May 05, 2020 - Msg 114380: Evening porch family, just dropping by for a check point chickie
tonight. I hope everyone is doing ok

Also I wanted to ask for prayers for my brother in law . He is only 64 years old and lives in Knioxville. He is very sick and in the hospital and of course no visitors at all due the Covid 19 restrictions. He has been on kidney dialysis for several years and also has an ostomy. He has not been doing well since Thanksgiving and has been in the hospital for about 2 weeks. He is not married and has no children. They are not giving us much hope at this point he will come through this and are not really saying what is going on. My husbands youngest brother is in Knoxville as well but can not go see him. We just have to call and try to get someone to talk with us . He is very weak and sleeps most of the time . Prayers for peace for him during this time would be appreciated

Big Maude

May 05, 2020 - Msg 114381: Evening porch family, just dropping by for a check point chickie
tonight. I hope everyone is doing ok

Also I wanted to ask for prayers for my brother in law . He is only 64 years old and lives in Knioxville. He is very sick and in the hospital and of course no visitors at all due the Covid 19 restrictions. He has been on kidney dialysis for several years and also has an ostomy. He has not been doing well since Thanksgiving and has been in the hospital for about 2 weeks. He is not married and has no children. They are not giving us much hope at this point he will come through this and are not really saying what is going on. My husbands youngest brother is in Knoxville as well but can not go see him. We just have to call and try to get someone to talk with us . He is very weak and sleeps most of the time . Prayers for peace for him during this time would be appreciated

Big Maude

May 05, 2020 - Msg 114382: Sorry fir the double talk
Big Maude

May 06, 2020 - Msg 114383: Good sweep Big Maude, in fact you cleaned it twice! Thanks.
Yes, prayers indeed for you BIL. I hope someone can talk to him
about the Lord and see where he stands regarding his faith.
Perhaps a chaplain or Christian nurse could, if the family cannot. I shall keep him in my daily prayer for our country and the world.

May 06, 2020 - Msg 114384: Morning all.

Big Maude, so very sorry to read about your Brother in law. Makes it so hard when you can't even visit. My son was in the hospital last week for a few days and we were unable to visit him also so I can relate. My prayers for sure.

GF, Loved the launch video and the intro by Von Braun. That Saturn 5 was his baby and it served it's purpose well with never a failure. Well it did have some serious "hiccups" on Apollo 6, but still stayed together. I sure wish I could have seen a launch of one of those in person though.

MDC, You all braced and ready for the heat? I'm sure you are. I wish we could keep our current temps just as they have been the last couple of weeks. Have not had to run the furnace or a/c for two weeks. Been a bit nippy in the mornings, but that's what sweaters are for, right? They are calling for the 80's by this weekend, so I might have to breakdown and fire up the a/c for the Wife. She doesn't tolerate the heat well with her health.

Guess I better go vacuum. The home health nurse is due today to visit Debbie. I don't want her thinking we are pigs.

Prayers for all.


May 06, 2020 - Msg 114385: Morning, Porch

Maude - Prayers up for your BIL. So sorry to hear how alone he is.

Another sunny morning here in the Ozarks. Of course, we have more rain forecast for tomorrow and tomorrow night.

Hope you all have a great day and stay safe!

John Masters

May 06, 2020 - Msg 114386: Hi Porch family,

I wanted to let you know that my brother in law passed this afternoon about 4:15. My husband was able to go and be with him so he wasnít alone as he left this life. Please keep us in your prayers as there are lots of decisions to be made .

Thanks for your support and prayers
Big Maude
Jo Ann

May 06, 2020 - Msg 114387: Hi Porch family,

I wanted to let you know that my brother in law passed this afternoon about 4:15. My husband was able to go and be with him so he wasnít alone as he left this life. Please keep us in your prayers as there are lots of decisions to be made .

Thanks for your support and prayers
Big Maude
Jo Ann

May 06, 2020 - Msg 114388: I did it again... sorry
Big Maude

May 06, 2020 - Msg 114389: Maude, our prayers are with you guys and his entire Family...Itís good that Mr. Maude got to spend some time with him before he passed.


May 06, 2020 - Msg 114390: Sending 🙏 Big Maude. Week seven or eight being isolated I've lost count. I decided to make some homemade hamburger rolls yesterday and they were terrible. Found the recipe on line followed it to a tee and had great hopes. My husband got the stand mixer out of the bottom cabinet, wiped it down, found the yeast and I was good to go. The smell of yeast rolls baking was wonderful and I couldn't wait to try one. The rolls were done, took them out of the oven waited for them cool so we could have a berger for lunch. I picked up a roll and it seemed a little heavy, sliced it and it was very dense and not very good. My husband went to McDonald's and picked up lunch for us. We have had a run on flour here and my daughter finally found some for us, a 25 lb. bag at Sams club, I don't feel bad about wasting 3 1/2 cups. Sarah

May 06, 2020 - Msg 114391: I'm so sorry, Maude. Praying for your family. It is good to know that your husband was able to be with him when he passed. That means so much. I have watched many accounts of people with near-death experiences and so many of them speak of being greeted by loved ones on the other side. Its a comfort to think about. God be with your family.

This has been a somewhat difficult week for us, as a family but we are doing pretty well today. Erin has been having worsening anxiety and depression which may be related to being stuck here all the time. I am going to try and get out with her more..just taking drives, and talking.

Hope all of you are hanging in there and are well.

I have just been doing the usual. I did put up a bird feeder in the backyard because of all the birds I have been seeing and I had cardinals eating from it today. The mockingbirds don't seem to want to use it but those cardinals love it. I haven't seen a cardinal in the yard since we planted the grass seed two years ago, so its really nice.

Well, stay well and be blessed.


May 07, 2020 - Msg 114392: Sorry for the loss of your brother in law, Maude. My prayers are with you and your family. Still praying for y'all too, Boo.

possum u.a.r.

May 07, 2020 - Msg 114393: Maude, so sorry to read about your BIL. I'm glad your husband was able to be with him at the end.
My prayers for you all.

Boo, sorry about the challenge your dealing with. I can tell it's weighing on you. Prayers.


May 07, 2020 - Msg 114394: Good morning, porch! It's an absolutely beautiful day here, a little breezy, but clear and lovely. My back yard is finally taking shape once again. Eddie and Tommy are about to get the weeds cleared out. They had just exploded back there, not a single flowerbed that wasn't crowded with them. However, those two guys are weeding machines, and do such a nice job. There are still two big beds to be cleared, and they'll get them next week.

I've got to order another cuddlebed for Trinket. She has one in every room that we live in - I don't put one in the guest bedrooms. She has (had) a total of seven, because there are three in the living room. However, the one under my desk went into the trash, because she decided to chew the entire bottom out of it. I kept finding little shreds of foam stuffing everywhere, and finally discovered that she had made a hole in the bottom of that bed, and was pulling the stuffing out piece by piece. It wasn't fixable, so I trashed it. Brat.

Robbi sent her one of those wonderful fluffy donut beds, and it's her favorite. It's in the middle of the living room floor most of the time, and she just jumps in and out, or flips it over and walks around underneath it, so it looks like the bed is just scooting around the floor by itself, looks so funny. As I've said so often, she's a wart and a pestilence, but I love her.

Boo, you and yours remain in my prayers. I guess nothing hurts as much as watching one's child in pain, whether physical, emotional or spiritual pain. Don't be discouraged, just keep leaving it with God. His timing is not always the same as ours. In fact, it's almost always different!

Maudie, prayers for your family as well. I'm so glad your husband was able to be with him. I may have told you all this before, but my grandmother, just minutes before she passed, described seeing her husband, and said there was someone with him. Her last words were "Oh, I think it's Jesus!" I believe that we are never alone at that time, but still, it's a great comfort to know that your husband was there with him.

Well, guess I'll get online and see if I can find my little nuisance a new bed. Right now, she's beneath my desk, lying on the carpet, heaving big dramatic sighs now and then. Little dumbo, she chewed up and ruined her bed, and now she's missing it! Spoiled brat, that's what she is!

Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy! Wash your hands! A lot! Blessings --Romeena

May 07, 2020 - Msg 114395: Sorry to hear about your brother-in-law, Big Maude. Glad he had some family there to provide some comfort in his last hours though. Prayers for your family.

John Masters, hoping you feel some peace. They have to keep the fear going. Fearful people are so much easier to control, as we have seen. Just sayin.

Sarah, you should feel proud to even attempt to make your own hamburger rolls. The closest I've come to making a bread product is some Brazilian rolls made from tapioca flour that I got from a mother of one of the kids from Noah's school. They actually turned out pretty good. But then again, I didn't have to mess with yeast or anything.

Sorry about Erin's problems, Boo. Kai had some problems with anxiety, but that was during her tour with that Up With People group, and she is back to normal now that she is home. Wish I could offer some advice that you haven't tried, but all I can offer is my prayers and maybe she can find a job or hobby around the house to do during these times to keep her mind busy.

Hope everyone has a great day!

-Sterling Holobyte

May 07, 2020 - Msg 114396: The Bible says "Fear not" or something similar 365 times, one for every day! Just sayin.' :)
Big Maude, prayers for you and your family.
I just can't comprehend how quickly it happened.
May Jesus comfort you and yours at this time.
Sterling--seems to me you got a new gas water heater a few years ago. Is it still working OK? Mine is, put it in around the same time with the same honeywell control.
ASA--I get a TV station here known as H&I, and one shows is The High Chaparral. In today's ep (1969) there was Joanna Moore playing a rather scruffy wagon master of a freight co. I actually didnt recognize her until she spoke! ha Check out this link...
RO--your yard is starting to sound really nice. My wife's hollyhocks are about 5 feet high and looking quite sporty! We went from the 80s to the 100s in about a week, but they are holding up well. Next week should be at least in the 90s.
Regarding LB, what's that old saying, 'Trinket made her own bed, so she has to lie in it!' haha
Keep well, and keep the faith,

May 07, 2020 - Msg 114397:
I think I mentioned this before, but one year in the '60s there was 25 different westerns on in prime time!

May 08, 2020 - Msg 114398: WERE!

May 08, 2020 - Msg 114399: A Good morning to you, Porch friends

Yeow, it's cold here. Straight winds coming from the north. Has anyone told May that this isn't November?! Lots of rain last night. Luckily, nothing severe.

Maude - My condolances. Conforting to hear your husband was there.

Boo - Remember the advice I gave you a while back. When you get alone and to yourself, breathe and meditate within those quick moments you have. It works. Trust me.

Romeena - Wife and I just got our cat, JoJo, a new cardboard house. Some cheap little cute house you kinda slap together. Anyway, she took to it immediately. I mean quick. One of her favorite places in the house.

Sterling - Yeah, I am trying to tamp down the anxiety. I'm not freaking out or sitting here chewing my nails, but everything is so distrustful. If you sit and focus on how many time things have changed, it makes you uneasy.

MDC - My Dad loves his westerns! Has Gunsmoke on DVD, has some John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Audie Murphy and several others. When he was in the hospital after surgeries in 2015, the TV in his hospital room was ALWAYS on the Western Channel! LOL!

Been watching a lot of The Rifleman. Ya' know, and forgive me for saying this, but when it came to being a great Dad and father, I believe Lucas McCain could give Andy a run for the money. Couldn't go wrong with either one.

Well, folks...thinks it's best I mosey on, I plum reckon! Take care! Stay Safe! And have a great day!

John Masters

May 09, 2020 - Msg 114400: Morning Gang....It was 28 degrees last night...SHAZZAM! Mother Nature must be playing a cruel Late April Fools Day Joke on us here in Ohio....Speaking of ďMotherísĒ let me be the first to wish ALL our Porch Moms a Happy ďS Mothers DayĒ Tomorrow.....


May 09, 2020 - Msg 114401: Good morning, porch! Beautiful here today, but we could use some rain. I'm trying to run the sprinkler system, but it's pretty breezy out there, and too much of the water is just blowing away, so I guess I won't. Is a problem!

I finally got a haircut yesterday! She cut nearly two inches off of it, and there's still plenty left. Sure does look and feel better! I think I'm molting or something, my hair is thinning out a lot. I've always had very thick hair, but for the past few months, it's thinning noticeably. I don't know why, maybe it's just age. Anyway, I have learned one thing. Thinning hair looks better when it's kept short. When it gets any length and weight on it, it just looks worse, so getting it cut yesterday was an improvement for sure!

I keep a little flat, washable rug on the tile in front of my stove, so that any spills and the inevitable grease-mist that settles in that area is caught and can be washed away. Otherwise, it stains the grout in the tile. The little rug is rubber-backed so it's non-skid, and after enough washings, that rubber backing starts to crumble and gets messy. Trinket had never bothered the one that I had, but it was getting brittle and crumbly, so I ordered another one. When it arrived, it was longer and more narrow than I expected, but I put it down anyway. Also, it's a deep red, pretty but more noticeable than the old one, which was just a shade darker than the tile, which is a very light beige. The new one is pretty, and I like it. However, the color or something has attracted Trinket. The rug is 5 ft long and 2 ft wide, and fairly heavy, but she gets it by one corner and comes prancing into the living room, dragging that big rug behind her! She has done it twice now, and I know very well that the next step will be to start chewing on it, and very soon it will be destroyed. Scolding does no good, she just looks at me and grins, or runs and gets into her donut bed.

She was groomed on Thursday, and is just beautiful. From an awkward puppy, she has become a beautiful adult dog, but still acts like a puppy. She probably always will, most Maltese are like that. For those of you who remember Sugarplum, she was quite dignified and well-behaved, but had her playful "puppy" moments, right up until she passed. Toye Starr was playful, but was definitely a mama's baby, and wanted nothing more than to be in my lap. Trinket is a wild child, probably always will be, but loves her snuggle time in the evening, when we watch TV together, and at bedtime, she wants to be right next to me. So many common traits, yet still each one is different. Gotta love 'em!

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some lunch. I'm not hungry, so maybe just a little canned soup. Quick, easy, and cheap! Can't beat a deal like that. Stay home, stay safe, and keep smiling! Oh, and wash your hands! Blessings - Romeena

May 09, 2020 - Msg 114402: Thanks so much for the prayers and encouragement everyone. It means so much. Today is a good day.

Thank you Sterling and I am so glad Kai better!

Romeena, I had to smile when I was reading about Trinket being a "brat," as you said. Today Sean took my Poopsie to St. Susan's house to play in the backyard with her little dogs and she had a blast. Sean said Susan asked him, "Are you sure Poopsie isn't deaf? She wont even look my direction when I call her". Sean said, "Say 'chicken'". lol That little terrier has very selective hearing and wont budge if she doesn't want to. She is going to be 2 in July so is not quite a puppy anymore and sleeps more, but she still loves to play. She calm most of the time but can be very fun, especially when she is playing with the cat. Hilarious! She no longer chews on anything besides her little rawhides, which is a relief.

Well, had a nice day today and Bruce and I drove to a nice little fruit and vegetable stand in the country. It was a lovely drive and we stopped for a casual dinner at a small family-owned BBQ place and there was only two other diners in the place so we felt safe there. The weather was perfect today. Cool! Loved it.

I hope all of you mom's have a nice mother's day.


May 10, 2020 - Msg 114403: BOO--our restaurants here will be opening soon, but only with half capacity. I was helping at church "taping off" every other pew, as we can again attend church, and yet be apart. It will be interesting to see how it goes. So glad that you and bruce got out for a bit. Cecile and i have also been doing that and just play it safe as we go.
ME-TV has been having Mayberry month, and on Friday's Matlock, Don Knotts guest-starred. Very cool!
POSSUM put this short video clip up on facebook, so seems apropos for here also, enjoy... :)
RO--that is pretty funny about LB grabbing the new rug. I'm not sure about a dog's eyesight, but maybe it is indeed the new contrasting color!
GF--wow, for this time of year that is 'dang' cold! ha
JOHN Masters, I agree with you about Lucas McCain, except why did he have so many enemies?? haha Oh yes, to keep the writers busy! :) Ever notice that both he and Andy used that word 'cotton' a lot?
Well, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to our porch mom's. Hope it is as good as can be this year!

May 10, 2020 - Msg 114404: MDC, I thought the song went..Tis the season to be jorry, fa ra ra ra ra, ra ra ra ra?...
I guess Barney had the wrong season you suppose?

Well Happy ďS Motherís DayĒ to our Porch Momís....


May 10, 2020 - Msg 114405: Happy Mother's Day to all of our Porch Moms!

possum u.a.r.

May 10, 2020 - Msg 114406: Good morning and a very Happy Mother's Day to all you Mothers out there!

A very crisp morning here in the Ozarks. Enough that I needed my winter coat to take the dogs out. Stiff, cold wind blowing from the north....on MAY 10th?!

GF - I guess I should curtail MY cold talk. 28?!? In May?!?!

Boo - Boy, sometimes those little things can make your whole day. Sounds like a pleasant time.

Romeena - Dad and I looking kinda shaggy. Everywhere to get hair done on our side of the Porch is still closed. Wouldnt take him anyway, at least not yet, as he is 90 and has bad health.

MDC - Dont know if you or any of the other Porchsters have heard, but Johnny Crawford (Mark McCain) is in the last stage of dementia and cant communicate. He is in a facility that escapes me right now. Hard to watch that sweet kid knowing this.

Much to do. Gotta go. Hope you all have a great day! Stay safe!

John Masters

May 10, 2020 - Msg 114407: Good morning, porch! A little chilly here, but nothing like some of you are experiencing! Makes me wonder - whatever happened to global warming??

Thank you for the Mother's Day wishes! I'm thinking of my dear Mom this morning, as I do every day. She was a blessing and a guiding force in my life. She and my dad were stalwart and true, and taught me what I needed to know, yet held a loose leash and let me explore the world, with them watching closely in the background. I was a "free-range kid" when that wasn't even a term, but I always knew my parents were there when I needed them. When moral behavior was involved, there were no choices. I knew what God and my parents expected of me, and I didn't even want to know what the consequences of a poor choice would be. I will always be grateful to them.

Today, Trinket and I are going to Eloise's house for dinner. David and Brittney and the boys will be there, as well as Brittney's sister and her son and daughter, and granddaughter. This will be the first time we've been together since all this virus stuff started. Trinket will play with Diesel, and Brittney will get some pictures of her, since she had her first birthday last Wednesday. She's freshly groomed, and is so very pretty. I'm so grateful for her, I just can't imagine going through this quarantine time without her. I think I'd be hearing voices and talking to myself by now! God is good!

I'm missing my church's online service right now, but it's stored on our website, and I can watch it later. Technology is wonderful. It's live online right now, is on Facebook also, and is available at any time on the website. Still, there's nothing to match the fellowship of attending a real service, which we may be able to do pretty soon. I miss the contact with friends. Email and the phone help, but nothing like just sitting and chatting, and worshiping together.

Boo, do you have a picture of Poopsie, one that you could text or email to me? I'd love to see her. Did I tell you that another pup has been added to our family? Robbi's husband, Richard, has a daughter who works for the animal shelter in Fredericksburg. She called Heather about fostering a sweet black Lab puppy, mixed possibly with Golden Retriever. He's just a few months old, very lovable, and needed to find a home. Heather agreed to foster him until one could be found, and within 24 hours, she became that permanent home. His name is Midas, and according to all accounts, he's a sweetheart. They lost their beloved Dogimus Maximus (Max) recently - just dropped dead in the back yard, probably a stroke or heart attack - and their other dog, Teenie (aka Uncle Fungus) has been in mourning ever since. Max raised him, and taught him doggie manners. Now Teenie, who was a little miffed at first when Midas appeared, has taken on the role and is "raising" Midas. They have become best friends, with Uncle Fungus being a mentor as well. I love it! We all miss precious Max, but from what I hear, Midas is making a place for himself. My family is blessed with a bunch of sweet, loving, and well-behaved dogs. I think even Trinket will qualify for that last descriptor, given a little more time.

OK, off I go. I'm going to go over to Eloise's a little early, and see if she needs any help in the kitchen. Blessings, everyone! Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and grandmoms here, and to whoever has had a hand in producing the fine folks who inhabit this porch. You're all the cats! --Romeena

May 11, 2020 - Msg 114408: Good morning, Porch

(IN my best ballpark beer / hot dog vendor voice) Get'cher rain here! Rain! Get'cher rain! Rain here!
The forecast here in the Ozarks for the next FIVE days is rain! As I write this, there is a huge green mass on the radar heading right at us. The percentages forecast are %100, 90% and 80%! So...if you need some rain, want some rain, gather your buckets and come on! There's plenty to go 'round!

Been ordering a bunch of things needed for the household so we dont have to go out into the public. When something is delivered, I open up the box and let it sit for a few days before bringing into the house. We have got so much that our garage looks like a warehouse. :)

Well, folks...hope you all have a great start to the week. Take care, be safe and stay healthy!

John Masters

May 11, 2020 - Msg 114409: John Masters....Maybe you just need to do some talking to the sun ☀️ and tell him you didnít like the way he got things done,
Heís sleeping on the job for sure!


May 11, 2020 - Msg 114410: Hello Folks;

Maude, my deepest condolences to you and your family. While it is sad that he lingered on while in ill health, at least his suffering has ended.

John Master, thanks for that info about Johnny Crawford. I did a little research and discovered that he and his caretaker (wife) are having a difficult time caring for Johnny. For all you Rifleman fans, a Go Fund Me Page has been set up at You can view some great photos of Johnny and some of this friends at that web site.

Romeena, I just love reading about your dog experiences. It brings back some fond memories for me when I was younger.

With all this talk about the hot temperatures some of you are experiencing, here in the Greater Toronto Area, we came within one degree of setting a record low temperature a couple of days ago. And this morning I woke up to snow flurries!

from Poor Horatio

May 11, 2020 - Msg 114411: John Masters, it G-F's Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head song don't help, try some Creedence Clearwater Revival at

from Poor Horatio

May 11, 2020 - Msg 114412: Good afternoon, porch! I think I'll be going to lunch with David, and Eloise and Jerry, assuming we can find a place that is at least partially open. I guess some restaurants are open, with a limit of 25 or 50% capacity. I haven't researched it, but I'm sure David has!

We had a great day yesterday, at Eloise's house. Jerry grilled steaks, Eloise baked potatoes and made a beautiful salad, and Brittany and Terri brought desserts. D&B brought me a bunch of gorgeous tulips, and some chocolate covered strawberries. The best part of the day was just being together once again!

Brittany forgot her camera, but promised to come by soon and get the pictures of Trinket. Trinket, by the way, behaved nicely, played with Diesel, and initiated a little lap time with just about anyone who would sit still long enough. She's so very loving and affectionate, she's hard to resist. PH, if you're a dog person, you'd love being with my family. Everyone has dogs, and they're considered 4-legged kids and grandkids by all concerned. Welcome anywhere, in everyone's home, and not a clinker in the bunch. Puppies raised with love by the humans and the older dogs as well, and they respond to it. Not much different from children, in that respect!

Well, better go. Trinket has lost her hair scrunchy, so her topknot is now a mop hanging over her eyes. Poor little thing can hardly see at all! No problem, I have dozens of her little scrunchy bands, it's easy to put back up. Blessings, friends! Stay well! --Romeena

May 11, 2020 - Msg 114413: Romeena, yes, I was raised as a dog lover. I grew up with two of them but not at the same time. The first one passed away in 1965 and the second one passed away in 1979. I was spending a lot of time away from home after that so we did not add a third dog. After I got married, my wife had a kitten that has also passed away about two years ago. I prefer dogs over cats.

from Poor Horatio

May 11, 2020 - Msg 114414: MDC, for a detailed listing of all the western shows that where broadcast on American television, visit

from Poor Horatio

May 11, 2020 - Msg 114415: Oops, that should be "were broadcast", not "where broadcast".

from Poor Horatio

May 11, 2020 - Msg 114416: Hey Romeena...Your post about grilling steaks 🥩 got me to thinking about this meat shortage, I guess thatís when it GREAT to be a Texan!...Iím guessing that not a problem in your neck of the woods....

The best I could score was some ground beef and chicken, but Iím thankful for that at least....

PH...So glad your back rocking, we sure were missing your investigative skills Buddy...


May 11, 2020 - Msg 114417: Romeena, I texted you a couple of pics of Poopsie


May 12, 2020 - Msg 114418: JOHN MASTERS--and if those two songs dont do it for ya, give this one a listen...:)

PH--thanks for that list. That is one heap o westerns! Speaking of such, I need to get up to Calgary sometime, and see what the Stampede is all about. (or should I say "a-boot"!) That's a little play on words there, ya see, with Canadian pronunciation and cowboy attire, etc, well, you know ...:) ha
RO--glad to hear that you are getting out a bit. Sounds like you are being cautious and using common sense.
Things are slowing opening here in AZ, and our rising temps are helping too.
ASA--May 11, 1869... one of those famous days in Utah history! Nothing like two train engines kissing cattle guards and being doused in champagne! haha
That's about it for now.
APB FOR MISSING PORCHSTERS! We cleaned off your rockers so come on down! :)

May 12, 2020 - Msg 114419: Morning , Porch

And now...we have been forecast for rain thru SATURDAY. No partly sunny, no partly cloudy, cloudy, sunny, nothing. Pure straight rain, off an on, thru Saturday. Did I dream I live in Missouri and I am actually in Seattle?! Some of my yard is like mashed taters.

PH, MDC - Thanks guys. Ya' just keep "pouring" it on, don't ya'? Get it? Pouring? (rim shot)

Not much here today. Sittin' around the house. Giving one of our dogs a bath. Change around some stuff in the garage. Yep...that's the plan...Sittin' round the house, giving one of our dogs a bath, changing some stuff in the garage.

Take care, all! Stay safe!

John Masters

May 12, 2020 - Msg 114420: Indeed MDC. The Golden Spike was driven in in 1869. They had a big to do last year being 150 years ago. I had been asked to speak in Church about this time last year and I spoke about man using his God given talents to build and create and develop and improve his surroundings. I talked how the Mormon Pioneers traveled from Illinois to the Great Salt Lake basin (I think around 1500 miles) and it took them 2 years of sweat toil blood and tears, and even lives to arrive. That was 1847. Just 22 years later the "Iron Horse", with the completion of the last section of track in Utah now made it possible to travel from coast to coast by train in just days, and without the labor. Then just 100 years after that we had two men walking on the surface of the moon, a third man orbiting the moon in a spacecraft, they being some 240,000 miles away. A journey that took them about 4 days to make. Boggles the mind, don't it?

Boo, your short message to Romeena (114417) might alarm anyone just popping in who are unaware of our conversations. lol What must they be thinking? Ha!

John Masters, might I also suggest some Gordon Lightfoot rain songs, such as "Rainy Day People", or In the "Early Morning Rain". You just can't go wrong with one of Canadas best folk singers, 10-4 PH?

GF, Did you warm back up? We hit the low 80's yesterday, might hit 60 they say tomorrow after a front moves in this afternoon.

I was watching Dragnet last night and saw Howards mother in an episode. She shot and killed her son in law and tried lying about it. But Friday and Gannon, and the crime lab tech (played by John Masters) cracked the case wide open. Anyway, she pleaded guilty because she was insane and was sentenced to a head doctor hospital. I don't know this for sure, but I heard they treated her by removing batts eggs from her hair. And they also discovered she had high levels of oregano in her system. They said that can make you go crazy also. Look what id did to Andy. He married Helen. Just saying...

May 12, 2020 - Msg 114421: Sorry. Bat not batt eggs.


May 12, 2020 - Msg 114422: Asa...Bat 🦇 Eggs🥚? 😳....Oh My! 😱...Warming back up Thursday hopefully for good!...G-F

May 12, 2020 - Msg 114423: Good afternoon, porch. Cloudy here, cool and occasionally drizzly. No real rain yet, just sprinkles now and then. That's okay, I'll take what I can get!

Asa, while Poopsie's name might call up some startling mental pictures, trust me - she's just as cute as any puppy needs to be! Pretty little thing, with big luminous eyes. Boo, I'm so glad you have her. They are such good company, and even little airheads like Trinket seem to know when you want to play, and when you just need a comforting snuggle.

PH, like you, dogs are my favorite and first choice, but I do like cats too. I will always have a dog as long as I can, but if I ever find myself where I can't have a dog, but could have a cat, I will have a cat. There's just something so warm and comforting about a sweet furry animal to cuddle with, and cats are masters of that skill, usually. Some are not, and that's too bad, but most are quite loving, if they're indoor cats. Outdoor cats seem to revert back to nature, and aren't as likely to take to lap-sitting. However, my childhood cat comes to mind, old Puff. He was an outdoor cat, as most were in those days, but when I was outdoors, he took every step I took, and if I got still for a minute, he was in my lap. Sweet old kitty!

Howard Sprague's mother (Mabel Albertson) also appeared as Darrin Steven's mother on "Bewitched", and she was just as neurotic and annoying in that role as she was as Howard's mother. Very talented actress, very believable in the "overbearing mother" roles.

I just had lunch with David, right here in the comfort of home, out in the sunroom where we could see the orchids in the house and assorted things blooming outdoors. David picked up some Thai food on his way here, and it was soooo good! We both like Thai food very much, and no one else in the family does, so we have lunch now and then. A very nice surprise for the day.

Well, guess I'll go clean something. Lots to choose from! Stay home if you can, stay well, and wash your hands a lot. Blessings! --Romeena

May 13, 2020 - Msg 114424:

ASA--with your post above about the daily weather changes, it reminded me of the "whiners" that you used to deal with at your job! Yup, retirement certainly has its good points! Ha
And about your point about man on the moon, even Mr. Tucker
knew that "men were circling the earth!" :)
On a more serious note, the prophet Daniel spoke of a time of a great increase in knowledge before Jesus' return. I think we are in that time, as anyone can get any answer to any question by literally tapping their phone. Amazing times!
RO--we certainly enjoyed our 3 cats. One of the 3 really had a penchant for catnip. We'd give her a little catnip mouse, and she'd play with that thing for about an hour each time! Our last cat always slept on our bed, practically right between us sometimes, a real cuddler like trinklet.
Tonight on Me-tv, Gomer Pyle USMC sang with Carol Burnett!! Good, fun television.
Keep well all,

May 13, 2020 - Msg 114425: Morning, Porchsters

Cloudy, wet and cool on my side of the porch. Supposed to warm up for the week into the 70's.

Mabel Albertson was so good at her roles that I couldnt stand her on screen. I almost wanted to yell at the screen "Would you get a life and go away!"

MDC - Jim Nabors kinda peeled away from his wholesome roles when he did the two films with Burt Reynolds. "Stroker Ace" and the other I cant put the title on here, but also starred Dolly Parton and Charles Durning.

Better git to the chores. Y'alll have a great day and stay safe!

John Masters

May 13, 2020 - Msg 114426: Good morning, porch! Gray, heavy overcast, windy, dreary-looking here today, but no rain as yet. Forecast is for partly sunny, but someone needs to go wake up the sun, if that's to happen. Right now, the sky looks like it's going to burst into tears at any moment. The grass has grown very little since last week, as it's been cool and cloudy most days, so Eddie is going to skip this week with the lawn. Suits me! Saves me some money!

MDC, I saw that Carol Burnett show last night with Jim Nabors. Wasn't it fun? That duet they did was very complicated, vocal calisthenics and all, and they did a beautiful job with it. Two powerful voices, but they blended so well. Do we even have anybody these days that could, or would, do what they did?

I just received the new fluffy dog bed I ordered for Trinket, after she chewed up the one that stays in the knee space under my desk. She already has one of the big fluffy donuts you see advertised, so I got her a smaller one to replace the bed she ruined. It's nice, very full and fluffy, and she took to it right away, but I was sorry to see on the tag that it was made in China! Booooooo! Had I known, I would not have ordered it, but they don't tell you those things in advance, and anyway, just about 90% of the things we buy these days come from there. Scary, and I'm not just referring to COVID.

Well, guess I'll think about lunch. Not much to consider, I've still got some of that Thai food, and will just finish it off. That will make my third meal from that one order. Lunch and dinner yesterday, lunch today. It's sooo good! We have two good Thai restaurants in our little burg here. The food is similar, but still enough differences in style and preparation that you feel like you get to make a choice. I think the difference is that one of the places identifies as Thai/Lao food, while the other is strictly Thai. Doesn't matter to me, I like them both. The Thai place does make a couple of dishes that the Thai/Lao place doesn't. Purple sticky rice is one, and it is so very good. It's a dessert, made with purple rice, with big fat grains, cooked in coconut milk. It's sweet, and has a lovely texture, and I really like it. The other thing is a kind of slaw they make, with shredded carrots, and green mango and green papaya shreds, with a light, sweet(ish) dressing, that's just delicious. I'm so glad my parents didn't cater to a finicky appetite when I was little, and now I enjoy all kinds of ethnic foods, as well as any veggie or fruit you could name. I'm an experimental cook, and while I have some disasters, I come up with some pretty good stuff, too! I love to share and receive recipes, and just got a good one from my DIL. In all these years, I have never cooked short ribs, but she sent me a recipe that looks marvelous, and I'm going to try it, as soon as I can go to the grocery store and shop for myself. Asa, if it turns out like hers apparently did, I'll share it. It all happens in a slow cooker! About 20 minutes prep, cooks for 8 hours, and enjoy!

Well, I heard the mailman, and so did Trinket, so she will not stop barking until I see about it. She's a good little watchdog. She still shocks me with her bark, though. Toye Starr had a tiny bark, and didn't do it often, but Trinket barks like a Rottweiler - deep, throaty and earsplitting. It's shocking, coming out of her 11 lb body. At least she limits it to the occasions when she has a reason to bark.

Stay safe, stay home if you can, and wash, wash, wash! Blessings! --Romeena

May 14, 2020 - Msg 114427: Sounds great Romeena. Has the three things I need. Quick,easy, and delicious. I love the recipes and the lessons you give to me.

I use the slow cooker a lot in the summer so I don't heat up my kitchen so much. I do a good amount of time outside on the grill also. I threw a stew together last weekend in the crockpot and I lived to tell about it. Lol

I was at my dentist office today and he said he thought about me yesterday morning. He watched aTAGS episode. He knows I am a big fan. I asked what episode and he said the one where Ellie wanted to run for city council. I chuckled and said that was silly. He was blown away that I knew it so well that I could offer a quote so fast. I still have it. Lol

Prayers for all. Especially in these difficult days. Asa

May 14, 2020 - Msg 114428: HI ALL, just a quick hello tonight. Like barn, just busy, busy, busy! ha
Actually had to take my new truck in for an oil change, and they did a free sanitizing of the interior. It will be one year old at the end of May.
Sweet dreams!

May 14, 2020 - Msg 114429: Morning porch family. checking in from work this morning.

Its been a long week for ole Maude. We had a what the funeral home called " a call of convenience" on Sunday for my brother in law on Sunday from 10-4. It allowed folks to come during that time to
pay their respects and then a graveside service on Monday at 11am. It was a long 2 days. Now we will proceed with settling his personal affairs as I mentioned he had no spouse or children. It will take a while to get it all sorted out. He had no will or had made any plans. He always said he was going to but never did.

My end of the porch is starting to re open somewhat. Not sure how I feel about that but guess its risky no matter when they do so.

I have been doing some phone sessions with folks and seeing some in person. taking precautions with the in person sessions. Folks who struggle with anxiety and depression are affected by this situation so they need their sessions more so.

well, guess I better get my day started
Lunch menu will be: chicken pot pie, cranberry salad. strawberry pie with whipped cream for dessert. tea, lemonade to drink.

Prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude