January 25, 2014 - Msg 96325: Good evening, porch. Asa, that's really scary, that piece of tire coming into your car like that. What a freaky thing, to have it lodge in the steering wheel, of all things. Thank God you were able to get off the road before something tragic happened. You know, I often see big chunks of a tire, sometimes the whole thing, all ripped up and lying along the roadside, and I wonder if it hit anyone before finally landing. Apparently, sometimes it does! Glad you weren't hurt.

MDC, I would love to be able to fly a plane, but I've ridden beside my son enough, and watched all he does, so I'm pretty sure I don't really want to try it. It's not like learning to drive a car. There are a lot of aerodynamic principles and things that a pilot must understand, and I think it would be too much for me now. Twenty years ago, yes. Now, no. It's not like driving a car, where you can pull over and stop if you need to. Kinda makes me sad. I think I would have enjoyed it.

That video is fascinating! I can't imagine what it would be like to be in that weightless environment, and then come back to earth. I'll bet you feel like you weigh a ton! I know when I've been in a pool for a while, and climb out, I have a sensation of being very heavy for a few minutes. Well, I know - I am, but when you're used to it, you don't feel it like you do when you haven't felt it for a while. Being totally weightless would be so weird. I noticed that the girl kept hooking her toes under something when she wanted to stay in one place - otherwise she would have just floated away. Weird.

Well, I'm off to dreamland. Sleep well, friends. --Romeena

January 25, 2014 - Msg 96326: OK, I swept real quick-like, but I didn't dust. If you want your rocker dusted off, you might want to see to it. I'm going to bed! --Romeena

January 25, 2014 - Msg 96327: MDC...I guess in space everyday is a "bad hair day"..lol Not to speak of the awkward sleeping arrangements... Nice sweep Ro, looks like I have some snow sweeping to do today..3-6" today 2-4" tomorrow...It's a fun day!

G-F....

January 25, 2014 - Msg 96328: Hi All.
G F send the snow t M D C that well help wantthe water short there.
I see where Cleveland is having a good time what all the snow on W 25 th by the market
M D C here come me snow and you can keep yor july 119.

:(TOM


January 25, 2014 - Msg 96329: TOM, Let's do that! I'll pick up a load and stop by your place and get a load and we'll take it to him. He can keep it in the freezer he borrowed from Aunt Bee. We can drop some off for Boo & Romeena on the way.....G-F ( we better watch out for flying rubber tires on the way there, we don't want the same thing to happen, as happened to Asa).

January 25, 2014 - Msg 96330: Happy Saturday porch! Cold and snowing here in Northeast Tennessee today. Our yard, street and driveway are covered with about an inch or so. Very windy as well.

Mr. Maude is working today til 6 pm. Hopefully it will stop by then. He only works about 3 1/2 miles from home but the road
Is curvy from here to there and getting slickery. Hopefully they wiill treat the roads this afternoon.

Thanks for sweeping Romeena. I will dust the rockers!

I have a crock pot full of 15 bean soup cooking and plan to add some spiral sliced ham cut up in little pieces to it later.
Will make some Mexican cornbread to go with it. Ya'll come
for supper.

Stay warm! Prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

January 25, 2014 - Msg 96331:
Asa, there was a horrifying experience you posted about the truck tire blowing up on the highway. I myself have witnessed truck tires blowing at highway speeds, but never have I seen where the rubber gets lodged in the steering wheel of another vehicle.
I just thought of something funny; never drive when you are "tired". Get it? I hope you laughed.

MDC, keep those hot summer temperatures. You will need them to melt all the snow and ice that TOM and G-F and I will be sending to you. And because we are such nice guys, we won't charge you anything for the delivery.

Maude, you made 15 bean soup? I've heard of 3 bean soup, but not 15 beans. I can't even name 15 different beans.

from Poor Horatio

January 25, 2014 - Msg 96332: No...PH, it has 15 beans IN it, Maude must be a "bean counter" down at the bank? Hopefully she will go heavy on the ham and cornbread to make up for the small number of beans in it. Could ya at least throw in a onion with the deal?..

G-F

January 25, 2014 - Msg 96333: 15 bean soup, Maude....that sounds downright dangerous.

Boo


January 25, 2014 - Msg 96334: Hey porch, look for Hursts 15 bean soup. In my store it is with all the other dried beans. It has all the beans you need or could likely ever want and a package of ham flavoring as well as directions for a big ole pot of soup. I added some leftover spiral sliced ham I had put in the freezer after Christmas. It was mighty tastes. Leftovers for tomorrow!
Big Maude

January 25, 2014 - Msg 96335:
Big Maude, if you serve that 15 bean soup to your family and later experience trouble breathing, either open some windows or turn on some fans. Pee You

from Poor Horatio

January 25, 2014 - Msg 96336: At's alota beans!

