June 18, 2019 - Msg 112399: Oh, I forgot to mention, June 18 is 43 years for me and the missus! I posted a pic on my FB page.

June 18, 2019 - Msg 112400: See, I even swept the porch to make things all nice lookin'! :)

June 18, 2019 - Msg 112401: Happy Anniversary to the Cousin’s of Mr. Darling...We wish y’all many more!..”43”...SHAZZAM.....G-F

June 18, 2019 - Msg 112402: Good morning all.

Happy anniversary MDC. Good on you and the little lady on 43 years of bliss. The years just fly by don't they? I think you need to take her out to dinner tonight and let her have both soup and salad. Live it up! :)

I got a phone call last night from my son in law. My Daughter Stacey was in the E.R. and they were prepping her for an emergency appendectomy. Thank the Lord everything went well and she is fine. Sore but fine. A long night for sure.

Well I hope all is well with everyone. Nice sweep MDC.


June 18, 2019 - Msg 112403: ASA...who said anything about "bliss?" ha, just kidding.
Cecile can order the pounded steak tonight at Morelli's! :)

June 18, 2019 - Msg 112404: Well MDC, just don't call her a "fishwife". They don't cotton to it. And be sure to slip that violinist a quarter. They can be moody you know.

Ro or Boo, I was talking to Stacey this morning and she was saying when she woke after her surgery last night, she was unable to breathe. She was kind of freaking out, but they gave her some oxygen. They said there was a name for it, but she can't remember what they said. Either of you know what she is talking about?


June 18, 2019 - Msg 112405: Poor Stacey! So glad she is ok. As far as shortness of breath after surgery, she was probably experiencing something called Atalectasis. Not totally uncommon. Probably feels very scary at the time, though.

Matt is finally home and following up with the family doctor who is so kind. He is a Christian man (Catholic) and is doing matt's labs at his cost so he only has to pay 30 dollars. So, things are going well and Matt hasn't smoked or had a drink since he got home. God help him, please. He actually went to the skating rink with Emily today, but didn't slate, himself of course. He is on 2 blood thinners right now so has to be very careful.

Today was a pretty good day. I picked up Erin and her friend and they spent the day with me. No problems came up and everyone got along well. She is starting to open up and allow herself to reconnect with Bruce some. The sweet family she has been staying with is going through something very difficult right now. The mother, who has a 3 and a 5 year old has newly diagnosed breast cancer and is already having trouble meeting the deductibles from the tests. She is going to require a mastectomy in a week. I think it is just stage 1 so she has a good chance. If you feel led, please say a prayer for Anna. Bruce wrote a check to her to help compensate for any expenses from having Erin in their home, and I pray she will accept it. She is a school principal and her husband is a high school science teacher and they foster a teenaged girl. They are good, giving people who are really going through a rough patch.

Sean is still in Florida but no longer at Disney World. He got some blisters on his feet the second day there and he said it was miserably hot but he did enjoy most of it. He is back in St. Petersburg now just taking it easy and liking that just fine. The friends he is visiting got him a nice B&B to stay in and he is living the high life and eating out every night.

I finally have a few days off after my 5 day stretch so been doing my share of chores today. I will be tackling the laundry tomorrow. I hope to get a new washer and dryer soon. These are 10 years old now and are the energy saver ones that use less water but take longer to do each load. It take me all day to do laundry because of it. When I get new ones, they will be the standard top-loading type.

Anyhow, better get my feet up and rest awhile. Hope you all are well and blessed.


June 18, 2019 - Msg 112406: PS-and news on the new puppy, Romeena? I am getting antsy! I pray your new pup will bring you as much joy and laughter as my Poopsie gives us. She is learning so quickly and a smart little cookie, for sure. She now will stop at the door instead of charging out. Erin took her outside to run and play today and she was really good and didn't run off. You should see that little streak of white running her little legs off out there! She is now passed out on my quilt on the ottoman.


June 18, 2019 - Msg 112407: Oh, and I have to brag a little more. Poopsie loves to fetch but we never taught her to bring things back to us. Her favorite thing is to place hide and seek. When I throw a toy, she charges after it but then wants me to chase her around the furniture and try to get it from her. She will play that way forever but the other day she had her toy in her mouth and I said, "Do you want me to throw it?"...(just talking to myself, never imagining that she would understand what I said), and as soon as I said it, she placed the toy on the floor and waited. I thought it had to be a coincidence so I threw the toy and after she retrieved it a few time, I tried it again. I looked her in the eye and said, "You want me to throw it?" and again she placed the toy on the floor in front of her and waited. She did the same several times and still does it. I was flabbergasted. I guess I didn't realize how smart these little things can be! I never knowingly taught her anything like that but she just picked it up. Once I thought about it, I remember that most of the time I throw her toys for her I will say, "You want me to throw it?". Sweet little thing was paying attention! lol


June 19, 2019 - Msg 112408: Meanwhile Poopsie is bragging to her canine buddies how she has her master trained. "All I have to do is place my toy in front of me and wait, and then Mommy says something and throws it for me. She is so smart". hee hee hee. I will for sure add Anna to my prayers list. Glad they caught it so early. Thanks for the response to Stacey's event. And glad to see Matt is progressing so well. I hope it stays that way for him.

Well I wonder how MDC did on his anniversary night. You reckon he and Cecile got all kissy faced? I bet he looked just like Barney, with lipstick all over his face and his hair all fussed up. He is so suave and debonair. :)

Well off to putter in the shop, and then going swimming at Stacey and Matts house. They have a nice pool in their backyard.

Prayers for all for a safe day.


June 19, 2019 - Msg 112409: Asa..So you’re saying you are going to go swimming in their “Cement Pond” Hopefully there’s some vittles too!-G-F

June 19, 2019 - Msg 112410: Yep, probably true Asa (concerning Poopsie! Haha. Have fun swimming.


June 19, 2019 - Msg 112411: Yep, probably true Asa (concerning Poopsie! Haha. Have fun swimming.


June 19, 2019 - Msg 112412: Oops. I’m repeating myself.


June 19, 2019 - Msg 112413: Howdy, porch! Beautiful sunny day, stiff breeze blowing, everything looking fresh and green after a dilly of a rain-and-thunderstorm last night.

Big beautiful swallowtail butterflies all over the zinnias out back. That would be the "dwarf" zinnias I planted from seed, supposed to be about a foot tall, so I just broadcast them around my hardy hibiscus shrubs, which are about three feet tall and loaded with buds. There are five in that flowerbed. Well, the "dwarf" zinnias are now over four feet tall, and the hibiscus shrubs are completely obscured, except the one on the end, which didn't have any seeds near it. I had no idea the zinnias would attract butterflies like that, but at this moment, there are four swallowtails, as big as the palm of my hand, and they're not missing a bloom. I will plant them again, though maybe in a different place. My beautiful hibiscus are blooming, and I can't see them, buried beneath the zinnias. One big pink flower with a red eye has poked itself out from the wall of zinnias, and that flower is as big as a dinner plate. They are so pretty! The hardy hibiscus is just a better deal, compared with the tropical hibiscus. The tropicals are pretty, but they freeze and don't return. In tropical regions, like maybe the Texas valley, or in Mexico, they are perennial, but here they're annuals. My hardies, on the other hand, are now four years old, and going strong, and the flowers are huge and spectacular, compared to the tropicals, which are about the size of an average rose.

Boo, I would love to meet your Poopsie. Sounds like she and Robbi's little Bexar would be good friends. Very similar-sounding personalities. On the laundry front, my Maytag twins are about 25 years old, work perfectly, never been worked on, and do a very good job. Of course, I don't have the volume of laundry that you do, but I still have quite a bit.

Asa, keep working on the gravy. Give me a call sometime and I'll talk you through it. It just takes practice, and it's very hard to describe in a text. When all else fails, you can buy a fairly decent packaged substitute in the store, and there's a way to put a "homemade" spin on it that yields a pretty good gravy.

I will be mindful in my prayers of the needs that have been mentioned here, and will not fail to give praise for the answers that have been received. God is good! --Blessings! --Romeena

June 19, 2019 - Msg 112414: BOO--I've just gotta ask...with Sean gone to Florida, and Erin staying at a friend's house, how much laundry can there be?? HA! I'm just in a
razzin' mood. But here's some washer advice: Do NOT get a Maytag without an agitator, and a bunch of electronics. I suggest the 'mechanical' settings of small, med, and large loads to get a decent amt of water in the tub.
Our 8 year old has already had 3 motherboards, and the no agitator models just dont clean that well. Ro's were made when things were still made to last!
Your pooch sounds a lot like our last cat. She had the personality of a human, and I really mean that!! She played us like an old upright piano! I still miss that darn cat. I cant believe it was 3 years ago that we had to let her go. I will be praying for Anna. Is the portable AC system still working at Shoreline? It seems like that place is always on the verge. So sorry.
ASA and ALL...we had a very nice dinner last nite at our version of Morelli's..Red Lobster! I could survive on their buttery little biscuits alone, but ended up with 3 kinds of shrimp. All in all it was a very nice day.
I am glad to hear that Stacey's operation went well. I had a breathing tube after mine, and I believe the nurse told me it was for the reason that Boo mentioned.
RO--your flowers sound absolutely beautiful!
Tags tonite was about the johnjacobjingleheymerschmidt Mayberry youngsters!

June 20, 2019 - Msg 112415: Well, to answer your question, MDC. I didn't do a bit of laundry for the five days I worked, AND, there was already some that needed washing. I am about caught up now..for now.

I decided to wait on the new washer because I need a new refrigerator worse. Bruce wants to buy new kitchen appliances during the fourth of July sales. My poor refrigerator is falling apart, literally. We have been using it for about 13 years now, but it was in storage for a few years before that. We have not been able to use the icemaker for about 5 years because the hose that carried the water to the icemaker continued to crack and spray water out the back. The drawer inside are mostly broken and I can only use one of them. I am really looking forward to a refrigerator with filtered water and ice in the door. As it is now, all we drink is bottled water, which I like, but it gets to be a hassle keeping enough of it in the outside refrigerator and we go through a lot of it in the summer months. We aren't tea drinkers around here, like most Texans. I cant stand sweet tea and any kind of tea causes a flare up of my bladder symptoms.

Ro, I wish you could met Poopsie. She hates to ride in the car, just shakes the whole time so I don't expect I will be taking her on any long trips to visit you. :) I try to get her used to it but she just never does. She is like that little dog Opie mentioned, a "trembler". She acts very brave when she is playing, but when things get real, not so much. I haven't always been able to tell the difference between the fear tremble and the excitement tremble but she does both. When I give milk to the cat, I hold her until the cat drinks some and she shakes until I put her down. Sorry, Im sure you all aren't too interested in all this. Just wait until I get a grandbaby. lol

Things have been fairly stress free this past week with both of the kids out of the house, I'll tell you. I could get used to the empty nest thing. Bruce and I have been spending more time together and its been great. You know, going through the difficulties we have been going through have brought Bruce and I much closer together, and I have no doubt your prayers have had much to do with that. Sometimes it seems like its him and me against the world! ha

How can I thank you all enough for the many prayers on behalf of my family. You are all the cats.

Well, sister in law is coming over for dinner tonight. Says she wants to talk to us about something. She has been of opiates for 8 months now and has been getting injections in her knee. The poor thing is trying to suffer it out without pain meds but she is doing it and I am very happy about that. She will be having surgery on it when she loses some weight.

Better git!


June 20, 2019 - Msg 112416: Oh Ro, if you still have the same phone number you had last time we talked, I will try and send you a little video of Poopsie.


June 20, 2019 - Msg 112417: never mind, I can share it on your facebook page.


June 20, 2019 - Msg 112418: Afternoon all
Just a thought Boo, you said Bruce trembles everytime he goes on a ride with you. You called him a trembler. And then you said your kids are the same way. Tremblers when they go for a ride with you. You see a pattern here? (lol, just pikin at you girl) You know, I always dreaded the empty nest time coming, and I found it worked out just fine. Seems they were as ready to git as we were to have them git. And everyone was happy. lol Glad you and Bruce are teaming up. And we just replaced our fridge/freezer. I have not been impressed a-tall with the ice maker on the new one. It seems to struggle just keeping up with the two of us, and Debbie doesn't use that much ice. It frequently jams in the shoot. If it jams to much, you really have to yank the door open hard resulting with a slug of ice cubes on the kitchen floor. It's a GE. So buyer beware.

Romeena, I will give you a call on gravy making. I have gotten better from where I was, but I only had one direction to go. It's pretty hard to fall off the floor. lol Most stuff at the store has corn starch in it, so that's out. I can make a good texture gravy by doing a rouge with flour, but I just can't get the flavor that Debbie could get from hers. I appreciate your offer to help.

MDC, I like Red Lobster too. Although I'm not sure they pound their steaks right there on the premises. That's disappointing. :)

Gosh, tomorrow is the first day of summer, and they are predicting snow in the Uinta mountains here. Cold front moving in tomorrow and our high is gonna be in the low 60's. But back to 90 by Monday, so we will enjoy the cool down. Except they sad low 40's tomorrow night. Our weather is bi-polar I declare.

I watched the episode this morning where Ben Weaver is trying to foreclose on the Scobie's. I love the scene with Andy and Barney talking about the "Troublecheck" calls. Delightfully funny stuff. :)


June 20, 2019 - Msg 112419: A rouge? What am I saying?


June 20, 2019 - Msg 112420: Roux! I had to go look it up. :)


June 20, 2019 - Msg 112421: You put rouge in your gravy, Asa? That there could be your problem, Buddy. 😆

Hey, quit making fun of my driving skills!


June 20, 2019 - Msg 112422: Asa might not have the tastiest,but I just bet he's got the prettiest gravy in town!!

Hey to all! Will get caught up soon, I've been a sick possum lately,but starting to feel better. Prayers and love to all!

possum u.a.r.

June 21, 2019 - Msg 112423: Possum, glad you are feeling better. Maybe you had a touch of the pip!
Not too much going on today. Our ins. co called and
we closed out the claim. I had x-rays done the day of the accident and they wanted to know if anything was necessary, which it was not, so all is good.
BOO--I to was just razzing you a little. Heck, you can do my laundry too if ya like! ha Happy that our prayers have been helping.
Well, I'm tired tonite, so will hit the hay.

June 21, 2019 - Msg 112424: That's anything ELSE... (in my post above)

June 21, 2019 - Msg 112425: Hello Porch!
Nice sweep MDC
Glad to hear you are feeling better Possum.

June 21, 2019 - Msg 112426: The Weatherman has called for two days without rain!..WoooHoo!! It has been ONE rainy Spring around here.
We have much flooding and I don’t expect to be able to mow my back yard until July!..I’m sure when it heats up the mosquitoes will be as big as Boo has down there in Texas.

Asa quote...”I love the smell of gravy in the morning...Smells Like....VICTORY!”...


June 21, 2019 - Msg 112427: LOL GF. You got that right buddy.

Possum, thanks for the compliment. My gravy looks better than my bullets I think. Not green and moldy. :) Sorry you have been ailing. You got a touch of the pip? Did we ever decide what the "pip" is?

MDC, Glad you have the accident behind you. Are you still liking the new Nissan? I bet it looks good in your garage with the new painted floor. Did you ever plant any veggies in your new planter boxes? I gotta tell ya, we came very close to freezing here last night. In fact I suspect some places did.

Well I hope everyone has a nice Friday. First day of summer. Maybe we should have a B.B.Q. at Spots house.


June 21, 2019 - Msg 112428: Good Afternoon Porch!
Hope you all have a good one.
I am sitting around waiting for the handyman to deliver a refrigerator. My old one needs to retire. Found a nice one over at Home Depot this morning.

June 22, 2019 - Msg 112429: HI ALL, I was watching the Uncle Ollie ep tonight,
and forgot about this funny line exchange:
Opie said that one of Ollie's sons kicked him in the back; so Aunt Bee said that she'd put some witch hazel on it. Opie then said that witch hazel makes his eyes water, to which Bee says "You won't see so well, but you'll feel better!" harhar!
And then there is Andy's white lie at the end about the convicts heading to Mayberry! I guess we've all done such a few times. :)
HAPPY SUMMER...longest day of the year. Since we dont have DST here, the sunlight leaves completely about 8:30 PM, but i can still remember our family summer vacations to Minn. with the sun still up at 10 PM!
ASA--Freezing!? Wow! The new truck is running good, but it's a six and I sure miss the get up and go of my 8 cylinder vortex Chevy. But that's life! All is well. A SPOT cookout and barn dance sure sounds good.
Frankie--i hope you got the fridge finally.

June 22, 2019 - Msg 112430: Morning all.

MDC, The nice thing about the truck is when you have Gomer and Goober work on it, when it comes to spark plugs it's got 6 cylinders. She'll take 6 instead of 8. Well you multiply that out at a dollar and a quarter per, and this thing will pay for itself in time. lol BTW, Have you given the truck a name yet? They do run better if you name them and call them by name. 10-4 Goob? My Jeep Liberty is Libbie. My Tacoma is Tommy. I know womans names are most often used on vee-hickles, but I prefer manly names for my trucks, especially for my 4WD off road package truck. He required a male name. :) The sun is down here just after 9, but it's still fairly bright until 9:30 or so.
I love that episode MDC. My favorite non Barney episode. I love the scene when Ollie and Nora start hollerin at each other with poor Andy right there in the middle. Ollie is spread out in that bed leaving Andy about 6 inches of bed. ha ha And this episode has one major boo boo in it. Anyone know what it is?

Frankie, did you get your new roof on yet? I am calling to get bids next week on mine.

Well I hope y'all have a great day. Supposed to be in the 60's here all day. I can dig that.


June 22, 2019 - Msg 112431: As far as my car 🚗 it being Red My Granddaughter calls it the Tomato 🍅 car!..lol
Off to the campground soon, finally a nice weather day in the mid 70’s I can dig it too!...When Mother Nature gives you a nice day, it’s best you dig her back!..


June 23, 2019 - Msg 112432: MDC-The handyman came exactly when he said. Got the new fridge all set up and the old one out. And I love my new small fridge.

Asa-The roof men are scheduled to be here the end of July. They are so far behind because of the late rain we had this spring. Just as long as I get it in this summer I will be a happy camper.
I went out and gave the front porch a fresh coat of paint and it looks so much better. With so much time on my hands I have been doing little projects around the house. And it makes me feel good to be productive.

My Oakland A`s are doing good this year. Just love watching those guys.

June 23, 2019 - Msg 112433: FRankie--you farm girls can paint a porch in no time! :) Just be thankful that Don Rickles didnt do it! ha
ASA--no name for the truck yet, but my old one was 'betsy.'
I'll have to have a good think about it under a bucket.
And, btw, no veggies in the garden. I planted green bean seeds but nothing came up! So it is all flowers. Real purdy ones tho.
SPOT--got some blueberries yesterday, and they are from Georgia! Good too! :)
Well, I did a bit of a 'tune up' on my mower today. Oil, air filter and spark plug. ASA, she only takes ONE! ha
Even tho I have a service for these hot months, they use my mower, cuz i set it just how I like it.
I hope you all are having a nice Sunday afternoon.
Does anyone here have an address for Sterling? I thought I might
try sending him a note.
God's Blessings,

June 23, 2019 - Msg 112434: Oh GF, and when someone digs your threads, ya otta dig 'em back too! :)

June 24, 2019 - Msg 112435: MDC-I went to the hardware store and picked up some presto patch a multi-purpose patching compound. Filled up some cracks in the garage yesterday and it looks much better. And then gave it a little paint job. I was tired of looking at those cracks. This is a good compound that you mix with water and was easy to do.
Now I am going to check with someone on cleaning the carpets. I love my brother`s big dog but he made a mess on my carpet. It needs a little more cleaning than I can do.
Hopefully we should be getting some cooler weather in a day or two.
You all take care.

June 24, 2019 - Msg 112436: The guys came over and did the carpet this morning and did a fabulous job. My carpets look new again. Been a busy morning. Went to Mass and the Rosary. And had the carpets cleaned all before noon.

June 24, 2019 - Msg 112437: Afternoon all.

My goodness Frankie, sounds like you are keeping busy. Good for you. Usually when I paint I get more on me than on my object. I don't cotton to it a-tall.

MDC, Let us know what name you come up with. Just make it a good one. lol And glad you realized that mower only takes one. Yer ept! :)

Stacey had her follow-up with the Doctor and everything looks to be healing ok. They told her they got it out non too soon.

Well off to scare up some supper.


June 26, 2019 - Msg 112438: My goodness, where is everybody? Very slow day on the porch. Look at all the empty chairs. It kinda reminds me of that '60s song..."Everyone's gone to the moon." Ha
Speaking of the moon, as I watched the moon landing 50 years ago, I imagined in my head that in the future we would have a 'base camp' up there, yet 50 year later, nothing yet! Of course there IS the space station, tho i will be happy when we don't have to rely on the soyuz to get there!
Tonite's tags was the "third party" episode. One ought NEVER call Helen a "third party!" ha Maybe she was Ross Perot in disguise! lol. get it? OK, let's all sing The Fox. :)
Frankie--You better slow down or you will be like poor old Bert, just beat to the socks! :)
ASA--glad to hear that all is well with Stacey. My sister in El Paso got acute appendicitis last week, and had to have it surgically removed. She is doing OK now, and they GLUED shut the incision. Amazing stuff!!
RO--our first Nissan bill came today, and we send it to an office on freeport hiway in Irving!
ALL--has anyone tried Kroger brand hamberger dill pickles? Boy, I tell you, those are like kerosene IMHO. I tried 'em, but went back to Mt. Olive brand.
Well, that's about it. I hope BOO and family are doing OK.

June 26, 2019 - Msg 112439: Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvtHLkdRE2Y

June 26, 2019 - Msg 112440: Love the link with Chad and Jeremy singing. I love those old songs. Been pulling out some of my old cassette tapes and playing them.

Oakland A`s won tonight! Go A`s!

June 26, 2019 - Msg 112441: Frankie, my Tribe blew a 3 point lead in the 9th...😤 But As Gome said...That’s Life!....

They announced additions to the Mayberry Days line up. Clint Howard will be back, along with “Gilligan’s” wife. If you remember he was the Dud Wash’s replacement in one episode.

So since Clint is coming back I had to call on my creative talents so I made a styrofoam peanut butter & jelly sammich for him to sign. I made him one too!..This way he has a prop for the parade and autograph session...

Looks like I may have to take my “Gilligan” hat too, so I can honor my “Little Buddy” which is my Buddies Nickname for me.


June 26, 2019 - Msg 112442: Good morning, porch! Sorry for the long absence,just been busy. I guess when you think about it, that could be a good thing, at my age.

Asa, I'm glad Stacey is doing well. Once she gets past the initial recovery period, she's going to feel a lot better than she has been feeling before the surgery, I'll bet. Very often, the appendix can smolder along for a while and make you feel generally rotten, before it gets to the point of localized pain and an easy diagnosis. For others, it hits like a bolt from the blue, and you have no doubt at all what's wrong. Sounds like Stacey's may have been that kind, but I'm just glad she was able to get it fixed and is recovering.

My car is crammed full of empty boxes, and I'll be taking them over to the mail store today. I have a lot of things delivered, don't actually go out shopping much anymore, so the boxes build up fast. Every few weeks, I take them to my friend at the mail store. He's glad to get them, helps me unload them, and when I take something in there to be shipped, all I pay is the shipping charge, he packs them for me at no charge. I see no point at all in putting perfectly good boxes out for the recycle truck, to be smashed flat, processed, and made into new perfectly good boxes! That just consumes resources, and the end result is the same - a usable box. So, I give them to the mail guy, and he reuses them as they are. I leave all the packing material in them - peanuts, wadded paper, bubble wrap, whatever, and he uses that too. Works for me....

Well, better get dressed and get busy. Several errands to run - bank, pharmacy, mail store, grocery store.

Oh, about Kroger brand stuff - I buy very little of their store brand things. The quality is just not there. Read labels!! Daisy sour cream? One ingredient: cultured cream. Kroger brand sour cream? At least nine ingredients, things like karageenan, guar gum, whatever. Daisy sour cream is thick and firm, you have to stir it up. Kroger's is slimy and slick, just downright nasty. The canned veggies will have at least an inch of water on the top when you open the can, so you're getting less actual peas or whatever. It may cost less, but you're getting less. Nope, I avoid store brands most of the time.

Well, off I go. Eddie is here to dig some volunteer trees out of the flowerbeds, and prune some things back. Guess I'd better go see if he needs anything, or has any questions. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

June 26, 2019 - Msg 112443: Under the heading of teaching (Grand)children well....

My 3yr. old Granddaughter Olivia was challenging my daughter in a game of wills, when my daughter said something about being ready to have a fit....Olivia told her... “Just don’t get your clothes dirty!”....Yes Grandpa Goob will claim that! I tell her that a lot when I watch her and she wants to have one of her 3yr. old tantrums....As Barney said: “They Have to Be Shown!”...A Mayberry Teaching Moment...


June 27, 2019 - Msg 112444: ROmeena--thanks for checking in. I tend to get a little concerned when folks don't check in.
I am really wondering about PH, Sterling, John Masters, and a few others. I pray all is OK.
I see POSSUM on FB, and also SPOT, so that helps. I am also beginning to go back to name brands with food products, the only problem tho is that Kroger brands are crowding the others off the shelves. I've complained at our Fry's, no to no avail.
BOO--how goes things at Shoreline???
ASA--I forgot to tell ya about NOVA on PBS tonight. They had a one hour show about the moon landing. It was good, but wish it had been two hours.
This one mainly focused on the career of Neil Armstrong. His calmness during the Gemini capsule spinning out of control was truly amazing! He also manually took over control from the computer to land on the moon safely!
ALL--today on Wagon Train Hugh Beaumont (Ward Clever) was a cowboy! ha
Funny to see him in that role.
GF--I guess after the 'terrible twos' comes the REALLY 'terrible threes!' haha


June 27, 2019 - Msg 112445: Howdy Porch!
G-F, I remember seeing Gilligan in that episode.
You all have a nice evening.

June 27, 2019 - Msg 112446: Morning all.

Romeena, Glad you popped in. We were getting worried about you. MDC was about to have a spell. That's an outstanding idea about those boxes. We tend to buy a lot that same way, plus Debbies meds are mostly delivered at home, so we have a lot of boxes to deal with. Some of her meds have to be kept cold, so they would deliver them in those Styrofoam boxes with the freezable ice packs in them. Well I had saved up a half dozen or so of these and was going to give them to the delivery driver, but he said they could not reuse them if they had been left in the home so to just chuck them out. Lately though, now they are using a portable ice chest and taking that back with them. Seems a lot smarter to me.

GF, Good for you teaching the next generation. Funny story. :) Looks like a nice big sammich you have planned for "Leon". lol

MDC, That is hard for me to visualize Ward as a cowboy. Must be the actor of the man. I hope they replay that NOVA special. I wanna see that. Yes, Armstrong was having a hard time finding a place to land the LEM. He had less than 15 seconds of fuel left (before having to abort the landing) when he finally touched down and declared "Houston, Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed". And quite the eruption from all the guys back in Houston. Gene Kranz the Flight Director, was trying to keep it under control, because he needed folks to check their respective areas and give him a "stay or no stay" status. I remember even as a 14 year old kid how proud I felt. I can't imagine how those involved in the actual landing must have felt to see this accomplished. Amazing history their,

Ro, I am a label reader (because of my corn starch issue) and you are so spot on about the Daisy brand sour cream. Every other brand has the stuff in it, bot the Daisy brand. Pure sour cream.

I had my yearly check with my cardiologist and she said everything on my EKG looks good. No sign of A-fib or flutter. Thank you Lord.

Prayers for all for a safe day.


June 27, 2019 - Msg 112447: Good morning, porch. It's a very strange morning. Heavy clouds, and the air is very still. As my grandma would have said, "it feels like it's gonna come a-somethin'!" I never knew what that meant, exactly, but it didn't sound good!

Well, it appears that I will have a puppy around the middle of July. I have a deposit down, with a reputable breeder, and can hardly wait. She agreed to letting me do my "traveling toy" thing. I will carry a little soft, puppy-sized toy with me for the next couple of weeks. It will be in my pocket, or tucked in the top of my jeans, or somewhere on my person, it will be in my bed, it will rest now and then in one of Toye Starr's cuddlebeds, just anywhere it can pick up my scent and that of my home. Then a week before I bring the puppy home, I'll take the toy to the breeder, choose my puppy from the litter (I have first choice) and leave the toy. The breeder will put it in the playpen with my puppy and her siblings, where it can pick up those familiar scents. Then when I pick her up a week later, the toy will come back home with us. The reason for all this? When I get her, she will already be familiar with my scent and that of my home, so will feel comfortable here. The toy will also have the scent of her siblings so she will feel they are close. I did this with Toye Starr, and it worked like a charm. She never cried or whined at night, just snuggled right up to me and went to sleep. When I told the breeder what I wanted to do, she agreed immediately. She said she had one other family who did that, and it worked for them as well. So, that's the plan.

Well, the plumber just came, and went! He wasn't here five minutes. My faucet out front was missing some sort of a connector, and wouldn't accept the hose. It just wouldn't take hold and attach. It's some sort of faucet that turns off back in the wall, for freeze protection. Exactly what that extra piece does, I don't know, other than to accept the hose connector. That was missing, and the hose would not attach to the faucet itself. Where the little extra piece went, I'm not sure, but it disappeared, and I think Eddie or Tommy could tell me. I think it got cross-threaded, they bore down on it and ruined it, and it just disappeared. Little things like that happen now and then, but Eddie has worked for me for 21 years, he's my friend, and I don't make issues. This cost me $60, but as I told the young plumber, it's a quick $60 for his boss, but worth every penny to me. Even with a sprinkler system, there are times when you need to use the hose, if you want a nice yard.

Well, I hope everyone is recovering from ailments and surgeries, and feeling fine. I see the back surgeon tomorrow, to see what can be done about the twisting and settling my spine is doing. Nothing, I think, but it's worth a visit. He's going to try to sell me on some nerve ablation, but I don't think I'll do that. The problem area is mid-thorax, and some of those nerves are involved in the breathing process, and I can't afford to risk any deficits there. My inspiratory capacity is only just over half what it should be, and I don't want to reduce it any further. I'm no doctor, and he may laugh at my concerns, but he's going to have to convince me, and it won't be easy.

Guess I'd better go and tackle some laundry. Boo, you'll hate me for this, but I haven't done laundry in three or four weeks. I have an abundance of sleep shirts, underwear, towels, sheets and clothes, enough to last for six weeks or more, though I don't let it go that long. When I do get around to it, it takes all day! I guess today is the day. Later, taters! --Romeena

June 27, 2019 - Msg 112448: Asa, you slipped in there while I was typing! Good news from your cardiologist. My own A-fib stays in control, with a measly 12.5 mg of Atenolol. It isn't even supplied in that low dose, I have to break a 25 mg tablet. Still, it's enough. I'm glad, because with 25 mg, I'm just tired and have no energy at all. I look at that tiny half tablet and wonder how on earth it could do very much. Then I think of how a tiny drop of snake venom can kill a person, and I understand it a bit better.

Well, as I said, better get to the laundry. --Romeena

June 27, 2019 - Msg 112449: Good Idea Romeena about the dog toy and getting a scent from it...Sometimes to understand a dog you got to think like a dog...Like our Old Exterminator at work used to say, if you want to get rid of a rat you have to THINK like a rat! 🐀

Good luck on your quest, I know you are anxious to see your new addition...


June 28, 2019 - Msg 112450: G-F--is that the same as fighting fire with fire?? haha When you go to the meet-up, please say Hey to Maggie Petersen for all us porchsters. Tonite's ep was when she brought Andilina to town for a betrothin'. I like her line regarding Opie..."He's a fine boy, properly mannerized." lol I also like "A time to wander."
RO--did your clouds produce any rain? Sounds good about you getting a new doggy soon. For our hot months of June, July, and August I have a lawn service do the cutting. This morning they asked...Can we raise the deck one notch? I said next time, as I can see little runners all over, so I know its time. Technically I COULD mow it now that my heart is better, but the heat is just too much for me now!!
ASA-- was that a typo...instead of your EKG being good, did you mean your KEG was good? har har Seriously, that IS good news. Well, I think my AC unit has a bad relay.
The fan will not turn off, and it is set on 'auto' and not the 'ON' position. We have the man coming by on Friday to check things out.
Peace :)

June 28, 2019 - Msg 112451: Oh ASA, if I see any ad for the NOVA repeat, I'll let ya know.

June 28, 2019 - Msg 112452: Morning all.
Thanks MDC, but I already checked the PBS schedule on my DISH program and it showed again about 3 o'clock this morning. So I got it on my DVR. Thanks buddy. I look forward to watching it. Those documentaries fascinate me. And NOVA programs are well done as a rule. I watched one last night entitled "In the shadow of the moon". Excellent one. It wasn't a NOVA program, but very well done. Ron Howard does the intro on it. Charlie Duke was saying they recorded his heart rate at launch at 144. John Young, on the same launch was 70. Young just brushes it off by saying "I was so old, my heart couldn't beat any faster". HA, Talk about cool under pressure.

Romeena, That is so great that you are finally getting a companion. I am so very happy for you. And the lengths you are going to, to make her transition smooth is evidence of your love for critters. You inspire me. I very much look forward to new stories when you two hook up. Have you had anything happen in trying to recover your money from the first encounter? The miserable wretches!

GF, You can do more than say hey to Maggie for me buddy. You can give her some sugar right on the jaw for me. :) I always love that line from Andy to Opie in the first episode when he is telling Opie to kiss Aunt Bee. "Give her some sugar Opie, give it good". Or when Barney is teasing Andy after Nurse Mary gives him a kiss on the jaw and Andy says it felt better than a mules nose. lol

I hope all is well with Boo and her family. She has been gone a spell.

Well off to do my weekly grocery shopping. I might even stop and get me a breakfast burrito at a local place on the way home. They are good, but I try to limit myself to only visiting 3 or 4 times a year. My waistline thanks me.

Prayers for all for a great day and weekend.


June 28, 2019 - Msg 112453: MDC...So you’re saying you got you a ON, when you should have you a OFF?...CALL THE MAN?...Maybe ya need a bigger hammer 🔨 to “adjust” it!..Lol...


June 28, 2019 - Msg 112454: Hi Porch!
Home from my Daily Mass and Rosary.
Now listening to some good Linda Ronstadt music. She has such a beautiful voice.
Made myself a ranch breakfast, that should hold me for lunch and breakfast for the day.
Checking in on my computer before I tackle putting some blinds in the living room. It is a 70 inch window. Will let you know if I succeed or not. Those brackets can be kind of tricky.
You all have a wonderful day.

June 28, 2019 - Msg 112455: I did get the blinds in and looks so much better.
Got done in time to make it back to church this afternoon.
Watching the Oakland A`s on TV, they are playing the Angels.