June 01, 2013 - Msg 93727: No, MDC, not the one with the mean dogs.


June 01, 2013 - Msg 93728: Mornin' Mayberry! Hope y'all have a great weekend-love to all!

possum under a rock

June 01, 2013 - Msg 93729: Hey gang, You all know what happened to Fred Plummer?..He gave up the produce gig and decided to be a butcher then got hooked up with that Brady family Maid. That was right after he did a stint in the Marines Corps. He taught Alice how to keep them Brady kids in line! Marsha,Marsha, Marsha!....

And...Colonel Harvey is living the "Good Life" right after he invented Vick's Formula 44D...Boo is one of his best customers..."VICK'S"!!

Jimmie the goat was put out to Stud at Boo's
"Funny Farm"....Livin the good life with his chicken friend Bernie... ;)


June 01, 2013 - Msg 93730:
Hey Folks

There is a storm coming here soon and it will be bringing some colder air with it ahhhh.

GF-I'm sitting here laughing at your post and I have no idea what you're talking about.

Asa-Glad to see you're back at 'em, buddy. Have you heard from Hazel? I've seen her name pop up lately.


June 01, 2013 - Msg 93731: Auh2o, Haha, Mrs. G-F says the same thing - the laughing part! Boo started: "where are they now" cast questions so I have been adding some of mine.

R.I.P. Edith Bunker...The final "STIFLE" exit stage right...Funny lady surely not a Dingbat!....


June 01, 2013 - Msg 93732: "Those were the days"...Gee that old LaSalle ran great!.....


June 01, 2013 - Msg 93733: Hey, G-F, I don't want any stud goats out here on my place!

Auh2o, I haven't seen Hazel on the porch or on facebook in a long time. If you're out there, Hazel, please let us know you're ok.


June 02, 2013 - Msg 93734:
G-F--and you forgot that Alvin Melvin also did parts on All in the Family? (see the clip above)ha May Jean stapleton rest in peace.
Prayers for all the folks getting this latest
round of tornados. Lord be with them in OK City et al.
BOO-did the doc ever determine the cause of Erin's vertigo?
Happy June everyone!
Hey to Postum!
Good Sabbath to all,

June 02, 2013 - Msg 93735: Make that Archie Bunker's Place.

June 02, 2013 - Msg 93736: Hey, Auh2o, I tried to upload the video to Youtube while I thought of it but ran into a snag, getting an error saying they are "unable to convert video file." I don't know what the problem is, I have successfully uploaded most of my other videos exactly the same way. Will try again later, maybe with a different format.

Well, tomorrow my wife is getting baptized into the church. I'd like to ask for prayers for her and her decision, and that everything goes smoothly, because I know her mom doesn't approve and said she won't be there. I thought that her mom was just saying that because she was mad and would show up, but in fact, she's even left town, so I guess she won't be there.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 02, 2013 - Msg 93737: MDC, Erin has had vertigo because of a problem in her inner ear...something about some "crystals" that broke loose and needed to be put back where they belonged. Sounds strange, I know. :)

Sterling, what denomination is the church you attend and (refresh our memory), why does your MIL oppose your wife's decision to be baptized?


June 02, 2013 - Msg 93738: MDC, That's right, I forgot Alan Melvin was on that one too... So I'll update the story on Fred Plummer...How about this, when he got tired of all the chaos with Alice & the Brady's he go to "Archie's Place" for a few brew's? Then he got so bad he and Otis formed their own AA group to get back on the straight & narrow.
Thanks for the p.s. idea.....

Boo...Having "Jimmie" at the "Funny Farm" could be a real...."BLAST!"......teheyukyuk..


June 02, 2013 - Msg 93739: Boo, the church we attend now is Baptist, with a very good pastor.
Lord only knows why her mom opposes the decision. It could be because she brought my wife up, and was baptized in the Mormon church, and even though neither of them has had anything to do with that church for many, many years(her mom was kicked out), it still seems to have a hold on her mom especially.
Or it is because her mom wants to control her life, and the life of her grandkids(I've witnessed that personally).
Or it could be both of those, or it could be something entirely different. Like I said, the Lord only knows, ultimately.

I've asked my mom if she wanted to come to her baptism, and she said she would like to. I thought it would be a nice gesture, since her own mom isn't going. My mom raised me Catholic, but I can't see her getting all upset if/when I wanted to be re-baptized.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 02, 2013 - Msg 93740: This Tuesday will be three weeks since Mr. Flints knee surgery and he has a 90 percent bend in the knee already. He drove this morning for the first time since his surgery and he's a happy camper. He goes to PT tomorrow morning and we are hoping for 95 or 100 percent. Is anyone watching the NASCAR race at Dover today?

June 02, 2013 - Msg 93741: It sure sounds like a control issue to me, Sterling. I can't understand why some women, especially, try to control the lives of their adult children. Bruce's mom tries to do that, too, and it has cause so many problems with her children and grandkids. Sad, really, because they could have loving relationships with her but she is so proud and unwilling to change so much damage has been done.

We had a wonderful rain here this morning...it is cooler and overcast, which I love. The kids and I went for a drive and visited an old historic cemetery that I didn't know about and boy, it was a good one! Had civil war soldiers buried there, and a soldier that died in the war between texas and mexico. Really neat.

Time to have a bit of lunch and relax for awhile..don't want to overdo it.


June 02, 2013 - Msg 93742:
Frankie, I watched some of it, but that ground camera was making me dizzy! ha
Glad the Mister is doing so well. We should get a head count of how many on the porch
are currently going to PT for something! lol
BOO-Did you see the Count at the cemetery?
You sure have a good handle for it! ha
There is the one in Tombstone AZ that I have seen. It is quite interesting.
G-F--I like your ending. Did they continue with the painting therapitic therapy? teehee
Some are hard to add endings to. Last night I watched Guest of Honor. So what do you do with a
pickpocket kleptomererac? ha
On the other hand, since Andy thinks that a little sugar on the jaw from Nurse Mary is a lot better than the rub from a mule's nose, it was never reported in Mayberry after Midnight that he and Mary had a secret relationship for years sneaking up to Cyler City for dinner and dancin. (:
Sterling, that is very cool about your wife! We all know of your own M after M "troubles", so am glad to hear that things are going better these days!

June 02, 2013 - Msg 93743: Boo, I agree. My own mother could never have been described as "controlling", though in her sweet and gentle way she sometimes would "make suggestions" as she expressed it. If she met resistance, she might press a little, but never too much. She knew when to back off. She just wanted the best for her precious grandkids, and her kids as well - my brother and me. Dale loved her like his own mother. My MIL was never a problem to us. First of all, she lived in Michigan and distance is a great deterrent to meddling, but she wouldn't have anyway. She's Dale's stepmother, his own mother died when he was fourteen, and his dad married his stepmom two years later. Still, natural mother or stepmom, it is not in her nature to try to control the kids' lives. I say "is", because she's still living, at 95.

As my own grandkids have come along, I've developed a greater understanding for the feelings my mother must have had, and a greater respect for the restraint she showed, and a real forgiveness for the times she may have pushed just a little. My children have done a great job with my grandchildren, but that's not to say there weren't times I wanted to voice an opinion. I have done very, very little of that though, and don't intend to change. It's just better to lave them alone. When asked, I give my opinion, and if not asked, I keep my mouth shut. Funny thing - when you do that, it's surprising how often they will come and ask.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

June 02, 2013 - Msg 93744: Make that "leave them alone." I hate when that happens. --Romeena

June 02, 2013 - Msg 93745: Exactly, Ro. If parents of adult kids would just be a loving, wise presence in the lives of their kids and grandkids, the family would come to them for advice and mostly, prayer. It is my prayer that I am that kind of mother/grandmother if God gives me that many years. I wanted to be able to love my MIL like my own mother but you can't make a good relationship with someone who is as broken as she is. She just doesn't care for me and uses me as the family scape goat. Recently she told me that she is critical of me because "You are everything my daughters will never be". I get blamed for everything..even the failure of her daughters. I have had to come to the realization that I can't have a loving relationship with her because she doesn't want one with me. She has driven away most people that love her with her pride and just plain meanness at times.

My own mom tried to be a manipulative, controlling mom when I was a young adult. I moved out of the house as soon as I possibly could and our relationship was rocky, at best. After she suffered her stroke, 15 years ago, her personality changed and we were able to have a loving relationship. She is very sweet to her children and especially to her grandkids. Bruce's mom has actually been abusive to Erin when she was little. I have had to pray and get rid of my resentment over it years ago, but I have always been very careful with my children around her. Sadly, I really think she has some kind of mental illness and at age 80, it won't get better.

Had a nice evening. We took the kids to a private beach nearby for some fishing and I just sat in my lawn chair, enjoying the scenery and the beautiful sunset.

MDC, I have been to a cemetery in Tombstone. My dad took us on a trip out west when i was 19. I don't remember alot about it but I'll bet it was the same one you mentioned.


June 02, 2013 - Msg 93746:
auh2o, I'm not surprised you have heard about Toronto's Mayor Ford. He is the subject of some seriously embarrassing publicity here in Canada. Someone claims to possess a video of him, in the presence of two other males, using cocaine. The news media has been trying to obtain the video, but the people who claim to possess it wanted $200,000. Now that one media organization has raised the cash, they are no longer able to contact the owner. A few people have claimed to have seen the video. Initially, Mayor Ford refused to make any public comment supposedly because his lawyer advised him of that. Then one week later, he denied ever using cocaine and claimed he is not an addict.
Then three other recent revelations have turned this news story into a potential Hollywood movie. #1 - One of the two males in the video has been murdered.
#2 - Six members of Mayor Ford's staff have either resigned or been fired in the last month! #3 - Mayor Ford was fired from his part-time job as a football coach for a local school as a result of all the negative publicity.
Finally, if you search the internet for his biography, you will find his political and personal life is filled with controversy.

So sorry to hear about those four Houston firefighters who lost their lives battling a building fire that collapsed on them. One of them was a young lady who had graduated from the fire academy just one month ago. May they rest in peace.

from Poor Horatio

June 02, 2013 - Msg 93747: Oh, my. As grateful as I am for our firefighters and police officers, I will never understand why anyone would want to get into that. Well, that's not true, I guess. I do understand - they have a servant's heart and want to help other people. For some, they love the adrenalin rush, I guess, but that can't be all of it. There has to be a higher motive. I guess what I really mean is, I just can't comprehend having that motivation. I'll promise you I don't. These people actually walk into burning buildings!

Now, there is one thing that I truly do not understand though, and think it should be changed. When a building is known to be unoccupied, why do they still risk the lives of the firefighters to put out the blaze? Let the stinking thing burn! If there are people in the building, that's a different thing, but they take the same risks just to extinguish a fire, and I don't get it. Risking a life to save a life, okay, but risking a life, or in effect sacrificing a life to save a structure and the contents - it's not worth it. Keep the firefighters outside, and let them spray the building down externally and keep it from spreading, but to send a crew onto a roof or into a building that could collapse? Madness.

Can anyone tell me why they do that? --Romeena

June 02, 2013 - Msg 93748: Prayers for all the families who have lost loved ones. Sometimes I just don't understand this old world. Getting ready for daughter # 2's wedding in 12 days. Long distance from home...Kentucky. This mom is a little stressed right now. Please pray for her as she has just completed her first year of her masters' degree, Friday was the last day of her teaching Kindergarten for this year (special needs children- 23 of them to be exact) and now her wedding. Poor kid, she's gonna need a long vacation! Preferably in Jamaica! Yep, sounds like a pretty good idea. Later family. and thanks. ~ New Neighbor

June 03, 2013 - Msg 93749: Morning Porch. Monday morning at that.

Hey N.N. So is that Grace that's getting hitched? Bless her heart. They done got growed up on ya. She and you are in my prayers.

Boo and Ro, that is a delicate balance as a parent and grand parent to know when to say something or not. I vowed to not but in with my childrens parenting. And it's worked out for the most part. Both Daughters are really good Mom's and both of their husbands are good Dads. For that I am grateful. Are they perfect? No. But who is? And I will say this. They are a darn sight better than I was at that age. Like Romeena, I will offer advice if aske, but only once or twice have I "suggested" something without being asked. And both times it was appreciated. I think they were both so surprised that I said anything without being asked, it really got their attention I guess. It is a joy to watch them grow and parent though. And to hear them get after their kids when needed, sounding much like me when they were little. Especially when it comes to living the Gospel.

Good to see you P.H. and Sterling. And Hey to Possum.

MDC, I haven't heard anything from Hazel for a while. I pray she is doing well.

How goes the new job SMH? Well I hope.

Better get rolling. Lots to do today.

Prayers for all.


June 03, 2013 - Msg 93750: Slow day on the porch... Asa, I really liked what you had to say, especially about how you so seldom suggest something that when you did, they really paid attention. That's the way it should be. We have some church friends who are going through heck (to put it midly) with their son who just graduated from high school. He isn't "slow" but has some learning problems and just seems kind of reclusive and odd in his behavior. He got involved with a girl in the church who a year older than him but very immature and it wasn't long before she was pregnant. So, she had a baby girl who is 3 months old and just found out she is pregnant again. I know all the parents must be beside themselves. What mess. The two young people are in a very unhealthy on again-off again relationship. I can't even imagine dealing with that mess. I wonder what I would do, as a parent, in that situation. Both kids still live at home, but they do work, at least.

I was very tired this morning and was in and out of bed until 1pm! Some days are like that but most days are ok and I am getting better by leaps and bounds now. I went grocery shopping for longer than I should have this afternoon but I felt fine...hope I still do tomorrow. I probably did too much putting the groceries away.

Better go get some rest. Hope you are all well.


June 03, 2013 - Msg 93751:
Hi All. Just a quick hello tonight. It was 109 here yesterday, and to be 107 for the next few day! :(
Oh well, that's summer in Phoenix, Arizona!
Thank you Jesus! (That's my "thank God in ALL things" scripture for today! ha)
G-F-- did you hear that even tho the Horton boys broke out of jail, they were summarily re-captured, and then re-habilitated by Warden Bea.
(OK, that part was in the little-seen epilogue.) But then one went on to become a concert pianist, one a dentist, one a dancer, and now what was the fourth one...?

June 04, 2013 - Msg 93752: Good grief, Boo! What a mess, indeed! I'm not wondering what I would, I know very well what I'd do. Obviously, any talk about abstinence, moral behavior, etc., is going to fall on deaf ears. Those parents are dealing with two immature, totally irresponsible children, no matter what their ages may be. Obviously the girl must be nearly twenty, and the boy is probably at least eighteen. Still, they are acting like children.

Now because they can't or won't restrain themselves and take responsibility for their behavior, their parents are suddenly confronted with a whole new family to raise, from day one. That is absolutely not fair, and I would get those two idiots together and pitch a big old hissy fit. They would not be permitted to utter a peep, but they would sit there and listen. There would be some serious assignment of caregiving for the babies. "Dating" would cease. There's now a baby to care for, "mom". There would also be a trip to the doctor for some birth control pills, and the pills would be managed by me and doled out each morning at breakfast. I'd make darned sure they were taken!

The boy's daddy needs to take him aside and give him some straight information on self-protection, not only for birth control but to prevent the swapping of STDs. You can bet this activity has not been confined to the two of them, and God only knows what big bad bugs they might have. I know, the Sunday School answer is to teach morality, but that's not enough when you're dealing with two immature individuals who obviously don't agree. There are lives on the line here - the lives of the two participants, and those of their offspring. There are bugs out there that can kill, including the baby that's coming.

The 3-month old, and the one that's coming - the circumstances they're being born into - that's no way to start a life. Personally, if the grandparents can bring themselves to do it, adoption might be a good choice. They probably wouldn't get much argument from the parents of the babies. Rather than being raised by grandparents who are being forced into it, those babies would have the chance to grow up with two loving, younger parents who have longed for the opportunity. I'm not sure I could do it, but it would be the most loving choice for the babies.

OK, now you know how I feel. If anyone disagrees, that's certainly your right and I respect it. It's just that, speaking as a grandparent, as much as I love my grandkids and take great delight in them, I'm very grateful that at my age I don't have to raise them, 24 and 7. I've paid my dues. Prayers for all concerned in this little drama. It's not going to be very pretty, not for a good long time.

Blessings! --Romeena

June 04, 2013 - Msg 93753: I agree with you, Ro. Unfortunately, the girl involved was raised by a terrible mother and a drug addict father. Right now she is living with a stepmom that is in way over her head. The boys family is a good family and have never had any problems with their other children. I'm sure they are getting a quick education. I don't know yet what they are going to do. I only know about the new pregnancy because the girl was foolish enough to post something on facebook about how she was pregnant again. I don't even think the parents of the boy knew about it yet. What a mess. The boys father has come to the deacons in the church for advice before so i am hoping they will be able to help the family through this with some sound advice..doesn't mean they will take it, but maybe. The deacons are mostly older men who have raised families and would have some good advice, I'm sure. I know what Bruce would have to say! I was afraid of something like this happening when Sean was involved with a girl for over a year but Sean and the girl both told us they weren't stupid and I guess they weren't. Bruce and I were both very vocal about the risks and what would happen if the girl became pregnant. Sean is well-informed about STDs and risks associated with s#x, and the responsibility that would come along with being a father.


June 04, 2013 - Msg 93754: Oh my. So the girl's parents aren't very bright either. That further confirms my opinion that adoption would be a good option for both babies. Imagine that immature girl, trying to raise two children, with the backing of those inadequate parents and an already-overwhelmed stepmom. Nobody in this scenario even stands a chance. I can only pray that they'll have the wisdom to make a loving choice for the babies, which in turn will free the girl and boy to more or less "start over", with the hope they'll make better behavioral choices in the future. Sounds like it will be the boy's parents who will get to raise another family, if the girl decides to keep the babies. I'm watching a similar situation play out in a family of my acquaintance, and it's just not fair. Just as the people were seeing a little daylight ahead, and a chance to focus on their own lives for a change, suddenly they're surrogate parents to their grandchild. So far there hasn't been a repeat performance, there's just the one child, and the young mom is becoming more responsible, but still, it's a tremendous strain.

Well, the Dish Network guy will be here soon, guess I'd better climb out of this ratty gown and into some clothes. Blessings, all! --Romeena

June 04, 2013 - Msg 93755:
Ok MDC...now you're just making those numbers up.


June 04, 2013 - Msg 93756: Well had a great time camping...back at work now..hey Boo,MDC,Romeena,PH and all...ok...I got to read the archives....prayers...and lunch will be on me and possum at Longhorn Steakhouse...SPOT

June 04, 2013 - Msg 93757: Now, auh2o, you know what they say about those high temperatures. They're not so bad, because it's a dry heat. (Tongue planted in cheek.)

Spot, I'm glad you had a good time. I'm very glad you're getting out and doing things like that. Prayers for you, my friend, as the healing continues.

Grrrr. I'm so frustrated! Joe and Jorge are here, working like dogs out in the yard, and I just can't keep up. I can work about twenty minutes, then my back starts to ache and I have no choice but to stop for a while. It wasn't that long ago that I could match them step for step, and I could work from can to can't, but I just can't do it now. Very annoying.

Well, at least I can walk, and no longer have that feeling of hot pliers on a nerve. A year ago, walking was a sometimes thing, and the pain, when it hit, was unbearable. That's all gone, and God is good.

The Dish crew is here too, and Toye Starr is totally baffled as to why I'm allowing these unknown people to just wander in and out of our house, unchallenged! So, she provides her tiny challenge, and all they do is laugh at her. Really annoys her.

Guess I'll go get the guys some burgers. Blessings! --Romeena

June 04, 2013 - Msg 93758: Ro, just tell Toye Starr that you just had to call the man. She's probably viewed enough TAGS with you to understand what you are talking about. ;)

Well, for those of you interested, I was finally able to upload my video of my dad at the flag raising. All I did was use a different browser, and it worked.
Here is the link http://youtu.be/MWyzIte3vJQ

I left the video of "before the flag raising" just for some atmosphere, I guess, but like I mention in the description you can skip ahead to the actual flag-raising at about the 5:40 mark.
You are going to see some people walking in front of me, and I know I said I didn't want to move to get a better filming position and disturb the people, but what you can't see is that to my right(the camera view) there were people lined up against the back of the stands, like we were, to watch the ceremony, and those are the people I am referring to when I said I didn't want to disturb anyone in my comment before.
Oh, and you'll see a little bit of my weird niece, and of my wife and Noah when my wife goes to cover his ears during the rifle salute.
Btw, that kid crying near the end isn't Noah. He was a good boy during the whole thing. :)

On another note, I don't know what happened to our robin family that nested above our front porch light. I haven't seen hide nor hair of the mom, dad, or babies.
I don't know if something happened during the storm we had over the Memorial Day weekend, but that was the last time I saw them. And they are under the porch roof so I didn't think the storm would do much damage to them.
And I don't think the babies were grown enough to fly away, because the last time I saw them, they were still mainly featherless when they popped up to get some grub. I looked around for some bodies on the porch and sidewalk, but didn't see anything there either.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 04, 2013 - Msg 93759: Hey, that was really neat, Sterling! Thanks for sharing it...very touching to see your Dad participating in it. Our WW2 veterans are getting pretty rare. The only thing I didn't like about the video is that we didn't get to see more of Kai and Noah. :( By the way, Sean's ex-girlfriend is a member of the Ho Chunk nation. She ended up down here in south texas because she was adopted by some friends of ours that were in the navy. She just graduated from highschool and all her college is paid for, which is great.

Sorry about your little robin family. :(


June 04, 2013 - Msg 93760: Great video, Sterling. Thanks for sharing it. Was this a gathering of just one tribe, or several related tribes? I noticed the singing seemed to be in a tribal language. Do any of the folks still speak the language, or do they learn that phonetically in order to sing at functions like this?

About the robins - how long had it been since you saw them? They grow up very quickly, and when little robins fledge, you will usually see them running about on the ground and hiding under shrubbery for the first few days. They leave the nest before they can fly very well, mostly just flutter. If you happen to be outdoors and hear a buzzing sound, it may very well be a young robin, demanding to be fed! You'll probably find him under a bush.

Very cool, Boo, about the girl whose college is paid for. No question about the bad deal the native Americans received, and I think education for their descendents is the least the country can do.

I think I'll go heat up the Chinese food left from what I ordered yesterday. It's good, and when you get two or three meals out of an order, it's pretty cheap, too, even with a tip for the driver. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

June 04, 2013 - Msg 93761: Romeena, Did ya get your Chinese at Aunt Bee's Canton Restaurant? Now that you got your IRS $ straightened out, for a $400 investment you can be a partner too. Then you can have Ralphie and his family over for a Chinese Christmas Turkey.
Just don't invite those @*%!&# Bumphus Hounds!


June 04, 2013 - Msg 93762: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miBKPwVtxFU

June 04, 2013 - Msg 93763:
BOO- I ditto RO's thoughts. Perhaps Bruce could be the voice for the adoption option! Let the Lord lead you in how to get involved to help.
Sterling-thanks for sharing! Very cool. One thing that bothered me was that there are always some jerks who can't stop walking or doing whatever for a few simple minutes to give respect to our fallen vets. But your dad looked great! Give him a big thank you!
ASA- I left a little greeting on Hazel's FB page.
Also, I just got a letter from Pappa Bear. He has moved again, but doing pretty well despite his ailments.
Hey to TOM.
Prayers continue for OK and other states hit by storms.
Oh, and AUH2O, check the Weather Channel! ha
Well folks, I saw on a natioanl TV show today that those darn CFL bulbs, that our glorious congress passed into law, have now been shown to emit "blue light" (besides the mercury issue) which too much exposure to causes macular degeneration! Glad I have my stash of oldies.
SPOT--good to see you brother.
REV- where are you?

June 04, 2013 - Msg 93764:
Ha, I have no idea why my message above got all scrambled, but my MDC was at the bottom when I went to post it. hmmm

June 04, 2013 - Msg 93765: Oh, and Sterling, I was NOT refering to your filming, I understand that totally. mdc

June 05, 2013 - Msg 93766: Thanks Boo, Ro, MDC, for your comments about the video!

Boo, that's cool about Sean's ex. It is a small world after all, eh?!

Ro, mainly they are Ho-Chunk, as Boo mentioned in her comment, but they do have inter-tribal dances, though I don't know how many are from other tribes and I believe it is mostly Ho-Chunks there, since they are the dominant tribe in Wisconsin.

As far as the Ho-Chunk language, I could confidently say that of all the people you see at the pow-wow, probably less than 10 percent actually speak the language, which is kind of sad, considering that the Ho-Chunk name means, "people of the big voice."
My wife doesn't speak it, though she has had some classes; her mom doesn't even speak it. I know they are trying to motivate some of the younger kids to take the classes to try to keep the language from dying out, but most of the youth just aren't interested. Just like teens everywhere I guess.

As for the robins, I can't remember the exact day when I saw them last, I just know it was before a storm we had either the Friday, Saturday, or Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. It must have been the Friday. Because then when I checked on the mail after the storm, that's when I noticed that the robin babies weren't popping their heads out, and the mom wasn't there. So it was only a couple days, and I am not sure, but I don't think they could have grown feathers and got out in a couple days(?).

I hate to think it, but I just had another thought, and that is I wonder if the same cat that has been tearing into our garbage bags and strewing junk all over, could have possibly found the birds and had dessert. Or our garbage was the dessert and they were the main course, who knows?!
I have to admit, though I am not into animal torture, I have thought about spraying some flavored laxative on the bags or something, to give that beast enough tummy troubles so that he won't find our garbage so appetizing.
And that is my "nice" solution. I have had other thoughts as well.

MDC, yeah, there is alot of walking around going on there. And I see what you mean about not paying respects. Usually the Ho-Chunks are pretty respectful of their veterans and elders. You also understand that the place I was filming from was right outside the "circle", where the dancers dance(of course, what else would dancers do?!), and there are ALWAYS people walking there outside the stands at the circle, but there weren't too many walking around there while the ceremony was really going on, if you'll notice. Actually I don't remember if there were any people walking around while the flags were being raised. I'll have to watch it again.
But I know what you mean. A lot of the people walking around beforehand didn't even stop to look at what was going on.

As for my filming of the event. Yeah, I don't really like to film ceremonies and such, but I did want to get my dad's involvement on film, since this may be the only time, or last time, he ever gets to do it. I know you understand that.
But personally, it's like when I am filming Kai's performances at her school programs, I would much rather just be watching the performance through my own eyes than through a little screen.

I've never heard of "blue light". I hope that is not an issue with LED lights as well, because I have been slowly changing my incandescents to LED's, and I hope to do the whole house. I just wish the bigger wattage-equivalent ones would come down in price. The biggest ones I have right now are 40 watt-equivalent and they are about $10 at Walmart. RIght now they are in the sockets where we keep the lights on the longest, since they cost just a few pennies to operate(reportedly) and are supposed to last for about 15 years(again, reportedly).

-Sterling Holobyte

June 05, 2013 - Msg 93767: MDC, I was just in a sandwich shop yesterday that had those darned bulbs in the lights above the table and it was so bright and annoying that I grabbed a napkin and unscrewed the thing so I could take off my sunglasses!

Yes, small world, Sterling!

Up too early, but slept well. Seems like lately my pattern is to go to bed around 12, get up at 5 or 6 and then take a nap later in the day. I am feeling pretty great, though, and feel almost back to normal. :)


June 05, 2013 - Msg 93768:
Howdy porch family....trusy everyone is doing good. Need to go back and read the archives since I've been gone so much.

Still on my summer tour. In TN (Pigeon Forge) right now. Kinda basing out of here for the next couple weeks. Then I'm gonna swing by my home for 3 days (a little out of the way but just want to go home a few days)then into WV...then on to my New England tour.
On my days off from concerts I've been hanging out at my little special place on top of a mtn writing songs. It is so peaceful up there. Just seems closer to God up there...lol

Been praying for all of you and continue daily doing so. Ya'll have a very blessed day and remember....Jesus loves you!
Love and prayers

June 05, 2013 - Msg 93769: Hi All
Where in W V will you be and how fare from Clarksburg?


June 05, 2013 - Msg 93770: Busy, busy day here, getting ready for the trip south to see the grandsons graduate. I kinda hate leaving my yard, I have some glads blooming, and the lotus in the pond opened this morning. It's closed back up now, but will open again tomorrow morning. I hope I'll remember to run out there and get a picture before I leave. It may be the only lotus I'll have all summer, and I'm going to miss most of its life!

Woohoo! The Dish Anywhere thing works. I was sitting in the waiting room at Rick's Automotive, waiting for the car inspection to be done (it expired last month) and remembered that I was missing "Dragnet". So, I fired up the old phone, hit the icon, it opened on the TV Guide, and I told it to record my show. When I came in the house, the little red light on the Dish box is glowing, so I guess it's working. That's just downright cool, ya gotta admit! I can do it from anywhere. I love technology.

Well, better run. Still have to bathe Toye Starr, bake some cookies to take along, and pack. Packing will take about ten minutes. Cookies and puppy bath will take longer.

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

June 05, 2013 - Msg 93771: Well I'm glad to see I'm not the only Dragnet lover here Ro. It comes on here just about the time I get home on METV. Seen them all bunches of times, but I still love watching them. So are you the same with Adam-12? Comes on right after Dragnet here.

Hey to Rev.

Cool video Sterling.

Boo, them LED's can be bright for sure. Shouldn't have been hot though. That's one of the reasons they last so long. Produce little heat. It's heat that eventually takes out anything electric. Bulbs, motors, you name it.

Better get. Gotta get home for Dragnet.


June 05, 2013 - Msg 93772: Dragnet?...really?...not a fan.

The bulb wasn't hot, Asa, it was BRIGHT! Hated it.

Sean started a new, part-time job today cleaning a small church near us. He loved it...just enough for one person to be able to clean well. I dropped by there and he had vacuumed the sancuary and line up all the chairs perfectly. I mentioned it and he told me the conversation he had with the pastor when he came to work: The pastor said, "Vacuum and then put the chairs back, but they don't have to be perfect." Sean said, "I'm afraid they do." "Awesome," was the pastor's reply. Of course he doesn't know that Sean is OCD. Hehe. You should have seen that sanctuary when he finished. Chairs perfectly aligned and a kleenix box under the first chair in every third row...it look like he used a tape measure! ha! That kid. Pastor also said, "I kind of like to have the front glass doors cleaned once and awhile"..."Oh, that will be done everytime I am here," replied Sean. That's my boy. He had been praying for a job in which he could serve the Lord, and he sees this job as that. The pastor and his wife had been trying to clean the church themselves, so I know Sean will be a big blessing to them. It's only 200 dollars a month but Sean is pleased and the pastor said he might get an increase.

Well, better go get the clothes out of the dryer.

Have a safe trip, and lots of fun, Ro. You are taking Toye Starr with you, right? Oh, don't forget to give Hero Bentley a pat on the head for all of us.


June 05, 2013 - Msg 93773: REV, The higher up the mountain the lighter the air! so I'm thinkin it will be easier to do your writing since the air won't hold ya down...

Boo..."BULB SNATCHER!" Sean has all his pews in a row? Man he must do an awesome job on getting his ducks in a row too...ha! Now if only he could do what Andy did in the latrine on "No time for Sergents". Saalluute! And with the $200, he can buy himself 200 pairs of dollar underwear....


June 05, 2013 - Msg 93774:
HI ALL, well, wouldn't you know it, car thieves
now have a button device that can get past encripted
codes on our car door locks! I saw it on the Today Show this morning. Police depts across the country are stumped. See attached story:
REV- good to hear things going good. Will also be nice to see house and home for a bit. God bless you!
Have a good trip RO!
Tired tonight, so it's off to bed.

June 06, 2013 - Msg 93775: Anybody home?

June 06, 2013 - Msg 93776: There's no one here!

June 06, 2013 - Msg 93777: look like everyone has go for the weekend


June 06, 2013 - Msg 93778:
Howdy porch family...trust you all had a very blessed day.

Tom....I will be in Princeton, WV (right above Bluefield)

G-F....never thought of the mountain air having that effect on my songwritting...lol

MDC...yep it will be good to see home for a couple days.

You all have a good night and sleep tight :)
Love and prayers

June 06, 2013 - Msg 93779:
By the way Mr Tom....I just looked it up and I'll be about 3 hrs south of you.

June 06, 2013 - Msg 93780:
REV- be careful driving, from what I saw there
are high winds coming your way. Lord be with you!
TOM--RO is on her trip, but I'm not sure about the others. On my end it is just plain too hot
to set too long! ha The lizards are using the bird bath!
Prayers for all,
Barney: "Centus" is a word that means a hundred, spoken by very smart people long ago.
Opie: Well, if they were so smart why didnt they just say a hundred?

June 07, 2013 - Msg 93781: Just a busy day for me, but all is well. Have to get to bed but will be back tomorrow. :)


June 07, 2013 - Msg 93782:
Recently, the Pickens County South Carolina School District made a ruling to eliminate prayer at all graduation ceremonies. So when Roy Coster was allowed to give his valedictorian speech at Liberty High School's graduation ceremony, he had a surprise for everyone. Rather than recite his pre-approved speech, the audience heard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nIr4zBz18E

from Poor Horatio

June 07, 2013 - Msg 93783: Amen to your post PH, it's good to see a young person stand up for his beliefs instead of "Grand Standing" on "Issues"...

Rev, Since you are in WVA check out their mountains too, they say down there it's almost heaven,(right TOM) as John Denver wrote in his song.
I'm thinkin, maybe it's not the thin air that inspires song writing, but being closer to heaven is what makes it happen?
When you put all the mountains & oceans in the equation we all seem very small.


June 07, 2013 - Msg 93784: I saw that video on facebook, PH. Good for him! :)

HOT day here in south texas, but we are used to that here...won't see it dip below the 90's until October (maybe)...sometimes November. Ick. Humid, too. Bruce took the day off to work in the garden and get a few things done around here.

St Susan and her family are having a problem right now because the county over-charged my mom on her taxes on the house and you would not believe the "run around" and red tape! It has taken three trips to the county office, due to them being told different things by different people and then they told them that mom had to have a picture ID. Mom is 86 and has not had a driver's license for years...no picture ID, so they had to try to take her to get a picture ID somewhere, after they got that, it was something else. Ridiculous! Things shouldn't have to be so hard, but we know how that is. Just ask Ro.

Better finish my coffee. I think I will take it easy today. I probably did too much yesterday because I am having a pain in my right side, but it is hard to know what is too much. Its been a month now since my surgery and I feel almost back to normal.


June 07, 2013 - Msg 93785: Now that's a valedictorian!
You can see "someone" doesn't approve. The lady to the left of him in the purple (scarf?), just glaring at him. Must be from the school board.
Some of the comments below that video are just ignorant. One says, "He should have left his prayer for home. He took away the rights of people who aren't interested in his religion."

Excuse me?! So if he would have just talked about the usual, getting ahead in business or something, would that have meant he was taking away the rights of those who don't believe in capitalism?
He (should have) had a right to say whatever was on his mind, within reason of course, no obscenity for example. Your religious rights do not end when you walk into the school, or walk down the aisle for graduation.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 08, 2013 - Msg 93786:
Amen Sterling, exactillioso! (:
I hope REV is OK with the tropical storm that
moved up the eastern states. Possum mentioned on FB that she got LOTS of rain.
Hey to everyone! have a nice weekend.
So I'll exercise my freedom of speech and say
Jesus is Lord!
Love ya all,

June 08, 2013 - Msg 93787: Yes, Jesus is Lord! :)


June 08, 2013 - Msg 93788: Morning gang..I was doing my Saturday A.M. ritual by watching "The Rifleman" and guess who showed up? It was the "Goob" and I think when his horse fell down he asked Lucas McCain: Ain't you got a jack? Yep, I think that's what I heard...But it was early tho maybe he just said "YO". When the lady came into the scene he said:"Judy,Judy,Judy"!
George was on many Westerns he once told me he lost count of how many times Matt Dillon killed him off on Gunsmoke. "Man does not live by TAGS alone".
Check out this "Western" Reunion Show, I think it was done around 1975...



June 08, 2013 - Msg 93789: Anybody coming out to play today?

June 08, 2013 - Msg 93790: Sorry no play day for me...work till 6am...got two broke poles....cotton-pickin tree cutters...made a mess....SPOT

June 08, 2013 - Msg 93791:
SPOT-what about the storm that went thru Atlanta? Any broken poles?
G-F--Rifleman one of my favs on ME-TV.
I also liked WWWest, but now they have Dragnet and Adam-12 in that slot.
Several tags folks on Perry mason too! ha
Get to preachin everyone!

June 09, 2013 - Msg 93792: Asa, I got creative this morning and made some corn bread muffin pancakes. I made a sauce of honey, brown sugar, maple syrup and apple sauce. Heated it up and pored it over the cakes + dusted it with cinnamon. I called it "Apple Jack Flapps" (but I did not go crazy with the allspice like Clara did)..

Spot, Did ya get those poles fixed? I may be from up North but I didn't think cotton grew on trees guess that's why they call it "High Cotton" yep my education was worth every penny haha...Think Mom & Pop should have gotten some change back is what I'm thinkin...


June 09, 2013 - Msg 93793: Wow, that's creative, G-F. I didn't feel up to making anything this morning. Woke up with bad stomach cramps so didn't make it to church this morning, either. Luckily I made a casserole yesterday and stuck it in the frige so I could just heat it up for lunch today.


June 09, 2013 - Msg 93794:
Seems like a lazy Sunday afternoon on the porch.
So don't go and try to do a concert tonight...just let it go! ha

June 10, 2013 - Msg 93795: where is every one


June 10, 2013 - Msg 93796: Tom. I think they changed the meeting place on us and didn't tell us. I wonder who is on the phone committee?


June 10, 2013 - Msg 93797: Rom go a way for a little time and every one stop coming here


June 10, 2013 - Msg 93798: How-deeee! I'm back! What a great time Eloise and I had in Fredericksburg. Got to see two of my grandsons graduate, spent some great time visiting with my daughters and their families, lots of good food, and Eloise and I stayed in a great B&B. It's actually pretty much in town, but right on the edge, just about a half mile from where Robbi lives, but it looks like "country." You can't see town at all. It's on a hillside, with a creek bubbling through it, trees and rocky outcroppings, and the deer and rabbits wander through. There are about ten cabins, each far enough from the others to afford privacy. The accommodations are rustic but comfortable. The cabin has a living room with great old furniture, a functional kitchen and bathroom, a bedroom with comfortable beds, a nice wooden deck with a little bbq grill - all the comforts of home. Toye Starr was welcome, and she was a good girl. All of this, and it was cheaper than staying at a motel. We were able to have the family out to "our place" on evening, which we couldn't have done at a motel. Landry (Dave and Brittney's oldest boy) went with us, and David joined us Friday afternoon, went back to Dallas on Saturday. All in all, we had a great time.

Poor Horatio, thanks for that link, and thank God for that young man's faith and courage. After reading some of the ridiculous, pitiful comments left by some people, I felt compelled to write one of my own. Check it out if you wish.

I don't remember if I mentioned it, but I had decided that the hollowed-out rock I bought a while back in Fredbg wasn't working as intended. Not a good birdbath at all. It leaks, and is too deep. So, I decided to convert it back to a planter, leave it where it is on top of the old stump, but put a shallow bowl beside it for a bird bath. I thought a hammered brass or copper bowl would be pretty, but knew it would be almost impossible to find. Well, Eloise and I went to Choo-Choo Trolley, the yard art place where I bought the original rock, just to see if they miiiight have a bowl. Walked in the place, and there it sat. Exactly what I wanted, and very reasonable. Bought it, of course. Later, Eloise wanted to walk Main Street and shop a bit, so I tried. I had Toye Starr with me, and carrying her with one arm, and my six-pound purse on the other shoulder, I was getting tired quickly. I can't walk very far anyway. So, I told Eloise I'd sit on a bench and wait for her. Most of the stores have benches out front along Main St. and I love to people-watch. I was sitting in front of Dogologie, a pet supply store, and decided to go inside for a minute where it was cooler. Got in a conversation with the two ladies who work there, and one said I needed one of their strollers. I agreed, but said I hated to spend the money for something I wouldn't use very often. They looked at each other, one said "perfect!" and disappeared into the back. She came back with the cutest little pet stroller you ever saw. Pink, with a little "cab" instead of a seat. It zips open and closed, has a cushion inside, and when Starr is inside, she can see me through a little clear plastic window in the top. She can see out on all sides through the mesh panels. I asked how much, and the lady said "Nothing. It has a little tear in a seam, will be easy to fix, but we still couldn't sell it, so it was destined for the dumpster. You can have it." It looks new! Little two inch opening in a seam, I can whip that closed in about five minutes. With much gratitude, I accepted it, put Starr in it, and we went off to find Eloise. You can't imagine the attention Starr attracted. People were actually taking her picture, and she was posing like a little princess. She sailed along the sidewalk like Cleopatra on her barge, just holding court every time we stopped. I was able to hang my purse on the handles, Eloise hung her shopping bags, and we had a wonderful afternoon.

OK, that's two blessings. Then this morning I took Eloise over to a surgery center for an endoscopy, and after she woke up and we were leaving, my car's message panel said the right rear tire was low. I checked, and sure enough, it was, very low. We drove a couple of blocks to a tire place, where the man aired it up, no charge. I took Eloise home, then went to NTB tire store, thinking I'd probably have to replace the tire. Actually I was wondering if I need to replace all four, as the tread is getting shallow. The man was able to fix the tire, and said I've got at least another 5k miles on all of them. Then he told me it was $28.50 for the tire repair. I wrote the check and handed it to him. All of a sudden he just handed the check back to me and said, "You're good to go." I guess I looked shocked, because he said, "No, really. It's okay. Just come see us when you're ready for the new tires." I thanked him and left, and you can bet I'll go back for the new ones later.

So there are three very positive things that have befallen me over the weekend. God is good.

Well, guess I'll go find something to eat. I've got some soup, and some wonderful parmesan cheese wafers Robbi made and sent home with me. Sounds like supper to me! Blessings, all. It's good to be home. --Romeena