January 31, 2013 - Msg 92261:
All this heavy talk recently, I thought I would post my "favoritest" TAGS scene of the entire series. I know I'm just a hopeless "romantic",
but this scene sure relaxes me.

January 31, 2013 - Msg 92262:
Well how 'bout that, I also swept the porch! (:

January 31, 2013 - Msg 92263: Amen MDC. I love that scene my own self. I sure thought old Andy was dumb letting her get away. A wise and fine fellow in other aspects of his life, but letting Peg get away and falling for Helen Crump?? It does kind of mimick real life though. I know of a lot of people who in their professional life are as smart as a whip, but when it comes to personal relationships, they act like they ain't got a brain in their head. I know a woman who has been very succesful in her career as a businesswoman. Makes big bucks. Well respected with her abilities to think clear and make wise and prudent business desicions. But her 4th marriage has just ended. She seems to pick nothing but losers for companions, over and over again. I just don't get it because she seems like a very decent Christian woman, but something ain't right there I reckon.

I saw that about Gomer. I think Ro put it very nice. I ain't his judge, and I'll just leave it at that. I've enjoyed his acting and singing through the years.

Well the day shows promise. The first dayy all week we have not woken up to fresh substantial snow. I cleaned off the driveway last night, and low and behold it's still clear this morning. And 34 degrees. We ain't seen 34 degrees for an afternoon high for weeks, never mind for an overnight low. Felt right balmy for a change. :)

And as I have read about some of the storms in other parts of the Country, I best quit my whining. I saw a bunch of railroad cars that had been blown off the tracks somewhere in the midwest. Can you imagine the kind of winds that would take?

"Trouble with feet" Ha, I like that Ro. I may have to steel that from you. That's one of the things I love about Andy and TAGS, was some of the expressions he used.
"Cooler than the center seed of a cucumber."
"More nervous than a long tailed cat in a roomfull of rocking chairs."
"Ain't we a picking our peacher before they are fuzzed up good?"
And Sherman T. Potter had a bunch of great ones in MASH.

Everytime I hear Ro talking about going and watching Perry Mason (I know she cottons to his eyes cause they remind her of Dale) I start humming that Kim Carnes song to my self, "She's got Betty Davis eyes". But I change the words to "He's got Perry Mason eyes". Whattya think Ro? You familiar with the song? :)

Well better get going.
Prayers for all.


January 31, 2013 - Msg 92264: Good morning, porch! Wow! Thanks, MDC, for that link. That scene with Andy and Peg is definitely one of my favorites, and what a great way to start a morning. I have to admit, I don't get it either, why he would let Peg go. I won't demonize Helen, she could be nice too, but she really did have a manipulative side, and used those immature little pouts to get her way. I just want to reach through the screen and slap her upside the head when she gets in one of those little snits. That's high-school stuff. That would definitely not have worked on Dale. Now, that's not to say that I couldn't get my way with Dale, but I did it by going to him, not pulling away. Of course, the fact that we each thought the other was the greatest thing since sliced bread didn't hurt any. As Barney said about Andy and Sharon DeSpain at the reunion, it was "one of the great natural romances of all time." Theirs cooled off, but ours never did! Boy, I'm looking forward to seeing him again.

Yeah, Asa, I've heard that song, and you're right about Raymond Burr's eyes reminding me of Dale. Not just his eyes, either. His size, too. I don't know how Raymond Burr was built under that suit, but Dale was muscular, had a very powerful build. Six-four and not fat at 240 lbs, he had the same commanding "presence" and people noticed when he entered a room. Again like Burr, he put on more weight as he aged, but still looked wonderful. He had such a big frame that he could carry it well.

OK, sorry. I get to talking about that man and I don't know where to stop. In case you haven't noticed, I miss him - a lot!

What a gorgeous day! It's 44°, not a trace of a cloud anywhere, and the sky is an astonishing shade of blue. There are a few rust-red leaves still clinging on my sycamore tree, and I can see them against that blue. The contrast is just beautiful. I'm a sucker for pretty color.

Well, guess I'll go stir up a waffle this morning. I've got one of those little round Belgian waffle makers. I like to make them with a handful of chopped pecans added, bake them fairly crisp, and then eat them like a big cookie. I don't need butter and syrup, they're good just plain. Of course, butter and syrup don't hurt them any, and sometimes I do that, but it's better for my blood sugar if I don't.

Blessings, everyone. Have a wonderful day. --Romeena

January 31, 2013 - Msg 92265:
Well good morning porch family.....I got home this morning around 4:00am. Kinda rough drive with the storms.....the wind had that motorhome rocking and rolling:)

Ro....Little Jake went crazy when I came in. He was crying and kissing me so hard I could hardly hold him. He's so funny:)

Sure missed you folks but was praying for ya....You all have a very blessed day. I've got to sort through this pile of mail on my desk.
Love and prayers

January 31, 2013 - Msg 92266: I like it when you talk about Dale, Ro. It is inspiring. :) Bruce and I love each other but we are both kind of independant of one another in alot of ways...not really the romantic types. I think maybe because we didn't meet until I was 27 and he was 32 and didn't marry until 5 years later. We were both already established in careers and I was very independant. Anyway, it works for us.

Glad you are warming up some, Asa! Love those quotes you share.

Glad you are home safe, REV. Thanks for letting us know.

Back to the chores!!


January 31, 2013 - Msg 92267:
Hey Folks

Asa-You've had 3 feet of snow since last Sunday and we have lost 3 feet of snow since last Sunday. It was 63 degrees here yesterday. Although, today we have a winter storm alert with 18 inches of snow by tomorrow.

Rev-How is the tour going? Getting any rest?

Romeena-Don't stop tell stories about Dale. I enjoy hearing them. I didn't know his frame until this morning. He had the same build as my father.

GF-You were correct about the wind. Wowzer!!


January 31, 2013 - Msg 92268: AUH20--Rev's home!

January 31, 2013 - Msg 92269: Auh2o..Yep the wind was high, I thought I saw Dorothy & Toto fly by a few times. We got the frigid temps now..Went from 50's to 20's in a flash.
I you want to know I don't try to predict a early spring, I'll leave it up to the Groundhog.
But you may ask Possum..I think they are kinfolk.


January 31, 2013 - Msg 92270: (want you) my dyslexeia was acting up.

January 31, 2013 - Msg 92271: Just finished cleaning the frige...I hate that job. I don't EVEN want to tackle the freezer. I will have out-oftown company this weekend and I was embarrased to not clean the frige. All I need is someone looking in there and seeing some cat hair or something. I would be mortified. Now, on to the even bigger job...cleaning Erin's room so they will have a place to sleep. I sure hope they can sleep in a room with 300 pictures of Justin Beiber.

Its a beautiful day here in south texas today...sunny, dry and 70. Hate to brag, but...

PS-Good to see ya Goldwater.


January 31, 2013 - Msg 92272: You go ahead and brag on Boo. We are at 44 this afternoon and I feel like it's heaven. Nice, nice, so darn fine nice. Tain't enough I's in nice to describe how nice it is. :):)
And get your head outta that fridge girl. You want cold lips?

I agree with the rst of the folks Ro. I enjoy reading about your Dale. So you talk on any time the mood fancy's you.



January 31, 2013 - Msg 92273: My heads out, Asa Asa. Glad your weather is nice...real nice.

Hey, ya'll come on over for supper. I made my cranberry chicken, mashed a taters, sweet corn, spinach, and tea or coffee. Homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for dessert. We can eat 'em on the porch swing in this wonderful weather!


January 31, 2013 - Msg 92274: Count me in Boo..A woman who cooks, "what a concept!" + spinish? unlike Opie, I like spinish!
Asa wants to know if there are any Bats around before he comes over to swing on the porch.


January 31, 2013 - Msg 92275: I can sing like Peggy, too...well, in my dreams I can. ;)


January 31, 2013 - Msg 92276: I'm there too Boo. Sounds delish. I'll bring my bongos if yoer gonna sing like Peg.
G-F, YOU bring cyballs would ya?


January 31, 2013 - Msg 92277: Do you know La Cucaracha?


January 31, 2013 - Msg 92278: Oh, hey ASA, I have a cooking tip for you..if you like cooked spinach, that is. I simmered some frozen chopped spinach on the stovetop today with a couple cloves of garlic thrown in. Man, you would not believe what that garlic did for the spinach! I like mine with a little bit of cider vinegar splashed in. It was the best spinach I had ever eaten.


January 31, 2013 - Msg 92279: Ahhh Maaan, Asa I just sent my cymballs off to "Cymball City" to get them polished. They were starting to look Green like YOUR bullets! I have been lax in my cymball maintenance. I will bring my harmonica, but Boo's goats may follow me around all night. Is Maude making peach ice cream? It goes good with spinish....


January 31, 2013 - Msg 92280: Good evening, porch. Boo, I like spinach prepared that way. Of course, I like spinach just about any way I can get it. Have you ever tried using lemon juice instead of the vinegar? Yummy! The Macaroni Grill makes a spinach dish very similar to what you described, except they include a little chopped, crisp bacon and lemon juice. It's very good!

I have no phone service at the moment. I use Vonage (may just be changing that) and it's not working. The phone rings once, then disconnects. I can call out just fine, but no one can call in. So, I found my cell phone in the car, brought it in and put it on the charger, and notified my family by email that they must use that number if they want to call me. I didn't realize there was a problem for most of the day. I thought the disconnect calls were just those annoying hang-up calls we all get, but there were so many, I was beginning to wonder, and no one else had called. Then I got an email from my back surgeon's office. They had been trying to call me all day to verify my appointment for tomorrow morning. When they couldn't reach me, they called my son. He's out of town, but he called Eloise, who drove over here to see if I was okay. Sure a lot of trouble for everyone except me. I was just fine, completely oblivious. Anyway, when I get home tomorrow, Vonage and I will be having a little talk.

REV, I'm glad you're home, safe and sound. I'll bet it's scary driving that rig in a windstorm. The motorhome has to feel top-heavy in a high wind, and having the equipment trailer following doesn't help any. Like I said, I'm glad you're home. I can just picture little Jake, all excited to see his pappy. Don't they just make you feel wonderful, with all that enthusiasm, just because you came home?

Well, I have a date with Mr. Mason, just letting it get a little ahead of me so I can buzz through the commercials. You folks are mighty kind, to let me ramble about my Dale like I do. I think we really did have something special - and to think, I met him when I was 17, on a blind date, and he was supposed to be my friend's date, not mine. Wow. Was that a God thing, or what?

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

February 01, 2013 - Msg 92281: Wow, Ro, that spinach you describe at Macaroni Grill sound amazing. I am going to try the lemon juice on the leftover spinach tomorrow. I might even try a little bacon. Hope you get your phone problem straightened out soon...that is a real pain. You and Perry Mason have fun, now.

I had better be off to bed. Busy day tomorrow.


February 01, 2013 - Msg 92282: Good mornin' Honeys. I am up too early having my coffee and cereal. Its shaping up to be a most beautiful day here in south texas.

Well, the drama continues from sis-in-law. She sent an email to her sister saying, "Someday you will be sorry you did this (blocking her on facebook)! Just like Bruce and Julie!!"...Looney tune. Guess threats are all she feels she has left to try to get a response. She is so crazy, though, I wouldn't put it past her to try something. Remember how, in revenge, she caused so much trouble with her son's in-laws by "revealing the family secret"? I don't have any secrets to reveal, but that doesn't mean she won't make some up. So ridiculous.


February 01, 2013 - Msg 92283: TOM, Cleveland is in crisis they have a big lake effect snow today and Dick Goddard is in the hospital..what to do? what to do?...How about just looking out the window, if there is snow on the ground it snowing in your area!..haha
Hope you are keeping warm..and happy in the tought that you DON'T live in Cleveland..haha


February 01, 2013 - Msg 92284: Boo..SIL should be thankfull you are who you are,others would have put some Texas "Whoop A$$"
on her! The Mafia always used the term "Going to the Mattress" I'm thinkin it's time to go to the "Wood Shed"...I'm just say'in..
Remember..."Big Freeze"!...


February 01, 2013 - Msg 92285: Sorry for the $$ but sometimes it just has to be said!

February 01, 2013 - Msg 92286: Believe me, I would love to open a can but for now, have to let bruce and his brother deal with it. :) I have tried in the past to talk sense into her but it never, ever worked. It's like something I posted on facebook the other day, with Vicki, "The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead".


February 01, 2013 - Msg 92287: Good morning, porch! Boo, be careful. That girl sounds like more than bad news, she has the potential to be a threat. She sounds like she's got a screw loose, and you never know what she might do. Personally, I'd continue to just shut her out and ignore her, to the extent that it's possible. As long as she stays in Killeen and just confines herself to written threats and insults, ignore her.

If she comes to your area, that's a different matter. At that point, I might consider an intervention. Get the entire family together, on neutral ground (not at your house) and confront her as a group with her behavior. Have it written down beforehand, and don't let her lead you down rabbit trails. Keep her on the subject. When she makes accusations or veiled insinuations, pin her down. Make her be specific and make her provide evidence. Ask her why she says and does the things she does, and insist on a definite, specific answer, not just "you make me so mad" or some such. In other words, call her out and make her accountable. Oh, one other thing, have a neutral, disinterested party present to monitor the whole thing. This could be a lawyer, a counselor, perhaps a clergyman, but not your own pastor. Record it if you can.

There is no reason for a family to be in constant turmoil like that, just because of one hateful, spiteful, vindictive individual. It's ridiculous! It's possible that she's genuinely mentally ill, so maybe your disinterested party could be someone with some expertise in that area - a psychologist, perhaps.

Now, whether all of this will change her attitude is highly doubtful, but it might just scare the drawers off of her and make her think twice before she attacks again. She can keep her attitude, as long as she controls her behavior and leaves everyone alone.

Well, gotta run. I'm seeing the back surgeon this morning, possibly to get the word on returning to work - or not. Prayers, please. Blessings! --Romeena

February 01, 2013 - Msg 92288:
Hey Folks

Well...we are in the middle of a winter smack down, 30 mile winds and about two feet of snow the last day and half, with a temp of 8. It was 63 degrees and the grass was green 48 hours ago. "Lake Effect" snow does not mess around.

Rev-Sorry. When I read your post above I thought you had returned to your RV home.

Boo-I thought the exact same thing as Romeena. The girl sounds like she has the "potential to be a threat." Be cautious.


February 01, 2013 - Msg 92289: Well storm path people...prayers....made it good here at the dog house....was busy at work....ok....lunch?....back to work....SPOT

February 01, 2013 - Msg 92290:
Boo- yes, I agree, with all in the news lately about nuts, I'd even call the authorities about her on-line threats, etc. In many states those are now part of battery laws, and need to be considered dangerous to life and limb.

February 01, 2013 - Msg 92291: Yea, who knows? I wouldn't even know where to start. The first thing I did was send the email to Bruce's older brother, Richard. He will probably tell her to lay off or else, if I know him. He is pretty tough and I think she is afraid of him. As far as an intervention, that is something to think about and discuss with the other siblings. I would want her kids to be a part of it, though and they are kind of scattered here and there...one in Dallas, one in Tyler...

Bruce and I have talked to the kids and told them that if she ever shows up not to let her in the house. I don't know what else I can do at this point. Its a real pain to have to deal with, but it's nothing new...most any family has to deal with someone like this at some point. We never have on my side of the family but there isn't a history of mental illness on our side.

Been a long day...had alot to get done and still more to do...better get after it.


February 01, 2013 - Msg 92292:
Howdy porch family....Just had a wonderful date out with my wife.

auh2o....yep I'm home but you're right, I'm also home in the motorhome....lol

Boo.....continued prayers for your sil situation.

You all have a great weekend
Love and prayers

February 01, 2013 - Msg 92293: Aw, that is so nice to hear, REV. Bruce and I really need to go out on dates now and then but it seems like we have to fight for time together, as sad as that sounds. I hope and pray I still have him around once the kids are out of the nest, but there are no garuntees. I really need to make it a priority to spend time with him. Its easy to just breeze through life thinking you have all the time in the world, but you just never know.

Thank you for those prayers, REV.


February 02, 2013 - Msg 92294: Wake up, Sleepyheads! :)


February 02, 2013 - Msg 92295: Good Morning Gang, It's "GROUND HOG DAY!"
Well The prognosticator of progonisticators
"Punxutawney Phill" has predictated a "EARLY" spring! I'm not sure we can trust this overgrown rodent's prediction or not. I'm sorta waiting on Possum to come out from under her rock, then we'll know for sure!
Asa,Tom,Sterling,PH,auh2o & I sure are hoping he is right!

G-F....(man I used alot of big words this morning, I sorta feel all used up!)

February 02, 2013 - Msg 92296: Boy G-F, You gotta learn to pace yerself man. Using all them big words in one post. It's impressive to read, but like you said, now yer spent. And the day is still young. You ain't a spring chicken you know. :)

Blue skies and sunny here, but colder than it has been the last couple of days. Another inversion is forming it looks like. Hopefully not as harsh as the last one. With the days getting a little longer now, they are less intense.

I neglected to welcome you back home Rev. Glad your travels were safe. And what a neat thing to have family and furkids greet you home.

Romeena, so what did the Doc say about your back? He tell you to hang up the nurses outfit? You're still in my prayers for a suitable outcome.

Boo, Yer SIL ain't got a little Bass in her, does she? She sounds like she's a half bubble off center for sure.

Guess I'll go see what's on tv today. Kinda nice to kick back for a day or two after the week it's been.


February 02, 2013 - Msg 92297:
"Just jab at possum with a stick...that's how you get possum out from under rock."

February 02, 2013 - Msg 92298: Howdydoo, porch! This is the most weird weather. Yesterday morning it was in the low thirties, and today it's 60°. Go figure.

To get a possum out from under a rock, you don't use an ordinary stick, it has to be a pointy one. However, I don't want to hear about anyone poking at our Possum with any kind of a stick, pointy or otherwise. That's just for ordinary possums, and our Possum ain't no ordinary possum. So you all put away your sticks, and act like somebody, you hear?

After I got home from the doc yesterday, David came by and got all my outside lights down off the house. They had been unplugged for a while now, but he got them down and safely stored away. He also got all my lighted deer folded up and hung on their pegs - they had been standing in a little herd in the garage. He straightened up and arranged the garage so that just about a fourth of it is now occupied with "stuff" - the rest is open space for the car. Sure does look better.

Then we went to the phone store, and (finally) got me an up-to-date phone. Mine was ten years old! We got a Samsung android "Note", and I think I'm really going to like it, after I learn to use it. Guess what my ringtone is? Yep, the whistled theme of TAGS! I love it! Now when my phone rings, there will be no doubt about whose it is. I'm going to try to find some funny sound bytes to use for notification, or designated rings. I'd love to have Barney saying "Miz Lesh?" as the notification of a text message.

Asa, thanks for asking. Actually, there's not a lot to tell. He agrees that I probably won't be able to handle a twelve-hour shift - I can't stay on my feet much more than an hour. I was hurting a lot when we finally got out of the phone store, after nearly two hours. So, to buy me some more time on disability pay, he's ordering an EMG. It's justifiable, because I have periods of loss of strength in my left leg - not serious, I just know that it doesn't feel strong and the knee gives way now and then. I think, and he agrees, that it's simply age, arthritis and the need to lose forty pounds, but it still gives him a way to justify me being on disability for a little longer. Meantime, I absolutely must find something else I can do, because I have to have the income. I'd prefer something from home, but that's a pretty tall order. Anybody got any ideas?

Well, I've got to go get my hair cut, it's hanging in my eyes! Either that, or pull it up into a topknot, like Toye Starr's. Now wouldn't that be cute?? Hahaha! Blessings, friends! --Romeena

February 02, 2013 - Msg 92299: Howdy porch! Just doing a check point chicken this afternoon.

Sitting here watching it SNOW! . It sure is pretty falling but probably will make for messy roads later tonight. Probably about an inch already in the ground. It's about 28 degrees now. Beth and were out and about earlier doing errands. The roads are mostly wet now but likely to get slicker later tonight. Wonder if that ole ground hog saw his shadow today?
I am ready for spring time .

Hopefully we will be able to get to church tomorrow morning. We have a new Associate/Youth pastor starting tomorrow so I hope to be there. I believe he will be a blessing to our church.

Super Bowl party is on for tomorrow night at O'Malley's cabin.
Be there by 6 pm. Menu will be: chicken nuggets from Chick- fli-a, cheese sticks, chips and dip, home made salsa by Beth and chips, cheese dip, and brownies. If anyone else wants to bring something to add to the table feel free to do so.

Romeena, sounds like you need more time off to heal.

Well, gotta go put some clothes in the dryer.
See ya tomorrow.
Big Maude

February 02, 2013 - Msg 92300: Just popping in long enough to let y'all know that my divorce was finalized yesterday.
Thank you, Lord for delivering me out of that mess.

And for all the prayers and support-thank you,friends.

Love to all~ possum under a rock

February 02, 2013 - Msg 92301: Yay. Possum!
Big Maude

February 02, 2013 - Msg 92302: It seems strange to celebrate a divorce, but knowing what you have been through in the past years, one can only be thankful. Blessings, my friend. --Romeena

February 02, 2013 - Msg 92303: Possum, Glad you found some peace...Hate to say much because a Male is one of my kind..haha But remember their are alot of good ones out there too! (did ya see your shadow this morning?)

Now behave Maude...or Asa will not bring his gravey fries to the party tomorrow....

Romeena, Your ring tone reminded me of a big meeting a couple of weeks ago...cardinal sin, forgot to silence my phone and guess what? "Busted!" everyone knew it was me!....


February 02, 2013 - Msg 92304: I concour. Sad to celebrate a divorce, but in your case Possum, I'm glad it's done and over with. I know it's been a rough time, but now you can move on with life. I'm curious though. What part of the chicken do the nuggets come from?? :)


That party sounds great Maude.

February 02, 2013 - Msg 92305: Wow, not sure how my post above got all mixed up. Hope y'all can make sense of it.


February 02, 2013 - Msg 92306: Happy for you, Possum. Love ya.

Asa, are you drankin' some mulberry squeezins??


February 02, 2013 - Msg 92307: Asa..I think the nuggets come from the head? No waite a min. that a noggin..As the commercial goes it's pieces & parts fused together. Sounds like mystery meat to me...Boo, I think all that snow is getting to Asa is what i'm thinking..
SPOT...Bring some of those onion rings from the Varsity to O'Malley's party tomorrow...Whata ya have, Whata ya have..


February 03, 2013 - Msg 92308: "parts is parts."

February 03, 2013 - Msg 92309:
R...and others with smartphones: I tried to do a link to the story below, but the address was too long for the censor, so I copied and pasted part of it for you. I saw about this on a TV report last week. Be aware that bro bro IS watching!
Just google something like "Report on smartphone tracking" to get the full story.

"Some smartphone apps collect and transmit sensitive information stored on a phone, including location, contacts, and web browsing histories, even when the apps are not being used by the phone’s owner, according to two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology."
“It seems like people are no longer in control of their own privacy,” said Frances Zhang, a master’s degree student in computer science at MIT. Zhang and fellow researcher Fuming Shih, a computer science doctoral candidate, found that some popular apps for phones running Google Inc.’s Android operating system are continually collecting information without informing the phone’s owner. The popular game Angry Birds uses the phone’s GPS and Wi-Fi wireless networking features to track the owner’s location, even when he’s not playing the game. Another game, Bowman, collects information from the phone’s Internet browser, including what websites the owner has been visiting. And WhatsApp, a popular text-messaging program, scans the user’s address book when it is seemingly idle. What is not known is whether apps that run on Apple Inc.’s iPhone and iPad tablet computer collect information in similar ways. Shih and Zhang only tested 36 apps written for the Android operating system, which is “open source” software — meaning users are free to modify programs that run on the platform. The researchers added software to Android that recorded the actions of each app on a standard Android phone. They could not run the same tests on iPhone or iPad apps, because Apple’s software can’t be modified by users. Zhang said it’s possible iPhone and iPad apps also collect and transmit information in the background, “but we don’t have the data to support that.”

Sorry for the long post, but thought you should all know why I still have my old flip phone!

February 03, 2013 - Msg 92310: Good Morning gang!...congrats possum...(been kinda in touch with her during her ride to freedom)...happy for you girl...hey Maude,MDC,asa,Rommena,auh20,Boo,G-F,Rev you home?..Maude I will bring hot wings for the party and tater salad...and some dancing boots !...possum we both being single now ...well "may I have the first dance?" ha ha...ok...my last weekend to work for a month...will firn a sermon on the web or tv....prayers and good thoughts to all....SPOT

February 03, 2013 - Msg 92311: Good Morning Porch!

Seems like the porch has had a lot of activity since I last visited! Possum's divorced finalized (congrats!), Boo's terrorizing SIL, Romeena still having health issues, Dick Goddard in the hospital (I can't believe he's still alive), snow...

Life here is busy, but calm. In the grand scheme of things, I really can't complain. There's so much to be thankful for.

I feel the same as y'all about Helen. Her character got in my last nerve! Peggy was my second favorite girlfriend of Andy's, after Ellie. Thelma Lou played some of those games with Barney, but she was so sweet that it didn't bother me like with Helen.

Well, I've got to round up children from the separate friends houses. Y'all have a nice day!


February 03, 2013 - Msg 92312: Thanks y'all,and Asa,that mixed up post of yours was well suited for the occasion!
Gotta go soak my feet after all that dancing with Spotty-ha!
Yes,you were,Spotty (referring to your post) and I will never forget how you stayed with me online those first few days. Thank you,my friend.
Love to all! ~ possum again

February 03, 2013 - Msg 92313: Good morning, porch! Well, just as I stepped into the 21st Century, MDC tells me that the phone I just bought is actually a tiny, purse-riding spy! I'll admit, I wasn't too happy at first. Then I thought about it. Pretty much everything listed is already in operation, phone or no phone. My car has a GPS, so my location can be tracked anywhere. If it didn't, the OnStar thing wouldn't work, and I like having it, because if I had a wreck and the car wasn't visible from the road, no one could find me. Same if a thief stole the car. It could be found, at least until the thief removed the device.

As for tracking where I go online, that happens with the computer I'm using right now. It's no coincidence that any ads embedded on the sites I visit reflect the products I've visited elsewhere. I bought that garden cart from Amazon, and now everywhere I go, somebody is trying to sell me a garden cart, and almost every site I visit has ads for irises and birdbaths. I do have pop-up blocker, but I'm talking about those sidebar, embedded ads.

Face it, folks, we are being watched and there's not a cotton-pickin' thing we can do about it. Not only that, Google World carries a picture of my house that shows the street and house number, and at one time, even showed the bag of trash sitting on the curb! It's been updated now. Finally, those spy drones reportedly can tell what kind of phone you have in your hand - from 17,000 feet! All of this can be used for good or evil, but it is what it is. If somebody wants to track me this morning when I leave the house, they're going to track me right into the church parking lot. I hope that tells them something about me.

Well, they'll be tracking me arriving late, if I don't get a move on. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

February 03, 2013 - Msg 92314: Lucy, I did not know you had a N.E. Ohio connection, yep Dick is still kickin, maybe not right now because he has had knee replacement. That is why he is out of commission right now. Did you use to live in N.E. Ohio?

Romeena better watch out, MDC is at his control center tracking you with his "ROdar"..haha now you won't be able to step out for a pinch of snuff or go to the Giggalo Club in Yancey with out the world knowing about it ;)I'm just sayin'
Ro, funny about catchin your trash at the curb,
when I Googled mine it caught me mowing the grass the time I went diagonally instead of north to south and east to west as I normally do.
I must have felt "wacky" that day..haha If I knew I would have waved....


February 03, 2013 - Msg 92315: Yea Possum with our e-mails I felt like I was going through your freedom run with you, glad to have been some help..This whole porch is wonderfull...you here, and via e-mails helped me with Sherrys sickness so much...boss was moving into a new office and found a bunch of pics taken here at Work...gave me several of Sherry back in 2003..she looked so healthy and was making goofy poses here in the office. Boss is gona get one made into a 8 by 10 to hang in here...(office)..well I get off at 5 here..just gona go home and watch the game and do a little grillin...prayers...SPOT

February 03, 2013 - Msg 92316: Oh man..just got caught by the censor and lost a long post when I tried to go back. :(

Anyhoo...Go 49ers!

Been an interesting day. I had a kind of reaction to a new drug my doc started me on and ended up in the little emergency care center near us. I thought i might be having a stroke at first...having some cognitive problems...trouble remembering things, etc. No other neuro problems but wanted to be checked out. The doc said the new statin i started taking ( a new statin) can cause cognitive problems and told me to stop taking it...he didn't have to tell me! Crazy. I am doing much better now but it was not a good feeling when it was happening. It was like the feeling you have when you wake and you know you had a dream but you can't piece together what the dream was about. It was like my brain was trying very hard to remember things that i should have been able to remember. Not a good feeling and certainly very different from anything I had ever experienced so I thought I had better at least go and get checked out a little. I am feeling alittle nauseous off and on but much clearer. I am wondering if all this might just a prelude to a migraine. I am starting to get a headache! If I have any other neuro symptoms I will go back...don't worry, I will keep a close eye on myself.

I have company coming from out of town tonight so please pray that I will feel better. :)


February 03, 2013 - Msg 92317: sorry...I repeated myself on the statin thing! haha


February 03, 2013 - Msg 92318: Statins - grrrr! And that's all I'll say on the subject, except to add that I'm so glad you recognized the problem and checked it out.

Spot, bless your heart, friend. Hang in there. The first year is the hardest, but you'll get through it. I pray for you, buddy.

You know, Lucy, I liked Ellie too. I think we tend to forget about her, because she came and went so early in the show's run, but that girl was a keeper. Sweet and pleasant, with a killer smile. Opie liked her, too!

Doggone it, I fell asleep in my chair this afternoon, and woke up with a stiff neck and a head like a watermelon. I hate when that happens.

