October 06, 2020 - Msg 115423: Oh, and Hey to Sarah! :)

October 06, 2020 - Msg 115424: Well...I feel like a old car...I found out today when I had my pre surgery testing NO one is allowed to be there with me when I have my hip replacement done next week.
Yep...Drop me at the door, and they’ll call to have me picked up when their through!..Hope they check all the fluids and put on a new set of tires too!....Sure am gettin “Tire’d” of all this!


October 06, 2020 - Msg 115425: Hey my front porch family. I hope you are all well.

We so much appreciate your prayers and well wishes. They are felt for sure. Today is his birthday, so that kind of saddens us, but it is also our Grand Daughter Charlotte's birthday, so we can celebrate her turning 5, although it will be by facetime. 3 of her siblings are in quarantine after being exposed to the virus at school already. ITHINKIVEHEARDJUSTABOUTENOUGHOFTHATVIRUS if I can borrow from Barney.

GF, That stinks about no visitors for you. My prayers for a quick and full recovery for you.

Boo, glad you are on the mend, at least somewhat. Those elimination diets are a challenge, but worth it if you can isolate the culprit. That's what I had to do to find that corn starch was my enemy. And it took several years and it was still by accident that I discovered it.

Romeena, any news on your water leak issue? I sure hope it doesn't end up being a big job. They will be turning off our secondary water here on the 15th. Then I will shut off my main at the street and blow down my sprinkling system for the season. It gives my little compressor a good workout, but that's about the only work it gets all year so that's okay.

Maudie, I hope your Moms house sells quick. Sounds like it should if the market there is hot.

PH, So sorry to read of your extended family all getting the virus. I hope they will all recover.

Well prayers for you all, and again, thank you all for the cards, e-mails, prayers and kind words.


October 06, 2020 - Msg 115426: Oh, and MDC. If you ran out of cleaning stuff to do, have I got a deal for you. lol


October 06, 2020 - Msg 115427: Gosh, Im sorry you have to go into surgery alone, G-F! Will praying that you feel Jesus right there with you and that very kind medical staff will attend you. Remember, we are with you in spirit, too.

Asa, today must very difficult for you and your family. I'm so sorry. You continue to be in my prayers. Thank you for your sympathy, concerning my illness. I do seem to be so much better with just an occasional flare that is usually related to stress of some sort. I have had to stay away from news and politics! ha

Speaking of stress, we are having some difficulties right now with Erin. She wants to leave home because she doesn't want to follow house rules and she seems to have lost respect for her family. She doesn't want to be here but cant afford to live on her own. We had a talk with her and said she has to comply or find another place to live. She wants to have her girlfriend live here with her, which just isn't an option. If she wants to live with her, she will have to make it on her own. Last night Bruce did something he hasn't done in 2 years. He took my hands in his and asked if we could pray together. He said the most heart-felt and poignant prayer I have ever heard him pray. He loves Erin so much and is just broken-hearted over the way she lives and her many problems. I expect she will save money and eventually get out and find a place to live but I highly doubt that she and the girlfriend will be able to support themselves and hopefully will realize that they don't have a choice but to do right. The girlfriend has a 2 year old daughter in San Antonio that is living with the grandmother and the girlfriend needs to get her head on straight and get up there and make a way for her and her daughter. I just don't understand these young people. Seems like they have no smarts at all. Anyway, we have come to the point of releasing her to God, being steadfast in our decisions about how she will live in our home, and trying not to worry about what we cant change. She has to want to do things to help herself. Before we blink, she will be 20 and she has to make her own way if she wont let us help her by providing a home for her here. Its been an incredibly painful process, as you all know, but Bruce and I are exhausted and getting numb..maybe that's a good thing. I thank God everyday that she is with us and has not overdosed or harmed herself and pray she matures and finally wises up. Parenting is the hardest thing a person will ever do, for so many reasons.

Well, I found my Christmas cards for this year. I found some cute ones at Tractor Supply! Wont ruin the surprise but I think you all on the list will like it.

Blessings to all,

October 06, 2020 - Msg 115428:
YUP, I was in such a 'cleaning mode' that I also swept the porch! :)
Good to see you back ASA. God bless you and yours.
More later.

October 07, 2020 - Msg 115429: Just a quick note - G-F asked me to make a "tiny URL" out of a link he had, so here it is:


I haven't seen it yet myself, but if it comes from him, it should be good! --Romeena

October 07, 2020 - Msg 115430: Ooops, something went wrong. I should have tested it. The URL website was acting wonky this morning, not sure what happened, but I'll try again. I think I see the problem. Let's try this one:



October 07, 2020 - Msg 115431: Yep, that one works. Thanks, G-F. --Romeena

October 07, 2020 - Msg 115432: The error was mine. The page gives you two versions of the new tiny URL, one with "preview" in the address, and one that's the actual address. I copied the wrong one to put on the porch. Apparently, that "preview" thing is offered for those who are hesitant to follow an unfamiliar link, lest they be led astray! I've used the tiny URL site for years, and have never had a problem.
Go to the article, you're going to love it!

I'm grateful for the times Eloise and I were privileged to meet and spend time with Floyd and his delightful wife. We even met their son, a really nice young man. We enjoyed five cruises with the Mayberry gang, met all the tribute artists, and had a wonderful time.

One evening, we were sitting with Floyd and Jan and a few of the other "characters", in a comfortable little nook on one of the decks. There, we were treated to several visions of the "biscuit dough" lady! She was a well-endowed and overweight young woman, and she was wearing a dress (a low-cut, white satin sheath dress, as I recall) that was at least two sizes too small, but she didn't seem to mind. How she stuffed herself into it, I don't know, but you could almost hear the zipper crying. She must have had help. She paraded up and down, all around the ship and was attracting a lot of attention. She passed by us several times. At some point, someone made the comment that she reminded them of a can of biscuits that had exploded! It was so true that it was just too funny, and brought a lot of laughter from our group. I was just glad the
woman never sneezed, because it would have been disastrous.

Well, the birds have arrived, to strip my American Beautyberry shrubs! The bushes were so loaded with berries that many of the canes were actually lying on the ground! They are now two feet off the ground, having been relieved of their load of berries. Usually, it's just robins who arrive in squadrons, and today they are the most numerous, but there are other birds as well. I guess word gets around in the bird community. There must be about forty or fifty birds out there, and by evening, there won't be a berry in sight. Those shrubs are so beautiful, when they're decorated with their bracelets of berries, but once the berries are ripe, the birds make short work of them. No problem, that's one reason I planted one - for the birds. They repaid me by planting another one, which is now as big and beautiful as its parent. I just wish they hadn't planted it where it blocks my view of the fishpond! I tried digging it up to move it, but it has entwined its roots around an electrical conduit, which provides power to the pumps in the pond, and a sprinkler water line as well. It's a pretty involved tangle, and I think I'd probably kill the shrub if I cut it free. So, I just enjoy the pond in the winter, when the shrub drops its leaves.

Well, better go feed my little fluffy friend. I rarely eat in the morning, but she does! She's sitting here, staring holes through me, waiting for me to put something in her little bowl. She is so sweet. As I've said before, she may not be what I thought I wanted, but God knew what I needed, and she's it! I sorely miss my Littlest Angel, Toye Starr, but she was one of a kind. God knew I needed Trinket. Bigger than I wanted, rowdy and headstrong, but so very sweet and loving, and such a clown. She's perfect! --Romeena

October 07, 2020 - Msg 115433: Thanks Romeena....Yep they REALLY talked up Floyd in that article...A Good Read..G-F

October 07, 2020 - Msg 115434: An infected Trump calling his virus infection a blessing from God.
Stupidest, worst, President we have ever come across.

Johnny Paul Jason

October 08, 2020 - Msg 115435:

Yes, that was a good article, and I can just picture Allan suddenly using his Floyd voice instead of his Allan voice! ha
Was at my chiropractor today and she said one of the best covid defenses
is indeed zinc, but not to overdo it. Here is a good article
from a pretty MD-like outfit:
RO--your comment about taking enough Vitimin C to protect the whole
British navy was a good one! Good thing I wasnt drinking milk at
the time! haha So very cute also is that annual berry-fest of the birds. The Lord does indeed
provide for them. :)
BOO--so happy that you are doing so much better. Hang in there as you work on what doesnt bother
your stomach. I'm sure the stress of what you just shared concerning Erin is also a big factor. Your stomach must be one big knot. Just know from all of us that we have seen that you raised both kids in the church, and I pray that Erin's great love for Jesus will
return again some day. God will not let his Word return void. The story of the prodical son was told for a reason. There is hope. She is young and has life ahead of her! Like Bruce, we'll all keep her in prayer. God will not abandon you or your family. :)
So you found Christmas cards at a tractor supply place?
Hmmm, can't wait to see what they are like! ha

Praise the name of Jesus, he is still on the Throne. Amen.

October 08, 2020 - Msg 115436: I DO have to admit I’m blessed with a good Sister and Niece, bless their 💕 hearts they came over yesterday and cleaned and did other things to help me get ready before my surgery.... (You know those things us guys fret about) My neighbor lady next door said she’d keep up with my yard, which is a blessing in itself with fall leaves 🍁 coming.

Asking for help has been a humbling experience that I’m not pleased about. But I realize I can’t do it all myself anymore 🤷🏼‍♂️

Gotta Run, getting new rubber all the way around on my car 🚗. Plus got to service my furnace, and my “Snow Joe”....
Yep...All in All it’s a FUN DAY as Andy would say!


October 08, 2020 - Msg 115437:
You will be in my prayers.
Hey to JPJ.
Hey all, today on Wagon Train, 'John Masters' was an undertaker. Funny seeing him in that role.
I guess he was 'undertaking' a new job. :) OK stupid joke.
More later,

October 08, 2020 - Msg 115438: MDC...This coming Tuesday 🏥

October 09, 2020 - Msg 115439:

Thanks GF. Remember, they will get you up walking
the same evening or the next day after surgery. They want to get the new hip moving. You will use a walker, but just do it! Use a walker, do what they say, but do it! :)
And no new spark plugs are even needed. :)

October 09, 2020 - Msg 115440: MDC..Hopefully they put in a grease zerk so they can give me a pump or two when I get like the tin man...G-F

October 09, 2020 - Msg 115441: Good afternoon, porch! Beautiful day here, a very pleasant 85°, with a light breeze. Just a tiny hint of fall in the air. I may get out there and do a little weeding, and perhaps even wash my big window. It hasn't been washed in a while, and is hazy. (That's a nice way of saying the window is dirty.) Too much to see out there to put up with any haze!

G-F, you will be in my prayers on Tuesday. MDC is right, be prepared to get out of bed and start moving very soon after the anesthesia clears. Just something to think about - I have a friend who is almost my age, I think she's 79, who had a hip replacement about a year ago. Now, granted she's a thin, wiry old gal who is also very active, and all that helped, I'm sure. However, we were all surprised when she came waltzing into our SS department the second Sunday after her surgery, which was on a Monday, so she was one day short of two weeks post-op. She had a walker (Dr.'s orders) but she parked it at the door, and waltzed and twirled across the room, just showing us what she could do! The other nurse in the room and I grabbed her walker, gave it back to her, and made sure she understood that she was not to do that again. All she needed to do was to fall on that hip! Still, the point was, she was able to navigate very well unaided, and she proved it. That little story is not intended to challenge you, but rather to encourage you. This is not going to be as bad as you may be anticipating. Just do what they tell you, especially when you start rehab, and you'll be just fine.

I'm still fighting with the water board. I'm still not believing my bills. When they're higher than my neighbor's, who has a household of at least six, with a lot of "temporaries", and who maintains a large swimming pool - something is wrong. Also, when August and September bills are identical, to the penny, and are $100 more than my neighbor's - something is wrong.

Yes, I know I have a small leak somewhere, but we haven't been able to locate it. I'm not about to have the plumbers dig up my whole house trying to find it, I'll just wait until it gets worse and finally presents itself. When it takes the spike wheel on the meter a full minute to make one revolution, it's not a very big leak. I watch it, and if it starts to move faster, I'll have to rethink things. I have called the water board four times, got a recording, left a message, and finally someone called me back while I was gone, and left a message that "we're looking into it" and a promise to call back. It's been two weeks, no call back. Grrrr.

Well, guess I'll go wash that window. It won't take ten minutes, and I've been putting it off for months! Could I be getting lazy in my latter years? Naaaah! Surely not! --Blessings! --Romeena

October 09, 2020 - Msg 115442: Thanks Romeena...I hope it goes that easy...I have one of “those ice machine” things to put on to keep the swelling down. You fill it with ice and water and it pumps it thru the cuff.

Did you have that MDC?....G-F

October 09, 2020 - Msg 115443:

GF--that new ball and socket will be wonderful! No zerks needed my friend! Just patience with the healing process and REHAB! ha And don't forget protein!! 60 mg a day if possible. It really helps the healing process.
I'm sure you've seen videos like this, but this is a very good one:
Those ankle pumps are important.
Also, I did not have the ice sleeves you speak of, just ones with
air to prevent DVT.
But you will do fine! Many prayers already 'going up' for ya!

October 10, 2020 - Msg 115444:

I pray that BOO, Possum, and SPOT will be OK as Delta hits their areas.
As Briscoe would say, hang in there!

October 11, 2020 - Msg 115445: Good morning, porch. I just finished attending my church's service this morning, through the miracle of technology and Facebook! Our local restrictions have loosened just a bit, so we had a choir for the first time since COVID hit. They were masked, and standing 6 feet apart, but they were there, singing beautifully. Next week, I may actually attend at the church, rather than by Facebook, but either way, I'll be there, if I'm still here. The choir actually sang, as did the congregation that was there. Take that, California! Just imagine the unmitigated gall of that Gov. Newsom, saying that churches could convene, within strict guidelines, but no singing! I wonder, just who does he think he is? Amazing.

Beautiful here, bright sun, slight breeze, 88°, but heading for 98°. I've got some daylily bulbs to plant, guess I'd better get that done before it gets any warmer. I got sidetracked yesterday, didn't get my window washed, maybe I'll get that done as well.

Just as I sat down here this morning, I saw a big white cat chasing my venerable old tree lizard across the last few feet of yard before he reached the sycamore tree. Up the tree the lizard went, and the cat followed a few feet, then dropped down and sat at the foot of the tree, gazing upward. He's too fat to climb easily, so obviously he's not feral, he's well fed. Even if he wasn't, he doesn't need to eat old Grandpa Lizard. So, I grabbed my little remote and turned on that sprinkler zone, and with the "rain" falling on his head, he decided to go home! Love that little remote!

OK, I'm off to plant daylilies. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

October 12, 2020 - Msg 115446:

Good evening and Good Sabbath porchsters.
If you have never read Mark 8: 13-21. It is a must.
It is a very simple lesson about the disciples "not getting it!" Our pastor had us laughing today because the clueless disciples think Jesus is talking about bread bread, not 'bread' in an allegorical way. Jesus was like, Geez, you've seen what I can do with bread,
and yet your worried because you only have one loaf? You're missing the whole point that the 'leaven' is that of corruptness of the Pharisees, I'm not talking about bread!! Anyway, funny, yet serious at the same time! A good talk.
Hope you all are doing OK. I did my first ever Zoom call today with 20 of my high school classmates. It was pretty cool.
Speaking of cool, we will have temps only in the mid 90s this coming week! Yahoo!
RO--good for you guys singing in church. We have been here as well. Saw on the news that moving companies in Cal are booked to the hilt with with waiting lists, all due to people moving out of there.
Prayers for GF! All the best buddy. You can do this. :)

October 12, 2020 - Msg 115447:

FRANKIE, if you see this, please check in and say HI. :)

October 12, 2020 - Msg 115448: Good Morning porch ! Prayers for flood and storm damage victims - we are all good here ! Breakfast menu: 2 eggs each your way , country ham, bacon , ( limp for Romeena) bisquits and gravy , grits, hash brown taters, sausage toast and milk! Come hungry- ready 7:00 EST. Prayers to all SPOT

October 12, 2020 - Msg 115449: I will have biscuits/gravy and a side of crisp bacon along with coffee please. Sarah

October 12, 2020 - Msg 115450: Good luck with your surgery tomorrow G-F. A friend of mine had this surgery two weeks ago and is doing good, the one thing she wish he had was a lift chair to make it easier for her to get up. Sarah

October 12, 2020 - Msg 115451: Spot. double up on the limp bacon buddy. That's my preference also.

GF, You are in my prayers buddy that all will go well tomorrow and your healing will be fast and complete.

MDC, Glad you are cooling off some. I actually had to fire up the furnace this morning for a bit. I serviced it on Saturday, knowing it was going to be a cold morning today. It fired up just fine I am happy to say. I did my first Zoom meeting yesterday also. It was a Church meeting. It went pretty well I thought. I enjoyed it anyway. Sounds like you had a good preaching event yesterday.

Romeena, I do hope your water proveyer will work with you concerning those outages bills. It sure sounds fishy to me as well. The likelihood of two exact same bills two months in a row? Me thinks not.

We have received some cards, calls and visits from folks we have not seen in years offering condolences. Sure has been nice to hear from so many. It warms my heart to have so many folks from years past still reach out to us.

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful day.


October 12, 2020 - Msg 115452: Good morning, porch! Beautiful day here, but windy. I'm just waiting for my plumeria trees to topple over. Sure is tiresome, having to go stand them back up every time the wind gets a little strong. I would figure out some way to anchor them down, but I'll be bringing them into the garage for the winter pretty soon, so guess I'll just mull it over and figure something by spring. The answer is to repot them into cylindrical pots, rather than the cup-shaped pots they're in now. When the bottom of the pot is smaller than the top, and you have a tree with huge strappy leaves, forming a very effective "sail" on top, it's going to blow over. To add insult to injury, I don't even get to enjoy any blooms. They bear beautiful flowers, very fragrant, or at least they would if the dratted little squirrels didn't climb up and eat the buds as soon as they appear! Bless their little fluffy hearts!

Asa, it's good to hear from you, and not surprised to hear that you're receiving a lot of kindness and support from friends, including friends from long ago. Kind people attract kindness, it just works that way. The pain will always be there, but it will ease a little at a time. Time - that's the key word. You have my prayers.

I just called the water board again. The woman I was trying to contact did call me back while I was out of town, left a message saying she was "looking into it" and would be in touch. That was two weeks ago. So, I called her again. If she thinks I'm going to accept being ignored and will just pay the bill and go away, she's sadly mistaken. I'm not built that way. I can be a bulldog when it comes to an issue like this. I did pay the bills, both of them, though I know they're too high and identical bills are ridiculous. Now I have the next bill, which is $100 less than the last two. That sort of rules out that tiny leak being the cause. The leak continues.

G-F, hang in there, buddy. Tomorrow is going to be the start of a much more comfortable life for you. The first few days won't seem that way, but it will get better. Just do what they tell you to do - there's a reason for it all. Some of what they ask of you will seem unreasonable, but trust me, it's important. I recall a patient I once had, who had just had a hysterectomy. She was horrified when I asked her to let me help her out of bed, just a few hours post op. She refused, told me I must be out of my mind, and suggested I go look at her chart, where I would see that she had just had surgery, for pete's sake! Her mother was in the room, full of old-school convictions, and she threatened to report me to "the authorities." My aide came in the room, and she asked her to go get security, because "this woman is trying to kill my daughter!" I tried again to reason with the patient, but she wasn't having it, and started yelling at me. So I just called her doctor, he called her in her room, and told her to simmer down, and to do as the nurse asked. She argued with him, and he told her to get her "b-tt out of the bed and walk", or he would discharge her from his care and she could find another doctor to finish her recovery. Sobbing, she let us get her out of the bed, and then to her surprise, she was able to walk with minimal pain, and was delighted when I told her we could remove her catheter now, since she had shown us she could walk to the bathroom. Meantime, her mother sat in the corner, sniffing and glaring at us. Oh, the hospital stories I could tell! Right, Boo?

Well, guess I'll try to get something done today. Maybe I'll clean my bathroom and bedroom. I no longer try to clean the whole house in one day. I do it a room at a time, and that wears me out. Grrr. I don't think I'll ever get used to not being able to do whatever I need or want to do. I wish when the ability leaves us, that the "want to" would depart as well! There's a 35 year old me that lives in this battered old 81 year old body. It's just not fair. Still, I'm here, and happy to be, aches and pains and all.

Blessings, everyone! Be safe. Wash your hands! --Romeena

October 12, 2020 - Msg 115453: Hello All! Sorry I have been absent for a while but have been keeping pretty busy. I guess I am making up for lost time. I am happy to report that I continue to feel better and better and am able to add food to my diet that isn't bothering me. I haven't yet tried some of the more high fiber foods, but I will get to that and see how it effects me.

Yes, Ro, I can relate to the stories of difficult patients but it was always the family that was the worst! So many have a chip in their shoulders before you even get into the room and they can be very entitled, without any concept of the nurse's duties and stress. Things used to be different and doctors and nurses had much more authority in the hospital but now it is just another business and its about making money for the hospital. Honestly, it is pretty hard for me to even remember a patient that was awful, but I can remember family members, for sure! One even threatened to shoot up the place when child protective services stepped in when mom tested positive for illegal drugs.

Speaking of surgery, I recall that about and hour after I arrived in my room after my hysterectomy, the nurses wanted to change the sheet that was under and me and asked me to roll to one side. There was no way I was doing that when I could just stand up and let them change the bed. I had a huge incision because of the enormous cyst then removed and I knew it would be easier to get out of bed that roll from side to side. lol The nurses looked rather surprised that I made that choice, but it made sense to me. I was walking as soon as they let me walk because I was really afraid of developing a blood clot at my age and weight at the time. I walked up a storm, and its the only way to get the intestines awake and moving all that awful air out of you. Nothing was more painful than that trapped air!

G-F, prayers that all goes well. I know God loves you so much and as I heard a friend say, "He has your picture on his refrigerator!". I am confident of his care for you. When it gets tough, focus on the goal. :)

Good to see you posting regularly, Asa. I think of you and your family often and I am so glad you are getting encouragement from friends.

MDC, thank you for your prayers and encouraging words! Such precious words, and they blessed and strengthened me. I think Bruce and I have come to a point of letting go and letting God, so the knot in my stomach is gone. I have to be careful about my thoughts and try not to worry about what I can't change. There is a local church here that is very accepting of people who are different and Erin is talking about wanting to attend on her days off, so that is a step in the right direction. She knows that her life is better when Jesus is central.

Well, where is the cool fall weather? It is warm and humid tonight and skeeters are still swarming. I have still been in a fall mood, though. I bought myself a good food processor to help with kitchen tasks and I have been trying it out some. I made homemade yeast rolls today and boy, they were good...however, talk about a mess to clean up that food processor after mixing the dough in there! Nope. Using the stand mixer is much easier. I also made some homemade mac and cheese for Sean and some friend chicken. I cant eat a lot at once but I actually ate some mac and cheese and a roll without any problems. yay. Maybe I will be ok to eat thanksgiving this year and now that I eat chicken, Im sure I can eat some turkey.

I am staying away from the bad news and from political debates and that has done me a world of good! Hope the rest of you are doing ok.

Got to go do my online grocery shopping...goodnight!


October 13, 2020 - Msg 115454:

RO--the 31 year old in ME still wants to climb ladders, put Christmas lights on the roof, and work on my truck engine; but i know
it aint gonna happen! Ha
More later,
MDC :)

October 13, 2020 - Msg 115455: Thinking of G-F today and sending prayers for a successful surgery & easy recovery.God Bless ya, G-F.

possum u.a.r.

October 13, 2020 - Msg 115456: Good morning, porch! Yet another beautiful day here, sunny but cool at 56°, though it will warm up to around 84° this afternoon. A good day to work in the yard, and I will. Eddie called yesterday, said his knee is "feeling fine" and he plans to come here today and start catching up in the yard. His brother, Charles, has kept the grass mowed, but that's all. The weeds have taken advantage, the eleagnus that was cut down when the new fence went in next door has sent out canes up to ten feet long. I've got some high-test fishins line to create an invisible lattice, and coil and tuck those canes behind it. That will eventually form a fan-shaped shrub, flat against the fence, and it will be so pretty. Also, I have bulbs to plant - tulips, iris, daylilies and some allium. The yard needs Eddie's touch! I will be out there with him, though. I know he's going to try to do too much after his knee replacement, and I don't intend to allow it. There are at least 20 little trees in the flowerbeds, planted by squirrels, and are mostly pecans. They will have a taproot at least two feet long, and can only be dug out. If you break that root at too shallow a level, it will just return as a pecan bush! If Eddie thinks I'm going to let him dig with a spade with that new knee, he's sadly mistaken. I'll ask Landry to dig them up the next time he's over here, and because he loves his grandmother, he'll do it. And because I love him, I'll slip him a little cash.

I got to see the sweetest thing this morning! A mama squirrel led her two reluctant youngsters down from the big tree outside my window! I knew there was a nest at the very top of that long branch, but hadn't seen any activity. I can only see that high when I'm out in the yard. Mama came down the big, long limb first, and the babies very cautiously followed. I think this is their first time out of the nest. They would have been born sometime in August, but remain in the nest for about 10-12 weeks, so the timing is right. There are only two, which is unusual. It's possible that a marauding cat got one or more, as they usually have 3-5 babies. One more reason to keep my sprinkler remote at the ready! Why will people not spay and neuter their animals, so we don't have all these ferals wreaking havoc! Birds are very frequent victims, too. Anyway, I'll have a week or two of watching juvenile squirrels play, under mama's watchful eye. Such fun!

G-F, you won't see this right away, but when you do, you'll know that prayers were being said for you this morning. You will do fine, and we'll be looking for a report from you as soon as you feel up to it! I love Boo's note that God has your picture on his refrigerator! That's love, buddy! Blessings to you and yours!

Well, better get dressed, Eddie will be here soon. Trinket is staring a hole through me, waiting for me to fill her food bowl, and I could use a glass of juice myself. Blessings, friends! Wash your hands! --Romeena

October 13, 2020 - Msg 115457: Uh, that's "high-test fishing line", not "fishins line." And I proof-read this, too! Grrr. --Romeena

October 13, 2020 - Msg 115458: Everything thing went well...Thanks y’all for the prayers...G-F

October 13, 2020 - Msg 115459: Glad to hear that things went well, G-F!! Continued prayers for you.

possum again

October 13, 2020 - Msg 115460: Wow, I thought I'd pop in and see if there was any news on Goob, and there he is. So glad it went well buddy. Now comes rehab. Kick behind and take names pal. :)


October 13, 2020 - Msg 115461: Boo, glad to hear Erin is wanting to attend church. Yes, everything is better with Jesus! Prayers for everyone.

October 13, 2020 - Msg 115462: Hooray! G-F made it just fine, apparently. I knew he would! Maybe he'll feel up to telling us more tomorrow. Meantime, prayers continue, for a restful night, and a successful "walkabout" tomorrow. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

October 14, 2020 - Msg 115463:

So glad that GF's surgery went well. He is quite a 'hip guy' ya know! :) Our prayers are with you Goob!
And a little TAGS trivia for you... a while back i saw the episode of Otis on the cow, and the house behind him in the scene is Andy's house, making the house next to the sheriff's as the party house! ha
Also, the other night on The Fugitive, Ronny Howard and Rance Howard were in it!
Did anyone here watch any of the NBA finals? I tried, but just
couldn't. I remember when the 'Dennis Rodman look' was odd look, but now they all look like him! The whole league has also gone totally political! So sad!
All is well here tho. I will be voting sometime next week.
Besides the obvious, our ballot here also has several bond issues, and
propositions, including rec marijuana! This is the most important election
of my lifetime! Please VOTE!
RO--those critters must be a joy to watch! God is so good.
BOO...you are welcome concerning the prayers. As Ang said above, Jesus is it, and as
St. Augustine said, Lord, our hearts are restless until they rest in thee. :)
Prayers for all,

October 14, 2020 - Msg 115464: Thanks Y’all for the prayers and concerns...They were DEFINITELY appreciated and felt...This hospital staff has been AWESOME hats off to them and you girls who worked in the field...Definitely unsung HEROES these days!..

I have 3 PT sessions in the morning then they will decide when to bust me out at that time...I have never stayed in the hospital overnight before but I can say having my tablet has been a blessing with the No Visitor policy in effect...

G-F on the mend...🤕

October 14, 2020 - Msg 115465: I told my friend Lydia I might have to compose a “Dear Pheasants” letter like Barney did, except I’m the one with a “Peek a Boo” gown...😳

G-F again...

October 14, 2020 - Msg 115466: ....*HaHa 😉

October 14, 2020 - Msg 115467: Good Wednesday porch folks

posting from work today for a quick check point chickie.

GF: so happy to hear your surgery went well. continued prayers for recovery and rehab. you will soon be running around like a "spring chicken" and you won't even need any elixir.

We finally got my Mom's house ready to put on the market. We met with the realtor a week or so ago and it went on the market this past Monday morning about 9am. They showed the house to 2 or 3 different people that same day and we got a good solid offer that very evening which we accepted. It will take a few weeks for the process to be completed but hopefully there will not be any big problems.

guess I had better get back to work.
Lunch menu will be: home made beef stew, grilled cheese. brownies for dessert. milk, tea or kool aid to drink.

Prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

October 14, 2020 - Msg 115468: Good morning, porch! I'm just sitting here at my window, watching a baby squirrel! He has discovered some cherry tomatoes I threw out into the yard last night. They're still good, but a bit shriveled, and I had a basket of fresh ones, so decided to share the older ones with the critters. Apparently, baby squirrels like tomatoes!

There is a huge old cottonwood, about fifteen feet outside my window. My oldest son dug it up as a seedling, from a roadside ditch near our house, about 45 years ago. It was about two feet tall, and about to be uprooted by a grader that was clearing out the ditch. It had a pretty shape, and I commented that it was too bad it would be scraped away. My sensitive teenage son heard me, and a little later, he presented me with the tree. Together, we dug a little hole out back with a little hand spade, and planted it. To protect it, we stuck three paint stir sticks in the ground and connected them with a length of old pantyhose, so no one would damage it. It dropped all but three leaves, but took root immediately, and is now about 50 ft tall, and has a tire swing hanging from one limb! Grandchildren have used that swing. Memories....

Well, anyway, there was a side twig on it that is now a huge limb, about two feet in diameter, that forks away from the main trunk at an upward angle, about eight feet off the ground, forming almost a second trunk, reaching skyward. It forms a very comfortable critter perch, and I've witnessed many a squirrely banquet, many little romances, and lots of baby squirrel classrooms, as they take place on that site. It's also a favorite screaming perch for bluejays. The angle is perfect, I can see everything. I even have binoculars, not that they're needed, but it gives me a very clear close-up of today's baby squirrel, munching his tomatoes! He (or she) is just so cute! I know, I know - to some people, a squirrel is just a rat with a better wardrobe, but to me, he's just, well, lovable!

Years ago, shortly after the death of her sister, my mom rescued a baby squirrel that had been injured in a fall from his nest. His little back legs didn't work. My dad found him on the ground by their tree, and brought him inside before a cat could find him. They took him to our vet, who said his back was permanently injured, and suggested euthanasia. Mom refused, and took him home, to care for him. Daddy built him a little cage, but he didn't use it much, mostly just when my folks were away from home, or after bedtime. He regained some use of his legs, and his favorite activity was to climb from my mom's lap, up to her shoulder, and perch there, watching TV with her, or he would crawl into the pocket of her robe and take a nap. Mom had been unable to be with her sister, who lived in San Antonio, during her last days, and I think she poured all her "caring" into that little squirrel. Anyway, they had him for about six months, and he was treated like royalty. Then he began having blood in his urine, and decreased activity over all. Another visit to the vet revealed that it was due to stunted growth in his lower body, causing pressure on his kidneys. Again, euthanasia was offered, and that time, they allowed it. I brought the little guy home with me, and buried him beneath my already-huge cottonwood. That old tree holds a lot of memories for me, mostly fun and happy, a very few not so much. It feels like an old friend.

Well, enough of that. Have a wonderful day, everyone. G-F, that's a good report from you. Keep on doing what they ask you to do, and you'll be in good shape very soon. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

October 14, 2020 - Msg 115469: Back home...With my ice on the site using a ice machine that circulates chilled water thru a cuff...It helps!..G-F

October 14, 2020 - Msg 115470: Not to blow my own horn but a friend/ old acquaintance posted on Facebook that she needed someone to put band aids on her back. Apparently where biopsies were performed. Maybe 10 minutes from me, as well as the same time as from her siblings and children and grandchildren. I drove the 10 minutes and refused the $25 she insisted! (Can you believe that!) Past my bedtime but I did it anyway. Would do the same for her family and her family would return the favor!
Prayers as always for everyone and I would appreciate the same.

October 15, 2020 - Msg 115471: October 15. Such a hard day for me as I lost my best friend to cancer in 2008. She was the most awesome person I've ever known! Also a blessing since my youngest great nephew was born on this day! Prayers for everyone and also appreciated.

October 15, 2020 - Msg 115472:

I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed this or not; but I had to get out my DVD to make sure...In The Butter and Egg Man ep on ME-TV tonight,, I noticed that Andy is reading...NOT the Mayberry Gazette, but the MT. AIRY News!! I suppose back in the 'fuzzy TV days of the '60s they never knew we could get such clear images!
I posted a pic on the tags fB page. :)
GF--home already...good for you guy! Keep up the good recovery.
Just 'chill!' haha
ANG, that was so nice of you to do that, but I think you should also tell your friend not to post such on FB, because, you know,
there are bad folks out there! Prayers for you on this special day.
RO--such sweet memories about that old tree. As the old saying goes, boy if it could talk! :)
BIG Maude, so happy that the house sold so quickly. I bet it was quite a job to
go thru everything. We did that with my childhood home also.

Well, all for now,
PS: Oh, on GRIT tonight I saw Howard Sprague, or his 'ance$tor' from the 1800s!! In the movie "Carson City." ha

October 15, 2020 - Msg 115473: The censor didn't like the word 'c-e-s-t.'

October 15, 2020 - Msg 115474: Morning all.
I found this little clip and just had to share it here for you puppy lovers.

GF, So glad you are home and in the recovering phase now buddy. Makes me happy to read that. I imagine you are elated.

MDC, Yea, I'm sure the producers of TAGS had no idea that 60 years later the show would have the following it does with a ton of trained noticers. lol

Ang, that was a nice deed indeed. Good on you for your kindness. And will pray for you.

Maudie, that is wonderful that the house sold so fast. I'm happy for you.

Boo,I appreciate your thinking of us. And I am glad to read that Erin is showing some interest in going back to church. Your family is in our prayers always.

Romeena, I enjoyed your tree memories. Wonderful thing are those memories. Your story reminded me of one shared a number of years ago from one of our church leaders. The church had just built a large new building (seating around 20,000) and he was speaking about it and it's constuction, taking over two years to build. And then he got a little emotional as he related this story. He told of how he loved trees. Ever since he had been married 60 years earlier hardly ever had a spring gone by that he hadn't planted a tree or two on his property. One of those trees was a black walnut tree. For nearly 60 years it had grown on his property, but recently had died. Knowing that black walnut was a premier furniture wood, he contacted a local company that builds furniture and talked to them about doing something special with it. They liked and agreed to his thinking. He then went on to say that today he was speaking from this new pulpit made from that walnut tree. A tree he had enjoyed for decades, a tree all his children had climbed on, a tree that could now be used for many years to come as a pulpit. A very moving message. Your story made me think of that.

Well I wonder if GF is laying on his couch, surrounded with food and the doorbell rings and he says, "boy, I hope that isn't more soup"! lol

Prayers for all.