Friday, February 23, 2024

Letter "H" -- Friday's Weekend Roundup 12 and Reflections and/or Street/Candid Captures

This Week's Prompts: Starts with "H." A Favorite. 
For Tom, "H"help. 
For James, Reflections and/or Street/Candid Captures.
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Starts with "H":  It will be the word, Heaven.  When Heaven calls, I will go.  Our Sunday morning Bible class now has over 150 members.  In that class four of us have had a loose group with our ages of having reached a magic number 90. 

This week Larry, the oldest, birthday in March, was called to Heaven before he could reach 91.  His service was led by Charles, one of our class teachers.  Larry had asked Charles to speak of the Lord's Prayer and to be specific on the relation of us to the Lord's kingdom coming and of the praise of God in that prayer.  (Matthew 6:9-13 [click here for Wikipedia])


A Favorite:  GOLFING BOOKS
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.BETTER GOLF: HOW TO HELP YOUR GAME--SAGE ADVICE FROM AN OLD TIMER
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I have just finished my new Christmas present book on golf that purports to give the reader valuable playing tips and insider information.

Here is some more that I have gained through years of personal experience. I'm writing my own book, Better Golf: How to Help Your Game--Sage Advice From an Old TimerPlease note, this is my book, copyright and all. *
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Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 - How to Properly Line Up Your Fourth Putt
Chapter 2 - How to Hit a Nike from the Rough When You Hit a Titleist from the Tee
Chapter 3 - How to Avoid the Water When You Lie 8 in a Bunker
Chapter 4 - How to Get More Distance Off the Shank
Chapter 5 - When to Give the Ranger the Finger
Chapter 6 - Using Your Shadow on the Greens to Maximize Earnings
Chapter 7 - When to Implement Handicap Management
Chapter 8 - Proper Excuses for Drinking Beer Before 9am
Chapter 9 - How to Rationalize a 6 Hour Round
Chapter 10 - How to Find That Ball That Everyone Else Saw Go in the Water
Chapter 11 - Why Your Spouse Doesn‘t Care That You Birdied the 5th
Chapter 12 - How to Let a Foursome Play Through Your Twosome
Chapter 13 - How to Relax When You Are Hitting Three Off the Tee
Chapter 14 - When to Suggest Major Swing Corrections to Your Opponent
Chapter 15 - God and the Meaning of the Birdie-to-Bogey Three Putt
Chapter 16 - When to Regrip Your Ball Retriever
Chapter 17 - Can You Purchase a Better Golf Game
Chapter 18 - Why Male Golfers Will Pay $5.00 a Beer From The Cart Girl and Give Her a $3 Tip, But Will Balk at $3.50 at the 19th Hole and Stiff the Bartender

I am writing Chapter 16 first. . . 

The above is an excerpt from Chapter 16 written as a teaser for the book, a previous blog post on that I had written on January 6, 2006.  I haven't made much progress on the book yet, I am waiting until we sell this large house and move into a Senior Living Place.  My readers then seemed to think it would be a great idea.  You can finish the short story intro to Chapter 16 by clicking here




For Tom's choice, "Help":   This is Mrs. Jim with our daughter and granddaughter, three generations.  Mrs. Jim is a very giving and concerned lady, I have given her a middle name, Help

An example, yesterday Mrs. Jim accompanied me to a visit with my Podiatrist about a sixth toenail growing on my big toe, left foot.  Numerous times she would get up and open the door for someone in a wheelchair coming or leaving.  A big help to them, even when some were being pushed by someone.

Oh yes, seven years later now, the granddaughter is a freshman in high school.   Also, we have moved close to them, a ten-minute walk away.  And the doctor cut out the toenail our although it will grow back again (no picture here, I forgot to take one).  



For James, Reflections and/or Street/Candid Captures:  I couldn't resist taking this shot of a couple of ducks.  Wonder what's on their minds and what is transpiring here?  This was on my 30 minutes a day walk, two blocks here from our house.  

Also note that this shows that many of our trees stay green all winter.  That is a pedestrian bridge in the back, to cross the little stream.
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The fine print

 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large] 
 - I am linked with Tom of "Back
woods Travel" (Link here to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews)
- I am also linked this week with James of "Weekend Reflections" (click here for his Reflections Photos).
- The pictures mostly are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law.
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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Letter "G" -- Friday's Weekend Roundup 12 and Reflections and/or Street/Candid Captures

This Week's Prompts Starts with "G." A Favorite. 
For Tom "G"round.
For James Reflections and/or Street/Candid Captures. 
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Starts with "G": What does the word "Gras" stand for in 'Mardi Gras'?  Answer:  highlight the blank area below 
Mardi is the French word for Tuesday, and gras means “fat.” In France, the day before Ash Wednesday came to be known as Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday.”   
(to find more Click Here)  
This year Mardi Gras was on February 13.  Our younger daughter brought us these two small cakes as a Mardi Gras present.  


A sheet metal green grasshopper.  Work of Art?  My photo, taken 2010


A FavoriteMy favorite today will be Green 
Grasshopper.  I have forgotten where I found this green guy grasshopper.  Maybe in the Grocery store garden section? 
  
Read more about him in my 2010 blog post, click here.

One of my reader commenters there said of this, 
"that grasshopper is a good old green soul
and as Kermit has taught us - it's not easy being green
I think he needs a good home and a loving friend
and I think you fit the bill
"


Tom's choice, "Ground":  In the move we've lost our meat grinder.  No more ground baloney.  I'll have to put my teeth in before I eat, or really chew hard.  (directions for the above recipe, click here
 

For James, Reflections and/or Street/Candid Captures:  She is supposed to be telling a joke.  Her jokes sometimes are kind of corny. We have a second row seat, our pew.  
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The fine print

 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large] 
 - I am linked with Tom of "Back
woods Travel" (Link here to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews)
- I am also linked this week with James of "Weekend Reflections" (click here for his Reflections Photos).
- The pictures mostly are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law.
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Friday, February 09, 2024

Letter "F" -- Friday's Weekend Roundup 12 and Reflections and/or Street/Candid Captures

This Week's Prompts Starts with "F." A Favorite. 
For Tom "F"lower. 
For James Reflections and/or Street/Candid Captures. 
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Starts with "F"
Ford starts with "F".  The two above are Ford Mustangs, toys from my 30 something collection of 1:18 scale cast iron cars.   I have more Fords than any other brand.
Ford models; a lot are of the cars that I have owned and others are of the cars that I like.
 
A couple I purchased while in countries older cars on the roads.  My favorite would be of the early model Citroen 2CV that I picked up at a tollway rest stop in France.  The car here was parked in front of our hotel in xxx France. 

I worked for Ford Aerospace Division, at New Hampshire and Houston, Texas from 1961 until 1980, leaving as a Senior Aerospace Engineer and get a small monthly retirement check from them for $214 per month.  

And of the 32 Cars that I have owned, 15 were Fords and one Mercury.  To see my list, click here.  



[1952 Ford like my First Ford -- Click photo does not enlarge]
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A Favorite:  My first Ford was a Favorite of mine, it was a 1952 Two Door Sedan which I had hopped up to be very fast.  It would outrun, at the red light or on the road, the 1955 and '56 Chevy with a power pack and any other car that it had met and tested.  

I built the engine myself; it had a 1950's Ford Flathead stroked and bored to maximum.  I also ported and relieved the block and manifold and had added dual exhausts.
 

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Tom's choice, "Flower":   Little white Flowers all over where we could camp.  I don't know what they were excepts weeds of some variety. 



[Reflections on the car and on the shiny floor beneath]

For James, Reflections and/or Street/Candid Captures: 
This one is a shiny blue 1 9 3 4 Ford three-window coupe.  Envision it without headlights, having the fenders cropped fairly close to the body, and with very heavy-duty bumpers.

Oh yes, paint the number "88" on the doors and trunk and you will have our 'modified stock' oval dirt track racing car back before I got drafted into the Army.  I learned auto mechanics from being a part of the pit crew and from working on the car over the weekend (once in a while I would be the driver, but our driver had experience by driving midget car races).

Our car was very fast, it would almost always win the "B" Feature race.  We held it back so as to come in about third or fourth in our Heat race so it wouldn't have to race in the "A" Feature race.  Occasionally we would race there but never could come in first place.
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The fine print

 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large] 
 - I am linked with Tom of "Back
woods Travel" (Link here to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews)
- I am also linked this week with James of "Weekend Reflections" (click here for his Reflections Photos).
- The pictures mostly are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law.
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Friday, February 02, 2024

Letter "E" -- Friday's Weekend Roundup 12 and Reflections and/or Street/Candid Captures

This Week's Prompts Starts with "E." A Favorite. 
For Tom "E"ven. 
For James Reflections and/or Street/Candid Captures. 
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Starts with "E":  "Evening" starts with an "E".  The rainbow came in the Evening, sitting in the neighbor's yard just after sunset.


                Originally posted on June 12, 2011


    The Friend I Miss

We met there on the bridge one early morn
Admired your beauty always when I passed
Always thinking of the hard life you had
Friend my dear I miss you now very much

You've gone away I'm guessing in the morn
You were laying there lifeless on the side
Brave, you died a death you never deserved
Each time I pass I pause and wonder why

I miss the sight, you watching for a bite
Did you have a family I'll never know
No grave no flowers just a few will mourn
Count me one to ponder each time I pass


        Photo and Poem Copyright
        © 2011 Jimmiehov [URL]
        All Rights Reserved


A Favorite: Early Bird catches the l saw this bird almost always crossing over the lake on the way home, even on early mornings.  One morning when I came back home, all there was a pile of feathers.  Never again will we be treated by that bird.


Even number total count for the nines and the sixes

Tom's choice, "Even"  Even numbers can bring smiles.  By definition and observation, ALL EVEN NUMBERS are DIVISIBLE BY TWO.   And if not we call them ODD numbers. 


We use the odd and even numbers very often.  Street Numbers.  Almost always as we drive down the street, the addresses begin with Even on one side and the other's are Odd numbers. 

I am partial to Even even though our side has the odd numbers and I don't remember ever living in an even numbered house. 


   
Reflections and or Street/Candid Captures:   Fort Bend County, Texas, Auxiliary Vehicle License and Tax Office.  What ja think?
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The fine print

 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large] 
 - I am linked with Tom of "Back
woods Travel" (Link here to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews)
- I am also linked this week with James of "Weekend Reflections" (click here for his Reflections Photos).
- The pictures mostly are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law.
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Friday, January 26, 2024

Letter "D" -- Friday's Weekend Roundup 12 and Reflections and/or Street/Candid Captures

This Week's Prompts Starts with "D." A Favorite. 
For Tom "D"ark. 
For James Reflections and/or Street/Candid Captures. 
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File:20110425 German Shepherd Dog 8505.jpg
[From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository, URL]

Starts with "D"Dog will be my "D" word today.  Von, a German Shepherd, was my first dog growing up.  She died when I was about eleven, Von followed me everywhere, she protected me from even the older cousins if their playing got rough. Also, if a car were to visit our farm, Von wouldn't let them out of the car until my father came to their rescue.  

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[from Adi's little meme writing posted, URL]

A Favorite: You all know that Adi was My Favorite Dog of all the dogs.  She was the last too, no more dogs for us.  Click the "labels" that are beneath this post to see more of Adi Beagle Dog on the blog.

Before Adi had come a Water Spaniel dog, I have forgotten its name.  We left her in El Paso for her to live with the new tenant in our house when we went to New Hampshire.  No dogs for us up there. 

In Pasadena, Texas I picked up two dogs, on was another German Shepherd dog, she was old and not very healthy.  She died after a few years.  I do not remember much about the other dog.  

Next was a few more years, then when Mrs. Jim and I were married she already had a Chiwawa dog.  It liked me pretty well.  Then came our little dog Toto. As a pup she followed Mrs. Jim and our daughter when they were walking past her in the backyard.  The owner had been giving away a litter of dogs, she said we could keep Toto.    

[This is a Dutch Police dog, we always called it "German. 
again from Wikipedia,URL.]


"Dark"Duke, my dog, a German Police dog, we called that, this one is a Dutch Police, looking about the same, after Von died, would walk with me to the outhouse in the middle of the night in the Dark.  (it was in the edge of the grove behind the new chicken house.  

I left him on the farm when I went off to college.  Lois quickly took my spot; he had always liked her even before that.  Lois may have a picture of Duke, all our pictures pre 1980 where ruined when our house flooded the summer before.  
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[Flying Biscuit Cafe - Memorial City Houston (their promotion)

Reflections and/or Street/Candid Captures.  Flying Biscuit Cafe tree gets Decorated.  (They were closed for Christmas)

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The fine print

 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large] 
 - I am linked with Tom of "Back
woods Travel" (Link here to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews)
- I am also linked this week with James of "Weekend Reflections" (click here for his Reflections Photos).
- The pictures mostly are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law.

Friday, January 19, 2024

Letter "C" -- Friday's Weekend Roundup 12 and Reflections and/or Street/Candid Captures

This Week's Prompts Starts with "C." A Favorite. 
For Tom "C"loud. 
For James Reflections and/or Street/Candid Captures. 
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Starts with "C":  Well, I 'have' a Corvette.  Last week, the "B" post, I mentioned that a Corvette was on my Buckett List. Yes, I 'have' it, a toy, but it belongs to my younger daughter, a Barbie Doll Corvette.  She left it here with most of her toys.  
 
From left to right, my inherited watch, Mrs. Jim's father's clock, and my grandfather's pocket watch.  Grandpa had hocked this clock when he needed to come back to Nebraska after having found the soil was for miserable farming soil, full of rocks as well.


Mrs. Jim inherited these traveling clocks.  

   
This clock was in the kitchen of our farmhouse growing up.  My parents received it as a wedding present.  Note in its location photo, left, is another clock in the upper right, possibly my grandparents.  

 

  
Mrs. Jim inherited these three furniture top clocks as well.  

  
Mrs. Jim inherited the antique clock on the left, the history is on the note behind the front door, see below. We purchased the newer Emperor clock on the right.  I had to assemble it from mail order although they were also selling these models in kit form.

A Favorite:  Mrs. Jim has a nice Clock Collection for an amateur.  

The note on the door on the bottom left above was pasted on.  
It tells that the History a little of the Antique clock above to the left. The note reads, 
  • Thomas Whipp (maker), Rochdale Long case clocks, 1820-1842 (sources I found said "circa 1770")
  • Rochdale is 10 miles North of Manchester 
  • Purchased in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, 5 July 1965 

I have three clocks, an "atomic clock" still in a box, a Western Union rectangular wall clock pictured here, and the 'inherited watch' also above.  Technically Grandpa's watch is mine as well as the kitchen clock in my growing up home.  I inherited the wall clock.  My parents, former owners, were married in 1932.  The ones you are seeing are all in Mrs. Jim's collection.

May your dark clouds have silver linings!
(my, Jimmiehov, photo)

Tom's "Cloud":   Pretty Cloud Lining 

 


James' Reflections and/or Street/Candid Captures:  Moody Garden's "South Atlantic" presentation in Galveston, Texas, courtesy of TV Channel 2, KPRC in Houston, Texas.    

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The fine print

 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large] 
 - I am linked with Tom of "Back
woods Travel" (Link here to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews)
- I am also linked this week with James of "Weekend Reflections" (click here for his Reflections Photos).
- The pictures mostly are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law.
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