Wednesday, November 19, 2014
My Alphabe-Thursday (5th), the letter "A" — Some places I've been starting with "A"
Andorra -- Wikitravel, Andorra link -- 2009
Antibes -- Wikitravel, Antibes link -- 2006
Aruba -- Wikitravel, Aruba link -- 2009
Australia -- Wikitravel, Australia link -- 2014
Austria -- Wikitravel, Austria link -- 1992, 2000, 2002, 2005
and the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas (I've been to All fifty states)
Andorra -- We went in 2009 and spent two night there. Andorra is a small country in the Pyrenees mountains, between France and Spain. We were traveling by car from the Toulouse, France, area over to Barcelona, Spain.
Andorra is a tax haven, with foreign (dah) banks, no taxes, and lots of gambling.
It is also a great place to ski. There was still snow in the fields beside our road in June of 2009 when we were there. The road was carved through the snow which was higher than our car.
Andorra is a nice for high dollar shopping also. The picture here shows a few of the stores.
Antibes is the next city of any size south of Nice, France. It is located on the French Riviera Coast on the Mediterranean. In 2006 we spent two nights at a B&B there on our way from Milan Italy where we flew in from Sicily (Naples airport) and going to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, 2006 where we were to spend another five nights at a small hotel.
- 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.
- 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 my auxiliary hard drive of Antibes but it got too late to get then out.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
News today, omen -- a 4-6-4-6-6 Tanka poem -- for Josie's Two Shoes Tuesday
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well, I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph
He didn't notice that the lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They'd seen his face before
Nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords
The English army had just won the war
A crowd of people turned away
But I just had to look, having read the book
I'd love to turn you on
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup
And looking up, I noticed I was late
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke
And somebody spoke and I went into a dream
Ahh, ahh, ahh
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall
I'd love to turn you on"
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Six Word Saturday -- A wedding
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Picture — My Alphabe-Thursday (4th), the letter "Z"
If it costs $0.00 (Zilch) then it's free, huh? Well not free, but there is a 28 cent meal. That is this cup of Maruchan Instant Lunch.
Ramen Noodle soup is a stable of the college kids. I went to the grocery store after seeing my dentist and the shelves were empty for my soup.
Pictured is my favorite, the Hot and Spicy Flavor with Shrimp and some vegetables. I usually add eight to twelve more cooked shrimp. I know, it runs up my meal cost.
When I was in college the first time, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the Tasty Inn next to the campus advertised "Two (2) Meals for a Dollar." One was the Tasty Burger, a small sized burger made of ground beef with some pickles. The other was a toasted hot dog wrapped in cheese with relish packed into a bun. With either came a small fountain drink and a package of chips. Of course tuition was $50.00 a semester, books were just a few dollars.
I asked her to save some chocolate Tootsie Rolls for me. She brought me a full sack. I don't see that on their kitchen counter so I am thinking that they went to the store and bought me a bag. She gave it to me at my birthday gathering (see below).
I also received another free desert from La Madeleine French Restaurant. Fudruckers Restaurant had a buy-one-get-one free hamburger and Beck's Prime had a completely free, Zero/Zilch cost to me sandwich of my choice. I chose Beck's Prime Blue Cheese Cheeseburger. It is a bit messy but still is my favorite.
Most years we have a family get-to-gather to celebrate my birthday. This year we met at Berryhill's Mexican Restaurant in the Heights. The Heights is one of the oldest (1800's) neighborhood in Houston (Texas). Berryhill's specializes in Fish Tacos (Link to fish tacos in the Heights, Houston)
Did you know that Houston has the most restaurants per capita of any city in the United States?
Here are some pictures of our gathering. Oh yes, the kids bought our supper. Mrs. Jim and I divided a large order of Chicken Quesadillas (recipe link) and had Diet Cokes. They also brought a nice chocolate birthday cake. [click picture for larger viewing]
Thursday, November 06, 2014
7 Picture — My Alphabe-Thursday (4th), the letter "Y"
Today I am linked again (this is the fourth series) with Teacher Jenny at her Alphabet Thursday Letter "Y" blog (Link) (My Older series post links are at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd series)
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Done and Dance -- for Josie's Two Shoes Tuesday
I will never forget that night, it was of all things, at my dance lesson for the day. We were taking a holiday, a Southern Caribbean Cruise on the ship, the HMS Queen Mary II. I was having some trouble with the Cha Cha Cha. My rubber soled walking shoes were a part of the problem as there is a lot turning to be done in that dance. At least the way we were doing it.
The dancing instructor took me aside and helped me as I had never been helped before. I don't remember a word she said. I do remember dancing with her. She followed my every move without my slightest nudge or pull. Never did she lead. I am sure she gave me good instructions because I really don't recall any troubles with my dance. I think we touched slightly quite often, why don't I remember that part better?
Besides her following my lead, I remember even better her build. She was short, of slight build, young, and very pretty. And Russian. My guess is that she weighed around ninety pounds. Very light on her feet, the best dancing partner I ever have had. She smelled good too, I don't remember any special perfume, body odor or smoker residue.
I won't forget that part of the night. Later there was a dance, the QM2 has a large ballroom with a dance floor as big as many roller skating rinks. Surrounding it are several rows of observation theatre-like chairs, behind those are many tables and chairs occupied by the dancers when they aren't dancing.
I have forgotten everything about the dance that night. And I don't remember how to dance the Cha Cha Cha. But I do remember my instructor and the events leading to the special lesson. I will always remember her and how good she danced.
I'm done with my story, let the chill bumps calm.
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Six Word Saturday -- Halloween Remnants
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
A Picture — My Alphabe-Thursday (4th), the letter "X"
xanthareel - yellow eel formerly used in medicinal foods
xanthic - yellow; yellowish
xanthippe - ill-tempered woman
xanthocarpous - having yellow fruit
xanthochroia - yellowness of the skin
xanthocomic - yellow-haired
xanthocyanopsy - form of colour-blindness in which only blue and yellow can be distinguished
xanthoderm - yellow-skinned person
xanthodont - one with yellow teeth
xanthoma - disease characterized by yellow patches on the skin
xanthometer - instrument for measuring colour of sea or lake water
xanthophyll - substance causing yellow colour of autumn leaves
xanthopsia - a visual condition where things appear yellow
xanthospermous - having yellow seeds
xanthous - yellow or red-haired
xebec - small three-masted pirate ship
xeme - fork-tailed gull
xenagogue - guide; someone who conducts strangers
xenial - of or concerning hospitality towards guests
xenium - gift made to a guest or ambassador; any compulsory gift
xenobiotic - indicating a substance or item foreign to the body
xenocracy - government by a body of foreigners
xenodiagnosis - diagnosis of disease by allowing laboratory-bred diseases to affect material
xenodocheionology - love of hotels
xenodochial - hospitable; kindly to strangers
xenodochium - building for the reception of strangers
xenogamy - cross-fertilization
xenogeneic - of a disease, derived from an individual of a different species
xenogenesis - generation of offspring entirely unlike the parent
xenogenous - due to an outside cause
xenoglossia - person's knowledge of a language never studied
xenolalia - person's knowledge of a language never studied
xenolith - fragment of extraneous rock embedded in magma or another rock
xenomancy - divination using strangers
xenomania - inordinate attachment to foreign things
xenomenia - menstruation from abnormal orifices
xenomorphic - having a form not its own
xenophilia - love of foreigners
xenophobia - fear of foreigners
xenops - a small tropical rainforest bird
xenurine - species of armadillo
xeransis - drying up
xerarch - growing in dry places
xerasia - abnormal dryness of the hair
xeric - dry; lacking in moisture
xerocopy - photocopy
xerodermia - abnormal dryness of the skin
xerography - photocopying
xerophagy - eating of dry food; fast of dry food in the week preceding Easter
xerophily - adaptation to very dry conditions
xerophobous - unable to survive drought
xerophthalmia - dryness and soreness of the eyes
xerophytic - able to withstand drought
xeroradiography - process for taking permanent pictures of X-ray images
xerosis - abnormal dryness of body parts
xerostomia - excessive dryness of the mouth
xerothermic - dry and hot
xerotic - dry
xerotripsis - dry friction
xesturgy - process of polishing
xilinous - of, like or pertaining to cotton
xiphias - swordfish
xiphoid - sword-shaped
xiphopagus - conjoined twins joined by a band of flesh on the torso
xiphophyllous - having sword-shaped leaves
xiphosuran - horseshoe crab
xoanon - primitive wooden statue overlaid with ivory and gold
xography - photographic process for producing three-dimensional images
xu - former monetary unit of Vietnam
xylan - gelatinous compound found in wood
xylary - of, like or pertaining to xylem
xylem - woody portion of a plant
xylocarp - hard and woody fruit
xylogenous - growing on wood
xyloglyphy - wood-carving
xylography - art of engraving on wood
xyloid - woody; ligneous
xylology - study of wood
xylomancy - divination by examining wood found in one's path
xylometer - instrument measuring specific gravity of wood
xylophagous - wood-eating
xylophilous - fond of wood; living in or on wood
xylophory - wood-carrying
xylopolist - one who sells wood
xylopyrography - engraving designs on wood with hot poker
xylorimba - combination of xylophone and marimba
xylotherapy - use of certain sorts of wood in treating disease
xylotomous - wood-cutting; wood-boring
xylotypographic - printed from wooden blocks
xystarch - ancient Greek officer in charge of gymnastic exercises
xyster - surgeon's instrument for scraping bones
xyston - short pike used by Greek heavy cavalry
xystus - covered walkway for exercises
I Googled and found the Yahoo.Answers.com for the answer for a seeker looking for adjectives beginning with the letter "X". You can count them, it is a bunch that they had, here.
For me, I picked my "X" word to be "XENOPHANIC: This adjective refers to itinerant poets who make use of satire and witticism. The term comes from the Greek name Xenophanes, the wandering ..." Google found it in a link, Literary Terms and Definitions: X, here.
I wouldn't say that T.S. Eliot was itinerant but he did like to use satire and witticism. I checked out from our library his book of his poems, mostly of which are whimsical I nature, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939). The book I checked out is a 1982 edition published by Edward Gorey, which has been "reillustrated" (Wikipedia link).
On eBay this little book of 56 pages sells for $1.00 and up, depending on condition (after I read it I may buy one if I want it to be in my collection). The 1939 edition sells for around $500 and up. The Old Possum was a name Eliot assumed when he corresponded with his children and he adopted it again for this book.
I dabble in poetry and mine often tend to the witty side. You may see some at my other blog, here. There are no "next page" buttons at the bottom so when you come to the end of the page that comes up you will have to revert to going to the archived groupings listed on the right hand margin.
"X" is also for "Xentor Tales" which are a group of micro stories I wrote on that other blog for Jenny back in 2012 (find them here).
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Today I am linked again (this is the fourth series) with Teacher Jenny at her Alphabet Thursday Letter "X" blog (Link) (My Older series post links are at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd series)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Mist, Moon, and Clouds -- for Josie's Two Shoes Tuesday
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Two Backyard Pictures — My Alphabe-Thursday (4th), the letter "W"
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Drawing cards -- for Josie's Two Shoes Tuesday
Becky tugged at her sleeve, saying, "Lucy, this could be our lucky weekend. Let's go back." So they did, walking sheepishly to the stall and then going on very slowly. Glancing shyly at the young man who had yelled before, Lucy couldn't believe who she was seeing.
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Monday, October 20, 2014
100th Anniversary Post -- Josie's Two Shoes
- This piece is written in honor of Josie Two Shoes 100th anniversary for her writing meme.
- I had the honor of posting for the first writing (link), her prompt word was "Shoes".
- This poem uses that 1st prompt, "Shoes" as well as her 100th prompt, "Anniversary Edition". Her link of others posting this week are to be found by clicking here.
- Josie left us this message: