July 19, 2020 - Msg 114917:

Good afternoon all. Good Sabbath to you.
All goes well here. I still try my best
to just 'rest' on Sunday afternoons, just as the Lord 'rested.' When I was working, my Sunday afternoons were a little busier, but never did any
big projects. We usually have a roast in the crock pot or something
similar that does not require a lot of preparation. Picture me peeling an apple! ha (Tho I have never actually done that!) ha again.
RO--so your church has 'amemimies?' Ernest T would like that!
Regarding what you said, what I often think about is what if one of the
aborted little ones was to have been the one who would find a cancer cure, or even now, a covid vaccine, etc. So sad. In this case, what hath MAN wrought?!
RO and BOO--I was watching Day Tripper last night, and the host mentioned how Texas got it's name from the Caddo Indian word 'teyshas" meaning friend. Pretty interesting.
BOO I'm glad you are doing better. I hope you are finding some solace
in the Holy Spirit. Even in the OT it mentions persons such as Daniel who spoke under the influence of the Holy Spirit.
JOHN, turn off the 'news' my friend! :)
Our Gospel lesson today at church was, in fact, about the weeds being sown by the Devil amongst the wheat, and even tho it seems like the weeds are taking over, they shall receive their just punishment.
GF--I hope the meet-up went well. Floyd posted a lot of photos on FB,
and he said that the threatening rains even stayed away! Cool! :)

July 19, 2020 - Msg 114918:

See, even tho I was resting, I swept up the place! :)

July 19, 2020 - Msg 114919: Maybe y'all can see the Facebook album without having to log in? Here's the link to Mayberry Meet-up 2020 album. https://www.facebook.com/anewsome/media_set?set=a.10157950130038929


July 20, 2020 - Msg 114920:
Floyd, thanks for the updated link. However, once again, I am still having the same trouble. The home page loads normally. However, when I click on the "see more photos" link or click on any of the few photos that I can see, I am prompted to log in to facebook. And since I don't have a Facebook account (for security reasons), I can't view any of your additional photos. Whenever you post a link, don't log in or clear your cache when you test it. I want to see those additional photos.

from Poor Horatio

July 20, 2020 - Msg 114921: Good morning, porch! Floyd, thanks for the link to the album. It was nice to see the pictures of you and Mrs. Floyd. Brings back memories of the cruises, and the fun we had there. Remember the woman in the can-of-biscuits dress? Hahaha!

PH, I'm sorry you're having a problem accessing it. I just clicked on the link and it opened right up, and yet, you're having problems. I wonder what causes that??

The pictures are great. Beautiful country, looks like a delightful place to live. The Andy Griffith Playhouse is so pretty, lovely gardens around it, and it appears to be very lovingly maintained. I wish I could attend a meet-up some day, but that's not likely to happen. So the albums and such are very much appreciated.

I made some wonderful peach ice cream yesterday. I had been thinking about doing it, so had a half pint of whipping cream, and a quart of half 'n half on hand. I've got a little Cuisinart freezer that makes a quart and a half of ice cream, and doesn't need ice and salt to freeze it. You freeze the little tub instead, pour the mixture in and hook it up to the motor thingy, and away it goes. In about 20 minutes, you have soft-serve ice cream. I like it a little firmer than that, so it goes into a bowl with a lid, and into the freezer for a little while. I don't use a recipe, just beat about four egg yolks, some sugar, a blurp of vanilla and the creams and beat it up smooth. A friend had given me some overly-sweet homemade peach preserves, so I just cut back on the sugar that went in, and put some (a lot) of the preserves in, and it made some pretty darn decent peach ice cream!

Who remembers making ice cream in an old wooden freezer, usually a White Mountain brand, hand-cranked, and it made a gallon? Just about everyone, I'll bet. That's one of the stories that Charlotte Tucker published when I wrote it up. Those times are some of my favorite childhood memories. Those old freezers made some wonderful ice cream along with the memories, better than the little gadget I've got now, but I couldn't handle that big old heavy White Mountain by myself, and the little electric one does a decent job. Also, there's no salty slush to be disposed of.

Well, guess I'd better go feed Trinket. She's giving me her "hey, remember me?" look right now. Sweet little thing, she is turning out to be a real winner. As I've said, she's a wart and a pestilence, but as Dud Wash said, "a pestilence will find you" and I'm glad this one found me. She's a keeper. Blessings to all - stay safe! --Romeena

July 20, 2020 - Msg 114922: Good morning, Porch!

