April 17, 2014 - Msg 97576: Was just watching the cave episode yesterday and Barney and his bat egg compelshion. Makes perfectly good sense to me. That episode addresses to of my biggest fears. Confined spaces and bats. I don't cotton to either one and avoid them both whenever I can. I remember when I was a young feller. I had applied for a job with Ma Bell. And was offered a job with them, then I found out most of the work would be done down in vaults. This was at a time when all the phone lines in this area was going from overhead lines to underground stuff. I told the person I had a real problem with confined spaces and he told me I probably needed to look elsewhere for employment. Probably worked out for the best.

How much refrigerant can you put in a two ton unit? Is that a "cool" question or what GF? :)

Speaking of such.... I'm off.


April 17, 2014 - Msg 97577: But not until I tidy up around here.


April 17, 2014 - Msg 97578: Good sweep Asa....How much Freon could a friend fetch if a friend could fetch "free" Freon? Especially that R-22 stuff it's like buying gold!

If the Professor had some of that, they would have had come "cool" times on Gilligan's Island right MDC?


April 17, 2014 - Msg 97579: I just love "Gilligan's Island." It's so goofy, silly and campy that it's funny, and fun. In an early episode, they took inventory of the items they had salvaged from the Minnow. It was a little pile that would have fit on my kitchen table. In subsequent episodes, for years, they put on plays with outlandish costumes, homemade but elaborate sets, powdered wigs, tophats, and all. They built really impressive huts and furniture out of bamboo and palm fronds. The radio never just wore out, but was frequently restored to life after Gilligan smashed it somehow. They ate pineapple every day, but in one ep, they were all about to die for lack of Vitamin C, and Gilligan had one lone orange, which caused quite a stir. Who needed an orange with all that pineapple around? In one story, the skipper sent Gilligan to "pick lobsters." I never did understand that. "Pick" lobsters? Like one would pick peaches? One more thing. I want to know where they bought their clothes, or what they were made of. In all those years, under adverse conditions, the colors never faded, they clothes never wore out, I don't think Ginger so much as lost a sequin. Amazing. Wish I had known about those clothes when my kids were growing up.

Well, back to my sorting and stashing. I've about got the dining room cleared out and cleaned, and the living room just has a few things left to put away. Then I've got to tackle the bedrooms. Anybody want to come help? --Romeena

April 17, 2014 - Msg 97580: "they clothes?" Where did that "y" come from? --Romeena

April 18, 2014 - Msg 97581: Swoosh Asa good job...well hello all...on the night shift tonight...busy here..double tomorrow and then off to Gatlinburg Tenn for 3 days...cant wait...hey Romeena,G-F,possum,maude,Boo and all...well like I said let me get busy...back before morning...prayers...SPOT

April 18, 2014 - Msg 97582: Good Friday morning porch creatures. I pray you are all fine and dandy. And Good Friday it is. Any big plans for Easter? I have some. You wanna know what they are? I can't tell ya! But they are BIG! Big ain't the word for it. :)

Kinda quiet on the porch yesterday. I cant hear your ammenamies.

Here's my TAGS trivia question for the day.
What is better than a mules nose?


April 18, 2014 - Msg 97583: How do you do,Asa and fellow Porchsters? (Them is my ammenanees)

Good observations about "Gilligan's Island", Ro! I watched it growing up,and even as a "dumb kid", I had enough sense to know that the batteries in the radio shouldn't have lasted THAT long!Yeah,where'd they get all that stuff? And WHY did they carry it on a 3 hour boat cruise? Ha!

Asa, I could take a guess,but I don't believe my answer to your trivia question would be correct!
Gonna pass to the fellers..

Hope everybody has a blessed Easter! Love to all..

possum under a rock

April 18, 2014 - Msg 97584: SPOT, Gatlinburg? I love that place! Along with Pigeon Forge real nice area. We may try to go back this year before the "season" comes in. I'm not big on crowds nor is Mrs. G-F. A lot of good eatin' places there too, Applewood Farmhouse & The Old Mill restaurants are good they are in Pigeon Forge. Have a good time buddy....

Asa, Have fun too with your "BIG" plans....If "Big" ain't the word for it, how about "stupendous" or "megatrosus" or you could just use "BIG" to describe it, that's easier to remember. Sorry I used ain't... I Promised TOM I wasn't going to say ain't no more, so I arnt not going to say ain't no more haha....

Romeena, I think Sherwood Schwartz wrote Gilligan's Island for all those people who love to overanalyze everything, just to drive them nuts! Don't ya know they kept resupplied every week by all the things that washed up in the lagoon and the Island fairies would air drop things to the all the time too... haha....
I think it was a show to just escape all that was going on at the time... No thought required for that 1/2 hour....

April 18, 2014 - Msg 97585: G F stop taking the crazy little pill whos to late you gong crazy.

April 18, 2014 - Msg 97586: Good morning, porch. Asa, I believe Andy remarked that "a kiss on the jaw" felt better than mule's nose. Personally, I think it would depend upon who was doing the jaw-kissin' and whether the mule was a kindly old friend or an ornery pest. I've known a mule or two in my day, and quite a few horses, and I can tell you, when the animal is a friend, and is inclined to allow such familiarities, there is nothing quite so soft and velvety as the nose of a critter of the equine persuasion.

