September 15, 2019 - Msg 112941: Poor Hudson! Cauterized without a local. Yikes. I remember having a pyogenic granuloma removed from the tip of one of my toes in1995. The doc said,” I’m not gonna lie to you. This is really going to hurt!”. He did not lie. He stuck that needle into the end of my toe and gave the local. OUCH! I was too proud to let on so say there is silence.


September 15, 2019 - Msg 112942: Good Sabbath all.

Romeena, I most certainly will join others in Prayer for Hudson and that his injury will not impact his musical talents. It sounds just like you said, just a little hiccup on his journey.

MDC, Have a safe and enjoyable trip my friend. You certainly deserve it after the year you had. Makes me happy to see things going so well for you.

I had a feller drop by on Friday and measured my roof to give me a bid on new shingles. I really like him. I know his Wife's Dad fairly well. Very good people. So I am still waiting for his estimate. I have another company coming in a week from tomorrow to give me a bid, but they have already told me they are booked out until next spring. I figured that would be the case. We are in the middle of a huge building boom around here. I'm still having a hard time contracting this out. Just don't seem right. But my achy breaky back and the stare down I get from my Wife when I start mumbling about doing it myself wins I reckon. I must confess, this is one area of aging I don't cotton too a'taaall.

I spent the day yesterday with my Grandkids. Cache had a soccer game in the morning. Then I went and checked out Matt and Stacey's generator. They have a nice back up generator for their house. Has an automatic transfer switch that wasn't transferring. Turns out it just needed to be switched from the manual mode to the automatic mode. I switched it over and killed the main a few times and it worked like a champ. Then we spent the rest of the day in the pool. Just had a great day.

Not sure if I am going to make it to preaching today though. Woke up with a bad headache. One of those that just wants to hang around all day.

I hope and pray all have a great day.


September 15, 2019 - Msg 112943: Romeena..My prayers too for your Grandson, like Asa said just a set back. Doesn’t he play baseball too?

MDC...Travels prayers for you guys, hopefully if you have a layover you can hook up with Asa too!...

Asa, I know where your coming from about subbing your work out, we just have to realize we “Ain’t Spring Chickens Anymore”
Our bodies will thank our brains on those kind of decisions...Amen? We can focus on jobs like you mentioned about only having to flip a switch to make a repair. Let our experience be the guide to repairs and not our backs!!...

Frankie, your “A’s” are in the same boat as my Tribe, trying to hold on hopes for the playoffs. They missed a big opportunity to help themselves by losing a double header to the Twins.
But like Yogi always said:.... It ain’t over till it Over!

September 15, 2019 - Msg 112944: My 'va-loose' is all packed, and we're just happing a li'le app-pill cy-der.... :)

September 16, 2019 - Msg 112945: Good morning, porch! It's just a beautiful day here, slight haze in the sky, but the blue shows through. Birds and squirrels all over the yard, and enormous butterflies visiting those tacky zinnias. I have had such fun with those zinnias. How anything that was supposed to be 8-12" tall, according to the seed packet, could grow to at least 4 feet, and some taller than I am, at over 5 feet - I just don't know, but they did. Zinnia foliage is never anything to write home about, but these particular flowers just seem determined to win the "ugly" prize. From my window, the little blooms don't look like much, either. They're small, about 2" across, and just appear to be floating above that thick tangle of dilapidated foliage. They are completely disproportionate to the tall foliage. Their size would be just right, if the plants were a foot tall! However, there are a lot of them out there, and when I go out and cut some, and group them in a vase, they're just beautiful! Bright colors, cheerful little things - so pretty!

I have some really cute little vases, a gift from Robbi, and the little zinnias are perfect in them. The vases are about 5" tall, and made so they lean over slightly - the mouth of the vase isn't right on top, it faces outward at a slight angle. There are five, each a different bright color, and I sat them on a small Fiesta platter, in a complimentary color, and stood a simple 8" white vase in the middle, with the little leaning vases arranged in a circle around it. Each little vase held five of the small zinnias, and the taller vase in the middle held several zinnias, a couple of sprigs of pink crape myrtle, a yellow bloom from a Dusty Miller, and one Cinco de Mayo rose, and it was so pretty! I love those tiny, leaning vases. There are so many things I can do with them.

Maude, I'm praying for your husband's job search. In spite of the laws regarding age discrimination, we all know it exists. It shouldn't, but it does. Why an employer can't see that they could be better off with a man with so many years of experience and acquired wisdom, with another five to ten or more years to offer, I don't know. Compare that with an inexperienced kid just out of school, who will be getting married and moving off to live near their spouse's family, or who just wants to try out different options before they settle down. In my opinion, gray hair will win every time. If I'm a patient, I'd rather see a gray-haired nurse enter my room, with years of stored knowledge and experience in her pocket, compared to a giggly little thing right out of school, whose mind is on her date for that night. As I said - prayers!

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

September 16, 2019 - Msg 112946: Hi, porch --- me again.

Thank you all for your concern and prayers for Hudson's finger. He's doing fine. He's back in school, not playing the piano or his bassoon just yet, as the finger is still terribly sore, but he's going to be fine. I talked with my friend Alan at church, who plays several instruments, including the piano, and showed him a picture of Hud's finger. He said it should not interfere with his playing at all. I had a little video of Hud playing the piano, and Alan said his approach to the keys is more with the flat pad of his fingers, not the tips, so it shouldn't be a problem, and as for the bassoon, he said he can just extend his finger a little further and in no time it will be second nature. So - that's a big relief!

The part he cut off was about the size of a shirt button, on his middle finger, and it did just clip a bit of the nail bed. The piece was too mangled to reattach, and of course there was no free skin to allow them to close the wound. It will just have to heal by secondary intention, meaning that the skin will have to grow across, which will take some time. He says it still hurts, but nothing like it did at first. Hudson is a stoic kid, and he'll be fine.

Yes, he does play baseball, and is a catcher, very good at it. However, his music is sort of crowding the baseball out these days, which is fine. He's a good ball player, but probably not good enough to get a scholarship. However, he won't need it. He's in the top five on the national tests in his school district, so will have a scholastic scholarship if he wants it, and will be a shoo-in for a music scholarship at any school that has a music program. We're still wondering where he came from!

Asa, I don't wonder that you get the stony stare from your dear lady. Dale would have been getting the "stink-eye" from me, as he would say. You have absolutely no business up on that roof! Trust me, I understand how you feel. I used to spend hours in the sun in my yard, pulling weeds, digging, planting, pruning, just happy as a little pig in the sunshine. Now, I have to cough up cash to pay somebody else to do what I'd love to do myself, and then realize they have pulled up my little sundrops from around the pond, because they weren't blooming at the time, and looked a lot like the bermuda grass that was actually the target. Oh well, I'll just replant! Very frustrating. Oh, and there's one other very good point. If you fall off that roof and hurt yourself, who is going to look after your wife? Hmmmm???

Well, I have to go see the pain management doc this afternoon, guess I'd better go gild the lily a bit. So far, nothing has helped much, but I didn't expect it to. Still, I respect and agree with her approach - start with the simple fixes, and advance as needed. I realize I'm a problem patient, as I can't take any, not ANY opioids at all. Tylenol and Advil are my limit, and not much of that. My 80-year old liver and kidneys would not handle those things too well. Small doses, okay, but not much. I'm certain I'll end up with some nerve ablations, but I'm prepared for that.

Well, off I go. Sorry for writing a book, but I get started and can't stop. --Romeena

September 16, 2019 - Msg 112947: Asa, Hope your over the headache, they can be very terrible.

Romeena, Praying that your pain will ease for you. I am still going to physical therapy for my back muscles. They therapy has really helped me. I think I have a few more visits.

We had a few sprinkles this morning what a surprise and the weather is about 20 degrees cooler than two days ago. Should be back up to low 90`s by the weekend. The roofers will be here first thing in the morning to tear off the old roof and finally get the new one on. Wew! Will feel better when that is done.
You all take care,

September 17, 2019 - Msg 112948: Morning all.

Thanks Frankie, my headache was only a one day event. Thank goodness. I hope you don't wake up to find an entire crew of Henry Wheelers in your yard looking for lemonade. lol I hope it goes well. I just got a bid back last night for mine and was pleased with the numbers. They are going to start on mine on Saturday. Mine only has one layer of shingles on it so they don't have to do a tear off. And I am going with the 30 year shingle so I won't have to fret over this again most likely.

Romeena and GF, you are right as rain of course, concerning my wanting to do my own roof. Still it is very hard to do. It's not so much the money part as it is having to admit I am getting too old. I am really struggling with that part of life right now I reckon. I have been so active and busy all my life, and now I struggle to do a lot of things I used to do without a second though. I just hate it. I know when I was working it was taking me longer to do the things I had to do routinely. I didn't like that either. I declare, my back injury aged me 20 years overnight. I always try to see the glass as half full, and tell myself it could be a lot worse. But every now and again I go on a pity party and a crying jag. I reckon we all do that at times. Don't we? (please say yes lol)

Boo, don't read this part. We had a cold front move in last night. It is 58 degrees out there right now, not expected to get above 65 today and it feels fantastic. Sitting here in my Wheeler with the sliding door just a few feet away, opened wide, and that cool refreshing air filtering in. It feels so nice to breathe it deeply in. Again, sorry Boo, but it is what it is. :)


September 17, 2019 - Msg 112949: SHAKEDOWN!!!

September 17, 2019 - Msg 112950: Shame on you, ASA!! hehe..Im glad you are at least enjoying some cooler weather, even if I cant.

If you are praying today, remember Erin. She is having a real struggle with her anxiety. I found out that last year when she was in school, she was doing some drugs I didn't know about, which could explain the sudden onset of the panic episodes. She is trying to deal with the anxiety now without a crutch and it is rough going. She has an upcoming appointment with her psychiatrist for adjustment of meds, so prayers appreciated. She is having a tough time adjusting. We have had to get tough with her on some things recently and she took it pretty well. Right now she is without a car to help her learn a lesson. Parenting isn't for sissies.

Washing some clothes but my dryer went out so have to take them to St. Susan's to dry them.

Wanted to drop in and say "hey". It is still really warm here but we have had some rain and cloudy skies which helps. This is the only summer I remember when everything didn't turn brown here in south texas. It has looked like springtime all summer.

Better git!


September 17, 2019 - Msg 112951: Prayers for Erin, Boo. I sure wouldn't want to be raising a teenager in this day and age. More power to ya! I wish such good things for Erin and hope she can navigate through this dark patch and come out into the light once again.

Praying too for Maude's husband on the job search and for Ro's grandson Hudson. I had a serious injury to a finger when I was a teenager,but luckily I still have it. Scarred and crooked,but it works. I remember the pain and wouldn't wish it on Hudson or anybody.
Wishing you all a good day!

possum u.a.r.

September 17, 2019 - Msg 112952: Asa, there are about five men on the roof and they are no Mr. Wheeler`s for sure. I think they will have the old roof off within an hour at the speed they are going. Sounds like they are going to come right through the house by the sounds of it. I am getting a 35 yr. replacement and like you will not have to deal with this again.

Boo, my heart goes out to Erin. I have a niece that is going through the same thing. I just found out about all of this about a week ago. My niece was so stressed with anxiety she took half a bottle of her pills at one time and ended up in the hospital. They had her on watch for about four days and into therapy. After about a week and half was sent home and when the therapist came to the house to talk things over with her and the family she went into a break down. Had to go back to the ER and now back into a hospital for treatment. I am worried sick about her and she is only 12 years old. I had a wonderful visit with her about four months ago and she seemed like a happy young girl. I wish I lived closer to her. I am in Ca. and she is in Co. My heart just goes out to young people who have to deal with such issues in there lives. When I was her age I was out playing ball in the street with my friends and having fun. Young kids now days grow up so fast and are so serious. Then you have the social media thing going on out there. I just cant imagine how hard it is for young people now days. Keeping her and Erin in my prayers.

September 17, 2019 - Msg 112953: Now that I see all the workers out front there were eight of them working on the house. These guys have it down to an art.

September 17, 2019 - Msg 112954: Oh wow, Frankie..only 12! I wish I knew what was going on with our children. I hear the same story over and over and of course I deal with it at work. We are very blessed that Erin hasn't tried anything like that but if your niece being only 12, hasn't really developed the coping skills that she is going to need, poor little thing. I will pray for her. Thank you for your prayers for Erin. I wish we knew what to do for them but it is complicated and you fear doing something that will make them worse instead of better. One thing I do know is that it is a process and sometimes a long one. We see a family counselor but the truth is that no one seems to know exactly what to do and that is hard. Just when it feels like we are making a little progress, something else happens.


September 18, 2019 - Msg 112955: Boo, Thank you for your prayers and I will continue to keep Erin in my prayers. It seems like the kids these days are growing up to fast. I was just in shock when I heard all of this about my niece and then broke down in tears. I want to help so bad but being so far away I am not sure what to do. So I keep in close contact and do a lot of praying.

September 18, 2019 - Msg 112956: Thinking of MDC Hope they are having fun!..G-F

September 18, 2019 - Msg 112957: Good morning, porch! Another beautiful day, but going to be hot. For every downside, there's an upside, though. The heat is oppressive, but my crape myrtles love it! Bright sun and hot temps, and they just bloom like mad. They're such beautiful trees, come in so many colors and sizes, and I have eight of them. One is actually a group of five trees, and is about 25 ft tall, and the others range down through 2 to 3-trunk groups of varying heights, to one little single trunk tree, about to one little single-trunk, about 8 ft tall. I hope it catches up, it's a pretty little thing called Peppermint Patty, and the blooms are a red/white combination. Very nice.

Crape myrtles are a landscape staple in this part of the world, and I love them. I think I mentioned that my favorite of all of them, located about 30 ft straight out from my window, is one I never planted, it's a volunteer. It's now about 12 ft tall, with a wide-spread canopy, and very abundant pink blooms. There's another volunteer in another bed, about 15 ft from it, but it's younger and still developing. The ones I've planted and nurtured are pretty, but the bigger volunteer (I guess a bird planted it) is the prettiest of all, by far. You just can't beat Mother Nature.

Boo, I'm so sorry that Erin is having such struggles. And Frankie, that your niece is fighting a battle at age 12 is just heart-breaking. this world is sending our children so many conflicting messages, I just don't know how they ever manage to grow up. At home, we're teaching them the love of God, and the world is laughing at them when they try to follow that path, and offering them so many tempting things, conflicting ideas, false goals, false gods and untruths - it's so scary. No wonder they're confused. Check this out:

The taxpayer-supported public libraries are offering "Drag Queen Story Hour" for children! Yep, you read that right. Some man dresses up in drag (the pictures are nauseating) and reads stories to little children, stories about little kids who are trans-gender and how they finally made the change. Now I ask you, who on EARTH would take their little child to a library and sit them down in the presence of some hairy man dressed in drag and let them absorb the confusing information being presented? What is wrong with those parents? Of course, in several cases, investigations by concerned parents have turned up police records that show the "drag queens" are actually convicted child molesters, or worse (if there is anything worse than that.) In most cases, the libraries have discontinued the events, but many are still doing it. God's heart must just break at times, when He sees what we're doing.

Well, as for me, I'm going to meet David and Brittany and the boys at Babe's this evening for some wonderful fried chicken, and celebrate David's birthday. I can't believe my baby boy is actually 50 today, but he is. In my mind, he's still about 30. He's having the same problem, placing me at 80, thinks I'm still around 50. I wish! No, actually, I'm thankful to be 80, because I never thought I would be. When I was 40, by oncologist thought I'd never see 42, let alone 80, but here I am, and I'm grateful. My road has had some bumps - some small, some overwhelmingly large, but with God's help, I survived, and am still enjoying life today. If you have read my book, you know what some of those bumps were, and how I almost didn't succeed in coping with them, but God wasn't through with me yet, and part of His blessing and help for me was this porch. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

September 18, 2019 - Msg 112958: G-F, Cute video I remember watching Yogi Bear as a youngster he was one of my favorites.

Romeena, Thank you for your concerns. I think it would be very hard to raise a child today. I would always be worried sick about them. I have no children and love my nieces and nephews as if they were mine.

The roofers got the old roof torn off and had to replace 10 sheets of plywood due to dry rot. I had no idea that some of the wood was in such bad condition. I feel so much better knowing it is being taken care of. By looking at the old roof you would think it looked pretty good. You never know. Have the new wood on and the synthetic roofing underlayment which is so much stronger than the old stuff they used to put on. The shingles are solar cool shingles and reflect the heat back off. That will make a big difference during the hot season. Now everything is kind of on hold tell the city inspectors come by and give the OK.

Went to physical therapy this morning and they really gave me a work out today. Going to take it easy the rest of the day and listen to the Oakland A`s.

September 19, 2019 - Msg 112959: Inspection went good and have six men working on top of the roof this morning. I am sure they will have it all done by today.
You all have a good day.

September 19, 2019 - Msg 112960: Hey all.

Great news on the roof Frankie. Sounds like you hired a good contractor to do the work. I bet that will ease your mind. My shingles are supposed to be delivered tomorrow and they will start on Saturday. I got a call last night from the fellow I have contracted with asking if he could come and meet with me. He was concerned that the colr of shingle I had chosen was not quite the color I thought. We looked at a book of samples for a spell and he was correct. So I went with a different color scheme. He said he just wanted to be sure I was happy with it. I appreciate his detail thoughtfulness. What I like about this guy is he lives in the area, I know his Wife and her family very well, he is actually a design engineer for our State highway dept. He and his brother do this on the side. They have done quite a few homes in the area and all the customers have been very happy with the results. So I feel pretty good about it. He said up front that they focus on quality and doing a good job than worrying about getting it done quick. That was music to my ears. My son in law who has used him on his rentals speaks very highly on his work and attention to detail.

Romeena, that story about what is going on in the public libraries is so disheartening. How on earth have we gotten to this point? I know, dumb question. We know how we got here. What a mess. I worry so much about my Grandkids. I am so grateful that their Mom and Dad are good parents, but that is no promise. Mariah, the oldest is 13 and a Junior in Jr. High and doing so well. She loves sports and actually made the girls basketball team as a sophomore. She seems so focused on her Faith and her direction. I keep telling her she needs to stay on the right path, not only for her, but she has 4 sisters and 2 brothers she is setting an example for. Prayers indeed for Erin and Frankies Niece. These are rough days for sure.

Happy Birthday to David. I hope the chicken dinner was good Ro. And I am so glad you have hit 80 and still going strong. You have been a blessing in my life, and continue to be so.

GF, You reckon MDC is having him a good old time up in the park? I hope so. He and the Mrs deserve it.

Well I hope everyone is well and having a good day.


September 19, 2019 - Msg 112961: Asa, It is good to know someone in the business like the man you hired. Sounds like he is very experience and good worker. That is nice he got back with you on the color. The guys just finished my house and it looks great. I am so happy to have that done. Now the hard part, writing out the check! lol
We are having such nice cool weather over here this week. I am glad it was not high 90`s or 100 when the guys came over. Next week we should be back in the 90`s. So this worked out at a perfect time.
You all take care

September 19, 2019 - Msg 112962: HI GANG! Just checking in! All is going great here....such diverse landscapes within a few miles of each other!...boiling craters, tall trees, beautiful falls and rivers, old faithful, etc! we got the corner room at the Y. ha
I read all above. Many prayers for u all!!
more later,
PS: ASA, contact me on email if you think things might change. very bad cell service here.

September 20, 2019 - Msg 112963: Good morning, porch! Glad all the roofing jobs have gone so well. That's such a major repair, and if it doesn't go well, it's a big, big problem. You may remember when I had to get a new roof due to a huge leak that spread across my bedroom ceiling. The roof was just a few years old, and leaking like a sieve, and there had been no natural damage, it was just a shoddy job. David referred me to a man who had replaced his roof after a big hail storm tore it up, and I was so impressed. Sounds like he could have been a brother to the guys you all have used! He actually took pictures as the job was being done, walked around up there with his phone, and texted the pictures to me! I was shocked at some of them - there were big areas where the decking was just rotten. Then when they tore off the underlayer, it came off in huge sheets because it was so lightly tacked down. Like you all, I chose the 30 year roof. I figure by the end of that time, I'll be 110, and probably won't care about a roof! (haha)

David's birthday was nice, and of course, Babe's chicken is always topnotch. The staff put a feathered chicken hat on him, had him hold a chicken beak made of two pointy-end paper cups in his mouth, and flap his arms and make crowing sounds while the guests and staff sang Happy Birthday to him! Dave, always a good sport, went along with all of it, and it was hilarious.

Brittney had a surprise for him. In November, they're going to New York to watch the Dallas Cowboys play the Giants, and to see a Broadway show. Those two are very creative, and do an excellent job of setting up little mini-vacations like that for the four of them. To celebrate Landry's high school graduation, they all went to the Bahamas, where the highlight was to swim with dolphins. They had a supervised hour in a small private lagoon, with two trained dolphins. The trainers guided the dolphins, and they all got to participate. They were instructed to lay out flat on their stomachs on top of the water, and point their feet straight down. The dolphin would then come up behind them, put his or her nose against their feet and swim very fast, pushing them along ahead of them! Then they got to get above the dolphin, hold onto the dorsal fin and the dolphin would swim rapidly in a big circle in the lagoon, pulling them along. The dolphins would swim up, get face to face, and "kiss" them. Brittney was just in heaven on earth, as she absolutely loves dolphins.

I'm so happy for them, but there's a little downside for me. I'm going to go on a bus trip with a church group during that same time period, and I was planning on leaving Trinket with them! So, that's out. I can't ask my friend at church to keep her, as Trinket is definitely not housebroken yet, and probably won't be by then, either. Maltese are notoriously stubborn and resistant to housebreaking, for some reason. Sweetest little dogs in the world, but they just don't understand why any old place won't do. Trinket is not going to be pleased with a four-day stay at the vet's clinic, but it's the best I can do. Dr. Mike is a friend of forty years, and I know she'll have good care, but she's not going to like being penned up. Oh well, I had to learn that life isn't always rosy, and it won't hurt her to learn a little of that as well.

Well, better get moving. I've got to get a haircut at noon, and be at physical therapy at 2, so better hit the shower. I have to wash my hair before I go to the hairdresser, because I can no longer lean back over those shampoo bowls. Blessings, friends, and prayers for all who need them. I guess that's about all of us, right? --Romeena

September 21, 2019 - Msg 112964: Well...It’s going to be 90 degrees here today, a good day to spray down my “Snow Joe” with a healthy coat of silicone to get ready for what’s to come!...Here in Ohio You may have heat one day and snow ❄️ the next, so a good Maintenance Guy has to always be ready...Amen Asa?....

Frankie..Your “A’s” still in the hunt? My Tribe are still holding on hope for the post season. They are winning, but so are the others that are fighting for a spot...Gotta love the end of the season competition for the playoffs....


*Oh..By the way Romeena, tell Trinket it’s definitely NO FUN when those steel doors slam shut at The Bjg House!...
Maybe this will “Scare her Straight” on her potty training when you get her home.....Romeena..🙅🏼‍♀️..Bloody Mary!

September 21, 2019 - Msg 112965: Hey Folks

Mayberry Days is FAST approaching and hopefully at least some of you will be attending.  It has been a custom for about 25 years that all the members of WBMUTBB Chapter, The Taylors Front Porch, and other portions of the TAGSRWC online communities gather for a few minutes to meet one another in person and to have a group photo.

When: ~5:15 Friday September 27, 2019
Where: Blackmon Amphitheatre (Just after the World Championship of TAGS Trivia)

We'll gather to the right of the stage on the hill for 5 to 10 minutes to go around and introduce ourselves so we'll be able to put a face with the e-mail address/nickname that folks use here online.

Back in the beginning, this was the only way we could "see" one another because the internet was so young.  There was no Facebook, Instagram, or any other way to share photos and put faces to names.  Once, we even all sent photos of ourselves by MAIL to a single person who compiled the photos, made color copies, and then mailed (using the post office) the photo copies to all who had mailed in photo.  

Whew....times have changed.
I look forward to seeing all of you who are able to be there and getting to put faces to names.  So, come to the Trivia Championship and stick around for a few minutes to meet one another.

--Floyd (a.k.a. Allan)

September 21, 2019 - Msg 112966: Hey everyone thought I'd check in while my switchboard is quite. My grand dog is visiting and tends to lay in a spot that makes it hard to maneuver around him, he is part black lab and German Shepard. Anyway I just stubbed my little toe and and it is smarting. Romenna the last dog we had was hard to house train, took about six months, she was a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and I would love to have her with us again bad habits and all. I recently saw the episode with Big Maude and two convicts, Floyd was a riot and one of the girls was later in the fun girls episode, the blond. Frankie glad to hear your roof turned out good and good luck with yours Asa. Sarah

September 21, 2019 - Msg 112967: HI ALL, Mdc here again for a quick troublecheck.
Sunday we are heading to the Grand Tetons for the
day. I hope one day to attend MD, however, but its a fur piece from AZ. good sabbath to everyone.

September 22, 2019 - Msg 112968: Good Sabbath all.

I had a nice long post (well long anyway) that I tried doing yesterday and when I hit the "post your comments" box, boom, it was gone. Not sure what happened to it. Maybe the Count got it.

MDC, I hope you and your dear wife are having a good time up there in Big Sky country. If looks like my schedule is locked in for Tuesday, but if something changes I will let you know my friend.

I wish I could make the big event Floyd. Maybe one of these years.

Hey Sarah, good to see you posting. Yep, the shingles were delivered on Friday and the fellers showed up yesterday and got about half of it done already. Glad they were not suffering from lumbago. I didn't have the lemonade to swing it.

Romeena, have fun on your trip. Sorry Trinket won't get to stay with family, but it sounds like Dr. Mike will take good care of her.

GF, So did you get Joe all slicked up? Ready for another season of flinging snow? I have Helen all ready. Well as ready as possible. I named her Helen for a reason. lol

Frankie, I see your Daddy showing up a lot on Perry Mason. Never as a bad guy either. I'm glad your new roof is in place and offering you protection from the elements.

Boo, I hope and pray for you and your family daily. I hope things are ok.

Sure was a nice cool day here yesterday. Only hit the mid 60's. Very Fall like. In fact I do believe today is the first day of Fall. Mercy sakes, summer just flew on by.

I hope you all have a blessed Sabbath.


September 22, 2019 - Msg 112969: Yep...Joe is all slickity now and ready to go to work!...Hopefully he won’t have to work so hard, but they are saying we ar going to have a above average snow fall and cold temps...
Oh Joy! 😩.....G-F

September 22, 2019 - Msg 112970: GF, Is Joe slicker than a fire house pole? :)


September 22, 2019 - Msg 112971: Asa...Yep! & He’s slicker than Gomers hair!....Hope your Helen don’t get too cranky this year!...G-F

September 23, 2019 - Msg 112972: exactillioso!

September 23, 2019 - Msg 112973: Good morning Mayberry! It's Mayberry Days Week! --Floyd

September 23, 2019 - Msg 112974: Hello Porch
Mayberry Days Week, that sounds cool.

City Inspector just came by to do a check on the finished work on the roof. They come by twice, once during the progress and then after it is all done.

The A`s are still hanging in there. Go A`s.

Niece comes home today and I sure pray that it goes better this time. Last time the therapist really got her so upset at the house.

Asa, I see my Dad in a lot of westerns also. He is a busy man.

Romenna, You have a nice trip and it sounds like Dr. Mike is a good person to watch trinket.

You all take care,

September 23, 2019 - Msg 112975: Thanks for the prayer, friends. Sorry I haven't been on the porch more but been busy with work and all. Things are Shoreline are looking a bit dire with only about 23 total kids. I have heard that the son of the own (the old man who died a few years ago) owes tons of back taxes and is dragging his feet. I fear the place may go under in the meanwhile. Its in God's hands.

It is still very hot and humid here but that is September for us. Hopefully will get our first front within a couple of weeks but you just never know. Right now it is brutal and lots of mosquitos, too.

Erin is doing somewhat better and pushed through her anxiety and went to a job interview with our regional grocery store (HEB). She was hired as a bagger, etc. She is waiting for the background check to clear and she will begin working. She seems to be in better spirits the last week and has been in church the last two sundays..not our church, but another in our area that is more modern, I guess you could say. She seems to like it and they have been very friendly to her.

Well, I am pretty tired today. I took Erin to town for some jeans she needed to start work and then I came home and fixed dinner. I decided to try and make chicken and dressing from a youtube video that I saw. It turned out really well. I just took a taste of it and thought it was great. The family liked it. I made it a lot like I make my dressing at thanksgiving but added a can of cream of mush and cream of chicken to it, though.


September 24, 2019 - Msg 112976: Morning all. I hope everyone is well.

Boo, It sure doesn't sound like Shoreline is going to survive. That's too bad. Glad that Erin is doing better. I hope her new job works out for her. I have tried some recipe's I have found on you tube. They are not bad, but some I wouldn't dare try.

My goodness, these old Perry Mason shows have a ton of folks show up on them. Last night I saw one with Betty Davis in it. And Spock from Star Trek was in an episode. Also saw Mr. Silby in a couple of episodes, and his wife, Anneballe. One of the ones she was in she was a shoplifter also. lol

Frankie, I sure pray that your Niece does better this time for sure. Glad your roof job is all done. Mine should be completed today. Now, as you said comes the hard part. Writing the check. But glad to have a dry roof over my head though.

I think MDC and his Wife are headed home today from their vacation up north. I hope they had a good time. We used to go to Yellowstone every year. I loved to see "Old Faithful" erupt. Even as a kid I thought it was so cool how they could even time when it was to go off.

Well guess I'll go rustle up some breakfast. Or better yet, I need to make a run to Lowe's for some things, and there is a Carl's Jr. right next to the store, and they make a pretty decent breakfast burrito. Hmm, might just work out well. :)


September 24, 2019 - Msg 112977: The MDC’s will be “Glen Ford’in” their trip for sure!...A lot of cool things to see out there for sure!...G-F

September 25, 2019 - Msg 112978: Morning all.

Sure has been quiet on the porch. I hope everyone is ok.

I was unable to meet up with MDC at the airport yesterday (Debbie was having her weekly visit from her home health nurse to change out her I.V. port. But he called me from the airport on their lay over and we had a wonderful chat. He is as nice a guy in person as he is on the porch. He said he and his Wife had a wonderful time, even got to see a snow storm. Good people.

My roofers completed the job last night and I couldn't be happier. They did a real nice job, and he even knocked 200 dollars off the estimate he gave me. They had to remove the satellite dish to shingle, and replaced it back as close as they could when done, but I lost all my signal in the process. I had expected that would happen, but he said he had done quite a few of these and this is the first one that this had happened. I told him no worries, but he wanted to make it good, knowing I would have to call someone to come and reset it. I thought that was a vary nice gesture on his part. I would do it myself (I have installed a few of these over the years) but Debbie insists I will not climb a ladder. Boy, what a party pooper she is. lol

GF, I was watching a video yesterday of a guy who has his own HVAC/Plumbing business. He videos a lot of his calls. Kind of fun to watch them. Anyway, he was called out to a furnace that was having some issues. He noticed there was no air filter anywhere in the system and asked the homeowner about it. His response was they had been in the home for 4 years and had never thought about it. He asked the homeowner if the A/C ever gave him problems with icing up or anything and the guy said nope, it worked fine. I can only imagine what the coils on that A frame would look like. lol I bet those guys who do service for the general public see a lot of that.

Well I never did make it to Lowe's yesterday, so never got that burrito I was hankering. And not going to go today. So I reckon I will go see what I can rustle up for breakfast.

Prayers for all for a great day.


September 25, 2019 - Msg 112979: Good morning, porch! Yesterday,I put out a couple of watermelon rinds, half a box of old Rice Chex cereal, and a large pile of mixed bird seed, with another pile of sunflower seeds. It was late in the evening, and it didn't really get discovered until this morning, but brother, once it! If a moviemaker ever decides to remake "The Birds", I can supply the avian cast! They picked the watermelon rinds clean, down to the dark green leathery outer rind, cleaned up the seeds, and for some reason, left most of the Rice Chex. I guess they were waiting for sugar and milk! The squirrels will arrive shortly, and will finish off the cereal.

I love to sit at this window and just observe. If I'm patient, and watch for telltale signs, I get to see all manner of interesting things. If there's little or no wind, and yet I see a limb or part of a shrub shaking when everything else is relatively still, that's a giveaway that some critter is in there, causing a little disturbance. I just sit and watch, and soon enough, a bird or a squirrel will emerge. Several times, the culprit has been a cat, and I know what he's looking for. There are several bird nests in the yard, and the cats know it. So, I just pick up my little remote and turn on the appropriate sprinkler zone, and send a wet cat home to think over his behavior. He's not hurt, and he will be back (cats are very determined) but for a few days at least, he'll avoid my yard.

Asa, Debbie is absolutely right. Stay off of ladders! With your already-compromised back, all you need is a fall, even a little one, to really put you out of commission. Don't do it, my friend. Debbie needs you, and so do we.

As for folks who don't understand about maintenance, here's one. I actually may have told you this, but here goes anyway. When I had the two rent houses, I had a very sweet and kind South Korean gentleman in the bigger house, the one that my parents had lived in for 20 years. He's a very nice, sweet Christian guy, and I actually sold him the house about a year ago, but he had not one clue about maintaining a home. He would call me about strange noises in the "electricals", which meant he was trying to use the dimmer switch on a fixture that held an LED bulb, or worse yet, one of those dumb curly-q bulbs. The newer LED bulbs will dim now, but the early ones would not, they would just whine and go out. I could not make him understand, and he really wanted to use the LEDs because they use so little power, and like most Asians, he's very frugal.

Well anyway, here's the real story. He called one day and said his central vacuum system wasn't working right. He had seen a TV commercial for a vacuum cleaner that had such suction you could lift a bowling ball with it. He tried it with his central vac, and it wouldn't do it, so he assumed something was wrong. I tried to tell him it wasn't designed to hold a bowling ball, but he insisted it didn't have enough power. Knowing I couldn't fix it, I sent my handyman friend Ted over there. Ted later called me, laughing his head off. It seems the vac had almost no suction, and he had asked him when he last changed the filter. "Filter? What filter?" Aha! At that point, he had been living in the house for about 7 years, and had never changed the filter? So Ted took him to the garage, opened the little storage room in the corner, and showed him the canister on the wall. "Oh, I always wondered what that was." Yikes. Ted opened the canister, and pulled out what he said looked like a rolled up blanket, which he estimated to weigh at least 5 or 6 pounds, all lint and hard-packed dust, wrapped around the filter in the inner core. He cleaned it, replaced it, and tried the vacuum again. He said the man placed the end of the hose against his cheek and it nearly pulled his teeth out of his mouth! I would almost bet money that he tried to lift his bowling ball after Ted left, and it probably worked. I've always wondered where he thought all the stuff went, when he was vacuuming for all those years. Amazing.

I'll be happy when MDC gets home and shares the stories of their trip. I would love to visit Yellowstone, but it's not possible for me. I can't handle the altitude anymore. So, I just watch documentaries on TV, and rely on friends to share stories and impressions when they visit.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some lunch. Maybe a nice salad, and I've got the greens to swing it. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

September 25, 2019 - Msg 112980: HELLO ALL! To 'answer' Romeena's wondering ...YES!! Yellowstone was truly AMAZING!! Since ASA has been there I'm sure he will back me up!! Wow, what sights there were to see!
(By the way, just to also say that our phone call was really cool. I was only about 30 miles from his home, but his wife comes first of course, so we settled for the conversation. He is also a super guy, with what I detected to be a bit of a 'southern drawl' in his voice!) Thanks ASA, I'll call ya again sometime. Salt Lake City and the Great Salt Lake were neat to see from the sky. Also, they are building a new airport, so ya dont have to walk to Gate 68!! Yes gate sixty-eight!! The West Yellowstone airport,
by comparison, had either Gate One, or Gate ONE! Really! :)
OK, back to Yellowstone...besides every type of terrain you can imagine, there was also "every language" being spoken, and almost every type of weather in the 8 days that we were there. As we drove to the West entrance each day I showed my senior pass, and in we went. One of the first things we saw was a heard of buffalo about 20 feet off the road,
then one decided to walk ON the road for a while. One minute we were passing beautiful fir trees, and the next minute we were in a geyser basin with about 50 holes on a surreal landscape
spouting steam, lots of steam. We then saw the Mammoth Hot Springs with mineral water bubbling up and leaving white deposits on the land. (The first Startrek movie used this area for the planet Vulcan.) We had everything from weather in the 60s to snow flurries, and hail with thick dark clouds to bright, sunny days. Everyone was so nice too, from the Rangers to the other visitors offering to take our pictures, etc. God really outdid himself in that place! WOW!
More later, and I'll also comment on porch news. Thank you for all your prayers!