June 10, 2013 - Msg 93799: Romeena...Ain't you got a jack? See there are still honest Service Station guys out there...
Tom,Asa,MDC & I were wondering if ya all left us...
Good to have ya back, it was a quiet weekend.


June 10, 2013 - Msg 93800: Romeena...Ain't you got a jack? See there are still honest Service Station guys out there...
Tom,Asa,MDC & I were wondering if ya all left us...
Good to have ya back, it was a quiet weekend.


June 10, 2013 - Msg 93801: Sorry, I hiccupped as I swept.....

June 11, 2013 - Msg 93802:
RO- that guy probably didnt take checks either,
but didnt want to tell you! haha Just kidding.
Boy, you are right, the Lord was with you.
Good sweep, but enough with the double-talk! ha
I hope everyone is doing OK.
Boo wasnt feeling well Sunday morning.
Prayers for all, and APB for SMH and MAUDE!

June 11, 2013 - Msg 93803: Great to see you back home Romeena. Glad you had such a nice time and enjoyed those blessings from God. Even better that you recognise those as blessings and are grateful for them. :)

Yea, I'm hoping Boo is ok. She has been awful quiet and she was saying she wasn't feeling so good. Maybe it's just a touch of the pip.

Gosh MDC, even we hit 100 yesterday. Running about 20 degrees above average. Still trying to play catch up at work.

G-F, you repeat yourself like that means what you had to say was important. I-say, what you had to say was important. (kinda like that big talking rooster on the cartoons Foghorn Leghorn)

Prayers for all.


June 11, 2013 - Msg 93804: Morning porch, a beautiful Tuesday morning on my end of the porch. at work early today so thought I'd rock a spell before my day gets busy.

summer time is rolling right along on my end of the porch. we haven't planned a vacation for this summer but I sure am ready for some time off. we may do something in August. not sure yet.

hope everyone is doing okay. lets do a picnic lunch at the park today. I will bring a basket of
sandwiches, chips, potato salad, cookies and a cooler with lemonade, tea or soda. see you there.

Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

June 11, 2013 - Msg 93805: Hey gang!..hey Big Maude,asa,possum,GF, mdc,Rev,Boo and all....great day here in Ga...upper 80"s...well let me read and get logged on here at work..prayers to all..got sausage and bisquits for all....SPOT

June 11, 2013 - Msg 93806: I'm here..maybe it was a touch of the pip, Asa...whatever that is? ;) I have been ok, just busy the last couple of days. On Sunday, Bruce started having dizziness and vertigo. He thought he was better and went to work yesterday but had to come home. I took him to the doc and they did an ekg and found his heart rate was in the 40's for some reason and thought that might be causing the dizziness, so he sent him for some tests. Everything tested ok but he has an appointment with the cardiologist tomorrow. I think it is something in his inner ear causing the problem. He normally has a pretty slow heart rate but not sure if anything is going on there. He isn't on any meds that would cause the low heart rate. So...he is home today and will be tomorrow, too, until we can get him straightened out. Thankfully, I am feeling better so I can take care of things.

Hello to Maude. How is your friend with the prostate cancer diagnosis doing?


June 11, 2013 - Msg 93807: Hey Boo. my friend will have surgery July 18th at Vanderbilt in Nashville. He had a consult there last week. Apparently the surgeon is one of the best in the country for this type surgery. Hopefully no chemo or radiation according to he doctor. thanks for asking!

Big Maude

June 11, 2013 - Msg 93808: I was wondering the same thing about the "pip", Boo. Glad you are feeling better and hope Bruce does as well soon and that it is nothing serious.

Liked your comment on that video, Ro. And I commented on your comment as well.
Looks like they are now resorting to cutting off the microphones of those who go "off script": http://hotair.com/archives/2013/06/10/video-valedictorian-silenced-after-mentioning-god-faith/

-Sterling Holobyte

June 11, 2013 - Msg 93809: ...just a joke son. FL (:

June 11, 2013 - Msg 93810:
The above was for ASA and his Foghorn-leghorn comment! (: ha
As to his temp, wow, that IS hot for up there,
but I bet all the snow has finally melted! haha
Here I cant keep the birdbath filled! It is like
grand central station out there, as it is all "awash"
with bird activity! But they are all God's creatures, and if I can help a little bit, then glad to do it! 110 here for the next few days.
Maude- I will keeep your friend in my prayers.
BOO- will also have Bruce in my prayers!
Heartrate of only 40 should be a red flag I would think. I have had some vertigo, but it
has been due to my sinuses and allergies, and the heat.
Thanks for the breakfast and lunch Maude and Spot.
Sterling--This is no longer the America that I grew up in! Sorry for the soapbox, but I just feel a
knot in my stomach, from the spying, to all the scandals, to the rise of sharia, to mics actually being cut off during
a peaceful assembly on public property in America! Lord knows that I have written the WH about all this, so if I suddenly "disappear" you know what happened!
Sorry to be s serious here for a minute, but just had to get it off my chest! I'll think of a
good quote to bring back the porch...

June 11, 2013 - Msg 93811:
BARNEY: When I was 17 I could reach into a milk bottle and pull out an egg.
ANDY: Bet you can't do that any more.
BARNEY: Nawhhhhh.....

June 11, 2013 - Msg 93812: Good evening, porch. Friends, we are in serious trouble. When has there ever been a time in America when a microphone would be turned off because the speaker mentioned the name of God? Or because the speaker gave thanks to God for his Christian upbringing? I have one question. If the speaker had been a Muslim, and had started giving thanks to Allah and praising Mohammed, would the mic still have been turned off? I doubt it. Why wouldn't it have been? Because the Islamists would have started a screaming, bomb-throwing war over it, declaring they were "insulted" and demanding an apology. And they would have received one. America is running scared, and it sickens me. "Political correctness" is only invoked against Christians, whites, straights, and conservatives. Anyone who doesn't fit in there somewhere has carte blanche to claim discrimination, harassment, insult, whatever, and our government bends itself into a knot trying to placate and appease them. Again, it sickens me. You're right, MDC, this is not the America I grew up in. I'll be the first to admit that there were some serious wrongs in that America, such as segregation, but that has been made right. We've come a long way. We still have a little way to go, but we'd get that done a lot faster if Jackson, Farrakhan and the rest of the pot-stirrers would sit down and shut up. The statistics just aren't there to support their cries of injustice and inequality, but they keep trying. Actually, the statistics disprove their contentions, and then there's Mr. Obama in the White House. Well, I'd better shut up myself, before I get on somebody's watch list.

Glad you're feeling better, Boo, and I hope Bruce gets over the vertigo thing. That is so miserable. I've only had it a few times, but I sincerely hope I never have it again. Wretched stuff.

I just got a check for $8.53 in the mail today, from a class action suit involving American Express. I have no idea why I got it, because I don't even have an American Express card, but there it is, addressed to me, and guess what? I'm gonna cash it! Every little bit helps.

Well, suppertime is here, according to Toye Starr. I've gotten the cold, wet nose on the ankle treatment, so I assume she's hungry. She nudges me when she wants something, and it's about time for supper to be the object of her attention right now. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

June 11, 2013 - Msg 93813:
RO- I would Google it or true/false it (the check thing) just to make sure, as there may be some fine print involved if you cash it, then such n such will happen. Just sayin'...

June 12, 2013 - Msg 93814: Good morning porch!..prayers for all in need..Romeena with the new $ findings you gona take us to lunch?..hey Rev,MDC,maude,SH,Asa and all...back in a bit...HOT in ga...SPOT

June 12, 2013 - Msg 93815: Bruce is feeling better, thanks for the prayers and kind words. He sees the cardiologist for a check up today but the dizziness is better. He has been out in the garden last night and this morning trying to kill the cutter ants that seem to invaded the garden and have already taken out half the okra. We tried the dried molasses thing on them last year and this, I think but it doesn't faze them. They are very hard to get rid of and they have already eaten the leaves off my rose bushes all in one night. Seems like they get us every year, no matter what we do!

It's raining a little this morning, which we still need so badly. I love it. :)


June 12, 2013 - Msg 93816: Good Morning Porch Friends!

I really have missed you but between Baseball and my new job I have just been too busy to stop and rock a while; and when you get that busy you need stop and slow down and as the guest preacher from NY said ask yourself "what's your hurry" although I prefer Rev. Tucker he always preaches on sin that is one subject you can't preach enough about...sin.

I am right there with you Ro and MDC this 'new' America is not what our forefather's envisioned when they came here and it certainly is not what our fighting men and women have died for over the years. Christian people need to put their denomination preferences aside and realize we worship the one true God and unite together and stand up for our rights and speak out when our rights are stepped upon just as the other 'religions' do. Sometimes I believe that Christian people as a whole feel that we must meek and timid but that is far from what Jesus is and what He did when he physically walked this earth; there is such a thing as a righteous anger that was demonstrated by God and Jesus (remember the money changers and the rearrangement of the temple furniture that Jesus did). When things are being done that hurt God's people and promotes the agenda of the evil one that is when God's people are to step up and speak loud and clear for God and for our rights as God Fearing Law abiding citizens of the greatest country on Earth. God has richly Blessed this nation but we can't expect to continue to receive His Blessings if we are too scared or timid to stand up for our beliefs and proclaim the Glory of God and His Blessings.

Stepping down from my soap box now...

Happy to hear you are doing well Boo and we will certainly pray for Bruce that he will experiencing healing too!

Continue prayers and thoughts for your business partner Maude!

Sounds like your trip was a wonderful experience Ro and I can just picture Toye Starr holding court in her royal chariot just as the royalty does in England. I agree with MDC; read that fine print before you cash that check as many scams work that in that you are giving your consent for something by just cashing the check.

very tired this morning as we have been at the ball park every night until 9:30 or 10:00 each night then back up at 5:00 for work the next morning; so home seems like a motel for me where I just shower and sleep...LOL We have about two more weeks then we have a small break until late August when the boys start Fall Baseball...no rest for the weary! We do have some family coming in the week after the fourth in July so I am taking some time that week for a 'staycation' that week; we aren't able to financially take a vacation where we travel to Florida as we normally do but we are going to stay home and enjoy some of the acivities closer to home. We have never done that before but we think it should be fun as we have several attractions near us including water and amusement parks and we plan taking a day on the lake too! We love movies so there are several good Summer block buster movies that will be in theaters during that time that we all want to see.

My goodness sorry for the novel; miss a few days here on the porch and when I get back you can't shut me up!

May God pour His richest Blessings on Everyone here on the porch and God please Bless America again!

Ya'll make it a Mayberry kinda' day and act like somebody!


ANDY: Goob, did anybody ever tell you you've got a big mouth?
GOOBER: Yeah, but I don't pay no attention to 'em.

June 12, 2013 - Msg 93817: Oh my goodness my apologies for the all the bold type...my HTML skills were little off this morning...see what happens when you leave out one little letter...embarrased SMH

June 12, 2013 - Msg 93818: What is happening here...testing with not HTML...SMH

June 12, 2013 - Msg 93819: Sorry everyone...don't what I am doing wrong...SMH

June 12, 2013 - Msg 93820: Test

June 12, 2013 - Msg 93821:

June 12, 2013 - Msg 93822:
once more

June 12, 2013 - Msg 93823: There we go! Don't ever say possums aren't good for something- LOL

June 12, 2013 - Msg 93824: Cool...Thank you Possum...I better lay off the HTML until I can learn to handle it...SMH

June 12, 2013 - Msg 93825: Yep,that was me up there,folks. Just stopping by to say "Hey" and to wish Gomer a Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday to Jim Nabors who turns 83 today!!

(Shazam! He's getting up there!)

Y'all have a good Wednesday-act like somebody!

possum under a rock

June 12, 2013 - Msg 93826: You're welcome,SMH. I thought it was stuck there for a minute,but we got it! Have yourself a Mayberry kind of day!

possum again

June 12, 2013 - Msg 93827: In honor of Jim Nabor's(Gomer) Birthday - SMH
GOMER: [Barney is upset with Gomer and walks out, refusing to speak to him] What's the matter with Barney?
ANDY: Well Gomer, Barney's been bitten by the green eyed monster.
GOMER: He has? Well they got some stuff down at the drugstore that'll keep 'em off of you. One fell on me just yesterday!

June 12, 2013 - Msg 93828: Don't you just hate when that happens? Leave out one little "/" and the porch gets all weird.

My goodness! We had some rain while I was gone over the weekend, and my grass has grown like crazy. Eddie comes tomorrow to mow, and I think he's going to have to bale it. I'm not sure he'll be able to use the mulching mower, the clippings may be too heavy. I sure do hope he can, because I just hate to have anything like that just bagged and hauled away.

Well, Joe will be here shortly, so guess I'd better get busy. Blessings, all. --Romeena

June 12, 2013 - Msg 93829: Preach on, SMH! Thanks for those prayers, too. :)

Happy Birthday to Gomer..wherever he is...


June 12, 2013 - Msg 93830: Hawaii.

Or if it is Indy 500 time, Indiana.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 12, 2013 - Msg 93831:
HI ALL, another scorcher here today. As Pappabear would say:
It's so hot... the dogs are just walking behind the cats instead of RUNNIN' after them. (rimshot)It's so hot that I saw a lizard doing the backstroke in my birdbath. It's so hot that the thermometer on the hen house just went bluey! ha
POSsum, good to see ya.
SPOT- let's have a barndance at your place!
Prayers for all,

June 13, 2013 - Msg 93832: Howdy Porch!

It is hot here on our end of the porch too...we have almost been melting at the ball games...my little one plays catcher and you can just imagine with all that catchers gear on that when the game is over there is not a dry thread in his clothes and his shoes have water in them.

Porch seems very quiet I hope everyone is well and OK but just busy enjoying their Spring/Summer with great activities with their family and friends.

Just wanted to drop by and check in...wishing everyone a great and Blessed day...be Jesus to somebody today!


[Gomer has made a citizen’s arrest on Barney]

Andy: All right, what's goin' on here?

Barney: Aw this boob here...

Gomer: Boob? Why that's an insult in the face of the public!

June 13, 2013 - Msg 93833: Yes, it is shaping up to be a hot summer, for sure SMH! It has been here and the humidity makes it so much worse...it stays in the 90 to 100% range all summer here on the Texas coast. Its like breathing hot water on some days. Hate it. I am already dreaming of November when we will get our first little cold front. It will only last a day or two and bring the temps down to the 70's if we are lucky. I always start thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas somewhere in the middle of summer for some reason, and then when it really gets here I'm not in the mood for it. I am going to have to do something different this year for thanksgiving to shake things up a little. I am getting bored with the same old thing. I am thinking of hosting some singles from the church or something...maybe some of the girls from the shoreline drug ministry who have to no family to go to. I am planning ahead to avoid the frenzy! ;)

We had such a great Christmas season and new years last time because we included so many of our friends in it. So much fun!

Better get going...have my follow up appointment with the doc this morning. Hopefully that will be the last. By the way, Bruce did see the cardiologist yesterday and he scheduled him for a nuclear stress test on Tuesday to check him out. Of course, I don't put alot of faith in them because he had them before, checked out ok, and ended up having a serious blockage that wasn't detected. Anyway, its time to have a check up, anyway. It won't do him any harm.

Better git!


June 13, 2013 - Msg 93834: Good morning, porch. Yep, it's hot here too. It's 85° at 11:00, and will make the upper 90s by late afternoon. I'm fighting the algae in the pond again. Darn it, that pond is just beautiful when the water is clear, but not too pretty when it's murky. I put a flocculant in it yesterday, which turns the green water all milky-looking, but by this morning, it should be cleared up. In case you don't know, and you probably don't if you don't keep a pond, a flocculant is a chemical that causes all the little particles of algae to clump together, and when they do, they get too heavy to float and settle to the bottom. The water will become crystal clear. It's a balancing act, to keep that water clear. There's a UV light on one of the pump lines, and the water passes through that light chamber. The UV kills the algae as it passes through, but then the dead particles are still suspended in the water. Without the UV, the algae multiplies until the water actually gets soupy. I use some Algae-fix as well, a chemical that kills algae. The two things keep the multiplying down somewhat, but there are still the suspended particles murking up the water. So, the flocculant clumps them and drops them to the bottom. There, the pumps pick up some of it and catch it in filters. In the late afternoon, as the water gets warmer, a lot of the dead stuff floats to the surface, and just lays there in big rafts of dead algae. I have a net with a mesh so fine that it will trap that, and I can scoop it from the surface. The pond is a lot of work in the summer, but when those beautiful koi come to me and wait for me to feed them, it's worth it. They are so graceful, and so pretty.

Joe and I got the birdbath re-do done yesterday. The hollowed-out rock that didn't work out as a birdbath has once again become a planter, and is full of green and purple potato vine. In a week, that stuff will be trailing everywhere. The brass bowl I bought in Fredbg is perfect. I put a rock in the middle for the birds to land on, and it also holds the bowl down so it won't tip over. The birds have already found it, and seem to like it. Sure does look pretty, and is lovely at night, with the light I've got on it.

Well, Eddie just came into the backyard with his edger, and Jorge came by to finish up some stuff that he and Joe did yesterday, guess I'd better go pay Eddie, and Jorge will be needing some lunch. I'll go get us a burger in a little while. Eddie usually doesn't eat when he's working, says it weighs him down, but it's not hard to talk Jorge into having a hamburger. Also, I need to caution him - he's trimming a large ligustrum shrub, that needs trimming, but I also know it houses a family of cardinals. I want to be sure they're not disturbed.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

June 13, 2013 - Msg 93835: OK, this is funny, and I have to share it. You remember that I've converted the big hollow rock back to a planter, since it didn't work too well as a birdbath. It was too deep, and almost impossible to wash out. It needed washing out almost daily, because the birds, especially the grackles, bring bits of dog food, bread and other stuff that people put out, and they'll dunk it in the water to soften it so they can eat it. Of course, pieces fall off and it doesn't take long for the water to be really foul. Well, the rock is now filled with dirt and newly-planted potato vine. As I sat here watching just now, a big boat-tail grackle flew in with what appeared to be a piece of a cracker in his beak. He lit on the edge of the rock, and bent his head downward like he was going to dunk his cracker. He stopped, raised his head, then bent down again, then up again. He was clearly wondering just where on earth the water went? A potato vine was blocking his view of the new birdbath, which is beside the rock, and sort of tucked under it a little bit. Anyway, he sat there, cracker in beak for a minute, tried to dunk once again and literally hit dirt, then just flew away, carrying his cracker. I just sat here laughing at the sight. I'd love to hear his little birdie conversation, as he tells the others about the changes that have been made at the ol' dunkin' hole. Critters are a never-ending source of entertainment. --Romeena

June 13, 2013 - Msg 93836: Ya know if I was a bird I know where I'd fly to, that's right...Romeena's she looks out for her feathery friends and squirrely ones too...
Your bush houses a family of Cardinals? WoW I thought the Catholics give their Cardinals a Rectory to live in, I guess times are tough even for the Popes & Cardinals these days....I better check my storage barn, I might have me a Methodist Minister setting up housekeeping in there.

(At least REV gets to sleep and roll in his motorhome)....I guess that's because he's a traveling Evangelist....Just a thought!...

June 13, 2013 - Msg 93837:
Yes RO, those burgers lay heavy on the chest,
especially if covered in a thick sauce! teehee
As to the grackle, does "pavlov's dogs" ring a bell! ha
We have grackles also, and they get in our birdbath and splash their big feet around, so funny.
Also, sometimes in the early evening I'll turn on one zone of sprinklers, and the grackles LOVE
being in the "vacuum" area under the spray!
G-F--I thought she was talkin' about one of our AZ Cardinals families! lol They just don't pay those NFL players like they used to!
Did you hear about the D-Backs/Dodgers brew-ha-ha?
BOO- glad Bruce saw the doctor. Hope all goes well. Man, 100% humidity!? I don't know how u do it, even with a/c!
God bless,
Floyd: Barney, read the writing on the back.
Barney: Five. That's nice.

June 13, 2013 - Msg 93838: Evening all.
I have been terribly busy at work. Got so very behind the last couple of months. Between my "procedure" and battling gout, I've missed quite a bit of work the last couple of months. That, plust the fact that this is my busy time of the year, well I'm swamped. But it's good to be missed.

Boo, my prayers for you to have a good visit with your Doctor tomorrow, and for Bruce's stress test to go well and that he will be fine. I'm sure you both will be fine and dandy.

Prayers for Maudie's co-worker also. I hope the surgery goes well and that chemical treatments wont be needed.

I know there are others who need prayers and you are all in mine. I have got to go drag my tired miserable wretched self into the shower, and then into bed. Thats the plan. Shower, bed. Yep, that's what I think I'm gonna do....


June 13, 2013 - Msg 93839:
ASA- you poor dear. Do take care of yourself!
My prayers are with you and yours.
BOO- does bruce take any statin drugs?
If s, have him take some ubiquinol (CQ-10) daily
as the statins can deplete the ubiquinol.
Heard that on Dr. Oz.

June 13, 2013 - Msg 93840: MDC, we have a great dehumidifier in the house.
To answer your question; yes, Bruce is on 20mg of Lipitor, and yes he needs to be on CoQ10..thank you for the reminder. I had forgotten all about that.

Well bless your heart, Asa. I'm so sorry you are having to drag your poor self to bed. Hope tomorrow is a better day! Thank you so much for your prayers.

Good visit with my doctor and friend. God a great report and a "You're the best patient ever. No charge, see ya in a year!". :) She said I could do whatever I feel like doing now except no heavy lifting for 6 months or something. I feel so good most of the time I forget that I ever had surgery so I have to watch it. I nearly lifted a 50 lb bag of dog food at the feed store the other day, but then I remembered. I still feel sore in my tummy in the evenings, mostly.

Funny story about the bird, Ro. Watching those birds and squirrels can be such a hoot, I know.

Hope ya'll have a peaceful night!

Yeshua loves you!


June 14, 2013 - Msg 93841: As long there's no clock in your tummy. Barney has one ya know. (:

June 14, 2013 - Msg 93842: Good evening, porch. You people are just hilarious. Cardinals, rectories, Methodist ministers, etc. You make me laugh, and I just love to laugh! With you all around, who needs funny birds and squirrels?

Boo, Bruce most definitely needs to be on CoQ10. I take it faithfully, with my cardiologist's full blessing, in fact with his insistence.

Asa, bless your heart. You're carrying so much, I wish you didn't have health problems yourself on top of everything else. Prayers for you and all the ailing porchsters and families.

Toye Starr has an appointment with a groomer in the morning, poor little thing. She has never been to a groomer, I've always taken care of her myself, and I go slowly and carefully with the comb so her hair isn't pulled. She's so tiny, and seems to have fairly tender skin, so I'm very careful. I've decided to take her to a groomer and let them just clean her up a little, using scissors to even off the wispies, and contour her coat a bit to follow the lines of her little body. Not a puppy cut, her hair isn't thick enough to support a short cut, but just to get the trailing stragglies out of the way. I combed her out just now, so there shouldn't be any matting for them to struggle with tomorrow. Poor baby is going to be devastated when I leave her. She's only been left like that once, when I left her at the vet to have her teeth cleaned. She doesn't like for me to leave her even in a familiar place with people she trusts. She is definitely not going to like being left with the groomer. She'll probably do her little wooo-wooo serenade the whole time. That should make her really popular, I'm sure.

Well, I'm off to bed. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

June 14, 2013 - Msg 93843: Lol at your Cardinal comments, G-F!

Asa, good to see you. You take care of yourself.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 14, 2013 - Msg 93844: I just picked Toye Starr up from the groomer, and she looks absolutely adorable! They did a great job. She looks like a little doll, and I'm so glad I took her in. She was a little (well, a lot) nervous when I left her, and very glad to see me when I returned, but she didn't seem to be fearful of the staff at all, and gave a little kiss to the one who handed her to me. That makes me feel much better about leaving her there. We'll probably do this again every few months.

Hot, hot, hot here. It's 94°, with a hazy, cloudy sky. No breeze, not a leaf stirring. The air is heavy and humid, and makes me very grateful for a/c.

Well, I think I'll go curl up in my chair and let Toye Starr cuddle up for a nap. She's lying on the floor by my chair, and keeps looking at me. I know perfectly well what she wants. She's a spoiled little baby, and I think that's okay. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

June 14, 2013 - Msg 93845: Glad Toye Starr did alright, sweet little thing!
I hope I get to meet her someday, as I did Sugarplum.

Its hot here, too, but overcast. The humidity is high and I just went by the dollar store to get a few things and avoid the crowds at the grocery store. The air was out and it was at least 95 degrees in the store because it felt much cooler outside. Crazy! I had to come home and take a shower. I took the kids to the community pool for awhile this afternoon and they enjoyed that, but after doing laundry and such all day I am pooped. I will be taking it easy the rest of the evening! :)


June 14, 2013 - Msg 93846: Hey Boo ya know not everything at the "Dollar" store is a Dollar...

June 14, 2013 - Msg 93847: What do they charge for a dollar at the Dollar Store? $1.25, I'll bet. --Romeena

June 15, 2013 - Msg 93848:
RO and others...did you have AC when growing up?
We may have talked of this before, but I grew up with just a swamp cooler, and some hot summer days it just didnt do much, so we would wet bedsheets, wrap them around us, and sleep on the grass in the back yard. Also, whatever pioneer decided to stop in this area and say, "Let's stay" must have been either loco, or he came thru on a "cold" January day! haha
Tomorrow my brother announces his candidacy for the
45th congressional district in California!

June 15, 2013 - Msg 93849: I think what our mystery commenter was referring to was that sometimes they have, say, 2 of something for $1, so buying one would naturally be 50 cents.
At least, that's what I THINK the mystery poster was referring to. I've never seen anything cost more than a dollar at the dollar store, unless you are including the tax.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 15, 2013 - Msg 93850: Hey MDC!
If your brother has the same smarts, common sense, and morals that you do, then he has my vote. (If I lived in California) ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

June 15, 2013 - Msg 93851: Good morning, porch. Sterling, on my end of the porch, I have seen some larger, more expensive items at the Dollar Store, for more than a dollar. A coffee maker, for example. The price will be quite cheap, but more than a dollar. Granted, this doesn't occur often, and may not be the practice in all their stores.

Ditto your comment to MDC. We most definitely need some people in Congress who will uphold the Constitution, and exercise some plain old common sense, and I'm thinking California really needs an overhaul in that department. I'm eagerly looking ahead to 2016, but with fear and trepidation, because the field of possible candidates is so grim. One man is beginning to look good, and I hope he doesn't disappoint. I'm like Rand Paul more and more, especially after seeing this video: http://www.youtube.com/embed/svGDZOW-brA?rel=0. I'll bet the left side of the aisle wanted to throw things at him. He seems sincere. I just hope he doesn't fizzle out.

Well, I'm off to get some errands done. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

June 15, 2013 - Msg 93852: Argh!

June 15, 2013 - Msg 93853: Good grief! I went to page source, and saw what I did - what was I thinking??? --Romeena

June 15, 2013 - Msg 93854: And that should have been "I'm likING Rand Paul", not "like". OK, I'm going back to bed now. I think I'm not well. --Romeena

June 15, 2013 - Msg 93855: No mystery on the commenter Sterling...G-F just forgot to sign off...So it was not a interloper.
I'm just sayin I went to Dollar General and bought some ice cream and it cost me more than a dollar.
MDC, I agree with SH I think Cauleforneya need a lot of help!...Like my Arnold Schwatznager impression? "I'll be bauck"!


June 15, 2013 - Msg 93856: Oh no, I wasn't thinking you were an interloper, G-F, just maybe a visitor. I know there are people who read the porch doings but don't regularly post, and I just thought it was one of them.

I guess Dollar General must be different that our Dollar Trees we have then. They never have anything for over $1.
Now we have a Family Dollar, and though you might think they are a dollar store by the name, some of their stuff is more expensive than the stuff you can get at Walmart. They are definitely not a "just a dollar" dollar store.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 15, 2013 - Msg 93857: True statements, up there. Some of the "dollar" stores have nothing that costs more than a dollar, and some have larger items for more than a dollar at times, and I can never remember which one has what. Here in the Dallas area, we have all the stores you all have listed, and I think a few more. Sometimes you can go in and find some bargains, and other times all there is, is junk. I do know, it appears that a town can't even get a charter as a town unless they have at least one dollar store. Also a Dairy Queen and an Ace Hardware. Those seem to be strict requirements.

Well, I've got to go tend to some ants. A huge colony has sprung up at my back door, and judging by the pile of sand they have erected against the threshhold, some of the patio flagstones should be falling in before long. Those stones were set on a bed of sand for leveling, and it looks like the ants have moved most of it to the surface. Miserable things. I tried an orange oil drench, and it slowed them down for a few days, but now they're back and more vigorous than ever. So, my next line of defense is spinosad, which is still approved for organic yards, but should get the job done. I have to step over their hill when I go out the back door, and the little bump of the door opening and closing sends them scrambling. Getting out is fine, getting back in is a little harder, as they're all over the patio when I try to come back in. They appeared there after we put dry molasses, which they hate, on the lawn. The patio was one place we didn't spread it, of course, so they went there. I just hate the wretched little things, and am about to go do them a serious injury. I'm going to make up about two gallons of spinosad solution, and just flood the stones with it. It should run all down into their happy little home, and that should do it. I won't be able to get back in the back door, because they'll be swarming everywhere, and the door will be tightly closed to keep them from coming in the house. I'll just go around and enter through the garage. Haha, they're not long for this world!

See you all later. --Romeena

June 15, 2013 - Msg 93858: Bwaahahahaha! I got 'em! Mixed up my little "tonic" poked the hills a time or two with a stick to see where the tunnels were, and poured the solution right down their throats. As the dirt washed away, a hole about the size of a quarter opened up, and I just poured about half a gallon of spinosad solution down that hole. I'm betting the ants are a thing of the past. Now, if my patio just doesn't cave in.... --Romeena

June 15, 2013 - Msg 93859: Where is TOM?? Maybe he went to Cleveland to watch a Indians game? They have a 8 game home stand going on right now...
They are also filming the next "Avengers" movie in Cleveland. Maybe TOM is being an "extra" in the movie? Hey TOM I talked to Dick Goddard today he sure is showing his age.....


June 15, 2013 - Msg 93860:
RO--are they fire ants by any chance? Ive heard that they are a problem in texas.
If any of you want to see my brother's site
it is at
I'm real proud of that boy! (:

June 16, 2013 - Msg 93861: You are having WAY too much fun with this ant thing, Romeena. Remind me not to get on your bad side. ;)

MDC, I went to your brother's website, read his platform and what his background is, and I just have one question: Can he run for President?
He is the kind of guy we need in Washington, though sadly with the way the GOP runs things he probably doesn't have a chance in hades of getting that far with them. He wouldn't be wishy-washy enough for them to nominate.

Now me, I totally agree with his platform, from "Obamacare" to gun control(don't know why some people have a problem with background checks at gun shows, that's just common sense to me), and everything in between.
Yeah, too bad I don't live in California.
Well, actually I am glad I don't live in California, but you know what I mean.

G-F, that would be neat if Tom was going to be an extra. I remember when I heard they would be filming parts of the gangster movie "Public Enemies" with Johnny Depp here in Wisconsin, I kept scouring this one website, FilmWisconsin, to find out if they would ever be filming in a location that I would have been able to get to in a reasonable amount of time, on account of I was working when they filmed that here, but they never did. I just thought it would be neat to even have a little bitty part in a movie.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 16, 2013 - Msg 93862: Romeena, Maybe ya just need to buy yourself a Anteater, you call 1-800-got-ants...You can't but them at the "Dollar" store because they will cost more than a dollar....

June 16, 2013 - Msg 93863: ...GF forgot again to sign off....

June 16, 2013 - Msg 93864: Ro, I wish it were that easy to get rid of these cutter ants that are always destroying something around here. They stripped the leaves off all my landscape roses overnight, knocked out a row of okra and there is no stopping them. Dried molasses don't keep them out of things, either. Bruce has read and read on the subject and they are a menace to so many people around here. It seems impossible to get rid of them and you never know when/where they are going to strike. Such a pain.

Really neat about your brother, MDC!

Speaking of Johnny Depp, Sterling, I saw the trailor to the new Disney movie, "The Lone Ranger" and I think it looks good. There hasn't been a movie out in the theatre that I have wanted to see in years, but I want to see this one. Depp plays Tonto, interestingly. It comes out July 3rd, I think.


June 16, 2013 - Msg 93865: "doesn't" keep them out of everything, rather...hate those kinds of typos...makes me feel like a hick. ;)

June 16, 2013 - Msg 93866: Good Sabbath porch family.
Hope everyone is well and happy.
I wonder what specimen is in greatest danger. Spiders under a grandstand, or ants under Romeena's porch? Just sayin... :)

I went to your Brother's wedsite MDC. Fine looking family, and I appreciate his platform. But in California I fear his chances for election are going to be tough, you know what I mean? But good on him for wanting to get into the battle and fighting for what's right. We need to see that. I do have some family in Orange County and I will be sure to pass along his name to them. Not sure if they are in that district, but I know they would like him.

G-F, You got a Harbour Freight by you anywhere? All this talk of dollar stores got me thinking of them. lol We have an automated gate at work that is always needing repair. I have dubbed it "the gate from Harbour Freight". Job security I guess.

I go see my cardiologist this week for a follow up. Have felt really good. Heart is doing good. Having some tummy aches but I suspect it's from the blood thinners he has me on. He wants me on them for a month or two as a precaution. So hopefully I can get off them soon.

Yesterday I was inspecting my garden and got disgusted. I have planted numerous rows of corn, and all but one look pitiful, or I should say looked pitiful. I tilled the rest under and replanted. Pretty late to be planting corn, but I figured I'd give it a shot.

Well I better get going. My oldest daughter invited me to her house for breakfast for Daddy's day.

Happy Fathers day to all you Dads.


June 16, 2013 - Msg 93867: Good morning, porch. MDC, that's great about your brother. I really hope he gets elected. We need as many voices of reason as we can get. Sterling, as recently as about seven yhears ago, I would have agreed with you completely regarding background checks, but now, I'm not so sure. I can understand someone buying one off the record. It has reached the point where I am afraid of how the information would be used. Isn't that sad? Still, you don't want someone with a history of instability to be running around with a gun. However, just because they can't buy one legally without a check doesn't keep them from buying one illegally. Or making a bomb. Scary. Seems there's no easy answer.

MDC, they look like fire ants, but they're not as aggressive as fire ants generally are, so I'm not sure. Whatever they are, it's more like "were" now. There are little ant bodies all over my patio! Fire ants generally build their mounds up about six to eight inches high, with a base diameter of around a foot. These guys built about three inches high, with a long, narrow base, but that was because they were building on the patio and bringing the dirt up between the flagstones. They followed the open spaces between the stones. So, it's hard to tell. Whatever they are, I don't want to have to step over them to get out my back door. Thus - adios, hormigas! Boo, I'm sorry about those leaf-cutter ants. They would be extremely hard to deal with. Your only hope, I think, would be to follow their little parade until you locate their nest. I'm pretty sure it would be just a hole in the ground, and almost impossible to find unless you can follow the ants. You might have to follow them quite a distance, too. However, if you can find them, just pour a gallon of spinosad solution down into the hole. Should get 'em, at least that colony.

Well, better get moving. Blessings, all. --Romeena

June 16, 2013 - Msg 93868: I can see your point about background checks at gun shows. It is sad and disturbing that we even have to worry about our own government using our personal information against us, but that certainly is where we are now with these intrusive, dictatorial creeps in office.
I still think everyone should be "up in arms" so to speak about the tremendous overreach and privacy intrusions, to say nothing of this administration using it's own(our own, supposedly) agencies to "punish" people and groups who don't agree with them and to keep themselves in power. Even if people think it is not going to affect them, sooner or later this kind of government will find a way to trample on their rights too. Dictatorships always do.

I will end on this one last comment on background checks by putting it this way. I have no problem with good, honest, stable people buying guns "off the record" as you put it. Like you said, there is no easy answer. How do you tell who is good, honest and stable without delving a little into their background... and then keep the government from sticking their noses into our business?! Looks like we need to go back to the day when a handshake was a person's word of honor. Though that would never fly with lawyers around. I don't know of too many lawyers who understand - or practice - the word, honor.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 16, 2013 - Msg 93869: You're right, Ro..those cutter ants make holes that are sometimes several feet in. Bruce has found a couple of them and ran the water hose way in there and blasted away. It didn't really work for long. I have never heard of spinosad but I will pass that on to Bruce, thanks.

Been a good Father's Day. We went to church and came home and had a good lunch. I made chicken and rice, asparagus, corn, deviled eggs and rolls. We had chocolate cake for dessert...Bruce's favorite. Mom-in-law ate with us for the first time in awhile and she behaved herself, thankfully! :)

I wanted to take a nap but just couldn't quite fall asleep..probably for the best so I can sleep tonight. I didn't do so well last night...one of those nights when you toss and turn and wake up alot.


June 16, 2013 - Msg 93870: Romeena, About those Aunts...Ya try in fluxing them with some Uncles? Never can say enough about family...But then again I suppose they could also be cousins I guess...pestilences, no matter who they are related to, they must be some kind of hybrid "in-law" ant is what I'm thinking...


June 17, 2013 - Msg 93871: Good evening, porch. I trust all you dads, granddads, and stand-ins for dads had a great Father's Day. I had a good day here, even though there's no longer a dad in this household. As for those uncles that might be holed up with the "aunts" on my back patio, I suspect they're all gone to that big anthill in the sky by now. At least I hope so.

Sterling, I think we're on the same page. It's hard to know what to do, or what to think anymore. I know, I know, they say they only want to limit the sale of multi-round weapons, and the arguments for that idea sound good, if that's as far as it goes. But the current events make me wonder - where will it end? I'm sorry, I just don't trust my government anymore. I haven't changed, but they have. Who knew it would ever come to this?

Boo, flooding the holes those cutter ants live in will only scatter them. They'll abandon that hole, carry their larvae away, and establish new colonies wherever they find a place. The only solution is to kill them before they can scatter. Spinosad supposedly will do that, and yet is still okay in an organic environment. If you're not concerned about the use of non-organic pesticides, then there are many on the market. Do a little research, decide what you want to use, follow the directions to the letter, and do battle. Darned if I'd let the miserable things ruin my roses and my food plants. The good thing about treating for ants, especially that kind, is you treat at their base, not in and around your garden.

Eloise and I went to the Fair Park Music Hall and saw a production of "Sister Act" after church today. It was wonderful! The lead (Deloris) had an amazing voice, and the rest of the cast was terrific as well. David and Brittney gave us tickets to four plays this year for Christmas, and this was the third one. We'll see "The Lion King", I think in October. Those kids are very creative in their choice of gifts every year.

Then we went back to Eloise and Jerry's house, and had a big old "low country boil." We had corn on the cob, scallops, shrimp, crab legs, and lobster tails, all cooked together in a big old steamer pot, and dumped out in a pile on paper on the table. Boy, was it good!!!

Well, I'm off to bed. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena