May 05, 2019 - Msg 112176: Happy Birthday to Big Maude!! Let's all head over to Mt. Pilot later for some cake & ice cream! Gotta celebrate this BIG one with Maudie!!

possum u.a.r.

May 05, 2019 - Msg 112177: Well,heck,why don't we just celebrate right here on the porch since I've tidied it up so nice!

possum again

May 05, 2019 - Msg 112178: A clean Porch. What a nice Possum.

Happy Birthday Maude. Continued prayers for your hubbys job search.

Well after all my yapping about Chinese, I ended up staying home and eating some leftover sloppy joes. Talk about tricking my taste buds. What a dirty trick.

I hope Romeena checks in with news about her new family member.

Well now I have no Chinese leftovers for dinner, guess I better go see what I can muster up. I need a bowl of old GF's white bean soup. I have the fixins, but the day is too late. What to do what to do.


May 05, 2019 - Msg 112179:
ROMEEna--Check out my question to you before possum swept. Thanks
Good sweep Possum, looks nice, real nice.
Happy birthday Maudie! And many more to ya!

Watching Rawhide yesterday, I saw Jack Lord!
I only saw him in Hawaii 5-0 before that. Also, in it was our
Susan Oliver! AND, there was even a character named Jubal! ha

Can anyone tell me which episode it is where Andy says to barney "That's very democratic of you." and then Barn says "Look buster, how I vote is my business." Thanks

Well, Good Sabbath to all,

May 05, 2019 - Msg 112180: Good Sweep Possum

Happy Birthday to Maude. You have a wonderful day.

May 05, 2019 - Msg 112181: Happy Birthday to Ralph Henderson, aka Big Maude! Hope it is a happy one. Let's go to Mt Pilot for cake and ice cream, like Possum said. I'll drive and Maude can hang her head out the window like a dog!

I feel like a road trip for sure. Wish I could pick up all the porch folks and take a Route 66 trip across the nation! I know Possum will be ready to go.

Well, I just can't wait to hear about how things are going with the pup. When I read the name "Trinket," it made me giggle so I like it. Ro, if you don't mind, maybe you could ask Brittney to post some pics of the pup on faceboook later. I would love to see more of her. I am just so happy that you are getting her and that prayers are being answered! Please give us the details soon about getting the pup and all that happened when you brought her home. I can't wait!~

I was off this weekend, which hasn't happened in a long time. I needed it. I haven't posted in a couple days but I have to tell you that on Friday I had one giant meltdown. I am usually a laid back person but Friday morning Erin was having one of her episodes before it was time to take her to school and I lost it. I haven't screamed like that in years. It didn't help matter, but just gave me a sore throat. I then proceeded to have what must have been an anxiety attack because I couldn't get my breath and really thought I might just die. It subsided and I was fine, went to work and once my mind was off things, I was ok and have been since. I learned something, though, and it is that I cannot carry the weight of everything when it comes to my family. I have to learn to let go when it comes to things I cant change. I really thought I was having a nervous breakdown and I guess the stress of the last year or so has gotten to me. It was humbling to admit it because I usually am able to hold it together for everyone. Not anymore. Too bad but it is what it is. The good news is, Erin is doing better, she is still broken up with the troubled girlfriend, and she went to the prom with a group of friends and had a great time. So, life goes on. lol

I have been having a relaxing weekend and been working on making some tie dye shirts as gifts. I had never done it before and it is so much fun!

Asa, I saw an egg shell yesterday and everything here in south texas is just beautiful because of the rain we have had. So much greenness and so many wildflowers. With the beautiful grass, the flowers and the red bard out back, my place looks like a postcard this time of year! The sad news is that it will get very hot soon and the burmuda will start to fade some.

Well, better go. Hope all of you had a great weekend.


May 05, 2019 - Msg 112182: Barn...I do not have a "bard" in my back yard.


May 05, 2019 - Msg 112183: Thanks for the Birthday wishes everyone. 60 is going pretty good so far... I’m ready for a road trip anytime . I think we would all have a blast together .
Love, hugs and prayers to everyone
Big Maude

May 05, 2019 - Msg 112184: Happy Birthday Maude SPOT

May 06, 2019 - Msg 112185: (((((((BOO))))))) :)

May 06, 2019 - Msg 112186: Thanks for the hug!


May 06, 2019 - Msg 112187: Good evening, porch. Actually, good middle of the night, as it's 1:30a.m. Oh well.

I have some very discouraging news to report, and am really not in a very happy place right now. There is no puppy. There never was. The whole thing was a big, very successful scam. They have my money, and I have no puppy. Brittney found them on BBB, and it is definitely a scam. They kept stalling me, couldn't get the puppy a place on the plane, etc. I will call my bank in the morning and try to get my money refunded, but it's extremely doubtful. I used the Zelle function through Chase, and that's pretty final once it goes through. I should have known better, but all I could see was that puppy. I'm pretty discouraged and angry, but that's counter-productive, and I'll get over it. It will just take a little time. Sooner or later, somehow, I'll find my puppy. Yes, I've contacted the police, they sent an officer here to the house, but he said in reality there's very little they can do. These slimy worm-people are almost impossible to trace and locate. I knew that, but at least I'm trying. So, for now, just keep me and my puppy, wherever she may be, in your prayers.

MDC, to answer your earlier question, my new "ears" are made by Phonak. The first ones were from Oticon, but apparently Phonak is the only one making the kind I have now, that use radio between the devices to allow me to hear what is said on the deaf ear side. As I said, it's not binaural hearing, but it's a good step in that direction. Much, much better than what I had. My Oticons were five years old too, and my hearing had deteriorated somewhat in that time. What I have now is quite crisp and clear and I'm very happy with them.

Boo, I'm sorry you've hit such a rough patch. Actually, your meltdown may have been a good thing. Sometimes, you just have to let your feelings boil over and get it out of your system. Also, I don't know if Erin witnessed it or not, but it might have been good if she did. Sometimes kids (older kids, that is) need to be reminded that Mom has feelings and trials and difficulties just like everyone else. It would be terrifying for a small child, but a teenager by nature thinks the world revolves around them, and it does them good to see that parents have their challenges as well. Anyway, that's my humble opinion. Get some rest, and let the world take a turn or two.

Well, I guess I'll hit the ironing board and try to get some sleep. If the worst problem I have today is that my puppy deal didn't work out and I lost some money, I guess the world won't end. Blessings, y'all. --Romeena

May 06, 2019 - Msg 112188: Good Monday morning all.

Aww Romeena, that makes me sad, then mad about the scam. What a sorry world this is at times. I am so very sorry. I know how much you were looking forward to your new companion. Well one will turn up. I just know it. You have such a good attitude about it all. My deepest prayers sweet lady.

Boo, I might be wrong but I do think sometimes a good old fashioned meltdown like you just described is good for you. Good for you and maybe even good for those around you. Sometimes those around us don't realize how there behavior or attitude or actions are affecting you. Especially if you are one, as you described, who pretty much has things under control. We all have our breaking points and the need to vent on occasion is very much necessary. The maintenance guy in me sees it as a pressure relief valve on a boiler or water heater. If something goes wrong, and the heat and/or pressure gets too high, the relief valve opens up and vents off through a pipe to a nearby drain (if it was installed correct, 10-4 GF). If that wasn't on there or if it wasn't functional, you could have a major problem. I have heard stories of water heaters taking off like rockets, going through roofs and landing in yards. So venting like what you did, can be very therapedic (as Barney would say). And it may cause those around us to evaluate there actions a bit. My wife always cracks up when watching Christmas Vacation, especially the scene when Clark has the meltdown in the front yard when he can't get the lights to turn on. He is stomping around, cursing, kicking and punching the reindeer, just having a good old fashioned meltdown. She says that reminds her so much of me, especially when I was younger. It took a lot to set me off, but when I went, it was with a boom. lol So don't go beating yourself up for your event. Like you said, you can only help others so much. When our kids become adults, we have to see them as such and let them discover what life is. Including the bumps and bruises. You as always are in my prayers.

Well I hope everyone has a good and safe day and week. Glad you had a good 60th Maude.


May 06, 2019 - Msg 112189: Romeena...SO Sorry..Some People are plain MEAN to do that to people!...I HAVE NO WORDS!..🤬😡😤...G-F

May 06, 2019 - Msg 112190: Good morning, porch. I actually did manage to get about four hours of sleep last night. This morning, I called Chase Bank and spoke to someone in their fraud department, and - no surprise here - he told me that since the money was taken out of my account and transferred to the scammer's account, at my request, it is no longer subject to retrieval. I knew that would be the answer, but it didn't cost anything to try. I know I should be praying for the state of the scammers' sorry souls, but right now, I just can't manage that. I prefer instead to just wish for the fleas of a thousand camels to infest their armpits. Perhaps in time....

Asa, good words for Boo. You are so right. Sometimes we just have to find a place to release our fears, anger, grief, whatever the emotion may be that's disturbing us so deeply. I'm reminded of my own reaction to my first bre@st cancer encounter, in 1979. It was sudden, unexpected and devastating. My odds for 5 year survival were extremely small (the cancer was stage IIIb), and I had children to raise! I got my nursing license on a Wednesday, on Thursday my surgeon told me I had cancer, and on Friday I had the surgery. It wasn't a "lumpectomy" in those days, it was a brutal, devastating surgery, but that's another story. Anyway, after the original recovery from the surgery, and after completing the radiation treatments but still on the chemo, and sick from that, the anger and fear overtook me one day, and I had a meltdown.

We were trying to put in a little veggie garden at that time, and I went out back, grabbed a shovel, and started digging. The adrenalin hit me (along with the pain) and I dug up a patch of ground about 8 ft square. I was a digging machine. The pain in my chest and shoulder was awful, but I didn't feel it until later. I just kept digging, making the dirt fly. When I ran out of adrenalin, I started to feel the pain in my arm and shoulder and chest, could hardly stand up, and returned to the house and had a big old cry. I fell asleep, and woke up feeling very sore, but emotionally much better. It was about that time that I read on a church marquee somewhere - "Tears are a language that God understands." I've never forgotten that. So, Boo, when the load gets too heavy, and you feel like having a good cry, just go right on and do it. God understands.

Well, things are popping around here. My daughters and DIL have donned their Sherlock Holmes hats, and are digging up all sorts of information and leads on the scammers. Multiple websites, etc. The officer who responded to my call yesterday said he would return today, so I'll have some information for him. Wouldn't it be fun if we could nail these vermin? (Spoken like a true Christian!) Blessings! --Romeena

May 06, 2019 - Msg 112191: I'll just get right in there and say "dam-n those b@stards!!" Excuse my French, but That REALLY frosts me, Romeena.
I just have to say it and have a little meltdown of my own! How do they sleep at night?
I looked at the link again, and it even said she would come with a few toys, etc.
How can people be sooo freaking mean???
My prayers continue for you!!
Soory for the 'outburst!'
MDC :(

May 07, 2019 - Msg 112192: Well, don't hold back, MDC! Your response is understandable! Sean and I are sitting here wanting to cuss those folks out in 20 different languages! I'm miffed and disappointed! I'm very sorry, Ro. I believe the right pup will come and I'm not giving up praying for it. Darn it.

Thank you Ro and Asa, for those very wise words. Perfect illustration about letting off steam, Asa. I guess I needed it, because I didn't really feel guilty about it like I normally do when I lose my temper. It was like Mt. Julie erupted and there was nothing that could stop it. I have felt much, much better mentally since and maybe it really was something Erin needed to see. She did get up and get to school without any problem today. Ro, I cant even imagine digging up all that ground after surgery. You, lady, are tough as nails. That must have been an awful trial for your family. Thank God you were able to raise your children!

I found out today that one of our longtime nurses fell and broke a hip, requiring surgery today. I don't think she is coming back, and the new night nurse we hired just told me tonight that she interviewed for a position to work from home and might be leaving us, too. Gee whiz.

Well, I am really tired from working a tough shift alone tonight so I think I will put my feet up and eat a little something. Blessing to all of my dear friends. May God continually comfort and help those we love.


May 07, 2019 - Msg 112193: ...Romeena & Boo...You BOTH wear the badge of strong Texan Woman well!...Just Sayin’...G-F

May 07, 2019 - Msg 112194: Ha! Your "outburst" is understood and much appreciated, MDC. I've had a few of my own. When I finally realized what was happening, I became, as they say in Texas, "snot-flyin' mad", but soon realized that wasn't helping anything. My energies are better directed toward helping the police in any way I can, though I doubt they will really be able to do anything. This is going to be like fighting smoke. It just drifts out of the way, and so will they. We have identified at least three more websites that are obviously operated by the same people. They have nothing to do with actual dogs or puppies, it's strictly a scam operation. I just hope the police fraud squad can locate them, but my computer guru friend says even that is unlikely. ISP addresses can reveal a general location, but nothing specific. Of course, the scammers have it set up so that the victim never actually meets them, not even over the phone. All done by email or cell phone text. You know, I've always been a trusting person, but never considered myself to be gullible, exactly. I think I've got a different opinion of myself now, though. The police officer tried to convince me that I shouldn't feel that way, that it was a well-done scam that would fool anyone, but I can't help feeling foolish. Also, I want my puppy! Wherever she is, I'm still looking for her, and won't stop. I'm thinking about having a huge garage sale to raise funds for her. I need to do that anyway, to clear this house out a little. There's a lot of stuff in here, that has accumulated over the last 45 years, that I don't use or need, and it would make it easier on my kids some day if I cleared it out now. So, that's part of my plan. I won't run it alone, I'll at least have Eloise here, and if possible, David as well. No one allowed in the house, etc. I know the drill.

Boo, and any others, thanks for your prayers. I think the whole porch knows how I feel about my little canine friends, and I need God's help to get the right one in my hands right now.

Well, I think I'll go have a glass of tea, something to eat, and relax a while. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

May 07, 2019 - Msg 112195: Ro, the garage sale might be a good idea but sounds like a lot of work. Wish we all lived closer to help you with it. I would be willing to contribute a donation towards Operation Porch Pup when you find her. She will be the Porch mascot, after all. :)

It is sad that you don't know who to trust these days. I guess I have learned a lesson, too. I will be sure any pups I get in the future are close enough for me to see with my own eyes! I don't think you are gullible, just emotionally vulnerable right now, and vultures like those people thrive on it. So despicable! They are their own worst enemies, though. No one really gets away with anything. The older I get, the more I see how so many evil things are done for the love of money or power. If we find ourselves loving money, we had better evaluate our hearts because the fruit of that kind of love is very bad. Sometimes I lie awake at night and think about all I have and how little of it I use to help others. Something to think about.

G-F, thanks for that terrific compliment! I don't feel so strong these days, though, and I certainly am feeling older.

Did a lot of household chores today and made dinner. Now I am ready to chill, as the kids say. Hope you all have a pleasant evening.


May 08, 2019 - Msg 112196: "Hear, Hear!" That's what they say at meetings ya know; and this is sorta like
a meeting. I think that is an excellent idea BOO, Operation Porch Pup! :)
Boo, I hope things are still pretty good around your place. Maybe a family dinner out
somewhere would be good. No phones, no pets, no motor cars....well, maybe a motor car. ha It might give a chance to get back into the family mode.

I had my medicare wellness exam today. All went well, even my prostate is good. My GP is very happy with my progress. I also got my pneumonia booster shot.

This evening I got a call from an old high school classmate. He was at our 50th two years ago, but just lost touch again. It was a great talk.

ASA--Wed. is hump day, but it just aint the same anymore, huh? But just think of all the
fun things you now get to do! :)

Prayers for Colorado, all of you, and the world,

May 08, 2019 - Msg 112197: Good morning all.

Yep MDC, Those milestone days of the week are meaningless now for the most part. No more Monday morning blues, Hump days, or TGIF. In fact I find my biggest problem is trying to remember what day of the week it is. I have to remember that so I know when to take the garbage can out to the street and make it to preachin. Yesterday my Grandson was competing in a County math Olympiad. I went to see him compete. Today I am taking Stacey out for her birthday lunch finally. Almost a month late, but she is a busy gal.

I feel so bad for Romeena. I know it's not so much the monetary loss as it is not getting her furkid. It's things like this that certainly tests our Christ like attributes and thoughts.

Boo, you are so right in talking about counting our blessings. To many of us tend to focus on the things we don't have, and pay no attention to the things we have been blessed with. I feel so blessed to have been raised in such a way that possessing "stuff" is not high on my priority list. It's just "stuff", and is subject to where moth and rust doth corrupt. And what's funny is that I know a number of people who place high priority on acquiring "stuff", and spend most of their waking hours in planning, scheming and plotting on getting and keeping hold of their "stuff". And are good at it. And yet are, for the most part, the most unhappy and miserable folks I know. I don't remember what episode it was, but there is one where Andy and Barney are talking about receiving a large amount of money, and what they would do with it, how they would go about protecting it, all the pros and cons of investing it wisely. And Andy finally says "You know what Barn, we were a lot happier before we got all that money". lol How true.

MDC, You asked in an earlier post what episode Andy had told Barney that it was very democratic of him. If I remember right (and that is a big if with my rememberer) it was the episode concerning what to do with the cannon in season 1. Glad your check up went well and your prostate is good. That must let you sleep better at night, knowing that. (literally) lol I thought you were telling Boo to go camping there for a minute. No phones, no pets, no motor cars. Just showing her pioneer moxie and living off the land. Just remember Boo, a bird cooked by a fire that is started by constriction is gonna cook a lot faster than normal. I always forget that rule and dry my bird out from over cooking it. :)

GF, Talk to me buddy. I have been spending some time going through and organizing my tools. I am a tool hoarder of world class order. Help me. I thought my Dad was bad. HA! I am worse. After my big lecture about "stuff", don't anyone look at my garage and shop! lol

Well speaking of shop, I guess I will go spend some time in it this morning.

Prayers for all.


May 08, 2019 - Msg 112198: Well Asa, ...I think having a tool compelsion is different than collecting life’s “stuff” because having the RIGHT tool for the job is important for completing the task, both the quality and speed of the job that you do...Case in point, my FIL made me a special tool out of tool bit material that helped me get those pesky faucet “seats” out when they would normally strip out and not be able to replace them! That tool got me out of a lot of pinches over the years. ...He made me a few over the years that I shared with my “Special” Co-Worker Friends..

As far as a need for having “stuff” I have always been a simple kind of guy ( In more ways than one) lol...I drive a 2005 car, have a 20+ year old mower, small house, all in all satisfied and appreciated with what life has given me..

My only compelsion may be my Mayberry collection, I have many “treasures” I have collected and gotten from cast members over the years...I have family momentous that are important to me because they evoke good memories and a sense of honor, so I display them in my Mayberry “Man-Cave”.

I consider myself.....A COLECTOR OF LIFE!...I may be too sentimental for my own good, but I feel it IMPORTANT to honor and remember those people and times in my life!...

Long and short if it....It’s Ok Buddy!...You ARE one of my kind!

Boo & Romeena...Just because we are getting older, it don’t mean we ain’t still STRONG...It just takes a little longer to get up to speed is all....💪🏻✊🏻💪🏻 I KNOW Romeena is visioning taking those chumps out behind the woodshed and giving them the WHAT FOR!..👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻....Just Sayin’


May 08, 2019 - Msg 112199: Good morning, porch. You people are the cats, the absolute cats! It is wonderfully kind of you to even consider such a thing as a porch pup fund, and I am so honored and humbled, but you have to know that I would never consider allowing you to do such a thing. It brings tears to my eyes to read your kind words, though.

I remember when you all contributed so generously to the things we did for our Sheriff Tom, and that spoke volumes about the people on this porch, but he was in actual need - a broken TV, a broken computer, and a broken furnace - and had no resources to turn to. I am warm and well fed, have a wonderful, working TV and a new computer, so I don't have the needs he had. The computer was a gift from my Florida DIL, my son's widow. She bought it, gave it to our computer guru to customize for me, and sent it to me. Also, I am not without resources. My bills are all paid on time, and I have income adequate to do it again each month, with a little bit left over. I can actually "save up" for the porch pup, and in not too many months, I'll have enough. That's where the money came from that the crooks stole, and I can do it again. For that matter, if I were to ask my children for the money, they would do it, but I won't. They have their own expenses to meet - kids in college, etc. So, while I am deeply touched by your thoughts, I would never accept it. What I will accept is the warm and blessed feeling your thoughts have placed in my heart, and will cherish those loving ideas for a very long time, like forever. As I said, you're the cats!!

I'm sitting at my window, looking out at a lush, green back yard, washed clean by the heavy rains we had overnight. Usually the weather doesn't awaken me, as this house is very tight and well insulated, but that storm did. Big old growlers prowled the skies all night, and rain actually hit my bedroom window, which is unusual, due to the wide eaves on the house. Water is standing in the back yard, despite the sump pump which is carrying the overflow away and keeping it from coming in my back door! It's so dark outside, it looks like dusk, just before the stars become visible. This one's going to be here for a while. There's no light showing on the horizon anywhere. I'm staying tucked in my snug digs, and going nowhere! Blessings, friends! --Romeena

May 09, 2019 - Msg 112200:
ROMEENA--I had a feeling you might say that, and that is cool; but also remember what we said just a couple weeks ago about how giving is so much better than receiving! But I shall respect your wishes. :) Also, I am glad that you "weathered" the storm OK.
On another subject, have you ever considered writing a book about you many encounters as a nurse? I bet it would be funny, poignant, and reveal much about a nursing career that spanned several decades!
ASA--I agree with GF about tools. I have a good collection. Infact one of my best buys was a set of DEEP sockets. So many times the bolts stick out too far for a regular socket to work. Buying those was a little pricey, but they have come in handy many times. To quote the old RED/GREEN show: If your wife dont find you handsome she should at least find ya handy! ha
GF--I see from the standing that your tribe is doing pretty good, as our my Dbaclks and SPOTS Braves.

Tonight on ME-tv was one of my fav episodes...Miss Peggy helping the hapless bachelors! ha She sure was a sweetie, and they let her get away.



May 09, 2019 - Msg 112201: I guess this may be a guy thing, but ladies may
"get it" also! ha MDC

May 09, 2019 - Msg 112202: MDC...That video was...Deep...Real Deep!....Lol..G-F

May 09, 2019 - Msg 112203: Good one GF. LOL
NDC, Back to my "Laugh-in" days, Socket to me! :)
One thing I wish I had, now that I am older and my eyes are older, are those black chromed sockets with the gold etched numbers on them. Sure makes them easier to see. But they were not around till later in my career, and by then I already had more socket sets than any 5 men should have. lol

Romeena, I hope your search will produce you with a companion soon. I just know you have a furkid waiting for you. I am glad that Zoeller is trying to keep you somewhat dry. My grass looks so nice right now. This Kentucky Blue turf loves the cool wet weather we are having.

MDC, I'm with you about Peggy McMillan. How Ange let that one get away is beyond me. That scene with him and her singing on the front porch is about as fine a scene there is in all TAGS scenes. Seems like everyone was trying to split them up though. Barney telling Andy "It won't work", because her Daddy was rich, or Floyd giving Andy a bad time about going out and changing the card on his mailbox, and then of course Opie, feeling threatened by Andys obvious attraction to the woman. Where were all the naysayers when Helen showed up? Oh well, that's life, through and through.

I hope everyone has a dandy day.


May 10, 2019 - Msg 112204: Well the TAGS ep tonight had a bit of everything... the hungry buzzard,
Lydia Crosswaithe who gets 'the herpes,' the two fun girls, and Miss Peggy's
great line at the end..."An-DEE, what happened to your EYE-E-E-E!"
One thing I thought about tho was this...Mt Pilot must be part of Mayberry county because Barney got Andy to go there on the pretense of them serving liquor at
the cafe; so IF that is the case, why didnt Andy arrest the guy who slugged him? In the final scene the guy should have been in one of the cells. I guess I've seen that one way too many times! ha

Our electric toothbrush gave up the ghost yesterday so we went to Costco to get a new one, and we also ate our supper there tonight. Ours sells (at the snack bar) a "chickin bake" which is chicken pieces in a heavy sauce inside a baked dough. I like em.

ASA and GF, you two are a regular Bert and Squirt with your 'deep' jokes! Good ones tho. It's a deep subject! :) But good thing ASA didnt get the black chrome sockets, or else he'd want 6 or 7 reflectors for his bike! ha Also, it never dawned on my about all the folks talking negative about Peggy. On the other hand, she DID say "eck" to worms! ha And then there are GF's Cleveland Indigenous People of North America baseball team, which is doing pretty well so far.

BOO and RO... my daily morning prayers are still heading up to the Big Guy for ya. I try to say "Thank you Jesus for another great day" when my two feet hit the floor each AM.

I sure hope everyone else id doing OK. Please check in when you get a chance!

Nite all,

May 10, 2019 - Msg 112205: MDC...My “Tribal Guys” arn’t doing too bad, they DEFINITELY have a injury problem with their starting pitcher rotation.
3 of them are out due to injuries. I think “Chief Wahoo” put a hex on the team for taking HIM out of the game..

Continued prayers for finding Romeena a firkid....

Asa...You find a blower yet?...I suppose there are many trips to HD and Lowe’s for research


May 10, 2019 - Msg 112206: Good Friday morning all. I know it's Friday cause yesterday was Thursday which is garbage pick up day. I noticed yesterday the garbage truck was about 15 minutes later than usual arriving. I sure hope this isn't a new trend. I like to run a taught ship! lol

MDC, I would expect a fine woman like Peggy to say "eck" about a worm. As opposed to Helen who gives it an icy glare and freezes it on the spot. Speaking of the hungry buzzard, that guy bugs me, a lot! Folks who try talking with a mouthful of food just bug me. Nasty and rude. Plus he came between Peg and Andy. I always wondered about why they didn't inoculate that guy that gave Andy a black eye also. I was thinking maybe it was because they were in there civies and decided not to make a moulage of the whole thing. Dinner at Cosco huh? I hope you got her both soup and salad because I hear the chickens they cook have done a lot of flying. Sorry, but I don't like my main dish to be concealed in a heavy sauce. :)

GF, No blower yet. I am still "researching". What I would like to do is find a combo with both a blower and a string trimmer. My string trimmer is showing it's age, and I would prefer going with a cordless one this time if I can find a decent one. I don't do any heavy trimming. Just a little around trees and fence lines, and then edge along the driveway. I would like to get them through Homely Depot because I have a bunch of gift cards for there.

Well today is the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental rail road meeting up right here in Utah. The golden spike, where East meets west. Amazing to think that 150 years ago we had finally a rail road track connecting the length of the Nation. And 100 years later, (50 years ago come July) that same Nation had put man on the surface of the moon. Pretty darn amazing stuff, don't you think? I have been watch tons of documentaries on you tube about our space race of the 60's and early 70's. Wow, we did some amazing things. I remember seeing it all as a kid, but didn't have an inkling of the significance of it all. The rudimentary guidance computer they had was unbelievable. They say that your cell phone today has more computing power in it, than did their entire system.

Well off to the grocery store for my weekly visit. They usually are changing the stuff on their marquee on Fridays and I like to watch them. I always enjoy that. ;)


May 10, 2019 - Msg 112207: Ohh, MDC (or anyone else who enjoys space stuff), This is a fantastic program of the space race of that time. It's long (over 3 hours) but it gives some insights, especially about the original first 7 Mercury astronauts. You will hear Alan Shepard (the first American in space) tell a story as he sat in the capsule waiting and waiting and waiting for the launch that will have you rolling I bet. I think you'll enjoy it if you haven't already seen it.


May 10, 2019 - Msg 112208: Good morning, porch! Well, I just have to say - this weather is weird. Just weird. There's no other word for it, just WEIRD! Here it is, the middle of May, and I just turned my furnace back on. I woke up feeling chilly, checked my projection clock's image on the ceiling, and saw that it was 71° in my bedroom. Now that may seem fine to some of you, but I'm a 72° and up kind of gal. I'm most comfortable at about 74°. My kids are all polar bears, and like the upper 60s, so I take a sweater when I visit them, and my grandsons always bring me a lap blanket whenever I sit down. Anyway, it was cold (to me) in here, so I checked the outdoor temp, and it's 58° out there! In May!! I haven't had the furnace on in over a month. I wish somebody would send us some of that global warming that the news sources tell us we're having! I guess it will show up next week, when it's supposed to be in the 80s around here.

No news on the puppy front, but I'm still prowling the internet. I've identified two websites for sure, that I'm positive are the scammers, and maybe a couple more. I'm watching them. I'm compiling all this and will give it to the police. I don't know to what extent they're actually working on such small potatoes, but I hope if I keep feeding them information, somebody besides my "cop on the beat" will take an interest in it. He's not part of the "fraud squad" so he can't do a lot, but at least he gives me an entry point. Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to see those c@ckroaches caught, tried and sentenced. I'd like for part of their sentence to include cleaning cages at the shelters, all over the U.S.! For years!!

Asa, thanks for that link. I haven't watched it, but I will. Have to get things tidied up around here, and get a haircut this afternoon, but I will watch it. The space stuff has always interested me. Once when I was in Florida with my son and his wife, we went over to the launchpad and watched one of the spaceships go up. I don't recall which one it was, but it was an amazing experience. The ground shook like a major earthquake, the roar was deafening, the flame from the bottom of that thing lit up the whole area, and it was just past sundown when it went up. Absolute amazing, and a really big thrill.

Another evening, on another trip, my son, his wife and I were on our way to dinner at a great seafood restaurant on the northern outskirts of Orlando. We were coming from Mt. Dora, which is north of Orlando, so we were on a highway through forested countryside in that area. Suddenly, an animal burst out of the trees along the road, nearly ran right in front of our car, but skidded to a stop just in time, turned, and ran back in the forest! We only got a few seconds' glimpse of it, but we all saw it and could easily see what it was. There was no doubt, it was a Florida panther, which is an endangered subspecies of the North American puma. There are only about 200 of them remaining, and the state of Florida is actively trying to protect them. In some areas, where they are known to be, the state has dug tunnels at frequent intervals under the highways, to give the animals a place to cross safely, and there is camera evidence that they use them. They are absolutely beautiful, big powerful animals, and I'm really, really glad we didn't hit that one that night!

Well, back to my internet sleuthing. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

May 10, 2019 - Msg 112209: Romeena...It sounds like Ohio Weather.... Yesterday 82 today 58...Go Figure 🤷🏼‍♂️ G-F

May 10, 2019 - Msg 112210: Ro, I knew in my heart what your response would be about us helping with a pup, but I just had to let you know that you can count on us if you need to. You are loved and we care about what you are going though. Having said, that, I am hopeful that the right one will come along and the timing will be right. That story you told about the panther was really something. I didn't know they even had them in Florida but Florida is kind of a wild place, so doesn't surprise me. How great it must have been to witness that launch, too! Wow. I have been to NASA here in Texas but it wasn't so grand. lol

Thank you for those prayers, MDC. I must tell you that we had a big one answered today. When I went to pick Erin up from the charter school she is attending, her instructor looked at me with a big green shining through his long, white beard (he has another job as a hired Santa for events and photos during the holidays, and man he is perfect!) and he said to Erin, "Do you want to tell her or should I?" and I heard the wonderful news that Erin will qualify to graduate this year. She has been doing more than the required online work and since she doubled up on some courses last year and the first part of this year, she only needs two more classes to graduate and the principal told her she could do it this year. She may have to work a couple weeks past May but she will do it and we wont have to worry about how we will get her through next year. Whew! She will be 18 in August so she is ready to finish and move on. She wants to get her CNA (certification as a nursing assistant) and start college basics in the fall. I pray she can do it. Anyway, to think that just 3 months ago it seemed that her life had fallen apart and we weren't even sure she would be able to graduate next year. I wanted to share that with you all.

Bruce and I will be going out of town tomorrow to visit his mother in Gatesville, which is about a 6 hour drive, but we will go the scenic route and stop as we want to. Tomorrow night we will go to the drive in movie in Gatesville. That is something I love to do because of the nostalgia of it. They will be showing the penguin movie that Disney put out for Earth Day and it will be a good one for Bruce because there isn't dialogue so he can watch without being able to hear. So, please send up a prayer for safe travel because, frankly, people drive very fast and there are quite a few two-way roads we have to travel.

We have lots of water standing in our yard from all the rain! I don't know how many inches but wow, it rained for hours. It has been in the 60's all day here, too, which I love.

Hope you all have a terrific evening!


May 11, 2019 - Msg 112211:
Y-E-L-L-O-W-S-T-O-N-E!!! My wife and I are finally going to go to Yellowstone National Park in September! We made final motel bookings yesterday for the
week of Sept. 16. All the motels were booked solid until that week where we could get a first floor, no pets room all week in West Yellowstone. ASA, Our flight there may have a 3 hour layover in SLC. I will let you know for sure. We have never been to Yellowstone, and I have the 'senior pass' to swing it, and we also finally have the time and health to do it. I love to see God's creation in all its amazing beauty!
BOO--WOW, that is so cool...congrats to Erin, it has been quite a journey for for you all! And enjoy your trip, sounds like a good time for sure, and you
two deserve it!
ROMEENA, and wow to your weather, that IS weird! I hope things have settled down a bit now.
That must have been so neat to see a launch in person! That is a dream of mine for sure.
ASA--thanks for the link...I only get 10 gigs a month on my el cheapo internet service,
so I will watch it in segments! I already viewed some tidbits. I really liked the shape of the Gemini capsule.
This week seemed to have flown by for some reason, and here we are on the cusp of another weekend.
POOR HORATIO, if you are looking in, please check in and say howdy. thx

May 11, 2019 - Msg 112212: Alright MDC. Yellerstone! I have been there numerous times when I was a young-un. I remember seeing Old Faithful erupt. Even as a kid I thought it was something else that it was so predictable that they had a listing posted telling what times it was going to go off. Then I can remember a place they called the "Hotpots". It had wooden sidewalks that went over an area that had hot bubbling water. And boy did it stink. That sulfuric acid stink. Smelled like the day after a fat mans bean eating contest in July in a confined room with no ventilation (if you catch my drift). And saw a lot of bears, and tons of people. We fished off of fishing bridge, and I remember it was elbow to elbow people. I can also remember thinking I had caught a fish there, but as I was trying to reel it in, my line was tangled up with a guy fishing right next to us. So we reeled him in together. It took him and my Dad quite a while to get the lines untangled, so I wasn't sure who had actually caught the fish. In the end, they said I had, but I wouldn't be surprised if they just didn't say that to make me feel good. lol So let me know if you do have a lay over in Salt Lake. I'd love to hook up and meet you and your lovely Wife.

Romeena, I am so durned envious. You got to see a launch. My Wife and I visited Orlando for a week back in 1987. We drove to the Atlantic side on one of those days, to Cocoa Beach. And took a guided tour of the space center. It was the highlight of the trip for me. We rode a bus out to one of the launch pads. This was a year after the explosion and NASA still had a hold on any launches. They took us in to a Mission Control like room, that had a huge screen in it, and did a mock launch. It was so awesome. The solid rocket boosters they used on the Space shuttle missions were manufactured here in Utah, and the would do test fires of those things. Wow, talk about powerful. You could here them firing off and we are a good 30 to 40 miles South of that area. Continued prayers on the furkid search.

Boo, that is so neat to read that about Erin. Good for her. Be careful on that 6 hour drive. Remember the Minnow had set out for a 3 hour tour, and look what happened there. :) 4 or 5 years of shows and 50 years and counting of reruns. Prayers for safe travels for sure. Hope you and Ro dry out. We are just entering our spring run off period here. And with all the snow we got this winter, the rivers are raging. We already have had one person drowned. The water is very rapid and very cold.

GF, I sure do wish we lived closer together. It would be fun to go do lunch once a week or something like that with you. Swap stories of our glory years. I bet you have some doosies. I know I do, and I don't even have to sugar them up. Well not much anyway. lol

I hope Frankie is doing ok. She hasn't checked in for a few days. I'm sure this weekend will be a difficult one for her. We hope you are ok Frankie.

I should have warned folks that some of the language on that link is a bit salty. I wish it wasn't in there. I hate it when folks use the GD term. But man I love hearing the stories they share. The conflict that Mission Control had with the crew of Apollo 7 was all stuff I never knew about. Very interesting stuff.

We might hit 70 today they say. It has been a pretty cold week here also Ro. Sure makes my grass happy though.

Prayers for all for a safe and nice day, and Mothers Day tomorrow. My Mom has been gone since 1978 and I still miss her to this day. I hope I make her proud. Love you Ma-ma