Friday, July 22, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.04 -- "D" is for ...

For the week of July 22th
1. Starts with D
2. Week's Favorite
3. Summer or Winter




1. Starts with DDogs  Adi, Katrin, and Leashes

Adi was our Beagle dog, she died in September, 2012.  We are still missing Adi, she was my buddy.  Adi and I were a registered Pet Therapy Team, visiting assisted living and Alzheimer's residents and tutoring school children to read better. 
A few bits on my blogs for your reading:
(Adi's Meme Link)
(Adi's Retirement from Service Memo)
(Adi's Place of Service Work)
(A search here of the Word Adi)
As you look at these links, please click on some of the 'Labels' at the end of a post.  Much more Adi will come.

Katrin was our Toy Terrier dog, she died in November, 2014.  We miss her very much also.
Mrs. Jim 'inherited' Katrin when her real mother died of cancer back in 2009.  Basically she has been a very good dog, a lot better for us than for her former owner.  Some links to visit:
(Katrin's episode, "Toothpaste tube demise")
(Adi and Amber go for a walk)
(A search here for the word, 'Katrin')
(A search on my "other blog" for 'Katrin')

Leashes -- Leashes on dogs is a pet peeve of mine.  If there is an ordinance or deed restriction calling for all dogs outside their fenced yard to be leashed, then leash them.
There are other people on the streets and sidewalks besides you!!!
Our granddaughter, KP, is afraid of dogs.  Some children and adults are.

2. Week's Favorite:


Our KP is a pretty fair checker player.  Here she and Mrs. Jim had a little game on one of the boards on the 'waiting porch' of our local Cracker Barrel Restaurant.  KP's next lesson, either from her father or me, seems to be the 'art' of willingness to even trade pieces when you are ahead.
For new visitors, KP is our youngest granddaughter.

3. Summer or Winter:  Live in Texas and play golf year round.

KP had a new set of clubs for Christmas so
she and Mrs. Jim went out and played a few holes.
Some of the grass does brown in the winter, some more than others.
 

A spring picture
This is the 11th Fairway behind our Montgomery, Texas house. 
This house is for sale as we have moved to Katy, Texas.

 Two Summer pictures.
KP is getting to be a fair golfer now, her shots are straight.
On the right she is practicing her mid range game.
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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 Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.03 -- "C" is for ...

Jim, KP, and Mrs. Jim -- Goes with item 2, "Weeks Favorite"
as this week KP played with my toy 1964 Mustang Convertible.
p.s. (July 16)
!!!  KP is SEVEN YEARS OLD TODAY  !!!
 
♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
♪♪Happy Birthday Dear KP,♪♪
♪♪Happy Birthday to you.♪♪
 
 
KP's Happy Birthday Posts (click here)
 
[picture of a toy  1950 Studebaker Starlight Coupe, a cast iron model of my first car]
[for a list of all the cars I have owned, see item Four, here]
[I have quite a few cast iron 1:18 scale toy cars, this one included.] 

For the week of July 15th
1. Starts with "C"
2. Week's Favorite
3. Unique Perspective 


1. "C" today is for Car. Pictured here is a 1:18 scale cast iron model of my first car.  The Car is a 1950 Studebaker Starlight Coupe. It definitely was not a teenager car, it only lasted me a year.

The car originally belonged to my High School Principal and since I had borrowed Dad's pickup for over four months, he decided that I was old enough (until age 21 he had to sign for it) to have my own car.  And that this one would be a good one.  Elmer C. was a good friend of Dad's and had traded it in on a new one.  Dad knew that this was a good car, and it was.

The reason that I had his pickup for so long that while I was in my second year of college, The University of Nebraska.  I had broken a metatarsal in my right foot.  Since I was walking a mile to college or taking the bus, I really did need the transportation.  Then I dropped out in January and did not tell Dad about that until I had a job.  But I also needed transportation to and from work even though Dad did need his pickup back for farming.

I still drive my cars hard but my 1998 Ford Mustang GT Convertible pretty well takes the punishment. A 1998 model, that makes it 18 years old with 108K miles.

I have had to replace the transmission and wisely put in a beefed up model. Oh yes, we still buy used cars (my Mustang was two years old when I got it) and have never had a NEW car in the 43 years we've been married. 

2. Week's Favorite: Below are four of my Cast Iron 1:18 Scale Model cars, front is a 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang Convertible, then left to right, a 1956 Ford Sunliner Convertible, a 1937 Ford Convertible Coupe, and a 2003 Ford Mustang GT Convertible. 

I have others, still packed from our move last August.  I have owned one like the 1956, only green and white, and a 1937 Ford Tudor, but only for a couple of weeks (another story here).
 
This week KP asked to play with these cars.  At first I was reluctant but then relinquished and said that she could play with the red '64 Mustang.  I do have two of these 64's.  She enjoyed playing with it for about 30 minutes.  She is also the only child who has played with any of my toy cars.

The next picture is of where these cars are sitting right now, on my early 1900's Aunt Minnie Desk.  The pitcher

and glass set was my Mother's, now possibly out for the July 4th Independence Day celebration but mor likely they will stay there for a while.  The desk is in our Media area which we really don't use as it is upstairs.

The set should have eight glasses, two must have been broken or are packed in another box that we haven't opened as yet.  eBay may soon have our attention to find two more.

3. Unique PerspectiveBreakfast at Church with Themed Settings.  We tried to set a record for the longest breakfast table. Duno, it was about 500 yards long.  This was for Go Texas Sunday, you can see that theme always involves horses and cars and boots and western dress.  We ate good, real good, that morning.


I have an affinity for eating breakfast, as you can see here (click).  The next to bottom post will probably be more of the Church Breakfast that day.

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Our church is The Second Baptist Church of Houston, 1463 Campus (link).  It is a large church with almost 6,000 members at six campuses.  Ours on Farm to Market Highway 1463 has it's 2000 and is now one year old. Our Bible school class has over 100, composed mostly of people over age 60 and up.
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p.s. (July 16)
!!!  KP is SEVEN YEARS OLD TODAY  !!!
 
♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
♪♪Happy Birthday Dear KP,♪♪
♪♪Happy Birthday to you.♪♪
 
 
KP's Happy Birthday Posts (click here)
 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 Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter.

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Friday, July 08, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.02 -- "B" is for ... (Bird, Bank, and Buick)

Friday's Hunt for the week of July 8th: (1) Starts with B; (2) Week's Favorite; (3) Patriotic


1.1st. Starts with B:  "B" is the beginning for the word, 'Bird'.  The bird pictured is a large pool bird, a white swan.  This is KP riding on it, she can keep the bird very busy.

1.2nd. Starts with B:  "B" is also the beginning of the word, 'Bank'.  Here the two little pigs are enjoying being able to observe a 'Bank Holiday'. 

Do you remember reading the comic, the "Rubes"?  This comic can be viewed daily (Sundays?) at Go Comics (link).  The link will bring up the day's publication.

Rubes was created by Robin Leigh back in 1986 and was carried by our Houston Post, now merged with The Houston Chronicle.  The Houston Chronicle does not carry Rubes.  My picture was of a 1996 creation, October 12, which I had cut out and saved.

His comic characters are mainly from the animal world.  I think that cows are his favorite although there are plenty of pigs.

This year, Rubes® celebrates its 30th anniversary! Rubes is syndicated in more than 400 newspapers and other publications worldwide. http://www.rubescartoons.com/

1.3rd. Starts with B:  "Buick" also starts with "B".  This pretty 1953 Buick Roadmaster Convertible will look my way from my office wall for the rest of the July. 

My Uncle Howard drove Buicks and Grandpa drove them every other new car he bought, taking turns with Fords.  A spittoon carrier was bolted to the front cent hump for each one to make the car drivable.

It is the NAPA Auto Parts Classic Car of the Month.   I had to travel to Montgomery (Texas) to get my calendar for this year. Some of the dealers around Katy here weren't even ordering any. Our closest ran out way early, he obviously didn't order enough. 

I missed the first edition but have collected one for each year since they began to be published.  A few came from Dad, he would always have the current issue but didn't save them after the year was over. 



2. Week's Favorite:  Our 4th of July celebration was largely a success.  Since we are not in a city, there is no law against shooting fireworks.  I believe that every street in our subdivision, Cinco Ranch, Katy, Texas, had at least one house making a fireworks display.  (It takes an act of the Texas Legislature to make any one of the 93 Texas counties stop its citizens from shooting fireworks.)

Some photos and activities: 
I made hot dogs for lunch.  They are slowly replacing the hamburger as the Number One American Food Favorite.

