October 14, 2018 - Msg 110839: Now back to your regular scheduled programing. :)
Good one Asa!...Actually you should have continued we could have learned more on the subject of raising our youn ones. The Lotd knows how difficult it can be at times as to when and when NOT to step in...
Have a blessed day with little Seth too!....


October 14, 2018 - Msg 110840: I hate to work on Sunday’s but the Porch needed a little sweeping.....

October 14, 2018 - Msg 110841: Good sweeping there GF. You da man! I'm probably the last one who should be sermonizing on child rearing. We only had three and they turned out pretty good, in spite of me, not because of me. lol

Seth's blessing went wonderful. That little feller is growing like mad. Stacey thinks he is gonna come in at 10 pounds tomorrow when he goes in for his visit with the Doctor. His Daddy is big at 6'5" and around 270. Very solid 270 at that. I think Seth is gonna follow his footsteps.

They are making it easier for me to retire GF. I had to pop in at work after church to get the burner on a make up air unit working. Even though the building has a supplemental hydronic heat system that keeps the temp in the mid 60's. the two employee's that are working there tonight were screaming about the intolerable work conditions, and creating quite a fuss that it would not be the comfortable 72.4 degree's that their delicate little snowflake systems can withstand. (Whew, glad I can come here and vent) :)

Well I think I have me a nap coming on, even though I can't sleep in the middle of the day.

Prayers for all.


October 15, 2018 - Msg 110842: BOO...I think ASA said it pretty darn good in his last message before the sweep!
On the other hand, ASA can be a little feisty when he has to work after preachin'. Just ribbing you Asa! :) I'd probably be saying the same thing!
I am still praying for all the victims of Michael. My goodness, the devastation
is unbelieveable! POSSUM and SPOT, please check in again so we can see how you both fared.
I also heard there was a tornado near Dallas! RO, are you OK?
God bless you,

October 15, 2018 - Msg 110843: Good Monday morning all.

LOL MDC, Yes, I was a tad frosted yesterday. After 35 years of listening to "I'm hot" or "I'm cold", when the temperature is only a degree different from what it was before. Yes, I need to retire before I uncork on someone. lol

I have been watching season 1 of TAGS, and I just have to say how much I love Emma Watson/Brand. Her character was such a hoot. She left us to durn early. Her and Mayor Pike were two characters early on that I just love to watch. I especially enjoy how the writers had him vacillating back and forth on every issue, from how to dispose of the Cannon, to allowing the movie makers filming about Mayberry. Funny stuff. As GF would say, "We tried to tell them, didn't we Andy"? :)


October 15, 2018 - Msg 110844: Yep Asa..It SURE DOES get old after awhile..I’m Hot ...I’m Cold...In a couple of weeks you can say like Dick Nixon said....”You Won’t Have Asa to Kick around Anymore!..

But like I said, you can be PROUD of ALL your years of Service and the footprints 👣 you leave behind...And NOBODY can take that away from you Buddy!!...Trust O’l Goob they’ll miss you when you’re gone!....Amen?


October 15, 2018 - Msg 110845: Good morning, porch! Rain, rain and more rain. Like I told you earlier, the sump pump that carries standing water off of my yard isn't working, and the shallow lake is slowly inching its way toward my back door. Even worse, I awoke this morning to see "spots before my eyes", as it were. There are about six dark, wet-looking circles, from saucer to dinner-plate size on my bedroom ceiling. Right over my head, yet! Actually, there are some long, skinny lines as well, so the whole west side of the room is under threat. It's an exterior wall, and I don't know what that has to do with it, except that it's going to be very difficult to get in there in the attic to locate the leak. The roof in that area has a very gentle slope, so attic space is narrowed down to inches in that area. Argh! I don't know much about such things, but I know that there can be a lot of distance between where the leak appears in the ceiling, and where the water is actually coming in. The water can be falling on a rafter and running a long way before dropping off. Whatever - I think I see a significant repair bill coming my way. I hate to complain, though. We have been in a drought situation for so long, and now the aquifers are recharging, the lakes are filling, and the rivers are running. The Bible says it rains "on the just and the unjust." I wonder which one I am???

I have to brave the rain and go to the dentist today. My right jaw joint (TMJ) is painful. I don't know if I've got a bad tooth, because none of my teeth are sensitive at all. It just hurts to chew, and sometimes even to just move it at all, then five minutes later it will be almost pain-free. Go figure.

Asa, you are not going to believe how wonderful it will feel, not to have to report to work anymore. Oh, you'll have a few little twinges of missing the familiar, and wondering if others are taking care of things as they should, but that will pass, and you will just positively luxuriate in your new freedom. I'm so happy for you!

Well, just talked to Ted, and he's on his way here. The wet spots are extending, and I'm really getting concerned. Thank God for someone like Ted! --Romeena

October 15, 2018 - Msg 110846: Well, more developments on the leaking roof scene. I may just come out of this annoying episode smelling like a rose! The history is - in 2011 a hailstorm came through here and damaged my roof, and the roofs on both rent houses. Insur@nce paid to replace all three. Since then, we have discovered that the work done on both rentals was cheap, shoddy, and in one case, frankly fraudulent. They used two different kinds of shingles on the house, and in a light hail storm about two years ago, the "30 year" roof was slightly damaged. The insur@nce adjuster said they would pay for a new roof, because they never should have signed off on the previous replacement, as it was not what the roofer represented it to be. If it had been, the roof would not have been damaged at all. There have been issues with the other rent house as well.

Now, I have major issues with mine. Ted has been up there, said the shingles look like seconds, and where there should have been 6" overlaps, there are barely 3" overlaps. He says the grit has washed off and left bare slick shingles in places, and it's just generally a sorry job. I think the roofer was overwhelmed because of the big hail storm in 2011, and hired a "storm-chaser" crew to try to catch up. Well, I've got a call in for my insur@nce agent now, and we'll see who will pay for this. State Farm will likely cover me, and then I hope they go after that roofer and recover damages from them.

Meantime, I have a bucket sitting on the floor, catching the drips where Ted punched a hole to let the water out before it travels any further. There will be some major sheetrocking, texturing and painting to be done in my bedroom, for sure. I've taken pictures, and also explored the rest of the house. The problem seems to be confined to my bedroom, at least so far, and I think Ted's hole-punching may have limited the progress. Without that, I might have awakened tonight wearing a wet sheetrock hat! (By the way, "sheetrock" may translate to "drywall" for some of you.)

Well, time to get ready to go see the dentist and see what's got my jaw joint in an uproar. If it ain't one thing, it's another. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

October 15, 2018 - Msg 110847: Hey MDC and gang. All well here in ga at the dog house. No so good about 50 miles south. Prayers. I got to wait one more day of drying out to plant my collards and turnips. Gona plant about 3/4 of an acre. All welcome to pick ! Well I got to do some grass mowing. Just a quick trouble check. Will set down and read tonight. Prayers to all storm victims 🙏🙏. SPOT

October 15, 2018 - Msg 110848: Was skimming over the latest posts and saw MDC had an APB out for Spotty & myself. Like Spot, I made out fine during T.S.Michael.Found out two days later that we had a tornado a few blocks from my rock,but thankfully it was of the lowest intensity and only tore the tops off of a few pine trees. Very grateful there wasn't more damage-that was too close for comfort! Prayers for the Florida Panhandle and the other areas that were affected by that storm.

possum u.a.r.

October 15, 2018 - Msg 110849: MESSAGE: Hey Possum and Spot. So glad all is well for y'all. Hopefully things will settle down for the season for you now. Romeena, bless your heart with your leaky roof. I sure do hope your insur@nce will cover that. I am reminded of a sheetrock story of years ago. One night I get this frantic call from a good friend of my Wife. She was 8 months pregnant, her Husband had just left town for a business trip, and she said she had water dripping off her dining room light. Could I help her? I raced to her house. It had not rained at all, and there was not a second level over the house, but sure enough, by the time I got there, there was a steady trickle of water running off the light fixture, and I could see that the sheetrock was starting to sag. I figured I better do whatever I can, so I hurried and disconnected the light fixture and removed it just before blewie, the ceiling crashed down along with all the blown in insulation that was in the attic. Talk about a huge mess. It turns out that earlier in the day, her husband had turned the water on that feeds the evap. cooler on the roof. It was just a little 1/4 inch copper line that ran through the attic. Well that line had a tiny little pinhole in it and it had been squirting out all day. I could not believe how much damage that little leak caused. So yes, you may want to sleep in a different bed tonight just to be safe. But what a good sport you are that even with all that you have going on, you are still expressing thankfulness for the much needed rain. Talk about a glass half full kinda gal. Good on you. Well I guess I'll go muster up some grub for dinner. Prayers for all. Asa

October 15, 2018 - Msg 110850: Hahaha! Asa, I know exactly what happened up there. You didn't fix "insur@nce" and the censor blocked you, so you copied and pasted in order to retrieve your message. My clue? The "MESSAGE" that leads into your post, and your lost "paragraphing." It has happened to me so many times.

