February 21, 2013 - Msg 92548: Gosh, you are so lucky, MDC. I think we have had about the warmest winter I ever remember here in south texas. It is going to be in the 80s here today. I am dreading summer like you can't believe! We have been in a drought for so long and no signs of that changing.

Thanks, Ro. Bruce sent her a simple, short, and to the point email last night. I hope she is ablet to understand it. It hink it might be a little above her head.

Really? Obama is trotting off to Hawaii and it is costing that much? He must be very wealthy, or are we paying for his vacations?


February 21, 2013 - Msg 92549: Snow MDC? Are you sure it wasn't something else? lol
We are getting just a few flurries this morning, but the bulk of this one went south of us. And that's a-ok with me. Another one is due in on Saturday that is supposed to be bigger. But the longer term forecast shows a warming trend for us. Well it is almost March for Petes sake. It should be getting warmer. We haven't seen 48 in months I think MDC. It was so very nice Saturday. I went and looked at my thermometer thinking it had to be in the low 50's at least. HA! 36. But it sure felt good from the deep freeze we have had this winter.

Speaking of Emergency, wasn't the nurse on that show married to Jack Webb in real life? Seems like I remember reading that somewhere. I don't even remember her name. She had longer blondish hair. But it was a good show. I always enjoyed that, and Dragnet, and Adam-12.


February 21, 2013 - Msg 92550:
Asa, I did some research and discovered that Julie London, who played Nurse Dixie McCall on Emergency, was married to Jack Webb between 1947 and 1954. She was also married to Bobby Troup, one of the doctors on Emergency, between 1959 and 1999.
Click on http://www.peoplequiz.com/images/quizzes/emergency.jpg-3791.jpg to view the cast of Emergency. That's Julie in the middle and her second husband with the white coat and light colored hair. Julie London was a professional singer and her second husband, Bobby Troup, was a musician. In fact, he wrote the song Route 66 that Nat King Cole had a hit with back in 1946.

from Poor Horatio

February 21, 2013 - Msg 92551:
Asa, I forgot to mention that you can view episodes of Adam-12 for FREE over at http://www.hulu.com/adam-12

from Poor Horatio

February 21, 2013 - Msg 92552:
Asa, and I forgot to mention that you can view episodes of Dragnet for FREE over at http://www.hulu.com/dragnet and episodes of Emergency over at http://www.hulu.com/emergency

from Poor Horatio

February 21, 2013 - Msg 92553:
Yup, ASA, here's a link! Quite fun for us desert rats!

February 21, 2013 - Msg 92554:
And a good sweep again BOO. You go to way yonder too much work for us! (:

February 21, 2013 - Msg 92555: Good morning, porch. It's a pretty day here, though a bit chilly at 48, but it's warming up. Sorry, all you cold-weather folks. I don't mean to be rubbing it in. The truth is, Boo and I are secretly (not so secretly, maybe) envious of your snow. We would love it, but it's not gonna happen around here, at least not in any appreciable quantities. Oh well.

Well, in the last fifteen minutes, while I was playing with Toye Starr, my "pretty" day has turned gray, cloudy and drizzly. A damp, dispirited-looking squirrel and one forlorn bird are nosing around the wet feeding stones, trying to find something edible in the soggy remains of some bread I put out yesterday. Guess I'll go put out some old shelled walnuts I found in the fridge. It won't matter if they're wet, and everybody loves them. Oh, a whole flock of doves just came in, over a dozen of them. Maybe I'll add some cracked corn to those walnuts. The doves think cracked corn is manna from heaven.

Guess I'd better go. I've been putting off a lot of chores, and need to catch up a little. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

February 21, 2013 - Msg 92556: Oh, I forgot. One the subject of Julie London, who played Dixie McCall on "Emergency", surely everyone remembers her rendition of "Cry Me a River." She had a smoky, sultry voice and did a really great job with that song. --Romeena

February 21, 2013 - Msg 92557: MDC..No Air Show? Man that just ain't right! The same thing happened to us, we had a great one in Akron @ the (Goodyear Blimp Air Dock) The local Air Museum...MAPS would sponsor it. But it also got to expensive and could not get the sponsorship needed to pull it off. Sad because they had ones that were as good as any others. My Son & I went for years, they always had it on Fathers Day weekend. Just a F.Y.I. That is why I am called "Grandpa Airplane" by my Grandson, after I took him to his first air show there.
They always had alot of WW2 airmen heros there alot of big names too, but in my opinion they are ALL big in my book...Amen?


February 21, 2013 - Msg 92558:
So you're really GA, and not GF? ha (:

February 21, 2013 - Msg 92559: Afternoon porch, hope all is well.a bright sunny cool day in Northeast Tennessee. Been busy at work this week and busy at home too.

I am driving to Knoxville this afternoon for a continuing education training tomorrow. it starts at 8:30 am. It's about a 2 hour drive so I am staying over tonight. 2 of my fellow therapists are going as well so it should be a good trip. be back home tomorrow around 7pm or so.

hope all is well.take care and ya'll behave while I'm gone!

Prayers and blessings

Big Maude

February 21, 2013 - Msg 92560: Awesome links P.H. Thank you. I forgot about Hulu. I'll enjoy that much.

So the nurse was married to Jack Webb, and then later to Bobby Troup. I remember that now that you mentioned it. I don't know that I ever heard Julie London sing, but I can remember she did have that sultry voice Ro. I bet she was a good singer.

Speaking of Jack Webb, if you have never seen the skit he did with Johnny Carson, you have to look that one up on youtube. The one with the copper clappers. Hilarious.

Well MDC, by golly did you go make snowballs or anything?

Sure is interesting when they get serious about budget cutting, they go for the throat. The threats of police and fireman that will be gone. How about the gazillions they waste on stupidity. Such as a current study of video games played by the elderly, and how it affects them. Seriously? This is needed at this time when our nation is on the verge of economic collapse? And yes, I got a vein sticking out of my head as big as a garden hose!


February 21, 2013 - Msg 92561: MDC , SPOT ... are you guys ready for the 500.
Blessings to all

February 21, 2013 - Msg 92562: Haha MDC, Yes I answer to many names but not Cream Puff or Barney Poo....G-F...

February 21, 2013 - Msg 92563: Don't pop a vein, Asa.

Barney: "...Otis, you were standing naked before me"
Otis: "Andy, I was not!!"


February 21, 2013 - Msg 92564: Hi, porch! Just passin' by. Check out this link:



February 21, 2013 - Msg 92565:
Howdy porch family.....long day and night yesterday in studio. Man was I bushed all day today. But it's turning out good.

Ro....The name of the new cd is going to be called "Front Porch Praise". Got some really fun songs on this cd. Got one song on here called "Drive Through The Country" that mentions some of the places that I travel to throughout the year and yes Texas is on it. It's going to be a cool song to do in my concerts. The song that I wrote for Erica's wedding is turning out unreal....everyone in the studio is going crazy over this song. I am putting it on the cd as well. Then I went a different direction from anything that I have ever done by writing a "funny" song called "That's My Pew". Even though it's a "funny" song it came from a true story that happened to us on a concert tour in AZ (sorry MDC...lol). Wrote just for fun some years ago and never planned to record it but played it for some studio folks and they talked me into recording it.

Race fans....the big one kicks off this weekend....let the checkered flag wave and let'm crank it up!

OK gang....I'm gonna try and get some rest. You all have a great day and night!
Love and prayers

February 21, 2013 - Msg 92566:
Asa, you can view the case of the copper clappers at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FNBuO6eDYc

from Poor Horatio

February 21, 2013 - Msg 92567:
Romeena, you can view Julie London singing your favorite song in a live performance at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOLGv3WPnVQ
This illustrates just how sultry she could sing.

from Poor Horatio

February 21, 2013 - Msg 92568: Wow am I ever ready for the 500...and kinda cool Go Daddy D is on the pole...but bet she dont lead a lap....Jeff will eat her up.....hey Romeena,PH,ASA,Possum,Rev,Boo.MD,Maude...and all....ok...let me get the wood stacked on the porch before the rain...any left overs?...SPOT

February 21, 2013 - Msg 92569:
Have a safe trip Maudie! Hope it goes well.
Wow, could that lady sin, and I always thought she was "just" an actress. Do you think she worked that club in Yancey?
Good stuff.
Oh, and PH, perfect with the copper clappers skit!
I always enjoyed those Johnny bits...tea time movie, Carnac, etc!
REV, when were you in AZ?
ASA, regarding all the "scare" tactics, (which are getting old like the boy who cried wolf) the
cuts of 40 Billion out of a 3500 billion $ budget
just don't add up to all they are saying will supposedly be cut! And when they mention teachers, dont they know that WE know that they are paid by the STATES, not the Feds!! Grrr indeed!
"Put a mailbag on some people and it goes right to their head! (:

February 21, 2013 - Msg 92570:
OOPS! Maybe Julie London could sin too, but of course I meant SING! ha

February 21, 2013 - Msg 92571:
MDC......I use to tour AZ every year. That was maybe 10 years ago or so. It just got to be so tough making that tour since I was so booked more east. For the last 10 years I've pretty much don't go any further west than mid Texas.

Spot....I'll have to agree with you...don't think Go D will be up front long. But she may fool us....crazy things happen at the D 500.

Night all
Love and prayers

February 22, 2013 - Msg 92572: Ha ha ha MDC. When you said that Julie London sure could sin, I was thinking "man, P.H. musta given him a different link than the one I saw. Too funny buddy. Thanks for those links P.H. Boy, she was a great singer, and what a beautiful woman.

I liked Danica at one time fellers, but her association with Go Daddy has kinda soured me on her I guess. The commercials I see them run on T.V. are just not right in my thinking. But most folks would call me a prude. Oh well, so be it.

So is it just me, or was that Copper Clapper skit hilarious? Everytime I watch it I get a good laugh. Partly because it is nice to see Jack Webb in a comedy sketch (so out of character for him) and partly because I think Johnny Carson was a great comedian. MDC, I also loved his "Great Carmack" skits, and Ed McMahon was the perfect straight man for him.

Glad you session turned out so well Rev. Now you gonna give all us "asthmatic crow" singers a chance to invest in your recording venture? :)

Glad it's Friday. And glad it's the end of Feburary. Come on spring! Can I get an Amen?


February 22, 2013 - Msg 92573: Thanks PH for the "Copper Clappers skit, it has been along time since I saw that one, but it's still funny especially Jack Webb being able to keep a straight face. My brother had a song he'd sing something about "Greasy Grimey Gopher Guts",
don't remember how it all went but It was funny!

REV, Great name for you're new project..Hurry up and get it on disc because the HUD Inspectors are comming in the Spring to do their annual inspections so I need all the help I can get!... haha It worked for the State boiler inspector so hopefully it will work for the HUD inspector too, (he is really a tough one!)


February 22, 2013 - Msg 92574: Here's how it went, G-F:
"Great, green globs of greasy, grimey gopher guts,
Dirty little birdy feet,
Mutilated monkey meat,
French fried eye balls rolling in a bowl of blood,
and me with out a spoon...but I got a straw!


February 22, 2013 - Msg 92575: Oh, and you sing it to the tune of "I'm in the Lord's Army".


February 22, 2013 - Msg 92576: Haha Boo, I guess there Is a reason I forgot the words to that rhyme...My you have a good memory!


February 22, 2013 - Msg 92577: My friends and I sang it....ALOT.


February 22, 2013 - Msg 92578: Boo and G-F, we used to sing that song(or something like it) about girls. It went:
"Girls are made of greasy, grimey gopher guts,
Mutilated monkey meat,
Little turdy, birdy feet,
All mixed up with camel snot,
Don't you wish you had a spoon."


-Sterling Holobyte

February 22, 2013 - Msg 92579: Hey there porch!
We've had a lot going on lately so I'm spending less time online, but now that my ankle is messed up again I may have more time!

Will y'all please pray for my husband's job? It's kind of difficult to explain but he got a promotion to open up new medical clinics, but the person that took his job is literally tearing down the original clinic and husband may not be able open the new one then husband is out of a job. His boss is on a sabbatical to get into school. We aren't sure what's going to happen.

Big Maude, I hope you have a good time in Knoxville.
Boo, we are on average for our temps, but above average for our rain.
Mayberry Deputy, it's nice to "see" you.
Poor Horatio, you're good with the links. I hope you are well.
MDC, lucky duck to get snow!
Rev, your cd sounds great!
Sterling, I like that song.
Spot, I was in your neck of the woods the other day.
Possum, I hope Miss Laci is doing well.
Homemaker, how is the jewelry making going?
Romeena, how is your neck? Are you back to work?
Asa, I hope your wife is hanging in there.
G-F, did I tell you my in-laws live in Shelby?
Auh20, I like your Facebook profile picture.
Tom, would love to read a poem!

I miss Mavis, DES, AFD, Dixie Belle, Me They, and so many more. I need to get the salad fixed for supper. Y'all take care now.

Blessings to you and yours,

February 22, 2013 - Msg 92580: Did y'all see on Facebook that Mavis became a grandmother?


February 22, 2013 - Msg 92581:
Howdy porch family....rainy and messy here in SC.

Asa....wasn't planning on selling stock in this cd....Unless you shame me into selling some:) lol

G-F....the cd should be released the second week in May.

Lucy....prayers for your hubby's job situation.

Well I'm sitting here with my little buddy Jake laying in my lap sleeping......what a life:)

You all have a good night and a wonderful weekend!
Love and prayers

February 22, 2013 - Msg 92582:
Too funny about the gopher guts song,
and its various "versions."
We used to sing it at Boy Scout camp as we waited in the chow line, with a little different version...Different opening, same "guts" (sorry, couldn't resist the pun) and different ending...
"Here we stand like greasy, grimey...
Waiting for our f-o-o-o-d!"
Funny memories!
Found this cute clip:

Lucy- good to hear from you. Will be praying for hubby.
Yes, I did see that about Mavis. Very cool.
ASA, That "g" is so-o-o important. haha
Tho I dont have an i-phone, I have heard of
them "auto-correcting" text messages, and some come out pretty funny. On the other hand, I am not a big fan of such.
Seems to me that we are dumbing down the language
when we need auto-spell, auto-correct, etc. Of course,
that's from an old English teacher.
Prayers for Sean, Bruce and all!

February 23, 2013 - Msg 92583: Morning Porch! Got back about 7 :30 last night. Worn out from sitting all day in the meeting and the the 2 hour ride home. Had a good time though. My colleagues are also friends as well so travel well together.

Lots to do today around the Cox manor so better get busy.

Supper men will be : chicken tortilla soup, Mexican corn bread.
Ya'll come eat.

Prayers and blessings.
Big Maude

February 23, 2013 - Msg 92584: I'll have two pieces of corn bread.

February 23, 2013 - Msg 92585: Frankie would like a slice of cornbread between two slices of cornbread. And a slice of cornbread on the side. Oh, and boiled lobster. Frankie loves her some boiled lobster. :)


February 23, 2013 - Msg 92586: ...AND SOME GOPHER GUTS! m-m-m-m-m-m (:

February 23, 2013 - Msg 92587: OK, with all this "gopher guts" talk, I just have to share this little story.

When my oldest son was in the second grade, I received a call from his teacher, asking that I come to the school that afternoon, to discuss a matter that was too delicate to be covered on the phone. Well, you can imagine what all went through my mind. I waited until my son was home (we lived a block from the school) then asked my neighbor to watch him and his sister, and I headed for the school.

When I entered, the grim-faced young teacher asked me to be seated. She said we had to discuss the matter of my son's language. This was a shock, as neither Dale nor I used rough language, and were teaching our children that it wasn't appropriate, so I asked her what on earth he had said. She looked around, as though fearing the walls had ears, and finally managed to stammer out this shocking sentence: "He said 'fried worms!" I guess I looked a bit blank, because she added - "at the lunch table!" I was still just blinking at her, I guess, because she said, "Don't you understand? He said those words at the lunch table! In front of everyone! I couldn't even finish my lunch!" I finally caught on, arranged my expression into one of proper horror, and quickly assured her that we would deal with him at home and would do our best to ensure that it never happened again. She seemed relieved, and I got out of there as quickly as I could, raced to my car and once safely enclosed, I sat there and laughed like an idiot.

Before dinner, I let Dale in on the situation, and we handled it at the dinner table. Before we could bring it up, our son gave us the perfect opening. We were having fried chicken, and he proceeded to favor us with his version of the Shake'n'Bake commercial, the part where the little kid says, "It's not fried, it's baked!" His version was "It's not fried chicken, it's fried worms!" Much delighted laughter from him and his sister, of course. Dale asked him where he heard that, and he said he made it up at lunch, because they were having Shake'n'Bake chicken. He said the other kids were "laughing sooo hard!" I asked whether the teacher thought it was funny, and he said he didn't think so, because she made him go sit at a table by himself! So, we explained that some people are very sensitive, and might be offended by such a concept as fried worms, especially during a meal, and would he please not do that again? He promised, and that was the end of it.

As I recall, that teacher didn't have children, and if God is merciful, she never did. I don't know who would have been more miserable, the teacher or any children she might have had. --Romeena

February 23, 2013 - Msg 92588: Good thing you could hold it until you got out to the car, Romeena. I don't know if I could have and I might have laughed in her face, out of the sheer ridiculousness of it AND the relief I would have had knowing my kid hadn't used much more inappropriate language.

-Sterling Holobyte

February 23, 2013 - Msg 92589: Good story Romeena, and good on you in containing yourself in front of her. She must have been a greenie in teaching I imagine if that comment upset her so bad. I bet a year later after interacting with kids she probably was quite different.


February 23, 2013 - Msg 92590: Talk about a delicate teacher! She wouldn't last a day around here. ;) Goodness, 7 year old boys are all about fried worms and gopher guts and such. It reminds me of my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Heffner, who patroled the lunch room and caught one of my friends, Herbert, making worms out of his jello and goulash with his straw. She made him eat the whole mess! Kinda harsh, I thought. hehe

Its a nice day here in south texas...cool and overcast. Bruce is working all weekend to try and make some overtime in case of the furlough. he has enough work to do on that job to work 7 days a week, so he is taking advantage of it with his boss' approval.

Its nearly time for him to be home so I better scare up some dinner. I have a pound of ground sirloin I need to use and not sure what to do with it...


February 23, 2013 - Msg 92591: Oh, by the way...speaking of creepy things like worms...yesterday I found a tarantula in the front yard and scooped it up in a container for Erin to do a little nature study. He was a fine-looking specimen...a lovely chocolate brown color. We looked him up and he was a "Texas Brown Tarantula". He is second I have found out here in the last year. We kept him overnight and then let him loose on the other side of the fence today. Kinda hated to see him go but i didn't want to fool with feeding him live crickets every week. I posted a picture of him on facebook yesterday.


February 23, 2013 - Msg 92592:
Howdy porch family.....nutter rainy day here in SC:) The wife and I spend a good day together and had dinner at Olive Garden.

Ro...that is so funny. You did good to hold it in until you got out of sight:)

Race fans....it was a wild finish today. Pull those seatbelts tight and hang on tomorrow.

You all have a good night and a wonderfully blessed worship day tomorrow!
Love and prayers

February 23, 2013 - Msg 92593: "nip it in the bud!" (:

February 24, 2013 - Msg 92594:
Baseball is BACK!

February 24, 2013 - Msg 92595: Baseball is back! That means spring is back! I'll tell my aching back that after cleaning off 8 inches of fresh snow we got yesterday and last night. It's clear and cold this morning, but I do take comfort in knowing it's almost March, and we are on nthe tail end of winter. I better polish up the golf clubs. The grass will reappear someday, I'm sure.


February 24, 2013 - Msg 92596: Hi All.

In my darkest hour
I trembled in fright.
Then I heard, Come follow me,
And saw a path of light.
The Lord was smilling
As He spoke gently to me.
Fear not my lost chill,
I have plans for thee.
Faith will move mountains-
Bring you strenght and new hope.
Today, I rejoice-
Give thanks to Him above
Service for our Lord
Filled my heart with needed Love.


February 24, 2013 - Msg 92597: Looking forward to the Daytona race race today, I'm rooting for Dale, Jr., Tony Stewart and Mark Martin. Terrible wreck yesterday, so glad everyone is going to be O.K.

February 24, 2013 - Msg 92598: Who cares about spring?!!...we never even had a real winter. You all are going to have to drag me kicking and screaming into summer, I'll tell you that! I am not looking forward to it. The only consolation is not having to do school during the summer. We will do some, but not as much...more fun stuff. I was looking at my beautiful landscape roses that are blooming and are the color of deep pink..so lovely and before you know it the heat will wilt them again. :(

Bruce worked today but Erin and i went to preaching. Sean was pooped out from the last few days. I think he has decided to try and start a little business of his own doing car detailing. He did two this week...(for family) and he spent hours and hours on them. They are beautiful! He detailed the insides, shampooed carpets and seats, even and used a buffer to polish the finishes, even shined all the chrome. He is really good at it...even put some kind of stuff on the tires to make them look new.

Well, had my tuna sandwich for lunch and now not sure what I'll do. Not in the mood for a nap yet.

Thanks for the lovely poem, TOM. Nice reading for a Sunday afternoon.


February 24, 2013 - Msg 92599:
Mr. TOM, thank you very much for posting IN MY DARKEST HOUR. I have experienced some trouble recently, and your posting helped me realize that there is hope. Once again, thank you.

from Poor Horatio

February 24, 2013 - Msg 92600: Good afternoon, porch. Mr. Tom, thanks for the beautiful poem. Such reassuring words, so encouraging.

Boo, I know what you mean. We didn't have much of a winter here, either. I have crocuses blooming, tiny little drops of gold, their little heads just about two inches above the soil line. So sweet. At the same time, I have daffodils, hyacinths, irises and anemones blooming. Those are not necessarily "bloom together" plants! The seasons are all mixed up around here. I'm ready to get seasonal color in the ground, but am afraid of it, because the mesquite trees haven't shown any leaf color yet, and until they do, anything can happen. Once I see that pale green haze on those trees, I'll be at the garden center, getting some pansies and a lot of snapdragons, and a little later, some petunias. My roses are bursting with fresh red leaves, after being pruned down to about a foot high. It won't be long until they'll be four-foot bushes, covered with blooms again. The azaleas and hydrangeas will come to life again too, the pretty things. All of that will last a couple of months, then the murderous heat will set in, and everybody will be struggling. The only salvation for them is lots of water, and many times, even that won't do it. The heat just blasts them.

I wish Sean could detail my car! It needs it, and I'd sure rather pay him than the car dealership. He'd probably do a better job, too. Detailing really helps. I had it done a couple of years ago, and it looked like a new car.

Eloise and I went to the Fair Park theater today, to see the Dallas Summer Musicals' production of "Catch Me if You Can." Very, very good! What a story - and to think it's a true story. Wow. For Christmas, David and Brittney gave us each tickets to four of the productions this summer, and this was the first one. Next, in March, we'll see "Mary Poppins", and in the fall we'll see "Sister Act" and "The Lion King." D&B are so creative when it comes to gifts for us. You'll remember that they gave us tickets to see the Lipizzaner stallions perform in Waco a few years ago. Wow! That was some show, and we had a wonderful time. Those kids are very creative, and very generous. God is good.

Well, I'm pooped. I've been invited out for dinner with a group tonight, but think I won't go. I'm ready to get in my chair, with Toye Starr in my lap and Bentley snoozing alongside. There's just no place like home. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

P.S. If any of you have emailed me recently and didn't receive an answer, please let me know here on the porch. I have reason to believe some of my email, both incoming and outgoing, is not going through.

February 24, 2013 - Msg 92601:
Seems like everyone here is pooped, or taking Dr. Breen's advice, and taking it easy! ha
Also, how come "pooped" gets by the censor? ha again
RO- I emailed you with PB's new addy recently. Did you get that one?

February 24, 2013 - Msg 92602: Yes, I did, MDC, and thank you. I answered you - did you get that? I also re-sent that answer, just now. Let me know if you got either one, or neither of them. Something is wrong with my email - my daughter is not receiving them, and a couple of others have mentioned it, and yet some people are, because they answer me. Go figure! --Romeena

February 25, 2013 - Msg 92603: Well, MDC, I took Dr. Breen's advice and had a nice, slow day. :)

Ro, I wish Sean could detail your car, too. He would do a good job on it. You should see mine. He detailed it this past week and it looks like it did when we bought it.

Well, not much to talk about around here...same old thing. Guess I will hit the ironing board for some adventure sleeping.


February 25, 2013 - Msg 92604: Well NASCAR porch fans yesterdays race was a good start to the season. #55 "Old man River" Martin is still showing those youngsters how it's done, 3rd place is still good. He is the hero of everyone of us over 50 that we can still get-r-done...

Good to see TOM back rockin, I think he's been busy watching those Indians in spring training?

REV, Good to hear your project is coming in May. It's cutting it close with the HUD inspector he usually starts in April, maybe I can hold him off until then, or drive him down "Little Chapel Road" in the mean time....

My home computer is on the fritz so I'll check in from time to time @ work (don't tell!)...


February 25, 2013 - Msg 92605: Morning porch, hope everybody is up and ready for the day. It's gonna be Monday all day long.

not much to report from my end of the porch today.
cold and cloudy outside, rain expected for tonight.

I noticed some of my tulips and daffodils are popping up so spring is hopefully on its way.

well, everyone have a Mayberry kinda day.
lunch at my place today: tomato soup, grilled bacon, cheese and tomato sandwhiches. little debbie oatmeal creme pies for dessert.

Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

February 25, 2013 - Msg 92606: Wow...lunch sound fantastic, Maude! See you there.


February 25, 2013 - Msg 92607: I replied to one of your emails, Ro, and asked you a question as well. I have since gone ahead and signed up with blogger though(I am following your blog on there as well), but you can still reply if you'd like.

Well, got to go take Kai over to the middle school for her band practice.

-Sterling Holobyte

February 25, 2013 - Msg 92608:

Did anyone watch the Oscars last night? If you did, did you notice that in the video tribute to all of the film industry people who passed away in 2012, Andy Griffith and George Lindsey were not mentioned? Both had experience working in cinema films and television movies.

from Poor Horatio

February 25, 2013 - Msg 92609: I saw something about that on the Yahoo homepage when I passed by it. There was a picture of Andy.
But no, I didn't watch the Oscars. I never watch awards shows. There are way too many of them.
Them Hollywood types sure do like to pat themselves on the back a lot, don't they?!

-Sterling Holobyte

February 25, 2013 - Msg 92610:
Sterling Holobyte, I'm with you. I also don't care for those award programs because most of the people and movies/shows I am not familiar with. I just happened to be in the same room working on my computer as my wife watched the Oscars. When I heard the memorial tribute start, that is when I began to pay attention.

from Poor Horatio

February 25, 2013 - Msg 92611: Me either...I never go to the movies unless it is to see the rare kid's movie my kids want to see. Bruce can't hear the dialogue so we never go see "grown-up" movies and there is enough on television anyway.

Boy is the wind ever blowing here! I went out to check on the critters and I felt like I was in the movie, "The Grapes of Wrath". With all the sand out here it looks like the dust bowl all over again. I had to shut the windows because sand was getting all over the floors. Crazy!


February 25, 2013 - Msg 92612: Well the 500 race was a good one...hey Boo,Rev,possum,sterling,ph,maude,G-F,asa,MDC and all....warm and rainey here in Ga....lets all meet tonight for sea food on Boo and I?....where will it be?....SPOT

February 25, 2013 - Msg 92613: How about meeting at Red Lobster around 7:00, I'll bring my bib.

February 25, 2013 - Msg 92614: Good evening, porch. Sterling, I got your email and sent a response. Obviously you didn't get it. I'm going to re-send it. Let me know if it still doesn't come through. I'll do it as soon as I leave the porch. This is getting a bit annoying. Obviously there's something wrong with my email, and now my son just told me he hasn't been able to get a phone call through either. Says it just clicks and disconnects. I think The Count must be around.

I never watch the Oscars, because I've never seen any of the movies, and could not possibly care any less who wins that little statue. As Andy said, "I don't even care SOME!"

Well, Toye Starr and Bentley are standing here, staring at me with big Orphan Annie eyes, like they're starving. If I move at all, other than my hands, they come to attention, convinced I'm getting up to feed them. Guess I'd better go do that before they develop ulcers. Neither of them has ever missed a meal, but they seem to fear that it just could happen. Spoiled little things. Ya gotta love 'em!

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

February 25, 2013 - Msg 92615: Folks, I had one big mess to clean today after this wind storm. I had all the windows open when it blew in, and when I say it blew in, I mean IN! Sand on the floors, window sills, kitchen counters, kitchen table. Unreal! We have been vacuuming and cleaning trying to get all this sand out. I sure hope this never happens again. I have 10 windows across the back of the house that face north and they were ALL open, unfortunately....my bedroom floor was even sandy. yuk.

Break over.


February 26, 2013 - Msg 92616:
RO- did you try burying a burlap bag under an old oak tree? ha
I DID get ONE response about PB's address, but not two. Strange indeed. thanks.
Maudie, my wife's daffodils and tulips are also starting to bloom!
I used to watch the Oscars years ago when all the attire was proper, as well as the thank yous.
But I just cant "get into them" anymore. And now after the
Andy snub, I think that will be it.
Well NASCAR at PIR this coming week! Should be 80 on Sunday, so ya all come by, ya hear! (:

February 26, 2013 - Msg 92617: Thanks Ro, I did get your message this time.
I think it is funny that you didn't even know you were on Google Blogger. :)

Sorry about your own hurricane "sandy", Boo(sorry for the bad and possibly inappropriate pun). Maybe you could put down some towels and pretend you are camping out on the beach or something.
Don't mean to make too light about it. I am sure it was a lot of work cleaning that all up.

-Sterling Holobyte

February 26, 2013 - Msg 92618: Hi, all. Just passing by. Have been doing some resetting and unplugging and replugging of devices around here, trying to fix my phone issues. I have the Vonage phone thing, which of course runs through the computer. With a wi-fi router thrown into the mix, things get sticky sometimes. I just reset everybody, but haven't tested it yet to see if it works. I did try earlier to call my home number from my cell phone, and as my son said, it just rings once and disconnects. My internet on my smart phone isn't working either, presumably because the wi-fi isn't functioning. I think I'm narrowing the problem down. I'll test it in a little while and see if it's working. Funny part is, I can call out on my land line just fine. It just cuts off incoming calls. Weird.

Well, it's late. I'll go test things, then toddle off to bed. Boo, I'm sorry about that sandy mess. Many years ago, a huge dust storm blew through Waco when we were living there, and we weren't at home. Had left windows open though, and walked into a colossal mess when we got home that evening. So, you have my sympathy. Wish I could help you clean it up.

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

February 26, 2013 - Msg 92619: MDC, Save me a spot at the race on Sunday, maybe a little higher up in the stands tho....

Today is Grand Daughter B-day I got her 2 hermit crabs (Barney & Thelma Lou) and a cool habitat, she's been wanting them so...Papa had to oblidge! Barney hangs out at the crab pond & Thelma Lou climbs the palm tree. I think she's trying to send Barney a message?

Dust storms? Anything like a snow storm? Especially the kind when the snow is frozen into little balls of ice and they sting as they hit.
I guess the blowing sands hurts too.

Frankie, Red Lobster?..I'll bring the crabs..haha


February 26, 2013 - Msg 92620: Thanks for the sympathy, friends! :) The sand and dust mess really wasn't so bad. Sean cleaned all the floors..first with a vacuum and then with his Floor Mate, which is like a mop with suction. I did the cleaning on top of things like tables and counters. I did have to change the sheets on my bed because there was actually sand in it! Oh well, all's well that ends well. The weatherman did say that we had 50 to 60 mph winds here all day. St. Susan's backyard fence blew down and landed on her back porch!

Feeling a little overwhelmed this morning. It seems like my "to do" list is so long it will take forever to finish it all...and not just the short term list...things like making dentist appointments for the kids (Erin needs braces), check ups, well...won't bore you with the list.
Better finish the coffee and get moving...


February 26, 2013 - Msg 92621: PS-How do you know if the hermits crabs are a boy and a girl, G-F??


February 26, 2013 - Msg 92622: Well Boo, Thelma Lou has a pink shell with hearts painted on it and Barney has a blue one with stripes...No I have not a evaluation on them, they are to shy to come out of their shells..
I'll just say pink is for girls and blue is for boys and leave it at that..haha

Sometime I'll tell you guys how to tell a female from a male turtle..By my Dad's method, he always had a blast showing people how. ;)


February 26, 2013 - Msg 92623:
RO-We just recently about two weeks ago) had the EXACT same thing happen with our landline. We were still using the original buried line from 30 years ago, and
we could call out just fine, but anyone calling in would just get one ring and then the "hang up."
I called the phone co. They came out and put in a "temporary" above ground wire from the box in the alley to our phone box on the side of the house, and all is now good. They are scheduled to come out next week and bury it, now that they know it is working ok. So that mught be your problem also. Just sayin'.

February 26, 2013 - Msg 92624: Try to do one thing at a time, Boo.

Romeena, have you put your problem into a search engine on the computer? Just put some keywords like "Vonage", "disconnecting", "Wi-Fi"; stuff like that. Or you can even try to put it in as a whole question. But you may find someone who has the same exact problem which they posted to a help site, and possibly a solution as well. I do that all the time when something doesn't work around here.

-Sterling Holobyte

February 26, 2013 - Msg 92625: Thanks Sterling. I ended having a pretty good day. I made my list and was able to cross off a couple of things already. I cleaned out my homeschooling drawer and discarded old materials and found some great curriculum that I had forgotten about that I can let Erin use. She is pretty bored with what she has been using. I formulted some lesson plans from the new material and even did some laundry. Things are looking up. :)

The weather today is amazing! The sun is shining and it is dry and cool...and the best part...NO WIND! :) I think I will treat the kids to a trip to Sonic at happy hour to get a slush or something. Anyone wanna come along?

I have a request for prayer today. You all probably remember my friend Alan who was here for a visit recently and became engaged to my friend Teresa? Well, things were moving too fast and Teresa has back out. It is probably for the best because they both have alot of "baggage" but they are both sweet people and I am hoping that maybe, given some time, things might still work out. I just talked to poor Alan and he is heartbroken. Please say a prayer for them today. Thanks.

Better go put some clothes in the dryer...


February 26, 2013 - Msg 92626: Good evening, porch, I spent most of the day out at Saginaw with David. His car is in the shop, Brittney was gone for the day and poor Bentley needed a ride home. So I took him home, and then David and I went to a terrific Chinese buffet for lunch. The nicest thing happened there. The waitress came over and told David that our meal had been paid for! She indicated a couple of women at a table across the room. David recognized one of them as a neighbor, so he went over to thank her. She was most gracious, and just said she wanted to do something for him, because he helps them out a lot. He has taken her husband to work when his car wasn't running, he put up their Christmas lights, fixed their a/c when it was broken, at no charge - just things like that. They're an older couple, and the man has early Parkinson's disease, so my sweet son tries to help them when he can. Still it was very nice of her to pay for our meal.

MDC, my phone line is with Vonage, which runs through the computer. If I understand correctly, it doesn't use the actual phone lines, though I do have some coming into the house from when I was with Verizon. I wish our utilities were buried, but they're not. Everything is overhead. I'll be calling them tomorrow - got home too late tonight to do it.'

Sterling, that's a good idea, to do a search on the problem. I'll probably do that too. I have solved a few other problems with that little trick. It can all wait until tomorrow, though. Tonight I have a story to write, as I promised Charlotte Tucker.

Boo, I'm glad the sandy mess wasn't any worse than that. I'm sorry the relationship between Alan and Teresa didn't work out, but as you say, maybe it still will, after a little time. Maybe they just need time to think.

Well, off I go. See you all in the morning. --Romeena

February 26, 2013 - Msg 92627:
APB time:
come on down, the price is right! (:

February 26, 2013 - Msg 92628: Hey, let's all do the "Twizzle!" ha

MDC (:

February 26, 2013 - Msg 92629:
Hello porch family...just checking in real quick before getting some sleep.

Got vocals done yesterday and BGVs today......I am one tired dude (I feel like a dud...lol)

You all have a good night and a wonderful Jesus filled day tomorrow!
Love and prayers

February 27, 2013 - Msg 92630: Mornin'...off and running but will be back later...


February 27, 2013 - Msg 92631: Boo, Now remember!...Sloooow Down, What's you're hurry?....G-F...

February 27, 2013 - Msg 92632: I love that scene! I swear, Dick Van Dyke had rubber bones. What a talent!

Still having trouble with my email. My phone seems to have healed itself. After not working for two days, this morning it works. Very weird. The email, however, is very erratic. I don't get everything that's sent to me, and a lot of what I send doesn't reach its destination. Very annoying.

Charlotte Tucker, I sent you the story. Did you receive it? Let me know if you didn't, and I'll try again. If all else fails, there's always snail mail.

Blessings! --Romeena

February 27, 2013 - Msg 92633:
Oh RO, one more thing, have you had any rain lately? I ask because ours was really bad during and after a rainstorm, and a couple days later it would be OK. I know you said that your phone service runs thru your computer, but do you have your landline wire plugged into the computer to make it so? Just another thought.

February 27, 2013 - Msg 92634: OOPS! ha, I had just written a letter on MS Word,
and had signed my name!
So change that Steve to MDC ! (:

February 27, 2013 - Msg 92635: Well back on the night shift!...let me get logged in here....SPOT