April 29, 2009 - Msg 72173: Thank you for those prayers, REV...it means alot.


April 29, 2009 - Msg 72174: Swept again?..Possum where are you?


April 29, 2009 - Msg 72175: Swish Boo...well I well I got to go read the last page....at work now 6:21 am Wed...breakfast:2 eggs your way,country ham and red eye gravy,bisquits,hashbrowns,little sausage links...milk coffee,oj,h20...back in just a bit....SPOT

April 29, 2009 - Msg 72176:
Hey Folks

Sunny here today.

Thanks for the kind words and please know you are all in my prayers.

Rafe-Sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad.

Me-They I don't think you need any help to moulage. Ya seem to do just fine.

Spot-Now that's a breakfast.


April 29, 2009 - Msg 72177: Hey auh2o, good to have you back friend. Hope all is well for you and yours. Glad Spector finally made it official and jumped ship, huh?

Spot, boy that's a fine sounding meal buddy. I gained 2 pounds just reading about it.
What's red eye gravy?

Boo, you guys are in my prayers, and a special prayer for Sean.

Prayers for all who are ailing. Seems to be a bunch here as of late. Maybe we should add Geritol to the mix. :)

Possum, prayers for your situation. You hinted at what was going on, but the Lord knows what is on your plate. I will say an extra prayer for you and your family. I know it is difficult.

Well better go get busy. Lots to do today.


April 29, 2009 - Msg 72178: You know Boo and possum I'm sneezing enough with all this pollen in the air and you two are having some kind of sweepin contest over here! I've got a couple of dogs on the book today then a couple of errands to run, if I can quit blowing my nose long enough to get things done, I'd be sitting pretty. I'm about to start singing the same song Boo has been singing, will this house ever get back to normal as far as sickness goes?? I'm off here for a bit, just wanted to check in and see what's for breakfast, Spot as always has a great menu spread out.

April 29, 2009 - Msg 72179: Was up late again with Erin...still throwing up. The Phenergan didn't help much and last night she really gave me a scare. I was already in bed reading because she had fallen asleep, finally, when all of a sudden she busted into my bedroom with this terrified look on her face, crying and then she fell flat on her back and hit her head on the wall. I haven't moved that fast in a long time! I got her up on the bed and she seemed kind of disoriented for a minute then she was ok enough to go back to sleep. I don't know if it's the antibiotic or what but I am calling the dr's office this morning. She is sleeping now but was complaining about her stomach hurting about an hour ago. I just hate it when my kids are sick. I need to "buck up" and find a better attitude today, though, to get everything done. I have to keep things in perspective...things will get better and all this mess will be a memory soon. I'll be talking about the spring of '09, when we were sick for 2 months!

Thank you for those prayers, ASA. We need 'em around here.

Did any of you hear/see anthing about a painting being displayed in Washington of Obama with a crown of thorns on his head, looking like he is on a cross? Someone emailed me an article about it but I couldn't find anything about it on the "truth or fiction" site.

Hope you feel better, Mavis...I'd be happy to quit sweeping.


April 29, 2009 - Msg 72180: Hey Asa didn't see you there, I'll see yer Geritol and raise you a box of Depends! HA auh2o good to see you! Don't stay gone so long, Me-They can make moulages most of the time, but when yer not around, they turn out on the runny side. HA

April 29, 2009 - Msg 72181: Thank you Boo, I appreciate you slowing down on the sweeping. Prayers for Erin, I bet you were scared half to death last night, I would have been!

April 29, 2009 - Msg 72182: Only for a minute, Mavis, but I think I had terror in my eyes for that minute! I was telling my sister that as many times as Erin has been sick in her lifetime, last night was the only time she really gave me a scare.

Well, Sean just woke up asking for some Advil...


April 29, 2009 - Msg 72183: Mornin' y'all. Boo,beautiful prayer you sent up. I am worried with you about Erin.Could she be allergic to the antibiotic? Is it peniciilin based? Sulfa? My daughter used to throw up if she took Augmentin. We didn't find out until she enlisted in the Navy that she was allergic to penicillin. Sulfa makes some people sick too. I imagine they are giving her amoxil for her ear infection? That seems to be the standard. Sure hope today she shows a big improvement. I'm with Ro on the tubes. Get 'em! My daughter had to have 2 sets of them,so I have dealt with the ear trouble,believe me!
Mavis,you're still ailin'? Ok,I think maybe the only thing that's gonna perk you up at this point is some of Colonel Harvey's elixir-have some!
Asa and all- thank you for the prayers on my behalf. I draw strength from them to get through each day. Y'all are beautiful friends.
I need to do some housework,so I'd better go for now. Y'all take care.
Thanks for breakfast,Spotty!
possum under a rock

April 29, 2009 - Msg 72184: Thanks, Possum. I have a call in to her doctor. She is not taking Amoxil this time, but Suprex for the first time. I guess I should look it up and find out more about it. I have nothing against the tubes.

Back to the houswork...


April 29, 2009 - Msg 72185: Good morning, porch. Boo, if I had to guess, I'd say it was probably the phenergan that sent Erin over the edge. That stuff works well for quelling nausea, but for a lot of people, it induces hallucinations, nightmares, confusion - you name it. I'm one of them. Betcha that's what did it.

I'm so sorry that so many are sick. The only suggestion I can offer involves avoidance. Stay out of crowds. Still, life goes on, of course. Wash your hands thoroughly at every opportunity, carry hand sanitizer and use it often, and keep your hands away from your face. You touch the grocery cart handle, then you sample a grape before paying that high price for them (you don't? I do!), but you touch that grape with the same hand that's been pushing the cart! You open the door at a restaurant or (Heaven forbid!) at the doctor's office, and only the Good Lord knows what germs you have just picked up. So, wash, wash, wash!!!

Sterling, one big key to your problem was in your description of the library trip. You were clearly there, supervising. You didn't just drop her off, or wander away while she perused the books alone. The kids who will get in trouble, who will read those objectionable books, are those with disconnected parents. I know, in an ideal world, the books wouldn't be there, but we don't live in that world, and I'm afraid there's not much we can do to change that. The best thing you can do is stay connected, to be the benign watchdog looking over your child's shoulder for as long as you possibly can. The day will come when you must, and should, back off and let her fly solo, but with God's help, by then she'll have formed standards of her own, and they won't let her down. You're a good dad, my friend.

Well, got an appointment to get a mole on my arm looked at. The thing is growing, and I'm tired of it, so off with it! --Romeena

April 29, 2009 - Msg 72186: Hey Romeena,Mavis,M-T,possum my buddy,Boo,Asa hows yer weather?..Tom its dry here..Local Lucy chckn in hun..you and des..ky girl you get yer studying done?...well doing sub station testing here today..just busy work..kids are gona come over and go out to eat tonight...speaking of eating Lunch Menu: thin sliced smoked turkey sandwiches with a slice of cheddar cheese and lettus,chilie cheese fritos,sliced dill pickels,and van camps pork-n-beans...Kool-aid (grape and fruit punch)..gona go home and wash the camper and get my junk in it....SPOT

April 29, 2009 - Msg 72187: I can't believe I didn't think of the Phenergan, Ro! I'll bet that was it. It's the first time she has ever had it. Won't be giving it again!

I have been trying to all the things you mentioned, Ro..I even bought a little thing of hand sanitizer that hooks to my key ring. I find that keeping my hands away from my face is tough...it's kind of like asking someone not to scratch.

Great words to Sterling, Ro! Good luck with the mole..glad you are getting it off.


April 29, 2009 - Msg 72188:
Boo, what a beautiful, meaningful prayer to end the last segment of the archive! Thank you Jesus!

April 29, 2009 - Msg 72189: I agree with the advice about avoiding sickies Ro, but around here it's nigh on impossible. Folks come in to drop off thier dogs and no one is going to tell me that the hair on those dogs doesn't have those germs clinging all over them. The owner loves on the dog before they leave, kissing it and hugging it, then hands it over to me, most of the time, I HAVE to clip it before I can bathe it, so there I sit, face to face with the dog and wonder why I catch everything coming and going. I've been told you can catch a cold from a dog, well, not the cold the dog has, but I swear you can catch the owners colds from them harboring it in thier coats. Spot I love smoked turkey sammiches, I'll be over in a bit for mine, do you mind if I bring along some Black Forest Ham and a mater? I like mixing the ham and the turkey. MMMMMM

April 29, 2009 - Msg 72190: make that you CAN'T catch a cold from a dog. good grief. My eyes are so red and itchy, I can't read what I wrote, ha I thought I wrote turnkey sammich. haha

April 29, 2009 - Msg 72191: I should have suspected the Phenergan too! My mama cannot take that stuff. they gave it to her once when she had the flu and she was out of her head-telling us that beavers were on her roof! She was really "tripping out"! By the way,she has had the pacemaker put in and things are going well. I have to pick up my niece from school-my sister is at the hospital with Mama. Y'all take care-love to all!

April 29, 2009 - Msg 72192: Beavers on the roof! HAHA...I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time, though. So glad the pacemaker went well and that nobody gave her any Phenergan in the hospital! ;-)

Sweet thing to say, MDC.

Mavis I think you can get a cold from kissing a chihuahua, so stop doing it! ;-)


April 29, 2009 - Msg 72193: Hey, porch. Just got back from the doctor - the mole is just a "seborrheic keratosis", totally benign, never becomes malignant, etc. In$urance won't pay to remove it because it's considered a cosmetic procedure, and even if she did remove it, she said it would eventually return. So, guess like Aunt Bee's pickles, the best thing to do is learn to love it. It's not really a problem, just about a quarter-inch in diameter, doesn't itch or anything, but it did grow awfully fast. Doc says it's probably as big as it's going to get, though, so I guess I'll just ignore it.

Mavis, you're so right. People can be so inconsiderate. My brother and his wife own a jewelry store, and the things people do! One of the most unbelievable things happens quite often. Someone will come in with a ring to be cleaned, repaired, stones checked or whatever. The ring is tight, hard to get off, and they'll actually spit on their finger, rub the saliva around and then pull the ring off and try to hand it to my sister-in-law. She doesn't say a word, just pulls a tissue out of a box, takes the ring and carries it to the back and drops it in the steamer for a minute or two. Then she fishes it out, brings it back up front and finishes the task at hand. Most people take the hint, have the grace to keep their mouth shut, and let it go at that. Some dim bulbs, though, will ask her why she did that. To them she replies, very sweetly, "Well, I'm a little funny. I just don't like getting someone else's saliva on my hands." I mentioned once that she could just say that a ring is easier to check when it's been steam-cleaned, and she said she could, but really didn't think anybody that thick deserved such consideration. You know, I think she's right.

Well, I'm off to take Toye Starr to Dr. Mike for a check-up. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

April 29, 2009 - Msg 72194: I have some seborrheic keratosis, Ro. I had a couple of them show up when I was pregnant with Sean. I had no clue what they were and one of them was probably close to 1/2" diameter on my hip. The pregancy hormones seemed to cause them to appear. After the pregnancy, they faded but never went away. The doctor said they are hereditary and I know my dad has a few. I don't like 'em, but have to live with them, like you said. One thing I did notice about them is that they will appear and grow quickly, but then they stop growing just as suddenly.

Things are much better here today than yesterday. Both kids are fever-free and feeling better. Thanks for those prayers!


April 29, 2009 - Msg 72195:
Hey, I've got a fracture of the petula oblongata! ha

April 29, 2009 - Msg 72196: Beautiful prayer, Boo! And thank you for the prayer for Kai. May God bless you and your little (sick) ones, that they may get well soon.

Ro, I think that is who they(the people who actually want this type of exposure to children)are aiming for; kids with disconnected parents.
I'd like to think you are wrong on the "there's nothing we can do about it" part, though. That's what's got us into this cultural immorality mess in the first place; doing nothing. And being cowed by the activists into buying the politically correct nonsense(even I thought it was a good idea back then in the 80's). It started out as tolerance, which is all well and good, but they took it even further for every conceivable "right" they could pull from the dark pit of their minds and then started shoving it down our throats whether we liked it or not.
I can't believe how far we've let it go on. But I still think there are more people who want traditional morals than those that want to "progress" into the kind of trash we are seeing now. I don't know, maybe it will take a total moral collapse(which we are very close to already) to wipe the glaze from good people's eyes and wake them from their television-induced comas and say "ENOUGH". I pray for that day.

How's that for a moulage, Mavis? I know you were missing them. ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

April 29, 2009 - Msg 72197: Thanks for that moulage, Sterling (you all know how a love a good moulage). You know, I was thinking about the morality of this country today while watching a Jimmy Stewart movie (well, part of it), I think it was called "Anatomy of a Murder" and I remember thinking that it was very adult for the time in which it was written. Of course, it would be nothing today, but I wonder how the movie was accepted by the public back then...I imagine there were a few outcrys. Any of you ever seen it?

Sterling, I think you are right about most Americans wanting traditional morals and that is what is so frustrating. How did the pedulum swing so far past civil rights and into moral decay? I guess we let it. Some people wouldn't agree with me but I think that a big reason is that the church gave up on prayer to a large extent. Our lives are so full and busy, we don't devote ourselves to prayer for our nation and for God to change hearts and draw people to him. He is the only one who can make a real, lasting change in people. (Understand, I am speaking of myself. I am sure some of you devote time to pray that way often. Don't stop!)

Sterling, maybe if we get up every morning with the attitude that we want to be in God's will and give our day, our thoughts, our actions to him (take up our cross daily), and pray, God will give us opportunities to make a difference in this world and make it a safer place for our children. You are a remarkable man and father, Sterling, may the Lord continue to bless your family in great ways.


April 29, 2009 - Msg 72198: Oh, Sterling. You cannot imagine with what strength I agree with you - that people who still possess a moral compass must not lose it, and must not give up the fight. However, I greatly fear that we're so far outnumbered and out-"lawed" (I just made that one up!) that I'm not sure there is a way back. Have you read the info on the new "hate crimes" bill that the Dems are trying to push through? This was in an email from the AFA (American Family Association):

"Because of pressure from homose#ual groups, Congress has refused to define what is meant by "se#ual orientation" in H.R. 1913, the "Hate Crimes" bill. This means that the 30 different se#ual orientations will be federally protected classes."

The email provides a link where you can find a list of the 30 approved "orientations", and read them for yourself, if you have the stomach for it. You will not believe it. I read it, but wish I hadn't. One can hardly blame the Muslims for seeing us as evil.

I guess what I'm saying is that I don't know if there's any hope of changing the direction of this nation. Yes, if enough of us pray, and seek the Lord's intervention, He can and will do it. He said so, in II Chron. 7:14. The question is, will we do what He asked us to do first?

Until the direction of the country is changed, which is not going to happen under current leadership - so far, he's only made things worse - we as individuals are powerless. Just try to get some books removed or controlled in your library and see how quickly you're labeled a "book-burning religious nut". Do enough of that, and you'll be an embarrassment to your child when she hits that self-conscious age, when just your very presence embarrasses her. That way lies rebellion, so be careful. About the best you can hope for is to have the children's section moved a few feet away, and good luck with that! Just keep on doing what you're doing, and supervise your child. So far, they haven't taken away that right - yet.

I just spent the last hour out in the yard, happily deadheading roses and irises, pulling a few weeds and cleaning the pond filters. I wish I could clean up this world as easily as I washed the sludge and muck out of those filters. --Romeena

April 30, 2009 - Msg 72199: Good evening, porch. Just stopping by on the way to the ironing board. I've been watching a little TV, and had an idea. Have you seen that Weight Watchers commercial, the one with Hungry, the little orange furry guy with the black eyebrows? I think he's just the cutest little thing, and I actually watch those commercials, just to see what Hungry is going to do to try to tempt people to eat. I love the one where he goes zipping past an office door on a little cart or something, and he tosses a doughnut through the doorway and makes a "ringer" on a woman's pen. Very creative, very original. So, here's my thought. Everyone tell us which commercial you like. What's your favorite? I know, it would be a lot easier to list the ones that irritate, annoy or disgust you, but let's take a positive approach and describe one that you actually enjoy. I could think of two or three more that I like, but I'll not mention them, because they might be somebody else's favorite.

Tomorrow, Eloise and I are going on the Mystery Lunch trip with a group from church. There will be about 50 of us on a big bus, we'll leave the church at 10:15 with no idea where we're going. We do know it won't be too terribly far, because we have to get there in time for lunch. I figure we're going no more than an hour and a half away. We'll know the destination after we're about halfway there. We'll have lunch, and probably a brief shopping or sightseeing time, and should be back at the church by 3:15.

We go on these trips every time there's a fifth Thursday in a month, and they're always fun. Sometimes the distance is longer - we have gone as far as 150 miles, which takes an entire day. Usually, we have both men and women on the trips, but the one tomorrow is for women only, so our destination must be somewhere that would be of interest only to women. Poor bus driver, guess he'll just have to be bored.

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

April 30, 2009 - Msg 72200: Good Idea, Romeena...my favorite commercial would have to be the Stanley Steamer commercial with the dog dragging his bottom on the carpet, the way dogs sometimes do...and you hear a woman scream the dog's name (forgot what it is). When that one comes on the kids and I stop everything to watch it. You all know what my least favorite commercial is so I won't mention it again!

I just watched "The Birds" with the kids and now Sean is afraid to go to sleep! He is sleeping on the couch where there are less windows than in his room. Too funny. I think I will sneak in here when he goes to sleep and do my seagull imitation "Caw! Caw!"

Mystery Lunch trip sounds like fun. You and Eloise have fun and get a little crazy...lay off the elixer, though.

Again, thank you for all the prayers...today was such a blessed day compared to yesterday. I was ready to rent a rubber room at the psych hospital!


April 30, 2009 - Msg 72201: Now Boo,don't you go "cawing" at Sean- you meanie,you! Ha!
Fave commercials? I'll have to think about that.Nothing pops into my mind at the moment (the coffee hasn't kicked in yet!). To be truthful,I usually grab the remote when commercials come on,watch a few minutes of something else,then go back to my program.
Well, today is D day. My daughter's divorce becomes final. I am going with her to court later. Pray that things go as well as they have all along.Miss Laci will be coming back later to stay a night or two with me so it's gonna be busy time for possum! Y'all have a good day-love to all!
Breakfast at IHop- Rev will pay,right,Rev?
possum under a rock

April 30, 2009 - Msg 72202: Morning dears.

Prayers for you and your daughter Possum. I'm sorry her marriage didn't work out.

Boo, I like that Stanley Steamer commercial also. I love that little kid telling that hound with those sad sad eyes "I towd you not to do it". We have a local Nursery here that run commercials on the radio that are delightful. I know Romeena would love them. In the the plants are talking to one another with all types of different voices. It is for Wasatch Shadows Nursery. I wish there was some way I could post a link to them or something. I'll have to see if they have any kind of link to their commercials.

Well you have all spoke on things that are near and dear to my heart concerning the direction our Nation is going. And I think you all have good sand valid points. My thoughts are as goes the Family, so goes our Country. I think the advesary is trying to do all he can to destroy the traditional family in this Nation. If he can succeed in that, the rest of the breakdown in our moral fabric comes easier. The manner in which the Father has been downplayed in our society is shameful. But we are being told that the father is not important in the family anymore. This is done in every aspect. Look at the sitcoms on tv. Not many if any traditional family's are portrayed, and if they are, the fathers are often made out to be doofises or inconsequential. I'm sorry, but I'm old fashioned I guess. I think a family that has a strong and decent Father and Mother at the helm, has the best chance of succeding. Not to say that single parent situations can't work, I know many do, but I think it is a very tough row to hoe, so to speak. Even our favorite show here, TAGS, involved a single parent. But at least that parent was a kind loving man, who sacrificed much for his son. Compare TAGS to our modern sitcoms, like say for instance Two men and a boy (or whatever it's called). I realise sitcoms are not our social barometer, but it many repects I do sometimes wonder why some of these shows are so popular. The obviously are providing someone with something.
Anyway, hope I didn't offend any with my sermon. But, as many of you have expressed, we seem to be headed in a bad direction in this Country, and I am feeling more and more concerned because I seem to have little if any control in turning it around. Prayer, as Boo mentioned, and involving ourselves in local things, as Sterling is doing, may be all we can do. I guess if we all work in our little corner of the world in trying to make things better, we can have some sucess.

Well blewie my soapbox for now. But I constructed it with screws, not nails, for easy re-assembly, so watch out. :)


April 30, 2009 - Msg 72203: Good morning everyone. It's another very busy day here with meetings this morning, but I wanted to at least say howdy and catch up a little.

POSSUM: Prayers for your daughter and you today. Especially for little Laci.

BOO: Continued prayers for your family's healing, and your unsightly skin issues ;-).

STERLING: Continued paryers for Kai. You're a great dad. If would like to e-mail something to ROMEENA for you, if that's okay and she will forward it.

MAVIS: Stop kissing dogs! And while you're at it, stop hanging your head out the winder!

BOO: I've never seen that movie. What's it about?

ROMEENA: Chad's favorite commercial is the ones with the swiffer where the mop or broom tries to come home and they play "Don't You Want Me Baby." It cracks him up. Nora's is any FreeCreditReport.com commercial. You know, teh singing ones. She will run into the room if she hears one on. She loves the restaurant one.

I like clever commercials. Most today are forgettable. No one uses jingles anymore, which I think are highly effective. Heck, think about how many commercials you can remember from when you were a kid because of the jingle.

Prayers for PAPPABEAR. I wish AFD, HAZEL, and some others would check in.


April 30, 2009 - Msg 72204: MeThey!! How did I just "know" you would say something about my skin condition! haha...you are so predictable. Thank you for the prayers, the kids are doing much better and so far, I haven't gotten sick.

You have never seen "The Birds", Me-They? It was made in the early 60's, I think. It's a Hitchc*ck film and is creepy, even though the special effects aren't so good. It stars Tippie Hedron and Rob Taylor and it is about a little town on the California coast (Bodega Bay), in which, for some unexplained reason, all the birds begin to attach the residents of the town. They kind of come in waves and attack and sometimes kill their victims. I won't share the ending but it is kind of fun to watch. There is a scene in which Tippie Hedron finds herself trapped in an attic with a bunch of angry seagulls and they are attacking her. I found out after the movie that she said filming that scene was the longest 7 days of her life because they actually put her in a room with a bunch of gulls and animal trainers threw them at her. They also somehow tied them to her with nylon strings. Hitchc*ck wanted the scene to be realistic, so he used real, mad birds! Can you imagine?! BTW, it is not really appropriate for children. I remember watching it with my mom as a kids and it didn't bother me, but watching it this time with the kids, I think it was a mistake. There are a couple of gory parts.

ASA, I loved your "sermon". Right on! I agree completely.

Better get some work done.

Prayers for your daughter's situation, Possum.


April 30, 2009 - Msg 72205:
Me-They--I wear a belt that "jingles", does that count? ha And i can make smoke come out of my ears too!

April 30, 2009 - Msg 72206: BOO: Oh, I forgot you mentioned "The Birds." Yes, I've seen that one several times. The one I've never seen is "Anatomy of a Murder."

I can't help being predictable. It's all part of the compelshun, I suppose.

MDC: You're a scamp!

ASA: Right on, brother.


April 30, 2009 - Msg 72207: Ooops, sorry M-T...I was a bit surprised when I thought you had never seen The Birds. In Anatomy of a Murder, Jimmy Stewart plays kind of a washed-up attorney in a small town, who is broke and doesn't get much business. His best friend is an old, alcoholic ex-lawyer. Well, there is murder that takes place in this town and he is hired to defend a military man who is accused of shooting and killing a creep who he claims "violated" his very beautiful, "trampy" wife. Most of the movie takes place in the courtroom and there are some pretty funny lines (a young George C Scott plays the prosecuting attorney from the big city) and there is some very plain talk involving the violation of the wife, which is what was surprising to me. It's worth watching, but not with kids present.


April 30, 2009 - Msg 72208:
One case of swine flu here in AZ.
They shut down the school he goes to as a precaution, saying that the virus can live up to three days on surfaces.
It sounds like the versions here are not as bad as in Mexico.
Cecile and i went for 31 cent ice cream at baskins Robbins last night. It was fun.
Lots of people out.
RO- where did you end up for the mystery lunch today?
You all remain in my prasyers.
God bless,

April 30, 2009 - Msg 72209: Thanks, BOO. The movie sounds interesting, so I looked it up. Hopefully, TCM will play it soon. I also found out this interesting tidbit of trivia regarding the film on Wkipedia: "The role of the judge was offered to both Spencer Tracy and Burl Ives, but ultimately went to Joseph Welch, a real-life lawyer who had made a name for himself when representing the United States Army in hearings conducted by Senator Joseph McCarthy. It was Welch who famously asked of McCarthy, 'Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?'"


April 30, 2009 - Msg 72210: Good afternoon, porch. Just got home from the Mystery Lunch. We had a great time. We went to the west side of Ft. Worth, about a 35-40 minute drive from Irving, to a great place called The Rose Garden Tearoom and Antique Mall. And that's exactly what it is. A huge antique mall with probably a couple of hundred little individual stalls, selling everything you can imagine, from collectibles to crafts. Some beautiful old furniture, and the prices were mostly reasonable. I almost bought a metal plant stand, but finally decided against it. It was priced a bit too high. The food in the Tearoom was superb - a plate lunch, with a slice of a delicious quiche, some chicken salad, fresh fruit, pumpkin bread, and a marvelous cream of cauliflower soup. Yep, that's right, and it was delicious. I'm going to try to duplicate it. We finished off with the best bread pudding I've ever eaten, and it had a lemon sauce on it that was truly lemon, not pretend. So good!

Very well said, Asa. I think you're right on the money.

Another of my favorite commercials, since no one has mentioned it, is the Orkin ad that has the huge termite ringing a doorbell and trying to talk his way into the house. In my favorite one, he breaks off in his spiel, looking past the homeowner at something in the house, and asks, "Is that oak?" Too funny!

My least favorite, one I consider crass and obnoxious, is the J.J. Wentworth ad, where the people are hanging out windows and yelling in angry voices, "It's my money and I need it now!" Very annoying. I can't grab that remote fast enough when that one comes on.

Well, I've got groceries to put away, so had better get busy. Boo, glad the kids are better, and shame on you for planning to scare Sean. --Romeena

April 30, 2009 - Msg 72211: Oh, one more thing. Last night, I caught a few minutes of a show called "Extreme Bathrooms." I couldn't believe what I saw. Apparently, in London and a few other European cities, these "bathrooms" have been installed. I think London has seven. During the day, you see nothing but a plate that resembles an oversized sewer access cover. At about 10 p.m., the thing rises up on hydraulic lifts until it's about eight feet tall. At daybreak, it drops back down and people and traffic can pass over it. It's cylindrical, with three little half-circle alcoves cut into it. In each of those alcoves is a urinal. Yep, that's what I said. There is no door, no curtain, nothing. The semi-circular shape, and the man's own back, apparently are supposed to provide sufficient cover. And I suppose they do. They don't flush, the drain just runs straight down into the sewer below. Apparently the idea is to stop the public "relieving" that takes place, beginning about 10 p.m., when the first pints have been consumed after the men get off work. It showed business owners out with buckets of water every morning, washing down the front wall of their stores, and the narrator said you really wouldn't want to walk into any of the alleys. They're hoping these pop-up potties will help alleviate that problem, and I suppose they will. No consideration is offered for women, but that's okay with me. I wouldn't use it anyway.

Two things bothered me. One, it's a perfect stage, a platform, for any exhibitionists in the vicinity. Just stand there and wait for a woman to come walking by, then turn around and - Surprise!

The other thing is this. As I said, there are no doors or curtains - and guess what - no sinks either. No place to wash one's hands. I think we all have wondered about the men who manage to pop in and out of a restroom so quickly - did he wash, or didn't he? Well, these little comfort stations remove all doubt. He didn't.

Now, what do y'all think of that?? Me-They, are you still with us? Do we need to get some smelling salts? --Romeena

April 30, 2009 - Msg 72212:
Come on M-T, make a moulage out of that one! ha

April 30, 2009 - Msg 72213: HAHA, you people are funny! I think I will stay out of this moulage, except to say, I would rather all that urine go down the sewer, than into the streets and sidewalks...I couldn't bear the thought of it being on the bottom of my shoes...I think I have mentioned my little "issue" with having to walk in public restrooms and then know that body fluids are on the bottom of my shoes...ewww...right, M-T? I think I will start carrying some antibiotic wipes for the bottoms of my shoes...(no laughing).

Ro, I have not seen the Orkin commercial but will watch for it...sounds funny, alright!

M-T, that is very interesting trivia about the movie because the judge was one of my favorite characters. I thought he was terrific and very funny.

Time to find something to eat...I am thinking grilled cheese on the Foreman grill and tomato soup. Sound good?


April 30, 2009 - Msg 72214: Evening Y'all. Just wanted to pop in and say that I appreciate the kind thoughts regarding my daughter's situation. However,the divorce was not finalized today-I had the wrong impression. It was a final hearing on some matters that got postponed because the other attorney claimed he had not received some papers.Took all of 2 minutes and a lot of me driving from here to yonder & back! But.. I brought Miss Laci back with me,so the day wasn't all wasted.
Still trying to come up with a commercial like.I can think of lots of retro ones,but nothing current is clicking with me.I kind of like the Free Credit Report dudes in the car.That Orkin bug creeps me out- ha!
Y'all have a good night.
possum under a rock

April 30, 2009 - Msg 72215: Good evening. Sorry things didn't get finished up today, possum. I know this has been a thorn in your side for quite a while - will be glad when it's finally done and done. I'm sure your daughter will be happy too. As for Laci, I imagine she just bobbles along, oblivious and happy, as she should be.

The Orkin termite is supposed to be creepy, I'm sure, but I think he's funny. They gave him a deep, shadowy-sounding voice, and when the sight of the Orkin man scares him away, you see him driving off in an old clunker car. Genius!

Boo, what you identified as the benefit of the pop-up potties is exactly what they're hoping to achieve, and certainly I can applaud that. I just can't get used to the idea of walking down the sidewalk and seeing a man standing in one of those alcoves with his back to the street, and knowing full well what he's doing. I know what you mean about being concerned about what's on the bottom of your shoes. That's precisely why I remove mine when I come into the house, especially when I get home from work. I take them off at the door and carry them through the house to the closet. I have old shoes at the front and back doors, that I put on when I go out into the yard and remove when I come in. The rest of the time, in the house, I'm barefoot. (Steady, Me-They.)

Today at lunch I encountered the ultimate Miss Persnickety. We had strawberries on our plates, someone mentioned that berries don't taste like they used to, and that prompted me to tell about going out with my father-in-law into a meadow and picking tiny wild strawberries. They were the gone-wild remnants of a long-ago cultivated strawberry bed, tiny but packed a huge wallop of strawberry flavor. I mentioned that I ate as many as I brought back, and a friend was just horrified. "You mean you ate them out there, without washing them?" Well, yes. "But what if some animal, like a rabbit or something, had wet on them?" And what if the sky is falling, Chicken Little? I couldn't believe she was worried about that. Why on earth would "some animal" go out into that strawberry bed and "wet" on the strawberries? Her reaction and question came as she was sitting at a table, eating food prepared by persons unknown, whose health status and personal hygiene habits shall forever remain a mystery, and paying for the privilege. I think I'll take my chances with the rabbits and the free strawberries. And yes, we did wash the ones we took home, but I ate plenty before we got there. To each his own, I guess.

Well, I'm off to search out some supper. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

April 30, 2009 - Msg 72216: People are so funny Ro I imagine she has never had the experience of going out in the tomato patch and popping a cherry tomato in her mouth either, a coon might have "wet" on it. haha My favorite commercial is that California Cow that is singing in the barn with the ducks doing harmony bobbing thier heads up and down. I love that one. Well, I love all the California cow ones.
Well, back to the glass room for me.

April 30, 2009 - Msg 72217: I remember well leaving my shoes outside after work..they always had something terrible on them. Luckily, I had to wear the scrubs the hospital provided so I changed clothes before leaving work, but I always went home and went directly to take a shower.

That is ironic about the woman and the strawberries. I would rather eat wild strawberries off the bush than the pesticide-covered produce that we get from Mexico! I can remember visiting my aunt in Pennsylvania in the summers and we would carry little buckets up the hill to the woods, where we would pick blackberries. I think we ate more than we brought home. Wish I could get my hands on those blackberries now! I hate to say it but don't those persnickety types get under your skin? I will never forget years ago, Bruce and I went to a little reunion of the friends he went to church with in his high school years. There was a woman there, who found out I was working as a nurse, and she started making comments about women doctors. She said things like, "I just could never go to a woman doctor. I just don't think they are as smart as the men", things like that. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Of course, I had my say aboutit, in no uncertain terms. She really set me off with that attitude. Ingnorant woman...just had that turned-up nose, persnickety way about her.

Mavis, I love the California Cow commercials, too.


May 01, 2009 - Msg 72218: I know what you mean, Boo. I think the comment that gets to me more than anything else is "I could never be a nurse, I'm just too tender-hearted." So, what does that make me - a cruel monster? I really don't think the people who say that realize how it lands, and I don't think they mean it that way, but I do have to talk to myself a little at times, not to respond. Now when someone says they couldn't do it because they're too squeamish, I can respect that. Some people are, can't stand the sight of blood or other "stuff", and they can't help it. So just say so - don't hide behind a "tender heart."

You don't hear the comment against women doctors much anymore, because there are so many of them these days. Once in a while I do hear it, though, and it irritates me. At the same time, I'm such a hypocrite. I have no problem with a female doctor, but when I'm boarding an airliner, I like to see John Wayne at the controls, not some skinny little woman. I want a Silver Eagle up front, thank you.

As for picky, persnickety people - some annoy me more than others. There are people who genuinely can't tolerate the taste or texture of certain foods, and for those folks I have nothing but pity. They miss so much. Then there are others who think it gives them a certain "high-class" aura, delicate appetite, discerning tastes and all that stuff. To them I say, "Come off it! You know you like a hotdog when nobody's looking!" Small children use finickiness as an attention-getter, and some adults just never grow out of it. I know one woman who is a classic example. I have never eaten a meal in her presence that she wasn't sitting there with her nose wrinkled up, talking about how she doesn't like this or that or usually, almost everything on the table, while the hostess buzzes around her, trying to find something in the pantry she might like. She pulled that on me here one night, and I shocked and probably offended her, but I didn't care. As she sat and named the menu items she didn't like, I just sweetly asked her, "Would you like me to cook you some oatmeal? It's usually gentle on a delicate stomach. Or I have peanut butter and bread." She hasn't tried it with me since. Another friend told her, "You know, Susie, you need to just start bringing a sack lunch when we get together, since you never seem to like what's served." That was my favorite. I wanted to applaud.

Well, I'm off to bed. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

May 01, 2009 - Msg 72219: How rude of that woman, Ro! Sounds like she was highly spoiled as a child. If someone invited me into their home and fed me, I would eat it and act like I enjoyed it, even if I didn't. I remember doing that on several occassions when my mom-in-law did the cooking! The only thing I have ever put in my mouth that I simply could not eat without gagging was liver, and luckily I was at home when I tried it. I even tried raw oysters once...just a nibble to say I tried it. Never did it again. I am smiling because I am remembering a story my Aunt Linda told me once. She said when she was dating her husband, she was invited to dinner in his mother's home. His mom served some exotic dish that actually contained little fish eyes! My poor aunt ate it! Can you imagine?

I don't remember anyone ever telling me they couldn't be a nurse because they were tender hearted, but I did get some snide comments about "How in the world could you do that?!", because of the things that I had to do. You know, I can remember how much I loved hands-on care of the people I cared for in the ICU. It never bothered me to clean them up or whatever they needed. I loved helping people when they needed help so badly. The only times I felt like I couldn't take it, were the times that I had to cause pain. I hated suctioning out ET tubes because the poor patients hated it so. It always bothered me, every time. I didn't like poking people with needles. I did it many times each day and always felt for the patient. I found myself in many of those situations in which I just had to keep telling myself that I was helping, not hurting. I always did what I had to do and I never bailed, but to me, it was the hardest part of being a nurse. I have always had a hard time with suffering, but that is why I wanted to be a nurse, I guess.

I got a call today from my friend who tried to kill himself recently. He has been indicted on 7 felony charges involving s#xual assault, including assault of minors. The district attorney in the case is a tough one..she is the attorney that put Hannah Overton in jail (the woman whose story was on 20/20 recently, who was convicted of killing her adopted child). We'll see how things turn out. I don't even know when the trial will be yet.

I had better try and get some sleep...


May 01, 2009 - Msg 72220: Morning Porch. It's Friday. We made it. I think this calls for a celebration. Spot, how's about a big fancy supper tonight?

Boy Ro, your comments about persnickity people, I can sure relate to. I work with one. I have nicknamed him "Niles" because he reminds me so much of the Niles Crane character on Fraser. Let me tell you, he's a load of fun to be around. NOT! It used to be on occasion we would go to lunch together, but I got so sick of hearing about how rotten the food was, I had to quit doing it. He would never choose the eatery, always made me do it. And then during lunch all I heard was how bad this was, or how unclean the place seemed, or he really didn't need to be eating so much. That's what always killed me. He would be complaining he didn't need to eat such a big lunch while stuffing his face. I swear, I'm surprised he didn't dust off his chair with his hankie before he sat down, like Niles does in the show. And yet this guy was is industrial mechanic if you can imagine. But of course he always, and I mean always wears the blue surgical gloves that Doctors use. I swear he seems to leave work as clean or cleaner than when he started the day. I don't know how either. He does do a good job, but he often spends more time cleaning than fixing. Oh well, each to their own. We had to share a work space once for a while, and we were the real "odd couple". He was Felix. I was Oscar. I'm not a pig by any means, but I will usually devote the last half hour or so of the day for cleaning my area. I think I'd drive him nuts, cause he seemed to be cleaning at the last half hour of every hour. Boy it was a great day when he got his own work area. HA!

May 01, 2009 - Msg 72221: Whoops, I hit the wrong key. That was me, Asa. Or maybe it was my co-worker cleaning my keyboard while I was typing that caused it to post. hee hee hee.

Hope you all have a great day.

MDC, any word on how papabear is doing after his surgery?

Peace friends.


May 01, 2009 - Msg 72222: Morning ASA..."Niles"..that's funny.

Well, the kids are still sleeping so I think I will go back to bed for awhile..I DESERVE it; ;-)


May 01, 2009 - Msg 72223: Happy May Day - *- *- *-
That is my attempt at flowers for all of you! Boo - so sorry for the kids being sick. A few special prayers sent your way.
Hey Asa - get that tool belt shined up - may need your help in hanging some new gutters and fixing the perimeter drain. . .oh - and it's raining here (not mentioning Gene Kelly as he was discussed a few topics ago).
Ro - thanks for keeping me in the loop.



May 01, 2009 - Msg 72224: morning everyone! I'm home recooping after my operation, thanks for all the prayers. I asked the doctors to leave enough oneryness in me so folks would recognize me, ha. mothers day is rapidly approaching and i want to say happy mothers day to all the porch ladies, your all the CATS>>>> spot- do you have room for one more at the luncheon today? pappa bear is always up to a snack. possum- my prayers continue for you and laci.hey to ro, mavis, asa, mdc, boo, and everyone, have agreat day. pappa bear

May 01, 2009 - Msg 72225: Good morning everyone. Itís raining here, has been off and on for the last day or so, and is supposed to rain most of the weekend. You can almost watch the grass get higher. It is nice and green though.

ROMEENA: That crack about being ďtoo tender-heartedĒ to be a nurseótake it as a compliment. Iíd like to think that a great many of us are tender-hearted in the right circumstance. However, there some people whose sensibilities are so delicate that they canít get over themselves when itís necessary. Fortunately, there also are tender-hearted people who can do what has to be done despite it all. The military has a lot of these people; they are the ones who respect life so much and are so willing to defend us that they are able to swallow hard and kill if they have to. There are a number of people who feel the same way but couldnít pull that trigger even if they had to. I donít know if Iíve explained what I mean too well, but suffice it to say that nurses are one of those breeds that can get tough when the going does.

BOO: I watched ďGloryĒ last night on TCM. Iíve always liked that movie. The acting is very good and, even though they take some liberties, the hard history is pretty much correct. There is one scene in the movie where the soldiers find out they are to be paid less than white soldiers, they near-riot and tear up their pay slips, basically saying if they canít have the same pay theyíll do it for free. In the movie, Matthew Broderickís character states that f they wonít accept pay, then neither will he and his (white) officers. Interestingly, according to the comments by Charles Osborn at the end, this was a point of contention with historians when the movie came out. In reality, it was Colonel Shaw (Broderick) who initiated the protest and the men joined in. Iím not sure why they would change it the way they did for the movie, but it seems like it may have been to be more politically correct.

Okay, all the feet and urine talk just have to stop now. Public bathrooms are not my favorite subject, as you might imagine. And men who donít wash their hands completely gross me out. Iím not sure, but I think some men think that if they donít actually have to touch the urinal (especially the automatic ones with seeing eyes) they donít have to wash. Of course, they did touch where the sun donít shine and the bathroom door handle. I wash my hands, they turn off the water (if its not automatic), the light switch, and open the door with the paper towel. Then I throw it away. Hot air hand dryers may be good for the environment, but they really mess up my routine.

Good to hear from you HOMEMAKER, but you keep that stinky stuff to yousself!

Prayers for all today. Iíll be back later.