The Taylors' Front Porch
Pull up a chair! Have a sit-down an' shoot the breeze with us. Later on, maybe we'll go down to the drugstore to get a bottle of pop .  .  . maybe see what's showin' at the Grand .  .  .  . What you gonna do tonight, Barn?

October 05, 2015 - Msg 102926: No return postage needed here, Sterling. Just let those prayers stay there, in reserve. We all need them from time to time, every single one of us. --Romeena

October 05, 2015 - Msg 102927: A-whoosh! The phantom porch sweeper strikes again.

October 05, 2015 - Msg 102928: the words of that eminent philosopher, Forest Gump..."life is like a box of chocolates..." No return postage needed here either. My prayers continue for you and yours.
POSSUM swimming under a rock, just saw and read about So Carolina...oh my...two feet in some places!! My prayers are with your dear state also.
Take care all,

October 05, 2015 - Msg 102929: I think Possum will need to change her "handle" to Possun on TOP of a BIG pile of rocks.... Really rough in the Carolina's right now. Prayers for those folks.... G-F

October 05, 2015 - Msg 102930: Thank y'all for the prayers. My poor state..I'm feeling so many different emotions,ranging from gratitude (that my family made it through fine) to sorrow for what my fellow South Carolinians are dealing with.Columbia is SO wrecked. So is Clarendon County,which is not far from where Laci lives.It's just unreal.

Again, from the bottom of my heart,thank y'all for the prayers.

possum u.a.r.

October 05, 2015 - Msg 102931: We are glad you and your family are safe Possum, and prayers continue for you all.
And if I could ask you for prayers for my Daughter Stacey and my Grand daughter to be Charlotte for tomorrow. They are going to induce her labor, and although we don't anticipate any problems, I do believe in the power of prayer and in being proactive. Thanks much.


October 05, 2015 - Msg 102932: You got it Asa!.... Or should I say.... GrandDaddy, GrandDaddy, GrandDaddy!!...G-F

October 05, 2015 - Msg 102933: Aw,thanks, Asa. Prayers for all to go well for Stacey and Baby Charlotte.Keep us posted on things.

Hey, G-F!

possum again

October 06, 2015 - Msg 102934: Good morning, porch. Just a quick run-by. My friend Ted was here all day yesterday, installing lights along one side of the house, and I hear him out there now, working along the other side. By the time he's finished, this place is going to look like a Choctaw Casino, and will be really pretty. Security and beauty too - who could ask for more?

Better get out there and start assembling light fixtures - that's my job.

Prayers for Stacey and Charlotte today. I'm praying for an easy and safe delivery, and robust good health for little Charlotte. What a pretty name! One you don't hear often anymore, and I love it. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

October 06, 2015 - Msg 102935: .. Romeena, is Ted a Certified Clark W. Griswold exterior home illumination expert? Yep, it sounds like you and Ted are King & Queen's in the world of exterior home illumination! 💡💡💡
Better be careful to much lighting could confuse pilots landing at Dallas International, they may land in your back yard!


October 06, 2015 - Msg 102936: The sun is shining on South Carolina!! Thank you, Lord!

possum under a rock

October 06, 2015 - Msg 102937: Good evening, porch. I'm a pooped pup - worked harder today than I have in a while. I whacked rose bushes back to give Ted access to that side of the house, fought with a big old jasmine "thing" that grows on a fan-shaped trellis out front, and will be highlighted by one of the lights. It had gotten completely out of control, wands and tendrils had grown up and were clinging to the brick wall behind it, and had even made their way up and beneath the boards along the top. Next thing I know, it will be in the attic! So, I sheared it down and back into shape. Very messy. It oozes a sticky white sap when you trim it, and I got it all over me!

This little project has taken much longer than Ted or I expected. We thought two days, but two days have gone and we're just about half finished. Talk about cost over-runs! Ted just puts in about a six hour day, though. He starts around 7 a.m., takes about a half-hour lunch around 11, then works until about 1:30 and quits for the day. When he leaves here, he goes to give estimates on other jobs, goes by the suppliers and picks up what he needs, and gets home around 3:30, worn out. He has absolutely horrible arthritis in both knees, and it hurts me to see him walk. Still, he's always cheerful and smiling, never complains, and always figures his hours "short." He's really a good guy.

Yep, G-F, at Christmas, I've often been accused of attracting 747s to my driveway! I can't imagine what it's going to look like around here this year, with all this permanent lighting, and then the Christmas lights as well. A friend asked me how I expected to pay the electric bill, so I put it through a calculator, and was astonished at the results. All these lights are LED, so they run cheap, cheap, cheaply! We're installing 24 small LED floodlights, lighting up the entire back and side fences, with more in the shrubbery out front, and shining upward into trees. They each pull 3.2 watts/hr. Then there are 11 larger floods, in colors, along the sides of the house, one on that jasmine, and one in the back highlighting a beautiful old stump and a birdbath. They pull 3.5 watts/hr. Figured out the watts/hr being used, times twelve hours per night, converted to kw hours, times what I pay per kwh, and it comes out to just under 15 cents per night, for all this pretty light and its inherent safety factor. If these lights were incandescent, or even CFL (which I hate), it would be a different story. I love LED! I switched to LED twinkles out back, and LED icicles along the eaves, last year. This year I'm changing to LED twinkles out front, and retrofitting the roof lights with LED - I've already got the lights and bulbs. David is doing the same at his house. With everything being LED now, I don't expect to even feel an increase in my electric bill. Usually, it goes up at least $40 to $50 at Christmas.

Well, guess I'll hunt up something to eat, wash off the dirt and jasmine sap, and maybe turn in early for a change. Any word on Asa's granddaughter? Praying all goes well.... --Romeena

October 06, 2015 - Msg 102938: Good evening all, and thank you so much for the prayers. Please join me in welcoming Charlotte Mcdonald into this world as she begins her mortal journey. She arrived at 3:42 P.M. M.S.T. at 6 lbs 4 oz, and 21" long. Both baby and Mother are doing well after a long and somewhat difficult labor. Again, thank you all for the prayers. I am pooped so off to bed for me.


October 06, 2015 - Msg 102939: Thanks for checking in... Glad all is well!...Now get some sleep GrandDaddy!...And Congrats!...G-F

October 06, 2015 - Msg 102940: Yay!! Wonderful news,Asa! Congratulations and God Bless.

possum again

October 07, 2015 - Msg 102941: CONGRATULATIONS Asa!! I love the name Charlotte too!
Possum, glad you are finally seeing some sunshine!
Wow, a 1000 year storm they say.
Anyone heard from BIG MAUDE? Her area may have been affected too.
SPOT--how did Atlanta area fair?
ROMEEna--those lites sound great! You'll have to post an FB pic when its all done, then like GF says, we'll see how it matches up to to Clark! ha
God bless,

October 07, 2015 - Msg 102942: Hey Asa, Thank the Lord, and congratulations!

Possum, glad you are finally seeing the sun! Prayers for all those affected by the storm. I read that that area hasn't seen rain(or flooding, or something) like this for about 200 years.

-Sterling Holobyte

October 07, 2015 - Msg 102943: Or maybe it was 1000. I don't know, it was on the internet somewhere. ;-)


October 08, 2015 - Msg 102944: Wow, very slow day here today. I hope Possum continues to
dry out.
Prayers continue.
Amazing times!

October 08, 2015 - Msg 102945: Morning all.
Yes indeed MDC, very quiet on the porch. I might have to start barking like a dog to get things riled up! :)

I hope you are drying out Possum. Prayers for your State. I feel almost guilty. Our weather here has been so delightful. Cool 50's at night, upper 60's to low 70's in the afternoon. Perfect is what it is.

Well Stacey and Charlotte come home today, well if Charlotte behaves. She is not eating to well yet, so they are going to put her on formula. Nothing serious, but she has lost nearly a pound, so they are just being mindful.

Well better get moving. First day back to work. Lots to do for sure.

Thanks again for your prayers everyone.


October 08, 2015 - Msg 102946: Good morning, porch! Asa, how's Charlotte this morning? I'm glad Stacey is permitting a temporary or partial switch to formula, and not fighting it. Many times a young mother has read all the books and listened to her friends, and will refuse anything but "natural" feeding for their babies. That all sounds as fine as can be, but meantime, the baby is hungry, screaming constantly, and losing weight. Many babies just don't take to the "natural" feeding right away, and once in a while, there will be one who just never does. so you have to shift gears.

I remember one such case, and the mother was absolutely determined that there would be no bottles, no pacifiers, nothing - just "herself." Her own mother was ready to wring her neck. In a very defiant tone, the new mother challenged me, and said, "Just what do you think they did in the old days, before there were bottles and formula?" OK, she asked me, so I told her. I asked her if she had ever heard the term "sugar-t#t". Her mother started to smile, and settled back to watch. The girl said yes, she'd heard the term, but didn't know what it meant.

So, I told her. In the "old days", the mother of an uncooperative baby would mix some fresh butter and some sugar, and a little flour to give it substance, into a thick paste, put a blob of it on a square of cheesecloth, which every home had in those days, and would twist it into a nipple shape. When that sweet, buttery thing went into a baby's mouth, the reaction was instantaneous! Yum! It was perfect, and could save a baby's life. It delivered fat, sugar and a little protein, which the baby needs. Mother's milk is very high in fat content, necessary for growth and development, and temperature regulation. The butter provided that, and the protein, the building blocks of growth. Sugar gave the carbs the baby needed to keep their blood sugar levels from bottoming out, which can happen rapidly in a newborn. After a few sessions with that little device, the baby was feeling better, less hungry and frustrated, and more cooperative. The new mom would smear some of that concoction on herself, and the baby would latch on and all would be well. I learned this from my grandmother, and it works. Today, we don't make the cheesecloth thing, but the principle applies. Give the baby a bottle with an easy-flowing nipple on it, and watch his eyes light up when that formula hits his tongue! He'll be ready to eat "naturally", once his panic and frustration settles down in response to some groceries getting inside his tummy. OK, that's an old nurse's lecture for the day.

We're not finished with the lights outside, but Ted probably won't be back until Monday. His mom passed away yesterday evening. It was not unexpected, she had been in the grip of dementia for a couple of years, didn't know anyone, just mostly sat and stared, and got combative if anyone bothered her. Ted is greatly relieved, not grieving, but still, he needs a few days.

Well, I'd better get busy. We're having a chili cook-off at the church tonight, and I'm supposed to take a pot - guess I'd better get on it! Blessings, friends! --Romeena

October 08, 2015 - Msg 102947: Hi Romeena. Stacey and Charlotte are doing great. I just talked to Stacey and they will be headed home in a little bit. They made Charlotte do an hour and a half test in a car seat to assure her breathing would be ok, and she passed with flying colors. So she is glad to be going home and her other kids will be glad to have her home. They are such a cute family. But I am biased. :)


October 08, 2015 - Msg 102948: Texas Chili Cook-Off.....Sign me up!.... Now that's good eat'in!...That's good News Asa, I think Romeena is giving good advice, so no worries....G-F

October 08, 2015 - Msg 102949: That sounds wonderful, Asa. I'm so glad everything went well, and I absolutely love the baby's name. It's kind of an old one, and it's beautiful. I'm glad to see some of the old names coming back these days.

My pot of chili is simmering nicely, smells good, and even in its just-put-together state, it tastes great. Give it time to simmer and the meat will be tender, the flavors will blend, and it will knock your socks off! I love homemade chili, don't know why I don't make it more often. I guess it's because I don't know how to just make a small amount. I start out with a small pot, but have been known to upsize two or three times before the chili is finished. This time, I just started out with the biggest pot I own. It's that big old Le Creuset Dutch oven, enormous thing, and heavy as lead. I can't lift it when it's full, so will be ladling the chili out into my slow cooker to take it to the church. They'll have power strips lined up beneath the serving tables, so everyone can "plug in." Mind you, I didn't buy that Le Creuset pot. Those things are crazy expensive and I would never pay that for a pot. I received it as a gift from the hospital for my 30th anniversary as an employee there. They gave me a catalog of things and told me to choose. When I saw that pot, I pounced! I wanted one, but knew I'd never buy it, so there was my chance! At 25 years, I got a beautiful world globe, mounted in a lovely wooden stand, with an axis running through the globe, so it spins and everything! Something else I would never have bought, but really appreciated it as a gift. The hospital was good to me, no question.

Well, back to stirring my chili. Blessings, all. --Romeena

October 08, 2015 - Msg 102950: Hey y'all- just a quick check in to let you know that the sun is still shining in SC! We have a LONG way to go,however. Please keep the prayers going,and if you are so inclined,donate whatever you can to the relief efforts.

I was able to go over into my hometown yesterday & check things out. The roads were fine,the floodwaters (19.8 inches!) had receded,and things looked pretty good.

I knew that my former home,which is a mobile home that I rent out to a young family,weathered the storm fine,because I'd been in touch with my tenants. However,on that same property is a small block house which was my grandmother's home. I use it for storage & have all of my furnishings from my mobile home in there. I went in to check & found pieces of ceiling all over the place in one room. Looked up and could see the rafters in the attic. A huge chunk of the ceiling fell. Some of my furniture is probably wrecked-oh well.It was hard to tell in there in the semi-darkness. I am so thankful that this happened when it did and not years ago when we lived in that house.That was my daughter's bedroom as a baby & later as a young girl.

I'll get it fixed somehow. No complaints,my loved ones are fine, I'm blessed!

So happy to hear that all is well with Charlotte & she got to go home-yay!

Y'all take care! Enjoy that chili,Ro-sounds good!

possum under a rock

October 08, 2015 - Msg 102951: Hey, Possum. Glad things weren't any worse, and hope the damage to the furniture is minimal. Hang in there, baby!

Well, guess what! I won second place in the chili cook-off, out of 18 entries! I couldn't believe it. I hadn't even planned to make chili, on an impulse this morning I checked with the church office to see if they had enough people signed up, and was told they thought so, but might use one more. So, I went to the store and got chili meat and stuff and came home and threw it all together. I rarely use a recipe (never on something like chili) so I probably couldn't duplicate that batch, but apparently it was well-received. I've been told I'm an "instinctive" cook, whatever that means. Quite often, if I'm making something just on a whim, I season it by smelling of the spices and things in the pantry, and if it smells like it ought to go in what I'm cooking, well, in it goes! For the chili though, I drew on what I learned from a Mexican cook years ago. Mexicans make a dish called "molé". It's a dark, rich, pungent sauce, usually ladled over poached white boneless chicken. You can buy little jars of the thick paste, which you thin down with chicken broth, and it's pretty good, but the homemade stuff is best. There are as many ways to make molé as there are cooks who make it, but one thing I know, a lot of cooks add peanut butter to their base. Yes, peanut butter. So, I dropped a big old glop of peanut butter in my chili pot and stirred it in, and it was pret-ty good!

Toye Starr and I have a little houseguest for the weekend. A friend from church has a little male Maltese, named Oh!Reilly, and he's coming to stay with us until Sunday night. His mom is taking a quick vacation with her daughters, so we're keeping Oh!Reilly. Toye Starr will probably be in a snit, but she'll get over it.

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

October 08, 2015 - Msg 102952: Humm, peanut butter in chili, who'd a thought! I think it would be one of those tastes that has folks wondering what the "secret" ingredient is, and it's NOT "oregano"! I'm always up for new tastes to try, so I may just give it a whirl. I sometimes put a little cinnamon and nutmeg in mine to give it a different taste, sorta like Cincinnati style chili..... I think Chili cook-off's are fun, you get to try a lot of people's different interpretations of a simple soup... That's one good thing about cold weather, it brings soup to the table... Ya know, soup IS good food as the commercial say's....👍


October 08, 2015 - Msg 102953: ....As far as soup goes, my go to soups were always, potato, chili, and stuffed green pepper soup were always popular at work on a cold day. My co-workers say they miss those days, so I have done some retirement soup luncheon's for them since I've been retired.... G-F again

October 09, 2015 - Msg 102954: Hi everyone...just checking in before bed. Hope you are all well. Congratulations on the new grandbaby, Asa! How sweet. I want a grandbaby, but I'll just have to wait. ;)

Its still in the 90s here and I am really looking forward to some cool fronts..they will have to come sooner or later.

Work is still going well, the family is good. Not much in the way of news. I am thinking that the year is going by so fast and before you know it Thanksgiving and Christmas will be upon us again. So much to do!

Sean hooked up a regular keyboard to the laptop for me so that my posts wont disappear like they were doing so I look forward to being on the porch more often now.

Think I'll hit the ironing board..have to work tomorrow evening and Friday is always my busy day. Love to all!


October 09, 2015 - Msg 102955: RO--you can feed me chili anytime! Love the stuff!
Yours sounds really good.
BOO--good to see you back on the porch. We miss your posts about family, etc. Hopefully it will cool down soon.
Another APB for BIG MAUDE...hope she is OK.
PH--are you gonna have turkeys for Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday??
ASA--congrats to you! Glad all went well. Charlotte is almost like Charlene! ha
Folks.. things are getting a little crazy in Israel and Syria. I don't like the way the Bear of the North is acting! Stay alert.
Prayers for all,

October 09, 2015 - Msg 102956: Good Friday morning all. I hope the new day finds you all fine and dandy.

So great to see you Boo. I look forward to seeing you here more often. We have Christmas movie quotes to do you know! :) Glad to hear you are all doing well. Thanks for the congrats. Your time will come all to quick for being a Grandma.

I think there is something to that "instinctive cook" idea Romeena. We had a fellow who worked in our office, who was one of the better cooks I have ever seen. He always cooked at our shop dinners, and it was always fantastic. And every time I would ask for the recipe, he would say he really didn't have one. He would just add this and that until it tasted right. I always thought he was shining me on, but what you said makes perfect sense. And I have heard about the peanut butter thing in chili before. I would like to try making a pot this fall. I don't care for super hot chili. Mild works fine for me. What meat and beans do you use? I have been accused of being an inSTINKtive cook before. That's the best I can muster. GF, that's good of you to go back and cook a bit for your friends at work like that. But doesn't surprise me a bit. You just seem like an ok kind of feller.

MDC, I hear there was a shooting at NAU last night. Yep, the world is going crazy. Lord help us.

Glad you are ok Possum. Things can be replaced, but it is hard to lose them still the same. Glad none of your rocks washed away.

Well better get working. Much to do.


October 09, 2015 - Msg 102957: Good morning, porch! It's beautiful here today, just 82°, but warming up. I've got little Oh!Reilly here, and he's so sweet! He's a little bigger than Toye Starr, about an inch or two taller, and maybe three pounds heavier. His mom keeps his Maltese coat in a puppy cut, and it's really cute. I'd try it with Toye Starr, but her coat is not as dense as his, and I'm afraid she'd just look "nekkid." He's a sweet little fellow, very well behaved. At the moment, he's curled up in a little ball next to my feet, and Toye Starr is in her accustomed morning place - sitting in the entryway, staring at the mail slot, hoping to ambush the mailman. She's never seen him, but she knows that every morning that little door in the wall opens and someone pushes envelopes through it! She considers it an invasion, and resents it greatly. Once the mail has come, she abandons her post, and goes on about her business.

They have played together some, but Oh!Reilly is a little more barky than Toye Starr, and he has a surprisingly big bark for such a little dog! Starr will look at me when he barks, and seems to be saying, "Mama, he's loud, and I think that's rude!" Their little play sessions don't last long, just a few minutes, then they settle down. After all, she's eight, and he's ten, so they're not spring chickens anymore. He sure is cute, though. Cuddled up next to me last night just like Starr does, and I slept well. Guess it was a "two-dog night."

Well, guess I'd better get dressed. Eloise is on her way over to help me eat some of that chili. I had a fair amount left that didn't even go to the church. The pot I cooked it in held a lot more than my slow cooker, so I left some of it here, and I brought home about two servings left in the bottom of the slow cooker. That's more chili than I'll eat in the next day or so, and I don't want to get tired of it. So, I called Eloise and told her I needed help to eat this chili, and she said that was what friends were for, and would be right over!

Blessings, folks! --Romeena

October 09, 2015 - Msg 102958: Eloise has come and gone, ate some of the chili, and took a big bowl home to her husband. What a good friend! Now I don't have to eat chili for the next two days.

I learned something about Oh!Reilly. As I said, he has a big bark, but I discovered that I can put a finger to my lips and say "Shhh!" and he switches to a tiny bark! Hilarious! I wish I could teach Toye Starr that little trick. Her bark is not very big, in fact it's pretty cute, but it would be so funny to teach her to do that.

I've suddenly developed a sore and scratchy throat! Haven't had anything like that in a long time, and it's getting uncomfortable. I hope it doesn't develop into anything worse. I can handle this, but I don't need a chest cold. Haven't had one of those in years! I think a glass of juice and a nap sounds good right now. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

October 09, 2015 - Msg 102959: RO--sometimes letting an aspirin "melt" in the back of the throat will help soothe it, and "arrest" the issue before it gets full blown.

October 10, 2015 - Msg 102960: ASA- yes there was. One person was killed as a
brawl in a parking lot turned real ugly.
Very bad for sure.
I hope your week back to work went OK.
Hang in there. Set a spell in your wheeler this
Prayers for all,

October 10, 2015 - Msg 102961: Well its 4 am on the weekend duty this month breakfast?...SPOT


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