January 26, 2014 - Msg 96337:
So, if its only 15 beans, 7 and a half each, that's not too bad. BUT, if its 15 kinds of beans, then a semi-truck "blow out" would only be a minor issue!! haha Only on this porch does snow in Phx or a bean dinner get so much coverage! :)
Good Sabbath to all, and prayers continue for all
porchsters' requests.
MDC

January 26, 2014 - Msg 96338: Good Sabbath porch.

Y'all are a caution. Always make me smile. Be it bean soup or driving tired. Sure is a pleasure to have a rocker here. And recently dusted I see.

Think I'll go see what I can rustle up for breakfast. I'm famished. I think I might make some scrambled eggs. I fancy that. Then get ready for preaching. Then go to preaching. Yep, that's the plan. Breakfast, get dressed, go to preaching. Yesiree, that's what I'm going to do. Eat, get dressed, go to preaching.

Asa

January 26, 2014 - Msg 96339: For the love of Mike...oh, never mind. ;)

Boo

January 26, 2014 - Msg 96340: LOL Boo.

Asa

January 26, 2014 - Msg 96341: Good morning, porch. I wonder how many other forums such as this one can truthfully say that their members stop by on their way to church, just to see how everyone is doing? I think we have something unique going here, folks, and we have our own Floyd to thank for it.

Let's hear it for Floyd! Hip, hip, hooray!!! --Romeena

January 26, 2014 - Msg 96342: Well, pshaw! That should have been Floyd up there, not just plain old Floyd. The censor stopped me for using four (!) marks, and I copied and pasted because when you use the back button, your message has disappeared, but I forgot to re-enter the "(b) " instructions. Those don't copy. Details, details! --Romeena

January 26, 2014 - Msg 96343: Yup, Floyd is normally a pretty BOLD guy! (:

January 26, 2014 - Msg 96344: Just so ya know, Maude wasn't kidding...

15 Bean Soup....
The original and most popular seasoned bean soup with N.K. Hurst's own ham flavor. It's very low in fat, high in fiber, and feeds an army for under $1.00 per serving. It's Kosher too! Ingredients:
15 of these varieties: Northern, Pinto, Large Lima, Blackeye, Garbanzo, Baby Lima, Green Split, Kidney, Cranberry, Small White, Pink, Small Red, Yellow Split, Lentil, Navy, White Kidney, Black Bean.....But now I'm confused if my Ernest T Bass calculations are correct, I counted 17! I guess they threw in 2 "to grow on" into the bag mix.
False advertising I say! But I guess 15 just sounds better than 17?...Ya Think?
Next weeks discussion...Just how many licks does it take to get to the center of a "Tootsie Pop"?
Enquiring minds need to know....

G-F....


January 26, 2014 - Msg 96345:
G-F, so you think that 15 = 17? Maybe those Hurst Beans people went to the same school as Abbott & Costello and Ma & Pa Kettle. Watch the following to see what I mean:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnICFjDn97o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omyUncKI7oU

from Poor Horatio

January 26, 2014 - Msg 96346: Good one PH, I must not have had one of those progressive "New Math" teachers in school...
Now I get it! But Who's on First?.. Guess I'll make my spaghetti now with that "secret" ingredient in it.
Dinner's @ Eight, but you didn't hear it from Goober....

G-F

January 27, 2014 - Msg 96347:
OK, here's one for TOM and for all you wiseinheimers talking about MY weather:
Let's do a little reality check from just last year...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1-qP_EVAkc

Oh yeah, its a comin'. HA ha!
Prayers,
MDC

January 27, 2014 - Msg 96348:
Oh, and yes, nature has been very good to the weather lady! :) Floyd watches it for the educational value. lol

January 27, 2014 - Msg 96349:
MDC, I prefer weather forecasts like our Wanda, the Weather Bunny. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSZKLAly01g

After our delivery of bad weather arrives, expect to have typical weather forecasts something like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg7uYH1zrXs

from Poor Horatio

January 27, 2014 - Msg 96350: Kind of warm here in south texas this morning but that is soon to change. Hope everyone is staying warm where you are.

It's Monday...bruce and sean back to work, erin goes back to school and the laundry awaits. I have to go to the lab today and have titers drawn since I don't have proof of immunizations for the clinical part of my license renewal. Guess I'll do that today and go visit with St. Susan and mom for a bit. I long for a day to do nothing but seems like they seldom come. I am going to have to make time for it, though. I've been looking at this house and it is in need of some spring cleaning but the thought of it gives me the mopes. When I start working again, I am going to hire someone to come in and clean now and then!

Better scoot. Ya'll be somebody.

Boo

January 27, 2014 - Msg 96351: send some my way will you BOO

TOM


January 27, 2014 - Msg 96352: They closed the schools today because of the snow last night and the anticipated -50 wind chills today, but other than that, we are staying warm. ;)
Bad part is I have to deal with teenager Kai home with me all day today. ;) JK
Actually, it is good that she is home so when I go to the store today I can leave Noah home with her so he doesn't have to go out in this.

