June 08, 2008 - Msg 63271: Hey, Boo, I don't mind eating some French food, but I'm not eating snails and brains. I'm like Andy, I don't mind admitting that I can't read a French menu. I'll ask for help! Hope I don't embarrass you.

I did as MDC suggested, and Googled the cellphone tracking thing. It really did happen, but it was outside the U.S. The actual country was not named, but it was in Europe somewhere. There was a mention in one of the articles that it wasn't done here because it would be illegal. The study was done by a professor at Boston's Northeastern University, in a research project intended to reveal the travel patterns of the general population. The resulting data indicated that the majority of people mostly remained within a twenty mile radius of their home for the six-month period of the study.

As I said earlier, this in itself doesn't bother me. If it is of interest to someone to learn that I mostly stick close to home, I don't have a problem with that. If that information helps with zoning, community planning, police and fire department staffing, or whatever, again I don't mind. If they want to know who I called and what was said, that's a different story, but I don't think that was part of the study. For that information, they'll just have to ask Sarah.

Well, goodnight all - be blessed. --Romeena

June 08, 2008 - Msg 63272: Oh no. you won't embarrass me, Ro...I believe I would of spoke right up and asked for steak, same as Andy!

Better go get ready for preachin'. My eyes are itching and watering for some reason and I hate to put on make-up...can't go to church with naked eyes, though....maybe I'll wear my dangly earrings and nobody will notice my eyes.


June 08, 2008 - Msg 63273: What is a Johhnycake, by the way? Is it like a pancake made with cornmeal?


June 08, 2008 - Msg 63274: Good Sabbath Porch.


June 08, 2008 - Msg 63275: Yep, you guessed it, Boo. That's exactly what it is. There are several versions, some using milk and some flour in addition to the cornmeal, some using hot water and no flour (my preference), but they're all good, and especially so when eaten with bacon. They're best baked in an iron skillet, but I usually use my griddle and it works pretty well. I like to make a few and just eat them plain, no syrup or butter. I carry one outside with me and eat it like a big cookie. I do the same with waffles now and then - put some chopped pecans in the batter, bake the waffle and it becomes a portable breakfast. When my landscaper friend is here, we walk around eating waffle-cookies while planning what we're going to do in the yard.

Speaking of food, it's about time for lunch. Guess I'd better rustle up something to eat. Shouldn't be hard - I have a lot of leftovers. Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

June 08, 2008 - Msg 63276: Never had it but it sounds good.

It is sooo hot here today that I feel drained. I think it's going to be one hot summer.

Think I will go take a nap (or try to). I tried earlier and just as I was drifting off, Sean (who was mowing) got stung on the ear by a Yellow Jacket and I heard him yell! All is calm now and I think I will try again. I am going to need some rest because this is going to be a busy week. I am way behind on the laundry and housework, among other things.

Boy, I would like to escape to Mayberry and spend a few days with the Taylor's. Wouldn't it be nice to have Aunt Bee cooking for you and sitting out on the porch in the evening listening to Andy play his guitar and singing "Down In The Valley"? Then lights out by 10...that's the kind of vacation I would like!


June 08, 2008 - Msg 63277: Please keep southern Indiana in your prayers. We were luckily spared the great multitude of rain that fell by being on county south. We went to eat in the town next to us on Saturday at noon and I had never seen so much water in my life. As we drove the 12 miles to our home after lunch - the rain stayed to the north of us. Streets were closed, homes damaged - they had about 7 inches of rain on Saturday and several other counties were hit harder than that. More rain is expected tomorrow evening.

Keep the job search in your prayers too - thanks


June 08, 2008 - Msg 63278:
Hello porch family. I'm back.

Boo....I'm with you....I would sure love to escape to Mayberry for a few days.

Ro...did you save me some of those Johnny cakes? I love them.

Spot...did you finish waxing your boat?

HM....prayers for the folks in Indiana.

Well I'm heading to bed. Prayers for all the porch family. God is so good to us.

June 08, 2008 - Msg 63279: Hey Rev and all!...gosh sorry I have not been posting ..but YES Rev Miss Sherry and I got finished up at about dark today...its looks GOOD..inside and out...smells like bleach inside the cabiun but it will pass!..hey HM,Ro,TOM,Asa,auh20...Maudy wish you would get back!..well supper will be left overs...and breakfast will be at Shoneys!..on Rev and the Misses again!..[he has big pockets]!..well let me cut these lighta off at the semi finished barn and get the dog [Otis] put up and feed opie {cat]...prayers friends....SPOT

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63280: Good Monday porch, hope everyone is doing okay today.

Been back a week now and vacation seems like a faint memory now. Life sure does go by fast.

My kids are in Memphis TN this week with their church youth group. They are doing their annual mission trip at a church there. They will doing work for the church who is in need of help themseleves. They will be home on Saturday.

Hot here today, in the 90's which is unusal for us this time of year.

Lunch will be at my place today: chicken salad on whole wheat, chips, pickles, SLAW and chocolate chip cookies for desset. lemonade or tea. see you at noon.

Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63281: Good morning, all. Big Maude, lunch sounds great. I'll be there - can I bring anything?

Daughter and family blew through here for a couple of hours yesterday. They had been in the area for a Highland Games festival. Her husband is Scottish all the way - has a kilt which he wears to such occasions, the whole thing. The games are an annual thing, people come from all over the nation. His brothers and their families were there also, one brother placed second in the nation in the hammer throw. I was invited and wanted to go, but had the prior commitment of the graduation which turned into babysitting (thank goodness) so I missed the games. Maybe next year. Anyway, they came by here for lunch and a little visit before heading back to Fredericksburg. Baby grandson is getting so big, and cute as a button. He's one of those cuddly babies that just flattens against you and conforms to your body when you hold him. So sweet.

My hibiscus is blooming out back, and I can count at least five blooms, all about the size of a dinner plate - I'll have to go back there and get a picture later. It's just beautiful! What wonders God provides in the natural world!

Well, be blessed, everyone. See you later today. --Romeena

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63282: Well, REV, if you are going to stay with the Taylor's, you'll have to wait until I give up the guest room...unless you want to share a bed with Andy like Uncle Ollie did.

That is neat about the mission trip your kids are on, Maude. Our church is planning one to Utah next summer instead of sending the youth to summer camp. I want to go with them.

Aw, that baby sounds so sweet, Ro! Wish I could give him a squeeze, but I guess you'll just have to do it for me next time you see him.

Lots to do...and I promised the kids I would take them to the local pool today. It just opened this weekend and is only 2 blocks from us. Better put in some laundry first or no clean towels! We are even gettin' low on underwear and that just never happens around here...good thing Me-They is out of town and I don't have to wash his boxers this week!


June 09, 2008 - Msg 63283: Hello everyone:

Hope ya'll had a great weekend. I have been gone all weekend, will read and check later.

The "Dud"

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63284: TO HOT HOT FOR ME.
DOING BACK UP IN THE 90 deg. and no rain in see.


June 09, 2008 - Msg 63285: I guess no one else on the Porch watches the SOPRANOS. One of their big continuing story lines was about a Captain (Victor) in a cerain Italian Fraternal Organization who was on the lam (for being gay) and went into a diner and asked the cook what was good. He said JOHNNY CAKES and explained what it was (cornmeal pancakes). The Captain and the cook started living together and rumor is that in certain communities that a catch phrase is would you like to go get some JOHNNY CAKES. I saw the Alton Brown episode and LOL when he started talking about JOHNNY CAKES>.

ROMEENA: I didn't know you were such a big timer. SEWELL"S Cadillac near HIGHLAND PARK huh. Porchers she goes to one of the top Cadillac dealerships in the world.

Saw the Food Networks show (NEXT FOOD NETWORK STAR) and Lisa Garza from Dallas redeemed herself and I was proud of her for doing so well. She co-won the competition. If she could just lose the 4" heels while cooking.

SPOT: I hope you have a great fishing trip. I went to a friend's camp this weekend at Lake D'Arbonne and caught a mess of Bass and Bream (Bluegills).

The "Dud"

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63286: Dear Porch Family:

I know most of you would not subscribe to HBO to watch a show about a certain Italian Fraternal Organization like the SOPRANOS. I have grown up across the street from an Italian family of 14 and one of their sons is a best friend. The head of the family (Vincent Sr.) is called the Godfather. I ate at their house last night and had wonderful pasta and Italian sausages. They still live across the street from my mom's house. I have been fascinated with a certain IFO since I was a child. I see all the movies, shows and read the books. I just read a fascinating book on the life of John Gotti. I guess it is one of my character faults. Apologies,

The "DUD"

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63287: Meet me on the Porch tonite for supper:

I will whip up some Fried Bass Filets & Jalapeno Hushpuppies, Bream in Papilotte, Peas and Pasta Salad courtesy of Emeril, whole roasted Carrots, fried Okra, Ouachita Parish Southern Pecan Pie and of course some homemade Ruston La. Peach Ice Cream with non-sugar added Dyers Toppings.

The "Dud"

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63288: Hey, Dud, you don't have to apologize for being interested in the Italian culture. The Italians are warm and wonderful people, and have contributed a lot to the world in terms of music, art, cuisine, architecture. Their culture is earthy and loving, and I like 'em!

As for Sewell Cadillac, you just pushed my button. Indeed they are a premier car dealership, probably the benchmark for service in the entire country. I could buy a Cadillac or any other car anywhere, but will always buy from them. Their prices are no higher than average, but their service is superlative. It starts with the salesman in the pre-owned department, who knows me well and knows exactly what I like. When it's time to trade, he will have a small selection of red cars all washed and ready to show. We don't spend a lot of time on car-lot haggling - he quotes me a fair price, makes me a fair offer for my old car, and we're done. When I bring the car in for service, I'm greeted by name by my service consultant, who has managed my cars for about fourteen years. He even knows Starr's name, and offers her a little treat. He got teary-eyed when I told him about losing the Plum. I get an oil and filter change and a computer diagnostic for about $40, and they wash and vacuum the car and wipe down the interior. Sure beats Quick Lube!

I like Cadillacs, like their distinctive "ride", and then there's that over-the-top service. I pay about as much for a two-year-old pre-owned Cadillac, usually about 25k miles on it, as I would pay for a brand-new something or other, and I have a bumper-to-bumper new car warranty on mine that's the same as if I'd bought it new. Car trouble anywhere in the continental United States? I call Sewell and they get the nearest GM dealership on it, which means sending a mechanic to me to fix it on the spot if possible, or tow it in if necessary, and I will be provided a loaner at no charge until mine is fixed. They replaced the battery in a five-year-old car with 62k miles on it for me a few years ago, at no charge. Broken motor mount last week - no charge, on a car with 40k miles on it.

As for knowing all the details, like my puppy's name, I realize he probably has all that on his computer and checks it out when he knows I'm coming in. That doesn't matter. The point is, the effort is made, and it makes me feel special. Then when I'm served cappucino and warm cookies in the waiting area - well, you just can't beat the feeling! I recommend them highly, and don't understand why other dealerships across the country don't do the same. Maybe some do, and I just don't know about them. I know about Sewell, though, and I will be a customer for life. That's their stated goal, and they have reached it with me.

Well, gotta run. Eloise and I are going to go get some lunch and mouse around for a while. Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63289: ROMEENA:

Thank you for your reply. I was giving you a complement about trading with SEWELLS. They are a very special company and you are a good "word of mouth" customer that advertising can not overcome.

The "Dud"

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63290: ROMEENA: Are you a member of the Weaver's Department Store Family? Cadillacs and A'll.

The "Dud" Just sitting in the Porch.

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63291: REV: When are you going to be in the NorthEast La. Region. I would love to see your and maybe treat you and the Mrs. to Roast Beef Po-Boys at the Monroe La. Restaurant named the PeGe.

The "Dud"

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63292: BOO: I am glad you like the good Hotel Living. Isn't it great. I am telling you and others, it is getting hard with this new economy. I want to visit my daughter in Dallas/Fort Worth and have a great time. WIth the gas prices like they are I do not see how the REV does it. Praise God. .. I am going to have my daughter for a couple of weeks this summer and I will aproach it that way.

The "Dud"

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63293: Hey Maude!..im there for lunch...im at work now..back in a bit...SPOT

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63294: Hey Dud, I don't watch the Sopranos (I don't get HBO) but one of my favorite movies is "Moonstruck". My best friend that passed away last year was 100% Italian from Queens, New York and she taught me alot about Italians. The Italians in Moonstruck acted so much like her and I got such a kick out of that movie.

Really neat about your car dealership, Ro. We have a good friend who has a car lot and in the past, we tell him what we are looking for (always used, low mileage) and he finds it for us at auction. Has worked well for us but your deal sounds real posh!

Better go fold some clothes and get ready for drug rehab tonight. We are having an end of the year party for the girls.


APB for Charlotte, Auh2o, Merri Weather, Mary Wiggins, Mrs. Wiley, and so many others! Please come home!

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63295: Wanna hear something funny? I was looking back at the archives in December, 2004 and came across a post where Romeena is telling Alyce what Johnny Cakes are! haha...I guess we've discussed just about everything at least twice here on the porch. I read a post on December 25, 2004 by Romeena that brought tears to my eyes. It was about the church Nativity pageant and her dear husband's role as king. So, so sweet. Go back and read it if you have some extra time.


June 09, 2008 - Msg 63296:
Read the archives from over the weekend, and what a weekend, earthquakes in Greece, more China shocks, Indiana and Iowa flooding etc! What's with all the whacky weather lately that actually started with the tsunami of '04??
BOO- all that talk reminds me, there IS a place in Wisconsin called The Taylor Home Inn. It is an exact replica of the Taylor home!
So you CAN go there and sing "Down in the Valley"! ha
Go to TaylorHomeInn.com
Cool photos etc.
RO- I see that the Baptist Convention is going to look into declining baptisms etc.
Prayers for all,

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63297:
Barney: Now this will be a plain-clothes operation.
Gomer: I've got a blue suit that's pretty plain.

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63298:
Whilst Me-They is away, the mice will play!

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63299: Thanks MDC, I just took a look at that Taylor Inn site, and wow, what a great place. I only wish it were not so far away...sort of on the opposite side of the country from me. Wouldn't it be great to have a Front Porch reunion there someday, though?


June 09, 2008 - Msg 63300: Boo i have allways said i wils we could all go to mayberry days..im in there!..but being in Ga its not to far for me...have yall ate yet?..hey auh20,m-t,Rev,TOM,horatio,hazel and im with you Boo...the porch has a lot of missing setters...well prayers to all...i get off work tonight at 10....supper if yall aint ate yer will be ham sandwiches and beef stew...big maude slaw and grape fanta drinks and h20....SPOT

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63301: Hey, all. Just got home from lunch and a little shopping with Eloise. I bought 30 pair of reading glasses at the dollar store, to send with the team that's going to Mongolia in July. Wish I could go. I may try to pick up some more later, they will give away any we can send.

Tomorrow is going to be a sweet, and probably emotional day. A 90-yr old WWII veteran from Ballinger, Texas, was invited to attend the ceremony to establish an old C-47 as a war memorial in France, since he was the pilot who flew that very plane, to drop paratroopers behind enemy lines the night before D-Day. His flight log was actually found in the c#ckpit of the old plane. Most of the crew are gone now, but Capt. Moreland is still living, and was able to attend the dedication. Anyway, one of our church women has organized a group to be at the airport to greet him tomorrow when he returns. We don't know him, will likely never see him again, but it's a way to say thank you for all he did. We have patriotic t-shirts to wear, and Eloise and I bought a bunch of little flags for everyone to wave. We'll probably all bawl like babies, but who cares?

Really, Boo? We had discussed johnnycakes before? Wow, my Alzheimer's must be getting worse. Now, I do recall talking about Sewell Cadillac in the past. Can't remember just when it was, but I recall the discussion. Yep, the place is a bit posh, and the treatment of customers is above first-class. The point is, anyone could do that, and I don't understand why they don't. They don't charge any more for their cars than anyone else. I think Dud, hit it on the head - word-of-mouth advertising. They do very, very little commercial advertising. They don't have to. As I said, their stated goal is to make every customer a customer for life. Do enough of that, and you can afford to provide loaner cars and give away warm cookies. And Dud, I took your comment just as you meant it - as a compliment. When I said you pushed my button, I meant as in "now you've done it, here comes the commercial."

Well, a limb has blown down, guess I'd better go drag it around front so the trash crew can pick it up tomorrow. There's another one hanging by a thread up in the tree, wish it would fall too, so I could get it out of here. Oh well, it will come down eventually. Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63302: Correction -- I just re-read the news release about Capt. Moreland and the plane. The plane that was dedicated as a memorial is one that he flew many times, but is NOT the actual plane he flew on the night before D-Day. He was in another similar aircraft on that mission, but the plane that was dedicated was flown by someone else that night. The flight log that was found was for a lengthy period of time, and did show Capt. Moreland as pilot on numerous occasions. --Romeena

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63303: Hello to all,
Mavis- I guess you have the best rocking spot on the porch what with your senority here.
We just got back from Alaska last night . We arrived at our airport in PA with our heavy jackets still on . We got some odd looks and one person finally asked us if he was dressed wrong with his short sleeve Hawaiian shirt. Did we know something about a change in the weather coming up real quick because the temperature was in the 90's outside the terminal. It wasn't until then that we realized we could take our jackets and sweaters off.
It's fun to be on vacation but it's nice to be back home.
Boo-The Sopranos are on A&E now.
Marty from Mt. Top

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63304: Well Hey Marty!Rommena you working tonight?..i get off at 10 for a change this week..97 here in Ga...hot and dry..whew..Rev you and the misses back on the road?..TOM you got any rain?..sterling you and asa doing ok?..M-T i think you are on the road too...good to have youi back Maude...well let me get this place ready to turn over to the late night two...prayers...lets eat at Waffle House in the morning yall want to?..I will buy and Asa want have to wear shoes....SPOT

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63305:
Hello porch family......I know how hot it is....dang HOT.

Spot...man I can see that boat shinning from here.

Boo...guess I'll wait for you to finish your visit and then I'll take over the guest room. I just can't sleep with Andy.

MDC...what's the deal about the Baptist declining baptisms?

Dud....I will be in south Louisiana the end of June (New Iberia) but won't be in the northeastern part of the state (Monroe area) until October. And yes....man these gas prices are tough on the ministry. I'll be in the New England area the month of July and the gas prices up there are really high. BUT GOD IS GOOD and I will continue to serve Him with all my heart.

Ro...yep...I remember you bragging on the service at Sewell when we went out for lunch last year.

Well the Mrs and I are going to go out and get an ice cream. Anybody want to go just hop in.

If I don't get back on the porch tonight, you all have a Jesus filled night and know that you (my porch family) are in my prayers.

June 09, 2008 - Msg 63306: Hey Marty! I'd like to hear more about your Alaskan vacation.

REV, you are really somthing, you know that? It is real pleasure being your porch friend. As always, thank you for your prayers for us. Oh, maybe you could sleep with Andy if we made one of those "bundling boards" that Romeena talked about...

No ice cream for me, thanks but I'll hop in and join you for some conversation...


June 10, 2008 - Msg 63307: Can I come along? I want more than conversation, though - I want some ice cream! Actually, a root beer float sounds wonderful. My dad used to load us up on a summer evening and drive across town to the A&W Root Beer place, and we'd all get floats, in those wonderful frosted mugs. So good! --Romeena

June 10, 2008 - Msg 63308: Didn't get carried off into Oz, Spot, but thanks for the concern. Kai and I did have to go down to the basement a few times when the tornado sirens went off, but nothing came of it. They did have two touchdowns(that's not football talk;)) about 50 miles east of us, but even they were not that destructive and thankfully, no injuries.

Thankfully the storms let up early Sunday so it didn't keep a fantastic group of students, a Brass and String ensemble, from another Baptist academy from playing at the services. They were all different ages but they all played exceptionally well.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 10, 2008 - Msg 63309: Good Morning Porchers: It rained so hard last night that the House Alarm went off and the siren is so loud I bet it woke up half of the neighborhood. It was alot louder than the thunder.

REV: Good to see you doing well. I bet South La. provides you with some good stories to tell.
BOO: As was said...The SOPRANOs is on A&E. Unlike the HBO version they cut out the bad words and nudity. It is still to harsh for my Daughter & my mother to watch. I had it on one day while she was on the computer in her room and she came strolling in and I had to change channels fast. My mother always makes the comment that I don't talk like that, my friends don't talk like that, so why would I watch someone talk like that. It makes good sense, don't it?
ROMEENA: You are so correct about SEWELL's. They do not advertise on TV and radio like the others. They have an ad in Texas Monthly in each issue as well as other upscale periodicals. Texas Monthly has a great issue out about the best BBQ places in Texas. SONNY BRYAN's was not listed. I wonder why? The article talks about the spread of commercial gas smokers in Texas like Dickey's & Marshall uses. Said this will be the death knell of Texas Q.
Spot: What is for lunch? I like that new show on the Food Network, "The Neely's" They own a legendary BBQ spot in Memphis and they cook down home style.

The "Dud"

June 10, 2008 - Msg 63310: I was just watching the News Channels they said on FOX that the Clintons are grooming Chelsea for a political future. She is the only Clinton I like. The "Dud"

June 10, 2008 - Msg 63311: Hey, folks! Guess what I just found out? Floyd has been leading a double life! Not only does he have his barbershop here in town, but he works as a barber in a town called Mayfield as well, and get this - he goes by the name of Andy. He was giving Wally Cleaver a shave just this morning! I wonder how he finds the time to manage this porch, with all that going on?

I guess I'm just not a loyal Texan, but I've never been too crazy about Sonny Bryan's barbecue. For restaurant dining, I love the ribs and brisket at Spring Creek. For take-home, I like to find pokey little hole-in-the-wall places, and those are getting hard to find. There used to be a place over in deep South Dallas, looked like a converted garage, but the Q that came out of there could make you shed tears. I can't remember the name or the exact location - I never drove over there myself, the neighborhood was pretty scary - but it doesn't matter. The feller closed it up just before my husband passed away, so had to be about thirteen years ago. I think he was getting too old to work that hard anymore. Actually, my DIL's dad makes some mouth-watering smoked brisket - pretty hard to beat.

Sterling, glad you and Kai are safe. Storms are frightening sometimes. At least you have a basement. That's unheard-of around here.

Chelsea Clinton in politics? Guess it's inevitable, but I sure do hate to see those two go to work on that girl. She seems nice enough now, but by the time they get through with her..... Well, maybe she'll be strong enough to stand up to them, tell them to buzz off, and develop her own philosophy and plan for her life. Still, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. That's pretty scary.

Well, off I go. Eloise and I are meeting for lunch, then on to the church to get on the "people mover" and go to the airport to meet Capt. Moreland's plane. I'm carrying a lot of tissues! Be blessed, all. --Romeena

June 10, 2008 - Msg 63312: Well, you know how goofy Floyd can be sometimes, Ro. Maybe he was traveling through there, saw the May____ on the street sign, and thought he was home in Mayberry. Don't know why he'd call himself Andy though.;)

Have a nice time at the airport. Be sure and act like somebody.(you can even call yourself Andy if you want to)

-Sterling Holobyte

June 10, 2008 - Msg 63313: Well gang Storms went through here last night,guess I will be busy at work today at 2..Hey Rev,sterling,dud,asa,ro,boo,mavis,possum,maude...we has SOME rain for about 3 hrs last night..garden will be happy but the wind got the power lines in a mess...not real bad Miss Sherry said [she is at work now] but will have a semi busy day today getting service lines back up...no injurys heard of ...well lets have olive garden for lunch on Romeena and Eloise....well will holler from work...SPOT

June 10, 2008 - Msg 63314: ROMEENA: I know you and I think alot on the merits of SONNY BRYAN'S Q. Way overrated. I love the Spring Creek Q. My daughter loves it, and their sides..I don't know if they have a commercial smoker or not. They have wood piled outside, but I thnk it is just for show. I still love that homemade bread. It is a shame that the Texas Govenor's Mansion burned. They were installing a fire supression system at the time. I bet that the work crew was mainly illegals and they did not have the experience to install. Scott Ginsburg of Highland Park (He owned Evergreen Media broadcasting company and now owns those posh Porsche & Lamborghini dealerships in Plano Texas) had the most expensive residence in the Dallas area. He was in Europe and just about to move in to his new home and it burned. The welding crew was illegal and torched the place. When will contractors ever learn.

The "Dud"

June 10, 2008 - Msg 63315: Romeena, I wonder if Mr. Moreland is any relation to Sean's dr at Texas Children's Hospital? His name is Moreland. I have not heard that name, spelled that way very often. Anyway, I think it's really nice of you all to do what you are doing. Hope you have fun.

Well, I am off to take Erin to her cousin's house for the day and night...yipee!


June 10, 2008 - Msg 63316: Hey Dud,Boo im sure Erin will have fun..Rev is the next show?...we expect storms again here but not too bad..Hey Marty...where is mavis and possum and that hazel?..and NN,hobo,robyn,Lucy...Red..horatio,gizzmo....Asa lets you and I treat for supper..I will cook and you serve...MENU:Grilled ribeye steaks,grilled lobster tails with garlic butter,grilled corn,green beans,sliced onion,salad all the way,baked taters all the way,sweet tea,water,A-1 sauce,whitchesteeres sauce..texas toast..Asa forks go on the left I think...ready at 7:00 est...Rev look for the truck!..Maude whup up some slaw girl!...SPOT

June 10, 2008 - Msg 63317:
REV- I had read that in our paper, that at the upcoming Baptist convention they were going to discuss their declining baptisms. With all the wacky stuff going on, you'd think people would be seeking God MORE!
Prayers for HM and Sterling with their jobs.
Advice to all: If you spill bacon grease behind the stove, do not try to pick up said stove to clean up the grease, like Clara did, or you'll be walking crooked too! Saw that ep last night.
Amanda, Lavidia, Roemary, Blanche and all the other great prospects for Andy! haha
have a good evening,

June 10, 2008 - Msg 63318:
Hello porch family...another hot day.

All this talk about Spring Creek is making me hungry. I've eaten there a few times while in the Arlington area. It was great. There's a BBQ chain here called Buddy's so I think the Mrs and I will head over there.

Spot....hope you don't have a mess when you get to work.

I'll check back later. Prayers for all the porch family.

June 10, 2008 - Msg 63319:
Hey there MDC and Spot. Didn't see ya there.

MDC...after I read your post I googled the Southern Baptist covention and read up on it. A lot of things going on in the sbc and some of the folks aren't too happy about it.

Spot....next concert is tomorrow night and then this weekend.

Be blessed

June 10, 2008 - Msg 63320: BOO You just might enjoy the cool Summer temperatures in Alaska. We flew to Seattle and got on a crusie ship to Glacier Bay, Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan in Alaska and Victoria in Canada. The weather was nice and cool with frequent light rains. Overnight dipped into the 40's and daytime reached the 50's. It was very comfortable with a rain jacket, sweater and hat. The upper parts of the mountains were snow covered and there were many glaciers. Looks a lot like the Alps. Some upper elevation lakes were still frozen over. Typical Alaska Summer in the panhandle. This coast is a temperate rainforest extending down to the United States. The barbeque we went to (Salmon Bake) in Sitka was a bit colder than most barbeques, and for those not used to 50 degree outdoor eating they have gas heaters to warm up those who find the cool dampness uncomfortable.
SPOT They served all you can eat- baked salmon, bbq ribs and chicken , slaw, fries and blueberry cake for desert. The cool air was quite invigorating.
Romeena I caught that episode of LITB(Floyd as a barber in Mayfield using Andy's name) this afternoon. One of my favorites.
Marty from Mt. Top

June 10, 2008 - Msg 63321:
MMMgood!thanks marty
"Ole kind behind the eyes Barney."

June 10, 2008 - Msg 63322: Evenin to you MDC. Looking like a slow quiet evening on the front porch.

June 10, 2008 - Msg 63323: Thank you very much for telling us more about your vacation, Marty. It sounds really wonderful...those temperatures are what I call perfect and I would have enjoyed it (not to mention the beautiful scenery). My parents took a trip to the places you mentioned several years ago and got some beautiful pictures. Maybe someday I will make it that far north.

Did anyone else catch the "Me-They" episode on TVLand tonight? Made me miss by little cyber-brother. Hope he and the family are having a great vacation.

Hello to MMM..


June 10, 2008 - Msg 63324: Good evening, everyone. We had a wonderful time at the airport. Capt. Moreland was a charming old gentleman, not exactly feeble but they did bring him out of customs in a wheelchair. I imagine it was a pretty tiring trip for a 90-yr old man. He was very gracious to us, and seemed to appreciate the welcome we offered. He even autographed my little flag! Very kind.

At the constant urging of a friend, and the occasional suggestion of other friends, I'm considering setting up a blog. I suppose it would be one of thoee free-range things, no particular topic or subject restrictions. It would probably include everything from what's blooming in the yard today and how the squirrels are behaving, through a reprise of the Mongolia journals, to occasional political musings, and could even include things like the story of our little airport adventure today. Do you think such a thing would garner any readership? I would thoroughly enjoy doing it, but there wouldn't be much point if no one reads it. Just wondering...

Well, guess I'll do as little Starr has been requesting, and head for bed. I declare, that puppy does keep an early bedtime. Probably good for me, as I tend to stay up much too late.

Goodnight, and be blessed, friends. --Romeena

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63325: Mornng porch, just checking in for a minute before I get started at work.

Had a busy week even though the kids are away. One of my college friends lost her mother so I went to the visitation last night and then to dinner with 2 other long time friends. Probably needed to stay home and do laundry or clean something but ....

We did talk to my son last night and he said it was HOT in Memphis and he is doing roofing for the church. They were attending a baseball game last night so I guess they are having some fun as they go.

Lunch will be: Olive garden my treat. see you there

Prayers and blessings
Big Maude

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63326: I just love Olive Garden, Big Maude. Thanks! I'll get my favorite - fettucini Alfredo and salad.

Don't worry about your son. I'm sure he's working very hard - roofing is one of the toughest jobs around - but you can bet young men will take time out to have a little fun, too. A baseball game on a summer evening sounds wonderful.

I've got to get out in the yard with my camera. That big old hibiscus has at least eight blooms on it, and they're about 10" across, just gorgeous. They'll strt to wilt a bit in the heat later, so I need go get their picture while they're fresh. Amazing flowers. Be blessed, all -- Romeena

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63327: Good Morning everyone:

What is for lunch today.
Took the Girlfriend out last night to the Warehouse Rest. on the banks of the Ouachita River. I love this place and usually it is packed and you have to wait for a table on weekends. Even though it was a Tuesday night their business was slow. The economy. The waiter said his tips were slow also. Had a great meal and watched the water go by. Thank goodness our river is not above flood stage like in Iowa. Usually we are the ones who flood. It looks like La. dodged a bullet this spring.

Marty from Mt. Top: My parents took the same trip on that cruise line in Alaska and the had the best time. My rich relatives from Texarkana had one of their employees drive their RV to Seattle. They and my parents flew to Wash. Got in the RV and drove to Alaska to meet the boat. I am glad my Dad traveled alot before he died.

The "Dud"

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63328: BIG MAUDE: I will meet you at the Olive Garden. I think I will have an Italian Salad and the Spaghetti and Meatballs and to watch my weight of course a diet drink.

The "Dud"

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63329: Romeena, I think if anyone should have set up a blog, you should. My only hesitation is that you might spend less time sharing your opinions on the porch, and that would be a shame. If you set one up, though, I will certainly be a faithful reader and contributor.

Hey Maude, you can bet it is hot in Memphis at this time of year, poor kid roofing in this heat!

DAD, traveling is all my dad looks forward to anymore. He doesn't get to take many trips these days but he is leaving for a road trip to California next week. I have 2 brothers in California and one is flying down to drive Dad back. Dad does NOT want to fly because it is the drive that he enjoys most. After he is out there a couple of weeks, my other brother is going to drive him back. He is thrilled about it because he will be traveling and spending quality time with both boys (I say boys but they are 59 and 61). I think they will have a great time and I wish I was free to go along.

By the way, SPOT, that dinner you made us last night was the best yet! Thanks.


June 11, 2008 - Msg 63330: That was supposed to be "DUD", not DAD of course!


June 11, 2008 - Msg 63331: Hi All.
Thank You heavenly father
For wee blessings everywhere,
The sweet aro of the purple lilac
And the lily white and fair.
Tiny hummingbirds and chirping sparrows,
Morning dew sparkling on a rose,
A creek trickling in the forest-
It's a wonder of how it flows!
The laughter of a child at play,
A sip of warm, chamomile tea,
A smile, a friendly nod, a chuckle,
A march kite twirling wild and free.
Each descending raindrop
That splashes upon the ground,
A trumpet swan squawking-
Such a noisy, boisterous sound,
Oh, thank You glorious Creator
For butterflies that flit about,
For acorns and twinkling stars-You exist I haven't any doubt.
praise You God in heaven
For all You've done for me,
From blessings of the greatest magnitude
To realms as small as wee.


June 11, 2008 - Msg 63332: I am glad that the Wind-fall tax bill that the Democrats were pushing for was defeated in Congress. I do not like the executive pay that companies give to the upper echelon. The oil companies will just raise prices and probably give themselves a raise with the pretense of they are going to tax us anyway. The French are rioting about prices, can they blame the oil companies for this? The windfall tax is only going to cover the top 5 companies in the USA. I read a great article yesterday about the RISK TAX that oil companies use to compute expenses. We get 14% of our imported oil from Nigeria and Shell-Exxon pay bribes, protection money and have to build small towns for their workers to live in. The age of easy oil is no longer. We have to allow the companies to drill, offshore, Alaska etc.... Try building a green house and the costs are astronomical...allow drilling like La. and Tx. Then Tax and benefit the states consumers...\

The "Dud"

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63333: I think I am going to make a run to Captain Avery's Seafood Market. They are just a mile away. I am gonna get some 40lb sacks of crawfish, some 15 count shrimp and Andouille Sausage. Will have boiled crawfish, shrimp and Gumbo. New Orleans Garlic French Bread and some German Potato Salade. Everyone is welcome and it will be on the Porch.

For the TAGS benefit. One of my best friends here in Monroe has a Gay brother who lived with Jim Nabors at his Macademian Plantation in Hawaii. He is a hair dresser who now owns a shop in Dallas. He has nothng but good things to say about Jim. I think he was more of a houseguest than the other. He styled Jim's hair and this was before the liver transplant.

The "Dud"

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63334: BIG MAUDE: I will bring a steam cleaner to get rid of the partially eaten mud-bugs and fixens, I don't want to contaminate the Porch.

The "Dud"

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63335:
(huge inhale)Me-they, me-they, me-they, meee-theeeeyyyy. Nothin like a little voice exercise to get my mornin' off to a good start.

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63336: "She is Beautiful"

A hundred feet high she waves her flag proud,
Her crown, how it sparkles, is seen all around.
She stands so majestick up there in the air,
But look below her frame, you might get a scare.
There are things missing and things that shouldn't be there,
Like braces and pins and a roughneck's long hair.

She drills through the earth all day and all night,
Never complaning, she works with all her might,
They wash and they bathe and keep her very clean.
They bring her a drink filled with water and lime,
In hopes that she will hit bottom in time.

The sub is her body, with no se@y curves,
Come along for the ride, if you got the nerve.
Her perfume, it reeks of diesel and smoke,
Take a big whiff, and you might get choked.
Her voice will carry over the hills and the dunes,
She growls and she moans all night at the moon.

To be on top, you must have nerves of steel,
But to a derrick hand, it is no big deal.
The next time you see her alone in the pasture,
Just remember, only the driller makes her go faster.

"A Poem from Texas Onshore Oilfield Worker, Joe Wayland."

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63337: Message #63336 was from The "Dud"

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63338: I know I seem to be pro-oil comany. But I know many people who live in the Oil & Gas Patch. They work hard and it is some of the best paying jobs in America. I know workers, Production Company Owners and Yes, I was smart and invested in the Oil and Gas Industry, when the barrel price was 15$ to 20$. I do not want all of America to be dead because of this oil crisis. Having ties to this industry I knew where to put my money into certain investments. Do not hate us who profit over this crisis, this is a global, not a national thing. Take Care All, Crawfish Tonite.

The "The Dud"

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63339: DUD -YOU ARE MAKING ME SICK

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63340:
To 63339-- we have a habit here of signing our posts. Dud is expressing his opinions, and he is talking about a very difficult but very needed job. You may remember Red Adair who was so well known for putting out oil well fires. It's people like you, me and him who helped make this country.
Sorry Dud, not sure who posted that, but you are welcome here.

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63341:
Well, I think I need a little Otis pick-me-up this afternoon, not the "special occasions" kind, but the kind that Andy fixed for him in the jail cell! ha

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63342: Yer welcome Boo for supper last night..hey Dud im about mudbuged out think I will throw some burgers on the grill chips and big maude slaw for me tonight..hey Ro,possum,Rev,MDC...where is that asa and mavis?...well been cutting trees all day today...got to do some brush clean up...back in a bit...prayers...[rare burger for you Romeena]...and cheese....SPOT

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63343: Afternoon Y'all. Sorry I haven't been on the Porch much.Spot,I didn't mean to go off and make you the only "critter" on the Porch!
Just been feeling blue-for different reasons.Main one being that a dear friend of mine just lost her 11 year old granddaughter in a car accident.I am hurting for her so much because I know she loved her grandchild like I love my Laci. "Miss" Ann,(my friend) asked for prayers-she's a good Christian lady,so if you would,please keep the Adams' in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you friends.
I'll be rockin' again soon.Love to all!
possum under a rock

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63344: Hey, all. Just passing through - on my way to work tonight. Wish I didn't have to go, but I do, so I may as well grin and get after it. Poor little Starr will be a sad puppy, but she'll get over it when I get home.

You all be nice, and be kind to one another now. Be blessed. --Romeena

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63345: That's just terrible, Possum. Prayers for your friend and her family (and you). I had a friend several years ago that lost her 11 yr old daughter in a car accident and the pain of that is still very real to my memory. God help them and thank you for allowing us the opportunity to pray for them.


June 11, 2008 - Msg 63346: Hello The "Dud" We are always glad to get a little different perspective on the world. Gives one something to think about. Keeps us from getting that mob attitude. Glad your parents enjoyed that vacation like we did. Sorry your dad is no longer with his family, he must have had many enjoyable experiences during his time here.
Hello to possum under a rock I pray your friend Ann can receive comfort from the Lord.
Romeena Don't know what might interest others. For me it is usually somthing specific such as Mongolia in your case - I read a neat novel by Rita Richie when I was about 12. The story took place along the spice route , Samarkand to The land of the Great Khan and his Golden Hawks.Since then, I have a special regard for Mongolia. In other cases I had short lived interests in various blogs such as a lady world traveler who did a trip to the Walton's museum in Virginia and another with students traveling to the Antarctic. When I read those specific parts, I lost interest in their blogs. Maybe others found those blogs with their specific interests in other areas. If I spread myself too thin then I won't have time for TAGSRWC site.
Marty from Mt. Top

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63347:
Possum, prayers for all involved. So many things happening in the world today. Keep the faith and hang in there.

June 11, 2008 - Msg 63348: prayers Miss Possum..hey marty..Romeena dont work to hard and take a burger with ya..well storms came through again but everything a-ok...let me get the tiller put up and Otis and Opie fed.."bea:but the meat will thaw out:"Andy:not if ya keep the lid closed CALL THE MAN"...SPOT