November 07, 2012 - Msg 90954: Well I voted....just did not turn out my way..Mitt won Ga!...morning porch!lets all go to waffle house...hey Romeena,PH,Boo,Sterling,Rev,Possum...well lets start our day scting like somebody!...Prayers (Lord we gona need it)...SPOT

November 07, 2012 - Msg 90955: Wow friends. I'm astonished. I feel like a good friend passed away last night. America. She's been quite ill for some time, but I had hope she would pull through. But in reality, I should have seen she was beyond coming back. I hate to sound so defeatist, but that's where I am this morning. As I am sure many of you are. The American people have spoken I suppose. And as Andy said about Barney, "they've made their bed, now they have to sleep in it". I had truly thought the last 4 years would have been an awakening for us. But we slumber on still. I probably shouldn't be posting anything right now, considering my state of mind. All I can say is....
"What a shame! What a shame in this world"!


November 07, 2012 - Msg 90956: Asa, I second Andy's quote!... And Sometimes you gotta be careful what you ask for you just may get it!!
Sterling what a nice video I think we all needed that!!...
Boo & Romeena at least you can say YOUR state stood up for what is right, Ohio whimped out and caved in to the hype...There, I said it and I ain't takin it back!! Lucky I didn't go up the street and holler "FISH!".....G-F...


(but don't the trees seem nice and full) I did not want to leave on a sour note! :)

November 07, 2012 - Msg 90957: Asa, I know what you mean. I feel the same way, a profound sadness, grieving for my country. Poor Horatio, thanks for the attempt at encouragement, but I think we all know that's not going to happen. It could, yes, but I seriously doubt that it will. And even if it does, I think it would spark race and class riots like nothing we've ever seen before. Sad as it is, there are those who allowed racism to rule their choice, and they will not readily allow "their" man to be deposed. I guess they feel it has been used against them in the past, so when the choice was in their hands, they pulled the race card and played it. I'm sorry, I don't mean to offend anyone, but I think you all know it's true. Also, race aside, there are many, many people who voted for the one whom they felt would continue to provide them with their beloved freebies, so they could continue to sit on their backsides and receive their checks. Did you ever try to take a bone away from a dog? And yes, G-F, I bought my cell phone too, and it's an old flip-phone that doesn't take pictures or text, and I'll continue to use it because I can't afford a new one! I'm just hoping I can continue to remain in my home!

OK, I've said enough. Probably too much, for this forum. I need to be a little scarce for a while, I guess, until I can shift my focus a bit. It may take a while. I have meant no personal offense to anyone here, and as always, be assured that I do not have any problem with help being provided for those who truly need it. For those, I gladly pay my taxes, and endeavor to provide help through private means as well.

Blessings, friends. See you in a while. --Romeena

November 07, 2012 - Msg 90958: STERLING, your post was the first thing i read this morning and it was a blessing. I loved the "Aloha" video! Kai is getting to be so grown up and Noah is adorable! Thank you for sharing.

Well, I didn't turn to the Jack Daniels..we have none in the house (I am married to a Baptist deacon, remember?). ;)

Ro, I was thinking about the recent, unheard of storms that hit NYC and NJ and thinking that might make people think about God and how vulnerable we are as human beings. No country is safe from tragedy and we all need the Lord's favor. You are right that we all suffer the consequences that face America, just as so many Christians in the world suffer under their godless governments, but God will never forsake His own and there is a good chance that those who love Him will get stronger, and more devoted in difficult times or in persecution. Harsh reality, but true, historically and according to the bible. Like you said, nobody looks forward to discipline, but it brings about our good. One other thing...I finished the autobiography of Fredrick Douglass that I had been reading, and his account of the moral decay that even took over alot of the church during the time of slavery. I have never heard of such depravity, under the facade of rivaled the Nazis. It also led to the worst shake up this nation ever had...war on it's own soil, brother against brother...indescribable suffering. Although, I do see a turning from the things of God in so many Americans, I also see a kinder more civil heart in most Americans than in the days before the civil war. I am very disappointed that it seems an end to abortion is farther away than ever. I know not everyone agrees on the subject of a woman's right to choose, and don't want to start a moulage. I love you, no matter how you feel, but I think it has been such a black cloud over this country for so many years...much as slavery was then. I guess I had better get off the soapbox now, although i expect today will be a day for soapboxes here on the porch.

Bruce was watching the election returns last night and they were talking about how it is nearly impossible for a conservative candidate to win in this country because of the "diversity" here now. I feel pretty bad that 6 billion dollars was spent on an election that made no difference. What good could have been done with that amount of money!


November 07, 2012 - Msg 90959: Asa,you pretty much summed up how I,and I suspect most of us on the Porch feel.
This ain't the day I'd hoped to wake up to,but praying that there are better days ahead for our country.Must admit,I have my doubts,but there is always hope.

possum under a rock

November 07, 2012 - Msg 90960:
Morning porch I posted yesterday...this is still the day that the Lord has made so I WILL STILL rejoice and be glad in it. The election didn't change that fact. I fully agree with you folks about the degrading of this nation and what's ahead but the fact still remains....our hope is in a Greater Power. Yes we need to pray for the leaders of the country but we also need to be praying for the people of this country....they are the one's that voted. Plain and simple....there are Christians (followers of Christ) and there are christians (members of a church). I think this election shows the difference. Nuff from the REV:)

I pray you all have a great day.
Love and prayers

November 07, 2012 - Msg 90961: Who said "A chicken in every pot" as a campain slogan?....This guy.. " A cell phone to the intitled!"....Just a thought..G-F

November 07, 2012 - Msg 90962:
HI All,
Well, I think it is safe to say that those of us warming rockers on the porch these days of late are all in one accord on this subject.
When the announcement came last night, I felt like I had just been punched in the gut... you know, the kind that totally knocks the wind out of you!
Also, as I watched that crowd in chicago, it again drmmed up memories of 2008 and how I comment to my wife how similar it was to...yes, I'll say it... to Germany in the late 1930s. Lord help us.
Thank God that we have the 22nd amendment of two terms, but could that be changed in the next 4 years? Could we then have a Putin or a Chavez on our hands? All scary thoughts. But I also agree with BOO,
this is the most abortion-loving admin in history, and also the first one to ever tell a religion what they must provide to employees, etc.
At least we still have the House! Funding comes from the house, so there may be some hope there.
God bless you all, thanks for the prayers, but even as Jesus told Pilate, "you have no power except that which is from above."
I will again start to write the whitehouse, and I hope all of you do too.
Love you,

November 07, 2012 - Msg 90963: No, MDC, I will not be writing the White House, but you fire at will, with my blessings. In the first place, I'm not in the habit of trying to communicate with a braying jack@ss, and in the second place, if I did write and stated what I really think, I'd be placed on the "watch list" for sure. So, best I keep my little poison pen to myself.

It's just so hard for me to accept that so many Americans could be so blind, so thirsty for the kool-aid, that they would have re-elected him. It has to be the very young, who do not remember what America used to be, and the generational welfare people, who don't want their national nipple to run dry, and - sad to say - those who are willing to let racism influence their vote. I wish the whole country could have heard what I heard on that elevator four years ago, for it told the story very well. (Very pretty young black woman said to her friends, "Well, I voted for him. He's cute and he's black, and that's all I needed to know.") I'm afraid we've just witnessed the sequel to that story. So sad. Here's what Star Parker had to say about it, long before this election. I wonder what she's saying now, with this unbelievable repeat of the debacle of four years ago. I'm going to get her book, "Uncle Sam's Plantation" and read it. She's a sharp lady, and has personal experience to back up her opinions. You can't beat that!

Well, enough. I feel like I've been beaten up. I'm going to have a light supper - I bought a roast chicken at the grocery just now, and I'll open a can of some veggie, and have some grapes. Then I'm going to watch some TAGS and forget all this insanity.

Blessings, everyone. --Romeena

November 07, 2012 - Msg 90964:
BARNEY: You know, a few years back a similar thing happened to me.
ANDY: Yeah?
BARN: Maybe I never told you about it. The girls name was Halcyon Loretta
ANDY: Pretty name.
BARN: Ugliest girl you ever saw in your life. What happened was her father got it in
his head that I should marry Halcyon. You know, he saw my picture in the
paper. You remember when I won that church raffle--four free haircuts?
ANDY: Oh, yeah. Picture's all over the front page.
BARN: You know how that affects people. The go crazy. Right away, he saw civil
servant, security. Right? Then he saw unmarried, and at the time I was only
ANDY: Thirty.
BARN: Right. He saw in me an untapped source of lifetime happiness for his ugly
daughter. So, needless to say they got my phone number from the barber
and the rest is history
ANDY: I don't believe I ever heard of it.
BARN: You didn't? Well I'll tell ya', it's like a tale outta two cities.
First, I only saw the old man for about a week. He made me a
tempting offer: third interest in a prune-pitting operation.
ANDY: There's a lot of money in that.
BARN: Well, you gotta like it. Full use of the company car, an interest
in the family home, and a beautiful hillside plot in the
Mt. Pilot cemetery.
ANDY: That burial plot alone is worth a fortune.
BARN: You know me. When opportunity knocks, ol' Barn's got to at least take a
peek and see if there's anybody on the stoop. Anyway, the old man made a
date for all of us to meet down at Klein's Coffeehouse for American cheese
and garni.

November 07, 2012 - Msg 90965: (:

November 07, 2012 - Msg 90966: One thing I can tell you, Ro, is that of the people I know well that voted for Obama, they are elderly people who are paying terrible prices for meds and are afraid. One of my aunts who lives in Michigan, where the economy is particularly depressed, is about to lose her home. She is widow, diabetic and disabled and so is her son (diabetic) who lives with her (he is the man who had diabetes since 2 yrs of age...he works on computers for the school system when he is able). She seems to think that Obama is going to fix the problems that have gotten steadily worse over the last 4 years. She can barely afford to buy her insulin each month. For her, it was about fear.


November 07, 2012 - Msg 90967: Of course, she has family that will help her (including myself).


November 07, 2012 - Msg 90968:
"Fear is useless. What is needed is faith" (The Lord Jesus-- Luke 8:50)
We MUST turn fully to God dear saints, and place our trust in Him. True, Living God, help us to do that now. Amen

November 08, 2012 - Msg 90969: Amen.

November 08, 2012 - Msg 90970: Your point is well taken, Boo, and it's also heart-breaking. Dale was from Michigan, and I fully understand the pressures on the people there. It's very much a welfare state, and union-dominated. That they went for Obama wasn't surprising. The surprise was that the margin wasn't even greater than it was. I have in-laws who were staunch Obama supporters, and the topic became absolutely forbidden in any exchanges between us. In fact, one thirty-something niece was so rude in her comments to me that I have decided that no contact with her at all is probably the better choice. So sad, because I like her mom and dad.

About your aunt, I do understand her dilemma regarding the cost of meds, especially when she's in a tight situation financially already. Insulin is expensive, and it's not something you can choose not to buy. Is she not on Medicare? She should be getting some help there, if she's old enough. Sadly, what she doesn't realize is that as she ages, insulin is going to be the least of her worries. If her kidneys fail, and they might if her diabetes isn't well controlled, at a certain age she will find that dialysis is no longer available to her. Her case will be reviewed by one of the panels, and basically, she'll be advised to go home and get her affairs in order. That's one of those little jewels that Ms. Pelosi didn't want anyone to read. "Oh, let's just pass it and then we can see what's in it" - or something to that effect. A favorite physician of mine, not quite sixty, just retired and told me he was doing so "because I have enough put away to live on, and I have no intention of living with Obamacare and having to tell some of my patients, someone like you (meaning me) that I can no longer provide what they need because they have 'aged out' of the provisions of the healthcare system." We're going to see a lot of that.

MDC, you are so right. Faith is what we need now, and mine is intact. I know where I'm going when this carnival ride on earth is over. Meantime, as for the carnival itself, we have pushed God far away from us, from America in general, and are still actively hunting down every little God-oriented detail and trying to erase it from our national life. His name couldn't even be mentioned in the Democratic platform?? With things like that going on, how can we as a nation even dare to think about asking Him for help? As individuals, we can, but this nation has some repenting to do before she can hope for any help from Sovereign God. No problem though, because no one in power today is giving any thought to making such a request. It's not necessary, when you are the smartest man in the room, and the answer to everyone's prayers. We had our chance to restore a God-fearing presence to Washington, and we blew it. Still, we know how it will all turn out in the end. "Read it for yourselves - it's in the book!" --Romeena

November 08, 2012 - Msg 90971: MDC so true so true...well good cold morning from Ga porch!almost freezing lets have a hot b-fast at I-Hop..Boo will you bring a paper..possum I will pick you up at the mailbox...hey Romeena,Rev and all....ok...login in here at wk...SPOT

November 08, 2012 - Msg 90972: Good morning, everyone.

Just dropping in to wish you good thoughts and prayers.

John Masters

November 08, 2012 - Msg 90973: Ro, interesting what you said about your in-laws because the only unkind word I have ever gotten from the aunt I mentioned was when I posted a funny picture of Joe Biden on facebook and commented that he looked like he just got Botox! She gave me a rant like you wouldn't believe. Told me what a great man he was, etc. and pretty much bawled me out. I couldn't believe it! haha Those Obama fans can get pretty radical (and so can the tea party and Romney folks, too, I guess).
Anyway, I am really wondering what things will be like for my aunt in the future. She is over 65 and has medicare but I don't think she has any other kind of insur@nce...not sure, though. Fortunately she has 3 grown sons all in the area. One was laid off from his federal job as a game warden but his wife works, and the other two have some kind of jobs. They are all really nice people and are all staunch supporters of Obama, which is interesting since one of them lost a federal job. The folks that work with Bruce are not Obama supporters.

Ro, I think all of this hits you extra hard because you have been in a position for years that most people aren't; the position to see on the job, firsthand, the results of the abuse of welfare and medicaid, illegal immigration, and the way the medical system works (and will work with Obama care). It has to be very discouraging. I have been there, too, but it was 14 years ago and not as bad as things are now. The unwed pregnancy rate is now 40% in this country. Most unwed moms live below the poverty level, and so do their kids. What's the answer? Pray for another "great awakening"?...pray for people, as individuals to repent and turn to God (ourselves included, if need be)?...It is going to have to happen on an individual by individual basis. We each have to do what we can, where we are. If God is pushed out of government, that doesn't mean he is pushed out of the people.

Just my thought, for what they are worth. You might be able to buy a cup of coffee (if you don't go to Starbucks).


November 08, 2012 - Msg 90974: Ironic statement I made since the government is supposed to BE the people..


November 08, 2012 - Msg 90975: Boo, I thought it started as "WE THE PEOPLE"... Let's your rendering of Barneys Speech..ha
We the "People" need to send that episode to the folks in Washington it seems to me it must have been ALONG time since THEY read it! That's what I'm thinking!! I Get an Amen?
Romeena I was thinking of you yesterday, we had a tree cut down and 2 large oaks trimmed. My squirrels were out in my front yard with their little protest signs, making their feeling known about cutting back on their nut supply! I told them to take it up with the dudes in Washington maybe they can be placed on the entitlement list and get a free cell phone too! It's sad, they should not have to WORK for the nuts, Washington should SEND them a box every Month. They can also call on their free cell phones and get new nests since the tree guy cut theirs down! They have a program for that too...The taxpayers will have to pay for relocation costs too! Will you take them in Texas? Or maybe Asa would too in AZ?

