September 24, 2012 - Msg 90374:
Hey there slipped in on me there....must have been the We're the same way here, Helmans and MW in the frig:)
Take care bro....-REV.

September 25, 2012 - Msg 90375: Ha! I keep both on hand as well, even though I don't generally eat the mayo. I will, if the MW is not available, but it's just not the same. I just keep it around for those who prefer it.

REV, be sure that little Jake gets all spiffed up and makes it into a picture or two. He's a family member too, and one of these days you'll be glad he's in the pictures. Some may have thought it odd (I didn't care), but at my mom's funeral, and again at my dad's, there was a little basket of flowers, tagged "With love. from Sugarplum." She loved them, and they loved her, and it just seemed right, so I ordered them. My family understood, and I didn't care what anyone else thought. Family is family, and furkids are family too.

Has anyone else been bothered by a particularly annoying popup lately? I have a good popup blocker, and usually just almost never encounter one, but this one has been coming in for several days now. No matter what I'm doing on the computer, it intrudes. Just now, there were no programs open, and I was watching TV. The computer was in sleep mode, and here came this popup. It has a very annoying "beep-boop" signal, and the text reads: "Online help - Perform system maintenance calling. Answer == answer with video == decline." I tried hitting "decline" and it closed, but was back in a couple of minutes. Then I tried x-ing out of the box, but again it returned. It seems to appear about five times, no matter how I close it, then it goes away for a couple of days. Then the cycle repeats. I'm not about to respond with "Answer" because I don't know what pathways that would open. Anybody got any ideas?

Blessings! --Romeena

September 25, 2012 - Msg 90376:
RO- that is a "virual" pop up. Try going to "Internet Options" and delete all cookies and temporary internet files and even the brosing history. That should do it. If not, run a scan with your anti-virus program.
Good sweep REV., except you missed that virus on RO's rocker! ha
Off to read the archives.

September 25, 2012 - Msg 90377: Morning porch, hope all is well. been busy on my end of porch, not much time to stop by for a visit.

42 degrees on my end of the porch this morning. time to break out the socks and longer sleeved tops. I love the fall weather! some of trees are starting to turn already. hopefully we will have some pretty colors.

Attended a wedding on Saturday with Patrick and Beth. Patrick's best friends Mom got married. She
is 42 and neither her or the groom has ever been married before. It was an outdoor wedding, in a field in back of their home. It was probably one of the most unusual events I have been too in a while.

Breakfast menu will be: french toast with maple syrup, fruit, bacon, sausage, coffee, juice, tea.

better get busy.
Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

September 25, 2012 - Msg 90378: Good morning porch. We are still goating here. Both hubby and I have been hit in the jobless market. Things are tough - no lying. But I count my blessings and friends and I am rich. Glad to see that Vicks and Ben gay rules! Not to sure about WD 40! Homemaker

September 25, 2012 - Msg 90379:
Morning porch family

Ro....Oh yes, you can bet Jake will be in some of the pics. That was a sure thing with Erica:)

It's a beautiful day for the pics...thank the Lord! time I sweep the porch I'll scub it with Lysol to kill those viruses:)

Gotta get going....You all have a very blessed day!
Love and prayers

September 25, 2012 - Msg 90380: Thanks, MDC. That's about what I thought, but there was a little nagging question - what if it's something from Microsoft, something legitimate? As I said, I'm not going to open any pathways until I know for sure, but I'm about 99% sure it's not anything I want to fool around with, so I'm going to do what you said. As for running my anti-virus program, it runs automatically every day, Why it didn't bust this thing, I don't know. Anyway, I just shut the computer down last night, didn't want that miserable "beep-boop-beep" sound waking me up. So, I'm off to delete al the cookies and stuff. I do that periodically anyway, but haven't done it in a few weeks.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

September 25, 2012 - Msg 90381:
Oopps....MDC...that was supose to be "scrub" not "scub"

September 25, 2012 - Msg 90382: This is for Rev ( non-Southerners might not get it):


There- I said it and I ain't taking it back! Ha!

possum under a rock

September 25, 2012 - Msg 90383:
Ro....what anti-virus program do you use? I've used a lot different ones through the years but when I got my last computer I was told to get WEBROOT. Since then I've talked to a number of computer "geeks" and they all said they highly recommend it and they use it. One thing I love about it is it only takes a minute to run a scan. They also told me when it scans of course it shows you the things found and that you will hardly ever (I have never had one) see a virus/threats that was found because webroot catches it before it even gets to the computer.
Good luck.....-REV.

September 25, 2012 - Msg 90384:
You got it Possum...good ole Dukes! The real mayo!

September 25, 2012 - Msg 90385: On second thought, I just read where you use that "other" mayo,Rev.

What's wrong with you,bo? LOL

possum again

September 25, 2012 - Msg 90386: Well Im about as south as you can get and i never heard of dukes....only the dukes of hazard. hehe

can't stay...time to go see mom. later gators...


September 25, 2012 - Msg 90387:
Boo...Dukes is a mayo brand that started here in the Carolinas. People here swear by Dukes. It is VERY good!

Possum.....I said "the other brand" cause I knew most folks here wouldn't know what Dukes was. But I'll admit, I do like Hellmans as well....but it's got to be one of those two....I buy them both. When I'm out on the road and run out I can't get Hellmans.

Love and prayers for all

September 25, 2012 - Msg 90388: Just to let you know, Miracle Salve Company in Mt Pilot is open under new management & is a Mayberry inspired gift shop with homemade soaps & such. The website was just put up & still being worked on so check it out when you can. thanks, Daphne

September 25, 2012 - Msg 90389: Hey, porch. REV, I have AVG, also McAfee, also Malwarebytes Anti-malware. AVG is pre-set to run a scan daily. I also have CCCleaner, which has to be activated. You'd think that with all that I wouldn't have a problem. One thing that does concern me, though. I recently downloaded the Skype program, though I haven't activated it yet. I wonder if something rode in on that??

Just got home from mousing around with Eloise - she got a manicure, I got a pedicure, then we poked around in Hobby Lobby for a while, where I bought a few Christmas ornaments - the last thing on earth I need - and then went to lunch. Now I'm full, tired and ready for a nap!

Blessings! --Romeena

September 25, 2012 - Msg 90390: Boo, Here I thought REV was talking about mayo made by John "Duke" Wayne..."I Recommend you put my Mayo on your samaches Pilgrim!"...Or sorta like the guy who gets his salsa from New York City?...

Romena, I like Hobby Lobby too I go there when I need to feed my creative side, I just got a "Eagle eye Annie" like fishing pole with 3 fish frames hanging from it. I put each of my 3 grandkidders pictures of them with their first fish in them. I looks cool hanging up in my office @ work! (But I didn't get a pedicure that day), MAN, I knew I forgot to do something else that day!..Ha!...G-F...

September 25, 2012 - Msg 90391:
Well the photo session went amazing. I stood there so proud of my baby girl. It was so funny...the photographer during the session asked my daughter if she would agree to do a modeling session today during the shoot. She said yes so he got on the phone and I heard him tell someone "we've found the perfect model". Next thing we know a huge limo pulls up. It was a limo company wanting to do shots for ads in bridal magazines and posters for bridal shows. So she'll get some free photos out of it anyway:) Yep I'm bragging a little bit but hey...that's what dads

Been a very long day....I better get off of here for now.
Love and prayers

September 25, 2012 - Msg 90392:
Hey there G-F...almost rocked on your toe. John "Duke" Wayne...that's

September 25, 2012 - Msg 90393: Hey, I'm not a bit surprised, REV. That is one beautiful little girl you've got.

Tired tonight. Long day and got to catch up the laundry tomorrow. Mom is doing better but still seems to be very weak in her legs and I thought I was going to drop her once today. She has a lift chair and somehow when I sat her down, she started sliding right out of the thing and her legs were too weak to hold her in there. I hope she gets some strength back soon. I just don't know what to think.

I have a doc's appointment tomorrow to talk about some abnormal lab values I had last week. I am really hoping my sugar isn't up. I have been struggling with some things lately and need the Lord to help me to take better care of myself.

Well, think I will get to bed early. I couldn't sleep last night and then woke up at 5:30. :( Hate when that happens.

Goodnight porch.


September 26, 2012 - Msg 90394:
HOMEMAKER-sure good to hear from you again, been worried, especially when you didnt come around after Andy's passing, but glad the goats are still well, but it sounds like you lost the teaching/counseling position. You will be in my prayers!
Of course, as you saw, you can be away from here for a while, and it still all comes down to Miracle Whip vs Mayo, VICKS, bats, and porch sweeping! haha
GF- Every Sunday I stop by Hobby Lobby, and then to Chick-fil-A. Great on my budget!! LOL
I see that our POSSUM is up the street hollarin' Dukes! teehee
Happy Yom Kipper to all, one feast yet to be "fulfilled!" So strange that today of all days that Iranic leader-wanna-be is "speaking!"
well...I went to the Miracle Salve site...looks interesting...happy Mayberry Days, and happy Autumn.
BOO- I just saw on DR. OZ today that we should not take more than 1 mil of melatonin a night! A sleep specialist said that taking more can really do more harm to sleep patterns than good after a while. I have been using 3 mil tabs, when needed, but I will be switching to 1 mil. Just an FYI. And prayers with you regarding the doctor visit. We arent spring chickens anymore, ya know! (:

September 26, 2012 - Msg 90395: Good morning Porchters.

Homemaker, so sorry to read about your job situation. I pray things will improve soon for you in the regard. I offer prayer of thanks to the Lord every morning and evening for my job, and that all those who have lost employment will soon find jobs. You and your hubby are certainly included in those prayers.

Boo, I'm so sorry for the situation with your Mom, and the added stress it is placing on you. You don't need more stress for sure. Take care of you, cause if you don't, nothing else much will matter.

Rev, I only have slight memories of the pics I saw of your Daughter on Romeenas photobucket album, but I do remember she was quite a beautiful young woman. So you're good to brag buddy. Even more important is I bet she has inner beauty because she was raised by goodly parents. So the young man who is about to Wed her is one lucky feller. I hope he treats her right. I'm sure you'll see to it he does. :) That's what us Dads do.

Well better get moving. Busy day ahead.
Prayers for all.


September 26, 2012 - Msg 90396: Morning porch, hope all is well.

well, I live in a house divided. 2 for miracle whip and 2 for mayo. Myself, I would rather have mustard if there is no miracle whip. Growing up, we thought miracle whip WAS mayo because that is all we had in the house.

Prayers for you and your family BOO. It is tough
when the torch for care giving for our parents passes from them to us. My Mom is 81, still lives alone and is able to be fairly active. She has problems hearing and at times her hearing aides don't really help. The hearing aids seem to have lots of problems with needing batteries and seem to need repair more than I think something that expensive should need. I am thankful I still have her and she is able to do what she does.

Do any of you folks have a Which Witch sandwhich shop near you? One recently opened up in our area and it is quite tasty. not to expensive
and the meat and veggies seem pretty fresh. We also have a sandwhich shop called Jersey Mikes and they make good subs as well. They slice the meat and cheese as they go, right in front of you so you know it is fresh and not processed stuff.
well, after I have made myself hungry, lets meet at the local sub shop for lunch. see you there!

Prayers and blessings all around.

Big Maude

September 26, 2012 - Msg 90397: Really, MDC?? Maybe that's my problem. I will cut back on the Melatonin, thanks, and thank you for your prayers. Yep, we're no spring chickens. :)

Thanks, Asa. :)

Thank you for your prayers, Maude. :) I have never heard of Which Witch. We have a MacAllisters nearby and it is ok...kind of pricey, though.

Better git movin'!


September 26, 2012 - Msg 90398: MDC...You go to Hobby Lobby & Chick-Filet right after church right? ha..Some places STILL stick to their guns by gum on Sundays...

REV, I'm with ya Brother on the photographs. When my daughter got married back in June, it was hard for the old Goob to realize my little girl was all growed up! She was a beautiful bride if I don't say so myself! I'll send ya a box of Klenex or Puffs!
Oh no, here we go again! Klenex vs Puffs in our house Mrs. G-F HAS to have Puffs + & The Goob is ok with the generic brand @ $.89 a you guessed it we have BOTH!

Rain,Rain, go away G-F is ready to to Mayberry Day!(s) Pray for sun & good weather for Mayberry Days, it starts tomorrow....G-F...

September 26, 2012 - Msg 90399: Thanks for the well wishes with the job situation - sent some bait out today so hoping to hook me a new job!

We lost another Andy today.

Prayers and blessings to you all. Thanks for keeping my rocker!


September 26, 2012 - Msg 90400:'s been awhile since I was on her, hasn't it? Huh, huh, huh. Sure it has.

Sailing down the Moon River. RIP Andy Williams.

John Masters

September 26, 2012 - Msg 90401: on here^^

September 26, 2012 - Msg 90402: Good morning, porch! Lots of conversation- glad to see it, and it's so good to see some of our used-to-be regulars dropping by. homemaker, we'll sure be praying for your job situation.

REV, I'm not at all surprised by your daughter's modeling offer. That girl is drop-dead gorgeous. If they use her pictures in those ads, I hope you'll let us know, so we can see them.

Hey, y'all, I forwarded an email about the Friesian horses. Please don't delete, just check it out. They are the most magnificent animals I believe I've ever seen, and you will be glad you watched the video. So pretty!

Well, if I don't get off this 'puter and get moving, I'm going to be late for rehab. I just hate it, but do think it's helping some, so I keep going. It's a gallon of gas, three days a week, just for less than an hour of stretches and strengthening, but I guess it's worth it.

Blessings, all. See you later today. --Romeena

September 26, 2012 - Msg 90403:
Thanks everyone for checking out I've been workin on it a little, trying to add pictures this week.
Mayberry Days !! The parade is something you don't want to miss. We'll be there! Have a great day! Thanks, Daphne

September 26, 2012 - Msg 90404:
Howdy porch family....Thanks for the kind words about my daughter.

Ro...the crazy thing about the modeling pics is that Erica made it clear that they could not use them until after May 2013 and the limo company said they were willing to wait.

HM....praying for your job situation. can just send me the .89 box of tissues:)

Maude....never heard of that sandwich shop.

JM...good to see ya buddy

Boo....continued prayers for your situation.

Spot....our Braves are in!

You all have a good day and share Jesus through your walk and talk!
Love and prayers

September 26, 2012 - Msg 90405:
Good to see big Maudie back regular-like.
And John Masters, can you still rock whilst you research? ha
DAPHNE- I'm assuming you are the Daphene who stopped by the porch a few times in the past.
If so, welcome back; if not, then just plain Welcome! :)
Yes, RIP dear Andy Williams. Cecile and I went to see him perform about 10 years ago. He still "had it." Moon River, San Fran, Christmas shows, etc, all so great of great days of the TV variety shows.
Prayers for the world this day! Thank you Jesus.

September 26, 2012 - Msg 90406: MDC thanks for the welcome, I haven't been around since 2005 due to my hubby's illness, he's feeling much better now, so I'm here!!

September 26, 2012 - Msg 90407: Daphne, Look me up @ Mayberry Days I'll be there I'll look out for ya in the parade...It sounds like it's gonna be a wet MD's this year...

September 26, 2012 - Msg 90408: REV I'll tuck a bottle of Miricle Whip in the box when I send it...Haha..G-F

September 26, 2012 - Msg 90409: Hey, guess what?! I went to the doc and my blood sugar was normal! yay!! My fasting blood sugar was good and my A1C was within normal limits. Guess my determination to cut out most of the sugar from my diet payed off in a big way. I am smiling a big smile. I had not lost weight, but didn't gain at least. My thyroid was normal so don't know why the hair on my head is falling out...doc says maybe stress or a vitamin deficiency of some kind. He suggested a good vitamin with folic acid...we'll see. The cholesterol is still high, as always, but the liver enzymes look better. Thanks for those prayers! :)

Great to see you Daphne and very happy to hear that your husband is doing so much better.


September 26, 2012 - Msg 90410: I won't be participating this year but I'll be cheering everyone on, hope the rain won't soak the Pickle Queen!

September 26, 2012 - Msg 90411: Daphne, Are you gonn set up and sell your stuff @ MD's somewhere?....G-F...

September 26, 2012 - Msg 90412: Hey, porch! Well, I finally figured out what that intrusive popup is all about. I finally noticed, up in a corner and very, very small - a little "Skype" symbol. Once I saw that, I felt safe in hitting the "answer" option, and another box appeared, this one containing a bit more information. I downloaded the Skype program a week or two ago, but have not activated it. Apparently they are wondering why, and want me to complete the setup. Maybe I will, maybe I won't. I need to know more, and right now, I'm just not in the mood to deal with it. I had Skype a few years ago, have the little camera and everything, but when my computer crashed about three years ago, I lost the program and just never downloaded it again. So, we'll see.

I just went out back and fed my fish. They're getting so pretty, especially the biggest koi. He's now about nine inches long (started out at maybe four inches. He may get up to two feet in my pond - would get bigger in a bigger pond. His fins have gotten so long and graceful, his colors are beautiful, and he's just the prettiest thing! There are two others, much younger and smaller than he is, but they're growing, and will be very pretty. One is a creamy white, with a bright splash of gold on top of his head. The other is unusual, being black and white, no other colors on him. You don't see a lot of koi that color. The rest of the fish are comets, which will get up to about eight, maybe nine inches, and there are a few plain goldfish, which won't get much over six inches. That miserable bird got all three of my shubunkins, but he hasn't been back in a long time, so I'm tempted to get a couple more. They're such pretty little things, with their mottled colors, and over-all bluish cast. Hateful bird. I'd sure like to yank a knot in his neck! But of course, I wouldn't.

Well, guess I'll go scrounge up something to eat. Didn't eat much lunch, just a little guacamole and some chips. I'm never very hungry after rehab. I think tonight I'll just make a taco salad. I've got chips, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shredded cheese and some chili w/beans. Easy, quick, and good. Yep, that'll do it! Spot, can I send you some?

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

September 27, 2012 - Msg 90413: Pow, pow, pow! (:

September 27, 2012 - Msg 90414: Good morning! not ready to set up @ mayberry Days this time, the arts council is a little tricky. Be glad to talk with you tho... I can make some samples.......Hubby & I will be watching the parade, rain or shine. Daphne

September 27, 2012 - Msg 90415: Sure wish I could be there Daphne. Maybe one of these years. Have fun and enjoy yourselves.

Boo, glad you got back good test results. Although important, the scale really isn't a good indicator of our health. Glad you are taking proactive steps to ensure your well being. I think that is critical. Keep it up girl.

Hope you get some nibbles on them jobs Homemaker.

Good to see you John Masters. We play the dreaded Broncos this week. They are off to a slower than thought start.

Better get going.
Prayers for all.


September 27, 2012 - Msg 90416: Thanks, Asa! Seeing that the changes I made had done so much good, I am motivated to do even more. :) Like the dreaded word: "exercise"...

Busy day today...homeschooling and MIL has a dr's appointment I have to take her to. She called me last night and told me that...this is pretty horrible, but keep in mind she is 80 and very batty...she noticed that the collar on her cat was too tight and it was actually starting to grow into the cat's neck (like you see on animal cops, I guess)! She said she pulled it out and there were maggots on it. I was horrified but now I have to go over there and find a vet to take the cat to for her because I am NOT taking it to my vet...I'm finding someone who doesn't know me. I just hope they don't fine her for animal cruelty or something. She is just too old and mindless to have an animal to care for but every time she comes to that realization and gets rid of one, pretty soon she has a cat again. I understand that she gets lonely at home alone and feels the need for some companionship and we already had to take her car away from her. Its a difficult situation, for sure. Anyway, wish me luck...


September 27, 2012 - Msg 90417:
Morning porch family.....a little cloudy here today.

Boo...that's so sad. I know that's so hard on you. I wouldn't think they will fine her under the circumstances. My prayers for you!

Speaking of daughter got pulled over by a state trooper yesterday (as she pulled into her work parking lot)and told her she didn't have her seat belt on. She said yes sir I do and I always wear it. That's when he noticed she had it under her arm. She wears it that way because she is small and the belt hits her right across her neck and her car does not have anyway to adjust it. Would you believe he fined her even though she had it on. She said he was so rude about it. Another officer came into her work for something else and she mentioned it to him. He asked the name of the officer and immediately said "that don't suprise me one bit".

I'm back....just had a vist at the door from the Jehovah's Witness. Sadly those folks truly feel they are working their way to Heaven.

Asa.....yep the Broncos are not the super team they were expecting with Manning. Ya'll put it on them!

Ro...glad you got your pop-up figured out.

Well I better get going....Ya'll have a very blessed day.
Remember Jesus loves and so do I!

September 27, 2012 - Msg 90418: Oh, Boo, that's just awful! Poor kitty! I think you're right, she doesn't need to have a pet, because obviously she's not trustworthy, and the animal will suffer. I'm so glad you're taking charge of things and getting the cat some medical help. Why on earth did she have a collar on a cat anyway? I guess some cats do wear collars, but I've always believed them to be dangerous, given a cat's tendency to climb and to poke into small spaces and such. Too easy for a collar to get hung up on something.

It gets tough, doesn't it? I remember that toward the end of his life, my dad started wanting to get a puppy. He was living at Twelve Oaks, and some of the residents there did have pets, but they were rational and able to give the pet proper care. Daddy would never have knowingly abused an animal, but I knew he would forget to feed it, or give it something it shouldn't have, and house-breaking would never have happened. I talked him out of that idea, then he started asking me to leave Sugarplum with him "for a little visit. I'll keep her a week or so and then you can have her back." Nope. I took her with me every day when I visited, but she never stayed.

My dad's sister was a lifelong dog lover, and so was her husband. They both developed dementia, and we finally had to bring her here and put her in an Alzheimer's unit. Her behavior was very erratic and dangerous. She mourned for her two dogs. which were in absolutely terrible shape, riddled with ticks and fleas and both had ear infections. We took them to their vet, paid for their treatment and asked them to find homes for them, which they did. Anyway, Aunt Bess grieved so for those dogs, that I found a fairly realistic-looking stuffed dog and took it to her, just for a snuggly. At first she seemed to understand it was a toy, but after a while, we weren't so sure. Toward the end, she took me aside one day and told me she was worried about "Baby" because she couldn't get him to eat! Sure enough, his face had traces of dried food, where she had tried to feed him. I just told her not to worry, that he would eat when he was hungry, and that seemed to satisfy her. So sad, but imagine if she had been responsible for a real animal.

I think in these situations, it ultimately becomes much more difficult for the caregiver than it is for the receiver of the care. For them, when the world no longer makes sense to them, there is often a shift in their reality, an adjustment that helps things to "fit" again. Thus - my aunt's stuffed dog became real to her, and she was no longer grieving because she had no pet. That's why I've always believed it's best to play along, and refrain from making too many attempts to "re-orient" someone who is living in their own world. If they're happy there, why pull them back to a reality where they're not happy?

Well, that's just my ten-cent philosophy. Every situation is different. Now, I've got to go feed this little furkid for whom I'm responsible, lest she report me to the authorities. She's had no breakfast yet, and her cold nose on my ankle is telling me about it. Blessings! --Romeena

September 27, 2012 - Msg 90419: Awww, REV, that's awful about your daughter getting ticketed like that. The comment made by the second officer speaks volumes. It's sad, but true, that certain occupations can attract certain personalities, people who should not be in that field. Thus, churches have to be very vigilant about whom they hire as youth ministers. Schools have to carefully screen teachers, especially coaches and gym teachers. And sadly, policy departments have to watch out for the "bully" personality, the guy who likes to strut around with a big gun on his hip, who enjoys having authority over other people. Add to that your daughter's beauty, and obviously this cop was enjoying his job just a little too much.

I suppose wearing the belt that way isn't too safe. (I saw a short film once that showed how in a collision, a belt worn like that twists the body and can do a lot of damage.) Still, at 5'3" myself, I understand about the belt cutting across her neck. That can break the neck, or injure the larynx in a collision. My last car had a way that you could give a slight tug on the belt at a comfortable setting, and it would lock there. Loose enough to be comfortable, but tight enough to protect. My present car doesn't do that, so I solved it with a simple spring-type clothespin. I just pull the belt down until it's loose enough not to cut the side of my neck, then put the pin on it in such a way that it keeps it from retracting any farther into the roller. Works like a charm. You just have to be sure not to make it too loose, or the belt wouldn't help you in a wreck. It has worked for me for years now. --Romeena

September 27, 2012 - Msg 90420: REV, I feel for your Daughter, I got pinched last week, cost me $120 of my money I had put back for Mayberry Days. I guess this officer was NOT a TAGS fan! (like the one I told you guys the story about last year)..Speed,Speed,Speed!
I gotta quit hanging around with that Gilley Walker fella! He is a bad infulence....
(And I KNOW they set up a Check-point Chickie in that spot...I guess I better go looow & slooow from now on! Took my Spanking like a MAN!..haha

Boo, I gotta tell ya, you sure are a fullservice DIL she should appreciate the things you do for her, more than she does.
That's what I'm thinking....G-F...

September 27, 2012 - Msg 90421: Thanks, G-F. :) I wish she did appreciate it more. Maybe she does now because I have been doing less and requiring that her other children do is working out, too. I had one of her daughter's take her to do her grocery shopping last time and had her oldest son take her for her CT scan last week.

Thank you for your kindness and prayers, REV. Now, I am going to weigh in on the seat belt issue. I honestly believe that the seat belt law is ridiculous. I do think that the law should require children under 18 to be buckled in but as an adult, my being in a seat belt is of no consequence to anyone but myself. If I wish to put myself at risk, that is my decision (foolish, though it is). My being without a seatbelt poses no public risk of any kind so should not be forced by law. I do wear my seatbelt because I feel safer with it but I don't appreciate that the law says I HAVE to. There, I said it and I probably won't take it back.

Very sad about your Aunt, Ro. About MIL..I have no idea why on earth she had a collar on that cat because it's an inside cat. I never put collars on cats because they can hang themselves. Why would a cat need one if it is inside all the time anyway? You have to know this woman, though...ditzy as they come. She has a jewelry box that is almost as big as her dresser and it is full of all kinds of costume jewelry and she always has too much of it on, in my opinion. I can only suppose that she felt the cat needed some sort of decoration. I am going to tell her today that she needs to keep collars off the cat and if I find them on there I am going to cut them off!


September 27, 2012 - Msg 90422: People...seems like it is ALWAYS something!!!


September 27, 2012 - Msg 90423: TOM, The Cleveland Indians just fired their Manager. Ya wanna try out for the job? Just kidding!! They are going to put Sandy Alomar in to try for the last 6 games.
This is why I watch minor league ballgames and not the Indians....Hey I'll be going thru WVA early in the morning give a shout-out to the Head Mountie to give the Goob a free pass thru WVA..G-F....

September 27, 2012 - Msg 90424: Howdy, porch. Boo,
Blessings! --Romeena

September 27, 2012 - Msg 90425: Well, what happened to the rest of my message?? Let me try again...

Don't laugh. It's coming. Just try to buy a soda larger than 16 oz in New York. The law says it will make you fat, so you can't buy it. OK, so just buy two of the 16 oz ones. No, I don't drink sodas, and certainly not one that big, but I should have the right to do so if I want to. While they're at it, why not make cigarettes illegal? Never happen! Can you guess why? Right! Just think of the tax revenue that would be lost. Uh-oh, I'd better shut up. I feel a moulage coming on.

More blessings! --Romeena

September 27, 2012 - Msg 90426: OK, this is very, very weird. The last paragraph came through, but not the first. One more time....

You will get no argument from me about your opinion of seatbelts. I couldn't agree more. Yes, children should be buckled in, and the parents fined if they are not. That's another matter entirely. However, if the law can force me to wear a seatbelt to protect my own self, then when are they going to start coming into my house, and write me a ticket because I might have a loose rug, or an unmarked step, or some other condition that might be dangerous to me? I can just picture it: "Excuse me, ma'am, but I'm from the throw rug police, and I need to inspect your home for rug violations."

OK, let's see what happens... --Romeena

September 27, 2012 - Msg 90427: Well, I finally got it all in. Read #426 first, then #425. When I went to Page Source, it was all there, in red, and I just copied and pasted, but it did it in pieces for some reason. I think it might have been a <> thing I didn't close properly. --Romeena

September 27, 2012 - Msg 90428:
Howdy porch family.....boy I didn't mean to get our blood pressures up...hehe But it all boils down to more government control on every aspect of our lives. Well, I guess we're just too stupid to know if we want a 20oz soda or not.

My wifey is preparing a huge green salad with baked chicken for dinner. We got plenty so ya'll come on over.
Love and prayers!

September 27, 2012 - Msg 90429: Hi All
Romeena wlcome to the wold that take away aall right to live the free life?
It not the law saying it it the one who mark up the law that say it if that keep up that way someone will be losting money and job too.


September 27, 2012 - Msg 90430:

September 27, 2012 - Msg 90431:
REV- I posted the link above. You can buy a very simple adjuster for seatbelts to stop the neck problems, and they are legal too. Cecile uses one.
If RO were to be stopped, and she gets a bad cop,
he may indeed write up the clothespin thing!
Just a thought. Also, she may just want to take it to court, or take the driving school if that option is available in SC.
RO wrote "I think in these situations, it ultimately becomes much more difficult for the caregiver than it is for the receiver of the care." Boy Ro, you really nailed that one! I'm sure that several of us on this porch can relate! ha
Well, OK, the world can start spinning again; afterall,the NFL refs are back! Geesh! (:
Prayers for the world,

September 27, 2012 - Msg 90432: Hey, porch! Sorry for my little mishmash entry up there. I think I know what happened, and will try not to do it again.

MDC, thanks for the tip about the seatbelt adjuster. That looks like it would work fine. I'll have to stop at PepBoys and check it out. I've often wondered what an officer would think about my clothespin, and had about decided I'd just take it off and drop it down beside the seat before he got to my window! However, the way I place it, it shouldn't interfere with the function of the belt, I don't make the belt very loose, just enough to make it quit cutting into my neck.

On the subject of caring for confused folks - I remember my grandfather's last few months. He was in a facility, and my aunt and/or my mom would visit him daily. He was completely confused, and usually thought he was either laying brick (he was a brick mason)or fishing. He would be propped up in his bed, and would go through the motions of picking up a brick, troweling mortar onto it, then set it in place, complete with little taps from the trowel to position the brick evenly. Or, he would hold up an imaginary fishing rod, and with just the right flick of his wrist, he would "cast" his line out, then would reel it in, slowly and carefully.

This distressed my aunt very much, and she'd cry and try to reason with him. She'd say things like "Daddy, you're not at the lake. Look around you! Do you see any water here?" He'd just look at her with blank, empty eyes, and cast his line out again. Finally my mother couldn't stand it any longer, and she grabbed her sister and shook her a little and said, "YOU need to look around. Do you really want him to see and understand where he is? Let him lay his bricks, let him fish! I hope he catches a big one. At least he's happy!" My aunt started crying then, and finally said, "You're right, you're right." From then on, everyone just went along with him, and visits were funny and fun.

We are taught in nursing school to re-orient a confused patient as much as possible, and while that's sometimes appropriate, I'm convinced that it's not always the best thing to do. Why yank someone back into an unpleasant reality, when they're perfectly happy in their own reality, the one created by their own mind, especially when they're in a terminal situation.

Well, enough of that. I'm going to go watch a little TV. Blessings! --Romeena

September 27, 2012 - Msg 90433:
Howdy porch family.

MDC...thanks for that seatbelt link. I'll have to check it out. mentioned the clothespin....I have one on my motorhome But now I'm gonna check out MDC's idea.

Well guys I may not be checking back in again till Sunday. Will be out till then. You all have a blessed weekend.
Love and prayers

September 28, 2012 - Msg 90434: I had something similar to that seat belt thing but it seemed to slide over alot and didn't work well. Maybe it was just the one I had.

Well, good news...I looked at MIL's cat and it is perfectly fine. There is just a very small area on its neck that is dry and barely even there. I think she overreacted a bit. Anyway, the cat is fine. I told her to leave the collars off and she agreed. She said the reason she had one on her is because the cat went out sometimes and she wanted everyone to know the cat wasn't a stray. So, all is well for now.

I have more I want to share with you all but I am so sleepy and I should have been in bed 2 hours ago. I will be back in the morning with my coffee.


September 28, 2012 - Msg 90435: Morning gang...prayers for Possum...she need chicken soup!...may sick out of work today...lets have a big breakfast at cracker barrell for her and leave her a big cyber tip!...Boo you getting the paper?...SPOT

September 28, 2012 - Msg 90436: Sure, I'll bring the paper, SPOT. See you there.

What's the weather like for everyone this morning? Still warm and humid here.


September 28, 2012 - Msg 90437:
Boo, here near Chicago this morning, it is sunny and 55F with a high expected of 66F.
In the Toronto area, it is also sunny and 55F with a high expected of 63F.

SPOT, I'll be heading out to the Cracker Barrel shortly. I got a taste for an egg beater omelette. See you all there.

from Poor Horatio

September 28, 2012 - Msg 90438:
Boo- 48 degrees now and a high of 59 degrees, but sunny this afternoon.


September 28, 2012 - Msg 90439: Good morning, porch. Boo, it's 76 here in the Dallas area, cloudy, probably pretty humid. I don't know, I haven't been out. I think the cloud cover will break, though, and we'll have a warm and sunny afternoon. Good news about the kitty. I'm glad there was no injury to its neck.

My employer just extended my medical leave until November 5, based on my back surgeon's reports, and according to him, it will be extended again, but they'll only do it in short increments. I'm on short-term leave right now, and that will run out completely on December 10. After that, I'll have to either return to work, go on long-term leave, or start using PTO. I know I won't be returning to work at that point, but not sure about whether to sign on for long-term leave (there are some disadvantages to that) or just to start using my paid time off hours. I have 225 hours, which would carry me about nine weeks. I don't expect to need that much time off, which is why I'm hesitating about getting on long-term leave. Decisions, decisions.

Well, I';m off to rehab. It's a slow process, but I do think I'm seeing improvement. Sure is a drag though, driving out there to the north end of nowhere three days a week. They're relocating next month, about a half mile closer to me, so that cuts a mile off the round trip. A little help, but not much. It's still about a gallon of gas every trip. Oh well. If I was running out to a kid's ball game, I wouldn't think twice about it. I guess I need to get my values straight. --Romeena

September 28, 2012 - Msg 90440: 54 here this morning Boo. Sunny skies and afternoon highs near 80. Beautiful pattern we are in right now. Glad the cats neck wasn't as bad as you initially thought.

Sorry our Possum is ailing. Prayers for her to get better soon. I know she has a lot on her plate right now, bless her heart. Prayers Possum.

Ro, just my 2 cents worth, but if you have an option of not having to drain your leave, I'd sure lean that way. It's nice having that to fall back on just in case. I have 360 hours of Vac time (we max at that) and another almost 500 hours of P.T. It sure is nice to have that peace of mind that I'm covered for a good long time in the event something bad happens. Anyway, your a smart cookie and will choose wise no doubt.


September 28, 2012 - Msg 90441: My advice Ro, is to quit, take the money and run! ;)

Wow, you all are having some nice fall weather. Sure wish we were. It has to cool off, eventually (I hope).

Speaking of omelets, Auh2o...I took Erin out to eat last night at our favorite old cafe and I decided to order a cheese omelet. Wow, was it ever good! I can't remember when I enjoyed a meal more. Sometimes its good to eat breakfast for dinner. :)

Hope Possum gets to feeling better soon.

Things to do...


September 28, 2012 - Msg 90442: Oh, meant to ask... do any of you drink almond milk? I bought some the other day to try and I really liked it. I don't like soy milk so I thought I wouldn't like almond milk but I do. I bought the vanilla, unsweetened type. I like to drink a 50/50 lowfat milk and almond milk. Try it if you haven't.


September 28, 2012 - Msg 90443: How do they milk an almond Boo? :)


September 28, 2012 - Msg 90444:
Boo- It was the other Yankee that mentioned omelets, Poor Horatio. Although, I enjoy a cheese omelet from time to time. My favorite is the Western Omelet.


September 28, 2012 - Msg 90445:
I guess that should have said,"one of the other Yankees." There is a few of now.


September 28, 2012 - Msg 90446: Oops, sorry's really easy for a Texan to confuse one Yankee with another. ;)


September 28, 2012 - Msg 90447: Right, Boo. They all look alike, you know. (heehee) --Romeena

September 28, 2012 - Msg 90448: alike, too. ;)


September 28, 2012 - Msg 90449: How-do, porch! Hey, I was reading the paper this evening, and came across one of those things that makes you ask yourself, "Is it just me, or is this really weird?" Here it is:

"Dear Heloise: I came home from having dinner with my husband, and was still wearing my high heels. I went to retrieve something from a high shelf in a kitchen cabinet, and realized I could easily reach it. I'm only five feet tall, but if I need to reach something, I can put on my heels." Signed - Laurie in Tupelo.

Does anyone else see a problem here? Has no one ever taught little Laurie how to stand on her tippy-toes? Even in the days when I wore high heels, I could make myself even taller by standing on tiptoe. I never, ever wore heels that high! So, my conclusion is that either Laurie is wearing dangerously high heels (like maybe those murderous platform things they're pushing now) or no one ever showed her how to stand on tiptoe. Things that make you go "hmmmm."

You're right, Boo, they do all talk alike. We don't, of course. People talk about a Southern accent, or a Texas drawl. I don't know what they're talking about, do you? --Romeena