March 03, 2010 - Msg 78036:
Oh, and classics like 16 Tons, early Elvis, This Old House (the song, not the show! ha) and not a mullet or leisure suit in the room! teehee

March 03, 2010 - Msg 78037:
First time Tennessee Ernie Ford swept the porch!! (:

March 03, 2010 - Msg 78038: Good morning, porch! Beautiful day here. Sunny and bright, chilly but not too cold. I've got things to do, but am enjoying sitting here at this window so much, it's hard to get moving. Best thing I ever did, house-wise, was to have this window installed. Most folks have picture windows on the front of their house - mine is in the back! I couldn't care less about looking out at the street, but I sure do enjoy the panoramic view of my back yard. I've always believed windows are for looking out, rather than in. Before the window was put in, I took a few pictures of what I saw as I looked out the existing windows - just sat here in my chair, aimed the camera at the back yard and clicked. What I got was two 4-ft wide mulled windows, complete with the view-blocking pane frames. Behind all that, if you squinted your eyes and shook your head, you could see the yard. Then Ted came and worked his magic, removed the two 4-ft sash windows, and installed one 8-ft wide, insulated glass window that blocks absolutely nothing. Point the camera at that, and I get the whole back yard, clear and complete. I love it! I have two pictures in my album - "Why I Need a Picture Window", and "Now I Have a Picture Window." Fun! I see every squirrel, bird, lizard, possum and raccoon that comes in the yard. I also see the cat, and can grab my remote, turn on a sprinkler zone and water him thoroughly, which sends him home in a big old huff, but he always comes back. Dumb cat.

Well, got to tear myself away from the busy-ness out back and get myself busy instead. Much to do, especially if I'm going to cook for the family tonight. Oh, Maude, thanks for the update on Belle. Keep us posted. Love those furkids! Be blessed, friends! --Romeena

March 03, 2010 - Msg 78039:
First of all, welcome to newcomer Bonnie. It was sad to learn about your experience with your brother. But thank you for trying to help possum under a rock.

Lucy, funny you should mention that Sheriff Taylor quote "When a man carries a gun all the time, the respect he thinks he's getting might really be fear. So I don't carry a gun because I don't want the people of Mayberry to fear a gun. I'd rather they respect me."
I honestly believe that most people fear getting caught and arrested more than the gun.
Your other comment about "I know Jesus loves us, but sometimes when things are rough, being sinners and all, you tend to wonder where Jesus is hiding." That is an interesting thought. Since we are taught that God is all-knowing and is everywhere, how can we be blamed from hiding from Him? This would make a great debate topic.

MDC or Boo, I don't remember that particular Floyd quote. Could you please refresh my memory how that scene went?

MDC, you can listen for free to some of the great music from the 1950's at

from Poor Horatio

March 03, 2010 - Msg 78040:
PH- I dont recall the exact ep, but Andy is heading out of the BShop door, and Floyd calls out for him to wait, walks over, and clicks a few snips of his scissors, and then says the line. Real cute. (It may be at the beginning the Mayberry Band ep)
Thanks for the link! "Cool, I can dig it." "Give me a little skin." (When it meant a handshake! ha) "I'll wear my new threads?"
RO- do you know what Ted used to support the 8 ft length of opening?, what they call a "header." That's a long space to support whst's above it.

March 03, 2010 - Msg 78041: Tennessee Ernie Ford swept the Porch??

I thought he was still over at the " Rick-ar- doos"! LOL
(Y'all remember him on "I Love Lucy"?)

Glad to hear that both Belle & Miss Erin are feeling better!

Let's go to Mt. Pilot tonight for Chinese Dinner! MDC, we'll let you drive this time!

possum u.a.r.

March 03, 2010 - Msg 78042: Spot, you get yer pole fixed yet?

We're going out for Chinese, so hurry up!

possum again

March 03, 2010 - Msg 78043: MDC, I don't know that he changed the header. (BTW, I know what a header is. My dad was a homebuilder, as is my son.) Since the two windows he took out were mulled, therefore occupying a single space with no center support, I'm thinking the existing header would have sufficed. My guess would be a pair of 2x12s, joined together, though it could have been 2x8s. Whatever would have been a notch above code is what my dad would have used. When the city code was still allowing 20" centers, my dad was building on 14" centers. Consequently, this house hasn't moved one inch in 37 years. He built his last house here about twenty years ago, and local realtors still include the phrase "a Jim Rogers home" in some of their flyers when reselling one of his houses.

Well, Eloise just came in, so I'd better get busy. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

March 03, 2010 - Msg 78044:
Possum, looks like TEF has some 'splainin' to do! ha
OK, I'll drive gilly's car, speeed, speed, speed, that's me, and of course, wouldnt ya know it, the sheriff is also the JP ! ha (at least the buzzard's name isnt Don! lol
RO- I stand corrected! Didnt know you knew all that. My brother is a GC. Yes, builds like that too, solid, instead of trying to save a few 2X4s!
God bless,

March 03, 2010 - Msg 78045: i have a question some friends and myself have been debating about, who was Opie's mom and what happen to her. As far as we have all watched her name was never mentioned. Can Someone please let me know, Thank you.

March 03, 2010 - Msg 78046: ungar.tracy65, you can find the answer to your question at

from Poor Horatio

March 03, 2010 - Msg 78047:
Hello porch family....wanted to stop by and make sure ya'll are behaving:) Of course then I see Ro sitting there so I know she'll keep you straight. lol

Love and prayers for all my porch family!

March 03, 2010 - Msg 78048: I'm just popping in for a quick rock. Hope all are well. Just waiting for the Mr. to come home. Hope all are well!
"Barney Fife: Well, today's eight-year-olds are tomorrow's teenagers. I say this calls for action and now. Nip it in the bud. First sign of youngsters going wrong, you've got to nip it in the bud.
Andy Taylor: I'm going to have a talk with them. What else do you want me to do?
Barney Fife: Well, don't just mollycoddle them.
Andy Taylor: I won't.
Barney Fife: Nip it. You go read any book you ant on the subject of child discipline and you'll find every one of them is in favor of bud-nipping"
***Goodness gracious, I wonder what would change if they saw the eight year olds now! ~Lu

March 04, 2010 - Msg 78049: Hello to the porch family. Hope everyone is staying warm. Bonnie, I apologize for not acknowledging you earlier. Welcome and a big Mayberry hello to you. There are some really nice people here (I am fairly new here myself). Hope you will be posting here often.
Prayers for all the porchsters.
C Darlin'


March 04, 2010 - Msg 78050: Good morning gang...hey possum,Ro,Rev,Horatio,Maude and all new comers...well its another work day for me...will read in just a bit...prayers and waffle house on possum and I....SPOT

March 04, 2010 - Msg 78051: Now, spot, I'll chip in on the bill,but don't you think we ought to go to someplace fancier than Waffle House today? After all, it is Miss Sherry's birthday!

Happy Birthday to Miss Sherry!

possum under a rock

P.S. And Spot?? What about that cotton pickin' POLE?? LOL

March 04, 2010 - Msg 78052: Happy Birthday Miss Sherry!!
Morning Porch Family:
Feeling a little under the weather. Have done so well keeping healthy during all the snow, wind and the sun is out- sinus headache. Go figure.
Hey to possum- I agree, we need a little classier place than Waffle House.
Take care. Blessing today. ~New Neighbor

March 04, 2010 - Msg 78053: Mornin' Honeys and Dears. Been a busy morning and I am just getting around to sitting down with my morning coffee. Hope you are all well. We are having a beautiful sunny day here in south texas...wish I could share it will you all.

Just wanted to check in...will be back later.


March 04, 2010 - Msg 78054: The babies have started to arrive and the make shift nursery is in full swing with three bottle babies. All are healthy and just as cute as a little baby goat can be.

An unusal phenom around here - there is a big yellow thing in the sky with a tremendous glow. I am hoping that it sticks around for awhile because it is having a positive affect on the temperature.

Casey is at home today with the stomach flu - it is also state testing so he will get to make part of it up tomorrow.

See some new faces on the porch - been trying to read up on what everyone's been doing. Welcome to all! You will love everyone here!!


March 04, 2010 - Msg 78055: Poor Casey...stomach flu is so miserable! Those baby goats sounds so sweet. Watch out for those hawks!!


March 04, 2010 - Msg 78056:
HM- That phemon is known as the s-u-n. (:
We see it way too much here, and you obviously dont see it often enough. Wonder why that is?
How about we all meet at Morelli's, byob, and then take a joyride in Miss Sherry's new camero to celebrate her BD. Possum, you drive and the rest of us will just smell gas! ha
Good to see C Darlin and NN, and
welcome tracy. hope you got your question answered. There is a very poignant ep where Opie and andy talk about her.
Prayers for all,

March 04, 2010 - Msg 78057: I'll drive, MDC but be warned- I drive like the fun girls! Ha!

Ro, just e-mailed you.

Hope Casey feels better. Just read that the stomach flu (Norovirus) is out in full force. Supposedly only lasts a day or two,but still!

Y'all stay well & take care! Oh,I'll pick y'all up later in Miss Sherry's camaro!

possum again

March 04, 2010 - Msg 78058:
Hello Doll

March 04, 2010 - Msg 78059: Thanks, Ro- you ROCK!

Hello back at ya,Doll! LOL

possum again

March 04, 2010 - Msg 78060: hey folks

March 04, 2010 - Msg 78061: Hey, porch. Woohooo! I was all snuggled up in my warm bed, next to a snoozing Toye Starr, getting my nap before going to work, when the phone rang. It was the hospital, offering me cancellation, and it took me about a nanosecond to accept. I just pulled the covers a little closer and went back to sleep for another hour or so, and now here I am, rested and ready to enjoy a quiet evening at home. There's just no place on earth I'd rather be. I'm so glad I didn't listen to the people who told me to "get rid of that big old house" after Dale passed. Instead, I listened to another widow who advised me to "do nothing, make no major decisions for at least a year." This is where we raised our children, we lived here together for 22 years prior to his death, and I've now been here 37 years in all. We designed this house, my father built it, and I love it. I've made a few modifications in the past ten years or so (my window, added a sunroom) but it's still "our" house, and I feel his presence here. It's more house than I need, yes. The whole front end of the house - three bedrooms and a bath - are unused most of the time. However, when my kids come home, it's fun to watch them just automatically go to their old room and settle in. When other company comes, like Dale's family last summer, there's plenty of room for them. So, I have no plans to leave it. God will move me when He thinks it's time, I guess.

I think my DIL is psychic. I still can't believe what happened today. Now, everyone knows I feed the critters around here, and for years I've fed cracked corn to the doves. They'll eat seed, but they prefer the corn. I always got it at a local feed store, but that store burned last summer and I haven't found another source. Well, today Fedex delivered a heavy box, from Amazon. I figured it was books - my kids send me books now and then. When I opened it, it was two 4-lb bags of cracked corn, of all things! My DIL in Florida sent it! Why? I don't know! I hadn't mentioned cracked corn to her or to my son, or to anyone else for that matter, so why on earth did she send me some, and from Amazon, of all places? I never even knew they sold stuff like that. Anyway, I've emailed her to thank her and to find out what motivated such a gift. I'll let you know, when I know. Very strange!

Now I'm going to go dig in the fridge, pull out some yummy leftovers and have a great dinner. I just love leftovers! No cooking, and no pots and stuff to wash. You just put a little of this and a dab of that on a plate, pop it in the micro for a minute or so, and you've got dinner. When you're finished, there's only the plate to deal with. What a deal!

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

March 04, 2010 - Msg 78062: Your friend was very wise, Ro. I remember when my Uncle Wyatt died back in 89 and left my aunt Della. They were very close and Della's only son insisted that she move from her home in Sinton and come live near him and his family in El Campo. The house was sold immediately, and she was moved to an apartment near her son. She was never the same and it was a huge mistake. I know her son thought he was doing what was right but she grieved so and just wanted to go home, where she had lived with her beloved husband. She didn't have any friends in El Campo, either. It was a very sad situation. I wish they had let her remain in her home because she was able to take care of herself for years after that. It was very hard to see her in that situation because she was a fine southern lady who lived to take care of her home and family. She was the kindest woman in the world and the best cook I ever knew. Oh well, she is with the Lord now and none of it matters anymore except that I learned a lesson from it. I am so glad that you did things the way you did and remained in your home. May the Lord grant you many contented years there. :-)

Interesting about the cracked corn. Seems I remember a similar story about you getting something you needed in the mail but forgot the details of it?

Wish I had leftovers. I had to cook some chicken, taters and such for Bruce. He had been working hard all day and needed a hearty meal. He has been in the process of moving all of our stored belongings from a rented storage unit. I have so many boxes to go through and quite a garage sale in my future, I'm afraid.

I am babysitting Emily tonight while her mom and my sister attend a church conference for women. I am going to be pretty worn out soon! Emily cried alot for her mom tonight so we spent alot of time playing with her. I am telling you, that kid is one smart 2 yr old. I can't believe how much she is able to comprehend at this young age. One smart cookie, that one.

Better get back to the work at hand.


March 05, 2010 - Msg 78063: Good morning, porch! After all my rambling about not having to work last night, I was called at 9:30 and asked to come in at 11. Things had gone wild back in L&D, babies were everywhere, and nursery needed help, so I dragged my grumbling self into a uniform and headed up there. I had four three screaming banshees and one quiet little charmer, and I thought the night would never end. But it did, and here I am. Now I'm clear until Wednesday, and they can't even call me in.

Hmmm. Boo, I can't imagine what it was that came in the mail before, though I certainly wouldn't doubt it. God always provides.

I'm sorry about your Aunt Della. I think the mistake there was in the timing. I've always believed that God equips us to handle our present circumstances. As long as I am physically able to keep up with this house and yard, even if I do have to hire help now and then, I think it would be extremely painful for me to leave it. However, when it gets to be just too much, and becomes a burden, I believe God will change my heart and mind and make leaving seem like a welcome idea, and a smaller place will be more attractive. Guess we'll see, but I did observe that to be true with my dad. He knew he couldn't keep up with his big house without my mom, he didn't feel up to it himself, so he actually suggested a retirement residence. It wasn't my idea. For someone with Alzheimer's, he was unbelievably cooperative and sensible, right up to the end.

Well, I'm tired and hurting, and I'm going to lie down for a while. Have to be at the "pacer doctor" at noon, for a routine check on my pacemaker. Then Eloise and I will probably go mouse around for a while, then tonight is bunco. Fun things ahead!

Be blessed, friends, --Romeena

March 05, 2010 - Msg 78064: Ha! That was three screaming kids, not four. I had four total - three screamers and one little angel. --Romeena

March 05, 2010 - Msg 78065:
Looks like a slow day on the porch! I guess everyone smelled too much gas last night at Sherry's party! ha
When that question came up about Andy's wife i decided to watch the ep last night about Bee and Mr Goss. Love andy's line about mixing the cleaning fluid in the gravy so the spot would be self-cleaning! lol
Also about the elderberry wine stain and the story behind it. They just dont write-em like that anymore!
Now KYgirl know how to get those wine stains out of that martini glass skirt! teehee
Well ya all have a good evening.
Pray that our nation's capital will come to its senses! If thats even possible these days! (:
Prayers for all,

March 05, 2010 - Msg 78066: Hey MDC, just been one of those busy days...errands and grocery shopping. I had not been in awhile and had alot to get and put away. I was just toast after that so I made myself a cup of coffee and took a nice long soak in the jacuzzi tub with some Calgon ("take me away"..remember that commercial?). Now I am feeling up to making dinner. MIL and SIL coming to eat with us.

Ro, I remember that about your dad...sweet till the end, bless his heart. Isn't it a comfort to know that he is waiting for you in heaven? I have to tell you that my dad is getting sweeter and I think he might be turning more toward the Lord...prayers, prayers. Hope you enjoy your bunco! I know you must be exhausted after those crying babies. I remember having to help out in the nursery a couple of times...horrors! I can't stand just about anything L&D threw at me but keep me away from screaming babies...I felt completely useless to stop them.

Better go start some dinner!


March 05, 2010 - Msg 78067: I meant 'I CAN stand just about anything"...


March 05, 2010 - Msg 78068: The phenom appeared again today - I think MDC called it the sun . . .wow, that's a great name for it!!

My babies are going great in the house - it's too bad they are boys because, well boys have a non future but I'll enjoy them while I can.

Boo - I am so glad to get to know Sean through FB, he is a great kid!! How are the puppies?


March 05, 2010 - Msg 78069: PS - all have had the stomach flu but mom. . .are my days numbered??


March 05, 2010 - Msg 78070: Oh no, hope you don't get it HM! If we don't hear from you for a couple of days, you will be in our prayers. Thanks for you comments concerning Sean. He is one of those kids who is very social and he loves facebook. The puppies are wonderful...I wuv them very much!

Think I will hit the hay. TGIF and I don't have to get up at "Don's crack", as we say around here. ;-) See you all in the morning.


March 05, 2010 - Msg 78071: Where is everybody? Asa, check in..haven't heard from you in awhile.


March 06, 2010 - Msg 78072: Hey Boo- I'm here, just busy doing laundry. Me-They,you need your shorts washed?? Toss 'em!

Homemaker,you stay well,now!

Gotta scoot- will check in later on.
possum u.a.r.

March 06, 2010 - Msg 78073:
Hey Folks

homemaker-That shining orb in the sky has been hanging over this end of the Porch too. I think it has to do with Global Warming/Climate Change (we use to call it Spring-Time)

Our snow plow guy came over with a tractor yesterday to push the snow back a bit more to widen the driveway and now it looks like we're driving out of the "Batcave" when we leave.

Hope ya'll have a great day!

Nah Nah Nah Nah BATMAN!!


March 06, 2010 - Msg 78074: "we used to call it Spring-Time..."...teehee...funny. To the batcave!

Boy, I have lots of laundry to do, too, Possum...what's new, right?

Better chores to do.


March 06, 2010 - Msg 78075: Good morning, porch! It's "spring-time" here too. Beautiful! My little snapdragons, which I planted last fall, never bloomed, just hunkered down into little brown/green wads and tried to endure the winter. Now suddenly, they're big green mounds, bursting with buds, and should be beautiful in another week or two. My pansies, also planted last fall, are brightening up and showing a lot of color. They too will be gorgeous in a couple of weeks. No iris buds yet, but lots of new foliage growth, so buds will be rising soon. Clumps of daffodils are popping up everywhere, all bearing buds, and one clump has already put forth big yellow blooms. I love spring!

Speaking of daffodils, here's a fun idea, something I did a few years ago, and it really pays off. Go buy a couple of dozen daffodil bulbs, or more if your yard is large, and just go around tucking them in here and there, about three bulbs, maybe five, in any location. Most of them will come up, and you'll have tiny clumps of daffodils dotted around your yard. Just forget about them, and DO NOT cut off the foliage when they're through blooming. Leave it. If it looks messy, just gather it and tie it in a little knot, but don't pull or cut it. The bulbs will pull the nutrients back down out of the foliage, and it will dry up and eventually just disappear. The bulbs then go dormant until the next spring, when they'll reappear, only this time there will be more plants, because they multiply underground, and will "naturalize" in the area. I don't know how this works in the northern climate, but here in the south it works very well. In a week or so, I'll have sunny little clumps of daffodils all over the place. Such fun!

Well, I'd better go rescue the mail. It fell through the slot, Toye Starr, alias The Shred, has it. I hope I can piece it back together!

Be blessed, everyone - see you later. --Romeena

March 06, 2010 - Msg 78076: Good afternoon my family, just taking a coffee break from my housework and reading what I've missed the past few days, or should I say weeks. We got socked with 13 inches of snow this week, which is thankfully melted and I can see my yard again. I've lost track of the total snowfall but I know back in Feb they said on the news it was at nearly 40 inches. This winter has really been a doozy. I will be so thankful when Spring finally gets here.

Welcome to Bonnie, hope you like it here. We are just like family around here, as you have noticed. Ro does try and keep us in line, but some of those parties through the years have been crazy lol.

Guess I better get back at it, more housecleaning to do and it just dont get done here at the computer. I've missed catching up with you all, gonna try and be better with that. Ya'll have a wonderful day and act like somebody love you all--Salty Dog

PS--I dont know if I'm too late to vote or not, but REV "The Winning Side" just kind of jumped out at me when I read your post of your new CD.

March 06, 2010 - Msg 78077: Forget Robin,Batman/auh2o- Ro's got a new sidekick for ya.. "The SHRED" LOL!

possum again

Yeah,what IS that big yellow thing in the sky?!

March 06, 2010 - Msg 78078: SHAKEDOWN!

March 06, 2010 - Msg 78079: Gotta question concerning laundry...yes, laundry. :-) I have a quilt that my deceased Aunt Freida made and gave to me 15 years ago. When we packed to move, I put it in one of those space bags that are supposed to seal and keep linens safe from staining, etc. Well, my pink and white quilt is a dingy yellowis color now and I don't know how to fix it. Any advice. I can't really bleach it because I am afraid of ruining the pink squares. Do you think OxyClean would do the trick? Anyone ever have this problem and found a solution? Just askin' cause you people know just about everything. :-)

Better get back to the chores.


March 06, 2010 - Msg 78080:
Hello porch family.....wanted to check in after a long session in the recording studio. Some long hours but it will be worth all the hard work. Thanks for your prayers. This cd is turning out great. Will be doing vocals in two weeks and background vocals the day after that. I'll keep you all posted as how it's coming along. Also, it's pretty much decided......"The Winning Side" will be the title. Thanks for all your input.

Well let me go and spend some time with the family. Jake is wanting me on the floor:)

Love and prayers!

March 06, 2010 - Msg 78081: Boo, I found the following information on how to clean white fabrics that have yellowed while in storage in a book written by Linda Cobb titled Talking Dirty With The Queen Of Clean.
"If it is a small item, like napkin, handerchief, table linens, you can soak the item in denture cleaning tablets letting them fully dissolve in warm water and soaking the item over night. If it is a larger item, dissolve 3 scoops of oxyclean in warm water and add some oxygenated bleach free detergent soaking the item until the stains are gone. Then, add a full cup of white vinegar to the rinse water water."

from Poor Horatio

March 06, 2010 - Msg 78082: Wonderful! Thanks Poor Horatio! I will try it tomorrow and let you know if it works. :-)


March 07, 2010 - Msg 78083: Good evening, porch. Boo, that sounds like good advice. I think with the oxyclean, the pink will be safe, and as long as the detergent is bleach free, you should be okay. The question is, will it clean the yellowed parts? My only other suggestion would be to take it to a reputable dry cleaner, but that can be risky, and the method PH quoted sounds pretty good to me.

I have a quilt, pretty tattered and worn, which was made by my dad's mother, probably around the time I was born - maybe before, maybe shortly thereafter. It's hand-pieced and hand-quilted, and my dad could look at some of the pieces and identify their source. A few came from an old necktie he remembered, some came from some of his dad's trousers which finally wore out, and many were scraps of material from dresses she made for herself. It's stained and smells musty, but it's so fragile I'd be too afraid to try to wash or clean it in any way. The fabrics are all at least 70 or 80 years old, and the quilt was used for many years, so it's really well-worn. It's just a little relic now, but it's precious to me.

Well, better hit the ironing board if I'm to get up for preachin' in the morning. Now, where did I put those earrings? --Romeena

March 07, 2010 - Msg 78084: Morning, Ro. My quilt is only about 20 years old and has never really been used so I think it will wash fine. I do have another one, though, that I would have dry cleaned, probably. Your's sounds like a wonderful quilt full of memories.

Better get ready for preachin'. I had four extra kids over here last night (one of Erin's friends and three of Sean's)...don't know how it ended up being so many because it started with two..better go get everybody up.


March 07, 2010 - Msg 78085: Hey, Boo. Hadn't you heard? Kids travel in packs, and they're like feral cats. Feed one, and you've got the whole pack on your hands!

Take good care of that quilt, it will only become more valuable as time goes by. Maybe not in dollar value, but the sentimental value will grow as it ages. And yes, use it now and then. That only adds to the charm.

Well, I went to preachin' and SS (wore my danglin earrings), then out to my favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch with friends, then home. It's 50 degrees and raining, I'm tired, full and am about to snuggle into my chair and get warm. How long do you think I'll stay awake? Ha! Toye Starr will drape her small, warm self across my chest and will sleep as long as I do, which is just delicious. I love that puppy! I'm convinced that God picked her out for me when Sugarplum passed, and He did a good job.

Well, be blessed, see you all this evening. --Romeena

March 07, 2010 - Msg 78086: Have the kitchen window open letting those germs get blown out of here. . .
Moved the three bottle babies to a pen outside - or the regular ward room. Have a little girl in the ICU now. She was born this morning in a difficult birth. We tried to let momma keep her but she is mine now. Momma has a little post partum thing going on so she is on some meds to help her. Probably a couple of more does to kid yet today. We have about 10-15 more to kid. Yes, it is spring.

Please keep my SIL in your prayers, she will be having a tumor removed from her kidney on Friday.

And yes, Ro, Toye Starr was made for you just like Maddie is a perfect fit for us. She sleeps next to me and I just can't sleep if she isn't with me.

Take care and Ro - I hope you weren't to gaudy in those earrings.


March 07, 2010 - Msg 78087:
Hello porch family. Trust you all are having a great Sunday.

Watching the race right now. Kasey is moving on. Hope he can hold on.

Spot......are you at the race there in Hot-lanta?

Love and prayers.....check back a little later.

March 07, 2010 - Msg 78088: "..they're like feral cats.." HAHA..good one, Ro. So true. I had Zach and Allison over last night and enjoyed spending some time with Zach. We looked at some old pictures I unpacked and talked about his mom. I think we were both a little amazed that it didn't seem to hurt so much anymore and we could look at those pictures and smile, even laugh at the things we remember and the times we shared with her. When I think of the pain we were in three years ago and didn't know how we would get through it! God has been very faithful to us. :-)

Yes, Ro, God brought you the right puppy and that's just what we were praying for at the time, remember? She is a little answer to prayer, bless her puppy heart.

Wow, more kids being born and more ahead, HM. Bet you have been busy! Prayers for your SIL.

Been a relaxed sunday afternoon. Preachin' was good, then went to visit a homebound friend who has been having real trouble with her blood pressure. Ate leftovers for lunch and stretched out on the couch for a catnap, then some friends dropped in for a short visit. It's been a good day so far. Just the kind of sunday I like...simple, restful, spent with friends and family. :-) Hope you are all having a good one, too.

Think i will go see what I can get into..maybe eat a few OREOs. Yee-Haw. Never get between a Texan and his/her OREO's.


March 07, 2010 - Msg 78089: Hey Rev naw watched every lap here at home, but it was a good race hey hm,mdc,mavis,.Rev are you on the road?..hey possum,Ro,Tom,Boo Boo!...auh2o and all....well its a great Sunday here in ga...60 and sunny...done got 3 camping weeks booked starting in just a few weeks...well let me get to the parn to piddle...prayers to all...and hey I got a pot of chilie for all who needs food!...SPOT

March 07, 2010 - Msg 78090: Here is a little trivia for you, probably already know this but i was doing a little research on Homer Laughlin pottery company. It was started in 1871 and I wanted to read about it because my china, which was passed down to me from my dad's mom, is Homer Laughlin (Nautilus from the 20's, I believe). I was trying to find out just when it was made..anyways, I remember you saying that collected some Fiesta dinnerware. I found out that is was made by Homer Laughlin company, which i didn't know. It is the largest pottery/china maker in the world and has been for many years but I didn't know it made Fiesta. Did you?


March 07, 2010 - Msg 78091: "saying that YOU collected some Fiesta..."..sorry.


March 07, 2010 - Msg 78092:
Hello porch family.....been a great day with the family.

Spot....yep a good race. I really wanted Matt to win it. I'll take a bowl of the chili. I'll be right over.

Boo....speaking of Oreos......I can't have chocolate so I bought some of the vanilla oreos and they are really good. When I'm out on the road I'll keep a pack in the motorhome on each trip.

Ro.....I'm sure you and Starr enjoyed each other today just laying around in the recliner.

HM....continued prayers for your SIL. Please keep us updated.

You all have a blessed night and know that you folks are in my heart and prayers!

March 07, 2010 - Msg 78093: I've had the vanilla Oreos once, REV, and while they were good, I prefer the chocolate but I rarely bring them into the house because they are a weakness!

PH, I am cleaning the quilt with oxi-clean right now...hope it works.

Hope more folks show up on the porch tomorrow...been lots missing lately.

Time for my shower and then into a cozy bed! I'm blessed. :-)


March 07, 2010 - Msg 78094: Well, drat! I had a nice post all typed in, hit something I didn't mean to hit, and was suddenly faced with my wall paper. So, here goes again.

Boo, I am very familiar with Homer Laughlin china. I've been collecting Fiesta since 1974, and really enjoy it. Part of the fun is when a friend runs across an odd piece somewhere, maybe in their own kitchen, and gives it to you. About twenty years ago, we let our neighbors across the street store a lot of furniture in our garage until a property exchange was completed. When they came to pick it up, they brought me a beautiful Fiesta coffee carafe, found in a little shop in Oklahoma, and bought just for me. Wasn't that nice? I know what it's worth, and I hope they didn't pay that much! In 1978, while I was in nursing school, Dale used to drive me to downtown Dallas for classes and pick me up. A student friend lives nearby, and she often rode with us. After graduation, she bought a used car, and in the glove box, she found three Fiesta coffee mugs, one in the coveted Fiesta Red. They were worth about $40 each then - more now - but she gave them to me as a thank-you for letting her ride to class with us. Again, isn't that nice? That's just part of the fun!

Actually, Fiesta was only one of Homer Laughlin's many products. Granted, it was probably the best known, and most successful, but the company made a lot of beautiful china and pottery. During some of the Fiesta years, they also made Harlequin and Riviera, which were also very popular but never achieved the success of Fiesta. There were also knock-offs by other potters, and some were very close, but an experienced collector can spot them easily, even without checking the mark. I can look at a piece and with about 80% accuracy, I can tell you whether there will be a mark or not. All Fiesta is marked. If it ain't marked, it ain't Fiesta. Exception - the very small pieces where it would be too difficult to apply the mark. Some marks are inked, some are engraved, but there should be something.

NN, that sounds like so much fun. I know it's hard work for you, and anything gets old after a while, but working with those adorable little baby goats - well, it just sounds great! There's not much that's any cuter than a baby goat! I admire the way you can work with them, enjoy them, and still remain objective about them. I'm not sure I could do that. Very soon I'd be hip deep in goats, have no money and not much of anything else either.

Well, got to go feed MY baby. She's not a goat, but she's cute. And she's hungry! Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

March 08, 2010 - Msg 78095:
RO- I think you meant HM not NN above.
And, I bet that if YOU found a very reputable dry cleaner, they could dry clean your quilt with TLC. Just a thought.
Been raining in Phx all day today.
Boo- also kids today have cell phones to text
friends as to where they're at. In Phx area
it has been on the news whre a teen suddenly has 500 kids at what was to be a small party due to
forwarding texts! Weird stuff!
Missed the race today, who won?
Nite all, God bless,

March 08, 2010 - Msg 78096: Mornin' Dear! Mornin' Honey!

possum under a rock

March 08, 2010 - Msg 78097: What's funny, Ro, is that I am very familiar with the Homer Laughlin China from finding things in thrift/antique stores but I never knew they made Fiesta. I love the Fiesta but have noticed that it is getting very rare. I used to see it in shops, especially in Fredricksburg area and now I rarely ever see it anywhere. I found out the china pattern I have is called "Rochelle" and it seems to be rare, too. Twice in my life i have seen a few pieces in antique stores. Replacements can be found through "Replacements" website, but wow, they are expensive. One of my coffee cups was damaged while in storage and the cup and saucer was 40.00. Guess I will do with out it! It's good to know there are replacements out there so i won't be so vervous to use the china on holidays, etc. I can only remember eating off of it about three times in my life. Silly, isn't it? Anyways, if you go to the Homer Laughlin website, there is a neat little video of a movie made in the 30's showing how things were made at the laughlin pottery company..about 10 minutes long.

You are right about those baby goats. Cute!! I hope to have a couple one of these days.

Howdy, MDC. It is cloudy and yucky here today, but not hot at least. 500 kids at a party...poor parents.

Better get Erin moving. Busy day today with relatives coming tomorrow. Sheets and towels to wash, cleaning and cooking to do and think I will bake some cookies. I will try to stop back by on my coffee break.

ASA, where are you?


March 08, 2010 - Msg 78098: Oh, Mornin' Possum!


March 08, 2010 - Msg 78099: Wonder what "vervous" is...I guess it means VERY-nervous. ;-)


March 08, 2010 - Msg 78100:
HA! v'ernous, a new abbreviation boo?
Hey to you too possum.
What's new in NC these days?
Any more snow?

March 08, 2010 - Msg 78101: 'Mornin', porch. Yes, I did mean HM above, in the note about the baby goats. Thanks, MDC, for keeping me accurate. I'm not responsible these days. As for my poor little quilt, I'd be afraid to even try to do anything with it. It's so tattered and worn, I'm afraid it would just disintegrate. I wouldn't want to put that responsibility on anyone. The binding just falls apart, like old parchment paper.

500 kids at a party? Wow! I would have called the cops at about the 30th arrival. That texting thing can fulminate. If it was to be a small party, and kids started arriving in droves, and I heard rumors of texting the location -- yep, I'd have called for help. A squad car sitting at the curb would have been a great deterrent.

The same thing happened to my brother once. He was about 17, my parents were to be away on business for a couple of days, and after much pleading on his part, they agreed to let him stay home alone. Dale and I lived about a mile away, and he could call us if he needed anything. Well, he decided to invite a couple of friends over for pizza and to watch a football game. They told some other kids, and before Jim knew it, there were more than sixty kids in the house, and they were out of control. Jim was frantic, and finally called the cops. Kids flew out of every possible exit route and scattered. Jim, literally in tears, called us. We walked into a war zone. A bathroom door had been kicked in, there were two holes in the walls, stuff had been spilled everywhere, a coffee table was smashed where someone tried to dance on top of it, pizza was ground into the carpet, a broken window, and worst of all, they had vandalized my dad's T-bird and my mom's white Cadillac down in the garage, which was on a lower level, and no one heard them down there. They removed the carburetors from both cars, siphoned the gas, broke off the antennae and stole the radios. There was a pool of oil on the floor, and they had tracked it up the stairs, on the carpet, in blobs. My mom's jewelry was in a hidden safe, or it would have been gone, I'm sure. Jim didn't know any of the kids, had never seen them before. They weren't from his school - nobody ever found out who most of them were. And this was before instant texting! Imagine what it would be like today. Anyway, we helped my brother clean up as much as we could, but there was no fixing most of it, not overnight, and certainly we could do nothing about the cars. We couldn't even drive them to a mechanic. What a mess! Yep, I'd call the cops early on, these days. Nip it! Nip it in the bud!

Well, guess I'll go find some lunch. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

March 08, 2010 - Msg 78102: Good Monday porch, hope all is well today.
60 degrees and sunny on my end of the porch. guess mother nature is teasing us with a little spring like weather this week.

Romeena, wanted to let you know that I cooked a pork roast with the cherry pie filling according to your directions this week end and it was sooo
yummy. My husband and son loved it. There were some leftovers and they were fighting over who was going to eat them tonight! I would of never thought of the pie filling! thanks for the idea!

Guess I had better get back to work.

Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

March 08, 2010 - Msg 78103: Umm, I wouldn't know,MDC.My Rock is in SOUTH Carolina! LOL Wish I did live in NC- that's one of my favorite places. No more snow here,though.

Where's Spot?? He has been shirking his cooking duties lately-we're gonna have to take his title of " Cooking Dog of the Porch" away from him if this keeps up!

Well,we can always head over to Maude's house & fight Mr. Maude & the kids for some leftovers!

Anybody want to take my place tomorrow?? It's the dentist- Yikes!

Y'all enjoy the rest of the day & I'll check in tomorrow if I live through my ordeal at the dentist- LOL!
possum again

March 08, 2010 - Msg 78104: Oh my, Ro! What a terrible story! What was your parent's reaction when they returned home?

I wonder if that cherry pie filling thing would work on chicken? I like to make that cranberry chicken stuff...maybe I will try the cherries.


March 08, 2010 - Msg 78105: My parents' reaction? Well, you would have to know my parents to really understand. My mom just clammed up, wouldn't even speak to my brother, just walked around with tears in her eyes. My dad was also very quiet, just told my brother "we'll discuss this a little later. Right now, we have work to do." My brother was devastated.

My dad had both cars towed to the dealerships for repairs (the thieves had cut the lines instead of disconnecting them,) called a carpet cleaning company, got one of his subs to come and fix the holes, the window, and the shattered door, and bought a new coffee table. He grounded my brother for a few weeks, and they eventually had some long talks, but that was all. You'd have to know my brother to really understand why my dad didn't just kill him on the spot. He wasn't a wild kid, his idea of a big weekend was to take his rock hammer and a backpack and hike around in the hills looking for geodes. That interest led him into his life's work as a designer and crafter of fine jewelry. He still goes camping and looks for rock formations. Anyway, he was so horrified by what happened, and after the initial shock, my parents realized that he had been a victim, not the perpetrator, so it all settled down after a while. Apparently that happens a lot, and the kid involved is really pretty powerless to stop it. The only answer is to never leave a teenager alone overnight, without an adult present, no matter how responsible the kid may be. And don't be afraid to call the cops!

As for the cherry pie filling with chicken - I would think it would work great! I happen to like a fruit/meat combination, so just about anything would work for me. Lots of people don't care for that, but I love it. Pineapple works well with meats, especially pork and chicken. Beef, not so much. There's a woman in my SS class who is from Morocco, and she makes a dish with chicken, prunes and sesame seeds that's just wonderful! I've always had an adventurous appetite (sure was helpful in Mongolia) and I'll try just about anything but bugs. I cook with some imagination, ideas just pop in and I'll try them. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I guess.

Well, speaking of eating, I think I'll go open a can of soup! How's that for adventure?? Ha! --Romeena

March 08, 2010 - Msg 78106: We're down to eating Maude's leftovers and Ro's existing on soup these days- WHERE is Spot?!

Wow,Ro.. that's some story.Your poor parents! Your poor brother! Wonder how those hoodlum kids turned out?

Y'all have a good evening- love to all (even Spot,though he NEVER cooks for us anymore!)!
possum u.a.r.

March 08, 2010 - Msg 78107: My My yall act like yall starve to death!;)..hey Possum,Romeena auh20,Lucy,asa,MDC,maude,Boo,Mavis...gosh gang I promise I will catch up...been training at work...(hum)....but Got some left over country fried steak and taters for yalls lunch!..sorry ya missed the race MDC..Kurt(which ya know by now) won...Carl sent Brad for a wild ride...Rev when you go back on the road?...well..prayers to all and tomorrow I have to teach a class 7 till 4...will be thinking about yall....possum Im gona go to yahoo mail now.....SPOT

March 08, 2010 - Msg 78108: Your dad sounds like he was a patient man, Ro. I think Bruce would have been so mad he would have blown a vessel or something! ;-) Must have been quite an ordeal for everyone.

I am thinking of trying the cherries the way I do the cranberry chicken and mixing it up with some lipton onion soup mix, then putting it on the chicken and baking it. The cranberry chicken is my kid's favorite meal (besides my lasagna). I ruined a roast today, though. I had it on the convection setting. I wanted to slow cook it for a few hours but the convection cooked it faster and it looked just about like a shoe when I checked on it. I sliced it thin and we ate it, but it sure wasn't moist. It will be ok for sandwiches tomorrow, though.

I have started coughing today, which is how Erin started when she was sick last week so I am hoping and praying I don't end up with her junk. I don't have time for it.

Forgot to mention since the doc told me I was anemic, I started stepping up the red meat intake and taking iron pills and I am feeling like a new woman. Thanks for those prayer. Haven't had one, single headache since I asked my friends to pray about that, either. I think I had a headache for 60 days straight, and then they just went away.

Better get ready for bed. I have Emily tomorrow and you know how that is! haha