Saturday, May 20, 2006
"When you come to a fork in the road, take it"
Well, yesterday on our walk,
Adi and I came to this fork in the road
Yogi also said,
"I couldn't tell if the streaker was a man or a woman
Health check--blood pressure/heart rate 12x/6x/xx . . . . 6:55 A.M.
To Do--go with Mrs. Jim while she helps her mother with a bath;
Friday, May 19, 2006
303 Texas Wildflowers Pictures
Remember the copyright (Link)
2006 Winners . . . . . . . . . 33
Blankets . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Blue Bonnets . . . . . . . . . 67
Insects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Most Creative. . . . . . . . . 27
Paint Brushes. . . . . . . . . 16
Wild Card. . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Yellow Flowers. . . . . . . . 37
.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ===
Total pictures . . . . . . . . 303
Picture Web pages are courtessy of Abilene Reporter-News (link), Abilene, Texas.
My blog below tells some of the contest.
Texas Wildflowers -- link to them here!
This is a link to some awesome Texas wildflower pictures.
All images in the links are © 2006 Abilene Reporter-News.
Please don't lift them because they are all copyright material belonging to the Abilene Reporter-News, except the picture here with Adi belongs to me.
A friend of a friend entered the wild flower photo contest in Abilene. He did not place in any category, but they did pick the best ones after 1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorable mention and they showed the pictures.
His words, "my insect picture is #10, my bluebonnet is # 29, my blanket is #6, my photo for most creative is # 12, my paint brush is #5, wild card is #19, and for yellow flower it is #15."
The bluebonnet (link) is theTexass state flower. You probably have seen pictures of them. (my favorite?) Why don't you come next year. There isn't any law against picking them. More will grow the next day.
DAILY STATUS REPORT:
Health check--blood pressure/heart rate 129/64/75 . . . . 10:55 A.M.
ToDo--walk home with Adi after Mrs. Jim lets us off at the clubhouse; get a haircut; finish working on Sunday school lesson to teach Sunday
Trivia Question -- Beverly Hillbillies' Truck?
What was the make _____ and model year _____ of The Beverly Hillbillies' truck? Answer and winners will be announced here next Monday.
Were there two different cars, one for the TV shows, one for the movie? (Billy thinks there were)
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Eating with the Jim Bunch -- more pictures added below--click on them to enlarge
Ken Hoffman (link) today said:
ÂAnother sign of an improving economy: Tuesday night I was leaving Minute Maid Park when a Houston outdoorsman (homeless guy) asked, "You got a few dollars you can give me?"A few dollars?
I always wish, but never have done it, that I would have given some of these people a hamburger, maybe a MacDonalds double cheeseburger.
DAILY STATUS REPORT:
Health check--blood pressure/heart rate 124/64/76 . . . . 11:55 A.M.
ToDo--(besides eat with the neighbors tonight) work on Sunday school lesson for teaching again this Sunday; help Mrs. Jim with the pork loins; go to the driving range
Menu for tonight:
Thursday Theme Dinner at the Yacht Club
"Fried Chicken & Catfish"
Romaine Feta Salad With Lemon Olive Oil Dressing
Spicy Green Bean Salad With Grilled Pork Garnished With
Huevos Del Diablo
Sweet Potato Salad
Classic Black Bean-Corn Relish
Southern Fried Chicken with corn fritters
Buttermilk Marinated Hand Breaded Cornmeal Fried Catfish
with jalapeno apple smoked bacon hush puppies, tarter sauce, lemons, red sauce
Fork Mashed Sour Cream Potatoes
Cream Country Gravy
Fresh Corn On The Cobb
Black-eyed Peas With Ham Hocks
Southern Style Collard Greens
Fresh Steamed Broccoli With Toasted Pecans
Fresh Buttermilk Biscuits
Butter, honey, Cajun style hot sauce, red and green Tabasco sauces, pickapepper, and chaloula sauce on the side
Mama Lou's Own Strawberry Shortcake For Your Dessert
$15.95++ Per Person
Kids 4 And Under Free
Menu Service Also Available
Link to Bentwater facilities (
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Al Gore's Presidential Address
The Day after Mothers Day
The other Kolache type is more like a small sweet roll, with a patch of fruit sauce in the middle. Like strawberry, prune, apple/cinnamon, lemon, etc.
What does this have to do with the day after Mothers Day?
We went to Corpus Christi to visit a very dear friend, Florence W, who is now being cared for by Hospice at the nursing home where she has lived for the last couple of years.
On the way and also the way back, we stop at Hillje (link 1), Texas. That is on U.S. 59 a little west of El Campo. What is so good there is Prasek's (link 2). Prasek's has a bakery and a very nice smokehouse type meat counter. Of course there are cold and hot drinks and Texas souvenirss too.
Wealwaysy get some kolaches there and a sandwich to eat for lunch while driving. This time it was a big, poboy size, sausage and kraut. While I was getting the sandwich, Mrs. Jim was getting the kalaches. That's why we had sausage and kraut, both sandwich and kalache.
The kalache I ate for lunch yesterday while Mrs. Jim was playing golf. Adi got one bite.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
The Day before Mothers Day
We treated out wives very well the Saturday before Mothers Day, we took them to a picnic in the park.
We were the members of the Montgomery County Early Ford V-8 Club. Incidently, we are a local chapter of the national EarlyFordV-8 Club of America (link). Our chapter has 26 members and a few more cars than that.
We all met at the Brookshire Bros. parking lot in Montgomery and drove as a group to the Washington-on-the-Brazos State park (link). That is a one hour-34 mile drive, from Montgomery through the scenic green Texas hills. It was a beautiful top-down Texas day. A lot of people were out, they sure do turn their heads (our way) when we go by.
These last two are not "Early Ford V8s," nor was Herschel's 90's Buick LeSabre which I missed at picture time.
Ray's '60s Mercedes Convertible
Jim's (my) '98 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
Monday, May 15, 2006
Dancing with cats?
The history of dancing with cats includes the Hey Diddle Diddle nursery rhyme I posted (link) Friday. Seeker (link) commented [THANKS A LOT] there, directing me to The History of Feline Dance (link) for an understanding of Hey Diddle Diddle.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
There is a time for everything
(A Time for Everything)
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
I had heard and read these Bible verses many times with many applications. There is a song which had been popular reciting these verses. It is still being sung on the radio.
But they hit home Thursday when the minister at a funeral read them.
He was reading for the celebration of life and remembrances of a young man, age 46. This man had lived a very productive life, he held a high position in his work, was married with a very vibrant and loving family, and was active in his church and music. Incidentally, that church, a large one, the Terrace United Methodist Church in Houston, was packed for his funeral.
The reading affected me like the words never did before because this young man's parents are our friends. Our children are this age. But no matter how well (or poorly for that matter) we lead our lives, God has a purpose in our deaths as well as our lives.
This man's testimony about his love for the Lord was so strong at that funeral. We don't know how many lives were changed by his death, and the relating of his Godly life at his funeral. Even though his family and all of us are grieving for the loss of him, it all surely was a part of God's glorious plan.
The minister went on to read from the Gospel of John:
John 14 (link)
(Jesus Comforts His Disciples)
1."Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4. You know the way to the place where I am going."
5. Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"
6. Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."