May 01, 2009 - Msg 72226: Don't you just hate going into a public restroom and having that feeling of your shoes kinda sticking to the floor? (hee hee hee, MT is turning green)
My pet peeve is going to an eating establishment and going to the potty, and seeing it just filthy. It causes me concern. If they can't keep the public bathroom clean, what must the kitchen look like?

Papabear, I was just asking MDC how you were doing and then you appeared. Glad you are home and recovering. Hope our potty talk ain't grossing you out.

Homemaker, I'd be glad to don my toolbelt and come over and give you a hand. Be my pleasure. I'd be over today but this durn lumbago in my back is acting up. Just when I was itching to get started too. Tell you what, you get then rain gutters hung, and then I'll be by later and get then straightend out for you. Know, where'd you put that lemonade?

Now in the month of Maying......

May 01, 2009 - Msg 72227:
Wow Asa, what a line to sweep with! ha
Happy May! We need some May showers in the Phx area!
Happy friday!

May 01, 2009 - Msg 72228:
Oh, and welcome back pappabear.
Do you feel "lighter" now sans one of those
big kidney beans? ha

May 01, 2009 - Msg 72229: G'morning, porch. Me-They, you expressed your opinion very well, and I thank you for that. Very often nurses are called upon to do something they'd rather not do, but as Boo noted, we just go on and do it anyway. For the painful things, we have to remember that a little pain now may prevent worse pain or even death later. For the nasties, well, that's why we have gloves, and soap and water. You put it very well - sometimes you just have to get over yourself and do what must be done. For the military and police officers who sometimes must kill to protect, God bless them. Pray for them.

I have the same routine when leaving a public restroom, employing a paper towel to protect my hands. I have never understood why they think a hot air blower, blowing all the germs all over the room, is a good thing. I do so appreciate those thoughtful establishments that provide a wastebasket at the door, for the convenience of those of us who open the door with a paper towel. May their tribe increase.

Well, I've got the "bunco girls" coming tonight, guess I'd better rake this place out, stir up a little food, (Miss Persnickety isn't coming) and give Toye Starr a bath. Fortunately, this is a group of long-time friends (some more than thirty years), no pretenses among us, just casual and comfortable. They'll walk in through my garage and kitchen door, I'll greet them in my jeans, t-shirt and probably bare feet. (Sorry, Me-They, but they'll be kicking their shoes off too, at least most of them will.)

OK, time for Starr's bath. Poor baby - she just HATES a bath! I know she thinks I'm trying to drown her. She forgives me, though, when I get her wrapped up in a towel and we go and cuddle in our big chair. She usually falls asleep. I hold her for about half an hour, let the towel do its work, and then about five minutes with the blow dryer finishes the job. Sweet little old thing.

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

May 01, 2009 - Msg 72230: Good to see you Pappa Bear I've been thinking of you and wondering if you were home yet. Asa first thought that came to mind when you were asking about the potty talk was "Potty Mouth" ha Me-They I'm right there with you on the washing my hands and hanging on to my paper towel until after I get out of the bathroom, I mean, what's the use in wahing your hands if you just have to touch that nasty door handle? I made it a point when Jake was little to make him wash his hands when he was finished with his business, even when we were at home, used to make him so mad, but I'm hoping it stayed with him, I think it did, but who knows what that boy does when his Mama ain't around to tell him to wash his hands? Romeena and Boo I will say, I could never do what you guys do, I have the greatest admiration and respect for nurses, ya'll are truely angels in my book. My stomach wouldn't allow me to do that work, smells get to me big time. Some days here in the grooming shop are hard when a dog has a potty problem or heaven forbid throws up, I have the worst time cleaning it up. I get it done, but not without the fear that I'm going to lose my lunch too. I remember how very caring the nurses were when Mom was in the SICU right before she passed away, all the nurses but one were just awesome. They treated her with respect and took care of her like she was their mother. I remember coming in her room one time and one of them was wetting Mom's tongue and lips for her. Her brain swelling was so bad that her tongue couldn't stay in her mouth and rather than see it dry up, she was keeping it wet for her. I didn't ask her to do that, she just did it. I really appreciated it. I ended up getting a client of mine that does catering make up a big batch of breakfast quiche for all of them and took it to them to enjoy. They told me it was the first time anyone had ever done anything like that for them. I can't imagine! I wanted to do something for them and knowing flowers were a no-no in that area, that was the best I could come up with. Like I said, you nurses are angels on this earth and I for one want to Thank each and every one of you, so Me-They you be sure to thank your wife for me as well.
Now, I'm off here for a bit, gotta groom a rotten little Shih Tzu that just lives and breathes to bite me, then get back on those glass trophies. Ya'll have a good day and Act like somebody!

May 01, 2009 - Msg 72231: Years ago I waited tables in a very nice restaurant in which the men's room door was located right across from the bar, near the service end where the servers order the drinks they need from the bartender. In fact it was so close, that, let's just say when the place was not very busy, you could hear the flush noise of the toilet and the rush of water in the sink. (The bathroom was a one-seater and the restaurant was in a Victorian era train station--high ceilings and all wood and tile--so sounds carried.) I cannot tell you how many times we'd hear the big flush and immediately a guy would come out the door, so you knew he didn't wash his hands. To make matters worse, servers would congregate at the service end of the bar and bowl of after-dinner mints typically sat at the other end, right across from the main entrance. Many times men would visit the restroom on their way out, leave the bathroom without washing, and stick their gross paws in that bowl for a mint. They were wrapped, but I can tell you I never ate a mint there, or now anywhere else!


May 01, 2009 - Msg 72232: Sure, Me-They, if it is ok with Romeena, send it on over(your email).

Speaking of picky eaters, well, my wife... well, I won't go into that because she doesn't like anything. Anything I make anyway.
But Kai doesn't like bread for some reason. She has always been like that. I have asked her about it, and she told me she didn't like when it gets soggy in her mouth, so I guess that may mean she hates the texture of it. If she has a hot dog or hamburger, she'll take a couple small bites, and then she'll want to take the meat out and just eat that. I don't know how to get her to like bread and to eat it more often. If I tell her to eat it, she'll take a small bite, then mope around, until I tell her to eat some more. So she'll take another small bite, and then mope some more, and on and on. I wish she would eat it without me having to stand over her.
But she just hates bread.

I am waiting for the plumbers to come over to unplug our basement floor drain, again! We just had them do that this winter. I thought it might be the roots again, but I don't think they could grow again that fast, but who knows. I am getting tired of the drains in this house though. It seems like one of them is always plugging up sometime.

You all have a good day!

Nice to see you, Pappabear! Recupe fast, ya hear?!

-Sterling Holobyte

May 01, 2009 - Msg 72233: Im still here gang....just been busy...who has been cooking....SPOT

May 01, 2009 - Msg 72234: I don't like wet bread either, STERLING. When I order a carry-out sub, I usually ask them to put a piece of deli paper bewteen the bread and the ingredients so the bread isn't mushy (yuck!) by the time I get home.

Sorry, ROMEENA, textures are big with me!

Great news PAPPABEAR! Continued prayers for your orneriness ;-).


May 01, 2009 - Msg 72235: I'm sick!...want to throw up. Pray for me. I can't believe I am sick again.


May 01, 2009 - Msg 72236: Aww Boo, get well soon. We're praying for you.

That's the thing, Me-They, Kai doesn't like dry bread either. She just doesn't like putting it in her mouth at all.

-Sterling Holobyte

May 01, 2009 - Msg 72237:
Prayers for boo and family.
Prayers for the Bunco girls,
Prayers for pappabear.
Have a good weekend all.
You are all the cats!
God bless you,

May 01, 2009 - Msg 72238: Texture. I just don't get it. Maybe I do, a little bit. I remember getting a dose of castor oil once when I was a little kid, and gagging on the thick oily texture. That's the only time I recall any kind of a texture problem. I really and truly feel sorry for people who have food issues. It can't be much fun. I love being able to just taste and test and try all kinds of foods. Some things I like more than others, but honestly, there are maybe two or three things I just won't touch. Milk is one, and it's a case of the cafeteria lunch lady, as so many others have described. Another is lamb, but has nothing to do with taste or texture, I just can't get the picture of an innocent little lamb out of my mind. Perhaps having one as a pet when I was a kid caused that. Actually, I'd eat it and keep quiet if it was served in someone's home, but I wouldn't enjoy it. I guess those two things are about the extent of it. All dairy products are thoroughly enjoyed, including buttermilk, but not sweet milk.

Well, enough of that. My bunco friends will be arriving soon, guess I'd better open the garage door. Toye Starr has had a bath and looks precious, food is ready, house is presentable, tables are ready. Should be fun. Be blessed, my dears. --Romeena

May 01, 2009 - Msg 72239: Evenin' Y'all. Just checking in. Laci had one of her wild nights last night,so I'm running on fumes- as soon as she's conked out tonight,I'm gonna be right behind her. That child wants to play rather than sleep! It's like Christmas morning sometimes when she stays here-especially the first night. But,she is doing great and is happy,so thank y'all for thinking of her.
Boo,I am so sorry that you are sick again. I am wondering if perhaps the swine flu hit your family? Praying for everybody-get well soon!
Hello Pappa Bear! My,that was a quick stay-you had mentioned you might be in the hospital for a week. Thank you so much for the card.Nice of you to honor me on Mother's Day.Good luck as you recover from surgery.
I finally thought of commercials that I like. The cow ones that Mavis mentioned are cute. I like the anti drug ads- the one with the high school kid showing "his" pills (this one is from my last hip replacement,etc.)is clever but the drug dealer guy is the best. He is funny,but he makes a point.
Well, good night and for the record, I picked and ate lots of wild berries (I still eat blueberries right off of the bushes each summer) and no "animal wetness" has harmed me! (I tried to word it mildly so as not to gross Me-They out!)
Lace is asleep- yippee! I'm gonna hit the old ironing board myself-y'all have a good night!
possum under a rock

May 01, 2009 - Msg 72240: I Just mailed ya possum...cant stay on here long ...STORMS....hey asa,Romeena,Sterling,mavis,pappa....let me get off this holler in the morning....will someone cook breakfast? check yer to GO....SPOT

May 02, 2009 - Msg 72241: Well good morning gang....well storms rolled thru here last night...busy here at work...gona be more this afternoon...will someone bring me a bite of breakfast....SPOT

May 02, 2009 - Msg 72242: Morning Family:
Spot- I brought you a nice warm breakfast. Scrambled eggs, a couple slices of bacon, homefries,toast, Fresh orange juice, coffee and still hot cinnamon buns. Enjoy! you deserve it.
So glad to read all the postings on "nursing duties". My "view from the side of the bed" is - it's not what your paycheck says at the end of a day- it's how you made a difference in that person's life at the end of the day. Sorry, that's just been how I "face" all the really hard situations. I did it unto the lest of these me brethren. God bless nurses and caregivers.
Boo- please get better. I'm praying for you.
Well, better get going today. I had teenage girls all day yesterday. 17 year neighbette called from school BEFORE it had even started, and said that a squirrel had sacrificed itself on the school transformer so they could have a day off! The girls came here to wait for the afternoon soccer game. What fun they had! (but I was exhausted!)
Well, better get this breakfast over to SPOT. Blessing all- ~New Neighbor

May 02, 2009 - Msg 72243: Good morning my family. I hope everyone is doing ok. Feels like forever since I've been around. Glad to see the topics of conversation around here are still as entertaining as always! But thats what I love about this place, it's never boring. And I want to add my two cents worth in to the nurses too. I truly think that it takes a special person to be able to deal with some of that stuff, and I'm just not one of them. Especially the ones who work in the nursing homes, I would get too attatched to the people there. I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday, this is the first Saturday I've had off in months that I didn't have something to do, or somewhere to be and it's pretty nice I tell ya. Love and prayers to you all--Salty Dog

May 02, 2009 - Msg 72244: My goodness. New Neighbor and then Salty Dog. It's like a family reunion here this morning. Great to see you both. Are you all healed N.N.?
And Salty, don't go saying you can't do that nurse stuff. I know you're an EMT and see and deal with things in all types of settings.

I'm glad y'all fed Spot. I can't cook, not a lick. I can eat, I just can't cook,

Hope you get feeling better quick Boo. Sorry you have had such a poor spell.

MDC, I just have to say how much I like your posts. You always have a strong spiritual component in your posts, either offering prayers for individuals, or as a nation, or asking for blessings for our Nation. You're a fine feller.

Well I think I'll see if there is any breakfast left over or if Spot done made a pig of himself.

Mavis, how's the house coming?


May 02, 2009 - Msg 72245: Thanks New Neighbor b-fast was good..hey there Salty!...And Asa yea I have heard...just stay to eating not cooking..;)...well let me ger some of these crews started.....SPOT

May 02, 2009 - Msg 72246: Well Asa, thats the good thing about being an EMT, we just deal with them for a few minutes and then send them on to the hospital hee hee. Hey Spot, why dont you take today off, and I'll handle lunch. It's such a beautiful spring day how bout a picnic by the lake? Maybe get some fishing in too. Ya'll have a good un-Salty Dog

May 02, 2009 - Msg 72247: Thanks ASA, and all of you! I am back among the living today..just feeling weak, but much better. I think I was in bed (between trips to the bathroom) for almost 24 hours. Felt pretty awful, but it didn't last too long.

Great to see Salty and NN! Salty, when it comes to nuring-type duties maybe we all have our limits. I could never work pediatrics. I knew that from day one in nurses training. I was a complete basket case from the day I set foot in the children's hospital. Can't poke children with needles, or watch them suffer without "taking it home with me". It was a horrible time for me, but I have a good friend who loves kids and has been doing pediatric nursing for almost 20 years, ER mostly. I don't know how she does it.

Well, time for a break...


May 02, 2009 - Msg 72248: Glad you are better BOO!..Salty I better hang around here at work..kinds busy today...but I will show up a bit late for some cold fried chicken and some fishing..I just checked my radar and more thunder storms here in about 3 hrs..gona be like this the next few days..or a week they say..going camping wed..guess we will watch dvds in the evening during storms!...SPOT

May 02, 2009 - Msg 72249: I guess it truly does take us all, in one capacity or another. New Neighbor, your "view from the side of the bed" is well stated, and reflects what should be the attitude of all nurses. In most cases, I think it is. While the pay is good, it's not THAT good, not good enough to compensate for some of the hard things we do. There has to be that extra component, that sense of service, that makes it worthwhile.

Boo, I'm glad you're feeling better. We've been getting worried about you and yours. Now, as for pedi nursing, yes, it is tough. I remember when I was the day-shift pedi nurse for a couple of years. Being so close to Children's Hospital, we didn't get many pedi patients, so one nurse on each shift was appointed to care for any that came in. The first time I had to put an IV in the hand of a tiny and terrified little boy, about two years old, I was devastated. He had severe asthma, blue lips and nailbeds, O2 saturation of about 86%, and was in trouble. I got the job done, and got his aminophylline drip started, but I was a wreck. I cried all the way home, telling Dale about it. He reminded me that my discomfort was nothing compared to the child's, and because I was willing to tough it out and do my job, the little boy was soon pink and breathing easy. That made sense, and I mulled it over for a while, then stored it and trotted it out whenever I needed it in future cases. That man was so good for me.

Well, guess I'd better go. It's past noon, and I haven't done one constructive thing since I got up. Been perched right here in front of this box of cyber-quicksand, that just pulls me in and won't let go. I've communicated with friends, ordered some irises, done my "click" on some donation sites, and visited the porch, but now it's time to see what's going on in the rest of the house. Toye Starr just hates this computer, gets all huffy whenever I sit down here. Poor baby.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

May 02, 2009 - Msg 72250: Mostly I have been on the couch, but ate some crackers and my stomach feels ok. I am on the mend, just really tired.

Ro, I had a similar experience as you described with the child. Most children went directly to the children's hospital but once they brought in a little one, about two, to our er with asthma and the nurses couldn't get his IV so they called us. I had to do it, and I was a wreck when it was over, so I do know what you were feeling. Very wise counsel that Dale gave you. You have shared so many things that he said, that I feel like he is good for us, too.


May 02, 2009 - Msg 72251:
ASA- Thanks, just trying to do what the Lord lays on my heart; or is that chest, oh no, that's from the diner! ha
Was it you or AUH2O who liked Foyle's War on PBS? I just saw here at our library that they have the series on DVD. 7 day free rental. cool!
Hope Pappabear gets the net set up in his place.
Hey to spot, new neighbor, Homemaker, boo and all.
Boo, glad you are better!
Looks like the days of the GTO are numbered, however!
Good Sabbath, when the sun goes down! ha

May 02, 2009 - Msg 72252: Well first round of storms have passed and we made if real well...more in alabama headed this way..Boo take care hun..hey Romeena,Rev,Tom,M-T,Asa,Salty...well I think im gona hand it over to the night crew at 6pm...they can hold down the fort for the second round! to be back at 6 in the morning...supper will be Olive garden on possum and I..they got some new dishes I saw on TV...let try some of those..well will see yall at supper...Boo we will bring you a plate since you are feeling poorly....will get Auh20 to drop it off....SPOT

May 02, 2009 - Msg 72253: Thanks SPOT, I may even be able to eat it. I had a piece of toast earlier and did fine. Maybe some soup for Olive Garden would be good, with a couple of breadsticks?

Thanks, MDC. It's great to be feeling better. That stomach virus is no fun, is it?


May 02, 2009 - Msg 72254: Evening Family:
Thanks for the wonderful lunch! SPOT- prayers for your area of the porch. It seems those storms get to rumbling and don't know when to quit. Rain is nice, storms are not... Get some sleep, let the crew watch the sky.
Asa- I'm doing much better. Still on the mend. Going to therapy 3 times a week trying to get mobility back in the old shoulder. I still pains me a bite after that, but it's a good pain (I guess).
Boo- still praying for ya! MDC good to see ya. Salty Dog- how are you doing? Haven't talked with you for quite a spell.
Hazel- where are you? we use to talk almost every evening on IM. I miss those days. I think I lost you IM screen name when the old 'puter crashed. (Took all my old friends with it) Gotta go get ready for Olive Garden. I love their new Chicken Gnocchi soup. MMMMM. I gotta find my shoes... ~New Neighbor

May 02, 2009 - Msg 72255: Hey Y'all- Boo,glad you're feeling somewhat get well and STAY well!
Good to see Salty & New Neighbor rockin' with us!
Trying to rest after two nights with the Wild Child.She went to bed at 8,but woke up at 3AM wanting to play.No way,Jose! She finally went back to sleep for a few hours at 6AM. My daughter claims she doesn't act like that at home. Must be the thrill of coming to my Rock- ha!
Oh, the UFO man is still placing ads in the paper. here's the latest:
" Spacecraft near repair.UFO man leaving soon. Hope not to crash @ Roswell again."
What a nut! I am gonig to have to get a pic of his UFO Welcome Center for Ro's album the next time I drive out that way. I'm kind of leery of stopping, though.He might abduct me and take me along! Ha!
Well,I'm gonna find something on tv and take it easy. Y'all have a good evening!
PS. Spot,thanks for the e-mail. I wrote you back. Watch out for those storms!

May 02, 2009 - Msg 72256: That's "going". Perhaps the UFO man is sending secret signals to scramble my brain! Ha!

possum again

May 02, 2009 - Msg 72257: I thought UFO Man already found a girlfriend, Possum...if not, you might want to check him out. It could be interesting. ;-)

Thanks for the prayers...doing better and better.

Wish we had some rain here...still in a drought here in S Texas.


May 02, 2009 - Msg 72258: Well, Boo, I wish I could send you some rain! It started here about 4 p.m. and absolutely poured. At one point, I could barely see my back fence, about 60 feet away. Water was standing and building up fast in the back of the yard, and it shouldn't, because I have that drainage system that pumps it to the street. Then it dawned on me - we had placed a big flat rock over the main intake drain, and sat a pot of flowers on it, so no one would step in it and hurt themselves during the wedding. The rock was still there! So, out I went in the rain, with my big black umbrella, and moved the rock. Water immediately started pouring into the drain, and there's nothing standing back there now.

Did anybody watch the Kentucky Derby besides me? It was a great race - won by Mine the Bird, a huge long shot at 50/1. Can you imagine how much money was made by anyone gutsy enough to bet on him? Surely his owner did. He just came blowing out of the back field, along the rail, and flew past everyone. I wanted General Quarters to win, because the 75-yr old man who owns him is also his trainer and groom, and the man doesn't own any other horses. He has dreamed for 50 years of having a Derby winner, and this was his one chance. I really wanted him to win it, but he didn't. I don't know what the man's reaction was, because our TV station, in their infinite wisdom, chose to interrupt at that point to drone on and on about the wind that tore down the Dallas Cowboys training center a few miles to the north of me. I thought that was a bad choice - the Derby post-race interviews would only be run once, and the Cowboys thing could be aired anytime, and will be. We'll see it a zillion times over the next few days. Yes, there were some injuries, and I'm sorry for that, but televising it wasn't going to change anything.

Well, guess I'll go hunt up some supper. Got some good chicken salad left from last night - guess I'll go make a sandwich. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

May 02, 2009 - Msg 72259: How I would love to see some rain like you have had, Romeena. Things are bad here...all the little ponds are dry and we hardly had any wildflowers this spring. The only thing I don't miss is the mosquitos we usually have by now.

I didn't watch the Kentucky Derby...don't think I ever have, but how exciting it must have been to see a long shot like that win! I think I will google it and see if I can find a video of the race.


May 02, 2009 - Msg 72260: Wow, just caught that race on YouTube. Amazing. The way that horse stayed back and then ran up the inside rail and left everyone behind...!


May 03, 2009 - Msg 72261: Morning Gang..I did not (yet) get to see the horse race but WOW nascar fans what a Richmond race..Kyle must just have a magic car..won Both races...hey NN,Boo you feeling better?..and yea its that time of the year...storms in the south..Romeena you make that chicken salad or buy it?..I love it just never have made it much...well back at work this Great Sunday..will catch a sermon on the tube and try to keep the Church lights on..My last Weekend working for 2 months!..double tomorrow and tue then off for a week..Camping!..well let me whup up some vittles: 3 eggs your way (will even boil some),grits,home style fried taters,bacon(bending in the middle for Romeena),sausage links,bisquits and gravy,oj,milk,coffee...yall get up now ya here!...SPOT

May 03, 2009 - Msg 72262: I'm up Spot, and hungry as a buzzard. I'll take my eggs over medium, and my bacon limp and juicy please. Most folks way overcook bacon in my book. And a big glass of o.j. on ice sounds good. Thanks for cooking buddy.

Glad you're feeling better Boo. I hate stomach virus'.

Beautiful spring morning here. Had a little drizzling rain in the night, and now it's partly cloudy, with some low clouds hanging atop the mountains still. Fresh snow on the peaks above 9,000 ft. The sun is just about to peek over the mountain top, as it's warming rays will soon stream down on us and begin to warm the soil. And just a small amount of vapor will begin to raise off that warming soil as it begins to awaken. All the birds are busy in nest making, flying about collecting bits and pieces to weave into homes. My, God has created a masterpirce. I hope you can all take the time to enjoy and appreciate it. I love the Sabbath if for no other reason, it's my one day I get to take a "timeout" from day to day life and really reflect on my Creator and enjoy all He has blessed me with. During the week, I'm already gone off to work, but the Sabbath is a day of rest, reflection and worship, at least for me.
Thank you Lord, for life.


May 03, 2009 - Msg 72263: Amen Asa....and the OJ on ice is Pop drinks butter milk over ice,and sweet milk also...dont really care for the milk on ice but now pour me a TALL glass of ice cold milk and most of the time its 2 big drinks and its gone...think I may try one of these boiled eggs with a lttle salt and pepper now that they have cooled off a bit....where is the coffee simmering......SPOT

May 03, 2009 - Msg 72264: Thanks SPOT and ASA. Yep stomach virus is awful, but I have to tell you, it was nothing compared to the flu we had 2 weeks ago. That was really bad. I am wondering now if that might have been swine flu and we didn't know it. It lasted a week, chills, fever, sore throat, bad body aches, terrible fatigue...sounds like swine flu, doesn't it?

I don't think I am ready for a big breakfast yet, about a piece of toast with a little butter?

Sounds lovely where you are, ASA. Wish we could join you...but then I guess that wouldn't be too relaxing for you ;-). A friend in Nevada sent me picture of the seirra mountain range from her place yesterday and it was covered with snow!...I had to push down the jealousy and remind myself that I am a Christian...hehe. It's already way too warm here, and humid in S. Texas. I was driving on the waterfront in Corpus Christi the other day and thought of all of you, though. It was one of those perfect, clear days and the water looked blue-green, palm trees swaying in the breeze...I wish I had taken a picture. I guess all of God's creation is something to be amazed at, whether mountain or sea (or in this case, gulf of Mexico). I do miss those mountains, though. I don't think I will be taking Dad on any more trips to Colorado, either. He is getting pretty weak. We do have a big family reunion coming up in a couple of weeks in LaGrange, Texas, which is where I go to my church women's retreat each year (lovely place), and my sister and her family, and Bruce and I and the kids will be taking mom and dad. It sounds like a wonderful time. It seems like I may have already told you all this, if so, I apologize...My Dad's 2 remaining brothers and all of their children, and many grandchildren will be there, along with some of Dad's cousins. Some I haven't seen since my teens. I am really looking forward to it.

Trying to decided whether to go to preachin' or not. I couldn't fall asleep last night until 3am and am still a little puny from the virus. I might just take another day of rest.

Tried to watch some TAGS on TVLand last night and got fed up with the frequent commercials about "The Cougar". They kept repeating this one commercial in which one of the guys was dancing and showing off his plumber's crack. I think this Cougar program is the worst yet.

Better go...


May 03, 2009 - Msg 72265: Boo a little chicken broth and crackers for lunch for the rest of us:Baked Chicken,green peas,mash taters,fried okra,green onions,cornbread,Maude slaw,sweet tea...ready just after Church...and the Cougar program is TERRIBLE...I have nothing but the previews...worse than HS Reunion..I could even use The Dick Van dyke show reruns..or Dragnet...just give us something other than the Cougar plese TV land....SPOT

May 03, 2009 - Msg 72266: Thanks, SPOT...I think I will take a nap until lunch. I kept myself and the kids home from church because, frankly, I can't bear having them come down with something else in a few days. We need a break! I know there are some church folks out sick and I don't want to chance the kids picking up something else already. This has been absolutely crazy. We have to get ourselves built back up a little before we get exposed to anything else.

I know what you mean, SPOT. There are so many other things they could be showing on TVLand...I thought the whole idea of TVLand was retro TV.


May 03, 2009 - Msg 72267: Boo wake up feel like a chicken leg and some taters?..if not we will warm up that broth..boy Preaching must be holding late today!..Good for them..well I will go ahead and get the lunch put out on the picnic tables...SPOT

May 03, 2009 - Msg 72268: I'm up, SPOT. Didn't get much of a nap. I will take a little chicken and see if it doesn't sit on my chest, thanks for taking care of your poor, ailin' friend (sniff)....that reminds of my of when Raiff Hollister heard Barney singing and asked Andy, "How long's he been ailin'?"...hehe

Mdc, if you are out there...I was watching an episode of "Diners, Drive-Inns and Dives" on food network (I think that is the name of it), and they featured a little breakfast cafe in Phoenix. I think it was called Mack's (or Matt's) Big Breakfast. Small place with LOTS of business...they make everything from scratch. They don't even have a microwave or freezer. They pick up the bacon from a local meat market every morning and use all fresh ingredients...they even buy fresh bread, which they slice daily and they use homemade preserves. Can you imagine all the work that goes into that?! I guess it pays off, though. There was a line of folks waiting to get in and the mayor of Phoenix was even eating there. I think their specialty is supposed to be their waffles. It showed them making up the batter, which they make fresh every morning. I wonder if you and Cecile have ever eaten there?

Just cleaned the kitchen and that wore me out...think i will rest for a bit.



May 03, 2009 - Msg 72269: oops...

May 03, 2009 - Msg 72270: Rest Boo Rest...I like that show Boo they done a show on "The Marietta Diner" not long ago..its here in town...well Boo guess what we will do for supper Boo since you and I are the only ones that showed up for lunch we will just have left overs!...that will be good...will make some more tea....storms are about an hr crews headed I type I hear Thunder!...hopw I get off at 6 but bet I the rain but just sick of the storms...ok we will raid the ice box in a bit....SPOT

May 03, 2009 - Msg 72271: That works for me, SPOT. See ya...I am resting.


May 03, 2009 - Msg 72272: Where is everyone?..Boo you and I will break out those left overs here in just a bit....Im home now...rain but storms all around....Boo its just been almost only you and I today here....but thats ok you need rest....SPOT

May 03, 2009 - Msg 72273: SPOT & Boo- Can I join ya for supper? It's been raining here most of the day, minus the thunderstorms. Nice gentle rain.Farmers are happy, they have a lot of corn already in this year.
Boo- you take it easy, that ole bug can sneak up on ya again if ya don't take care.
Hope everyone had a restful Sunday, cause tomorrow is Monday and we start it all over again!! Blessings ~ New Neighbor

May 03, 2009 - Msg 72274: New Neighbor sure ya can join us...and for tomorrow we might get Romeena to make (or you) to make us some chicken salad sandwiches for my lunch!...or who ever wants one.....SPOT

May 03, 2009 - Msg 72275: Good evening, all. Hospital just called and gave me at least the first four hours off, though I may have to go in at eleven. Didn't take me long to accept, believe me!

Spot, to answer your question about the chicken salad - while I do make a very good chicken salad, I didn't make this one. Just didn't have time, what with the Mystery Lunch trip the day before and all. So - I called the woman who did the catering for Amanda's wedding, and she made up a big bowl of it for me, and picked up the croissants at Sam's while she was out there. Very reasonable, didn't cost but a few dollars more than if I had made it myself, and it was really convenient. Gosh, she even brought it by on her way home from work on Friday. All I had to do was put it out and let everyone make their own sammitch. It's goooood, too. She made way too much, but I didn't care, I'm enjoying it. I'm varying it - a little pickle relish in it for one meal, some grape halves and chopped nuts for another meal, whatever. I love chicken salad!

TVLand has just completely forsaken their original format. About the only thing I watch there now is TAGS. Check out WGN - they run some good old shows now and then. WKRP, Bob Newhart, The Honeymooners, to name a few. Then there's always Hallmark. And NatGeo, and Animal Planet, and TCM, and TLC - wow, who needs TV Land??

Boo, it sure sounds like you all had the flu. Whether it was the swine flu or not, who knows, but it sure does sound flu-ey around your house.

Still very cloudy, threatening rain around here today. And unlike Boo, we DO have mosquitoes starting. Miserable little wretches. Believe me, that's one "why" that will be on my list when I get to Heaven.

I had a very nice email from Rafe. He and his family are doing well after losing his dad, they have adopted a strong Christian approach to the whole thing, and I think they'll be fine. A fine man, that Rafe.

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

May 03, 2009 - Msg 72276: So glad Rafe is doing ok...thanks Romeena.

I really like chicken salad with grapes and nuts...on RITZ CRACKERS...does that remind you of anyone we know and love? "Good cracker...good cracker!!"

I don't get WGN or Hallmark unless I pay extra to my cable company..maybe i should think about it. Glad you got the evening off, Ro..hope it turns into the whole night off.

Thank you for the leftovers and the TLC, SPOT. Thank you, too NN...I will take it easy.

Time to retire to the couch.


May 03, 2009 - Msg 72277: Boo, unless your cable company just charges a whole lot more, I'd recommend getting that package. Hallmark is a great channel, especially around the Christmas holidays. They had so many really good, positive movies. Granted, not much overt Christian message, but then the ACLU probably would have knocked them off the air if they had, and probably no one is producing anything like that these days anyway. However, what they did show definitely carried a message of love, sharing, caring, and good will.

My computer is still roaring at me. Every fifteen minutes, like clockwork, a big old thunderclap sound from the speakers. Floyd suggested it might be connected to my email alert, but I have mine set to sweep every ten minutes, and to sound the chime if there's new mail. Since the times don't match up, I don't think that's it. Oh well, it seems harmless, and I'll get linked up with my computer guru in Florida in the next day or two, and he'll fix it.

Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

May 03, 2009 - Msg 72278: I will have to check into to it. I know that during the Christmas season Hallmark shows some good holiday movies that I never get to see.

Boy, I sure don't know why your computer would be roaring at you like that. Hope you get it straightened out soon.

Guess I should go to bed...Goodnight.


May 04, 2009 - Msg 72279: Mornin' Y'all! Sorry I missed all of the "excitement" on the Porch yesterday-Boo & Spot sure had themselves a time,didn't they?! Guess most of us were just taking it easy-I know I was! Glad you are feeling better,Boo. Don't overdo it.
A roaring computer? Mine has done lots of weird things,but as far as I can recollect,no computer has ever roared at me! Strange!
Oh,TVLand should change its name to TrashTVLand-for the most part,that's all that's on it. I agree with Ro- you can catch some good shows on WGN and Hallmark. Even ION sometimes has good stuff- I watched several episodes of M*A*S*H on ION last night. TVLand should get back to totally retro programming.
I'm another chicken salad fan-had it for lunch yesterday. Would love to try some of Ro's with the grapes & nuts-sounds wonderful!
It's good to hear that Rafe is getting along ok following the loss of his Dad. Prayers continue.
Spot,those storms must be holding tight over there in GA-we haven't gotten any of them. T- storms have been predicted for days now. I'll bet you are sick of 'em!
Well, gotta get going around here,so I'd better skeedaddle. Y'all have a good day.
Spot-we need our morning vittles!
possum under a rock

May 04, 2009 - Msg 72280: Good Morning Porch, hope everyone is up and ready to face the morning. Been busy the past few days and not much time to sit and rock til now. Thought I'd sit a minute and check in. Cool and raining today on my end of the porch, a good day to stay inside if you can.

Our church co sponsored a Youth Rally Thursday night and Friday night. Had over 100 teen agers, 2 speakers and a Christain Rock band "Seraph".
The kids had a great time and I think several kids made some decisions that night as well. The music was very loud and of course but they had a ball and seemed to related well to the music and the young men in the band. Apparently this band is very poplar and are all over the place (kinda like Rev but with much different Christian music). They reach a much different age group which greatly is needed this day and time.

Busy week ahead, I turn the big 50 tomorrow (OUCH), Patrick has his Prom on Saturday,and I will be taking Beth (my daugther) and 5 of her friends out for an early birthday dinner on
Saturday evening. Mothers Day with my Mom on Sunday. Such goings on on my end of the porch. If anyone wants to volunteer with 6 15 year old girls and me to dinner on Saturday night I would welcome the support!

I will fix lunch today: chicken tortilla soup,
tortilla chips, grilled cheese, fresh fruit cups,
brownies. come a few minutes early so we can catch up with each other.

Prayers and blessings to all today.
Big Maude

May 04, 2009 - Msg 72281: Maude turns the big 50! That's a reason to celebrate! Let's have a party tomorrow...let's rent that party room at Morelli's for around dinnertime. I'll invite the Darlins (for entertainment) and MDC can bring the squeezins. What'cha want for your birthday, Maude...canning jars or a bed jacket? ;-) Do you need a septic tank?...we could all pitch in. I know I need a septic tank, so maybe you could all save up and give me one when my birthday comes around in July...just a suggestion, nothing set in stone. I could also use the canning jars.

That's great about the youth rally at your church, Maude. It's so important to have things like that for the kids in the church and community. We try to keep things like that going for our youth.

Well, I got Erin off to school this morning. It wasn't easy...I had trouble falling asleep last night and didn't drift off until around 3am, then had to get up at 7. I sat on the couch all bleary-eyed for about 10 minutes contemplating going back to bed and forgetting the whole thing. I came to my senses, though, and got Erin up for school. I think it's going to be a long day...


May 04, 2009 - Msg 72282: I'll brang the fire extuingsher to the party. I better get the big industrial one. :)


May 04, 2009 - Msg 72283: Hmm.. guess I'll get Maude some salt & pepper shakers. Or do y'all think she'd rather have a baseball cap? Decisions,decisions! I'm just glad that somebody gets inducted into the "5-0" Club before ME-(sorry,Maude!) I thought I might be the first since my birthday is July 30th and I know Spot is hanging on to his "49" club membership until around Christmas! He's a December YOUT.Rev is in the mix somewhere,and if anybody else wants to join us in our new club,you are most welcome.Just speak up and admit you are heading "over the hill" -hee hee! We'll throw ya a real nice party,like Maude's gonna have tomorrow.
Spot,let's see if Morelli will let us decorate the party room. You can blow up the balloons since we all know you are full of hot air! HA!

I'll bring the party hats and will check & see if we can hire Carl Benson's Wildcats to play. If they're not available,we'll get Opie & Clifford's band. They are real groovy- Maude should like 'em.
Ok, let me head over to Weaver's and get Maude's gift. See y'all later!

May 04, 2009 - Msg 72284: Thanks but I still got 4 years of youth before I have to join that club, Possum!

Who's making the cake?


May 04, 2009 - Msg 72285: RAIN RAIN GO AWAY


May 04, 2009 - Msg 72286:
Happy 50 Maude!
I made a new batch, so dig in!

May 04, 2009 - Msg 72287: Good afternoon, porch. Tom, how close are you to that creek and the flooding? If you're watching it, it must be very near, or are you watching on TV? You be careful now, you hear?

The sun is finally out today - first time I've seen it in about a week. I have a couple of solar lights out back, and they've been completely dark for a long time. Maybe they'll light up tonight, but I won't know, because I'll be at work.

Happy Birthday, Maudie! The big 5-0, huh? That's a milestone, for sure. I have a son older than you - he turned 50 in January! Now, how do you think that makes me feel?

Roses are opening rapidly today, in the bright sunshine, and irises are doing the same. There's one stand of purple iris, called Titan's Glory, that is just spectacular. I can count six blooms on it from where I'm sitting, and since I divided it last year, there are two more clumps elsewhere in the yard, each with two or three blooms. Such pretty things! The clematis Jackmanii is in full bloom over the corner of the arbor, and it's beautiful. Halloween Halo, which finished two weeks ago, has suddenly sent up another bloom stalk. Smaller flower, and only one, but two more buds. Spectacular, beautiful things - irises.

Overfed pigeons are scrambling beneath the bird feeder, picking up every single seed that the squirrel has knocked to the ground. I never have to worry about unwanted seed sprouting in the lawn - the birds don't miss a single one!

A squirrel is trying to figure out how to get something out of the suet cage. There's a suet cake in there, but it's about half-eaten, and he can't reach it. He's wishing he had a long beak. He's pulling on the chain, trying to drag it up into the tree, but can't quite do it. Too funny!

Well, guess I'd better go catch a little nap, so I can make it through the night. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

May 04, 2009 - Msg 72288: No Romeena I'm watching ir on tv and the creek is about 75 ft from my house.


May 04, 2009 - Msg 72289: Hey all..supper menu:grilled burgers,fries,cokes....SPOT

May 04, 2009 - Msg 72290:
Tom- Be careful!
You will be in my prayers.
How is Gizmo.
Spot- that sounds good! Are they Culvers butter burgers?
Wow POSSUM, the original Carl benson's Wildcats? ha
Possum, you mentioned ION TV. I get 4 channels of that over the air. I saw some of the MASH marathon.
Have you ever seen "GET Out" on ION Life with the three ditzy girls that do
bungee jumping etc? I'm not saying they're dumb
but they sure seem one key short of a typewriter! ha
Pappabear called yesterday. I was out, but cecile talked to him for a while. He is doing pretty well, all things considered.
Thanks for the prayers!
ASA-did you see my Foyle's War post?

May 04, 2009 - Msg 72291: Dont know what Culvers burgers are MDC...Im just gona patty up some ground sirlon..slice a few onions,swiss cheese....but looks like its just you and me to eat the porch has been slow...SPOT

May 04, 2009 - Msg 72292: Hey, Spot! I'll take one of those burgers, if you'll promise not to cook it too done. Have you got a little salsa?

Did you talk to Miss Sherry about the cruise? You know I'm going to nag you until you do.

Would you believe that little squirrel is STILL working on that suet cake? Bless his little heart, I think I'll open one and just put it out in a tray feeder for him, so he can have all he wants. He's finally figured out that if he eats from the bottom, where it's resting on the bottom of the cage, it will continue to settle as he eats and never gets out of reach. So, he's hanging head down from the tree, nibbling away! I love those funny little guys.

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

May 04, 2009 - Msg 72293: oink, oink,oink, squeal
oops - pardon my swine flu!
I bet Vicks will cure it!!

May 04, 2009 - Msg 72294: "GOT SALSA?" bet..and Romeena I speck when we go camping wed we can discuss the burgers have to be done not steaks is a different thang...Med only...well guess its just MDC,Romeena and I for supper...gona have lots of burgers left over....SPOT

May 04, 2009 - Msg 72295: Hey, Spot. Just flip my burger about a minute before you do yours, then take it off about two minutes before the others come off. Mine will be just the way I like it, most likely, though it does depend on the thickness. I don't want it red or cold in the middle, but a nice juicy pink is fine. I know, the burger police would disagree, but I've been eating pink burgers for about 65 years, and they haven't hurt me yet. I like my steak medium rare, my burgers medium, and my bacon on the limp side. Chicken should be done but not dried out, same for pork.

Well, looks like I might be home again tonight. I got a four-hour cancellation, will learn at nine whether I have to go in at eleven or not. Either way will be okay. I'll enjoy staying home, but with two shifts knocked out, my paycheck is going to be pretty puny. Guess I just trade one thing for another.

Just heard another scary news story about the swine flu. Granted, it's bad, and people are sick, and I know it's newsworthy. We've seen it here on the porch. Still, I have to wonder. With all the press over a couple of hundred cases in the U.S., with a handful of deaths, where's the press coverage on the hundreds who have died on our highways in the same period of time, in alcohol-related accidents? Just wondering...

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena