Saturday, February 20, 2021

Letter "H" -- Weekend Roundup and Reflections

Day after, out our front window 

We are safe and warm now.  Things got pretty cold here, even in the house our nose and ears got cold.  We lost power, heat, and water here for 48 hours straight and then on and off for a couple of more days. 
Casualties here in Katy, Texas, are that our older daughter slipped on ice and broke her hip (she is mended now and is home from the hospital now) and our pool pump and pipes suffered.
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The eighth issue this week of my 2021 WEEKEND ROUNDUP postings. 
(THE EIGHTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES) - the Letter "H" Prompts are: (A) Starts with the Letter "H"; (B) "Heavy" (Tom's Choice); (C) A Favorite; (D) Reflections; and (E) A Lagniappe. 
  
   
from my "Jim1Jim1" YouTube collection,
https://www.youtube.com/user/Jim1Jim1 

(A) Starts with the Letter "H":   Happy starts with "H".  Adi, our Beagle dog, was always happy, I never saw her frown.  As a Pet Therapy partner with me, she loved visiting with the Alzheimer residents at our local assisted living home.  

Above is a YouTube recording I made of her welcoming her true owner, our younger daughter who lives in Houston, on a visit with Adi and us.  


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Heavy" (Tom's Choice):   Doing some Heavy Thinking.  She had spent a half day at the Houston Zoo.  Sort of tired, now mulling over all the new and strange things she had seen.  Age one and a half, our youngest grandchild.  She is eleven now. 
Our Houston Zoo Day, http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2018/02/weekend-roundup-07-18-for-letter-g.html


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(C) A Favorite:   Above is Adi after working with the Assisted Living Home residents.   Adi died in 2012 at age 16.
Adi's Retirement, http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2012/08/adis-retirement-six-word-saturday.html


(D) Reflections:   From near the entrance to the Houston Zoo.  In the center of the photo is our Youngest Granddaughter at about a year and a half. [click on the picture for larger viewing.  If a + shows on your cursor click again for larger still


(E) A Lagniappe.   Three Happy Guys and a not so Happy Lady.  They are a part of a toy village that our younger daughter had when little.  They are about 40 years old.
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Bonus Questions: 
 
(1)  Tell about your experience with going to a Zoo.  Who all was with you?   We used to go to the zoo a lot when it was free.  Now ticket prices are outrageous.  

(2) What is your favorite Word starting with  "H"?   Mine today will be "Happy".   I've used it a lot here today.  An old saying, "If the wife isn't happy then nobody is."

(3) Anything else you were reminded of here that you  would like to tell about? 

My going blogs:

Jim's Little Blog, http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/

Jim's Little Photo and Picture Place, http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/

Jim's little Christmas tree farm,  http://jimmiehov7.blogspot.com/, and  

Ask Dr. Jim (blog), http://jimmiehov8.blogspot.com/ 

Cars I have owned (32 including the Golf Car)  http://jimmiehov3.blogspot.com/2021/01/cars-i-have-owned-toy-cars-not-listed.html 

Adi Pictures and Information.   Click here, Link to Adi's Meme   Adi died in 2012.

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 Fine print stuff: 

 - [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, February 12, 2021

Letter "G" -- Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The sixth issue this week of my 2021 WEEKEND ROUNDUP postings and ... (THE SEVENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES) - the Letter "G" Prompts are: (A) Starts with the Letter "G"; (B) "Green" (Tom's Choice); (C) A Favorite; (D) Reflections; and (E) A Lagniappe.

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(E.1) A Lagniappe first:  Granddaughter in Green and Mrs. Jim fitting nicely in the Mrs.'s "Big Chair".  


(A) Starts with the Letter "G":  Golf starts with "G".  Every late winter, early February for our part of Texas, we start talking about playing Golf again.  It's been five years since we moved away from our Golf Course home and we haven't played since.  

But we probably won't play at the course above because it is in Phoenix,  Arizona.


