July 08, 2019 - Msg 112519: Thanks Boo. I have my DVR all set for the next 3 nights. I am so excited I can't hardly stand it.

Thanks for checking in Romeena. I do hope they can fix your ailing back. I installed some new blades on my riding mower this morning. I took the deck off because it is easier to get to them. But it requires some bending and twisting and pulling, and just all the things my achy back says don't do. Bottom line, I remember why I retired. Spent this afternoon with an ice pack in my Wheeler and some advil. I am so excited for your new arrival Ro. Makes me smile. Both those names sounds good, especially Dine Mite. HA, I like that one.

Well guess I'll go see what I can muster up for supper. I wish my Chinese place delivered, but I am to far out in the booneys. So I reckon I'll go simple. Maybe a chicken sammich.

Asa



July 08, 2019 - Msg 112520: Well as soon as I sweep up that is.

Asa

July 08, 2019 - Msg 112521: A new puppy how exciting Romeena. We have been without a dog for two years and had thought about getting another one but after watching two grand dogs for nine days we have changed our minds, at least for the time being. Got to go my switchboard is ringing.....Sarah

July 09, 2019 - Msg 112522: Sarah, welcome to the porch. Since you were never seen in the show, I guess you'll be keeping your incognito status! ha We do talk some juicy gossip here now and again however. :)
Frankie--how is your granite frying pan working out? I saw a commercial today for it. Did you also get the free egg pan?
The woodpeck@r was back again this morning!
It would probably scare away RO's butterflies. Such a funny sight.
RO--so sorry about your back. I am trying to picture the ribs rubbing on the hip bone area, but i guess its possible because it is happening to you!! Sounds like you are getting closer to getting your new
furkid. So cool! I saw someone with a tiny toy poodle today and thought of you. I wonder if dogs know that they are cute? It sure seems like it sometimes. :)
ASA and all--i watched the first installment tonight and it was quite good, lots of interesting details about the early days of the program, and GF...no streaking! ha. The show got a little political, but apparently politics were quite entwined in the whole space program.
Have a good evening,
MDC

July 09, 2019 - Msg 112523: Asa, nice sweep!

MDC, I love my granite frying pan. And I did get the free egg pan with my order. It works out great for me when I want to just fry one egg which is usually what I cook for myself.

Was a little busy this afternoon doing some cleaning in the garage. If you can believe it I found a box I packed years ago and forgot about it. Filled my car up and made a trip out to the Goodwill. Had to stop because it was just getting to hot out there. Seems like there is always something to take care of.

Nice to see ya Sarah, hope that switchboard gives you a break.
Frankie

July 09, 2019 - Msg 112524: Good Morning Gang !...quick trouble check...garden coming in good and keeping us busy ..blessed with good food...gona read back and check on everybody ..prayers SPOT

July 09, 2019 - Msg 112525: Morning porch, hoping all is well this Tuesday.

been dang hot on my end of the porch. everyday has been 90 or above humid as well. glad our AC at home and work is holding out.

work has been busy busy. Mr. Maude still not able to find work so we are just hanging in there.

The kids are good. Daysie (daughter in law) got a new job and started yesterday. She has college degrees in molecular/cellular biology and biochemistry and a degree in hospital lab management. she has been working at a local hospital,work 2nd shift and every other week end. The hospital kept promising her a raise and promotion but it never seemed to happen. Her new job is with a drug manufacturing company in Bristol, TN that makes amoxicillin. she will be a chemist as well doing quality control. She will be making a lot more money, a day shift and no
week ends. She is one smart cookie! we are very proud of her.

Guess I'd better get busy here at work.
Lunch menu will be: roast beef sandwiches, slaw, chips and a cold glass of lemonade or tea. cookies for dessert.

Prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

July 09, 2019 - Msg 112526: Sounds great Maude ..I will take tea please..I have some hot peppers for those who dare ...SPOT


July 09, 2019 - Msg 112527: Hi Big Maude, lunch sounds yummy, do you deliver I can't leave my switchboard. Frankie I have one of the pans you described and it works great for corn bread the bottom is nice and brown and crusty. MDC I have lots and lots of juicy gossip but I'm sworn to secrecy .....Sarah

July 09, 2019 - Msg 112528: SPOT, This is a trouble check. Glad to hear your garden is doing good.

Big Maude, Sounds like the daughter in law will do very well with the new job. Lunch sounds delicious!

Sarah, I will have to try some of the corn bread. That sounds good!
You all take care,
Frankie

July 10, 2019 - Msg 112529: FRANKie, thanks for the skillet update. I think I am going to order one. We're still using a teflon one and it is pretty scratched up.
MAUDIE--good to see you posting. I continue to pray for your husband. I'm sure there is something out there for him.
So good to hear about your DIL. I have taken amoxicillin several times. Yes indeed she is one smart cookie!
SPOT--good to see you also. Sounds like all is well on the 'farm.' Nothing like real natural eatin'. :)
Not much to report on this end other than another heat wave is coming.
It should be
112 by Thursday, but that is par for a July day. But all goes well.
I saw the 2nd show tonight. Very good scenes of Gemini and early Apollo.
Peace and Prayers,
MDC

July 10, 2019 - Msg 112530: Good morning all.

MDC, We are supposed to hit 100 by weeks end. It has really been a cool summer here until now. We have only been in the low 90's a few times. Of course it doesn't seem nearly so hot from the confines of my family room. lol I hope you have a good trip to SB.

Frankie and Sarah, thanks for the pan review. I have thought about getting it, but have read mixed results from folks on the internet. It's funny how the reviews on just about anything can be so all over the board. One will say it's the best thing since sliced bread, and the next will say not to waste your money on the junk. lol I have noticed that on all most everything. So I try to look for trends. A consistent complaint or praise about a specific thing. An example was the new speed feed head for my weed eater I bought. Just about every review I read spoke highly of how well the thing worked, especially when it comes to reloading string. And numerous complaints about the poor instructions for installing it. (It comes with numerous adapters for different size arbors). And they were right on. It took me an hour to install because the instructions are so poor. But now it's on and seems to work well.

Big Maude, sorry your hubby has not found something yet. Prayers continue. I'm glad Daysie has found a good job. Cute name BTW. There is a woman in our Church who's name is Dallas but is spelled Dalyce. That was a new one for me. lol

Spot, our garden dog, good to hear from you buddy.

I have recorded the shows on PBS. I am looking forward to watching them. Still bogles my mind to think we did that 50 years ago with the technology we had back then. And to get Lovell, Haise, and Swigert back alive on 13 was unbelievable. Ron Howard once said at an autograph signing that some young woman was kind of chastising him for Apollo 13, telling him it was a "fun read but sad that he had made it unbelievable". She truly had no idea that it was a true story. It actually happened.

Well the sun is just peaking over the Wasatch mountains. I think I am going to get out and do a little yard work before it gets to hot. Yessir, that's the plan.

Asa

July 10, 2019 - Msg 112531: I wasn't able to watch Chasing the moon because I got called in to work unexpectedly. I can use the money so no complaints. I know I mentioned that the car we bought for Erin to use is in the shop getting transmission work, and last night Erin took Bruce's truck to the movies, pulled into a convenience store and filled it up, then it wouldn't start. She and a friend were stranded in a bad part of town until Bruce could get to them. So..now Bruce is having to miss work and go get the thing towed to a garage. Sean thinks its the fuel pump. It is always something these days.

Sean has an appointment with his caseworker this morning to try and get help finding a job. I pray they can help him find the right fit. Bruce got on with the army originally when he got out of college because he had gone completely deaf during his college years. They hired him on a disability thing..I forget what you call it. He started off on the bottom and that job launched him into a great career in computer technology. He no longer works for the army but is still civil service and gets great benefits. His degree was in business but he ended up doing computer work, and his job paid for all that training. One thing I know is that if you work at our military base here, there are many rules concerning the well-being of the employees. They are either working in air conditioning or in huge hangars with big fans, and a good breeze near the water so Sean wouldn't have to deal with 100 plus temperatures like in his last job. We are really hoping he gets on at the military base somewhere. Now that he has his automotive certificate, maybe he can.

Great news about Daisy, Maude! Sounds like a great deal.

Things are going somewhat better at work. The new boss is making some positive changes and I heard from a pretty reliable source that someone finally bought out the facility. Im not counting my chickens before they hatch but it sounds encouraging.

Very exciting about the new pup, Ro! I like Dinah Mite but am kind of hoping she has more of a Trinket personality (for your sake). heehee
Sorry to hear about the scoliosis! Mercy! That doesn't sound like any fun at all. Our poor bodies have so many issues as we age, don't they? Poor Bruce has certainly been having his share of aches and pains from all the work he is doing. I am holding up better but I am 4 years younger than he is and not exactly given to hard labor. lol

It is definitely summer here but it seems to me that we have had a milder than usual summer so far. I think the rain has helped and seems we have a lot of overcast skies this year. Of course, August and September are still ahead! The lovely green grass is bound to wither by then but for now, Texas still looks like springtime.

Well, best get going with the day. Hope you all have a good one.

Boo

July 10, 2019 - Msg 112532: Good morning, porch! Mixed reviews on things that we buy? Yep, that's sure the truth! I've come to the conclusion that in a lot of cases, the bad reviews come from people who have no idea how to put together, install, or use the product, or what to expect of it.

Maudie, I'm praying for your husband's job search, and am so thrilled for Daysie. Sounds like she has found her place in the scheme of things. I pray for all my porch friends, for God's perfect will to be done in each life. Sometimes we don't see or understand what He's trying to do, but as the old song says, "when you don't understand, when you can't see His plan, when you can't trace His hand, trust His heart." Such wisdom and truth in those words!

Well, gotta run. I'm picking up Eloise and we're going to Plano, to the puppy lady's house. She has three little girl pups, and I get to choose the one I want. That won't be easy. It's a good thing they're not cheap, or I'd come home with all three! The plan is for me to leave her there with the toy I've been carrying around, but I don't know whether I'll be able to do that or not. I may just scoop her up and bring her home! This house has been puppy-less for almost three months, and that's just too long.

Blessings, everyone. --Romeena

July 10, 2019 - Msg 112533: Hello Porch!
Now that I have the garage cleaned out it is a good time to put some paint on the wall out there. Finished that yesterday and it looks much better. All that painting gave me a sore shoulder so I am taking it easy today. Think I will go run a few errands before it gets to hot outside. You all take care,
Frankie

July 10, 2019 - Msg 112534: Frankie...Girl, You are making us Guys look bad!...Good on You for getting it all done!....👍🙌🏻 G-F

July 10, 2019 - Msg 112535: Amen GF. Frankie is making us fellers guilty. She is like the Taylors vacuum, the off switch is stuck on. :)

Romeena, I am excited for you. I bet that will be hard to choose just one, but I think the right one will be made known to you real quick.

Boo, boy, that's all you need, a vee-hicle quit working for you. Maybe you got an "E" when it's really an "F'. But then again you said Erin had just filled it up. She did put gasoline in it I hope. :)

Well Frankie's garage painting wore me right out. Think I'll get some supper and relax. We are at 96 right now. Too hot for outside stuff except swimming.

I hope everyone has a great evening.

Asa

July 10, 2019 - Msg 112536: Wow, 96 degrees is hot, Asa! I think it was only 95 here today of course the high humidity makes it hotter.

So excited Ro!! A new porch pup will be here soon! Hope she is all you hope and then some. I took Poopsie to a new groomer today and it was a good experience. Very nic lady and did a great job. Poopsie is clean and spiffy and even has a cute bandanna round her neck with a flamingo on it. I wish I could share a picture on here for you all.

Iím using my new washer for the first time and it is loud. Guess I forgot about how the top loaders sound. I donít care though if it gets the clothes clean quicker than my old front loader.

Better git! Been a long day and I am ready for a rest.

Boo

July 11, 2019 - Msg 112537: Boo & Asa- I think we were 93 today and should be up to at least 100 by Saturday. That is regular summer heat for us.

Asa & GF- Seems like I have been keeping myself busy to have my mind thinking of something else. It really helps me get through the day. Now no guilty feelings! It is kind of like a therapy for me. And then I feel so good to get something accomplished.

Romeena- So happy to hear you found a puppy. Keep us posted.
Frankie

July 11, 2019 - Msg 112538: Well...it's suppose to be 112 to 113 here for the next few days. I sure hope Santa Barbara will be cooler, marine layer, cool ocean breezes!! ah. Will head there on Monday.
BOO--so happy to hear that shoreline may really have a new owner.
Maybe the creepy guy will get walking papers and improvements will actually be forthcoming. Praying for Sean regarding the job on the base too.
Frankie--good that you are keeping busy and getting things done.
I went thru similar after dad's passing. It is indeed good therapy.
ASA--one thing I thought about was diesel, but I think the spout won't fit a gas tank opening. Wally would for sure know if it was a fuel pump cuz it would go puck-a-ta, puck-a-ta, then flz-z-z. ha I bet it is indeed nice to just 'look at' the weather instead of
being right out there in it (in a bucket truck yet!)! Ha
Newton Monroe was on Tags tonight, and even tho he discovered he was "ept,' those Apollo 11 guys were TRULY 'ept!' My goodness asa, it was really a good conclusion tonight. As the narrator said, an iphone has more sophistication in it than the Apollo's whole computer system!! Another person compared it to running with baling wire and rubberbands! But to see those three big parachutes again float down into the ocean was really cool! I think you'll enjoy it, and it's commercial-free!
GF--good game in Cleveland last night, but only saw parts of it.
Have a blessed day,
MDC

July 11, 2019 - Msg 112539: Morning all.

Frankie, I was only kidding about feeling guilty. I am glad you have found a productive and good way to deal with your loss. Too many turn to other things that are neither healthy or productive. So you just keep on keeping on girl. And keep on telling us about those accomplishments. I enjoy reading about them. Your temps sound much like ours here. We are supposed to hit the 100's by the weekend also. But we never get as high as MDC does.

MDC, I saw a news report this morning of a drunk driver in Tucson who hit a cactus. But this thing was huge and went threw his windshield, barely missing him. I'm sure it would have taken his head off had it been a few feet over. Glad there wasn't a passenger because it surely would have killed them. That thing was huge. I am looking forward to watching those specials on PBS. Yesterday I was watching an interview they did with Allan Sheppard back in 1998, about 6 months before he passed away. If you remember, he was the first American to go into space in 1961. And it was what they called a sub orbital flight, meaning they just shot him up, he barely got into outer space, and then right back down again. The entire flight was 15 minutes long. And just 8 years later, we had 2 men walking on the moon. That just blows my mind.

Well I was hoping to read something from Romeena that she had taken possession of her new buddy. Maybe she has and is too busy with her. I know this much, that little furkid is one lucky pup. :)

Asa

July 11, 2019 - Msg 112540: Good morning, world, and porch especially! She's here! Just as I feared, I was just totally unable to just choose her, leave the toy and come home without her. The breeder really wanted to keep her another couple of days, since she had just gone to Missouri to pick her up on Tuesday. She felt like she needed a little "resting time" before another major life-change, but was showing no signs of stress, so she let me bring her home. It was hard to choose, but this little one did sort of stand out. She is absolutely adorable, is already using her potty box, at least most of the time, eats well, is playful and curious (nosy!) and loves to chew on toes. My living area is sunken 6 inches, with three separate entrances to the room. She has mastered going up that 6" step, but still fears the going down part. She perches on the brink and whimpers, but won't step off. I give her another day or two, and she'll do it.

Last night at bedtime, I let her potty once more, then put her up on my bed. She trotted around, explored a little, pulled on the sheets, and peered over the edge, then backed away quickly! She never approached the edge again. When I got into bed, she immediately trotted up to my shoulder, wiggled herself in between my arm and my chest, propped her tiny chin on my shoulder and promptly went to sleep! I'm a side-sleeper, but last night, I slept on my back! She didn't budge all night, and neither did I. This morning, she's up and going full tilt, and I'm creaking around with my ribs screaming at me, because I didn't sleep in the right position. I think we'll have to make some adjustments tonight!

I haven't settled on a name just yet, but at the moment, Needleteeth comes to mind! Her little teeth are just barely visible, but they are sharp as razors, and she's got some significant jaw strength too, for such a tiny thing. She loves to nibble on my toes (I'm always barefoot in the house, and sometimes outdoors as well) but all I have to do is say "Ow!" when she bites too hard, and she stops immediately. It's hard to be sure at this age - she's 9 1/2 weeks - but I think she's pretty smart.

She seems to have bonded with me already, takes every step I take and follows me everywhere. Those dratted steps frustrate her, but I think she'll figure that out in a day or so. It's only one step at each location, only about 6" high, and it's all carpeted. It's not exactly like going over a cliff, but maybe it looks like it to her.

I still haven't settled on a name, and I need to do that. Training sessions pretty much require the use of her name, and right now, she doesn't have one. "Baby" will become her name if I don't fix it soon. Still considering Trinket, and Dinah Mite, Cherub, and Treasure, and am open to suggestion for others. Any ideas?

Well, enough puppy stuff. I need to get an order in to Chewy.com. The food the breeder sent with me will last about three more days, and Chewy will have an order here by Saturday, if I place the order today. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 11, 2019 - Msg 112541: SO HAPPY 😀 for you Romeena!...Glad you are on your way making her feel at home and part of the family.
ĒSugar BiteĒ sounds like just what the Doctor ordered...She donít want to bite, but just giving you some sugar!..

G-F

July 11, 2019 - Msg 112542: That's great,Ro! So happy you finally have your new pup!

If you name her "Sugar" anything,remember how we say it in the south & spell it accordingly- Sugah or Shuggah!

*Hey to everybody! I have Miss Laci visiting with me today,so can't rock on the porch too long-better see what she's up to!

***********
possum u.a.r.

July 11, 2019 - Msg 112543: Afternoon all.

Yay Romeena, I had a feeling you couldn't come home empty handed. I am thrilled for you and for her. And I look forward to reading stories about your encounters.

Hey to Possum and Laci.

Asa

July 11, 2019 - Msg 112544: Oh, and GF. Didn't see your post there buddy.

Asa

July 11, 2019 - Msg 112545: Hey everyone, thought I'd drop by while my switchboard is quiet. So glad you were able to bring your puppy home with you. From Missouri to Texas so Miss Tex is my suggestion for her name and call her Missy.

July 11, 2019 - Msg 112546: Oops ...Sarah forgot to sign.

July 11, 2019 - Msg 112547: I had a thought regarding your new pup's name, Ro- since she's got a thing for toes,why not call her "Tootsie"? That name would also have a Mayberry connection for you- "Toot,toot,tootsie,goodbye"!

possum again

P.S. Hey to Sarah-nice to have you on the Porch! And HEY,Asa!

July 11, 2019 - Msg 112548: Howdy, porch. I have to tell you - I am having so much fun! My beloved Toye Starr was 14 weeks old when I got her, and I didn't think anything could be as cute or as much fun as she was. This little ball of comedy I have now is only 9 1/2 weeks old, weighs less than two pounds, is barely 5" at the shoulder, and her legs are less than 3" long. Still, when she doesn't want to be caught, I can't catch her! She's fast! And she's fee-rocious! She has found a little green striped monkey in the toy basket - it was Toye Starr's - and she is giving it a fit. It's nearly as big as she is, but she grabs it and shakes it so hard, that the the weight and momentum of the shaken toy pulls her off her feet and she falls over! It is a sight to behold! I really needed this little girl. God is so good. --Romeena

July 11, 2019 - Msg 112549: Hello folks,

Just a quick look-see. My best to all.

John Masters

July 11, 2019 - Msg 112550: YAY! We have our new porch baby! I am just loving hearing all about her. I can just picture her giving that striped monkey a fit. Teehee. That was my hope, that she would give you as much fun and laughter as my Poopsie has given me! Its great that you let her sleep with you so she wouldn't have any separation anxiety about being away from her siblings. I am not good at picking names. It took us forever to name our baby and then I don't call her the name the family picked out. I like Cherub, maybe call her Cherri for short but from the way you describe her, Cherub might not be the perfect fit.

I have been catching up the laundry today and boy, I love this washer! So much quicker and the clothes smell great. I know I already said it but had to say it again! ha

Oh, guess what?! Bruce got his truck back and all it was was a hose that came loose somewhere and the mechanic didn't even charge him a penny. Yay!

My fridge is still sticking out into the kitchen but we have a guy coming on Saturday to trim the counter so it will fit. So, things are coming together.

Erin is behaving for the most part. She moved her room upstairs in our unfinished area. She and her friends fixed it up and hung sheets for walls and are having a time up there. I am having her clean out her old room and I am going to fix it up into a guest room, which will be great for company. I am already getting excited about Thanksgiving..you all know how I am by now! I ordered a couple of really cute pillow covers for the living room with fall scenes on them. They were super cheap but adorable. I will cook us a big Thanksiving dinner and have family from out of town so should be fun.

St Susan's boy, Matt, is still doing very well and become quite the healthy eater, too. One of the blood pressure meds he is on has really mellowed him out and he has a better life attitude all around. He is working on the new contract job with the army and working part time in his barber shop and doing just great. Thank you all for your prayers. He is still alcohol and smoke-free.

Better get back to the house chores..always something to do.

Boo

July 11, 2019 - Msg 112551: Romenna, So happy to hear about your new little puppy. Sounds like perfect match.

Just house cleaning for this gal today.

Hello to all and have a good day.
Frankie

July 12, 2019 - Msg 112552: Hi Y'all! RO, I add my congrats and happiness about your new furkid! So cool! :)
But I dont think i can top the name suggestions already given.
They are some cute ones for sure. So good to hear of this new life in your life! :)
Well, this is that time of year when I can set my water heater on "vacation" and
still have plenty of hot water. ha We are in a real heat wave, and my 2 phase AC compressor is working great.
ASA--I did not hear about that accident, but I bet it was a saguaro cactus. Those things ARE huge, and they hold lots of water like a camel does, so those saguaros are also very heavy.
Well, tonight's tags ep was about that "hu-chi, ku-chi" dance that was going on at the fair! ha I still crack up at Floyd saying "it's very educational...you cant get enough culture, you know." lol
Good to see so many folks posting, and so nice to have Sarah on the porch.
John Masters!! You are a bird in this world!~ Where have ya been lately?
Boo, sounds like Erin has gone from 13 to 18 so fast! I am glad to hear tho that things are
better for everyone in your home. :)
Prayers for all,
MDC

July 12, 2019 - Msg 112553: Good morning, porch! Thank you, all of you, for your loving comments and great name suggestions. I'm still considering possibilities, but am leaning toward Trinket. That was my first thought and I still like it. It fits her. She looks like she fell off of a charm bracelet.

It sounds like things are improving for everyone, in your daily life. I'm so glad. I do pray for the porch folks all the time, and God is good.

Words cannot describe the joy and laughter this little puppy has brought to me. She is just hilarious, no bigger than a tennis shoe, and thinks she's so fierce! She has mastered the steps, as I knew she would, and just tumbles down, or climbs up and keeps going! Soon she'll be taking them like Toye Starr did. She would launch herself from about three feet back, and sail like a tiny gazelle, landing on the top of the step like a feather. Coming down, she would just leap from the top and land about three feet out in the room and keep going. Oh, how I miss that baby! For that matter, I still miss Sugarplum. They can never be replaced, but fortunately, no one has to. Each one makes their own place, and this toothy little imp I have now is already carving hers out. She's definitely "the other heartbeat in my house."

She's pretty darned smart, too. The first thing I did this morning when we woke up was to get up and put her in her potty box. She immediately left a surprisingly large puddle. A few minutes later, she stopped trying to nibble my toes and went back into the bedroom. I quietly followed her, and she was in her potty box, leaving a little calling card! Not bad for a puppy not even quite ten weeks old. Of course, I praised her extravagantly, picked up the little monument and flushed it, and cuddled her, still praising. She obviously understands what the potty box is for, and wants to please. Can't ask much more than that!

I was sort of planning to cook a big dinner for the family on the 24th, for my 80th birthday, but David informed me that he and his sisters are already working on it. They plan to have a party here at my house, and invite some of my church friends as well. They're going to have someone come and clean the house thoroughly, and then have our favorite Mexican restaurant cater a meal! They will bring the food, serve it, and return to clean up afterward. I won't have to do a thing! He chose to do it here, for two reasons. For one, he knew I would not want to leave my puppy for very long, and I can seat 23 people for a meal, or 27 if I put up a card table. Easier and more comfortable than going to some busy restaurant, where the music is always too loud and no one can hear what the people at the other end of a long table are saying. Here at home, it's just more comfortable, people can move around freely and form their own little groups, and I think it's just a great idea! Also, my new baby can be part of it! That's a big plus for me.

Well, once again, I'm writing too much. See you later, taters. Go give somebody one of your smiles! --Romeena

July 12, 2019 - Msg 112554: Good afternoon everyone, Romenna reading about your puppy made me smile, I'm so happy for you. From reading your post I guessed your age around 60 not almost 80. Home parties with catering is less stressful and so enjoyable. My daughter did it for her birthday recently. Instead of a cake she wanted my chocolate chip cookies. Boo I have always had a top loading washing machine, it's old but still gets the job done. Sarah

July 12, 2019 - Msg 112555: Oh, how neat about the puppy! She does sound very smart, and she is making you laugh. Isnt it wonderful, Ro?!! I think the birthday party at your house sounds like the perfect idea. I wish we could all be there to celebrate with you. Maybe we can plan a cyber birthday party for you here on the porch. Maybe we can all check in at a certain time on your birthday.

Hi Sarah! I am hoping this top loader lasts awhile, for sure. My old front loader was still working but it just didn't clean the clothes well, had balance issues, and the fabric softener dispenser stopped working so I was using those dryer sheets, which just don't work the same and those things end all over the place! They were forever dropping out of the dryer onto the floor and they left a slippery residue. It got to be a mess. So far I just cant get over how much quicker I can wash with this washer. Its awesome.

Both the kids are out of the house this evening. Erin went with a friend to Fiesta Texas (Six Flags) for a couple days and Sean is out with friends. Bruce and I went out to eat at a local country buffet style eatery where I could get a salad and veggies...and a roll...and some hushpuppies...and a little cherry cobbler for dessert..(oops). Now I think we might snuggle in for a movie together. Hope you all have a good evening!

Boo


July 12, 2019 - Msg 112556: Boo...Donít forget the cashew fudge too...Thelma Louís and Barneyís favorite!...Lol....G-F

July 12, 2019 - Msg 112557: Sounds like a plan, Boo. (:

July 13, 2019 - Msg 112558: Howdy porchsters! Just a quick hi-di-ho tonight.
RO, your new friend has seemed to have made herself right at home! So cool!
Tonight's ep on me-tv was BIG...BIG big! ha
Yup, they employed the use of that fancy map where the tiny magnets stick right to it! Love the first season with Andy's exaggerated southern drawl!! Well, take care all, more later,
MDC

July 13, 2019 - Msg 112559: Ro, can you post a pic of baby on facebook or maybe have Brittany post one?? Cant wait to see her.

Boo

July 13, 2019 - Msg 112560: Morning all.

Cloudy here this morning. Just before sunrise off to the east the sky was very red. Remember the sailors old adage, "Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in the morn, sailors be warned. I have found that to be surprisingly accurate over the years. I would not be surprised to see some rain today.

Boo, Glad you and Bruce had a nice quiet evening together, and got a little snuggle time in. I just hope you didn't mess his hair up while snuggling and start laughing at him. Us fellers have feelings you know. :)

Love your stories Romeena. Trinket sounds like she is gonna be a great addition to your home and our porch.

Speaking of additions to the porch, It sure is nice to se Sarah posting. We are happy to have you here Sarah, and I hope you feel welcome here. If you ever get the notion, tell us a little about yourself. Like where are you from, and any kids or grand kids, that kind of stuff. It's not required for sure, but most of us chat about our families and where we live and that kind of stuff. So I hope you feel welcome and join in as much or as little as you want. I would just warn you about GF though. He is a retired HVAC guy from Ohio, and you know what they say about retired HVAC guys from Ohio. (just funning GF) GF is a good guy.

So MDC, You all packed? Hope you have plenty of sun screen. S.B. is real nice this time of year. And hopefully no earthquakes to bounce you around. And any reports of cute waitresses and peek a boo blouses are appreciated. :)

Well it's laundry weekend here. I can tell because I am just about out of clean socks.

Prayers for all.

Asa

July 13, 2019 - Msg 112561: Good morning, porch! I can't tell you how wonderful it is to be awakened by a little fluffy critter once again. She was giving me little puppy kisses, and dancing around, and since I speak fluent "puppy" I immediately got up, put her in her potty box, and she left an astonishingly large puddle! I haven't reinforced the bed with piddle pads, though I do have the pads to swing it (the large underpads, made for human use) but that might be a good idea. The rule-of-thumb for puppy bladder retention is one hour for each month of age. That means she's got about two hours of holding time. She pottied when we went to bed just after midnight, we both got up around three hours later, and then she woke me again at 8:30! She had held it about five hours! Amazing.

I'm sorry, folks, but I'm probably just going to bore you to tears with puppy talk. Just skip over those parts if you wish, I'll never know, and would forgive you if I did know! Anyway, she is absolutely the cutest little thing in this world, busy as she can be, a dedicated and confirmed toe-biter, and I think she's pretty smart. This is a big house, and to go from the entry from the garage, to my bedroom, you must pass through four rooms - the kitchen, the living area, the office (where my window, desk and computer are) and into the bedroom. That involves one step down and one step to get through the living area. She knows that her water is in the kitchen (I'll soon add a bowl in my bathroom) and she knows that her potty box is in the bedroom. That's a lot to memorize for a brain the size of a walnut, and a long way to travel on 2 1/2" legs, but she's got it. I can't believe how much I love her already. It's a good thing the human heart is expandable. If it wasn't, when I lost Sugarplum, I'd never have gotten Toye Starr, and I surely wouldn't have this little girl now. What joy and blessings I would have missed!

I think I've about settled on Trinket as her name. She sees Dr. Mike on Monday morning, and he'll need a name to put on her records. Otherwise, she'll just be "Female." I once knew someone who actually named their dog Female. They pronounced it Feemolly. Isn't that hilarious?

Sarah, we are really glad to have you on the porch. You just fit right in, and are so welcome. As Asa said, we would enjoy knowing more about you, whenever you think you might want to share. We're not nosy, just interested.

Well, guess I'd better go scare up something to eat. I fed Trinket (?) when we first got up, of course, but now I'm feeling a bit empty myself. I've got some Malt-O-Meal raisin bran in the pantry (that stuff is GOOD!) and if my little bottle of half and half isn't too old, I think I'll have a bowl of cereal. Sounds good. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 13, 2019 - Msg 112562: That's one step down and one step UP to get through, etc. --Romeena

July 13, 2019 - Msg 112563: "That's one small step for a dog; one giant leap for dog-kind." :) mdc

July 13, 2019 - Msg 112564: The 411 on Sarah is for Asa and everyone here. I was born and raised in the South and moved to the East coast in my teens. Married, two children, three adorable grandchildren that I love to spoil and two grand dogs. Recently retired from a municipality and G F my son-in-law owns a HVAC company. My first job was a switchboard operator, really no kidding and I love TAGS.....Sarah


July 13, 2019 - Msg 112565: Hello Porch
Went out for a early bike ride and now it is to hot outside to do anything. Good day to hang out laundry. It dry`s faster on the line than it does in the dryer, and I can save some money not running the dryer. Staying indoors and getting ready to watch the Oakland A`s against the Chicago White Sox. Will try to sneak out later to attend church. Mass is priority each day. You all have a good Saturday.
Frankie

July 13, 2019 - Msg 112566: Very cool, Sarah. Thanks for sharing!

I love hearing everything about the puppy, Romeena. Keep the stories coming! Iíll bet she is so fun!

Iím sitting here at work alone and have done everything I can think of so thought I would check in. Hope everyone is having a good evening

Boo

July 14, 2019 - Msg 112567: Good Sabbath all.

Romenna, I am with Boo. I love your Trinket stories. It does my heart good to read them and know of the happiness and joy you are enjoying. :)

MDC, Your one small step for a dog comment had me rolling buddy. Very clever. lol

Sarah, thanks for sharing with us. Ain't it great being a grandparent? I am the father of three and grandfather of 7. I live up in the mountains of northern Utah, and like you, just recently retired. Sure glad you have joined us here.

Frankie, I know what you mean about getting out early and exercising before it gets too hot. And good for you for making going to Mass a priority in your life. I'm sure that helps you in so many ways.

Well my sailors adage was accurate again. It was cloudy most of the day yesterday and finally around 6:00 last night I heard some thunder and then it rained. Not a lot, and not for very long, but rain nonetheless.

I woke this morning with a pretty good headache. Maybe I should say a pretty bad headache. Call it good or bad, it aches. Oh well, you gotta have some misery to fully enjoy the good times, right?

Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, and Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin captured the worlds attention that night. It's hard to imagine. In April 1961 Alan Sheppard was the first American to go into space in a Mercury capsule. He went up, just barely getting into zero gravity, and then came right back down again. The entire flight was 16 minutes from launch to splashdown. Just 8 years later we landed man on the moon. Hard to believe.

I hope everyone has a blessed sabbath.

Asa

July 14, 2019 - Msg 112568: Hey folks,
Thought I would drop in and say Hello. I have been away as I have been dealing with a lot in life. I have seen some of you have been having your own trials and with that, I have kept mine to myself. I know the porch is a great place to vent and you all have a listening ear, but you all have enough on your own plates.
I wondered if you might be interested in some little nuggets about TAGS that I have observed. There are the big mistakes like Barney's wet/dry/wet overcoat in "Black Day in Mayberry", but I have noticed some other little things you might find interesting. Hope you have a blessed day!

John Masters

July 14, 2019 - Msg 112569: Good afternoon, porch! Sarah, thanks for the biography, and Asa, I think you're right. We need to tell her a bit about ourselves, too. However, if she's been "listening in" for a while now, she probably knows, but here goes. I'm older than dirt, retired from hospital nursing when I was 74, still miss it sometimes, but not too much. I had four children, lost my oldest son last November to a long illness. I have 12 grandchildren, including three "steps" (hey, I claim them!) and one in heaven. I like to write, have written a little book, and write short stories for a magazine, which is edited by Charlotte Tucker, a long-time porchster who really needs to drop by and say howdy now and then! (hint for Charlotte)

Frankie, I admire you for making the effort to attend Mass every day. Being a Baptist, I don't have that option, as we don't have daily services, but I have my own little meetings with the Lord every day. I wasn't even able to attend regular services this morning, back pain was just too much, and I knew I'd never make it through preaching and Bible study both. I've got to do something about this, it's getting intolerable. I have a CT scheduled for tomorrow, and an appointment with a pain specialist on August 1. Maybe somebody can figure something out.

Trinket is at my feet, gnawing on my toes! I've got some thick socks on and they help some. Her teeth are so tiny that by the time they get through the socks, there's not enough left to do any damage to my toes. (<>Boo, I can't wear my slippers with her around. My toes would be protected, but the slippers would be in shreds!) I'm calling her Trinket now, but occasionally I call her Buzzsaw! Or Needleteeth. So far, I don't have much in the way of decent pictures of her, she won't be still long enough! Busiest little thing I ever saw. Brittney is the photography guru around here, and she's a dog whisperer too, so maybe she can get something.

Well, I need to go get in my recliner and lean it waaay back. That's the only way the cramping pain in my ribs and whole left side will let up. I'll get the buzzsaw up there with me, and she'll fall asleep. We'll both get a little nap. Yep, that's what I'm gonna do - get in the recliner, puppy in my lap, lean waaay back and take a nap. Yeah, that's the plan.... Romeena