August 27, 2020 - Msg 115222: PH, I just saw your post with the link in it. Evidently you posted it while I was writing mine. That is absolutely hilarious, and soooo cute! Thank you for that! It made me laugh so much, and put a smile in the whole day for me! Together with the beauty of MDC's link, I'm set for the day! --Romeena

August 27, 2020 - Msg 115223: See there? I am so energized by the things everyone has been sharing, that I just decided to sweep the porch, and I didn't just dust the rockers, I rubbed them down with furniture polish as well! --Romeena

August 27, 2020 - Msg 115224: By the way, many of you will be receiving an email forward from me, sent to me by G-F. It's just delightful, and since I know some of you are not on my "forward" list, I'm going to post it here. It will just put joy in your heart. You'll see what I mean when you watch it. Thanks, G-F. --Romeena

August 27, 2020 - Msg 115225: Yep....He’s excited! You can tell he is telling aALL his buddies he has a new “Forever Home”...G-F

August 27, 2020 - Msg 115226: I thought JM needed to see it too....Not all the ASPCA stories are grim...G-F again 😀

August 28, 2020 - Msg 115227: For the life of me, I don't know how you all keep up with each other and what's going on. But I do hope Boo and any others in harm's way will be spared from the devastation of Laura!

August 28, 2020 - Msg 115228: Trump 2020!

August 29, 2020 - Msg 115229: ⬆ barf.

August 29, 2020 - Msg 115230:

HI Gang, Happy Friday. Prayers for our whole world
going up tonight with so much going on around the globe.
But God is still in charge, and I give Him all the glory! :)
RO--I am glad to hear that you can probably wait on the water pipe
The other night I was watching the color ep about Opie trying to get
a 'date' for Arnold's party. Not seeing it in a long while, the first thing
that struck me is why is a 12 or 13 year old even going on a date? ha
But that aside, it is one color ep where Andy is pretty happy throughout the whole thing, buying Opie a new suit, etc. Of course bratty Fred Simpson
almost messes up everything, but all ends well. Oh, BTW, Andy makes
a U-TURN at the very end! haha Also, I noticed in the credits that
a Joy Ellison played one of the girls. I wonder if she was the writer's
Well, Hang in there friends, more later,

August 29, 2020 - Msg 115231: MDC...l have met BOTH Morgan Brittany (Mary Alice) and Joy Ellison who played (Iris) They BOTH commented on how mean of a thing it was what they did to Opie!...

But let me tell you, Morgan DEFINITELY was NOT a boy!...Joy was on several episodes as different characters. She was in the Christmas episode and even played a teenager who had a crush on Gomer Pyle on his show....They both were lovely ladies and vey appreciative of their fans!...BTW...Yes Joy IS the daughter of writer Jack Ellison....

Morgan works with Gary Sinise and his foundation that helps veterans get the services they need. (Along with) Clint Howard they are some of the the “few” Hollyweird conservatives as they have told me...Clint told me he and Ron have agreeded to “disagree” on the subject at family get togethers....

This has been one of the fun parts of my Mayberry “hobby” has been meeting a lot of the ⭐️ stars in person over the years...(Barney pride Sniff)

Just a little Mayberry trivia history fo y’all today....G-F

August 29, 2020 - Msg 115232: BTW....I forgot to ask Romeena...Did you use “Fosters” Furniture Polish when you dusted the rockers?

August 29, 2020 - Msg 115233: Hi everyone hope all are still staying safe. I have been watching the color episodes too and noticed they used a lot of green paint, the jail and the Taylor's home. I do love some of the outfits that Helen has been wearing, I'm guessing the late 60's. Does anyone know why Andy stopped having a deputy? Oh and the Taylor's have a green wall phone in the kitchen, wonder if they can dial numbers or wait for ME. Sarah 🙂

August 29, 2020 - Msg 115234: lol GF. That TAGS clip is 8 minutes 30 seconds long. About what you can expect from watching if on TV Land. 21 minutes and 30 seconds of commercials. I sure do see that Foster feller show up in a lot of old A.H. shows.
I am envious of all the folks you nave met Goob, over the years. I always cottoned to Morgan and never understood why she wasn't even more in demand in tinsel town. But I think you just "splained it well. Every interview I have ever seen of Clint always leaves me impressed. Seems like a real down to earth guy.

MDC, Boy you are a trained noticer even looking at the credits like that. I have found myself doing that at times. Looking to see if I can find someones name from back then and look them up and see if there is any info on them now. And you mentioned about Opie dating at 12 or 13. You got me to thinking about my own situation, and I was probably okay with my Son dating (as long as it was a group date) at that age, but that would not be the case with my Daughters. Heck, I didn't want them dating when they turned 18 even. lol They are my little girls. Whew, can you say double standard. lol
I imagine most Fathers are like that though.

Poor Romeena sure is having a patch of bad luck. Her house plumbing has issues. Her Tillie has issues. Her ankle has issues. I wonder if she has been hanging around Henry Bennett? I hope your ankle is getting better Ro.

Well they are saying today should be the last of our super hot days. Will be pushing triple digits. Then a nice cool down. Calling for a high in the upper 70's by Monday. That'll feel good if it happens.

I talked with a former co-worker yesterday who was raised in Lake Charles and who's Mom still lives there. She told me her Mom, Sister and an Uncle rode out the storm and it wasn't good. Thankfully no one was hurt but there house was pretty much destroyed from the wind. It took the roof right off and blew windows out. It sounds like what is left will have to be torn down and completely rebuilt. Her Mom is 80 years old, and lived in the home all her adult life. So very sad. And on a side note, my co-workers name is..... Laura. (wouldn't you know it would have to be Laura) Anyway it sounds like she has another relative she will be able to live with until her home is rebuilt, which I can only imagine is going to take a long time with all the damage down there.

Well count your blessings folks. As bad as it may seem, it could always be worse, and the sun will shine through your backdoor again someday. :)


August 29, 2020 - Msg 115235: You snuck in on me Sarah. They did use a lot of green paint in those first couple of color seasons, then went brown I noticed.
As far as a Deputy, I kind of think they tried Warren to replace Barney, and that didn't work out well. I think maybe they figured replacing Barney was too hard, so they tried to bring in some other characters to fill the void. Such as Howard maybe. They did much the same when Floyd left and they brought in Emmett. He was even in the same store and it was the same kind of hangout as the Barbershop had been.
Anyway, that's my take on it.


August 29, 2020 - Msg 115236: Good morning, porch. A pretty day here, hazy sky, light breezes, but HOT! Charles (Eddie's brother) was here again to mow the yard, while Eddie is recuperating from his knee surgery. He was wearing a light blue t-shirt. By the time he finished mowing, that shirt was almost navy blue, completely wet with sweat (it passed perspiration on the fly), clear down to the bottom hem. Not a dry spot on it. His ballcap was wet, too. It's 93°, the heat index is 108°, with humidity at 60%. Yep, that will make you sweat! He did a nice job, but I'll be glad when Eddie can return. Charles just mows, he doesn't edge or anything else, so Eddie will have a job catching up when he returns. I've been doing a little weeding to try to keep it from getting out of control, but I haven't been able to do a lot. In the early morning and late evening, when it's cooler, the mosquitoes are out in droves, and they just love me. When the heat drives them away in the middle of the day, it pretty much drives me away too! Is a puzzlement.

My a/c quit on Thursday, and it got up to 86° in the house. Fortunately, my son David is now a licensed HVAC guy, and works with Jerry, his father-in-law. Jerry needs to retire, he's 81, and David will assume the business. I called David, he was here in an hour, and got it running again. It seems a lizard had gotten onto a capacitor, got fried, and apparently shorted something or whatever. I have no idea what I'm talking about. Anyway, he had it running again in a few minutes. He hung around and visited for a couple of hours, then left. About the time he got home, I noticed the house was warming up. It had quit again. I didn't call him, because he would have made the 45 minute drive back and I knew he was tired. This house is very well insulated, and I have ceiling fans everywhere, so I did just fine, even slept under a sheet. Called the next morning, and he came back. This time it was a blocked condensation line, and something was sensing water, which made a little red light come on, and stopped the compressor. He blew out the line with nitrogen, the unit is humming along, and I'm enjoying a cool house. All it cost me is a pork chop dinner for him whenever he and the family have a free evening. Asa, and G-F, I'm sure you understand what I described a lot better than I do. Oh, and of course I used Foster's Furniture Polish on the rockers! Wouldn't use anything else!

G-F, it must be so much fun to go to those events and meet all those folks from the show. Fun and interesting! I would really enjoy that, but I guess it's just not in the cards for me these days.

Well, I think I'll go rustle up some lunch. I have half a bowl of tuna salad that I made yesterday, and some Hawaiian rolls (love those things!) so I can make a couple of sliders, and I've got some chips. Not a bad lunch! For dinner, I have the rest of my dinner from last night - David took me to our favorite Thai food place, and of course they bring it out by the bushel, and no way can I eat it all, so I've definitely got enough for dinner. It microwaves nicely, and is soooo good! I love Thai food. In fact, I enjoy just about all kinds of ethnic foods. Well, except sushi. Not a fan of sushi or sashimi, but I do like Chinese, Italian, German, and most Indian and most Japanese dishes. Mexican, of course, is just part of my life. Granted, it's Tex-Mex mostly, but it's good. I could make tacos and enchiladas by the time I was ten years old. I've made tamales, but they take about two days, and are so labor-intensive, that I never make them anymore. I can usually find somebody's mama who makes them, and I'm willing to pay for them if they're good, and they usually are. Commercial tamales, not so much. I still remember the tamales made by Mrs. Astudillo, in San Antonio, many years ago. They were the best I've ever eaten, and I wish I could get them again, but she has long passed to that big taqueria in the sky!

Well, since I have no tamales, I guess I'll go have a couple of tuna sliders. Not too shabby! Blessings, everyone. Stay positive, stay healthy, stay safe. --Romeena

August 29, 2020 - Msg 115237: Good Saturday porch folks . Hoping everyone is doing ok today.

We have had some rain overnight and into today . Guessing it’s rain moving our way from the Hurricane. It has cooled off the temperatures tho.

On a very very sad note, we had to send our doggie Belle to Doggie heaven yesterday afternoon. She started getting sick about 2 weeks ago so we took her to the vet and learned she was having issues with her kidneys and pancreas . They treated her outpatient which was somewhat helpful but we ended up taking her back this past Monday and they kept her as she developed cornea edema . She just didn’t respond well to a thing they tried and she kept getting weaker and weaker , stopped eating mostly . We talked to our vet yesterday afternoon who told us what we pretty much already knew. Mr. Maude , myself and Patrick and Beth all were with her when she crossed to doggie heaven. We brought her home and buried her in our backyard. She Was 14 years old (we got her when she was about 6 weeks old). It’s been very hard and very hard for Beth . She loved her so . I I know you pet lovers understand .

Still cleaning out my Mom’s house and working on my brother in laws house in Knoxville . We lack the basement area of my Moms house and then we can put it on the market to sell

Well guess I better get supper started .
BBQ ribs, roasted potatoes, potato salad, slaw, sliced tomatoes, roasted corn salad .
Fudge brownies with peach ice cream for dessert .

Prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

August 29, 2020 - Msg 115238: Awww Maude, I am so sorry for your loss. I do know how hard that is to lose a loved and cherished friend. You and your family are in my prayers.


August 29, 2020 - Msg 115239: Sorry to hear about your loss, it’s been a tough year at your house...Prayers...G-F

August 30, 2020 - Msg 115240: I'm sorry, Maude. I send my condolences.

John Masters

August 30, 2020 - Msg 115241: Oh, Maude, I'm so sorry to hear the loss of your beloved Belle. I think most of us have known that loss, I certainly have, and it hurts! I have known and loved many critters in my lifetime, mostly dogs, and it is a grief that no one can understand unless you have experienced it. I will still cry at times, when I see a picture of Sugarplum, and Toye Starr is not far from my mind at any time. Trinket has planted her little paw in my heart too, and left a print. I will pray for you and your family, that you might be able to remember Belle with love and joy, and that your sadness will be as brief as possible. There are those who will not agree, I suppose, but I'm just pretty sure that our beloved pets will be with us in heaven. There are scriptures that hint at that, when the Bible speaks of "all creation" rejoicing, and we are told that when Jesus returns, he will be riding on a great white horse, so it would appear that there will be animals there. So, why not our beloved pets? No one knows for sure, but it's lovely to think about. Peace and joy to you and yours, my friend. Remember the good times with Belle. --Romeena

August 30, 2020 - Msg 115242: So very sorry, Maude. That is so hard! Saying a prayer for you and your family.

I am still struggling some with my gut ailments and will have to call the doc on Monday for further testing. I cant eat much of anything without problems.

Just wanted to check in and see how things were going. It is so hot here. heat index in the 110s for the next few days but that is August in south texas.

Stay well everyone,

August 30, 2020 - Msg 115243:

GF, thank you for that info about Joy Ellison and Morgan. (I didn't realize she was in Dallas TV series until I just looked her up!) Very interesting tidbits. Also, I see that Mr. Tucker was in the furniture polish business. I guess that was his important meeting down in Charlotte! :)
SARAH-I see you mentioned all the green paint. Believe it or not, after WWII the military was giving away tons of green paint, so I guess Desilu took some of it! haha
BOO--I am going to suggest to you a ... massage! When I was dealing with the stresses of my mom and dad's decline, I was getting one about every 5 weeks, and they were a great de-stresser! Just a suggestion, but it may help.
ASA-- so sorry about your friend's mother's home. From what I have seen in photos, that town was basically wiped out, so sad. I continue to pray for them all.
Maude- Prayers also for you and yours. Our 3 kitties were like family, each with a unique personality. Yup, like RO, I too think we will see our pets once again!
RO--glad you were able to get your central AC fixed so quickly.
With that kind of humidity things can go downhill very fast.
In my area we hear of several unhappy endings every summer.
This summer we have had 50 days of 110 or higher. Finally this weekend things are better, and even a little rain.
You have mentioned hummingbirds in past posts., have you ever seen slo-mo of their wings going? My goodness, God's creations are amazing!
Hey, who remembers when the Duncan Yo-Yo man would come by your school and do all kinds of tricks, and sell yo-yos??
Not sure what stirred that memory because about all I could do was to get it to come back up! haha
LUCY?? You out there dear, come set for a spell. Calling all porchsters...

August 30, 2020 - Msg 115244: MDC...As far as the green paint Bruce Bilson who was the assistant Director said green was used because it showed up better in the B/W episodes with the lighting, so they continued to use it in the color ones too so they didn’t have to change the color schemes....I was there to hear that story...He was a VERY sharp and interesting man with great recall...Floyd did some podcast episodes about him at Mayberry Days...


August 30, 2020 - Msg 115245:

GF--Your education was worth every penny! (:

August 31, 2020 - Msg 115246: Good Monday everyone. hope everyone is having a good start to the week

Thank you to everyone for the prayers, support and kind words over our losing our doggie Belle. We are adjusting to her not being with us. Beth wants to get another dog but says she is no ready to think about it yet. We are leaving it up to her
at this point. We need a small breed dog and preferably one that does not shed a lo. Belle was part jack russell/chihuahua. she weighed about 30 pounds or so, she was rather laid back, not hyper at all but she shed all over the place.

not much else to report.
Lunch menu: chicken quesadillas with all the fixings. key lime pound cake. tea or lemonade to drink.

prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

August 31, 2020 - Msg 115247: Big Maude you and your family are in my 🙏' s, I do know how much it hurts to lose a family member. Save me a slice of the key lime pound cake. Sarah

August 31, 2020 - Msg 115248: Good morning, porch. Breezy here today, but going to be a hot one. My pilot son would have reported it as "a 3-H day." High, Hot and Humid. Apparently the "High" referred to the location of any cloud cover, and the other two are obvious. Dear Lord, how I do miss his weekly phone calls. I still just cannot believe he's gone from this earth. The only thing that keeps me from falling apart is knowing that I will see him again.

Maudie, I would dearly love to have the recipe for that key lime pound cake. Key lime pie is one of my very favorites, and I enjoy a good pound cake too, so the combination sounds like a real winner. If you would be so kind?

MDC, I was grateful for David and his expertise, in getting my a/c fixed promptly. Thanks to the superior insulation in this house, it didn't get above 85° that one night, and I had a ceiling fan right over my bed, so it wasn't bad at all. Remember, I grew up in San Antonio, BAC (before a/c) so I clearly recall sleeping with my pillow jammed into a windowsill, just praying for a vagrant breeze to pass by, and the nighttime temp would be in the 90s. No ceiling fans, poor insulation, just hot, hot, hot. So, I did just fine at 85° with an overhead fan.

I received an email from a church friend, and found it very, very interesting. It has to do with the situation of racial animosity that is eating at America like a cancer these days. There is a movie coming out, entitled "Uncle Tom", and I want to see it. Apparently, it isn't what you would think from the title, and it holds some true answers to the problem. There's a YouTube video that addresses and promotes the movie, and here's the link to that video. After watching the video, I will definitely be watching for the movie, and will see it.

Maude, give yourselves a little time to come to terms with losing Belle, and then start touring the shelters. In my search for a new baby after losing Toye Starr, I saw a lot of dogs that would have been just right for someone looking for "a dog" and I would have taken any one of them, had I not been so dead set on another Maltese. I promise you, if you visit the shelters, there will be one sooner or later that will just lock eyes with you, and you will know that's the one. Most of the dogs in my family are rescues, and every single one is a sweetheart. Prayers for you and yours, and for God's help in finding your next little love.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some lunch. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

September 01, 2020 - Msg 115249: Abdominal sono scheduled for Thursday morning. Maybe it will tell us something


September 01, 2020 - Msg 115250: Hahaha! Boo, when I first glanced at your post above, I read it as "abominable sono"! A second look corrected my impression, but I got a laugh out of it. I hope you will as well! I'm glad you're getting that done, maybe you'll have some answers.

We have had some serious wind around here. I looked out this morning, and saw my pond umbrella was blown over again. When I got out there, I saw that the wind had been so strong that it broke the wooden splice that Ted put inside the pole to cover the original break. I just cranked the thing closed and brought it to the house. I called Ted, and he's going to eventually splice it with a piece of pipe, which should be strong enough to withstand the wind. He'll rivet the umbrella pole to the pipe, and if that doesn't fix it, then I'll just give up. I've used that umbrella for several years out there, and never had a problem. I guess the winds are just too strong this year.

My little hummer friend is at the feeder again. The second one tries to come in, but the original guy runs him off. Yesterday, a third one came in and pirated some sugar water while the first two were fighting it out! They are so funny to watch. So tiny, but so pugnacious with each other. Also, they yell at each other! I was outside one day, so could hear them, and while a fight was going on, you just never heard such a racket. Somebody was getting a hummingbird version of a cussin' out! I was glad I don't speak hummingbird!

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some lunch. Maybe just some cottage cheese and blueberries. Those two make a good combination, and I have a little fresh pineapple to add to it, which won't hurt it a bit! I love fruit, any fruit. I especially enjoy mangoes, and for a while you could get them anywhere, but they were awful. Now for the last couple of weeks, I've been getting some really, really good ones! I've learned to tell by the shape which ones to buy and which to avoid. I'm still a little sad over three mangoes I bought when Eloise and I were in Beijing, back in 2005. They were about ten inches long, as big around as a baseball bat, and just very slightly yielded to pressure, so they were ripe. I paid the equivalent of about 25 cents for each one. Sadly, I never got to eat them. It was our last night there, I bought them after we had a huge dinner, it was late and we were all exhausted, so I just went to bed, planning to take them home with me. We were up at the crack of dawn, no time for mangoes then, got on the bus and headed for the airport. Of course, I knew I couldn't take them on the plane, so I ended up giving them to our Chinese guide while we were in Beijing, both in 2004 and 2005. I was happy to do it. In 2004, he was a "seeker", and asked us all a lot of questions about our faith. That was a risky thing for him to do in China, but he knew we would not betray him. In 2005, he proudly announced to us that he had found God, and was now a Christian, and only regretted that he could not tell everyone he met! In China, being a Christian was not tolerated very well then, and almost not at all now. Yet, there is a very active underground church there. God finds a way. When will the world learn?

Well, it's "clabbering up" to rain, as my grandma would say. The sky looks like one huge bruise, not a leaf is moving on a tree, and it's going to get busy here in a little while. I am really glad I pulled that umbrella in when I did. We're supposed to have a severe thunderstorm here today, and it looks like it's on its way.

Blessings, friends. Stay safe, stay well, and wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds each time. Sing "Happy Birthday" in your mind twice, and it will be 20 seconds. --Romeena

September 01, 2020 - Msg 115251:

HI Friends, just a quick one tonight.
ASA- on the Fugitive the other night, a very young
Kurt Russel co-starred as a sort of stowaway in a station wagon! I'm sure you've seen that one.
Today was chiropractor and a blood draw for coumadin. All went well.
RO_thanks for that link. I had heard about that movie, and
that helped. Hope you got a good rain.
More later folks,

September 02, 2020 - Msg 115252: Good Wednesday everyone
just a quick post this morning to do a check point

Romeena, I emailed you the recipe for the pound cake. let me know if it made it to your in box.
If anyone else wants the recipe let me know, send me your mail and I will get it to you as well. my email is

hope you have a blessed day
Big Maude

September 02, 2020 - Msg 115253: Good morning, porch! Yep, MDC, not only did we get a good rain, apparently there was a lot of wind with it. As for me, I heard nothing. However, both of my potted plumeria trees are lying on the ground, and I'm very glad I closed that 8 ft umbrella and brought it in. It would have been in the next county by now. All the birdbaths are running over, and the pond is completely full, so I know we got a lot of rain. However, it's perfectly still out there right now, not a leaf moving. Weird weather indeed. From the way it looks, we're going to get hammered again sometime today. The eastern sky is purple/black, and that's unusual. Our weather usually rolls in from the west. I guess we're still feeling the effects of Laura.

Big Maude, I got the recipe. Thank you so much. It looks wonderful, and I'll be making it for the next family occasion. I don't dare make it if there's nobody else around to eat it, because I'd eat the whole thing, and that wouldn't be very smart. Maybe I'll make it to take to Fredericksburg when Eloise and I go down there. We're going on the 21st, to stay a week - 2 days with each daughter and my granddaughter.

I hope Trinket will behave! She'll have dog "cousins" to play with at each home, but they're all indoor/outdoor dogs, and she's strictly indoor. I'm not sure how that's going to work out, but we'll manage. I'd love to let her out to play, but she has zero experience with the outdoors, there are no fences at any of the homes, and she might just run off into the sunset. Or, she might sit under my chair or get in my lap, and just watch, like Toye Starr would do, but I doubt it. She's very energetic, and headstrong, so anything could happen.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up something to eat, or maybe I'll just drink a glass of apple juice. I love the stuff! I've probably told you all this before, but if you like apple juice, or even if you don't like it very much, try the Treetop brand, cold pressed Honeycrisp apple juice. It's not filtered, it's cloudy, and you'll want to shake it up to re-incorporate the sediment that will be on the bottom of the bottle. Drink it icy cold, and you will love it. It has a rich, full taste and is just delicious. The Kroger housebrand looks like it, is even labeled to look like it, and almost tastes like it. It's not bad, but it's not as good as the Treetop brand. It's close, and is a little cheaper, but I still much prefer the Treetop brand. Kroger tried not carrying it, to force the purchase of their brand (I just hate when stores do that!), but it's back on the shelves now. I guess they got too much flak about it. They got it from me, for sure.

Blessings, friends. Wash your hands, avoid crowds when you can and wear your mask when you can't, and be well. --Romeena

September 02, 2020 - Msg 115254:

Forgot to mention that along with coumadin blood draw, was also one for A!C.
Thanks to my eating habits and y'alls prayers I
just got the results online--- it's at 6.0 Very pleased with that! :)
More news later,

September 02, 2020 - Msg 115255: Now why did I hold down the 'shift' key
for the number '1'. ha, who knows! :)

September 02, 2020 - Msg 115256: Hey Porchsters! Thought I'd pop in and say "hey",which I did and let y'all know that it sure doesn't feel like September at my rock. We are breaking records with the heat and today the heat index went up as high as 113! DANG HOT, as Rev. used to say. Hope it's cooler where you are!

Wanted to wish Boo & Bruce a Happy Anniversary. Saw on FB where Boo said she was sick in bed,so not sure how much celebrating is happening for the anniversary today. Sending get well wishes out to Boo!

Well, I suppose that's it for now. Sending prayers out to all in need. Y'all take care.

possum u.a.r.

September 02, 2020 - Msg 115257: Thanks, Possum. Im am feeling better this evening but am afraid to eat anything. Bruce and his brother went out to eat, which is fine with me. I don't go into restaurants, anyway.

Hope the rest of you are well,

September 03, 2020 - Msg 115258: Good morning, porch! It's almost lunchtime! Trinket and I were up very late, and slept very late this morning. Retirement lets you do things like that! It's very cloudy here, looks like another rain squall is on the way. I hope there's no strong wind, like there was earlier this week. I get tired of having to stand those plumeria trees back up! David set them back up for me yesterday, when he stopped by the house for something. I can do it, but they're very heavy and awkward to handle, and I'd just give them away if they weren't so pretty.

MDC, congratulations on your A1C at 6.0. That's perfect! I'll bet your doc was pleased, too. Mine hangs out in the 6 range, too. Only once has it gone over 7, in all these years, and that was just 7.1. That was at the time when my weight was at an all-time high, too. When I dropped all that weight, it went down into the 5 range, and the doc tole me to cut my bedtime insulin down, as she felt the 5 range, especially below 5.5, was too low for me. I have a history of waking in the night with very low blood sugar, and that can be dangerous. You may recall that years ago, Sugarplum woke me up and pestered me until I got up, feeling awful, and when I checked my sugar it was 38. Scary. It took 3 glasses of juice before it began to rise, so obviously it was still falling. If the Plum hadn't woke me, I might not have made it, bless her precious little heart. She did that twice more over the years, but the first time was the worst. Toye Starr did it once, too, but I'm not counting on my current little airhead. Maybe when she's older and a little more settled, but right now, she's not that focused.

Boo, what are we going to do with you? I hope that sono this morning provides some answers! You can't go on just eating nothing. You'll dry up and blow away!

Possum, thanks for checking in, and glad you're doing okay, even though it's hot enough there to bake a biscuit on the hood of your car! I guess it's still the side effects of Laura, but we're pretty cool here. It's just 79° here, with an expected high of only 81°. Probable rain every day through Saturday, and the highest temp for the next week is 91°. Amazing for Texas! Should mean a lower electric bill, and I'm really enjoying the silence from my a/c unit right now.

Well, guess I'll go heat up the other half of my dinner from last night. I buy those bagged meals of Chinese food from the grocery store. The ones made by P.F. Chang are really good, and contain enough for two generous meals, for about $8. You just dump them into a non-stick skillet, heat for around ten minutes, and they're great. I especially enjoy the sweet and sour chicken, though the beef and broccoli is good, too. I usually heat a bag of Uncle Ben's microwave rice, and use half of it with each meal I get from the main dish. Pretty darned good!

Trinket just made a trip to the kitchen, and came back in here giving me reproachful looks, so I gather that her kibble bowl is empty. Guess I'd better go take care of that. Blessings, everyone. Stay well! --Romeena

September 03, 2020 - Msg 115259: "The doc 'tole' me?" Good grief. "Told", obviously. I need to shorten my nails, apparently. I hooked that "e", when I was going for a "d". --Romeena

September 04, 2020 - Msg 115260: Schwamp sighting! Gomer Pyle show, Welsh Rarebit episode. Schwamp is sitting at cafe table alone in foreground when Pyle walks in the first time. BIVALVE

September 04, 2020 - Msg 115261:

Wow, a Schwamp sighting! Haven't heard about him in a good
long time! BIValve, Welcome to the porch.
RO, just curious, do you think your dogs 'sensed' something wrong with you?
I have heard of some pretty phenomenal feats by people's pets.
Regarding the A1C, I really changed my diet to acheive that.
Apparently, as I age more, things are fluctuating more too.
I gave up all white flour products, now eat whole wheat noodles, spaghetti, breads, etc.
Cut way back on saltines,white rice, spuds etc. Taking more cinnamon capsules to help with
sugar levels. I still'splurge' once in a while however! ha Last night we ventured out to our favorite
little Mexican restaurant and I got a chimi. Boy, that was good. Very safe, every other table closed, wait staff masked, etc. They just reopened last week.
BTW, we get the Bertoli brand of those dinners now and then. Like you said, pretty simple to heat up, and
pretty good eatin' too. :)
POSSUM, I think that is beyond 'dang hot' especially under rocks! Be real careful as one can get dehydrated real fast!
BOO--happy anniversary to you and Bruce. One of these days when your nest empties, you can take that long
vacation to the Colorado Rockies! :) Hang in there, and as RO says, ya gotta eat something.
Did u look online too? Maybe some ideas there.

Just out of curiosity, do any of your churches have a Wed. nite service?
Believe it or not, ours is going to try one. We alredy have every other pew roped off,
and masks are worn on Sundays, but our pastor thought that in these trying times, it would be good to
meet mid-week for prayer, etc, especially with the state of things. I tend to agree.
My faith is very strong right now, and I am very positive and upbeat, still wearing my 'Jesus Saves'
mask where I go. I bet our Rev would approve!:) None of us are perfect, we have all fallen short,
but in just 60 days we face an amazing choice for our future. God please be with us. Amen
Love ya all,
MDC :)

September 04, 2020 - Msg 115262: Looks like Floyd and his posse are in Indiana filming the Mayberry Man Movie 🎥...We May be on our own for awhile because after that it’s off to Mt. Airy for filming there and at Mayberry Days....

I sure hate I’m going to miss it this year, but it’s for the best with what I have coming up next month....😩

More on that later!...But I am thankful the kidney stone issue is resolved and I just have to do a ultrasound next to be sure everything is A-Ok in Mayberry.....👍


September 04, 2020 - Msg 115263: Also, I may have posted this before but I’ve been following a writer who goes by Sean of the South. He posts daily short stories that are very down home in nature and are VERY uplifting . His name is Sean Dietrich here’s his link....G-F

September 04, 2020 - Msg 115264: Good morning, porch! G-F, I just checked out Sean Dietrich's blog, and was very impressed. So much so, that I subscribed to his daily editions. Today's story is touching, inspiring, and sweet. I look forward to more of the same. Thank you for the link.

I made some ice cream last night, in my little quart and a half electric freezer. I love that little thing - it's just right for me. I still had some of the overly-sweet peach preserves, and I put half a can of crushed pineapple in it. With three egg yolks, a little sugar, half a pint of whipping cream and enough half-and-half to finish the volume I needed, it turned out pretty darned good! Delicious, actually. I put a couple of tablespoons in Trinket's bowl, and she agreed with me!

MDC, yes - Sugarplum definitely knew something was wrong, and I think Toye Starr did too. That first, and worst, time with The Plum was amazing. I usually wake up easily, but that night was different. Also, she never bothered me when I was sleeping, just cuddled up and slept too, but that night she was determined to get me to wake up. I don't know how long it took, but I have the sense that she worked at it for quite a while. She would walk across me, tug at my gown, lick my face, poke at me with a paw, whining all the time. I finally woke up enough to realize that I felt awful, and knew it was my blood sugar. I got up, and tried to get to the kitchen where my meter was in my purse, and it took me about ten minutes to make it there. I sprawled across an ottoman on the way through the living room, and would have stayed there if she had not followed me, and continued her efforts to get me moving. I don't know how she knew something was wrong, but she did. It could have been the sickly-sweet ketone breath that comes with low sugar, but how did she know that was a bad thing? I don't speculate about it, I just accept it and thank God.

I have always believed that he gave dogs to us as companions and friends - why not guardians as well? There are too many documented cases of dogs rescuing their human in one way or another, and I believe it happened with Sugarplum and me that night. Over the years, she did it twice more, less dramatic, I wasn't as low as the first time, but she knew, and she responded. Later, Toye Starr did it as well, but again, I wasn't in bad shape. She was just nervous, and bothered me until I woke up. That first time, with Sugarplum, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have made it if she hadn't done what she did. God is good.

You asked about Wednesday night services at church. My church has always had Wednesday night services. Of course, adjustments have been made during this COVID stuff, but it's a lifelong habit in most Baptist churches. We meet for a meal in the fellowship hall, and the pastor then brings a brief Bible study message, and we have a prayer service for all the expressed needs in the church family. I have some very sweet memories from a lifetime of services such as that.

It sounds like you really try to follow a close diabetic diet, with good results. To be honest, I have never done that. I never use artificial sweeteners, they give me migraine headaches and they taste just terrible. I just stopped drinking sugared drinks, at least most of the time. I drink two or three a month, but I drink a lot of plain iced tea, no sugar. I drank that before diabetes, so I just continued. I like sweet tea, and used to drink it as well, but to me sweet tea and plain tea are two different drinks, like Coke and 7-Up. I'm a lifelong teetotaler, so alcoholic drinks don't tempt me. I eat as I please, but try to be sensible about it. I will eat pie and pizza, but unless the crust is really good, I may leave the back crust. If it's really good, I'll eat it. Homemade ice cream is never refused. Store-bought, maybe a small scoop with a small piece of birthday cake, center cut so less icing. Good homemade cookies - never refused. Storebought cookies - rarely eaten. Macaroni and cheese, made my way with lots of cheese, and mixed with sauteed onions and canned tomatoes simmered together - that makes a meal for me, and I make a lot, so I have it for a couple of days.

I told my first endocrinologist that I wasn't going to eat like a rabbit because my pancreas wasn't making insulin. If my thyroid quit working, I would simply be given a thyroid supplement for life. Same with diabetes - give me an insulin supplement, I'll eat what I want and try to be sensible with the "wants", and I'll do fine. He did, and I have done very well. Again, God is good.

Well, enough of that. I've got a good mango in the fridge that's calling my name. Love those things! I've got a little bookkeeping that needs to be done, so guess I'd better "get to it!" Blessings, friends. Stay well, and keep on looking up! --Romeena

September 04, 2020 - Msg 115265: Romeena I suggest you check out his archives, a lot of good ones from the past too.... Plus on his site he has done some interviews too. He did one with our Floyd back in the winter..

I figured you’d like him, you both like to write about good things and experiences....G-F

September 04, 2020 - Msg 115266: Yes, MDC, I am looking forward to the day when bruce and I can take off to Colorado! As of the internet, yes, I have watched hours and hours of videos on the subject. Two days ago I started something called the FODmap diet, which is prescribed by doctors to help rest the gut and eliminate foods that are mostly likely a problem. Well, it has really helped. I have had the best two days I have had in weeks. I still feel tired but am able to eat small amounts without problems. Today I ate a half cup of oatmeal with blueberries, a little gluten free pasta with tomato, and for dinner I will have white rice with salmon and some cooked carrots. The diet is pretty restrictive but it has to be to work. It is usually at least two weeks on the diet and then you can start to put certain foods back in and see how the body reacts to them. I was already dairy and egg free, so that wasn't a problem. Being gluten free is a bit harder because you aren't supposed to eat any processed food on the diet. You can use some butter but it has to be clarified (the milk solids removed). Salt, pepper, and most herbs but absolutely no onion or garlic. Anyway, I am encouraged because I had been getting so sick and weak.

Hope everyone is well and having a good evening.


September 04, 2020 - Msg 115267: Oh, and something else, in case any of you ever suffers with this kind of thing, I learned that it is so important to chew your food well to help digest your food. There are enzymes in the saliva that start breaking down the food, so good digestion starts in the mouth. Also, stress hinders digestion, so I am doing some deep breathing and relaxation after eating and I eat slow in a quiet environment. I am learning to deal with stress in a much healthier way, too, because it has an immediate reaction in my stomach. You all probably already know about all of this, but just passing it on in case.