Mrs. Jim made "Mom's" potato salad and her own recipe for coleslaw.  It was all good.  Sorry that I took a bite of my hot dog before I remembered to take a picture.

Billy and Karen and KP joined us for food and the swim.
 
 
In the morning before swimming and lunch KP and Mrs. Jim went to our community's common area where the civic association had set up a play area for the children.  I am sure they tied things down good in light of the recent accidents from loose bouncy houses flying off in the Coastal Winds.
 
KP's favorite area was the train (sorry, no picture) and also the face painting.  Some of the kids were getting 'arm painting' and KP opted for that.  Hers was a very pretty American flag with a few yellow flowers.

We flew our American Flag in front of the house.  The civic association had also put a smaller flag at the curb in front of every house.

3. Patriotic: Our church service last week was very patriotic, the huge American flag hung in the back of our auditorium and much of the music was oriented towards being patriotic to our nation (U.S.A.).

If you look closely you can see some of he people attending were wearing patriotic clothing. 
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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 Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter.

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Friday, July 01, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.01 -- "A" is for ... (not this big dog)

Friday's Hunt for the week of July 1st: 1. Week's Favorite; 2. Starts with "A"; and 3. macro.

1. Week's Favorite:

Guess where I was when I took this picture?  I was sitting there minding my own business when this large dog, (a bull dog?) that I was petting jumped up into the empty chair beside me.  Whew!!

Soon after that two ladies came in with the small dog on the left pictured below.  My new found friend was fickle, he jumped down to welcome and befriend the new dog in town.

I had taken my car in for a Texas State inspection and an oil change.  The owner has always had several dogs of this one's family, this time there was just one at the shop.



2. Starts with "A":  Airport

Here are a couple of pictures that I took while we were being transported, in a golf cart, to the United Hospitality Room at Heathrow International Airport.



The first is the area approaching the Hospitality Room, the second is of us exiting an elevator.  We traveled a long way but our driver was skilled.  She even walked into the reception area with us.  Sometimes it's nice to be elderly.

The next two are of a Men's Shower room in the Hospitality Room.  I rate it a Five of a possible Five


My restroom rating system is based on how much equipment needs to be touched when ones hands are clean. Nothing had to be touched, the soap, the water, the paper towels, the toilet (there wasn't a urinal), they all were automatic no-hands devices.
I.e. a perfect Five.


 
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We are starting the Alphabet over again with the letter "A" this week.  I did all twenty-six letters last time which was the first hosted by Teresa. She starts off Friday evening but gives us a Monday head start at finding items to post.  You might wish to join in on the fun?

3. macro (My use is as opposites of 'micro', as in I studied Macro Econimics the first semester and Micro Economics the second.)
Per Google:
noun:
1. Computing
a single instruction that expands automatically into a set of instructions to perform a particular task.
2. Photography
short for macro lens.

adjective:
1. large-scale; overall.
"the analysis of social events at the macro level"
2. Photography
relating to or used in macrophotography.

Now what?  Homemade Macaronic soup, anyone?


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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 Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter.
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Friday, June 24, 2016

~~ Friday’s Hunt v1.26 -- "Z" is for ...


Friday’s Hunt for the week of June 24th
1. Starts with Z
2. Week's Favorite
3. Today


1.  The letter "Z" is for Zigzag. Hardly anything in this world is straight. It curves or is irregular. One of the more common irregular routing takes form as Zigzag


The fence above is a Zig Zag fence (my name for it). This type of fence is free standing and the posts do not have to be dug in for it to stand up even under the very strong winter winds.  These fences are common along the roads around Telluride, Colorado, where this picture was taken. 

On our recent cruise (NYC to London) we were starting with the 'great circle' concept which provides the shortest distance.  But we had to deviate and Zigzag some for passenger safety.  The most notable of these was jogging to the south and east to get around an iceberg field off the coast of Newfoundland.  Even though we traveled wide open to catch up, that detour made us three hours late into Reykjavik, Iceland. 

2.  This week's favorite is in memory, of my recent travels, of London.  The garden pictures are ones I too while visiting Regents Park.  We walked there from Oxford Square. 

The 'Ferris Wheel' is the famed Big Eye along the Thames, which is also the river in that picture.






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3.  Today, our back yard garden and pool


Today completes the alphabet from A to Z.  I've done them all, I hope Teresa will start us over. 
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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 Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter.


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