Friday, May 17, 2019

Letter "T" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The 20th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
- the Letter "T" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with "T"; (B) A Favorite; (C) Tall; and (D) Reflection(s).



(A) Starts with "T":  Teddy Bear starts with "T".  This is mostly a collection leftover here from our youngest daughter's Toy Chest.  Probably none would be an antique, but the most precious, vintage 1920 plus or minus a few years, was given to Adi (our deceased Beagle dog) who shook it to death.

My sister, Lois, does repair them (blog search, Lois).

(B) A Favorite: South Africa native plants, the Agapanthus, Lillie of the Nile. We planted our Salty old Lillie of the Nile plant around the turn of the century, the prime and first bloomer is almost 20 years old. The rest have grown from the spreading under the soil Tubers.
[Click on any picture for larger view, click again for larger still]
These are around 40 inches tall, the stemmed bloom, book says they get between 18 inches and 48 inches Tall (link). https://www.gardenia.net/plant-variety/agapanthus-lily-of-the-nile


(C) Tall: Most people know that "everything is bigger and taller and longer in Texas." I probably wouldn't have to put a picture since you know that but now and then I like to show off. This is a statue of Sam Houston, the first President of Texas back when we were our own separate country.

One of my first cousins, there used to be nine of us on Dad's side, were visiting that 2006 year and we needed to reinforce the impression of largeness so we went here. It is just off Interstate Hwy 45 coming into Houston from the north.


(D) Lagniappe and Reflection(s).  Another "T", "Toyota Truck" starts with "T".

Also there is a hard to see Reflection in the back window, of the Bonaire Tourists near us.  "Bonaire (is) an island municipality of the Netherlands (which) lies off Venezuela’s coast in the southern Caribbean. (Google search, "Bonaire")

Note:  I've decided those two folk likely, especially in light of the boat, may be what we can see through the back window rather than reflections.  My copout, I really did think that they were reflections.  Just in case though, there are some miserly Reflections in the truck windows, the side one is best.  And our ship is out in the water to my back.

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.The fine print:
- 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. 
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Friday, May 10, 2019

Letter "S" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The 19th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
- the Letter "S" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with "S"; (B) A Favorite; (C) Small; and (D) Reflection(s).



 [click on the picture for larger viewing - click that picture for larger yet]
 


(A) Starts with "S":   "Setting on" begins with "S".  Here we have the "Setting on" of our orange crop for this year.  Last year we had three oranges though we started with five.  This year we have oodles of them.  When we moved here we thought, or were told, that it was a lemon tree.

 (B) A Favorite:  Our Knock-off Roses have stated to bloom.  This is about the prettiest that our back yard will look this summer.

  
  [click on any picture for larger view,  click again for better detail]
[This is our back yard, Roses Red are against the right wall,
sisters are at left of this picture, cousins in middle]
 
 [The left corner of the garden, the Louisiana Iris in
the middle here bloomed early and since we did not
have a freeze the orange Hibiscus left in the middle
picture have been blooming since February.]



(C) Small:  A Small Plate (the plate is smaller in diameter than the knife is long) looking kinda full of leftovers with some fresher Potato Salad. It too though is a day or more leftover because I never put Mustard on the Chef's new handiwork cooking.


(D) Reflection(s):  This is a downstairs bedroom's bath, a picture of its lavatory. Not only do we have the Mirror Reflection but also a nice Reflection of the lights over the mirror reflecting in the lavatory granite sink counter surface
 
There are four light bulbs but eight (8) reflected.  This is because four from the lights and four more reflections of the mirror's reflections of the lights.
 
 
 
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The fine print:
- 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.
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Friday, May 03, 2019

Letter "R" ~~ Weekend Roundup (watch for Rabbits)

A lady opened her refrigerator and saw this rabbit sitting on one of the shelves.
"What are you doing in there?" she asked.

The rabbit replied:

"This is a Westinghouse, isn't it?"

The lady replied "Yes it is."

