September 21, 2012 - Msg 90307: Good morning, porch! Boo, I felt a little sorry for the bats too. For one thing, the way those men were ripping those tiles off, you know some of the bats were injured. Still, having a layer of bats living right above your head - no, thanks. The smell from the guano had to be awful, and the disease potential in such a situation would be pretty high. No choice but to evict them. I wonder if insur@nce covers that? The roof was a total loss. Poor bats, but poor homeowner, too!

All this talk of potato soup is making me hungry. How about you folks sharing your recipes? That's something I've never made, well maybe once or twice over the years, but I don't have a reliable recipe. I, for one, would be interested!

OK, gotta run. Rehab time! Then this afternoon I'm getting a much-needed haircut. This old gray thatch of mine grows so fast! One of the secretaries out at the rehab place has hair so long she can almost sit on it. She grows it to donate, and is about to have it cut. At the rate mine g rows, I could donate at least once a year, and give them twelve to fifteen inches of hair, but there's no way. Nothing looks worse than long gray hair, framing a wrinkled old face! I've never really had the features for long hair anyway, and now that it's completely gray - no, thanks! At least it's a nice silver gray color, I'm thankful for that, but long - not an option. Too bad, because the stuff grows well over an inch a month.

Off I go - blessings, friends! --Romeena

September 21, 2012 - Msg 90308: OK, I swept after all that bat talk, but I didn't get the corners. Could someone help with that? Thanks! --Romeena

September 21, 2012 - Msg 90309: Ok Ro, I will share my recipe but I don't follow a recipe so mine might not be exact measurments. First, peel and dice four or five russet potatoes. Add to saucepan and add chicken broth to cover. Add in 2 chicken boullion cubes if you have them. Let simmer, covered until tender. While potatoes are simmering, fry up a few strips of bacon in stockpot, until fat is rendered and bacon is crispy. Remove the bacon from the pot and set aside. Add to bacon fat, a small diced onion and fry until tender, add in one or two cloves of minced garlic and cook for a few minutes. After onions are carmalized and tender, remove from pot.
Take a stick of butter and melt it in the pot, then add 1/2 cup of flour..mix well and stir over medium heat for a couple of minutes until flour is slightly bubbly. Add about a quart of milk to flour mixture, and cook, stirring constantly until it all thickens. Add in the boiled diced potatoes with some of the broth and stir...should be just the right consistency. Salt and pepper to taste. Then you can add grated cheddar right to the pot or sprinkle it on the soup when you serve it. I like to dish it up in a bowl, then add some cheese, chopped green onion, a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle on some of the crisp bacon. So good! There are few steps involved but worth the effort.


September 21, 2012 - Msg 90310: I forgot to say to stir the onions back into the soup after it is finished.


September 21, 2012 - Msg 90311: Also, you can use yukon gold potatoes but when you use the russets, you come out with a pretty, white creamy soup.


September 21, 2012 - Msg 90312: TATER SOUP WARS...haha (Boo's sounds good too) her we go on G-F's version I usually make a big batch so you can downsize it if ya want.

5 lbs peeled taters, 4 stalks of celery (chopped) 2 lg onions (chopped) those big Texas ones work good, salt & pepper (I like to use the pepper grinder kind) put it all together in large pot of water boil until they start to get soft then I use a potato masher to break them down into smaller chunks, add about a cup of mashed potato flakes more or less to thicken,I don't drain off the water) then I turn off the heat and let it cool dowm to eating temp. then I stir in a LARGE container of sour cream to the mix, I have found if it goes into the hot soup to early it curdels thats why I let it cool. bring it back to a boil. Then dig in! I love homemade BREAD to go with it. Folks, this will not be on the Weight Watchers Plan. (I do a Bacon/Chedder version with crumbled bacon & shreded chedder cheese to the mix.) It's all good either way.
Enjoy..Some of us Yankee Boys can cook good too! but let me make it PERFECTLY CLEAR...Southern cookin is still the BEST!! IMHO....G-F...

September 21, 2012 - Msg 90313: Wow! Thanks for the recipes. I had about decided to just make up my own, and what I had in mind falls pretty much in line with what you two have described. Boo, what I hadn't thought about was the chicken broth. I have everything I'll need, except bacon. Guess I can pick some up on my way home from getting my hair cut. I'll have Toye Starr with me, and can't leave her in the car if I go to the grocery store, though. Hmmm. There is a Braum's ice cream store just up the road from me, and they have a small grocery section. I'm sure I've seen bacon there. I can park where I can see the car, and won't be in the store five minutes, so Braum's it is. Potato soup tonight - yay!! Thanks! --Romeena

September 21, 2012 - Msg 90314:
Man that tatter soup sure sounds good. I've got to go to a ballgame tonight so I guess I'll have to settle for a stadium hotdog.
Gotta get ready...better go!
Love and prayers

September 21, 2012 - Msg 90315: REV, a stadium hotdog isn't "settling", as far as I'm concerned. I just love 'em! I like hotdogs anyway, but at the ballpark, even when it's a little community park and the players are nine years old, you just can't get a better hotdog. Speaking of which - Hudson's baseball season starts in the morning, with a 9 a.m. game. Eloise and I will be there, and you can bet I'll have a hotdog before I leave, even if I have to call it breakfast.

I didn't pick up any bacon, so guess I'll have to postpone my tater soup, but I'll get some, and will make that soup in the next few days. Got my taster all primed and set for it.

Finally got my hair cut! It was so long and shaggy, and sure does look and feel better. Toye Starr went with me, as usual. they don't mind her coming in, and she just sits in my lap like a good little girl, and receives all the petting and loving attention from everyone. The shampoo lady always puts a little towel around her shoulders, "like mama has", and she just sits in my lap, wearing her towel, and acting like a little princess. Spoiled, precious little thing.

Well, I think I'll go lie down for a little while. This has been a busy day, and my back is tired. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

September 21, 2012 - Msg 90316: Wish I could send you some soup, Ro, so you wouldn't have to make it yourself.

Speaking of potato soup, I will always remember the day I wasn't feeling so well. It was the first trimester of my first pregnancy and my mom-in-law offered to make me some potato soup for lunch. All she did was boil some diced potatoes, add some butter and salt and called it soup. It was nice of her to make it but I was really wondering why nobody ever taught her to make real potato soup.

Been a nice day but 91 degrees here. Lots of sunshine and not a cloud in the sky..the humidity has been low so it is cooler at night and in the mornings, which is enjoyable. I was just out swinging on the porch, looking at the stars and talking with Sean....and THEN the mosquitos came out. Would someone please bring me a bat?!!

Speaking of which, for the love of Mike would someone please watch my giant bat video and tell me what you think! I really like those big bats so much I wish I had one. They are so cute.


September 21, 2012 - Msg 90317: AND, they don't even bite...they eat fruit. :)


September 21, 2012 - Msg 90318: Boo, I don't even know you anymore!!! :)


September 21, 2012 - Msg 90319: Hi All.
Boo I never see bat that was that bigone.
I wounld not want to run into thim.
G F send some of that soup to my.


September 21, 2012 - Msg 90320:
Howdy porch family...just got back from the game and yes Ro I got me a stadium hotdog. You're so right, they always seem to taste better at the games:) By the way they won 35-7

Time for bed now...Goodnight porch family
Love and prayers

September 22, 2012 - Msg 90321:
I see that the porch is going batty again!!! ha
Feeling better today, and dad's cold seems to be on the way out as well. I took a can of Lysol and "sprayed up" his room pretty good today.
RO and BOO- here's one for you- if you know who Rep. Gohmert of TX is, that is. The TV in the activity room was on C-Span this morning, and since I dont have cable at home, dad and I sat and watched a speech on the house floor by this guy, and man was it good! Someone told me that most of the time the chamber is pretty empty during these speeches and so they mainly do it for the camera, but he really nailed it on many topics!
Well, prayers and God bless, and hey to AUH20,

September 22, 2012 - Msg 90322: Hey, Boo. I saw your video, and agree. Those big fruit bats are fascinating. They do have a canine-like face, and I don't see anything distasteful about them at all. I love the little guy who was holding the grape in his mouth. I'll admit, they could be a bit, uh, startling if one flew past, with a wingspan of 5-6 feet! That's a big bat! That's as big as that wretched bird that used to visit my pond and steal my fish. You'll notice I used the past tense, as I haven't seen him in weeks. Maybe he finally went away.

Well, I'm off to bed. Have a great weekend, everyone. --Romeena

September 22, 2012 - Msg 90323: Wow Boo...That bat in the video would kinda look like a Stealth bomber flying around. I think the fella holding it hads a compelsion for bats! He sure must not be related to Asa that's for sure!
I think if Asa saw one of those we would have to put him in therepy. They say a bat eat 10 times it's weight in mosquitos every day, if ya got even one of them I think you'd be bug free clear up to Romeenas place! But think of Bernie, if you get one he would not be the king of the hen house and he may get jelious and go back to his ornery ways..The other bad thing when that thing drops it's pay load you sure don't want to be on the recieving end of it..ha

TOM.. I'm going thru WVA next week on my way to Mayberry Days I'll leave a pot of soup with your name on it at the "Golden Dome" Courthouse in Charleston. I have a red car with a Happy Face antenna ball with a "Goober Beanie" on it! (go figure) I'll give ya a Honk & a Howdy as I go by.

Romeena, For the love of Mike get some Taters,get
bacon, and the other stuff and make some soup just do it...G-F....

September 22, 2012 - Msg 90324:'re too funny, Asa. I thought it might do you some good to see a cute bat instead of an ugly, scary one. :)

That's an idea, G-F...I could put my large bat in the chicken pen..he could hang upside down in there. I think he and Bernie would get along ok...maybe. You're right, though, we could be talking about an awful lot of bat guano.

Well, still got the sniffles but life goes on. I have to go sit with mom this morning while susan does some errands. Poor mom is having a problem with yeast growth in her body. Her immune system is just not able to handle things and she is having trouble. We are trying different things but the doc (I didn't know about it) prescribed a sulpha antibiotic for and infection and she had a bad reaction to it. She was very sick during the night and now can't get up on her own so I will be taking care of her and cleaning her up and so on. I wish I felt better today. I am beginning to think that we are not going to be able to care for her at home much longer. I hate to even think about that because, like most people her age, she thinks a nursing home would be the worst thing that could happen to her. She has alot of anxiety issues.

Well, I had better take some advil and get going.


September 22, 2012 - Msg 90325: Good morning, porch! You people are so funny! We have some real comedians on this porch - just the thing to start out a new day.

Boo, I'm sorry your mom is having such a bad time. About the yeast - does she like buttermilk? If so, a glass of buttermilk a couple of times a day will may help a lot with that yeast thing. If she doesn't like it, how about yogurt? It works about as well.

As for the care facility, I remember when it became necessary for my dad to go there. Physically, he was quite active, but his judgment and memory were so bad that he was dangerous at home alone. He burned up a pot on the stove, put the a/c on heat in August and nearly had a heatstroke but didn't know why the house was hot, just such as that. Bringing him here would have been even worse, as I still had to work and he would have been alone in a house that wasn't as familiar to him as his own. So, Twelve Oaks was the answer. He accepted it with such grace, and I remember just marveling at his spirit, and thinking to myself that I would have been kicking and screaming! Fact is, it makes all kinds of sense when we're talking about someone else, but when it comes to doing it ourselves, well - that's another story.

Well, better run. Gotta pick up Eloise in 45 minutes, and I'm not even dressed. We want to be there when Hudson's ball game starts. He's so excited, the first game of the season. Blessings, all! --Romeena

September 22, 2012 - Msg 90326: Hey gang just a quick trouble check....the fair is in town ...went last aint changed much in 40 yrs...same would be proud of me....just looked at animals and did not spend a for me tonight to keep lights on....back in just a bit....supper?...whose wil make me a plate?....peace Love to all....prayers....SPOT

September 22, 2012 - Msg 90327:
Darn those bent gunsights! (:

September 22, 2012 - Msg 90328: Spotty, I'll make you a plate. It'll just be leftovers, but the originals weren't too shabby, so the leftovers are still pretty good. Good for you, going to the fair and not spending any money. I couldn't have done that, I'm afraid. I have to have an ear of corn, and a funnel cake.

Just got home from Hudson's ball games - plural. It was a double header, and it was hot out there! They lost the first game 10-2, then won the second one 21-5. Different opposing teams, of course. Hud made at least three really good plays - one was a double play. He throws extremely well for a nine year old kid. He's a catcher, and with his size about all he has to do is stand there and be a wall, and the ball doesn't get by him. He's not a fast runner, but he has very fast hands and can snag a ball and whip it to where it needs to be to get a runner out, and he can do it in a heartbeat. Such fun to watch!

Well, I'm pooped. I'm going to go flop in my chair, get Toye Starr in my lap, and watch some TV. Yep, that's the plan.... --Romeena

September 22, 2012 - Msg 90329: Hoo...I just got home after a long day. Mom was not doing too well when i got there and had a fever of 102, kind of confused and weak...not moving well and unable to stand so I got ahold of the home health nurse who contacted the doc and the doc wanted us to taker her to a local minor emergency center for a work-up. That took all day but they found that she had a pretty bad urinary tract infection and after an IV and some IV Levoquin (for the infection) she was much better in just a few hours. We were able to take her home and put her to bed for the night. It is really something how something like a urinary tract infection can really make someone her age so sick, very quickly. Anyway, my cold seems to be getting worse so I need to find the vicks and get to bed early.

Ro, to answer your question about mom...she does like buttermilk and one of the home health nurses told her to drink it. The yeast infection is actually in the folds of skin under her breasts and it was looking much better today (sorry if I am grossing out the rest of you). I will mention the buttermild to St. Susan to be sure she gets it a couple of times a day.

Glad Hudson is playing is so much fun to watch their games at his age!


September 22, 2012 - Msg 90330: Oh, I almost missed my cue!: "For the love of Mike, do it!! Flop in your chair...get Toye Starr in your some TV...just do it!" ;)


September 22, 2012 - Msg 90331: Boo, that's my line! Boy oh boy, a feller needs to be on his toes around here or someone is stealing his fire! :)

Boo and Ro, they say everything in Texas is big, and I believe it after just reading about a 41 pound cat in a shelter. 41 pounds? Holy Toledo! That's the weight of a 4 year old. Boy I'd hate cleaning up after that thing. Have either of you heard about it? I think it said in the Dallas area, so that's close to you Ro, isn't it?

Keep them recipes coming. With cooler weather coming I wanna try my hand at some soups that don't come out of a can.


Oh Boo. I sure hope your MIL gets better quick. Those UTI's can also cause patients to hallucinate. At least thats what they said was causing my Dad to see things.

September 22, 2012 - Msg 90332: Asa, How about stuffed green pepper soup?
Auh20 where are you! Getting to be the time of the year for your weather reports from me. ha!(also PH)those Canadian Geese are "V-ing" around and getting ready to fly home except, they stay here now adays, don't they need a Passport these days? Must be the AWSOME health care system we have here in the USA...I think they must be that part of the Presidents 47% they've been talking about here lately!
Arn't Canadian Geese a part of the entitled group?...Better stop there, I don't want to cross Floyds line in the sand or he will give me the "Big Freeze" @ Mayberry Days next week!
Good Night All...G-F

September 22, 2012 - Msg 90333: Hi All.
G F I will give you the Big FREEZE win the snow start comming from you city.


September 23, 2012 - Msg 90334: Good evening, porch. Boo, I wondered if that was the kind of yeast infection you were talking about. I'm sure you know this, but sunlight is a quick cure for that kind of yeast. If there's a secluded area by a sunny window, and you can get her positioned correctly (you boys just go talk among yourselves for a minute, while we girls discuss this) - that yeast will dry up muy pronto. Failing that, some mycolog cream will help, or any antifungal cream. I wouldn't be surprised if some buttermilk dabbed on it would be helpful too. OK, you boys can rejoin us now.

Yep, Asa, that plus-size kitty is at a shelter in Richardson, which is just a few miles from me. I'm in Irving, which is just across the Trinity River from Dallas, and Richardson is another suburb to the north. It all kind of runs together around here. You can drive from Dallas to Ft. Worth, with "city" being constant the whole way, and never realize you've passed through about four or five towns as you traveled. You really have to be watching to even see the little sign markers as you pass from one into the other.

Now, as for that cat - what a whopper! I'm glad I don't have to feed that critter. From what I read on the internet though, he's very sweet and loving, and is hoping for a forever home. He was picked up as a stray, but they said he seemed well cared for (certainly well fed) so they're not sure what happened to put him on the street.

Has anybody else been watching "The American Bible Challenge"? Jeff Foxworthy hosts it, and so far, I've really enjoyed it. I hope it stays on the air, it's a very refreshing change from some of those team-type game shows, which are often just a forum for suggestive innuendo.

Well, I'm off to bed. "The Incredible Dr. Pol" is coming on, and I really like that one too. It's about a day in the life of a crusty old veterinarian in Michigan, who has a broad practice - farm animals and small animals both. It gets very interesting, and the doc is just a delight. An old guy, but very fit and active, and he puts in a long hard day. Good show.

Blessings, all! --Romeena

September 23, 2012 - Msg 90335: TOM..For the record, I live an hour southeast of Cleveland, lets just blame Dick Goddard for the weather forcasts & snow. He has been doing the weather in Cleveland since the 60's..G-F..
(It's pretty cool here already, Darn you Dick..!)

September 23, 2012 - Msg 90336: G F.sorry but the southeast git just as mouch as the west didDick Goddard can sometime be wrong on it


September 23, 2012 - Msg 90337: Yes TOM your right! Lake Erie Does as she wishes in making weather difficult in Northern Ohio, especially for old Dick..haha G-F

September 23, 2012 - Msg 90338:
I was going to drink some buttermilk this morning but after reading the earlier posts here, I've lost my appetite for some reason. Even the thought of eating some bread (made from yeast) is upsetting my stomach.

Speaking of fat cats, check out this 41 pounder

Romeena, my wife and I have two complaints about The American Bible Challenge. One problem is that the sixty minute length is too long. Another problem is that we don't enjoy the Facebook questions.

G=F, would you believe I see more Canadian geese when I'm in the states? They seem to like American parks and cemeteries.

from Poor Horatio

September 23, 2012 - Msg 90339: I had a dream last night of a big bat flying around a football stadium- it came down with a bad cold and Boo took it in and rubbed VICKS on it and fed it TATER SOUP!
Oh, it got well and flew over to Asa's house!
possum under a rock

September 23, 2012 - Msg 90340: Hahaha! PH, I'll bet the mice around that house aren't too worried. That cat couldn't catch one if he had glue on his paws! He appears to be about the same size as our Texas boy, who weighed in at 41 pounds, according to some sites I found on Google. Seems to me there's some room for research here. Cats don't typically get that fat - one has to wonder why these individuals have done so.

I'm okay with the length of TABC. As for the Facebook questions, I understand your objection, but if it holds the interest of today's younger generation, maybe it has a place. They just might pick up a grain of truth here and there. I notice that ol' Jeff isn't shy about stating facts of faith. Good for him!

Our worship service this morning was given over to music entirely. An invitation was sent out to anyone and everyone who had ever been in our church choir, wherever they may be living now, to come and sing this morning, and a lot of folks "came home." The music was all chosen from Christmas pageants over the years, the big blockbuster anthems that are so beautiful. Of course, anyone who has ever been in our choir would know them. I was asked to join in, as I used to be in the choir, but haven't sung there in sixteen years. Now, after the surgery on my neck, it's all I can manage just to speak, let alone sing, so of course I declined. It was wonderful though, to sit there and let that beautiful music just wash over me. When they sang "Behold The Lamb" I almost lost it. That was the crucifixion song in two different pageants. The man who portrayed Jesus did a superb job of conveying the suffering of our Lord. We "town folks" (the choir in costume), were seated in little groups at the foot of the three crosses and we sang that song through a flood of very genuine tears. Someone came to me later and remarked that "you all looked like you were really crying", and I replied, "Well, that's because we really were." Who could help it?

Another crucifixion song was "Broken and Spilled Out", sung as a solo by an extremely talented mezzosoprano, with the choir backing her up. That was another emotional one.

I miss those Pageant years. I guess we were pretty good, because a local TV channel filmed it one year and ran it several times during the Christmas season. We had special effects - flying angels, smoke, a live donkey, a lot of the action took place in the aisles, doves were released once, and the music was wonderful. We began rehearsals in August! Many of the men grew their beards out, including my Dale, who was one of the three Kings. He was an impressive sight! I still have his costume. Someday I'll donate it to the church, but right now, I just have to keep it. I designed it for him, made it for him, put countless hours into it, sewing on "jewels" and such, and it's beautiful. He was a regal sight in that costume. When David's wife, Brittney, was about thirteen or so, she was one of his pages, helping to carry the canopy over his head, and another year she carried part of his train. Dale would tease David, and tell him he should check out "that little Varner girl, she's cute!" David, being a young teen himself, would just be mortified. I hope Dale knows that those two ended up married. I think he does. He did know that they had a couple of dates, but he died before it went any further. He would have been so happy to have Brittney as a new daughter.

Well, guess I'll go make that tater soup that I never got around to making. I've got all the stuff now, so it's tater soup time! Blessings, friends. --Romeena

September 23, 2012 - Msg 90341: Possum, are you taking some funny kind of sleeping pills? --Romeena

September 23, 2012 - Msg 90342: Ro, we have tried the creams on mom and that didn't do anything longterm. Now maybe if i could get a couple of those head harnesses like Barney used in the closet, suspend them from the ceiling and point mom toward the window... HAHAHA.... I tried making her some soft cotton cloths to keep the area dry at least and she refuses to use them. I thought about a heat lamp to the area for a little while each day. I will have to give it some thought.

Thanks Asa, its my mom that has the UTI, not my MIL, so it is even more complicated because of my mom's health and immobility. Things are getting tougher for her. She and Dad were together for so many years and after he died, I guess she just stopped trying as hard. Bless her heart. She doesn't want to hang around anymore but she is still a little afraid to die. I am praying that she will just go to sleep one night and never wake up so she won't have to know she is dying when the time comes.

I have never heard of the 41 pound cat, Asa, although I think mine is gaining on him. ;)

I had the same dream, Possum...imagine that! hehe

Ro, there is a breed of housecat that gets very big, not just fat. I knew a woman who had a tabby that stood about 2 feet high at the head and probably weighed close to 40 lbs. He was just big all over and was not a friendly cat. His name was "Jingles" which I always thought was funny.

Sweet story about Dale and Brittney! :) Let us know which soup you made and how you liked it.


September 23, 2012 - Msg 90343:
Romeena, after relating how BeholdThe Lamb makes you cry, what you need now is a song to uplift your spirits. Here is a favorite of mine.

from Poor Horatio

September 23, 2012 - Msg 90344:
Hey Folks

Cold the last couple of nights here, in the upper 20's.

Romeena-Love the story about "your Dale."

G-F I reckon it is getting close to "snow time." I will a appreciate the updates. Hey, don't the Bills and Browns play today?

Poor Horatio-What do you call Canadian Geese? Just geese?

Boo-Thanks, it feels good to be rocking again.

Rev-If you like green beans and if you like bacon and I you'll like greens beans and bacon.

Spot-How's the big dog doing?

MDC-How's your Dad feeling these days?


September 23, 2012 - Msg 90345:
Sure enjoyed the "masked singer" last night on the radio. Leonard Blush is proof anyone can make it to the top!

September 23, 2012 - Msg 90346:
Howdy porch family.....leaving out for my concert so can't rock but a minute. mentioned big daughter's fiance was a part of a catfish competion here in SC to raise money for a school. The biggest catfish won $1000. The fish that won was a 64lb catfish. He sent me a pic of him holding it was it huge. That would make a lot of stew. that makes sense.."if I like bacon and I like green beans I guess I would like green beans and bacon" But come to think of it...I like ice cream and I like pinto beans but I don't like ice cream and pinto beans:):)

I gotta go do a sound to you folks a little later.
Love and prayers

September 23, 2012 - Msg 90347:
I sure wish Maud and Cora Mendlebright would get off the phone. I'm expecting an important call.


September 23, 2012 - Msg 90348:
auh2o, although Canadians refer to them as Canadian geese, surprisingly, they are not unique to Canada. Besides living in other countries around the world, they also live in the Virginia/North Carolina area. We refer to them as Mayberry Geese. HONK HONK ... LOL

Chuck, don't worry about Maude and Cora jabbering with each other. If the call you are wiating for is important, Sarah will interrupt and make sure it gets through to you.

from Poor Horatio

September 23, 2012 - Msg 90349: Hey Possum, Good one, how about we get together and do a Frick & Frack routine?..haha

Auh2o Good to hear from you! Yep I'll keep my eye on the sky, as I was telling TOM earlier old Lake Erie with a hot summer this year it'll take awhile for the old girl to cool down this year. And that ='s "LAKE EFFECT SNOW" yipeee! You get a double whammy you get it from 2 Great Lakes.
(By the way,Bills beat the Browns no suprise there).

REV, Send me one of those Jelly & Peanut Butter samiches, just don't get it from Leon his has alot of miles on it!.

PH...I think Geese are Canada's biggest export these days eah? They leave a big mess on the ground but they sure do look neat up in the sky flying around in their "V" ( it bet if Boo had some she would train them to fly in a "T" for Texas) that's what I'm thinking...G-F

Better treat Romeena good today or why???? "NO SOUP FOR YOU!"......

September 23, 2012 - Msg 90350:
Romeena, I just saw a commercial for a special encore presentation of The American Bible Challenge that will air tonight on GSN at 6pm central time (I'm in the USA).

from Poor Horatio

September 23, 2012 - Msg 90351: Thanks, PH. That video is a real toe-tapper. REV, you need to check it out. You'll love it. "God is good, all the time...." Just for the record though, the emotion and the tears evoked by "Behold the Lamb" are not evidence of sadness, but rather of overwhelming gratitude and humility, that our Lord would willingly endure such misery, for my sake. I know, it was done for all of us, but I happen to believe that if I was the only one who needed redemption, He would have done it just for me. He would have done it for any one of us.

As for TABC, I have my DVR set to record any episodes of it, so I'll get to see it. Thanks for the heads up!

The potato soup was wonderful, and still is. I made a very big pot! I've never learned how to prepare a small amount of anything, after cooking for a big man and four active kids for so many years. As for the recipe I used - I guess it was a combination of both. I rarely actually follow a recipe anyway. I'm very much an intuitive cook - if it sounds like it would be good, I'll throw it in! Sooo - there's a big pot of tater soup on the stove, and anyone who drops by can have some, as much as you want. If it runs low, I'll just boil up another tater, and toss in some more of the good stuff, and refill the pot. Pretty good stuff!

I think we're going to have a critter war out back. You know I have squirrel houses, but one seems to be everyone's favorite. There are three little girl squirrels who have been checking that house over pretty carefully, and yesterday afternoon, I saw, of all things, a small possum up there. I first spotted its little tail hanging out the entrance hole, and wondered what it was. Then the tail disappeared and a possum face appeared at the entrance! I couldn't tell whether it was a male or a female, but whatever it is, it's very small. Not much bigger than a very big rat, so I'm thinking it's a juvenile. The adult possums I usually see around here are as big as house cats.

Speaking of big cats, Boo, was that big cat you mentioned a Maine Coon? They get very, very big!

Now, REV, I'm not big on catfish stew, or any kind of fish stew, but I could take some filets off that big old catfish, roll them in cornmeal and fry them, and that would be some good eating, especially with some green tomato relish! And hush puppies, of course!

Good to see auh2o and Chuck on the porch. Come around more often, boys!

Well, I'm about ready for another bowl of soup. See you folks later. --Romeena

September 23, 2012 - Msg 90352: Oh, I have a recipe you all HAVE to try. I have been making it for a couple of years and it is simple and everyone who has ever had it thought it was delicious (and it goes great with any kind of soup). I made some yesterday for St. Susan and they loved it with the beans I cooked them. It is simple called "Cornbread Casserole" and here is how you make it. You will need 2 boxes of Jiffy corn muffin mix. Add that to a bowl and add 2 cans of cream style corn, 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons of milk. Mix it all together and set aside. (oh, and preheat your oven to 375) Next, melt a stick of butter in a skillet and thinly slice one onion (or you can dice it but I think it is better to have the thin strings of onion). Add the onion to the butter and cook until onions are soft and a little browned. Now spread the cornbread mixture into a greased 9x13 pan. Spread the onions and butter evenly over the cornbread mixture, then stir up a pint of sour cream and spread it as evenly over the onions as you can. After that, cover the whole thing with shredded cheddar cheese and bake for about 30 minutes. You will NOT be sorry you made this stuff! Wow. It would be a good thing to take to a potluck, Ro. If you let it cool some, it is easy to cut into squares. You could also use green onion in place of regular onion and I'll bet that would be really good. St. Susan raved about the stuff yesterday and said it reminded her of dressing.

Ro, that was probably a Maine Coon cat but I just can't remember. I just think they should have called him Jumbo instead of Jingles.


September 23, 2012 - Msg 90353:
Howdy porch family....just got home from the concert. It went great with a very good crowd! Feels good to be able to have a concert and still get to sleep at home....NICE:)

Well it's grilled cheese sandwich time with real mayo....none of that Miricle Whip stuff.

You all have a goodnight!
Love and prayers

September 23, 2012 - Msg 90354: OK now, REV. Let's not have any verbal abuse of Miracle Whip! I happen to like it, and as for mayo, I can take it or leave it. Preferably leave it. I guess it's better than nothing, but just barely. It just doesn't have any taste, just mostly slick. Miracle Whip has a very pleasant tang to it, and for a bologna (baloney, in Texas) sandwich on fresh white bread, it's the cats!

Oh, I was sitting next to Bob Harper in church this morning, and he was talking about your visit next month. He had a lot of very nice things to say about you, not the least of which was "He's the real thing, just committed to the Lord and busy trying to spread the word." He's right.

Boo, that cornbread dish sounds very good. I'll definitely be trying it. You got me with the addition of the sour cream. I think I'd probably eat hay if I had enough sour cream to put on it. Love the stuff! Oh, one thing I put in my tater soup was some buttermilk. I used some half and half, and some buttermilk, no plain milk. Low fat, that soup is not, but it sure is good!

A Maine Coon cat is usually very pretty. They have semi-long to very long hair, but not a lot of undercoat, so they don't require much grooming. They come in pretty colors, have a very thick and fluffy tail, and often a ruff around their neck. Eloise's other daughter, Terri, had a half-Persian/half Maine Coon and that cat was gorgeous. Not especially friendly, but very pretty. From what I understand, most Maine Coons are easy-going and fairly friendly, so guess it was the Persian influence that made him so aloof. He was a big rascal, about twenty pounds, and liked to sit in the corner of the sofa, just leaning back with one elbow propped on the arm of the sofa. All he needed was a pipe and the newspaper. Funny cat.

Well, I think I'll go have a bowl of grapes and read the paper. Not much on TV right now, but my beloved Britcoms will be on at 10:30. Hooray, Are You Being Served and The Good Neighbors are back on. I also very much enjoy Keeping Up Appearances which has been running here for quite a while. One of my favorites, for sure. Hyacinth is just insufferable, but you gotta love her.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

September 23, 2012 - Msg 90355: Well gang here at work...slow and all lights on I hope..hey Romeena,Boo,Rev...auh20 the big dog is doing just fine...Miss Sherry"s Grandson Mr Cayden (9) is going to come tomorrow and spend tilkl wed night with ME!...he is out of school and my off days are mon,tue and wed this month...can wait..we are gona tractor ride and make 4 gallons of salsa on the big burners at the barn...he has been asking to do that...ok...let me get some reprts ran and will read the archives...peace,prayers and Love porch..SPOT

September 24, 2012 - Msg 90356: Spot, that's wonderful, that Cayden wants to come and spend time with you. I hope you know what a wonderful compliment that is. Kids his age can be notoriously reclusive, wanting to spend their time with kids their age, or endlessly thumbing some handheld device. When you are liked by a kid, or a dog, you must be a pretty good person. But then, we all knew that already.

Well, I'm off to bed. Toye Starr is heaving big sighs, so I think it's time. Have sweet dreams, everyone. --Romkeena

September 24, 2012 - Msg 90357: Yea Romeena Cayden will spend 2 night with me ! to stop on the way home from work this mroning and buy Kid Food ..ha ha..well N. Ga.mts down to 34 this morning..45 here at the dog house...fall is here!..Love it...ok lets all meet at the I-Hop and Boo will buy this morning and I will bring the paper!..took my daughter to the fair Fri night and it was great weather...ok...see yall at the hop and yall act like somebody today ya here...SPOT

September 24, 2012 - Msg 90358: SPOT, Your Falcons looked good, much better than the Browns..I was smart and watched the race instead!..
Romeena I'm with ya on the Miricle Whip, I love a BLM (bacon lettuce matter) with MW the best!
Not to mention a fried Boloney sandwich on fresh white bread with a matter and lettuce if ya have it..Romeena ya speak my language...meow!!..G-F

September 24, 2012 - Msg 90359: Hi All.
Boy a little chill to start off the daybrrr
G F..I think the browns can uesd a coach that can teach thim something?
Pass me a (B L T)ana hold the mayo


September 24, 2012 - Msg 90360: Well you see you learn something everyday. I thought Mayo and Miracle Whip was the same stuff. But you say the Miracle Whip is tangier? Not sure if I have ever had it. But I'll be danged if I ain't gonna buy a bottle the next grocery trip I make and give it a whirl.

Sorry Boo. I don't know why I was thinking it was your MIL. Anyway, hopefully she is still feeling better, and thanks Ro, for telling us fellers to "talk amongst ourselves" as you posted the cure.

Good to see you Spot. Hope you are well. And you too Auh2o. How's things in New York?

Chuck, how ya doing buddy?

Better get. Getting down to the crunch time for work.


September 24, 2012 - Msg 90361: Wow, that's great SPOT. I hope you and Cayden have a spectacular time together. Kid Food, huh? I know all about that. This weekend I had Erin and her cousin Macy AND Alli here. I like having them because they stay busy and have the best time together but they EAT. I have to make sure I have a supply of easy to fix chicken nuggets and some fruit, etc. Oh, and never, ever run out of ketchup...that is a disaster. ;) By the way, sorry I missed IHOP this morning..I slept in because of this cold. I guess you had to pick up the check. hehe

I can't believe it is so cool in your area, SPOT. I am trying not to get jealous! It is going to be 95 here today AGAIN. The humidity is back, too, so it will feel even hotter. I think when that first real cool front blows in, I am going to go outside and dance a jig....for REAL!

Ro, I don't think I would have the guts to try buttermilk in the soup but I don't care for buttermilk. I talked to mom on the phone yesterday and she sounds much better and was able to get up to the potty chair with some help. She doesn't bounce back as quickly as she used to but at least she is still bouncing back. I can't figure out how she can have a bad UTI and not be in pain from it. I have only had 2 in my life and boy, they were painful.

Speaking of Miracle Whip...its what I buy because I was raised on the stuff and Ro is right, its the ONLY thing to put on your fried baloney sammich!

Asa, you never had Miracle Whip??!! Boy, its time to break out and try it. :)

Better get going...have to check on erin's schoolwork, put some whites in the laundry and get some beef pepper steak ready to put in the crock pot. I have a recipe for that if you want it, Asa.


PS_Ro, when did you change your name to "Romkeena"???

September 24, 2012 - Msg 90362: Did anyone see the tribute last night to Andy from Ronny Howard on the EMMYS? I'm surprised no fellow posters have mentioned it! I started to tear up just as if I'd watched the Mr. McBeevee episode. Sniff.

Nate Bracey

September 24, 2012 - Msg 90363: I didn't know about it, Nate Bracey...I don't watch the Emmys because I don't keep up with movies and tv much. Maybe someone will post it on youtube and we can share it here.


September 24, 2012 - Msg 90364:
Howdy porch here on this end of the porch. Feels so nice...low 50's at night....high 70's during the day. Windows open and breeze flowing through. sound like my wife when it comes to Miricle Whip. That's what she likes but I told her it's a fake "mayo wanta-be" Give me real mayo anyday. MW is too sweet for me.

Asa...don't listen to these a man and stay with real MAYO and leave that Miricle Whip alone:) The reason they call it Miricle Whip is because it's a Miricle anybody likes it and I'd rather take a Whiping than have to eat

My wife is sitting here rolling her eyes and shaking her head. She said to tell you guys that she don't claim

Ro...that was so nice of Bob saying that....We'll have a great time. It will be here before long.

Be back a little later
Love and prayers

September 24, 2012 - Msg 90365: Woohoooo! I finally got all my 2011 income tax stuff together and will take it to the CPA tomorrow. I hope I don't break a hip, with all these celebratory flips I'm turning! The IRS owes me, so I'm not paying any penalties by filing late. I just HATE messing with that stuff, and put if off shamefully. It probably doesn't take me three hours total time to pull it together, but I just keep putting it off. Oh well, now it's done, and I'll have a nice little refund coming in a month or so. I can use it!

REV, I always knew your wife was a smart lady! MW is good stuff! I even like to make 'mater sandwiches, when good vine-ripened 'maters are available. You just lightly toast some fresh white bread, spread on some MW and put some thick-sliced 'maters on there, with a little salt and pepper, and you've got a gooood sandwich! Nothing else needed. Hmm. Just realized I've mentioned "white bread" a couple of times here, you'd think that's all I eat, but not so. I just love the multi-grain breads, especially the ones with seeds and nuts in them. I like to toast them and put a little peanut butter on them, and for a ham or tuna sandwich, they can't be beat! I like those multi-grain thin-sliced things, too - the round ones, like a burger bun but very thin.

REV, I hope your schedule is such that we'll have a little time to visit before and/or after the concert. We might even squeeze in a trip to Babe's! Or a burger night here at the house. I'll even buy some mayo for you. Dave and Brittney and the boys might be able to make it, and I'd love for them to meet you. If the boys have baseball games, they couldn't be here, but if not, it would be fun!

Boo, I need to shorten my fingernails again. They're approaching a half inch long (much too long) and keep snagging on the keys above the one I'm trying to hit. Thus "Romkeena".

Well, guess I'll go have some more tater soup. Boy, I really made a big pot of it. Good thing I liked it, since I'll still be eating it tomorrow. Oh, and Boo, the buttermilk didn't hurt it a bit. Gave it a nice, rich, mild tang. I cook with buttermilk a lot. Can't beat a buttermilk pancake! I make buttermilk biscuits too - they're delish!

Well, see you later. I'm off to do battle with more soup. Blessings! --Romeena

September 24, 2012 - Msg 90366: Well, shoot!
There, that should fix it. --Romeena

September 24, 2012 - Msg 90367: Eeek!
OK, that's three cancels, if that doesn't do it ------Romeena

September 24, 2012 - Msg 90368: Ha, I see what I did. I had two "bolds" instead of a "bold" and a "cancel". Therefore, I needed two "cancels" to clear things. Details, details! --Romeena

September 24, 2012 - Msg 90369: Now that was pretty dang funny, REV, even though I am somewhat offended at your hostility toward Miracle Whip. I hope you and your boring, slimy mayo with it's mucus-like texture are very happy together. ;)

Let's have a party with that refund, Ro!


September 24, 2012 - Msg 90370: For REV (watch if ya ain't yellow):


September 24, 2012 - Msg 90371: REV, As a old boss of mine used to say: To each his own brother!...haha I think we just got used to what Mom used, mine used MW. Mom was a good cook except for her chili, she was not a good chili maker could not make good chili not a lick!
But I'll give her a free pass everything else was good. We did not have to eat our peas cause she hated them too, so we were alowed to pick them out of veg. soup. G-F....

(By the way REV we keep both Helmans & Miracle Whip in our frig Mrs.G-F will only eat Helmans) ****Marriage is all about compromise RIGHT??****

September 24, 2012 - Msg 90372: Good one Boo!! Romeena, Sometimes we just have to have plain old FRESH white bread....G-F

September 24, 2012 - Msg 90373:
LOL Boo....ok I watched it but still a real mayo fan:) Matter of fact, I just ate a hamburger for supper with a spred of mayo on it!

Ro.....I would certainly love to meet them. And as of now I'm not scheduled to be in Texarkana until Saturday...kinda like last year. I'm waiting on a call from a guy right now that is doing the scheduling for me in that area to let me know about the Friday date. He had asked me if I would be willing to book Friday also and I told him that I would, but since he hasn't called me I'm guessing I don't have to be there until Saturday.

My baby girl is having her bridal pictures taken tomorrow and she wants her mom and dad to be guess what I'll be doing tomorrow with a big ole smile on my face....but probably with a tear in my eye as well:)

You all have a goodnight and praying for all the porch family.
Love and prayers!