Friday, December 13, 2019

The Letter "X" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The 50th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
(THE TWENTY-FOURTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "X" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "X" : (B) A Favorite;
(C) Contains the letter "X" for '"W"ater' (Tom's choice); and (D) Reflections. 
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(A) Starts with the Letter "X": That would be "Xmas".  Very likely this will be our Christmas Picture.  (Remember, we are on Sabbatical.)





Letter "X" in eXtreme:  an eXtreme lot of fruit.



(B) A Favorite:  Shrimp Coctail is one of my FAVORITE foods.  Fish Stew is a close runner up.  My delicious dish here was full of Shrimp, Scallop, Mussels, (Moule), Octopus,  and pieces of Fish.  Also for this meal my salad was smothered with Anchovies.



(C) Contains the letter "X":  Christmas eXpress. 



(D) Reflections:  The scene is of a distant lighted highway along the coast of Kator,  Oman.  The brightest area on the left is from a small shopping center.  You can see the WATER REFLECTIONS better from viewing a larger size.  For that click on the picture once and perhaps again for larger still.

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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. What will your Christmas decorations be?    I They will be miserly as we are doing Sabatically things.  So far we have bells and holly on the door. We might add outside reindeer and an artificial tree inside.

2. How do you feel about Shrimp?   Like I said above, they are one of my favorite foods. 

Bonus Questions:


1. What is your favorite "Xword?  "Expert", i like to be the best.  

2.  What has your experience been with trsins?    My first train ride was when I was inducted into the army.  Since then we have used them some while traveling in Europe.

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 at Weekend Reflections, http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ (click here for his Reflections Photos).
- Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved



Friday, December 06, 2019

The Letter "W" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The 49th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
(THE TWENTY-THIRD LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "W" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "W: (B) A Favorite;
(C) "W" for '"W"ater' (Tom's choice); and (D) Reflections. 
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(A) Starts with the Letter "W. Woody starts with "W".


 So does 
Waternelon.  






C) "W" for '"W"ater' (Tom's choice):  Our Pool Water system is Winterized.  When the pumps are off It holds some noce teflections too.



(D) Reflection:  A Winter Window Reflection..


(B) Favirite:  Warden here is a Wooly Dog.  I"m on a bloggers Sabatical and she lets me post once in a while. I'll be' back after January 11 for pretty sure.
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. What has been tour favorite way to est set watermelon?    I generali eat it with a spoon.   I like best to eat it out in the patch without utinsils..

2. What are your tastes in old woody wagons?   I like early Fords best.

Bonus Questions:
1. What is your favorite "Wword?  "Win", I like to win..
2. What are your experiences with Dogs?"  We've hard several.  Adi was my favorite, a Beagle, we were a registered pet therapy team.
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 at Weekend Reflections, http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ (click here for his Reflections Photos).
- Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved




Friday, November 29, 2019

The Letter "V" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections


The 48th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
(THE TWENTY-SECOND LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "V" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "V"; (B) A Favorite;
(C) "V" for '"V"ertical' (Tom's choice); and (D) Reflections.

PHOTO: I googled "valencia oranges spain" for results
click here

(A) Starts with the Letter "V":  Valencia Oranges 

[click on any photo for larger sized viewing.
[click the picture again, most time for a larger still view]


(B) A FavoriteCandy for my Sweet Tooth, Christmas is approaching.

[An array of Vertical Antennas for sale]
 (C) "V" for '"V"ertical' (Tom's choice):  It's hard to guy a Vertical Antenna on the peak of a house top.  One year I did this with my 32 high foot aluminum Dipole but a strong wind blew it over.  

Where we live now according to deed restrictions I cannot erect any antenna attached to our property.  This is hard on Ham Radio Operators (Amateur Radio), hard for making emergency communications also.



(D) Reflections:  Mrs. Jim and I were outside the Pro Shop watching our granddaughter practice her putting in preparation for another Sunday afternoon kid's golf game.   I just happened to look into the shop window and saw this pretty golf course being Reflected.
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. What has been your experience with Citrus Fruit?   I cannot eat grapefruit because they interfere with taking Statins for my HIGH cholesterol situation..

2. What are your tastes in Candy?   I like Chocolate the best..

Bonus Questions:
1. What is your favorite "V" word"Victory", I like to win..
2. What are your experiences with Ham Radio Operators?"  I am a Ham Radio Operator with an "Extra Class License."  That is the highest class and had the most operating privileges', such as frequencies, power, ands modes of operation (example, Morse Code only on certain bands for some lower class ones.)   Each succeeding higher class, four common ones, have harder tests than the one below.  I started with the "Novice Class" which no longer exists back in 1960. 
How to become a Ham Radio Operator link.
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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 at Weekend Reflections, http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ (click here for his Reflections Photos).
- Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved

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Friday, November 22, 2019

The Letter "U" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The 47th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
(THE TWENTY-FIRST LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "U" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "U"; (B) A Favorite;
(C) "U" for '"U"niform' (Tom's choice); and (D) Reflections.


(A) Starts with the Letter "U":  Ugli Fruit starts with "U". I've never seen one but they are supposed to be good eating.   Read all about it here for google finds.  Photo here.

And beware of Citrus Allergies (link)


(B) A Favorite:  The start of a nice Chinese Restaurant Dinner, Hot and Sour Soup and, I call it, a Chinese Fried Cheese Puff.


(C) "U" for '"U"niform' (Tom's choice):  The U.S. Army combat Uniform has gone Unisex (source ).


(D) Reflections:  I like this Reflection but I'm not exactly what it is, I think perhaps taken from upstairs out to the parking lot at our church.

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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. What has been your experience with Weird Fruit?   I generally don't eat anything I don't know.  I might taste it if it sounds good.

2. What are your tastes in Chinese Food?   I like Sushi if the stuff in it is cooked.  Nothing raw except vegetables if I can help it.

Bonus Questions:
1. What is your favorite "U" wordUnless.
2. What is your take on Wearing Army Clothes as a Civilian? I wish I had my old Field Jacket, I finagled a brand new one just before my discharge.   But it went the way of "Lost Things."
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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 at Weekend Reflections, http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ (click here for his Reflections Photos).
- Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved

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Friday, November 15, 2019

The Letter "T" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

 

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Our Oranges from the backyard  tree had 87 edible oranges.  Some were fairly ripe and some needed more time to ripen.  earlier(1) (2)

We went ahead and picked everything, all 87 before the freeze came earlier this week (it is debatable if they would have been okay, the temp only got down to 29 F).  We had eaten a very few before now and then and some also fell off that we discarded.  
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The 46th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
(THE TWENTIETH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "T" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "T"; (B) A Favorite;
(C) "T" for '"T"wo' (Tom's choice); and (D) Reflections



(A) Starts with "T":  "Tomatoes" starts with "T".  On the above right, we in the South love our "Green Tomatoesl". 

At right, seems leaving stems on the tomatoes makes them cheaper?   


(B) A Favorite:  This cast iron old 1920's Taxi Cab is small, about Tootsi Car size,  but one of my favorites.  I also have a 1:18 scale newer model, 1938 or so, cab that my oldest son gave me.  

My sister Lois gave me this one.  It had a note saying that Antiques Road Show had valued it in the lower $1000's.  When I was small I had a 1:18 scale model Toy cast ironTaxi Cab but it was left outside and then it was run over by a tractor.  Ruined. 

(I have always thought the note was a joke.  Lois and I have never talked about that, it was rolled up inside and I didn't notice it when she gave it to me.)



(C) "T" for '"T"wo' (Tom's choice):   Two Riders is the rule for golf carts.  KP, our youngest, ten years, granddaughter, played in a Golf Tournament last Sunday afternoon.

Here are Thirteen Golf Carts headed out for the kid's first Tee Boxes.  Many of the carts were carrying three, two parents and a kid .  At right is KP sizing up her putt.  


(D) Reflections:  Here is a picture of our kitchen, Reflections on the cabinets and around.
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. What has been your experience with Tomatoes?   My colonoscopy doctor said to not eat seeds.  So I take every one of them out of my tomatoes that I love out before I eat.

2. What do you grow with your Green or not-so Green Thumb? I am growing an Aloe Vera plant that is around fifty years old.  My MIL had always kept it in her kitchen window above the sink.

Bonus Questions:
1. What is your favorite "T" word? Tomahawk is my favorite "T" word because I respect the American Indians very much.

2. What is your take on Oranges? I like my Oranges by the slice but juice is okay.
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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 at Weekend Reflections, http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ (click here for his Reflections Photos).
- Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved

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Friday, November 08, 2019

The Letter "S" ~~ Weekend Roundup

The 45th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
(THE NINETEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "S" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "S"; (B) A Favorite;
(C) "S" for '"S"ingle' (Tom's choice); and (D) Reflections


(A.1)  Starts with "S".    Surprise starts with "S".  When I was about a half mile down the road I was very surprised to see this fellow, a Gecko obviously from our front flower bed, clinging to the hood of my car.  
Gecko -- Wikipedia 

It wouldn't get off until I finally shooed it off after I had stopped for gas.  Far from its home it started a new one in a pretty flower bed beside the gas station.
The difference between Geckos and Salamanders (link, click here)



Texas Gecko
(A.2)  Starts with "S".   Strawberry starts with "S".  I like my Strawberries best sliced and in it's own juice, started flowing with a bit of sugar, over Blue Bell Lite Homemade Vanilla ice cream.  






Next best to me is

Strawberry Preserves spread over a slice of a warm from the oven homemade flour biscuit. 



(B) A Favorite:  The letter opener tells it all.  This kind of Navy Seals is in the 'unsealing business.'  

It was in the goodie bag that my SIL received at a golf tournament. He tied for First place but was awarded the trophy for Second place as he lost to the other fellow in a "score card playoff."   
[click picture for larger view -- click again for extra large] 
(C) "S" for '"S"ingle' (Tom's choice):  Single bananas at the grocery store produce isle.
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. What has been your experience with Geckos? .We have been overrun by them.  Don't leave a door open for long or some will come inside.

2. What do you use to open letters?  I use an old thing butcher knife that Mrs. Jim was throwing away.  It has a wooden handle, real wood.  

Bonus Questions:
1. What is your favorite "S" word?   Samballat, he was a rabble rouser in the Bible when they were trying to rebuild the walls that had been destroyed. (click here, Reference link) 

2. What is your take on Strawberries? I like my Stawberries out of the patch better than the two I wrote about above.
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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 at Weekend Reflections, http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ (click here) for his Reflections Photos.

 - Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved

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Friday, November 01, 2019

The Letter "R" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The 44th issue of Weekend Roundup for this year... 
(THE EIGHTEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "R" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "R"; (B) A Favorite;
(C) "R" for '"R"ed' (Tom's choice); and (D) Reflections 


 

(A.1) Starts with the Letter "R":   Rhubarb starts with "R".  In July 2017 Mrs. Jim, KP (our youngest of four granddaughters), and I drove to Nebraska to visit my cousins. 

These pictures I took in my cousin Jean's garden.  KP and I were picking her Rhubarb and we were pleased to have her give these to take back home to Texas with us.  KP is standing besides the tomato plants.

Mrs. Jim later would make us some Rhubarb Pie when we got home.  This was a nice treat for us as Rhubarb does not grow as far south as we live.  In the background is pictured one of her corn fields.


(A.2) Starts with the Letter "R":  Robbed, Robbery, and Robbers start with the letter "R".  

We were Robbed  this last Tuesday, Robbers took/stole the green garbage can showing here.  It came with the house and is for Recycle Items.  A new one will cost us $65 from the garbage disposal company.

(A.3) Also starts with Letter "R":  This little Rabbit (look closely, at the Right) found 
time to rest from his afternoon Run

The Rabbits have Free Range of our backyard, as do Alligators.  They both were here first and so have been given a lifetime pardon in our Deed Restrictions.

We do use deer and Rabbit Repellent on our flowers that to them are better eating than the stuff in Mr. McGoo's Garden.  

So far no alligators here but the Sheriff Department would take them back to the green area waters or to the Brazos Wildlife Park.  For sure they won't be killed but they will be Removed if they become mean.


(B) A Favorite:   These signs show good RestRoom Rules.  I Rated this one a Five (5) because it is our best local just sitting and eating Restaurant, La Madeleine, and that their Restrooms are always clean and picked up and have pictures. 
[click on the picture once and then once again for larger sizes]


(C) "R" for '"R"ed' (Tom's choice):  A couple of nice old Red Gas Pumps, someplace in Texas.  

I picked this up a while back from an online "Only in Texas" website but don't know much more like dates.  If I did know I would give credit.  There is one for your state, I get Texas, Nebraska, and Louisiana regularly.


(D) Reflections:  The Red in these Red Roses didn't reflect like I wanted them to but here they are anyway.  The pool ledges though not pretty did reflect well.  Like the Rabbit picture above, this is another photo that I took in our back yard. 
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. What kind of animals are running around in your backyard?  Are you allowed to trap or shoot them? Yes.  We are plagued with birds and rabbitits.  Can't get rid of them, deed restrictions.

2. What type of old things interest you?  I am most interested in older cars.  I have my mom's 1974 Ford Mustang II in our garage now.  It is pristine.  I sold my 1950 Ford when we moved here.  I also have a 1:16 scale cast iron older model car collection, about 30 cars.  

Bonus Questions:
1. What is your favorite "R" word?  "R .  The Roulett wheel on "Jeopardy" is my favorite.   

2. What have you had stolen? Before Mrs jim and I married a thief broke into my apartment and stole my goodies.  Another time my motorcycle was stolen, they cut my chain.  But the Houston Police knocked on the door, the thief had downed it and he went into a muddy field.  == "rrrrrr".  

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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 at Weekend Reflections, http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ (click here) for his Reflections Photos.

 - Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved

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Friday, October 25, 2019

The Letter "Q" ~~ Rev 04 - Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The 43rd issue of Weekend Roundup for this year...
(THE SEVENTEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "Q" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "Q"; (B) A Favorite;
(C) "Q" for '"Q"uite' (Tom's choice); and (D) Reflections

[photo from Wikipedia -- Quince, Van Gogh]
[click to enlarge, once or twice]
(A) Starts with the Letter "Q": The fruit, Quince, starts with "Q".  Quince isn't very good eating raw, even with salt. But it is delicious when cooked, pie will be my choice. 
Quince Recipes googled, click here 


(B) A Favorite:  This Wednesday, October 30, is my birthday.  It's a big one in that I've lived so long but more so that the number does not end in zero or five.  

Still I might run away.  I have done that before and Mrs. Jim always comes with me.



Then after a nice meal comes a good nap!

(C) "Q" for '"Q"uiet' (Tom's choice):  Shhh!!!

Please be Quiet, dogs are sleeping.  Both of these dogs of ours are playing and sleeping NOW in Doggie Heaven.  

To read about Adi and Katrin, Beagle and Toy Poodle, start by clicking here. 


(D) Reflections:  Window facing the Parking Lot at our local McDonald's. 


(E) A Lagniappe for you:  A couple of Halloween Holiday Items I wouldn't want you to miss.  The Blue Pumpkins  were for sale at our local Kroger Store and the cute Scare Crow was at our church lobby for a photo op for families.

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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. Does the little celebration at Halloween make you feel happier? If not, why not? Yes. It reminds me of the time that I went Trick or Treating with my kids.  Now it's grandkids and greats but someone else goes with them.

2. What is the Whacky Halloween item that you have seen, or own?  Mine is actually cute, a couple of seedy scare crow folk, man an wife. 

Bonus Questions:
1. What is your favorite "Q" word?  "Quaint" is my favorite "Q" word because I love going to antique stores where perhaps I will find something old to add to my collection.  An old toy, preferably some with wheels.  Or a cup to add to my Texas Bluebonnet Cup collection.

2. What are your thoughts about Scare Crows?  I always wanted to make a real one but never got the job done.
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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 at Weekend Reflections, http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ (click here) for my Reflections Photo.- Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved

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