July 14, 2014 - Msg 98458: Glad you're back, G-F and that you had such a good time in Mayberry! (How could you not?!) Thanks for giving my a-men-a-knees to Floyd!

Yuck,Boo! Hope you feel better soon!

I'll take Mrs. Martha's meatloaf if nobody else wants it,Spotty! Sounds like she can cook!

Thinking of Asa and his family. My heart & prayers go out to them.

Goodnight,Porch family...love to all!

possum under a rock

July 14, 2014 - Msg 98459: How many folks can say they've had their front porch swept off by a possum?!

It looks mighty tidy,if I do say so myself!

possum again

July 14, 2014 - Msg 98460:
First of all, a belated congratulations (or condolences) to SPOT on his "sudden" nuptials. Were any shotguns involved?
As for the leftover meatloaf, save it for me. Yum yum.

Asa, my belated condolences regarding your mother-in-law. Her suffering is now over and may she rest in peace.
Also, I did some research about the Shooting Star disappearance that you posted about. The political connections and other unanswered questions make it a good mystery.
I was serving aboard a Navy ship that was cruising off the coast of San Diego around that time of the disappearance. And we were ordered to assist the Coast Guard in response to a distress call from a sinking ship. After reading your post, I thought it might have been the Shooting Star. But in our case, the entire crew was rescued.
Also around that time, we discovered what was left of a body floating off the coast of San Diego (the fishies had gotten to him before we did). He was later identified as a local yachtsman who had disappeared a week earlier. His abandoned yacht was discovered adrift off the coast of Baja California about a week after we retrieved the body.

possum, I would not brag about your sweeping. I still see some cobwebs under the porch.

from Poor Horatio

July 14, 2014 - Msg 98461: Thanks PH!...when ya just know ya just know...Possum you want to feed this bunch this morning?...I will get the sausage and country ham going....SPOT

July 14, 2014 - Msg 98462: SPOT...I was hoping for maybe some leg of lamb? No, a cold left over meat loaf sammich would be just right as long as I can get a dollop of ketchup on it and a slice of onion from your garden.

Possum, I'm glad you swept the porch, I was afraid I'd have to last night when I posted, I was beat to the socks after driving back from Mt. Airy, So thanks!....

Any word yet on Papa Bear? I got him a Mayberry post card for him so I will send it off...

By the way PH...Getting those cob webs was Gomers job so give Possum a mulligan...haha

Rommen, Those dog photos were funny, they really had a "guilty" look on their faces...


July 14, 2014 - Msg 98463: Also, I was telling Floyd about a funny story Tim Conway told when I saw him last fall. I may have posted the clip, if not here it is....

G-F again....

July 14, 2014 - Msg 98464: Good morning, porch. Funny story by Tim Conway, G-F. I'll bet it's fun to be around him. He doesn't have to do anything to make me laugh - he just "looks" funny. I don't mean he's funny-looking, not at all. I just mean that he looks funny, uh, he - oh never mind!

Boo, I'm sorry you got the epizoomies, and I'll bet you're right, you picked it up from one of the VBS kids. Kids are little germ farms, you know. You can't be around a group of them for very long without catching some really annoying bug. I wonder what causes that?

Well, I'm off to make a home health visit, and go by the office to pick up the info on another client. Gonna be a busy week. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 14, 2014 - Msg 98465: well i made it thru surgery be in hospital rest of this week using va computer have a great day and thanks for the prayers pappa bear

July 14, 2014 - Msg 98466: Good Morning porch, just stopping by for a visit.

a low key week end on my end of the porch. Mr. Maude was working all week end so I just mainly stayed home did chores read a little and cooked dinner. I like those week ends that I can enjoy being home.

I did go to Sunday School and Preaching though. Our church is getting ready to celebrate it's 69th year of being established next Sunday. I have been going to that church since I was in 3rd grade...a long time I know. Anyway we will have a special service and then a BBQ pork/brisket lunch with all the fixin's. hopefully a good time will be in store for all and visitors, family and friends are welcome!

hope your home health position is going well Romeena.

has anyone heard from Pappa Bear since his surgery?

Thanks for breakfast SPOT and Possum.
SPOT, I am glad you found someone to share your life with and that will take good care of you.

lunch menu will be: ham and cheese sandwhiches, pickles, chips. little debbie oatmeal cakes, tea or strawberry lemonade to drink.

Prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

July 14, 2014 - Msg 98467: Yay! A message from PappaBear. Sounds like he's doing well, thank the Lord.

Big Maude, just ask and you shall receive! He must have been posting at the same time you were. My home health job is going well, thank you. Just got home from a visit, went by the office and picked up another client. I'll see her this afternoon, I guess.

I think I'll have a big old salad for lunch. It's too hot for anything any heavier. Sounds like a deal to me. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

July 14, 2014 - Msg 98468: When Papa Bear said he was posting from the "VA's" computer it surprised me, maybe you should get faster treatment since they have computers. Just a observation, hope he is getting good treatment there.

Romeena, I had dinner yesterday with "Brisco" and his wife did you get to meet them when you went on the Mayberry cruise?.. Also Floyd said: "Hey to Romeena"....

Better get out and feed the squirrels & birds before they think I disowned them...


July 14, 2014 - Msg 98469: There's Pappa Bear himself-yay! Glad to hear your surgery went well-hope you breeze through recovery and get to feeling much healthier!

Now,wait just a cotton pickin' minute, PH- those spiders must've snuck in right after I swept!

And Spot- you take some of that $$ you saved by "eloping" and YOU buy breakfast! LOL (just messin' with you,ol dawg!)

I met Brisco, G-F! He was handing out fliers advertising for a wife-ha! Glad he found one!

Have a great Monday, y'all!

possum u.a.r.

July 14, 2014 - Msg 98470:
Glad to read a post from pappa bear after his surgery. One question for you if you don't mind me asking. Was your surgery performed at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center?

from Poor Horatio

July 14, 2014 - Msg 98471: Afternoon porch. I hope you are all well.

Been busy here making plans. Her funeral is on Wednesday. Thank you for your prayers and kind words. You folks are awesome. II you google Myers Mortuary in Utah you can see her obituary. Margie Klien is her name.

Yes Boo, her oldest son was an aide to the Orange County Supervisor who had just won a primary election. He asked two of his brothers if they would like to go on the cruise with him in trade off for helping out. So they did. That's how three of them ended up on the same cruise.

P.H. there was a lot of speculation about the circumstances surrounding the loss, but I think it's pretty sure thing that it was destroyed by the storm. But I have a sister in law who still to this day insists it was foul play.

Glad you survived the surgery Pappabear. Prayers for a quick and complete recovery for you buddy.

Hey Possum. You are pretty good with a broom.

Good to have you back GF. I am glad you got to see Floyd and the gang. I sure hope to get to one of those events some day. I'd really like to meet Allan in person and shake his hand. He has done so much to keep TAGS fans together over the years.

Well I best get. Still lots of loose ends to tie up.

Prayers for all.


July 15, 2014 - Msg 98472:
Thanks ASA. Here is a link for all:
Sounds like she was a great lady.
I had a busy day yesterday. My oldest sister turned 70 and we had a big party for her. Good time, lots of family.
I tried calling PB on Sat. but no answer on his cell, so I am real glad to see his post here!
Nite all,

July 15, 2014 - Msg 98473: Wow, is the Porch slow or what???

possum under a rock

July 15, 2014 - Msg 98474: Slower than a senior citizen Possum after a Sunday meal? That kind of slow? Or slow as molasses on a winter day..

After coming back from Mt. Airy and our "meet up" kinda feels like when you were a kid and had to come back home after summer camp. Knowing you won't see your friends until next year.
But there is a chance of maybe meeting Possum at Mayberry Days? Is that still on your bucket list?

Maybe Mr. & Mrs. SPOT could come up too?

TOM, It sure was hot coming thru WVA Sunday afternoon...


July 15, 2014 - Msg 98475: Thank you for posting the link for Asa, MDC. Precious woman certainly had her share of hardship losing husband and 4 sons. It is a comfort to know that she is at rest and reunited with loved ones. My prayers continue for the family, and especially for Debbie.

Have not been on the porch much but am recovering, though not a 100%. Compared to how Pappa Bear probably feels right now I am doing just great. ;)


July 15, 2014 - Msg 98476: Thank you for posting that link MDC. I am still trying to figure out how to use this kindle. Still ain't figued out posting links.

Sorry you're still feeling out of sorts Boo. Get better soon.

GF, just how slow is a possum after a Sunday dinner?

We are about to head up to the Mortuary for the viewing. Thank you for the prayers for Debbie Boo. Tonight and tomorrow are going to be hard for her physically. I hope she will be ok.

Prayers for you all.


July 15, 2014 - Msg 98477: Good afternoon, porch. Boo, I'm sorry you're ailing still. You must have had the epizoomies for sure. You know what epizoomies are, don't you? It's what most people might call the epizooties, but my son changed it to epizoomies, when he was about six. When I tried to correct his pronunciation, he said, "No, mom. It's epizoomies, because when you have it, you do that a lot. You go ZOOOM

July 15, 2014 - Msg 98478: Well, sorry. Hit the wrong key. Anyway, he said "you go ZOOOM when you're heading for the bathroom." That kid always did have a way with words. He's the same one who, at about age three, named the vacuum the "sniffer", the disposal was the "Eater-up", and a police car was a "wee-wah-woo." No problem knowing what he was talking about.

Asa, we'll be praying that God will give Debbie the physical strength she'll need for these days. I know you're doing all you can to make it easier for her. She'll get through it, and then she can rest. This too shall pass.

Pappa Bear, if you see this - know that we're all rejoicing that you've done so well, and will be looking forward to seeing you on the porch a lot, very soon.

