Friday, February 21, 2020

The Letter "H" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The seventh issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...
(THE SEVENTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "H" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "H";
(B) "High" (Tom's choice);
(C) A Favorite; 
(D) Reflections.
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(A) Starts with the Letter "H":  Horse starts with "H".  I thought this could be a Horse when I made it. 

Some of you knew that I rode My Horse, Minnie, to a two room country school for High School my first two years.   New England School was over in Washington County (Nebraska) three miles from our home.   Two years of High School were all that most farm boys received back in my dads days if they were staying on the farm and working.  



(B) "High" (Tom's choice):  High Over the Neighbor's House is the Moon and a Star setting in the West.  



(C).A Favorite:   Hospital Wing Hallway Map with a You Are Here note.  It's not that this Map is exciting in itself but that many times they make me remember our youngest granddaughter as she loves to read maps

Road maps on paper or a GPS, she has been fine with these since before she was four.  The photo on the right shows her when we were looking for the Downtown Baptist Church in London,  U.K, she has become a regular backseat driver lady now.  She is ten now. 


(D) ReflectionsHiding Horse's Eye and Face.  Please comment about it or Mrs. Jim's Leather Jacket ("J"s" are coming up in a couple of weeks).  
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you wish).

(1)  How do you treat GPS and Paper Maps while traveling?    Another easy question for me, it seems like every time  Mrs. Jim and I need routing advice I use the GPS of google maps while she likes to see everything plain big picture wise using a big paper map.

(2)  What do you think of when we are discussing "the Moon and the Stars"?   I think of  meteor showers. 

 Bonus Questions:  bb c 
(1) what is your favorite "H" word?  This time it will be "Hot Dog."  In earlier days when I was  bachelor I made a lot of them.  My specialties were Chili-cheese Dogs, Cheese Dogs with Mustard and Relish, and Cheese Dogs with Sauerkraut and Mustard.  Check this link below:   

(2)  What comes to mind when you hear "Horses" mentioned?    Most times I remember how I rode Minnie to High School. 

(3)  If you wish to tell of your OLD CAR or COLLECTOR CAR experiences this would be another  day. 

BUT THERE WILL BE ANOTHER DAY IF YOU'D LIKE.    

I've had several , all Ford products except one Dodge.  My '74 and '98 Ford Mustang's are the ones, probably last ones, I have now.
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The fine print:
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 - I am linked with Tom of "Backwoods Travel" (Link to Tom's Weekend Reviews)
 - The pictures are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law. 

 - I am also linked this week with James, (click here for his Reflections Photos).

 - Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2020, All Rights Reserved 

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Friday, February 14, 2020

The Letter "G" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

 ♡♡ HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY ♡♡
 

The sixth issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...
(THE SIXTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "G" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "G";
(B) "Green" (Tom's choice);
(C) A Favorite; 
(D) Reflections.
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(A) Starts with the Letter "G":  "Gala and Granny Smith Apples" start with "G".  These were at our local Kroger Grocery Store on sale for 88 cents per pound.  Each apple weighs a little over six ounces.  Three for a dollar? 

(B) "Green" (Tom's choice):  My favorite Green item is my 1974 Ford Mustang Ii Ghia.  

Here is "Mom's" 1974 Mustang II Ghia.  I was the first owner, Mom wanted me to buy her a stick shift from the lease cars turned in for the Spring of 1975.  I worked for Ford Aerospace at NASA Houston then and some of our executives were encouraged to lease a new Ford every year.  

 


Mom didn't trust the automatic transmission in the car Dad had purchased as she couldn't tell what gear it was in and was afraid it might be choosing the wrong gear at times.  





This Mustang II and a hot rod Ford Torino were the only Fords that year with standard transmission.  She said, "Yes, get it for me" of the little down-sized Mustang.  That was the first year of downsizing for it.  It was built on a Ford Pinto chassis (we had a yellow 1972 model Pinto for our driver car--it was lost in our 1979 flood along with two other cars and a motorcycle). 


(C) A Favorite:  I like road signs.  You can see some displays of my taste by clicking on the "Signs" link in the "Labels" button section below.  

On January 7th (2017) we stopped at Stellenbosch, out from Cape Town, South Africa.  It is a pretty little town, similar to one you knew growing up or perhaps you live in one now.  The church I posted here  https://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/2020/01/new-poem-for-2020.html?m=1,  was at Stellenbosch


(D) Reflection:  I need some help here with my covered bridge as I don't know where it is located.  Perhaps some place in Iowa or New Hampshire, those two states are famous for their covered bridges.  So if you have ridden over it or for another reason, please let me know in your comment.  (My educated guess is Vermont.)

Reflection?  See the bright spot in the picture's upper right.  I took this with the calendar laying on the kit hen island under the overhead work lights.  That's all the dimmer I could get with the Light's Reflection
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. How do you treat Valentine's Day with your loved ones?  Family?  Friends?    Another easy question for me, it seems like every year since Mrs. Jim and I knew each I've had a box of Whitman Samplers for her.  Did you know the pound box used to be a pound of  chocolates, no the box holds only 12 ounces.  


We don't exchange cards anymore , some times we go to the Dollar Store and choose, then each read the pick for each other and leave without buying. 


[If you have trouble reading click on the picture for a larger size.  Click again, it might get bigger still. ]
[Mrs. Jim found this in today's Houston Chronicle's Funny Page.] 


2. What do you think of when we are discussing
 "Road Signs"?   I think of our 
thirty day cruise from Dubai to Cape Town, we were gone from December 3 to January 10.  I think of how they were mainly in languages that I could not understand.

Bonus Questions:

1. What is your favorite "Gword?   This time it will be "Gondola".  In earlier days when I worked at NASA Houston, another Aerospace Engineer suggested that we do Lawn Chair Balloon Riding.  

His idea was to tie enough Helium filled balloons to our chairs to launch us.  Then when we were ready to come down we would pop some balloons.  We might have to have an easy-to-get Balloon Pilot License. 

I would go along if we could tie enough balloons. And since we were both single family obligations weren't a huge thing. Since my kids were all teenage my estate liquidated would have paid support until they were of age.

2.  What comes to mind when you hear "Covered Bridges" mentioned?    Most times I remember how during my three years in New Hampshire how we loved driving and riding through them.  When I needed some "Alone Time" I would go riding on my Vespa Scooter through on my way to a pleasant place.  Almost as nice as riding along the Rio Grande River when I lived in El Paso.  On either side of the river.  And the crossing on the several bridges there.
 
I especially enjoyed Mistletoe Hunting at Christmas time. 
 
3.  If you wish to tell of your OLD CAR or COLLECTOR CAR experiences this would be the day. 
BUT THERE WILL BE ANOTHER DAY IF YOU'D LIKE.    
I've had several , all Ford products except one Dodge.  My '74 and '98 Mustang's are the ones, probably last ones, I have now.
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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 "Backwoods Travel" (Link to Tom's Weekend Reviews)
 - The pictures are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law. 

 - I am also linked this week with James at Weekend Reflections, http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ (click here for his Reflections Photos).
 - Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2020, All Rights Reserved 

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Friday, February 07, 2020

The Letter "F" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The fifth issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...
(THE FIFTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "F" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "F";
(B) "Full" (Tom's choice); 
(C) A Favorite;  
(D) Reflections. 
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(A) Starts with the Letter "F":  Fairy Garden starts with "F".  I like Fairy Gardens and many flower and garden shops have, or can make you a miniature Flairy Garden to take away.  Most even have Fairies to sell.  


My favorite Fairy Garden Find so far has been this one on the Isle of Man road from Douglas to the airport.  

The road separates, going and coming, to go around.  The folks stop and tack or pin a note to the tree in the middle where the Garden is.  If the fairy reads your note then he will probably see to it that your wish is fulfilled.  
https://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/2007/10/isle-of-man-holiday-no-02-fairy-bridge.html?m=1 

Link to see my other Isle of Man blog posts on my other blog: 
http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/search/label/Isle of Man?m=0
Also search for more here on this blog.


(B) "Full" (Tom's choice): This container is Full of Colored Milk Chocalate Chips, made from Camel's Milk.  It is really yummy, once in a while I snitch a piece. 

The chocolate was given to Mrs. Jim at the Market in Dubai, UAE, after she had purchased a larger container of Safron spice.  Arabia, here, and Persha have been noted for spices since very early days of the ancient traders.



(C) A Favorite:   A Feathered Friend (not), a wild ostrich on a rocky beach southwest of Cape Town, South Africa.  Not real friendly, they shied away from Humans.  Had we some food for them things might have been different. 



(D) Reflections: The hoods and windshield  of the vehicles are reflection the branchwork of tree in the background.  
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. When was the last time you went to the beach?  You can tell about that a bit here if you wish.?    Another easy question for me, it was out from Cape Town  after our long cruise that we just finished.   It was a thirty day cruise from Dubai to Cape Town, we were gone from December 3 to January 10.

2. What do you think of when we are discussing
 "Fairy Gardens"?   I think of The Isle of Man.  I am one quarter Manx as my Grandfather Corkhill's line immigrated from there.  BTW, the Manx breed of cats have no tails

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manx_cat

Bonus Questions:

1. What is your favorite "Fword?   This time it will be "Foot or Feet".  In earlier days I ran a few Ugly Feet contests.  Those were the days, '05.and after when I had more readers, and fewer too now and then.

2.  What comes to mind when you hear "Chocolate" mentioned?  How much chocolate is in your home  at this instant?    Mrs. Jim married ed in 1974, every anniversary, and Motherd Day, Christmas, and for birthday, I give her a box of Whitman Sampler chocolate candy when I can find a BOGO OFFERED.  We have a jar of Miniature Butterfinger bars and an assorted of chocolate bars we.bought on sale after Trick or Treat. 
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The fine print:
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 - I am linked with Tom of "Backwoods Travel" (Link to Tom's Weekend Reviews)
 - The pictures are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law. 

 - I am also linked this week with James at Weekend Reflections, http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ (click here for his Reflections Photos).
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Friday, January 31, 2020

The Letter "E" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

Note:  My Sabatical is over, It was a thirty day cruise from Dubai to Cape Town, we were gone from December 3 to January 10.   We were aboard the Oceania small ship Nautica and stopped along the way.  Mrs. Jim  and I visited more UAE countries, Oman, four stops along India's coast, numerous Islands of the Indian Ocean,  and four countries in South Africa. 
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The fifth issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...
(THE FIFTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "E" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "E";
(B) "Enormous" (Tom's choice);
(C) A Favorite;  
(D) Reflections. 
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(A) Starts with the Letter "E":  "Enjoy" the scenery as your houseboat chugs through the Back Waters of India.  This one was out of Co Chin.


 (C) A Favorite:   Part of what Mrs. Jim was seeing from her dining room window.  Look through the windows behind her, not very much was commercialized.  Through the trees were a lot of rice fields. Note the lovely Reflection in the picture above.


(B) "Enormous" (Tom's choice):  Now where did I lay  my towel?  Kind of problems one has when getting out of the tub.  Especially if you are large and your tub is a mud puddle in the desert. 

South Africa's Aquilla Game Preserve a ways out from Cape Town. All animals were rescue animals from the wilds of Africa.   The employees were local town folk. 



(D) Reflections:   A Wall of Mirrors to greet you upon entering the dinning room on our ship, Oceania's small ship, the Nautica.  What you were seeing was a part of the Excellent Christmas Brunch Buffet.
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. When was the last time you were riding on a boat (or ship)?    An easy question for me, it was on our long cruise that we just finished.   It was a thirty day cruise from Dubai to Cape Town, we were gone from December 3 to January 10.

2. What do you think of when we are discussing being
 "Enormous"?   I think of e e cummings (link) and his autobiographical book, "The Enormous Room.  It is the story of his four months during WWII, being incarcerated .  He was bunked in a large room with 30 other prisoners (Link). I recommend reading, get it from your library. 

Bonus Questions:

1. What is your favorite "Eword?   This time it will be "Easy".   That should be Easy for us retired people, Mrs. Jim makes a good example of how to do that, would you say from the picture above.


2.  When will you, or did you already, retire?    Mrs. Jim retired in 1999, I did two years later.  I tell anyone who I think might listen that they should not wait too long.  So many of my friends have waited so long that they die before or right after. 
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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 "Backwoods Travel" (Link to Tom's Weekend Reviews)
 - The pictures are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law. 

 - I am also linked this week with James at Weekend Reflections, http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ (click here for his Reflections Photos).
 - Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2020, All Rights Reserved 

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Friday, January 24, 2020

The Letter "D" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The fourth issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...
(THE FOURTH LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "D" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "D";
(B) "Dark" (Tom's choice);
(C) A Favorite; and
(D) Reflections. 
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(A.1) Starts with the Letter "D":  Deer starts with "D" (look behind the fourth wilderbeast 'cow' on the right).  These scrawny Deer were rescue animals at the Aquilla Animal Preserve outside Cape Town,  South Africa,  where we visited three weeks ago during my blogging and writing Sabbatical.   

That involved a 30 Day cruise from Dubai over to India and then down to Cape Town, South Africa, aboard the Oceania shop Nautica.   We made numerous stops along the way.  

I would recommend that this be on everyone's bucket list after when your finished  cruising, driving, or flying to the usual places, or most of them. 


(A.2) Also starts with the Letter "D":  Device also starts with "D".  This Device, you may call it an appliance, is my new bridge that I received from my Dentist this morning.  

I was fitted with an impression before we left and after my tooth on the right was pulled, this morning it was ready for me to wear. The two teeth on the left I've been missing so now I can chew on both sides. 

I can hardly wait to see what the Tooth Fairy brings, money most times.


(B) "Dark" (Tom's choice):  it was nearly Dark here on the middle of No Place out on the Indian Ocean.   Taken from our balcony, note that we could hide out there from those pilating from the flying bridge.

Although the sun had set, the red remained to make a nice Reflection out in the distant water.


(C) A Favorite:  My Dear Wife celebrated her birthday January 1, 2020 at a specialty restaurant on board our ship, the Oceania Nautica.   She had a steak, my dish was lobster.

Our table was at the back of the ship by a nice window.  Of course it was Dark outside so we didnt see anything out there.  We had spent the day out in the rain at the Maldives Islands.  


(D) Reflections:  From our back water boat trip out of Cochin, India. 
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. What all is on your  bucket list?   As far as traveling, mine is pretty well used up . As far as traveling goes, mine is pretty well used up.  Still I wish to travel more.   I would like to get my ham radio back on the air.

2. How many of your permanent teeth do you still have ?   I think I have seven of them and three wisdom.teeth missing, six are replaced by two bridges.  My sister replaced all of hers when she was in her thirties. She is on her third or fourth set now.  Search my blog for "Lois".

Bonus Questions:

1. What is your favorite "Dword?   
This time it will be Day.  I always hope for a nice surprise each new Day.


2.  Where at have you taken a nice water trip?    Next to this backwater trip it probably have been a swamp ride in the Louisiana Achaffel River Basin looking for alligators.   Our guide failed with lurring some by tossing marshmallows into the swamp.  So the fish had to eat them. 
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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 "Backwoods Travel" (Link to Tom's Weekend Reviews)
 - The pictures are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law. 

 - I am also linked this week with James at Weekend Reflections, http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ (click here for his Reflections Photos).
 - Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2020, All Rights Reserved 

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Friday, January 17, 2020

The Letter "C" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The third issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...
(THE THIRD LETTER FOR THIS SERIES)
- the Letter "C" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "C";
(B) "Clear";
(C) A Favorite; and
(D) Reflections. 
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A) Starts with the Letter "C":  "Country" starts with "C".  The map above shows the five Small Countries of Europe.  We have visited four but NOT San Marino.  

San Marino is land locked by Italy.  That gives us a good excuse to revisit the lovey Countryside of Tuscany.   BTW, its official language is Italian and has a population of over 33K.  For more check out Wikipedia, click here



(B) "Clear":  "Clear"ly Wine Country.  South Africa about 150 miles outside Cape Town.



(C) A Favorite:  A South African Bungalow placed inside a game preserve.  There were several, I forgot to ask whether or not tourists could rent one.  I am thinking some of the permanent staff may live in some.



(D) Reflections.  Looking away from our balcony.  Across Granger  Bay, Cape Town, South Africa, after dark.  Note the tall masted sail boat docked on the left. 
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you'd like):

1. What has been your experience with visiting Countries outside the U.S ?   I have visited all 50 of the U.S. States, most Western Europe Countries, and Countries in all Continents except for Antarctica.   

2. What are your tastes in Holidays, i.e. Vacations?   I like best driving.  Either in the States or far away places.  

Bonus Questions:
1. What is your favorite "Cword?   "
Country", foreign or the rural type. 

2. What is your take on Wine, the industry or drinking or both?  Have you ever made your own?    We have visited wineries in Texas and many other places.  I have not tried to make wine, I have too many hobbies and duties to tend already.  If I needed something to do it could be on my possibility list. An untold youth story here. Nah na nah na na. 

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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 "Backwoods Travel" (Link to Tom's Weekend Reviews)
- The pictures are all mine and rights are reserved to me under Copyright Law. - I am also linked this week with James at Weekend Reflections, http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/ (click here for his Reflections Photos).

 - Photos and Text Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2020, All Rights Reserved 


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