Friday, March 13, 2020

The Letter "K" ~~ Weekend Roundup and Reflections

The eleventh issue of Weekend Roundup for this year, 2020...

- the Letter "K" Prompts are:
(A) Starts with the Letter "K";
(B) "Keepsake" (Tom's choice);
(C) A Favorite; 
(D) Reflections.
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(A) Starts with the Letter "K": Keller starts "K". Hellen Keller is the only lady whose name begins with K on this plaque for our "National Woman's History Month" to be celebrated this March.  This week of March 8 is  also  the "International Woman's Week".

You may have noticed that Pocahontas is first.  I remember studying about her early in grade school.   Amelia Earhart is my favorite because of her exciting bravery.  Someday they may find her plane in the Pacific.

Kind also starts with "K". March has been very Kind with us, coming in like a lamb. It is my Kind of Weather.   Some other parts of the country and world had worse.  Mrs. Jim, Daughter Karen, and BP were in Chicago earlier this week.  Those people's Kind of weather is rough!!!   Mrs. Jim was glad she had brought her Ear Muffs.
[Photo is from March 10 KPRC TV Noon Weather Report]

Note:  The orange cowpuncher hat was a reminder that our Houston Rodeo,  the world's largest rodeo, indoors too, was to be in progress.
IT HAS BEEN CANCELED after seven of the scheduled performances due to the COVID 19 pandemic.  We have had about 25 cases or suspected cases in our three county area.

As you probably know air traffic has been suspended from the U.S. to and from E.U. nations for non-citizens' in addition to our previous bans to several Asian/Oriental countries.  President trump idea. 

It has not been suspended to England and Ireland, they are no longer E.U. members.   There was speculation as to why not.  As of This Noon, our time, Coronavirus: UK live updates, 11 deaths and 798 cases reported in Britain 

(B) "Keepsake" (Tom's choice):  Kind of old, just a little bit younger than me.  It is my Hurst Gyroscope and is pre-WW-2.  It is sitting on the instruction paper which had the price, $1.00, but no Copyright which would have had a date.  Gyroscopes have been around a long time so patents have all expired.  A quick Google search found, "The Hurst Gyroscope 1940s toy! This is the precursor to the fidget spinner …" and was pictured as mine.

Other Keepsakes:  In the back are four of my Miniature toy cars, the taxi cab, on the right, and the truck carrying the flag, are the oldest.  My sister Lois gave the taxi to me and was wearing a  very high priced tag, authenticated by "Antique Road Show." 

In the link below I discuss it more and my real antique taxi, a 1920"s Yellow Cab.  Dad ran over it with his tractor. I had called it "my Favorite' then also, in November, 2019.

(C) A FavoriteThe Kangaroo Feeding with Mr iuis Jim feeding a rescue Kangaroo outside island of Tamania , Tasmania, Australia..

It was in an earlier blog, find it here, 

Parts follow. " "K" is for the word Kangaroo.  This 2013 blog post was about the kangaroos and other animals that we saw when we visited the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton, Tasmania (more).  The entire island of Tamania, directly south of the mainland Australia, makes up the state of Tasmania, Australia (map) (Google, Tasmania)."

(D) Reflections:  I took the scenic route to the mail box.   It was a mile plus in the green belt Flood Control area's paths test that are laced within the houses.  There was a duck swimming  in the pond  but it wasn't the day for her to take photos.  The water seemed 'Greenish', click on the picture to enlarge and you decide about the Greenness


Just before the mail boxes was this Kids Neighborhood Area Playground
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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you wish).
(1)  How What has been your experiences with wild animals?   Most of min have been in the Zoos. Outside of the zoo, I think of the boyhood adventure when my dog, digging madly in hole near some brush, go sprayed by a Skunk.
(2)  Would you please tell a little about your growing up Toys.  Do you call them Antique"?  Do you still have them?  Are they valuable?   I My favorite childhood toy was a "Dick Tracy Camera" that took real pictures on 127 film.  I have several others, plus a whole log of grown up toys.  
 Bonus Questions:   1) what is your favorite "K" word?  I think it will be Kinky today.  Donno why.  
(2)  What comes to mind when you hear "Kangaroo"?   Until the trip to Tasmania I generally thought of "Kangaroo Jokes".

(What happens when you cross as Kangaroo with a pencil sharpener?")

Just in from Granddaughter # 3 

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My Two Questions (you can answer just one if you wish).

(1)  What has your experience with a wild animal?    A harder question for me this time.   It could be Zoos, I remember KP about two, hesitating to feed the Giraffe.  I think though, it might be the time my dog was digging in a whole and the skunk inside squirted her.  I was a pre-teen.

(2)  What was your favorite childhood toy?  Do you still have any of them?  I have a Dick Tracy camera, using 127 film that takes real pictures.   

Bonus Question:   
(1) what is your favorite "K" word?  This time it will be "Kinky".  I am not sure why. Perhaps because I was just ready for a walk and Mrs. Jim's computer erased this entire feature.   

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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, (click here for his Reflections Photos).

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