Friday, August 01, 2008

Have you had your car read lately? #002

This new Friday feature for JIM'S LITTLE BLOG (is anything new?) is appearing here. "When you don't feel like writing anything, post a picture." I'm taking that advice here.**
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.This guy speaks for himself if you can read the back tailgate [super size it to see] . I wouldn't want to go around telling people things like this even if I were a 'specialist.'

So what did I read between his lines? (Do you think this truck belongs to a woman? If so I am way off the mark with my reading and really don't want to go where she might lead!)

I read a super high or super low ego. Low in that he needs bolstering and attention.

High in that he is a braggart. I'm leaning towards the last so I'm turned off and will change the subject.

How about this,
his results?

Lets change to a new subject, YOU:


Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.
What are you?

I'm a Chevrolet Corvette!

.You're a classic - powerful, athletic, and competitive. You're all about winning the race and getting the job done. While you have a practical everyday side, you get wild when anyone pushes your pedal. You hate to lose, but you hardly ever do.
Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.

** This is not an original idea. Reading cars came from a sermon I heard last Sunday, brought by Dr. Roger Yancey, Director of Missions, Tryon Evergreen Baptist Association, of which our church, First Baptist Church of Conroe Texas, is associated. I believe my count of 118 was pretty close (link, you can check yourself).
I saw a few cowboy churches and quite a few Hispanic churches. All are within a 35 mile radius of our home.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

California judge rules early cell phone termination fees illegal : Christopher Null : Yahoo! Tech

California judge rules early cell phone termination fees illegal : Christopher Null : Yahoo! Tech

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A few days with our friends at their Eagles Landing Ranch in Colorado -- Colorado Holiday Part II

The second of three parts of our Colorado Holiday in July, 2008.
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Part one) (Part three/TBD) (All Colorado Holiday posts)


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This is our friends' ranch near Telluride, Colorado, where we would relax for a few days. The home site sits on a hill and looks out over the beautiful San Juan Mountain Range (link).
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Mrs. Jim is getting the lowdown from our hosts. From left to right, Roger, Mrs. Jim, and Mrs. Roger. Also in the picture are Luke, their (from the pound) rescue dog, Luke, and the John Deere Gator. Behind us is the barn, which is mainly used for a horse barn.
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Looking out from the porch are a couple of views, to the left first, then to the right, of the San Juan Mountains. The picture on the left is a deer we spotted on the road looking into the ranch.




Every evening a group of deer would come down from the groves to graze. Also in the evenings, the doe would gather their young ones that had been 'parked' for the day. Isn't that cheap day care? And a nice and tender feast for a coyote!

The elk would come in the early morning light to graze. During the day all wildlife was pretty scarce unless we went out to the hills and trees. But we didn't see anything but birds on our picnic hike to a neighboring ranch in the forest.

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You can see the 4-wheel vehicle we had traveled to Colorado in was no match for where we were headed. The original plan was to ride the horses over here. That was scrubbed because Roger had a lingering back ache. He thought the walk would do him and us good. We could have taken the Gator but those things are hard on backs as well.

You can see the ladies (and Roger, well out of sight) had gotten ahead of me. I had stopped to take this cow pie picture. Please click on it to see how big, fresh, and juicy it was. We never did see the cows. Could it have been an elk pie?
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Finally we reached the top. Somehow I didn't get Mrs. Roger's picture taken. Perhaps she was pouring the wine and didn't want any kids to see that. Even Luke had a nice lunch, we all did.

Didn't we have a wonderful view from this future home site! But better views were still to be had further up our hill. (All told, this was about a three mile hike.)
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So off we went. Again, I was bringing up the rear, taking a record number of pictures. The wildflowers and crusted tree limbs were beautiful.
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You can see the Misses got tired trying to keep up with our leader, Roger. He was out of sight by this time. Probably he was already looking at his favorite view from his favorite vantage point.
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And off we go again, with Mrs. Jim in the new processional's lead. You can see Roger in the left picture sitting on the bench enjoying the sights. They all were up there already when I took the second picture, they sent Luke back to see if I needed his help.

With Luke's help I made it. And shared the rest of my drinking water with him. Here Mrs. Jim and Luke are sitting on the bench also enjoying the hilltop view of the mountains across the hills and valley below.
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It was worth the climb. We all rested and enjoyed. I think the ladies finished the wine while Luke and I finished my water.
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Roger asked me to take a picture of this 'worm fence.' Worm fence posts are not anchored in the ground. Instead the design of the fence with it zigzag pattern holds itself up.

Also there are no nails or bolts used. Drilling into the rocky soil for fence posts can be done but it is really hard on the equipment. And because the rocks must be dodged, the fence won't be straight anyway.

We approached the farmhouse. I didn't tell of some stops in between our hike and getting here, in general we were just enjoyed the aspens, hills, wildflowers, lakes, and the likes that Southwestern Colorado has to offer.

Luke is happy, he can attain his position, on the lookout for deer, elk, coyotes, and birds. I suppose other creatures like chipmunks and ground squirrels would get his attention as well.

All good things have to come to an end. Roger and Mrs. R. drove us to the airport in Montrose, the daily flight to Houston leaves at 11:30 AM and gets in at 2:30. We gained our lost hour back.
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Doesn't Luke look sad to see us leave? He is a nice dog, he minds sooooo good. And he was really glad to see his long lost neighbors come for a visit with him. He showed off accordingly.

Luke, we will see you in Montgomery come November.


Of course, the Jim Bunch eats, wherever they may be, at home, in town, on the road, or like here, in the air.
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This is Continental Airline's snack. If this is a snack, my definition of a meal may change. We had crackers with peppercorn Parmesan cheese and beef salami, a bag of tail mix (I pulled the peanuts out for Mrs. Jim), a bag of M&M candy, and a whole can of Diet Coke.

Then there was another Diet Coke (my fave soft drink) and two cups of coffee for after dinner time, and an ample supply of water for my meds.
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I read my Blogstock '08 book, made by Ralph, from cover to cover while in-flight. Here I am reading Ralph's bio, it is most interesting, especially after meeting him and Mrs. Ralph.

Note also that I had my GPS on continuously when the all clear for electronic gadgets was announced. This picture was taken while we were over Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.

I like to look at the sky views and the different clouds. I took a lot of pictures, these beauties were to be found over the Houston area.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ruby Tuesday


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I thought I'd tell you about the rules of RUBY TUESDAY.
They are real simple:




On Tuesdays you can post any photo you like (it must be one of your own) that contains the color RED.


I will might post a NEW Ruby Tuesday each some Tuesdays.


Your photo can contain lots of RED

or a little bit of RED


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My post for today is a photograph from our holiday in Scotland in Spring of 2007.
This is daughter Karen making her call.

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Originated by MaryT, check hers for today.
While your are there, register one for yourself
if you have a red picture laying around to post.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Adi has a new friend (?) Will adoption follow?

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This cute little poodle is named Katrine. She belongs to a friend of ours.


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Katrine meets Adi for the first time. Adi appears to not be very interested in making a new friend.

We believe that this poodle may be needing a new home. At the present time she is staying with us although she belongs to our friend. Circumstances may be developing that lead to her being available for adoption.

(Are you God's child? Do you know he will adopt you as his child?) **



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It seems that both dogs are keeping their distance. About five and half feet here to be more specific.


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One thing of concern is that Katrine insists on barking at Adi. Mostly at a distance.

Here is how their first meeting went:




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6ibP2TEW7Q (at Jim1 YouTube)

Adi will have to get to appreciate Katrine if they ever are to live together as sisters should.

Thank goodness God will adopt any of who ask.


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Romans 8:22-24 (NIV link):
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?


Jesus the Way to the Father (John 14:5-14) (NIV link)
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."

8 Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."

9 Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? 10 Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

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