"Well," the rabbit said,

"I'm westing."
"I hope you had a Happy

  and Hoppy Easter!"

[Sent in eMail by
Warren, thank you Warren]



The 18th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
- the Letter "R" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with "R"; (B) A Favorite; (C) Red; and (D) Reflection(s).

(A) Starts with "R": Rabbit starts with "R".  I hop(e) you liked the cartoon and joke that Warren sent me.  All the way from Australia.


(B) A Favorite:  For this year this was my Favorite Rabbit Picture.  It was on some Easter napkins that Mrs. Jim used with our outdoor pool party that I showed last week. 






(C) Red:  Lots of Red Balloons at this picture taking station.  It was in the lobby of our church for Easter.  Some orange and purple ones too.

(D) Reflection(s):  At Auckland, New Zealand, all kinds of Reflections of other buildings on the sides of these buildings above.  The tallest building at the right of the picture is showing a reflection of the tower to the right and below here. 

I hadn't noticed the person walking on the other side of the bridge from us.  For sure her or his reflection is not that of Santa in the middle of the picture.    

The fine print:
 
- 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, https://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ for my Reflections Photo.
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Friday, April 26, 2019

Letter "Q" ~~ Weekend Roundup

The 17th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
- the Letter "Q" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with "Q"; (B) A Favorite; (C) Quarter; and (D) Reflection(s).

[coming through the hills and into Christ Church, NZ] 

[I will always think of this church as Christchurch. 
My grandmother was a Fletcher coming in to 
New England right after the Mayflower.  Here it
is the name of the reconstruction company]

[I call this Container Mall.  Every business here operates
from one or more containers and is likely permanent now.]

(A) Starts with "Q": Quake starts with "Q". Like Quake and shake the earth in an Earthquake.   These are some of the Christchurch, New Zealand, pictures we took. An Mw 6.2 earthquake occurred in Christchurch on 22 February 2011 (Wikipedia). In 2012-3 we visited by taking a Princess Cruise from Auckland New Zealand and around, then up to Tasmania, Australia and ended up in Sydney where we spent a few days.  Quite nice Holiday for retired people.
 
 
(B) A Favorite: This is Mrs. JimShe and KP were playing hide the Easter Eggs and it was Mrs. Jim's turn to find them.  But in walking around the edge of the hot tub and trying to dodge the Hibiscus plant she fell in.  They finished the hunt by picking up from the water all the plastic eggs that had fallen in there in the pool.


(C) Quarter: I have a stash of Quarters in one of the cup holders of my Mustang, the black one, pictured here. 


(D) Reflection(s).  Taken from across the table, back to the pool, facing the house.  I had my camera ready this time for our little Sunday afternoon pool party.  Karen's three and we attended.  You can also see a nice reflection in the hot tub water above. 

They brought most of the food, highlight and main entry was a wonderful Goat Cheese salad with broiled Artichoke hearts and Grilled Sausage LinksYummy.  We ended with the Cantaloupe with a pass-around Cocktail inside the skin.  SIL cooked the artichoke and sausage. (Sorry, no food pictures.)

The fine print:
 
- 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, https://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ for my Reflections Photo.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Day 23 NaPoWriMo 2019

On my other blog I have been writing a "poem" for each day in April. Below is my "poem" (some may not be worthy of that name) for today. 

This is the link for all of them, http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/search/label/NaPoWriMo 2019?m=0 

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Cousin to the Easter Bunny

I am a little Grey Rabbit
No dark rabbit hole for my home
Sleep in a large green padded box
Share it with a whole bunch of toys

Infused with kindness smile ingrained
From a grey sock red and white toed
Kind little lady imparted
with each needled stitch love portion

Not seeking greatness or riches
Hanging out with my toddler friend
I love him he drags me around
By my ear arm or leg he pulls

Some day I'll be outgrown cast off
Choose me next and you I will love
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 - Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved
- I am linked with Sanaa Rizvi in the Imaginary Garden athttp://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-tuesday-platform-gather-around-for.html?m=1
 - and with NaPoWriM Day 23 at http://www.napowrimo.net/day-twenty-three-5/

Friday, April 19, 2019

Letter "P" ~~ Weekend Roundup

I was saddened to read this today.  At NASA I worked with Owen Garriott when he first began training for Sky Lab.  I gave him his first lesson, "Orientation to the Sky Lab Cabin and Controls" on the Mock-up we had for training purposes. 

