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?


March 02, 2015 - Msg 100825: ..A bit of the "pip" Asa? Better watch downing a whole bottle of paregoric, it will send you to land of pleasure and enchantment as Barney would say...

Romeena, I hope your "Tempurpedic" was "therapetic" and got all the kinks out of your back...

Back outside to shovel the end of my drive where the snow plow buried me AGAIN.. I should not complain our street dept. does a good job in keeping our streets cleared.

G-Frustrated... :(

March 02, 2015 - Msg 100826: ....I shoveled, so WHY NOT sweep too...lol

March 02, 2015 - Msg 100827: Good morning, porch. I was awake until 4 a.m., and had intended to sleep a bit later than this, but some idiot with one of those repeating dialer things started calling. My phone rang eight times in about twelve minutes, from one number first, and then it switched to another. Naturally, I never answered it, since I didn't recognize the number, and there was never a message to identify the caller. I ran the numbers through Google, but couldn't learn much, since all you find is companies that will sell you the information. Anybody know one that will actually tell you something, without a charge? One of the numbers did leak a little information, it appears to be a prescription drug supplier. Like I would buy my insulin from a shady outfit like that, that relies on annoying phone calls to get customers.

The old back is a bit better this morning, I'm still walking crooked but at least it doesn't hurt quite as much. Sterling, my chair is a big, deep and soft armchair, with an ottoman. It's about 17 years old. I bought it when I refurnished my living area about a year after my husband died, in an effort to chase away the emptiness. It matches a pair of sofas (it's a very large room) and was extremely comfortable when I bought it. However, over the years, the springs have started to sag a bit, and it doesn't provide the support it once did. The sofas are like new, and no way will I replace them, but I think I can find some sort of chair in a contrasting fabric, maybe a plaid since the sofas are solid. I've had the springs rebuilt once, and the cushion repadded, but it's not the same. There's just not enough support. I'm thinking recliner this time, but I don't know. You're right about them not being supportive enough, usually. Guess I'll just have to shop very carefully.

The most beautiful pigeon just came into the yard. He's with a flock of ordinary gray and black pigeons, but he's not ordinary. He's almost all white, but his wings and tail are edged with black, and there is a small splash of black on his chest. Very unusual markings, and very pretty. When he flies, and his tail is spread, that black edging really stands out. Pretty thing. Sadly, he was disappointed, because all the food has been eaten, and I haven't ventured out there yet this morning with a fresh supply. Guess I'd better take care of that. It's 35 and drizzly this morning, but critters get hungry anyway. I know my yard is a regular stop on their rounds, and I hate to disappoint them. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 02, 2015 - Msg 100828: Good Afternoon Porch!

I'm not that young anymore, but I've never heard of pagoric (sp?). It sounds like I wasn't missing out anything particularly great. I despise root beer or licorice.

Asa, thank you for adding my job to your prayer list!
Romeena, I'm glad your back is a little better. Since my last (of 3) back surgeries, I'm very careful about where I sit. It must be firm, but cushiony, if that makes sense.
Sterling, the story about Noah is sweet. Having children in church is the best thing you can do for a child, in my opinion.
G-Frustrated, HA! Thank you for sweeping after doing so much shovel work. :)
PH, I'd forgotten about Paul Overstreet!
MDC, still thinking about you.
Boo, it's great you are loving your job and that Bruce is being Mr. Mom.

G-F and Ro, I'm about ready to take Nick's BB Gun to our squirrel. It tore off half of a brick of suet! Nasty varmits.

I hope y'all are having a most pleasant day!

Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy

APB for Tom

March 02, 2015 - Msg 100829: Lucy, Hopefully your like Brisco, "Thought about killing him kinda hated to go that far".. Maybe he just needs some educating on trying to "act like somebody"... I try to keep mine off the suet block & feeder by giving them their own corn & peanuts...Sometimes it works....Sometimes it don't... But as I said in a earlier post, with all the snow we have, the pile of snow by the feeder is like a drive-up window, they don't even have to jump to get to it...

Romeena, As for your pigeon: "If ya snooze ya lose"...An early bird gets the Food! I think Calvin Coolidge said that...haha

G-Finished for the day...

March 02, 2015 - Msg 100830: Good afternoon, porch. Lucy, I agree with G-F. Don't resort to drastic measures with your squirrel. (I noticed, you did say "about ready", and I thank you for that.) He's just trying to make a living, like everyone else. Do you have one of the little wire cages to put your suet block in? If not, may I suggest one? Very handy little gadget, cheap and available at Lowe's or the Depot, or just about anywhere that sells the blocks. It's just a little wire cage that opens up for you to insert the suet block, then snaps shut again. Usually has a short length of chain with an S-hook on it, so you can hang it from the chain that holds a feeder, or a nail driven into a tree, or just most anywhere. The spaces in the wire mesh are large enough for a bird to get his beak in, and a squirrel can get little nibbles. One of mine has learned to stick his paw inside and dig out a small piece, but there's no way they can get a big chunk, because it won't fit through the mesh. Actually, it's very entertaining, watching them practically turn themselves inside out, trying to get into the little cage. Funny little creatures.

I remember when you had all those back problems. It can really take the shine off your day, that's for sure. The surgery I had a couple of years ago completely fixed the totally unbearable problem I had with my lower back, but this is different, and I'm not sure there's anything to be done about it. It's a little better now than it was last night, but still pretty painful, and has kept me close to my chair or the bed all day. I've had scoliosis since I was fifteen, but it has never bothered me until the last few years. It's getting a bit worse, and I think is the cause of what I'm experiencing now. If this continues, I'll go see my surgeon again, just to see if it's something else that's fixable, but if not, I guess I'll just live with it. I've already asked him about any remedy for the scoliosis, and his answer was pretty plain. "There is a surgery that can be done, but I won't do it. The chances are about 50/50 that it will help. If it helps, wonderful. If it doesn't, it usually leaves you worse off than you were. The choice is yours, and I'll refer you to someone else if you wish, but I won't do that surgery." That's all I needed to hear. If he chooses not to do it, then I don't want it. I'm thinking some weight loss would help, and I guess if the pain gets bad enough, maybe I'll finally do what I need to do about that anyway. It's a matter of motivation, and I'm beginning to feel pretty darned motivated. I'm packing at least thirty, maybe forty pounds that I definitely don't need. Dumb, dumb, dumb!

Well, on that note, what's for supper? (heehee) Maybe a can of soup and a handful of peanuts, for protein. We'll see. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

March 03, 2015 - Msg 100831:
HI ALL, well, I met with the funeral home and the
church folks today. All went well. Since he is being cremated, we are waiting until the 28th for the service. This will allow family and friends to get into town without having to rush to get here and
pay more for airfares etc. Thanks for your continued prayers.
Here is sometime interesting, in going thru some of his things, I found a tattered, faded mimeograhed piece of paper with the title "An army on its knees to keep an Army on its feet."
It seems like they were passed out in catholic schools during the war. It shows a child's name, age 9,on the 'name' line, who was praying for my dad, along with the little prayer to say each morning and evening for that soldier. I looked up the name, and discovered that she passed in 2003, but she had a son, and his info was listed. I am thinking of calling him and tell him what I found, and how his mom had prayed for my dad's safety! Amazing.
I hope they have met in heaven.
Regarding back pain, one of the first things my chiro had me do was to get "wedge cushions", about 3" on the big end, and place them in any chair that I sit on, including my vehicle. Man has that helped! She said that vehicle seats are the worst designs for backs, especially if there is no lumbar support. The wedge, with the 3" end toward the seatback, allows the back to sit straighter. I also use one in my "wheeler." It feels funny at first, but then really feels really good and supportive. check out: http://tinyurl.com/pmta3n6
Hey PH, I used tiny url!! :)
They have helped me tremendously and can be found on the web.
Well, off to the ironing board,
MDC

March 03, 2015 - Msg 100832:
PS: something that's good, and good for you--DARK chocolate covered almonds.mmm mdc

March 03, 2015 - Msg 100833: Good morning, porch! Rainy here today, but not terribly cold - in the 40s, and no wind. Tolerable.

MDC, my prayers for you continue in these days. Until the services are held, closure will be elusive, but it will finally come. You have been so faithful and true to your dad. He must have been very proud of you, and in my belief, he still is.

This "misery" in my back is still raging. Naturally, being a nurse, my imagination has run the gamut of all the things it could be, from a big old staghorn kidney stone, a broken rib, a bulging disc, a tumor, etc. You get the idea. All of those can be ruled out though, because I can sit down or lie down and get still, and get comfortable. It only hurts when I'm standing, or moving. I really think it's just a big old muscle spasm, but I don't know why it won't let go. Oh well. This too shall pass.

I completed a little project last night that was very enlightening. I was reading and evaluating preliminary scholarship applications for high school seniors. The kids were asked several essay questions, such as what are your goals, who or what influenced you to choose your education major, tell us about yourself - things like that. From that, we were to distill out things like motivation, maturity, focus, need, and ability to commit. Wow, the things some of those kids have dealt with. Alcoholic father, mentally ill mother, houseful of younger siblings and responsibility of caring for them, frequent moves, "home-schooled" for two years by drug-addicted mother who just wanted him at home to take over when she was high, and that's just a sampling. Naturally, most of them were below average performers scholastically, but one of them is #11 in his class of several hundred kids, while working 35 hours a week to help feed the family. Amazing. I got an education, believe me. If it was up to me, they'd all get a scholarship.

Well, guess I'll go heat up my little gel-thingy and see if that will relax this hitch in my get-along. Have a great day, friends. --Romeena

March 03, 2015 - Msg 100834: Morning Porch.

Romeena, I am so sorry your back is mad. Trust me dear, I can feel for you. Almost all of January and halfway through February I was a mess. Finally this past week it seems to have taken a major step to improving. I still need to get out of a chair slowly, and give things a minute to settle in, but after moving for a bit all seems pretty good. So you are in my prayers for sure.

Snowing here today finally. Wet and heavy. We need the water so I hope the mountains are getting pounded good.

Asa

March 03, 2015 - Msg 100835: Mornin' Porch,

Oh wait, I just looked at the clock on my laptop and it's noon, so Good Afternoon to those of you in the Eastern time zone. :)

I'm not going to pop the squirrel, though I can't speak for my husband. He's kind of frustrated that I keep insisting on putting out $1 brick of suet every few days. We have a whole mess of birds here this week. I love it! Romeena, my suet holder is a cage up 3/4 of the way. It's a birdhouse "chalet". I posted a picture of it on Facebook a few weeks ago.

Romeena, I hope the pain subsides. I can only say make sure you see a neurosurgeon and get some Lidocaine patches. They help the pain. Stay away from heat, but I'm sure you know that already. I'll pray you're healed quickly! My back issues are better, but I still cannot feel the bottom of my feet, which happened when I woke up from my surgery.
MDC, I'm glad that your arrangements are going well. What a neat piece of paper you discovered! Still praying!
Asa, I'm so glad your back is doing better and that you got some snow. My poor family in Kentucky is being hit again. It's not so bad in Louisville (where my parents live), but in the country areas (where the rest of my family lives) they don't need it at all! Ironically we will have rain and 72 degrees here in Atlanta.

I hope all are having a great week thus far! I'm working so that I can keep my job. My boss is out of town. When she gets home, I suppose I'll find out if she will renew my contract. Bryan is now on straight commissions so it's a bit nervous in this house.

I hope you have a great day all!

Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy

March 03, 2015 - Msg 100836: Got ribs on the smoker .... who is gona have sides ready at 6 for supper? SPOT

March 03, 2015 - Msg 100837: Asa makes a mean cole slaw, are those ribs from Adams Ribs over by Dearborn Station? Man SPOT, I just started sauerkraut & sausage and mashed taters, don't know if that goes with ribs or not but I'll bring them....Along with some of Larry the Cable Guys Prilosec just encase...
Lucy said it's gonna be 72 in your guy's area today...Wow 72 I don't remember what that feels like! (probably 2 degrees warmer than 70 I suppose)....

G-F....TOM where are you? check in Ok?




March 03, 2015 - Msg 100838: ok supper is coming around...asa you gona be able to make some slaw? SPOT

March 03, 2015 - Msg 100839: Ribs? Did somebody say ribs? Here I come, with a big bowl of tater salad in my hands. G-F, you come on and bring the kraut and sausage and mashed taters. Anything and everything goes with ribs - you know that!! As a matter of fact, something like that might just happen here on my porch before the week is over. Sounds pretty good! If I have some at Spot's tonight, along with the ribs, it won't bother me to have it again in a few days.

I don't want to say this too loudly, but my back is feeling noticeably better, at this moment. Not really good, but a far sight better than it was this morning. Maybe whatever is in spasm is beginning to relax. It feels like the intercostal muscles are inflamed, and the big muscles along the left side of my spine are in a knot. Right side is fine, no pain anywhere. Left side is a mess. However, it seems to be getting a bit better, so yay!

Lucy, I asked my doctor about lidocaine patches during another episode a while back, because I think they would really help. However, he doesn't want me to use them because of my cardiac arrhythmias, and the fact that I take two beta-blockers. He says lidocaine and my meds wouldn't be a good match. Too bad, because I agree, the patches would probably help a lot.

Well, guess I'll go feed my tiny friend. She seems to know I don't feel well, and hasn't even bothered to invite me to play. She just hangs around close to me, and watches me with big soft brown eyes. What would I do without her? --Romeena

March 04, 2015 - Msg 100840: Glad your back is doing a bit better Romeena.

Ribs and cole slaw. Can't beat a deal like that for sure.

Lucy, I pray things will work out for you in your job situation for sure.

Prayers also for MDC. I know you are a man of faith, but are still going to have some sadness with your loss. Prayers for peace for you my friend.

Well our snow came, left 10 inches on my porch yesterday morning and is now gone. Supposed to be back up to near 60 by the weekend. I kind of like these early spring storms. They leave and it gets nice again quickly. I think it was Big Maude who described it best. Our weather is bi-polar this time of year. Can be snowing like no tomorrow one minute, and then sunny and warm the next.

I was just thinking this morning whilest trying to squeeze out the last bit of toothpaste from it's tube. Does anyone remember when toothpaste came with the little "key" for rolling up the toothpaste tube? Them tubes back then were made of different material, but those little keys sure made it possible to get every bit of toothpaste out, didn't they?

Well best get rolling. GF, I have a couple of dozen back flow devices to certify this month. You want some work? Get you out of that Wheeler or off the snow shovel for a spell. :)

Asa

March 04, 2015 - Msg 100841: ...Yep Asa, a guy could use a few back-flow devices now and then... I just hope when all this snow melts it doesn't back-flow into my house!
I keep a constant check on both my sump pumps during this time of the year. Don't want my Mayberry room to get flooded....

I was smart , when we put the addition on the house back in 2000 I had them add an additional perforated pipe, it is a tad bit higher then the foundation pipes so if the sump pump quits working it would "leach" into the gravel under the floor to buy me some time. This has helped several times when the float switch stuck...

A good maintenance man ALWAYS thinks ahead...10-4 Asa?

Romeena, glad to hear your back pain is letting up some, so I'll "tick-a-lock" so's not to jinx ya...lol

MDC, Continued prayers....Anyone hear from CHILI TOM? Kinda concerned he hasn't checked in lately...

G-F...

March 04, 2015 - Msg 100842: Good morning, porch. I've been wondering about CHILI TOM too. Check in, friend!

I know you're all anxiously waiting to hear how my back is doing this morning, so here's the latest bulletin. (heehee) Well, I'm getting ready to head up to the church for ESL classes, so what does that tell you? It's not wonderful, but it's not all that bad, either. Just a little stiff and sore, but at least I'm not walking crooked. I guess whatever it was, it's on the way out. God is good.

It's in the 50s here today, but rainy, and expected to drop to freezing tonight. Tomorrow they're predicting wind chill down in the single digits, and sleet followed by possible snow. Bi-polar weather for sure. Asa, it sounds like yours is just as schizophrenic as ours. Well, at least time is running out on this freaky stuff. Eventually, it will settle down. By the way, whatever happened to global warming?

Well, better run, or I'll be late. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

March 04, 2015 - Msg 100843: ...It ain't happening in N.E. Ohio Romeena...haha

March 04, 2015 - Msg 100844: 10-4 GF, and a little WD40 while we are at it, just for good measure. :)

Glad you are improving Romeena. Keep it up.

Asa

March 04, 2015 - Msg 100845: Mornin',

Yes, Tom, please check in.

Romeena, I'm so glad that you're a bit better! I hope it continues to be so.
G-F, you have a Mayberry room?! That is TOO COOL! I hadn't heard the term sump pump in years. The house I grew up in had one and when that think leaked, it was horrible. It likedta flood our basement tons of times. And it would get stinky. My parents had to save my Barbie mansion many a times.
Asa, thank you for the prayers. I haven't heard from my boss in months, minus a "thank you for the hard work" ham in the mail. I don't know what to make of it all. My sister is in management at Humana and she told me to apply there for customer service as I can do that from home. It doesn't sound appealing, but I may apply if my contract isn't renewed this month.
Spot, I hate that I missed the ribs! I LOVE bbq.

Well, I hope all have a pleasant day! I'm doing some work and a blog post. As Andy and Mavis say, "Act like somebody".

Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy

March 04, 2015 - Msg 100846:
Hello all. Doing better these days as I go thru dad's things deciding waht to give away, etc.
And you guys made my day and didnt even know it.
First, there was Sterlings talk of his Noah's "flow" problem, and then today ASA brings up about"back flow devices." I started LOL, as in "are those two subjects related by any chance?" ha Hey, my first "ha" since last Friday! Thanks again for all the prayers and support. God bless.
MDC

March 04, 2015 - Msg 100847: Yep, MDC, this porch is a very supportive place. I do appreciate everyone's concern about my cranky old back. A very minor thing compared to what many are dealing with, but I appreciate your thoughts and prayers, nevertheless.

It's very cold here now, after being around 50 this morning. It's now in the mid 30s, windy, and raining. I taught ESL class this morning, but only had two students. They don't come out in bad weather, and I don't blame them. Many of them actually walk to the church, usually leading a couple of little kids. I'd stay home too, in weather like this. During the morning, the temp dropped significantly and the rain rolled in. When I got home, the little geyser at the curb was in full flow, taking the standing water off my back yard. I was glad to see it. When it malfunctions, I'm at risk for water coming in my back door. The sunroom was an add-on, using the original back patio as a foundation, and obviously that was not as far above grade as the foundation of the rest of the house, so if the water rises, it could come in. It has only done it once, and only a little bit, which I could control with a few towels, but it let me know what could happen. So, my friend Joe put a couple of drain pipes in, channeled them to a catch basin near the front of the house, and put a sump pump in that basin, to push the water to the street. Works like a charm.

I'm so thrilled to see all this rain, and it looks like we'll get more water at least through tomorrow. It may be in the form of sleet and snow, but it's still water. We've been in a drought here for several years, and all this water is just so welcome!

I stopped at the grocery store on the way home from class, and stocked up. I've now got something to eat besides soup around here, at least for a few days. I'm prepared to just hibernate for a while.

OK, I'm off to put out a little critter feed. Poor little things are trying so hard to find something to eat out there. The rain has let up for now, so I guess this is my chance. Blessings, everyone. --Romeena

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