September 07, 2018 - Msg 110601: Will do BOO, My prayers are with you as you travel the TX highways, as well as life's highways. :)
Yes, Spotty, I heard about Burt. He was indeed a classic. R I P cool guy.
Well, I met with the surgeon today for one last Q and A before next Friday. I have to get a bunch of pre-op tests done on Thursday, and then the heart operation on Friday.
He told us (cecile too) what to expect afterwards. Four drain tubes coming out of me, and will beon lots of pain meds. ICU for at least the first day, maybe longer depending how I recover. I feel pretty good about it, but would be lying if I said i wasnt just a wee little bit apprehensive. He is cutting into my ticker after all! Well, I'm relying on my faith in the Lord and in this surgeon's skills. There IS a Bible, plain as can be, in his waiting room,
so I think that is a sign from above.
MBM, did you get RO's book OK?
Hi to Frankie and NN. I see you both have turned in for the night. :)
God bless,

September 07, 2018 - Msg 110602: One nice thing about "sweeping,"...I've already read the previous posts! ha

September 07, 2018 - Msg 110603: Thanks, MDC. It's an interesting situation here and there is drama but not unexpected.

MDC, you will be in my prayers daily. Any sane person would be a little anxious. God loves you and you are his. You will be a-okay, and we will be praying through it all.


September 07, 2018 - Msg 110604: Good morning, porch. Ditto what Boo said, MDC. She said it well and truly. Also, I will echo what he said to you, Boo. You are a brave soul to take on a trip like that. I have no patience with drama, or with those who cause it, and am not sure I could do what you're doing. God will reward!

We have had some much-needed rain the past couple of days. Eddie came yesterday, prepared to both mow and weed, and barely got the mowing finished before the rain began, so the weeds still reign supreme in the flowerbeds, getting more abundant and strong every day, thanks to the rain. It is making me crazy! Thanks to both my physical and financial limitations, my once-beautiful yard is a far cry from what it used to be. I'm going to figure this out, though. I'm not giving up.

Well, it's clouding up again, or as my grandma would say, it looks like it's going to "clabber up" and rain again. That's the same grandma who would describe a hard, heavy rainstorm as "a frog-strangler."

Guess I'd better go feed my little friend, and have an early lunch myself. I brought half of my lunch home yesterday (chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes, squash casserole and fried green tomatoes) and intended to have the rest for dinner last night, but just wasn't hungry and only nibbled at it. So, I'll have the last of it for lunch today. It's a good thing I like leftovers! Tonight is bunco night, and the hostess for tonight always has a really good hearty soup or a casserole and a good salad and dessert, so I won't need much lunch. Have a blessed day, friends. --Romeena

September 07, 2018 - Msg 110605: Hey everyone! Good sweep, MDC and you can add me to the list of friends who are praying for you. Trust in the Lord and you will get through this fine.

Best wishes and prayers for Boo's safety and sanity! Hang in there,girlie!

Glad to hear that your mom is getting a bit stronger,Frankie. Continued prayers for her and you too,as it is not easy being a caregiver.

Can y'all believe that my Laci turns 15 today??

Happy Birthday, Laci!

possum u.a.r.

September 07, 2018 - Msg 110606: Happy Birthday to Laci Possum. They sure do grow up fast, don't they? I all is well for you also Possum.

Prayers for Boo for safe travels and sane visits. And for MDC as he prepares for his surgery. We love you buddy.

Romeena, glad you are getting some rain. We could sure use some. It has been as dry as one of the Rev. Breens sermons here this summer. They had some good rain down south, but it never found its way this far north. In fact they are turning our secondary water off on October 1st this year instead of the 15th.

Been watching a lot of Adam-12's as of late. Pretty good watching. I know at some point Helen Crump starts dating Pete Malloy. She must have had a thing for men in uniform. I don't remember her being snotty in A-12, so maybe she got it out of her system I Mayberry. Sure have seen a lot of TAGS folks in it though.

Well best go get my paperwork done and call this week over.


September 07, 2018 - Msg 110607: MDC, Will keep you my prayers for your surgery and recovery.
Nice sweep MDC

Possum, Happy Birthday to Laci! and thank you for the prayers.

You all have a wonderful Friday. Was pretty hot over here 99 today. I think our hot weather is just about done. Looking forward to those 80`s.

September 08, 2018 - Msg 110608: HI ALL. Thanks for the prayers. It does a guy good to have such good backing! :)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LACI!! Wow, 15 years, really!?
Well, I've got a few days to catch up on things
around the house, but that's OK, I like to be a bit "busy."
RO...I like it! Frog strangler! lol Did Bunco get rained out?
I was watching McLintock last night with John Wayne with his famous line...

unlike Barney's more infamous line...
Have a good weekend all.

September 08, 2018 - Msg 110609: Excellent links MDC. Old Luke Comstock got knocked right on his behind. You know you have lost a fight when you end up with bruised cheeks, the rear ones. lol

Romeena, what is chicken fried chicken? I don't think I have ever heard of it. I do want to try my hand at chicken fried steak sometime. One of my favorite dishes.

Prayers for all for a great and safe day and weekend.


September 08, 2018 - Msg 110610: BTW, I read that someone suggested we should all take any NIKE shoes we may own back to the store for a refund. When asked why, tell them they make your feet hurt when you stand for the National Anthem. HA! I wished I had any NIKE shoes. I'd do it. But truth be, me and NIKE don't get along. I have tried over the years different NKE running shoes and they just are not a good fit for me.


September 08, 2018 - Msg 110611: Good morning, porch! It's still raining here, had a slow, steady soaker that lasted over an hour already. It's stopped right now, but the sky looks like a collection of bruises, so I expect we'll see some more. No, MDC, the rain didn't shut down the bunco party. Takes more than a little water to scare the Bunco Babes.

Asa, chicken fried chicken is simply chicken, usually a boneless and flattened "chest", or sometimes the tenders. Instead of whatever usual way of frying chicken you use, you dip it into the same batter that would be used on chicken fried steak, and deep-fry it. It's good! Like chicken fried steak, it's usually served with mashed potatoes and milk gravy.

I like to eat at the Cotton Patch Diner, because they serve fried green tomatoes, and that's something you can't get just any old place. Maybe in the Deep South, but Texas is between being a Southern and a Western state. We have a lot of old South traditions, our language, customs and our food has a heavy Southern influence, but we also have a lot of Mexican foods. I'm not sure what Western foods would look like, but I'm sure they have influenced us as well. Texas is something of a cultural melting pot, and our people usually are not afraid to try new things. For example, Thai food is very popular here, and even in Irving we have several good Thai restaurants. I'm sure Dallas has dozens. Indian food is big here, though not as well-liked as Thai. I think a lot of people avoid Indian food because the curry sort of, well, "stays with you" for a long time. When someone has eaten in an Indian restaurant, you know it when they walk in the door! It's much more pungent than Italian, or even Mexican food.

Speaking of food, I have a gripe, and I registered it with the store manager at the Kroger where I always shop. Kroger is pushing harder and harder to get people to buy the store brand. I have always bought Daisy brand sour cream (I eat a lot of sour cream) and now they're only carrying it in a tiny tub, and it's on the top shelf of the dairy case, just out of my reach. I have to ask someone to get it for me. The Kroger brand, however, comes in an assortment of sizes, and is at eye-level. I picked up one of each, and went up front and asked to speak to the manager. He arrived, and I very politely told him I had a concern about Kroger's obvious efforts to force people to buy Kroger brand. Then I showed him the two containers of sour cream and asked him to read the ingredients. Kroger - Cultured Cream, Skim Milk, Whey, Modified Corn Starch, Cultured Dextrose, Gelatin, Sodium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Sodium Citrate, Calcium Sulfate and Locust Bean Gum. Daisy - Cultured Cream. Period. As his jaw dropped, I asked him which he'd rather feed to his family. He said he saw my point, but then began to explain that he had no control over it, etc. I told him I fully understood, as my husband has managed a major chain grocery store in San Antonio for four years, but I just wanted to make someone aware that the public is watching what the store chain is doing, and we don't like it.

Well, guess I'll go have some lunch. Some tomato basil soup with a dollop of my beloved Daisy sour cream sounds good. Have a blessed day. --Romeena

September 08, 2018 - Msg 110612: Hmmm. "My husband has managed a major chain grocery store? Has? How did that get in there? Sounds like it's an ongoing thing, and obviously that's not true. I don't think there are grocery stores in heaven. --Romeena

September 08, 2018 - Msg 110613: Romeena, I use the Daisy brand my self because it has no corn starch in it, which I am sensitive too. Being an ingredient reader I have noticed something as of late. It would seem that more and more I am seeing potato starch or wheat starch used in processed foods instead of corn starch. Makes it a lot better for me. The other starches don't bother me like corn starch.
Thanks for the response to the chicken fry chicken. Now I want some.
Your talking about Indian food staying with you, years ago I was a maint. electrician for a major cosmetic manufacture. There is an Air Force Base close by, and this company would hire a lot of the Airmen's wives to work there, many who were from Korea. Well these gals, who were just beautiful, would come into work at 6:00 in the morning, having just eating kimchee, oh my goodness, that was tough. I mean the smell was so strong it would get my eyes burning sometimes. And it stayed with them all day long. I'm sure it was tasty, but I don't know how you could eat something that smelled like that.

Well on that note I think I'll go mow the grass. So far my repair has worked. :)


September 08, 2018 - Msg 110614: Asa, while I’m reading your post about “kimchee” I am watching the MASH marathon and they JUST mentioned it at the same time I’m reading your post...STRANGE!


September 08, 2018 - Msg 110615: MDC, The McLintock movie was one of my favorites of John Wayne. He was great!

Romeena, the tomato basil soup sounds good.

Asa, I have no Nike shoes either. Saw on tv where people are even burning them up.

Happy weekend Porch!

September 08, 2018 - Msg 110616: Kimchee? Oh, yes! I've heard it described as pungent, strong-smelling, garlicky, and many other adjectives, but I think the best one is just plain old stinky. My Dale was in Korea for a year, after the cease-fire, and he said one time he was in Osan, on a bus filled with Koreans. He said the smell was so oppressive that he just got off the bus and walked! He also said that once he and some of the other guys in his barracks (a Quonset hut) were talking with their Korean houseboy and someone mentioned that all Koreans seemed to smell of kimchee. The Korean guy laughed and said Koreans think all Americans smell like sour milk. I told that story to a friend who had been in Viet Nam, and he said the Vietnamese say the same thing, that Americans smell like sour milk. Isn't that strange? I wonder what causes that?

As for the Daisy brand of sour cream, it's just so much better than any other brand I've tried. It's rich and thick, great texture and flavor. That awful Kroger stuff is slick and slimy. Many people buy the store brands because they're a few cents cheaper than the name brands, but they don't realize that they're not comparing apples to apples. I was shopping one day, and planning to make some English pea salad, and knew I had at least one can of DelMonte peas at home. I saw the Kroger brand, for about ten cents less, and decided it would be a good time to see what they were like, since they wouldn't be served alone, would be mixed with a good brand. I opened both cans, with the same weight printed on the label. The difference was, the DelMonte can had peas all the way to the top, and the Kroger brand had at least an inch of water before you ever saw any peas. I did a similar comparison with green beans a while back, and found the same thing. Incidentally, for green beans, I won't buy anything but the Glory brand. They are absolutely delicious. In fact, Eloise's granddaughter, who says she doesn't like green beans, not only likes them, but she requests them when I'm cooking for the family. They taste like what my grandma and my mom used to make. It's a big can, with a mostly orange label, and in our stores they're usually on the bottom shelf in the canned veggie aisle. Try them - you will definitely like them.

Well, back to TV. Blessings! --Romeena

September 09, 2018 - Msg 110617: I also read ingredients, especially the last few years with all the GMO items out there. Even a can of sliced peaches will vary in ingredients. Dont be fooled by "no added sugar." it will usually contain sucralose or similar crud.
As for nikes, i never have liked them either. I do wear converse, but saw on FB that nike owns them?
Good Sabbath to all, and Happy Rosh Hashana,

September 09, 2018 - Msg 110618: I’ll chime in on the sneaker discussion. I never owned Nike either, I have found Sketchers work best for me!
I especially like the”Go Walk” slip on walking shoe. It’s like walking with pillows on my feet, which works good when you have a bad hip...
MDC, are those “Chuck Taylors” Converse you wear?..ha! Back in the day you were a cool dude if you wore a pair of “Chucks” AllStars..Me, I had to wear the “K-Mart Blue Light Specials” But when I began to earn money shoveling snow and cutting grass a pair of “Chucks” were one of my first purchases...Do I get a Amen Guys? 👟 I was, and still am NOT a fashion trend setter who needs to keep up with the Jones’s but a pair of Connie’s was my exception....

**Jeff Foxworthy does a skit about a kid who gets a new pair of sneakers, if you remember they used to have a cord which connected the two shoes, then Mom would ask...”Can ya run in them?”...😳 Mom...Here’s Your Sign...Lol


September 09, 2018 - Msg 110619: Amen GF. Remember Keds Kids Keds? lol

Romeena, take the strongest garlic smell you can imagine, put it on steroids X 10. Now you are getting close to kimchee. Hoy!

MDC, I know this is going to be a challenging week for you, so I am amping up my prayers for you Brother. But I suspect you are going to come through it fine and dandy.

Well I guess I'll go see what I can rustle up for dinner. It might be limp bacon and eggs.


September 09, 2018 - Msg 110620: Happy Sunday Porch!

What a crazy final tennis match for the US Open. Serenna really lost her cool. The umpire last night had enough. Most umpires just try to ignore it and let it go. But rules are rules if they want to enforce them. I really felt sorry for the young lady that won the match and she was clearly the best player last night.

Just a update on the house next door to us that was the drug house. It has all been cleaned out and months of work to restore it. We had a nice quiet couple purchase the house. It has been so nice and the neighborhood is so much better. Not all that drug traffic, that was kind of scary. Now workers are getting the house across the street from us ready to sale. I sure hope we get another good buyer in the neighborhood. It has been like a different neighborhood since the one family was kicked out by the city. It has been a lot of entertainment for us watching all this workers.

Mom is doing ok and is playing on her computer now. She loves playing the games, and it is so nice seeing her get back on her computer.

You all take care.

September 09, 2018 - Msg 110621: HI ALL! Thanks ASA. I keep repeating good Bible verses, like "I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus!" :) I have a gaggle of pre-op tests on Thurs, then the op on Friday. Should be fun! ha
As for shoes...growing up I thought I wore Kellogg's shoes, as my dad (believe it or not) would insert cardboard to cover holes in the soles! Finally got a new pair of Keds at about age 10. Then for high school Basketball...Converse. Have worn them ever since. The Chuck's low cuts are my favorite. Have them in 3 colors.
Frankie, glad that both the 'hood and your mom are getting better! :)
Good Sabbath,

September 09, 2018 - Msg 110622: Old Keds commercial...
and converse...

September 10, 2018 - Msg 110623: Glad you are doing well, MDC. Hang in there!

Checking in before starting the mountain of chores I have to do today. Have to go back to work tomorrow so plenty to do.

Our trip to visit the mom in law was...interesting. I guess things went as well as expected. There was a little drama but nothing major. What was difficult to deal with was that the two sisters in law have diva-tendencies..if you know what I mean. They didn't seem to be able to do anything for themselves or take a lot of initiative. Sean helped me a lot so I was glad he was on the trip. Sadly, my sister in law with the real addiction issues is obviously brain=damaged by now and has the mentality of about a 9 year old. She needs help with everything and doesn't seem to be able to reason normally. I was really glad that she kept her cool and didn't throw any tantrums or anything, even when baited by her mom. So, all in all, it was ok. I don't feel like I will be taking them again, though, unless it is an emergency situation concerning their mom. If vicki needs to see her mom, it is time for her adult children to step up and take her.

It's been raining here and it sure is nice. It keeps the temperatures down a bit. I cant wait for a cool front.

better get to the laundry.


September 10, 2018 - Msg 110624: Y'all keep us here in the Carolinas in your prayers,please. A nasty one is coming. I believe my area will be ok,but worried about Coastal SC & especially NC. On a sidenote, I was supposed to fly out of Charleston on Thurs. morning to go to Wyoming,but that's all been blown ( bad pun intended!) to heck and back. Thanks a lot, Florence. But my main concern is the safety of my loved ones and our homes,so praying all will be okay for us.I'll check in as long as I am able to. Winds may knock our power out. did I tell y'all how much I hate a hurricane?? Dang!

possum u.a.r.

September 10, 2018 - Msg 110625: Possum You better start stacking those extra rocks now Girl!..Better to be safe than sorry.. G-F

September 10, 2018 - Msg 110626: Possum, I heard terlit paper and milk were flying off the shelves. You are in my prayers for sure. My oldest Daughter is in Charlotte. I worry about her so.

Glad you survived the trip Boo. And that you are getting some rain. Our weatherman lied. It has been in the 90's again here for 4 days. Oh well, it's a dry heat. :)


September 10, 2018 - Msg 110627: 🇺🇸

September 10, 2018 - Msg 110628: Praying for you and the eastern coast, Pam. After what we have gone through with Harvey, I don't wish that on anybody. We are still dealing with it.


September 10, 2018 - Msg 110629: Asa...Glad to see you on the podcast! ...Charlotte to Mt. Airy is 99 miles....Just sayin’...G-F

September 10, 2018 - Msg 110630: Thanks for the prayers,good wishes,AND the extra rocks! I'm not stressing out too much because it looks like the coast will see the worst of this storm,and especially NC. It's predicted to hit NC, sort of bounce back off the coast,then stall out for DAYS. Expected landfall is Thurs. evening into Friday and they say this thing will sit and spin until Monday!! That is going to be rain like you can't imagine. Charlotte is inland so they shouldn't get hit too badly, Asa. I know it's worrisome though. All we can do is prepare for the worst,hope for the best,and PRAY.

possum again

September 10, 2018 - Msg 110631: Those " H" storms were bad news, Boo. You dealt with Harvey,we got hit by Hugo.

possum once more

September 11, 2018 - Msg 110632: Possum, I hope your rock is real heavy and wont blow away! My prayers are with you and all in the path. So sorry your trip got cancelled.
Be safe, baton down the hatches.
ASA- also prayers for your daughter.
As possum said, this thing sounds nasty.

September 11, 2018 - Msg 110633: Thanks for the prayers for my Sarah, and thank you Possum for your comments. She called last night and told me it took her an hour to get gas last night due to the long lines.

GF, It was a blast chatting with y'all last night. I kept losing the live feed though. I was going to tell everyone thanks and bye, but then I lost everything. Not sure if it was on my end or not because I saw others saying they were having issues. I hope I didn't get a rude. lol
I would love to plan a trip to go see Sarah in Charlotte and have it coincide with Mayberry Days, but being a caregiver keeps me pretty much homebound.

Guess I better get rolling. I got to drive up to out transmitter site on top of "Little Mountain" yesterday. Saw a lot of deer and jack rabbits. And so vary quiet and peaceful up there.

Prayers for all for a good day on this somber day. Can't believe its been 17 years. My goodness, time moves right along.


September 11, 2018 - Msg 110634: Vary? Sheesh! Very.


September 11, 2018 - Msg 110635: Hey gang. All in the storms path please take cover when needed. I’m gona follow it all the way with prayers .. possum you keep in touch with me ! Gona do some back track reading. ... 🙏🙏. Lunch with be at long horn on Boo and I. 12:30 est. Go Braves ⚾️ SPOT

September 11, 2018 - Msg 110636: SPOT..Now you can say after the storm damage, “Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys” anymore. But I’m sure in your DNA you will be with your Boys in Spirit!...Amen?


September 11, 2018 - Msg 110637: 9-11- Never Forget.

Thanks again for the prayers and concerns about Hurricane Florence. I feel as if my area will be ok,but I'm already heartbroken for Eastern N.C. They are going to get slammed with rain like they've never seen. That's big tobacco country,so wanna bet that the price of cigarettes will skyrocket? Glad I don't smoke!
But please do keep the Carolinas in your prayers. Spotty, I'll be in touch as long as my power doesn't go out!

possum under a rock

September 11, 2018 - Msg 110638: Wow,Spot,you're getting pretty EPT up there with your little symbols/emojis! I like the baseball- Go Braves!

possum again

September 11, 2018 - Msg 110639: Getting ready to go to work but wanted to check in on this very important day...may we never, ever forget. I sat down to watch a documentary on the events of 911 a little while ago and I couldn't finish. It still causes pain and upsets my stomach when I think of what those poor people endured in those towers. Its just too much for me today.

Hope all is well with you, Pam. I hope people are safe in all the flooding.

Better get going.


September 11, 2018 - Msg 110640: Possum, Prayers for you and everyone in the path of Florence. You be safe. The Braves are playing the Giants, just started.

Everyone have a safe day.

September 12, 2018 - Msg 110641: Yes BOO, the photos of those innocent people jumping are etched in my mind, just as Pearl harbor burning was etched in my dad's mind. So glad that he is at peace.
We must never forget!!
POSSUM, sure hope all goes well. This thing sure seems HUGE!
SPOT--I bet your crews will be busy this weekend.
ASA-- so you've been to the mountain top!? :)
I saw Martin Milner as a young cowpoke on Wagon Train recently.
All going well here as I prep.
Y'all be careful out there.
God bless,

September 12, 2018 - Msg 110642: Possum you Carolinians will be saying about Flo...
Stay safe Girl!... Prayers to all those others who are in Flo’s path and surrounding areas who will have to deal with the rain and flooding....


September 12, 2018 - Msg 110643: Good Morning porch, rocking for a spell before I start my work day.

Hope everyone is doing okay. Looks like Hurricane Flo and her effects are going to affect a lot of us. we are expecting rain, rain and more rain the next week or so if she crosses the mountains. Mr. Maude and I had a vacation planned to Myrtle Beach for next week. We planned to leave on Sunday, stay till Thursday and come back to Mt Airy for Mayberry Days. We of course had to change our plans, canceled our reservations and will go to Pigeon Forge for a few days and then head to Mt. Airy on Thursday. Hopefully Mayberry Days weather will not be affected too badly. Flo's effects will be far reaching in many ways. Everyone stay safe.

better get to work.
Lunch menu will be: grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches with mayo or miracle whip, lettuce, garden tomatoes. chips of your choice, Mr Cookie bar and fresh squeezed lemonade or tea to drink.

prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

September 12, 2018 - Msg 110644: Yes MDC we have crews to send to the storm..prayers be with them. Told them to pack for three weeks..Maude that lunch you make is always so good ! miracle whip...sorry...never..Dukes until the end !...OK Mrs SPOT off today..we gona go bumming prayers..SPOT

September 12, 2018 - Msg 110645: Big Maude, you always have great meals. I always get hungry when I read your menu`s. You have a good and safe vacation.

Wonderful weather and should be great for the next week. Everyone be safe out there.

MDC, prayers for ya.

September 12, 2018 - Msg 110646: Y'all this thing is supposed to dump rain on us like you wouldn't believe- for DAYS! Just keep SC,well,both SC & NC in your prayers. I'll keep checking in as long as ol' Florence doesn't knock my lights out!

possum under a rock

September 12, 2018 - Msg 110647: Possum, I can't imagine getting the rain they are talking about. Prayers for you all for sure.


September 12, 2018 - Msg 110648: Thanks, Asa. I am hoping some of this is just media hype,but you never know. Maybe Florence will decide to speed up and move on outta here once she hits. We can hope.

possum again

September 12, 2018 - Msg 110649: Sorry Florence messed up your vacation in MB, Big Maude. She messed mine up too- I was supposed to fly out of Charleston in the morning,headed to visit my Wyoming family. Instead,they're shutting down the runways a at the Chas. airport at midnight tonight and here I sit,waiting on a stinkin' hurricane! Glad you are going to Pigeon Forge,though- enjoy!

possum once more

September 13, 2018 - Msg 110650: Morning all.
Just a quick pop in to say hey and to offer prayers to all, especially to all who may be affected by the storm, and for MDC as he deals with all of his pre-op tests today, and then has the procedure done tomorrow. MDC, Let us know as soon as you are able that all is well. I'm sure it will go smooth for you buddy.


September 13, 2018 - Msg 110651: Good afternoon, porch. Been a bit busy the last couple of days, ESL classes have resumed so my Wednesdays are pretty full now. This year should be easier - I'm paired with a a man, a few years older than I am, if you can believe that, and he's a good teacher. He's willing and able, but not pushy. I'm giving him at least half the class time, and he's doing well. Takes a big load off of me!

All you East coast folks, you're in my prayers! Possum, so sorry your visit to Wyoming got messed up. Is there any way you could drive inland to an airport that's open, and fly from there? It would cost a bit more - gasoline, parking fees, whatever, but it might work. You could maybe use rental cars for the driving part, which would be offset by the parking fees. I don't know much about those, but I know my David uses rentals from time to time and says in certain situations they can be cheaper than using your own car. Just a thought...

Well, got to get off this computer and get cleaned up a little. I'm going with eleven other old gals from SS, we're going to a movie this afternoon, at a big theater in Dallas. It's a film made of the stage production of "Moses" that is presented in a "Sight and Sound" theater in Branson, MO. I've seen "Noah" in a S&S theater, and it's an experience you never forget. I'm interested in just how a movie of the live play will compare, but I'm glad they're making the movies. Not everyone has the opportunity to visit a S&S theater, and the movies will be much more accessible. Anyway, good friends and all - it should be a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

Have a great day, friends. You coastal people, keep your hatches battened down, stock up on necessities, (don't forget to store some clean water) and be careful! --Romeena

September 13, 2018 - Msg 110652: Hey y'all- things are looking better for my area with this storm,as it has weakened to a CAT 2. Thank you, Lord! It will drift slowly over SC,and it looks like the track will be above where I am,so that's another good thing. If it comes in below us,then there's a bigger chance of damaging winds. Should be like a low scale tropical storm for us,so our concerns are mainly with hoping the power stays on. It's DANG hot down here,y'all! Just keep praying for the Carolinas-this is gonna be one messy,soggy weekend.

Thanks,Ro,but we just went ahead and cancelled our plans. My sister was going with me and she lives down near Charleston. We would worry ourselves crazy if we'd left today and this storm was coming. Hopefully, we can reschedule the trip to Wyoming in the next few weeks,before the Wyoming weather gets bad.
Weather- ugh!

Ready for this thing to be over with! I reckon MDC is saying the same thing and my thoughts and prayers are with him. Will check in as long as power stays on-y'all take care!

possum u.a.r.

September 13, 2018 - Msg 110653: Praying for you, Possum! We are expecting a tropical storm here tomorrow and lots of rain. Crazy weather!


September 13, 2018 - Msg 110654: Prayers for MDC tomorrow...🙏🏻....G-F

September 13, 2018 - Msg 110655: Ok...Watching the weather channel during Florence...keeping track..all we watch from here on..prayers ... SPOT

September 13, 2018 - Msg 110656: Not supposed to get tropical force winds in my county and they're predicting about 2 inches of rain. Thank you, Lord! Continued prayers for the parts of the Carolinas getting hit hard by Florence.
The Weather Channel is hyping this storm up ,Spotty. You want accurate coverage, go to and follow this trusted team out of Columbia,SC. You can find them on Facebook too-they do live updates on a regular basis.

possum again

September 13, 2018 - Msg 110657: Well, all I can say is "Wow. Just Wow!" The movie was exactly what I said it was - a filming of the live production on the stages of the Sight and Sound Theater in Branson, and possibly in the other S&S theater in Lancaster, PA. The film is being shown across the country on a limited release basis. From what I've been told, the last opportunity to see it will be on Sept. 15. Just Google "Sight and Sound Moses" for more information. It is absolutely and definitely worth your while to search it out and go see it. You will be amazed. --Romeena

September 13, 2018 - Msg 110658: HELLO ALL! Everything went well with my pre-op tests. One was an arterial gas blood draw. Only had one other one years ago. A painful stick, but as the nurse said, nothing like tomorrow! ha
Anyway, I am all set to go. Many are praying, just as I know that many were asking the the good Lord to "calm the winds" of Flo, and He did!

I showed my wife how to get on here, so she will give a short report to you all on Saturday. I watched recovery on youtube and it is definitely a six to seven day affair in the hospital. I hope to write again in perhaps two weeks.
Y'all act like somebody whilst I'm re-cupping, and I'll catch ya on the flip-flop.
Prayers for everyone here, for the Carolinas, the country, and the world! :)
Love ya, Steve MDC

September 14, 2018 - Msg 110659: We love you back Steve and prayers and good thoughts are with you as you endure the things you are dealing with today, and coming days. Bless your heart, and I truly mean bless your HEART. :)


September 14, 2018 - Msg 110660: Praying, Steve!!


September 14, 2018 - Msg 110661: Good afternoon, porch. Prayers for our MDC, as he is undergoing the cardiac procedure. My prayer is for the surgeons, that their skills will be sharp, their hands steady, and that all goes well. Then I pray that recovery will be as comfortable as possible, and successful. We need our Steve, our MDC, back on the porch soon!

Thank God for the diminished powers of the hurricane. It's still a bad storm, but nothing like it could have been.

The view from my window this morning is kind of funny. My hibiscus(es?) in the biggest flowerbed have not bloomed since spring, and the plants are leggy and tattered. I probably should have pruned them back when they quit blooming. Well, this morning, there is one huge flower, on a long stem, waving about a foot above the top of the row of plants. Just one big white flower, with a deep red eye, bobbing above all those ratty-looking plants. Immediately, a line from an old song came to mind -- "I'm a lonely little petunia in an onion patch, and all I do is cry all day." Hahaha.

Well, guess I'll go play with Toye Starr a while, and cuddle her afterward. Maybe we'll take a nap. It's a good day for it. Quiet, cloudy, nothing happening. Yep, a nap sounds good! --Romeena

September 14, 2018 - Msg 110662: With this storm upon us, I'm mixed up on what day it is,and just remembered that MDC undergoes his heart procedure today. My prayers are with him and will be awaiting to hear an update from Mrs. MDC.
As for Florence, nothing much going on here yet-a few wind gusts,gloomy skies, but no rain yet.We're under a Tropical Storm Warning-been through worse,so will ride this one out. Hope the power stays on!! Some parts of SC are going to have some mighty big troubles,same with NC,so please say some prayers for the folks in those areas. Thanks,y'all!

possum u.a.r.

September 15, 2018 - Msg 110663: Update from possum's rock- quiet night here, light rain and some breezes,grey & gloomy,nothing rough or dangerous going on- just going to be a slow process because ol' Florence is crawling across SC.

Hoping we will get an update on MDC today-y'all take care & I'll check in later.

possum again

September 15, 2018 - Msg 110664: Just checking in to see if there was any news on MDC.

It has really been flooding in our area but we are high and dry here, Possum.


September 15, 2018 - Msg 110665: Checking in - no word on MDC as yet, I see. I'm sure his wife has her hands pretty full right now. So glad no one has had any horrible weather yet - especially Possum, who appeared to be right in the path of the hurricane. Prayers continue. --Romeena

September 15, 2018 - Msg 110666: Prayers for MDC
Possum & Boo be safe out there. The storm seems to moving slowly. Take care
You all have a safe weekend.

September 15, 2018 - Msg 110667: Hi,
I'm Steve Raths' wife and happy to report that his surgery yesterday went very well. He is hospitalized for at least 5 days. Thank you for your prayers and good wishes.

September 15, 2018 - Msg 110668: Thanks for the update on Steve, Cecile. Very happy to hear that the surgery went well and will continue to pray as he recovers. God bless!

possum under a rock

September 15, 2018 - Msg 110669: Oh, things are still good here at my rock,y'all- light rain,some nice breezes out there,but that's about it. Not expecting any problems,so thank goodness for that. Well, problems ARE coming- all that rain that fell in NC (please keep them in your prayers,as they got hit hard in some spots) will come down into our rivers here in SC and we'll have flooding throughout the state. It doesn't flood in my immediate area,but it has and may flood about 15 miles from here. Me & mine will be okay,though-no threat to any of us. Thanks for all of the concern and prayers!

possum again

September 15, 2018 - Msg 110670: Atta boy MDC, and thank you Lord for blessing him and thank you Celile for the report. Prayers continue for you both.

Possum, so glad you are ok and the rock is in tact. It could have been so much worse. Again, thanks to the Lord for his blessings.

Frankie, so good to have you back posting. I hope your Mom is still doing well.

New Neighbor, I hope all is well with you and your family.

Romeena, How is Toye Starr doing? Better I hope.

Boo, Is Erin doing ok in school so far? My oldest, Mariah, started Jr. High this year. She is struggling a bit with it, but I think she will adapt. That is such a tough age. It's tough to watch them grow up sometimes.

Well off to do laundry. Then clean bathrooms. Then clean the kitchen. All in all it's a fun day. Right GF? lol