May 10, 2015 - Msg 101328: HI ALL.


May 10, 2015 - Msg 101329: Thanks for sweeping the porch,Tom! Thanks for the nice Mother's Day wishes too.

What Tom said- Happy Mother's Day to all the Porch Mamas!! Enjoy your special day!

possum u.a.r.

May 10, 2015 - Msg 101330: I'm already enjoying the day. I went on to church, no hail, all is well. All the moms at church today received a beautiful long-stem rose - so pretty!

Then on the way home I made a home health visit and got that out of the way. Now I'll finish putting my fruit salad together, put Toye Starr's hair up in a "do", and head on over to Eloise's. Dave and Brittney and the boys will be there, so we'll have a good day. Found a very sweet message on my home voice mail, from my Tyler, the grandson that's graduating from Texas State next week. He wished me a happy Mother's Day, and told me he hoped we'd get some time to "hang out" when I'm down there next week, maybe go to a movie together or something. He's so sweet, such a good guy! I've got a "passle" of grandkids, and they're all wonderful. I'm so blessed! God is good. --Romeena

May 10, 2015 - Msg 101331:
ROMEEna-glad it all worked out OK, but I did hear of a tropical storm out our POSSUM's way. Stay under your rock possum!
As for the keyboard thing, my Windows 7 has a small rectangular box in the bottom right corner,
and if my arrow accidentally hovers over it, it shows my desktop. The first time it happened it freaked me out as i thought I lost everything!
GF-ASA--as to drones, etc, i read recently that we are now on cameras about 90% of our lives. traffic cams, parking lot cams, store cams, spyware, and now even the controversy of new HD tv's having cameras that can look in. scary.
Not to mention that you can be tracked by an ap called "find my phone" but it can aslo be used to find YOU if your phone is with you! It sure aint Andy's world anymore!
WEll, happy Mom's day, and God bless,

May 10, 2015 - Msg 101332: Romeena, were those roses Aunt Bee's "Deep Pink Ecstasy"? I did get a few marigolds planted today, a bit early but I am taking a chance they will be ok.

MDC, you sayin' we should say: "Smile, you're on Candid Camera" when we go out any where? The original one was real good.... I remember the moving base when the kid would run to it, it kept moving... Funny stuff!

Possum, as MDC said: Be careful and put on another layer of rocks and stay safe...


May 10, 2015 - Msg 101333: Aww, thanks, y'all,but that storm didn't amount to much-at least not where I am. A little breezier than usual and a bit of rain,but that's about it.I hope the entire hurricane season is this mild!

I had a nice Mother's Day-we had 4 generations together with mama,me,my daughter,and Laci.I am blessed.

I found out that one of my dear friends lost her mother to cancer today. Bad enough any day,but especially sad on Mother's Day. If you would, please keep my friend Margaret and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks,y'all.

possum again

May 10, 2015 - Msg 101334: If you like "bluegrass " music here is a good Mothers Day song by Rhonda Vincent.

May 10, 2015 - Msg 101335:
Boo and Romeena, regarding the accidental deletion of forms text before you have a chance to post, I can think of a couple of commands that can cause this such as:
CTRL-Z which undo`s anything you typed
CTRL-R which resets (erases) the COMMENTS box
CTRL-X which moves (cuts) the text into your memory
In an attempt to restore your text, make sure you have a flashing cursor in the COMMENTS BOX first by clicking inside of it, then try pressing CTRL-Z to undo the deletion.
If none of that works, then you are out of luck getting your text restored this time. But you can prepare yourself for the next time. I use a free Firefox browser add-on called Lazarus because it "brings back text from the dead". It has worked every time for me whenever I accidentally deleted something before posting it. I've mentioned this solution here once before. Read more about it at
To download it, go to
For those of you who don`t use the Mozilla Firefox browser, get in the habit of frequenty pressing CTRL-X to save your work in memory.

Finally, I wish to honor my own mother's memory with the following song. I also dedicate this song to all the mothers who are still with us and who have passed on. Enjoy.

from Poor Horatio

May 10, 2015 - Msg 101336: Well had one of my techs get here for the night ..back in just a bit...SPOT

May 10, 2015 - Msg 101337:
I found a version of the video with the lyrics posted at The song begins at 01:25

from Poor Horatio

May 10, 2015 - Msg 101338:
Oops, I left something out from Msg 101335. The correct version should be "For those of you who don`t use the Mozilla Firefox browser, get in the habit of frequenty pressing CTRL-A to select everything you typed, then follow that with CTRL-X to save your work in memory."

from Poor Horatio

May 11, 2015 - Msg 101339: PH, it always happens when I hut the backspace key...not always, so I never know when its going to happen. I guess I can just leave the typos and not correct them. That would solve the issue but I make a lot of mistakes when I use the laptop. I am on my phone right now but it takes so long using one finger!

