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?

November 20, 2014 - Msg 99807: Wow Romeena 53 and sunny...good for you ! Im gona have a big pot of chilie ready for lunch...will just need plastic spoons and crackers and something to drink...SPOT

November 20, 2014 - Msg 99808: "Hark how the sailors cry,
Joyfully echoes nye.
Santa Lucia, San..ta Lu...cia."
Luther Heggs

November 20, 2014 - Msg 99809: Thank you, everyone, for your prayers on Eloise's behalf. After a "red flag" test today identified the source of the bleeding, an endoscopy gave the doctor access to the site, where he was able to clip a small vessel that had ruptured, and was steadily leaking blood. There was no sign of any malignancy. She will get another unit of blood tonight (her fifth) to "top her off", and will probably go home tomorrow. Her spirits are good, she was laughing and joking, and as near as I can tell, everything will be fine. God is good. --Romeena

November 20, 2014 - Msg 99810:
My wife is a blood donor. Thank God for people who do that.
I am on thinners etc, so they wont take mine.
So glad Eloise is doing better Ro.
Luther--doesnt Gomer sing that so beautifully?
73 and sunny here. Wish I could send some to y'all.
ASA-so sorry about the misery in your back. You
ringing doorbells again? :)
Prayers for your missus.

November 20, 2014 - Msg 99811: And good sweep Spot. Hot Chocolate all around.

November 21, 2014 - Msg 99812: MDC, Gomer sings just about everything beautifully. Ok, well, maybe his Marine Hymn could use a little work.

-Sterling Holobyte

November 21, 2014 - Msg 99813:


November 21, 2014 - Msg 99814: Good morning all.

Great news about Eloise Romeena. I am so happy to read that. And thank you all for your prayers on our behalf. They are much felt and appreciated.

Well I can't compete with MDC's 73, but we did get up to 50 yesterday and are supposed to today. I like it. But they are calling for rain on Saturday and snow on Sunday with a cool down. But back to the mid 40's by Thanksgiving. So not bad, especially compared to New York. Them poor folks are supposed to get rain now on all that snow. Mercy sakes, I hope they have the drains to swing it.

I'm having a hard time getting into the Christmas groove this year so far. I know it's early, but I typically start early. But just not there yet. I'm not sleeping well right now though, and that has me grumpy. Oh well.

Prayers for all for a blessed day and weekend.


November 21, 2014 - Msg 99815:
Morning Porch,

We got a couple more feet of snow here last night, still way behind the folks a bit north of us.

Thanks for concern expressed. I'm hoping to stop by more frequently again. The last couple years have thrown me off my game a bit but we all have "times" in our lives.

Asa-Prayers for you and your wife.

Asa, GF, PH, MDC, Romeena, SPOT, possum, Sterling, Boo, and Tom, great to see you all again. Luther, I don't believe we've met but Howdy.

Peace & Prayers,

November 21, 2014 - Msg 99816: Great news Romeena, Continued prayers for Mr. & Mrs. Asa, hope you can get your groove back. I know it's hard when you have health issues hanging over you. It's takes a lot out of you.

Well, I did something I thought I'd never do, I went to the Wall Mart @ 6:00am and wait in line to get one of those flat screen TV's that they had on the pre-Black Friday event. Now I can watch TAGS on the "Big Screen"..haha

Asa, I'm getting ready to go back out to order my "Wheeler"... Yep, it's a fun day!


November 21, 2014 - Msg 99817: Good morning, porch! So nice to wake up to friendly chatter, comments from grateful hearts and helpful friends, and everything that this community represents. We are blessed, folks.

I also wake up, every day, to a comical little face peering at me from about six inches away, topknot drooping over one eye. She's just waiting for a hint that I might be awake. As soon as any hint of eye contact is made, she races around the bed, practically turning flips, jumping over me and ricocheting off me, just absolutely rejoicing that it's morning and we're getting up. Obviously, I start every single day with laughter (who could help it?) and that, my friends, is a gift from God. I can't imagine life without her. Gotta love her!

David is on his way here. My Christmas tree is ready over at the Christmas store in Dallas. You may remember, I had removed all the incandescent lights that were on it, because every year, from the first year of its life, I was faced with several strings that were completely blown, when I was ready to decorate it. That will try your patience after a while, and there was no end in sight. So, I removed all the lights, working or not, and took it back to the store. This will just be its fifth Christmas, so it was a bit early for ALL the lights to be going out. I ordered some multi-color LED lights and got a wholesale price on them. I gave them to the store to be put on my tree. It took 24 50-light strings! They re-strung it for a very reasonable price, and now I'll be able to just decorate my pretty tree, without a two or three-day hassle, trying to put those lights on it. Not too many years ago, I would have definitely done it myself, but these days, I just don't have the physical strength and dexterity to do it. A job like that would have caused the arthritis in my hands to get so bad I would have been in trouble for days! So, I made an "executive decision" and left it for them to do. The price was right, and besides, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if David pays the bill when we get there. I don't expect it, but he often does things like that. That boy was the best "snap decision" his daddy and I ever made!

Well, better get dressed. He'll be here in about an hour. After we pick up the tree, we'll go up to the hospital and see Eloise. I love that gal. Not only is she a good friend, and a fun runnin' buddy, but she's good to David, too, and he loves her. If I leave this planet before she does (likely, I'm four years older), I know she'll look after him for me.

Asa, dig a little deeper and find your Christmas spirit. It's there, it's just buried under all the challenges you face every day. Find it, free it, and share it. Especially share it. It's like love - when you divide it, it multiplies! And Christmas is a time for love, joy and celebration. After all, it's the birthday of a King! --Romeena

November 21, 2014 - Msg 99818: ASA-the true meaning of Christmas is there hidden
amongst the trappings. You'll find it. God bless.
A Friend

November 21, 2014 - Msg 99819: Romeena, Are you saying it's time to get your inner Clark W. Griswold on? Good on ya, just be sure to check the tree for any squirrels that are hiding in the tree. And just be sure you have Tylenol on

Asa, Hang in there buddy, as I have said, you are one of my kind and I know somewhat you are going thru. Oh by the way the "Wheeler" coming Tuesday morning, wonder if they'll throw in a free bug sprayer as part of the deal.....


November 21, 2014 - Msg 99820: Auh2o nice to meet you.
MDC, Gomer does have a beautiful voice.
Oh well, I was off today. Enjoyed a beautiful 56 degree day with my dog, Little Petey.Got a few chores done. Getting ready to watch the Packers on Sunday. Everybody have a good weekend.

"Huh?" Oh yeah, gas and radio, gas and radio."
Luther Heggs

November 21, 2014 - Msg 99821: Good evening, porch. Just got home. It's been a long and enjoyable day. David got here around ten this morning, and did a couple of little things in the house - replaced a high-up light bulb, and carried a too-heavy recycle bag to the street. Then he realized that my car's front passenger door lock and window weren't working. He replaced the fuse (located under the rear seat!) but that didn't fix it. So he took the door panel off, fiddled with some wires and it started working again. Put the door panel back on and it looks and works like new. Handy little gadget, that boy.

We went to the tree store over in Dallas and picked up the tree after stopping for a Schlotzsky's sandwich (I love 'em!). Got home and dropped the tree off. I managed to free the cord on one section and plugged it in, to see how those LED lights look on the white tree. They are Gaw-Jus! I can't wait to see the whole tree assembled and decorated. It's really going to be pretty. We picked up Toye Starr and went on over to Jerry and Eloise's house, where David stayed for a while and helped Jerry with something. Then he had to go home, as Landry was leaving for a week-end church camp thing and David had to help him get ready and take him to the church. I stayed with Eloise while Jerry went to do an a/c repair. We don't want to leave her alone for the next couple of days, just in case. This evening we all went to dinner, and now I'm back home. As I said, it was a good day, spent with my son and my good friends. You just can't beat a deal like that. We missed Brittney, but she was working on a photography job at a big gala fund-raiser for the school system. She's a very talented photographer, does some beautiful work.

OK, time for jammies, a glass of fruit juice with club soda in it to reduce the total glucose, and a good Christmas movie on TV. I'm loving all the Hallmark movies! I know, they're predictable, and so sweet I need extra insulin, but I enjoy them very much. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

November 21, 2014 - Msg 99822: This is unbelievable. Parents, do you really know what your children are being taught in school? I challenge you to do a search through Google or whatever you use on the following: "La Plata High School teaching Islam." I think you will be shocked at what you will find. --Romeena

November 22, 2014 - Msg 99823: Hi all
G F I m doing ok from the cold for now
and for you new play toy have it come to the jail house!
Thank for painting the cell!



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