The Taylors' Front Porch
Pull up a chair! Have a sit-down an' shoot the breeze with us. Later on, maybe we'll go down to the drugstore to get a bottle of pop .  .  . maybe see what's showin' at the Grand .  .  .  . What you gonna do tonight, Barn?


August 14, 2018 - Msg 110447: Hello Porch: Congratulations to Grandpappy ASA. MBM

August 14, 2018 - Msg 110448: TCNW 491: Why is He always Ernest T?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daNVB18tOmE
Have fun watching. :)
--Floyd

August 15, 2018 - Msg 110449: Good sweep MBM, and I see Floyd got in some sweeping too!

ASA- Mucho congratulations! Seth is the name of Adam and Eve's third son.
We hear a lot about the other two, even Opie knows that story. Ha

BOO--glad the A1C is good, but indeed that is a bit baffling about the cholesterol!

RO--so glad you got 'bigger wires' so to speak, and figured out your printer issues.
At least you have ink for a while!

We have been having a thunderstorm each night recently, but tonite seems to be calm.

I hope everyone is doing well as theses summer days begin to wind down.
Cecile and I are planning a short trip to No. AZ soon to enjoy a little respite from the heat.

Peace,
MDC

August 15, 2018 - Msg 110450: Good morning all!

Thanks for all the congrats for Seth. Mama and he are coming home today, much to the joy of everyone.

Boo, you reckon it is genetics? It sure sounds like you are doing everything you can from a dietary standpoint. I sure am proud of your lifestyle changes. I know I could stand to do a lot better with my diet.

MDC, How far north you going? I wish we could get some of those thunderstorms up here. Been a very dry summer.

I don't know if y'all have heard about what happened here in Utah the other day. A plane crashed into a house at about 2:30 in the morning, killing the pilot, and catching the house on fire where a woman and her 24 year old son were inside. They both were not injured in the incident. But what is sad, is it turns out the pilot was the womans husband. The night before they had gotten into an altercation and the husband was arrested for domestic violence. He made bail a few hours later and was released. He flew a corporate plane for an Engineering firm and had access to this plane at a very small airport, so he drove there, fueled up, and went and did his terrible deed. Very sad deal because everyone who knew this guy spoke so very highly of him and could not believe he would do something like that. I guess you just never know what goes on in folks heads.

Floyd, I was in the middle of taking your trivia quiz Monday night when I got the call to come see my new Grandson, so I wasn't able to watch till the end.

Better get moving I reckon. Plenty to do as always.

Prayers for all.

Asa

August 15, 2018 - Msg 110451: Yes, MDC, it is baffling but there has to be an answer and I'm seeking it. The Lord didn't bring me this far to leave me without a solution. I'm not the sort of person who likes to try and solve things. I guess I am mentally lazy and like for someone else to just give me the answers. lol..I was that kid in school who just skated by without a lot of effort until I got into nursing school..ugh! For the first time in my life I had to really give something 100% effort and it was certainly worth it.

Yes, Asa, my cholesterol problem is genetic. It has always been high even in my young years when I was very physically fit. My dad had high cholesterol all his life and my sister does too. Genetics is part of the picture, but doesn't explain why it is climbing now. The body does produce cholesterol on its own (the liver does) and for some reason mine seems to be producing more in the last year. I sent an email to an expert dr in this area and received a response saying he would call me, but we will see. I know he is a very busy doctor. I will let you all know what transpires. Boy, you can certainly tell by our recent conversations that we are part of the geriatric crowd, now! ha

Asa, one of my friends posted the news report of that incident on Facebook. I was very glad to see that he didn't kill or injure his family. Sad situation.

I think I am fully recovered now and actually went out and did some exercise on the elliptical yesterday evening, then took a walk with the dogs, played in the sprinklers for awhile and spent some mental health time on the porch swing. I'm back! Feeling great again. Thanks for the prayers.

Boo

August 15, 2018 - Msg 110452: Good morning, porch! Welcome to little Seth, congratulations to his parents, and hooray for his grandma and granddad. Asa, are you carrying pictures of him yet?

Floyd, I watched the video and enjoyed it very much. I think I'm going to have to find a little time each day to tune in. Very interesting!

Boo, I copied the lab info and pasted it in a Word page so I can refer to it. That's really a puzzle, and I don't have any answers. One thing occurs to me, but don't know if it's valid or not - I'm wondering if it could be a response by your liver? Make more cholesterol - since you are getting little or none in your diet. Also, many fresh fruits contain fructose, which will kick your triglycerides up. You've probably already covered this ground, but if not, just Google "can fruit raise triglycerides" and you'll find enough to keep you reading all day. How frustrating it must be to diet so rigidly, lose all that weight, and still be fighting the two demons - cholesterol and triglycerides. I know a lot of it is heredity. My dad ate cheese, red meat, and other sources of fat, lots of fruit and sugar, and never gained weight, and his cholesterol was always around 170 and triglycerides were in the low end of normal. My mom counted every gram of fat that went in her mouth, ate turkey bacon and made those disgusting turkey "burgers", and used artificial sweeteners, but her cholesterol and triglycerides were always way high. And - Daddy was the one who had a heart attack and had to have a triple bypass! Go figure. Just for what it might be worth, my cardiologist thinks that cholesterol levels get far too much attention. When my endocrinologist tried to put me on statins when my cholesterol went to 201 on one occasion, I couldn't stand them and stopped after a couple of months. The cardiologist agreed with me, and said just to list them as an allergy, so docs would quit trying to push them on me. I stopped them, I eat cheese, sour cream, cream cheese and such every day, and my latest cholesterol was 187. Again, go figure. Heredity, for sure.

Well, I finally had to link up with my computer guru in Florida, to get this printer properly installed. He rooted around in old files and found some leftovers from previous printers that were apparently interfering. All is running well now. Unfortunately, he also found that my computer's drive is nearly full, at about 87% of capacity. Time for a new one, in the next few months. He said it will start running slow, and may get "hinky" - his word for not working as it should. So, guess I'll have to find about $600 somewhere. Argh. If it ain't one thing, it's another.

Well, better get busy. I've got laundry that needs to be done, furniture so dusty it could support a potato crop, and I might or might not get it done. I might just get in my wheelerette and watch a little TV. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

August 15, 2018 - Msg 110453: Hello Porch: I simply pressed on “The Andy Griffith Show shoplifters” on Prime Video. Up came season 4. I scrolled down pressed play and there it was on my phone. All original 24:24. No commercials! Worth it to appreciate the fine uninterrupted acting. MBM

August 15, 2018 - Msg 110454: Thanks for the input, Romeena. Something very interesting happened today. Have you ever heard of Dr.Caldwell Esselstyn? He is a cardiologist and author who is really the expert in the field of nutrition and heart disease. He is an expert in reversing heart disease through nutrition and has taken cardiac patients who could no longer be helped and were in heart failure and put them on a program that literally saved their lives for many years. I have seen him interviewed and seen him in several Netflix documentaries such as the most well-known "Forks over Knives". So, I was thinking that I would really love to talk to him and see what he had to say about my cholesterol. he is 84 but still helping cardiac patients so I sent him an email and guess what? He called me this evening and talked to me for 15 minutes. He wasn't selling anything, there was no charge for the consultation, he just called to help me. He told me that I was on the right track and explained that as I am losing weight and some muscle, that my cholesterol, especially the triglycerides might get higher before it gets better (until I lose more weight)...he said besides the genetic factor, my body is producing the extra cholesterol as I am losing and burning fat and some muscle. If I didn't know he was the expert in this field, I would have thought that sounded crazy but the way he explained it made sense, although it is hard for me to say it like he did. He also told me that it is common to see the HDL get lower on a plant based diet because HDL is a marker for inflammation in the body, so less inflammation means a lower HDL. He told me that it drives most cardiologists insane but its true. He was concerned with my family history and told me I really had to get the fat out of my diet (processed fats, not nuts and avocados or omega 3s), and severely limit sugar, which I really am doing. He asked me how often I eat out and he said not to make going out about eating but about getting together with family and friends and enjoying the time, that even eating out in a restaurant 3 or 4 times a month, if you are eating the bad fats, could be enough to damage the endothelial cells in the vessels and cause heart attacks and strokes. He also said that because I have lost a significant amount of weight that I will plateau, which I have, and he said that research is showing that, especially in people over 50, that intermittent fasting will cause continued weight loss push me off the plateau, so to speak. He said he suggests to his patients that they fast on Monday and Thursday of each week, only drinking water. I'm willing to try it. So, wanted to share that conversation with you all. I couldn't believe he called me. I just emailed yesterday. it was so cool. he had me on speaker phone with his wife, too, and she was telling me not to eat tortillas. lol

Well, been a busy day so I think I will end this.

Love to All,
Boo

August 16, 2018 - Msg 110455: BOO--that is pretty amazing! Sounds like a good man. Could you give us his email address, or FB messenger it to me? I'd like to talk to him about my heart. Thanks
Have you ever tried taking fish oil capsules?
They make the kind that don't "talk back" to you now!
MEDWIN, Bill Medwin--I dont have all those fancy electronal gadgets, but I have dvds with the full un-cut shows, which I really love!
ASA--I can sure tell that you are "beaming" about the new kid on the block!
That is so very cool. :)
BTW, If we drive about 125 miles north of Phx, temps drop by about 20 degrees.
Even THAT is a nice change.
I sure wish Frankie and Big Maude wopuld check in.
Y'all take care now,
MDC

August 16, 2018 - Msg 110456: Found this online which backs up Esselstyns explanation:
https://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2012/06/i-lost-weight-and-my-cholesterol-went-up/

Boo

August 16, 2018 - Msg 110457: MDC, I tried to copy and paste the link to Dr. Esselstyn's website but it wouldn't work. If you do a google search or him, you can easily find his website. Once you are on the site, click on contact and you will have an option to email. Include your phone number in the email. Someone will read it and email you back. I really didn't clarify that his specialty is in coronary artery disease reversal and prevention, so not sure if he would be any good to you as far as a-fib, etc. You can watch some of his video lectures on YouTube, also, if you want to get an idea of what he is about. He has authored books and does lectures that are easy to find. If you have Netflix you can watch the Forks over Knives documentary that he is in, or you can order it on Amazon.

Boo

August 16, 2018 - Msg 110458: Oh, forgot to answer your question about fish oil, MDC. I don't take fish oil and would prefer not to take an Omega 3 supplement...however..after about 6 months on this meatless diet, I noticed some changes in my memory (and not for the better), so even though I was taking ground flax, which is an amazing Omega 3 supplier, I decided to take an Omega 3 capsule from blue algae. After about 3 weeks, the results were amazing. Not more problems with my thinking or memory, so it works for me. I have read that omega 3 from fish or algae sources contain mercury, but at this point I really don't care because it's working. ha By the way, I use a lot of oregano in my cooking and always think of you when I do. lol

Well, have to get rolling. Busy day ahead!

Boo

August 16, 2018 - Msg 110459: Wow! The Queen of Soul, the King of Rock & Roll and the Sultan of Swat all gone on the same day. August 16th doesn't seem to be a very good day.

My best to each and every one of you!

John Masters

August 16, 2018 - Msg 110460: Aretha Franklin - R I P :(

August 16, 2018 - Msg 110461: https://youtu.be/p3oFGpkDooQ Think 🤔

August 17, 2018 - Msg 110462: BOO--that is great. Glad it is working for you.
The brand i take does say "mercury-free" on it.
Funny about the oregano also! :)
I will look up the doctor on Google.
I hope everyone else is doing good.
God bless,
MDC

August 17, 2018 - Msg 110463: Good Friday morning y'all.

I was reading some of the recent posts, especially by Boo and MDC, and it struck me how our vocabulary has changed in recent years due to technology. I mean it wasn't that long ago that terms like web sight, google, google search, you tube, e-mail if used in public would have brough funny looks and maybe even got you locked up in the funny farm because folks would have figured you had a loose screw or something. lol Even lol was meaningless. Makes a body wonder what 10 years from now will be like. Remember when a router was a power wood working tool? And Wi-Fi? What is that? Streaming had something to do with fishing. And phishing was unheard of. Downloading? What's that? Reboot? Wasn't that what you did after lunchtime was over because you had taken the boots off to cool your feet down? Cursor was somebody who swore a lot. Oh I could go on and on I suppose. Amazing how technology has changed our lingo.

I also remember as kids when someone would bring some mercury to school and we would play with it on the desktops. Anyone else ever do that? lol It didn't affect my well being a bit! I also remember when someone would bring some mercury to school and we would play with it on the desktops. Anyone else ever do that? lol It didn't affect my well being a bit! :)

Asa

August 17, 2018 - Msg 110464: Asa, you're too funny!! Thanks for the laughs this morning!

possum again

August 17, 2018 - Msg 110465: Yes, I played with mercury! lol Dale Rockhill brought some to school in Junior high.

Boo

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This version of The Taylor's Front Porch has been created to pay our respect to the original porch found on Mayberry.org. Thanks to Frank for all the work he did for Mayberry on the web. We've tried to make this just like Frank's Porch. This is also a tribute to Ollie's "Trivialities" site which was another homage to Frank's porch but is no longer with us.