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 19, 2018 - Msg 109663: MDC, yes that was me. I forgot to sign off.
G-F, The TAGS has the regular theme music. The Bonanza dvd`s has different music in the beginning.
Boo, It was so sad to hear about Barbara Bush. I did not know that her she was having health problems. I remember seeing him on tv with health issues, very sad.
Take care all

April 19, 2018 - Msg 109664: Sweep Time!

April 19, 2018 - Msg 109665: Good sweep Frankie. It looks real purty!
BOO--I am glad to hear that you put your foot down about the lunches.
At 23 he should indeed be making his own.
I know he has had some special issues, but there is a limit. ha
I remember when I turned 21 and was still living at home, but attending AZ State University, and working at a local drug store,
my dad called me aside and said, "Steve you are now 21, and you are most welcome to live here you know that,
but your mother and I will now expect X amount each month as "rent" to help with water, electric, etc, and you will have to start doing your own laundry. Mother will still be cooking the evening meal, and that will be included in your "rent;" but if you are not here for it, it will be up for grabs by the other kids."
I did that for the next semester, but then moved into an apt near ASU with a couple long time classmates, and bingo, I was out on my own. It was a really good life lesson.

We have been having MA-vell-las days here lately. Even a few days recently have dipped back down into the '70s!

Have a good evening.

April 19, 2018 - Msg 109666: Hello porch family, thought I would rock a few minutes since I had a break at work.

hope everyone is doing ok. I have not rocked in a few days and have missed everyone.

Boo: I am glad Erin's appointment went well and you liked the Psychiatrist. seems like he knows what he is doing with the meds.

My Beth has been working at her new job for about a month now and things seems to be going well. They like her and she likes the folks she works with. I think this particular bank will be a good place for her to start as its not huge and there is no pressure to push loans, credit cards and such at the customers. From what I understand some of the bigger banks do that and the tellers and other folks performance evaluations and pay scales are attached to how many they can secure for the bank.

weather here has been crazy, warm one day, cool the next and cold the next. lots of rain and wind as well. The Sunday Bristol race had to be completed on Monday due to rain. From what I understand attendance was low for both days. Maybe the race later in the year will have better weather and attendance.

The redbuds, dogwood trees have been in full blood around here but with all the wind the blooms don't last long.

better get ready for my next session
lunch menu will be: club sandwiches on sour dough bread with bacon, chips of your choice. double chocolate chip cookies for dessert. tea or lemonade to drink.

Prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

April 19, 2018 - Msg 109667: Good morning, porch! Good to see some of you who have been absent, returning to the fold. You're missed when you're not here.

Boo, you are absolutely doing the right thing, to shift some responsibility to Sean. He'll feel better about himself in the long run. All youngsters, whether male or female, need to be self-sufficient, able to feed themselves and clean up after themselves. I was never overworked, but I started learning to cook at around age eight, was expected to hang up my clothes and make my own bed, help with the ironing, (and not just my own clothes, either) and later when I got my horse it was made quite plain that he was totally my responsibility. I fed him, groomed him, dug mud out of his hooves, kept an eye on his shoes and rode him over to the blacksmith when he needed to be re-shod. My dad bought his feed and brought it home, but that was about all. I wanted a horse, I got a horse, and all the responsibility that went with him. Talk about a life lesson!

Well, my responsibility now centers on a tiny dog, and at this moment she's hungry, so guess I'd better go feed her. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

April 19, 2018 - Msg 109668: Big Maude, good to see you. The menu sounds great!
I purchased one of those rabbit tv`s usb port for the computer today at walgreens. Get over 5000 tv and internet channels. Hundreds of radio stations also. I think what got my eye was they have the classic tv stations from the 60`s and go to 2000. Lots to pick from. The usb port was 9.99 and good for one year. Can watch real good on the laptop. There is a cord if I want to hook it to the tv and watch. Spent time just searching around and seeing what is all on this, kind of fun just searching around.
It is beautiful out here today so I put two loads of laundry on the line.
You all have a Mayberry Day!

April 20, 2018 - Msg 109669: Frankie, Just dont let Barney take down your laundry; he may borrow a dress! haha
I always wondered about those Rabbit usb drives. Sounds like a good deal for the price.

BIG Maude, glad you heeded my APB from a while back.
I thought maybe you had escaped from the state pen again! :)
I bet some days work may seem like the pen. ha
Glad your Beth is liking her job.

All--I made a crock pot beef roast today. Our Fry's (Kroger) store has beef chuck for 2.97 a lb. I added some small, whole red potatoes, chopped onions, carrots, celery, onion soup mix, and some spices. Six hours in the crock,
and the beef just fell apart! MMm, good! :)

Weather is staying nice in the low 80s. That is our average for this time of year.

I watched the original 3:10 to Yuma with Glenn Ford on Grit TV tonight. I had never seen it all the way thru. Now I'll be Glenn Fording all over town. lol

RO--I meant to mention how nice it is that your houseguest kids clean up after themselves. That really says a lot about their upbringing!

ASA--how goes it on the maintenance front?

Have a nice evening all.

April 20, 2018 - Msg 109670: Good evening, porch. Thanks, MDC, but I can't take much of the credit. It goes to their dad. He insisted on respect and cooperation from our kids, and we got it. It really rubbed off on them, too. Our oldest son's wife has a dear and cherished friend, a former co-worker from when they lived in Texas. The friendship has endured the distance, and about once a year, the friend goes to Florida and spends a week with them. She has one son, and he usually accompanies her when she goes, because my son's place is fun to visit, with the seadoos, pool, etc. Well, this "boy" who is now nearly thirty, is lazier any human ought to be. He is constantly fixing himself a snack, or making a full sandwich, whatever. Anywhere he sits, he leaves the area messy. He gets sandwich stuff out of the fridge, makes his sandwich, and leaves the stuff sitting on the island rather than returning it to the fridge. He reads a newspaper and leaves it crumpled on the floor. He leaves wet towels on the floor. It just makes my son see red, but he doesn't want to make trouble, as the guy's mom is very defensive of him. So, one day after cleaning up the kitchen for the third time, my son had enough. He got a small sticky note pad and a pen, and took it to the young man. Very kindly and sweetly, he said to him, "I know you aren't accustomed to policing your own messes, and when it's just you and your mom, it's not a problem. However, since when you visit here, there are three other adults in the home, it causes a little confusion. We're not sure exactly sure whose turn it is to clean up after you. So would you do us all a favor, and when you're leaving a mess, just jot down the name of the person you expect to clean it up, and stick it to the plate, or the papers, or whatever, so we'll know when it's our turn? Thanks a lot!" The guy just looked at him with his mouth hanging open and never said a word. My son said he was a little better at cleaning up after himself for the remainder of that visit. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. My Dale would have done that, for sure. Just his style!

We had our monthly senior adult dinner at church tonight, and it was so good. It was catered by the cooking and hospitality department of one of our local high schools - the Academy. It's not a public school, they charge tuition, but those kids learn life skills! They come out as musicians, artists, dancers, chefs, hotel managers, engineers, and with a solid background in the usual school curriculum as well. They cater our dinner about six times a year, and it's always just great! They have developed a lot of their own recipes, and are about to publish a cookbook, or so we were told. I want one!

Well, guess I'll turn in. It's late, I'm tired, and Toye Starr is past ready for bed. Lots of little deep sighs! Blessings, friends. --Romeena

April 20, 2018 - Msg 109671: Good Friday morning everyone.

MDC, Just as busy as ever here, thanks for asking. Your dinner sounds good. Try as I might, my roasts in the crock pot never seem to come out to good. Not sure what I do wrong. If you insist on Glenn Fording it all over town, save the bank for last. That way I can go get some screws for my gun and some bullet polish. I gotta tell ya though, I hate to get this ambitious on a Friday. :)

Romeena, It sure is amazing how some folks are raised, ain't it? I just love Proverbs 13:24. Should be mandatory reading for anyone wanting to be a parent.

Hey to Big Maude. Good to see you. Remind me to tell you a story about my oldest Daughters first banking job. It was wild.

Well I went to see the Doc yesterday about my "trigger finger". He gave me a cortisone shot and I gotta tell you, It hasn't done much. Still locking up and hurting. I feel kind of silly when I tell folks I am limited to what I can do somewhat. They ask why and I tell them I have a sore pinkie. Boy, not much sympathy but a lot of teasing. lol

Well GF, I think we have finally broke winters grip here. We are supposed to be in the 70's, or close to it for the next 7 days. Yabba dabba doo!

Frankie, I have never heard of that gizmo you were talking about. Sounds pretty nice though. I might have to check into it.

I was watching an old Dallas last night and saw Mayor Stoner playing a preacher. He married J.R. and Sue Ellen. And I saw John Masters selling J.R. some flowers. I was waiting to see Earnest T. jump in and stop the wedding, but he didn't.

Well I best get going. Use or lose on my vacation so I am off on Monday. ; :)


April 20, 2018 - Msg 109672: ..Garden planted and it went down to 41 degrees last night...I think I it will be ok..FB friends I will post pics ..Lunch at Olive Garden on Boo and I, back outside...SPOT

April 20, 2018 - Msg 109673: Hi Family.
Will it stop raining here and now we will git some nice days.
Will you can tell Spring is here by the city worker are going crazy.
Romeena have you every heard of a flower called Hanging Naked Men?
Literally look like a Purple Men with their ---- out?
there is a pic of it on fb,


April 21, 2018 - Msg 109674: ASA--here are a few tricks that I use. I first find a chuck roast with some good 'marbling' and then I cut in into 2 inch by 2 inch sections. I place them on the bottom of the crock. Next I add the small red potatoes with skin on. That way they dont turn to 'mush." I then add a cup of water and a packet of onion soup mix, and a couple beef bullion cubes. After that cooks on High for three hours, I add the onions, celery and carrots, cut in about two inch segments. Cook for another three hours and it is 'fall apart' good! I believe you are ept!! :) Have a good long weekend!
RO--One of the first people I will ask to see in heaven will be Dale! He sure had his thumb on the pace of all things family! :)
TOM--I sure hope your weather turns nice real soon!
SPOT- I shall check out FB for ya.
Well, good night folks!

April 21, 2018 - Msg 109675: Hello everyone! Hope you are all having a good weekend so far. I have to work this evening but don't really mind. My last paycheck was rather skimpy due to working less. Thanks for the encouragement Ro and MDC. Sean has decided to try and eat better, less fast food, etc. so that will mean he will have to be more involved in his eating. He took care of his own lunch today. He will do his laundry but here is what keeps happening...I try to keep the laundry up by doing a load daily, which means when I put my clothes in, it is too small a load so I go looking for other dirty clothes to add to the load to conserve water, etc. That usually means I am washing everyone's clothes. So, I am sending a confusing message about laundry. They will do it if they need clothes, but usually it is already done. You all know about my compulsive laundry habit. ;) Sean is paying is having to pay his own car insur@nce and will be getting on his own phone plan as soon as our contract is up. His old car is always needed repair so the plan is for him to save up and buy another one in a few months, which he will be responsible for paying for. As far as rent, we will have to wait and see if he can afford it. Right now we are really waiting to see how he does longterm on this job. Thanks for all the great advice! Maude, happy to hear that Beth is doing well on her job. :) Good to see you on the porch.

Sorry about the trigger finger, Asa! Might I suggest daily use of Tumeric spice? Its is a powerful anti-inflammatory that you can add to food or buy in capsule form. Also, it might help to do an internet search on foods that reduce inflammation in the body. It can't hurt, and it might really help.

The weather here has been unseasonably cool and we are really enjoying it. It is cloudy today but no rain that I can see. I wish it would rain. My grass could use some nitrogen..not as green as it was last month. Better get going...Love to all, Boo

April 21, 2018 - Msg 109676: "Hanging naked men" flowers, TOM? Can't say I've heard of it but sounds like a floor show down at the Gigolo Club. ;)


April 21, 2018 - Msg 109677: Good morning, porch! Looks like we're going to get some rain today - yay!! I can water all I want, and run my water bill up, but nothing does it like rain. Boo, you're so right. The nitrogen the rain brings with it really boosts the green-up in the grass.

It sounds like you're laying out a good path for Sean to follow. Every young man should know how to do laundry, and also to feed himself with something besides fast food. Some basic housecleaning skills are good, too. David lived with us well into his twenties, and it was a joy to have him here. I hated it when he finally moved out. We never charged him rent, but he would come in with a sack of groceries on a regular basis, he mostly did his own laundry, though I would grab a few things now and then to complete a load, like you said. He kept his area clean, (which was the whole front part of the house) and didn't leave messes in the kitchen and living area. He helped with the lawn care, supported his own car, and put a little into savings on a regular basis. The "savings" part mostly stopped when he did move out, going to his share of the rent when he moved in with a buddy from church. He was a joy to have around while he was here, and we missed him when he moved out. At the same time, it was very gratifying to see our last little bird finally leave the nest, and fly away. When he did, he flew high and straight, and is doing well. He's raising his boys the same way. They have plenty of parental support, but they also have responsibility, and are taught how to meet it acceptably. They have freedom. Landry has his license now, and the use of his dad's old jeep, but David has a tracker app on his phone and knows exactly where Landry is when he's away from home. They're in church regularly, and participate in activities there. They're good boys.

Asa, I'd love to hear about your daughter's first banking job. My youngest daughter worked in a bank for a while too, and had some stories to tell.

Well, guess I'll go feed my tiny roommate, my baby girl, whatever she is. Some people see her and think she's just a dog, but trust me, she is much more than that. She's a companion, a little kid, a small angel, all wrapped up in a puppydog suit. She will be twelve years old in July, and still acts like a puppy - playful, goofy, cute as a button, loving, and thinks she's as big as anybody ever was. Truly a gift to me from God. --Romeena


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