Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Two Backyard Pictures — My Alphabe-Thursday (4th), the letter "W"

 
"W" is for Wipe, like wipe your feet. 
 
 
Oh shucks, I'm busted.
This is Katrin, our 14-year-old Toy Poodle.
 To see some other Katrin posts, click here
Today I am linked again (this is the first one of the fourth series for me) with Teacher Jenny at her Alphabet Thursday Letter "W" blog (Link)  (My Older series post links are at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd)  

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Drawing cards -- for Josie's Two Shoes Tuesday

 
Cards, luck of the draw?
 
"Pick a card, any card," cried the barker.  Lucy wasn't very good at gambling, let alone drawing cards for any card game.  So she walked rapidly on by the booth that Saturday morning.  They were at the county fair, she and her cousins came for a lark.  And possibly to pet some sheep when it started getting hot.
 
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.
 
It was the timid young boy she thought was so cute.  He was in the ninth grade, over at the high school.  Well now, he couldn't be a bad guy, she had always heard nice things about him.  Whispers passed between the girls, then they came to face the young man in the booth.
 
The boy smiled, blushed, and said to the girls.  "Who wants to go first?  I'll shuffle this deck of cards and you pick one.  Then you draw another card.  If it matches the rank of your first card you win one of these little dolls.  If you are able to match, then I shuffle them again and you draw two more cards.  If both cards match your first two you win a big stuffed animal.  Now doesn't that sounds easy?  Fun too."
 
"How much does it cost?" asked Sally a little sheepishly.  "Try it once for a buck.  Three tries for two bucks," said the boy.  "Lucy, you do it, I'll spring for a  dollar."  Lucy agreed.  This was her lucky day, she won a big Teddy bear.
 
The girls thanked the fellow and went on.  Everywhere they went that day, even into the sheep pens, Lucy brought her bear.  She was on hog heaven.  "I love that fellow," she thought, "such a nice boy."
 
Little did she know that part of the young man's job included learning how to fix the game.  Either to win or lose, depending on winnings that day.  They needed people in the crowd to see those bears being carried around so they would want to come win one for themselves.

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Photo and Story Copyright, © 2014 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved

- I am writing this for Josie Two Shoes, her October 21st writing themes to choose from were card and drawing. I used both as that worked out nicely for me.
Josie's link: 
http://www.josie2shoes.com/2014/10/two-shoes-tuesday-101-card-or-drawing.html
 
- I may return later to post a more appropriate picture when I find one.  In the meantime this one of KP eating an ice cream cone as she stood by the 'cone man' will have to do.
 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

100th Anniversary Post -- Josie's Two Shoes



 
ANNIVERSARY EDITION
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Congrats are in order, the tables set
Love our Josie, her blog has character
She's soooo nice, even rounding up her strays. 
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Strays like me who've been gone way, way too long
Posted for her that first day, prompt was "shoes"
It was September 4, 2012
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Photos and Poem Copyright, © 2014 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved
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- 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.
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- Josie left us this message:
"Choose your October 14th writing prompt from the list of past prompts found on the Two Shoes Tuesday tab!
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Josie's blogTwo Shoes in Texas
Josie at Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/wendyjoharris?fref=ts
Josie's new Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Josie-Two-Shoes/354429328062887

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

A quiz -- What's your favorite? -- Eleven London Pictures — My Alphabe-Thursday (4th), the letter "V"

My/Your favorite Vegetable is _____________(What?)
 
 
Left:  Mrs. Jim is shopping for some cheese (I know, cheese is not a vegetable)
Right:  Street where we ate, near Vauxhall Station
All Pictures were taken near the Vauxhall area or at the Borough Market in London
 
[You may click on any of the pictures for larger  views--try clicking twice!]

 
"V" is for vegetable(s).  My favorite vegetable is not these potatoes, commonly cooked as French Fries. 
 
