March 22, 2015 - Msg 100995: Where is everyone? Enjoying a peaceful, restful Sabbath, I hope. That's definitely the case here. It's a lovely day, blue sky, high patchy clouds, golden sunshine. The temp is about 70, and I've been outside for a while. Got a pile of weeds pulled, many more to go. For now, I'm cleaned up and heading over to Eloise's. Dave and Brittney and the boys will be there shortly, and we're putting some steaks on the grill. Eloise has her famous baked potatoes in the oven. I swear, I don't know what she does to those potatoes, but they are soooo good!

I got Toye Starr combed out and all freshened up, and she looks so pretty. She hates it, but she tolerates my efforts. I try very hard not to snag and pull her hair, but now and then I hit an unexpected snarl and it pulls a little, and then the little drama queen yelps like I broke her leg or something, and tries very hard to tremble and look pitiful. It's hard to take her seriously, but I do pet her and apologize, and she "forgives" me. I know I'm not hurting her, because I move very gently with the comb, and when I feel a mat, I grip the hair nearest the skin and hold it, so there's no pull on her. She just likes to yank my chain. And of course, sometimes I do hit an unexpected tangle, but even then I'm moving gently, so she's not hurt.

I've got verbenas, pansies, hyacinths, grape hyacinths and a few tulips blooming! Yay! I love this time of year. Everything is just getting started, will be a lot prettier in a couple of weeks.

Well, gotta run. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 22, 2015 - Msg 100996: You're welcome. --Romeena

March 22, 2015 - Msg 100997:
Romeena, I am right here.
This morning, I took my wife shopping at the Sears Outlet store.
Then we spent this afternoon watching the movie "God's Not Dead". It was a very moving story.
And this evening, we are watching the television series "Finding Jesus" on CNN.

from Poor Horatio

March 22, 2015 - Msg 100998: Romeena, Just tell your puppy a small tangle is a small price to pay for getting fully adorned!.. I too put some steaks on the Barbie...But no verbenas, pansies, hyacinths,(grape or other wise), tulips. Heck, I don't even have any tear gas or heelicopter or nuthin'...I do have a Jack tho ;)

Asa, you Ok Buddy?....


March 23, 2015 - Msg 100999:
A question for those here who suffer lower back pain
like I do... Even with my sleep number bed, and no matter what the setting, I always wake up with a very sore back. But once I start "getting ready" for the day, and take a hot shower, I am pretty go to go. Do u all experience about the same thing? I also see the chiro about once every two weeks.
Hope you all had a good Sabbath. "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" comes
on here soon. I with ME-TV would put the Fugitive back on tho.

March 23, 2015 - Msg 101000: Hey Ro,
Looks like we will wake up to snow here. I am already seeing it covering the sidewalk and brown grass.
And would you believe I cooked on the grill today?!

Thankfully MDC, my back hasn't been hurting too much lately. I hope to keep it that way. I feel for you though, and I hope you get your back problems straightened out(see what I did there?!) ;-)
I love Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Used to be one of my favorites when I was a kid. And we used to pretend we were on the Seaview and make our own little adventures(my brother's and I).

Night all!

-Sterling Holobyte

March 23, 2015 - Msg 101001: MDC, I only have the back issues if I am in bed longer than about seven hours. Once I'm up and going, I'm fine. My recent 30 lb weight loss has helped some. You don't need that, though.

I have a question for those who have raised kids. Erin brought home this form from school saying she qualified to be considered for junior national honor society (she has a 95% grade average), and I don't know anything about it. Let's just say I wasn't the national Honor society type when I was in school. I don't know if its something I want her to be involved in or what the time or commitment would be. Any thoughts?


March 23, 2015 - Msg 101002: i hope everyone had a gret weekend. i hope you enjoyed some of the out dated laws that are styill on the books which barney will be able to use. maybe you know a few and we could have a outdated laws which barney could add. anyone in yuma az who steals fruit can be given a quart of castor oil.. in brooklin ny it is illegal for a donkey to sleep in a bath tub.... in new york it is a misemeanor to arrest a dead man for a debt... my thoughts and prayers are with each of you. papa bear

March 23, 2015 - Msg 101003: Papa Bear..Some funny laws, If I'm ever in New York and find a donkey sleeping in a bath tub I'll be sure to use my tweezers to get it out, just to be sure not to get man scent on him...haha

MDC, Sorry to hear your back is acting up, you and Asa, sure have been dealing with it for awhile. I have been lucky over the years not to have to much problem with my back, now my hip & knee that's a different story...Have not heard Romeena speak about her vertigo, so I'm hoping that cleared up on her too.

