September 13, 2020 - Msg 115321: ....For you Red Green fans... G-F

September 13, 2020 - Msg 115322:

Good Sabbath to all. Kinda slow on the porch,
but first let me say thanks to GF for the good sweep, and also
for the Red Green clip. I was a big fan of that show!
BOO--I am so sorry you had all those problems at
once. When I still had my Chevy truck, I had
OnStar, and I had to call them two times to remotely open my doors!
(Keys on the seat or some other place!)
I sure hope you are feeling better now from the intestinal misery.

Jennie Boone, first, good to see you again, and second,
thanks for the cool link! Wow, 60 years of tags...amazing
and shazam all at once! :)

I was watching the color ep of Emmett running for head of council,
and he was greeting people on the street! One of the 'people' was
Dr. Johnny Fever! Ha. He was standing by his car, very brief role.
Maybe it was even his first gig, like Jack Nicholsen in the courtroom.
(And guess what? I just tried to find the clip on youtube by typing in "Emmett for council" and
saw that there are many Emmetts running for council in many cities! Who knew! ha)

Well, Cecile and I are heading to Flagstaff until Thursday.
We are gonna cool down a bit, and explore a cave called
Lava River Cave. Have heard of it for some time now, but have never gone
to see it. (Yes, I'm going to wear a hat so no bat lays eggs in my hair.
Oh wait, I have no hair! haha)

May God richly bless you all, I may try to write ya around Tuesday.

September 14, 2020 - Msg 115323:

September 14, 2020 - Msg 115324:
That was me...The MHS fight song!

September 14, 2020 - Msg 115325: Good Monday morning all.

MDC, Have a great time on your little gat away. Sounded fine until you mentioned cave. That got me breathing fast just thinking about it. lol Bats or no bats. Johnny Fever was in another episode of TAGS also. Remember which one?

Jennie Boone, so good to see you and thanks for the great link. I guess that is the first time I have ever heard Olan Soul's name pronounced because it took me a bit to figure out who they were talking about. I love Andy's "What it was was football" skit. And I could here a littl Doc Pendyke in Barney's voice. lol

GF, Nice link buddy. You are in my prayers.

Boo, that was a good use of that putter for sure. Glad it all worked out.

My goodness, the weather her is just nuts. Last Sunday we hit 100. Then a cold front hit on Tuesday and we hit 50 for a high. Today we will be back in the 90's. As of this morning there are still folks without power. We have had crews here from all over the country working on downed lines. This has been quite a year.

I hope everyone is doing okay and keeping the faith. Prayers for all.


September 14, 2020 - Msg 115326: Good morning, porch! Funny old day here, cloudy, very still, lots of critter traffic out there. Usually on a day like this, the critters hole up somewhere, and are not seen. Today, I'm seeing birds that I rarely see, even a tiny nuthatch running up and down the tree trunks! The robins have discovered that the berries on my American Beautyberry shrubs are ripe, and have formed a squadron of birds, feasting on the berries. It's not just robins either, there are other birds in the mix. A mockingbird has decided one of the shrubs is his, and is trying to chase away the others, but they just hop aside and ignore him. By evening, they will have stripped those bushes, which must hold thousands of berries, as the canes are drooping to the ground! So beautiful, but they will be bare by nightfall. Oh well. Robins have to eat too! If you're not familiar with Beautyberry, here's a link:

I have one, which I planted, and another, which was apparently planted by a bird! Both are about five feet tall and six or seven feet wide, and just loaded with berries. So pretty!

Asa, you really do have a thing about bats, don't you? Like me and spiders, I guess. Creepy little things! I'm not too fond of snakes, either. Certain ones don't bother me, like the little grass snakes. I leave them alone, and they leave me alone, but the rest of them aren't on my friend list. I like lizards, yet I have a friend that practically breaks out in hives if she sees one. The little baby geckos get into the house sometimes - how, I don't know, but they manage. When I see one, I catch him and put him back outside, with a stern lecture about where little lizards belong. I suppose the birds get a lot of them, and the feral cats, but some make it. There's one old grandpa lizard, over a foot long, who lives on the cottonwood tree outside my window. He will align his body with the ridges on the tree bark, and unless he moves, I could be standing right beside him and not see him. Perfect camouflage. They eat bugs by the zillions, and are always welcome here.

Asa, did I ever tell you about my experience with bats down in the Texas Hill Country? There is an old abandoned railroad tunnel just outside of Fredericksburg, which has become home to about two million Mexican freetail bats. The area is now a state park, and access is controlled, with a viewing area about 30 yards back from the mouth of the tunnel. However, at the time Dale and I visited, it was still accessible. One evening we went to the area, and stood at sunset right on top of the entry to the tunnel. The bats began to make their exit, and soon we were just engulfed in a swirl of all those bats, as they left the tunnel and formed a column, rising skyward and then leveling out to head south. They were so close to us that we could feel the air currents from their wings, but we were never touched by a bat, not once. The tiny chirping sounds they make, their echolocation noises, were quite audible. They were within four or five inches, but never touched us. The whole thing lasted nearly thirty minutes, and we just stood there, surrounded by a swirl of bats, and absolutely fascinated, just mesmerized. Finally the surge began to decline, and there were just a few little stragglers left. We went home, and returned before dawn the next day, to experience the whole thing again, in reverse, as the bats returned to the cave. Visitors can still witness the exit and re-entry, and that's amazing enough, but we actually stood right in the middle of it, as the bats swirled around us. I will never forget it.

Thanks for all the interesting links posted recently. Such fun! Gotta run, several errands to get done today. Stay well, stay safe, wear your mask, wash your hands. Wash your hands a lot! Blessings, everyone. --Romeena

September 15, 2020 - Msg 115327:

Romeena was 'right out there in it!' (:

September 15, 2020 - Msg 115328: Well, they canceled our band concert. I was taking lessons from Barney on how to play those cymbals just right too. Dag nab it.

Good to see some familiar faces...MDC, Asa and my darling Romeena. Boo you have watch out for....

Haven't needed my Vicks lately but the weather is a changing so I think I will break out old blue and lather up generously.

love to all.....homemaker

September 15, 2020 - Msg 115329: Hydroxychloroquine tablets cheap! No box, loose tablets. Discount!
Color crayons. Primary colors only - 2 for a nickel. Bert Miller's.

September 15, 2020 - Msg 115330: Hey there, Homemaker. Yep, its almost Vicks season.

Romeena, that is quite a story about the bats. I saw a bunch of them come out of Carlsbad Caverns once when I was 19 but I wasn't that close to them. I'll bet the next morning when those bats came home, they were saying, "Look! Those two nuts are still here. Don't touch them cause they carry diseases!". lol

Just checking in. Today wasn't so bad and was able to eat a little. Hopefully tomorrow wont be bad because of it. Blessings,


September 16, 2020 - Msg 115331: Well, I couldn't let homemaker and Boo show up on the Porch without me-we're kinda like a small gang over on Facebook! LOL


Hope everyone's doing ok and Boo, we've gotta get you feeling better,girlie! Take care of yourself! I love you bunches.

Prayers for those dealing with Hurricane Sally on the Gulf Coast. We will see the remnants of that storm in the next few days. Hope Spot patched those holes in his doghouse roof-gonna be a rainy night (or two) in Georgia!

Happy Wednesday to all- stay safe out there in this crazy world.

possum under a rock

September 16, 2020 - Msg 115332: Good afternoon, porch! Homemaker, it's good to see you. Let's make a habit of this, OK? We miss you when you're not around.

I just got home from the grocery store. Wow. I can blow through $100 in that place in no time at all. The only meat I bought was a half pound of shrimp, for around $4.00. It's already steamed and peeled, and eaten cold with a little dish of red sauce - yum! Half of a bagged salad, and a couple of ears of corn cooked in the microwave, and I've got a meal ready in about ten minutes. Can't beat a deal like that!

I have finally solved the problem with Trinket's aversion to being caught for any reason. If she thinks, even a little bit, that I'm going to put her in the bathroom and leave, or take her to the vet, or for any other distasteful reason, she runs from me and it's like trying to catch a greased jackrabbit. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I had a doctor's appointment, and needed to confine her in the bathroom. I don't dare leave her loose in the house, she will loot and pillage like you wouldn't believe, and I'm terrified she'll find a wire to chew on. She ran from me, of course, dancing around the room on little quicksilver feet, until I was exhausted, and pretty mad! In frustration, I picked up a little throw pillow from a sofa, one of the little light, soft decorator pillows, probably doesn't weigh 8 ounces. I threw it at her, which she wasn't expecting, and pegged her with it. It didn't hurt, of course, but it surprised the daylights out of her. She sat down, looking at me, and I just walked over and picked her up.

Well, now she knows when I'm leaving, and will try the dancing around thing, but all I have to do is say "I'm getting a pillow", and she stops and sits down! In fact, this morning, I just said "Do I have to get a pillow?" and she actually came to me and sat down. All of that makes me think she's pretty darned smart, but oh my, is she ever stubborn. By the way, being confined to that bathroom isn't actually a tough thing. It's roomy, she has a soft cuddlebed, some toys, a bowl of fresh water, a bowl of kibble and/or treats, a/c is on, TV is on in the bedroom so she can hear it, etc. Not exactly a bad thing.

Her groomer is coming this afternoon, so she'll be pretty for our Hill Country trip in a few days. She's not going to be happy about that, but she needs it. Her hair is getting too long, is already starting to mat in places where she scratches. I've started her on some daily tablets, with her vet's approval, that are supposed to ease the itching of whatever she may be allergic to, and she does NOT have fleas! I've also stopped giving her the beloved bites of peanut butter, and stopped sharing my dry-roasted peanuts with her, since peanuts are a known allergen for many humans, and animals as well. You should see the scornful looks I get when I'm eating peanuts and no longer sharing! She loves them, poor little girl.

Boo, I'm glad yesterday was a little better, and hope it's a preview of things to come. You've been sick long enough! I'll bet you've lost a bunch of weight, but that's a hard way to do it. Hang in there, and prayers for you and yours.

Well, guess I'll go put my feet up for a while. That grocery store trip wore me out! They didn't have any of the little short baskets, and I had to trundle that boxcar-sized cart through the aisles. That really annoys me. I have gently and tactfully complained, but it does no good. They have about four of the little carts, they're always in use, and the big ones just wear me out. I can easily get all I need into one of the little carts, and they're so easy to maneuver. The majority of the store's customers have hair the color of mine, so you'd think they'd take the hint, but they don't. This morning, I happened to encounter the manager, and asked him about it. He lied and told me they were on order, but "we just can't get them, there seems to be a shortage." That's what I was told two months ago. So I just smiled, told him I understood, and guessed maybe I'd just start shopping at Tom Thumb, because they have loads of the little carts and apparently know whom to contact to get them when they need them. Another big smile, and I trudged on my way, wrestling that big cart. He didn't respond. How could he?

Moral here - don't mess with old folks. We've been here long enough to recognize a snow job when we hear one, and to know which buttons to push, and when, and we really don't care if you think we're old and grouchy. We are!! Blessings, friends! Stay safe, stay well. --Romeena

September 16, 2020 - Msg 115333: Romeena one Trinket 0, the pillow game 😂. I saw the episode with Aunt Bee's car today, I love that car and would love to have one today even with the gears on the column. Sarah

September 17, 2020 - Msg 115334:

HI ALL, well, we drove to the cave today only to find a sign saying "Cave closed due to Covid." Grrr,
Wish that had been on their website!
But the cave is only about 40 minutes south of the Grand Canyon,
so we drove there knowing that IT was open! Spent about two hours there. A bit hazy from the Cal fires smoke, but still an
amazing display of God's creation!
More later,
MDC :)

September 17, 2020 - Msg 115335: MDC....Asa had them put up that sign...Sorry the Bat 🦇 Cave was closed...
On the bright side, at least you didnít get bat 🦇 eggs in your hair!...
Glad you got to see the Grand Lady....Have a Good Time Buddy!....


September 17, 2020 - Msg 115336: Ro, I literally laughed out loud about you throwing the pillow and hitting Trinket! Would love to see a video of that! Ang

September 18, 2020 - Msg 115337: Good morning, porch! I hope everyone is up and at 'em this morning. It will be a busy day for me. Tillie and I have an appointment with Richie, to see why the "service tire monitors" message keeps coming on and staying on. First it was the right front tire that wasn't relaying information, they fixed that, and now the other three are malfunctioning. Richie is puzzled. Not that the monitors are malfunctioning, because the car is 16 years old after all, but he just thinks it's odd the way they have failed all at the same time. I'm hoping that the computer system isn't failing, because that will be big bucks. Still, nothing is going to change my determination to keep Tillie. If she costs me $3k this year, it's still a lot cheaper than car payments would be, and I don't particularly like the new cars anyway. Tillie fits me like a glove, and I'm keeping her! She and I both have our little ailments, and we'll just take them on, one by one.

Ang, I guess that is a pretty funny picture, an annoyed old woman throwing a fluffy pillow at an astonished little dog. I don't usually do things like that, but it just got to me. The little brat was dancing around the room, I could almost hear her saying "ha ha, you can't catch me!" She was right, I couldn't. So I just grabbed that little pillow, chunked it at her, and to my surprise (and hers!) it hit her before she could dodge it. Believe me, it got her attention. She froze in her tracks, looked at me with confusion and shock in her eyes. You'd have thought a SWAT team had just come into the room. She didn't move, let me pick her up, and ever since, all I have to do is reach toward a pillow, and she sits down and waits for me to come and pick her up. That tells me a lot about her. She may be a bratty little kid, but she's plenty smart. She is a fountain of never-ending love, mixed with that teasing, playful nature, and I couldn't possibly love her any more than I do. She was a God-send. Not what I thought I wanted, I wanted another tiny, docile little angel, like Toye Starr, but God sent me what I needed instead. She keeps me up and busy with her antics, and she's just a joy to have around. At least most of the time!

MDC, I'm so glad you and Cecile are getting to make that trip, and I love hearing about it as you travel. Keep us posted!

Well, better get busy. I have to go to the store for the makings for a double batch of some wonderful cookies, and then take the car to Richie. Then I must get some laundry done, tidy up the house, and start packing. I have to pack nearly as much for Trinket as I do for me! Her food, a couple of toys, also the toys she's taking to her canine cousins, a cuddlebed (she has about six), her little lifejacket, in case the cousins are going swimming (I don't know how well she can swim) - just all the stuff that's part of her life and care. I know, it's ridiculous, but she's my baby.

During the two days we're at my granddaughter's house, we may all get to go swimming. She lives on some land that has a creek/river running through, and there's good swimming and fishing. Her dog, Wylie, swims just about every day. Personally, I don't even own a swimsuit, but I have some old shorts and a black t-shirt that will serve, I think. I'm not a strong swimmer, but I'm not afraid of water, and if they have an inner tube, which I'm sure they do, I will be in heaven. In years gone by, I have ridden some serious rapids on the Frio River, when it was in flood stage, so I think I can handle floating around in a calm creek that's almost a river. I hear it's about six feet deep, and clear.

OK, gotta get busy. Later, taters. Stay well, stay safe, wear your masks and wash your hands! Blessings! --Romeena

September 18, 2020 - Msg 115338: Romeena, just a thought...I was reading once about those tire sensors acting up, come to find out after it was all said and done the it was the sensor in the SPARE tire was the problem because nobody checked that one...
I donít know how those things work but it might be worth asking your guy about it...


September 18, 2020 - Msg 115339: Thanks, G-F. I will do that. I just sat over there for nearly three hours, waiting on what they thought would be an hour job. They went through three different sets of sensors, and they wouldn't work. They have a new programmer (device), they programmed the new sensors on the programmer, but when they put them on the car, no workee. The manager, my friend Richie, said they had just gotten the new programmer, and he's thinking it might be faulty. So they put the new battery in, which the car needed, and we'll see to the sensors after I make my trip next week. Meantime, Richie is taking the sensors to their other location, to program them on the device there, and when I get back, we'll see what happens. I'm not worried about being on the road with the sensors not working. I've known for many years, how to look at a tire and tell if it's low! Isn't that amazing, and I don't even have to be programmed! The battery was a different story. It had "dragged" for me a couple of times when I'd start the engine, and I really didn't want to be on the road with a dying battery. Richie tested it, said it tested "adequate", and he agreed that it might not be safe to be on the highway with it, especially since I'll be passing through a couple of "no cell service" zones. Better safe than sorry, I consider it $141 well spent.

As for the spare, I'm pretty sure in this case it has no effect, because it's one of those little donut things, and also because the notification display only covers the four tires on the ground. There's no report from the spare, I'm not sure it even has a sensor. Still, I will mention it to Richie.

Grrr. I have a cookie recipe that makes a bunch of cookies and they are just delicious. It starts out with a Betty Crocker butter pecan cake mix, and I add nuts, just about any kind of dried fruit, even dates, and some coconut. It wears me out to make them, stirring that dough with all the stuff stirred in, but the cookies are wonderful. Why the Grrr? Because I can't find the cake mix anywhere! Even the big major store are "out of stock." That makes me think that Betty Crocker isn't shipping it anymore. Probably any cake mix would work, but wouldn't have the same flavor. If I find it anywhere, I'm going to buy about eight boxes. I did find it on Amazon but it's about $9 a box, and that's ridiculous!

Well, time to get comfy and watch a little TV. I have some leftover Pie Five pizza for dinner. That is the best pizza ever, because for one price - about $8, you can put what ever toppings you want on it, choose from at least 20, and as many as you want. All of them, if you wish. They bake it as you watch, and it's just delicious. Pie Five is now pretty much everywhere. If you have a Five Guys Burgers nearby, check for a Pie Five Pizza. They're often seen side by side.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

September 18, 2020 - Msg 115340: Major stores. Plural. Sorry -- Romeena

September 18, 2020 - Msg 115341: Thanks Romeena, today has been a pretty good day but yesterday was very rough. I wont go into the details but I was able to eat some today so not as weak. Yesterday just drinking water sent me into a tailspin. One day at a time. Im glad you are taking a little trip to the hill country and I hope you get to swim in the creek. That sounds wonderful. I hope Trinket enjoys the water, too.

Not much to report on since I am in the house most of the time. I tried walking day before yesterday and the skeeters nearly carried me off! The weatherman is predicting as much as 18 inches of rain this coming week here on the coast due to the tropical storm that is breathing down our necks. This is a very active storm season.

Hope you all have a wonderful evening.


September 18, 2020 - Msg 115342:

We just got back. Will post on Saturday.
All went well.

September 20, 2020 - Msg 115343:
Make that Sunday! Had a lot to do today. :)

September 20, 2020 - Msg 115344: Hey all.
If I could enlist your prayers on behalf of my Son, I'd be grateful.
He is in ICU and not expected to be here much longer. I just pray his passing will be peaceful.

Thank you.


September 20, 2020 - Msg 115345: Oh...My!...Asa, You and your family are in my prayers...Stay Strong Buddy!....G-F

September 20, 2020 - Msg 115346: Oh my goodness, Asa, I'm so sorry to hear that. This is a very difficult time, and no one can walk it for you, except God. That thought helped me when my son passed, I hope it will help you. God knows what it is to lose a child. Give it to Him. I will be praying for you and yours, as you get through this terrible time. Blessings, my dear friend. --Romeena

September 20, 2020 - Msg 115347: Sending prayers Asa, you and your family are in my thoughts. Sarah

September 20, 2020 - Msg 115348:

ASA--I am so sorry. You bet you have my prayers. Seems like our porch friends have been thru so much lately. Jesus, I ask you now to be with ASA and his family, and give them comfort in this time. ASA, maybe this good classic will help a little bit...

I was going to tell about our trip, but I most certainly will wait
on that.
RO--I hope yours is going OK.
God bless you all!

September 21, 2020 - Msg 115349: Thank you all for the prayers and kind words.
Jared passed away tonight in the ICU. His passing was peaceful and I now know he is at peace and pain free.
Thank you all again for your support. Romeena, I know you went through this not long ago. And the e-mail you sent me a few months ago was a true blessing. Thank you for everything.


September 21, 2020 - Msg 115350: Godspeed Jared......Asa our prayers are with you and your family during these difficult days....G-F

September 21, 2020 - Msg 115351:

Tough times for sure dear ASA. But know that you are in our prayers, and that Jared is now in God's arms.

September 21, 2020 - Msg 115352: Iím so very sorry, Asa. You have been on my mind and will continue in my prayers. My heart hurts for you and your family, particularly for Debbie. God bring her comfort. Love you.


September 21, 2020 - Msg 115353: So sorry for the loss of your son,Asa. My prayers are with you and your family. Rest in Peace, Jared.
We love you,Asa,and please know that your Porch family is here for you.

possum under a rock

September 21, 2020 - Msg 115354: RIP Jared. Prayers for you and your family Asa. Ang

September 22, 2020 - Msg 115355: Prayers for you and your family Asa....SPOT

September 22, 2020 - Msg 115356: Prayers for you and your family Asa.
Big Maude

September 22, 2020 - Msg 115357: Oh, dear ASA! I'm so sorry to hear of Jared's passing. Though you were expecting it, there is still a sense of shock. It will pass, and in time will be replaced by a sense of relief. That's appropriate under the circumstances, but it may be accompanied by a feeling of guilt. It was that way for me, until I prayed about it and realized that the relief was legitimate, because my son was no longer suffering, but was at peace. Give yourself permission to grieve and then to rejoice. Weeping only lasts for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Find strength in offering comfort to Debbie. She will need it, and God will give you what you need, when you need it.
My prayers continue and as I move from one child's home to another on this trip, you will be on my heart.
Blessings, friends. If this post doesn't come through correctly, please forgive. I'm not used to posting from any device but my computer. Old dogs and new tricks, you know..... -- Romeena

September 23, 2020 - Msg 115358:

Hi everyone. I hope everyone is doing OK today.
ASA--you and your family are in my prayers.
GF's operation will be coming up soon.
So many prayers for so many situations these days,
but God has it all in his hands.
Peace to you all this evening.

September 23, 2020 - Msg 115359: Good morning all.

I appreciate so much everyone's prayers and well wishes. We feel them and are so thankful for them. I have been reading your comments to Debbie and she is in tears admiring your kindness and caring. I told her, these are real life Mayberry folks dear. Mayberry may have been a fictitious town but the goodness and the kindness of the people were real and exist in 2020 right here on the front porch.
Jared's service will be on Friday morning. We met yesterday with the mortuary setting up all the details. Not a fun day, but had to be done.

Thank you all again for your prayers, and be safe in your travels Romeena.


September 23, 2020 - Msg 115360: Yes Asa Mayberry Folks are the BEST!....It is hard to explain to people because they just think itís about a show.
But the Mayberry Family goes MUCH further than that! Mrs. Goob doesnít understand it either why we are all so tight. I try to explain its about friends that understand the goodness in life and in people. We Porchsters take it to another level but at the end of the day itís STILL Family..

I have to admit she has seen the kindness and friendship we show each other even tho a lot of us have never met one another in person. I wouldnít trade it for the world...


September 23, 2020 - Msg 115361: Lifting up Prayers for you ASA and Debbie; may God wrap His arms around you so that you both feel His comfort and peace.
Smky Mtn Hillbilly

September 23, 2020 - Msg 115362: Miss Romeena, if I see the cake mix around here, I will send you some. Them cookies sound long as you make me a batch or share the recipe.

Just another day around here...teaching American Sign Language at the local high school. Got a great haircut, 6 inches off!

Good to touch base...

September 23, 2020 - Msg 115363: Miss Romeena, if I see the cake mix around here, I will send you some. Them cookies sound long as you make me a batch or share the recipe.

Just another day around here...teaching American Sign Language at the local high school. Got a great haircut, 6 inches off!

Good to touch

September 23, 2020 - Msg 115364: Miss Romeena, if I see the cake mix around here, I will send you some. Them cookies sound long as you make me a batch or share the recipe.

Just another day around here...teaching American Sign Language at the local high school. Got a great haircut, 6 inches off!

Good to touch

September 23, 2020 - Msg 115365: Miss Romeena, if I see the cake mix around here, I will send you some. Them cookies sound long as you make me a batch or share the recipe.

Just another day around here...teaching American Sign Language at the local high school. Got a great haircut, 6 inches off!

Good to touch

September 23, 2020 - Msg 115366: So many posts on here that I would love to hit the like button on, like you can on Facebook! Prayers for everyone. Ang

September 23, 2020 - Msg 115367:

Boy, someone chewed their cabbage THREE times! ha
ASA--Prayers continue for you and yours.
I believe somewhere in the scriptures it
mentions that life is but a vapor. We hopefully do
our best to make that vapor count in the
whole scheme of things.
All is well here. Flagstaff area was so nice, that we are
now thinking that if the Lord tarries, we may just buy
a cabin up there, and start to spend our summers up in that
beautiful pine forest!
GF--that was really well said. very cool.
SMH, good to see ya.
I hope Ro's trip is going well.
Boo, did you ever solve your corn situation?

September 23, 2020 - Msg 115368:

Oh, just realized that Boo mentioned something about
corn on FB, not here. mdc

September 24, 2020 - Msg 115369: To start the day....For you Tim Conway fans... G-F

September 24, 2020 - Msg 115370: Asa

My sincere and heartfelt condolences. Even though you get braced, it's never easy. Peace, my friend.

John Masters

September 24, 2020 - Msg 115371: Thinking of you and your's, Asa. Praying for healing and comfort.


September 25, 2020 - Msg 115372:

GF-thank you for that video. I needed a smile,
and tim conway always delivers, God rest his soul. :)
RO-- are things going OK? I hope your Tillie is cooperating.
For those of you on FB, I just posted some pics of our vacation
last week.
Prayers for all and for our country,

September 25, 2020 - Msg 115373: Thinking of you and your family today,Asa. Continued prayers for comfort and peace.

possum again

September 26, 2020 - Msg 115374:

Hello All,
Hope everyone is doing OK.
I think Mayberry Days, such as they are this year, are taking
place right now. I have seen a few posts, but not much about it.
I would sure like to go sometime.
We are still in the low 100s here, and probably will be for a while, but that is pretty normal.
The good thing is that the evenings actually 'cool down' now more.
Keep hanging in there. Prayers for ASA's family
and all.
MDC :)

September 26, 2020 - Msg 115375: Again, thank you all for your prayers and thoughts and kind words. Very much felt and appreciated by our family.
Yesterday went quite well. Had a lot of folks turn out and the graveside service went very well I thought. So glad it is over with though.

Possum, thank you for the card. That was very sweet of you.

I do hope Romeena is doing okay on her trip, and Boo, I hope you are feeling better.


September 26, 2020 - Msg 115376: And thank you MDC. Just came in the afternoon mail. :)


September 26, 2020 - Msg 115377: Hi Asa, I am doing much better, thank you. I really turned a corner about a week ago and can eat again. I am regaining my strength.

Bless you for thinking of me. My prayers continue for you.


September 27, 2020 - Msg 115378:

ASA-thank you for taking the time to check in
with us. So glad that all went well. Jared is now
happy and the angels are rejoicing!

There was a big prayer march and rally today in Washington DC.
They estimate between 50 and 100 thousand descended on the national mall. So good to hear that all went well, baptisms etc, prayers for our nation. "If my people will turn from their wicked ways, seek my name and pray; I will hear them and heal their land."
Now is not the time to hide your light under a bushel basket, but rather to
place your light on a lamp stand for all to see! :)

I got a nice call from pappabear today. he was in the hospital again, but is now out. If the spirit moves you, please send him a card
of encouragement. Thanks.
Good Sabbath to all!

September 28, 2020 - Msg 115379: Moulage

September 28, 2020 - Msg 115380: Good afternoon, porch! I'm home, and able to sit on the porch again without just pecking on a little phone keyboard. To a long-time secretary (before I became a nurse), with a 120 words per minute background, poking at that tiny keyboard with a little stylus, or worse yet, with my fingers, well - it's just not fun. I don't even like a laptop. I have a big desktop monitor, a big desktop keyboard, and an old-style Dell processor tower, just a year old, that sits in a cubbyhole under my printer. Call me old-fashioned, I don't care. When I look around or over that monitor, my backyard is what I see, with the critters running around, and I'm happy.

Eloise and I got home yesterday afternoon at 2 pm. Tillie ran like a fine watch the whole time, gave me wonderful gas mileage, around 22 mpg - not bad for a 16 year old Caddy sedan. That old NorthStar engine was great, I don't know why they quit building it. Even Richie, my trusted mechanic, says they were wonderful and he wishes they still made them. She took the hills and curves in the Texas Hill Country so smoothly, and we had a great trip.

We spent the first two days in Fredericksburg with my younger daughter, Heather, and her family. I can't believe how tall and handsome my youngest grandson is, at almost 13. Such a sweet kid. They have a new dog, Midas, a Lab mix who is just 7 months old, big and blustery, and fascinated with Trinket's tail plume! He would grab a mouthful and tow her around the room! Finally Edwin, my sweet SIL had to really get after him, or poor Trinket would have had a tail like a rat! He's a sweet pup, just big and enthusiastic, and in love with that little white plume! So funny! Heather has just moved into a new home, still getting settled. She teaches ESL online to children in China, and because of the time difference, she begins teaching at 4 a.m., and her guest room is her teaching room! Therefore, her stepdaughter, whom I just consider my granddaughter, forget the step thing, kindly invited us to come to her beautiful country home at night and sleep there. We did, and I'm so glad! They have sheep, newly sheared, and they were so pretty and fun to watch, feeling all frisky without their heavy wool. The surrounding area was beautiful, too.

The next day, we went to Kerrville, which is west of Fredbg, and stayed with Robbi's daughter, Amanda. She and her Dale live in the country, where he has a shop for restoring vintage autos. Amanda does the interior work. She can take old tattered, broken down, rusted seats and strip them, repair and repad them, and then make new covers with her industrial sewing machine. When she's finished, they look showroom new! She can do the door liners, armrests, headliners, the whole thing. Amazing. My biggest sewing accomplishment was making angel and "villager" costumes, and Dale's (admittedly beautiful) costume when he was one of the Three Kings for our Christmas pageants at church. The key for all of that was that nothing had to fit precisely, just long and flowing. Anyway, we actually stayed about a quarter mile from them, over a little winding country lane, in a perfectly gorgeous home beside a clear little river. It belongs to a man who has his own home about another quarter mile from Amanda and Dale's, but no one lives in the house we used, it's just on his property. It has two huge bedrooms, each with its own beautiful bathroom. Tile floors everywhere, fully furnished, all the comforts of home. Huge living area, TV, everything. He could rent it as a B&B for $200 a night, easily, but he never does. He just maintains it and lets folks like us use it! He came to dinner one night, and Amanda and Dale had cooked steaks and veggies. The man, Max, was so nice, and made us feel so welcome. He told us to come and stay there anytime we wished, just check with him to be sure no one else was there at the time! The river flows by just outside the house, and there's a huge patio with chairs and loungers, so you can sit about 15 feet from the water and watch the fish (lots of them) when the automatic feeder cranks up and throws feed out into the water. That also attracts the two black swans who patrol the water constantly. Beautiful bird! Max is an animal lover, and his acreage is occupied by three little donkeys, lots of deer and deer-type animals - one big old elk with a huge rack, and a beautiful white horse. Also, in a pen about 100 yards from the house we were in, there are two pigs. A big white sow with enormous ears, and a smaller, fearsome looking young black boar with huge tusks. His name is Kevin. Kevin Bacon. That tells you a little about Max's nature and sense of humor. We had a wonderful time.

When we left Amanda, we went back through Fredbg and on to Marble Falls, where Robbi is, and which put us about 75 miles closer to home, measured from Kerrville. Robbi has a home in Fredbg, but they lease a cabin on Lake Marble Falls for the summer, and spend most of their time there. They had reserved the one next to theirs for us, and it was so nice. Beautiful cabins, nice-sized living room, neat small kitchen, large very nice bathroom with a huge shower, and one nice bedroom with a queen bed. Eloise and I have shared a bedroom many times in our travels, but there was also a very comfortable sofa in the living room, and I was having a little back pain. Being an experienced sofa-sleeper, I knew I could get very comfortable there. Eloise tried to insist that she use it, but I've slept on many a sofa, and finally won. I was very comfortable. Something about having the back of the sofa to rest against - I don't know, but my back was better the next day.

Anyway, we spent the two days down on the dock. The cabins are just a few hundred yards from the marina, where Robbi and Richard have leased two side-by-side boat slips. It's more than just the slips, because there is an apron of flooring that runs back behind the slip for about twenty feet, and then there's a walkway that runs the length of the whole thing for people to use to get from shore to the end of the marina. No one is admitted if they're not slip tenants. Very nice, it's actually like a neighborhood. Everyone knows everyone, they consider their neighbors, no rowdy behavior or noise or whatever. We spent both days there, Richard took us out on the water in a neighbor's pontoon boat at sunset, and it was just gorgeous. They had a big 28 foot boat that slept four, and would stay on it at night, but then they found the cabins, and found they weren't using the big boat, so they sold it. They have three waverunners now in one of the slips, and the other one is open. They fish in it!

From there, we headed home, made good time, and are glad to be home. Trinket had a wonderful time, learned to deal with stairs, both up and down, played with all her canine cousins and met the new one, Midas. At the lake, she actually got to potty on grass instead of a paper pad, for the first time in her life, as far as I know. She was polite to everyone, charmed them all, and was declared "beautiful" by everyone who met her. She was friendly and sweet to everyone, and I was proud of her.

Well, that's the story - almost a book. Sorry for the length, but we just had such a lovely time and I wanted to share it. Blessings! --Romeena