July 29, 2014 - Msg 98610: Prayers for Danny..

possum under a rock

July 29, 2014 - Msg 98611: And a nice clean porch too!

possum again

July 29, 2014 - Msg 98612: Good job Possum...Mrs SPOT and I have rare off days together...its Red Lobster and bum around all day...SPOT

July 29, 2014 - Msg 98613: Y'all enjoy your day together,Spotty! Thanks for stopping by the Porch first or else I'd have been here all alone-where IS everybody??

Must be out buying bed jackets for me & Boo's birthdays! LOL

possum once more

July 29, 2014 - Msg 98614: Poor Horatio... I actually spent about three days in Waterloo. Pretty area. I may be a fugitive but it's from all the electrical engineers I work with day in & day out. Just found out I'm headed for Denver next week (I'm in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area). Duty calls and a paycheck waits at the end of the month. Alas! Work is curse of the drinking class... or something like that...

Prayers for all who need 'em...


July 29, 2014 - Msg 98615: i'm working on battery power due to an outage in our area. No storm tonite, so not sure what's up.

July 29, 2014 - Msg 98616: Thank you for the prayers for Danny. He is improving but still on the ventilator. They think they will be able to wean him off of it tomorrow. My Aunt Linda is in much better spirits today. MDC, I had a long conversation with Danny about a year ago and was very deliberate in my desire to find out if he knows the Lord. I talked about the gospel and he was able to tell me that he believed the gospel. Since I am not in contact with him often, I'm not sure if he has a strong relationship with the Lord but I know he has accepted the sacrifice of Jesus to pay for his sins. So, not sure how you will feel led to pray. Thank you so much for praying.


July 30, 2014 - Msg 98617: Good news about Danny, Boo. As for how to pray, in situations such as this, where the relationship isn't clear, or for any other unknown issues, I always just ask the Lord to fix whatever may be broken. He knows what it is.

An old friend is coming to lunch tomorrow. She was my preceptor when I first went to work as a nurse at our local hospital, and we worked together for about ten years. She left bedside nursing after a while, and went on to be a certified diabetes educator, first at our hospital and then moved on to another situation. We lost touch, but recently I looked her up and found that she has retired, still lives where she lived when we worked together. She's extremely smart, funny, a very capable nurse, and has a heart for people that is endless. I'm really looking forward to seeing her. I can't believe she's got grandchildren! I know, I do, but that's different. She should still be about 40 years old. Anyway, I made some peach ice cream tonight and put it in the freezer, and I think we'll just have tuna sandwiches for lunch, nothing fancy. This should be fun!!

Well, since I still need to spruce up the sunroom and den before my friend arrives tomorrow, I guess I'd better get to bed so I can get up early. There's dusting to do, and I need to run the vacuum over the sunroom and kitchen floors. I no longer feel compelled to clean from floor to ceiling when I'm having guests, but I don't want them to leave tracks in the dust, either.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 30, 2014 - Msg 98618: Good morning porch. I pray you are all fine.

Prayers for Danny and Linda Boo. Glad to read he is improving some.

Happy Birthday to Possum and Boo for today and tomorrow. I hope you both have a wonderful birthday.

Welcome back Dragonfly. Sounds like you do a lot of traveling.

Hey GF, you dealt much with those mini splits? I am thinking about installing one in our bedroom.

Better get moving. Busy day ahead.


July 30, 2014 - Msg 98619: Good Morning porch, Happy Wednesday.
posting from work bright and early this morning.

It is 53 degrees this morning on my end of the porch. A record low for this time of the year. supposed to warm up to about 82 today. Enjoying the cooler nights and days for now but it will get back to summer temps again before too long.

Both Patrick and Beth are enjoying their vacations at the beach. They have both "checked in" a couple times already. They should be home sometime Saturday night so please remember them in your prayers for safe traveling back home,

well guess I had better get my work day started.
Breakfast will be: cinnamon vanilla french toast, bacon, sausage. maple syrup. fresh strawberries, blueberries and cantaloupe. coffee, tea, white or chocolate milk. eat and be happy!

prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

July 30, 2014 - Msg 98620: Asa, I have not had much experience with the mini split systems, just be sure if you are installing it in the bedroom you have "his" & "hers" controls..haha Sorta like the old "McDLT" where one side was warm and the other side was cool.

I'm getting ready to head to CLEVEland to pick up the GrandKidders for a few days, always a FUN time. Hopefully the fishing will be good, the 3 of them like getting together to do that...

Boo, Prayers for Danny... Stay strong, you've been thru a lot here lately...

Romeena, Have fun with your friend....Don't eat to much peach ice cream!

Hopefully MDC has "Duracell" batteries...Wow that would be tough with-out A/C..


July 30, 2014 - Msg 98621: Glad to hear of the improvements in your cousin Danny, Boo. Continued prayers..

Thanks for the nice birthday wishes, Asa. Hard to believe I'm officially a Senior Citizen today..dang! Hope I'm up to this double birthday bash we've got going on!

