Friday, April 03, 2020

The Letter "N" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections


The fourrteenth issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...

(THE FOURTEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "N" Prompts are: 
(A) Starts with the Letter "N"; 
(B) "Number" (Tom's choice); 
(C) A Favorite; 
(D) Reflections.

Again this month, April 2020, I am participating in the National Poetry Writing Month daily posting of a poem of sorts.  Mine are HERE for this year.  See "Labels" at the bottom to read them and other year's poems I have written.
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(A) Starts with the Letter "N":  "Nash" starts with the Letter "N".  This 1954 Nash Healy Le Man's Coupe was the calendar photo for December 2017.  I have every NAPA Auto Parts "NAPA Classics" calendar except for their second year, 1972.  The little sports car's base price was $5128 and it came with 135 hp I-6 253 c.i.d. engine. 

I am doing some cleaning this month so most of them may turn up if I'm lucky.  Also I have started the writing of a poem a day for National Poetry Writing Month project NaPoWriMo 2020.  I have written with them since 2015.

Nash was started in 1916 by Charles William Nash and went out of production in the 60's as a part of American Motors.  I was made aware of them just before WW II when my uncle stopped to tell us goodbye on he and family headed out to Oregon to permanently live.  They were driving an early 1940's Nash.  


[Photo by me taken on a Paris street beside a park]

C) A Favorite:  I had a 1960 Nash Rambler Station Wagon from 1963 until I totaled it out in 1967.  The kids and I rear ended another car because with the back full of heavy Newspapers going to recycle the brakes wouldn't stop it.  


 
(B) "Number" (Tom's choice):  It might be "Number 94".  Small Car ~~ I like small cars if they are hopped up a little.   This one is a toy decorator 1949 Nash. The number 94 was the Nash's number in the movie, Cars.

My friend way back when I was a college dropout and worked in a watch factory (Elgin Nation Watch Company, Lincoln, Nebraska) a friend had one of these when I first met him.  Soon after our meeting he traded it for a 1951 Chevy Convertible.




(D) Reflections:   In my cleaning, see item "A" above,  I found this photo of our daughter, Karen,  in her high school drill team uniform, standing with Mrs. Jim and I.  

After taking the picture I noted that a 'selfie' had shown faintly as a spirit family grandfather, it was Reflected looking over with approval.  Mrs. Jim hasn't changed a bit but my weight has shifted from my face towards the middle of my body.  Runs in the family.
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you wish).

(1)  What is your Favorite Number and Why?    It is Number 88.  That was the number for our 1934 Ford Coupe Modified Stock race car.  
(2)  What do you think of when we are discussing "High School Drill Teams or its Members"?   I think of the good times we had going to football games just to watch our daughter dance with her group.

 Bonus Questions: 
(1) what is your favorite "N" word?  This time it will be "Naughty"  It is hard not to practice Social Distancing all the time but we need it to protect others and ourselves during this horrible sequence of events with COVID 19.

(2)  What comes to mind when you hear "Nash Cars" mentioned?    I think of the 1960 Nash Station Wagon I had and wish I had an 1:18 scale model of one to add to my collection.
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The fine print:
 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large]
 - 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, (click here for his Reflections Photos).

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Friday, March 27, 2020

The Letter "M" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The thirteenth issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...

(THE THIRTEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "M" Prompts are: 
(A) Starts with the Letter "M"; 
(B) "Mixed" (Tom's choice); 
(C) A Favorite; 
(D) Reflections.
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(A) Starts with the Letter "M":  "My" starts with the letter "M . It is a powerful little possessive pronoun. A relative of the possevie adjective, "Mine".  Little children include My and Mine in their first group of words.  And they know the correct meaning of them.  

My Texas Bluebonnet pictures probably will only these three this year.  We are to remain in our houses here, 7 million of us until the Corona virus pandemic is over for us.  We think that means we should not leave and go to the county west of us not in quarantine as we might spread the disease to over their.  But that and farther west is where more still are blooming, fields of them. 
[click any picture for lager view]

 My Louisiana Iris picture shows our Iris patch starting to bloom.  We have given one bouquet away already.  These iris are from a few bulbs we moved to here in Katy a few years ago. 



