April 14, 2016 - Msg 104338: RO--I was not trying to say the everyone should remove the popcorn stuff. Yours may be a better grade of the stuff. I bet your dale got the best! :)
Ours was a 'spec' house, and over the years the coating yellowed right along the rafter lines.
Very strange, but maybe our hot weather has something to do with it, as we have never allowed smoking in here either. But hey, if yours are good, then you would not want to go thru what we did for the last three days! ha Our guys did not have the vacuum thing, but they did lightly spray it a bit with water, before scraping, which helped cut down on the fine dust,
and the plastic kept the rest of the house sealed off. But there is also all the furniture displacement etc. I made the mistake of trying to paint it in a small room...bad experience...it came off and onto the roller, etc.
Peace of Jesus to all,

April 14, 2016 - Msg 104339: I guess I was in a cleaning mood with my new ceilings!! :)

April 14, 2016 - Msg 104340: Good Job MDC well I get off work today at 2 ..I think the cool spell has gone enough to get my corn in the ground yep that is what I'm gona do yep that's it !..SPOT

April 14, 2016 - Msg 104341: HI O.

TOM :(

April 15, 2016 - Msg 104342: Nice sweep, MDC.

I know what you mean, Tom. I do not like to go to the doctor either. I don't know what V-D-13 is, but I hope it improves for you.

Sorry for what you are going through with Erin, Boo. I know teenage anxiety pretty well. But it looks like you are doing the right things, and who could be better for her to talk to than a psychologist who has gone through it too. I mean, other than her mom, who changes her schedule so she can be there for her daughter. You are a good mom. No, a great one.

My brother called me today(Thursday) and asked me if I was going to keep Kai out of school on Friday. Seems he was listening to a radio program called Crosstalk on VCYAmerica - which I like to listen to as well but haven't recently - and they were discussing the "Day Of Silence" that some schools have been known to take part in, where teachers and students are asked to not say anything, supposedly to bring light to the bullying that lgbtabcEtc people go through. Some people protest this event, started by homos#xual activists and seen by many as just another way they use the schools to indoctrinate kids by making exposing them to the lifestyle(like they don't get enough of that), by keeping their kids out of school for that day.

If my brother wouldn't have phoned me I wouldn't have even known it was taking place. I looked on the school's website, facebook page, and email notifications that they send me to see if there was any word that they were taking part in this, but didn't find anything. I then asked Kai if she had heard anyone mention this, and she hadn't, so I don't really think her school participates in it.
I did tell Kai to tell me if anyone has the students stay silent tomorrow or try to "teach" them about it. Of the teachers, anyway. I don't really care if some students take part individually. But I send my children to school for an education, not to be held hostage by some activist teacher promoting this politically correct garbage.

As I've said, I don't really think the schools here do that. I remember hearing the warnings about this "day of silence" junk back when Kai wasn't even going to public school, and never heard of it happening in any of the schools around here.

But it remains to be seen. I hope not. Boy, I miss the days of sending Kai to Christian school and not having to worry about this kind of nonsense. I could feel good about dropping her off at school back then.

I did even go to the "Day Of Silence" website, to see if they had schools listed that participate in it, and was relieved somewhat by their statements saying that "you may only be able to (give out fliers and whatnot) between classes and before or after school" (Not a direct quote but just basically what it said). And it also said that participating students do not have the constitutional right to refuse to answer questions given by the teacher.

So, if some student wants to hand out fliers after school or something, fine. I don't have a problem with that. As long as the rest of the students are not "bullied" into participating by the social justice warriors, in student or teacher form.

That's my rant for today.

Have a great day!

-Sterling Holobyte

April 15, 2016 - Msg 104343: Good Morning Gang !! Overcast here in Ga..off and on rain. Hello SH,Boo,possum,Maude,Romeena,Asa,MDC,Tom and all...well lets all swing by waffle house on me this morning, I will bring us a news paper to pass sections around to read while waiting on our order ! SPOT

April 15, 2016 - Msg 104344: Happy Friday everyone.

We have a little snow coming down here this morning. Nothing serious. The white snow on my green grass is a pretty sight. And we need the moisture so it's all good.

Sterling, I have never heard about that so called day of silence. But I do agree with your thoughts about it being yet another way of indoctrination. I am really dismayed in what I am seeing being pushed in our schools anymore. I am ready to go off on a tirade, but this is the first time all week I have been able to post here, so I better use my time wisely and just keep reminding myself who is in charge.

I am sorry you are ailing Tom. You have my prayers my friend.

GF, What you up to these days? I miss reading your posts. I just can not get on here from my home computer and I don't get much time at work to do so.

