Saturday, November 03, 2012

— Six Word Saturday —

KP's Six Words:
Two bell clock, one bell clock

At the right is KP in her make believe world taking these pictures. She loved the bell towers and the bells on top of the churches. The church on the right seems to have had three bells at one time but KP identifies the towers by the number of bells, now only two.

These are a few of my Dubrovnik (Croatia) pictures. We spent last Saturday and Sunday there and left to come back here to London on Monday. We had a wonderful time. It did rain more often than it wasn't raining. We had a very enjoyable time anyway.
One of our favorite foods was pizza.  They make them to be almost as good as the pizzas in Italy are.  This little restaurant was at the first 'bottom' of the steps leading down the hill from our hotel room.
If one was to go down almost that many steps again he would come to the little restaurant where we would have our breakfasts.  One day we ate outside on the sidewalk but the second day was cooler and the awnings dripped a little of the rain drops so we went inside to eat.  Breakfast was fried eggs, bacon or ham, assorted French bread with preserves,  juice, and coffee.

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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.

Oh yes.  I am spending more time sight seeing and visiting here in London than I am blogging.  In U.S. English, this means that I am way behind on answering my comments.  I really do appreciate your comments and will try to answer.  Otherwise if I miss you will have first priority on my answers for next week.  Promise.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

— My Alphabe-Thursday, Xenogamy — "X" — Things in a Row — Two Questions —

Posted in respect for Aphabe- Thursday's Letter "X"

Question: What do you get when you cross a sunflower with a moonbeam?

Answer: A very short yellow sunbeam  sunset.

"X" is for Xenogamy. Xenogamy defined: "The term xenogamy (along with geitonogamy & autogamy) was first suggested by Kerner in 1876.[2] Cross-pollination involves the transfer of pollen grains from the flower of one plant to the stigma of the flower of another plant. It is also called Xenogamy (Gk.xenos=strange, gamos=marriage)." [from

KP and BP's other grandfather John (BIL Billy's father) develops his own variety of hybrid roses by using selective cross pollination.  Some he has patented.  All of his roses in his garden are beautiful.

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My Sunset picture:  It was a pretty sunset over the lake with pink sky and red sun. But my camera (a Sony Cyber-shot DSC W560) red eye fixer 'fixed it'. There was such a pretty red sun that should have been in the middle of this picture when I took it from inside our friend's house at her breakfast room table.

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Pumpkin Things in a Row I found at the Waitrose Supermarket, Finchley Road, London.  Mrs. Jim bought one of the small pumpkins for £.99 to make the jack-o-lantern in the picture below.  We have been using it as a center piece on the dining table now for a week.

The middle picture was the candy row dedicated to Halloween and the one on the right was a fireworks for sale display shelf.  I haven't heard many fireworks on Halloween night.  I think they are more for Guy Fawkes Day celebrating.  []

This is supposed to be for a November 5 holiday but friends have invited us to celebrate with their bonfire Saturday night.  There might be fireworks then too.

Here are KP and BP helping with more of my birthday celebrating.  This was after trick or treating was finished.  KP got a lot of candy from the kind neighbors who love for the children to come.  For us after our children left the roost our favorite Halloween thing to do was to see the costumes and to watch them ask for and give a thank you for the candy they got from us. 

KP helped Mrs. Jim make and frost this cake.  There were no birthday candles in Karen's flat so KP and I decided we could do a little make believe using this pink highlighter marker.  You should have seen it being lit and them watching me to blow out the candle.  It all worked very well.
See more of my birthday celebrating here.

Trivia:  The favorite candy folks like to give out is Tootsie Roll candies.  The most unliked candy the kids get is Tootsie Roll candies. 
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Now for my Thursday Two Questions.

I really enjoyed your responses to my Wagon post of last week
My Two Questions for this week (you can answer just one if you wish):

1. Do your children or grandchildren help you with cooking and baking projects?  If so, what all do you have them do?

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2. What all transpired around your home for Halloween?  Do you celebrate Guy Fawkes Day?.

Bonus Question: What is your favorite "X" word?.

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I posted the above for Alphabe-Thursday 'X' 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.
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My Thursday Two Questions post is for Amanda

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two Shoes Tuesday # 9 -- "Fear" / Happy Birthday, Jim / MidWeek Blues


I'm celebrating my birthday today.  With my London U.K. family, our youngest granddaughter KP, teen granddauther BP, daughter Karen, and SIL Billy.  KP, age three, 'made' me this beautiful cake last night.  It was delicious, I had the blueberry cupcake last night.  KP ate the strawberry one. 

After we finished 'eating' and I had put the cupcakes back with her creation KP announced that the blueberry one was her favorite too.  I should have known that because second to gelato (Italian ice cream sold here on her High Street) blueberry muffins are her favorite food.
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Before we had 'cake' last night we ate for my Birthday at a the Warrington Pub, also known as the Warrington Hotel.  "This hotel is an hotel in name only, sadly there are no longer any guest rooms. It was an hotel in the late 1800's and was rumoured to be a brothel, which must have worried the Church of England, who were its owners at the time." ( site link for more reading)
I had fish and chips (French fries) with mushy peas and their own tarter sauce.  KP had an apple juice and an order of chips, Mrs. Jim and Karen shared a beef and tomato pot dish with mashed potatoes and red cabbage, and Billy had a lamb chop dinner meal.  It was all so very good!
Tonight we are eating Lebanese food at the Mezza Express.  Granddaugher BP will also join us for this one.  Last night she wasn't able to come.  Before we came I had purchased vouchers for tonight's meals from LivingSocial of which I am a member.
LivingSocial ha special deals for practically all over.  I have sent to me the ones for the different Houston areas and also the ones for the London areas.  I would recommend you join, there is a great savings to be had.  Food is only one of their offers beside things like vacation get-aways, clothing, fun things, and the like. 
For my birthday I am looking at glider lesson offered through Living Social at the Bicester (London) Gliding Centre for £75.  "Come fly with me ... Just say those words and for £75 (a £174 value) you'll get a basic glider flight, including 2000 feet of launching, either by two winch launches or one 2000 feet aerotow, and up to 20 minutes of flying time ... After a safety briefing and ground instruction, take to the skies in a two-seater training glider, and your instructor will show you the ropes before you take the controls yourself. Height and weight restrictions apply. Valid Monday to Friday."  Plus there is a free three month membership to the gliding center.
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How does this fit Josie's writing prompt word of fear?  I am afraid of telling my age, but not now as much as I used to (be afraid).  Among men I now generally will tell my age if that is what we are discussing, ages.  I do not tell my age on my blog but I was born pre-WWII a bit.  I still don't tell my age to women.  Only Merle, Australian blogging friend, knows my age because we are about the same age and have shared sort-of similar health situations.

I always tell people that I am going to 'run away' for my birthday.  Sometimes I do but seems that other people always come with me.  This time it is London, UK with a side trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia.  I will tell more about these scattering them through my blogging.
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How does it fit MidWeek Blues?  Just look at the pretty blues on the cake, especially the blueberry cupcake.  On the walk to school this nice sunny London morning, Mrs. Jim and Billy are wearing blue jeans.  KP is wearing her P.E. red outfit for P.E. day today.  The fish and chips?  Well, I tell myself and you that the fish and chips were deep fried in an old speckled blue enameled pot.

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If you want to see my other birthday celebrations go here (or if I don't have them all done when you read this then you can do 'archives' for October 30 of each year starting with 2006).

Now this: Josie said: "Get ready for the next 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, October 30th will be "fear"!  Her blog:

And this 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...

Rest in Peace, dear Adi

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Monday, October 29, 2012

The Ghoulish looking volley jumped in though the Mayor's door.

He called the Militia.

The Zombie troops in unison cried out, "Trick or Treat!"
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140 Characters counted and spell
checked by MicroSoft Word.

µ-fiction Story Copyright

© 2012 Jimmiehov
All Rights Reserved

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°°Grandma of Succinctly Yours Week 84 gives these directions:
°°Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words or less.
°°Grandma's blog gave us this week’s fun photo donated by Pat and Jerry.
°°Word of the Week, 'volley', was furnished by Grandma.

Rest in Peace, dear Adi


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