May 26, 2013 - Msg 93652: Yep, Boo we are a sorry bunch aren't we? As Alvin Straight said: "The worst think about getting old is, remembering when you were young"...I'm not feeling to young today, do I get a BIG Sunday Morning Amen, my Porchster friends?


May 26, 2013 - Msg 93653: Look even with a sore back I still was able to sweep! Think I'll take a nap now!..G-F...

May 26, 2013 - Msg 93654: Well, a belated Happy Birthday, Mr. Tom. I apologize, I'm very bad about remembering things like that, unless I have it written down. So, I'm writing it down this time. Was it yesterday? I want to get the date right.

Actually, I'd like to make a porch birthday calendar, and I'll bet others would as well. If we each tell our birth date, we can all write them down and then there won't be oversights. I'll start - mine is July 24.

Lucy, I read something last night that may be of interest to you. The "Dallas Morning News" runs a weekly column, written by a husband and wife team of pharmacists. They often tell of simple, non-prescription remedies for common problems. What I read last night was very interesting. They said Alpha Lipoic Acid can be helpful for the relief of nerve pain. I have taken it for years, though not for that reason. It also is helpful in controlling blood sugar, and many endocrinologists, including mine, have their diabetic patients take it. I had no idea that it helped prevent diabetic neuropathy, but "a randomized, placebo-controlled study in Russia and Israel showed that 600mg of ALA daily can greatly ease the symptoms of neuropathy, such as stabbing or burning pain, numbness and 'pins and needles'. (Diabetes Care, November 2006)." That's a direct quote from the newspaper article, and the reference is from a well-respected journal.

I've had insulin-dependent diabetes for ten years and so far, have absolutely no sign of neuropathy. I've been on ALA for nine of those ten years. Naturally, I can't help but wonder if it would be helpful for your nerve pain, and your mom's as well. Alpha Lipoic Acid is available over the counter. It can sometimes cause heartburn, but I've found that to be related to the brand. I order mine from Puritan's Pride, and never have a problem. Once I ran out, and bought another brand at the grocery store, and it did give me heartburn. I hope you'll mention it to your doctor and see if he or she will let you try it. It can't hurt, and it might help a lot, for both you and your mom. I pray that it will.

Well, guess I'll go see what Toye Starr is doing. She's very quiet, and just like it was when my kids were small - that's not a good sign. It usually means she's found something I left on the table by my chair, and is chewing it up. The high point of her day is when she can find a pen. She loves to chew them up. I use the clicky kind, and she chews them open, gets the little spring out, and would play with that spring all day if I'd let her. Sugarplum used to do the same thing! Once she got the wire wedged between her teeth, and finally came to me for help. She really didn't want me to know what she was doing, but she had that spring stuck in there and didn't know what else to do.

Maltese are notoriously "mouthy". They love to get small things in their mouth and carry them around. The Plum would snitch tiny ornaments from the Christmas tree, (glass ornaments, mind you!) and carry them around. She never broke one, but I would notice that her mouth was closed, which is not typical for a dog, and when I'd look at her and say "What have you got?", she'd open her mouth and spit the ornament out. Then she'd look terribly ashamed, and tuck her little tail, and you could almost hear her swearing to never do it again. Uh-huh. Until the next time I wasn't watching. Oh, my goodness, how I miss that little sweet thing. She's been gone almost six years now, and it still hurts. But I have my baby, my Toye Starr, and she makes me laugh!

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

May 26, 2013 - Msg 93655: Hi All.
Yes Rom yesterday was my birthday
and im fining it.


May 26, 2013 - Msg 93656: Hey, porch. Remember when Robbi and I were trying to catch the little white parakeet about three weeks or so ago? We never did, it finally disappeared, and I guess the hawk got it or something. Maybe it went home. I hope so.

Well, guess what's playing in my back yard this afternoo9n. Another parakeet! Nope, not that one. This one is olive green and yellow, definitely not the same bird. However, it's quite tame. It perched on a wire out back, and I walked up directly beneath it and held my hand up toward it, and it just sat there, not shy at all. I had the impression that if I had been taller, it would have stepped off onto my hand.

The little cage we were trying to lure the white one with is still sitting on the patio table, so I cleaned it up and put some seeds in it, as well as some more seed on the ground around it. Later, I saw it fly past my window, headed in that direction, so I went into the sunroom to see, and sure enough, there it sat, on top of the cage. I was so hoping it would move inside to get at the seed, but it never did. If it would do that, I think I could step out and close the cage before it could find its way out. I'm going to keep frequent watch, and hope! I'm thinking that around sundown, it may go to the cage to roost for the night. I'll be watching!

I can't figure out where these little guys are coming from. They're not wild, and this one is very young. His tail feathers aren't even grown in good yet, they're just about an inch long. I'm wondering if someone around here has an outdoor aviary, and has a hole in the wire that they haven't found. Parakeets are escape artists - if there's a tiny breach in the cage, they'll find it.

Heather had a parakeet who discovered that his cage had one spot where one wire was very slightly bent, making the space just a fraction wider than the rest, but he could get through! He'd stick his little head through, then wiggle and waggle his body until he made it out. He never went far, usually just climbed up and sat on top of the cage, and if anyone approached him, he'd climb down to his spot and wiggle back inside the cage! Silly little bird. He was so cute!

Oh, mercy! I just saw that wretched hawk fly through the yard, If I don't manage to catch that little parakeet, he'll be a goner. Parakeets are somewhat slow flyers anyway, and this one is very young, so that hawk will get him for sure. I've got to watch that cage closely.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

May 26, 2013 - Msg 93657: Hahaha! I just re-read what I wrote, and it sounds like the cage flew past my window. Trust me, it was the bird. --Romeena

May 26, 2013 - Msg 93658: Tweet (:

May 26, 2013 - Msg 93659: Another parakeet? Have you been hittin' the squeezins, Romeena? ;) Hope you can catch the little guy this time.

Today was not a good all. I got on a cryin' jag that lasted for hours. Maybe I am gonna have to get me some of them hormones, after all. Maybe not, though. Poor Bruce. :)


May 26, 2013 - Msg 93660: Pass the VICKs

May 27, 2013 - Msg 93661: Poor Bruce...Maybe he just needs to go to the Lodge and have him a few root beers and lay low for a while...haha .....G-F...

May 27, 2013 - Msg 93662: Good Morning Porchters. Happy Memorial day to all. When I was a young-un folks called it "Decoration day".

Boo, why you being on a crying jag? My wife is also being on one a bit lately. Maybe the fallout got in the milk. I remember when Edith was going through the "change" and about to drive Archie over the edge. He looked at his watch he said "If you're gonna change you've got 5 minutes... now change"! lol Very funny episode.

Hope you all have a blessed Memorial Day and remember what it's for.


May 27, 2013 - Msg 93663: Happy Memorial Day everyone, I called it decoration day growing up also Asa. I remember my Mother making crepe paper flowers to take to the cemetery, I loved helping her make them. I have to return to work tomorrow, I have been home for two weeks and it will probably take me the better part of the day to get thru my emails. The staples come out of Mr. Flint's knee on Wednesday..YAY!

May 27, 2013 - Msg 93664: Good morning, everybody! How is everyone on this fine Memorial Day morning? Yep, Asa, I remember when it was called "Decoration Day", too. Dale's folks had a greenhouse and florist business, and that was about their biggest, busiest holiday, even more than Mother's Day. They started making up bouquets a couple of days in advance and putting them in the cooler, and then on the actual day they were up before dawn, making arrangements as fast as they could. We were there over the holiday once, and they sent Dale to another town to pick up big boxes of flowers from a central distributor, because they ran out and their local distributor was out as well.

That little parakeet is back this morning. I don't know where he spent the night, but he didn't use the cage I left out for him. I checked, several times. I'd sure like to catch him. If I don't, he's going to disappear just like the little white one did. He's just a baby, if his stubby little tail is any indication. What's hilarious though - the backyard birds don't seem to know what to make of him. I think it's his clumsy, erratic flight pattern that puzzles them. A bluejay was on the feeder just now, and the parakeet sort of crash-landed on top of it, and the bluejay flew straight up about three feet, then took off. Kamikaze parakeet! You know, in a way I kind of hate to try to catch him. He looks so pretty out there, and seems to be enjoying his freedom so much. If I knew he would survive it would be fine, but I don't think he will. Besides, he's lonely. Parakeets are very social little critters, which is why they can be tamed so easily. Their people become their flock. The backyard birds aren't very friendly toward him though, and he's all by himself.

Boo, maybe you should let your doctor know about the emotional roller-coaster. To go from having hormones to having no hormones in one day is a shock to your body, and you don't have to put up with it. The doc can give you a low dose of hormones and just smooth you right out! Take them and enjoy the results. Powerful stuff, that estrogen.

Asa, you just give your dear wife some extra hugs and buy her something pretty. I think she can be forgiven for a crying jag now and then. I know you're as good to her as a man can be, and I'm glad she has you.

Well, I've got to get cleaned up and head for the grocery store. The family is coming over this afternoon and we'll make burgers and hotdogs. I'll probably make that pineapple cake, and will get some chocolate ice cream for the boys - their favorite. OK, off I go. Happy Memorial Day, everyone. --Romeena

May 27, 2013 - Msg 93665: Yes Asa, it's the fallout...something fell out..way out. ;) Crazy mood swings. Crying for hours, then perfectly fine at the drop of a hat. I hate it because it is SO not me. As Jessica Tandy said in Fried Green Tomatoes, I may to get me some of them hormones.

I drank my coffee this morning and then decided to lie down and wow, I woke up with heartburn. I am so old.

Sure hope you can catch that little bird, Ro.

I'm not doing anything special today, I don't think. It is already so hot and humid here that it just makes you want to stay indoors, and I sure don't feel like cooking a meal. Hope you all have a great day and a big THANK YOU to those who served in the military.


May 27, 2013 - Msg 93666: Hey gang...had a great time on the lake sat...yesterday a great jeep top or doors!...and today here at work....gona read the archives...SPOT

May 27, 2013 - Msg 93667: Spot...Driving around with no top? Why you naked savage! as long as it was not "no drawers" instead of doors....I guess sometime ya gotta throw caution into the wind.... ;)
Crazy race yesterday...Getting close'd lined by a TV cable, now that's a new one!


May 27, 2013 - Msg 93668: Awww. Boo, you need to do exactly that - get you some of them hormones! There is absolutely no need for you to be feeling so miserable. It's bad enough to feel sad or upset or depressed when you have good reason and know what it is, but to feel that way and don't know why - that's just awful. You call your doctor and get some of those "happy pills." Your family will thank you!

G-F, your response to Spot reminded me of something that happened to my son years ago. I think I've told this here before, but it's been a long time, so some of you haven't heard it. Anyway, for a time he threw an early-morning paper route. It was a car route, and most of it was apartment complexes. One morning, as he was finishing up, he realized he was one paper short. He wasn't about to waste gas driving back to the drop site for one paper, so chose to get one out of a machine that was nearby. His jeep was parked about thirty yards from the box, so he just picked up a quarter out of his little coin stash, and walked over to the box. It was a hot, sticky August night, so he was wearing just sneakers and some shorts, no shirt. He dropped the quarter in, opened the box and got a paper, but somehow, when he closed the box, it snagged on his shorts and closed the fabric into the latch. Extremely tough nylon fabric. He couldn't tear it, and anyway they were his favorite shorts. So, he's trapped, with only one option. Yep, he shimmied out of the shorts (and I might add, was NOT wearing underwear - why, I'll never know!) and dashed back for his jeep (no top, no doors) wearing nothing but his shoes. Fortunately, it was still dark, but there were lights on, and already some people stirring in the nearby parking lot. He hopped in the jeep, put the newspaper over his lap and drove up alongside the newspaper box. Luckily he had another quarter, so was able to open the box and retrieve his shorts, and put them back on before anyone saw him. He said he could just hear the conversation - "Son, would you care to explain why you're running naked through this apartment complex?" "Uh, Mr. Officer Sir, it was like this...."

Then there was the time his car (a 2-door Pontiac) slipped out of gear and ran amok in reverse in an apartment parking lot, with that long driver's door open and flapping like a huge wing, hitting everything in sight. Dale was the district manager for the paper, and it became his job to call the owners of the cars to arrange for having them fixed. One dear lady, when he told her why he was calling, sweetly said, "Oh, that must have been the young man I saw this morning down on the lot, kicking his hat."

The stories I could tell... Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

May 27, 2013 - Msg 93669: Funny one Romeena....Yep, us boys, we could fill up a Momma's memory book! haha, but we got up and went to church every Sunday. ;)

Boo..Do you think those were the same "Little Pills" Emma Watson was getting from Walkers Drug store for a dime? ;)


May 27, 2013 - Msg 93670:
Howdy porch family.....checking in for a quick hello. Staying super busy.
Love and prayers

May 27, 2013 - Msg 93671:
"Evil prevails when good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke) Thank God there were and ARE still plenty of good men (and women) who did, and ARE DOING, SOMETHING!!! May all our fallen Rest in Peace.
G-F--yes, I saw that during the race. I wonder what new regs will come of THAT!
Hey to REV and ALL!
Prayers for BooHoo Boo. (Just funnin with ya Boo.
Prayers for real! (:

May 27, 2013 - Msg 93672: Thanks, MDC! Nothing i value more than prayers. :) Hope your dad had a good Memorial Day.

No, G-F, Emma's pills were different. ;)

I ended up having a good day. Sean drove me to St. Susan's and I had a nice visit with her and my mom. Didn't stay too long, just long enough.


May 27, 2013 - Msg 93673: PS-I slightly remember that story, Ro...which boy was it? Very funny!


May 27, 2013 - Msg 93674: It was David. Dale, Jr. had some pretty harrowing stories too, but he managed to keep most of them a secret until the last few years. --Romeena

May 28, 2013 - Msg 93675:
When I returned to my bedroom after a restroom break, I flipped on the radio and heard the military theme songs from each branch of the Armed Forces. It made me realize that Monday was Memorial Day in the USA (I live in Canada). Speaking as both a Navy and Army veteran, I still get choked up hearing that music.
Memorial Day is a time when we remember all those who died while serving in the military. And although I was one of the lucky ones, I am grateful to those who paid the supreme sacrifice. Right hand salute!

from Poor Horatio

May 28, 2013 - Msg 93676:

from Poor Horatio

May 28, 2013 - Msg 93677: Good Morning porch, back to work for ole Maude, been
off for 4 days so I might need a little push to get going this morning.

a beautiful sunny morning on my end of the porch. it is supposed to stay this way for the next couple of days.

Patrick is back to school in Cookeville and will start classes on Monday. He is supposed to be coming home for the week end to attend a friends wedding.

Please pray for my business partner/friend. He learned last week that he does have prostate cancer. According to his report it is a 4 on a scale of 1-10 and a very slow growing type of cancer. he will travel to Vanderbilt in Nashville on Friday for a consult and will schedule his surgery for there. No sure what comes after that.
We have known one another for about 30 years and have been in our private practice counseling office partnership since 2003. Hopefully, he will be okay.

Breakfast at Cracker Barrel this morning, Maybe be can see Possum.

Prayers and blessings to everyone and a belated Happy birthday to Tom.

Big Maude

May 28, 2013 - Msg 93678: Romeena, About our "stories" funny thing about keeping them "secret until the last few years", we did the same thing too before Mom passed away, we came "clean" with some of them too. Funny thing tho, she already "knew" about a lot of them!
I really think Mama G-F DID have eyes in the back of her head...One wise lady for sure...

MDC, I did not watch the after race analysis but I sure bet KRYle Bush had much to whine about since he was involved in it too. I'm just sayin'..


May 28, 2013 - Msg 93679: good morning porch family:
been a busy weekend with VA hospital duty. Glad to brighten their day.
Hope all are doing well. Love to sit and chat, but the cleaning is calling my name....~New Neighbor, New Neighbor... (Don't ya just hate when that happens) Love somebody today.

May 28, 2013 - Msg 93680: Good morning, porch! Poor Horatio, thanks for that link. I always love hearing those stirring songs. I grew up hearing them - remember, I was a little kid during WWII, and patriotic music was heard everywhere in those years. We kids learned the words to those songs, at least most of them. I don't recall learning the Coast Guard anthem. One thing I did notice on that link - the words have changed, I guess you could say evolved - over the years. The Air Force one is pretty much unchanged from what I remember. The Army one is close, except they say "the Army keeps rolling along." I remember when it was "the caissons keep rolling along." I guess they changed it because anyone under sixty probably would have no idea what a "caisson" is. Another change has been in any reference to God or faith. I did a little Googling, and found some history of the "hymns" as they were once referred to, and found original lyrics, and in some cases, a progression of changes in the lyrics right down to today. In most of them, you can see the gradual removal of any faith-related references. Signs of the times.

Big Maude, please be encouraged regarding your husband's situation. Those slow-growing prostate cancers are treatable, and in some cases, depending upon the age of the patient, they don't even treat, because the cancer grows so slowly that it won't ever be a problem in the patient's lifetime. With prayer and good medical care, he's going to be just fine.

New Neighbor, when the cleaning calls my name, I just pick up some dust bunnies and stuff them in my ears, so I can't hear the call. Try it, it works!

Yes, G-F, I did know about some of my sons' escapades. We moms aren't as dumb as our kids think we are, and their daddies definitely have their son's number, but they still manage to slip a few things by us. Sometimes though, we find something out purely by accident. My oldest boy wanted a motorcycle, but while he was at home I would never permit it. I had a first cousin who was killed on one in his teens, and I wanted nothing to do with them. Well, my son was at North Texas University, living in an apartment with two or three other young men, and Dale and I visited once, to take them to dinner. When we picked them up, I noticed a big black motorcycle parked outside the door. I asked if it was his, and he said it was not. Then at dinner, he happened to ask one of the boys if he had returned his comb, and the boy said "Yes, I put it in the compartment on your motorcycle." Naturally, my Mom Ears grabbed that, and I said, "So, that IS your motorcycle we saw." He looked me straight in the eye, and said, "Mom, that is NOT my motorcycle." Meantime, his friend is floundering around, saying things like "I meant Tim's motorcycle" and other nonsense. My son repeated his denial several times, each time saying it was not his motorcycle. I just sat and looked at him, and finally he said, "It really isn't. My motorcycle is parked around back." He hadn't lied, but he was misleading me, and he just couldn't keep it up. So, he rode that miserable thing for a couple of years, saving lots of gas and no doubt having a lot of fun. He eventually lost interest (hard to date on a motorcycle, I'm told) and he found flying much more fun, so he sold the motorcycle. He still flies though, and actually bought a Beechcraft a few years ago. It's funny, I've never worried about his safety in the plane. I've flown with him many times, he's a very proficient pilot, and I have no fear.

Now here's the kicker. He sold his motorcycle, and I thought that phase was over with my kids, but guess who has one? My oldest daughter! Yep, a big old thing, very pretty, low rumbly engine, and she just loves it. She doesn't do much highway riding, but uses it around in town in Fredericksburg because of the gas saving and the ease of parking. So she says, truth is, she just loves riding the thing. She wears a helmet, and is careful, so I guess it's time for mom to quit worrying.

Well, guess I'd better get busy, or find some dust bunnies for my ears. Shouldn't be too hard to locate! Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

May 28, 2013 - Msg 93681: Now Romeena, if that cycle had it a side car that would have been a different story, then he could have taken a date. But he could not have said any words that started with "S" and would have had to pick bugs out of his teeth. Plus who would have dated someone who looked like Barney Fife in his goggles and a mouth full of bugs! G-F...

May 28, 2013 - Msg 93682: Hey Everybody!
We've had so much going on in the Matthew's house that I've been AWOL for a bit. Thank you, friends, for your prayers for both my back surgery recovery as well as our grief for the loss of my MIL. The service will be in Ohio on Sunday. I won't be able to go, which is so disappointing.

Romeena, I'll see if Bryan has any ALA. Thank you for the info! My oldest son drives a motorcycle. It scares the living daylights out of me! Atlanta traffic is not geared for motorcycles.

SMH, I'm so glad you're husband's knee is doing better. Once he gets those staples out he will feel a ton better.

Asa, it's good that your procedure went well. The episode of Archie you mentioned is a favorite! Meathead! I've never heard Memorial Day called Decoration Day. Hmmm...learn something new every day!

Boo, I had a shot of progesterone before my surgery and let me tell you, my face is glowing, I lost 22 pounds, and no hormonal surges. Granted I'm only 36 so I wasn't having menopausal symptoms or anything, but I feel like I did emotionally in my 20's.

G-F, I don't know if Boo will get same pill as Emma Watson, but I guarantee they'll cost more than a dime!

Rev, it's good of ya to check in!

MDC, I like the quote you gave.

PH, thank you for your service.

Big Maude, Cracker Barrel and seeing Possum sound delightful!

NN, what a good week to work with veterans! I'm glad you're able to put a smile on their faces. :)

Well, y'all have a good day and act like somebody!


May 28, 2013 - Msg 93683: afternoon porch.just wanted to take a minute and clear up some possible confusion. It is my business partner that has the prostate cancer and not my husband. thanks for the encouragement Romeena. John, my business partner is being positive at this point which is good.

ya'll take care!
Big maude

May 28, 2013 - Msg 93684: Finally getting around to visiting the porch and its already 2:30. Woke up early enough...woke up hot, threw off the covers and then woke up cold...covered up and then woke up hot again..happened four times last night. :( Oh well, I am feeling pretty good today. Went to Walmart and did a little shopping. I tolerated that well enough. I didn't carry the bags into the house, though.

Hope all goes well for your friend, Maude. Glad he has a positive attitude.

Lucy, why did you have the shot of progesterone? I have been wondering if I should use a progesterone cream..

Well, been a full day already and I think I will lie down for a rest.


May 28, 2013 - Msg 93685: Boo, I will FB msg you on the reason for the progesterone.


May 28, 2013 - Msg 93686: Wow. Big Maude, I guess that was a major senior moment on my part. I knew it was your business partner, but slipped a cog somewhere. Maybe confused with Mr. Flint's knee surgery. In the dim recesses of my dried-out old brain, I knew somebody's husband had challenges! It's heck getting old, but it beats the alternative.

Blessings, friends. --Romeena

May 28, 2013 - Msg 93687: Boo, ya may wanna ask Asa if he has any extra thermostats laying around, sounds like ya might need a new one? tehehaha...(he may be able to digitalize you while he's at it too)....G-F

May 28, 2013 - Msg 93688: SHAKEDOWN! (:

May 29, 2013 - Msg 93689: Great day here in Ga !...hey Boo,Maude,GF,MDC,Rev,local Lucy...well this day at work and then tomorrow its lake bound camping for the weekend...boiled peanuts and grillin !....back in a bit yall...and hey "Lets all act like somebody today"....SPOT

May 29, 2013 - Msg 93690: Good Morning Porch Family!

My apologies for not being able to stop by and chat but it was a busy weekend with baseball games and cookouts with family, friends and Church Family; I am one tired hillbilly this moring especially since we did not finish our last game last night until 9:45 PM. It is all good though as the boys are enjoying themselves and are playing very well too even if I say so myself (just a proud Daddy speaking)

I will try to take some time to read back through all the archives but will be praying and thinking of those who have had specific prayer request Boo, Lucy, Maude's Business Partner, ASA, MDC, Frankie's Mr.Flint

Happy Birthday shout out to Mr. Tom please forgive me for being late...I hope you had a great day!

I like the Porch Birthday Calendar idea RO...I have added yours and Mr. Tom's to my calendar...I am a July Baby Birthday is July 9

I don't feel like...not only am I tired but I seem to be getting a cold, sinus infection or an allergy flair up on top of everything else but this too shall pass and God will grant me His mercy and strength to get through!

Prayers and Blessings for everyone here and your family's! Make a Mayberry kind of day today!

Barney: [Barney is writing a song, doesn't know Andy is standing behind him, sung to the tune of Clementine] In a jailhouse/down in dixie/fighting crime and risking lives/live a sheriff/ and his buddy pistol packing Barny Fife. Oh my daring/oh my daring/ oh my daring Barney Fife/He's a deadly crime stopper/what a copper Barney Fife. Then one day there/came a ridin'/two bad men to rob a bank. But Fife was tricky/a deadeye dickie/now they're locked up in the tank....
Andy: ...Oh my Barney/Oh my Barney/had a jail but couldn't lock it/had one bullet for his pistol/had to keep it in his pocket

May 29, 2013 - Msg 93691: Spot, Keep a watch out for those yellow bellied lake looms. Remember too, food cooked pioneer style cooks up a whole lot faster, so don't burn your nuts.. Can ya say, "Eat'n Goober peas"?
Spot's "Grill'n & Chill'n" :o>


May 29, 2013 - Msg 93692: p.s. On the subject of camping, I can assure ya'll of one thing, if Mrs. G-F EVER goes camping, ya better get right, cause Jesus IS coming back! I know is says in the Good book no one knows the time or day...But if she ever does go, Jesus will be right behind..
I'm just sayin'...............G-F

May 29, 2013 - Msg 93693: Good morning, porch! Cloudy and looking a bit threatening here this morning. Prediction is for thunderstorms. I'll be happy to see the rain, but I hope that's all we get. We don't need any hail or high winds. Still, I guess we'll take whatever comes - don't have a whole lot of control. As Calvin Coolidge said, "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it."

Spot, if you get a chance, send me a mess of those boiled peanuts. I acquired a taste for them during that seadoo ride on the Silver River with my son. They're kinda evil-looking things, and a bit messy, but they sure are good!

Well, Eloise is wanting to go get some salad and pasta at Olive Garden, and it sounds like a good idea to me. Guess I'd better put some warpaint on, and go pick her up. I had planned to eat lightly today, because of tomorrow's plans, but Olive Garden is a hard thing to refuse.

Tomorrow, a group from the church is going on a bus out to Cedar Hill, where there's one of those big open shopping centers. I've been there before, and it's nice. It's one of those centers that's built like a big village town center, lots of stores, little fun shops, all sorts of places to eat, and a big water feature for the kids. The water isn't a pool, it's just a big flat concrete area with drains, and sprays and plumes of water that spray over it. The kids can run through and play in the sprays, and then there's a little kiosk over to the side that provides towels. The kids enjoy it, and I like to sit on a park bench and watch them. It's like playing in the rain. Oh, and there's a Babe's Chicken there too, which is where we'll be eating. (Sorry, REV.) I'll wave a drumstick in your honor.

OK, off I go. Have a great day, everyone. --Romeena

May 29, 2013 - Msg 93694: Romeena, WAR PAINT? why no, it's just called accessorizing these days..It's not like your Frankie the farmer girl, you are allowed to get "dolled" up! Let's here your best rendering...."Hello Doll"!.....
I met Jean Carson in person a few years back and yes her voice was that deep! I have a picture of her planting a big one on my cheek! It's one of my favorite pictures I'll e-mail it to you sometime, it's a keeper!


May 29, 2013 - Msg 93695: Ever wonder what happened to Frankie the farm girl...well this is what I think happened to her. Frankie escaped he farm flagged down the Greyhound bus and headed to New York and opened her cosmetic line called Ellie's. Her line was picked up by Macy's and she lived happily ever after. I returned to work this week and have been busy getting bids out. I don't think I ever mentioned what I do....I'm a buyer in procurement for a Municipality.

May 29, 2013 - Msg 93696: ...and she met and married a handsome, wealthy agent on Wall St. and never did farm work again! She also regularly sent money home to her Pa and he made some improvements on the homestead, hired some farm hands, and bought a fancy milking machine. The End.


May 29, 2013 - Msg 93697: Hey, this could be fun...lets make up endings for the rest of the TAGS characters. Who's next? :)


May 29, 2013 - Msg 93698: Mr. Hendricks the egg & butter man got a contract to raise chickens for Colonel Sanders do I need to say more? And for those little packets of butter for the biscuits...I rest my case...G-F

and yes, "The End"

May 30, 2013 - Msg 93699:
G-F--Boo buttered you up, and you egged her on! ha
Also, I can relate to your camping story. I grew up camping with my family, went to boy scout camp several times, and camped with friends during my college days. But, when Cecile and I were dating, the idea of camping never came up. So you can imagine her surprise when i suggested it that first summer of married life. "You want to do WHAT?" ha She went that one time, but never again! Learnt a lot about "comprimise" that summer! LOL
BOO- cant think of any good ones to add an additional ending to, how about the one with Ernest T Bass and Romeena! (:
Prayers for all,

May 30, 2013 - Msg 93700: Good for Mr. Hendricks! I heard that his wife was about to leave him (she never really believed that he wasn't involved with Aunt Bee) but when he got the contract, she decided to stay.

That's funny about Cecile. I used to love to camp when Bruce and I were younger and I roughed it, too. We would sleep outside and cook over a fire and bathe in the river. Uh...none of that nonsense for me now, though. Its electricity and air conditioning all the way now.

An ending for Ernest T and Romeena? Hmm.. How about this; Ernest T finally got it together enough to clean himself up and get a job at the rock quarry down in Mt Pilot. He figured it was a job he was qualified for. He worked himself up to foreman and proposed to Romeena. They decided on a outdoor wedding in June out at Myer's Lake. Unfortunately it rained and they were "right there in it". After they married, they found a nice little house in Mt. Pilot and had a baby daughter named...Ernestine. :) She loves to play leapfrog, pick people up, and throw rocks.


May 30, 2013 - Msg 93701: Ernest T. went on to invest heavily in rocks and windows. Eventually started his own business.
Ernest T. Bass Rock and Glass.


May 30, 2013 - Msg 93702: That's right, Asa! :)


May 30, 2013 - Msg 93703: MDC, I can add to the "One time never again" story, I have a small sail boat that I've had since 1980 the "First" Mrs. G-F after much prodding went out on it with me. We caught a
real strong wind and she freeked out, she also said "I'll never get on that thing again!" Funny thing, she didn't. ( That was the only promise she kept!) And that's all I have to say about that! As Opie say's, kinda makes me sad tho...

Hey Boo, Ya hear that the Morrison sisters both got jobs working for Jack Daniels? Yep, they are in charge of product research & development. They call Otis Campbell in from time to time as a quality control consultant Who'da thought.....

Tom, the Indians have been on a skid lately, but they whooped on the Reds yesterday.


May 30, 2013 - Msg 93704:
Hey Folks

Maybe 90 and humid today here. MDC & Boo are thinking that's almost sweater time.

Not much computer time lately but I still want to be connected here.

I wonder how much the Porch skews Calvin Coolidge search results. I imagine we have disappointed a few kids working on term papers out there.


May 30, 2013 - Msg 93705: It's going to be 93 and humid here today, Auh2o, so I guess we will be feeling about the same. :)


May 30, 2013 - Msg 93706: it going be 90 here and the same for tomorrmo


May 30, 2013 - Msg 93707: 68 here today. :)


May 30, 2013 - Msg 93708: Thanks for sharing, Asa....grrrrrrrr


May 30, 2013 - Msg 93709: Your last sentence sounds like inter-tribal warfare, G-F. ;)

I like your ending to the Romeena-Ernest T story, Boo! Ernestine must be just like her papa. :)

Oh, I have to tell you porchsters about my Memorial Day. My wife asked me if I would ask my dad if he would go up to the pow-wow with us and help raise her grandfather's flag, and to my surprise he said he would. He never likes to go anywhere, but I am glad he did. My wife said he had been hoping to get him to do that for years.
What they do is they have veterans(my dad is a WWII veteran) raise the flags of tribal veterans like my wife's grandfather(he is a veteran of Korea who was KIA and was awarded the Medal Of Honor; even had a ship named after him which we went to the launching of, but that is another story, which I may already have told).
So my 88 year old dad and another Korean war veteran raised that flag. I am glad he finally got to do that. Got some video of it I may put up on Youtube sometime. The only thing was I wish I had a better vantage point to film because I mostly got him from the back view, and I didn't want to move while the service was going on and disturb the proceedings.

Anyone in the middle of any of those storms last night? We just had some rain and lightning, but little else.

-Sterling Holobyte

May 30, 2013 - Msg 93710: Ack, that should have been, "My wife said SHE had been hoping..."


May 30, 2013 - Msg 93711: To continue what happened to our characters....Asa the night watchman opened his security business and hired Big Maude, after she finished her prison term and the fun girls. Business has really picked up. Otis applied for a job and Asa is still considerating it, he still likes to take a nip now and then.

May 30, 2013 - Msg 93712: You people are so funny! These story endings are hilarious.

Eloise and I went with a church group out to a big shopping center south of Dallas, one of those "village" type layouts, very nice. They have a Charming Charlie costume jewelry store there, and I love to shop at Charlie's, so we went in. I found a few little things, and would you believe - when I went to pay, they wouldn't accept a check. Not just my check, they don't take checks, period. Can you beat that? They wanted either a credit card or a debit card. I had neither one with me. So, I scrounged cash enough to pay for it, which left me almost broke, and Eloise had to pay for my lunch! I'll give it back to her, of course, but still - a business that doesn't take checks? This may be signs of the times...

Well, I ate a lot of fried chicken, mashed taters and gravy and a biscuit, and now I feel a nap coming on! Guess I'll go settle into my big old comfy chair and see what happens. Blessings! --Romeena

May 30, 2013 - Msg 93713: Neat story about your dad raising the flag at the pow-wow, Sterling!

Hope you got a nap, Ro.

Frankie, I heard that Ben Weaver asked Maude out and the two of them were quite a pair...dancing at the gigolo club in yancey nearly every weekend. I think they are married now, but she still works for Asa, just to help him out. I guess Big Maude is about the only woman who could keep ol' Ben in line.


May 30, 2013 - Msg 93714: ..and speaking of romance...Did you hear that John Master's wife died (may she rest in peace) and a few years later he started up a romance with Eleanore Poultice? John Masters is younger than Eleanore but I guess that didn't matter to him. They had music in common. I hear they spend every Saturday night together listening to Leonard Blush on the radio, with a pan of cashew fudge between 'em. John hasn't popped the question, though.


May 30, 2013 - Msg 93715: This is starting to sound like "Mayberry After Midnight"...

May 31, 2013 - Msg 93716:
AUH20--it took me a minute to figure out your Calvin Coolidge reference, but once I did, I LOL!
ASA- your Ernest T Bass Rock and Glass Co.made me think of "supply and demand!" ha
RO- yup, not many places take checks anymore...mostly cash, debit, or credit.
BOO--sorry, hard for me to even visualize Weaver and Maude together! ha Sort of like fingernails on a chalkboard. AHHH! (:
But I did hear that Ellie ran off with Mr. Maxwell, the Mayberry music recorder, and that Mr Goss worked for Luke Comstock as VP of his Dry Cleaning stores.
93715--well, we could get Opie to publish a newspaper! haha
Prayers for Lucy, Boo, and all,

May 31, 2013 - Msg 93717: Morning Gang, You'll never guess what I found out, while I was shopping for a used car I pulled up the "CARFAX" to see what issues the car had in the past, and guess who own's "CARFAX"?....Right! Ms. Lesh...Come to think of it, the fox in all the commercials kinda looks like Ms. Lesh if ya put a Granny hat on it.

Also, Guess who is the CEO of Wrigley's gum co. now?...Right, Johnnie Paul Jason. Since chewing tar is good for your teeth he figured chewing gum would be a good way to keep his teeth in top notch shape. Come to think of it the old "Black Jack" gum has made a come back if you remembered it as a kid, it was kinda like chewing tar. I was partial to "Beeman's" tho. Lydia liked it too, it sorta kept her stomach settled when she gets car sick.
So, there's 2 more to ponder......G-F

May 31, 2013 - Msg 93718:
Mayberry After Midnight!
That's great.

Sterling-I agree, great flag story. I'd love to see on youtube.

MDC-I bet there are not many other sites that mention President Coolidge as much as we do.

PH-Thanks for your advice a while back, this is a nice little place for some therapy. Also, PH, TO is making the news here nearly every morning. That is some little drama Mr Ford is in.

Prayers for you good folks,

May 31, 2013 - Msg 93719: Good Morning Porch!

I am loving these Mayberry where are they now stories...I just can't think that fast or be that creative!

Warm today for this end of the porch...near 90 but with chance of rain and storms later tonight and throughout the weekend.

I am afraid the baseball games might get cancelled this weekend...but we had good news yesterday and a great oldest son Dalton made the High School Baseball team and then for his Dixie Youth 13/14 Baseball Team he accounted for two outs at third and at the plate he went 3 for 3 with a single, a double and a triple with the bases loaded...needless to say we are very proud of him! It still amazes me how quickly they grow up...why wouldn't it only last week when he was stepping onto the baseball field for the first time as a 5 year old?

Well let's keep those where are they now Mayberry stories going!

Ya'll have a good day and act like somebody!

Prayers and Blessings for all!
Barney: Well, today's eight-year-olds are tomorrow's teenagers. I say this calls for action and now. Nip it in the bud. First sign of youngsters going wrong, you've got to nip it in the bud.
Andy: I'm going to have a talk with them. What else do you want me to do?
Barney Fife: Well, don't just mollycoddle them.
Andy: I won't.
Barney: Nip it. You go read any book you ant on the subject of child discipline and you'll find every one of them is in favor of bud-nipping.

May 31, 2013 - Msg 93720: Good morning, porch! So, that "no checks" thing is more common than I thought, It was the first time I had encountered it, and I thought it was pretty weird. I can see the logic of it, but it just caught me by surprise. I have a debit card, but it was at home, here on my desk. Up until now, I've only used it for online purchases. Oh well, the times they are a-changin'! One of my kids doesn't even carry a checkbook - just a debit card. Sure will cut down on people spending money they don't really have.

SMH,sounds like you've got some good little ball players in your family too. Isn't it fun? I love to watch their games, and can always remember those first years. I know I've told this before, but I just love it. Our Landry, who is now 12, was in T-ball when he was five. He was playing third base, and a little kid came up to bat who could hit pretty good. He smacked one straight down the third base line, right at Landry. However, Landry was on his knees in the dirt, playing with a bug, and didn't even know it when the ball whizzed right over his head, missing him by a couple of inches. If he had raised his head, he would have lost teeth at the very least. Of course, if he had been standing up and paying attention, he wouldn't have caught the ball anyway. He couldn't catch a cold in those days, but nothing gets past him now. He plays first base now, and it's eerie to watch him stretch and reach for a ball, and just almost never miss. I'd say he catches nine out of ten. He and the second baseman work well together, and they catch many an attempted base stealer in a squeeze and get him out. I've learned more about baseball while watching these grandsons play than I ever knew before.

Well, guess I'd better get busy. I've got a book-editing assignment that should be fun, and will pay me a bit of cash, which is needed right now. I guess I'd better "get to it!" Blessings! --Romeena

May 31, 2013 - Msg 93721: Our neighbor's mom passed away this week and I am making banana bread (his favorite). I didn't have really ripe bananas and the ones I used were still a little green. Does anyone know if it will still turn out ok?


May 31, 2013 - Msg 93722: Ask Floyd he's a barber.....

May 31, 2013 - Msg 93723: Boo, I've seen on tv where they will "nuke" under ripe bannanas and that will soften them up. But I don't have a clue for how long or nothing.


May 31, 2013 - Msg 93724: Back to the subject of camping...Funny one!

Asa, if ya "nuke" a banana aren't ya afraid of banana fall-out? And if ya nuke it to long ya just might get a bananablama! Boo, ya better be carefull with Asa's advise, he's cooked a few things and now he wants to get "crocky" (I think that fooled the censor). haha...Asa....


May 31, 2013 - Msg 93725: One for Romeena too....

June 01, 2013 - Msg 93726:
SMH-Sure, but would he go after a ball in the Remshaw place? ha
RO- yup, like the old saying, I must have funds, I've still got plenty of checks! (:
BOO- sorry about your neighbor. Was she the one with the mean dogs? Not that it matters, just wondering. May she rest in peace.
Well, whether you're riding in Barney's new car, or out camping with Barney and Andy, this is always a crowd pleaser...
Also, a good ending...Thank God that Gloria got back and married her boyfriend, and lived happily ever after or else Helen would have blown a gasket! ha