August 12, 2010 - Msg 80276: Oops, an error in my previous posting.
Steven Slater IS entitled to his 15 minutes of fame.

from Poor Horatio

August 12, 2010 - Msg 80277: WOW, I swept the porch. It's been a long time since I did that. I'm surprised I remembered where the broom is kept!

from Poor Horatio

August 12, 2010 - Msg 80278: Well, land sakes! Look who dropped by. How-do, Me-They. It's good to see you. Watch out though, or you might get "mugged" around here. (heehee)

I agree with you about the flight attendant. Certainly he should't have done what he did, but I, too can understand it. I have occasionally had the urge to fold. spindle and mutilate someone. Very rarely is it a patient, most often it's a bossy and demanding visitor, who has no clue what is going on but who has appointed themselves to oversee every aspect of the patient's care during their brief visit, yet wouldn't dream of picking a fallen pencil up from the floor. They'll push the call bell and order a nurse to do it. They're the kind of people who at home will complain of a bad smell but would never stoop to take out the trash. Sometimes you wish you had a leg o'lamb..... Anyway, while I don't condone the guy's behavior, I can understand it, and you gotta applaud his style. The exit slide? Wow! (Oh, you should know that on one of our Mongolia trips, Eloise was clobbered on the head and shoulder by a bag falling from an overhead, a bag being removed by a standing passenger, and the plane was still in motion, seat belt sign on. So maybe I'm prejudiced.)

Asa, I'm so sorry. You asked so nicely, I did read it, and didn't respond. I told you I was sleepy! Anyway, my former son-in-law is doing very well. They operated to stabilize the fractures (turns out there were two) and he'll be in a collar for six weeks, but they said he'll recover just fine. I'm so glad. As I said before, he's a good guy and I definitely wish him well.

Guess I'd better go find something for my son and me to eat. Maybe some cereal and juice, or a bagel and cream cheese? Blessings, friends! --Romeena

August 12, 2010 - Msg 80279:
Sorry, my e-mail account got hyjacked!
If any of you got one from me refering you to another place, that was NOT from me!
I am working with hotmail now to get it fixed!
MDC Steve

August 12, 2010 - Msg 80280: Good day to you all, Porchsters!

Boy, is it muggy here (I had to get in on this)! It is muggy on our sunporch, muggy in the shade, it's just.....well....muggy! Makes me want to shed my shirt and be a naked savage! High today in Kansas City is 100*

Sterling - You're getting some great advice and, even though it has been said over and over, I will say it once more....think about this hard. Pray and pray again. Listen to God, your heart, your gut and your conscience. If there is a burn inside you that is constant, you will know what is truth.

Ro - Sounds like you had a great experience! Glad you had fun and got the ol' a/c running.

Me-They I am John Masters. Been here for just a short while and have found the porch to be right comfortable. I can usually be found in a rocker with a glass of tea in my hand.

I'm gonna hop off the porch here for a spell and will be back to see what's up for lunch!

John Masters

August 12, 2010 - Msg 80281: Hey there M-T, how wonderful to see you. I surely miss you and your posts! Next time you sit a spell, let us know how you and your family are doing. Hopefully you will stop again soon!
Big Maude

August 12, 2010 - Msg 80282:
Thanks for the tip Me-They.
Hopefully my new password will
take care of that hotmail interloper.
But i feel so violated!
Good to see ya!

August 12, 2010 - Msg 80283: Poor Horatio, I watched that clip from America's Got Talent and just when you think you've seen and heard everything, something like this comes along. I have never seen anything like can that voice come out of that darling LITTLE girl? First of all, she looks like an angel, probably the most beautiful child I've ever seen, and then to open her mouth and sound like an angel from heaven. Wow. Not sure what's going on there but I would guess it's one of God's gifts we are seeing. Thanks for sharing.

Love your choice of words, Ro (fold, spindle and mutilate...been there!). HA Yes, I agree that it gets very difficult to not kill or mame some of these incredible rude individuals and while I think the exit slide is a nice touch, I think it would have been much better had he done just that...I don't like the idea of spewing the profanity, especially when there are children just makes him look like he is having a tantrum, IMO.

John Masters and Opie Taylor..."naked savages"! (Front page of the Mayberry Gazette).

Had to venture out to WalMart today and get the things for Erin's party on Friday evening. She wanted to have a party for a few of her friends...the kind of party we used to have as kids...they will play in the water sprinkler, make snowcones, eat hotdogs and have cake. I bought some sidewalk chalk and water balloons so the evening should be a smash. It has somehow morphed into a bigger event that I had first planned, as I have invited quite a few. I am going to make some homemade chili so we who are so inclined can have chili dogs, and bake some potatoes for those who don't like dogs. ;-) Vicki is making a birthday cake for Erin. Any-hoo, it sure was hot we go...MUGGY. By the time I carried in the stuff, including two gallons of milk, sprite to make the lemon punch, and all the other junk, I was ready to collapse. I wanted to rest but had to clean out the frige to make room for all the refrigerated items. I had ALOT of wienies to refrigerate! Wienies...wienies...such a funny word, isn't it? We used to have a department store here called "Wieners" that went out of business. I think because people were embarrassed to admit shopping there... ;-)

Better git!


August 12, 2010 - Msg 80284: Did I spell "wienies" right?...or is it "weinies"?...I sound like I been hittin' the hard cider....


August 12, 2010 - Msg 80285:
You sure that wasn't "Weavers?" ha

August 12, 2010 - Msg 80286: Wow Boo, what a shindig! Oh to be young again! You sound like quite a mom, Boo! I'll bet Erin loves you to death :-)

Tomorrow night, I get pepperelli pizza with pop and candy for dessert, so I wont be joining you all for dinner! Gonna sit down and watch my Kansas City Chiefs in their first preseason game.

