February 11, 2010 - Msg 77674: Asa, regarding this pest control poisoning story, I found an interesting attorney's web site at http://tinyurl.com/LaytonPoisoning
There I was surprised to learn that:
- Investigators did say they recovered over 1.5 pounds of the substance, or around 800 tablets.
- In the manufacturer's manual for this poison, it states in bold letters "This product must not be applied into a burrow system that is within 15 feet of a building that is, or may be occupied by humans, and/or animals, especially residences.”
- Testing shows that the toxin was applied 3 feet from a garage door and 7 feet from the front door.
- Deviance from the manufacturer’s instructions on how to apply this dangerous poison is basically failure to follow the applicable standard of care, and in a legal context, is considered evidence of negligence.
- The pest control company, its employees, and even the poison manufacturer are subject to civil and criminal penalties. The family has the final say if there will be a civil lawsuit. The local district attorney has the final say if there will be a criminal trial.

My research has revealed that for the state of Utah, a wrongful death civil action has a statute of limitations of two years and a negligent homicide criminal action has a statute of limitations of 4 years. So both the family and state have some time to make their decisions. And while it is true that some sources are reporting that the family is not thinking of any legal action now, I suspect that because of the notoriety of this case, lawyers will try to contact and influence the family. Any cash judgment could be split with 60% going to the family and 40% going to the lawyers.

from Poor Horatio

February 11, 2010 - Msg 77675: Oh my gosh, I swept the porch! I can't remember the last time I did that.

from Poor Horatio

February 11, 2010 - Msg 77676: great sweep poor horatio. well the sun is shinning and a balmy -8 but we will be getting more snow over thwe weekend. prayers for all in need. a big hello to everyone. pappabear

February 11, 2010 - Msg 77677:
Prayers continue for the troone family and for the
technician. Sounds like a terrible mistake,
but also poor training.
If the company was negligent in training, then
they should definitely be held accaountable.
A big problem with our world today, people wont
admit responsibility, except for acts of terror.
go figure!The world is plain crazy!
Lord help us and give the world some smarts.

February 11, 2010 - Msg 77678:
hey to everyone! mdc

February 11, 2010 - Msg 77679: Hubby is digging us out now that the winds have died down. We may go into town today - I need to get some supplies and more bedding for the goatees!
Prayers for all that need them and still more prayers for the Troone family - I am still at a loss for the devastation they are feeling.
Incomng meatball!!!

February 11, 2010 - Msg 77680:
Hello porch family....got a busy day but wanted to check in real quick.

Love and prayers for you all!

February 11, 2010 - Msg 77681: Hubby is digging us out now that the winds have died down. We may go into town today - I need to get some supplies and more bedding for the goatees!
Prayers for all that need them and still more prayers for the Troone family - I am still at a loss for the devastation they are feeling.
Incomng meatball!!!

February 11, 2010 - Msg 77682:
Homemaker- please tell us your website again.
Thanks, MDC

February 11, 2010 - Msg 77683:
Hey Folks

Asa-That is heartbreaking about your local family, prayers have been offered.

MDC-I can't remember if you answered me a while back, do you listen to Catholic Radio? I enjoy quite a few of the shows, "Dr Ray" is my favorite.

Boo-Good to see ya back and rocking.

Hope all of you Mid-Porchers are enjoying the snow. I've read that some of the cities hit (Philly and D.C. come to mind)have asked WNY cities how to deal with the snow removal. I thought that was kinda neat.


February 11, 2010 - Msg 77684:
AUh20--we just got it here in December 1310 AM
and i have listened some. Seems pretty good.

February 11, 2010 - Msg 77685:
HA- sounds like year 1310 , back in bedrock
with stone radios with a squacking parrot inside!

February 11, 2010 - Msg 77686: Hey y'all- I went gallivanting today- went to Wally World and the Library. Got that Don Knotts movie book that is shown on the front page of this website-gonna enjoy looking through it!

SNOW is predicted at the Rock tomorrow night-90% chance! Now, I realize to some of y'all, snow IS a four letter word (can't say I'd blame ya if I lived up where y'all do),but down here we get mighty excited!!! Hasn't snowed in the Lowcountry of SC in YEARS!
Hey Spot- The Southern Snowball fight is ON!
( maybe- LOL)

Y'all take care & stay warm. Love to all!
possum under a rock

February 11, 2010 - Msg 77687: Hey gang ..Possum I do think we will be able to have the Southern snow ball fight!...its gona be On..hey ,MDC,asa,auh2o,hazel,HM,NN,horatio and all....yea were gona get some snow here tomorrow...NN how are yall making it?..hazel?..snowed in still?...possum if ya need to to come and get ya just let me know...we will make a bread and milk run...Maude any leftovers?.....ok.....prayers to all and im gona read the archives....SPOT

February 11, 2010 - Msg 77688:
Theres a town I know where the hipsters go they call it Bedrock
Twitch! Twitch!
And when you get an itch to do the Twitch in Bedrock
it's a twitchin' town so I'll see you down in Bedrock
Twitch! Twitch!


February 11, 2010 - Msg 77689:
possum-I gotta tell ya, I love the snow. I enjoy winter more than summer. Actually, nothing beats Spring! That's the ticket.


February 11, 2010 - Msg 77690: Did someone say spring????

Hey MDC - www.freewebs.com/diamondbboergoats
Thanks for asking!!

Got to go to town today and everything - wow. . .back to normal tomorrow after being stuck in the house for the last two days.


February 11, 2010 - Msg 77691: I'm surprised no one has posted about former president Bill Clinton being in the hospital in New York for some kind of heart procedure.

auh2o, keep your winter and the snow. And I'm not too keen on summer either. I prefer the fall.
I usually listen to Catholic Radio when I traveling between Canada and the USA.

SPOT, hey back at you.

from Poor Horatio

February 11, 2010 - Msg 77692: I heard Clinton had a heart attach, PH. Is that right? By the way, it sure is nice to have you back posting regularly. :-)

Had my parents and st susan over for supper tonight. My mom had been asking me to make her some cranberry beans for weeks so I cooked those up...yuck. I also made her some cornbread. The rest of us had chicken. I also made my famous chocolate cobbler and wow, it was some kinda good. So, we are stuffed and content, enjoying the fire on this cold, rainy night. I just tucked Erin into bed after reading to her. We just started the Little House series and are reading "Little House in the Big Woods". Erin thought it was so funny when Laura is described as having a corncob wrapped in a handkerchief (as a doll) named susan. :-)

Guess I will be back in the am with my coffee. Ya'll stay warm and throw a snowball for me, Possum!


February 11, 2010 - Msg 77693:
Hello porch family!

Yep Possum.....looks like we may get a little of the white stuff here in SC. Maybe it will be enough to make a snowball. No rocks in it though.

I just got a note from a friend that has played drums for me in the past. Well he just got hired to go on tour with Travis Tritt (Country singer). I'm so prowd for him. Very solid drummer.

Everyone stay warm and safe. Spot keep that power on.
Have a good night!
Love and prayers!

February 11, 2010 - Msg 77694:
BOO- did you get a high capacity washing machine?
Must be nice to have an indoor laundry room.
Our washer/dryer are in the garage, and in the
summer it is quite unbearable.
Are you still helping at rehab?
Clinton is improving I heard.
Prayers for all,

February 12, 2010 - Msg 77695: Yes, MDC, it's a large capacity front loader and I love it. So easy to use and uses less water than the top loader, which is good since we have that aerobic septic system. I know exactly what you mean about doing laundry outside in the summer...been doing that for years and it is no fun.

Yes, still helping out at the rehab but have been absent now and then while moving and getting Bruce taken care of.

It's still cold here but the rain stopped.

Think I will finish my coffee and watch the weather. See ya'll later. I miss Romeena. :-(


February 12, 2010 - Msg 77696: Hey Folks
MDC & Boo Doing laundry in the garage so sounds strange to me. I had to shut off a heating line in our garage (it's attached to the house) because it froze one night. It was a real money drain anyway.

I heard Bubba is up on his feet already.

Boo-I'm sitting here with a cup of coffee also. Our youngest is getting her schedule for high-school in about an hour. So, I'm gonna go over to the school and sit through the process with her and the guidance counselor.

Poor Horatio-Autumn is my 2nd favorite season and I'll keep my snow. I do like it.

OK, so now we gotta worry about snow and the Southern end of the Porch? This Global warming is not nearly warm enough. Maybe we should return it and get our money back.


February 12, 2010 - Msg 77697: Morning all.
Home sick today. Benn fighting the start of a cold all week and it finally won. Drats!
I think Boo gave it to me. Boo, how is Bruce doing?

Well PH and Auh2o, I'm a spring guy all the way. I love summer as well. I could love Fall the best if I wasn't so bummed out knowing Winter follows it. Anyway, it's all good I reckon.

Well Bill Clinton was rushed to the hospital yesterday, had emergency surgery to install two stints, and has been released this morning and expected to be back to work on Monday morning. Sounds like a broken health care system to me. I do wish him a full recovery, and hope that being a recipient of such wonderful health care might quit the attacks on our current system. Although not perfect, it's pretty darn fine and light years ahead of other systems (from everything I have read)

That's awesome about your drummer friend Rev. Hope his face don't break out moving to the top like that though. :)

Once again, thanks for all the prayers for the Toone family. I will later today post a link to a press release they did last night.


February 12, 2010 - Msg 77698:
Boo-Do the machines sit on those pedastals?
Those look neat. We got the top loader maytag
and it still gets 23 towels clean at once!
So Bruce and Bill now have something in common, stents! ha
How is bruce doing BTW.
I had to laugh at the radio guy on the commute in this AM. He said, "Hillary has been at Bill's side since yesterday." then a pause, then "and despite that, he's still feeling better!" haha
Just a little joke.
Well, have a good day all!

February 12, 2010 - Msg 77699: Boo, thank you for your very kind remark. I will try to continue with more frequent postings.

Hey Rev., since your drummer is on the road, I'd love to audition as a replacement. Unfortunately, I gave my drum set to my nephews hoping they would develop an interest. But after a few years of haphazard practicing (or should I say making noise), they ended up selling the drums (to the delight of their neighbors I suspect).

Boo, MDC, and auh2o, I would never want my washer and dryer "outdoors" in the garage unless I lived in Hawaii where the weather is mostly mild all year round.
When we lived in a condo, we had the washer and dryer indoors on the same level as the living and sleeping areas. I consider that to be the most conveniant and safest arrangement since it is always at room temperature, and there are no stairs to negotiate.

Asa, I would love spring time more if there was less rain and tornados. Also, spring seems to follow the harshest portion of winter, so their are often remnants still visible in some places.

Speaking of washing machines, for those of you with top loaders, do you use the more expensive HE detergents that were designed for these high efficienty machines? We started out using HE detergents until they became hard to find. Since we have switched back to regular detergents, we have not noticed any degradation in cleaning quality. How about you folks?

MDC, I love that radio guy's comment about Hillary being by Bill's side. However, there is more truth than humor in that "joke".

Finally, to compliment what Asa has posted so far, below is a link to a photo of the Toone family. The baby and the girl in the pink dress are the two who died as a result of the pest control poisoning accident.
May they Rest In Peace. And may the Toone family seek comfort during the grieving process.

from Poor Horatio

February 12, 2010 - Msg 77700: Thanks for posting that link PH.
Here is the link to the press release.

Hope that works


February 12, 2010 - Msg 77701:
Hello porch family.

Possum.....sure looks like snow is coming our way. Probably won't be too much Just hope we don't lose power again.

Been on the floor fighting with little Jake. He's a trip. So funny to watch.

Check back later! Have a Jesus filled day!
Love and prayers!

February 12, 2010 - Msg 77702: Hey Y'all! There is SNOW falling on my rock! Spot- the Southern Snowball fight will be on later! Laci is here so we'll double team ya!
gotta go- she is clinging on me now! I'll check in later-y'all take care!
possum & LACI

February 12, 2010 - Msg 77703: LACI

February 12, 2010 - Msg 77704: Laci got tickled when she noticed her name up on the screen,so we had to type it again!

possum and LACI again

February 12, 2010 - Msg 77705: Good afternoon folks, just a quick trouble check this afternoon. Roofers are working again today, hopefully they will finish soon. They have not been here since Monday, due to the weather, so maybe they can finish up as much as possible before the next snow front moves in.

We have a front loader washing machine and generally use the HE detergent, I usually use liquid gain. The only thing I have noted with the non HE detergents in the seems to be much more
soap suds and it takes longer for the rinse cycle to complete.

I plan to to back to work a few hours next week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. I think I will be okay. I am spending all my time sitting at home so I may as well sit in my office chair and talk to people for a few hours. My husband will drive me and bring me back home. Not sure how long i have to wait to drive. It will be 2 weeks this coming Monday since the surgery so I am not sure when it is "okay" to get behind the wheel.

Hope everyone is okay today. wonder if SPOT got his teeth and if
Romeena is close to getting her computer up and running?

Supper menu will be: roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, SLAW, green beans, corn, harvard beets, biscuits, chocolate layer cake for dessert. sweet tea, raspberry lemonade to drink.
see you a supper.

have a good afternoon. Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

February 12, 2010 - Msg 77706: Poor Horatio, I'm with you on the Spring thing. I don't care for all the rain and slush from the melting snow(very hard to ride your bike in. And messy.).

PO, I have never used HE detergents in our machine. Actually never heard of them neither.

I have some very good news. I was sure I had told you all about my co-worker who had a brain aneurysm, but in looking through the archives to see if I did, I didn't see it anywhere. But now you know.
Anyway, this is a young guy(about 25 I think), who was having very bad headaches and wasn't at work for awhile(very unusual for him). So when one of the supervisors called him about two weeks ago, his dad answered and said he was flown to Mayo clinic with the brain aneurysm and wasn't doing well(I think he said they even lost him once). This was a shock to everyone.
So last week sometime, I asked one of the supervisors if anyone had heard how he was doing, and he told me, "Oh yeah, he called the other day."
HE called, I said, very surprised.
The supervisor said yes. Apparently they were just about to do some procedure on him(he had been in a coma, and they were waiting because he was too weak to do anything to), when he started getting better. They said his body was working the aneurysm out on its own. And to my knowledge, they haven't done anything since, and sent him home. He was even in the snack bar at work yesterday with his dad, and he looked great! He has to recoup for the next 6 weeks, but he looks like he is a lot better already.

I had never heard of such a thing happening. I said it was a miracle, which it is. They said his body was working it out "on its own", but I think I know who was really behind it. I think we all do.

Praise God!

Have to go pick up Kai from school.

-Sterling Holobyte

February 12, 2010 - Msg 77707:
Hey HMaker-I posted a comment at your website.
Keep resting Big maude. Lord knows, you'll be
back in the rat race soon enough! ha
Sterling- HE is for High Efficency and is suppose to be better in the newer machines.
Wow, that's amazing about your co-worker, maybe he takes oregano! ha
Seriously, for sure the Lord's hand is in this!
Possums dont do well in snow, so keep warm and well, PUR.
BTW, ya all have a great St. Valentine's Day!
Another one of those darn Catholic saints to
spread a little amore. ha I guess there were a couple Valentines, one more of a legend, but nonetheless, a good guy.

Not sure if this link will take, but you can
copy/paste it.
Prayers for all, have a good one!
Luv ya,

February 12, 2010 - Msg 77708: SNOW at the rock!
Here comes the first snowball- watch out spot! Splat!

possum under a SNOWY rock

February 12, 2010 - Msg 77709: Just made a mini snowman! Spot,you'd better take cover,here comes another- POW!

possum again

February 12, 2010 - Msg 77710: Hello Possum!!..man we got some snow for the south!...my fields are solid white....got away from work but there were no trouble cause no ice..back at 6pm tomorro..Big Maude not teeth yet(getting old) but he said gums have to be right....Another month to wait...but life is good!!...Wendys will love me for a while.(double with cheese no pickel add bacon).......ok...just got home and gona get the 4-wheeler out for a spin over the dogs place...out to Mom and Pops to check on them....will hae to put the full ski mask on.....its Cold....SPOT

February 12, 2010 - Msg 77711: Hey Spot- Defend yourself,man! Here's one from Laci (aim for Uncle spotty's head,Laci!)


( good one, Lace! )

possum u.a.r.

February 12, 2010 - Msg 77712: Spot's getting hammered by a little girl! LOL

Here comes one from somebody your own age- take that,spot!

BLAM! That one got ya right in the gums -hee hee. Keep your mouth closed next time! Quit yer crying! Ha Ha Ha

Now I know how ol' Ernest T. felt slinging them rocks around! This is fun!

possum the snowball throwing champ!

February 12, 2010 - Msg 77713: A frozen hello to all the porchsters...wow, it is cold here in NC. 4 inches of snow and the roads are freezing. Hope all of you will stay warm and dry tonight. I know this doesn't compare to the northern states, but we are not used to this type of weather. Prayers for all the porch family and especially the Toone family.
C Darlin'

February 12, 2010 - Msg 77714: PH, I use the HE detergent in the front loader because it has less suds and since the front loader uses less water, you need a detergent with less suds.

Yes, MDC, my washer and dryer are about a foot or so off the ground...strange that there is so much interest among the men here about washers and dryers. I like it. ;-)

Yippee, Possum! You got snow. Be sure and make a snow angel with Laci.

So you have been fighting with Jake again, REV? Did he take you? ;-) My niece and nephew (Emily's parents) got a new dog today. He was a "child of divorce" and his owners had to find another home for him. He is a beautiful 2 yr old chocolate lab named "Rocky" and he is the sweetest, most well-tempered dog I have met in a long time. Our black lab Leah has been trying to show him who's boss but soon she will be ga-ga over him. Anyways, today Emily fell from the swing in the yard and the second she fell and started to cry, "Rocky" sprang over to her to make sure she was ok. He's a great dog.

Maude, glad you are on the mend. My sis-in-law Vicki had surgery yesterday on her back and you should see that incision! It is about 7 inches long on her lower back. Poor thing is going to take awhile to recover. I am planning on bringing her here to stay with us for awhile during her recovery.

Great news about your friend, Sterling! Sounds like the Lord has him here for a reason and isn't ready to take him yet. :-)

Well, think I will go watch some 'Everybody Loves Raymond"


February 13, 2010 - Msg 77715: I miss Romeena. :-(


February 13, 2010 - Msg 77716:
Hello porch family......We got 7 inches of the white stuff here today. OK I've seen it and now I'm ready for it to get away:)

Boo....Jake always wins or at least he thinks he does. He loved the snow until we brought him in and put him straight in the bath.lol
Hey that chocolate lab has a great name..."Rocky"....that just happens to be my name of course....hehehe

You all have a good night and stay warm.
Prayers for all the porch family!

February 13, 2010 - Msg 77717:
I miss Ro also Boo!

February 13, 2010 - Msg 77718: FINALLY getting plowed out. In the front yard and parking lot is a 35 foot snow bank. For anyone on FaceBook you can see some of the massive drifts we have been battling, but praise the Lord we were never out of electricity -(thanks Spot) and we're not cleaning up from an earthquake. Things could be a lot worse!
Gotta get some sleep. ~New Neighbor

February 13, 2010 - Msg 77719:
Nite all

February 13, 2010 - Msg 77720: Well, looks like we got 5-6 inches of snow. Power went off over most of the town at 10:30 last night-came back on around 1am.Flicked a few times after that,but managed to stay on. Needless to say,ol' possum didn't get any sleep, worrying about keeping Laci warm should the power go out again. I think I got 2 hours of sleep the entire night! Laci got her 8 hours & was up at 4:30! Gonna be a LONG day! Sure is pretty outside. Mr. Possum took the wheels off of an old wagon & rigged up some kind of sled for Laci. She should really enjoy being pulled around on the snow. Hope my back can take it!
Boo, she sat down in the snow yesterday. I think that's as close to a snow angel as we're gonna do- what a mess!

Y'all take care!

possum under a rock

February 13, 2010 - Msg 77721:
Rev-Loved your take on the snow, "OK I've seen it and now I'm ready for it to get away." Good one.

possum-It's a good thing you don't get so very often, you're trouble. Snow ball fighting on the Porch, LOL.

New Neighbor-Glad to hear things are getting back to normal weather wise.


February 13, 2010 - Msg 77722: Morning all.
Sick as a dog and not having the time of my life. BLAH!!


February 13, 2010 - Msg 77723:
Asa-Hope you're feeling better soon.

possum-Sorry, that was suppose to say, It's a good thing you don't get SNOW very often, you're trouble.


February 13, 2010 - Msg 77724: WOOOOHOOOOOOOO!! I have a computer back! The first thing I did after hooking up all the cables was head for the porch - just to say hello, can't stay, but will be back. ASA, I'm sorry you're sick - hope you feel better soon, like immediately. That's as far as I've read, but will be back this evening and get caught up. For now, there's a funeral at church - a precious man, a lifelong Gideon, a stalwart pillar of the church, passed away from leukemia. The funeral is today, and my SS class (his wife is a cherished member) is taking food for the meal for the family after the service. We expect about 75 people (big family), so a lot of us are participating. We'll stay and serve, of course.

SNOW! More snow than I've ever seen at one time in my seventy years of living in Texas. It has been a wonderful gift, I've enjoyed every minute, got some (I hope) great pictures, and even tossed Toye Starr out in the middle of it for a couple of minutes. She wasn't impressed.

Now I've got to hit the shower and head for the church with my enormous bowl of green pea and cheese salad. (I love the stuff!) There are eight cans of peas in there, let alone all the other stuff. The bowl is the size of Mt. McKinley, and it's full.

Be blessed - hope everyone is okay ('cept Asa, I know you're sick) and I'll see you all this evening. --Romeena

February 13, 2010 - Msg 77725: Hi All.
Will I see where Spot had his snowball fight.
Just thmeeink in two mon spring will be here.
Will Romeer is back we miss you was down.
Now I may be downa bag git in here and at time I can not git in .
I due not have money for a new one or to have someone fixit for me.
My SISS son said he will help but that was sometime back.
So I may pop in from time to time and maybe found a good fix befor I short this thing.
Rom maybe friend rell my how to fix it


February 13, 2010 - Msg 77726: Yayyyy. Ro is back.:)
Doesn't the porch seem nice and full again?


February 13, 2010 - Msg 77727:
Hello porch family......The snow here has pretty much melted.

Ro....it is sooooo good to see ya back. We sure missed you so much!
Prayers for the family and friends of the church memeber that pass into Heaven.

Asa.....praying you get feeling better soon.

We took Jake out in the snow this morning and had a blast. He loved it. He just ran and rolled all in it. He was completely covered in snow. We laughed so hard we nearly cried. He was so funny. Then we brought him in for a good ole bath which he didn't think was as fun:)

NASCAR fans.....the big race tomorrow. Should be a good one. Dale Jr took a wild ride in the Nationwide today. It was a nasty wreck.

Well gang I have a concert in the morning so I better get some things done before bedtime.
Happy Valentine's Day to all my porch family!
Love and prayers

February 13, 2010 - Msg 77728: Hey Romeena!Possum you are the champeene snow ball fighter..you whuped me..well we did have a great snow here and more tomorrow but the power lines were fine...it was so neat...I think it was the most I have ever seen here in Ga..hey TOM,Rev,NN,hazel,MDC...race fans the nationwide race was a good one today....jr went for a ride...gona be a great 500 tomorrow...watching a movie called Next..Nic Cage...pretty good...hey Boo the weather holding up on the building?..Asa my buddy feel better..hey auh20,Mavis,Laci that last snow ball was a Big one....well let me warm up some of this chicken and dressing Mom sent with me ....yall want some?..greenbeans too....SPOT

February 14, 2010 - Msg 77729: Indeed, the porch feels nice and full again, ASA. Welcome home to Mayberry, Dear Romeena. You were greatly missed...here comes a "kiss on the jaw"...smack! Now, let me tell you that a bowl of pea salad as big as Mt. McKinley sounds like a nightmare to me, but glad others like it. ;-)

I am so jealous of all the snow you fellow southern folks got. I would have loved for it to snow here again. Oh well.

Hey Asa, how long ya been "ailin'"?...is it the Pip? Are you throwing up or throwing down...or both? hehe

I'm tuckered out. Had alot to do today (and most days). Bruce's sister Vicki is getting out of the hospital tomorrow so I had to wash sheets and make beds, go to the store for food, clean, etc. I forgot to tell you all about my bedroom furniture. Remember I had it ordered months ago from Bassett company and it took about a month to get here. Well, Bruce picked it up and it was crated up in boxes. When we finally got around to taking things out of the boxes, we noticed that one of the bedside tables looked like it had been dropped on one corner and the drawer was broken. It appeared to have happened at the factory and they crated it up and sent it anyway. We are waiting for another one to arrive. Well, now that Bruce is doing well, he decided to put the bed together. We have a really heave king bed and he and Zach took it all apart and then Bruce went to put the new bed, together, which consists of a very heave headboard, footboard and wooden siderails. After trying like crazy to get the side rails in place, we noticed that the slats were the wrong size and they had given us the wrong siderails. I was so aggravated. We paid good money for the furniture, had to wait for it, then wait until Bruce was able to put things together and worked hard, and still it didn't work out. I am ready to call and tell them to come and get it and give me my money back. I think that Bassett furniture company has some real issues. Guess I should have gone with Thomasville or Ethan Allen. I was trying to save money and you know what that will get you sometimes. Anyone else had trouble with the Bassett company?

I had better get to bed so's I can get up fro preachin' in the morning. Goodnight All!


February 14, 2010 - Msg 77730: Why can't I seem to spell "heavy"? Weird.


February 14, 2010 - Msg 77731: "Fro" preachin'? Wonder what that is?


February 14, 2010 - Msg 77732: Good evening, all. I spent the evening at Eloise's daughter's home, birthday dinner for Eloise. Just got home, and I'm pooped. I need to get to bed, so I can partake of some of that "fro preachin'" in the morning, like Boo. Thanks, friend, for the "missed ya'" sentiments. It's nice to be missed.

As for the Bassett furniture, I have twin Bassett 3-cushion sofas in my living room, and my big chair and ottoman, and a second ottoman that goes with one of the sofas. I've found them to be sturdy, to wear extremely well, have retained their lines, comfort and appearance. However, obviously there were no assembly issues with those pieces. In your place, I think I would indeed just tell them to come and get it, or at least to send someone with the replacement parts and do the assembly for you. I've never purchased furniture that wasn't delivered, uncrated and set up for me. I didn't even know they did it any other way. Maybe I paid for that service, but if I did, I wasn't aware of it, and it was worth it.

I'm so happy to have the new computer and be up and running, but there really is a lot missing. I have used a program called "Agendus" for years. It's a phone directory, address book, calendar and can be set for alarms to remind of appointments or birthdays, any special event. It contained the phone numbers of practically everyone I know, including all the folks who work around here helping me maintain this house, and all the stores and places I shop, even the Sonic up the street. That's all gone. Folks, I'm here to tell you, if you're not backing up what's on your computer, the WHOLE THING, not just the data, you'd better consider doing it. My favorite games are gone, each of which cost me $20 to download. That's about $120 gone. I'm going to sign up for Carbonite, an offsite backup storage service, and my computer will be backed up to them weekly. It costs $50 a year. It's worth it. It's secure, as many large businesses use it. The upside is, the journal I began right after Dale passed is intact, and is present now on this computer, along with all the other writing I've done. No, there's no "great American novel" there, but it's still stuff I'd rather not lose.

Well, guess I'll head for the ironing board. Little Starr is tired, keeps woofing at me, I think she's ready for bed. Sweet little thing.

Be blessed, friends. It's good to be home. --Romeena

February 14, 2010 - Msg 77733: OK, folks - I've already hit a snag. REV, I tried to send you an email and it came back, of course. My "restored" address book doesn't have your new address. Please send it to me, if you don't mind.

Actually, friends, I need everyone to do that, if you don't mind, unless you prefer not to share your address. I feel very disconnected, and will be busy for the next few days trying to reconstruct some of the things I've lost. Some will never be retrieved or rebuilt, but I think I can get most of it. So, if you will, please send it to me at Romeena at tx dot rr dot com. You know the routine.

Also, if someone who still has the Christmas card list would send it back to me, I'd be so grateful. I sent it to you as a document file, as an attachment, so if you have it you should be able to just attach it and send it back to me. If you didn't save the attachment as a separate file, but still have the email, you could try forwarding it back to me. The attachment should go with it. Sorry to be such a pain, but believe me, this crash thing is a bearcat!

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

February 14, 2010 - Msg 77734: Mrning Y'all! Welcome home to Mayberry, Ro! We missed you!

Sorry to hear you're sick,Asa. How about some chicken soup? Feel better soon!

Ro,I think I have the Christmas Card list. Will look & see if I do. We'll find out how "ept" I am at sending attachments! Or perhaps I can just e-mail it back like you suggested. Will get it to yo in a day or so .Gotta recover from 2 days of Laci,snow,and little sleep!

Happy Valentine's Day to all of my dear Porch friends! ♥ (It worked!) Maybe I'm " ept" er than I give myself credit for! LOL

possum under a rock

February 14, 2010 - Msg 77735: but I can't spell "Morning" or "you"- good grief!

possum again

February 14, 2010 - Msg 77736: "Yo" Possum. Happy Valentine's Day to you too, Cookie. :-)

I don't know where on earth my card list is, Ro, but I will send you my email. Sounds like it has been a royal pain trying to get your computer back on track. Concerning the furniture, I told Bruce to leave it to me. At the time we bought it he insisted he would pick it up himself to save the delivery charge (which was only about 60 dollars!). I told him we are never doing that again. Turns out that he didn't know that when they delivered it they put it together too. I said from now on, we only let them deliver and put things together because of things like this and it is darned well worth the little extra expense. When I had my living room furniture delivered (for 80 dollars), the guys not only got it all there in one piece but even helped me put sliders on the bottom and arranged the furniture the way I wanted it. Anyway, I am calling the furniture place today and telling them to either come and get all of it or come and bring the right parts and put it together themselves, otherwise they can have it and give me my money back. I'm fed up with it.

Well I had better get ready for fro preachin'. See you all later.


February 14, 2010 - Msg 77737: Good morning, porch, and happy Valentine's Day to you all. I'll be going to a party at my friend LaRue's house tonight. For the past three years, since her dear husband passed (what a sweetheart he was!), she has hosted a party for the single folks in our SS department. She was planing it again this year, and on Friday morning, due to the show and ice, her power went out. It was still out early Saturday afternoon, so she was very reluctantly canceling the party. I kept telling her it would come back on in time (I was hoping!) and sure enough, yesterday evening it did, so the party is back on. Yippee!

Boo, I couldn't agree more. The little extra expense is well worth it, to avoid hassle, stress and maybe a back injury. Plus, if something is damaged in the process, it's THEIR problem, not yours. I apply that principle in a lot of areas. For example, during our recent showstorm, I took a cab to work. It works for me because I don't live far from the hospital, and it costs $10 each way, tip included. So for $20, my car remained safely in the garage ($250 deductible on my ins#rance if there was an accident) and I was dropped off under the canopy at the back door, so no walking on ice from the parking garage to the main building. I didn't even wear a coat - didn't need one, to walk six steps into the building. Sometimes it pays to look at a situation from a different angle, and be willing to deviate from the usual procedure. To me, $20 vs $250 deductible or possible broken hip was a no-brainer. I know circumstances vary - I might have lived many miles away, or not had the $20, but I live close and for now, I had the $20, so I made the call.

Well, back to exploring possible avenues for rebuilding some of what has been lost. I may have to just install another Agendus program or something similar and start from scratch. Argh. I just hate this. Oh, you should know that if I had your email address before November 2008, and it hasn't changed, I still have it. If it's new since then, I don't have it. Also, for any paranoiacs among you, the old crashed hard drive is back in my possession. I doubt anyone would spend the $1000 or so it would take to extract the information it holds (I won't!), but just in case, I do have the drive right here on my desk. I have the original drives from every computer I've ever replaced, except the very first one, which had no hard drive - hadn't been invented yet! Useless information, huh?

Well, I'm off to rustle up some lunch. As always, I've got leftovers! I think God invented leftovers with me in mind. I love 'em! Be blessed, everyone! --Romeena

February 14, 2010 - Msg 77738: "She was planing it"?? Good grief. Sounds like she was trying to make the party fit in a tight space. She was PLANNING it! --Romeena

February 14, 2010 - Msg 77739: Hahaha! SHOW and ice? SHOWstorm? What is wrong with me? And I proofread it too! I think my Texas mind and fingers just don't have the memory for "snow". --Romeena

February 14, 2010 - Msg 77740:
Hello porch family......Back from my concert and now watching the race and Olympics. The concert went great.

Ro....I sent you an email with my info.

Asa....you feeling better today buddy. Prayers for ya!

Boo....sure hope you get your furniture troubles fixed up!

Spot......you working today brother? The race is under a red flag now. The track is coming apart.

You all have a great day and give God thanks for all He has done in your life. He has blessed us all so much!
Love and prayers

February 14, 2010 - Msg 77741: Welcome back to Romeena. I read about your computer problems. That was a horrible backing up lesson for you to learn.
I use two 4GB memory sticks to backup all of my data. Since I have all the applications on CD's and DVD's, I only have to back up data files.
You also mentioned that you are planning on subscribing to a data storage site for $50 a year. How much storage does that include?
I'm looking at purchasing an external hard drive for backing up since I'm now downloading a lot more music videos. I have found 1TB external hard drives online for $100. That is 1 Terra Byte, or 1,000 GB of storage!
The secret to extending the life of your external hard drive is to only use it when you are actually backing up. Otherwise, keep it disconnected from the computer and powered off. This way, your backed up data is secure, accessible when offline, and there is less wear and tear on the mechanical parts.

from Poor Horatio

February 14, 2010 - Msg 77742: Happy Valentines Day Porch! Hope all is well today. Welcome back to Romeena, sure missed you around here.

Expecting snow again on my end end of the porch tonight and tomorrow, probably through Wedneday!

planning on going into to work tomorrow for a few hours. my hubby will drive me there and back so I should be okay.

Supper at Maudes house will be: BBQ chicken, baked potatoes, green beans. let me know if anyone would like some.

ya'll have a blessed day.

Big Maude

February 14, 2010 - Msg 77743: Romeena, I just e-mailed you the Christmas Card list. At least I think I did- I just sent the original e-mail back to you. Let me know if the attachment arrives with it!

Thanks for supper, Maude! I'll be right over.

possum again (Y'all like how I decorated my rock for Valentine's Day?!)

February 14, 2010 - Msg 77744: Ro, it bounced back to me. Received an auto-reply about not sending you any forwards until further notice. Just let me know & I'll forward it to you again.

possum again

February 14, 2010 - Msg 77745: Hey there, Sunday porchers. Having sunny and somewhat warm weather out my way. Finally!
Good to see that Romeena is back, sad tho' is all the computer problems... been down that road before!
The account of what occurred to the Toone family is horrible. Reading about it here, then the news release (via the link) and then seeing the picture of the kids in question.... awful, simply awful. :-(
Take care, porch gang.


February 14, 2010 - Msg 77746:
Thanks for supper Maude. Be careful on the road going to work!

Race fans.....that was one happy young man in Victory Lane:)

Good night porch family.
Love and prayers!

February 14, 2010 - Msg 77747: I love the hearts, Possum. I think you should stick with them because you are such a loving Possum. :-)

That taxi idea was really smart, Ro. Great way to handle that situation. By the way, I think "LaRue" is my new favorite name for mature, Texas women. What a great name..."LaRue". I am picturing a woman who still sets her hair in curlers and wears red lipstick and nail polish...a no-nonsense sort who doesn't mince words, very loyal to family, friends and country. Of course she might also smoke and drink beer on the weekends. ;-)

Well, another Sunday is almost over and tomorrow is another busy Monday. Goodnight to all my porch friends. Sweet sleep and pleasant dreams!


February 15, 2010 - Msg 77748: Good evening, porch. My apologies - I had forgotten that my daughter had put that "down for repairs" notice on my email, and now I don't know how to remove it! Guess I'll figure it out. Possum, I got the attachment, all intact, and now saved back into my document files. It's the first restorative entry - thank you very much!

Boo, I like the name too. However, your description only partially fits my friend. The hair and the red lipstick fit, and she is very family oriented and loyal to those she loves. Devoted Christian, always the first to show up when there's a need. Had a strongly controlling, overbearing father, and her husband was a take-charge type who handled everything and "protected" her as much as he could, with loving intent. As a result, when he passed, she was basically a lost lamb in a world full of wolves. She's strong though, and is making her way pretty well. She's a worrier by nature, to the point that I've nicknamed her "What if". She takes it well, and in fact is improving a lot, getting a bit tougher and less fearful. She hung in and stuck by me when Dale passed, and I'll always love her for that. She's one of those friends who will stand on the mountain and cheer you on as you pass through a valley, and if you stay there too long, she'll come in and carry you out. Incidentally, her grandkids call her "Mama Rue." Isn't that charming?

Well, I guess I'll hit the ironing board. Tomorrow is another day, unless the Lord returns tonight, and wouldn't that be wonderful?? If He doesn't, then another day is pretty wonderful too. --Romeena

February 15, 2010 - Msg 77749: Yes indeed, that would be wonderful!

"Mama Rue"...yes, I like that. She sounds like a wonderful friend.


February 15, 2010 - Msg 77750:
THEY THINK IT IS THE FIRST TIME THAT HAS HAPPENED! IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ALL 50 STATES, as Alaska has snow of course, but Hawaii did not;
The only place in hawaii that gets snow is atop a high peak, but apparently it didnt have any on Friday. They even did an obsevation from the air to see if there may be a patch under a bush.
But it's still pretty amazing!
Welcome back Ro. Keep warm.
It was 72 and sunny here today!
Pow, pow, pow, splat! Ya got me! (:

February 15, 2010 - Msg 77751: What a race Rev and all race fans!..and thanks for supper maude...im here at work till 6am...suppose to beggting snow by morning...its on the radar headed this way..sleep good Boo..glad yer back Romeena..hello albert,possum..we may be in for another snow ball fight!...breakfast weather permiting at cracker barrell on possum and I ...Boo will you bring a paper.....SPOT

February 15, 2010 - Msg 77752:
Oh, also on Friday, three-fourths of the
land mass of the US had snow on it!
Hey, it may be on a Trivial Pursuit card some day!
And yes asa, I agree, the porch does seen nice and full, (but still miss Hazel, Adelle and many other folk! Come on down!

February 15, 2010 - Msg 77753: hey to spot