G-F, I think you're right, about Gilligan's Island. It was written for pure fun and entertainment, and the outrageous illogic of it all just added to the fun. I thought I'd fall off my chair when the skipper and Gilligan pulled that rickety wooden crate out of the lagoon. It was so flimsy that they opened it with their hands, and inside they found coconuts, wrapped and packed in newspapers. DRY newspapers! My newspaper, encased in a plastic bag, cannot endure a very light misty rain on my driveway without becoming waterlogged, but those newspapers rode around in ocean waves in a decrepit crate, and emerged dry. Funny! And how about the gorilla, native of Africa, who appeared on their Pacific island? And then disappeared. And the giant spider. Folks, I'd have found a way to blow that critter up, or drop a boulder on him or something. I don't like a half-inch spider, let alone one as big as a Volkswagen. No, on Gilligan's Island, he just sort of goes away, out of sight, and they're fine with that. Ya gotta love the show!

Well, got to get busy. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 18, 2014 - Msg 97587: Yep, The Crazy train left the station along time ago with G-F on board haha, I kinda like to think of it as relearning how to not take things in life as serious as I did in the past, sorta like the "If I had to live my life over again" by Nadine Stair... She wrote it at age 85 I think, so I really didn't want to wait that long, I would like "make it" to my 80's....
My book would be " A Bird (in this world)'s Eye View of life... Yes, I would eat more ice cream but I really don't like going bare foot to much in the Spring or Summer... But I do like seeing a bat now and then ;)....

Off to fight the "Wal-Martians".. Wish me good luck... G-F again...

April 18, 2014 - Msg 97588: For those who are interested: http://www.wunrn.com/news/2007/03_07/03_12_07/031707_poem.htm

April 18, 2014 - Msg 97589: Just checking in...haven't been on the computer much these days...just other things to do. Hope you are all having a good week reflecting on the death and resurrection of Jesus. How he loves us!

Wow, wonder what those big plans of your's are, Asa? Since my mom is now home (with St. Susan) and she is having her son and his family at her house, I think I will just have supper here with my family and Bruce's mom. Not even sure what I will cook. Maybe a roast that I can have in the oven while I go to church. Guess I had better start figuring it out since it is already Friday.

Now that my kids are older, no easter egg hunts to go to or anything, although I am sure Erin will want to color some eggs for fun. Her dad can take them to work for lunch next week. That's usually how it works. I bought a chocolate bunny for each of the kids..it's tradition. :)

Better go put the clothes in the dryer and start another load.


April 18, 2014 - Msg 97590:
Although I have watched some Gilligan's Island, I was not a big fan of the show. I noticed other illogical facts about that show.
Why were multi-millionaires Thurston and Lovie Howell taking a three hour cruise when they had their own yacht?
Also I do recall an episode where Thurston had a suitcase full of his money. Why did he bring that along on a three hour cruise?
And for a deserted island, they sure had a lot of visitors show up that were able to leave.

from Poor Horatio

April 19, 2014 - Msg 97591: Good evening, porch! I watched Gilligan today, and Mr. Howell was cooking dinner, wearing a big puffy white chef's hat! I love it. PH, the outrageously illogical occurrences on the show were designed, I think, deliberately - just to make it funny. When I mention the oddities, I'm not trying to be a "spotter" - it's just a comment on the comedic illogic on that particular show. Natives visited the island occasionally, and the professor always knew at least a little of their language. Thurston not only had a suitcase full of money, he seemed to have an endless supply of choice vintage wines and such. He had a full dress suit, complete with tophat. Lovey had an astonishing wardrobe, including big, bulky straw hats with huge flowers on them. Why did Ginger take off on a three-hour cruise on a tiny boat, while wearing a sequined evening gown? Where did they get that big iron pot the girls cooked things in? Where did the professor get the lab equipment - dishes and tubes and such? And gorillas on a Pacific island? A surfboarder who rode a "reverse tsunami" all the way from Hawaii? The whole thing was just pure camp - never intended to be believable. The sheer ridiculous aspect of it was the whole idea. I got my biggest laugh, I think, when they pulled that crate out of the lagoon, and it contained the dry newspaper packing material, as I mentioned earlier. Oh, and when that "magic" ring granted Gilligan's wishes, and he wished for ice cream, the professor explained it away by saying it had fallen from an airplane or a cruise ship. Uh-huh. Gallon containers of ice cream fall out of airliners all the time, I'm sure, or off of ships. And when that ice cream hits the warm Pacific waters, it would bob around for hours and wash up on an island, still frozen. I love it!

Well, better get to bed. Tomorrow I have to make a cake, and a fruit salad, and make some deviled eggs, all to take to Eloise's on Sunday, for dinner. Got to color eggs as well. I don't know why I still do that, but I just can't let the habit go. The eggs are so pretty, and I'll make up a basket of them to take over there as well.

Blessings, porch. --Romeena

April 19, 2014 - Msg 97592: Well gang gona finish up here at work at 5am..home to snooze..Then Miss Martha ans I are going to head to Gatlinburg for a ever needed road trip till about wed...nice place downtown on the strip..indoor and outdoor pool...car show..will check in as soon as we arrive..prayers for us a safe trip...SPOT

April 19, 2014 - Msg 97593: SPOT, Be sure to say: "Hello Dolly" to Dolly.....

April 19, 2014 - Msg 97594: Hi All
Will my siss is home from the hosp and is doing o k.
Thank for all the prayer.
HAPPY EASTER for tomorrow.


