December 02, 2020 - Msg 115743: No left over turkey this year, we had seafood instead. We had yard visits with our children and grandchildren with six ft distance. The virus is on the up swing here so we are being careful. Finished my Christmas shopping, totally online, and have everything wrapped. I have no idea how we are going to do Christmas this year. Sarah

December 02, 2020 - Msg 115744: I think this is the first time I've swept. Sarah

December 02, 2020 - Msg 115745:
Romeena, since you posted that "the whole page disappears, not just the entry", there are two possible ways that can happen.
1) pressing ALT-F4, or
2) pressing F5
You can test both methods by typing something into the COMMENTS box, then trying both methods one at a time.

from Poor Horatio

December 02, 2020 - Msg 115746: Oops, time to turn off the bold

from Poor Horatio

December 02, 2020 - Msg 115747: *....And if that doesn’t work, do as Asa &I do....GET A BIGGER HAMMER 🔨...TEEHEEHAHA!...G-F

December 02, 2020 - Msg 115748: Or soak it real good.... in WD-40. The manly version of Vicks! :)

Good sweep Sarah.


December 02, 2020 - Msg 115749: I like the way you think...In my best Barney voice.....

December 02, 2020 - Msg 115750:

BOO-Be sure to check the archive...messages from me and Big Maude for ya.
Maudie, good to see u. I know how you feel, the first set of Christmas
holidays can be hard, but know that they are indeed enjoying themselves and things will be easier! :) Good to hear that you are still able to work.
Well, I'm typing and trying to watch a bit of the NYC tree lighting.
This is sure a year of weirdness tho, as the commentators are six feet apart, but no masks are to be seen, and most of the performers have masks, but they are real close together. Ya think Coumo will arrest them! ha. Strange times indeed. OK, I'm just gonna say it because I am just so sure it will happen... I bet the Inaugural Balls will still take place! Let's wait and see, and if they do you heard it here first, and will they be called super spreaders? I bet not! OK, enough of that!

RO--I sure hope that faucet fix will indeed solve your plumbing issue. I'll say a little prayer
for ya. Regarding your height, are you taking enough calcium? Deficency can add to the 'shortening' issue so I have been told.
BTW, with all the little thank yous here and there, here's a little something we all can do:
I'm pretty sure we all go thru a drive thru now and then. Next time, tell the person at the window that you want to pay for the person behind you. Its a small gesture that will 'make' someone's day!

PH--you are one very BOLD dude! :) I'm gonna try those too and see what happens.

ASA--What tags season are you on now? Didnt you recently start with One?
Yes, Jan Shutan, the actress who played Gloria, is indeedeasy on the better believe Helen would have a fit! haha! Here is a little info on Jan. I forgot that she also did a Star Trek.:
Good thoughts on you 'illumination recommendation!' You got some smarts.
You can also thank Medicare for the leg sleeves! :)

GF--has she ever been to a Mayberry Days?

Please stop by...We have a rocker, blanket, and hot chocolate all ready for ya all!

December 03, 2020 - Msg 115751:
Sorry folks for posting the entire Msg 115745 in bold. There was an incomplete disable bold tag after Romeena's name.

I learned something new today about TAGS (The Andy Griffith Show). When she auditioned to join TAGS, Maggie Peterson initially attempted to become Andy's first girlfriend. But Elinor Donahue won that audition. So instead, Maggie tried out for the part of Charlene Darling and got it.
Today, I watched an episode of Green Acres where Maggie played the part of farmhand Eb Dawson's pretend bride.

from Poor Horatio

December 03, 2020 - Msg 115752: MDC...No, Jan “Gloria” has not been to Mayberry Days or any other Mayberry event to my knowledge. I will check with my sources and see though...Good question tho!...

Well...We were supposed to get 5” of snow ❄️ Monday, but the snow Gods were good to us, we only got a little and not enough to get “Joe” out of the garage thank goodness!...
I know this will be a challenge, I’m just about to the point where the Doctor is ok with me doing it. We discussed it at my follow-up appointment and I assured him I’d be “smart” and not try to overdo it...

I know even tho I feel good I have to remember I’m still healing from the inside. I had my first test Monday when the pilot on my HW tank went out. I had to get down to light it, and after several attempts I finally got it lit (Thank Goodness) because I don’t think I could have gotten down to change the thermocouple which is normally a fairly easy job to do...

I’ve been smart and have taken Harry Callahan advice and know my


December 03, 2020 - Msg 115753: I haven't used my broom at home since I bought my dyson stick vacuum which works great on wood floors. My new favorite daytime show is The Price is Right, Drew Carey has a beard and longer hair now. So I run my vacuum and watch Drew Carey.....this virus has got to go away soon! Sarah

December 03, 2020 - Msg 115754: Want to share a prayer request. Several years ago you all prayed for my cousin Dan, who is a type 1 diabetic and was in a coma for weeks. His is severely disabled and has dementia. I think Dan is in his mid forties. I heard from his brother today that he is very ill with covid and was transferred to the hospital this morning. With his multiple health issues I am very concerned. I want God’s will for him. He has been in a nursing home in Michigan for years and isn’t really in his right mind so it may be merciful for him to go on to his mother and Jesus. I really hate to think of his suffering, though. Thank you.


December 03, 2020 - Msg 115755: Sending prayers Boo. Sarah

December 03, 2020 - Msg 115756: thank you, Sarah.

MDC, I went back and looked at the archives and found your post. I had to go to my email to find what you had sent me and it was there. I will listen to the message, thanks. You should know that I am very bad about checking the email. Bruce is the one who really uses that account. The best way to send anything to me is through facebook messenger. I check it several times a day.

Thank you Maude, for the encouragement and prayer! I hope you and your family are doing well. How is your husband these days? I hope he has found employment.


December 03, 2020 - Msg 115757: Boo...That’s sad to hear...So much sadness....Wish you could get back to the simple life when all your worries were just about donkeys and chickens and the daily antics at the Funny Farm.


December 04, 2020 - Msg 115758:

BOO--I am so sorry to hear of your cousin.
My goodness he has been thru a lot.
I shall indeed pray for him.

GF--my hot water heater has a pilotless ignition.
Sure is nice not have to deal with the pilot anymore.
Also, when we got the new AC/ gaspak about 5 years ago, it also came with pilotless ignition.
Before that I had to go up on the rooftop every winter to light it. Ah, its those small conveniences... :)
So be careful, but ya also have to 'work' that hip to keep it going now. Good to hear that you
are doing some walks, even with a walker is better than nothing.

ASA- you mentioned those C-9 light sets. Well, I have about 10 thirty-bulb sets of them, but since I dont
do the roof anymore except for along the front soffit, I offered them to my next door neighbor;
but he said, "No thanks, if I take 'em, my wife will
expect me to put them up!" haha

PH--that's pretty interesting about Maggie Peterson trying out to be Andy's girlfriend first.
Maybe that's why she gave him the eye from the cab of the Darling truck! :)

Sarah, I have seen a few of the new season of TPIR, and it is just so strange to see everyone so distanced, but I guess it is the only way to do it for now. :(
Hope everyone is having a good Christmas season. Saw Boo's house on facebook. Looks great!


December 04, 2020 - Msg 115759: Good Friday morning all.

Boo, I will certainly add Dan to my prayer list. It sure sounds like he has been through the ringer. Glad to read Erin is recovering okay.

GF, Glad you were able to get the pilot light going without the hassle of changing out the thermocoupler. I imagine the hardest part wasn't getting down to do it, but rather getting back up after it was lit. At least that's the case for me with my back. I hope she stays lit buddy.

MDC, I don't think they even make furnaces with pilot lights anymore. At least not that I have seen. They use hot surface ignitors, or spark ignition lighters. I had some boilers at work that used a spark ignition to light a pilot that would then light the main burner. When I first installed them, I wasn't to sold on the idea, but the things never failed once in the 15 years I was there until I retired, so they were very reliable. As for the christmas lights, as Ro alluded to, the LED lights draw so small a current, you can really string them out there. And I am guessing they last a lot longer as well. I remember years ago buying a string of lights that had a built in controller. You could set it to do all kinds of different things. Very cool, but very pricey. That's why I only bought one string. And I'm glad I did, because it lasted only one season. The thing quit working for me. Then I read that they had quit making them because they had started a number of fires.

PH, I always find it interesting that Maggie Peterson later came back as Sam Jones girl friend. She was very pretty.

Last night I watched the episode when Andy gets a little jealous because Helen is spending so much time with Frank, from the school board. Very interesting that she became so mad at Andy about Gloria, but then she became angry at Andy again because he would even think she might be interested in Frank. Even though she had broken a date with Andy because her and Frank had to "work late", and then Andy finds them together at the Diner, sitting on the same side of the booth. Seems like a double standard to me.
I also saw the one with the fun girls speeding through town. I must confess, those are not my favorite episodes. They kind of got on my nerves. But I guess that was the idea. But one of my favorite lines is in that episode. "I just don't happen to like my main dish concealed in a heavy sauce". I use it a lot. lol

Well I hope everyone has a nice day and weekend. Prayers for all.


December 04, 2020 - Msg 115760: Good morning, porch! It's cold and clear on my porch today, 35° right now, going for mid-50s later on. Then we're supposed to be in the mid-60s for another week. How's that for December? Exactly why we Texans insist on associating snow with Christmas, I don't know, but we do. We put cotton under just about every little decoration, most trees have a bed of cotton and little snowy scenes underneath. You see very few "tree skirts." We all have little snowmen figures or stuffed toys sitting around, and I have a lighted snowman on my front porch. Wishful thinking, I guess.

Speaking of water heaters, I have two Bosch tankless heaters, have had them for years now, and just love them. There is a standing pilot (Bosch now makes them pilotless). One of my units, when it was new, habitually would lose the pilot and I would have to relight it. It's easy enough, involves setting one knob in a certain place, and pushing another one in sharply to strike a spark and relight it. It was easy to do, and I could stand up to do it, because the units hang on the wall. Then Ted said the pilot was going out because the gas supply was too skimpy. He did something to it, I could tell that the pilot was just a tad bigger, and it has not gone out since then but one time, about two years ago. I don't recall the other unit ever going out. I love those tankless, never-ending-hot-water units! For just me here, it really doesn't matter much, but when the family comes, with young folks showering every whipstitch, one after the other, it really is nice to never run out of hot water. The tankless units are not to be confused with those little under-the-sink "instant" hot water things - it still has to run the cold water out of the lines before it gets to the shower, but once there, you have hot water for as long as you need it. And -- you don't have to drain them or flush them out. Gotta love 'em!

Boo, I'm sorry to hear about your cousin. That's so sad. His story reminds me of a patient I once had, pretty much the same story. No way to live. His wife was faithful and devoted, had cared for him at home as long as she could, but finally had to place him in professional care, as her own health was at risk.

Diabetes is a terrible disease, and can be so unpredictable. I've had patients who were meticulous about their self-care, but who just didn't make it out of the 40s, with one crisis after another. Then I've had others who just paid no attention to what they ate, took their medications and insulin haphazardly, and they seem to do fine. I'm somewhere in the middle, sort of the poster child for good care in some ways, yet I eat pretty well as I please. I see my doctor regularly. I do not follow a strict diabetic diet, I eat whatever I want, but I make certain concessions. I usually eat smaller portions of carbs, but I do eat carbs. I gave up my daily Pepsi, but will drink one now and then, maybe once a month. I eat enchiladas, but do not mop them with a paper napkin like my non-diabetic but fat-conscious cousin does. Generally speaking, I eat a normal and healthy diet, with lots of fruit and veggies. I guess I'm doing okay, because my A1C has never gone over 7, except once when it was 7.1. It's usually around 6.2. My doctor just smiles, says don't change a thing, you're doing fine. She lets me decide how much insulin I need.
I have been blessed.

Well, better get moving. I'm about to finish up with the decorating, not much left to do. Now I need to clean this dusty house! Blessings, friends. --Romeena

December 04, 2020 - Msg 115761: Good morning again. Asa, we must have posted at the same time. When I posted mine, I didn't scroll back up or I would have seen your post. When I came back in just now, I wondered how I had missed it earlier! I thought the Count was playing tricks again!

I just have to comment on your remarks about getting down and getting up. I know exactly what you mean. I have no problem getting down at all, but getting up can be a real challenge. Last year, I had to get my grandson Hudson to set up the lights on the floor beneath the tree, then cover them with a layer of cotton batting, and then spread the little snowflake gauzy cover over the whole thing. Then there is my snowman village, all rather heavy resin figures, with a larger centerpiece of the Holy Family, in snowman figures. It's really very charming, and I love setting it up. However, last year I knew there was no way I could wriggle around under that tree and get that all arranged properly, so I got Hudson to do it for me, and he did it very nicely.

This year, I'm 50 lbs lighter, and therefore a bit more agile, and Hudson wasn't available, so I did it myself. Did a good job of it, too, and it wasn't hard. However, getting up was a different story. Even with the weight loss, getting up is just not on my skills list. I finally crawled about six feet to a coffee table, and once I got my elbows on that table, I was able to get up pretty easily. That's the key, and I knew it. I remember once about two years ago, I had gotten down on my knees in the back yard, to plant some bulbs in a flowerbed, and then realized I couldn't get up. No way on earth. Just couldn't do it. So, I crawled about 20 feet, to a large boulder in another flowerbed, and once I got there, I was able to get up. Naturally, the song "I Go To The Rock" came to mind, and I hummed it most of the day.

It's hard to accept that I can actually get down and can't get up. I'm the one who could grab a handful of my horse's mane and fling myself up on his bare back with no problem at all. I'm now only about 35 lbs heavier than I was then, but weight isn't the only problem. Strength, agility, and fluid,flexible joints make a big difference. Arthritis doesn't help a bit.

I would need something to stand on, and a saddle horn to pull on before I could get on a horse these days. I guess it doesn't matter though. My back surgeon would probably disown me if he thought I was getting on a horse. I surely would love to do so, but I guess I won't. I'm pretty sure my Ace will be waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge, and I will have no trouble getting on him, even without a saddle! Seriously, I have no idea what Heaven will be like, but my mother always said my animals would be there, if I need them to make me happy. It's a sweet thought.

Well, back to my busy-ness. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

December 05, 2020 - Msg 115762: Asa...Yes I’m glad the HW tank stayed lit 🔥 I really don’t want to have to attempt to change the thermocouple even tho it’s relativity a easy job....BTW...I DID take your advice when your supplier warned you of the major price increase a few years ago, so I bought one and it’s in a box in the basement gaining interest!.👍 Mrs. Goob was not crazy about me spending $ for something to just sit there, but I assured her she will be glad I did when this one has to be replaced...I replaced that tank back in 2003 so it is living on borrowed time...

So when it clunks out I can say...”Who’s laughing 😂 NOW Sheriff!”....Lol


December 05, 2020 - Msg 115763: GF, Or "who's crazy now Ray!? Who's crazy now"? lol

Romeena, I know what you mean about it being hard to accept there are things today we can't do that we used to do without even thinking about. I was quite active and athletic when I was younger, but when I injured my back I declare it seemed to age me 20 years overnight. I look back on it and now realize I went through a pretty deep depression after that but did not realize it at the time. Not long after our little Doxie, "Sammy" also injured his back. He was unable to use his hind legs at all for a while, but in time and with the aide of steroids, he did get back some use of his hind legs. But he went from a very active and rambunctious puppy to a very quiet and older dog overnight. I could certainly empathize with him. We consoled each other a lot during that period. It sounds funny I know, but I am acyually quite serious. I think our furkids know when something isn't right and they just seem to know how to make it better.
But every time I get to feeling sorry for myself, I just look around and I don't have to look for long or very hard to see folks way worse off than myself and for me to count my blessings.

Well I was sure hoping that Millie's young-un would have joined us here. That was really nice to see her post a few times.

Romeena, have you had any issues with your water heaters decreasing in flow rates? The reason I ask is that I have been thinking in going the same direction, but in researching these I am hearing and reading that they can develop a problem with scale build up in the coils in them and they may need to be back flushed and descaled every few years. I know at work we had a couple of pressure washers that had those issues. We would have to backflush them with acid every few years because the coils would begin to get plugged up. I guess the process of heating the water rapidly, like these units do, will cause that. We finally did install a water softener to treat the water prior to the water feed and that helped a lot. Do you have a water softener before yours? Just curious. BTW, I am a huge fan of anything Bosch built. I have bought Bosch power tools for years and am completely sold on them. They are pricey but very much worth it if you use them to make a living with.

Well I think I will go see what I can rustle up for breakfast. I am hungry this morning. What am I saying? I'm hungry every morning. :)


December 05, 2020 - Msg 115764: Thanks for the prayer for Dan. He is stable and improving but not totally out of the woods. He is doing much better than I expected. He has had a rather sad life for a long time. In his earlier years he was working as an IT guy and married. His wife was a very bad person who became tired of the challenges of his illness and left him for someone else. He was never the same. He stopped caring about himself and didn’t take care of himself. He ended up living with his mom and getting worse and and out of comas and so depressed with life. I remember him as a chubby, smart little guy who used to follow me around with admiration in his eyes. I was his older cousin who took the time to really talk with him and let him know he was important. We would walk uptown together when I would visit my family in Michigan. Special memories. Unfortunately, after my grandparents died I only went back once in the 80s. I kept in touch with Dan for years when he was able to communicate with me. Such a sad outcome for Dan because he didn’t deserve it. He has the biggest heart and what an animal lover. Very kind man.


December 05, 2020 - Msg 115765: Good morning, porch! Bright and sunny here, 52° and no wind. A good day for cleaning up leaves, and Eddie will be here shortly to do just that. I'll probably get out there and "help" him, which probably will mean getting in his way. The leaves are very heavy out front, where both trees are about 3/4 bare. He'll blow them around, and rake them up and put them out for the trash trucks. As for the back, the trees are about 3/4 still full, I'm voting for just leaving them alone for now. I don't want Eddie to overdo it, and hurt himself. He's still recovering from that knee surgery, and has shingles on top of everything else!

Boo, that's so sad about your cousin. Too bad his wife chose not to honor her vows, and left him. My patient's wife hung in to the bitter end, and even though at the last he didn't know much, I think he knew she was there.

Diabetes is a strange thing. For some people, even with good medical care and conscientious self-care, they just cannot stay in control. For others, with poor medical care and haphazard self-care, they just go sailing along. As I said earlier, I'm somewhere in the middle. I do not follow a strict diet, I just try to be sensible about it. I pretty much eat what I please, but try to make good choices. I don't eat a lot of junk food. I have very good medical supervision, but part of her plan is to let me control my own insulin use. She has never given me a chart to follow. She knows I'm a nurse, and knows that I actually taught diabetes care to patients, so she gives me more leeway than she could give to someone else. Instead of following a chart, I check my sugar, and based on what it is at the time, and what I'm planning to eat, and whether I'm going to be walking any distances, like back to my car, I decide how much insulin to take. I realize she can't do that with everyone, but my background makes a difference. Mostly, though, I think it's just the way it is. Some people have a harder time with diabetes, and some don't. God has been good to me.

Asa, I have had no known trouble with scale buildup in my Bosch heaters. The water flow hasn't changed, but then our water may not be as mineral-rich as yours. Now in the Hill Country down south, they can't even keep an icemaker working in a fridge. It fills up with scale and quits. All fixtures in a bathroom have scale buildup on them. Yet, you go 30 or 40 miles south of Fredericksburg, to the area where I grew up, and there's no problem at all. We had our own well, had wonderful sweet water, and no problem with lime scale.

Yes, I remember your little Sammy, and I think we were all saddened by his passing. They are so much a part of our families. Our furkids know a lot more than we think they do. I catch Trinket watching me, and if I just make a move in any direction, she apparently deduces what my intentions are, and will be there before me. When we first get up, if I continue to run around here in my sleepshirt, she is relaxed and just follows me around. However, if I start to put on regular clothes, she gets antsy. That usually means I'm going somewhere, or at least out in the yard, where she isn't allowed to follow. She knows when I'm tired, or not feeling well, and tones her activity down to match. Sugarplum knew and took action when my blood sugar was dangerously low, on three separate occasions. She continued to annoy me until I woke up and got up. Toye Starr knew also, I think, though she was less aggressive about it than Sugarplum was. Trinket, not so much, but then I haven't had a really low episode since I've had her. She's a born clown, and is quite stubborn at times. Gotta love her!

Well, better get moving. Still got some dusting and vacuuming to do, and finish sitting little Christmassy things out after I dust. I got a million of 'em!! Blessings, friends. --Romeena

December 05, 2020 - Msg 115766: Asa...That episode of Raymond is a classic!...I liked Patricia Heston on both Raymond & the Middle..
She is a Cleveland girl, a little spitfire. But she did work with extra tall Ray, Brad & Neil which made her look even smaller.


December 05, 2020 - Msg 115767: *Heaton

December 05, 2020 - Msg 115768: RIP Andrew “Squiggy” Squiggman 12/5/2020

December 05, 2020 - Msg 115769: Thanks, Romeena. I have no doubt that if Dan's wife had been a good woman, things would have been very different for him, and for my Aunt Linda, who was also diabetic and had her own set of health issues but took care of Dan after her own husband died from dementia at a fairly young age. My Aunt Linda was a wonderful woman who struggled a lot caring for her husband and then her son. Linda was a gorgeous woman who was plus-sized but could have been a model. She met her husband John in the 60s and he was a cop in Royal Oak, where my grandparents lived. I remember that I was a little girl but he made quite an impression on me because he was very tall, dark and very handsome. He was also kind, soft-spoken and very humble; no wonder my Aunt loved him. They had one of the great romances. My Aunt was catholic and didn't use birth control so became pregnant with their first on their honeymoon! They went on to have three very active boys and then she decided maybe birth control wasn't a sin afterall. lol She was a wonderful mother but a fairly permissive one. I remember her house was always a mess and those boys tore the curtains off the windows! She kind of gave up along the way but was very loving to them. Her husband was the kind of guy who never seemed to be bothered by anything and loved her unconditionally. Sadly, he was bitten by a deer tick and became very sick with Lyme's disease that went undiagnosed for years, leading to brain damage and dementia. His last years were very difficult. In all their years together, I never heard either of them every say anything but good about the other. It was a very special thing.

Didn't mean to go on about them, but I got caught up in the moment. My marriage is a good one, but I cant say it was like theirs. We haven't always been kind to each other, though I can count on one hand the times we have argued in over thirty years. We aren't into fighting but sometimes we are sarcastic or a little disrespectful to each other. Mostly, though, we have grown closer and kinder due to what we have been through over the past several years. Bruce is a good man who loves his family so much. I am a tolerant wife who overlooks most things that irritate me. lol

Well, hope you are all well. Sean was exposed to covid a week ago but so far is not having any symptoms so I hope he wont. He was doing some Christmas decorating at the church he attends and the group wasn't wearing masks. One of them tested positive for covid the next day. I wasn't real happy about it and told Sean that he needs to protect his family and wear a mask if he is going to be in a group of people.

Better go sit by the fire for a bit and relax. I have been so busy the last few days. I had to take Erin back to san Antonio for a follow up and have her sutures removed. Her laceration is healing well and looks much better with the sutures out. She is staying with her friend in san Antonio for a little longer until fully recovered but says she is going to come back home and start her schooling. She is talking about wanting to be a PT assistant, which only requires an associates degree so I think it is doable for her if she gets serious.

Blessing to all!


PS- Did the Christmas card list get emailed yet?

December 06, 2020 - Msg 115770:

ASA--I so agree with you regarding Helen's hissy fits! Ha. She wanted it both can't talk to Gloria, but I can talk to Frank all I want. Never really connected those two eps until you brought it up. Just don't punch me in the nose over it! :) As far as that morning hunger goes, how about this...

RO--so happy that you are watching out for Eddie's knee. Our ash tree leaves are just beginning to fall, but they will all be down in about a week! that's just how it goes here. It has been beautiful 70s recently. So nice after that record high summer that we had! Regarding pets, all 3 cats we had (at separate times) would hide in our closet when a thunderstorm was on its way. Like way before we could hear or see any sign of it,
they were our little barometors! haha So funny to say, "Kittie, is a storm coming?" ask they would saunter to the closet with very low tails :)

BOO--I hope things improve for your cousin. Prayers. :)
God bless you for the care that you have given to him thru the years.
I sure hope erin is going to be serious about her studies and to do some good with her life.
It sounds very promising now.

Last night I saw one of my fav episodes of Miss Peggy "helpin' out a coupla helpless bachelors." Sure do like her southern drawl. Anyway, while watching Andy and her singing on the porch, it dawned on me that the porch went straight across the front
of the house, but Andy was sitting on some kind of 'outcrop' from the porch as he played the guitar. Watch this clip and you'll see what I mean:
Also, IMHO i think this is one of Floyd's best performances. He was really at the top of his game.

Good Sabbath to all!

December 06, 2020 - Msg 115771: Yea MDC. Last night I saw her all mad because she saw the picture of Andy with Darlene Mason out in Hollywood.
I love the scene with Andy, Opie, and Peg sitting out on the porch singing. I just don't know how Andy let her get away.

That is a good report about Dan Boo. I do pray his recovery will continue. And I agree with MDC in hoping she will take her studies more serious this time.
I enjoyed your little discussion about marriage. I think it is like most every thing, if you all can endure the rough patches together, you come out of it stronger and better. I was reading an obituary the other day about a husband and wife who passed away within minutes of each other. They had been devoted to each other for 60 years, even in passing away. The family had a lovely tribute to them.

Romeena, yea, we have pretty hard water around these parts so that may be the difference with the mineral build up. I would on occasion have to replace aerators on faucets at work and some of the gunk I would see on the ones I was removing would make me question if I should be drinking that stuff. lol Pretty scary. I bet GF could give me an Amen on that one.

Well off to go watch our Sacrament meeting on Zoom today. Sure grateful for the technology that makes that happen.


December 06, 2020 - Msg 115772: Wow, I'm not sure why but chunks of my post above went missing. How odd. Boo, I was talking about Erin and her studies, not Dan. lol

And then I had posted this little clip that I thought was hilarious. This cute little girl trying to keep Mama's cooking down. So brave and sweet.


December 07, 2020 - Msg 115773: Good morning, porch. Sunny and cool here, a good day to work in the yard, but I have too much to do in the house! Need to go to the grocery store, too, as I'll be frying pork chops for the family tonight. I have a couple of little things that I need help with in the house - requires someone much taller than I, since I no longer climb on anything. Too risky. I have some elves to be placed on the crags on the fireplace, like little rock climbers, and my heavy roaster pans to be put back in their high cabinet, a high-up clock to be reset to the time change, and a couple of ornaments to be hung high on the tree. It won't take five minutes, but it makes a good excuse to fry a mess of pork chops, make some good gravy, and maybe I'll make a little freezer of ice cream. I hope they don't have trouble keeping the food down, like that adorable little girl in that clip.

Asa, I can only remember one time when we had to replace some of the aerators on faucets, and that was right after the city had a small disaster while working on the water pipes, and some junk got into the lines. Aside from that, they just don't clog up. My daughters in Fredericksburg have a terrible battle with limescale. You can tell why that is though, if you look at the soil in the area. There's a lot of caliche, and you will see limestone rock outcroppings everywhere. I would imagine there would be a high incidence of kidney stones around there!

Well, gotta run. Blessings to all! --Romeena

December 07, 2020 - Msg 115774: Not trying to be obtuse, but this is my third time asking: Has the Christmas card list been emailed out yet? lol


December 08, 2020 - Msg 115775:
BOO-as far as I know, RO has NOT emailed out the list yet, at least I didn't get one. :)
Tonight's ep was about the hungry buzzard! Wouldn't ya know that his name
would be Don! And this is the episode when barney says that Mt. Pilot is 12 miles away from mayberry.
It also has that great ending line by Miss Peggy: "An-DEE, what happened to you're EYE-E-E-E!" Too bad they let her go.
RO-happy to hear that you are keeping off the step stools, etc.
Yes, let the youngsters do it! Heck, I'D do it for a good porkchop dinner! haha We have pretty hard water 'round these parts too.
LOTS of caliche soil. Many of the early homes were made of adobe bricks.
ASA--You mean you don't use "Go-to-Meeting" app for the Sacrament Meeting? haha
I had an errand day today. Got lots done. But I gotta tell ya, I DO miss our mall!
We had a great mall about 3 miles from us, 2 levels, and I loved it at Christmastime. It was all decked for the holidays, inside and out, Santa, etc. Now it sits empty, a sad sign
of the times, I guess.
BIG MAUDE, SPOTTY, POSSUM, LUCY, AND ALL, please check in when you can.

December 08, 2020 - Msg 115776: Morning all.

MDC, "Fine plan Barn. Win your girl, lose your eye". BTW, That Don the "hungry buzzard" annoyed me something terrible. I have issues with folks who shove food in their gullet and try talking to you at the same time. Disgusting thing. I should seek help. lol

R.I.P. Chuck Yeager. He passed away yesterday, December 7th, a day that will live in infamy at the age of 97. The right stuff indeed.

Romeena, Like MDC, I wish I lived close by. I'd gladly come work for some pork chops. I just have to think your pork chops, with mashed taters and gravy are top notch. Wasn't that little girl in the clip adorable. lol BTW, Did you watch that video of the ballerina I sent you? That was so touching I thought.

I'm thinking I may just give my lawn one last going over for the season. It has gone dormant with the colder weather, but I like to cut it low going into winter to keep snow mold in check. It's supposed to get into the 40's today, so it might work.

Last night I watched Aunt Bee learning to drive. Very obvious in that episode that the street in front of the Taylor house was dirt. I guess they used all the federal funds to pave the parking lot for the gas workers. They should have saved some for the city streets. Tonight I will be watching "Dinner at Eight". That might be my favorite color episode. I even bought me the fixins for spaghetti in anticipation. I always crave it after watching that one. But I think my favorite part is when Andy tells Howard he might just take his shoes off in the living room. Howard is astonished at the thought of that. lol Living on the edge in Mayberry.

I hope and pray you all have a safe and wonderful day.


December 08, 2020 - Msg 115777: Good morning, porch! Well, it did it again. I had a nice post ready to go, and hit something - I don't know what - on the bottom of the keyboard. My fingers were nowhere near that top row of keys. Sure do wish I could figure that out. Well, here goes - to repeat:

No, the Christmas list has not gone out, but my plan is to do it by tomorrow. First of all, a little confirmation. The names I have on the list right now are: Possum, Spot, Boo, Big Maude, Papa Bear, Asa, Goober-Fife, MDC, and myself.

If anyone else wants to be on the list, let me know by tomorrow morning. Also, is Papa Bear still on Vermillion? If not, let me know so I can change it.

We had such a lovely evening, got those little things I can't reach taken care of, and enjoyed a platter of really good pork chops, buttered noodles (David prefers them to mashed taters), and a pan of very good gravy. I steamed some broccoli, and had a bottle of lemon and olive oil salad dressing that was very good on the broccoli. I also had a bowl of Campbell's broccoli/cheese soup made with a little less milk so it was more hearty, and it was wonderful over the broccoli like a sauce. I often re-purpose things like that. I made some biscuits, which I hadn't done in a maybe a year or so, and they were only fair. They didn't rise very well, and when I checked my baking powder later, I could see why. It had expired in 2017! I guess I just got lucky the last time I used it. Never mind, they were eaten, but I just wasn't very proud of them. They tasted good, and were tender, just too flat. Note to self: Buy baking powder!!

Well, Trinket has learned a new trick. I leave her in my bathroom when I have to be away. She has a cuddlebed, bowl of water, bowl of kibble, piddlepad, and toys in there. Also, she has learned to open the door to the laundry hamper, and sleeps in there on top of my dirty clothes and towels, I guess it's comforting to her. She has also learned to open the sliding door to the bathroom, which I fixed by wedging little thick, folded pieces of paper between the door and the doorframe. That worked for a while. She got out once, I added another wedge, and it worked for a couple of weeks. Well, yesterday when I got home from the store, she met me at the kitchen door. She had gotten out again. I went to see what looting and pillaging she might have done in the house, and discovered that the sliding door to the bathroom was off the runner! She had managed to get it open about four inches, and squeezed through. With difficulty, I managed to force it open about a foot, enough that I could squeeze through (thank heaven for weight loss), but I certainly couldn't fix the door. However, David could, and did, when he arrived. Now what am I going to do with her? I'm thinking of getting a couple of rubber doorstops and wedging the door with them instead of my little folder papers. I can't imagine how she managed to get that door off the roller, but she did.

Anyway, Landry put my roaster pans in their high cabinet, reset my kitchen clock, which hangs on a furrdown, too high for me to reach without climbing, posed my little bendable Annalee elves on the rock face of the fireplace, and put the larger elf on the chandelier in the dining room, and went on the roof and replaced a burned-out Christmas bulb. He is so sweet and thoughtful. I am so blessed.

Well, better go feed little Houdini, before she figures out how to open the cabinet where the dog food is kept. Gotta love her! Blessings, everyone. --Romeena

December 08, 2020 - Msg 115778: Thanks! I figured the list was already sent and I did t want to wade through a hundred unread emails if I didn’t have to. 😊


December 08, 2020 - Msg 115779:

ROMEENA-That is a big 10-4 on Pappa bear's address. :)

December 09, 2020 - Msg 115780: Good morning, porch! Weird December weather we're having. It's 61° right now, heading for the upper 70s this afternoon. Only one of my six big trees has lost all its leaves. The rest go from half empty to almost no loss yet. Very frustrating for Eddie. There are also about six crape myrtles, and they're finally bare.

Since no one has offered any changes, deletions or additions to the Christmas card list, I'll be sending it out today. Thanks for confirming on Papa Bear, MDC. If anyone decides they'd like to get on the list, don't hesitate to let me know. I can still put you on there, and it would be no trouble to send the addition to the existing list.

Gotta run, have some errands to get done today. Blessings, everyone - stay warm and stay well! --Romeena

December 09, 2020 - Msg 115781:
Boo, that is so sad to learn about your cousin Dan's hardships, your daughter's accident, and your son's exposure to covid. I will offer prayers for them.

Romeena whenever we would leave home when we had our last dog, we would sometimes allow him to stay in the kitchen. But we would place a barricade to prevent him access to the rest of the house. And when we returned home, we would always look through the living room window to find him sleeping on our couch. But as soon as he heard us at the door, he would rush into the kitchen and look so innocent.
One question for you. I don't remember how you came up the name Trinket for your dog.

I get frustrated trying to listen to or watch the news since all I hear about is covid. We need to have something to cheer us up. Maybe if you watch this short scene from The Bell's of St. Marys film, that might help you smile a bit. And if you want to watch the entire movie, that follows this short clip.

from Poor Horatio

December 09, 2020 - Msg 115782:
Oops, I forgot to post the clip.

from Poor Horatio

December 09, 2020 - Msg 115783:
And below is the link for the complete film for those who are interested. I watched it many times and never get tired of it.

from Poor Horatio

December 09, 2020 - Msg 115784:
For those who are watching the movie, listen to the children recite the pledge of allegiance starting at 10:23. Listen carefully to see if you can notice something different.

from Poor Horatio