March 28, 2014 - Msg 97252: I have to share something else, particularly with ASA. I started missing my Dad today after going through some of his old things...logs of our trips together and so on. I did some crying but then reminded myself that he is ok and I will see him again. I happen to be going through the archives here and randomly came across a comment you posted to me back on August 27, 2010 (five months before my dad passed away). I had been troubled by my dad's lack of faith and I new death was near. Here are you words to me, Asa:
"Boo, I am so sorry for what you are going through with your dad. I went through theis a few years back, as you rememeber, and was really dreading it. I so did not want to be there in the room at the end and without going into great detail, because of what I think was a very sacred and special thing, I was right there with him, in a very special way as he drew his last breath. The think I had been dreading turned out to be a great blessing as I was with him. I knew he was out of his pain and suffering, and was reunited with my Mom and others who had passed on. Other people who were in the room and saw this all had tears of joy in their eyes. Not tears of sadness but tears of joy. We all felt a very close spiritual confirmation that all was well. Its hard to put into words, Boo, but your faith will carry you through. I don't know all the particulars about your dad and his thought concerning God, but try not to stress too much about it. All I can tell you is its never too late..."

When I read those words now, and realize that it is exactly how things turned out with my dad, I am astounded and so thankful. God is so good to us. I needed to come across this today and God lead the way. :)


March 28, 2014 - Msg 97253: Yes Boo Asa IS wise... Trust him, he's a HVAC guy he brings all kinds of "comfort" to folks, this winter especially!...Bless his heat....


March 28, 2014 - Msg 97254: haha I slipped, I said bless his heat was suppose to be.. Bless his heart! I suppose if you didn't have heat and he fixed it.. It WOULD be bless his HEAT.... lol.....G-F again

March 28, 2014 - Msg 97255: OK....SHAKEDOWN!!!

March 28, 2014 - Msg 97256:
Wow, Boo, them was powerful words that Asa spoke
that day! What a blessing.
Someone here mentioned that were going to a
Rhonda Vincent concert (maybe GF?) but this
ones for you...
I hope you all have a great weekend,
but be ready for those shakedowns.

March 29, 2014 - Msg 97257: Aww thank you Boo. I am glad I could say something to lift you in a time when needed. You have certainly done so for me over the years. But that's what it's all about ain't it? That makes me happy that what I was lead to say helped you. Truely we praise a great God.

You crack me up GF. Bless my heat. Freudian slip. LOL

Hope you are feeling better Big Maude. Hate to be thinking of you feeling pipply all weekend.

Great Paul Harvey video MDC. I always dug him.

Well it was the little lady's birthday today. Hard to imagine how old we have grown together. Next Tuesday will be our 36th wedding anniversary. My goodness, time just moves right along. Can't hardly believe it's been that long. We have been blessed for sure.

Prayers for all.


March 29, 2014 - Msg 97258: Well, Happy, happy birthday to Mrs. Asa. Bless you, darlin'! Many happy returns of the day.

You have all done so much over the years to keep me propped up when I was drooping. Lots of living and loving and helping and caring on this porch. Thanks, Floyd. Without you, we wouldn't have our beloved porch.

There are lots of unsung heroes in this world, people we just take for granted. Tonight around 7, the computer suddenly went black, the TV went off, and I realized the lights were out. The power had shut off. I waited a few minutes, thinking it would come back on - it does, sometimes. When it didn't, I called it in on the automated line, so no idea when it would be back on. Around 9:15, I stepped out on the front porch to see how many houses were dark. Six. Only six. Then a power truck came cruising slowly along the street. I walked out on the driveway, and when he saw me, he pulled over. He needed directions for getting into our "easement." I told him there wasn't one. He pointed to the transformer that was out, and we went to that house. The owner came out to meet us, invited the guy into his back yard, where the pole is located. The man had a long rod in his hand with a hook at the end. With that, from the ground he snagged a little ring on the transformer, pushed it up, then pulled it back down and bingo! The lights came on. Imagine that. Simple fix, but without that guy out working at 9 at night, we wouldn't have had power. We thanked him, he got back in his truck and away he went. Like I said, unsung hero.

Well, guess I'll mosey along. I'm tired. Haven't done much today, but still tired. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

March 29, 2014 - Msg 97259: Thank you, Romeena. We are truly blessed by so many people every day but miss realizing what's happening around us. Hopefully we'll take a few moments to slow down and see those blessings happening. Floyd

March 29, 2014 - Msg 97260: Amen to that, Floyd!

Happy Birthday to Mrs.Asa & wishing y'all a very Happy Anniversary too!

Hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend-love to all!

possum under a rock

March 29, 2014 - Msg 97261: Thanks MDC for the Rhonda link, "Home Coming" is one of my favorites, Yep it'll make ya cry but it tells the truth, I love her music. Her brother is part of "Dailey & Vincent" they are good too, they both were going to be at a Bluegrass Festival in Southern Ohio. I was suppose to go hear them but at last min. had to cancel...Bummer it would have been a Good show. So your link, and her new C/D I ordered Thursday should help me get my fix. Thanks again buddy, you picked one of her best songs to post.

Just a F.Y.I. more snow coning today 2-3" and YES TOM, I had it stopped at the river....haha

Blessings to Asa and his Darling Person.....

You folks are a GREAT bunch thanks for being my friends.... Have a Great day!

Oh, by the way, yesterday I was driving, I have 2 of REV's C/D's in my player in the Goobmobile. After the second one got done playing I hit a bump and the whole C/D played over.... Guess it was REV's way of saying: "Howdy" to me??


March 29, 2014 - Msg 97262: Where is everybody today? Did they hold ya all over after preachin'.... Romeena, I bought some beautiful pansy's today, I can put them in soon, they like the cool weather... Think I'll give Floyd a run for the ribbon in the "pansy" division this year at the garden club. He needs some competition... I Won't even try the rose division, you ladies have a wrap on that one...

Afternoon G-F....

March 29, 2014 - Msg 97263: Hello Porch: That would be Netflix season 7 ep 12 "only a rose". Clara Edwards-Johnson is a bit snooty to Aunt Bee. I notice in some episodes Clara is like that to Bee, and in others just as nice as she could be. And Bee never seems to provoke anything from this lady. Howie Fice

March 29, 2014 - Msg 97264: today it was rain rain rain no snow snow snow.


March 29, 2014 - Msg 97265: Hey gang!..Boo,Romeena,TOM,GF,possum,asa (ms asa),sterling,MDC and everyone...well here at work for the night shift....wind got us a little busy....anybody got any leftovers?...SPOT

March 29, 2014 - Msg 97266:
MDC, are you aware that Paul Harvey is credited with having the longest running radio program in broadcasting history?
I was fortunate to have worked with Paul Harvey, his wife Lynne and son Paul Jr. Way back in 1979, Paul Harvey used to appear on the Good Morning America television program. I was the technician who recorded those segments from his radio studio.

Once again, we can't thank Floyd enough for his generosity in providing us with a forum to interact and share our comments. I wish I could offer him some assistance, but I suspect that is not practical.

from Poor Horatio

March 29, 2014 - Msg 97267: Way cool PH, So you DO know "the rest of the story"...

March 30, 2014 - Msg 97268:
Howie, yes, Clara could be that way. She was very nice in Opie and Andy Housekeepers, but her allspice comment to Aunt bee could have killed! ha
PH--I'm not sure what made me think of Paul Harvey yesterday, tho i was thinking of how our country has changed so much recently. It could be how
they keep changing and skewing numbers regarding OBcare. It will never fly.
TOM--please send me some rain!!
Happy Birthday Mrs. ASA! And wow, 36 years...and to the
same woman no less! ha Congratulations!
Floyd is indeed a treasha. he keeps watch over things and keeps this going at his own expense! Thanks Floyd.
Hey to Possum, Spot and all.
Boo, is Susan H....ton on FB possibly St. Susan?
Ya all have a good Sabbath, but read L'tl Abner AFTER that sermon 'bout Cain and Abel. :)

March 30, 2014 - Msg 97269:
Oh, PH, I was also going to say up there "I wonder what Paul's commentary would have been like about it!!"

March 30, 2014 - Msg 97270: Good late evening, porch. Just got home from a pleasant afternoon and evening with family. Landry had a baseball game at 4, so Eloise and Jerry and I went and watched him play. He's playing so well! They won, 5-2. Afterward, we went to a Mexican restaurant and had a good dinner, then back to Dave and Brittney's house. Brittney had made a cake (good!) and we just talked for a while, then came home. Good way t spend a Saturday evening.

G-F, pansies are available here now, if you know where to look, but they don't sell very well. That's because Texas gardeners know that it soon will be getting quite hot, and pansies faint when it gets much above 80, and especially if it doesn't go below 80 at night. We generally plant them in the fall, and they bloom beautifully then, and if the winter is mild, they'll bloom all winter. This year, winter was not mild, and almost all of my pansies froze. There are a few hardy souls still blooming, but not many. I'll be planting petunias in a week or so, and will probably give the dead-looking pansies a short haircut. Some of them will perk up and try to come back, but it won't be much of a show. I'll just plant the petunias around them. My tulips are finally coming up, and some are blooming. Daffodils making a grand entrance, and a few irises are sending up buds. One has opened. In a few weeks, the irises will be in full bloom, and will be gorgeous.

We're having "Cowboy Church" tomorrow. Everyone is encouraged to wear western wear, and plain old jeans and denim jackets are perfectly welcome. As they said, come casual, come comfortable, come western. Just come! I'm wearing jeans, a denim jacket, and a pair of boots I had forgotten I had. They fit! Jerry is taking one of REV's CDs to their SS department, to play for the class. They're not in the same department with me. Our pastor has been learning to play the banjo, and has threatened to play the thing for us during the music portion of the church service. All in all, I think it's going to be fun. Then in the middle of all of it, the pastor will deliver a great message, I know. He always does. Blessings! --Romeena

March 30, 2014 - Msg 97271:
MDC, so you are wondering WWPHS (What Would Paul Harvey Say)?

from Poor Horatio

March 30, 2014 - Msg 97272: Well headed home to snooze for just a few then Church...everyone have a great Sunday...SPOT

March 30, 2014 - Msg 97273: Romeena, Have Jerry play "That's my Pew" from REV's newest C/D it's a Hoot!.. As far as the pansies are concerned, good thing I did not plant them yet because guess what we had last night?? You guessed it...More Snow!! The wet heavy kind.

Wish our church had a "theme" service, I could us a big "Yeee Haaaw" right about now. Are they having a Texas BBQ in the parking lot afterwards too?....


March 30, 2014 - Msg 97274: Good Sabbath porch.I hope you have a good day.

Sounds like your church service will be run Romeena. Don't get no saddle sores now, you hear.

I hope Big Maude got over her bug and is feeling better.

Well I sent off two checks yesterday. One to the US Treasury, and one to the State. My accountant Efiled my taxes last week and I owed on both. I guess I need to change my W4 because it was a good amount I had to fork over. This "hope and change" nonsense is costing me big time.

PH I show that the Grand ole Opry is the longest running continuous radio broadcast, (running on a local station) and that "Music and the Spoken Word" is the longest running continuous radio broadcast nationally and is still going strong.

Boo, sorry for your setback on your immunization (or is it inarculation). Anyway, you're right on. The Lord is in charge and will see you through it. Ain't that a great thing to know? ;)

Well better go rustle up some grub before preaching or my belly will be growling. It gets awfully noisy if I don't feed it regularly. Wonder what causes that?


March 30, 2014 - Msg 97275: HaHa Asa, I think the whole idea is that they "Hope for MORE of your CHANGE $$" is what I'm thinkin'..G-F

March 30, 2014 - Msg 97276:
Asa, Hello Americans ... This is Paul Harvey ... Stand by for News!.
With the "Grand Ole Opry" official start in 1927 and the "Music and the Spoken Word" official start in 1929, Paul Harvey had not yet become a teenager when those two went on the air. This confirms with what you posted in Msg 97274. As a result, the claim I made in Msg 97266 is not true. I wish I could remember where I read that claim.
Further investigation reveals that Paul Harvey's "The Rest of the Story" segments have been credited as the "the longest continuing sponsorship record in broadcast history". Although he added these segments to his newscasts beginning in 1946, they became a separate series in 1976 and were continuously sponsored by the same insur@nce company for 34 years. So why was this company so supportive of Paul Harvey? Maybe Paul said it best when he is quoted as saying "I am fiercely loyal to those willing to put their money where my mouth is."
And now you know ... the rest of the story ... Good day!

from Poor Horatio

March 30, 2014 - Msg 97277: Afternoon porch, just stopping by to rock girls a minute. Feeling some better today. I did not make it yo church though.
Still have a nagging cough so I did not want to disrupt anyone or take a chance on spreading my germs. Hopefully, I will feel much better to start my work week tomorrow.

It's a beautiful sunny day on my end of the porch, cool with a little wind. Supposed to warm up quite a bit this week.

Ya'll have a hood day, rest up.
Prayers and blessings.
Big Maude

March 30, 2014 - Msg 97278: Oh my gosh, not sure what "rock girls" means. Guess this cold medication is affecting my fingers and my brain. I meant to post to rock just a minute.
Crazy me!
Big Maude

March 30, 2014 - Msg 97279: Good afternoon, porch. Just got home from church and lunch with some of the girls. Cowboy Church was just great - lots of fun, and spiritually uplifting as well. We had a blue-grass group, made up almost entirely of church members, and they were good! We sang good old gospel songs, like "I'll Fly Away" and others. Great message by the pastor, as always. He is NEVER as dry as dust.

Good lunch, too. I got catfish, and there was so much I brought three fillets home! Guess I'll have them for dinner, unless I nibble on them between now and then. I'm one of those weird people who will eat cold fried catfish.

There is so much that needs to be done around here, sorting out all this clutter and getting it ready for pickup, but today is Sunday, and I'm not going to do anything but rest, for the remainder of the day. So there.

Maudie, glad you're feeling a bit better. Hope tomorrow brings even more improvement. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 30, 2014 - Msg 97280: MDC, St. Susan would be Susan H---gton Collins. If that is what you are seeing, then it is St. Susan. :) If you happen to catch some of the conversations between her and me, she can be pretty funny.

Thank you Asa, for the encouragement concerning the inarculations. ;) Yes, it is a great thing to know that the Lord is in charge. I just happened to be watching a video on youtube about a man who was a drug attitude and prostitute but God delivered him from that lifestyle when he came to Jesus. I kept thinking about how God protected him to that point. I believe the Lord knows his sheep and which ones will come to faith in him. I think it was that way in my own life. Even before I knew him or had any desire to, he was working things together to bring to faith. AS Ro sometimes says, "You cant beat a deal like that". :)

Glad you are feeling a little better Maude. Take care and get the rest and fluids you need, ya hear?

PH, since you are here, I wanted to ask you a favor since you are so good at finding things and I haven't got a clue about most things computer, I was hoping you could help me find something from the archives. I want to go back and read the little TAGS episode we all wrote together more than a year ago. Remember? Each of added a little to the story until it was done? I wanted to take another look at it because I remember laughing a lot at it the first time around. Help appreciated. :)

Well, Ro, glad you had fun at cowboy Church. I went to a real one once years back in George West. Took place in a big cattle barn and everyone sat on hay bales.

Better git'...the old man is wanted to hoist his bottom out of the recliner and go for a drive.


March 30, 2014 - Msg 97281: Oh PS, Ro-I fried up a bunch of catfish yesterday AND today, and it was amazing. Bruce got it from a friend at work that lives on Mathis Lake. Darn good eatin'!


March 30, 2014 - Msg 97282: Boo Catfish!..woo hoo..I got a two gallon bags of crappy fillets in the freezer from the fishing trup thu...Maude get better...and prayers Boo..well it was a good martinsville race today for sure....ok...back here at work till tomorrow...back crappy fishing wed..aint got but another week or so...well Miss Martha and I grilled up some good sirlon burgers this one for snack in a bit...ok...Cowboy Church?..gona read back...prayers and I will on and off the porch all night !..signed: yer talking dog of this here porch "SPOT" !

March 30, 2014 - Msg 97283:
Boo, as you had requested, the Mayberry Thanksgiving episode began on November 19, 2013 with Msg 95500. And an earlier episode began on March 21, 2011 with Msg 83038.

from Poor Horatio

March 30, 2014 - Msg 97284:
Folks, I just discovered something interesting here that I never noticed before. The area where we type our messages for posting here is in the shape of a white rectangle. And if you examine the lower right hand corder of this rectangle, you will see two very small angled lines. If you move your cursor over them, then left click and hold, then drag, you can change the size of this message posting rectangle. This comes in handy when you have a very long message to preview before you post it.

from Poor Horatio

March 30, 2014 - Msg 97285:
corder? I meant corner.

from Poor Horatio

March 30, 2014 - Msg 97286: Well, I'll just be flat dogged! All these years on the porch and I never found that little trick. PH, your education was worth every penny and then some. I'm surprised I hadn't found it, because I have a tendency to poke around on the computer, but sometimes that's not a good idea, at least for me. I get things muddled up and then can't fix 'em! This little trick works great - thanks!

Spot, if you'll forgive me, there's one small revision I'd like to make. I believe when you're referring to those delicious fish, the spelling is "crappie", which I believe is pronounced like "croppy." At least I think so. Perhaps that's to distinguish them from the less-appetizing spelling of "crappy." When I see it spelled like that, which I often do, I always think I'm not sure I want to eat them. Hahaha!

Well, Hyacinth is on, guess I'll go watch her. I'm sure I've seen it a dozen times, but I don't care. Funny is funny, and with some shows, the more you see them the funnier they become, because you begin to notice the small things that you might have missed earlier. I know for me, with TAGS, that is absolutely true. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 31, 2014 - Msg 97287:
Wow, PH very cool! Much easier to proofread now. Thanks. Hey, here's a question for you,
here in the US of A the "average" tax on income is about 39%, which is a lot coming out of paychecks to go to Uncle Sam; so what is the "average" in Canada?
That Paul Harvey commentary that you led me to was a real eye-opener!!
SPOT-on and off the porch all night? One thing you and RO had in common...those all-nighters! And did I miss something, who is Miss Martha if I may ask?
BOO-just curious, why did you want to see "our" episode?
It was pretty corny if i recall.
Hey to everyone else. Hope your Sabbath was good for the soul,

March 31, 2014 - Msg 97288: Romeena... Just think of the fish as crape' it sounds French, then you can pretend your eating at a fancy French restaurant....haha Also, I was wondering when you went to "cowboy church" did you get to say: "Yee Haaw" instead of Amen? haha I think it's cool your Pastor came up with that, I guess he may have been worrying his sermons were "dry as dust"!! Do I get a Yee Haaw....

SPOT on and off the porch all night? I think he's like Mrs. G-F and has a case of nocturnalitis they both must have some "Possum" in them. Right ***possum under a rock***? Or maybe he just likes to howl at the moon? (like the dogs across the street from me) they sing at the moon all the time...


March 31, 2014 - Msg 97289: Good Morning, Porch!

Been away for the weekend. Well, not in the "out of town" sense. Just wasn't able to get to the Porch and say Hey to you and yours.

Maude - Hope you are still mending and will be back to health sooner than later!

Asa - Very courageous and binding words to the heart. Very inspirational what you told Boo. Wonderful sentiment. Happy belated birthday to Mrs. Asa and a Happy Anniversary!

PH - Fortunate to work with Paul Harvey. I would've liked to have met him myself. I am 45 years old now and was listening to him through my childhood and even teen years (Yes, even my TEEN years). My maternal G'ma and G'pa loved to listen to him and I remember many a time going out to G'pa's workshed and there was G'pa doing some project and Paul Harvey on the radio.

Ah, the smell of the green fields, hot dogs and big ol' pretzels as we get ready for MLB baseball 2014! Looking forward to the Royals this year and hopeful they will break this 28 year playoff drought! Going to baseball myself to death today!

Good morning to Boo,Ro,G-F,Possum,Lucy,SPOT,TOM,MDC,Howie,Floyd and the rest of Bobby Fleet's band! LOL! Have a great day everyone! Be safe!

John Masters

March 31, 2014 - Msg 97290: Thanks PH, I had fun reading the archives. :)

MDC, I had a blast reading our episodes again...some very funny stuff in there.

I don't have those lines you were talking about in my comment box, PH.


March 31, 2014 - Msg 97291:
Boo, those angled lines in the lower right corner of the Front Porch comment box seem to be browser dependent. When I use Chrome, I see them. However, when I use Internet Explorer, I don't see them. What browser are you using?

MDC, I will get back to you regarding your Canadian tax question. Gotta run now an errand now.

from Poor Horatio

March 31, 2014 - Msg 97292: Good morning, porch! G-F, when our pastor first stepped up to the pulpit, he let out a big "Yeehaw!" and everyone got a big laugh out of it. Then when he started preaching, he was so serious and so spot-on the truth that no one would have dared break the mood. I declare, every time I hear that man preach, my respect for him rises another notch. Please, folks, pray for him and his wife. She recently had surgery for colon cancer, it was classified as Stage III, which is pretty scary. She starts chemo in the next few days, will have it for six months. Please pray for her healing, that the cancer will be gone, and pray for the pastor, as he tries to maintain his balance during this time. Their names are Ken and Dorothy.

Yep, those lines in the posting box are not present in Internet Explorer. I have it, but don't use it. I use Firefox, and absolutely love it. My computer guru said it's more secure, and I find it to be more direct and less cluttered. Oh, the lines are there in Firefox.

Well, speaking of clutter, I guess I'd better get started on clearing some of it out of this house. I can't get the new carpet in until I de-junkify around here. The carpet men are going to work in one room at a time, moving the contents of each room to another room as they go. Right now, all the rooms are so full there would be no room to move anything anywhere. It is utterly ridiculous, the amount of "stuff" I had crammed into the closets. My goal is that less than half of it will be put back. That's going to be hard to do, because it all has a back story, much of it known only to me. Oh well. It's really only things. I've got to remember that.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 31, 2014 - Msg 97293: I'm using Internet Explorer so that explains it. I have chrome so I can switch.

Will pray for Ken and Dorothy.


March 31, 2014 - Msg 97294: Romeena, for sure Prayers for Dorothy and Ken.

All this high tech talk about chrome and firefox and I.E. Well allow me to throw in a highly technical question!
What about those cotton pickin rocks!? :)


March 31, 2014 - Msg 97295: Believe it or not, we got to the 60's today and was sunny ALL day! I sat outside and just sucked up the sunshine! Yeehaaw!!....G-F

March 31, 2014 - Msg 97296: G-f, it is a beautiful 80 degrees here in south Texas today. Wish you could all experience it...warm, gentle breezes from the south, warm sun shining down. We have wildflowers coming up everywhere around here, too. I love spring but not looking forward to those triple digits and high humidity come summer, though.

Not sure why, but feeling a bit down in the dumps today. I'm sure it will pass soon.


March 31, 2014 - Msg 97297: MDC, tax freedom day for 2013 in Canada was June 10. The average Canadian family of three earned $97,254 in income last year and paid a total of $42,400 or 43.6 per cent of its income in taxes.

from Poor Horatio

March 31, 2014 - Msg 97298: Took a walk and spent a little time with the dogs and donkeys and it made me feel better. It is so sweet the way the dogs just kind of go just ahead of me everywhere I go on the place. They will look back now and then to make sure all is well but they are certainly my true companions. Nothing they would rather do than just be with us...unless its to eat something. ;)

PH, sounds like the average earning of a Canadian family is higher than an American one. Is the cost of living much higher?


March 31, 2014 - Msg 97299:
ASA-"I'm gettin' to that!" :)
PH--thank for the info, at least US aint quite that high, but our king may change that by 2016. :(
RO--prayers indeed, you bet!
JOHN--I hear ya on the baseball. I live about 4 miles
from ASU's field, and can enjoy a cool evening college game for 10 bucks!
Diamondbacks have been "Australiaized", so we''l have to see how they do. PLAYBALL!
SPOT, Not real keen on either of the Busch bros, so on to the next race, thank you very much. ha
BOO--yes, enjoy these days!

April 01, 2014 - Msg 97300: Good evening, porch. Yep, sounds like the average family income is higher, but so are the taxes. I don't have the precise numbers at hand for all the variables, but I'm guessing it would come out pretty close to even, all things considered. One thing I have learned in my 74 years, however, is that nothing under human control is free. Ever. There is always a price to pay, and healthcare is no different.

Whether it's Obamacare, or fully socialized medicine, where no one buys insur@nce and healthcare is "free", there is still always a price. Canadians pay the price in taxes to support the healthcare. So do we, and we're about to see that rise, in order to fund Obama's pet program. I think I mentioned the new plan being implemented by the abusers of the system. Sign up, pay one month's premium, get your operation or whatever, then don't pay the premiums anymore. Obamacare then reneges on the whole policy and refuses to pay the caregiver for whatever care the scammer received. Nothing has changed, there's just a little more paperwork in between.

Up until now, we have always had people who did not buy insur@nce (and we still will) and yet they got healthcare. It may not have been red-carpet treatment, but I know for a fact that our ED did not turn away someone in need. So, you could say those people paid nothing for their healthcare, but I think for those people, there's a different kind of price. If they were in the system for reasons of infirmity, disability, or anything that truly kept them from working, then that situation itself was their "price." If they were in it out of laziness and being unwilling to work, then the price they paid was loss of personal pride, a feeling of shame that they would have to learn to live with.

You mentioned baseball games. I love to go to the ballpark and watch a pro or college game, but more than anything, I like to sit in those little 3 or 4 tier aluminum bleachers at the kids' ball games, have a hot dog, and watch my grandsons play. They've come a long way from the T-ball games. I still remember the game when Landry was on his knees at third base, playing with a bug, when an amazingly solid hit flew over his head and nearly took his hat off. He never even knew it! David's comment? "I'm so proud!" Now he pitches, or plays first base, and does both very well. The last game I saw, on Saturday, he made three outs at first base, one of them with his toe on the base, his body flat on the ground, as he caught the ball a foot off the ground, in his outstretched glove. He is definitely not afraid of the dirt.

Well, I have to have Toye Starr at the vet's office in the morning for her annual exam and inarculations, so guess I'd better get to bed. Boo, I envy you, being able to spend time with the donkeys like that. I always enjoyed being around the animals, when we lived in the country. I was never happier than when grooming my horse. He enjoyed it, and so did I. OK, off to bed. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 01, 2014 - Msg 97301:
Boo and MDC, since moving here, I have noticed that goods and services seem to cost more in Canada than in the USA.
The tax freedom day is the day that the nation as a whole has earned enough to pay the taxes they owe. The 2013 tax freedom day in Canada is June 10 whereas the 2013 tax freedom day in the USA is April 18. That means that Canadian have to work longer to pay their tax obligations than Americans do. Here I'm referring to all taxes, not just income taxes.
For a more detailed cost of living comparison between the USA and Canada, visit

from Poor Horatio

April 01, 2014 - Msg 97302: Thanks, PH.

Wished you lived nearby, Ro, so you could enjoy the donkeys, too. That little one I have now is so cute and she lets me pet her soft nose and her head but still not trusting past that. We are working on her, though...and then there's Thelma a lap dog, wanting to invade our space at any given opportunity. :)

Better finish the coffee and get moving. I have to go to the nursing home today and figure out what is going on with mom. She told us her doctor came in early yesterday and told her it was time to go home...sounds fishy to me since just last week he told us she should stay and get the benefit of her therapy for the full length of time medicare will pay. I don't know if she was hearing things yesterday or trying to pull on over on us. Today is April fool's day, come to think of it.


April 01, 2014 - Msg 97303: Boo... I bet Dr. Doolittle was your favorite movie! I can picture you taking your gang for a walk... Bernie leading the pack strutin' his stuff. Sorta like an animal wagon train...

MDC.. The "D"backs Australiaized? What does that mean? Do they face the opposite way and throw the ball "under"hand? Bet they have to sell "Fosters" beer at the park now too and do they sell "crock-dogs" too?

The Cleveland Indians motto this year is: "Finish the Job" in reference to their 1 game play-off appearance last year I guess. I hope they do well this year, not much to be happy about with the Cleveland sports teams.... As I said before, I like going to the minor league games.

John Masters, hope your Royals do good too, just not with the Indians..haha Spot, don't want to leave your "Braves" out, or PH's "Blue Jays", or the Texas girls "AstroRangers" (sounds kinda like a "SuperHero").. I suppose Sterling is a Brewers? fan.. Just don't mention the Indians to TOM, it make him feel like after you get a hair-cut and those little hairs get down your back.


April 01, 2014 - Msg 97304: Hey All.


April 01, 2014 - Msg 97305: Good morning, Folks!

Another bright, sunny day outside the window. But...once's pretty nippy! Last two days here was in mid 70's, but not no more! LOL!

G-F - Those Indians might be tricky this year. They were in second place to our third last year, but wondering if they are just as strong now.

I thought you all might like to know that the wife and I are the new owners of a horse. Yep, a 22 year old Appaloosa named Dakota. We got here a couple of weeks ago for FREE. Yes, Free. An elderly woman and her former daughter-in-law owned her and needed to get rid of her and a few others. They needed to do it quickly and just wanted to unload the responsibility of them, so they just gave them away. We have her going to a person's farm about 20 or so miles due east of Kansas City where she will be well taken care of until we can make that move to the Branson, MO. area. We have an "advisor" who lives close to where she is going and already looked the place over with my wife to make sure it is safe and a comfortable place. Dakota is a gentle soul that was rescued by the elderly woman and former daughter-in-law because she was WAY underfed and neglected. Her ribs were almost busting through her skin. But she is much , much healthier and in very good shape now.

Well, better get outta this rocker and *snap fingers* get to it! You all have a bright and healthy day and I'll see you later!

John Masters

April 01, 2014 - Msg 97306: Happy April Fool's Day, y'all!

possum under a rock

April 01, 2014 - Msg 97307: Ok TOM, I'll be nice about the Indians, "Not The BIG House" a guy likes a peanut butter sandwich now and then, and a cold glass of milk to wash it down. I hear they don't have peanut butter in prison, and I kinda like a carefree day now and again so I'll behave! As long as Asa doesn't start anything, maybe I can get him to root for the Indians too, since in Utah I don't know who they root for there...

I was just thinking earlier... April Fools Day should be a Washington DC holiday, they have their quota of those kind of folks down there. I'm just sayin'... Do I get a YeeHaaw Cowboy JM?


April 01, 2014 - Msg 97308: YEEHAW, G-F! LOL!

I completely forgot it was April Fools Day! Guess I'll be careful what I believe on the internet. You know someone is bound to be reported as "died" or something else.

Tea with cups, sugar, sweeteners on the table. Have a good lunch!

John Masters

April 01, 2014 - Msg 97309: How wonderful, John Masters!! So happy to hear that you are giving a good home to Dakota. :) Want an old donkey to keep her company? (kidding)

Making lasagna tonight at Erin's request. Ya'll come on and eat.


April 01, 2014 - Msg 97310: They just don't make baseball announcer like they used to...

Also, I forgot to tell John Masters, since he's a horse owner now, he has to learn ALL the words from the "Rawhide" song.. "Saddle up, move'em out RAWHIDE"!!.....Maybe change your handle to John "Bat" MasterSON.... Just a thought.....G-F

April 01, 2014 - Msg 97311: Time to wrap it up here, everyone. I hope you all had a good day. Think I might go watch them change the marquee at the theater or maybe just a bottle of pop at the fillin' station.

Y'all have a great night and I'll see you tomorrow!

John Masters

April 01, 2014 - Msg 97312: Sorry, Boo and G-F, your responses didnt come up when I just signed off.

Boo - DONT even kid about that! LOL! My wife wants a whole stable when we get settled in Branson! Shhhh! Tick a lock!

G-F - I'm more of a "Rifleman" man myself. No theme to learn, buy sure wish I couldve rode out to the McCain ranch!

Ok, NOW I'm scootin'. Good nights to Ro,TOM,SPOT,Possum,Lucy,Asa,PH,MDC,Maude and all you others that make the scene! Maybe I'll throw a saddle on Dakota and gas 'er up, chickie baby!

John Masters

April 01, 2014 - Msg 97313: sound like someone going to hit the hey toning

April 01, 2014 - Msg 97314: Howdy, porch. It has been a perfectly gorgeous day here. It's 83 at 5 pm, sunny, with high thin clouds, and a light, springy breeze. Eddie came by yesterday evening and edged everything in the yard, then came back today and mowed. It looks so pretty! There's fresh young foliage on just about everything now, more tulips are opening every day, there are five irises open and lots of buds rising. There will be many more. The roses are covered in young red leaves, and canes will start jutting out soon. A beautiful bluejay came in and tried to claim the seeds on the ground beneath the feeder as his own, chasing off the smaller birds. That worked until a pair of squirrels came in like gangbusters, ran right over him and sent him squawking up into the trees. They let the little birds come in and feed, and didn't bother them. The squirrels are gone now and the bluejay is back, but he's sharing with some doves. Of course, they're as big or bigger than he is, so we'll see whether he's learned his lesson when some smaller birds come in. I tell you, it's a jungle out there!

Well, Joe is coming tomorrow, we'll put some petunias in the big island bed and maybe spot a few around in little surprise clumps here and there in the rest of the yard, and that will be about all. The irises will do their spectacular thing, the roses will join in the hydrangeas and azaleas will contribute (though they are few) and all in all, it will be enough. We cut my crape myrtles back for the first time ever, so I'm anxious to see what they do. They hadn't been blooming very well, and I'm hoping that heavy pruning will scare them into doing a better job. I guess we'll see.

Time to go feed Toye Starr. She has moped a bit today, after getting her Lepto inarculation this morning. Seems to be feeling a little sorry for herself. She'll be fine tomorrow. She wasn't very hungry this morning, but I'll bet she'll eat now. Then I've got to get my little ESL class outline done for tomorrow, then it's iced tea and TV for me! Blessings, all. --Romeena

April 01, 2014 - Msg 97315:
John Masters, I have a surprise for you.

from Poor Horatio

April 01, 2014 - Msg 97316: Won't he be surprised.. Yes, PH you ARE the porch informational Guru. And now, JM you know the rest of the story ha!...G-F

April 01, 2014 - Msg 97317: Hi Porch Friends, Long time no see. Just checking in to see if anyone can shed any light on this nonsense article about Andy Griffith's widow demolishing the house he wanted a museum in. Did anyone else read that? What's the story? Haven't read the archives here yet. Hope you and yours are all doing well.
Charlotte Tucker

April 02, 2014 - Msg 97318:
PH--those lyrics sound a lot like "The Legend of Clarence, er...Wyatt Earp!" or maybe Barney's Lawmen song! ha
Well, howdy CHARLOTTE Tucker!!! You've been gone waaay too long. I have mot heard of such a thing! perish the thought. I'll have to do me some googling!
Night to all,

April 02, 2014 - Msg 97319:
So JM, is it ten,...or eleven shots? ha

April 02, 2014 - Msg 97320:
After reading Charlotte Tucker's Msg 97317, I did some searching on the internet. Apparently, the demolition permit was obtained way back in March of 2013. And according to , the demolition occurred in May 2013.
I have always wondered why Andy Griffith seemed so reclusive later in life considering the public activities and displays that occur in Mount Airy on a regular basis. With Andy living about 300 miles to the east, I thought he would make more public appearances in Mount Airy.
For some insight into the private life of Andy Griffith, read the comments that appear at the end of that link I posted. Some of them may surprise you just like they surprised me.

from Poor Horatio

April 02, 2014 - Msg 97321:!!! CHARLOTTE TUCKER!! Where on earth have you been, girl! Don't be such a stranger. Had not heard about the news item you mentioned but will take a look at the link PH posted.

Today is Sean's 19th birthday, can you believe it? Time sure does fly. We are taking him out to his favorite steakhouse tonight and I am taking a cake to work for him to share with his friends today. :)


April 02, 2014 - Msg 97322: PS-John Masters, I wont say another word...except, remember that horses to not like to live alone, so a donkey may very well be in your future. ;)


April 02, 2014 - Msg 97323: A very wet and rumbling Good Morning to you all!

Had a real bed shaker of a storm pass through in the wee hours and more are firing up to roll in later. Need the rain, I'll say that!

PH - Well rope my feet and call me a calf! I had no idea "The Rifleman" had words! I guess I better learn 'em!

Charlotte Tucker - Hi Charlotte! Pleased to make your acquaintance. I'm John Masters. Never shared the porch with you, but look forward to meeting new "porchsters" all the time!

MDC - Went right over my head. Ten or eleven?

Boo - Happy Birthday to Sean! Wish I could drop by for a sliver of that cake! And yeah, I dont think Dakota will be alone for along once we move. She will make friends with where she's going now. Quite a few from what I understand. More horses, pigs, sheep and a couple of dogs.

Y'all have a great day and I believe I'm gonna break out the rowboat and paddles with what's supposed to be coming. Hopefully, Henry Bennett won't drop by and jinx the boat!

John Masters

April 02, 2014 - Msg 97324: Happy Wednesday porch, rocking from a minute from work. getting better but still not much energy. seems like at the end of the work day I am pretty wiped out. guess my energy will come back soon.

a lovely sunny day on my end of the porch. supposed to warm up to around 80 today. can't believe it is already April.

good to see Charlotte Tucker back for a visit.

guess I had better get back to work.

Picnic at the Myers Lake for lunch today! ham and cheese sandwhiches,potato salad, SLAW, pickles,
chips. brownies for dessert. a big jug of sweet tea or lemonade to drink.

Prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

April 02, 2014 - Msg 97325: HEY MAUDE! Great lunch! Thanks for getting the tea this time! I hope you bring plenty as I will have seconds on everything you listed.

You get well now, ya' hear!

John Masters

April 02, 2014 - Msg 97326: Hey y'all! Boo, wish Sean a Happy Birthday from possum-19?? Wow-where does the time go?

Beautiful weather here,so gonna get out from under my rock. Y'all have a great day!

possum under a rock

April 02, 2014 - Msg 97327: Your right Boo, time does go by fast, my youngest will be "32" next week...Seems like not that long ago she was just "31"..ha! Make sure Sean gets to order from the adult menu this year..

JM, Isn't that PH a peach of a fella? Who would have known "The Rifleman" had words to the song. Yep, his education was worth every penny! And back in the day you got a lot for a penny...

PH, As for your link for Charlotte there was a lot of negative talk about Andy wife's decision to tear down the house, I can hardly believe Andy wanted a "Museum" in that house seeing how private of a person he was, especially with such a fine Museum & statue dedicated to him in Mt. Airy. His Friend Emmett Forrest's collection is second to none. Andy gave him ALOT of things over the years. So my opinion is a museum in Manteo was unlikely. Maybe the old house had a lot of spiders under it so that's why it was torn down. As for all the negative comments about Andy & Brisco Darling said: "A man's entitled to his opinion"! It would be hard to live up to the standards of Andy Taylor and having everyone hound you all the time for autographs and such. I think she was protecting his right to privacy. All I can say is, I was at the statue dedication back in 2005 Andy looked weak, but when he got up on the stage and gave his speech he "ROCKED" the place!! If I can figure out how to do it, I have a video of it and I'll post it sometime...

By the way, Charlotte I'm Goober Fife, I have been rockin' here about 2yrs. Right PH?