June 10, 2016 - Msg 104955: HVAC that is!

June 10, 2016 - Msg 104956: Ha, and with THAT i swept?? Oh well, I guess it was due!

June 10, 2016 - Msg 104957: Yes MDC, I guess I've done a lot of different things over the years, I've been blessed with good hands and talents. Working in the Public Housing world I have see and done a lot of things over the years. I won't say I've seen it ALL, but I have seen ALOT .... Do I get a 10-4 Asa?..

Good on ya for doing your own work too, it makes a guy feel good to keep his hands in things.... Orange peel in a can.... What will they think of next?...


June 10, 2016 - Msg 104958: HELLO



June 10, 2016 - Msg 104959: Thank you MDC..those prayers mean so much to me. Heard today that they will be having aunt's memorial service on Thursday and she will be cremated. They are having a mass and then the service. I wish I could be there but traveling to Michigan right now just isn't possible.

MDC, did you see the pic of Sean posing with the chik fil a cow?

Wonder if Ro is busy rounding up ducks?

I had a full day at work today.. Found out they layed off three nurses this week and they are only scheduling two per shift, which is difficult. I am just happy to have a job there right now. The census is about 30 kids lower than this time last year.

I'm really glad I can sleep in tomorrow. I had one of those nights last night in which you toss and turn and worry about having to get up early. It stinks, but I felt fine today so I shouldn't have worried.

Hope all of you have a great Friday evening and that is good news about your sister, TOM!


June 11, 2016 - Msg 104960: Good morning, porch. No, Boo, I'm not rounding up ducks! Wish I was. Truthfully, I haven't seen the little quackers anymore since their mom led them into the hydrangea/daisy bed and disappeared. I'm pretty sure they're still in that bed, because there's really no way out. Mom can fly out, of course, but the babies can't. The bed is large, filling up a corner of the back yard. It's basically a big triangle, about 10 feet on two sides. I think I may have said earlier that the sides were 8 ft, but I checked, and it's more like at least 10 ft. on each side. That makes it about 100 sq ft of thickly grown hydrangeas, shasta daisies and blackeyed susans, with Virginia creeper involved as well. I hate that stuff, so invasive, and it's like trying to root out ISIS, to get rid of it. Anyway, eight little ducks not much bigger than a golf ball can hide very well in a thicket like that. I could wade in and start making a commotion and scare them out, but I'd never catch them, and would almost certainly step on at least one. Nope, I'm just going to leave them alone, let their mom take care of them, and watch to see what happens. I throw a little cracked corn into the thicket, and some blueberries now and then, to help mom along. I may never see them again, or I may be rewarded with a parade of little ducks one day. Time will tell. What I've read indicates that they will find plenty to eat back there - seeds, tiny bugs, maybe even mosquitoes (I hope!), and with what I toss in, it should be enough.

I hate those staff cutbacks, but maybe if your census is down as well, it won't be so bad. Still, there's a basic workload, whether you have one patient or twenty. There are counts and crosschecks to be done, ordering of supplies, chart packs to make - lots of stuff. If you have a good efficient unit secretary, that helps, but these days, many units don't even have a secretary. They too were victims of budget cuts. Besides, a lot of the stuff has to be done by licensed personnel, and most of it falls to the night shift. Contrary to popular opinion, night nurses don't just sit around, or take naps. It always annoys me when the TV shows make little snide remarks, to get a laugh. "The Golden Girls" had an episode where Sophia was in the hospital, and Dorothy told her if she needed anything to "just push your button and wake up a nurse." Annoying.

A whole flock of little sparrows are all over my yard. There were several pairs nested in the birdhouses (I have about six) and they all hatched about the same time. They've fledged now, and are fluttering around the yard, trying to perfect their flying skills, but they're not too good at it yet. They're still climbing up the bark of the trees with their little claws, and fluttering to the ground from about four feet up! Not much of a flight. Then they sit on the ground and vibrate, and make a buzzing noise, until a parent comes and pokes a bug into their beak! It's really quite a show, so funny.

Tom, that's good news about your sister, for sure. Those stents will help her a lot, I'm sure, as they'll keep the blocked veins open and let the blood flow to her heart as it should. Hang in there, buddy.

Well, see you later, taters. Got to go get a haircut! Blessings --Romeena

June 11, 2016 - Msg 104961: Ro, If I was that duck, I would pick your yard, too! Sounds like the nesting box and the hydrangea patch were just too much temptation. I wonder if she will come back when its time to nest again?

You know, I had not thought of the possibility of the facility laying off our secretary. That would be beyond awful! I don't know what we would do. She does so many of the things we can't, particularly dealing with insur@nc issues. I am lost when it comes to insur@ance and what gets paid for and what doesn't, etc. We have mostly kids on Medicaid now since many are CPS kids or low-income families. We are down to 62 kids and we need 90 to make budget, so everyday we are losing money and there is NO money to lose. Things are much different than they were a year ago and its a bit depressing. I see the worried and frantic looks on the face of administration as they scramble to find incident reports and documentation, since licensing is on their backsides, too. The woman who interviewed me the other day from the state, had an interesting conversation with me. I asked her if we are giving more meds than the average (speaking of emergency meds, controlled substance) and she said we give less than the average and do less restraining of patients, which is encouraging and might work in our favor. In the meanwhile, I am going to start keeping my eyes open for some work elsewhere. Maybe some home health..not sure yet. My best friend Gloria, who I mentioned before..she is the nurse that I worked with in OB for those years and she was working at the facility with me..well, they laid her off this week. She is just not really able to do the job anymore but it is sad for me. She was one of the greatest blessing about the job. I have grown to love others there, but I wonder how long we will be there.


June 11, 2016 - Msg 104962: PS-I know what you mean about portraying night nurses as slackers in the media. I worked 11-7 for 19 years and worked my behind off most nights. What people don't realize is that you are always working with a skeleton crew and babies are born when they are ready to me...they don't keep daylight hours when they are ready to be born. I had some very, very stressful times those years. I finally went to days after ten years and only worked about 4 more in L&D. Even with the stress, I always preferred night shift. There was more teamwork, more commitment to one another as nurses and more autonomy.

Better go put the roast in the oven for Bruce. He had to go in to work today and I will reward him with a good supper, poor guy.


June 11, 2016 - Msg 104963: Boo. I don't know much about nursing, but I do know for sure the nurses in the maternity ward worked their "behinds" off back in January when baby Olivia was born. That place was jumping, and you are right they don't care if it's AM or PM. when it comes to being born.....

My cap off to you girls who pound the floors....


June 11, 2016 - Msg 104964: Good afternoon all. Very nice here. After two weeks of nearly triple digit weather, we had a cold front move through this afternoon, and it brought some much needed rain and a current temp of 68 degrees. I love it. The a/c is off and the windows are open and it feels fantastic. Supposed to be the same tomorrow.

I'm sorry Boo, that those things are going on with your job. Everything I have read or heard with those in the health care world is that things have gotten terrible the last 7 years or so. Hmm, I wonder what caused that? Not saying it was perfect before, but has gone way south as of late, and most of the real bad stuff hasn't kicked in yet. Hmm, I wonder why?
I hope your situation improves.

MDC, In all honesty I am an Industrial Electrician. That is what I served an apprentice and got my Journeyman's License in. But I chose to go into Industrial Maint. in general because I really enjoy the wide range of different trades I get to work in. A lot of that is Electrical, especially controls, HVAC, Lighting, Mechanical, Pneumatics, Hydraulics, Plumbing, Carpentry, boy a lot of stuff. It has been a fun ride for the most part, and although I am definitely on the tail end of my career, I am sure I will miss it. At least some of it. The last couple of years have been a challenge because of my Wife's condition and needs, and my own issues with back problems and gout flares. The time is coming where my Wife is going to need me at home more and I will have to retire. Although I still have 4 years to go to get mu full pension, I in reality could go anytime. I am looking at several things I might do that can shorten that up by a couple of years. So we will see how things go.

Last Friday I finally completed a huge project at work. It was fun, but it has been really working me for a couple of months, and the last two weeks have been really hectic. And it just plain wore me out. But I have a 3 day weekend to recover, and I can use it for sure.

That is wonderful news about your Sister Tom. Makes me smile.

Ro and Boo, I tried my hand at a hot roast beef sandwich today. It wasn't to bad. That's about the most daring thing I can say about my cooking. It wasn't so bad. lol That's ok. A durn sight better than a year ago even.


June 11, 2016 - Msg 104965: Good evening, porch! It has been a weird day. Clear and beautiful this morning, clouded up, cleared off, clouded up again this afternoon,and poured rain, but just in little isolated spots. I was "right there in it", driving around tending to errands and getting my hair cut. I would drive through a downpour, go six blocks and it would stop completely, drive a little further and it would be pouring again - on and off, on and off. It was really odd. Irving is not that big, folks, so to drive in and out of rainstorms about three times in such a small town seems strange to me. Well anyway, some of it fell at my house, so that makes me happy. Right now, I'm watching a pair of little squirrels, playing and stopping off now and then at the pile of cracked corn I put on the feeding stones. They are just so cute.

Yeah, Boo, I know what you mean. Those last three years or so that I worked, I was thinking seriously about retiring (I had been old enough for several years) but just didn't want to let go. Then my back failed and I had that enormous surgery, but still thought I'd go back to work. My doctor knew I'd rebel if he just told me I couldn't, so he strung me along, three months at a time, until I'd been off about nine months and was into long-term disability. That was good for a year, so I began to see the light, and just hung on to my legal status for nine more months, then told them the doctor wouldn't clear me to return to work, which was the truth. He said he would if I absolutely insisted, but he didn't think it was wise. So, I just resigned, and that was that. He was right. I know now that there's no way I could sustain being on my feet for a 12-hour shift, and forget any lifting. I guess at almost 77 I have a right to be retired, but I still miss those paychecks. I was paid well, after 35 years working at the same place. I was at the top of the "matrix" for my job description, and couldn't get raises anymore, I just got a bonus at the end of the year. I do miss it - a little, I guess. The little bit of home health I do helps to keep me interested and a little bit up-to-date, but as little of it as I do, I don't make much money. Still, as my son says, it keeps me off the streets! The weasel.

Asa, congrats! I'll just bet you're a much better cook than you realize. Actually, I don't think I've ever made a hot roast beef sandwich. I like them, but have really never made one myself.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some supper. Not sure what it will be - maybe just some Ramen noodles. Can't beat a 20-cent supper! Eloise and I ate lunch at Texas Land and Cattle yesterday (yum) and it wasn't 20 cents, so I need to save somewhere. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

June 12, 2016 - Msg 104966: Good Sunday Morning gang !...im off today ! Church in a bit for Mrs SPOT and I ..egg sandwich for us ...HOT 90"s here . no rain see yall at lunch anyone cooking ? SPOT

June 12, 2016 - Msg 104967: Prayers for Orlando.

possum under a rock

June 12, 2016 - Msg 104968: Prayers indeed. What a tragedy. I fear we're going to see more and more of this sort of thing, as the militant left, combined with a relatively few militant gays, continues to push the agenda on the country. There are those who are going to be satisfied with nothing less than total surrender from the general public, regardless of the rights of others, including children. Couple that agenda with the brutal Islamic way of dealing with the question, and there's a recipe for disaster. That may well be what we saw in Orlando. Meantime, thousands of gay people, who just want to quietly live their life and be left alone, are caught in the crosshairs. We haven't seen the end of this, and it scares me.

Blessings, porch. --Romeena

June 13, 2016 - Msg 104969: This is such a turbulent time in our country right now..so many citizens polarized over different issues. Nothing surprises me anymore but I am so heartsick over what has happened in Florida. Its too soon to determine exactly why the shooter did what he did, but from what I have seen on the news he is Islamic, and may have been gay and not dealing well with it. We may never know since he is dead.



June 13, 2016 - Msg 104970: With all the ugliness in the world today, at least we have our memories of the innocence of our youth as we have shared here on the Porch... Those Were The Days.... Amen?


June 13, 2016 - Msg 104971: Amen Amen GF....nuff said SPOT

June 13, 2016 - Msg 104972: Yes, G-F-Amen.

possum again

June 13, 2016 - Msg 104973: As one who was a teenager in the 50s - Amen and amen! --Romeena

June 13, 2016 - Msg 104974: Supper menu: Southern Fried Chicken, cream taters with gravy,greenbeans,fried okra,cornbread,sliced sweet onions and cukes and sweet tea..apple pie...ready at 07:00 SPOT

June 13, 2016 - Msg 104975: Sent this to Stan...

The Cleveland Cavilers need to say this tonight or they are DONE!

Rub your nose, and give two winks, and save us from this awful jinx!" ...

June 13, 2016 - Msg 104976: ......Sorry that was suppose to go on a email to a friend... But it is still TRUE tho....G-F

June 14, 2016 - Msg 104977: Had a horrific night at work..just me and one other nurse and all heck breaking loose. I even had a girl who tore a shower towel loose, broke it and used it to make numerous cuts on her body. Whenever they do something like that in the evening, there aren't counselors around so the nurse has to do something called a suicide/lethality scale and a bunch of paperwork and make the decision about what should happen with the kid. If they score high on the suicide scale, they are taken to the eR for a phych evaluation and usually sent to a phych hospital. If the scale comes out ok we have to decide if they should be on one on one supervision. I don't like being responsible for those kinds of decisions because I am not a trained counselor. You wouldn't believe the paperwork involved in a singe incident like that, and it wasn't my only one tonight. I had kids punching walls and needing to be admitted and needing meds..the phones were ringing constantly. Pretty stressful but we got through it. I have to go back tomorrow, though, and again there are only two of us. The good news is, I will be boys nurse NOT girls nurse tomorrow. Those girls are so hard and need so much more than the boys, it seems. I did get two new kids in but only had the time to admit one. The last one was a devil-worshipper and came in whispering something under his breath that I assume was some sort of curse. I had very little dealings with him but some poor nurse will have to admit him tonight or in the morning. I don't drink because of my liver, but on my way home tonight I was so tempted to stop and buy a beer. After getting home, getting a nice shower and finally eating something I am doing better. It is just so hot in the facility because the old air conditioner just cant meet the demands.

Have only seen a little of the news coverage on the events in Florida, but they are so disheartening. I don't want to see anymore. I feel so sorry for the families who lost their loved ones.

Better drag my sore carcass out of this chair and go to bed.


June 14, 2016 - Msg 104978: Good grief, Boo. It sounds like things haven't changed much for nurses. Still too many situations of understaffing, to the point of danger to the staff and the patients. I admire you for hanging in there, but am not sure I would. I'm too old for that nonsense. You have a real dedication to those kids, and that makes you very special.

The Orlando thing is horrible. I have to say this. Those folks in that nightclub were asking for it, whether they realized it or not. Now before someone jumps all over me, here's what I'm talking about, and it has nothing to do with the right or wrong of their lifestyle. The point is, in today's political climate, and with our history of terrorist attacks, I think it's very unwise for a large group of gays to gather like that. Islam hates them, jihadists are commanded by the Q'uran to kill them, and to have several hundred people gathered in one place is inviting attack. In addition, with our government shoving the transgender bathroom laws on us whether we like it or not, lots of nut cases are deciding they've had enough, and again, attacks are inevitable. Oh, and so much for "gun-free zones." One armed patron, with one well-placed bullet, could have saved a lot of lives, but apparently no one but the shooter was willing to break the rules. OK, that's my two cents' worth.

Spot, that supper menu sounds like home, when I was a kid. Only thing missing is a big platter of sliced tomatoes. I remember almost every Thanksgiving dinner, and many Christmas dinners, when we'd have fresh 'maters from the garden on the table. You gotta love Texas! Save me a drumstick, hear?

Well, guess I'll turn in. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

June 14, 2016 - Msg 104979: HI All, I was in California this weekend attending a funeral of a dear high school teacher that I had. I have kept in touch with him all these years and he inspired me to go into teaching. I am glad that i went, as it really helped me. He was 89.
Our world needs Jesus so badly. He is the only answer to all this violence, but then again, the Bible speaks of this increase in the last days. Lord Jesus, please help our world!
ASA--thank you for that description. You do indeed have quite the education!
Peace to all.
MDC :)

June 14, 2016 - Msg 104980: Romeena... Everything goes better with a homegrown "mater" on it.....As for mine, still in the growing stage along with my green beans...

Possum, I lost track, are you going to be able to make it to the Meet-Up or you still going out Asa's way?...

Mr. & Mrs. Maude.....It would be nice to see you guys again, I think Alma still has rooms at the Inn...lol

I have to trim my bushes today... Buckingham Palace? Or just lop off the tops?... Humm hard to decide... Better study on it!


June 14, 2016 - Msg 104981: Yea GF, You study on that one good and long. No job should just be jumped into. Much to consider, and much to ponder on. That's what separates us from the animals you know. :)

Wow Boo, sounds like a horrible night for you dear. I hope tonight is better.

The only comment I have on the Orlando event is to "Ditto" what Romeena has said so well. And as usual, the left is using this to try and force greater gun control. Shame on them!

Floyd, just to let you know, I am still having problems getting on anything imayberry from my home computer. Whatever they fixed, seems to have sprung a leak.

Sorry you lost one of your mentor's MDC. I saw in our local paper that a long time teacher I had in High School had passed away on Friday. He was 79.

Back to work after a 3 day weekend. I hope it ain't to bad. Sometimes it's a mess after 3 days off.

Prayers for all.


June 14, 2016 - Msg 104982: Good morning, porch. I'm still just so shaken after than Orlando thing. There are so many trails to chase in that situation. I'm pretty sure that there are very few families here on the porch that are completely untouched by the gay issue. Almost every family I know has someone, either in immediate or extended family. Some may not even be aware of it, but it's there. I know my family is no exception. Those people are loved, and rightfully so. I think now, today, in the climate that exists in America, we had better start warning and admonishing those to whom it applies - Avoid crowded venues and events. Keep a low profile. "Gay Pride" is all well and good, if that's your thing, until you meet up with a crazy shooter. Just be smart.

On the gun issue - now, don't anybody shoot me - I have to admit I see no reason why a private citizen needs an assault rifle. You don't hunt with it, it's inconvenient to carry, and it's just a whole lot more gun than you should ever need. Even in an attack situation, a defender is better off with a handgun, because it won't be seen as easily. If a shooter sees you with an AR, you're going to be his first target, and if you try to use your AR, you'll likely shoot a lot of people you didn't intend to shoot. So, on the subject of ARs, I have to agree that nobody needs them.

Well, I almost agree. If it weren't for the left's history of creeping control, I would agree. However, to paraphrase Barney - "You give them the assault rifles today, tomorrow they'll want your deer rifle. You give them your deer rifle tomorrow, the next day they'll want your handguns." An immovable line has to be drawn, and it seems to have been drawn already. Giving over even an inch now could be a mistake. And there's this - you can outlaw anything you want, from ARs to peashooters, and the crazies and the ISIS nuts will still have weapons. Only the public will be defenseless.

It has been said, many times - when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. This is an absolute truth. I can't have a policeman sitting on my front porch all the time, so I have protected myself. The police can't be encamped around every venue in the country that could attract a shooter. Even if they're just two blocks away, by the time word gets to them, they get to the scene, and gain entry, a shooter with an AR has killed many people. However, one patron who has a concealed handgun and knows how to use it could have stopped that massacre in its tracks, and greatly limited the loss of life. To me, that seems like logic that a five-year-old could understand. The fact that the left doesn't SEEM to understand it is very concerning. I think they do understand, all too well. Even ol' Bernie isn't that dumb. So - what's their hidden agenda? Why are they so bent on outlawing guns? I think that's a very good question, and I think we all know the answer.

Well, I do try not to bring the political stuff to the porch, but a thing like the Orlando horror is pretty hard to ignore. --Romeena

June 14, 2016 - Msg 104983: Well said Romeena...Prayers to the familys...well its back to work for 16 at 2 for me at work..Big lake camping trip for 10 days starts one week from tomorrow ! Lucch? any ideas? SPOT

June 14, 2016 - Msg 104984: Afternoon all.

Well Ro, I think you hit the nail right on the head as to why I am opposed to the restrictions on A/R. And you added a Mayberry thought into it to boot. Once they start, they won't stop. And to add to an old saying, "when you outlaw A/R, only outlaws will have them. As usual, our leaders are all dancing around the real problem, either trying to be P.C., or to simply use this as an opportunity to get their way. Probably a lot of both. One of their clan once said something about not letting a good tragedy go to waste, meaning you have to use these events to get your policies in place. Sick and disgusting.
Now I need a shower.


June 14, 2016 - Msg 104985: Hey Sterling, I just finished watching "The Price of Tomatoes" on Gomer Pyle USMC.... Those Twin Fall beefsteaks sure looked good!.. Even "Jennie Boone" played Brisco's wife in that episode too.... G-F

p.s. Looks like the jinx incant worked for the Cavilers last night, now it only has to work 2 more times....

June 15, 2016 - Msg 104986: Well, now you've got one over on me, G-F. I don't remember the character of Jennie Boone. I remember we had a porchster who went by that name a while ago though.

Romeena and Asa, I think we may need those AR-15's to be kept legal, since the 2nd Amendment was put in place just in case we needed to fight against a tyrannical government. And this one is getting pretty tyrannical if you ask me. THAT'S why they want to ban them, IMO.

Well folks, some good news. Ready? Hold on to your socks(and your lunches)... because for the past two days, Noah has been going poop on the potty!!
Yep, I knew he was serious about really doing it when he ordered me out of the room as he was getting ready to sit on the "throne". All the other times before he always wanted one of us in there. Now he just goes in when he needs to and does his business, and I am so relieved he has finally reached this stage.
I won't go into how he says goodbye before he flushes.

There. I waited until supper was over at least. Of course, some of you are probably eating breakfast while reading this. Sorry.

The wife is taking Kai on one of her business trips tomorrow. They will be gone til Friday night. I am glad Kai is getting out and doing something, because she has been getting on my nerves with sleeping til the afternoon. I make her go to bed at 12:30(thought that was an adequate time for bed for summer), but I am pretty sure she doesn't go right to bed. Time to take away her smart phone, at least at night.

Well, I'd better get to bed as well. Goodnight all.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 15, 2016 - Msg 104987: Remember the Gomer Pyle ep about Welsh Rarebit? For years I thought he was saying "Rabbit"in his 'Gomer' sort of way! :)
As for the Orlando attack, I think ya all said it very well. Thank you. Prayers for all those families. Lord Jesus, you are the answer.
BOO--dont wear yourself out. I really liked it when you were having Bible study with those kids. They
need the Lord so badly.

June 15, 2016 - Msg 104988: Hey to Sterling

June 15, 2016 - Msg 104989: Jennie Boone was the wife the TAGS ep of the couple who were nagging each other. Mornin' honey...

June 15, 2016 - Msg 104990: Well its 2 am wed morning, storms moved through Ga and I have been here all night trying to keep lights on...about got things caught up..!..well send snacks ...SPOT

June 15, 2016 - Msg 104991: Good morning all.

Yes indeed, Jenny Boone had some fire in her, didn't she?

I watched a couple of Perry Mason episodes last night. I saw the feller who bought the cannon from Andy. He ended up killing another feller who he thought was messing around with his wife. And Rita Campbell was one of the people who testified. Then in the other episode I saw the Miracle Salve salesman, Uncle Harvey, as a prosecutor. He of course lost his case because he was up against Perry. It sure is fun to see these folks in different settings.

Way to go Spot. We won't be singing "That's the night the light's went out in Georgia" while you are in charge big feller.

GF, How are your maters looking? I have some blossoms on mine. It looks pretty good. And my peach tree looks like is nice and full. The cuke and cantaloupe plants are not looking as good as I'd like yet. I hope they will come around. I decided not to plant corn this year. It seems to have been struggling the last few years with the corn, so I figured I'd give it a break for a season.

Well our cool snap looks like is about over. Back into the 90's by the weekend. But it's June so it's suppose to be hot.

Sterling, congrats on Noah's big event. It reminds me of when my Daughter was training Mariah, and it was a battle for her. One day at work I get a phone call from my Daughter. She says Mariah wants to tell you something. Then Mariah gets on the phone with her two year old voice and says "Gwampa, I pooooped"! HA! She was so proud of herself. I wish I could have recorded it.

Well better get rolling. I just got a text of a water leak at one of out properties. Dang, I hope it's nothing to bad.

Prayers for all.


June 15, 2016 - Msg 104992: MDC, they say it's going to be 119 out your way by Sunday, Man that is toasty!... I'm told they are running specials on "fried chicken" all weekend.. .. G-F

June 15, 2016 - Msg 104993: No,G-F, I won't make it to the Mayberry Meet Up this year. Gotta save my pennies for my trip out West. I tell y'all,with all that's going on in the world,I'm a bit apprehensive about being in airports,on planes,etc. Just have to trust in the Lord and know I'll be fine.

Whoo hoo for Noah!!

I have the entire Gomer Pyle USMC series on dvd and you'll have a good time spotting all of the different Mayberry folk on the Gomer episodes-there are lots of the same character actors. Right now I'm watching "The Brady Bunch." Bought it the other day out of a bargain bin real cheap-needed to stop watching the news and this takes me back to my childhood and a more innocent time. Yeah,it's cheesy,but it gets my mind off of the world's horrors,if only for a little while.

Well,better go grab some breakfast and get going around here. Y'all take good care now.

possum u.a.r.

June 15, 2016 - Msg 104994: RIP Ronnie Claire Edwards,who portrayed Cora Beth Godsey on "The Waltons." I loved her acting-she was a real hoot!

possum again

June 15, 2016 - Msg 104995: Well, there's good news on the porch this morning. Hooray for Noah! That's a big step for a little feller. Sterling, I'm sure you're aware that his "goodbye" routine is a BIG clue to what was going on with him, causing the difficulty. Like a lot of children, he sees that "product" as a part of him, and he was going through separation anxiety. It was like he was relinquishing a part of his body, and it scared him. Thus, the "holding" and refusing to go, resulting in a blockage that just compounded the problem. It appears he has turned the corner, recognizes the fact that it's not really a part of him, and the release is not only necessary, but makes him feel better. Battle won! Kids- the poor little things. When you think about all they have to learn in a few very short years, it's mind-boggling. Gotta love 'em!

It's absolutely gorgeous here today. Light breeze, clear blue sky with a few gauzy little clouds floating around, and the flowers! My hardy hibiscus plants are in full bloom, and they're spectacular. Those flowers are about ten inches across, in a mix of red, white and pink and they are so pretty. I have eight of them in a row along the back of the raised island, one small one in a pot by the pathway, and a gorgeous white one that somehow found its way into the rose island. The white ones have red centers and are just lovely. What a buy those plants were! I paid about $4 each for them, and they're perennials, at least here in the south. They do freeze down, but early in the spring, little green shoots appear, and in no time at all, there's a three-foot tall bush, just loaded with blooms. The one in the rose island is three years old, and this is the second summer for the rest of them. They were planted, and bloomed, last spring. You do get your money's worth with hardy hibiscus! Tropicals - not so much. Even here, with our mild winters, they usually don't make it through. They're not as pretty, either. Fewer blooms, and the flowers are so much smaller, just about three or four inches across. These hardy things - the blooms just knock your socks off!

No word on mama duck and the babies. I haven't seen them, don't know if they're still in the hydrangea thicket, or if she's taken them off somewhere. If she tried that, they'll never make it. Between cars, cats and the hawk - not a chance. I hope they're still in the corner, but I'll never know, unless I happen to be at the window when they decide to fly.

Well, guess I'll go see about some lunch. Maybe some tuna salad. Good on Ritz crackers, or as a sandwich, and I like it! By the time I get through adding stuff to it, one big can of tuna will make about two cups of salad. Relish (dill and sweet both), chopped onion, at least half a cup of chopped pecans, a little bit of leftover rice, a bit of diced pickled jalapeño, some chopped dried cranberries and just anything else that catches my eye. I promise you, it's good! Yep, that's the plan ---Romeena

June 15, 2016 - Msg 104996: Hey Asa, I was thinking of you this morning while I was doing my morning ritual of watching the squirrels & birds and doing my Word Search puzzle. Today's puzzle was "Cooking Terms" there were alot of them Frenchy words in there. Maybe Andy can teach us some of the words since he was over there during the "war"... I did recognize A La King and Al Dente... Those "AL" words were easy, the others.... Not so much!....

Maybe tonight I'll "Flambé" some burgers on the grill.... I think Flame 🔥 Is the root word there...haha..... G-F

June 15, 2016 - Msg 104997: HI U ALL

:) TOM

June 15, 2016 - Msg 104998: Great News TOM.... Yes We will cook for Fathers Day... We will make Barneys Chili. Just don't tell Mrs. Mendelbright!


June 15, 2016 - Msg 104999: Haha. I see they are showing the Jennie Boone episode right now on MeTV. Thanks to whomever posted that information about which episode she was in in Msg 104989. Was that you, MDC? Or Spot?
And don't call me "honey". ;-)

MDC, I used to think the same thing about that Welsh "rarebit" episode of Gomer Pyle, until I looked up the name of that dish.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 15, 2016 - Msg 105000: A big congratulations to Noah! I remember what a relief it was when I didn't have to buy diapers or pull ups anymore. Time for celebration. :)

Ro, I feel just as you do on the issue of gun control.

Thanks MDC, I am taking care of myself. Last night was nearly as bad as Monday night but my boss, Johanna was there and really helped out. I was busy passing medication on the boy's ward when a big kid started screaming threats and throwing chairs. Soon the staff had him in a hold and Johanna came and gave him what she calls the "B-52" shot. He was out in about 10 minutes. She also did most of the paperword required in those situations. I also had a kid injure his ankle playing ball outside and had to send him to the ER. Johanna did all my paperwork for that and got him on his way. It really was a huge help. I have three days off now and don't go back until Saturday evening. MDC, as far as the bible studies, they are still happening each week but Jubi is leading them now. Do you all remember Jubi, the young girl at our church that I have asked prayer for over the years? She is a three time cancer survivor. Cancer free for 7 years now. She lost a kidney to cancer and even had cancer appear in one of her lungs. She is perfectly healthy and giving back by teaching the girls each week. I am still talking to them about Jesus when I get to admit them, but other than that I don't get a lot of interaction with them that doesn't require treatment or meds.

I had to go back to work this afternoon for a required inservice and have to do another on tomorrow. :( Oh well, at least I get paid for it.

It was so hot here today. They said the heat index was 106. I was right out there in it and it drained the energy right out of me after I did my grocery shopping and put away the groceries. I had to take Erin to youth at church this evening and then fix dinner when I got home. I am pretty tired. Bruce did help me clean up the kitchen, though.

Sean had his first day of work at the auto parts store and he liked it. He has to do a lot of driving, though and today he spent over an hour just in the ferry line trying to get to Port Aransas (you know where that is Ro).

Better get off here.


June 16, 2016 - Msg 105001: Tom__GF and ASA will have a cook out for the Hubacher brothers, then they'll do some leatherwork! I need a new wallet. ha
ALL--Yup, it is forecast now to be 120 on the Sabbath!
The sermon topic...you guessed it! ha
BOO--glad you still have a chance to talk about the Lord!

June 16, 2016 - Msg 105002: I guess the only question is... How HOT do we make the chili... Asa's & G-F's chili was Soo hot..... How hot was it?
It was Soo hot the Hubacher Brothers thought they were in Phoenix on Sunday....tehehaha


June 16, 2016 - Msg 105003: Breakfast menu: Country ham and egg bisquits, Bacon bisquits with egg and cheese...Oj,coffee...prayers ...Hey G-F,Boo,possum....SPOT

June 16, 2016 - Msg 105004: Good Morning all.

So GF and I are cooking for Fathers day ay? Y'all gotta death wish? I cain't cook, not a lick. Hopefully GF can keep it edible I reckon. I think he is a fine cook, and can fix up my messes. 10-4 GF?

Nice breakfast menu Spot.

Boo, I am glad Sean's first day on the new job went well. You say he has to do a lot of driving. Is that just to get to work, or does he deliver parts as his job? I am thinking that if I retire early I might try to find some type of delivery job like that. Be a little easier on my aging non spring chicken like body. Maybe Mr. Foley will hire me to deliver groceries. But it is going to have to be by car. Or maybe I can get Barney's old Motorcycle. The sidecar would hold a lot of groceries. Of course I would have to invest in a helmet, goggles and leather jacket. Maybe on my off days I could fill the sidecar with water and rent it out for a bathtub. You know a feller has to diversify.

I saw Fred Boone on Perry Mason last night. He owned a failing Diner, and ended up killing a feller when he stole some money from him. Shameful. Jennie better be careful. He has a temper I reckon.

Well off to slay the dragon.


June 16, 2016 - Msg 105005: Lol Asa, That's right, you don't a helmet goggles or anything! So you better save up for some...
Don't sell your self short on your cooking, don't worry I have the beans to swing it!. Let's do this thing.... We just won't tell what our "secret" ingredient is ;)........ G-F

June 16, 2016 - Msg 105006: Good morning, porch. So you two owlhoots are making chili for Father's Day? Sounds like a great idea to me. I love chili, and love to try what other people make. I make a pretty decent chili myself, and you wouldn't believe what my "secret ingredient" is. I'll tell you anyway. It's peanut butter. Yep, peanut butter. Early in the preparation, after browning the meat and onions, I put a couple of heaping tablespoons of flour into the meat and stir it through. This thickens the chili just a bit, keeps it from being like watery soup. After I stir the flour in and it gets fully incorporated into the little bit of grease that has cooked out of the meat, I add a couple of big plops of peanut butter, probably around 1/4 cup. Stir that in until it disappears, and proceed with the rest of the chili-making. The chili never tastes like peanut butter, but it has a rich, very flavorsome "something" that everyone loves but can't identify! I even won a ribbon with my chili, in a cook-off! Actually, that's an old trick from authentic Mexican cooking, and it's good.

Well, Joe is on his way, we've got more work to do in the yard, so guess I'd better get moving. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

June 16, 2016 - Msg 105007: Oh, one tip. Some people are deathly allergic to peanuts, so proceed with caution with the peanut butter. You really can't keep that ingredient a secret, because it could be dangerous to someone. --Romeena

June 16, 2016 - Msg 105008: HEY.