June 08, 2020 - Msg 114610:

June 08, 2020 - Msg 114611: Fixed?

June 08, 2020 - Msg 114612: Let's be sure. --Romeena

June 08, 2020 - Msg 114613: I hate when that happens!! --Romeena

June 08, 2020 - Msg 114614: I did sweep the porch while I was at it, though. I'm glad, it was beginning to need it. --Romeena

June 08, 2020 - Msg 114615: Good job Romeena
Big Maude

June 08, 2020 - Msg 114616: Romeena: There was no arguments, just I expressing a counterpoint. I don't use capitals to shout, or bold typeface to withdraw. You never answered my earlier question. I guess we end this discussion without your answer. JPT

June 08, 2020 - Msg 114617:
"Mayberry, gateway to danger." (:

June 08, 2020 - Msg 114618: Danger? Nah. ;-)

June 08, 2020 - Msg 114619: JPT, I guess we do end it, because quite frankly, I don't understand what you're asking. It doesn't matter, because I don't intend to continue discussing the situation. Oh, and by the way, my use of boldface at the end of my post was not intentional, it was accidental. A typo. If you'll read it again, you'll notice the ( instead of <, which would have completed the code to close my boldface request. It printed because it wasn't a recognized code. I don't use capitals to shout either, as you said, and I would never use bold typeface to withdraw from a discussion. When I leave a topic, you will know it. Consider this one left. --Romeena

June 09, 2020 - Msg 114620: It doesn't matter anymore, Romeena, true that. It was a simple yes or no to a question I asked about what you had said. You don't want to answer, cool, but its not because you don't understand. JPT

June 09, 2020 - Msg 114621:

HI Gang, please pray that SPOT and POSSUM are doing OK as this tropical storm moves thru their areas. Thanks. Spot and Possum, check in when you can.
RO--I enjoyed your email about the guy spinning the pizza...ha...what a unique talent! In fact, I would still eat one made with simple hand tossing because they cook at about 500 degrees, certainly killing any germs! :)
I missed TAGS tonight on me-tv, because I was out riding my bike!
The weater decided to change on a dime and our 110s are now mere 90s, and actually 'cool' evenings.
Here is something kinda 'funny' about my SIL. I mentioned that she was
doing good for five years. Well, for some reason she bought a scratcher card,
and it was a $1000 winner! That is what started things up again. The 'funny' part? I could probably play a MILLION cards and not get such a winner! In raffles, church auctions, etc, I have never won anything!
More later,

June 09, 2020 - Msg 114622:
"weater?" Make that "weather!" :)

June 09, 2020 - Msg 114623:

OH ASA, did you see the undocking and landing of the SpaceX capsule today? Very cool!


June 09, 2020 - Msg 114624: Thanks MDC. That was way cool. I'm not sure why but re-entry was always more fascinating than the launch's were. I guess it was the mystery of 3 or 4 minute radio black out that did it. The Apollo capsules were re-entering at about 24,000 MPH as opposed to the 17,000 MPH speed of earth orbit vehicles. They could not build a capsule that could withstand the force of that speed, nor would the Astronauts be able to survive the G forces of that. So they had it come in slightly shallower than normal to slow it down some. Then it would bounce back up slightly (but not so far as to put them back in orbit), spin 180 degrees and then drop back down in again at a lower speed that both the vehicle and the Astronauts could handle. They called it there roller coaster ride or double dipper. Apollo 8 was the first one to re-enter that way and it is fascinating to listen to the audio between Borman, Lovell, and Anders. Lovell is calling out the G's at different intervals getting as high as 8 G's (you can hear the intensity of it in his voice) and then back to 1 G as they bounce back up. Then only get to about 4 G's on the second and final dip back in. To think they were able to figure all this stuff out back in the 60's with the technology they had just boggles the mind, don't it?
It's a shame that gambling addiction does what it does. I guess you could say the same with any addiction though. Sad you can be good for 5 years like that and one little hiccup and bam, right back in it. Prayers for her my friend.

Nice sweep Romeena. Well done on all accounts.

Well our storm is gone and temps are supposed to rise quick during the week. I actually have some frost on my lawn this morning but they are calling for low 90's by Friday. Talk about a roller coaster.

Well off to the grocery store. My goodness, the price of groceries sure have shot up. Or is that just me?

Sarah, thanks for the Miracle whip answer to my question. I will have to give that a try. I wonder if Miracle whip would work in moulage's like egg whites? LOL


June 09, 2020 - Msg 114625: Good morning, porch! Bright sun and a brisk wind here. The temp is a pleasant 85°, with a predicted high of 101°. I'm planning to stay home today (big surprise) so the heat won't bother me. However, I wish the wind would settle down. We haven't had rain in several days, and none is predicted at all for this week, so I need to run my sprinklers, but I guess I won't. With so much wind, it just blows up into a fine mist and drifts away. Very little makes it to the ground, and I hate to waste the water and run the bill up, so I don't do it. Maybe the wind will stop later today.

Wow! The wind is really picking up out there. I just watched a small limb, about ten feet long and a diameter of about 1.5", as it fell from the sycamore outside my window. It didn't hurt anything, just landed on open grass. It looks like there may be another one hung up in the tree, it's hanging at an unnatural angle. I'll know tomorrow, if the leaves start to wither.

I have peppermint growing in the flowerbed that runs across the back of the house, including beneath my window. The stuff spreads like measles, and it's about three feet tall in places. I read somewhere that peppermint deters rodents, so I think I'm going to give it a haircut, take it down to about a foot high and let it thicken up closer to the ground. Then I'll tie the cuttings into "bouquets" and put them in the garage, just placing them at intervals around the walls. Maybe that will keep any more rats from trying to make a home there. I haven't seen any more since I caught that one a few months ago, but you never know. You'd think that with the six or eight cats that my cameras catch roaming around the house all night, rats would be no problem, but I'm told that cats might catch mice, but generally don't bother rats, because they fight back. Lazy cats! Apparently they do catch lizards, though, because I haven't seen my big old granddaddy tree lizard in a long time. He was over a foot long, and always hung out on the cottonwood outside my window. He was cautious, but didn't seem fearful when I would be outside, and I talked to him. I love all the little wild critters, and especially the lizards, because they eat bugs. Those shiftless cats do nothing but patrol my yard and set off my cameras all night long, and probably are the reason my lizard has disappeared. Some mornings I have as many as fifteen or twenty "hits" on the cameras, all cats. I wish people would keep their cats at home. Some of these are probably feral, and I'm thinking of calling the TNR people to come pick them up and at least neuter them and return them. It won't fix the current problem, but will keep it from getting worse. I know they're reproducing. There's a white cat with a black tail and a little "batman" mask on her face, and now there are two more white cats with with random black markings that I'll just bet are her babies. I never saw them as kittens, but they surely do look like her. Pretty things, but they sure leave a mark on the small critter population. I found a headless bluejay on my driveway! Grrr. I've got a pair of mockingbirds nesting in a big shrub, but I don't worry much about them. A mockingbird will beat the pants off a cat if he comes too close! Try it when they're nesting, and he just might beat your shirt off too! Mockingbirds are amazing.

Well, guess I'd better go feed my little roommate. She's curled in her cuddlebed under my desk, and reaches over and licks my ankles now and then, to remind me that she's there. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

June 09, 2020 - Msg 114626: Morning, Porch

LOTS of rain last night! Not enough to do much right on my end of the porch, but heard there's some flood warnings down around Branson and north of the Lake of the Ozarks.

Romeena - Good sweep! Did you wait for Barney to go in the back room so you didnt get dust in his larynx?

MDC - My dad played the lottery in Mo. and Ks. for YEARS and never won more than $200. He had a kitchen drawer stuffed with lottery tickets from Powerball and Kansas Lottery. He put out WAY, way more than he came even close to winning.


Asa - Wife and I shop at Walmart. No price changes where I am.

Hey to Sarah, GF, Boo, PH, Sterling and everybody else shopping at the Scobey house fund rummage sale! Have a great and safe day, folks!

John Masters

June 09, 2020 - Msg 114627: Asa, I have noticed the price of groceries going up since I've been allowed out of the house to shop. My better half just made dental appts, for us to have our teeth cleaned with a new dentist. The dental office we have been going to forever is going down hill and it's time for a change. The new one we are going to in July said the first appt. would take two hours, holy cow two hours with white knuckles, I hate going but it's necessary. Sarah

June 09, 2020 - Msg 114628: Been several days since I've been here. BTW, JPT and I are not the same person. Was wondering if anyone watched the sermon I referenced, and your thoughts. Love reading and keeping up with my fellow Mayberrians! Ang

June 09, 2020 - Msg 114629:
Hi Ang, The cue point you gave was on a very nice song, and that was great. I didn't listen further because I thought the 'sermon' was in the song! :)

June 09, 2020 - Msg 114630: MDC, the music is great but please take the time to listen to the sermon. If memory serves correctly, it's Easter Sunday evening service. I'm so stoked about the message that I've listened to it about 4 times! Definitely want to hear everyone's thoughts. Ang

June 09, 2020 - Msg 114631: Speaking of messages, for the first time in my life, I had a dream last night that I remembered vividly when I woke up and realized what it meant. My best friend, that I cared for the last 10 months of her life (real) had came close to dying in my dream. I was afraid of losing her so I wanted to spend as much time with her as I could. She kept avoiding me and I couldn't understand why. (Back to reality) after 12 years of mourning and heavy drinking, Rhonda wanted me to know that I need to let the mourning go and continue on life without her! Thanks for being such an awesome group that anyone can express their feelings and for expressing yours! This group is way better than Facebook! Ang

June 09, 2020 - Msg 114632: Well, dang, y'all done put an APB out for me & Spotty-figured I better check in before someone comes trying to smoke me out from under my rock!
Appreciate the concern,but the tropical storm didn't come our ( SC & GA) way. I'm ok,and Spot should be too.
Good sweep, Ro! I'll second that, Ang-we ARE a great group of folks.Nice to have you rocking with us again.
Hope everyone's doing ok with all that's going on in this crazy world. Prayers for us all!

possum u.a.r.

June 10, 2020 - Msg 114633:

ANG, I am so sorry about your years of mourning.
May the Good Lord Jesus embrace you with his love, and help you continue on with your life. Most of us on the Taylor porch have gone thru very similar situations with our loved ones, we have even
lost several who used to faithfully rock here with us.
During these times especially we need good friends and a bit of a Mayberry escape now and then :)
Could you please put up the link to the sermon again. Thanks.
POSSUM--so glad to hear that you are doing OK, and that the storm missed you this time.
I hope Spot is ok as well. John, you hang in there too!
RO-- my cameras pick up nightime cats 'round here as well!

June 10, 2020 - Msg 114634: Morning, Porch

A bit of a nip out there today. Cloudy and chilly. On June 10th. Sometimes this weather makes no sense whatsoever.

possum - I second MDC in being glad you are safe. Still need to hear from SPOT even though nothing effected him.

Ang - Haven't had the pleasure. I'm John Masters. Might be able to find you a spot in the choir. Or maybe you can spell me at the hotel counter when I go to get dinner at the diner.

Hear that? That's no lake loon. That's my morning chores callin'! Better answer 'em!
Y'all have a great day! Stay healthy and safe!
Hey to GF, Boo, Romeena, Asa, Sarah, SPOT, Sterling, PH and everyone else that voted for Sam Jones!

John Masters

June 10, 2020 - Msg 114635: Thanks again,y'all- it's nice to feel appreciated! I sent word to Spotty that there's an APB out for him,so maybe he'll check in soon.
Y'all have a good Wednesday and even though so many aren't these days, remember to "Act Like Somebody"!

possum again

June 10, 2020 - Msg 114636: Act like somebody brings back so many memories Possum. I remember my mother saying those three words. Sarah

June 10, 2020 - Msg 114637: Woo hoo gang ! We all good here at the dog house ! Possum found me over there on FB ! Gona read back and see how y’all all are. Garden doing great ! Beans okra corn and got the best maters I have had in years ! Got them golf ball size So far ! Ok. Rain here today - nascar tonight again ! Let me read. Bless you all !! SPOT

June 10, 2020 - Msg 114638: Well I’ll be. If it ain’t SPOT the talkin’ Dog! Glad ya checked in, you see when you Retire you loseall track of time!.G-F

June 10, 2020 - Msg 114639: Here ya go Asa.....https://youtu.be/d3tO0xN6TTA 🚀🚀

June 10, 2020 - Msg 114640: MDC,I never could get the link to the exact sermon. On Facebook, look for Mt Pisgah Baptist Church in Oliver Springs, TN or look them up on YouTube. April 12 Easter Sunday PM service.

June 11, 2020 - Msg 114641: good morning porchsters… just got home from a vacation in the hospital shucks been so often they have my room on stand by... watched a lot of andy Griffith shows... watched where andy told barney not to act like he was a con to get doc malloy to talk barney did anyway and prisoner got loose.. cousin barney strikes again. haven't had time to catch up on posts yet so I will say my prayers are with you. papa bear

June 11, 2020 - Msg 114642: Morning, Porch!

A bright, comfortably cool, beautiful day. Very pleasant.

Hey papa bear! Hope you're doin' better. Good to hear you are home where you can watch Andy in the comfort of your own home!

SPOT - Oh, man...gotta have me some of your 'maters! I'll tell you, one of my favorite memories of my grandparents is the garden they put down. My grandma used to make vegetable plates that I would snatch from before dinner. Now you KNOW if a kid is snatching vegetables like candy, that's a gooood vegetable plate!

Better git, better go. Chores to be done! Y'all have a great day!

John Masters

June 11, 2020 - Msg 114643:


June 11, 2020 - Msg 114644: I went out to the mailbox and all I got was...Occupant, occupant, occupant.

John Masters

June 11, 2020 - Msg 114645: Hot diggity dog. GF, Was that you that posted the rockets landing. Dang good of you buddy. That is some truly amazing stuff, ain't it? Thank you.

John, I have some of your mail at my place. Mr. Occ U. Pant. I'll forward it to you.

Great to see you P.B. Hope you are on the mend.

Well we went from 50's on Sunday to 90's today. Mother Nature is bi-polar I do believe.

Well off to get some work done.


June 12, 2020 - Msg 114646:

Bi-polar weather! :) ASA, you're funny for a retired guy. ha
Hey all, I have an idea...what if each of us starts our posts with one
word, and the others guess the episode.
For example, from tonight's episode on me-tv--... "Blue."

There were good lines in both eps tonight. Tho I don't really care for
Roger Hanover, there is Andy's line to Aunt Bee, "You look good enough to take to Chinatown." :) Also like the scene of Andy and Floyd talking about the weather. (92 ASA!)

All is well here despite what you may hear on the news.
Tho there are more cases reported, there is also much more testing going on.

JOHN, when I was a kid, I loved raw carrots! My mom would make up a dip
and I'd chow down. Cooked carrots however was a different sitchee-a-tion entire.
Prayers for all,

June 12, 2020 - Msg 114647:

Oh, hey to pappabear. Glad you are back home to the scooter races. :) mdc

June 12, 2020 - Msg 114648: “Bread!” 🍞.....G-F

June 12, 2020 - Msg 114649: MDC, I'd say you watched the episode with Barney and his police dog Blue.

GF, You sounded just like Briscoe bellowing out BREAD!

Here's my one word. "Five".

MDC, I was the same way. Loved raw carrots. Cooked, not a-tallll. I like them ok cooked these days, but still not my favorite.

Well off to mow before it hits 92. Suppose to get their today.


June 12, 2020 - Msg 114650: Good morning, porch! It's so beautiful here today, and there are three tiny squirrels on the trees outside my window. Just little half-grown babies, and so cute! By the way, I think most of you know that when I refer to my window, I'm talking about an 8 ft wide, 5 ft high, double 1/4" paned, tempered glass picture window. My desk sits in front of that window, so when I'm at my keyboard, I have a view of my entire back yard, with the exception of the two near corners on either side. Therefore, I see all the flowers as they open, and the critter traffic is a constant flow of entertainment. I love this window! Best idea I ever had, when I decided to replace the original mulled pair of paned sash windows, complete with screens. Couldn't see squat out there! Now I can, and it's a never-ending show.

I didn't care much for Roger Hanover either. He was annoying, overbearing, and reminded me too much of a cousin of mine. Same abrasive personality, same wearying attempts to be funny, and same agenda-driven behavior. I never worried during the episode, because I just knew Aunt Bee would never cozy up to him, and would quickly grow tired of his "humor." As she said, "a little of Roger goes a long way."

I just watched a squirrel walk from the utility pole to the corner of my house, a distance of about 65 ft, on the power line coming to the house. There's a significant swag in the line, so it has a lot of sway in it, but he made it. His tail was twirling like a propeller, but apparently it helps a lot in his balance, because the line didn't even sway more than an inch or so. They are the most athletic, nimble, and surefooted little critters in the world! I love to watch them. It fascinates me that they can do what a cat cannot - come down a tree headfirst. That's why cats get stuck in trees, because they can only back down, and can't see where they're going, so they're afraid to try. Squirrels can navigate on a tree going upward, downward or sideways, and never miss a step. Amazing little critters. Their ankles on their back legs are made so they can rotate and point straight back as well as forward, so they can hang upside down with ease. A cat's feet, all four of them, can only point forward, so they can't do that. God just loves His little jokes!

Well, guess I'll go feed Trinket and play with her for a while. She's in her cuddlebed under my desk, patiently waiting for me to finish playing with my toy (keyboard) and pay some attention to her. She's so sweet. She's not at all what I thought I wanted in many ways (size, mostly) but she is everything I needed, as well as wanted, in disposition and loving nature. She's a typical Maltese, just a bigger version of one. Toye Starr was an exception, in her tiny size of just 4.5 lbs, and Trinket is larger than most Maltese, at 11 lbs, but size notwithstanding, both of them had the sweet, loving, gentleness of a Maltese. All dogs, given the proper socialization and kind treatment, will be wonderful companions, but Maltese just have a special little something, that I find hard to define. When I got Sugarplum, about 25 years ago, I knew I had something rare. I have had dogs all my life, only about two years spent without one when Dale was in the Air Force and we were not able to have a dog. Mostly, I had c@cker spaniels, with a few mixed breeds now and then. I have loved them all, and all were precious to me. However, when I got the Plum, I knew I had found my breed. Toye Starr followed the Plum, and now I have Trinket. The only negative thing about dogs, any dogs, is that their lives are just too short! I have never been ready to lose one, but loss is inevitable. Still, the pain of losing one is worth it, for all the years of love and fun. I highly recommend them!

Blessings, y'all! --Romeena

June 12, 2020 - Msg 114651: Wow, that is pretty warm Asa. It has been hot here too but we have had lower humidity than usual so it feels great to me. We have had so much rain that everything is lovely and green. Just a beautiful day today but the mosquitos are out in force.

Hope everyone is well and blessed. We are doing ok. We have had a few bumps in the road this week with the kids but we will just keep going forward one day at a time. Erin is doing fairly well and actually started a babysitting job today for a couple of older kids who just need supervision, mostly. I hope it goes well.

Romeena, I just love squirrels so much, even when they tear up my bird feeders. They are just the cutest! I have been enjoying watching the critters on the place since I put out a couple of feeders. I have been thinking about the best way to feed the squirrels, too. I heard they like peanut butter. Do you know?

Speaking of Maltese, I really wanted one before we got our Poopsie but I knew Bruce wouldn't want to spend that amount of money and we just lucked out find our little dog. She is really a sweetie, though, she is fairly stubborn in that she wants to do what she wants to do. She has a sweet submissive nature, though, and if I talk to her sternly, she listens. If she is doing something or has something she shouldn't, all it takes from me is a firm "No" and she will drop it right away. Sweet baby! I just love her to pieces. Sorry to go on, but I cant help it. lol

Well, I have been getting things done today, went to the post office to mail some things. I hadn't been there since around Christmas time. Been doing some laundry and housework. That's about it for me. Hope you all have a terrific weekend!


June 13, 2020 - Msg 114652: Good morning, porch! Another beautiful blue-and-gold day here, very light breeze,temp at 85° and heading for the high 90s. Looks like that's the plan for the next week, too. No rain in sight, I'm sorry to say.

Boo, I love hearing you talk about your little Poopsie. Any way you can email a picture of her? I cannot imagine a life without animals in it, especially dogs. The writer Roger Caras said, "Dogs may not be our whole life, but they make our lives whole." I wholeheartedly agree.

I'm glad you didn't get a Maltese, though - unless you were prepared to keep it in the house. They don't do too well outdoors. They are small enough to be seen as prey by some wild animals, and we all seem to be seeing things like foxes and coyotes and large predatory birds in our neighborhoods these days. I don't think Trinket could be taken by a big bird, but Toye Starr most definitely could have been. Also, that soft white coat of flowing hair would be a pain to maintain in a dog with outdoor privileges. You can keep it cut short, but that removes a lot of the beauty of a Maltese. I keep Trinket in a moderately short cut on her legs and body, but her tail plume is about 8 inches long, and her ears are long and lovely, too. The ear itself is just about 2 inches, but the hair is over 6 inches long. She's quite a pretty little dog, but her real charm is in her sweet, loving nature.

As for squirrels, they're a never-ending source of entertainment and fun, as they conduct their little squirrely business outside my window. Yes, Boo, they like peanut butter! And peanuts. They will plant the ones in the shell, and soon you'll have peanut vines sprouting in your flowerbeds, and yes, they return and harvest them. They'll do the same with pecans, and by the time you spot the resulting tree, you won't be able to pull it up, you have to dig it out. The root will be longer than the visible tree sprout is tall. Cutting it off doesn't work, it just sprouts again, doubling itself, so you have a pecan bush instead of a tree. Squirrels will tear up and carry off the remnants of any lawn chair cushions they can find, and later you'll see the remnants high in a tree, incorporated into a nest. They can get into any bird feeder you can imagine, and will sit inside it if it's large enough, and just chow down. They are amazing, aggravating, annoying, destructive, charming and adorable little rascals, and I love them. Yes, they'll get into your attic, but that's easy to prevent. Just walk the perimeter of your home about once a month, and if you spot any signs of chewing on any part of the roof or the eaves, fix it immediately. If you have a lot of trees, you probably won't have any attempts to get into the attic. They're simply looking for a place to nest, and trees serve them well. Also, if you have no trees at all, you probably won't have squirrels!

Boo, back to what they like to eat, the short answer is - anything! I put out stale bread, cookies and crackers, apple cores, any kind of nuts, pizza crust, melon rinds, just about anything. I avoid salty things like chips, or maybe just a few. I had a small bag of kibble that Trinket just would NOT eat, so I fed it to the squirrels, a little at a time. They loved it! They will eat fruit and berries too, just be sure it hasn't started to mold. No chance of that around here, I eat it too quickly! Have fun!

Well, better get moving. Lots that needs to be done, which I may or may not do. That's another good thing about Trinket, she doesn't care whether I dust the furniture or not! Blessings, all! --Romeena

June 13, 2020 - Msg 114653: Good morning, Porch

Sunny, sunny and warm. You can feel the air surround you, but it's not too bad.

Boo, Romeena - I designate you both to come on my side of the porch and take my four dogs out. :)
They're a handful! I take them out four times a day on leashes 'cause we dont have a fenced yard. I love 'em to death. A big mountain cur named Champ, a chiweenie named Howie, a Jack Russell named Odie and a Pointer/German Shepherd/Lab mix named Babygirl.

If we're talking about irritating TAGS characters, I would say no one tops Mrs. Sprague. However....Roger Hanover grinds your teeth a little too!

Asa - "Barney's Physical" where Barney gets his watch with 5 on it.

Ok, chores and lunch a callin'. Better answer the call! Y'all have a safe and good Saturday!

John Masters

June 13, 2020 - Msg 114654: You got it John. Good job.


June 13, 2020 - Msg 114655: Oh, yes, John Masters. Mrs. Sprague was a real pain. I know why Howard never married. One meeting with Mrs. Sprague and the girl would head for the hills. Can you imagine her as a mother-in-law? Yikes! Come to think of it, Samantha Stevens on "Bewitched" did have her as a MIL, and she was a royal pain in the hoo-hoo there, too. She couldn't turn anyone into a kumquat like Samantha's mother could, but it was close to an even trade on the annoying behavior. Mabel Albertson played Mrs. Stevens. Her brother is Jack Albertson, another fine character actor. Mabel did a superb job portraying an irritating, overbearing hypochondriac. You just wanted to slap her on general principles. Poor Howard!

Well, I've had my shower and washed my hair (what's left of it) so I can go to church tomorrow! I'm so glad we're back in the sanctuary, even if we do have to sit six feet apart. We have two services, since we can't all get in there for one service. I suppose we'll go back to one when the restrictions are lifted. I go to the 8:15 service, where all the music is "old" and familiar. The 9:45 service is all contemporary music. Usually, when we have one service at 9:00, the music is mixed. It doesn't matter much to me how we end up, the sermons are the same. I prefer the older, more traditional beautiful music, of course, but I can put up with the repetitious, frenetic "oh yes he is" music if I must. To each his own. I'll be glad when the choir can return, too. Right now, we have no choir, because our choir loft wouldn't accommodate many, all sitting six feet apart! I miss singing in the choir. I did, for years. I'm not a "good" singer, but could carry a fair choir alto, until my respiratory problems arrived. Now I don't have the breath to produce the sounds and notes I want, and what comes out is not what I was going for! I have a good ear, and carried the alto with or without music, but now I'm worse than Barney and his sour tenor. So, I just sit in the congregation and sing very quietly, so no one can hear. God hears, and He doesn't hear the sour notes, or care if He does.

Blessings, friends. Stay well! --Romeena

June 13, 2020 - Msg 114656: Speaking of music at church services, I would love to participate as a guitarist musician performing toe-tapping, hand clapping Christian songs such as https://youtu.be/Jl06RN5zRxk

From Poor Horatio

June 13, 2020 - Msg 114657: Your dogs sound terrific, John Masters. I love the names!

Ro, I texted you a pic of Poopsie a couple of weeks ago so if you find my text on your phone you will see her. :) I don't let her out, either. She will head for the street and slip out through the bars on the gate. I also don't like the way her wirey hair smells when she has been out in the humidity. She weighs 10 lbs but we have some very large hawks on our place so I don't take a chance. On the subject of squirrels, I don't see a lot of them, just now and then. We have over a hundred trees in the yard so I know they are nesting there but I think because the hawks like the yard, maybe they like to stay elsewhere. We live in an area of town that is very wooded and we have woods on both sides of us so I suspect the squirrels lodge elsewhere and come to our place to eat. ha

Well, hope you are all doing well and enjoying the weekend. I was just thinking about it and it seems like almost everyone that frequents the porch is retired now. I don't know when I will go back to work but I surely am enjoying being off.


June 14, 2020 - Msg 114658:

HI all, hope all is well. We havent heard from Frankie lately. I hope she is doing ok. Frankie, check in when you can. Thanks.
RO and BOO...we have no squirrels around here except for a few of our politicians! ha But we do have plenty of lizards! At any one time during the day there will be about 10 sunning themselves on our backyard block fence. We had 3 cats, as most of you know, and all three could slap those lizards down with great accuracy! Also, each one had their own unique personality. Two went crazy over catnip. Our third wouldnt have anything to do with it. Go figure. :)
All is OK still with us. The state is opening up, all demonstrations are now peaceful, and tho the weather is hot, it has dropped this week into the 105 range.
PH--great song! Reminds me a lot of our dear Rev's services! :)
Please keep up your prayers for Christina. I think she on the 'home stretch' on getting
good again.
BOO--yup, we've been thru a lot on this porch, and hopefully we'll get thru these present situations ok. At this point, pure love is key. :)
Peace and Love to all,

June 14, 2020 - Msg 114659: Good morning, porch! I just finished "attending" my church's service this morning. I was planning to actually go to the church, but for some reason, I'm having a hard time breathing this morning, and wasn't sure I could walk from the car to the building! I used my inhalers, and it improved things a bit, but by then it was too late to go. So, I did the next best thing. Our pastor has arranged to have our services streamed live on Facebook, a decision that is much appreciated by our membership. So, I attended our service in my nightshirt, sitting at my big window! Actually, I can hear and understand him better in that arrangement than I can when I'm actually in the sanctuary. My faulty ears can't be trusted sometimes. Anyway, it was a great message and I'm so glad for the technology that lets me be a part of things.

MDC, that video brought our dear REV (Rocky Morris) to my mind also. He was one of a kind, and his motto was "God is Good, All the Time!" It was my privilege to get to know him, as he came and gave concerts at my church every October for 5 years. Once I even found a hat with that quote on it, and gave it to him. He was a fine man, a true servant of the Lord, and very talented. He was in my home two or three times, had dinner with us, and even played his guitar and sang for us, and my two grandsons were very impressed! They were just young boys, pre-teens, and they thought Rocky was really something, which he was. It was such a shock when he passed, just the day after doing a concert for us, and I miss him. It's so sweet to know that I will see him again. Maybe I'll have a decent voice by then, and we can sing together! We'll have all of eternity to do the things we think about while we're here. My Dale, who couldn't carry a tune in a bucket, will be able to sing too, and we'll just all have a singin' good time! You know what? The older I get, the more attractive the idea of Heaven becomes, and the weaker the attractions on earth seem to be.

Boo, I think my brain pan must be leaking. I remembered getting that text when you mentioned it, went back and found it, and even found my reply to it!! It's getting scary. Poopsie is indeed adorable, and has such lovely eyes. I'll bet she's just a little sweetheart. She and Trinket would have a great time together, I'm sure. Trink plays with Diesel very well, and he's nearly three times her size. She and Poopsie are about the same size, and both sweet dogs, so I know they'd have fun. She never goes outside, either. She doesn't even try to, when the doors are opened. She just steps back, to get a better position for ambushing whoever might walk in, to solicit their attention. Dogs are the cats!

Well, speaking of Trinket, I suppose I should go feed her, and perhaps myself as well. I'm not really hungry, maybe just a glass of apple juice. Have a great Sabbath, friends, and remember to act like somebody. Wash your hands, wear your mask if you leave your house, and stay well. Blessings!--Romeena

June 14, 2020 - Msg 114660: Good Sabbath, Porch

Another sunny day. Gonna be hot though. Here them locusts?

MDC - Forgot the name of the episode, but it's when Andy is dating Peggy and Barney says they wont be a good pair. She's too high class for him.

Droppin' in before doin' the morning routine. Like Romeena says..stay well! Have a great Sunday, folks!

John Masters

June 14, 2020 - Msg 114661: Yep Romeena, REV was a good O'l Boy!...Although I never met him personally I did get to talk to him once. We made a contribution to his Ministry and he made it a point to call and thanks us personally, we talked for awhile and I can see why people loved him...I still have the guitar picks he sent me along with the CD’s of his. I always take his CD’s with me when I go to Mayberry and play them on the way. It kinda makes me feel like I have a Co-Pilot (which I feel I DO!) as I drive...


June 14, 2020 - Msg 114662: G-F, thank you so much for posting that tribute to REV. It brought back a lot of memories for me. I remember the day I met him. I've probably told the story here, years ago, but it bears repeating. It was so typically REV. He had a concert scheduled in a Pentecostal church over in Dallas on a Sunday morning, and he let us here on the porch know about it, because he knew some of us were fairly close and might want to attend. Well, of course, I was quite close in this suburb of Dallas, and made it a point to go. I got there early, because I left plenty of driving time, since I drive in Dallas only when I have to. REV was up on stage setting up his sound equipment, and there were only a few people in the room when I arrived, so he noticed me. As the room filled, he finished his setting-up, stepped down off the stage and came down the aisle to where I was seated, about halfway back. He walked up to me, offered his hand, and said, "You have just got to be Romeena!" I said I was, but asked how he knew. His reply was classic, down-to-earth REV. He said, very quietly, "Well, you're the only woman in the room wearing makeup, and with short hair!" I laughed into his shoulder as he swept me into a big bear hug, and I knew I had a friend for life. Sadly, that "life" turned out to be only five years, but happily, I know I'll meet him again. Anyway, he took me to lunch after the concert, we talked like we had known each other forever, and I asked if he would consider returning to Dallas sometime to do a concert at my church. He said he'd be delighted, checked his calendar, and said he'd be in the area in October, if that would work for us. The woman who at that time was the go-to for scheduling outside talent for our monthly senior dinner was a friend, and when I talked to her, she said she would do it. I gave her his contact info, and the rest was history. We had about 175 people there, everyone loved him, and he returned every October for five years. I made him a home-cooked dinner when his schedule permitted, my family loved him, and if he had shopping to do (he traveled in a motor home and lived in it on the road) I would drive him to wherever he needed to go, so he didn't have to unhook his equipment trailer and drive that big old RV everywhere. The church has outdoor utility hookups behind the bus barn, and he would just tuck in there for the duration of his stay, and have the utilities he needed. Those years when Rocky was a part of my life and the life of my church were wonderful, and I miss them, and him. As I said, I knew I had met a friend. He was about the age of my oldest son, but he fit in with everyone, regardless of age. He's been gone from this earth for nearly seven years, but he has really just stepped into another room, the same room my beloved husband entered in 1996. I'll be glad to see both of them again.

Thanks again for that link. Mayberry folks know what matters! --Romeena

June 14, 2020 - Msg 114663:
Well, dang it GF, ya went and made me cry. :)
What a beautiful tribute to our REV.
Thanks for posting!
Speaking of 'Rev,' I encourage you all to read
Rev. Chapter 19: 1-10 about the Wedding Banquet of the Lamb. It will be so wonderful. We think of it in human terms, but try to imagine the wonder of it in 'Heavenly' terms! :)
God's blessings,

June 14, 2020 - Msg 114664: Pardon me, folks...

Anyone know what TV provider has "International Secret Agent F45"? I thought about watching "The Monster from Out of Town" tonight, but decided against a monster movie.


John Masters

June 14, 2020 - Msg 114665: Romeena...Your REV story made me laugh, much like the time I met Possum at the Meet-Up..A few of us guys were out at the Gazebo talking when a blonde haired lady came up and asked if any of us knew a Goober Fife?...I said...Well Ma’am, that would be ME!...We had a good laugh and even tried a selfie ...Remem that Possum?..I told the guys later I have Mayberry Cronie Friends Everywhere....lol


June 15, 2020 - Msg 114666: Good morning, Porch

Well, I see I'm the first one to pull up a rocker here this a.m..

Very sunny, but pretty warm day here in the Ozarks. Beautiful blue sky. Good sittin' outside weather, I'm here to tell ya'!

Been watching more and more of "Two Chairs, No Waiting." Very enjoyable and helps with taking your mind off the bad in the world today.

Hope you all start your week off good and have a great day! be safe, be healthy and be well!

John Masters