May 02, 2016 - Msg 104535: Sterling, no one knows and understands your situation as well as you do. Heaven knows you've lived it long enough. Just keep praying, and trusting God to guide you, and it will all work out.

Thanks, Boo, that recipe sounds decadent! How much does it make? More than a 13x9" pan will hold, I'm thinking. It sounds wonderful! I think I'll halve the recipe when I make it, or I'll be eating mac and cheese until Christmas, unless I make it to take to some dinner or something. Guess I could do that, and bake part of it in a separate pan to keep at home. Now, that sounds like a plan!

Ritchie, as I recall, the movie mentioned with Glenn Ford in it was "G-Men." Not sure, but I think that's the only title that was ever mentioned.

Well, guess I'll turn in. Blessings, friends. --Romeena (aka To)

May 02, 2016 - Msg 104536: I wasn't really sleepy enough to go to bed, so thought I'd sweep up a little first. --Romeena

May 02, 2016 - Msg 104537: Thanks To: Turns out there never was a actual Glenn Ford G-Men movie. Ritchie Ferarra

May 02, 2016 - Msg 104538: GF, Asa, Spot, did you guys see any of the CRAZY talladega race? Something has to give soon!
Sterling, I think the movie with CG is His Girl Friday.
BOO--Wow that recipe has a LOT of cheeses! Make me fat just thinking about it! haha
You sure had a 'busy' day at church. One time when I was an usher,
we had a man go into a n epileptic seizure in the
church vestibule. Paramedics came and the service continued. Very few knew anything was going on because of the closed inner doors!
RO--sorry you missed preaching today. You must be
just plum tuckerd out. I will pray for your lady patient.
Ritchie, I think Picnic is mentioned in an ep and Andy corrects Barney as to who is in it.
Possum, Glenn Ford, Glenn Ford, Glenn Ford...even the banker likes him! ha
God bless,

May 02, 2016 - Msg 104539: Yes MDC I watched the demolition derby race in Talladega yesterday, as I said in a post I forgot to sign, Wally will have a LOT of work to do today!..Ha....Speed...Speed....Speed!.

Asa, be sure to make some Wheelertime today on your day off too there Buddy!....

G-F.... Wonder if Possum has a Glen Ford hang-over today?

May 02, 2016 - Msg 104540: Good Monday morning all. Boy that comes out a lot easier when I have the day off. I wonder what causes that?
Well we have the aftermath of all our weekend wind damage. I live far enough away from the canyons that we didn't suffer any problems at home. But in town, that is a mess. Tree's down everywhere. Power has been out since Saturday night in parts of Ogden, and may be out for another day or two. They said the highest gust was recorded at 91 m.p.h. I am glad that's over with.

GF and MDC, I didn't see the race to ruins, but I heard about it. Sounds like a body and fender mans dream race. And yessir GF, Some "Wheelertime" is on the agenda.

MDC, I think it was Andy and Goober discussing the movie "Picnic". Goober was thinking Cary Grant was in it, and Andy told him no, it was William Holden. And Goober said he couldn't do William Holden. That is if my rememberer is working right.

Yes Romeena, I think he does resemble Stamos a bit. Also Desi Arnaz a bit, at least in the picture I linked to.

That dish does sound mighty good Boo. I might have to give it a try one of these days my own self.

Sterling, as Ro said, you know your situation better than anyone. As she mentioned, lean on the Lord and take your cues from him. That's my advice. You are in my prayers friend.

Well I am going to start the day with some time on the treadmill. Get my cardio work for the day out of the way. It gets boring, but with the incline I can get a good workout without getting my back in an uproar by trying to run. I am thinking my running days are behind me.

Prayers for all.


May 02, 2016 - Msg 104541: Good Monday morning porch, hope all is well and ready for the day.

looks like everyone is doing okay around the porch. been busy on my end. getting ready for graduation this week end. planning a cook out with family and friends afterwards on Saturday. Probably about 2 pm. Ya'll are invited to drop by for grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, brats, potato salad, baked beans. banana pudding and cake! got a lot to celebrate with both Patrick and Beth graduating,

been busy at work but keeps me busy and out of trouble.

Prayers for you and your family Sterling. I know it must be a tough situation.

gotta get my work day started. Lets meet at the
Snappy Lunch today about noon. my treat.

prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

May 02, 2016 - Msg 104542: BIG MAUD GRILLED SLIDER DOG

May 02, 2016 - Msg 104543: There are somethings in life that is just WRONG...TOM... Do yo have those at "The Rock?"....G-F

May 02, 2016 - Msg 104544: Yuck. I think I could handle the bacon on the hotdog - might be good. The mac and cheese is weird, and the fruit loops? Well - let's just say that's something I won't be trying, adventurous eater though I may be. I think somebody in a food truck somewhere was just bored one day, and that was the result.