My Top Twelve Favorite Vegetables:
1.  Pumpkin (best cooked in a Pumpkin Pie)
2.  Beets (Mom made the best pickled beets I have ever eaten)
3.  Potatoes (cooked most any way, FF's best, Baked, stuffed with BBQ'd chopped beef, are very fine)
4.  Cabbage (best cooked as sauerkraut, cole slaw is fine if not too much mayo)
5.  Onions (French Fried best; also Raw on the plate, not on my hamburger)
6.  Radishes (with salt)
7.  Broccoli (cooked most any way, not creamed soup)
8.  Spinach (cooked most any way, buttered with a little real bacon the best)
9.  Green String Beans (canned Green Giant the best)
10. Pickled Cucumbers (not raw, please)
11. Celery and Hominy, tie (Hominy and Corn Bread are the only forms of corn my colon doctor will let me eat)
 
I do not like eggplant or rutabaga and would rather not have carrots.  My colon doctor will not allow me to eat nuts and anything with seeds (remember Tomatoes are fruit as are Pecans) 
 
 
Vegetables and Fruit (aren't Vegetables) at the market


 
A couple of Selfies;
-- me with a half eaten brat and sauerkraut sandwich, purchased at the Borough Market,
-- then me (with camera, Mrs. Jim, and KP all eating "on the street" at a Vauxhall standup eatery--I had fish and chips, Mrs. Jim had the hamburger and FF's, and KP had chicken nuggets)

 
Rabbits are the ultimate in Vegetarian living; sheep are big on vegetables too
(Animal pictures taken at the Vauxhall City Farm)

If and when I ever come out of retirement to sell vegetables one of these vehicles is liable to be my delivery transportation.
 
All pictures are from our Spring 2014 visit to London. 
We stayed almost two months.
 
Today I am linked again (this is the first one of the fourth series for me) with Teacher Jenny at her Alphabet Thursday Letter "V" blog (Link)  (My Older series post links, 1st, 2nd, 3rd)  
 

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Six Word Saturday -- Lost things return

my Six Words:
Lost my billfold for a week
 
There was a knock on our front door.  I opened it to three thugs and two seedy looking women.  Uh oh. 
 
or this
 
I found it Thursday morning at the front of my dresser drawer, standing against the front piece.  I had been calling the credit card people to get latest charges,  and I had made every one (Mrs. Jim doesn't go shopping yet as she isn't fully recovered.  And she can't drive for another three weeks).
 
Katrin has nothing to do with my billfold except I found this picture of her looking sad.  I was beginning to get sad after the sixth day when I finished looking in the last place I should look.
 
I am linked today with Cate at Six Word Saturday headquarters (link)
 

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

A quiz -- Don't leave home -- One Picture — My Alphabe-Thursday (4th), the letter "U"

Don't leave home with _____________(What?)

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"U" is for Underwear, my underwear drawer tour is below
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Quiz answer:  Holes in your Underwear
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The underwear drawer tour:

Upper left ~~ Shorts with holes
Upper middle ~~ White ankle-top sox, twelve pair the same
Right side ~~ PJ's
Middle row -- White ankle (long) sox, six pair the same
Middle (three stacks) ~~ "A" shirts, holes in the back stack
Front right (two stacks) ~~ Shorts, no holes
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I do my own clothes washing.  Now that Mrs. Jim is healing from her partial hip transplant (repair a broken hip after a fall) I am doing hers also.  She may pick up this duty again when she has recovered enough.
 
Note 1:  It was a good thing than Mrs. Jim did not have holes in her underwear since she had go to the hospital and emergency room.  Her mother had always warned her about that.  Also don't leave home wearing dirty underwear.
 
Note 2: A link to my six-day underwear posts, http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/search?q=six-day+underwear

Today I am linked again (this is the first one of the fourth series for me) with Teacher Jenny at her Alphabet Thursday Letter "U" blog (Link)  (My Older series post links, 1st, 2nd, 3rd)
 

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Meet Tim -- Four Pictures — My Alphabe-Thursday (4th), the letter "T"

 
"T" is for Tim, my youngest son
 
 
Tim with Mrs. Jim and me
 
 
Tim with his younger daughter and her fiancé.
Jenna and Thomas will be getting married this month.
 
 
Tim with Megan and James, his
older daughter and her husband.
 
Tim is an ornery 53 now. He has a heart of love, he just gave his dog away to three children in PetCo this Saturday night on his way to our house. Their dog had been stolen and his just loved those kids.  Tim misses her as since he is single now the dog was someone who loved him to come home to.
 
He came to our house to change out the garbage disposal which had bitten the dust.  While Tim was here he also put the dryer duct hose back on, I am thinking tighter than I had been able.  AND he brought us some of Conroe, Texas's best BBQ from McKenzie's Barbeque.  That hit the spot for our supper.
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Today I am linked again (this is the first one of the fourth series for me) with Teacher Jenny at her Alphabet Thursday Letter "T" blog (Link)  (My Older series post links, 1st, 2nd, 3rd)

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Six Word Saturday

my Six Words:
Home from Hospital and Rehab Facility

 
Two weeks ago Mrs. Jim fell and broke her hip.  After a partial hip joint transplant (new ball installed in the socket) the following Monday and being transferred to a rehab center Thursday she was released yesterday to come home.  There will be out patient rehab next, starting Monday.
 
How did it happen?  She fell while going through a rail type fence because her left foot tripped on the lower board.  That happened in Trinity, Texas and we had to get her to our St. Luke's hospital in the Woodlands for the surgery of her choice.
 
Above is one of the many visitors Mrs. Jim had.  [You can click on the picture for a larger sized view].  This friend, Lynn, brought her Mike the Tiger from Baton Rouge.  Mike is the escort of Mrs. Jim's college, LSU.  They have an excellent football team.

 
Here is Mike standing guard by the flowers that our daughter, Karen, sent.

 
And outside Mrs. Jim's window, "Life goes on."
 
Photos and Post Material copyright, © Jimmiehov 2014, all rights reserved
 
I am linked today with Cate at Six Word Saturday headquarters (link)
and 
 
with    ("K") at the Real Toads, Friday Challenge (link)

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Six Pictures — My Alphabe-Thursday (4th), the letter "S"

"S" is for Stupid Crooks:

 
Stupid for getting caught between the posts of the sign

 
Stupid for attracting so much attention

 
Stupid for trying to escape by joining a car chase

 
Stupid for stealing a car with easy to remember license plates

 
Stupid for trying to hide in the checkout line of a Home Goods store
(its customers are all women)
 
 [click on any picture to get a larger viewing size]
 
Stupid for trying to hide behind Mrs. Jim's plush toy, a baby Mike the LSU Tiger
 
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Today I am linked again (this is the first one of the fourth series for me) with Teacher Jenny at her Alphabet Thursday Letter "S" blog (Link)  (My Older series post links, 1st, 2nd, 3rd)

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Mrs. Jim fell and broke her hip on Saturday afternoon late, September 13.  We got her to the E.R. at St. Luke's Hospital in The Woodlands (Houston, Texas suburb).  She was admitted that evening and has surgery for a partial right hip replacement on Monday.
 
On Thursday she was transferred to the Reliant (health care) North Houston for rehab.  This Friday, the 26th, we are expecting for her to come home.  She will continue rehab either on an outpatient basis or will use home health.  We hope for discharge orders for us coming to a rehab facility.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

A New Morning

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“Morning Has Broken”
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Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for the springing fresh from the world


Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass
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Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day
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Pictures Copyright, © 2014 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved
 
Top:  Our back yard on an early dewy, foggy, morning
Bottom:  New Zealand harbor taken from our ship's deck

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

my Six Words
Southeast Texas clouds headed to Midwest
[click on the clouds to see how awesome they look!!  Click again for more magnificence!]
 
Our rain over -- ready to share

I am linked today with Cate at Six Word Saturday headquarters (link)

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Two Pictures — My Alphabe-Thursday (4th), the letter "R"

 
"R" is for racing.  This is a 1965 Ford Shelby Cobra.  It has been a while since I took the picture, I cannot remember whether it is the real thing or a modern made replica. ( Idea link )
 
 
This is a 1934 Ford Three Window Coupe.  In the mid 50's we raced one of these on an oval dirt track in Lincoln Nebraska.  Mostly I worked on the car but occasionally I was able to drive it.
 
Our car was a modified stock class car.  That meant we could "hop" it up using any means that would not show.  The car had a bored and stroked Ford V8 engine.  This increased the displacement of the engine giving it more power.  All the work was done inside so that nothing would show.
 
The engine burned alcohol with nitroglycerin mixed in with it.  It was such  cool running fuel that the carbonator would often be covered with frost.
 
We were allowed to cut off the fenders and to  put on more heavy duty bumpers. We cut the fenders to be much thinner, sticking out only about four inches.  The inside was gutted and only one racing seat was installed.
 
We had it painted a light blue, almost baby blue.  Our number "88" was painted in black on the doors and on the trunk lid. We had two sponsors, one for the engine and car  and the other furnished our tires.
 
The car would often win its heat races but seldom would it win the "A" feature race.  Most often we would hold it back or I would drive it so that it would win 3rd or 4th in the heat race so that it could run in the "B" feature race.  We could win on that level quite often.
 
I do not know what happened to that car.  The engine blew but we put a sleeve in the damaged cylinder and put the engine into a nice 1940 Ford Coupe.  That car was a nice street racer
 
Our next "88" car was a 1936 Chevy Coupe with a 302 GMC engine made to look like a bored GMC 270 engine.  Any engine 300 cubic inches or larger had to run in the model car that it could have come from.  This was to keep out the 1950's Oldsmobile and Cadillac large overhead valve engines.  The 1950's cars were way too heavy for racing on our 3/8 mile oval dirt track.
 
A practical benefit of working with the racing cars was that I learned to work on my own cars.  I built a 'hot rodded' engine for my 1952 Ford that would outrun any 1955 or 1956 Chevy with the new overhead valve V8 engines.
 
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Today I am linked again (this is the first one of the fourth series for me) with Teacher Jenny at her Alphabet Thursday Letter "R" blog (Link)  (My Older series post links, 1st, 2nd, 3rd)

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Six Word Satrurday (another Jim Bunch Eats)

my Six Words:
Grandparents Day lunch was big hit
 
[click on picture for larger size]
 
We had lunch with our youngest grandchild this year at her school.  KP is in American (Texas) Kindergarten this year.  And of course she is the smartest kid there.  The lunch was good too, Asian sweet n sour chicken with rice, then green peas for another vegetable, cold tea (KP had chocolate milk), and apples for desert (KP had a banana).
 
Six Words Saturday fine print:
Describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words for Six Word Saturday. Click the box at right to visit Cate's blog with Mr. Linky showing all the other blogs participating this week. Cate is the boss at Six Word Saturday. She would like for you to participate.
BTW, today is National Peanut Butter Day (link).  I've already had mine, have you.  I will have more though.  It's also National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Six Pictures — My Alphabe-Thursday (4th), the letter "Q"





"Q" is for the 'Quack, quacking' of my ducks.
 
You can click on the duck at the right, He might quack at you.
 
Let's see some ducks I have met.
 
 

This giant rubber duckie made me laugh a little, Mrs. Jim is smiling.  Sitting in Sydney Harbor, it is a piece of art commissioned for the Sydney Festival.  It was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman [Zap2it Blog for more].  We enjoyed the Festival activities all over town.   Saturday night we went to a concert in the park. It didn't Quack while we were there.
 

So now, "Q" is for Quack.  'Quack' like the language that ducks talk in.  Quack is one of the first words that children learn when they are learning animals and sounds is 'Quack' for ducks or 'duckies'.

These two ducks are headed for a treat that KP and Mrs. Jim are going to feed them.  They have oodles of bread to make large bread crumbs for the ducks and the 'fishies'.

Below is a picture I took of KP and Mrs. Jim calling the ducks for for their treats.  I hear them now, "Quack quack quack quack!  Here Ducks."

My sister Lois (link) and I used to Quack to the ducks to get them to talk ('quack') back at us.  We still do this.  I didn't know until one day she barked at a dog we met.  I stared laughing and she guessed that I also bark at the dogs.  It turned out that we both try to get all of the animals we meet to talk back with us.
 
 
I found these guys at Kroger this morning. I am not sure why there were so many. Most of the new action was for Halloween stuff. Again, not sure what business yellow ducks have to do with Halloween. Do you?


(Oh, yes, today is National “Patriot Day” in remembrance of 9/11.  
It is also National Make Your Bed Day, try to make yours to take a load of the household care taker upper for a day.)

(you can click on any picture for a screen sized view) 

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Today I am linked again (this is the first one of the fourth series for me) with Teacher Jenny at her Alphabet Thursday Letter "Q" blog (Link)  (My Older series post links, 1st, 2nd, 3rd)

 
One last look at the baby ducks for sale at our Kroger Store.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Someplace I have a picture of KP's bath rubber ducky but it didn't show up where I thought it might be. Perhaps I'll use it for "B" for Bath. Mrs. Jim has one too but I couldn't find it either.

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