July 10, 2016 - Msg 105227: Asa, I feel so bad for you and I hope your you can get your back pain under control, either with or without surgery. I know when I went to the hospital the first time I had my spasms, I was ready to go under the knife then if it would have made the pain stop.
I wish I could offer some advice other than those exercises that MDC posted. I used some of those. One of the ones that isn't listed there that helped me right off is the one where you are standing with hands on hips, and you just bend backward as far as you can go 10 times. You probably already know that one, but I just know it helped me.

Spot, my wife got one of those Fitbit things at her workplace to use for some challenge they were having, but she "lost" it.

I was watching the TAGS episode where Goober runs the contest at the gas station, and I had to laugh when Aunt Bee wins $5 and she gets ecstatic and goes on about how she has "never won anything before". Apparently she forgot about all those appliances she won on that game show a while back.
Or maybe she doesn't consider it "winning" them since she had to sell them to pay the taxes.

Gonna check out those photos, Floyd! Thanks for posting them.

-Sterling Holobyte

July 10, 2016 - Msg 105228: Great. Thanks to my sweep, we all now have to go into the archives to look a the pictures that Floyd posted.

A sweep and a miss.


July 11, 2016 - Msg 105229: Hey Sterling, I forgot to say Happy Anniversary! What did you end up doing? I know you were a bit undecided.
Floyd--thanks for the pics, your education was worth every penny!
SPOT--take it easy, dont work too hard.
ASA--you too. I have had those same kind of debilitating spasms! One thing that also helped me was soaking in a tub of warm water with thera-pitic Epson Salts! Just a tought.
RO--have fun, hope you dont have to sleep on the ironing board.
Possum- up to your ol' possum tricks again! ha
BOO--Many prayers continue. Lifted ya all up at church today!

July 11, 2016 - Msg 105230: Another link to some Mayberry Meet-up photos, just in case my last one didn't work for y'all. More photos too. https://goo.gl/photos/LQSQdJHx8gwvF5yP8

July 11, 2016 - Msg 105231: Great pics Floyd. Looks like you all had a grand time. GF, was that you in the blue shirt with the orange hat?

Sterling, yes buddy. If I could have found a Doctor with even a dull rusty knife on Saturday, He would have had a patient. I am doing better today. Am able to move around with the aid of a cane at least.

MDC, That's a good thought of soaking in a warm tub with the salts. I might have to give that a try, although I worry I might not be able to get out. lol
Thanks for your thoughts Romeena. I do appreciate your insights to this. I am hoping to retire sometime in the next few years, and would like to see if indeed surgery would help out while I still have my ins-urance from work. So it may happen. And you are so right. I need my mobility to be able to care for my wife. Thank you for your encouragement.

I texted my boss this morning and told him I would be off for a few days at least. So we will see how the next day or two plays out.

Well off to lie down for a while.

Prayers for all.


July 11, 2016 - Msg 105232: Ha ha, yep, MDC, I'm up to my lil' possum tricks again! Spot wanted a vest to go with his shorts,so I ordered one for him and for you as well. Go check it out & see what you think!

I know the rest of the Porch has no earthly idea WHAT I'm talking about! Just some fun & games over on Facebook-LOL

Asa, I'm sorry your back is giving you such fits,my friend. Praying you begin to feel better soon. Yes,I'll be out that way in about a week & a half. Just a brief time at the SLC airport before catching a connecting flight into Wyoming,but I hope to at least catch a glimpse of your neck of the woods,if only through an airport or plane window. It'll have to be quick,though! Wish things would have worked out for us to get to meet up,dang it! Even so, I wouldn't want to put you out what with you ailing with your poor back. Hang in there,and know that there are lots of prayers being said for your healing.

Well,better go grab something to eat. Y'all take care!

possum under a rock

July 11, 2016 - Msg 105233: Yep, Asa it's me Its me... We were at the "Mayberry on Main" shop... The place Possum talks about... If you like hot sauce Daryl can hook you up with that too... He has a "wall of flame" as he calls it.... The Miles are good folk.... G-F

July 12, 2016 - Msg 105234: GF--I think you look a bit like Otis. Have you ever tried to "take off" on him? Bet you would be good at it! ha
I think the summer heat is getting to our Possum!
I have no idea what's she's talking about! haha
Use up some of those sick days ASA, you deserve it bro! How about a dip in the GSL?? Too bad you will miss
possum whilst she passes thru. In the old day you could have
gone right to the gate to say Hey.
Prayers for all,

July 12, 2016 - Msg 105235:
Yesterday, I watched an old episode of the "Peter Gunn" television program titled "Slight Touch of Homicide". Howard McNear played a major role blowing up gangsters. In the basement of his house was a small chemistry lab where he made the explosives. And at the top of the stairs that lead to the basement was a picture of President Calvin Coolidge. And in case you don't understand the connection, watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btG_6qzTOcg

Floyd, thanks for posting those pics so us non-facebook folks can view them. At one time, we were able to view Facebook pages that where set up as public. But lately, they have this annoying pop-up that blocks much of their pages.

Regarding all this talk about some folks with their back problems reminds me of when I injured my back and could hardly walk. But after receiving non-surgical treatment from a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-dos/Pages/default.aspx), I've had no more serious back problems since. A few minor flare ups have been temporary and did not require treatment.

from Poor Horatio

July 12, 2016 - Msg 105236: Hey Poor Horatio. Nice to see you.

Don't you just hate that Facebook pop-up that wants you to sign in. Then 2 minutes later it moves up the page to block your viewing. So bossy.

MDC, we did just end up going out to dinner at Olive Garden. The whole family went and we actually got dressed up. Well, casual dress up. No ties or anything. Then we went up on this bluff where they have lookout points and big binoculars, and we.. looked out.

Forgot to mention a couple evenings ago I took Noah to the hospital because we were at a playground area and he fell off a ladder. It was a good 5 feet that he fell, and he didn't land on his feet. Scared the life out of me. He cried for a little bit but he didn't get the wind knocked out of him or anything and was walking and talking normal right after, but since he was complaining about his "eye" hurting and that he hit his head, I thought I should stop in at the hospital - which was on the way home anyway - just to check it out. Called my wife and she came down there too.
Aside from some small cuts on his face, from the wood chips they use as cushion, he was back to his normal self, giggling and singing and carrying on, even before we left the hospital. When one of the nurses told him that she hoped he feels better, Noah said, "I do! " And made it a point to tell her, " My eye doesn't even hurt anymore."
The doctor told us to just watch him and check on him every now and then while he was sleeping that night. But he was ok, thank God, and didn't even have the shiner under his eye like the doctor said he wouldn't be surprised if he had.

-Sterling Holobyte

July 12, 2016 - Msg 105237: Glad Noah was alright. It is always better to have kids checked out if you suspect there could be a possibility of a head injury.

I am feeling a bit under the weather today. I think I have a little cold, with some body aches but not too bad. I wanted to check in, though. Hope you are all doing ok.

I just watched an episode of TAGS about the gold truck coming through Mayberry. That ep had some real problems, in my opinion. There is just no way in heck that a wise sheriff like Andy would have told Barney about the gold truck ahead of time, for one. Also, no way would he give loaded guns to Barney and GOMER! Talk about a recipe for disaster...also, there was the scene at the gas station when Gomer pumped the gas into the interior of the truck through the gun hole. Really? No way could Barney have stayed in there with those fumes. That ep is just far too outlandish. Silliness is one thing for the purpose of comedy, but that ep is just plain ludicrous. Anyone else have a problem with it?


July 12, 2016 - Msg 105238: Well not a problem for me Boo. I imagine you could say that about a lot of the episodes if viewed with a critical eye. But I just let my mind go blank and enjoy the ride. I just watched the episode with Opie and his newspapers. Just love that one. Especially funny at the end when Andy, Barney, and Aunt Bee end up running into each other at the landfill under the pretense of making sure all the papers were destroyed. When in reality they were looking for other juicy gossip the boys may have overheard. Kind of like that old saying "If you can't say something nice about someone, come sit a little closer". lol Human nature I'd say. I hope you get feeling better.

PH, My family Doctor is a D.O. as well as an M.D. I always tease him about his M.D. standing for Mayberry Deputy. He usually finds my pelvis has "rotated" when I have typical back pain and gets it back in and feeling better in a day or two. In fact that was the case Friday when I saw him. I have no idea why I went into the major spasms I did on Saturday. That was not my usual back pain. Not a clue what happened there, but it has eased a great deal since. Each day I am able to do a little more. Thank you all my Porch pals for your prayers and advice.

MDC, Your suggestion of taking a dip in the Great Salt Lake reminded me of something that happened years ago. Our scout troop had gone out to Promitary Point for an overnighter. Three or four of us wanted to hike out to the lake to go swimming. It only looked to be a mile or so away. Well after more like 4 miles of walking we finally got to some water. HA, maybe an inch deep. We had no suits so we all stripped into our birthday suits and waded another mile or so and was in maybe 2 inches of water. So we started running to go further out when I suddenly became very aware of something very wrong. And by the looks and actions of my buddies, I could see I was not alone. It seems the very north end of the G.S.L. is much much more salty than the rest of the lake due to a causeway the railroad put in years ago. I won't go into deep detail, but imagine how it feels to have very very salty water splashed up into your vertical smile. Oh my, you talk about painful. And to add insult to injury, we have a 4 mile hike back to camp, with all of us walking like wounded soldiers. Dag blame, that was miserable.

Sterling, glad Noah was not injured to much. Them kids are so resilient it seems.

Well GF, we wanna hear some of your stories on your weekend. Fill us in on all the happenings.

Gosh Possum, I am so sorry we wont be able to meet, even if for a short while. It's to bad you are flying from Slat Lake to Wyoming. That is a beautiful drive up I-80 through Parley's Canyon. Oh well, blow me a kiss when you fly by.

Well off to bed to watch some Matlock. I finished my Perry Mason's. A lot of TAGS folks on Matlock too.

Prayers for all.


July 12, 2016 - Msg 105239: Well Asa, I can say everyone had a good time as you can see from the pictures Floyd posted. We got together and did things around the area during the day, and came back go the motel in the evening for "T.A.G.S. Under the Stars" as the sign said.
It was like going to the Drive-In back in the day...

Floyd tried out his new "trivia machine" thing out. He will use it for Mayberry Days.. Sorta like a buzzer system, 10 people can play at once, but they have to be quick on the buzzer...

Of course we did eat too.... Yes I did do Snappy Lunch...👍
All in All it was like going to Summer Camp, along with the let down when we had to go home on Sunday. But we do get together and Floyd does a Bible study in the gazebo before everyone goes home... He will post that too on the iMayberry site soon. All in all it was a fun weekend, much better than going shopping with your MIL....lol...Right Possum?


July 13, 2016 - Msg 105240: ASA--OUCH! ha I can indeed feel your pain in the vertical smile regarding that salt!. I too was (am) a scout (Eagle) and
for my hiking merit badge i had to do a 20 miler. Oh was I hurting after that. Believe it or not, at 13 years old, my mom drove me twenty miles away from home, dropped me off with a canteen belt, and I walked back thru the city streets!!
GF=--sounds like a great time was had by all! so cool.
Friends, I hate to break the mood as we are all getting back into tags and all, but I wanted to let you
all know that we had to put our dear cat of 18 years to sleep this morning. It was a tough decision, but she had been having renal issues,
taking two medicines a day, and sleeping about 22 hours a day. There was also some athritis in her hind legs. As most of you know, we never had kids, so she was indeed like one to us.
It was a super hard decision. Please keep me and my wife in your prayers. Thanks so much.
It will take a while, but I know we'll be OK.
Hang in there folks! :)
love ya,

July 13, 2016 - Msg 105241:
Tom, it was sad to learn that your sister's health is not getting better. We will keep her in our prayers. Please keep us informed.

MDC, so sorry to learn about putting your cat to sleep. I had two dogs who both developed terminal cancer and had to be put to sleep at age 15. It was two tough decisions for our whole family.
The first dog I had was when I was in elementary school. Since the second one was when I was more mature, I treated him like a kid brother. We even gave him a human sounding name and would enter him in contests. One time he won. But I ended up picking up his human prize because I told them he was "sick" at home.
I am also an Eagle scout (with bronze palm). I remember the required Hiking merit badge requirements where you had to do five 10 mile hikes and one 20 mile hike. Us scouts did them as a group so we had peer support during the hikes. Even though I was active youth, the last few miles of our 22 mile hike was difficult for me.

Asa, when you mentioned about your doctor being a D.O. and a M.D.(Mayberry Deputy), that reminded me of the D.O. that got me walking again. His father, who also was a D.O., had actually graduated with a degree in Pharmacy and worked as a Pharmacist while attending Osteopathic medical school.
Finally, it's too bad you can't meet possum at the airport when she changes planes.

from Poor Horatio

July 13, 2016 - Msg 105242: MDC, sorry to hear about your kitty, I'm not really much of a cat person, but my (as Opie calls it) "allergic's" kick up the day we had to put our cat to sleep to!... Mya had fur like a bunny, it was so soft, but she did LOVE her ears rubbed with my big toe when I would go barefoot around the house. She would come up to me and just flop down and look up at me as to to say: "I'm in position, now get to it!"... Dang those alergic's!

Asa I too meant to say: Funny swimming story!.... The wisdom of youth..ha!...
By the way,... If you happen to go to the airport and find a blonde roaming around asking everyone if they are "Asa Breeny"... That would be our Possum!... That is how we met, she came out to the gazebo, a few of us guys were out there talking, she came up and asked: "Would any of you happen to be or know a guy called Goober Fife?.... Yep, and I even have a selfie to prove it...haha

Boo... It's not just you, I thought when Gomer put the gas in the truck and got Barnry drenched in gas he coulda gone "BLEWIE"....lol. Funny, we were just commenting at the Meet-Up how we ALL over analyze the show. But that is the fun of it, even Mayberry had its faults and was not perfect....
It is funny how other "non-fans" look at us like we are NUTS!..
But I suppose we are, but I can deal with that kind of nut, cuz they are one of my Own!.....lol

I must have missed it, is Romeena on a Walk-a-bout?....


July 13, 2016 - Msg 105243: Morning all.
I am walking around today without the help of a cane. YIPEE! First time I was able to roll out of bed relatively easy. Still am not able to straighten up completely, but I am getting there.

MDC, So sorry about your loss. I know how those pets become family, especially in your case where you had no children. Prayers for you both as you mourn my friend. And good on you for making that difficult but very humane decision to have her put asleep.

GF, Love reading your adventures buddy. I got a good laugh at the picture of the barber cutting hair while doing the "Henry Bennett Jinx" pose. I really hope I can make it to one of those events someday. And yes, I think Romeena mentioned she was going to be gone somewhere for a few days. Maybe she and Mary Pleasant went hunting for black bears in the great dismal swamp. Or maybe it was Dixie Belle Edwards? Heck, I don't remember now. But now that I think about it, if Ro came across a black bear, she wouldn't shoot it. She would befriend it and bring it home to put in her back yard I reckon. lol

Well I think I'll go watch a little television. I have been dvring a lot of stuff so I can watch it later and zip through the stupid commercials. I love the dvr for that purpose. But it has spoiled me. I have found that it makes watching regular tv almost impossible for me because of all the commercials. About the only thing I watch live anymore is the local news, and when they break for a commercial I reach for the remote to F.F. through them before realizing I can't. lol

Prayers for all for a splendid day.


July 13, 2016 - Msg 105244: Morning porch, hope everyone is doing ok.

its business as usual on my end of the porch. just routine stuff which is good.

Our weather has been hot with rain and storms moving in and out almost on a daily basis. guess its that time of year.

If any of you are interested is seeing some pictures from Patrick's wedding you can go to the photographers web site and click on her blog. Her post for today is about their wedding with some pictures as well. Her web site is as follows:

better get busy with my day.

lets meet at the diner for lunch today, my treat.

prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

July 13, 2016 - Msg 105245: Ahhh Maude those are sooo sweet!... Great setting too!.. I'm betting alota folks had the "alergic's" watching that!... And I don't mean from the plants & flowers!. ;) G-F

July 13, 2016 - Msg 105246: Sorry about your cat, MDC. Wow, 18 years! That is a very long life for a kitty. You must have been doing something right in raising her.

You guys who were Eagle Scouts are putting me to shame. I never made it past my bear badge in Cub Scouts. Just lost interest, I guess. But then, we never really did much of the camping stuff so that might have had something to do with it.

Hey Big Maude, nice to see you. And thanks for posting the link. I am not much for weddings, but those are some nice pictures. And a pretty nice blog too.
If this works, for a more direct link to Patrick's wedding, try here(I am guessing that this is your Patrick, Maude?!) http://tinyurl.com/jh6bl27

Have a good day all.

-Sterling Holobyte

July 13, 2016 - Msg 105247: HIGH HO.


July 13, 2016 - Msg 105248: Aww, I sure will,Asa,and here's one for you now:


Bet that's a new one for ya, getting a kiss from a possum! Ha ha I hope your back troubles ease up soon,friend & maybe we will get that chance to meet some other time. Sorry it won't work out this time. :(

Prayers and love going out to Mr. & Mrs. MDC- I know that's got to be rough and I'm sorry.

Hey to Big Maude & I will check those wedding pics out real soon. Boy,they grow up fast,don't they? Still having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that my nephew is getting married soon! He was just a little boy not so long ago-so it seems.

Tom, is the heat getting to you,buddy? Be glad you're not at my rock-it's 104 degrees here today! Take care & try to stay cool!

Hope Boo feels better,and " HEY!" to everybody else rocking on the Porch-y'all take care!

possum under a rock

July 13, 2016 - Msg 105249: Maude, the wedding pics are just beautiful! I love the flowers, Daysie's hair,and Patrick's socks! The outdoor setting was really nice-thanks for sharing these! Daysie & Patrick make a sweet couple and the love is evident!

possum again

July 13, 2016 - Msg 105250: Good evening, porch! I got home last night about 10 pm, worn to a frazzle, and just went to bed. Got up this morning and faced a half-bushel box of Weatherford peaches, bought yesterday afternoon from a farmer's market in Weatherford, a little town just west of Ft. Worth. Eloise and I made a run over there yesterday just to get them. Great peaches, but they were going down fast. Tree-ripened peaches don't hold for long. So, I spent the day peeling, dicing, sugaring, and packing them into freezer bags. I got six quarts, and three much smaller bags out of them, plus saving a dozen for eating, and shared eight with a neighbor. I'm pooped! I haven't stood on my feet for that long at a stretch in quite a while.

David and Brittney are home from Wales, have lots of stories to tell and pictures to share. They've caught the "mission bug" I think, as they're already talking about going back next year. Wales is a country of about 4 million people, and just under 2% make any claim to be Christian or attend any church. I think it can be summed up in the answer they received from one teenage girl, when they asked her if she attended church. "Church? Me? Oh, no - but I think my grandma does sometimes." So sad. D&B love the people, especially the children - said everyone is so friendly and very hospitable to them. The country is beautiful, and they enjoyed seeing it, but the total estrangement from God is heartbreaking.

Asa, I'm glad your back is easing up. I hope it stays "fixed" and doesn't kick up again. I just have this observation to make, and then I'll leave it alone - Remember, every situation is different. I could almost guarantee that the problem I had with mine is not what's wrong with yours. Different problems, different solutions. If your current solution is working, and fixes it, wonderful. If not, if it keeps coming back, perhaps you should explore other options just to be sure you're not overlooking a permanent fix.

Maude, those wedding pictures are beautiful! Those young folks look so happy! I have to ask - did Daysie make the decorating and flower decisions, or did she have an extremely talented and imaginative planner helping her? Everything was so unique, and so lovely. I have never, ever, seen sempervivum (hen and chicks) used in any kind of flower arrangement, let alone wedding flowers, but it was just gorgeous! And the bridesmaids carried big bouquets of just hydrangeas? So beautiful! Truly a wedding to remember.

Tom, I hope your sister is showing some improvement. Hang on, buddy. Take it one day at a time.

G-F, it looks like everyone had a wonderful time at the meet-up, including you. Looks like so much fun, I sure do wish I could go, but I don't think it's in the cards for me. Too far, too expensive, and probably not gonna happen. (sniff!)

MDC, I'm so sorry about your kitty. Probably most of us have been there - I know I have. It's a very tough decision to make, but it's the only kind thing to do for a little friend who has given you love and trust. I do have children, as you know, but my dogs have been like children to me as well. I can only imagine how hard it must have been for you and Cecile. You love them. It's that simple. I still grieve for Sugarplum.

This grows very long, so I guess I'll stop for now. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 13, 2016 - Msg 105251: Thanks for the kind words about Patrick and Daysie's wedding. It was truly a lovely wedding .

Romeena: Daysie pretty much had a vision for what she wanted and with the help of her Mom, step Mom, myself the awesome florist and the photographer it all came together. There was no wedding planner at all just her vision. Seemed like we all did our part to make it come together, we were not able to have a rehearsal due to the venue not being available the day or night before but set everything up that day. Her dad built the arbor and brought it from Middle Tenn and the florist set the flowers the day as well. The florist is a very talented person who owns a locally owned flower shop called The Potters Shed . Things fell into place perfectly.

Big Maude

July 13, 2016 - Msg 105252: Oh and her grew the hydrangeas that were used along the guest seating and aisle . Her Mom also did the succulents that were on the reception tables and cut wine bottles for them to set in and guest were allowed to take those home if they wanted .


July 13, 2016 - Msg 105253: Mom grew the hydrangeas....sorry left out a few words above

July 14, 2016 - Msg 105254: Thank you to all of you for your beautiful
thoughts regarding our kitty. It is amazing
all the memories of having her 'underfoot' literally and figuratively! I am writing it all in a journal. Thanks again, you are all a big help in the process of letting go.
MAUDIE--beautiful photos! So neat today to have more 'relaxed' wedding photos compared to mine of the '70s with the wedding party looking like the 'frozen chosen!' ha
TOM--prayers for you and yours buddy. I really like your FB posts about the Lord.
ASA-- I had to LOL when you mentioned trying to fast forward a non-recorded show! Been there, but when it was videotapes.
STERLING, if you watch that episode again, watch the scenes inside the truck. First Barney's pants are wet, but in the next shot they're dry!
Cue to 17:45 and run to 18:45
I think POOR Horatio showed us that one time.
Possum--have a great trip!

Prayers for all,

July 14, 2016 - Msg 105255: Hey Gang here is Floyd's Monday Night Podcast about the Meet-Up we had. Check out this video on YouTube:


Mayberry Meet-Up 2016


July 14, 2016 - Msg 105256: Good morning all.

Ro, I do appreciate your input, I really do. So much so that I am going to have an MRI done on my back to see what is going on. That will take some doing for me because of severe claustrophobia. But I need to know what is going on. I do have the name of a surgeon that has a very good reputation. I will have him be in charge of it all and see what he thinks. I am pretty sure I have more than one issue going on with my back. But thank you for your thoughts and advice. I know they are driven by your concern for my wife and I.

Thanks for the link GF. I really enjoyed watching that. As Alan narrated the pictures, it was the next best thing in being there. So you were the banner guru huh? Nice touch buddy. :)

Thanks for that smooch Possum. Yep, I can say that was my first kiss from a Possum. As Andy would say, it felt better than a mules nose. lol

Great pics of the wedding Maudie. I wish the new couple all the happiness. It sounds like they have known each other for a good long time.

MDC, So very tough for you, and the next few weeks will no doubt bring you and your sweetheart some tears. I remember about 12 years ago when we had to put our little Doxie Sammy down. It required a middle of the night trip to an emergency vet clinic. I was a bit shocked at how easily I seemed to handle it all after getting home at five o'clock in the morning. Later that afternoon, I had to run into town on an errand, and when I got home, and came in through the back door from the garage, there was no Sammy, jumping up to meet me like he had done for 13 years. That hit me like a ton of bricks, and I cried like a baby for quite a spell. I am sure you will experience something similar, if you haven't already. Prayers for you both.

Boo, I hope you are feeling better. Maybe you had a touch of the "pip", whatever the "pip" is. Not a clue, but it sounds awful. :)

Tom, How is your Sister doing? Better I hope.

I watched a couple of Matlock's last night. It was so good to see Betty Lynn in those. Andy appeared to be very loyal to his friends.

Well off to watch some tv. I am resisting the urge to do some housework. I did a little laundry yesterday and got my back aching afterwards. I was really bummed, but this morning it is feeling better. So I need to let it rest for a few days more. Like Andy told Aunt Bee about it feeling better and then her getting c0cky and throwing it out again. Lot's of wisdom there. Although I just watched the episode yesterday when Gloria comes to stay. Andy is just trying to make her feel at home, and Helen was at her catty best in this episode. Where oh where was Andys wisdom there? He should have known right there she was high maintenance. Oh well, I guess love is blind. As Gordon Lightfoot penned "getting lost in her love is your first mistake". lol


July 14, 2016 - Msg 105257: ASA, your pelvis is tilted again?! You are going to HAVE to give up your toolbelt dance at the Gigolo club, as sad as that is. ;) Hope you feel better. My cold (its not the pip OR the versitis) was worse today but I think I will be fine tomorrow. I have been resting, taking my vit c and fluids. I sat around knitting a scarf for St. Susan. She is the only one who will wear one around her. It seldom gets cold enough.. If any of you would like a scarf, let me know what color.

I agree about the Gloria ep. Helen is awful and I can't believe Aunt Bee takes up for he in her childish behavior. Andy was indeed, "lost in her love," or he was nuts. ;) I love that Gordon Lightfoot song, BTW.

PS- how come you never told us that scouting story before, Asa? That is funny! Verticle smile! heehee


July 14, 2016 - Msg 105258: I am still losing posts now and then because of this laptop so I will post in segments sometimes.

MDC, I just noticed your post about your dear kitty. I am so very sorry..as I have mentioned before, I never grieved so much over anything in my life as I did my childhood cat. He was my baby for 10 years growing up and I felt like I would die when he did. He was my friend through some tough times and losing him was terrible. My prayers for you and your dear wife.

G-F, thanks for sharing your adventures in Mayberry!

So great about Brittney and David, Ro. May God use them to reach those dear people.

Well, I am going to exit here and go look at the pics of Patrick's wedding.


July 14, 2016 - Msg 105259: Beautiful photos, Maude! Such a lovely setting and Daysie is lovely.


July 14, 2016 - Msg 105260:
Asa, when possum offered you that kiss, that got me thinking ... when was the last time you had a tetnus shot? (purposely misspelled to bypass censor)
And as for your claustrophobia with MRI's, visit http://www.nofearmri.com/keys%20to%20success.html
And as for your back problems, try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19UlUJvcQxo

from Poor Horatio

July 14, 2016 - Msg 105261: Just a quick drive-by visit tonight - busy, busy!

Asa, another note on the claustrophobia problem with an MRI - be sure to tell your doctor about your feelings, because in some cases, he can order an "open" MRI, which is basically a donut-like ring that a moving table passes through to get the pictures. Easier on the nerves than the "drain pipe" style. I've had both, and yes, I am claustrophobic to some extent, but found with the "drain pipe" kind, if I just kept my eyes closed and went to another place in my mind, I did just fine. The donut style didn't elicit any fears or tensions at all. Very easy. --Romeena

July 14, 2016 - Msg 105262: Asa... Don't worry... There ain't any spiders in the MRI thing....

July 14, 2016 - Msg 105263: Covered up here at work....no spiders asa....send food this old dog is hungry SPOT

July 15, 2016 - Msg 105264: ASA--Actually, I think a possum kiss is right up there with a mule's nose! ha Hey, thank you for those latest words. Yes, I had a similar good cry,
as she would always be at the inside garage door when we came home. But I know it will get better. I'm like Barney, very sensitive.
Prayers continue for Boo's family and TOM's sister.
GF--thanks for the link. Good times.
WOW, I just heard on the late news about Nice, France. Is this going to be our world until Jesus comes back? Lord be with us! :( So sad!

July 15, 2016 - Msg 105265: Good Friday morning all.

PH, Thanks for the links buddy. That was interesting to read the advice given. I know for folks who are not claustrophobic, it must seem silly. But it is a real issue for me. Spiders don't bother me. But bats, well that's another issue entirely. And as for the second link, there is a clinic here advertising "spinal decompression" for those dealing with disc issues. It may be worth looking into if the MRI indicates a disc problem. And I just got a tetnus booster a few months ago. lol

Ro, Yes, I like the thought of an open scan a lot better. I will see if that is an option for sure.

It's funny how we all have out little quirks, isn't it? I know folks who have a terrible fear of heights. They couldn't work in a bucket truck boom like I do for love or money. And that doesn't bother me in the least. I guess we are all different.

Boo, you bet, I will take a scarf. Would be handy here in the winter for sure. Just use a "manly" color on mine please. :)

MDC, The world seems to have lost it's way for sure. And our Nation seems to be right in the midst of it. Unless we elect folks who can see what a real threat we face, and deal with it head on instead of worrying about being P.C. and dancing around the threat, we are going to see similar events here. We already are in fact. Crazy things going on for sure.

Well I think I am going to go to work today. I have a bunch of paperwork I need to do, so it will be a good day for doing it I hope.

Y'all have a blessed day. And act like you got some smarts.


P.S. Ro GF and Floyd, concerning the e-mail, I am all in on that one. I consider it an honor in fact.

July 15, 2016 - Msg 105266: Good morning, porch! Well, I awoke to the sound of rolling thunder this morning. When I left my bedroom and walked up to my desk by the big window, all I could see outside was rain! It has stopped now, except for a light drizzle, but I'm sure more is coming. The sky looks like a big bruise! There is not a critter in sight out back, in spite of the big pile of cracked corn on the stones, which I put out last night. That stuff attracts everyone, so if there's nobody there, then I know they're all holed up somewhere, for protection from the elements. Bless their little hearts! I've provided as much cover out there as I can, from bird houses and squirrel houses to lots of thick shrubbery. There's even a rockpile behind the arbor, for little ground-dwellers to shelter in. I love having all the little critters around, and it's so true - if you build it, they will come!

Me-They, I don't know if you're lurking these days, and might see this. If not, no harm done. If so, please know that I sent you an email regarding an important TAGS-related subject, and it was rejected as no longer being a functional address. If you wish, please send me your current email address. If you prefer not to, that's fine too. It's certainly your right, and I'll never know if you chose not to, or if you just didn't see this!

Well, guess I'd better go feed my little roomie, and maybe stir up something for myself. Ooh, I just remembered. I bought a few croissants at the grocery store yesterday. Split and toasted, and a little cream cheese on them - yum! With a sliced peach alongside, I'll be doing just fine.

Blessings, porch, and prayers for all of us who need them. Guess that means just about everyone! --Romeena

July 15, 2016 - Msg 105267: I'm very saddened by the events last evening in France. I was particularly sad to see a news clip about a father and son from Texas who were there vacationing and were killed. A precious little 11 year old and his dad. It appears to be a lone person involved who decided to do this thing himself. I am angered by it. I keep thinking of the words of Jesus about how when iniquity abounds, the love of many grows cold. I don't want to have a cold heart but I feel myself getting angrier with every terrible event. Not sure where it will lead but I am trying to put together a plan to deal with my emotions in a healthy way. We have our second family counseling session today.

I got the email, Ro, and am very happy to be involved.

Asa, do I hear you saying that you would prefer I not knit you a pink scarf? I wouldn't think of it! teehee...Naw, it will probably be a nice gray or black. I am going to hobby lobby today so I will find something. I used a nice, soft yarn on the one I made Susan and it will be very warm. I will look for the same kind for your's. One more question..with or without fringe?...if you are as manly as you claim to be, I am thinking without...but then again, I have seen your floor show. ;)

Well, I had better drag myself up and get dressed for the first time in 2 days. I have been living in my house robe. I am feeling a lot better but still gonna need a dose of ibuprophen to get things done.


July 15, 2016 - Msg 105268: Romeena, thanks for the e mail and I will be more than happy to participate
Thanks for the heads up
Big Maude

July 15, 2016 - Msg 105269: As e were talking recently about growing up in the good old days, here's a good link that will bring back som memories.

I guess we were tougher than lucky?...lol..... G-F

July 15, 2016 - Msg 105270: LOL@ Boo & Asa's "manly scarf" discussion!

I'll take the pink scarf (with fringe) if Asa doesn't think it's manly enough. Or just a neutral color like ivory or light gray. Oh, and Spot wants a scarf to go with his flowery crocheted shorts!

Ro,I sent you a reply to that email,but in case you didn't see it, I'm in!

Guess I'll mosey along-y'all take care! Hey, Asa & Boo-hope you both feel better soon.

possum u.a.r.

July 15, 2016 - Msg 105271: "Heeey, heeey, you're a chip off the ol' block, aren'tcha? Huh, Huh, Huh?" (Warren)

Hi from John Masters

July 15, 2016 - Msg 105272: HI ALL, just a quick hello tonight. We are packing for a trip to California. Will be there all next week for a much-needed vacay! Leaving Monday morning, but will try to say hey from the motel computer during the week. Prayers for the world!

July 16, 2016 - Msg 105273: Have fun MDC and be safe!.. If ya run into Darlene Mason in Hollywood tell her Goober say's Hey!....G-F

July 16, 2016 - Msg 105274: Be safe MDC great sat here in ga...hello JM..dont know nothing about a scarf .. I got to go mow grass...SPOT

July 16, 2016 - Msg 105275: Good morning, porch! It's such a pretty day. There's a very high, thin haze of clouds, so the sky is a blue-gray color, but the sun is shining. I hope my crape myrtles will start blooming like they should. I have six separate crape myrtles, and right now, only one is blooming enough to notice. Very annoying. There's one clump of very large trees, five trunks in the clump, it's about twenty feet tall, and hasn't got a bloom to its name. It has never bloomed worth squat, and it's in full sun. On down the line, there's a single trunk, many-branched tree that has bloomed in the past, and it's pretty, but it's doing nothing right now. On the back fence, there's a small, three-trunk group that's in too much shade and at the moment is overgrown with a wisteria vine, so naturally, it's not blooming. On the west fence there's a small tree that's trying to bloom, but hasn't got but maybe a dozen flowerheads on it. Now, here's the kicker. Out in the middle of the yard there are two volunteers. They just came up, planted by birds, I suppose. One is in the end of the rose island, about eight feet tall, many branches and it has a lot of buds and a few opened blooms. My little pride and joy is in the rebloomer iris bed right in the middle of the yard, is about five feet tall, single trunk and branching out nicely, and it's blooming to beat the band! Out of all the big, expensive crape myrtles in the yard, this little volunteer, which cost me nothing, has more blooms on it than all the others combined. Someone, somewhere, is laughing at me! I think God just wanted to show me that no matter what I do, as a human, He can do much better by natural means. I get it, and I agree.

My little lizard friend is on the wall outside my window, and keeps popping his head around the end of the bricks, peeping in at me. He's hilarious! He's one of those little green anole lizards, with the orange throat flap that he can extend and retract, to impress the ladies. Cute little thing, until he scares the daylights out of me, by sitting in a loop of my garden hose and jumping off when I start to take the hose off the hanger. Once he ran across my hand in the process, and that really got my attention! I'm not afraid of him, of course, he's completely harmless, but it startled me.

Well, got to go fix a light timer out back. The power was off for a couple of hours a few days ago, and that timer is out of sync. All the others are on photo-sensors, so power failures don't affect them, but this one is on a timer. Also, a big uplight on the cottonwood on the back fence needs resetting. I didn't know it when I bought it, but it can be set to be white, red, green or blue (LED) or to flash through each of the colors. There's a little button, that pushes quite easily, that changes the setting. My neighbor called me one night and asked if I was OK, said a light was flashing in my yard. She thought maybe I had fallen and was using a flashlight to signal for help! Nice to have an observant neighbor - she's a sweetie! Anyway, that's when I discovered that the light would do that. I set it where it should be, but it's doing it again. I think a squirrel is investigating it, and has pushed that button with his nose or his busy little paws. They're so curious!

Well, everybody have a great day - sorry for the length, I just feel chatty today. Lots of luck to you and yours! --Romeena