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?


April 22, 2015 - Msg 101213: Me again. Here's a great illustration of the "ough" thing. Lucy and Ricky Ricardo pointed out the absurdity of it all very nicely. Cue up to about 1:50. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMZsDaTxaKo

Enjoy. --Romeena

April 22, 2015 - Msg 101214: I swept, but I didn't mop. --Romeena

April 22, 2015 - Msg 101215: Yep, MDC Those Indians better get on the ball..."literally"!! lol

Lucy, Let me tell you about "Mayberry Carma"... Mrs. G-F's Kindle took a crash too yesterday, so maybe one should not criticize one's need to keep in touch with Mayberry Friends, she is having "Kindle with-drawl" symptoms! So we not only have to get a new computer but now another Kindle. Do any of you guys have had experiences with Kindles not coming on?..PH?

Maybe "Count Von Isteleskey" doesn't like computers? Ya Think???

Asa, Sorry to hear about sprinkler troubles, maybe I should change my retirement advice to you....Maybe a "worm farm" or even a freshwater shrimp pond, "they" say there's good $$$ in it, and you get a row boat and become a "Shrimp Boat Captain" you can even paint your wife's name on it, just like Forrest Gump did!

Romeena,...Like the song says:" I fought the RATS, and the RATS won"..Laaaawwww Maybe it's time to do as Gomer does, and put a bucket on your head and do some more thinking like a Rat!...lol

10-4..Over & Out...Bye...G-F

April 22, 2015 - Msg 101216:
Woohoo, I got Mrs. G~F's Kindle to work, there is a reset prompt, hold power button and volume up until the backlight goes out. Then it resets itself. Who's the MAN now!!..I am so proud of myself..Better points with Mrs. G-F than a clean toilet for sure!

G-Fantastic


April 23, 2015 - Msg 101217:
GOOD sweep Ro. My, that rat has really got you befuddled! May the best "man" win! ha
I agree with you regarding american kids. When I was teaching English, the "ough" was not a crowd pleaser!
Prayers for Mrs Asa and Mrs GF continue.
Glad the kindle is working again.
Later,
MDC

April 23, 2015 - Msg 101218: You are da man GF. Not only can you light the pilot, you can start the Kindle also. What a guy!

Thanks for the prayers for the Wife MDC.

When I read Romeenas rat stories, I can't help but think of Bill Murray singing "great big gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts". lol

Well better get back to work.

Asa

April 23, 2015 - Msg 101219: Good morning, porch. Yeah, the rat battle continues. I was at ESL class yesterday when Eddie came to mow, and he left without payment, so he came by last evening to get his money. He reset the trap for me. I tied a frito packed with peanut butter to the trigger plate with a breadwrapper twist-tie. I haven't visited the garage yet this morning to see if he got caught, but I sure do hope so. I'vehadjustaboutenoughofthatdrattedrat!

Very cloudy, a bit windy, and looks like we might finally get that storm they've been predicting for three days. We need the rain. Actually, we've had some pretty good rain lately, but we've been so dry for so long, that it's going to take a lot more before we can say the drought has broken. One of the local lakes has risen by almost twelve feet, though, so that's a good start.

MDC, I think we don't realize how difficult it is for immigrants to learn English. It's a crazy language, absolutely insane. Nothing makes sense, and for every "rule" there are about sixty exceptions! There's no explanation for those exceptions, either. My students constantly ask me why something is spelled a certain way, or pronounced one way this time and another way the next time. I get very tired of having to say, "Because it is, that's why. No explanation." For example, think of "height" and "weight." Nothing different but the first letter, yet the "eigh" combination is pronounced as a long "i" in one, and a long "a" in the other. Ridiculous. Then there's "taught" and "laugh." The "augh" combination is completely different. Again, riduculous. It's especially hard for people coming from Spanish. In Spanish, each letter or combination of letters, has one sound and one only. It never changes. The vowels never change. Our vowels, on the other hand, run all over the place, like baby chicks. It's a wonder that anyone ever masters it as a second language. It's amazing enough that we actually learn it as children. It's easier then, though, when we have no pre-established habits that we would have to learn to ignore, like people who are learning it as a second language. I told my class yesterday how much I respect them for trying, and admire them for what they have accomplished.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some lunch. Got some decent leftovers, I think I'll just clean them up. I like leftovers! Tonight, I guess it will be soup and cheese toast. Not too shabby. By the way, that Progresso brand Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice soup is downright delish! Of course, I added a generous dollop of sour cream and a dash of Tabasco to it. Didn't hurt it a bit.

