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 29, 2014 - Msg 98610: Prayers for Danny..

possum under a rock

July 29, 2014 - Msg 98611: And a nice clean porch too!

possum again

July 29, 2014 - Msg 98612: Good job Possum...Mrs SPOT and I have rare off days together...its Red Lobster and bum around all day...SPOT

July 29, 2014 - Msg 98613: Y'all enjoy your day together,Spotty! Thanks for stopping by the Porch first or else I'd have been here all alone-where IS everybody??

Must be out buying bed jackets for me & Boo's birthdays! LOL

possum once more

July 29, 2014 - Msg 98614: Poor Horatio... I actually spent about three days in Waterloo. Pretty area. I may be a fugitive but it's from all the electrical engineers I work with day in & day out. Just found out I'm headed for Denver next week (I'm in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area). Duty calls and a paycheck waits at the end of the month. Alas! Work is curse of the drinking class... or something like that...

Prayers for all who need 'em...


July 29, 2014 - Msg 98615: i'm working on battery power due to an outage in our area. No storm tonite, so not sure what's up.

July 29, 2014 - Msg 98616: Thank you for the prayers for Danny. He is improving but still on the ventilator. They think they will be able to wean him off of it tomorrow. My Aunt Linda is in much better spirits today. MDC, I had a long conversation with Danny about a year ago and was very deliberate in my desire to find out if he knows the Lord. I talked about the gospel and he was able to tell me that he believed the gospel. Since I am not in contact with him often, I'm not sure if he has a strong relationship with the Lord but I know he has accepted the sacrifice of Jesus to pay for his sins. So, not sure how you will feel led to pray. Thank you so much for praying.


July 30, 2014 - Msg 98617: Good news about Danny, Boo. As for how to pray, in situations such as this, where the relationship isn't clear, or for any other unknown issues, I always just ask the Lord to fix whatever may be broken. He knows what it is.

An old friend is coming to lunch tomorrow. She was my preceptor when I first went to work as a nurse at our local hospital, and we worked together for about ten years. She left bedside nursing after a while, and went on to be a certified diabetes educator, first at our hospital and then moved on to another situation. We lost touch, but recently I looked her up and found that she has retired, still lives where she lived when we worked together. She's extremely smart, funny, a very capable nurse, and has a heart for people that is endless. I'm really looking forward to seeing her. I can't believe she's got grandchildren! I know, I do, but that's different. She should still be about 40 years old. Anyway, I made some peach ice cream tonight and put it in the freezer, and I think we'll just have tuna sandwiches for lunch, nothing fancy. This should be fun!!

Well, since I still need to spruce up the sunroom and den before my friend arrives tomorrow, I guess I'd better get to bed so I can get up early. There's dusting to do, and I need to run the vacuum over the sunroom and kitchen floors. I no longer feel compelled to clean from floor to ceiling when I'm having guests, but I don't want them to leave tracks in the dust, either.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 30, 2014 - Msg 98618: Good morning porch. I pray you are all fine.

Prayers for Danny and Linda Boo. Glad to read he is improving some.

Happy Birthday to Possum and Boo for today and tomorrow. I hope you both have a wonderful birthday.

Welcome back Dragonfly. Sounds like you do a lot of traveling.

Hey GF, you dealt much with those mini splits? I am thinking about installing one in our bedroom.

Better get moving. Busy day ahead.


July 30, 2014 - Msg 98619: Good Morning porch, Happy Wednesday.
posting from work bright and early this morning.

It is 53 degrees this morning on my end of the porch. A record low for this time of the year. supposed to warm up to about 82 today. Enjoying the cooler nights and days for now but it will get back to summer temps again before too long.

Both Patrick and Beth are enjoying their vacations at the beach. They have both "checked in" a couple times already. They should be home sometime Saturday night so please remember them in your prayers for safe traveling back home,

well guess I had better get my work day started.
Breakfast will be: cinnamon vanilla french toast, bacon, sausage. maple syrup. fresh strawberries, blueberries and cantaloupe. coffee, tea, white or chocolate milk. eat and be happy!

prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

July 30, 2014 - Msg 98620: Asa, I have not had much experience with the mini split systems, just be sure if you are installing it in the bedroom you have "his" & "hers" controls..haha Sorta like the old "McDLT" where one side was warm and the other side was cool.

I'm getting ready to head to CLEVEland to pick up the GrandKidders for a few days, always a FUN time. Hopefully the fishing will be good, the 3 of them like getting together to do that...

Boo, Prayers for Danny... Stay strong, you've been thru a lot here lately...

Romeena, Have fun with your friend....Don't eat to much peach ice cream!

Hopefully MDC has "Duracell" batteries...Wow that would be tough with-out A/C..


July 30, 2014 - Msg 98621: Glad to hear of the improvements in your cousin Danny, Boo. Continued prayers..

Thanks for the nice birthday wishes, Asa. Hard to believe I'm officially a Senior Citizen today..dang! Hope I'm up to this double birthday bash we've got going on!

Thanks for breakfast, Maudie-that'll hit the spot! (Sorry Spotty- didn't mean it like that!Ha!)

Safe travels for the "Maude kids".

Y'all take care & have a great day- love to all!

possum under a rock

July 31, 2014 - Msg 98622:
Well, we had a 7 hour power outage in our area last evening,
and the only answer I got was an underground cable
had shorted out. And yes G-F it got dang hot in the house. We almost went to a motel, but decided to stick it out when power was to be restored by midnight, which it was at about 12:30 AM. They are in the process of replacing the underground cables in this area, as we have had several of these the last few years. It is supposed to be done soon. SPOT--what is 'soon' in lineman-speak?? haha
Boo- any job for Sean yet?
Prayers for Danny!

July 31, 2014 - Msg 98623: Happy Birthday to Boo!!

The party continues.. LOL

possum under a rock

July 31, 2014 - Msg 98624: Party on! Happy birthday Boo. I hope you had a good one yesterday Possum. My goodness, July is Birthday central for the Porch gals.

That had to be rotten MDC. A seven hour power outage in that heat. But the heat always brings on a huge power demand, and typically places a great stress on the power grid. So I reckon it's not unusual. We get those micro burst winds here also MDC. I think it has to do with the dry air. Sometimes when a rain storm moves in, the rain will actually dry up before it hits the ground. But the result is a cold air blast dropping from the sky resulting in those "micro bursts". Pretty cool weather reaction. But they can cause a lot of damage as you said.

Well better get to work. Lot's to do.


July 31, 2014 - Msg 98625: Big Maude your temp range is just about like mine here in Ga...well rain the next 5 days here...dont think any storms just MDC..hopw yer power stays on...some one must have hit a pole...Welcome back Dragonfly...hello Romeena..possum and GF...well let me get back to work....dont want an outage like MDC to happen on my shift !SPOT

July 31, 2014 - Msg 98626: MDC, I think the term for "soon" is: "We'll get to it when we get to it!" That is the definition in Webster's Dictionary...haha! Glad you are back to having "cool beans" again...

Happy Birthday Boo! Asa said he will do a tool belt dance for you at your party...ha!

Back to the GrandKidders.... Later folks....


July 31, 2014 - Msg 98627: Good morning, porch. Yep, we here in the Dallas area know about those "micro-bursts." I had never heard of them until 1985, when one of the freakish phenomena slapped Delta flight 191 out of the air as it was trying to land at DFW airport. It hit the ground just short of the runway, and burst into flames. It was horrible. Here's a link to the "Wikipedia" report of the crash:

It notes that most of the survivors were taken to Parkland Hospital (where JFK was taken), which was appropriate, even though our hospital was closer. Parkland has a world-famous burn unit, and most of the injured had thermal injuries. We did receive several of the survivors though, those who were not burned. That anyone survived at all was a wonder, but some did. An EMT friend of mine quit and took another job after working that crash. He said the things he saw that day would haunt his sleep forever. Many people died still strapped into their seats, including a baby in a carrier, as the fire swept through the wreckage. I've always tried to believe that they were unconscious at the time, from the impact.

Well, on a happier note, it looks like it might rain today. I surely do hope so. We need it sooo bad! Normally I would just stay home and sit at my desk and enjoy the view of the rain from my window, but I've got an appointment with the audiologist at 1 pm, to adjust my hearing aids again. She's working hard to get them set just right.

A wonderful thing, hearing aids. I think we need to coin a new name for them, though. "Hearing aids" sounds so old and feeble. While I may be old (can't deny that) I'm a long way from feeble. How about "audio-assistive devices"? Nah, too long. We need something short and catchy. Come on, you folks are creative - think of something.

I think we need another name for "nurse" as well. It has distinctly feminine connotations, because for so many years, all nurses were women. There are many extremely capable, competent, compassionate and all together wonderful men who work as nurses now, but we need more. They bring a much-needed dimension to the profession, not to mention their sheer physical strength which comes in pretty darned handy at times. Some of the best nurses I've worked with have been men, usually in the critical care specialties. They are capable of great tenderness and compassion, and I've seen frail little old ladies just practically fall in love with their male nurse. However, I think we lose many potential excellent nurses because they can't handle the attitude they get from some people, often their own friends and family. People hang a "gay" tag on them, and that's not fair. Some are, yes. So are some truck drivers! Most are not, and I think it's mean and narrow-minded for people to make that assumption. One thing I know for sure. If we got to the point that the gender division was about equal, the over-all pay scale would rise, and there would be a lot more respect shown in the workplace. Doctors will, and do, show the male nurses a lot more respect than they show to us gals. Many doctors are respectful, it's true, but many are not. I've seen doctors talk down in a very hateful way to a female nurse, not caring who's listening. One tried it with me years ago, and got his ears pinned back. He never did it again, but most women won't speak up, they just take it, or worse yet, go in the break room and cry, out of anger and frustration. Male nurses never have to face that humiliation. So, how about a new name for male nurses and hearing aids?

OK, enough of that. Off I go. Eloise and I are going to mouse around a bit, have some lunch and then go to the audiologist. Later, taters. --Romeena

July 31, 2014 - Msg 98628: Romeena, how about Murse? Might work. :)


July 31, 2014 - Msg 98629:
Attention people. There has been a drastic change to the dinner menu.

Romeena regarding that ill-fated Delta flight 191, you can watch a simulation of the final minutes of that flight at
They were just seconds away from a safe landing. Instead, 137 people died. How sad. May they rest in peace.

from Poor Horatio

July 31, 2014 - Msg 98630:
Romeena, I did some research about finding another name for a nurse that incorporates both males and females and found something interesting. Some languages do differentiate between male and female nurses. Examples include:
French: infirmier (male nurse) - infermière (female nurse)
Spanish: enfermero (male nurse) - enfermera (female nurse)
Italian: infermiere (male nurse) - infermiera (female nurse)
Portuguese: enfermeiro (male nurse) - enfermeira (female nurse)
Romanian: infirmier (male nurse) - infirmieră (female nurse)
I think it’s interesting to note that the terms all seem to relate to the word infirm meaning sick or weak. The word infirm comes from the Latin word infirmus meaning weak or not firm.

I also discovered that "curo" in latin means "to care for".

Therefore, how about combining the two into "curoinfirmer" to mean "to care for the not strong" which can also translate into "to care for the weak"?

from Poor Horatio

July 31, 2014 - Msg 98631: I always kinda' liked "Medic!". Those folks are true heroes to the troops they care for. A Marine platoon usually has a Navy corpsman attached. Seems like the only sailor a Marine will tolerate and the Marines love 'em.

Hey, Romeena... I remember Delta 191 very well. It was one of those Texas storms that come on sudden & you can't see the end of your car in the downpour. Speaking of which I also felt so sorry for the guy on 114 just trying to drive home when the wheels of a McDonnell Douglas L1011 whacked his car.

July 31, 2014 - Msg 98632: Oops.. that was me Ro... Dragonfly

July 31, 2014 - Msg 98633: Thanks for the prayers for Danny. He is off the vent and breathing on his own. It was a very close call this time.


July 31, 2014 - Msg 98634: Good evening, porch. PH, I think I'll pass on the proposed dinner menu. Somehow, that neither looks nor sounds very appetizing. "Coon fat gravy?" Laaww! Sounds like something Granny Clampitt would cook up.

I appreciate your list of gender specific terms for nurses, but that's not quite what I meant. While the masculine ending on the words does denote the gender, in all those languages every noun has a masculine or feminine form. The basic word remains the same. Enfermero/enfermera retains the "enfermer" and just adds "o" or "a" to denote the gender. In other words, it's pretty much like our "male nurse" designation. The "nurse" part doesn't change. I'm looking for a totally different word. Dragonfly is on the trail with his suggestion of "Medic", but I think that has too much of a military connotation to be widely accepted.

I was looking for a better word for "hearing aids", and a friend suggested just "ears." Not a bad suggestion, except that to medical people, that usually means a stethoscope. Still not a bad idea, though.

Dragonfly, you're right, the death of the man who was driving on 114 when Flight 191 was going down was a sad thing. It's not much consolation, but I heard one of the EMTs remark that "the guy in the car never knew what hit him. He was dead before he could blink." I hope so.

I get the impression that you're from the Dallas area. You described a Texas storm very well, and you seem to know 114. Am I right? You may have already told us, but my memory leaks badly these days, so forgive me if I've forgotten.

Well, I have a 9 a.m. home health visit to make, so guess I'd better call it a day. Toye Starr will appreciate it, I'm sure. She's not the night owl that I've always been. I could go put her up on the bed (she can't get up there by herself) but then she'd just sit on the corner of the bed and make tiny whimpering noises until I join her. She wants to go to bed, but she wants me in there too. Don't tell anyone, but I think she's just a little bit spoiled.

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

August 01, 2014 - Msg 98635: Late night pass thru. Wife's car broke down today.
Had it towed to dealership. Friday should be fun!
(tongue in cheek!) I can do all things...

August 01, 2014 - Msg 98636: MDC, Did it make a "pucka pucka sound or a pata ping just before it clunked out? I guess Wally don't work on Fridays anymore. ha!


August 01, 2014 - Msg 98637: Speed, speed, speed, that's all Mrs. MDC does! I just hope you don't find it sitting inside the Phoenix Courthouse this morning MDC, with the local barber sitting in it saying "I just might buy this car". :)

Boo, so glad to hear Sean is improving. I hope he will start taking his condition seriously now and take better care of himself. I'm sure it must be a major pain, but he has to do it. I hope you had a nice Birthday. We miss you posting here as often Boo. You ok?

Romeena, Interesting you mentioned that about the male nurse thing. I was just watching an old MASH episode. It was the one where a male nurse is upset because he gets overlooked for advancement because he is a male in a usually female occupation. He offers Winchester a suggestion on a medical procedure because he had assisted a well known Dr. in doing it a few years earlier. Of course the ever pious Winchester would never allow a mere nurse, and a male one at that, to tell him how to do something. I reckon that gender bias thing is a two way street sometimes.

Well I finally bit the bullet and ordered a new laptop computer. Should be here in a few days. The Kindle is nice, but I just hate the touchscreen. It's fine for some things, and I will use it thusly, but I will be glad to gat a laptop back.

Well best get. Busy day again.

Prayers for all.


August 01, 2014 - Msg 98638: Whoops, Boo, we miss you NOT posting here as often. :)


August 01, 2014 - Msg 98639: Happy August porch, hope everyone is doing okay this morning. I had to come to work this morning and take care of a few things so I thought I would stop by for a visit first.

supposed to be a rainy day on my end of the porch. I have errands to do and need to make a Wal Mart stop. I am not looking forward to that especially it being the first of the month. This week end is "tax free week end" in Tennessee for all the back to school shoppers. Since I don't have to do much back to school shopping anymore I try and avoid going out to the stores that particular week end. it is a mad house. I appreciate the back to school tax free shopping but dealing with the chaos is sometimes not worth it.

Kids travel home tomorrow. will be happy to have them home safe and sound. both have had a great time.

well lunch menu will be: chicken salad or tuna on
a croissant, chips. oatmeal cookies for dessert.
tea, lemonade to drink. see you at lunch.

everyone have a great day.
prayers and blessings to all

Big Maude

August 01, 2014 - Msg 98640: Busy here at work ! Thanks for lunch Maude, one of each for me ! SPOT

August 01, 2014 - Msg 98641: Yep, Big Maude that trip to The Wal Mart can be tough, Just watch out for the WalMartian's they are a real study....

Oh I forgot, Asa, I'm waiting for the "Belly Top" model computer to come out before I get one..haha

I had a great time with the GrandKidders, if I was on Facebook I'd post pictures, but since I'm not, sorry you can't see them. :( I bought a "Mattel Power Shop" at the flea mkt. like we had back in the 60's. My Grandson & I made a race car & airplane with my with it, WE had a fun time. I did get them away from their "electronal" devices for awhile tho. The 2 girls, we made "Goofy Glasses" (wooden picture frame glasses) and decorated them...Yep it was a Hoot!


August 01, 2014 - Msg 98642: You sound like a great grandpappy GF. I also try to teach my grandkids old school play, and they enjoy it. But they are still a bit young to have gotten themselves to involved with eletronals. But I'm sure the time will come.

Bellytop. HA! I like it.



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