April 01, 2015 - Msg 101054:
SPOT, regarding your question from Msg 101031, we have the following discount stores:
Great Canadian Dollar Store, Canadian Dollar Discount, Dollarama, Dollar Tree, Dollar Bazaar, Absolute Dollar, Dollar Blitz, Dollar Plus, Dollarway Plus, Dollar & Discount Store, Dollar Smart Discount just to name a few.

G-F, since you mentioned those dollar stores that charge more for items, do you remember the Dollar-A-Day car rental business? Back when I was stationed in California in the 1970's, whenever I needed a vehicle, I would rent from that business. And they did charge customers $1 a day for a rented car (plus mileage), as long as it was a compact with a standard (stick shift) transmission! Today, although they changed the name to just Dollar car rental, they charge much more than a dollar a day.

MDC, that was an touching video tribute to your late father (and mother since she was also mentioned). I'm curious to learn who were the two Marines that posed with your father at 09:33.
In Msg 100982, you stated there would be an Air Force honor guard. Although the video had been viewed at the funeral, you might want to add the honor guard for posting on YouTube.

from Poor Horatio

April 01, 2015 - Msg 101055:
It's been a while since I have swept the front porch here.

from Poor Horatio

April 01, 2015 - Msg 101056: Good evening, porch. Lucy, bless your little heart. You've had a pretty full plate for a while now. I pray things will ease up a bit for you. This is probably a silly question, but have you tried ceiling fans to augment the a/c? I have one above my bed, and when I wake up feeling too warm, I just click that fan on and it really helps. You can get them with a little remote thingy so you can control it without even getting out of bed. We've been using a/c off and on for the past few weeks - mostly off, but still using it now and then. It's on right now, as it got quite warm here today.

You asked whether I'd be seeing my family. Yes, I will, at least some of them. My youngest grandson (age 6) lives in Fredericksburg, TX, about 4 1/2 hours from here, so I probably won't see him. The next two, ages 12 and 14 live in this area, and I see them pretty much weekly. We'll have dinner at their other grandma's house on Sunday, and then probably my DIL will want to bring them over here to take some Easter pictures. My yard is shaping up nicely, and will make a good location for them. She does that about every year.

Daffodils are blooming profusely, tulips are doing fairly well, though I didn't plant but a dozen this year. However, some more came up, left over from last year, I guess. Surprise! The irises are loaded with buds and some have opened, so I should have a steady display of them for the next six weeks or so. I plant early, mid-season and late-blooming varieties, so it extends the season.

The spray treatment we applied to the roses seems to be helping a lot. The new growth that's coming out doesn't exhibit the "rose rosette" signs, and appears healthy. I plan to hit them again next week, and probably every two weeks for the rest of the summer. I hope it works. Miserable disease.

Well, off I go. A little TV, a little laptime with Toye Starr, and then off to bed. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

April 02, 2015 - Msg 101057:
RO--just wonderin if Mr Wheeler charged you 60 cents? ha
ASA-There were two main reasons for moving from
MN to AZ... too cold in MN and good job opportunity in AZ. My mom was born and raised in East St. Louis IL, across the river from St. Louis, MO, so she was used to pretty decent winters; but my dad was born and raised in MN.
They live in MN after they married, and it got real old fast for my mom; so dad, being a union printer, heard of job openings at a newspaper in Phx, AZ, and said "Mother (always called her Mother), how about we try AZ?" That's all it took, and they were on their way via Route 66.
So LUCY, you got it mixed up dear! ha
POOR Horatio-the Marine on the left is my brother, Greg, who was a thirty year Marine fighter pilot,
and the Marine on the right is his son, Mike, who is also
a current Marine pilot, but helos. Greg wrote a book about his career. http://9livesofafighterpilot.com/
Also PH, for a while here back in the 70s, we had a car rental place named Rent-a-Wreck, old used cars for 10 bucks a day!
LUCY-prayers for your FIL and family!
We had a VERY warm March here with many temps in the 90s! I sure hope April gives us a respite.
All for now, and thanks again for your support and kind words.

April 02, 2015 - Msg 101058: PH...That's alot of dollars! Now, is that in Canadian or US dollars? I bet you could buy a lot of "dollar" underwares there...But it looks like you bought you one of those "dollar" brooms to sweep the porch instead, Good on ya...lol

MDC.. Nice link for your brothers book, your family have a lot to be proud of. Your Pop's left a great legacy for his family to learn from his example...Also, I remember "Rent-a-Wreck" I think they offered the Ford Pinto for only $5.95..haha

I think I'll soak in some of that 70 degree sun today, because back to cold & snow tomorrow... Bi-polar weather indeed!!


