Saturday, April 12, 2014

Six Word Saturday

my Six Words:
Bananas Foster Cheesecake made by Mrs. Jim



 

Six Words Saturday fine print:
Describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words for Six Word Saturday. Click the box at right to visit Cate's blog with Mr. Linky showing all the other blogs participating this week. Cate is the boss at Six Word Saturday. She would like for you to participate.
 
In case you counted words, I used Mrs. Jim as one word!!
 
Pictures are of some of the food at our latest Gourmet Dining dinner. 
The Menu:
Appetizer:  Roasted Shrimp with Lemon Drop Martinis
First Course:  Wedge Salad
Main Course:  Beef Wellington, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, and Broccolini
Dessert:  Bananas Foster Cheesecake

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Succinctly Yours


Zinger winced again.
Every "'Roo Crossing" sign. He yearned for her so badly.

Why'd she allow her picture on them?
Why'd she go and run away?

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A sampling of Jim's, click here: Aussie and N Zee, 2012-2013 experience

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

A double inverse Venetian sonnet

[Re-posted from today's post on my other blog, Jim's Little Photo and Poem Place]  
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Didya?

Ya hear, eons past,
two nuns, a priest, a gopher,
died, went to Heaven
Met St. Peter at the gate
Eighty-plus, four April Fools
 
Haha, folks, that's all.
Got their Obama Care. Now
deadline came and went
Double inverse Venetian
sonnet--nonesuch, April Fools!

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Today my double tanka is linked with Mama Zen at the Real Toads Word Count

Mom Zee's command:
- "Today, I would like you to write a double inverse Venetian sonnet using the traditional hexatonic goatameter. Your piece must include two nuns, a priest, a gopher, and a space / time paradox.  Please address either universal health care or twerking in the volta . . . in 37 words or less.
- April Fools!"

- I did pretty well even with the joke.  My 'Word Count:' 1 (title), 24 (verse one), 20 (second verse) (thats less than 37 per tanka so it was fudged a bit for a total of 45 words)

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Succinctly Yours


News Flash!!

"Girl Menace with Red Paint" famed artist R. Greign has been arrested for menacing his own family and pets with red paint.


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- GMa's Succinctly Yours Week 158 has links to other posts and gives the rules -
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Six Word Saturday

my Six Words:
You come, I'll clear the porch
 
 

Six Words Saturday fine print:
Describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words for Six Word Saturday. Click the box at right to visit Cate's blog with Mr. Linky showing all the other blogs participating this week. Cate is the boss at Six Word Saturday. She would like for you to participate.
 

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Why would the FBI Investigate FEMA Flood Map Changes?

Read this please:

FBI Investigates FEMA Flood Map Changes After NBC News Report - NBC News.com

Why would the FBI investigate FEMA?  Lobbyists?  Payola?  It smells BAD!

Bill O'Reiley (of Fox News fame), who says there isn't any Network original reporting anymore, where are you now?  I would like to hear you comments on this issue.

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"The (FBI) investigation follows a report by NBC News documenting more than 500 instances in which FEMA has remapped waterfront properties from the highest-risk flood zone, saving the owners as much as 97 percent on the premiums they pay into the financially strained National Flood Insurance Program.
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Further reading:
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Read part one, "Why Taxpayers Will Bail Out the Rich When the Next Storm Hits," http://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/why-taxpayers-will-bail-out-rich-when-next-storm-hits-n25901
Read part two, "Meet the Flood Insurance 'Robin Hood' Who Saves Condo Owners Millions," http://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/meet-flood-insurance-robin-hood-who-saves-condo-owners-millions-n26711
Read part three, "For Average Joes, Fighting FEMA Flood Maps Isn't Easy or Cheap," http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/average-joes-fighting-fema-flood-maps-isnt-easy-or-cheap-n23871"

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Succintly Yours


Ollie liked to dabble in pastries. Now at three she was Queen of the Biscuits.

 
But Robbie liked to dabble in cakes.  Now he was down under.

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This is the THIRD BIRTHDAY for GMa's Succinctly yours.  Congratulations to GMa!!
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Six Word Saturday

my Six Words:
Happy people -- nice highchair -- Happy Family

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Pictured are a couple of happy people, my wife (Mrs. Jim) and Martha, director of the Montgomery County chapter of Family promise.  The high chair was a gift which would go to one of the families being served. 

Family promise is an 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which helps families displaced from their homes to get back on their feet again.  The standard term of stay in the program is three months during which the family has a job or jobs, a  place to live, and most often a car.  And then a financial plan to stay solvent.  This is a tall order and there sometimes an other three month, an extension.
 
Housing, food, help with getting a job (which may include training and possibly continuing education upon graduation from the program) , the car, and day care for the children are the most pressing needs.  Local churches and church people are a major source of funds.  Grants are also obtained. although they have dwindled to some extent due to the poor economy.  Another source is from fund raising projects and fund raising drives.
 
A family in need may be referred to the Director or Assistant Director or the clients themselves may make application.  Around sixteen to twenty parents and children are considered a "full house."  These families week will start Sunday afternoon by their moving into church rooms provided that week by one of the supporting churches.  Meals will be provided by the church people of the church for that week.
 
The next morning it is breakfast and then off for the day.  Typically things are progressing for the families so parents or parent will be off to work.  If they don't have a job it will be spent job seeking and doing activities to find opportunities or to attend training for a job that will sustain the family.  The children go to school if they are of school age or attend child care if not.
 
 In the evening the families return to their church home for the week.  At around 5:30 a host couple(s) from the church greets and helps the families to be ready for a hot dinner prepared by a volunteering Sunday school class.  Many times the adult clients are in evening classes or have homework to do.  Church families come in to eat with the families, then visit with them or play with and help with the children until bedtime.  One couple will stay with the group overnight and help with breakfast and transportation in the morning.
 
The Day Center is where parents not yet having a job stay to make phone calls, prepare their resumes and complete application forms, prepare themselves for interviews, and things like this.  There they are assisted by the Director and Assistant Director.  The chapter has a van to transport to where the clients need to go if they don't have transportation yet of their own. 
 
Cars and furniture are provided by donations.  Some of the cars are trade-ins that dealers will give.  Other times someone will donate their former car instead of trading it in.  Sometimes the car is purchased by an individual or a group of persons.  The chapter gets them ready by turning the car over to a local automotive repair shop.  Cars donated by dealers are generally fault free, i.e. in fine shape to drive.
 
This high chair was donated by a local neighbor of the Day Center.  The young family receiving it was most happy for their youngest child having such a nice gift.  The father now has a nice job, one with family health benefits.  
 
Montgomery County Family promise has fifteen or sixteen participating churches.  Mrs. Jim is on the board of directors.  There are several other chapters in the Houston area for this much needed area of service.  Montgomery  County borders on Harris County (home of Houston, Texas).
 
Resources: 
- Montgomery County Family Promise Web site (http://familypromiseofmc.org/);
- their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FPMCT); -
- The National Family Promise Association Web site (http://www.familypromise.org/); and
- a Google search of Family Promise chapters near Houston (https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=&oq=family+promise+houston+texas&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGHP_enUS574US574&q=family+promise+houston+texas&gs_l=hp..0.0i22i30l2.0.0.1.651036...........0.g4lEsdxZJFw)
 
Check where you live, very likely there is a Family Promise chapter with a place where you can help.

Six Words Saturday fine print:
Describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words for Six Word Saturday. Click the box at right to visit Cate's blog with Mr. Linky showing all the other blogs participating this week. Cate is the boss at Six Word Saturday. She would like for you to participate.
Mrs. Jim's Status:
She is driving again, even alone by herself.  She is to wear "strong" shoes like her running shoes with a firm sole.  Also only light walking in shoes, heavy stuff she should wear her boot.  That was for this third month.  We still do the home therapy of 'bending' her two affected toes.  Next Friday, March 28, we are hoping for a complete release by her doctor.  Her surgery was on January 2 of this year.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Pun of the day

I hadn't done this for a while.  They keep on coming to me, every week-day.  This was Friday's:

The Latest from Pun of the Day


Posted: 14 Mar 2014 05:00 AM PDT
A high-class Lakota cook is a Sioux chef.

[Click to Vote!]
 
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My vote was one star.  You can't do a worse vote here, five is best.

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A St. Patrick's Day Shamrock riddle: 

Kelly Ripa told today why you don't want to iron your four leaf clover.

Her answer:  "You don't want to press your luck."
 

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Succinctly Yours


Michael loathed calling tow trucks.
But too late this time. The firemen had called one for him.
He didn't understand, his car wasn't smoking.
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

a "not" birthday -- Six Words Saturday



my Six Words:
My friend has no 2014 birthday

If she had, it would have been after February 28 and before March 1.  That would have been on February 29, on which day she was born.  But there was no such day this year, she will have a birthday in 2016 (February 29, 2016), a Leap Year.

So I sent her this "not" Birthday Card.

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Six Words Saturday fine print:
Describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words for Six Word Saturday. Click the box at right to visit Cate's blog with Mr. Linky showing all the other blogs participating this week. Cate is the boss at Six Word Saturday. She would like for you to participate.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Succinctly Yours


Sally and Joey followed Nancy and Bob quietly, trying to be forgotten. 
 
They were minding a proverb about learning "what to do" when older.
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Saturday, March 08, 2014

Double duty Six today

my Six Words (took X2 today):

Our Campaign Literature Does Double Duty

Voter propaganda -- Dog vomit scooper upper

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Sunday, March 02, 2014

Succinctly Yours


Little Emma squatted, looking at the image in the water. It was her twin, an identical and mirror twin. She loved that girl.
Like, like her!

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Saturday, March 01, 2014

Six Word Saturday

my Six Words
I like to shop friendly stores
 
What is your favorite friendly store?
 
A little hint, one of mine:
 
 
 
 
It seems that every time I shop at our local Victoria's I am treated most kindly and helpfully.  My age may help me as I am older than the average man who comes in. 
 
p.s.
1.  Mrs. Jim loves her birthday present (January 1), a pair of V.S's. red plaid long pajamas (she calls them 'Granny P.Js) and a light pink striped gown.
2.  I am more at ease at my other favorites, Frys (electronics store), Lowes (hardware and tools), Kroger (groceries) and Houston Amateur Radio Supply.

Six Words Saturday fine print: Describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words for Six Word Saturday. Click the box at right to visit Cate's blog with Mr. Linky showing all the other blogs participating this week. Cate is the boss at Six Word Saturday. She would like for you to participate.

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