March 26, 2013 - Msg 92904: Speaking of coffee....it is now 1:15pm and I am going to go fix a cup before I hit the road to Corpus. Looks like nobody has been here today but Asa and I.

Boo

March 26, 2013 - Msg 92905: By the way, G-F...I had a can of peaches and decided to make a cobbler out of the muffin mix you sent. I just emptied the canned peaches into a dish, sprinkled them with some cinnamon and a little extra sugar, then I mixed the muffin mix, using a little extra milk to make it a bit thinner and put it over top of the peaches and baked it. I won't try it until after dinner but it sure looks good. Thanks again. You are a peach, yourself!

Boo

March 26, 2013 - Msg 92906:
BOO- so nice of you to clean up the Porch for Holy Week. This Thursday, the pastor from the church where my dad has been a member ofsince 1953 (the one that the family all grew up in), is coming to my dad's placeto wash his feet.
He goes around to 12 homes of "common" (ie: NOT deacons, ss teachers etc) parishioners and does this. I will try to tape it and put it on YT.
I sure hope our REV is doing OK with his situation. REV, we are still praying for you brother.
RO- besides "Dearborn", I also meant things like what the Sup court is discussing today. God be with us.
OK, someone wants a quote...good idea:
BARN: Well, come on now. Don't give him my Mr. Cookie Bar. I'll want
that later on.
ANDY: Well, why?
BARN: Well, a slender, high-spirited person needs his sugar pick-me-up
late in the day.

MDC



March 26, 2013 - Msg 92907: :)

March 26, 2013 - Msg 92908:
Hey Folks

Still haven't gotten the new desktop so I am posting from the Kindle. I don't know if the Kindle has some thing to do with it but FB has been difficult to sign into most days.

Boo-It's 4:00pm here and I just put on our first pot of coffee.

We've had about 3 feet of snow since spring started. So...I miss spring.

Peace & Prayer's,
auh2o




March 26, 2013 - Msg 92909: Gol-lee, auh2o. Sounds like you were better off with Winter. Reckon you could just refuse Spring and send it back?

Well, the tree trimmers were here today. The three cottonwoods in my back yard, the ones that make all the cotton, are now devoid of anything with which to make the cotton! Those guys climbed up there and sawed off limbs, leaving little but stumps. There are a few twigs left with leaves on them, to provide a little photosynthesis for the trees, but there's nothing there that will make cotton. It looks brutal, but we've done it before, and in a few weeks, the trees will be a froth of green leaves, in a pretty, rounded shape and will be perfectly happy. It's expensive, but it costs a lot less than replacing an a/c unit, which is what can happen if that cotton is allowed to fly. Friends have asked me why I don't just have the trees taken down and plant something less troublesome. Easy answers to that. First, those trees are over fifty feet tall, and nearly three feet in diameter. To have the three of them removed would run at least $4500, and that's if there was no damage done to pond, arbor, fence or house. Then, planting something else of any size at all would run about another thousand. Finally, at my age, no matter what I planted back there, I will not be here to see it mature and provide any shade. So, the cottonwoods stay. Besides, I like 'em!

I like Rumaldo, the man who owns the tree-trimming business. I may have told you his story before, but it's interesting, so I'll tell it again. He came here with his family when he was eleven, from Ecuador. Nobody spoke English, and his dad had only a few dollars by the time they got here. It had taken all they could get together to pay the expenses of getting here - legally. They did have a sponsor. They immediately started learning English, and his dad found a job. Rumaldo started school, finished high school, did military service, and eventually got his citizenship. His English is perfectly fluent. He now owns a small pickup, a F-350 crew cab pickup, a dump truck, a gooseneck chipper and a ton of climbing ropes, saws, belts, cleats, all the gear for his crew. His pet peeve is illegal immigrants who come here and cause trouble and expect to be taken care of. He's sympathetic to those who sneak in, up to a point, but as he says - get legal or get out. Trust me, you would not want to badmouth America in his presence. He says anybody can make it in America if they're able, and willing, to work. He's surely proven it to be true.

I just noticed - he pruned and shaped up my little pear tree, and that wasn't part of our deal. He removed a big limb that was crowding my white spirea and keeping it from blooming. He's got a good eye for what needs to be done. He also shaped up the redbud out front.

Well, guess I'll go see if the food fairies have left me some supper. I doubt it. Oh well. I'll find something. Last night I ended up with openface cheese and tomato sandwiches toasted under the broiler, and some canned onion soup. Pretty tasty, actually. A handful of grated parmesan cheese in that soup didn't hurt it a bit.

Blessings, friends - and prayers where they're needed! --Romeena

March 26, 2013 - Msg 92910: Well, dinner is done, the kitchen cleaned, showers taken and DRYER is FIXED!! YAY!! It took the poor little repair man hours but he and Bruce got it fixed. "The man" was new to the job and mine was his second dryer to work on. Bruce got right in there and helped him and it took them both. I could hear Bruce talking to him about the Lord, too. That's the way to do it...share the load and share the gospel. ;) I am happily doing laundry at this minute!

I enjoy reading your posts, Ro, even if sometimes I am not sure how to respond to them. Please don't think I am ignoring your comments.

Asa, that meatloaf i fixed in the crock pot today was the best ever! I made it a little differently and it sure turned out good. I also made mashed taters and broccoli with cheese sauce. We had the peach cobbler for dessert and I thought it was really good. I only allowed myself a little bitty serving, though.

