August 06, 2014 - Msg 98690: Interesting! Why is it called fry sauce? I can see where it would be good on a burger, but do you use it on fried fish or anything like that? Just wondering where it got its name. --Romeena

August 06, 2014 - Msg 98691: Oh, and I think I'd like a little pickle relish in mine. Maybe I'll sit here on this freshly swept and dusted porch and think about that thing! --Romeena

August 06, 2014 - Msg 98692: Oh. It is for dipping French fries in Ro. I forgot to mention that part. :)


August 06, 2014 - Msg 98693: Oh, French fries! I should have thought of that. Fry sauce. To dip fries in. Makes sense. Hmmm. I'll have to try that. With that bit of information, I'm thinking I wouldn't want the pickle relish in it after all. Still, if I was going to put it on a burger, it might be okay.

You know, I was watching the "Opie and the Merry Men" ep a little while ago, and it crossed my mind that maybe the grown-up Opie (Ron Howard) ought to sit down and watch that thing a couple of times. There's a very good lesson there, and I don't think he learned it when he was doing the show, based on some things he's said and the people he has supported. Too bad. And that's all I'll say about that. I can disagree with him and still like him and his work.

Guess I'll go comb little Toye Starr's hair. She goes to the groomer tomorrow. She goes about twice a year, so they can even her coat up a little, clip off the stragglies, and make her look pretty. The rest of the time, I keep her clean and brushed. I like to comb her out before she goes though, because I know I'm gentle with the tangles and while I think the groomer is as well, I can never be sure. Starr doesn't seem to mind going, so I think they're gentle with her, but I like to have her pretty well tangle free before she goes.

Blessings! --Romeena

August 07, 2014 - Msg 98694: Romeena, I know what you mean about Ronnie and his political commercial, if you remember the other part he did with his "Happy Days" buddy "The Fonz" He always had trouble sayin' he was Wr, Wrro, Wrroo, WRONG! Wonder if he has that trouble NOW!.....He is one of those "Hollywood" types, and they know everything, so probably NOT! But I can help... it's spelled W-R-O-N-G say it....I W-A-S W-R-O-N-G! See, it's just that easy...Ha!!!

Asa, It's funny how we have our regional takes on our food desires, nowadays people dip everything, bet some tobasco sauce would give it some zing too. I had the same quandary as Ro, I was thinking about "fried" not "fry" so I didn't get it at first either. Glad you set us straight, now I don't have that prayin' on my mind anymore. Ha!


August 07, 2014 - Msg 98695: p.s. Romeena, Remember the commercial his brother Clint did? Now I thought that was funny! I think just because "Leon" didn't say anything didn't mean he was stupid but just that he was "deep" maybe that's why Ron doesn't give him any major rolls in his movies, because he's a Republican and Republicans can't be smart? I guess "Ben" found him to be "Gentle" tho. Just a thought...G-F again...

August 07, 2014 - Msg 98696: ....and another thing, If you agree "Leon" was a deep thinker take a look at this interview.. And that's all I'll say about that! Yep, Leon Is pretty wise even tho he don't talk much...
I'm done now....G-F

August 07, 2014 - Msg 98697: Good morning Porchters.

Great link GF. I enjoyed listening to Clint very much. But I always marvel at a conservative in hollywierd just because they are so rare. Oh there is so much more I'd like to say on the subject, but I best nip my own bud. Maybe I'll go talk to my furkid, Barney. He is always ready to listen to me, and never argues back. :)

Yea Ro, give that fry sauce a try. GF, they is all kinds of other stuff you could add to it and kick it up a notch for sure. I do want to try the buttermilk addition to see if it gets closer to Arctic Circles style.

Sure do hope MDC ain't run off with no trucker. He sounded a might nervous in his last post.

GF, I was reading about that feller from Ohio who made a video of himself "watering" Art Modell's grave. My goodness. 61 years old and doing something so juvenile. And take a video of it and post it on youtube. Mercy sakes. I hope Tom throws him under the jail. :)

Well I have another sprinkler leak at one of our properties. Found a huge area of lawn just saturated with water. Better go sharpen the shovel, dag gummit!


August 07, 2014 - Msg 98698:
Speaking of Ron Howard, there was something revealing in that article link I posted in Msg 98588. It concerns him and his wife selling an east coast home and estate they used to own. Why did they live so far away from Hollywood? In that link, Ron is quoted as saying "We moved 3,000 miles away from the hub of Los Angeles, to raise our family here." Hmmm. They didn't want to raise their children in Southern California? I wonder why?

I did some searching for a TAGS episode with a house on dollies and came up empty so far. I requested more details from Thomas, but his memory is weak like mine. Since he claims that the background scene lasted for only about two seconds, I wonder if anyone will ever notice it. Only time will tell.

Romeena, I emailed you some HTML instructions for your Toye Starr photos.

from Poor Horatio

August 07, 2014 - Msg 98699: Thanks, PH, but for some reason, they didn't show up in my inbox. The other email you sent did, as you'll know when you receive my reply. I don't know what happened to the HTML instructions. You do know I now have only one email address - the "" one is kaput. --Romeena

August 07, 2014 - Msg 98700:
Romeena, I'm confused now. I sent both the HTML instructions and the request for help to the same email address. You received one but not the other. I am using the email address that appears when you send out those stories to your list of friends.

from Poor Horatio

August 07, 2014 - Msg 98701: Beats me, PH. Once in a while this happens - someone will tell me they sent something, but I never get it. Usually, they can re-send and it comes through. I never know where the first one went - into the clouds, I guess. Would you mind trying again? Thanks! --Romeena

August 07, 2014 - Msg 98702: I just picked Toye Starr up from the groomer, and she's gaw-jus! So soft and fluffy and silky, and her little face is so cute, with the stragglies trimmed and all. She was a little miffed at being left, and wouldn't look at me when I first got there to pick her up. She'd sneak a peek, and when I'd look at her, she'd turn her head and look away. In a minute though, she was all wiggles and wagging tail, trying to get away from the lady and get to me across the counter. Her little snits don't last long.

Well, gotta get busy. I need to unload some stuff out of my car, so I can load it with stuff for the trip. Starr's stroller goes in, and her little cuddle bed. My car's trunk is a cavern though, so we'll have plenty of room. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

August 07, 2014 - Msg 98703:
Romeena, I sent the HTML instructions again.

from Poor Horatio

August 07, 2014 - Msg 98704: While painting my barn I couldn't help but to think Mr. Miyagi from the "Karate Kid" movie will show up and teach me the painting karate moves he showed Daniel in the movie. Since my boards go up & down I should be proficient in that discipline by now. Up, Down, No side to side.... Got it!
I'm almost done, literally & figuratively! Up the ladder, down the ladder. Wonder what kind of karate move that is? And NO wax on wax off for me, I'm beat to the socks! I Will finish it all tomorrow. I just have the front to do yet. I may be retired but I can still paint with the best of em'.....

Asa, hope you got you leak fixed! As far as the Cleveland Browns fan, I never said ALL the folks in Ohio were smart! Ha! I'll stop there before I get into any more "Cleveland" trouble with TOM, he may make me paint the White House Green!

And to all a Good night!.....G-F

August 08, 2014 - Msg 98705: Got it, PH. Thanks! --Romeena

August 08, 2014 - Msg 98706: Morning all.

Hey GF, we ain't spring chickens anymore, are we? Glad you are almost done with your paint job. I felt like you sounded last night. Worn right out. Spent several hours just digging to get everything exposed. I have 2 other lines and about a dozen control wires running right on top of my leaking 2 inch line, so a lot of digging with a small hand shovel. And of course clay and gravel back fill makes the digging real fun. But just before lunch we got called off on another more pressing job. Good thing though. It was getting hot and I needed a break. But back at it today. My knees are just throbbing after yesterday so I don't know how much I'll get done today.

Romeena, what road trip are you taking? Where you going? I must have missed that.

Boo, Possum, where you gals at? Speak to us.

Sure glad it's Friday. This is the first full week I've worked in a few, and it's been a hard one. I am looking forward to the weekend.

I saw on the news about that waterfront diner sinking in Cincy GF and Tom. Either of you fellers been on that? Sounds like it has had a tough time over the years.

Well better get some Advil in me and see if I can do any good today.

Prayers for all.


August 08, 2014 - Msg 98707: ok...headed to wk....just a quick trouble to go back and read about fry sauce....SPOT

August 08, 2014 - Msg 98708: Good morning, porch! Asa, sounds like you've had a tough week, and it's not over. Those knees can be a real pain - no pun intended. To answer your question, Eloise and I are headed for Fredericksburg (TX), about a 4 1/2 hour drive from here. That's where both of my daughters live. One of my grandsons has the lead in "The Fantasticks" in the Fredericksburg Theater Company's production of it. He's a good actor, and sings beautifully, has perfect pitch. He'd like to have a career on the stage, but says if it doesn't happen, he'll do something else, but will always stay in local theater. I can't wait to see him. He played Will Parker in a production of "Oklahoma!" with the same company about a year ago, and did an excellent job. He's only 19, will be a sophomore at Texas State in the fall, so he's got a lot of life ahead of him. Good kid, too.

Well, I'd better get moving. Still have to load the car. Not that there's that much to load. Just Toye Starr's stroller, my little diddy bag and hers, and a few clothes on hangers. I travel light. I'm packing heat, too. Yep, my .45 will be in the console. I don't have a CCL, but in Texas you don't need one when traveling. Two women traveling alone? I just like to level the playing field.

Later, taters. --Romeena

August 08, 2014 - Msg 98709: You've heard of "Thelma & Louise"? This is the remake... "Romeena & Eloise"... And she's packin' heat, and I don't mean hot sauce! Just don't go drivin' off a cliff we need you here on the porch!

Can I quote Briscoe Darling if I may: "Done & DONE"!....You know, I don't recall it taking me as long to paint the barn last time, It must be that "New" paint they sell these days, Amen Asa? My next project is to paint the front porch posts and step railings, but I have to say like Mr. Dave told Opie: "I'll have to "study" on it awhile. I don't want to go and just slop the paint on ya know. Maybe Mr. Wheeler can help too?
My body is sayin'...Study on it a week or so...ha!


August 08, 2014 - Msg 98710: Amen GF. I wonder what causes that? And I'd say you need to spend some serious time studying up on that porch painting. A feller doesn't want to rush into these jobs blindly. Maybe Newton Monroe is available if he's done planting that tree out back and cleaning the furnace.

Have a safe trip Ro. Don't go breaking your neck.

Well I got my job all glued up but I ain't turning the water on to test it until Monday. 2 inch pipe with 100 psi, that baby needs to sit and cure.


August 08, 2014 - Msg 98711: I'm right here, Asa! Just busy,is all,but doing well. Boo has been on vacation in Branson and headed back home now,so she should be rocking on the Porch again real soon.

How is everybody? Guess Tom paroled GF & Asa-y'all fellers behave,now!

Happy weekend to all!

possum under a rock

August 08, 2014 - Msg 98712: Good to see you Possum. You know me. I'm always well behaved. Now GF, well he just seems to ooze trouble. A good feller he is, but he does live life on the wild side at times. Don't say nothing but I hear he walks around the house in his bare stocking feet. Can you imagine that? No shoes at all, right on his carpet. I declare he's got a wild streak in him. :)


August 08, 2014 - Msg 98713: Hi All.

ROM have a safe trip and have some fun

Asa that nice of G F not ware his muder shoes on the carpetit keep it clean that way and save money too!


August 09, 2014 - Msg 98714: Safe travels Romeena...let the pipe cure Asa !..well did we ever have storms move thru here Ga..whew still got people out of power, hee at work trying to get the back on...hey G-F,possum,Boo,PH and all...ok...let me get back to work...Mrs Spot says hey !..SPOT

August 09, 2014 - Msg 98715: That's right TOM, Mrs. GF likes it better when I don't get the carpet dirty. She gets on me when I wear shoes on the carpet, so that is why I have "in door" flip flops and slippers to wear. I hate to go barefoot it makes me feel like a naked savage.
Speaking of savages, I better get outside and feed my squirrels before they tear up all my sunflowers, they are in FULL bloom now.

SPOT, Just think of Mother Natures storms as "job security!"...Yep she has been passing out a lot of "security" this year...

G-F.. (studyin' on painting my porch")

August 09, 2014 - Msg 98716: "Breaker, Breaker, 1-9, come in,MDC! Do you read me? This is possum-how about holler back at me,good buddy!"

(That's in case he was kidnapped by a trucker- a little CB lingo-LOL)

Whoo whee, Spot! We had those storms too! Power stayed on though.

Y'all have a good Saturday-"Hey" to Mrs. Martha & everybody!

possum under a rock

August 09, 2014 - Msg 98717: Hey Possum, I guess they must not get good porch reception in Cale-forn-ia! Unless they have MDC hide away in a cabin some where out in the woods. Remember he likes his burgers hard, just like Al. 10-4? (I hope he is a good dancer)...

Asa, Does that pipe repair come with a outa-sight guarantee? (once you're outa sight it's outa guarantee) ha!...


August 10, 2014 - Msg 98718: Wanted to let all fans of TAGS know about our first annual Back To Mayberry Retreat at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond, Mississippi on October 31-November 2. Everything Mayberry: Fun, Food, Fellowship, and Fife! Visit our site for more information:

It's a one of kind event. There ain't never been nothing like it. Be the first to attend a Back to Mayberry Retreat. And bring your family and friends.

Please help us spread the word. We appreciate it.

August 11, 2014 - Msg 98719: What? Did the county start eviction preceding's here on the porch...Where is everyone? Boo, Romeena, & MDC I know are on vacation where is everyone else? Possum you come out from under that rock! I bet SPOT is out chasing cars, I hear he sent away and got some of those "pills" that they advertise on the late night TV, you know the ones, that fix those sore muscles & arthritic joints. Makes him feel like a new puppy ;)

Asa, Fire up that pipe! Hope it holds, it might,.....might not...ha!

Have a great Monday....G-F

August 11, 2014 - Msg 98720: Thanks GF. I hope she holds also. If she does it's off to the dirt store to by some decent material for backfill. At least that way if I have to go back in it won't be so bad digging. You gotta amen for me GF?

Yessir, no posts here yesterday atall. Guess everyone is busy or on vacation. I sure miss em. Where is Boo? I hope she is doing ok.

Well better go load up my tools on the truck and drive over to the repair job and see what we got. Wish me luck.


August 11, 2014 - Msg 98721: Haha Asa, Just tell them you want "Lite" dirt, we have a "lite" choice for a lot of things today. But "lite" is "lite" on taste tho.... I suppose they have "lite" Dukes too? SPOT & Possum?

G-F again....

August 11, 2014 - Msg 98722: Good Morning porch! it is cool and has been raining on my end of the porch.

we took a

August 11, 2014 - Msg 98723: oops!

day trip to Asheville NC yesterday. visited the MAST general store and walked around the downtown area. Asheville is a pretty little town with an
electic group of folks. had a good day .

back to work me. Both kids made it home safely from their beach trips and are getting ready to go back to college. Patrick will start graduate school and Beth will begin her junior year.

breakfast menu will be: scambled eggs, sausage, bacon, buttered toast with apple butter, jelly.
coffee, juice, tea to drink. somebidy bring the paper.

Prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

August 11, 2014 - Msg 98724: Here I am, GF! Yep, there is a Lite Dukes mayo,but I never tried it nor plan to! I doubt Spot eats it,but you never know-Mrs.Martha might have put him on a diet.

Hey Maude! I was in Mast General in Columbia,SC yesterday! Don't you love that store? I got a bag full of old timey candy, and had a Blenheim Ginger Ale. Have any of you ever tasted one of those? VERY gingery! Warning- unless you want to fry your uvula,do not purchase the one with the pink bottle cap! The gold cap is about the "spiciest" one I can handle. Good stuff,though!

Whoever did the incant for rain in the South can retract it at any time-enough is enough-dang! Ain't that right,Spotty?!

Y'all reckon that trucker is gonna ask for a ransom on MDC? ha ha

possum under a rock

August 11, 2014 - Msg 98725: In case anybody is interested..

possum again

August 11, 2014 - Msg 98726: Possum, I love that ginger ale! Yep, it will put a twang to your taste buds for sure! I have a empty bottle in my "Old time" soda bottle collection. It's like "Vernors" on steroids....I found a site where you still can purchase the oldtymie sodas still made with cane sugar. Don't care what "they" say, it's still better with the cane sugar than "high fructose corn syrup"...Just sayin'.... ( when you post "again" why no rocks)? you thought I wouldn't notice????


August 11, 2014 - Msg 98727: Old tymie sodas....

August 11, 2014 - Msg 98728: Do you drink the hottest flavor, G-F?? I've never tried the pink cap, and will admit I'm scared to!

I send my rocks out to be polished, G-F and that's why you don't see them sometimes! hee hee
Looky how they shine now,though-

possum once more

August 11, 2014 - Msg 98729: I say no to ginger ale...hey Possum,G-F,maude,boo,asa...and no lite mayo for me...I do try to stay from white bread sweets as much as I can...possum yer rocks look so shiney...I caught a huge tirtle crossing the road sat...measured him (shell) front to back 14 inches...was a ton of parents holding their younguns up after Church Sunday checking him out in truck bed !..gave him a big slice of watermelon and set him free after we got at work...let me get busy ! SPOT

August 11, 2014 - Msg 98730: Howdy, porch! Eloise and I got back to town about 3:30 this afternoon. I had planned to come home yesterday, but my Florida son was staying until this morning, so we did too. So glad I did. We had a great visit.

My grandson did a great job as Matt in "The Fantasticks." Thursday night was opening night, and the man who originally wrote the music for the play, Harvey Schmidt, was there. He's 84, in a wheelchair, and my grandson said he was just a great guy. He complimented Travis highly on his performance. Travis will remember that all his life.

David and Brittney and the boys went on from Fredericksburg for an 11-day trip out through Wet Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and into Colorado. They're going to have a wonderful time. They were at Carlsbad Caverns today. The boys are 10 and 13, so they're old enough to appreciate what they're seeing. I'm so glad they're making that trip. Naturally, I have Bentley while they're gone. So far, he seems to be doing okay after his cancer surgery. The vet said he probably had two to four months to live, because he fully expects it to come back. It's been three months, and so far, our Bentley-boy seems to be doing fine. Pray, friends!

Well, I'm beat to the socks. I think I'll go hunt up something for supper, feed the doggies, and maybe turn in a little early. I have to meet Ted at Lowe's at 7:30 in the morning to pay for the materials for a fence he's building at my smaller rent house. Then I have a home health call to make at 9, and another at 3 tomorrow,so I need to get some rest tonight. Boo, are you home yet? Check in!

Blessings, friends. --Romeena

August 11, 2014 - Msg 98731: Hahaha! "Wet Texas?" Don't we wish!! Too bad, it's really "West Texas." --Romeena

August 11, 2014 - Msg 98732:
I wonder who posted that commercial in Msg 98718? I'm surprised they did not sign it or even introduce themselves. Not a friendly gesture as far as I'm concerned.

G-F speaking of old sodas, I have a six pack carton of cola sitting in the basement since the 1980's. It has been so long ago that I can't remember what brand of cola it is.

SPOT, that was an interesting story about the turtle. Was he possibly a Ninja Turtle?

RIP Robin Williams

from Poor Horatio

August 11, 2014 - Msg 98733: For your viewing pleasure The Andy Griffith Show Reunion 2003


August 11, 2014 - Msg 98734: Trying to wrap my head around the fact that Robin Williams is dead. Dang.. What a brilliant light that man was. Shine on, Mr. Williams,shine on..

possum under a rock

August 11, 2014 - Msg 98735:
BREAKER, breaker, this here's the MDC duck checkin back in
on the flip flop. Made it home late last night,
"sicker than a dog, but loving every minute of it." Not really sick, I just love that line! ha
Great trip and great time in Santa Barbara.
Slept in this AM and unpacked etc. Always good to to be home.
Looks like we have a retreat invite. I bet they are doing
the tags bible study.
Possum, nice shiney rocks. I need to get back on FB after a 6 day absence!
First I heard of Robin Williams passing. He was a very good comic. I liked Patch Adams.
May he rest in peace. He wasnt that old was he?
RO--glad you had a good trip. Did you ever see my post about your vacuum?
God's blessings to all,

August 12, 2014 - Msg 98736: Nanu Nanu Porch folks, Yep sad news, You never know what people struggle with, even the folks who seem energetic spirited can still have lows.

Glad to have Romeena & MDC back rockin' it's been quite around hear.

Hey SPOT, Why did the turtle cross the road? To get to the other side and to be caught by you! I have to agree with PH it must have been one of the Ninja variety. Ha!

Asa, Well,...Did she hold?...........


August 12, 2014 - Msg 98737: Hey there.
Good to see MDC & ROM back home safe!
G F I told you about bad joke now this one will fine you of $25.00 for that joke.


August 12, 2014 - Msg 98738: Good mornin', porch! I've been up since dawn made a little crack, met Ted at Lowe's at 7:30 to pay for the materials for a section of fence he's building at one of my rentals, went on and saw a home health client, and now back home, guzzling iced tea! I think I might have gotten a touch dehydrated on that trip - I can't get enough to drink! My blood sugar isn't high, so that's not causing thirst. I'm just dry! It was awfully hot down there, and it's not cool here either. Looks like our "unusually cool summer" has deserted us.

Bless Eddie's heart, he's out back again, just pulling weeds like a machine. How he does it in the heat, I don't know. I'll take him a bottle of cold water in a minute.

MDC, I think I remember that post, and thought I had responded. Would you mind running it by me again?

Life is good. I've got my little Toye Starr lying right at my feet, and our Bentley-boy is stretched out, flat on his side, about two feet away, softly snoring. He's such a sweet dog. I just cannot accept that he might leave us very soon. So far, he looks good, eats well, is energetic, and doesn't appear to be in any pain. I'm just going to keep praying that he'll beat the odds and survive this thing. He's such a great little guy, loves everybody, but turned into a tiger when his beloved Brittney was threatened. No question but that he saved her from a very serious situation that day, quite possibly saved her life. Prayers for Bentley to beat that cancer would be greatly appreciated.

Well, I guess I'd better hunt up some lunch. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

August 12, 2014 - Msg 98739: Exactillioso! (:

August 12, 2014 - Msg 98740: Here I am, friends...just got home yesterday and been busy washing the dirty clothes, etc. I just took it easy today. I am no spring chicken anymore and vacation like to wore me out! I wonder why they call it vacation?
We did have some great times together and enjoyed Branson. To, Silver Dollar City was packed and it was so hot that I really wasn't able to enjoy it but I did eat the chicken at Molly's, as you suggested, and it was seriously the best fried chicken I have ever had in my life! PS, you mentioned a show called d Noah, but it wasn't showing..we did see Jonah, however, and it was excellent. We saw the Chinese acrobats and it was so enjoyable. I think the scenic railway was my favorite thing, though. I also went to the wax museum with Erin, while Bruce and Sean went to a classic car museum.
To, we drove through Springfield on our way to St James, where Sean spent the day at famous vacuum museum. The country up that way is really beautiful. How long were you in Springfield?

I am happy to hear

August 12, 2014 - Msg 98741: Oops..I am happy to hear that Bentley is doing so well. Will pray..


August 12, 2014 - Msg 98742: I guess you figured out that "To" was supposed to be "Ro"...


August 13, 2014 - Msg 98743:
BOO-- sounds like you had a fun time! The posts of Berger lake
looked neat, and I could hear your voice on the video. Yes, vacations used to be relaxing times, now it is go go go go. Dr Breen wouldnt like that! ha
RO--speaking of vacuum museums (ha) , if you send me the model number of the one that needs a hosse, I think a shop here might have one.
TOM--God's blesssings to u.
Nite all,

August 13, 2014 - Msg 98744: Good morning Porch pals.

Good to see all our travelers back home safe and sound. We had to many vacant chairs.... rockers here on the porch. Glad you are all back and had a good time.

Certainly I'll pray for Bentley Romeena. Maybe I could ask you all for prayers for my Barney. He has been having back issues off and on for a while but looks to be really struggling now. Hard to believe he is 10 years old, he has been so full of life and energy, but suddenly is seeming very old. I am having to carry him out to do his business and back in. I'm afraid if this gets worse we may have to make that tough decision. I hope not. Prayers are appreciated.

GF, the fix held but I found another leak not more that a few feet away. So did some more digging and repaired it also. Tested it again and looks good so will be backfilling today with sand and then a layer of topsoil and then some sod. Whew, been a summer of sprinkler repairs this year for some reason.

Speaking of such, I reckon I better get moving. That takes more and more effort with each passing year. Maybe I best take GF's approach and sit back and give deep deep thought on how exactly I propose to do this backfill. Might work. But I suspect the boss woill say "might not". Dog gone him!


August 13, 2014 - Msg 98745: Hey, Boo! Good to have you back. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed "Jonah" in Branson. I haven't seen it, but would like to. We saw "Noah" and I was just overwhelmed by it. The special effects are spectacular (animatronics), and of course, they had some live animals as well. When they were getting ready to load and close up the ark, live animals came down the aisles, walked up some little ramps, and walked right into the "door" of the ark. No one led them, they just did it. Donkeys, goats, pigs, birds - all two by two, and into the ark. It was amazing. Then in the next scene, you're inside the ark, and you really, really feel like you're inside that huge boat. It's worth the trip, and the price of the ticket, trust me. I'm betting "Jonah" is just as impressive. Can't wait to see it!

I'm glad Molly is still serving chicken! It was soooo good! I'm sorry it was so hot there, but I'm not surprised. I just love Silver Dollar City. The candymaker, the grist mill, the blacksmith, all fascinating. Do they still make lead shot by pouring lead through a screen from up on a little tower, and letting the beads fall into cold water down below? Amazing how the drops of lead go perfectly round when they hit the water. Does the undertaker still walk around the grounds in his black suit and top hat, and measure people with his big measuring stick? He was so funny! Well, anyway, glad you're home!

Asa, I'm sorry to hear that about Barney. Gosh, I remember when you got him, can't believe he's ten years old already. Poor little guy, doxies seem to be prone to back troubles, I guess. I read where some of them respond well to treatment with acupuncture, and there are vets who are trained in that procedure. I'm usually not a big fan of alternative medicine, but that has been around for many centuries, and has a proven track record for people. No reason why it wouldn't work for a furkid. Bless his little heart, he'll certainly have my prayers, and thank you for including Bentley in yours. The big old fluffy thing is snoozing here on the floor nearby. He's such a good boy.

MDC, that model number is Dirt Devil #082023. I appreciate your interest in my little problem!

Well, guess I'd better get moving around here. Eloise wants to go get some lunch, and I'm nowhere near ready to go anywhere, so had better get dressed. She has a clock in her stomach, and when that clock tells her to eat, she's ready! Guess I'd better get dressed and go pick her up. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

August 14, 2014 - Msg 98746:

GF--Lots happening in Cleveland!! First you split a twin bill with the AZ Diamondbacks today, then you play the
AZ Rattlers in the Arena Bowl on the 23rd.
Then you have Johnny football, and in November the return of LaBron!! You are on the map, my friend! :)
RO--I will see what I can find here for ya.
I hope everyone is doing OK. I miss the beaches of SB, but reality has set in once again.
ASA--Prayers for Barney, sorry to hear about the little fella. You gonna join the GF and MDC retirement esquire club soon? I golf in the 90s, still trying to hit 100, my US Steel stock is up an eighth, and my baked alaska is about as good as the state it was named after! haha
Prayers continue for you all and for the world!
Rest in peace Lauren Bacall, together with Bogey once again.

August 14, 2014 - Msg 98747: Yep, Asa You need to put a bucket on your head and think about MDC's advice, jump in, the waters fine! Plus, Barney and the birds and squirrels would like the attention too. All you have to do is learn the "secret handshake" it's a lot like the one's they do at the FBI. Then maybe if you get to bored you could get a PT job at the bank, but be sure to go down to the hardware and get a screw for your gun first.

MDC, Don't forget, Cleveland is hosting the Republican convention too. Maybe they can get some folks to switch sides, that area is a heavy Democratic part of the state now.


August 14, 2014 - Msg 98748: Morning everyone! hope everyone is up and ready to face the day.

I have been taking off a little early the past couple of days. Mr. Maude took some vacation time this week and Patrick leaves to go back to school on Sunday afternoon. I thought I would go home and and spend time with them. Beth starts class on the 26th but she has decided too commute back and forth. It is only about a 40 minute drive so shouldn't be too bad for her.

Our weather has been cooler the past few days. Almost fall like. Cool afternoons and evenings and cool foggy mornings. We still have a bit of summer left to go through so I know the heat will soon return.

breakfast menu; pancakes with butter and maple syrup, bacon, sausages. fresh blueberries, strawberries and yogurt. coffee, tea, milk to drink.

everyone have a blessed day!
Big Maude

August 14, 2014 - Msg 98749: Figured I'd better check in before MDC tells some tale about how I ran away with a rock & roll band! LOL

Almost,but not quite- I did follow Crosby Stills & Nash's tour bus up the interstate the other night,though! GROOVY!

Anyway.. hope everyone is doing good. Send some of that fall weather down my way, Maudie-I am so ready for summer to be over with!

Y'all take care and have a Mayberry kind of day!

possum under a rock

August 14, 2014 - Msg 98750: ...OLD ROCKers they are Possum! I guess they are back on tour because their ObamaCare in$urance isn't working for them these days.. You know, those guys aren't spring chickens anymore! Oh, that's right, I'm not either haha! They did some good music back in the day, I'm more of a John Denver - Neil Diamond guy myself, but then again Neil is kinda old himself, and John would have been too. I did like JD's music, no matter what Charlie Rich said about him....So I better get back outside and get some "Sunshine on my Shoulders" it helps the sore muscles!


August 14, 2014 - Msg 98751:
Speaking of the weather, today we are expected to have a high of just 18 degrees! That's 18 degrees celsius which is 64 degrees to you folks south of the border.

G-F, I enjoyed that Mayberry Reunion video link you posted in Msg 98733. Thanks for posting it.

MDC, you mentioned a "retirement esquire club". Since I am retired and receiving a pension, am I eligible to join?

Welcome on the return of Boo, Romeena and MDC. Glad to see you all made it back safely. Speaking of trips, my wife and I just returned from a weekend trip to Erie Pennsylvania. And there was nothing eerie about it.

possum under a rock, I don't recall you commenting about my Msg 98629 especially since it involves your username?

from Poor Horatio

August 14, 2014 - Msg 98752: I'll have to go back in the Archives for that one, PH-I may have missed it!

possum again

August 14, 2014 - Msg 98753: Eeewwwww, PH! I think I skipped that one (MSG 98629) on purpose! Ha ha
That was during the "possum cooking" discussions,I believe!

G-F- Not a big Neil Diamond fan,but sure loved John Denver. As for CS& N,yep,they're old,but they can still rock! Crosby just turned 73 today,which is hard to believe!

Well,I need to go find something for supper. You can bet it won't be "possum in a can"!

possum once more

August 14, 2014 - Msg 98754:
73 Possum?? Geesh, was he on oxygen? ha Sure, you caught the tour bus, because they were on hover-rounds!! har har!
PH--you can join the club, but only if you have one of them fancy rod and reels. Hey, that's it, I should only record Phx weather in celcius!
MAUDie--could sure use some fall weather here too!
But, I bet you will have an indian summer soon, huh?
Friends, this world is really hurtin right now, prayers for all those Christians in Iraq and elsewhere.
Lord be with us!
God bless,

August 15, 2014 - Msg 98755: Heck, MDC- that 73 yr. old fellow belted out those songs like you would not believe! He must've taken singing lessons from Eleanora Poultice! He's still got it! Now,Stephen Stills.. he ain't really got it anymore,but his guitar playing sure outdid anything Jim Lindsey could show us! LOL

Y'all have a fine Friday! Yes,prayers for this old world of ours,for sure!

possum under a rock

August 15, 2014 - Msg 98756: Good morning, porch! Possum, you mean to tell me that Stephen Stills can play a guitar better than Jim Lindsey? That must have been something to hear! Could he make an acoustic guitar sound like an electric steel, and could he make all the rest of the instruments too, with just that one guitar? Wow! That must have been something to hear!

Sure is pretty here this morning, a beautiful day, but gonna be hot, hot, hot! It's just 81 at 10 a.m., but expected to hit 100, and going for 104 tomorrow. You know, you just can't put enough water on some things to keep them going. My petunias are long gone, even though I kept them watered. The plants just bake and die.

MDC, you are so right. Across the world, Christians are being persecuted, driven from their homes, tortured, and murdered in large numbers. Our own country has been attacked as well - 9/11, the marathon bombers, the Ft. Hood shootings, etc. - and yet we're allowing the cancer to grow and spread unchecked. We're choking on our own Constitution (what's left of it) and I truly have no idea what the answer is. We are on a very slippery slope. Go against the Constitution, deny them their religious freedom here, and where does that stop? Honor the Constitution and watch them systematically, step by step, overrun this country and turn it into an Islamic state, with Sharia law? I wish I knew the answer, but I don't, and I'm not sure that any mortal does. Only God can solve this mess.

Well, got to get busy. Today is the 15th, all documentation on home health visits has to be completed and submitted today, in order to be paid on the 20th. Anything turned in after today will not be paid until 9/5, and I need the money now! I'm enjoying this almost-retirement, but finances sure do get close to the bone. Of course, buying these hearing aids didn't help, but it sure is nice to be able to hear well once again. OK, off I go. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

August 15, 2014 - Msg 98757: Romeena, My plush purple petunias are permeating with perpetual plump plumnes, and their perfume permits them to be persuaded to be plucked perhaps before they perish by the suns plunder.

Todays lesson brought to you by the letter "P"....


August 15, 2014 - Msg 98758: Alteration attempts almost always accentuate the actor (of the man.) (:

August 15, 2014 - Msg 98759: ...and don't try to do that with your tongue touching the roof of your mouth while riding a motorsickle!

August 15, 2014 - Msg 98760: Laawww! What are we going to do with you, G-F? I declare, you are a bird in this world.

My ESL classes will resume in a few weeks, and I've got to start thinking about what I'm going to teach them. We don't have an organized curriculum, answer to no one, no tests to meet or anything. I do have some workbooks, but they seem to get bored with that. The last six or so classes before summer break, I was just free-handing it, and they seemed to like that. I've tried to bring out things that would make them sound more like a native speaker, such as using contractions, and teaching them colloquial phrases. I'm keeping a little notebook in the car, and when something catches my notice, I write it down. For instance, I was listening to a CD by Whitney Phipps, and he sang "Steal Away." It occurred to me that "steal" would probably only mean "theft" to a non-native speaker, so I'll be teaching them that it can mean to move silently, to be unnoticed. That will take us into "stealth", etc. They seem to like chasing words through their various incarnations. Personally, I love doing that, and I found that most of my students do as well. Sooo - "Will you help us?" If you think of words with unusual applications, or sound-alikes with variants, let me know. Things like: "Lead" - to cause to follow. Past tense - "led." Then there's "lead" - the heavy metal. Three words, with two spelled alike and two pronounced alike, and all with different meanings. Very confusing for a person trying to learn the language. I don't know how they ever get it done. Spanish is much easier. Here's another: "The men decided to desert their mission in the desert, and go to town for some dessert." Wow. So please, if you think of any other anomalies in our language, tell me. I can build a class around it!

Well, I've been sitting here too long. My feet haven't fallen asleep, but they are looking a bit puffy. Need to go prop them up for a while. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

August 15, 2014 - Msg 98761:
Romeena, try googling "what makes english difficult" to get some ideas about what you can teach.

MDC, I never used a rod and reel because I always thought that was kind of fishy. And as I mentioned before, I don't play golf because I loose my balls in holes. So I guess I can't join your retirement club.

G-F, please stop p-ing on the Front Porch.

from Poor Horatio

August 15, 2014 - Msg 98762: PH, Don't worry we won't black ball ya, even Howard was welcomed. Even after he told his jokes on the Colonel Tim's Talent Time Show....Tee he yuk yuk!!

Say Good Night G-F.....Good Night!

August 15, 2014 - Msg 98763: Hey Romeena, you have got to teach them to say "Rubber baby buggy bumpers" 3 times real fast. I know that's not what you were looking for but it's the best I can do on a Friday night.

GF, I declare I'm about to have a spell. I got all my water mains turned on this morning, and you got it, another blessed leak! This one is about 40 yards south of the other two I just fixed. I had to turn the water off and leave it until Monday because it's just to stinking wet now. These leaks are a horrific pain because they have two other pipes buried on top of them plus about 3 dozen control wires. You better go sharpen your shovel buddy. I need hep!

I don't know if you have heard about the lady from Salt Lake who was having lunch at a Dickey's BBQ joint and drank some iced tea that someone had added acid to thinking it was sugar. Very sad. They don't know if she is going to survive with bad burns in her mouth and esophogous (sp) I hope she will recover.

Well better go do my back exercises and stretches. As boring as an obummer press conference when the teleprompter goes out. But at least the exercises help me. :)


August 16, 2014 - Msg 98764:
ROMEENA--from an old English teacher, grammar
can change a lot too! Example: the placement of
2 commas changes the meaning of this sentence.
(One that I always used as an example...)
"The mountain man eats shoots and leaves." OR...
The mountain man eats, shoots, and leaves." "Shoots and leaves" take on totally different meanings with the placement of two commas!
ASA-- maybe you should get Mr Wheeler to help ya.
I think he has one of them water findin' sticks! ha. When I put a system in my backyard, I made darn sure to put pipes side by side with a least an inch in between. Of course, yours were probably done by someone from "someplace else." :)
hang in there all. Happy weekend.

August 16, 2014 - Msg 98765: Hi All.
Asa we know one thing you good at it TOOLBELT DANCE
but fix thing I will called the men. hehe
ME brother in Cleveland is doing now and is back home.

They that hope in the Lord will
renew their strength, they will
soar as with eagles wing; They
will run and not grow weary,
walk and not grow faint.
( Isaiah 40;31)


August 16, 2014 - Msg 98766: Thanks TOM, That is my favorite verse.... Glad to hear your brother is doing better, how's your Sis doing too?

Asa, Ya try, and Ya try, and what do you get?
>>>>SORE MUSCLES!!<<<<....(along with HEARTACHES!)
Ready to join our club yet?


August 16, 2014 - Msg 98767: Good morning, porch! I had this half-written, hit the wrong key, and it all went away. Just kicked myself clear off the porch! I hate when that happens.

We're shaping up for a very hot day around here. It's almost 90 at 10 a.m., clouds are coming in, the humidity is rising, and it's going to be a steamy day. Small chance of rain tonight though, so that's a good thing! Hope it really does it.

Our Bentley is such a sweet boy. He sleeps on a big pillow on my bedroom floor, rather than on the bed. He doesn't seem to want to sleep on the bed, and I don't push him. Toye Starr, of course, sleeps tucked in beside me. This morning we all slept late, and when I woke up, Bentley was standing at the bedroom door, nose right against the door, just patiently waiting. He had to go potty, but he had not made a sound or bothered me in any way. I got up and let him out of the bedroom, and he raced to the back door. When I got there, he was fairly dancing and went through the door like a shot when I opened it. Poor guy watered the grass for about five minutes, it seemed. He really had to go, but was too polite to wake me. Toye Starr, on the other hand, if she wants off the bed, has no reservations at all about waking me. She will dance on my head if necessary, the little brat. Of course, I guess that's better than wetting the bed, which she has never done. Furkids - ya gotta love 'em!

TOM, that verse is a favorite of mine as well. Thanks for sharing it. Glad your brother is doing better - hope your Sis is too.

MDC, I actually have a book entitled "Eats, Shoots & Leaves", by Lynne Truss, a gift from my daughter. It's a fascinating little book, was a runaway bestseller in the UK, and belongs in every English teacher's library. Since I love words, I find it very interesting. To someone who isn't afflicted with that word-interest, it would be slow going, for sure. I say "afflicted" because it can be darned inconvenient and annoying to care about such things. If I have to pass through a door marked "Ladie's" in order to wash my hands at a restaurant, it's hard for me not to mention it to the manager. I don't, of course, but I'd really like to! My own grammar and punctuation are far from perfect, I know, but then I don't hire out as a sign-painter, either!

Sometimes there is no actual error, it's just that the way a phrase falls is weird, or funny. Here's an example: Here in Irving, an Asian family named Chin owns a beauty salon. The very large black and gold sign above their building reads "Chin Hair Designs." Oh my. You can just imagine the mental pictures that generates. It could have been improved by making it "Chin's" and in slightly smaller letters on a second line - "Hair Designs." Even that would have gotten some second looks, but as it is, it just knocks your socks off. I never drive by that location without seeing mental images of older women coming out, sporting fancy little braided or bejeweled goatees.

Well, enough of that nonsense. Thanks, MDC, for reminding me about my little book. I'm going to dig in that thing like a gold mine, to find material for my ESL class. Have a great day, everyone. --Romeena