My mother is supposed to come up on Saturday from Arkansas to take a break from watching after G'ma. They have close friends down there that will give Mom a break or two here and there. She is waffling on making the trip. If she doesnt, I'll watch NFL Network's wall to wall coverage of NFL exhibition games on Sunday!

Say?! What's for dinner tonight? SPOT got it or do we fend for ourselves?


August 12, 2010 - Msg 80287:
JM- I'm guessing that you are a big NFL fan! ha most of us "guys" here are big NASCAR fans.
How 'bout you?

August 12, 2010 - Msg 80288: Good Evening friends!
I want to apologize once again for my not sittin' and rockin' for a spell very often. Since the children have been out of school, I do not have use of the computer as often. They go back on the 23rd and will be able to visit more frequently.
Boo- Sounds great!
Ro- How ya feelin'?
Rev- I saw on facebook that you are performing at one of my favorite places soon, St. Simons. We didn't go this year, but go nearly every Memorial weekend. If you make it up near Atlanta message me.
John Masters- So do you sing? I always enjoyed the character's encounters with Barney.
Poor Horatio- Is it cooling off up there?
Me-They- I hope the youngin's are doing well. I wonder how A.F.D.'s daughter is doing as she was born around the same time as your youngest.
MDC- I'm not a Nascar fan, sorry. Though I would love to get tickets for when they come here in a few weeks.
I hope all are well. Again, I'll be back more frequently soon. Blessings to you all!
~Lucy Matthews

August 12, 2010 - Msg 80289: Oh good grief! I forgot to say hey to our cooks, Spot and Big Maude! Hope y'all are keeping everyone fed.
Possum- How's Miss Laci?
Homemaker- How's Casey's foot?
Tom- Thanks for giving me the heads up on the APB. Hope you're doing well.
Geez, I'm on a roll here. I gotta run now. Y'all take care now, ya hear?!

August 12, 2010 - Msg 80290: wienies or weinies... let's see, i before e, except after c, and e after i in "wienie". (I always forget that rule)
- Hazel

August 12, 2010 - Msg 80291:
Hello porch sure was "muggy" here today:) 101

PH....I surly remember the "bunk ironing" onboard ship.

Speaking of onboard ship.....the ship that I was stationed on is being decommissioned in two weeks. I'm actually going to be there for it. I was a plankowner (an original crew member at the commissioning in 1979) and will be there when she is decommissioned. Looking forward to seeing some of the old gang that I haven't seen in 29 years. We had a very tight crew because at that time it was a new class warship (Guided Missile) for the Navy so we were watched by the entire Navy to prove this ship. And believe me...we made a believer out of her! She was a great ship and served well.

Yep JM....MDC is right, alot of NASCAR fans here. Also some baseball and football fans too. Are the Chiefs supose to be pretty good this year?

Lifting up all the porch family in prayer and praying for all the needs here on the porch.
Have a good night and a very blessed day tomorrow. Be sure to let someone see Jesus in your life!

August 12, 2010 - Msg 80292:
Lucy....I will do that!

August 12, 2010 - Msg 80293: I just read the archives, and wanted to share my own censor story. One time a while back I had posted a post and the censor wouldn't let it by. I looked at my post for quite some time, and there was nothing highlighted, or bolded or anything. I kept trying to re-post it, since there was nothing offensive, but it wouldn't let me post. Finally I tried an extra space after my paragraph, between where the paragraph would end and where I put "-Hazel". That time it got by the censor. Moral of the story, sometimes the censor is just plain picky.

August 12, 2010 - Msg 80294: So, anyway, JM, if you can't find anything wrong with your post, put a double space someplace, or change up the paragraph a little, and try 'er again.

- Hazel

August 13, 2010 - Msg 80295: Good evening, porch. Just heading for the ironing board. Hey, that's rather appropriate, in light of the recent references to "bunk ironing" and such. How 'bout that?

My son and I had a great day. Just moused around here at home most of the day, he installed a router for WiFi on my computer, so my other son can use his laptop and iPhone when he's here. Land sakes, technology is outrunning me all of a sudden! You would laugh if you could see my phone. My kids threaten to make me go stand by myself when I'm using it, it's so outdated. I don't care. It makes and receives calls, and that's all I want it to do. It doesn't text, and while it's internet capable, I've never activated that function. It has no "apps" and I don't want any. Just an old-fashioned girl, that's me.

He took me to a wonderful restaurant this evening, and the food was just great. It's a Brazilian grill, and my, oh my! I had made pineapple ice cream earlier today, so we came home and had some of that, and boy, was it good! He's leaving in the morning, so we'll be getting up early - hence the relatively early bedtime for me. I'm going to miss him when he leaves. We have really had a great time. Did a lot in just a few days, and had some quiet and peaceful times too. I'm sorry to see him go, but so glad he came. You all are aware, aren't you, that this is the son who was so terribly sick a while back, I was really afraid we were going to lose him. The doctor had said he had only seen one other person who recovered after that particular situation. You all prayed along with me though, and God answered. As sick as he was, survival alone was miraculous, but to come back to full, robust health was just more than we expected, yet he did. Praise the Lord!

Well, I'm off to bed. Pleasant dreams, friends - blessings! --Romeena

August 13, 2010 - Msg 80296: Morning porch.
Sounds like a wonderful time you had with your Son Romeena. But I don't get why you need a router on your computer. You ought to keep that in your garage. That sawdust can't be good for your puter innards. :) The Brazilian grill you went to. Is that where thet bring all the different hunks of animal to your table and saw you off a chunk? We have one of them in Salt Lake. Boy you don't go away hungry from those. Quite enjoyable tring all the different types of foods cooked in different ways.

Lucy, good to see you. Hope you can come around more.

Same for you Me They and Hazel.

Hazel, how's you garden this year? You plant plenty of all spice? My corn is starting to kick in to full gear now. Have an ear or two every night. Good stuff I tell ya.

Boo, I went outside this morning and guess what. I saw my breath. Yep. It's true. Not from the cold though. It was from them spicey meatballs I had for dinner last night. Talk about laying on yer chest! Whew! But it is a cool 52 degrees this a.m. This will kick my maters into ripening now.

Rev, that is so cool buddy. Seeing a ship from start to finish like that. I hope you get some good pictures. And thank you for your service.

JM, I'm a huge NFL fan also. Can't wait for the season to start. Are you a K.C. fan? If so we could be enemies. I'm a big Raiders fan. Not sure why. Have been since I was a kid and just can't seem to give up on them, in spite of how bad they have been in recent years. Funny how we hold on to things like that. K.C. has put together a powerful coaching staff. Looks like the Patriots of yesteryear with Romeo and Weis there as as-sistance coaches. But they ain't the ones doing the playing so we will see.

MDC. I hope your Dad continues to improve. How are your Cards gonna do without Warner this year. I see Linehart (sp) is not wowing folks to much in camp. But it's early still. I'll miss Warner. I liked him as a player and for what he stood for.

Well it's Friday. Yipee. Better get working before I get Bloody Mary all over me.


August 13, 2010 - Msg 80297: Good morning, porch. Asa, you are a caution. What would we do without you?

And speaking of valued porch friends, we need to put out an APB for Tom. He hasn't been around in a while, and I know we're all missing him.

Well, my son is up and at 'em, scurrying around making preparations to leave. Guess I'd better go feed that boy! Blessings, all. --Romeena

August 13, 2010 - Msg 80298: HAHA...Hazel, I have to tell you that I posted the "how do you spell weinie" because I KNEW if I did that you would show up with that quote...and I was right! You're really somethin', you know that? :-)

Oh boy, Ro, you brought me to tears. So, so glad Dale, Jr. is back to health! God has been very gracious and I expect Dale, Jr. is quite a fighter. I know it's hard to send him home but how nice that you had this visit with him!

Oh ASA, are a hoot...but I'm still gonna have to kill ya. Its about 100 degrees here and MUGGY!! Last night I passed by the TV when the weather report was on and there it was in big, bold letters, emblazoned across the screen (no joke): "MUGGY"!

Hey to REV!

Good to see you back on the porch, Lucy Matthews, even if you did engage us in a game of "Twenty Questions". ;-)

Where are ya, TOM??

Thanks John Masters. My little Erin is stuck to me like glue alot of times. She does love her mom. Hope she doesn't start hating me when she is a teenager (oh, that awful word!).

Better get started on the chores. Plenty to do today.


August 13, 2010 - Msg 80299: Morning porch, working a while this morning and then off til Monday. I hope to get some much needed R&R this week end. supposed to be around 96 again today. At one point it was 99 degrees yesterday and so humid. There were some thunder and lighnting around us but we did not get any rain. Our yard is pretty much brown all over and I finally gave in and pulled all my flowers up as they were dried up as well. No matter how much I watered them the heat was too much for them.

Well better get on with the breakfast menu: eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, gravy, biscuits, homemade blackberry or strawberry jelly, toast. coffee, tea,white or chocolate milk to drink. see you all at breakfast.

Patrick finsihed his chemisty class this week and came out with an A! He was pretty excited. Apparently Chemistry II is something that is hard to learn. I told him Earnest T. Bass could of probably helped him. :)

prayers and blesings to all.

Big Maude

Prayers and blessings to all.

August 13, 2010 - Msg 80300: Mornin' y'all- good to see some of the ol' gang back on the porch- Hey y'all!
Ro, what wonderful news to hear about your son- thank the Lord!
Oh, I got a book yesterday from the library. It's called " Mayberry Memories- The Andy Griffith Show Photo Album." I enjoyed looking through it last night. Lots of interesting stuff in there. For example- did y'all know that the actress who played Lester Scobey's wife in " Andy Forecloses" was the model for Disney's animated Tinkerbell? From now on,every time I see Tinkerbell on a kid's t shirt or any other thing, I'm gonna think of Lester & Mrs. Scobey!
And remember Otis riding the cow? He mentioned how that cow's backbone came to a sharp point and every time the cow came to a stop, he'd slide up on the cow and.. ow! I think you get the picture! Ha Ha Hal Smith said: " It nearly ruined me!"
I just glanced through it- plan to read it from cover to cover when I get the time.

Well, Miss Laci is coming soon to spend a few nights with me,so I'd better scoot. Have a good Friday and I'll check in when I can!
possum under a rock

August 13, 2010 - Msg 80301:
Hazel- your education was worth every penny! ha
RO- thisis a little late, but after your post about the airplane ride, I was goingto say " are circling the globe, international television has been developed..." teehee
LUCY- good to see ya! Maybe like Sarah Palin said,
you need some kahunas! (: to like nascar, but r I'm just pickin at ya)
Possum- I have that book!! got it from weaver's.
It's great! Did mr Scobey ever get the job at the funiture factory? lol Then again, he couldnt even MEND a chair. ha
REV- very cool about the ship reunion!
ASA- maybe Warner will pull a Farve and "retire" more than once! ha
OK, an idea for these dog-days of summer--let's all mention
our favorite episode and why.
Mine is almost even between "Man in a hurry" and
"Andy and opie batchelors" with Miss peggy.
To me, both those eps showed the "essence" of Mayberry, the idyllic slow,small town that may have been a little behind the times, but in a good sort of way! (:
Prayers for all,

August 13, 2010 - Msg 80302: and i always thought that rule was just for spelling "chicken!" (:

August 13, 2010 - Msg 80303: Goooooooood Morning, Porchsters!

Friday is upon us and I am sooo glad for it! It's not so MUGGY here today. I did say MUGGY right? Yeah, I said MUGGY! I am going to sit here with my extree giant mug of sweet tea and enjoy the day!
Ok, right outta the gate.....Asa, you are my sworn enemy! LOLOL! I'll meet you behind Wally's cause you are a Raider creechture! I am a red and gold flag waving,arrowhead carrying Kansas City Chief! I'll have to run your black and silver right outta town! LOL! Looks like you and I have a rivalry going....should make for an interesting year!

MDC - No NASCAR for me, thanks. I just couldnt ge into it. I have tried to watch it and kinda learn it, but it just wouldnt take hold! I am a HUGE NFL fan! Big time! Funny thing is that I cant stand college football though. Just the NFL!

Lucy - Hi and howdy! Nope, cant sing. Not a lick. Good to meet you and I'll let you know if we have any recitals coming up!

REV - There is lots of optimism with the Chiefs. We are thinking 8-8 or maybe 9-7, but we have a long ways to go yet. The city is excited about our first round pick, safety, Eric Berry and another pick named Dexter McCluster. Dex is a WR/KR/PR and is supposed to be lightning fast. He is blowing people up at training camp and has everyone saying he is the potential to be a real threat!

Hazel - thanks for more advice. I was flabbergasted trying to get my post up. I broke it down real generic because I just couldnt figure out what was happening!

Ro - Blessings to you for the health of your son. It does a heart good to hear a great comeback story!

Boo - Shhhhh! Dont say that "T" word! Gosh a'mighty, I sure wish I could go back to it though.

Doggone it, Maude! I missed breakfast! Well, I'll just toast me up some bread and have some strawberry jelly. I hate when I miss your breakfasts!

Hey to Possum! I have seen that same book! It's pretty neat. I hope to start a TAGS collection of books in the near future. There are some right dandy ones out there!

Well folks, time to see what's happenin' cross the internet and read up on some Chiefs news. I'll try to get back here for lunch.


August 13, 2010 - Msg 80304: Love my Nascar!...hey Rev,JM,Boo,Possum,Lucy and all....Lunch will be Burger King on me....SPOT

August 13, 2010 - Msg 80305: I had Burger King yesterday, spot.Can you take me somewhere else? We have to be careful though, or word will get out in Mayberry that we're "running" together! Ha!
possum again

August 13, 2010 - Msg 80306:
Did ya hear that TAGS was gonna do a spin off
called "Scobey Doo!" hahaROTFL
The Phantom one-liner (:

August 13, 2010 - Msg 80307:
Big Maude, Maybe now you son can put an egg in a bottle and save ya a trip to the World's fair!!

August 13, 2010 - Msg 80308:
ASA-You saw your breath? may I suggest SCOPE!! teehee LOL

August 13, 2010 - Msg 80309:
I T ' S F R I D A Y!!!

August 13, 2010 - Msg 80310: Yea Possum I will just leave the credit card with boo and you and I will step out for Mexican....SPOT

August 13, 2010 - Msg 80311: Good evening, porch! It's a very MUGGY 100 degrees here at 7:25 pm. Yuck. The air is still, just an occasional vagrant breeze. The pond filter needs cleaning, but I'm not going out in that heat, humidity and the mosquitoes who are sure to be out and about at this time. The fish will just have to cope. My little bronze "spitting" fish provides adequate aeration for a short time. I'll get it done in the morning.

The backstory on my son is this: When he was 16, he got a job unloading trucks for a freight line. Said he was saving to buy a car he wanted. For several months, he went to school, worked and unknown to us, took flying lessons, paying for them himself. One day a man on the phone said. "Remind Dale that his solo has been moved from Love to Redbird, at 10." Dale hung up, looked at me and said, "Let's go." We drove out to Redbird Airport, which at the time was a very small facility, basically one landing strip. Dale Jr. was already there, because the car he drove was there. So we just walked up to the fence and stood there. In a minute, a little Piper cub came putt-putting along the strip, taxied into position, revved and rolled. As he rolled past us, about to lift off, Dale saw us, and with big eyes, a sheepish grin and a jaunty wave, my firstborn son flew an airplane into the sky, alone. We stood there white-knuckled, gripping the fence, as he circled a couple of times and came back, making a perfect, soft landing right in front of us. The guys from the hangar ran out and as is customary after a solo, they cut the bottom foot or so off his shirt. (Don't ask me, I don't know.) Then he sauntered over to the fence, looked at his dad and asked, "Are you mad?" Of course we weren't mad, just full of questions, greatly relieved that he was on the ground, and extremely proud. He has flown ever since.

When he was dating Carrie, his wife, he sort of dazzled her by renting a plane now and then and flying her to Tulsa or some such, just for a date. They'd eat at some nice place, then get back in the plane and come home. You can imagine how popular a thing like that would make a young man.

At one time, his ambition was to be a commercial pilot. Then he developed an interest in home-building, he says because of my dad's influence, and he realized that he could make enough money doing that to support his "flying habit" as he calls it. He also had pretty good insight, I think. He said he feared if he was flying for a living it would lose the appeal for him and become just a job. As it is, he builds gorgeous homes, and gets to be creative and artistic in that endeavor, and then flies for the pure joy of it. He has wanted a plane for years, but of course they're terribly expensive. He and his wife earn a very good living, but even so, a plane is a lot of money. Then the Bonanza more or less fell in his lap. It was hangared next to a plane that he rented a lot, and he really liked it, thought about finding one like it. One day a friend told him he had heard it was for sale, and at a very reasonable price (for an airplane - still more than I'll ever see.) The owner needed the cash quick. The plane was in great shape, not too many hours on it, and he snapped it up. He spent quite a bit more having it fitted with radar and the latest guidance system, but it's a sweetheart. It's fast, cruises easily at around 200-220 mph. It's different in knots, but he said that's the mph translation. With a good tailwind, it's faster still.

Well, anyway -- today I stood beside that same strip and watched him fly his own plane into the blue, until he was just a little dot in the sky. God has been so good. --Romeena

August 13, 2010 - Msg 80312: Just stopping by to sat good night to my porch friends. sleep well friends.
Big Maude

August 14, 2010 - Msg 80313:
Hello porch family....101 today here on my end of the porch.

Ro....neat story about Dale Jr's flying adventure.

Somebody better watch Spot and possum to make sure they only step out for mexican and not Mexico. staying cool down there in south TX? it's not looking good for Chipper. But the guy they replaced him with has really stepped up

You all have a good night.
Love and prayers for all the porch family.

August 14, 2010 - Msg 80314:
Morning Porch

Well, I didn't mean to start a mini-moulage on mugginess. hehe Our muggy days can't hold a candle to rest of the Porch. I think I've mention I have family in Boca Raton. When they're up here during the summer they usually throw on a sweater when they go outside. It's funny to them that we think this is so hot and muggy. Oh well.

Rev- 101, YIKES!

Romeena-That's a real nice story about your son.

JM-I'm just the opposite with my football viewing enjoy college-don't follow the NFL. ROLL TIDE ROLL!! A Yankee rooting for Bama, go figure.

Here's a neat web site. A Christian truck driver blogging from the road. He has a live web cam while traveling and to top it off he's a Texan. I think he's at home for a spell but when he on the road I find it quite interesting. In the interest of full disclosure, I am easily amused.


August 14, 2010 - Msg 80315: I don't remember you ever sharing that story about Dale, Jr, Ro. Lovely story! God bless him. He must be quite a guy...probably alot like his father I imagine. :-)

No, REV, not staying very cool here in TX. We were lucky yesterday because we had a good SE breeze off the water and were able to enjoy sitting outside in the evening. It is seldom still here on the coast and we nearly always have a breeze. The humidity is eating us up, though. Erin's party was a success last evening...reminded me so much of parties we had as a kid. The played in the sprinklers and rode bikes, drew on the drive-way with sidewalk chalk while the adults sat around in lawn-chairs and rockers shootin' the breeze. The food was outstanding, if I must say so myself. We had great chili-dogs with my homemade potato salad, fruit salad and I made a really good lemon punch that everybody went on about. I will share the recipe for anyone who wants to try it. It was certainly a crowd-please. My niece said it would have made perfect margaritas but since we don't drink, she just had to imagine it. Here's how you make it. I use one of those big clear drink holders with the spout and put in two large cans of thawed frozen lemonade mix, I dissolved a small box of lemon jello powder in a cup of water, added that, filled up the rest with Sprite, then some lemon slices, a few candied cherries and some ice. Simple and goo-ood! It was a nice time but I am SO ready for cooler weather!

I slept in this morning and the kids are STILL asleep and its almost 11:30. They had a big time last night and stayed up late with Aunt Vicki doing crafts and watching movies or something. I was asleep by 12am and totally exhausted.

I am going to checkout that trucker's site, Auh2o, thanks.

See you all later.


August 14, 2010 - Msg 80316:
Lucy Matthews, it is good to see you return and give us an update. When school is in session, we will be expecting to hear more from you.
As for the weather up here in Canada, in the day time, the temperature hovers in the lower 30's. But with the humidity, it's over 40 degrees. For those who are not familiar with the metric system, that's hovering in the upper 80's with humidity making it feel like over 100.
Since I'm located in a part of Canada that is lower in lattitude than much of the northern USA states (southern Ontario), that is probably why our weather patterns seem similar.

REV, so you were a plank owner for your ship? That is a unique distinction. You got to serve when everything was brand new.
I made the final two WESTPAC cruises with my ship, then served as part of the decommissioning crew to prepare her for the mothball fleet. We had so much rust to remove that we switched to tropical working hours (no stopping for lunch).

MDC and REV, count me in the minority since I'm not a NASCAR nor a NFL fan. We don't see that on television up here in Canada anyhow, unless you have one of the border American television stations on your cable package. Instead, all they seem to broadcast is hockey, the Canadian Football League (CFL), and curling. When I say hockey, that includes the current National Hockey League (NHL) season, Canadian amateur hockey, and replays of older NHL hockey games.

Hazel, regarding your censor story, since a simple thing like a space cured the problem, I'm wondering if you had a case of trying to post something that was too long? I usely get that when trying to post some very long links. That is why I use to prevent this problem. But the censor should give you an error message indicating that you tried to post something too long. And you stated that you did not receive any feedback like that. Perhaps this occurred some time ago before Floyd added the feedback?

Rommena, you mentioned about how you are outdated regarding communication technology, would you believe I still have a working rotary dial telephone mounted on a wall in my house? Also, I have a working old black and white television that only receives the old VHF channels 2 through 13.
Congratulations to your son for fulfilling a dream of becoming a pilot and plane owner. As you mentioned, that is an expense that most people could not afford.
One of my unfulfilled goals is to learn how to fly helicopters. I had the opportunity in the military, but my motivation and interest was not sufficient. If I could live my life over again, I definitely would be interested in flying helicopters performing search and rescue.

Big Maude, congratulations to your Patrick for receiving an A in Chemistry II. That was also a difficult subject for me. I always had trouble balancing chemical equations. But thanks to the internet, learning it as an adult was much easier.

possum under a rock, I enjoyed the trivia information you shared with us from that book. Please post more of that.
And since you are looking for a Burger King replacement, how about Arby's up here in Canada? They have a sandwich called The Great Canadian that I always order. It has thinly sliced, oven-roasted beef topped with crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, red onion, pickles, mustard, ketchup, and mayo inside a toasted sesame seed bun. And it's m-m-m-m-m good. Yesterday, we purchased four of them. You can view a picture at
So it's Great Canadian sandwiches for everyone ... my treat!

MDC, as for what my favorite TAGS episode is, I have two favorites.
#1 - "Opie's Ill Gotten Gain" because of Barney reciting the Preamble to the Constitution. Watch the video at and cue it up to 4:30. No other TAGS scene make me laugh so hard.
#2 - "The New Housekeeper", when Aunt Bee arrives to replace Rose. During much of that episode, Opie seems not to like this newcomer Aunt Bee because she can't do things that Opie enjoys. So at the end of the episode when Aunt Bee is preparing to leave, Opie runs out of the house and we hear:
OPIE: Don't go Aunt Bee. I don't want you to. I want you to stay. (Opie hugs Aunt Bee)
ANDY: You mean it Opie?
OPIE: Sure!
ANDY: What changed your mind?
OPIE: Well, if she goes, what will happen to her? She doesn't know how to do anything ... play ball, catch fish or frogs ... she'll be helpless.
ANDY: I guess that's right. A woman who don't know how to do important things like that, why she would be lost.
OPIE: So that's why she's got to stay so I can teach 'em to her. (Opie turns towards Aunt Bee) You need me. (Opie hugs Aunt Bee as she reacts emotionally).
Watch and you will see what I mean. Watch the whole short scene or just cue it up to 1:30. No other TAGS scene makes me cry like this.

auh20, thanks for that link about the Christian truck driving blogger. After watching a Dateline episode last night about a serial killer truck driver, I'm in the mood for something positive.

I noticed a few of your have mentioned that you are in touch with other porchsters through Facebook. How do you obtain their page addresses? I myself don't have any social networking sites like Facebook. However, I do visit a few to read them if they are public.

Judging by the length of this posting, I'm eligible for the Guinness Book of World Records.

from Poor Horatio

August 14, 2010 - Msg 80317: Good afternoon, porch. I've had a couple of hours of sleep since getting home from work, and am beginning to feel human again.

Yes, Boo, I see my Dale in Dale, Jr. in so many ways. He and David are very different, yet share a lot of traits, and most of those shared traits are reminiscent of their dad. Both are kind-hearted, with a great sense of humor, they'll support the underdog every time, both are big men but so gentle - yep, I see their dad every time I look at them.

Wow, PH! You have a working, wall-mounted rotary dial phone? That's cool! You know, the younger kids of today would hav e no clue how to operate that phone. Also, I find it very interesting, the way our language changes as technology changes. When touch-tone phones first hit the scene, we called them exactly that - "touch-tone phones". A rotary was just a phone. Then as the balance shifted, the touch-tones became just "phones", and we now make the distinction by specifying "rotary dial phone". There are many other examples. There's "TV set/color TV/black and white TV", and "airplane/jet plane/prop plane". Usage makes the language, it's true.

You're right, my son definitely fulfilled a dream that would be impossible for most folks. No one knows this better than he does. Much of his life has been that way, and as he says so often, he has been abundantly blessed. I've heard him say many times, "I know I've been blessed, this is all a gift that was given to me for some reason, and could be taken away just as easily. I'd like to think I would still be happy." And I believe he would be. He's very generous with his "gifts", shares what he has and gets a lot of enjoyment from that. Right now, he's thinking of using his plane for charitable purposes - angel flights to help troops on R&R get home quickly for a visit, rather than having to spend hours on a bus to get to some little podunk town. Also, there's an organization called Pilots N Paws, that puts guys like him in touch with a rescue group that's moving rescued pets from place to place. He's still checking on some of those things, but I know he'll use that plane for good. His dad would be so proud.

About Facebook, I've received many friend invitations, but so far, haven't responded, and probably won't. I've just heard too many "horror stories" about Facebook, and am just not willing at this point to get involved. I would imagine they're exactly that - stories - but I'm still reluctant. I guess my age is showing.

Well, I had bought a small pot roast to cook while Dale was here, and never did it. I need to either freeze it or cook it, and I think I'll just go cook it. It will feed me for several days, and will finish up as some pretty good sandwiches. Besides, I loooove pot roast, and this one is Angus beef, so it will be especially good. Come on by about eight tonight, and I'll share!

Blessings, friends. See you later. --Romeena

August 14, 2010 - Msg 80318: Hi Porch friends! I have missed you all something terrible.Boo,that party for Erin sounds like such fun!The heat is terrible here too,but,not as bad as in Texas and other parts of the south.I pray you all will get some relief soon. My oldest daughter just took a road trip with her best friend a couple of weeks ago,and they drove to Texas,Eagle Pass to be exact, to visit some friends they have down there . They drove from Pa to Texas and back home to Pa in 4 days! Ya'll they went back to college classes the next day!I could not have done that,I would have to sleep for a week!haha!My oldest grandson got to come visit me from Tn for a few days,and I'm really enjoying it!He is getting so big! he is 4 now.You all take care,talk to you soon-ky girl

August 14, 2010 - Msg 80319:
Hello porch family....some thunderstorms rolled through this end of the porch today. Much needed rain.

PH....the ship that I was a plankowner of is the USS McInerney (FFG-8). I was on board that ship from 1979-1981.

auh2o....I'll have to check out that trucker site.

Well the wife and I ate at Texas Roadhouse tonight. I leave tomorrow morning for a concert in St Simons Island, Ga tomorrow night so I may not be able to check back in until Monday.
You all have a great worship day tomorrow as we lift up the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
Love and prayers for all the porch family!

August 14, 2010 - Msg 80320: Well, tis' a late night here on the porch for me! I have a big mug of Dr. Pepper and I'm gonna sit here in the rocker and enjoy the night.

Boo - THAT is an awesome atmosphere you have for the younguns'! Please take this as a compliment, but you sound like you have a TV type of family. Something, like Mayberry, that is portrayed on tv and not in real life as it should be. I wish I coulda' pulled up a chair and been a part of the adult roundtable. LOL!

Horatio - That great that you still have the "old school" phone! I hate how "modern" we've become as a regular phone is now a "landline." Isnt it funny how society changes through time?! Landline wasnt in our vocabulary until the cell phone hit. I guess the cell would be classified as a "air line?!"

KY Girl - Good to see you, I am John Masters. Hope you shout down to my end of the porch and say "Hey!" one of these days!

Hey to REV,auh2o,Romeena,MDC,Possum,Maude,Lucy and Sterling!

Watched my Kansas City Chiefs lose last night and,franly, I didnt see much improvement. I am extremely excited about Dexter McCluster, but things just looked flat. I hope the kinks get worked out! Not much goins on here at my end of the porch. Little rain and t-storms around last night, but nothing to get uptight about. Gonna get back to some NFL preseason here on NFL Network and down some more of this ice cold Pepper.

If I dont see ya' tomorrow a.m., enjoy your breakfast and I will see ya' soon!

John Masters

August 15, 2010 - Msg 80321: Well thanks, JM. I think Bruce and I are fairly Mayberry-like in our lifestyle..I like to think so anyway. Simple folks who's priorities are God, family, friends, and country. Wish you could have been here with us, too. :-)

Ro, I have not heard any of those facebook stories that you speak of but please don't tell me any because I have been having a great time getting back in contact with friends and relative. Its been a blessing to me.

Hey there REV, you have a blessed Sunday. We love you, too.

Great to hear from you, KYGIRL, wish you could have been her for Erin's party.


August 15, 2010 - Msg 80322:
115 in Phoenix today (measured in the shade of course!)
Come on, any other favorite episodes?? (:
Ya all have a good evening, and get to preachin tomorrow! (And for land sakes, dont be pullin out horsehairs from yer suit!)
God bless,

August 15, 2010 - Msg 80323: Good morning, porch. Just getting ready for preachin', and thought I'd drop by. Gonna be another hot one here today.

Boo, I'm glad you enjoy Facebook, as millions do, and there's really no reason why I don't go there. The stories I've read are not things that would be likely to happen to you and me. They have mostly involved the younger set, who probably aren't too judicious about who they "friend" and what they post. Mostly, I guess, I just don't want to get involved, because I'd probably get TOO involved. So, enjoy!

Sure is different, having Bentley here. He's a good boy, but he's so big. I'm used to tiny Toye Starr, and Bentley is 45 pounds to her 4.5. They run and roar through the house, playing and having fun. Starr runs through the house, but no one would know it because she's so small. Bentley runs, and it's like there's a pony in here! He's such a sweet, lovable goof though, and Starr is just delighted that he's here. They're best friends. They play to the point of exhaustion, then Bentley flops down on his side, she trots in next to his belly, plops her little self down and puts her head on his leg or paw, and they sleep for an hour or so. So cute!

Well, better go get dressed. Gotta decide which dangly earrings to wear. --Romeena

August 15, 2010 - Msg 80324: Bentley and Starr sound so cute. :-)

Well, finished the coffee and now comes the hard part; getting the kids up for sunday school after they were up late playing hide and seek with Aunt Vicki.

Where's my dangly earrings?..if Ro's wearing dangly ones, so am I.


Almost forgot, favorite TAGS ep would have to be the Christmas ep.

August 15, 2010 - Msg 80325: Good Sunday Morning Ga huh Rev...good deal...ha ha...well gang we will be dealing with storms but still going camping today till Thu...Boo you and possum keep this bunch fed...MDC keep Asa in line...he aint gota wear shoes but keep him behaving...Ro the queen of the porch watch over them all...ha ha...prayers for us a safe trip....leaving in just a bit.......will leave some sandwiches on the pic-nic table for yall....SPOT

August 15, 2010 - Msg 80326: Afternoon, Porch! tea for me today. Nursing a sore throat and had a horrible night with it. Have to go see Ellie and see if she has anything for it.

My fav TAGS episode? Hmmm.....That's a toughy. I would have to say a tie between "Opie's Charity" and "The Pickle Story."

Prayers for SPOT for a safe trip. We'll look forward to what you serve up when you get back.

Well, I'll leave 2 pitchers of sweet tea for y'all at the picnic table.

John Masters

August 15, 2010 - Msg 80327: It is hard to pick a favorite TAGS episode, isn't it JM? I don't know that I actually have a favorite. The Christmas ep is special because I am a real Christmas freak and there is only one TAGS christmas episode, but it kind of depends what mood I am as far as which I like best. I love Opie's Charity, too...very funny, and the Pickle Story, of course...great stuff! I also love to watch Quiet Sam, which nobody ever mentions but something about it really speaks to me. I just love the ending when Sam says something about the baby being named "Andy" and the look on Andy's face. So sweet. I also love The Loaded Goat and Aunt Bee the Warden... "Get to it!"...ha.

You know, I was thinking since this fall is the 50th anniversary of TAGS, we should do something to celebrate...a big cyber-party somewhere...Morelli's party room, or something out at Lake Myers. What do ya'll think? We could rent the school gym and have a dance with Bobby Fleet and His Band With A Beat.

Wish I could say this is a lazy sunday afternoon but been a busy day...first sunday school and church (I worked in the toddler nursery this morning...mercy!) then a ladies lunceon and a meeting concerning the up and coming missions conference I was telling you about. I managed to come home and crash for a cat nap on the couch, though. Have to take Sean to a youth "Luau" at one of the church member's homes with a pool...sort of a "back to school bash". I've got one of those headaches that crawls up the back of you shoulders to your neck and then to your head. Better go find some Tylenol.

About the toddler nursery this morning...I had a great experience. Only had 5 total and they kept me laughing. A new visitor brought in a little boy who was still 1. He appeared in the doorway with his little bald head and blue eyes and I was goner. Mom said it was his first time away from her and he proceeded to smile at me, walk right up and plant himself in my lap and lay his sweet head on my shoulder. Oh, I'm telling you it was a peice of heaven on earth. That sweet angel! He did just great for the whole hour..not a single tear and lots of smiles. He sure made my day. :-) I just can't quit thinking about the little critter. Hope his mom keeps coming back to church.

Better scram and find that Tylenol.


August 15, 2010 - Msg 80328:
REV, during your time aboard ship, did you make any MED cruises?

John Masters listed "Opie's Charity" as one of his favorites. Although I have listed two favorites so far, I should "Opie's Charity" as one of my favorites because it explains the username I use here.
In that episode, when Andy is shocked and embarrassed to learn that Opie donated only 3 cents to the local charity, we hear the following conversation:
ANDY: Now look here Opie. You can't give a little biddy piddlin' amount like 3 cents to a worthy cause like the Underprivelaged Children's Drive. I was reading here just the other day where there was somewhere like 400 needed boys in this county alone, or one and a half boys per square mile.
OPIE: There is?
ANDY: There sure is.
OPIE: I never seen one Pa.
ANDY: Never seen one what?
OPIE: A half a boy.
ANDY: Well it's not really a half a boy. It's a ratio.
OPIE: ho-ratio who?
ANDY: Not horatio ... a ratio. It's mathematics ... 'rithmetic. Look now Opie just, just forget that part of it. Forget about the part about the half a boy.
OPIE: It's pretty hard to forget a thing like that Pa.
ANDY: Well try.
OPIE: poor Horatio.
You can view the scene at by cuing it up to 5:45.

from Poor Horatio

August 15, 2010 - Msg 80329: Good evening, porch. It's 100 degrees outside right now, at 7:15 pm, and it's MUGGY! I should know, I just spent half an hour out there, filling a hummingbird feeder, cleaning pond filters and watering an area that the sprinkler is missing. Got to check that emitter. I've got the ceiling fan above my head, maybe I'll quit "glowing" in a little while. Glowing, my foot. I'm sweating like a field hand!

List my favorite eps, huh? Why don't you ask me to do something easy, like name all the known stars and planets in alphabetical order, or something. Shoot, I can't even name my favorite scene! To further complicate things, the favorite scenes don't necessarily correlate with my favorite episodes. For example, "The Cow Thief". While it's a great ep, and I like it a lot, it's not in the top five. The scene where Luke leads the cow out of the barn wearing those army shoes, however - that's a real contender! The way that cow is walking - kerflop, kaplop - and the music they chose - it's classic visual comedy. Great stuff. Then there's the "Dogs, Dogs, Dogs" episode, and Barney's hilarious attempt to console Opie with his tall tale of how animals look out for each other - all except for giraffes. "Boy, giraffes are selfish!" That one practically puts me on the floor, and the only way to see it is on a DVD, because for some inexplicable reason, the choppers have cut that scene in the reruns.

I think we just have to face it, folks. They're all good, and you know what? TVLand has been running their usual "mini-marathon" today, all color eps, and I've suddenly realized that they're pretty good too. I know, I know, they'll never quiiiite measure up to the B&Ws, but they're still good. Each one seems to have one or two scenes that are very funny, or at least one great line. Think of Aunt Bee, standing on the sidewalk in front of the print shop, hollering to Andy, "Just because they're going out of business is no reason to shoot at them!" In the story of the lost brooch, when Warren drags that bum into the house - well, that's just funny. Warren is so full of himself, and the bum is too funny, all toothless and Andy Gump-y, thrilled that he got arrested because he's imagining some good meals. He gets insulted and demands his rights when they try to release him. Funny moments that stick in your mind and make Mayberry memories.

Well, I'm about dry now, and the dogs are hungry. Guess I'd better go feed them. There are two pair of big brown eyes boring holes in my back right now. Bentley, the goof, won't eat from the bowl I put down for him, but will eat the very same food from Toye Starr's tiny bowl. So, I fill it about six times until he's satisfied, then feed her. Silly dog.

Blessings, friends. --Romeena