Friday, August 18, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.07 -- "G" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of August 18th: (1) Starts with "G": (2) Candy: (3) Latch

(1.a) Starts with "G": "G" is for Guy the Gorilla (1946–1978) who lived in the London Zoo from 1960.  He is now a bronze gorilla casting at the London Zoo.  KP was four (4) and a couple of days.  For more information please visit Wikipedia here at  Guy led quite a life, he was even in movies.

(1.a) Starts with "G": "G" is for GT-350, here a Shelby Mustang GT-350 Convertible.  This one is a 1969 model for the August classic car picture for my August 2017 NAPA Calendar.

The car had a 351 CID Ford Windsor engine developing 290 horsepower.  That isn't super much, my 1969 Ford T-Bird Hardtop had a 429 CID engine that made 360 horsepower.  It would and has run away from these Shelby GT-350's

Below I have a link to some other of my NAPA Calendars.  1969 Ford Specifications: . I have the spinner hubcaps and the blue glass Thunderbird emblem from it.  That was okay as I sold it for scrap after it flooded in 1979 with four feet of water.

My 1998 Mustang GT specifications are
4.6Litter (281 CID) DOHC V8 = 305 hp @ 5500 RPM & 300 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
It is quicker and faster than either of the cars above because it is lighter.
(2) Candy: Here we see two water bottles from the Marriott Hotel near the Capital in Washington D.C.  Since they are disposable many guests take them home to reuse. 

The one on the left in the picture Karen brought home for me.  It is a new bottle filled with Candy Coated Reese's Peanut Chocolate blended very close in size to the M&M's that we all like.

On the right is a bottle I brought home with the Reese's when we went this January.  Now is has some sitting-around leftover candies.

The newer bottles have decreased in size.  They are a fill-your-own, water or candy.  They may now be smaller as to be less obtrusive when carried in a pocket.

To the right is a piece of Chocolate Covered Honey Comb Candy.  It has sort of a Butter Finger taste.  I've cut through it so that we can see the honeycomb.

Bees didn't make this honeycomb, it is a piece of mostly sugar and honey  heated to the candy stage, infused with baking soda, and then poured out on a baking sheet. 

Below I have copied a recipe to make your own.  We bought ours in bulk from Sprout's Grocery out of a 40 or so gallon wooden barrel. 

(3) Latch: We went to Jackson, Tennessee last month, driving the loaner SUV I blogged about last week and the week before.  My BIL & SIL sang a duet for the Sunday Night
Service at the Methodist church.  Winetta sang four additional songs after that.  It was an outside affair with Barbecue and fixings, soft drinks, and homemade dessert.

Jackson is a nice smallish city, population of  67,265 by a 2012 estimate.  (Wikipedia) Sunday after church and on Monday we toured the city and surrounding area.  One of my favorites was the little train museum with inside and outside exhibits.  The inside was the old Jackson train station but it was closed on Sunday when we visited.
In the picture above at right we were peeking into the Dining Car which was closed.  I am sure it had a latch with a lock to keep people out when things are closed.  We were standing between this caboose (what is that!!!) and the kitchen looking into it ahead.

Mrs. Jim is operating the manual switching levers to get a feel of what her daddy did when he worked in the railroad yards.  He died when Mrs. Jim was only seven years old. (Click on the pictures to get a larger sized view.)

The Polk House in Jackson, Tennessee, not President Polk's
Dr. M.D. Anderson's boyhood home in Jackson, Tennessee
Chocolate Covered Honeycomb recipe
Chocolate Covered Honeycomb Candy
A flaky honey candy covered in chocolate.
  1. 1/4 cup honey
  2. 1/2 cup corn syrup
  3. 2 cups sugar
  4. 3 tablespoons water
  5. 1 tablespoon baking soda
  6. Chocolate Candy Coating
  1. Combine honey, corn syrup, sugar and water in a deep pan on the stove. Stir together quickly and then turn the stovetop to medium high and do not stir again. Watch closely to keep from bubbling over. Cook until mixture reaches 300 degrees, about 12-13 minutes and a light amber color.
  2. While mixture is cooking, prepare a deep pan by lining it with parchment paper and greasing it liberally.
  3. When mixture is at 300 degrees or a light amber brown, remove from heat and quickly stir in 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Mixture will expand rapidly.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and let cool and harden for 30 minutes.
  5. When the candy is hard, cut into smaller pieces over a sheet of parchment paper.
  6. Melt chocolate in microwave according to package directions. Coat candy in chocolate and set aside on parchment paper to harden.
  7. Enjoy!
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Friday, August 11, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.06 -- "F" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of August 11th:
(1) Starts with F; (2) New; and (3) Self (portrait)

(1) Starts with "FFFF, or Fine Feathered Friends and Fine Finned Friends.

Mrs. Jim, KP, and I visited the Houston Zoo on November 1, 2011.  KP, here peeking around and through the bridge, was two at the time and really enjoyed seeing the animals and fishes.

I was at the Fort Bend Country Library, our branch, and happened upon these feathery guys.  Mother led the pack but the little ones scrambled for drinks.

These feathered folks are hanging out in our front flower bed.  Mrs. Jim has been giving them water.  Probably not needed now that we had seven (7) inches of rain last night.

We call them doves but they are much smaller than the ones we had north of town.  At first I though the larger one was the mother and the smaller one a babies about ready to fly.  Now we are thinking that they might be a pair, making four.

They don't seem to want to habit this nest in the gable.  We have not seen them fly.

(2) New: This is the New -- It is a 2017 Cadillac XTS SUV that we were GIVEN as a loaner while ours was being repaired.  It is for sale of course, as it only had 287 miles on it when we drove out the dealer's driveway.  

Now it has 2000 and a few miles. We drove it to Jackson, Tennessee, and back last week to see my BIL and out SIL.

 .....  and This is the Old -- Guess which one we kept.

Of course we are keeping the Old, we don't buy New and haven't during our marriage of 44 years.  The Old one has 106K miles on it, a 2011 Cadillac DTS.  The power steering pump went out on it and also the front suspension had a problem that didn't keep us from driving.  Supposedly it is all under warranty.

Update:  It was all covered by warranty with the loaner car, a replacement power steering pump, a conduit system that is fancier than a hose and including the towing and a front end alignment.  Plus a nice wash job. 

(3) Self (portrait):

(3.a)  A couple of Selfies of me taken in Spring 2014:  
-- me, my hand, holding a half eaten brat and sauerkraut sandwich, purchased at London, UK's, Borough Market;
-- then me with camera taking this 'mirror shot', Mrs. Jim, and KP all eating "on the street" at a Vauxhall (London, UK) standup eatery--I had fish and chips, Mrs. Jim had the hamburger and FF's, and KP had chicken nuggets. 
(3.b)  A couple more older Selfies from 2014:

Not my driving license picture, this one was taken during an 'honor Veterans breakfast' at KP's school.  No place like Texas!!
Older picture (a selfie) I wish was on my DL, I was much younger then.
Proof that I went to the DPS. I went to Huntsville, Texas, to get it done.
They are friendly down home, small town people, possibly with
a "large print" eye test chart.  The wait there was only 20 minutes.
My new license was for seven years and expires October 30, 2022.
That license will only last for two years due to age discrimination (getting Old).

(3.c) Selfie shots appearing on my blog, including these shown:
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Friday, August 04, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.05 -- "E" is for ...

Friday Hunt for the week of August 4th:
(1) Starts with E; (2) Drop(s); and (3) Happy

(3) Happy: Happy Cats appear a lot on calendars.  This calendar is a Cat Calendar that hangs on the wall between the breakfast room and the kitchen in my BIL's home in Jackson, Tennessee.  We were visiting him and his wife for a last weekend until yesterday (Friday evening until Wednesday morning.)

That was all in a loaner car from out dealer as the power steering pump went out in our car.  Our loaner was nice, a 2017 Cadillac XTS Stellar Black SUV with only 287 miles when we started.  Now it has over 2000.

I'll have a better picture next week or maybe "L" for Loaner week.  This picture was taken somewhere in eastern Arkansas of the car's Instrument Cluster.  The seed limit was either 70 or 75 mph.  I generally drive 'just a bit over.'

(1) Starts with "E":  Exoskeleton starts with "E".   For some reason I always called these a shell.  Well, it is really.

At the lower left in this picture is the shell from a locust who had outgrown his was in need of a new one.  My BIL think it belonged to a Katydid, but I wouldn't know.

Click on the picture for a much better view.  Click again, it might get bigger still.

(2) Drop(s):  Somehow I get the feeling that something dropped in here.  Or at least a few Drops did.
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Friday, July 28, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.04 -- "D" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of July 28th:  
(1) Starts with D; (2) Favorite; and (3) Photographer’s choice

(1) Starts with "D":  Dinner.  Here we have about half of our Sunday school class for a Saturday night Pot Luke Dinner.  The ribs at the bottom went fast.

Our class has about 140 members, last week we had 85 members and five visitors in attendance.  At least that's those who got counted.  Some may have sneaked in.

(2) Favorite
KP is our youngest grandchild.  She is growing more every day.  Almost to Mrs. Jim's height.

(3) Photographer’s choice:  First two are "Before" pictures.

Next three are "During" pictures

The top two were from Wednesday, the day we had 37 third graders.  Mrs. Jim and I volunteered to work in VBS (Vacation Bible School) this year.  Four mornings.  The bottom picture was yesterday, last day when only 23 showed for our class.
In the bottom picture you are seeing a paper plate percussion section playing their paper plates while the little boom box is playing and Mrs. Nan is directing.
We had 14 sections of third grade children, each class supposedly having 30 kids.  The first day enrollment was 2456 ranging from Kindergarten to 5th grades.  I don't know attendance for the other three days. 
Our church is a Mega church, Second Baptist of Houston with Ed Young being our senior pastor.  You may have seen him on TV.  Of the six campuses, we are outside of Houston near Katy Texas.  We became members because our youngest daughter has her family here.  This involved a move when they returned from a five year stint in London, U.K.
There aren't any "After" pictures. 
One would have been of two very large trash bins.
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Friday, July 21, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.03 -- "C" is for ...

Friday Hunt for the week of July 21st:  
(1) Starts with "C"; (2) Building; and (3) Something I wear

(1) Starts with "C":  These are not my Camel Bells (if I can find them/I couldn't).  (Mine look a lot like these pictured only newer, bright brass color with engravings.  I'll tag this post with a "Camel Bells  "Label" here and with a post of mine to come later showing and telling of my Camel Bells.  Click on this picture for larger viewing or you can see the ones on the right better by themselves at

I bought my Camel Bells from a street vendor in Egypt, probably Cairo, in our 1980.  There to the Sphinx we did ride a camel up the hill to visit the largest pyramid.  My pictures need to be scanned to show here.

Alternative "C", Clocks in our House.  The one above is an old English pendulum clock from the 1860's.  We have some documentation on it.  It is a gift to Mrs. Jim.
Daily driver if I NEED to wake up before I wake up.
It used to be Karen's who needs an extra loud one.

Watches with history.  One is my grandfather's who hocked it to get back
home to Nebraska from Arkansas where he couldn't make a living farming.
Another belonged to Mrs. Jim's father.  She bought an uncle
a new watch to replace his in order to have this one.
Finally one has been 'willed' to me by Katrin's deceased owner.
Clocks on our built-in Book shelves:
Three carriage clocks, British I believe.  Given to Mrs. Jim.
Three French clocks, we don't have them running.  They
sit on a large secretary standing next to the stairs.Given to Mrs. Jim. 
I also have a wall clock larger than these that hangs in my 'office'.
We also have my parents Kitchen clock, about 18 inches high, windup.
And an Emperor hall clock which we bought and I assembled.

(2) Building: The Trump Hotel in Washington D.C.  No, we didn't stay there, way too many $$$$Bucks for us.  But we did go there for coffee one afternoon.  Mrs. Jim and I opted for a nice Cappuccino.  We were served in the hotel lobby.


This January we traveled with Karen's family to visit BP who is attending college there.  While there we went on a campus tour and attended a play she had produced.  Some of those pictures are on another post.

(3) Something I wear:  Most year round I wear golf or sporting shirts and shorts.  The color fitting me is blue.  These socks I just washed, Iwash my own clothes.  The small pair was for Adi so she wouldn't scratch the floors.  But she would not wear them.  But she didn't scratch the floors either. 

I have twelve pair of the larger ones, always I can find a mate.

My most common shoe is a pair of  sandals.  Yes, winter too.  My best ones are a pair of Dockers Gladiator sandals.  They are made of leather and really were comfortable.  But seems hardly anyone makes them of leather anymore, they all are plastic (man made materials).

Once in a while Mrs. Jim has me wearing longer pants.  That would be for social events (not all) and church things.  A small percentage do wear shorts to church, blue jeans are the leader but not nearly half wear those.  This is a picture I took at church this week.  We were sitting about half way up, on one of the second section's front row.

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The Fine Print: - Teresa of Eden Hills, (click)is running this meme, Friday's Hunt. Her rules are: "Welcome to linkup for Friday’s Hunt. It’s very simple. Anyone can participate. The link opens at 7pm Friday Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm."

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