(B) "Mixed" (Tom's choice):  "The View" was NOT MIXED today, they were SEPARATED with each broadcasting from her own home.  Working at home is 'Social Distancing' at its extreme.  



(C) A Favorite:  "Meet Me at the Bridge; but after 'Social Distancing' is over"



(D) Reflections: "Meeting at the Bridge" 
The turtle gathering place.  But on this walk we had nothing for them.  Must needs go to the Feed Store again.
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you wish).

(1)  Now that we are shutins of sort where do you ealk for exercise?    We walk in the Green Belt area and the sidewalks in front of the houses.
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(2)  What do you think of when we are discussing "Turtles"?   I think of the story, a fable, "The Turtle and the Hare.

 Bonus Questions: 
(1) what is your favorite "M" word?  This time it will be "Me", all "Mine".

(2)  What comes to mind when you hear "Walking Picture" mentioned?    Most times I think of favorite places I have walked with my camera.
I also think of Margaret who reads here and leaves a comment almost every week.  Her post shows beautiful places where she has Walked.  Thank you Margaret.
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The fine print:
 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large]
 - 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, (click here for his Reflections Photos).

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Friday, March 20, 2020

The Letter "L" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The twelth issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...

(THE TWELTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "L" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "L";
(B) "Lovely" (Tom's choice);
(C) A Favorite; 
(D) Reflections.
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(A) Starts with the Letter "L":   Lot starts with "L".  There is a lot of activity at our neighbor's home.  It sold and our new neighbor is making some changes and doing some painting. 

(B) "Lovely" (Tom's choice): "Isn't she Lovely" by Stevie Wander 
https://youtu.be/IVvkjuEAwgU 


(C) A Favorite:  Another Love, Chocolate.   Of  course the Rabbit is lovely, I'll add him to my collection. ( https://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/search?q=Rabbit&m=1 ).







[Click on pictures to enlarge]
http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2006/09/whats-difference-between-bayou-and.html
(D) Reflections:

This is Bayou Lafourche (pronounced-la-foosh) near Napoleonville, Louisiana. It starts at Donaldsonville and runs down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Originally some of the Mississippi River water was diverted into the bayou. A dam was built in 1905 cutting off its major water supply. Without that it becomes the lazy little stream you see here. (link to Bayou Lafourche)

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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you wish).

(1)  How well do you know your neighbors?    Another easy question for me, it seems we always know a couple real well and the others so so. We are the neighborhood grandpsrents so we know those with kids fairly well

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(2)  What do you think of when we are discussing "Rabbits"?   I think of all of them that visit our flower beds to eat flowers.  Since LAST TIME I asked this our neighbor put out a dozen pretty yellow flowers.  The next morning all the blooms were eaten.   Two days later the plants were eaten to the ground. 

 Bonus Questions:   
(1) what is your favorite "L" word?  This time 
it will be Love.  I Like the  saying, "Love makes the world go round."

(2)  What comes to mind when you hear "Bayou" mentioned?    Most times I 
think of Louisiana... 


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The fine print:
 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large]
 - 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, (click here for his Reflections Photos).

Friday, March 13, 2020

The Letter "K" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The eleventh issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...

(THE ELEVENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "K" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "K";
(B) "Keepsake" (Tom's choice);
(C) A Favorite; 
(D) Reflections.
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(A) Starts with the Letter "K": Keller starts "K". Hellen Keller is the only lady whose name begins with K on this plaque for our "National Woman's History Month" to be celebrated this March.  This week of March 8 is  also  the "International Woman's Week".

You may have noticed that Pocahontas is first.  I remember studying about her early in grade school.   Amelia Earhart is my favorite because of her exciting bravery.  Someday they may find her plane in the Pacific. 
https://www.womenshistory.org/womens-history/womens-history-month



Kind also starts with "K". March has been very Kind with us, coming in like a lamb. It is my Kind of Weather.   Some other parts of the country and world had worse.  Mrs. Jim, Daughter Karen, and BP were in Chicago earlier this week.  Those people's Kind of weather is rough!!!   Mrs. Jim was glad she had brought her Ear Muffs.
[Photo is from March 10 KPRC TV Noon Weather Report]

Note:  The orange cowpuncher hat was a reminder that our Houston Rodeo,  the world's largest rodeo, indoors too, was to be in progress.
IT HAS BEEN CANCELED after seven of the scheduled performances due to the COVID 19 pandemic.  We have had about 25 cases or suspected cases in our three county area.

As you probably know air traffic has been suspended from the U.S. to and from E.U. nations for non-citizens' in addition to our previous bans to several Asian/Oriental countries.  President trump idea. 


It has not been suspended to England and Ireland, they are no longer E.U. members.   There was speculation as to why not.  As of This Noon, our time, Coronavirus: UK live updates, 11 deaths and 798 cases reported in Britain 


(B) "Keepsake" (Tom's choice):  Kind of old, just a little bit younger than me.  It is my Hurst Gyroscope and is pre-WW-2.  It is sitting on the instruction paper which had the price, $1.00, but no Copyright which would have had a date.  Gyroscopes have been around a long time so patents have all expired.  A quick Google search found, "The Hurst Gyroscope 1940s toy! This is the precursor to the fidget spinner …" and was pictured as mine.

Other Keepsakes:  In the back are four of my Miniature toy cars, the taxi cab, on the right, and the truck carrying the flag, are the oldest.  My sister Lois gave the taxi to me and was wearing a  very high priced tag, authenticated by "Antique Road Show." 

In the link below I discuss it more and my real antique taxi, a 1920"s Yellow Cab.  Dad ran over it with his tractor. I had called it "my Favorite' then also, in November, 2019.
http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2019/11/the-letter-t-weekend-roundup-and.html

(C) A FavoriteThe Kangaroo Feeding with Mr iuis Jim feeding a rescue Kangaroo outside island of Tamania , Tasmania, Australia..

It was in an earlier blog, find it here, https://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2013/01/my-alphabe-thursday-2nd-letter-k.html?m=1 

Parts follow. " "K" is for the word Kangaroo.  This 2013 blog post was about the kangaroos and other animals that we saw when we visited the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, Tasmania (more).  The entire island of Tamania, directly south of the mainland Australia, makes up the state of Tasmania, Australia (map) (Google, Tasmania)."



(D) Reflections:  I took the scenic route to the mail box.   It was a mile plus in the green belt Flood Control area's paths test that are laced within the houses.  There was a duck swimming  in the pond  but it wasn't the day for her to take photos.  The water seemed 'Greenish', click on the picture to enlarge and you decide about the Greenness

 

Just before the mail boxes was this Kids Neighborhood Area Playground
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you wish).
(1)  How What has been your experiences with wild animals?   Most of min have been in the Zoos. Outside of the zoo, I think of the boyhood adventure when my dog, digging madly in hole near some brush, go sprayed by a Skunk.
(2)  Would you please tell a little about your growing up Toys.  Do you call them Antique"?  Do you still have them?  Are they valuable?   I My favorite childhood toy was a "Dick Tracy Camera" that took real pictures on 127 film.  I have several others, plus a whole log of grown up toys.  
 Bonus Questions:   1) what is your favorite "K" word?  I think it will be Kinky today.  Donno why.  
(2)  What comes to mind when you hear "Kangaroo"?   Until the trip to Tasmania I generally thought of "Kangaroo Jokes".

(What happens when you cross as Kangaroo with a pencil sharpener?")

Just in from Granddaughter # 3 




My ReplyTO MAKE YHE RECORD CLEAR, I DID NOT DO IT 
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you wish).

(1)  What has your experience with a wild animal?    A harder question for me this time.   It could be Zoos, I remember KP about two, hesitating to feed the Giraffe.  I think though, it might be the time my dog was digging in a whole and the skunk inside squirted her.  I was a pre-teen.

 
(2)  What was your favorite childhood toy?  Do you still have any of them?  I have a Dick Tracy camera, using 127 film that takes real pictures.   


Bonus Question:   
(1) what is your favorite "K" word?  This time it will be "Kinky".  I am not sure why. Perhaps because I was just ready for a walk and Mrs. Jim's computer erased this entire feature.   

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The fine print:
 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large]
 - 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, (click here for his Reflections Photos).



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Friday, March 06, 2020

The Letter "J" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The ninth issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...
(THE NINTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "J" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "J";
(B) "Jolly" (Tom's choice);
(C) A Favorite; 
(D) Reflections.
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(C) A Favorite:  Junior, Junior Lion King.  He is living at our home in the guest room.  In a cardboard box in the guest room.

(A) Starts with the Letter "J":  


 
"J" is for Junk Mail.  We get plenty of it, Not my favorite for sure.  I wonder if this New Zealander's box gets any of it.  About a fourth of the mail boxes in NZ seem to have some admonition note left for the mail carrier to not leave junk mail  in their boxes.  I hope it works for them.
 
 

Here are a couple of creative mail boxes used by the folks living in Port Chalmers, N.Z.





(B) "Jolly" (Tom's choice): Jolly Time Popcorn




(D) Reflections: Living Room and Kitchen Reflections after a house cleaning. 
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you wish).

(1)  How do you handle your junk mail?    Another easy question for me, it seems like that became my official retirement duty. Care and disposal of the Junk mail.  Note: we shred every address label to us on them before recycling them .
(2)  What do you think of when we are discussing "Stuffed Toys"?   I think of all those my mother had.  We pretty well divided them up when Dad sold their retirement home.  Mom.had died several years before.  




 Bonus Questions:   
(1) what is your favorite "J" word?  This time it will be "Jim," my name, a nick nsme for Jim.  All but one Jims  I have known are pretty nice guys.  I won't talk about the o e that wasn't.  

(2)  What comes to mind when you hear "Ready Poppef Popcorn" mentioned?   A waste of money when the microwave ovens make the popping job so easy. 
(3)  If you wish to tell of your OLD CAR or COLLECTOR CAR experiences this would be another  day. 
BUT THERE WILL BE ANOTHER DAY IF YOU'D LIKE.    
I've had several , all Ford products except one Dodge.  My '74 and '98 Ford Mustang's are the ones, probably last ones, I have now.
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The fine print:
 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large]

 - 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, (click here for his Reflections Photos).


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Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Letter "i" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The eighth issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...
(THE EIGTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "I" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "I";
(B) "Inside" (Tom's choice);
(C) A Favorite; 
(D) Reflections.
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(A) Starts with the Letter "I": "Icing" and "Indian Ocean" start with "I".  This is a piece of Mrs. Jim's birthday cake.  We were on a cruise,  her birthday is on New Year's Day  and we were someplace out in the Indian Ocean.

(B) "Inside" (Tom's choice): 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 have a Happy 

  and Hoppy Easter!"

[Sent in eMail by Warren, thank you Warren] 




(C) A Favorite: Red Bud tree in bloom welcoming Spring.  Our younger daughter says the Blue Bonnets are blooming along I-10 here in Katy west of Houston.  

The Red Buds are blooming all over, this one is a newly planted one is outside our eye doctor's office. 


(D) Reflections: A photo from India taken last December 16.  This was another pretty scene Reflection from our three hour backwater houseboat ride. Behind those palm trees are oodles of rice fields.  
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you wish).

(1)  How do you treat family birthday celebrations while traveling?    Another easy question for me, it seems like every time  i consider Runnung Away for my birthday Mrs. Jim and I celebrate it together.  Most memorable was a trip to watch our younger daughter run the NYC Marathon.   We took the subway to cheer her along six different places.  That was one of the years that P Diddly ran it, we cheered him too.

(2)  What do you think of when we are discussing "Rabbits"?   I think of all of them that visit our flower beds to eat flowers. 

 Bonus Questions:   
(1) what is your favorite "I" word?  This time it will be "Icicle."  I haven't seen any of those in years.

(2)  What comes to mind when you hear "Houseboat" mentioned?    Most times I remember how eating fish and chips at the little warf restaurant amongst the houseboats in Victoria,  B.C.. 

(3)  If you wish to tell of your OLD CAR or COLLECTOR CAR experiences this would be another  day. 

BUT THERE WILL BE ANOTHER DAY IF YOU'D LIKE.    

I've had several , all Ford products except one Dodge.  My '74 and '98 Ford Mustang's are the ones, probably last ones, I have now.
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The fine print:
 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large]

 - 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, (click here for his Reflections Photos).



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