October 01, 2011 - Msg 85752: SH..Do you use that secret Sprague recipe for your spaghetti?? **Oregeno** the Greeks use it alot acording to Howard.. G-F

October 01, 2011 - Msg 85753:
Just got back from Texas Roadhouse.....I'm so full. Think I'll just lay down and watch some TAGS.
Concert tomorrow here in SC so may not get to check in.
Love and prayers for ALL my porch family!

October 01, 2011 - Msg 85754:
By the way.....nice sweep G-F

October 01, 2011 - Msg 85755: Finally! ;)


October 01, 2011 - Msg 85756: Oops! Accidentally clicked out, and had to come back in. Sorry, Floyd! I know it's a bit like it used to be with my kids - either get in or get out, but make up your mind! (After hearing the door slam about 93 times.)

Boo, I'm glad Erin is doing okay with the loss of Hank. It's too bad, but sometimes that's just the way it is. I definitely advocate shelter pets and rescues, but you do have to be prepared that things may not turn out well. Usually they do, but sometimes they don't. You know little to nothing about the dog's background and what may have shaped his attitudes and behavior. My daughter has a yellow lab that was a rescue, and she's just a big old love sponge. Sweetest thing ever, great with kids, just a big old lovable blob, until a small animal comes near. Cats give her yard a wide berth, and I cannot trust her with Toye Starr. She might do nothing, but if she decided Starr was a "varmint" then it would be all over. I think all it would take would be for Starr to run from her, and the "prey drive" would kick in, and she would pursue. We think she was trained as a hunter, just from some clues we've noticed. A gunshot heard during hunting season (they live in the country) will bring her to her feet, at full attention, old and fat though she may be. She's not responsible for her background, but I will not leave Starr where she can get to her. She attacked and almost killed a JR/fox terrier mix that my daughter had. It took 42 stitches to put the little dog back together. Granted, Maisie was a brat, and deserved some serious discipline, but she almost lost her life. She now lives with another family. So, there may have been an excellent explanation for Hank's behavior, but that doesn't mean you had to continue to live with the risk. It may not be fair, but it's how it is.

Eloise and I spent a beautiful, bittersweet afternoon, at the "Walk to Remember" with the MEND organization. MEND is a support group for parents whose children were miscarried or stillborn, or passed soon after birth. Our link, of course, is little Logan - David and Brittney's little boy who lived just under than an hour. The "walk" is an annual event, to commemorate the lives of the children, however brief, or even if there was no breathing life at all. It takes place at Calvary Temple, a huge church on the outskirts of Irving, located on a hillside, with lots of blue sky and a great view. There were about 900 people there, remembering a total of 222 children. The group starts out at the main church building, and walks down a winding pathway to a grassy area below the parking lot. There are songs, prayers, and an address by someone who has some experience with such a loss. Then each child's name is called, and their date of birth/death, and the family comes forward to hang an "angel" on the Memory Tree. It's a young tree planted and maintained for that purpose, and we've watched it grow over the past few years. Then everyone is given a balloon, pink for a girl child, blue for a boy, or white for a miscarriage where the gender could not be determined. Markers are handed around, and each person writes a short message and their child's name on the balloon. Everyone stands and sings "Jesus Loves Me" together, and the balloons are released. It's an awesome, beautiful sight, as all those balloons soar heavenward, bearing love notes to all those little angels. I wouldn't miss this day for the world.

Well, I'm tired. I think I'll turn in early, so I can get up for preaching in the morning. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

October 01, 2011 - Msg 85757: I knew I forgot something, GF. The oregano! Oh well, it was good anyway. :)

Boo, Noah is sleeping intermittently. No, actually he is doing pretty good, according to my wife. She is still home with him, and I am still working, so he sleeps in a downstairs room with him. We tried it upstairs, but it is kinda colder up there and Noah doesn't seem to like it.

I don't know what happened with Erin because I haven't read the archives yet, but I am glad God fixed it!

-Sterling Holobyte

October 02, 2011 - Msg 85758: Thanks, Sterling. Glad Noah is doing well. With my kids, one slept and the other didn't. Sean was a terrible sleeper until he was three! I was like a zombie for three years. I now know that it was from the neurological issues he has but didn't know it then. Erin was like a dream, thankfully, and slept through the night very early. Good thing because I was like 40 years old at the time and energy was already something I didn't have alot of.

You are so right, Ro..about getting dogs from the shelter. I still believe in it but as you said, you have to be prepared for potential problems. Our remaining dog is very sweet so far and won't even chase the cat. I have been trying to get them to make friends but the cat wants nothing to do with it. Dea tries to very gingerly sniff him but he bats at her nose and she is out of there. I think eventually they might end up being friends now that Hank is not around. Anytime i have ever had a cat and dog at the same time, they ended up tolerating and even liking each other, seemingly.

Well, my pumpkin seeds are starting to sprout and hopefully I will have some pumpkins in a few months. I am looking forward to making a "real" pumpkin pie..maybe by Christmas.

Well, time to get ready for preachin' this morning and to drag the kids out of bed. They always stay up too late on Saturday night and are like zombies on barbiturates on sunday morning. ;)


October 02, 2011 - Msg 85759: BTW...it is 60 degrees here this morning and feels like heaven has come to Texas. ;)


October 02, 2011 - Msg 85760: 42 cool crisp degrees at my rock this morning- love it!
Let's go to I-Hop for breakfast!
possum under a rock

October 02, 2011 - Msg 85761:
Hey Folks

...and so it begins, a touch of snow was in the air this morning. We're still a few months away before it starts sticking though.

I should clear something up from the other day, those Amish guys were not driving the big pick-up truck. They just caught a ride with someone.

Rev-You mentioning Mennonites got me to remembering. When I was a kid I saw Mennonites driving a car and I said to my Dad, "I thought the Amish didn't drive." He told me they were Mennonites and not Amish. So, I asked how could he tell the difference and he thought and said, "Amish will ask for a ride and Mennonites will ask to borrow your car." Not very theological but it satisfied my curiosity.

Boo-Sure some peaks and valleys for ya. Sorry to hear about your dog.

Sterling-Glad all is going well.

Hope to stop back in a bit.

October 02, 2011 - Msg 85762: Thanks, Auh2o. I we going to be ok. After sunday school this morning, Erin pulled me aside and cried on my shoulder for a minute, missing Hank, but I know its going to hurt for awhile. The sermon today was out of Philippians and the preacher talked about the process of our sanctification and how sometimes it is painful. What is that quote from CS Lewis?..something like "God speaks to us in our circumstances, but shouts to us in our pain"? Erin is learning some good life lessons and with three elderly grandparents, two of which are in their 80's, it is good to be teaching her a lesson about grief and God's comfort.

I can safely say that not one Mennonite has asked to borrow my car but I would not be opposed to loaning it. ;) I saw an Amish man in a buggy near here once in my life but that's about it. Not many Amish or Mennonite in Texas territory...unfortunate.

It is a nice day here today...still too warm in the afternoons but it is just fine when sitting in the shade and there is a nice breeze. I'LL TAKE IT!!! ;)

Better go clean the kitchen.


October 02, 2011 - Msg 85763: Just had to share something that happened this afternoon that is so sweet. I have talked to you about the little girl's next door with the alcoholic mother...well, today they were over and Erin came inside and got her bible to share some bible stories with the girls, as she does sometimes. The youngest of the girls, Maddie seems to be very interested in learning about the Lord. Well an hour or so later, Erin came into my room and she had this huge smile on her face and I knew she was very excited about something. She said that Maddie told her she wanted to know Christ and Erin led her in a prayer to receive him. Little Maddie was tearful and Erin just cried on my shoulder and whispered, "I am so happy!". What a joyful thing it is to see what God is doing. Just wanted to share that with my porch buddies on this beautiful sunday. :)


October 02, 2011 - Msg 85764:
Howdy porch family....Just got home from my concert. Great crowd tonight.

Boo....that is a wonderful story. Tell Erin that I'm very proud of her! Does my heart good.

auh2o....I love how your dad explained the difference in the Amish and Mennonites....so funny.

Well gang I'm off to bed. Have a good night and remember Jesus loves you!
Love and prayers

October 02, 2011 - Msg 85765: I'll tell her, REV.:)

Attended a bar-b-que in the home of some church friends and it was a nice evening. This man has 12 acres that he built their home on and its beautiful but what is really astounding to me is that he bought deer to put on the place as pets and most of his acerage is still not cleared and he has some feeders set up for the deer. He doesn't kill them, they just roam and they were the biggest, most beautiful deer we had ever seen. I saw one 15 point buck that was huge and they had one named snowflake that was a light honey color. They said he was white his first year. He just bought a mini donkey and I am thinking of getting one myself. I am supposed to be in charge of the life nativity this year at my sister's charity organization and poor ol' Thelma Lou is very difficult to get in a horse trailor! She won't budge. Last year, Bruce and another guy had to lift her back end and force her in. Quite a sight.

Well, off to bed.


October 03, 2011 - Msg 85766: Boo, I have to smile a little every time you mention Thelma Lou. I just can't think of a better name for a little jenny.

Thanks for sharing Erin's triumph. Bless her little heart, that's just wonderful. Sharing the gospel at such a tender age - just warms my heart.

About the Amish in Texas, I thought I remembered that there was a small Amish community here, so did a quick Google check and here's what I found: http://www.nytimes.com/1987/08/25/us/stephenville-journal-faraway-amish-try-to-keep-faith.html. I know there is an Amish store in Fredericksburg, so perhaps that's where they get the furniture they sell. I thought it was quite a long way to ship it from Indiana and thereabouts.

Well, I'm off to bed too. Blessings, all. --Romeena

October 03, 2011 - Msg 85767:
Well, Mudville needs some help tonite!
Prayers for all,

October 03, 2011 - Msg 85768:

October 03, 2011 - Msg 85769: I tried to go to that link you posted and couldn't get there, Ro. This computer has so many blocks on it that some sites just won't come up at all for various reasons. I know we have an small Amish community near Beeville. I think I mentioned it not long ago. It started with one family that migrated down her from somewhere in the north. I have seen them selling bread in front of the HEB in Beeville. Why those chose the area near Beeville, who knows? I have seen their little community and it is on some UGLY land.

Plenty to do today...that's how Mondays are, aren't they? I have been working on the incubator I made and trying to get just the right temp and humidity inside and it is a little bit of a challenge. A friend who has a farm brought me some eggs to try to hatch. I'm not even sure what kind of chickens they are but one of the eggs is small and blue...I think it is what they call an araucana chicken and they are smaller than average. The other eggs are your basic brown eggs. She gave us 11 eggs and I sure hope we can get a few to hatch. Erin would have so much fun with the little chicks.

Well, the coffee is finished and its time to start the day and wake up the kids soon. Be back on my break. :)


October 03, 2011 - Msg 85770: Good morning, porch! Boo, don't worry about that link not opening. All I did was Google "Amish communities in Texas" and that page came up. It's not actually a link to a website, it's the Google list of pages. Maybe that's why it wouldn't open, it's not an actual website. Anyhow, you can find it. There are a bunch of links there.

I just had a brainstorm for Christmas gifts for family and close friends. I receive email ads from several nurseries, and right now they're pushing amaryllis bulbs, complete with little baskets or tubs or whatever in which to pot them. If potted within the first couple of weeks of November, they'll be in bloom by Christmas. Good idea, right? Wrong! The bloomin' things (pun intended) are expensive! The one I like best, which has three large bulbs and will produce at least twelve flowers, is $60, plus shipping. Sorry, I can't afford that. So, I'm going to Lowe's or Sam's or some such, and buy the bulbs for about $4 each, select a shippable metal or heavy plastic container and a little bag of potting soil (some of my recipients will have it on hand, some won't) and can send a really nice selection for around $20. Voila! Christmas shopping done, for a large part of my list. Naturally, I'll buy some for myself, and force them for Christmas bloom. Then just before Christmas, the stores will be practically giving the bulbs away. I have all sorts of containers, so will buy a dozen or so (or two dozen) bulbs for myself, and plant them at two-week intervals, so I'll have flowers coming on sequentially, for a couple of months. What fun! The blooms are just spectacular, all colors and fancy variations, and sooo easy!

Well, guess I'd better get busy. Still haven't finished gathering the information for my CPA to get my taxes done, and I have to take it to her this evening on my way to work. I don't know why she puts up with me.

Blessings! --Romeena

October 03, 2011 - Msg 85771: Happy 51st Anniversary to "The Andy Griffith Show"! "The New Housekeeper" episode was first broadcast on Mon., Oct. 3, 1960. As Gomer once said, "Makes you think."

( Borrowed from The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club on Facebook)

So.. Happy Birthday to TAGS!!

possum under a rock

P.S. Boo, Thanks for sharing that about Erin and Maddie. That's just precious.

October 03, 2011 - Msg 85772:
Happy B-Day TAGS!
"Pa, she cant go! Who'll teach her how to play baseball..." (:


October 03, 2011 - Msg 85773: Happy Monday porch and Happy 51st anniversary to Andy!

just stopping by on the cool breezy day. I was about 35 degrees on my end of the porch this morning. We had a very chilly and windy week end here in Northeast Tenn.

Boo, I know you are proud of Erin. What an amazing young lady. How is the home schooling working out?

We have a couple of small amish community around us. Some of the produce stores sell baked goods and such and I think there is even a furnture store. They have some lovely handmade furniture.
I have had some of the pumpkin rolls, cookie and breads as well as cheeses.

gotta get busy, need some prodding today to stay on task.

Prayers for Miss Sherry and SPOT and everyone else.
Big Maude

October 03, 2011 - Msg 85774: Hey Gang!...Good week for Sherry and I..she got out in the yard and enjoyed the cool air...she is in Cemo this morning,our weekley one. Then next Monday the fanny pack goes back on for the 24/7 treatment for a week,then we start over for 3 rounds till about mid dec.then a new pet scan.. but this week she is much better ..has not took any pain pills just the pain patch....still hurts but not near as bad...im just praying that the Chemo is in there kicking butt!!...Thanks for all the prayers!...Rev what cha think about the race?...hey Maude,possum,auh20,MDC,asa,Ro,Boo and all my porch friends....Lunch will Be on me at the Diner...get what chat ch want...me,open face roast beef sandwich and tea....SPOT

October 03, 2011 - Msg 85775:
Possum, I posted the 51 annv on FB!
Thanks for the heads up.
Prayers continue for miss Sherry and all
Boo- so great about erin's witness! woohoo!

October 03, 2011 - Msg 85776: Great news, Spot! That's what it's all about with these things - the little victories. Today she feels better, and today is all any of us have anyway, so hooray for her! God will take care of tomorrow, and the day after that. One day at a time, sweet Jesus!

I don't know if the big chemical fire down in Waxahachie has made national news, but just in case it has - I'm far from it and safe and sound, thank you, Lord. Even better, absolutely no one was hurt in that raging inferno, and that's hard to believe. We've had live coverage for about four hours now, and it has been a rough one. A very large chemical plant has burned to the ground. The black smoke plume rose about 3,000 feet, then began to flatten out and float northwest, which would eventually have brought it over Dallas and then Irving. There are concerns for the particulate matter that will fall from the smoke cloud as it cools. However, it apparently collided with a windstream and has now turned to the south, which will take it over mostly open country.

I got my tax stuff all collected and organized, and ready to drop off at my CPA's house on my way to work. She lives literally right across the street from the hospital, so there's no need for me to drive clear to far north Dallas to turn it in. She offered for me to bring it to her, and I was only too glad to do that. I hate driving in Dallas. Of course, this should have been done back in February or March, but it wasn't. They owe me, so they don't care, and I'll be glad to get the money now. I need it now more than I needed it then. God provides, even if He has to make me lazy in order to do it. Hahaha!

Now for a quick nap, then off to work. See you dear folks tomorrow. Blessings! --Romeena

October 03, 2011 - Msg 85777:
Howdy porch family.

Spot....that's great that Miss Sherry is doing so good this week. Praise the Lord and continued prayers!
As for the race...I'm just glad Kyle didn't finish up front. It's looking like a chase to the end.

Nice cool day here in SC....loving it.

Love and prayers!

October 03, 2011 - Msg 85778:
Howdy porch family.

Spot....that's great that Miss Sherry is doing so good this week. Praise the Lord and continued prayers!
As for the race...I'm just glad Kyle didn't finish up front. It's looking like a chase to the end.

Nice cool day here in SC....loving it.

Love and prayers!

October 03, 2011 - Msg 85779:
OOpps....didn't mean to chew my cabbage twice:)

October 03, 2011 - Msg 85780:
Hey Folks

Spot-Good news is great!! Still praying. And, I joined your 51 club today.

Romeena-Glad to hear you're safe and sound. I haven't seen it on the news yet but if it's bad news you know we'll hear about it.

We have fairly large Amish and Mennonite communities in the area. Actually, we buy most of our dry spices at the local Mennonite store. They also make a fantastic Grilled Ruben, oh my gosh is it good and big. Ya get a sandwich, a bag of chips and coke for five dollars. And at the Amish store we buy our dried sour cherries.


October 03, 2011 - Msg 85781:
Happy Birthday auh2o.....have a great day! Today is my daughter's birthday also:)

October 03, 2011 - Msg 85782:
Wow, AUH20, you were born on the day that Aunt Bee arrived in Mayberry! Cool.
Also, to all the Dick vanDyke fans out there, it was 50 years ago today that the first DVD episode aired!
God bless,

October 03, 2011 - Msg 85783: Happy birthday, Auh2o!...and to REV's daughter. Auh2o, that grilled Ruben sounds great. That is one of my favorite things, especially with lots of melted swiss cheese. My sister has been making them since we were kids and has perfected the art! I remember when I was pregnant with Sean and didn't know it yet. We were celebrating St. Susan's boy's birthday and had Ruben sandwiches. I ate about half and felt sick and my sister said, "You're pregnant!"..."No, it's just the sandwich" and I kept repeating that until I could no longer use it as an excuse. So, guess if you get sick when you eat a Ruben, it's some sort of pregnancy test. ;)

MDC, I watched an ep or two of Dick VanDyke on TVLand today. They are having an all week marathon.

Thanks for the update on Miss Sherry, SPOT. Praying for her and thinking of you both often.

Thanks, Maude! The homeschooling is good some days, more of a challenge on others. Erin has been spending alot of time on "groundation" as the kids call it. She is still trying to test me sometimes with the schoolwork. Yesterday a friend of mine asked her, "How do you like your teacher?" and Erin said, "I don't because she makes me do my work"! She keeps telling me that she goofed off alot in her school last year but that's hard to believe, given her straight A's. We will get her where she needs to be and she will either straighten up or face the consequences. She had to go to bed early with no tv or computer tonight and she went right to bed and went to sleep, so that is progress for her. Sometimes I feel so foolish being almost 50 years old and still unable to figure out how to deal with this child at times!

I finally got the incubator at the right temperature but had to cut three little windows in the styrofoam to get it to the right temp to keep from cooking the poor eggs. My friend, Dianne is supposed to bring me a couple of more Auracana eggs that were laid today. Hopefully I can get at least one of them to hatch but you never really know if the eggs are fertilized or not...you just have to wait and see. Anyway, we are getting an education, especially me.

Better get to bed. Tomorrow's another day.


October 04, 2011 - Msg 85784:
Howdy porch family...checking before bed.

Boo....I agree...that ruben sandwich that auh2o posted about sure does sound good. I want one before bed. One of my favorite sandwiches.

I saw that Dick Van Dyke was on TVLand but didn't get to watch any of them. Bout time they put something at night on worth watching.

Night everyone...have a good night. See ya'll in the morning for breakfast.
Love and prayers!

October 04, 2011 - Msg 85785:
SPOT, so glad to learn more positive news concerning your Miss Sherry. It is good that she is keeping active whenever possible.

Boo, I tried clicking on Romeena's link in Msg 85766 and experienced no problems. It's a two page New York Times article titled Stephenville Journal; Faraway Amish Try To Keep The Faith.

auh2o, next time we cross the border, we will look for those Amish and Mennonite businesses you mentioned.

Just watched the Touched By An Angel "Psalm 151" episode over at YouTube. It's about a young terminally ill boy named "Petey" who had a list of things to accomplish before he died. You can watch a short 4 minute clip of the final scene at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWYn2k4IaPY. At this point, Petey had only two incomplete items left on his "To Do" list. One involved a partially written song his mother (Wynonna Judd) began to write to give thanks to God when he was born. But she never finished it because of the hardships they experienced as she raised him. This video clip is shortly after God inspires her to finish the song and she begins to perform it with the help of some friends. When Petey realizes his second to last wish is "finished", he passes away. Then Monica the Angel picks up his notebook and crosses out his final wish, "Go To Heaven". I consider this episode to be my favorite from the entire series.

from Poor Horatio

October 04, 2011 - Msg 85786:
I forgot to mention one more thing about the video clip. Notice the flag they raise up on the flag pole? It states "Petey Lives Here". Petey had that on his wish list so that the Angels would know where to find him when it was time to "go to heaven".

from Poor Horatio.

October 04, 2011 - Msg 85787: Good morning porch.
Been busy. busy, busy here. Supposed to get some snow on Thursday. Just not sure how low it will hit, so I'm scrambling to get things ready and buttoned up. Whew.
Spot, I pray Sherry is doing well, and you are too. Haven't read any archives. You guys are still in my prayers.
So is everyone else.


October 04, 2011 - Msg 85788: Try to catch an episode of Dick VanDyke this week, REV. I had to watch it while making dinner so I saw bits and pieces but still enjoyed it. It is refreshing to see it on instead of some of the other mind-numbing, morality-wasting junk that is usually on TVLand at night. I really wish they would show some My Three Sons eps. I always got a kick out of that show.

PH, I was able to finally read the Amish article that Ro posted. I just have a computer that sometimes is very slow. :) I haven't seen Touched By an Angel since it was originally aired. Sounds like a sweet episode.

Sorry ya been so busy, Asa, and that you are already expecting some snow...I know that is not your favorite thing, but it beats floods and fires, right? We have had some nice weather here for a change. Still too warm in the afternoon but the evenings are perfect. I actually got a chill last night, riding with the car windows down (no, my head was not hanging out the window like Lydia's...I like riding with the windows down, but I hate hanging my head out the window). ;)


October 04, 2011 - Msg 85789:
PH-You know just how to make this growed-up man get all misty-eyed!! darn you! ha
Boo- do you get ME-TV? They have good shows.
Happy St. Francis Day to those so inclined.
God bless,

October 04, 2011 - Msg 85790:
From the Mennonite Weekly Review:


October 04, 2011 - Msg 85791:
MDC-Yeah, I just found out about 5 years ago that I was born on the day TAGS premiered. My daughter made a birthday card for me with "fun facts" about Oct 3rd. She also had "Dick Van Dyke" on it another of my all-time favorite's. "OOH, ROB!!"

Thanks for the B-Day wishes.

A grilled Ruben is hard to pass up, that's for sure.


October 04, 2011 - Msg 85792: PH The "Petey" episode is one of my favorites too..sort of reminds me of the closing scene if "Pay it Forward". That movie covers all gambits of emotions. I also like "For the love of the Game" too..it also goes alot of places...
For me, movies & music are GREAT medicators & healers for the soul...But that's just me!

October 04, 2011 - Msg 85793:
MDC, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who gets misty watching Touched By An Angel.
Today I watched the video clip again and noticed something new. At the very end of the clip shortly after Petey passes away, we see the "Petey Lives Here" flag waving in the wind. Then after the dove flies past it towards heaven, the sign changes to "Petey Lived Here".
I wonder how I missed that before?
G-F, it's hard to pick out a favorite episode because the writing was so good and inspirational. But it was the "Testify To Love" song that swayed this episode for me.

from Poor Horatio

October 04, 2011 - Msg 85794: You guys are a bunch of saps..*wink*...I mean nice guys. :)


October 04, 2011 - Msg 85795: Think I'll go to my man cave and watch some "DUKE" movies arh! arh! or how ever Tim the Tool Man makes his manly grunts....Then i'll finish the night with "The Straight Story" with Dick Farnsworth, It came out in the 80's or early 90's any one else seen it???? it's a good one! I'll explain it later....G-F........

October 04, 2011 - Msg 85796:
Howdy porch family.....trust you all had a great day.

Boo....I agree....wish they would bring back some more of the old shows on TVLand like My Three Sons instead of the junk they show at night.

PH.....I have to watch those episodes when no one is around cause man I have a soft heart:)

MDC....never heard of ME-TV. Are you on satelite or cable?

Had to take Jake to the vet today to have his teeth cleaned. They had to put him to sleep while they cleaned them and he's really out of it now...poor little thing.

You all have a good night.
Love and prayers!

October 04, 2011 - Msg 85797: Poor Jake.

Funny, G-F!


October 05, 2011 - Msg 85798:
Rev- believe it or not, i still get my TV over the air, use dial-up internet, and have a land-line telephone! What would old Mr Tucker say about that!? haha
In the Phx area, I can get about 20 broadcast stations. One is RTV (retro TV) and one is ME-TV (Memorial Entertainment TV.) Most of my tv watching is on those two.
Here is a link to their site. Maybe you can get cable or satellite to carry it! (On Sundays, they do 3 eps of Brady Bunch in a row, and believe me, by the end of that I am READY for football!) haha.

Prayers continue for all youse guys!

October 05, 2011 - Msg 85799: HAHAHAHA MDC, That was funny. 3 eps of Marsha, Marsha, Marsha, and you're ready for some football.
Speaking of that phrase, boy I'm getting tired of the double standard in these times. ARGHHH!

Hey Rev, Hope Jake is back to his old self soon. I wish they would put me to sleep when they clean my teeth too. I hate the dentist. I had a bad one when I was a child and that sucker has put the fear in me ever since. But I go every 6 months regardless. The dentist I go to employs an older woman as a hygenist who is very gentle and compassionate. Hard combination to find in a female human hygenist. :)

Auh2o, sorry I missed your birthday buddy. Happy belated birthday. I see Christie announced (again) he isn't running. I wish he would have, but if says he isn't ready, by golly that's good enough for me. I wish the current one would have recognized that. We would be a lot better off today.

Guess I better get rolling. Big old storm due in tomorrow Boo. Rain, cold, snow dropping to around 7,000 ft. Wish you were here. Actually the first early snow can be quite pretty in contrast with the beautiful fall colors. We haven't had a frost here on the valley floor yet, pretty odd for this late in the year. But I bet that changes the next few days. Too bad. I got's tons of tomaters still on the vine. Oh well.

Prayers for all.


October 05, 2011 - Msg 85800:
Morning Porch

Beautiful fall weather (or climate change) on tap this week.

PH-Well, if you're on your way to Chi-Town they may be a bit, a way bit, out of your way but they are nice little, way little, stores.

Asa-Thanks for the birthday wishes. I know what you mean about double standards, it is maddening. Look at those clowns protesting on Wall Street, they look filthy. The McMedia can't stop fawning over them. I say get a fire-hose and open the street it. I guess punishing success is in these days.

G-F I love "The Straight Story." One of my favorites.

MDC-I heard on the news that Prince Harry, or is it William, is gonna be a guess in your fine state for a couple of months training on helicopters. Is there a Prince Harry? That sounds wrong too. One of Lady Di's kids.

Rev-Just think how nice his smile will look!


October 05, 2011 - Msg 85801: Mornin' y'all! Hope you're all doing fine on this hump day!
Good to hear how well Sherry is doing,Spot! Continued prayers,my friend.

Happy belated birthday to auh2o!!

Yes,there is a Prince Harry. He's William's younger brother- Charles & Diana's kid.

Let's head to Waffle House this morning-Spot,swing by and pick us all up,ok?

possum under a rock

October 05, 2011 - Msg 85802:
I had to share this. Our local paper just posted this. Readers ------ just "called our office and asked us to get the word out that she's lost two beloved pet pigs in the Java Center area. While they may look like wild pigs, ---- says they're both very shy and gentle. Please let us know if you hear of anything."

From Podunk, NY
auh2o signing off

October 05, 2011 - Msg 85803: You guys are so funny without even trying. :)


October 05, 2011 - Msg 85804: auh20...Glad some one out there likes that movie too...It has some great lines ..."Alvin, what's ya gonna do with that grabber??? Rose, what's your Dad gonna do with that gun?? Alvin I always that you were a smart man..right up to now!The porch scene with his brother is real strong with very little said...The deer scene is great too cause you know what the next frame was gonna show! You guys ought to google it and see if there are some trailers to view, the movie is hard to find to rent...check it out! G-F

October 05, 2011 - Msg 85805:
let's ALL fly to boswana! (:

October 05, 2011 - Msg 85806:
80 for a high here in Phx today!woohoo.
Auh20, yup, at Luhe AFB!

October 05, 2011 - Msg 85807: Good mornin', porch! What a beautiful day! It's 66 delightful degrees here, skies clear with just enough wispy clouds to provide contrast and make the sky look even bluer. At any moment, through my window I can see at least twenty birds, five or six butterflies, and who knows how many squirrels, because they're never still long enough to get a head count. Everybody is busy, presumably eating a lot to build fat stores, or carrying food off to stash it somewhere. The one regular customer who is conspicuous by his absence is the little hummingbird. I haven't seen him at the feeder for three days now, so I suppose he has left the area, heading down south. Watch for him, Boo, and hang out a feeder if you can. He'll need some fuel in order to make his journey.

On, REV! I know just how pitiful little Jake seems right now. I used to have to get the Plum's teeth cleaned at least once a year - she built tartar like you wouldn't believe. Little dogs, with their tiny mouths, are worse about that than big dogs, according to my vet. Not sure why that is, but I suspect it has something to do with the way they drink. The Plum, and now Toye Starr, drink very daintily, just gently lapping, and make no mess. Our Bentley, big old galumph, is a different story. When he's over here, I have to keep his water bowl on a folded newspaper, and when he finishes, I dry his face with a paper towel, because he just slops water everywhere! He just shoves his muzzle down in the bowl and splashes around, having a grand old time! And - at age five - his teeth are pristine. Toye Starr, on the other hand, is about to make her first trip in for a cleaning. I checked her teeth last night, and she's definitely got some buildup. Some of my friends laugh at me for having my dog's teeth cleaned (of all things!) but it's so important. Dirty teeth will cause gum disease, which can and will cause heart disease, and cost the dog its life. Or cost the owner big bucks to treat. Not paying for cleaning is false economy, and puts the pet at risk. 'Tain't worth it - I'll pay for the cleaning!

Well, guess I'd better get busy. If I don't get this house cleaned up soon, the board of health is going to come and declare it unfit for human habitation. How can one human and one tiny dog make such a mess? You'd think my house would be spotless, and there was a time when I did keep it that way, but now it's too easy to just flop in my chair, get Starr in my lap, and watch TAGS. The dust and clutter will wait. And wait, and wait, and wait. The housekeeping fairies just pass me right by. I could call Maria and Erica to come and clean for me, but it's at a point now where I'd be ashamed for Maria to see it! Now that's bad! Oh well - tomorrow is another day.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

October 05, 2011 - Msg 85808:
Hello porch family......so nice today here on the porch. The is perfect weather.

Little Jake is pretty much back to his old self today. All he wanted to do last night was stay real close to me or on my lap. THAT'S MY BOY:)

We're going with my daughter today to look at one of the venue's for the wedding. This is one of about 5 she has lined up to look at. So I better get ready. Wife will be home in a few.

Love and prayers!

October 05, 2011 - Msg 85809: Ro, I have had my hummingbird feeder out for a couple of months and have hummingbirds humming around almost constantly. They even come up to the french doors and look in sometimes. I love those little guys!

How much does it cost to have the dog's teeth cleaned and how often should it be done? Do those dental bones they advertise really help?


October 05, 2011 - Msg 85810: Boo, I haven't found the dental bones to help much. I think they might be more helpful with big dogs, who would really crunch them up, but Toye Starr tends to treat them like a toddler does a teething biscuit - just mostly nibbles on them and leaves little sticky spots wherever she lays the wet bone thing down. Frequency of cleaning - typically once a year, though sometimes the Plum had to be done at about eight months, especially as she got older. As for the cost of a cleaning, it varies with the location and the vet. In Highland Park and North Dallas here, it can be as much as $500, which is just ridiculous. That would be for Mrs. High Society and her prized poodle. I pay about $125 to have my dog's teeth done. The expense is in the sedation, the cleaning itself is around $60. However, since it can't be done without sedation, you have no choice. I would suggest just shopping around. You will probably get the best price from your own familiar vet, though.

Eloise and I moused around a bit today, and had lunch at Corner Bakery. I love that place! They have a new sandwich, smoked turkey and brie on brioche bread, with apple/cranberry relish and a little honey mustard on it. Wonderful! Half a sandwich, with a large Caesar salad makes a generous, delicious lunch, for only $6.99. I brought home a pint of their chicken salad, which is so good, a small container of the apple/cranberry relish and some brioche bread, so will have a chicken salad sandwich tonight. A pint of the salad was $6, and I'll get at least three sandwiches out of it, so it's pretty cheap eating, and so good. The bread was free.

Well, I think I'll go catch a very short nap. I'm tired, for some reason. Could it be that I'm getting old? Nah! Couldn't be that. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

October 05, 2011 - Msg 85811:
Now don't get me wrong, you all are the GREATEST, as Ralph Cramdon would say, but I got to thinking of some folks past who i sure do miss talking to.
So I'll just call Leonard Blush and have him put out an APB for DES, MARY WIGGINS, IRISHSTER, MD, M-T, MRS WILEY, CHARLOTTE TUCKER, KY GIRL, AFD, NEW NEIGHBOR, MERRYWEATHER, HAPPY NUT, QUIET SAM, AND C. DARLING. (I know there's others, but cant think of 'em)
If any of you get this apb, please stop by and say HEY! (:
Love ya all,

October 05, 2011 - Msg 85812: I know, MDC! I miss all of them, too. Wonder if Bulbsnatcher and Dixie are still lurking out there somewhere?..and Ed Sawyer, and Fungirl, and Mary Wiggins...

Ro, I remember seeing a dog toothpaste somewhere once that dogs like the taste of. I have thought of getting some and trying to brush her teeth. She is just over a year old so I think if she will let me brush them, it might prevent having to get them cleaned as often. Of course in the old days we never cleaned our dog's teeth and never remember any of them having a problem. I did have a cat with an abcessed tooth once, though. I wouldn't try to brush a cat's teeth! My cat would chew me up.

Nice night but not as cool. The humidity is back, which makes it feel warmer. It will be back in the 90's all week, darn it. Wish I could hop on a bus and get to Utah by Saturday and help Asa shovel snow. ;)


October 05, 2011 - Msg 85813:
auh2o, regarding visiting those Amish and Mennonite businesses you mentioned, it would be during our shopping visits to Buffalo.

MDC, in my USA home, I have a rotary dial telephone, a Betamax VCR, an 8 track player, a record turntable, and two cassette recorders.

from Poor Horatio

October 06, 2011 - Msg 85814: Boo, I've tried brushing their teeth, but it doesn't work too well. If Dea will let you, it probably would help some, but most dogs really object. They'll usually let you get the front ones, but when you try to get the molars, they freak out. Toothpaste flavor doesn't seem to matter at that point. Naturally, the tartar buildup is usually on the molars - most dogs have pretty clean front teeth. If you can do it, go for it. You can get little fingercot brushes, and if the dog can be trusted not to bite, that works best - it did for me - but it's still pretty sketchy.

I miss all the old regulars too. I had a letter from KyGirl back in May, in which she said to tell everyone hello for her. She said she has no internet access right now, but wanted us to know that her daughter is doing well, no more seizures so far. I misplaced the letter, but it finally worked its way to the surface on my wretched desk, so I thought I'd better tell everyone. If I told you back when I got the letter, I've forgotten. That happens a lot these days. Getting a bit scary, actually.

Well, off to bed. Eloise and I have appointments tomorrow - a manicure for her, a pedicure for me, and then I have to work tomorrow night, so guess I'd better get some sleep. Blessings, all. --Romeena

October 06, 2011 - Msg 85815: Quick Trouble check...headed home at 6am from work....Meet Yall @ I-hop...prayers to all...SPOT

October 06, 2011 - Msg 85816: Up too early...YAWN. Seems like it's earlier than it really is because it stays dark later now.

Ro, I guess I will try brushing her teeth but don't exactly have high hopes. ;) I'm going to check into getting her some of the dental bones next time I am at walmart...which seems to be almost daily. I am not a walmart fan but in our town there are few choices unless we want to drive into the city.

I'm out of coffee, darn it. I only drink a special instant that is low-acid and all the stores in my area stopped carrying it. I found it online but it is expensive that way. I guess I will switch to tea but will have some headaches in the meanwhile.

See ya at IHOP, SPOT. I'll bring the paper.


October 06, 2011 - Msg 85817: Swing by and get me,Spot. I'm in for I-Hop!

Happy Thursday, Mayberry!

possum under a rock

October 06, 2011 - Msg 85818:
Boo- Wow, out of coffee, YIKES! The only thing worse is out of T.P., as Mrs C referred to it. The first few seasons Mrs C was the best.

A very hard frost last night, 26 degrees this morning.

PH-Ok, I see now.

Spot-I'll be there. Hey, wasn't that a song?


October 06, 2011 - Msg 85819:
Morning porch family

Had to get up early this morning to get my motorhome serviced. Now got to get ready to go to a meeting in about an hour....gogogo

MDC.....your DBacks are hanging tough

Have a Jesus filled day!
Love and prayers for all my porch family!

October 06, 2011 - Msg 85820: MDC..Im still here buddy ,I do alot of rocking and reading here on the porch ,but not much talking .Everyone have a blessed day

October 06, 2011 - Msg 85821: Hey gang!...all doing good here...working to keep lights on....anybody cooking tonight?...SPOT

October 06, 2011 - Msg 85822: I'm not cooking,Spot,but I have pepperoni pizza from Lil' Caesars - will send some right over!

possum under a rock

October 06, 2011 - Msg 85823: That's what I thought, too, Auh2o (about the coffee) but guess what? No headache today. I only drank one cup in the morning so I guess it wasn't enought to cause a withdrawal..yay. I will just switch to tea until I run into my coffee somewhere.

Hey there, Mayberry Deputy. The porch has been pretty quiet today. That's how it goes some days. It's been a fairly busy day for me and Bruce came home with his back hurting again, so I didn't have any real computer time today.

I guess I had better go clean up the kitchen after dinner. I made a chicken in the crock pot and it was really good. Just made stuffing from a box but used the broth from the chicken to make it so it was acceptable. I saw a recipe for pumpkin pie made with condensed milk so I tried it (my kids LOVE pumpkin pie and I haven't made one in months) and boy, it was really good. The recipe was on the label of Eagle Brand. It was super simple so you might consider it if you make pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving.

Better go see if I can get the kids interested in some TAGS. :)


October 07, 2011 - Msg 85824:
Well, now I know why they call it FALL! ha Last week we were still in the 100s, today it was 74!
But I should add an asterisk as it is going to head back to the low 90s.
Hey MD, good to see you. Hope you and the missus are well. I remembered when you tied the knot. Is it still nice and tight? ha
I got a letter from PappaBer. He really enjoyed Mayberry Days, and sent some photos. We sure do need a photo site again. any ideas anyone?
OK, a little politics. I watched some of the press conf this am as I sat in my doc's waiting room. BO says he cant figure out why congress wont pass the jobs bill. Duh, there ALL govt temp jobs, and it will cost 500 bil to do it! Lord help us!
Prayers for all. love ya, God bless

October 07, 2011 - Msg 85825: Good Friday morning all.

MDC, That ain't a jobs bill. It's a tax hike, plain and simple. And guess who's not willing to let it be debated? Reid. This is nothing but a strategy being employed to create more class warfare, which is going to be utilized for his re-election bid. Plain and simple. What else has he got to run on? It really ticks me off because it is creating a huge divide in the Nation, that I believe is going to get really really ugly. I hope I'm wrong, but we are already seeing it happen before our very eyes. Well enough of that.

Mayberry Deputy, good to see you buddy. You need to jump in here more often. Hope all is well for you.

Boo, You doing any better? I sure wish we lived closer so you could help clean snow off my driveway, and I could sample some of the goodies that come from your kitchen. I declare, I could almost smell that pumpkin pie through the computer. Is there anything better in the fall than warm pumpkin pie, with whipped cream on top?

Spot, hope Miss Sherry is doing ok, and you too buddy. My prayers continue for you both.

Hey Possum. How's the back doing? Better IHOP.... uhh I mean I hope. :)

Better get moving. Busy day ahead.

Prayers for all.