Auh2o, I ended up not having my cup of coffee until I was having me dessert tonight. I'm so tired that I know it won't keep me up. I can't believe how much snow you all have had! It was a perfect day here today...about 60, cool and sunny. Wildflowers are popping up all over town.

MDC, really neat about your dad! How sweet that will be.

We will be having special communion services at our church this week on Thursday evening and i am looking forward to that.

Better go...I just heard the spin cycle end. Time to put a load of laundry in the dryer! :)

Boo

March 26, 2013 - Msg 92911: PS- REV, if you are reading this and just don't feel like talking. Please know you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. We love you.

Boo

March 26, 2013 - Msg 92912: Romeena, Good thing you had your cottonwood trees trimed way back, they are "A/C" killers!
I think Asa will second the motion Right Asa? But you already know that Romeena...
That is, if we EVER get warm weather again for them to come on! Blame it all on Phil....
Also I hope your squirrel friends don't mad at you for trimming the trees but then again they know you spoil them so I guess they will forgive you.

Hope you're hangin in there REV....

G-F....



March 26, 2013 - Msg 92913: Boo, I admire your disipline on the dessert I didn't know if you can get Mayberry's Finest procucts out your way or not. They had a whole line of "Mayberry" products but they fizzeled out down to the dry mixes only. It's hard to compete with Martha White. I bet Maude can get them, the come out of Nashville....G-F


March 27, 2013 - Msg 92914: Morning all.

Yes indeed G-F. Them cottonwoods are an HVAC tech's bread and butter. Our shop is right by a river, where the cottonwoods grow wild. From May until July, it's game on. They even plug up the pads on our evap. coolers.

Boo, glad you're back in the laundry business. How did Seans appointment go? You did a meatloaf in the crockpot? Please tell me how you did it. I'd like to try that. Maybe you already did, and I forgot. I cooked up some stew meat the other night (with gravy) and had it on top of mashed taters. Not bad. Had some leftovers from it last night I put over some rice I cooked up. Boy it turned out dang good.

Speaking of a/c work, I best get started on mine I reckon. Will need to get an ample supply of wasp spray. They seem to get worse every year.

Continued prayers for Rev, G-F, Boo, Boo's mom, Sean, and anyone else who needs them. (don't we all?)

Asa



March 27, 2013 - Msg 92915: Asa, Maybe you can mix up a concoction with some of Romeena molasass and spray on them. It may work, I bet a wasp has never been shot with it before....Just a thought!

G-F....

March 27, 2013 - Msg 92916: No, G-F, I have never seen Mayberry's Finest in stores in my area.

Asa, here is how I did the meatloaf, and you could make it up the night before, stick it in the frige and then before you leave for work, put it in the crockpot on low. I took 2 lbs (if you do 2 lbs you will have leftovers for sandwiched the next day) of ground beef...I usually use sirloin, but I used ground round yesterday. Add in a package of Lipton onion soup, about 6 dashes of worchestershire sauce, a half a cup of ketchup, a beaten egg, salt and pepper, I crushed up a half a pack of saltine crackers, plus about half a cup of bread crumbs (I had a package in the pantry so I used it), and 1/2 cup of water. I mixed it all up, sprayed the crockpot with non-stick spray and dumped in the meat and formed it into a loaf. I cooked it on low for several hours and about 30 minutes before serving, I mixed up some ketchup and a little brown sugar to make a glaze, spread it on the meatloaf and let it cook a little longer. It was good and the kids loved it!

Asa, I think Sean's appointment went ok. The poor doctor came into the room looking like he had a migraine...turns out his receptionist had scheduled a family of single teen moms with their young, very unruly children that day and they were causing a commotion...the young moms were loud and using some very profane language in their conversation, the kids were climbing on things, playing with the scales, etc. I suspect all the kids were there because they were on ritalin and such...more due to poor parenting and environment than ADHD, if you know what I mean, and to top it off, it was probably costing the doc money to treat them, the way medicaid is now. He is a very patient man with many pictures of Jesus hanging in his office...I'll bet it helps calm his nerves! lol Anyway, he started Sean on another med...Celexa, which is supposed to be alot like the Prozac so maybe it will do the trick. We will start that today.

Guess what I am doing? LAUNDRY!! Yay. :) You never thought you would hear me say that, did you? :)

Boo

March 27, 2013 - Msg 92917: Good morning, porch! Wow, is it ever beautiful here today!! It's chilly, at 44, but the skies are clear and the sun is bright, so it will warm up, I'm sure. The yard looks gorgeous, even with the bare trees. Of course, those aren't the only trees back there. There's a huge sycamore that's leafing out, and of course, the pear tree, and there's an elm on the back fence, and something else that I've forgotten what it was. It died a few years ago, but the wisteria has completely shrouded it (probably what killed it!) and it looks like a huge wisteria tree. Right now it's just dripping with big purple clusters of wisteria blooms, and when the blooms are gone, the pretty green foliage will remain. It's a favorite of the squirrels. They play around in it all the time. The wisteria has created a path into the elm tree, and I don't let anyone cut that away, because it's their little "highway" back there. They have definite pathways that they follow, and they seldom go any other way. I love to watch them chase each other. There are five out there right now, and they're having so much fun!

Boo, I don't expect any comment on my ramblings. It's just opinion, to which we all have a right, and that's all it is.

G-F and Asa, I'll bet you boys have your hands full in cottonwood season. The stuff is just miserable, but the trees are so pretty, the breeze blowing through them sounds so good, and the best part is - they're there, and they were free. I'm just grateful that I found Rumaldo and that he can do something about the cotton.

G-F, I haven't used my muffin mix yet. I may make a peach cobbler with it for Easter dinner and take it to Eloise's. She's cooking most of the dinner, and the rest of us are taking something. I'll be taking a fruit salad, and the cobbler, and depending upon what kind of meat she decides to cook, I may roast a small turkey as well. There will be twelve of us, and everyone has a good appetite. I'll take a little basket of Easter eggs, too. I just can't resist dyeing some eggs every year, even though there are no children in the house anymore. Just habit, I guess.

Well, guess I'd better get busy. This house looks like it's been stirred with a stick. What a mess! How can one old gal and one small dog create such chaos?

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

March 27, 2013 - Msg 92918: Hey Asa,
When you have to work on a A/C unit up on the roof full of cottonwood what do you have??
High Cotton...haha those Alabama boys may have been HVAC tech's before they got famous ....

http://www.music.com/video/alabama/high-cotton/1448182975

G-F...

March 27, 2013 - Msg 92919: I am just finishing the last load of laundry. :) Been taking it easy today due to a painful cyst on one of my ovaries. I haven't mentioned it because its just not something I like to talk about but I am scheduled for a sono tomorrow morning to have it checked out and would appreciate your prayers. It will be a painful process...I've had it done in the past and with this thing as sore as it is, I will need a bullet to bite on.

Not sure what we are going to do for Easter. We will be going to St. Susan's because mom just won't leave the house now. Susan and I will come up with something for lunch...just don't know what that is yet. I am thinking about a roast. Ro, we will be dying some eggs this weekend because Erin and Bruce love to eat them. The kids still love dying eggs.

Boo

March 27, 2013 - Msg 92920: I enjoy it too, Boo, and while I know it has to be my imagination, it just seems to me that Easter eggs taste better than plain old boiled eggs. What coloring the shells could have to do with it, I don't know, but it seems that way to me.

"High cotton", G-F? You are really pushing your luck, buddy! But you're among friends, and good friends will laugh at anything! (heehee) That's a fine video, great music. I like most music, but some kinds more than others, and that's from the kind I like best. Country, country gospel - it's what I love. Has anybody besides me ever picked cotton? If you have, you know where the term "high cotton" came from. Some kinds of cotton plants grow lower to the ground than others, and they are wickedly hard to pick. Other varieties grow on taller plants, and are not as hard to pick. None of it is easy! I'd say it's the hardest work I ever did.

Eloise and I went and got our toes prettied up this afternoon. I usually get a rosy red color, but this time I chose a lighter pink, and once on and out in the daylight, it's NEON pink!! I look like a teeny-bopper. Ridiculous! Well, it wasn't that color in the bottle!

I stopped at Spring Creek and got some barbecued brisket and a little sausage and brought it home. I'll have supper tonight, lunch tomorrow, and maybe supper tomorrow night out of that. Yum! A quick potato salad and a veggie to go with it, and I've got a meal.

Boo, you have my sympathy, and my prayers. I've had those cysts in years past, and they're miserable.

Well, guess I'll go see what's on TV. Not much, I'll bet. Oh well. That's what TAGS DVDs are for. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 27, 2013 - Msg 92921:
I just saw "Helen Crump" on an episode of Emergency! (about the same temperment too! ha)
Good day to all. Prayers continue for our
country at this very important crossroads.
Past civilizations' history does not paint a good
picture if our supereme court buckles on this. God be with us.
MDC

March 27, 2013 - Msg 92922:
Hello my porch family.......I want to thank you all so much for your prayers and concern.....I really truly do. You folks mean the world to me!
The situation that I ask you to please pray for is much better now. Just keep praying if you would....we serve a big loving God.

You know I've said this so many times before.....someone on the outside looking in, would in no way understand the love on this porch. Thank you!

Love and prayers for all my porch family.
-REV.

March 27, 2013 - Msg 92923: So glad to hear from you, REV...you have certainly been on my mind and you mean the world to us, too. So thankful to hear that the situation is getting better and prayers will continue. Thank you so much for checking in and letting us know you are ok. You are loved here on this old porch, that's for sure!

Thanks for your prayers, Ro. I am feeling better this evening. I am going to have Sean take me to get the sono so I can take a lortab or something before hand. I rarely ever take pain medicine because it tends to make my nauseated, but I think I will risk it this time. The last time I had a pelvic sono, they had trouble visualizing one of my ovaries and had be yelling "uncle" after awhile.

I watched Floyd the Gay Deceiver today...such a silly episode but had its good points. Andy sure went the extra mile to help Floyd save face. Andy would be a real good friend to have. I like how he made Floyd go into the kitchen while he told Madelyn Grayson the truth instead of making poor, nervous Floyd do it.

Oh, wanted to tell you Ro that I found a book in a second hand store that was written by a woman named "Maurice Walpole Liles" from Austin. In the inside cover of the book, she has signed the book and it says, "To Cecil Fish the 3rd...best wishes" and is dated 3/22/96. I couldn't help but wonder if Cecil was a relative of your's? I guess its a longshot but you are the only person I know with the name Fish.

Boo

March 28, 2013 - Msg 92924: I know a congressman named Matt Salmon! (:

March 28, 2013 - Msg 92925:
One of the few times that Barney was the "straight" man, and IMHO I think this was his best part in his whole 5 years with the show:
"...why Andy's the best friend I got in the whole world. And as far as I'm concerned, he's the best Sheriff too. All them things I said; for example, his using the squad car for personal reasons. Sure, he was delivering groceries to Emma Watson because she was too sick to get down to the market. And that's just one example of the thing's Andy's done for the folks in this town. I could give you a lot more. You gotta understand, this is a small town. The Sheriff is more than just a Sheriff. He's a friend. And the people in this town, they ain't got a better friend than Andy Taylor. As far as Andy knowing his job... I'd just like for you to take a look in the record book Mr. Jackson! You know there ain't been a major crime committed in this town thanks to Sheriff Taylor? The only ruckus you'd ever have in Mayberry is if you tried to remove him from office. Then you'd have a riot. You asked me if Andy runs a taut ship Mr. Milton. Well, no he don't. But that's because of something that he's been trying to teach me every since I started working for him. And that is, when you're a lawman and you're dealing with people, you do a whole lot better if you go not so much by the book, but by the HEART."

mdc

March 28, 2013 - Msg 92926: Agreed, MDC. That was a beautiful scene.

REV, praise the Lord for your good news, and thanks so much for letting us know. We'll still keep praying until you give us the word that all is well.

No, Boo, Cecil is no relation. Dale's family is from Michigan, and he's the only one that ever moved south. He said he came down here in the Air Force, and found his "yellow rose" in Texas, and decided to stay. It's a measure of my love for him, that this Texas girl offered to return to Michigan with him when he got out of the service, but he didn't want to go back. He liked it here, and as he said, he didn't care if he never shoveled another single snowflake!

Does anybody else watch those house-hunter shows? Honestly, I'm just amazed at the prices of some of those homes, and at the people who have these enormous budgets. Newlyweds who declare they can't spend a dime over $700,000 or some such outlandish amount. One girl was looking for a house and I don't remember the exact amount of her budget but it was over $400k, and get this. She was a single girl, and worked as a swim instructor. I think I'm going to update my swimming credentials and take up swim instructing! It's just ridiculous. Equally ridiculous is what they get for the money in some parts of the country. A squashed-in row house, on 3 or 4 levels (all those stairs!), and the thing will be half a million. Boggles my mind.

Another thing that astonishes me is the whiney people who are doing the looking. Here they are, they're approved for a mortgage that would choke a horse, and they may be looking at a perfectly gorgeous home, and the woman nitpicks the cabinet hardware in the kitchen, or the man declares the closet "too small" when it's bigger than my bedroom! We have become a nation of spoiled brats. OK, cranky old lady is going to bed.

Blessings, porch. Sleep well. --Romeena

March 28, 2013 - Msg 92927: Good morning Porchters.

Rev, I am so glad to hear things are improving for you, and you will continue to be in my prayers buddy. As will Boo today, as she goes through her procedure. I pray her pain and discomfort will be minimal, and her prognosis, good.

Love that scene also MDC. It was good to see Barney swallow his pride now and again, and speak from the heart.

Romeena, I love your posts. You can get to the jest of things in a direct manner, and bring simple honest common sense into the discussion. Common sense seems to be elusive anymore. So much so, that it's uncommon to hear it, but so refreshing when we do. You go girl!

Guess I best get moving. So very busy at work these days. But that's a good thing I reckon.

Prayers for all.

Asa

March 28, 2013 - Msg 92928: Romeena...Now to get back to the topic of cotton, being from the North we don't see much cotton around here, mostly corn. Now, if you were a SHORT cotton picker the low cotton would be easier to pick than the "High" cotton. So if you were short the short cotton would be "High Cotton",and if you were tall it should be called "Just right" cotton! But I came to my own conclusion...It stinks being any kind of cotton picker, and Eli Whitney would be your new best friend!...Wonder if he was a tall or a short cotton picker? Maybe he just hated picking out all those seeds! Or he deceided to give up cotton all together and pick pecks of peppers and pickeled the promptly!
Man, I'm glad I got that out, I have been pondering the whole ponderance since yesterdays previous posts....As I said before I'm deeply shallow thinker...haha got ya all!

REV..Glad to hear improvements we all "Got your back"....

Boo, I have some extra 30 cal. bullets if ya need one....

G-Funny...Like a clown?

March 28, 2013 - Msg 92929: I knew that about Dale being from Michigan, Ro, but I just plain forgot. My memory is slipping. ;) You know, St. Susan's husband is from Michigan and believe me, she never offered to move up there when they married! He has been here for over 30 years and has been disgruntled over it all this time. Oh well.

I know exactly what you mean about those house hunter shows. Unbelievable. I watched one yesterday and the couple lived in a very modest-looking home and she was the most demanding, whiney, mean woman I ever saw on one of those shows. She just HAD to have a cedar closet to store her precious furs. What?! I couldn't stop wondering why someone like her had a closet full of furs and when she would ever wear them. Their budget was 700,000 and the house they ended up with for that price would have been worth about 100,000 here in texas. I don't get it.

Thank you for those prayers, ASA. I hope you have a good day.

Boo

March 28, 2013 - Msg 92930: Oh, hey there, G-F. Thanks for the bullet offer but I think I will just take a Lortab. ;)

Boo

March 28, 2013 - Msg 92931: Good morning, porch! Well, I just had my adrenalin rush for the day. I was sitting here, haven't been up very long, and suddenly this huge shadow passes overhead and another enormous bird landed beside my pond! No, it wasn't the one that's been here before. That was a "great egret." This one is, I think, a Little Blue Heron, as near as I can tell. Well, if it's little, I'd hate to meet a big Blue Heron in a dark alley. The thing is every bit as big as the egret that has been visiting, with his head at about four feet, and the wingspread of an airliner. He sailed in here, walked right past my blow-up snake and onto the bridge and started fishing! Meantime, I'm at the window, banging on the glass and waving my arms like a demented windmill, and he totally ignored me. He just paused once and looked at me, then back to fishing! I left the window and ran around to the back door and yanked it open. He just stood there and looked at me! I stepped outside (in my nightgown and uncombed hair, I must have been a sight) and started toward him. He just stood there, watching me, not at all intimidated, in spite of the waving and yelling I was doing. When I was about halfway to the pond, he just very lazily turned and slowly flapped his way up onto one of the stubby branches left by the tree-trimmers. I picked up a pool net and started waving it around, and he apparently didn't care for that, because he took off and flew away. I have the sick feeling that he'll be back. Well, he may be surprised. I've got a remedy in mind, and a call in for Ted to see about getting it done. Hmmm. I wonder how roast heron would be for Easter? No, I wouldn't really kill him, but it's an intriguing thought, the miserable wretch.

Thanks, Asa. I would say the same about your posts, how much I enjoy them. Always kind, thoughtful, sensible and the influence of the Lord in your thinking is always evident. Anyway, you're very kind. I realize that sometimes I come off as harsh or unsympathetic toward certain people, but truly, I do understand their situation. It's just that I know their situation will never improve if they're not pushed toward improving themselves first.

Well, as bad as I hate to leave my post at the window, I need to go to the store and run some errands. I sure hope that stinkin' bird doesn't come back. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena


March 28, 2013 - Msg 92932: Well as I live and breathe! A big heron, Ro?! Good grief. What's next, Bigfoot? That little pond of your's is certainly an attraction. Maybe you need a doberman for the backyard. ;)

Well, I am happy to report that I had the sono today and it was not painful. I am thinking when I had the last one, I must have had Bonzo for a sono tech or something. This sono was a breeze. I'll get results in a few days. Thanks for the prayers.

Boo

March 29, 2013 - Msg 92933: Good morning...looks like I am the first on the porch this Good Friday. Its a day off for everyone here and I am the only one up. I'm expecting St. Susan this morning. She is going to come have coffee with me after she gets mom settled.

It is warm and kind of humid here in south texas but as the day wears on it will dry up some.

Boo

March 29, 2013 - Msg 92934: The doctor's office just called with the results of my sono and it seems I have a mass on my right ovary. I have to have an MRI in a few days. The nurse told me the doc thought it was most likely benign but please keep me in your prayers. Thanks

Boo

March 29, 2013 - Msg 92935: Boo,Romeena,MDC, I caught the weather forcast this morning...80's out your end of the porch...Send us some of that Spring weather...

G-F..

March 29, 2013 - Msg 92936: My goodness, Boo! What a way to start your day! I'm glad St. Susan is coming over. She'll be good for you. It must be lovely to have a sister like that. I don't have a sister, but always wanted one. I've gotten a glimpse of what it would be like, having Eloise in my life, but still that bond of shared beginnings must be so special. Now, you and I both know that most things like they found with that sono turn out to be benign, so we're going to stick with that, pray, and trust God with the outcome.

It's 62 and cloudy here today. I have twelve flats of bedding plants in the garage, waiting for Joe and George to get a couple of hours free so they can come by and plant them. Just talked to Joe, and it will be next week before he can get here - he's on a big irrigation project on a ranch somewhere - so guess I'd better move those flats to the back yard. I'm so glad I've got my little wagon! I'll lay them out on the grass so they'll get sunlight and water, and they'll be fine. In fact, I should go get that done now. It really looks like rain, and some rain would be wonderful for them.

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

March 29, 2013 - Msg 92937: Romeena, I thought of you when I saw the morning news about a 72yr old ladies house getting broken into...The 911 call...
911 operator: "Ma'am what is your emergency?
Woman: "Someone broke into my house"!
911:"Where is he now"?
Woman: "IN MY HOUSE"!
911: Where in the house?
Woman: "In my kitchen"
911: Where in the kitchen?
Woman: I got him on the floor of my kitchen
911: Is he armed?
Woman: I don't know if he is,...But I AM!
911: Did you shoot him?
Woman: I shot at him, but if he moves I'll shoot him again!
911:(pause)...Ok, Stay calm, I'll have the Police right out.
Woman: Ok, but if he moves I'm gonna kill him!

I'm thinkin the guy should be glad he is in Youngstown and not Irvine TX.
Gun control? That woman needs no stinkin gun control.
*(The woman was NOT charged and the punk got him a free stay at the Youngstown Correctional Motel)

G-F

March 29, 2013 - Msg 92938: Exactly, Ro..."pray and trust God with the outcome". :) Yes, its great having a sister like Susan. She is always very upbeat and has so much faith in the Lord. I'm doing ok. :)

Boo

March 29, 2013 - Msg 92939: Hey gang. Had to go in early today on an emergency so I didn't get a chance to holler at you.
Boo, I'm glad the procedure went well amd was painless. Now I'll be sure to amp up my prayers that it is benign and all will be well. ;)

That's quite a story G-F. It does make me wonder where all the womens groups are on the gun debate issue. Guns are a tremendous equalizer, and one would sure think they would be all for that, unless they have an agenda other than what they are saying. (said with tounge in cheeck wink wink nod nod)

Romeena, I wish I had a brother, like you wish you had a sister. But glad you have Eloise. I have a very good friend who is like a brother also. We share experiences, mourn together, laugh together, and generally enjoy each others company a lot. Lots of other friends too, but this one is special.

Better get back to it. Been a long day with that early morning call.

Asa

March 29, 2013 - Msg 92940:
THANK YOU JESUS for saving a wretch like me!
Happy GOOD Friday to all.
A penitent mdc :)

March 29, 2013 - Msg 92941: Hahaha! G-F, I love that 911 call. Hooray for that woman! My kind of gal! I pray I never have occasion to use that gun, I don't want to, but I will, and I won't miss.

My garden center friend, John, delivered twelve flats of snaps and petunias and left them in front of my garage. I got my little wagon just now and hauled them all to the back yard. It won't hold but two flats at a time, so I made six trips. Wore me out, and that's just ridiculous! I just have no stamina and it's really annoying. This has to get better. I love working in my yard, and I really can't do much of it right now. Grrrr.

Well, I think I'll go sit down with a big glass of tea, and cool off. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 29, 2013 - Msg 92942: Thanks for those prayers, Asa. I certainly appreciate them and it is such a comfort to know that whatever I go through in life, I have the prayers and love of my porch family. :)

Well, we added two new chickens to the family. I bought a couple of New Hampshire Red hen chicks. They are already about 2 months old so hopefully it won't be long until I can put them in the coop with the other chickens. Sean says we will probably call them Lydia and Miss Mendlebright. :) I like them so far...kind of calm but very alert and don't seem to mind being handled. They look hearty and healthy and the guy at the feed store said they were bred to lay. Guess we will see how they do in a few months. I had to get a couple more hens to keep up the egg production because we have some family that is really wanting some fresh eggs. Speaking of eggs...after prayer meeting tonight, I think we will dye some eggs...some brown ones and some white ones.

Better go finish supper.

Boo

March 29, 2013 - Msg 92943: Hey Boo, Bernie may need to refer back to the post #92899 sounds like he has his work cut out for him! Isn't he a Rhode Island Red? If so it should work out for him. Tell Sean good choice for names...Ms. Mendlebright can yell out "EGG SNATCHER" when you collect the eggs...ha-ha and as long as you don't chit-chat with Lydia..

APB for absent porchsters......G-F

March 29, 2013 - Msg 92944: No G-F, Bernie is a Black Jersey Giant, but it doesn't really matter. They will all get along well enough. Chickens aren't racist. ;)

Just finished boiling eggs and now they are cooling. The dye is ready and now I want to go to sleep.

Boo

March 29, 2013 - Msg 92945: Wasn't that an episode of TAGS, Boo? You know, the one where Barney gives Opie a little speech about how chickens are racist, but the dogs will be ok because they are not? ;)

Just kidding.
Prayers that you get good news about those tests.


-Sterling Holobyte

March 30, 2013 - Msg 92946: Boy, I don't remember that ep at all, Sterling but sounds interesting. ;) Thanks for your prayers!

What on earth am I doing up so early on saturday morning? I slept like a baby so maybe my body has had enough sleep.

We have a church picnic and easter hunt to day at a park near the water that all the kids call "The Dunes". Erin has been looking forward to it for weeks. Looks like it will be a good day for it. I will have to make some sandwiches and pack us a lunch. I'm thinkin' something easy like PB&J. :) Maybe ham and cheese...

Prayers for REV this morning...hope all is well.

Boo

March 30, 2013 - Msg 92947: "egg" hunt..not an easter hunt....not sure what that would be.

Boo

March 30, 2013 - Msg 92948: Well hey gang...gosh got the garden turned...ready to go...gona lime it next weel...hey Possum,Boo,Romeena,asa,Rev..well at work here...let me get logged in....any food?...SPOT

March 30, 2013 - Msg 92949: Good morning, porch! Boo, I'm so glad you slept well. I did too, only I slept late. Really felt good. Toye Starr finally had enough and announced that it was time to get up. When all else fails, she barks at me, tiny little woofs that are just barely audible, but I get the message. She's pretty patient, but since she knows she can't get back on the bed by herself, she refuses to get off unless I'm awake. When your bladder only holds about an ounce, there does come a time when you just must get up, and she makes sure I'm awake first.

A friend sent me a recipe, and I'm trying very hard to ignore it, but I'm losing the battle. I think at some point I'm going to have to try it. I won't print it here, but it involves good, thick-sliced bacon, wooden skewers, maple syrup and a chocolate drizzle. If you want the recipe, I'll email it to you.

Well, better go feed my little Starr. She's trying to dig a hole in my ankle, to let me know she's not happy that I stopped off at the computer. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 30, 2013 - Msg 92950: Hi All
A nice warm spring day here.
Hope everyone have a nice warm Easter tomorrow.

Mr.TOM


March 30, 2013 - Msg 92951: TOM, Finally a nice warm day here too! Think I'll go out and sit on my front porch and enjoy it because rain tomorrow....

G-F...

March 30, 2013 - Msg 92952: Ro, that bacon recipe sounds dangerous..and good. ;) Let me know how it turns out when you make it.

Thanks, TOM. It is going to be warm here for sure.

Been outside alot today. Bruce is putting a cross fence in the back to section off an area to grow grass for Thelma Lou so I sat out under the trees for awhile and talked to Bernie and his hens. They are so cute...just gathered themselves into the corner of the coop that was closest to me and laid down. My two little chickens are doing great and boy can those critters eat! I can't believe how much chick feed they have already gone through.

Well, made the cupcakes and the brownies are in the oven and finished the green beans and will reheat them at st. susan's tomorrow. Hope we all have a blessed Easter. :)

Boo

March 30, 2013 - Msg 92953:
Hello my porch family.....I pray you all have a very blessed Easter!......I'm so glad that we serve a Living God!

Love and prayers
-REV.

March 31, 2013 - Msg 92954: Good late evening, porch. I'm about to head for the ironing board, need to be up by six in the morning, and that's early for me. Argh! I watched "The Ten Commandments" tonight, as I was doing other things, and found myself thinking how foolish the Israelites were, how fickle and how easily they turned their backs on God. Then I thought about how much like them we are, or at least I am. I'm fine until things get rough, then I get all out of patience with God, and start trying to tell Him how I want my life to go. Not really much difference there. I have never built a golden calf, but I have let other things take precedence over the things of God, so I guess you could say I've had other gods in my life.

Well, my ambrosia salad is made and chilling, the little turkey is thawed and won't be much trouble to stuff and stick him in the oven in the morning before I leave for church. I'm going to make that peach cobbler, G-F, got my peaches and stuff and the muffin mix ready to go. I'll put that together as soon as I get home from church so I can take it over to Eloise's warm from the oven.

I got my eggs all dyed, too. So pretty. I only did 30, about half what I usually do, but it's enough. My neighbor has been sick, so I think I'll make a little basket and take it to her tomorrow. I've always got cute little baskets around somewhere, and I know where there's a little sack of leftover Easter grass, and I bought some jelly beans when I bought the egg dye, so a basket is easy. I may make up one to take to Eloise's house as well, because I'm pretty sure she didn't dye any eggs. I just can't help it. I've done it every year since I can remember. My mom and I used to do it together when I lived at home, and after Dale and I married, I've dyed eggs every year since.

I've had people ask me what on earth dyed eggs have to do with Easter, and of course, the direct answer is - nothing. Nothing at all. The indirect answer is - a lot. The eggs, to me, represent new life, which is what Christ gave us, when He defeated death at the resurrection - Easter. Also, on a more secular note, the pretty, bright colors look like the spring flowers that are blooming in my back yard now, and will soon be blooming in the colder climates as well. They're pretty, they're cheerful, they're a welcome change from the drabness of winter, and they make me happy. What could be wrong with that? To make eggs and bunnies the focal point of Easter is wrong. To celebrate Easter with worship and gratitude is right and appropriate. To enjoy the happy little secular trappings we've added is just fun, and harmless, as long as we make the distinction. Well, that's my two cents' worth, and I plan to enjoy my pretty little eggs.

Blessings, everyone, and Happy Easter! He is Risen!! --Romeena

March 31, 2013 - Msg 92955:
Happy Resurrection Day to all!
Jesus is alive! Alleluia!
Have a good one!
love u,
mdc

March 31, 2013 - Msg 92956: Happy Resurrection Day!...gona have to keep Church lights on!...but will worship via the Tube...co-worker and I are gona have two sermons going on both TV"s...hey Boo,Rev,Possum,Romeena,MDC...what a great day...gona watch the sun come up in just a bit...big window in my control center...perfect to watch it come up over the mt....SPOT

March 31, 2013 - Msg 92957: Good Easter morning Porch buddies!

What a blessing it is to celebrate our Lord and Savior, and to remember His atoning sacrifice. He who overcame death, He who took upon Him our sins, He who has paved the way for us to have eternal life, if we will but reach out to him, to accept his gift, to take upon us His name. I testify of Him in voice, and try to testify of Him in how I live my life. I know I fall short. But I also know His grace and tender mercies fill that void, and fills my heart with joy.
I pray and desire you all have a blessed and wonderful Easter day.

Asa

March 31, 2013 - Msg 92958: Good Morning porch! Off to Sunday School and Preaching but wanted to take a minute to wish everyone a Happy Easter!
Prayers and blessings!
Big Maude

March 31, 2013 - Msg 92959: Amen...Well said, Bro Asa! :) :)

Just finished my raisin bran and will be gettin' ready for preachin this fine easter morning. May the Lord bless each of you as you celebrate His resurrection!

Boo

March 31, 2013 - Msg 92960: Good morning again. This time it's really morning, not just very late night. My turkey is in the oven, I'm all showered and dressed, and ready to leave. Boo, I'm going to try that cobbler the way you made it. Sounds quick and easy enough, and could hardly be anything but good.

Blessings, friend! Maranatha! Our Lord has come, and He is Risen! --Romeena

March 31, 2013 - Msg 92961: Good Morning (not Mourning), Friends this blessed day we Rejoice in the empty tomb because it means our Lord has RISEN! Happy Easter to all my Porch Friends. SPOT I know what you mean about the splendor of the sunrise, I did a stained glass of a Sunrise of the Ocean & Lighthouse in my basement "Man Cave" room. When the sun comes up in the morning it illuminates the room with the most beautiful colors, I "LOVE" it (not bragging on my work) but it is really cool.

Have a GREAT day ya'll....

G-F.....

March 31, 2013 - Msg 92962: Hi All.
HAPPY EASTER TO ALL ARE FRIEND AND FAMILY THAT IS REJOICES IN HEAVEN.

Mr. TOM


March 31, 2013 - Msg 92963: Happy Easter to you, too, Mr. Tom. You are so right about the loved ones who are rejoicing in heaven. Can you imagine what Easter must be like there?

Got home from church and my turkey wasn't quite done. I'm not surprised. I don't usually use the oven timer, I prefer to be here when something is cooking, but it was necessary this time. I was so afraid I'd overcook it and dry it out, that I set the heat a little low, and the time a little short. Result - one underdone turkey. Not to worry, I've got him cooking again, and should be ready pretty quick. I still have an hour before I have to be at Eloise's.

The peach cobbler is in the oven too. I'm strictly winging that one, had not a clue. Boo, I just pretty much did what you did. I dumped the peaches in a glass casserole dish, stirred in a little corn starch, some turbinado sugar, a tiny dash of nutmeg and then dotted it with butter. Since I had no regular milk for the batter, I used buttermilk and put a bit of baking soda in. It was a little thicker than pancake batter, and I just spooned it over the peaches, dotted a little more butter around and sprinkled on a little more nutmeg. No idea how long it will take to bake, so just watching it. You know what? I'll bet it will be good. Hard to go wrong with something like that.

Now I need to brush Toye Starr and put her topknot up. I got her a great big purple polkadot bow for her hair, should look delightfully ridiculous.

A little hummer came in yesterday and found the feeder empty, and dirty from last year. I was horrified! I brought the feeder in and washed it, and filled it with sugar water and put it back out. My little friend returned just now, and seemed happy to find that there's something there for him now. Cute little thing!

Well, happy Easter, friends. --Romeena

March 31, 2013 - Msg 92964: Happy Resurrection Day!
I hope all are having a blessed Easter Day.

Boo, I pray your MRI shows its just a fibroid. I get ovarian cysts frequently. They are quite painful when they rupture!

MDC, that episode you quoted is a favorite. That showed Don Knotts was a good actor.

GF, I haven't seen those products in the store but I have seen them online somewhere. I'm a White Lily fan myself.

Romeena, I can't believe you had a Heron!

Rev, be safe out there.

Auh20, I use my iPhone to write. It ain't easy! I wonder if Miss Ellie will give me ice cream if I don't see ain't no more. ;)

Last night I listened to Man in a Hurry episode. I haven't seen that in awhile. I really needed the reminder to actually participate in the Sabbath. We typically do our cleaning for the week on Sunday night, but after that episode, I'm convicted. The power of TAGS!

We are about to head to Cracker Barrel. I need to put my face on. Y'all have a very blessed day!

Lucy

March 31, 2013 - Msg 92965:
Thank you Jesus for your wonderful bounty!
May our once blessed country turn back to you
and to your teachings, O Lord. Amen
"Come to the church in the wildwood, oh come
to the church in the vale..."
mdc

April 01, 2013 - Msg 92966: Well, I gotta say it. That peach cobbler was some kinda good! I saw Jerry hit it three times, and you know what they say - "eatin' speaks louder than words." Yep, it was good. Thanks, G-F. Now I gotta find somelace where I can get that mix. Good stuff!

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 01, 2013 - Msg 92967: Glad you liked the cobbler, Ro.

Thank you for your prayers, Lucy. I know all about those rupturing cysts...problem with this one is that it won't rupture. ;) I would gladly go through the pain if it would.

Yesterday was a good day with family. Restful and i got a nice nap. My sister made a chicken casserole yesterday that was one of the best things I have ever eaten in my life. Everyone loved it. I am going to get the recipe from her and share it here soon. It was real comfort food at its best.

Hope the rest of you had a good Easter.

Boo

April 01, 2013 - Msg 92968: Romeena, Glad ya liked the cobbler, I have gotten it at Dollar General stores. You can order it on line but they want you to buy large amount, so I have had our local store order me a box of 12 when they put their orders in. Like I had said before they had a whole line of country foods, but they only have the dry mixes now.

Well, I'm making ham & bean soup out of leftovers from yesterday, now all I have to do is the cornbread, bring your bowls & spoons!

Boo, If your sisters chicken casserole was that good, ya better take a head count out at the coop!
(Just Kidding!)....

G-F....

April 01, 2013 - Msg 92969: Morning all. Hope you all had a wonderful Easter.

Boo, yes, please, get the recipe for us. I love chicken.

Busy so gotta get. Post more later.

Asa

April 01, 2013 - Msg 92970:
Happy Easter Monday to all. (I recall how we always had today off from school in the "old days!)
Good to see so many on the porch, and big MAUDE checking in, TOM too, and all.
Hope REV is OK.
Prayers! Always love Easter and it's promises!
MDC