Friday, June 21, 2013

— A Random Five post [008], This and That —

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my Five things

One:  Entertaining ~~
Wednesday evening we had these three ladies and their husbands here at our house for dinner.  The three on the right are Friday golfing buddies with Mrs. Jim.

From left to right are Mrs. Jim, Marta, Ellen, and Diane.  I am sorry but I don't have pictures of their husbands nor any of the food we ate.

[Click on pictures to make them large sized]

Two:  Retiree Luncheon ~~
Before I retired I taught business subjects for 22 years at San Jacinto College (link) in Pasadena, Texas.  The North Campus hosted the luncheon for us. 

Our famous and richest alumni include Steve Francis, Sam Cassell, Roger Clements, Andy Pettitte, and Patrick Swayze.  I had Steve and Sam for class.

Seated at the table to the right are Roy, Me, Mrs. Jim, Mrs. Carol, Carol, and Chick.  The four of us men represented the Business Department for the Central and South Campuses.  The group from the North Campus were sitting at another table. 
 
 
 
The Culinary Program students cooked the food and waited our tables.  We all went through a serving line for the really good food.  I ate my purple flower in the salad, Mrs. Jim and some others did not.  The young lady who cooked the vegetables also served them.  My cheesecake had strawberry flavored trim.

  

Three:  Spring Gardening things ~~
This is our pretty holy tree.  Note that the lower part leans to the right but the top portion is straight up.  Hurricane Ike (my blog link) did its best to uproot our tree back in 2008.

Most time I show it in the winter  when the leaves and berries are bright and shiny.  In the spring however it sheds its leaves and berries and grows a new helping.

On the left below are berries and leaves that have fallen.  The red berries are this year's, black ones are from last year.  The birds eat a lot but our bird population is not high enough to get them all eaten.


  
 
The middle picture above shows how the new berries come on while the old red ones are getting ready to fall.  On the right is a picture of our neighbors to the right pretty front yard.  She lets Mrs. Jim pick flowers from her plants to make our center pieces.
 

Four:  Read you car again ~~
This was how my car greeted me when I was leaving my doctor's office Wednesday.  It says that SOMEONE in our family who drives this car a lot lets the gas tank get pretty empty.

My orthopedic doctor had just cleared me for two years absence before returning to him.  He replaced my left knee joint with one that I was not born with. (link)

Not Numbered:  Left over from Flag Day ~~
Our subdivision had American Flags flying all over the place that day.  This is our East Entrance.

Five:  Sunday was Fathers Day ~~
Again, no food pictures but here is a picture of me reading the menu.  We ate Greek at Niko Niko's in Houston.  (link)

I had the cabbage roll stuffed with chopped lamb and beef and rice with a Greek salad, rice, and pita bread. Mrs. Jim had the Kid's Gyro meal which also had a soft drink, or milk, apple sauce, and potatoes.  We had some left over for another meal at home.  Plus Megan (granddaughter) had given me one of her stuffed bell peppers and some more potatoes.

 

Above is me reading the menu.  On my right is son, Tim and on my right is son, Mitch.  After we had eaten Mrs. Jim and I drove over with granddaughter Megan and Husband James to see their first house.  It is a nice home with a large yard. 

They are doing extensive remodeling to include completely gutting the kitchen and removing a wall there.  They had just moved in this weekend and the kitchen and other parts where not completed.  I.e, no kitchen cupboards yet, etc.

 

This is the dining table center piece for the golfing ladies dinner.  Mrs. Jim had made it from some of the neighbor's roses.  Everyone liked it.

==> I am linked up today with Nancy at A Rural Journal. She conducts her "A Random Five" blog hop there. Click that link to read other "A Random Five" posts or to join in with your own.

==> Click on any picture for a larger size and a better view.  And still another week, just call me next week, it may be my sock and underwear drawer.

==> I just didn't get all my comments answered last week.  I am sorry.  So if I missed getting to you then I will make special pains to get there this time.

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Comments:
Patrick Swayze and the others I don't know maybe because I'm Canadian. Cheesecake looked delicious and Mrs Jim's center piece is lovely. Greek on FD with family, life couldn't get more perfect! I enjoy your post, it made me giggle.
 
What a busy week! Loving all of the portraits of family and friends.

Good luck with the house remodel. That is a patience-tester!.
 
That Greek Fathers Day meal sounds wonderful! As to food tell Mrs Jim I said if the flower had salad dressing on it I'd have eaten it! Had to have dressing though.
 
You've been busy and eating well! All the photos are great. I really like Niko Nikos and having the kids Gyro meal sounds like a good idea (thanks to Mrs. Jim). Your holly tree is lovely and everything is so festive when the flags are flying in the neighborhood. House remodels are no fun -- good luck to your son. Have a fun week.
 
That Holly Tree is fabulous.
The flower in the center totally Makes the Salad . . it's beautiful.
What a Great Looking Crowd of people . . . Retired??? certainly you have plans for great adventure . . right???
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I love the holly tree... not sure about the Greek food. All I've ever had was a greek salad once. Oh well.
 
I am visiting from ARJ/R5F. It looks like you had a lovely time at the luncheon.

God Bless Texas!
Vic303
 
I'm hungry now. You two have such a busy life. That's a good thing.

Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺
 
It is nice that you get to see your granddaughter's first home.

One of the places I used to live had lovely holly bushes. Another place I used to live the majority of tree tops are bent north as there is a north breeze the majority of the time.

Tell Mrs. Jim the centerpieces are lovely and your neighbor grows some mighty fine roses. I am glad they let Mrs. Jim pick flowers from their garden.


 
Lots of yummy sounding food and the photos are great!
 
Found you through the Rural Journal...I had to laugh at number 4. We have the same problem at our house. I can tell you its a chick thing (older and younger) Why should we fill the tanks when we have perfectly capable men in our lives to do it for us! :)
Enjoyed your five.
 
We are from Southern Cal and my husband will be getting his knee redone next month..
 
What a lovely neighbor to share her flowers with you. We need to send you a mockingbird to get those berries eaten...or a flock of robins. Congrats on the good report for your knee.
 
I enjoyed my first time visit to you and your, "Jim's Little Blog" . . . Enjoyed the retiree luncheon photos, the luncheon food photos and learning a bit about you. Great profile picture . . . and your shiny friend!
 
The purple flower in the salad is an orchid, Dr Jim :) How does it taste like?
 
Okay I think your Father's day looked great. And what did you teach there Jim - I forgot. A very nice neighbor to share her flowers. And the food looked great! sandie
 

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