November 06, 2011 - Msg 86131: Asa..That's a funny one..Like, don't use it on a groin pull either? Yeeeoughhhhh!
Tankless Water heater..what a pain if you have real hard water..One of my buildings that I take care of have them, we got rid of all of them because of the high repair & replacement costs. Our water is harder than the Darling's cider...
we get it from a limestone aquafer.
Boo & Ro, Take it easy on the Brown's today! don't want to see Colt MCoy get hurt by fellow Texans. Plus the NASCAR race in Texas too,good day for being in Texas!....Goober-Fife

November 06, 2011 - Msg 86132: SHUWEEEEEEEP!!All that work yesterday paid off!!

November 06, 2011 - Msg 86133: A-Whoosh! Daughter and family just pulled out, and the silence is deafening around here. What a wonderful time we had! We have finally - finally - learned not to try to do too many things in one visit. We took little Trip on the TRE train, rode into Dallas, had a short layover at Union Station, so let him visit the dancing fountain across the street. Back to the station, back on the train, and rode back to Irving. He had a great time, so did we, and it only took about an hour and a half. The rest of the time we just hung out, had long leisurely breakfasts yesterday and today, and no one was stressed from trying to meet deadlines. David and Brittney and the boys were here last night, we went out for dinner - actually, I think I told you all of this earlier, but you know how forgetful I am. This morning, we didn't try to go to church - too many people, services are early, we'd never have made it. So, we just hung out here. They were horrified to learn I had never seen "Cars", so Heather and I ran up to Target and bought a copy, while Travis, her 17-hr old, made pancakes for everyone. He made enough that we could have some when we got back. Then we watched the movie, and oh my goodness! What a wonderful movie. It honors a time that I remember so well - when there were no interstates, and a long road trip took you through many quaint little towns. Then the interstates were built, and all over the nation, lovely little towns just died away. Others didn't, they survived, and no one seems to know why some died out and others didn't. Interesting.

Asa, my water heaters are Bosch brand, and I love them. To have constant, unending hot water when there's a house full of company is really great. I'd never get that bunch anywhere if they had to wait for water to heat up. There are two heaters, but both showers are on the same one, so it would run out pretty quick. Our water is fairly hard, but mineral buildup so far hasn't been a problem. It may be that the water isn't hard enough to cause a problem. In Fredericksburg, my daughters can't even have an ice maker in their fridge, because it builds up in just a few weeks and ruins the ice maker. Their bathroom fixtures have a crust of lime on them unless they use vinegar or chemicals on them often. I don't have that problem.

The only thing I've had a problem with is the hot water shutting down in the middle of a shower, or when I'm bathing Toye Starr in the kitchen sink, which is on the other heater. It will be running fine, but the water gets so hot, and when I turn on cold to blend it, suddenly the water just gets all cold. I have to turn the cold off, and wait for the water to heat up in the lines again. However, I think I've figured it out. Both heaters are set for VERY hot water. Too hot, I think. That makes you have to turn on a lot of cold to make it the right temperature. As you know, shower heads and faucets are now "water-saver" rated, so they only allow so much water to flow. When you turn on a lot of cold, it limits the amount of hot that can flow through, and causes some back pressure in the line to the water heater. Since they are activated by water flowing through, and the flow is now greatly reduced, the heat just shuts off. Turn off the cold, the hot flows freely again, so the heater turns back on and the water heats back up. I think I can solve the problem by turning the thermostat down so that the water isn't so hot, thereby requiring less cold to make the water tolerable, and the hot line doesn't get congested, so the heater won't shut off. You guys that know about things like this - does that make sense to you? I think it will probably work, I've just got to figure out which knob is the temperature control.

Well, I think I'll go collapse in my chair for a while. It's been a fun and wonderful weekend, but I'm pooped! --Romeena

November 06, 2011 - Msg 86134: Hi All
Ben a nice day today hope it stay this way?
G F the Badnew Brown lost today.


November 06, 2011 - Msg 86135: TOM,The "bad news Browns" or "the bad New Browns" any way they call it they are bad....Was hoping McCoy would make a difference but it looks like another "QB in training year".G-F...

November 06, 2011 - Msg 86136: Hey Ro, you have a very good understanding of how them tankless units run. I am a huge Bosch fan (they make the best tools around IMHO) so I did some looking on their website. It looks like they require 0.6 GPM to activate the burner, so my guess is you are right on about turning the heat down to get you a higher flow at the tap. Just curious, how old are your units? What G-F stated is what I have heard also. They do make a kit that you can clean your coils without to much hassle, as long as your installer leaves you with some isolation valves when installing the unit. Do you use a water softner?


November 06, 2011 - Msg 86137: OMGosh, ASA..."Colder than a well-digger's buttocks," may "well" be my new favorite expression. ;) BTW, real wisdom there concerning the Ben Gay...wisdom comes from experience.

Sounds like you had a great weekend, Ro. So glad you did.

Been an ok day here but too warm for me (in the 80's). Went to preachin' and heard a good sermon on getting along with people and keepin' our traps shut in order to facilitate peace and harmony in the church (I am paraphrasing). Sure hope my mother-in-law was listening.

Had potluck and a business meeting after service, then came home and had a visit from a friend for the rest of the afternoon.

I think I will now retire to my favorite chair and do some reading. Hope you all have a great evening. :)


November 06, 2011 - Msg 86138: I just got to thinking Boo. If a well digger did use Ben Gay instead of Prep. H, his rear wouldn't be so cold anymore, would it? Makes ya think.
Now a Christmas movie question for you Boo, or anyone who wants to answer. Maybe it's been discussed before, I don't remember, but in "It's a Wonderful Life" when George Baily's wish is granted (wishing he's never been born) why did it quit snowing? The premise that so many other lives were so different because of him being alive is a great one, and should cause us all to consider the message, but the weather???? Splain that one to me Boo.


November 06, 2011 - Msg 86139: Johnny Cash.... "Ring of Fire" Maybe he was singing of a Ben Gay mistake too?? Sorry I'm bad the thought just poped into my head...Guess i'll borrow cousin Gomer's bucket and study on it for awhile....G-F

November 06, 2011 - Msg 86140: I don't have an answer, Asa...try not to lose any sleep over it. I'm trying not to think of the well-diggers and prep. H. I'm afraid I'll have nightmares about well-diggers with plumber's crack, chasing me with Prep H.

haha...G-F, June Carter wrote "Ring of Fire," so maybe she was the one with the problem.


November 06, 2011 - Msg 86141: Laww, the things that get discussed on this porch! Aunt Bee would be blushing - Barney had to apologize for using the word "naked" in her presence.

Asa, my water heaters are about five years old, I think. At least that old, maybe older. I do not have a water softener. Hmmm. Isolation valves? Nope, don't think I've got such a critter around here, but I'll ask Ted. They may be here, he could have stuck them in a cabinet or drawer in the garage, and would know right where they are. He has done so much work around here that it's not unusual for me to call him and ask him if I have any such-and-such, and he will know. He's a treashuh!

Thanks for confirming my notion of how to keep the heater running. It's annoying, but at least it will heat up again when I turn the cold off. Now if my little idea works, I won't even have to do that anymore. The only other problem I have is with the pilot going out on the one that serves the kitchen and laundry, but I think that's a gas flow problem, not anything with the heater. It seems to do it when I've seen an Atmos Energy truck in the area, but for some reason it only affects that heater. It hasn't done it for several weeks now, so maybe Atmos hasn't been around.

Well, I forgot to take my insulin at 9, so guess I'd better go do that. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

November 07, 2011 - Msg 86142: Mornin' Honeys. Busy week for me. I have to take the folks to the doctor today and I my laundry is getting backed up, darn it (there's more...oh, there's so much more on my list!). :(
Tomorrow is Sean's appointment in Houston with the new Endocrine doctor so maybe we will get some answers. Prayers, please.

My friend, Dianne was over yesterday and telling me about her neighbor, who I believe is an animal hoarder. She described some cases of animal cruely, even resulting in death so I asked her why she didn't contact animal control. She has been trying to take care of the animals herself but she said at least one dog died last summer from lack of water and exposure and she had to rescue one from choking. I told her what she was describing is a crime and that she should have reported it but the hoarder woman is her friend and neighbor (some friend). I said all she had to do is call me if she sees something and I will report it for her. I don't get how she can observe something like that and not do something more about it. She is kind of a quiet, shy person but that's no excuse. I am going to have to go over and do some spying on her neighbor. I know the woman myself and she is a nut and I know she has too many animals on her place but i didn't know it had gotten so bad. She is only on a couple of acres but keep aquiring animals, livestock, chickens, dogs, grass for them to feed on, just sand. She has a husband who does all the work around there and I guess he just enables her. She is always bringing home something else and last night she posted a picture on facebook of one of her new puppies! I know its a mental illness but something has got to be done for the animals. I wonder if I just call SPCA if they will go check it out without me having specific details of what's going on over there.

Better finish the coffee and get to the chores...


November 07, 2011 - Msg 86143: Morning all.

Boo, that is a sad deal with the lady you're talking about. But yes, those poor animals need to be helped. Good for you for not just ignoring it. Remember, "All creatures, great and small, The Lord God, made them all." And prayers for Sean and his Dr. appointment that he can get the help he needs.

G-F, ha! I'll never again here that Johnny Cah song without thinking of stuff I could go without thinking about. Good one.

Ro, the isolation valves, if there are any, should be right as the plumbing enters and exits the heater. Usually just a shut off valve on both in and out lines, and the two more valves that allow you to pump descaler product through the heater unit. But it sounds like you may not have issues with it. They can be added on after the fact if need be. Just something you may have to consider down the road if you have troubles with it. The problem you mentioned with a pilot light going out may have more to do with the enviorment it's in than anything. Sometimes wind gusts can cause it to happen. Or maybe a pilot that needs to be increased slightly. To have one go out, but not the other would suggest it's not a gas supply problem from the street. Sometimes the pilot needs to be turned up a bit higher. They are adjustable as a rule.

Cool morning here. Low 30's. Not terrible though. And not much wind. It's amazing how a 30 degree temp can feel so more bitterly cold when you add even a light breeze to it.

Better get rolling I guess. Another week awaits.

Prayers for all.


November 07, 2011 - Msg 86144: Thanks, Asa. I have been trying to get some answers concerning Sean for a long time. I hope this works out the way I need it to. These endocrinologists at Texas Children's Hosptital are supposed to be the best of the best. We'll see.

Wish it was in the low 30's is in the 80's and too humid. Certainly doesn't feel like fall.


November 07, 2011 - Msg 86145: Hey Asa,Boo,Romeena,possum,auh2o,MDC,GF,Lucy....gosh there aint many people on here any more, well anyway..Lunch menu:Roasted Turkey sandwiches,pickels,chips,pork-n-beans,coke...get 2....SPOT

November 07, 2011 - Msg 86146: Good Monday porch, hope everyone is okay today.

working today and not so busy. weather is nice today in the mid 60's and sunny. supposed to get colder and maybe some rain as the week progresses.

Hey, thanks for lunch SPOT. sounds good.

had a pretty low key week end at my place, did do some chores and cleaning. even managed to cook a roast, potatoes and carrots for dinner last night.

My friend seems to be tolerating this round of chemo a little better, still having problems with the taste of her food and gastro issues but doing better than the first round. 4 more to go so she should be finished sometime in January.
Thanks for your prayers.

Continued prayers for SPOT, Miss Sherry and everyone else. Hope things go well for Sean today

Prayers and blessings all around.
Big Maude

November 07, 2011 - Msg 86147:
Happy Monday all!
RO- glad the visit went well. Did you see my suggestion for your window?
We have had RAIN, wonderful rain, here for the last two days. Will have a high of 62 today!
Boo- prayers for Sean.
God bless you all,

November 07, 2011 - Msg 86148: Glad your friend is doing a little better with this round of chemo, Maude. My friend Cynthia, goes in this week to find out what course of treatment she will have, bless her heart. From what her son tells me, she is having a very tough time.

Thank you Maude and MDC, for your prayers for Sean. :)


November 07, 2011 - Msg 86149:
Well, Prince Harry went out for pizza in a small town here in AZ near the training base! The town is about 80 miles from me. 'Course the only Royalty that i care about "lives much further away!" (or right inside me, depending on how you look at it!) ha
Pryers continue for all.
Oh, and thank a VET this week!

November 07, 2011 - Msg 86150: Good afternoon, porch! Cloudy, breezy and a bit warm here today, with a good possibility of rain. Sure do hope so! The leaves are turning on a few of the trees - crape myrtles and elms are yellow, but my cottonwoods are still fully green. Most of the oaks around here don't really turn color, they hold their leaves until very early spring, then they suddenly turn brown and drop off as the new leaves come on. Fall color is not our main claim to fame round here. However, down in the hill country, there's an area called Lost Maples, where the trees in a couple of valleys turn beautiful, spectacular colors and are a real tourist attraction.

MDC, I apologize - I did see your mention of Armor-All, and meant to thank you but it slipped my mind. I'll try it. There is another product, can't remember the name, meant specifically for glass surfaces. I tried it, and it did seem to repel water spots and dust, but it was hard to polish to a streak-free state. I may have been applying it too heavily, but the streaks were a real problem. Maybe Armor-All won't do that.

About thanking a VET - I got the chance to do that last week. A young couple came in to have their baby, and in conversation I learned that the dad had just gotten home from his THIRD deployment to Iraq. I made some appropriate response and finished with "and thank you so much for your service. On behalf of myself and my family, I appreciate it." It really felt good to be able to say that, and he looked so surprised and pleased. Don't miss a chance to do it, friends, you'll be glad you did.

Well, guess I'd better go get the clothes out of the washer and into the dryer, finish sprucing up the kitchen, and then catch a nap before going to work. This is my last shift before the cruise. Eloise and I leave on Friday, will be home the following Thursday. Should be fun! Blessings! --Romeena

November 07, 2011 - Msg 86151:
Anyone catch the race at TMS?

November 07, 2011 - Msg 86152:
that was from Me MDC

November 07, 2011 - Msg 86153: Ro, I hiked Lost Maples one fall when I was much younger (27) with some friends and it was amazing! Beautiful place.


November 07, 2011 - Msg 86154: Hello everyone.

With Veterans Day approaching (this Friday), I would like to remind everyone that this is the time to be thankful for anyone who has served in the military. Remember that veteran includes peacetime personnel as well as those who serve in combat. The fact that veterans made themselves available for such a high risk occupation should be recognized by those who they protect. In my case, if I see anyone wearing a military uniform, I walk up to them, thank them for their service, and shake their hand. I do this throughout the year.
Finally, for those who have already expressed thanks, on behalf of my fellow veterans, thank you for thinking about us. It was a privelage to have served each of you.

from Poor Horatio

November 08, 2011 - Msg 86155: And to you, Poor Horatio, I'm happy to say Thank you for your service!" I wish I could shake your hand. --Romeena

November 08, 2011 - Msg 86156: Romeena...Thought of you this morning, as being the porch's "nature watcher". I had 8 beautiful blue jays in my front yard what a sight! usually you may find 1 or 2 but 8! Maybe the blue bird of happiness will fall apon me today?
Have a great time on your cruise,no all night dancing with Gomer & Goober.....G-F

November 08, 2011 - Msg 86157:
"A decoy. Shazam!" (:

November 08, 2011 - Msg 86158:
GF- she'll make sure that Goober takes off on Cary Grant however! ha

November 08, 2011 - Msg 86159: judyjudyjudy

November 08, 2011 - Msg 86160: Just don't fall for the sewing up the finger trick ..that's an old one!!

November 08, 2011 - Msg 86161: Im having a late night sinking spell(hungry)...yall got any left overs?...SPOT

November 09, 2011 - Msg 86162: Mornin'Porch- Been a busy possum,working a lot here lately,but wanted to say "Hey!"
Y'all c'mon over to Cracker Barrel for breakfast!
possum under a rock

November 09, 2011 - Msg 86163: Boy Spot you are always a hungry buzzard! Possum put me down for some of that apple strudle french toast breakfast ya have now! as Andy would say it was Goooood! Make sure ya set up a place for Spot that hungry buzzard needs fed!G-F

November 09, 2011 - Msg 86164:
Spot's daddy owns the grain elevators in Raliegh! (:

November 09, 2011 - Msg 86165: Porch sure has been quiet here on the porch. I was out all day yesterday taking Sean to Houston for his appointment. They ordered labs and I will have to have those done here and see what that shows. It was a long day...Sean got sick on the way up and started throwing up but it took me a year to get the appointment so i was determined to get him there, even if we had to come back home after we reported in. My friend Dianne swore that if we got some vinegar and put a little in water and let him sip on it, he would get better, so I tried it (thinking she was crazy), and by golly, it worked. It took a little while but whatever it was, that knocked it clean out of the park and he has been fine since. Guess vinegar is kinda like VICKS...good for most anything. ;)

Weather is lovely here and sunny. All the windows are wide open and I am about to put on a pot of stew.


November 09, 2011 - Msg 86166: BTW, Possum...I thought about you yesterday. We stopped outside of Houston and ate at "The Barrel" for lunch yesterday. I had a sandwich and some pretty good soup. I tried the new cranberry/apple tea and didn't care so much for it, though. They sure have some nice Christmas things out the christmas scented Woodwick candles! Do they sell those where you work?


November 09, 2011 - Msg 86167:
Hello porch family.....I leave La tomorrow heading into AL then HOMEBOUND Sunday night. I am so ready to see my family after 5 weeks.
Once I leave here I won't be able to check back in till Monday after I get home.

We finished a video last week that I recorded down on the bayou here in Louisiana. It's a song that I wrote about my tours here in La so it was fun doing it here on location. Check it out on my website on the homepage. ( It was posted today. Also getting ready to post another one on there called "Get On Board" so keep a watch for was fun.

Ro....have a great time time on the cruise. I know you will!

I guess since I won't be able to be on here this Friday I will say an early THANKS to all veterans.

Love and prayers to all my porch family!

November 09, 2011 - Msg 86168: Hey y'all! Boo,I love the Woodwick candles! Not just the Christmas ones either- there is one called "sun ripened apple" (I think that's the name) that smells exactly like a ripe juicy apple-almost want to eat the candle!
Cracker Barrel will be coming out with their own line of candles soon.All I know about them is the name-they will be call Dilly Dallies.
(Hey, I didn't come up with the name- LOL)
But, so far,the Woodwicks are my favorite.
I've heard about that French toast-haven't had any yet.
This weekend I found a stuffed possum in the dollhouse- I think one of the little boys who'd been over in the toy section must've put it there.
I thought that was funny!
Vinegar & Vicks- the miracle cures! LOL
Y'all have a great evening-love to all!
possum again

P.S. Rev, I checked out your new website a few days ago-enjoyed the videos you had there! Safe travels back home.

November 10, 2011 - Msg 86169: Went shopping for the "Thanksgiving Feast" items last night,as I was unloading my stuff I could not help myself, when I put the turkey up on the counter I told the cashier "AS GOD AS MY WITNESS I THOUGHT TURKEYS COULD FLY"! Thought she and the people behind me were going to lose it! The kid bagging the groceries looked dumbfounded. I told him he was to young to know, and if I had to explain you would'nt understand!Sometimes I just can't help myself tehehaha!!
Going to a going away party for a co-worker tonight, gonna be a cheese-head in Wisconsin any tips Sterling?? **REMBER TO HUG A VETERAN TOMORROW AND SAY THANKS!**Goober-Fife.......

November 10, 2011 - Msg 86170: Morning porch. Hope and pray you and yours are all happy and healthy.

Rev, have a safe trip home and we will look forward to you being back here on the porch more.

I never heard about vinegar settling a sour stomach Boo. Interesting. I'll have to try that. I wish it cured a headache. I have a powerful one this morning. I'm trying to figure what I ate yesterday that had corn starch in it. I don't know what, but something I ate did. I feel like Otis on the day after without enjoying the night before.

Better go find some excedrin I reckon.

Prayers for all.


November 10, 2011 - Msg 86171: Sorry about your headache, Asa. I know how that feels, buddy.

Nice cool morning here in south texas...sunshine today but got some needed rain yesterday.

You already have your shopping done for TG, G-F? Wow, I haven't even thought about it yet. I guess I could go ahead and get the turkey since we bought the big freezer but I am seriously thinking of buying a fresh turkey this year instead of thawing a frozen one. How long till thanksgiving, anyway? A couple of weeks, I guess. I think I need to finish my coffee and have another cup. (yawn). I found a couple of recipes in Family Circle magazine that I want to try this year. One is for a pumpkin/chocolate swirl cheescake and one is for cranberry relish. Better finish the coffee and get on with the day!


November 10, 2011 - Msg 86172: Oh, and I am thinking we can start sharing some thanksgiving memories again. I think we are old enough now to have forgotten most of the thanksgiving memories we have shared here in the past...hehe.


November 10, 2011 - Msg 86173: Just keep the turkey away from the "Bumpas" hounds...There hungrier than SPOT while watching a Falcons game! Boo how's "Bernie" doing? Got him trained yet? Remind him he's got until Christmas.haha!
Asa, the apple cider vinegar does work or a pickeled egg works too..G-F

November 10, 2011 - Msg 86174: Good morning, porch! Hey, G-F - a pickled egg?? Eewww. I can handle the idea of the apple cider vinegar, and I'm not surprised to hear it recommended that way, but a pickled egg? I'm afraid it would hit bottom and bounce right back up. Now, I like pickled eggs - I like pickled anything - but not on a sick stomach. I repeat - eewww!

Had a busy and productive day yesterday - went to the bank, dropped off some papers at my doctor's office, went by the rent house where Joe was repairing (rebuilding) the broken, decrepit sprinkler system ($500, argh!), and drove way out to Bedford to pick up my little glucometer pouch from the nail salon, where I had left it. Not only does that vital little item hold my glucometer, but my cash, driver's license and credit cards are in a side pocket. Not a good thing to leave on a register desk anywhere, but I did. So glad those girls are honest.

That "turkeys could fly" line from WKRP is one of my all-time favorites from TV shows. It's almost as funny as "Boy, giraffes are selfish!" A different class of humor, but so funny, both of them. Don't you just love it when you use a line like that and people recognize it and enjoy the fun?

Yesterday I also got all the laundry done, vacuumed the part of the house I live in, and Brad came and cleaned the carpet, particularly the awful carpet in my bedroom. Thanks to my little stubborn canine companion, my room was beginning to smell like the zoo. She has just ruined that carpet, the little wretch. I just have it cleaned every three or four months, but eventually, it's going to disintegrate, and when it does, it's coming out and a hard surface is going down. At that point, she'll be forced to use her pads in her potty box. She uses them now - when I'm home. When I'm not, she goes on the carpet. Vindictive brat. I don't know why I love her, but I do.

So - not a lot to do today. Got to clean my bathroom and as always, tidy up the kitchen, then just choose the clothes I'm taking on the cruise, pack and be ready to leave in the morning. Shouldn't take long. I'll pack fairly light, lots of mix/match things. A pair of basic black wrinkle-proof slacks, and about four different tops to go with them, another pair of brown ones with tops, some jeans and t-shirts, some jewelry and watches, and I'm done. I've never been much of a clothes horse - keep it simple, that's my motto. My biggest vice is costume watches. I love 'em, and have about forty. I find them on sale for as little as $5, and never pay more than $15. I have all colors and styles, from simple to flashy, and even have one for the holidays, that's just crusted all over with multi-color stones. It's beautiful, and would have cost about $40, but I earned it free when I bought some other things. I'd never have paid $40. A lot of them came from the $10 store on the cruise ships, and the rest came from Charming Charlie's, the costume jewelry boutique. All cheap, they keep good time, and when the battery dies I generally just trash them unless it's a favorite, because the battery usually costs more than the watch! The batteries will last two or three years though, if I remember to pull the winding stem out to stop the watch when I take it off.

Well, got to go give the fish a good feed before I leave. My friend Deanna will be staying with Toye Starr, but I don't want her to have to mess with the pond. If anything goes wrong with the pumps, she can just call Ted. So - off I go. Will check in again before I leave. Blessings! --Romeena

November 10, 2011 - Msg 86175:
Bil Keane, who drew the "Family Circus" for over 50 years, passed away on Wed. Another good one is gone now! May he RIP.
G-F- Ah yes, WKRP!!! very cool.
Rev- have a safe trip home. God bless ya.
POOR Horatio and all our porch vets...THANK YOU!!!

November 10, 2011 - Msg 86176: Hey all doing well on the home front!..hey Boo,Romeena,mdc,asa,possum and all...well at work all night..will be checking in all evening...hey Lets All catch Possum at here dinner break at Cracker Barrell and eat with her and shop some....ok..will pick up yall with the town Bus...SPOT

November 10, 2011 - Msg 86177:
Hey Folks

We got our first winter storm warning tonight, 5-7 inches of snow is on the way. Should be no problem.

Reading the posts on this page from earlier in the week made me cringe a bit. I thought for sure we'd be discussing irritable bowel syndrome by now.

Asa-36 years ago today the Edmund Fitzgerald sank. I know we both like that song.

What about the debate last night. I thought Newt looked pretty good.

Spot-I'll be a waiting.

G-F WKRP, one of my all-time favs.

NEWT GINGRICH: "Henry Ford started as an Edison Electric supervisor who went home at night and built his first car in the garage. Now, was he in the 99 percent or the one percent?
Bill Gates drops out of college to found Microsoft. Is he in the one percent or the 99 percent?"


November 10, 2011 - Msg 86178: Auh2o, I love the song and the singer. Thanks for letting me know that. Gosh I thought it was more than 36 years.
"The church bell chimes till it rang 29 times, for each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald."

Boo, when I got home from work I fired up the rider to suck up more leaves while listening to Christmas music on my headset. Two of our local stations are now playing Christmas music 24/7. I don't know why I was thinking of you while I was doing it, but I was. :) How's Sean doing?

Well tomorrow is Friday. Yippeeeee.



November 10, 2011 - Msg 86179: That was me, Asa, in case you didn't know. :)

November 10, 2011 - Msg 86180:
Asa-I just stumbled across this story about the Edmund Fitzgerald. It mentions how Lightfoot changed some lyrics so as not to offend some of families, I never knew that. There is also a video here, along with the song, that has actual audio transmissions the night the Fitzgerald went down, very touching.


November 11, 2011 - Msg 86181: Hey, porch! I'm getting ready to leave in the morning, just about got it all done. Should be in bed before midnight, getting up at 7, so should be well rested. Maybe my back will hold out - hope so.

I just talked with my SIL, and learned that her son is working at a resort in Colorado right now. He's very unhappy. Would you believe that among other things, the employees were informed that they are not allowed to use "Sir" or "Ma'am" when addressing anyone, regardless of gender or age. Being a Texas boy, he was brought up to use the appropriate term, especially when addressing an older person. However, they are told that it is not only "s#xist" to use the terms, it is also "age-ist" and if they are heard addressing anyone with either of those honorifics, they are subject to immediate dismissal. Did you ever hear anything so ridiculous? What is this world coming to?

Well, all I have left to do is wash Toye Starr's face, and then I'm off to bed. I let her eat some ice cream last night, and naturally she got it in her little whiskers, and now her face smells like sour milk. Yuck! Can't stand that, so a washing is in order.

I probably won't be in touch until I get home. They charge for computer time on those ships, believe me, and it ain't cheap. I don't have any of those smart gadgets of my own, would have to use one of the computers in the library, so guess I'll just be incommunicado until next Thursday night. Blessings, and you all behave, and act like somebody! --Romeena

November 11, 2011 - Msg 86182: Well I see yall talking about fall leaf rakeing and stuff...well Spot here just fires the blower up and blow to the woods...then chop-chop with the John Deer...Well its the first day of Freezing temp this morning 27 a 5 day camping trip starting a week from today...we better carry lots of fire wood, but we love the winter sweatshirt trips...Miss Sherry having good days...waiting for the 15 for the first pet scan!..results probably 3 days after that!...OK B-fast Menu: Country ham,sausage,bacon,eggs yer way,bisquits and gravy,hashbrowns with cheese,coffee,apple butter and Oj..have a blessed and Mayberry kind of a day!..Its home to sleep for me...SPOT

November 11, 2011 - Msg 86183: Thanks for breakfast,Spot! Yep,it's a cool morning here in the South-supposed to be frost on the ground tomorrow-brr!

Ro,that is just beyond berserk-not being allowed to address folks as "Sir" or "Mam"! I do it all the time.It's a Southern thing-LOL More importantly,it's a sign of respect & good manners!

Speaking of respect, I have an enormous amount for all of our Veterans-thank you all for your service to our country-

possum under a rock

November 11, 2011 - Msg 86184: Just a quick check-in. I've learned that sitting in this office-type chair for a few minutes helps to unlock my miserable back in the mornings, so here I am. I'm barely moving, hope it eases up or I'm going to have a time wrangling my luggage! I've only got one big suitcase, and a small carry-on, but still...

I've got to put clean linens on my bed since Deanna will sleep in there, and right now I couldn't manage that. I guess I'll ask Eloise to help me with it when she and Jerry arrive. She's a good friend, she won't mind.

Yes, isn't that rule at that resort where my nephew works the most asinine thing you ever heard? That boy was raised to show respect, as my own children were, and as I was. Shoot, if I ever said "What?" when called, or just a plain "Yes" or "No" or (God forbid) said "Yeah", my father would have said, "Who are you talking to, young lady? The cat?" I would have amended my response, promptly! I was still addressing him as "Sir" on the day he died. It's just what respectful children do. And not just my parents. I was taught to address anyone with the honorific, if they were older than I was, or a stranger, or anyone in a position of authority over me. It became so habitual and natural to me that I use it at work with my unit manager, and she's younger than I am, by about twenty years! It's just the respectful thing to do. I could wish that this situation in Colorado is an isolated incident, but I fear it is not.

Well, my back is letting go a little, guess I'll go get my shower and wash my hair. Then I'm off to sail the ocean blue. Blessings, all you Sirs and Ma'ams. --Romeena

November 11, 2011 - Msg 86185: Good Friday morning all and a big thank you to all our veterans, for your courage, sacrifice, and love of Country.

Great link Auh2o. Thank you so much for posting it.

Ro, have a wonderful time on your cruise. Be safe and enjoy yourself.

Supposed to hit the mid 50's here today before another storm hits on the weekend. This one will be warmer though, so we may just have rain down here in the valley. Several of the local ski resorts opened this week already, so I guess we are in the season.

Well with this warmer weather I'm gonna be outside doing some last minute things I reckon. Better get to it.

Prayers for all.


November 11, 2011 - Msg 86186: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Auh2o?...I've got a story for that one. ;) When I was 15 and had my learner's permit, my mom and I had been visiting an aunt in town. After we left and I was driving home, we were nearing a gas station (this was back in the days of real gas stations where the bathrooms were on the outside of the building that you could just drive up to). My mom suffered from occasional IBS and suddenly she said in a very panicky voice, "Pull into that gas station! Fast!". I obeyed, mom jumped out and ran into the bathroom, which luckily was unlocked (remember how you usually had to obtain the key from inside?). A few minutes later, mom came rushing out, scanning the area for observers, jumped in the car and said, "Floor it! Get out of her NOOOOW!!!". I rushed out of the gas station parking lot asking, "Why?! What on earth..???!". Mom said that as soon as she pulled her pants down and started to sit on the throne, it explosion, of sorts. It was everywhere! She got out of there in a hurry before someone discovered her...mishap. All I could think was, 'Poor gas station attendant'.

Now, watch what you bring up here on the porch because I have a story for everything. ;)


November 11, 2011 - Msg 86187: What's for lunch?...hehe
I really hope Ro is already gone and didn't read my little story.


November 11, 2011 - Msg 86188: You've been listening to Christmas music and thinking of me while doing that, Asa?...naturally! I have been listening to it for a couple of weeks now.
Sean is doing ok...will have to see what his test results show. Thanks. :)


November 11, 2011 - Msg 86189: 11-11-11

November 11, 2011 - Msg 86190:
Happy Veterans Day to all our vets! God bless you!
The Mayberry band intermixed with Bobby Fleet's guys will be playing a rousing version of "Stars and Stripes Forever" at noon, with the mayor in attendence. Barney Fife will be on cymbals from Cymbal City, so I'll see you all there! ha
Boo- that reminds me of a song, which i cant think of the name, where the guy peels out of the parking lot at the end, heading for Omaha! ha
Did you get out the Goodyear record yet?
RO- say HI to our Alan, AKA Floyd! have fun.

November 11, 2011 - Msg 86191: No, I haven't gotten the record out yet but thanks for the reminder!~


November 11, 2011 - Msg 86192:
Racing in Phoenix this weekend!!

November 11, 2011 - Msg 86193: THANK YOU TO ALL THE VET.


November 11, 2011 - Msg 86194: auh2o, funny you should mention the wreck of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald. The haunting song Gordon Lightfoot sings to remember this incident is also one of my favorites. She sank with the loss of her entire 29 man crew on November 10, 1975, during an early winter storm on Lake Superior. I was at sea on the Pacific Ocean at the time. They were Merchant Seamen and I was US Navy. But on the seas, we are all brothers who understand the dangers that weather can generate.
Thanks for posting that link. I've watched a few documentaries about this incident. But to hear the actual transmissions on that fateful day gives me goose bumps. May their souls rest in peace.

Finally, thanks to everyone here who has remembered veterans in their own way. We all appreciate it.
Right hand salute to all my current and former comrades in arms.
Until the politicians can come up with an alternative, wars will continue to be used as a means of resolving serious conflicts.

Romeena, I wish you a pleasant journey on your cruise. I'm looking forward to your post-cruise report.

from Poor Horatio

November 11, 2011 - Msg 86195:
And a good Canadian Rememberance Day to you PH!

November 11, 2011 - Msg 86196:
Poor Horatio-THANK YOU SIR, for your service, bet the Fitzgerald struck a cord with you. For me, I was just a kid (15) but somehow between that song and living in the Great Lakes Region it has always stuck with me. I used the tiny url... thingy, that you posted here awhile back. I've actually bookmarked a few things you have posted.

Asa-I thought you'd like that. Glad you did.



November 11, 2011 - Msg 86197: I have an enormous amount of respect for all of our Veterans-thank you all for your service to our country God Bless you all...Supper in their Honor...Pizza and wings!...SPOT

November 11, 2011 - Msg 86198: Hey to the porch! Eloise and I had a great flight, made it to our motel and got a rousing welcome from the group that had already gathered in the lobby. We all teamed up and went to a great Italian restaurant, and are now back at the hotel. Floyd and Mrs. Floyd are here now - good to see them. This is shaping up to be a really fun trip. Wish everyone was here.

In the airport at home, there were a large number of military personnel, about to board a plane for the middle East. I had the opportunity to say a personal thank you to many of them, and they received it so graciously. Bless their hearts!

Someone else is waiting for the lobby computer, so I'll let them have it. Have a good evening! --Romeena

November 11, 2011 - Msg 86199: Oh heck Ro, I thought you was gonna sign off by telling us the breakfast special is only 99 cents but you have to be there between 5 and 6 am, and you better get to bed now cause you didn't want to miss it. :) Have fun and tell Floyd hey from Asa


November 12, 2011 - Msg 86200: Wish we could all be there, Ro. Have a wonderful time and know we will be thinking about you.


November 12, 2011 - Msg 86201:
Boo- if i ever win the lottery, I'll pay everyone's way for the mayberry cruise! ha
and I can say that pretty safely. haha
Good Saturday to all,

November 12, 2011 - Msg 86202: Hope ya win, MDC. :)


November 13, 2011 - Msg 86203: Me too! LOL

possum (or as Spot calls me, "The Crack Lady"-ha!)

November 13, 2011 - Msg 86204: A guy goes out of town a few days look at all he misses! Boo..Your story about the gas station restroom...hits waaayy to close to home,as a kid it was MY job to clean the restrooms @ my Dad's service station! You sure this did'nt happen in Ohio? Why do ya think I chose a different line of work than my Dad...That's all I'll say about that!
Went to a 2 day Bluegrass Festival down by Dayton, was really good! PH there was a group from Nova Scotia there too..did'nt know those boys could pick! They were really good The MC said: they talk like Yankee's but sound & pick like us! They did a Veterans tribute. Rhonda Vincent did her Veterans tribute songs it was GREAT seeing them being honored. as for the "Sir & Mam" thing WHAT A CROCK! that's what's wrong with this world, no respect!
Time to R-U-N-N-O-F-F....G-F

November 13, 2011 - Msg 86205: "The Crack Lady"! hahaha...why don't we change your porch name, Possum? ;)

Where the heck is everyone this weekend? I know Ro is on a cruise but what happened to everyone else??

Lazy sunday afternoon for me. Preachin' was goo-ood today. Pastor still teaching on Philippians and I'm still loving. Today was about how anxiety is the opposite of joy and how we should be casting our cares on the Lord. :)

Well, G-F, I went ahead and bought my turkey yesterday. I got a frozen butterball and put it in the freezer. Its a big 20 pounder so I will have to give it several days to thaw out (somebody please remind me!). I am going to have a crowd, as usual, so my sister will be buying a second turkey and I will probably cook that one, too. I can cook one in the oven and one in the roaster. I'll have to make a gi-normous pan of dressing. I am putting my foot down this year, though, and delegating who makes the rest of it. No matter how they try to sweet talk me, I am NOT making the sweet potatoes!..OR the broccoli-rice casserole...OR any desserts...well, maybe the pumpkin-chocolate cheesecake I want to try. Guess I will clean off a shelf in the pantry and do the rest of my thanksgiving shopping next week. Can't believe it is almost upon us!Of course we have our annual Thanksgiving feast next weekend at the church, which I look forward to each year. Not sure what to make for that, but had better decide.


PS-No, G-F, mom's accident didn't happen in Ohio. You poor thing.

November 13, 2011 - Msg 86206: Hey Boo. Hey G-F. Hey Possum. Hey MDC.
I've been here. Just haven't had anything worth saying I reckon. That's never stopped me before, I know you're thinking it, but I'm trying to reform. :)


November 13, 2011 - Msg 86207: Just a point to ponder from my last post...Never did hear mention of it..Did Wally's have a rest room and if so who cleaned it? Gomer,Goober,Wally? or did they talk Opie into doing it? Or ya think they just had a Outhouse? Did Gomer have to run into town to Floyds to use the bathroom? That Wally was cheap Gomer sure did'nt have much until Wally fired him and hired him back with benefits! Maybe he got a 2 seater out-house out of the deal? Ya think??? G-F.....

November 13, 2011 - Msg 86208: Asa, REFORM? kinda like what ya do with play dough after you roll it back in a ball? That kind of reform???...G-F

November 13, 2011 - Msg 86209: Here's one for you, G-F...where is the bathroom in the courthouse?

Hey, Asa, I wasn't thinking need to reform. :)


"Call for the doctor, call for the for the lady with the alligator purse!"

November 14, 2011 - Msg 86210:
G-F, I'm surprised to learn Nova Scotia was represented at the Bluegrass Festival. I don't hear any of that music up here in Canada on the radio or television.

auh2o, for more information about the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, check out
I'm also glad to learn you consider some of my posted links worthy enough to be saved.

Although I do appreciate all the veteran rememberences offered here on The Front Porch, I was especially glad to learn that Romeena was able to personally thank members of the armed forces at the airport. As I mentioned before, I personally thank anyone in a military uniform I see throughout the year both here in Canada and the USA.
And Romeena, I don't understand that rule prohibiting your nephew and the rest of the resort's staff from addressing customers with a "sir" or "ma'am". Mabye if more customers complain about this rude behaviour, it might get changed.

from Poor Horatio