Saturday, March 03, 2012

Two famous birthdays — Six Word Saturday —

My six words:

Happy Birthday to Republic of Texas
Happy Birthday (late) to Dr. Seuss

[Click on either picture to enlarge for reading]
[Pictures are of pages E1 and E2 of 3-2-2012 Houston Chronicle]
Texas was born (obtained independence) as a new nation on March 2, 1836. On that date Texans signed the Texas Declaration of Independence at Washington-on-the-Brazos, effectively creating the Republic of Texas. (Wikipedia)
The nation only live for nine years. In 1845 Texas was annexed by the United States of America. But every year Texans still celebrate Texas Independence Day. This years observance will be on the March 3rd and 4th weekend.

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Dr. Seuss was born March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts and died September 24, 1991. He authored 46 children's books. The more famous were Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. (

Yesterday across the United States our Dr. Seuss was honored by a national observance of Read Across America Day.

Here is the link from the paper for some Houston celebrities reading Green Eggs and Ham ( . Barbara Bush, former United States First Lady and George H. W. Bush's wife, starts it off. The Bushes now live here in Houston, Texas.

Perhaps you have read some of his books and have a real favorite.
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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.

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Thursday, March 01, 2012

Thursday Memes -- Things in a row -- Two Questions


This pretty table setting was the handiwork of our neighbor lady. She was having a "dining in" or a "gourmet dinner" event at her house. I forgot which it was and forgot to take pictures of my plate of food so I won't be able to figure it out what we had.

Both Dining in and Gourmet dining are eating affairs organized by the ladies of our subdivision. At the beginning of the year the ladies sign up for one or the other. Then the couples, H & W, are divided up.

I know our meal was good. I do know that it was around Thanksgiving or Halloween because of the pumpkins and the large gourd used as her center piece.

This serving bar/breakfast bar was holding the hors d'oeuvres (ôr dûrvz ). Again no hint of the main course and the type of dining.

'Dining in' is also called around here as 'informal dining.' Mostly the people sit around and talk, then eat when we're all ready. After dinner we all talked again until someone wanted to go home.

Each group stays the same all year and is expected to have four meals at different group members' homes. Two of the couples are responsible for one meal and bear all of the cost. One of these couples will open their home to the group.

'Gourmet dining' is also called 'fine dining.' Here each group has exactly eight people, four couples. Left over couples are on a standby or substitute list. Three menu committees make three menus, one for each of the three meals.

The host couple has the dining at their home and generally provides the home, main entree, bread, hors d'oeuvres, and the wine if served, which is most often. Each of the other three couples bring either vegetables, desert, or salad. Sometimes one will help the host with a part of some of her food. The cost is apportioned pro rata to each couple.

For more things in a row please visit Pat's Things in a Row post. You might like to post your own 'Things in a Row.'
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And now for my Thursday Two Questions: (See Thursday Two Questions by Poetic Shutterbug for more reading. You could also make your own by checking in at this link.)
Last week we answered questions about our picture taking nerve, like taking pictures in the doctor's office or rest room pictures. We also discussed our fast food eating tastes. And the bonus question went back to photography in telling about our cameras.
My Two Questions for this week:
1. Do you participate in any organized eating affairs. If so what kind are they and if you don't, then might this appeal to having a place in your social life?
Besides the two I have discussed above we also eat a lot with our church and Sunday school groups. This might be at church, in one of our homes, or at a restaurant.
2. What would your ideal meal consist of? Could this depend on where you are eating and who you are in company with?
For me this depends on who does the cooking. Mrs. Jim cooks soooooo GOOD! My cooking is a nice club sandwich, a grilled cheese sandwich, an omelet (pretty good), or two hot dogs with potato salad. At one time I made homemade pizza but after I got really good and was receiving a lot of requests for my pizza I just stopped doing that.
Bonus Question:
Have you ever eaten something that tastes so bad that you had to spit it out?
I try to 'look before I leap' so as to not get in a situation where I need to spit food back out. When I was little I gagged on oatmeal and would take it out of my mouth when no one was watching. My parents finally stopped trying to make me eat oatmeal.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012


The Piano Man — MidWeek Blues —

What in the world is this Piano Man in the BLUE shirt doing?

Really pretty simple, he is tuning this piano. It is a player piano located on the first floor of St. Luke's Hospital in the Woodlands, Texas (suburb of Houston). I found him during one of my many visits there for my knee and back problems.
I talked with him a little and somehow found out where he was from. I asked him if he knew a man, JG. He said, yes, he is my dad. Up in Central Texas 30 years ago JG had taught my BIL, Danny, a lot about piano tuning which now is his profession.
So then I asked the Piano Man if he knew Danny. He said yes, he knew him fairly well. SMALL WORLD.
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In yesterday's daily devotion, e-mailed, our preacher told us this:
"Many men stray toward greener pastures. If that is what you are thinking about, consider this. If the grass looks greener somewhere else, it's time to water your own lawn. If Jacob could work fourteen years to win the one he loved (Rachel), we could surely do a better job of demonstrating our love to the one we are already with."

If you want to post a MidWeek Blues picture, go get directions from Rebecca by clicking on the logo picture on the right. She has a Mr. Linky and good directions . Just do what I did.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Betsy was proud of her red outfit, especially her hat.

Impressing the guys made her proud.

They insisted she wear a yellow scarf, but why?

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140 Characters as counted by Design 215

Story Copyright
© 2012 Jimmiehov
All Rights Reserved

°Written for Succinctly Yours – Week 49
°The word of the week, 'Extend', and the picture were selected by
°It's posted on her blog, Grandma's Goulash
°Her Rules: Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words. It doesn’t have to be exactly 140, just not more.
°Using the word of the week is not required. This week I elected not to use it.
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