Mom didn't trust the automatic transmission in the car Dad had purchased as she couldn't tell what gear it was in and was afraid it might be choosing the wrong gear at times.  This Mustang II and a hot rod Ford Torino were the only Fords that year with standard transmission.  She said, "Yes, get it for me" of the little down-sized Mustang.  That was the first year of downsizing for it.  It was built on a Ford Pinto chassis (we had a yellow 1972 model Pinto for our driver car--it was lost in our 1979 flood along with two other cars and a motorcycle.). (Copied from my 2017 post, http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2017/09/fridays-hunt-v411-k-is-for.html )

(B) "Green" (Tom's Choice):   You may have seen my Green 1974 Mustang II Ghia, I was the original owner, buying it as a Ford employee lease car turn in.  I bought it for my mom and she and my father immediately (two weeks later) came to Texas after it. 

Mom died in 1999 and when Dad also died in 2007 the little Mustang II was returned to me.  I promptly drove it back to Texas.   It has a V6 engine, air conditioning, a manual opening top, and an eight track AM-FM radio. 

Oh yes, original paint, new Whitehall tires, always was garaged, not driven in snow, and has 67,xxx miles mostly driven by a little old lady (a LOL).

(C) A Favorite:    A giant's sling shot ready tree trunk.  It is outside one of the Houston Methodist West facility where I got my second COVID-19 vaccine jab Tuesday this week.  Down the road a few blocks yesterday I had cataract surgery. 


(D) Reflections:   Hard to tell but the Grass was Green around the pond in the background.  This was taken last week during our walk, here was across the road from our home. 




(E.2) Another Lagniappe:  Mrs. Jim calls these Geese.  Before I heard her saying that I was calling them Wild Turkeys.  

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Bonus Questions: 
 
(1)  Tell about your experience with getting the COVID-19.   We were fortunate  to be old for this.  Houston Methodist Hospital is going down their patient list by age.  I am slightly older than Mrs. Jim so I was first, she will get hers tomorrow (Saturday).

(2) What is your favorite Word starting with  "G"?   Mine today will be "Grandkids".   We have six grandchildren, four greatgrandmom, and two great-greats so far.

(3) Anything else you were reminded of here that you  would like to tell about? 

My going blogs:

Jim's Little Blog, http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/

Jim's Little Photo and Picture Place, http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/

Jim's little Christmas tree farm,  http://jimmiehov7.blogspot.com/, and  

Ask Dr. Jim (blog), http://jimmiehov8.blogspot.com/ 

Cars I have owned (32 including the Golf Car)  http://jimmiehov3.blogspot.com/2021/01/cars-i-have-owned-toy-cars-not-listed.html 

Adi Pictures and Information.   Click here, Link to Adi's Meme   Adi died in 2012.

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 Fine print stuff: 

 - [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, February 05, 2021

Letter "F" -- Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The sixth issue this week of my 2021 WEEKEND ROUNDUP postings and ... (THE SIXTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES) - the Letter "F" Prompts are: (A) Starts with the Letter "F"; (B) "Full" (Tom's Choice); (C) A Favorite; (D) Reflections; and (E) A Lagniappe.

(A) Starts with the Letter "F":  Winter Flowers at the crossing.   No Marigolds or Pansies as they will attract rabbits.


(B) "Full" (Tom's Choice):  A February Full Moon, named a Wolf Moon

(C) A Favorite:   Fireworks in Washington D.C.  Washington Monument is showing at the end of the Mall area.


(D) Reflections:  From the parking garage, a glassed in pedestrian bridge, to the Vaccine Center.  Yes, we had our first COVID-19 shots two weeks ago at our local Houston Methodist Hospital Facility.  Pardon my partial Selfie showing. 



(E) A Lagniappe:  A Driving Picture

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Bonus Questions: 
 
(1)  Tell about your experience or feelings
about keeping your Flowers over the winters. 
  We bring a few smaller ones in to the garage if we are forecast to have a freeze or frost.  The larger ones we cover.  Lately though, with Climate Change we haven't been that cold.  They say that snow comes about once every ten years.  We'll see.

(2) What is your favorite Word starting with  "F"?   Mine today will be "Fingers" as they are the chief "get things done" appendages of your body.  Wear a doubled pair of mittens for a morning and you'll get the idea real quick.  BTW, my hands are ambidextrous and multitask adapted, even at the same time, for that I say "Multidextrous".   

(3) Anything else you were reminded of here that you  would like to tell about? 

My going blogs:

Jim's Little Blog, http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/

Jim's Little Photo and Picture Place, http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/

Jim's little Christmas tree farm,  http://jimmiehov7.blogspot.com/, and  

Ask Dr. Jim (blog), http://jimmiehov8.blogspot.com/ 

Cars I have owned (32 including the Golf Car)  http://jimmiehov3.blogspot.com/2021/01/cars-i-have-owned-toy-cars-not-listed.html 

Adi Pictures and Information.   Click here, Link to Adi's Meme   Adi died in 2012.

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 Fine print stuff: 

 - [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.  



Friday, January 29, 2021

Letter "E" -- Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The fifth issue this week of my 2021 WEEKEND ROUNDUP postings and ... (THE FIFTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES) - the Letter "E" Prompts are: (A) Starts with the Letter "E"; (B) "Evergreen" (Tom's Choice); (C) A Favorite; (D) Reflections; and (E) A Lagniappe.
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(A) Starts with the Letter "E":   Exam starts with the letter "E".  What and When was the last time you took an exam?  And or that you Gave an Exam? 

The last one that I remember taking was for my FCC Extra Class Amateur Radio Exam at the FCC Office in Boston,  Massachusetts.  Ham Radio Operators exchange QSL Cards (one pictured above) as a memory device which proves a radio contact was made.

I gave at least six exams for every college course that I taught.  Let's do some math.  Six for each of my Five class load would be 30 a semester and 12 for my two summer classes, 30 + 30 + 12 = 72 Exams a year for 22 years would be 1,584 Exams given for my teaching career.  

I tease about giving Mrs. Jim an exam during her annual performance review session.  Some states start giving physical and rules exam for seniors' driving license renewals.  In Texas senior we have to come in person for a visual assessment for ability and to take an eye test, that is every two years for folk my age.  I lucked out though, my last renewal merited me a seven year exam.   Mrs. Jim does NOT have a 'wives license' although when I was buying her for $25 I did get  marriage license.

I also teased my last Sunday school class that I would be giving exams.  But I did not require one during my fourteen years with that class before we moved away.  

I started teaching Clerk Typing for my first Army assignment and since then have been teaching or training the rest of my life until that last move.  Even before the Army I had taught a few girls or ladies driving lessons.  The army besides schools requires a lot of learning through OJT and I did that in New Hampshire, teaching the Operation and Maintenance of the satellite tracking station that we, I was an Aerospace Engineer there, were installing.  It is still there, west of Manchester.  I am not sure it is open for visitors.

But I have been bettered at the younger age teaching by our youngest granddaughter.  She has a dedicated play school room at her home.  Many times when she comes to visit us she has a lesson planned for Mrs. Jim and me which ends with an Exam.  


(B) "Evergreen" (Tom's Choice):  These Evergreens are called Poplars or Italian Cypress trees.  I cannot tell the difference but my Master Gardner friends probably could.  I do believe we ought to know and perhaps that should be a question, the difference, on the Master Gardner Exam.  My recommendation.


(C) A Favorite:   This Service Dog was helping one of these folks.  I do not know what breed dog this is.  For sure dog breeds are needed questions on the Veterinary License Exam.  Even in high school Ag classes we needed to be able to identify the different weed seeds. 


(D) Reflections:  This was the little pond between the roadway and the poplar/cypress trees pictured above.


(E) A Lagniappe:  The Last Rose of Summer.  If you look closely (Magnifier's allowed) you can find the Red Rose and its Reflection.  

