October 17, 2017 - Msg 108367: Hi Frankie Flynn. Welcome back. How is your Daddy?

MDC, Good luck for your CT scan today friend. I hope they can get some good pictures so that they can properly diagnose and treat you.

Well GF, You into the leaf picking up mode yet? Mine are starting to drop some now. The next couple of weeks will be all out war. But I took out 4 aspen earlier this summer, so there's 4 I don't have to deal with. I check my sprinkler system at the house yesterday and the water has been turned off. 9they usually turn it off around October 15) So I blew my system down for the winter. Now I am trying to round up a compressor at work so I can do those systems.

Sure has been nice weather here. Supposed to be in the low 70's all week. Boy, I can sure go for that.

Well off to work for me.


October 17, 2017 - Msg 108368: Prayer's for your friend's son, Tom. And for MDC,as he undergoes his heart procedure today.

Hey to Asa! We finally have Fall-like temps around here- high today of 71!

Y'all remember to act like somebody wherever you go & whatever you do today!

possum u.a.r.

October 17, 2017 - Msg 108369: Good morning, porch. Frankie Flynt, it's good to see you. You've been away much too long. Where have you been, girl? Did you go up to Raleigh and get lost?

MDC, let us know how the CT scan went this morning. I hope they get some information that will help them make you feel better.

TOM, we are praying for your friend's son. That's so scary, when a child is injured like that. I pray that he'll recover quickly, and be at home with his family very soon.

Thank you all for the prayers for my son. The hospital has discharged him to home, and he's still having some issues with confusion and disorientation at times. He should not have been discharged home, but they did it anyway. His wife absolutely must work, no choice, so that was putting him there alone. I wish I could have gone out there to stay with him, but with my health issues, I would end up being more of a liability than an asset. No problem. His sister went to the rescue, no surprise to anyone. My kids stick together! Robbi is out there with him, and says he's doing pretty well, better than she expected.

The problem appears to be with his liver. Apparently when he was so sick a few years back, more damage was done than we realized. He had been taking huge amounts of Tylenol and Advil, far more than the safe dose, to control the pain in his failing hip, which he finally had replaced. Tylenol and Advil are safe when taken as directed, but he was taking about four or five times the recommended amount, and just about killed his liver. You can actually commit suicide with Tylenol, if you take a large enough dose, and Advil presents other dangers. I've treated suicide attempts at the hospital, and it's not pretty. Anyway, he no longer takes anything like that, but apparently the damage was severe, and his liver is in serious trouble. Please continue to pray for him, that the damage has halted now, and that his confusion will clear up. He's such a good guy - smart, creative, talented, kind, compassionate - just a good guy. I wish I could go out there, but right now, it would be foolish for me to attempt it.

Well, guess I'll go comb Toye Starr. With her cute new haircut, that's not such a big chore anymore, but she still hates it. I can get her all combed and tangle-free in about a fourth of the time it used to take, with a lot less struggling with her, and she's just adorable when she's all fluffed and buffed, especially with those pink ears! I just made her groomer appointment for December 14, so she'll be gaw-jus for Christmas! The groomer is so good, she doesn't mind going there so I know they're good to her, and appointments have to be made two months in advance, or you can't get in.

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

October 17, 2017 - Msg 108370: My Dad is doing just fine and keeping very busy on the farm. He let me sneak out and do a little visiting with family. Im back now and very happy.

October 17, 2017 - Msg 108371: Thanks for sweeping up the porch ASA, it looks good, real good. :)
Well, with all that has happened this year, I just laughed inside today and 'grinned and bore it."
You guessed it, there was a CT scan 'saga.' What?
Don't get upset i told myself as it was 40 minutes past my scheduled time, and I was still in the waiting room. I finally went up to the counter of the hospital's imaging dept and said
"I'm still waiting." (and btw, i was the only one in the waiting room.) The lady says, Oh they are having issues with the CT machine. Finally a guy comes out and says 'we're taking you to the ER's machine.' Well, being an ER, there were two stroke victims ahead of me. ( I did say a little prayer for both), and finally I got in. They got the IV going fine, and put me on the table and had me put my arms up over my head. Well, in that position my heart rate was 'all over the place' so they wanted to wait for it to stabilize, but I told them that it will not do so if I lay that way. (too much work for the ticker.) After 20 minutes they finally called the doc who reads the tests, and he said go ahead and do it as is. So we shall see what it shows. One GOOD thing is that they told me that this machine is ten times BETTER than the one in Imaging, as it is brand new with very good clarity. So thank you Lord for that! :)
ASA, my head was never fully in the tube, so i did good with that as well. Thanks to all for the prayers! I'll have to write a book. ha (Maybe I just did!) lol
Hey to Frankie Flint!!

October 18, 2017 - Msg 108372: BOO--please check in and say Hey. thx

October 18, 2017 - Msg 108373: Hi.
Update on friend son over 4 hr in surgery to fix thing up ok there now he have broken finger bones and around eyes and nose and a little on the brain he is awake and talking.
now he have a collapse lung.
like his dad said the little can not catch a broken?

TOM :(

October 18, 2017 - Msg 108374: We WILL TOM,....You bet!....Dale Too!....G-F

October 18, 2017 - Msg 108375: Thank you for the update Tom. You bet we will
continue the prayers, especially for the brain!
I hope he was wearing a helmet. God be with him.

October 18, 2017 - Msg 108376: Tom, so sorry to learn about your friend's son. I will offer him some prayers.

Romeena, I am surprised that Dale did not ask his doctor for some stronger pain medication instead of overdosing on over the counter medicine. Was he afraid of becoming addicted?

MDC, thanks for the information about the Leave It To Beaver program. But I have a surprise for you. Below is a link to the episode before the "first" episode link that you posted. It is the pilot episode that has the same Beaver and mother, but a different father and older brother. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qajz_VL60Wk
And to hear Jerry Mathers talk about the pilot episode, watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35EMVyAntAg

from Poor Horatio

October 19, 2017 - Msg 108377: Thanks PH, I will check them out.
ALL- I forgot to mention that I got a nice letter recently from Pappa Bear Frank.
He is doing better these days, but still being poked and prodded like
some of the rest of us these days. He says a big HEL-LO to the porch, and says he'll see us all at the Remshaw place soon! :)

October 19, 2017 - Msg 108378: Good morning all.
MDC, Glad things went well with the scan. Hopefully they can come up with a plan to help you now.

Tom, continued prayers for your friends son. And continued prayers for Dale and for Pappa Bear.

I don't know what I did, but when I rolled out of bed yesterday morning I discovered I could hardly move because my back was locked up. Real bad. Same thing this morning. Seems like it's a different kind of pain than I usually get. I tell ya, this getting old stuff ain't for sissy's. So I will be in the Wheeler again all day with heat and ice.

I pray y'all have a safe and wonderful day.


October 19, 2017 - Msg 108379: Asa...I think fall clean-up work contributes to the the added need of “Wheelertime” is what I find.. I did the screening of my compost in my bin yesterday, so I have room in my bin for a new batch of leaves a d such... But I tell you it pays off BIG time next year for the plants...

I have been given some 4 O'clock & Confederate Rose seeds by one of my Southern friends to plant next year. I’m hoping they will grow in a “Yankee” garden. Haha...Anyone have them in your gardens?..Romeena??...

I grew some awesome Giant marigolds again this year, they got really Big so I have a lot of seeds. So if anyone needs some I have plenty!...

Shout out for Boo and the other missing porchsters....”Rocker-54 Where are you!”....


October 19, 2017 - Msg 108380: Good afternoon, porch. Asa, one of these days you're going to have to give up the fight and go see a doc about your back, with the full knowledge that they may recommend surgery. I know, no one wants to hear that, but so many common back problems can be corrected with a very simple surgery these days. True, some are not so simple. Mine wasn't, but I went from screaming anytime I tried to move my legs and unable to walk, to pain free and fully mobile. It was worth it. Most back surgeries are very simple. My SIL had severe chronic pain, finally gave up and accepted the doc's recommendation, had a 30-minute surgery with a 1" incision, went home the same day, and she's walking pain free today. Every case is different, but there's no harm in checking it out.

G-F, I love 4 O'clocks, but have had really awful luck with them. I don't know why, but I have a very hard time growing them. As for Confederate Rose, I wasn't sure what that is, but a quick Google showed me! They're very pretty, and are actually not a rose, but a hibiscus. They seem to come in lots of colors and petal forms, and are just lovely. Good luck with both!

Poor Horatio, my son inherited my severe intolerance for opioids in any form. If we try to take Vicodin, codeine, or (God forbid!) morphine or anything that even resembles an opioid, it's disastrous. The immediate reaction is nausea, vomiting, confusion, hallucinations, dizziness - you name it. My doctor finally entered it as an allergy on my records, just to keep other docs from saying "Oh, everybody can take this drug, it won't bother you." Then they'd give it to me in a recovery room and spend the next hour dealing with the consequences. Oh, and it doesn't do much for the pain, probably because I throw up at least part of it. My choices are to just hurt and tough it out, or take the pill, then I get to hurt and vomit and fight the staff, etc. Fortunately, we both have very high tolerance for pain, but his hip was beyond even that. When he finally had it replaced, he took no pain meds after the surgery. He said it hurt "a little" but nothing like it did before the surgery. I don't take anything either. My medication after a 4 1/2 hour back surgery was one Tylenol tablet (once) to satisfy my nurse, who was concerned because I had taken nothing for pain.

Well, better hit the shower. I'll be seeing my pulmonologist this afternoon, to try to figure out what's causing all this shortness of breath I've been dealing with. I hope we can get it figured out, because I surely am tired of it. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

October 19, 2017 - Msg 108381:
Romeena, the one time I was having shortness of breath, it turned out to be fluid retention. After the doctor gave me some lasix, it cleared up after multiple visits to the washroom.

from Poor Horatio

October 19, 2017 - Msg 108382: Good evening, porch. Poor Horatio, I can only wish that my breathing problems could be fixed with a diuretic. Because of my different cardiac issues, Lasix and I are old friends. I have a standing p.r.n. order for it, I get 30 tablets at a time and take them when I feel like I need them. The drug usually expires before I take all 30 tabs. Believe me, fluid is not the problem.

Today, the doc (who is a friend of many years) told me that the problems are manageable, but not fixable. I have a form of asthma, called reactive airway syndrome. The airways in the lungs can shut down under certain conditions. The upper lobe of my right lung is scarred over from radiation I took in 1979, after a mastectomy for cancer, so it doesn't exchange gases. I also am losing rib cage space due to my advancing scoliosis, so my lungs can't fully expand. Then there are cardiac issues that limit the degree of perfusion my heart can provide. Taken all together, it spells "short of breath on exertion." There's a sliding scale there - depending upon which of those components are acting up at the moment, I can tolerate more or less exertion. On a good day, I barely notice a problem. I can go outdoors and pull weeds for an hour or more without even breathing hard. On a bad day, I can't walk out to get the paper off the driveway without running out of breath, but O2 always perks me right up. I have an O2 concentrator here, and I sleep with O2 on at night, and have a line that runs to my chair for watching TV. Now the doc says he's ordering one of the little 2.8 lb personal concentrators, that I can take with me when I'm away from home, and fire up and use it whenever I need it. So, that's going to give me a lot more freedom. I wish it wasn't necessary, but it is, so I'm grateful that it's available. God is good.

Well, just got home from a dinner at the church, better go feed Princess Pink Ears. Then to bed, as I have another doc appointment in the morning, this time with the diabetes doc. Should be no problems there. Blessings, all. --Romeena

October 20, 2017 - Msg 108383: HI ALL...I just have to laugh a bit as i read our current posts. When I first showed up here in 2003, we were all so 'young and spry,' and i was extolling the virtues of natural things like oregano, yet now our posts are about our ailing this or that, one thing or another, like poor ol' Bert. ha Life can sure throw us some curve balls. I indeed walked thru the valley of the shadow of death this year, but tho I didnt always think so, Jesus was indeed at my side. He got me thru it. Our youngster BOO seems to be doing well with her new vegan diet. She has mentioned things on FB. ASA--my prayers are with you bro, that misery in the back is no fun!
RO--will medicare pay for the O2 machine? Is it an Imogen? I have seen their commercials.
Gen. Kelly gave a great talk this morning! Hope some of you heard it!
POSSUM--your FB post about you-know-what was spot on!
Speaking of SPOT, how about breakfast? :)

October 20, 2017 - Msg 108384: Hahaha! MDC, you're absolutely right, Our conversational topics have definitely skewed toward our ailments in the past few years. You don't suppose we're getting old? Nah. Can't be that. I was looking over our church congregation one day, and realized that if it weren't for hair dye, the room would look as though someone had thrown a white blanket over it, with little holes in it where the men's bald heads were. I'd say about half of the women color their hair, and the rest (like me) just let it be what it is.

Generally speaking, that doesn't bode well for a church, when the whole congregation is aging so rapidly, but we've got a little hedge working against that. We have a separate, Spanish-speaking congregation that meets during our Bible Study hour, and the majority of those folks are young couples. They're going to be around for a while! Irving's population is now about 80% Hispanic, and several years ago, our church decided not to fight the changing demographics, but rather to embrace the change. Signage in the buildings is now in both languages. We teach ESL on Wednesdays. We have a young Hispanic associate pastor, who conducts the services for the Hispanic congregation, and he's a fine young preacher. He is, of course, fully bilingual. We're all one church, new members are introduced in both services and greeted by the members, and we have "mosaic" services at least once a quarter, where both congregations meet together, and the sermon is interpreted. We have a few younger Anglo families, but not many. In ten or fifteen years, all of us old members will be gone, and the church would have died. However, by adapting, it will remain a faithful representation of the dominant demographic of the city, and it will be Hispanic. It will change, but it won't die. It will continue to occupy its space there on Story Road, and will continue to share the gospel and God's love with the city. I'm proud of my church and the decisions our leaders have made.

MDC, you asked about the O2 concentrator. It will be provided by Inogen, like you see on TV, and if you ask Inogen whether Medicare pays for it, they will say it does not. However, when I mentioned that to my doc, he said, "Oh yes, they will. It all depends on how the order is written up, and I do know how to write it." I'm glad, because they run nearly $3,000! If he can swing that, it's going to re-open a lot of opportunities for me to get out and enjoy life.

Well, gotta run. I have an appointment with my endocrinologist - just routine, check the A1C and all that good stuff. She's thorough, and I like her. Later, taters. --Romeena

October 20, 2017 - Msg 108385: RO--does your church have a website? If so, can you post a link? (We are dealing with that demo also and would like to see how it's presented.) Thanks,

October 20, 2017 - Msg 108386: We do have a website. It's not particularly elaborate, but most of what you would want to know is there. Be aware that our senior pastor just retired a few weeks ago, so we are in a search for a new pastor at this time. He will remain as interim pastor until the new pastor is identified. We're going to miss him dreadfully, but at least he's still preaching at least half the time during the search period, which could take up to a year.

The link is http://www.plymouthpark.org/

I hope this helps. --Romeena

October 20, 2017 - Msg 108387: Thanks RO. I just skimmed it. Looks good.
We currently have an English service, a Vietnamese service and a Spanish service, and I am trying to figure out a good way to
suggest that we 'come together' now and then so we don't seem like 3 separate churches. I like the 'mosaic' wording!
Also, here is a very old joke, but one I still like to tell about a congregation looking for a new pastor. After the long search process, the deacon finally announced that they found a great guy; but there was one small problem..."He wants Sundays OFF!" ha

October 21, 2017 - Msg 108388: I'd like to take this opportunity to go on record and express my feelings regarding the changing demographics in my own town, and all across the nation. As MDC said, his city is dealing with it, probably has for years. All the states along the Mexican border know the situation well. The Gulf states are feeling the impact, too.

It can be a problem. Many of the people we see pouring into our country, our states, our towns, our neighborhoods, are definitely worthy of the term "undesirable." There will be a concurrent rise in drug activity, theft, violence and general lawlessness. Any effort to identify potential perpetrators will be met with howls of "profiling" from the hysterical liberals. Well, yes. Profiling is a very efficient way to head off trouble before it can occur. Innocent people with nothing to hide will not object. We are dealing with an influx of people who have fled their own country, because in that country, violence is met with violence. Therefore, if someone is prone to use violence to get what they want, they naturally will gravitate to a locale where they are less likely to meet with retaliation.

On the other hand, we are also meeting a wave of good, innocent people who have fled their country because they're tired of the threat of violence, tired of being the victim. My experience with them, as I've tried to help them learn some usable English, has been that they are kind, God-loving people, very warm and generous, and all they want is to live in peace. They work long, hard hours, they encourage their children to go to school and acquire marketable skills, and they offer no threat to anyone. In short, they're just like most of us. I wouldn't trade my friendship with Jose, and Nato and Lupita and others for anything. They show me pictures of their families, their children and grandchildren, and their pride is evident. They ask to see pictures of my family!

In my opinion, America's problem with immigration does not lie within the immigrants themselves, not as a general class. It lies with our government, which has not learned that it must develop a better immigration policy. Remove the terrible obstacles of time and expense that make it so hard to enter legally. Concentrate instead on investigating and vetting applicants and sifting out the troublemakers. Got a drug history, or a rap sheet with the police? Then you stay home and work on making your own country better by improving yourself. Got a clean record and just want to go where you can have the opportunity to work and better yourself, and lead a safe life? Come on in. Meantime, INS will be free to locate and deport those who came in illegally because they couldn't pass the test to come in legally. That test should be geared to identify potential troublemakers and prevent their entry. Therefore, it would be safe to assume, until proven otherwise, that an illegal entrant would be a potential troublemaker.

There are a lot of problems with our immigration policy, and fixing them is above my pay grade, but surely, somewhere in our stable of lawyers and politicians, there would be someone who is capable of doing so. Until someone offers and implements a solution, I will continue to welcome those who show themselves to be good people, and enjoy my friendships with them. I will also continue to be vigilant and precautionary regarding those who are not so innocent and peace-loving. Maybe some fine day, that will include everyone! --Romeena

October 21, 2017 - Msg 108389: Hahaha! That last paragraph is misleading! Perhaps it would be better this way: Until someone offers and implements a solution, I will continue to be vigilant and precautionary regarding those who are a potential threat. I will also continue to welcome those who show themselves to be good people and enjoy my friendships with them. Maybe some fine day, that will include everyone!

Yep, that's what I was trying to say. My mind wanders sometimes. Wonder what that means?

MDC, we have another congregation as well, besides the Latino group. We have a few Sudanese folks, but it's a very small group, just has a Bible-study leader, no official pastor. In the past, we had a Korean congregation who met in our chapel, where the Hispanics meet now. They used our facility and joined us for group gatherings for several years, and finally grew strong enough to step out on their own. They now have their own facilities, and are a thriving congregation. Our Hispanic church has been active for several years now, but we aren't predicting that they'll leave and go elsewhere. I think the general plan is that our two existing congregations will eventually just blend into one, with the Hispanic part gradually absorbing the Anglo part, as the demographic continues to shift in the city. I think the dual English/Spanish services will continue, with the longer-term residents moving to the English service as they get comfortable with the language, and newcomers continuing to attend the Spanish services.

Just as we teach English as a second language to the Hispanics in the community, I've been suggesting to our leadership that we consider offering Spanish as a second language to our English-speaking congregation, to facilitate that shift in majority. The bilingual signage in the church buildings is a start, but it's going to take a lot more. Many of our old guard will resist, some will throw up their hands and declare that Spanish is too hard to learn, but some will respond positively. Incidentally, if you think Spanish is hard to learn, try teaching English to a Spanish speaker. English is a nightmare! Spanish is a breeze by comparison. --Romeena

October 21, 2017 - Msg 108390: Well here at work for a bit...football on..got all my cabbage and winter crops worked out yesterday...all looking good...got the rail buggy out for a ride last night...Wife enjoying her her RAV-4 limited..very nice ride..proud for her...a little late for lunch...SO..I will be grilling steaks and shrimp k-bobs for supper...mushrooms on grill also..baked taters (what yall like on baked taters?)I have a friends wife that when they come over to grill out she brings her own small bottle of A-1 sauce just for her tater...she will soak it in A-1..Me?. bacon bits and butter and cheese...ok Boo or possum can you toss a salad and bring it...we will have sweet tea and pitch some horse shoes...lets get started around 4:30 est...Prayers ! SPOT

October 21, 2017 - Msg 108391: Hello all.

Het Spot, I like me some butter on my tater, and some bacon bits, but it has to be the real deal, non of that baco bits stuff. And maybe some diced up green onion. Cheese I can take or leave, just depends on my mood. My Wife likes sour cream on hers, but not I.

Romeena, You may be right concerning my back. This "outage" has been a bad one. I am still struggling to walk much, especially in the morning when I first get up. I seem to loosen up a bit as the day moves on, and it is slowly improving each day, but been pretty bad. I just have to think of being a care giver for my Wife though. I know a number of folks, including my own Son, who have had surgery and have come out of it worse than when they went in. So I am really torn as to what to do. Then to top it off, yesterday I broke a huge chunk of one of my teeth off when eating supper. Thank goodness it isn't painful, but now I need to call my dentist on Monday. I am pretty sure I am looking at a crown. Boy oh boy, what fun.

Yep, we do all seem to have our ailments and aches and pains. lol. A feller I know says the so called "golden years" are more lead than gold. :)

Well better go get the ice pack for the sacroiliac.


October 21, 2017 - Msg 108392: Ha, good one ASA, but add some titanium and ceramic in there too. haha. My prayers continue for you, my friend.
ALL, Please keep Cecile in your prayers as I take her in for shoulder replacement on Tuesday. Thanks.
RO, you are correct in many ways. Things would be so much better if the legal "process" could be made more streamlined. However, we DO have a terrible prob with drug runners here in AZ, so I still believe in the wall idea. It sure has helped Israel.
As for today, I think I will quaf some rootbeer, watch some college football, have some weenies, and then join SPot for supper! Outstandingly good! :)
Love ya,

October 21, 2017 - Msg 108393: Good afternoon, porch. SPOT, I like butter, cheese, green onions or chives, and lots of sour cream on my tater. Fake bacon bits, yuck. The real thing in bits, pretty good. Freshly fried and crumbled, yum! I'll bring a big container of sour cream, because I eat a lot of it.

Asa, I hear your concern for your responsibilities with your wife. You can't afford to be incapacitated, but then, if you don't get this thing fixed, that could happen anyway. I agree, you've got a problem. Still praying for you.

MDC, as it happens, I agree with you regarding the wall. It's going to be unbelievably expensive, and will still have to be manned somehow, because people will find a way to climb over or dig under. Actually, I liked Trump's idea of lining the wall with voltaic panels. In time the wall would pay for itself with the energy it could produce. Then with surveillance cameras feeding images to centrally located INS stations, the whole wall could be digitally patrolled. You're absolutely right about Israel's success with their wall, and by the way, they've done a pretty good job of averting terrorist attacks by openly and blatantly profiling. I definitely think we are throwing the baby out with the bathwater, with our oh-so-politically-correct policies regarding profiling. It wasn't my 82 year old father, or a mom with a baby in her arms, who hijacked the planes and knocked the towers down. It was Middle Eastern men, between ages 20 and 40. Yet my dad was practically strip-searched, until he finally so embarrassed he was in tears, because his knee replacement tripped the alarm. My friend's 23 year old daughter, carrying a four-month-old infant, was detained for a special search, including removing the baby's diaper, and was never told why. It's insanity, and it will continue until somebody is willing to say out loud that the emperor has no clothes. Meantime, the liberals run around with their hair on fire because some man is upset because he can't use the ladies' room. Makes me want to just hit something. As Puck said in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" - "Lord, what fools these mortals be!"

Finally got my shaggy hair cut today, stopped by the store and picked up some fruit and veggies, and a little steak, so guess I'll go cook a little dinner. By the way, we have recently gotten the Tillamook brand of dairy products in this area, and I've gotta tell you - those folks make good cheese! It's a little pricey, but it's worth it. It melts into velvety rivers, and tastes like cheese used to taste. Their ice cream is good, too. --Romeena

October 22, 2017 - Msg 108394: Good Evening Porch! What an exciting playoff game tonight. Can`t wait tell the World Series! game on Tuesday. You all have a great weekend.

October 22, 2017 - Msg 108395: Good Sabbath all.

Hey Romeena, I just was thinking that when we are frying up bacon to put on our baked taters, that may be the only time we like out bacon fried up crisp. Otherwise it has to be limp and juicy. My Mom used to make us, what I would call "shoe string bacon". She would have the butcher cut up the bacon in strips about the size of shoe strings. She would fry it up good and crisp. Boy howdy, that was some good stuff. I wonder if I could find a butcher who could do that. I can just taste it now. As Ben Matlock would say, "Them are some good eats"!

So Frankie, you like baseball do you? Who is your favorite team?

I guess I won't be going to preaching today. I will find a good sermon on the tube instead I reckon.

I hope everyone has a great Sabbath.


October 22, 2017 - Msg 108396: Here Ya go Asa.. a Good One! http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xy5tc1 G-F

October 22, 2017 - Msg 108397: ARFF!.....

October 22, 2017 - Msg 108398: LOL Thanks GF. I love it when Aunt Bee tells Andy that they are both on the same side (the two Reverends). :)


October 22, 2017 - Msg 108399: Good Sabbath to all. Our pastor spoke this morning on Isaiah 45 about the pagan king Cyrus, whom God used to give freedom to the captive Israelites in Babylon; how God can use anyone, including our current leaders. Tho no names were mentioned, we got his drift, which is why i always keep them in prayer. For those who may not know it, a recent EO now allows religious entities to NOT have to cover certain items in their health plans, which the former admin would not eve budge on. OK, now MY soapbox goes back under the porch.
Frankie, it's Dodgers and Astros, I gotta say I'm rooting for the 'Stros. :)
GF, Not that I really care much anymore, but your Browns were 'up' whilst my Cards were WAY 'down today!'
ALL--'Loaded' baked potatoes are among one of my favs for sure, and pretty good for you too.
ASA--we were on a 'shoe string' DIET at my house growing up; with ten mouths to feed, things got stretched pretty thin at times! My dad used to add water to ketchep to make it last a little longer, but I wouldnt change those growing up years for anything. We could play outside til the sun went down, even drank water from a hose instead of a plastic bottle, milk was delivered in ice cold glass containers, and clothes dried on a line in the sunshine! I could go on , but I think most of you here understand. :)
I continue to ask the good Lord Jesus to heal your back. I understand the caregiving thing for sure, but could one of the kids help out for a few days? Just a tought.
BOO--how goes the vegan thing?
POSSUM--take a peek from under rock before it is covered with autumn leaves! Lol

October 22, 2017 - Msg 108400: Headed into work...more heavy storms moving this way DPOT

October 22, 2017 - Msg 108401: SPOT

October 22, 2017 - Msg 108402: Yep, MDC...Those were the days...Since Dad made 2 (40) gal crocks of sauerkraut every year, needless to say we had kraut pretty often. Looking back you could tell the months financial status as to what we had with it...Yep, sometimes we had kraut with a side of kraut...lol But Mom would put some steamed dumplings on top it while she cooked it.....Those were pretty tasty...
Asa, I know how it is when you’re the caregiver, cook/bottle washer and you are ailing. You just gotta push on and hope it wii be a better day tomorrow...That is how it is with my hip...


October 23, 2017 - Msg 108403: HAPPY MONDAY!

October 23, 2017 - Msg 108404: Hi.
G F the brown are not my tear the where play.


October 24, 2017 - Msg 108405: I think my poor Bengals could sure use ole Rifle Fife at quarterback.

Billy Ray the Postman

October 24, 2017 - Msg 108406: Exactillioso! (:

October 24, 2017 - Msg 108407: Good morning, porch! It's absolutely beautiful here this morning. It's 60°, light breeze, totally clear sky, and critter traffic at a high level. They're busy storing up, I guess. I'm thinking we may have a cold winter, because the squirrels are really "fuzzed up" and they're working constantly, building nests and hauling pecans from the trees down the street. Such activity!

Asa, have I ever told you about "Aunt Hazel Bacon?" I'm pretty sure I have, but I'll tell it again for any newcomers. My mom's sister made bacon and eggs for her family every morning for many years. As a child I loved her bacon, and she taught me the secret. She floured it! Yep, she dredged that bacon in flour, like you would other kinds of meat. Just a light dusting, no batter or anything like that. She would put it in a little flour on a paper towel and just toss it around. These days, I put it in a little baggie and shake it up. Gets it just right. Then you fry it, but put a bit of yesterday's grease in the skillet first, or if you don't have any, a little olive oil will do. In a perfectly dry skillet, the flour will scorch before the bacon starts to release any grease, so you need that tiny bit of oil to start the frying process. The texture turns out a little different than our "bend at the waist" bacon, it will be a bit crispier, but it is just delicious, and I'll bet your "shoestring" bacon would be great done this way. I'm going to try it!

Well, guess I'd better get moving. Toye Starr is standing here staring at me. If she could clear her throat very dramatically, she would. I haven't fed her yet, and she is feeling quite put-upon! I have to hurry, a group of us are meeting for lunch and then going to see "Victoria and Abdul". Everybody have a great day, and remember to do something nice for someone. --Romeena

October 24, 2017 - Msg 108408: The things we learn here on the Porch!..Would never thought of doing that with bacon 🥓..I’ll have to give it a try!
I have been using Turkey bacon lately so a little seasoned flour may help it out. Matter of fact that is just what I finished eating..

Billy Ray I think your Bengals have been just the Browns Step-Sons...Lol


October 24, 2017 - Msg 108409: Turkey bacon? Is that like fat-free sour cream? (heehee) --Romeena

October 24, 2017 - Msg 108410: Lol...Unfortunately it is like that sometimes Romeena!.... tehehaha .....G-F

October 24, 2017 - Msg 108411: Also Romeena...Did you have REAL BUTTER on your popcorn today?..Double haha!...G-F

October 24, 2017 - Msg 108412: Evening all.

Romeena, I do remember you mentioning that flour bacon once but had forgot about it. I'll have to give it a whirl.

GF, I have not really followed football this year. Sounds like the Ohio teams are not doing so well.

MDC, Prayers for your dear Wife that all went well for her today. Keep us updated friend.

Got my back adjusted yesterday but it is still pretty sore. It gets a little better each day though. Just need to be patient. And I am not where my back is concerned. I get pretty grouchy. Also saw the dentist. And it is going to need a crown. I thought it would. Mercy sakes, things keep breaking off and falling out from me anymore. I wonder what causes that? :)

Prayers for all.


October 24, 2017 - Msg 108413: Hahaha! Asa, you reminded me of what my dad told the doctor one time. He said, "You know, all my favorite parts have either fallen off, quit working, hurt, or leak!" I thought the doc was going to drop his stethoscope. My dad was one funny character, and the older he got and the worse his Alzheimer's got, the funnier he got. You never knew what he was going to say, but you could count on it being funny.

Here's an example. Daddy liked to carry cash, and being in a retirement residence/nursing home didn't change that. He always carried around $300 or $400 in his wallet, said he needed it in case "one of the grandkids comes around, needing a little money." I kept track of what he had, there was no place to spend it where he was, and he never left the residence without me or a family member or his friend Tom. It gave him his dignity, to feel like he could pay for lunch or whatever, and we would let him do it now and then. He could afford it, it was his money, and it made him so happy.

Well anyway, we had been on a few errands and when I dropped him off at Twelve Oaks (where he lived) he asked me to "run back to the bank and get me some cash, I've only got two of these (showing me two $100 bills." I suggested that he really didn't need any more than that, and we'd be going out again in a few days, could get it then. He said "Is it my money still, or not?" Well, of course I said it was, and he said, "Then please do as I asked. Get me eight more." EIGHT?? Yes, eight.

So, I drove back across town, got eight $100 bills and returned to Twelve Oaks. He was sitting on the bench on the front patio, and came to the car when I drove up. He got in and asked me if I got what he asked for. I said I did, and handed him $800 in cash (very reluctantly.) He looked at it for a minute, then looked at me and said "What on earth did you get all this for? You know I don't carry that much." I told him I got exactly what he told me to get. Then he delivered this little gem: "Well, you know better than this. What are you listening to me for? You know I'm supposed to be crazy!" Then this man who was supposed to have lost reasoning power told me to give him "two of those", take the rest back home and stash it away, and it would be there later, when he needed it. That's exactly what I did.

He would go through about $200 a month, buying an occasional lunch for someone, but mostly buying bags of little wrapped candies from Sam's. He would fill a shopping cart with it, and spend his days making his rounds at Twelve Oaks, putting a little piece of candy here and there - on a coffee table, a windowsill, a housekeeper's cart, or just handing them out. He was known as "The Candy Man" to the staff and residents both. When he passed, he had a large stash of candy in his rooms. We left some at Twelve Oaks, and took the rest to the church, put it in baskets in the foyer, and after the funeral service, everyone was invited to help themselves to "Mr. Jim's candy." It was a hit.

That was my dad. I'll promise you, he's got the angels laughing, and probably has organized a quartet or two, with his family and friends from many years ago, singing like they did when I was a child. Good memories. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

October 25, 2017 - Msg 108414: Well, I got home a bit ago after one long day for sure! We had to be at the hospital at 9:30 AM for a 12 PM surgery, but it got delayed until 1 PM. They finally wheeled her out of the prep area at 1:15 PM, and I went to the lobby. At 3 PM the doc came out and said all went great, no problems! Woohoo! Then I had to wait another hour and a half while she was in recovery. Got to her room at 4:30 PM. She was still a bit groggy, the shoulder numbing agent was still in affect, so she couldnt even feel the ice pack! At 5:30 she wanted some 'dinner' so they let her have jello, yogurt, broth, and milk. We then watched some of the World Series and she went off to sleep as the game was ending. Thank you for all the prayers. If all goes according to Hoyle, she will get to come home Wed. PM.
ROMEENA, great story about your dad! Thanks for sharing. How is your son doing? At my dad's group home during the last two years of his life, he became known as "Casanova." But that's another story for another time! haha
I wish BOO, POSSUM, and LUCY would please check in.
God's blessings,

October 25, 2017 - Msg 108415: MDC Glad everything went well, she’ll be ready to pitch for your D-Backs by Spring training...lol

Romeena, that story just clutched me....He sounded like a Great Man..The Apple didn’t fall far from the tree!
I found when working with the elderly population in my job the “Grouchy” complaining folks were always that way, and old age didn’t just bring that on. And the happy joyful ones were that way all their lives, and they just did get that way either...There is a special place in Heaven for those folks...Amen?

Asa I have been giving the NFL the “Big Freeze” but you can’t help but see/hear about the Browns on the TV news.

Everyone have a Great Day!....G-F
btw Romeena, Floyd is on the Mayberry Cruise right now....