How did that line go in the movie"Network"? "I'm mad as HellO and I won't take it anymore!....
ok,...I'm done....G-F...

November 08, 2012 - Msg 90976: let's HEAR your rendering

November 08, 2012 - Msg 90977: Boo, my experience with my niece was similar to yours with your aunt. She has always been so nice and sweet, and I love her mom (Dale's step-sister.) Her dad is a bit crusty at times, but he's a Viet Nam vet and had some emotional problems when he first got home. Most of that is history now. They're really very nice, hard-working people. My niece blew up at me over a very similar thing, when I sent a forward of some pictures of Michelle in all her gaudy glory, which also included the one of her deplaning from AF One, looking like she had just gotten out of bed, wearing ratty tennis shoes, no socks, rumpled striped shorts and a too-small sweater. I think the caption there was "Are we proud yet?" It was displayed beside one of Laura Bush, in a neat little pantsuit, descending those same stairs. You know me, I always have to add my two cents' worth, and I think I had commented that if she really wants to be the First Lady, the least she can do is dress and behave like one. Well, my niece fired back and asked me to stop sending her "trash" like that, and informed me that they were a Democratic household, supported our President, and had more important things to do with their time than to indulge in destructive "gossip". Also, they were too busy to sit around making fun of people and criticizing the way they dress! (Guess she doesn't find the Wal-Martian pictures funny, either.)

I let a day go by while I cooled off, then wrote a very sweet and kindly worded reply, apologizing for sending her something she considered offensive. I assured her I knew they were Democrats, and acknowledged their right to identify as they see fit. (They live in Michigan and her dad is a union man, worked until retirement at GM, so what else would they be?) I told her it was a mistake (it was - I forgot they were on that particular list) and that she could feel free to open email from me in the future because I had removed them from the list that would receive political-related material. What I didn't tell her was that I had removed them from all collective lists, except just the general one, so they only thing they'll get from me is something meant for them alone, and that happens about once a year now. I'm taking no chances!

You're right about my attitude being shaped by my experiences, I'm sure. I know I've related a lot of what I've seen, but believe me, I've pulled a lot of punches too. If I told you all of it, you'd want to pick up a pitchfork and march on Washington. One of these days, I'm going to write a book.

It's absolutely beautiful here today. As REV says, this is the day that the Lord hath made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. That's exactly what I'm going to do. There are some things that need to be done out back, which I can do, and I'm planning to do so. There's some spraying that needs to be done, and I can stand and hold a sprayer for a little while. About a half hour is my limit, then I have to get off my feet for a bit, but I can spray a bunch of stuff in a half hour!

I am so grateful for the blessing of successful cataract removal and lens implantation. That was several years ago, and my vision is still 20/20, which it never was in my whole life, until the surgery. Now, I'm sitting here looking out back toward the pond, and just realized I can actually see a few mosquitoes hovering over the pond, which is a good fifty feet from me. They're in a beam of sunlight, which helps of course, but still I can see them! I hope they land and try to lay eggs, because my fish will snap them up before they even get settled on the water. Just imagine, I can see a mosquito at fifty feet, in the proper light. Amazing!

Well, TAGS just came on TV Land, so guess I'll go watch it. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

November 08, 2012 - Msg 90978:
BOO-I thought of you this morning because I took my dad's laundry down to the washers that they have here at my dad's place! ha (They have with 4 washers and dryers for those in more independent living.
Anyway, I wheeled my dad down with the laundry bag in tow, and once I dumped it all in the machine, and threw in a pre-measured packet of liquid soap, he said: You mean that's it?" ha
Then he proceeded to tell me how he had to help HIS mom with the HAND crank to move the agitator, and then about putting everything thru the WRINGER, and then into the rinse sink, and then thru the wringer once AGAIN, and then out to the line! Ha, yup when you look at "laundry day" that way, we sure do have it easy!!! (:
God bless,

November 08, 2012 - Msg 90979: Very true, MDC...LOVE my washer and dryer! :) Hey, that retirement home your dad is in looks really neat. I watched the funny grandma video!


November 08, 2012 - Msg 90980: Ro, some people just can't take a joke about anything! haha...I don't remember the email you described...wonder if I got it back then? ;)


PS-hope you write that book.

November 08, 2012 - Msg 90981: Hahaha! MDC, that's hilarious. My own dad had memories of helping his mother on laundry day as well, only they literally had a washpot over a fire to heat the water, and he rubbed the clothes on a washboard, then wrung them by hand. I recall him saying that you could "wring those overalls all day, and they'd still drip when you hung them up." In those days, people surely didn't use a bathtowel just once, or even twice - they used it over and over and over! Bedsheets weren't changed weekly, either, and woe unto the dirty-footed kid who went to bed without first washing his feet!

A bath was a weekly affair, of course, and the same bathwater served several people. When you have to heat the water, and empty the tub with the dishpan until the water level is low enough to permit dragging the tub to the door, where the water was dumped and used to scrub the steps - I guess a lot of the little niceties just weren't observed. Imagine bathing in someone else's bathwater! Yuck - I don't even like to get in a hot tub or a public pool, let alone a bathtub, with soap scum floating on the top. Double yuck.

My first washing machine was a wringer-type, too. At least it was electric, I didn't have to operate the agitator, or crank the wringer, but still, washday was a pretty busy day. There was something very satisfying about washing that way, though. If a load of jeans was particularly dirty, I just let them agitate as long as necessary. After I put them through the wringer, if they still didn't look clean enough, I'd just drop them back in and let them wash a little longer. I could drain the thing and refill it with clean water at will, and it could be a water saver, too. My usual practice was to wash the sheets first, because they weren't visibly dirty, then put the towels through that same wash water. Then I'd drain the tub, fill it and rinse those two loads, and then add soap and use that same water as the wash water for the next loads. We used cloth diapers, of course, and as the last family washing load left the washer, the diapers went in for their first wash. Through the wringer, set aside. Refill the washer and rinse the last family loads. Add soap and a dash of bleach and wash the diapers again. Then rinse. Twice. No soap or bleach residue for my babies' tender little bottoms! Then start removing dry clothes from the line (sheets and towels hung out to dry while everything else was being washed) and hang the rest. Diapers left in the breeze and the sun extra long, to kill any yeast that might have been harbored there. My kids never had a diaper rash! Oh my! Sheets dried in the wind and sun smelled so wonderful when you finally fell into bed after a day like that. Wash day was exactly that - wash day. Not much else got done on that day. I usually cooked a pot of beans while doing the washing, and made some cornbread for supper. Then Tuesday was ironing day. Oh joy.

Well, that was a trip down memory lane!! You know, I miss those days, I really do. --Romeena

November 08, 2012 - Msg 90982:
Boo- FYI.. that video was made with prof actors and not even at my dad's, but at another one of their facilities. But, yes it is very clever and funny! Call Me Maybe HA!
However, if you click on "view more photos" to the right of the photo near the top, that IS his place. Apts (where he was for 12 years) in one area of the place, and SNF (where he is now) in another section.
And thanks for the nice comments about my dad on FB.
RO-as you know, I dont have cable, but I watch tags on TVland at dad's, and my goodness, the 10 minutes of commercials is crazy!
I may have shared with the porch how we would go to Minn to see gram and gramp and relatives about every other summer growing up,(you know, the BEES and all), but never shared that gram was STILL doing her laundry that same way in the late 50s. So one summer my dad bought her a GREEN GE washer like the one you described with an electric agitator and wringer, and my, the smile on that woman's face was beholdin'!!! (: Will never forget thst surprise in her basement that summer!
As to the other issue at hand, as I said we do
have the House, and they do the funding, so there should be no more "stimuli" at least, but we must also keep a strong military, so it will be a real balancing act upon that fiscal cliff that is soon approaching!

November 08, 2012 - Msg 90983: Your Dad is quite a guy, MDC (and so are you). Lord bless you for being such a loving son to him.

Ro, I remember my mama hung clothes out on the clothes line when I was little. I can't remember when we got a dryer but I guess I was in grade school. She told me once that when my sister was about a year old, she was hanging clothes on the line when we lived in Corpus sister (St Susan) was sitting at her feet and mom looked down just as Susan was about to pick up a coral snake! Thank God mom looked down in time. Our yard was adjacent to a golf course with a big pond nearby so snakes were around.

So, I am getting the feeling that you all want me to complain less about laundry and remember how it was in the good 'ol days? haha My mom talks about it. Her mother used to tell stories, too. My grandmother was one of 5 girls and back then they didn't have the "feminine products" we have now. They used rags and washed them. Now THAT would be a disgusting thing to have to do. Guess I have alot to be thankful for with all these modern conveniences! :)


November 08, 2012 - Msg 90984:
Boo---TMI!!! haha
Then, of course, if you go back further...well, I have heard such stories about that!
Sorta like what Miss Peggy thought about worms! (:
Of course we could also go back to the HORSE as the main means of our transportation...feeding it, cleaning it, breaking in a new saddle, dealing with all the tack, shoeing it, diseases...etc!
However, I know people here who have horses (this is still the west, ya know)and I must say that they are BEAUTIFUL creatures! I have done a little riding, but have also been mighty saddle sore! ha
Nighty nite all,

November 09, 2012 - Msg 90985: Howdy, all. On the subject of laundry, here's a funny story. My oldest son had a little yellow blanket that became his constant companion. Its name was "Cover", and he never made a move without it. Naturally, it would get just filthy, so on wash day, it got its turn. This distressed my son very much, and he would drag a chair over next to the washer and climb up so he could see. I'd leave the lid off, because I was right there in the kitchen with him, and he would watch the clothes as they were agitated in the washtub. As his blanket would cycle to the surface periodically, he'd call out, "There's Cover!" and just clap his little hands. When wringer time came, he was very concerned, and asked me more than once if it hurt Cover to go through the wringer. I assured him it didn't, but that it would indeed hurt HIM if his hand got in there! When it was time to hang things to dry, he would go outside and stand in the yard, holding onto a corner of Cover as it dried on the line! Cover remained his best friend until he was almost four, and then suddenly, he was done. Cover remained on his bed, but no longer accompanied him anywhere. You know, I really don't know what finally became of Cover, and that makes me sad. I wish I had known then what I know now, about how parents feel when their children are grown. I would have taken better care of ol' Cover.

MDC, I rode horses from the time I was about four or five. You mentioned saddle sores - I've never experienced them, I guess because I started riding at such an early age, first out at my aunt and uncle's place, and then we moved to the country and I had a horse of my own during my teen years. I rode almost every day, and the care of the big old boy was solely in my hands. I groomed him, kept watch on his shoes and rode him a couple of miles to the farrier when he needed new ones. I took care of his tack, told my dad when feed and hay was running low, kept the watering tank clean, kept the stable cleaned out, dug the mud and whatever out of his hooves when they would become packed, and saw to it that he got a chance to graze on fresh green grass several times a week. I spoiled him with apples and carrots, knew his sly tricks and didn't let him get away with them, and thoroughly enjoyed him. He was smart, affectionate, spirited but not mean, and I loved him. He was my friend. Let me tell you, there is nothing that feels as good or smells so nice as the firm, smooth, satiny expanse of a horse's muscular neck when you lay your face against it. I wish I could go back to those days, and spend some time with Ace once again.

I haven't ridden much in these last years, and now after all this back surgery I probably never will again, and that's a shame. You're right, MDC, they definitely are beautiful creatures. In my opinion, they may just be God's most beautiful creation. A powerful horse in motion is a sight to behold. The day Secretariat made his record-breaking run in the Belmont in 1973, Dale and I were watching on TV, and I sat with tears streaming as that beautiful creature went into that long, floating stride and opened that incredible 31-length gap, leaving the rest of the field in his dust. I've watched it many, many times on video in the last few years, and it brings tears every time. So beautiful! If God made anything any prettier than a horse, He kept it in Heaven and we haven't seen it yet.

Well, sorry - didn't mean to get carried away, but that's a topic very close to my heart. Horses and dogs - beloved companions all my life. I don't know what I would have done without them. God is good. --Romeena

November 09, 2012 - Msg 90986: Me again. Just for fun, check out this link:

November 09, 2012 - Msg 90987: Wow, thanks Ro. That was beautiful. I watched another video called "Secretariat's Last Footage" that was really sweet (and poignant). I think you might like it. Horses are beautiful, and of course, this being Texas, you see alot of them...many if you live where we do. I have about 10 of them living just down the block from our house and they are beautiful. I have considered owning a horse when Erin gets a little older and able to care for it. We'll see. I know old Thelma Lou would like a companion. She "talks" to the big quarter horse mix that lives behind us. Sometimes the horse comes up to our fence to visit with Thelma but the horse seems more interested in a friendship than Thelma does. I feel sorry for the horse because she is alone, and horses don't like to live alone unless they have very involved owners, which this horse doesn't seem to have.

By the way, G-F, I wanted to tell you that my Bernie rooster has gotten just as sweet as you can imagine. He never seems to act threatened or aggressive towards me when I enter the pen. He has just calmed down in to a great pet. Of course, he still protected the hens from Ollie the dog but with us, he is great. I love that big, beautiful bird. Now, if I could just figure out why my chickens have practically stopped laying. I wonder if Bernie's recent calm nature could have anything to do with it? The two seem to coincide.

Yesterday I took some old bread and crackers out there that I had in a ziploc bag and one of those hens jumped up and grabbed the bag and pulled it right out of my hand, for goodness sake! They are something else when it comes to feeding time.

Ro, the aunt i mentioned earlier had a little boy who had a blanket when he was little. It was a light comforter, full size, that he drug around everywhere until it was about the size of a road map and hung in tatters, literally. I think it got to the point that it couldn't be washed or it would have disintegrated (did I spell that right?). My kids never had a blankie for some reason. Sean was real attached to the pacifier for that first year, though.

Well, things to do...BUT the laundry is caught up for now! YAY!


November 09, 2012 - Msg 90988: Good morning, folks. That link I gave to Secretariat's record-breaking run is good, but there are better ones. Actually, when you play that one, you'll find links to the others. Watch them all, if you're so inclined. That big red horse was just magnificent!

Boo, is it possible that your hens are laying their eggs somewhere besides in their nest boxes? They'll do that sometimes, especially if somebody is "broody" and wanting to set. You keep snitching their eggs from the boxes, so they put them somewhere else! Of course, I guess you'd miss her, if one of them was sitting on a clutch of eggs somewhere.

Actually, my son had never shown any affinity for that blanket, until he was 26 months old, and his little sister was born. Up until then, he had slept in the crib, and had two blankets, one blue and one yellow. We had switched him to his "big boy bed" a couple of weeks earlier, and the crib was all fresh and ready for his sister, with the two blankets folded at one end. We brought her in, placed her in the crib, and covered her with the little blue blanket. The "big boy" watched, marched over and pulled the yellow blanket out of the crib, announced "My Cover!" and hugged it to his chest. Thus began the almost-two-year relationship between him and Cover. The two were inseparable, and yes, Cover got smaller as parts of it unraveled, and it made many trips through the wringer, but my son's love never waned. He was true, and then one day he was through. Go figure.

Well, I've got a repairman here today. The fridge in the garage needs help. The compressor (thank goodness) is fine, the freezer is at 10, but the main box is warm. A timer has gone out, so the defrosting heater unit isn't working and an ice dam builds up that keeps the cold air from getting down into the main box. Just what I needed, a repair bill. Oh well. It is what it is. At least I know an honest repairman, who doesn't overcharge, and who does excellent work.

Toye Starr is barking at the door into the garage, so guess he's back with the part. Better go see if he needs anything. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

November 09, 2012 - Msg 90989: Romeena...YOU ARE Sooo WISE! You know just when to "CALL THE MAN!"...Sad to say as you guys have been tlking about horses the Goob has never experienced rideing a horse, sad but true! I think I'll put that one on my "Bucket List".
I tried "snipe" hunting once as a kid that did not work.. My Dad got a real laugh out of it, I guess I was just a gullable kid. He liked to send me up the road to the other "service station" to ask to borrow their 14" tube streacher...NOT the 15" but the 14".. The owner would get a big laugh and tell me to tell Don to get his own..I'd come back and Dad would have this big wide grin on his face and I knew I'd been had. My Dad was a serious person but he had this funny streak he'd let out of the closet from time to time. I proud to say I got some of that DNA....Life's to short and so am I!!...

Boo, Glad to hear Bernie has matured to become a fine young Rooster, I think he is in his Cool Cat, Chickie Baby, phase right now..ha

SPOT, sorta cold on your end of the porch I hear. Ya may have to shovel some snow off the o'l doghouse don't ya know...

November 09, 2012 - Msg 90990: Hi All.

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a a gloom-filled room;
Why cry for a soul set free?
Niss me a little, but not too long
And not with your head bowed low;
Remember the love that we once shared;
Miss me, but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take,
And each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan
A step on the road to home.
hhen you are lonely and sick at heart,
Go to the friends we know;
And bury your sorrows in loving deeds,
Miss me, but let me go.


November 09, 2012 - Msg 90991:
Beautiful TOM, and prayers for you and your friend's family.
RO-I dont mean actual soreS, I just mean SORE! ha You know, the bouncing etc. There are many riding stables around the area, and I like to do it at least once a year, especily now that we are actually in the high 70s once again!!
HAPPY VETERANS DAY to PH, REV, and all our porch veterans. Thank you for your service to our country!!
My Marine pilot just wrote a book about his life as a fighter pilot. It will be out at the end of Nov. I got to proofread it and helped him edit it!(: It talks of our geat childhood here, and then moves on from there. You can read about it at
It mentions his time in the Clinton Whitehouse, which was a Military office assignment. He was in charge of all those guards, etc, that you see. His politics were not those of the admin, but he has told me that at least the guy was down to earth, maybe too down to earth in some areas! (: But he could work well with him.
Well, God bless,

November 09, 2012 - Msg 90992: It's still hot here, MDC...90 today. :(

Ro, St. Susan brought me a tape of some home movies that were made when Erin was just over a year old. To my surprise, there we were in Fredericksburg and Heather was singing. I had misplaced that tape somehow and it turns out that Susan found it in some of Dad's things. :)


November 09, 2012 - Msg 90993: Wow, Boo, you hang onto that tape! One of these days I'm going to get down there and stop by for a while, and I'd love to see that. Heather doesn't do much singing anymore, just not enough time to get involved in anything organized, but her middle son, Travis, is in a musical production with the Fredericksburg Theater Company, and has a solo part. He sings very well, and is a born actor. As a young kid, he was in a comedic production of "Dracula" and was just hilarious.

Well, guess I'd better run, and see what I can scare up for dinner. I'm not very hungry, it may be just a PBJ. Blessings! --Romeena

November 09, 2012 - Msg 90994: Woohoo! Just before I made my PBJ, Eloise called and said David and Landry were on the way over, and we all went to Spring Creek for dinner! So good - and I had enough on my plate to bring some home for lunch tomorrow. Can't beat a deal like that! --Romeena

November 10, 2012 - Msg 90995: Hi All.
A nice day up in the 50 degree.


November 10, 2012 - Msg 90996: It's beautiful here too, Tom. It's 74, light breeze, sunshine, a few pretty clouds, and bunches of ditzy little squirrels everywhere. A big lazy butterfly is floating all over the yard, enjoying the flowers. There are a lot of roses, lots of impatiens, a few four o'clocks, some mums and one bright pink ever-blooming azalea. That thing just pops out in blooms about three times a year, and is so pretty. Several remontant irises are calling for attention as well. "Total Recall" is a reliable rebloomer, and is living up to its name, with a tall bloom stalk loaded with buds. No freezes are predicted here for a while, so I should get to enjoy the show from that faithful little bloomer. There's a deep crimson geranium in a white pot that's looking pretty classy, too. I love this time of year. Spring things that had long ago fainted in the Texas heat are loving this cool weather, and coming back strong. I had forgotten I even had impatiens along the back fence, but there they are! On, and the snapdragons are putting on another show. I love snaps! They are so determined.