From http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-in-space-pioneer-astronaut-owen-garriott-w5lfl-sk :
"04/15/2019
The US astronaut who pioneered the use of Amateur Radio to make contacts from space — Owen K. Garriott, W5LFL — died April 15 at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. He was 88. Garriott’s ham radio activity ushered in the formal establishment of Amateur Radio in space, first as SAREX — the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment, and later as ARISS — Amateur Radio on the International Space Station.

“Owen Garriott was a good friend and an incredible astronaut,” fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin tweeted. “I have a great sadness as I learn of his passing today. Godspeed Owen.”

An Oklahoma native, Garriott — an electrical engineer — spent 2 months aboard the Skylab space station in 1973 and 10 days aboard Spacelab-1 during a 1983 Space Shuttle Columbia mission. It was during the latter mission that Garriott thrilled radio amateurs around the world by making the first contacts from space. Thousands of hams listened on 2-meter FM, hoping to hear him or to make a contact. Garriott ended up working stations around the globe, among them such notables as the late King Hussein, JY1, of Jordan, and the late US Senator Barry Goldwater, K7UGA. He also made the first CW contact from space. Garriott called hamming from space “a pleasant pastime"...(more at the link above)”

We have a couple of pottery pieces designed and crafted by the now deceased former Mrs. Garriott, a "Moon Jar" and a "Sun Jar" that we proudly display at our home.  You can see them here on my older blog post. 

Additionally, their daughter was in one of my college classes, taking it for dual credit, college and high school.  We did discuss her brother who later also traveled to the Space Station as a civilian.

I am a Ham Radio licensee but never did make contact with any of the Garriott's via Ham Radio.

Passing starts with "G".  Please read above of the passing this week of a work friend, Astronaut Owen Garriott.  We didn't see each other after I left the space program to teach Business courses at the  community  college.
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The 16th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
- the Letter "P" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with "P"; (B) A Favorite; (C) Pile; and (D) Reflection(s).

(A) Starts with "P": "Passing" starts with "P", my work friend at NASA Passed away this week (posted above).


(B) A FavoriteMrs. Jim's Potato Salad is the BEST, my favorite!! 


(C) Pile:  A "Pile" of brush by the road.


(D) Reflection(s): An inside window decoration found in the foyer at church this afternoon.  An artist came last week to give of his talent. 

Mrs. Jim and I also served at church this noon service.  I was a greeter for those coming in and we both helped with baptism.  Seven were baptized today, we have three more services this weekend, tomorrow evening and two Sunday morning. 

We also plan to help with baptism tomorrow evening and I will help again with the service. We attend Second Baptist Church of Houston, the Highway 1463 Campus of the town of Fulshear, Texas (link).  There are five other campuses scattered around the Houston, Texas, area.

The fine print:
- 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, https://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ for my Reflections Photo.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Astronaut Owen Garriott, Amateur Radio W5LFL/SK

I was saddened to read this today.  At NASA I worked with Owen Garriott when he first began training for Sky Lab.  I gave him his first lesson, "Orientation to the Sky Lab Cabin and Controls" on the Mock-up we had for training purposes. 

From http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-in-space-pioneer-astronaut-owen-garriott-w5lfl-sk :
"04/15/2019
The US astronaut who pioneered the use of Amateur Radio to make contacts from space — Owen K. Garriott, W5LFL — died April 15 at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. He was 88. Garriott’s ham radio activity ushered in the formal establishment of Amateur Radio in space, first as SAREX — the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment, and later as ARISS — Amateur Radio on the International Space Station.