April 02, 2015 - Msg 101059: Good morning all. I hope the new day finds you all well.

Prayers for your FIL Lucy. I'm so sorry to read about that.

Been a bit cooler here the last few days, but supposed to warm up nice again for the weekend.

Today is our wedding anniversary. Wow, 37 years. That's a long time for a woman to put up with me. She deserves a medal. :)

Well better get. Busy as all get out.


April 02, 2015 - Msg 101060: ...Congratulations Asa! You guys deserve a "Major Award"..Good on Ya!

April 02, 2015 - Msg 101061:
ASA--are you suggesting a "combat medal"? haha

April 03, 2015 - Msg 101062: Good morning,all, and Happy Good Friday. I need to get caught up on all of the "Porch stuff",as I haven't rocked in several days. Wow,I do see that Asa is celebrating a wedding anniversary- congratulations to you and the Missus, Asa! That's wonderful!

Want to wish each and every Porch friend a very Blessed Easter. I hope your day is filled with beauty and love.

possum under a rock

April 03, 2015 - Msg 101063: ...Asa, 37yrs... Looks like you took Col. Potters advise...Good on Ya!....G-F

April 03, 2015 - Msg 101064: Good morning, porch. Well, afternoon, really. It's just a few minutes after twelve. I've had a busy morning, with home health visits and such, but am back home now, to stay (I hope.)

Please pray for my son and DIL, the ones who live in Florida. This morning they were going to the vet with their beloved 17-yr old c@cker spaniel, to help her out of what has become an uncomfortable life. She's completely deaf, totally blind in one eye and has a sliver of vision in the other. She has arthritis and it's getting hard for her to walk, especially on tile floors. She has some cardiac issues as well, and the vet said while she's reasonably comfortable now, she will be in more pain very soon. She gets lost in the house, and just stands and waits for my son to find her. She has to potty frequently, even during the night, and my son has to get up with her. She has a doggie door, which opens into their swimming pool cage so she can't get outdoors and get lost, but she fell in the pool recently. He heard her, and rescued her, but now they have to lock her little door at night, so he has to get up and take her out. All in all, I guess it's just time. This is breaking their hearts. They have no children, and Abbie is their baby. They'll get another puppy - they got Abbie when their first spaniel, Piper, died. I was out there, and went with them to choose her.

She's a perfectly beautiful little dog, and so sweet. As she got older, and like a little old lady, my son took to morphing her name (Abbie) into Aunt Bee. It fit her perfectly. She has been his constant companion for these 17 years. He would her on his shoulder, hold one hand up in front of her with his fingers slightly cupped, and she would lean her little chest into his hand. She maintained her balance perfectly, and he'd walk over his job sites, checking on progress, with Abbie on his shoulder. What a sight! She also rode the Seadoo with him, ears flying in the wind! Of course, she flies with him, in the right seat. Mom gets to ride in one of the back seats! He's going to miss her so much, and so will my DIL. She was not a dog person as a child (her mom didn't want one). However, after they married, she came to me and asked me to help her pick out a puppy for her to give him for Christmas. I went with her, we looked at three litters, and finally chose Piper, who lived to be about 17. Then they got Abbie, and they have loved that little dog! Why can't they just live forever?? Well, sorry for running on so. My heart is just breaking, and I needed to unload a little.

Asa, congrats on 37 years. That's wonderful. I wish you many, many more.

Thanks, porch, just for being here. --Romeena

April 03, 2015 - Msg 101065: That should have read "He would sit her on his shoulder." Sorry. --Romeena

April 03, 2015 - Msg 101066: Good Friday all.

Thanks for the kind words on our anniversary. You folks are a-ok. :)

Romeena, I am so sorry for what your Son and his Wife are going through. So very very hard. Prayers for them for sure. I know if he is anything like you, that furkid lived a wonderful life. And what you have described attests to that.

Yea Possum, you need to spend some quality time on your rocker girl. We don't like that empty rocker syndrome here. :)

Well time to call this day and this week DONE! (whew)

I pray a wonderful Easter for all.


April 03, 2015 - Msg 101067: Asa,...."WHEELER TIME" FOR YA NOW BUDDY!...

April 04, 2015 - Msg 101068: Morning Gang ! here at work keeping the lights on till 6pm...leaving for the lake monday Camping for a week ...6 groups going ...cant wait.....anybody got any breakfast ? SPOT

April 04, 2015 - Msg 101069: ...Just remember SPOT, anything cooked pioneer style over the fire is better than cooked the regular old way...Just be sure to pack your tweezers encase you have to do any hunting...

Hope everyone has a Great Easter, I cooked some eggs, thought about making deviled eggs but thought it wrong...The Devil did not win the Easter battle..We all know who did..Amen?

Great pictures of your garden Romeena, If I were on FaceBook I'd show you all of my MUD, Yep, first it was snow, snow, snow, now it's rain, rain, rain..

Speaking of gardens, Asa remember to check out the "Allure" sweet corn this year it's Good stuff! (You can research it as you do some "Wheelertime")...

TOM, You Ok Buddy?...Just checking in, hopefully you guys are getting some warmer weather down there..

MDC, Looks like my Indians are packing up to come home. Thanks for showing them some good weather and hospitality..

Possum, Be like Jesus and move that rock and get out in the sun...You're gettin' a little pale girl..haha


April 04, 2015 - Msg 101070: Here ya go Asa, Don't want you to lose any "Wheelertime" there Buddy...G-F again


April 04, 2015 - Msg 101071: Good morning, porch. It's absolutely gorgeous here today. A little chilly at 54, but will warm up into the 60s. Tomorrow is expected to be chilly and possibly rainy. That will dampen some of the Easter activities, but as my husband once said, on a cold and rainy Easter morning - "It's okay, it's dry and warm inside the church." He was right.

My church is having a big egg hunt today for the children in the neighborhood. Since we have very little open ground - all buildings and parking lots, just a few landscaped areas - we're having it on the playground of the nearby elementary school. Posters were up in the school, it's been on our sign out in front of the church, and we could have as many as a thousand kids. The church folks have been filling plastic eggs with little wrapped candies for several weeks, with a goal of 10,000 eggs. I don't know how many we actually got, but I would imagine we reached the goal. We bought the stuff and filled them at home, then put them in drop boxes at the church. The hunt is going on this afternoon, but I declined to volunteer to supervise. There will be tables where they'll be registering the kids. (Yep, you guessed it. It's a way to get contact information that will allow us to extend an invitation to the children and their families to visit the church services.) I suppose I could have done that part, but I just didn't volunteer. As for being a hunt facilitator, I'd rather not be out there breaking up fights between six-year-olds over a plastic egg, especially when the kids probably don't speak English. My Spanish is not that good. Anyway, we have perfect weather for it, and I hope it's a rousing success.

Well, I need to get busy. Laundry has accumulated, and this house looks like a dragon's nest. So much that needs to be done around here, and I'd so much rather be sitting at this window, watching five squirrels, eleven doves, a downy woodpeckr, and a host of assorted birds, as they play, chase, eat and generally put on a show out back. That little downy sure does admire the suet cake! A red-belly comes in pretty often too, so guess I'll keep a suet cake out there all the time. It lasts about ten days, and at 99 cents, that's pretty cheap entertainment for me.

A hummer came in on Thursday, and my hummer feeder was left from last year, all dry and dirty. He took one look, and left. I took it down, and filled a new one I had bought. The hummer came back yesterday, and apparently doesn't like the new one. He didn't even try it. So, guess I'll scrub up the old one and put it back out there. They seemed to like that one last year. Snooty little things!

Blessings, porch! --Romeena

April 04, 2015 - Msg 101072: ...I bet Romeena knows how to say: "Nip it in the Bud" in Spanish if the kids would get out of hand...lol

April 04, 2015 - Msg 101073: Good morning all. Well I guess afternoon now. Mercy sakes, where did the morning go?

Thanks for the reminder about the Allure GF. I will for sure try a few rows of it this year. A month ago I had all but convinced myself that I wasn't going to plant a garden this year, what with my back misery. But it is feeling a bit better, and I surely do enjoy the harvest. Been doing for all my grown up life and I can't stand to stop now I reckon.

Hey GF, I was talking to our plumber wholesaler yesterday about the water heater situation, and he mentioned to me that he had been mislead about the coming changes. He said things are going to be eased in more gently than he had been told earlier. The first change that comes this month is the new water heaters are being built with a thicker insulation around them. This is causing the units to be bulkier, meaning the shipping of them will increase. In fact he said the bulk of the higher costs are because of the extra packaging and shipping incurred. So there is the latest. I am still considering the tankless system, but I have heard they are troublesome in terms of scale build up. But with just me and my wife in the house now, it makes perfect sense. If I could find a killer deal like Romeena got with those Bosch units, I would give it a try for sure. I still am wanting to put in a mini-split a/c unit in our bedroom. We have several of those at work and I have been pleased with how well they do. And I think the payback would be quick. What do you think?

Well better get back to them chores. Yep GF, No deviled eggs this weekend. :)


April 04, 2015 - Msg 101074: Asa, I'm not sure about the mini-split units I only had two that I had to deal with, they both served small meeting rooms. They were both Carrier units. One I had little trouble with the other they worked to death by leaving windows and doors open all the time. I mostly had to deal with P-tac units, and you know how they can be.

As for the water heater...I bought one last month so I'm good to go when the current one gives up. (12yrs. old) $$ in the bank brother! (that's what I keep reminding Mrs. G-F)...haha

April 04, 2015 - Msg 101075: Good evening, porch. Asa, and G-F, about the water heaters - it's that "giving up" that bothers me. Each time one of our tank-type heaters "gave up", the result was a swimming pool in the house. One was in a closet located at an L in the front hall, so it got the carpet in both legs of the L, part of three bedrooms, and most of it ran into the den, which is dropped six inches. The second time was the other heater, located in a closet in the garage, which backed onto the dining room. I walked in there to put away dishes and stepped on soggy carpet. Big mess both times, and combined with the pinhole in a water line beneath that same L hallway later on, (again got the hall, three bedrooms and the den, because I was out of town when it began) it all resulted in my insur@nce deductible being raised to 1% of the value of the house. I suppose the same thing could happen with the tankless ones, but since they're hanging on the wall, I think I'd notice the problem sooner than when a big old tank is squatting over the leak, hiding it. Maybe not. I guess time will tell.

My two favorite features of the tankless ones are: First - Only heats when water is being used. With just me here, that means about 98% of the time, no gas is being used to heat water. Second - continues to heat as long as water is being used. Therefore, teenage grandsons can shower as long as they wish, one after the other, and never run out of hot water. For me, they work very well.

Well, better get busy. Got ambrosia salad to make (fruit is already draining) and eggs to boil and color. Laundry is almost all done. House still messy, but - so sue me. I live here. It has that "lived-in" look! Blessings, friends. --Romeena

April 05, 2015 - Msg 101076: Wishing you all a Blessed Easter!

possum under a rock

April 05, 2015 - Msg 101077: What a wonderful day! HE IS RISEN!! Have a wonderful Easter, friends. --Romeena

April 05, 2015 - Msg 101078: He is risen, He is risen
Tell it out with joyful voice
He has burst His three day prison
Let the whole earth rejoice
Death is conquered; man is free
Christ has won the victory

Come with high and holy hymning
Chant our Lords triumphant lay
Not one darksome cloud is dimming
Yonder glorious morning ray
Breaking o'er the purple east
Symbol of our Easter feast

He is risen, He is risen
He hath opened heavens gate
We are free from sins dark prison
Risen to a holier state
And a brighter Easter beam
On our longing eyes shall stream.

I pray for a blessed and wonderful Easter day for you all.


April 05, 2015 - Msg 101079:
HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!!! I can just picture my dad and our Rev praising the Lord, strumming their guitars together in heaven!!
ASA--beautiful! thank you!
Possum, RO, GF, tom, Maudie, Spot, LUCY, PH and ALL porch friends, have a wonderful day as we celebrate new LIFE in Christ! Love you, Alleluia! :)

April 05, 2015 - Msg 101080: Yep, That is right, today is NOT about the Bunny, but is about what Asa said's... MDC, Someday we can all join in and sing along...Hopefully there are singing teachers for those of us who can't sing-a-lick, maybe God will put me in the trumpet section instead, I have the horn to swing it...

Well gang, it's not as long as M/M Asa's anniversary, but Mrs. G-F and I celebrate #18 today. So I am baking her favorite pie today.."Cherry" with crumble topping it's smells as Andy says: "Gooood"....

Have a Blessed Day everyone...

G-Fruit Pie

April 05, 2015 - Msg 101081: Happy Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. GF. I hope you two have many more Cherry Pie Days to come buddy.


April 05, 2015 - Msg 101082: Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. G-F! And many more!

possum again

April 05, 2015 - Msg 101083: Happy Resurrection Day!

I hope everyone is having a very blessed day. We went to church last night so we slept in and then went to Cracker Barrel for a late lunch. We are doing a few odds and ends around the house then will watch A. D. Movie later.

Happy anniversary Mr and Mrs. Goober-Fife!
MDC, my husband was just saying that this morning. He has the same issues with Santa that he has with the Easter bunny. Apparently it's from a pagan ritual.
Asa, that's a wonderful poem.
Tom, I hope you're well.

Hey to all!
Blessings to you and yours,

April 05, 2015 - Msg 101084: Hope you all had a happy easter day. I had to work the day shift and couldn't attend preachin' but was home by 3pm and didn't have to cook, so it was a win/win. My sister's church was having their annual easter lunch and bbq, and sent me home a plate. I am not kidding you when I tell you it was the best bbq brisket I have ever had. One of their members just has the gift of cooking meat over a pit. Amazing. After a good lunch, I had a nap. I have to get up at 4am to get to work by 5 thirty on the weekend I work days...that is way too early for someone like me. I am tired tonight. Will be working evenings the next three nights and that is better.

Can you believe that Sean turned 20 this week? Crazy how time flies...

April 05, 2015 - Msg 101085: continued...He is doing well in school but his Tourette symptoms continue to increase lately..most likely due to stress. Please say a prayer for him. :)

Well, Sean told me about something that happened in church today that is concerning. He was the only one in the service with bruce's mom cause I was at work and Bruce and Erin were helping out in the nursery. The church was packed full since it was easter. Sean said that our pastor (Mark) was standing in the pulpit talking to the congregation about a change in our service times. There was a little flier in the bulletin that contained the new service times and he was holding it up while talking when, for no apparent reason, my mother in law, stood up and walked down the middle aisle and stood in front of the pulpit with her hand up. Mark was confused and said, "What do you want? Do you want this flier?". He handed it to her and she turned around and sat back down. It was odd and there were fliers in all the bulletins, so no idea what she was doing. Very strange thing to do right in the middle of a service. Bruce said he is going to have to give up serving in the nursery and stay with his mom. I think we are at that point that she is going to need some constant supervision. He is going to have a visit with her and find out what she was doing and why. Sometimes she does things to be the center of attention, like a child. not sure if it was that or if her dementia is getting worse.

April 05, 2015 - Msg 101086: continued...(have to keep posting because this laptop often loses my posts before I can post them). Anyway, congratulations to Asa and Mrs. Asa. That is a wonderful accomplishment. :) May God grant you 30 plus more.

Ro, I am so saddened by the news of Abbie's passing. I feel for your son and his wife. I pray the Lord will bring healing to them soon and I hope they will eventually find it in their hearts to adopt another pup.

Guess I had better get up and think about getting ready for bed. Talk to you all later.


April 05, 2015 - Msg 101087: Good evening, porch. I hope everyone's Resurrection Day was as wonderful as mine. Our beloved pastor was in the pulpit this morning, back from the two-month sabbatical the church gave him, and he was "loaded for bear", as the saying goes. What a wonderful sermon he preached! I'm glad the church records our services, because I want to hear that one again.

Lucy, your husband is not alone in his reservations about the little myths we entertain our children with at times. Many people have pondered those issues. I have been among them, though I never did deny my children the activities. We finally decided that many things in our lives today may have had pagan roots, but since we don't grant those roots any merit, or even acknowledge them, they are powerless. Even the names of the days of the week are taken from the astrology, and several are special to certain pagan gods. While I certainly respect your husband's right to choose what is taught to his family, I would offer some thoughts on the subject. Rather than reiterate here, let me just include this link to a little blog entry I wrote a few years ago: http://tinyurl.com/keqrbxc

These are just my ideas, and are offered as food for thought only. I would add that, even with memories of Santa, Christmas trees, and Easter eggs in their history, my children all grew up as Christ-followers, and live their lives accordingly. I think it's all in the approach, and in how the parents control the emphasis and importance placed on the secular side of things. Before they went to bed on Christmas Eve, my children had been in the church for services. They had to wait for their egg hunt on Easter until we got home from Easter Sunrise services. They dressed in nice new clothes for that service, because they knew it was a special day to Jesus, and they wanted to look nice. Parents can control and channel where the emphasis is placed, and teach the children the truth as they go along.

Blessings, porch. --Romeena

April 05, 2015 - Msg 101088: Hey, Boo. We must have been posting at the same time. Sorry you had to work today, but that's how it is with nursing. Dale and our kids often had to pick up the slack and fill in for me, so I understand. I think I may have told y'all about the Thanksgiving Day when I was working day shift, and they were supposed to be cooking dinner, so we could eat at 4:00, right after I got home. Anyway,I called them around 11 to be sure they were doing okay with the turkey. I could hear all this laughter in the background, and could tell Dale was trying to be serious but not succeeding too well. I asked what was going on, and he informed that Robbi and Heather each had the turkey by a wing, and were making it dance a little softshoe routine on the countertop!

Prayers indeed for Sean. That Tourette's is a tough problem, and you're probably right, that the uptick in it is due to stress. Bless his heart, I wish things would improve for him. He's such a good guy.

As for Bruce's mom, I'm guessing that she won't be able to explain why she did what she did in church, or if she does offer an explanation, it won't be logical. What she did is not the behavior of a rational person, and Bruce is right, she's going to need close supervision. Thinking back, I believe a lot of the divisive, trouble-making, quarrelsome behavior she has exhibited had origins in some mild dementia. It's just getting worse.

Thank you for your concern for Dale and Carrie, in the loss of little Abbie. Be assured, they'll get another puppy soon. My son will not be without a dog for very long. I just wish I could be there to witness it when he gets one, like I did with Abbie. I'd like to know my "granddog" from the get-go. Besides, it's an opportunity to get a puppy breath fix. Nothing like tiny puppy breath! I love it! Only another dog lover will understand.

OK, this time I'm going to bed. Nitey-nite. --Romeena

April 05, 2015 - Msg 101089: Oops! One more thing. Prayers for Bentley have been much appreciated, and apparently are being heard and answered. You'll remember that the vet told them Bentley would live maybe three months, six at the most, but most likely would not make it past three months, after they removed his cancerous spleen. Well, we're five days short of eleven months, and he's going strong. Not only that, his regular vet saw him Friday, gave him a thorough exam, and said he can find nothing wrong with him, he appears to be perfectly healthy. He weighs 45 pounds, which is exactly what he weighed when he got sick, he's full of energy and fun, eats well, and just seems to be our old Bentley boy. He's nine years old, and it wouldn't be unusual for him to be slowing down anyway, but he's not. I think God has answered our prayers. --Romeena

April 06, 2015 - Msg 101090: BOO- good to see you on the porch. Regarding your MIL, i concur with RO that it is probably the dementia getting worse. I saw it firsthand with my mom. You pray, you lay on hands, etc, but God's answer is not always what we hope for. Next, you get her more help, then you pray some more. God bless you as you go
thru this. May the Lord give you strength.
Prayers also for Sean. Perhaps the doctor could explain the flare up.
God's rich blessings on all, Alleluia!

April 07, 2015 - Msg 101091: troublecheck

April 07, 2015 - Msg 101092: https://www.facebook.com/AndyGriffithShow/posts/1015319557104752
RIP. "Jim Lindsay".

April 07, 2015 - Msg 101093: https://www.facebook.com/AndyGriffithShow/posts/10153195571047528

This one works. Sorry

April 07, 2015 - Msg 101094: Oh my, what a sad day as yet another TAGS great passes away.
R.I.P. Mr. Best. :(


April 07, 2015 - Msg 101095: Oh NO! I met him several times over the years, I had a long talk with him last Mayberry Days, he came and sat down with me and we talked...Yep another sad day in Mayberry..


April 07, 2015 - Msg 101096: Good morning to everyone today. stopping by for a minute from work.

Hope everyone had a good Easter.

work has been been busy for me, have been putting in longer days that usual.

sad to hear that James Best has passed. Maybe he and Andy can play their guitars together again and entertain all the Mayberry folks in heaven.

Its raining and stormy and rainy on my end of the porch today. supposed to be wet weather all week I think. Should be good for the spring flowers and spring planting tho.

Lunch menu will be: chicken salad sandwhiches, chips. brownies for dessert. tea or lemonade to drink.

Prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

April 07, 2015 - Msg 101097: Hi All

TOM :(

April 07, 2015 - Msg 101098: Good morning, porch. So sad to hear of the passing of James Best. G-F, I'll bet you feel like you've lost a good friend, and indeed, you have. In a way, we all have. I wonder if his acoustic guitar is going to sound like a steel in Heaven, like it did on the show. I think we've lost a good man.

Well, Joe and Jorge are coming today. We've got to add soil and compost to several of the flowerbeds. The big raised island has settled about six inches, and needs to be refilled. I love this yard, and enjoy it so much, but I think I've created a monster. Sometimes it feels like a money pit, but then I look out at the beauty, and it's worth it. It's a picture right now, and there's a lot more to come. The irises are about to start a riot, snapdragons are returning from last year and blooming, the spreading verbena has indeed spread, and is gorgeous. Gotta plant some more of that. It gives a lot of bang for the buck, it spreads and fills space, meaning I have to buy fewer flats of other color. I planted the brilliant purple verbena (I love purple) and I think I'll get some white ones to add in - it will really make the purple show up. Or maybe pink! Pink and purple together are so pretty. That's what I wore to church on Easter - a pink blouse with a purple jacket and black slacks. Was going to wear white slacks and sandals, but it was cold and rainy so I wore black slacks and loafers instead. Still, the pink and purple worked.

Well, I'd better get off this keyboard and get busy. The guys will be here momentarily. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 07, 2015 - Msg 101099: RIP James Best AKA Jim Lindsay.

possum u.a.r.

April 07, 2015 - Msg 101100: Yep, "Jimmy" as he likes to be called, (he corrected me once when I called him Mr. Best) was a good story teller, I was fortunate to hear some of them. He IS on my Mayberry "Wall of Fame" in my Mayberry room. If you are interested, here is a link to his book "Best in Hollywood". http://www.amazon.com/Best-Hollywood-The-Good-Beautiful/dp/1593934602 it can also be purchased at Weavers store on the Mayberry website. I think O'l Ben may even have signed copies, I have a signed one from "Jimmy"...He was also was a painter and did many paintings..

Glad to see you pop in TOM, how's the weather? It's raining here..Better than snow..Right?


April 07, 2015 - Msg 101101: ...Here's a good one..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COBl-D9HvJ0

April 07, 2015 - Msg 101102: RIP Jim

April 07, 2015 - Msg 101103: Good evening, porch. What a busy day, but what a productive day. Joe and Jorge hit this place like a pair of windmills in a tornado, and I can't believe how much they got done. I did as much as I could, but they did 90% of it. It looks beautiful! They pulled all the remaining leaves out of the flowerbeds, pulled weeds, sprayed the roses again, pruned a lot of things, planted more verbenas, some Gerbera daisies, and a flat of petunias, and generally set the yard on the right track for the summer. Jorge is a wonder. I've never seen a man work as hard and accomplish as much as he does, and yet he never seems to be in a hurry, or putting a lot of effort into it. He just comes in, starts at the beginning, hits a rhythm and doesn't stop until he has finished the job. He's such a jovial, friendly guy, very polite and considerate, and with a very sly, wicked little sense of humor that's just hilarious. His oldest daughter, who was barely nine when I first met her, is now - heaven help me - twenty years old! I can't believe it. She's working and saving her money, because she wants to go to college, bless her. It's at times like this that I wish I was rich. I'd pay her way in a heartbeat.

Forgive me, I need to get political here for just a minute. We are talking about good people here, Jorge and his family. His wife is so sweet, their four daughters are beautiful little girls and so smart and polite and helpful. Unfortunately, mom and dad aren't here legally. He came illegally because he couldn't afford the thousands it can take to enter legally. The girls were all born here.

The fact is, we need immigrants. Our own people are not reproducing at a sufficient rate to maintain our population, and before long, we're going to be topheavy with people like me, old and on Medicare and Social Security, and there won't be enough young people working to keep things going. So, we need immigrants. Legal immigrants. People who can stand a background check, who aren't here to run drugs and organize gangs and tear the country apart. We need honest, hard-working, God-fearing people like Jorge's family.

What needs to be done is to make the process of legal immigration reasonable, do-able, and affordable. Then we can be selective about who comes over our borders. Will the undesirables still come? Yes, but controlling that will be a lot easier when there's no reason for anyone but a thug to come in illegally. Instead of rounding up somebody like Jorge, they can concentrate on the undesirable element. I know, it's not really that simple, but it's a lot better than what we've got now.

OK, soapbox put away. I just hate seeing Jorge having to look over his shoulder, when I know him to be a fine man. Blessings, porch. --Romeena

April 08, 2015 - Msg 101104: Gang just a quick trouble check in...we be at the Lake camping for a week !..good friends and food....RIP Jim...SPOT

April 08, 2015 - Msg 101105: Good afternoon, porch. Been a busy day! I dropped Toye Starr off at the groomer, then went up to the church and taught my ESL class. I do enjoy that. Came home, and the carpet cleaner man came right after I picked Starr up. She looks so pretty! So now she and I are sort of marooned at my desk, waiting for the carpet to dry. He only had to clean two rooms, but they're the two rooms we mostly live in - the den and the office. I've got the a/c cranked down to where I'm about to freeze, to help pull the moisture out of the air and speed the drying, and the ceiling fans are running, but it's still very damp. I think I'm going to get something warm to drink, and get in my big old chair with Toye Starr alongside, and curl up under a blanket and watch TV. It's ridiculous to be sitting here shivering. The thermostat is only on 73, which is normal for most people, but I'm used to about 76, and with the damp air and the ceiling fans, I'm cold!

Spot, it sounds like you're having fun. I'm so happy for you. I like the outdoors, but at night, I want a decent meal and a clean bed. Now, a good hotdog, roasted on a stick over an open fire, can qualify as a decent meal, but the clean bed is another matter. It's at that point that camping becomes a verb. I want a shower too, unless I've been swimming in a clean river all day. That counts, as far as I'm concerned. We used to have such fun on the beautiful Frio River in deep southwest Texas. Clear, cold and clean, and just enough rapids to make tubing a lot of fun. After a rain, the water wasn't all that clear (muddy, actually) but the rapids were a real thrill ride then. The river would rise as much as ten feet, and let me tell you, those rapids were a serious challenge, with nothing to count on but an old inner tube. Oh my, we did have fun! I learned to swim in that river when I was eight, and my family went almost every summer. Then after Dale and I married and had kids of our own, we resumed those trips, taking my folks with us, as well as friends and cousins and anyone else who wanted to come. What good times we had!

Well, Toye Starr is about to become a pupsicle, so guess I'll go find us a warm spot. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

April 08, 2015 - Msg 101106: Romeena, Funny how you say your puppy reacts with wet carpet. Reminds me back when my kids were small they had a crock-a-poo, "Snuffy" was so funny he did not like to have his feet wet. He would like tip toe wherever he went, sorta like some kinda tap dance..lol


April 08, 2015 - Msg 101107: HI
G F well you keep your rain in Cleveland and storm.


April 08, 2015 - Msg 101108:
SPOT, I hope your camping experience will be an enjoyable one. As a youngster, I enjoyed going camping with the Boy Scouts. Then, as an adult, I got to experience a different kind of camping in the Army. Today, I have no interest in camping unless I'm in an RV.

Romeena, regarding your comments about Jorge and his family, I sent you an email.

Here in Canada, we woke up to snow on the ground the day before Easter. Since then, with temperatures hovering around freezing, we have been experiencing freezing rain. And very strong winds have actually opened our recycling bins and blown the contents all over our property. I've actually had to place bricks on the bin covers to hold them close.

from Poor Horatio

April 08, 2015 - Msg 101109: HI ALL-- I'm doing my AZ taxes today which is
sort of like tying on a good drunk, and
then trying to walk out of a corn maze!! ha
Do all of you have to muddle thru State taxes?
PH--Spot's "camping" is in a 32 foot travel trailer
with all the "ameminies!" He posted his "campsite" on FB and RO made a great comment that it was better than some live, period. LOL
Anyway, I grew up camping each summer, and in scouts also, and loved every minute of it.
We'd come home home smelling of "forest and campfires". Mom would have me strip to my skivies outside the back door, then run for the shower!! haha A streaker of the '60s! The good old days.
RO- sounds like you got a lot done in the yard, good for you (and the guys.)
BTW, we get carpets done on friday.
GF--good stuff on Jim best. thanks.
BIG Maude--we could sure use some of that rain. Send it anytime!
POSTUM, how you doing flower girl? teehee
Prayers for all,

April 09, 2015 - Msg 101110: Good evening, all. PH, thanks for the article. It's a good one. I sent you a response.

MDC, we have no state income tax in Texas, and likely never will have. Any state politicians knows that to try to introduce one would be political suicide. I do need to get my federal tax stuff to the CPA, though. I no longer bruise my brain trying to do that stuff. I used to, but no more. Too many if's and and's with rental property. I think the CPA saves me more than he costs me and I'm not a blithering idiot trying to figure it all out.

Well, gotta get to bed. Joe is coming back in the morning to finish a couple of little things, and then I've got to spend the rest of the day getting ready for the "girls" on Friday night. Still not sure what I'm going to make for dinner for twelve, but probably will settle on spaghetti. Cheap, easy, and I think probably everyone likes it. We may just have root beer floats for dessert! Yum! --Romeena