Friday, October 15, 2021

Letter "P" -- -- Weekend Roundup

THE SIXTEENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES - The Letter "P" Prompts are: (A) Starts with the Letter "P"; (B) "Peaceful" (Tom's Choice); (C) A Favorite; and (D) A Lagniappe.  

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(A) Starts with the
Letter "P":  PumpkinPumpkins are used a lot when coming to mind for "P" words.
  Harvest is in and Halloween is beginning to bear down on us.  Pumpkins for eating and for Jack-o-lanterns.  

  


 

(B)  Being in or watching a
Parade is generally Peaceful.   We parked our golf cart in the driveway and chatted with our friends until the Parade started. 
(C) A Favorite:  PebblesPebbles belonged to Mrs. Jim when we were married.  She was a Chihuahua little dog and was used to half of Mrs. Jim's bed for sleeping before we married.  After that she was relegated to sleeping in her basket placed in the open closet.  

The dog in the picture was her dog later, a Toy Poodle named Katrin, given to her by a friend who was dying.  

Katrin died in 2014, we had her for a nice nice and enjoyable friendship.


(D) A Lagniappe:   


After moving to Bentwater,  north of Houston, we mostly went to our subdivision parade. We called it a golf cart parade although there were a few cars and motorcycles also. Not many bicycles.

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This was my Favorite float golf car, Entry No. 68. You might recognize the occupants, GC#4 (a.k.a. BP), Adi, and Mrs. Jim. They worked hard on the decorations, Karen and I helped some. I always got the job of blowing up balloons.

And those airplanes?

Just look below.

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We hardly missed a Fourth of July parade. Nor did we miss the fireworks. Friendswood always had great one too, generally a light show. Mrs. Jim and I reminisced tonight as we watched our subdivision fireworks. One year we went to the Red River in Alexandria, Louisiana. where they had a nice boat light parade as well.

We went home after the parade and had hotdogs.

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Friday, October 08, 2021

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

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

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(A) Starts with the Letter "O":   "Old" starts with the letter "O".   This is an Old truck, my friend Charles is fairly Old, and I will be pretty Old at the end of October.  

Old for us was admitted when we reached 80, OBE, I am a little older than Charles.  Charles is one of my two Sunday Morning Bible Class teachers at our church, Second Baptist Church, 1463 Campus.  Charles is a retired pastor and teaches really good lessons, as does our other teacher, Nan. 

The truck?  It was made meant to be a 1910's to late twenties truck.  I'm making it to be 1926, or age 97, my dad died when he was 97. 


(B) "Ornate" (Tom's Choice):  If you don't think my Man Bag is Ornate then would you please admit that it is very Practical.  I packed it for my doctor visit, the following I wrote then, on this Wednesday. 

Also eye catching and pretty.  Inside I carry a bottle of water, my cell phone, two Soduku puzzles from old news papers, a granola bar and four peanut buttered soda cracker bars, and today's newspaper. 

Taking up space too are three library books, two are mine and one is Mrs. Jim's.   We are at our cardiologist for checkups, I go every six months so I needed it to carry stuff to keep me busy in between tests.  Today I had my usual Doppler probing scan of my legs and uppers, a PET heart scan, a chest Xray,  and a CBC+ blood test.  

I do this of sorts every six months, always the Doppler to check out my 



(C) A Favorite:  My mother's words, quite often she said to me, "You won't find a nice girl at the bars."  Like I was hanging out at the bars, I always thought she was joking.


(D) Street/Reflections (more):  The scene, taken from our Oceania Cruise Ship, Nautica, is of a distant lighted highway along the coast of Oman near Muscat. 
(Previously posted here December 13, 2019 [link].)  

 

(E)  A Lagniappe:   The "O" country I've visited is Oman.  The city of Muscat is in Oman, lower right on the map above.  We cruised to starting at Dubai and first went to the left to visit Abu Dhabi on the way.   Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.  From Muscat we headed to India.  [click on the map for larger viewing, click it again for extra large size]
For more, click on the Label, below, "2019-20 Dubai to Cape Town" 

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Friday, October 01, 2021

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

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

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(A) Starts with the Letter "N":   The word, "New", starts with Letter "N".  We have a New "Judge Judy" type program here in the Houston (Texas) area called "Relative Justice".  

It is on local TV Channel 39 and it's law suits are between Family Members.  Sort of okay, I liked Judge Judy better, she is hard to imitate.  So far we have watched only one program.


(B) "
Nuts" (Tom's Choice):   Above, this is a small bag of small Nuts and Washers. 
They are from my large box of Bolts, Nuts, Washers,  and Screws.  It was a gift to me, probably for Christmas.  The box is pictured on the right. 

When I dropped out of college, U of Nebraska, I needed a job so that I could give my father back his pickup.  I didn't tell him until I found a job.  

The job that I found was at Elgin National Watch Company, there in Lincoln, Nebraska.  A part of the aptitude test was to screw on a whole bunch of Nuts onto bolts sticking out of a wooden box.  I screwed on every Nut there was before my time went out.  I could do this job with both hands which helped me a lot there.  

I stayed on at Elgin until I was drafted into the service three years later.  I did well at the factory, I hired on as a Degreaser Operator and after about 15 months was promoted to Setup Man with a line of 16 workers to keep happy with parts to work and well adjusted and sharp, if it involved cutting or stamping, equipment.   

I was the youngest Setup Man they ever had, I think my "some college" helped quite a bit.




(C) A FavoriteDo Not Worry.  I won't be climbing into that junk.  A New Nashville (Tennessee) project doesn't need all this cement and dirt.


(D) Street/Reflections:   A Vanderbilt student on it's Nashville campus. 

He seems to be hurrying, I was taught to respect those folk with that type motivation. 


(E.1) A LagniappeNormality like aura in a crowded Nashville setting.

(E.2) A Lagniappe:  Six "N" countries we've visited:

    Netherland, informally called  Holland(yes) — Aruba(yes)Curaçao(yes), the Netherlands (island - no), and Saint Maarten(yes)—are constituent countries, we've not been to "The Kingdom of The Netherlands"(no) Island Country itself.

    New Zealand 

    Norway  

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Friday, September 24, 2021

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

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

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(A) Starts with the Letter "M":   Maruchan Instant Lunch is my favorite go-to meal when Mrs. Jim and I differ on evening meal choices.   For instance she might decide to have oatmeal which makes me gag.  

Those times I generally make a soup of it instead of a lunch.  Making it a soup merely involves adding more hot water. The ingredients are dried, Ramen Noodles, a few vegetables, a few shrimp, dried beef or other, and then a dash of flavor.  It can be spicy or natural.  

 - For Shrimp soup to Most times a Shrimp flavored base I add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of frozen peas, slightly cooked, in the heating water along with about three shrimp cut up into five or six little pieces.  

Then I add a dash of Creole Seasoning powder to suit my slightly hot taste.  I generally have another nine or ten shrimp, depending on size, to eat with Shrimp Sauce or Sweet and Sour Sauce and some saltine crackers with Cheddar cheese.
 
 - For Beef soup  I will hopefully (I don't always buy any of the beef lunch), add the same stuff except that for the beef I substitute one large sized frozen Meat ball, thawed and cut into 8-16 pieces, and heated with the slightly cooking frozen peas. 

 - I like the latter because I can mush chew this without having to put in my top dentures.


(B) "Metal" (Tom's Choice):   This is my left knee, it has a Titanium Metal joint that "we" exchanged for the old knee joint in 2011.  You can see it protruding, but not through my skin, like a door hinge.  Its bottom is above the short dark line about a fourth of the way up in the picture. 

(C) A Favorite:  "M" and "L" countries I've visited (I missed posting the "L's" last week):

Latvia 

Liechtenstein (2 times visited)

Lithuania 

Maldives 

Mauritius 

Mexico (lots and lots of times visited)*

Monaco 

Mozambique 

*Note:  most Mexico visits were entered from El Paso when I was in the Army stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. 

(D) Street/Reflections:  Dubai classroom taken through the window.  Note the teacher's "Magic Behavior Wand".



(E.1) A LagniappeMountain Range in South Africa near Capetown.  Sorry, the area is filled with Mountain Ranges and I couldn't figure out which one this is as there are several in the area.  It was across the Freeway that we took from Capetown getting to the wild life refuge where we had our "Safari".

(E.2) Another LagniappeMy two Ford Mustangs, a 1974 Mustang II Ghia and a 1998 Mustang GT Convertible
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Friday, September 17, 2021

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

 Lucky Little Cat named Sugar Bear 


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

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(A) Starts with the Letter "L":  Little Leprechaun 

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We caught him! This is the mean Little Leprechaun who pushed me down the stairs while we were visiting in Ireland.  I ended up falling down a few very hard stairs. The fall knocked a finger out of joint and broke my right kneecap. I'm still recovering.  Read about that nasty incident (click here)  

This is from BP's Snow Globe collection (click here).  I'm wondering if she still has that collection.  Now she has graduated with Bachelor's and Master's degrees and has a very good job, seventeen years later.  The little June Bug leprechaun was found hiding out in a gift shop in Killarney.
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(B) "Landscape" (Tom's Choice):   The beautiful (not) Landscape viewed from the rear window of the overhead railway train going from C Terminal over to B Terminal ar the Houston Bush International Airport.


(C) A Favorite:   This Lucky Little Cat is named Sugar Bear.   She was a stray and my BIL took her in when she was a stray who was camping in the back yard.


(D) Street/Reflections:   College students waiting for (___you name it___).  Taken while driving by the Vanderbilt University at Nashville, Tennessee. 


(E.1) A Lagniappe.   Lucius apples in bins for sale at our Kroger Grocery Store. 

(E.2) A Lagniappe.  A Leading cause 

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Thursday, September 09, 2021

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

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

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(A) Starts with the Letter "K":   Killarney  starts with "K".  This was our nice B&B find in Killarney.  We stayed there two times. It was on a hill with a wonderful view from our front bedroom window.  We could also walk from there to downtown without driving and parking woes. (link to Muckross Drive House) .  https://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/search?q=Killarney


(B) "Kind" (Tom's Choice):  "Be ye kind one to another" was my mother-in-law's favorite Bible quotation (Ephesians 4:32).  Everyone in her preschool Sunday morning Bible class had that one memorized.  

One morning when she came in two boys were quarreling and the whole class was in pandemonium.  She, upon entering, said, "Have you not forgotten Ephesians 4:32?"  Of which one of the fighting boys quickly replied, "No Ma'am, we just ain't doing it." (About Mema #1(About Mema #2) (more Meme postings
Mema died January 16, 2007.


(C) A Favorite:  We were in box seats Tuesday night at the Sugarland Skeeters versus the Los Angeles's baseball game.  It was all free for us, paid by a group soliciting, for us to live in there apartments as seniors.  Read all about it here.


(D) Street/Reflections:  l am posed sitting across the sidewalk of this Katy clothing store window.   I waited for the white car's Reflection and mine to be outlined on the driver's door to snap this one.  


(E) A Lagniappe:  the city of Katy, Texas  is ready to remember the fallen on 9/11.

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Friday, September 03, 2021

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


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

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(A) Starts with the Letter "J":   Today my "J" is for all the "Jams" and "Jellies" of the world.  How many Jars might that be? 



My Jars of Jam are lined up for a taste test.  I know the result before we start, do you?  Left to right, Walmart, Aldi, and La Madeleine

My other blogs using  the word, Jam [posted Here]
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(B) "Jewel" (Tom's Choice):   Do Quartz Watches have Jewels?  Dunno.  So I asked google.  Google said, "
Some quartz watches do have jewels in its movement to reduce friction. These watches are generally of a higher quality than watches without jewels and are designed to last longer which subsequently making it costing more money. The use of jewels in a quartz watch has its merits and advantages Jul 6, 2019"
[http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2009/02/ruby-red-tuesday-red-roofed-jack-in-box.html ]

(C) A FavoriteMy Favorite Jack-in-the-box restaurant.  This ] was our first breakfast after our marriage the day before, on February 1973.  We had honeymooned in San Antonio, Texas, and this Jack was across the street.  Note that there was no drive in service.  Our hotel was on the famed Riverwalk.  (Our honeymoon breakfast plus link) (San Antonio [Texas] Riverwalk link)


(D)
Street/ReflectionsJiving along on two wheels on a street in India. 

 
The Bride and Groom

She is my love, I carry her picture
For forty-eight years the Lord has been true

That day so long ago I made my vow
To have and to hold, to cherish and love 

She was naïve, tender, and oh so sweet
She loved me too, she'd love, honor, obey 

We've kept those vows--our love has grown still more
I'd do it again, I know she would too


Photos and poem Copyright © 2014 Jimmiehov. All Rights Reserved 
 [ http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2014/02/our-41-anniversary-today.html ]

 

 [ http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2007/07/this-is-my-lucky-day-07-07-07-and-time.html ]

(E.1)
A Lagniappe.   Jim and his bride, then and now.

(E.2)  Another Lagniappe:  The the letter "J" where I have traveled:

 - Countries: 
Jamaica
Japan (only stopped at the Tokyo Airport for a long layover on the way to China)
Jordan
 
 - States: (I've been to all 50) 
No States begin with a "J"

 - U.S. Cities over 100,000 population where I've been:
Jacksonville, Florida
Jackson, Mississippi

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