“Owen Garriott was a good friend and an incredible astronaut,” fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin tweeted. “I have a great sadness as I learn of his passing today. Godspeed Owen.”

An Oklahoma native, Garriott — an electrical engineer — spent 2 months aboard the Skylab space station in 1973 and 10 days aboard Spacelab-1 during a 1983 Space Shuttle Columbia mission. It was during the latter mission that Garriott thrilled radio amateurs around the world by making the first contacts from space. Thousands of hams listened on 2-meter FM, hoping to hear him or to make a contact. Garriott ended up working stations around the globe, among them such notables as the late King Hussein, JY1, of Jordan, and the late US Senator Barry Goldwater, K7UGA. He also made the first CW contact from space. Garriott called hamming from space “a pleasant pastime"...(more at the link above)”

We have a couple of pottery pieces designed and crafted by the now deceased former Mrs. Garriott, a "Moon Jar" and a "Sun Jar" that we proudly display at our home.  You can see them here on my older blog post. 

Additionally, their daughter was in one of my college classes, taking it for dual credit, college and high school.  We did discuss her brother who later also traveled to the Space Station as a civilian.

I am a Ham Radio licensee but never did make contact with any of the Garriott's via Ham Radio.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Letter "O" ~~ Weekend Roundup

The 15th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
- the Letter "O" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with "O"; (B) A Favorite; (C) Open; and (D) Reflection(s).


(A) Starts with "O":  Orange starts with "O".  This was a plate that Dad kept on Mom's '74 Ford Mustang Ghia.  I found it in the trunk, but not it's mate.  Nebraska used both front and back plates back in '04.  I have he Mustang now and have 1974 Texas plates which Classics and Antiques can have.

Notes:  I wanted to show you the three Oranges that our Lemon tree produced.  We changed the name of the tree to Orange Tree now.  And Mom died in 1999 at the age of 88. 




 

 For this he came
Where the crawdads sing
Local Wonder

(B) A Favorite:   I have a little three line Haiku or better, a Senryū poem.  This one is also a "
Spine poem" for you that I posted on my other blog last week.  [click on picture for larger viewing].  The words to my poem are the title words written on the book spines in the picture.

We have been "writing" a Poem a Day during the month of April as this is National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo).  So far I am one day absent, the 7th.  I will make it up, hat is allowed.  You could jump in now if you'd like.
[ http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/search/label/NaPoWriMo%202019 ] .

- Books in the picture:
      For This He Came; Jesus Journey to the Cross by Bill Crowder, telling the Christian story of Easter; 
      Local Wonders; Seasons in the Bohemian Alps (of southeastern Nebraska) by Ted Kooser, Poet Laureate, and Professor of English; and
      Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, wildlife scientist in Africa and Nature writer (Mrs. Jim checked this book from our library, I probable will 'leaf' through it but not read it).


(C) Open: "Pool's Open" for the summer.  We've already had one day to reach 90 F here in the Houston Area (we live in Katy, TX, just west of Houston).
 (D) Reflection(s):  In the Hot Tub above you can see the reflection of Mrs. Jim's and KP's legs.  I may update this earlier but probably not.  I'm still working on my Income Tax.  Due Monday.
 
The fine print:
- 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, https://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ for my Reflections Photo.
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Friday, April 05, 2019

Letter "N" ~~ Weekend Roundup

The 14th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
- the Letter "N" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with "N"; (B) A Favorite; (C) Night; and (D) Reflection(s).


(A) Starts with "N": National and Next starts with "N".
"April is National Grilled Cheese Month and I have a tasty bolognese grilled cheese to share with you!"
(Picture, Quote, and article courtesy per Kevin of 'Closet Cooking," link.  I like his recipes, perfect for the male chef in your family, so subscribe at the link 
Next is a Test Taste comparing Kroger (store brand) Peanut Butter with Jiff.

Which do you prefer? 

The two ladies I tested could not tell using my test taste (note, I didn't run six samples as shown to be equal, it needs four or eight, etc.)



(B) A Favorite:  This is the new "Lady's  Garden Shack' at our cousin's home.  She replaced the one here below with a new Butler Building.

(C) Night:  My camera doesnt take photos at NIGHT after dark. 


(D) Reflection(s):  Coming or Going?  [click pictures for larger view]
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The fine print:
- 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.
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Friday, March 29, 2019

Weekend Roundup with "M";

The 13th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
- the Letter "M" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with "M"; (B) A Favorite; (C) Many; and (D) Reflection(s).


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asGhCioHqow

(A) Starts with "M":  "Monkey" starts with "M".  This Monkey in his cage lived on the grounds of the hotel we stayed in at Huehuetenango, Guatemala,  near the orphanage we lent a helping hand to.  We were there in October of both 2007 and 2008. (Guatemala things on my blog link)

(B) A Favorite: "M&M's" are my Favorite 'common' candy. They come in a sack and are found in many places, from grocery stores to vending Machines.  
Our daughter alternates between having a large Red Hot chewy candy (Hot Tamales) and some sort of chocolate candy for the season.
 




(C) ManyMany penguins inhabit the Falklands. There we visited a Penguin Reserve.   We spent a happy afternoon riding with the 4-wheelers through the bogs to where the penguins were.  (Go Read about it)
[click on pictures for larger size viewing]

(D) Reflection(s):   These couple of pictures I took on my going-to-the-mail-box walk.  I took the top because everything looked dumpy down by the stream.  Even the tree reflections seem dumpy.  Perhaps the bird set the mood for the afternoon.
 
The second I took for getting a record of  all the turtles sunning on the bank.
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The fine print:
- 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.
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Friday, March 22, 2019

Weekend Roundup with "L"; Little, Long, and Last

 
The 12th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
 - the Letter "L" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with "L"; (B) A Favorite; (C) Long; and (D) Reflection(s).

 

(A) Starts with "L": Little Boys starts with "L".  What does this picture remind you of?  Need a hint?  Think STATUE.  Read about it here or view a ScreenPrint copy (that I made from the previous link) here.


(B) A Favorite, (also Long) today:   This is KP, our youngest (of four) granddaughters.  She has just finished making a batch of SLIME at our house and was checking it out.  I was FINE, really stretching LONG.


(C) Long: This is the U.S. Highway 90 Long Bridge over the Achaffalia (flood) Resevoir coming from Baton Rouge.  Last week I posted from a McDonald's there.  The bridge is miles and miles long, there is a modern bridge south a few miles on Interstate 10. 

A Link to Louisiana's Long Bridges, click here.  Note, I traveled this bridge when I came to Texas to stay (from prior living in New Hampshire, via El Paso and Nebraska first).

 
This is my second Louisiana picture today, it is what we see after leaving the U.S. Hwy 90 Long Bridge, a Long stretch of Oak Trees.
 

(D) Reflection(s): I took this nice Reflection picture Last Saturday morning. I had just purchased a dozen donut holes for KP (youngest grandchild) and was parked in front of the Kolache place. I know, last week's Friday word needed to start with the Kolache "K".

(E) Last:  Just for viewing, this picture was taken of Calcasieu Lake south of Lake Charles, Louisiana.   We took a little side trip (link, we followed State Highway 27) going around Lake Charles, along the Louisiana Gulf of Mexico shores, up through Cameron and back to the I-10 Highway.

The lake was full, on level with our road after a big rain bringing some flooding. [click on picture for larger viewing]


We did stop at Cameron for a very nice Shrimp Poboy sandwich.  It was about the best I've had, ever.  It had over a dozen nice sized shrimp.  I've eaten half of it.


We bought it here.  Seating was ground level in the Little building, pictured in the forefront but we ate in our car.  We ordered and they cooked in an elevated room in the darkened area behind.  The steps you see at the left lead to this comes-in-handy restroom.  Grading the restroom, I would be generous and give it a seven out of ten.
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The fine print:
- 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 Poem Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved
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