January 26, 2020 - Msg 113671: RO--I think that was me concerning melatonin. I get Nature's Bounty brand, 1 mg, and that's all i need. I chew it up and get it all under my tongue.
The last year of my dad's life they gave him 3 mg and he would sleep all night. It is a natural thing that our bodies make, but less of it as we age, so there are no nasty side effects to taking it. Glad it helped you! (But good chili is also hard to pass up!) ha

January 26, 2020 - Msg 113672: How much melatonin did you take Romeena, cause I had it knock me out before. I only take one quarter of a 3mg tablet. ha


January 26, 2020 - Msg 113673: should have said I never had it knock me out before


January 26, 2020 - Msg 113674: 🤜🏻😵🤛🏻

January 27, 2020 - Msg 113675: Still trying to get over the shock of the tragic accident that took the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and 9 others. So, so sad. My prayers are with his family and the families of all who perished.
I hope everyone here has a good week. I thank the good Lord
every morning for you folks.
More later,
MDC :)

January 27, 2020 - Msg 113676: Good afternoon, porch. A tragic accident indeed. I do hope that none of them survived the impact, as the ensuing fire must have been just hellish. I'd rather think that they didn't have to go through that. It's a sad, sad thing, for sure.

Ted was here today, fixed my side gate so it closes properly, fixes the lights on the east and back fences so they will be on tonight, and fixed a couple of other little things. He's such a good friend. He stayed and ate his lunch here and we had a good visit.

Lesley is still on the ventilator, waking for brief intervals, no real changes either way as yet, but the doc didn't expect any at this point. He says when he knows something, we'll know. I guess that's fair enough.

As for the melatonin, since I know nothing about it, I bought what was on the shelf at my pharmacy which was 3 mg. Apparently, that was enough to put a horse to sleep. Unfortunately, it's in a capsule, so I can't break it. Guess I'll have to buy some 1 mg capsules, if I decide I want to take it again. Not sure that I do.

Well, guess I'll go cuddle with Trinket for a while. She's a good cuddler. Warm, fluffy, and plump. Can't ask for more than that! --Romeena

January 27, 2020 - Msg 113677: I bought some melatonin a week ago Saturday. It must work, because I never even opened it and slept like Gomer in church every night for a week straight.

Billy Ray the Postman

January 27, 2020 - Msg 113678: Oh, and hurray! to Floyd for getting the archives working already this year. That was me, not GF, who had a compelsion complex about it.

Billy Ray the Postman

January 27, 2020 - Msg 113679: Yes, sad indeed, about the helicopter crash. Helicopters are scary..one serious malfunction and straight down she goes.

Romeena, you may want to get a one mg tablet of the melatonin, cut that in half and try that first. You seem very sensitive to it and that might be a good starting dose for you. As I said, Im a big girl and just a quarter table of the 3mg is enough for me. It puts me gently to sleep but I am wide awake the next day.


January 27, 2020 - Msg 113680: Ok...I got a good Grandpa story for y’all...I made my daughter a miniature doll house back in the early 80’s for her. It got stored away all those years ago. So I did a “This Old House” renovation onit and gave it to my Granddaughter for her 4th Birthday....She said..Grandpa...I LOVE ❤️ my new house!...
I think both my Daughter Kristy and I got the Alergic’s...Yep a GREAT Grandpa moment....Amen?....


January 27, 2020 - Msg 113681: Very cool of you GF! Did she get any copper pipe people to go with it? :) You are a bird in this world.
Tonite's ME-TV ep was about the salve. "How do you fight fire?" "With a hose." Classic line!
Billy Ray, thanks for clearing that up about the archive organization. Here I went and accused GF. Also very funny about the melatonin! Reminds me of a line from a Dennis the Menace ep. Mr Wilson, "Yes Dennis, those British folks are very sophisticated," to which Dennis says, "And they're kinda uppity too!" ha
Night all,

January 28, 2020 - Msg 113682: MDC...HaHa about the copper pipe people...The “Fight Fire with a hose” line in the episode, I had Dennis Rush “Howie” write that on my picture he signed for me a couple of years ago when I met him at Mayberry Days...He’s a real nice guy, he was blown away by all of us “compelsion nuts” As was Keith Thibodeaux (Johnnie Paul Jason) too!


January 28, 2020 - Msg 113683: Good morning all.

GF, What a great papa and grandpapa story. Warms the heart. Moments like those are just priceless.

MDC, So I see all the eyes of the gold world will be on your neck of the woods this week. I look forward to it. I just hope Tiger isn't playing. I would like to see other golfers play, and it seems if he is playing, even if he is no where near the lead, they show his every shot. It gets old.

I don't know if you all knew this or not, but one of those Miracle Salve salesmen was the same feller who years later was the Ewings Lawyer in Dallas, George Petrie. He really came up in the world, or down, depending on what you think of Lawyers. lol


January 28, 2020 - Msg 113684: ASA, as far as I know, Tiger is NOT coming. Which is also fine with me. He stopped coming several years ago because he did not like the 16th. boohoo.
Very interesting about the guy who played the lawyer. George Petrie, huh. Was he the long lost brother of Rob Petrie?? haha
Tonight's was about Malcom Merryweather, complete with his bubble and squeak, and something about loop sladdles! :)
It seems like you and GF have had relatively mild winters this year.
I guess you have kept Helen in her place (as it were.;) GF has not mentioned
much about lake effect snow this year. Our big ash tree is already sprouting new leaves! Spring wild flowers are also blooming!
RO--my prayers continue for dear Lesley. My goodness, what she has been thru. I'm glad you have trinket to keep you company.
All the best to you my friends.

January 29, 2020 - Msg 113685: Yep MDC..We have been been lucky so far this year. “Joe has only had to get out in it ONE time this year.
I can (literally) DIG that!...The secondary snow belt of Lake Effect snow has been nonexistent, but we arn’t out of the woods yet!...But I do miss bantering with TOM about it..


January 29, 2020 - Msg 113686: Need prayers, please if anyone is reading...dealing with some tough decisions with Erin. Lots of drama and need to stand firm with some tough love.


January 29, 2020 - Msg 113687: Oh,Boo.. so sorry,girl. My heart and prayers are with you.

Love~ possum u.a.r.

January 29, 2020 - Msg 113688: Stay Strong 💪🏻 Sister Figure....G-F

January 29, 2020 - Msg 113689: Hi folks,

Things getting back to normal on my end of the porch. Sadie's absence is very loud, but my wife is pulling thru.

Boo - My best wishes for peace to you and Bruce! Prayers and hope for all of you!

See you soon, everyone.

John Masters

January 29, 2020 - Msg 113690: Thank you, everyone...hanging on by my white knuckles here!


January 29, 2020 - Msg 113691: BOO--still praying. Was hoping for a prodigal son sort of outcome, but sounds like it is much more complicated. Tough love is tough on both parent and child. :( I just hope that our recent advice will help.
GF--yes, you do indeed have more winter, but let's hope it's not too bad.
Hi to John Masters. So happy to hear that things are better. these days.
Tonights TAGS ep was something about a web-footed, red-breasted lake loon. :)

January 30, 2020 - Msg 113692: Morning all.

Boo, So very sorry that things with Erin are so challenging. You all are in my prayers for sure. We love you guys.

John, Glad all is well with you and your Wife as you mourn the loss of Sadie. Prayers buddy.

MDC, I just love how much hotter them fires that are started by constriction cook things so fast. Old Barn was full of moxie. lol
Yea, we have had a pretty mild winter so far. The mountains have had ample snow, but I have only had Helen out a few times thus far. Supposed to be in the 50's this weekend, but then a big storm is supposed to hit on Monday. Guess we will see.


January 30, 2020 - Msg 113693: Oh, Boo, I'm so sorry to hear that things aren't going well. Keep the faith, sister. Tie a knot in that rope of faith and hang on. Prayers continue for you and yours. --Romeena

January 30, 2020 - Msg 113694: Hey folks,

Thought it appropriate to mention the passing of Jack "Warren Ferguson" Burns on Monday. His "Taxi cab" skits with partner, Avery Schrieber were pretty funny. So, in his honor, I say...

Heeey, hey, you're a chip off the ol' block, aren't ya'? Huh, Huh, Huh?"

John Masters

January 30, 2020 - Msg 113695: Thank you all for the prayers and encouraging words. Today is better than yesterday and maybe tomorrow will be better than today. One day at a time.

Love to all,

January 31, 2020 - Msg 113696: Yep....One Day at a Time...Sometimes that’s the BEST Rx...Hang in There!....G-F

January 31, 2020 - Msg 113697: Good morning, porch. Boo, that's encouraging news. One day at a time, for sure. Just keep loving her, and don't give in or give up.

The news on Lesley is still very guarded. As far as I know, she's still on the ventilator, but I could be wrong. R2 have gone home, and are only reporting changes. The last report was this morning, and is not encouraging. She has not awakened, has had several small seizures, and the doc says to be prepared for anything. They knew the risk was very high, but she couldn't go on like she was, so they had to try.

This will be a bittersweet evening for me. My beautiful Christmas tree is coming down! It really is lovely, probably the prettiest tree I've ever had, certainly the prettiest artificial one. It looks so real it's spooky, and it looks very much like my beloved Austrian pines. I haven't been able to get a picture that does it justice, but it really is beautiful. It's a long-needle tree, with limbs set so that there are openings all the way into the trunk, yet the tree is full and lush. It has white lights, and not too many of them, which gives it sort of a moonlight effect. It didn't use but about half of my ornaments. I realized I needed to stop, as too many would just spoil the tree's own beauty. So it has just my favorite ornaments, and very few of the "fillers" that I would use on my old trees. David and Brittney, Landry and maybe Hudson are coming over to help me with it. No way could I dismantle that huge thing by myself. All I had to do was wave a pork chop under David's nose, and he'll be here.

Well, I'm off to take down and pack up all the smaller things - the nativity, the mantle's "snowman row", and several ceramic scenes I made in years gone by. The house surely will look drab to me for a while, but I'll get used to it. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

February 01, 2020 - Msg 113698: Good evening all! John Masters, thank you for mentioning the passing of 'Warren.' Tho his presence on the show was short-lived, he tried really hard to fill the shoes of Don Knotts; but that was too tall an order I think.
RO--what goes up must come down! :( Think of me taking down a whole front yard display! Sure, the place will look a little less festive, but next Christmas will be here before we know it. meanwhile, keep up the Christmas spirit! :) Prayers for Lesley that the Lord's will be done.
Tonight's ep was about the visit of Uncle Ollie and Aunt Nora.
I know ASA likes that one! I think it's funny how he is throwing the suitcases in the back seat with the kids instead of using the trunk! ha. I looked up his bio, and he was also in an episode of Mayberry RFD in 1971. He had quite a career... Check it out... https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0922599/
BOO-- hang in there, keep standing firm. It may be a while, but this too shall pass. Prayers fore all,

February 01, 2020 - Msg 113699: Good morning all.

John, I don't know why but I thought Jack Burns had passed away years ago. Sorry to read that. He had the task of trying to replace an icon.

MDC, Yep, I love Family Visit. So many funny scenes and lines, and one major boo boo in it. lol

My prayers continue for Boo and her family and for Lesley. Just so many things can go wrong with the human body.

Well Romeena, just think now how close spring is. We got through January. That is always a plus for me. Usually by mid February we can start to see things changing a bit. The sunset is noticeably later and the temps are starting to soften.

GF, Y'all still having it mild? We are supposed to hit the mid 50's today and tomorrow, but they are predicting a major snow storm for Monday. 6 to 8 inches and highs in the 20's.

Well off to do some house work and then I think I just might tune in some golf in MDC's back yard. If you get a chance, tune it in and watch the action on #16. The crowd really gets into it and I think most of the players get a kick out of it.


February 01, 2020 - Msg 113700: ASA--remind me again what the major blooper is in Family Visit. thx, MDC

February 01, 2020 - Msg 113701: Good morning, porch. I am sad to report this, but we lost Lesley yesterday. She had begun having frequent small seizures, and finally had a stroke that took her life. Many prayers were voiced on her behalf, but we must remember - while prayers are always answered, sometimes the answer is "no", just as it is with an earthly father. God is not an endless candy machine, dispensing favors when we drop in a prayer. In this case, I think He saw years of very limited abilities, restricted activity, limited mental function and frustration ahead for her, and just took her home, to rest and live a happy life, eternally. I know, this is easier for me to accept, as I was not close to Lesley, she was my son-in-law's sister and I had only met her a few times. I know I couldn't see that concept at all when I lost my Dale. I got a glimpse when my parents passed. Now, I see it all around me, as I watch fragile little wives, leading Alzheimer's-confused husbands by the hand at church, or pushing one crippled by a stroke in his wheelchair, or watch one who must try to gently object when her husband wants to drive. His back is so bowed and bent that he must look under the steering wheel on the car, and he's dangerous, but he wants to drive. It's the worst case of kyphosis I've ever seen, yet he insists. Any of those conditions could have come to Dale, but his early death spared him - and me - that pain. It wasn't easy, giving him up when he was only 58, but when I imagine him confined to a wheelchair, or confused, maybe argumentive, even combative, or worst of all, aware but unable to communicate, I know that God's way was best. I think His way was best for Lesley too, but I will not try to suggest that to her family right now. They have some grieving to do.

As for Jack Burns, I think he did a great job as Warren. I've heard people say they didn't like him, as he was too abrasive, too annoying. Well, he was supposed to be! That was the whole idea. He wasn't supposed to be like Barney, no one else could be Barney. He played his character as he was intended, to the hilt. Yes, he was annoying. He was supposed to be! I would be willing to bet that Jack himself was nothing at all like Warren. Does anybody know?

Well, better get busy around here. The tree is down, packed away, pork chops are also packed away in grateful tummies, most of the things that are boxed and stored are in their high places where I can't reach. I just have a few little things to put away now. I don't know what I'd do without David and his family. I wouldn't have that big old tree, that's for sure. No way could I handle that thing by myself. It took David and one of his boys to wrestle it down, pack it back into its box and put it in a hallway closet. The other boy (Hudson) was entertaining us all on my piano. That kid can fairly beat the music out of that thing, and it's all by ear. Just amazing. Last night he was playing "The Sting" and "Music Box Dancer", both of which are very difficult pieces, and he didn't have a piece of music anywhere near him. He just heard them, listened a couple of times, and played them. I'll never understand it.

Blessings, friends. --Romeena

February 01, 2020 - Msg 113702: So sorry to read about Lesley Romeena, but you said it so very well. I always try to end my prayers with "thy will be done", especially in situations like what Lesley was going through. Prayers for her family.

MDC, The error in Family Visit was when the radio announcer read the bulletin about the prison escape he said three prisoners had escaped. But when we hear Andy talking to someone from the State, Andy says "so they caught both of them"?


February 01, 2020 - Msg 113703: Romeena, I’m So Sorry to hear about Lesley too...Your words are true....G-F

February 01, 2020 - Msg 113704: Very, very sorry to hear of Lesley's passing. My prayers for your family. You have a very good perspective on things I believe, Ro. Your words were a comfort to me, as I often wonder about the years ahead. Bruce is almost 5 years older than I am and I wonder about the future. If God chooses to take him earlier than what I would want, I will try to remember what you wrote.

Things are about the same with Erin but we are taking it one day at a time. She isn't a harm to herself right now.

Well, have to go to the nursing home to check on mother in law. The last couple of nights have been bad, as far as the dementia goes. You just never know if you are going to find her in her right mind or not but she isn't sleeping at night no matter what they do and she falls out of her wheelchair or when trying to move from the bed to the wheelchair. She refuses to call for help when she needs to get up and it is against the law to use restraints on someone like her. Monday bruce is going to try to get hospice on the case because they will pay for a provider to come in and sit at night, according to the nurses. Poor Bruce is having to deal with so much between home, Erin and his mom. The good news is that his younger sister continues to step up and help. I never, ever saw that coming. Remember when she basically died from a drug overdose 3 years ago and came back on Christmas Eve? Well, God was good to spare her because she is clean and doing much better. She still has some mental health issues that make it hard, plus physical problems but she certainly is trying to help her mother and us. Bless her for it. She has offered to go sit with her mom when its needed until we can get a provider.

Hope you all have a good weekend.


February 03, 2020 - Msg 113705: Wow, haven't been here for almost 3 days and no on has been on the porch. Hope all is well


February 03, 2020 - Msg 113706: I'm rightcheer BOO, but I gotta tell ya, I am now officially done with the NFL. The SB halftime show was totally disgusting! What really frosts me is the fact that women have made such strides for the past several decades, and to see it all brought down to a unbelievably suggestive pole dance before the whole nation (kids included) is really sad. After the 'malfunction' of several years ago, the shows were in much better taste, but apparently no more; they are back on the slipery slope.
OK, my very dusty soapbox is sliding back under the porch.
Boo-so sorry about you having to deal with your MIL as this happens. Hopefully, Erin can see some of this pain and come back to reality, like it's not just about Erin. I remember how we had to do that with one of my nephews...get him out of his little 'me' world.
RO--my condolences also for Lesley. I agree with all that you said, and my prayers are with her family. May she now be with the Lord.
BTW i liked your double use of 'packed away!' Very clever of you.
This past Saturday evening i watched the Ghost and Mr Chicken. I forgot how many
"Barney lines" are in it, such as his karate reference, 'body is a weapon,' etc.
I missed the podcast tonight, maybe next Monday.
Good evening all,
MDC :)

February 03, 2020 - Msg 113707: SHAKEDOWN....SHAKEDOWN

February 04, 2020 - Msg 113708: Good morning, porch. It's chilly here, at 48°, with heavy cloud cover and the occasional drizzly rain. I'm planning to just stay tucked in here and stay warm.

I just learned that I have a little gift coming to me this week. Lesley's funeral will be early Friday afternoon, and my sweet Amanda (Robbi's daughter) is coming up from Fredericksburg. She's the sweetest thing you could ever imagine, and has somehow formed a sort of long-distance friendship with Barbara, Lesley and Richard's mother. She told me she just couldn't imagine not being here to hug Barbara and let her know that she is loved. She's driving up Thursday afternoon, going back to Fredbg right after the funeral Friday afternoon, but she was determined to be here. She's a little sweetheart, and I will greatly enjoy having her here, even if it's just for one night.

Well, guess I'd better go feed Trinket. She's biting my toes, and I might be a bit safer if she's well fed. That little brat is pushing ten pounds now, a far cry from my tiny Toye Starr, whom I miss very much. I love Trinket, but I still miss my Starrbaby so much. We are STILL working on potty training, but she is getting a little better. Like most Maltese, she's stubborn in that area. I will win eventually. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

February 04, 2020 - Msg 113709: OK, I have to take my soapbox out one more time.
Nancy P's tearing up of the president's speech is the most unprofessional thing I have ever witnessed from a Speaker. That's all I can say about it or I may say some bad words.
ROMEENA--I thought LB had conquered the piddle pad. Is she still
not using it?
ALL--my wife and I are driving to Las Cruces on Thursday to attend the wedding of my 'last' young (20) niece. We'll be back next Tuesday.
I will try to check in from time to time however.
I hope everyone is OK. We need to do a lengthy APB!! :)

February 05, 2020 - Msg 113710: MDC...I think Judy Collins said it best...Send in the clowns 🤡
...Don't bother, they're here!...
Hopefully the voters took notice of their actions..In my best Forrest Gump voice “That’s all I have to say about that!...


February 05, 2020 - Msg 113711: Morning all.

MDC, I done forgot the SOTU was last night. Sorry I missed it, but after what you mentioned about what P.U.losi did, maybe not. Real class act. I have been very saddened to learn about Rush and his health problem. Happy he received the award last night.
Have fun on your trip and drive safe. I hope you let Gomer give your car a good going over. Speaking of Gomer, ain't it funny how he went from barely being able to pump gas (Man in a hurry), to being the best mechanic in town (Gomer the house guest). He must have been a quick study, although he never did become a doctor.

GF, Any winter yet? We had our storm blow in Sunday night. Snow, wind, and bitter cold. We had a high of 23 yesterday. 8 degree's this a.m. Sure glad I am not out in it anymore.

Mariah called me to tell me she made the basketball team in her Junior High again. I am so proud of her. She made the team last year, even though she was only in 7th grade. Then they brought in a new coach this year and she has been worried about it. But she made it.

Romeena, sounds like Trinket is a work in progress. But I have no doubt you will win in the end. I hope you have a nice visit with Amanda.

Well we are supposed to get more snow tomorrow and Friday, although it is supposed to warm up by Friday and they say the snow may turn to rain in the valleys. Odd stuff considering how cold it is this morning.

Boo, I pray things are improving for you, both at home and at work. And also with your MIL. That is a difficult situation for sure.

Prayers for all.


February 05, 2020 - Msg 113712: Asa...We are supposed to get a freezing rain, ice and snow starting tonight so we shall see...🤷🏼‍♂️G-F

February 05, 2020 - Msg 113713: Good morning, porch! It's a bit nippy on my Texas porch, too. 37° out there! For us, that's not just cold, it's dang cold! The sky looks like someone turned a pewter bowl upside down over us, and it's so gloomy out there that my backyard lights keep turning on and off. They're controlled by photosensors, and they can't decide whether it's night or day! My poor fish need to eat, but I can't feed them when it's this cold. They might eat it, but their digestion isn't working, the food will just lay in their bellies and spoil, and could kill them. My "pond advisor" always reminds me not to feed them when it's cold. Oh well, by next week it will probably be in the 80s and I'll feed them then.

Yes, Asa, Trinket is a work in progress for sure. She was doing fairly well, and suddenly decided that the sunroom tile was the place for poops, and the poor long-suffering carpet was just ideal for piddles. I could just wring her fluffy little neck. She's not dumb. One evening she was in my lap and I was teasing her by blowing on her. With my faulty lungs, I can barely blow out a candle, but even that little bit was making her crazy. Finally, she turned to face me and reached her fluffy paw up and put it over my mouth! Now a dog that can figure that out should be able to understand potty training. One thing I've figured out is that if there is a little poopie in her box, forget it. She will not darken that box again until the maid (me) has picked it up. Can't say as I blame her, but I think it's ironic that she's that picky, yet thinks nothing of doing a squat and squirt on the living room carpet. Of course, I want those little monuments picked up immediately anyway, so I check it several times a day. The box is in a far corner of my bedroom, normally seen by no one but me. I change the pad daily, and pick up the poopies and flush them as soon as I find them. I know some of you would wonder why I don't just train her to go outside, even get her a doggie door, and I could explain, but it's a lengthy explanation. Just trust me, it doesn't work, and creates more problems than it solves. She is my third Maltese, and believe me, for neither Sugarplum nor Toye Starr, and now Trinket, outside just doesn't work.

Asa, I can't believe Mariah is now in the 8th grade. That means high school next year! Good grief. Seems to me she was just born a couple of years ago. Someone really said it best, accurately if not eloquently - "Life is like a roll of (ahem) bathroom tissue. The closer you get to the end, the faster it disappears." If my life was a roll of adding machine tape, the pink edges would be showing on my tape. Does anyone else remember that?

Well, guess I'll go feed my little roomie, and maybe find something for myself. At least a glass of V-8. Love that stuff! And good for you, too! Can't ask more from a glass of juice than that. I keep V-8, grape juice, apple juice and buttermilk in the fridge, and my breakfast usually is a glass of one of those. Sometimes I add a slice of peanut butter toast, but not usually. I just don't have much appetite in the morning, never did. Now I don't eat much in the evening either. After I lost those 40 pounds, I sort of plateaued and hung at 161 for about three months. Now, I've started to lose again, was at 158 this morning. My rings are all too big, and keep turning around on my fingers, but I don't want to have my brother re-size them yet, not if I'm still losing. I hope I'll finally settle at around 135, and stay there. I was almost 5'6" and weighed 108 lbs when Dale and I married, so now, at 5'2", I think 135 is a good weight for me, and I won't try to lose any more. I'm really not having to try very hard. I eat when I'm hungry, don't when I'm not, and it just slowly comes off. The key was in realizing the difference in hunger and habit. I've also learned that there is no prize given for cleaning one's plate. At a restaurant, I almost always bring half of my meal home, and it makes a good lunch, or even dinner, the next day. In fact, I often order the to-go box when I order the meal, pack up half of it, and finish what's left on the plate. Works for me!

Stay warm, friends. Blessings! --Romeena

February 06, 2020 - Msg 113714: Happy Thursday porch, checking on everyone today.

We are getting rain, rain and more rain on my end of the porch. flooding everywhere. schools are closing as many of the roads (especially back roads and mountain roads) are becoming dangerous for cars and buses to travel. The back yard at the house at the end of my street looks like a pond now. It supposed to rain all day and even tomorrow I think.

Work has been busy this week and the rain is not keeping people away from coming in which is good.

Romeena: I am 5 feet tall and I think 135 looks pretty good on my short frame as well. The weight charts say I should weigh much less but I would look sickly if I weighed what they recommend

Prayers for you Boo and your situation with work

lunch menu: chicken tenders, potato wedges, SLAW.
oatmeal cookies for dessert. tea, lemonade to drink.

Prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

February 06, 2020 - Msg 113715: Thank you Maude. I appreciate those prayers! My prayers for you and your family, too. How is your husband doing these days? I hope he isn't experiencing any depression due to his job situation.

Erin had a full blown panic attack today, bless her heart. She cried for hours because she likes her new job and wants so much for it to work out. I don't know if I told you all she was hired at an ice cream shop nearby and the owners are very nice people who seem to be understanding of her anxiety issues. I hope and pray it works out for her. She wants to work and build up her bank account to pay half of the CNA course she wants to take. Bruce told her he would pay for half of it, in order to motivate her.

Well, its been kind of crazy around here and too much to get into but we are getting by. Thanks again for the prayers!

Romeena, I use V8 in my veggie soup and my chili. My mom always did and I picked it up from her. I made a really good vegan veggie soup this week using it.


February 06, 2020 - Msg 113716: HELLO ALL! We made it to Las Cruces. Got here from our locality in 7 hours. We didn't speed, just kept going, except for a lunch break and a couple
piddle pad breaks. HA! All is going well. Friday we are driving a bit north to the White Sand Missile Range where they tested the S-V rocket engines. (ASA!) Then rehearsal and dinner.
Saturday is the wedding. The last of my nieces to tie the knot, and to an amazingly great guy.
RO--I have never heard that about fish! Very interesting!
BOO, my prayers continue for you and yours. I can tell by your recent
FB posts that you are in a bit of a quandary lately.
May you find peace in Jesus. :) Sure hope Erin's new job works out, or maybe she can sell salve and vacuums door-to-door. HaHa!!
BIG Maude, good to see you check in, but so sorry to hear of all your rains! Please be safe out there.
More later folks,

February 07, 2020 - Msg 113717: Well, we go from bad to worse. If this is the way 2020 is going to go, I want no part of 2021.

After losing our little Sadie, we have found out that my mom's 59 year old cousin, who has been a pillar of strength, provided friendship and comfort and was instrumental in helping her move from Oklahoma to Missouri, has been given three months to live. He had pain in his chest and legs for awhile and got to feeling lousy. he went to the doctor to find he has cancer. They put thru the ringer and found it's all thru him and even a specialist couldn't do anything for him. They've told him to live, do and max out the time he has left. My 82 year old mother is thoroughly devastated.

Meanwhile, my wife is now experiencing terrific headaches and pain. We are thinking she has developed migranes as she has all the symptoms.

My father is getting a little more of an edge and getting more ungrateful.

My plate is full. I hope you all find peace in your lives the way I am praying for. I'll see you when I see you.

John Masters

February 07, 2020 - Msg 113718: Boy that came out scattered.

My mom's cousin has been everything to her after her mom's, my grandmother's, sudden death two years ago. They put HIM thru the ringer.

To remind you, my father is 90 with no leg use and stage 3, teetering on stage 4 kidney disease.

John Masters

February 07, 2020 - Msg 113719: John Masters, Sorry for all y’all are going through right now your Porch friends have you in our prayers for sure, try to hang in there Buddy....


February 07, 2020 - Msg 113720: Good afternoon all.

Mercy sakes John, so sorry to read that. Sounds like you have a full plate indeed. As GF said, we hold you up in prayer my friend.

MDC, Thanks for checking in. Sounds like all is going well in your travels. Have fun and be careful on the trip home.

GF, How did the storm do? Ours turned to rain last night. Not a lot. Today is just overcast but warm compared to Monday.

I just got back from giving Matt a lesson in 9 ball. Mercy sakes we have fun with that. A whole lot of trash talking. But a good time for sure.

Does anyone here have triple A? I am thinking about hooking up with them, but not sure if it's worth it. Anyone have any thoughts?

Boo, I hope Erin's new job will work out for her so she can pursue that nursing career. Best thing in the world for a young person to have some career asperations. Hopefully hers will pan out.

Romeena, around here, Junior High is 7th, 8th, and 9th grade so Mariah still has one more year of Junior High after this year. But yes, they grow up so darn quick. She was so small when she was little, but has shot right up the last couple of years. Matt is 6'5" and Stacey is 5'1". Mariah has already passed Mama. lol

Well I hope everyone has a great weekend. I hope you dry out a bit Big Maude.

And APB out for Frankie and Sarah and Possum.


February 07, 2020 - Msg 113721: I'm right here,Asa! I peek in on the porch happening quite often,just don't always sit and rock. I'm good,but guess I don't have a whole lot to say!

I am sorry to hear about Leslie,and also about all that John Masters has shared about his family situations/ illnesses. Prayers being sent.

And,Boo,oh my,I can certainly relate to your upset and stress with your mother in law! Falling out of the wheelchair-(can't even go there or I get upset all over again thinking about what Mama went through),except to say it is VERY stressful to have an impaired,be it physically,mentally,or both,loved one in an assisted living /nursing home going through all of that.My heart is with you and Bruce,as you deal with everything,and that includes the issues with Erin.

Well,looky there-guess I had something to say after all! Thanks to Asa for "smokin' me out" from under my rock!

Sending my best to everyone-y'all have a good evening.

P.S. Hope MDC is remembering to "act like somebody" out there in Las Cruces!

possum u.a.r.

February 08, 2020 - Msg 113722: Good morning, porch! Bright and sunny here in north Texas this morning. My irises are sending up their green "sword" foliage, and soon the buds will be rising too. The grass is greening up, and a few enthusiastic shrubs are putting on new leaves. I love this time of year!

Robbie's daughter, Amanda, has been here since Thursday. She came for Lesley's funeral, as Richard is her step-dad. We have had a wonderful time. I was planning to take her out for a good dinner Thursday night, but she said she'd rather stay right here. She loves this house as much as I do, I think. She found a couple of boneless pork chops in the fridge that needed to be cooked, and she did. She pounded them out flatter with a meat mallet, then made a batter out of buttermilk, an egg, some panko and a little flour, and fried them in peanut oil. She found a jar of kraut, and a jar of sweet and sour shredded cabbage, mixed the two and heated it up. With everything together, she had made "schnitzel" and it was wonderful. I love German food, but had never had schnitzel, and certainly had never made it. The young sprout taught the old gal something, and it was really good.

Last night was my regular bunco night, so I just took Amanda with me, and one of the ladies was glad to have a built-in sub and just sat out and watched and let Amanda play. She had a wonderful time, and the group all told me I had to bring her again. All the old grannies there really enjoyed her, as I knew they would. She's bright, smart, positive and upbeat, fits in anywhere, and just fun to be with. I had three different friends who took me aside and told me they had grandsons they'd like to set her up with. Ha! I have two step-granddaughters, but Amanda is my only direct granddaughter. I have lots of grandsons, but only one girl, and she's a gem. She's 38, looks 25, and is gorgeous. Well, anyway, we had a lot of fun.

Trinket is improving on her potty training. I'll just be happy when she's finally trustworthy, so I can do something about the miserable carpet in the living room and here in the office. She's such a smart little thing in everything else, but so stubborn about the potty thing. Typical Maltese.

Prayers for all - John Masters and Boo, you're at the top of my list! I pray things will improve, and soon! Blessings, everyone. ---Romeena

February 08, 2020 - Msg 113723: Hey everyone been busy watching the grand dogs, an English springer spaniel and a black lab German shepherd mix. I'll be vacuuming hair for days after they leave. We have a large fenced yard so they have plenty of room to run and do their duties. Big Maude my brother lives in your area and the flooding was terrible out in the country. Better go one of the grand dogs is getting ready to leave, the other will be here till Tuesday. Oh my husband has a 24 hour bug, hope I don't get it I'm keeping my distance🙂 sarah

February 08, 2020 - Msg 113724: RIP Orson Bean & Robert Conrad.

February 08, 2020 - Msg 113725: Gosh Ro, I wish I had gotten to know Amanda when she lived just up the road from me! She sounds like a sweetheart, for sure.

John Masters, I am so sorry over all you are going through! May the Lord carry your burdens and give you peace in all of this.

Thanks to all for the prayers and kind sentiment. I appreciate you all so much.

Things are moving along but not always in a good direction! ha...we are taking it one day at a time. Tonight we went out to eat at a local Mexican restaurant and on of ERins friends from school was waitressing. She is going to school, has a high grade point average and is getting a scholarship for college in the fall. I am very happy she is doing well but I just grieve for my daughter because she just doesn't seem to be able to make it. I am just holding onto the hope that in time, with our help, she will be ok. We are doing a drug test on her this coming week in case she isn't being honest with us.

Well, I wanted to check in because you all are important to me and knowing you are there with your prayers and kind concern, helps move me forward each day. Hope you are all experiencing the peace of God this evening.

Love to All,

February 08, 2020 - Msg 113726: Hello gang, just checking in after a fun-filled day of my niece's wedding and reception. We have not been to a
wedding in about 10 years, and my goodness, what a joyful event it was in all respects! The ceremony and
reception were both amazing. I thing of Jesus at the reception in Cana, and how he enjoyed those festivities! We are hanging around Las Cruces on Sunday, and then driving to Tucson on Monday to visit friends! This ol' dude danced way too many 2 steps tonight! ha Prayers for you all.
MDC and Cecile :)

February 09, 2020 - Msg 113727: MDCC...Glad y’all had a good time...Maybe we need to start calling you “Disco 🕺🏻 Darling” ...Lol..G-F

February 09, 2020 - Msg 113728: Hello Porch
Prayers to all those in need.
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
Nice and sunny out hear but the wind is gusting pretty hard so I am staying indoors.