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?


July 25, 2016 - Msg 105357: A Happy Belated birthday to you, Romeena! Sounds like a good one. I have never had Babe's but maybe someday we can go together.

Asa, I find it dreadful that there are two of us here on the porch who have had friends murdered in the last few months. Times are getting rough. I feel as you do, that God is the final judge of our actions, and while I believe God is love, I also think as the scripture says, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God a person are wicked and evil. If you think about it, divine justice can be a really scary thing.

Well, it was HOT here today so it was hot at work. Bruce took off today because we got about 40 truck loads of dirt delivered. We have to cover this sand with some rich soil before we plant the grass seed. He has been spending hours spreading it with the tractor. He got it for 40.00 a load from a construction site instead of paying 400.00 a load, as some people around her are asking. Crazy. It is neat to see real dirt out there for a change, instead of sand. We should be able to get the sprinkler system in in the next two weeks, I hope.

Hope you all have a good night and a great day tomorrow.

Boo



July 25, 2016 - Msg 105358: Happy birthday Romeena !..and is the heat on here in Ga..high 90"s and storms every day hello possum on your trop !..see pics on FB hey Boo,To, asa,PH, and all ok back to read archives ...rain here now ..SPOT


July 26, 2016 - Msg 105359: We both slept until noon today! Then came theunpacking and laundry, LOTS of laundry. And to paraphrase Gomer, we were
tired as dogs, but had loved every minute of it! Up the California coast as far Santa Barbara. Just read the archives, and no, GF, we didnt see any of the fires, but the air was smoky in some areas.
And it was actually kinda warm there too. The marine layer of foggy mornings was not there, but was still much cooler than Phx. Another week of 110s ahead here. and no kitty to greet us when we got home, but were doing OK.
Hey to pappabear. Glad you have been able to visit more. Hang in there, prayers for you bro.
I still believe that the current world happenings have increased since the scotus decision last June, and given us the terrible choices fo who will 'lead' our country..
Lord help us.
Sterling, prayers for Kia in Clorado.
Well, it is good to sleep in my own bed again, and I'm a headin there directly! :)
MDC


July 26, 2016 - Msg 105360: Hey Boo... You may have to change the Funny Farm to to Green Acres...lol Hopefully it will grow green and strong.
What kind of grass do you use that holds up to the heat down there in S. Texas?

G-F

July 26, 2016 - Msg 105361: happy birthday romena spot i know what you mean about it being hot today i saw a dog chasing a cat it was so hot they was walking instead of running after each other mdc are you using rocks and doing laundry in the pond if you run across a still let me know i will tell otis have a great day pappa bear

July 27, 2016 - Msg 105362: Good morning all.

Boo, I have been thinking the same thing about us. We have both been deeply and closely affected by murders recently. The world is indeed a dark and dreary place at times. I know I have thought how easily that could have been me who was abducted. It has raised my awareness of my surroundings a lot for sure. I hope you and your family are coping with all of this ok.

GF, How's that garden doing? I picked my first two tomatoes yesterday and had them with my supper. Dee-lish-us for sure.

Glad you are back home safe and sound MDC. We hit 104 here yesterday. Plenty hot for sure.

Spot, send us some of that rain buddy. We can sure use it.

Well back to work today after a 4 day weekend. I have a staff meeting in Salt Lake this morning, and then my Manager is retiring this month and he is having a farewell gathering this afternoon, so I will be going to that. So that is going to pretty much take care of my day.

Prayers for all for a good and safe day today.

Asa

July 27, 2016 - Msg 105363: Well Asa, my container plants are doing ok, I had some green beans, lettuce and peppers already. As far as the tomatoes they are still small, I had to deal with "blossom end rot" so I added some lime to the soil, that is what they say is the problem "calcium deficiency" ... As far as my in ground garden, not so much thanks to the groundhog. I think I took care of him due to the smell coming from my storage barn.... I gave him 2 weeks of trapping him but that didn't work, so I had to use plan "B"....(Juicy Fruit gum and poison pellets)... So I can least say I tried to give him a chance to Act Like Somebody...lol

G-F

July 27, 2016 - Msg 105364: gf- some ground hogs just cant be civilised asa- you are right everyone needs to be aware at all times of there surroundings being an old soldier i know simple thing like going to bank coming out thinking what you got to do or in parking lot loading car can get us in trouble gf- have you tried some calcium pills melted in water on your plants have a great day pappa bear

July 27, 2016 - Msg 105365: Papa Bear... You are right about them groundhogs, and yes I have heard about the calcium pill remedy too.
I just keep forgetting how they get starved for calcium, especially in potted plants as they get root bound...
G-F

July 27, 2016 - Msg 105366: gf- you could give them ground hogs some of emma watsons pills i just read where barney would have been 92 on july 21 wow what a talent pappa bear

July 27, 2016 - Msg 105367: Wonder if Romeena found something else to clean out?..where are ya, Ro?

Sure is hot here, but it is the end of July so no big surprise. Hope all of you are keeping cool.

Asa, I'll bet you are more aware of your surroundings. I think I would be..I feel like as horrible as all this has been, there is something redeemable if we can learn from it.

Well, have to get ready to take Erin and her friends to church youth meeting tonight. I am so sleepy but have to do it. I am hoping I sleep well tonight. I had one of those toss and turn kind of nights last night. I finally fell asleep and Sean woke me with this Tourette's, then I fell asleep and Bruce started snoring and I had to turn him over..it was a real circus. I would have rather slept on the ironing board!

Boo

July 27, 2016 - Msg 105368: Awwww. The poor little groundhog! I guess they can be a terrible nuisance (we don't have them around here) but I just hate to think about killing a critter, especially with poison. Terrible way to die. Good on you for at least trying to trap him - I'm assuming you mean a humane live trap, to relocate him. Sorry - you know me and critters. --Romeena

July 27, 2016 - Msg 105369: Oh, hi, Boo. Guess we were posting at the same time. No, I haven't found anything else to clean out, though there are a lot of drawers and some closets in the front bedrooms that could stand some attention. The biggest hurdle has been crossed though, with my bedroom and the Christmas room and the cabinet here in the office all clean and organized. That Landry is a wonder.

Yep, it's hot here, too. Hot and humid, and squadrons of mosquitoes. I don't remember the mosquitoes being so bad years ago, before all this landscaping went in. When it was just grass and a few trees and nothing else, I guess there was no place for them to live. Now, with lots and lots of shrubbery, flowerbeds packed with assorted vegetation, and a sprinkler system to keep it all hydrated, we DO have mosquitoes. Miserable little things. Of course, all that cover brings in the birds and critters as well, and that's the trade-off. I just love all the traffic out there. Always something to see. I've got so much lighting out there now that nothing moves in that yard without me seeing it. The lights are mostly colored, and very soft, so the animals aren't afraid to come in, but it's enough that I can see anything that moves. The last few nights, around 10:30, a very large raccoon has come lumbering through the yard. He explores the whole yard, and ends up sniffing around the feeding stones. I put about a pound of wrinkly grapes out there one evening, and he found them! That was one happy raccoon. He ate about half of them, and the next day, I watched an ecstatic little squirrel munching on the leftovers. Such fun! Right now, I've got eight doves enjoying a little pile of cracked corn.

Asa, does Utah have a concealed carry law? Can you carry a small pistol in your pocket, or in a concealed holster under your shirt? If so, it might not be a bad idea, especially if you have to be working alone in an isolated area very much. It's awful that we have to think like that, but it is what it is.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some supper. I've got some spaghetti and a jar of sauce, maybe I'll just have some very plain and simple spaghetti. I do have some good grated parmesan, should dress it up a little, and I've got some fresh basil growing in the yard. Also, I think I've got the oregano to swing it. Come to think of it, I think there are some frozen Swedish meatballs in the freezer! A handful of those simmered in the sauce would be great! Wow, this is sounding better and better. Come on by, and I'll make enough to share. Blessings, porch! --Romeena

July 27, 2016 - Msg 105370: Yes Romeena, the trap was a live catch one. I did feel bad about putting he poison out, but had to do something because I couldn't trap him... G-F

July 27, 2016 - Msg 105371: Thanks, G-F. Sorry, I don't mean to be critical, but I just hate poisons. Back in my "rat in the garage" days a few months ago, I finally gave in to my family's pressure and put some poison out for the rat. He had avoided all the traps I had put out. Would enter the live traps, steal the bait and leave without ever tripping the thing, yet it had a hair trigger. I just barely touched it with a stick and it slammed shut. He had to be jumping over the trigger plate. He would also get the bait from snaptraps without tripping them. A Houdini rat. Anyway, I finally put out some little poison pellets, and accidentally left the little bag of pellets nearby. He ignored the loose pellets, and hauled off the bag. Never did find it, and it didn't kill him, either. So now I have a bag of poison pellets on the premises, don't know where it is, and don't know what else is getting into it. That's why I hate poisons. Not only is it an awful way for the targeted animal to die, but it can so easily enter the food chain and get unintended victims. Still, what are you going to do? I decided that a better snap trap was the best choice, got four really good ones from an exterminator, and finally got the rat. Only problem was, it barely caught him by the nose, the poor thing carried the trap halfway across the garage, died under my car of suffocation, because his upper airway was crushed. Probably died of extreme pain as well. Makes me sad even now to think of what that poor miserable rat went through. I have no love of rats, but I didn't want to torture him. I just wanted him to go away! In your case, you're trying to grow a garden, and I know groundhogs can be terribly destructive to a garden. At least you tried a better way first, but it wouldn't work. You did what you had to do.

Blessings, porch! --Romeena

July 27, 2016 - Msg 105372: Ro, your back yard sounds wonderful with the lights and the wildlife! I'm so glad you have it to enjoy. I forgot to tell you the other day when you mentioned Crepe Myrtle, that I have one that never did very well because it was planted close to the house and got too much shade. Bruce transplanted it in the yard a few months ago and you should see that thing! It is gorgeous..full of dark red blooms. They like a lot of heat and sunshine. Only problem is that the cutter ants ate the leaves off the top of it. Sorry ants!

Ro, wish I could have had some spaghetti with you. I was so tired when I got home that I just ate a sandwich..boring but I was thankful for it. When it is so hot and I have to be at work in that heat all day, I just cant bear to cook. I was at the store yesterday and bought a bunch of frozen stuff the kids could easily prepare so it might be tv dinners tomorrow...I don't know how to cook a leg of lamb (Andy's favorite dish).

Think I will kick back for a bit and watch a little TAGS before bed..maybe do a little knitting.

Boo

July 28, 2016 - Msg 105373: BOO--it sounds like u were sleeping at the Darlings' house with the snoring and whatnot goings on! ha
Also, sounds like the AC in the state facility is still bad. Have u thought about calling your state senator or representative (at the state level?)
I bet if they came down, there would be some quick action!! You know me with my letters, etc, to such folks!
ME-TV currently has both Matlock and TAGS on their program schedule, and they have a real clever promo spot with the famous scene where Andy comes at Don Knotts with a ruler 'knife.' Apparently Don Knotts was a guest star on Matlock, and they re-did that scene! They cut from the tags scene to the Matlock scene back and forth. Well done. Here it is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSpxpV6jWvo
PAPPA bear-- good to see your posts. So pretty hot there too? So hot here that since I got back from Cal, the bird bath is more like a convention site! :) Very sustained highs of 110 or higher. Please pray for rain! We need LOTS of rain.
POSSum--Stay away from New Zealand!! I read that they want to get rid of all possums by 2040 there!! Yikes!
GF and ASA, be careful out there!
Jesus help us. Prayers,
MDC


July 28, 2016 - Msg 105374: Good very late evening, porch. Boo, I thank the Lord daily for my yard and my window. There's always something to see out there, some action from the critter traffic, and the landscaping is pretty, too. It's pretty in the daytime, and a whole different kind of pretty at night. The lighting is wonderful, and I have LED to thank for that. From where I'm sitting, I can see at least 40, maybe 50 lights. They shine through shrubbery, spotlight the fence at close intervals, highlight different areas in the central flowerbeds, spotlight a big old cedar stump that's very interesting, and provide enough background light and soft glow that I can see anything that moves out there.

All that, along with the lights that surround the house from the eaves and the focal lights out front, and it runs for about 40 cents a night. If those lights were all incandescent, my electric bill would be astronomical. As it is, my last bill was $146, and that's in Texas, in summer heat, and includes cooling 2700 sq ft. I don't even think twice about adding another light when I want to. LED is just so cheap to operate! The bulbs are expensive, but they last for years. When I had a few incandescent floodlights out there, I was replacing the bulbs about twice a year, and they weren't exactly cheap, either! So far, I have not had a single LED bulb to go out. You're right, I do get a lot of joy out of the yard and the lights, and am grateful.

MDC, that clip is hilarious! The same scent, just reworked a little bit to allow for it being two older men. Don't you know they had fun doing it for "Matlock"? Thanks for sharing it.

Well, guess I'll turn in. Joe is coming to finish weeding and putting down mulch tomorrow. With any luck, the mulch will eliminate these weeding sessions! I certainly hope so, it's getting expensive. I worked with him yesterday, and about wore myself out. I just can't work like I used to out there, but I surely would like to. I do what I can, but it's about half of what I used to do, maybe less than that. Oh well. I'm still vertical, and grateful for that. Blessings, all. --Romeena

July 28, 2016 - Msg 105375: I knew I should have proofread that! Make that "the same scene", not "the same scent." Drat. --Romeena

July 28, 2016 - Msg 105376: Romeena, I bet you yard sure looks neat at night too... I hear tell that the pilots flying into Love field use your place as a reference beacon for final approach....lol

MDC, that Andy & Don skit never gets old!...

Asa, if you take Romeena's advice and start to carry your "heater" be sure to stop by the hardware and get those new screws. A little bullet maintence wouldn't hurt either, haha!

G-F

July 28, 2016 - Msg 105377: good morning porch n0t much new this end of the porch think i will sit on my porch and sip on ice tea and watch the temperture rise can you believe july is almost gone have a great day pappa bear

July 28, 2016 - Msg 105378: Hey Y'all- Back home at my rock! One tired possum,but had a wonderful time.Will get caught up here on the Porch real soon. Y'all take care!

*************
possum u.a.r.

July 28, 2016 - Msg 105379: Good morning, porch! Yep, G-F, the yard is pretty at night, and come to think of it, I have noticed a lot of air traffic over the house at night! I had been wondering what caused that.

My friend Ted just left. He's such a good guy, I don't know what I'd do without him. He's the handyman, painter, minor electrician, minor plumber, remodeler, whatever guy. He can do just about anything, and equally important, he knows what he can't or shouldn't do and will say so, and will usually provide a reference to the proper licensed individual who will also do a good job. Anyway, last night only about half of my back yard lights were working. The sprinklers had run, and some plug-in connection out there isn't water-tight, and it trips the GFI. All my outside stuff is on GFIs. Annoying at times, but safer. The GFI was in a corner where the sunroom juts out past the rest of the house. It was about two feet off the ground, and had a water shield cover that falls down over the face of it. To reset it, I had to get on my knees (usually in the mud), hold a flashlight in one hand, and with the other try to hold that cover up and poke a screwdriver in past the plugged-in things and punch that little red button. I needed three hands! Meantime, the mosquitoes would have arrived at the banquet, and I would come in the house covered with bites, because I was usually out there in my nightgown! Last night, I said - no more! I called Ted, told him the problem, and he came this morning, and fixed it. He removed the old GFI, drilled a hole through the exterior wall and then the interior wall, coming out in the cabinet here in the office, and put the GFI there! Now, when it trips, I don't even have to go outside! Safer, and no mosquito bites. Can't beat a deal like that. Also, he taped up a questionable connection out there, so it may not trip anymore. If it does, no problem.

Welcome home, Possum. Glad you made it back safely, and so happy you had a good time. Everyone needs a little R&R now and then. When you get rested, maybe you'll tell us about your trip.

Well, guess I'll go round up some lunch. That spaghetti last night was pretty good, and there's some left, so that might be the way to go. Blessings, porch! --Romeena

July 28, 2016 - Msg 105380: best thing abouy tommorow is you domt have to do anything today pappa bear

July 28, 2016 - Msg 105381: Woohoo! I didn't have to eat leftover spaghetti. My son called and invited me to lunch. We went to a local diner that has great food, and I had some wonderful meatloaf, taters and gravy and green beans, and a slice of peanut butter pie. That place (PJ's) makes great meatloaf, even better than my mom used to make, and that's saying a lot. I have never been able to make a really good meatloaf, but PJ's has it whipped! Good!

Interesting story about the diner. There's another place in town called Joe's Coffee Shop, that's basically a diner. They make a good breakfast, a pretty good lunch and a fair-to-middlin' dinner. It's never been one of my favorite places. Anyway, it seems that the wait staff had some sort of falling-out with the owner, quit en masse and pooled their resources and bought a failed restaurant on the end of a little strip shopping center. They remodeled it and reopened it as PJ's, and it took off like gangbusters. The food is really good, like home cooking, and the whole staff is like a big family. Joe's still does a good breakfast trade, but lunch and dinner will find a lot of empty spots on their parking lot, while you have to circle to find a spot at PJ's. Ain't America great?

I hear a little nap calling me. I think I'll stretch out in my chair, get Toye Starr in my lap, and we'll just chill for a little while. Blessings, porch! --Romeena

July 28, 2016 - Msg 105382: Happy very, very belated Birthday, Romeena.
That meatloaf sounds great. I love meatloaf, though like you, I have never been able to make it like some restaurants I know. Enjoy your lunch!

Boo, I asked a while back, where Kai was in Colorado. Well, she is back home now, but she WAS in Denver. She had a great time, apparently. Showed me pictures she took on her phone of their trip up to the Rocky Mountains, and just other random pics of the place(like the view from her hotel room).
In August, she starts driving school, so everybody stay off the sidewalks if you come to Wisconsin. Nah, she'll do fine, hopefully. I still wish they did driver's ed in school here. It is going to cost over $300 for her instruction. Do any states still have driver's ed in public schools, or is that a thing of the past?

Well, better get supper started. Noah has Jiu-Jitsu tonight, so I have to make it a little early. He loves going to it, though. They call him "Grand Master" there.

-Sterling Holobyte

July 28, 2016 - Msg 105383: Afternoon All.

I have tried several meat loaf recipes Ro, and I haven't had much luck. The one I tried was really horrible. Swore I wouldn't try another. But I will probably give it another shot come winter.
Yes, Utah has a Concealed Weapons Permit law. I have one, but have not taken it to work. But that just may have to change I think. For a period, our company had a no weapons on property rule, but that has quietly changed I hear. Sad to think it has come to this.

MDC, Matlock has a lot of TAGS things in it, as well as former TAGS actors. I know Floyd did a TCNW episode that mentioned some of those parallels. Fun to watch.

Glad you are home safe Possum. Back to that humidity huh?

Is your cold better Boo? I know what you mean about this heat just wearing you down. We have been triple digit all week here.

Yessir GF, New screws for the gun and some bullet polish is on order. I'll even shine the backs of my shoes by golly. :)

I just watched the episode with Mr. Wheeler. I sure wish they could have written him in to be a full time character in the show. I thought he and Aunt Bea made a nice couple.

Well done for the day so off I go.

Asa

July 28, 2016 - Msg 105384: Sorry Boo, that should have read, "YOU asked a while back,..."
Don't know why I would ask you where Kai was. Unless I wanted to find out if you were psychic.

-SH

July 28, 2016 - Msg 105385: Hey Asa, you popped in there while I wasn't looking. Sorry about your co-worker, but glad you are safe.

-Sterling Holobyte

July 28, 2016 - Msg 105386: Well today my fantastic wife turns 55!All headed this way for a short cook out my mom and pop will be coming down all kids and grand kids well I better get this Grill lit ! prayers to all in need SPOT

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