I had a nice mother's day and didn't grieve over mom. If I think about it too much, it hurts but all in all it was OK. I ate out at the Chinese place in town. Bruce's mom, brother and his wife, and crazy addict sister were with us. Mom in law made a scene or two, being very demanding to the waitress, and she was very loud because her hearing aid went out. After lunch I went home and took a nap. Perfect. Sean gave me some great kitchen knives, which I really needed. I live them. I also got roses, and a gift certificate for a day at the spa. This evening, I took the kids to Starbucks for a frappacino then I hung out with Erin for awhile in her room. She confessed to me that she has been having a tough time with me working evenings. I am going to have to change to some days after the summer. She really misses her mama.

Asa, I feel for you dear sorry. I hope the day wasn't too painful for her.

Well, watching Mildred Pierce... Gotta see the end.

Love to All,

May 11, 2015 - Msg 101340:
Boo, I can see how that could erase one character with each backspace key press, but to erase an entire message, you would have to select everything before hitting the backspace key. That would require a CTRL-A command followed by the backspace key.

from Poor Horatio

May 11, 2015 - Msg 101341: Good Morning Dears,

How is everyone this fine day? I am a bit tired, but otherwise doing well. I hope all of the mama's out there had a great Mother's Day! I sure did. My oldest, Nick, has been on leave the last week. We've seen him several times. He spent the night with his friends on Saturday night, but made sure he stopped by before heading to his new base just 5 hours away. He's on the way to my parents in Kentucky, so that will be nice after him being in Africa and Kansas for a year. He's training with his new unit. As his mother, I did not need to hear he's learning to repel from helicopters and shooting. Michaela sent me the sweetest text. She has started calling me mom. I've been married to Nick and Michaela's dad for 18 years so they truly are my children and I love that they consider me their mom, though I do hate that they have such a sour relationship with their biological mother. Bryson was very sweet yesterday and didn't bug me about dinner. That's my only request on Mother's Day and my birthday-I don't want to cook or clean! My husband, Bryson, and I went to a neat restaurant about 30 minutes away called Midway Meal House. They serve Southern food and it was divine. Bryan got a grilled chicken salad and let me tell you it was huge with about 2 chicken breasts on it! He was in heaven. I had wanted bbq, but settled for a delicious burger, potato salad, and macaroni and cheese! I made brownies when we got home. Spent the evening watching a new Hallmark movie and Andy Griffith. I put a link to the episode I watched, The Pickle Story, as I think it's about homemaking/mothering on Facebook. It is in my top 10 episodes for sure.

Big Maude, I'm sure you'll love having your babies home with you this summer!
Boo, so glad y'all got air conditioning and that you spent time with Erin. I hope you're able to move your schedule around this summer.
Tom, I hope you get some rain. We haven't had much recently either. We are expecting thunderstorms on Friday on until Monday. My guess it's the typical hot afternoon thunderstorms that happen in the South and not necessarily good downpours.
Asa, I hope your wife handled yesterday okay. I know what you mean about drones. It makes one a little nervous. Sometimes I feel like we are in Farenheit 451!
Possum, thanks for the news on Barbara Eden. Very cool!
MDC, hope you are well.
Spot, congratulations! What do you do at the competition?
PH, those are sweet sentiments on your mama. Love when a child shows devotion to their parents.
G-F, I'm using my iPad now. I've bought a Apple wireless keyboard so that I can type things easier. Like Boo, I was having to use my phone and it isn't easy typing long sentences so I asked for an iPad 2 years ago and found it's still kind of a pain, but near as much a pain as on a phone. So, last year I bought a keyboard and love it! When my laptop is acting up or my husband is using it, like today, I still have most of the capabilities of it on my iPad.

Well, I need to get to blogging and job hunting! Y'all have a awesome day!


May 11, 2015 - Msg 101342: Afternoon gang. Well I guess it's evening now.

Prayers for you Lucy in you job search. Glad you had a good Mothers Day.

Just talked to Stacey. She just found out she is having a girl. That will be their 5th daughter and one boy. Poor Cache. He wants a brother so bad. But we are all excited no doubt.

Glad you had a good Mothers Day also Boo. I am glad you will be able to accommodate Erin and her needs. You are a good Mom.

Sure hope Ro survived them storms. Sounds like they was bad.

Well GF and MDC, I think we are all in agreement I will be the first to visit Ellen Brown at MD. Who's going to be second? ;)

Well better get. Need to find some grub to eat.


May 11, 2015 - Msg 101343: I got your back

May 12, 2015 - Msg 101344: Glad all porch mamas had a good day! I saw on TV that a mother's "salary", if paid for being a dish washer, taxi driver, counselor, etc, etc, would come to about $75K a year! God bless moms! :)

May 12, 2015 - Msg 101345:
Lucy, thank you for those kind words. Yes I treated my own mother everyday like it was Mother's Day. This was especially true in her later years when aging and health issues began to take their toll on her. That is when I assumed a similar role as her home caregiver even though I was working full-time. Her doctors suggested that I institutionalize her, but I refused. And yet, sometimes I am haunted with thoughts that I could have done better.

MDC, I think that figure of $75k a year is way too low. When we come home from work, we can leave our work behind. With mothers, it is a 24/7 job that includes overtime and golden time. What they are entitled to earn is priceless as far as I'm concerned.

from Poor Horatio

May 12, 2015 - Msg 101346: Romeena, Al Roker was "specializing" on all the rain you folks in Dallas have gotten. Your backyard paradise will be like a lush jungle this year.... But watch out for the "skeeters" they too will be as big as Texas..... Calling all BATS!...

We had a bad storm last night, high winds and torrential rain, luckily it was a short one. Now to clean up the mess..

TOM, did you get that puzzle done yet? Mrs. G-F is working on one I got for her, it has 1,000 pieces. Since she is nocturnal it gives her something to do in the middle of the night. Maybe I should call her "possum" except she doesn't know funny and would NOT find it amusing... Poor Girl


May 12, 2015 - Msg 101347: Good morning, porch. Yep, we have had some serious rain around here. At least six people had to be rescued by chopper crews over the weekend. Why will people insist upon driving into water running over a road? Despite multiple warnings on TV, signage at the sites, etc., they still try it. Two men on a farm road spent quite a while perched on top of their pickup, with the water just about fifteen inches below the roof. The truck, of course, is completely flooded and will be a total loss, I suppose. The water on the road was just deep enough to float the truck, and push it off into a ditch along the roadside. They'd have been carried away, except there was a strong fence on the other side of the ditch, and the truck wedged against it. They just sat there, feeling stupid I would imagine, until a rescuer came down on a cable from a big chopper and picked them off the truck, one at a time.

As for the mosquitoes, boy, do you have that right! They're already out in squadrons, and they're big old things! You can actually feel them when they land, which is good, because quite often, you can swat them before they get their beak in. I just hate to get bitten, because I react badly to the bite - big old red lump, then a little itchy blister on top of the lump. I just wear jeans, long sleeves and repellent when I go outside.

The back yard already looks like a jungle. The hibiscus plants are nearly three feet tall, and should be blooming soon. I've got ten of them, in all colors. The American Beautyberry bush is twice as thick as it was last year, because I pruned it back last fall. Everywhere I cut off a cane, there are now two canes, so it should be spectacular. I just hope it makes berries. I don't know whether it blooms and makes berries on first year canes, or second year. I guess I'll find out. If it blooms on first year wood, then it's going to be loaded with berries. The robins will be happy!

There's a little half-grown squirrel out there, one of this spring's crop of babies, and he's just the cutest little thing. Robbi and Richard gave me a new sunflower seed feeder, and the squirrels are loving it. The birds can't get anywhere near it, for the squirrels. There are two on it right now, and the baby wants to get in on the feast, but he can't find room. Little marauders. I long ago gave up on trying to keep them off the bird feeders. I just let everyone get whatever they can.

Well, better run. Robbi and Richard have been here, and are getting ready to leave. Later, taters. --Romeena

May 12, 2015 - Msg 101348:
Romeena, don't give up trying to outsmart those squirrels. Who knows just how many more birds your garden would attract if they had safe access to your bird feeders?

from Poor Horatio

May 12, 2015 - Msg 101349: Garden planted...need a shower of work ..will check back SPOT

May 12, 2015 - Msg 101350: Hey G-F- Did you hear that Clint "LEON" Howard will be at Mayberry Days this year?I just saw the "Official Verification" by David Browning. They are reeling 'em in- First Barbara Eden, & now Clint Howard. Wish they could get Jim Nabors to make an appearance!!

