August 15, 2010 - Msg 80330:
Hey RO- here's a little "inside" joke for ya:
" unicorns and glitter!"
Ya know what I'm refering to?? (:
Good Sabbath,

August 15, 2010 - Msg 80331:
AH ha, THAT was a sweeper??
"I'll be dogged."

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80332: No, MDC, I can't say that I recognize that. What's it from? --Romeena

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80333: Ninety degrees at 1:00 a.m. No wonder my tomatoes aren't setting fruit. It's hot!! Dang hot!! --Romeena

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80334: Monday morning folks! time to wake up and get moving! another hot day on tap for northeast TN today, rain and storms predicted off and on all week.

Feeling a little better today. not as tired.

Beth started her second week today and seems to be doing pretty well overall. Please continue to pray for safe driving.

Working today, hopefully I can stay busy and the day will pass swiftly.

Breakfast menu will be: pancakes, sausages, bacon, maple syrup, scrambled eggs, fresh sliced fruit. coffee, tea, mayfield chocolate or white milk to drink. SPOT can fetch the paper for us.
Hurry and lets eat!

Better get busy, prayers all around and blessings too.

Big Maude

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80335: Well Ro, we chose to live in Texas (idiots)...hehe. Like I have said before, down here it is hot for 6 months straight, day and night.

unicorns and glitter? What in the heck are you talking about MDC?

Mornin' Maude!

Today should be interesting. It is the week before ths start of a new school year and this is the week the we start enforcing bedtime and getting up early...the kids just hate it! haha


August 16, 2010 - Msg 80336:
Ro, Boo-Maybe the commercial isnt showing in your area.
Can you say Progressive Insur@nce Bundling??
Does that help?
Good day to all!

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80337:
Oh, and Ro, it was 101 here at 1 AM... talk about
dog-days (and i don't mean Spot!) ha

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80338:
Harvick wins Michigan!!

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80339: Good grief, Boo. Don't plant any tomatoes - they'd probably spontaneously combust! --Romeena

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80340: Hello Porch, I am under the weather with a whopping head cold and have been away a bit. Wont stay long but just wanted to drop in on y'all.

Prayers for Beth, Big Maude.

Will be back as soon as I can get my eyes to stop hurting from this bright screen! LOL!


August 16, 2010 - Msg 80341:
JM, my prayers are with you! Maybe you "NFL OD'd." ha Ya gotta "ease" into it
Take care,

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80342: Hello Porch:
Just stopping by and hoping you all were behaving yourselves while I was away on my mission trip to Nicaragua. We had a wonderful time ministering to the villagers there. This was my second year to go to this particular town, and it was so nice to see they remembered us. Babies had arrived and babies had grown up to be toddlers. The best part was that 350 decisions for Christ were made as the Word of Life students counseled the people while they waited to see the Drs. I missed catching up with you all... when I get rested, I will read all the archives. Love you guys. New Neighbor

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80343:
Wonderful New Neighbor!! You folks who go out in the field like that are the cats! God bless you.
350 for Jesus! woohoo!
Glad you had a successful time.

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80344: Boo and Romeena, regarding MDC's subtle "unicorns and glitter" joke, watch and pay attention near the end of that video.

from Poor Horatio

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80345: Afternoon Y'all! Thought I'd pop in before somebody put a posse together. I had Laci over the weekend,so I've been busy. Hope everyone's doing ok. Sorry you're sick, JM. Has anyone suggested VICKS yet?? We think mighty highly of that stuff in the little blue jar! Feel better!

I missed something- glitter and unicorns?? I'll have to go back and read the archives.

Yes it is HOT! I just talked to a relative in Angleton, Texas yesterday and she complained about the heat. It has been a ding dang doozy of a summer, that's for sure. Now we're getting rain,so that makes Lowcountry SC seem like a tropical jungle!

Well, gotta go. Y'all have a good evening- love to all!
P.S. Welcome home, NN!!

possum under a rock

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80346:
Amen Poor Horatio, you win 17 white peppermints!

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80347:
Ah yes, VICKS, the "miracle salve" of the porch! (:

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80348: Mr Goss lost my salt and pepper

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80349: It's a perfect cut for the dip

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80350:
Possum, glad all is OK...yup, dang hot all over
the place, that is for sure. Keep cool 'neath yer rock,
and I'll keep Earnest T away! (:

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80351:
Hello porch back from my concert this morning around 3:00am. Had a great turn out but most of all.....the Spirit of God was there.

Love and prayers to all my porch family!

August 16, 2010 - Msg 80352: Had a good night at the drug rehab tonight. The gospel was given, tears were shed...prayers were prayed and God was there.

Thanks for that update, New Neighbor!! Lord bless you all for your faithfulness. :-)

Gotta go...tired and ready for bed you all bunches.

Feel better soon, JM.


August 17, 2010 - Msg 80353: Good morning, porch! Just got home from work, tired to the bone as usual. Shift started out great, but around midnight I got an ER admit who was, in hospital vernacular, a train wreck. I'm glad I'm off tonight, and with any luck, she'll have been transferred to another floor by the time I go back Wednesday night.

New Neighbor, may God bless you for your mission efforts. I know the scene well, though my endeavors were in another country. Just kinda makes you feel good all over, doesn't it, and humbles you at the same time. One thing is for sure, you come home with a renewed appreciation for the good old U.S.A. Sounds like you had some spectacular results - praise the Lord!

Well, guess I'll feed the puppies, then hit the hay. I have a doctor appointment at 3:15, so won't get to sleep very long, but I don't need to. Just two or three hours will do. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

P.S. Where is Tom??

August 17, 2010 - Msg 80354: You know, Ro, I was reading a book last night that was talking about the billions in the world who haven't heard the gospel and some testimonies of people who made a huge difference by praying. You remember in the gospels when Jesus tells his disciples to pray the Lord of the Harvest, that he would send workers into the fields because the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Interesting that he made that particular request because he had just been talking to them about the mass of people who were like sheep without a shepherd and he had compassion for them. He didn't say "pray for these people", he said pray for workers to reach these people...pray for the church to make some sacrifices to reach a lost world...pray for Christians who are willing to go (like NN and Ro). He was putting the cart before the horse. I read a story that just astounded and humbled me about a missionary who went to South Korea, where there has been great revival for years now. The Christian leaders there estimate that about half the population of South Korea has been converted to Christianity and at a faster rate than conversions to Islam. The missionary was in his motel room the first night there and he was awakened at around 4am..he went to the window and could see a huge sports arena filled with people shouting and carrying on and he thought, 'what kind of people have sports events in the middle of the night?!' but next morning he asked the desk clerk about it and was told that it was the usual gathering of Christians for their prayer meeting! Wow...those people are praying and seeing great revival. It is possible with God and with prayer. If billions have not heard the good news, and if there is a great spiritual decline in this country, could it be because Christians aren't devoted to prayer here in our busy, easy American lifestyle? I am asking myself this question because to really be devoted to fervent prayer, I will have to move pretty far out of my comfort zone. It is going to cost me some time and some sleep but I think most of us have yet to realize the power of prayer and that one person's prayer can make a huge impact for the kingdom of God. "The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous (Christian) man/woman availeth much".

Better finish the laundry and get some chores done.

Much Love,

August 17, 2010 - Msg 80355: I meant to say that Jesus was putting "the horse before the cart", excuse me.


August 17, 2010 - Msg 80356: Oh and one more thing, if i may? I am praying that the Lord would keep reminding us of the great need in the world because we don't have it right there in front of us everyday and tend to lose sight of the great commission to go to the world. I think of it like this: If I am relaxing in my lawn chair on the banks of a beautiful river and about to snooze off, I have no desire to jump in the river...I'll just stay right here where I'm comfortable, but let's say someone's little child falls in and I see it struggle, I will be in that water in about 2 seconds to save it. I, like any of us would be out of my comfort zone so fast to save someone that we see in danger. Lord give us the spiritual vision to see those who need saving in the world, and now. If we can't go, show us ways to give more of our resources, and time in prayer, Lord.


August 17, 2010 - Msg 80357: Did I scare everyone off the porch with my posts/! haha...where is everyone today?


August 17, 2010 - Msg 80358:
Hi Boo, I think it's these dog-days of summer!
It is hot and MUGGY, and it just makes one want
to go to sleep! ha
Here's the opening of To Kill a Mockingbird (if ME-THEY is looking in)
"Maycomb was a tired, old town,
even in 1932 when I first knew it.
Somehow it seemed hotter then.
Men's stiff collars wilted by 9 in the morning.
Ladies bathed before noon,
and by nightfall were like soft tea cakes...
with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.
The days were 24 hours long, but seemed longer.
There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go...
and nothing to buy; no money to buy it with,
although Maycomb County had recently been told...
that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.
That summer I was six years old..."

That's about how I feel these days, wilted! ha
It's like I mentioned a few years ago, it's the time
when our "cold" tap water runs warm here in Phx, and we search for that last "cool spot of sheet" when trying to sleep at night...
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..oops, that's ANOTHER novel! ha
I'm delirious..
Hang in there,
Prayers for all
PS: How are Thelma Lou and Strawberry doing these days??

August 17, 2010 - Msg 80359:
Speaking of BOO, ha, that was beautiful what you said about South Korea, I never would have known!

August 17, 2010 - Msg 80360: "Gomer, Gome..."

August 17, 2010 - Msg 80361: Yes, maybe it is the heat, MDC, but I think facebook has stolen away alot of our porch folks. Oh well. So you feel wilted? Maybe you need a dip in the river...or you could go up to Flagstaff and cool off, couldn't you? How far is the drive up there, I forget.

Been in town looking for curriculum for Sean..had some luck and not too expensive. It was so hot outside that it just drains a person. Had to come home and shower and now cooling off. Pass me a tall glass of iced tea, will ya?

Wonder if JM is feeling sick today...get well if you are, JM. We miss you around here.


August 17, 2010 - Msg 80362:
Howdy porch family.....been busy today getting caught up on this around the house. are so right about being in a comfort zone in our faith and prayer life. There's so many folks out there that need the "Lifeline" that we can throw to them. Thanks for reminding us.

Ro...sure hope you got some rest.

Missing you Tom...check in buddy.

Let's all go down to the diner tonight and get the special. working? We will bring you a plate over.

Love and prayers!

August 17, 2010 - Msg 80363: No, Boo, (commenting on your post # 80357), your posts didn't scare me off the porch, but I have to admit that I do tend to ignore the porch when those kind of posts seem to be the topic of the day. Just stating the truth, not starting a moulage, after all, you did ask! I just pop back in a day or so later and see if I feel like joining in on any conversations!
- Hazel

August 17, 2010 - Msg 80364: Good evening, porch. Boo, you're absolutely right about South Korea. They are sending missionaries to the United States, and have been doing so for some time now. How's that for a reversal of things? An indictment upon us, I think.

I know I've mentioned this before, but my church hosts several congregations of ethnic groups. We have a Spanish-speaking congregation, of course, no surprise there. However, we also have an African congregation (Nigerian, I believe) and a rapidly growing Thai church. They meet in various places around our campus. They remain unto themselves for the most part, but lately there has been some overlap, with folks from those groups coming in and joining our mainstream congregation. Two Thai girls were baptized during our service last Sunday. I can understand them wanting to remain in their comfort zone, but they are most welcome in our services, and I think they know that. What I think is happening, as their English improves, they join our congregation for two reasons. One, to help improve their grasp of the language, and another, to help them blend and assimilate into our culture. I hope they will always honor their own culture, but to really become Americans, they need to absorb ours as well. The times, they are a-changing.

REV, I'm so happy that the concerts are going well, and am really looking forward to your visit here. I was hoping you'd have an extra day on the weekend, but carrying your message comes first. Since our little Thursday night group starts early and breaks up early, maybe we can sneak in an hour or two with those friends I was telling you about after it's over. That is, if you're not just worn out, and if you don't have to take off at the crack of dawn on Friday. I noticed your next concert is in the area, so maybe we can make it work. I know you'd enjoy them, and you and Alan could just jam for a while. Gosh, just what you wanted to do, I know - play some more!

Well, guess I'll go feed these little hounds, and myself. They're sitting here, shifting from spot to spot, waiting for me to get the idea. Starr is a bit more patient, but Bentley keeps heaving big huffy, doggy sighs, the silly goof.

Blessings, friends. --Romeena

August 17, 2010 - Msg 80365: Hazel, kind of like avoid the posts when they are about NASCAR or politics. ;-) What would you like to talk about tomorrow? Did you tell us about your fav TAGS episode?

Nighty-night (yawn)


August 18, 2010 - Msg 80366:
Ro...will be in Austin the night before your church (just confirmed). So I'll be driving up from there on Thursday. What time do I start at your church? And yes, I'll be in Mansfield the night after being with you folks so it's not that far (thank the Lord!). That week I am booked for concerts on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Eight concerts in a wife says I am crazy for booking that many in a But I kept getting calls and just hated to tell them no.
See ya in a couple months...can't wait to see ya!

August 18, 2010 - Msg 80367:
Maybe TOM has the pip from the heat. ha
Tonight we had a real gully-washer of a storm
pass thru. We needed the rain, so it was a welcome sight.
Boo- Flagtown is about 3 hours from my house if
I put the pedal to the metal and keep the hammer down, radar watchin' out for smokey.
Oh oh, I think I hear a song comin on! Come back. (:
Hazel- see ya on tags facebook, you are a real "flower", you know that? (:

August 18, 2010 - Msg 80368: Exactillioso, Boo! And I don't really read the NASCAR posts either (sorry Spot). I guess we're all into different things. I do like to talk about flowers. But as I'm fixin to leave for work, I wouldn't be able to stay and chat about that. Have you guys ever seen an Amaranthus? It's kind of a tall, tropical looking plant with purpleish dread-lock looking flowers. Just beautiful. I've got 9 of them in various spots around the yard this year. Also, for the 2nd year in a row I am growing Gerbella Daisies. They're my favorite kind of daisy. I do love flowers.
Well, gotta scoot.
- Hazel

August 18, 2010 - Msg 80369:
Hey Folks

Hazel-I'm not sure if I have seen Amaranthus. It sounds nice though. We sure could use a green-thumb on this end of the Porch. Our yard is about 90% shade and we're trying to grow a "flower" garden in the back yard. It's been slow going so far but we are moving forward. If we're successful we'd like to have a lawn with very little grass and lots of moss and shade (obviously) flowers or shrubbery. Do ya have any suggestions?

Asa- I was called a "hope and changer" yesterday. I was at get together and said, in passing, that I agreed with Obama on the mosque issue. See, ya call me a Progressive and word spreads quick.

Boo-About your post, I have always felt small inside when I hear others stories of Evangelism. I try to give as much as we can, which probably falls short, but the getting hands dirty, I know falls short.

There, one stop moulage shopping politics, flowers, and religion.

NN-God Bless ya!

Favorite TAGS episode hhmmm... I think it's either "Dogs, Dogs, Dogs" or "New Car." Is that the name? "New Car"

"Of course you smell gas! What do you think this car runs on, coal?"


August 18, 2010 - Msg 80370: I love flowers, too, Hazel but I kill them...just don't have the knack for gardening. :-( Never remember seeing an Amaranthus, but sounds "nice...real nice"...

Oh Auh2o, i really wish you had not brought up that Obama issue...I feel a moulage the size of a 12-story mosque coming on! ;-)

I think that episode is "Barney's First Car", I right you TAGS experts?

Better finish the coffee and get moving


August 18, 2010 - Msg 80371:
Now Ro, now there's a real flower person!
(and I don't mean from the 60s either! ha)
Boo- a 12 story moulage, ha. I wrote to BO yesterday about that subject, but I'll tick a lock on what I said.
And yup, Barneys first Car is it.
RO- you were speaking of language. Another one is the word "ap" for application, just like we use "ep" for episode. As a former teacher, I sometimes think such changes are due to a type of "laziness" toward the spoken word, like when I hear "ta". instead of "to." Maybe I'm just too
prudish in that way of thinking.
Well, have a good day,

August 18, 2010 - Msg 80372: "nuf said" LOL

August 18, 2010 - Msg 80373: Afternoon Y'all! I saw Rev asking about Spot- well, that ol' dawg has run off again! Yep, he's up at Lake Allatoona (I think that's the name) doing some fishing and camping.He e-mailed me over the weekend and asked me to keep the Porch straight while he was gone- are y'all straight?? LOL
Anyway,guess what,Boo? I have laundry on the line today & it ain't raining! ha ha Boo knows I've been carrying on about my laundry (and other things!) over on FB.
Well, did anybody serve lunch yet? How about we go over to the Diner and get the special? Hazel, you're in charge of leaving Olive a tip, ok? See y'all there!
possum under a rock

August 18, 2010 - Msg 80374: Good afternoon, Porch. Thanks for your well wishes and sentiments. I apologize. I havent read much of what's above this so I am fr from caught up. My eyes are still strained. I had a massive head cold and yes, VICKS was well in use!! It, along with Kleenex, was my constant companions! I am about 70% now as I am fighting a deep cough and a slightly runny nose, but am on the mend. Will try to get caught up asap and be back to the porch when I can visit properly. LOL!

Thanks again for your kindness. It brought smiles.


August 18, 2010 - Msg 80375: ^^^That should say "FAR from caught up"


August 18, 2010 - Msg 80376: Good Wednesday afternoon porch! Just stopping by for a minute during my lunch break. Hoping the afternoon goes well and I will be ready to go home about 5ish.

Raining on my end of the porch, and I do mean raining. We have had flash flooding around our area that has been pretty severe. There has been 5 deaths over the past week due to the flooding. One was a young child about 4 or 5 I believe and then yesterday a 16 year old boy died after falling into a storm drain. such tragic losses.

more heavy rain expected this afternoon and evening. Hopefully the rains will clear up before the racing begins in Bristol for the next 3-4 days. All those who camp at and around the track hopefully will pay attention to the warnings.

Hope you feel better soon John Masters.

Supper menu will be: stuffed pork chops, baked sweet potatoes, green beans, corn, SLAW, sliced tomatoes, fried okra and broccoli/rice casserole. homemade biscuits with butter. chocolate layer cake for dessert. coffee, tea, lemonade to drink. supper at 6pm

Prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

August 18, 2010 - Msg 80377:
My prayers for you Big Maude and for your whole area! My goodness.

August 18, 2010 - Msg 80378:
BOO and HAZEL--I have been on Mayberry facebook page, and i see you two there, but i can't get the window to appear to write in! You know the one that says "what's on your mind?" What gives?

August 18, 2010 - Msg 80379: I've always been straight, Possum. ;-) Congratulations on your laundry hangin'. Let's celebrate with a bottle of the colonel's elixir.

MDC, are you able to comment on any of our posts on FB? I will try sending you another friend request and see if that might do it.

Very sad situation you have there, Maude. Prayers for those who lost children.

Hope you are well soon, JM...Vicks will help.


August 18, 2010 - Msg 80380:
BOO- it only happens on the mayberry facebook page. I cant figure out how to post there.
Does Floyd have to OK my friend request?
thx, MDC
PS- How's Thelma Lou?

August 18, 2010 - Msg 80381:
Hello porch family

Well Spot stays on vacation doesn't he? lol Thanks possum for letting me know where he's at. prayers go out to all that are affected.

JM....glad you're back buddy....praying you are feeling better. wife had one of the most beautiful flower gardens this year. I built her a garden in the side of a bank in our front yard. She really had it looking good this year. I don't know the names of anything but I know when they are pretty:)

I'll try to check back a little later. Gotta get some things done before it gets too late.
Love and prayers!

August 18, 2010 - Msg 80382: Attention MDC!
Oh, I just figured that out today! Not that I was gonna post,but I noticed that there was no place for me to comment if I wanted to.

What I did was hit the "Like" button.

After I did that, I noticed that the "comment" box appeared.

Try that- just go to the Mayberry page and click "Like".

Guess they don't want anybody posting that DON'T like TAGS! LOL

Sorry to hear that news, Maude. We had two little boys killed in this area recently. I'm sure y'all have heard about the mother killing her sons and then driving the car into the river.
I have to go to that area Friday morning and will pass right by the motel where she killed them. I hate to drive by Trumps Inn thinking of what those tiny boys suffered there.So sad.
Well,wishing all a good evening!
possum under a rock

August 18, 2010 - Msg 80383: Hey to Rev- hope I didn't rock on your foot!

possum again

August 18, 2010 - Msg 80384: But I like Mike! haha

August 18, 2010 - Msg 80385:
I did it Possum!(;

August 19, 2010 - Msg 80386:
Kinda slow here on the porch tonight so I guess I'll hit the ole bed. Good night folks!
Prayers for our nation and for my porch family!

August 19, 2010 - Msg 80387: Thelma Lou is getting too thin, MDC. Bruce and I were just discussing today that we are going to have to do something to fatten her up a little. I think the eager little goats don't let her get enough of her food so we are trying to figure out how to mount a trough for her high enough to keep the goats out. She is probably due to be wormed again and that might help. We went out there last weekend and gave her a good bath and sprayed her down with Bronco (to keep the flies off) and she hated every minute of it. You would think she would enjoy it in this heat but she did NOT.

Very sad story, Possum. I had not heard about's killing their own children..such an anomaly. Sign of our times, I guess. The world is going crazy.

Night, REV. Thanks for those prayers. :-)

Went to church tonight and we had "family night" and all the kids and adults gathered in the fellowship area with the grand piano and our very talented pianist played requests from the old time hymns. A few solos were sung and there were many requests. It was a really nice time as a church family. My friend Teresa was there...I don't know if I have mentioned her but she is an old friend from high school that I recently met up with again and she has been going out to the drug rehab with Keith and me. She is a sweet Christian and a single parent with teen kids. We just love her and she loves us and she is joining our church on Sunday. Bless her, she does not have an easy time working and trying to raise kids on her own. She is recently divorced from an abusive spouse. The husband before that (the father of her kids) died of cancer and she went too soon into another marriage before she really knew the man. Proved to be a terrible mistake. She is on her feet now and raising her kids right.

Well, guess I should be in bed...see you all in the morning.


August 19, 2010 - Msg 80388: Morning porch, raining here this am.. a down pour actually. I took beth to school rather than her driving. She has little experience with driving in the rain and with all the flooding and water standing in the roads it made ME feel better to take her. Her Dad or brother can pick her up this afternoon. I am such a worrier but I can't help that. :(.

Breakfast menu:scrambled eggs, biscuits, gravy, sliced tomatoes, bacon, sausage, country ham, apple butter, jelly, fresh fruit, waffles. coffee, tea, chocolate or white milk, orange or apple juice to drink. see you in a bit.

Prayers and blessing to all.

Big Maude

August 19, 2010 - Msg 80389: Mornin' Honeys and Dears!

Thanks for breakfast, Maude.

A real hot day here in south texas..will be staying indoors as much as possible.


August 19, 2010 - Msg 80390: Good morning, Porchsters! *Whew* It's good to be out from under the sickness cloud! I'll tell ya' folks...t'aint nuthin better than being able to down your favorite drink after a sore throat!! Ever notice how much better your favorite drink is right after a sore throat?! I believe a heavy mug of sweet tea is in order today!

Big Maude - Sorry to hear about the tragedies in your area! I hope the rains provide some good out of the bad that has come from these downpours! Hey, you just keep right on a worryin' about Beth! That's what keeps her safe! Right? Huh, huh, huh? Sure it does! I do believe I'll jump right in on this breakfast. MmmmMMM, go to way yonder too much trouble for us!

REV - Thanks, my friend! At about 95% now. Outside of a VERY sore nose and a few sniffs here and there, it's all on the upside now. Now I can sit back and really enjoy some NFL action this weekend!

Glad to be back, everyone! My eyes feel normal again and I can sit here and read and write without feeling any strain or pain. I'm sorry if I missed any news, but I am back on track now.

Be back later! And again, thanks for all of your well wishes and kindness. It went a long way!

John Masters.

P.S. I was laying here thinkin' about deputizing Goober to take over the computer while I was sick, but I was afraid he'd wreck it!

August 19, 2010 - Msg 80391:
John, just remember, EASE back into the sweets
as they can depress your immune system and you go
into a relapse. Darn, I hate it when that happens ):

August 19, 2010 - Msg 80392:
Yeah, he'd just throw it off the roof! lol

August 19, 2010 - Msg 80393:
Oh BOO, I am no animal whisperer or anything like that, but maybe Thelma Lou really misses not being able to go up on the porch to see ya all.
The food thing may be it, but maybe you could just let her out once in a while. just a crazy thought. Do Sean and Erin like the animals and
taken to them at all?
Prayers for all,

August 19, 2010 - Msg 80394: Good afternoon, porch. I'm sitting here in wet clothes, under a ceiling fan, trying to cool off. I went outside for "just a minute" to pay Eddie and chat with him a little, and of course, got involved in something and stayed out there too long. My neighbor to the east is out of town, sometimes for weeks at a time. Her husband is about 99% confined to a wheelchair. He can stand and transfer, but walking is out of the question. He manages, though, and has a man who comes in several times a week to help him bathe, etc. He does have one of those scooter chairs.

Anyway, one consequence of the situation is that their yard is baking in this heat, and is almost dead. They have a sprinkler system, but it has been broken for years, and my friend Joe said it may be beyond repair after so long. Wires are corroded, lines are broken, heads are gone, etc. So, while talking to Eddie, I looked down between the two houses, and was just appalled at what I saw. I have a drip line along the side of my house, so my ferns and things are doing well. Neighbor's side, not so much. There was a lovely little shrub - never have identified it - that shielded their kitchen bay window from the street. A very pretty little thing, and sadly, it's almost dead. Their canna lilies - same thing, and the grass is crunchy and brown. Well, I can't stand it. So, I unreeled a 100-ft. hose from the connection in front of my house, attached a circular sprinkler and dragged the whole mess around there. In positioning the sprinkler so it would hit that shrub, I got soaked, but I don't care. It felt great! I've got the water regulated so it just reaches the walls of both houses, so my stuff is getting a good soaking too. The dripline is nice, but now and then they need to just be drenched. I'll go out in a while, and drag the sprinkler out some toward the street, and keep doing that until the whole area between the houses is watered. I'm worried about my neighbor's foundation, with everything being so dry.

So now, wet old me is sitting enjoying the fan on the wet clothes, and I'm sitting here watching ridiculously beautiful butterflies as they visit the pentas and lantana out back. Butterflies just LOVE both of those flowers. Also, there's a really hot hummingbird war going on! One little flying jewel found the feeder a couple of weeks ago, and has claimed it as her own. Another came in yesterday, and the battle was on. They're both females, and they really do fight. They're so tiny, not as big as my thumb, and just get in terrible battles! So funny!

Tonight is dinner at the church, and it's a covered-dish meal, so guess I'd better go whomp something up to take along. I have no idea what, but I'll think of something. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

August 19, 2010 - Msg 80395: Oh, Boo. Does Thelma Lou have any grazing? She needs grass to graze on, and she should have hay as well as grain. I don't mean to intrude, but you were asking earlier, when you first got her, so I gathered that caring for critters of the equine persuasion is not something you're familiar with. Another idea is to plant something on the land that will supplement her feed. My dad used to sow oats on our acreage for my horse, but I think you can also plant fescue, rye or any of the winter grasses. Try to put the seed out just before a rain is expected, and you should get a good cover. Keep the animals off the area until the grass is established. Otherwise, they'll nibble the tiny shoots and you'll never get any real grass. That fancy rig Bruce bought should have attachments that will scratch the surface of the soil - then you scatter the seed, and follow up by dragging the area, to very lightly cover the seed. If it gets rain in a day or two, you'll have gooooood graze for old Thelma Lou. Wow, sure does take me back. I can see my buddy Ace now, enjoying the oats my dad planted. He was my pal in those days, and we went many a mile together. --Romeena

August 19, 2010 - Msg 80396: What a sweet neighbor you are, Romeena. :-) All advice on things "equine" invited, Ro. You know, I read different things and never know what information is right. I read not to give them hay somewhere...she does graze and has grass to graze on but its not as plentiful as outside the fence. I am going to bring her out and let her graze closer to the house. I'm sure that would do the trick and I am also going to get some more sweet feed to give her now and then. Bruce is planting more grass back there and actually digging up the sprinkler lines that run off of the septic systems to water that back area so more grass will grow. I will tell Bruce what you suggested about planting before a rain is expected and what to plant. The oats is a good idea. Thanks...oh, and Thelma Lou thanks you. :-)

MDC, I don't think Thelma Lou is grieving because she is constantly grazing so I think it is more of an issue of not enough good grass and the goats fighting her for her food.

Just finished helping Erin get rid of outgrown clothes and toys and cleaning her room...always a real chore and it is so hot outside that the air conditioner in here can't keep up with it. I feel like I am living in Arizona (only more humid!).

Back to the laundry..


August 19, 2010 - Msg 80397:
Ole Blackie would be proud! (:

August 19, 2010 - Msg 80398: IM Back!!..hello all my good friends...great camping trip..good friends good food every night...ok...just wanted to let yall know We (Miss Sherry) and I thank you for the safe trip prayers.....guess what they worked!..God is to unpack...16 hrs tomorrow at work.....SPOT

August 19, 2010 - Msg 80399: Hi John Masters,and welcome to the porch! I haven't had time to stop in like I want to,just too busy lately.Hope you all are doing good.Prayers for all-ky girl

August 19, 2010 - Msg 80400: Welcome back Spot!-ky girl

August 19, 2010 - Msg 80401: There is a Mayberry face book page?-ky girl

August 19, 2010 - Msg 80402:
Hello porch family.

Spot...welcome back brother and glad your trip was a good one. Maude's been feeding us real good.

Boo....I'm sure Thelma Lou will do better with more fresh grass. Prayers for your four legged friend.

ky girl....glad you had a few minutes to stop by and rock with us.

You all have a good night. My prayers are for all my porch family.
Remember....Jesus loves you so much!
Love ya'll.....-REV.

August 19, 2010 - Msg 80403: auh2o, I have a few "shade" area problems in my yard also. Not 90% shade like you, but still we have flower beds that are now close to where a formerlly small tree is now big and also "color spot" areas where I want to put a flower pot, but it happens to be in the shade. Anyhow, I've had good luck with the annual flower "Four O'clock". It's just a beautiful flower, with the perttiest scent you ever did smell. I've got them in various places in my yard also, and the ones that are in mostly shade do pretty well. They aren't as tall as the ones in full sun, but they still bloom beautifully. They're called "4 O'clocks" because they are suppose to open up in the afternoon. Mine open up around 6:30 each night, and are in full glory until about 10:00 the next morning. Also my cosmos do pretty well in partial shade. Another thing is the double petunia. The regular petunia requires full sun, but the "double" version can tolerate partial shade. Try it! I've got the Peppermint striped version and it's very pretty. I will try to get some pics of my flowers to Romeena.
- Hazel

August 20, 2010 - Msg 80404:
Escaped con caught in AZ!!! No dancin' involved
but it's finally over.
Prayers answered,

August 20, 2010 - Msg 80405: Thanks for those prayers, REV.

Welcome home, SPOT!

Hazel, I am sure with you living so far north and me so far south we would probably be growing different types of flowers. It is so tropical here most of the year. Seems like most of what i see here is Hibiscus and some crepe myrtle (love that one!). Petunias thrive and some forms of jasmine. I had some geraniums and I killed them. :-(... Actually the dogs wouldn't leave them alone. They would strip the flowers off, crazy dogs. Bruce is so aggravated because they chew up everything. He found a place where they had chewed on the front porch railing last week and he is trying to find something to spray on it to keep them from chewing. He bought something from the pet store and it didn't work. I keep telling him to try VICKS. :-) No man or beast would want to chew on that stuff.

Better go get the dishwasher started and put i a load of laundry...


August 20, 2010 - Msg 80406: Oh, and "Hey" to KY Girl!! Drop in more often and stay longer. :-)


August 20, 2010 - Msg 80407:
Mornin' HONEY, mornin' DEAR!
Ha, hope we're all gettin' along today.
We were 111 with about 60% humid yesterday.
Great day for losing weight! ha
They caught our escaped con last night, but not at O'malleys,
at a campground thanks to an alert ranger!
Prayers for all, have a good day and don't wilt!
Fluids, fluids, fluids! (:


August 20, 2010 - Msg 80408: It's 97 here with high humidity so the heat index is 110...horrible.

You can find TOM on facebook, MDC and send him a message...isn't he one of your facebook friends, yet?


August 20, 2010 - Msg 80409: A "Thank God It's Friday" greeting to you all! Good to see the porch so active! Iffin no one's usin' that rocker right there, I believe, I believe I'll just set a spell and slice me off some conversation!

Thanks for the welcome, KYGirl! Much obliged and preciated!

Welcome back, SPOT! Glad to hear you had a good time and everything went safely. Maude fed us goooOOOOD!

MDC - did they have to use a boat with a hole in it or a dog whistle to get that capture?

Not too awful bad here on my side of the porch. Little hot, but not too much humidity to take our breath away. Outside of the sniffles hangin' on a might and a sore nose, it seems I'm me again! Laaaawwwd, I do hope that any more sick bugs stay away for awhile now!

I deeclare, folks that it's time to take a spin around the internet and see what's what. If I dont get back up here laters on, then y'all go out tonight and grab some SONIC Sundaes on me!

John Masters

August 20, 2010 - Msg 80410: Wow, glad that bug isn't catching here on the porch, JM...sounds like a really bad one.


August 20, 2010 - Msg 80411:
Sonic sundaes? Love 'em. Sonic about a mile down the road! Thanks JM
BOO- Thanks for the tip, I just left a message on his page. What's this thing now called "News feed?"

August 20, 2010 - Msg 80412: Good afternoon, porch. John Masters, I'm glad you're feeling better, but get you some Cort-Aid or some house brand of a Hydrocortisone cream, and put it on that sore nose. You will be amazed at how quickly it will heal. Good stuff!

auh2o, I'm not sure about conditions where you live, but here in Texas, believe it or not, we do have shady areas. Hot, but shady. I've had good luck with hostas in the shade. Some of them bloom, though the blooms are less than spectacular. However, the foliage can be really interesting, ranging from cream/green mixes to blue to all shades of green. I have one called "Guacamole" that is exactly the color of a good guacamole. Just Google "Hosta" and a whole world of possibilities will open u Also, my impatiens do very well in the shade, and they come in a wide variety of colors. Begonias come in a shade-loving variety as well. Just look for the light green foliage. Bronze foliage loves the sun, green foliage loves shade. Stroll through a good garden center, and stay in the shaded areas. If it's displayed in the shade, it's probably a shade-loving plant. As for hostas, the deeper the shade, the better they like it.

MDC, I have Tom's email address, but as you know, I don't share addresses without permission. I'll be happy to email him myself and tell him you're concerned about him - in fact, that we all are. He's been gone too long.

Well, guess I'll rustle up a bite of lunch. Blessings! --Romeena

August 20, 2010 - Msg 80413: Well! That should be "possibilities will open up. Also," Don't know how part of it got cut off. Perhaps the Count is back?? --Romeena

August 20, 2010 - Msg 80414:
RO- This a a "back up" reminder! ha Or did you get the web-based back up going?
I left a message on Tom's wall. I used to have his email but lost it somehow, so if OK with it's OK with me. Thanks.
Oh and I heard that caddy is doing "0%" financing!
Any one want to mow my lawn?? (:

August 20, 2010 - Msg 80415: All right...Maude I will start back doing some grillin and cooking..hey JM,Rev,possum,Boo,Romeena, MDC,Tom,Mavis and all....storms here today...they just pop up....and yea clad to be back on the trip Sep 18th for 8 days!...well lets grill some burgers and beans tonight...chips and Maude slaw....ok back to work....SPOT

August 20, 2010 - Msg 80416: Hazel, you and my mom would get along great! She can take(in fact she has a few times) our dying plants and give them new life, adding it to her already numerous flowering plants.
I don't know how she does it.

As far as that mosque thing goes, I like what Pope John Paul II said when someone wanted to build a convent near Auschwitz. He said, "Keep the idea, change the address."
Now I know why he was Pope.

-Sterling Holobyte

August 20, 2010 - Msg 80417:
Hello porch family. A hot one here in SC.

Possum.....saw that the heat index was 107 down your way today. glad you're getting better and able to sit on the porch a little more.

Spot....did you see the Braves today? Man that was a wild 9th ending. They stilling hanging in there.

MDC....glad they caught those two out your way and without anyone being hurt.

My wife and I went to a little festival in my small town tonight and ate. Since the town I'm in was once called (believe it or not) "Frog Level", the festival is called the Hopping festival. So they were serving plates of frog legs or chicken. I had the frog legs and the wife had chicken. She want eat frog legs but I love them. I grew up going frog gigging and coming home and having my mom frying them up. Good stuff.

Well better get ready for bed. You all have a good night and a great weekend.
Love and prayers!

August 20, 2010 - Msg 80418:
Spot...that was supose to be "still hanging...."

August 20, 2010 - Msg 80419:
Hey Folks

We had real fun day, took the kids to the Buffalo Zoo. I just love the zoo.

Hazel & Romeena-Thanks so much for the gardening tips. I'm gonna look into the "Four O'clock" ya mentioned, Hazel. Ro, we do have some hostas planted and have good luck with them but we see the same results with the blooms. We also have a bit of trouble with wildlife. We have to plant only deer resistant plants or buy spring they be gone for sure. During the winter we can actually watch those beautiful creatures eat the ivy off the front porch wall. I hate to chase them off (so I don't) I figure they must be good and hungry to get that close to the house. If ever ya'll wanna share more thoughts on the matter please do.

I wasn't trying to start a moulage about the mosque issue. I just thought it kinda funny, being called a "liberal" twice in one week. I just don't see how we can legally stop a mosque from being built. I think it's a bad shortsighted idea to build one there. However, if we play by the rules then we all have the same right to make mistakes.

JM-I don't believe we have a Sonic around here but count me in for a sundae anytime.

Rev-You have great weekend also friend.

Peace and Prayers,