I love the internet!! Many years ago, I made yeast rolls, from a recipe called "Jailhouse Rolls." They were spectacular, and Dale was the envy of his SS class, because we had them over for breakfast one Saturday morning, and along with everything else, I served them those wonderful rolls. Big, tall, fluffy and yeasty things, they were so good! Well, since Dale passed, I haven't made them, or even given them much thought. Then my daughter Heather asked me for the recipe. She wants to make them for her family at Thanksgiving. Edwin's family will be joining them, and she knows those rolls would be a hit. So, I went to my recipe boxes and books, and spent an hour searching for that recipe, to no avail. I can't imagine that I'd have thrown it away, but I just can't find it. So, I Googled "Jailhouse Roll Recipe" and guess what! There it was, several versions. Very slight variations, none of which would matter. A half-tsp of salt vs a whole tsp? Not going to matter in a couple of dozen rolls. So, I sent her the links, and copied the recipes onto my computer. I may even try to make them again for the holidays. We'll see.

Oh, there's that butterfly again! I think it's an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, but I'm not close enough to be sure. Anyway, it has about a four-inch wingspan, and is just gorgeous. I have never understood why they're called "butterflies", and not "flutterbys". Seems like a no-brainer to me.

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

November 10, 2012 - Msg 90997:
"Oh Beautiful,
For heroes proved,
Through liberating strife;
who more than self their country loved,
and mercy more than life..."

I have always liked how Ray Charles would start America the Beautiful" with that verse, because without those brave men and women from 1775 thru 2012, would the rest of it even matter?

November 10, 2012 - Msg 90998: Well the Aggies of Texas done it!...upset Alabama!..NOW the race is wide dogs leading 21-0 over Auburn!...hey Romeena and yer Texans done it...Ro what type food is Spring creek?..hey Tom,Mdc,asa,possum...almost freezing here in Ga...well im here keeping the lights on..back with some boiled peanuts for later...SPOT

November 10, 2012 - Msg 90999: The Story of Noah.....

November 10, 2012 - Msg 91000: Just incase you have a sore throat...

November 11, 2012 - Msg 91001: Hey, Spot. Spring Creek is barbecue, and it's wonderful. They have brisket, sausage, ribs, ham and chicken, generous portions, and the sides are on a buffet line where you can have all you want. They make great potato salad, and somebody's mama taught them how to cook pinto beans. There's a girl that circulates through the dining room with a huge basket of fresh hot rolls. You can watch them bake those rolls if you wish! Prices are reasonable - the most expensive thing, the all-rib plate, is #12.95, and believe me, it's a pile of ribs! I usually get a rib and brisket combo - very good!

The weather looks weird here today. It's 72, but the air is still, the skies look like lead, with low, heavy clouds, and the critters are staying in their nests. I think it's "fixin' to come a-somethin'" pretty quick. Whenever there's no activity out back after daybreak, I get a little nervous. What was it Barney said? "The ways of the wild things are wise and wonderful." Something like that.

Bill Cosby - a longtime favorite of mine. Very talented, creative man, with a sharp intuition in his humor, an understanding of human nature, that just makes him all the funnier. A very intelligent man as well - just watch the credits at the end of "The Cosby Show". He's listed there about four or five times, with his name expressed a little differently each time. For example - "William H. Cosby, Jr., Ed.D." That's Bill. Note he is not listed as a Ph.D, except for a few episodes. He had it removed early on, because it reflected an honorary degree, not an earned one. He holds a doctorate in education, but not a Ph.D. Here's an interesting link: He does have an honorary Ph.D. Very interesting man.

Well, guess I'd better get ready for preachin'. I've got some new dangly earrings I'm planning to wear. Hope nobody gets offended. --Romeena

November 11, 2012 - Msg 91002: Romeena, That discription of Spring Creek got my buds a twangin!..I posted that Cosby routine in case anybody had to come up with a quick Sunday School lesson today..The other one was one of my other favorites. I do like the one about him building go-carts I can realate to that one because we did that as kids. Mine looked like a Mr. Magoo car with lawn mower wheels. I bet MDC & Asa did this too?....G-F..

November 11, 2012 - Msg 91003:
MDC, thank you for remembering the veterans in your Msg 90991 and Msg 90997. Everyone who serves in the military makes multiple sacrifices, some more severe than others. The pay isn't that great, but the hazards are. That is why I make it a point to greet everyone in uniform, shake their hand, and thank them.
In the USA, there is Memorial Day (last monday in May) to honor the military dead, and Veteran's Day (November 11) to honor all those who served. However, here in Canada, we honor those who served and those who died on Remembrance Day (November 11).
Finally, I ask all of you to take mere two minutes of time out of your business schedules to think and pray. Then watch the following Canadian veteran video. It will take just a mere pittance of time.
I salute all my former comrades and those who currently serve.

from Poor Horatio, someone who was proud to have served and lucky enough to have survived.

November 11, 2012 - Msg 91004:
Yikes, I typed "business schedules" when I meant "busy schedules".

from Poor Horatio