Saturday, October 07, 2006

Adi Can . . . . . . . Have her own toadstool

Or should I call this a mushroom. Rachel is the expert on these, especially on October 2nd and September 25th and September 22nd.
The ruler is for Jerry who wanted on for my cow pie picture on July 16.

I'll not make any tea from it unless it can be identified.

Friday, October 06, 2006

It's fair to howl tonight . . . . . . . Howl with me at the Harvest Moon

My night time photo of the Tuscan Moon in April. April Moons are very similar to October Moons. The picture at the right came with the Yaho! News article.

I howl at the moon. A very nice full moon and I will bite too, if my fangs come out!

Tonight's Full Moon 12 Percent Bigger - Yahoo! News:

"Robert Roy Britt
Senior Science Writer
Fri Oct 6, 9:15 AM ET

Tonight's full Moon will be almost 12 percent bigger than some of the full Moons this year, according to NASA, setting up a fine viewing opportunity when it rises in the evening.

The reason: The Moon is near perigee, the point on its slightly out-of-round orbit that is closest to Earth.
This Moon is called the Harvest Moon, owing to its timing of being nearest the autumnal equinox. Farmers in the past relied on it to harvest all night. The Harvest Moon is not always closer and bigger than normal.

The Moon will rise around 6 p.m. local time (compute exact time for your location). It will be officially 'full' at 11:13 p.m. ET, though the Moon is never really full.

Some other strange Moon facts:
The Moon is not bigger when on the horizon.
The Moon is moving away as you read this. Far away.
There is no proof the Moon makes people crazy.

Late Monday night and into Tuesday morning, Oct. 10, the Moon will pass in front of the Pleiades star cluster, creating an interesting skywatching opportunity for skywatchers with telescopes.
More to Explore:
Moon Image Gallery
Skywatcher's Guide to the Moon
How Lunar Phases Work

A simple little photo with some bigger fairly complex musings

Simply put, Halloween is upon us. Three and a half weeks from now little goblins and pirates will be tormenting and raiding for candy like this.
I bought this sack of candy at the grocery store last night for $1.50. Not to bad a price. I had in mind eating them mixed with peanuts. Someone had written in to Heloise saying this mixture makes cheap substitute for PayDay candy bars. They do, they do taste very similar to a PayDay. Try it. Candy corns work good too.
The price too much for you? Wait till November 1st and they'll be half price, 98 cents or a dollar. That's half price of the regular retail price which even at the beginning of the Halloween season they didn't get.
They go real good with coffee. Sweet things generally do. I quit using sugar in my coffee about fifty-one years ago, I was young then. I just decided that if I was drinking coffee worth bragging about then I should know what it tastes like. Ever since that decision I have fully enjoyed that full bodied strong coffee roast flavor.
The coaster under the hot cup. First, it protects the mirror beneath.
Second, it is one of a set of four, gifts from Mrs. Jim's friend Oagga. Oagga is from Korea, she married her husband, a helicopter pilot, while he was there fighting in one of those other wars we didn't win.
Third, the coaster is from Korea, made in Korea. The scene on this one is titled The New Year, depicting Oriental people making preparations for the celebration. The artist is Kim Jong Rae (1927 -- ).
The other scenes are Young Greens, Summer Night, and Harvest, all by the same artist.
The cup itself has Texas Bluebonnets as a painted decoration. We had service for eight but I dropped one cup, it broke.
One last item, Halloween things are out in full force but Christmas things are here in the stores too. One lady in the grocery store asked me, "Sir, may I wish you Merry Christmas?" I said sure and she did. Then she said she had started her Christmas season this year with that wish. I wished her back. Not a big deal with me.
This is the mirror the candy was sitting on. Mrs. Jim is using it now for this Fall decoration. The mirror was Mom's. I don't remember where in her house she kept it. It was one of those things we didn't sell at the auction.

I don't know its history either. It could have been in her attic with some of the things Dad's Aunt Minnie who lived in Omaha left them. Maybe Lois (my sister) will tell us. I do know it is very heavy.

This is the center piece for Fall on the dining room table. Mrs. Jim is a nice table decorator. The containers are pewter and the fruit is imitation, as were those pears above.

The candles are scented cinnamon and pumpkin. They are labeled pain au potiron tachet'ee, or pumpkin bread infused. I doubt if we will light them, the house smells very fragrant with them just sitting here unlit.

Oh yes, Merry Christmas all!!

Gasoline prices -- a Kelly Ripa quote

"Funny how gas prices drop during election times."
Kelly Ripa said that on the Live with Regis and Kelly show this morning.
More on the subject? [Go here.]

Thursday, October 05, 2006

You are seeing right

Yes, regular gas has gone below $1.99 and we don't even have to look very hard to find it. There are places around at $1.89 (link to Houston Gas Prices ).

It is very easy to give Vice President Dick Cheney for this. You see he came to Houston campaigning today. We are paying his wages too.
This is one way to get our money's worth out him, a kick-back on the gas prices while the administration is trying to keep Republican Congress seats. Of course big business eats this up and gives full cooperation to make the economy look good [and gas prices low].

He is pushing a probable loser, Republican write-in candidate Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, to represent the 22nd Congressional District formerly held by Tom Delay.

Shelley, a Houston City Council woman, is running against a Democrat, Nick Lampson. Nick was gerrymandered out of his seat earlier by Tom Delay. Now Nick Lampson is going get the disgraced Tom Delay's seat. Remember the saying, "what goes around comes around."

According to the Houston Chronicle today (
"Cheney spoke at the Hyatt Houston Downtown to about 200 Sekula-Gibbs supporters who paid $500 or more each for a sandwich, chips and a 15-minute speech from the vice president. She said she expects to raise $200,000 from the event."

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I understand from the news tonight that nothing was mentioned of Senator Foley of Florida who recently resigned his seat.

We aren't in this district. Our Representative is Kevin Brady (Republican) and about the only bad thing I know about him is that he was arrested last year for drunk driving in South Dakota.

Madd has a Web site, Lawmakers Busted for Drunk Driving (
link), where you can find Kevin and other unfortunate law makers/breakers. Kevin is towards the bottom of the page, you can search with your 'ctr F' command. I searched for 'Texas.'

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I played golf today with friend, Charlie. It was a beautiful morning for golf, it got a little warm in the afternoon.

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Our jail cell floor plan, we'll be bunking down there in a week now.

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We painted our bedroom last week. I did the walls, Mrs. Jim did the taping and painted the corners and around the trim. This is a night picture, it might show brighter in the daylight. Click on it to get a full-screen view.

What's in a company name?

Perhaps they have their reasons?

General rule: a definite no-no [I taught a college-level entrepreneurship class ].

Dave Bary had that in his blog today. He got 40 comments when I peeked. (link)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

It's June Bug! . . . . . . . . . . . No, It's March (2007) Bug!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Does Jim have pretty legs?

. Well, what do you think now? All I can say is beautiful! . Would you dare say they are s**y? .

. . Click Here to see my June Bug collection


What to do on any Saturday in East Texas

I fell in love 25 27 times tonight!
[After it started they added two local Italian girls.]
So first, before we go to East Texas, lets look at tonight. Tonight was the premier episode of The Bachelor! (

This bachelor was a prince, Prince Lorenzo Borghese. His family is Italian, he lives in New York City. He is 34 years old, I don't think ever married, and seems a lot like I was when I was his age. That was for you girls and women.

Now for me (and us guys). I spent these last two hours being in the shoes of Lorenzo, figuring out these beautiful women.


Boast a little (for this week at least), the two Texas ladies, J
ami Plumber

and Erica Rose
[Houston Chronicle links]
(from Galveston and Houston respectively) both got a rose. They will be back next week.

For a list of all the women and Lorenzo and their bios, go
(click) here.

For a chance to win a trip to Italy, one each week, go
(click) here. You must register as a Bachelor watcher first to enter, it tells how there on that entry page.

Who all got those twelve red roses? Why Kim, Rose, Jeanette, Jami, Ellen, Sarah, Desiree, Jennifer, Erica, Gina, Sadie, and Onessy, in that order. Rose and Onessy didn't have bio's, I might have misunderstood Lorenzo when he called these. You can click on the other's names to see where there're from.

One other item, Prince Lorenzo said it sucks to not pick the thirteen fifteen he had to let go home.

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Now to our Saturday as shown in these pictures


Start the morning off with a new bank

(Capital Bank) opening.

Here we see the pancake stacking contest.



Free pancakes for everyone!

Who else but the Jim Bunch would have their picture taken?

[It was for the blog.]


After I put a battery in Mema's fire alarm

I cranked up the 1974 Mustang II

and took it home.

This Mustang II has 67,000 miles on it.

It belonged to Mom, we call it Grandma's Mustang II.

She had to have a stick shift, she didn't trust an automatic to be in the right gear. How in the world could a piece of machinery figure that out?

Adi thought she could go for a ride!

[But not this time.]


Nebraska football (playing Kansas at Nebraska) was only on the Internet for audio here in this part of Texas. No TV.

Nebraska scored first, in the first 58 seconds to make it 7 to 0.

The reason we took the Mustang home was to get gas. We drove to Huntsville where they don't put ethanol in the gas.

Here in Montgomery County we put it in because we are helping Houston with their pollution problems. Our speed limits are lower too so we can do more to help their pollution problem.

We had supper at McKenzies BBQ in Huntsville.

Usually the Huntsville car club meets there on Saturday nights, but this Saturday they had a car show at the court house square. I've met a few of these people before.

You can tell the owners like cars, the motive is car things all the way around the two dining rooms. With toy cars, license plates, car parts, etc. it all looks pretty good.


The game was still on when we got back. We got to hear the last two touchdowns from that streaming audio.

Nebraska won 39 to 32.


[Click on pictures for full screen]

[Bachelor contestant pictures courtessy of ABC]

June Bug, June Bug! . . . No, its October Bug!

. October bug really isn't a bug at all. I found her climbing our wall by the back door. That is a brick she is clinging to, wedging herself against the door frame. I wonder where this creature is now? I hope she can find food and water. A lot of those little white bugs come to the window in the door every warm night, then they die there. I think she will have plenty of food to help her grow up fine. What will she look like when she grows up? I sure don't know. I don't even know what she is. Do you?

[Click on her to enlarge]

[My other NOT June bugs are (click) HERE Today, Oct 3.] . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Global Warming Is Upon Us, Now!


October isn't supposed to be like this,

Not even in the Houston, Texas,

Gulf Coast area. .


Monday, October 02, 2006

What kind of hot dog is this?

Well, a GREAT BIG hint is coming next


It's a French hot dog, of course!

Tucked inside a baguette,

How in the world do they make these?



Look what that hot dog did to GC#4's tooth?

That sounds romantic, doesn't it,

to loose a tooth in Paris!



Jim can have one of those French hot dogs too!

It was a part of his jail food last April.

He is hoping for food half that

good for his next jail stint

coming in a week or so.

[For sure, to see it good click on the picture!]


Here is where and how they made Jim's. At this little hot dog deli with this British machine.

The baguette is pierced with the spear looking spike that doubles as a warmer. Hot dogs, the nice sausage kind, are kept warm in the plastic container.

Mustard is poured in the hole if wanted, then the hot dog is stuck down into the center hole. Presto, the best hot dog I'll ever have (well, ALL those like it too that I ate over there).


[Note: we never did find a hot dog like this in Britain where they make the machine, we always had them in France, Austria or Germany.]

This summer Rachel Spencer had a blog, Au Paris, on the Houston Chronicle. I was always asking her to try the French hot dog after I described it to her. She never could find one.

Upon her return to the U.S. Rachel resumed her studies in Arkansas and eventually began a writing career of her own. I was almost in love with her, her blog was so intriguing. Read some from it yourself (link).

Sunday, October 01, 2006

He who covers his sins will not prosper

Regardless of what people say. Why?
12 When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory; But when the wicked arise, men hide themselves.
13 He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

14 Happy is the man who is always reverent, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
[Proverbs 28:12-14, New King James Version (NKJV)]

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