PH, I liked that movie too, I sorta thought Cassidy Gifford (Kathie Lee & Frank Giffords) daughter who played his girlfriend was a sorta snotty character. It was good he made the decision to not follow her.

Sterling, I'm with ya buddy, will this cold EVER end?? It's 23 degrees here now.


March 23, 2015 - Msg 101004:
Boo, when I was teaching, I was the moderator of NJHS at that jr high. Here is their website:
At that time, back in the '80s, it was a great organization, and we had a neat ceremony for those who qualified.
I don't think it has changed or gone "political" if you know what I mean. But you might want to read up on it.

March 23, 2015 - Msg 101005:
Boo, to read what other parents of candidates had to say about the National Junior Honor Society, visit
The one post that surprised me was from a parent of a straight A student. Because his extra curricular activities only involved sports, he was denied membership in spite of his good grades.

from Poor Horatio

March 23, 2015 - Msg 101006: PH, I guess that kids education WASN'T worth every penny..Boo, a 95% average is Vgood in my book, GOOD on her!..G-F

March 23, 2015 - Msg 101007: Good Evening Porch,

I need to spray my throat for good 'ol 14A. :) Actually with the stinkin' pollen, I am needing to do something for my allergies. I read that this year is going to be really bad.

Poor Horatio, somehow I missed that you got married! Belated congratulations!
Sterling, did you ever take Noah to see Paddington?
Pappabear, good to see you! I know we have some strange laws on our books here in GA.
G-F, my sweet FIL did not complain much about the snow or cold in February, but in the last week or so he has been just finished.
Boo, congratulations to Erin! I really don't have any advice on the subject as none of mine were invited. Nick would have been the only one to have been considered, but he wasn't invited.

I've sent my boss an email stating that she didn't uphold her end of the contract and requested that she pay me for this month. I hope she will do it so that I can get a job in the meantime. She did not pay me for one month (May). I hope she does!

Y'all take care of yourselves and act like somebody!


March 24, 2015 - Msg 101008: Good afternoon, porch. Boo, I am so envious, and so proud of you! You lost 30 pounds? That's wonderful. I need so badly to do the same thing, and more, and just can't seem to get it done. I'll drop five, once in a while even ten, and then before I know it, it's back. It's like I have a setpoint, and my body is determined to stay right there. So frustrating. I know I would feel so much better. However, I would look much worse. About thirteen years ago, I lost nearly fifty pounds, and felt wonderful. However, I looked like I was melting. I never saw so many wrinkles in my life! Over the next five years, I gradually put it all back, most of the wrinkles and sags smoothed out, and I look younger now than I did then, but don't feel as well. It's a no-win trade-off, I guess.

What a beautiful day! We're at 80, clear blue sky, no clouds, bright sun, light breeze, birds and critters everywhere, even some honeybees. Flowers I had forgotten I planted have popped up and bloomed, and it's just lovely. Joe is coming tomorrow to do some more pruning and a little weeding. He'll also spray all the roses with a concoction the Dirt Doctor - Howard Garrett - has dreamed up that theoretically will combat the Rose Rosette disease that has attacked my roses. With at least 35 rose bushes out there, I'm not feeling too happy about having them all wiped out by that miserable virus. The conventional wisdom at this time is that nothing will eradicate the disease, but Garrett declares his brew has worked for him, so I'm going to give it a try. I have very little to lose, and quite a lot to gain if it works. Eddie will come Thursday to mow and edge and finish the weeding, and the yard will officially be awake and heading into summer. I love this time of year!

Gotta run - need to get a birthday card for my DIL, and go by my neighbor's garden center and pick up a couple of flats of bloomers for planting tomorrow. A lot of established color is in place, but I need some fresh faces to bolster it a little. Some new snapdragons, a couple of Gerbera daisies, and maybe a couple of flats of petunias. Whatever John has that looks fresh and pretty, I guess. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

March 24, 2015 - Msg 101009:
Lucy, thanks for the belated congratulations. I can't believe my wife and I have been married for seven years. How time flies.

from Poor Horatio

March 24, 2015 - Msg 101010: Quiet day on the porch. Hope all are well. Prayers,

March 25, 2015 - Msg 101011: Hey Lucy,
No I haven't taken Noah, or Kai, to see Paddington. I suppose I should, while it is still in theaters. I guess it is just that I never really want to go to movie theaters anymore, so it doesn't even cross my mind to go. That, and I am a miser. :-) And movie theater tickets or concessions stands are no place for someone watching their pennies.
The wife took Kai to see a movie a few days ago(wasn't Paddington), and they said the people behind them just put their feet right up and over the top(over to the side) of the seats they were sitting in.
That's another reason I don't like theaters. You have to deal with people like that. And then there are the people crunching popcorn. Oye.
...Eh, maybe I will wait until it comes out on dvd.

Well, the snow was melting today. And now I see a fresh batch coming down to make up for it. Kind of hoping that warm spell we were having would keep. Not surprising for WI. But still disappointing. Indian Summer in reverse.

Good night all!

-Sterling Holobyte

March 25, 2015 - Msg 101012: Good Morning all ! great day here in Ga...sunny and in the 70"s ! SPOT

March 25, 2015 - Msg 101013: Good morning. Sterling, you sound like me. I'm not a theater-goer, for many of the reasons you gave. It's hard to believe anyone would be as rude as what you described, but I know it's true. One of our theater complexes in the local mall has really taken some steps, though. The seats are actually large recliners, cushions and all, and I wish I could have taken one home with me. There probably aren't but about fifty of them in the whole theater, so the crowd is small. I think there were about fifteen people in there the day we went. Very clean, very comfortable. As for the prices, you're right. Unarmed robbery. We stopped at a Walgreen's on the way, and I filled my big old purse with candy and junk. We did, of course, have to buy drinks. Sad that two adults and one kid can't sit through one movie without eating and drinking, but it seems to be impossible. Anyway, I still highly recommend that film. It was delightful.

Well, I'm off to ESL class. Don't have anything prepared, guess we'll just let them read from our workbook, which has lots of little stories, and I'll wing it from there. I listen for pronunciation, explain grammatical twists, and explore unfamiliar words. I find they remember them better, and use them, if I explore the origin of the word. Of course, American slang is a very fertile ground for free-lance teaching. They keep coming back, so I guess they like it.

Blessings, everyone. --Romeena

March 26, 2015 - Msg 101014: Wow, another slow day. I guess
everyone is out enjoying the
spring weather.
Our theaters here are also installing the big recliners. I guess it is the latest new thing.
We saw Cinderella on my wife's birthday.
At the ticket window, the layout showed row 12 as the back row, and I said What? Yup, because
the whole place was recliners, it was only 12 rows! It was
OK, but a bit sugary for me, but Kate Blanchett as
the stepmother carried it! ha So we have seen our movie for this year. lol

March 26, 2015 - Msg 101015: "WHEELERAMA CINEMA'S" What will they think of next? MDC, Did you buy Mrs. MDC the BIG popcorn AND the soda too? Hopefully since it was her Birthday she got to choose whether is was "Rasinetts" or "Twizzlers" too....

Another Cold rainy day here on my end, where has everyone been? maybe Springtime for some but not for all. Al Roker said MDC's town is suppose to get to 97 tomorrow? That's CRAZY for this time of the year! What kind of temps are you going to have this summer? 120's?..Back to the Death Valley Days I suppose...


March 26, 2015 - Msg 101016: I may have posted this before, humor me if I did. This one of Floyd's pod-casts he did on the first "Mayberry Meet-up" we did in 2013....Just a reminder we are doing another one July 17-19 at the Mayberry Motor Inn. Mt. Airy NC


March 26, 2015 - Msg 101017: Good Afternoon Porch,
I hope this finds everyone well. It's rather warm out. The windows are open. I hate that it's bringing in pollen, but love fresh air while we can get it.

We never go to the theater. I honestly don't know the last time I went. For cost only though. Knowing that I can get a movie from Redbox for $1 and watch on my husband's massive 55" screen television I don't feel like I'm missing much. I make homemade popcorn and pizza, and there ya go! I do want to see Cinderella, MDC, and will impatiently wait for that and Paddington to come out on Redbox.

I'm still job hunting every day. At least I finally know what I want to do, so that is a answered prayer.

I watched the "Citizens Arrest" episode the other night. I felt so bad for Barney. Obviously he had it coming to him in one way, but Don Knotts played the character so well that I felt for Barney. I think his slight physical stature played a role. I felt the same in the episode (the title escapes me) where Barney was being threatened by the blonde guy who was frequently his nemesis. Gomer was so funny and played his character so well. That accent is a trip!

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the day!


March 26, 2015 - Msg 101018: Afternoon all.
Been busy busy busy here. Whew. Thought I better stop and swing for a bit.

Not a movie goer here. I hate crowds, I hate the prices, and I detest the whole hollyweird mindset for the most part. Nope, they ain't getting non of my brass by golly. That can all go pound sand!

I sure hope a job will come up for you Lucy. Hang in there. You are still in my prayers.

GF, not 94 here yet, but mid 70's again by the weekend. Our hoped for wet spring is not looking to great thus far.

Well better get my paperwork done an go home. I'm beat right down to my socks.


March 26, 2015 - Msg 101019: ....Asa, The 70's? Do you have the filters to swing it? But I KNOW you do....Don't know, but I think Ernest T Bass did not go for moving pictures either..Just an observation there Buddy...Just don't work your fingers to the bone....Or all you'll get is BONY FINGERS!!
As is life... The job ain't complete until the paperwork is DONE!


March 26, 2015 - Msg 101020: Good evening, porch. I hear and I agree with the sentiments expressed regarding movies. It's very rare for me to go to one. I wouldn't have gone to see "Paddington", except that Eloise and I were trying to keep Hudson occupied and away from home for two days while his parents completely redecorated his bedroom. They did a beautiful job, and he's a happy kid! He's very much a homebody, and without a few scheduled diversions, he might have been wanting to go home. We went to a matinee, so the tickets were a little more reasonable, and we hauled candy and peanuts and stuff in our (big) purses. The drink prices are ridiculous, but at least you can mix flavors and come up with your own concoction. I had a cola/lime thing that was pretty good. As for crowds, there were none. I don't think we laid eyes on more than fifty people during the whole experience, including time in the lobby. In these newly-designed theaters, the whole experience has changed a lot. Honestly, I don't see how they even make any money. I guess their profit is all from the snacks.

As for the Hollywonks, they're nearly all a bunch of leftist weirdos, and I pick and choose very carefully before I do go to a movie. I've probably seen five theater movies in the last ten years. Years ago, Eloise and I took Landry and Hudson to see "The Polar Express" at the local IMAX, and that was worth it! If you've seen it on TV or at a regular theater, just imagine the scene where that huge locomotive comes chugging into the little boy's dream, and it's on an enormous wrap-around IMAX screen. You'll pull your feet in under your seat to keep from losing your toes!! The boys were little then, and they were just trembling when that train came in, and loving every minute of it. Such fun.

Well, guess I'll go stir up some supper. It may be as simple as an avocado and a grapefruit, diced together with a dash of salt and a little lime juice. I eat about three avocados a week, and I use a lot of olive oil. I'm pretty sure that's why my cholesterol stays around 180, in spite of all the sour cream, cheese, and Mexican food I eat, not to mention the occasional steak or pork chop, and no, I do not obsess over any visible fat. I just enjoy it. It frustrates my endocrinologist, who knows what I eat, and can't understand why cholesterol isn't just oozing out of my pores. My cardiologist just grins and says, "More power to you, Timex! You're doing fine!" And I am, by the grace of God.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 26, 2015 - Msg 101021: "Go-o-o-o-o-l-lee Miss Lucy." :)

March 26, 2015 - Msg 101022: I think the last time I went to the movies, it was to see "Forrest Gump"! That should tell y'all something!

possum u.a.r.

March 26, 2015 - Msg 101023:
In the past ten years, the theater movies I paid to see were:
"Haunted Mansion" in 2003
"The Three Stooges" in 2012

A few years ago, I did some part-time work as a mystery shopper. Some of my assignments involved going to a movie theater to count the customers and log the income from tickets sold to the amount of food sold. And although this entitled me to watch the movies for free, I never stayed once I obtained all the data I needed for the report that I submitted to the movie studio.

from Poor Horatio

March 27, 2015 - Msg 101024: Really, PH? A mystery shopper? What a cool job! That sounds so interesting. I'll bet you'd have a lot of stories to tell.

It is so beautiful here today! Cool, but so pretty. The temp dropped into the 40s overnight, is 52 right now, but rising fast. I think we've seen the last of the cool weather, we're heading straight into summer.

I'm trying to find some horticultural cornmeal, and no one has it. I can get corn gluten meal, but not the regular cornmeal. I like to apply both. The corn gluten meal is a fairly effective pre-emergent weed killer, but the regular cornmeal does a good job of killing fungus invasions. As wet as it has been around here, I'm expecting lots of that this year. If my roses survive the rose rosette disease, I sure don't want them battered by black spot and mildew.

