October 20, 2011 - Msg 85977: Good morning, porch. Would you believe it's 48 DEGREES here today?? Wow! I'm loving the "sound of silence" coming from the a/c compressor. It's almost sweater weather. The flowers are loving it too.

No, G-F, I'm not sending my squirrels anywhere! In fact, I may acquire a few. This is too funny, so just gotta tell you. You all know about Jerry, Eloise's husband - I think I've mentioned him before. Anyway, he has a huge pecan tree in their front yard, and the pecans are just wonderful. Big, sweet, full-meated things that are so good. Unfortunately, the local squirrels agree, and are doing their best to strip the tree. Jerry has "declared jihad" against them. He has fitted that tree with all sorts of devices intended to keep the squirrels out of it. None have worked, of course. Well, yesterday I pulled into their driveway and just sat there laughing my head off. There, under the tree, is a cage-type live trap, baited with an apple! He's trying to catch them now! When Eloise got in the car, I asked her what he was planning to do with the squirrels if he catches them. Without missing a beat, she replied, "Well, bring them to your house, of course!" Hahahaha! Naturally, I told her to just bring 'em on, - in fact, just call me and I'll come get them. I just wish you could see that trap sitting out there, with a big old apple down in one end. Too funny!

Yep, REV will be here around 2 p.m. It will be so nice to see him again. I wish everyone could meet him. He's truly a Southern gentleman, and so very talented. I'm proud to call him my friend.

Maudie, your friend will need all the prayerful support she can get. I remember back in 1979-80, when I was taking chemo. The drugs I was receiving made me violently ill right there at the time of treatment, but it didn't carry over. Between treatments, I just felt crummy, like I had the flu, but not the violent throwing up and all that happened at the doc's office. Still, after about #18, I informed my dear husband that I was through, wasn't going to finish the course of 24. He looked me square in the eyes, and said, "Get in the car. You are going, if I have to put you over my shoulder cave-man style and carry you there. No argument. Get in the car." He meant it, and guess what? I got in the car! It is now 32 years later, and I'm still cancer-free. Gotta love that man!

Well, off I go. Got to rake the house out, and maybe bathe this little dirty girl that's running around my feet. REV may get to come by for a glass of tea, and I've got to clear a path in the clutter so he can get in! Blessings, all. --Romeena

October 20, 2011 - Msg 85978: Wow, this cool weather has really energized me. Just couldn't resist sweeping. --Romeena

October 20, 2011 - Msg 85979: Asa...We have to service mostly furnaces, only a about 75 are P-tac units..always fun time of the year!
Romeena, I'm sure your squirrels don't want to lose a good thing,sounds like you got em spoiled real good! Reminds me remember of a funny chipmunk story..My Aunt&Uncle had a cabin in upper Michigan and I would go up for parts of the summers. They had a chipmunk they called "Notch" cause he had a chunk of his tail missing from a fight. My Aunt made him a little porch in the tree outside her kitchen window for him to eat his daily cantalop seeds she would save for him.
It was funny he'd waite every morning for them and when he was done he'd "sweep" his porch clean to get ready for the next day.
Possum, had apple strudle p-cakes last night at C/B they were gooood and of corse a cheerwine to wash them down.G-F.....

October 20, 2011 - Msg 85980:
With all the talk of stuffed possum and reciepes, I thought y'all were talking about a Darling favorite dish! ha
RO- Take good care of REV and say a big "HI" from all of us!
Boo- your days seem grand! After a few 78s, we have been back in the 90s for the last 3 weeks! Ugh. Maybe 80s next week.
Prayers for miss Sherry and maude's friend.
Will also say it again, when i see all the pink
I think of, and prayer for, both!
God bless,

October 20, 2011 - Msg 85981: good sweep!

October 20, 2011 - Msg 85982: Well MDC, the temperature here is on the rise again and I had to turn the a/c back on. Also, the mosquitos are crazy bad! Not sure why, but worse than I have ever seen them. Today they were biting through the repellant.

Been a long day...really would like to take a day off, but can't. I am going to have to take my dad to the doc tomorrow morning. His circulation is terrible and he was wearing a new pair of sandals that rubbed a sore on one of his toes and now he is getting an ulcer on the toe and it has turned purple. No infection yet, but it might be a problem getting it to heal.

I am really tired tonight, so i had better get to bed. Erin and I watched a couple of TAGS eps tonight and really enjoyed it. We watched a couple of the eps with Peggy.

See you all tomorrow.


Aunt Bee: "Make Opie change his (underwear). His bottom is ripped".

October 20, 2011 - Msg 85983: Oh, forgot to say cute story about the squirrel, G-F!


October 21, 2011 - Msg 85984: Hi, porch! What a lovely evening I've had! REV's concert was wonderful, several brand-new songs and some old favorites, and all so beautiful. He does a great job - wish everyone could hear him. Afterward, we came back here and just visited for a while, then I took him back up to the church where the motorhome is parked. Tomorrow we're going out to Babe's for some of their wonderful fried chicken. I am very upset because of all things, I'm scheduled to work tomorrow night, and he's going to be here until Saturday morning! I didn't schedule it, I think our manager adjusted the schedule - she has to sometimes, and I understand that, but it sure is working against me this time. I can't even trade with anyone, because we're at the end of the pay period and there's no time. So, I guess I'll just be thankful for the time we've had, and move on. Honestly! When I only work two nights out of seven, please tell me how it always manages to land on something I really want to do? Amazing.

Now I'm headed for the ironing board. It's been a long, though thoroughly enjoyable day! --Romeena

October 21, 2011 - Msg 85985: Good Friday morning all. The weekend is about on us. As I have gotten older I have figured out how the term "weekend" came about, and have also come to realize I've been spelling it wrong all these years. By Friday my end is geeting plenty weak, thus weekend, or weak end. With age comes wisdom. :)

Glad you had a nice visit with the Rev Ro. To bad you have to work. Did he bring his goose down pillow? And thanks for the recipies. I look forward to trying them.

Boo, I bet you are a great neighbor. I wish we lived closer also. I am blessed to have such good neighbors and fellow church members who are always wanting to bring food over. And both Daughters only live a few minutes away and are always more than willing to lend a hand. What a blessing they are to me and my wife. They both turned out to be delightful young women. I love them to pieces.

I sure hope your friend gets on the mend Maude. That must be so hard. My prayers continue for her and for Miss Sherry.

MDC, 90's huh? I think we've seen our last 90's here for the season. Probably even our last 80's. We might hit 70 this weekend they say, but then a cold front moves in next week, so I imagine this weekend will be our last 70's for a good long while. But it has been a fantastic Fall here. No complaints, at least not until January. Then lookout. I'll be sobbing like a baby. :)

Y'all have a good day and act like you got some smarts. Ro, maybe you can take Rev and show him the new pavement for the parking lot at the gas works. I'm sure he'll be impressed.


October 21, 2011 - Msg 85986: I hate to knock Ro's town, Asa, but I think Rev's town paved around the gas works 5 years ago.
- Hazel

October 21, 2011 - Msg 85987:
Good come-back Hazel! ha
RO, glad the concert went well. Hopefully REV got a good love offering from y'all.
Asa, liked your "weak-end" bit.
You and Hazel could get together and be a regular Frick and Frack, wear a big red nose 'n ever'thing! ha
Have a great weekend all.

October 21, 2011 - Msg 85988:
ERNEST T: No coffee, tea or punch thank you.
ANDY: That's fine, Ernest T., but you're talkin' through your nose.
ERNEST T: I know. I do that on purpose, so I can talk whilest I eat.

October 22, 2011 - Msg 85989: Romeena....Sad day.. sure could have used your help this morning, I needed a "squirrel whisper" One of my squirrels ran out into the road and got hit by a car, was only wounded so I went into the house to get a box when I came out a hawk swooped down and picked it up and flew off before I could do anything! so sad..We were just kidding around about our squirrels. I guess that's what's called "the circle of life" hugh?
Goober-Fife :( :(

October 22, 2011 - Msg 85990: At work gang...Miss Sherry having a good day...im here all night...what cha want to do for supper?..hey Rev,Ro,possum,asa,auh20,Boo,MDC,hazel and all...will be in here looking for a post on supper!...SPOT

October 22, 2011 - Msg 85991: Very sad, G-F. I'm so sorry about the squirrel. :( Yes, the hawk part is nature, but all these poor critters getting hit by cars isn't.

Been a busy week/weekend and yes, I am feeling "weak in my end". MDC is right...Asa and Hazel would make a real good Frick and Frack. :)

Sorry you have to work when you don't want to, Ro. I remember how that felt real well...seems like the days you want to work the least end up being the very ones you always work.

Well, I got my first pair of prescription eyeglasses yesterday. They are those progressive lenses and take some getting used to but my distance vision is amazing. When I was in Corpus Christi yesterday by the bay, I thought I could see Cuba *wink*...well, not really but I felt like I had Superman vision. I was watching some TAGS dvds on my HDTV and I swear I could see things I couldn't believe. Did you all know that Thelma Lou has freckles?...LOTS of them...on her arms and around her eyes. Andy has a small mole on the left side of his neck and Barney has a vein that sticks out on the left side of his forehead...oh, and Aunt Bee....well, she has all kinds of little moles and things.

Better go...gotta take Erin and her cousins to a fall festival.


October 22, 2011 - Msg 85992: Oh, and Opie has a little mole on the left side of his chin and Helen looks much older.


October 22, 2011 - Msg 85993: Oh my Boo, you're cracking me up. You ever watch Everybody Loves Raymond. Your experience sounds just like an episode. The family had finally talked Marie (Ray's Mom) into buying some glasses. She does, and begins to point out every little flaw in everyone. From the gray in Ray's sideburns, to Debra's lack of eyelashes, to Roberts wrinkles in his face. Of course each one goes to an extreme to counter it. Funny stuff.

Spot, sure glad Sherry is having a good day buddy. Thanks to the Lord.

Sorry about your loss G-F. It is the circle of life I reckon though.

Well I guess I'll mosey my way to bed. Read for a bit until the eyelids say enough, and then lights out. I don't think I'll make preachin in the morning. I'm getting over a cold that has settled in my chest. I can't go more than a few minutes without hacking and barking. I'm sure folks don't wanna hear that. So I'll stay home and rest. Watch a little football, take a little nap, watch a little more football. Yep, that's the plane, football, nap, football.... all in all it's a fun day.


October 22, 2011 - Msg 85994: Good evening, porch! Well, I got through the shift last night - spent my first night as the sole nurse in the nursery (not counting the special care nursery) - that's another whole story, and so far, they haven't required us to work in there. Anyway, it was interesting. There are a couple of little paperwork procedures they've "always done this way" that are ridiculous, to say nothing of time consuming, and are basically done because the pediatricians are too rotten-spoiled to take a minute to look something up for themselves. A nurse spends a couple of hours working up a summary for them so they don't have to open a chart and spend two minutes getting their own information. It's dumb, and I'm going to try to get it changed. I'll probably get my beak bent, but I can still try.

G-F, I'm sorry about your squirrel experience. I know how that feels. I don't know if I ever shared this, but here goes. Several years ago, when my neighbors were harboring big old rats in their garage, the critters started coming over here, just boldly sitting on my bird feeders and staring me down. So I bought a humane live trap, baited it, and ultimately caught six of them. I carried them down to the river bottom about a mile away and released them, one by one. Anyway, I came home from church one Sunday morning and to my horror there was a little squirrel in the trap. I should have known that would happen, but didn't think about it. Anyway, the poor little fellow was terrified, had gotten one foot wedged in the wire of the trap somehow, and I had a time freeing him. I finally got him out, but he was in shock, and actually just died before my eyes. I was devastated! I buried him beneath the tree they always play in, and was sad for days. I put the trap away, and have never used it again. So - based on that experience, I'm pretty sure your little squirrel wouldn't have survived anyway, but might have suffered for a while. As it happened, the hawk put a quick end to what could have been a very miserable time, for both you and the squirrel. As Boo said, it's the circle of life. It's too bad that they have to fall victim to cars - I just hate that. That's not a natural thing, and I wish it didn't happen, but it does. By the way, on one of his CDs, REV sings a lovely song about the wild things, and having a care for them.

Speaking of REV, yesterday I picked him up about 11:30, and we went out to Babe's and had that fried chicken, and smashed taters and gravy, and some goood biscuits! Eloise went with us, and we had a great time. We lingered at the table for over an hour after we finished eating, just laughing and talking. Eloise went on out to Dave and Brittney's house to take care of our grandsons while D&B went to the state fair, and REV and I ran a couple of little errands and then came back here to the house. We fed my fish, and I showed him the Angel Face roses, and then we sat in the house and visited until time for me to go to work. I dropped him off at the church, where his rig was parked, and reluctantly went to work. We had a great time. He's so pleasant and so easy to talk to, just a gentleman all the way. And -- he's already scheduled to come back next year!

Well, guess I'll eat a bite and then head for bed and see if I can sleep. After working last night, I've slept in my chair quite a bit today, got a big old crick in my neck, and probably won't sleep tonight. Oh well. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

October 23, 2011 - Msg 85995: Asa, I can't believe i didn't think about that episode of "Raymond"! haha I am certainly familiar with that one. Next to TAGS, Raymond is my favorite sitcom. I think my favorite episode would probably be the time Raymond tries to give Marie just the right Christmas present and he gathers the family for a family portrait. Debra's parents show up to be in the picture and Marie starts pouting and refusing to be in the picture. That ep just has so many funny things going on in it! I love it when Frank calls Debra's dad, "Senor Windbag" and when Raymond goes all "dog day afternoon" on everyone at the end. :) I used to watch alot of Raymond but sometimes it isn't appropriate for Erin and she always wants to watch TV with me so I don't really watch it anymore. Erin never gets tired of TAGS, bless her heart. We watch ALOT of it.

Ro, glad you had such a nice day with REV. :)

Better think about getting ready for preachin'.


October 23, 2011 - Msg 85996: Hi All.
Just pop in to say Hi.
Ben bust what stepdad.
Will from time to come by to rock.


October 24, 2011 - Msg 85997: Morning honey's and dears, everybody wake up!

Breakfast is ready! Eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, maple syrup, jelly, apple butter, cooked apples. coffee, tea, juice. someone bring in the paper.

My friend Terrieis doing some better. She came home late last Thursday and is beginning to get her strength back. I went for a visit with her on Saturday, made her some toll house cookies and took her birthday present. She is eating some better and said she was able to taste the buttery taste in the cookies. so guess that is good. She goes for her second treatment next Wednesday so hopefully she will do better with it. thanks for your prayers and continue to pray.

Hope Miss Sherry and SPOT are doing okay, continued prayers for them.

Good to see you TOM. keep us posted on your step dad.

Prayers and blessings all around.
Big Maude

October 24, 2011 - Msg 85998: Good morning, porch! Maudie, thanks for the breakfast, it really filled up all the holes and hollers! Good news about your friend, sounds like she's doing a little better. Let me tell you, when you lose your "taster", as happens with some of the chemo drugs, you just plain don't want to eat. It really just gets hard to even swallow, and you just can't eat. I'm glad her taste is returning.

Tom, it's good to hear from you. Don't be such a stranger - we miss you. I'm sorry you're having problems with your stepdad. It's so good of you to care for him like you do.

Would you believe we have only 59 chilly and foggy degrees here this morning. When I first came to my window, I could barely see the back fence! It's clearing now, but it was pretty. I've always liked fog, unless I have to drive in it. It gives an eerie, dream-like quality to everything.

Well, gotta work tonight. Guess I'd better get a few things done around here, then maybe catch a little nap before I go in. I can make it without the nap, but 3 a.m. is a bit more comfortable if I've had at least an hour of sleep beforehand. I've been doing this for fifteen years now, and in my experience, one's body never fully makes the turn-around. We're just not nocturnal animals, no matter how hard we try. When it's night, we want to sleep! I've always liked to stay up late, but somewhere after midnight, I want my bed.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

October 24, 2011 - Msg 85999:
And thank God for caregivers like you RO, and all who do graveyard shifts!!
Boo-I think that vein sticks out on Barney's neck only when he's mad! ha
I think my fav Ray ep is when he has to bring snacks to the T-ball game!
Well, we finally had a relaxing weekend with all the company gone now! ha I sat in my leather chair in my den with the dog smell! lol
Happy Monday all! Glad REV got the royal gentleman dan treatment! (:

October 24, 2011 - Msg 86000:
Hello porch family....been away for a while but been very busy. Got into Louisiana about 2am and boy was I tired. Got a busy week in store here now. Lots of concerts but I'm so thankful to be busy.

Gang....I had the most wonderful time with Ro....we had a GREAT visit together. Of course we talked about you folks a lot....didn't gossip too much..lol.
Really enjoyed doing the concert at her church again this year. Some very fine folks there. And boy did we eat:)
By the way RO....I finished up the Babe's chicken last night after my concert in Texarkana.
Me and Toye Starr had a good time playing too. She is a mess....cute as a button.
Ro's picture window that she talks about...well it's all she says and that much more. It is so peaceful.

Better get busy catching up on emails. I've got a ton of them to respond back to.
Love and prayers to all my porch family!

October 24, 2011 - Msg 86001: Hey Rev. Sounds like you and Ro had a wonderful time. Glad to hear it. I must confess I'm a bit envious though. I had the chance to meet New Neighbor and her Daughter about 7 or 8 years ago when her Daughter was going to school out here. We had a nice meal and a wonderful time chatting. Real neat gal.

OK Boo and MDC. I'm not the only EBLR fan it sounds like. I think my favorite episode is when Ray lies to Debra about what some women in the PTA said about her dressing trampy. He totally made the story up and Debra decided to prove a point at the next weeting. If you're familiar with the episode, you know why I like it. :)

Prayers continue for Sherry and Terrie. Hope they are having good days.

Better go see what I can scrounge up for dinner. I did another crock pot roast yesterday and it was pretty fine, and I have tons of left overs, so that's the direction I'm headed.

Prayers for all.


October 25, 2011 - Msg 86002: Yes Asa, I know why you like that episode...now behave! ;) I watched the one tonight about Debra and her PMS days. I love it when Ray says that she goes crazy on him like a monkey on a cupcake! haha You know we often quote TAGS in daily life around here but there is one qoute from EBLR that we use alot and it's one of Marie's sayings..."I don't like that, Raymond".

Long day and it was downright hot here at about 90 degrees this afternoon. Ready for another cool front!

Better get to bed.


October 25, 2011 - Msg 86003: Well, looks like I'm the first one up this morning. I went to bed too late but I went to check on the eggs in the incubator because yesterday was the 21st day (hatching day) and there was a chick starting to peck a hole in one of the eggs so i watched for a bit and could see him in there and he was breathing. Sometimes it takes hours and hours so i went to bed. When I got up this morning around six, there was a new chick all hatched out. :) Totally new experience for me. I have never had a newly-hatched chick. I think he might be the only one, though...I see no signs of the others hatching. Poor chick is chirping up a storm, either wanting his mom or his breakfast. I have to go to the feed store as soon as it opens and get him some grub. I am saying "He" for no reason at all because I have no idea. From his "vocality" I am guessing he might be a "she" (jk). He is some KIND of loud! He is mostly covered with dark down with some yellow markings and has a dark beak. I don't even have an idea what kind of chicken he is because I was given an assortment of eggs. I can tell that he is a good-sized one, though. Wish me luck...I've never been a chicken mother before.


October 25, 2011 - Msg 86004: Boo, I would suggest you watch the episode of TAGS where Opie becomes a surrogate bird mommy. Maybe he can learn ya. Get some tweezers to feed him with if you wanna do it right. :)
I'll bet deep down inside MDC's favorite EBLR episode is the same as mine. Maybe he just ain't seen it yet. :)

Cold front moving in here today Boo. Our high in the mid 40's. It was 72 yesterday. Just perfect weather, and I managed to get a lot of outdoor projects completed.

Speaking of such, I better get moving. I can still get a few things done this morning before it hits.


October 25, 2011 - Msg 86005: Well, Asa, I left my tweezers in Africa where i was feeding the lions. I went and got some chick feed but he isn't interested yet. He is snoozing under his heat lamp right now.

Highs in the 40's? Wow...sounds wonderful to me. It is going to be another hot one here today but should be seeing some cooler temps by the end of the week (highs in the high 70's anyway).

Asa, this would be a good time for you to use the old crock pot to make some soup. I have recipes if you want some. :)

Better have my late breakfast and crack the whip at the kids.


October 25, 2011 - Msg 86006: Good morning everyone. I hope all of you are doing well. The Me-They family is enjoying the crisp fall and anticipating the sugar high from Trick or Treating!

I recently watched a video I thought you all might like to see as well. It may change your life or equip you with some tools to change others. It's very powerful, and I forewarn you it contains a few disturbing images. I found it powerful and a blessing and thought I'd share it with you.

You all have a great Maryberry-like day!

October 25, 2011 - Msg 86007: Boo, Better protect that chicken from chicken thievers...or from the Myers Lake Monster! (Watched Return to Mayberry last night that's what Barney was using as bait.)The recipes you're going to give Asa would'nt call for a chicken would it?....tehehaa!!

October 25, 2011 - Msg 86008: Forgot to sign off again....Goober-Fife

October 25, 2011 - Msg 86009: Asa,
Better be nice to Boo or..."NO SOUP FOR YOU!

October 25, 2011 - Msg 86010: That video was really something, Me-They. Glad you shared it.

Well our baby chick is so much fun. He/she is already so friendly and wants to be with us all the time. I figured out that he is a Black Jersey Giant breed, which means he will be a large chicken with all black feathers that gave a green sheen to them when he is grown. he will have a bright red crest and weigh between 11 and 13 pounds. Jersey Giant chickens are generally thought of as the most friendly chicken and the males aren't agressive. They will bond with humans and are great pets.


October 25, 2011 - Msg 86011:
Hey Folks

Some snow on tap for Thursday, just a precursor.

Me-They The video was powerful, thanks for the link. I miss the old give-an-take. Can't believe the GOP is bringing up this "birther" nonsense again, can't either Party get someone qualified to run this thing. I am sick of holding my nose and voting. Hope to see ya rocking again.

Spot and Miss Sherry, still praying for you folks and thinking of often.

Boo-Black Jersey Giant, baby chick? Sounds more like a watchdog than a baby bird.


October 26, 2011 - Msg 86012:
REV- I'm glad all went so well at RO's.
It is neat to have that connection with you and yours thru Romeena!
BOO- Congrats on the new baby!
ASA- So you want to go THERE, huh? haha
Hi to all!

October 26, 2011 - Msg 86013: Good Morning Porch!..Thanks for the continuing prayers!..Miss Sherry has her pain patch reduced to 25 mg Yesterday..pain on a 1 to 10 a 3 so we are making progress!..Pet Scan mid Nov!..She drove by herself to Church Sunday for the first time in 8 wks!I had to work and she asked me if I thought she could drive and I said well yer headed to the right Place so you will be fine!...ok...at work till 6am so around 7:30 I will hafve breakfast ready: Eggs yer way,ham,bacon,sausage,bisquits and gravy,coffee and milk...Romeena Limp bacon for you....yall have a blessed Mayberry kind of day and say hey to someone you dont know!..SPOT

October 26, 2011 - Msg 86014: Wonderful news Spot. It sounds like she is doing a bit better. Glad to hear it. And I pray her scan will bring good news.

MDC, I think I made my point! LOL

Hey Auh2o. Snow huh? Hope you enjoy it. :)

Sounds like quite the chicken you got there Boo. What are you going to name him? And I'd love some crock pot soup recipies. I'm finding the crock pot to be a good friend. :)

Hey Me They. Yea, the video illustrates both the ignorance and the ugly hatred that exists in a troubled world. Not surprising really, is it?

G-F, How's your weather? Getting cold yet?

I best be off to work. These Banks don't guard themselves you know.

Prayers for all.


October 26, 2011 - Msg 86015:
I just got a letter from PappaBear.
He said we should all meet at the
Remshaw house and "Rem-inisce!"
So, tho I dont really do halloween anymore,
when i was a young-un, I usually went as a hobo,
because I liked to have my dad burn a cork, and then rub it on my face to make a "beard"!! ha
I'd wear his old fadora and my mom would sew patches on my jeans. Now-a-days it's just all
gore and I'm sorry, I just cant get into all that.
Well, have a good day all!

October 26, 2011 - Msg 86016: Afternoon Y'all- been busy with getting used to working at Cracker Barrel,so haven't been rocking here much lately. It's going pretty good,though.
Glad that Sherry & Maude's friend are doing better-continued prayers for them both.
Hey Spot,I made a meatloaf for supper,so swing by & pick up some of our friends & y'all come over to the rock tonight for a meatloaf dinner!
possum under a rock

October 26, 2011 - Msg 86017:
MDC-I too was a hobo. The versatility of the burnt cork could occasionally transform a hobo into a pirate.

"I was working in the lab late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise..."


October 26, 2011 - Msg 86018: I've been busy...sorry haven't posted much. Seems like I never get any time off anymore.

SPOT, thanks for the update on Miss Sherry. So glad she was able to drive herself to church...don't you just know that made God smile?

You're funny, Auh2o. :)

I found out this week that one of my dearest friends has breast cancer. She will be going to MD Anderson Cancer hospital in Houston soon. Don't know yet how bad it is. I feel for her. She is my childhood friend, Cynthia, that I know I have mentioned before. I just attended her mother's funeral last month. Cynthia is divorced and trying to care for her elderly father. Luckily she has a son who quit his job and moved down to help the family (bless his heart). She has been going through so much and now this. She needs to find peace with God, too.

Me and Erin and my niece, Macy put together a scarecrow today to set on the front porch with the pumpkins and my crazy dog was terrified of it. You should have seen her. After barking in terror, she ran all the way to the front gate, which is at least 50 yards from the house, and wouldn't come any closer. She finally slunk to the back yard with her tail between her legs and her head low. Crazy dog!

Better go get some dinner...I am getting a "low sugar blood content" as barney would say.

Oh, by the way, I am pretty certain my chick is a boy. I saw an episode of Dirty Jobs in which they were at a hatchery and showing how to tell the boys from the girls by looking at their wing tips. If they are right, our chicken is definitely a boy. Erin wants to name him "Bernie" (after Barney in the fun girls episode).


October 26, 2011 - Msg 86019: I before e in "Bernie" except before "Y" in Barney just make sure Erin remembers that rule! Then you can get a girl chicken and call her
"Thelma Lou" but.....then you would have to put in a duck pond for them to go to:)...Romeena can give you tips on putting one in..sounds like she's got it down pat now...just a thought..
Asa, suppose to have a chance of snow flurries by the week-end. Just ask TOM about the "lake effect" snows we get from Lake Erie until it freezes over. Auh2o may get them up his way too.

October 26, 2011 - Msg 86020: Possum You make a mean meatloaf......oh ...for sure...SPOT

October 26, 2011 - Msg 86021: So Boo you have a Chick Boy?


October 27, 2011 - Msg 86022: Morning Porchters. I Pray all is well for everyone.

Hey G-D, we get those lake effect snow storms here as well. It's pretty amazing. Depending on the wind direction, one area will get just a few inches, while just a few miles away, another place will receive a foot or more. Pretty odd if you've never seen it before. I imagine the Great Lakes area is even more pronounced.

Sorry to hear about your friend Boo. I hope they caught it early. That seems to be the key.

I suppose I better get going.
Prayers for all.


October 27, 2011 - Msg 86023: Oh, I meant to give Possum a shout out. Hey to Possum. Glad the job is going well at C.B.


October 27, 2011 - Msg 86024:
Morning Porch

Cold-wet-rain-snow-and 20 degrees tonight.

Boo-Prayers for your friend, she does have so much on her plate already.

G-F Yes, we get Lake Effect snow here. Lake Erie is pointed at us like a barrel of a gun. We average a bit over 200 inches of snow a year here. There was a stretch a few years ago when we got 6 feet of lake-snow in one week. That was kinda crazy.


October 27, 2011 - Msg 86025: Good morning porch, just stopping by from work today. lots to do but I'd rather sit and rock.

Prayers for your friend BOO, for Miss Sherry and SPOT and everyone else. Seems like we are all struggling with something.

My friend is doing better physically and is trying very hard to stay strong mentally. She said her hair is beginning to come out so she is mentally getting ready to either cut it short or shave it all off. She has shoulder length hair so it will be a big change for her. She already has a wig, and has several scarves and a hat. With winter coming on she will need something to keep her head warm. She has her 2nd round next Wednesday. She is eating better now and is getting her strength back. Hopefully, the next round won't affect her as badly.

We are definitely having fall days around here. Cool mornings, warmer afternoons and cool nights.
We have had a couple of frosty mornings. Leaves are beautiful but falling off the trees.

well since I missed breakfast here is our lunch menu: grilled hot dogs with chili and all the fixins including SLAW, potato chips, chocolate cream cheese brownies, tea, lemonade to drink.

have a blessed day. prayers for everyone.

Big Maude

October 27, 2011 - Msg 86026: Good morning, porch! Very chilly here today (for Texas) - it's 57 degrees. I will probably wear a jacket when I go to meet Eloise in a little while. Haven't worn a jacket in months! Now you understand, a "jacket" to me is a little lightweight thing, more like a long-sleeved shirt. In fact, some of my jackets are exactly that. I buy men's work shirts in solid colors and wear them over t-shirts. They make great transition jackets, but couldn't be any stretch of imagination be called a coat. Still, it is getting cooler here, and in a week or so I'll have to move that enormous plumeria tree into the garage. It won't tolerate anything below 40 degrees. Around here, once the cooling begins, it could drop to freezing at a moment's notice, so I've got to be vigilant. I sure don't want to lose that tree. It's one of the focal points of the back yard.

Joe and George were here on Tuesday, and got a lot done. The eleagnus shrubs that have been trained to hug the fence were sending long canes out everywhere, but they're under control now. I pruned the roses a little, though more needs to be done. The main thing, we created one more flowerbed, a long sliver-like crescent just east of the walkway. The curve mirrors the curve of the walkway, but there's about five feet of grass between them. We anchored it with a pair of pretty boulders, and filled it with pansies. Between Christmas and New Year, I'll plant it solid full of tulip bulbs, with some hyacinths against the rocks, and some daffodils scattered in. The daffodils will spread, but the tulips and probably the hyacinths will have to be replanted every year. I'll try to dig the bulbs and refrigerate them until time to replant, but that usually doesn't work too well here.

By the way - that little email that some of you got, the radio ad - just FYI, my daughter knows that man, and even produced some of his ads when she was with the radio station in Fredericksburg. Here's what she had to say about him: "He is all about the Constitution. He's blunt, gruff, very well educated and traveled, and can tell a million stories." She says he's a very nice guy, who has a genuine concern for the future of America. So - that one was authentic. Don't you just love it? Nowhere but in Texas! Hahaha!

Well, gotta run. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

October 27, 2011 - Msg 86027: Stop in to say hey, so hey!
Sp00ky Benson

October 27, 2011 - Msg 86028:
I was about to say that the porch was about as popular as an electric lather maker, when in pops
spooky benson! Good to see you after a year's hiatus. Dont let the spooky part keep ya away! ha
BOO and RO- what is an IV Push? I know the IV part but what's the "push?" thanks.

October 27, 2011 - Msg 86029: Hey back atcha, Sp00ky! Long time no see. Come by more often, hear?

MDC, the term IV push simply means that the medication is literally being "pushed" into an IV line from a syringe held by a nurse, as opposed to the standard "drip" IV, that either flows by gravity or is helped and managed by a pump. IV narcotics are generally given this way, as are any number of other drugs. Most antibiotics are "piggybacked" through an IV line, connected to the main line and allowed to flow in with the continuous IV fluid. IV push means just exactly what the name implies - it's pushed into the line, rather than flowing on its own.

It's still just 55 here, going to get colder tonight. I hope my plumeria doesn't bite the dust. I can't manage it on my own, it's about ten feet tall, and lives in a big pot of dirt - probably well over a hundred pounds in all. Because of the size and weight, it takes two men to wrestle it into the garage. Guess I'll just have to wait until a couple of guys come along - my David is out of town, but will be home this weekend. Or - I may call Joe and see if he and Jorge can swing by and put the thing to bed.

Well, gotta run. Going to my SS teacher's house tonight to pack boxes for the Samaritan's Purse endeavor - shoe boxes filled with little fun and/or useful goodies for children. We do this every year, usually fill about a hundred boxes. We buy the stuff all through the year and save it up, then have a big old box-filling party, and a lot of fun. Pat will have a big pot of chili and some cornbread, and there will be something sweet and gooey, no doubt, and lots of laughs.

Blessings! --Romeena

October 27, 2011 - Msg 86030: It's still hot here...90 degrees today...groan.


October 27, 2011 - Msg 86031:
Well, we got a little bit of snow today, maybe 3 inches.

Prayers continue for Miss Sherry, Big Maude's friend, Boo's friend and all you good folks.

Instead of "Hail to the Chief" how about this? Just think of the massive sing along when the president shows up.

"Who can take a rainbow
Wrap it is a sigh
Soak it in the sun
and make a strawberry lemon pie?"


October 28, 2011 - Msg 86032: Well said Auh2o. Talk about pandering. Enuff is enuff!

Sorry your still so hot Boo. I know how you dislike that. How's Bernie doing? One of my favorite TAGS lines is about chicken. It's when Andy and Barney have just come back from eating lunch I believe, and Barney's complaining about the food, or lack of it. His line that always cracks me up. "She only gives you two wings, and from a chicken that's done a lot of flying!" HA! Just love it!

Ro, for whatever reason I couldn't get that e-mail you sent me to open up. I'll try again tonight when I get home.

Hey Spooky Benson. Good to see you.

Sure glad it's Friday. Been a long week it seems. Uh-oh, am I gonna mention weak end again? hee hee hee

I pray you all have a blessed and safe day today.


October 28, 2011 - Msg 86033: Morning. It finally cooled of here, Asa. It's about 55 this morning but will warm up to almost 80. Nice, really. Oh, and Bernie the chicken is doing just fine. I was afraid I hurt him yesterday, though. Erin had him out running around in the living room and all of a sudden she started crying and saying, "I have a sticker in my butt and I can't get it out!". She had been scooting around on the floor and had actually gotten a big wood splinter in her tushi. She was crying her eyes out and I couldn't get her to let me near it to get it out, then the phone started ringing, and when I went to get it I kicked the chick. Not too bad but it scared me. Anyway, I put the chicken back up and eventually Erin let me get the splinter out of her back end (just a typical day around here). The chick is fine, though (and so is Erin).

I'm glad its Friday, too! Today is Bruce's birthday (he is 54) so I will make his favorite cookies and we will go out for dinner tonight. He decided that what he wanted to do for his birthday is just go out with his family for dinner.

Better go get something done.


October 28, 2011 - Msg 86034: This is for you, Auh2o: www.youtube.com/watch?=LO2eh6f5Go0


October 28, 2011 - Msg 86035: Wait...that didn't work for some reason. I was trying to show you a video by Tim Hawkins called "The Government Can" but if you go to that link, you will have to it in the search box to see it.


October 28, 2011 - Msg 86036: Auh2o...."The Candy Man Can" good one! You get a wheel chair bolt for that one!.. APB for Poor
Horatio & Sterling Holobyte hav'nt heard from ya for awhile.SH I guess that little one is keeping ya hopping & PH is polishing up his hockey stick?
Boo & Romeena, I'm tired this morning from staying up late watching your Texas boys, what a great game! Thought they had it in the bag a couple of times, but as they say, "it ain't over till it's over!" Hopefull they can finish off the Cards tonight!

October 28, 2011 - Msg 86037: DID IT AGAIN....did'nt sign off....Goober-Fife!

October 28, 2011 - Msg 86038: Lunch:Hot Ham and Cheese sandwiches,chips and tomato soup....coke...SPOT

October 28, 2011 - Msg 86039: Good morning, porch! Wow, that game was a cliff-hanger, wasn't it? I really thought they had it, but they just couldn't get those final strike-outs. Well, there's always tonight. Go, Rangers!

Asa, which email do you mean? What was the subject line? I've sent two or three recently, so I'm not sure which one you couldn't open.

This business of getting old is just wearing me out. I planted one flat - just ONE flat, mind you - of pansies yesterday evening, and this morning I couldn't walk without my cane for about the first half hour after I got up. Missed my appointment to get my hair cut and everything! I'm more mobile now, and she can get me in later in the day, but I really hate to abuse someone's schedule like that. Just a couple of years ago, I could get out there and plant things all afternoon. Maybe I'd be a little sore, but not just stiffened up like the Tin Man after a rain. One stinkin' flat of pansies, and I'm done in. I'm just hating this. Doctors are no help. Three different ones have essentially told me to get used to it, it ain't gonna change. Humph!

Well, guess I'll try to get a little bit done around here. My back has loosened up enough that I can at least walk - kinda crooked, but I can walk. Guess there's always something to be thankful for. There are those who can't, crooked or otherwise. So, I count my blessings.

Have a great day, friends. --Romeena

October 28, 2011 - Msg 86040: Here's a little bit of humor I received in an email from Eloise:

While creating wives,God promised men
that good and obedient wives
would be found in all corners of the world.

And then He made the earth round.


October 28, 2011 - Msg 86041:
Thanks for the "push" info RO. I always here that term around the office. (I think you know that I work in a healthcare billing office.)
Also gang, i just sent RO an interesting email that i hope she shares with you, as i don't have a lot of email addresses.
Well, the jobs of those who run AF 1 are going strong anyways! ha
Prayers continue for all.

October 28, 2011 - Msg 86042: HEAR

October 28, 2011 - Msg 86043:
Also, I hope none of you run into any upsidedown owls this weekend! ha

OK, a tags quote to start your weekend:
"I sure hope that ticking clock in your mother's stomach didn't keep your father awake at night!" lol

October 28, 2011 - Msg 86044:
Boo-Thanks for the link.

Rev-Here's a blog I stumbled across that I thought you may like. http://davidexumwip.blogspot.com/
The fellow posts photo's of church signs. He is from North Carolina.


October 28, 2011 - Msg 86045: Go Rangers ....SPOT

October 29, 2011 - Msg 86046: Mornin, Dear! Mornin' Honey!

possum under a rock

October 29, 2011 - Msg 86047: Good Morning Porch!
I haven't been here in an age!! I got the email from Romeena, and it shamed me so to know I haven't stopped by to say, "Hey"!

Things are going well on our end of the porch here in Michigan. Pretty cool and frosty, but the colors were soooo beautiful a couple weeks back!

I read about Ro's visit with the REV, and I think that's great you had such a nice visit together! ....Boo gets a chicken!....Asa likes a particular Raymond episode....;). Auh2o talking about the "Candy Man".... ya'll just had me smiling and laughing, and wondering why I've been away so long!!!

Here's wishing everyone a Mayberry kind of day!!
Mary Wiggins

October 29, 2011 - Msg 86048: Well Mary Wiggins, so good to see you. We thought you'd run off with the dish towel salesman or something. Hope you stick around. You've been missed.

Hey Possum. That new job must be keeping you busy. I hope it's still going well for you.

Ro, the e-mail was something about a radio ad I believe. I could read what you had written, but the link didn't want to work. No biggie.

Well speaking of fall colors, I got a mess of them on my lawn. The next few weeks will be sucking up leaves on my riding mower and tilling them in the garden. Hopefully they all drop before it snows much. I just hate having leaves on my lawn under the snow. I

October 29, 2011 - Msg 86049: whoops, hit the wrong key. I know I'm odd. But what the hey.

Prayers for all to have a great and safe day.


October 29, 2011 - Msg 86050: Romeena, Sorry about your Rangers...They gave us a great series to watch! As they say in Cleveland there's always next year....
Mary Wiggins....I'm a Buckeye but I do love Michigan, many good memories of summers in Northern Mich. (Indian River)hope you stay around
don't be a stranger..buy the way what part of "the hand" do you hail from? Goober-Fife..

October 29, 2011 - Msg 86051: Hi All,
G F why did you order this snow for?
Nice to see you Mary Wiggins!


Light a little candle
In your heart today,
Say a prayer for Jesus
Born on Christmas Day.
Then open up your heart
To all those hurting so-
Spread love, and joy, and happiness
Everywhere you go.