Saturday, September 15, 2012

— Six Word Saturday —

my Six Words:
Free entry at nineteen Houston museums
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Wish you were here -- September 15
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My comment returns could be late
Describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words for Six Word Saturday. Click the box at right to visit Cate's blog with Mr. Linky showing all the other blogs participating this week. Cate is the boss at Six Word Saturday. She would like for you to participate.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

— My Alphabe-Thursday — "Q" — Things in a Row — Two Questions —

Mrs. Jim standing on the balcony of our first B&B in Quebec City
(Please notice all of the windows and balconies in a row.)

"Q" was going to be for Quebec City, Canada. Mrs. Jim and I spent four nights and three days there in two different Bed and Breakfast Hotels. We flew to Quebec City from Houston, Texas and then rented a car. After Quebec City we drove to Montreal, Canada, for a three night stay in a luxury resort that Mrs. Jim bid on and won. Then we drove back to Quebec City and flew home to Houston.

I say "Q" was going to be for Quebec City and that is right. All of my pictures were on my Gateway computer that crashed. I thought that I had all my picture files backed up but that file is missing. I do have the original flash memory card for the camera but I can't find it very quickly. Besides this picture I have a few more in the two blogs that I wrote about our Quebec City holiday (link).

So now, "Q" is for Quack.  'Quack' like the language that ducks talk in.  Quack is one of the first words that children learn when they are learning animals and sounds is 'Quack' for ducks or 'duckies'.

These two ducks are headed for a treat that KP and Mrs. Jim are going to feed them.  They have oodles of bread to make large bread crumbs for the ducks and the 'fishies'.

Below is a picture I took of KP and Mrs. Jim calling the ducks for for their treats.  I hear them now, "Quack quack quack quack!  Here Ducks."

My sister Lois (link) and I used to Quack to the ducks to get them to talk ('quack') back at us.  We still do this.  I didn't know until one day she barked at a dog we met.  I stared laughing and she guessed that I also bark at the dogs.  It turned out that we both try to get all of the animals we meet to talk back with us. 

Besides the ducks and the fish a herd of turtles also came to eat bread pieces. I caught them in a Row here which will work out really good for my Thursday Things in a Row post. You can click on any picture to make it full screen. Click it again to get extra large sized.


"Q" for Quack is also Quack for the doctors who really don't know the first thing about what they are doing.  My sister Lois (link) has a doctor aptly named for an act that doctors should not be doing to their patients.  This is a family flog that I keep so be assured that this act is not obscene or vulgar.  But I wouldn't want to go to a doctor with that name unless he or she had an excellent reputation concerning his medical knowledge and skills.
The Quilt was made for sale by the Auxiliary, the volunteer guys and ladies pushing the wheel chairs and sitting at the public relations desks.  This particular auxiliary unit was from the Herman Memorial Woodlands Hospital.  In turn, the Woodlands mall bought it for a part of a display in their Food Court.  Just remember that good doctors and Quacks alike work at the hospitals and in the surrounding offices.

The Quilt hanging will also will work out really good for my today's Thursday Things in a Row post.
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I posted the above for Alphabe-Thursday 'Q' assignments with Miss Jenny at the head of the class. You can find her by clicking right here.
My post is also for Pat's Thursday Things in a Row.  You can find the things in the row in a couple of my pictures here, especially in the balconies and windows, the turtle picture, and squares imbedded in the quilt.  You may find other rows. 
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Here next is my Thursday Two Questions post for Amanda:
I really enjoyed your responses to my Paris pictures last week.
My Two Questions for this week (you can answer just one if you wish):

1. Have you ever been to Quebec City?  If your answer was yes, what special place of interest did you like to see or do? If it was no, then what might you like to do do when and if you could go?
Again, walking around is the best. Almost as good were visiting the various museums and historical sites. My favorite was the Changing of the Guard at La CitadelleHere is a YouTube video of this.  I also took a video but like I said earlier, it was lost for now with the crashing of my Gateway lap top.  The food was also excellent, you can see a picture of the half rack of ribs they served me as shown in my Quebec City posts.
2. How much do you trust your doctor with?  Have you ever had a Quack doctor?
I have had what I call a pill pusher doctor.  He prescribed a pill for everything without doing tests or really knowing what my problem was.  Then if the pills didn't work he would try another set of pills on me.
Bonus Question, # 1 or # 2 or both:
# 1:  What would be your favorite "Q" word?
# 2:  What are your experiences with quacking ducks?
# 2 (my pick):  When I was growing up on the Nebraska farm my sister Lois (link) was given two ducks one year for Easter.  The ducks became pets but one died.  We didn't ever see its body so either Dad was protecting us kids from that or he had brought it up to his mother, my grandma, to cook for the Christmas dinner.
One problem with having ducks for farmyard pets is that they are terribly messy fowls.  By that I mean that they would poop often and everywhere.  Before coming into the house we always had to check our feet to be sure they didn't have duck mess on them.  Mrs. Jim would have had us taking off our shoes as a precaution I am sure.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Two Shoes Tuesday #2 / Danger! -- MidWeek Blues


Josie said:

"Get ready for a new round of Two Shoes Tuesday... a place to share what we enjoy doing most... writing!"
"Each week I'll provide a one-word writing prompt and ask you to share a short story, poem, essay, thought, or photo relating to that topic." 

The writing prompt for Tuesday, Sept. 11th is "danger"!  
My Two Shoes entry now:
What you are seeing in the picture above is the scene below me that I took while up in an antique Ferris Wheel.  Our friend Alton, a fellow club member of our Montgomery Country Early Ford V-8 Club, owns this wheel and has it permanently (well, I guess he could move it if he wanted to) in place on his farm down by his 'early village' place. 

Mrs. Jim and I were to get off shortly like this couple to the right is about to do when it was our turn.   But it was at least a half hour before our turn came up. 

We were stuck near the top when the Alis Chalmers engine belt pulley failed to go around on its own power anymore to pull the big wheel around.

Alton's hired hand and fellow old car mechanic had to do some fixing in the mechanism used to engage the pulley into 'drive.'

I am thinking that there was no real danger here but it was a little scary because the old Ferris wheel would sway back and forth with the breeze.

The pictures on the left above is a full view of Alton's old Ferris wheel.  He found this old wheel in Oklahoma and trailered it down to his Texas ranch. Then he proceeded to restore/rebuild it modern specifications.  The Alis Chalmers engine also needed restoring but that was an easy and fun task for Alton. 

The Ferris wheel is early 1900's while the engine is one from the 30's or 40's.  I seem to have the number 1928 in my mind but I cannot associate it with either the engine or the wheel. (more about the wheel and our Christmas picnic party)

I took the pictures while attending Alton's annual Christmas party in 2010.  We had a wonderful Christmas dinner at his early village in his restored saloon.  

Also we viewed his antique cars, mostly Fords from 1932 to 1953 which were in various stages of restoration.  After the dinner, a noon affair, we all took turns riding the Ferris wheel.  There were no more rides that day after we all disembarked.

The picture on the upper right was taken of a modern Ferris wheel when we attended the County Fair in Brennan, Texas.  We were sitting in the rodeo area watching the rodeo when I noticed this wonderful view of this wheel.  We enjoyed the rodeo very much.

One of our objectives in going there was to give our French visitor, Corine, a chance to see in real time, live, a bull riding episode.  Corine was not disappointed.  I blogged about that back in 2010.
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If you want to post a MidWeek Blues picture, go get directions from Rebecca by clicking on the logo picture on the right. She has a Mr. Linky and good directions . Just do what I did. Or do less. All she requires is a BLUE PICTURE or BLUE THOUGHT, you don't have to write.

I decided that while I'm flying the flag outside for today [9/11 Remembrance] I should also fly it here for readers.

This is our flag flying in front of our house, taken on another patriotic day. It looks this same way today.

May God continue to bless our nation, the United States of America!

I hope and pray that He will bless you all. We thank Him for our safety and well being and pray for the survivors and the families of the deceased from this horrible attack.

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Sunday, September 09, 2012

Mama Lion said, "Where's Papa?"

Little Lion shrugged and said, "Let's just let sleeping lions lie."

Papa Lion had a very quite day. It was his transition into old age.

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°Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words or less.

°Word of the Week, 'transition', and picture prompt were furnished by Grandma.


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