Boy, you all would've seen something last night at my home. We got some dark, marble swirled, puffy, ominous clouds that looked like end of days! We got some t-storms that fired up out of nowhere, but not much came of them. They were mostly towards Springfield, Mo. and Lake of the Ozarks.

I cant see the photos either. I dont have Facebook so I guess I am out of luck too.

Romeena - Cant let my wife see your post. She'll be looking you up to partake in your peach ice cream! I remember homemade ice cream back when I was a youngin'. That was about 48 years ago.

I noticed Asa is absent. I sure hope he's doing OK with what he's dealing with. Peace be with his family.

Ok, folks...the day is callin'. I dont want to answer it, but I guess it's best I do. Y'all take care. Stay safe and have a great day!

John Masters

July 20, 2020 - Msg 114923: Yes Romeena, it appears that both John Masters and I cannot see the additional photos. And both of us do not have Facebook accounts. So Floyd needs to tweek his Facebook page to allow people like us to view those photos.
Also, I don't remember our family ever trying to make homemade ice cream. Maybe that was because we had a Dairy Queen nearby.

Finally, I have some sad news to report. My wife's mother passed away two days ago. And what makes it worse is that her mother lived in Iran. And it gets complicated because my wife cannot attend the funeral. My wife has both a Canadian and Iranian passport. Iran only recognizes their own passport. But since my wife was married before, she needs to get "permission" from her ex-husband in order to use the Iranian passport. We had visited the Iranian Embassy in Ottawa (the Washington D.C. of Canada) three times trying to get this issue resolved. But we ran out of time because Canada and Iran got involved in a major disagreement and Iran was forced to close their embassy. Today is the funeral and my wife will be the only family member not present. I ask you folks for prayers to ease her suffering. Thank you.

from Poor Horatio

July 20, 2020 - Msg 114924: Oh, Poor Horatio! I am so sorry to hear of your wife's situation. I'm sorry her mother has passed, and so very sorry your wife cannot attend. I know something of her grief. When my son passed a year and a half ago, I was at that time just physically not able to make the trip to Florida. My doctor didn't forbid it, but he made it clear that he thought it would be very unwise. I didn't want to get out there and have a cardiac or respiratory event, thereby causing everyone else a lot of trouble and concern. So I stayed home and did not attend his memorial. My daughter took loads of pictures, my son's wife stayed in touch with me and made me feel a part of things, but I didn't get to actually be there. It bothers me still. Please tell your wife that I will be praying for her today and in days to come, for peace of mind and comfort for her soul. Blessings! --Romeena

July 20, 2020 - Msg 114925: MDC, I love to watch Day Tripper and have visited many of the places he does. My nephew Matt ran into him once in a little town called Cuero and talked with him..said he was a nice guy.

Very sorry to hear of your wife's passing, PH. Must be very hard for your wife to be so far away. Saying a prayer for her.


July 20, 2020 - Msg 114926: I'm sorry you guys can't see the photos. I have them set to be viewable by the "world" so I don't know how much I can tweek them to open it up more.

July 20, 2020 - Msg 114927: https://www.facebook.com/anewsome/media_set?set=a.10157950130038929&type=3 Hmm...maybe this will work? --Floyd

July 20, 2020 - Msg 114928: It says, "Yes, you will still see the dialog asking a user to sign up you can call it aggressive signup flows or whatever you want, as long as you close that you will see the album."

Click "Not Now"

It should let you on in without signing up for Facebook.

July 20, 2020 - Msg 114929: Had a sweet friend named Antonio die from covid today. He was a gentle giant of a man who was a college math instructor. He used to attend our sunday school class and was very humble and loving. He had diabetes and kidney disease but was only 60. Please say a prayer for his wife and 19 year old daughter.


July 21, 2020 - Msg 114930: Boo, so sad to learn about the passing of your friend Antonio. I will include him in my prayers.

