June 29, 2019 - Msg 112456: test

June 29, 2019 - Msg 112457: uh-oh. We are gonna get a test? But I wanna write my sen-tence. You always wanna do something else when I wanna do something else!


June 29, 2019 - Msg 112458: Good sweep Asa!

June 29, 2019 - Msg 112459: Her hee. Sorry to throw that pop quiz at you Asa. The truth is I’ve been having some trouble with the censor. I lost two long post yesterday and I couldn’t copy and paste them. Not sure what’s going on there but anyway I am here and I’m doing OK. I’m working a lot but after tomorrow I’ll have several days off so will try to be back on the porch more often.

So happy to hear about the new puppy Romeena. I can’t wait to see a picture of her at some point after you choose her. Very exciting.

Well I picked up Sean from the airport in Houston this week. He had a good time in Florida. The airport in Houston is an intercontinental one and he is huge. It was an interesting experience just people watching while I waited. I was very glad to get out of the city though. It’s a crazy place.

Erin is home and things are going fairly smoothly. I can tell she’s trying and she’s had a lot less anxiety. I plan on spending a lot more time with her now that I’ll be working less.

There have been some changes in the job. We are still renting the big compressor and it’s keeping the place cool which is great. My boss stepped down from her position and we are getting a new nurse administrator on Monday. She is someone that we all know because she used to work here and left to take another job and that didn’t work out so she wants to come back. She’s nice enough but she’s kind of hyper. I think she has the mental health issues so this could get interesting. She is very friendly with the boss is here so that could work for our good. Time will tell. There is still no buyer for the place though so I guess we will see what happens.

I had better get back to work just wanted to check in. Hope you all have a great weekend


June 29, 2019 - Msg 112460: Sorry about the typos I was using the speaker thing


June 29, 2019 - Msg 112461: I wonder if Boo was holding someone up to that speaker thing and having them say "Lefty, we're busting out of here tonight."?

Billy Ray the Postman

June 30, 2019 - Msg 112462: FRANKIE--good job with the blinds. Was it thru Blindster.com by any chance? On their radio ads they say that even if you mess up, they'll send new ones just for the shipping. BTW Glad you can go to daily Mass. What a great way to start the day.
BOO--You are a bird in this world! I saw your post of the airport tram on FB. Looked like the Starship Enterprise! Very cool that Erin is doing better.
Happy to also hear that shoreline's AC is better too. Our prayers continue for you and yours.
ASA and GF-- now our ON means ON and OFF means OFF. Not sure what the man did, but he fixed the issue with a BUT... he said that all the relays are on one board, and just to be safe we should replace the board. It's about a $50 item. I can see his point, so we may just have him do it. Any thoughts?
Also, I agree with ASA to give Charlene a big sugar square on the jaw! BTW, I saw our Joanna Moore on Wagon Train the other day. Interesting.
RO--be sure to keep us up on the new little doggy. I pray it all goes great.
I forgot to tell you all that my sister from Oregon has been here the past few days.
We had a good time catching up on things. She comes every few summers to thaw out!
Where she lives got over 6 feet of snow this past winter!
Billy Ray, better watch it cuz they probably DO want to break out from Boo's place! ha
Well, Good Sabbath to all, even to the Beamans,

June 30, 2019 - Msg 112463: Hey Asa. I was watching a movie from 1988 called Winnie about a mentally handicapped woman. It started Meredith Baxter and an older Sharon Despain! She played a very sweet woman and mother of a handicapped child. She looked just the same, just older. She even had the same hairstyle.


June 30, 2019 - Msg 112464: Oh, and hey to MDC! Thank you for those prayers!


June 30, 2019 - Msg 112465: Good Sabbath all.
I went to Stacey's Church today because she was speaking. She has been called to a leadership position over the youth in her Church. She did great, but I admit bias. lol

Boo, glad to hear things have calmed down some at home and cooled down some at work. Hopefully it will stay that way for you for a while. You need the rest for sure. Was Sharon playing the part of a big fish in a big pond? She seemed to want that.

OK MDC and any other space nerds. July 8-10 PBS and American Experience will be airing a 3 part documentary called Chasing the Moon. I just watched a preview of it and I am pretty pumped. It is supposed to have a lot of clips never seen before. The Director tells this story that he had spent a wonderful day at Frank Bormans house, and Frank was driving him back to the airport, when Frank mentioned he had a whole box of old home movie clips in his attic and asked if he would like it. lol The Director couldn't get back to the hose fast enough. This looks to be an awesome program.

Frankie, good job on the blinds. I have been considering updating mine as well.

Good to see you Billy Ray.Hope you are well.

Romeena, I just can't seem to win at cooking. I fried up some pork chops for supper tonight, and finally made some pretty decent gravy. Put it on my mashed taters and wouldn't you know it. I way over salted the taters. And I mean bad. I declare, I'm a mess in the kitchen. Yet somehow my waistline ain't got the message yet. I wonder what causes that? :)


June 30, 2019 - Msg 112466: Asa, I’m looking forward to that special too..Brings back good memories of our youth following the Space Program.
I remember having to work at my Dads station when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. We brought a portable TV from home, the reception was not good in a “All steel” structure so we sat on empty grease drums in the parking lot to watch!...


June 30, 2019 - Msg 112467: HI Folks! My visiting sister and cecile and I decided to go to Mass this morning at the church in Phoenix where we grew up! It was quite an experience as the demographics have changed! But we actually saw a few people that we still knew! Also, they had just finished renovating the church social hall which looked great, had coffee and donuts there and visited. And in the chruch, they had just sanded and re-varnished the pews and installed new lighting, so it was nice and bright. Even the sermon was a good one on the greatest commandment.
My sister leaves tomorrow, it has been a really good time.
ASA--I have that program on my calendar! I saw the same promo!
You're pumped and I'm stoked! ha
As far as the cooking goes, try some all-spice! lol

June 30, 2019 - Msg 112468: Oh, Hey to GF, you sneaked in there on me

June 30, 2019 - Msg 112469: MDC, I purchased my blinds at Home Depot. They were the only ones in town that had the wide ones. That sounds like a good thing that Blindster has about replacing even if it`s your fault.

Asa, these blinds were getting old and the color did not blend well with the rest of the room. I put beige in the living room and white in the dinning room. Looks much better.

You all have a Blessed Sunday.

July 01, 2019 - Msg 112470: Hi Asa. Sharon Despain was playing a very sweet fish in a small pond. :) Glad to hear Stacey is doing well. I hope she wont overdo it. I know how those callings can be and hope she doesn't get worn out with all she has to do. Healing takes time.

Glad you had a good time with your siblings, MDC.

I had an uneventful evening at work. We have a meeting tomorrow that will be held by the new director of nurses. Hope things go well, but I found out that there were meetings going on behind my current bosses' back and without telling her anything, they took her position and gave it to someone else, who is a friend of the big boss. Its like Peyton Place around there these days. So much drama! lol

Hey to Billie Ray and Frankie!

Time to say goodnight.


July 01, 2019 - Msg 112471: A Big Hello to the Porch!

Hey to Boo, Hope all the drama does not make to much stress for the rest of you at work.

Looking around to see if there is another project I can work on.

July 01, 2019 - Msg 112472: Frankie...You inspired me..I painted my porch posts and railing today...SHAZZAM!...
Maude..You all ready for the Meet-Up?..It will be here before you know it..Possum it’s never too late to change your mind and join us again!...SPOT that goes for you too, bring your motor sickle good place to try roll on the Blueridge Parkway.
Check out the link https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/motorcycles/


July 01, 2019 - Msg 112473: Frankie inspires me too. But just enuff to have a Dave Browne moment. I have to be really moved deep to put brush in hand. lol

Boo, I think I have only seen Sharon Despain in one other show. That was in Perry Mason. And she played a real sweet character in it also. Must be the actress of the woman. :)

GF, How's that sammich coming along? I watched Apollo 13 last night and saw all the Howards, including ma and pa. "Gene, from my seat here the Odyssey is dying". Or Ma, "If they could get a washing machine to fly, My Jimmy could land it"! Our little Opie did a bang up job with that movie.

I have been sitting here laughing at a video Romeena sent me about two teenage boys trying to figure out how to operate a rotary dial phone. Oh my goodness, we could be in serious trouble folks.


July 01, 2019 - Msg 112474: Actually I was gonna add that my porch is concrete and vinyl so there really is nothing to paint. But I do need to paint the trim around my garage doors. Maybe I'll Dave Browne that for a spell.


July 01, 2019 - Msg 112475: Yes Asa, I finished my sammiches...I redid the “jelly” I was not happy how they looked, now it looks more realistic how grape jelly SHOULD look...I always figured Leon was a Grape Jelly kid even tho it was in B&W....lol...


July 02, 2019 - Msg 112476: Prayers for Sean, please. He seems to be going through a breakdown again. I cant catch a break...hate to sound uncaring but it is always something.


July 02, 2019 - Msg 112477: Good morning, porch. I've been away so long, if I tried to comment on everything I've missed, it would break the porch, so I'll just say - I've missed you, I've prayed for you, I'm happy for the things that are going well, and will continue to pray for the things that are still percolating!

Right now, it appears I'll be able to get my puppy around the middle of this month, or in about two weeks. I can hardly wait.

Asa, regarding the over-salted taters, that can happen so easily. You salt, forget you did, and do it again! Or the salt shifts in the box as you're shaking some into the tater water, and a big bunch goes into the water. My mama had a saying - you can always add more, but you can't take it out. Actually, you can, if you realize you've done it. Just pour off some of the water and replace it with fresh water, but usually, you're not aware that you've oversalted. So, I salt very sparingly at the stove, and put a shaker on the table for anyone who likes a lot of salt, like Eloise. Another trick for reducing the salt, if you have time. Boil another potato, cut into small pieces to speed the cooking, with no salt. Then blend it into the salty taters, and it will dilute the salt somewhat.

Friends, I need your prayers. I'm dealing with a significant amount of pain in my back, specifically in my left side. I'm only comfortable in bed, or lying back in my recliner. Sitting, standing or any other position - painful. The scoliosis in my spine has twisted my rib cage, and it feels like my ribs are riding over my hipbone, and it's painful. I saw my spine surgeon, and he was not much help. If he can operate, he's fine, but failing that, he doesn't have much to offer, and he says there is no spinal surgery that he would be willing to perform on me. So, he's sending me to a pain management doc. We'll see what she has to offer. If it's another one that wants to push the opioid pills, forget it. I've been down that road, and the doc just more or less dropped me when I told him I couldn't and wouldn't take the pills. I may have to have a rib or two removed, and I'll do it, if it will relieve the pain, but I will not live my life fighting nausea, feeling disoriented, and basically just hopped up on a narcotic.

Blessings, friends. --Romeena

July 02, 2019 - Msg 112478: Good morning all.
Oh my Romeena, great news about your furkid, but it saddens me to read about the misery in your back. I figure you to be a tough ol gal so I know it must be bad for you to ask for prayers. And you have ours for sure. I agree about your reluctance on dealing with opioids. Just a thought and I will e-mail it to you. I am so sorry your in such pain.

Boo, Same goes for you and Sean. You just can't get a break. But you are also strong and I know you can endure. My prayers for sure.

It has really puzzled me how those taters got so salty Ro. I often forget to salt them, have never done them twice, but maybe I did. These were not just a little salty. They would have made a good salt lick for a cow. Oh well, ya just gotta keep trying.

Just went and got a new belt for my vacuum. We have a central vacuum system and the power head runs off the actual vacuum. There is a small belt that drives the beater brush spindle and it was worn out. While I was there I was talking to the owner of the shop, and he was telling me about the systems they are putting in now days that have hose retraction ability. The new hoses are light weight and are longer, and the vacuum just sucks the hose right up into the pipe in the wall when you are done. No more coiling up hose and hanging it in a closet. Dag gum, I might have to invest in a retrofit. That thing was way cool.

Well now I got the vacuum working, I ain't got any more excuses. Off to work, Dave Browne notwithstanding!


July 02, 2019 - Msg 112479: Prayers for Romeena and Sean.

We had a surprise at church this morning. After the priest gave his sermon a couple stepped forward and was married! They looked so happy and sweet. I congratulated them and told them they made our day happy as well. It was so nice to see the joy smiles in there faces.

July 02, 2019 - Msg 112480: G-F and Asa, thank you for the complement. Working on a project today. Not saying much tell I know if it works out ok. lol

July 02, 2019 - Msg 112481: Prayers for Ro and for Sean. And for Boo. Love you,girl,hang in there.

possum u.a.r.

July 02, 2019 - Msg 112482: Love you too, Ro!

possum again

July 03, 2019 - Msg 112483: LOTS of prayers for BOO, RO and all who may need 'em. I think I have said before that I pray each morning for y'all, I really do! May our good Lord Jesus bring His healing power upon the whole Taylor Porch! Thank you Jesus! RO, I am so sorry about your back. Can you do any back exercises to help ease it. Maybe look on-line? BOO--many prayers for Sean. What's up, he was doing so well at his job. I feel so bad for him.
As we approach the 4th of July, the following news story really has my dander up...it is regarding flying the flag at a business in North Carolina... I'll let you read and decide...

ME-TV last night had the Barney as real estate man ep. I like that one, good moral lesson for both kids and adults.
Ever notice that we never again hear from the Simms or the Williams families! ha
G-F, when is the meet-up?
Your tribe is doing pretty good, and SPOT's Braves are hot; Frankie's A's are in good shape, but my
D-Backs...well! :(
ASA--just don't use that vacumn at 2 AM even if you get the new kind or not! ha
POSSUM--thanks for dropping by!
Our weather was pretty hot for a 4 day stretch...111 each day, but only 107 today! ASA--are your friends in Mesa, AZ fried yet?
"We do not have a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and self control." 2 Tim. :)

July 03, 2019 - Msg 112484: Prayers to Boo & Romeena and anybody else who are struggling right now.. “These are the Times That Try Men’s/Woman’s Souls”...I think Calvin Coolidge said that?...Lol Not Really But just trying to lighten things up a bit!...

MDC....MDC the Meet-Up starts on the 19th goes to Sunday..
Talking of Baseball ⚾️ The All Star ⭐️ Game is in Cleveland this year!..Going to be BIG in the CLE next week!


July 03, 2019 - Msg 112485: Hello Porch

I took the hallway closet doors off and gave them a paint job yesterday. The first coat looked terrible but then after the second coat it looked much better. Also purchased some new guiders for the bottom. The old ones broke years ago. So now the new paint won`t get scratched. There is only so much you can do with closet doors that are fifty nine years old. I think I will leave it for now.

The A`s won again last night. Chapman the third baseman made it to the all star team.

July 03, 2019 - Msg 112486: Good afternoon, porch. Just got back from a lunch date with Eloise, at Olive Garden. Sure was good! I pigged out on the salad, but managed to finish my lunch as well. It was two very tender and juicy chicken medallions with a lemon/garlic/pesto/parmesan sauce and baked sliced zucchini with a parmesan crust. Excellent! Olive Garden is a very good and reliable place to eat, and if you watch what you're doing, it's not too expensive. My meal was just $10.79, and with the all-you-want salad, it's well worth it.

That link about the flag is a puzzler. I know, the law is the law, but when the law manages to turn a blind eye to so many flagrant violations, when Americans are murdered by illegal aliens, when a man with 23 drunk driving convictions is still on the road, driving without a license, and kills a young highway patrol officer - well, I have a hard time getting too upset about an oversized American flag. I think it's beautiful, and my vote is to leave it alone, and leave its owner alone. Who's going to get up there and measure it, anyway? I think I could drive past it, glance at it a couple of times, enough to appreciate its beauty, and still maintain control of my car. If some idiot just gazes at it and runs his car off the road, well.... I'll admit, I would be tempted to pull over, off the road, and admire it for a while, but I'd never just forget I was driving and gaze at the flag. Maybe the city's ordinance could be changed? How about they call a vote on it in the city?

Well, I stopped at Kroger's and bought some of the wonderful cherries they have right now - both dark sweet and Rainier varieties. So good! They're on sale right now, and I had already stocked up, but I bought another three pounds, planning to take two pounds to my neighbor, Barbara, who is still in a rehab center. I called her husband first, to be sure she likes cherries, and she does not! So, scrap that mission. Well, drat! Guess I'll just have to eat them myself. Aw, shucks! Ain't that a shame??

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 03, 2019 - Msg 112487: Romeena, That is so sweet of you to pick up some fresh cherries for your neighbor.
I purchased some grapes today at Walmart Grocery Store. They are called Cotton Candy grapes and they are so good. Even taste like cotton candy. This is the first time I have tried them. Will sure get some more.

July 04, 2019 - Msg 112488: Good morning all and Happy Birthday America!
Frankie, you go girl! It sounds like you are keeping yourself busy. Good for you. Just don't get carried away and redo your roof yourself.

Romeena, As summer moves along, I really enjoy the local produce as it becomes available. We will start to see local corn stand pop up in the next few weeks. Then maters, cherries, rasberries. Peaches around Labor Day.

GF, The all star game and the HOF game in Canton in the same month? Shazaam. Y'all gonne have a lot of visitors. They might have to deputize you. We will call you "3". lol I bought me a new Echo speed feed head for my weed eater and installed it yesterday. It sure is a breeze to wind new string into it now.

MDC, My Mesa friends are in GF land right now (Ohio) visiting her parents. Her Dad is quite sick with Cancer. So they are not in that dry heat of Arizona.

Well we are having a family event at Stacey's house this afternoon. Grill some burgers and brats, do some swimming, and relax some. I hope everyone else has a safe and wonderful 4th.


July 04, 2019 - Msg 112489: Happy Fourth of July,y'all!

It's hotter than a firecracker here- DANG hot,as Rev would say!

Keep safe and enjoy your holiday-love to all!

possum u.a.r.

July 04, 2019 - Msg 112490: Asa..I grew up literally a stones throw from the HOF and was only there once on Father/Son day years ago..G-F

July 04, 2019 - Msg 112491: Happy 4th of July Porch!
You all have a fun and safe day.

Asa, I got a call from the roofers yesterday. Looks like about a week out. They are going to give me a call Monday on exact day. I leave the big projects for the pro`s. I think they are going to leave Mr. Weaver at home. lol

July 04, 2019 - Msg 112492: Happy Fourth of July, everyone! I got my little row of stick-in-the-ground flags put out in the front yard. I've got a big flag, but the bracket it goes in, which is attached to a cedar-post window treatment, is broken. So, I can't put my big flag up. Drat. At least I have my little flags.

Asa, I know what you mean about local produce. There's just no comparison, when you get the local stuff. It just tastes better! I bought some sort of melon or canteloupe, not sure what it was, but it surely was good. It was like a cross between a honeydew melon and a canteloupe, the texture was soft and it was as sweet as honey. Really very good. I asked the kid in the produce department what it was, and of course, he had no idea. Big shocker. He's a nice kid, but he just takes 'em out of the box and puts 'em in the bins, that's about all. I'll have to do a little research, because that whatever-it-is was surely good.

I'm headed over to Eloise's in an hour or so. Jerry has had a rack of ribs and a brisket in his smoker since yesterday evening, and it ought to be finger-lickin' good by now. David and Brittney and Landry will be there, Hudson is still at Pine Cove, the summer camp.

Well, off I go. Have a lovely day, friends. --Romeena

July 04, 2019 - Msg 112493: HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!! i

July 04, 2019 - Msg 112494: OOPS! THAT WAS ME. We watched A Capital 4th! Love that show! More later. God Bless America
MDC :)

July 05, 2019 - Msg 112495: Afternoon all.
Boy we had a nice cool front move in last night. Shortened our pool party a bit, but sure is nice and cool this morning. I hope everyone else had a good one.

Romeena, those ribs sound sooo good. And the brisket too. I hope your back has eased up some.

MDC, We are getting closer to the monsoon season. Usually the end of July in our parts.

Frankie, make sure you make them roofers a pot of lemonade and they will do you an extra good job.

GF, I would love to visit Canton some day. Glad you got to see if.

Good to see you Possum. Hope all is well with you and yours.

Later taters.


July 05, 2019 - Msg 112496: Wow what an evening of fireworks in my neighbor hood. Just about all of them were illegal fireworks that flew way up. And some of them were setting off the neighbors car alarms every time they went up. I think we had a better show here on the block than the city had at the high school. I got tired and went in and had a salad and took a bath and it was still going full steam outside. I don`t think they stopped tell about 12:30 am. That must of cost some of them lot of money. It was mostly three family`s.

Asa, If I make lemonade I might drink it all my self. lol
I think I am going to be lazy today. If I feel up to it I may go back to church this afternoon. We had a wonderful Mass this morning.

July 05, 2019 - Msg 112497: I did go to church this afternoon and it was so nice and peaceful. On my way home I stopped by the cemetery and was happy to see that Mom`s side of the stone had been engraved. She is resting beside my Dad and next to my sister.

July 06, 2019 - Msg 112498: Frankie, I like to do that myself sometimes... to go on a weekday and just sit in church, pray a bit, and feel such a closeness to God. Many churches are now locked up during the weekdays, so happy that ours is still open.
ASA--we have a "monsoon season" here also, mostly in August, and as you know, it is a lot of dust and then a pittance of rain. Sometimes however we do get a good belly washer.
Our TOTAL yearly rainfall is about 7 inches!
Earthquake in California!! I hope all are OK.
It has been quite a while since one this size.
RO--You were speaking of cherries a while back. We just got some rainier cherries today...so delicious.
BOO and all...check in when you can.

July 06, 2019 - Msg 112499: Belly washer? Ha, I meant gully washer.

July 06, 2019 - Msg 112500: Frankie...You Ok?...Another Rock n Roll Day yesterday...Was it close to you?...G-F

July 06, 2019 - Msg 112501: MDC, I receive so much comfort in church. Our church is still open all day but I have heard some of them have to be locked.

Yes another earthquake down south, a 7.1 that is a big one. People were posting they felt it all the way up here in Sacramento area. I did not feel it but there were post of water splashing out of peoples swimming pools in the area. When I got up this morning I noticed my grandfather clock stopped working and that has never happened before. It has been running perfect since it was set up years ago. It is running fine now. I am fine here, what we felt was very minor compared to what S. Cal. felt. Some scientist are saying to expect another big one. I hope there wrong. I always worry about the gas and water lines in the house when this happens.

July 07, 2019 - Msg 112502: Frankie, you keep safe as I have heard that there have been many smaller aftershocks too. Lord Jesus be
with us!
I got a lot of errands done today. On these long holiday weekends many folks leave town for the high country, so the streets are pretty empty and so are the stores, so I use the opportunity to scratch a few things off my list. :) I will be in Santa Barbara the week of the 15th, so i am gearing up for that also.
ASA, GF and Spot... I think I have a sprinkler pipe leak! One circuit has very low pressure, and the grass is very green and lush in one area right
about where the pipe is located. I guess I'll have to do some digging to see.
ASA--don't forget the moon shows coming up this week!
Anyone--On a episode of Wagon Train recently, the cook said that he made a pretty fair johnny cake. Anyone know for sure what that is?
Well, have a Good Sabbath. BOO, check in when ya can.

July 07, 2019 - Msg 112503: A johnny cake is a pancake made with cormeal, I'm Sarah the telephone operator and I listen in on most conversations.

July 07, 2019 - Msg 112504: Good Sabbath all. Welcome to Sarah. Please join in the conversation. I bet you can fill us in on all the juicy tidbits. lol

MDC, I was wondering if you were doing your S.B. trip this year. Glad you are going. You can see Old Man Kelsey's pond even. :) And yep, I have my DVR all programed for the 3 1 hour shows starting tomorrow night. Thanks for the reminder.

Frankie, I hope things don't get to shaky for you there. California seems to have it all, earthquakes, mud slides, droughts, floods, wildfires, liberals. Just about every pestilence known to mankind. :) But you do get some dandy weather and pretty scenery. I do hope your roof job goes well.

I hope Boo and her family are well. Prayers for them all, and for you all.


July 07, 2019 - Msg 112505: MDC...It’s your “T”...(in my best Gomer voice) Sometimes you think you got a “C” (coupler) when you really got you a “T” all in all it will be a fun day trying to find the leak...Right Asa?..
You MAY have to “Call the Man!”....

Your comment to Asa about the “moon shows” made me laugh!...At our age it would be BEST to just keep our pants on!...The days for “shooting the moon” has long passed Buddy...🤣🤣 https://youtu.be/r7M0CmkJ-2o


July 07, 2019 - Msg 112506: And here is a little clip to brighten your day. They say videos of Children and animals are the best. Well this one has both. lol Enjoy.



July 07, 2019 - Msg 112507: Asa...I forwarded that to Judd to watch...Lol

July 07, 2019 - Msg 112508: lol GF, I was thinking about Judd when I saw that. But he didn't have Chic-Fil-A breath. lol
And I agree with your analysis of MDC's sprinkler leak. And you didn't make a moulage of it. :)


July 07, 2019 - Msg 112509: GF, If Judd liked the first one, he will love this one.
This one has got to be Country Western. lol



July 07, 2019 - Msg 112510: Welcome Sara the telephone operator!

G-F, nice video of Elvis. He was so handsome.

Asa, I love the videos of the dog playing the piano. So darn cute.

Talked with my nephew who lives in L.A. and he said the first quake woke him up. The second quake had all the windows rattling and shaking. He said it was the strangest thing he has ever felt.

July 07, 2019 - Msg 112511: Asa...Judd said...Thst Boy has..TALENT!....But Eatin’ Nuggets speaks louder than words...G-F

July 07, 2019 - Msg 112512: PA-C-FIC O-SHEN :)

July 07, 2019 - Msg 112513: I'm here, just been busy working and such. I work, then I try and catch up and seems there is always something else added to the list. We had out new appliances delivered and the problems began! First, Bruce put in the new dishwasher and it was very hard for him to get down in the floor and do that with his bad shoulder and knees, but he finally go it done. He and Sean brought in the new range, using a dolly, and once it was out of the box, it had a big dent in edge of the oven door. You could tell that it was sent that way from the factory so no good quality control, I guess. We went up to lows and they arranged a swap but they said we would have to pay for a new range and then once they picked up the damaged one they would refund our money. That didn't set well with Bruce, so they worked with him and set it up to pick up the damaged one and bring a new one on Monday. So, this morning, he pulled out the old fridge after I cleaned everything out of it, took it outside and brought in the new fridge. When he got everything hooked up and went to slide it in place, it wouldn't quite fit so now he is having to hire someone to trim a little off the quartz countertop so it will go in. So, for now we are using it but it is sticking out into the kitchen. He did get the microwave in place with minimal difficulty. Man, why is it that things are always harder than you expect? I shouldn't complain but I just hate that Bruce has to work so hard at things because he just cant do as much as he used to do. Sean and I did help him as much as we could, at least. I don't anticipate any problems putting the stove in place but who knows?

Things are going fairly well on the homefront, thank you all for the prayers. I have an occasional stern conversation with Erin. She needs a big reality check and I have been giving it to her. Sometimes teenagers can be the absolute most frustrating thing on the face of the earth! I am glad she is home and safe, though. I was trying to talk her into going into the service today but she is probably right about not passing the physical. She still have a lot of trouble with her shoulder and already has a bad knee.

Sean is still searching for another job and we are praying for the right one.

On one of my breaks today I watched the Count Istvan Teleky episode. It is so great, I just love it. I kinda wanna punch Helen in the face in the beginning of the ep, but otherwise it is so funny.

Time to call it a day and go put my feet up on the ottoman. Hope you all had a blessed Sunday.


July 08, 2019 - Msg 112514: Sarah, thank you for the johnny cake description.Yup, I can see ol' Charlie on Wagon Train cooking that in a dutch oven. :) Sounds good too.
FRANKIE--so glad you are ok. I hope there are no more aftershocks. Prayers for sure.
BOO--I'm wondering if you guys looked into having the items installed. In my dealings, places usually have pretty reasonable of even free installation sometimes, tho I'm pretty sure they would not cut the quartz. Did Lowes do the measuring? If so, that might be a recourse.
So sorry for all your troubles, but my prayers continue. Did I miss something earlier about Erin posssibly going into the service?? Glad to see you posting tho. Hang in there. Saw your FB posts with the Bud glasses...pretty cool!
Well all, we woke up this morning with a far-sighted woodpeck@r pecking at our rain gutter! yup Heard the 'rat-atat-tat' and sure enough, it was "dulling its beak" on the metal gutter! Funniest thing ya ever saw. ha
Speaking of funny...that dog and the piano video was hilarious! He must have been hitting the perfect pitched note to get him to howling like that! What a hoot.
ASA and GF...i have decided to wait and see regarding the sprinkler pipe. I leave for SB in a week, and will check it out when i get back.
This morning in church we ended the service with America the Beautiful! I sure do cotton to that song! :)
God bless,

July 08, 2019 - Msg 112515: Good morning all.

Boo, So good to here from you, but sorry about the appliance issues. That kind of stuff never seems to go as planned. Sounds like you have a job going on with Erin. Good for you though for not giving up. I see a lot of parents at your stage of life, throw up their arms and say "I'm done". I know it is tempting, but maybe not the wisest thing to do. Hang in there. I didn't know Sean was out of work. I pray he can find the right job for him.

GF, I'm sure old Judd has him some talent too. They sure are fun. I can't wait for Romeena to get her new companion.

MDC, I hope your soil is easy digging so your repair goes well. Gf and I offer you our moral support. lol

Romeena, I pray your back pain is not getting you down. I know how miserable that can be. I turn into a miserable son of a gun when mine is hurting. I am a lousy patient.

Frankie, What other projects do you have planned? It has been enjoyable to read your improvements you are making.

Speaking of that, I guess I best get off my rear end and get some things done around here. There is always something to do. 10-4?


July 08, 2019 - Msg 112516: Remember: Chasing the Moon documentary on PBS tonight at 9/8c


July 08, 2019 - Msg 112517: I sure hope that documentary is about the Apollo program and not trying to catch 🏃🏼‍♂️ a streaker!....G-F

July 08, 2019 - Msg 112518: How-do, porch! My clock says it's just past noon, but it's early morning for me. I was up until nearly 5 a.m, doing a little writing, finally went to bed and slept until the phone rang at 11:30. Actual time means little around here, I just do as I please, when I please. I've always been a night owl, and those last 17 years before I retired, working 7 pm to 7:30 am, just reinforced that. It seems like my imagination kicks in when my head hits the pillow, and ideas start flying around, and sometimes the only way I can quiet it down is to get up and write it all down. Many a story has been written in the wee hours of the morning.

Boo, I can't imagine you're already replacing your kitchen appliances. It seems to me it was just a few years ago that they were all new. Time sure does fly by, doesn't it? Kinda makes my kitchen seem old and shabby, and I guess it is. I've been in this house for 46 years, and my dishwasher was just replaced a few years ago, and is running fine. My washer and dryer are 24 years old (Maytags) my twin full-size ovens are built in and are original, and my cooktop has been replaced once. My disposer is new, the third one. My fridge is also the third one, about ten years old and I'd like to have a new, fancy one, but at my age and stage of life, it doesn't seem very practical. It works fine, makes ice and all, but it's just a bit dinky by today's standards.

Asa, actually I'm having some pretty annoying issues with my back. It's not so much a backache as such. The progression of the scoliosis, which I've had all my life but wasn't noticeable and didn't bother me until the last few years, is becoming more visible and is bothering me a lot. The best way to describe it is that my upper body is sort of telescoping or something. My ribs on the left side are rubbing on my hipbone, and it hurts. They also, at times, slide over each other, and that hurts. At times, the muscles go into spasm on that side as well. I saw my back surgeon last week, and he said there's nothing he can do. The surgery to straighten and stabilize my spine is huge, involving parallel rods from neck to sacrum, is often not successful, and he refuses to do it, especially at my age and involving old bones that might not hold all the screws. I agree. I will not do that. A friend at church had that surgery about four years ago, went through months of misery trying to recover, and is now bent sharply to one side and walks with a cane, much worse off than I am. The doc has, however, referred me to a pain management specialist. I'll be having a CT in the next few days, possibly some injections for nerve ablation, though I'd prefer not to do that. I want to treat the cause, not the symptom. It's possible that we might remove a lower rib or two, and I'll agree to that if it will solve the problem. I cannot, and will not, take any kind of pain pills, other than OTC things, and precious few of those. Any of the opioids, and I mean ANY of them, cause hallucinations and violent nausea, so I throw up the pills before they're fully absorbed, and I'm left with pain and nausea both. Is a puzzlement!

I am sitting at my window, watching six, yes 6, huge and beautiful butterflies as they chase each other around my stand of zinnias out back, trying to defend their territory, I guess. They're all swallowtails, just enormous and so pretty. I've had a big buddleia (butterfly bush) out there for years, and it draws a butterfly or two, but nothing like that bed full of zinnias! Who knew?? I will plant zinnias every spring now, for sure. Also, there are two 8" lizards on the sycamore tree, chasing each other around and around the trunk. I'm not sure if it's a romantic pursuit, or if it's a territorial battle, (boy and girl lizards all look pretty much alike) but they sure are funny! I declare, I wouldn't take a dollar and a quarter for this window!

I should be able to go to the breeder later this week and choose my new little angel. I'll leave the toy I've been carrying with me everywhere, so she can get used to my scent and the scent of my home. I'll go back next week and pick her up, and I'll be familiar to her and the house will be familiar as well. It worked so well with Toye Starr, that baby slept all night and never cried once when I brought her home. I'm considering two names (I may have told you this) - "Trinket" and "Dinah Mite." I won't know until I meet her, and even then, something entirely different may suggest itself. Such fun!!

Sarah, I hope you'll quit just listening in and join us here on the porch. Maybe you should retire and let someone else man the switchboard, so you can spend more time visiting. Naaah, it wouldn't be the same without you on the line, but do find time to join in. You're most welcome!

Well, guess I'd better quit hogging the porch. Let's all meet at the diner this evening for dinner. I hear the cook made a trip to Raleigh and got some new ideas. Blessings! --Romeena