Wow. Water dripping from a light fixture, in a single-story house? That would get your attention, for sure. Sagging sheetrock? Argh! I've been watching for that, and haven't seen any signs of it. There's nothing happening in the middle of the ceiling, all the wet spots are along the outside wall. Nothing is more than three feet out into the room. Miserable, cheating roofing company. They're about to get theirs, I'm thinking. I have a 50 year history with State Farm, multiple cars and houses insured with them, and I've never had reason to complain. I don't expect to have to fight this battle, I think they'll do it. I think they'll take care of me, then have a little visit with the old roofer.

I think I'm safe in my bedroom, there is no more dripping from the holes Ted punched, probably because he also sprayed something on the roof, something called "wet to dry" or some such. Sounds like a surgical dressing to me! He didn't know whether it would stop the entry of the water, and I can't be sure, because it's just barely raining now, but tomorrow says 100% chance of rain, so I guess I'll find out. I'm so grateful for Ted. I feel like he's one of my boys.

The dentist could find nothing wrong with my jaw joint. He thinks it's just a little inflammation and will subside on its own, suggested a couple of days of Advil every four hours or so. I don't normally take that much - I usually throw away a 30-tab bottle because it expires - but I guess I'll give it a try. It's really not all that painful, doesn't bother me a lot, and I can eat (of course!) but I just wanted to head it off at the pass if it was something more serious brewing. TMJ troubles can get serious, fast!

Possum, I'm so glad you and Spot came out okay with that awful storm. It sure did some terrible damage, I feel terrible for those who were in its path. Recovery is going to take a while.

Well, off I go. There's a MASH marathon on, I think I'll watch it. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

October 15, 2018 - Msg 110851: Excellent, excellent sermon, Asa, and just plain great advice. Thank you so much..believe me, I will take it to heart. Thank you for sharing your experience.

Glad you are staying dry, Romeena. How do you like this chilly weather we are having? I love it! it was in the 40s and rainy here all day. I was up in Seguin visiting with my friend Cinthia. She lives in the neatest rv park right on the Guadalupe river. It is just beautiful and perfect for her state of mind now that she is on hospice. I had a wonderful visit with her and actually stayed overnight with her in the rv. She had is fixed up so cute. We went into Austin yesterday and hit the vegan food trucks and had some vegan ice cream. It was a good time, then we waited on the cold front to come through in the middle of the night. People from the north just cant understand that the first real cold front in Texas is a big event. It blew in strong with lots of rain and all I had was shorts and a tshirt. We had to run to Walmart and buy some sweatpants and a flannel shirt. We had a great breakfast at IHOP and then took a drive in the country to the little town of Sutherland Springs, which, you will remember was the site of the terrible church shooting back in November of 2017. That is such a small town that you can throw a rock from one end to the other and the little church is right in the center of town. Everyone in that town had to be directly effected by it. So sad..they decided to make the church into a memorial for those killed and there are flowers and signs on the fence around the church. I bought a plaque about love and hung it on the fence before we left. They are building a big, new church next to the little white one, but I don't think they will have enough people in town to attend a church that size. It was such a surreal feeling to be standing there in front of that church and imagine that shooter walking through those doors that morning. Just heartbreaking. Some things just make no sense at all.

Anyway, the trip was good and I think it was really good for Cinthia. She told me that just 2 weeks ago she was so sick from the chemo that she couldn't even get out of bed but now she is up and going. She has a pain med regimen and hospice is helping with that. I was just so pleased that she is doing so well. I'm very thankful. Thank you for your prayers for her. I went up there to help her and she ended up pampering me and trying to serve me. What a strong, amazing woman she is.

Well, I did a lot of driving today and am ready to kick back and maybe watch some TAGS. Talk to you all soon.


October 16, 2018 - Msg 110852: For ASA: "I only use it for garglin'." Emma from season 1. :)
RO--so sorry to hear of your ceiling/roof issues.
For sure, if those shingles are not installed proper-like, water can get in. I saw on This Old House a demo where water actually ran "uphill!"
BOO--Glad to hear that you had such a nice time with Cynthia.
My prayers continue for her and for your fam. That was sure nice of you
to go see her! :)
POSSUM and SPOT--Happy to read of your making it thru the storm OK.
You both are great folks.
Finally, one more time I'd like to say, this time in "Andy sort of words"...I sure am beholdin' to you all for the many prayers that you sent up for me. Recovery continues so well, plus I am driving again as of this week! There is something about a man gettin to drive again! :)

October 16, 2018 - Msg 110853: G-F Nice sweep!
Porch-You all have a wonderful Tuesday.

October 16, 2018 - Msg 110854: Romeena, I am reminded of the scene with Ernest T and Romeena, "Must you talk about the weather so much?" Maybe your jaw hurts because you are, ahhh, talking about the weather too much?

Billy Ray the Medical Advice Prescribing Postman

October 16, 2018 - Msg 110855: Good evening all. Hey to Frankie.
Billy Ray, you have a good point there. ha
Not too much to report tonight. All goes well here.
We are to get our first "cold" night tonight...
about 55 degrees!! :)
Hope you have a great evening.

October 17, 2018 - Msg 110856: Hey Asa...It’s getting cold on my end of the Porch...I think I better get my “Joe” out of mothballs and get him serviced to what’s coming!....Just think how much fun you’re going to have just watching the snow fall, and getting to it when you feel like getting to it...IT WILL SET YOU FREE!
And as far as the room temperature goes...You only ONE customerto Keep Happy 😃 now!..👍


October 17, 2018 - Msg 110857: *have ONE Customer to keep happy now!

October 17, 2018 - Msg 110858: Amen GF my Brother. I was in a staff meeting yesterday and they were going over snow issues that will be upcoming and I thought to myself, not me. After 35 years of it, not me! That is one thing for sure I will not miss. :)
I hope all well with Romeena and her roof issues, the poor dear. And for Boo and her problems.
MDC, We are just happy that you are doing so well buddy. You are an important Porchter you know?

Well best get back to it as Aunt Bee would say to Otis.


October 17, 2018 - Msg 110859: Oh and Romeena, you were correct with my earlier post. I got snagged with the censor on the insur@ance word, so I did your trick of pasting it and fixing it. But it loses all the spacing when you do that. lol Good eye.


October 17, 2018 - Msg 110860: Hey, Asa. You can always go back in and correct the spacing. Just find your paragraphs, put your cursor there, and hit Enter a couple of times. I'm sure you already know that, but if not - well, now you do! Haha! --Romeena

October 18, 2018 - Msg 110861: Good evening folks. Hope everyone is doing well.
I had one of those "errand" days today, and I got to drive to
several stores. I felt like a kid who just got his driver's license! ha
We may get some more rain this weekend. Everything has sure greened up
around here! Ro, did you ever get your sump pump working,
along with fixing the other issues?

October 18, 2018 - Msg 110862: Good morning all.
Boy MDC, I can still remember the feeling when I first got my drivers license and was able to get around. I had been driving somewhat for a couple of years before at least. Living in farm country, you could drive at that age if you were involved in agriculture work and were within a few miles of the farm. But to be able to now drive a car out on the open road legally was something else. Today with the roads so crowded, and drivers so impatient and aggressive, I almost hate driving. Granted, much of my driving is during rush hour, when the worst seems to happen, but I have to drive quite a bit for my work, and it isn't much better during the day anymore. We used to like to drive up one of the many canyons in our area, especially this time of year, to see all the fall colors. But today, you try and take a leisurely sight seeing drive and it's like you have done a major crime. You get folks lined up behind you getting all frosted because you are holding them up. Wow, I guess I really am an old cuss. I sure sound and drive like one. lol

Romeena, did you dry up any? I hope so.

Frankie Flint, I saw your episode last night. I thought your before was just as purty as your after. I guess it was because of the quiet gentleness of the character. I always liked that in a female type human being. Just like Briscoe said, clean and reverent. lol

GF, You got all your leaves picked up yet? For some reason my tree's seem to be late dropping leaves this year it seems. Oh well, in a couple of weeks it won't matter a lick, cause I'll have all the time in the world to deal with them. That's a pleasant thought. :)

Well off to work.
Prayers for all.


October 18, 2018 - Msg 110863: Ha! I was just reading my post and it sounds like Romeena was on a drinking binge. lol Sorry Ro. Did your house and yard dry up?


October 18, 2018 - Msg 110864: HaHa Asa....Romeena’s been in the cooking Sherry?...The same goes for the leaves here in Ohio, most of mine are STILL on the tree too!..I guess Mother Nature wants to hold on to them awhile longer...But I do have tons of acorns this year so my squirrels should be eating good this winter.

MDC...I saw they rescued that guy who was trapped in that mine shaft, he was stuck in there for days..

Romeena, How’s the roof job coming along...We’ve been hearing nothing but...Rain...Rain..Rain out your way!


October 18, 2018 - Msg 110865: Asa, beep beep, get out of Otis' way, you Sunday driver!

I think I was 12 the first time I drove. Grew up on a small farm, so I'd driven tractors around the farm. I also worked for my uncle some, who was a full time farmer. He had me drive a pickup from a field where we were baling hay back to his place, only a mile or two, but I bet he had no idea I'd never driven before. My brother was 10! his first time, drove out of SW Ohio into SE Indiana, it was 20 miles or so! He let it slip to mom, after dad had warned him not to, but what are you gonna do?

If Romeena starts banging out Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye on the pianner, we'll know why.

I don't keep track year to year, but there ain't been many leaves to fall yet in this neck of the woods. Seems pretty late, I don't know.

Billy Ray the Postman

October 18, 2018 - Msg 110866: OK ASA and Billy Ray, did you learn on a stick or an
automatic tranny? (I'm gussing that tractors are stick.)
My dad insisted that I learn on a stick, so he borrowed our neighbor's'55 chevy pick-up to teach me. I'm glad that
I learnt on that, and not just on the automatic that we had on our '65 Ford. :)

October 18, 2018 - Msg 110867: Actually, ANYONE can chime in.

October 18, 2018 - Msg 110868: BTW, for those on FB, I posted yesterday about ASU getting geared up to bulldoze the golf course that Phil Mickelson and other ASU grads took their lessons on...Karsten Golf Course. It seems they want to put up more BUILDINGS! Very sad that they call that 'progress.'
Just sayin'.

October 18, 2018 - Msg 110869: Good afternoon, porch. Things are improving around here, water wise, at least a little bit. A couple of days ago, Ted put something called wet/to/dry or some such on the spots he could see on the roof, even though it was still wet and raining. Apparently that's the selling point for that product, that it can be applied to a wet roof. Since he did that, the rain has been very light or no rain, so I can't be sure, but I think the stuff helped. There are no new wet spots on the ceiling, and no more drips where Ted punched the holes in the sheetrock. I've been in touch with insur@nce, and an adjuster will be here on Thursday of next week. Rain is predicted for the next five days or so, supposed to get 2-3 inches tomorrow. While Ted was here, he also dug the debris out of the catch basin and freed up the pump, so it's working again. I'm so glad, because as saturated as the ground is, if we get 3" of rain tomorrow, I would have water in my sunroom without the pump working, for sure. Ted is a good friend.

I started driving and got my license when I was 14. I had a "hardship tolerance" (they called it then) because we lived in the country and my grandparents lived with us. My grandma was an unstable diabetic, prone to insulin reactions, and somebody had to get her to a doctor. Actually, just a glass of orange juice would bring her out of it, but her doctor insisted that there be someone available in case the juice didn't work. My parents traveled some with their work, so my grandparents were there with my little brother and me. So, at 14 I was a licensed driver. Scary.

Falling leaves? Ours haven't even started to turn colors yet! They will soon, but so far, everything is still green. When they do turn, they'll stay on the trees about a week, then just all fall off over about a week, except for the sycamore. It waits until all the cottonwoods and myrtles have shed, and the leaves are cleaned up, then overnight that dratted tree will just go "floop" and drop every leaf! It usually picks a windy day, so the leaves are scattered over the whole yard, of course. Still, it's a pretty tree, and I'm glad it's there.

Well, guess I'll go watch a little TV. Toye Starr was in here a minute go, asking for a cuddle, so I think I'll just combine the two activities. Nothing like good TV, a soft, warm puppy in your lap, and a glass of tea alongside. Life is good! --Romeena

October 18, 2018 - Msg 110870: And no, I haven't been hittin' the sauce, but I can play Toot, Toot, Tootsie on my pianny - well, sort of, anyway. --Romeena

October 19, 2018 - Msg 110871: Hey back to you MDC
Asa I think that is the only episode that Frankie Flint is in. The man that plays her father I see him in a lot of western`s. I also see the egg man in a lot of western`s.
You all have a nice Friday.

October 19, 2018 - Msg 110872: HI All, well, I think I spotted another tags blooper.
I was watching the Dr. breen episode tonight, and as the camera
zooms into the church yard, one can see the sign stating "What's Your Hurry" as the topic for the day, but when Dr Breen begins to talk, he says "I was thinking about what to talk to you about as we were singing the opening hymn." But it's posted outside on a sign!! haha

RO...I'm glad you are getting some of your problems fixed, especially
with more rain on the way! WOW, driving your grandma to a doctor at 14! I'm impressed. I'm sure that would not happen these days.

No leaf turning or falling in these parts. That will occur around the end of november. ha

ASA- so happy that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel!! :)

Nite all,

October 19, 2018 - Msg 110873: Good morning, porch! I think we need to plan a party for Asa when he officially retires. I'm just so happy for him! I'll take Toye Starr to the groomer and get her ears, topknot and tail freshly "pinked" for the party. I was thinking we could burn his toolbelt, like you burn a mortgage when a house is paid off, but that might not be a good idea. He might get an urge to go over to Yancey and dance sometime. Maybe someone can bake a cake, and we can grill some hotdogs and burgers, and get some party hats and - well, you get the idea. Let's make it a celebration!

Yes, MDC, that was a lot of responsibility, but I only had to do it once. The orange juice usually fixed the problem. My license was not restricted to emergencies, though. It was just a regular license, so I was able to drive a car to school most of the time, unless my parents needed both cars on a given day. Being rural, we had a school bus, but I hated the noisy, smelly thing, and the obnoxious boys that made everyone's life miserable during the ride. Just let them learn a new word.... Also, the bus had no a/c, of course, so the windows were open, most of the roads we traveled were either gravel or dirt, and clouds of dust would come swirling in. By the time we got to my stop, near the end of the line, you could have planted corn on my clothes.

Well, guess I'll go run a couple of loads of laundry, and speaking of dust, the living room furniture looks like it has been on that school bus. Maybe a bit of dusting is in order today as well. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

October 19, 2018 - Msg 110874: Good catch, MDC (on the Dr. Breen thing).

Yes, Romeena, how about a retirement/Halloween party at the Rimshaw House for Asa? I can bring the squeezin's, as usual. I will also be making caramel apples and popcorn balls, and maybe some of my rum cake.

We finally got rid of the mosquitos and then we got a real heavy rain during the night and my yard is flooded in places again. Yuck...more mosquitos just in time for the party I am planning for Bruce's birthday.

Well, would love to stay and chat longer but have to get myself to work.


October 19, 2018 - Msg 110875: I haven’t been rocking as long as some of y’all but I hear tell of a Asa “tool belt” dance too?....G-F

October 19, 2018 - Msg 110876: I learnt to drive on a stick, and am always surprised, surprised, surprised how few people can drive one. I bought a car once, a little Toyota Tercel, thought I'd save a few hundred by not having an automatic, and people talked, talked, talked liked I'd set a hot water line to the town water fountain. They never asked to borry it though.

Billy Ray the Postman

October 20, 2018 - Msg 110877: Billy Ray, My first car was a VW bug with a stick shift. Since we have no hills here, it was an OK car to get around in, but if I lived in San Francisco, that would be a different situation entire. :)

Just curious if anyone here is playing the megamillion lottery?
You could count on one hand how many times I've tried it over the years.
But i will say this, I like it when several people, or a 'pool' wins it. Not sure why, I guess because more people get a 'cut.'

BOO- do you still have the Yukon? Just wondering how she's running. I hope Bruce has a very nice birthday. Sorry about the skitters tho.

Oh G-F, yes, that was quite an amazing mine rescue! There are hundreds of abondoned shafts in AZ from when so many prospectors thought they would strike gold, silver, or copper.

Pleasant dreams,

October 20, 2018 - Msg 110878: Billy Ray...My first car was a Chevy Biscayne station wagon it did 0-60 in a hour and a half!...lol....
But I DID learn to drive a stick, my Uncle taught me, he had a driveway that had a little incline which was a good way to learn, He had to stop on the incline, so I learned clutching...

Asa...The countdown clock is ticking...Hopefully your Co-workers will throw you a Retirement party to send ya off properly. Mine did a Mayberry themed one, complete with a Mayberry jail where we had pictures made with each person in it...Prett Cool!.. 😎 I Too called it a career on October 31st!..It will be 5 years for me already....My, time flies!..Can you say....”WHEELERTIME!” 💺


October 20, 2018 - Msg 110879: Good morning, porch. I hope everyone is well and staying dry. I'm trying, but the sky looks threatening, and more rain is predicted. I'm so glad Ted got the sump pump running again, so at least my yard doesn't look like a Louisiana bayou. The roof seems to have stabilized, with that wet/dry stuff Ted put on it. No new wet spots have appeared, but there is still a small amount of water dripping out where he punched the holes. I will be so glad when the rain stops, and when the State Farm adjuster comes on Thursday, so we can get to work on fixing things. I'm just waiting for a big wet plop of sodden sheetrock to fall from the ceiling and land on me in the middle of the night. Considering where Toye Starr usually sleeps on the bed, she's not where it would hit her, but it sure would get me! It wouldn't be a huge piece, and it would be soggy, so it wouldn't hurt me, but it surely would be a rude awakening.

In late 1953, shortly after we moved to the country, I learned to drive in a '52 Buick, which was an automatic, of course. My dad bought a '54 Buick at about the same time, when the model first came out, and he and my mom used it to go to their office in town. That left the '52 for me to drive to school, and I usually did.

Then in mid 1954, I learned to drive a stick shift. It was a little Model A, or a Model T, not sure of the year. It had a hard top and a rumble seat. Talk about a stick shift? Now, that was a stick shift!! Came right up out of the floorboard. Some friends of my parents were moving to Kansas or somewhere, and the little car couldn't pull their trailer with their furniture and stuff, so they borrowed my dad's '52 Buick. When they learned that I usually drove it to school, they insisted on leaving their little car for me to drive, "if I didn't mind driving such an old car." Mind? Are you serious? I was thrilled, and for two weeks I was the envy of my high school. The little thing was so cute, and kids who didn't live anywhere near me were asking for rides to school! For two weeks, I was the most popular kid in the school! Girls posed all over that car for pictures, and the boys gathered around it like flies around a cowpie. I really hated to see the owners come back for it. I'd have gladly traded that Buick for that sweet little car, but I don't think my dad would have agreed.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some grub. I wish I had some of that Malt-o-Meal brand raisin bran. That stuff is gooood! My local Kroger doesn't carry it, I think I bought it at the little market at the Braum's ice cream store. Some of the bigger Braum's stores have a little grocery market as well as their burgers and ice cream area. I've found they have great fresh produce, they carry a wonderful whole grain/nut bread, good meats, and an occasional surprise, like the raisin bran. Good prices, too. Later, taters. --Romeena

October 20, 2018 - Msg 110880: Good Saturday morning all.
Mercy sakes, a party sounds great. Arentcha kind. :)
I surely do love and appreciate y'all as I embark on this event. I am starting to feel a bit better about it as the day draws closer. My actual retirement day is going to be January 4th 2019. I hired on on January 2nd 1985. But I have scheduled all of November and December off on vacation and Personal time that I need to burn off, so yep GF, October 31st will be it for me. All I can say is it better not snow before then down here in the valley.
Romeena, I am glad that the fix that Ted applied seems to be working until you can get a new roof on. One of my first things to do when I retire is the same thing. I am starting to lose some shingles so it's time for a new roof. My Wife has threatened me if I try and do it myself. Something I have always done prior. But with my back woes, she is probably right. When I built my shop back in 2006 I did the roof on that myself, and my back let me know it wasn't happy. So I can't imagine it would put up with it now a-tall. It sure is gonna feel odd though, seeing a bunch of strangers re-roofing my house. But it is what it is.

Wow GF, I declare we are a lot a like. My very first official car was a 1959 Chevy Biscayne. 0 to 60 in an hour and a half, if we were going downhill. lol Shortly after that I had a 1955 Chevy Pick-up truck. Oh I wish I still had that. Then I upgraded to a 1965 Chevy Malibu. That was my first real sweet ride. Bucket seats, Chrome rims, air rides on the rear, dual exhaust with special mufflers that made it sound so cool. Mercy sakes, was I the man in High School. There were a half dozen of us fellers who had way cool cars in High School. We all parked in one corner of the parking lot cause were so cool. lol I had the Malibu, another feller had a 65 Mustang, Another had a 67 Camero. One guy a year older than us had a brand new Challenger. Aww, them were great days. I never liked High School, but the cars and the girls were a-ok. lol GF, What year was your Biscayne?
No lottery for me MDC. The State of Utah doesn't allow it, but I wouldn't play anyway. I never have gotten into gambling. I'm to cheap I reckon, lol

Well off to do my mowing. Still waiting for these leaves to drop. The cottonwood is starting to drop a few, but the maples haven't shed anything yet. Very odd.

Good to see you Boo. I hope all is well with your family. Matt and Stacey went to Southern Cal. for the weekend. It's Fall break for the kids so they drove down to spend some time on the beach. What's funny is when I was talking to her on the phone yesterday she mentioned that the day before when they were at the beach, she heard someone yell her name. She didn't pay any attention because she figure they were calling someone else. So they called it out again, this time also using her last name, so she looked over and lo and behold, it was a lady from her Church. Who would have figure that. Some 600 miles away from home and you rum into a neighbor. lol

Prayers for all.


October 20, 2018 - Msg 110881: Asa, my Buscayne was a “63” I bought it for $200 and I taught myself how to do bodywork and then put a $49.95 Earl Schieb paint job on it...My 1st “Real Car”was a “72” Nova..Luckily I only had the wagon a short while during my “dating years” so my stock definitely went up with the Nova...lol...lol..lol


October 20, 2018 - Msg 110882: Well GF, Them Earl Schieb paint jobs were pretty good. I heard they always used a new napped roller on every third car. :)


October 20, 2018 - Msg 110883: Actually they did a great job on mine...The painter was one of the best in town....(When he wasn’t drunk)..lol

October 20, 2018 - Msg 110884: Earl Schieb---windows included! (:

October 20, 2018 - Msg 110885: .....And if you leave the windows down....They'll do the interior too!

October 20, 2018 - Msg 110886: https://youtu.be/AkdtOOYdQOs

October 21, 2018 - Msg 110887: Good Sabbath all.

Boy GF, You sure got me strolling down memory lane with this talk of our first cars. I am remembering that there must have been an unwrittem law somewhere that all farmers must own an early 1950's Chevrolet pick-up truck. Because I do believe every farmer in our neck of the woods owned one. That was the first truck I ever learned to drive. To this day I have a soft spot in my heart whenever I see a 1952 Chevy pick-up. lol The one thing I remember so fondly about them is how easy the clutch pedal was. It hardly had any resistance to it at all, as opposed to the clutch in my Dads 55 chevy pick-up. That thing took some doing to press down. And when you are a 12 year old skinny kid, well lets just say I preferred the easy ones. :)

Early 50's Chevy pick-up trucks and early 50's Ford 8N or 9N tractors seemed to be required on every farm in our County. Operated a lot of those old Ford tractors in my day as well. What wonderful memories.

Well I hope everyone has a wonderful Sabbath day today.


October 21, 2018 - Msg 110888:

That is really something about your daughter running into a lady from church, 600 miles from home, Asa...unless you are not appropriately dressed and holding a c0cktail. lol It is really a small world, isn't it?
We are doing ok. Bruce's leg is still bothering him but I think it has eased up a little with the med he is on. He is finally able to actually sleep in his own bed since the shoulder surgery, so progress is being made.
It isn't raining but my poor yard is in a state. I fear most of my grass is dead. Oh well, nothing I can do about it. There is supposed to be more rain this week, too.
Well, off to preachin'. Talk to you all later.


October 22, 2018 - Msg 110889: Very fun reading about first cars and experiences! Thanks.
BOO--happy to hear of Bruce's progress. Good pic of your outing on FB too.
ASA--does ford still make tractors?
Speaking of VEhickles, good race watching today at Kansas,
as me and pro football have parted ways.

We have some of the nice$t neighbors in our hood.
Yesterday the cord and spring mechanism, that holds open our dishwasher door, broke. I was able to buy the part at a local appliance parts store, but with my
sternum protocol still in effect, there was no way I could pull out
the dishwasher, so my neighbor offered to do it. He even replaced the part, and then pushed the dishwasher back in! I will get him a gift card or some such item, tho he will
tell me "you shouldn't have!"

Big Maude, I saw a recent Huckabee show that is filmed in TN! A very good watch.

Did any of you see SPOT's 86 year old dad on FB working the garden? Pretty amazing guy.

Well, have a blessed week all!

October 23, 2018 - Msg 110890: Slow Monday today. I hope everyone is doing OK.
Today on Wagon Train, Aunt Bee was in it as a NUN!
I kept laughing thinking, no, you people, that's Aunt Bee! ha

October 23, 2018 - Msg 110891: Oh, if any of you get RO's emails, be sure to watch
the preacher's video. Very funny indeed, even includes clean underwear! :)

October 23, 2018 - Msg 110892: Morning all.

MDC, Ain't it a blessing to have good neighbors like that? Glad he was able to do that for you, and I suspect he was happy to help you. Now that I am going to have some free time on my hands, I hope to be of more help to friends and neighbors. That always gives you a good feeling, lightness around your heart, and it ain't just cause your p@oped either. :)

Aunt Bee as a Nun? I remember seeing Helen as a Nun in a Gunsmoke (I think it was Gunsmoke} episode once. I think I have only seen Aunt Bee in one other show besides TAGS. She was in a Perry Mason episode, and I think she played an Aunt in that one also. This was before TAGS I do believe.

So I was watching the episode last night where Andy is trying to court the blonde Nurse Mary. There is a scene when Barney has all the towns folk gathered up because he is sure Andy i9s gonna propose to Mary. Anyway, they are all leaving in cars out of the Taylor's driveway. First the Squad car leaves, then 3 or 4 other cars leave in quick succession, and very close to each other. Well if you look close you will see the cars are all being towed. I had to replay it several times, but you can see a small cable between the cars. Another little thing I just noticed about that episode is how did Andy get to Mary's house? Remember he suggested they go for a drive to enjoy the full moon, and Mary said they should take her car so they could retract the roof (she had a convertible). Yet we see Barney in the Squad car later. Curious.
Another episode I noticed something for the first time. In the episode when Fred Goss is dating Aunt Bee, there is a scene in the bathroom with Opie and Andy in which we see the bathroom sink. Well if you watch close, the sink sits pretty low. Just about right for little Opie, but well below waist high for an adult. Funny the things you have seen countless times and not noticed before.

That was a very funny story that feller was talking about in Romeenas e-mail. "Your Mother was right". lol

Well off to work.

Prayers for all.