Blessings, porch! --Romeena

July 15, 2014 - Msg 98479: G-F when is mayberry days?...SPOT

July 15, 2014 - Msg 98480:
SPOT, to answer your question, check out http://www.surryarts.org/mayberrydays/

from Poor Horatio

July 15, 2014 - Msg 98481: I hope to get to Mayberry Days this year, G-F. I'll know closer to September if I will be able to make it-sure hope so!

I'm just glad this possum AIN'T Sunday dinner! Ha ha I recollect a lot of talk about cooking possums not too long ago!

Prayers for your dear wife, Asa. God bless,friend.

possum u.a.r.

July 15, 2014 - Msg 98482:
possum, I sure do hope you can make it to Mayberry Days this year. I hear they are planning a possum roadkill barbecue.
And since you mentioned cooking possums, check out http://www.tngenweb.org/tntable/possum.htm
Don't that get your mouth juices flowing?

from Poor Horatio

July 16, 2014 - Msg 98483:
MAUDie--I forgot to acknowledge your church's 69th birthday! very cool that you have been there so long! Have a great BBQ too.
ASA- my prayers will be with you all during Wed. service. Peace my brother.
GF--thanks for saying hey to Allan for us.
Would be neat if one day we could all meet at Mayberry days!!
BOO- prayers for you too dear. Sounds like the pip. Do good to yourself.

July 16, 2014 - Msg 98484: BE good..

July 16, 2014 - Msg 98485: Happy to see you are out of surgery and doing well, Pappa Bear!

Asa, prayers for your family during this difficult time.

-Sterling Holobyte

July 16, 2014 - Msg 98486: Possum, Don't let PH scare you, yes they do have a BBQ cook-off, but it is of the Pig variety they sell sammiches afterwards. SPOT if you and the Mrs. come, bring your motorcycle, you can catch the Blue Ridge parkway just north of Mt. Airy, it a popular riding destination. If you are not into the motels I hear there is a nice campground in the neighborhood too. The more the merrier, check out the link PH posted it tells most of what you need to know...."It's a FUN week-end"....


July 16, 2014 - Msg 98487: SPOT, Here is a link about the Blue ridge Parkway http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/v.php?pg=2


July 16, 2014 - Msg 98488: Good morning, porch! G-F, you and Sterling and MDC must all have gotten up before breakfast this morning! It's only 8:30 here on my porch. I figured I'd be the first one here, but you beat me.

G-F, that possum cookbook is too funny! Somebody put a lot of time and thought into writing that little gem, and it's funny! Thanks for sharing. I'm glad it didn't refer to any preparations of a "domestic possum" - wouldn't want to scare our own dear Possum.

Well, better run. Got a couple of HH visits to make, and a doctor's appointment. Gonna be a busy day. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 16, 2014 - Msg 98489: Just so's I don't get in trouble with Possum, PH is the one who posted the link. It is hard enough for me to stay out of trouble sometimes, Sorry PH you are on your own on this one. haha

But I am cookin' up a mess of chicken breasts in the slow cooker tho, so it's a good thing "Chicken Little" or "Foghorn Leghorn" don't post here...

Romeena, I may be retired, but I can't break the habit of getting up early, you miss the best part of the day if you don't in my opinion. Plus my Obama squirrels would miss their morning hand-out if I didn't. But I am liking a little nap in the late afternoon when I get my sinking spell. That is unless I have my Mr. Cookie bar, then I ready to go the rest of the day...haha

AM Goober Fife..(Always Mayberry) unless it's in the evening then PM G-F (Positively Mayberry) ha!

July 16, 2014 - Msg 98490: IthinkIhaveheardjustaboutenoughofthispossumcooking!

you know who


July 16, 2014 - Msg 98491: It’s funny how nature mimics real life; I feed my birds & squirrels on a regular schedule each day. To the point where they depend and expect it. But today when I came home (from getting their food) I find that the squirrels destroyed all my sunflowers that had bloomed. “Doggone it!” as Brisco would say. Now I guess I have to pay “Duke” the woodpeeker extra to keep them squirrels in line! I’m guessing it may have been some “bully” squirrels from somewhere’s else who influenced my squirrels. Just like “Opie and the Bully” where the good kids were set astray by the “New Kid” in town. I bet they were somekind of outside neighborhood organizers is what I’m thinkin’……


July 16, 2014 - Msg 98492: Sounds like a good theory to me, G-F. Some community organizer has been working with them, and convinced them that it's not fair that your squirrels receive handouts, so they came to get a piece of that pie. Finding nothing readily available, they just trashed whatever they could find. You had the sunflowers and they wanted them, so they took them down. Yep, sounds familiar to me.

Sorry about the mis-credit on the cookbook thing. I do a lot of that, especially here lately. I wonder what causes that? I'll have to be more careful.

Well, there's a squirrel sitting INSIDE my bird feeder, trying to find just one more seed. The stones beneath the feeder have been picked clean, the piece of watermelon I put out is nothing but a paper-thin, leathery green rind, and there's not a thing out there for them. Guess I'd better go remedy that, before they organize and attack like G-F's squirrels did. The one that was in the feeder is now lying on top of it, all flattened out, and is looking in the window at me. Boy, if looks could kill! It's not hard to figure out what he's thinking. So, here I go.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 17, 2014 - Msg 98493:
Your squirrels do indeed mimic the world. Not just here,
but all over. I started working when I was 10. Got a 50 paper paper route and built it up to 100. Then worked as a box boy, house-to-house handbill carrier, drug store clerk, paid my way thru college, taught school, did commercial art work, took more schooling, and ended my careers in medical billing office administration.
I firmly believe that idle hands are the devil's workshop, and that is the big problem today! OK, I said it. My soapbox was gettin kinda dusty under the porch! ha
Possum--I'll hide you under the porch for a while. :)
Prayers for all,

July 17, 2014 - Msg 98494: Thinking of you and your family, Asa. Prayers continue.

Yep, Ro, I certainly had the epiZOOMies. They are gone now and I am feeling much better today..almost back to normal. I was able to do the usual chores around here and go to the store.

Today has been one of those down days for me, but I am really trying to stay positive. I am trying not to get upset but due to this "current administration," we are dealing with some financial issues I didn't think we would be facing. No wage increases for five or more years now, I think, while everything else skyrockets. We had a plan in place when we built this house but things aren't working out the way we planned (which is just life). I am probably going to have to work more than I had wanted to.

I am also really sad about what is going on with the children coming over the border just 4 hours south of us. My heart just hurts over that mess and those poor little ones. I cant go on about it any more but I just don't know what to think. There are so many things going on in our country that I never dreamed would happen. Its like things are just spiraling our of control. All I can think to do is pray and pray again. God help us and may we see some positive changes ahead.

I have to pull myself out of this and think about something uplifting.


July 17, 2014 - Msg 98495: Thinking of you and your family, Asa. Prayers continue.

Yep, Ro, I certainly had the epiZOOMies. They are gone now and I am feeling much better today..almost back to normal. I was able to do the usual chores around here and go to the store.

Today has been one of those down days for me, but I am really trying to stay positive. I am trying not to get upset but due to this "current administration," we are dealing with some financial issues I didn't think we would be facing. No wage increases for five or more years now, I think, while everything else skyrockets. We had a plan in place when we built this house but things aren't working out the way we planned (which is just life). I am probably going to have to work more than I had wanted to.

I am also really sad about what is going on with the children coming over the border just 4 hours south of us. My heart just hurts over that mess and those poor little ones. I cant go on about it any more but I just don't know what to think. There are so many things going on in our country that I never dreamed would happen. Its like things are just spiraling our of control. All I can think to do is pray and pray again. God help us and may we see some positive changes ahead.

I have to pull myself out of this and think about something uplifting.


July 17, 2014 - Msg 98496: I'm sorry for posting twice...dang computer.


July 17, 2014 - Msg 98497: Good evening, porch! Boo, I share your feelings regarding those kids that are being sent into America. As you might imagine, I have some pretty strong feelings about it, as a matter of fact. Reason tells me that it's not likely that all of a sudden, thousands of South American children, from toddlers to teenagers, suddenly decided to run away from their unhappy homes and make their way unattended through Mexico and into the US, seeking a better life. Ha! Many of those children are too young to even know that a different life exists. No, someone is behind all of this. I think the whole thing is part of the plan that has been in effect for six years now, to drain and strain America's resources, overload our infrastructure and weaken our economy to the point of collapse. I strongly resent the heartstring-tugging speeches we've been subjected to, as we're challenged to address this "humanitarian issue" and take care of these displaced children. That strikes at the core of all of us, we can't help it. However, these children are not displaced, they have been "placed" here for a reason, make no mistake. While I'm on the subject, I'm tired of hearing politicians try to blame it on Mexico, saying that Mexico needs to stop them at their southern border, and not let them pass through. Well, maybe. However, I can also say that we need to stop them at OUR southern border, and let Mexico deal with them. If we did that, you can bet Mexico would close their southern border right quicklike. OK, enough. I could go on, but I won't.

Boo, I'm glad you're feeling better. Those bugs are vicious. Just keep up the fluids and get plenty of rest, and be sure you've got it completely beaten.

Well, I'm tired, guess I'll go on to bed. Made two home health visits today and saw my doctor for a routine diabetes check. The lab work isn't back yet, but I'm thinking it will be okay. I've lost five pounds, he was pleased with that. Now I've got to work on five more.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 17, 2014 - Msg 98498: Boo, maybe this will help....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_CE7GqqrvY G-F.... :)

July 17, 2014 - Msg 98499: Good morning, porch! Wow, G-F. That's a great clip. Dick Van Dyke has always been a favorite of mine. What a talented, athletic, funny man! I swear his joints were rubber!

Would you believe it's only 73° here right now? It's very cloudy, skies are like lead. Sure hope we get some rain out of this, but at least it's cool. The high is predicted to be just 84°. I would imagine my fish in the pond will be grateful. It will let their water cool down a little, and slow the growth of algae.

Yesterday I worked around the pond for a short while, and I thought the mosquitoes were going to just consume me entirely. They are just horrible! The house next door is vacant, their swimming pool is green, and I'm pretty sure that's not helping the situation at all. I've held off on doing it, but guess it needs to be reported. When I saw green, I mean green! Thick, gunky green. I may take a box of mosquito dunks over there and just throw them in. Actually, I wouldn't even have to go over there. One of my ballplayer grandsons could put them in the pool from my side of the fence. The thing has been vacant for well over a year, and on the website that identifies property owners, it just says "Not For Sale." No one can figure it out! I'd just love for Eloise and Jerry to buy it, but even if it was for sale, I doubt Jerry would do it. The house would be perfect for them, and it would be great having them next door, but I doubt it will ever happen.

Wow. It's so dark outside that my yard lights have come on! The sky really looks threatening, and the wind is kicking up a bit. We may get some rain out of this yet! Sure do hope so.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 17, 2014 - Msg 98500: That's "when I say green", not "saw green." --Romeena

July 17, 2014 - Msg 98501: IT'S RAINING! It's raining, raining, raining! It is absolutely pouring, and it's so beautiful! I hope it continues all day. Best case scenario - rain for half an hour, stop for an hour or so, rain again, stop again, and so on. I like those little intervals, because it lets the ground absorb what has fallen and we don't lose so much in runoff. However, I'll take whatever the Lord sends, and will thank Him very much! --Romeena

July 17, 2014 - Msg 98502: This is my favorite kind of rain. Straight down, very little wind, no lightning or other dramatic effects, just rain. The trees are just standing there, rain falling through their leaves, and I know they're soaking some of it up before it ever gets to the ground. Poor things have been dropping leaves like crazy the past few days. Maybe now that will stop. Oh my. This is so beautiful! Thank you, Lord! --Romeena

July 17, 2014 - Msg 98503: Romeena ! rain!..prayers Asa...and I hope to attend mayberry days this year for sure...do we have a porch head count that "might" be going...not a long trip for me and I have never been...prayers for the shot down airliner familys...news just coming in...hey possum,MDC,G-F,Boo glad you feel better...well 87 and nice here in ga...want be able to enjoy it...wk till 10 pm but off tomorrow...its gona be a fishing day for the dog !...well supper will be crock pot beef roast...(got it from Bee) she had to do something with it , freezer broke and the man "aint" got there yet...SPOT

July 17, 2014 - Msg 98504: SPOT, Hope you can make it to Mayberry Days it is a fun weekend. It starts Thursday with a golf outing. Not me, I gave that up a looong time ago. Sorta silly chasing that little white ball all over the place. Allan usually sets up a photo opt for all of us to get our picture made together so we can put faces to names.

I'm glad Romeena got to do some "singing in the rain" today...Hopefully Boo got some of it too.


July 18, 2014 - Msg 98505:
Ro --- did you run out in it and get soaked like
I did? Hadnt done that in a long time, but last week i sure did. Fun!
Yes all, the world is getting crazy again.
My prayers are with everyone. Strength in the Lord is sure
needed at times such as this.
God's blessings to all,

July 18, 2014 - Msg 98506:
G-F, funny you should mention that you gave up golfing. I myself used to golf. But I gave it up because most of time when I hit the ball, it would end up in a hole.

from Poor Horatio

July 18, 2014 - Msg 98507: Ha, ha! That's pretty funny, P-H. --Romeena

July 18, 2014 - Msg 98508: HaHa PH, That is where mine would end up too, except the holes I hit into were filled with water and since the balls don't float I kinda ran out of balls to use so I gave it up.

Funny animal escapades today, seems "Duke" the Woodpeeker got a friend to tag team the squirrels. They would run them out while the other chowed down. That is until one of the squirrels got pecked on the head then all heck broke loose, I think the squirrels won todays battle on sheer determination and numbers it was 3 against 2 but Duke won't give up I'm sure!
I think the trouble arose when I started putting peanuts into the mix, seems they are both fond of them. It was funny when the squirrel got pecked on the head, it is all fun & games until somebody gets hurt! As I stated, it mimics real life....


July 18, 2014 - Msg 98509: Lol, PH!

You have a lot of experience with squirrels, Romeena. Maybe you could help me figure out why sometimes I see our squirrels chewing on our brick garage(or faux-brick garage, I don't know which because it was already here when we moved here). They'll just be standing there licking or chewing(looks like chewing) on the wall like in that scene from Willy Wonka with the lickable wallpaper.
What could they possibly be eating? Any idea? Or is that how they get their minerals?

-Sterling Holobyte

July 18, 2014 - Msg 98510: Go on out there and give that brick a lick, Sterling. "Lick a snozberry, it tastes like a snozberry.."..Veruca: " A snozberry? Whoever heard of a snozberry? ". Willy Wonka: "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams".


July 18, 2014 - Msg 98511: Good afternoon all. TGIF. Glad this week is over.

Just saw Mr. Wakefield on Adam 12 get arrested for robbing a liquor store of all things. I guess he should have stuck around in Mayberry feuding with old man Carter and shooting at air. Now he's in the clink. Surely a shame in this world.

I am watching the news as I post this and sure have a lot preying on my mind. I best not get started or I'll not be able to stop. Sure feels like 1978 all over again. I just hope 2016 is like 1980. Nuff said.


July 18, 2014 - Msg 98512: I love that last quote, Boo! I always think of using it at the beginning of one of my songs. If I ever record it.

I would have thought Mr. Wakefield could just make his own liquor, Asa. ;-)
I know what you mean about the news making you uneasy.
I don't know if you are referring to Ronald Reagan with your 1980 wish, but yes, we do need a man like him in charge. Cause right now we have nobody.

-Sterling Holobyte

July 19, 2014 - Msg 98513: HI all, just a quick trouble check tonite.
I havent mentioned it because I'm always big on
oregano etc, but the last three days I have really felt crappy, and I dont mean because of the news,
tho that might have something to do with it.
Feel like only 6 of 8 cylinders are working.
I'm still up doing things, errands etc, but the
motor aint purrin' like a kitten.
This too shall pass I guess!
God bless,

July 19, 2014 - Msg 98514: Good evening, porch. Sterling, I'm not sure why the squirrels would be licking the brick walls. Maybe, as you said, they're trying to get some minerals out of them. If they're actually chewing the brick, they may be trying to wear their teeth down a little. Their front teeth continue to grow all their life. Usually they keep them worn down just by gnawing on things for food, but where food is supplied by folks like me, they don't have to gnaw into things to get at the contents, and their teeth could overgrow. So perhaps he's just doing a little self-dentistry.

G-F, your fun may be just beginning. You say you have put out peanuts, and the woodpeekers and squirrels are both after them? Well, just wait. Bluejays love peanuts too, and if they discover the bounty, you're going to have a three-way battle going. I've had that around here, many times. I have red-bellied woodpeekers, ladder-backs, and occasionally a little downy comes my way. They all like peanuts. A bluejay would trade his mother for a peanut, and squirrels practically roll in them. They also bury them and soon I have peanut vines in my flowerbeds. Anyway, when all three of those aficionados find the peanuts, it gets very interesting out there. Sometimes I'll buy a big bag of raw peanuts, just to watch the fun!

Well, Toye Starr is heaving big (for her) sighs and signaling that she's ready for bed. Guess I'll make her happy. I'm a little weary myself. See you all tomorrow. --Romeena

July 19, 2014 - Msg 98515: MDC, in what way are you feeling bad? I mean, if it's a stomach complaint, that surely will pass (no pun intended), as you said. However, if it's just a general malaise, and you're not better tomorrow, maybe you should check in with your doctor. It could be so many things, all of which would benefit from diagnosis and early treatment. Check in, please. --Romeena

July 19, 2014 - Msg 98516: Good morning gang...check in MDC...hey Romeena,G-F,asa,Boo and all...rain here in Ga...im hear at work till 6 pm...Miss Martha"s grandboys (and mine) are coming over to spend the night...and the rain...well got to plan indoor games......ok...let me boil me some eggs...its almost 7am...SPOT

July 19, 2014 - Msg 98517: Hey, porch. Just sitting here at my window and enjoying the critters out there. Eddie has been here and mowed, and that always stirs up insect activity, so the birds come in right behind him. I'm a little concerned. There's what appears to be a fledgling cardinal out there, pecking around on the stones, but there's something wrong. He hops, sort of, but his legs aren't visible. Apparently they're very short of something. He falls over now and then, as well. He's got something under there, because he does make tiny hops. The seeds are really all gone, especially after Eddie mowed over the area, so I think I'll take a good pile of them out there. I'm hoping he's just very young and weak, and maybe will extend his legs if he gets stronger. I can't tell if he's crouching, or if his legs are really short. What I'm hoping for is to see him fly when I walk out the door. Poor little guy!

Later... --Romeena

July 19, 2014 - Msg 98518: I'm back. I went out to put the birdseed out on the stones, and the little bird wasn't there. Apparently he heard me unlock the back door and took off. I sincerely hope so. That has to be what happened, because there wasn't time for anything to have gotten him. I was out there in less than five minutes from the time I left this window.

So, I put out the seed, fed the pond fish and pulled an armload of weeds! The dang things grow overnight! I also got about fifteen mosquito bites, in the fifteen minutes I was out there. Miserable things. I don't think they're insects, I think they're some sort of mutant voracious carnivore. Yep, they are definitely on my "Why, Lord?" list.

I've got the family coming over tonight for fried pork chops and gravy, so guess I'd better head for the grocery store. I haven't fed the crew in a while, and just felt like it tonight. Gonna cook some fresh kale with some bacon on it, too. Most of the family won't eat it, but I will!! It's my favorite of all the leafy greens, and I like them all. I'll just make some other veggie for everyone else. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 19, 2014 - Msg 98519: Why Lord? Well bats have to eat don't ya know.. Better to get bit by a skeeter than a bat I guess. Sounds like your bird may have been gassed from some fermented berries or something.
Rainy gloomy day here on my end of the porch, and I'm going to make some chops too, but Mrs. G-F likes'em baked so that's what I'm gonna do, yep I'm gonna bake'em. Gonnna put them in a pan and put them right in the oven @ 350 to bake....


July 19, 2014 - Msg 98520: Fried pork chops and gravy, Ro?! Mercy, I haven't had that since before my mom's big stroke back in '98. Sounds funny to mention fried pork chops and gravy in the same comment as strokes. ;) Sure sounds good. I had a bowl of egg drop soup as a late lunch and that will do me for awhile. My stomach is still not back to 100% but feeling a lot better.

Hope you are feeling better, MDC. Even Oregano cant keep you from catching something, I guess (my hopes are dashed ;). Please do see the good doc if it continues. You always boss me around like a big brother so I am doing the same to you now. teehee.

Bruce took me on a date last night and we went into Corpus and I got a bottle of my progesterone cream from the health food store, then we took a drive through the old neighborhoods where we lived when we were little and shared some old memories...then we talked about how old we were getting and went and ate Chinese! We are getting so stinkin' old. ;) We actually had a really good time and it went a long way in lifting my spirits. I am feeling better today than I have in weeks. I just have to stay away from the news and I will be ok..cant even talk about it right now.

Well, Sean finally decided enough was enough and he put in his notice. He has been being bullied by a salesperson who works at the dealership and it isn't being resolved. He has stood up for himself, gone to his supervisor for help, gone to the owner for help and the problem continues to escalate. This bully bullies everyone, even Sean's supervisor, but Sean seems to be his favorite whipping boy, probably because he is the youngest employee there. You might remember that a month ago, he was told by his super that he wouldn't have to work this guy anymore, but within a week they were going back on their word and making him work directly with him. (continued)


July 19, 2014 - Msg 98521: anyway, this guy makes a lot of money for the dealership by selling trucks to different companies, so nobody will make him tow the line. When the other employees found out that Sean was leaving they were upset because Sean does a lot around there. The other top salesperson is a very outspoken woman named Del, and yesterday, she threw the door open to the bullies office and really let him have it because the guy was talking badly about sean to the other employees. She told the guy that Sean was a good employee and hard worker and that he had better lay off or she was going to "whip his @"! Don't think it will do any good, but who knows? Maybe he will leave Sean alone for the rest of his time there. I didn't know how bad it had gotten until Sean told me about a recent incident in which the guy told Sean (told, he never asks even though he is not sean's boss), to get the broom and sweep something up. Sean had the nerve to ask him if he had seen the dust pan and the guy went off on him, yelling and using the "F" word in front of the other employees. The guy is an arrogant bully and Sean describes him as "evil". I am disappointed that the owners (our friends) have not done something and Sean doesn't want us to interfere. He wants to deal with this on his own. When I told Bruce about it, he was more angry that I had seen him in years and he told me he wanted to go beat the guy up. I have never heard him say that about anyone since I married him. I told him he would just end up in jail and being a church deacon, it probably would be a bad choice. I did some research and found that there aren't laws to protect people from bullies in the workplace, but there are OSHA guidelines that if violated, could result in big fines for the owners if an employee could prove that kind of abuse was not dealt with. Sean wont do anything like that but someone might in the future. The owners should wise up. If get rid of the bully, someone would come along and fill his position.

Well, better get off this thing. We are supposed to go visit St. Susan this evening.


July 20, 2014 - Msg 98522:
BOO--sounds like that salesman is a Herb Tarlik(sp?) on steroids! Someday he will get a knuckle sandwich from somebody, methinks.
Well, without getting too gross, I did the porcelain
facility thing this morning(Sat.) both ways, and I am feeling MUCH better! Yup, must have been a bug, and i havent had one in a long time, so i guess it took its time
building up. Thanks for the prayers. I truly believe that world events can affect the immune system however, and may have been part of this whole sorted
APB for possum, AUh20, TOM and others!
Good Sabbath to all.

July 20, 2014 - Msg 98523: Oh, and chicken soup IS good for the body and soul! :) mdc

July 20, 2014 - Msg 98524: Good evening, porch. I sure am glad none of those bugs have been around here, because we had a great dinner and it was enjoyed by all. My son texted a picture to his brother, of him taking a big bite out of a pork chop. He couldn't resist, just had to gloat a little. The chops were delicious, very tender and juicy, and they browned just perfectly. I like baked chops too, but would miss the milk gravy that I can make from the pan drippings when I fry them. I've used peanut oil the past few years, and it fries things very nicely.

Boo, I'm so sorry that things are turning out so badly for Sean at that dealership. You'd think management would wake up and see what's happening, especially since other people are fed up with the guy too, it's not just Sean. Maybe they'll figure it out some day. Meantime, if God is closing this door for Sean, he'll open another one somewhere.

MDC, I'm glad your bug was of short duration. Nothing can make you quite as miserable as one of those belly-bugs. I had a case of Montezuma's revenge while visiting in Mexico City. I went with a friend and we stayed with her mother while there. Wealthy lady, beautiful home, two maids, a cook and a chauffeur/gardener. I felt like Cinderella. The food there was wonderful and carefully prepared. However, we toured the market and points of interest in the city one day, and ate at a little cafe. I made the mistake of eating the salsa and pico de gallo that was just sitting out on each table. Big mistake. I thought I was going to die, and really was a little bit afraid that I wouldn't. I've never been so sick. The mom finally gave me a couple of capsules that her nephew, who is a doctor, said would work. I didn't question it, just took them, and they worked. The sickness subsided, but I couldn't stand up without extreme dizziness and weakness. I literally had to crawl to get to the bathroom. The next morning I read the label on the bottle of capsules. It was Pavabid, which is a smooth muscle relaxer, usually given to lower blood pressure. It works on the sickness by relaxing the smooth muscle layer in the intestinal lining, and on blood pressure by doing the same to the lining of blood vessels. That's fine, except my normal blood pressure was usually about 106/56 or so. The Pavabid dropped it considerably, and I basically had no blood pressure when I stood up. So, I spent the better part of another day flat on my back until the drug wore off. Sure was a relief to stop all the GI distress, though.

Well, better get to bed. Preachin' comes early, and I haven't decided yet which of my dangly earrings I'm going to wear. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 20, 2014 - Msg 98525: Good Sunday Morning Porch !..MDC feel better..hey Romeena,possum,asa,Boo,G-F,PH,SH..and all...well here at work till 6pm to try to keep the Church lights on..then off to the lake tomorrow...boat day...and off till thu...Mrs Martha and I are both off till Thu..well I surf Sermons on Sunday morning on the tube...any suggestions?...gona fry some eggs and make a sandwich...SPOT

July 20, 2014 - Msg 98526: Boo, Sorry to hear of Sean's bully problems..."I Hate Bullies!" They are spineless punks that get pleasure on picking on others who they think are weak, but remember what Opie's bully found out, not everyone will put up with their mess. But the sad part is he knows he sells vehicles and that brings in the $ so he feels safe from having to "Act like somebody"..
That is one thing I DON"T miss being retired is the "Work Drama"... Tell Sean maybe it is time to take his talents somewhere's else where he can be appreciated. (end of rant).....

Boo, There is a line from my favorite movie "The Straight Story" when someone asks Alvin what is the worse thing about getting old? Alvin reply's: "Remembering when you were young"...Great line! You guys have to see that movie it has a lot of great scenes in it....

Glad to see you guys who were had the "epiZOOMies" are feeling better...epiZoomies, I like that word! SEE, we do learn a lot here on the Porch, and that is why I love it here!!!

Hope everyone has a SUPERior Day......


July 20, 2014 - Msg 98527: Glad you are feeling better, MDC. St. Susan is throwing up this morning and I have to go get Erin who spent the night over there last night...sure hope she doesn't pick that up because I am not ready for another bug!

Yep, G-F, there are bullies in most workplaces, I guess. I know I have had to deal with a few and it was murder. As Ro said, God will open another door for Sean and this experience would help him learn to deal with things.

Ro, that food poisoning experience sounds like a real nightmare. I had a bad case once and it wasn't even while I was in Mexico. It was after eating a chicken sandwich at Whataburger years ago. I was so sick I wanted to die, for sure. I ended up in the ER because I kept passing out. I lost so much body fluid so quickly that I was passing out while just sitting up. When I got to the ER they couldn't even get my blood pressure. I perked right up once they got about 500cc of IV fluid in me. What a miserable experience that was. I remember sitting on the toilet and then waking up on the floor in the bathroom..crazy stuff!

Better get ready to go get Erin..


July 20, 2014 - Msg 98528: Romeena, You were right bringing peanuts into the equation sure has turned my place into the battle of Vermont Ave. I have to give it to Duke and the woodpeekers, they for sure brought their "A" game today, Duke has been fending off upwards of 5 squirrels at a time! He did have some blue jay reinforcements early in the battle but they bugged out after the peanuts were gone, leaving Duke to fend for himself. (I believe blue jays must be from France is what I think). But after the battle, the doves & sparrows are cleaning up what's left on the ground peacefully... Yep, I have to give it to the woodpeekers today for sure! Funny thing tho, towards the end the squirrels started fighting amongst themselves and that is why they lost today...Huum, Again mimicking real life. Greed,...Nothing but GREED!
Sounds like a great sermon for Asa to do next time...


July 20, 2014 - Msg 98529: Lunch Menu: Southern Fried Chicken,fried okra,fried squash,fresh purple hull peas,silver queen corn on the cob,sliced cuks and onions with vinger and oil dressing,bisquits,apple pie and Deep South Southern Sweet tea by the gallon...take a plate with ya !.. SPOT