Floyd, I do appreciate your efforts. So I clicked on that link you posted in Msg 114927 and I am directed to your Facebook home page where I can see five displayed in a section titled PHOTOS. Below those photos is a SEE MORE PHOTOS link. When I click on that link, a page appears that displays the following information:

English (US)
FranÁais (Canada)
PortuguÍs (Brasil)
Facebook © 2020"

I do not see any "Not Now" link to click on.

from Poor Horatio

July 21, 2020 - Msg 114931:

Just a quick hello tonight, but I most certainly want to send my condolences to
both Boo and Poor Horatio. These are tough times indeed, and it is
sometimes hard to deal with it all. As I have tried to say in the past, please try your best to keep the faith, and to call upon the Lord.

PH, Facebook can be a pretty tough nut to crack. They really want to get people signed up, so you may have to just realize that you
wont see the pics without signing up. Also, once on, if you don't 'log out' each time, it keeps your account 'on' even when you're off.
Please pray for Portland and these other cities.
I thank God that we have tags to watch to get some endorphins
moving around. :)

July 21, 2020 - Msg 114932: My condolences to PH and Boo. I'm so sorry about your loss.

possum u.a.r.

July 21, 2020 - Msg 114933: Thanks to everyone who offered prayers to ease the suffering my wife has experienced.

Floyd and MDC, I found some videos over at YouTube that demonstrated multiple methods of how to view hidden Facebook photos. They involve identifying a person's Facebook profile ID and inserting that into a url. But I tried them all without success. Apparently since the videos are two years old, Facebook has taken action to disable those methods. Oh well.

from Poor Horatio

July 21, 2020 - Msg 114934: Good morning, Porch

PH and BOO - I extend my condolences as well. Boy, 2020 just stinks doesn't it?

Ya' know, I had a thought....if the Mayor of Portland doesnt want any law enforcement AND he supports the rioters AND the rioters are wanting to break into buildings like Portland's federal courthouse, why doesnt he just go down there with the key and open it for 'em?! Am I missing something here? Am I going out on a limb?!

Ok my friends, time to get the day rollin'. Hope you all have a safe and wonderful day. And amidst all the prayers, pray 2020 gets out of here! Fast!

John Masters

July 22, 2020 - Msg 114935: Hmmm... guess we REALLY social distanced today! LOL!
I was the only one on the porch!

John Masters

July 22, 2020 - Msg 114936: Oh...nope....I'm wrong. Missed PH, possum and MDC.



July 22, 2020 - Msg 114937:

JM--Being on far ends of the porch, sometimes when I post at night, you see it as the same day that you post! ha
All is well here however.
A couple tags goings on... tonight on Gomer Pyle USMC,
the 'bookie barber' showed up as a barber for Sgt. Carter! Curious, curious.
And on the Rifleman, Mark went fishing at "Myers Lake." It was the same trees and same clearing that we have seen on tags.
I wonder if Gabby Hayes knows about this. :)
Well, had a busy day, so i will turn in early as the sidewalks are already rolled up here.
Peace and Joy,

July 22, 2020 - Msg 114938: Good morning, Porch!

MDC - We have a heck'uva long porch don't we?! One porch across time zones! LOL!

FLOYD - Saw the Mayberry Meet Up on the podcast. Looked like loads of fun! The amateur tribute artists parade was unique. Clarence Earp was great!

HOT day today. We kinda got a break yesterday due to so many small storms floating around us. But today....no storms, all heat.

Not much here on my end. Taking time away from the news again. Might be the longest I stay away. The egotistical stupidity is just mind numbing.

Have a great and safe day, folks!

John Masters

July 22, 2020 - Msg 114939: Oh, I forgot to mention...nod to G-F as Diamond Jim in the amateur tribute parade. That's a character I wouldn't of thought of being. Well done!

John Masters

July 22, 2020 - Msg 114940: Thanks JM....We had a GREAT TIME even with the taking of precautions for the virus...They ALL were very creative, The Convicts, The Sultans Favorite, ect....Hopefully Floyd can fix the link so yíall can see the pictures...

Hereís the podcast YouTube link...https://youtu.be/bjx96m8zCYg


July 22, 2020 - Msg 114941:
Oh BOO--I had posted last night, but I missed seeing your post about your friend Antonio dying.
I am so sorry, and I offer you my condolences.
These are strange times indeed. May our Good Lord
comfort you in your sorrow.
God's peace be with you and your family.

July 22, 2020 - Msg 114942: Just a quick question.... am I TOO much of an TAGS fan?

I just come back from errands and I saw a newly asphalted street and the first thing that hit me was "That used to be all grass. Now it's all blacktop."


John Masters

July 22, 2020 - Msg 114943: Thank you everyone, for your kind words.


July 23, 2020 - Msg 114944:

JM--no my friend, I don't think you can be 'too much' of a tags fan! IMHO it helps to keep us all sane. Ha Speaking of asplalt at the gas works, I have noticed around here that when everything was closed, the asphalt guys were working re-sealing a lot of parking lots! Even our church repaved the lot. It needed it badly, funds had been given just before march, so it worked out great.
In these times I think of the verse in Isaiah "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who change darkness into light, and light into darkness." (Is. 5:20) We are seeing that right before our eyes, and many do not even realize it.
ASA- how are things with you and Debbie? All well I hope.
I talked to Pappabear on the phone a few days ago. He is doing ok but requests our
continued prayers.
Well, I'm off to bed,
MDC :)

July 23, 2020 - Msg 114945: Good morning, Porch!

Someone put in a prayer for God to turn his stove off! Hot again here. Not somewhat hot. Just Hot! Another scorcher. I can hear them locusts.

papabear - Prayers, my friend. Hope to see you back here much sooner than later!

MDC - I think Asa's absence is speaking loudly to what they're going through. I may be off, but I sure hate to see him gone and know why he is.

Asa - We're thinking of you, buddy. Hang in there and continued prayers!

Boo - Same as Asa. Hang in there. Your strength has been displayed many times here. Hold on with a bulldog grip!

There are those days when you just jump out of bed, feeling great, ready to take on the world. And this ain't one of 'em. :)
Time to take on the day! Y'all have a safe and wonderful day!

John Masters

July 23, 2020 - Msg 114946: Yep...SO Many Prayers needed, I donít want to leave anybody out so Iíll just send up one BIG PRAYER 🙏🏻 umbrella ☂ to all spoken and unspoken prayers...

On the Meet-Up Sunday Allan usually has a bible study before we all go home, this year we all sat around and discussed being thankful and things we do to bring the Spirit of Mayberry to others. It was nice to hear ways people are good stewards both seen and unseen....Mayberry Folks are the BEST!...


July 23, 2020 - Msg 114947:

"I know how hot it is 'Dang hot!'" (:

July 23, 2020 - Msg 114948: I know that some of you have not been able to see the photos taken in Mt Airy during the Mayberry Meet-up 2020 so I'm trying again. Here's a link to my Google photos of the weekend. https://photos.app.goo.gl/neC8DQKZvz4A25Fv8


July 23, 2020 - Msg 114949: Thanks JM. I am holding on tight.

Asa, if you are out there, we are thinking of you.


July 23, 2020 - Msg 114950: Im having a bit of an anxious day. My good friend, Carrie, had been caring for her parents who have covid and now both are in the hospital. I am very concerned for them. Please say a prayer, if you feel led to. Thanks, friends.


July 24, 2020 - Msg 114951: Boo, I'm so sorry to learn of the family health issues with your friend Carrie. I am glad that the hospital was able to admit and treat them both and not turn them away for lack of beds like some other folks have experienced. I will include her and her parents in my prayers. And I will also include you since these problems are affecting you as well.

MDC, I am glad to read that you are in contact with papabear. I will also include him in my prayers. It is so sad that he continues to suffer for this long especially if it is the result of his military service.

Floyd, your link in Msg 114948 worked for me. I enjoyed viewing all of those photos of your recent trip to North Carolina. I also watched your podcast. Sorry I caused so much trouble by not having a Facebook account.

G-F, was that you in that unique Diamond Jim costume at Mayberry Days?

John Masters, speaking of hot weather that some of you are experiencing, we here in Canada are also experiencing the same. With the humidity, it feels like over 100 degrees Fahrenheit!

from Poor Horatio

July 24, 2020 - Msg 114952: Morning, Porch friends

Boo - You poor girl. Just keep thinking...the sun will pop thru all the clouds over you. I'm sorry you keep getting hit with more bad news.

PH - Can you or someone else enlighten me to papabear's medical issues? What happened in his military service? The heat we are getting is that blazing sun heat. Not much humidity that surrounds you and you can't hardly breathe. It's just straight from the sun hot.

FLOYD - Finally saw the pics! Watched "Two Chairs" also. Great stuff!

Been watching Lake of the Ozarks cam and seeing the people floating on their boats and cruising down the lake and.....*snorts*....the lucky stiffs! ;)

Things to do. Better have at it!
Y'all have a great and safe day!

John Masters

July 24, 2020 - Msg 114953: Yep...PH that was me...I always thought they should have shown Diamond Jim in that episode, but I just went with how Clara described him...I made the wooden t-bone and the cleaver I put on my sign too!...


July 24, 2020 - Msg 114954: Hey PH and John! I'm glad y'all were able to see the photos. Didn't GF look great at Diamond Jim! The folks that dressed up looked great! We, or I should speak for myself and say "I", had a great time seeing everybody. It's been a week...I hope everyone is still well and nobody went home ill. So far, so good....I haven't heard any reports of illness....just fun.

Here's a link to the YouTube video of the Mayberry Meet-up 2020 Report. I think G-F already shared it but here it is just the same. https://youtu.be/bjx96m8zCYg


July 24, 2020 - Msg 114955: Happy Birthday to Romeena!

Please keep the prayers going- for Asa, for Boo all in need,and if there are any to spare,please say one or two for me and my family. We lost my aunt yesterday after a long battle with cancer. Today makes 2 years since Mama passed,so it's not an easy time. Thanks, y'all.

possum u.a.r.

July 24, 2020 - Msg 114956:
P R A Y E R S!

July 24, 2020 - Msg 114957: Erin is pretty sick right now and I suspect itís covid. I havenít taken her for testing yet. We have a category 1 hurricane breathing down our necks right now so going to stay put. I thought she just had a cold but she is getting worse and lots of coughing.


July 24, 2020 - Msg 114958: Oh...No Boo!....Yíall be safe ...Continued Prayers 🙏🏻....G-F

July 25, 2020 - Msg 114959:

Boo- your family is in my prayers. Double check her symptoms. Has she been taking vit. C etc? Get her on A B C D and zinc asap.! ! ! Nip it in the bud!
Happy birthday to Romeena.
God bless,

July 25, 2020 - Msg 114960: MDC, she hasnít been able to keep anything down so I have her take a zinc lozenge now and then and sip Gatorade. She is sleeping now and doesnít feel hot to my touch this morning. Iíll let yíall know how it goes. Right now winds are really picking up from this hurricane. Kind of exciting. We will be fine, though. Itís just a category 1 and going in south of us. Should get some good rain out of it.


July 25, 2020 - Msg 114961: Morning, Porch

Boo - My gosh, I know I keep saying it, but hang in there! Geez, it's just one thing after another. Prayers, best wishes and sympathy for everything you're enduring right now. Sure hope Erin gets to feeling better!


Would like to hang around,everyone, but I gotta get my grocery pickup at Walmart. Take care and have a great day!

John Masters

July 25, 2020 - Msg 114962: Good afternoon, porch. Boo, what can I say? I can't imagine Erin having Covid! Bless her little heart! I declare, I think your family is just snakebit here lately. Certainly you will continue to be in my prayers.

Thanks to all of you who prayed for my grandson, Tyler. He's 27, manages a car rental agency, and first realized he might have Covid when he completely lost all sense of taste! Apparently, that's a frequent symptom. Surprisingly, he never ran a fever, but felt like he was taking the flu. Achy, coughing, tired. He saw a doctor, who confirmed Covid, and sent him home. He stayed home in quarantine until this past week, when he went back to work. He says he feels fine, just tires a little more easily than usual. It could have been so much worse. God is good.

Thank you all for the birthday wishes! I had a nice one - quiet, but so nice. Eloise took me to lunch at our favorite little Mexican restaurant (best cheese enchiladas in town), I received many cards, emails, texts and phone calls. Trinket and I curled up in my chair last night, until we got too warm and had to get up. That little pup generates heat like a furnace, and she feels warm and comforting at first, then begins to just about run me out of the house with the heat she radiates. She gets very annoyed and offended when I finally dump her on the floor and get up to turn on the ceiling fan! I asked Ted about installing a remote on that particular fan, like he did in all the bedrooms. That one in my bedroom is as handy as a pocket on a shirt, let me tell you! I don't have to get out of bed to turn it on or off, and that little process usually happens two or three times a night, at least. Anyway, Ted said the base of the fan in the living area won't accommodate the remote mechanism, I'll need a different fan. That one is older than dirt anyway, and is a very plain-jane, nondescript little thing, though it performs well. So, I'll wait until Lowe's or Home Depot put their fans on sale, probably in October, and I'll get a nice one that will hold a remote.

Tonight promises to be fun. David wants to take me and the family to dinner, probably at Babe's for fried chicken. (Oh, the bliss!) Jerry and Eloise and I (and Trinket) will drive out to David and Brittney's house in Saginaw (a Ft. Worth suburb) and I'll leave Trinket in Diesel's care (?) while we go to dinner. If I know Brittney, she'll have a cake ready. That girl is a gem. Anyway, we'll have a nice evening.

Guess I'd better get a little done around here. Where does all the dust come from? Once again, I need to dust, before weeds sprout on the furniture. Seems to me I just did that! Or, I could curl up with Trinket and take a nap, and do the dusting tomorrow. Mr. Dave told Opie that tomorrow was the best day for doing anything, and he may have just been right! Blessings, friends! --Romeena

July 25, 2020 - Msg 114963: Erin seems better today so I am really thinking it is just a bad cold virus but still treating her like a leper. lol..just in case. Thank you for the prayers.

We are getting some wind and rain from Hanna but little else. She decided to go in pretty far south of us, so that is good.

A very happy birthday to you, Ro! We all should be very thankful for birthdays this year because so many don't have that option.


July 26, 2020 - Msg 114964: I don't want to bring bad news to the porch but I need to ask you to please pray for my friend Maria, who worked with me at Shoreline. Her son died tonight from covid and she is inconsolable and out of her mind right now. It is breaking my heart. Please, please pray.


July 26, 2020 - Msg 114965: Oh, Boo. I'm so sorry to hear of the death of your friend's son. I know all too well how hard that hits. Prayers, for sure. --Romeena

July 26, 2020 - Msg 114966: possum u.a.r., so sorry to learn about your aunt passing away after a long battle with cancer. My father passed away in a similar fashion. And I understand how you feel about your mother's passing although it has been two years. They are in my prayers.

Boo, glad to learn Erin may not be ask sick as you once thought. She is in my prayers.

Romeena, also glad to learn about Tyler's recovery. Also glad to learn that your birthday was enjoyable. When I became a senior citizen, I stopped celebrating my own birthdays. Too bad you can't figure out a way to store Trinket's body heat. As for me, I keep a floor standing fan next to my comfy chair where I can reach the controls. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2ncJ6ciGyM

John Masters, pappabear once informed us that during his military service in the vietnam war, he was exposed to agent orange, a defoliant. This chemical was used to remove leaves from vegetation thereby making it harder for the enemy to hide. Unfortunately, it was dropped from aircraft in areas where friendly troops were operating. The long term affects of exposure were unknown at that time, but now it is believed to have caused various illnesses and birth defects in humans many years later. I know pappabear has been seeing doctors and having surgeries.

G-F, I forgot to mention one thing when I saw you in Floyd's Mayberry Days podcast. My first impression was how photogenic you appear to be. Have you considered modeling? I am serious.

from Poor Horatio

July 26, 2020 - Msg 114967: Boo, so sorry to learn of Maria's son passing. She is in my prayers.

from Poor Horatio

July 26, 2020 - Msg 114968: Thank you so much. I just cant stop crying. This is all so painful. God help this country of ours and all the sick.


July 26, 2020 - Msg 114969: Oh...No Boo....So sorry to hear yet another death....A LOT of prayers for Porchsters going up for sure!

PH...Funny comment!...A charechter drawer once told me at Mayberry Days when he drew my picture, I had a face that was FUN to draw...Donít know if I should take that as a compliment or not...haha....

G-F....p.s. Sorry Romeena I forgot to say Happy Birthday 🎂

July 26, 2020 - Msg 114970: Morning, Porch

Boo - I just dont know what to say. I am glad Erin is doing better. I cant believe the waves of sorrow and stress you are going through. God love ya'! I know I dont have to say this, but we're all here for you. Stay strong! If you need a good cry, go to yourself and let it loose! My sympathies to your friend!

possum - My condolences for your loss.

PH - My Lord. Well, that would do it. Hate to hear something like that.

Well, folks....another hot one here. This time it IS muggy and yucky. The good news is we have an 80% chance of rain through tomorrow and then the upcoming week cools down. We have mid 80's all week. Wish we were getting some of Boo's storm down there.

Alrighty, gotto go. Wouldnt you know it...we got Walmart grocery pickup yesterday and ordered tomatoes. We got them home and they were moldy. So gotta go back and get replacements. Take care, stay safe and for gosh sake's, try and do something fun and/or happy today! See if we can lift some darkness off this porch!

John Masters

July 26, 2020 - Msg 114971: Hey folks, let me tell you something I did to get through all this. I went and cleaned off some lawn chair in the garage. Then I've been getting Bomb Pops and different flavored popsicles from the store. Sometimes, like after dinner and when it's cooled a little outside, I'll grab a Bomb Pop or popsicle, grab a lawn chair and go sit in the mouth of the garage or under our car port and enjoy the treat and the outside. If you focus on JUST that. It really helps. Try it. You might like it. ;)

John Masters

July 26, 2020 - Msg 114972: Good morning, porch! Ditto to all said above! These are trying times, for sure. My Dale once said that he knew how the term "trying times" came about. He said it was because when times get tough, it means we have to keep on "trying." I think he was right.

I was blessed to attend my church's service this morning - on my computer! Our services are being carried over Facebook. The church is open, we can have 100 people in the sanctuary, sitting six feet apart and wearing masks. The rest of us attend via internet. There is even a sidebar on the screen, where we can enter greetings and comments. Thank God for technology. Those who attend in person must register earlier in the week, since seating is limited to 100. The church has asked that those who would be considered high risk (like me) please not try to attend. That's for our own protection, and I honor it. No one would be refused, of course, as long as there were seats available, but out of courtesy to others as well as self-protection, we seniors and those with health factors that would make them high risk, are asked not to sign up. Well, being 81 (now) and a diabetic with cardiac and respiratory issues, I guess that makes me high risk. So I sat here in my nightgown, my dog at my feet, and attended my church's service in total comfort and safety. Not a bad deal, all in all.

The pastor's sermon was from John 8:30-47, a very powerful passage, and he really brought out the truth in it. Just above it is a passage that my former pastor used about ten years ago, and I had some handwritten notes in the margin. (I do that - a LOT!) One of those notes was: "Freedom is not the right to do what you WANT to do. Freedom is the right to do what you OUGHT to do." It occurs to me that the Left is busily trying to take that freedom from us. Actually, the whole world is pretty much doing that. Christianity is the primary target, but other religions are feeling the crush as well. Actually, the Jews have known it forever, and Christianity sprang from Judaism. We had better watch out, or the day can and will come when we can no longer worship openly or, as it is in much of the world, even be caught carrying a Bible where it can be seen. In much of the world, you can be arrested for that, even imprisoned. What is it that non-believers hate so much? What do they fear? I don't understand it.

Well, I shouldn't get started. For today, I was free to sit here and attend a worship service in my own home, thanks to the internet, with my back yard as the backdrop for the screen, sun shining, flowers blooming, and critters busy, going about the business of being critters! (JM, all that was missing was a popsicle!)
There is a 5 ft tall sunflower, with a big bloom just opening, standing in the middle of a flowerbed! Apparently, a bird or squirrel transferred one of the sunflower seeds I put out for the cardinals, and it took root. I'm letting it do its thing, I think it's fun. It looks a bit misplaced where it's standing, but I love it!

The dinner at Babe's last night was fun. Food was wonderful, as always. They do make the best fried chicken in the world. David, the weasel, had informed the wait staff that it was my birthday, so at the end of the meal, all the staff came trooping in, carrying a plate with one of their wonderful biscuits, drizzled with honey, and a birthday candle in the middle. The traditional chicken hat was placed on my head, I was given two little white pointy-end paper cups to clench in my teeth so they looked like a chicken beak, and I was to flap my arms and try to look like a chicken while the staff and the other guests in the room sang "Happy Birthday!" Of course, I complied, and then blew out my little candle. Then we went back to David's house, where Brittney had a delicious cake waiting. Trinket had been a good girl, but Bentley was tired of her and had retreated to a couch where she couldn't reach him. She is a pestilence, for sure. Then Hudson played the piano for us, and that boy can really get music out of that thing. The piano, and his bassoon. He's in the Ft. Worth Youth Philharmonic, and they haven't been able to convene due to Covid. They had annual auditions and rehearsals last week, so they were allowed to gather by instrument groups, to audition. He was again appointed to first chair for the bassoon. Of course, there are only three, but still, it's an honor.

Well, Trinket is trying to get my attention. Apparently, it's lap time, to be followed by nap time, I would imagine. The things I do for that puppy! Blessings, everyone. Stay safe! --Romeena

July 26, 2020 - Msg 114973: Good Sabbath afternoon all.

Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes for us. Y'all are such a blessing to me.

Possum, so sorry to read about you losing your Aunt. My prayers are with you.
As they are with Boo and Erin. I do pray it is not the Virus Boo. And sorry about the losses of your friends Son. How old was he? Ans prayers for Carrie.

Romeena, I am so glad that Tyler recovered from it ok. And glad you are able to catch your sermons on line. Yes, technology is wonderful.

GF, Sounds like you got PH as a fan buddy. Good deal. Years ago I was considering going into Radio as a DJ. Someone told me I had the perfect face for radio. lol

MDC, We had some of that monsoon rain up this way earlier in the week. Didn't amount to much though. Just set off a few more wild fires. Might get some more this week.

JM, Glad you turned off the news. I know how you get all hivey when you get agitated.

Well I suppose I'll go see what I can rustle up for supper. That durn Romeena has got me hankering fried chicken now, and that ain't in my repertoire yet. Someday maybe.

Thanks again for your prayers. Y'all are in mine.


July 26, 2020 - Msg 114974: I appreciate all of the kindness and prayers extended to me. It means a lot. The service was today and it was lovely. My aunt's only grandchild played a beautiful piece on violin, my cousin gave a wonderful eulogy for her mama and the entire service was the perfect tribute to my beloved aunt. It took place up in Rev's neck of the woods and yes, it was DANG hot,as he used to say! I thought of him when I saw the road signs for Prosperity,which is the tiny country town he was from.Yep, DANG hot,all right- Even sitting under a tent it was intense.

I sat next to a cousin,both of us wearing masks,but the majority of attendees did not have masks on. The funeral attendants, pallbearers,even the immediate family-all maskless. I even spotted a baby and a few children in the crowd of at least 100 people. I just don't get it!! What is so hard about wearing a mask?? There may be other funerals to come as a result of this one if Covid-19 was among us.It is just unreal how so many are not trying to "do right" and nip this virus in the bud,as ol Barn would say.

I pray I stay well,that my family and all in attendance stay safe from Covid, but it is a worrisome thing. And I knew about Boo's friend and her grief and kept thinking how would these people feel if they were in that poor mother's shoes.I just do not get the no mask thing. I realize some can't wear them due to physical or mental reasons- my Laci will not keep one on,and I understand her sensory issues. But was she at the funeral among people? No. I am SO ready for this pandemic to be over with and life get back to some sort of normal again! I know I'm not alone. Let's continue to pray, y'all. Didn't mean to get on my soapbox,but I think y'all understand.

Good to see you on the porch,Asa,and God bless you and your family. God bless all of us.

possum under a rock

July 26, 2020 - Msg 114975:

ASA, glad to see you posting! Hope all is well.
I got your letter and 'enclosure.' thanks so much, much appreciated. :) Yes, we got a good rain a few days ago. It had been 108 days since we had any, so it was very welcomed and refreshing!
Several years ago you mentioned a movie starring Claudette Colbert. Do you recall the name of it by any chance? thanks
I happened across the following link. Y'all can take it with a grain of salt, but I just think it is so sad that anarchists are trying to erase history. Down is up, up is down, good is bad, and bad is good!
I am just keeping my eye on the prize thru all this. Ro, you said it very well above in your post, and I think of the 3rd verse of America the Beautiful ending with "liberty in law!" Liberty, yes, but within the bounderies of legally enacted laws.
Here in AZ we still cannot exercise in a super sanitized health club, but I saw a few minutes on TV today some pro basketball 'in your face'
'un-masked' play taking place! It was live, not a rerun. I think I am
totally done with all pro sports.
JOHN MASTERS...what a great idea, a popsicle! Maybe even a huckelberry smash soda. But here I'll have to sit inside and look out the window.
Too dang hot! ha
All is well here, my prayers continue for all, and it's good to see the porch nice and full. ASA, BTW, you're funny for a retired guy,
and GF you looked great as Diamond Jim! I also liked the 3 convicts. It sure looks like everyone had a great time!
MDC :)