April 03, 2018 - Msg 109563: We had a beautiful day out today. Think I may have to mow that back yard again before the rain comes in on Friday.
Had the tax`s done a while back. I like to get them done as soon as possible. They are such a pain. lol
You all take care.

April 03, 2018 - Msg 109564: Sweep Sweep

April 03, 2018 - Msg 109565: Good Sweep Frankie !..Well hope to get garden ready this week but more rain on the way...ugg..prayers to all !...high around 70 here in Ga today !..Breakfast menu: two eggs your way,bacon (limp for Romeena),grits,sausage links bisquits and gravy...Oj coffee...ready at 07:45 est..SPOT !

April 03, 2018 - Msg 109566: Good Sweep Frankie...At least I got a break this time!...lol

MDC...You cracked me up Buddy!...Great Speech!..Here is a link that may help complete your “uniform” lol

Well, we are going from 3” of snow yesterday to 60 degrees and bad rain storms today! Welcome to the Bipolar Ohio Weather of the day...I Sure hope Mother Nature gets her act together soon...We NEED some warm weather!!


April 03, 2018 - Msg 109567: p.s. Boo may like the shirt too...Can We Say....”TOOL BELT” haha 😉...G-F again

April 03, 2018 - Msg 109568: KEEP ALL THAT BAD WEATHER THERE G F


April 03, 2018 - Msg 109569: MDC. I just gotta say that there was one of the most wonderful and humble acceptance speeches I have ever heard. I actually got a lump in my throat, and it wasn't from Boo's meatballs. I glanced over at GF and noticed he was getting a little teary eyed, again I don't think it was from Possum's salsa. What a class act you are, even if you're lacking in the B.C. arena. You done made us proud buddy.

GF and Tom, so sorry Spring is teasing you like that. But it won't be long and it will be warm and sunny for y'all. As Andy told Goober, "One day the sun will shine in your back door again".

That breakfast was Spot on Spot.

Frankie, good sweeping. You even got the corners. GF tends to... well I better not say. :)

Well my day is about done. Do my paperwork and get outta here.


April 03, 2018 - Msg 109570: GF--very funny T shirt, but perhaps the name of the "company" on the front should have been "Quarter-Moon Plumbing!" haha
ASA-- glad you liked the speech, maybe one of my long lost relatives was a plumber. lol I am mostly DIY unless it is a sewer issue, etc.
Also, sorry to hear about your TEE problems. As I was laying on my side, after getting the numbing throat spray, they gave me one injection in the IV. Then they said, "Steve?" To which i groggily said, "Yes, I CAN HEAR you."
Then I heard the doc tell the nurse, "Better give him 250 more..." and I was out! BTW, was your OK? So glad no hole between my atria!
SPOTTY--we're still waiting on a date for a barn dance at your place! :) BTW, how is missus spot these days? :)
RO--Caddy is fixed, your flowers are blooming, you made it to church, furkid is happy, so glad life is better these days.
BOO--the FB pic of your yard and grass is just super! Happy birthday to SEAN!
ALL--have a great week!

April 04, 2018 - Msg 109571: Good late evening, porch. Yes, MDC, life is better. Actually, life is good. I have no complaints. I could use a little more money, but then, who couldn't? I have food in the freezer and pantry, and my bills are paid, so I'm okay. I have aches and pains, but I'm 78, so that's pretty much par for the course. I woke up on the green side of the grass this morning, and have no reason to doubt that I will do so again tomorrow. When I do, I have something to do that's useful, and the ability to do it. God is good.

Blessings to all my dear friends on this porch. I'm not sure you all know just how much you mean to me, but you're a very important part of my support system. I pray for you and yours, and value your friendship very highly. Again, God is good. --Romeena

April 04, 2018 - Msg 109572: Thanks MDC...glad you don't have a hole in your atria.

Oh Asa...lol.

Thank you Romeena. As I read back over archives recently, I realized how many problems I have dumped on all of you over the years and how many prayers you have prayed for me and my family. There just aren't enough words to thank you all. I am blessed to know you!

Well, have to get Erin off to school. I will try to get back later and sit a spell.


April 04, 2018 - Msg 109573: Good morning, porch! Just as I expected, I woke up this morning, didn't hear any angels singing, and saw Toye Starr sitting on the other end of my pillow, so I knew I was still in Texas, not in heaven. That's fine with me, Texas is close enough for now.

Gotta run - tengo mucho trabajo hoy. Blessings! --Romeena

April 04, 2018 - Msg 109574: Glad you are still on the green side of the grass too Ro. Ditto to what you expressed. :)

Boo, I am glad you have felt comfortable coming here and letting us pray for you and your family. Not a burden at all. It's an honor.

MDC, My TEE was done just before I was having my ablation done. He was checking to make sure there were no blood clots I believe. An earlier Echo had shown there were no holes in my heart.

Guess I will call it a day. Busy one for sure.


April 05, 2018 - Msg 109575: Good evening all. Just a moment to say hello tonite, as I too had a pretty full day.!
The blessings of Jesus on us all! :)

April 05, 2018 - Msg 109576: Asa, glad to hear your test were ok.
Romeena, what area of Texas are you at. I was born in Texas many years ago in Harlingen Texas. Have not been there in forty years. Have a niece that lives in the Austin area.
Well I did have to go out and mow the front and back yard today. Went over to the store and purchased some weed and feed. Will put that on the lawn before this next rain storm comes in tomorrow evening. It really takes care any weeds. Even had some time to do some pruning on the hibiscus plants. Today was a yard day for me.
Good night Porch!

April 05, 2018 - Msg 109577: Good morning, porch! It's chilly here, at 64°, but expected to go into upper 70s this afternoon. I will be so glad when this weather settles down. I've about worn out the toggle on my a/c system, switching from furnace to a/c. The house is well insulated, and it doesn't respond drastically in here when the temp fluctuates outside, and I would probably just ride with it myself, if it weren't for Toye Starr. She's on the floor, where it's colder, she's so tiny and hasn't an ounce of fat on her little body, and has no undercoat, just long silky hair. It's a little cool in here this morning, at 69°, which is cooler than I like it, but my little friend is shivering. So, guess I'll switch over to heat and let it take the chill off. By mid-afternoon, I'll be switching back to a/c. Crazy.

Frankie, I didn't know you were a Texan, and a deep South Texan at that! I knew I liked you! The beautiful Texas valley, down there where all the citrus trees grow! When and why did you leave, if you don't mind sharing? As for me, I was born in San Antonio, lived in and around the city until I married Dale in 1958, and still miss it. Right now, I'm in Irving, which you probably know is a large suburb on the west side of Dallas. I've lived in this house for 45 years, and it looks like I'll just finish things up here. Roots are too deep and no real reason to change anything now. It's still Texas. If I was in another state, it would likely be a different story.

Boo, never apologize for sharing on the porch. That's what friends are for, for sure. We have always shared both our joys and our sorrows, our successes and our troubles, and I hope we always do. As Asa said, it's an honor to be trusted with someone's confidence, and a privilege to pray for them.

My friend Ted came yesterday and installed the big drawers in the under-counter cabinet, next to my stove. I had grown tired of having plastic bowls and lids fall out on my feet every time I opened that cabinet door, and tired of being unable to match up bowls and lids. You know the ones I mean, those semi-disposable bowls with snap on lids that are so handy for storing leftovers, and I love the bigger sizes for taking food to a sick friend, or to a pot-luck or whatever. They're cheap enough that you don't have to worry about getting them back when it's over. Anyway, Ted made two deep drawers, one with a partition in it so my cutting boards have a place to stand, and now I no longer have mysterious, lost-forever items in the back of a cabinet that I can't get into without getting on my knees and crawling in. When I was clearing the space so he could install the drawers, I dragged stuff out from the depths, things I hadn't seen in years. Then I had a real problem getting up. I can get down on my knees just fine, but getting up can be a problem. I got stranded out in the back yard one day, after planting some flowers, and had to crawl about twenty feet to reach a boulder that I could use to get myself up! Bette Davis was right. Old age ain't no place for sissies!

Well, anyway, I've got a big pile of plastic bowls and lids (and useless junk, which will be trashed) in my kitchen, to be sorted and placed in those drawers. What a blessing they're going to be!

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 06, 2018 - Msg 109578: RO--when I work outside (i.e.: fixing sprinkler pipes!) I take a plastic two step 'step stool' with me
to serve as a crutch to help me get up,...just a thought.
Yesterday i was pulling up St. Augustine grass 'runners' so new grass can grow. (I used the stool to get up) I had the yard de-thatched
a month or so ago, but it also exposed those runners all over the place.
Also, I have another thought about your lost keys.
Maybe the garage rat ran off with them! haha

ALL--the widow lady from church whom we have been helping with groceries, etc, had to go into a SNF for a while.
She may be able to go back to her apt, but not at this time. Her only child, a daughter, flew in from Virginia today, and I took her around to the bank, and to see her mom. She really perked up when she saw her daughter!

Well, time to get to bed.
Love ya,

April 06, 2018 - Msg 109579: Romeena, my family moved from Texas when I was about ten years old. We moved to California in the Sacramento area. We moved because my father had a new job. We have been here for over fifty years. I have a few niece`s that live in Texas, and my older sister lived there tell her passing two years ago.
I know exactly what your talking about having the plastic bowls. I have to many of them around here.
MDC, that is a good idea having the step stool while working outside.
Our rain has started this evening. I got my weed and feed on the lawn just in time. With the rain for the next few days it should soak into the yard.
You all take care!

April 06, 2018 - Msg 109580: Good morning, porch! Guess what?? I found my keys. Actually, "key" as there is only the ignition key on that ring. It was where I suspected it was all the time - in my closet. I habitually drop my keys in my pocket if I'm not going directly into the house, where I can hang it on its little hook by the door. I knew I had done a few little things in the garage that day, just for a few minutes, before I entered the house, so the key would have been in my pocket. I had searched that closet, but just missed them. When I took off my jeans, I tossed them across a pile of clothing I was collecting for give-away, and the key fell out. I thought of that, and had searched the floor where they should have fallen, with no luck. I found them yesterday, several feet from where they should have been. Evidently I put a little "whip" on those jeans when I tossed them, and it flung the keys over in a corner of the closet, behind some boots. So - the lost is found.

MDC, after that little episode in the back yard that day, I found a very handy gadget on Amazon and ordered it. Am I ever glad I did. It's a kneeler/seat combination. Turn it one way, and it's a padded kneeler, with sides that extend up and give you something to lift yourself with. Turn it over, those sides become legs, and the kneeler becomes a seat, just the right height for sitting and pulling weeds. I still pull weeds standing, but Eddie uses the seat! It wasn't expensive, is sturdy, and gets a lot of use around here in the yard.

Well, better get moving. I have to get a haircut this afternoon, and play bunco tonight. My orchids need watering in the sunroom (they're gorgeous right now, about fifteen of them blooming) and that takes a while. It takes more than five gallons of water to get them all, which I carry out there in a gallon pitcher, and then pour into a small measuring cup to deliver it to the individual plants. They're so thick and intertwined that I can't get to them with the big pitcher, and I need to know how much is going on each one anyway, so the cup works well. See ya later, taters. --Romeena

April 06, 2018 - Msg 109581: Thanks Romeena for the kneeling bench thing...Good Idea, I will check it out. I have the same problem getting up from my knees...(Once I get down that is!)....haha


April 06, 2018 - Msg 109582: Romeena, the seat kneeler combination sounds like a great item. I will check it out also.
Glad to hear you found those keys!
Lots of rain over here, good day to say inside.
Happy Friday Porch

April 06, 2018 - Msg 109583: Good evening all.

The case of the vanishing key has been resolved ayy?
I was hoping for a more spectacular conclusion though, like they showed up in the meatloaf or you found them in your box of corn flakes. Oh well, glad they are back in your custody Ro.

I wonder if they make them seat kneeler things that will recline. A garden variety Wheeler. There's something you can design and build GF. :)

MDC, Your comment about a garage rat running off with Ro's key reminded me of something I saw a few years ago. And this is a true story. A buddy and I were golfing and we were on a long par 5 hole that had a water hole in front of the green. Well my buddy had a shot of maybe 110 yards out, but hit it fat and kerplunk, right in the hazard. So he took a drop and hit again, again kerplunk. 5 balls in the water. He finally got hold of one good and got it on the very back of the green. As we are walking around the pond to get to the green, all of a sudden my friend hollers at me "look at that". A gopher had run onto the green and was stealing his ball. Oh my, I have never laughed so hard in my life. Truly was one of those you had to be there to believe it moments.

Franke, we got some of your rain this morning and they sat we should get more tomorrow night. I hope it stays dry in the morning so I can get some fertilizer down first.

Well off to rest my tired old bones.


April 06, 2018 - Msg 109584: Good evening, porch. Just got home from playing bunco, and actually came home $13 to the good. We chip in $6 to play, and I won $19 for having the most buncos, so I'm up $13. We usually kick part of our winnings back into the flower fund, but we've got a good cushion there, so everybody kept their winnings. Yippee. Just so you know, it's not gambling. There is no wagering. We put in the $6 to play, and at the end, out of the 12 of us, there are five who will win on specific categories, and divide up $60 in specified amounts - who had the most buncos, who had the most wins, most losses, most crashes, and who had the bunco-dice-necklace at the end of the game. That's a pair of fuzzy dice on a string, and when you throw a bunco you get them to wear around your neck until someone else throws one and you give the dice to her. The seven people left put their score card in a drawing for a $12 pot. It's fun, it's noisy, there's a lot of laughter and a good time, and the hostess feeds everyone well.

That garden kneeler really is a good thing, and it's about $30 or less on Amazon. Just go there and search for "garden kneeler" and you'll find it. Actually, they have some now that look better than the one I've got. They have little pockets for hand tools and stuff.

I'd love to have been here to see that gopher steal that golf ball. That sort of behavior from an animal just makes my day.

Well, gonna go relax a while before turning in. Toye Starr has decided to forgive me for leaving her, so will probably occupy my lap. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

April 06, 2018 - Msg 109585: "Been There", not been here, to see the gopher, etc. Knew I should have proofread it. --Romeena

April 07, 2018 - Msg 109586: RO--I found the following on-line. Is this what you got? :
Just one question, do the 'sides' get in the way
whilst you are working?
ASA--you're pretty funny for a HVAC guy! I was watching a
youtube video of amazing golf shots, and one guy's ball hit a tree, then some rocks, then ricocheted to the green and right into the hole! Amazing indeed!
BTW, did you beat your friend with a good high score? ha
GF, and Frankie, we aint spring chickens anymore, huh?

Well folks, it is d--- hot here lately (and I dont mean 'dang!') ha Been in the mid 90s for over a week now. Normal for here at this time is low to mid 80s. Sure hope it "cools" a bit again soon.
RO--so glad you found the key!! :)

Well, the weekend is upon us. I hope you all have a good one.

April 07, 2018 - Msg 109587: I hope Warren doesn't hear about that group of gambling women Romeena is involved in.

Billy Ray the Postman

April 07, 2018 - Msg 109588: MDC....Send us some of that heat!...I woke up to snow AGAIN today...This is getting REAL old!...G-F

April 07, 2018 - Msg 109589: Good morning, porch. Well, would you believe it is 35° here this morning, wind chill of 25°, with an expected high of just 45°? Weird, weird weather! It's headed for the sixties tomorrow, and up into the eighties next week. I think this is winter's last gasp this weekend. Sure am glad I haven't moved my plumeria trees and my desert rose outdoors yet. The plumerias are in the garage, and the desert rose is in the sunroom. Actually, it could probably stay there, but it does seem to like being outdoors in the summer. Such a pretty thing.

My irises are starting to bloom, and more and more of them are opening with yellow blooms. I know very well I didn't plant that many yellow irises. I think they're reverting back to their parentage. They're hybrid cultivars, and I guess some of them, over time, don't bloom true. Very disappointing. Those rhizomes aren't cheap!

MDC, those pictures, especially the first two, are very, very close to what I bought. Almost identical. However, they're priced higher than they are on Amazon. To answer your question, no, the sides don't get in my way, and I'm really glad they're there when I need to stand up. However, I'm sure your shoulders would be wider than mine, so that could make a difference, but for myself, that little gadget has been really handy. It makes getting up off the ground so much easier.

Age really does change our world. When I was a teenager, I would walk up to my unsaddled horse, grab a big hunk of his mane, give a jump and fling myself up onto his bare back. Also, I could be sitting on the ground, and just leap to my feet like a coiled spring. Now I couldn't jump three inches off the ground, and when I'm down, I can only pull myself up, or push off of something steady, like a boulder. Fortunately, I have a lot of those in my yard. I put them there for their beauty, never dreaming that they would also help me get to my feet! I'm not complaining, just making observations. I'm already eight years past my threescore and ten, so I have no room to complain.

Please don't anyone tell Warren about our bunco parties. If he started that "huh? huh? huh?" routine with me, I might just have to smack him upside the head! I'd hate to do that, because he's basically a nice guy, almost lovable, but annoying at times.

Well, back to my kitchen. I'm still sorting stuff to put in those new drawers. A significant amount is just being trashed. Blessings, porch! --Romeena

April 07, 2018 - Msg 109590: Barney might like to get involved in that wide open bunco game, maybe at the Mayberry Hotel.

Anyone who's played golf has some unbelievable but true stories. I once hit a ball 50 yards right, into the woods. We heard a loud THUNK, the ball hit a tree somewhere in there, and ricocheted back right to the middle of the fairway, just like I planned. Once I was playing with a friend who is a club pro, and he stood about 9 feet to the right side, and maybe 6 feet ahead of me. Pace it off if you want a sense of this. I hit the ball BEHIND him. He was facing me, and he didn't even flinch. Didn't have time, really. I might have killed him. He never made the mistake of standing in front of me again. My brother in law once teed off from the men's tees and hit a low level line drive. It never got more than 2 feet off the ground. It hit the marker for the ladies' tee, which wasn't the normal ball shaped thingy, but was instead a little basket. The ball spun around that, went high in the air, and landed right in the middle of the 2 tee baskets. He rushed up to play his next shot before anyone else noticed him (apparently) teeing off from the ladies tee. One time after a good rain mid-round, my brother lost his grip when teeing off. He drove the ball forward and down. It didn't get 6 inches away from the tee. All that force, and it was on a downward angle, into soft, wet ground. The ball was embedded in the mud. We had to work hard to dig it out. We teased him he hit it farther than long, which was almost true.

Billy Ray the Postman

April 07, 2018 - Msg 109591: Asa, if you work real hard, I'm sure you can get your golf scores up higher.

Billy Ray the Postman

April 08, 2018 - Msg 109592: Billy Ray, those are some pretty good stories!
I have played maybe 3 times in my whole life, and I was
definitely a "line driver." That ball would then land and the momentum made it roll about 50 more feet like a rock skipping off a lake! ha (and i didnt even talk to a hawk either) lol
RO--thank you for the info on the garden helper!

This year we will have lived in our house for 40 years now. My, the things I used to do around here that I wouldnt even THINK about doing these days. In fact, this past Christmas I decided that I will no longer put lights up on the roof. Working so close
to the edge was a little be disconcerting. Plus, my dear wife was worried sick the whole time i was up there!
Our friend the widow lady from church is improving in the Skilled Nursing Facility. They are even
doing PT with her now. Thank you for your prayers for Joan.
Good Sabbath to all.
MDC :)

April 08, 2018 - Msg 109593: Oh, I forgot to mention that we have 3 beautiful bird of paradise blooming in our back yard garden!

April 08, 2018 - Msg 109594: Good Night Porch!

April 08, 2018 - Msg 109595: Good Sabbath all.

Great golf stories Billy Ray. Indeed some of the oddest things seem to transpire on the golf course. I was playing in a tournament once, and on a long par 5 was the designated "long drive" hole. I was having an exceptional driving day that day, and thought I really had a chance of winning that honor. So I tee'd it up, took a few practice swings, set up my stance, and let her rip. I knew the second I hit it, it was going to be a beauty. As a golfer you can feel it when you hit it if it's a good hit ball. That sucker took off, and as I watched it climb higher and higher, I just knew this was a dandy. When all of a sudden the ball just dropped like a rock. And I mean it went down, straight down. I couldn't imagine what on earth had happened until we got to the ball sitting on the fairway. Right above us were some high voltage power lines. My ball had hit one of those lines just right, and it had ricochet off one of those cables. We had actually hear a noise like a twang when it all happened, but never put it together until we saw the power lines. I mean what are the chances of that happening. After the round I was telling some of the guys in the club house about it, and the Club Pro overheard me and chuckled, telling me it happens way more often than you might think. Oh well, I know in my own mind I had the longest drive that day. lol

MDC, My Wife and I were talking about our 40 years of marriage, and some of our adventures of home repairs and remodels. She was my parts chaser, a job she hated because she often came back with the wrong thing, and there always seemed to be some kind of event that would happen that would tick her off. Today we can look back on it and laugh, but at the time it wasn't a laughing matter. Memories sure are nice. You can edit out the bad stuff and just remember the nice stuff. :)

Frankie, sounds like you are getting plenty of rain. It rained here most of the day yesterday, so I was forced to watch The Masters on tv. My goodness Spot, you live in a pretty place if Georgia is as pretty as Augustus. I sure would love to play that course once. I came close to playing Pebble Beach once, when we were in the Monterrey area, but they wanted almost $400.00 for a round. To rich for my blood.

I dunno Ro, I think I might have to tell Warren about your gambling just so I can see you pop him one. I think I'd enjoy that. He was annoying, but then again he was supposed to be, so I guess he was a good Actor.

I guess I am going to have to see the Doctor over this trigger finger thing. It's getting worse and making it hard to use my left hand. At least it ain't itchy. lol


April 08, 2018 - Msg 109596: HaHa Asa...Nowadays we can filter thos bad memories as SSML ....”Senior Selective Memory Loss” That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!....As far as golf is concerned I was more of a “ball retriever” than a player, if you recall my stories on that subject!...haha...THAT’s My Story...But as they say these days.. I can not confirm nor deny those stories!.lol


April 08, 2018 - Msg 109597: But it was a good life lesson...If ya can’t run with the long legged retrievers...You better stay on the green! 👍

April 08, 2018 - Msg 109598: Hi all.
Now Asa you have no time to play golf?

April 08, 2018 - Msg 109599: Good Sabbath, porch! It's still chilly here, just 47°, supposedly heading for the 60s. We'll see, I guess. Gray and overcast, too. I wish it would rain. We had a storm that passed through the area Friday evening, but it missed me, as usual. The weather map showed it as a powerful storm, with hail and everything, coming at us from due west. However, as it so often does, before it got to my city, it divided, and part went north, part went south, and we got nothing but a sprinkle of rain.

I've pondered this for quite a while, wondering why the storms do that. This area of Texas is pretty flat, no hills or mountains or other disturbances in the terrain. The only thing I can come up with is the fact that due west of Irving, there is a highway that connects Dallas with Ft. Worth, and strung along that highway, there are three suburban cities, besides Irving. Known as HEB - Hurst, Euless and Bedford - they present an unending string of shopping centers along the highway, huge stretches of concrete and asphalt parking lots. Also, D/FW airport sits just to the west of Irving, with the runways and vast parking lots. The result of all that pavement just has to be some powerful thermals, updrafts caused by the heat coming off the pavement. I might have doubted the strength of those thermals, but some years back, my son in Florida arranged for me to go up in a glider. He has flown gliders (once he stayed up for over eight hours in a pure glider, no power at all) but he wasn't piloting the one I rode in. He sent me up with a friend of his. I was amazed. The tow plane flew over a big shopping center, then the glider pilot released the tow line, and we were on our own. We were in a thermal, and immediately began to rise, swiftly! We stayed up for an hour, just slipping from one thermal to another, and always rising when we entered a new one. Lots of power in those thermals! So - I wonder if all that thermal energy somehow cleaves the storm and diverts it to the north and south?? Hmmm. That's a good question for my son, next time we talk.

As I said earlier, my irises are starting to bloom, and last night I noticed the prettiest, strangest thing! There's a small floodlight in a flowerbed along the back fence, one of many. The irises are in a big bed about ten feet out from the fence, and there are three huge yellow ones, about eighteen inches apart, just in a row that parallels the fence. Well, that little floodlight illuminates those irises from behind, backlights them, and what a picture they make. The effect is almost magical. The petals - the upright standards and the downturned falls - are thicker in the body of each petal, and thinner around the edges. The backlight shines more brightly through the thin edges, so the effect is an outline of the flower! Really pretty. Tonight I may see if I can get a picture of them.

Well, guess I'll rustle up some lunch. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

April 08, 2018 - Msg 109600: Well, thank you all for the kind sentiments expressed. I appreciate your listening ear and many prayers over the years.

Today was a beautiful day here in south texas! Cool, dry and sunny. St. Susan and her clan came over and we played a game of croquet again. Little Emily just loves playing.

Bruce and Erin are sick with colds but so far Sean and I are ok, thankfully.

I have been watching a little TAGS on Netflix and spotted a couple of bloopers. I forgot one of them but remember one I will share. I don't know if this has been mentioned before but I never noticed it. In the episode when Barney takes over as sheriff for Andy and he throws the tomato at Otis, in one shot of Otis, there is a modest amount of tomato on the front of his shirt, but then we see the scene being shot from another angle and he has ALOT more..all the way up to his neck and even on the side of his face. It goes back and forth between angles and you can really see the difference. Ya'll check it out.

MDC, when you were talking about being on the roof putting up the Christmas lights, I was thinking about something I wanted to tell you. Right after Hurricane Harvey, a local elderly pastor who was 80 was on his roof doing something and fell off. They found him dead when his wife went out to see what was taking him so long. They said it appeared his shoe caught on something and he fell. Sad. I think you are smart for playing it safe.

It's back to work for me tomorrow. Hope you all have a terrific Monday.


April 08, 2018 - Msg 109601: Yep MDC...As Clint Eastwood once said....”A Man has GOT to know his limitations”....Even tho my fall was due to a broken ladder it woke me up to MY limitations...CALL THE MAN...


April 08, 2018 - Msg 109602: Boo - Three bloopers for ya'

1. The very first TAGS, "The New Housekeeper", when Opie says he is running away and he and Andy lay on the bed, you can see the shadow of the boom mike at the very top of Opie's room.
2. "The Shoplifters", just after Barney leaves the office after trying to get Andy to believe some his theories on why Weaver's store is getting robbed, the camera closes in on a closeup of Andy behind the desk and you can see the shadow of the entire camera swallow Andy.
3. "The Mayberry Band", when Andy stops the Fleet band from playing so fancy, he holds his horn (I forgot what it is) and you can see the camera crew reflecting in the opening of the horn.

Hope everyone had a Good Sabbath! Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to clean out my crock.

John Masters

April 09, 2018 - Msg 109603: John Masters, those are good bloopers I will have to watch for them. Thank you for sharing.
Romeena, My irises are starting to bloom. They look like there ready to pop open you can see the yellow starting to come out. The Easter Lilly`s are looking great and blooming there hearts out.
G-F, I agree call the man, just not Mr. Wheeler.
I have tried my hand at golfing in the past. All I know is what ever club I used other than a putter the ball always went the same distance. lol I do like the seven iron. That was my favorite club. I still have one in the garage somewhere.
We had a nice day out today. Had some good rain from the last storm. Now a few days break.
You all have a nice evening.

April 09, 2018 - Msg 109604: Good morning, porch! It's absolutely beautiful here today, one of those "green and gold days" that I love so much. Everything that can leaf out has done so, and the leaves are still that soft, sweet green that is so pretty. They'll darken with time, but right now, they look like they have lights in them when the sun hits them. They're so young and tender that they're translucent. As they mature, they lose that softness, and we are left with all those lovely shades of green, which is also beautiful. I love this time of year.

My niece in Michigan - Dale's stepsister's daughter - has little twin Asian daughters. She actually gave birth to them through the process known as EA (embryo adoption), which is exactly what it sounds like. An Asian couple had created some embryos through IVF, had multiple "takes", had the two children they wanted, and decided to release the remaining embryos for adoption. My niece was implanted with two of them, because often they don't all survive, but in her case both did, and she now has ten-month-old daughters, which she carried and delivered normally. They are adorable, beautiful little dolls, full of life and energy, a double handful for their mom and grandparents. Truly little miracles. She just sent me a bunch of pictures, and they are just so cute.

I was watching MASH the other day, and noticed a big blooper. Frank Burns bursts into The Swamp to register one of his many outrageous complaints, while the doctors and some visitors are playing poker. When he comes through the door, he's wearing a t-shirt, or maybe it's a scrub shirt - and no jacket. The camera shifts to someone else for a few seconds, and then back to Frank, and at that point he's still standing in the doorway, but he's wearing a jacket. You'd think even Larry Linville himself would have caught that one.

Well, off I go. Gotta feed my little roommate, and maybe myself as well. Have a great and blessed day, friends. --Romeena

April 10, 2018 - Msg 109605: John Masters, I saw "you" on Wanted Dead or Alive on Sat.,
but you were playing a photographer! Love seeing such.
ALL--very good bloopers to watch for, thanks!
I like watching general ones on youtube. Always good for a laugh.
Last week ME-TV started airing WKRP in my area.
Tonight they showed the turkey ep! I still laugh at Gordon Jump's final line! :)
Anyone here every been to Einstein's Bagels?
They make a very good turkey sandwich on a bagel.
Had one today!
Yesterday we decided to take a "Sunday drive!" (Like in Barney's car, but no pushing required.)
I think it was only about the 3rd one in 40 some years. ha
Went to look at a new housing development here called Verrado. Very nice indeed. In one area they built craftsman style homes with tree-lined streets. It really looked like the midwest. We get many
implants from there, so I guess they are trying to reproduce that idea.

Not too much else happening. Sprinklers are all fixed and working, so I am a happy camper.
FRANKIE--do you keep that 7 iron to get rats? haha
RO--the twins sure sound like beauties!

Well, off to bed early tonite,

April 10, 2018 - Msg 109606: MDC, the video looks like nice homes.
No 7 iron needed for rats here only golf balls. lol
Good night Porch

April 10, 2018 - Msg 109607: Cool MDC...As my some of my Mayberry friends say, we need a place like this with a Mayberry feel for all of us to retire at.
Asa and I will get down there with them spiders (Not Bats 🦇) and build the Gazebo for the evening band concerts.....

Wish Y’all could come to the Meet-Up in July, that weekend has that “Slow Down, What’s Your Hurry” feel to it!.

Well got to get moving, I’m meeting all my work Retiree folks for lunch, then going to go see “Miss Olivia” and my daughter for some harmonica playing! She does pretty good for a two year old...Such a little Goober...Makes me proud!....


April 10, 2018 - Msg 109608: MDC, did Otis yell "Sunday driver!" out the window at you?

Billy Ray the Postman

April 10, 2018 - Msg 109609: Hi
Will it time for this old run down and go sit in the rocker and stay out of the way?


April 10, 2018 - Msg 109610: Been a busy day over here. Took Mom out to an appointment to have some personal business done. She is so happy to have that all done. And I felt good to help her out. Her and I get along so well together and think the same.
You all have a wonderful evening.

April 11, 2018 - Msg 109611: Been a beautiful spring day here in Texas. I really tried to enjoy it while it lasts...summer will come and I will wilt. :)

Hope you are all well. I watched some TAGS today while doing some chores and the Christmas ep came on. I enjoy it so! I never did get to see the colorized version that showed Christmas before last.

I think I will watch a little Twilight Zone before going to bed.

Neat about your nephew and his wife, RO! I remember you telling us about them when they married.


April 11, 2018 - Msg 109612: Good evening porchsters. What I liked about the Verrado website is that the
first line of copy had this sen-tence..."you’ll find that front porch parties happen organically."
Catch it? Front Porch parties! Very Mayberry indeed.
Yes GF, I would love to come to the meet-up, but I just can't do long flights anymore due to my legs. Besides the diuretics, I need to raise them periodically throughout the day. :(
TOM--I think we are all getting to that "sit in the rocker" stage of life. Was at Cracker Barrel
the other day and for the first time I actually considered BUYING a rocker! ha
Frankie, so nice to get that "paperwork" done isnt it? I remember that with both mom and dad.
Billy Ray-- no Otis shouts OR tomatoes! lol
Weather relief FINALLY coming...99 Wed, BUT...77 on Thursday! woohoo!

POSSUM, you around dear? Dont hide under your rock!


April 11, 2018 - Msg 109613: Glad you are doing better with the leg situation, MDC. You are not ready for the rocking chair yet, and neither am I. :) I am working to avoid it for sure. I am feeling pretty good these days and have energy to spare. I think this perfect weather we are having has something to do with it. When it is hot, I will feel drained as usual I'm sure. Speaking of rockers...I have four on my front porch and they are the white, straight-backed ones like at cracker barrel. I should have sat in them longer before buying because they are not comfortable. Sit in a few before buying. You may want to purchase one that has a slant or curve to the back of the rocker. I always sit on my porch swing if I am on the front porch. I recently bought a black iron chaise for the back porch, with a good cushion on it. I enjoy being able to sit outside with my feet up now and then. I actually bought two of them because they were on clearance, but they had to be put together, which is a pain. I haven't done the second one yet.

Bruce saw the ortho surgeon yesterday about his torn rotary cuff and he will be having surgery probably next week or the following. He has been in pain with it for quite awhile and it is getting worse, forcing him to do something. He has had this surgery before on the shoulder but it was way back when we were dating. I am thinking about purchasing a tempurpedic mattress soon. I think it might help and our current mattress is over 20 years old. It was a good, custom made one so it has lasted but its time for a new one. I want one of those split king adjustable ones and they are pretty pricey, unfortunately. I may have to wait awhile.

Well, gonna finish my coffee and get Erin going. She is still feeling bad but the schools are driving me nuts about absences. what don't they understand about kids getting sick?!

Hope you all have a great day,

April 11, 2018 - Msg 109614: Good morning, porch! Just a quick run-by, got to gather up some "outgrown" clothing to take up to the church, teach English there this morning, (those ladies will quickly carry off all the clothing), gas up the car, make a quick stop at the grocery store, and be back home before Eddie comes to mow, and Ted comes to check a section of outdoor lights that have quit working, and the groomer arrives after three to (I hope) make Toye Starr gaw-juss. I'm trying one of those mobile groomers, who park a van on the driveway and do your pet right there. Sure hope it works out. Wow- looking over this list, I wonder when I ever had time to work???

Boo, I'm afraid I gave a wrong impression. The mother of the little Asian twins is not my grandson's wife, though she is Asian. They have no children as yet. No, the mother of the twins is Dale's step-sister's daughter, who is unmarried, and no plans to be so. She lives with her parents, and helped her mother care for her grandmother, (Dale's step-mother and therefore my mother-in-law) until Grandma passed at age 94. They live in a tiny town, not many marriage prospects there, and works for the school system. She really wanted to be a mom, however, and so made the really courageous decision to have a baby on her own. Her mother, who wanted to be a grandmother, encouraged her, and so did I. Some of the rest of the family - not so much. Anyway, she did it, and now has those two gorgeous little Asian girls, and couldn't be happier. She will raise them well, and as Christians.

I look pretty scruffy. Saw the dermatologist yesterday, she froze off about a dozen "brown spots" and you can imagine what they look like today. Blistered up, looking like tiny thunderclouds. They'll dry up, and gradually fall away, leaving smooth skin behind. Without these occasional sessions, I'd look like a Dalmatian!

Also saw my pulmonologist yesterday, after a repeat CT scan last week. He says the little nodule he's been watching is unchanged, thinks it's just a relic from the radiation I took in 1979. Also, the pocket of fluid he found earlier has vanished, and he pronounced me "good to go!" My blood pressure was very low - 102/73 - and I've been feeling tired, but he said he would "send a note over to Mike" (my cardiologist) and see if he wants to adjust any of my meds. I love the personal, friendly relationship I have with my doctors. After all, I've known most of them for 40 years, and worked with them for 35 of those years. They're not just my doctors, they're my friends.

Well, this "quick" visit has not been so quick, and I've got to get moving. Have a wonderful, blessed day, everyone. --Romeena