September 29, 2012 - Msg 90450: Naw, I don't know what those yankees are talking about either, Ro.

The high heel thing seems ridiculous at first read but next time you are at the mall, take a look around at the "heels" girls are wearing now. They are hills on platforms. I saw a girl the other day in heels that were on a 12 inch kidding. I don't know how she managed on the escalator.

I have something funny to share with Possum if she is reading. We have had discussions before about taking out mom's to the doctor and how sometimes they talk very loudly about embarrassing subjects. Well, when I was in the office with MIL yesterday, she say some doozies...all fairly loudly because she is so hard of hearing. I was holding my breath! Some of her comments were so inappropriate there is no way I could share them here on the porch. I will have to send you a private message, Possum. :)

Well, I'm glad its Friday. Hope you all have a nice weekend...Some of you have the perfect fall weather for it now.


September 29, 2012 - Msg 90451: Sorry about the typos...I'm tired....yawnnnn!


September 29, 2012 - Msg 90452:
RO, BOO--If y'all sound like Lyndon B. Johnson, ya got yerself a drawl! haha
And regarding poor little Laurie, but a FOOTSTOOL for pete's sake!!! Jimminey! ha
I also see that we're talking about weather. Here in Phx area, it is still right around 100 during the daytimes. We "dipped" to 97 the other day,
however, so i broke out my parka! (:
Prayers friends,

September 29, 2012 - Msg 90453: "but" should have been "buy"

September 29, 2012 - Msg 90454:
Boo and auh2o, ever since I became officially a Canadian Permanent Resident, does that make me an ex-Yankee?

auh2o, just like you, I love both cheese and western omelettes. But up in Canada, I discovered a restaurant called Eggsmart that serves some great tasting Mediterranean omelettes that contain eggs, seasoned chicken, diced tomatoes, onions, black olives, green peppers and feta cheese. Yum-yum!!!

Romeena, as for out of reach items in the kitchen, my wife relies on a sturdy plastic three-step mini-ladder.

from Poor Horatio

September 29, 2012 - Msg 90455: Oh,my...I can only imagine, Boo! You have me curious.
Thanks for the prayers,y'all- starting to feel better. Think the ragweed & goldenrod got to me.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend-love to all!

possum under a rock

September 29, 2012 - Msg 90456: Good morning, porch! Boo, I know what you mean about the inappropriate comments. I never had that problem to any degree with my parents, but my dad's sister? Oh my! I thought she was going to get us all beat up one day. I had driven my folks out to Lindale, where Aunt Bess and Uncle Jack lived, to spend the day with them. We had gone to a local Mexican buffet for lunch. Big mistake. I had already endured withering looks and snarky comments from her about what was on my plate, while her little size-6 self had put such tiny dabs on her plate that a bird would have been going back for seconds.

Well, we found a table for five and sat down. Just as we did, a man of about 35, who had been behind us in the line waddled by, on his way to his table. He must have weighed about 400 pounds, and he was carrying not one, but two plates, and both contained towering heaps of food. He could have fed a large family of wolves with what he was carrying.

I turned to Aunt Bess and said "Hush!", but it was too late. She had spotted the man, and didn't even hear me. "Well, would you just look at that!" Her volume was about that of a fighter jet revving up for takeoff. "No wonder that man is so huge! He's eating enough for six people! That's disgraceful. He not only looks like a pig, he eats like one too!" Oh lord! The man heard every word, stopped in his tracks and turned and looked at us. By this time, I had pinched Bess and hissed at her to "Shut up!" It was obvious that "hush" wasn't effective. I had never before in my life been glad that Dale was not with me, but I was then. If he had been there, the man would have reacted differently, I'm sure. As it was, he just stood and held his plates, looked at two fairly defenseless elderly men, and three women, one of whom was still trying to make comments, in spite of my hand squeezing her arm tight enough to make bruises. I mouthed "I'm so sorry, she has Alzheimer's", he stood a minute, then shook his head and walked away. We ate our food, with Aunt Bess trying the whole time to explain about people needing to hear the truth, etc. and got out of there as quickly as we could. So yes, I know what you mean.

As for my parents, neither of them ever reached that point of inappropriate comments, but we did have a problem with them in church. Both were a little hard of hearing (Daddy more so than Mom) and they would sit and converse during church, in what they considered to be inaudible whispers. We usually sat with them, and when we'd mention their conversations, they'd just accuse us of eavesdropping, and insist that no one could hear them. Well, one Sunday Dale was seated about two rows behind them, and of course, they chattered like children throughout the service. At lunch, Dale just casually asked my mom to tell him the rest of the story about Mrs. So-and-so. She had been interrupted when the sermon had ended. Mom looked at him, horrified, and asked how he knew about that story. He told her! "I know, the Fletchers know, the O'Neals know, everyone who was sitting within six feet of you knows! I wouldn't be surprised if the preacher knows." Well, that did it. That convinced them that people could hear them, and that their whispers weren't as quiet as they thought. They had the good sense to be quiet in church after that, especially when I reminded my mom that she would have been all over my case if I had talked in church. So yes, elderly parents can indeed be a trial, but we love them.