Well, gotta run. I have a home health call to make, and Joe will be here shortly. He'll get started with the ambitious plans we've laid out for today, and I'll be home before noon to join in and do what I can. I've got a flat of impatiens for the bed along the back fence, and a flat of snapdragons for the main island. Then we have to do some weeding, spread dry molasses (thank goodness I can still get that), and spray the roses. Spraying is going to take a while. I've got a lot of roses! Gonna be a long day, and I'll be very tired this evening, but will feel so good at the same time! Blessings, friends. --Romeena

March 27, 2015 - Msg 101025: ...cornmeal & molasses? Sounds like breakfast instead of a yard... haha No wonder all the critters like to come to Romeena's...G-F

March 27, 2015 - Msg 101026: I can hear Romeena now in her best Clara voice. "Mildew! What do you expect me to do about MILDEW!?" LOL

I had a killer of a headache yesterday. Couldn't figger out why. When I got home I checked the label on a package of hot dogs I bought (had one dog the night before) and sure enough, corn starch was an ingredient. I don't know if that was peculiar to the brand I bought or if it's in all hot dogs. I seldom but the things because my wife don't cotton to them, and I can never eat a whole package of them before they expire, so no big loss I suppose. But I have been watching some Matlock's on my dvd's and by golly old Ben can sure make a hot dog look good. So I succumbed. Dirty me!

Well it be Friday and quitting time for me. I just wish the clock wouldn't go on fast forward for the next 48 hours. I wonder what causes that?

My wives birthday tomorrow so we are having the clan over on Sunday for a cook out. I can give them corn starched piggys to the Grandkids. Yep, that's the plan. I'll buy some brats instead and dress up in a white suit. It's all good.


March 27, 2015 - Msg 101027: Wives??? I meant Wife's. (blushing)


March 28, 2015 - Msg 101028:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Missus ASA. Treat her well now.
So the grand kids arnt "bratty" enuf, you have to
by "brats" now! haha
My headache today is from a "high pollution advisory." It has still been way too hot way too soon here!!! 95 today for cryin out loud.
Service for my dad is tomorrow. Upteen relatives in town, some staying here, so I may be afk for a while.
God bless you and yours,

March 28, 2015 - Msg 101029: Asa, Make sure you make deviled eggs and cole slaw too! Down in TOM's neck of the woods they put slaw ON their dogs. That's the only way to roll down there. My Buddy is from WVA and any other way just ain't right he say's...(glad you corrected yourself) One is ALL I can handle for heaven sake'

Prayers for you MDC..I know it will be a hard day tomorrow...I know if I owned a bomber I'd do a fly-by and "wag" the wings for him...God's Speed...

You Folks out West...."SEND US SOME HEAT!" This weather is CRAZY!! We have cold and snow AGAIN today...Only in the 20's today....I can't imagine what your summer is going to be like if it is that hot now...


March 28, 2015 - Msg 101030: God bless you and yours today, MDC. I know today will be difficult, but you can rest secure in the knowledge that your dad is happy now, and free of pain. You will miss him, but you will see him again. The interval in our time may seem long, but in the time he's living in now, it will be only a moment. I know you know all of this, but I say it to comfort myself as well, in the losses I have known. How I love that old song, and the message it offers -

"Hold on, my child! Joy comes in the morning. Weeping only lasts for a night.
Hold on, my child! Joy comes in the morning.
The darkest hour means dawn is just in sight!"

Prayers for you and your family as you get through this weekend. --Romeena

March 28, 2015 - Msg 101031: Hey gang ! doing a porch survey...was reading archives and saw PH mention a outlet store...her in Ga Mrs Spot and I g at least once a week on our off day...We have Big Lots,Dollar General,Dollar tree, Everything"s a Dollar,and 5 and under...what yall got ! SPOT

March 28, 2015 - Msg 101032: Hey, Spot. We have all those same stores here in the Dallas area. My favorite may be Dollar General, because the one here in Irving is fairly clean, but they all have bargains. Just wish they'd clean the stores up a little. There's a huge Big Lots over in Dallas, and it's really pretty clean and nice, but the one here in Irving looks like a second-chance rummage sale, with junky stuff piled everywhere. Still, I do go in and poke around now and then.

Well, Joe came yesterday, and we got a lot done, but not finished. This is a big yard, and waking it up and getting it ready for summer is a big job. We did get all the roses sprayed, two flats of color planted (just two? Need more!) and part of the weeding done. He's planning to come back on Monday to finish up. I hope Howard Garrett's brew will be effective against the rose rosette disease, but all the experts say there's no cure. I guess we'll see. At least the spra mixture is pretty cheap.

Asa, that must be very annoying, being allergic to corn starch, because that stuff is in everything! Even most baking powder contains a little corn starch, and confectioner's sugar often does, as well. Are you just allergic to the corn starch, or can you eat corn itself? Apparently some people can tolerate actual corn, including tortillas, corn chips and such, but react to the actual corn starch. Very strange.

I am so grateful that I have no allergies. So many people suffer all sorts of miseries and inconvenience due to allergies, but I just don't have any. My kids - another story. They all have various allergies. The boys have pollen allergies and have a hard time in the spring and fall. One daughter has a bad gluten intolerance, and the other just breaks out in hives now and then and no one has ever identified the cause. She scratches for a few hours, and then it goes away. Again, very strange.

Well, better go get a little housework done. Where DOES all this dust come from!!! That is, if I can tear myself away from this window. It's so beautiful out back right now, and my little pair of downies are out there, enjoying the suet cake and inspecting the tree for edible bugs. They are the most adorable little birds! --Romeena

March 28, 2015 - Msg 101033: Uh, what's a "spra mixture"? I meant "spray mixture", of course. --Romeena

March 28, 2015 - Msg 101034: ....SPOT if something is $1.25 do ya get it for a dollar?? Ya know I found that not everything at Dollar General is a That's false advertising..Then it should be called "Generally a Dollar or so"..Right? The owner must be a politician is what I'm thinking....
By the way, we have a "Dollar Tree" store so dollars MUST grow on trees there? But I'm kinda partial to "Ollie's" like Possum says she is too...

Romeena, I think now-a-days a lot of folks just don't have the immunities we had back in the day, there are antibiotics for everything and our bodies just don't know HOW to fight off things on their own anymore, I was rarely sick as a kid if I was, Mom Doctored us up and we did just fine...Or maybe I was just lucky?


March 28, 2015 - Msg 101035: All went beautifully today for dad's service. For those on FB, I posted some photos on my timeline.

March 29, 2015 - Msg 101036: May the Lord's peace be with you and your family, MDC.

I guess that's another way we're alike, Romeena. I never had any allergies, and for that matter, no one in my family has any either. The wife has an allergy to pennicillian, penicilin, ... that stuff that they give you when you have pneumonia(sure, that I can spell), and she must have some sort of hay fever because she sneezes up a storm at times. Luckily none of the kids have shown any allergies, so far.
But I think you're right about too much "cure," G-F. I try to stay away from buying those anti-bacterial hand wash things, for just that reason.

Well, everyone have a Blessed Sunday.

-Sterling Holobyte

March 29, 2015 - Msg 101037: Good Sabbath all.
I had to go in to work this morning to repair a water leak in one of our buildings. We had to turn the water off to the entire building to make the repair, so I figured we would do it early on a Sunday to minimize people issues. Thankfully it went well and we got it done in a couple of hours.

I'm glad the service went well MDC. Prayers for you and yours my friend. I am sure it is an emotional weekend for you.

Thanks for the prayers for my Mrs. She had a good day, and this afternoon everyone will be over for a cookout. Dog's, Brat's, and burgers. Y'all come over and indulge. Yes GF, I'll even make you some of my famous slaw and deviled eggs. :)

Yea Romeena, that deal with corn starch is a bugger. I don't know if I would call it an allergy or just a sensitivity to it. I can eat corn just fine it seems, although during corn on the cob season if I over do it, I will fight some headaches. But if I eat anything with corn starch, I will get a sickening headache within a few hours. And it will hang on for hours. It took me a lot of selective work to find out what was causing these things, but I am glad I did. And yes, the stuff is hidden in all kinds of processed foods. I still find it by accident at times, like my recent episode with the hot dogs. Oh well, we all have our issues, don't we?

Gosh GF, It seems like the winter that will not go away for you buddy. We were in the 70's here yesterday and will be again today. Sure has been nice but man we are dry as one of Reverend Breens sermons here. Getting scary.

Well I have missed preachin because of working this morning. I could still go, albeit late. But I detest going to things late. Just hate it. So I reckon I'll get some 'Wheeler" time before the party starts.

Prayers for all.


March 29, 2015 - Msg 101038: Prayers MDC...been keeping up with ya on FB ..good pics ..well im at work keeping the lights on..watched a sermon a bit a go and now its short track NASCAR time !SPOT

March 29, 2015 - Msg 101039: ...Asa, doesn't have the alergic's but he DOES have sensitivities.. But just don't call him sensitive!..haha
REAL tomato ketchup for them burgers Asa? Only the best for you...But there's no meat in them!...You can have meat when you get home!...from what movie?....Just watch out for the Kool-Aid!

SPOT, You'd think those drivers would get dizzy on that track..


March 29, 2015 - Msg 101040: Good evening, folks. It's been a quiet, lazy day today. Went to preachin' and then to Sunday School, which always translates to a good day. This was the last of six Sundays of guest preachers. Our pastor will return next week, and I'm so glad. Not that the guests weren't good - they were - but there's just something about hearing your own pastor preach. His wife just completed a very difficult surgery and treatment for colon cancer, and her prognosis is very good. As a love gift, the church voted to give him a six-week paid sabbatical, so he and his wife could just do whatever they wanted. They have traveled a little, gone to visit family, and just hung around home some too. He should return rested and refreshed, and we'll be glad to see him.

Asa, since you can eat whole corn, I'm thinking that it's something that's used in the extraction and production of corn starch that affects you. I wish there were some way to determine if that's true, and if so, what the substance is, because it could be present in other things as well. These things can be terribly difficult to track down.

Sometimes we have to miss Sunday services, don't we? In order to do our jobs right, and to avoid difficult for others, we have to do what's necessary. I once had a patient, a sanctimonious old lady, who decided to scold me one Sunday morning, as I was helping her with her breakfast, bath and medications. She asked me if I knew the Lord, and I replied that I did, indeed. She then asked me, "Well, then why are you working on the Lord's day? You should be in church!" I hadn't expected that, but I only hesitated a moment before I replied. I said, "You're right. However, the hospital requires that we all take our turn working on Sunday, because people insist upon being sick on Sundays. Maybe I should quit my job and do something else, and leave nursing to non-Christians. I'm sure you wouldn't mind if all your caregivers were non-believers, would you?" She had a "coughing spell" at that moment, and we didn't return to the subject again, needless to say.

I missed going to lunch with my usual group after church today. One of the group just loves Long John Silver's, and I don't care for it. However, fair is fair, so the group goes there with her now and then. I usually go, eat the greasy stuff and keep my mouth shut, but today I just made an excuse and came home. I had a greasy taco from Taco Casa instead! Go figure.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 29, 2015 - Msg 101041: Hi...dropping to say hello. I know it has been a little while but I think of you all often throughout the day.

not alot of news. went to preachin this morning but will be working next weekend on day shift so will have to miss easter sunday. like Ro said, thats how it is for nurses. Someone has to be there everyday.

It was a beautiful 80 degrees and sunny here today, with so many wildflowers coming up. Hope it is good where all of you are.

Ive been falling behind on the chores this weekend but am learning to not let it bother me so much. On saturday I took erin to a battle reenactment at a mission in Goliad. was thinking about the laundry, but had better things to do. :)

Well, tomorrow begins a new week. I am working until thursday, which is seans birthday. can you believe he will be 20?

Hope you all have a great week.


March 30, 2015 - Msg 101042:
HI GANG! Sorry that I have just been "popping in" lately, but family has all gone now, and I'm trying to find what I think is a home under this "mess!" ha
All was so great and beautiful tho.
Here is a dvd tribute to the "big guy" that we showed at his service. It runs about 11 minutes, but then again it does cover 96 years!!

:) MDC

March 30, 2015 - Msg 101043: PS: Boo and Ro, isnt this "Texas re-enters the union" day? The way things are now, some may have second thoughts. ha But Thank God for Texas!

March 30, 2015 - Msg 101044: ....Whooo Hooo!! it got to 40 degrees here today that twice as cold, or Boo is twice as warm depending if you are a glass is half empty, or glass is half full kinda

Romeena, Sometimes you just have to go back to normal and take preachin' from Reverend Tucker, whether the sermons are dry as dust or not...Glad to hear your church gave them some R&R time..Good on them! p.s. I like your comment: "I only hesitated a moment before I replied"...Good on You!! Yep, sometimes it just has to be said....Remindes me of my working days when we had meetings and the "bobble-heads" would shake their heads like they understood(?) what was being said, but really they did not. I could not sit by and cosign the stupidity so I HAD to ask the WHY question...Yep, Ya can't fix stupid! Oh that's right, they have certificates on their walls that SAY they are smart...Never Mind!


March 30, 2015 - Msg 101045: WOW MDC, How special! Thanks for sharing it with us. Your a good Son of a Great man...G-F

March 30, 2015 - Msg 101046: Evenin' Porch,

Just a quick rock to say hey. I hope all are well.

I'm glad that the service went well for your dad, MDC.
Boo, no, I can't believe how quickly these chitlins are growing up. Take care of yourself!
Asa, I'm glad your wife had a nice time. Most cornstarch is modified and has aluminum, which is probably causing the reaction. Try using organic corn products and see if you have the same reaction. Corn and soy are in everything that many people develop sensitivities. Bryan has done that with eggs. No actual allergy, just sensitivity after having it so much. We're both suffering with the pollen though. Ugh.
Spot, I am not much on dollar stores myself.
Romeena, good for you!

Well, I have to make supper. Salmon, quinoa, and cauliflower. I'm allergic to seafood and he only gets it when I've had a late lunch like today. I'll have gelato, yum!


March 31, 2015 - Msg 101047: Wonderful tribute for your Father MDC. It looks like he lived a wonderful life and has left a great legacy. That had to be quite a change in climate, from Minnesota to Arizona. If you don't mind me asking, what was the reason for moving? Anyway, thanks for sharing. What a generation.

Lucy, I see so many foods that have "modified food starch" listed as an ingredient. Not sure what that is. But I have cut way back on processed foods. They are convenient for sure, but if they are making you sick they are not worth it. My wife is allergic to seafood also. Too bad because she loves it, but it doesn't love her back.

Good to see you Boo. I hope you are doing ok. I miss you being here.

Well best get. I have a staff meeting in Salt Lake this morning. All in all it's a fun day.


March 31, 2015 - Msg 101048: ...Asa, Just be sure all the "staff's" stay awake, ya know sometimes those meetings can be as dry as dust!..haha


March 31, 2015 - Msg 101049: trouble check we all be fine over here just busy SPOT

April 01, 2015 - Msg 101050: Touching tribute, MDC. I may not have known anyone in it, besides you, Steve, but it still felt like family. Very moving. Thanks for sharing it.

-Sterling Holobyte

April 01, 2015 - Msg 101051: April 1st....If you know any Fools, just tell 'em Hey. I happen to think in Washington DC there's a lot of Hey'in going on today...Just Sayin' Hey. Hey, Hey,...

"They" say 70 degrees tomorrow..Hey, Hey, Hey! Then Mother Nature comes back Friday and says: April Fools!...G-F

April 01, 2015 - Msg 101052: G-F 77 here in Ga !...scooter time tomorrow...well supper will be KFC and all the fixing !...SPOT

April 01, 2015 - Msg 101053: Good Afternoon Porch,

Law, it's getting a bit warm in here. I'm guessing the AC will be on in the next few days. We live in an apartment in the back with trees very close to the windows so not much air comes in. I have been having to take Benadryl at night so I sleep like a baby but Bryan and Bryson don't sleep unless it's 69 or less in the house. I was hoping to go longer for our electric bill, but knowing them it won't be too long. Lows in the 60's tend to be too warm for them.

On top of all of our bad news lately, it looks like my 79 year old Father in Law may have cancer. He was having severe pain in his lower abdomen, hip, and back so my SIL took him to the ER and there's lesions on his kidneys, adrenal glands, and his prostate is enlarged (he had pellet radiation several years ago there). If it's in his bones there's not much they can do and I don't know if he'd do anything anyway. My SIL is taking him to Columbus to the oncologist on April 22nd. That's the earliest they could get him in. He's a great man and loves the Lord. I just hate it for everyone as my MIL passed on May 24, 2013. It's coming up on that anniversary so it's all feeling raw. My husband was always close to his mother, but after she died he has grown very close to his dad with daily phone calls. Seriously, they talked like 3-4 times a year until 2 years ago and they've talked daily since. I'll let y'all know how things progress.

Asa, I don't remember how seafood tastes except tuna a tiny bit. I had shrimp in the second grade that caused me to go to the ER. I haven't had anything since. Modified means that it was made with corn that has GMO's so the structure of the corn has changed.

G-F, have you seen Amazon's homepage? I went on there today and was shocked. It's set up like it was in 1999!

MDC, wait, you're moving to MN? Did I miss something?

Romeena, will you see your babies for Easter?

Spot, you talkin' to Juanita? Is that why you need to do a trouble check? ;) I'll take that KFC! Sides only though.

Well, y'all have yourselves a good evening. Tell everyone hey for me tonight.

Blessings to you and yours,