July 30, 2016 - Msg 105405: Good morning all.

Welcome home Possum and Happy Birthday to you dear. And just in case I don't get back on here tomorrow, Happy Birthday to Boo. I look forward to the bash. No where is my tool belt. :)

Well I better get. Taking the Wife up to the Hospital for her monthly infusion. Then back home to do laundry, mow the grass, clean the house, weed the garden, ..... sheesh, I'm tired just talking about it.


July 30, 2016 - Msg 105406: Oh, and sweep the dag blamed porch! lol


July 30, 2016 - Msg 105407: Yep Asa..."It's a FUN Day"....Hope you used your leaf blower to sweep the porch!.... Birthday Wishes to All... G-F

July 30, 2016 - Msg 105408: HI

July 30, 2016 - Msg 105409: Good afternoon, porch! MDC, I'm glad you got some rain, and a lot of it! I'll bet the desert really blooms after a rain like that.

Possum, it sounds like your trip was just wonderful. I'd love to make a long road trip out through the west and northwestern states. My family made that run when I was about 14, but I surely would enjoy doing it again. If Dale was still here, we'd probably do exactly that.

Sterling, here's another funny story about a car "blowing up." The car my David bought, to get himself out of Abraham, was an Olds, one of their smaller versions. It was no bargain, and he had nothing but trouble with it. Then it developed a funny little knock in the engine. He was about to take it in for repairs, but never made it. One afternoon, he was leaving for work. Dale and I were in the kitchen, and a couple of minutes after David left the house, there was a tremendous "Bang!" outside. We nearly killed each other trying to get through the door to see what had happened. When we got to the driveway, there sat a white-faced David, eyes like saucers, sitting with a death-grip on the steering wheel. There was smoke everywhere, and brown fuzzy stuff all over the driveway. Something had blown up in the engine, the force of it blew the insulation out of the muffler and there were engine pieces on the driveway beneath it! Dale helped a shaking David out of the car, and I went in the house and called Atomic Auto Crushers to come get the thing! They came and hauled it away, paid us $85 for it. Now here's the clincher. About a year later, two police officers appeared at our door with a warrant for David's arrest! What??? It seems that the car had been used in a convenience store robbery a month or so earlier, and the robbers had run, abandoning the car. Going by the VIN, they traced it to David. Fortunately, I had saved the receipt from Atomic, showed it to the officers, and they accepted that, and apologized for scaring us all to death. They said it's not unusual for the crusher places to NOT crush the car, but to piece it together with parts from other cars they buy, and then sell it to somebody who presumably doesn't want the proper paperwork to be done, so they can't be traced. Who knew? We learned something that day. Keep the receipt!

Well, guess I'll go get a little laundry done, or I'll be wearing a tater sack to church tomorrow. Blessings, folks. --Romeena

July 30, 2016 - Msg 105410: Drat! I finally got something I thought I wanted, and it turns out it's not what I thought it was at all. For quite a while now, I've heard what some of you have said about WE-TV, and the good, old classic shows they run. Well, I started haunting Dish Network about it, urging them to get the channel and start providing it here. They finally did, and I was so happy. Then I saw what is running, and it's garbage. Apparently, not all WE-TV presentations are created equal. It appears that the programming varies from one area to another. What we're getting here in the D/FW area is ridiculous. It consists mainly of "Roseanne" (ugh), "CSI Miami" and "Law and Order." Hours on end of "Roseanne." I'd rather go have a root canal. There is also the occasional 30-minute infomercial, and at least one run of "Stress-Free S-x." I really don't even want to know what that is. Oh well. Life is filled with little disappointments. I certainly don't have to watch that channel, but I had been hoping for some fun, old black and white classics. As I said, drat! --Romeena

July 30, 2016 - Msg 105411: RO, yup a good pouring rain, and I was right there in it! :)
Regarding the TV station, it is ME not WE TV, so I think you are getting a cheap knock-off! Here is the ME-TV website...not a s-x show to be seen!?
Possum- a trip is nice, but always good to get back home!
Have a good weekend,

July 30, 2016 - Msg 105412: ASA--good sweep!