Actually, our roses bloom year-round so there were more, taller ones to the left and these shorter versions in front of the hedge.
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Bonus Questions:

(1)   Tell a bit about your experience or feelings about getting your first Driving LicenseI don't remember much about getting it as I had a 'School and Work Driving License' since I was 14.  I do remember going to the Lincoln, Nebraska, DMV Office to get it in exchange for my 14-year-old's license.  

(2) What is your favorite Word starting with  "E"?   Mine today will be "Ear Rings" and how they make your ear growing action faster.  I blogged (click here) about the ear growing bit quite some time ago. One finding is that the heavier Ear Ring the faster the Ear Length will grow. 

(3) Anything else you were reminded of here that you  would like to tell about? 

My going blogs:

Jim's Little Blog, http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/

Jim's Little Photo and Picture Place, http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/

Jim's little Christmas tree farm,  http://jimmiehov7.blogspot.com/, and  

Ask Dr. Jim (blog), http://jimmiehov8.blogspot.com/ 

Cars I have owned (32 including the Golf Car)  http://jimmiehov3.blogspot.com/2021/01/cars-i-have-owned-toy-cars-not-listed.html 

Adi Pictures and Information.   Click here, Link to Adi's Meme   Adi died in 2012.

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 Fine print stuff: 

 - [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, January 22, 2021

Letter "D" -- Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The fourth issue this week of my 2021 WEEKEND ROUNDUP postings and ... (THE FOURTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES) - the Letter "Delightful" Prompts are: (A) Starts with the Letter "D"; (B) "D" (Tom's Choice); (C) A Favorite; (D) Reflections; and (E) A Lagniappe.
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(A)
Starts with the Letter "D":  Dog starts with "D", "this is Henri, he lives with a blogging friend.  Henri is 8 weeks old and is 7 pounds of fluff and love. He is a Bernedoodle. 


(B) "Delightful"  (Tom's Choice):  Zebras at Water.  They are Delightful and once I had wanted to use them for "Z" to go with the others on my June 26, 2020, go-around but NOW is their chance to sneak in.  The were on my "free" calendar for November. 

 

(C) A FavoriteDaughters (2) and granddaughters (4), great granddaugters (3), and great-great grandaughter (1).  The four above are Mrs. Jim, youngest granddaughter, younger daughter, and older daughter. 


(D) Reflections:   Muddy waters after a washing rain make for interesting Reflections.  


Wind ruffled water here makes a poor Reflection. 


(E) A Lagniappe:  A new future in a sweet older couple's  lives.
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Bonus Questions:

(1)   Tell a bit about your experience or feelings about

 having a puppy.   Adi, our Beagle Dog, belonged, and probably still does, to our younger daughter.  It was purchased as a pup, a purebred, but cheaper without papers.  

Two problems came up real quick, first, they lived in a third floor apartment and that meant carrying a puppy up and down two flights of stairs for potty training and any outings.  Also Adi didn't like being left alone and began to eat the walls iin the utility room where her bed was.  

So Adi soon came to live with us.  Adi died in 2012.

Click here, Link to Adi's Meme

(2) What is your favorite Word starting with  "D"?   Mine today will be "Daughter" , I have two, younger one working at home for COVID-19 period, and the other picking up the pieces after her husband died two weeks ago, of a combination COVID-19 and heart problems.  Both are precious in our family.

(3) Anything else you were reminded of here that you  would like to tell about? 

My going blogs:

Jim's Little Blog, http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/

Jim's Little Photo and Picture Place, http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/

Jim's little Christmas tree farm,  http://jimmiehov7.blogspot.com/, and  

Ask Dr. Jim (blog), http://jimmiehov8.blogspot.com/ 

Cars I have owned (32 including the Golf Car)  http://jimmiehov3.blogspot.com/2021/01/cars-i-have-owned-toy-cars-not-listed.html

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 Fine print stuff: 

 - [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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