February 12, 2015 - Msg 100663: Praying for your mom, Maude. It is always nerve-wracking to see your parents go through treatment of something like that at that age, but chances are she will be fine. God bless you for taking good care of her. You're a good daughter.

I don't even want to weigh in on the muslim issue. I cant even think about it right now. Pray!

Worked again tonight and enjoyed it so much. It was busy and I did three admissions and lots of paperwork but the people I work for and with are just great. It really is a good fit so far. The poor facility is in bad shape and no extra money to fix things up. We have to salvage and recycle just about everything just to put together charts. Sad, but since most clients are Medicaid, there just isn't a lot of money coming in.

Ro, the nurse who is training me (the one who looks like willie nelson) is pretty terrific. Tonight I went outside to keep him company while he took a smoke break and he told me about his wife who died recently with Scleraderma. It was such a sad story and I could hear the emotion in his voice..I even saw his eyes tear up. I felt so sorry for him. I have a feeling we will be good friends.

Thanks for the prayers. :)


February 12, 2015 - Msg 100664:
ROMEENA--I wont dwell on this after this comment, but the camel's nose story is my point too, because like you said, if a Christian went to the deacons and confessed a sin
which really turned out to be a crime, they would then tell the civil authorities, and it is then handled in a state court, not a religious court of any kind. So why do the muslims get to deal with it in a special religious court? It should be refered to the state court as well.
If it is NOT about a crime, why does it even have to come up outside the mosque? Why did the iman have to have that special meeting with the public? Just keep it in the mosque, just as the deacon board would keep it in the church if it was not dealing with a crime. THAT is what's so crazy about this whole thing.
Boy, I'd be at that meeting with an aunt bee protest sign,
letters would be going to the editor, congressman, etc.
OK, that's it on that.
Have a pleasant evening all,

February 12, 2015 - Msg 100665: Good sweep BOO.

February 12, 2015 - Msg 100666: MDC, nothing pertaining to that particular group ever makes sense, when held up to the standard of our Constitution, at least as as it used to be before it has been so blatantly trampled. Incidentally, I don't wish to shock all of you, but when I mention the trampling of the Constitution, I do not lay all of that at Dear Leader's door. Surprise! Betcha never thought I'd say that, did you? Well, I don't. We've all had a hand in that to a greater or lesser degree. Take "politically correct" out of the equation, and the damage to the Constitution shrinks remarkably, and we've all fallen for that KoolAid, to some extent. True, Dear Leader has taken our willingness to bend our laws and the intent of those laws and has run with it, making a shambles of everything, but we have no one but ourselves to blame, at the end of the day.

Boo, you're right. I don't want to think about it right now either, and I imagine everyone else is up to their eyebrows with it. I know I started this, and I'm going to give it a rest now, lest the cancer it represents infect our porch as well. We probably all need a safe place. It really preys on my mind, but I need to stop bringing it to the porch. Just pray, folks, because we really are on a very slippery slope. OK. Tick-a-lock! --Romeena

February 12, 2015 - Msg 100667: Morning Porch. Hope the new day finds you all well and dandy.

Boo, I am so glad you are enjoying the new job. Makes it a lot nicer if you enjoy what you are doing. I have really been blessed in that area. My boss is good as gold to me. He appreciates my 30 years of service, and will ask my advice at times. I have missed a lot of work since the holidays with my back (although I have an abundance of leave time built up) but his only concern has been how I am doing and offering prayers for me to get feeling better.
I'm glad to hear Sean is doing well in school also. Good on him.

Ro, you are so right. We have no one but ourselves to blame for the mess we are in. My biggest concern is have we learned anything? The ultimate in stupidity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. Our next cycle will offer another "first". How many will vote for that just for that reason as they did the last go around? OK, enough of that. I need my pills.


February 12, 2015 - Msg 100668: Yep Asa, As they say: "If you do as you always did, you'll get what you've always gotten....So true! Some folks never learn!

Your comment about racing our "Wheelers" got me remembering back when we were kids us building go-carts. What fun! Mine I named "The Liquidator" I thought it was a menacing sounding name...It was a Frankenstein of a lot of things we would find in the trash. It had 2 baby stroller wheels 2 lawn mower wheels a steering wheel from a Falcon and many other "embellishments" that I found. It was fast, probably because I used STP to lube the axle, yep those were the days. It had a "rat fink", STP, and many other racing stickers on it, just like the big boys... If I may add it was painted grey (left over house paint)...haha

Thanks Buddy for the memory blast! Now, go and take your PILLS!...lol

Prayers for Maude's Mom, and any others who are ailing...Boo, by the way did they relearn you how to sweep in your classes? No wait, your a Mom so that is bred into you SORRY...Glad to hear your enjoying your new ADventure in life, Good on Ya!...

Hope all others are Ok, CHILI TOM, Possum, Maude, SPOT, PH, Auh2o, Sterling, all of us East of the Mississippi...Gonna be a COLD weekend... I'm thinkin' PH should rent one of those "party buses", he could pick up Auh2o, Me, (Sterling could come down to my place to get picked up) TOM, Maude, Possum, SPOT, then pick up Romeena & Boo...Asa, may have to catch a Greyhound part of the way, we can pick him up on the way along the side of the road, just as long as he hangs his thumb out there. We could all go to MDC's place now that the Super Bowl & golf folks are gone there should be room for us all in town...Just a thought!...


February 12, 2015 - Msg 100669:
G-F, that's a great idea about me renting a party bus so all of us can "visit" with MDC and enjoy his mild weather. A local business has a variety of buses for rent. I will let you folks pick one out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-_SlaKmDGs
But hurry with your decision because the temperature here will be close to zero degrees Fahrenheit today and last through our three day holiday weekend (Valentine's Day, Flag Day and Family Day).

from Poor Horatio

February 12, 2015 - Msg 100670: Good sweep Boo lunch will be open face roast beef sandwiches with cream taters...SPOT

February 12, 2015 - Msg 100671: Ooooh, Spot, that open face roast beef sandwich sure sounds good. And cream taters? Yum! If any of that beef is a little rare, I'd love to have it, but if not, well-done is fine, too. I've always felt a little sorry for folks who like their beef well-done. First, because they just don't know what they're missing! Second, because folks who like it well-done usually can't even consider eating it if it's rare, or even a little pink. On the other hand, we like-it-rare folks can still eat it if it's well-done. It will just be a little tougher and won't have quite as much flavor. So put me down for a sammich, however the beef is cooked. Thanks!

That party bus sounds like a great idea. Boy, we could just ramble all over the U.S., and have a great time. You folks up north and northeast get on the bus first, and head south and west to get out of the cold. We'll be watchin' for you! Can I bring Toye Starr? She'll ride in my lap and won't be in the way. I promise she's trustworthy, I'll just bring a supply of her piddle pads.

I treated myself to a new orchid plant yesterday. I figured I'd just get myself a valentine, since my sweetie isn't here to get me one. I'm really enjoying orchids since I discovered how well they flourish in my sunroom. They're just blooming so well. There's one out there that bloomed in the middle of last October, and that cluster of blooms is still there and still beautiful! (Did I already tell you that?) Anyway, you can't beat that.

Well, I guess I need to get busy around here. Take care, friends. See you later. --Romeena

February 12, 2015 - Msg 100672:
I just heard on the news about the "big freeze" coming! Get on that bus...80 all week here! :)

February 13, 2015 - Msg 100673: I thought it was getting colder around here. Even the squirrels are flying South.
I agree, that is a great idea for the trip to MDC's house. Though MDC might not think so. I'd rather be out of town for Valentine's Day anyway. My least favorite holiday.

-Sterling Holobyte

February 13, 2015 - Msg 100674: Yep,..."Everybody on the bus!"....Sterling, that solves the mystery, I thought I saw "Rocky" the flying squirrel leading a flock of squirrels headin' South! Sure is dang cold as REV would say around here today. I feel sorry for the critters who are out in it.

Romeena, Be sure to bring your puppy, we need a good watch dog on the trip, we can put her up on the seat so she can ride "shot-gun"....


February 13, 2015 - Msg 100675: I just hope we didn't buy the bus from Hubcaps Lesh. I can't be pushing no bus with my gimpy back. :)


February 13, 2015 - Msg 100676: hi all


February 13, 2015 - Msg 100677: No worries, Ice Tom. Our porch bus is magic and can fly over those snow banks. All we have to do is imagine it. --Romeena


February 13, 2015 - Msg 100679: I know it's a little early,but wanted to stop by and wish everybody a Happy Valentine's Day! I just might be taking a trip back to "someplace special" this weekend- starts with an "M" and ends with a "Y"! So,I wanted to make sure I got in my Valentine's Day" a men a nees"

Y'all take care & I'll fill ya in when I get back to the Porch!

possum u.a.r.

February 13, 2015 - Msg 100680:
POSSUM--enjoy your a-mem-a-nees in M_. ___Y ha!
I shall also say a big Happy Valentine's Day to ya all!
"Pa, Barney's face is bleedin'" ha
Any other good Barney and Thelma Lou quotes??
Love and prayers,

February 13, 2015 - Msg 100681: You ain't exactly got a talkin' horse here, you know. (Andy to Thelma Lou)

February 14, 2015 - Msg 100682: "Ask Barney WHY he wants to go to the duck pond."

February 14, 2015 - Msg 100683: Well gang its just after 7am here in ga ..27 degrees...Come monday snow here...prayers for all in the snow storms up north...Breakfast will be at I-Hop !...SPOT

February 14, 2015 - Msg 100684: Wow a slow porch...everyone must be napping after the I-Hop breakfast ! SPOT

February 14, 2015 - Msg 100685: LoL Romeena, That is because Gomer put helium in the bus tires, so we could just "float it out there" kinda like Andy's arm around Helen...Just IMAGINE.....haha

Possum, If you get to M---Y tell the Miles Goob says: "Hey". Don't forget to get you a BBQ dinner at "Little Richards BBQ"while you are there.... (Remember it is out by the M____Y Mall).....

Hey MDC, The "Duck Ponds" around here are frozen over, so not much action going on there!...Good ice fishin' tho.... One good thing it keeps your adult consumable beverages cold...You know,....The "ROOT" beers...lol


February 14, 2015 - Msg 100686: You mean THIS Little Richard GF....ha
Ya all have a great Valentine's Day!

February 14, 2015 - Msg 100687: Happy Valentine's Day to all my porch friends. If you have your sweetheart with you, be thankful, and do something nice for each other. If you don't, well, then be happy for those who do. I enjoy watching my sons as they take their wives out to dinner, buy them flowers and/or candy, and some elaborate card. The girls get their husbands pretty cards, and make a big deal out of whatever the guys are doing for them.

As for me, I don't miss flowers and candy, because that was never Dale's style. He'd usually get me a card, and we'd go out to dinner, but he was never one to do the flowers and candy thing. Anytime I received flowers from him, they were delivered to the hospital, because that's where I'd be - having one of the kids, or a surgery! However, I never felt slighted. I may not have gotten a lot of flowers, but when I needed anything, I got it, and most of the time, that applied to "wants" as well. My car was well-maintained and always had plenty of gas in it. When he passed, I eventually realized the tank was nearing empty, and I didn't even know how to release the fuel door. When the house finally had to be cleaned, I had to search the closets to find where HE kept the vacuum. I hadn't run the thing in years. Finally found it in the furnace closet. I've probably told you all this before, but it seems appropriate to repeat it on this day, when sweethearts are doing kind things for each other. Friends, never let it just be a Valentine's Day thing. Be good to each other every day of the year. Someday, you might be very glad that you did.

I can truly say I'm happy today. I have wonderful memories, of happiness during good times, and loving support during the occasional rough times. I was well and truly loved, and so was he. I may have been only seventeen when I met him, but God put an assurance in my heart that he was the one, and for 38 years, that proved to be true. Giving him up was unbelievably hard, but today, as I look at some of my friends, and see the physical and mental challenges some are facing, I'm grateful. I won't have to see him deteriorate, nor will he have to witness the same in me. Don't misunderstand, if I could have him back, I'd wear myself out to take care of him, if necessary, but that can't happen. As it is, in my mind, he'll always be whole, strong, handsome and healthy. God is good. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

February 14, 2015 - Msg 100688: Great post Romeena...signed: an anonymous Dog....

February 14, 2015 - Msg 100689: MDC, I think that "Little Richard" just had a plate of their spicy BBQ...haha

Since Possum brought up the subject....Thought ya'll would like to watch last years M___y Days parade, and see what you all missed...Sure hope some of you can make it this year...SPOT, you and Mrs. SPOT could bring you cycles an roll on the Blueridge Parkway while you are there, it is a motorsickle riders favorite spot to ride. You can pick it up a few miles north of Mt. Airy...Put a bucket on and give it a think!

Asa, Just plop down in you "Wheeler" and just imagine yourself sitting there watching, all kicked back and no worries....Enjoy!....G-F again


February 14, 2015 - Msg 100690:
Very cool GF, and RO...beautiful sentiments! Thank you both.
Another Barn?Thelma quote... "Of course, no ladies allowed in my den." :)

February 14, 2015 - Msg 100691: Romeena, Very nice words about your Dale, that is so true about doing those nice things daily or at the most often. Heck, Mrs. G-F really likes it when I clean the toilet! Strange girl... But she says it shows I care since it is not one of her tasks she likes to do...Sorta like cooking too...haha Yep sometime it's the little things that count...10-4?

And by the way MDC, she is allowed in my "Mayberry Den" but chooses not to bother me in my "sanctuary" as she calls it..... It doubles as a "Fall-Out" shelter too ;) haha

Man is it cold and WINDY today, I thought I saw Dorothy & Toto all bundled up in their furry coats go flying by.... Hope TOM is doing Ok, I think this storm is suppose to catch his area too.


February 15, 2015 - Msg 100692: Good Sabbath porch.

Hope everyone had a nice Valentines day. Ours was wonderful. Very special in fact. Stacey announced that she and Matt are expecting another baby. We are thrilled for them. It will be number 6 for them, and our 8th Grandkid. What a blessing. And I loved how she made the announcement. She took a picture of their crib, with Allison in the crib, and a sign she made that hangs on it in big bold letters "EVICTED" lol It is such a blessing to have them live so close to us.

Very thoughtful post about your Valentine Romeena. Thank you for sharing that. I know you miss him but that you also know you will see him again.

GF, Tom, sorry your weather is so nasty. But spring is on the doorstep. Hang in there. That was a great link G.F. I enjoyed watching that. That wasn't you dressed up like Otis with the pickle on a stick was it? One thing I would love to do would be to find an early 60's Ford and restore it to a Squad car. It probably will never happen, but if the right car could be found I might try it.

Well our duck ponds are not frozen around here. Such a mild winter this year. But if we don't have a wet spring our duck pons might not have any water in them come summer.

Well I think I'll go do some stretching and see if I am up to going to preaching. I have a hard time sitting for very long still. I had to take Debbie to the hospital yesterday for an infusion. That takes about an hour, plus another hour total to drive there and back. Well I was hurting bad by the time we got home. It is getting better, but taking its time doing so.

Prayers for all for a great Sabbath day.


February 15, 2015 - Msg 100693: 22 degrees here in Ga...Snow tomorrow and Mrs Spot and I have a (minor outpatient surgery) on her shoulder at 6:15 in morning. Got a load of wood on the truck for traction...maybe it want be so bad...But im here trying to keep the Church lights on...sausage and egg bisquits for all..GF sure hope we can make it this year...hello Romeena,TOM,Boo,possum,MDC and all..gona find a good sermon on the tube...SPOT

February 15, 2015 - Msg 100694: Good morning, everyone! I'm back from "M-Y"! Had a great time and yes, G- F, the first words outta my mouth when I walked into the Miles' store was "I came back to tell y'all Goober- Fife says HEY!" It's getting to be a running joke and yes, they think I'm a nut! LOL

Then I stopped by Floyd's Barber Shop and spent some time again with Mr.Russell (the original Floyd who used to cut Andy's hair) and his son. Boy,I love that Mr. Russell-he's a sweetheart! And he loves the ladies,even at age 91!

Oh, I even drove to Mt. Pilot, y'all! Pilot Mountain is a tiny town with lots of pretty houses sitting up on the hillsides. Ain't much downtown-a few small shops, a Hardees (fast food chain) and a CVS and that's about it. No wonder the Fun Girls were so wild-they were bored to death over there! LOL

Well,I could go on & on about Mayberry,but I'll save it for another time. Oh no,wait! Ha! I forgot to tell y'all I went to Andy's childhood home too! Folks were occupying it (you can rent it and spend the night there) so I didn't go in. Humble beginnings-tiny little place.

Ro,your post was very sweet-thanks for sharing that.

Good luck with Mrs' Spot's surgery, Spotty.

Asa,that IS a cute way to announce a new baby coming into the world-ha ha Congrats to you all! Hope your misery in your back eases up,friend.

Well,y'all take good care,stay warm,and act like somebody! Love to all!

possum under a rock

February 15, 2015 - Msg 100695: Asa, If I may quote Goober on "Return to Mayberry": GrandDaddy, GrandDaddy, GrandDaddy!!

Possum, Aren't ya kind....The Mile's may THINK you're an NUT, but they KNOW I am...lol Thanks for delivering my greetings, Yep they are good folk livin' the good Mayberry life... You others may want to check out their web site: "Mayberry on Main" Daryl also sells a whole line of hot sauces. In their store he has a whole wall dedicated to it with ALL kinds of the stuff. I got one, "Goob's Lube" it even comes with a little beanie on the cap...

SPOT, I sure hope you two can make it to M-D's, I know you'll have a great time, maybe even give Possum a ride in your side car...


February 15, 2015 - Msg 100696: Here is their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mayberryonmain even if you are like me and don't do Facebook you can still take a look....G-F again

February 15, 2015 - Msg 100697: Thanks, G- F. Yep,I've seen the wall of Hot Sauce-ha! That ain't for me-I tend to stick with the t shirts and other stuff. Thanks for the link!

possum again

February 15, 2015 - Msg 100698:
I hope ya all had a good Valentine's Day.
I bought the missus a cor-SAGE. Any other gents
got their Lydia a cor-SAGE? ha
ASA- congrats to you!! I have 7 sibs, and as we grew up many of us got "evicted" from the crib! ha
POSSUM--I envy you girl! One of these days I hope to make it!
ALL-Believe it or not, pop is improving yet again!
He has kept us all on this e-ticket ride!! Thanks for prayers.

February 15, 2015 - Msg 100699: We should all get on that Porch bus and drive up to Mayberry together one of these days, MDC! We'll let your daddy drive! LOL Glad he's doing better.

possum u.a.r.

February 15, 2015 - Msg 100700: "Air and water's free, but gas, we make a charge for that." (:

February 16, 2015 - Msg 100701: Good morning porch. Winter weather headed this way Send food. Lol. SPOT

February 16, 2015 - Msg 100702: Asa, What are ya going to do if the duck pond dries up? You won't be able to see any ducks...

Dang Cold here...It set a record last night, So cold that they neighbors snowman sent out to Dunkin Doughnuts for a hot latte....

MDC, Mrs. G-F got a box of cherry tootsie pop suckers and a CLEAN toilet for Valentines Day! (For Valentines day she is easy to please)..lol
Really, that's what she wanted...Strange girl, Old Sigmon Frood would have a study on her...haha

TOM, Stay warm Asa says Spring is on the doorstep...As Barney quoted: "Alot of people lie at lunch so what about it". Remember that quote?...haha


February 16, 2015 - Msg 100703: Brrrrr! From our high 70s yesterday, we dropped during the night to our present 34. I'd love to just stay holed up here in the house all day, but I've got to get out briefly, and go put a couple of checks in the bank. I think I'll time it for around lunch time and pick up something yummy for lunch while I'm out. Maybe I'll go by Gold Dragon and get lunch and dinner both. I usually order delivery from them in the evening, but their lunch menu is cheaper and actually provides more food, and if I pick it up I don't have to pay the $2 delivery charge and a tip. Yep, that's the plan. I'll get two bowls of hot and sour soup (one for lunch and one for dinner tonight) and an order of shredded pork with garlic sauce, to reheat for dinner, along with the other soup. I'll eat the spring roll and the chicken wing that comes with the pork, for lunch. Yep, that's what I'm gonna do. Go to the bank, stop by Gold Dragon and get food, come home and settle in for the rest of the day. Toye Starr can go with me, she loves to go in the car.

I was planning to spray roses today. That wretched "Rose Rosette" disease has invaded Irving, and will probably wipe out every rose I've got. It's already killed six. Most websites say there is no cure, but Howard Garrett (the Dirt Doctor) says it can be combated with a mixture of Garrett Juice (a kind of compost tea), orange oil, and 3% hydrogen peroxide. You spray this concoction on the plants to the point of runoff, and supposedly it will save them. I guess we'll see. I'm not going down without a fight. I've got about thirty roses in my yard, about sixteen of them all in one dedicated bed. If I lose the roses, I don't know what on earth I'd put in that bed.

It's cold!! The kind of cold that just sort of creeps into your bones and you can't get warm. I notice this more and more, as I get older. Old bones get cold easier, and stay cold longer, I guess.

Well, guess I'd better go put out some critter feed. They appreciate it on a day like this, poor little things. It's not just cold, it's dark, dreary and drizzly out there, too. --Romeena

"Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. Calvin Coolidge said that." --Floyd, speaking to Andy.

"Calvin Coolidge didn't say everything, Floyd." --Andy

February 16, 2015 - Msg 100704: Good Mornin' Porch!

I saw auh20 and MDC talking on FB about the horrible weather auh20 is having (-20, you can have it!) and thought I'd check in to make sure all are well. We were expected to have snow, then ice, and it appears to be just rain in the city. After last year's snowmaggedon, I suppose rain is fine, but I'd hoped to see a little snow this year. My home state of Kentucky seems to be getting hammered, however, and I pray they are all okay.

Boo, you have the best heart. I didn't know you'd gone back to work. That's wonderful!
Romeena, what Constitution? That seems to have gone out the window. I love hearing how Dale took care of you. It's so sweet. I am one of the few females that doesn't care to get flowers. I'd rather have my husband do the dishes, which he frequently does.
MDC, love the Barn and Thel quotes.
G-F, I'm not far from Spot, so don't forget me on your party bus!
PH, looks good! Are you in Canada?
Sterling, your squirrels are here. I'm thisclose to finding my son's BB gun and popping him as he keeps taking my birds suet bricks. He has to jump to access them but he does as much as he can. My husband wants me to stop putting the suet out there but I just can't stop as I don't want my birds to leave me.
Ice Tom, you stay warm!
Asa, Congratulations Pappy! I love big families and am glad that you're so close by your grandbabies.
Possum, that's so neat that you went to Mayberry! I've been wanting to make the trek. Maybe in the spring, which will be here before ya know it.
Spot, I hope the Mrs. surgery went well. Hugs!
Big Maude, prayers for your mama.

Valentine's Day was mine and the Mr's 17th wedding anniversary. Honestly, it's by the grace of God that we've been together that long. We've had more things flung at us than most, but we have a love that has endured it all. We went to a nice lunch to a Southern organic restaurant. It was so good. Then we did a little shopping. Nothing big, but it was nice. He endured a Hallmark movie that evening and then we watched Friday Night Lights so he was happy. Then church yesterday. It's awfully quiet around here with just one child living here right now as my stepdaughter is trying out living on her own by staying with a friend until she moves to L.A. next month. Nick is home from Africa and at Ft. Riley. We'll see him in a few weeks and for about a week we will have all 3 children with us for the first time in over a year. Times they are a changing.

I hope everyone has a most blessed day and week ahead. Stay warm!


February 16, 2015 - Msg 100705: Sorry Lucy, For sure we will pick you up too!
Romeena, sorry to hear of you rose blight, I hope your "formula" works...It Might.....but then again,.....Might Not! Better Check with Mr. Wheeler, he may have a special concoction too.

If anyone is not doing anything tonight @ 8:00ET Remember Floyd has his pod-cast at the Two Chairs no Waiting site, pop in and say Hey! I think it is the second part of a interview with Mitch Jayne one of the Darlin' boys, he is a great story teller.

Better go and see if I can find me a few dogs,....Looks like it's gonna be more than a 3 dog night tonight...haha STAY WARM Burrr!....


February 16, 2015 - Msg 100706: Hey MDC, I hear the Indians are heading to Goodyear to start spring training, maybe I'll hitch a ride on their bus, you know they always need someone to rub the mud on the balls. That sounds like a good job to have this time of the year...You have any connections at the ball field?...haha I Will work for hot dogs! (as long as they have the stadium mustard on them).

Wait, I have a plan, maybe PH can hijack the Toronto Bluejays bus to use as our "Party" bus? We may have to do a little work but it would be worth it to get out of Dodge this time of the year....Heck, I'd even sell hot dogs and cracker jacks to earn my keep....Sounds like a plan to me...Who's in?


February 16, 2015 - Msg 100707: Good evening, porch. It's still just 35 here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Looks like it's going to hang in the low 30s all night, then up to about 50 tomorrow afternoon. Not all that cold by northern/northeastern standards, but still feels pretty cold to us. You have to remember, we're not really prepared to deal with the cold. I have no heavy winter coat. I've got a pretty little turquoise windbreaker jacket, and several denim jackets in assorted colors, but if it gets severely cold, I have to revert to an old insulated jacket of Dale's! Not exactly a fashion statement, but then, I've never been a fashionista. Jeans, t-shirts, and roomy "big shirts", that's about it.

Lucy, so good to see you! Sounds like things are going well at your house. Apparently the kids have found or are finding their path, at last. I know you had some turbulent years, but then, most families do. That's the nature of kid-raisin'! Oh, about that suet brick? Do you have one of the wire suet holders? I have one that I put my suet cakes in, and it works pretty well. A suet block usually lasts about a week when I put it in that little cage. I just hang it from the bottom of a feeder. The birds can reach in and peck at it, but the squirrels can't quite get their heads in. I have one that sticks his little paw in and digs a tiny piece out, then I see him sitting around licking his paw. It's so funny!

Oh, good! I just saw my little possum friend, traveling along the power lines out back. He/she came to the tangle of vines that surrounds the lines at one point, and disappeared. Those vines lead to a tree trunk, and from there into the back corner of the yard. That means that by morning, there will be a lot of tiny holes in my yard, and a whole lot fewer grubs in the ground! Yay! That provides a bit of aeration to the soil, and removes some potential pests. Possums are a good thing to have around. Possum UAR, I'll say howdy to your kin if I get a chance.

Well, better move on. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

February 16, 2015 - Msg 100708: HI ALL.



February 16, 2015 - Msg 100709:
Roses and rose problems, I see the makings of TWO
TAGS episodes! ha RO--just be careful when you buy that
hydrogen peroxide, my how the ladies will talk! :)
LUCY--yup, I was telling AUH20 to come on out to AZ. We will continue to be in low 80s this week,
whilst many in the frozen country of TOM's area will be -20!!! Goo to see you.
GF--sure come on out to see Cleveland practice BASEBALL! yippie! BTW, the town of Goodyear came about when we had a big Goodyear plant out here,
but it closed many years ago. We also had a GM proving ground for desert conditions, but GM built a new one in Nevada i think.
Now 21 christians! Friends, thank God some nations are fighting back since BO is out playing golf!

February 17, 2015 - Msg 100710: And there are those who will stand up and argue with you, that there is no persecution of Christians these days. Makes you wonder if they live underwater or something. As for other nations fighting back, yes - thank God for that. I think the IS may have gone a bit too far when they so cruelly killed that Jordanian pilot. Jordan has really been hammering them. It's time somebody did.

I don't worry about what anyone will think about me buying hydrogen peroxide. One look at my hair will tell them otherwise! I had a little chuckle to myself last time I got a haircut. There was a dear little old lady in the salon, at least ten years older than I am, who was having her hair and eyebrows dyed. She looked at my gray hair and whispered to me "Dear, you should let Cheryl dye your hair for you. It would take ten years off your appearance." I just smiled and thanked her. When Cheryl washed her dye out and finished her up, I saw her as she left. It was enough to scare small children. Pale, wrinkled little face, marked by those fierce jet-black eyebrows and crowned by a helmet of tight, stiff, sooty-black curls that looked like the color would rub off. A slash of heavy crimson lipstick didn't help much, either. She smiled at me and pointed to her hair, and nodded, like "see what you could do?" I just smiled back. Later I mentioned her to Cheryl, who asked me not to hold her responsible for the woman's appearance. She said she has tried for several years to get her to soften her hair color and ditch the scary eyebrows, but she demands the whole jet-black thing. Funny thing, her natural color wasn't black, it was light brown, so she has the lighter skin tones, which makes the black even more astonishing. Also, Cheryl said her hair is a pretty silver color and would be so nice if left alone, but the woman won't hear of it. Poor little thing. My mom dyed her hair right up until she passed, but at least she used a soft, very light brown color that was becoming, and used soft pastel makeup. She always looked so pretty.

Well, guess I'll turn in. It's very late, and Toye Starr and I will probably sleep until mid-morning, but who cares? I was a slave to a clock for many years, and now, I just suit myself. Feels pretty good! Blessings, friends! --Romeena

February 17, 2015 - Msg 100711: Romeena, Remember the customer is ALWAYS RIGHT....lol Not correct, but right! Thank you for the funny story... As the Mayor said to Andy: "We tried to tell em' didn't we Andy"...Or, as Dr. Phil would say: "What were you thinking!"...


February 17, 2015 - Msg 100712:
Today I was sadden to learn that my favorite female singer from the 60's passed away. You can watch and listen to some of the wonderful music she recorded at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcpV6ZV2UQI
Rest In Peace Miss Leslie Gore
Thank you for the music.

from Poor Horatio

February 17, 2015 - Msg 100713: Sorry to read that P.H. I really enjoyed her music also.


February 17, 2015 - Msg 100714:
PH--I would listen to top 40 on my 6 transistor radio hanging from the handlebars of my bike as I would deliver afternoon papers. When certain songs
came on like "It's My Party", My Boyfriend's Back", etc I would sing along like crazy as I pedaled along . May she rest in peace. Another fav of mine was Kathy Young.
Here is her "1000 Stars" song.
After so much in the world lately, sometimes I just have to
drift back to simpler times.
God's peace,

February 17, 2015 - Msg 100715: Late night here at work....hope all is well ...we got ice here....send food ....SPOT

February 18, 2015 - Msg 100716:
SPOT--dont get caught in the storm! mdc

Question SPOT--on TAGS, the power poles have metal stripes going around them near the bottom. Any idea what those are for?

February 18, 2015 - Msg 100717: MDC are they wooden,concrete or steel poles ?...SPOT

February 18, 2015 - Msg 100718:
MDC or are they human poles (as in Polish) like me?

from Poor Horatio

February 18, 2015 - Msg 100719: Sorry about them squirrels bothering you, Lucy. I'll have a talk with them when they get back... IF they come back. :-)

-Sterling Holobyte

February 19, 2015 - Msg 100720: SPOT--they stripes are on wooden poles.
Hope all of you are well and warm tonight.
Prayers for all,

February 19, 2015 - Msg 100721:
PH--I heard that Alexander Graham Bellinsky was the
first telephone Pole! lol

February 19, 2015 - Msg 100722: Hope everyone is doing ok....Even you folks in the South are getting a taste of our cold weather today..SPOT, Lucy, Maude, Possum better stack up a few more rocks for insulation...

With MDC's mild weather this winter he better watch out, it's going to be a HOT HOT summer is what I'm thinking...By the way MDC, if you happen to see any Cleveland Indians roaming around town, tell them to get to practice!! We want a good team this year!


February 19, 2015 - Msg 100723: Happy Thursday porch, its very cold on my end of he porch..7 degrees now. it was 1 degree when I came to work.

I have not had a productive week at all at work. It has been snowing, ice and cold all week so none of my clients have been coming to appointments. I understand completely. would not want anyone to be out and about if they could not be safe. Hopefully next week will be warmer.

We are warm, safe and dry with plenty to eat so I am not going to complain to much. the weather like everything else will soon change.

Lunch menu will be: homemade chicken noodle soup, grilled cheese and chips. brownies for dessert.
tea, lemonade to drink.

Prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

February 19, 2015 - Msg 100724: Possum needs some hot volcanic rocks-it's DANG cold here in SC!!

I ain't a happy possum today,by any means! Walked out to the mailbox and thought I was at the North Pole! Brr..

According to CNN.com, 115 million people are in the cold and "shouting epithets"-ha! Yep, I've had a few choice words fly outta my mouth already today and with tonight's low down to about 17 degrees,I ain't gonna lie- there will probably be a few more!

Well, as Calvin Coolidge (or somebody said), can't nobody do nothin' about the weather,so best just suck it up and deal with it best we can.

Hope everybody is staying as warm as possible-y'all take care!

popsicle possum

February 19, 2015 - Msg 100725: B-u-r-r-r-r-r-r...

February 19, 2015 - Msg 100726: No complaints or choice words coming from me. It's 47 and rising here on my porch. Clear skies, bright sun, very light breeze so wind chill is not a factor. My SIL in Michigan sent me a picture taken from their back deck, toward the fence and the woods behind their house. It was mostly white, with a hint of a dark line, which was the top rail of the fence. The text only said "We're having a blizzard." I believe it. It was pretty much a white-out. Scary.

In the vastness of this planet, it's hard to imagine that such a relatively short distance can bring such dramatic differences in weather. It's only about a thousand miles of driving, and I'm sure is less than that in terms of latitude. There's such a big difference, though. We used to go to Michigan about once a year, for Dale to see his family, and it was an interesting trip. I remember one year as we left San Antonio, the corn in the fields we passed was tasseled and nearly ready to pick. As we drove farther north, the tassels disappeared and the ears got smaller, finally there were no ears at all, just the stalks, and by the time we got to Michigan, the corn stalks were only about knee high.

I'm hoping for an extension of this warm weather, enough to bring out the cottonwood beads on my three female trees. Then as those little beads are forming, I hope for a good hard freeze to kill them off. That happened last year, there was no cotton from the trees at all, and I didn't have to pay the tree man to come and prune all that stuff out of the trees. It's expensive, but it's necessary. Three large trees can make an unbelievable mess, with drifts of cotton a foot deep everywhere. It's awful. So - I pay to have the beads pruned out. They would eventually swell and burst open, scattering cotton everywhere and making my neighbors hate me. Sure is nice when nature takes care of it for me.

Speaking of nature, my friend who lives in central Irving, just across the creek from the hospital property and about a quarter mile from the major highway through town - took a picture of a big beautiful gray fox in her back yard a few days ago! Who would have thought? Possums and raccoons, yes, but a fox? Yet there he was. I did a little investigating, and learned that the creek/drainage ditch actually runs from the north end of town through to the south end, and is frequently used as a thoroughfare by wildlife. It's part creek bed, part concrete-lined drainage ditch, with the concrete part stopping and starting at intervals along the way. I think that's so interesting that the animals have learned to follow it and remain in relative safety. Nature, and life, will always find a way. Wonderful.

Well, I'm off to get a few things done around here. Have a great day, friends. --Romeena