In fact I see the clock is saying up and at it boy! Oh well, another 3 day weekend for me, so it's all good.

Prayers for all.


April 15, 2016 - Msg 104345: Asa, I'm still around... I spent the day with Miss Olivia Tuesday, I watched her so Mamma could get some errands done and stayed with her when Mom had to go to work until Daddy got home. She and I made a deal for no poopie diapers!. Yep she held up her end of the deal...lol Bless her little heart!...
Yep, one of the benefits of being a retired Grandpa!...
"They" say it suppose to be a beautiful day here... Hope "They" are right!....G-F

April 15, 2016 - Msg 104346: the you no gat a part time job as a sater for baby. G F


April 15, 2016 - Msg 104347: TOM hope you are getting some of this beautiful weather...It sure is nice around here. I got my mowing machine serviced and ready to go. Not sure if I should put Old Joe the snow blower up for the season, this is Ohio ya never know....lol


April 16, 2016 - Msg 104348: Yay! Finally able to get on the porch. :)

You are very kind, Sterling. Thank you for those words; they mean a lot coming from a great Dad like you.

I had not heard anything about the silent day. They didn't do it at Erin's school. I know from what Erin tells me that there is a widespread acceptance in her school when it comes to children who identify as gay. One of her best friends lives with her mother and her mother's female "partner". It is just something we have to deal with and teach our children about because there is no way of avoiding it these days. I feel for the kids with same-s#x attraction because there doesn't seem to be anyone these days who will tell them that they have a choice..they don't have to do or be anything someone tells them they have to be.

I just realized that it is 12;30 am and I had no idea..better hit the ironing board for some adventure sleeping.


April 16, 2016 - Msg 104349: Good Evening all. Yup, things are sure different today than when tags was films and there were scenes like all the men watching Ellen Brown from the barber shop window! "That's definitely not a boy!" is still a fav line of mine. I feel a bit like Lot sometimes nowadays. Like him, I 'tolerate' it but I don't have to agree with it.
New ceiling texture looks good, and now the painting commences. Company coming on Tuesday to do it, plus they are spray painting the garage ceiling and walls! woohoo, it has been about 20 years since we did the garage interior! As long as Monroe or cousin Virgil don't do it, I think I'm OK. Ha
Weather here is averaging about 80 these days.
Where is RO? and hey to BOO.

Prayers for all!!

April 16, 2016 - Msg 104350: Hey MDC... I found some painters to help you get your job done.... http://youtu.be/NMjITraqp1k ...G-F

April 16, 2016 - Msg 104351: Good afternoon, porch. The home health agency I work for has had some nurses out sick, which means they have called me quite often. I just turned in a time report for 12 calls! That will be a useful little check. As I think I've mentioned before, I don't admit patients, and don't have any that are "mine" - I just fill in when other nurses are out for whatever reason. It's what I asked for, and got it, and it works very well for me. I hate admissions and discharges, but enjoy routine patient calls. I do mostly dressing changes, but do routine monitoring for diabetics, people with congestive heart failure, or other ailments that require "eyes on" monitoring. It's interesting, it keeps my license active, and pays a little pocket change.

Tom, I think you're saying you have a Vitamin D-13 deficiency. Here's an interesting link about that: http://tinyurl.com/hgj9hvg
I have to take a supplement, even though I'm outside almost every day. Apparently, a Vit D deficiency is not unusual these days. I'm sure your doctor ordered a supplement for you - be sure to take it regularly!

MDC, my dad built this house, and if there was a choice in the quality of any part of the construction or finishing, he always chose the highest quality. When he first started building here, in the late 60s, the code called for wall studs to be on 24" centers, or better. He never built on 24" centers, from the get-go he used 16" centers. That increased his lumber cost, at least that part of it, by 1/3, but he said he didn't want any wavy, wobbly walls! Some builders now will use 16" centers in exterior, load-bearing walls, but will use 24" on interior walls. Daddy never did that, either. This house is built on 16" centers throughout, which may partly explain why it hasn't cracked anywhere, at 43 years old. He used extra steel, above code, in the slab, and built strong walls. He built over 400 houses here in Irving, and they're all still standing strong. Lots of popcorn in them, too! (heehee)

Seriously, I've thought about removing the popcorn, but one update calls for another, and I just don't want to get into it. Maybe if I was 20 years younger, I'd feel differently, but at my age, it doesn't seem to be worth it.

Boo, you're so right. These kids are getting railroaded and indoctrinated into something they really don't understand, and the activists convince them they're gay, but no one will, or CAN, for that matter, tell them differently. You don't dare try to counsel one of them, because then you're "homophobic" and can get sued. No surprise here. Isaiah 5:30 says, "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil." He knew it was coming, and guess what? It's here! Not just as it concerns the gay movement, but in all areas of life. We glorify and hero-worship all sorts of evil-doers. Sports figures, entertainment people, whatever - we pay them ridiculous amounts of money, and just ignore their behavior, while a military man is being kicked out of the military for interfering in a "bacha bazi" session on a military base. If you don't know what that is, just Google it. It's not something I'd choose to discuss here. Suffice to say, he rescued a young boy from abuse.

Well, guess I'll go watch a little TV. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 16, 2016 - Msg 104352: Hey, Ro. I know there are so many disturbing things going on in this world that I cant even think about it and have any kind of peace. I guess that's why we love TAGS so much..we all desire to go back to a better time, back to Mayberry.

I was watching one of the color eps yesterday with Erin on Netflix. It was the one in which Helen had to work late on the grading manual with the guy from Raleigh. I had so much fun looking at the vintage dishes, etc. in Aunt Bee's kitchen. Sometimes those color eps are fun for that. Makes me feel like a kid again, back in the 60s, lying on the floor watching out color TV before remote control or cable. I remember getting our first color set when I was just 4 years old. It was a Zenith and I still remember watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas on it. Amazing! lol Great when you are four and used to black and white. I didn't watch TAGS back then, though. I guess my parents didn't care for it. Crazy people! :) Living in a small town in the 60s and 70s was a lot like Mayberry. I miss those days!

I don't know if I mentioned that we gave Thelma Lou and Betty Sue back to their original owner who gave them to us. We just don't have enough grass for them now and we had them in a pasture across the street and they kept escaping. It was a safety hazard so we had to do something. I kinda miss Thelma Lou, but it sounds like she is happy where she is now and has plenty to eat. We still have Bernie the rooster and a couple of the New Hampshire Red hens. They are still laying big eggs after three years. Good hens. They stopped laying for several months, nearly a year and I was ready to butcher them when they started up again. Reckon they heard me say something to Bruce? ;)

Glad you are getting some extra work in home health, Ro. I got some really good news today. I mentioned that I am going to day shift next week, but I found out today that I am what they call third nurse and will not have to come in until 8am (instead of 5:30). I will be able to take Erin to school and go to work from there. I will be working from 8 to 3pm three days a week. Pretty perfect. Im thankful.

Hey to MDC, Tom, and G-F.

Better get to bed..preachin in the morning.


April 17, 2016 - Msg 104353: BOO-- sounds like a great work set up! You will have more mother-daughter time and hopefully things will be better! Wow, but I will miss seeing your pictures of Thelma Lou on your porch (on FB) but that's the way it goes. ha
TO ALL-I pray every morning for all on this porch, for our country, and for our world.
Also, as a catholic, I am very concerned about the
current leadership of the church. I just heard that he met with Bernie Sanders! What's with that? I need to find out more. Our pastor is quite conservative, and he DOES preach a lot about Barney's favorite subject, but at the same time, the more left leaning are having a say as well. The part that troubles me the most is all the 'pride' things,
parades etc with every vile thing being depicted.
We just had one in our area, and they just showed some of it on the news with several things 'pixilated.' Why does that have to be shown off that way in public? OK, soapbox going back under porch.
I think I would like "small town America." :)
RO--good on your father for taking the high road in his house building. He spent a little more, but I bet he also slept well at night.
Have a good Sabbath all. Peace of Jesus,

April 17, 2016 - Msg 104354: Oh GF, you are a caution!! mdc

April 17, 2016 - Msg 104355: Good Sunday morning all her at work keeping lights on...gona catch a sermon on the tube...any suggestions ?...SPOT

April 17, 2016 - Msg 104356: Boo, sad to hear of the dismantling of the "Funny Farm" those stories were very funny!. I guess that puts a lot of pressure on Bernie to keep up the shenanigans.... But you are right, sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do... In this case the grass IS greener on the other side of the fence...

Beautiful weekend here, will get close to 80 today... Last week we had SNOW, but that is how it is here in Ohio. I had to get the mowing machine out to cut the grass yesterday. Yep, sometimes ya never know what ya gonna get!... Much like a box of chocolates, as Forrest's Mama warned us of...lol

Tom you getting some of this sun and warmth? Hope so!


April 17, 2016 - Msg 104357: ....And another thing, Possum, did you get your reservations for the Meet-Up yet? Miss Alma's place if filling fast..

April 17, 2016 - Msg 104358: ...That warning goes for Big Maude too!.. The "other" Big Maude (that I introduced you to at MD's) is suppose to be there too along with her husband "Jelsic Stern"....

Asa, check in too if you can get on at home, I'm still having trouble too.. Wonder what is still causing the problem?..
G-F out!...

April 17, 2016 - Msg 104359: Good Sabbath Porch.

Hey GF, Thanks for the shout out. I was able to get on this morning for the first time in a week. Your Ohio weather sounds much like ours. We had some snow on Friday and supposed to be near 80 by mid week. I hope it doesn't get that warm yet. I have not touched the evap coolers at work yet. Been busy running some 480 volt circuits to three new pieces of equipment we are installing.

Good to see you posting Boo, and glad all is well with you and your family.

MDC, I appreciate your prayers. I also include you folks in mine.

Ro. I guess it is because of snow loads around here, but our codes call for 16 inch centers on all walls. In fact I was shocked to read that 24 inches were allowed. It sounds like your Daddy was a man of integrity and it showed in his houses he built.

Thanks for keeping the electrons flowing Spot. Yer a good pup.

Tom, my wife takes a vitamin D supplement prescribed by her Doctor. She needs it because of the monthly steroid infusions she receives. So be sure to follow Doctors orders.

Well off to Preachin. We have a visiting Preacher here, so not sure how many dangling earrings I'll see.

Prayers for all.


April 17, 2016 - Msg 104360: Good morning, porch. Nice to see so many of you this morning. I was planning to go to church, of course, but guess I won't. My blood sugar is all out of whack for some reason. I think my pancreas is sputtering along and making insulin, which it normally doesn't do. This has happened once before. I take my usual insulin injection, I eat properly, and then suddenly my sugar will just bottom out, with no warning. I do fine on the added insulin, but then when my body makes more, it's too much and the world starts to go black. It did it yesterday evening around 8 pm, so I drank some apple juice and ate a couple of crackers with some chicken salad and it came back up. Then last night I woke at about 3 and knew it was low again, so got up and drank more juice, and it came up. When I woke this morning, I felt fine until I stood up, and the room wobbled and I started shaking. Checked the sugar, yep - 60. Not dangerously low, but low enough to make me feel weird, and could be still dropping, so I'm sitting here with a glass of apple juice right now. I'm reluctant to drive, or be sitting in church if it drops again. Better to be here where I can fix it. I do have to make a home health call this afternoon, but it should be stable by then. By the way, if you like apple juice even a little bit, try Tree Top brand's Honeycrisp apple juice. Mercy, it's good! Best I've ever tasted.

We've got some wet and wild weather today. It's raining right now, big old growlers overhead, lots of thunder, but haven't seen any lightning. The rain sure is welcome. It's not torrential, it's just a slow and steady, moderately heavy rain. Should soak in and do some good!

Boo, I'm sorry you had to let Thelma Lou and Betty Sue go, but I know what you mean. Two grazers like that can take a pasture down to dirt in a surprisingly short time. When I was a kid, we had five and a half acres of pasture, and had my horse, my brother's pony and a cow on it. Rain was very scarce that year, and within a few months of putting those animals on that pasture, they had it almost down to dirt, and we were feeding with grain and hay as well. We penned the animals off of it, and Daddy had a man come in and sow the entire pasture with oats and fescue, and some mixed grasses in the early spring, rain came at just the right time, and we kept the stock penned until the grass was up and growing well. Boy, did we have some fat and sassy animals that summer! Those were the days.

The apple juice has done its job, I'm feeling fine now, and wishing I had gone on to church. I hate to miss, but it's too late now.

Boo, that new shift arrangement sounds like it was tailor-made for you! That's great, and I'm happy for you. These years with Erin will go by so quickly. Good for you for seeing the need and doing what you had to do, in order to be there for her. You're a good mama!

Wow. It's so dark outside that my yard lights have come on. The prediction is for the weather to get worse this afternoon. I'm thinking I might need to go make that home health call this morning. Maybe I'll call the patient and see if that would work for her. With the weird weather we've had the last couple of weeks, all those terrible hailstorms and all, I really don't want to have my car out if something like that is coming. I'd rather get this done and get the car back in the garage.

G-F, that's really weird. Snow one week and mowing grass the next. Guess you keep both machines gassed up and at the ready, huh? Sounds like Texas weather.

Well, off I go. Blessings, porch! --Romeena

April 17, 2016 - Msg 104361: Hi, porch. I did make that call, got it done with and back home. Right after I got back, the rain really came down hard for a while, but there's been no hail. Just wonderful, life-giving, water-bill-lowering rain! Looks like it will continue through the night and tomorrow, and into Tuesday. It's quiet right now, with the sun breaking through at times, but there are big thunderhead clouds on the western horizon, so more is coming. Bring it on - I love rain!

I've got some chicken legs to cook under the broiler with lemon pepper, and a package of chicken/long grain and wild rice to cook in a skillet, and a selection of canned veggies. Toye Starr and I will just cocoon ourselves here and have a good dinner and a quiet evening watching TV. Life is good.

Blessings, porch! --Romeena

April 18, 2016 - Msg 104362: Thanks, Ro, Erin is doing better and these hours certainly suite the family. I had my first day shift today and boy, it was so different from evenings..so much calmer. I actually got bored and was begging my boss to give me some of her work to do. I ended up checking the medication records for signatures and making sure the blanks were filled in the narcotic count sheet and boring stuff like that. Finally I got to admit a girl in the afternoon.

After work I had to take Erin for her physical therapy. She is still having knee problems but they are improving. It is such wonderful weather..steady rain and rumblings of thunder but nothing serious, just enough to make it cozy here at home. I ordered pizza tonight for dinner to kind of celebrate my job change. I was hoping for some family time but Erin is having some vertigo.. That child is prone to vertigo for some reason and one of the exercises she does at PT seems to cause a problem. Oh well. I got a text from Bruce telling me that he had to go to the ER with his mother. She was having some sort of bleeding and when she called her doctor he sent her to the ER. I cant understand why because she had a UTI last week and it is some blood in the urine, which isn't an emergency. Anyway, they are stuck there in the ER getting a scan and sounds like a different antibiotic. I guess it is a good thing, come to think of it, because you know how it can be with the elderly. They can go bad quickly just from a UTI. She is really losing ground lately and I think it will be time for a care facility very soon.

You know, earlier I was reading back over some of the archives, looking for some dates of hire for Sean's resume he is doing in his English class, and it was so much fun reading some of our conversations from the past. I really miss some of the porch folks who don't come around anymore. Hope some of them decided to come back.

Thank you for those prayers, MDC! I really appreciate it.

Hey to ASA. Don't work too hard.

Something reminded me of our Millie today. She was such a sweetheart. I wonder how her husband and children have done without her.

Have a good evening and Ro, you stay safe. That low blood sugar concerns me.


April 18, 2016 - Msg 104363: Well,FINALLY! Been trying to get to the Porch for days- I actually made it here the other day,but something took me away from my computer,so I had to shut it down before I had the chance to post. Is anyone else still having problems getting to the Porch? This is a bit much.

Hope Sheriff Tom has let me out of jail by now!

Ok, gonna go get caught up on everything,so off to read the past several days of porch talk.

Y'all take care!

possum under a rock

April 18, 2016 - Msg 104364: All caught up now- prayers for Erin with her troubles,Boo. I'm glad you got a better shift at work and can spend more time with the family,although I'm sorry that Thelma Lou & Betty Sue won't be there with y'all. I got a kick (no pun intended) out of those silly gal mules of yours!

Tom,you take care now and Ro,take care of yourself too with those blood sugar issues.

G-F, I doubt that I'll make the Mayberry Meet Up this time around. I have to watch my expenses in July so that I have my trip to Wyoming covered. Airline tickets, lodging, food, wedding gifts, etc. ain't cheap! Sorry I won't be able to attend.

Well, better hit the old ironing board! I'm glad I got the chance to get caught up on things. I hope I won't be kept away for days on end like I just experienced. Y'all save my rocker for me and I'll be back when I'm able!

possum again

April 18, 2016 - Msg 104365: Just a quick hello tonite. We got everything set to go for ceiling painting for Tuesday, but they called about 4 PM saying that now they cannot come until Thursday! Oh well, we know the house will be a mess for about another month til walls are painted, tile is removed and new put down, and new carpet installed. Then it is putting
everything back into place! Please keep us in your prayers.
But wow, two earthquakes in Japan, and now one in Equador! Lord have mercy and help those people.
RO--I hope you made it thru the storms, heard that Houston really got it hard! And take care of that blood sugar. BOO- you get any more rain? Vertigo at 14 can't be good. Please get that checked out. So sorry
about you MIL. I recall those ER waits with my mom and dad. Glad they are in heaven now. :)
POSSUM--good to see that you made it thru.
Nite all,

April 18, 2016 - Msg 104366: Good evening, porch. Glad everybody seems to be able to get on now. So far, I haven't been completely blocked. Now and then, the first attempt fails, and I get the white screen (URL failed) or whatever it says, but I hit the "try again" button and get on instantly.

Boo, I'm surprised that day shift seems calmer than nights at your facility. I always found it the other way around. Days has three meals to deal with (on 12 hr shifts), all the docs are making rounds, visitors always underfoot, all the ancillary services doing their thing and you can never find your charts because they have them, all the scheduled admits are coming in for induction, or BP monitoring or whatever - just busier! I guess the type of service you're working on makes a difference.

Well, in addition to the enormous possum that visits my yard every night, there's now a huge raccoon. He came in last night around 11, and I'll bet that thing weighs 30 pounds! He's really big! He concerns me a little, because he could just decide to fish in my pond. I have a net over it to keep the egrets and herons out, but he could reach under it. I've got a plan in mind for a different arrangement on the net, that would keep him out as well. Guess I'd better get busy on getting it put together and in place.

We've had some steady rain, but nothing like Houston had. I haven't seen or heard about any flooding in the Dallas area. I'm just thrilled that my sprinklers aren't running. That means another low water bill, and I can use some of those.

Well, guess I'll turn in. I'm hoping to spend tomorrow getting some writing done, trying to get my little book finished. It's almost done. Blessings, porch! --Romeena

April 19, 2016 - Msg 104367: Good morning all.

Hey Romeena, I sure am glad you are staying on top of your blood sugar issue. I am sorry it is giving you problems like that.

Sure nice to see you posting more Boo. And I agree, I sure do miss some of the folks who used to be regulars here. Prayers for your Erin and MIL.

Possum, I am guessing that about 90% of the time I am unable to get on here from home. I'm not sure what is going on, and I know Floyd is aware of the problems, but isn't sure what is causing the issues either.

MDC, You just gotta love contractors. Probably the biggest gripe folks have about them is saying they will be there on such and such a date, and it gets pushed back. Some reasons are legit, some are just bad management. I have never really used contractors on home repairs, doing it all myself. But getting older, and having back issues, I am going to be using them some in the future. My roof is going to need to have new shingles soon, and I suppose I am going to have to get someone to do it. I always have done jobs like that myself, but I know with my back, that would be foolish to try. So as hard as it is going to be, I am going to have to hire it out. Thankfully I know several good contractors in the area that I feel good about.

Well I best get moving. My back is a bit achy this morning for some reason. Nothing to bad, just letting me know I'm no spring chicken no more.


April 19, 2016 - Msg 104368: Yep Asa, Sometimes you just gotta "Call the Man!" It is hard both physically and mentally not to be able to do things you used to do. That is one thing that comes with AGE... Wisdom!
We usta could do alota things, but we have to know our limitations...10-4?....
I think Dirty Harry came up with that quote...lol

Sorry to her you can't come to the Meet-Up Possum, maybe Publisher's Clearing House will drop ya a check?.. So ya can!


April 19, 2016 - Msg 104369: HI O



April 19, 2016 - Msg 104370: Yep Asa I was right.. Harry did say that!..lol. http://youtu.be/_VrFV5r8cs0

April 19, 2016 - Msg 104371: .....Did he use 6 nails on that shingle or ONLY 5?... You have ask yourself the question.. Do you feel lucky?..lol G-F

April 19, 2016 - Msg 104372: Good morning, porch! Asa, I'm glad to hear you're not planning to work on your own roof. Absolutely - CALL THE MAN! A fall off the roof would just about do it, I think. As my husband was often heard to say, "Bumbles don't always bounce." The reference was to a quote from "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" when the abominable snowman survived a fall over a cliff into the snow below, and Yukon Cornelius was explaining his survival to the elf who wanted to be a dentist. That quote entered our family lexicon when Dale fell off our roof back in the 60s, right after that movie came out. As I was running around in panic after he fell, he just sat up and repeated that line - "Didn't I ever tell you about Bumbles? Bumble bounce!" Later, as he got older, he added the "don't always" part. What a guy!

Tom, I'm glad you're getting a Vit D supplement. I'm guessing you don't get a lot of sunshine, so your body doesn't get a chance to make much Vit D on its own. Americans in general don't get enough sun, and when we do, we're wearing sunscreen, which blocks the formation of Vit D. My doctor told me nearly all her patients are deficient in Vit D, to varying degrees.

We're scheduled for more rain here today. I just hope we don't get flooded like Houston did! Wow, hey really got it! I saw some pictures on the news last night, where cars parked along a street were completely submerged, just the very tops of their roofs out of the water, and one smaller car was covered completely! And of course, there were the ones where people just foolishly drove into a flooded area, thinking they could make it through. I have never understood why people will do that. It's not like they're running from the cops, and that's the only road out of town! There's always an alternate route, and if there's not, then just sit high and dry and wait it out! Five people have drowned in Houston, and apparently, all of them had driven off into flooded streets, and their cars were swept away. There was a video of a car driving around a barricade and into the water, and later, the two occupants had to be rescued when the car was swept away. Another picture shows a car suspended over a wash-out, all four wheels just sitting on nothing, while the front and rear end of the car is perched on what's left of the roadbed. There's a slogan being used around here, and maybe nationwide - "Don't drown - turn around!" Pretty well makes the point, I think.

Well, better get busy around here. Lots to do! Blessings, porch! --Romeena

April 19, 2016 - Msg 104373: Yippee on 2 counts- I made it back on the Porch today & Sheriff Tom let me outta jail!

Glad to be a free possum again! What's that thing that G-F is gonna feed me,Tom? A Slider Dog? It ain't one of those things with Fruit Loops on it,is it? If so,you're gonna have to lock me back up,because I'll refuse to eat that mess!

Yeah,Asa, I know that Floyd is trying to figure out what's keeping some of us off of the Porch-that's why I'm not fussin' too much. I could go off on one of those Helen Crump tangents,but I ain't. LOL

G-F, if Publisher's Clearing House helps me out, I'll be there for sure!! Another expense that I forgot to mention is a couple of high school graduations that I'll need to spend money on. So, I could use a big check from PCH! (Not to be confused with our P-H,but if he'd like to send me a check,hey,that's fine too!)

Y'all take care & remember to act like somebody!

possum u.a.r.

April 19, 2016 - Msg 104374: Hey, porch. Just spent a pleasant hour with my youngest son, David. He called, said he was heading my way, and would bring us some sandwiches from Capt. Nemo's, a great sub sandwich shop about three blocks from my house. He was coming to town to pick up a car part. He brought the sandwiches, we had a pleasant visit, he moved a big heavy pot to a new location in the yard (much too heavy for me) and Diesel and Toye Starr played nicely. She wasn't snippy with him today, I think she's figured out that he's not coming to stay, just to visit. Anyway, it was a pleasant hour or two. Dave is a good man!

It hasn't rained yet today, but has been cloudy and right now the clouds are getting thicker and lower, so will probably have rain soon. Suits me - we need it! Everything is growing beautifully out back, and when this rainy spell is over and the sun comes back out, there will be flowers popping everywhere! I love it!

Well, guess I'd better make my lesson plan for ESL tomorrow. The folks make the effort to be there, I have to make it worth their while. Blessings! --Romeena

April 19, 2016 - Msg 104375: I see that some of you are still having issues accessing the site. I'm fighting with the company that hosts this and other sites for me to *try* and get them to fix whatever the problem is. Things haven't worked correctly since the "upgraded" the server I'm hosted on. Just wanted to let you know, I'm still trying.


April 19, 2016 - Msg 104376: I just was thinking of you all so thought I'd drop by and sit a spell. Was pleased to see so many of the familiar faces. Take care of you and yours.
Charlotte Tucker

April 20, 2016 - Msg 104377: Good morning, porch! Charlotte Tucker, it's good to see you. We'd love it if you'd come by more often.

We had another big old rain storm last night, I guess. I never heard it, but then I rarely do, unless there's a lot of thunder. I know we did, because my birdbaths are overflowing, and there's water standing on the pathway to the pond. Even with my drains and the sump pump, it's still standing. Must have been a frog-strangler for sure.

All this weather has kicked my arthritis up, and my right hand is almost useless this morning. I can type, but barely. Can't even pick up a tea glass, and had to brush my teeth lefthanded. Fortunately, I'm fairly ambidextrous, so didn't poke myself in the eye or anything. Guess I'll break down and take some ibuprofen. I rarely take anything like that, because it messes with my kidneys, but once in a while is okay, and my hand and wrist are hurting so much this morning, I think my kidneys are just going to have to cope. The weird thing about my arthritis is, it can hit suddenly, and it can disappear just as quickly. It comes and goes with surprising speed. I'm not complaining, because it does go away, and this will as well. I think of a friend who has the crippling kind. Hers is constant, hurts all the time, and I'm just grateful I have the "transient" kind. My dad had the same thing. He called it "liquid arthritis" because it seemed to "flow" from one location to another.

Well, off I go. Got to teach ESL this morning. Driving should be interesting, guess I'll stay on the residential streets and stay out of heavy traffic. Blessings, all. --Romeena

April 20, 2016 - Msg 104378: Good morning all.

Charlotte Tucker, you are a sight for sore eyes. So good to hear from you. I hope you and yours are well. My latest Granddaughter is named Charlotte.

Hey Floyd, we know you are trying to get things rectified, and we appreciate it. It is odd because it only seems to be your sites I have issues getting on, and only from home as a rule. I do appreciate all you do friend.

Yessir GF, A man has to know his limitations. If he doesn't, he will be reminded of them real quick like. But it is frustrating still, to not to be able to do some of the things I used to do with no problem. But then I look around and see folks younger than me who are unable to do what I am able to do, and that will shame me and shut my mouth. 10-4 good buddy?

Well Possum is a free possum now. Able to eat peanut butter sammiches and everything, bless her heart.

Ro, glad you got to spend some time with David. Isn't it neat to see our young-uns grown up and acting like someone? I hope your blood sugar issue has calmed down.

Well better get busy. Suppose to be hitting the 80's the next few days, and I haven't gotten any work done on my rooftop units. Oh GF, Are you available?


April 20, 2016 - Msg 104379: Asa, I'm in... But sometimes as we say our intentions are greater than our bodies abilities...lol. G-F

April 20, 2016 - Msg 104380: I could use some of those 80 degree temperatures, Asa. It was downright cold yesterday, and rainy to boot. Two of my least favorite things. Supposed to have more rain today and tomorrow. I just hope it warms up.

Hey, Charlotte Tucker! Nice to see you. Are you still editing?

Do you send those Publishers Clearing House things in too, Possum? I do mine online. They are always sending emails to enter their contests, so since I already registered with them, all I have to do is click a button or two, and I am entered. Saves a lot on stamps.

I have been watching Johhny Carson on AntennaTV lately, and have enjoyed going back in time and relishing better times. And Johnny is the consummate talk show host. None of the hosts today could hold a candle to him. Course, I don't watch any of them, so I can't say that for sure, but given the state of tv today, I just have a good hunch.
It doesn't happen often, but my ire can be raised watching some guests on Johnny(in fact, it hasn't happened until recently). The night before last he had Gore Vidal on, and I have never seen such a smug, full-of-himself blowhard. Johnny had asked him what he thought of the creation versus evolution debate, which was apparently going on at the time, and Mr. Vidal launched into an insulting diatribe against Christians, the likes of which I haven't seen since... well, until recent years. He started by saying that "every once in a while, the Christians swing down from the trees..." (to argue for things like creation) then when asked if he thought creation should be taught in schools, he said fine but then implied that they'd never be able to get into schools like MIT or other science and technology institutes or professions.
I wonder if Mr. Vidal, he was still alive, would have his mind changed today, since there are many scientists now who do, openly, hold to the idea of creation and intelligent design. To say nothing of the fact that science continues to prove the Bible correct, what with new discoveries like soft tissue in dinosaur bones, for instance.
I generally feel sorry for people who have died rejecting Christ, knowing where they are. Now, I don't know if Mr. Vidal repented and accepted Christ in his later years, but watching his mocking of Christians and Christianity in his smug and arrogant way makes me wonder if he would be so arrogant if he knew he would be spending eternity in h#ll. But unfortunately I must admit, it makes me care just a little less when someone is being a pompous jack@ss about it.

I saw Carl Sagan on The Tonight Show a while back, and knowing that he never repented or accepted Christ, I remember feeling sorry for him knowing where he is probably spending eternity(unless he had some last second conversion or something). But he was never really arrogant and insulting in his beliefs like Gore Vidal was.

I usually end the night watching TAGS on Netflix. It is always a good way to end the day, especially if something gets me riled beforehand. Just watched the one where Opie finds $50 dollars, and Andy thinks that Opie went on a spending spree after the man who lost the money returns for it, when really he broke into his piggy bank so that he could give the money back, and after returning his newly bought fishing pole.
I think I had something in my eye after that one.

Hope you all have a nice day!

-Sterling Holobyte

April 20, 2016 - Msg 104381: Thanks Floyd, for keeping the porch up and running..really appreciate it.

Thanks to all of you for your prayers. Hope everyone is having a blessed day.

Im home today doing laundry..what else is new? Still have plenty more to do.

Great to see Charlotte Tucker! Hope she comes around more often.

Sorry about your back, Asa, and your arthritis, Ro.

Hey Sterling. At the risk of sounding like a heretic, I have been doing some rethinking on the church's traditional view of h*ll and finding out some very interesting things. I read a book by a man named Edward Fudge who studied the subject over the years. There was even a movie that came out about him called "H#ll and Mr Fudge". He is a sweet Christian man who took a lot of flack over what he uncovered in his research of the bible on the subject of eternal, conscious torment. Interesting stuff. The book is called, "H*ll, The Final Word," by Edward Fudge. I have done quite a bit of searching on the subject and I am seeing things differently than I used to.