Thursday, September 13, 2012

— My Alphabe-Thursday — "Q" — Things in a Row — Two Questions —

Mrs. Jim standing on the balcony of our first B&B in Quebec City
(Please notice all of the windows and balconies in a row.)

"Q" was going to be for Quebec City, Canada. Mrs. Jim and I spent four nights and three days there in two different Bed and Breakfast Hotels. We flew to Quebec City from Houston, Texas and then rented a car. After Quebec City we drove to Montreal, Canada, for a three night stay in a luxury resort that Mrs. Jim bid on and won. Then we drove back to Quebec City and flew home to Houston.

I say "Q" was going to be for Quebec City and that is right. All of my pictures were on my Gateway computer that crashed. I thought that I had all my picture files backed up but that file is missing. I do have the original flash memory card for the camera but I can't find it very quickly. Besides this picture I have a few more in the two blogs that I wrote about our Quebec City holiday (link).

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. 

Besides the ducks and the fish a herd of turtles also came to eat bread pieces. I caught them in a Row here which will work out really good for my Thursday Things in a Row post. You can click on any picture to make it full screen. Click it again to get extra large sized.


"Q" for Quack is also Quack for the doctors who really don't know the first thing about what they are doing.  My sister Lois (link) has a doctor aptly named for an act that doctors should not be doing to their patients.  This is a family flog that I keep so be assured that this act is not obscene or vulgar.  But I wouldn't want to go to a doctor with that name unless he or she had an excellent reputation concerning his medical knowledge and skills.
The Quilt was made for sale by the Auxiliary, the volunteer guys and ladies pushing the wheel chairs and sitting at the public relations desks.  This particular auxiliary unit was from the Herman Memorial Woodlands Hospital.  In turn, the Woodlands mall bought it for a part of a display in their Food Court.  Just remember that good doctors and Quacks alike work at the hospitals and in the surrounding offices.

The Quilt hanging will also will work out really good for my today's Thursday Things in a Row post.
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I posted the above for Alphabe-Thursday 'Q' assignments with Miss Jenny at the head of the class. You can find her by clicking right here.
My post is also for Pat's Thursday Things in a Row.  You can find the things in the row in a couple of my pictures here, especially in the balconies and windows, the turtle picture, and squares imbedded in the quilt.  You may find other rows. 
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Here next is my Thursday Two Questions post for Amanda:
I really enjoyed your responses to my Paris pictures last week.
My Two Questions for this week (you can answer just one if you wish):

1. Have you ever been to Quebec City?  If your answer was yes, what special place of interest did you like to see or do? If it was no, then what might you like to do do when and if you could go?
Again, walking around is the best. Almost as good were visiting the various museums and historical sites. My favorite was the Changing of the Guard at La CitadelleHere is a YouTube video of this.  I also took a video but like I said earlier, it was lost for now with the crashing of my Gateway lap top.  The food was also excellent, you can see a picture of the half rack of ribs they served me as shown in my Quebec City posts.
2. How much do you trust your doctor with?  Have you ever had a Quack doctor?
I have had what I call a pill pusher doctor.  He prescribed a pill for everything without doing tests or really knowing what my problem was.  Then if the pills didn't work he would try another set of pills on me.
Bonus Question, # 1 or # 2 or both:
# 1:  What would be your favorite "Q" word?
# 2:  What are your experiences with quacking ducks?
# 2 (my pick):  When I was growing up on the Nebraska farm my sister Lois (link) was given two ducks one year for Easter.  The ducks became pets but one died.  We didn't ever see its body so either Dad was protecting us kids from that or he had brought it up to his mother, my grandma, to cook for the Christmas dinner.
One problem with having ducks for farmyard pets is that they are terribly messy fowls.  By that I mean that they would poop often and everywhere.  Before coming into the house we always had to check our feet to be sure they didn't have duck mess on them.  Mrs. Jim would have had us taking off our shoes as a precaution I am sure.

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I haven't been to Quebec before and do question doctors so normally stick to the ones that I know.
The herd of turtles is too cute!
I haven't been to Quebec City, only part of Canada on the Western side.

I'm not very trusting of doctors. If they want to do a test or give me medications I want to know why and the effects. I'm not one for taking medicine and don't except on rare occasions.

I just came from another blog that was playing a song by one of my favorite groups, Queen.

We have a beautiful city park with an aviary that I love to visit. There are ducks in the aviary and in the nearby lake.
I love LOVE your post. I hope you will find the lost pictures somehow. I have yet to go to Quebec, will be on my list of to do. I am so amazed by your stories and I do quack back too..LOL Mine is here

You have really fun photos of the ducks and the cute turtles. I hope you are able to retrieve your Quebec City Photos (it looks like a beautiful city) and find a better doctor for your sister.
Lots of fun things in a row!

I love the turtles, too!

Never been to Quebec City.

All my doctors have been sane, thank goodness!
1. I've not been to Quebec City.

2. I have a great doctor that allows me to question what he suggests. He's the best doctor I've ever had.

3a. Q is for quiet. Silence is golden.

3b. Our boat is on the California Delta and there are lots and lots of ducks. We feed them bread and often we have up to a dozen. They fight over the bread and quack their little heads off at each other. Most wonderful experience and our dog loves it even more.

Have a terrific day. :)

Oh I love Quebec! I haven't been there in years..

Great photos!

I have never been to Quebec.
I have had a couple of quack doctors. One was just unethical, and some others were suspicious, and wacky.

I like the photo of Mrs Jim on the balcony.
Jim, while eating Pringles, our little Granddaughter took two of them and made them into a duck's beak. She put them to her lips and "Quack!" she announced. Now her Uncle Jeff calls her "Ducky."

We toured Quebec City with our cousins from Banff several years ago, and we also stayed in the B & B's!
I went to Canada about 40 years ago and I think it was Quebec - isn't that awful? Grandson has a big test on Canada tomorrow too. It is the second largest country. No lie. Love Ms. Jim and the ducks. You did good this week. All things in a row - I love all the windows. Have a great night.
Congratulations to Mrs Jim for winning the bid :)

So sorry to know that your Gateway computer crashed, Dr Jim.
Nope, I have not been to Quebec City. I would love to visit Canada some day, though. We were close to the Canada border when we visited Maine in '97 and thought we would cross over, but didn't for some reason or another.

I don't know if I personally knew of a "Quack" doctor or not, but often time refer to doctors as this when I hear about their medical bludders and misdiagnosis issues.

The only doctor I know well enough to feel very comfortable with and trust is my GYN. He's the only one I see regularly - very nice man ontop of being a skilled professional.

Thanks for visiting!
I have not been to Quebec city, but I heard it's a very beautiful place.

As for quack doctors, I have a few of them already in life time.
great post as always Mr Jim, and my favourite q word is 'quintessential'-it just rrrrrollls off my tongue.
Thanks so much for your compliment on my art Jim. I hadn't heard of Clementine before. I would love it if you and Mrs Jim had one of my pieces in your home.I will give you a really affordable discount- just let me know which is your favourite.
Mrs Jim is lovely!
Interesting photo in a row.

1. Qword would be Queen. I don't know why.

2. I wish I could hear the quacks of ducks again. Maybe I need to visit a park.

Have a great weekend!
Fantastic Q post, and no, I haven't been to Quebec! As for quack doctors, they are out there, and surely I had my turns with them throughout the years. Not fun, but it's life, isn't it?
Hello Jim.
Nice photos. I didn't know turtles ate bread! Never been to Quebec, but I have a great doctor. We've been going to the same one for the last 12 years. Thanks for sharing.

Quench My Fire
My favorite Q would have to be Queen because every girl is a queen! :)

cant remember any experience with a quacking duck maybe because the last one was a long time ago.

visiting from Thursday Two Questions :)
Nice to meet Mrs. Jim! She looks like a lovely person. And thanks for always stopping by and leaving your comments...Patagonia is far, but worth the trip!!
Hi Jim, Great post. I always wanted to go to Canada. Maybe someday soon . I hear ya on the doctors that are quacks but we have a doc here in town and his name is Quirky. Funny, I never see any cars around his office building.
1. My favorite "Q" word is Quirt, only because I didn't know what it was until I looked it up.
2. I don't really have a duck story but rather a chick story. We recieved 4 different colored chicks for Easter. We kept them for pets. Long and short is my father killed them and had my mother fry them up for a Sunday dinner. My grandparents always came out for Sunday dinner and when my grandmother found out what he did she chastised him in front of us and noone ate the chicken.
Mrs. Jim is lovely! What a beautiful couple you two are!

As for the Quebec City. Nope, never been, but it looks gorgeous.

And my favorite joke actually involves ducks.

So, I'll share it with you.

Prepare yourself.

It's very, very funny.


What happens when a duck flies upside down?



Okay, give up?



Get it?

I told you it was funny.

Thanks for quite a cute link for the letter Q, Jim!


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