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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 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 at Weekend Reflections, http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ (click here) for my Reflections Photo.- Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved

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Friday, October 18, 2019

The Letter "P" ~~ Rev 04 - Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The 42th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
(THE SIXTEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "P" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "P"; (B) A Favorite;
(C) "P" for '"Pattern' (Tom's choice); and (D) Reflections 


(A) Starts with the Letter "P":   Pumpkin starts with "P".   These Pumkins are all ceramic or other pottery pieces.  

Also please note the Reflections in the Kroger store window.  [Designated Reflection is item (D) below.]




(B) A Favorite:  Here I have Pickup Trucks hauling Pumpkins.  You can decide where they are going with their loads of Pumpkins.


(C) "P" for 'Pattern' (Tom's choice):  This is our younger daughter's Pantry.  It is about the neatest Pantry I have seen in some time.  Even the shelf Paper has a Pattern rather than the regular smooth stuff.

[large picture window -- click on picture once or twice for larger still views]

(D) Reflections:  Mrs. Jim told me that there is a large Piano in the house on the right's living room. 

Of course I could not look in there while I was driving.  But Mrs. Jim had seen it from going by here before.

The Reflections are strong and make it hard to see into the house.  I recomend clicking on the Picture once or twice to see better inside.  
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. Will you be buying a pumpkin for Halloween?  If not, why not?   
No.  We have two ceramic Pumpkins and a plastic Jack-o-lantern from years and years ago.  

2.   What is the condition of your pantry?  Ours is almost a total wreck.  


Bonus Questions:
1. What is your favorite "Pword?  "Piano" is my favorite "P" word because i love piano music played.   Although I took "Class Piano" twice while I was getting it for free while I taught at the college I never went on to take private lessons.  "Bill Grogan's Goat" was my favorite song to play.  "The Piano Man" is my favorite song played and sung.  BTW, in music when a tune is to be done softly the directive is "Piano" or "p" or "pp".


2. What are your thoughts about PumpkinsThey are my favorite thing about Halloween.   Next comes it being my favorite vegetable when served as Pumpkin Pie.
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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 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 at Weekend Reflectionshttp://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ for my Reflections Photo.
Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved

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Friday, October 11, 2019

The Letter "O" ~~ Rev 04 - Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The 41st issue of Weekend Roundup for this year... (THE FIFTEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "O" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "O"; (B) A Favorite;
(C) "O" for "Over". (Tom's choice); and (D) Reflections.


(A.1) Starts with the Letter "O":  Oranges start with "O".  This is KP again showing us the Orange Fruit, Oranges.at our local Sprouts Grocery store. 


(A.2) Starts with the Letter "O":  This is Our Backyard Orange Tree.  Some of the Oranges were getting ripe and I picked them.  But I have none to show now.


(B) A FavoriteOur Old House.  We bought before the building was finished and were able to make some changes.  It was our first owned house, we bought it in 1976 and sold it in 1999 when Mrs. Jim retired. 

It flooded once when we owned it, 33 inches of water inside, and later at least two other times.  Here it was finishing up with remodeling after the latest flood.


(C) "O" for "Over". (Tom's choice):  Historical Moon "Over" homes. 


(D) Reflections:  My Reflections here are mainly of the trees against the water.  We were Driving Over the Atchafalaya River Flood Basin.  Pretty full.  The Atchafalaya flows into the Mississippi River in the Baton Rouge area, before New Orleans.
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. Has you home ever flooded?  or your car?   Our home in the picture flooded in the  1979 Claudia Tropical Flood.  We lived in Galveston County then.  We also lost three cars and a motorcycle because the water in the street was much deeper than that in our driveway.  My 1969 Ford Thunderbird may have been resurected, I know the fellow in the junk yard was going to get the motorcycle going again. 

2. Do you take pictures in the grocery store, perhaps for your blog or for some other reason that you would like to write about?   If you do not take pictures in the stores why not?  I take them mostly for my blog.  A few I take because I just want to remember this event.  But then generally I cannot find the picture when I want it..  

Bonus Questions:
1. What is your favorite "Oword?  "Over" is my favorite "O" word because being over is just nice.  Most times there is freedom in being over.

2. What are your thoughts about Oranges?  Often I think of Christmas because when we were small there would generally be one in our hanging stockings
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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 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 at Weekend Reflectionshttp://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ for my Reflections Photo.
Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved

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Thursday, October 03, 2019

The Letter "N" ~~ Rev 04 - Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The 40th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
(THE FORTIETH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)

- the Letter "N" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "N"; (B) A Favorite;
(C) "N" for '"N"umber' (Tom's choice); and (D) Reflections
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[Photo from Google]

(A) Starts with the Letter "N": Nectarine starts with the letter "N".  Although they taste sort of like peaches I really don't eat Nectarines very well. 


(B) A Favorite:  This is an Autographed Picture of the Houston Texans Cheerleaders signed and given to our Granddaughter KP when she and her father attended a Texans game.  

I would almost die for one like that, she also had picture given with her and three of the cheerleaders. 

I used to have a Signed, by one of my students of her group, the Houston Rockets (basket ball) Cheerleaders. 

(C) "N" for '"N"umber' (Tom's choice): And (D) Reflections: 
This is the "Nicest" restroom I have encountered for a long time. I rate it a "N"umber Five out of a possible Five.  NO appliance needs to be touched and EVERY PLACE is super CLEAN.  
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. Am I the only one in the whole world who gives ratings to the public restrooms I visit?   It seems silly but for the really awful ones it is a relief for me.  If the place really bad there was surely NO relief. 
WHAT are your feelings about Nasty Restrooms?

2. Do Cheerleaders have a place in your life?  They are generally hard for us old folk to see any cost/benefit.  

Bonus Questions:
1. What is your favorite "Nword?  "Nice" is my favorite "Nword for today.  Being Nice is generally better than being Naughty. 

2. What are your thoughts about  Nectarines?  Have you ever tasted Nectarined?   You can read my answers 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 to 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 at Weekend Reflectionshttp://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ for my Reflections Photo.
Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Letter "M" ~~ Rev 04 - Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The 39th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year... (THE THIRTEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)

- the Letter "M" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "M"; (B) A Favorite;
(C) "M" for '"M"ini' (Tom's choice); and (D) Reflections.


(A) Starts with the Letter "M":  Melons start with the Letter "M".  These are Honey Dew Melons

I like best the Musk Melons, some call them Cantaloupe.  This is the second of two that we bought.  The first was real good but this one has probably been in the fridge too long.  It looks dried out.
 

(B) A Favorite:  I love my computer Mouse, it has been my favorite. At my work I kept my Mouse happy with a companion during the dark hours and even during work hours.  The Mouse Pad is one that Houston Methodist Hospital was giving away.  I forget the occasion. 

Queston
Back when I worked did I have "two Mice" or "two Mouses?"

Highlight the blank empty space right below to see if you answered correctly.   (Google gave me the answer.)

 In computer terms, a mouse is a corded or wireless device that moves your computer's cursor while you move the mouse. In most cases, the plural of mouse is "mice," but more than one computer mouse can also be called "mouses."
 

(C) "M" for '"M"ini' (Tom's choice):  "M" is for Mini-car.  I found this little wind up Mini in the parking garage the other day. 

"Someone" Said it is also an "economy Mini car" getting about 27 mpt. (That is miles per turn of the key.)


(D) Reflections:  When I got home I found that I had taken this crazy hodge podge Reflection picture with LOT's of Reflections.  I was trying to take a picture of the inside and to get the instrument panel.  Ha ha.
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My Two Questions for this week(you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. What have you done anything special to help conserve our useable petroleum supply?   I don't do too many jack rabbit starts anymore.  It still is fun with the Mustang. I also keep plenty of air in my tires and try to have the cars in good tune.

2. Do you drive an economy car?  If not, why not?  They are generally hard for us old folk to get in and out of. 

Bonus Questions:
1. What is your favorite "Mword?  "Many" is my favorite "Mword for today.  Many is generally better.

2. What is your favorite Melon?  Have you ever tasted Honey Dew Melons?   The regular 99 cent Melons are my favorite.  I really dn't care for the Honey Dew Melons, to me even salt doesn't do much for them.  Besides they are Green.
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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 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 at Weekend Reflections, http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ for my Reflections Photo.
- Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved

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