June 12, 2014 - Msg 98162: Howdy, porch. Got home late from Bible School, because they had lunch for the workers after all the kids had (finally) gone. This has been quite an experience. Very tiring for us old gals, but still a lot of fun. Cute kids. I told you about the tiny girl with the big glasses. Well, there's another cute one. This is a little African-American boy, named Lucas. His skin is honey-brown, his hair is cut very short, he has huge, wide-set brown eyes, and he wears big round horn-rimmed glasses. His eyebrows are in a perpetual state of elevation, like something has just surprised him. He looks just like Henry Hawk, the little chicken hawk that used to bedevil Foghorn Leghorn. He's very smart, very loving, and he's my friend. Samantha, she of the skinned elbow yesterday, still thinks I'm the cats, and stuck very close. I love it. Fernando grins and ducks his head every time we make eye contact. I'm gonna miss these kids!

My SIL's surgery went well. I didn't go to the hospital, because my brother is with her. She'll go home in the morning, and then he has to go to work, so I'll go sit with her tomorrow afternoon. As for me today, my CPA called and my tax return is ready. I've got a refund coming, so will go by there and get it signed and mailed this afternoon, then have to be at the church at 5:15 for Family Night. First I'm going to relax and stretch the kinks out of my back, in my big chair. I'll have to set an alarm, or I'll fall asleep and miss everything! Us old folks do that sometimes. Blessings! --Romeena

June 12, 2014 - Msg 98163: No, no, don't thank me for sweeping. Floyd had swept up most of the litter a couple of days ago, so it only took a minute. --Romeena

June 13, 2014 - Msg 98164:
Just a real quick hello tonight. Had a busy day.
Friends are in town!
GF--glad you had a good trip. I was there one time in the 70s, and just seeing the rolling fields is amazing.
RO--may your reward be great!! :)

June 13, 2014 - Msg 98165: Good morning, porch! Boy, do I feel good today! I didn't have to get up with the birdies this morning and go to Bible School, so slept very late. It was one of those times. You know, when you find an unusually comfortable spot, and you just sleep like a baby. Sure does refresh the mind and body.

My SIL will be home from the hospital around 2, so will head out and go over there for a while, so my brother can go to work. He's a jeweler, does a lot of custom, original design work, and has projects waiting. Customers are not concerned about his wife's surgery, they want their jewelry! He does absolutely beautiful work, very creative, and very high quality.

Correction - that should have been "WE old folks" up there in 98162. I know better, but sometimes common usage trumps proper usage. Anyway, I imagine you knew what I meant.

Oh, MDC, I've already had my reward. The shy, myopic smile from little Bean Nose, the snuggling close by Lucas as we sat in opening assembly, the quavery, whispered "thank you" from Samantha after I bandaged her little elbow, and hearing myself addressed as "teacher" by tiny voices - oh, my. Who could possibly need more than that?

I put out fresh critter feed this morning. The mix included about six peanuts in the shell. I came back in and sat near my window, and suddenly five - five - huge, quarrelsome bluejays just seemed to fall from the sky. There was an immediate battle over the peanuts, with one bird grabbing one, another pursued him and rammed him in midair. He dropped the peanut, which was immediately snatched by a third one who flew like a bullet with his prize in his beak. The other birds then proceeded to enter mortal combat over the remaining peanuts, and soon there were no peanuts, and no birds. Where did they come from, and where did they go? Looking out there now, there's not a bluejay in sight, but you can bet if I put out more peanuts, they'd reappear. I can only conclude that the trees must be nice and full, whether I can see the birds or not. Amazing.

The doves have about cleaned up all the corn from the mix, and now there are mostly little sparrows, getting the small millet seed that the other birds ignore. I've got some sunflower seeds, will put them out this evening, and the cardinals will come. Oh, and here comes a battalion of squirrels. They're late this morning, not going to find much. I love this window!

OK, gotta run. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

June 13, 2014 - Msg 98166: Romeena, Sounds like you are having the whole animal nation over for dinner... Speaking of dinner, I'm making a big pot of green beans, taters, & bacon. Since Mrs. G-F doesn't eat it I can put all the onions I want in it...Right Romeena? So come on over, the waters fine....I know SPOT is in....

Boo, Haven't seen you on, you doing Ok, or as good as can be expected I should say...


June 13, 2014 - Msg 98167:
G-F, one major fact about the Civil War remains ... it wasn't very civil.
Have you seen the entire Ken Burns documentary titled The Civil War when it aired on PBS? I was mesmerized by photographic evidence and the haunting music.
When you have some free time, go over to YouTube and search using "American civil war veteran" as your key words to view many old films of real Civil War veterans. I believe that last one to pass away did so in 1958.

And now, let us go back 150 years or so to a time in American history when sibling fought sibling and neighbor fought neighbor. And in spite of all the hate that divided the two sides, a Presidential amnesty program offered forgiveness to everyone who participated in hopes of giving them all a chance to heal.

from Poor Horatio

June 13, 2014 - Msg 98168: Yes, G-F, I am doing ok...thank you for asking. :) I have been staying pretty busy the last couple of days so my mind is occupied. My sister's Christmas For Kids charity is having its big fundraiser this weekend and they are selling shrimp at the local Shrimp-O-Ree festival. They do it every year and usually I am the one to babysit Mama while the preparation is done, but this year I helped peel a BUNCH of shrimp last night. It was fun sitting and visiting with friends from my sister's church. Today I have been doing cleaning and laundry, grocery shopping, making dinner and cookies for the kids, and keeping Susan's granddaughter, Emily today and tonight. I just had a shower and now I am beat...its a good kind of beat, though. I have been missing Mama off and on this evening, but that is to be expected.

I have some really good news to share about Sean, MDC, but may have to wait till tomorrow to do it. It is going to take a little time to relay.


PS-Thank you for the lovely card, Ro. Very kind of you.

June 14, 2014 - Msg 98169: PH, Very moving & haunting video, yes I saw Ken Burns series, he does very good work on all he touches.

Boo, I bet while you were peeling all those shrimp you were like Forrest Gump thinking of all those ways you can cook shrimp. I heard that scene was adlibbed, both actors just kept rambling on all the ways to cook shrimp so they left a lot of it in.


June 14, 2014 - Msg 98170: Good morning, porch! I just got good news - my grandson is coming to spend a week in this area, and will be making my home his home base. He's doing some contract work in the area for David, and will stay here at night. This is Heather's oldest son. He'll be a senior at Southwest Texas State next September, and is on an internship with Fox News in the Houston area. He wants to be a sportscaster, and seems to be on track to make it happen. I haven't seen him much in the last few years, especially since he left Fredericksburg to go to school, so I'm really looking forward to this chance to spend a little time with him.

That white hibiscus out back has covered itself with huge white flowers again. I'm going to get a picture of it and put it on Facebook. It surely is pretty! The red one in the raised island is blooming too, but only about three flowers. Lots of buds, so I may get a good show out of it in a day or two. The potted one beside the walkway has a lot of buds, but they're very tiny yet. It needs another week or so. I've forgotten what color it is - pink, I think.

OK, off I go. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

June 14, 2014 - Msg 98171: Romeena, That's great you are going to have your Grandson staying with you for awhile. He can practice his sport casting in your back yard.
...We have Mr. squirrel on second, he's trying to steal third, but wait, Mr. Blue Jay stole the peanut and is heading for the pond... The whole battalion of squirrels are out of the dug-out ready to take on the Blue Jays, it's gonna be a hot time at the "Fish" pond tonight!....
Or something like that haha...


June 14, 2014 - Msg 98172: Yes, G-F, while peeling the shrimp, I could hear someone reciting Forrest Gump! hehe


June 14, 2014 - Msg 98173: G-F, you are a bird in this world, and I'm so glad you decided to join our porch. You're a treashuh! --Romeena

June 14, 2014 - Msg 98174: Thanks Romeena, Just tell your Grandson if he gets into the "Big Time" he will never look at doing a Cardinals & Blue Jays game ever the same again...haha Just tell him it's a "Bird in this world's" eye view of the game...


June 14, 2014 - Msg 98175: Yep, G-F is a good egg. :)


June 14, 2014 - Msg 98176: Just watched the civil war video that was posted...wow...how terribly sad. Hard to imagine a war of American against American.

MDC, I wanted to tell you about Sean. Last week, he was having a tough time..dealing with Mom's death and some other anxiety issues. He really had been hating his job and detailing cars was just not what he wanted to do anymore. He loves the people he works for, though, and hated to leave them. He was really in a state, trying to figure out what to do, so I prayed with him and asked the Lord to make the way clear and open the right doors. The next morning I called Texas Rehab (thy help people with learning and other disabilities) and I talked with a counselor about getting help for Sean. They told me he would qualify and they would set up an appointment for him to help him get the schooling/training he needs for a career. I told him I thought it was time for him to....


June 14, 2014 - Msg 98177: decide what he wants to do with his life and start working toward that goal. He was still stressed about leaving his current job but faith was working in his heart. Later that day, I called my good friend Rose (who is the owner of the dealership Sean works for) and explained the situation and how stressed Sean has been over the thought of leaving them to pursue his schooling. She told me that she had talked to Sean not long ago about doing just that and that she didn't want him to be stuck detailing cars all his life. She was so sweet and talked about how much she and her husband appreciated Sean as an employee because they trusted him. She said she would talk to her husband about keeping Sean on part time. Well, the next day, Sean went in to work, and his boss Bill called him into the office and told him that he would no longer be detailing cars. He said the boss wants to keep him and that he is willing to do anything Sean needs to do that. He offered him a different job, doing just what Sean likes to do, at the hours he wants. He was also told to have nothing to do with the pushy salespeople who had been putting so much pressure on him. Bill told him he could come in when he wants, and that he could have a 3 week vacation this summer. Also, they have a nice golf cart that the employees used to use to get around the lot, but some had driven it recklessly, so the boss wouldn't let anyone drive it. The boss had the golf cart cleaned and spruced up and handed the keys over to Sean, to be used exclusively by him to get around the place. Good grief, it was all Sean could have of dreamed up and more. Obviously Rose and Ronny (the owners) really want him to stay. What a blessing. Thank you for your prayers for Sean. :)


June 15, 2014 - Msg 98178:
WOW BOO! That is really great! It reminds me when I was working at a small Pharmacy while going to Phoenix Community College. I knew it wouldn't be there all
my life, but I had made such an impression on the owner that he let me use his fancy Chrysler to deliver prescriptions instead of his old beat up "delivery car!" That is very cool!

June 15, 2014 - Msg 98179: and the Chrysler had AC!! :)

June 15, 2014 - Msg 98180:
Boo and G-F, I'm glad you had the chance to view that Civil War summary with the haunting music I posted in Msg 98167. I have one more shocking fact about the Civil War. Historians have been revising the death count for decades after the war ended. At last count, they estimate that 720,000 died. That is more than the total of ALL the previous wars that the United States has participated in.

Boo, I also was concerned about Sean when you hinted to us about his current troubles. I am glad to hear he will be getting assistance with his studies. And I'm also glad to learn that his current employer is showing their appreciation for Sean's performance by not only changing his job functions to something he is more interested in, but to also offer him flexible working hours and his own work vehicle. I hope these changes work out well for him. Who knows what the future has in store for him ... maybe a co-ownership of the dealership someday? My wife and I are in the market for a newer vehicle. If we lived in your area, we would definitely stop in to see Rose and Ronny and tell them that it was Sean who sent us. If I were you, I would consider mentioning their business on your Facebook page. Also, since the golf cart is for his exclusive use, why not create or purchase a customized plate with Sean's name for the vehicle?

from Poor Horatio

June 15, 2014 - Msg 98181: Boo, PH's idea on the customized plate thing sounds like a good idea, it could say: D-A-R-E "Director of Automobile Refurbishment & Embellishmentation".. Yep, that sounds just right!....


June 15, 2014 - Msg 98182: Way to go, Sean and a very Happy Father's Day to all of our Porch Daddies!!

possum under a rock

June 15, 2014 - Msg 98183: And RIP Casey Kasem. Being a music lover, he certainly provided me with lots of entertainment & joy over the years.
" Keep your feet on the ground & keep reaching for the stars.."

possum again

June 15, 2014 - Msg 98184: Happy Father's Day, all you dads. What would we do without you?

Boo, that news about Sean sounds wonderful. Who knows where that path may lead? God is good.

Eloise is having everyone over to their house this evening for dinner, for all the dads in the family. It has to be late, because - if you can believe - both Landry and Hudson had baseball tournaments this weekend, including today. It's bad enough that they ignore Sunday and play anyway, but on Father's Day? David has registered his disapproval of the Sunday games and practices, and basically was told he had the option of pulling his boys out, but their registration fees would not be refunded. How far we have come.

I'm taking ambrosia salad, as always. The whole family likes it, I always have the ingredients on hand, and it's just a given that I'll bring it. Sure is complicated and hard to make though - opening all those cans of fruit.... (hahaha)

My small plumeria is going to bloom! It's stalks and branches are so skinny, I think it discourages the squirrels that might consider climbing it to eat the buds. The bigger one is more tree-like, and they'll climb it without hesitation. Any bud that dares to try to open is immediately nibbled off. Scoundrels!

Oh, I did put the pics of the hibiscus on Facebook, if anyone's interested. It is a pretty thing!

Well, guess I'll finish the fruit salad, get dressed and head on over to Eloise's. Blessings, everyone, and once again - Happy Father's Day! --Romeena

June 15, 2014 - Msg 98185: Oh, good grief! I just did the very thing that makes me cringe when I see it in print! "It's stalks and branches"??? Should be "Its stalks and branches." That's one of the most common errors you'll see in print, and I just did it. All the misplaced apostrophes are common, but "it's" is the most frequent. Maybe now I'll cringe less and be more sympathetic when I see that in print. It's really easy to do, and I just did it. I try to be so careful, but I missed that one. --Romeena

June 15, 2014 - Msg 98186: Please don't worry about grammatical errors, Ro, because we all make them from time to time and none of us wants to feel paranoid about them. It is bound to happen when we are typing. :)

Happy Father's Day to all you Dads. I was keenly aware that my Dad isn't with us this year or last, but I tried to help the kids make this a special day for Bruce. He got a really neat rolling padded stool for the garage. It can lower down to a height that is comfortable for working on things low to the ground and has a little tray for tools on the bottom. We also had BBQ for lunch.

Ro, that bothers me to think of the way so many things are scheduled on Sunday these days. Things certainly are changing in this country. It is disturbing. I am currently reading a book on the history of the early church and the persecutions of such. It has been so hard for most generations of Christians to live in this world, as Jesus said it would. We have had it so easy, but it looks like the tide is turning.


June 15, 2014 - Msg 98187: Potato or Patato, any way you spell it it's still makes a good French fry...Just sayin' haha....G-F

June 16, 2014 - Msg 98188: Sorry, folks. I didn't intend to make anyone feel uncomfortable with my self-chastisement over an error. As Boo said, we all make them from time to time. I know I do, and usually just roll on past them. It's just that particular one that really bugs me when I do it. It came up in my ESL class during our last session before summer break. They were asking me about it, and I explained it to them. They know that ('s) is possessive - like "the cat's paw" but wanted to know why the personal possessive pronouns didn't use the apostrophe. Try to explain that sometime to a group of people who possess very limited English. Since the possessive is formed in a totally different way in Spanish, it's really a reach for them to grasp the concept, and we spent nearly the whole hour on it. So, that's why it irritates me when I go and make the error myself.

When I'm reading here on the porch, I read for content, I'm not proofreading. If there are typos and errors, I don't notice them. I usually don't even proofread my own writing.

Well, my grandson is due in here at any moment. He'll stay the night with me, then go on in the morning out to Terrell, the other side of Dallas, to do some contract work for David. Another grandson is coming tomorrow night, and will be staying the rest of the week. I'll only see him at night, as he'll be working for David as well, but at least we'll have a little time to visit. Yippee! I love having these young folks around, their energy is inspiring.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

June 16, 2014 - Msg 98189:
Hope all our porch dads had a good father's day.
I thought of REV today, and how all these days must be tough on his family.
Keep them in your prayers. Thanks.
G-F--Poor Dan Qualye will take that to his grave, wont he? Maybe his epitaph will read "I know there's no E on the end!" ha
RO--have fun with the kids!
BOO--glad you were able to have a good time with Bruce.
And tell Sean that I am very proud of him!! :)
Oh, our Joanna Moore was in The Fugitive tonight!

Good night all,

June 16, 2014 - Msg 98190: Well, I have my grass mowed, plants watered, critters fed, trash out at the curb, my sweet tea made, next off to the Wal-Mart for groceries... It's a fun day...

Romeena, I know you will "Specialize" on those Grandsons, just don't whack them to hard with your wooden spoon, sometimes those elbows just get plum worn out from a long days work and need a table to rest on...hehe Bread!...MEAT!...TATERS! I'm sure they are well trained in their mannerizations... (spell check is questioning that word) it's in my G-F dictionary along with "Embellishmenation" hehe.... So don't worry about any spelling errors, ...It's all good here.

Asa, Have not heard from you for awhile, I know you must be busy. I may have to fire up the A/C for the first time today, it's been pretty mild so far.

Possum, I saw that about Casey too, Sad maybe he can have peace now...I liked his ending quote...


June 16, 2014 - Msg 98191:
GF--my spellcheck doesn't like exactillioso, kleptermaniac, inarculation, or emPATH-ty! haha
By the way, in the ep Mayberry on Record, during the
drugstore scene there is a sign behind Ellie that says "Diced Cream." Anyone know what that is?
Perhaps a southern thing?
ASA must be busy getting those AC units working.
Our new one is working great!
Possum, I too heard about Casey Kasum. Now he and Dick Clark are reviewing the songs in heaven. :)
Have a good week,
Prayers for our world,

June 16, 2014 - Msg 98192: Good morning, porch! Yeah, I kind of feel sorry for the spell-checker thingy. We do sort of have our own language here on the porch, and many of the words wouldn't appear in anybody's lexicon. I have to admit, "embellishmentation" was interesting, but I knew what G-F was talking about, so who cares? What shall we call our language? How about Porchese? Any suggestions?

Well, I smell coffee, and it smells a bit burnified, guess I'd better go check. I made coffee for my grandson, and am pretty sure I didn't turn the thing off. Oh, phooey.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

June 16, 2014 - Msg 98193: Porch-eguese! (Get it??)

possum under a rock

June 16, 2014 - Msg 98194: Porch-eguese: A act of watching & talking to geese while sitting on a porch....

Burnified: A overdone pot of coffee...

June 16, 2014 - Msg 98195: To answer your question MDC to what diced cream is.....


June 16, 2014 - Msg 98196: Hahaha! Porch-eguese! I love it.

As for "diced cream" - I guess that was an idea that didn't catch on. Kinda weird. Personally, I like my ice cream dipped out of a home freezer, preferably hand-cranked, and full of fresh, ripe peaches. Now that's something that would make me hurt myself, because I would eat my fill, regardless of my diabetes. In my opinion, that's what insulin is for. Now before anyone starts tsk-tsking, be aware that my A1C levels remain at or below what the endocrinologist considers acceptable. It's very simple, I just got over any reluctance to stick my finger for a test, and have no fear of the insulin needle. It's not unusual for me to inject four or five times a day, with the dose being variable, depending upon what I'm planning to eat. A bowl of homemade ice cream - 6 units. A big bowl, or seconds, 10 units. Might not work for everyone, but it works for me.

Guess I'd better go get some groceries. With a 21-year-old grandson coming tonight, to be here and working hard all week, I need more food in this house than I normally stock. He's going to be a walking appetite when he gets home each evening. Fortunately, like all my kids and grandkids, he's not picky. He eats anything. Good thing, because I've never been a short-order cook. I know some moms and grandmoms will do that, but it wasn't done for me, I didn't do it for my kids, and my grandkids were brought up the same way. Put it on the table, and they'll eat it. Still, when I know their preferences, I'll honor them. Since I need cereal, and know he likes HoneyNut Cheerios, that's what I'll buy.

OK, I'm off to see the wizard. Blessings! --Romeena

June 16, 2014 - Msg 98197: Good Monday evening porch. just stopping by for a minute to visit.

looks like the porch has been busy. I haven't been by in a day or so. Mr. Maude and I are both taking a week off work this week. not going anywhere special. Thought we would just do whatever comes our way. We have contracted for our driveway to be re paved and they are supposed to start the job within the next 2 weeks. It has needed re paving for a long time. Hopefully, it will look better and make for a easier smoother ride up our hill.

Ro, hope you have fun with your grandson!
Boo, sending prayers and hugs your way. congratulations to Sean.

supper menu: grilled steaks (Patrick is manning the grill tonight), hashbrown casserole and stir fry fresh zucchini, yellow squash, chopped onion, yellow and orange peppers and corn off the cob. that mix sounded good to me so that is what I threw into the skillet. Peanut butter pie. tea or lemonade to drink.

prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

June 17, 2014 - Msg 98198:
To see the diced cream sign, cue this video up to 25:50. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA8cEdGx1tg
Now we know GF, but that ad didnt make it look too appetizing GF...a block of whatever. ha
Maude, thanks for the steak! Fine vittles.
You and RO are regular June Cleavers! ha
She always had a perfect breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and in pearls too!
Porch-uguese it is! (They speak that at the world cup too, I think!) teehee
Prayers for all our world,

June 17, 2014 - Msg 98199: My mistake, try 14:06.

June 17, 2014 - Msg 98200: Morning gang!..wow..rain has let up here...working the garden out today....lets have I-Hop for Lunch?...SPOT

June 17, 2014 - Msg 98201: Morning all.

Hey GF and MDC, I'm richer. Yup, been busy as all get out. Then woke up this morning to very cool and rain, and.... believe it or not, some snow up in them thar hills. Yessir, snow at about 9,000 ft. Sure looks pretty. Supposed to rain down here in the valleys most of the day so I may get a break from the a/c units for a day or two.

Funny you asked that question about the "Diced cream" MDC. I was watching that episode just a couple of nights ago and was wondering the same thing. Thanks for the link GF.

Great news about Sean and his job situation Boo. I hope you are doing ok. You're still in my prayers.

I hope you enjoy your vacation Big Maude. Those "staycations" are always my favorite I do believe.

Well guess I best get moving. I'm plenty behind on all my other stuff after all the a/c work.

Prayers for all.


June 17, 2014 - Msg 98202: Good evening, porch. You are looking at one tired pup. Joe got here at nine, left at four, and we worked in the back yard the whole bloomin' time. Well, truthfully, I didn't work nearly as hard as he did, and I took breaks, which he didn't, but I'm still just beat to the socks. We pulled weeds until we had a pile that filled three big trash bags. Full! There were three kinds of weeds out there, in the flowerbeds. You couldn't even see the petunias. Two of them are hateful things, growing on a central stalk, and setting clumps of seeds all over themselves. Those we had to pull, carefully, and bag up quickly to trap as many seeds as possible. Then we put down Preen to stop the ones that did fall from germinating. The third kind was nutgrass, and we didn't pull it. You can't get rid of that pestilence by pulling it because it sends those devilish little shoots along underground, and when you pull it, you just break those off and they proceed to send up new sprouts all along the length of the root. So, even though I do not like RoundUp, we did spray the nutgrass. I prefer to use corn gluten meal as a pre-emergent weed killer, but nutgrass doesn't spread by seeds, and apparently the corn gluten meal isn't effective against these other two pests. I do know that it doesn't control all weeds, just certain ones.

I then made a decision. I'm no longer going to try to keep bedding plants going in the upper tier of the raised island. The weeds are too hard to control without damaging the desired plants. So, I ran over to John's garden center and bought ten hardy hibiscus. The four I have are doing so well, it's encouraging. So now, that upper tier contains ten hardy hibiscus, in white, pink and red. Most are blooming - they were in gallon pots. The lower tier is much smaller and more manageable, so I'll keep bedding plants in it. It already has some petunias and dianthus, and I added some moss rose. All in all, it's looking pretty good right now. I'm a mess, but the yard looks good.

I feel like an old worn-out car. The driver (me) is ready and willing to get up and go, but the car just isn't firing on all eight. It hasn't been that long since I could, and did, get out there and work like a field hand, all day. I just can't do it anymore, and it's very annoying. Oh well. At least I'm vertical, and on the green side of the grass, so I shouldn't complain. Blessings, everyone. --Romeena

June 17, 2014 - Msg 98203: Thanks for those prayers, Asa. We are doing ok..been a busy day and its hot here already..wish I could feel some rain and cool temps.

One of our dogs got a swift kick from our newest donkey today and I thought his back was broken, but the vet got him back on his feet. he is not feeling well, though and is resting in the laundry room on pain medicine. I hope the little guy is better tomorrow.

Take it easy there, Ro. its pretty darned hot outside.

Fighting a headache today. I think I need about a week's worth of sleep but that wont happen. I cant seem to stay in bed without aches and pains in my back and sides. I probably need a new mattress.

Thank you Ro, Maude and Possum for the lovely cards you sent. They were a blessing.


June 17, 2014 - Msg 98204: Gosh...I sound a lot like Gladys Kravitz in that last post...teehee


June 17, 2014 - Msg 98205: Aww, poor puppy! I hope he's not seriously injured, and I hope he's learned something about donkeys.

Yes, it was hot today, and humid, and I should have had better sense. By the time I came in, I couldn't walk very well, and everything hurt. A warm shower helped some, and then I got comfortable in my chair, but started having chills. I think I had a touch of heat exhaustion. After about three glasses of tea, I started feeling better, but I'm really tired.

Tyler (Heather's oldest son) is here. I think I told you he was going to do some contract work for David. He got home a little after seven, and I flat out didn't feel like cooking dinner, so I sent him after a pizza. The best pizza in town comes from Angelo's, which is a regular Italian restaurant and doesn't deliver. They're not far away though, so we just pick it up from them. Goooood pizza!

I'm really enjoying having him here. He's such a good kid, very pleasant and easy to talk with, and seems to have his head on straight. He'll be here most of the week. Maybe I'll be more sensible tomorrow, and will be able to cook him a good dinner. All I have to do tomorrow is one home health visit and another little session on the charting procedure. Shouldn't be too tiring!

Boo, if you're thinking about replacing your mattress, check out the Tempur-Pedics. I've had one for nearly ten years now, and I absolutely love it! I was having a lot of "cricks" in my neck before I got it, and haven't had one since. I think they even have a deal where you can try it for a little while, and send it back for a full refund if you don't like it. I know they were offering that for a while, not sure if they still do.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

June 18, 2014 - Msg 98206:
BOO-cecile and I have a sleep number bed. Have had it about 15 years now, and they don't "wear out" because they are basically air! They are a little pricey, but outlast regular ones by far.
RO-glad the shower helped. a warm bath with epson salt can also do wonders.
Cecile and I hit the 38 year mark on Wed, June 18.
It has been an E-ticket ride all the way!
Well, off to bed. Only to be 99 here on Wed.!

June 18, 2014 - Msg 98207: MDC, Did you get her a watch with "38" on it? haha

Romeena, Be careful working out in that heat, even tho the mind is willing the body might not get the message, but it seems you are on the right track on cutting down on the maintenance of your garden spot.

Boo, Maybe your donkey has been watching the world cup soccer matches and just got carried away.


June 18, 2014 - Msg 98208: Hi All
It going to be hot here in the 90+ today :(
G F how are thing going up there in crazy old Cleveland, have you stay a way from there?
Rom just be careful out there and stay out of the hot weather?


June 18, 2014 - Msg 98209: Hey, TOM, it's good to see you. You're right about the hot weather. It's really getting hot here, and it's only June!

Well, can't stay and visit. Got to be at the home health office at ten, to go out on a call with the manager, and then come back and learn how it all goes into the computer. You can imagine how complicated it is, I'm sure. Since most of the visits are paid by Medicare, the government wants everything - every observation, every treatment, reduced to a code number and all this must be entered. I'm used to narrative charting, which is a breeze. You just describe what you see. This requires a whole different set of skills, and sometimes is nearly impossible. What do you do when there just isn't a number that accurately describes a condition? Yet, if it's not charted that way, there will be no payment. It's crazy.

Tyler left for work around seven, and will be home tonight by eight, hungry as a bear! Got to think of something to feed that boy. He blew through 2/3 of a pizza last night without even catching his breath. Maybe I'll broil some chicken legs, and I have some corn on the cob. Add some rice or noodles, and a salad, and that should do it. He has discovered I have vanilla ice cream and some A&W root beer, so he made a float last night. You could practically hear angel music when he first dipped into it. Good stuff! I declined, but it wasn't easy.

OK, off I go. See you folks later! --Romeena

June 18, 2014 - Msg 98210: TOM...Good to hear from you, The Indians are doing good they were on a hot streak then cooled off some, we will see how it goes in the long run.
I may go up there in July and see a game with some Mayberry friends who are coming in from out of town, we'll see... I will have to tell them as Andy said: "Just don't over expect"..haha


June 18, 2014 - Msg 98211: Morning gang.
Cool on my porch this morning. In fact, downright cold! I had 38 on the thermometer this morning and we got a dusting of snow on the ground. Crazy stuff. I am just hoping it hasn't killed my garden. Everything was doing so nice. I'll check it when I get home this afternoon. And yet they are saying we will be in the low 90's by the weekend. Go figure. I think it was Big Maude who once described her weather as being bi-polar. That fits ours spot on this week.

Don't over do it Romeena. We ain't spring chickens anymore.

Nah Boo. You don't sound a bit like Gladys Kravitz. You have been through a lot the past couple of weeks. Hang in there and keep the faith.

Well I got asked to speak in Church on Sunday. The subject is on Charity. I am open for any ideas or stories y'all may want to share. I really have a hard time speaking in a public gathering. But I need to man up and do it. Prayers appreciated just the same.

Better get moving. To cold to sit to long.


June 18, 2014 - Msg 98212:
ASA- The story of the good Samaritan comes to mind.
It has a lot of lessons, but real down-to-earth charity certainly runs thru it, even to the extent of leaving money to "cover" expenses. :)
GF--no watch with 38, but she is getting 38 roses
today. Does that count? ha
RO--are you talking ICD9 codes? Dealt with those
when I worked for the dialysis co. And yes, Medicare was the worst, plus they constantly
were changing things. Then there's the VA, but we wont
get into that! ):
Prayers for this old world,

June 18, 2014 - Msg 98213: 38 Roses MDC? You are the Man!...

Asa, Opie's charity comes to mind, why 3cents is just not enough these days... Unless you are saving up to buy a friend in need a new coat! There was a TAGS bible study done on the subject I think...
38 degrees in June?? Man that is just downright CRAZY! I suppose folks will want their heat fixed now. I Just fired up my A/C for the first time yesterday.


June 18, 2014 - Msg 98214: This might help Asa...http://imayberry.com/podcasts/category/mayberry-bible-study/

June 18, 2014 - Msg 98215: Or try this one...http://home.hiwaay.net/~thefanns/class1.htm

June 18, 2014 - Msg 98216: Thanks Asa. :) I am going to share my favorite charity story with you but I have probably shared it before...also, I am going to have to do it in multiple posts because I am using a laptop and I hate this keyboard...it is always losing my posts...here goes: Years ago (true story..probably in the 70's), a photo journalist from National Geographic was doing a story on the people in the Himalayan mountains...(cont)

June 18, 2014 - Msg 98217: While there, he stayed in a monastery with the priests that ministered to the native people there. The journalist decided to go down the mountain to the small village below to interview the people there and was warned by the priests that he must set out early and be certain that he gave himself enough time to get back to the monastery before dark because the temperature plunged quickly to deadly cold after sundown..

June 18, 2014 - Msg 98218: They also had selected a local man native to the area to go with the journalist and to bring him back safely. So, down the mountain they went bright and early. It was a productive day in the village below but then as the afternoon wore on, it was time to start the trek back up the mountain to the monastery in order to get there before sundown. About halfway there, they heard someone calling for help. They looked down into a ravine and saw a man who had fallen into the ravine, broken his leg and couldn't get out without help. The sun was getting low in the sky...

June 18, 2014 - Msg 98219: The journalist looked at the guide that was with him and said that they needed to help the injured man out of the ravine, but the guide refused, saying that if they stopped to render aid, they would all die from the cold before they reached the monastery..there just wasn't enough time.

June 18, 2014 - Msg 98220: The journalist pleaded with the guide once more but the guide refused to help and continued on alone. The journalist managed to crawl into the ravine and pull out the injured man. By this time, the sun was very low and the injured man pleaded with the journalist to leave him behind and try to save himself. The journalist refused and hoisted the injured man onto his back and began to run...

June 18, 2014 - Msg 98221: He ran hard and fast, as the sun continued to sink and the cold was nearly unbearable. The journalist could feel the hair on his head, and the beard on his face becoming hard with ice and he thought his lungs would burst. He kept running with all he had and soon it was dark...

June 18, 2014 - Msg 98222: Suddenly, the journalist tripped over something in the road and sent the injured man spilling onto the path. As the journalist got closer he saw that the thing he had tripped over was the guide who had gone on ahead. There he lay, frozen. He grabbed up the injured man, threw him over his back and continued on. He was now close enough to see the lights in the windows of the monastery...

June 18, 2014 - Msg 98223: Finally, he reached the door and the priests opened it, as he and the injured man fell into the warmth and safety. After the priests cared for the injured man and they were both warming by the fire, one of the priests turned to the injured man and said, "Thank you for saving the life of our journalist friend". The journalist looked at the priest and said, "But it was I who saved his life, not he that saved mine". The priest replied, "You don't understand, if you had not been carrying him on your back, and been forced to run, you would have died just as the guide you found on the road".

June 18, 2014 - Msg 98224: So, that is my story of selfless love. :)


June 18, 2014 - Msg 98225: Wow, thank you all for the great ideas guys and for that wonderful story Boo. Great stuff that I would never have thought of.

MDC, I neglected to congratulate you and your sweetheart on 38 years. That is great. In fact that is a testimony on charity. For a couple to still be going strong for that long I can imagine a lot of charitable acts going on on both sides. Good on you.

Yessir GF. I did hear some grumbling on a lack of heat by a few. Oh well, I told them that's life, through and through.

Better get something for dinner and then get to work on my talk. Maybe I'll start it off with how humble I am to be there, and how I come from a humble family, with humble parents and a humble home...


June 18, 2014 - Msg 98226: ...Yep Asa, Just like Barney, that would be a great way to start..hehe (you may want to leave out "honorable mayor" and the "ladies historical society" credits part tho)...

Yep being a HVAC man can be difficult at times, you try to please,...And what do you get? Heartaches....Nothin' but Heartaches!!!


June 18, 2014 - Msg 98227: Asa stop the crying like a little kid.


June 18, 2014 - Msg 98228: PS-Asa, I decided not to comment on the cold weather you are having due to the fact that I might let envy take hold and fail to show charity. If you have any really cool temps come August, please don't tell me. ;)


June 18, 2014 - Msg 98229: Oh, and Asa, don't forget to tell them that your mother was a nurse...


June 19, 2014 - Msg 98230:
ASA--thanks to your cool UTah weather, only 99 here today, unheard of for june!

June 19, 2014 - Msg 98231: Only 99...wow. :)

Well, let me share the latest donkey drama. This morning one of our neighbors from down the street was ringing the bell at six thirty to tell me that my donkeys were in her yard. The front gate was opened, but it had been securely latched before we went to bed for the night. So, I looked out an there was a sheriff coming slowly down the road towards our house and another sheriff chasing both donkeys into our gate. They were home safe and the sheriff was understanding but we cant figure out how the gate was opened. Either Thelma Lou figured out how to open it or a prankster opened it. Something opened it for two nights in a row. Its a mystery.


June 19, 2014 - Msg 98232: Any ideas? We'll call it the Jack@ss Caper


June 20, 2014 - Msg 98233: Ha Ha Boo !..saw yer post on FB Floyd !..hey gang..let me go read the archives...lots of hrs put in here at work...Miss Martha and I preasure washed the Dog house Monday.....good job on a hot day...ok back in just a bit....SPOT

June 20, 2014 - Msg 98234:
Boo- did you make a moulage? Now gentlemen, this is the gate in question. Fife, we all know what a gate is! ha What about calling it the mysterious unlocked gate case. Maybe i should be an overnight DJ in Mt. Pilot.
Spot, saw your pressure washing. Is that build-up from your rain and snow?
I hope everyone is OK. Tom, thanks for checking in.
Maybe GF and Asa headed up to the generator?

June 20, 2014 - Msg 98235:
A little something to lighten up your day!
MDC (:

June 20, 2014 - Msg 98236: Boo, That's why it's called the "Funny Farm"... Saddle Up, Move'em Out...Rawhide!.... Boo didn't want to make a big moulage out of it, but it seems like the Count may be active again....Or you may have to do a all-nite stake-out to catch the culprit...

Romeena must be busy with her Grandson, sounds like it is a job keeping up with her "Hungry Buzzard"..haha

Asa, Are you working on your presentation? If all else fails you can always talk about sin. Yep, you can't say enough about sin... Just don't make it "as dry as dust"!...

TOM, The Indians had a walk-off "Grand Slam" to win last nights game..

A lot of rain & flooding the past couple of days, I'm sure a lot of folks would like to donate some to you guys out West.