Well, I've got to go buy groceries. David and Brittney and the boys are coming tonight, for me to cook David a birthday dinner. I'll fry pork chops and some round steak, and make pan gravy to go over noodles, and we'll have green beans, I guess, and maybe I'll make some biscuits. I'll be making plenty, so anyone who would like to join us - come on! Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

September 29, 2012 - Msg 90457: Good heavens, how I do run on!! Sorry. I guess my kids will be telling stories about me, how I would get wound up and just go on and on and on... --Romeena

September 29, 2012 - Msg 90458: I'm back from the grocery store, and it is raining. Raining, raining, raining! I got wet walking into the store, got soaked coming out, and I don't care. We need the rain so badly, I'd have been happy to swim to the car. The sky looks like lead, the rain is slow and steady, with intermittent bursts of hard rain, and it looks like it's here to stay for a while. Take that, water bill!! After this, I can turn the sprinklers off for a few days. The heat has broken too, so that will help - things won't dry out so fast. I love it! Thank you, Lord! --Romeena

September 29, 2012 - Msg 90459: Do you know how hard it is to find "round steak" these days? I'm talking about the full round, the one that had the little round bone in the middle. That bone was my kids' favorite part, and we had to keep track of whose turn it was to get the bone. They would eat the little bit of marrow out of the center of the bone, then poke their tongue through it and wave it at their siblings. (Yes, my kids were nutty.) Anyway, you absolutely cannot find a full-cut round anywhere. You can buy bottom round, or top round, or tenderized round (my son calls it pre-chewed) or any number of variations on the round steak, but you cannot find plain old butcher-counter, round bone in the middle, something for everybody round steak. Too bad. My grandkids are growing up, and missing a lot. That little round bone is just a symbol of everything else that's changing, much too fast.

Another thing - many young women today haven't the faintest idea what cut of meat they want or how to cook it. A young lady just a week ago at the meat counter, held up a package top round and asked me what kind of meat it was. I told her it was top round, part of the round steak, and she said no, what kind is it? Thinking I knew what she meant, I said it was beef. Then she floored me with, "No, what kind of animal? Was it from a cow or a pig or what?" I very gently told her it was from a cow, and she thanked me and dropped the package in her basket. Good grief. --Romeena

September 29, 2012 - Msg 90460: I wish I had told that girl the meat was from a unicorn. She would have believed me, I think. (heehee) --Romeena

September 29, 2012 - Msg 90461: Wow Romeena, I can only imagine what she did to it when she got it home. I'm a dunce when it comes to that kind of stuff, but even I know the difference from beef to pork to chicken. Now I confess I've learned a lot from our PBS station that airs Americas Test Kitchen. They take the time to explain the different cuts of meat, and what cuts work for what you are doing. Very informative program. The host seems a bit prudish to me, but the gals doing the actual cooking are ok.

Glad you are feeling better Possum. Hope everything else is going better for you too.


September 29, 2012 - Msg 90462:
Poor Horatio-I think that makes you a Yankee-eh.


September 29, 2012 - Msg 90463: Asa, thanks for that tip. I've never watched that program, but I will. I've cooked since I was about eight (very simple stuff at first) and was taught by four excellent cooks - my mom, my grandmother, and two of my aunts - but there's always something to be learned. For example, I was about forty when I finally learned that in baking, it makes a biiiiig difference whether your butter is melted or solid. I had always done it correctly, but one day I was making biscuits, and decided it would be easier to melt the butter and blend it in than to stand there and cut it in with two knives. Yep, my biscuits were about a half inch thick, and hard as rocks. If they had been sweet, they might have passed as cookies, but even then they would have been too hard. I guess it's that solid butter, melting slowly into the other ingredients, that makes the tender texture. Live and learn! Of course, Dale (the weasel) very sweetly commented that the biscuits would have made good hockey pucks. --Romeena

September 29, 2012 - Msg 90464: Oh boy, some enjoyable reading on the porch today. hehe...loved your stories, Ro. I guess I can share one thing MIL shared too loudly. First those of you who are in the north must realize, that where I live the hispanic folks make up more than 50% of the population, I would think. So MIL says, "There have been a bunch of Mexicans coming to bingo and taking anything they want! I have had enough of it. I talked to the man calling the numbers and told him they are taking all the best gifts but he is a Mexican and he told me they are doing what he told them to do"...needless to say, I was really uncomfortable with her comments and that was only one that I could share. She doesn't have Alzhiemer's so I can't blame it on that but I can certainly see her saying something like your aunt said about the fat man...mercy!

Good one about the "Yankee-eh" Auhso! haha

So you are learning to be a chef, Asa? Keep trying new things. :)

Well, guess what very unusual but very welcome happening took place here in south texas today?? RAIN...and LOTS of it! Yay! It was wonderful. Those of you who are on facebook, look for the picture I posted of Erin and her friends in front of the rainbow.

Better git'!


September 29, 2012 - Msg 90465: Ahem...excuse me, I meant *Auh2o*...I don't know what element Auhso is a symbol for.


September 30, 2012 - Msg 90466: I think it would be pronounced "Ah-so". Maybe it's some kind of sushi? --Romeena

September 30, 2012 - Msg 90467: Hey, guess what happened here about an hour ago!! We had a little earthquake. We've had small tremors before, but I've never felt any of them. This one I felt! The house sort of shuddered, and a little adjustable mirror attached to a cabinet in my bathroom was bouncing up and down on its spring. I heard a rumbling boom at the same time, and thought maybe something had blown up. I went outside, but couldn't see anything. When I got back in the house, Eloise was calling, asking me if I felt the earthquake! It was mentioned on the news about half an hour later. They said it was a 3.4 on the Richter scale, and the epicenter was just beyond the northern edge
of Irving, which would make it about ten miles north of my location. I hope that's all of it. We're not on any known major fault line that I know of, but still...

Dinner with David and family, and Eloise and Jerry, went well. Very good, everybody seemed to enjoy it, and just about ate it all. I sent the rest home with the kids. The biscuits were good, but not as good as the ones I used to make. Out of practice, I guess. Still, they were eaten.

I have been busier and done more physically today than I have in quite a while, and I'm feeling it. I think I'll get my little Starr and go hit the hay. Hope we don't end up on the floor later, if another tremor rolls through. Blessings, all! --Romeena

September 30, 2012 - Msg 90468:
If any of you know the frog in the warm water adage, that's the way I see things in the country right now. The heat is slowly being turned up. I just hope the majority are smart enuf to jump out of the pan.
God's blessings to all on this Saturday evening.
RO- the weather map I saw showed Dallas with a solid red mass over it! Yes indeed rain. good for you guys.
Prayers for possum and all,

September 30, 2012 - Msg 90469: Good Sabbath Porch.

Romeena, glad the earth shaking wasn't to severe. We live on a very large fault line here, so earthquake readiness is preached a lot. Our building standards are a lot higher for that reason.

MDC, Yes, I know the analogy you mentioned. And I think you are right on from many angles. Our dependence on Govt., our lowering morals, our lack of humility. But it seems it took many years to build up to a simmer, but has gone to a raging boil in the last few years. Very disturbing to say the least.

Boo and Ro, glad y'all are getting some moisture and the temps are starting to drop some. We are supposed to get a major cool down here later in the week. Sure has been a nice pattern the last few weeks for us.

Pray you all have a good Sabbath and restful one.


September 30, 2012 - Msg 90470: Wow, an earthquake in Irving and rain in south texas...yesterday was quite a day! ;) I saw a couple of funnel clouds yesterday but no tornadoes. If we had a bad one here, it would be terrible because we are at sea level and there are no basements or storm cellars. Guess I would just have to find a ditch with a storm drain... ;)

Asa, is is rainly but still very warm so not very pleasant yet. I think we are supposed to see some days that will only get into the 80's this week, though.

Better get ready for preachin'. I don't think I'll wear my dangly earrings this morning...just my tasteful hoops.


September 30, 2012 - Msg 90471: Are you going to wear your high heels Boo? Just kidding. The high heels are so high now even I won't wear them. I call them 'sitting' shoes cause it looks like they would be impossible to walk in. I made beef stew yesterday and it is yummy, plenty leftover for today. I wanted sirloin steak to make it witth and I had a heck of a time trying to find it in the show case. I had not bought any in a long time and the last time I bought one it was a large kinda round cut and that was what I was looking for. Well I finally found sirloin but it was in small serving size pieces and more expensive than I remember. I grew up eating Miracle Whip and still use it especially in potato salad it gives it that little extra zing.

September 30, 2012 - Msg 90472: Frankie, I knew you were a smart girl. MW in potato salad is the only way to go, and a touch of mustard doesn't hurt anything either. Not much, just a little. Of course, I put a little Tabasco in mine as well, but that's probably a Texas thang!

No more earth-shaking last night, or if it did, I slept through it. Wow. A real earthquake, right here in Irving. Whoda thunk it?

OK, this old gal is going on a soapbox. The new fashion in women's high-heel shoes is just ridiculous. The soles are two inches thick, or more, and the way they're shaped, the girls look like they're wearing golf clubs. Then the skinny little stiletto heels, six inches long or more - I just don't get it. Why don't they just jump off the roof, break their ankle and be done with it? I understand the shoe manufacturers having to change the styles every year - they want to sell shoes. However, I think this year they're in cahoots with the orthopedic surgeons - let's see how many sprains and strains and injuries we can create! I watched a young lady in a restaurant last week, as she was trying to walk to the door. The child needed a cane! She was teetering and tottering, and twice had to grab onto her companion to keep from falling off her shoes! It's just hilarious. I told Eloise that if a girl like that is walking with a guy who has to hold onto his pants to keep them from falling down, they're both going to be in serious trouble, because neither will be able to help the other. OK, old fogey comments completed.

MDC, to your comment in #468 - I couldn't agree more. Did anyone see "The Hope and the Change" on TV last night. Wish I could remember what channel it was on, but I don't. Anyway, it was an hour-long series of clips from interviews with forty people who supported our sitting president in 2008. They very clearly expressed their disillusionment and sense of betrayal, and let's just say they won't be voting that way again. It should be required viewing for the whole country. God help us.

Well, guess I'll go scratch up some lunch. No leftovers, I sent everything home with the kids last night. Oh, I almost forgot! I have a frozen cheese pizza, and I still have that bowl of pizza toppers I got at Souper Salad on Friday. I'll just make me a pizza! I hope we don't get another tremor, and it makes my cheese slide. --Romeena

September 30, 2012 - Msg 90473: OK, I have to tell you the source of that last comment. Several years ago, my son and DIL were in Big Sky on a skiing trip. There was a pizza place near their lodge, so they walked over to get a pizza to take back, to enjoy by the fireplace. Well, when they came out of the pizza place it was snowing heavily. Being Texans, they stood in the snow and looked up, mesmerized at the beautiful sight as it swirled down through the parking lot lights. My son was carrying the pizza, and had unconsciously let the box tilt over to one side, he was so intent on looking at the snow. Well, a Marlboro Man type was standing there, leaning against his pickup truck, watching them as they watched the snow. Finally, he said, in a slow cowboy drawl, "Uh, 'scuse me, mister, but yore cheese is gonna slide."

Well, of course, that story has become a family favorite, and is applied to many situations, not all of which actually involve cheese. Kids who get stuck in spin cycle and just stand and look blank will be told that their cheese is gonna slide. Adults too, quite often. The older I get, the more danger I feel I'm in, that my cheese is gonna slide. --Romeena

September 30, 2012 - Msg 90474: Ro, the kind of shoe you are describing is what I was talking about that I saw on a woman in the mall, but picture that shoe with an 11 inch sole and heel. I am not kidding you, that is what she was wearing and she had a baby in a stroller. I was just hoping she wouldn't carry it around with those shoes on. If she should stumble, I would hate to think! So ridiculous and freakish...didn't look good...more like something in the circus. She was a very pretty girl with stupid-looking shoes.

Well, we took the MIL to church this morning and I have to say, I think her cheese is sliding...


September 30, 2012 - Msg 90475: Or...the cheese has fallen off her cracker, one of my favorites. I cared for my MIL for several before she passed, she was deaf and spoke very loudly and would say things that wasn't appropriate when I had her to Dr. appointments etc . but after awhile I didn't let it bother me. She was in her 80's and if she had something to say it was her right to say it. One of the hardest things I've ever had to do is adhere to her last wishes, she would tell me time and time again what she wanted done at the end. She would try to tell her sons but they would stop her cause it was something they didn't want to hear. She told me if I didn't do what she wanted she would come back and haunt has been five years and so far I'm in the clear.

September 30, 2012 - Msg 90476: So, I take it you did what she wanted you to do, Frankie? That is a conversation we need to have with my MIL. I don't think she has pre-arranged funeral plans or that anyone knows what she wants when the time comes. Seems like I remember once that she said she didn't care what we did with her. She has one husband that is buried and I think she has a plot next to his, and she has one husband who was cremated so who knows?

It's still warm here in south texas but very breezy and not as hot (in the 80's). Just went for a little drive with Sean and stopped by Lowe's for something and WOW...imagine my surprise when I walked in and the lighted trees and decorations were already on display. Too early and too hot for that. Guess its good for those wanting to prepare early. I couldn't believe the price of Christmas lights this year!! Luckily, we have plenty packed away already. Most of the lights that are out are LED and I don't really like those.

Ro, your comments earlier about the ski trip and the snow made me a little melancholy. I miss those trips to Colorado with Dad so much. Boy, we had some good times. We had some difficult ones, when poor Mom had the bad stroke in colorado springs and we all came down with the flu on that trip, too...worst flu I ever had, too. There were many more good times than bad, though and I really want to go back again soon. Not sure when that will happen, though, when there are so many other financial matters to consider (like braces for Erin).


September 30, 2012 - Msg 90477:
Howdy porch family....Just got in from my weekend trip.

When I got in, my usual stack of mail was waiting on me. I had several packages so I began openning each one. When I opened one certain one, I cracked up. It was from our very own Goober-Fife. The first thing I pulled out was a box of tissues that was labeled on top of the box, "INCASE OF EMERGENCY BREAK SEAL". On the side of the box read, "OFFICIAL FATHER-OF-THE-BRIDE TISSUES". There was also a folded piece of paper in the package so as I opened it, I again began to laugh my rear end off. It had two packets of real Mayo taped to it with the words, "911 EMERGENCY PACKETS OF MAYO JUST IN CASE YOU ARE ON THE ROAD AND HAVE TO STOP IN MIRACLE WHIP TENNESSEE AND DON'T HAVE YOUR MAYO. THE GOOB HAS YOUR BACK!"
Goober-Fife....that just made my day buddy. My wife and daughter thought it was so funny. But.......I just may need the box of tissues on that big day:)

Well gang I'm so tired but I just wanted to share that packet with you all. Thanks Goob!

You all have a blessed night!
Love and prayers

September 30, 2012 - Msg 90478: That's quite a care package, REV....those should both come in handy. :)


September 30, 2012 - Msg 90479:
G-F, I think I can safely say that you are definitely "one of us" now! ha What a neat gesture!
And my address is ... haha
Well Atlanta squeaked by today, and so did my four and oh CARDS! Yes, OT, but who's counting.
I watched the Atlanta game with my dad, it was fun until the last five "Heidi" seconds. (You have to be pretty old to "get" that reference!)ha What, NFL says they have to do it that way??
Well, have a good Sabbath evening.

October 01, 2012 - Msg 90480:
Hello Front porch and Mayberry citizens. I have a question. I'm trying to find the episode where there is dialogue between Andy and Barney talking about a bicycle saddlebag for sale that is clear.
At the end of the dialogue Andy says he doesn't like the idea of having one because "what's in my bicycle bag is my business".
Can anyone tell me which episode that is on?

Thanks, and please tell me soon as I must go to Detroit on business.


October 01, 2012 - Msg 90481: Chuck, I wish I could help you, but that absolutely rings no bells with me at all. Does anyone else know the answer? --Romeena

October 01, 2012 - Msg 90482: REV, that is just a hilarious story about the care package and all. G-F, you are a caution! I'll bet you were a handful when you were a little kid. I would imagine you were the kind of kid that would have had my grandma saying, "There's many a switch growing for you, young man!" --Romeena

October 01, 2012 - Msg 90483: Romeena, the mention of the'switch' brought back a lot of memories for me. My Mother always had one handy just in case it was needed.

October 01, 2012 - Msg 90484: Is it really Monday morning... already? Sheesh, what happened to the weekend???

What a nice gesture by G-F to the Rev. And I'm sure the kleenex will be well used. I cried like a baby at both my Daughters weddings. Good job G-F.

MDC, I remember that Heidi game, although I was a little kid. Raiders vs Jets. Sounds like the Network must have had to switch over to our local Cards game yesterday. And way to go Cards. 4 and 0.

Boy Chuck, I sure don't remember the episode your asking about. Must be a scene that had been edited out. I have all the dvd's, but have not watched them all yet. If I come across it, I'll give you a holler.

"Yore cheese is gonna slide". Ha, I like that Romeena. May have to add it to my act.

Hope you all have a nice day and a safe week.


October 01, 2012 - Msg 90485: Morning porch, gosh, I can"t believe it is October! where has the year gone.

Busy busy busy on my end of the porch. spent my weekend (or at least part of it) cleaning out lots of "stuff" in our family room. I am not sure where all of that stuff came from but seems like 24 years of marriage and kids we accumulated a lot. the back of my van is full of VHS tapes and old paperback books. I think I am taking all of that to the Habitat for Humanity store down the street from my office. There is more to go through but we made some progress. Mr. Maude is more of a pack rat then me so I have to nudge him a bit to get rid of stuff!

sounds like Mayberry Days went well. looked like fun.

Breakfast menu: scrambled eggs, toast, bacon, sausage. apple butter, jelly. coffee, tea, juice to drink.

prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

October 01, 2012 - Msg 90486:
Boo believe it or not, your mistyped "auhso" does represent a chemical compound consisting of Gold + Hydrogen + Sulphur + Oxygen.

Romeena, speaking of Texas earthquakes, I discovered the following information on the internet:
"The are three faults that run together, in a point, about a quarter mile north of Williams Square, in Irving. The faults are The Quachita Thrust Front, The Balcones Fault, and the East Texas Uplift."

<>Frankie<> and <>Romeena<>, speaking of sky high heel shoes, the following videos show professional models having problems with high heels:

from Poor Horatio

October 01, 2012 - Msg 90487: Heeee's BACK! Well, I guy goes away for a few days and the girls are busting on all of us Yankee's ya know the Indians were the original Homeland Security so only they speak correctly and WE are the ones that have accents: "Golley ug-a y'all makea mity-fine kosher hot

Romeena, You know,...I was a "model" child ;) O'the stories I can tell, Kids just don't know about how to have fun these days, they don't even know how to make a "Carbide" Prince Albert can banger...It really works good! cheaper than fire crackers..By the way Romeena "Floyd" sends his best and is looking forward to another fun Mayberry cruise with you this year! He spoke very highly of you @ MD's this year...Speaking of MD's it was another wet one, rained on the parade and most of Saturday. But still had fun, It's like a BIG Mayberry Family Reunion..I'll post some pictures on the iMayberry site soon so check there...(I may even post one with me in it so you can see what a Goober-Fife nutjob looks like?)

REV, Glad ya liked your care package..You know I couldn't let the Mayo & Klenex discussion go unchallenged..tehehaha!! gotta go & unpack...

October 01, 2012 - Msg 90488: That's cool, PH. I should have known that but I was not the brightest when it came to chemistry and my memory is sure not any better now. :)

I can't believe its morning, either ASA. I feel like I got hit by a bus. It was one of those mornings when I drug myself out of bed and it seems like every muscle in my body is protesting...just yucky, and so much to do today. Have to do laundry and lots of it. Erin had a friend stay the weekend and the two little girls from next door were over to play all day Saturday. It was raining off and on and they played in the rain and then needed towels to dry wet towels, wet clothes, wet sand and mud! I washed the wet clothes but still have towels and other clothes to wash. If I don't do laundry for a couple of days, it really piles up by monday. It was a good weekend, though, and the kids had a blast playing in the rain.

As far as the earthquakes go...I don't know if this is right or not, but I read something about the recent earthquakes in texas being due to the oil drilling or something?

Well, better finish the coffee and start the day...This is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. :)


October 01, 2012 - Msg 90489: I meant to say I can't believe it's monday, but I can't believe its morning, either... ;)


October 01, 2012 - Msg 90490:
Morning porch family....wet day here on this end of the porch. glad you all had another great Mayberry Days even in the rain.'d you get so smart? Boy you must have stayed after school evryday with Miss Crump!

Maude....thanks for breakfast.

Spot...Falcons...4-0 and the Braves in play-offs. Man that's good stuff. My Gamec#cks and your Bulldogs next week bro....should be a "barn burner".

Let me get back to writing. Just taking a break. You all have a great day.
Love and prayers

October 01, 2012 - Msg 90491: Good morning, porch! PH, your education was worth every penny, and then some. Now come to think of it, I did know about the Balcones Fault, have heard talk of it all my life, but the other two aren't in my foggy little memory banks. Well, if we've got three of those little faults running through here, that could explain a lot. I wish I knew what point of reference they were using when they said the epicenter was about four miles north of Irving. I know on highways, the court house is often used as a reference, because it's generally in the approximate center of town. If you are driving in on US 35, you might see a sign saying it's 50 miles to Dallas, but you'll hit the city limits about 30 miles down the road. So, with that in mind, four miles north of the courthouse would be pretty darn close to Williams Square. Interesting!

Those videos you linked for us are just hilarious! In the first place, I never saw such skinny, pitiful-looking little legs in my life, as those models have. My grandmother would have said "they could trade legs with a kildee and cheat the killdee." Honestly! In both cases, once they lost control, they just couldn't get it back. Of course, that silly sashay-walk they do just made it all worse. Too funny!!

Well, I've got a great big mess in the garage. The fridge out there was making a terrible racket, and I had to turn it off Saturday night. The repairman is coming this afternoon, but I've got a mess to clean up first. Evidently there was a problem with the defrost function, and frost had built up somewhere, because once I turned the thing off, it began to leak and now there's nasty water everywhere. There was nothing in the fridge part that can't just be cooled down again - a watermelon and some sodas - but everything in the freezer is now trash. I really don't care, I don't even know for sure what all was in there, but it's all older than dirt and needs to be thrown out anyway. So, I'll get a big double-layer trash bag and start shoveling, I guess. Yuck.

Spot, watch your mailbox in the next few days. Blessings, all. --Romeena

October 01, 2012 - Msg 90492: Actually, I think I remember reading somewhere that most cities and towns have a marker somewhere that's recognized as the reference point for distances, and is somehow involved in the legal description of surveyed property. I believe it's usually in or near the court house, but not always. How about it, PH, is my memory correct? --Romeena

October 01, 2012 - Msg 90493: Hi Porch Folks, Survived the Parade soggy But with a Smile. Put some pix on website, met 2 lovely ladies at the autograph signing, went home & wrung out my jeans haha by the way, miracle whip & a little gery poupon is all we add to our deviled eggs, simple & mmmm mmmm good! But samwiches have to have Dukes, it's a law at our house. Have a lovely day, Daphne more pix soon

October 01, 2012 - Msg 90494: oops...grey poupon

October 01, 2012 - Msg 90495:
Romeena, those markers you are referring to in your Msg 90492 are called "Benchmarks".

"A benchmark is a point whose position is known to a high degree of accuracy and is normally marked in some way. The marker is often a metal disk made for this purpose, but it can also be a church spire, a radio tower, a mark chiseled into stone, or a metal rod driven into the ground ... Benchmarks can be found at various locations all over the United States. They are used by land surveyors, builders and engineers, map makers, and other professionals who need an accurate answer to the question, Where?"

Benchmarks come in two varieties; horizontal benchmarks are used to measure horizontal distances on the earth's surface, and vertical benchmarks are used to measure distance above and below the earth's surface.
Although the government keeps a database of these markers, many have very old locations. As a result, a new hobby has been created that is similar to scavenger hunting. These volunteer hobbyists go out to verify benchmarks to see if they still exist at their last known locations. There even is a web site devoted to this hobby at

At that web site, I entered my zip code and found over 80 markers that are within 7 miles of my city. And only about 1/3 have been verified in the last few years thanks to these hobbyists.

from Poor Horatio

October 01, 2012 - Msg 90496: I LOVE that video of the model!!! It has been one of my faves for years. The first time I ever saw it, I had to watch it about 10 times. HILARIOUS!

Well, little cool front came through here today and cooled things off some. Not alot but sure feels wonderful. I noticed out the back windows that clouds were gathering in the north so I went out and walked about an acre north from the house. Suddenly a cool gust of wind came up and it felt wonderful! It blew like that for awhile and I just sat in a lawn chair facing North and soaked it up. There were dark clouds churning overhead and I looked up and saw a huge flock of geese heading south... Then it started to sprinkle and I moved to the porch to sit for awhile. Really, really a nice reprieve from the heat.

Sean came in a few minutes ago and informed me that there was a rainbow outside so I went to see it...beautiful, right over the barn. We sat on the porch swing and enjoyed the cool weather until the sun started to go down and then the little blood sucking mosquitoes came out. Where's a bat when you need one???!!! ;)


October 01, 2012 - Msg 90497: The Bat Cave Where else...Boo...

October 02, 2012 - Msg 90498:
Such goings on! (:
Benchmarks!? I thought congress got rid of benchmarks! hahaha
CHUCK, I cannot recall such an ep either.
There is one where Andy tells Barney that he is very "democratic" to which barney responds, "Hey, how I vote buddy is my business." great bit.
MAUdie, good to see you made it out of the mountain of stuff! ha
RO- good that you called the man...probably the defrost timer, not too expensive a part.
GF and DAPHnie, looking forward to MD photos.
GF- I bet you used to call drug stores and asked if they had Prince Albert in a can, or maybe even put tiny transmitters under a dog collars! LOL
HI TO ALL, and
prayers for all,
Happy Sukkot!

October 02, 2012 - Msg 90499:

October 02, 2012 - Msg 90500: MDC, I used the PA can to blow off carbide, a little piece of carbide a little water a PA can with small nail hole=BLEWEE!
I did use to hide in the bushes at the golf course and jump out with my ball glove and catch the ball in the air! Until the day I met up with a golfer who REALLY wanted his ball back. I found out I had very little speed and could not run like a deer! I got smart and gave up my golf ball catching career...G-F

October 02, 2012 - Msg 90501:
Morning porch family

Chuck....I'm with everyone else on your question. I can't come up with an ep that has that line. Got me buddy:) you are (and were) a trip.

Well I need to get busy doing somethings around here. Also going to donate blood today because I'll be gone on a 5 week tour. Better get going.
Love and prayers

October 02, 2012 - Msg 90502: Afternoon honeys and dears!

October 02, 2012 - Msg 90503: Afternoon...late getting to the porch today. Feeling a bit under the weather since yesterday...just a little bug with some stomach upset and body aches. Trying to take it easy and drink plenty of fluids.

I think I need to build up my immune system before actual cold and flu season hit! I have already been sick twice in three weeks.

When I turned 50, seems like little things started creeping up on me. Does anyone know a good, natural eI can take for joint health? My knees and shoulders are starting to pop and hurt sometimes. Ok, that's enough whining...

Interesting about the Feast of Tabernacles, MDC, thanks for the reminder. I'll bet that is a fun feast to keep...kind of like camping in the back yard and you can decorate your tent. I can see how that would be fun for the kids, especially. Sometimes we feel sorry for the Jews for not celebrating Christmas but they have many celebrations that we don't have during the year, don't they?

Well, think i will go take a rest...


October 02, 2012 - Msg 90504: "eI"??..what? I have no idea what happened there! haha


October 02, 2012 - Msg 90505: A warm and hearty hello to the Porch family!

John Masters

October 02, 2012 - Msg 90506: Hi All
Will G F go a way for the weekend and the brown take the day off.
Exnt time you come in to W V I will be looking for you and a big fat trick to. hehe


October 02, 2012 - Msg 90507: I know TOM, You will pull me over and give me one of those WVA "Citizens Arrests" and make me jump off the New River Bridge with a bungee cord!
Speaking of that, is'nt this week-end when they let those CRAZY folks do that once a year? I may be a little nuts but I'm not certifiable at least not yet!..haha allthough opinions may very....

Hey REV, Since I was Baptised after the whole ball snatching thing that makes me square with the Lord on that one don't it?

October 02, 2012 - Msg 90508: Chuck, it's "Divorce, Mountain Style". The opening scene.
I just watched that one the other night.
Andy: "Oh, I don't know, I prefer the plain black ones. What I got in my bike bag is my business."
- Hazel

October 02, 2012 - Msg 90509: I think you're all square with the Lord:)

Spot....where you at buddy....working?

You all have a goodnight.
Love and prayers

October 02, 2012 - Msg 90510:
Hey there slipped in on me. Glad you found had me puzzled but now I remember it since you posted it.

October 03, 2012 - Msg 90511:
BARN: The last big buy I made was my Mom's and Dad's anniversary present.
ANDY: What'd ya' get 'em?
BARN: A septic tank.
ANDY: For their anniversary?
BARN: They're awfully hard to buy for. Besides, it was something they can use.
They were really thrilled. It had two tons of concrete in it. All steel
ANDY: You're a fine son, Barn.

October 03, 2012 - Msg 90512:
The above quote is in honor of HAZEL's finding the bikebag quote. Thought I'd get her something she could use. ha Maybe TV Land cuts that part out.
Dad still having good and bad days, but more good ones lately! (:
Oh, and someone there showed me a quick way to make the computer screen size bigger or smaller.
You do Control + to make it bigger, and Control - to make it smaller. Dang, I learn something every day. Try it.
Praying for our country,

October 03, 2012 - Msg 90513: Well, would you look at what the wind blew in! John Masters, you've been scarce lately, and it's good to see you!

Hazel, you win the prize! That scene must be on the complete DVDs, and is cut out in what runs on TV. Now that you brought it up, I do have a little recollection of it, but it's been a long time. I need to watch my DVDs more, I guess.

A little Thai restaurant, called Bangkok Orchid, opened up in a strip center here in town, and folks, it's gooood! I stopped in and picked up some pineapple chicken curry, and some sweet sticky rice with mango, and it's just delish! Prices are reasonable, and the food is really good. I like to try new places, and I usually like most exotic foods. This one is a winner.

Well, I'll be flat-dogged! MDC, that bigger/smaller thingy sure enough works! I like that. I can't believe I've been using a computer since the 80s, and I didn't know that. I'll use that the next time someone sends me something written in one of those microscopic fonts. What a deal!

Well, guess I'll hit the hay. Got PT in the morning, so have to be up and at 'em early. Blessings, all! --Romeena

October 03, 2012 - Msg 90514:
I know RO, isnt it great! As I mentioned in a post about a
week ago, the 6 computers at my dad's place all seem to always be in SUPER large mode! So today,
an 85 year old leans toward me and says, why are you going into properties to do that (making it smaller) just hit control-minus! Boy, I felt about THAT small! ha
Folks, have any of you heard about "pulpit freedom day Oct 7?? It is all about FREEDOM OF SPEECH my friends on any piece of USA soil.
Here is a link to an article about it.
After all, no doubt that every sunday such is discussed in every mosque across the country!!
About time we do it to. It's a new world and so much is at stake.
God bless,

October 03, 2012 - Msg 90515:
Oh, and control-zero will bring it back to original size!

October 03, 2012 - Msg 90516: Boo-have you tried a gluten free diet for your aches and pains. My arthritis is much better to control without gluten. Jus sayin'
Been nice catching up here. I read more than I post!

October 03, 2012 - Msg 90517: Hey Everyone ! Just put some pix on from MD Parade
Hope Y'all have a lovely day.

October 03, 2012 - Msg 90518: Feeling alot better this morning...still not great but the terrible body aches have subsided, thankfully. Now I am looking around at the laundry piled up and the mess and I just want to go back to bed! I am going to have to put those kids to work helping me today.

Cool about the font size...I never knew that, either.

Thanks, HM, I have been trying to go more gluten free.


October 03, 2012 - Msg 90519: Boo & Romenna.....Rain in Texas??


October 03, 2012 - Msg 90520: Good morning, porch. Or good afternoon, I guess. I just got home from PT, pretty tired.

Boo, does anyone else in your household know how to use the washer and dryer? If not, it's about time you were teaching them! Bless your heart, either y'all are awfully dirty or awfully clean, because you're constantly doing laundry. I know it can be a challenge to teach kids how to properly sort clothes, so things don't get ruined, but Sean or Erin either one could run a load of towels or sheets through - no decisions to make there. If they're not already helping with it, I'll bet they'd be happy to do so.

It's just beautiful here today, only 76, sunny with a little breeze ruffling the trees. After that lovely rain we had, everything is so fresh and green, and lots of things are blooming. My roses are budding out again, snapdragons I had forgotten about are blooming, and a bright yellow iris in the rebloomer bed is opening. There should be a few more before long. Speaking of snapdragons, I think I'm going to plant a lot more of them this year. Usually I plant a lot of pansies and a few snaps, and they're pretty in the beds during the fall. The snaps shut down in cold weather, but the pansies muddle through until spring. However, about the first 80 day, they all faint and fall over. The snaps, on the other hand, wake up in the spring, and just march right on through the summer. They'll bloom, quit, then bloom again. All it takes is a couple of cooler days and a little rain, and here they come. I have a few plants out there that are several years old. If they get well established, they keep coming back. Yep, that's what I'm gonna do - more snapdragons, fewer pansies! Gonna plant more Gerbera daisies, too. They're a bit pricey, so I don't buy too many at a time, but they're worth it. I have some of them that are at least five years old. I think I'm going to establish little groupings of them here and there, maybe mix and blend the colors. Pretty little things.

Well, I think I'll go finish off the last of my Thai stuff from last night, and lie down for a while. I'm a bit tired. Blessings! --Romeena