August 23, 2019 - Msg 112791: Oh, for cryin' out loud! Didn't mean to yell at you like that! There, that should fix it. Sorry 'bout that! --Romeena

August 23, 2019 - Msg 112792: I thought maybe a good sweeping would help, too. --Romeena

August 23, 2019 - Msg 112793: Yep, Romeena, If Thurman was as good of a pilot as he was a catcher, he may still be alive today....The story goes, he was practicing Touch & Go landings with his fancy new jet plane.
The tower kept telling him his approach’s were too low.
But with his arrogance he knew “better”...Well..The last approach was his last!...He crashed and died because of it!...

Moral of the story....Do what your best at, let others do theirs!


August 23, 2019 - Msg 112794: POOR HORATIO--I had just done an APB for you before
Romeena swept the porch. If you see this, please say hello so we know all is OK with you. Thanks,

August 23, 2019 - Msg 112795: BOO--Romeena and Asa gave some pretty down to earth thoughts.
Very good stuff indeed.
ASA--no name yet for the new truck. I am still trying to get used to it. Like Ro's Tillie, I was pretty attached to my
Chevy, and still can't believe that someone's stupid need to text, brought her down like that! OH well, that's life I guess. Hey, maybe that's a name.."Oh Well!" ha
RO-- I liked your line about the fluid. It was like Mr. Tucker's.."She's got PLENTY of gas!" :) Glad you will be able to fix her up! And ASA, yes, get your's in soon regarding the recall.
Also RO, with your back issues, have you thought about some of these delivery services? Groceries, lunches, etc. Actually, following our trip to Yellowstone in Sept, I may deliver for DoorDash for a while. I can choose to only deliver lunches, and set my delivery area.
Frankie...good for the Athletics!
OH RO, I thought of you today when I saw a commercial for Daisy sour cream..." a dollop of Daisy." :)
God bless,

August 24, 2019 - Msg 112796: Good afternoon, porch. MDC, we think alike in a lot of ways. Yes, I've thought about the delivery idea, in fact had a grocery order delivered from Kroger's last Sunday.

We have DoorDash here too, as well as Grubhub, and I have used both once or twice. Also, I think Uber and Lyft will pick up food and bring it to you, for a hefty fee. I haven't used them. Actually, I prefer to just order from a place that delivers. It's cheaper, and more direct. My favorite Chinese place just closed unexpectedly, however. I'm really sorry, because they had good food, especially their hot and sour soup, which I love. They made a great shredded pork with garlic sauce, too. Since they closed, I've tried two other places. One was fair to middlin', and the other one was just nasty. Will never call them again. Speaking of nasty, you've probably seen the new Burger King ads - the "impossible" burger, made with a veggie patty, and their tacos. I haven't tried the burger, probably won't, but I did pick up a couple of the tacos the other day. They look so good in the TV ad! Well, they're not. They're absolutely disgusting. The shells are different, and at first bite I thought they were going to be good. They use a light flour tortilla rather than corn, and when fried crispy, it's flaky and really tasty. However, where it comes in contact with the filling, it gets slick and rubbery. And the filling! What can I say? Imagine a beef paste, that could be squeezed from a tube. At least I hope it was beef. It could have been dog food, the consistency was right. No way was it ground beef. There was no tomato, the lettuce was in big chunks, and the cheese. Oh yes, the cheese. Not shredded or grated cheddar, instead it was 2" pieces torn off a slice of what tasted like American cheese. Those pieces were just plastered to the inside of the shell. I can't believe they actually have the nerve to sell something like that in Texas, where (trust me) we know our tacos! Avoid them, please.

Speaking of tacos, when you think of tacos, you think of a corn tortilla, folded over and fried, then filled with seasoned ground beef, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and shredded cheddar, right? You can add that "dollop of Daisy" if you wish, but they charge for it. At home, I "dollop" to my heart's content. Well, in actual fact, the term "taco" refers to just about anything that might be keeping warm on the back of the stove, that can be spooned up and inserted into a folded tortilla, fried or not. It's kind of like saying "sandwich", which can be just about anything you can stick between two slices of bread. In old traditional Mexican homes, Mamacita will have a pot of caldo (soup or stew) on the back of the stove most of the time, with just enough heat to keep it warm. Papa or the kids will come in, grab a tortilla and cup it in their hand, dip a spoon into the caldo, let the liquid drain out of the spoon, and put the remaining solids into the folded tortilla. They crimp up one end, and bite from the open end. With practice, they don't drip on their clothing! That's a true taco. The product you buy at Taco Bell has established the trademark "taco", but it can be so much more.

Well, all this food talk has made me hungry. I think I'll go scare up something to eat. No tortillas in the house, but I'll find something. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

August 24, 2019 - Msg 112797: Romeena, I made something the other night for the family called Navajo flat bread. You use it like a tortilla. Or more like a chalupa. It was easy to make and you fries it and it gets crispy and puffy. Wow. Everyone loves it. Cheap, too. You just add your taco meat and fixings to the top.


August 24, 2019 - Msg 112798: Boo, that sounds good. Would you share the recipe? Sounds like something I'd like a lot. --Romeena

August 24, 2019 - Msg 112799: When I followed the recipe, I ended up adding more water to it but it is super simple..I used 2 C of self-rising flour (or 2 C of regular flour plus a 2 tsp of baking powder, and a tsp of salt, add water till you get a dough that you can knead several times. I used about 1/2 of water when it was said and done but you will just have to determine how much you will need as you go. Heat some oil on the stove. Pinch off enough dough to roll in to a circle about the size of a tortilla..poke a hole in the middle of it with your finger and then fry it in the hot oil. It will start to puff up and get brown pretty quick, flip it and brown the other side, drain on paper towels. You can also use it as a dessert by sprinkling on cinnamon sugar while its still hot. Good stuff.


August 25, 2019 - Msg 112800: Good Sunday Morning gang ! prayers to all...breakfast menu : 2 eggs your way sausage,bacon (limp for Ro} grits...bisquits and gravy..hashbrowns..Oj and coffee .. yall eat good ..SPOT !

August 25, 2019 - Msg 112801: SPOTTY!! Thanks for breakfast! Got any vegan bacon??😂

Well, I’m about to head north to pick up the mother in law. It’s about a 5 and a half hour drive so prayers please.


August 25, 2019 - Msg 112802: Good Sabbath all.

Breakfast sounds good Spot. Thanks buddy.

Romeena, I appreciate your Burger King taco review. It saves me wasting a dime on them. I have never been much of a fast food eater, but I have noticed since retiring that I hardly ever go get fast food. Part of the reason I suppose is because where I live out in the country, there are no places close by. And if I do go I tend to go to smaller local stores and avoid the larger chains. My only exception would probably be a loaded breakfast burrito from Carl. Jr's. I like those ok but there are not any close by at all. I also like In-n-out better than any other burger joints, but again there only location here is not convenient to get to, so it is infrequent visits. I know what you mean about good Chinese joints. Our favorite place just changed ownership. And the quality of food went adios. I have been trying to find a decent replacement, but no luck so far.

Boo, that bread sounds good, but beyond my skill level for sure. I enjoy baking. I think because there is science in baking, and measuring carefully is critical. I seem to be able to deal with that better instead of a pinch of this and a dash of that. lol But when y'all start talking about kneading dough, I'm done. :)

I have been watching Perry Mason on my dvd's at night and I have noticed a couple of things. All the cigarette smoking going on. My goodness, the tobacco companies must have been huge sponsors because they all smoked like chimneys. The second thing was they all seemed to be night owls. It seems like all the story lines had them all going all night long. Don't those folks ever sleep? Last night I saw an episode with Henry Wheeler in it. He was a coroner in a small town and was conducting an inquest. Even as a professional, he had a laid back approach to things. I kept waiting for a clerk to bring him a lemonade. lol

I was just reading that Andrew Luck announced he is retiring. Shocked me to read that. I have not followed football at all for a couple of years, but I thought he was gonna be a great QB for years to come. Sounds like the injury bug was more than he could handle though. It's a young mans game, but he is only 29.

Well I hope everyone has a great day.


August 25, 2019 - Msg 112803: Boo, you snuck in on me. Drive safe.
And please never say "vegan bacon" ever again! ;)


August 25, 2019 - Msg 112804: Hahahaha! Good morning, porch! Asa, I'm right there with you on the "vegan bacon" thing! An oxymoron if ever I heard one. I thought turkey bacon was ridiculous, but vegan bacon is even worse. Now, Boo and any other vegans out there (including one of my daughters, most of the time - she does fall off the wagon now and then), please don't take offense. I understand your reasons (and they differ with individuals) but I still say you can add smoky flavor or whatever you wish to a veggie patty, and it still ain't a burger! My dear mom, in an effort to control her high cholesterol, used turkey "bacon" and used ground turkey to make chili or hamburgers or whatever, and she would just declare she couldn't tell the difference. Well, she was the only one! Out of love and respect for her, we all dutifully ate the stuff, and said very little, but it just isn't the same. Same with the artificial sweeteners. She drank diet sodas, used the fake stuff in her tea, and absolutely dared us to say we could tell the difference. I think she was just trying to convince herself, and we let her have that, but I didn't then, and still don't use artificial sweeteners.

When my diabetes developed, I had to give up my Dr. Pepper and Pepsi, but I cannot drink the diet sodas. They taste like cough syrup, and they leave that metallic aftertaste, and it's just not worth it. Besides, there are numerous very credible studies that prove they do not help with weight loss, and in fact in most studies, the test group usually ends up gaining a few pounds over the control group. The sweet taste signals the brain to release more insulin (in non-diabetics) which raises the appetite, and the person eats more, not less. Not only that, but there are many studies that indicate they cause bladder irritation, opening the way for a bladder infection, and in some individuals (I'm one of them) they trigger migraine headaches!

As for me, I often drank unsweetened tea anyway, so that was no problem, and I still drink a regular soda now and then, but no longer my used-to-be two a day. My A1C stays under 7, my doc is very happy, and truly, it hasn't been hard at all.

I'm not making it to church again today. Not feeling very well, and keep having coughing fits. No one would want to sit near me, I'm sure, and I don't blame them. I wouldn't want to sit near me, either! So, I will stay home, spend time here at my window, admiring the gorgeous crape myrtles out there, along with the magnificent butterflies on those tacky zinnias, the remarkable blue of the sky, and I'll thank the Lord for the ridiculous little squirrels as they present their slapstick vaudeville show out there, and the birds, large and small, as they go about their day. If Heaven is any more beautiful than nature, it's going to be magnificent indeed! Meantime, "nature" here in the house (Trinket) has made a huge mess by shredding paper which she pulled out of my recycle bag, and biting off little foot-stabbing pieces of wicker from her toy basket and scattering them far and wide. She is a wild child! What have I gotten myself into? She sasses me, runs from me, potties where she pleases (occasionally she actually uses her box) and is a big headache! But - I love her. What am I to do? Patience, patience. I will win, eventually, but the road is bumpy right now. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

August 25, 2019 - Msg 112805: Good Sabbath to all! mdc

August 26, 2019 - Msg 112806: Well, I am back safe and sound, thanks for the prayers. We are sort of stressed out from dealing with mom in law but she is in the new facility and we are home trying to unwind. Pass the squeezins'

My mom in law is much weaker than she was just a few months ago and getting her in and out of the suburban and taking her to the restroom was a task for sure. She is so childlike now, too and has little spells in which she wants something and if she cant get it, she keeps on until Bruce wants to pull his hair out and finally gives in. Sad really. I am just waiting to see what we will have to deal with because she hadn't been there and hour before she was complaining about her roommate who apparently talks to herself.

VEGAN BACON!There, I said it and I ain't taking it back! Seriously, I totally get where you are coming from Ro and Asa. I don't eat vegan bacon or vegan meat, in general for the reason you said, Ro. It is not even near the real thing so why bother? A lot of the fake stuff contains unhealthy oils and such anyway so it is kind of a vegan junk food. Who needs it. I never cared much for meat so I am doing fine without it.

What you said about the diet drinks doesn't surprise me at all, Ro. Do you know that over the past year, I have developed some sort of sensitivity to tea and cannot drink it. At all. If I do, I have terrible bladder irritation and it seems to be the only thing that does that to me. Strange. I stay away from it like it was arsenic. If I even drink one glass, I am looking at several days of UTI symptoms.

Well, Ive had my shower and I noticed my ankles are a tad swollen from driving all day so I think I will put them up and maybe have a nice glass of ice water to kind of flush the system..blessings to all!


August 26, 2019 - Msg 112807: message is shown below:

MESSAGE: MESSAGE: Oh, and one other rather discouraging thing we learned about Mom in law..the staff at the facility we moved her from described her as the most conniving person they ever met at her age. This is no surprise to me. She has been difficult and we are thinking she will be the same way at the new facility. I hope they don't kick her out after awhile because they are the best nursing home in all our surrounding area. If she gets booted out of there, the next best is pretty bad.


August 26, 2019 - Msg 112808: The above post looks like that because the censor caught me on the word, "nice-est"? what? Weird.


August 26, 2019 - Msg 112809: Boo, it has been my experience working with Seniors in the Public Housing world...Most people didn’t JUST GET THAT WAY since they got old, they have been that way all their lives but it is just exacerbated as they get older....

The kind ones just get mellower and kinder as they get old...I’d see that when they came down to the dining room for lunch, they just appreciated what they were given and thankful for it!

Don’t get me wrong, people get dementia and they change how they act, but that is not always the case....


August 27, 2019 - Msg 112810: G-F---I hear ya on that. At both places where my mom and dad were at, some of the residents complained about EVERYTHING!! The food was too hot or too cold, I want to leave the table NOW, etc, etc, and i thought the same thing...
I bet they were like that all their born days!!
ROMEENA--Prayers for you my dear. It sounds like you had "church" right there at your big window!! I bet REV is looking down and adding some great music to that scene!! :) Are you going to try to do the PT? I have to say that my time at the fitness center on M,W,F each week has really helped my whole constitution! (I even know the preamble! ha) I get my wife to exercise each day a bit too, a big key factor as we age.
BOO-- glad the trip went OK as a whole. Is your MIL now closer to your location?
It takes a great deal of patience for sure. Our prayers are with you.
I recently send ASA and GF an email pic of my green backyard! It is amazing what
a good half-hour rain will do here in the summertime.
Tomorrow is doctor day...standing order blood draw to check coumadin level, and a stop at my urologist, and chiro. Yup, that's the Tuesday plan.
We have a new music leader at our church. He started a few weeks ago, young and ambitious, only problem is that we don't know the hymns that he is choosing to sing! We talked to him this past Sunday and made a few polite suggestions.
Sunday afternoon I oped to watch golf instead of football. Like ASA, even tho we have another new coach and new QB for the Cards this year, I have lost interest because
the NFL cannot seem to police itself. I may watch a game or two this year as this will probably be Fitz's last season.
Well, as Rev would say, give it all to Jesus! :)

August 27, 2019 - Msg 112811: Interesting conversation going on about dealing with difficult people and what makes them tick. One of the real blessings for me retiring is it got me away from a rather toxic co-worker. I do believe deep down he was a decent fellow, but he didn't seem to be happy unless he was moaning and groaning about something. I guess he and his wife ate out most of the time, and I don't believe I one time ever heard him speak highly of a restaurant. The highest praise he would give, when asked if the food was good was "it was ok I guess". But then he would quickly find something about the place or outing he didn't like and groan on about it for 20 minutes. Either it took too long to be seated, or the waitress was inattentive or to attentive, or she showed too much of herself, or she had too much perfume on, or the music was too loud, or the people at the next booth were too loud. Or name your poison. And it was that way with everything for him. It didn't help that he had one of those nasal whiney voices either. And it seemed the older he got, the worse he became at it. Whew, I think I just sounded like him there. lol

MDC, I hope your new director took the hint. Maybe you can work with the organist and he/she can say the keys stick with that one sir. Let's try a different hymn. lol

Spent yesterday helping Matt repair a sewer line at one of his rentals. He rented a backhoe for the bigger digging, but we still had to do some shovel work. I didn't get home until after 8 last night, just beat to the socks. After I showered, I was in bed watching Perry Mason and my big toe started going into a major cramp. On my goodness, talk about painful. Ro or Boo, what causes that? My goodness that hurt.
Anyway GF, Sorry I missed the podcast.

I hope everyone has a great day.


August 27, 2019 - Msg 112812: Asa..Floyd show a video that y’all may find interesting
It’s from the Danny Kaye Show. It definitely has some TAGS connections to a couple of episodes...

BTW..I’m with ya Buddy on the toxic people subject, some people just are not happy with ANYTHING in their lives!
That is WHY we need to spread the “Mayberry Spirit” to others so they can see simplicity and joy in the things of life!
....Just Sayin ‘


August 27, 2019 - Msg 112813: Good morning, porch. Rain! We're getting some rain! It's not raining hard, but it's raining! It began this morning, right after my sprinklers had started running. They had gotten to Zone 4 (out of 12 zones) when I got up and realized it was raining, so I just shut them down! I'll do the same thing when they try to start this evening, and that should help the water bill a little bit. I'm allowed to water on Tuesday and Saturday, before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. It takes four hours to run all 12 zones, at 20 minutes each, so they're programmed to start at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. That way, I get two waterings done, and the first one has time to soak in before the evening one begins, which eliminates runoff. I have my handy-dandy little remote control, so I can sit here at my desk and manage the whole thing.

Tillie is in the shop today. I took her over to Rich's shop this morning, and he brought me home. I have a bone-density scan and PT at the hospital this afternoon, will just take an Uber car there, and when Rich is finished with the car, he'll pick me up there and I'll take him back to the shop. Where there's a will, there's a way!

Yes, MDC, I'm going to stick with the PT if I can. I've only had one session, and it was very mild and gentle, so today I'm going to ask her to ramp it up a little. What we did last week wasn't worth the trip over there. I got more exercise just getting in and out of the car! My back was hurting so much when I first got up this morning, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to do anything that I had planned to do. I took one Advil and one Tylenol, and it eased somewhat, so I forged ahead. Then - and this may be important - when Rich was ready to bring me home from dropping Tillie off, he used his enormous pickup truck. It's very high, and really hard for me to get into, and he was going to get me a step to climb on, but I stopped him. I used the handhold thingy with my right hand, grabbed his hand with my left hand, and with that much to pull on, I made it into the truck just fine. I could feel some pull in my back in the process, and noticed when I got home that my back wasn't hurting at all. I'm thinking I need some sort of stretching exercises - will discuss it with the therapist today.

Well, the cherry season is about done here, I guess. I love fresh cherries, especially the Rainier variety, and just ignore the price tag, buy them, and enjoy them tremendously. When you're just buying for one, you can more easily afford to splurge on stuff like that. Anyway, many evenings, my supper has been a bowl of cherries and a couple of slices of Swiss cheese. I love any kind of fruit, and cheese pairs well with just about any fruit, but cheese and cherries are just amazing. Another good combo is avocado and grapefruit. So good! When I was a kid, I wouldn't have eaten an avocado at gunpoint, and grapefruit only if it was covered thickly with sugar, but now I love them both, and need nothing on them, except maybe a squeeze of lime on the avocado. Go figure!

Well, guess I'd better tidy things up a bit, and get ready to call Uber. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

August 27, 2019 - Msg 112814: This is a Tuesday check in. Been busy buying all the pretty lady things at the store. Had to make sure I had a good supply of lipstick.
Will be reaching 105 today a little to hot for

August 28, 2019 - Msg 112815: G_F--neat seeing Howard Morris in that sketch! Thanks! :)
RO--glad to hear that you will try the PT more. And you're right,
a good back stretch sure helps ME when I'm at the gym.
Concerning Trinket's lack of bathroom skills, maybe if you scold her a bit when she goes where she's not supposed to. That might help change her behavior in that area.
ALL--on tonite's ep "Now watch your language, there's ladies present!" I love that line and that whole episode! "Refinishing school, exactillioso, escargot, sazeracs, six reflectors, etc."
Funny how that is all I need to say, and you're probably all laughing. :)
All went well with my bloodwork, doc, and chiro today.
ASA- hey, good idea on the bad organ trick! ha (Only problem is that he is
(really) the organist also! Any other ideas?? lol
Concerning your former co-worker, to quote Colonel Potter, "I bet he never met Will Rogers!"
BOO_ Are you helping in the school nurse's office again this year??
Hey to Frankie. Hang in there with your heat.
Prayers for all,

August 28, 2019 - Msg 112816: HA! Sorry Frankie, that sure doesn't sound to good!! I should have re-read before clicking
"Post Your Comments!" mdc

August 28, 2019 - Msg 112817: Good morning, porch. Beautiful day here, I guess our little bit of rain is gone. I think the grass grew two inches yesterday though, with just that little that we got. My lawn has finally filled out where so much of it had died. Those little strips of St. Augustine that Eddie planted have grown, spread, and met each other, and it looks like my lawn again! There's still one area, between the houses, that's more dirt than grass, but we didn't plant anything in there. I think I'll ask Eddie to plant a little bit in there, and it will fill in before winter.

MDC, scold Trinket? Seriously? If only you could hear the scolding that takes place when I find where she has left a monument on the carpet, or I find a wet spot! Scold? Oh, yes! And her response is to wave her little paw at me, and occasionally throw in a little puppy bark! She sasses me! She refuses to come when called, and actually runs from me if I'm trying to catch her to confine her so I can leave the house, or when she has something in her mouth that she shouldn't have. She reminds me of that old nursery rhyme - "Run, run, run, as fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man." Sugarplum and Toye Starr were both very compliant and obedient, and tried to please. This little pestilence is strong-willed, resistant to discipline and training, stubborn, and just totally different from the others. However, as I've said - I will win! It's just going to take a little longer. Maybe a lot longer!

That PT session yesterday was considerably more challenging than the first one. I asked her to step it up a bit, and she did! I have high hopes for this PT thing to help rebuild my strength and stamina. Next appointment is on Friday.

Well, better get moving, if I can. I'm supposed to go to lunch with a group of friends. Should be fun. Stay cool, Frankie! Blessings, friends! --Romeena

August 28, 2019 - Msg 112818: Now Trinket, Here at “The Big House” Romeena has (2) Basic RULES!...Rule #1 Obey ALL RULES!..
Rule #2 NO Doing your business on the floors, because that business is NO FUN to have to clean up off of floors!

And REMEMBER it is NO FUN when the steel door on your dog kennel slams shut!....(In my Best Barney voice)


August 28, 2019 - Msg 112819: ....*Memorize Them So You Can Say Them In Your Sleep!

August 28, 2019 - Msg 112820: G-F, that quote is hilarious, and the email you sent me with the picture is just perfect! The dog is a different breed, I think it's a Westie, but looks a lot like Trinket. Westies, Maltese, and a couple of other white-coated breeds favor each other as puppies, before their breed characteristics mature.

(Sniff!) I just learned that my beloved ophthalmologist is retiring! I've known this doc for about 35 years, and he has taken very good care of my eyes. He did my lens implants when my cataracts developed, and I now have 20/20 vision, both near and far, which I never had in my life!
I know his work well, having taken care of a lot of his surgical patients at the hospital, and have seen a lot of wonderful outcomes. I made an appointment for one last visit, because he's retiring in October. I have to see him every two years because of my diabetes, and now I'll have to see someone else, and actually, there's no one one the list that I'm all that excited about. They tell me someone new is taking over his practice, so I'll probably go with whoever that is. He wouldn't turn his patients over to someone he didn't feel good about.

Lunch with my friends was fun, as I expected. There were 14 of us, all long-time friends from church. I ordered a 2-piece catfish dinner, it was good, but I could only eat one piece and half of the two sides, so I brought the remainder home, and will zap it and have it for dinner! My appetite has shrunk, and I'm glad. Normally, I would have motored through two pieces of catfish easily, but things have changed. I guess it's my age, but I'm not complaining. If I was still packing the 32 lbs I've lost, I would be very uncomfortable and life would be much harder. I'd like to lose another twenty, but will probably look like a refugee. My clothes just hang on me now, if I lose another twenty, they're going to fall off! Guess I'll have to buy some new ones. I've bought four new t-shirts in a smaller size, but don't want to buy more yet, because I think I'll need to go down one more size after I lose some more. One thing is for sure, I'm a lot more comfortable without that extra weight.

Well, guess I'll get La Destructa into my lap and watch a little TV. Blessings! --Romeena

August 28, 2019 - Msg 112821: Romeena, Trinket sounds a lot like my Barney was. He was pretty independent and so very different then Sammy was. It's funny how much they can differ. And I'm sure it doesn't help to be so limited with your sore back.
You talking about your ophthalmologist retiring reminded me of the last couple of years I was working. I used a lot of different outside vendors to repair things that was beyond my abilities. There was an electric motor shop I had gone to for years when needing a motor replaced, or rewound. It was owned by two brothers and I got to know them very well. And they were just so good to do business with. When I called them one day about a repair I needed on a large 25 hp electric motor, the one brother said they would be able to do it, but it would be the last time because they were closing the doors. I was stunned. He said they had tried to get someone to buy the business because they both wanted to retire, but no one was interested, so they were selling the building. I know it sounds stupid, but I was really bothered by this. And this was about the second or third business I dealt with that was doing it. Kind of an end of an era. But I was glad they were able to retire and enjoy life.

MDC, Maybe the next time he tries some obscure hymn, everyone can start chanting "we will not sing! We will not sing! Might work. :)

I saw that New York preacher on Perry Mason last night. He sure was a mess. Kind of hard to see him as a bad guy after seeing all his preaching in Mayberry. Strange to see him smoking and sipping booze. Oh well, this was before Mayberry so he must have reformed.

Hey to Frankie. Glad you are all stocked up with that female war paint.

What has happened to Sarah? I hope she is ok.


August 28, 2019 - Msg 112822: So True Asa...Nobody wants to REPAIR anything anymore we are a throw away society...We were the last of the “Repairmen” generation...Fred Boone the Maytag Man tried to warn us that years ago....


August 29, 2019 - Msg 112823: "Naggin', snivlin', Maytag owners!" Ha Love it GF.
OK, here is ROmeena's new back stretching machine! Ha! Just ribbin' you a bit RO.
RO--I am glad you are using some of the delivery services. Who knows, they may
not last depending on costs involved. Also good to know that you are scolding Trinket. We had to do that with one of our cats! Took about 6 months! (sorry!) Also, good on you for going 'all in' with the PT.
Tonight's tags eps were two of my favs. Again, only a few words are
needed for ya all to know 'em: 1) "Let Miss Peggy have some fun, pa."
and 2) Big Freeze, Upchurch and Moulage! :)
GF and ASA--have you heard of a guy named Mike Rowe? He has been talking about the virtue of going into a trade as a career. He has
really been working hard to get the USA back to doing this again. Check this out:
BOO, Big MAUDE, and all, check in when you can.

August 29, 2019 - Msg 112824: Hello Porch
Not much happening over here. Just wanted to stop in and say hello to everyone.

August 29, 2019 - Msg 112825: Morning all.
Hey to Frankie.

Happy Birthday to Thelma Lou. I read she is 93 today. :)

MDC, Yes, I have heard of him. I think he hosted a tv show called "Dirty Jobs" or some such. I'm not sure when it became fashionable for folks to turn up their noses at someone who worked a trade. But I know I sure felt looked down upon by a lot of people over the years because I was just an electrician. Back when I was in a manufacturing environment, I had to deal with a lot of engineers, and most of them had real ego issues. They felt they were the smartest person in the room. And maybe they were. I'm sure they were smarter than me. But as I would tell them, that ain't much to brag on. I'm not the brightest bulb in the package.

Yep GF, We are a throw out world. Sadly, most things are designed that way. I was finding near the end of my working days, the new generation of maintenance people did not repair things. They just replaced things. An example was leaking seals on some of out Taco boiler pumps. I would remove the pump, take it back to my shop, tear it down and replace the seal. Whamo, good as new. Todays group just want to pull the pump, chuck it and install an entire new pump. I don't sat it to brag on myself. It just demonstrates the difference in approaches though. And even though rebuilding the pump was way less expensive than replacing it, when management began to go along with the replace instead of repair thinking, I figured it was time for me and my old school ways to ride off into the sunset. lol

Romeena, My back workouts includes a lot of stretching. I do believe that is very important. The one thing you have going in your favor is a can do attitude. You seem to be determined to get feeling better, and I do believe attitude has more bearing on that than just about anything else. You go girl!

Last nights episode of Perry Mason had Frankie Flints daddy and Ben Weaver in it. Ben had married him a very young bride (Ben was quite wealthy). Well she ended up dead. But neither Ben nor Frankies daddy did it. So that was a relief. And MDC, they used a lot of moulages in Perry Mason, although they just called them plaster casts of foot prints. Maybe they need to use more egg white to be technically called a moulage. You reckon? lol


August 29, 2019 - Msg 112826: It’s funny Asa, when those College Boy Engineers have a REAL WORLD problem WHO do they go to?...
Wonder if there’s a App for that?...Just Sayin....G-F

August 29, 2019 - Msg 112827: We were “Sons of MacGyvers” before it ever became a popular definition....Amen?
*Make or repair (an object) in an improvised or inventive way, making use of whatever items are at hand.
‘he MacGyvered a makeshift jack with a log’


August 30, 2019 - Msg 112828: Just checking in, been busy with work and all but think of my porch buddies throughout each day. hope you are all well.

Not a lot of new anything to share. I have been watching more TAGS lately. I kind of took a break from it for awhile but now I appreciate it more.



August 30, 2019 - Msg 112829: Hello all! Just a quick hi from me also.
BOO--thanks for checking in.
I missed tags tonight as I actually went to a department store! With that thought tho, think how different the 'experience' is these days. I went to Penny's, needed some underwear and a new Sunday shirt. I like the Stafford brand of both, but now the stores seem messier, hardly a clerk to be seen, and when I did find one, he was dressed worse than I was! They have constant "music" blaring from overhead, and the check out area looked like a grocery store set up instead of those nice counters that they used to have. I realize that a lot of folks now shop on the web, but the stores sure seem different. The times do change, I guess.
Have a pleasant evening everyone.

August 30, 2019 - Msg 112830: Hey everyone, my switchboard has been the past few days. My grandchildren are getting ready to head back to school and I've been shopping and lunching with them. I just love Mike Rowe and Dirty Jobs, he got his start on QVC many years ago. When he auditioned for QVC he was given a number two pencil and told to sell it for five minutes. I want to get his mothers book, About My Mother. Romenna sorry to hear that Trinket is giving you a run for your money, hang in things will improve. MDC I'm a Pennys shopper as well and their customer service needs a lot of help. I just received my 2019 White House Christmas ornament. It's the helicopter honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower who was the first president to start using one while in office. Check it out at the White House Historical Association. Sarah

August 30, 2019 - Msg 112831: Good Friday morning all.

Hey Sarah, glad you checked in. We thought maybe you were being held hostage or something. I was at an air show a few years ago and President Eisenhower presidential plane was on display. The Constellation, or Connie as it was called. Really neat to see that.

Hey Boo, glad you are back to watching TAGS. Just makes the world better, don't it? I hope things are ok for you and yours.

MDC, I don't think there are any Penny's open around my parts anymore. They used to have a huge store in downtown Ogden. One of the interesting things I have been seeing in the Perry Mason shows is elevator operators. Anyone here old enough to remember them? It seems like I can remember them when I was very little. I can certainly remember at the check out counter at the grocery store, the checker punching the price number for each item on the cash register and listening to all the noise it made with each entry. Now they wave it over the magic window and you here that stupid beep. I bet then checkers love hearing that all day.

GF, I wish I had even a fraction of my Dads smarts. I declare, he could fix anything and did so MacGregor style. He was truly amazing, as I think most of those folks from that generation were. But I suppose as the song says, "The good old days weren't all that good, and tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems" rings true. At least I hope so buddy. A year ago I was gearing up to start getting everything prepped for another winter. HA, That's part of the "good old days" I don't miss a bit!


August 30, 2019 - Msg 112832: GF, A case in point. I just read an article about some snowflake in Tennessee filing a law suit against Popeyes because they had run out of some new sandwich they were advertising. He claimed that was all he had on his mind, and it just consumed him. Oh brother, what a world. lol


August 30, 2019 - Msg 112833: Good morning, porch! I was supposed to be on a bus with a group from church this morning, going to another Dallas suburb for a day of Bible study, lunch, and good fellowship. Our Missions pastor had reserved the party house, with swimming pool, in his neighborhood. I doubt any of our group will use the pool, but you never know. No way would I try to get this body into a swimsuit, but I might fall back on my old standby - some bike shorts and a black t-shirt. Or not. Anyway, I didn't go, because I got hit with a bladder infection yesterday, started on Bactrim and am feeling better, but just decided with back pain, UTI, and having to leave Trinket for about eight hours, I should just stay home, so I did. Kinda wishing now I had gone, but what's done is done.

Sarah, I really like Mike Rowe too. I think he's a nice guy, and a straight shooter. I always watched "Dirty Jobs" and he was so funny.

Asa and G-F, you're right, you're part of a vanishing breed. My father used to say "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." He was born in 1917, so he lived through the depression years, and that attitude was very deeply ingrained in him. I was with him one day when he replaced an outdoor faucet at a rent house he owned. He put the old one in the car and took it home! He had tried washers, etc., but couldn't stop the leak. I asked why he didn't just trash it, and he answered with "Well, because I might have to replace one that leaks worse than this one does, and if I can't get a new one, I'll use this one until I can." Years later, as we were clearing out his house, I found that leaky faucet, in a drawer in the garage.

My son David has been learning the HVAC trade from his father-in-law, Jerry. He started out just helping Jerry because he needed someone, and grew interested in the trade itself, and now is in the process of getting licensed. Jerry is 80, and has health issues, and needs to retire, but he won't. He's an old West Texas farm boy, and working is in his blood. He wouldn't know what to do with himself if he wasn't working. Guess what? He's got a bankroll that would choke a horse, too. He's honest, charges fairly, does great work, and when someone calls that their heat or a/c isn't working, he will get up from his dinner table and go see if he can fix it. David has learned a lot from Jerry, and will probably assume the business when Jerry finally retires. He has a business of his own, but he employs people, and basically runs the business from his phone, so he will be able to do both.

Well, I think I'll go get in my chair for a while, and watch The Mary Tyler Moore show. That show was so well done. Ted Knight, as Ted Baxter, was just hilarious, and you gotta love Lou Grant. Ed Asner was such a good actor. He could do comedy, drama, pathos, whatever you needed. OK, I'm gone. Blessings! --Romeena

August 30, 2019 - Msg 112834: Well, drat! MTM has been replaced with "The Wild, Wild West." Not a bad show, but I miss MTM. Oh well. Nothing is forever, except eternity. --Romeena

August 30, 2019 - Msg 112835: Howdy All!
It is so nice that we have cooled down into the 90`s. Seems like once it hits 100 and over that is just to much for me so I am really enjoying the cool down.
One of my neighbors big tree split down the middle and landed on the roof there home. And they just had the roof replaced two months ago. Where the tree split it looked like the center of the tree was going bad even though the tree looked very healthy on the out side. I think she is going to call Mr. Weaver to help on the clean up. Hope he shows up!

August 30, 2019 - Msg 112836: Well, I see you're checking out the ol' front porch. Well, I'd like to stay and chat, but I'm so darned rushed.

John Masters ;)