January 30, 2009 - Msg 69880: Hello folks. Thanks to Sterling Holobyte, Boo, Romeena, Me-They and AFD for welcoming my back. If I overlooked anyone, I apologize.

Me-They, sorry to hear about your long-term employment uncertainty. I will add you to my prayer list.
I also lost my long-term job years ago and I'm apparently over-qualified (too old) to be hired (even in the same field). So that is why I switched to self-employment. My boss assures me I won't lose this job (though my pay may fluctuate).

Spot, since you didn't have time to cook, I've got some Canadian poutine left over. Roll over and play dead, and I'll give you some.

Boo, so sorry to hear about Matt. I will add him to my prayer list.

Hey Rev. I was just listening to some of your CD's. They inspired me to pull out my guitar and play along. Now if I could only sing half as good as you do.

Romeena, I'll also add Dale's brother to my prayer list. You think going bowling shortly after experiencing chest pains is craxy, a 70 year old relative of mine shoveled snow one month after a heart bypass operation.

Tom, you had rain, snow, cold and ice? Yikes! I'm glad I am not there where you live. And don't send me any of your snow. We have plenty of it up here in Canada.

possum, sorry to hear about Kim. I will also add her to my prayers list.
Are you having a booting up problem? Does your computer freeze at certain points during booting up? I recently had this and I traced it to a defective hard drive. If you can identify the manufacturer of your hard drive, they might have a diagnostic program you can download to test your hard drive. Can you provide more details or symptoms?

Sterling Holobyte, I have ccleaner on my computers and use it about twice a month. I am surprised how much garbage it detects and removes from my registry.

from Poor Horatio.

January 30, 2009 - Msg 69881: As they used to announce aboard the Navy ship I served on, "Sweepers sweepers, man your brooms. Sweep down all decks and passageways. The fantail is open. Now sweepers!"
Look like I made a clean sweep!

from Poor Horatio

January 30, 2009 - Msg 69882: Hey Horatio what is "Canadian Poutine"?..never shot one of those critters down here in the south!..but if you shoot it skin it and get possum to cook it! I will eat it!...did not go read the other page before posting...will go now......SPOT

January 30, 2009 - Msg 69883:
Hello porch family....pretty chilly here in SC. May even get some ice next week.

Spot....I'm sure you don't want to see any ice on your lines.

Ro.....prayers for your BIL. He better take care of himself. "Grits for brains".....I like that!

Boo....so glad Matt is doing better. Still praying.

PH....that brings back some memories from my Navy days.

Well I have my little grandpuppy with me for the weekend. He's just sitting here on my lap looking up at me as if to say, "Pappy let's go to bed."
You all have a great night and remember to keep Jesus first and you will always finish ahead.
Prayers for all the porch family!

January 31, 2009 - Msg 69884: Yes, "Grits for brains" might just be my new favorite insult...I'll use it where it applies. Thank you for the prayers REV and Poor Horatio. It certainly is wonderful having you guys back on the porch.

I just finished watching a documentary on the History channel called, "Roman Vice"...anyone else see it. Ancient Roman history has always fascinated me and it never amazes me how wicked people could be in those days. Most of those emperors were a wicked lot. This documentary went into detail of the coliseums and persecution of early Christianity. As horrible as it was, the documentary pointed out how it was the very things Nero did to Christians that led to his downfall and he caused more people to convert to Christianity. Up until Nero's persecutions, Christians made up a small, rather secretive group and not alot was known about them. That changed with Nero. Isn't it amazing how God shows His power by making a fool out of those like Nero, who would seek to kill the truth? God is amazing! I really love Him.

Better go to bed now!


January 31, 2009 - Msg 69885: that's supposed to be, "never ceases to amaze me..."


January 31, 2009 - Msg 69886: Brother Rev we are keeping our fingers crossed for no big ice storm...e will know more in a couple of days..good morning Boo,possum,Romeena,Tom,Lucy,hazel,auh2o,MDC,AFD and all...god sat morning breakfast menu:3 eggs your way,flapjacks with maple syurp,strawberrys,sausage links,oj,coffee...take your time I will cook to order...prayers to all...3 16 hr shifts in a row...over at 6am...I need a break!..gona sleep late today...then barn work and back at 6am in the morning for 12 hr OT....SPOT

January 31, 2009 - Msg 69887: thats "Good" above..fat tired paws..

January 31, 2009 - Msg 69888: Spot,I ain't cooking nothing called "Poutine"! Sounds about as bad as Christopher Walken! You cook it yourself! What IS it,by the way?
Hi Poor Horatio- Took me 4 tries to get it to boot up just now. I have Windows XP-not sure about hard drive info-my nephew took my computer with him to Atlanta,where he lives,a few years back,after it crashed. He put a new hard drive in (I think) & this Windows XP.I don't have a disk or anything.I really don't know WHAT he did,to be honest,but he got it running again! If you are familiar with Windows XP,the screen comes up with a bar with blue lines that move across while it's booting up. Sometimes the blue lines just stop moving-freeze up,sometimes they don't even show up on the bar. I have to press the restart button,let it try again.It may or may not start the next time,or it will do the same thing,so I restart it again.Once I get on-no problem. I will try to see if I can find info on my computer's hard drive.And I will be putting Norton antivirus software on it later tonight.Hoping it's not the hard drive,but a virus or something like that.Thanks for your take on things,and the prayers for my cousin. Thanks to all who are praying for her as well.
Boo,when I read your post about MIL moving out,the song "Celebration" by Kool & the Gang ran thru my head! Yah Hoo! Ha! I know you are happy!
Glad to hear the latest on Jubi & Matt. Thank the Lord.
By the way,I decided who I ought to "run with"-MDC or Spot. I chose Spot (sorry MDC) because he's planning on getting him a suit like the one Vinny wore to court in "My Cousin Vinny"-ain't that right,Spot? At least that's what I heard- Ha!
Unless MDC can come up with something spiffier,I would rather be seen running with Spot,the YOUT in the SUIT! LOL
Y'all have a good day!
possum under a rock

January 31, 2009 - Msg 69889: Possum I dont know WHAT Poutine is!..I dont know if you club it or shoot it!..and I think I want a purple suit...Morning slow porch!..I just got up and gona get outside in the cool and get busy...any lunch?...SPOT

January 31, 2009 - Msg 69890: hey gang , hope everyones well .I finished a project the other day ,fencing in my front yard for our dog ,so he can get lots of exercise and not bother our neighbors .Fence post , about 50 ,are hard digging,put up about 350 ft of kennel wire,couldnt afford chain link .Hope everyone enjoys the superbowl tommorrow ,prayers for all in need

January 31, 2009 - Msg 69891: Afternoon Porch! Ya'll are cracking me up! First Poor Horatio comes along and offers Spot something to eat then Spot goes on trying to find out whether you "club it or shoot it" LOL My first thought when PH wrote Canadian Poutine was my grandmother teasing us when we were little saying Puddintame, ask me again & I'll tell you the same So since I didn't know what the heck it was either, I looked it up, here ya go Spot & possum http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poutine now we all know what it is. If it's all the same to you Poor Horatio I believe I'll just let it slide on by, thank you anyway, but the cheese curds got to me. I mean don't get me wrong, I'll try just about anything, but don't much care for cheese curds. :)
later taters

January 31, 2009 - Msg 69892: Oh my Mavis I will just take a chili dog and fries....thank you SPOT

January 31, 2009 - Msg 69893: Ha! I think I'd leave off those cheese curds too- can I just get the fries and gravy? I doubt we can talk Big Maude into making slaw to go with Poutine though! LOL Mavis,thanks for finding out what it is.Glad Spot doesn't have to go out & "club or shoot" anything! Maybe shoot those cheese curds off of it and it'll be good to go!
Spot,I'm gonna find ya that "Cousin Vinny" suit before this year is over! Then we'll go over to the picture show in Mt. Pilot and if you get bored with watching the movie,you can get up and help the ushers! Ha! Purple will look good on ya!
Still trying to tackle the computer problem. I found a way to go into the computer & check the hard drive-did that & no errors showed up,so that's good. Gotta get this good antivirus on here and should be ok.
Ok, better get back to my computer fixin- y'all don't overindulge on that POUTINE now!
possum again

January 31, 2009 - Msg 69894: Hey Possum, I heard from Matt's wife today and they were able to get him off the respirator and extubate him, so he is doing great. Thank you all for your prayers! That is a really big improvement from just the day before yesterday! :) :)

Yes, I am singing "Celebrate"! MIL is in her own apartment and probably sitting on her couch, surrounded by mountains of boxes FULL of stuff that she will never find room for. I don't know what she is going to do. I am pretty tired, and poor Bruce just limped to the shower holding his back. He and I, and his brother and his wife did everything (well, Sean helped, too). I don't even know how many boxes I loaded and unloaded, and then helped with some of the furniture. I am going to be sore tomorrow. We started at around 9 this morning and it took 7 or 8 hours to finish up completely!

Better kick back for awhile.


January 31, 2009 - Msg 69895: Here Boo,you sit back and relax. We have a big plate of POUTINE (with extra cheese curds) for you! Yum Yum!
Hope you're not too sore tomorrow. Maybe take an Aleve,hot bath or something-that may ward it off a bit. I get like that the next day too.
"Wonder what causes that?"
Great news on Matt-thanks for letting us know. Will be praying for even better news!
Have a good evening-love to all.
possum again

January 31, 2009 - Msg 69896: Good afternoon, porch. Poor Horatio, you just ignore all these ignoramusses and their comments about poutine. I've never tasted it, but given the opportunity, I most definitely would. What's the big problem with cheese curds? Don't you people eat cottage cheese? Don't you eat pizza with big thick globs of cheese sliding around on it? I love cheese in any form, any way I can get it. Admittedly, I'd never have imagined putting globs of cheese on fries and then putting brown gravy on it, but hey, don't knock it 'til you've tried it! There are a lot of great things to eat in this world, but you've gotta be willing to try. Now, I'm not eating no bugs or spiders, mind you, but a few friendly little french fries with some cheese and gravy? Sure, I'll try it, and will probably love it! Besides, nothing has to get shot or clubbed in order to make it, and that's gotta be a good thing!

REV, I'm glad little Jake is there this weekend. I know how much you love that little feller - enjoy him! Aren't pets wonderful?

Boo, I'm so happy for you and your family, now that you have your living space back to a semblance of normal again. Do you think MIL will be okay all by herself, or will she get lonely and try to migrate back?

Well, I came in this morning from a VERY long and boring night at work, met with Ted regarding an electrical problem out back, and finally made it to bed about 11:00. I thought I set my clock, but failed to pull the little alarm button out far enough, so when I woke up at 4:20, I knew I had slept through my appointment for a haircut, and also missed a phone call from my granddaughter. Oh well. I'll call her tonight, and as for my hair, I guess I'll just "fluff it up and go" in the morning. That might be difficult, though. My hair reaches a certain length, from one day to the next, and at that length it's just impossible. It insists on parting off into two big clumps on top, and I look like Peter Rabbit. An old, gray-haired Peter Rabbit. Oh well, who cares? Not I.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

January 31, 2009 - Msg 69897: Possum its a date for the picture show when you find me a suit...but we are going to the diner for the special..No Curds..NOT Poutine!...oh my...Romeena dont work to hard...I go in at 6am in the morning..lets let Asa try Poutine!..he will eat anything!...SPOT

January 31, 2009 - Msg 69898: Well, Romeena, I'll bet it's better than that mare's milk you had to drink in Mongolia. What was that called again?

Ro, here is something funny about MIL...she had not been in the apartment for 2 hours before she was calling to tell me something about the "man who lives next door". My MIL lonely?...never! :) She will fine, but if not, we are just down the road. I sure miss Gizzy already! The senior complex she moved to seems friendly with lots of activities. I think it will be hard to even find her, once she settles in and starts making friends. The last time she lived in apartments for seniors, she was so busy we hardly ever saw her and she was never available to spend time with the kids.

I wanna go to the picture show, too, SPOT. I'm real fun and I take off on Cary Grant and can sew up my fingers.

If you can believe it, it's 8pm and I am making a big pot of chili for the church supper tomorrow afternoon. It will be a fundraiser for the women's ministry and they are having chili...something happened and I felt my arm going up when they asked for volunteers...(idiot).


January 31, 2009 - Msg 69899: A bunch of women sitting around and eating chili? Sounds like a musical tomorrow night under the stars. Hope there's a breeze. :)


January 31, 2009 - Msg 69900: Wow, the whole first of my post ain't there. What happened? It was some good stuff too.
Oh well, y'all are in my prayers.


January 31, 2009 - Msg 69901: Just reading some of the archives. Sorry about your Grandma AFD. I pray she has a peaceful passing.


January 31, 2009 - Msg 69902: Oh you guys are terrible! Poor Horatio was being nice & even though I said I didn't care for cheese curds, I DID say I would try just about anything. I would be willing to try it as long as those curds weren't bleu cheese. Asa did the censor get you maybe? Or wait, I bet it was the Count.

January 31, 2009 - Msg 69903: Hey Mavis, have you heard from the previous owner and has she come to visit her husband?

Hey, ASA, worse than that...the whole church will be eating chili...or a large percentage of it. Then, we will have the quarterly business meeting after...that's when it could get interesting :(

Wish I could think of something fun to do besides a quote-a-thon. Anybody got any ideas? What about sharing what our favorite TAGS episodes are?

I just thought of something (as I sit her exhausted and feeling disoriented from that exhaustion), when I get my house built and have to move again, it will probably be in August or September in 95 degree weather! After having moved my mother-in-law five times now, I was think I would get a break for awhile, but I guess not.

Better go while I am still making a little sense (I think).

Who's goin' to preachin' with me? I got 2 spaces left in the suburban..someone will have to sit in the backseat in the middle, though.


January 31, 2009 - Msg 69904: ...oh, and you will be sitting with some slumped-over teenaged boys (for real)...


January 31, 2009 - Msg 69905: Boo hun you can hang on my other arm going to the picture show!..Wow..May just wear my salt-n-pepper!...are you and possum "Fun Girls" ha ha..Asa you are a toot{sorry)hoot talking about those women eating chili..oh-my..Im laughing out loud...SPOT

January 31, 2009 - Msg 69906: Hello everyone.

Gosh Mavis, looking at the pictures in your Poutine link got my mouth drooling.
Don't let those cheese curds scare you folks. Some places substitute processed or melted cheese.

Spot, too bad you are passing up on my offer. I gathered enough loonies and toonies just to get you that poutine. Now I am sounding like a foreigner.

possum, your computer symptoms are exactly like what my desktop has. I also am still using Windows XP. I took the desktop in today for some free warranty repair. I told them that I suspect the hard drive. I will keep you advised on what they find.

Romeena, thank you for your support of poutine. What's wrong with the rest of you folks, eh?
Gee, I'm sounding more like a Canadian everyday! "eh" is the way Canadians end their sentences with a question. LOL

What I find surprising up here in Canada is that there are still many homes lighting up their outdoor Christmas lights at night. And some streets in commercial areas still have outdoor Christmas lights on the lamp posts lit up at night.

Boo, I'll go to preachin' with you if you bring along some of that chili (yum-yum ... me love chili). I could spread some of it over my poutine.

from Poor Horatio

February 01, 2009 - Msg 69907: Well, Poor Horatio, I think that's just fine that some folks still have their Christmas lights up. I would still have mine, except by now I'd be the only house on the street, probably the only one in town, and people would be looking at me funny, or sending someone by to make sure I'm still alive. My tree is still up, though. No one can see it but me unless they come in the house, and I'm still enjoying it, so what's the hurry? It's pretty, the light is soft and warm, little Starr sits and gazes at it now and then, and so do I. One day soon, I'll get a sudden urge to take it down, and then I will, but meantime, I'm just enjoying it. That's one thing about living alone - you can do things according to your own timetable, you don't have to consider anyone else. However, in this case, Dale would not have pressured me to take the tree down, he enjoyed it as much as I do.

I'd like to know more about those cheese curds. What are they like? Big lumps of cottage cheese? They look a bit more solid and smooth than cottage cheese. Are they by chance a goat cheese? And Mavis, I would like them even if they were bleu cheese, because I love bleu. Roquefort, Stilton, whatever - any of the bleu cheeses, the riper the better. Yum! I've been known to put a piece of Stilton in my mouth and just let it melt slowly. Perhaps that's why I was able to drink some of the airag in Mongolia without just dying down dead. It was strong, it was rank and gamey, and it kicked like a mule, but I managed.

Well, guess I'd better get to bed - preachin' will come early in the morning, and I still have to deal with this shaggy, unruly hair. Maybe I'll wear a long skirt, clip an earring on my nose, wrap a scarf around my head, and give everyone at church something to talk about besides my hair! (heehee)

Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

February 01, 2009 - Msg 69908: Wow, I wish people still had Christmas lights up down here! I would love that. I think the saddest part of Christmas being over, is seeing the lights come down, PH...by the way, I will pick you up for preachin' and I'll bring some chili with me.

Yes, SPOT, Possum and I are fungirls, so how about you take us to Yancey to the Gigolo Club for the floor show?

Yep, Peter Rabbit, they would talk alright.

What on earth am I doing up at 4am? I don't know why I have been waking up at 4 and then can't go back to sleep. That is way too early for a Sunday morning, but it sure is nice and quiet this morning without MIL making her coffee and forcefully clearing her throat every five minutes...hehe.


February 01, 2009 - Msg 69909: My goodness, Boo. you have been dealing with some irritations, haven't you? As is so often the case, it appears it's not one specific big thing, just an accumulation of little things, none of them serious on their own, but all together - wow! It's hard for families who have previously lived independently to blend, and especially when you're in a small space as y'all were. I think it's a testimony to forbearance that no one was killed!

The kitchen sink was clogged last night, finally drained out, but very slowly. I'm just hoping the clog is in the lines on that side of the house, and not in the main line out front. If it's in the main, then my shower is going to be clogged too. That's probably where it is, though. I have to have it cleared out about once a year, and it's time. The pipes are old, probably cracked, and little tree roots get in. Once in, they grow into a huge mass and must be cleared out. Costs about $80. To have the pipes replaced would run $1000-1500, and make a huge mess out front, possibly damaging a tree because of the large roots that would be cut to get to the pipes. Seems to me I can spend $80 a year for about the next 10-15 years and come out ahead of the game. So, a call to the plumber in the morning is in order. Now I've got to try out that shower, because I sure can't go to preachin' like this!

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

February 01, 2009 - Msg 69910: Horatio Christmas lights?..Boo its a Yancey Gigolo Club date for us and possum next sat night...I will vacume my truck seat covers so"s ya want get dog hairs on yer dresses!..hee hee..Romeena how was work?..Im trying to keep the Church lights on..Getting ready to watch Joel Osteen I think...well its super Bowl day!Go Cards..Im getting off an hr early today at 5 to head home ..Miss Sherry and some friends are coming over to watch it..hot wings and pizza..well to the tube!..prayers...SPOT

February 01, 2009 - Msg 69911: Call Roter Rooter that's the name, and away go troubles down the drain. :)
Poor Lydia has bad tires, and Romeena has cracked sewer pipes. Ain't that life though, thru and thru? hee hee hee (sorry Ro, don't mean to make light of your situation) Glad they can get your drains flowing for that price.
I can't help but think of poor homemaker. Here she has 2,000 pounds of steel reinforced concrete she's sitting on, and as of last report has yet been able to put it to the test. That's gotta be frustrating.

Boo, you sure do keep some odd hours. Maybe your subconsious told you to get up early so's you could enjoy not hearing your MIL's throat clearing. That has to be a blessing. And as far as that quarterly meeting after the chili eatin... y'all are braver than me. Meet first, eat last is my rule of thumb when concerning chili. :)


February 01, 2009 - Msg 69912: I appreciate you keeping me informed on computer things,poor Horatio. Ok,I guess I will eat your cheese curds! Ha!
Boo,you think we can get MDC to run with Miss Sherry while we're out running with Spot next Sat. night?! Spot might be the one getting clubbed or shot at if he's not careful! And I think Miss Sherry could take us,even though we outnumber her!
Gotta go-y'all take care!
possum under a rock

February 01, 2009 - Msg 69913: She will be working possum ;).ha ha...After Church lunch:Beef pot roast,those little pearl onions,carrots,red taters,black eyed peas,mac-n-cheese,cornbread,sweet tea Maude slaw(if we can find her)spread in the fellowship hall!...SPOT

February 01, 2009 - Msg 69914: HI ALL.

February 01, 2009 - Msg 69915: Hey Spot, can I go with you to Morellie's one night? I'll even wear my dangly earrings. Well, gettin ready to watch the Superbowl, Go Steelers!-ky girl

February 01, 2009 - Msg 69916:
GO CARDS!!! Ha, hey to KYgirl (:

February 01, 2009 - Msg 69917: Boy being single is cool on the porch!...sure ky!..and we want go dutch its on me!..but one thing ky girl GO CARDS!..we have wings and pizza...yall come on...SPOT

February 01, 2009 - Msg 69918: Hello everyone.

I did more research about poutine and learned some interesting facts. The french fries are supposed to be fried in lard, nothing low-fat. The cheese curds come from real white cheddar cheese. No wonder poutine is also known as "a heart attack in a bowl".
To make cheese, rennet, an enzyme complex produced in the stomach of all mammals, is mixed with milk. This causes the rennin active enzyme in rennet to separate into solid chunks (curds). After the curds have formed, they are drained and pressed to separate them from the whey. These dried curds are used in poutine. Other curds, that are only partially drained of whey, become cottage cheese.
So if you like cottage cheese, you should also like cheese curds.

And for you folks who don't want any of my poutine, how about some timbits, or scrunchins, or newfie screech, or smarties, or our infamous bugger-in-a-bag?

Am I the only person here not interested in the Super Bowl and all the hype?

from Poor Horatio

February 01, 2009 - Msg 69919:
Hey Folks

Poor Horatio-Good to see ya on the Porch. I think of ya as one of my Northern Porch neighbors.

Speaking of Northern neighbors has anyone ever had problems with "ice dams" on their roofs. We have about 3 feet of snow on our roof and we are get a bit of ice build up. We must have a bit heat loss some where. However, we have had a lot of construction going on this winter so that could also be the culprit.

Spot-You asked the other day if I saw "Panic Room", ya know, I have. I enjoyed it. Jodie Foster is a pretty good actress.

Romeena- I believe cheese curds are whey that separates from the cream when cheese is being made. They taste great, kinda like mozzarella, I think.

Any info about the "ice dams" would be great. Asa, you must have battled those before.


February 01, 2009 - Msg 69920:
Oh, Hey there PH


February 01, 2009 - Msg 69921: Poor Horatio, I need a little more info on those foods before I say yes.Want to let us know what all those are, or, are they all the same thing?O.k. Spot, sounds good, I'll have on my dangly earrings and a pretty new dress from Weavers dept. store. Back to the game, see you all in a bit-ky girl

February 01, 2009 - Msg 69922: PH - good to see you!
Actually, good to see everyone! Sorry for my long absence but my computer has the frizzies so it is hard to find open computers that will allow access to the porch.

The house is at a standstill due to the weather - we had about 15 inches last week and a half inch of ice. Not as bad as some - we didn't lose power and had plenty of wood to keep us warm. All we lack on the house is the drywall inside to be completed and then the perimeter block and drains. Then my lovely husband and I get to paint on the waterproof coat on the block and backfill. I bet you can't guess who gets the shovel and who rides the tractor for the backfill!

Casey is busy planning his poultry adventure. He will be raising some more chickens for eggs, for slaughter and to sell. He has already been approached for a summer job at an organic farm nearby. They raise meat goats and they know he knows his stuff. So he will be help to them and gain some valuable experience and cash too! We are trying to become more self-sufficient so a garden, chickens and a couple of calves to fatten out for the freezer are in the plan.

Jesse is helping me with my goat endeavors. I am the new head of youth development for our goat association. The youth members can earn points which will turn into prizes by learning more about boer goats. It is a pretty awesome responsibility having the whole nation on your shoulders. I am hoping it will spring board into a few dollars and some travelling throughout the United States.

Haven't had time to read all of the archives but will try. Take care and God Bless - go Cards!!


A double helping of meatballs for all! I know you've missed them!

February 01, 2009 - Msg 69923: Hey Poor Horatio you mix that Poutine with screech an yer gonna get sick! Cheese and screech shouldn't be mixed in my opinion. ;)

February 01, 2009 - Msg 69924: Horatio im watching the super bowl!auh2o panic room is good...Jodie Foster is one of my favorites.for sure...we still have food...yall come on...SPOT

February 01, 2009 - Msg 69925: Didn't see you there hm welcome home! If it makes you feel any better, we ain't completly in our new house yet either. Glad to hear Casey is planning a new adventure, I bet he'll be good at it. Spot will be over in a bit, I don't wanna cook tonight.

February 01, 2009 - Msg 69926: "Bugger in a Bag", Poor Horatio?...that don't sound nice. No, you are not the only one not interested in the super bowl. I haven't been watching it. I have been doing housework, mostly, and getting things moved back into proper position now that MIL is out. It has been just wonderful..everything clean, and clutter-free!

You're probably right, Possum..Sherry might be able to take us, so best lay low.

Great to hear from you, Homemaker!

Well, better go. I promised ERin she could play a couple of games on Disney before bed...be back later.


February 01, 2009 - Msg 69927: GO CARDS...2:00 ON THE CLOCK..SPOT

February 01, 2009 - Msg 69928: WILL WILL IT LOOK LIKE T PITT WIN.


February 01, 2009 - Msg 69929: Good evening, porch. Poor Horatio, Here's one more that didn't give a tiddledyboo about the Super Bowl. As I've probably stated before, I was an ardent Cowboys fan "back in the day". Then the J birds - J.Jones and J.Johnson came in and treated Gentleman Tom Landry so shabbily - and suddenly I realized I wasn't so much a Cowboys fan as I was a Tom Landry fan. When he was so rudely dumped, I lost interest, and probably haven't watched two consecutive quarters since. The caliber of the players has deteriorated too, in my opinion. I know there are some notable exceptions, and thank God for them, but so many of the players are grossly overpaid, drug-taking thugs. I just can't seem to generate any interest. Now, if you'll ask real nice, I'll tell you how I REALLY feel!

Those cheese curds sound delicious. I love cheese in any form, cottage cheese is a favorite snack, and except for the fries being cooked in lard (is that even legal anymore?) it all sounds yummy to me. I'd love to know what the other things are, too. Care to describe them?

I've been trying to think of some local foods that might seem exotic to a Canadian, but can't really think of much. Most of it would be from the Mexican cuisine, and I think that has pretty much spread across the nation, carried by the migration of the illegals. Tacos, enchiladas, burritos, guacamole and tamales have been around the country for years. Flautas, fajitas, mole', and sopapillas might be a little less familiar. Then there are the family specialties - such as the soft-roll "tacos" my family makes. They're sort of a hybrid, between a taco and an enchilada, and they're delicious. Pantry to table in ten minutes if you have a helper.

homemaker, if your travels bring you to the Dallas area, let me know, and we can get together. We might pull Daphne over from Ft. Worth and have a great visit!

Well, I'm off to my chair, a little TV, then to bed. Yep, that's what I'm gonna do - chair, TV, then bed. Yep, that's the plan---- Romeena

February 01, 2009 - Msg 69930: Cheese curds are great. Though you have to get the good ones. They are the ones that "squeak" when you eat them(no, they are not alive). Though, if you don't want your cheese to squeak, Weyauwega brand makes a shredded cheddar cheese that tastes exactly like cheese curds. I just had that recently.

homemaker, good to see you. Sorry for all the folks having computer troubles. Hope all that gets cleared up soon.

-Sterling Holobyte

February 02, 2009 - Msg 69931: Sterling, I know exactly what you mean about that "squeak". A good mozzarella will do that sometimes, as will certain cheddars. There is a white cheese that the Mexicans use in enchiladas that is just wonderful - has a bit of a tangy taste, and that distinctive texture. Unfortunately, you don't find it often. I've talked with Mexican cooks, and gotten the Spanish name for that cheese, and actually found it in some of the Mexican markets, but sometimes it's good, and sometimes it isn't. Annoying.

OK, I'm on the bedtime trail now. I've done the chair and TV bit, so now it's on to bed. Starr will be pleased. She's more of an early-to-bed girl, and it bugs her that I'm such a night owl. The Plum would just curl up by my feet and wait, but even she would get impatient at times. Starr just starts rubbing her cold, wet little nose on my ankle until I finally either pick her up or go on to bed. Fortunately, she's small enough that she can sit in my lap while I'm at the keyboard, though it's not her favorite thing. The constant movement of my typing bothers her, I guess. Rotten kid.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

February 02, 2009 - Msg 69932: Well, I've got to say that the Cardinals sure gave Pittsburgh a run for their money. They played a great game.Homemaker, if your travels take you to Pa., West Virginia, or Ohio, I'd like to know, maybe we could get to meet.Tom, has the snow and ice started to melt down your way yet?We don't have it on the street anymore, but, still have plenty of it on the sidewalks and the ground.Spot, just for those 'Go Cards' remarks, I may just have to send you a terrible towel!Romeena, what you were saying about Starr reminded me of something my mother told me.My Lhasa Apso has become very attache to my mom and dad since I've had to move back in with them after my divorce.She has started sleeping at my moms feet when she goes to bed.My mothe was going to bed one night and didn't see the dog anywhere, she got ready to get in bed and the dog was already there, waiting on her.That pleased her so much.Well, guess I better hit the hay.MDC, watching that game, I thought of the story you posted about Kurt Warner, especially when they showed his wife in the stands.Prayers for all-ky girl

February 02, 2009 - Msg 69933: sorry about the typo's in the last post-ky girl

February 02, 2009 - Msg 69934: Here's a few more, Romeena: tripas, menudo, carne guisada, caldo, heuvos and pappas taquitos...the list goes on and on...

Well, KYGirl, I ended up watching the last 5 minutes of the 4th quarter last night and it certainly was NOT boring. I felt sorry for those cardinals, though. They got so close to victory. Your story about your dog made me think of our experience with MIL's dog, Gizzy. He ended up sleeping with Sean most of the time when she lived here. I would get up in the morning and go find him to put him out to wee-wee and I would see a bump rise up from under the covers and here he would come dragging out from under there, so cute. We went to MIL's apartment for a few minutes last night, under the guise of bringing Gizzy's toys that were left behind, but really we wanted to see Gizzy. That dog came uglued when he saw us. He was one happy chihuahua. He was very happy to see his beloved toys, too (he is very attached to certain toys). Guess we will have to go get him for sleepovers now and then..ha. He is really one of the family now. If MIL ever gets to the point that she can't take care of him or if anything happens to her, he's ours. The only thing about Gizzy that is sometimes difficult is the shedding. Just picking him up gets white hairs all over you. Enough about that...

It is pretty chilly outside this morning, just the way I like it. Should be a great day. I moved some things around in the living room last night. This living/dining room in the apartment is one, long room, so I moved my desk all the way on one end by the window, away from the tv and sitting areas and it is much better. I can look out the window, which is nice.

Well, better get a move-on. Plenty to do. Sean has been needing more help with his school work these days as the work gets more difficult, and I still have housework and laundry to do. I will be tackling the bedrooms and bathrooms today, and cleaning out the refrigerators (yes, I have two...both in the kitchen)...just temporary.

Better go get Erin up.


February 02, 2009 - Msg 69935: Oh, and I forgot...chorrizo and huevos tacos (my favorite).


February 02, 2009 - Msg 69936: Those of you who watched the superbowl, how were the commercials? I only saw two of them, one of which was offensive. It was a computer commercial of some kind and the women were talking about being "enhanced". One very busty woman stood up and said, "You wanna see enhanced?", and proceeded to pull down the front of her shirt to expose ALOT of cleavage. Stupid.

I AM leaving this time.


February 02, 2009 - Msg 69937: Just thought that you would like to know that the Dorito's commercial with the Free Doritos was made by a couple of guys in Batesville, Indiana. They filmed it at the local YMCA. Their brother is a cartoonist on the Simpson's. Pretty hometown proud about their accomplishments! It is really neat. They won $1 million for the commercial.


February 02, 2009 - Msg 69938: Good morning everyone.

What a game last night! Wow. Go Steelers! Cardinals played a good game, too. That Mark Warner is quite a guy. Devout Christian, too.

AuH2O: I just finished a semester course on home inspection in December. From what was discussed, ice damming is a pretty common problem caused by either insulation issues, poor air flow, or both. The fix is pretty easy. I found this: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/what-causes-ice-dams. Your remodel may have disrupted one or both.

BOO: Thankfully, we were watching the game at friends who have TiVO, so we could skip through commercials that we thought were leading in the wrong direction. I don’t know what some companies are thinking. Kids watch the Superbowl for crying out loud. Half-time was okay, but I’ve never been much of a Springsteen fan. It was funny; two of the 11 year olds that were there had no idea who he was. One teenager was lamenting that the half-time show has become a “Geezer Rock” showcase, with Tom Petty last year and McCartney the year before. I thought that was funny. At least with them you won’t be having any “wardrobe malfunctions.”

HM: The Doritos commercials last night were the best. I especially enjoyed the crystal ball one.

Prayers for all that need them this morning.

See y’all at lunch. The Mrs. made guacamole and salsa and we have plenty left over so you’re all welcome to it. No double dipping! And I will be watching.


February 02, 2009 - Msg 69939: Mornin' Y'all! Sorry about your Cards,MDC.Bet Tom is happy though! He may not be too thrilled with the groundhog though-6 more weeks of Winter!
Well,Laci's here so I can't spend too much time online. Just wanted to say "hey". Y'all have a good day!
possum under a rock
P.S. Me-They,I have neglected to say that I am sorry to hear about your potential job troubles. You have my prayers.Hope all works out well.

February 02, 2009 - Msg 69940: How many girlfriends did Barney have? I count 3, Miss Rosemary, Hilda Mae and Thelma Lou; 4 if you include Juanita. I suppose it could be 5 if you included Skippy of the "Fun Girls".

February 02, 2009 - Msg 69941: Yeah, but Thelma Lou was "the only girl he loved". --Romeena

February 02, 2009 - Msg 69942:
Correction Ro: Thelma Lou was the "only one he ever gave a hoot for".

Thomas A.Moody

February 02, 2009 - Msg 69943: "Geezer Rock"...ha, I love it. I NEVER double-dip unless I have a bowl of my own.

Hey Possum, it has been a busy morning for me, too. Still lots to do...I guess I will get into my "hazmat" suit and clean Erin's room.

I think that's right...4 girls for Barney, if you count Juanita. I wouldn't count Skippy. Is there ever an episode that actually shows Juanita from the diner? I know Miss Rosemary turned into someone else and reappeared in some of the later episodes. Hilda Mae dropped off the face of the earth and Barney left Thelma and moved to Raliegh, right? Then she left and married a construction foreman.

The saddest part is that Andy ended up with Helen. Barney was right when he said, "She's NOT the girl for you!"...


February 02, 2009 - Msg 69944: Why, she can't even cook a leg of lamb (Andy's favorite dish).

Actually, I used to really dislike Helen, and she can still strike me as downright mean sometimes. But I've taken the opportunity of really examining her in recent color episodes. Her eyes and facial expressions communicate a lot. I think Aneta Corsaut was a better actress than shes usually recognized for being. So I've reevaluated my opinions of Helen.

As far as Thelma Lou goes, the smartest thing she ever did was marry Gerald Whitfield. Barney cheated behind her back on who knows how many ocassions, and in the epsiode where they both come back for the reunion its clear that when he picked up and left town he basically cut off communication with her. That doesn't seem to me a good example of loving someone. Plus, the new husband was the foreman on a wrecking crew.

Thanks, POSSUM.


February 02, 2009 - Msg 69945:
Well, it was a hard fought game, but unfortunately several Steelers thought that it was a "fight" and not a football game. No excuses for that behavior.
Cardinals have every right to be proud: but the officials, on the other hand, both in the booth and the field, must have been from the Illinois gov'nor's office. (:
No sour grapes here, just the facts.
But to KY girl and TOM, enjoy the victory and we'll see ya next year! (:

Justwanted to let you all know that i may be scarce for a few weeks. We have a small remodeling job in the office starting tomorrow
that will really be occupying my every minute,
but I'll try to check in now and again.
Remember that my prayers are always going up for you all, the girls in rehab, etc.
Don't miss my wit and charm too much! haha
God bless ya all,
"Let Olive keep the 25 cents Barn, she is a widow with four kids, ya know"

February 02, 2009 - Msg 69946: Well, you have to admit, MDC, that that touch down the Steelers made that put them ahead of the Cardinals there at the end, was pretty amazing...that guy catching that pass in the endzone with just inches to spare. Thanks for those prayers, MDC...I was hoping for them since tonight is rehab night.

I agree, M-T, that Barney was not a very good prospect for marriage. He didn't do Thelma Lou right and she was a great catch, IMO. Nobody else would have been as faithful and waited as long. Sorry, Helen still rubs me the wrong way, but very noble of you to reevaluate your opinion.

More work to do..."Break over!"


February 02, 2009 - Msg 69947: Well, she wouldn't have let the ladies into the den, had that nice mystery job "at the office," and evidently made one heckuva cashew fudge. What more could you want?


February 02, 2009 - Msg 69948: Hello folks.

Thanks for the additional hellos from auh20 and homemaker. If I missed anyone, my apologies.

Don't worry Mavis, I won't be mixing screech with my poutine since I don't drink alcohol. The only vice I have is the one on my work bench.

Romeena, yes I remember the Tom Landry era. My sister's family lived near Dallas at that time so they all followed the Cowboys. In fact, my nephews got autographs from most of the Cowboys. Tom Landry had been the only coach the Cowboys ever had for a long time.

Radio this morning was talking about last night's Superbowl and the last minute victory. I missed it all and really don't care. But I also find it funny when people praise the commercials. I dislike them for two reasons: they interrupt my programming and they are allowed to exaggerate their claims.

As for this being Groundhog day, I don't understand the commotion. The radio claims that over the past 60 years, the USA groundhog's predictions have been correct about 28% of the time and the Canadian groundhog's predictions have been correct about 32% of the time. Heck, I could predict more accurately with a flip of a coin (50%).

As for those Canadian food items I mentioned in Msg 69918, here are their descriptions:
timbits = bite-size doughnut holes sold at Tim Hortons.
scrunchins = It is a piece of animal fat after the oil has been removed. It also refers to fat-back pork when used to enhance the flavor of other foods.
newfie screech = a strong liquor, similar to rum, that is common in the province of Newfoundland.
smarties = a sugar-coated chocolate candy that looks and tastes like M&M's.
bugger-in-a-bag = a pudding mixture with whatever fruit is in season at the time. It is served in a waterproof cloth bag.

Finally, yes Barney lost a great girl in Thelma Lou. She is the one I would have married.

from Poor Horatio

February 02, 2009 - Msg 69949: Oh, I should have mentioned that Tim Hortons is a Canadian version of America's Dunkin' Donuts.

from Poor Horatio

February 02, 2009 - Msg 69950:
Well, I guess that's better than hor-bit! teehee
(remember, remodel starts TOMORROW. (:

February 02, 2009 - Msg 69951:

February 02, 2009 - Msg 69952: I'm holdin' to Reverend Tucker

February 02, 2009 - Msg 69953:

Here's a video of mandolin player on TAGS episode "Mayberry On Record".
This guy just done the song a few weeks ago.

Thomas A. Moody

February 02, 2009 - Msg 69954:
By the way, my girls get furious at Barney Fife of the episodes where he is cheating on Thelma Lou. I guess really it's not so bad since they weren't married yet. Now if they were, I'd have a seriously problem with that.

Great thing about TAGS, there's no adulterous affairs going on. Closest thing to it was where Aunt made up this story of seeing the egg and butter man, only she didn't know he was married.
The egg and butter man was appalled at the thought of such a rumor once it came to his attention.

If life were only like Mayberry. *sigh*

Thomas A. Moody

February 02, 2009 - Msg 69955: T.A.M.: I agree about the TAGS sensibilities being preferable to what passes for "okay" today. However, I disagree about Barney. What he did was consistent, deliberate lying, and to someone to who he was committed. While I guess it didn't qualify as adultery, it certainly still qualifies as sinful behavior. Good thing it was just a show and Barney is a fictional character, cause it sure made for some funny situations ;).