February 18, 2019 - Msg 111690: How-do, porch! I'll see if I can peck out a little note here on this little toy keyboard. I finally went back and read the last few days that I've missed. Sounds like everyone is doing okay, with a few bumps in the road for some. Please know that I am praying for those who need it.

Boo, I hope the job situation improves, and that Erin's issues reach resolution. Poor kid, she does have a time of it. I do think that awful tragedy with her friend next door has left its mark on her. That's enough to shiver anybody's timbers.

Asa, you absolutely do need to take a break now and then and get out of the house. Is there an on-site cafeteria at your old work place? Set up a time to meet a couple of former co-workers there for lunch. You'll enjoy the shop talk, and seeing other old friends, and then you will enjoy being able to walk away and go home, without having to get involved in any of the current woes.

I'm still working on getting this computer set up and configured like I want it, and just getting used to it. There have been happy discoveries, though. My little "Home Suites" program is a $25 program that I downloaded years ago, and it's my phone directory. I have over 150 phone numbers in it, and rely on it several times a day. Bruce was able to load the new version in the new computer and then transfer the data from my old version into it. Well, the new version has capability that the old version didn't, including a personal calendar, a place to store passwords, store auto repair and maintenance records, and several other things I haven't explored yet. If you don't have a program for all those little details, I'd strongly recommend Home Suites.

Well, guess I'd better go feed my tiny friend. I haven't eaten yet either, but I'm not hungry. I'm sure she is, though. She has nudged my ankles a few times, just to remind me she's here. That involved abandoning her guard position beneath the mail slot, so I know she's serious. Later...--Romeena

February 18, 2019 - Msg 111691: Oh, you're welcome. Seemed like the least I could do, to tidy up a bit, after being absent so much. --Romeena

February 18, 2019 - Msg 111692: Thanks everyone, and yes, I probably spread myself a little thin. I didn't, however, count on having to work 12 hours on Saturday and 11 hours on Sunday. It just got crazy and I couldn't leave. The real kicker is that we didn't get paid last Friday. We got a memo saying that the facility didn't have the money to pay the employees but would at the beginning of the week. I don't know. I love it there but don't want to keep working without pay.

The work at the school was pretty easy and I go back tomorrow. I had a day off today, if you can call it that. Been doing some laundry and cleaning out the fridge.

We had an emotional incident here today with Erin and poor Bruce got so distraught he started having chest pain. I had to give him a nitro tablet. He gets so worked up sometimes. I am making him an appointment with his cardiologist tomorrow. I fear it is time to go back for a cath and put a stent in that other artery that had some blockage.

Well, better get back to the chores. You know, sometimes going to work is kind of an escape from real life at home. Maybe you miss that a little, Asa.


February 18, 2019 - Msg 111693: Oh my Boo, you poor thing. Yes, get Bruce in to the Doctor for sure. I am glad that school job came in for you Boo, because it sounds like the other place is about to close up. I sure hope Erin is ok. And yes, I mentioned in an earlier post that going to work was a bit of a break from home. Romeena has a good idea, about meeting some of them for lunch or something. I might do that.

Thanks for sweeping up Romeena. Didn't mean to have you do that with your diminished lungs and all. :) Glad you are getting the new computer dialed in.

Those nice warm temps of last week are a memory. We got up to 39 today. Oh well, we are on the tail end of it, and it ain't nearly as cold from my Wheeler. lol


February 18, 2019 - Msg 111694: Romeena, nice sweep! It is good to see you.
Boo, prayers for you and the family.
Asa, I kind of know how you feel. The only time I leave our house is to go to the grocery store or the pharmacy. And I try not to leave the house to long because I worry about Mom so much. I love her dearly and will do anything for her.
I can`t wait tell the spring weather. We are suppose to have another rain storm on Wednesday.
Take care all.

February 19, 2019 - Msg 111695: Frankie, you are living the 4th commandment in an amazing way! God bless you and all who are so dedicated. :) And...Spring training games will start next weekend! woohoo
RO--glad you could post again despite the small keyboard. One time I bought one of those 'split' keyboards, but it drove me crazy! ha
Regarding phone numbers, I am still old school with a small 'address book' that has the slider on the side to find the right letter! Yikes. remember those? But i will look into that new fangled program.
BOO--wow, they can't pay you? I sure wish someone would just make a firm decision to close the place, get the kids transfered to decent facilities and let the employees move on. Sorry, it just kinds frosts me.
Tonite's ep was about Ernest T trying to impress Hogette. So many great lines like "I passed it, I didnt HEAVE it." or the one about 'ameminees.'
And of course, Ramona, aka ROMEENA, caught Ernest T's fancy! ha
Sweet dreams to all,

February 19, 2019 - Msg 111696: Oh, ASA, I think GRIT is over-the-air only, but not positive.

February 19, 2019 - Msg 111697: I just looked on the GRIT website, and in SLC it is on antenna channel 30.3 or Dish 217.

February 19, 2019 - Msg 111698: Good morning all.
Well I'll be flat dogged MDC. I went to the program directory on my DISH and punched in 217, and lo and behold, there it is. GRIT tv. Thanks. I'll have to look at their schedule. I just recently severely edited my DISH account because the monthly bill was just getting out of hand. So I'm glad that is still available. I have been DVRing a lot of Alfred Hitchc0ck episodes on METV. I see a lot of TAGS folks on those as well as a lot of other actors/actresses who were just getting their start. I have see Hilda Mae in several episodes. Miss Grayson in a couple. And that really heavy set feller who was visiting the "bookie barber", the one who Barney said he would have hated to see him before he went in for treatment. He was a cab driver in an episode yesterday.

Franke, I agree completely with MDC's salutations for looking after your Mom the way you do. So often that just isn't the case. A big thumbs up to you.

I hope I don't give folks the wrong impression when I mention I need a break from my care giver role. I love my Wife, and it is an honor to be able to care for her. But it does wear you down at times, and a little break now and then is nice. She feels like she is a big burden to me, and that isn't the case at all. In some ways her illness has brought us closer together.

I agree MDC, That episode with Ernest T. has some great lines in it. The ammenanies one stands out for me. Barney, showing how to enter a room is hilarious.

Well Stacey and Matt and their family are flying back home today from Phoenix. They have been visiting Matts folks on their Ranch in New Mexico. And then Sarah is flying out to Florida on Friday to visit some of her friends. Just seems like those kids are always going to or coming from somewhere. I declare, they didn't get that from me. I am a homebody through and through. lol

I hope everyone has a great day.


February 19, 2019 - Msg 111699: MDC...For a minute I mistook your Woohoo for “Wahoo” ya know we ain’t allowed to say “Wahoo” in Cleveland anymore since the use of “Chief Wahoo” is banned now...So I guess we ain’t allowed to call the players “Tribal Guys” neither!...So What’s next?...I think they’ll be called Lake Erie “Walleyes” after the fish!...But that may hurt the feelings of other creatures tho...So...They Just Have the block “C” on their hats witch stands for.....CONFUSED!...👍🏻🙌🏻


February 19, 2019 - Msg 111700: Good afternoon, porch. Just got home from a birthday breakfast at a local cafe, for Eloise, and attended by ten women from my SS class. Lots of laughs and good conversation. From there I went to my primary physician for my annual well-woman checkup, as required by Medicare. Numerous issues, but nothing I can do about most of it, and I can still function, so - it is what it is.

Asa, anyone who has been a caregiver fully understands how you feel. Just because you have accepted that role, fulfill it beautifully, and cherish your time together - doesn't mean that you don't need, want and appreciate a break now and then. You are still you, and want to do "Asa" things now and then. Here's a silly illustration: Toye Starr loves for me to scratch her tiny pink belly, and will lie in my lap enjoying the scratch-and-rub routine for quite a while, but after a little time, she will get up, ask for help to the floor, and walk away to spend the next hour or so doing "Toye Starr" things. I'm glad she does, because as much joy as it gives me to be the scratcher for my little scratchee, I do have other things I like to do, and things that must be done. You don't have to stop being you, just because you wear the title of "Caregiver."

I declare, I am so bloomin' sick of hearing about the PC stuff that is poisoning this nation. Some things absolutely had to go, such as the "n" word. It was definitely used as a slur, a derogatory term, and was greatly disrespectful. I grew up hearing it, but it wasn't used in our home, and I'm glad to see it go. However, this idiocy about the Cleveland Indians, Wahoo, etc., is just silly.
We have taken a concept - respect - and stretched it completely out of proportion, taken it to a ridiculous extreme, until it has become a joke, and not a funny one. When people start talking about "the PC Police", you know we've gone too far.

Boo, girl, if it weren't for bad luck, you'd have no luck at all. I will be so happy when you get out of that miserable place, those poor kids get into a better environment, and you get into a stable job, in a comfortable place, and you can count on a paycheck when it's due. You have a lot more patience and forbearance than I do.

Well, guess I'll go get some laundry done. I am definitely breathing better in the past few days, and am more active. If we can resolve just a couple more issues, I'll be feeling pretty good! Blessings, porch! --Romeena

February 19, 2019 - Msg 111701:
HELLO PORCHSTERS! Well, it looks like "weather" will again be hitting much of the country in one way or another. Here in AZ it has been snowing quite a bit up north, and will get more on Thursday. I could go see all the snow I would like just 80 miles up I-17, but I am holding off only because I am scheduled to have my varicose veins 'done' on Friday, and dont want to chance anything. Prayers would be appreciated BTW. thanks.
ASA--I hope you like westerns, as 98% of GRIT is that, including the Laramie series with Robert Fuller in the AM. Also lots of the Duke, Glen Ford, George Raft, etc (Really!)
I used to like to travel more than I do these days. When we do, like to Disneyland last year, I only like to be away for about 4 days. It just kind of changed over the years.
GF--the little indian face will always be my thoughts of your 'tribe.'
As a kid i just thought it was cute, and not meanspirited at all.
I wonder if the Braves 'chop' will also go?
RO--glad you had a good time with your gal friends. I am about due for my wellness exam soon,
and also answer their silly questions, but that's life. Any word on your hearing issue?
Hey to BOO, POSSUM, FRankie, PH, MBM, SPOTTY Big Maude, and all!
I got a letter from PappaBear today and he says HI to all.
Pretty cold in Danville, IL these days too. He says it's "Invigorating!" ha That's our PB! :)
Keep warm,

February 19, 2019 - Msg 111702: MDC & Asa Thank you for the kind words. I try to do my best.
Asa that is so wonderful how you are there for your wife. God Bless you.
MDC, are you going to any of the spring training games?
They have a lot of good western movies on the GRIT station. And old good western tv shows on there also. I always turn that station on when I cant find any thing else to watch.
Romenna, it is good to hear your breathing better. I just finished some laundry also.

February 20, 2019 - Msg 111703: Good morning all.

Woke up to 6 inches of "chance of flurries overnight" this morning and still snowing. Looks like the snow blower will get some work today.

MDC, Prayers for your procedure on Friday for sure my friend. I had a co-worker who had that done a few years ago and it seemed to go very smooth for him. So we will pray the same for you buddy. I am sure the PC Police would love to eliminate the chop, but that may be easier said than done. I think the majority of folks have had enough of this nonsense. And when you start telling them that they can no longer do something because it is not PC, well we all know what will happen there.

Thanks for the kind words Frankie and Ro. I try not to feel guilty about the need to take a break on occasion.

Boo, I pray that Bruce and Erin are doing ok. You sure have your hands full. You be sure to take care of yourself Boo.

Yesterday I saw Emmett Clark and Columbo together in an Alfred Hitchc0ck show. In the end, Emmett shot and killed Columbo. It was tragic. I think that must have been when he high tailed it to Mayberry and changed his ways. In fact he may have been in the witness protection program because Columbo was tied in with organized crime. But so was Emmett. Oh what a tangled web we weave...

Romeena, I am so happy to read you are improving with your breathing. You are a strong willed Lass, and I think that alone will see you through a lot of things. Prayers for your continued improvements.

Stacey and Matt and all the kids got back safe and sound yesterday (thank you Lord). So grateful for that.

Well I think I will gaze out the window for a spell and consider in what manner I should clear the snow upon my driveway. One should not just forge ahead into these jobs, but rather one should ponder, consider, and contemplate how one should approach the task. Much deep thought and consideration must enter into the equation. Can I get an Amen GF? :)


February 20, 2019 - Msg 111704: HaHa Asa....Exactly what I’m contemplating too!..Do Joe & I just blow it, or do I make a snow sculpture? https://youtu.be/NVRLykhBif4 Although back in the day we made the best snow sculptures in the Neighborhood..
But these days....I just BLOW IT AWAY!...But after more thought like you said Buddy....


February 20, 2019 - Msg 111705: p.s. BTW I found out I get GRIT too!....YeeHaw!

February 20, 2019 - Msg 111706: To "Joe" or not to "Joe," that is the question! ha
And I guess you could say that we all have a lot of GRIT! ha again!
Silly MDC :)

February 20, 2019 - Msg 111707: Just shovel the driveway, Grasshopper.

February 20, 2019 - Msg 111708: Done & Done Ke-mo sah-bee.....🤠

February 20, 2019 - Msg 111709: Hello to the Porch!
Had some nice weather today and was able to go out for a quick bike ride.
You all take care,

February 21, 2019 - Msg 111710: Frankie, we are to get your rain tonite and all day Thursday! Should also dump a lot of snow on Flagstaff. BTW, are you in St. Francis parish by any chance?
Good evening to you all. GF, thanks for the funny email.
God bless,

February 21, 2019 - Msg 111711: Good morning all. I hope everyone is fine and dandy.

Well GF, After much deep thought and contemplation yesterday, I finally fired my snow blower up and did the deed. I should have contemplated longer because by noon time the sun came out and mother nature would have taken care of it. In fact that would have been the game plan for me, but Wednesday is the day that Debbies home health care nurse comes to change out her access port. And I didn't want her to have to risk slipping and hurting herself. That's ok. Both me and the snow blower needed the exercise.

Frankie, glad you got to ride your bike yesterday. Your weather must have been very nice. I can't wait for it to warm up here. I am really getting excited about getting out in my shop and doing some stuff. I could do it now, but it isn't heated, and it is just to blamed cold for me.

MDC, Is your procedure tomorrow just an outpatient thing? I pray all goes well my friend.

Guess I'll go see what I can rustle up for breakfast. I usually don't eat much for breakfast. Maybe I'll just fry a couple of eggs, some bacon, limp mind you, a mess of hash browns, a side of pancakes, and some toast. I like a light breakfast so that later I can really pack it away at dinner time. :)


February 21, 2019 - Msg 111712: "I'll have OJ, bowl of cereal, stack of wheats, 3 eggs over, not runny now, bacon on the crisp side, WHITE toast buttered,hash-brown potatoes, coffee ☕️
Look on the bright side Asa...By making It yourself ya didn’t have to drop the Quarter tip...lol...
Snow blowing sure can kick up your appetite Buddy!....

MDC...So we will want you reports on Spring Training at Goodyear Buddy, it will be a ray of hope for a early Spring seeing the boys preparing for the season...Eat one of those stadium dogs for me, but be sure to put the “Bertmans Ball Park Mustard” on it!...👍

Frankie...Before you went on your bike ride, did you polish up the “Chromium” first?...Lol

Romeena...How’s Everything At your Nature Reserve?...I miss the morning activities here. Not much going on this time of the year yet...Speaking of that, I better go out and fill the feeder for the morning rush....


February 21, 2019 - Msg 111713: Well Asa, after a period of quiet contemplation (or contemptation, as Archie Bunker would say) let me commend you for your gentlemanly behavior in shoveling the driveway for the nurse. :)

Speaking of nursing...I still have not gotten paid for my job at Shoreline and Shoreline has been on the nightly news for two nights in a row. An employee called into one of our local corpus Christi news channels to inform of what was going on and they featured a story trying to get to the bottom of things. It ended up being a joke and really will only make matters worse. It is a lockdown facility so when the news cameras and spokesman showed up at the door, they were greeted by the very rotund, ignorant hick of an administrator who said something like, "You ain't comin' in here and you aint got no business here so git!"..(rolling my eyes). If I had been a parent with a child in the facility and saw that, I would be on my way to pick them up. It was really bad. The bad publicity might just be the nail in the coffin, so to speak. It is unfortunate because, despite all its problems, we are serving an important purpose and are the only facility licensed by the state to do what we are doing. Many of our kids are probation and if we close, they will go to juvenile detention centers where they will not get the treatment they need. Sad situation but I am hoping and praying that they do find a new, responsible owner who sees the value of what we are trying to do and is willing to invest in making it better. I work again tomorrow and my boss asked me if I could do some decorating for St. Patrick's day since the main potential buyer will be touring the facility on Monday. I told her it would be better if maintenance would come and get the filthy, black water out of the sink that is covered with the trashbag I taped over it. She said they cant afford a plumber. I told her the maintenance guys could at least clean it out! I am thinking that maybe the buyer will have pity on us when he sees it. lol I would have thrown in the towel that first year if I didn't care so much about the kids, but I really do. My heart is there and I hope so much that things change for the better.

I have been nursing at the school this week and I have to say that I am just falling in love with some of the kiddos! I didn't think I would feel that way because I am really not a kid-person. I like teens but never really relate to little ones. BUT, some of these children are so precious! I haven't had another experience like I had that first day with the disrespectful kids. I think because I took immediate action, I surprised them and they are good as gold now when they come into the office. I have a couple of kids that come in every day for something. I think TLC. One is from a broken home and the other is a sweet, chubby little boy with beautiful brown eyes who finds ways to come in to spend time with me. I found out the first day that his mother, who happened to be a school nurse there at the school, died of cancer a year ago. I think it comforts him to come into the office and just talk for a little while and I adore him already, so I love it when he comes in. He is very polite and sweet. Anyway, I guess what I am saying is that, while I don't love the duties because it is not fast-paced enough for my liking, I love the kids. I think that is good enough for now. If I am hired on full time, I know I will have additional duties to keep me busy.

Thanks for listening to me. We have had some major issues with my children but things are getting somewhat better. Sean is having a terrible time on the job because his partner on the job quit and he is trying to do the job of 2 right now. He is applying for a job closer to home doing auto inspections because he spends over 200 dollars in gas to go to and from work right now. He is working full time and makes enough to make his car payment, phone payment, and insur@nce but that is about it. I am praying he gets this job. He would be working for a nice guy named Keith who knows Sean and likes him.

Well, better go. I have to attend a funeral this morning for one of my friend's mom. She was 86 with COPD..longtime smoker so she is fortunate to have lived as long as she did.

Have a great day and will come back when I can. I am working everyday for awhile since I am doing both jobs but honestly, this school nurse job is less work than I would do at home so I am fine.

Love to All,

February 21, 2019 - Msg 111714: https://kztv10.com/news/troubleshooters/2019/02/19/employees-of-taft-treatment-center-not-paid/

February 21, 2019 - Msg 111715: I shared the link to the news story about work above.


February 21, 2019 - Msg 111716: Wow, Boo! That Anderson guy is a real sweetheart, isn't he? He's a real shining example for those poor kids. Sleazy, looks like he needs a shower, about as articulate as a warthog, and with all the charm and tact of a mob boss. Where on earth did the facility dig him up? My question is, was he just hired by someone who didn't know what they were doing, or is he behind the scenes, was the rehab facility his idea? If so, then someone needs to start looking for the money, because he just might have it stored away somewhere.

Another thought, about the nasty sink. If they don't have the money for a plumber, at least send someone to Home Depot, rent a shop vac, pump the stinking water out of that sink, put a tight plug in the drain, scrub out the sink and hope the inspectors don't turn the water on. I can't believe they have let that cesspool sit there and fester and expect you to work in proximity to it. If the Board of Health ever saw that....

Asa, good on you for considering Debbie's nurse and clearing a path. As you said, Mother Nature would have taken care of it, but maybe too late. You and are both such nice guys. I'm grateful for your presence on the porch, and Floyd, I'm grateful that we actually have the porch. I don't know what we'd do without it. Friendships have been forged here that have been very precious to me, and I'm sure everyone else feels the same.

Well, guess I'll go get cleaned up and ready to go to our monthly JOY dinner and fellowship. A friend offered to pick me up, but I'm going to take my car. My breathing is good enough, I can make it from the parking lot to the fellowship hall. I love these gatherings. The kids from our charter high school's culinary arts department are catering the meal, and they always do a very fine job. They're so cute, in their black chef's coats and tall white chef's hats. They always prepare a really good meal, and then serve it as well, very graciously. The entertainment will be a family of singers. I've not heard them, but have heard a lot about them, so I'm sure it will be lovely.

Blessings, all. --Romeena

February 21, 2019 - Msg 111717: Boo...I guess like Barney said... “Thank You Johnny Shafto!”...That Just ain’t Right!..G-F

February 21, 2019 - Msg 111718: Hey MDC...I’m watching some Spring Training coverage on our news. First thing, our weather girl was bundled up and said it rained most of the day... One question ..There seemed to be several large aircraft backed right up to the outfield fence. What’s up with that?


February 21, 2019 - Msg 111719: Hello gang !! Time to read. I’m trying to get my shop built... rain rain rain. Hey Romeena, MDC baseball just about to start ! Hey Boo,Possum, asa, Maude. Ok. Let me read and Bless all. Breakfast will be at Waffle House on possum ! I will bring a news paper. SPOT

February 22, 2019 - Msg 111720:
HEY GF--The Goodyear Ballpark is on the 'outskirts' of town and there is an airliner boneyard right near it. Here is a satellite view of it:
In the 1960s there were hundreds of B17s and other WWII aircraft out there. My dad took us by a few times to see them. Eventually they were all chopped up and melted down.
ASA--my leg procedure is indeed outpatient. They will use a laser to
collapse the varicose veins so the blood will now return to the heart via the main good vein further inside the leg, sort of like sending cars onto the freeway from the bad sideroads.
Right leg Friday, then left leg next Friday. I will be under "conscious" sedation, aka lala land. ha Set for 12 noon.
Thanks for the prayers.
BOO--I just watched that report! I'll even go further than RO and say that guy was just a plain jerk!!! Kids in his care...
not mine, no matter what they had done. If the new owners work out I hope that guy is OUT! Wow.
ALL--on TAGS tonight it was the ep that started with andy reading Barn's letter. I got to thinking, for the early 1960s that was a pretty brave move to talk about peek-a-boo blouses, meaning Barn
was looking at..well, some female 'thoraxes!' ha
It is RAINING here all day, and LOTS of snow above 3000 feet.
This is really a big storm.
Frankie, I put down some ammonium phosphate yesterday on my dormant St. Augustine. Should start springing forth real soon.
SPOT--lots of 'weather' for sure! I hope possum's rock is not flooded out! Thanks for the breakfast!
Prayers for all,

February 22, 2019 - Msg 111721: Morning all.

Prayers for you this morning MDC as you prepare to go to "la la land". Let us know if you see any pink elephants. :)

Boo, That director was a real piece of work for sure. Although I fear I would deal with the media likewise. lol (I am not a fan of the media) Maybe he should take some lessons from Bill Belichick on media relations. (We're on to Cincinnati, repeatedly) lol. That guy can handle the media so well. I sure hope you can get your pay. And I sure have to agree with Romeena, It is hard to imagine some effort could be done to resolve the sink issue. That is simply neglect and indifference by the owner or manager, or both.

GF mentioned his weather girl bundled up, and MDC mentioned B-17's and other WW-11 aircraft being chopped up and melted down. I'm not sure which of those two comments saddens me the most.

Spot, I love to build things. I wish I lived close by. I'd be glad to come help out. And it is so much more enjoyable to do it just for enjoyments sake and not for a living. Something very satisfying about it for me at least.

Romeena, It is so very good to see you posting. I am glad you are feeling a bit better. You are starting to sound more like your self. Calling that feller a "warthog" HA! You make me smile. :)

Well off to the store to do my weekly shopping. I don't have any pretty weather girls like MDC and GF have to admire, but there is a female butcher at the store here that is easy on the eyes. I just don't know if I can fit anymore meat in my freezer though. I wonder what causes that? lol


February 22, 2019 - Msg 111722: Asa...So you are saying she give you steaks when you ask for hamburger?....I joke around with my butcher too, they refere to me as the “Chuck Eye” guy... I like to get them when I grill out.
The Butcher calls it the “Poor Man’s Ribeye” 🥩 Call them what you want, they are GOOOOD!.... It’s always BEST to be on good terms with your Butcher and train them up right. I always ask them to overwrap the butcher paper with plastic, so it happens without me asking anymore... Guess I got a meat wrapping compelsion 🤷🏼‍♂️.....


February 22, 2019 - Msg 111723: "Always pays to look your best."

February 22, 2019 - Msg 111724: LOL...I love your estimation of the shoreline "spokesperson", Ro. He isn't Anderson. Anderson is the son of the deceased owner. The guy you saw is Eddie. I guess he is the CEO, I've never been sure of his official title. All I know is he signs my checks and has a terrible demeanor. Everyone just ignores him mostly and he seldom leaves his office. Not long ago, I passed by his office and the door was open. He was in his chair with his head thrown back, snoring. Yep, that's about right.

Asa, I feel the same about the media. They had no business there because of the nature of the facility, but I only wish that it had been someone other than Eddie that greeted them. The other boss, who is head of HR, is a large woman with hair like a c*ckatoo with lots of tattoos. I am pretty sure she has a personality disorder because I have never seen her smile in 4 years and she is very intimidating. Someone said it was a good thing they didn't send her out because she would have punched the reporter in the face. lol Probably right.

Having some heavy issues here at home with Erin. She has a "girlfriend" now and we are navigating new territory here. God help us. lol Poor bruce is about to have a coronary.

Sean got a new job close to home inspecting cars. He starts on Monday, so I am hoping that will be a good fit for him.

Better go get ready for work and pick up that long-awaited paycheck from shoreline. ;)


February 22, 2019 - Msg 111725: MDC, I attend Holy Rosary Church.

I may put the other half of my weed and feed out on Sunday. The weather man said we should be getting another atmospheric river storm on Sunday afternoon and should last at least tell Wednesday. Those are very heavy rains.

Got Mom in bed and found some good tags shows on ME-TV for her to watch. She usually falls asleep right away but likes her TV on.

GF, Had no time to polish the bike. I just hope on and go.
You all have a good weekend.

February 22, 2019 - Msg 111726: Boo, I sure hope you get paid from Shoreline. Just watched the video, that is very sad.

February 23, 2019 - Msg 111727: Good evening all.
Just popping in to see if MDC has checked in. I do hope his procedure went well.

Boo, That is the last thing poor Bruce needs I am sure. That must be a very challenging thing for both you and him. My payers for sure. And I do hope the money came through from Shoreline.

GF, I like a good chuck for a roast for sure. All that marbling provides a lot of flavor.

I have found myself totally immersed in older space videos, the Apollo program in particular. I found this documentary and just watched it and was just spell bound by it. The video explains so much of what was going on in 1968. I have listened to quite a few lectures that Jim Lovell has given over the years, and he frequently will say that Apollo 8 was the high light of his career. After watching this I can see why. I am going to see to it that my Grandkids watch this so they can better appreciate what pioneers these folks were and how great this Nation was and still can be if we try.



February 23, 2019 - Msg 111728: Thanks, Asa. I did get paid today! Yay!


February 23, 2019 - Msg 111729:
I'm rightcheer ASA! The procedure went well but
my veins were worse than he thought, so I ended up with 8 sutures and my left leg is wrapped like a mummy. (I want my mummy! ha) Thanks for the prayers. I leave it wrapped for 24 hours, then I can shower, but then re-wrap it for the next 10 days, except to shower. Like my heart op, it will be uncomfortable
for a while but should be much better in the long run.
We are all adults here so I'll tell you a little joke I told the nurse as I was being prepped. She said, "I have to expose the groin area now for iodine swabbing." I said, OK, but just so you know, I had to have "reduction surgery" a while back!
Boy, she burst out laughing i thought her mask would come off! She said she never heard that one before. Anyway, it was just a little jocularity.
SNOW, RAIN, SLEET, AND HAIL...Arizona has had it all these past two days!
Scottsdale, where the golf tounamant is played had 2 inches of snow!
It was only 47 for a high. ASA, you daughter just missed quite a sight for this area!
BOO--my goodness, I have been praying so hard for you and your family.
I am glad you got paid, but such a challenge with everything else.
Hang in there, God works in mysterious ways, and is with you thru it all!
ASA--I was glued to my set with every Apollo launch back in the day! True pioneers indeed.
On PBS tonight was a show about High Man, the forerunner to NASA, very interesting.
FrANKie, I asked because we have some friends at St. Francis.
Well, let's hope POSSUM is doing OK with all the rain, and MAUDIE too!
Please check in to checkpoint Chickie.
Love ya all,
MDC :)

February 23, 2019 - Msg 111730: GF--did that answer your question about the airliners in the background? mdc

February 23, 2019 - Msg 111731: Good evening,porch. It's actually Saturday morning, since it's 2 a.m.,but at least I'm on my way to bed. Just a night owl....

MDC, glad to hear everything went well today. You've really been through a lot lately, but maybe it will finally be over and you'll feel like a new man.

Boo, you have really had some issues to deal with lately. Your stress level must be off the charts. Poor Erin, she must be so confused. I have the feeling that the jury is still out on her issues. Glad you finally got your paycheck, but I have one question. Have you actually cashed it yet? I want to hear that it really cleared...

Well, Toye Starr and I are headed for la-la land. Ah, to sleep, perchance to dream.... --Romeena

February 23, 2019 - Msg 111732: Haha MDC...You’re Funny for a retired guy!...Yes that aerial view DID help me out...That whole complex is something to behold. The Tribe and the Cincinnati Reds share the same field I guess they want them to feel like they have they little corner of Ohio there!...

I would have liked to see that area back in the day with all the boneyard WW2 planes there. I guess they still do that in the deserts 🌵 of California New Mexico and Arizona to this day. I suppose it’s because of the “dry” heat...lol

Asa and I are thinking about hooking up a jet engine to our snow blowers...You got any connections Buddy? Asa wants to call his the “Breenford 2000” in honor of “Tool time Tim”...It would be a great project for us to do in our garages this winter....

BTW...I enjoy all the Space stuff too!...It brings back the youthful excitement of the anticipation of each of the flights. I remember EXACTLY what I was doing when they landed on the Moon. I was working at my Dad’s station, he brought the portable TV to work and we watched it there!..

G-F 🚀🛰🛸..”Bang Zoom your Going to the Moon 🌙 Alice” https://youtu.be/98qw86DsdZ0

February 23, 2019 - Msg 111733: Good morning all.

Hey MDC, Glad it all went well buddy. Or should I call you mummy? lol I hope your recovery is quick and complete. Loved your "surgery reduction" comment. I might have also reminded her that they sure do keep the O.R. cold! lol As Romeena said, you have been through a lot the last year. Also I too loved watching the launches as a kid. Initially I loved it because they would wheel a t.v. into our classroom. I knew we were gonna get out of work for a while. But in time I began to imagine what it must have felt like to be sitting in that capsule. I was way to young to fully appreciate or understand the significance of the entire space program, but it did captivate me just the same. I still marvel at what they were able to accomplish with the technology they had back then. Amazing when you think about it. Our little Opie did a wonderful job in directing Apollo 13. Jim Lovell has mentioned that the movie was quite accurate with one exception. He said the part where Swigert and Haise get into an argument over who flipped the switch to stir the tanks that caused the explosion did not take place. The crew balked at that being in the movie, but Ron Howard explained that he needed to somehow show the emotions that the crew had to be going through, and he really couldn't do that without some dramatic license. So they allowed it. And the movie was certainly a Howard family affair. Ron directed it, His Mom, Dad, and Brother (Leon) acted in it. About the only thing missing was Gomer fueling it up. lol

Boo, sure glad the paycheck came in, but as Romeena said, I'd not waste any time in getting it cashed. Maybe you can take Eddie and the tattoo lady out to lunch. :) Again, I can't imagine the struggle you and Bruce are going through right now with Erin. I will jut reiterate what Romeena and MDC and others have said about hanging on. Allow God to deal with this one. He will share the yoke with you guys, and carry you through, of that I have no doubt. Prayers.

Frankie, Don't get carried away with that weed and feed. You may have to mow your grass everyday when it kicks in.

GF, Have you ever dealt with any radiant in electrical floor heat. I want to someday in the near future replace my bathroom floor with tile, but it gets so cold, I would like to install some heating coils under the tile. I have dealt with hydronic systems at work before, but never electric. I don't have a boiler, and can't see getting one just for that, that's why I am thinking electric. Any thoughts? Would love and appreciate your comments.

Well today and tomorrow are supposed to be our last days of really cold weather (we have been 15 degrees colder than normal for a week now) and then next week warmer days on tap. Maybe I can get out there and prune my peach tree and start some other spring duties. Perhaps aerating the lawn is on tap.

Prayers for all for a great day.


February 23, 2019 - Msg 111734: GF We must have been posting at the same time. lol. I know I need to replace the rubber paddles on my blower. It's not got the velocity it used to have. Again, that sounds like an old man complaint. lol


February 23, 2019 - Msg 111735: Boo, I won't address your matter individually, as I have enough issues of my own to deal with and you didn't ask for my advice, but I will say in general that the average person has an amazing capacity to become very tolerant of what the Bible calls sin, especially when a family member is involved. What not many years ago was abhorrent to those people who profess to be Christian has now become rather tolerated, accepted, maybe even celebrated. How did that happen? I think it happened much as the serpent in the Garden of Eden did it with Eve. When you start having conversations with that which is evil, somehow that which is evil doesn't seem so bad.

How many times has that side asked, "What would you do if it was your son/daughter?" Such questions don't change what the word of God has already answered. I have a friend going through the same thing with her daughter, and she won't allow the girlfriend in her home. I think she's right in that, although I accept others may not share that opinion. That's enough of my Sermon For Today.

Billy Ray the Postman

February 23, 2019 - Msg 111736: Nope Asa, I don’t have any experience with “Electronal” floor heating, Not much call for it in the Public Housing world I would guess...You May have to look back into some of your old “Handyman” magazines. I’m sure it’s in there, or maybe check YouTube. I’m sure PH could help locate some if he’s learking around...If your going that far, better electrify the old toilet seat too for a FULL COMFORTE bathroom experience 👍....


February 23, 2019 - Msg 111737: Thanks Billy Ray, but you cant tell me anything I haven't already laid awake thinking about many nights. Sometimes things aren't as cut and dried as they seem and in the meantime, the suicide and substance abuse rate among gay youth is far above the suicide rate for straight kids. We can use the bible to tell them they are sinners and they feel hated and excluded. Many turn to drugs or self-loathing that destroys them. I think God is bigger than we think he is and that he loves us all. I am choosing to love unconditionally and try and help my daughter, who is in a very fragile state of mental health as it is. I know God understands that and is with us in this. We cant go through it without him. I think it is probably impossible for those without gay children to really understand all the emotions, pain, questioning, begging..the list goes on. Sometimes it takes more than "what the bible says" it takes walking with God and listening to what he is speaking to our individual situation with Erin. I think of it like this; it is kind of like standing in front of a closed door that you don't want to walk through for anything in the world, but you have to. You think you have an idea of what is on the other side of the door but you just cant see. You open the door and enter the room and you gain a perspective and view that was impossible from the other side. That is how it is to be a Christian parent of a gay child. It is a whole different vantage point and we have been in that room, first with our son for years, and now with our daughter. I appreciate concern and encouragement but there is nothing anyone can say that we haven't already thought about, ruminated over, and frankly tortured ourselves with. It is just our journey in life and it comes with pain and sometimes unexpected blessing. :)

Thank you all for your love and support, and especially your prayers. :)

MDC, I somehow missed that you had a procedure done. Im sorry I didn't know. Hope you are healing well.

Better go, I have to get ready for work.