Hey to everybody!

possum under a rock

May 12, 2015 - Msg 101351: Wow possum that is neat...wonder how old he is now?..gona google it....her all to get air in Mrs Spots car charged up tomorrow..near 90 here allready !SPOT

May 12, 2015 - Msg 101352: Wow Possum I did not hear that! Thanks.... Morgan Britney told me she is friends with Clint and was trying to talk him into coming to M/D's I guess it worked... Good to see some new folks come. Now you for sure have to make plans to be there this year. Better pack some peanut butter


May 12, 2015 - Msg 101353: Good evening, porch. Today was beautiful, but more rain is predicted for tomorrow, lots of it. The ground is so saturated, that most of what falls now runs off, and flash flooding becomes a real problem. I'm not complaining, we needed the rain so badly. Also, for tomorrow and the next couple of days, it looks like West Texas will be getting from two to three inches, and they really, really need it. I'm thinking that our years-long drought is finally breaking. Thank you, God!

PH, I just don't worry about the squirrels. They do keep the birds away from the feeders at times, though eventually the squirrels get their fill and move on, and the birds have it all to themselves. Also, while the squirrels are raiding the feeders, they're spilling so much on the stones below that the bigger birds, who can't comfortably use the feeders anyway, just gather beneath them and feast on the falling bounty. It all works out. One other thing - while I'll admit it's a bit of a reach to claim to see altruism in a squirrel, sometimes I wonder. The bluejays will swoop in and chase away the small birds - sparrows, finches, wrens - and won't let them feed, on the feeders or the ground either one. The squirrels, however, will come running in and chase away the bluejays, but the little birds will remain, paying no attention to the squirrels, and the squirrels don't bother them, either. They'll sit side-by-side, munching away, while the rude jays sit in the tree and squawk! It's like the squirrels are saying "Don't worry, little feller. I'll run that mean old jay off for you." Too cute! The jays do alright for themselves, though. Sometimes after the squirrels have visited and gone, I'll put a handful of peanuts out for the jays. In about three minutes, they have carried them all away. I try to serve up something for everyone! Also, all the scrambling, squabbling, and conniving that takes place out there is highly entertaining.

That link has some excellent ideas for foiling squirrels, and if I was determined to do it, I'd try some of them, but honestly, I just get a lot of fun out of watching the show. I have a camera set up on a tripod on my desk, at the ready. You wouldn't believe some of the pictures I've gotten.

Well, guess I'll go find something to eat. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

May 12, 2015 - Msg 101354: You're welcome, G-F & I am going to do my best to make it up to Mayberry Days. I've been to Mount Airy several times,but this would be my first Mayberry Days-getting excited about it!!

Spotty, Clint Howard is our age. It's been 90 degrees here too-dang hot,as Rev used to say! I sure miss him,don't y'all?

Goodnight, Porchsters..

possum again

May 13, 2015 - Msg 101355:
Hi all, my goodness, now a second earthquake in nepal, flooding, tornadoes in TX, even BOO's area got 4 inches! Lord be with us.
Spot-I saw on the news about the guy who was rescued from the cement mixer accident! Amazing.
Take care all,

May 13, 2015 - Msg 101356: Hey Ro. You got your camera set up like Barney did at the Filling station? I know a place where you can buy string in gross very cheap.

So I reckon GF and MDC will be visiting Leon at MD whilest I am getting my nails attended to by Ellen. You boys best pack a stack of peanut butter sammiches, because my nails are a mess.

Hey Possum. Yep, I miss the Rev. I often wonder how his wife and Daughter are. No 90's here. Low 70's. Been very nice. No furnace or a/c running. Plus it has allowed me to get all my a/c units ready for the season in decent temps and without to much griping from folks. I mean some folks are gonna gripe no matter what. To be expected I reckon. Can I get an Amen GF?

Well better get moving.

Prayers for all.


May 13, 2015 - Msg 101357: Good Mornin' Porch Family,
I hope all are fairing well. If you recall, my sweeter than pie Father-in-Law went to the hospital a few weeks ago. He's done more CT scans and now they've ordered a PET scan. They're hoping it's not lung cancer but bronchitis. In the scans they've discovered he has a double kidney on one side! That may have been the back pain he was having. We'll find out, but boy does he sound right awful with coughing. He's getting tired easy, and that is new. So we'll see.

The news lately has been dreadful, MDC! Nepal's earthquakes, the natural disasters, and now waking up to the Amtrak crash. It's all so sad. I'm glad that I have The Lord to go to when seeing all of this. Matthew 6 talks about not worrying about tomorrow because there's enough to worry about today. He's right.
Boo, I hope you're safe and sound!
Romeena, I'm so sick of our squirrels. I'm afraid their eating of my suet will lead my husband to say to not buy it anymore and then some of the birds that visit the bird feeder will leave.
Possum, that is so cool! I've told my husband that I want to go. I hope to make it happen! I miss the Rev. His Facebook page popped up on my news feed the other day. I am glad to know that we will see him in heaven sometime.
Spot, it's getting HOT! 90 in May isn't unusual, just disappointing. I loved having my windows open the last month or two.
Asa, yay! Another granddaughter! Have all of your grandchildren come from the same daughter?
Tom & GF, my mother has completed a puzzle every winter of my life. If I had room, I would love to do them. My ADD doesn't always allow me to concentrate, but I do love them.

I hope everyone has a great day!


May 13, 2015 - Msg 101358: Asa, Yep some folks are hard to please sometimes, probably because they just got a hair cut and those little hairs are irritating their necks or something I suppose....

Cool here today, frost alert tonight, will have to cover my marigolds, everything else I can bring inside. I knew I should have waited a little longer...O well that's Ohio for ya!


May 13, 2015 - Msg 101359: Hey, G-F. You might want to cover those irises, too. They take low temperatures here, but that's after they're established.

Lucy, I long ago decided that the squirrels are just part of the "critter parade" and I don't really try to differentiate between them and the birds. I've found that with the suet cakes, as the squirrels dig around in the little cage with their paws, scooping suet out, they drop enough to satisfy the birds, who sometimes can't get to it with their beaks, especially when the cake is eaten down a bit. It all works out.

Speaking of the REV, I never go to the church that I don't think of him. I enter the church property from a back entrance, to avoid a traffic light, and that takes me past the church's bus barn, at the far back of our parking lot. That's where he always parked his motor home and trailer, alongside the bus barn. I'd always pick him up and drop him off there when we'd take him out to eat, or bring him back here to the house for burgers and an evening with the family. I do so miss those times. My family loved him, and I'll always feel that I've lost a brother, or a son. He was the age of my oldest son. He was a fine man, a true southern gentleman. It makes my heart hurt to think about that little grandbaby, that he didn't get to see. If he considered himself "Pappy" to his daughter's little dog, Jake, imagine how he would have loved that grandchild. I guess there are some things we're just not meant to understand.

Well, got to get some laundry done, and pack a few things. Tomorrow I'm going down south to see my grandson graduate from Texas State. I got him a lovely leather-bound Bible, and had his name branded into the cover. He has worked so hard, and has done well. His younger brother is coming along right behind him, also doing well. Good kids! Blessings, friends. --Romeena

May 13, 2015 - Msg 101360: Thanks Romeena will do... Also I keep 2 of REV's C/D's in my cars C/D changer. Sure wish I could have met him, as I said before he called me once to thank me for donating to his ministry, it was a nice conversation I'll remember...When we sit in our "regular places" in the pews I always think of his song: "That's my Pew"...🎼🎶🎶🎶🎶


May 14, 2015 - Msg 101361:
G-F, I forgot to mention that the Rhonda Vincent link you posted in your Msg 101334 is invalid because your username was appended to the ending of the link. For those wishing to view it, just copy and paste the link in your browser, and delete the two dots and G-F at the end of the link before pressing the ENTER key.

from Poor Horatio

May 14, 2015 - Msg 101362: Thanks PH I'll remember that next time... I am still learning this iPad and it's quirks. G-F...

May 14, 2015 - Msg 101363: Good morning all. I hope the new day finds you all happy and healthy.

Lucy, I pray that it is only bronchitis that your FIL is dealing with. Thanks for the "yay" for my new Grand daughter news. They are leaning towards Charolette for her name, but still considering others. In answer to your question, my oldest Daughter has two children and my youngest has 5 and soon to be 6.

Well better get moving I reckon.


May 14, 2015 - Msg 101364: How about Asaette?

May 15, 2015 - Msg 101365:
HI Everyone! We need to do a big APB for
missing porchsters. It seems to be slim pickins round here. I hope all are well. BOO must be busier
than a cow's tail during fly season. ha
LUCY--good to see you checking in again these days.
ASA--Charlotte would be a fine name, or maybe Charlene! ha We are still hoping for a trip your way in August.
I have to have a minor surgery soon for what's called a hydrocele. It is a 'man issue', that is not dangerous, i'm just a little concerned about
them messin' with that area!! :)
We are suppose to get rain on Friday! Yay!!

May 15, 2015 - Msg 101366: Heading to Mayberry in the Midwest this morning to hang with my "Mayberry peeps" you know they ARE one of our kinds. Wish you guys could come too. I'll send greetings and salutations from the Porchsters to Floyd and the gang.
Romeena, I'll tell Phil Fox "Hey" from Romeena for ya! Maybe he will do his Elvis T. Bass skit. It's a good. One...


May 16, 2015 - Msg 101367:
GF--have a great time. Yes, please say HI from all of us. Maybe they could set here on the porch sometime!
RAIN wonderful rain! We got some earlier today,
and now it is coming down pretty steadily again; one
of those kind that lets the rain soak in!
Prayers for the world tonight, our marines, nepal,
Philly, etc.

May 16, 2015 - Msg 101368: Yea Lucy a little early for us to be having 90"s ..Im here at work till morning..Rain for a week and stopped and I planted my garden and No rain the sprinklers going..gona plant 30 more tomato plants 40 pepper plants.okra,peas,lima beans,greebeans,corn...well let me read the archives...prayers SPOT

May 16, 2015 - Msg 101369: Looks like SPOT is planting a whole vegetable nation! Good on you, we know SPOT eats his vegetables...TATERS...MEAT!!


May 16, 2015 - Msg 101370: HI THERE



May 16, 2015 - Msg 101371: Im ok Lucy. The weather here has been unlike anything I have seen in my 52 years. We literally had a tornado over our house yesterday. I was on my way to work and an emergency alert came over the radio saying that a tornado was over my street. Well, it followed me to work and destroyed some trailors on a work site right as I was passing by it, apparently. There were three men in one of them and the trailor was picked up and slung somewhere and the guys got some bumps and bruises but are ok. I couldn't even see the tornado because it was black outside. Tornadoes used to be something you never saw here on the coast uless there was a hurricane...


May 16, 2015 - Msg 101372: (continued...) so I don't like it. We have had numerous flood over the past two weeks and that part is good because we had been in a drought for years. Everything is so green and that helps our effort to grow grass for our donkeys. I sure wish we already had our grass down. Hard to be patient but it will happen...right about the time we get a good hurricane, I suspect. Ha! Hope not but it is shaping up to be a hurricane year. Pray now, please! ;)

I just got off working a stretch and it was a busy week. My work partner was on vacation for a week, so I had extra duties. He was back last night and I was busy, but it was a pleasant evening. I really love my job...did I mention that? ha

May 16, 2015 - Msg 101373: (continued..) I admitted a very sweet girl to the rehab last night and had the opportunity to talk with her for quite awhile. I really hope she makes it. She expressed a faith in Christ and really wants to change. She broke up with her user boyfriend but I know the pull is still going to be there. Please say a prayer for her. God knos her name.She will be going home to a mom who is also an addict and her dad is in prison.

Congratulations on the coming addiction to the family. I am happy for you..jealous for me! I need a grandbaby but it is still too soon. Sean is 20 but not even dating and Erin has a long way to go at 13 (hopefully). I talk to her about s#x and we have an open dialogue about such things so Hopefully she will wait until she is married or take the proper precautions to avoid pregnancy. To me she still is so young, but I talk to kids everyday that are s3xually active at a young age. Nearly all of them that I interview, and most don't practice safe s3x.

May 16, 2015 - Msg 101374: cont...that congrats wwas meant for Asa, of course. Your family is growing and you have so much to be thankful for, don't you? :) I know you have your share of difficulties, too, and I am saying a prayer for you today. Hey, have you been practicing your cooking skills? Are you mastering your crock pot skills? Im thinking one of those grand daughters will soon be getting old enough for you to bribe into cooking for you...just a thought. ;) I bought one of those "dump dinner" cook books from the commercial on TV (I found it in the bargain section of the dollar store..what does that say about it?). Its not the kind of thing I would use often, but it is really easy recipes that I want to let Erin start trying to fix. I think it is an easy way to get a young one learning to cook. I went and bought a big package of chicken breasts and cooked and shredded them, portioned them into freezer bags and then I cooked up a bunch of ground beef and did the same thing. Now she can grab a bag of chicken or beef from the freezer and add then simple ingredients to it and make a casserole. I made a taco casserole the other day that was really pretty good..of course I added a few of my own ingredients but it was very simple.

May 16, 2015 - Msg 101375: (continued...) Ya'll will never guess what I am going to do this evening..I am going to women's roller derby. My sister and her son invited me. they went a few weeks ago and said it was a blast. I am looking forward to it.

Speaking of my nephew..he is still separated from his unfaithful wife and I thnk she is still with the drug-selling 20 year old (she is 35). Not sure but I do know she is spending time in the evening partying and leaving the older two kids to raise themselves. Little Emily is with her father and my sister most of the time that she is not in school. Poor little thing is still having such a tough time trying to adjust to not having both parents in the home together. The older two (a girl 14 and a boy 16) and stand-offish with our side of the family (they are my nephews step children, even though he is the only dad they know). We try to be involved with them and help but they will only allow us to if they need something. Their mom leaves them alone every evening and they have complete freedom to go where they want any time they want. Yesterday evening, the girl called my sister for a ride home from a school event and she said that her mom was working, and her mom's sister was supposed to pick her up but was too drunk to drive. I am so glad she called my sister! She told my sis that she was going to be picked up that evening by a boyfriend who can drive and they were going to a movie at 9:45 on a school night. My sister opposed but I guess it didn't do any good. The girl is very strong willed and does what she wants. Her and her mother fight a lot and the mom has no control over her and just gave up, I guess. My nephew tries but he isn't their adopted father and has no legal rights. I just see so much trouble coming. You have two kids that age who are very angry and hurt and have no boundaries.

May 16, 2015 - Msg 101376: continued...I guess I better finish up in case someone else posts and then you all cant figure out who wrote what. Hope you all have a great weekend.


May 16, 2015 - Msg 101377: A lot of scary stuff Boo, tornados, flooding, hope everyone is Ok. Yep, having fun with my other Mayberry friends, I sent your "Howdy's " to Floyd. And he "Howdy' ya right bac
The tribute artists did 2 good shows today and Don Knotts's daughter Karen did a good show about growing up the daughter of Barney Fife. Had to fight with rain but a good time was had by all! I got Romeena a picture of her crazy chreechster friend Ernest T. Bass (Phil Fox) too.
More tomorrow, obstacle race with the Mayberry Squad cars if it doesn't get rained out.

TOM glad to see you are coming along good with your puzzle,


May 16, 2015 - Msg 101378: p.s. Also got to talk with Charlene Darling, she and TV brother Rodney Dillard are doing a show later tonight too.

May 16, 2015 - Msg 101379: Hey there porch!

G-F, I'm glad you're having a blast!
Boo, my goodness. That's just a mess. I'm glad you're safe. I'm ready for grandbabies too. Nick is wild, although he's torn a tendon in his rotator cuff. He's supposed to start air assault training in 2 weeks. Not sure what's going to happen. However, he could make me a grandmother at any time.
Asa, thank you for clarifying. I love big families. As long as the parents can raise the children, I don't see what's the big deal.
Romeena, my suet is pretty exposed at the top of the box. B just doesn't want to feed it. He is good about knowing the birds make me happy so he's fine with my feeding them, but the squirrel? No.
Tom, I'm glad that you're coming along nicely with your puzzle.
MDC, I hope your procedure goes well.

If I missed someone, I apologize. Y'all have a peaceful sabbath.


May 17, 2015 - Msg 101380: WOW Boo, I better live another 20 years, cause I have to do that much prayin fo ya-all! You have seen it all from wild weather to rehab issues, to your own family and relative problems! God bless you.
G-F-- thanks for the shout out from the mayberry folks! Hope the rain don't dampen your spirits!
Good Sabbath to all,

May 18, 2015 - Msg 101381: troublecheck

May 18, 2015 - Msg 101382: Hey, porch! I'm home!! It was a wonderful weekend. I saw my grandson graduate from Texas State in San Marcos on Thursday night. Beautiful ceremony, and because they had separate grad ceremonies for the various colleges in the university, it wasn't too long. There was shuttle bus service from the remote parking lots to the front door of the venue, so it all went smoothly and comfortably. Afterward, I hugged my very wet and cold grandson, because many of the new grads followed tradition and jumped into the San Marcos river, clothes and all. The river runs right through the campus, and I guess new grads have done that for years.

He and his brother, who also attends Texas State, came over to Fredericksburg on Friday around noon, and hung with the family until Saturday afternoon. We had a good, long conversation on Thursday evening, and I feel so good about both boys. I think they both have their head on straight, and will be fine. The younger one will be a junior in September. He's a music and drama major, and will be in a production of "Hairspray" at the Zilker Hillside Theater in Austin this summer. He auditioned for the part of Link Larkin, and was chosen over several professional actors, so he's pretty excited. I guess I'll be going south again to see that production, probably late in July.

My daughter has two dogs, Sir Max, who is a very dignified, well-behaved fellow who looks and acts like an English schoolmaster. The other one is Teenie, a rowdy mixed breed with frazzled wiry hair and a goofy grin. Teenie, who weighs about 25-30 lbs tried to check Toye Starr out, and she turned and ran at him, barking, and he turned tail and scrambled away! It was hilarious! She set him straight, that she would entertain no familiarities. Play? Sure, but show some respect! After that, no problem, they played and had fun, but he kept his nose to himself.

David called me on the OnStar phone in the car on the way home - he knew I wouldn't answer my cell. Brittney was cooking dinner, and they wanted me to just come to their house instead of going home. So I did, and Brittney had made her famous chicken and rice - it's so good! We had a nice visit, and I finally made it home about midnight. Tired, road-weary, but home. Now I'm a bit wound up, and not ready for bed. Guess I'll go watch a little TV, and then give it a try. No problem, I'm free all day tomorrow, can sleep as late as I wish.

Missed y'all - glad to be home. Boo, sounds like you've had a busy week, especially with the family stuff. That can wear a person out. MDC, I'm familiar with that particular problem, it's not uncommon. It's scary, but you'll be fine. Spot, I wish I lived close to you, I'd come around with an empty basket this summer and look pitiful, and maybe you'd give me some veggies! G-F, thanks for getting me Phil's picture. I doubt he remembered me, it's been about three years or so, but I sure remember him. He's one funny guy, with more energy than an electric chihuahua! He never stops!

Well, I'm off to sink into my chair and relax, and then to bed pretty soon. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

May 18, 2015 - Msg 101383: Romeena, Yes Phil did remember you, how can he forget a "Sweet Romeena"... Yep he's a Chihuahua jacked up on Mountain Dew for sure!... He did a funny song called " I've got 5lbs. of possum in my headlights tonight"...Funny song unless you're a Possum! Hey Possum, did he do that song for you at the Westminister event? I hope ya told him ya didn't take too kindly to BTY Romeena, he did a special pose just for you in the picture..haha

I had a good time in spite of the rain, a little dampness can't put a damper on a Mayberry event don't ya know!.....


May 18, 2015 - Msg 101384: Good Monday morning porch! stopping by as my work week gets started.

hope everyone had a good week end. We celebrated Beth's 21st birthday on Saturday. a good day with some of her friends, dinner with some of her friends, cake and ice cream and then sitting on the front porch til about 10 pm with 3 24 year olds and 2 21 years olds. said they would rather than out there than be out and about.

went to church yesterday, came home and then the same group of young folks from the birthday bash helped we shop for some flowers at the garden shop and then came home with me and helped me transplant them into my flower beds. love those kids.

supposed to rain and storm this afteroon on my end of the porch. should be good for my flowers.

better get to work.
lunch me will be: ham,cheese, turkey and bacon sandwhich with mayo, tomato and lettuce, chips. little debbie cakes. tea to drink

Prayers and blessings to all

Big Maude

May 18, 2015 - Msg 101385: Hey Y'all- Glad Ro & G-F had lots of fun at their respective events. No,I haven't had the 'honor' of hearing the possum song, G-F! LOL And Phil Fox wasn't at Westminster this year-it was the other Phil. Can't recall his last name right now,but I talked a good bit with him & he's a danged good Ernest T. tribute artist too. I think Phil Fox has the physical Ernest T. down, while this other Phil has the voice & the cackling laugh. Oh,that laugh!!

MDC, hope all goes/went well with your procedure.( I skimmed the archives and don't remember when exactly you were going to have it done.)

Another girl,Asa?! You'll soon have "a league of your own"-ha! Congrats!

Well, better get back to whatever possums do in the early afternoon-y'all take care!!

possum under a rock