Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Alphabe-Thursday..."J" as in JIM, JEM, and JOY!

It's time again for Alphabe-Thursday over at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."  This week's assignment is to study the letter "J."  For a list of this week's participants and information on how you can participate head over to Ms. Jenny's blog.

We were having dinner one night this past weekend when my husband said, "This coming week is the letter "J" for Alphabet Day (he was close) and that means "J" as in JIM.  Yes, his name is JIM.

I enjoy old photographs and lately I've been trying to get them all organized and scanned.  I figure in ten years I'll be done.  Click on these pictures to enlarge and use the browser back button to return to this page.

Here's Big JIM (his father) and Little JIMMY (yes, that's what they were called) in October 1948.

JIMMY and his car in July 1948.  I wonder if he was impatient with other drivers back then?

This is one of my favorites.  It's Cynthia (I'm not sure who she is) and JIMMY in October 1948.  I think they look like Russian immigrant children just off the ship.

This is Aunt Anna, JIMMY, his sister Marge and his mother Marge in August 1952.

This was also taken in August 1952 and it's JIMMY with Marge and all their Martin cousins and their mother.  JIMMY is in the second row on the left.  Marge is in front of him.

This was Christmas 1952 and JIMMY and Marge got new bikes for Christmas.

We have a cat named JEM.  He was one of the kittens that a feral cat brought to our yard with his three litter mates when they were about five weeks old.  The mother cat came and went for a while, but now we haven't seen her since March.  I know other people were feeding her too, so I'm not too concerned.  I think she was ready to leave her kittens and move on.  They're a year old now and have gotten pretty tame around us.  (I had the mother and all the kittens fixed and vaccinated for rabies.)

JEM is the adventurous one.  Can you see him up in the tree?

I know I've shown this one before, but this was the day JEM had a little snake.

JEM enjoys looking inside to see what we're doing.  He and our indoor cats often visit.

JOY!  JOY!  JOY!  It is finally raining today.  The first significant rain since January. 
At first it just teased us.  Scout didn't even bother seeking shelter.

And then we got a little more.

Oh JOY!  I think it only rained here for about four hours, but it was a light steady rain that had time to soak in instead of run off.   It was all over by 2:00 PM.  I'm hoping for more tomorrow.

That's about all I could come up with for this week's class.  Now head over to Ms. Jenny's blog and visit some other Alphabe-Thursday posts.


  1. it rained north of houston from about six a.m. to two p.m. was so happy to see it!

    visiting from jenny's.

  2. My next project this week is to scan my old pictures too - they were cool weren't they?

    And my husband was big Rick, my son Ricky!

    I'm glad you got some rain and hopefully more is coming!

  3. Anonymous6:35 PM

    That's all? That's three wonderful J topics. I just love the old pictures of your hubby. It's really fun to see the clothes and toys from that period. It's awfully good of you to take care of the mother (and get her fixed) and her kittens. Glad you finally got some rain.


  4. Love all those great old black and whites! Ha! You must not live in the Northwest if you are excited about rain! Glad you got some...

  5. How wonderful that you have the old photos of Jim as a boy! (Loved your comment about his patience about other drivers!) Jem is a gem for sure. And I'm glad to hear that you have finally gotten a bit of rain.

  6. Your lawn and other foliage probably loved that refreshing rain. Ahhh.

  7. I love seeing old photographs. they just makes one feels like time is standing still.

    thanks for sharing & have a lovely day.

  8. Great photos! I enjoyed every single one!!!

  9. Oh! I LOVE looking at old photos! (and fun to read your narratives of each) It is so awesome to have them!

    Blessings & Aloha!
    (And thank you again sooo much for helping me with your suggestion to my blogger dilemma!)

  10. Loved your old photos, ...and your cat pictures - especially the one of Jem up in the tree!!

  11. Great J picture & story post! My husband is also a Jim and his mom always called him Jimmy! Too cute!
    Happy J Day!

  12. Wonderful pictures, Betty! I just love old photos, too. Those are so great of Jim(my) and I love the picture of Jem up in the tree, looking very proud even from a distance, and the one of Scout is so cute, too.

  13. Oh, and your back yard is really pretty, too. If only it weren't so blamed hot down there, eh?

  14. What fantastic J's for this week. may have to find Cynthia on facebook....that's a mighty cute picture!

    Thanks for a jewel of a link!


  15. I loved all those old photo's.

  16. I enjoyed the pictures, the older ones as much as the newer ones...

  17. Hi again!

    Love your ‘J’ post & pics! And thanks for stopping by!

    Have a great weekend & look forward to *seeing* you again next time,


  18. Beautiful post!

  19. These are priceless. Thank goodness someone had the sense to put a date on them. I think everything should be dated.

  20. We also have had great soaking rain several times this week and it was great. My plants have grown so much, even though we watered everyday! My favorite part of your post is the old photos, I just adore looking at them. i especially like the " off the boat" photo, it was terrific. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

  21. I loved your old photos! I also have a senior and a junior in my home :) The little one soon became taller than my husband so we couldn't refer to him that way any longer had to say "older" or "younger" when someone called!

    Jem is really a gem ..such a sweet cat for an outdoor only cat!

  22. Wow! Three great J words! I love the old photographs--very cool!

  23. That was a fun post. In our family we differentiate with "Little Dave" and "Big Dave" , and while that was fine when Little Dave was a child, he is now bigger than Big Dave - but the names have stuck!

  24. Loved the photos, Betty! Enjoy the next 10 years!!!
    We've had RAIN since last Oct. How I wish I could send you some. It's rained nearly every day this year in 2011. It's gross and horrific. But everything is so GREEN. It was even green up in the desert of BC last weekend.

  25. We've had about double the normal amount of rain for this year. I know we'd all be happy to share!

    great old photos!

    fun (if you can call eating a snake fun) kitty photos!


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