November 19, 2012 - Msg 91148:
Oh, and BOO, break out the Goodyear albums,
one Phx radio station is already playing Christmas music!!
Hope rehab went well.

November 19, 2012 - Msg 91149:
With all the holidays coming up, I just thought I'd also tidy up a bit! (:

November 19, 2012 - Msg 91150:

November 20, 2012 - Msg 91151: Hey, the last page of the archives is missing so I couldn't read what I missed yesterday...curious.

I have that album, MDC. The rehab went well, thanks. Had quite a few girls and they loved the cookies.

Much to do today but I woke up with a headache, probably from the cranberry juice I had last evening..sometimes it does that to me. I took some advil and I think I will lay back down until it takes effect. I have to be feeling better than this to do what needs to be done today.


November 20, 2012 - Msg 91152: REV, Yes you are a brave soul! Sorta reminds me the time when we took our Daughter to a "New Kids on the Block" concert back in the day...I could not hear right for a week! "THE THINGS WE DO"....G-F...

November 20, 2012 - Msg 91153: Morning Porch.
Ro, you don't have my snail mail a.d.? I'll send it to you right now.
Boo, I woke with a headache also. Wonder what causes that? Mine usually comes from corn starch.

Sure do love this time of year. And the weather is just fantastic. Supposed to be in the mid 60's today. Gonna fire up the rider and do my last leaf clean up for the season. Then put some stabilizer in the tank, run it a bit, and tuck it away for the season. Actually I need to go through the carb. She's running a bit rough for some reason. Whattya think G-F. You ever use seafoam in your small engines? I hear it works pretty good.

Well I reckon I better get started. The sun is just starting to peak over the Wasatch. Another beautiful day the Lord has created. Let us rejoice in it.


November 20, 2012 - Msg 91154: Good morning, porch - and thanks, MDC, for the update on Pappa Bear's address. I replied to your email before I came to the porch, so just ignore my question.

Lots of headaches lately, it seems. Not me, but many others. Brittney had a bad one yesterday. I wonder if it's seasonal, as new pollens and molds appear. Also, I used to notice a headache when we would switch from a/c to heat in the fall. Then I started changing the filter at the same time and no more headaches. I change the filter about every six weeks anyway, but changing right at the time of the switchover seemed to make a difference.

My goodness, the squirrels are busy out back this morning! They're exploring the nest boxes, and one has found a hollow place in a tree, where a limb war removed years ago and it has hollowed out at the old joint. Actually, I think Ol' Woody did the carpentry work there, I remember watching him working on the site. Now a squirrel seems to be planning to move in.

Well, I'd better get moving. I need to get started on the grocery shopping, and my garage is stacked with empty boxes to be taken to the Mail Store. Those little private-enterprise mailing facilities just love to get used boxes, and I love to take them there. They're nice, sturdy little boxes that contained things I've ordered, and many of them have packing material inside. I could stomp them flat, put them out for recycle, where they would eventually be ground up into pulp and used to make more nice little boxes. Makes no sense to me. They're already nice little boxes! So, I drop them off at the Mail Store, and they re-use them. An added bonus - when I have something to be mailed or shipped, I don't pack it up. I just take it to them and they pack it for me, and don't charge me for that, they just charge for the shipping. They remember that I bring them boxes, and they return the favor. "Perhaps you've heard the old saying, 'one hand washes the other?'" (heehee)

OK, I'm gone this time. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

November 20, 2012 - Msg 91155: Its up in the 80's here today, Asa...too warm for me this time of year. :(

Finished making my homemade cranberry sauce. I like the homemade stuff but most of the family likes the stuff that comes out of the can. I can only eat a little, though, or I will get a headache, for sure. Now, I think I will start on chopping the veggies for the dressing. That is something I can do ahead and put in ziploc bags until I need them. Still some housework and laundry to do, too. Better get back at it.


November 20, 2012 - Msg 91156: Hi All.
BOO my house is a miss and I do not feel like cleas it.
besize no one come to see us.


November 20, 2012 - Msg 91157: Just incase you did'nt catch this last year..G-F

November 20, 2012 - Msg 91158: Well TOM, if you lived nearby, I would sure help you clean your house and I would come to see you now and then. I guess we will have to settle for porch visits, though. :)


November 20, 2012 - Msg 91159: THIS IS FOR TOM....

November 20, 2012 - Msg 91160: G-F, I just shared that video on facebook the other day. Loved it!

So, are we going to share Thanksgiving memories this year? Or we could share what we are thankful for. I am going to share a poem with you about what I am most thankful for: a home in heaven with the Lord.


Of stepping on shore and finding it heaven;
Of taking hold of a hand and finding it God's hand;
Of breathing a new air and finding it celestial air;
Of feeling invigorated and finding it immortality;
Of passing from storm and tempest to an unbroken calm;
Of waking up, and finding it home!