Boo, was that a typo in the second sentence in your second paragraph? In between "have" and "drawn"? Because I have no idea what you meant to say or if you said what you meant to say I have no idea what that is.
...Anyway, whatever it is... good luck with that. ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

January 27, 2014 - Msg 96353: How cold is it?.... It's so cold Possum may have to buy a snow shovel to dig her way out from under her rock... It's so cold we may have to send Romeena & Boo some salt from under Lake Erie to melt their ice. As for us above the M-D line, we already know the drill... We can hope for the best...Groundhog Day is just around the corner. (Maybe Phil can be bribed)?

G-F...

January 27, 2014 - Msg 96354: Good morning, porch. Sterling, in case Boo doesn't get back on the porch for a while, I can answer your question. A "titer" is a blood test that checks for antibodies in the blood against various diseases, such as tet@nus, measles, etc. If you don't know when your last immunization was, a titer will reveal whether or not you're immune. All healthcare personnel have to have documented immunity against many communicable diseases, because they're exposed to them often, and because if they're not immune, and develop the disease, they could transmit it to patients. A titer not only tells whether you have the antibodies, but also reveals how strong your immunities are.

Well, Eloise and I are going to go get some lunch, then mouse around a bit, then I've got to go to the grocery store. I have put it off as long as I can. Last night, I had a can of spinach and some cottage cheese for dinner. Do you think it's time I bought groceries. An acceptably nutritious meal, but not very interesting. Fortunately, I like them both.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

January 27, 2014 - Msg 96355: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSVeDx9fk60

January 27, 2014 - Msg 96356: Ok, thank you, Romeena. I was wondering about that. ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

January 27, 2014 - Msg 96357: Me too Sterling. I was almost ashamed to ask. ;)

Asa

January 27, 2014 - Msg 96358: Sorry guys, it never even entered my mind while I was typing it, that it wouldn't make sense to most of you. I should have realized. :)

Thanks for explaining for me, Ro.

Boo

January 27, 2014 - Msg 96359: Good evening, porch! Floyd, I'm sorry to keep popping in and out like that, but I'm hitting something that kicks me out, and am not sure what it is.

It's getting cold here, fast. It's 32 now, and dropping. The wind has blown hard from the north all day, and evidently is really bringing something with it.

Guys, don't worry about not recognizing that term. You boys use a lot of terms we nurses don't understand. I guess every industry has its own language and terminology, which sound like Greek to someone who isn't in the particular field. When two nurses get into a conversation, you can almost see everyone else's eyes just glaze over.

Eloise and I went to lunch at Chipotle's today. Sure is good food. If you have one near you, give it a try. Very fresh stuff, generous portions, and very tasty. Mine was $9.15, but I only ate half and brought the rest home, will finish it off tonight. So, at about $4.60 a meal, that's pretty reasonable. Believe me, half is plenty - the servings are very large.

Well, guess I'll go have that other half, and cuddle my baby doggie a bit. She was miffed that I left her home alone, but she got over it. She always does. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

January 27, 2014 - Msg 96360: Ro, do you text messaging? I have a question for you but didn't want to bother you with a phone call.

Boo

January 27, 2014 - Msg 96361: "use" text messaging, rather.

Boo

January 27, 2014 - Msg 96362: Never mind, for obvious reasons. :)

Boo

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96363:
BOO and RO, I think ASA and STERling were
wondering more about the word itself, more particularly the
first three letters! I know that i was curious. HA I'm surprised the censor didnt catch it. :)
We have Chpotle, and yes, very good food for the $$.
Hope you are all doing Ok. Hang in there.
Loved the different weather videos.
MDC

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96364: Hahaha, MDC. To further clarify things, the word is pronounced "tie-ter." And I agree, I'm surprised the censor didn't grab it.

Yes, Boo, I do use text messaging, but usually don't hear the alert come in, so sometimes may be a day or two before I find it.
--Romeena

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96365: Hmmm...guess I had better be more careful with my explanations since we have men on the porch. ;)

Its pretty chilly here this morning (for a Texan) but not nearly as cold as it is for Ro. We are only at about 40 degrees and windy, but supposed to have some freezing rain tonight and in the morning.

Boo

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96366: Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it... Well I am going to do something about it! Yep, that's what I'm going to do, turn my thermostat from 68 degrees to 69 degrees dang cold here, so that's what I'm going to do, turn it up to 69. Yep up to "69 degrees"...
Then I'm going to put a few of Ernest T Bass's rocks in the oven then put them in my pockets which = "Hot Pockets" (Those one's you buy at the stores freezer section get kinda messy when you put them in your pockets).... STAY WARM GANG!

G-F....

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96367: ...p.s. Those store bought "Hot Pockets" aren't hot at all when you take 'em out of the box, and make your pockets smell like "pepperilli pizza" and the dogs follow around all day... G-F again

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96368: Hi.
Stop the cold at the line .
G F it hit -6 last night and now we are at 3:(.
Send me some heat and a hot pocket to.

TOM:( brrr

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96369: Good morning, porch! It's cold here, but dry. No snow, no ice. We got to 25 last night, I think, and supposed to go lower tonight. Tom, I'm doing fine, and I appreciate your concern. How about you? Are you staying in and staying warm?

Could someone tell me how Wal-Mart stays in business? The store here in Irving that's fairly convenient to me is absolutely filthy, understaffed, populated by the scariest-looking people you can imagine, and you want to take a shower after being in there. Check out this link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/walmart-irving. As you can see, this isn't just my opinion.

There's another store out in far north Irving, almost twelve miles from me. It's fairly clean by comparison, and the checkout lines aren't as long. Unfortunately, judging from my experience yesterday, the pharmacy seems to be staffed by uncooperative, uninformed people, all of whom need to take some basic English classes. After a very unpleasant experience trying to simply find out how much my glucometer strips would cost there, using my Medicare and Part D card, (they wouldn't tell me unless I actually filled the Rx), I asked for my Rx and cards back. They handed them to me and I put them in my purse. When I got home, there was a phone message from the pharmacy, telling me I had someone else's card. I checked, and sure enough, along with mine I had someone else's Blue Cross card.

I called, and was put on hold. I held for five minutes (by my watch) and hung up. Called back, got a different person and identified myself. He said, "Oh yes, I think you were given someone else's card along with yours. Would you mind running it back out here?" Excuse me? "Run" it back out there, twelve miles each way, because of their mistake? I said I would not, and suggested they send someone to pick it up. He told me they "couldn't" do that, and I should just bring it back. I told him that if they want the card they'd better come get it, and hung up.

Later I thought about mailing it, and will do so, but not until I've spoken with the store manager. Oh, and by the way. After my encounter with them, I stopped at my local Kroger store, and ran that Rx by them. They happily did all the checking that Wal-Mart had refused to do, and I filled the Rx for $20. That would have to be just a little more than I could expect Wal-Mart to charge, and it's worth it to me not to have to drive all the way out there every month and deal with the Wal-Mart madness. Again I ask - how did they get so big? Their prices aren't even that much better than the local stores. They're running small stores out of business, and that's too bad.

Well, enough of my whining. Wal-Mart - boo, hiss! --Romeena

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96370: Romeena, Wal-Martian's!! Looks like by your link, you are not the only one that thinks that store has issues...Maybe someone at W/M needs to look at their reviews. I'm sure they have someone who does that. A LOT of times these places are just to BIG for their britches! Sounds to me like they have what my Dad called "The Helen Waite" Complaint Department..."If you have a complaint.. go to, "Helen Waite"... He assured me as a kid, Hellen Waite did not work at his place, and he made that CLEAR to me many times!!
As I stated before he operated a "SERVICE" Station, not just a Gas Station... And Yes, Air, Water, a Clean Windshield, and check under the hood WAS FREE.

G-F....

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96371: I've heard about Walmarts like yours, Romeena. Fortunately, all are not like that. I must admit I rather like our Walmart. I have never had a problem taking something back and getting a refund for whatever reason(a real plus) and the store is just as clean as any other.

The only problem I have had is with one checker who for some reason known only to her, doesn't like me, apparently. She can be perfectly pleasant to previous customers, saying thank you and have a nice day. But I come up there, and she doesn't say ANYTHING! No hi, no thank you, no have a nice day. She just gives me this sour look. So, needless to say, I never go to her line anymore, and I just go to the other checkers, who are usually very nice. Unlike her.

I also like our Walmart at Christmastime, because they play actual Christmas hymn-type carols. That always helps put me in the Christmas spirit, despite all the shoppers. :)

-Sterling Holobyte





January 28, 2014 - Msg 96372: Hey
Rom you are welcome.
I have ben doing that for some time back home wind storm hit .
Yes I m staying warm satting on top of the heater.

TOM :(

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96373: Good afternoon, porch! Here's a little sequel to my Wal-Mart story. This morning, I called the store and asked for the manager. An assistant manager came on the line and asked if he could help. I gave him a brief synopsis of what had taken place yesterday, and asked him for the mailing address, so I could mail the card back. He promptly apologized for the person who asked me to bring the card back, and said they should have just asked me nicely to mail it. I agreed. He said he couldn't explain the problem with giving me a price for the glucometer strips, and said the pharmacy runs somewhat independently of the store, and therefore he's not fully aware of their specific rules. I told him that since no other pharmacies seem to be bound by the same rules, I can only conclude that theirs are self-imposed. He agreed, and said he would be discussing it with the pharmacy manager. I told him I would mail the card to his attention, and asked that he call me and confirm it when he has the card in his possession. Also, I'm mailing it with a return receipt request. I'm taking no chances. He was nice, and we parted friends.

About a half hour after I spoke with him, I received another call from the same girl who called yesterday, who wanted to REMIND ME that I had someone else's card, and would I please return it. I told her it was in an envelope, about to be taken to the post office, addressed to the manager of her store, and she could check with him in a couple of days, as he will have the card. She said, "Oh! I see!" and hung up. I'm still chuckling over that one.

Yes, Sterling, there are some nice Wal-Mart stores. The one in Fredericksburg, where my daughters live, is nice. So is the one in Mt. Dora, FL, where my son and DIL live. They're in nice, clean communities, where the demographic is stable. There's community pride. I think that has a lot to do with it. The demographic in Irving has changed so much in the last ten years, and definitely not for the better. I would imagine it's hard to maintain high standards in a store where the people are not interested, are not above throwing trash on the floor, allow their kids to run wild, paw through displays like bears in a garbage dump, and generally behave like they're just a cut above Neanderthals. That's the store in the link above. However, the store I was dealing with is in a very high-end part of the city, beautiful homes, lots of corporate bases, the whole thing. As I think I've said, it's clean and well-organized. It's just that their pharmacy staff is poorly trained, and all but one come from cultures where, apparently, courtesy in business is not valued. They are more accustomed to telling you what they can't do, than in exploring ways to accommodate your request. Too bad.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96374: Ro, our Walmart isn't bad. Its clean and the employees are usually nice, but there are never enough checkers. This weekend, though, someone carjacked a car in the parking lot of our Walmart, sped to Portland, where they exited the freeway and rear-ended my pastor's wife and her two little ones. He then jumped out of the stolen car, and into the truck of someone who stopped to help, and he was off again. He got into a wreck with two other cars and was finally apprehended by the police. Luckily my pastor's wife and children weren't hurt.

It has not been a super good day around here. I feel like I have been fighting a battle with anxiety/depression..cant really get into it here, but would appreciate you prayers for me. I need the Lord's comfort and guidance. AND...then there is Thelma Lou the donkey! I let her out today and she got into the garage because I had the door up. When it was time to go get erin from school, Thelma Lou wouldn't budge out of the garage. I tempted her with a carrot, smacked her with my coat, threatened her with a big yellow level (it was handy) and she would NOT budge. I was going to be late so I just put the garage door down with her in it. I would have left it up but we had a robbery next door last week. Forgot to mention that I had a brand new 12 pack of toilet paper on top of the freezer in the garage because I hadn't taken it in yet (I had just gotten it out of the back of the Yukon because Susan and I had loaded up some fire wood and taken it to the local homeless shelter). Well, Thelma Lou got ahold of the toilet paper, tore it out of the package, and scattered it around outside the garage this morning...she ate some of it, but hopefully just a little. So, back to leaving her in the garage; after I got home from picking up erin, I raised the garage and guess what? There, in the middle of the garage floor was a big pile of donkey poo..and she also emptied her BIG bladder. Arg! I had to shovel out the poo, then get a hose and spray out the garage, getting my gloved hands and my pants wet. I was not happy. Thelma Lou got put up!

Hope the rest of the evening is better.

Boo

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96375: Romeena, You Go Girl!... Some times you just gotta put some people in their place in a friendly way... The sad thing is that it didn't really matter to her.. If I would have pulled that stunt, Dad would have given me latrine duty for a MONTH... Wait a minuet, that was my job anyhow! So I guess it would not have mattered anyway.... Just Remember...You Can't Fix STUPID!
Tomorrow I'll post my mayonnaise story from Mickey "D"s... Sometimes it's all about principal!

G-F....

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96376: Boo, I wonder what Ruby Thewes's take was on DONKEYS? Don't make me send her a picture of Ruby too... Tell Bernie he better get her right! since he is from the animal world too...G-F again

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96377: I dunno Boo. It sounds like Thelma Lou has some Ernest T. Bass in her genes. Hope she don't take to heaving rocks threw yer winders. Glad your Pastors family was ok. And sorry you're feeling puney. You are in my prayers for sure.

Ro, terrible experience that you had at walmrt. The ones we have around here seem pretty nice although I avoid them most of the time. But that has more to do with my dislike of crowds than anything else. That and I try to give my business to the ma and pa stores as much as I can. Same with hardware stores. I avoid homely depot and lowes as much as I can and go to the smaller places, although they are getting few and far between.

Well I have to get to a meeting. Guess I'm gonna miss barrys state of confusion address. Drat (not)

Asa

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96378:
"Water and air we dont make no charge for that, but gas, we gotta charge for that." Gomer and G-F's dad's favorite line. :)
BOO- prayers for sure...sorry u are feeling that way. Remember, Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world!!! Take authority over your feelings, and claim the promises of Jesus on your life! There I said it! :)
TOM- so you're sitting on the heater? If you cross your legs, you'll have hot-crossed buns! teehee! :)
SPOT- I bet you have your hands full from what I saw on the news regarding Atlanta's storm.
And POSSUM, keep warm under your rock. If you have a StarTrek phaser, you could always zap the rock for heat! :)
God bless all. Jesus loves you!
MDC

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96379: Thought I'd check in-lots of ice on my rock,but so far the power remains on (thanks,Spotty!) and I'm fairly comfortable. If power goes out, I have a fireplace,candles,flashlights, and enough to eat. I'll be ok. Just hoping the power stays on! Freezing rain is predicted to change over to snow after midnight.

Say a prayer that SC makes it thru Winter Storm Leon-yep,they named it "Leon"- gotta love it!

Thanks for the concern & I'll check in when I can.
************************
possum under an icy rock

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96380: Meant to let Boo know that she's in my prayers-you all are. Love to all..

possum again

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96381: Possum, Does this storm "Leon" come with a peanut-butter and jelly samich? I'm kinda hungry.
MDC.. Maybe Jay Leno will use your TOM sitin' on the heater joke, it was a good one! Tom is a smart guy, he knows what part to keep warm...haha (So he don't get a case of them "Polaroids"...
Asa, wanna hear Boo's Thelma Lou sing "eatin' goober peas"?
As for Barrys speech....same ol' same ol'.... I watched "American Restoration" instead, more truth in that show. This Country for sure needs a "American Restoration" a complete rebuild, starting from the top. Do I get an Amen?
Ok I'm done, going to bed now....STAY WARM Folks....G-F

January 28, 2014 - Msg 96382: I think we'd better pray for Thelma Lou! She's on Boo's list for sure. She'd better watch her step, or she'll get sold to a gold prospector.

Let me tell you for sure - when Boo said the donkey wouldn't budge, I know what she meant. I've dealt with the critters in the past, and there is not another creature on God's green earth that's any more stubborn and determined than a donkey, once it has its mind made up. Sweet, cute and lovable, but stubborn? Oh yeah!

This weather is just freaky. Everybody stay snuggled in and warm until it straightens out. My goodness! --Romeena

January 29, 2014 - Msg 96383:
Well, God used a donkey in the old testament,
ans as i recall that one was pretty stubborn too! ha
G-F--I'd send it in, but Jay is a short timer.
As for the SOU, first on in a long time that I did not watch, because I knew it would be SO, SO,
so you have my Amen. GF- Change some letters between the Re and tion, and I'll really amen it! :)
MDC


January 29, 2014 - Msg 96384: Prayers Boo, that the Lord gives you some comfort and guides you in the right direction with your troubles. So, are you saying that Thelma Lou TP'd your garage?! ;) And I wouldn't worry about her eating some of it. Lots of fiber. It will all come out right in the end(hopefully not in your garage though).

Did I hear someone mention something about someone giving a speech or something tonight? Oh well, I missed it whatever it was. :)

-Sterling Holobyte



January 29, 2014 - Msg 96385: Good morning, porch! Well, I didn't watch the speech either. I knew it would only raise my blood pressure. If I'm going to watch fiction, I'd prefer that it be funny, and there's nothing funny about our Dear Leader.

Well, it's 21 here, and that's just ridiculous! At least it's dry, no ice or anything, and no wind, so it's not too bad. Bird baths and puddles everywhere are frozen everywhere though, so that sends all the wildlife to my pond fountain, which is still running. So far I've seen four squirrels and about two dozen birds, of all descriptions. It's a pretty big pump, and large lines that power the fountain, so it manages to keep going. I've only seen it stop once, and that was when it was about 12 and had been cold for several days.

Yesterday a flock of lovely little birds came in to the feeder, and I didn't know what they were. Got out my trusty bird book and ID'd them. They were dark-eyed juncos! I'd read about them, but had never seen them, at least not to recognize them. Such pretty little things! Apparently they don't hang around here, they just pass through now and then, in groups. There were about a dozen out there, and they really enjoyed the feed. Right now, the feeding stones are covered with doves, grackles, red-wing blackbirds, a few starlings, bluejays and some sparrows. Apparently, the juncos have moved on. Also, I haven't seen my cardinals in a while. That's unusual, because they always come in for the sunflower seeds.

Well, I'd better get dressed. Joe and Jorge will be here shortly. Yep, as cold as it is, Joe wants to prune the roses along the side of the house, I have a few more bulbs to plant, and my neighbor wants her crape myrtles pruned. Then I'll go up to Sonic and get a bag of burgers, and we'll all sit in my warm sunroom and have lunch! Can't beat a deal like that. Blessings, folks. --Romeena

January 29, 2014 - Msg 96386: Ha! Strike one of those "everywheres" up there in the second paragraph. Doesn't matter which one, take your choice. (heehee) --Romeena

January 29, 2014 - Msg 96387: Hi All.
It cold wind get up it was -6. and wwe are going for a high of 17
Mr. G F for that jok you have 5 days in the dog house!
Good thing Sara don't gave me your phone an or you wound have heard it from me.
I have two no of two nice girl that I called to chuck up on with this storm at time!

TOM :(

January 29, 2014 - Msg 96388: Romeena, Funny? Funny like a clown? do I amuse you? That was a movie line. I think Barney use at least part of that line too. Yep pretty much sum's up what's in Washington DC these days.
MDC, I think the letters you were referring to may be **signa**? Sounds like part of a fraternity, humm may be some connection there...
OK TOM I'll be good! Those dog houses don't have heaters, hopefully SPOT's does, it's pretty cold down his way to...
Yes, Romeena the word is out in the animal kingdom, stop by Romeena's place and you'll take you in and feed you! Bless your heart.. As for the Cardinals, they being our state bird I have not seen many of them this year either. They may have opted for Miami this year?... STAY WARM FOLKS!

G-F

January 29, 2014 - Msg 96389: Hi.
Sorry G F it the dog house for you because you have ben a bad boy at time and I did not said a thing but how so you and MD C may a jok out of me satting on the heat.

TOM


January 29, 2014 - Msg 96390: Sorry TOM, I was just saying it was a smart place to sit and keep warm, when I was a kid it was my favorite spot to sit too. Did not mean to hurt your feelings...
SPOT & Lucy, Hope you guys are ok, they are showing a lot of problems in Atlanta on the news.

G-F...

January 29, 2014 - Msg 96391: Sorry about the no post gang...snow jam here....gridlock...have been at work for 2 days...hope to try to go home in the morning...guess some of yall have seen it on the news...Atlanta just aint made for snow...SPOT

January 29, 2014 - Msg 96392: Hey
G F there no way you hurt me feelings about sitting there as a kids I wound sleep by it
spot now you no how we all feel from the bed storms we have ben getting.

TOM


January 29, 2014 - Msg 96393: Hi porch friends! Hope everyone is staying warm. We had snow all day yesterday with temperatures in the teens all day. Made for miserable driving and walking. I left work early, drove home and had to leave my car at the bottom of the driveway.
I fell several times walking up. It was very slick with about 3 inches of snow on top. 2 very kind ladies in a big ole truck came by and offered to drive me up. Guess I would of eventually made it on foot but think goodness they came to my rescue. It snowed about 2 more inches after I got home. Roads were very slick this morning so I made the decision to stay home. Guess I will venture out to work tomorrow. The
Sun is shining brightly today but it is still very cold. The main roads are clear as is the street in front of my house. So I should be safe.

Tomato soup and grilled cheese fir supper.

Everybody take care and be safe.
Big Maude




January 29, 2014 - Msg 96394: I hope the only thing you bruised when you fell was your ego Big Maude. :)

Asa

January 29, 2014 - Msg 96395: Poor Maude...I couldn't help but smile at your account of falling on the ice. Sorry, but it reminded me of the time my sister and I took my dad and the kids to new mexico for thanksgiving and it snowed like crazy. Dad's van got stuck at the bottom of the hill and we couldn't get it up to the cabin we were staying in. We didn't have snow chains or anything so we (at the advice of one of the locals) bought some cat litter to put under the tires, hoping we could get some traction. It was some show watching my sister slipping and falling under the van. I would see her, and then, whoop!...she would be gone. I laughed so hard I nearly had an accident.

It is nice here now..around 45 degrees and the sun is out and warming things up. Tomorrow should be a perfect day. Hope the rest of you thaw out soon.

Thanks for the advice and prayers Asa and MDC. Today is beter..still some trials but better than yesterday. :)

Boo

January 29, 2014 - Msg 96396: Well, a least I did not break anything, I am not a spring chicken anymore! I am kind of sore today in my hips and legs though. I was more embrassed and concerned about who was
watching me. (and laughing).

Well, let's have a snack of hot chocolate and oatmeal cookies .

Prayers and blessings
Big Maude

January 29, 2014 - Msg 96397: Hey Maude,we can start a club- call it the "I've Fallen & I Can't Get Up!" Club!

Happened to me too! I'm ok,though.Us possums are tough-LOL Glad you didn't get hurt too bad.

Lots of ice here,a little snow, and thank the good Lord that the power stayed on!

Prayers for everybody dealing with this winter mess, especially the folks in the Atlanta area.What a nightmare!

Y'all take care & have a nice warm evening!

*******************
possum under a rock

January 29, 2014 - Msg 96398: lol Possum, You didn't get hurt because Possums are low to the ground, now if you was a giraffe that would be a different story. Anyhow glad you and Maude are ok... You folks down South may have to get you some of those shoes that have those metal grippers in them. Be sure to have a bag of kitty litter in your car incase you get stuck as Boo advised also, it really helps. (Fresh kind works the best)! haha
SPOT, We may have to air drop you guys some pizza's! It puts a whole new meaning to fast delivery ....

G-F....

January 29, 2014 - Msg 96399: G F air drop soup, p.b
SPOT hope the dog house is warm

TOM


January 29, 2014 - Msg 96400: Well Erin is sick again with a fever and I hope its not another version of the flu. Guess I will be taking her to the doctor again tomorrow. This has been a terrible flu season. I was supposed to be going to our church's women's retreat this weekend but we'll see. Its in God's hands. I am good either way.

I'm looking forward to some nicer weather tomorrow. Hope you all are warmer where you are.

Boo

January 30, 2014 - Msg 96401: Spot, that must really bite having to be at your workplace for two days. Unless you really like hanging out there, I guess. Hope things get cleared up enough for you to get home!

Sorry Erin is sick again, Boo. Kids are little virus factories, aren't they?! ;)

Have a restful night everyone!

-Sterling Holobyte

January 30, 2014 - Msg 96402: Good evening, porch. Maudie, I'm glad you didn't break anything, and that was nice of those ladies to take you in their truck. You're right, none of us are getting any younger, and bumbles don't bounce, as my husband used to say.

Boo, I'm so sorry Erin is feeling poorly again. Poor kid, she seems to catch everything that comes along. I know you feed her right and take good care of her, but some kids just seem to be more susceptible than others.

Hey, I've got a question. Has nothing to do with TAGS, I'm just curious. How many of you can tell me what a "wringer" is, and basically, where it would be found and what it would be used for? No prizes for the answer, and I'll tell you later why I'm asking.

Joe and Jorge were here again today, finally got everything done in the yard. Joe pruned the knockout roses along the side of the house, as well as the Don Juan climber that's there as well. Also, we topped and shaped up the nandinas along the front. A couple of them had gotten up to the eaves! We took them down to about five or six feet. It meant cutting away a lot of beautiful clumps of berries, but I just trimmed them up and made an arrangement out of them in a big heavy vase, and they look so pretty on the island in the kitchen. I've never used them like that before, have no idea how long before they start scattering berries everywhere, but they sure are pretty right now. The bushes look much better, and they'll soon put on fresh new growth and will lose that "new haircut" look. Joe also replaced about eight sprinkler heads, that weren't rising completely, or wouldn't go back down when they turned off. The springs were wearing out. The system is ten years old now, so those things happen.

We're at 29 right now, but supposed to get in the 60s tomorrow. Go figure. Well, I'm off to bed. Blessings, everyone. --Romeena

January 30, 2014 - Msg 96403:
HI ALL, Please say a little prayer for my dad.
Nothing serious, but he has had abdominal pain yesterday and today, so I took him to ER to check.
No broken ribs or anything, no appendicitis, etc,
but lots in the intestines and colon! So tomorrow it may be enema time. Lord help! Thanks.
RO- are you talking about a wringer on a '40s, 50s washing machiine?
Maude, possum and TOM, prayers no more snow or injuries.
Love ya,
MDC

January 30, 2014 - Msg 96404: No prizes? Pass. ;)
Actually I have no idea. I was actually thinking the same thing as MDC with the old washing machine wringer.

Prayers for your dad, MDC. Hope everything comes out ok. ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

January 30, 2014 - Msg 96405:
Romeena, the wringer that I am familiar with is a device that is used to squeeze water out from wet cloth. There are hand operated versions and mechanical versions.
The hand operated version is comprised of two wooden rollers in contact with each other, and a hand crank. As you turn the hand crank, that causes the rollers to turn. You then place an end of the wet clothing where the two rollers meet. The rotation of the rollers will pull the clothing in and squeeze out most of the water. My mother used a hand wringer whenever she washed clothing using a washboard in the basement sink. I still have that hand wringer.
The mechanical version that my mother also used was part of her old Maytag wringer washing machine. The wringer sits on top of and is powered by the washing machine through mechanical linkages. I still have this wringer washing machine.
As for finding a wringer, I would expect to find them at: antique stores, second hand stores, estate sales, and ebay.

from Poor Horatio

January 30, 2014 - Msg 96406:
Romeena, for a mechanical version demonstration, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4n4EVupxxQ and cue it up to 2:00
And for a hand operated version, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc6DmsbHLMA

from Poor Horatio

January 30, 2014 - Msg 96407: Thanks for the empathy. :) Ro, I think Erin is just around so many sick kids now that she is picking things up. To avoid their children having and absence, folks send them to school sick, because if you make it to school and they send you home, it doesn't count as an absence, but if you never go in the first place, it does. Some of the rules are strict now about how many days a child can miss school, resulting in sick kids being there to share the germs.

When I hear about a "wringer" I only think of one thing; the electric wringer I got my arm stuck in at the washeteria when I was five. Yep, got it wrung right up in there to the elbow. My poor mom. No permanent damage done, though.

Boo