December 06, 2014 - Msg 100050: Forcing a sweep of the porch to correct the "bold" text problem some are seeing. --Floyd

December 06, 2014 - Msg 100051:
BINGO Floyd! I am viewing with the AOL browser and I no longer see BOLD text in the entire post, just the date and Msg number like it should be. I can't test any further since I have some business to take care of. But the preliminary test looks like you have solved our problem. Apparently it was something unique to the previous page that has been archived. It's got the heebee jeebees.
Thank you very much Floyd for your concern and help forcing a sweep. It could not have been fixed with out you. THANK YOU.

from Poor Horatio

December 06, 2014 - Msg 100052: Thanks, Floyd! Since I think I started the entire BOLD fiasco, you can tell Santa to just leave a lump of coal in my stocking this year!

possum under a rock

December 06, 2014 - Msg 100053: Possum, I don't think you'll get a lump of coal for this. Santa is not that picky. --Floyd

December 06, 2014 - Msg 100054: I made a few changes to the code that runs the porch so I'm making sure this will post. If it does, all is well.--Floyd

December 06, 2014 - Msg 100055: Have a great day everybody. Floyd

December 06, 2014 - Msg 100056: Whew! Thanks,again, Floyd & have a good day too!

possum again

December 06, 2014 - Msg 100057: Hooray! Floyd to the rescue. He's Santa, a Power Ranger and Batman, all rolled into one! Thanks for fixing the bold porch - you're our hero.

What a beautiful day!! Clear blue skies with just a few puffy little white clouds, bright sunshine, temp at 55 and getting warmer, squirrels running all over the yard, plowing through drifts of leaves, birds perched in the trees with their feathers all fluffed up, letting the warm sun get through to their bodies. Almost all of the leaves are gone from the trees now, except for that stubborn sycamore, and I love it because I can see all lthe activity that takes place in the trees now. Birds everywhere, and those little acrobatic squirrels performing amazing feats of agility and daring. They're so much fun to watch!

There wasn't much activity out there yesterday, and I finally found out why, when a big hawk dropped down and lit on a bare tree branch. All of my little friends stayed out of sight though, and finally, after a couple of hours the hawk flew away. They are so bold, and so deadly. I'll never forget the day I was standing out in the back yard, with several pigeons gathered nearby. Suddenly, with no warning at all, a hawk dropped out of the sky like a falling rock, grabbed a pigeon that was about eight feet away from me, and flew away with it, the poor pigeon just flapping its wings and struggling, but it couldn't get free. No mercy from that hawk! It about broke my heart. Pigeons mate for life, and when the flock scattered after the attack, one lonely one stayed behind for a while, just walking around in the yard. I know it was the mate, and I understood exactly how it was feeling, poor thing. I know hawks have to eat too, but I wish they'd just eat something annoying, like that miserable rat I had in the garage for a while.

Well, I'm off to put some more twinkle lights in some more bushes. I love the lights, the more the merrier! It is a birthday party, after all - so why not decorate and make things festive? --Romeena

December 06, 2014 - Msg 100058: Floyd, you're a treasua! Thanks, MDC

December 06, 2014 - Msg 100059: 2-4-6-8 Who do we APPRECIATE? Floyd! Floyd he's our man, if he can't fix it nobody can!! Hip hip Horray!!...G-F...

December 06, 2014 - Msg 100060: I ain't going to say ain't no more, or try to BOLD no more either! Going to run a clean-up on the computer hopefully it will fix my "cookie" problem too.. Life was much easier when a Coke was a Coke, and a "Cookie" was what you had with a tall glass of milk. . And also Floyd, Facebook was what you did with your face as you read a book under the covers at night!.. lol

G-F again

December 06, 2014 - Msg 100061:
OK, I'm back.
I tested using both Opera and AOL, and everything seems to be normal on my Windows PC. But I did notice something unusual.
Yes, it is true that I can see that the date and Msg number are bold whereas the rest of each post is not bold. However, when comparing the two browsers side by side, the Opera non-bold text is darker than the AOL non-bold text. But since I can see a differentiate between the bold and non-bold in both browsers, I believe we can live with this.
I still would like to read some feedback from Sterling Holobyte and Billy Ray the Postman.

from Poor Horatio

December 06, 2014 - Msg 100062: G F - BE ON THE LOOK OUT

December 06, 2014 - Msg 100063: Hey, no more bold! Nice job, Floyd!

And Poor Horatio, thank you for trying to help me out with this. I did empty the memory cache, as well as a bunch of other things, last night, but it didn't work. Albeit, I did it a different way than in the Youtube video you posted, as I was kind of afraid I might do some damage doing it the way it was done in that video, as I read some of the comments below it and it seemed to screw things up for some people.
So I just went through "Tools" and "Delete Private Data" and then checked off a bunch of stuff. But like I said, it didn't work that way.
But I appreciate you taking your time to try and fix it. You're a good bloke.
I am just glad all this "BOLDerdash" is over. ;-)

-Sterling Holobyte

December 06, 2014 - Msg 100064: Good SEC football on today...also our very own Ga Tech Jackets play for the ACC championship tonight ! here at work all night...Food?...SPOT

December 06, 2014 - Msg 100065: I'm glad to see that G-F is back and able to post. Those cookies will get you if you eat them instead of leaving them for your browser. It's good things are back to normal. --Floyd

December 07, 2014 - Msg 100066:
A happy advent to all the porchsters!
From miss Peggy from days gone by.

December 07, 2014 - Msg 100067: Good Sabbath all.

My goodness, It looks like y'all been painting the porch boldly. Glad Floyd was here to get it cleaned up. :)

Been busier than a cows tail in fly season here. End of the year coming up, and everyone wanting their projects done. Oh well, better busy than not.

Hey Ro and Boo, I tried my hand at making some gravy from scratch yesterday, and it worked out pretty decent. I was very pleased. Some butter, flour, and chicken stock, and bam, gravy. I know, some may be reading this and laughing at me for bragging on such a thing, but it wasn't that long ago that I couldn't even boil water. But with coaching and encouragement from some of the folks here, and from my Daughters, I can survive at least.

Well best go get ready for Preachin'.

Good to see you Miss Peggy. I hope you will stick around.


December 07, 2014 - Msg 100068: And Floyd saves the day. The bold is gone!

I've been thinkin bout Boo, although not with a bucket on my head, and I think she should tell her youngun that even if that older boy is as cute as Fred, she should still go for a nice boy like Opie.

Billy Ray the Postman

December 07, 2014 - Msg 100069: "That dresser came all the way from Fort Lauderdale!"

Luther Heggs

December 07, 2014 - Msg 100070: By bus! Now it smells like burnt chili!


December 07, 2014 - Msg 100071: And that dresser came by bus, yet! I would imagine that was quite an ordeal. No wonder Mrs. Mendelbright got in such a lather. --Romeena

December 07, 2014 - Msg 100072: Sorry SPOT about GT I would have liked to see them beat FSU but the Buckeye's did their job 50-0 against Wisconsin now we have to see who gets the 4th spot, us or one of the Texas teams.
The 3rd string QB definitely came to play, by the way TOM he was from Cleveland Glenville.

Enough football talk...Good to see Asa experimenting in the kitchen, that's how great cooks are born!


December 07, 2014 - Msg 100073: Correction 59-0

December 07, 2014 - Msg 100074: Oh, congratulations on the gravy, Asa. I knew you could do it. Apparently you've mastered the art of making a roux, using a melted fat (the butter), blending some flour into it until it's smooth, and then slowly stirring in the liquid of your choice. Now you're ready to venture into all sorts of gravies. One of these cold mornings, make some sausage gravy. So good over a biscuit! Using ground sausage (not links), just fry up a handful of sausage, stir your flour into the resulting drippings (you can leave the crumbled sausage in the pan) and once the flour is blended, add some milk and keep stirring. A wooden spoon seems to work best for this, at least it does for me. The rule of thumb for amounts is a heaping tablespoon of flour to each cup of milk. Some folks shake the flour and milk together and just add it to the drippings, skipping the "roux" part, but I like to brown the flour a little in the drippings. Improves the flavor, and you don't want the gravy to taste "raw."

I made pork chop gravy last night, for Dave and Brittney and the boys, and apparently it was good, because they practically licked the pan. When you make that kind, after frying chops or steak or chicken, you obviously would have too much oil in the pan (to fry the meat) so you have to drain most of it off. Just pour carefully, and try not to disturb the browned residue in the pan - it flavors the gravy - just pour off the clear oil. Leave approximately a tablespoon of oil for each tablespoon of flour you plan to use. You want the flour to be fully incorporated with oil so it won't lump, but you don't want free oil floating after you've blended in the flour. If that happens, you'll have streaks of free oil floating on your gravy, too. Not necessarily a bad thing if it's just a tiny bit, but it's better if it's not there. Then just add salt and pepper to taste, and (my secret) a pinch of sugar. Just a pinch. You have the basic principles down now, apparently, so branch out and experiment. You can make any kind of gravy! Very soon, you'll forget all about tablespoons, and your eye will tell you how much oil to leave in the pan, how much flour to add, and you'll add your liquid until the gravy is the consistency you want. You can do this! I'm so proud of you.

Well, I have a beautiful avocado in the kitchen, and I'm going to make some delicious guacamole. Did I tell you what I've discovered about buying avocados? The ones in the grocery stores are always so bruised, because so many people walk by and squeeze them to see if they're ripe. Well, I've been buying them at Braum's (the ice cream store) in their little grocery section. Very few people actually shop in there for groceries, so the avocados don't get mashed! They're usually cheaper than at Kroger, too. Yesterday they had big beautiful ones for .99, and Kroger wanted 1.59 for some little squished nubbins.

Well, have a peaceful Sabbath, folks. I have to make a home health visit later on, but for now, I'm going to make my guacamole! Blessings, friends. --Romeena

December 07, 2014 - Msg 100075: Asa, Now that you can make gravy, you can start working on you moulages I like mine kinda on the fluffy side.

By the way Asa, The Blue Bird Diner in Mt. Airy closed and is looking for a new owner. Sounds like a GREAT retirement investment, I'll even help ya cook. We could have the best gravy in Surry County. It's a better idea than a Laundromat.


December 07, 2014 - Msg 100076: JAIL HOUES FOOD

December 07, 2014 - Msg 100077:
GF--one point! One lousy point! But my Cards beat KC today! SPOT--sorry GT didnt make it! BTW, UA is my (ASU's) archrival, so was glad to see big O win! But why is Conde on the playoff committee?
Yup, I'm falling off the BOLD wagon too. I think I will
soon be considered an 'old fart', and I hate to see that moniker messed up
by actually knowing how to do something so technical. HA!
ASA- that made me think of made its OWN gravy! teehee
TOM--no jailhouse food allowed here unless it's Aunt Bee's best! :)

December 08, 2014 - Msg 100078: "Barney Fife says Sue Grigsby is a blonde from a bottle!"
Luther Heggs

December 08, 2014 - Msg 100079: HI ALL, I got my Christmas scene lit up last night. Here is a link if you'd like to see it
It seems to be coming up with mute on, so you may have to click on the "speaker" icon to hear my little commentary.

December 08, 2014 - Msg 100080: Wow, MDC, that is quite a setup you have there! You put a lot of thought into your display. Puts my simple 'Mary, Joseph, and Jesus placed near the hedge' to shame.
Nice video, too. Thanks for sharing it. Oh, and it played fine on my computer; wasn't muted or anything.

-Sterling Holobyte

December 08, 2014 - Msg 100081: WOW MDC that is great! We sometimes forget the "REASON FOR THE SEASON"...Thanks for sharing your special display with us.

I did decorate my Mayberry tree today, I'll post a picture on the iMayberry site soon. I started my Christmas cards today, maybe Romeena will have some "updates" to the list...Hint Hint! ;)


December 08, 2014 - Msg 100082: Since may of you didn't get to go on the Mayberry Cruise this past November, I thought you might enjoy the interview we did with George Lindsey Jr. --Floyd

December 08, 2014 - Msg 100083: Oops...the link in Msg 100082 is to the George Lindsey interview.....I'm sure you'll enjoy it, too. Here's the link to George JR's interview. --Floyd

December 08, 2014 - Msg 100084: "No Mrs. Lesch. That's for Mr. Lesch's favorite charity."
Luther Heggs

December 08, 2014 - Msg 100085: From Barney's First Car, right Luther?
And poor Grandma Walton, how far she has fallen in that one. ;-)

-Sterling Holobyte

December 08, 2014 - Msg 100086: Thank you for sharing your video, MDC- your Christmas display and the message it sends is wonderful.

possum under a rock

December 09, 2014 - Msg 100087: Thanks Floyd! Both very cool. mdc

December 09, 2014 - Msg 100088: That's right Sterling. She was a rather young looking Ellen Corby wasn't she?

"Oww! Mert, whats widja?

Luther Heggs

December 09, 2014 - Msg 100089: Good morning all.

Very nice video MDC, and nice narration and explanation. I enjoyed that.

And yours also Floyd. I think I have mentioned before to you I have a brother in-law from Alabama, I believe the same town George is from. Amazingly he sounds just like Goober. Even after living here for almost 40 years.

Thanks for the encouraging words Ro and GF concerning my cooking. I want to try the sausage and gravy dish Ro. One of my favorite breakfasts for sure.

Hey GF, How does the "Wheeler" fit? Like a glove?

Well off to work. Staff meeting today in the big city. All in all, it's a fun day. :)

Prayers for all.


December 09, 2014 - Msg 100090: Good Morning folks, Floyd posted the picture of my Mayberry Christmas tree on the iMayberry site if any want to look at it. Even tho MDC's scene is more pertinent to the real meaning of the season, again, MDC you did a great job on your project...And don't even have to worry about SNOW covering up the lighting as we have to worry about around here.

By the way...Good thing Floyd cleared the lump of coal thing up with Possum, "Possum under a lump" just doesn't flow right off of the tongue.. lol


December 09, 2014 - Msg 100091: ....Like a glove Asa.. :) G-F

December 09, 2014 - Msg 100092: Great job, MDC. I would so love to a presentation of the Christmas story in my yard, but I'd have to make it myself, and I have neither the talent, the ability, the tools nor the resources to do so. I've searched the internet, to find something I can order, and there are some beautiful scenes available, but the price is astronomical. In the stores, you can find "Christmas" stuff galore, and at relatively reasonable prices, but it's all secular. Nothing with a religious message. The nearest I've found is a lone angel, at a Lowe's store, and it wasn't an especially nice one, either. Such a shame.

Floyd, those interviews are cool. Thanks for presenting them. And thanks for fixing the porch when we break it. What would we do without you?

Folks, I'll try to get the Christmas card list emailed to everyone today. Shouldn't take long. I'll just send it as an attachment to an email, so be watching.

Gotta run. Many errands, and things to do. Blessings, all! --Romeena

December 09, 2014 - Msg 100093: Hmmm. Somebody borrowed my "have." That's "I would so love to have a presentation, etc." --Romeena

December 09, 2014 - Msg 100094: Last call for the Christmas card list! The names on the list at this moment are: Possum, Spot, Tom, Boo, Romeena, Big Maude, Pappa Bear, Asa, and G-F. If anyone else wishes to be on the list, speak now. Of course, a copy of the list will be sent to everyone whose name is on it. --Romeena

December 09, 2014 - Msg 100095: You know Asa, I was kicked back in my "Wheeler" thinking it was about time I got my room with the times and get it electronally up to date with a intercom. Mrs. G-F could call me when it's exercise time in the yard or when it's dinner time or someone at the door or something, she could use it the other way and know if I fall asleep and start snoring too. Yep I'll have to keep an eye out for one.

Thanks Romeena for the list, I was also thinking that your yard should not go unadorned, maybe since Asa & I have tools we could make you a spot like MDC has, MDC.."Will you help us!"...Except Asa may not want to get down there with those Texas


December 09, 2014 - Msg 100096: Good afternoon porch, checking in from work this afternoon. hope all is well with everyone.

Thanks for being the "keeper of the Christmas card list" Romeena. I appreciate you for that and always enjoy being on the sending and receiving end of the list.

work has been busy lately. I generally rock on the porch while at work and post from my chair but the past few times I have started posting I got interrupted and had to stop. I hate when that happens

Beth finishes her finals on Thursday and Patrick finishes Thursday and will be home on Saturday evening.I am considering taking off a most of the week of New Years. looking forward to some down time.

dinner menu will be: cubed steak and gravy, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables. chocolate covered cherry ice cream with a warm brownie
for dessert. tea or lemonade to drink.

have a good rest of the day.
Prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

December 09, 2014 - Msg 100097: You keep us well fed, Maude!
And that dessert... sounds especially yummy!

-Sterling Holobyte

December 09, 2014 - Msg 100098: Good evening, porch. I just got home from attending the annual Christmas party for the church deacons and their wives. They traditionally continue to invite the widows of deacons who have passed, so I'm invited each year, as Dale was a deacon. They see to it that someone picks us up and brings us home, and we're seated at the table with our escort and his wife. It's a kind and thoughtful gesture, and I appreciate it. The first few years after Dale passed, I declined the invitation - just couldn't handle going without him - but I finally got past that, and now I appreciate the evening very much. My good friend LaRue is also the widow of a deacon, so we were picked up and escorted by the same man. His wife is our SS teacher and dear friend, so we had a happy little group at our table. The food was marvelous - catered by a nice Italian restaurant, and was so good. Now I'm back home with my sweet little Toye Starr, in my jammies, all comfy, and life is good.

My nativity set is all properly displayed, and I'm almost finished with the snowman convention on the mantel. I canNOt find the greenery garland that I usually drape the front of the mantel with. Can't imagine what I did with it. Anyway, I pieced something together out of stuff I had stashed away, and it looks okay, but I don't like it as well as I do the one I can't find. Oh well. Ten years from now, it won't matter! In fact, it doesn't matter now.

I have waaay yonder too much Christmas stuff. I absolutely must sift through it and give away or donate some of it. My girls have taken some of it, and I wish they'd take more. All three spare bedroom closets barely have room for guests to hang a few clothes, as the rest of the space is filled with Christmas stuff. In fact, it has overflowed in one bedroom, and is stacked waist high in the room. That's ridiculous. I've got a lot of other stuff piled around, too. I need to do something about it before my kids schedule an intervention! It's just hard, because there are memories attached to everything.

Well, guess I'll go finish the snowman convention, and then relax for a while. Blessings, everyone. --Romeena

December 09, 2014 - Msg 100099:
RO-well now I understand why u cant find the mantle garland! ha Did u check box number 43? lol
Thanks to ALL for the nice comments. I have been doing Christmas scenes since 1965 while in high school. One time my dad freaked when he saw me pounding nails right thru the shingles to hold down an angel cut-out
on the roof! A little Henry's roof cement saved my skin! I loved to do scenery for school plays etc, and just kept it going with Christmas scenes, and always about the real reason for the season as the focal point. RO- I have a whole SHED full for all of my stuff!
MAUDie, it seems like finals get earlier. When I was at ASU in the '70s, we had them AFTER Christmas break.
LUTHer...were you ever on the show "Coach?" ha
ASA--did you have to pay 7 dollars for a room in the big city?
Take care all, prayers,

December 10, 2014 - Msg 100100: Hello porchsters,
And now for your Christmas viewing pleasure, here is the crew of the Enterprise D with their rendition of "Let it snow."
My wife showed this to me, and I thought I would share it here for any Star Trek:TNG fans: "Shut up, Wesley!" Lol.

-Sterling Holobyte

December 10, 2014 - Msg 100101: Big Maude I packed me a lunch from that cube steak !you done a good job !..COLD here in ga..around freezing....lets all post morning temps here at work...back in a bit...SPOT

December 10, 2014 - Msg 100102: "Dig my grave with a silver spade,
Bury me neath the wil-ler tree.
Tell'em I died to save them all,
Tell my wife to marry a-gin."

Luther Heggs

December 10, 2014 - Msg 100103: Good morning, porch. Brr! Spot, sorry it's so cold there in Georgia. I'm glad you don't have to climb the poles anymore, but can stay warm beside your computer array. I always feel so bad for the folks who have to work outdoors when winter comes. Thank God they're willing to do it, or we'd all be cold, and in the dark.

You asked us to post local temps. It's 46 in the Dallas area, at 8:30 a.m. We have a predicted high of 65, and that's expected to hold up through next Monday, with at least one day of hitting the 70s. It's very pleasant, and Im enjoying it, but a lot of things are trying to bud or even bloom, and eventually they're going to get frozen back. January and February can be brutal around here, at least by our standards.

Well, gotta run. I have an ESL class to teach this morning. I think we're going to discuss the many manifestations of the word "natal" as it refers to birth, both in English and in Spanish. The notion crossed my mind as I was putting my nativity display out. That "Nat" beginning is found in a lot of words, all referring somehow to one's birth or origins. You can even follow it through translations between languages. The "t" changes to a "c" in Spanish and the accent shifts - national/nacional - but the resemblance is easy to see. Once they figure that out, it helps them to remember the English that corresponds to their Spanish. Right now all my students are Spanish speakers, with one exception. I have a very bright lady from Sudan, who speaks Dinka and Arabic, and a little English. She's delightful, very intelligent, and eager to learn English. Her accent is so thick you could pave a road with it, but she has a great sense of humor, and even though sometimes I have to ask her to repeat something several times, we still have a lot of fun.

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

December 10, 2014 - Msg 100104: Happy Birthday to Floyd today. hope you have a great day.
Big Maude

December 10, 2014 - Msg 100105: And a very Happy Birthday to Salty Dog!!

At the risk of breaking the Porch, (LOL) here goes:

Happy Birthday, Floyd!

possum under a rock

December 10, 2014 - Msg 100106: HAPPY BIRTHDAY FLOYD! mdc

December 10, 2014 - Msg 100107:
Uh-oh, why am I seeing BOLD in every browser I try?
Just kidding ;) . . . I wanted to scare possum under a rock

Happy Birthday Floyd. I think we should give him something bold.

from Poor Horatio

December 10, 2014 - Msg 100108: Hello everyone. Been under the weather with a cold yesterday and today, but already feeling a lot better..just forcing myself to take it easy. The calander is filling up between now and Christmas, that's for sure. Erin had her school choir concert last night and that was really fun. So many cute kids!! They actually sang some spiritual songs, in keeping with the real reason for the season. I also noticed that our local Christmas scene in town features a very prominent lighted nativity! yay.

well, erin just texted me and told me she doesn't have enough money on her lunch account so I guess I had better go give her to you all later


December 10, 2014 - Msg 100109: Adios.

Luther Heggs

December 10, 2014 - Msg 100110: ...Adios he one of ours? Happy Birthday Floyd hopefully you got a cake!
That was pretty BOLD of you to try to BOLD again Possum, least ya didn't break it this time haha

Whata ya think Asa, will you help me wire my intercom when I get it? Then I can yell "MEAT"-"TATERS"-"BREAD" into it and I'll get it? I think I guy can dream can't he...
If I would try that I'd be UNDER the jail for sure.


December 10, 2014 - Msg 100111: Don't do me like that, PH! Ha ha

I have the perfect gift for Floyd,but don't know how to post a picture of it. If I can make some kind of link,maybe Poor Horatio can post it. I'm gonna try,but I just might break this Porch yet! LOL

possum under a rock

December 10, 2014 - Msg 100112: Poor Horatio,can you gift wrap this for Floyd??

possum again

December 10, 2014 - Msg 100113: Possum, you are a caution! That's funny!

Luther, I hope you don't mean that "Adios" for real. I would really miss all your quotes. They put just the right touch on my day.

Well, I finally got my little snowman convention finished on the fireplace, and have some of my Annalee elves climbing the rock face. The lights outside are finished, though I may put one string in a rosebush beside the garage, just to balance things, and I may put some around the arbor in the far back yard. It's supposed to rain tomorrow, and I'm not going to string lights in the rain, so we'll see. As for the house, there are just a few more "sit-arounds" to put in place, and I'm done. Then I have to vacuum, and tidy up a bit, then fall into my chair and relax. Aw, shucks. I have a home health visit to make tomorrow, but I it will only take about an hour, so I guess it's okay. Maybe once I get everything done, I'll get some pictures and put them on Facebook. As long as I've been messing with this, I want to share it with someone!

Blessings, friends. --Romeena

December 10, 2014 - Msg 100114:
possum under a rock, the link for just the image on that page link you posted in Msg 100112 is or you can use a smaller version found at
Now I'm not sure about the next part of your request. Do you want to send that link to Floyd in an email or do you want to post it here?
I don't know how often he visits the Front Porch since he does not have to post with a visit. But I do know that when I send him an email, he usually responds within two days. So I believe that the he would see an email much faster than an image posted on the Front Porch. Use the same link for requesting a sweep below to copy and paste either link above into your email.
If you still want to post that image here, let me know and I will show you how.

from Poor Horatio

December 10, 2014 - Msg 100115: Post it right here for all to see the wonderful gift I've come up with for Floyd, PH!

And please send it to Floyd in an email too! Thanks! You can tell him possum picked it out just for him-ha!

possum again

December 10, 2014 - Msg 100116: Luther, were you in Spanish Club? ha

December 11, 2014 - Msg 100117: Belated happy birthday wishes to Floyd and Salty Dog. I know Hazel has a birthday around this time also if I remember correctly. So Happy Birthday to Hazel also.

That's a nice gift you got Floyd Possum.

Hope you are feeling better Boo. Seems like everyone I know has been sick with colds.

Hey GF, I'd be honored to help wire in your electronal device. We will use #1 cable just to make sure them wires are big enough. Terminating them may be a challenge, but I'm sure you can figure out something. LOL

Your Christmas scene sounds wonderful Ro. I'm not on Facebook but just as Clark Griswalds mom said, I can picture it in my mind. :)

Better get. They are doing a nice Christmas party/lunch for us today at work. Good eating for sure.

Prayers for all.


December 11, 2014 - Msg 100118: Good morning, porch! Cloudy, gray, and very still here this morning. Sure looks like rain. Lots of bird traffic out there, like they're trying to get "fed up" before they have to take shelter. There's plenty of shelter around here. I've left the leaves alone that have settled on top of shrubs, so when the birds go into the shrubbery they have a "roof" over their heads! It's so neat to sit here about dusk, and watch them - mostly sparrows - as they fly in, in little squadrons, and wriggle into those bushes beneath my window. Once they find a perch, they get very still, and you would never know the bush was full of birds. What was it Barney said? The ways of the wild are many and wonderful? Something like that. Help me out, Luther.

Well, better get busy. I've got a lot to do today. Eddie is coming to clean up the excess leaves, I have to take him over to a friend's house (a potential customer for him), I have a home health visit to make, my car is full of newspapers and cans to take to the Humane Society, I have a package to return to the Bradford Exchange and a box of food to drop off at the local food pantry, got to buy a new outdoor light timer to replace one that quit working yesterday, and my house looks like somebody stirred it with a great big stick. All this decorating is fine, but it doesn't look nice until the house is cleaned up. Still got boxes and bags sitting around. Oh, and the truck from the ARC of Texas is coming by, and I have to be here, because some of the stuff I'm donating is too heavy for me to move outside, and I wouldn't want to leave it outside anyway, if it's going to rain. Busy day! How on earth did I ever have time to work???

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

December 11, 2014 - Msg 100119: HaHa Possum That's a funny one..."Your pretty funny for a Possum" :)

Thanks Asa, Will you come to my funeral too after Mrs. G-F kills me the first time I use it to yell upstairs...."BREAD"!! They'll bury both Me and My "Wheeler" in the same hole. lol... Ladies are Sooo sensitive!


December 11, 2014 - Msg 100120: They'll dig your grave with a silver spade.

Billy Ray the Postman

December 11, 2014 - Msg 100121: 14 days til Christmas, I haven't started shopping, I got a day off work, and I am not in the mood to fight the crowds. Bah, humbug. Ben Weaver might have had a point.

Billy Ray the Postman

December 11, 2014 - Msg 100122: Billy Ray, You and the Fed X & UPS guys have my condolences during this season, I got a package from FedX this morning and they guy didn't even throw it at me! Auh, Billy Ray even Ben Weaver had a soft spot, "I must have confused it for a electric razor" Just watch out for the egg nog!


December 11, 2014 - Msg 100123: You mentioned Ben Weaver, Billy Ray. Well, there you go! Just get all your Christmas stuff from Weaver's online store. You are right in the vicinity. :-)

-Sterling Holobyte

December 11, 2014 - Msg 100124: exactillioso!

December 12, 2014 - Msg 100125: Good Morning Porchters.

Billy Ray, I feel your pain. I detest shopping. But with an ailing Mrs. I have to do it now. Yesterday after work I was headed to a store to buy her a present when I witnessed a nasty car accident. Several injuries, and some blood. So I aided those I could, and gave my statement to the Police. But when I got out of there, any desire I had to go shopping was gone. So I came home instead. I'll try it again next week.

MDC, Your boys pulled off a big win last night. But lost another Q.B. in the process. Bummer. That's not good with Seattle coming to town next week. I hope his injury isn't too bad.

GF, with the size wires I was gonna use on your intercom, you won't have to yell, you can whisper. Heck, you may even just think about it and the wife might be able to pick up on it without you saying a word. Kinda like extra sensitive perception. So you better be careful what your thinking buddy. I hung my Christmas bat on the tree last night in your honor. You know me and bats, but this ones a keeper. ;)

Woke up this morning with the beginnings of gout in my foot and knee. Miserable stuff. I've never had it in two places at the same time before. At least it's in the same leg. So I took my medicine and just waiting for it to kick in.

Well guess I best get moving. I hope I can work today, albeit with a limp. I look like Goober taking off on Chester right now.

Prayers for all


December 12, 2014 - Msg 100126: Aren't ya kind Asa, Maybe "Larry" the Christmas bat will ward off any of his friends from coming around, sorta like a bat defense. haha Just don't drop him or you'll have to yell "buttafingah!" Hopefully after you take your "pills" you will feel better. Just be sure to give Miss Ellie your "dime" she ain't no Rockefeller ya know.

And, by the way, for any of you Texas girls the Browns are going to start "Johnnie Football" this Sunday, so I guess we will see if he is up to all his hype.. Browns fans hope so.


December 12, 2014 - Msg 100127:
ASA--there are some good natural remedies for gout. I have to run right now, but will get back to ya.

December 12, 2014 - Msg 100128: Awww, Asa, that was so kind of you to help out with the accident victims. Not everyone would get involved, but of course - you would. Thank you.

I'm sorry about the gout flare-up. That can be so terribly painful. Take your meds, drink a LOT of water, avoid things sweetened with fructose, avoid seafood and organ meats (like liver), put ice on the painful joint when you can, and rest the joint as much as possible.

For all you guys (and gals) who don't particularly enjoy shopping, especially now when it's a free-for-all on the parking lots and in the stores - consider shopping online. Just about anything you could possibly want can be found online, most of it on Amazon. If you subscribe to Amazon Prime, as I do, for $75 a year you get free shipping on almost everything they sell, and you usually receive it in two days. I usually make up that $75 in the first three months of the year. I know - the prices for things eligible for Prime are a couple of dollars higher than you might pay in a store. No surprise there. Amazon didn't get where they are by being stupid. Still, when I factor in the cost of gasoline to get me to the malls, the "sneeze factor" in shopping in crowds (doctor bills?), the risk of an accident or a ding in the parking lot (insur@nce deductible?) and just the stress and effort required, I consider Amazon to be a clear bargain. I do like to go to the mall once during the season, but with no agenda, no "must buy" pressure. I like to go and find a bench and just people-watch, or have lunch in the food court (some of their food is pretty good!), and I always enjoy the decorations. It's fun if it's just an outing, no fun if it's a mission.

Y'all know I have a lot of low-voltage lighting in my back yard. Well, those stinkin' little bulbs are expensive! Guess what. I can get them cheaper at Amazon then I can at Lowe's, they're delivered to my door in two days, and I never had to leave home! Like I said earlier, some things cost a little bit more at Amazon, but some things cost less!

Well, off I go. I have just a few little Christmas things to put on display in the house, and a bit of tidying up to do, then I can sit back and relax, ready for Christmas. Much of my shopping is already done, and I plan to do the rest of it here at this keyboard. I do have to make one run to Target for something, and that will be all. Next week, I'll get some baking done, and just enjoy the week. I love this time of the year! Blessings, friends. --Romeena