Blessings, folks! --Romeena

April 23, 2015 - Msg 101220: I just got back from taking Toye Starr to her vet. She was due for a Lepto vaccination. She got her rabies and something else about a month ago, but he never gives her all her shots at once, because she's so little. Oh, she weighed 4.62 lbs today. So tiny, but she's all there, and it all works, believe me.

While we were there, he checked her teeth, and as I feared, they need to be cleaned. I hate doing that, because he has to sedate her for it, but it has to be done. I knew she had a lot of tartar buildup, and that could be a very bad thing. If her gums get infected, it could become systemic in a hurry, and as little as she is, it could just overwhelm her. Fortnately, my vet charges very lightly for this procedure. Some of them over in North Dallas charge unbelievable fees for a simple dental cleaning. I heard of one that was over $400. Good grief, I don't pay even half that for my own cleaning, let alone for my dog. I can't imagine anyone paying that, but I guess some of those Dallas people can afford it, so they pay it.

Still no rain, though they sky has looked like it was just going to open up at any moment, all day. Oh, and no rat so far. I checked the trap when I left a while ago. Untouched. That is one smart critter.

Well, later, taters. --Romeena

April 24, 2015 - Msg 101221:
RO--the can opener arrived today from Miles Kimball, and it works! I get groceries for the lady tomorrow, so she will be thrilled. Did you order one?
Also, about English, remember that it is really a conglomeration of many languages, for, as various peoples conquered England, that language became "law" so to speak (pun intended), and soon it was a mess, especially from old English onward! This site explains it better,
even why we have so much Latin influence.
http://www.englishlanguageguide.com/facts/history/
Tonight's ep on ME-TV was Ernest T's education, and our own possum's episode. Love it when Ernest T disrupts the class to explain how to get a possum from under rock! ha
I wonder if he had any ideas on how to get a rat out of a garage? :)
Hope everyone is OK,
MDC

April 24, 2015 - Msg 101222:
Romeena below are some links that can help your ESL students understand some of the complexities of English pronunciation.
http://mentalfloss.com/article/13076/11-weirdly-spelled-words%E2%80%94and-how-they-got-way
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=english+pronunciation

from Poor Horatio


April 24, 2015 - Msg 101223: Good morning, everybody! MDC and PH, thank you for these links. I've explored them, and I agree that they would be helpful for my students. I've compiled them into a little handout for the class. Some of the folks bring a tablet or other device with them, and most of them have access to a computer at home. One goes to the library to use the computers there. Actually, I copied and printed the one you suggested, MDC. It ends up as three pages, and I made enough for the class. They can take it home and read it. There's some good information there. PH, those YouTube offerings will be very helpful, I'm sure.

I've really got a mixed class, so not everything will fit everyone. I've got one student who has a bachelor's degree in sociology, and was a social worker in Mexico. She and her husband have moved to Texas permanently. Her husband has taken citizenship, and she's working on it. She wants to be a social worker here, to help immigrant families to assimilate. I can't argue with that. She's got to sharpen up her English, though, before she can be employed effectively. She's very bright, and has a kind heart. She's the kind of immigrant we need to encourage, and that can be done by making the procedure for legal entry less expensive, less complicated, and faster. Naturally, a background check should be part of that. With such a system in place, we will be encouraging desirable people, and leaving the INS free to pursue the drug traffickers, gang members and subversives and get them out of here, because they will continue to sneak in, no matter how agreeable the legal immigration process becomes.

If I may remain on my soapbox for a moment, I'd just like to add that I'm sick of hearing how the immigrants are taking the jobs from Americans. There may be a grain of truth in that, but there are definitely two sides to that coin. My friend Jorge came here illegally because he didn't have the money or the time to pursue the legal route. It's expensive, and takes a long time. He works very hard, does a very good job of anything he tackles, and is the best argument in favor of amnesty that I can think of. Yes, I have reservations, strong ones, regarding Dear Leader's plan for wholesale amnesty, but I'd still like to see Jorge become legal. As for taking jobs from Americans, just hear this. I know a young man, age 22, son of an acquaintance, who is constantly whining that nobody will hire him and he needs money. He's out of work. Well, he's right. Nobody will give him a "position", and he doesn't want a "job." He's a nice kid, but he's got it all wrong. Anyway, I offered to pay him $15 an hour if he'd come over and clear all the weeds out of my flowerbeds. His response? "Thanks, but that's not the kind of job I'm looking for." Hmmm. No gas in his car, no money in his wallet, and he's choosy about the job? I figured three hours of pulling weeds would have given him a full tank of gas. So, Jorge came, and in just two hours he eliminated every weed (he works very fast) took his money, thanked me, and left, smiling from ear to ear, grateful. So, it seems to me, we need the Jorges who want to come here. OK, enough of that.

We're finally getting the promised rain. A slow, steady drizzle, the best kind. It will soak in, and won't just run off into the drains. Just what we need. The green out back almost hurts your eyes. Bright green, in a hundred different shades, and bright splashes of color everywhere from all the flowers. So pretty.

Well, guess I'd better go rustle up some lunch. I love a day like this. Don't have anything I have to do, no place I have to go, just be lazy. Toye Starr likes days like this, too. She's a bit mopey today, I think her little back leg is sore from her shot yesterday. She flinched a little when I touched it. Poor little girl.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 24, 2015 - Msg 101224: RAIN! Wonderful rain! We finally got some this morning after about 5 months of nothing but a little spit on the ground. It was so refreshing and it really washed the dust out of the air, etc!
More to come later (rain and info!) MDC

April 25, 2015 - Msg 101225: Our skies finally opened up too, MDC. It has been threatening all week, and this evening, it came. I don't know how much we got, but after that drizzle I mentioned earlier, it finally turned loose and just poured. It's quiet right now, but boy, did it ever rain earlier! I'll bet the lakes come up a lot more now. --Romeena

April 25, 2015 - Msg 101226: Wow, must be the wests turn for some moisture. We got some decent rain last night. Another bigger storm due in this afternoon. Getting snow above 8,000 ft. Much needed and appreciated for sure.

Romeena, I agree with your two sided coin observation. Until we do away with the welfare mentality in this Country, we are doomed. To many just are not motivated to work. Typically they have their needs met, and much more by the State (Us). That has simply got to end. If someone is unable to work because of real disabilities, I do think we as a society have a responsibility to look after them. I have no problem with that. But you and I both know that the system is being used and abused by many. Case in point. Our company was using a temp. service employee who was our shop janitor. He worked for us for about a year, and did a pretty decent job. But he decided that he was getting tired of the work and was going to see about getting disability from S.S. I asked him what was wrong. He said he had a bad back. In the year he spent working with us, he never once indicated he had any back problems. In fact he was very healthy and active. Never a day when he would come in walking crooked or nothing. But sure enough, in just a few months time he was approved for S.S. I have seen him out running and walking and doing all sorts of things. Contrast that with a woman who works in our I.T. dept. She was born with no arms, but refuses to let that hinder her. She writes and types with her feet. Simply amazing to see her. Yes, the company has had to add some things to accomadate her special needs, but it has been money well spent. She is a perfect employee, always willing to go the extra mile and do whatever she can. The work ethic in our Nation is pitiful if you ask me. Too many Dave Browne types. And unless we demand changes in our welfare system, it is only going to get worse. Now I just realized no one asked my opinion, but you got it anyway. Sorry ;)

Asa

April 25, 2015 - Msg 101227:
Asa, if you decide to take some action, check out http://oig.ssa.gov/report

Romeena, if Jorge entered the country before Jan 1, 1982, check out http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128303672.

from Poor Horatio

April 25, 2015 - Msg 101228: Asa, your opinion is most welcome, and nicely expressed. I wish I could meet the woman you described. What an inspiration! No arms, and she holds down a job. If ever a person has a shoo-in for getting disabililty, she does, but she chooses to work instead. God bless her! And bless your company for hiring her.

When you really analyze the problem, of course it's obvious that there are people receiving checks that shouldn't, but there are two are so many factors that influence that. First is "generational welfare", where there is a family history of being on welfare that goes back three or four generations. Many of those folks genuinely don't realize that they're doing anything wrong. Hard to believe, but it's true. I stared that mindset in the face the night the 22-yr-old I mentioned earlier delivered her fifth child. In her admission interview, I asked her if she was employed, and she cheerfully informed me that she was the "breadwinner" for her family, but "I don't go to no job, if that's what you mean. I just have babies when we need more money, because I can have them so easy." She was smiling and clear-eyed, and it was obvious that she had no idea that I might find something wrong with that. Actually, she probably felt sorry for me because I was too old to have babies, and therefore had to get a job and actually work. Folks, I'm telling you, in many cases, they really just don't get it. Oh, and she had numerous tattoos and piercings as well. Obviously has enough money for "incidentals."

Yes, there is a job shortage. You can't just cut millions of able-bodied people off from welfare and just tell them to "get a job." The jobs that are being filled by illegals are typically menial jobs, and obviously some of our workforce can't do that. The guys who hang around doing nothing, smoking pot, etc., - yes, let the government restart the CCC and the WPA, fix America's broken places, build some parks, whatever. Join up, work, and get your check. However, we all know some able-bodied folks who are qualified for skilled jobs who are having trouble finding full-time employment. Thanks to recent government programs and requirements, many employers are cutting hours to just below the line that qualifies a worker for benefits. They will hire two or three part-time people to share a job previously filled by one full-time person. Since welfare pays more than the part-time job, guess what people do??? It takes someone with a very strong self-respect to go on and work anyway. Oh, lord. We have so many problems, and we're not going to fix them here.

PH, thanks for the links. Jorge hasn't been here that long, nowhere near it. As for how to report a disability abuser, you don't know how badly I'd like to turn in someone I know, but I won't. She's related by marriage to my late husband's family. Last time I saw her, she mentioned her "disability check", and I wondered about it, but said nothing. She's perfectly able-bodied, goes out dancing, goes on cruises, does anything she wants to do. I didn't ask, because she has a volatile temper and a mean mouth, and I didn't want her to think I was challenging her. I see her about every fifteen years, so no point in getting crossways with her. Still, I'm pretty sure she finagled that disability check somehow. Shoot, she doesn't walk crooked or anything!

Well, enough. Warts and all, we still live in the greatest country in the world. At least for now. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 25, 2015 - Msg 101229: My Hawks are 2-0 in playoffs !...rain here...headed to work will catch up there who"s cooking ?...SPOT


April 26, 2015 - Msg 101230: Sorry I haven't been around. I was sick this week with a stomach bug, then went back to work and the air conditioning in the facility I work in was out so I was already dehydrated and had to spend hours sweating at work. I am pretty well tuckered out. The building was built in 64 and it still has the original air conditioner. they have been trying to fix it for over a week so..might not get it fixed and they cant afford a new one. Don't know what is going to happen.

Been doing lots of laundry today and still not finished at 12am. What's new..haha.

Good news is, bruce and sean never got sick with the bug. Sean is studying for his final exams in his automotive classes. He is still loving it and looks like he will pass. He will be taking a class on air conditioning this summer. Erin brought home her report card today and got all As.

Ive been watching some TAGS lately and enjoying even the color episodes.

Better get some sleep for preachin tomorrow.

Boo


April 26, 2015 - Msg 101231: Boo sure hope you are feeling better...my night is about done...all lights on ..will be headed home for bed...work today and wk tue this coming week and then Mrs Spot and I will be headed to Perry Ga for the Georgia Linemans Rodeo Wed thru Sunday...always fun !..We are last years Champs. Well let me get things ready for the next Tech coming on at 6...will catch a sermon when I get up...Prayers to all....SPOT

April 26, 2015 - Msg 101232: Good Sabbath all.

Good to see you Boo. Sorry to read you've been ailing. Is it the "pip"? You got something we can loosen? ;) Glad that Sean is doing well in his studies. And he may find A/C work to be something he really enjoys. I know several people who took some A/C classes to be able to enhance their career's (like building maint. workers and auto mechanics) and have found they really enjoyed the A/C stuff. That morphed into career's for them and they have done very well. I have always considered electrical and A/C work to be the most challenging to learn, and yet offer the highest pay-off in terms of employment opportunities. Good technicians in those two fields are almost always in demand.

Well I got most of my yard work done yesterday before the second round of rain came last night. Hopefully that will help my lawn liven up.

Have fun at the rodeo Spot. I know you will do well.

Thanks for the link PH. I just may act on it. This kind of abuse really angers me, especially when I see folks who are truly in need and are barely getting by.

Hope the great rat capture pays off for you Ro. I dislike rodents very much, especially in my house.

Well better think about getting ready for preaching. I have had a gout flare in my foot the last couple of days and finally had to take some medicine for it. The stuff works well, but you better stay close to the "facilities" if you know what I mean. But this morning the foot feels much better and I think the side effects are over. I sure am hap...... uh-oh. Gotts run. :)

Asa


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