Friday, August 11, 2017

~~ Friday’s Hunt v.4.06 -- "F" is for ...

Friday's Hunt for the week of August 11th:
(1) Starts with F; (2) New; and (3) Self (portrait)

(1) Starts with "FFFF, or Fine Feathered Friends and Fine Finned Friends.

Mrs. Jim, KP, and I visited the Houston Zoo on November 1, 2011.  KP, here peeking around and through the bridge, was two at the time and really enjoyed seeing the animals and fishes.

I was at the Fort Bend Country Library, our branch, and happened upon these feathery guys.  Mother led the pack but the little ones scrambled for drinks.

These feathered folks are hanging out in our front flower bed.  Mrs. Jim has been giving them water.  Probably not needed now that we had seven (7) inches of rain last night.

We call them doves but they are much smaller than the ones we had north of town.  At first I though the larger one was the mother and the smaller one a babies about ready to fly.  Now we are thinking that they might be a pair, making four.

They don't seem to want to habit this nest in the gable.  We have not seen them fly.

(2) New: This is the New -- It is a 2017 Cadillac XTS SUV that we were GIVEN as a loaner while ours was being repaired.  It is for sale of course, as it only had 287 miles on it when we drove out the dealer's driveway.  

Now it has 2000 and a few miles. We drove it to Jackson, Tennessee, and back last week to see my BIL and out SIL.

 .....  and This is the Old -- Guess which one we kept.

Of course we are keeping the Old, we don't buy New and haven't during our marriage of 44 years.  The Old one has 106K miles on it, a 2011 Cadillac DTS.  The power steering pump went out on it and also the front suspension had a problem that didn't keep us from driving.  Supposedly it is all under warranty.

Update:  It was all covered by warranty with the loaner car, a replacement power steering pump, a conduit system that is fancier than a hose and including the towing and a front end alignment.  Plus a nice wash job. 

(3) Self (portrait):

(3.a)  A couple of Selfies of me taken in Spring 2014:  
-- me, my hand, holding a half eaten brat and sauerkraut sandwich, purchased at London, UK's, Borough Market;
-- then me with camera taking this 'mirror shot', Mrs. Jim, and KP all eating "on the street" at a Vauxhall (London, UK) standup eatery--I had fish and chips, Mrs. Jim had the hamburger and FF's, and KP had chicken nuggets. 
(3.b)  A couple more older Selfies from 2014:

Not my driving license picture, this one was taken during an 'honor Veterans breakfast' at KP's school.  No place like Texas!!
Older picture (a selfie) I wish was on my DL, I was much younger then.
Proof that I went to the DPS. I went to Huntsville, Texas, to get it done.
They are friendly down home, small town people, possibly with
a "large print" eye test chart.  The wait there was only 20 minutes.
My new license was for seven years and expires October 30, 2022.
That license will only last for two years due to age discrimination (getting Old).

(3.c) Selfie shots appearing on my blog, including these shown:
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The Fine Print: - 
 - Teresa of Eden Hills, (click)is running this meme, Friday's Hunt. Her rules are: "Welcome to linkup for Friday’s Hunt. It’s very simple. Anyone can participate. The link opens at 7pm Friday Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm."

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I love the sandwich. Okay, I love food. My diet is so bland that good food is what I love to see.

Have a fabulous day and weekend, Jim. ☺
...Jim, a "F"ine job on "F." We had a DTS once and I empathize 'once.' Enjoy your weekend!
London! I am feeling the draw to visit again.
This getting old sucks big time!
These are great photos, Jim. Your grand-daughter is beautiful. Of course, you already know that. :) Where are these fish at the Houston Zoo? I've been several times, but don't remember seeing them. I would love to see them next time we go (once it gets a whole lot cooler out there!).

Okay, now for a question about your driver's license. What is this about it only going to be good for two years because of your age? How old is too old to have a DL here in Texas? I'm getting there way too fast myself!

Have a blessed weekend. :)
Great pictures Jim - those koi at the zoo are enormous! What fun for KP to feed them. We have a zoo here but it is quite small and there are no koi there. Your mourning doves are lovely - that species does sometimes re-use nests, but not all the time. If the nest you have is not big enough (if it was originally built by a smaller species) then they may not be able to use it. Mourning doves most commonly nest in dense conifers. The duck at the library is a female Muscovy duck. They are a large species - I used to have some on my farm in Iowa. I don't have any ducks now. You and my Dad have a very similar hat!
what an uplifting post :-)
Very nice pictures, btw a selfie is a photo you have to take of yourself with a phone or a tablet, so the answer to your question is yes I took the selfie with my smartphone, lol !
Glad you got your car back. I feel your pain--mine is sitting in the garage right now. Looks like the zoo was a fun trip. Nice captures of the birds. Great assortment of selfies. Nice to get to see everyone this week. Thanks so much for joining in Friday's Hunt. Have a great rest of the week.

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