July 30, 2016 - Msg 105413: Oh, and Possum, yes, I have seen your neat pics in FB! thx, mdc

July 30, 2016 - Msg 105414: Asa great sweep !..great pics on FB for sure possum !.well in here at work till morning. Mrs SPOT cooked a big pot of fresh garden veggie soup..yall welcome to some. I pulled close to 200 maters yesterday..kitchen counters and tables are full...canning day tomorrow !...well its time for some of that soup....SPOT

July 30, 2016 - Msg 105415: I left a long comment yesterday that seems to have disappeared. Hmmm


July 31, 2016 - Msg 105416: Hey to SPOT burning the midnight oil, er 'electicity, that is. That soup sounds marvelous!
Don't fall asleep on the job now. I'm heading to the ironing board.
Good Sabbath,

July 31, 2016 - Msg 105417: Well, that explains a lot, MDC. I would have sworn somebody was talking about WE-TV a while back. Actually, the more I think about it, it was ME-TV that I harassed Dish Network about. Then a few days ago I had left my "favorites" list and was searching through the whole list for something else, saw WE-TV and thought that was what I had been wanting. Wishful thinking, I guess. Oh well. Guess I'd better call Dish again. I don't have anything better to do at the moment. Hahaha! Thanks for setting me straight. --Romeena

July 31, 2016 - Msg 105418: Ro, maybe it's time to do the dishes!... Clean them and but some GOOD food on them!... Around here they are in battle with some local stations over money issues, they are holding watchers ransom by pulling the plug until they get their way. This is making Cleveland sports fans mad because they can't watch their teams... Dang money grabbers!... Sorry for your troubles, MeTV is a good station, I too watch it often....

SPOT... As Otis says: "Hit me with one of those Towmaters I haven't had my lunch yet!"..... And as the soup Nazi says..."Vegetable Soup for You!"...lol

Possum, hopefully your not all traveled out and you can make it to Mayberry Days, they just announced Clint Howard is coming back this year!....

Boo, sorry you lost your post... Was kinda waiting to hear about your... Green Green Grass of Home... https://youtu.be/VjxY7xmhJ6o Old Tom did a good job on that one....

Speaking of TOM, the Indians won again, I think that puts them 41/2 up on the Tigers.... Since the curse is broken, maybe we will see them in the World Series this year?... Could Happen!


July 31, 2016 - Msg 105419: Happy Birthday, Boo!

Love from possum u.a.r.

( Hope I can make it to Mayberry Days this year, G-F!)

July 31, 2016 - Msg 105420: Good Sabbath to all and Happy Birthday to Boo. Hope you have a great one dear.

Hey GF, we have the same thing going on here. DISH has pulled the plug on our local FOX affiliate because of fighting over money. They did the same thing with another local affiliate a year ago and they are still off the air. And now they are fighting with the NFL network and have removed it. I am about done with it. My bill seems to climb every few months, as they remove more and more stations. I guess it's time to go buy an antenna and be done with the idiots.

The Doctor felt like my Wife could benefit from two infusions so I am taking her back up today for round two. At least they kept the doo hickey in her arm so they can plug her right in when she gets there. That is usually the biggest problem for her, finding a vein. So I will not make it to preaching.

Dang Spot, 200 maters? And here I was feeling sporty to get two the other day. Got tons of blossoms, but they say until the night time temps drop a bit, they won't set any fruit. We are expecting a bit cooler week this week, so I reckon we will see.

Better get a shower.

Prayers for all.


July 31, 2016 - Msg 105421: Prayers for you and your wife, Asa. Gotta be tough to go through something like that twice in such a short time.

And my saturday was spent much like yours. I had to go borrow my parent's chainsaw so I could chop up some big tree limbs that had fallen when we had some strong winds a few days ago. It's amazing how doing one thing can take so long when you think you should be able to do it pretty quick. Then of course I had to load up the mini-van with the branches and take them to the city compost heap. Sometimes I really wish I had a pickup truck.

It's Boo's Birthday? Well, Happy Birthday, Boo! Hope you are having(or had) a great one!

Sounds like your son's car was already "atomic", Romeena.
Wow. Glad you kept the receipt, too.
But I also can't believe they paid YOU to take the junk car away. I don't know of any place around here that would do that. Usually you have to pay them, because there is a city ordinance that you can't have junk cars lying around on your property so you HAVE to get rid of them.
That is a bit of city government overreach, I think. I mean, if you have tons of cars sitting around, then yeah, it may be an eyesore. But one car that doesn't run, but also doesn't look too much like a junker, shouldn't be a problem, IMO.

Had good preaching today. Talked about sin. And that's one subject you can never hear too much about.(Actually he talked about the Apostle Paul in Colossians telling people to not let others take you to task if you don't eat or drink certain things, worship on the "wrong" day, etc. Putting Christ first. - But I just wanted to get a TAGS reference in) :-)

-Sterling Holobyte

July 31, 2016 - Msg 105422:
Sterling Holobyte, there are many newspaper and craigslist ads from people who will pay cash for vehicles that don't run or run, and have titles or not. In Canada, I sold a 1998 non-working car (with title) for $350 cash and they towed it away for free. In the USA, I also sold a 1979 non-working car (with title and no rust) for $2000 that also was towed away for free. Both cars sold in the past three years.
I bet if you search the internet using your city's name and state, along with "junk cars" as your search words, you will find these people and businesses. Call a few of them to get free quotes. Then select the best one that includes free towing.

from Poor Horatio

July 31, 2016 - Msg 105423: HI


July 31, 2016 - Msg 105424: Poor Horatio is right, Sterling. Also, if you don't feel the car would bring enough money to be worth the trouble, there are organizations that will accept the car as a donation, and will tow it for free. They'll also give you a receipt and you can deduct the reasonable value of the car from your income tax. Where there's a will, there's a way!

Does anyone have a list of the birthdays of porch folks? I should, but don't, and would like to have one. Anybody? --Romeena

July 31, 2016 - Msg 105425: These are the Porch birthdays that I have, Ro: (in no particular order)

John Masters- Sept. 6
Big Maude- May 5
Pappa Bear- Feb. 16
Tom- May 25
Romeena-July 24
Mavis- March 16
Spot- Dec.22
Me-They- May 16
Asa- May 24
Possum- July 30
Boo- July 31

possum u.a.r.

August 01, 2016 - Msg 105426: me--dec.26! And where in the world has auh20 been?
We need an APB.
Hope you all had a good Sabbath day.
ASA-- my prayers for your wife buddy. God bless u for all that u do for her! :)
Happy birthday BOO!!
Prayers for all,

August 01, 2016 - Msg 105427: Poor Horatio and Romeena, oh sure, NOW you tell me!
Just kidding. Hopefully I won't have to use any of those organizations or people that take junk cars, if you know what I mean(*knock on fiberglass).

The wife and Kai went to a concert today and they are staying over at a hotel, so it is just Noah and I at home again. I like being with him, but lately he has having this separation anxiety thing that is about driving me nuts, especially when I am the only other one home, because he follows me every where and doesn't even let me close the door to the bathroom. And I don't know about you, but I like my privacy at times like that. Ah well, this too shall pass, right?

-Sterling Holobyte

August 01, 2016 - Msg 105428: Good evening, porch! Thank you, Possum! I appreciate the list, and I got you too, MDC. Thanks! Anybody else?

Yes, where is Auh2o, and how about Me-They? You boys need to at least stop by for a visit.

Sterling, that's interesting that Noah has developed a separation anxiety problem. How old is he again? I'm sorry, but I have a hard time keeping up with my own kids' ages, let alone anyone else's. Anyway, that kind of problem usually fades out by about age four. As for him not wanting the bathroom door closed, does that work both ways? What about when he's in there? Does he want you in there with him? I'm no expert, and remember, free advice is worth just about what you paid for it, but here goes. Personally, I think this is a great opportunity to start easing him out of this anxiety. You can make the "talk" all about the privacy thing, not the anxiety. Let him follow you around if he wants to, keep him close when you're watching TV and such, let him "help" you in the kitchen or whatever, give him related jobs to do when you're doing things in the house. For example, if you're vacuuming, hand him a dustcloth and let him dust the furniture in the same room at the same time. I don't know how it is in your household, but Dale always did the vacuuming. In fact when he passed, and the floors were finally so dirty that I couldn't help noticing it, I had to hunt for the vacuum. I wasn't even sure where he kept it.

Anyway, the point is, let him stick close if he wants to, and don't make an issue of it. Just don't notice it, with the exception of the bathroom. Explain to him that there are times when you don't want anyone with you, point out that he probably prefers to handle business in private too, and that he must allow you to close the door. Then follow through, and don't give in. Life is full of little boundaries that must be honored, even within a family (maybe especially within a family) and this is one of them. You're right, this will likely disappear on its own, but for now, I would set that one boundary and stick to it. Maybe you could let him sit nearby, like in a hallway or somewhere where he can see the bathroom door, and you could call to him now and then, just a friendly little comment to let him know you're still there.

I had the opposite problem with one of my daughters when she was about four. She had a tendency to wander off from me when I'd take her shopping with me. There are times when you can't hold a child's hand and still "shop" so I would tell her to hold onto my shirt or whatever. In a little while, I'd feel her grip release, and away she would go. Finally, I got enough of chasing her down, so one day I just didn't. I followed her, of course, but didn't let her see me. She actually left the store, wandered out into the mall and roamed around a little, finally going into another store. She was never out of my sight, but I was ducking behind doorways and plants, anything to stay out of her sight. After about ten minutes, she looked up and I knew the moment when her "aloneness" dawned on her. A look of horror passed her face, and tears came in her eyes. She was frantic, looking this way and that, and then really started to squall. A woman started toward her, but I caught her eye and pointed to my daughter and then to myself, and made a "walking" sign with my fingers. The woman, obviously another mother, caught on right away and just stepped back and watched - I suppose just in case I wasn't really the mother. I then stepped out into my daughter's view, and walked toward her, stopping to look in a store window, very casually. The crying stopped, she mopped her face with her sleeve, and came to me, grabbing onto my shirttail. Not a word was said, but she kept a grip on that shirt until we got to the car! Lesson learned.

Well, guess I'll turn in. It's very late, and I'm still up. I wonder how many years of normal living it will take before I get over 17 years of night shifts? Oh well. Who really cares? I don't. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

August 01, 2016 - Msg 105429: welcome to august fall is coming happy birthday boo mine is feb 16 i saw a sign that said if you do something that makes you feel stupid just look outside at the folks chasing pokemon since you haavw my birthday i will go tp the window and watch for pokemon folks prayers for all pappa bear

August 01, 2016 - Msg 105430: Good Morning all.

Sterling, I was thinking along the same lines as Romeena. I know around here there are several organizations that advertise they will pick up your used and/or unwanted vehicles for free, and you can write it off as a charitable donation. The Kidney Foundation is one of those. And I believe I even heard the NRA advertise something about this recently also. With the price for scrap metal, it is worth something to somebody I'd think.

I wanted to share this story with you that just was unreal when I heard it. Mt Daughter Stacey, and her family are in New York on vacation. Saturday she called me to tell this. On Friday they had got up early and went to the 911 Memorial. Her Children were with them, and Mom or Dad had not really said much to them beforehand about what the Memorial was about. Well when they get to the Memorial, Madison, who is 4 years old, looked up to her Mommy and asked, "Mommy, is this where Heaven ends"? Wow! A 4 year old could sense the feeling that is there. Stacey said there is a different feeling there in the area. Hard to imagine next month will be 15 years.

Thanks for those prayers MDC. They are needed and appreciated for sure. She is not well at all.

Well Boo didn't visit us on her Birthday. I hope it is because she was having a good time and living it up. Thanks for posting that list Possum. I used to have one, but misplaced it I guess.

Better get working. Now we are in August, the days are getting shorter, and the temps will start moderating soon. We4 are supposed to get some of MDC's rain later this week even, if he don't hog it all. :)

Prayers for all.


August 01, 2016 - Msg 105431: As they say Asa, "Out of the mouth of babes"... That was Awesome!.... G-F

August 01, 2016 - Msg 105432: Wow, Asa. That's really beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. I will be passing that story along to friends and family. --Romeena

August 01, 2016 - Msg 105433: Hey, Boo. I don't think I ever responded to your recommendation of the Pioneer Woman's meatloaf recipe. It does sound great, with the bacon and all (I love bacon!) and I will probably try it. However, the picture of it looks like the loaf itself is "looser" than the way I like it. The one that PJ's makes, the diner I mentioned, has a very tight, dense texture, that doesn't fall apart in your mouth. You can cut it with a fork, no knife required, but it holds up and requires some chewing. Just a very satisfying texture, and you know you could slice it cold for a good sandwich. It's seasoned perfectly. You can tell there's onion, celery and a little bell pepper in it, but you don't find chunks of any of it. It must be pretty finely minced and incorporated into the meat. The tomato-y sauce on top has more chunky bits of veggies in it, and that's good too.

Well, got things to do, places to go and people to see! Later, taters. --Romeena

August 01, 2016 - Msg 105434: Ro & Asa,y'all are welcome for the list. Wasn't really a "list" that I had,but I had jotted down birthdays here & there,so was glad I could pass on the ones I had. Y'all mentioned auh2o,whose name was among the birthdays I listed. I had a few others that I didn't list because they seem to have disappeared-remember Ray & Dr. Pendyke? I think Ray was close to Ro's age & their birthdays were a day apart. Wonder what happened to them & so many other "lost" Porchsters?

Asa, that is some story and out of the mouth of babes.Wow..

I've loved all of your car stories too,Ro-poor David when that car blew up! Ha ha

Happy August to all!

possum again

August 01, 2016 - Msg 105435: I agree with everyone's "wows", Asa. "...Where Heaven ends" That is pretty deep for a 4 year old.

Actually Romeena, Noah will be 5 at the end of August. I guess he developed this later than most then, because he never did it before. All I know is, it started when my wife and Kai were both away on their different excursions a couple weeks ago. My layman's logical hypothesis is that because they were away, Noah was afraid to be alone thinking that I might disappear as well and then he would be ALL alone. It just didn't stop when they returned.
My wife blames me(of course) because when Noah was being potty trained we would play a little game of me hiding behind the door while he was sitting on the potty and I would look out at him(smiling, never with a scary face or anything) and then dart back behind the door. I might add, he wanted me to play this with him all the time, and I think it helped him keep his mind off of not wanting to sit on the toilet.
Anyway, I have since stopped doing that with him, much to his chagrin, after the wife said he was saying he didn't want to be alone because he saw "shadows". And while I admit some of those shadows he saw were probably from that game him and I played, I don't think it is the whole cause of his separation anxiety now.
It's funny that you were talking about your daughter in the store, Romeena. Because that is one place where I do have to watch him, because he likes to walk by himself and, temporarily, go out of my line of sight. Sometimes going around the displays to the other side of the aisle while we are walking.

I am up to the episode of TAGS where Aunt Bee takes flying lessons. I am afraid I don't have many more episodes to go before I am going to run out of them.
One thing I don't understand in that episode, is that Aunt Bee is going on about never having had a "special moment" and it was another reminder of how she must not have a very good memory(much like she did when Goober had that contest and she was saying how she never won anything).
They did mention her trip to Mexico, but she forgot about the other special moments she had, like the game show she went on and won all those prizes; or when she got her own cooking show; or when she was filming those commercials for Foster's furniture polish and was (almost) the main spokesperson for them. I mean, how many people, in Mayberry or in real life, ever get to do any of those things?
I realize they needed her to feel like she never had her "one moment" that nobody else had for the episode, but when you get around as much as Bee had, it makes a person go, "what?!"
I am surprised they never had her win a million dollar lottery(ala Roseanne) and have her say, "I've never had anything special happen to me in my whole life!"

Ok, that is just my Mayberry moulage for today.

-Sterling Holobyte

August 01, 2016 - Msg 105436: You like the "car stories", Possum? Well, here's another one. I don't know if I can describe it well enough, but it was one hilarious moment.

Dale drove a big red king cab pickup truck, and one day it had to go into the shop. He took it to the dealership and they gave him a "loaner" as the truck would be laid up for a couple of days. I don't know what those people were thinking. Mind you, Dale was 6'4" tall and at that time weighed about 280, solid and well-proportioned. Just a really big guy. Well, the loaner the Ford house put him in was some little thing that looked like Elmer Fudd's car. It was new and all, not a junker, but it was just tiny. Some dinky little sub-compact thing. It looked like one of those little-bitty pizza delivery cars, from years ago.

David and I happened to be in the kitchen when Dale drove that thing home, and could see him through the kitchen door when he drove into the driveway. When I saw that car, I knew there was going to be trouble, and David knew it too. We both went outside, and Dale was just sitting there in the tiny car, holding his head down low to keep from hitting the car's roof, and his knees were literally visible from where we were standing. David said, "Mom, he's not driving that thing, he's wearing it!" He was right.

We were smart enough not to laugh, but it was an effort. Dale slowly opened the door, and set about proving David to be right. He didn't just get out of the car, he took it off! Left leg out, try to follow with head and shoulders. Not possible. Pull upper body back in, swing hips out, using steering wheel for balance. Slowly back out, finally getting upper body free, then straighten left leg and pull right leg out of the car. He reached back in, got the keys, and with a "don't you dare laugh" expression, handed me the keys and said, "Give me the keys to your car." I told him they were on the hook by the door. He went inside, and very considerately closed the big door into the kitchen. This allowed me and David to collapse into laughter on the driveway without him hearing us. David said, "Mom, I expected a big bump to appear on the top of the car, like in Harry and the Hendersons."

In an hour or two, Dale's natural good humor reappeared, and he was laughing too, but he did drive my car, and I drove the little toy car. He would even tell the story himself after a while, but in those first moments, laughter would not have been wise. I only wish I had taken a picture, but he would have destroyed the camera.--Romeena

August 01, 2016 - Msg 105437: Ha! Funny story,but I bet Dale didn't think so,having to deal with that teeny tiny car!
What in the world were the Ford people thinking,putting a big strapping guy like him in a car like that?! Good grief!

Thanks for sharing another car story,Ro. I can't imagine you'd have any more " car disaster" stories,but if you do and feel like sharing,please do!

possum once more

August 01, 2016 - Msg 105438: Lol you girls... Some of us that are vertically challenged don't have to worry about those things..tehehaha G-F

August 01, 2016 - Msg 105439: gf- mayberry days is so worth going anyone who has attended will attest i hope everyone on the porch goes at least once, asa a special prayer for your wife and you, mdc welcome home like dorthy of wjzzard of oz sajd there js no place ljke home i just saw where on sept 21 otis will turn 100. pappa bear

August 01, 2016 - Msg 105440: Romeena, I recall you saying your Dale was in the Airforce, maybe he should have asked for the Airforce model of rental car.... No Problem!....lol https://youtu.be/XBLEOlq8ZoU


August 01, 2016 - Msg 105441: Hahaha! Possum, I don't know what the Ford people were thinking either, and I'm surprised that Dale accepted that little car. However, as it was just a loaner, not a rental, and wasn't costing him anything, I guess he chose not to make an issue of it. By the time he got home in it though, I think he was having second thoughts. If he hadn't had my car to fall back on, he probably would have taken it back. The little car felt dinky even to me, and at that time I was 5'4". I've since lost another inch, and top out at 5'3" now. I may just disappear completely one of these days! I drive my 2004 Cadillac with the seat all the way up, and I'm sitting on a 3" cushion. It's okay, but I'd still like to be just a little higher up.

Wow. 2004. That car is twelve years old?? It still looks great, handles beautifully, is very comfortable for passengers, great road car, gets 16 mpg in town and about 24 on the highway, and only has 88,000 miles on it. I plan to keep it, no intention of replacing it, and have instructed my kids that is to be one of the family cars when I'm escorted out of this world. There's not a ding on it, and if there was, I'd have it fixed. It looks like new, and the best part is, I haven't made a car payment in years!

Yep, if I put my mind to it, I probably have more car stories, but can't think of one right now. You don't live to be my age without having a lot of stories to recall, and I love to do it. Charlotte Tucker very kindly publishes some of them in the magazine she edits, and I get a lot of enjoyment out of writing them. In fact, she just used one of my car stories, about Big Red, a 71 Buick Roadmaster wagon that we owned and loved for years. What a car! Our kids practically grew up in that car, so it held a lot of memories.

Well, I'm getting sleepy, and it's not even midnight yet - amazing! Maybe I'll actually go to bed before midnight for once, and get a good night's sleep. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

August 02, 2016 - Msg 105442: Oh man! That was a funny story about Dale and the small car!!lol I loved the exploding car story, too. I have to share it with Sean.

Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes. I was really tired so I slept in and rested all day and then went out to eat with the family in the evening. It was a good day of doing exactly what I pleased and nothing else. :) I know, I know..I am getting old.

I worked last evening and the heat gets to me in that place. I can tolerate it but it really makes you feel washed out. Truth be told it is probably good for me to sweat now and then..gets out some of the toxins. I will be very happy to see some cooler temps, though.

Sterling, I remember when Sean was a toddler and we had a weinie dog and a cat at the time. Everytime I went to the bathroom, all three followed me. One day, I decided to just try and close the door for a few minutes. It was great, but when I went to open the door to leave, there sat Sean, the dog and the cat. They had been patiently waiting just outside the door. It was a funny picture. That's just how it is when you are the caretaker. Everyone depends on you. It's not easy but those little ones grow up so quickly, don't they? I just saw on Facebook where Me-They's oldest girl is already looking for a college to attend. I guess she is a senior this coming year. Wow.

Well, I am doing laundry on my day off, of course and need to come up with something for dinner. I have gotten so bad about not cooking now that I work. I need to do better with that. Gotta go..


August 02, 2016 - Msg 105443: Just a quick trouble check...battling storms here at work send food over and out "er under" and out" over and under uhh Bye...SPOT

August 03, 2016 - Msg 105444: GF-RO--Well, at least the car wasn't a YUGO!! haha
Look at this review...leave it to a public television show to make it sound attractive!
BOO--glad you had a good birthday. I still cant
believe that the AC in that facility is so bad in this day and age.
Been busy doing some catch up on things, but all is well. Went swimming today at our local public pool which is also an indoor pool!
Regarding the up-coming election, I ask all to please remember one thing...the next president will Definitely be nominating a SCOTUS judge, as we are currently one short, so no ifs or maybes about THAT situation!!.
Something to think about!
BTW RO, good on TX with it's new carry law.
Well, nite all,

August 03, 2016 - Msg 105445: Hey MDC... Speaking of YUGO's one of my guys at work had one!.. He was a different bird, he even had special driving gloves he'd use when he drove it. Two other guys would pick it up and turn it around, he would never know how he would find it when he got off work...haha One time he gave me a ride home, it was like riding in a Coke can!...lol 🚗


August 03, 2016 - Msg 105446: Good morning all.

Wow MDC, I watched the link you provided. I was surprised at the gas mileage they said the Yugo got. For as small and lightweight it is, I would have thought the gas mileage would have been much higher. But maybe they drove it like Gilly Walker, speed, speed, speed!

GF, We did the move the car trick to one of our Scout leaders one time. He had a Volkswagen. His reaction was good. But I have to say, that little car could go in the snow, and it seemed to be indestructible. They sure had funny sounding engines though. And I'd hate to be in a collision in one.

Well Stacey and her family are home safe and sound from their New York trip. Glad they are back safe. They are glad too.

Hope your storms didn't get to wild Spot.

Glad you had a nice Birthday Boo. I got a good chuckle with your bathroom story, having everyone waiting at the door for your return. lol

Well off to work. Supposed to cool down a bit starting today. Only 95. We have had 6 straight days of 100 or more, and I think 12 days this summer so far of 100 or more. Might even get some rain this week. We can use it for sure.

Prayers for all.


August 03, 2016 - Msg 105447: Good afternoon, porch. Just got home from having some minor surgery this morning. I've had a ganglion cyst in both wrists for quite a while now. The one in the right wrist is small, about pea-size, solid, doesn't change and doesn't bother me. The left one is a different story. It has filled up and been drained twice now, and when it fills, it gets huge, the size of a walnut. I'm tired of messing with it, and besides, it is getting tender. So this morning, I had it removed. The doc put me out with propofol (love that stuff!), removed the cyst and sent me home with a big old wrapped-up forearm and hand and instructions not to unwrap until he see me in a week.

Eloise drove me over there and back, and Landry went with us, so we had fun. Stopped at PJ's for lunch on the way home. At this point, I'm having zero pain, and really don't anticipate any. I refused a prescription for pain meds, I won't need them. My pain tolerance is quite high, and one Advil will probably take care of anything that does occur. My typing is somewhat limited with this big bulky dressing, and I'm sleepy, so I'll just check on out and go grab a nap, I think. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

August 04, 2016 - Msg 105448: Glad all went well RO. My prayers for a good recovery. I think I mentioned this here, but a while back I had a small one on right thumb joint,
and my doc told me to go home and whack it with a book! ha...but it worked! He's a DO and comes up with some good ones.
I was at the dermatologist today tho and had 8 spots zapped with liquid nitrogen. 2 were pre-cancerous. In my 20s I tubed down a nearby river about 8 times each summer, and back then we actually put on TANNING oil! Well, I sure am paying for it now!! My face looks like Barney's when Opie and Andy caught him and Thelma Lou in the darkened courthouse!
BOO - Invite a state legislator to your facility for a visit! I bet the AC would be fixed pronto after he/she got a taste of it in there! Just sayin'.
Be safe out there people!

August 04, 2016 - Msg 105449: ro my prayers are with you. it is so hot I have had to refill the pool 3 times this morning. I saw the episode aunt bea jury duty aired in 1967. got me to thinking wouldn't it be interesting for us to recall what we were doing in 1967 when thsat episode first aired. have a great day. papa bear

August 04, 2016 - Msg 105450: Good morning, porch. I have a little bit different take on the ganglion cyst removal yesterday. When I said zero pain, that was before the local he filled it with wore off! The thing hurts big time now when I use my hand at all. Typing one-handed sure is slow! I really thought this would be a very simple thing, and wondered why he didn't just do it in the office rather than checking me into a surgery center. Now I know. It's a bigger deal than I thought.

He explained what a ganglion cyst is. It's like a water balloon with a long stalk-like stem that arises from deep within a joint. It picks up the synovial fluid that's present in the joint and siphons it up to the balloon at the surface. When you hit one with a book it pops that balloon-like sac at the surface, releases the fluid and it subsides. If the rupture in the sac is big enough, it won't refill. But if the rupture heals over, it will refill. Draining one does the same thing, but this one has been drained twice and just keeps refilling. It was too big to just hit it and pop it. It was as big as a walnut at times. Anyway, he dug the stalk out of the joint and removed the whole thing, so it shouldn't return. He also said the sac itself was very tough and fibrous and I probably would have had to hit it very hard to pop it and would have broken a bone in my wrist. So, I guess I made the right call, but the rascal sure hurts right now. Oh well. This too shall pass. When I let it rest and stay still, it doesn't hurt. Icing it helps a little too. I don't do pain meds, absolutely no opioids, but I might take one Advil if it gets to hurting too much. Since I almost never take anything like that, one Advil will do for me what a Vicodin does for other people, just without the nausea.

Have a great day, folks. I'm going to just take it easy, and catch up on some TAGS. --Romeena

August 04, 2016 - Msg 105451: Ro, Ive had one of those wrist cysts for years. I accidentally popped it once and WOW..it hurt! Mine is only about the size of an almond and really doesn't bother me, so I think I will keep it. :) Anyway, hope you heal well and soon.

I got ready for work this morning...walked into the nurse's station and it was nearly 90 degrees and we still had no water. I told the first nurse I saw goodbye and went home. Later I told my boss I wasn't about to hand around in that heat all day if there were already enough nurses. It was 8am when I left so I can only imagine how hot it would have gotten by the afternoon. I have to work in the morning but I have a big fan to take that might help some. The air is not broken but the water line is busted and we have to have water to cool the ac or some such. Maybe it will get fixed tomorrow.

I was watching an old tv show on youtube today and saw Aunt Bee in it. It was made in 56 but Bee looked a lot younger in it. I forgot the name of the show but it was a story about Christmas and starred Maureen OSullivan.

Gotta go take some Melatonin and hope I can sleep.


August 04, 2016 - Msg 105452: Good evening, porch. Boo, good for you, for walking out on that ridiculous situation. I agree with MDC and others who have suggested getting someone with some clout to visit the facility and see what you're dealing with. You're dealing with a volatile patient population there, and the physical conditions are going to do nothing but create irritability and cause them to act out. I'm sure there are state agencies that oversee and are free to criticize the facility - get them out there! Those kids don't deserve those conditions, and neither do you and the rest of the staff.

My wrist is settling down a little now, not hurting like it was. I still haven't taken anything, and looks like I won't have to. I'd really rather not, if I can get by without it. The less I take things like Advil or Tylenol, the more effective they are when I'm finally forced to take them. Narcotics, opioids of any kind, are not on my radar at all, so the little guns are all I've got, and I don't want to develop a tolerance for them.

Well, guess I'll go elevate this hand and maybe put a little ice on it for a while. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

August 04, 2016 - Msg 105453: I have a funny YUGO story for ya all. When they were 'all the rage' in the '80s, our church raffled
one off at our annual fall picnic. A good friend of mine won it, and he was thrilled, as his current car at the time
was about 10 years old.
WELL...within a week the rear bumper fell off, the knob on the gear shift broke off, and a piece of the dashboard klunked down onto the floorboard. Then the next week, the back seat 'flip up' feature quit working, and the engine sounded like it threw a rod. He brought it back to the church lot and told our pastor at the time to call the dealer who donated it, and to have them pick it up for scrap! haha He continued to drive his other car for about another five years!
G-F---I see that your INDIANS continue to stay atop the ALC. You may just have yourself a real live contender! My D-Backs are shot for this year. All kinds of pre-season hype about Grienke,
our new pitcher, but he's been on the injured list for about 6 weeks now.
We have had some cooler days in the 90s, but more humidity. I hope ASA gets some rain soon.
TOM, you OK buddy?
Waffle House on SPOT for breakfast...mmm what they can do with hashbrowns and bacon. :)

August 05, 2016 - Msg 105454: Good evening gang .. its about 1:30 am Friday..here at work till morning then off for a few..got to get some yard work done tomorrow My friend bought a YUGO new in 80 or 81 drove it forever .. then when things started to break no parts were no where to be found !..well hello to all..let me get some reports ran here at the old power company !.. Back in just a bit ! SPOT

August 05, 2016 - Msg 105455: All this Yugo talk, well take a look at this one. Ear plugs required. lol https://youtu.be/K1yVheFcK04

Sorry to hear about your wrist Ro, and I hope it heals fast for you.

Boo, we had a water main break at one of our properties two days ago. Had the water shut off until mid day yesterday. I had a lot of folks mad. They were calling me names and it wasn't "sport". It didn't affect the a/c, but we had to lockout all the bathrooms. I know it's a major pain, but sometimes things happen. But the company should be able to offer some help in some way, such as providing some fans and cooling neck wraps and such. I hope they get you fixed up soon.

We had a very small rain here the other morning MDC. Lasted about 2 minutes. Ha! That's been it. Might get some today and tomorrow they say.

Well I am off for breakfast if Spot is buying. :)