Friends, I have a serious prayer request. You may remember that my DIL, my David's wife (Eloise's daughter) had a melanoma removed about four years ago, from the back of her leg. At the time, they told her they felt like they had it all, after a Mohs procedure to remove it. Since then, she has had a couple more suspicious lesions removed, but they have been benign. Well, she had another one removed last week, from her abdomen, and David says it looked just like the one taken from her leg, much more so than the others did. He's scared. So am I. The biopsy result will be in this week, so please, please - pray that it will be benign. Melanoma is a bad actor, and she's so young.

Another request - if anyone is messing with those tanning beds, please stop. In her twenties, my DIL visited them fairly often, and now her dermatologist has told her that those things have unfortunately been a tremendous boost to her business! She says that of her melanoma patients, the percentage of tanning bed users is much, much higher than the percentage of non-users. The numbers tell.

Thank you, friends. Your prayers will be appreciated. --Romeena

February 03, 2013 - Msg 92319: Will most certainly be praying for Brittany, Ro. The Lord has been faithful in the past and He will be in the future. Prayers for David, also, bless his sweet heart. I hate for him to have to go through it.


February 04, 2013 - Msg 92320: Hay Ravens....we did it! What a game....the second half was a nail bitter.

February 04, 2013 - Msg 92321: I will certainly add Brittany and David in my prayers Ro. That is scary.

That was a great game Frankie, especially the second half. What an ending.

Gosh Boo, I hope you are still feeling ok today. Medication is wonderful, but sometimes the side effects are worse than the condition they are treating it seems.

This talk about those pictures taken from space causes one to think. Be careful in treating yeast infections in the manner Romeena suggests folks. YIKES! lol

Prayers for you Spot, my friend. Hang in there buddy.

Better get rolling. Lots to do today. Prayers for all.


February 04, 2013 - Msg 92322: Boo, Golly, You have more on your plate than a hungry man at Thanksgiving! Continued prayers, maybe we can get SPOT to eat some of your Turkey & Stuffing and lighten your load..


February 04, 2013 - Msg 92323:
Morning Porch

It's hard to believe less than a week ago we were in the middle of a "January Thaw." Temp's in the 60's the grass was green and even did a little yard work. Well... since Friday we've had about 40 inches of snow, of which 28 inches fell on Friday alone. We also have a winter storm warning for 8 to 10 inches more for today. I love it.

Asa-Our weather here seems to be a week behind yours and a day behind G-F's.

Romeena-Prayers have been and will be offered for your DIL.

Spot-Keep on keeping on! You're a strong dog.

Boo-Sorry to hear about your reaction to the meds. That must have been scary.


February 04, 2013 - Msg 92324: Thanks, I am pretty clear-headed today but still kind of nauseous off and on. Last night when i would try to fall alseep, my heart would pound like crazy and I would feel very sick but not vomiting...kind of weird. I finally got up and took a half a phenergan and was able to sleep. I had a few crackers and some yogurt today but don't dare eat anything else. No other symptoms, though.


February 04, 2013 - Msg 92325:
RO--of course Opie liked Ellie..."she owns a soda fountain!" ha
Prayers indeed for brittany!!
Did anyone here see the Ram truck commercial during the game? Wow! Finally, a GOOD one!
My hat's off to people like HM and even BOO for her "farming" nature. The link is too long for the censor here, but if you go to www.youtube.com and type in "Ram trucks superbowl 2013" you will see this one. It's got God and everthin' (:
God's blessings,

February 04, 2013 - Msg 92326: Boo, I hear those commercials on tv selling prescription drugs, and then hear the disclaimer about all the possible side effects, and I wonder who on earth would take this stuff if you don't have to. I know they are being all legalistic and following the law with all those warnings, but sheesh. And so many of the things they are selling are not for anthing madically needed. But to boost looks, or moods, or manly activities. I doub't ain't no feller going to the hospital if after 4 hours things ain't returned to normal, if you get my drift. But I can't believe they try peddeling that stuff on tv. I ain't seen old "smiling Bob" and his adoring wife for a while now, and I hope it stays that way.


February 04, 2013 - Msg 92327: Ya snuck in on me MDC. Yep, that ad was great. You can't go wrong with Paul Harvey talking.


February 04, 2013 - Msg 92328: You beat me to it MDC, To me that commercial was the BEST one. Farmers don't get enough credit for the work they do. I think a farmer was the first McGiver, they have to come up with alot of ways to keep all the farm equipment and most everything else going too...With out farmers we would have dirt & water..I'll take a nice steak over a ball of dirt any day!...


February 04, 2013 - Msg 92329: MDC, that commercial was really something. It was so beautiful, visually. I loved it...thanks.

So true, Asa, and I am so happy not to see Smilin' Bob anymore! ;)

Better go start the meatloaf...sounds positively awful to me, but the family will like it. I think I will have toast..stomach still not quite right but getting better. :)


February 04, 2013 - Msg 92330: Boo, Meatloaf...Does that come from a lazy cow?
Does Chicken ala King come from a royal chicken?
Eggs Benedict comes from a traitor egg?
Pigs in a Blanket comes from a cold Pig?

Just Wondering....G-F

February 05, 2013 - Msg 92331: I agree, that "farmer" commercial was the best! I didn't watch too much of the Super Bowl, but I did see that commercial, and it was a nice change of pace from some of the commercials which weren't so family friendly, I hear. Luckily, I didn't see - just heard about - those other commercials.

Like you all, I don't much like being tracked everywhere. But I have to disagree with you Ro, that we can't do anything about it. Especially online. There are things you can do. Like use search engines which don't track your movements and put cookies(no, not the snickerdoodle kind) on your computer, which can be downright dangerous.
I have used sites like DuckDuckGo and Gibiru when doing searches, as they don't track you, give you cookies, or keep your information.
Now, there's a little bit of the honor system you have to give them, hoping they keep up their end and really aren't tracking you, but those two are pretty well respected.

Of course, I HAVE used this whole tracking deal to my advantage before, when I wanted to refinance our house. Once while using a regular search engine(Google is a good one if you don't want privacy), I had been researching different refinance companies to find one where we could lower our monthly payment. A short couple days later, the company we originally had our mortgage through sent an urgent mailer, offering to help us refinance through them.
What a coincidence, huh?!
Well, I didn't take the offer right away, and soon I had lost the mailer they sent. I was rethinking about taking their offer, since discovering that we would have no closing costs to worry about nor any fees of any kind if we refinanced through them. But I had lost the mailer and the number they gave, and all the promises they made in it, and I wanted that so that I would have all that info in front of me when I talked with them.
But how could I get them to send me another one??
Well, I'll tell ya, I just went on Google again(or could have been Yahoo, who knows), searched for and went to the sites of some refinance companies, and like clockwork, in a couple days another mailer from our mortgage company magically appeared at our doorstep.

Kinda scary, isn't it?!

Yep, I use search engines that don't track me, now.

Course, I may need to refinance again some day. But not to worry, there is always Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. when I want someone to know what I want, sometimes before I even do.

-Sterling Holobyte

February 05, 2013 - Msg 92332: Hope you are feeling better, Boo!

Glad your nightmare is over, Possum.

Very funny "wonderings", G-F!

-Sterling Holobyte

February 05, 2013 - Msg 92333: Thanks, Sterling. I was feeling better but then woke up at around 4 this morning feeling sick again. Oh well...this too shall pass eventually.
It's the weirdest feeling. Almost like the feeling you have with a panic attack...my heart just starts beating like crazy, I feel sick and a kind of anxious feeling comes over me...then its gone again. I'm ready for it to stay gone.

Right now I'm sipping on cider vinegar in water. It really helps to settle the stomach.


February 05, 2013 - Msg 92334: Good morning, porch! Sterling, your points are well taken, but I guess I just don't worry about the tracking done on the internet very much. Maybe I should, but so far, no ill has befallen me because of it. In fact, as you mentioned, it has helped me a couple of times. A while back, I was doing some searching for a piece of yard art I was interested in buying. During my search, I actually found exactly what I was looking for, but it was late at night, I was tired, and I decided to sleep on it before placing the order. I failed to bookmark the site, and the next day I had no idea where I had seen the piece. (I said I was tired, remember?) Well, not to worry. As soon as I started my search, the first site I opened had those sidebar ads, and guess what? Yep - right there in plain sight was the picture I had seen earlier. I clicked on it, and it took me right back to where I had visited before, just like magic. The little piece of statuary was delivered yesterday!

I have a little program called CCCleaner, and I run it every couple of days. I suppose it could be run after every session on your computer, to be very thorough. It only takes a couple of minutes. It cleans the cookies and such off your computer, empties your trash and clears your browsing history. It cuts down dramatically on the tracking. Also, pop-up blockers help a lot.
Oh, according to my computer guru friend in Florida, who links up to my computer and fixes it for me when I have a problem - Google is his preferred search engine, then down the line a way is Bing, and then finally, if you must, there's Yahoo. That's just his opinion.

Boo, do you realize that the symptoms you're describing sound very much like what Sean has been experiencing? Very interesting. I'll keep you both in my prayers.

Well, I have to get an EMG done today, so guess I'd better get ready and get out of here. I hate to leave my window, though. I put a lot of stuff out on the feeding stones yesterday, and the critters are finding it this morning. One little squirrel was first, and when he discovered the pecans, already cracked, he almost did a happy dance. Someone gave me a big bag of pecans, far more than I'd ever eat. They're quite small, the little Texas native pecans, but delicious. Great flavor, but you have to work for it. They'll spoil before I'd ever pick my way through that huge bag, so I'm sharing them with the squirrels. However, since my mama didn't raise any dummies, I'm cracking them when I put them out there. I just place them on the flagstones and hit them with a flat rock until they're all cracked. That way, the squirrels won't try to bury them, and even if they do, they won't sprout. The little fellow this morning just plunked his little fluffy backside down right in the middle of the pile of pecans, and started chowing down! There was a leftover waffle too, and a couple of hard, dry sausage and cheese balls. He sampled everything, but the pecans were his favorites. His little tail was just waving constantly, he was so happy! I love it. Now, after all the pecan meat is gone, and there's just a pile of shells left, I'll scoop them up and scatter them over the flowerbeds. Any kind of nutshells are good for that. They gradually decompose, and will work down into the soil, loosening and enriching it. Waste not, want not!

OK, off I go. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena