August 08, 2018 - Msg 110387: BOO--Let's hope this doesnt happen!... :)

and yes, thank you RO for that beautiful sentiment!
Nite all,

August 08, 2018 - Msg 110388: Whew, OK, now that I've swept, I'll head for bed. :)

August 08, 2018 - Msg 110389: Continuing prayers for all ailing and hurting Porchsters, alot going on these days with all of us but it’s comforting knowing prayers are being sent up...

MDC that video made me laugh! If any of you watch the show “The Middle” there was a episode where both the VanDyke brothers were on. Tag (Jerry) made a comment about moving the ottoman when his brother comes to visit, because he’d probably trip over it. It caught me funny.....


August 08, 2018 - Msg 110390: Good morning, porch. Boo, this might be a good time to go ahead and replace that chair! I'll bet there's a furniture store near you that could have one set up and working in your home before the end of the day. If you were considering it anyway, why not? Our local Haverty's delivered mine promptly, and incidentally, they have a 12-month-no-interest plan that really helped me. I could afford it, but I hate draining my account with one big purchase, so I used that plan. I paid it off $200 at a time, and now it's all mine, and I didn't pay a cent of interest. The price was good, very competitive with the market. I hate paying interest, and almost never do. I hope you can get Bruce comfortable, and reduce the load on yourself somewhat as well. Even if he couldn't operate a powered chair himself (the button is on the right, usually) it would be so much easier for you if all you had to do was push the button.

John Masters, I read that article, and thank you for posting that link. As you said, the article is sickening. It's hard to believe that there are such sick and twisted people out there. However, as I've thought more about it, maybe it's a good thing, as they are showing the world just how hateful and disgusting they really are. I don't see how anyone could read those statements and not be completely horrified by them. Maybe it will make some people stop and think, and consider what we're doing to our society. May God bless that boy in Waco. God is using him as a bold voice for good, and the young man is rising to the challenge.

And now, to break the direction of my thoughts this morning, I have spied a tiny green anole lizard on the big tree outside my window. He's about four inches long, green as a new leaf, and is actively deploying his little orange chin flag, to let any lady anoles in the area know that he's here, and he's handsome! That tiny creature, so small and frail, yet he has an agenda and he's busy doing what little boy anoles do. Oh, and he's no longer green now. Once he climbed up the gray/brown bark of the tree, he changed colors to match it, and if he'd quit waving his little flag, I couldn't see him at all. His flag is a light tan color now, and would be easily overlooked if I didn't know he was there. Amazing. Fascinating! I love this window!

Blessing, friends. --Romeena

August 08, 2018 - Msg 110391: Make that "blessings", folks. More than one to a customer, surely! --Romeena

August 08, 2018 - Msg 110392: Yes Boo..As Romeena sugesested It’s Wheelertime! Maybe you can get the “Wheelerette” model for yourself too?
Take it from Asa and I...Sit back and let Wheeler take you to land of relaxation and comfortably....Take it from the Pro’s
Amen Asa?... G-F

August 08, 2018 - Msg 110393: Amen GF. Us Wheeler pros are in deep deep mourning for Bruce. Losing that stick control is as bad as losing the remote control for the tv. I'm talking serious depression. :) Boo, I hope you can take my funning. I like Romeenas idea. Go get a new one right now. And get you one at the same time. It's called living large. lol

John, I was unable to find that article you mentioned, but it's probably just as well. I can only imagine what it contained.

Guess I best go get my paperwork done and call this day done and done!

Prayers for all.


August 08, 2018 - Msg 110394: A good evening to you all.

Droppin' in to say I hope you have a good rest of the night.

John Masters

August 09, 2018 - Msg 110395: HI ALL, well, you wont believe this unless you saw my FB post tonight. I was shopping at a food store this evening, and a big windstorm came up, and a tree in the parking lot fell on my pick up truck!
The hood is smashed in on the driver's side from the trunk of the tree. Man, if I had parked about a foot to the left it would have missed! At least no one was hurt. Well, hang in there folks. More tomorrow.
MDC :(

August 09, 2018 - Msg 110396: My goodness MDC, So glad you were not in the truck buddy. I've heard of fancy hood ornaments, but this one sounds like a doosey.

Well I am up to the last two episodes of The Fugitive. Sure have enjoyed it. The list of TAGS and MASH folks on it is long. And so fun to see them as different characters. If you remember Gloria (Andy's cousin who wasn't his cousin who came to visit and Helen got her nose out of joint about), she was in an episode in which she played a conniving woman who lived in the fast lane. The problem was the role didn't fit her a-tall. She just has that sweet girl next door look and persona. Maybe I have just seen her as Gloria so much I can't see her in any other way. Then the criminal that Barney accidently captured (I'll get you for this Deputy) was a lawman in a Fugitive episode. He was a much better bad guy than a cop. But then again, maybe I am just to used to seeing him as a criminal in TAGS. Two actors that keep showing up in numerous episodes are the feller who played Mr. Simms and the guy who Goober went to trade school with and met up with at the car show.

New Neighbor, my goodness, them little ones grow up so fast, don't they? Does Courtney live close by? My youngest Daughter (Stacey) is about a week away from having her 7th baby. I know that's a lot of kiddos, but she is in 7th heaven. Loves being a Mommy, and her Hubby (Matt) is a good provider/Husband/Father. How is Grace doing?

Well I best get moving I suppose. Gonna be another hot one today. Triple digit. Yep MDC, Dog days of summer are upon us.


August 09, 2018 - Msg 110397: WoW MDC...Sounds like “Mayhem” visited you!
Good thing no one was hurt!..Time to “Call the IN$URANCE Man”....


August 09, 2018 - Msg 110398: Hello gang ! Gona catch up on the mail. Lunch will be pulled pork. Bbq sandwich with pickle slaw and chips. Kool aid to drink. Lots of flavors ! Prayers to all. SPOT

August 09, 2018 - Msg 110399: Good morning, folks!

MDC - Good thing you weren't in the truck for an expended period of time, making sure you had enough money, listening to something on the radio, etc. That sure woulda' shook you up if you were IN it!

Asa - Funny how those actors criss cross so many shows. How 'bout Goober showing up in MASH? Ever see that one? And, of course William Christopher being in Hogan's Heroes, TAGS and finally, Father Mulchahy on MASH.

SPOT - As Andy would say, "That's gooooood!" Believe I'll sit down and have a mouthful to eat.

Hey to possum, Boo, Romeena, G-F, Frankie and everyone else following Gomer back to Wally's garage.

Say MDC....get your truck over to Wally's and see if you can get an estimate.

John Masters

August 09, 2018 - Msg 110400: Good morning, hot here on my side of the porch. Humidity is terrible. Oh well, dont like combing my hair anyway!
As a, thanks for asking about Grace. She is struggling with some personal things. Married a guy in the coast guard and have moved all over creation. He now has moved back to California and left her alone Michigan. Her dog was hit by a car 2nights ago and it threw her into depression. Please pray for her, as she is all alone there.
Hey to all you dear folks rocking. ~New Neighbor

August 09, 2018 - Msg 110401: New Neighbor - Prayers and good thoughts sent to Grace. May she find something, anything, that will restore her happiness and bring here into a brighter day.

Folks, the more you read about in the political / society world, the more you feel like one of two things will happen. A.)Christ is coming back as quick as he can or B.)Civil war in America is slowly rising on the horizon.
Our forefathers must be looking down and then looking, very puzzled, at each other.

John Masters

August 09, 2018 - Msg 110402: Awww Sandi, for sure prayers for Grace. That makes me sad she is going through that.

John Masters, It does seem like our Nation is coming apart sometimes. The things you mentioned, then when I went to check my e-mails, I see an ad saying "Life is short, Have an affair". (Ashley Madison) I think that kind of stuff depresses me the most. :(

Hey GF, Bruces situation has got my creative juices flowing. Why don't you invent a Power Wheeler that operates off of voice command? Better yet, one that can read your mind. All you gotta do is think recline, and the chair kicks into the recline mode. We could make millions. How about it buddy? You work on the technical end of it, and I will start on an advertising blitz! I would do the development stuff, but after spending 10 years on developing the worlds first reversible jig saw, and what a flop that turned out to be, I figure advertising is where I belong. How about it? You in?


August 09, 2018 - Msg 110403: HaHa Good one Asa...Voice command... WHEELERTIME! ”The Wheeler Relaxer Deluxe” Model JL327
Maybe The Binford Tool Co.could help us too?....G-F

August 10, 2018 - Msg 110404: APB for FRANKIE! I hope she is OK these days.
Well, spent the day on the phone with insur@ance co (AAA), rental car place, property mgmt co, and collision center. The good news is that it can be fixed! New hood, head light assembly, and a few other items. Engine compartment is fully intact! (It is already at the collision center) The prop mgmt co had a crew there this am cutting up the felled tree and removing the trunk from the hood. Again, it's a thing! No one was hurt, and insur@ance will cover it all. GF--no cut rate insur@nce for us. We always have done full coverage for exactly these type of things..
NEW N--prayers for Grace.
ASA-- have you ever had Crown burgers in SLC?? I heard Hannity mention them.
Says they're g-o-o-o-d. :)

August 10, 2018 - Msg 110405: Good Friday morning all.

Yep MDC, I have had Crown burgers before. They are good, although a bit pricey. But they are big. The deluxe is a large burger with thinly sliced pastrami on it and melted cheese, lettuce and sauce. I have also heard him rave about In and Out burgers. They are my favorite. They used to be just a Southern California operation, but they have expanded into Nevada and Utah, they may even be in Arizona. They have a very simple menu, and their prices are very reasonable. But they place emphasis on freshness. They never freeze the hamburger patties, and the French fries are made from fresh taters. You can see them sliced up right on the premises. It all started with a Husband and Wife back in the 50's I believe. A Christian couple with one little burger joint, and has stayed family owned since. Today it is run by a 30 something year old Granddaughter. But one of the things I love about them is they stress good service by their workers. You are always, and I do mean always, greeted by a happy and kind person. They treat you like they are actually glad you came. What a novel idea. I have never understood how these national joints will spend millions of dollars on advertising to get you in their stores, only to be greeted by a snotty kid who acts like your being there is really putting them out. The older I get, the more I appreciate those businesses that understand customer service. In and Out hits a homerun with that one every time for me.

Alright GF, I knew I could count on you. Make it happen buddy. Maybe we can call it the Wheeler Wise Deluxe! Our motto, "You just think it, the Wheeler Wise will bring it"! :)


August 10, 2018 - Msg 110406: Asa...I like the way you think!

August 10, 2018 - Msg 110407: You are too funny, Asa. Bruce is doing a little better each day but its been rough and now I have come down with a cold. I have to take him for his follow up appointment today and am not looking forward to it.

Asa, you wanna see a war break out here in Texas, just say something about In and Out burger being better than Whataburger. That one really gets Texan's knickers in a knot. I've had both and much prefer Whataburger (well, used to before I was a vegetarian). They probably don't have Whataburger in your area, though. I know MDC has one near him so maybe some day. Oh, and the employees at Whataburger are friendly and helpful for a large chain.

Well, better get myself going. I have to help poor Bruce get a shower and dress before his appointment and the way I feel right now it wont be easy.


August 10, 2018 - Msg 110408: PS=Sorry about your truck, MDC~!


August 10, 2018 - Msg 110409: I guess when it comes to a good burger, punctuation is important...What? A Burger? or “What!” A Burger!


August 10, 2018 - Msg 110410: lol GF.
Burger Wars! Oh my! I didn't know In and Out had gotten into Texas. You're right Boo, I don't have a Whataburger to compare it with. I do love the In and Out history though. And now being family owned on its third generation is kind of neat. I hope Bruce's appointment goes well.

All this burger talk has me hankerin one now. It's too blame hot to cook.


August 11, 2018 - Msg 110411: Yes, a well-placed comma makes a big difference GF:
Let eat grandma! VS Lets eat, grandma! ha
Yes, we have In 'n Out burger here ASA. I agree with all you said, tho a good What a Buger is hard to beat.
Can you believe we got 3 1/2 inches of rain last night?? This is more than the year's total for some years! VERY unusual for us. But we sure needed it.
Joanna Moore was on Wagon Train today. Of course she played a southern belle...but no "An-d-e-e-e" in her lines. Wish I could see the Fugitive tho.
LOOKING for MBM, FRANKIE, BILLY RAY, etc. set for a spell.
Breakfast on me at Waffle House.
MDC :)

August 11, 2018 - Msg 110412: I've been checking in some, ain't had too much to say. I don't know if anyone else gets all overwhelmed by stuff, but I have so many small things to do I can't seem to pick one to get started. I am eligible to hang up the old mail sack and some Monday I'm going to call them and say I'm done retired. Then I'll have even more time not to do what I need to do and more time to worry about it. I need a bucket to put over my head to think about these things.

Billy Ray the Postman

August 11, 2018 - Msg 110413: Hello Porch Friends: I’m here MDC. Brother is shaken up by the car crash. Physically and mentally. He has to lay off the hip for six weeks. Go to physical therapy. The thing is he is constantly doing things for his family. Now he’s worrying about who will do what. Thank you for your prayers. He’ get through it. MBM

August 11, 2018 - Msg 110414: Good Saturday to all,

Boo - Hope you and Bruce can recover together and both feel better on the other end of your trials.

MDC - Great news about your truck! See if you can divert some of your rains here to SW Missouri. We NEED rain, rain and more rain! When you have multiple creeks that are doubling as rock gardens, you know you're in a drought!

Hey Billy Ray - Overwhelmed by stuff?! You ain't a whistlin' Dixie, fella! Yeah...been there and still doing that. Juts do your best to take it one day at a time. Sometimes, a moment at a time. That's all you can do.

Better git. Stuff do to, little time to do it! Hey to Romeena, Asa, Frankie, possum, SPOT, Medwin, New Neighbor, G-F and everyone else watching Gomer and Barney argue about Gomer's U-turn.

John Masters

August 11, 2018 - Msg 110415: Good afternoon, friends. We're getting some rain here, too. Not a whole lot, but sure is better than nothing. It has been just sort of dripping all day, not raining hard, but it's cool out there, and the air feels fresh, and grass that was lying flat is now standing up, like grass should. I hope this keeps up for a while.

Medwin Bill Medwin, I'm sorry to hear about your brother's wreck. I hope he's improving, and will soon be up and at 'em again. He's on my prayer list. I don't know his name, but God does, so it's okay.

There's not much critter traffic out back today, guess the rain has them holed up somewhere. One little hummingbird has visited the feeder a few times though. With their crazy-fast metabolism, he has to feed frequently, rain or no rain. The feeder is hanging in a sheltered place, so at least he can eat and stay dry at the same time.

David and Brittney and the boys left this morning for Yellowstone, so I have Diesel for the week. He's such a good boy, he's always welcome. He and Toye Starr get along fine, and he's just fun to have around, goofy though he is.

Well, guess I'll go find something tempting to snack on. I've got a mango in there that seems about ripe and ready to eat. I love mangoes! Not a big fan of papayas, but I do like mangoes. I like papayas when they're green and shredded into a Thai version of cole slaw, but not too crazy about them when ripe.

Blessings, friends. May all who are in drought receive some rain! --Romeena

August 11, 2018 - Msg 110416: Hello Porch: ROMEENA, wouldn’t you know his name is Don. Thank you for prayers. MBM

August 11, 2018 - Msg 110417: Just for the fun of it on a Saturday afternoon... :)


August 12, 2018 - Msg 110418: BOO--Maybe this is what Bruce needs! (or maybe YOU could use it!) ha...
My prayers continue for him, and for Bill's brother, and Lucy's son. Thank you Jesus.
I hope everyone had a good Saturday.

August 12, 2018 - Msg 110419: Good Sabbath morning porch.
My prayers for all of our Porch dwellers who are in need this day.

I don't know about anyone else, but our air here is beyond terrible. All the wild fires burning has just made things miserable. Makes for some pretty sunrises and sunsets, but mercy sakes, my eyes are burning, I am congested and coughing, wheezing, just horrible. We get this most summers, but it seems as bad as I ever remember this year. Oh well, what you gonna do?

I best go get myself cleaned up for Preachin. They may even talk about sin. :)


August 12, 2018 - Msg 110420: Good Sabbath,folks!

Asa - Yeah, that's one thing you can't talk about enough. Sin.
Sorry to hear of your suffering. I get those same symptoms from having allergies and it makes you wish you could vacuum out your face and chest!

I extend my prayers and best like MDC has. Healing all around!

Good morning to Romeena, Boo, possum, SPOT, G-F, Frankie, Medwin, Lucy, Billy Ray and everyone else going to Mayberry Founder's Day.

John Masters

August 12, 2018 - Msg 110421: Whoops...sorry about the spacing folks! Dont know how that happened?!

John Masters

August 12, 2018 - Msg 110422: Yippee! I finally did it! I bought that HP8710 printer over a week ago, and couldn't figure out how to configure all the phone wires. Since I use Spectrum Cable for my computer and phone both, and the printer has FAX capability, I had to figure out how to get the printer in the loop. The old one was set up, but when the FAX part of it failed and messed all the phones up, I had to take the printer out of the configuration so at least my desk phone would work. Then once I managed to get the heavy old one out of the way and the equally heavy new one in its place, I wasn't sure how the lines went. The set up video is no help, the instructions that came in the box consist of about two brief paragraphs, nothing about phones. Grrr. I even went to YouTube and tried to find it. It's probably there, but I just got fed up this afternoon with not being able to use my extension phones at all, and the printer wasn't set up. So, I just sat down, gathered my thoughts, and took it step by step. Phone line is included in cable. Cable is connected to router box. Therefore, router box is in charge of phone as well as computer. So, phone line must go from router to printer to serve FAX. Phone line must also go from router to a wall jack. (There are two outlets on router.) Line from router must go to the only jack in this room, leaving desk phone with no connection. Put splitter on wall jack and connect to desk phone. It works! Yay. Now I've got to figure ut how to set up the printer online. I'll get there, it just takes time. --Romeena

August 12, 2018 - Msg 110423: Hello Porch: Thank you MDC and all who continue to pray. MBM

August 12, 2018 - Msg 110424: Hello everyone..finally felt up to sitting at the computer for a bit. I am still trying to get over this wretched cold bug! Now I am suffering from the back misery from being in the bed. It's tough to get old.

That motorized recliner looks like just what we need, MDC. lol

Asa, sounds like you will have a new grandbaby any time now. Stacey is going to have 7?! Wow. I sure wish there was a way to see some picture of them.

Well, Bruce is doing a lot better and has had to do more for himself since I have been sick, which has been good for him. He is getting good at using one arm. Yesterday he showered and dressed himself, made himself sandwiches and he made himself a hamburger for lunch today. He seems to be on the mend now.

Talk to you all later!


August 12, 2018 - Msg 110425: Yep Boo. If she hasn't delivered by Thursday she is all set up to go in and get induced. I'll try and get you a picture of them all. I had Mariah over to the house yesterday to hang out for a while. I just can't believe she is 12 already, and quite the lovely young woman. (I know, I am partial)

Glad Bruce is doing better. I hope you get feeling better soon. I know what you mean about being in bed to much can get your back hurting.

Romeena, good for you for figuring that stuff out. Makes a body feel good, don't it? I was going to mention to you, in case you didn't know that DISH is now carrying METV. It's 247 on my system.

Bill Medwin, prayers for Don for sure. And I pray our PUAR is doing ok, bless her heart. And for MDC as he prepares for his valve job. I'm sure the wait is the worse Steve.

Guess I'll go see what I can rustle up for dinner. I sure miss those big Sunday dinners my Wife would make us. Those were the days.


August 12, 2018 - Msg 110426: Oh, Asa. I know you must miss those days, and I'm quite sure your wife feels the same. What a wonderful testimony to love, the two of you present. Difficulties beyond what most of us can imagine, and yet you stay strong. Great will be your reward...

Thanks for the heads-up on METV. I had given up looking for it, but I went to the menu and pulled up available stations, and there it is, as you said, on 247. So, you can believe I very quickly shifted it over from available to chosen, and now it's in my favorites list. Looks like a lot of golden oldies there, too. Thanks!

I declare, if it ain't one thing, it's another. I'm just getting my phones, FAX, printer and stuff all set up, and now I have no sound on my TV in the living room. I was watching a Hallmark movie, and the sound suddenly just cut out. I figured it was the DISH transmission, so waited for it to clear up. We've had a few little storms, and the picture had pixilated a few times, so I thought that was the problem. After about fifteen minutes, I decided to check the TV in the bedroom, and guess what. The sound works fine in there. Therefore, it has to be in the master control box on the sound in the living room. I have surround-sound in there, and it works through that box. I don't remember what that thing cost, it was bought about eight years ago, but I think it was expensive. Naturally. David is in Jackson Hole right now, and I'm not about to try to replace that thing without his input. He'll just be gone a week, so I'll wait until he gets back. I would like to hope that it could be fixed rather than replaced, but these days, with most electronics, you just replace. Fixing is almost a thing of the past, with the technology moving as fast as it does. I just hope we can find something that will be compatible with the rest pf the system I have. Seems like it's always something....

Well, maybe this week while I won't be watching much TV, I'll get a little house cleaning done. Ya think? Nah, probably not. Oh well....
Blessings, friends. --Romeena

August 13, 2018 - Msg 110427: kleptomenerac (:

August 13, 2018 - Msg 110428: Aww Romeena, Thank you for those kind words. I don't know why, yesterday I was just feeling a bit down and sorry for myself. I got to thinking about my life when I was younger, and how much it has changed in recent years. I know that nothing stays the same, things change, and I am a creature that doesn't like change much. I'm not sure why, I am just wired that way. I try to be more resilient, but I do struggle with that. I think as I am getting close to retirement, I am struggling with the idea of that phase of life being over. My Daughter (Stacey) has told me "Dad, when you retire you are going to have to reinvent yourself". She is such a wise woman. I do look forward to spending more time with the Grandkids and maybe doing more volunteering through my Church. But being a caregiver does diminish how much you can do a lot of the time. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind caring for my Wife. In many ways her illness has brought us closer together. It just saddens me sometimes that we are not going to be able to do the things we had hoped to do when we hit these so called "golden years". A fellow in my Church once said he discovered the "golden years had more lead then gold in them". Ha, Me thinks he was correct. But thank you for the kind words of encouragement. Yer a treasure!


August 13, 2018 - Msg 110429: Morning, folks

Asa - I completely understand how you feel. I am getting ready to turn 50 and it sorta hits you. I know some of you will say that I am still young and I know that, but 50 is that moment that kinda shakes your youth. Plus, as I am caregiver for my father, I see a hunched over little ol' frail man who, at one time, worked at Union Pacific R.R. and unloaded box cars while also unloading ice the ol' fashioned tongs down to a cart.
I remember the good times I had with my friends and now realize that THEY have children that are the same age of when I am thinking of the good time WE had. (I hope I worded that right). Anyway, the times you think back on seem so far and long ago.
And as far as those "golden years", my father has commented on that with a resounding, huffy "BULL!"

My best to Boo and Bruce as they recover together. Good wishes for Frankie, Romeena, SPOT, possum, MDC, G-F, Medwin, Lucy, Billy Ray and everyone else who tried out for the show salesman. Have a great start to your week!

John Masters

August 13, 2018 - Msg 110430: ^^^that shoulda said SHOE salesman.


August 13, 2018 - Msg 110431: Asa, I’ll right there with ya Buddy!...Retirement is a strange bedfellow, it forces you into a different lifestyle. Once you make the plung and get past the shock to your system it is quite a nice place to be at. Doing what you WANT to do, WHEN you WANT to do it!...It is a refreshing place to be at.
But I know we are very much similar in respect of our jobs and being caregivers. Trust me Buddy, you WILL FIND YOUR NICHE and things will be A-Ok 👍.... You will look at each day as a NEW adventure and your body will tell you if it is a adventurous day or not...If not, just “Go with the Flow” and just take it at your OWN pace. it will get done when it gets done!
Take this advice and IT WILL SET YOU FREE!...Take it from O’l Goob you’ll see, cuz I’ve been to Raleigh....


August 13, 2018 - Msg 110432: .....p.s. Having a good “Wheeler” don’t hurt either!....

August 13, 2018 - Msg 110433: p.s.s. You can always get a hobby using your talents!

August 13, 2018 - Msg 110434: Good morning, porch! Goodness, we all seem to be on the reminiscing, what-used-to-be train this morning. I spend quite a bit of time there, actually. I get that way every time I walk into my bathroom and see the old wrinkled woman in the mirror, looking back at me. What happened to the slender young girl who would walk up to her horse, grab a big handful of his mane and fling her 108 lb. self up onto his back, Indian-style, and ride away, using nothing but words and knee pressure to guide him? I'm pretty sure I'd need a little stepladder to get up there now, and a saddle and bridle might be nice, too. I'd love to give that a shot, but the doc who rebuilt my lower back would have a hissyfit. I asked him. He said NO. Oh well. I don't have access to a horse anymore anyway, but those were the days.

Oh, my TV woes are over. Last night, I got to thinking about what I was taught in nursing school. A basic concept is - always work from the simple to the complex. I heard a doctor express it this way - "If you're in America, and you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras." In other words, what's the most likely explanation for your problem, and then what's the simplest fix for that problem? Start there. So -- I knew the bedroom TV had sound, so it wasn't DISH's fault. That led me to think it must be the sound control box, but I was forgetting one other fact. The living room TV works from a Hopper (DISH's name for their main receiver) and the bedroom works from a Joey (the name for the small extension box that feeds the bedroom TV.) So what if the problem was in the Hopper, not in the expensive sound control box? If so, what's the first and simplest fix for the Hopper? Much the same as it is for a computer. Turn it off, let it reset, and turn it back on. So, I pushed the red reset button, it went off, and came back on in a couple of minutes, complete with sound. The "simple" worked, and I didn't have to go to the "complex" (and expensive). It's still working fine this morning. Who knew a nursing school concept could fix a TV???

John Masters, I hear you, loud and clear. It was hard to watch my dad go from sharp and smart, to being unable to operate his microwave. Not only was he physically strong, with remarkable upper body strength (he delivered ice from a truck as a very young man, and had the shoulders and biceps to prove it), but he was a self-taught homebuilder. He didn't finish high school, but he taught himself how to build and built over 400 homes here in this town, homes that he sold in the 70's and 80's for around $50k, and which now sell for the mid to upper $200k range, when they're resold. One recently resold for $350k. I realize in parts of America $200k sounds like a shack, but in California or Chicago, for example, a home like his would sell for four or five times that much. It's amazing, how much the real estate prices vary across the nation.

Well, guess I'll go hunt up some lunch. I had Chinese delivered last night, and there are leftovers, so I think I've got it made. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

August 13, 2018 - Msg 110435: Ok, any Porch friend send prayers for rain my direction?? Cause it looks like we are about to get deluged for the next two and half days. We have a massive rain/t-storms system coming from Texas and cattycornered up thru Oklahoma into my SW corner of Missouri. In the last hour, there's been 3 hard waves of curtain rain. So, if any of you prayed for us or just went out in their yard and turned a housefan our direction, it's VERY appreciated!

John Masters

August 13, 2018 - Msg 110436: Thanks for those prayers, Asa. I am feeling much better today and managed several loads of laundry, as well as other chores. Sometimes you just have to roll up your sleeves, look the cold in the face and fight on. ;) Bruce is not as well today because I think he overdid the exercise yesterday. I was able to take care of him today so he rested the shoulder. I did, however run into him as I was coming from the laundry room to the kitchen..just didn't see him. You shoulda seen the pained expression on his face. lol Poor Bruce. He'll live (in spite of me).

You know Asa, that was a very poignant statement you made about the sunday dinners your wife used to make. I'm very sorry she is unable to do that now. Yesterday I was driving up to the house and as I saw the dogs hop off the porch and run up the driveway, and looked at the house and the lovely green grass Bruce worked so hard to grow, I was reminded of how it is all so fleeting. I try to freeze that memory in my mind for later. Someday, depending on how many years the Lord gives me, I may look back on this time..both kids at home, a loving husband, chores to do and a family to do them for, and I will know that these are the best years...and I really need to cook more sunday dinners. :)

Dear Romeena, I am going to pray that when your time comes, you will be greeted at the pearly gates by your horse, and that you will grab a big handful of it's manes, fling your young, 108lb self onto its back, indian-style, and run directly through those gates to your loved ones.

Thanks for the good wishes, John Master. I hope you don't flood.

Goodnight Mayberry

August 13, 2018 - Msg 110437: Ok gang ! Breakfast menu: 2 eggs your style, country ham bacon ( limp for Romeena) sausage links, hash browns with cheese, biscuits and gravy, grits with real butter and coffee and milk. Ready at 6:30 est. prayers SPOT

August 14, 2018 - Msg 110438: Aww, Boo, what a sweet thing to say, what a lovely wish to make for me. Even if I can't just hop aboard like I used to do, I'd be thrilled just to see Ace again. He was a big old pet, and I loved him. He was a clown and had a dramatic streak, but he was a gentle soul and we spent a lot of happy days together. I've recounted some of those days in stories that Charlotte Tucker has published in the magazine she edits. Stories like those just write themselves.

Poor Bruce! I think shoulder surgery must be one of the most inconvenient ones for recovery, with that big unwieldy cast and all. Hang in there, both of you. This too shall pass.

As for the Sunday dinners, I know I must have done something right over the years when one of my kids (usually David) is here and I've cooked his favorite meal. He frequently goes so far as to take a picture and text it to his siblings, with a snide little note, like "haha, look what Mom cooked for me!" Weasel!

Well, guess I'll turn in. Joe is coming in the morning, actually to work on the sprinkler system next door, at Angie's house. Of course Angie is still in the rehab facility and will probably never leave it, as her brain tumor is not responding to treatment, but meantime, the house has to be maintained. The sprinkler system is leaking, so Joe is coming to fix it. He'll come over here, just to look things over, and we'll probably get Sonic burgers and sit in the sunroom and eat them, and solve all the world's problems. He's a good friend. I've been so blessed. All the folks who work around here and help me maintain this big old place have become good friends. Ted - who does all kinds of repairs, Joe - who does the deeper landscaping things and maintains the sprinkler system, and Eddie - who mows and keeps the lawn looking nice - I count them all as friends and trust them. They've all helped me for years. Eddie, 20 years. Ted, 19 years, and Joe, 14 years. God is good.

Good night, all. Don't forget to pray! --Romeena

August 14, 2018 - Msg 110439: Hey JOHN, I said a few prayers for rain for your area! Glad to know that he still hears me now and then. :)
Well, I also reminisce of 'the good old days' of my childhood all the way thru my years of marriage up until about 12 years ago. That is when I started helping to caregive my mom, and then my dad, letting my hip issue go too long. Tho it is fixed now, and they are both in heaven, the bad tendon still acts up. And then my heart issues started to cause real problems. I have loved the Lord all my life, and I know He loves me, and I also know that many folks have worse problems than I do,
but every now and then I say that selfish 'why me?' MY wife has been a real tower of strength thru it all too. She is
faithfully at my side, so definitely no complaints there!
Hey to SPOT--thanks for the grub.
ROMEENA, did you ever get your back misery figured out? I am talking about the pain below the left shoulder blade?

On Wagon Train today, I saw Hope Summers (Clara) and a very young Shelly Winters.
ASA--You and I are sort of alike. I was quite apprehensive too, but now I dont know how I could ever 'fit in' a job! ha
Parts for my truck come in on Tuesday, then they said about two weeks worth of work to fix it. :)

Prayers for all,

August 14, 2018 - Msg 110440: Good morning all, and please join me in welcoming Seth Matthew McDonald into the world as he begins his mortal journey. He arrived yesterday afternoon at about 5:30 after a very short labor. Stacey and Seth are both doing great. We took all his siblings up to see him last night. They were so very excited, especially Cache, who finally has a brother. Thank you Lord for your many blessings.


August 14, 2018 - Msg 110441: Good morning porch!! Asa, such blessings abound! You truly are blessed beyond measure! Getting old has it's reward! (Just kidding) Been raining here on my side of the porch. Thinking of building an ark.
Well, off to work. Checking in this evening. Have a Mayberry kinda day. ~New Neighbor

August 14, 2018 - Msg 110442: Asa....As Goober told Andy in “Return to Mayberry”..GrandDaddy, GrandDaddy, GrandDaddy!....G-F

August 14, 2018 - Msg 110443: Welcome to Seth,our newest Porch baby!! Congrats,Asa!!

Hey to everybody!

possum u.a.r.

August 14, 2018 - Msg 110444: Aw, congratulations Grandpa Asa! I love the name Seth Matthew! So glad all went well with mother and baby.


August 14, 2018 - Msg 110445: Well, the porch is kind of quiet this evening. Hope everyone is well.

I got my last lab work results today and I am really stumped. All my levels continue to improve and look better than ever..except my lipid panel. Cholesterol and triglycerides continue to rise and I have no idea why. Please say a pray that I can figure this thing out because it makes no sense to me. Searching the internet for answers just shows me many differing opinions. I have an appointment with the nurse practitioner day after tomorrow but she is very young and probably wont be as much help as I would like. I just can't figure it out. Why, with a 60 lb weight loss, no transfats, fast food, meat, dairy, junk food, etc, would be cholesterol be getting worse? I barely ever eat processed foods and eat mostly fruits and veggies with some healthy starched like brown rice and whole wheat pasta. I have never eaten a healthier diet in my life and all my other labs prove that out. This cholesterol is kicking my tail and I just can't figure it out.

Well, I think I will start dinner for the family. I am having a salad. :(


August 14, 2018 - Msg 110446: By the way, Ro, here are some of results:
6 months ago, my total cholesterol was 302, this month it is 348. My HDL is 36, LDL is 256, and my triglycerides are 332 (up from 276 6 months ago). The good news is that my A1C is 5.4 (amazing), and my ALT liver function is 13 (also amazing) is down from 37 6 months ago to a very good level now. so, my liver is finally getting a break, which makes me really not want to start back on statins! Help