TAGS is on TVLand right now, and it's the ep where Aunt Bee decides Opie shouldn't hang around the court house anymore, because she heard him refer to Otis as having a "snootful." Andy goes up to Opie's room to talk with him about it, and explain. In the scene where he's sitting on the side of Opie's bed, there's something weird. It appears part of the scene was cut in later, and it seems to be backward. Also, the lighting is very strange (dark), and I don't recognize the draperies in the background. The biggest thing is, Andy's hair is parted on the right side, and Andy always parted his hair on the left. I wish the camera had dropped just a couple of inches, so I could see whether his shirt was buttoned right over left or left over right, but it never quuiiite shows that! Comes close, but not quite. Anyway, that part was obviously inserted later, because it just doesn't match the rest of the scene. I'm just wondering how you get a movie clip in backward?? Seems like the action would be reversed.

Big Maude, I'm so happy for you and your family, with both of the "kids" graduating. I know, they're not kids anymore, but they were when we first "met" them. I just went through my stored "Porchster" pictures, from back when we had the album, and found pictures of the two of them. They were just kids!

By the way, if anyone wants any of your pictures, I can email them to you. I've got lots of little Laci, and of Sean and Erin, a few of Papa Bear, and many others. If you've lost a picture, and there's a possibility you might have sent me a copy, just email me a description and I'll see if I have it. Some of them are captioned, so I can identify easily, and some are not. There are a few that I have no idea who they are - evidently someone who visited the porch briefly, sent some pictures for the album, and moved on. In the old album, I had identifiers and comments with each picture, but when my computer crashed a few years back, I lost all that, and just salvaged the pictures. Still, with a good description, I can probably find what you want.

Well, guess I'd better go eat something. Got two home health calls to make, both are going to be extensive dressing changes, so will take up most of the afternoon. Blessings, porch! --Romeena

May 02, 2016 - Msg 104545: Well hot diggety dog Romeena. You get a "Highly Trained Noticer Award" for that observation. I have for a number of years thought that Andy's face just looked different in that scene. Way different in fact. So I asked about this on another TAGS board I visited back in the day, (I think it was the "Old Miss Crumps" board that Floyd ran) and somebody mentioned that in fact this was a reverse shot. They had come to that conclusion because of what you mentioned about the part in Andy's hair the opposite. They went on to explain about the how's and the why's of it, and I really don't remember anyhow, but I think you are spot on. I would have never noticed the part in the being different. I just always thought Andy's face looked quite different. Something about him not having a "symmetrical face" or something to that effect. I have noticed in a couple of Matlock episodes there is a scene showing Andy's reflection in a mirror, and he just plain flat looks different. Odd? I dunno.

Yea, I was wondering what someone was thinking when they came up with that fruit loops hot dog thing. But the feller eating it seemed to be enjoying himself. Pretty sure I won't be trying it anytime soon.

Well did my treadmill time, did some yard work, have done some laundry. It may just be "Wheeler" time. My daughter called earlier to say she was coming over with the youngest grandkidders to visit, and bringing with her a hamburger from "The Burger Bar". That is a locally owned small burger joint that has been around for 50 years. Has a tremendous following. Always busy and some of the best burgers and shakes around. It was even featured on an episode of Food Networks Drives and Dives and something else. HA. I don't remember the name of it. But anyway, it's good eats.

Hope the dressings go well Romeena.


May 02, 2016 - Msg 104546: Don't want you to think I am dismissing your advice, Romeena. Because I am not. I am keeping it in the back of my mind in case my way starts to go South.
Thank you for the prayers, everyone.

That's the one, MDC! Great movie!

You know, if any of you watch TAGS on Netflix, you may have noticed a reversed shot of the picture they use on the "Title" page, just before you pick an episode. It is a picture of Gomer, Andy, and Barney, and Andy is the one who looks the most different. Weird, ain't it?! I have no idea why they reversed that picture.

Well, just got back from taking Noah to playgroup and the store. Will try to get a nap out of him after he eats.

-Sterling Holobyte

May 02, 2016 - Msg 104547: STERLING, just to lighten things up a little bit,
I suggest that you read Proverbs 27:15 and 16. Just remember that i didn't write it, Wise old Solomon did! haha
On the more serious side, remember that a candle is just a candle until it is LIT! It is only then that it gives off warmth and light. Just sayin'..
ASA--My goodness those were some bad winds, and I think they blew all the way to Talladaga!!
Sure hope everyone is OK. I am glad your preachin went well. And you are right about the "picnic" scene.
RO- I was watching a program on PBS called Day Tripper where a guy was traveling thru small towns in TX, and he visited a pecan (pah-con)shop. The owners said that a "PEE-can" is a latrine! haha
BIG Maude--good to see ya! drop by more often, your rocker is always available! Neat times for your "kids!"
Prayers for all,

May 02, 2016 - Msg 104548: Maybe that's why I don't like rain, MDC?! Hmmm.... ;-)

I don't have to worry about rain today though. The gloomy rain has gone, and it has been nice and sunny and warmer today. Thank God for the sun. And for His son, who is the light of the world.

Haha MDC! "Pee-can".

-Sterling Holobyte

May 02, 2016 - Msg 104549: Don't worry, Sterling. I subscribe to the opinion that free advice is worth just about what you paid for it. It's just one person's opinion, after all. You will do what's best for your family, of that I have no doubt.

Pee-can! A latrine! Ha! I love it! I always get a laugh out of the "I Love Lucy" episode where Luci and Ricky and the Mertzes are on the road to California, and they try to stop at Aunt Sally's Pecan Pralines, which is out of business. They pronounce it Pee-can Praw-lines. Good grief.

We had a loud, thundery rainstorm last night, but today has been pretty and sunny most of the day. Clouding up a bit now, and if it wants to rain some more, I don't mind. Every time it rains, that's one less time I have to run the sprinklers and my water bill will be that much less.

Well, guess I'll go scare up some supper. I'm not very hungry, maybe just a can of soup. I like soup, I keep all kinds in the pantry, and they do come in handy! Blessings, folks. --Romeena

May 02, 2016 - Msg 104550: ....Romeena, around my parts most everyone calls it the way you do, if you were wondering...G-F

May 02, 2016 - Msg 104551: Sterling, I think you are talking about "His Girl Friday," with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, and "George Washington Slept Here," with Jack Benny and Ann Sheridan. I am a big fan of classic movies. I liked the Jack Benny movie and have seen it a couple of times, but I never could really get into the one with Cary Grant. I usually love anything with Cary Grant, but found that one a little dull. Just a warning: don't watch "Penny Serenade" with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. Very sad. I would suggest "Mr. Blanding's Dreamhouse," "The Bishop's Wife," and "Houseboat," with Sophia Loren. By the way, that Glenn Ford movie I watched last night was a flop. It was another one of those movies in which Bette Davis plays identical twins..very predictable and boring.

TAGS is on right now and Briscoe is serenading Aunt Bee. hehe He sings better than Earnet T, at least.

Congratulations on the kiddos graduating, Maude!

That is so funny(pee-can), MDC. I love the Day Tripper. It is one of my favorite shows and I have usually been anywhere he goes. He pops up in the area now and then. My nephew, Matt, has actually met him.

I know that episode of I Love Lucy, Ro, and it makes me wanna smack them on the back of the head and scream, "PUH-con Pray-leens!"

Had a good day at work, came home and dropped Erin off at physical therapy, went to pick up my mom-in-law and take her to Walmart. Man, that is an experience. It takes so long and she has to ride one of those carts, so when she gets to something she wants to look at, she tries to get off and I am afraid she is going to fall. I offered to take her list and get everything for her but I guess she just wanted to get out, even though she was exhausted and just fell into the recliner when she got home.

Hey Asa, remember when we used to have all those TAGS quot-a-thons? We haven't done that in ages. How about we try it again. I will give you all a quote and tell me who said it. Here goes:
"I'm gonna plight till doomsday if I gotta!"


May 02, 2016 - Msg 104552: I didn't even have to look that one up to know we were talking about the same Jack Benny movie, Boo. I remember that title now, thanks!

Do you Southerners really use such a low sound for the 'e' in pecan, like "PUH"? Around here I normally hear it as "PEH-con".
Oh, well. Either one is better than "pee", right?

I can't believe the mean kids Noah and I have been meeting at the park lately. In the past two days, Noah has been almost slapped by a nasty little girl, was called "stupid" by a boy a little older than Noah and then pushed down by him, and almost had his fingers stepped on(on purpose, I saw it. And the kid had been giving Noah mean looks since we showed up) by the older brother of a kid Noah was playing with.
I was walking toward Noah when I saw the boy call him stupid and push him down, and after chastising the little urchin with a "That wasn't very nice", I proceeded to tell Noah right in front of the boy that if he does that again, to push HIM down. The boy just kind of looked at me with his mouth open, then went to play elsewhere.
Where is a good tool shed when you need one. Not that these parents would use one. But I think some of them need to.

-Sterling Holobyte

-Sterling Holobyte

May 02, 2016 - Msg 104553: Look at that, I was so keyed up that I signed my name twice. Guess I need some of Opie's disappearing ink for one of them at least.


May 02, 2016 - Msg 104554: I found this... ....G-F

May 03, 2016 - Msg 104555: If any of you are curious about the Proverbs verse that I mentioned to Sterling, here is a quick link to it. I hope you see the bit-o-humor in it that I intended, and not disrespect at all.
It looks like my PEE-can was a big hit (for a laugh) The world seems so 'angry' these days, we need some good laughs .
Well, now we could ask if you All-munds or Am-unds!? lol

May 03, 2016 - Msg 104556: Oh BOO, have you ever seen any of the "Drive-Thru History" programs? Those are good too. The host presents things in a funny way, like on Day Tripper. mdc

May 03, 2016 - Msg 104557: MDC, ya know that bible has a lot of good advice in it. I bet you can find answers to most all questions. I think people should realize it's been on the best sellers list for a looong time for a reason!.... Just Sayin'....

Hey Asa, did ya have a good day off? Hope you got a lot done and had some "Wheelertime " too..l.

Speaking of nuts.... Wonder we stand on pistachio's and cashews?... Maybe the map on my link could answer that question too... BTW most folks ask for a "PoP" around here of they are parched... But around Romeena's parts everything is a "Coke" is that true Romeena?....

All I know is we need som SUN around here RIGHT TOM? It's been pretty cool and wet around our parts....


May 03, 2016 - Msg 104558: Good morning all. Top of the morning to you.

Boy Boo, you stumped me with that quote. I will take a guess and say maybe E.T. Bass?

GF, I have heard that is kind of the case in the south. Most folks refer to a soda as a coke regardless of the brand. I dunno if that is the case or not. I did get a lot done yesterday, including some "Wheeler" time, some Grand kidder time, and some billiards in with the S.I.L.

MDC, I love Proverbs and the Psalms. Wonderful wisdom presented in such short pronouncements.

Well for me and mine, we say all-munds. :)

Well off to work. Pulenty of damage clean-up for today me thinks.

Let's see Boo, how about this one.
"What we have here is a real situation"!


May 03, 2016 - Msg 104559: Good morning, porch! Wow, lots of good conversation this morning. Love those pronunciation maps in your link, G-F. Very interesting. As for me, I'm having trouble settling on an accurate description of my own pronunciation. The "kahn" part is established, no problem there. It's the first syllable that's a bit difficult. It's somewhere between "peh" and "pih" and "puh", but I think it's closest to "puh". Never, ever, would it be "pee", of that I'm certain!

As for the carbonated beverage thing, I grew up saying "coke" for all soft drinks, and still frequently do, especially with family. However, since moving to the Dallas area in 1973, we have gradually shifted to "soda", and I think I know why. Lots of people are moving into Texas every day. In the Dallas area, many of them come from the northern states, and they brought "soda" with them. Some bring "pop" too, but it just doesn't seem to catch on. However, "soda" has gradually infiltrated our speech. In south Texas, where I'm from, most of the immigration is from South America. Those folks have a whole language to learn when they move in, and they naturally learn from their neighbors, so they pick up our "coke" and use that.

How do y'all pronounce "cashew", the little comma-shaped nut? To me, it's CASH-ew, and I imagine most people pronounce it that way, but I have heard it pronounced cash-EW, which to me sounds more like a sneeze than a nut.

Boo, it was Briscoe Darling who swore to Aunt Bee that he would "plight 'til doomsday" - right?

A demented little squirrel has decided to build a nest in the tree just outside my window. Why, I don't know. The spring baby boom is over, but he or she is building! There are twigs lying all over the yard! The little dummy chews them off the tree, but drops them before he can get them woven into a nest. Does he go and retrieve what he dropped? Noooo! He just chews off another one! I'll bet there are two dozen leafy twigs on the ground right now, ranging from a foot to nearly three feet in length. You'd think he was building a nest for an eagle, from the size of some of those twigs! Oh well. Eddie will mow them on Friday, and they'll compost into the yard. Sure looks messy right now, though.

Well, I've got to see my cardiologist this afternoon, routine visit. Guess I'd better hit the shower. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

May 03, 2016 - Msg 104560: We say...CASH-U...Now that sounds like a University you would go to that teaches about Ca$ ...G-F

May 03, 2016 - Msg 104561: Guess what? I was eating PEE-CANS while I was Glen Ford'in it all over town!

There! I said it and I'm not taking it back! Ha!

And if Rev was here,he'd back me up on it because I remember us having this discussion years ago. PEE-CAN it is!

Spot, do y'all say "PEE- CAN" over in Georgia? You'd better,or I'm gonna give ya a knuckle sammich! (Just kiddin',ol dog!)

Hey, G-F- are you gonna be in Westminster this weekend? I will probably make it up there for Saturday's events. It's always a good time at Mayberry in Westminister. Spot, you and Mrs. Martha ought to go-it's not that far from y'all!

Y'all have a good afternoon & hope y'all remember to act like somebody!

possum under a rock

May 03, 2016 - Msg 104562: No Possum, Westminster is quite a haul for me, but I'm am going to the gig in Danville Indiana the next weekend. That one is only about 5 hrs or so from me....G-F

May 03, 2016 - Msg 104563: I thought that might be a bit too far away for you,G-F. Aw,shucks! Well,I'll give your regards to everyone!

possum again

May 03, 2016 - Msg 104564: Right, Ro! It was Briscoe when he was declarin' for Aunt Bee. ASA, I'm not sure about the quote you shared but I am guessing it was Andy.

Here in South Texas, everything is a Coke, but when we say it, we really mean Dr. Pepper (the state drink of Texas). We are kind of a twisted bunch when it comes to carbonated drinks. By the way, G-F got me wanting a Coke with peanuts in it..and by Coke, I mean Coke this time. ;)

Well, I am taking a day off today. I have three days off this week cause I'm working the weekend, and I was so tired yesterday from all I did this past weekend, that I decided to take it easy today. I am doing just one load of laundry and I already made an easy supper. I made a really yummy bacon and cheese quiche. I had a leftover pie crust so I thought, what the heck. It turned out good. Here's recipe for anyone who cares:
1 pie crust
6 eggs (of course mine came from my own hens)
1 cup of evaporated milk (you can use regular milk)
4 or five strips of bacon, fried and crumbled
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
clove of garlic
1 cup of shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese

Prepare the pie crust. cut up bacon and fry, remove and set aside. Pour off some of the bacon grease and add the 1/2 chopped onion and sauté. When onions are transluscent and starting to caramalize (brown), add 1 minced garlic clove and sauté for just about 30 seconds, remove from heat and let cool. Crack 6 eggs into a bowl and scramble, add 1 Cup of evap milk, salt and pepper, cheese, and sauted onion. mix all together and pour into the pie shell. Sprinkle the crumbled bacon on top and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Easy and good! If I were making it for myself, I would add spinach, but nobody likes that around here but me.

Sterling, that is just terrible about the way Noah was treated. makes you so mad..I don't understand why so many kids are bullies, but they sure are. I dealt with so much of that when Sean was little because he was a mild-mannered, rather feminine little guy. Boy, did he get picked on. Its heart breaking. Erin never seemed to get picked on but she was kind of tough. I will never forget what happened when she was about 3. There was a neighbor kid named Thomas that was a real bully. He was 9 at the time and was so mean to Sean sometimes. One day we had a little tent that belonged to Erin and we had it set up outside for her to play in. Bruce and I setting out in the yard watching the kids play. Well, Thomas the bully was inside the tent and we watched as three year old Erin went to enter the tent and Thomas shoved her out, causing her to fall backward and land outside the tent. She jumped up, went back inside and I hear that bully let out a scream and he went flying out of there, running come crying, "My eye! My eye!". We didn't see what happened but as it turns out, she took her little finger and poked him right in the eye. Later the kid's dad, who was also a bully, came down to complain and we were more than happy to point out the baby who sent his son home crying. Thomas never messed with Erin again.


May 03, 2016 - Msg 104565: Sounds like a dandy supper Boo. But aint there a song or a saying along the lines of real men don't eat quiche? What about poor Bruce? :) You know, I don't think I have ever eaten quiche. Not because of my manly manliness. Just aint a dish I have ever had. But I love eggs, and aint quiche all about the eggs. I aint got no chickens to pick eggs from like you, but I can get them just down the street from a farmer who sells em.

Cute story about Erin. I would have loved to see papa bully's face when he saw her. lol

My goodness, Possum is pee-canning all over the place. She's outta control. Somebody loosen something on her.

Oh Boo, that was a Barney quote to Andy, when all the wimmin folk were worked up about Mr. Frisby losing his farm.

Well my work day is done. Go home and relax!


May 03, 2016 - Msg 104566: Boo, I thought down south they only put peanuts in RC cola?Then chased it down with a Moon Pie... I have to agree with Dr. Pepper especially if you can get the original recipe with cane sugar instead of " High fructose corn syrup"... It does make a difference in my opinion.... The cherry Dr. Pepper kinda tastes like Cheerwine to me...

While we are on the subject of southern things, guess what? The local Walmart now carries "Duke's" mayo... I guess the people have spoken? Probably a result of our Great Mayo Debates of the

May 03, 2016 - Msg 104567: Just heard that Mr. Russell Hiatt, the real life Floyd, has passed away at age 92.
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet & visit with him several times in Floyd's Barber Shop in Mount Airy. He was a sweetheart of a man and like he told me, he was the one who "started Mayberry." A very special man- RIP dear Mr. Russell.

possum under a rock

May 03, 2016 - Msg 104568: ...I agree Possum a very kind gentleman, I had that pleasure too... His shop was next to the Snappy Lunch...G-F

May 03, 2016 - Msg 104569: Hahahaha! Boo, that story about Erin is hilarious. It's especially so to me, because she wasn't a lot older than that the first time I met her, and my memory is of a sweet little face, little blond ringlets, and an angelic smile. I'll bet that bully dad wished he had just stayed at home.

It reminds me of a story that I may have told here a long time ago, but not sure. Anyway, what happened was - Dale and I were taking our turn in the church nursery one Sunday morning during preaching. We had a group of about ten toddlers, none over 18 months old and all walking. There was one very quiet, mild-mannered, sweet-faced little girl among them, and one aggressive, all-the-toys-are-mine little boy. Little girl took a toy and went over to sit UNDER a crib, behind the siderail, which was down, so she was isolated and protected. Little boy crawls under, takes her toy, and leaves her with nothing. He then put the toy down and went to snatch some other child's toy. Little girl gets up, finds another toy, goes back under the crib, and he does it again. This is repeated about three times. I started to intervene, and Dale pulled me back down into my chair, saying "just leave them alone. They'll settle it." Little girl finds a broken Tonka truck and takes it to her den. Little boy goes and grabs it and takes it back out into the room. You could literally see the steam rising in her at that point. She crawled out, walked over to him where he sat, with the truck on the floor beside him. She picked up the truck, swung it back and then forward, clocking him right upside the head with it, knocking him flat, howling his head off. She took the truck back into her hidey-hole and sat there pushing it back and forth on the floor, while the little bully continued to howl. I picked him up to make sure he wasn't fatally injured, but didn't do too much to console him. In fact, I think I told him he asked for it, and that's what happens when you're mean to other children. He had a little scrape on the side of his head, and a lumpy bruise as well, but no real injuries. His parents' reaction? His mother tried to get mad, but his father stopped her, and said, "I told you he was going to meet his match some day." We didn't tell him the "match" was a small, frail little girl. We were just happy he wasn't suing the church!

Yep, "real" Dr. Pepper is better than the corn syrup kind. You really can taste the difference. David stops in Dublin, TX, whenever he's in the area and buys it by the case. Actually, it's becoming more widely available, and I'm glad. Because of my diabetes, I drink very few "cokes" of any kind, but when I do, it's usually Dr. Pepper. Next on the list is Pepsi.

Asa, you're right! That's what Barney said when the women were outside the court house door, and he and Andy had taken refuge inside. Barney opened the door to try to reason with them, they almost mobbed him, and he shut the door, and told Andy "they came at me, Rrrrrrrowr, Rrrrowrr!" Andy laughed and got him to repeat the growl. Funny stuff!

Well, got to teach English in the morning, maybe I should turn in, get a little sleep. I saw my cardiologist this afternoon, he thinks everything is okay, but did order an echocardiogram. It's been a year since I had one, and he usually gets one every year, so I'm not surprised. Then I see the electro-cardiologist on Thursday for a routine pacer check. This thing is getting old, it wouldn't surprise me if he wants to replace it, or at least replace the battery. Either way, it's a night in the hospital. I don't mind, if it wasn't for that pacer, I probably wouldn't still be here. It doesn't kick in often, but when it does, it's because it was needed.

Blessings, porch! --Romeena

May 04, 2016 - Msg 104570: "We defy the mafia!" :)

May 04, 2016 - Msg 104571: It was 50 degrees here this morning, which is unusually cool for this time of year. I sat out on the porch swing and had my coffee, listening to the redbirds carry on. They are always the most vocal in the morning.

Good nursery story, Ro. I have done years of nursery service and have dealt with some very difficult little ones. It is a challenge, for sure. I always hated it when we had biters!
Good luck with the echocardiogram.

G-F, nobody drinks RC down here in Texas; I think that is more of a thing in the other southern states. Here it is Dr. Pepper. Also, we don't eat many moon pies here and good luck finding any Cheerwine. I found it once at a Cracker Barrel and that was the first and last time I ever tried it. I think you are right, though, tastes like cherry D P.

Had my breakfast and now sitting here wishing I could go back to bed. Things to do..


May 04, 2016 - Msg 104572: Boo, I had forgotten Dr. Pepper was a "Texas" drink, being founded in Texas you HAVE to be a follower at 10-2-4 or just any time of the day... That is why "Cheerwine" is a Carolina drink for the same reason...

As I posted before there is a Old Tyme candy store near Cleveland that also has a whole line of the old time sodas. It is in Brooklyn in my Sons town. I am going to hear my Grandson's concert tonight (he is doing a solo) so I may have to stop by and make a visit to b.a. Sweeties store for some... I do like trying all the different kinds of "PoP" as most folk call it in my parts..(like the map showed).

When I'm finished drinking them I made shelves on my garage windows to display them. They look neat when the afternoon sun catches all the different colors of the bottles.


May 04, 2016 - Msg 104573: ...So everyone give me your list of favorites both candy and sodas, and I'll see what I can do...

May 04, 2016 - Msg 104574: STAY A WAY FROM THERE IT NOT GOOD FOR YOU.


May 04, 2016 - Msg 104575: That's neat, G-F (the soda bottle shelf you have). Let's see, I guess my fave candy would be those striped (pink and white) coconut bars. I think I might like an old-fashioned Knee High Grape Soda to go with it. Those were some of my favorites as a child. I also loved those sharp, pointed Astro Pops that you could accidentally poke your eyes out with if you ran. Those things were way more dangerous than any Red Rider BB gun.

I used to love those wax bottles as a kid, and we were aways pretending to smoke candy cigarettes. They sold two kind..the white kind you eat, or the pink ones that were bubble gum. Who remembers cinnamon toothpicks?


May 04, 2016 - Msg 104576: Oh, and we often ate our candy cigarettes either while riding in the back of a pick-up truck, lying in the back window of the car while going 85 MPH, or while riding our bikes without helmets or shoes. ;)


Hey, why don't we share some childhood memories. School is about to be out. How about some childhood memories of lazy summers?

May 04, 2016 - Msg 104577: Yep I remember those too, we had a real penny candy variety store "Ben Franklin's" we would go to. (After we got money from cashing in pop bottles)...

That's what is so neat about going to "Sweeties" they have all of the stuff we remembered as kids.. Even "Fizzies" remember those?... Flavored tablets like Alka Sletzer... And Yes they do have the cinnamon toothpicks I got some the last time I was there by the

Don't worry TOM we won't over do it, it's just a fun place to reminisce about the GOOD O'L Days... Back when things made sense and you could throw caution to the wind... And you found out what happened when you spit into the


May 04, 2016 - Msg 104578: Good idea, Boo. However, I'd like to share my last candy cigarette memory, and I wasn't a kid! Here goes -- When I first went to work at the hospital, in 1979, there was no smoking restriction. Patients and visitors could smoke anywhere, (unless there was oxygen in use in a room) and doctors and staff also smoked. Nurses couldn't smoke at the desk, though doctors did. Nurses had to go into either the break room, or sit in the tiny 3-chair room outside the staff restroom. Most chose the little room, I suppose thinking it didn't count as one of their two allowed breaks if they didn't go in the break room. You would see the same nurse sitting there several times a day, smoking, with their feet propped on the chair across from them. Not being a smoker, I never took those little mini-breaks, but one afternoon, I was tired, and thought - well, why not? So I just sat down for a minute. The unit manager came down the hall about that time, saw me, and asked me if I needed something to do. She never, ever, asked the smokers such a question, and in fact, often sat and smoked along with them. It made me mad, but I covered it, and just said, "No, I've got plenty, thanks" and went back to work. I was in the grocery store that evening, and saw some candy cigarettes on display. You can probably figure out the rest. Yep, I bought a box. Next day, along about the same time of the afternoon, I sat down and propped my feet up in that little room. The manager came along in a couple of minutes, and asked me the same question. I just took my little candy cigarette out of my pocket, stuck it in my mouth, and said, "I'm just having a quick cigarette. Care to join me?" She turned red, sputtered a minute, then stopped and looked at me, started laughing, and said, "Touché" and went on her way. From that day on, I could grab a two or three minute sit-down now and then, and never heard any more from her.

Yes, I remember cinnamon toothpicks. How about those very chewy, sticky chocolate/caramel things? What were they called - Slow-Poke or something like that. You could lose a tooth in one of those things - in fact, I think I did, when I was about six. I liked the Nehigh Grape Soda too. When I was very small, my parents would buy me Grape-ette - no carbonation, which was thought to be bad for kids in those days. I grow an iris right now that smells exactly like Grape-ette. Pretty thing, too - purple and white.

I believe it was Barney who yelled "We defy the Mafia!" when two bank robbers were in town, posing as FBI men. Barney was backstage, as one was delivering a speech while the other one slipped out to break into the bank vault.

Well, gotta go do a dressing change. It's a long and complicated one, wears me out, but it has to be done. At least I'm on the doin' end, not the receivin' end! Gotta be grateful for that. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

May 04, 2016 - Msg 104579: Romeena... You Go Girl!.. That always erked me too when it came to smokers... Even when you could not smoke in public places the smokers had thei "approved" smoking spot... I suppose the bean counters didn't know how to put that loss time into their equation....As Gomer said I guess there are different "rules" for just ordinary people.... Lol But Good on Ya for holding you're ground!...


May 04, 2016 - Msg 104580: Great story, Ro. When I started working in 1983, people could still smoke in hospitals, even nurses. I remember there was a small break room but many nurses smoked right at the nurse's desk and flicked their ashes in the sink. Too funny now. That candy cigarette thing was a great idea. Shame on the administrator for discriminating against you for not smoking. I remember when the no smoking rule started in the hospital and they made a small area on the roof for smokers. Sometimes a family member would give me a cigar after the birth of their baby and I would go on the roof and smoke it with the smokers. It only happened every few years, though. :)


May 04, 2016 - Msg 104581: Well, G-F, if you liked that story, you'll love this one. As we all know, it's now forbidden for anyone - pt, visitor, staff, anyone - to smoke in a hospital. Should have always been that way, as a safety measure, if nothing else. Well, when that law first went into effect, there was a lot of pushback. Once, when I very politely asked a visitor to put out his cigarette, he just reared back in his chair and said, "Well, now, little lady, I just don't think you're big enough to make me!" Can you believe that? It's true. I just said, "Sir, you're right, I'm not, and I won't try. However, I know a security guard who is definitely big enough, and I can have him up here in about two minutes." He just laughed, said "I believe you would!" and put out his cigarette.

Now here's my other story. After the ban went into effect, nurses started going downstairs and outside to smoke, several times a day, at least four. Each trip took at least ten minutes, usually more like fifteen. That meant that we non-smokers spent a lot of time "watching" their patients, which involved taking them to the bathroom when they called, or giving pain medication, whatever. I soon got enough of that, so I did the math. Giving the smokers every benefit, I figured 10 minutes per break, times 4 breaks a day. Forty minutes a day times 5 days a week = 200 minutes a week, times 48 weeks (allowing for vacation and sick time) = 9600 minutes a year. Divide by 60 minutes = 160 hours a year. Divide by 8 hours a day = 20 days a year. It's hard to believe, but you can figure it two or three different ways, and it always works out. The smokers were off the floor, not working, for the equivalent of 20 days a year, while the rest of us picked up the slack for them.

One day I caught the Director of Nursing, the big mama of us all, in the hallway. I knew her pretty well, and knew she would listen. I had my figures written out clearly, and showed them to her. I went over it, and finished with, "So, Margaret, since I don't smoke, I think I'd like to take my 20 days all at once. I have a vacation planned." She just stared at me, and said, "Now you know I can't grant that, but I can surely take these figures seriously and see what we can do about it." I said that was good enough for me. True to her word, the following week a written policy came around, stating that smoke breaks were to be taken only during the morning and afternoon fifteen-minute breaks, with no additional breaks being granted. I'm glad I had never mentioned it to the other nurses, because I probably would have been lynched, but it got the job done. Where there's a will, there's a way.

I'm not usually a troublemaker, but I was getting tired of staying late every afternoon, to finish up because I had spent so much time taking care of the other nurses' patients. There was only one other non-smoker besides me at that time, so you can see that we were pretty busy. In addition, our two aides were gone half the time as well, and weren't available to tend to the routine needs of the patients. It wasn't fair.

Well, guess I'll go start supper. I'm going to roast some Roma tomatoes with some garlic and basil and olive oil, mash them up a little, and put them over some pasta. Maybe I'll broil some chicken legs too, and have a couple of them with my pasta, and have the rest tomorrow. Yep, that's what I'm gonna do - pasta and chicken legs. Blessings! --Romeena

May 04, 2016 - Msg 104582: Good stories Romeena.. But I'd have to believe you coulda taken that guy with-out the security guard..pow,pow,pow!

Oh....the work stories we could ALL tell!... It would make War & Peace look like a comic book...

My Grandson surprised me tonight that rascal had a solo where he stood out in front of everyone and played, it was a blues number complete with sunglasses and a fedora hat!

He is only in 7th grade and they are playing jazz and blues numbers! Him being a 4th generation trumpet player he did his Grandpa Goob proud...