March 21, 2012 - Msg 87839: Hey Asa, good to see you have you planted any corn yet?

March 21, 2012 - Msg 87840: Good afternoon, porch! What a beautiful day. Mid-60s, clear and sunny, light breeze, everything is green after the rain for the last two days, and flowers are budding everywhere. I have several patches of iris in bloom and they are just so pretty. The rose bushes that Joe pruned back to little stubs are now over a foot high, just lovely little mounds of red new leaves. One, for some reason, has shot one cane up about three feet high, completely out of sync with the rest of the bush. I think I need to cut that back, or it will be a maverick, in the way all summer. I just love this time of year, and specifically, this time of day, with the sunlight all golden, and slanting across the landscape, making such beautiful shadow patterns everywhere.

Well, I finally saw the new back doctor today, and I am very impressed. He is very knowledgeable, and has a wonderfully friendly and kind manner about him. He wants a CT myelogram done, which I agree will be very informative, and then we'll proceed. He asked me questions about my daily life, how I spend my leisure time and such. Based on my answers, he said he thinks we need to shoot for eliminating the source of the pain, rather than just controlling it, because "you don't just sit around all day, and that's good, and we want to preserve your ability to do the active things you like to do." I like that.

Boo, I am so sorry that Bruce is having to deal with all that nonsense at work. There seems to be an epidemic of upper management callousness these days. If he can just hang on through it, maybe change will come, and there will be a return to sanity around there.

Well, guess I'll go scare up something to eat. I have a few left-over baked chicken tenders, maybe I'll chop them up and make a chicken salad. Or not. I'll do something with them, not sure what. They're a bit dry (naturally) so maybe I'll just simmer them in a little cream of mushroom soup, and put them over rice. Or not, again. I'll think of something. I wish I had some asparagus, but I'm not about to go out to the store just for that.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 21, 2012 - Msg 87841: Hey, Frankie! Good to see you, and aren'tcha kind! Dropped by to say hello, and stayed and swept the porch. Aren'tcha kind! --Romeena

March 21, 2012 - Msg 87842:
Howdy porch my yard cleaned up today. Sure looks nice when it's all done:)

Just got done with dinner.....I grilled some fresh salmon rubed in olive oil and mustard based bbq sauce along with a large green salad. Boy it was so good.

Boo....continued prayers for your household.

Ro...sounds like you have a Dr going in the right direction. Praying you can get some permanent relief.

Frankie....thanks for sweeping that ole pollen off the porch. Glad you stopped by.

Ya'll have a blessed night. Remember...Jesus loves you!
Love and prayers

March 21, 2012 - Msg 87843: Ro, we had asparagus on sale here at the HEB for 1.90 for a bunch. I still have some to roast in the oven. Thanks for the sentiments concerning Bruce. He is so exhausted and the boss showed up today and basically doesn't seem to care. God cares, though, and that's what matters.

Glad you like the new back doc and sure hope he is able to get the answers you need and find the cure for you, Ro.

Thank you for those prayers, REV. I appreciated them very much.

G-F, I pray you hold onto your job and I'm sorry you are in the position of having to be concerned about it.


March 21, 2012 - Msg 87844: Gang ....bad Chemo week...Just had to help Miss Sherry to bed..she is so weak..We love ya porch...Prayers welcome....Goodnight...SPOT

March 21, 2012 - Msg 87845: sorry Miss Sherry is having a rough week. We're praying and believing for you both brother!

March 22, 2012 - Msg 87846: Good very late evening, folks. I'm staying up late, will sleep late, because I have to work tomorrow night. Actually, it's tonight, as it's now after midnight. I guess my work schedule is the reason why the switch to daylight savings time doesn't bother me at all. I hear some of you expressing how difficult it is to make the change, and I really don't understand, because I don't even notice it. I think it's because I live in an upside down world anyway, so it really doesn't matter what time the sun comes up.

By the way, who was it who gave me the advice about trying my vacuum sweeper again after it just quit that day? MDC, was that you? Whoever it was, I want you to know that was very good advice. I should have mentioned this earlier, but you were spot on. I tried it again after it had cooled down, and it runs fine. I guess it just got overheated and shut itself off, just like you said. I didn't know vacuum sweepers would do that. I cleaned Toye Starr's long hair out of the brushes, thinking that might have been causing some drag and made it heat up, and so far, it runs fine. I'm sure glad I didn't haul it to a repair place.

Spot, I'm sorry that this week is going so hard on Miss Sherry. Chemo can be so miserable - I think there's just no "sicker" sick than that. Prayers continue, and please help her try to remember that "this too shall pass."

Well, guess I'll head for the ironing board. Toye Starr is already in there, curled up beside the bed, waiting for me to come toss her up on it. Poor little thing, she can't make it by herself, she's just too short.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 22, 2012 - Msg 87847: Romeena, The vacuum advice also works for life situations...Sometimes we all just need to shut down and cool off for awhile too! Then turn the switch back on later. Like me...about my work situation that I was sharing with Boo.
I had to call WaamBULANCE on myself. I'm Ok today, I just needed to vent a little..

Thanks ya all! G-F.....

March 22, 2012 - Msg 87848: Good morning, fellow Porchsters! Good to see you all again! I have been busy sending for more music all the way from New York and just making a big mulage out of things! LOL!

Boo - Reading about Bruce going through everything he is going through just steams me! I know we all have to work for a living, but some employers really like to take advantage of the situation! It's like dangling our livelyhood over our heads! Believe me...I know. I have had some pretty rotten bosses! My very best to your household and that the dust settles! My "Achilles heel" with food is pop! Yeah....I said it...pop! I know the folks at Wally's might not like to hear that. But sometimes I go way yonder too overboard with soda! I know it's bad in large amounts. But like Otis, I dont exactly strain myself from quittin'! I also love salads! But, like your kids, I drown it in the dressing!

SPOT - Prayers and best wishes for Miss Sherry! My family has dealt with relatives that undergo chemo and it can be a very trying thing.

Ro - Boy, has my grass gotten WAY outta hand! Just as I was going to mow it, the heavens opened and we have had rain for four days! I think the yard is wetter than water itself! Everything here is just as green as it can get, but I have my work cut out for me when this all dries. Yeesh! Oh yeah, you might make sure that your vacuum switch is ok too. You have to look at that part that says "On". See right there where it says "On?"

Frankie - Dont believe we've had the pleasure.... I'm John Masters!

Well, better see what's happening in the news and get to some research. We're just two months away from the opening of the Quantrill collection in Arkansas!

Hey to REV.,MDC,Mary,Asa,GF,Maude and everyone! Have a great day and good luck to you and yours!

John Masters

March 22, 2012 - Msg 87849: Good morning!
Y'all, I'm just so happy! Rain is coming! Hopefully it will wash away that horrible pollen (Tuesday's was the worst ever recorded). I've had a constant headache all week. I'll be happy to get some relief. All that said, I am loving the Dogwoods and Cherry Blossoms this year. So bright and full!

Spot, prayers for Miss Sherry. I hate that she's going thru this. I hate that anyone has to go through cancer treatments.
Frankie, how do you do?
Boo, I got an email of your comment on my Facebook picture. I wish I looked like a little girl! I think it's either my weight loss or the diet medicine, but all weekend I'm constantly hearing that people think I'm in college. No complaints here!
Asa, how's the grand babies?
Romeena, I hope your doctor gives you lots of relief.
MDC, did you get snow?
G-F, you're right about the vacuum analogy.
Hey to everyone!

BLT's and potato salad and cobbler for lunch?

Have a wonderful day! Act like somebody.

March 22, 2012 - Msg 87850: Hey John! Didn't see ya rockin'.

March 22, 2012 - Msg 87851: Morning porch. Hope you all have a wonderful day. I am dragging a little...I don't know why since I started eating right I feel worse! Maybe just the detox process or maybe I need to eat more that i had been. I am taking in more today to see how I feel. I have tried to cut out the bread but broke down and had some cheerios last night. I will have to find my way in this and find what works best for me.

JM, at least you are only on the "pop" and not on the squeezins'! ;) Thanks for your concern for Bruce and his job situation. Good luck on the Quantrill opening.

G-F, my prayers for you in this time of uncertainty. I certainly understand.

Prayers for Miss Sherry and SPOT.

Better get to the chores.


March 22, 2012 - Msg 87852:
Howdy porch sure will be glad when this pollen gets out of here. It's everywhere:(

Thanks for lunch Lucy:)

Praying that Miss Sherry is having a better day today. take care buddy...prayers!

Well I've got to give little Jake a bath....he hates it every week but he's starting to smell like a dog:)

Love and prayers for all my porch family!

March 22, 2012 - Msg 87853: Hahaha! So little Jake is starting to smell like a dog? Well, if it looks like a dog, and it smells like a dog, maybe it's a dog?? (heehee) Seriously, I know what you mean. Not from experience with Toye Starr, or Sugarplum, because Maltese just don't develop a "doggie" odor. Partly that's due to the fact that they mostly stay indoors, but even on the rare occasions when Starr is outdoors, she just doesn't ever smell like a dog. When I bathe her, I put a fragrant conditioner on her, and that's nice. Of course, it wears off, and then she just basically doesn't have any smell. I don't bathe her but about once a month, because her skin gets too dry, and even then I bathe her because she looks a little dingy and doesn't smell sweet, but she never smells bad. I do remember that Snuffy, my daughter's little Shih-Tzu from years ago would really get rank if she wasn't bathed frequently. The difference, I think, is that Shih-Tzus have a downy undercoat beneath their longer coat, and Maltese don't have that. They just have long hair.

Bless all of you who are suffering with the seasonal allergies. I don't know how I escaped that, but I have no allergies at all, no seasonal, drug, contact or food allergies at all. Pollen is flying around here, from the cottonwoods, the oaks and pecans, the huisache, and everything else, but it just doesn't bother me. My sons - now that's a different matter. Poor guys, every spring they have mild attacks, and in the fall, when a lot of the grasses are releasing their pollens, they have a terrible time. I think it's easier on Dale, Jr., since he moved to Florida, but poor David is just miserable from the middle of August until late October. As for me, once in a blue moon I'll have a big old sneezing spell, about thirty sneezes, my nose fills up, I blow it, and that's the end of it. (Sorry if that's too much information.) Anyway, I guess it's a good thing, because I couldn't stand taking the meds. A doctor had me take an antihistamine once when I had vertigo, thinking it might be fluid in my ears, and he was hoping to dry it up. That stuff made me so miserable, the dizziness got worse and I felt like my head was floating on the end of a string, like a balloon. No, thanks! So, my back might be a mess, but I don't have allergies! Always something for which to be thankful, I guess.

Well, gotta work tonight, so I think I'll eat a bit of lunch and catch a nap this afternoon. Sure makes the night go better if I can get at least a couple of hours of sleep before I go. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 22, 2012 - Msg 87854:
"Ever-one tryin to take a bite out of ol' sucker G-F" haha
Is that Frankie Flint from of old? howdy, welcome back!
Lucy- we are too low for snow as Phx is at about sea level,
but the mountains upstate got a lot!
Prayers still going up for Miss Sherry!! God bless you both.
RO- yup, that was "mwah"! (to borrow the closing of the Dinah Shore show!) Glad it worked!
John- careful with the Huckleberry Smash! (:
Was thinking about how NY is already treating Tebow!
Terrible! Of course, if he was a M, then mum would be the word.
OK, off my box, sliding back under porch!

March 22, 2012 - Msg 87855: It has been a beautiful day here in South the 70's and sunny. St Susan and I spent some time outside playing with the baby goats...along with Emily, Sean and Erin. I am trying to soak up this nice weather before the summer comes.

Made some spaghetti with whole wheat pasta and some steamed broccoli with butter and sea salt if anyone's hungry.

Bruce came home by 6pm this evening, which is great, and spent some time outside and playing basketball with Erin. He did get to have a talk with the big boss today and it all comes down to this (and this is what I suspected); it is about budget cuts. The decision about whether Bruce goes or stays is in the hands of "higher-ups" and it is just a wait and see thing. Nobody seems to know what is going to happen (except God, of course, and ultimately that is all that matters). The boss did tell a man that works with Bruce that he should begin getting a resume together and scouting around for another job in case. Bruce will be doing the same, I guess.

I just had my shower and feel so relaxed from good hard work and spending time outdoors in the fresh air. Think I will see if Erin wants to watch a TAGS dvd before bed.


March 22, 2012 - Msg 87856:
Boo...I just believe that God has some really good things ahead for Bruce.....I really do!

March 23, 2012 - Msg 87857: Thanks for that, REV. :) I believe so, too.


March 23, 2012 - Msg 87858: OK, come on to the porch everyone. It's Friday and I think we need to plan a night out for this weekend. I think we could all use it. What'll it be? Maybe a bonfire at Myer's Lake since the weather is nice...or we could all meet in the new conference room at Morelli's for pounded steak. Or, how about a movie in Mt. Pilot? I hear there's a Glenn Ford movie playing.

Before all this stuff came up with Bruce's job, we were planning a weekend away together but now everything is hold. I really wanted to get away before the weather became too hot here but looks like it will be awhile. Bruce will really need a few days off after he finishes this big project he is trying to do but could be three weeks or so. I am trying to make things as pleasant as possible for him when he is at home but I can just see the exhaustion in his face and it hurts to see it. It won't last forever and I look forward to seeing what the Lord has planned.

We have alot of wildflowers in south texas this year due to the rain. Do any of you have them in your area? You should see the bluebonnets on the side of the highways here!

Well St. Susan and Pat are going out of town for the night for a much needed break so I am going to have to finish the chores here and then get over there to help mom. I am trying to get her to come over here for the day but that is nearly impossible to do. Maybe. I know she would enjoy sitting out and seeing the baby goats. I hope I can talk her into it.

One more thing that I would appreciate a prayer about. I am having a health issue that I have to see the doc about soon and it is potentially serious. I pray it is nothing to be overly concerned about but it could be. I am making an appointment today. Thanks. :)

Better git.


March 23, 2012 - Msg 87859: Boo...Can't we do it ALL? We start with pounded steak @ Morelli's, drive to Mt.Pilot for the movie, then come back to Myers Lake and everyone can watch the submarine races since there's no ducks at the duck pond that late. Then start a big bonfire and REV can pull out his guitar. We can help him with his new tune he's working on:
"Possum on Top the Rock" How's that go again?
I'm all set, you all set?.... Lydia quit hanging your head out the window like a dog...I'll start,
The BooMcDonalds had a farm E-I-E-I-O...ya all join in...G-F....

p.s. Prayers for your appointment Boo....

March 23, 2012 - Msg 87860: It's been a while since I've been here...good to see some familiar people. I'm using an iPad and it takes me forever to get a message typed, almost as bad as texting. Does anyone here have an iPad?

March 24, 2012 - Msg 87861: And who be you, masked stranger? --Romena

March 24, 2012 - Msg 87862: Ro,is that you up there? Just wondering,'cause your name is spelled wrong.Yeah, who IS that masked stranger??

Boo,prayers for you. Sure hope the health issue turns out to be nothing.

Well, Miss Laci is here with me for a long weekend. I have been busy with work & she's been in school,so I really haven't dealt much with her lately. Let me tell y'all that our lil' girlie is walking ALONE now! She is doing great-took off running in a Wendy's restaurant yesterday ! I had to stop her because the floors were brick & she still gets a bit off balanced-didn't want her falling. I am just so proud of her.It took her to almost 9 years of age,but she is walking! Now,we have to work on her speech & get her talking.Anyhow,wanted to share & thank y'all again for all the prayers over the years.

Well,better go check on my girl.Have a great Saturday,y'all!
possum under a rock

March 24, 2012 - Msg 87863: Boo, I pulled up the News page on my computer and there was a video: "Local Reporter Gets Attacked by Rooster" was not sure where it was from but I thought of Your Bernie...Has he been behaving latley? It made me laugh!..

Back to normal weather on my end of the porch, 60's today. I was thinking you Texas girls had sent your weather over to us last week...G-F...

March 24, 2012 - Msg 87864: Morning porch, just checking by for a visit. A cool rainy morning on my end of the porch. woke up sometime in the early morning hours to thunder, lightning and rain. I was so glad it was a Saturday and I did not have to get up and out to work!

doing some laundry and getting ready to take a walk on the treadmill.

Brunch menu will be: french toast, bacon, sausage.
syrup, strawberries, blueberries, powdered sugar for the french toast. coffee, tea, juice to drink.

Mr. Maude is working today 9am-9pm so guess Beth and I will just hang out in the house and avoid the rain.

Possum, great news about Laci.
BOO: hope you feel better and things are ok. will keep you and Bruce in my thoughts.

everyone have a blessed day.
Big Maude

March 24, 2012 - Msg 87865: Message 87860 ...oops forgot to sign my name, It's Frankie

March 24, 2012 - Msg 87866: Yep, that was me. Don't know what I did with that other "e", guess I left it lying around someplace. Frankie, I thought that might have been you, but wasn't sure. Very glad you're back on the porch, and I hope it's not just a visit. We're hoping you've moved back to town.

If I could have ordered this day, this is exactly what I would have requested. It's just beautiful! The skies are clear, the sun is like liquid gold, the grass is a fresh and beautiful green, and all the trees are now in various stages of leaf, some such a pale green they're almost yellow, and some have already darkened to a rich forest green. The rosebushes are still covered with new red leaves, but are turning green around the lower part. One already has buds on it, and it's not but about fifteen inches high! It will be nearly four feet by summer. This early budding makes me think it will really bloom its little heart out this year. There are seven distinct clumps of iris blooming in the back alone, not counting that astonishing clump of red Lady Friend iris out front. From one little rhizome, it has multiplied in three years to a clump about five feet in diameter, and at this moment is bearing at least thirty flowers. Gotta thin that rascal this fall! The rest of the iris beds have dozens and dozens of fat buds in the air above the foliage. When they all start blooming, it's going to be a showstopper back there.

I went to John's garden center yesterday, and bought eighteen flats! (No, my back and I will not be planting them, darn it, though I would love to. Joe will come next week.) Mostly petunias for the big island, but several flats of impatiens as well, to put along the back fence, in that shady area. I'll leave some gaps as we plant them, and in a couple of weeks I'll get a dozen or so hostas to put in between. Makes for such a natural-looking, woodsy effect. I'd get them now, but the plants John has are too young, too small to see what they're going to look like. Also, I have seen some slugs and pillbugs back there, so need to put some Sluggo (organic) out to get rid of them first. They love hostas! Oh, so much to do, and so much to look forward to. I just love Spring!

Well, gotta run. Eloise and I are going to Hudson's baseball games, and the first one is at 1 pm. It's such fun to watch him play. He plays right field some, but mostly he catches. Big old husky thing, built like a tank, and when he gets in that catcher's gear, he looks like a Transformer. He's a good catcher, too. Got a good eye. His brother, Landry, also plays right field and alternates as pitcher. Both boys play very well, and they seem to love it. I know we sure do enjoy the games, but then I guess grandmas always do. Blessings! --RomeEna

March 24, 2012 - Msg 87867: I wish I was having your weather today Romeena, It 's raining and chilly here on the East coast today. It was 80 here yesterday and I had planned on going to the garden center today to buy plants but instead I'm wrapped in a fleece watching TV.

March 24, 2012 - Msg 87868: I'm back. Hudson's team lost the first game, but made up for it in the second game. They shut that team down, 16-0. Hudson made several good plays. I can't believe how well these little guys play - he's only 8 1/2, but his form and skills seem far beyond that. He's big for his age, at over 95 pounds, and solid as a brick, so when he hits a ball, it's going to travel. He's not fat, he's just big and solid. He's not terribly fast when he runs, as he's got a lot of beef to get in motion. However, once he gets going, he just chugs right on into home!

A good friend of mine has just published a novel, entitled "Arsenal", and available through Amazon. I have not read it yet, just learned of it today, but will be getting it. I have no doubt that it will be good. It's a fictional story, but based on concrete facts and information regarding the M world. She has done a lot of studying and research in that area, and is something of an expert. She has several papers and briefs that have been put into the national archives. I can hardly wait to read it.

I cut a beautiful bouquet of irises when I got home, and they're now gracing my desk. So pretty, and have such a sweet, subtle fragrance. Beautiful things.

Well, guess I'll mosey along. Toye Starr has been alone all day, and she's hanging around me, looking for attention. Poor little thing!

Blessings! --Romeena

March 24, 2012 - Msg 87869: In the event that any of you would like to read "Arsenal", this information may be helpful. It is not available in Kindle books, so far it's just out in paperback. If you go to Amazon to order it, you will find that a general search for "Arsenal" will not find it. You must enter "Arsenal by Tammy Swofford", and then it will come up. It's 11.95. Knowing Tammy, even without reading the book I can tell you it will be well-written and interesting, a fictional story covering a great deal of factual information. I can guarantee it will leave you thinking. I have ordered my copy, should have it by Tuesday at the latest. I am SO anxious to read it! --Romeena

March 24, 2012 - Msg 87870: Hey porch!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far! We have had a lot of family in this weekend so that's why I haven't been by to sit a spell. It has been real nice! Neither Bryan or I have any family near us so it's a real treat!

Boo, I admire your courage and sensitivity. Many women would be angry or resentful, even if the lay off wasn't the man's fault, and you are being so strong and kind for Bruce. That, to me, is a true Proverbs 31 woman.

Well, my niece just came back. I'll rock with us again in a few days.

Blessings to you and yours,

March 24, 2012 - Msg 87871: What a kind and encouraging thing to say, Lucy. Thank you very much. You are such a nice person, you know? :)

I will watch for your friend's book to come out in the Kindle version, Ro. I have gotten to the point that I can hardly read a real book anymore! I even read the bible on my Kindle. It is just so much easier for me to see. Wish I could watch Hudson play a game. I'll bet he is just the cutest thing to watch.

Thank you so much for your prayers Maude and Possum. Such sweet friends you are.

Now that is funny, G-F (about the rooster!). That couldn't possibly be my big gentle giant, Bernie. He is a sweetie pie.

Better get myself to bed so I won't fall asleep in sunday school, especially since I am leading Bruce's class since he has to work...wouldn't be good to fall asleep. ;)

Goodnight sweet Mayberry.


March 25, 2012 - Msg 87872: Good Sabbath porch, just checking in . A cloudy chilly day thus far on my end of the porch. Went to church then came home and put on my warmer pants and a sweat shirt. Think I may turn the heat back on!

Guess Beth and I wil hang out at home this afternoon. Maybe I will watch Andy DVDs later.

Diner menu: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas corn, rolls,. Tea, lemonade or soda to drnk. Apple pie with vanilla ice cream and carmell topping for dessert!

Have a blessed day. Prayers for SPOT, Miss Sherry, Boo,
Bruce and everyone else as well.

Big Maude

March 25, 2012 - Msg 87873: Big Maude save me a piece of apple pie.

March 25, 2012 - Msg 87874: Me, too! --Romeena

March 25, 2012 - Msg 87875: first to fight for the right
and to build the nations might
and the army goes rolling along
proud of all we have done
fighting till the battles won
and the army goes rolling along.

March 25, 2012 - Msg 87876: Man....Sorry Maude, I love meatloaf hated I missed it! (Except the pea's they don't go down my neck).Pie or Ice cream? Radio would say, both!
TOM good to see ya back buddy, we had record warm weather in N.E. Ohio this got to the 80's....G-F

March 25, 2012 - Msg 87877: Howdy porch family.....A little cooler here today. Feels nice though.

Tom....where you been hiding yourself? Good to see you back!

I took my girls (wife and daughter) out to eat today at Copper River......great salad with their house dressing...yum:)

Well prayers for all my porch family! You all have a good night and a blessed day tomorrow!

Love and prayers

March 25, 2012 - Msg 87878: Evening Porch. Thought I better pop i and say hey.

Frankie Flint? Are you the lobster eating Frankie Flint from the old Gossip Club? Wooo hoooo. Good to see you if you are. Still good to see you if it ain't you. Either way, welcome. I've been busier than all get out.

Haven't read much in the archives, but it sounds like many prayers are in order. I always pray for you all, but I'll sure ramp them up.


March 26, 2012 - Msg 87879: Hey Asa, It's me the lobster lover Frankie Flint. I've had a very busy year, my home computer very seldom gets turned on but now that I have an iPad it's easier to stay in touch. I do miss my PC keyboard.

March 26, 2012 - Msg 87880: Morning~Thanks for the prayers and kind words.:)

Good to see you, Asa. Come back soon and let us know what is going on in your world.

"Hey" to Frankie and welcome back.


March 26, 2012 - Msg 87881: Good morning, Porch family!

Boo - Prayers and am keeping a good thought for your medical appt.!

As for me....I am coming off of a terrible headcold (which is still kinda hanging non) over the weekend! This was a full blown cold too! Wife is still battling cough, but it is MUCH less and seems to be the kind of cough that will run it's course. We've been chugging medicine, cough drops, using Vicks under the ol' nose and holding our faces over hot steaming water. Yuck!

We had four straight days and nights of rain in every capacity! JUST as I was going to make time to mow, the rains came and then, I got sick! So now my yard looks like an abandoned house. It's not grossly overgrown, but it looks like we moved out a couple of weeks ago and it has grown since. I will probably have to mow it twice! Once to get it managable and twice to actually mow it where it's short! The bad FIL's yard is the same way! So I will have to mow two yards twice each.

Well, better get at it. Y'all have a great and wonderful day! Hey to MDC,SPOT,Asa,Maude,REV.,Frankie,Tom,Possum,Lucy,
Romeena,Mary and the Mrs. Calabash...wherever she is! LOL!

John Masters

March 26, 2012 - Msg 87882:
Morning porch's such a nice day here in SC. mentioned keyboard....don't they have a full keypad that you can plug your iPad into? I'm not sure but seems like I saw something like that at the AT&T store this pass weekend.

Hey Boo.....if you don't have enough chores to do today come on over and I'll share some of these with you:)

Praying that Miss Sherry is having a much better week this week.

Well I better get busy doing something around here......Don't look like Boo is coming over to help out.

Love and prayers for all my porch family!

March 26, 2012 - Msg 87883:
Hey there slipped in on me. Maybe you can sell all that grass as

March 26, 2012 - Msg 87884: Good morning, porch! Another gorgeous day here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Just beautiful! I absolutely love this time of year. Speaking of overgrown grass, Eddie didn't come last week, and my grass has suddenly taken off and started growing like it was its last chance. It's about five inches high, and will be at least eight inches by the time he comes at the end of the week. Sure look shaggy, but will be so pretty very soon.

Well, gotta run. Joe will be here shortly to spray vinegar on some problem areas that need to be weeded. That 10% vinegar works very well, and isn't harmful to the environment. In fact, it's helpful. It's just harmful on the vegetation it touches. Once it's in the soil, it's beneficial.

I'll drop back by a little later. I sure do hope and pray that Miss Sherry is having a better day. Blessings, friends!

March 26, 2012 - Msg 87885: Thanks for the info on the keyboard Rev I'll look into it. Using this keyboard is too much like texting.

March 26, 2012 - Msg 87886: I do believe I missed wishing good thoughts for Miss Sherry! So the best to her!

Dropped in to leave some tea on the table! Sweeten to your liking and cups are stacked right next to the pitcher.

John Masters

March 26, 2012 - Msg 87887:
RO- does Hudson practice with an old lady holding an umbrella? Ha (tags ep)
Hey to ASA- how ya doing bro.
TOM- good to see ya.
Big Maude, so you have a snuggie? ha
John-please send that rain my way, can always use it here.
Boo or RO- have you heard of Pradaxa? Suppose to be better than Coumadin, and no monthly blood work?

Prayers for all.

March 26, 2012 - Msg 87888:
Oops, forgot to mention how neat about possum's your good news about Laci! That is great, bless her heart.
Also, I was watching a Twilight Zone on ME-TV
and there was our Howard Morris, (Ernest T), in a main role! Must have been after his ed-u-ka-shun!
Also saw Tenn Ernie Ford on I LOve Lucy, and he was using a lot of
tagisms like, "yer a real caution" etc. ha
Pappa bear says hi. He has been trying to post from the library in Danville IL, but it is being blocked!? hmmm Anyway, he says hey.
let's all meet at Possum's CB tonight for a game of checkers and a good song, and some grits and gravy!
Will Kentucky go all the way???

March 26, 2012 - Msg 87889: Oh MDC....that is really strange that you asked about Pradaxa...I woke up this morning out of a sound sleep with the word "Pradaxa" in my mind (no kidding). I'm thinking I need to see if the doc will put mom on it and take her off the coumadin. On Saturday my mom mentioned something to me about it but i was busy with something and heard her but didn't think about it again.

Thank you for those thoughts and prayers, JM. I see the doctor on Wed.

Sorry I didn't make it by to help, REV. I was in the middle of my chores when the mother-in-law dropped in for coffee and I got side tracked. If there is still more to do, I will help you. Tomorrow you can help me. I'll let you feed the goats and play with the goat babies.

This morning, from my kitchen, I watched Thelma Lou the donkey manipulate the chain on the gate until she had it open and let herself out of the back pasture to get to the greener grass. She used her nose and lips until she got the chain undone! She is a determined old thing...kind of like the mother-in-law. ;)

Better get back to the laundry.


March 26, 2012 - Msg 87890: troublecheck

March 26, 2012 - Msg 87891: Boo, Maybe ya need to take your critters up to Romeena's, sounds like she has plenty of green grass to munch on..Just be sure to leave Bernie at home to guard the hen house!
MDC, Kentucky & OSU in the finals? Since I don't follow basket-ball and don't really care who wins! "Let's play ball"! Opening day is just around the corner..Indians look sorry so far, I generally like to go to the Minor League games at that level they are still hungry!..G-F

March 26, 2012 - Msg 87892: Hey folks!

Just droppin' in a good night and seeeee ya tomorrow!

Hey G-F, there's a couple things that bother me about baseball. I used to be a massive baseball fan, but the whole steroids Sosa / McGwire thing turned me off. And now the uniforms, especially the pants, look like pajamas! And what is this thing where baserunners have a death grip on their batting gloves while they are on base?? Well, off my major league soapbox. LOL!

Have a great night, y'all. Keep a good thought!

John Masters

March 26, 2012 - Msg 87893: Oh, I thought I would throw out a little trivia of my own if you dont mind. In the episode, "Case of the Punch in the Nose", Bobby Gribble and Emma Larts (?sp) announced their nuptuals. Who did Floyd say Bobby broke up with when Andy didnt know they were dating?

*cue JEOPARDY music*

John Masters

March 26, 2012 - Msg 87894:
Well just wanted to stop in to wish everyone a goodnight.

JM.....I love baseball but I know what you mean with all the steroid drama. And the salaries really bug me but I still love to watch the game:) As for the "death grip" on the batting gloves while on base, they say it protects there hands if they slide head first. They claim it makes them keep the hands closed to help protect the breaking of fingers, etc..

Boo...aren't you so sweet to let me come over a goat

You all have a good night and see ya tomorrow. Let's all go to the diner in the morning for breakfast. I'll get there early to save us a big table together.

Love and prayers

March 26, 2012 - Msg 87895:
That was supose to be "come over and goat sit".

March 27, 2012 - Msg 87896: Hey to the porch!
The Case of the Punch in the Nose is right near the top of my favorite episodes, John Masters. I believe Bobby had broke up with "Andrew Beasley's girl".

- Hazel

Barney: "Then the case really isn't closed! It's as open as it ever was!"

March 27, 2012 - Msg 87897: Good morning, All!

Well.....that didnt take long! Hazel got my trivia question right outta the gate! Good job!

REV. - they cant slide fist first? Oh well, trivial trivialities. LOL!

I finally got to my lawn last night. I gave it a good shave, but it wasnt skin close. It looks decent until I can go over it again and "baseball" it. That's what I call it when I mow my grass (as how Andy told Barney to sing into the hot microphone) reeeal low! I still have to do the FIL's lawn and guess what??? We have MORE rain in today's forecast! By the time I get to his, I'm gonna need a flashlight and an African jungle tour guide just to find the mower! Yeesh!

Guess I'll scoot and get to the news and get to work on an article I am writing for an Arkansas quarterly promoting the Quantrill collection's opening. Y'all have a great and safe day and I'll try to get back a little later with some tea for the porch!

John Masters

March 27, 2012 - Msg 87898:
Morning porch nice here today.'s the way my grass was getting before I cut it last week. Especially over the septic tank....wonder why that happens?

Gotta get things done around here so I better get going.
You all have a Jesus filled day!
Love and prayers

March 27, 2012 - Msg 87899:
Prayers regarding the Supreme Court today!
Hazel and JM--and thus spun off the series "Cold Case!" haha
JM-regarding the trivia"Ya aint talkin' to a bunch of jerks, ya know!" lol
OK, here's one to ponder, when Barn and Floyd approach the O'Malley place, there is smoke coming out of the chimney, but none of the inside shots show a fireplace from any camera angle. Hmmm
Check it out sometime.
(and besides, what idiots to start a fire! ha)
Prayers continue for Sherry, Maude's friend, Bruce, etc.
God bless,

March 27, 2012 - Msg 87900: Hi All.
Nice spring day here. just a little chiller. TOM

March 27, 2012 - Msg 87901: TOM, we thought you went to DE-troit! (:

March 27, 2012 - Msg 87902:
Lot a bad feet in this country.

March 27, 2012 - Msg 87903: Good afternoon, porch! Beautiful day here, a bit hazy but still pretty. Irises just popping everywhere, the pretty things. Lots of rose buds with little tips of color showing like a new lipstick, where the buds are thinking about opening. Also, there are some amaryllis buds rising, from bulbs I planted after some past Christmases. I never save the bulbs and try to force them again the following year, I just stick them in the ground after they finish their Christmas show, and get new bulbs in November. Some make it, some don't, but those that do just come up and bloom again year after year. Spring is their normal bloom time, like so many flowers, but it's still fun to get the bulbs and coax them into bloom for the holidays.

What is it with baseball and sliding? It's so funny to watch the little boys slide in their games. The ball can be way out in the field, no way is it a threat, but the little runner will fall down and try to slide when he's eight feet from the base. Sometimes they have to crawl the last foot or two. I think it has something to do with the shame of going home in a clean uniform. If you aren't dirty, then you weren't involved in any spectacular plays, apparently. I have never really been a big baseball fan until the last few years. With my grandsons in kid league, and now with a nephew playing for OSU (after refusing a draft by the Rangers) I've found I really enjoy it. Oh, there are the prima donnas, but it's nowhere near as bad as it is in football. I enjoy the finesse and skill that you see in baseball, too. A well-executed double play, or (please, Lord!) a triple play, can be beautiful. And when it's accomplished by a little raggedy bunch of eight-year-olds, or more often, by the eleven-year-olds, it's really fun. Besides, I love the hotdogs!

Speaking of hotdogs, what's for supper? Anybody got any ideas? I'm hungry! --Romeena

March 27, 2012 - Msg 87904: We had steak and cheese subs w/onions and green peppers and left over pasta salad.....dessert was a handful of peanut MM's.

March 27, 2012 - Msg 87905:
Hey Folks

Of all the nights I drop by the discussion is Baseball & Hotdogs! Yes PLEASE! My favorite sport and my favorite tube steak.

IMHO there is no better sport than baseball.

"People will come Ray... They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come."


March 27, 2012 - Msg 87906: Now all we need is apple pie and Chevrolet!
One of their best commercials ever, IMHO.

March 27, 2012 - Msg 87907:
Auh20...Now all we need is for you to quote the prelude to "To Kill a Mockingbird" and we're all set!

March 27, 2012 - Msg 87908: Newt Gingrich was in town today, didn't get to see him but got caught in the traffic. His wife never has a hair out of place I wonder if she has a stylist traveling with her. I heard on the news this morning he was charging $50.00 to have your photo taken with him.

March 27, 2012 - Msg 87909: Auh2o,I Knew you were deep! GREAT QUOTE from the "FOD" "The History", that's what I'm talkin about! That quote sums up why some of us love Baseball, I watch mostly Minor League games, the guys are still hungry and not prima donnas yet.
The smells, the crowd, the $1 hot dog nights.
My Son & I lived at the Canton/Akron Indians field.(Indians Double A team)back when Albert Belle,Manny Ramerez,Jim Thome were up and commers. Alot of great memories! Now it's time to train a new group (Grandkids) took my grandaughter to her first game last year Mrs.G-F said she wouldn't make it two innings...10:00 & the 8th inning came she DID NOT want to leave! Had to phone Grandma G-F and ask for additional time. At the end of the game she said:
"Papa that was AWSOME"! How can you top that!
Then she got home and bragged she ate 5 hot dogs!
Who's the Papa????.......G-F
p.s. It was Dollar Dog Night...Papa had (6) haha!

March 27, 2012 - Msg 87910: Frankie, I'll bet Gingrich's wife wears a wig! ;) So he was charging to have photos taken with him?...who would want a photo with him anyway?

"Tube Steak," Auh2o?...ewww...gross. "Weinie" sounds bad enough already. Great to see ya on the porch, by the way and loved the movie quote.

Well, we had healthy chicken and veggie stir-fry and I made some guacamole (sp?). I am trying to get at least one or two avocados in each week, as Ro suggested. It was awesome. I mashed up the avocado with some lime juice, then I made a kind of mexican pesto using fresh garlic, some raw spinach leaves, cherry tomatoes, salt, and cilantro (my absolute favorite herb!). I mixed that into the avacado and...MAN, was it good! I had to make myself stop eating the stuff.

Bruce helped me clean the kitchen, bless him. The job situation is still an unknown but the Lord has given him grace and he is handling things so very much better. Thank you for your prayers on our behalf.


March 27, 2012 - Msg 87911:
Howdy porch family. that's some great times...and no you can't top that! way you can go home with a clean uniform. That would be a It's a little boy thing....and even a little girl thing on the field:) glad that Bruce is having a good outlook during this tough time. I continue to believe with you both in this!

Tom...enjoy that nice weather:)

Frankie....I saw on the news the same thing about the $50 pictures with Newt.

MDC....I'm with you on the prayers for the Supreme Court!

You all have a Jesus filled night!
Love and prayers

March 28, 2012 - Msg 87912: Oh yes, baseball. I do enjoy the major league games a lot, especially Ranger games in the new stadium, but I think the minors would be a lot of fun too. Haven't seen one, but we did see the OSU/TCU game a few weeks ago, when my nephew was playing. It was such fun. I probably told you all about this, just skip over if I did, but we sat in bleachers off to the side - covered stadium seats were all sold out. No matter, we had more fun where we were. Behind us, there was a long, grassy hill, and the kids were "surfing" down that hill on flattened cardboard. Little Trip, age 4, had to try, of course. At first he clutched the edges of his cardboard and sat stiff as a poker as he slid down. Gradually he got braver, and slid kneeling on the cardboard. Then I happened to look over at the hill, and there he went, standing on the cardboard, knees bent, hands extended forward and backward like a surfer, and just zipped on down that hill! It was hilarious, and he was so proud. We didn't get hotdogs - too expensive and didn't look too good, but we had scrumptious kettle popcorn and cokes (I just took extra insulin) and a wonderful time was had by all. Any of you who follow college baseball, watch for my nephew. He plays for Oklahoma State, and his name is Zach Fish.

Boo, in my opinion, guacamole is food for the angels. I love the stuff, especially when you can get really good, creamy avocados. I make mine pretty much the way you did - just mash up the avocados, add lime juice (I like a lot) or lemon, but lime is better. Add salt to taste, preferably sea salt. Some minced onion, and a little garlic and cilantro, and a dash (or two or six) of Tabasco, and you've got it. I can and sometimes do eat it as is, no chips or anything. You can put a splash of olive oil in it too, to boost the heart-healthy factor a bit more. Good stuff, and how lovely that it's good for you as well.

Well, Joe and Jorge are coming tomorrow to plant all those flats of flowers, so guess I'd better get to bed. If I don't, I'll still be hunting my socks when they get here. Not that it matters, they'll just go on in the yard and get busy, they surely don't need me. I'm basically useless right now, and it's making me crazy. I need to get in the dirt!

Everyone have a good night, and don't forget to say your prayers, especially for all our porchsters who need help right now. --Romeena