~by Robert E. Selle


November 20, 2012 - Msg 91161:
Howdy porch family....just got home from a busy day doing chores. Gotta get something to eat now......ya'll think the diner is still open?

You all have a good night!
Love and prayers

November 20, 2012 - Msg 91162:
Boo....don't think I've ever had homemade cranberry sauce.

November 20, 2012 - Msg 91163: Boo, this is one of my favorites..I LOVE IT!!
I have alot of these on my bucket list to do the second half of my life!!

Most thing I'm thankfull for this year???
My Porch Family..**Group Hug** :)


November 20, 2012 - Msg 91164:
BOO- did you ever get to see the archive?
My last post here has a "Thank you" to everyone on the porch for being such a special blessing to me all these years! (:
Also thank you to 91157 for the Any and Opie Christmas video!

PS - ASA, I dont know how you did it... bank guard by day, and Weaver's guard by night!!
Oh wait,
thats right, you SLEPT while on BOTH jobs!!! haha

November 20, 2012 - Msg 91165: You never have had homemade cranberry sauce, REV? Oh, I'll bet you would like it, and it is simple to make...different recipes out there but most are simple. I just mix cranberries with the juice of an orange, add the zest from the orange, a cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar, a pinch of salt and cook it all down until the berries pop and it has a nice jam-like texture to it. Some folks add spices and such, but I always end up liking mine best without the spice.

That was really neat, G-F..thanks for sharing. Makes you think, doesn't it?

I went back and was able to retrieve the latest archives, MDC, so I read your post just now. What a nice thing to say! I am thankful for you and all my porch family, too...more than I can say.


November 20, 2012 - Msg 91166: I'll bet Ro has a good recipe for cranberry sauce. How do you make it Ro?


November 21, 2012 - Msg 91167: Pretty much the same way you described, Boo, except I've never used brown sugar, and would only use 3/4 cup of regular sugar, in deference to my diabetes. It leaves it a bit tart, but I like it that way. I might put 1/4 cup of brown sugar in it, and cut the white sugar to 1/2 cup. I'll bet the brown sugar gives it an interesting taste. I have some turbinado sugar, I'll bet that would work too. I'm with you, I much prefer the homemade kind, but I usually buy one can of the jellied stuff, for those who just think they have to have it. I even cut out both ends of the can so I can get it out whole and unbroken, then slice it into elegant little slices (a left-over practice from my mom), but I never eat it. Too sweet, and I like the whole-berry, homemade kind. Sometimes, in addition to the orange zest, I use a little tool I have and cut long curls from the peel, and lay them on top of the sauce after it's in its bowl. Makes a pretty dish.

I'm planning to make a German's Sweet Chocolate cake, if I can manage it, with all else there is to do. Wish I didn't have to go to PT in the morning, so I could get the house spruced up, but PT is helping to build my strength, so I'll go. Thursday I'll be at Terri's for dinner, which just leaves me Friday to get ready for the dinner I'm making on Saturday. I bought some of the groceries this afternoon - the things they typically run out of. I'll go again on Friday to get the rest of it. With my finances as tight as they are right now, being on 60% of my pay since June, I had to wait for the rest of it until Friday, after my check is deposited. I guess I could have gotten it all, but it would have really left me low on cash, and besides, I was worn out and wanted to just get out of that store!

Well, I'm off to bed. Tomorrow will be a busy day. Blessings, folks! --Romeena

November 21, 2012 - Msg 91168: Ro, a German's Sweet Chocolate cake? is that the one with pecans & coconut caramel iceing? yum!
I'm getting a start on tomorrows meal I'm baking cornbread & getting the dressing/stuffing started so the flavors can befriend each other.

Prayers to the folks that don't have families to spend the day with and prayers to the ones that do too.(ya know what I mean Vern?) The Holidays are both joyful & sad It's a tough time for many!

Romeena: Too bad Floyd didn't hook us up so we can get "Smellavision" I can almost smell that cake baking...tomorrow will be even better!!
That's what I'm thinking G-F....

November 21, 2012 - Msg 91169: Morning porch family, hope everybody is good today. working til noon and then home to do some baking,make deviled eggs and tidy up the house.
lots to do for tomorrow. but looking forward to time with my family.

I am also thankful for my porch family. You guys are the best.

Please pray for my friend/colleague over the next few weeks. She called me about 9:30 last night and said her son had been killed in a car accident yesterday afternoon. He is a young man in his late 20's who has worked hard to turn in life around from drugs and such to being in college making A's, getting married, has a 4 year old and just learned they are expecting another baby next summer. Not sure what happened, he was the only one in the car, just ran off the road, flipped several times and was thrown out of the car. so very sad. thanks for your prayers.

lunch will be at Olive Garden... a change from what we will be eating the next few days!

Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

November 21, 2012 - Msg 91170: Ha! All this cranberry talk reminds me of an episode of Fraiser when Daphne is making the Cranes a good old fashioned Thanksgiving dinner. She goes to all the trouble of making the cranberry sauce by hand(as you described it Boo) and when Martin sees it, he throws a fit. "It's supposed to be the shape of the can. Is it that you can't learn or you won't learn?" Cracks me up.

Like so many of you have already expressed, I am thankful for my faith, my family, and my friends. Good health, a good job, everything the Lord has blessed me with. I work with some folks who have so little in terms of family. One of my co-workers is a crusy kind of feller, and seems to have ruined his relationship with his family. I asked him last week what he was doing for Thanksgiving and he just looked kind of sad and said nothing. His only child lives in Florida, and he said she can't stand him anyway. He has one sister who lives in Arizona but he can't afford the drive down there. So he said it's just him and his cat. Kind of sad. I know the holidays can be a time for joy, but for many can be a terribly lonely time also. I am so grateful for having my Daughters so close by, and for the blessing they are to my wife and I. The last couple of years have been a real challange for us, and these two darlings have seen us through them. And their husbands are good men and good fathers. Wonderful grandchildren (6 now) who we just love to pieces.
And I am thankful for each one of you. Wonderful folks here with good hearts and joyful spirits. Thank you all for your friendship.


November 21, 2012 - Msg 91171: You snuck in on me Big Maude. Prayers for your friend. How sad.


November 21, 2012 - Msg 91172: Ro, I would normally use 3/4 cup of sugar in my cranberries, too but this time the cranberries I got were especially tart and it needed more. The brown sugar doesn't change the taste so much as it just gives it a richer flavor and color that I like. I like it both ways, though.

You're right, G-F..tough time of year for so many. It is going to be hard on my mom without dad for the first time. I am going to go over and see her later today and my sister and I are going to try and include her in baking some pies. She hasn't cooked since the stroke 13 years ago, but she used to cook a Thanksgiving like you wouldn't believe.

Thanks Maude. We think you are the best, for sure! I am very sad to hear about your friend losing her son. Seems like I hear something like that every week lately. I will pray for her.


November 21, 2012 - Msg 91173: Oh, hey there Asa. Thanks, we are so thankful for you, too. :)


November 21, 2012 - Msg 91174: Maude, I am so sorry to hear of your friend's loss. How tragic-my prayers are with her.

Wishing you all a very blessed Thanksgiving. This Porch and the friendships I've made here are the best! I'm grateful for all of you. God Bless and have a nice turkey day!

possum under a rock

November 21, 2012 - Msg 91175: Good morning, porch! I can't add much to the things already expressed here this morning. I'm thankful for each of you, for this porch - a safe place where we can come and share the good and the bad, and find support. I'm thankful for improving health, and even as it is, I'm still in better health than many people my age, or even younger. I'm thankful for family, and for adequate resources - somewhat limited these last few months, but still adequate. I'm thankful for the provision God has made for me, by sending me honest and capable people to help me maintain my home. Eddie is here today - he thought I'd want the yard to look nice for Thanksgiving! I figured he wouldn't even come today, since the grass is growing so slowly now. But here he is. He saw me loading that huge pile of empty mailing boxes into my car, just pushed right in and took over, and they're all loaded. He'll use the blower now and clean the garage out, without being asked. He's a gem!

Well, gotta run. I need to go drop those boxes off, since there's only room in the car for me now. Blessings, friends - I'll see you again before tomorrow, but if not - have a wonderful Thanksgiving! --Romeena

November 21, 2012 - Msg 91176: Me again. I wiggled out of PT for today, just too much to do. They didn't seem to mind, I think they want to leave early anyway.

Maudie, I'm so sorry about your friend's son. That's a terribly tragic thing to happen, made especially bitter by the fact that he was doing so well. The Thanksgiving holiday will never be the same for his family. Prayers for them all, indeed.

What a beautiful day! It's 67 right now, bright and sunny, and the sunshine is so pretty on the colorful leaves. A few of our trees are changing, and the little maple in my neighbor's front yard is just gorgeous. One of my cottonwoods is bright yellow, and the rest are still green. Go figure.

There are six squirrels in my back yard at this moment, and such chasing and running and acrobatic feats I've never seen! They race through the trees with absolutely no fear. One is on his way toward the house - I know what he wants. He'll come get a drink from the freshly filled little birdbath just below my window. I love when they do that, because I can actually see them lapping the water. That birdbath isn't more than five feet from me, but at this time of day, the sun reflects off the window and the squirrel can't see me, so I can really enjoy the show. Sometimes I put treats on the window ledge, and they are then about three feet from me, just munching away. So cute!

Well, it's official. Christmas is coming. The big blue and white tent went up last week in the Office Depot parking lot up on the highway, right where it is every year. Then yesterday, sure enough, it was filled with Christmas trees. That makes it official! I won't be buying one, but I'll probably stop in and just walk among the trees, enjoying their fragrance. It used to be that you could go on a tree lot like that, and pick up a few broken branches and twigs to bring home and enjoy the fragrance in the house. Nowadays, you can't do that. They pick up all the twigs frequently, and tie them into bunches and sell them! Whatever happened to the Biblical principle of "gleaning." Humph! Still, I do enjoy just walking among the trees for a little while. I love my "faux" tree, it's convenient, and it's beautiful, and it's safer than a real tree, but it doesn't smell like the fresh ones.

Well, I'd better get busy and make this extra hour and a half I wangled for myself count. Got two fridges to clean out, before all the holiday leftovers start looking for a home on Saturday. I'll send some of it home with guests, but there'll still be plenty to be stored here. I deliberately cook too much, because I love leftovers!

Blessings, every9one! --Romeena

November 21, 2012 - Msg 91177: "Every9one"? Guess I need to shorten my nails again. --Romeena

November 21, 2012 - Msg 91178: Ro, I think a few of those squirrels may be some of mine. They became homeless when I trimmed my oak trees. They hitched a Hobo train to Texas, they heard there was a great place in Irvine to hang out! ha..(They may migrate to S. Texas too.)
They would the ones that have the "Yankee" pinstripes on them!...

Maude prayers for your friend as they deal with their loss...sad especially at the Holidays..

Remember,...Tomorrow don't let your eyes write a check that your stomach can't cash!!...ha..G-F

November 21, 2012 - Msg 91179: Ha ha, good one G-F. But my stomach don't listen to my eyes. Going to one Daughters house for breakfast tomorrow, and then anothers for dinner tomorrow afternoon, all I can say is you'll hear me moaning all the way to the Ohio. :)

I guess we are lucky Ro. We have a lot od indepentant tree lots here that we still get the prunings you are talking about and bring them home to make a wreath, but more so for the smell. Love that aroma.

Another thing I am thankful for is that I ain't a turkey.


November 21, 2012 - Msg 91180: Yep...glad I ain't a turkey.


November 21, 2012 - Msg 91181:
Howdy porch sure is smelling good around here. The wife is baking up a storm and got me licking my chops:) sorry to hear of the loss of your friend's son. So sad and so young. Prayers for the family and friends.

I pray you all have a very blessed Thanksgiving. We all have so much to be thankful for. And one of the things I'm very thankful for is my porch folks are truly a blessing to me!

Love and prayers

November 21, 2012 - Msg 91182:
Well, I hope none of you bought your turkey from Diamond Jim's! Ha. or it may be pretty tough. (: Foley's is your best bet, even if that Plumber fella does sweep the litter into the street!
Should be 79 here on the west end of the porch on Thurs.
Please keep Israel in your prayers this Thanksgiving! Thank you Lord, we pray for your people. Amen
God bless,

November 21, 2012 - Msg 91183: Thanks REV! We do have so much to be thankful for, especially JESUS, and the love he puts in our hearts for each other. I love my porch buddies and am very thankful for each and every one.

I got alot done today so tomorrow won't be so hard. I have got to get that turkey in the pan and cooked, reheat things, make gravy, bake the rolls, make the tea, and...well, shoot, that sounds like more than I thought i still had to do. Oh well...I think I will try to get to bed early tonight.


November 21, 2012 - Msg 91184: Anyone watching the Thanksgiving Day parade in the mornin'?!


November 21, 2012 - Msg 91185: Good evening, porch! Well, my preparations for tomorrow are complete. I'm going to Eloise's daughter's house for dinner, am taking a bowl of ambrosia (fruit salad) and a couple of packages of Sister Schubert's Parkerhouse rolls. The salad is made, the rolls are in the fridge to thaw, and that's that. The fun begins around here on Friday, as I start preparations for the meal I'm serving on Saturday.

Meantime, I have a long list of things that "must" be done, which are unrelated to the meal. Example - wash the sunroom rugs. Dust furniture. Vacuum carpets. Swiffer hard surfaces. Clean bathrooms. Bathe Toye Starr. Wash a "bleach load" of laundry (white towels and dish towels.) As you can imagine, one by one I'm scratching things off that list, deemed not all that necessary. The bathrooms will be cleaned, Toye Starr will have a bath, and the bleach load will be done, since I'm almost out of clean dishtowels. The rest of it is "might get done if I feel like it" stuff. Nobody really cares, and if a little dust offends someone, I'll just hand them a dustcloth and tell them to go for it! That's one of the advantages of senior status - you can give yourself permission to skip something you don't want to do, and since your family loves you, they don't object, they're glad you rested instead!

I got all those boxes dropped off at the mail store, so David has some chance of getting to the Christmas lights and my lighted deer, whenever he's ready to start on that little project. I'm not pushing him, he can do it whenever he pleases. The garage sure does look better! I can't believe I had so many of those boxes.

As for the parade, I probably won't see much of it. I have to be at Terri's around 1 pm, so will probably sleep in a while, then maybe clean out the fridge. Four jars of salsa - not necessary, especially when three of them are old! Same with pickles, and there is a bottle of catsup in there that could have voted in the last election. How does that happen, anyway, that something gets that old in the fridge? I've got to make room, because there will be leftovers on Saturday.

Well, for now, I'm going to clean out the garage fridge, then head for bed. That one is easy, because all I have to move is cartons of soda, then wipe the shelves down, combine the soda cartons where possible, and I'm done. The only reason I'm having to clean it is that a can leaked and orange soda went everywhere. Sticky, and looks gross, but a quick clean-up.

G-F, you send those squirrels on down. I welcome the pesky little things. They're just so cute! Of course, I curse their ancestry when I'm trying to pull up a pecan tree sprout from a flowerbed (impossible), but I still love them. I haven't seen any striped ones, though. --Romeena

November 22, 2012 - Msg 91186: Happy Thanksgiving gang...a little sad for me without a certian Love One but will be a good one never the less....Mom will be cooking soon....ok....back in just a bit....SPOT

November 22, 2012 - Msg 91187: Thank you, SPOT. I guess all of us can relate to what you are feeling. Your porch family loves you and will be with you in spirit today. :)

Well, Mr. Turkey is in the oven and I am going back to bed for a little more sleep this morning while he cooks.


November 22, 2012 - Msg 91188: Happy Turkey Day...I have my "Smellavision" on, and it sure does smell good!! I think I'll wear my dark sunglasses while I eat today..#91178

Funny one for ya Ro, Our Grandaughter was over to the house yesterday and we pulled a prank on our squirrls. I have a bag of stale peanuts in the shell, I put some out for them and we went inside the house and watched them hide them. We later went and put some more out but this time we tied a long piece of fishing line to one of them and it was funny when they ran out of line and see their reaction. Finally he gave up and just ate it instead..A little mean, but it was funny to watch.....G-F...

November 22, 2012 - Msg 91189: I copied this from the wbmutbb site....
Thanks Dewey.....

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

Dewey in NC

I used to be indecisive....
Now I'm not so sure.

November 22, 2012 - Msg 91190: Good morning, porch! It's a pretty day, a little cloudy, just 56 but will get warmer. The air is very still, not a leaf moving. Sure makes it easy to spot the progress of the squirrels in the trees and shrubbery. When you see a twig waving, there's a critter there!

Speaking of which, I just saw something you rarely see. A squirrel fell out of a tree, about fifteen feet from my window! All I saw was a blur of green leaves falling, then when the clump of leaves hit the ground, a brown shape shot out of it and raced to another tree, climbed up to a horizontal limb and sat there, tail swishing indignantly. I didn't see exactly what happened, but I can figure it out. He jumped to a very small limb, more like a big twig, and it broke off with him. Poor little thing, he fell over fifteen feet, but apparently is not hurt. He narrowly missed landing on a birdbath, where he would have been wet (and even madder) or could have been injured if he landed wrong.

G-F, I don't apologize for the tricks I play on the squirrels. I've never had one apologize to me for digging up and moving (or eating) my tulip bulbs, or planting forests of pecan trees in my flowerbeds, or shredding my lounge chair cushion, or dumping out my bird feeders. I wouldn't harm one for anything, but I don't mind teasing them a bit, and your peanut on a string idea is great. I'll be doing that one. Try this - get a piece of bungee cord (not too strong) and hang it in the yard somewhere. Mine is attached to the bottom of a hanging bird feeder. Put an eyebolt or two on the lower end of it. Get some dried ears of corn - Lowe's and the Depot carry it - and twist the eyebolts into the big end of the ears. Adjust the height so the corn is about two feet from the ground, several inches out of the squirrel's reach. He'll jump to the corn, and when he does, the bungee will send him sproinging all over the place. He'll hang onto the corn for dear life, until the bouncing stops, then he'll have a wonderful treat. The little apparatus I have was a gift from my daughter, and isn't exactly bungee cord, it's some kind of stretchy stringlike stuff, but I think bungee would work, if it's not too strong.

Spot, I'm sure the prayers of the whole porch are with you today. I know only too well how hard all the "firsts" are. You're getting through this one today, then you'll face Christmas, but you'll get through it too. One day at a time, my friend. "One day at a time, sweet Jesus. That's all we're asking of You."

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, porch! It's a privilege to dedicate a special day to give thanks to the One who gave His all for us. --Romeena

November 22, 2012 - Msg 91191: Happy Thanksgiving porch family! Hope everyone is well today. Thinking of you all today and grateful for the blessings I have and you guys are certainly among my blessings. Have a great day and don't eat too much or you will be like ole Barn and get the hiccups!

Prayers and blessings

Big Maude

November 22, 2012 - Msg 91192: Funny you should be talking about the corn and bungee cord...I was just telling Sean about it the other day and boy, did he laugh. I was just going to ask you if you are still doing that little trick. :)

Happy Thanksgiving to Dewey! Thanks for the poem.

Well, Maude, hiccups or not, I'm eating a plateful...may be able to eat again for awhile, though! :)

The turkey looks and smells so good and the rolls are rising beautifully. Now just to make the tea and warm up some things. Once the turkey is done, I will use the drippings to make gravy and add to the dressing. Yum.


November 22, 2012 - Msg 91193: Happy thanksgiving everyone. It's be awhile since I've been here, very busy at work and at home. Menu for today, turkey, ham, crab cakes, streamed shrimp, oysters on the half shell and fried as well, perogies, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, sweet potatoes, apple pie, blueberry pie and pumpkin bars with cream cheese. Almost forgot..cranberry sauce.

November 22, 2012 - Msg 91194: And favorite.

November 22, 2012 - Msg 91195:
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, and may we all remember to whom we are giving that thanks! (:
Love ya,

November 22, 2012 - Msg 91196:
Oh I am soooo full....don't think I'll anything else all day...well maybe a few hours:)

Pray all my porch family are having a very blessed day!
Love and prayers

November 22, 2012 - Msg 91197:
That was suppose to be "don't think I'll EAT anything...."

November 22, 2012 - Msg 91198: Oh my...I don't like to brag, but that was some good eatin' we had around here. The dressing was so good but I should have made more so we could have leftovers.

Sounds like you had quite a spread, Frankie!


November 22, 2012 - Msg 91199: I came, I ate, I slept...It was a fun day..G-F

November 22, 2012 - Msg 91200: p.s. I love the smell of Turkey in the morning...smells like,....VICTORY!

November 22, 2012 - Msg 91201: Oh Mamamia, am I ever a stuffed mess. Mercy sakes, I

November 22, 2012 - Msg 91202: Opps, see, I'm so stuffed I can't even type. I way over extended myself. I kept remembering G-F's words about not letting your eyes write a check that your stomach can't cash. And I thought to myself, what dumb advice. I know what I'm doing. I'm an experienced eater for crying out loud. Well the eyeballs won hands down. Excuse me folks, I gotta go repent.


November 22, 2012 - Msg 91203:
Thank you Jesus for your love and care.

November 22, 2012 - Msg 91204: I know how you feel, Asa. Only ate one meal today and couldn't eat another if my life depended on it and it is now 10:30! Groan...

I will be back tomorrow to tell you all how my thanksgiving went but for now...this stuffed turkey is going to veg-out and watch a movie on Turner Classics.


November 23, 2012 - Msg 91205: Good morning, porch! I can't believe I'm the first one here today. I had planned to sleep in a little, but I just fell awake, so here I am.

I also can't believe I'm hungry this morning, when I was stuffed to my eyebrows last night, but I am. I have a little bowl of the ambrosia fruit salad in the fridge - it wouldn't fit in the bowl I took to Terri's (awww!) so I kept it. I think I'll just enjoy that this morning. Hey, it's fruit, it should be good for me, right?

We had a lovely day over there, and I'm eager to hear how everyone else's day went. Terri cooked her turkey on her grill, and it was very good. Different, but good. She didn't actually "grill" it, as such, since it was in a pan. She basically used the grill like an oven. It had only a very faint smoky taste, and it was tender and pretty juicy. I still prefer a stuffed bird, with the dressing cooked along with it, though. I think I would have loved Terri's turkey on any other day. I guess it's all in what you're used to. That's how my mama did it, so that's how I do it.

It looks very wintry outside, but it's only 59 - not cold, just blustery. The leaves are turning rapidly now, and it's windy out there, so yellow leaves are all over the neatly mowed and edged yard Eddie worked on so carefully on Wednesday. He's such a good guy.

Well, gotta run to the store and finish getting groceries for tomorrow. You'll remember that I'm cooking a traditional Thanksgiving meal here tomorrow! I don't have much to buy, won't take long, and then I have to come home and get busy. I'll find time to come and rock and read your Thanksgiving stories, though. Blessings! --Romeena

November 23, 2012 - Msg 91206: Hi All.
ROM be save it black friday and all the razy are out shoping .


November 23, 2012 - Msg 91207: Ro I am waiting for that cool front to make it down here today. Yesterday was kind of miserable here. Warm and humid and the mosquitoes tried to carry us away if we were outside. I don't know why we are being plagued with so many of the little devils right now but it's unbelievable.

