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?

March 17, 2018 - Msg 109450: Asa...I have used the Shark Bites but as we say in the Maintenance World “The jury is still out on their longevity” but they SURE come in handy where you can’t drain the lines entirely...So I would have the same concern for the PVC ones.
On the other hand a application like MDC has it may be a quick easy fix since there is not as much digging required.


March 17, 2018 - Msg 109451: .....And Swish...A Clean Sweep!...

March 17, 2018 - Msg 109452: G-F Good sweep ! storms moving through a few things going on here at the old power company..hello Romeena,Boo,Possum,MDC,asa and all..Lucy yall fixing to get stormed on...ok..Lunch Menu: Grilled all beef Nathan hotdogs,chili,cheese,chips..tater salad and pork-n-beans sweet tea...get all ya want !..Prayers ..SPOT

March 17, 2018 - Msg 109453: Yea GF, I have never seen them before for PVC. I might be reluctant to use it on a supply line, although Ewing says it is good to 160 PSI. But yes, we are always a bit skeptical. That being said, I have used shark bites on copper lines more and more and have been quite pleased for the most part. I have had one failure, and that wasn't on the o ring but rather on the spring bites. For some reason they would not grip tight. But that has been the only failure in a couple of dozen times I have used them. I still solder when I can, but when trying to repair an existing line and trying to get the water out completely to be able to solder, that's when I will stick in a shark bite valve and go from there.

We gotta storm moving in here also Spot. Rain only I hope though.


March 17, 2018 - Msg 109454: G-F, Nice Sweep!
SPOT, Sounds like a great menu!
Happy St. Patrick`s Day to the Porch

March 17, 2018 - Msg 109455: Thanks for the prayers for Karin. Very sweet of MDC, to mention that-yes, the daughter of a dear friend in is ICU in Texas with some very serious health issues. Her liver & kidney function (she only has one kidney) is very bad. They are Christian folks and would certainly appreciate the prayers. Thank you so much.

o'possum again

March 18, 2018 - Msg 109456: Evening to the porch! Briscoe Darling Jr.

March 18, 2018 - Msg 109457: Good evening, porch, and howdy to We don't see you around here very often, but you're always welcome.

My faithful old microwave, a Sharp Carousel, 2.2 cu ft and 1200 watts, is ailing and needs to be put out to pasture. It's 16 years old, and has never given me any trouble at all until recently. It's not malfunctioning, it's just tired. Today I was heating up a package of frozen pulled pork. The directions called for 2-3 minutes on high. It took 5 minutes, and I still found some small frozen chunks, had to stir it up and give it another two minutes. I think it's no longer producing 1200 watts. Also, some of the "lines" of light in the display are dark, making it hard to read the numbers when only parts of them are there. I've read up on fixing that, and am quite certain it's above my pay grade. When it starts talking about soldering things, I'm finished.

So, I ordered a new one from Lowe's, which arrived with a damaged door - two small but visible dents. Took it back to Lowe's, would have accepted a decent discount, but all they would do was 10%, which I refused and just left it with them, for a refund. So now they can discount it 30% and put it on the infamous "slight damage" shelf in the back of the store. Dummies.

I've been exploring online, and am finding a lot of bad reviews, not only on the Sharp (which I prefer) but on all brands. Anybody got any ideas? It has to be big (there's a reason) - 2.2 cu ft is ideal - and strong, 1200 watts preferred. I'd prefer to pay under $200. The one I returned was $189.

We've had some rain over the weekend. I wish I had gotten the beneficial nematodes sprayed on my back yard before the rain, but oh well. I'll get that done next week. The grub worms have invaded a section of the back yard, just off the patio, and the grass is just gone. Diesel comes in with muddy feet every time he goes out. It's grubs, and the nematodes will get them, but not as long as they're sitting in a little container in the garage fridge. It's amazing how well they work when they're given a chance.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up a little supper. Toye Starr is telling me she's hungry too, so I suppose I'd better feed her. Sweet little old thing. Last night at Eloise's house, I was sitting on the sofa, and Toye Starr climbed up and sat on my shoulder for a while, then finally just curled up on a little ball, on my shoulder still, and went to sleep. Her little head was nestled in my hair close to my ear, and I could hear her soft breathing. I didn't want to move! Mercy, how I love that little four-legged angel! God sent me a blessing when I found her.

Well, good night, porch. Remember to talk to God for a little while before you go to sleep, and listen while He talks to you. --Romeena

March 18, 2018 - Msg 109458: Uh, that should read "howdy to Briscoe Darling, Jr. up there. Page source showed me what I did, or rather didn't do. Sorry about that! --Romeena

March 18, 2018 - Msg 109459: Oh, and Toye Starr curled up "IN a little ball", not ON one! Good grief. I think I need a nap. --Romeena

March 18, 2018 - Msg 109460: Hello Briscoe Darling Jr.
Romeena, I had to replace my microwave about two weeks ago. It was old and was ready to go.
I went over to Wal-mart and purchased a Hamilton Beach and have been very happy with it. It is a 900 watts and is just right for us. And the price was great!
You all have a nice evening.

March 19, 2018 - Msg 109461: Romeena: You might want to check out APOLLO WORLDWIDE for your new microwave search. How’s Tillie?

Medwin Bill

March 19, 2018 - Msg 109462: ROMEENA--why not go to Lowes and see if it's on the 30% discount shelf!? ha
We had an Emerson for years. Worked great, was made in Taiwan. Last year we got a new GE profile with convection feature. Love it.
Regarding the nite prayers, I start whilst laying down, but I never seen to finishz-z-z-z. ha
Can't believe that Sunday is Palm Sunday already!

ASA and GF---I think I will pass on the shark bites for now, but...Success! That is, i was able to file down the center 'stop' in a sleeve today. It wasnt easy, but i have a good 1/2 round file that fit perfectly, but first I put down two layers of duct take about a 3/8 of an inch into the sleeve so as not to file down the near edges. Put it in a vice and went to work. Regarding the actual break, I have removed all of it, so there is about 1/4 inch gap, and one side has plenty of dirt removed to allow for flexing the pipe upward. Will let you know if it works. I know I have to do it quickly. Planning to do it monday.

SPOT--good race today but no '4-peat' for Harvick. Good basketball today too!
Good to see briscoe.
BOO-- how goes the laundry?? haha


March 19, 2018 - Msg 109463: Good Monday morning all. My goodness, them weekends just fly by.

MDC, I think that is a wise choice for a supply line. Good luck on the repair. Let us know how it goes. Just don't glue yourself to the pipe buddy. lol

Romeena, Isn't it a pain trying to replace electronic things now days? A number of years ago we bought a Sony portable DVD player. I use it just about every night to watch a show or two in bed. I use earbuds so as to not bother the Wife. Well after years of good service, it recently started acting up. It would start freezing the picture, and was just being ill mannered in general. So I decided to go ahead and buy a new one. Of course, the one I have is no longer available, so I finally settled on a different make unit (Sylvania). It has been garbage. Very cheaply made, the battery refuses to charge half the time, the sound is terrible. So I sent it back and got another brand. Not thrilled with it either, but at least it seems to be better than the first one. They just make things so dang cheap anymore. Very annoying.

We are a throw away society anymore. Seems like I seldom actually fix things much anymore, just replace components.

Well speaking of such. I better go get busy.


March 19, 2018 - Msg 109464: Good morning, porch! Thanks for the comments regarding microwaves. MDC, I had to just laugh when I read your suggestion, even called my son and told him about it. Guess what? I'm going to do that! I would not be at all surprised to find that unit there, and if it is, I'll buy it. If that happens, after I've paid for it and they have loaded it in my car, I'll ask to speak to the manager and will let HER know that I got the unit at a 30% discount after all, and will point out to her that she could have saved us all a lot of inconvenience from the get-go, if she had just been a bit more cooperative. I really hope I find the unit there, that would just be so much fun.

Tillie is still in the shop. It will be two weeks on Wednesday, and I'm just about fed up. The manager of the shop was on vacation last week, and if they had finished the car, I would have had to talk to the mechanic who speaks English about as well as I speak Spanish - not enough for a serious conversation. So it's just as well that they didn't finish, but now I'm ready to talk. Sadly for them, they're going to get the brunt of my disgust with Lowe's, all built up, and I'm not going to be very open to compromise. It was their mistake, they damaged that bolt, it has been an expensive two weeks for me, using Uber and all and inconveniencing my friends, so I'm ready. I will not raise my voice, I will calmly state my case and my expectations. I was taught that it's no sin to make a mistake, but when you do, you are expected to correct it and pay for it. That's what I want from them. They hold the high card - they have my car - and I can't force them, but I can surely make them sorry in the long run, and I will. I can call the BBB, I can write reviews, and if they get too snotty with me, I can contact the newspaper "watchdog" columnist. I'm hoping it won't come to that, and I'll go in there with a positive attitude, but $1200 is a lot of money for me to shell out to pay for their mistake. Prayers, please - that they'll be reasonable and cooperative, and that I'll maintain a Christian attitude.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up a little breakfast for myself and my tiny companion. She has been sitting here near my feet, heaving little sighs now and then. She hates this computer. --Romeena

March 19, 2018 - Msg 109465: Hello Romeena,Frankie and Porch. Bad storms headed to my side of the porch. Time to hunker down and watch TAGS. Stay safe! Briscoe Darling Jr.

March 19, 2018 - Msg 109466: We have a Samsung microwave and it is fairly far the ring that holds the turntable broke and the idiot microwave started running with the door open. It was a fairly easy fix, requiring a part Bruce had to order, but gosh, the thing is too new for things like that. I wouldn't even know what to tell you to buy. It seems like everything I buy goes bad. I guess that is life these days...something is always breaking either literally or figuratively.

Today has been a tough day for me for reasons that I prefer to not get into here on the porch but I need a mental health vacation or something! Feeling a little depressed and asking some "whys"...I know the Lord understands and things will be better tomorrow. I thought it would be good to come visit the porch for a bit. It always lifts my spirits. I know we all have difficulties to deal with and isn't it great to be here among friends when you need them?

It was a warm and sunny day here and St. Susan and I went to a nearby nature trail and walked. I enjoyed it so much. This evening Bruce and I had our dinner out on the porch and the weather was perfect...but as the sun started to go down, the mosquitos came out and chased us into the house. Unfortunate because it is really beautiful out.

Today I picked up a couple of little seedlings from a Loquat tree. I have a friend who has a huge loquat tree with lots of little seedlings around it and she offered a couple to me. I am going to plant them in a pot tomorrow and then transplant them in the yard when they get sturdier. Have any of you ever had one? We had one in our yard when I was a kid and my mom used to make loquat good. My friends and I would eat them right off the tree. I sure I don't kill them..I am not exactly known for having a green thumb.

Well, I think I might settle in for a little TAGS and then off to bed.


March 20, 2018 - Msg 109467: Good very late evening, porch. Boo, as always you are in my prayers. Whatever your concern is at this time, I can pray for it easily, because God knows what it is, He doesn't need me to inform Him. I can just ask Him to take care of my friend Boo and her family. He knows who you are and what your concerns may be. Isn't that just wonderful?

You know, He tells us to bring ALL our cares to Him, and I take that literally. Therefore, I will not hesitate to ask anyone who is willing, to pray for my little Toye Starr tomorrow. She's going to the dentist to have her teeth cleaned, and of course, she has to be anesthetized for that. That always involves a degree of risk, especially in a 4.5 lb dog who is almost twelve years old. Also, she will probably lose a few more teeth in the process, and she has lost so many already. I guess we're going to have to give up the kibble and stick to wet food, because she can barely chew up the kibble now. She gets wet food twice a day, and a bowl of kibble stays down all the time, but she's eating less and less of it. Poor little girl.

Well, guess I'll hit the hay. She has to be at the vet's office by 8:30, and I'll have to use Uber as Tillie is still in the shop, so we'll be getting up early! Blessings, porch. --Romeena

March 20, 2018 - Msg 109468: Well WORKED! :) I put enough glue inside the
sleeve and on both pipes to glue together Utah and Arizona! ha
I knew I had to do it fast, so I had a rag handy to wipe off the excess afterwards. I also wore an old pair of soft leather gloves that were nice and supple. Lifted the pipe piece, it went on quickly, then slide it over the other pipe whilst turning it a bit, and JUST IN TIME it was on! Luckily I had built the sprinkler system myself about 10 years ago, so that helped too. Thanks for all the advice!!

BOO--my prayers are with you for sure, I sure hope you can work things out. Keep in mind those
scriptures. Also prayers for Austin! My goodness, that situation
is terrible.

RO--tou also will be in my prayers. May they see the error of their ways.
Do any of your TV stations have a guy who will contact guys like that, and air it
during the newscast?

I heard from Pappabear again, and he moved again, so I will get his new addy to RO.
He also asked for continued prayer.

ALL---tonite on Gomer USMC, Susan Oliver was on it! She was the lady prisoner in the
tags ep. Fun to see her in a different role.

And, on March 30th, I am going to have a procedure done known as a TEE. They will give me some 'happy juice', and then put a sonar probe down my throat to get a sonogram of the 'back side' of my heart. It gives better clarity then a regular echocardiogram.

The blessings of Jesus upon all,

March 20, 2018 - Msg 109469: Good Evening Porch
Hope everyone is doing ok. Prayers for all the Porcher`s in need.
Was watching a Andy show where Andy and Opey were singing Old Man Tucker together and I have had that song in my mind all day today. Funny how those songs just stay with you.
We should be having another rain storm coming our way in about a day.
Take care all,

March 20, 2018 - Msg 109470: Welcome, Sweet Springtime,we greet thee in SONG!

possum u.a.r.

March 20, 2018 - Msg 109471: Possum....NOT Springtime in Ohio yet!...Another storm coming thru 2-5 inches of the white stuff...

Boo...Continued Prayers...As Romeena Said God knows and is in control...

MDC..Don’t get too good buddy or Asa will subcontract his “T”s to you...But in the plumbing world remember not to OVEREXPECT 10-4 Asa?...

Looks like Cleveland Indians fans may have to bring their snow brushes to Opening Day...Gee, that would be a good promotion...”Snow Brush Day”....Lol But it won’t be the first one, it delayed opening day a couple of years ago with a 4 incher....


March 20, 2018 - Msg 109472: Good morning all.
Ha Possum, you beat me to the punch with your rendering of good old 14-A. Good job singing into that special microphone that GF got you. :) (Thanks GF, GREAT IDEA YOU HAD BUDDY)

Boo, I will be honored to add extra prayers for you dear. I am glad you feel good about coming here and asking for such. And the same for Romeena and Toye Starr. Gosh, It's hard to believe she is 12 already Ro. I know how much she means to you. She will be fine, I'm certain.

MDC, Way to go man. You are our hero! And GF is correct. I can put you on the payroll. :) Glad it worked out. Good luck with the TEE. I had one done several years ago.

Frankie, I hope the rain doesn't get to carried away for you. I see you guys have been having some issues. Don't you just hate it when you get a song stuck in your head like that? That happens to me a lot, sometimes out of nowhere I'll get an old song in my head, and then I try to remember who sang it. Often times I don't remember, so I go to you tube and type in a few of the lyrics, and usually it will come up with the song. The neat thing about that is then I do more searching on the artist and find out stuff I never knew. That stuff interests me for some odd reason.

Briscoe Darling Jr. I hope you weathered the weather ok.

GF, Sorry about the snowy start to spring for you. But the nice thing about these late season storms is that they don't stick around too long, 10-4? It'll let you give your snow Joe one last workout for the season. I know, that's easy for me to say as I sit here basking in 55 degree weather.

Well off to slay the dragon, so to speak.


March 20, 2018 - Msg 109473: ROMEENA---This is just a thought I had...(since you liked my microwave idea)
you have talked in the past about how good
your Caddy dealership is, so why not just take it there to finish up the work? In fact, now that i think about it,
why didnt you take it there in the first place?
I know dealers can be a bit more pricey, but in this case
you have mechanics who just work on Caddys, and are not 'jack of all cars', so to speak.
I can go hollar fish if ya want me to, but it's just a thought. :)

March 20, 2018 - Msg 109474: Good afternoon, porch. Asa, I'm so glad your "fix" went well. I think a little prayer, backed up by your extensive knowledge and experience, would be a difficult combination to beat. I'm happy for you!

MDC, believe me, I have wondered how it would all have shaken out if I had taken Tillie to the dealership in the first place, but I think I know. When the car was still under warranty, I never let anyone else touch it, but I wasn't paying for it. Now I am, and have been for several years, and that's a different story. Way back in the beginning, when all this grief started, I called a friend who still works for the dealership, and was my service advisor for years, and told him what was happening. He told me what he thought might be wrong, but added "You've got to get it fixed, but for goodness' sake, don't bring it here, unless you have unlimited funds." That was all I needed to hear. Dealerships are typically about twice what everybody else charges.

Now here's the good news. I think once again, prayer paid off. The owner/manager is back from vacation, and called me this afternoon to tell me the car is fixed and ready. He also said he had been thinking about it, and wanted to knock off another $200, leaving the total at $1000 for me to pay. I thanked him, but said, "You know, Chris, while I appreciate that gesture, I need to tell you that I'm a little disappointed. I had hoped you could do a bit better than that." He was quiet for about two beats, then said, "Well, Lanni, I think you're right. You've been without your car for two weeks, and no doubt have had to pay for alternative transportation. And it wasn't your fault that the bolt stripped, it was our mechanic. So how about we just write it off and you owe us nothing? What do you think?" I said, "Chris, I think that's wonderful, and I'll guarantee you that I'll write a review on your website that will make people think angels work in your shop. I'll also give you an A+ rating with BBB, as I know you're a member. Also, I have attended the same large church for 45 years, and know a large number of old gray-haired ladies like me, who drive older cars. If I hear anyone even mention a transmission, I'll send them to you. I thank you very much, and appreciate what you're doing. You're a kind soul and a good businessman." I will pick Tillie up tomorrow after ESL class, and we'll talk a little more then, I'm sure. Now, how 'bout that??

Toye Starr is home after being anesthetized and losing four more teeth, and is running around here playing with toys and trying to get me to chase her - you'd never dream what she went through this morning. She's tiny and fragile-looking, but she's as resilient as a rubber ball. Amazing.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some supper. After I get Tillie back tomorrow, I'll stop at the grocery store for some serious shopping. You wouldn't believe some of the concoctions I've been living on - just whatever I could dig out of the freezer or find in the pantry. Actually, most of it has been pretty good. I'm fairly creative in that respect. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

March 20, 2018 - Msg 109475: Great News Romeena....Customer Service..What a concept!..G-F

March 20, 2018 - Msg 109476: HI O
Mr.G F about all that wright stuff that there!
do not send it here or you will go the big house for the holiday!
Send it back TO Mr Asa and Mr.M D S can used it.
:( TOM.


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