July 17, 2016 - Msg 105276: Our upcoming trip was sort of a "spur of the moment" thing. We have had very sustained high heat here
for several weeks now, and we had put off any trips because of our kitty needing so much attention, etc,
that it just 'hit us', hey we can go! Such a good feeling to
be able to do this! I think it will also be very therapitic in many ways. Get out of the heat,
enjoy the ocean breezes, heal, love, etc. Yes, the world is hurting, but even Jesus 'retreated to a secluded place' now and again.
Leaving Monday morning.
I hope you are all doing OK. I hope Possum has a good trip too.
Good Sabbath,

July 17, 2016 - Msg 105277: I even cleaned the place up for y'all! :)

July 17, 2016 - Msg 105278: Safe travels, MDC! I'm leaving early Thursday morning -appreciate the well wishes. Too bad that our paths won't be crossing as we both head West!
I hope you & the missus have a great time out in CA.

Good Sunday to all!

possum u.a.r.

July 17, 2016 - Msg 105279: Possum here's a link for you https://www.utahluxurytours.com/the-big-five-tour.php Ya know, will all the rocks to see there , a Possum could get lost for a LONG time out there... You would have to say: "Toto we're not in South Carolina anymore!"...lol


July 17, 2016 - Msg 105280: LOL- Those are some mighty impressive rocks, G-F! I would love to see Utah,but unfortunately,I'll just be buzzing through on my way to Wyoming. A trip to the Tetons is planned,though,so I'll get plenty of "rock looking" in!
Boy, Ernest T. would have a field day out West,wouldn't he? Ha!

possum again

July 17, 2016 - Msg 105281: Prayers for the victims in the shootings so sad...SPOT

July 17, 2016 - Msg 105282: Very sad, Spot. When will this madness end?!

possum u.a.r.

July 17, 2016 - Msg 105283: Sad indeed,Spot. Prayers for Baton Rouge. When will this madness stop?!

possum once more

July 17, 2016 - Msg 105284: Test

July 17, 2016 - Msg 105285: Test

July 17, 2016 - Msg 105286: All joking aside... Keep Cleveland in your prayers next week, I feel it's going to be HOT both figuratively and literally in the CLE next week..And I don't mean the TV program..
.... My Son both lives and works there...


July 17, 2016 - Msg 105287: All joking aside... Keep Cleveland in your prayers next week, I feel it's going to be HOT both figuratively and literally in the CLE next week..And I don't mean the TV program..
.... My Son both lives and works there...


July 17, 2016 - Msg 105288: All joking aside... Keep Cleveland in your prayers next week, I feel it's going to be HOT both figuratively and literally in the CLE next week..And I don't mean the TV program..
.... My Son both lives and works there...


July 17, 2016 - Msg 105289: All joking aside... Keep Cleveland in your prayers next week, I feel it's going to be HOT both figuratively and literally in the CLE next week..And I don't mean the TV program..
.... My Son both lives and works there...


July 17, 2016 - Msg 105290: I think the porch has the hiccups. --Romeena

July 18, 2016 - Msg 105291: Sorry, I don't know what happened... My post did not go thru 4 times, then poof!....it did ... Maybe the Count was active yesterday... OR..Maybe the NSA were doing a practice run on monitoring emails for the event.....ha ....G-F

July 18, 2016 - Msg 105292: Good morning to you all.

Hey GF, We thought we were going to have to bump you because you were stuck. For sure prayers that things will be ok in Cleveland this week. Our Nation has sure become divided, and not by accident IMNSHO. Very sad days we are living in.

Have a good safe trip MDC. Here is a smashed nickel. I know traditionally it's a penny, but with inflation and with the state of our Nation, I figure we best boost it some.

Well Possum, it's supposed to be hot all week here. I reckon to make you feel at home. But we won't have the humidity you are used to. That's a good thing.

Well off to work.

Prayers for all.


July 18, 2016 - Msg 105293: It wouldn't let me post last night-I replied to Spot's post twice,then that was me "testing" up there too. None of it showed up..until now. Strange!

Yep,Asa,I've see the weather forecasts for out that way & it's gonna be pretty dang hot! No humidity sounds good,though. Can't believe I'll be right out there in that weather in 3 days!

Y'all have a good week & I'll be checking in when I can.

possum u.a.r.

July 18, 2016 - Msg 105294: Sounds like a great trip, Possum. Be careful and have lots of fun.

Hope your vacation is a good one, too, MDC. Wish I could spend some time on the West Coast, with the cool ocean breeze (actually cold sometimes). I remember having to wear a coat every time I was in San Francisco.

I've been on an evening work stretch that ends after this evening. I am still trying to get rid of the crud and feeling like I might have a sinus infection...yuck.. I need a couple of days off to recuperate. Saturday night was crazy..we sent two kids to the emergency room..one with a bad split lip after a fight and one girl who was cutting herself and refusing to cooperate with the counselors. We send them to the local ER for phych evaluations because they can Skype to the nearest behavioral hospital. We also had kids punching walls and busting up their hands, etc. Punching walls seems to be a common occurrence around there. We give out a lot of Ibuprofen and ice packs...at least the state is still allowing us to give Ibuprofen. They have taken away almost all other medications for the kids in state custody. We can no longer give them meds for severe agitation, so they punch walls or each other. Ignorant licensing people! Making the rules and not realizing what really needs to be done. Someone is going to get hurt...not just kids but staff members and the documentation requirements with minors is ridiculous! It just gets piling up and they are laying a new requirement at our feet almost daily. It's really to bad because we are losing nurses because of it. The older nurses just cant handle it so we are short most of the time. This weekend it was just myself and one other nurse so it was tough. Oh well, that's nursing...it's a tough job.

Enough of my letting off steam. Not a lot to report around here. Erin is doing better and seeing a counselor now for her anxiety and depression. She seems to like him and so do I. I is very "normal"..no weird new agey stuff or anything, just good advice and techniques to help with the anxiety.

We are still struggling some with the tragedy next door. Just having to look over there every day and see the lights on in the garage and house but nobody there.

July 18, 2016 - Msg 105295: continued....

Someone has been over there cleaning out some things. I think it is one of Steve's friends and they put little Maddie's basketball hoop on the curb for someone to haul off. That was terrible when I first saw it. I am ok now, but it really shook me up. Erin is still feeding Maddie's cat and trying to get her used to coming to our yard. She has also stayed in touch with the surviving girl, Emily,and continues to offer our love and support. The little girl is really hurting but is surviving. Life goes on, painfully, for her.

Before we know it August will be here with it's many birthdays in our family. I am going to have to plan something for Erin and my mom-in-law keeps telling Bruce she wants us to have a party for her at our house at the end of August for her 84th birthday. I am going to tell Bruce and his siblings that they can host something here for her if they want but I wont be providing all the food, etc. They will need to step up and help out. I cant do everything and work too. All of the them are retired and have the extra time.

Better go rest before having to head out to work again. Hope you all have a good Monday.


July 18, 2016 - Msg 105296: HI
Hope in every situation,
Unexpected places share
Grace and power when thus needed;
Joy is conquering despair.
Don't give up-forge on the battle-
Life gives more, a corner turned
Showers o'er the true intention
And leads not to triumphs spurned.
Hope in every situation;
Brightly, confidence we see
Glorious outcomes in the finals
When we put our trust in thee,


July 18, 2016 - Msg 105297: Don't forget our double birthday bash at the end of this month,Boo! What should we ask for this year? Too hot for bed jackets-maybe some new dangly earrings??

On a more serious note, my heart and prayers continue to go out to you,Erin, Emily, & everyone affected by that horrific crime. Glad to hear that Erin is doing well in counseling.
Hope you feel better and don't end up with a sinus infection. Take care of yourself.

possum again

July 18, 2016 - Msg 105298: Thank you, Possum. I really appreciate it...I think I will just take some canning jars for my birthday...nothing fancy. ;)

Thanks for the poem, TOM.

Well I am finally off work for a few days. Whew! It was a busy night this evening and I admitted two new kids, treated a kid for head lice, doctored boo-boos, treated tummy aches, headaches, blisters, a boil, nosebleed, constipation, menstrual cramps, and various other ailments real or imagined.:)

Now I can relax a little and actually get over my cold. I am going to make a big pot of beef stew tomorrow and do some chores little by little. I have decided that for my birthday I am going to ask for the family to give my house a good cleaning..windows, baseboards and all.

Better go sit and relax, maybe do a little knitting before bed.


July 18, 2016 - Msg 105299: We know you is very normal, Boo, you don't have to tell us.
;-) Sorry, couldn't resist. Just trying a little levity to ease the tension.
I am glad Erin is feeling a bit better and I hope you are too. I imagine it will take quite a while for you all to sort through your feelings on that tragic event. I know it would me.

Noah and I are doing the "bachelor pad" thing this week, since the wife is in Michigan for a job training thing, and Kai went with MIL to Colorado to some selling seminar for a company that she(MIL) is going to start a selling for. I hope I don't regret sending her with MIL for that, but I had to get her out of the house to do SOMETHING. She was driving me crazy this summer mostly just vegetating in her room all day and night. Since MIL had asked if Kai could help her part time with this business thing, and since I had been wanting Kai to get a job anyway, mostly so she could have a schedule and to give her a reason to get up in the morning(or at least before 1pm in the afternoon), I couldn't think of a good argument for her to not go to this seminar, since she would be doing the same thing. And besides, I figured getting out and seeing some of the world would be good for her, and her teenage attitude.
Though I just got a dose of that attitude tonight when I called to say goodnight and ask about her day, so I don't think it is helping just yet(She's been gone since this past Friday - they drove to Colorado).

Prayers for all and for our Nation.

-Sterling Holobyte

July 18, 2016 - Msg 105300:
Romeena and Boo, here is something that might interest both of you.

from Poor Horatio

July 19, 2016 - Msg 105301: Boo... Good on you for being so practical.... Bed jackets are over rated anyhow!... Now, canning jars that's a GIFT!...ha
Hope you get some rest on your days off, sounds like you need it... Remember.... Relax, "WHATS YOUR HURRY?"...
Go down to Wally's and get a bottle of "Coke"...lol Or get you a soda at Walkers ya hear?....

Good link PH... Bless her heart!...

Sterling... Here ya go... https://youtu.be/vzGW4qlgfjo

Possum... Happy Birthday from one Possum to another http://www.fellowinc.com/2012/09/happy-birthday-possum/


July 19, 2016 - Msg 105302: LOL Oh,mercy, G-F! I ain't awake good and here you've got me looking at THAT face?! Not exactly a Charlene Darling "pretty man" type- geesh!

Ok,canning jars for Boo and I think I'll stick with the dangly earrings. Or maybe a new septic tank,or is that only for anniversaries?!

Heck,y'all just show up at O'Malley's with a cake & balloons & I'll be happy!

possum under a rock

July 19, 2016 - Msg 105303: Sorry. Haven't. Been. Here. For a while. Been. Busy. Happy. Late. Birthday. Possum. Are U. Going. To. Pick. Up. Some. Pretty. Rock's. For. Ernest. T. Bass. On a. Serious note. Be. In. Prayed. For. Our. Country. We. Are. At. A. Crossroad a. Pappa. Bear

July 19, 2016 - Msg 105304: Happy Tuesday porch. just sitting a spell before my afternoon gets busy.

very hot on my end of the porch. 88 degrees with high humidity. supposed to stay hot the rest of the week

been going home from work and watching an evening of Andy. TV Land til 8 and Me TV til 9. makes for a good evening and is good for my soul. I stay away from the reality shows, crime shows and news channels. need my evenings to be as stress free as possible.

good to see everyone. sounds like everyone is busy and doing ok for now.

Sterling, just remember teen-ageitis as I called it generally goes away is only temporary. I worked hard at not taking it personal and picking my battles. Kai will be get through these years and you will survive. :)

everyone have a blessed day and good afternoon.
supper menu will be: grilled chicken, roasted new potatoes, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers. fresh picked and cooked green beans. chocolate layer cake for dessert. tea and lemonade to drink.

Prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

July 19, 2016 - Msg 105305: Thank you, Big Maude, I needed that.

Wow G-F, I never, ever, ...ever heard of that sitcom. And it ran for 5 seasons?!
Btw, I love the picture of George Jones! Lol!

Good to see you, Pappa Bear!

I know what you mean about TAGS being good for calming your nerves, Big Maude. I always end the day watching TAGS on Netflix. Just watched the episode last night where the visiting lecturer/explorer has a thing for Aunt Bee because she reminds him of his late wife.
Eek. I am already on the last season. I hope they start showing Mayberry RFD so I can continue watching something in Mayberry.

Well, have to get ready to take our bunny to his new home. My brother knows a lady who wants it and who has another bunny, so ours will have a friend.

-Sterling Holobyte

July 19, 2016 - Msg 105306: Sterling, thanks. I had to smile through your post. I guess all these teenaged girls are the same. :) We'll get through it. Lucky girl driving to Colorado. Where in Colorado were they going?

Good advice, G-F, in fact I just got home from a drive in the country with Sean and a trip to Sonic for drinks. I got an unsweet tea with extra ice. I am trying to limit the sugar so opted out of a soda choice. I mostly relaxed today. I put stew in the pressure cooker and it turned out really well. St Susan came by for a little visit and a chat and I worked on knitting scarves. Now, I will check out a little TAGS.


July 19, 2016 - Msg 105307: BUT...tomorrow will be cleaning, laundry and making appointments. :(


July 19, 2016 - Msg 105308: Jelsik from Illinois says Hey

July 20, 2016 - Msg 105309: Hello Jelski !..and good morning to all..here at work till 2..glad I get off at 2..thunder storms everyday here in Ga..ok..got egg sandwiches for all...SPOT

July 20, 2016 - Msg 105310: Hi jeslsi what part of Illinois are you from I from Danville Illinois the next few days m are in rafe word is suppose to be dang hot here prayers for all pappa bear

July 20, 2016 - Msg 105311: Hi jeslsi what part of Illinois are you from I from Danville Illinois the next few days m are in rafe word is suppose to be dang hot here prayers for all pappa bear

July 20, 2016 - Msg 105312: Hey to Pappa Bear! Thanks for the birthday wishes. you didn't miss my birthday at all-it's July 30th. Boo's is on the 31st and we always have a big "double birthday bash" out at O'Malley's cabin. Boo was talking about birthdays coming up in August and I reminded her of ours the end of this month,but maybe she wanted to forget-ha! We ain't no spring chickens anymore!

Well,I'm heading out to Wyoming early tomorrow morning and would appreciate prayers for safe traveling. I'll check in when I'm able. Y'all remember to act like somebody while I'm gone! Love you all!

possum under a rock

July 20, 2016 - Msg 105313: HI ALL


July 20, 2016 - Msg 105314: Good Advise TOM... 👍

July 20, 2016 - Msg 105315: Good evening porchsters I Hope every one is alright a thought since this is an election year what about electing Otis cambell mayor nust a thought pappa bear

July 21, 2016 - Msg 105316: Poor Horatio, I neglected to say I loved reading about the 93 yr old nurse. Amazing... Bless her soul.


July 21, 2016 - Msg 105317: Good Morning all.
I hope you are all well and surviving the summer heat.

Good to see you posting papa bear. I hope your health is doing better.

Hey Boo, How are them scarves coming?

Hey to Jelsik.

Company B.B.Q. today. I have the stomach to swing it. I just hope they don't serve wings from chickens that have done a lot of flying, and that my main dish isn't concealed in a heavy sauce. :)

If you didn't see it last night, and have an inkling to, go find Laura Ingrahm's talk she gave at the RNC. Fantastic!

Better get. I need to work up my appetite.


July 21, 2016 - Msg 105318: Oh, I forgot prayers for Possum and a safe flight here today.
And early happy birthday to Possum, Boo, and Romeena who's is on Sunday I believe.


July 21, 2016 - Msg 105319: ..... A flying Possum? What will they think of next!. Actually there is such a thing, I think they call them Sugar Gliders. One of my co-workers had one, they are in the possum family, much like a flying squirrel.... Not to be confused with a Sugar Daddy...lol.. That's a Whole different animal...haha

Asa, Remember eatin' speaks louder than words... Just don't overdose on all the goodies buddy!....lol

Hot, Hot... Everywhere, have some "Cool Beans" and take it easy..... G-F

July 21, 2016 - Msg 105320: Hey there Asa, the scarves are coming along. You will get your's before the weather turns cool.. It has been 100 degrees here with an even higher heat index due to the humidity. Nothing unexpected for this time of year.

Wonder how MDC and the Mrs are enjoying the cool pacific breezes in California? Hope they are having a relaxing time.

Possum, hope you are having a great time in Wyoming..wish I was there!!!

I have to take Erin and a friend to town today because her friend has a birthday and wants a bible. I am going to let her pick one out at the Christian book store. Better get dressed and ready to go.


July 21, 2016 - Msg 105321: Anyone Got any aunt bees pickles thanks for asking about me asa still in decline good news in this heat I have lost20 pounds a day pApp a bear

July 21, 2016 - Msg 105322: Hey to Papa Bear....I do have some good homemade pickles I think Clara Edwards made them tho.... G-F

July 21, 2016 - Msg 105323: Hey to gf thanks for the pickle offer but I was hankering for aunt beas question what is every ones favorite episode

July 21, 2016 - Msg 105324: Pappa bears no name post

July 21, 2016 - Msg 105325: Pappa Bear, you actually want one of them kerosene cucumbers? Remember what it did to that fly.

Boo, Remember, no tassels for my scarf. I need a manly one to match my tool belt. ;)

GF, I said plenty today if eatin speaks louder than words. And baked beans was on the menu, so I suspect I will be speaking all night. Oh dear, what WILL I do?


July 21, 2016 - Msg 105326: Fight it Asa, Fight it... Those "winds" can be bad at times!... Sometimes a guy just HAS to speak up ya know....lol
Maybe at tonight's convention you can "Toot" 💨 for Trump along with Utah's contingentcy...haha


July 21, 2016 - Msg 105327: No problem Asa, no tassels for you...at least not on your scarf. *wink*


July 22, 2016 - Msg 105328: I to I will go to walleye and get 6 orange pop it is suppose to.be 112 with heat index do you suppose 6 will be enough pappa bearu

July 22, 2016 - Msg 105329: Tried To sweep the porch but so 🔥 hot catches my broom on fire pappa bear

July 22, 2016 - Msg 105330: Hey from Wyoming! Made it safely but it was a long day of planes and automobiles. Fighting jet lag but doing good.Some mighty ginormous rocks out here!!
ASA,I am going to have to visit Utah someday because what I saw from the air and my short time at SLC airport, it is gorgeous! That Salt Lake- wow!
Anyway,Thanks for the early birthday greetings and y'all take care!
Possum under a rock

July 22, 2016 - Msg 105331: Good afternoon, porch! I've been quiet for the last few days, but boy, have I been busy! My grandson, Landry, who is 15 and 6'3", has been here all week and my house looks wonderful! As you may remember, one of my bedrooms has been dubbed "The Christmas room" because the closets would no longer hold all my Christmas "stuff", so it was just piled up in that room, completely covering the floor around the bed, up to the level of the bed and even higher in spots. There was just enough open space to allow you to open the door. It was ridiculous. Then I had a similar situation in my room. One whole side of the bedroom was piled up to the level of the bed with "stuff", and halfway across the foot of the bed as well, with just enough passage in front of the dresser to allow Toye Starr to get to her potty box, and me to get in to change the pads. Again - ridiculous. The stuff in my room was piled there when we cleaned out the floor space in a ten-foot long, three-foot deep closet that extends across part of the end of the office, where my desk and big window are located. The closet was designed as a sewing place, with my Singer on one end, behind bi-fold doors. The other half was my ceramics or other craft space, also behind bi-folds. There are three shelves above that run the length of the closet, overhead lighting, and a desk-like surface that serves as the work space. Very convenient, and many pretty ceramic pieces have emerged from there, and many, many Christmas pageant costumes have been sewn in that closet. I don't make anything that has to be well-fitted - I'm not that good a seamstress, but I can make costumes like you wouldn't believe! I even made "angel suits", complete with layers of petals that looked like folded wings. Fun!

Anyway, over time, that closet had become a catch-all, as I don't do many projects anymore. The shelves were bulging, the Singer was no longer even visible, and the desk was piled with "stuff." Ditto the floor space beneath the desk. That all had to come out when the new carpet went in in this room a few months ago, and it was piled in my bedroom, with me saying "It won't be there long, I'll sort it out and get it out of there." Well, it just didn't happen, because I had nowhere to put the "stuff."

Getting too long - will be continued. --Romeena

July 22, 2016 - Msg 105332: So, here comes Landry. The original Mr. Clean. That kid is so neat and tidy, and loves to organize and clean things. He worked like a dog all week, and made me work too! I had to make a thousand decisions - like "recycle, donate, keep or trash." Sixteen large trash bags of "stuff" left this house. Also five big plastic storage bins. Those went to the Salvation Army Women's Shelter, filled with clothes. Good clothes. Some with tags still on! Four were clothes, one was clothes hangers and small zippered bags, some that could be travel bags, some small enough to be for cosmetics or medicines or whatever. I figured any woman who had left her home suddenly with nothing but what she was wearing could use something like that, in addition to the clothes.

Leftover craft stuff, like some ceramic pieces that had been fired but never glazed, fabric scraps, skeins of yarn and such went to the Senior Center to be used in their craft classes. The rest went either to recycle, or trash, depending on what it was made of. My Singer now sit proudly and all alone in its place on the work desk, and the shelves above hold printer paper and other supplies, and even have open space. My bedroom is beautiful, open, clean and airy. The Christmas room is a spare bedroom once again. Landry is so funny, and so creative. He warned me before I looked in that room - said "we've called it the Christmas room for a long time, and it still is, but it's a bedroom also." He got almost all of the Christmas stuff that we kept into the closet, but had my Annalee Santas and a few other stuffed things that just wouldn't fit, so he gave them their own little corner. That room was his daddy's room (David) when he was little, and it has a five-foot long toy chest built in against one wall. So, Landry sat or stood the remaining Christmas toys on that chest or in front of it, there's still plenty of room, and the whole effect is charming. I don't know what I would have done without that kid. He's a wonder, and was so cheerful and energetic the whole time. He offered to do it, I never asked him. He just worked hard the whole time, cracking little jokes, never allowed me to lift anything even the least bit heavy. He eats anything, never picky, and is just generally a joy to have around. As David says "I don't know how we got so lucky, but we did." Anyway, my house looks great, I don't feel weighed down by all the clutter, and a few other people are benefiting as well, and that makes me happy.

Happy birthday to all my fellow end-of-July birthday people. The last couple of weeks in July seem to be very popular for birthdays. Me, my husband, my mom, and my cousin are all in the last week. Blessings, porch! --Romeena

July 23, 2016 - Msg 105333: HI HERE.



July 23, 2016 - Msg 105334: Hopefully the Big House has A/C..It's Dang Hot here!..Asa, Lord I Apologize, and be with the Pigmys in New Guinea..

July 23, 2016 - Msg 105335: NO A/C IN THERE AND BOY IS IT HOT TOO?


July 23, 2016 - Msg 105336: .......92

July 23, 2016 - Msg 105337: ...96

July 23, 2016 - Msg 105338: .... Do I hear 100?

July 23, 2016 - Msg 105339: If anyone is interested, here is the link to the Don Knotts statue unveiling today in Morgantown West Virginia. It is Don's hometown. http://wvmetronews.com/2016/07/23/don-knotts-statue-unveiled-in-morgantown/

Hope MDC is doing Ok in California with the fires there....

July 23, 2016 - Msg 105340: That's great, Ro! I'll bet you feel a lot better after decluttering. I always do. That Landry sounds like quite a boy. Its funny how it seems to take such a little time to clutter things up and takes so much longer to get rid of them. I love simplicity and get kind of edgy with a lot of things around. I guess I got that from my mom. She was that way. My childhood home was free from knick knacks and such. I actually love the syle of the Amish homes...lots of wood, a few quilts and rugs here and there and that's about it.

Well, I woke up yesterday morning with ANOTHER cold. I went to work and it was really hot in the building but I stayed to work anyway. I felt horrible by the end of the day and have been sneezing and carrying on all day. I am taking my vitamins but I suppose my immune system may be responding to the recent grief and trauma. I still cry most every day, but much less than in the beginning. My world seems bright for the most part, but there are those dark moments.

Guess I will settle down and watch a little TAGS. I am still working on scarves. So far I have ma

July 23, 2016 - Msg 105341: oops....

So far I have made Asa's scarf and and working on one for Possum.


July 24, 2016 - Msg 105342: Good Sabbath all.

Boo, how come you are getting these colds this time of year? Those summer colds sure are miserable, aren't they. I hope you get feeling better soon. I hope another family buys the house next door and a new chapter begins. So very sad. And I was just funning you about making me a scarf dear. How are Erin and Sean doing?

Ro, send Landry to my house would you? I love orderliness and everything, but I am terrible at it for some reason. Every now and then I will get a bug and go through everything, get rid of stuff I don't need, and organize what I keep. But pretty quick it becomes a mess again. I wonder what causes that?

I was watching a Matlock last night and caught a TAGS moment. His secretary brought in his mail and started handing him each letter while saying "occupant, occupant, occupant". Kind of funny to watch.

Well GF, Looks like you got yourself a little innarculated huh? And no a/c to boot. Maybe Sheriff Tom will at least keep a window open for you. Great link for Don Knotts.

I hope Possum and MDC are having fun on their trips. Friday night a lightning strike started a fire out on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake. It's spread up to almost 14,000 acres now. Possum will be sure to see it if she is flying back out of Salt Lake International Airport.

Well off to preaching I reckon. Haven't been in a couple of weeks with my back. Then having the family over for a b.b.q. afterwards. A State holiday tomorrow, so got the day off.

Oh yea, Happy Birthday Romeena! I hope it is a great one.

Prayers for all.


July 24, 2016 - Msg 105343: Good morning, porch! Thanks for the birthday wishes. I'm 77 today, and it shows, so I get a shock when I look in the mirror these days. The "me" that lives behind my eyes doesn't feel like the old woman who looks back from the mirror. It always surprises me when I tire easily, or can't run, or something hurts. Oh well. In 1979, the cancer year, I was praying for just a few more years, enough to see my children all grown and settled, and with Stage III, that wasn't likely. David, the youngest, was not quite ten. God heard me, and here I am, 37 years later, in relatively good health and able to do just about anything I wish. Not only have I seen my kids grow up and settle down, I've got grandchildren who are grown up as well. I manage my own home, just hiring what I can't do, like mow this huge yard. The clutter in the house was more a matter of motivation than ability on my part. I won't let that happen again. I think nothing of getting in my car and driving 250 miles to Fredericksburg. I just put a few clothes in a bag, my pistol in the console, Toye Starr in her carseat, and away I go! I can use a computer and a smart phone, and I still have my nursing skills. I can still hit a small vein and draw blood or set an IV if necessary. I'll get in my car and drive to church this morning, where I'll hear a good sermon and spend an hour in Sunday School with a group of women I've known for 40 years or more. So, if my arthritis aches a bit, and my hair is silver, and my figure is gone, I really don't care. I'm here, and I'm grateful. God is good, all the time. --Romeena

July 24, 2016 - Msg 105344: And yes, I still buy green bananas. --Romeena

July 24, 2016 - Msg 105345: HAPPY BIRTHDAY Romeena... Hopefully you'll get a cake 🎂 with "77" on it...

Asa.. Happy "Pioneer Day" be sure to circle the wagons and build a big fire to cook those weenies over... (Wonder if they have weenies in prison)... Come on Tom, it's Pioneer Day!..


July 24, 2016 - Msg 105346: HI THERE





July 24, 2016 - Msg 105348: Just like the old days when I had to clean up at my Dad's service station... I'll take option 1 clean up after the party.
I have the broom to swing it!. BTW that WAS my job after church on Sundays as a kid to do the station weekly big clean-up.... And No questions asked....lol....

July 24, 2016 - Msg 105349: I'm b-a-a-a-ck!! (: Had a great time but beat to the socks as RO would say! Happy BD to you RO!
I will check back in tomorrow.

July 24, 2016 - Msg 105350: Hey, welcome home, MDC! I know you had a wonderful time and we're anxious to hear all about it! --Romeena

July 25, 2016 - Msg 105351: Good Monday morning porch. stopping by on my way to work.

Another hot day on my end of the porch. in the 90's again.

Happy Birthday to everyone who celebrate this month.

better get to work.
Have a good day! Prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

July 25, 2016 - Msg 105352: Happy Birthday, Ro!!!
ASA,I won't be flying home by way of. SLC,but I did see the Wy. fires yesterday near Dubois.Also saw the Tetons- Wow!
Hope all is well on the porch.Really. enjoying myself out here!
possum u.a.r.

July 25, 2016 - Msg 105353: Good morning, porch! Thanks again for all the birthday wishes. I'm about to go out for a lovely birthday lunch. David is taking me and Eloise (his MIL) to Babe's for some fried chicken. Trust me when I tell you, Babe's chicken is even better than Aunt Bee's. They make "chicken with crust" and they do it right.

It started out in the little town of Roanoke, a little bit northwest of Irving. Tiny town, but charming. The restaurant was built in an old auto-repair shop, and is very rustic, with cracked, uneven concrete floors, brick walls, and exposed overhead beams and a/c ducts. For the chicken, each diner receives half a chicken - one leg, one wing, one thigh and one breast. Big pieces, and tender, with a delicious crust. The sides are served family style, and they keep them coming - mashed taters, gravy, creamed corn, salad and biscuits. Big, fluffy biscuits! Now folks, I can fry some pretty good chicken myself, having learned from several "country cooks" in my family. My chicken is legendary in the family, but I can't beat Babe's. It's goooood! So, happy birthday to me!!!

One of my crape myrtles, the little 8-foot volunteer in the rose island, has suddenly just burst into bloom! So pretty. I love crape myrtle, it's so lacy and fluffy and the colors are beautiful, from white, to pale pink all the way to a deep blood red, and every imaginable shade in between, including lavenders and purples. Truly a southern icon! It's definitely a sun-lover, and won't bloom worth diddly if it doesn't get enough sun.

Well, guess I'd better get cleaned up and be ready to go to Roanoke. Leave it to David to think of Babe's! Blessings, porch. Wish you could all join us. I used to take REV there when he was in town. He loved it! --Romeena

July 25, 2016 - Msg 105354: Afternoon folks.
Yep GF, Pioneer days here, so it's a State Holiday. And I took tomorrow off as well. Just seemed like the right thing to do. 10-4? :)

Well a strange turn of events here today. I told you of the story of the father and son who went on a crime spree here and ended up kidnapping and killing my co-worker. They were both formally charged with the murder a couple of weeks ago. Well this morning they found the father dead in his jail cell from hanging himself. Crazy stuff. I am sorry, but if he was guilty of the horrendous acts that was done to my co-worker, and they were horrendous, then all I will say is he did the State of Utah and Wyoming a favor in saving a lot of litigation. I don't mean to sound so harsh, but what they did to Mr. Ricks was shameful, and all I can say is I am glad the final Judge will make the call for his actions.


July 25, 2016 - Msg 105355: Yep Asa... The "Highest Court" will prevail!.... Sometimes earthly justice has a way of working things out for itself.
The rest... Is for God to decide as you say.... G-F

July 25, 2016 - Msg 105356: I agree, Asa. Our own Supreme Court may be the highest court in our land, but it is not the real "Supreme" Court. That comes later. I can almost feel some pity for the man and what he is facing now before the Lord, but after reading some online reports of the murder, it's not much pity. What on earth causes a human to do something like that to another person? Well, why do I ask? We all know the answer. Satan is alive and well on planet Earth! Thank God, we've read the Book, and we all know that he loses in the end. Asa, I pray for peace of mind for you and for all who lost a friend in this evil event.

Guess I'll watch a little TV, then hit the sack. Joe is coming in the morning, to do further battle with the weeds around here. I bought some mulch that actually contains Preen, an organic-acceptable weed preventer. After pulling up all the visible weeds, we'll put that down and see how it works. I'm getting pretty tired of this weed battle every summer. It's tiring, and it's expensive. Joe charges me lightly, but he does charge, and a workman is worthy of his hire!

Blessings, porch! --Romeena