January 12, 2014 - Msg 96183: If my Jethro cyferin is right that means Romeena is about 74 years old. 20 years till her Dale's death. Mr. Sawyer

January 12, 2014 - Msg 96184: In all due respect: I would say you are right on brother. But I am simpler. It is now January 2014.. Dale died in what year?

January 12, 2014 - Msg 96185: I am now looking at my left thumb. It is tall and skinny and creepy. Mr. Sawyer

January 12, 2014 - Msg 96186:
Mr Sawyer, if you click on the ARCHIVES link at the bottom of this page, you can view the postings that I was able to find before 2000. And according to those old archives;
Romeena posted on July 8, 1997
I posted on October 17, 1997
TOM posted on February 29, 2000
Please understand that these are not our very first postings here. They are just the earliest postings that I could verify.

Romeena, did you see my Christmas tree posings in Msg 96167 and 96168?

from Poor Horatio

January 12, 2014 - Msg 96187: I think what Romeena is trying to say is that the Porch has been a joy for us all and has been very "therapetic" for us at the same time. (spell check highlighted "therapetic" wonder why?) I spelled it just as Barney would spell it, it's "i" before "c" in therapeutic right??

Mr. Sawyer, you better rewatch the episodes where Opie asks Aunt Bee her age, and the one where Emma Watson explains her age, before you try to figure out how old Romeena is... Just don't want ya getting yourself in trouble brother... Right Romeena? ;)


January 12, 2014 - Msg 96188: What happened? Did Miss Crump auto correct my spellin'? go figure!....C-R-U-M-P..THERE!! G-F...

January 12, 2014 - Msg 96189: I know ASA has been on here a very long time, too. Not sure exactly how long. I started coming to the porch in 2002, so going on 12 years ago and been coming faithful all those years. Seen a lot of porch folks leave over the years and sure wonder what became of some of the regulars.

At the time I visiting the porch my youngest was just a year old and was a handful and my older child was going through a lot of difficulties..neurological and anxiety issues. My porch family prayed us through, and gave me so much encouragement through the years. That's why I post things about my son's progress. I want them to know that God is honoring their prayers in his behalf. :)

I've got crud in my sinuses still and am feeling really run down so I decided to stay home from preachin' this morning. They are having a singing gospel group instead of a sermon so I don't think I will miss as much. Every year in our area, they have a gospel quartet competition when they do, out pastor always recruits one of the groups to come sing for us on that weekend. Been doing that for years. Its enjoyable...some years a lot better than others.

Looks like it is shaping up to be a beautiful day today. Yesterday was a dream! Sunny, dry and cool. It had been drizzling rain for days prior.

My Erin is grounded for a week due to her rotten attitude and talking back. Just can't seem to get through to her any other way. We went out to dinner on Friday to celebrate Sean's promotion and she threw a little snit over sharing some BBQ sauce with Sean..right there in the restaurant with people watching. Bruce and I were mortified. Bruce got..how should I say it..extrememly stern and Erin got the lecture of a lifetime that night. He grounded her and took everything she has away from her. Not TV, no computer, no new tablet, no go-cart..nothing but a bed and a book. He told her those things were his now and she would have to earn them back, one by one. Let's just say she has had a huge attitude adjustment. Her 1 week grounding is dependent upon her behavior and can be extended indefinitely, if needed. ;) She is finally taking her behavior seriously. She has been trying to run the household for a few months now and that just cant happen. I think it is combination of strong-will, lack of discipline, and possible hormones but she's got to shape up. The older she gets the harder it will be to change anything. She wrote a very sweet letter of apology to Sean and she has been as good as gold ever since. So much for her theory of, "I can't help it!". lol

MDC, those polyester pants..yuck!


January 12, 2014 - Msg 96190: Good Sabbath porch pals.

Sorry you're ailing Boo. Get some rest today and come out swinging tomorrow. Maybe you have a touch of the pip. I don't know what the pip is, but you could have it. :) I reckon every youngun has to have them attitude adjusters performed on them every now and again. And she is certainly at that age. And I suspect being in school now creates an environment that doesn't help. Sometimes them kids feed off of each other. Kinda like that snot nosed rich kid did to Opie. But it's good you and Bruce are nipping it in the bud. Bud nipping is the way to go.

I think I stumbled upon the porch in May or June of 2001 if my rememerer is working right. I, like others who have expressed it, have found this place to be a joy. We have laughed together, cried together, prayed together. Have been their for each other in all circumstances, good, bad, and ugly. Heck, I have even learned some cooking here. A lot of folks have come and gone for one reason or another. I wish they would all come home, but I know life sometimes just won't allow it.

Well I best get myself cleaned up so I can get to preachin. I have been called to serve in a leadership position in my church and I am not sure if my name will be offered to the congregation for sustainment today or not. But I am offering the opening prayer regardless, so off I go.

Prayers for all.


January 12, 2014 - Msg 96191: Thanks, Asa. :) Very true words about the porch.

What is "sustainment"? I'm not familiar with that term.


January 12, 2014 - Msg 96192: First Bernie, now Erin? What's a Mom to do? Time to Nip It.. Nip It.. Nip It!....In the Bud... As Asa elated too also.
THERE IS ONLY ROOM FOR ONE MOTHER HEN IN THE HEN HOUSE!!... "I'm just sayin'..... Good Luck Boo!


January 12, 2014 - Msg 96193: Boo, I guess since Asa has a "Title" now, he thinks he needs to use bigger words... Bet he starts growing a now beard too...


January 12, 2014 - Msg 96194: ...da...That's..."a beard now too", corrected myself before Miss Crump caught me...

January 12, 2014 - Msg 96195: Happy Sunday porch! We have been to church, out to eat Mexican and home for a lazy afternoon.

Beth's friend Mollie is visiting so we are just hanging out.

Although it is cooler, the sun is shining! Yeah

Boo: sounds like Erin has a case of teen age itis. Beth went through some of that. Just about drove me crazy. With her having meltdowns and me in menopause, I wasn't sure if we would survive. Both of us have mellowed out though. Lol

Well, dinner will be pot roast, potatoes, carrots , onions slowed cooked in the crock pot. Brown in serve rolls. Dinner about 6:15 when Mr. Maude comes home from work. Ya'll come eat.

Prayers and blessings!
Big Maude

January 12, 2014 - Msg 96196: Thanks, G-F. :)

Yes Maude, meltdowns and menopause...I know exactly what you mean. Thanks for the encouragement. :)


January 12, 2014 - Msg 96197:
So ASA, was the congregation beholdin' to ya? ha
MAUDIE, thanks for the vittles. I was wondering if you have ever had a "Hot Brown?" It is a type of sandwich I believe started in KY.
BOO- I am waiting with baited breath for RO's comment. I'm sure hers went thru the same and I'm just guessin that Dale did about the same thing! ha
G-F--I thought your "now" was like a new slang, like hip, groovy, happenin', etc could all fit before "beard." lol
Well, I hope you alll had a good Sabbath, seems like the weather is breaking, and congress is back in session. Well, forget that last one! :)

January 13, 2014 - Msg 96198:
It's a variation of welsh rarebit, which Gomer liked on USMC, but for years I thought he was saying "rabbit" Gomer-style! ha

January 13, 2014 - Msg 96199: Hahaha! Why on earth are you waiting for my comment? Well, here goes: Welcome to the Mothers of Teenage Daughters Club. When they're little, they're so sweet you could just eat them up, and when they hit the teen years, you wish you had! Oh yes, my daughters and I had our ups and downs, and there were times when I wanted to wring their necks, and I know they thought I was just hopelessly out of touch with "the real world." There was very little daily verbal sniping, however, because their dad would not stand for it. He rarely had to say anything, just a look from him could freeze them in their tracks, end of smart remarks. We had a few showdowns, but never when he was here, and I didn't tell him about it. A mama bear still protects her cub, even when she's angry with it. We laugh about those occasions now, believe it or not. One daughter even said she doesn't know how I kept from just taking her head right off!

You're definitely on the right track, with the grounding and withholding of privileges. Act like a child, get treated like one. Responsible behavior will be rewarded with the gradual return of privileges. Works very well, most of the time.

Sometimes it helps to think outside the usual box, and be creative with your responses to a behavior. I may have told you about this, but am not sure. If I have, chalk it up to my age. Anyway, my Florida son and DIL have a very dear friend, a single mom, who has a twenty-something son, who is totally immature and irresponsible, lazy, and just annoys my hard-working son to no end. He won't hold a job, flunked out of college, and wrecked the car she bought him. When they come to visit my son and DIL, he just sits and eats and watches TV and never lifts a finger. He gets up from the table and returns to his games or whatever and leaves his dishes on the table. He'll go in the kitchen and make a sandwich, and leave all the mess on the counter, doesn't even put the perishable stuff back in the fridge. He would do that even when his mother wasn't even present - out shopping or whatever. In other words, he's a waste of space and oxygen. So, my creative son got enough of it. He got a pad of post-it notes and a pen, and gave them to the guy. He said, "I thought it would be helpful if you'd just write the name of the person you've chosen to clean up after you on each occasion, and put it on the current mess. That way, we don't have to try to figure out which of us you want to be your personal valet for that particular mess." My son said it worked, at least for the times when his mother isn't present, but he still leaves it up to her when she's there. Useless slob.

I know you're not having that kind of problem with Erin, that's just an example of how you can use imagination to correct a behavior, when the usual talking and reasoning don't work. One thought comes to mind - maybe you could quietly use your phone to make a little video of one of those snit-fits. Show it to her later, and I'll guarantee you she'll want to curl up and die of embarrassment. I've heard of people using that to convince an alcoholic that they need help! I would think it would make a kid realize that their tirade wasn't nearly as impressive as they thought it was.

OK, end of book. Sorry for the length, but you know me. I always have to get all the furniture in place first. Blessings! --Romeena

January 13, 2014 - Msg 96200: Oh, to answer the questions raised at the top of this particular porch - I am indeed 74. I make no bones about it. It would be foolish to try, because one look at my age-spotted hands, silver hair, sagging body and facial wrinkles, and one would know the truth. Also, anyone who knows me would know my age. My family, certainly. My friends, for the most part, have known me since I was about 35, and we all raised our kids together. No fooling them! Age is just a number, and attitude matters a lot more than the calendar does.

To the other question - Dale passed on May 15, 1996. He was 58, and I was 56. We had been married for 38 wonderful, delightful, memorable years. I would do it all over again, in a heartbeat, if I could. --Romeena

January 13, 2014 - Msg 96201: My TV is on (it usually is, no matter what I'm doing) and there's an episode of "The Golden Girls" on the Hallmark channel. It's the one where Dorothy's first-grade class is supposed to present a play (Chicken Little), but the kids are quarantined with measles or something. So she enlists Rose and Blanche and they do the play, instead of the kids. Rose is Henny Penny (perfect!), Blanche is Goosey-Loosey (of course) and Dorothy is hilarious as a strutting Turkey Lurkey. The whole thing is a riot, maybe one of their best episodes. It will probably be run again this evening - catch it if you can. It's just so funny. --Romeena

January 13, 2014 - Msg 96202: Boo.. Melt-downs & Menopause?.. M&M's... Good One!I'll never look at a bag of M&M's the same... Which colors are you guys?.. Just stay away from those "chocoholics" they'll DEVOUR ya!
(I'm partial to the mint ones myself)...


January 13, 2014 - Msg 96203: Thanks for the advice and encouragement, Ro. I will try to be a bit more creative. Most of the time I just have steam coming out my ears and I am trying no to erupt.

Reading what you wrote about your son's friend's boy makes me breathe a sigh of relief. At least I don't have that problem with mine. He came home from lunch today and was going on and on about his busy day at work and how he had already gotten to drive to Corpus on an assignment. He has never worked a 40 hr week yet, though, so we will see how he is doing by the end of the week!

Gosh, Dale was only 58! Bruce is almost that age already. Would be very hard to think of losing him already, especially with kids still at home. I hope and pray I have him longer.

Mint M&Ms, G-F? I have never seen those...sounds good.

Better go get Erin from school.


January 13, 2014 - Msg 96204: Hey Maude,Boo,G-F,possum,asa,Mdc and all...well guess what Rain again here in ga...whew..I got to settle down and read the archicves...off work tomorrow...got to get some wood split...My friend Miss Martha and I are gona use a texas road house gift card tomorrow for lunch and bum around..anybody got any leftovers for a snack tonight?....still here at work...prayers to all...SPOT

January 13, 2014 - Msg 96205: no, SPOT...we done ate the leftover for supper around here.


January 14, 2014 - Msg 96206:
Great stuff RO---you could have written "The Spoiled Kid." ha
Texas Roadhouse Spotty! Right on bro.
Hope you all have a good week.
Here's a little something to get you in a good mood...

January 14, 2014 - Msg 96207:
MDC, thanks for that Dominique link. It brought back some pleasant memories.
To hear it again with a little historical background information, click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81yJWEuqmUY.
I searched for an english translation and found one with a totally different melody. Click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuNc6YHOt5o

Boo and Romeena, as I reflect about my childhood, I believe I was much better behaved than many of my peers. My favorite saying was that I could make Hugh Hefner (founder of Playboy) look like the Pope.
However, there were a few times when I went into fits over foolish things and wonder today why I acted that way. I wish there was some way to mix the wisdom of an adult into the mind of a youngster.

Romeena, although I am shocked to learn at how young Dale was when he passed away, at least you shared a very long time being together. Consider yourself lucky. And may Dale rest in peace.

G-F, I used to love eating M&M's. But I stopped when I reduced my fat intake. However, I do miss them.

from Poor Horatio

January 14, 2014 - Msg 96208: Thanks MDC & PH, now I know the English translation. Didn't Debbie Reynolds sing it too?

PH, As for MY childhood...I was a "Model Child" except for the one time I glued my Brothers desk drawers shut, and the time I put power in my Sisters blow dryer, and the time I.....
I can still see that cloud of powder in the air, kinda like a Cheech & Chong movie... Yes, I did pay for that stunt, there was no "Wait until your Father comes home" in our house! Mom took care of business! (it WAS worth it tho) it was hard being the middle child of 5 kids.... That's my excuse and I'm stickin' to it! haha


January 14, 2014 - Msg 96209: Here's one for SPOT...(at least it ain't SNOW)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr5djzzeA3M G-F again..

January 14, 2014 - Msg 96210:
My choice for a feel good song is

from Poor Horatio

January 14, 2014 - Msg 96211: Good morning, porch. Ol' Satchmo, long one of my favorites, and of all his work, that song is my favorite. I could be wrong, but I have the impression that he was a very nice guy. There was a sweetness in his expression, he looked kind. He may have been a devil, but I doubt it. I'm pretty sure that song summed him up, exactly. Thanks, PH.

Sons are handy little gadgets. After the smoke episode, my range hood was a mess. The filter was just nasty, and even after two trips through the dishwasher, it was still caked with a glue-like residue that would not come off. I know part of it was grease buildup, but the dishwasher has always removed it. This time it wouldn't. That smoke was just awful. With the filter off, I could see the fan blades, and they were caked as well, and stunk of smoke. So, I ordered a new filter and fan from Amazon. Very reasonable, and shipping free, arrived in two days. Can't beat that! They were sitting on the counter when David dropped by last night, and he saw them. I was going to get Ted to install them, but Dave said he would, and he did. No problem, he knew just what to do. The new filter, of course, I could handle, but the fan installation was well above my pay grade.

Dave is so like his dad, very patient and persistent. Actually, both my sons are that way. Example: the light was working when he took the old fan assembly out. When he put it back, it wouldn't come on. So, first thought - the bulb is bad, even though it had been working. We put in a new bulb. Wouldn't work. OK, something wrong with the relay or a connection or whatever. He chased all the rabbits, using his voltage meter. Couldn't get it to work. Finally got a third bulb - it worked. The other two bulbs were bad. Also, the support bracket that came with the fan held the motor much further out, and the filter wouldn't fit over it. So, I scrubbed the old bracket clean after he mutilated the old fan and got it free of the bracket, and he used it. I had been cleaning the inside of the hood whenever he was out of the way, so I ended up with a clean range hood, new fan that's much quieter, clean filter and all is well. A job that should have taken ten minutes took about an hour, but Dave never showed any impatience, usually laughed when something else went wrong. So much like his dad. Anyway, the hood is like new, we had a good visit, and he went on his way.

Well, guess I'd better go feed my little girl. She hates it when I stop off at the computer when we first get up. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

January 14, 2014 - Msg 96212: It's a blessing to have good boys, isn't it Ro? I am so thankful to have a son who looks out after his mama, too.

Off to the ironing board! St Susan is coming for coffee and a visit in the morning...we so seldom do that and we should.


January 14, 2014 - Msg 96213:
HI ALL, boy, I better get out my cymbals and give everyone a good "CLANG!" ha Hello out there in Mayberry Land.
Here is an English version from one of several movies made, but I don't think it is Debbie Reynolds, tho she was on a "really big shew."
I saw a newscast that said that on-line dating increased as much as 80% during the
big freeze last week! ha
Hang in there,

January 15, 2014 - Msg 96214: MDC..We have "Singing Nuns" how about some flying ones? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9wevLtI-wc been a long time since I saw one of them... We loved her, we really loved her!.... (Except when she was on Mrs. Doubtfire)...


January 15, 2014 - Msg 96215:
MDC, thanks for that link about Debbie Reynolds singing Dominique. I am surprised at how different her lyrics are from the link I posted earlier.
Are you aware that supposedly, the real singing nun did not like her portrayal in the Debbie Reynolds movie about her life? She referred to the movie as complete fiction.

from Poor Horatio

January 15, 2014 - Msg 96216: Hey all...back at work...let me get logged on...anything left over from lunch?...this old buzzard is hungry...SPOT

January 15, 2014 - Msg 96217: Hey y'all! Spot,I can make ya a few baked potatoes if you'd like. Somebody gave me as a Christmas gift one of those bags where you cook taters in the microwave. Used it earlier for the first time-works good! This one is handcrafted,so not sure how well the "As Seen On TV" ones work.

I've been on the Porch since June 2002. I first posted under the name "Fun Girl"! I think I posted about 2-3 times until I found out there already was a "Fun Girl" on the Porch. Wonder whatever happened to her?? Guess if she'd have gone by "Skippy",then I could have been "Daphne"-oh,wait,we HAVE a "Daphne" (Ro's friend) don't we? Well,anyhow, I came up with "possum under a rock" and been a possum ever since!

Strange things going on around my hometown-glad I don't live there anymore! Last week,3 men got shot,one was killed. Yesterday a 4 month old baby was found on the side of the road a few miles out of town! Said she was taken during a home invasion. Thankfully,she is okay. These crimes are probably drug/gang related. Scary to think stuff like that is going on in small town USA. I hope they catch who did it,(in both cases,but especially the baby stealing thing) and punish them to the fullest.

Well,let me go toss a few taters at an ol dawg!
Catch, Spotty!!

Y'all take care!

possum under a rock

January 15, 2014 - Msg 96218: Good afternoon, porch! PH, to answer your question from a couple of days ago - yes, I did see those Christmas light suggestions. Thank you! Actually, One link was to Decorator's Warehouse in Arlington, and I have been there. They're a very nice place to shop for seasonal things, and they have a killer tea room, with great sandwiches, and soups and such, all reasonably priced, and the atmosphere is so nice. I did call them about the LED lights, and they have them, but all they have is green wires, and my tree is solid white. She did give me the name of a hardware store in the Arlington area that might have them. I'll check them out, probably Friday. Arlington is another suburb between Dallas and Ft. Worth, and is not far from me. Well, probably twenty miles, but in Texas, that's not considered "far." That's just "up the road a piece."

Eloise and I went to lunch, then out to Hobby Lobby just to browse the new stuff. I love that store! Believe it or not, I didn't buy a single thing. That's probably the first, and the last, time that will happen. There was a piece of wall art that I really liked, and would have bought (it was half price) but Eloise liked it too, so I kept quiet. She bought it, but is unsure if one of the colors in it will work with her burgundy-red sofa. If it doesn't, I'll buy it from her. It's a 3-D piece, an 18" x 30" frame, with four metal art poppies inside, each a different color. It's really pretty, and would look great above my sofa. Hobby Lobby has some very cool home decorating things, and I like their philosophy, as well.

Well, guess I'll get comfortable, get in my chair with a big glass of cold tea and a warm puppy, and watch a little TAGS. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

January 15, 2014 - Msg 96219: Ro, I have an update on sis-in-law with MRSA. I found out today that she is back in the hospital in renal failure. She was taking hefty doses of B@ctrim and not taking fluids. She had been sleeping all day for 3 days, as it turns out and now her blood creatinine is 5. They are doing some sort of treatment now and are then going to check her kidneys for damage and she may end up on dialysis. The MRSA has also spread to her private area and when she goes home she will have home health out give her wound care and dressing changes. This thing is just getting worse and worse. I just hope her kidneys aren't damaged to the point of no return. I don't think they gave her any teaching about the antibiotic when she left the hospital so I made sure she knew she was to drink plenty of water with it, but apparently she just laid in bed for days. I am starting to think she just doesn't want to live anymore. Its a terrible thing and I am afraid she will get out of the hospital and try to come back for my mother in law to take care of. I think its time for Bruce and his siblings to have a family meeting and plan a strategy. Vicki will need to say where her doctors are and it could be a very long time that she is able to move anywhere. The poor couple she is living with just retired from the ministry and were looking forward to it. I am hoping one of Vicki's sons will step up and help. He is the one living closest to her.

Anyway, tough situation.

It certainly was a beautiful day here today. The sun was out but it was crisp and cool. I let all the critters out to wander over the place and I had chickens looking in the windows. :) Thelma Lou seemed a little out-of-sorts and not as much of an appetite as usual. I hope she isn't getting sick, poor dear.

Better go get the kitchen cleaned up and get my shower. Hope you all have a wonderful evening.


PS-Possum..strange about the baby. Thank God it is ok!

January 15, 2014 - Msg 96220:
I was watching Emergency! today, and one time when the station got a call, they left a pot on the hot stove! I thought, wow, some technical advisor sure blew it on that one, as the pot was never seen again in the show, nor was the subject brought up.
BOO--that is so sad about your sil. With the mrsa spreading like that, they will probably have to do intravenous antibiotics. She will be in my prayers, as dialysis is no picnic.
RO- yes, Hobby Lobby is a cool place. There was a rumor spreading over internet that they were all going to close due to obcare, but I found out that it was indeed just a rumor. I sometimes wonder if
Lot felt like I feel sometimes these days. The Rose Bowl float was the beginning of that feeling in a more sinking sense.
Thank God I have my TAGS dvds to help soothe me.
Of course, Bible study, a loving wife, and a good God also help! (:
SPOT-good to see ya keeping the lights on.
Possum-- that is too bad about your hometown, but times have
changed. It is amazing to look back and think how my dad used to flip his car keys under the dashboard ledge at night, and the car was never locked! It was never bothered at all!

January 16, 2014 - Msg 96221: Good morning, porch! Can't stay long, have a Dr. appointment - just routine stuff with my endocrinologist. Labs have already been done, and look good. HgA1C is under 7, which is the target level, so he should be happy. I'm going to try a little harder this year though, and see if I can get it under 6. Also, my lipid profile was good, which will just confound that doctor, because I refuse to take the statin drugs, I do not eat lowfat stuff - I eat normal dairy products, yet my cholesterol stays in control. Really frustrates him! I'm convinced that the biggest factor in cholesterol levels is genetics, and in that area, I got my dad's genes. He ate any bloomin' thing he wanted, yet his cholesterol stayed around 100-110. Go figure.

Boo, the situation with your SIL sounds grim. It's too bad she didn't jump on that when it first appeared. Once it gains a foothold like that, it's so very hard to combat. Sounds like there aren't very many options open to her right now, as far as caregivers and a place to stay. Poor girl. She has made her bed over the years, and is now finding it to be a very uncomfortable one. That's sad. Boo, I know you. You're going to want to help her. So would I. But you just can't expose yourself to that situation. You've got your family to consider. Does she have any kind of insur@nce? Has she bothered to even try to sign up for Obamacare? Let's hope so, and hope that all the promises made in that area will come true for her.

Well, I'd better go hop in the shower and get myself to the doctor. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

January 16, 2014 - Msg 96222: Oh, one other thing. I would bet that SIL did get some teaching on her medications before she left the hospital. It's mandated now, there are forms that must be filled out, signed by the nurse and the patient, with a copy to go home with the patient and a copy staying on the chart. If a chart auditor finds that part wasn't done, there are severe penalties for the staff. With all my recent surgeries, I've wagged one of those copies home, even when the only medication on it was Tylenol and Advil prn. However, I've seen patients drop that little folder in the trash can in their room, after I've spent fifteen minutes going over all the stuff on it with them! Very few take you seriously. Maybe she's not like that, but her behavior would indicate otherwise. --Romeena

January 16, 2014 - Msg 96223: Well, she keeps herself pretty doped up on pain meds so no telling how much she comprehended, that and her hearing loss put her at risk. As far as insur@ance, I know she has medic@re.

I don't think her children have comprehended the seriousness of her situation. I am hoping they will step up when needed but not confident that they will. Her youngest son's daughter and family wont have anything to do with her because of the problems she caused with their family (remember she "outed" her DIL's brother who was adopted and didn't know it?), and it was her daughter that made her leave her home while she was still sick. Her third child has a wife who is an intelligent, no-nonsense kind of girl who doesn't put up with things so that is pretty much a no-go, as far as her moving in. What I am hoping is that between the kids, they can get her into government housing that she can afford and help her out somehow. My gut instinct is that she will eventually end up in a nursing home at the age of 56.

Congratulations on the good lab values!


January 16, 2014 - Msg 96224: Yep, You just can't say enough about the value of a good lab..... "Where's the Tylenol"?.....

January 16, 2014 - Msg 96225: http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=847737

RIP Professor...Hopefully you can get a Cherry Pie in Heaven, I'm sure you're getting tired of "Coconut Cream"... I'm sure Aunt Bee can whip one up for ya....

January 16, 2014 - Msg 96226: MDC... I forgot to add, the professor flew a B-25 in WW2 I'm sure that is where he learned his talent for improvising, yep those WW2 guys were the original "MacGivers" for sure.....G-F....

January 16, 2014 - Msg 96227: The Professor has company- "Reuben Kinkaid" (Dave Madden) from The Partridge Family tv show also passed away.

possum under a rock

January 16, 2014 - Msg 96228:
Wow, two more funny men leave us. My dad trained in a B-25 Mitchell. I liked the Professor's part,
and how he kept that portable radio powered up! ha
May he rest in peace.
The days here have been beautiful... in the low 70s. Love it this time of year. Lots of birds at the feeder in the backyard, and the time they have in the birdbath is so funny!
God bless,

January 17, 2014 - Msg 96229: Quiet day on the porch so far. It is another lovely day here in south texas. I have the windows open and am enjoying the sunshine while I do some chores. Hope you are all having a blessed day.

I went and let Thelma Lou and the chickens out of the back fence so they could roam around some. Its just too pretty to stay "cooped" up today.

Better get back to it!


January 17, 2014 - Msg 96230:
For those of you who are finding it difficult to locate The Andy Griffith Show episodes on the internet to watch, check out http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMWeTa-n6oPf1Mk_6bQ8CYg/search?query=andy+griffith

Boo, stop making us northerners jealous with your mild weather reports.

from Poor Horatio

January 17, 2014 - Msg 96231: Thanks for the link, PH!...sorry you're so jealous of our weather...hehehe...just wait until this summer when it is over 100 here everyday and I will be jealous of your weather.


January 17, 2014 - Msg 96232:
MDC, you are just as bad as Boo. Stop teasing us northerners with your mild weather reports.

from Poor Horatio

January 17, 2014 - Msg 96233: Good afternoon, everyone. I just saw a post from my SIL on Facebook - she lives in Michigan, and says it is minus 25° there, with a windchill of minus 37°. Now that's just ridiculous. I can't even imagine being that cold. Igt has been chilly here today, in the 50s. Joe and George and I worked in the yard all day (well, they worked, I did what I could) and I wore jeans, a t-shirt and a long-sleeved workshirt. Quite comfortable in the sun, a little too cool in the shade or if the wind blew. The yard looks wonderful. Everything has been pruned within an inch of its life, all the debris and dead vegetation has been cleared, we planted almost 200 tulip bulbs, and several dozen other bulbs, including daffodils, surprise lilies, ranunculus, and a few iris. In about two months, this yard will be a riot of color. The bulbs will be up and blooming, the roses will be all dressed in red foliage, and some may even bloom by then. Right now, they're just about six inches high! They uncovered stepping stones that had disappeared under washed-in dirt, raised some boulders that had sunk into the ground when the rain made the yard soggy, and just generally made everything look neat and tidy. What would I do without those guys?

Well, I'm going to get a shower, get in some snuggly jammies, fix me a bite to eat, and curl up in my big chair with my baby doggie in my lap, and enjoy the evening. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

January 17, 2014 - Msg 96234: Oops, sorry, PH. Boo is right, though. We'll be singing another tune in August. --Romeena

January 17, 2014 - Msg 96235:
PH--I add my ditto to RO and BOO! ha 118 isn't just dang hot,
it's "a structure holding back a river" HOT! :)
I just saw Miss Crump on Emergency! She played a wife who had a sick husband, but still did not get into the part that well IMHO.
On an FB Mayberry page there have been photos of Mayberry being used on other shows like Star Trek. It's hard to think of that, but I'm sure that back lot
was used for many things. I heard once that right next to it was a western town set. Today the whole place is an office complex.
RO-- sounds like your yard will be like when Judy Garland entered Munchkinland! I heard that the only Munchkin left now is the
man who sang "Lollipop Guild."

Prayers friends,

January 17, 2014 - Msg 96236: MDC, His longevity must have come from eating all those lollipops over the years, he's 93...

Romeena, How cold is it??? It's colder than the LA Lakers...13 straight losses! Jay Leno has had a field day on Laker jokes. As for me I hate Pro basketball so I REALLY don't care...

PH, As for the cold weather, where else can you walk out on a lake and go fishing? Makes one feel kinda like how Jesus felt when he walked on water.
It would have had to been a different kind of miracle if he was from Ohio and walked on Lake Erie in the winter instead of the Sea of Galilee.. I'm just sayin'...
Yep, God knows where miracles should happen, and it sure ain't in Cleveland! Right TOM?...
(just to be clear,...not making a joke of God just that he KNOWS what he's doing, is all)...


January 17, 2014 - Msg 96237: G-F it the dog house for you.


January 17, 2014 - Msg 96238:
G-F--I'm cool with it. Ya gotta remember that Jesus had a sense of humor...I mean really, go look in a fish's mouth for a coin to pay the tax?
I can just see the big smile on his face when the apostles said "where's the tax money?" ha
I once asked my dad why he did that ice fishing in Minnesota, and he said that it was mostly for the beer drinking! lol

January 17, 2014 - Msg 96239:
MDC, since you brought up the subject about the connection between The Andy Griffith Show and Star Trek, there is a web site called "40 Acres" that illustrates how they shared the same locations and buildings. Check out http://www.retroweb.com/40acres_tour.html
Be sure to click on the links at the top of each page.
I know it has been posted here before. So this is for any newcomers.

from Poor Horatio

January 18, 2014 - Msg 96240: Good morning porch family. I hope you are all fine and dandy. I've been busier than a cows tail in fly season. In fact I am off to a meeting but thought I better pop in and say hey before y'all forgot about me.
Prayers for all.


January 18, 2014 - Msg 96241: Yep, MDC in Minnesota they take their ice fishing seriously, many have ice shacks with all the immunities of home and they tow them out on the lake. I use to ice fish a lot as a kid, my Dad was all about hiking out onto the lake chopping a hole in the ice and sitting on the bucket out in the open. But my brother would build these wooden shanties and drag them out on the lake. (He brought me with him as a second mule) because they were sorta heavy. They use to let you leave them on the lake until it got to warm to have them there. Later years they quite that policy because people would leave them there and would end up at the bottom of the lake. Yes, my brother lost a few that way when a quick thaw came and could not get to it in time. But on the other hand you couldn't beat the taste of fresh fish caught in the ice cold water, and not having to worry about them spoiling in the Texas or Arizona heat...haha
You know it takes a lot of skill to cast your line out and hit a 8" hole in the with the wind blowing in your face in the dead if winter..lol!
In the movie "Grumpy Old Men" Walter Mattheau had his pole "The Green Hornet", mine I called "The Tricky Dickie Stick"....come fish come, and they did it was a lucky pole.
Now a days I'm not sure I could convince the GrandKidders to walk out onto a frozen lake and sit on a bucket in the cold and wait on a fish to take the bait. When they could order a "filet-o-fish" from McDonalds and eat it in the warmth. These kids now a days.....Just look what they are missing...


January 18, 2014 - Msg 96242: You people are crazy! I have never been, and hope I never am, hungry enough to sit on a bucket, in minus umpteen temperatures, with an arctic blast blowing in my face, watching a piece of fishing line disappear into a little hole in the ice, hoping I can pull something edible out of that hole eventually. Add to that, if I do manage to catch something, then I have to kill it, gut it, scrape the scales off of it, and when I eventually get to eat it, I have to stink up my house cooking it, and deal with the bones as I eat it. Somehow, the appeal of this event escapes me. Oh, and one other thing. I would spend the entire time out there in mortal terror that the ice would give way and I'd end up in that freezing water. I think you'd have about two minutes to review your life, then it would be all over. Nope, I'll drop in and eat at Red Lobster now and then, or even Long John Silver's. If I can't afford that, then luckily, I like peanut butter, which is located in the pantry in my nice warm kitchen. Or, I can open a can of tuna.

MDC, I agree with you. I'm quite sure that Jesus had a sense of humor, probably a very good one. I do not believe that our Savior was a grim, glum, negative person. We know he loved children, and to be around children very much you absolutely must have a sense of humor. He was fully God, he knew the wonders of the universe and he knew he was returning to that splendor soon. He was also fully man, subject to all the emotions that mankind possesses, and that includes a sense of humor. Besides, God himself has a sense of humor. How else can you explain a camel? That animal looks like it was put together by a committee of politicians, and yet, through it all, it has absolutely beautiful eyes. Yes, God has a sense of humor. Consider what he told the Israelites, when they started whining about being tired of eating the manna God provided for them. Free food, on the ground every morning, and they complained! Things don't change much, do they? Anyway, when they whined for meat, God told them he'd send them meat, in the form of quail, and they'd be eating meat until it came out of their noses! Then think of his response to Job, after Job finished his long diatribe. God listened patiently, and then began to answer Job. He started off with “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!" Sarcasm, yes, but still funny!

Yep, I'm convinced Jesus had a sense of humor. I've never pictured him as a mild, introverted, soft man. I think he was rugged, probably muscular, with rough hands. He had worked as a carpenter for about seventeen years, before he started his ministry at the age of thirty. Once he started his journey, he was in the company of twelve men, most of them rough, earthy types. You know there was a lot of kidding and fun going on in a group like that. I don't think they just walked along the roads with long faces, deep in thought all the time. These were real people! Jesus loved them all, as he loves us, and he knew his time with them was going to be limited, so I think he enjoyed their company while he could. OK, that's my take on it, and that's all it is. It's not provable, but it's nice to think about.

Well, better run. Got some errands to do today. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

January 18, 2014 - Msg 96243: Well, my take on it is this...The bible says that the kingdom of God consists of, "righteousness, peace and JOY in the Holy Spirit". Joy often equals laughter. The only thing I can see about humor that could be considered unchristian is the "coarse joking" that you read about, and I think we call all figure out what that might be for ourselves. We should always practice the law of love and never say anything to hurt anyone else. A tall order, I know. :)


January 18, 2014 - Msg 96244: Ahhh, come on now Romenna, that's Adventure fishin'...But at my age now I'd have to agree with you.. Red Lobster & LJS, they give ya warm cheddar biscuits & hushpuppies to boot!
Guess it's different spending time with Dad & Big Brother, back then it was fun. (We never went out on the ice with less than 4" under us).
So what's PH's & Sterling's, Auh2o's, take on this?....By the way Boo, I'll have a order of that "tall" you were talking about I could use some, I think I was givin' too much "shortening" as a kid...badda bing!

G-F again...

January 18, 2014 - Msg 96245:
G-F, so you want to know my take on ice fishing? The last time I tried it, I caught 20 pounds of ice. And when I tried to fry it, it melted and put out my fire. So I gave it up.
In my old age, I no longer enjoy being outside for any length of time when it is very cold.

from Poor Horatio

January 18, 2014 - Msg 96246:
As for regular fishing, I tried it when I was a boy scout but I did not enjoy it. And although I never tried hunting, it does not interest me.

from Poor Horatio

January 19, 2014 - Msg 96247: Romeena, that's what the ice shanties are for, to protect against the wind while you're sitting on the ice.
As for actually doing the ice fishing, I tried it once, maybe twice, but I never could get into it. Too cold. Of course, we didn't have a shanty, but then again I can't get into regular fishing anymore either. We used to go fishing all the time(or seemed like it) when my brothers and I were kids. And I will always remember and cherish the times my grandmother would take us fishing, as she was an avid fisherwoman. I didn't even mind chopping the heads off the fish or cutting them up and taking their guts out. Though I never really did like scaling them. Weird that the scales were considered the "yucky" part to me. Mostly because they stuck on you.
But nowadays I view fishing about the same way as I do hunting - which I have tried about as many times as I tried ice fishing - I am just not into it. Don't have anything against the people who do it, but I just figure I will hunt and fish when I NEED to, like when society collapses or I get stranded out in the wilderness or something. Until then, there is always the store. And I don't need a license to go to the store. Yet. ;)

Have a blessed Sunday everyone!

-Sterling Holobyte

January 19, 2014 - Msg 96248: Hey there, Sterling. I don't like to fish, either, which is unfortunate since I live 2 blocks from the coast.

I don't remember if I mentioned to you all about how well Erin is doing in school. She is making A's so far with a B now and then. She tells me she has a 94 average in math already, and I am wondering how she could be doing so well she was out for a week with the flu, was never given any "catch-up" work, and has very little homework? I am really wondering about the quality of the public school system here.

Well, Bruce just asked me to take his sunday school class this morning because he woke up sick...better go.


January 19, 2014 - Msg 96249:
Boo, I recall reading somewhere on the internet about a family whose was proud of their children because of the "A" average grades they received while attending public schools. Then for some reason (which I can't recall), they transferred to a private school where they had difficulty maintaining a "C" average.
What could be the reasons for this difference? Studies have been performed in the past decade with conflicting conclusions. But I believe that one reason why private schools have an advantage is because they can be selective by choosing students with a higher intelligence, better motivation and controlled behavior.

from Poor Horatio