Friday, May 07, 2021

Letter "S" -- Weekend Roundup and Street/Reflections

THE NINETEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES 
 - the Letter "S" Prompts are: (A) Starts with the Letter "S"; (B) "Short"; (Tom's Choice); (C) A Favorite; (D) Street/Reflections; and (E) A Lagniappe. 

Loudon Wainwright - Dead Skunk In The Middle Of The Road

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynqrOcMf43o

(A) Starts with the Letter "S":  Skunk starts with "S".  Mine is the "Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road" song of the early 70's.  Lyrics at the end of this post.
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Cousins from Nebraska standing by Sam Houston (2006)
http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2006/08/everything-is-bigger-in-texas.html 

(B) "Short" (Tom's Choice): Our Statue of Sam Houston, our first Texas President, is NOT SHORT.  Neither is my cousin, Jack, who looks Short compared with the Statue.  Jack is over six feet tall. 

They visited us in 2006 and had noticed the Statue when driving down I-45 into Houston.  So we went up to look things over.  The Statue is 67 feet tall, eleven times taller than Jack.

(C) A Favorite:  My Favorite Soup is Maruchan Instant Lunch with Shrimp.  I doctor it up a bit to make it look exciting and add just a little bit more boiling water to make it into Soup.  

BTW, Maruchan Instant Lunch is a favorite of college students, a few years ago when I started eating it the price was 28 cents a serving, not it has gone to between 37 cents (Walmart) to 39 cents (Kroger). 

Add Boiling Water but first doctor it up with the following: 

Soup for Supper

Supper Soup for supper 
Mines a fixer-upper 
Start with the basics 
Gotta suit shrimp fanatics 

Add jumbo shrimp 
Frozen peas mustn't skimp 
Dash of chili 
It'll be right for me

Along with the Soup I generally have about eight (two cut up for the soup) Jumbo Frozen Cooked Shrimp, about six or eight saltines with cheddar cheese slices, and Shrimp Sauce and Sweet and Sour Sauce for the Shrimp.


(D) Street/Reflections:  Scene Reflected in a Pet Clinic Window
   

(E) A Lagniappe:  This was a forgotten leftover from last week's Letter "R" stuff.  
What is it?
Well, what does it look like?
It is a . . . 
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A Rat's Nest.  Our pool mechanic found it when he opened the pool heater door for some leak checking. 
He said it is quite often to find Rat's Nests in that sort of  protected places.  I suppose it gets quite hot in there when and if the heater is turned on.
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For all of Jim's daily poems for April 2021 NaPoWriMo 2021 posts click 

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Lyrics (Dead Skunk Song)

Crossing the highway late last night
He shoulda looked left and he shoulda looked right
He didn't see the station wagon car
The skunk got squashed and there you are

You got your dead skunk in the middle of the road
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Stinking to high heaven

Take a whiff on me, that ain't no rose
Roll up your window and hold your nose
You don't have to look and you don't have to see
'Cause you can feel it in your olfactory

You got your dead skunk in the middle of the road
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
And it's stinking to high heaven

Yeah, you got your dead cat and you got your dead dog
On a moonlight night, you got your dead toad frog
Got your dead rabbit and your dead raccoon
The blood and the guts, they're gonna make you swoon

You got your dead skunk in the middle
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Stinking to high heaven
C'mon, stink

You got it, it's dead, it's in the middle
Dead skunk in the middle
Dead skunk in the middle of the road
Stinking to high heaven
All over the road
Technicolor

Oh, you got pollution
It's dead, it's in the middle
And it's stinking to high, high heaven

Songwriters: Loudon Wainwright
For non-commercial use only.
Data From: Musixmatch

See more songs by Loudon Wainwright III

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 Fine print stuff: 

 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large]

 - I am linked with Tom of "Backwoods Travel" (Link here to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews

 - I am also linking again this week with James of "Weekend Reflections/Street Photos" (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, April 30, 2021

Letter "R" -- Weekend Roundup and Street/Reflections

EIGHTEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES - the Letter "R" Prompts are: (A) Starts with the Letter "R"; (B) "Real" or "Reality" (Tom's Choice); (C) A Favorite; (D) Street/Reflections; and (E) A Lagniappe. 
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[my Photo] 

(A) Starts with the Letter "R":   Rooster found in the Garden Section of our "mile-away"   H.E.B. Grocery Store.  You can read more about him Here.


  
These two pictures are what I call "Railroad Box Car Art" although to some it is just plain (malicious??) graffiti.  I noticed them as the train passed at the crossing where I was waiting to cross.  I was very pleased with my stop. 
[you can click on the pictures for a larger view, your Back button will return you here]

As an aside, why don't you be on the lookout
for some Box Car Art and share it here with us.
 
(B) "Real" or "Reality" (Tom's Choice):   Really is Railroad Box Car Art.  Previously posted at http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2018/01/weekend-roundup-01-18-for-letter-a.html

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 "It can't get much better than this

I was awakened this morning, Saturday, at 7:05. That doesn't sound good, but it was.

Mrs. Jim and Adi had brought me coffee and the paper and now both were sitting beside me on the bed.

Now she had gone to a luncheon, The Jingle Bell Brunch, with her fellow golfers. I get used to her going as she a very busy person, she:
golfs a couple of times a week-Tuesdays and Fridays-with the ladies and sometimes a third with me;
takes care of her 88 year old Mother who lives by herself in her apartment at Conroe, Texas-generally helping on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday;
is secretary for her garden club-sends out meeting notices, arranges for speakers, etc.;
now is also "Gourmet Dining" chairperson for the Bentwater Ladies Organization;
plays the viola in our church orchestra every other Sunday-which means practice Wednesdays. Also she is the orchestra music librarian and copies music for the players, which takes four or six hours each week;
plays bridge every other Monday;
attends Bible study Monday evenings-it has homework-they do Beth Moore studies; and
in the past here has been president of the nine hole golf ladies organization, group leader, benevolence leader in our Sunday school class, been on the personnel committee at church, and on and on.

Those are the things she does without me. Meeting people and helping are two of her favorite things to do. She is a social worker (LSU MSW), retired now. We do a lot of things together, our favorite is probably traveling. I would have loved to have gone to London again this time but it was a 'girl thing' for Mrs. Jim and our daughter.

Mrs. Jim just got back from the brunch. She has another $60 winnings from golf to add to the $73.25 she has already. She has to spend the 73 by December 31, all at the pro shop.

Got to go now. Have made a tee time, 11:00, for next Friday. There are more calls to make too, one very important for our Spring travel to Sicily and more. I'm hoping for coffee in bed tomorrow again. Jim (Previously posted by me on December 10, 2005.  http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2005/12/it-cant-get-much-better-than-this-i.html


(C) A FavoriteReady for work.  Adi and Mrs. Jim were a Registered Pet Therapy Team and so were Adi and I.  Our first assignments were a girl and a boy, to tutor them in Reading Skills so that they could pass into the Seventh Grade.   The boy I had would sprawl on the floor, stomach down, as would Adi.  The boy held his book in one hand and the other arm was around Adi.  Both of them passed their tests.  And Adi became a Reading Dog.  

  

(D) Street/Reflections:   On the Hood Reflection.  Don't you just love the spring flowers?


 [my Photo]

(E) A Lagniappe.  Some of the other Roosting Chickens.

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For all of Jim's NaPoWriMo 2021 posts click 

http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/search/label/NaPoWriMo%202021

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 Fine print stuff: 

 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large]

 - I am linked with Tom of "Backwoods Travel" (Link here to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews

 - I am also linking again this week with James of "Weekend Reflections/Street Photos" (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, April 23, 2021

Letter "Q" -- Weekend Roundup and Street/Reflections

SEVENTEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES 

 - the Letter "Q" Prompts are: (A) Starts with the Letter "Q"; (B) "Quality" (Tom's Choice); (C) A Favorite; (D) Street/Reflections; and (E) A Lagniappe.  

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(A) Starts with the Letter "Q":   Quackery starts with "Q".  Medical Quackery includes questionable diagnoses using questionable diagnostic tests, as well as untested or refuted tests and medicines.  

This is especially common with the present COVID-19 pandemic supposedly cures, some of our national leaders have been involved in such schemes, I lost a friend by giving a warning of such.  Formerly Cancer was the major area of misrepresentation. 

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This is the store front, in a strip mall
on West Gray Street in Houston.
Isn't it attractive?
.There is a similar pottery painting
place in Saint Remy de Provence, France.
Only they call theirs a Ceramic Cafe'.
It is called Biscuit & Biscuit,

I did a blog about them on April 19. (link).

(B) "Quality" (Tom's Choice):  Quality Pottery when you make it yourself.  This would also be great for Reflection posts material.


 

(C) A Favorite:   Blue Bonnets are Quite a Favorite in the whole state of Texas, they are our Texas State Flower and they grow wild more than the planted ones.

(D) Street/ReflectionsStealing from the kids -- I caught him in the act.

These are balls rescued from the golf course, many came from the water, some being held in the sand trap where Sam (not his real name) is raking for balls.  He found several but not his own.

The children's sign on the tree says:

$1.00 Yellow
...50¢ Blue
...25¢ Green

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(E) A Lagniappe.   Perhaps later tonight

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Bonus Questions: 
 
(1)  Tell us about any experiences you have had with Your State or National or Parish, etc flower  We like to ride out of town and check on the Blue Bonnets.  Quite a few farmers have let the flowers take over like the picture above.  It won't be the Mustang Convertible this year as it has a problem that I have been putting off getting fixed.  

Plus the doctor doesn't want me to drive with my boot on.  That isn't for damaging the toe but for getting in trouble with other motorists because of my bad driving.  I told the doctor that I use my LEFT FOOT for braking but he didn't buy that but told me of accelerator pedal problems.

(2) What is your favorite Word starting with "Q"?  Mine today will be  "Quack", because it also is used with a Quack Doctor.      

(3) Anything else you were reminded of here that you would like to tell about? 

My going blogs: 

For all of Jim's NaPoWriMo 2021 post click 

http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/search/label/NaPoWriMo%202021

Jim's Little Blog, http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/

Jim's Little Photo and Picture Place, http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/

Jim's little Christmas tree farm,  http://jimmiehov7.blogspot.com/, and  

Ask Dr. Jim (blog), http://jimmiehov8.blogspot.com/ (seldom newly posted)

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 Fine print stuff: 

 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large]

 - I am linked with Tom of "Backwoods Travel" (Link here to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews

 - I am also linking again this week with James of "Weekend Reflections/Street Photos" (click here for his Reflections Photos).

 - The pictures mostly are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law

Friday, April 16, 2021

Letter "P" -- Weekend Roundup and Street/Reflections

THE SIXTEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES) - the Letter "P" Prompts are: (A) Starts with the Letter "P"; (B) "Purple" (Tom's Choice); (C) A Favorite; (D) Street/Reflections; and (E) A Lagniappe.  
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We see here a Model A Ford Phaeton fiberglass replica. It might be the real thing but I don't know the owner to ask. There were a couple of older cars to come. Just to show you, there were a lot of golf carts. And of course we had pretty girls walking and riding. 
[-click pictures for larger size viewing-]

  
Kids, kids, and more kids. First you see a couple being pushed in their toy John Deere Gator by an older fellow, likely a brother. Several were little and were entirely pulled or pushed and guided by a parent. Last here was the only foot propelled scooter I saw.

(A) Starts with the Letter "P":   This is" a Parade, a Golf Cart Parade" with other items too.   Decorated carts Rule!!  We moved to Katy,  Texas, from this Golfing community, three courses open year round.  There the Parade was an annual Independence Day affair, usually on or around  July 4.  You can read more here, https://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-i-spent-4th-of-july-midweek-blues.html?m=1


(B) 
Purple (Tom's Choice):  This is the first Louisiana Purple Iris bloom of the season.  We had brought some bulbs with us from Bentwater when we moved to Katy and made this little bed for them.   

Seems all the flowers are looking great to make up for the poor weathering of the other foliage, i.e. the trees.

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 [don't forget you can click on a picture for a large sized view]

(C) A Favorite:   My (for today) Pink Car find while at Key West, Florida a few years ago. 


(D) Street/Reflections:   This made headlines!!  Photo courtesy of Houston T V -- C h a n n e l   1 1.  

Reminds me of the riddle, what is it that is Yellow and has screams from all over?

Hint, highlight the area between here - - It is a School Bus laying on its side - - and here.



(E) A Lagniappe.  A repeat text from above, it seems all the flowers are looking great to make up for the poor weathering of the other foliage, i.e. the trees and bushes.  
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 - I am attempting to write at least one poem a day for the National Poem Writing Month.  Today is Day Sixteen of the 30, you can see my progress here, .
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Bonus Questions: 
 
(1)  Tell us about any dealings you have had with Nasty Weather  We  have been dealing with the unexpected Southeast Gulf Coast area cold snap.  We were running the pool pump non-stop to keep it and the pool from freezing. When the lights went out the pump stopped and the pipes and one valve froze and broke.  We had no heat in the house and it got down into the very low 40's inside.  Good thing we had blankets.  The car?  The windshield cracked, that was about all.  Two Blueberry bushes and three hedges died, as did our pretty Hibiscus, and the Orange tree probably also.  Our Palm tree is supposed to be cold tolerant but so far it isn't looking good either. 

(2) What is your favorite Word starting with "P"?  Mine today will be  "Pollution", because with Pollution we are slowly but increasingly ruining our Climate.   In our lifetime things will get hotter in the summers and colder in the winters but we will survive.  A future generation will have to be living in a man made environment.  It won't be made of plastics because we will have run out of petroleum materials to make it.      

(3) Anything else you were reminded of here that you would like to tell about? 

My going blogs: 

For all of Jim's NaPoWriMo 2021 post click 

 http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/search/label/NaPoWriMo%202021

Jim's Little Blog, http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/

Jim's Little Photo and Picture Place, http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/

Jim's little Christmas tree farm,  http://jimmiehov7.blogspot.com/, and  

Ask Dr. Jim (blog), http://jimmiehov8.blogspot.com/ (seldom newly posted)

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 Fine print stuff: 

 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large]

 - I am linked with Tom of "Backwoods Travel" (Link here to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews

 - I am also linking again this week with James of "Weekend Reflections/Street Photos" (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, April 09, 2021

Letter "O" -- Weekend Roundup and Street/Reflections

Note my "booted foot!!!"  


I fell last Friday and broke, of all body parts, my right foot big toe.  Foot doctor says to wear it for eight weeks and hope the break will grow back together.
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THE FIFTHTEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES) - the Letter "O" Prompts are: (A) Starts with the Letter "O"; (B) "Over" (Tom's Choice); (C) A Favorite; (D) Street/Reflections; and (E) A Lagniappe. 
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(A) Starts with the Letter "O":   Orange Tree starts with "O".   It's time for an update.  My much posted Orange Tree froze in our unusual February winter storm and a Blanket Over it wasn't enough help.  

I am thinking of a pretty blooming cherry tree to replace it but Mrs. Jim thinks that maybe our winters aren't long enough and cold enough for cherries. It will be replaced with a small tree again. 

Body Outline; Lower Right (click for larger)
[my Cape Horn, S. Africa Beach photo]

(B) "Over" (Tom's Choice):   Penguins all Over.  I used this picture in my Day 8 NaPoWriMo "poem", at .  


(C) A Favorite:   Left Over Mac 'n Cheese.  This day I was almost Out of Luck, Only Five Pieces of macaroni were left for me.   

Like many Other Grandparents we keep a supply of Mac 'n Cheese for our youngest 1granddaughter who lives within walking distance from us.   Right now I have a small bowl of Left Over Mac in our refrigerator. 


(D) Street/Reflections:   "Family Feud" score board,  Reflected on the coffee table.  To win $2000 today's contestant winning team needed at least 200 points, they ended up with only 153. 

Note my "booted foot!!!"  I fell and broke, of all body parts, my right foot big toe.  Foot doctor says to wear it for eight weeks and hope the break will grow back together.  


(E) A Lagniappe:   A nice Tea for Old Folk had these goodies for eating along with our tea.  We were just about to sample the chocolate puff cookies when we had to leave for a tour of the place.
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 - I am attempting to write at least one poem a day for the National Poem Writing Month.  Today is Day Seven of the 30, you can see my progress here, .
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Bonus Questions: 
 
(1)  Tell about any dealings you have had with an Afternoon 
Tea  When we are on a cruise, most cruise ships have Afternoon Tea at about 3:00PM for an hour, either in a dining room or large lounge.  I like the lounge high looking out over the bow or the aft on showing contrails of water being kicked up by the propellers.  
Also, our younger daughter, KP likes Hotel Afternoon Tea, especially the hotels in London. 
 

(2) What is your favorite Word starting with "O"?  Mine today will be  "Often", because unlike many other words, it only has one definition.  And also because it means things are happening.     

(3) Anything else you were reminded of here that you would like to tell about? 

My going blogs: 

For all of Jim's NaPoWriMo 2021 post click 

 http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/search/label/NaPoWriMo%202021

Jim's Little Blog, http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/

Jim's Little Photo and Picture Place, http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/

Jim's little Christmas tree farm,  http://jimmiehov7.blogspot.com/, and  

Ask Dr. Jim (blog), http://jimmiehov8.blogspot.com/ (seldom newly posted)

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 Fine print stuff: 

 - [Click on any picture for larger, click it again for extra large]

 - I am linked with Tom of "Backwoods Travel" (Link here to click for Tom's Weekend Reviews

 - I am also linking again this week with James of "Weekend Reflections/Street Photos" (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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