Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Alphabe-Thursday (5th), the letter "E" — Some places I've been starting with "E"

"E" is for some places, countries and cities starting with the letter "E" where I have traveled:
Countries:
Egypt
Estonia
States:
(There aren't any states starting with "E")
Cities
Edinburgh (Scotland)
El Paso (Texas)
Exeter (New Hampshire)

Exeter, New Hampshire, is a place hardly anyone goes to.  Instead they go through and on to Rye, Northampton, and Hampton for the beaches.  But when I lived in Manchester it was well worth the trip driving the 30 miles east to Exeter for fried clams (Link to Petey's).  I like the clam rolls. If I ever run away for more than a weekend you can look for me up there.

El Paso, Texas, is a nice West Texas town (or it was when I was there five years while in the Army stationed at Fort Bliss).  We used to say it was a nice beach without any water.  What I liked was to ride my Vespa motor scooter all around town and over into Mexico.  I also drove it to work about 20 miles east to work in the desert. 

The Vespa loved the trip down U.S. Hwy 80 over to Hueco Tanks (link) which was free and wasn't crowded back then.  Another favorite ride was down in the Valley amongst the cotton fields.  Along the river in Mexico was just as pleasant.

Edinburgh, Scotland, I didn't ever live there but we did have a very nice long day playing there with Mrs. Jim and Karen.  The first thing we did was to visit the Queen's Yacht, now retired.  The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family and is now berthed in Edinburgh (link).   I have a few pictures on my blog post (link).  At left is Karen, our daughter coming up the gangplank. 
 
We left the car parked at the yacht's parking garage and took the bus downtown to the Edinburgh Castle.  It was a pleasant walk up to the castle from where the bus dropped us off.

Eiffel Tower, France - Don't know why I didn't mention that.  Many, many times I've been there.

Estonia -- Been there most of the nice part of a day on a Baltic cruise in 2011 (link to blog posts).

Egypt - That was back in 1980 when we were on a Mediterranean cruise.  We started at Athens, Greece and went over too Haifa, Israel.  On the way we island hopped (Patmos and Rhodes ), stopped at old Ephesus, Turkey, then to Alexandria, Egypt, and over to Haifa, Israel.

At Alexandria we toured the library and then boarded a bus trip, which followed the Nile up to Cairo.  There we saw the pyramids and the Sphinx, rode a little boat where Moses was hidden as a baby, and of course rode a camel.  There we visited too the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities which is also known  as the Egyptian Museum or Museum of Cairo (link).  I enjoyed seeing the King Tut exhibits.

 - Jenny is starting in now on her tenth series of Alphabe thursday.  With 52 weeks in a year and 26 letters in the alphabet she is now in her fifth year.  I am linked to her blog, GO HERE for more participants and their offerings. 

 - I am in my fifth series of Alphabe Thusday.  I intend to put on some pictures of my travels when I can find a few.  Some are in albums, pictures I've taken before a digital camera came to me.  I haven't scanned any yet  I should have done that for Egypt, I have a lot.


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Six Word Saturday ~~ What to do?

My Six Words:
Sold out, no twenty-eight cent lunch

 
After the dentist a couple of weeks ago I stopped at the grocery store.  I had a tooth pulled and the dentist recommended I have soup and soft food like Jell-O (which I do not like, eating cow hooves).
 
My dentist is in Huntsville, Texas, a smallish college town, home of Sam Houston State University   (Google Link)  That pretty well explains why the store shelves were empty. 
 
I love the stuff, I didn't show the sodium content, it runs HIGH.

 
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I am linked today with teacher Cate at Six Word Saturday school headquarters (link)
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BTW, I was talking with a former widower tonight who had remarried.  Seems as though kids take a while getting used to Dad being remarried.  I told him to tell them that he had to hurry while he still had most of his teeth left.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

My Alphabe-Thursday (5th), the letter "D" — Some places I've been starting with "D"

"D" is for some places, countries and cities starting with the letter "D" where I have traveled:
Countries:
Denmark
States:
Delaware
Cities
Dallas, Texas
Denver, Colorado
Des Moines, Iowa
Detroit, Michigan
Dublin, Ireland

Last first, we loved Dublin.  But our first visit was just a hotel stay in the spring of 2009 and then after touring Ireland (stayed at B&Bs) coming back on an emergency flight from Dublin (I fell at Powerscourt Gardens, just south of Dublin--to read my blog entry about that fall, click here). 
We did come back again and walked the city Dublin in the fall of 2009.

Excerpt from my blog post mentioned above (link):  This is the young lady who helped me at Powerscourt Garden Estates. She was sitting at the top of the steps having a smoke.

She and another young man saw me tumble, they both came running to help me back up. They offered help me to the first aid place but I had to find Mrs. Jim first.


For our Denmark visit, we flew over from London, U.K, to Copenhagen for a Baltic Sea cruise on the Princess line.   We spent two days and three nights before embarking and then another day at the end of the cruise before flying back to London.

Our first day we did Copenhagen in, just walking around, seeing the sights and doing what tourists should do.  The second day we rented a car and drove to the north of Copenhagen and back.  It was beautiful country but around Copenhagen it was mostly flat and very wet with all it's ponds and lakes.

The third day was at the end of our cruise and we did the things we didn't get done the first day.  Jim's Denmark (click on them to see) Post 1,  Post 2,  Post 3

Now we go window shopping with Jim. Pictures from our Copenhagen visit.
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Please click on any picture for a better view of what we saw





Walking pictures. The yacht above is private.
You helped pay for it buying Microsoft ware.

Octopus is currently the world's ninth largest super yacht, owned by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, to whom she was delivered in 2003. Octopus is the third largest super yacht that is not owned by a head of state, measuring 414 feet (126 m), and at the time it was built, was believed to be the biggest such yacht.
It carries two helicopters on board. (
link)

For more of the cruise pictures click here (you will see that I don't have a separate label)

 - Jenny is starting in now on her tenth series of Alphabe thursday.  With 52 weeks in a year and 26 letters in the alphabet she is now in her fifth year.  I am linked to her blog, GO HERE for more participants and their offerings. 

 - I am in my fifth series of Alphabe Thusday.  I intend to put on some pictures of my travels when I can find a few.  Some are in albums, pictures I've taken before a digital camera came to me.  I haven't scanned any yet.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Cool Western Breeze, Open Window -- Two Shoes Tuesday


Cool western breeze, open window
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Cool western breeze, open window,
Calmly blowing flickering flames
The candles don't seem to mind
 
Rain in pin sized droplets glistening
Sagging curtain, it's dripping wet
Worries, soon to fall, on the floor
 
Murky puddles grow, rain stops not
Once was dust, now is mud and slime
Fit for pigs, the floor doesn't mind
 
Open window lets nature in
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Photo and Poems Copyright, © 2014 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved
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Pictures: 
 - Left, a rainy London (UK) street in St. Johns Wood, Abbey Road is down at the corner (WebCam).  Our kids lived right here for almost five years, now they are back in Texas. 
 - Right, a rainy "street" in old Dubrovnik, Croatia.  Our hotel was up the steps on the right.
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I am linked with Josie Two Shoes at her blog, Two Shoes Tuesday (link) 
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The December 8th writing themes to choose from are calm and candle, I chose both
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Nature's critter, our beloved Katrin, also wants in. 
May she RIP

Katrin, our toy poodle died Tuesday last week
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She died in her doctor's office of heart failure.  We loved Katrin so very much, Mrs. Jim had "rescued" her from a dying friend.


At left is Katrin last year on her 13th July birthday walking across the back porch to our back door. On the right is a very guilty dog back in 2008 when we first got her.  She had gotten into BP's toothpaste.  See this link:
http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2009/08/naughty-dog-midweek-blues-toothpaste.html

Some of my other blog posts with Katrin can be found here and here.
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Saturday, December 06, 2014

Six Word Saturday ~~ Katrin, our 14-year-old poodle

my six words:
Katrin, our toy poodle died Tuesday

She died in her doctor's office of heart failure.  We loved Katrin so very much, Mrs. Jim had "rescued" her from a dying friend.

 
At left is Katrin last year on her 13th July birthday walking across the back porch to our back door.
On the right is a very guilty dog back in 2008 when we first got her.  She had gotten into BP's toothpaste.  See this link:
http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2009/08/naughty-dog-midweek-blues-toothpaste.html

Some of my other blog posts with Katrin can be found here and here.
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I am linked today with Cate at Six Word Saturday headquarters (link)
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Thursday, December 04, 2014

My Alphabe-Thursday (5th), the letter "C" — Some places I've been starting with "C" and for ...

"C" is for our cute little toy poodle, Katrin.  Katrin died Monday night of heart failure.  We loved Katrin so very much, Mrs. Jim had "rescued" her from a dying friend.

 
At left is Katrin last year on her 13th July birthday walking across the back porch to our back door.
On the right is a very guilty dog back in 2008 when we first got her.  She had gotten into BP's toothpaste.  See this link:
http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2009/08/naughty-dog-midweek-blues-toothpaste.html

"C" is also for some places, countries and cities starting with the letter "C" where I have traveled:
Countries:
Canada
China
Croatia
Curacao
Czech Republic
States: (I've been to all 50)
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Cities:
Cairo (saw the sphinx, the pyramids, 'sailed' the Nile River, and rode a camel
Chengdu, China (saw the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries,)

Canada we liked most everywhere we've been.  Montreal and Quebec City rated high with us as did British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. 
Here are four of my favorite pictures from our 2010 Quebec City visit.
(and a link to my two posts:  http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/search/label/Quebec%20City)



Croatia we've visited twice, one a weekend in Dubrovnik with our daughter and grand-daughter, KP.  Dubrovnik for tourists is the quaint little old red roofed walled city on the Adriatic Sea, across from northern Italy.  Of course it has grown a lot in modern times outside of the old walls.
[click on any picture for a larger size]

The Croatia we visited later was a stop at Split while on a Princess cruise from Venice to Istanbul on into the Black Sea over to Yalta, Ukraine and then back to Athens, Greece.  We made stops nearly each day at other ports.


 - Jenny is starting in now on her tenth series of Alphabe thursday.  With 52 weeks in a year and 26 letters in the alphabet she is now in her fifth year.  I am linked to her blog, GO HERE for more participants and their offerings. 

 - I am in my fifth series of Alphabe Thusday.  I intend to put on some pictures of my travels when I can find a few.  I have some on in an album of Budapest.


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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

To the Store -- Two Shoes Tuesday

 
 I went to the store
I went to the store, the streets were quiet
They'd closed the antique store, we missed the sale
Where have all the people gone, streets are bare
 
I went to the store, the shelves were full
Been quiet in here this week I was told
Got my baloney, cheese, and some rye bread 
 
A beef barbeque and a Coke to go
On the way home there wasn't much traffic 
Where are the folks?  My neighbors are gone too
 
Just don't buy the store right now, wait and see 
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Photos and Poem Copyright, © 2014 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved
 
I am linked with Josie Two Shoes at her blog, Two Shoes Tuesday (link)
 
Josie said, the "writing themes to choose from are sacred and store."  I chose 'store'.

Note:  These pictures are from our town, where the post office is, Montgomery, Texas.

You can make the pictures larger by clicking on them.  Click again for larger still.

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