December 30, 2018 - Msg 111372: Good Sabbath, all. I didn't make it to preachin' this morning, back all in knots and worn out, I guess from being on my feet all day Friday. It's better today than yesterday, but still just didn't feel like doing the necessary walking and sitting on hard seats. God understands, I think, and will forgive.

Billy Ray, those piano guys in the airport were awesome. I watched the link you posted, and stuck around for the one that followed. Amazing. We have a man in our church who plays like that, all by ear, he barely reads music. I told him once that I just didn't understand how he could do that, and he looked at me with a big smile, and said, "Well, I don't understand why you can't!" I guess I never thought of it that way. According to him, it's just something that's "there" and always has been, like learning to walk and talk. What a gift! And now, we're finding that our Hudson has that gift. That kid just sits down at the piano and starts playing. He had lessons for about a year when he was five or six, and went nowhere with it. Now at fifteen, with a piano sitting in his home all the time, he has suddenly discovered it, and just sits down and plays. He can and will play anything, but he leans toward classical music. This is the kid who plays the bassoon in his high school orchestra, and also plays with the Ft. Worth Youth Philharmonic, and they play a lot of classical, so I guess that's where that comes from. I still don't understand why they can do it, and I can't. I have a lovely spinet piano sitting right here in the room with me, and I can pick out melodies, maybe throw in a chord or two, and I can read music, but do not have the coordination to transfer what I read to my hands, with anything near proper timing. So frustrating!

I can't even sing anymore. I have a good ear, and once had a decent choir-level alto voice (no duets, please!), but that's gone now with my respiratory weakness. I don't have the breath to support my voice, and all too often the note I'm going for is not what comes out! Off key? Oh, yeah! Sets my teeth on edge! I hear it, I know it, but I don't have the breath power to fix it. I think Elinora Poultice would tell me to give it up, and she would be right.

Well, guess I'll go hunt up a little lunch. Shouldn't be too hard, with all the leftovers in there! Blessings, friends. --Romeena

December 30, 2018 - Msg 111373: There, I swept! I probably didn't do a very good job, with my back and all, so I left the broom over there in the corner. If you see something I missed, cover for me, please? --Romeena

December 30, 2018 - Msg 111374: Romeena, nice sweep!

December 30, 2018 - Msg 111375: Thanks for the encouragement concerning Sean, everyone, and for the video Asa. I will share it with Sean. I am going to look into the yoga thing.

PH, yes, we have My 600 lb life and sometimes Sean and I watch it together. I have to admit that it has been inspirational to me at times when I was tempted to overeat.

I was afraid you may be worn out, Romeena. That was a lot of activity preparing food for a group that size, not to mention getting the house ready for company. Hope you are soon feeling back to normal. You mentioned the singing and I understand that. I used to be able to sing pretty well (soprano) but my voice has certainly aged right along with me. It was never strong and now it is pretty weak. Sad.

I skipped church today, too, due to a stomach ailment but am feeling better this afternoon. If I can be honest, I have been having a difficult time in church sometimes. I don't always agree with what comes from the pulpit, and I know that is ok and not unusual. We all have our own paths and grow at different rates and in different directions. I believe in giving people the freedom to do that without judgement, but sometimes when something is coming from the pulpit you feel like if you sit there you are consenting to it somehow. Now, I am not talking about something bad, just a difference of opinion about certain theological ideas, not the essentials of the faith. I love the people and want to serve there but sometimes I want to walk out at the same time. lol...If I have already said this, forgive me for repeating myself. I sometimes do that as I get closer to 80.;)

Been cleaning up and doing some laundry but enjoying the day because the weather here today is awesome. It is about 50 degrees and dry, with an overcast sky, which I love. It feels wintery but without the ice and snow.

Well, nothing against our president personally, but poor Bruce is a little beside himself because the pres has frozen the federal salary increases. Bruce was finally do for an increase in 2019 (its been a long time) and now that is off the table and our retirement as stocks drop. He is having to trust in the Lord. He has worked so hard for years and it is hard for him. I will be working more this year, which will help. I am thankful I have that option.

Well, back to the chores.


December 30, 2018 - Msg 111376: LOL...I meant to say the closer I get to 60, not 80.


December 30, 2018 - Msg 111377: Good Sabbath afternoon all.
My goodness, between MDC calling for snow in Atlanta (hot weather girl not withstanding) and Boo saying she is pushing 80, I declare I feel like I'm in the Twighlight Zone. lol

Boo, I'm glad you didn't jump up on the stage and yell " WE DEFY THE MAFIA" when that happened. :) As long as it's not false doctrine you are hearing, I'd say roll with it. Our Church is all lay ministry and so you do hear a lot of different theories on some things, and I find it refreshing at times. It causes me to study up more and see if I need some refreshing up. But as a rule, the Doctrine stays pure. At the same time though, the adversary looks for chinks in our armor and will chip away if he finds any. At least that has been my experience. You have my prayers dear, and Bruce as well. I'm sure when all the politicking gets done and they re-open, he will get back pay.

Sorry your hurting Romeena. I hope your party went well. Sounds like you and Toy Starr need some Wheelerette and TAGS time together. I am halfway through my Matlock shows, and always am amazes at all the TAGS folks Andy would have on those shows as well. I have read that Andy Griffith was very loyal to his friends, and that shows that he was to me. He will even throw in a small nod to Mayberry every now and again. The other night he had a fellow in the witness stand, and the witness mentioned he thought someone was a kleptomaniac. Andy (Ben) chuckled and said that he new a feller that used to call them kleptromineracs, a nod to Barney. It didn't do a thing to add to the plot on the show, just a little something for us TAGS fans I reckon. He has that on several different episodes.

MDC, The roast came out really good. Probably my best attempt with a roast yet. And it sure hit the spot on a cold winters day. We have not got above freezing today.

Hey GF, Chapter 4 could be "Nip it in the bud". A guide for best P.M. practices. lol

Chapter 5, "WD-40, A true miracle salve".


December 30, 2018 - Msg 111378: Wow Asa we’re up to 5 chapters already!...Since Romeena is already a “Published Authoress” Maybe she can give us some pointers...
...In my best Barney voice....”Will You Help Us?”....

Chapter 6...🎶 “Welcome Sweet Springtime We start up our A/C’s and we service them ALL SUMMER LOOONG!”


December 30, 2018 - Msg 111379: Chapter 7 could be "sky lifts, scissor lifts, bucket trucks, and...white knuckles!" ha MDC :)

December 30, 2018 - Msg 111380: I forgot to mention that I went to the Fiesta Bowl parade yesterday. I like it because it is not huge like the Rose parade, but "just right" with about 15 bands, floats and equestrian performers, etc.
For those on FB, I posted 2 videos.
RO--how is your ear doing these days?
Also, concerning your back, i still get the misery under my left shoulder blade if I stand too long, or sleep on left side. Chiro calls it a trigger point.
That particular muscle just acts up when strained even a little bit. (It is one of those things
that just happens with age.)
GUYS--well, our Cards ended up with a 3 win season. Looks like new coach Wilks is done. ASA-- Twilight zone indeed with BOO pushing 80! ha
ALL--anyone have New years Eve plans?
Boo--I saw your pics on FB of you on the porch swing. You sure have lost a lot and are looking sooo much better. Keep it up! As far as the pulpit message goes,
I think it happens in all churches. Opinions, etc, are inserted and it ruffles feathers.
I've known people who have left and gone to 'feel good' churches, but the Bible warns that we should not look to just have our 'ears tickled,' but to indeed be challenged.
You can always talk to the minister on his own time, and let him know your feelings. Just sayin'.
May the Prince of Peace rule in all our hearts, :)

December 30, 2018 - Msg 111381: Asa if you are learking the podcast is TONIGHT @ 8:00 ET

December 30, 2018 - Msg 111382: Thanks so much for the encouragement, Asa and MDC, and I agree with what both of you said. I try to remind myself that it is love that matters, not agreement on every, single spiritual belief. I will just point out that when I was younger, I seemed to just believe everything I heard in church without questioning a lot of it. That caused me some real problems in life, but those problems drove me to seek the one with the answers so God uses everything for my good. MDC, I have talked to the pastor about the subject at hand and he was very kind and understanding. He never told me he was right and I was wrong; in fact, he admitted that he had never really studied into the issue and would think about what I shared with him. We are old friends and I respect him for being the kind of person who listens and doesn't judge. He really does have a good grip on grace.

Well, I got my beans cooked and made my vegan chili for tomorrow evening. I will also be making a pot of regular chili with meat and will serve it with beans, cheese, rice, etc..whatever people want to eat it with. I am also making some of the Rotel cheese dip but wont be eating that myself. I have cleaned the kitchen and wont have a lot to do tomorrow besides make the chili.

The fireworks are already starting in the neighborhood and my poor dogs will be so upset. I will keep them in tomorrow night, bless their hearts. I cant tell that my pup has noticed the sound of the fireworks yet but she will be with us every minute.

Thank you for the compliment, MDC. I certainly feel better at this weight and would like to take off another 20 or so before I go to Colorado next December. I am going to be hitting the elliptical, too, to get in better shape for fun in the snow! The snowtubing isn't that taxing because they hook your tubes to a line that pulls you back up the big hill, but when you get up there, the tub unhooks and you slide down into a kind of ditch that you have to climb out of. That doesn't sound so bad but at that altitude you can get pretty winded doing just about anything. The last time we went, I didn't even go tubing myself because I knew at my size then I wouldn't be able to do it, sadly. So, I am going to make sure I am ready next year!

MDC, wish I could see another Fiesta Bowl Parade. What a time that was and I will never forget it. Do you think you were watching the parade in 1979? Maybe you saw me and don't even know it. :)

Better get off here. I have been watching Everybody Loves Raymond on DVD..the Christmas episodes. Fun.


December 30, 2018 - Msg 111383: Just remembered I was going to make cornbread...oh well, guess I will do that tomorrow!


December 30, 2018 - Msg 111384: My Mayberry New Year's resolutions...definitely more bid nippin', and I'm gonna act like SOMEBODY! :)

December 31, 2018 - Msg 111385: Boo....There’s NO better day to make cornbread than TOMORROW said Mr. Dave...It's the most perfect day to start any job - tomorrow. Most marvelous day that was ever invented. Why, there's absolutely nothing a woman can't do... tomorrow!!.......TUSCARARORA!!....

For the Love of Mike, Bruce, Sean, and Erin Just Do It!...( In my best Malcolm Tucker voice )


December 31, 2018 - Msg 111386: Good Afternoon and Happy New Year’s Eve porch family .
Hope everyone is doing ok and ready for a brand new year .

Today Mr. Maude and I celebrate 30 years of marriage . It’s hard to believe that 30 years have come and gone already .
We plan to go out for an early dinner and then back home before the “holligans” are out and about.

The weather here today is a. Warm 65 degrees , sort of
overcast and heavy rain expected about midnight but enjoying
the warmer temperatures while they last .

Hope everyone has a blessed day.
Hugs and prayers
Big Maude

December 31, 2018 - Msg 111387: Congratulations Maude & Mr. Maude...Did ya get a Stainless Steel Watch with a “30” on it?...G-F

December 31, 2018 - Msg 111388: Happy New Years Eve everyone.
And Happy Anniversary to Big Maude and her hubby. 30 years, way to go. :)
GF, Sorry I missed the podcast.
Chapter 8, "The Wheeler guide to roof maintenance".
Chapter 9, "Paint your porch the Monroe style".

Boo, vegan chili? I don't even know you anymore! lol (JK) I enjoy EBLR also. But I don't have it on DVD. I just DVR them off the T.V.

MDC, Our weatherman said nothing about snow in Atlanta, but he is a middle aged slightly balding feller. Which begs the question, do you want accuracy or do you want entertainment? (Go for entertainment buddy) lol

Well better go straighten up. Got everyone coming over for dinner tomorrow. The girls ar doing the cooking though.

Prayers for all for a great 2019.


December 31, 2018 - Msg 111389: Chapter 10....When to “Call THE MAN”...and When NOT TO!......G-F

December 31, 2018 - Msg 111390: I heard that Leonard Blush is going to narrate
the big 'pickle drop' tonight (:

December 31, 2018 - Msg 111391: Taking a little break before the festivities begin! I have the real chili simmering, made the cornbread, and am chilling some champagne for midnight.

Asa, my vegan chili is very, very good without meat. I don't usually use the vegan meat crumbles but I did this time and they are good in it. I also use ground cauliflower and sweet potatoes, chopped kale, onions, canned diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste, vegetable broth, some V8 juice, a little bit of brown sugar to cut the acid from the tomatoes, lots of chili powder, cumin, minced garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano. I also put in a little ketchup and simmer it all for hours. It is surprisingly good. You cant taste the individual veggies but it all just blends together in a really good chili. I know it vegan chili sounds like an oxymoron, but the truth is now that I have been cooking this way for over a year, I am pretty good and making vegan taste very good. Its the secret of maintaining my weight loss, I think. I never feel deprived.

I watched that funny episode of Everybody loves Raymond about when Marie made the tofu turkey yesterday! So funny..I don't make my family suffer that way. They will be eating regular chili tonight with all the fixins...even though they would be much better off if they would eat the way I do.

A very happy anniversary to Big Maude Tyler and Ralph Henderson! ;)


December 31, 2018 - Msg 111392: Oh, and I also put pinto means in my vegan chili

Happy New Year!


December 31, 2018 - Msg 111393: My goodness Boo. That sounds like quite a chili dish indeed. Glad you got some beans in it to give it some kick. Gas it up chickee! lol
I just read that Herb Ellis passed away on December 26th. He was the Fleet (can't remember if it was Freddy or Bobby) who rehired Jim Lindsey after they got in to a hassle. I saw him on some old Dragnet episodes and some Fugitive episodes as well.

MDC, Thanks for the nice card and comments friend. It is still hard for me to think come Friday I will be officially retired. 35 years just flew by. I still get calls from work with folks asking me questions about this, that, or the other. I don't mind though. It does make me feel that I am missed at least. lol

Chapter 11, "Chicken Coop Construction, Casanova style".


December 31, 2018 - Msg 111394: Well,that explains the "Snow",then, MDC! Ha ha

Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Maude-that's great!

Boo, praying for Sean.

Happy New Year to all! May 2019 bring us many blessings.

possum under a rock

December 31, 2018 - Msg 111395: Congratulations Mr.& Mrs. Maude!

Happy New Year Porch!

December 31, 2018 - Msg 111396: Good evening, porch. Happy Anniversary to Big Maude and her hubby - 30 years is a real milestone. Once you get that far, I'd say you've got it made. If my Dale had lived, we would have marked 60 years last March. (Yes, I was three when we married!) Not really, I was eighteen. Very young, but it was right.

Boo, I admire your stick-to-it-iveness with the vegan thing, but I'm a carnivore at heart and just don't think I could do that. I don't eat a lot of meat, but when I do, I enjoy it very much. I do love veggies, all kinds, never met a veggie I didn't like, even kale and brussels sprouts. I eat them with pleasure, but I want a little meat alongside. I will get three meals out of a package of five drumsticks, and if I buy a little ribeye steak, I'll get two meals out of it, maybe three.

For the dinner Friday night, I cooked a 21-lb turkey in one pan, with dressing, and cooked six big meaty thighs in another pan, also with dressing. Lots of dark meat, my favorite, and apparently most everyone else's as well. One whole side of the turkey breast was untouched, and there were only two of the thighs left. I'm slowly making my way through them. That huge chunk of white meat went home with David and Brittney. She makes a killer turkey tetrazzini, and will have me and Eloise and Jerry out for dinner, probably next weekend. Yum!

Our dinner on Friday night turned out very well - lots of good food, no one went hungry, and it was fun getting to know some of my Michigan in-laws. Some of them I knew, some I didn't, but they're all nice folks. Very considerate, too. After we ate, I was ordered to retire to my wheeler, and they all cleaned up. Loaded and started the dishwasher, and what wouldn't fit (there was a lot) was rinsed and stacked in the sink for the next round. Actually, it made two rounds, and the last little bit went in there this morning! I've been in no hurry.

I was supposed to go to a good friend's house tonight for a New Year's Eve party - all church folks, known them all for forty years or more - but I just decided I'd rather stay home with Toye Starr and have a quiet evening. I had the remains of four pies, about half a pie each, that I had planned to take to the party (and get OUT of my house!) so I called my friend and she came and got them. Now I won't be eating all that pie, and she had plenty of dessert at her party. Good friends of long-standing can do things like that. I think we're that kind of friends, but there's just so bloomin' many miles between us! One of these days, we'll all meet in Heaven, and miles won't matter anymore. Don't you just wonder what it's REALLY going to be like?

Well, guess I'll go poke in the leftovers again, and see what I can find. I know there's some dark turkey meat, and some dressing, and a dab of corn. Maybe a tad of Eloise's cheesy potato casserole, with the crunchy topping. Love that stuff!

Blessings, friends, and prayers for all who need them (pretty much all of us, I think) and best wishes for a wonderful New Year! --Romeena

January 01, 2019 - Msg 111397: Happy New Year and much love to all!!


January 01, 2019 - Msg 111398: Happy 2019, y'all!

possum again

January 01, 2019 - Msg 111399: Happy New Year ya filthy animals! :)
May 2019 bring you health, wealth, and true happiness.


January 01, 2019 - Msg 111400: Happy New Year ! Fixing to cut fresh collards in the garden and got fresh black eyed peas and smoked pork loin...SPOT !

January 01, 2019 - Msg 111401: Happy New Year everyone.

from Poor Horatio

January 02, 2019 - Msg 111402: Well, I got out my Andre Kostelantz marching cymbals from Cymbal City, but I had a little too much of the Mayberry Ladies Church Society's elixir! Haha! HAPPY NEW YEAR to all you wonderful ol' porchsters and loan! ha again.
Seriously, thank you for all your love and prayers throughout 2018, and may the good Lord's 2019 be good to us all!
BOO--I'm sure I was at the 1979 parade. Havent missed one in many years
Maudie--Congratulatiuons to you and Mr. Maude! That is quite an accomplishment these days.
All the best to you and yours.
ASA-a while back you mentioned your battery dying in the cold weather. Funny, because out here batteries die during our summer heat! Also, I agree with you about Matlock! In one rerun that i saw about a year ago, Andy was singing "Old Dan Tucker" to a group of kids!
Hey ALL, did you hear about all the snow in AZ on New Year's Eve. Even the outskirts
of Phoenix had a dusting. It's a phenom that happens every few years if conditions are just right. This time the weather lady got it right! :)
Not sure about anyone else here, but I sure do miss the 'traditional' 4 NYD bowl games... Sugar, Orange, Cotton, and Rose. Just sayin'.
Happy 2019,

January 02, 2019 - Msg 111403: Anybody have an incant for MDC? Looks to me like that fella has a " Snow compelsion"- ha ha

That's pretty cool that MDC & Boo were likely at the same parade back in 1979- makes me think of Rev and how we discovered we both used to stop in the same news stand/comic book store back when we were kids!

possum once more

January 02, 2019 - Msg 111404: Wow! MDC snowing in Arizona.

Had a nice visit with my niece before she left to Colorado. Sure was nice seeing her and her family. Mom really loved the visits. Made our New Years much better.

You all have a Mayberry Day.

January 03, 2019 - Msg 111405: Hello Porch! (:

January 04, 2019 - Msg 111406: It sure has been quiet on the porch lately. Maybe I better shower more often! ha
Hope everyone is OK.
We have a big project starting on Monday.
My wife has always wanted a raised flowerbed along the
back wall of our backyard, and Monday a landscape
contractor begins the job. It should be very nice when done. We are also having pavers installed on our front porch after years of just gravel!
I was watching TAGS tonight, and it's funny how one line seems to stand out in each ep.
Tonight's was "Now all you have to do is side swipe a salt truck and you'll be all set." ha
We could play "State a quote and guess the ep.!"
FRankie, glad you had a good visit with your kin.
Always nice to see family.
Possum--good to see you too. Did you like the shoes I got ya? :)
Prayers for all!

January 04, 2019 - Msg 111407: Thank you MDC. Yes it is nice to see family especially during the Holidays.

We have had some nice days so I decided to mow the front yard before the rains come in. Weather man said we should have a wet weekend and the storms are lining up off the coast. I usually mow the bermuda grass low during the winter. When we have some freezing weather it all dies on the top. So best to just mow it down in the winter.

January 04, 2019 - Msg 111408: Good morning all.
Boy, it seems odd to read MDC and Frankie talking about mowing grass and flower beds. We haven't been over 30 for afternoon highs for a week here.

MDC, You watched Baileys Bad boy, the line was what Andy used on Ron Bailey after he had side swiped old Fletch's truck. I like the idea of a quote- guess the episode game. How about this one, "Ain't you got a jack"?

Well I guess I'll get the laundry started. It's nice to not have to squeeze all these domestic jobs into the weekends. :)


January 04, 2019 - Msg 111409: Speaking of parades, when I was stationed at the Long Beach California Naval shipyard back in early 1975, I had a chance to attend both the Rose Bowl parade in Pasadena and the Christmas Parade in Hollywood. There were many movie and television stars in the Hollywood parade. Unfortunately there was lots of pushing and shoving while standing in the crowd. Later in the day, the Rose Bowl parade put all their floats on display in a parking lot for the public to view up close.

from Poor Horatio

January 04, 2019 - Msg 111410: Hello friends. I am checking in from Austin. Yesterday I got a call from my friend Cinthia's son and they had to put Cinthia into a hospice facility because they couldn't control her pain at home. I drove up to help. We had a rough night last night but she is finally comfortable as far as I can tell. Please remember her and her son Justin in your prayers today. I am hoping we won't have another episode like last night and that she passes peacefully. Thank you.


January 04, 2019 - Msg 111411: Boo...Sorry to hear about your friend...It’s good of you to be there for her during this time...Praying for everyone.


January 04, 2019 - Msg 111412: Boo, prayers for you and your friend and her family ,
Big Maude

January 04, 2019 - Msg 111413: Hey SPOT...Looks like my Buckeyes got one of your Hometown boys!..Looks like our Guy is going Pro!


January 04, 2019 - Msg 111414: BOO--so sorry to hear this news. I will indeed be praying for her and her family, and you too.
I hope you are not too stressed. Be careful.

PH--the Rose Parade is one of those things that must be seen in person, for sure.

ASA--you may actually have me guessing.
I cant quite place that quote in a particular episode, but i think it is Goober who says it about items in the patrol car.
BTW, I FINALLY mailed the box today. I decided that the box I had originally packed it in was too flimsy, so I repacked it in a stronger box with better protection for the pump. the tracking no. is: 9505 8116 3600 9004 3600 46
It will probably get to Ogden via Sheboigan! ha One good thing,
the P.O. is independently funded, and is fully up and running.
You may also want to ask the doctor about correct pressures.

Have a good weekend everyone.
God bless,

January 05, 2019 - Msg 111415: Boo, prayers coming your way for you and your friend.

Poor Horatio, That must of been something seeing those parades. The Rose Bowl Parade has such beautiful floats.

January 05, 2019 - Msg 111416: Boo,my prayers are with y'all. God bless.

possum u.a.r.

January 05, 2019 - Msg 111417: Asa..That Quote came from “Barrney Runs for Sheriff”...
I HAVE to tell a story about that quote... My two Buddies (both brothers) and Big TAGS fans, and I went to see a show with both Don Knotts & Tim Conway. (GREAT One By The Way)

After the show was over we went to the car and found a flat tire!..The car was the older brothers and he had just gotten the car, but while getting the spare out he found there was NO JACK!...Brother #2 said...”Ain’t You Got a Jack?”...Good thing I was there cuz I think #2 Brother would have lost some teeth that night!...But I don’t care who you are, That was FUNNY!..


January 05, 2019 - Msg 111418: Good morning all.
Boo, my prayers are with you and with Cynthia. I am so sorry to read she is suffering like that. What an angel you are, dropping everything to go be with her in her time of need.

MDC, Thanks for the heads up. I will keep an eye open for it and send you the shipping money. Thank you so much.

GF, You got the right episode on the quote. Funny story about your friends. lol Reminds me of an experience I had a few years back. My Wife and I had traveled down to St. George Ut. for a long weekend winter get away. St. George is in the very south west part of the State and is much lower in elevation and thus enjoys much more moderate temps. in the winter. It's about 340 miles south of us. Anyway, we were going to return on Saturday, but decided to stay over and come home on Sunday. I even gassed up the Jeep on Saturday so I wouldn't have to do any "trading" on the Sabbath. Well Sunday morning as I am loading our bags in the Jeep, I notice something in between the treads of the rear tire. I was hoping that it was just lodged between the threads, but as I tried to remove it, I could see it had penetrated the tire, although the tire wasn't flat. I tried prying it out, hoping it hadn't penetrated all the way through, but I could hear air hissing around it as I fussed with it, and thought of Gomers saying "people sure are odd. They see something in their tare and they try and pull it out, and naturally the air is gonna leak right out of the tare. People sure are odd". So I decided to find a Station that could fix it for me. Well driving around this town, trying to find an open full service station was a real task. Finally I drove past a station that looked closed, but I could see someone inside at the desk. So I wheeled in and walked in and asked the feller if he could fix me up. He said sorry, but he wasn't open on Sunday. He had just come down to pick up some papers he needed. So I asked him if he knew anywhere I could go to get it fixed. He said "Mister, this is just a small Church going community. You might as well plan on just staying till tomorrow, and then you can get it fixed". I'm sure I must have sounded just like Mr. Tucker as I bemoaned that I needed to be home tonight! I had important business to attend to first thing in the morning, some 340 miles away. Well he wasn't moved a bit by my plight. lol Anyway, I did find an open Station and got it fixed, but boy I felt like I was in a Twilight Zone/Mayberry flash back. lol (BTW, I had a jack, I just didn't want to use it)


January 05, 2019 - Msg 111419: Ha Ha..Yep Asa...A Mayberry episode for most every situation!...

Shout out for Maude, I called the Motor Inn yesterday to make my reservation for the Meet-Up in July...They said there’s only a few rooms left, so better hurry... Or anyone else that is planning to go.....Possum?..SPOT?....


January 05, 2019 - Msg 111420: Hey GF: I have my room reserved and a confirmation number so I am good to go for the meet up. Thanks for looking out for me !
Big Maude

January 05, 2019 - Msg 111421: Awww. I surely do wish I could get to one of the meet-ups. It has to be a lot of fun, and I'd love to get to "meet-up" with some of you, but I don't think it's in the cards for me. Maybe one of these days there will be a meet-up in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, and then you can bet I'll be there!

Sorry to have been absent so much lately, but have had a lot of company coming and going through here. My granddaughter Amanda and her boyfriend came on Wednesday, and left yesterday morning (Friday) and we just had a lovely time. I had met her boyfriend a couple of times, but always with a big crowd, and for a short time. This time we had time to really get acquainted, and I like him a lot. He's a very quiet, gentle, soft-spoken man, with a kind heart, and he seems to be very much in love with Amanda. He gets my vote. We met David and Brittney on Thursday evening at the original Babe's in Roanoke, ate waaay too much of their wonderful fried chicken, and then went back to D&B's house for dessert and visiting. Lovely evening! Hudson played the piano for us for a little while, and that was nice. Diesel was disappointed that Toye Starr wasn't with me, but since we went to the restaurant first, I had left her at home with Amanda's dog, Wylie. Wylie is a cute little fellow, actually a chihuahua that looks more like a pug right now, except for his little foxy face. He's probably about four or five pounds overweight, and it's all bunched up on his shoulders and around his neck, giving him that little "tank" body like a pug. He's cute, and sweet, and he and Starr get along fine, once he gave her to understand that her nose is not welcome in his food bowl. It really surprised her when he turned and barked at her, because she and Diesel share all the time. Wylie, however, shares his food with no one, thank you very much. No problem, we just fed him in the sunroom, with the door closed until he finished, and that solved it. He didn't bother Starr when she was eating, either. I guess he thinks fair is fair, and he's right.

Well, I'm hungry and getting tired. Guess I'll go find some nibbles, and then get in my wheelerette for a little while. All this peace and quiet, after the busy-ness of the holidays, is very nice. Blessings to one and all... --Romeena

January 05, 2019 - Msg 111422: Hey gang !..ok gona good football on and the smoker going !..Prayers to all..SPOT

January 06, 2019 - Msg 111423: SPOT--I heard that they "spotted" you at the
Half-Moon Trailer Park lookin' in windows! ha
GF--tell me again where the Meet-Up is held? thx
RO--Thanks for checking in. I have been praying about your hearing condition.
has it improved at all? Just wondering.
ASA--I have heard that st. george is a neat town.
That is really funny about the man acting just like Wally.
Was he rocking forward too? :)

Well Christmas decorations inside and out are all put away
for another year. A cute story relating to that...
Several years after my mom had passed and dad was living in
an assisted apt community, (BTW several of us kids invited
him to live with us, but he loved Bridge, and none of us played it)
he didnt seem to want to decorate too much at Christmas time,
when he always did for years. He told us, "I've been decorating and
taking it down for 84 years now, starting when I was 6; and I think
I'll just let others do it now." ha, and we DID!
Decorated his place, and then put it away again for several years.

Here we are on the cusp of this new year, and at least I still like
to do it! :)
God bless,

January 06, 2019 - Msg 111424: Guess the ep: "I'll get you for this deputy."

January 06, 2019 - Msg 111425: MDC...The Meet-Up In Mt. Airy is July 19-20..We finish with a Bible study on Sunday morning the 21st. Floyd will post the event and schedule on the website....And for your viewing pleasure, here’s last years podcast report on it...


January 06, 2019 - Msg 111426: Good Sabbath all.

A little snowy on my porch this morning. It sure is nice to not have to worry about going to work to deal with it. :)

Good to see you Romeena. As MDC said, you are in my prayers always.

MDC, No, he wasn't in a rocking chair. lol But that was the only difference. He even looked a bit like Wally. And I didn't even think about stealing his truck. lol

GF, Another TAGS story. When I was a kid my parents one year bought me a B.B. gun. One day my best friend from school spent the day at my house and brought his gun with him. We went out exploring in the fields all morning, shooting at fence posts and what not as we had been warned by my Mom to not shoot at any birds. Well we got back to my house about lunchtime and my Mom made us some sandwiches that we ate outside under the shade of a big Elm tree. While we were eating, there was a bird in that tree just whistling away. I grabbed my gun and yelled "shut up bird". I really didn't even take aim. Just pointed at the general direction of the noise and quickly pulled the trigger. You guessed it. I dropped the bird. My friend was shocked, as was I. But I tried to put on a tough front. That night as I was laying in bed, and though about what I had done, I cried like mad. I felt so bad, I finally got up and confessed to my Mom what I had done. I figured she would really let me have it, but I guess she figured I was beating myself up enough. She gave me a hug, and told me to be more careful in the future. So every time I see that episode with Opie, it sure brings back memories.

Oh, the answer to the quote question is the episode when Barney accidently captures the escapee. He was gonna write him a ticket for littering.

My quote: "A lot of people lie at lunch, what of it"?


January 06, 2019 - Msg 111427: Asa, I’m telling you Buddy, we HAVE to be related some how!. I too had a very similar experience with my B-B gun and a bird.
Won’t go into detail but very much like your story. But then again it may be a Boys rite of passage in getting a BB gun?

I DID learn another lesson, when you accidentally shoot out your Sisters car window with one, there are consequences to pay 💰 LITERALLY!...Dad made me go to the junk yard and get her another one!..Both removing the one from the junk yard and installing it into her car...And YES at 100 % at MY expense from my snow shoveling money!...
But on the up side, I got to add that to my LIST of talents that I have learned too!...Note to self...LESSON LEARNED!...Even before I knew of the Mayberry connection aka “Bailey’s Bad Boy”...As Opie said about his Paw...”He ain’t so dumb!”...


p.s. Boo you Ok?...Keeping you in my prayers...

January 06, 2019 - Msg 111428: Happy Epiphany! (and Christmas in the Orthodox Churches)

January 06, 2019 - Msg 111429: Boo, that is very considerate for you to help out your sickly friend. Especially when you have your own problems to help with.

Asa and G-F, I have had no bad experiences with birds and B-B guns when I was a youngster. The only things I have killed were ants, mosquitoes, flies, and precious time.

One thing I forgot to mention in my parade posting. The Rose Bowl parade is so well known and important that they even sell a color program pamphlet each year. It not only gives all the details about all the floats, including photos, from that year's parade, but also includes a biography of the Rose Bowl Queen and her court, and a brief history of past rose bowls. I still have mine from 1975.

from Poor Horatio

January 06, 2019 - Msg 111430: Thank you all for your kind words and your prayers. After that first rough night with Cinthia, things were smooth sailing. She is still with us but she is comfortable. I decided to come on home after I knew she was in no pain, or fear, and extra family came in to be there with her. The first night and the next day, I was there with her alone a lot of the time while her son and daughter did things they needed to do to prepare, made arrangements with the funeral home, and got some much-needed rest. I was very thankful that they allowed me to help Cinthia and to help them when they needed it. I asked Cinthia if she was afraid and she very confidently said "NO", and I said, "Then we will be ok". We didn't get to talk a lot because she was in and out of deep sleep, but we did say our "I love you's"..and she was so amazing, even looking into my eyes and smiling when she was in pain..always worried about me being tired. I was able to sit beside her and hold her hand during the worst of it and I certainly hope it helped. She did look into my eyes and say how very much it meant that I was there, and that I will carry with me. Her children will contact me if they need me or when she passes, bless them.

I do have something to share with you all that I found very comforting in this experience. I don't know about the rest of you, but I have a lot of anxiety in the thought of having to be with loved ones who might experience pain in dying. I learned that in the right environment, the worst of pain can be controlled. It was the bone cancer in her back that was causing her so much pain and it was tough to get on top of it because they couldn't get an IV line in right away so they were giving the pain med subcutaneously, which takes longer and just isn't as effective in the kind of pain she was having. Also, she has been fighting cancer for 7 years so she has built quite a tolerance for high doses of the strongest pain medicine, so she isn't a typical case. Also, many patients that go into a hospice facility already have an IV port of some sort in place..the kind that can stay in for months at a time that they put in for chemo. Cinthia didn't have one and her veins were so bad that they couldn't seem to get an IV in her. I was unhappy that the facility she was in didn't have a person who specializes in putting in lines on call. She had to either go to the ER or wait until the next morning to have a line put it. Moving her anywhere at that point would have been nothing short of torture so we all did what we could. Once they had a line in, she was great. They could manage her very well with a continuous infusion of medication and she could get extra in between if needed. So, I am telling you this for a reason; if you have a loved one in this kind of situation and in their final days and it is hard to manage pain, find a good hospice facility to take them to, and make sure that they understand that you expect someone to be available to place a line at night, if needed, and if your loved one has a line in from chemo, don't be quick to remove it. Oh, and one more comforted in the knowledge that you can expect to get the help you need to make those final days bearable for even the worst kind of cancer pain. After we got on top of Cinthia's pain with the IV meds, she was a very happy camper. Thank God.

I will be back to read archives in a bit..have to but laundry in the drier!