April 19, 2014 - Msg 97595: TOM, Nice to hear your Sister is home and doing good, like Dorothy on Wizard of Oz said: "There's no place like home!.... To recover....G-F

April 19, 2014 - Msg 97596: Good afternoon, porch. I just had to come and sit down for a spell. I've been on my feet in the kitchen for the last three hours, and my back is demanding an explanation. My Clementine cake is in the oven and smelling good. The fruit for the ambrosia salad is all drained and is chilling in the fridge. I boiled four dozen eggs, and am in the process of coloring three dozen of them. The fourth dozen will become deviled eggs.

My plan was to use the ones that cracked during cooking, for the deviled eggs. There are always six or eight that crack, and since you don't color those, I usually put them in the fridge and eat them in the next day or two. Well, wouldn't you know. Since I had a definite plan for them this time, guess how many cracked. One. Yep, one, and it was a hairline crack. So that left me to choose eleven perfectly beautiful, dye-able eggs and just wantonly crack them! Wasn't easy, believe me.

It's so beautiful here today. It's 76, light breeze, very hazy sky, and beautiful sun that breaks through at intervals. My flowers are just rejoicing, I can almost hear them singing. There's a huge, flame-orange amaryllis blooming beneath my window, four big trumpet flowers - so pretty. Irises are abundant now, and still more buds coming on. Petunias are really coming on, they're loving the cooler weather, when it's usually pretty hot here by now. If they can get their roots established before it gets too hot, they'll make it into the summer.

A committed pair of squirrels are living in the nest box in the tree just outside my window. I don't know if they have babies yet or not, but I doubt it. The little mama will run the male off when her babies are born, and right now, he's hanging around pretty steady. They are so cute. Little love scenes now and then, lots of nose rubs and play chases.

Well, back to my eggs and cake. Blessings, porch! --Romeena

April 19, 2014 - Msg 97597: Romeena.... I'm not sure but I think I can smell that Clementine cake clear over here....Wait, No, I think it's my new citrus air freshener...Darn!!


April 19, 2014 - Msg 97598: Good Evenin' Porch,

Happy Resurrection Day to you all! I think this May be my favorite day outside of Christmas as this is the day that we have a promise of a tomorrow.

Howie Fice, I like Hazel. It was a good show.

I've been watching Father Knows Best on Amazon Prime. Seeing Elinor Donahue made me sad that she left TAGS early. I read that she had a 3 year contract but left after 1.

Romeena, your cake sounds delicious.
Tom, I'm glad your sister did well.
Boo, I am doing a full Easter basket for 2 of the kids. Michaela told me that though we always sent gift cards for her mother to buy her and Nick baskets, apparently she didn't. So, I bought her one and Bryson has his so though they are 18 (M) and 16 (B) I made full baskets for them. I sent Nick's to him for graduation.
Spot, do you have Comcast for internet? If so, when it rains, do you have problems?
PH, I feel the same about Gilligan's. It's too ridiculous.
Asa, are you going to see your grandbabies?
Big Maude, are your kids coming home?
GF, my FIL said he's getting some warm weather this week. Y'all enjoy it!
Possum, I hope Miss Laci has a nice Easter.
MDC, I'm back on FB.

Well, I hope y'all have a very blessed Sabbath tomorrow.


April 20, 2014 - Msg 97599: Good evening, porch. Well, the cake is finished and smells wonderful. I put a glaze on it, made of powdered sugar and orange juice, and I don't think that will hurt it one bit. I'll let y'all know how it tastes tomorrow. Made with pureed whole Clementine oranges, almond flour, eggs and sugar - very odd recipe, I'm quite curious about it.

Eggs are all colored (they're so pretty!), fruit salad just needs marshmallows and sour cream added tomorrow, and I made 36 deviled eggs. Eloise is baking a ham and some sweet potatoes, Brittney is bringing green bean casserole and some brownies or cookies, and I think Eloise is cooking some corn as well. Sounds like we'll eat well.

I'm thankful every day for Eloise and her family. My life changed drastically when Dale passed. With one son already living in Florida, and both girls living at least four hours away, only David was left here, close enough to me for frequent contact. That would have made my family gatherings a bit small. He and Brittney married just two years after we lost Dale, and Eloise immediately just drew me into her family's orbit and it has worked out so well. She loves to do holiday meals on the holiday itself, and I don't mind at all. I'm used to doing holiday celebrations on other days, because of my years at the hospital. So we usually have two holidays - hers on the day, and mine on the nearest weekend. My family is then free to have their holiday with their spouse's family, and then come to me on that "off" day. Eloise and Jerry always join us as well, so it's one big happy family, times two! Can't beat a deal like that.

Well, I am beat to the socks, and am going to put my aching body in the bed, for some much-needed rest. Services in the morning will be quite special. I would urge everyone, if you don't have a regular church home to attend, find one nearby and be there tomorrow. Lucy is right, Easter is important. In fact, it's almost more important than Christmas, because had Jesus not gone to Calvary, and then -- actually arose from the dead -- we would have no foundation for faith. His resurrection is our hope. The Bible calls him the "firstfruit" of the resurrection. We shall all be raised one day, just as he was. Like the disciples, on Friday and Saturday nights we may be sad, but weeping only lasts for the night. and JOY comes in the morning! Blessings, my precious porch friends. --Romeena

April 20, 2014 - Msg 97600: Hope everyone has a blessed Resurrection Sunday!

-Sterling Holobyte

April 20, 2014 - Msg 97601:
Hi Porchsters, I really try to put my "all" into services from Holy Thursday thru tonight's service when several teens and adults were baptized! All that Jesus did for us from the last supper to the agony in the garden, to the scourging, to the cross is amazing; which is why whensomeone tells me that there are many ways to heaven, I just say, then why did Jesus go thru all that?
ALLELUIA! he is risen. I'm sure our rev is enjoying it in heaven this year for sure!
RO and others...Yes, Gilligan Island is just pure schick, and I heard
Sherwood say that in an interview. The first few episodes they tried to put Ginger in an SS Minnow dress, etc, but then they realized it had nowhere to go, so they just went crazy after that. I love the bamboo sewing machine. ha And in one promo, the girls dance on stage to a real phonograph!!
Mary Ann (Dawn Wells), the only living cast member said that they really liked dream sequences and such because they could dress really different!
LUCY--good to see you. Prayers continue.
Prayers for all. Enjoy Easter with your families!

April 20, 2014 - Msg 97602: He is RISEN!...The Tomb is EMPTY...HALLELUIA!!! Everyone have a blessed day....

Thanks Lucy, we had a beautiful day yesterday and we are suppose to have a warmer one today, the "SON" is already out Halleluiah!!


April 20, 2014 - Msg 97603: Where's your porch.....


April 20, 2014 - Msg 97604: Mine is closest to #40....G-F

April 20, 2014 - Msg 97605: Happy Easter to my Porch family!

possum under a rock

April 20, 2014 - Msg 97606: CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY! ALLELUIA! --Romeena

April 20, 2014 - Msg 97607: Good Easter Sabbath day porch family. A special day it is indeed as we contemplate the life, the crucifixion, and the resurrection of our Lord and Savior and His gift of immortality that He has provided for us. He lives!


April 20, 2014 - Msg 97608:
I could never understand the big deal about the sacrifice Jesus made by dying on the cross. Then this morning, I watched Joel Osteen on television, and his explanation made it abundantly clear for me. It brought me to tears and made me finally understand after so many others have tried but failed. Even though Joel is not an ordained minister, he is the only preacher I enjoy listening to.

from Poor Horatio

April 20, 2014 - Msg 97609:

April 20, 2014 - Msg 97610: Hope everyone has a blessed day. I am at home with Erin this morning..she has a case of diarrhea. Oh, poo! (pun intended). ;) No easter sunday service for me but I will listen to some good bible teaching on my ipod and I just sang "Christ the Lord is Risen Today!" in the kitchen while I was doing some chores. ha I have some BBQ chicken and baked beans slow-cooking in the oven and potato salad in the frige, along with a chocolate and a lemon pie. It will just be us and Bruce's mom for lunch. St. Susan and her family decided to go to their church lunch and then will spend the day with mom. I sat with her for 4 hours yesterday and had a good visit. She is doing really well...much more in her right mind since coming home and is walking with her walker from the chair to the bed, etc. Yay!!! That's a big deal for us. :)

Here is a verse of scripture that I came across today in my study, that I thought was good for Easter sunday, as we remember what Christ made possible for the world. The apostle John, as he received the Revelation: "After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nation, kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothes with the white robes and palms in their hands".~Rev 7:9


April 20, 2014 - Msg 97611: Boo... In the Mom book page 27, "This too will pass" (pun intended also)...
I keep smelling a citrus smell, sorta like Clementine's...Drat, it's that air freshener again!....G-F

April 20, 2014 - Msg 97612: MDC, in Msg 97601 regarding your comment about Gilligan's Island, you claimed that Dawn Wells is "the only living cast member". According to the Internet Movie DataBase, Tina Louise (Ginger), is still living at the age of 80.

from Poor Horatio

April 20, 2014 - Msg 97613:
Oh, yes, PH...how could I forget Ginger!!! ha
Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

April 20, 2014 - Msg 97614: I was just on facebook looking at MDC's Easter pictures...his Dad looks wonderful and his wife Cecile is lovely. You're a lucky guy, MDC. ;)

Been a pretty calm Easter here. Lunch was really good. I have a new recipe for you, Asa. Super easy and goo-ood! I decided to BBQ chicken in the oven since no time to do it on the grill. I just bought cut up chicken (thigh and leg quarters, and breasts..bone-in), seasoned them with salt and pepper, put them in a roaster pan and added about a 1/2 cup of water to the pan. I covered them with foil and put in a 300 degree oven for 2 hours. After 2 hours, I basted them with KC Masterpiece sauce and put back in the oven, covered for another 30 minutes. After that, I took them out again, basted again, increased the oven to 375 for the last 15 minutes of baking. Boy, it was so good...the meat just fell off the bones and it was so moist. Easy recipe and very good. You could do a lot with chicken this way. You can put rice, mixed with mushroom soup and lipton onion soup and chicken broth in the bottom and lay the chicken on top and bake,too...really good.

Already had my shower and ready to take it easy..the kitchen is clean and Erin is showered in her pjs. Sean got home safely from San Antonio...he and his friends ended up going to Sea World. They ate at the Alamo Cafe' yesterday and loved it. Have you every eaten there, Ro? I didn't care that much for it the last time I ate there.

PS-Yes, G-D, it passed and she seems fine now. :)


April 20, 2014 - Msg 97615: Good evening, porch. Home from Eloise's, had a great day. Grandsons are always fun, and Eloise's little great-granddaughter, Braelynn, is a trip and a half. She's four, going on sixteen, and is absolutely convinced that the world exists solely to meet her every whim. Her mother, with exquisite patience, is slowly making her aware that once in a while, other people have needs and wishes as well. The child is cute as a bug, and very sweet, she's just at that "all about me" stage. Can't help but love her.

The Clementine cake was a bit of a disappointment. It wasn't nearly as good as I had imagined it would be. Sort of bland, needs something, but I'm not sure just what. David said it tasted like orange cornbread, and he's not far off the mark. I may make it again, but I'll be tweaking the recipe somewhat, if I do. Like maybe substitute a lemon for one of the oranges, and maybe think of a spice that would add interest. Got to think about that.

Yep, Boo, I've eaten at the Alamo Cafe and must admit, I wasn't just blown away by it either. It was good, but I wouldn't drive clear across San Antonio to eat there. Of course, it's been years. It may be better now.

I hope Erin is all recovered from her upset, poor little thing. Those old bugs can sure make you feel miserable.

Tom, I'm glad your sister is doing well. The recovery will likely take a while, but at least she's off to a good start.

Well, I'm tired. Think I'll go cuddle up with Toye Starr (she's tired too, after playing with Bentley, and dodging Braelynn all day) and she didn't get her usual nap this afternoon. So, she'll be ready for a cuddle while I watch the Britcoms. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 21, 2014 - Msg 97616:
PH--that was my "alleluia" up there after your post
about Jesus. That was all that came to mind at that time; what
I really wanted to say is that those "ah-ha" moments in one's journey of faith are the ones that you will always
remember!!! :)
BOO--thanks for the compliments! My wife is in her 40s, and admits it! (just paraphrasing Emma's line!)ha Dad will be a REAL 96 in two weeks!

April 21, 2014 - Msg 97617: Boo, I hope Erin is feeling better(loved your pun, btw :D).

Hope everyone had a nice, blessed Resurrection Sunday, remembering what Jesus did for everyone by dying on the cross, and His triumph over sin and death on this day.
Satan, your days are numbered. And you know it. HE is coming again soon.

Got back from the Mall Of America last night. We took Kai and one of her friends from school. I made the mistake of suggesting we break up the visit by leaving Friday morning, staying overnight, and then having some of Saturday as another day of shopping, going on rides, whatever. This was instead of the original plan of going up Thursday night, going straight to the hotel, and then spending the entire day Friday doing all of it in one day and then driving home(4 hour drive).
By my plan, after spending most of the entire day on Friday there, I admitted to the wife that we should've went with the other plan, as I was so worn out already that I couldn't see doing it all again on Saturday.
But, we got through it and thankfully that is all over. I was so glad and anticipating going to church today to hear The Word after being in a place that only seemed to be there to help people worship things.

-Sterling Holobyte

April 21, 2014 - Msg 97618: The Mall of America...I have heard of it, and it sounds like my worst nightmare! LOL..poor Sterling. Glad you survived and lived to tell us about it. The things we do for our kids. ;)

Ro, I made a kind of orange bread one time from a recipe and had the same experience...bland. Not what I expected. Not sure how to remedy that. Lemon might help, as you suggested.


April 21, 2014 - Msg 97619: Morning Porch family, just dropping by for a minute from work. not going to rock for long this morning.

I hope everyone had a blessed Easter Sunday. spent the morning in church, then out to lunch with the family. Patrick headed back to Cookeville for his last 3 weeks of undergraduate school. we will go down for graduation which is on
May 10th. He has been accepted there for graduate school so he will be home for part of the summer before he goes back to school in August. We encouraged him to go on to graduate school(if that was in his plan)now rather than waiting until later when he has work, bills and a family to consider.

A beautiful day on my end of the porch, sunny and supposed to warm up to about 77 this afternoon.

Lunch will be: a chicken salad sandwich,chips, Mr.Cookie Bar. tea or lemonade to drink. everyone

Prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

April 21, 2014 - Msg 97620: Thanks Maude for the Mr. Cookie Bar.. I'll need that for my late afternoon pick-me-up. That chicken salad sure tastes good on that salt-risin' bread too.....G-F

April 21, 2014 - Msg 97621: I see G F talking all the Mr.Cookie Bar!


April 21, 2014 - Msg 97622: TOM....I'll share, but NOT with them dogs....G-F

April 21, 2014 - Msg 97623: Big Maude my end of the porch warm up to 78 right.
G-F what dogs there no dogs in mayberry f\running a round!.


April 21, 2014 - Msg 97624:
TOM, you posted "no dogs in Mayberry". Did you forget about our SPOT?

from Poor Horatio

April 21, 2014 - Msg 97625: I'll share with SPOT too, just not those yappin' one's Opie brought home. Maude, I may need more Mr. Cookie bars, SPOTS a hungry buzzard, but I think he's in Gatlinburg...A lot of good eating places there so he should be Ok....

TOM it got pretty warm here too, I even got some sunburn on my face working outside today... I'm thinking it's time to shave off the winter beard so's I don't have "white shadows" on my face.
If the philosophy in my posts change, that's the reason why...


April 22, 2014 - Msg 97626:
96 on my end of the porch today! Ouch!
TOM, I'll bring some Mr. Cookie bars too.
I think that Maudie is selling them to pay for
tuition!! haha
Can I assume that no porchsters have snow any more? It was a long winter for you folks.
Looks like we may be in for a long summer! ugh.
Prayers for all,

April 22, 2014 - Msg 97627: 96 degrees, wow. It has only been getting into the 80s here. I know it will be in the 90s soon, though.


April 22, 2014 - Msg 97628: Good Morning porch!
MDC: what a brilliant idea. selling Mr.Cookie bars for tuition money. wish I had thought of that sooner. guess they would sell better than miracle salve. lol

back to work now. everyone have a blessed day.
Big Maude

April 22, 2014 - Msg 97629: Maude.... But look at all the uses for Miracle Salve, maybe sell both? John Masters can grease down "Dakota" when he visits her, to keep the mange away. I'll bet Boo would buy some too, I hear it would make Bernie's coat all slickity. I bet Asa could use it to lube all his belts & pulley's. I'll buy some to grease down my bird feeder pole..... Maybe throw in a Mr. Cookie bar as a BOGO offer? ...Just a thought....


April 22, 2014 - Msg 97630: Prayers to all on the porch .I hope everyone had a blessed Easter .PH I am glad you got the meaning .
MDC, SPOT ...Nascar is looking good so far this season ,but a long season to go

April 22, 2014 - Msg 97631: Good afternoon, porch. Just got back from picking up Toye Starr from the vet. I took her out there early this morning, and left her to have her teeth cleaned. She was so nervous and scared, poor little thing, just shaking like a leaf. Dr. Mike always gets to her first, because she gets so upset, so I picked her up at 1:30. Still shaking a little, looking very distressed. She doesn't understand why I deliberately take her and leave her where people do dreadful things. Of course, she's under sedation while they do the cleaning, but she knows something happened, even if she doesn't know what. She hasn't gotten three feet away from me since we got home.

We're at 82 right now, will probably hit 85 or so before sundown. Beautiful day, just a little vagrant breeze now and then, and the irises are really putting on a show out there. So pretty.

Well, guess I'll go get in my chair, and get my "little trembly one" in my lap and let her settle down and take a nap. I might just do the same. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 22, 2014 - Msg 97632: Poor little Toye Starr...I hate to think of the little sweetums getting so scared. I know it has to be done, though.

It's only in the 80's but my dogs think we are having a heat wave. They are so active all the time, playing and chasing after birds, squirrels and bugs, that they get hot. We have had such mild temperatures that they just aren't used to it yet.

Doing laundry and such...better get back at it.


April 22, 2014 - Msg 97633: Good afternoon, porch. Toye Starr is feeling a little more perky. The sedation is all gone by now, she ate a little, and had a good nap. I know, it sounds like I'm talking about a child, but I don't care. I earned all my "mom" buttons over the years, and went through all the ups and downs that are common when raising children. Now they're all adults, people I actually like as well as love, and I'm free to spoil Toye Starr and not have to worry about her choices or decisions. All I have to do is love her. With a pet, the biggest downside is their relatively short life, and that's a biggie. However, I'll buy the 12-15 years of fun and affection, with the grief that comes if she goes before I do, and consider myself blessed. I thought my heart would break when I lost the Plum, but it was worth every tear, to have her for nearly thirteen years. She was such a joy.

I've got five squirrel boxes in the trees out back, and there squirrels in at least two of them. I've seen them, so I know they're in there. The other three boxes aren't visible to me from my window, but I do see squirrels in those trees, I just can't see if they're going in the boxes. What fun! We'll have baby squirrels in a few weeks. I don't know anything any cuter than a baby squirrel, especially when it follows mom out of the box for the first time. They cling to the tree like velcro, obviously terrified, and mom has to do a lot of coaxing to get them to move a little bit. In few hours though, they're scampering around with ease. Too cute!

Boo, do your dogs like water? I was just wondering - if they do, they might enjoy a little kiddie wading pool full of water on the hotter days later on. Sure would help them stay cool. You may have already been doing that, but I just thought of it.

Well, I'm hungry, and have no idea what I'm going to have for dinner. Maybe I'll just open some soup and make some cheese toast. That's quick, easy, I have everything here. and I like it. Yep, that's what I'll do. The hard part is choosing between vegetable and tomato soup. I like 'em both! Blessings, friends. --Romeena

April 22, 2014 - Msg 97634: For the love of Mike Romeena, Do it. Do it! Open a can of soup. Make some cheese toast. JUST DO IT! :)

Boy, I don't know what I did but I threw my back out yesterday. Now I am walking crooked. My Doctor can't see me until Thursday morning so I am just laying around feeling sorry for myself. I get pretty onery and winey when I hurt my back. Thank goodness I have found a doctor who can manipulate my pelvis back into its proper place and get me feeling better in a quick fix. I just wish he could have seen me today. But he's out of town. Of all the unmitigated gall. Go out of town without a thought of me. LOL

MDC, they said we might have a dusting of snow down here on the valley floor tonight. Big cold front blowing in right now. Temps are supposed to drop 30 degrees tonight. Got my nerves all tucked in though so I should be good.

Well I reckon I'll watch a little tv, take a muscle relaxant, have a hot bath and go to bed. Yes siree Bob. That's the plan. Tv, pill, hot bat h, b e d.....


April 22, 2014 - Msg 97635: Ro, St. Susan has a tall palm tree in her backyard that was planted by the previous owner, and squirrels often make their nests in the top of it. A few times, babies have fallen out and it is a terrible thing. It happened last weekend and Susan called me over. I could tell the little thing wasn't going to make it, so I put it in a pet carrier with a towel and put it in a quiet room, instructing Susan to leave it to God, that the poor little thing was dying. It was so sad. She wants to have the tree cut down and removed but it will be very expensive and they just don't have that kind of money to spend right now. I told her that her husband should rig a kind of squirrel net around the trunk of the tree to catch any little ones that fall. He probably wont do it, but I think I would if the tree was in my yard.

Ro, I always put out a kiddie pool for the dogs but only one will get in it. For some reason the other lug-head is afraid of water. Our dog Ollie, gets in often to cool off, though, or I find him sitting in the donkey trough. :)

Very sorry about your back, Asa. That's miserable! Hope you get your "pelvis manipulated" soon...(I don't think I've ever said that to anybody before).


April 22, 2014 - Msg 97636:
Isn't "pelvis manipulation" what Elvis Presley used to do? harhar
ASA- now you--just do it!! ha
MD--good to see ya!
Sterling- in 2004 my dad and I flew back to Mpls to see the rels there one last time for him; and
HE wanted to go see the Mall! Couldnt belive it, an
amusment park etc, amazing! We did about one fourth of the place.
BOO and RO-we had a hurt pigeon in our backyard last week. I tried to help, but it wouldnt let me near,
so I put out food and water, and next day he was gone! God did his thing.
God bless,

April 23, 2014 - Msg 97637: Good evening, all. Asa, I did it, only I opted for a cream soup instead and skipped the cheese toast. Had a couple of Easter eggs instead. Not exactly gourmet fare, but it was filling, and tasty enough. I'm so sorry about your back. Believe me, I understand about that. I'm glad you've got somebody who can put it back in place for you. I wish mine could have been fixed like that, but when the whole sacral plate falls apart, with bone fragments everywhere, no amount of manipulation is going to help. It's fixed now though, thank the good Lord.

Boo, it's funny how some dogs love water, and others can't stand it. Robbi has a golden retriever who would stay in the surf at the beach all day - just loves it - and Toye Starr starts paddling her feet before I ever lower her into the sink, into five inches of water, then sits and looks like a dying calf in a hailstorm throughout her bath. She hates it!

It's so sad when a little baby anything - squirrel, bird or anything else - falls or wanders from their nest. Usually, they don't make it. A baby squirrel fell from an oak tree in my parents' yard years ago, and broke its back. Its little back legs just hung limp, but there was a tiny bit of motion it its little tail, so my mom had hope. Daddy built it a little cage, and they kept it in the house. It became quite a pet, would rest on my mom's shoulder for hours at a time. Daddy would shell pecans and hand-feed it. It lived about a month, but as it grew, more problems developed. Its body was growing, down to where the break was, but the lower body didn't grow. Finally, blood appeared in its urine, and it was very lethargic, and quit eating. I convinced my folks to let me take it to Dr. Mike, and he put it out of its misery. I brought it home and buried it in my backyard, as I had promised my mom I would do. They grieved for that little squirrel for several weeks. They both had such tender hearts. Lord, how I do miss them sometimes!

Got to teach my little class in the morning. I haven't prepared anything for them, I think I'll let them read a few paragraphs out of our workbook. They like to do that, and it always sparks questions and discussion. Pronunciation problems come to light, and they like to work on that. As one very lovely, refined-looking lady said, "I don't want to sound like a campesina or a pueblerina. She meant she didn't want to sound like a hick. She's got a very long way to go, because she's just begun to learn the language, but she's come a long way, too. It's so interesting, working with the class. There's that lady, nicely dressed, lovely hairstyle, manicure, everything. She speaks very little, because she doesn't want to sound backward. Then there's another one, overweight but comfortable with it, laughs all the time, cheerfully mixes Spanish and accented English, murders all grammatical rules, and doesn't care. She just wants to learn more English words, and she'll jam them in somewhere. I have no trouble understanding her, but she'll never speak polished English, and doesn't really care. The other woman is intent on perfecting her speech. I say - there's room for both of them. The easy going one would be a wonderful neighbor, in her own way, and the perfectionist would be as well. I'm proud to call them both my friends.

OK, I'm off to bed. Blessings, porch! --Romeena

April 23, 2014 - Msg 97638: "...like a dying calf in a hailstorm..."...that's funny; don't think I have ever heard that expression before. :)

Sweet story about your parents, Ro. My folks were always like that, too. I never saw my dad grieve so hard as when they lost their little lap dog, Holly. It was rough.


April 23, 2014 - Msg 97639: Asa, Sorry to hear your achin' "Can I get my Aleve back yet?"... Hope you get to your Doc and get a pelvic "manipulation emancipation" then you can proclaim it manipulated! Anyhow, hope you can get some relief soon... TV, pill, hot bath, bed, and don't forget Chicken Soup too...It does a body good as they say...


April 23, 2014 - Msg 97640: Good morning, porch! G-F, you are a bird in this world. I'd just love to meet you one of these days. If you and your good lady ever come to the Dallas area, please call me. I'll cook you up something good, and we can have a lovely time.

Well, I've got electrical problems out in the back yard. Last night, as I was sitting here at my window, I saw all the line-power lights around the perimeter go out. That meant the pond pumps were off as well. I checked the GFI, which is on the wall in my sunroom, and it was tripped. I reset it, and it came on, stayed about five seconds, then tripped again. At that point, I figured it was trying to tell me something, so I left it alone. Then I realized the low-voltage lights along the perimeter were off as well. They're mixed in with the line-power lights, but I've never noticed them both going out at the same time before. I can't figure it out, unless the transformer for the low-voltage line is on that main line, and I've just never noticed before that they all go out at once. This morning, the GFI would reset, and is still working. Of course, all that's running right now is the pond pumps. The lights won't come on until dark. I've got a call in for Ted, so it will get fixed.

Well, gotta run, or I'll be late for my class. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 23, 2014 - Msg 97641: Got a lot to say on this end of the porch, so I will try to make it short. Probably won't succeed, but will try.

First off, I am getting pretty tired of restarting the furnace. Think it is getting warmer, and then, nope, more cold. Geesh! Why did we have to move back to Wisconsin?! I am beginning to think we should have just stayed put in Hawaii on one of our trips there.

Secondly, do any of our nurse practitioners know what "atypical pneumonia" means exactly? I went to the doctor the other day being that the wife wanted me to get checked out for my cough that wasn't going away, and that's what the doctor said she was "going to call it". What I thought, or hoped, was going to be a simple checkup for some minor inflammation, turned into me having to breath some medicine from a nebulizer thingy for about 20 minutes and then get some chest x-rays.
I probably should've waited a day to see my regular doc, but true to my form, I wanted to get the doctor visit over asap. I really didn't know who I was seeing yesterday, being that there were two nurses doing stuff, and then the doctor(I think she was a doctor) and one other lady for the more "official" stuff. At least if I went to see my regular doctor it would have just been her and the nurse. She is also more straightforward but in a more comforting, familiar way.
So anyway, after the xray and we went back into the exam room, the doctor(and her shadow) showed me the xray and where there was more "gunk" in there than she'd like, but she couldn't call it pneumonia because I didn't have any other symptoms of that and it wasn't as bad as pneumonia. She also kept referring to "him"(didn't say who that was but I am guessing it is the radiologist who will look at the xray), saying that she thinks "he" will call it negative for pneumonia. That's when she said she will call it "atypical pneumonia" and said we should treat it. So she prescribed some antibiotics and sent me on my way. Speaking of which, I have to remember to never take a pill before I eat or when I eat, because I did that today and had some nausea which wasn't fun. Last night I had eaten about an hour or so before I took the pill, and I was fine then.
And I have to see all these people(I'm guessing) in two weeks for a followup. That will teach me to not go to my regular doctor.

Thirdly, Kai had stayed over at my wife's mom's house Sunday night seeing that she didn't have school Monday.
...that is all.
No, actually it isn't, I was just kidding.
What happened was that on Monday I was wondering when Kai was going to be home, when I found out that she and my MIL had gone to the movies. Now, Kai may be 13, but I still like to know what movie people are taking my daughter to, and ideally be asked beforehand. But I let it go until last night, when I asked Kai what movie they saw. Kai said "Noah" and then started to tell me about it. I just slightly groaned, cutting her off, and asked her if she knew that that movie is a fictionalized... highly fictionalized version of the story of Noah, and reiterating that her grandma needs to ask us first before she takes her to see a movie. Well, like a teenager, Kai got mad at me and telling me that yes, she does know, and that it was her, not her grandmother, who wanted to see the movie. They were going to see Rio 2, but she changed her mind when they got there. She wanted to tell me more but I cut her off again, stating that I didn't know why she would want to support that by paying money to see it. Well, she got mad at me some more and even didn't want any ice cream that we were going to get.
On the way home, I told her that I wasn't saying what I was saying to be mean or anything. But that I simply want her to know the biblical truth, which I figured she should know anyway since she goes to a Christian school. She said, in her typical teenager defensive form, that she does!
When we arrived home, she went straight up to her room, and the wife asked me why she was mad. I told her the story.
My wife just smiled slightly, and slightly embarrassed. She said that Kai and her had talked after she saw the movie, and I didn't know that, and Kai had told her how really bad she thought the movie was, and how it didn't fit at all with the story in the Bible.
Boy, I sure felt like Andy when he asked Barney how he got his big foot in his mouth. I was humbled, slightly ashamed, but at the same time proud. I went up then and there and apologized to Kai for not having more faith in her.
Of course, being a teenager, she pretended to ignore me, but I hope something got through.

Fourthly, does anyone know of a good router that would be good with a Mac, and could handle a lot of different devices? Our internet went out... well, actually it was disconnected since forgot to pay the bill. But when I got it reconnected, it worked for a while, but then went out again, even though all the lights on the modem and router we on. Called the cable company that we get the internet through, and we tried a bunch of things, but none of it worked. But we did determine that if I bypassed the router the internet would work, though since it wasn't one of their routers, I would have to call the router company that made ours, and they provided a number.
So I called the Cisco company, and all they told me was that in order for them to provide support, since our warranty was up, I would have to pay them to get the tech support OR I could buy a new router from them and they would ship it for me free. ...oh boy.
I said, no thanks, and told him I would try it on my own or else I would get a different router. He was very insistent on why I should not try to work on it myself and when into another long spiel on why I should let them sell me another router. I listened since I couldn't get a word in edgewise, and then repeated that no, I will do it myself. He finally gave up.
Because of him, I probably will not be getting another router of that brand if I can help it. I didn't like his attitude, and I didn't like that they couldn't even give me suggestions on what to do unless I paid them first.
Anyway, so after scouring the internet(bypassing the router of course) and trying different things with the router settings and even resetting everything, I have to admit that this router is pretty much shot. Now I am on the lookout for a router that can handle the desktop, laptop, Roku player, my wife's ipod, Kai's ipod, and the neighbor who steals our wi-fi signal.
Just kidding on that last one. I always keep the security pretty tight.

Well, that's about it for now. I will have to post this to see how long it actually is.

Hope you all have a good day!

-Sterling Holobyte