Thanks for breakfast, Maudie-that'll hit the spot! (Sorry Spotty- didn't mean it like that!Ha!)

Safe travels for the "Maude kids".

Y'all take care & have a great day- love to all!

possum under a rock

July 31, 2014 - Msg 98622:
Well, we had a 7 hour power outage in our area last evening,
and the only answer I got was an underground cable
had shorted out. And yes G-F it got dang hot in the house. We almost went to a motel, but decided to stick it out when power was to be restored by midnight, which it was at about 12:30 AM. They are in the process of replacing the underground cables in this area, as we have had several of these the last few years. It is supposed to be done soon. SPOT--what is 'soon' in lineman-speak?? haha
Boo- any job for Sean yet?
Prayers for Danny!

July 31, 2014 - Msg 98623: Happy Birthday to Boo!!

The party continues.. LOL

possum under a rock

July 31, 2014 - Msg 98624: Party on! Happy birthday Boo. I hope you had a good one yesterday Possum. My goodness, July is Birthday central for the Porch gals.

That had to be rotten MDC. A seven hour power outage in that heat. But the heat always brings on a huge power demand, and typically places a great stress on the power grid. So I reckon it's not unusual. We get those micro burst winds here also MDC. I think it has to do with the dry air. Sometimes when a rain storm moves in, the rain will actually dry up before it hits the ground. But the result is a cold air blast dropping from the sky resulting in those "micro bursts". Pretty cool weather reaction. But they can cause a lot of damage as you said.

Well better get to work. Lot's to do.


July 31, 2014 - Msg 98625: Big Maude your temp range is just about like mine here in Ga...well rain the next 5 days here...dont think any storms just rain..wow MDC..hopw yer power stays on...some one must have hit a pole...Welcome back Dragonfly...hello Romeena..possum and GF...well let me get back to work....dont want an outage like MDC to happen on my shift !SPOT

July 31, 2014 - Msg 98626: MDC, I think the term for "soon" is: "We'll get to it when we get to it!" That is the definition in Webster's Dictionary...haha! Glad you are back to having "cool beans" again...

Happy Birthday Boo! Asa said he will do a tool belt dance for you at your party...ha!

Back to the GrandKidders.... Later folks....


July 31, 2014 - Msg 98627: Good morning, porch. Yep, we here in the Dallas area know about those "micro-bursts." I had never heard of them until 1985, when one of the freakish phenomena slapped Delta flight 191 out of the air as it was trying to land at DFW airport. It hit the ground just short of the runway, and burst into flames. It was horrible. Here's a link to the "Wikipedia" report of the crash: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delta_Air_Lines_Flight_191.

It notes that most of the survivors were taken to Parkland Hospital (where JFK was taken), which was appropriate, even though our hospital was closer. Parkland has a world-famous burn unit, and most of the injured had thermal injuries. We did receive several of the survivors though, those who were not burned. That anyone survived at all was a wonder, but some did. An EMT friend of mine quit and took another job after working that crash. He said the things he saw that day would haunt his sleep forever. Many people died still strapped into their seats, including a baby in a carrier, as the fire swept through the wreckage. I've always tried to believe that they were unconscious at the time, from the impact.

Well, on a happier note, it looks like it might rain today. I surely do hope so. We need it sooo bad! Normally I would just stay home and sit at my desk and enjoy the view of the rain from my window, but I've got an appointment with the audiologist at 1 pm, to adjust my hearing aids again. She's working hard to get them set just right.

A wonderful thing, hearing aids. I think we need to coin a new name for them, though. "Hearing aids" sounds so old and feeble. While I may be old (can't deny that) I'm a long way from feeble. How about "audio-assistive devices"? Nah, too long. We need something short and catchy. Come on, you folks are creative - think of something.

I think we need another name for "nurse" as well. It has distinctly feminine connotations, because for so many years, all nurses were women. There are many extremely capable, competent, compassionate and all together wonderful men who work as nurses now, but we need more. They bring a much-needed dimension to the profession, not to mention their sheer physical strength which comes in pretty darned handy at times. Some of the best nurses I've worked with have been men, usually in the critical care specialties. They are capable of great tenderness and compassion, and I've seen frail little old ladies just practically fall in love with their male nurse. However, I think we lose many potential excellent nurses because they can't handle the attitude they get from some people, often their own friends and family. People hang a "gay" tag on them, and that's not fair. Some are, yes. So are some truck drivers! Most are not, and I think it's mean and narrow-minded for people to make that assumption. One thing I know for sure. If we got to the point that the gender division was about equal, the over-all pay scale would rise, and there would be a lot more respect shown in the workplace. Doctors will, and do, show the male nurses a lot more respect than they show to us gals. Many doctors are respectful, it's true, but many are not. I've seen doctors talk down in a very hateful way to a female nurse, not caring who's listening. One tried it with me years ago, and got his ears pinned back. He never did it again, but most women won't speak up, they just take it, or worse yet, go in the break room and cry, out of anger and frustration. Male nurses never have to face that humiliation. So, how about a new name for male nurses and hearing aids?

OK, enough of that. Off I go. Eloise and I are going to mouse around a bit, have some lunch and then go to the audiologist. Later, taters. --Romeena

July 31, 2014 - Msg 98628: Romeena, how about Murse? Might work. :)


July 31, 2014 - Msg 98629:
Attention people. There has been a drastic change to the dinner menu.

Romeena regarding that ill-fated Delta flight 191, you can watch a simulation of the final minutes of that flight at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Avvs79OO0bE
They were just seconds away from a safe landing. Instead, 137 people died. How sad. May they rest in peace.

from Poor Horatio

July 31, 2014 - Msg 98630:
Romeena, I did some research about finding another name for a nurse that incorporates both males and females and found something interesting. Some languages do differentiate between male and female nurses. Examples include:
French: infirmier (male nurse) - infermière (female nurse)
Spanish: enfermero (male nurse) - enfermera (female nurse)
Italian: infermiere (male nurse) - infermiera (female nurse)
Portuguese: enfermeiro (male nurse) - enfermeira (female nurse)
Romanian: infirmier (male nurse) - infirmieră (female nurse)
I think it’s interesting to note that the terms all seem to relate to the word infirm meaning sick or weak. The word infirm comes from the Latin word infirmus meaning weak or not firm.

I also discovered that "curo" in latin means "to care for".

Therefore, how about combining the two into "curoinfirmer" to mean "to care for the not strong" which can also translate into "to care for the weak"?

from Poor Horatio

July 31, 2014 - Msg 98631: I always kinda' liked "Medic!". Those folks are true heroes to the troops they care for. A Marine platoon usually has a Navy corpsman attached. Seems like the only sailor a Marine will tolerate and the Marines love 'em.

Hey, Romeena... I remember Delta 191 very well. It was one of those Texas storms that come on sudden & you can't see the end of your car in the downpour. Speaking of which I also felt so sorry for the guy on 114 just trying to drive home when the wheels of a McDonnell Douglas L1011 whacked his car.

July 31, 2014 - Msg 98632: Oops.. that was me Ro... Dragonfly

July 31, 2014 - Msg 98633: Thanks for the prayers for Danny. He is off the vent and breathing on his own. It was a very close call this time.


July 31, 2014 - Msg 98634: Good evening, porch. PH, I think I'll pass on the proposed dinner menu. Somehow, that neither looks nor sounds very appetizing. "Coon fat gravy?" Laaww! Sounds like something Granny Clampitt would cook up.

I appreciate your list of gender specific terms for nurses, but that's not quite what I meant. While the masculine ending on the words does denote the gender, in all those languages every noun has a masculine or feminine form. The basic word remains the same. Enfermero/enfermera retains the "enfermer" and just adds "o" or "a" to denote the gender. In other words, it's pretty much like our "male nurse" designation. The "nurse" part doesn't change. I'm looking for a totally different word. Dragonfly is on the trail with his suggestion of "Medic", but I think that has too much of a military connotation to be widely accepted.

I was looking for a better word for "hearing aids", and a friend suggested just "ears." Not a bad suggestion, except that to medical people, that usually means a stethoscope. Still not a bad idea, though.

Dragonfly, you're right, the death of the man who was driving on 114 when Flight 191 was going down was a sad thing. It's not much consolation, but I heard one of the EMTs remark that "the guy in the car never knew what hit him. He was dead before he could blink." I hope so.

I get the impression that you're from the Dallas area. You described a Texas storm very well, and you seem to know 114. Am I right? You may have already told us, but my memory leaks badly these days, so forgive me if I've forgotten.

Well, I have a 9 a.m. home health visit to make, so guess I'd better call it a day. Toye Starr will appreciate it, I'm sure. She's not the night owl that I've always been. I could go put her up on the bed (she can't get up there by herself) but then she'd just sit on the corner of the bed and make tiny whimpering noises until I join her. She wants to go to bed, but she wants me in there too. Don't tell anyone, but I think she's just a little bit spoiled.

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

August 01, 2014 - Msg 98635: Late night pass thru. Wife's car broke down today.
Had it towed to dealership. Friday should be fun!
(tongue in cheek!) I can do all things...

August 01, 2014 - Msg 98636: MDC, Did it make a "pucka pucka sound or a pata ping just before it clunked out? I guess Wally don't work on Fridays anymore. ha!


August 01, 2014 - Msg 98637: Speed, speed, speed, that's all Mrs. MDC does! I just hope you don't find it sitting inside the Phoenix Courthouse this morning MDC, with the local barber sitting in it saying "I just might buy this car". :)

Boo, so glad to hear Sean is improving. I hope he will start taking his condition seriously now and take better care of himself. I'm sure it must be a major pain, but he has to do it. I hope you had a nice Birthday. We miss you posting here as often Boo. You ok?

Romeena, Interesting you mentioned that about the male nurse thing. I was just watching an old MASH episode. It was the one where a male nurse is upset because he gets overlooked for advancement because he is a male in a usually female occupation. He offers Winchester a suggestion on a medical procedure because he had assisted a well known Dr. in doing it a few years earlier. Of course the ever pious Winchester would never allow a mere nurse, and a male one at that, to tell him how to do something. I reckon that gender bias thing is a two way street sometimes.

Well I finally bit the bullet and ordered a new laptop computer. Should be here in a few days. The Kindle is nice, but I just hate the touchscreen. It's fine for some things, and I will use it thusly, but I will be glad to gat a laptop back.

Well best get. Busy day again.

Prayers for all.


August 01, 2014 - Msg 98638: Whoops, Boo, we miss you NOT posting here as often. :)


August 01, 2014 - Msg 98639: Happy August porch, hope everyone is doing okay this morning. I had to come to work this morning and take care of a few things so I thought I would stop by for a visit first.

supposed to be a rainy day on my end of the porch. I have errands to do and need to make a Wal Mart stop. I am not looking forward to that especially it being the first of the month. This week end is "tax free week end" in Tennessee for all the back to school shoppers. Since I don't have to do much back to school shopping anymore I try and avoid going out to the stores that particular week end. it is a mad house. I appreciate the back to school tax free shopping but dealing with the chaos is sometimes not worth it.

Kids travel home tomorrow. will be happy to have them home safe and sound. both have had a great time.

well lunch menu will be: chicken salad or tuna on
a croissant, chips. oatmeal cookies for dessert.
tea, lemonade to drink. see you at lunch.

everyone have a great day.
prayers and blessings to all

Big Maude

August 01, 2014 - Msg 98640: Busy here at work ! Thanks for lunch Maude, one of each for me ! SPOT

August 01, 2014 - Msg 98641: Yep, Big Maude that trip to The Wal Mart can be tough, Just watch out for the WalMartian's they are a real study....

Oh I forgot, Asa, I'm waiting for the "Belly Top" model computer to come out before I get one..haha

I had a great time with the GrandKidders, if I was on Facebook I'd post pictures, but since I'm not, sorry you can't see them. :( I bought a "Mattel Power Shop" at the flea mkt. like we had back in the 60's. My Grandson & I made a race car & airplane with my with it, WE had a fun time. I did get them away from their "electronal" devices for awhile tho. The 2 girls, we made "Goofy Glasses" (wooden picture frame glasses) and decorated them...Yep it was a Hoot!


August 01, 2014 - Msg 98642: You sound like a great grandpappy GF. I also try to teach my grandkids old school play, and they enjoy it. But they are still a bit young to have gotten themselves to involved with eletronals. But I'm sure the time will come.

Bellytop. HA! I like it.


August 02, 2014 - Msg 98643:
GF--I heard on the news today that in a recent study, it seems
that many kids first word is now "ipad" instead of mommy or daddy. Pretty sad, huh?.
Big Maude-- be careful out there! ha
Well, my wife's car issue was a tranny problem, but just a broken cable from the shifter (in center console) to the transmisssion itself. Pricey, but not near as
pricey as a new tranny. Yup, she's just like Gilly! ha
Prayers for all,

August 02, 2014 - Msg 98644:
Oh ASA, I have heard that many are migrating back to laptops!

August 02, 2014 - Msg 98645: Back at work ...last weekend work for two months...anybody gona cook or should I run to waffle house? SPOT

August 02, 2014 - Msg 98646: MDC, Yep that is pretty sad, but iPod's are not born but bought, so the problem lays with the parents. I don't think they come "free" with every birth..haha They are used now-a days as a baby sitter instead of the parents interacting with their own children.. Yep, it is a sorry state of being. I suppose that is because of the Republicans too, we get blamed for everything that goes wrong with society these days.

Wow, I'd better get off my box of soap and use it for my laundry.. Do you think "Tide" has a "app" for that? Ha!

SPOT, "RUN" to the waffle house? "What's your Hurry?" Remember what Dr. Breen preached, why do we always have to RUN everywhere, slow down take it easy, maybe Mrs. SPOT will play some nice "band music" for you when you get home...


August 02, 2014 - Msg 98647: Well Spot. Looks like I'm the only one here. And you don't want me cooking. So you best make the run to waffle house.

Glad it wasn't nothing more serious MDC. Dang cars now days are built so cheap, but cost so much to repair. A couple of years ago I had the power window operators go bad on both of the rear windows on my Jeep within days of each other. Seems there is a small plastic part that is subject to fail, and when it does the entire operator needs to be replaced. These windows are never used but in both instances I found the windows down and could not get them to raise for me. After much arguing with the factory I got them to reduce the cost of the new operators, but it was still over a hundred bucks out of my pocket on a vehicle that was only 5 years old and had a so called extended warranty. Oh well, that's life, thru and thru.

So do I sound any different? I am posting on my new laptop. Sure is nice to have a keyboard again. And a screen big enough to see things.

Well off to the store to do my weekly shopping, then home to mow the grass. We are supposed to be getting some rain here starting tomorrow night. Some of that monsoon stuff that MDC is sending up from Arizona. We need the water for sure, but sometimes those storms bring to much to fast.

Prayers for all for a great day.


August 02, 2014 - Msg 98648: Oh, and another thing...Someone said everybody was "upset" when Facebook went down for awhile yesterday,.... Well not everybody..Ha! I had my face IN a book, does that count?...

G-F again

August 02, 2014 - Msg 98649: ...Shopping, mowing the grass.. It's a FUN day Asa..

August 02, 2014 - Msg 98650: Good morning, porch. Pretty day here, probably going to get fairly hot later on. It's just 80° right now, but is rising fast.

Eloise and I went with a group from church last night out to Mesquite to the Mesquite Rodeo. What a great evening! It's a permanent venue, with ongoing performances on Friday and Saturday nights through the summer. It's very well done, in a clean, family-oriented environment, and the crowd is relatively small. There were several church groups there, and a couple of very large family groups, celebrating someone's anniversary. The events are typical rodeo events, but usually only eight or ten participants for each event, so it moves along pretty fast. The funniest event involved sheep, with children riding them! There was one big old sheep, very woolly, and a little skinny eight year old boy was trying to ride it. He quickly slipped to the side, almost fell off, but grabbed the sheep around the neck, and hung on. He ended up almost face to face with the sheep, clinging like a monkey to the sheep's neck and chest. Finally the sheep reared up like a horse, trying to shake him free, but the kid hung on! It was just hilarious! After the buzzer sounded, one of the pickup men caught up with them and pulled the kid free. The boy had a big fluffy ball of wool in each hand! The sheep was indignant, and trotted off to the gate, shaking his head like the goat in "The Loaded Goat." Anyway, we had a lot of fun, and I'd go again in a heartbeat. Oh, and they started the performance with a prayer. The announcer just stood up and said, "Folks, we're privately owned, so we can do this, and we're gonna! Let's pray." And he did.

Has anyone read Dr. Carson's book "One Nation" yet? I've just started it, and it's going to be a good read. I've read "America the Beautiful" and "Gifted Hands", both by Dr. Carson, and recommend them highly. I'm liking him more and more. As near as I can tell, he's not on anybody's leash.

Asa, you mentioned rain, and how it sometimes comes so fast, like too much in too short of a time, so it just runs off. That's true, it does, but that can be a good thing. In fact, that's exactly what we need here in Texas right now. We need a downpour that will run off, because that always makes its way into the rivers and streams, and ends up filling the lakes. We've got lakes that you could wade across right now, and some are dried up completely. It's getting scary. We need the slow soakers too, though. That's what helps the farmers, and even those of us who like green grass around our home. We're on once a week watering restriction right now, and that's just not enough. Things get pretty wilted before that watering day comes around again.

Well, guess I'd better get busy. Got some home health charting to do, Toye Starr needs her hair combed out, and David just called to tell me to be ready at 5:30, to go to Dakota's for my birthday dinner. He was out of town last week, so we're doing it now. I told him we don't have to go to Dakota's, I'd be perfectly happy with any old place, but he said 75 calls for something special, so Dakota's it is. Now I've got to find something to wear!

Later, taters. --Romeena

August 02, 2014 - Msg 98651: Oh My Romeena...nuttin no funner than kids riding sheep...G-F I will slow down...but chasing cars I have to pick it up a bit !...well come on 6pm...Mrs Spot will have ribs on the bbq when I get home...yall stop by....who makes good tater salad?..My mom does for sure..onion and eggs...and I dont know what all...I can make a meal out of it...well back to work..SPOT

August 03, 2014 - Msg 98652: Good Sunday morning gang....her at work for my last weekend for awhile....gona check a sermon out on tube...Mrs Spot will be meeting her son and family for the 10:45 service...well had boiled eggs and sausage ...oj....let me get started...SPOT

August 03, 2014 - Msg 98653: Good Sabbath porch pals. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Well how was dinner Romeena? Did they bring out a cake with 75 candles on it? Is Dakota's a steakhouse?

Glad you get weekends off for a while Spot. Them tv sermons are ok, but nothing like being there in person.

I have to teach our mens group today. Always makes me nervous. I prefer to lay low and not be noticed, but I reckon if the Lord wants me teaching, I'll give it my best and he will make up the rest. Because I know he isn't going to ask me to do something I am unable to do without blessing me with the means to do it. Can I get an Amen! :)

Well better go put the final touches on my lesson. I want to finish with something big!


August 03, 2014 - Msg 98654: Here's your "Amen", Asa. AMEN! I'm sure everything went very well.

Spot, I make pretty good tater salad, too. I put in onions and boiled eggs, like your mom does, and chopped pickles, or pickle relish, too. I use mayo or MW, and add about a tablespoon of yellow mustard, more or less, depending on how much I'm making. Some of those chopped pickled jalapenos are good, too. The brand I buy is very mild. I'd like them a little hotter, but most people don't, so I use the milder ones. Then a couple of dashes of tabasco finishes it off.

Asa, dinner was wonderful. Dakota's isn't a steakhouse, as such, not like Trail Dust or some of those. They do serve wonderful steaks, but they have a full menu. It's a very upscale place in downtown Dallas, actually down in the "underground" part of downtown. You stop at the curb at a tiny building, and a valet takes your car. In the little building there's the valet desk and an elevator. The elevator takes you to the below-the-streets level and you're there! It's beautiful, with a high rock wall all along one whole side of the patio dining area, and water cascades over the rock wall. We had a small private room just off the main dining room, had our own TV in it, just very nice. There were only six of us - Dave, Brittney, Landry, (Hudson is at church camp), Eloise, Jerry and me. It's the kind of place where the menu displays the prices in tiny, very discreet numbers, without the $ next to it. And no cents added. Just a whole number, like "39." Or "55." That's for a steak. If you want a salad, and/or a baked potato or other veggie, they ranged from "9" to "17." Very scary. Barney's eyes would have fallen out onto the table! It's the kind of place where I suppose some people visit regularly, but in my circle, it takes a big occasion. David ordered some appetizers for the table, and one of them was just outrageously good. It was a baked tart shell, about the size of a saucer, and with the sides turned up to form a little dish. A big portobello mushroom cap had been baked in the bottom of the shell, and then it was all filled with a fluffy mixture of goat cheese, olives, sauteed onions, pine nuts, and basil. Some sort of sauce had been drizzled over the whole thing, and it was really, really good. Fortunately, only David and I like goat cheese, so we had it to ourselves! Of course, the menu called it "chevre", but that's just goat cheese. I ordered a rib eye, and it was huge. I brought half of it home, along with some incredible mac and cheese, and will have it for dinner tonight.

When we got back to my house, Brittney brought in a birthday cake, and a very special gift. If you've seen my little icon on Facebook - Toye Starr standing on a boulder in the back yard - just imagine that reproduced on a canvas, so it looks like a painting. It's just about lifesize, and is just adorable. It's on the wall in my living room now. Cute as can be!

I think it was worth turning 75 to have such a wonderful dinner, lovely gift and everything, and a good time spent with family and my closest friends. God is good.

Blessings! --Romeena

August 03, 2014 - Msg 98655: ....But did they give you a watch with a "75" on it too?..haha Glad you had a good party, Ya know you only turn "25" x (3) one time..haha

Asa, Did you lesson talk about "Hurrying"? SPOT could talk about that subject, hurrying to the Waffle House and such... I bet Mrs. SPOT makes him slow down just a bit. But as he stated, he needs to reserve some Speed for chasing cars...


August 03, 2014 - Msg 98656: Good Sabbath! :)

August 04, 2014 - Msg 98657:
HI Gang. RO- glad you didnt end up with snails and brains! ha
I took Cecile to a restaurant at our 5 star Phoenician Resort once and the menu had NO prices! I thought maybe al was free! haha My "fill-let Mig- non" came on the bill as $85. I wont tell you the rest of the damages, but rooms were more than 7 dollars! ha It was for our 30th about eight years ago.
Oh, Pappabear recently got a PO Box for his mail.
If any of you would like it, email Romeena. Thx.
I will be heading to Santa Barbara from Wed thru Sunday this coming week.

August 04, 2014 - Msg 98658: MDC, Hope you have a good time in Caul'e fornia! While we are on the subject of "Santa's" here's one from Gomer...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-T4g4kltGQ it's a good one!


August 04, 2014 - Msg 98659: Asa BIG FINE OF $100.00 A DAY FOR TOOL BELT DANCE WITH NO LICES OR 30 DAY IN JAIL?



August 04, 2014 - Msg 98660: Heee's Back! Good to hear from you TOM. 30 Days for a bad joke? How about this, 3 days of reading Jack the Giant killer to Otis, and I sweep the court house floor and take the trash out, and we call it even? OK.... :)


August 04, 2014 - Msg 98661: g f no because you told asa to do the toolbelt dance at the birthday part6y


August 04, 2014 - Msg 98662:
Uh-oh, Sheriff TOM has returned.

from Poor Horatio

August 04, 2014 - Msg 98663: Hi All
I came back be foe some one gave a way my rocker
Beside the two bad boy was geting out of handy


August 04, 2014 - Msg 98664: Don't worry TOM we would never give away your rocker, maybe dust it off a little but not give it away...G-F

August 04, 2014 - Msg 98665: G Fit can uesd a coat of pan.


August 04, 2014 - Msg 98666: TOM, Your timing is right on, I am in the process of painting my storage barn, you have a choice of white or gray....G-F

August 04, 2014 - Msg 98667: If you have enough paint, my rocker could use a touch-up, too. It's already white, so just a dab here and there with the white brush will do it. Thanks! --Romeena

August 05, 2014 - Msg 98668:
In my mind's eye, I always picture those rockers that
are on the porch of Cracker Barrel for our porch. Nice big ones,
some with cushions, etc. Maybe some Dillard boys on the Victrola! :)
I'm packin' my bags...

August 05, 2014 - Msg 98669: Yep, When I go to the Cracker Barrel I try to get the one that has the cushion, it helps me think better as I rock. Sometimes those "lodge" meetings with my buddy have been long especially if there is good music playin'.....
After we added onto our house back in 2000, we put on a big "front porch" so we had to have the right rockers for it. Mrs. G-F search high & low for the "right ones" we FINALLY found them down in Amish country south of Canton. We got them from a family who had a real salesmen for a Son, he was about 12 and he could sell a Corvette to a Amishmen if he had to, so dern cute we had to buy from him. They had curved backs that hit you just right in the lumbar, yep they were a good buy.

Maybe during my "inarculation" I can catch up on some of my whittling too...


August 05, 2014 - Msg 98670: Hey Lefty (GF) You and me is bustin out tonight!


August 05, 2014 - Msg 98671: Hi All.
G F white will be nice it go with the house.
Asa at the big house you guy will not have time to think about bustin out that jail has a new helpr and it will keep you all bissing all day. hehe


August 05, 2014 - Msg 98672: TOM & Romeena, White works for me, but I have to go back to Lowes, the "white" paint I bought says it has to be tinted? White has to be tinted? Go figure!

TOM, I want the Mr. Potato set, Give Asa the leather craft set so he can make a new belt.

G-F...aka "Lefty" ha!

August 05, 2014 - Msg 98673: What a mess I've made of my life!


August 05, 2014 - Msg 98674: Asa, you are a bird in this world! --Romeena

August 05, 2014 - Msg 98675: Hi
Romeena how are he doing today?
now just say there and I will make Asa do all yor house work.


August 05, 2014 - Msg 98676: I have searched the net for the following with no luck. I am looking for the episode in which one of the houses, in the background, is on dollies. We were in the house moving business and my father is a huge TAGS fan. Yet, he hasn't noticed the house being moved on the set. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you Thomas - eeffacsamoht@gmail.com

August 05, 2014 - Msg 98677: Thomas, We will put our "Ace" researcher Poor Horatio on it. If anyone can find the answer Poor Horatio can....PH "Will you help us"?.....

August 05, 2014 - Msg 98678: Romeena No to the MW in tater salad...or as a matter of fack no to MW on anything !...good old Dukes mayo !..well on the second shift this month..2 pm to 10 pm...off weekends so lets plan a barn party !..bag joke TOM?...G-F Mrs SPOT has slowed me down !...and is someone painting?..I got a 30 X 40 barn that could use a coat !...ok..prayers for the Ebola Virus people that are here in Ga for treatmemt..It was all like on local TV..the woman was complety wrapped from head to toe and strapped on a gurnie...Atlanta is about 20 min south of me...ok...let me get some work done...what are we having for supper?..SPOT

August 05, 2014 - Msg 98679: Hey
Spot what bag joke I did not make one!



August 05, 2014 - Msg 98680: I don't actually recall seeing a house up on dollies in a TAGS episode, but if I was going to make a guess, I'd say it might be in the Haunted House ep, where Opie hits a baseball into the Remshaw house. Seems to me I recall a house in that one that looked a little strange, might have been on dollies. Other than that, I defer to PH. He has mysterious powers of research. Or maybe just a lot more patience than the rest of us?

The mosquitoes are just terrible around here. No, they're not breeding in my pond. Too many fish in there, they gobble up anything like that. Anyway, the things are huge, numerous, and hungry. I was outside for about five minutes, and have three big welts where they bit me. This is ridiculous. I saw an intriguing ad for a new mosquito treatment by Terminix, and I'm going to check into it. Allegedly, it uses no pesticides, just a proprietary mixture of sugar and garlic. Supposedly the skeeters are attracted to the sugar, they ingest it, and the garlic kills them. We'll see. It will be my luck that I'll just end up with fat mosquitoes with bad breath.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

August 05, 2014 - Msg 98681: LOL @ Ro and her bad breath mosquitoes!

Maybe Tom will put G-F and Asa on the chain gang and they can go around spraying for mosquitoes-they're bad here too!

Dang right,it's Dukes mayo, Spotty!! Best there is!

I'm curious as to what episode that is with the house on dollies. Let's see what PH finds out for us.

Y'all have a good evening!

possum under a rock

August 05, 2014 - Msg 98682: BREAKER, breaker one-nine, this here's the MDC duck, com' on. I'm code 7 just outside Indio at the roadrunner truck stop. Parked next to a cow hauler, and man, it is gettin intense! ha
Will be 86 for next few days unless I can get on the motel net. Boo's FB showed neat pics of her fam at Berger's lake. Gotta go.. guy with big anchor tattoo waitin for 'puter.
Prayers, (for me:)

August 06, 2014 - Msg 98683: Romeena, Maybe the bats would like the skeeters better if you put a little butter in that garlic spray. Ha!

Possum, Don't give TOM any more ideas, he keeps Asa & I busy enough already!

MDC, Just watch out for Sherriff Buford T. Justice and his boy Junior, they are relentless in their pursuit! Just keep singing "Holiday Road" to let the time pass and you'll be ok. Keep safe 10-4?

SPOT, When I go to Mayberry Days, I'll stop at a store and pick up a jar of "Dukes" to try, we don't get it up my way. (along with Cheerwine)


August 06, 2014 - Msg 98684: Buford T. Justice. "What we have here is a total lack of respect for the law". Ha, Jackie Gleason was classic in that role GF.
Safe travels MDC. Lots of fires out there so be careful, although it sounds like the truck stops are your nemesis right now. :) Be careful there too buddy.

Anyone ever make there own fry sauce with mayo? Good stuff.


August 06, 2014 - Msg 98685: Good morning, porch. G-F, pick me up a jar of that Dukes stuff, too. We don't get it here in Texas. Don't get Cheerwine, either. I have nothing against mayo, and will use it, but I do love the tangy, zippy flavor of MW, especially on a baloney sandwich. Or a turkey sandwich. Or any kind of sandwich! And Asa, what is "fry sauce"? Is that anything like tartar sauce? I like a good tartar sauce with fried fish, but if it's fried catfish, I have to have green tomato relish. Catfish just ain't catfish without green tomato relish! A big old thick fillet of catfish, dipped in cornmeal and fried, and a forkful of green tomato relish with each bite - now that's good eatin'! And all green tomato relish is not necessarily created equal, either. I don't like it if the tomatoes are chopped too fine - it just tastes mushy. The tomato needs to be in nice, meaty chunks. Good stuff!

Well, I need to get busy around here. Got laundry to do, so I can have clean clothes to choose from when I pack tomorrow for our trip to Fredericksburg. I have to pack two bags - one for me and one for Toye Starr. You might wonder why a dog has to pack for a trip, but she does. We have to pack a supply of piddle pads, one of her cuddle beds, her travel dishes, food and bottled water, hair clips, collar and leash, de-tangle spray and brushes, and her stroller. Yes, her stroller. If we want to do a little shopping on Main Street, and we will, I'm not carrying Toye Starr. Even at 4.5 lbs, she gets heavy after a while, and she gets tired of being carried. Letting her walk is not an option. First, I don't want her walking on that dirty sidewalk - her feet would be gray in no time. Second, she won't do it anyway. She just flips over on her back and screams, paws waving in the air, when I try to walk her on a leash. It's embarrassing, like a toddler having a tantrum. The pet supply store in Fredbg gave me - GAVE, mind you - an adorable stroller, with a little "cab" that zips closed but has clear plastic windows so she can see out. It has a big pocket where I can put my stuff, and it's all on wheels! Nothing to carry! Pretty nice, and it folds up and fits in the car easily. Yes, she's rotten spoiled. I never said she wasn't.

Have a great day, folks. --Romeena

August 06, 2014 - Msg 98686: Yes, Asa & MDC My best friend just started driving 18 wheelers at age 56. He has told me stories of what happens at those truck stops, especially out West. There are many lizards, of the "Lot" variety. And a full set of teeth are not required for that job. You know the kind that will turn you into a "TOAD"... Yep, his first solo run he said to his dog: (she travels with him) "Toto I don't think we are in Kansas (or Ohio) anymore!...Ha!

G-F..(Taking a break from painting the storage barn)...

August 06, 2014 - Msg 98687: Dukes all the way G-F and possum...Romeena how old is Toye Starr been on the porch with us..?..been a while...Asa Fry sauce?...help me figure that one out..Boo good pics on FB...buddy wanted me to take off and play golf today...said NOPE..its 94 here today and I have played in the heat....never again...well back to work here...who is cooking?..SPOT

August 06, 2014 - Msg 98688: Spot, Toye Starr turned 7 years old in July. I can't believe she's that old already. She still acts like a puppy, very playful, happy all the time. I don't think she'll ever change, and that's fine with me! I wish I knew how to insert a picture here - I've got some good ones of her. PH? --Romeena

August 06, 2014 - Msg 98689: Are you kidding Ro? 7 years. My goodness, I still thinking 3 or 4. Time just moves right along don't it.

Well fry sauce is kind of a Utah thing. A local hamburger joint claims to have created it back in 1949. There are a bunch of different ways of mixing it up, but mostly it is 2 parts mayo mixed with one part ketchup. You can adjust to your own taste. I have heard Arctic Circle (the originators) say there is more to it than that. I also heard they mix in a little buttermilk. Others a little white vinegar. I will mix in a little dill pickle juice in mine. I think it's just a matter of what you grew up with because folks in these parts love it. Most hamburger joints offer it, even the big chain ones here in the State. I much prefer it over just ketchup. But I have to admit, Arctic Circle does seem to have something special about there brand. I mix it up and spread it on my hamburger buns also. Good stuff. Try it and tell me what you think. You might have to experiment around with it to get it how you like it. And no, it's way better than Thousand Island dressing. Some folks use bbq sauce instead of ketchup. I have never tried that.