Thanksgiving went well around here, otherwise. We had a bit smaller group than we usually had, which is good. In all there were 14 of us this year, including kids. Everyone stuffed themselves pretty good. The kids played outside on the swings after we ate or played basketball in on the carport and the adults just visited. Mom did pretty well without dad this year. I could see that she was a little down but she held up ok. My mother-in-law got on my nerves now and then, but that happens every time we all get together, it seems. Patience...patience... ;)

Later in the evening after the family had gone home, Zach and Allison (my deceased friend karen's kids) came over, as is their custom on Thanksgiving. Zach is in his first semester at Baylor and we spent a couple of hours discussing a new girl that he is falling for. She sounds like a real treasure, for sure..good Christian girl who loves the Lord and is kind and caring. He is young, though..not even 20 yet. I try to talk to him the way I think his mother would if she could. It is bittersweet because I hate that she is missing this time in his life. He is such a good kid and has grown into such a handsome young man. I wish she could see him...I guess maybe she can from heaven. Not sure how that works.

I stayed up WAY yonder too late watching an old movie with Erin (2:30am) and woke up too early this morning, darn it. I will sneak in a nap later, though. YAWN!


November 23, 2012 - Msg 91208: Well Asa, Sometimes our vision isn't always 20/20!..haha I was smart and took my glasses off while I was eating...If that's like any excuse for stuffing myself..If any consulation, I did waite until the evening to have my pumkin pie, I think it tasted better @ 8:00...
Romeena, I'll give your "squirrel trick" a try, I got on line yesterday and found some very interesting way people try to mess with them. I think yhat second one must be your pond that you talk about...I did not know that they were that good of swimmers.

November 23, 2012 - Msg 91209: Good morning after t-day all.
Well, I'm like you Romeena, went to bed stuffed, figuring I'd never be hungry again, but woke up hungry. Go figure. I love munching on turkey wings Thankgsgiving night, or the next morning for breakfast. I know, I'm weird, but I enjoy that. But no wings here to munch on, but we have some glazed donut holes, so I managed to make them do. I'm good that way. :)
Our day was wonderful. Had a breakfast at Sarah's house (she's my oldest Daughter) and the had dinner at Stacey's house. (she's our baby) Stacey cooked a traditional turkey with stuffing, while her hubby, who ain't overly fond of turkey, cooked a prime rib. They was both delicious. And we had the full aray of sides, salads, cranberries, taters with giblet gravy, homemade rolls, an assortment of pies for later, pumpkin, chocolate, bananna chocolate cream (my favorite) and apple. The only fly in the oinment was Mariah, Stacey's oldest, took sick yesterday morning with a bad cold, bless her heart. She's doing a bit better today, but still down and out.
Anyway, we had good visits with everyone, played some billards with my son Matt (Stacey's husband). They have a pool table and he and I have some good tournaments pretty often. We always talk big and denounce the others playing abilities, but we both are pretty medicore. (well he is, I'm a darn fine player) We play 9 ball instead of the trditional 8 ball, which is a lot more difficult, but a lot of fun.
Anyway, that was our day. I hope everyone else had a good one and enjoyed themselves.
Boo, time to get going serious with them Christmas quotes now.
"They want you to say the B L E S S I N G!"


November 23, 2012 - Msg 91210: boo, she's not missing it! who do you think is 'nudging' you? :)

November 23, 2012 - Msg 91211:

November 23, 2012 - Msg 91212: Asa, just like Aunt Bethany, I am always ready to say the B L E S S I N G. :) Sounds like you had a great turkey day with the family. Thanks for sharing! I never had banana chocolate pie but sure sounds good to m.

Been taking it easy all day. I did manage to unload the dishwasher and straighten up the kitchen just a bit, but that is IT. I feel like I have a hangover from all the Thanksgiving carbs.

Still waiting for that cool front to blow some mosquitoes outta here (it is now 4pm). I am starting to see some dark clouds in the north so am waiting. As soon as it blows in I am going out to feed Thelma Lou and the chickens.


November 23, 2012 - Msg 91213: Almost forgot my Christmas quote!

"He had yellow help me ***, yellow eyes".


November 23, 2012 - Msg 91214: Aha! Aha! It's a clinkerrrr! That blasted, stupid furnace! (A typical quote from any HVAC repairman)..Is Asa a feared furnace fighter in his neighborhood?...It's amazing, (not Boo's type of amazing tho ;) many new best friends a guy has when he repaires your furnace when the temp gets below freezing in the middle of the night. Right Asa?...G-F

November 23, 2012 - Msg 91215: SKUD FARKUS!

November 23, 2012 - Msg 91216: "Papa Elf sent me"
"Papa Elf?...from the north pole?...You look hilarious!"


November 23, 2012 - Msg 91217: Romeena, here is a clip from the movie "A Christmas Story" (since you have never watched it).


November 23, 2012 - Msg 91218: oops...didn't work for some reason. I will try another one later.

November 23, 2012 - Msg 91219: One more time:


November 23, 2012 - Msg 91220: Well, that didn't work, either...guess I will try again tomorrow.


November 23, 2012 - Msg 91221: Hi All.
ROM Don stop by to see if everything was o k.
I did not have a good day yest because it was not faliy we was at.
Dad had a good time there and I did not.
Today he is not feeling good in pain now.


November 23, 2012 - Msg 91222: Wow have I eat the past 2 days...jeeze..hey Boo,To,mRomeena,asa,mdc....Rev you on the road?....well Gang Christmas is next ...whew...ok...just got home from work...let me get cat fed and shower....where yall wana eat in the morning?...Boo and Asa are buying...I iwll bring a newspaper....I aint getting up early!...SPOT

November 23, 2012 - Msg 91223: Let's go to cracker barrel in the morning, SPOT. I could go for something with gravy on it.


November 23, 2012 - Msg 91224:
Howdy porch family.....well I made it through Black Friday. It was crazy but I had a blast with my daughter. We laughed so hard the whole time. But I'll be honest, my bed will feel good tonight:) We left yesterday (Thanksgiving) at 6:00pm and got back home this morning at 11:00am. I believe she's a professional

Spot....nope I'm not on the road right now. Got a concert Sunday here in SC and next weekend I'll be in Jacksonville,FL.

Big football games tomorrow. Our big in state rival game...South Carolina and Clemson. Go Gamec@cks!

Ya'll have a good night.
Love and prayers

November 24, 2012 - Msg 91225: 17 hours of shopping?!! How were you able to stand? wow

Hope you have a good night of adventure sleeping, REV. :)


November 24, 2012 - Msg 91226: Wow Rev, That's crazy shopping buddy. But it sounds like you had fun.

Boo, Cracker Barrel sounds good for breakfast. Maybe we can get Possum as our waitress. If we do lets both leave her a quarter.


"I swear, that blankety blank Old would freeze on the equator in the middle of July!!"

November 24, 2012 - Msg 91227: Oh and you're right G-F. All kinds of friends when the furnace goes out in the middle of the night. I'm just glad they ain't coal burning furnaces like they had back in the day. But those you could get going again at least. Todays furnaces are more complex and unless you have a variety of parts on hand, them midnight calls are fruitless. I had one a few weeks ago on a Saturday night from a friend. Found the hot surface ignitor was cracked. One of the local parts places (Johnstone Supply) would come and open up for you for $80.00 plus the cost of the part, if they even had it in stock. It wasn't terrible cold so I told my buddy to go to Lowes and but a few space heaters until Monday.


November 24, 2012 - Msg 91228: Well Gang It's here, the first snow of the year it's "lake effect" variety.
Auh2o, somes coming your way too it's catching all the Great Lakes today...

REV...You're a brave soul & a Good Daddy! I have Ohio State vs Michigan to watch should be a good one this year. OSU is undefeated this year BUT, due to the Big 10 spanking from "tatoogate" last year they can't go to play-offs or any Bowl games this year..

Asa, I'm lucky, I still have a furnace with a standing pilot and a Honeywell V800 gas valve so a "repair" is still easy for me. That's why I did not want to have to replace the furnace when I added A/C this year. Sometimes they need not to have to reinvent the wheel...I'll throw in a quarter too as long as Possum throws me a extra buscuit...

TOM...No worries on the snow, it's just the "lake effect" variety today...

November 24, 2012 - Msg 91229: Good morning, porch! I'm up and at 'em this morning, getting ready for the "big meal" here today. Turkey is in his pan, clean and seasoned and waiting for his dressing. Fruit salad is made, cranberry sauce is made, German's sweet chocolate cake made (more about that later!) Others are bringing some of the sides, so we'll have a good meal.

Mr. TOM, you said you were not with family? Where were you? I'm sorry you didn't have a good time, but am glad your stepdad enjoyed it. He doesn't seem to enjoy very much these days because of his health, so it's nice that he had a good day. I know what you mean about not being with family. Even though I am with some of my family, there are many I'd love to see, but won't, not in this world. My dear husband enjoyed these big meals and having folks around, but he's not here. My mom and I used to work together on the meal, but now she's gone too. My dad could always be found in the kitchen, helping wherever he could, and making us laugh, and I miss that. I do have my son and his family, and they are precious to me. My son is so much like his dad.

Sometimes though, family is where you find it. We are all God's children, so I guess that makes us all family. Since you weren't with relatives, I can only guess that you were with friends. They must be kind people, Godly people, to have thought of you and included you. That's what family is really all about.

Today, before we sit down to share our meal, we will pray, of course. We'll thank God for our food, a roof over our heads, and whatever measure of health we enjoy. We will also remember our men and women in the Middle East, in harm's way, and very far from their family. I'm sure they would rather be here, but instead, they chose to be there. Yes, they chose. We have an all-volunteer military, so no one was forced to go. God bless them for their choice, and we will pray that they will all be home soon.

No, I have to go tend to Mr. Turkey, and finish up a few details. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

November 24, 2012 - Msg 91230: HVACS ought not to clink! (: