April 11, 2010 - Msg 78600: Good evening, porch. Spot, by "crappy", I hope you mean the kind of fish and are not commenting on the quality!

Hazel, the details you related are sounding uncomfortably familiar to me. I'm also finding, way back in the cobwebs of my mind, a memory of having a feeling I had forgotten some pictures somewhere. I almost think I even mentioned it and asked on the porch if I had overlooked something. Not at all sure about that. At any rate, I'm quite sure I did receive the pictures, but can't tell you now what I did with them, and it wouldn't matter anyway, because they would have been lost in the crash in January. If you still have them, and will send them to me again, I promise I will get them in the album. I am so sorry - I just hate when something like this happens.

Well, my foot is still swollen and leg is getting a bit tender. I called the supervisor at work just to get the lay of the land, and she said there is no sonographer on duty this evening, and the ED is jammed, so I'm not going to go sit up there with my foot dangling for a couple of hours, when they can't do a sono on it anyway. I'll go tomorrow to my own PCP and she'll send me directly over to radiology and get it all done.

I've discovered that Toye Starr LOVES the masa from tamales. I'm still eating those marvelous tamales that Jorge and Maria brought me yesterday morning, and Starr plops her little self in my lap and waits for tidbits. No dummy, that puppy. It's good stuff!

Well, back to my chair to prop my foot up. This thing sure is cutting into my computer time. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

April 11, 2010 - Msg 78601: Ha! Even with a sore leg, I swept the porch. You're welcome! --Romeena

April 11, 2010 - Msg 78602: Hi Ro. Sorry your leg is feeling sore...prayers for you for tomorrow.

So Starr likes tamales...well, she's a Texan. I am discovering that these pups of our's will eat just about everything. I have never offered them anything that they didn't inhale, including a banana popsicle. Bet they would love tamales. I gave Thelma Lou the Donkey half a leftover peanut butter sandwich today and she dug it. I found out today that our neighbors, who have 2 little girls, have been feeding her apples and carrots most days. She is filling out and looking better, if that's possible.

Had something kind of strange happen last night and today...I woke up at 5am after a terrible dream about one of my dearest friends. I dreamt that I saw her get into her car, pull out into traffic and get broadsided by a truck. When I ran to the scene, she was still alive but mangled with a broken neck. I woke up and just felt that terrified feeling and had to get up because i couldn't go back to sleep. The dream was so real and graphic that it was extremely disturbing. I wouldn't even discribe here what I saw in the dream. When I got to church, she wasn't there but her husband told me she was fine and stayed home with one of her sick children. Well, I saw her tonight at a youth function and gave her a big hug...what was wierd, though, was that she was wearing a shirt like the one in my dream and yet I had never seen it before. So, now I am wondering if it was merely coincidence or if it meant something more. I have been praying for her safety off and on today. Have any of you experienced something similar?

Well, better hit the sack. Been a long day.


April 12, 2010 - Msg 78603:
Very strange indeed boo...you been watchin' the remshaw ep!(: Hmmm.. I shall pray for you, for sure.
MD, SPOT, REV..."Hello NEWMAN!" haha
Rev, sorry to hear of your flat! Well, at least it wasnt a shipwreck! Hang in there for the gospel brother!
RO- I think I told you this before, but each Easter for about the last 7 years a lovely "pearl bailey" looking Baptist lady plays the organ and sings the opening and closing hymns
at all the Easter services. My goodness can she sing "In the name of Jesus, we have the vic-tor-eee!" Stirs me to the core when she let's go!
I aint never met a Baptist who's afraid to sing!
HAZEL--but "there goes one of the great romances of all time!" and "the tears on my pill'er doth bespeak the pain in my heart!" (:
Anyone seen or heard from STERLING??? APB

April 12, 2010 - Msg 78604: Thanks, MDC. :-)

You know REV, we have had several people in our area have blow outs recently and I guess people are having such financial woes that they can't afford new tires around here. We had a tragic accident a mile up the road last week that resulted in two deaths due to a blowout. Two people were in a Silverado, doing the speed limit on the highway but a tire blew, they lost control and the truck rolled into a ditch, landing upside down. Unfortunately, the ditch was filled with water and the passengers drowned. My sister went to school with the woman who was driving and strangly enough, her son had drowned a year ago in a boating accident.

I went to visit my parents last night and poor mom is getting more dizzy and it is getting harder to get around. She did get the hearing aid and it is helping her to converse with us, thankfully. I had Sean and his friends Josh and Nathan (that we have been carrying to church for years) and Dad started telling them some stories about WW2 and his experiences. They enjoyed hearing them and I was thinking about how few veterans of that war are still able to tell their stories. I think i will have dad over and invite the boys some evening and let him tell them the rest of his stories. One of the boys is very interested in WW2 history.

MDC, I'm a Baptist who's afraid to sing most of the time. HOWEVER, there is woman in our church named Paula who is in her 50's, about 4 feet tall and can belt it out like crazy. I like it when she stands behind me in church because I can sing as loudly as I like and nobody can hear my mistakes!

Nope, haven't heard from Sterling but wish he would check in. Lots of folks missing these days.

Well, got the pups and the donkey fed so I am going to finish my coffee and make sure Erin is ready. See you all later.


April 12, 2010 - Msg 78605:
Morning porch family.....a great day to serve our Lord!

Ro....sure do pray you get feeling better soon and get these things all fixed up. Praying!

MDC....you're right......no flat tire is going to stop the Gospel brother!

Boo.....yea you always see pieces of tire all over the road when you're traveling. Alot of blow-outs. The good thing about the motorhome is it has duel wheels on the back so you don't lose control as fast as if you only had two wheels. The only thing when they blow, they normaly do damage underneath from the tire beating. Thank the Lord that the damage this time was not too bad. Shouldn't be too much to fix it up. The tires are the biggest cost. Just a part of traveling:)

Spot....man love the crappies. Some good fish. And to me while the water is still pretty cold, they even taste better.

Well gang gotta get going. Alot to do today. Be sure to show someone Jesus today by what you say and do! HE love you so much!

Love and prayers to all my porch family

April 12, 2010 - Msg 78606: Good morning, family! REV, I'm sure glad the mishap with the motorhome was no worse than it was. Too bad about missing the concert - I know that must have been very upsetting to you. God has His reasons, but sometimes it sure is hard to figure out what they are.

Boo, don't worry yourself over that dream. Put it down to exactly what it was - a dream. The shirt thing is a bit weird, but again, a coincidence. God is in control.

My yard is full of baby squirrels and one indulgent mama who is out playing with them, but I have to get going. I have a CT scan to be done, in Southlake, at 10:30, so need to get on the road. I'd much rather stay right here at this window, doggone it. Big, beautiful robins all over the place too. They're so pretty, and the little squirrels are so cute! What a world our Lord made for us!

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

April 12, 2010 - Msg 78607: I'm sure you're right, thanks Ro.

I just made a pie for my neighbors. Used to be, there was a man living over there by himself for years and I never saw anyone there besides him. He is fairly young and an EMT. He went missing for awhile and I thought something had happened to him and then one day he brought home a wife and two beautiful little girls. I just found out that they are newly married so I bought a nice pie plate and made them a peach-berry pie and it looks wonderful. I made an extra for my family, too...wish i could share it with you all...how about meeting here after dinner-time and we can have pie and coffee and sit on the porch (if Thelma Lou will give us any peace). ;-)

Better get back to the chores.


April 12, 2010 - Msg 78608: Oh, and prayers about that CT scan...


April 12, 2010 - Msg 78609:
Boo- i forgot to mention that the Baptist lady
actually approached our pastor about doing what she now does. She was just driving down the street
and says she was moved by the Spirit to stop in and talk to him about it. I have seen the saying that states that "Sunday mornings are the most segregated time of the week", each denomination in it's own little area, and she was moved to break that up a bit. She actually comes a few other times throughout the year. When she sings "How Great Thou Art" the congregation is always moved to tears, and she evens gets us "frozen chosen" to lift up our hands in church!
Worldwide, strange happenings abound, from the death of the Polish President to the "nuclear summit" now going on!!

April 12, 2010 - Msg 78610:
Oh, and so glad Phil Mickelson won the Masters yesterday! (A great day for his whole family.) What a class-act compared to the jerk who was also playing yesterday.

April 12, 2010 - Msg 78611: That is really neat about the Baptist lady, MDC!

Yes, strange things going on in the world. I saw a very interesting program today about how all ancient civilizations have predicted a similar apocalypse and how things are lining up in our generation.

Better go...


April 12, 2010 - Msg 78612: Boo, I have had similar strange dreams. Sometimes I believe they mean something, and others I chalk up to just a crazy dream. I had a dream once about a dear friend who had recently died, and she told me during the dream that she was okay, and not to worry. I really believe that that dream had some real meaning. Other times, who knows. I've had a couple recurring dreams over and over thru the years, and I guess I'm yet to find out if they mean anything... could be indigestion, I guess. :) Or, if they actually come to pass, then I guess I'll say, I knew it!
- Hazel

April 12, 2010 - Msg 78613: Hey there Hazel. My dad's mother used to have a recurring dream and she would dream of a set of numbers. My mom says it was the date she died. I have no way of knowing if mom got it right or had the date wrong. I remember something very vividly that happened to me in the 8th grade, though, that was very strange. This has only happened to me once in my life but I had a dream one night about a young man that went to school with me named Tony. I dreamed that I was standing by my locker and someone came up to me and asked me, "Did you hear that Tony moved away?"...well, I didn't think about it again until later in the day I was standing by my locker, someone came up and asked me, "Did you hear that Tony moved away?"...my mouth dropped open and I really couldn't believe it. It happened exactly as it did in the dream but, as I said, nothing like that ever happened since then. Just a fluke? Don't know but as Ro said, God is in control. I think that we really have to come to a place in our faith these days in which we nail down what we believe and hang on tight. I made a choice to believe in the bible and I am finding myself increasingly tested in that belief but I think that is a sign of the times, too. Scary times if you give in to fear.

Well, think I will try to get some sleep. Goodnight!


April 12, 2010 - Msg 78614:
Hello porch family.....had a busy day today but wanted to check in real quick. You all have good night's rest.
Love and prayers for all the porch.

April 13, 2010 - Msg 78615: Good evening, porch. Yes, indeed, strange times abound. Earthquakes, hurricanes, wars and rumors of wars, brother against brother, and strange signs in the skies (UFOs?). However, with all the talk of 2012 and the predictions made by various civilizations, I have to think, "Well, it won't happen then, for sure!" The Bible says "at a time when you think not, then the Son of Man will come." That may not be verbatim, but it's close. What we must do, as Christians, is to live each day as though it might be the last, and be prepared, always prepared, and do whatever we can to take as many as we can to Heaven with us when the time comes. Spread the Word!

CT was done, will get the results next Monday. Had a venous doppler on my swollen leg, don't have the results there, but the tech whispered that she didn't see any evidence of a clot. So, why is my leg swollen? Who knows? If it does the same as all the other weird ailments I've had in the last few weeks, it will just disappear, with no explanation at all. Frustrating, but no news is good news, I guess.

I'll probably get back to work around the end of the week. Wish I didn't have to, but I do. One of these days.....

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

April 13, 2010 - Msg 78616: nighty night

April 13, 2010 - Msg 78617:
ROMEENA- could you run this thru truuth or fiction. I got an email that Pepsi's new patriotic can for the summer holidays leaves out "under God" in the pledge printed on the can. Could you see
if that is true or not?

April 13, 2010 - Msg 78618: Yep, you're right of course, Ro. I would rather believe the bible than an ancient civilization who worshipped God's who required brutal human sacrifices. I think it is very intereting, though, that some of the ancient civilizations had such advanced knowledge of astronomy and such. I was thiking last night about the wise men who followed the star to Bethlehem and somehow knew that it meant that the messiah would be born. The ancient's seemed to have knowledge that modern man doesn't have. I heard a scientist who has been studying the mayan calander and places of worship say that the calander doesn't predict disaster in 2010 but a rebirth of some sort or a change, maybe for the better. Anyways, as I said, I will choose to trust the God of Israel; the God of the bible and Father of our Lord Jesus.

You know after having had some really terrible dreams recently, I had a great one last night. I was on a cruise ship with some of my family members and I remember standing on a deck with a rotating platform in the middle that would turn and give you a panoramic view. The beauty of the blue water was amazing, with dolphins jumping and dancing. I remember thinking it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. Nice change from the recent bad dreams. Problem is, I feel like I was up all night...strange. I have Emily today which will be tough! What I want to do is curl up on the couch and sleep.

Glad the doppler didn't show any clots, Ro....wonder what the matter could be with that leg? It seems like your body has been trying to rebel against something in some strange ways lately. Hmmmm....you sure you don't have some strange worm in your head or something, like on Mystery Diagnosis....hehe...just kidding!!

Better get Erin off to school.

MDC, I have seen that email rumor before and am pretty sure its fake. i will look it up on T or F, though.


April 13, 2010 - Msg 78619: Yep, it's fiction MDC. Don't you wonder what kind of people have the time to spread rumors like that?


April 13, 2010 - Msg 78620:
Thanks Boo. Now i can just delete it.
BTW, are you taking melatonin still? I have had some pretty phycaldelic dreams when i take a certain brand of it, I think Sundown brand.
Anyway, just a thought.
Also, how is Bruce's heart and all doing these days?
Have a good day all,

April 13, 2010 - Msg 78621:

Boo, I've heard dreams are extremely symbolic. Perhaps something in your subconscious was conveying concern about the woman suffering a big "blow." Do you know if she has a relative who is ailing or has she expressed worry about losing her job? Just something to think on under your bucket. (I'm not a psychiatrist; I just play one on the interwebs.)

I have a roast in the slow cooker that's already smelling mighty fine. I put in small red taters, baby carrots, a little onion, some beef broth... I browned the roast first with salt, pepper and some garlic and it sure do smell good. I'm already hungry and it's not even lunch time yet. LOL

One of the most amusing anecdotes regarding 2012 was on Divorce Court, of all things. The wife was fed up with her husband's preoccupation (and that's putting it mildly) with the apocalypse. He went on and on about 2012 and the Mayan calender, etc. Finally Judge Toler asked him, "Do you concede there is a slight possibility that the Mayan calender ended in 2012 because the Spanish killed them before they could go further?" I liketa fell off my couch.

Things have calmed down some at Casa de Dež. We lost my dear stepdad on Easter day so it's been a rough week for all. Please keep my mom in your prayers.

Love and peace to all.


April 13, 2010 - Msg 78622:

(Who is that woman and why does she keep misspelling "calendar?")



April 13, 2010 - Msg 78623: Good morning, porch! Hey, good question, MDC. I was thinking about Bruce and his heart situation just yesterday. How is it going, Boo? Oh, and you're right about the Pepsi thing. I checked that one out some time ago, and it's not true. Same rumor went around about Dr. Pepper, I believe. Also, just for the record - the email about "In God We Trust" being left off the dollar coin - not true. It's not on the flat sides, it's embossed on the outer edge, the rim. Not very visible, I'll admit, but at least it's there. Also, I see that the "Andy Rooney" speech is circulating again. While I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments expressed in that piece, Mr. Rooney neither wrote nor delivered it. He has emphatically denied it, and no one seems to know where it originated. Parts of it have been attributed to George Carlin, but he denied it also.

Friends, you would not believe some of the emails I get. You probably do too. I don't know where this stuff comes from, but some of it is just almost funny. For example, there was one warning about using gas pumps. Something about tiny needles infected with the AIDS virus being taped inside the trigger mechanism. Good grief! Most of it is harmless, all it does is raise your blood pressure for a while, but some of it is malicious and hurtful, and in my opinion, is sometimes initiated by a competitor or a disgruntled employee, in an attempt to discredit or harm a business. The rumors about Target stores are an example. They are not French-owned, they did not refuse to contribute to veterans' causes, they did not terminate their employees' benefits when they were called to active military duty, they do contribute to the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program. It is true that they no longer allow Salvation Army bellringers outside their stores at Christmas, but that was in response to threats of legal action from some less-desirable groups who wanted equal time and space.

Truthorfiction.com is open to anyone. Just go to that website, click on "search" and enter a keyword for what you want to inquire about. A relevant name will usually do it. Also, you can just Google these things. To get the information about Target, I Googled "Target stores", several links came up, one of which took me to Snopes.com, and there it was. You can "join" Truthorfiction if you wish, about $9 a year I think. You can use the search feature without being a member, but membership brings you emails with advance notice of rumors and hoaxes which are probably going to hit your inbox shortly. It's a very informal, friendly organization. I've even had personal emails from the founder, Rich Buhler, in response to questions and comments I've sent in. Incidentally, Mr. Buhler is an ordained minister, the author of several books, and is a respected broadcaster.

Well, I didn't intend to go off chasing those rabbits this morning. I wish you could see the flowers in my yard. There are some irises out there that are just unbelievably beautiful. God must have stayed up late a few nights, designing these beauties. Also, there's a flock of pigeons out there, most of them just the common gray-barred pigeons, but one is so pretty. He or she is a black-and-white mix, beautiful markings! Such a pretty thing. They're cleaning up the last of the corn I put out a couple of days ago. The sprinkler had wet it, and sort of cemented it to the flagstones. The little doves aren't powerful enough to do more than chip at it, but the pigeons are breaking it loose and cleaning it up! See, there's something for everyone out there, and if left alone and not "managed", it all works out.

Well, away I go. See you later, taters. --Romeena

April 13, 2010 - Msg 78624: Hey there, Dež! Good to see you. I'm so sorry to hear about your stepdad, and on Easter Sunday, too. A rough week, as you said. My prayers for you and especially for your mom, I'm sure she's heartbroken. Don't let anyone tell her how she ought to be feeling, guilt her for feeling angry at times, or recite any trite "assurances" right now. She feels how she feels, period. She'll seek comfort in scripture when she's ready. The best thing anyone can say to her now is "I'm so sorry, please tell me if I can do anything for you," and leave it at that. --Romeena

April 13, 2010 - Msg 78625: In my best Ben Stein voice: "Buhler...Buhler...Buhler..." hehe (do you know what I am talking about, Ro?).

DES, you are such a hoot...I often misspell calendar, too. I've had that same question about the Spanish killing the Mayans, DES...makes sense to me. Didn't they get smallpox from Cortez or something?...sorry, my history is a little rusty. What I do know about them is that their history is full of brutality and bloodshed. Guess they had their good points, too, though...seems they were smart and good warriors.

Well Ro, I wanted to share something with you about Thelma Lou the donkey that I think you can appreciate. I was out by the trampoline with Emily today, sitting in my lawn chair and here came the donkey. Well, she sidled up to me and began to rub her face on my right arm. I didn't shoo her away, even though I don't particularly like her horsey smell. After running her face on my arm, she then moved to a position in which she was directly in front of my and her legs were nearly touching mine, then she proceeded to lay her chin on my right shoulder and just stayed there for awhile. After a bit she nuzzled my neck with her nose and went her way. She is not like any animal I have ever owned, that's for sure.

Well, I think I am going to have to get a shower because I smell like a donkey at this point....


April 13, 2010 - Msg 78626: hello gang
ROMEENA.. so sorry your are having such a bad time with the leg
MDC ..I was real happy to see Newman win
prayers for all

April 13, 2010 - Msg 78627: Oh, so sorry I neglected to say i am sorry for your family's loss, DES. I know that when my mother-in-law's husband died 2 years ago it was very difficult. He was a wonderful man and the kids loved Granpa Don so much. My prayers for your family.


April 13, 2010 - Msg 78628: Ro, you know what I was just thinking about? If you look at scripture, it seems that the Lord took a special interest in donkeys. I was thinking about Balaam and the donkey that actually talked to him. Maybe there are more to donkeys that meet the eye, eh? ;-)


April 13, 2010 - Msg 78629:
Des- Also, if the gregorian calendAR wasnt a known
entitiy to the Mayans, how did they know to use 365 days with leap years with there calculations?? hmmm

April 13, 2010 - Msg 78630:
RO- I had to LOL when I got one that was a "Follow up"(actual subject line) about why I didnt notify general so-in-so of Nigeria about my fortune!
ANDY: 50 dollars is a lot of money for a little fella.
OPIE: 50 dollars is a lot of money for any sized fella!

April 13, 2010 - Msg 78631:
Oh yes, my condolences DES. My prayers are with you.

April 13, 2010 - Msg 78632: Gang I will read after dark....just about got the garden planted...close to 50 mater plants so far....ok...back to work...where shall we meet for supper? SPOT

April 13, 2010 - Msg 78633: Oh, Boo, that Thelma Lou story is so sweet! I would consider myself highly favored to be singled out by such a sweet little beastie, and given so much affection. As for the "horsey smell", I've never found that scent objectionable. I used to put my arms around my horse's neck and press my face against the smooth, satiny, muscular surface, and just inhale! It's like perfume to me.

I agree, it does seem that the Lord sort of "specialized" on donkeys at times. More and more, I'm becoming convinced that we really don't understand our relationship with the animal world, but someday, we will. When the Bible speaks of "all creation", I think it includes all living things. "Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD." Psalm 150:6. Nowhere do I see "everything, except of course the animals...". So, just think - someday you may be able to communicate with little Thelma Lou, and tell her how much you enjoyed her affectionate display this morning. And you know what? There are going to be some people who will be apologizing to some mistreated animals, too - assuming that those humans are in heaven!

Well, I got the word on the swollen leg today. There is no deep vein clot, but there is a large hematoma in the calf of my leg. From what, I have no idea. Nothing to be done about it, it will gradually dissolve and dissipate on its own, and according to the doctor, I can return to work. Oh joy.

Well, guess I'll go prop this foot up, would like to get as much of the swelling out of it as I can before I have to start hiking those halls again. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

April 13, 2010 - Msg 78634:
RO- how about some of those suphose"leg sleeves" to help your legs at work? Just an idea.
My sister in New Mexico has two donkeys...Abraham and Sarah!! (:
RO- I've been in a few leather shops, and that aroma always makes me think of what it must have been like for the real cowboys of the 1800s west!
Next to TAGS, my favorite show is The Rifleman, and I now get it over the air on RTV. Good show.
Pappabear and i used to frequent a board on the rifleman website
Probably somethin to do with growin up in AZ,
attending rodeo parades etc.
God bless,

April 13, 2010 - Msg 78635:
Hello porch family......Watching bios of TAGS on the BIO Channel. It's kinda sad to me. So many of them are gone. I sure miss those days but we can live them here on the porch.

Good night porch family. Have a blessed day tomorrow!
Love and prayers

April 13, 2010 - Msg 78636: You bring up some good points concerning animals, Ro. I was thinking about something else today, too. I saw a television clip in which a man in Australia was trying to breed and care for Tasmanian Devils...really cute and really fierce little creatures. Well, someone had found an abandoned baby devil on the side of the road and took it to the man. It was small enough to hold in the palm of his hand and he took care of it. It's about a year old now and in the show he walked up to it and it started making that characteristic Tasmanian Devil growl until it smelled him (apparently they have poor eyesight)...once it got a whiff of the guy, it was fine and he lifted it up and it laid it's little head on his shoulder like a baby as he carried it around. Here is the thought I had when seeing it: When God created man he gave him the job of naming and overseeing animals. I think that in the beginning man and animals had great respect and love for each other but after sin came into the world, things changed. I think someday it will be like it used to be and we will communicate freely, as you said. How wonderful the new earth will be. :-) By the way, I found out that Thelma Lou's original name was "Baby" so sometimes i call her that too, and sometimes just "Donkey".

MDC, I used to love watching reruns of the Rifleman when i was a kid but have not seen it in many years.

Better get a shower and get to bed. I am beginning to look forward to the relaxed days of summer when I don't have to get up while it is still dark and stumble outside to feed dogs and donkeys. They will have to get used to eating a little bit later.

Goodnight Mayberry!


April 13, 2010 - Msg 78637: Thelma Lou sounds so special, Boo. I can just see her laying her head on your shoulder. How sweet. And I like the way you used the Sienfeld term of "sidled up" to you.
We have 2 local stations that show retro-TV now. One shows 2 reruns of Mister Ed in the mornings. And Patty Duke. Funny, how I rarely watch TV Land anymore...
- Hazel

April 14, 2010 - Msg 78638: I don't watch TV Land much anymore either, Hazel. They lost me when they started running "Roseanne", and all those insipid "reality" shows. Give me a good old 50s rerun anytime.

Boo, I agree. I think God intended us to live in harmony with the animals, and certainly never intended that humans would abuse them. Of course, He didn't intend for us to abuse each other either, but we do. How disappointed He must be in us at times. What amazing love, that restrains Him from just wiping us out. As for it someday returning to the way He meant it to be, we do have His promise for that. Isaiah 11:6-9 - "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra's hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper's den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea."(NKJV) Isn't that a beautiful picture? I can hardly wait!

MDC, I'm not sure I could stand those hose. I have a pair of compression stockings, leftovers from my knee surgery, and I never wore them even then. I just can't stand the feel of something tight like that, and I'm not sold on the efficacy of those things anyway. My experience with patients is that the tops usually roll down and form a tight, constricting band that does more harm than good. I've never had problems with my legs before, don't have varicose veins, and swelling isn't typically a problem. Where this hematoma came from, I can't imagine, and the doctor doesn't have a clue either. It will dissipate eventually, but in the meantime, I feel like I have a wooden leg, except a wooden leg wouldn't hurt!

Well, guess I'll go prop the aforementioned leg up, and get some sleep. Have to talk to my unit manager in the morning and see when she plans to put me back on the schedule. Soon, probably. Be blessed! --Romeena

April 14, 2010 - Msg 78639:
Well, that's cool, it was just a thought.
Boo- if you get RTV (that's the symbol in the lower right corner of the screen), then you can see The Rifleman.
I just watched Nova tonight all about the universe. Amazing episode. They figure there are
at least 100 billion galaxies besides our Milky Way. Photos from the Hubble telescope are breathtaking! They even quoted the Bible and I dont
think they even realized it, because they sort of matter-of-factly said that there are more stars than there are grains of sands on all the beaches of the world! And just think, in the twinkling of an eye, we'll see them all!
Talk about a light show!
God bless my friends, sleep well!

April 14, 2010 - Msg 78640: Wow folks, I stayed up late just to watch three hours of quality television on the Biography channel.
The first hour was the biography of Don Knotts.
The second hour was the biography of Andy Taylor.
And the third hour was a program called "Andy Griffith Retrospective" where Andy reminisced with Don Knotts, Ron Howard, Jim Nabors, George Lindsey and Jack Dodson.
They also showed the best clips from many episodes, including:
- the Danny Thomas Show episode were Andy gives Danny a ticket;
- Opie not wanting Aunt Bee to leave because she can't do anything likd hit a ball, catch a fish, or hunt frogs;
- Opie learning about poor Horatio, the half-a-boy;
- Barney reciting the Preamble to the Constitution from memory with just a little help from Andy;
- Gomer and the citizen's arrest;
- Andy accompanies Gomer to the Marines;
- Goober impersonating Cary Grant with "Judy Judy Judy Judy Judy" the impersonating Edward G. Robinson with "Alright you guys ... ";
- Barney singing off-key in the choir;
- scenes with Floyd the barber;
- The Darlings humor along with their music;
- Ernest T. Bass breaking windows and taking an Army physical;
- Opie accidently killing the momma bird and having to care for the babies. "The cage sure looks awful empty, huh pa?" "But don't the trees look nice and full?"

I was surprised to learn that during the second season, 7 year old Ron Howard was already offering scene change suggestions that were being accepted by the director. No wonder he ended up becoming a film director as an adult.

from Poor Horatio

April 14, 2010 - Msg 78641: Mornin' Y'all- I'm a few days behind, what with having my Wyoming sister & her family visiting last week. I hope everyone is well,and that Romeena is doing better.

Lots of errands to do today,so I'd better scoot. Just checking in before y'all get the ol' posse together!
Love to all!

possum u.a.r.

April 14, 2010 - Msg 78642: does anyone know how to get a copie of the return to mayberry?

April 14, 2010 - Msg 78643: oops COPY

April 14, 2010 - Msg 78644: I am a huge Andy Griffith fan and watch everyday. And i also have plenty of them on D.V.R. I play mayberryopoly the whole nine. So if someone out there has an extra copy of the Return To Mayberry PLEASE e-mail me at msolo0234@yahoo.com. Much obliged.

April 14, 2010 - Msg 78645: Ro, thank you for posting that amazing verse of scripture, it is just what I needed this morning. Yesterday I was feeling a bit depressed, watching the nuclear summit and thinking about the state of this world we live in. I needed the reminder that this isn't the end...the best is yet to come. Thank you also, MDC for sharing about the wonders of the universe. I feel like the Lord had you both share what you did for my benefit to encourage me today. :-)

PH, wow, I would have loved to see those biographies. I don't get biography channel anymore, though. Glad you had the opportunity, though.

"Hey" to Possum. Don't work too hard.

Yes Hazel, I thought about you when I wrote "sidled"...I remembered your post from a few days ago. I am having fun with these animals and its like a little taste of heaven seeing the four of them (pups, cat, and donkey) getting along so well. They are like a family already. It's so funny to watch my cat, though, because he wants to go outside but he looks around and exits carefully, just waiting for my puppy Hank to jump square on his back when he goes out. Kitty hisses at him, but thats about it. They all hang close together all day. I have been very pleased that my overweight cat doesn't seem to have the speed to kill any birds, either. :-)

Well, chores to do...


Sorry #78644 but I wouldn't know how to help but there are some here who might.

April 14, 2010 - Msg 78646: PS- MDC, I get rtv but I have never seen the rifleman on there. What time does it come on?


April 14, 2010 - Msg 78647: Hi All.


April 14, 2010 - Msg 78648:
Message 78644, I Googled Return to Mayberry and
copied a few results here. It looks like it is
available from a few sources. Good luck!

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April 14, 2010 - Msg 78649:
Poor Horatio- I saw that reunion a few years back on network TV. That's a good look back indeed. But I have never seen the biographies. I remember recording it, but have no idea where the tape is now!! ha
Boo- yes, the universe is amazing!! The hubble telescope has seen some unbelieveable things!!Big huge super novas etc. They aimed it at a black area of the universe and found ten thousand galaxies!
TAX DAY tomorrow!! "Give unto Ceasar.." Wish i could find a few coins inside a fish's mouth!!! (:
Have a blessed day,

April 14, 2010 - Msg 78650:
Oh, Boo, i get Rifleman at 2 PM Sundays, so it might be 4 PM there. Worth a looks see.

April 14, 2010 - Msg 78651: Good morning, porch! To #78644, check out this link: http://www.weaversdepartmentstore.com/catalog.php?item=131&ret=catalog.php. It presents the entire TAGS collection, with a few bonus items thrown in, one of which is the movie you're trying to find. The cost is $192, which seems like a lot, but you're getting a lot. I built my own set a season at a time, as they were released, ended up paying more and don't have all the extras. Just order the thing and give yourself an early Christmas present! It's worth it.

Boo, I'm loving every minute of your "country" experience. Your description of the animals being such companions reminds me of when I was a young'un at home in the country. My grandparents lived with us for several years, and my grandpa appointed himself as caretaker of the animals. On summer mornings, he would put a rope on the cow and lead her down along our road to a choice patch of grass or clover, and tie her there so she could graze. He would also lead my brother's pony on a rope. For some reason, he would never put a rope on my horse, he just let him follow. My dog, who was devoted to Grandpa, would also follow along, and so would Jose, our big orange barn cat. That was quite a procession, strung out one behind the other along the edge of our narrow gravel road.

My grandpa was a character. I really think he was afraid of Ace, my horse, thus the refusal to put a rope on him. Instead, if anybody suggested he should tie the horse too, he'd just throw a hand in the air and loudly declare "Awww, that horse isn't going anywhere! Leave me alone!" Then, of course, an hour or so later we'd get a phone call, some neighbor requesting that I come get my horse out of her petunias, or her lettuce patch, or whatever. I'd take his bridle, walk to wherever he had wandered, put his bridle on him and ride him home. Grandpa's response was always the same: "Well, I'll be! I didn't think he'd wander off!" Then my grandma would say, "Fritz, did you leave that horse untied again?" And he would throw both hands in the air and holler "Alright, alright, alright!" And more softly "You old battle-axe!" Oh, they were a pair. The stories I could tell!

Well, got to go prop this foot up. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

April 14, 2010 - Msg 78652:
Stupid, stupid me, of course Weaver's would have it! Why didnt i think to tell that to our Ed Sawyer-like visitor. In fact, I just went there and am going to order the Dillards CD. thx RO.

April 14, 2010 - Msg 78653: "Jose" the cat?! HAHAHA...too funny. Great story, Ro. So your grandpa's name was Fritz...so was Bruce's grandfather. He's the one who was a barber in marble falls for years (while his wife worked at the Blueberry cafe)...of course we have talked about this already. Anyway, glad you enjoying my accounts of critters and country life. :-)


April 14, 2010 - Msg 78654:
Hello porch family.

Ro....I just love those verses in Isa. Paints such a wonderful picture.

P.H.....I saw the same thing last night on BIO also. I really enjoyed it.

Hey Tom....good to see ya buddy!

Boo....has become a regular farm gal. Just as long as you don't start acting like Lisa on Green Acres:)

Well my wifey is calling me for dinner. She has a huge pot of homemade clam chowder and strawberry shortcake for dessert. She is originaly from Maine so she can make some clam chowder.
Ya'll come on over...we have plenty.

Love and prayers!

April 14, 2010 - Msg 78655: MDC, speaking of astronomy, I have a double sided poster of the universe as we know it today. There are many times when I pause to view it in awe.

But my favorite astronomical photograph was taken by the unmanned Voyager I spacecraft back in 1990. The satellite was launched in 1977. Thirteen years later, it's camera was turned around to take a photo of what was behind it. This photograph is titled "Pale Blue Dot". Except for a few bands of light, the photograph appears empty. But if you look very closely at the middle of the far right band, you can see a pale dot. That is our Earth, as seen from Voyager I when it was 3.7 billion miles away. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pale_Blue_Dot.png

from Poor Horatio

April 14, 2010 - Msg 78656: I have seen that photo recently, Poor Horatio...blows my mind to think of it. One pale blue dot in the universe and yet God cares so much for each individual...even every sparrow that falls. When people say God is big, well He's bigger than big.

Don't worry, REV, I won't be acting like Lisa and I am a pretty good cook..wish I looked like her, though!

Went to church small group tonight and we studied Paul's prayer for the Ephesian church in Ephesians chapter 3. Really good stuff.

Better go tell Erin to get out of the shower and get ready for bed...


April 15, 2010 - Msg 78657: It's 1am and I'm still up. So I took a chance to search for the poster I mentioned in Msg 78655. I found it at
http://www.sabbatella.com/National%20Geographic%20-%20The%20Universe%20Map.jpg. Unfortunately, this shows only one side.
I find it so thought provoking and awe inspiring that I have one in my American house and one in my Canadian house.

I used to be an avid amateur astronomer in my younger days. I spent many hours in my back yard scanning the night sky. My most notable accomplishment was tracking all the planets, except for Pluto. I even subscribed to "Sky & Telescope" magazine and understood many of the technical articles. I was the only person I knew who owned "Dance of the Planets" astronomy software for my computer.

from Poor Horatio

April 15, 2010 - Msg 78658: Well, it's 1:04 Central time, and I'm still up, too. Just not sleepy, for some reason. The pictures of the heavenlies, and especially the one showing the tiny blue dot that is the Earth are so thought-provoking. What came to my mind is that pitiful "performance" by the notable New Age-ist, Shirley MacLaine. Flanked by a group of her followers, she stood on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, preached her little New Age sermon and then with outstretched arms, she proclaimed at the top of her voice, "I Am God!" As I understand it, that's pretty much the sum and substance of New Age, that we all are little gods-in-waiting, and reach full divinity through study and medication. Something like that. Anyway, can't you just imagine what that little scene must have looked like to the real and living God? If the Earth is such a tiny speck, what must one small woman standing on a square foot of its surface look like, especially as she declares herself to be divine? The mind boggles.

Hey there, Tom. I was wondering where you had gotten off to. Has your stepdad caught any fish?

REV, save me some of that clam chowder. That's one of my favorite things. Believe it or not, the best clam chowder I ever ate was made in the kitchens of my hospital's cafeteria. Absolutely delicious - rich and creamy, not too much potato, and just loaded with clams, big meaty ones! I used to buy a quart of it and bring it home, and enjoy two or three meals from it. A dash of Tabasco, and it was perfect. The last couple of years though, they haven't been serving it. Too bad. Do you think Mrs. Rev would share her recipe?

Well, guess I'll mosey on to bed and see if I can get sleepy. If not, I'll just watch TV. No harm done, since I can get up whenever I wish in the morning. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

April 15, 2010 - Msg 78659: Rev send me some chowder too...hey yall ...garden is planted...whew...back at work today...hey possum,Romeena,hazel,horatio,Boo,Tom,MDC,Mavis?...(check in)...ok..ok...let me get logged in here at work and yall stop by for a ham and bisquit with mustard...prayers ...I will try to be in here all day....SPOT

April 15, 2010 - Msg 78660: Good morning, porch! Another iris has opened, a rich orange color, about the color of the inside of a ripe cantelope. Pretty, pretty thing! Spot, when your tomatoes ripen, toss me one, OK? Nothing like a vine-ripened tomato. I used to pick them off the vine, sun-warm, and just walk away eating the thing like an apple. Yum!

Well, gotta run. Have to stop by and get some blood drawn to recheck that serum creatinine - I'm looking for it to be normal by now, please, Lord. Then I'm picking Eloise up and we're going to have some lunch, visit Best Buy briefly, Target not so briefly, and then back home. I don't want to stay on my feet to long. Foot is still swollen, but getting better, and my leg isn't quite as sore.

The azalea back by the arbor is just beautiful. I'm giving serious thought to putting about six more in back there, along the back fence. I can make room, and they would love the location. I think I'll plant the encore variety, which reblooms two or three times a year. I love rebloomers - more bang for your buck!

OK, I'm gone. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

April 15, 2010 - Msg 78661: Good luck with that creatinine level, Ro.

Busy day of homeschooling today...we have been studying history this morning, specifically the "Lidice Massacre" during WW2 after the execution of Heidrich (?)...not sure if that is the right spelling. What a horrible story of the terror and brutality of the SS.

Well, got some chores to get done...


April 15, 2010 - Msg 78662:
Let me tell you how it will be;
There's one for you, nineteen for me.
'Cause I'm the taxman,
Yeah, I'm the taxman.

Should five per cent appear too small,
Be thankful I don't take it all.
'Cause I'm the taxman,
Yeah, I'm the taxman.

if you drive a car;I'll tax the street;
if you try to sit, I'll tax your seat;
if you get too cold, I'll tax the heat;
if you take a walk, I'll tax your feet.

Don't ask me what I want it for,
If you don't want to pay some more.
'Cause I'm the taxman,
Yeah, I'm the taxman.

And you're working for no one but me.



April 15, 2010 - Msg 78663:

April 15, 2010 - Msg 78664:
Ben: Now sheriff, I've been a tax-payin' store owner here for 25 years...