June 02, 2021 - Msg 116695:

Oh, RO--they said that next year's pbs concert will be back on the lawn area.

June 02, 2021 - Msg 116696: Good morning, porch! Another gray and drippy day here, but if it ever gets through with all this rain, we're going to have a beautiful late spring and summer. I don't care how much water you pour on a lawn and flowerbeds, it just doesn't do the job that rainwater does. Something about the nitrogen the rain picks up out of the air as it falls, or so I've been told.

Sterling, I enjoyed your stories. Isn't it great, that there are still people around us like those you described? Just renews your faith in humanity, doesn't it? I always try to remember that part of the responsibility is mine, and if I will approach someone with a smile, be polite and respectful, and ask for (not demand) assistance, it usually gets the desired result. Once in a while, I encounter a grouch, and when that happens, I just smile and say, "Well, thanks anyway, and have a blessed day."

So you went to the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum! Aren't they wonderful? I'd like to go again. Our seniors group from church took a bus trip out there, and I can't think when I've enjoyed anything as much. My favorite was the Ark Encounter. It answered so many of the little questions that arise in the mind, such as how did they feed all those animals for that long period of time? What did the people eat? How did they get all those animals in the limited space? (Hint: They didn't get all the variations of a species in there. They had canines, felines, equines, bovines, etc. The variations came later, through natural selection.) Also, the ark was HUGE! As our bus approached the area, we could see the thing from far, far away! It is enormous.

Well, anyway - if anyone is thinking of a family vacation, I would highly recommend Kentucky and the two attractions - the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum. Oh, and at the Ark, I spent about $20 I think, and rented a personal scooter for the day. I wasn't breathing too well in those days, and couldn't have managed without it. It can go anywhere on the ark, all doorways accommodate it, and if you get off for any reason, you just take the keys with you and it will remain where you left it. The whole thing is beautifully engineered, planned and carried out.

Well, guess I'll go scratch up some lunch. I have some nice golden-wheat bread (bakery style), and some good cheese - provolone, swiss, mozzarella, and cheddar, a slicer tomato, some bacon and a good sweet onion. Sounds like a broiled open-face sandwich to me! Yep, that's what it will be, a real treat! Tonight I'll just settle for some berries and cottage cheese. I've got blueberries and blackberries, and some good Daisy cottage cheese.

I'm very easy to feed. I like everything, am allergic to nothing, and I always remember my dad's take on it. If he was with a group that was going to dinner, and the chosen place wasn't his favorite, he would just say "it doesn't matter, it's not my favorite, but I'll eat again tomorrow, so it's okay." I never saw him leave anything on his plate, either! My mom was much the same, loved veggies, cooked anything that would grow in the garden, and left it up to me to eat or not eat. It was on the table, and fussy appetites were not catered to. Eat it, or leave it, it was up to me. I learned to eat what was in front of me, and guess what? I also learned to like everything! Thanks, Mom!

OK, off I go. Blessings, friends. Keep looking up! --Romeena

June 02, 2021 - Msg 116697: I misplaced my 100 year night light somewhere. Its a genuine Walter Drake Co model. BOLO


June 02, 2021 - Msg 116698: Romeena, What a refreshing attitude concerning food. I worked with a guy who was a constant complainer about food and eateries. Used to drive me nuts. It got to where I refused to pick a place to go eat lunch because when I did, he did did nothing but bellyache about the place while we were in there, and for hours afterwards. But I noticed he was like that with just about everything and I decided he wasn't happy unless he was complaining. Sorry, but I have little tolerance to that. He also had this nasal voice that made the whine that much worse. I always felt sorry for his Wife if he was like that at home. A fun date. Kind of a male Lydia. lol

MDC, I suspect y'all are getting hot. My buddy from Mesa said it was supposed to be pushing 110 this week. We are supposed to be close to 100 here on Friday which is early for us. May be a long hot summer. We could sure use some of Romeena's rain here.

I took Debbie in this morning for a consultation with a surgeon. She had an I.V. port in her chest for several years but it cracked on her last year so they put in a pick line (Hickmen I think it's called). Anyway that has been a real problem for her so she is getting a new port put in next Tuesday. Hopefully that will work out better for her. Romeena and Boo probably know what I am talking about. I don't. I just listen to the Doctors and Nurses. lol

Oh Ro, so glad the a/c issue was a simple fix this time. Good deal.

So happy to be bat free here. Yesterday I discovered a Robin nesting in our little rose of sharon tree that is right off our front porch. Really gives us a birds eye view of her. My goodness the nest looks so tidy and well built. I wish I had noticed it sooner so I could have observed the construction.

Well I think I'll go see what is on my DVR. I have been recording some Carol Burnett shows off METV. Kind of fun to see some of those folks from years ago. I saw Burt Mustin in and old Alfred Hitchc0ck show from the mid 50's though, and I swear he looked the same in that as he always did. That guy never seemed to change much. Kind of like Harry Morgan. He looked the same in Dragnet as he did in MASH I always thought.

Prayers for all.


June 02, 2021 - Msg 116699: It was funny to watch them crack up on The Carol Burnett Show, wasn't it, Asa? I recorded some of those shows myself, but on videotape, not DVR. I don't even have one. I really should think about getting with the times... someday.
Of course, I wasn't recording Carol Burnett for the whole show necessarily. I was trying to record all of 'The Family' skits to go along with my Mama's Family recordings. I think I got most of them.

MDC, the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter were great! Romeena described them pretty well already. And that Ark IS huge! Seeing it I immediately remembered the naysayers remarks on "if the earth is young, how did Noah fit dinosaurs on the Ark?". I don't necessarily agree with the apologists who say that there were probably just baby dinosaurs on it, though that is certainly probable and makes sense. But after being there and seeing it, I could totally see where fully grown dinosaurs could fit in it. That, and not all dinosaurs were huge like the ones usually highlighted in movies.
Romeena, did you see the subtle cross image on the inside of the big door on the Ark? If you aren't looking for it and are preoccupied with other things you could miss it, but it is pretty neat.

If you walk around outside the Creation Museum there are some interesting sights as well, like a swampy area with fauna that looks like it came out of any dinosaur movie you've ever seen, as well as a long rope-type bridge to go across.

I think the dinosaurs were the favorite for Noah, both in the Ark and the museum. I do think we didn't spend enough time there though. There was a lot of things to read and we sped through some of that, so I don't know if the kids got the full benefit of the place. That's one thing I regret.
Overall, I liked it, and I would go again. I think going with a church group might be even better.

Well, friends, I could still use some prayers if you have any. I am probably going to have to make some tough decisions in the next few weeks or months. Decisions I have prayed could be taken away from me and that things could turn around and change, much like Jesus did in the garden. My decisions are not as dire as what He went through, but the agony of the heart is still there and troubling.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 03, 2021 - Msg 116700: Good morning, porch! It's cloudy but doesn't look threatening yet. We may just have a cloudy day, but no rain. That would be great! I think Eddie would agree. He's in the back yard right now, pushing his mower through over-the-ankles grass right now. True to his convictions, he's using a mulching mower, no catcher. He only uses the catcher when it is just too high to mulch. My lawn is deep, soft and very green! That mulching mower saves on purchased mulch and fertilizer, and really builds a pretty lawn. I use no chemical fertilizers. Twice a year, Eddie spreads horticultural cornmeal, and dry molasses. No weed killers, no chemicals. Consequently, I have a lot of little lizards (bug catchers - and I love the little guys) and when I dig out there, I always find lots of earthworms (healthy soil!). I try to keep everything as natural around here as I can. I grew up as a free-range kid, played with frogs and lizards, tasted berries on unidentified bushes (my mom tried to discourage that, but didn't succeed) and developed a love and appreciation for the natural world, that's still with me today.

Asa, I know what you mean, about the guy who always complained about the food. I had an uncle who was the same way. A beloved uncle, I must add, but he did have that one annoying quirk. He didn't complain a lot about the choice of restaurants, but once there, the food was never to his liking. I don't think anyone, ever, got his steak the way he wanted it. I've seen him send a steak back two or three times. If it was too rare, they could cook it a little more, but if it was too well done, it required a fresh steak! His salad was always "warm", his mashed potatoes would be pronounced "out of a box", (they weren't) and if we ate at a catfish place (a family favorite) his was always "half raw." Nobody else had that problem, I guess he was just being picked-on. In everything else, he was funny and fun, and I loved him, but I hated to go out to eat with him.

Sterling, I did not see the cross image on the door on the Ark, but wish I had. I'm hoping to make another visit there, perhaps with family, while I still can physically handle the trip. I'll remember to look for that cross! I have made probably six or eight trips with my church group. We've visited southern plantations, and twice have gone to Branson and attended the presentations of Bible events in the Sight and Sound Theater. That's an experience, believe me! We saw "Noah", and were absolutely spellbound. There are a lot of live animals, and when Noah opens the ark to get them on board, the animals - goats, pigs, llamas, horses, ducks, and many other critters just come trotting down the aisles on their own, across the donkey bridge over the orchestra pit, up a ramp and right on into the ark! Nobody guiding them, they just do it. Then the huge door is closed, and that ends the "before" scene. The next scene is inside the ark, and you see all the animals in stalls and enclosures. At that point, most of them are animatronics, but so beautifully done that you want to go pet them! The productions in that theater are absolutely amazing. You really feel like you're there, a part of it all. I highly, highly recommend it.

Sterling, you are in my prayers. I know you've dealt with some tough situations over the years, and I pray that things can be settled to the benefit of all concerned.

Well, guess I'd better get busy around here. I've got some bulbs for Eddie to plant, and he can't plant them if I don't get them out there to him! Blessings, everyone! Keep looking up! --Romeena

June 04, 2021 - Msg 116701:

Good evening folks! Tonight's episodes were two that I like.
I have read somewhere that it took Barney 20 takes to get the scene
with the 'deputies' correct, as he kept cracking up! I've noticed that also with some of Andy's scenes. One can tell that he is holding back laughter.
The second one was about Fred Plumber. Funniest line is when the Judo teacher calls Barn 'chicken Barney,' not because he's scared but because
he's brittle like chicken bone. Haha great stuff.

Sterling, thank you for all that information. I hope that I can make it someday.
Would also like to see The Holyland Experience in Florida some day.
BTW, how is your water heater working these days? :)

RO-my goodness, I have to water my lawn several times a week just to keep it a little bit green,
much less be ankle-deep! Very funny about your uncle always complaining
at restaurants. Some people are 'high-maintenance' as I like to say!

ASA--I hope your wife is doing better as she awaits her new port. Prayers for sure!
And YES, it is getting hot here, 108 or so for the next few days, but that
is summer in the az desert.

BOO--I sure do hope and pray that the doctor visit was enlightening, and that
some tests can be run to find things out, and hopefully not
just another rx.

All is well here. Most places are now fully open and maskless.
Most of the state's 8 mil have been vacinated.


June 04, 2021 - Msg 116702: Wanted to update on Boo- The reason I'm posting is that she has hurt her back and is in a LOT of pain as of last night. Pretty much confined to the bed. Please send out some prayers for healing. She told me that Erin is doing somewhat better as far as the bruises,etc. and has been very helpful to Boo during this thing that's going on with her back. I'm sure Boo will fill y'all in more on things when she's able. Sending prayers and love out for our friend.

possum u.a.r.

P.S. Hey,Sterling! Good to see you on the Porch again. Sending some prayers out for you too,friend.

June 04, 2021 - Msg 116703: Sorry to hear Boo has ďThe MiseryĒ in her back....Hopefully she can recover quickly.....🙏🏻

Looks like we are going to have a nice weekend, so I think Iíll try my hand Bass fishing 🎣 off my kayak and see how that works....I had it out once already, but definitely need to work on getting in & out of it...I think Iím guarding my hip flexibility but Iíll for sure work on it!...Once I got in, it was relaxing 🛶paddling around the lake....

So if you try to reach me tomorrow....I wonít be here! (In by Best Barney voice....

Maude...You as ready as I am for the Meet-Up?...Itís been a LONG LONG YEAR!...Wish yíall could make it too, itís like one BIG family reunion where everyone gets along!..lol

Asa...Hopefully Debbie had a good results on her infusion port issues, they can be problematic so I hear...

Goober Sayís....Hey to EVERYONE.....G-F 🤓

June 04, 2021 - Msg 116704: Good morning, porch! Cloudy and rain predicted yet again for this area. I declare, we're all going to be mildewed before this weather spell breaks. We have had rain almost every day, just two or three dry days, for about three weeks now! Eddie wasn't able to plant those bulbs yesterday, so they're sitting in little boxes in my sunroom, sprouting like mad! They would love to be out there in this weather, with gentle rains almost every day. Not much sun, so they wouldn't like that too well, but it would be better than being in a box! I may just get out there myself tomorrow and plant them. The beds where they're to go are very muddy, so I think I'll get in there barefoot and get the bulbs in the ground. Feet wash easier than shoes, and mud is not unknown to mine!

Possum, thank you so much for the information regarding Boo! So sorry to hear that. It's just about all she needed. It seems like that sweet girl just has one trial after another. However - just wondering?? God works in mysterious ways. Could He have planned this to put Erin in a position of responsibility, caring for her ailing mom? To find herself in a situation where she has to be the strong one, the responsible one, the caregiver, the helper rather than the one requiring help for a change? It could be just what she needs, and I think Boo would gladly go through this trial if it will set Erin on the right path. And if Erin doesn't rise to the occasion and do right, I will be tempted to just go down there and put a few knobs on her little head. It appears she's stepping in and helping though, so I'm just going to pray for both of them instead.

MDC, another thing I noticed with Barney and the deputies, fits right in with your mention of how many scenes it took to film it. When Barney throws the tomato at Otis, and it splatters on his shirt - there are at least two, and maybe three different versions of the tomato splat on that shirt. When it first hits, there are mostly just four spots, arranged like the dots on dice, in a little square. Next, there's one where there's just tomato everywhere on the shirt, even up on the shoulder. Then I think there's a third one, but I can't remember what it looked like. Apparently it took more than one session to finish filming that scene. Too funny!

Well, guess I'd better go drink a glass of juice or something, I think my blood sugar is a little low. A glass of apple or grape juice will perk me right up! I always keep both on hand, and occasionally other juices as well. Cranberry works fine, too. My A1C stays below 7, so my doc just lets me manage my insulin and diet independently. She probably wouldn't do that if I was non-medical, but I instructed new diabetics when I was working - including children - and have managed my own for about 16 years now, so she just put me on autopilot and checks my A1C every six months. Ain't no big thang!

Blessings, friends. Keep looking up! --Romeena

June 04, 2021 - Msg 116705: Excuse me for being a day late, but I am in the hospital. Yesterday was Memorial Day, a day that America honors all those who died serving their country in the military. As a veteran of the US Navy and US Army National Guard, I ask all of you to offer a prayer for those who men and women who sacrificed their lives. https://youtu.be/UUZHTE1jMXg
On behalf of all my veteran comrades, we thank you.

From Poor Horatio

June 04, 2021 - Msg 116706: Oops, how time flies. I meant to say May 31st was Memorial Day, not yesterday.

From Poor Horatio

June 04, 2021 - Msg 116707: Thanks, friends. GF, I have certainly had the misery. Lol I ended up going to the ER this morning and was at the end of my tolerance. I told Possum that I have had two babies and a hysterectomy with an incision long enough to deliver a soccer ball sized cyst and have never, ever had pain as severe as I have had since yesterday. They have me a steroid shot or something in the ER that seemed to work wonders and I was finally able to stand. I wonít go into all the gory details but I am definitely better and resting comfortably in the recliner. I believe it is a muscle injury but Iím supposed to follow up with doc to rule out disc issues in my lumbar region.

Romeena, you think like I do. I was having a talk with Jesus about what you mentioned. I was really at the point of thinking that Erin was incapable of empathy towards me but she has shown me otherwise. I will, however call you to put some knobs on her head at a later date, Iím
Sure. ;) lol

Poor Horatio, wry sorry to hear you are in the hospital. Hoping itís nothing serious. Praying you are better soon.


June 05, 2021 - Msg 116708: Mister Horatio. When I was in the hospital for the procedure, it used to curve to the left. Doctor got me all fixed up now.
. Creb

June 05, 2021 - Msg 116709: Yay! Boo is back and doing much better! Now,we just need to get Poor Horatio back on track with his health. Sorry you're in the hospital,PH and am praying you will feel better soon.

Y'all have a good weekend-remember to act like somebody!

possum again

June 05, 2021 - Msg 116710: Wow, I definitely sympathize with you, Boo. I wouldn't wish that back pain on anybody after I has my first one years back. Had been feeling a little bit of pain for a couple days and then when I bent down to tie my shoes I was floored. Called the ambulance for that one because I didn't know what was going on and had never felt such pain. Could barely move.
After an MRI they found out that a bit of the "gel" in one of my disks was squished out just a little. After months of physical therapy I was good as new but with a new awareness as well. I told the therapist that I hoped I wouldn't forget all the trainings on how to move and bend correctly and she said I would. She was right. Getting more comfortable in our day to day lives we do forget those things. I did have a smaller flare up a few years later, though this one wasn't as bad - still very painful - but I was able to be driven to the hospital this time. The doctor wasn't very sympathetic, gave me some Tylenol and sent me home, where I recuperated on my own. I mean, I know she has probably seen a lot of ailments worse than mine, but my pain was real, and that's why I went it. Probably won't next time. Unless it is like that first time when I couldn't even move at all. But I am very careful for ease up when I first start to feel that "twinge" back there.

Anyway, glad you are feeling better, Boo.

Thank you for the prayers.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 05, 2021 - Msg 116711: "Went IN" Not "it". And then "very careful TO ease up."
Too many typos.


June 05, 2021 - Msg 116712: sterling, you obviously know exactly what I have been going through. Explosive, unbearable pain. Thank God itís getting better. I think the mistake I made was getting into bed immediately after instead of Into a recliner because I couldnít move in that bed. Awful. We did finally have to call EMS to come and transfer me to the ER because I couldnít get into the car. No way! Bruce ordered us a new bad today. We have been sleeping on the mattress we bought 25 years ago and it has no support. I often wake up with a backache from it. I told him I was never getting back in that bed again. Period (although I used more colorful language with him). He ordered us a memory foam type mattress that is adjustable. We are getting to old to not have a good bed.

Iíve just been on the heating pad, and I get up every hour and shuffle around a bit. The back is very sore but improving.


June 06, 2021 - Msg 116713: Good afternoon, porch! We actually have sunshine today, but more rain is predicted. My beloved little sundrops mounds (five of them here and there in the back yard) had stopped blooming, but with just the little bit of sun this morning, already bright yellow buttercup-y blooms are popping open. Love those little plants, tough little things, come back every year, survived our -3į freeze, and are just so bright and cheery! They bloom all summer long, require very little care -just a fairly close haircut when they turn brown in the winter, and they will come back like gangbusters in the spring. There are dozens of cultivars of the domesticated "wild" buttercup-type plant, and almost all are referred to as "sundrops." Just search "sundrops" and a whole world will open up.

PH, sorry to hear you're ailing, and in the hospital, of all things! You're in my prayers for a speedy recovery, and I hope you're home and back to normal very soon.

Boo, so glad to hear you're doing better. I know what you're talking about. When my back crumbled about eight years ago, I had the amazing experience of finding myself standing in my bedroom, just got out of bed, and was screaming with pain (scared little Toye Starr out of her britches) and I couldn't walk. I was not paralyzed, as I was standing up, but absolutely could not lift a foot to take a step. I toe-scrunched and slid my foot along the floor to get to the bathroom. Eloise came and got me to the doctor, and I was in surgery the next morning, for 4 1/2 hours. The sacrum, or sacral plate, in my lower back had just shattered, and I now have a lot of hardware in that area, but it works, and no pain. I actually had very little pain post-op, but I do have an unusually high pain tolerance. My "pain sensor" was working that day, though! The resulting surgery is what finally brought about my retirement from nursing, at age 74. My doctor would not sign off a release to work, and told me to just retire. As he said, "you pick up one of those 300-pounders and try to walk her to the bathroom, and she'll get dizzy and grab you around the neck and take you to the floor with her, and I may or may not be able to fix the damage." So, after a year of long-term disability, I finally retired. It was the right thing to do.

Back pain can be a very frustrating thing. My DIL, David's wife, has chronic low back pain. She's a tough little gal, not a complainer, but I've seen her stretch out on the floor, crying with the pain in her back. She has seen my back surgeon, he found nothing. She's with an excellent pain management doc now, who again hasn't been able to pinpoint a cause, even after X-rays, a Cat scan, and I think an MRI also. She's had steroid injections, which helped a little, briefly, but they just can't find the cause. I feel so bad for her. She does have periods of time where the pain eases up or goes away, but it always returns.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some lunch. Prayers for all who need 'em (who doesn't?) --Romeena

June 06, 2021 - Msg 116714: Don't let the above post confuse you. I wrote it yesterday, then got interrupted and never got back to actually post it. So if the time frame doesn't fit, that's why! At this moment, it's Sunday morning, and I'm getting ready to go to preachin'! See you later..... --Romeena

June 06, 2021 - Msg 116715:

Good Sabbath afternoon to all!
BOO--I am so glad that you are feeling better. I suspect that they
gave you a cort-i-zone shot. (the censor got me on that word!?) Did they also ct scan your back to look at the spine?
My lower spine is 'curved' a bit, and sometimes I 'get the misery', but for me, some back exercises and sometimes a lidocane patch really helps.
Once in a while a solonpas patch. I see a chiropractor every two weeks for an adjustment, and that woman doc does wonders! Just some ideas for you.
Also, of course, watch what you eat, which I know you do.
The "gut" is so very important. A good probiotic helps too.
here are some back exercises that i do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRgsusurrLM

How is Erin doing now? I wonder if she has been eating right. There is 'healing' in meals as you know with your vegan diet. Did the appt with the nuerologist show any promise?

PH--I hope and pray that you are doing better now!

RO--So happy that you are getting some sunshine once again! Wonderful!

Possum--hey to you. Thanks for checking in. Good to see u on FB.

GF--how did the kayak bass fishing go? Big Sam perhaps? :)

Speaking of Mayberry, the other night in the episode about little Andylina, Barney was telling Andy about some guy who had tried to set him up with his daughter, and her name was something like "Alcinion." I have never heard of that name. Anyone?

Guess what, we just found out that we may go to a wedding in June/July of 2022 in North Carolina! (maybe a side trip to the meet up!?) We'll have to see. :)

Anyone here ever watch NOVA? There was a very interesting one on the other day about 13th century ships, their construction, etc. I like those kinds of shows.


MDC :)

June 07, 2021 - Msg 116716:

I hope Henry Bennent wasnt in the boat!

June 07, 2021 - Msg 116717: MDC....I hope the side trip to the Meet-Up next year works out for you guys...It would be nice if it did, this way you could meet your extended family...The kayaking was nice, a bit too windy to fish out there tho...

Continued prayers to Boo and PH...Hope yíall feel better soon!


June 07, 2021 - Msg 116718: Hi Folks,

I found something I wanted to share as I hope you get as big a kick out of it as I did and sat with my mouth dropped open. This is a blog written by a man who used to successfully sneak into the MGM and 40 Acres backlots for years! The site is a masterpiece of behind the scenes pics and stories he tells. There are photos he took of TAGS and Gomer Pyle sets way after they were abandoned. He actually tells of casually sitting on the Taylor front porch and going inside the Taylor home. Though it was a shell of a home, you could go up in it. This site is really something! Two things...you will have to peruse it to find things and there are some stories of more adult nature. Nothing like s*x or anything. One was being drunk while walking around Mayberry.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this. I have it bookmarked on my computer and just love going through it again and again.


Y'all take care, be safe and stay well!

John Masters

June 07, 2021 - Msg 116719: Oh yeah...be sure to read about the Hogan's Heroes tree trunk! You won't believe that one!

John Masters

June 07, 2021 - Msg 116720: The name you were asking about, MDC, is "Halcyon". (Halcyon Loretta Winslow). I had never heard it before TAGS either. Pretty name. "Ugliest girl you ever saw in your life."
- Hazel
(Just thought I'd do a drive-by of the porch today)

June 07, 2021 - Msg 116721: Hope to see you again soon, Hazel. We'll have pie and coffee waiting. Pike.

June 07, 2021 - Msg 116722: Hazel, is that really you? My friend from tater land? My goodness you are a sight for sore eyes. I hope all is well with you and yours.


June 07, 2021 - Msg 116723: Good Stuff John Masters!...I will dive into it more later...Glad you stopped by....G-F

June 08, 2021 - Msg 116724: I find it interesting as I get older...When I look back at what I had to, and DID accomplish every day...

Today I look at a trip to the recycle ♻️ place, a trip the Dollar General, and changing the oil and blades on my mower as a BIG Day! 👍😜

Plus still have energy ⚡️to cook on the grill!....🙌🏻....G-F

June 08, 2021 - Msg 116725: I like my squirrel lightly charred, thank you kindly. Regis

June 09, 2021 - Msg 116726:


June 09, 2021 - Msg 116727: Last shakedown stirred up too many bedbugs and fleas. Hard to get to sleep now.


June 10, 2021 - Msg 116728:

Hello Porchsters!
I hope everyone is doing well these days.
Welcome back to Regis and others.
Maybe that shakedown with stir possum from under her rock! haha
The two episodes tonite are not on my fav list... Barney arresting Otis, and the Lucky letter,
but I gotta say it sure beats what the studios are
putting out these days.

JM--thank you for that link, that is some very interesting stuff. BTW, while it's on my mind...
in the tags credits there is a Jay Sandrich as an associate producer, well, I've seen his name at the end of a few other '60s programs, so I guess he had a few more irons in the fire.

One thing that always amazed me, when we would take care of our
nieces and nephews when they were growing up, is that they ALL
liked Gilligan's Island reruns that show during the '80s and '90s!
And it is still in sindication today! It is a purely silly show
with the Howells having more clothing than could ever be carried on
that little boat, but that's the fun of it, I guess.

BOO--how is your back doing, and Erin?
RO--did you get the bulbs planted?

HAZEL!-good to see ya! Thanks for the drive by. Thank you also for that info about Barney's mystery girl's name. I recall a while back when I asked about "Lavinya," another name I had never heard of.
Well, it is heating up here, is predicted to be 116 just a few days from now!

Hey to ASA, RO, Maudie, PH and all!

Jesus loves us! :)

June 10, 2021 - Msg 116729: Lavinia is an old Southern name,MDC. I've known several Lavinias but I'm with you on Halcyon-never heard of anyone with that name. Here's another one for you-not TAGS related but thought you might like it- Eulalie. A classic old Southern lady name! Can you figure out the pronunciation? Say it like this: U- Lay- Lee.
And that's today's lesson in Southernisms- ha!

possum u.a.r.

P.S. Hey to Hazel and everybody!

June 10, 2021 - Msg 116730: Good morning, porch! Well, it looks like our string of soggy days may be over for a while. Just checked the week-long forecast, don't see any rain, and temps in the 90s. However, looking at the sky right now, it wouldn't surprise me if we got at least a shower today. Eddie mowed the back yard on Tuesday, and already it needs mowing again.

MDC, I'm sorry to say the bulbs still are not in the ground, but Eddie has it on his list today. He's here somewhere, I hear his mower going. He does about four houses on this street, and with all the rain we've had, he's staying pretty busy. He has a firewood business as well, and has other streets where he has yard clients. I don't know where he gets the time and energy, but with all he has on his plate, he still takes good care of my yard, and finds time in between visits to call me and see if I need anything. I do the same for him, as he's no spring chicken either, and has terrible arthritis, just had a knee replacement a few months ago.

He's a good friend, and we have an open and honest friendship. For fun, he refers to me as his "white mama", followed by a hearty laugh. I hope I don't offend anyone with this, but I think it tells a lot about Eddie when I hear him say, "You know, there's black folks, and then there's (n-word) folks. I got no use for them. All their rioting and protesting just makes it harder for the rest of us, black and white." I think he's right.

Love the lesson in Southernisms! I do have to add, however, that Eulalie can also be pronounced "Eula-lee". I've heard it both ways. Personally, I prefer U-LAY-Lee. The other way makes it sound like two names - Eula Lee - which would also be a very Southern name, like Billy Joe for a man. Of course, being a Texan, that makes me a rather dubious authority on Southern ways and traditions. We are sort of a fringe-part of the Old South, and we have our own "isms" as part of our Texas heritage. Lots of Spanish/Mexican influence thrown in.

I'm wondering what's going to come out of the western invasion we're experiencing now. According to Brittany - you'll remember she's a realtor - there is a tidal wave of people coming to Texas, getting out of California. She sells about two or three houses a month to Californians. Those folks are buying houses, unseen, just chosen from industry pictures, and paying far and away over the asking price, with no complaint. They all seem to have the same explanation - "We just can't stand what's happening there, and don't want to raise our family there." I don't wish to offend any porchsters who might be loyal Californians, but that's what's happening here. I hope some folks will choose to stay there, and fight for a return to sanity.

G-F, I had to laugh at your memory of how life was before retirement, compared to how it goes today. I have the same feelings. I used to work three or four 12 hour night shifts in a week, sleep when and if I could, keep my house clean, laundry caught up, flowerbeds weeded, fish pond kept clean, with filters washed out weekly, attend church and other activities regularly, make trips to Fredericksburg often, and cook dinner for the extended family at least every two weeks. Now, it's a big day if I pull weeds for ten minutes, dust something, sweep the kitchen and clean the sink. That's about it! Pitiful, ain't it?

Well, guess I'll go see if Eddie needs anything, then I need to get online and shop for a new ceiling fan for the living room. There's nothing wrong with the old one, but I want one with a remote. Ted installed a remote in the one in my bedroom and in two of the guest bedrooms, but I need one where I spend the evenings. Once Trinket and I get settled in, which means she's draped over me at some point, things get very warm. She's like a little furnace, and very soon, I'm too warm! So I have to dislodge her, move my lap pillow which is supporting my plate or book or whatever, lower my recliner's foot rest, and crawl out of the chair to go to the rheostat on the wall, which controls the ceiling fan. I make that up and down pilgrimage several times in an evening. I'm ready for a remote! No, I'm not lazy, just old and tired and arthritic. But hey, I'm here, and that's enough! Blessings, friends. Keep looking up! --Romeena

June 10, 2021 - Msg 116731: Bigot.

June 10, 2021 - Msg 116732: Yep, if I was going to make a snarky comment like that, I wouldn't identify myself either. --Romeena

June 10, 2021 - Msg 116733: Well, well. Surprise! I have identified the Masked Sniper above, and maybe it isn't too much of a surprise. It's not a regular, I'll say just that much. Don't worry, Sneaky Pete, I won't identify you to the porch. --Romeena

June 10, 2021 - Msg 116734: I like a good mystery. I own several in paperback too. Regis

June 10, 2021 - Msg 116735:

POSSUM--I think I used to have a stringed instrument by
that name!!! har-de-har-har! :)


June 10, 2021 - Msg 116736:

Well, this is it! Our new kitchen cabinets are suppose to arrive tomorrow, Friday! Woohoo! :) We ordered them in February, and they were first going to arrive in late March.
But get this, now the installer is on vacation, so the cabinets
will sit in the garage for another week. Ha, oh well, that's life.

I had a good visit to the dermetologist today. He zapped with with some
liquid nitro in a few places, but basically I'm doing good, especially
since I used to swim at the local pool almost everyday during the
summers growing up. Then, I'd get out and apply sunTAN lotion,
and cook for about an hour!! Yikes!

That 116 should arrive here around Monday. Fried eggs anyone? :)


June 10, 2021 - Msg 116737: DermAtologist!

June 11, 2021 - Msg 116738: MDC, I love Gilligan's Island. Always have. There are some shows I didn't like as a child, like TAGS(sorry), that I grew to love, like TAGS, and others that I loved as a child and grew out of, but I loved GI as a child and that never changed.
It is just a silly, but well-written and acted, show that lets you escape from the troubles of the world. Though I never thought of it as such when I was a child. It was just fun.
I remember listening to Russell Johnson's(The Professor) audio version of his book, where he talks about a review of GI by a columnist who, after talking about all the immoral junk in the world today that wasn't on GI, stated that, "it's no wonder that island seems such a refuge now." And that was back in the 80's or early 90's when that columnist stated that. Imagine what he'd say now. Probably say that Gilligan's Island seems like heaven now.

It's been hot here, but I will take it over the cold so I am not complaining.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 11, 2021 - Msg 116739: Hey guys,

I peek in to the porch here from time to time and I had to address something that Romeena said. The EXACT same thing is happening here in Missouri in the realty market! I can speak from experience as my wife and I are looking to move away from the southern part of Missouri (we are north of Springfield about 30 miles). We are trying, trying to get to the Lake of the Ozarks area, but we have lost bids on two houses because of exactly what you described. The New Yorkers and Californians are coming in droves to the Lake of the Ozarks and they are buying right off the realty sites on the internet. They see something they like online, call the realtor and put in a bid. Bang! Done! We actually drove 2 1/2 hours to be the first ones to look at a home. Another realtor had beaten us there with another couple. They gave the owner an offer and the owner took it right there. We didn't even have the chance to get out of the car! And it was a couple from...drum roll please...California. To say I was livid is an understatement. Then we drove 2 1/2 hours again, got to look actually look at a home and lost to high bidders who went about $15,000 over the price.
My father in law (who is recovering from a massive heart attack) and my 84 year old mother live around the LOTO and we are trying to get closer to them but have to race the out of towners in all this idiocy!

MDC - Glad you liked the link I posted. Pretty cool stuff, huh?!

John Masters

June 11, 2021 - Msg 116740: Good afternoon, porch! Love the comments on Gilligan's Island! I enjoy the show, always have. Yes, it's silly, and totally ignores reality and common sense. Did Gilligan's shirt never wear out? How do you bake a cake without baking powder, or an oven? Do batteries never wear out? And as MDC made reference - the Howell's clothing alone would have sunk the Minnow in the harbor. And what did they sleep in, especially the women? Also, with no pots and pans, how did they cook? You can't cook everything on a stick over an open fire! But - who cared? The show was fun, and funny, and apparently a lot of people enjoyed it, and still do.

JM, I'm not surprised that our real estate climate has spread. Texas isn't the only place that people might want to live, but at the rate people are coming out of California and New York, pretty soon there will be no one there but chirpy crickets! People got into a bidding war in east Texas, for a near-the-lake property with a fairly nice house on it (not even lakefront, just nearby) and the winner finally ended up paying $180k over the asking price! That's extreme, but definitely not the only one. And if you ask a realtor, they will tell you that almost everyone gives as a reason - "to escape the political scene", or "to get away from the drug and crime culture." That's so sad.

Well, I'm pooped! I spent a little time in the back yard today, cleaned out two bird baths, gathered up the new little vine-lets from my morning glory vines I planted in an old iron washpot, and trained them to climb the old sawed-off tree stump behind the pot. When they really get going, and thicken up, that stump should be really pretty. I'm just concerned that it might not get enough sun, and if it doesn't, the vines won't bloom very well. Oh well. We'll see.

This morning I went to the grocery, so picked up a friend and took her along. We've been friends for 45 years, she can no longer drive, but I can and do, so I try to keep her in mind when I'm going somewhere. Her husband and mine were good buddies. My Dale has been gone now for 25 years, and hers for 12 years, so we have a lot in common. Back in the good days, our families would vacation together. We'd go to the beautiful Frio River in deep southwest Texas, in the hill country, and spend long lazy days tubing on that crystal-clear river. Those were the days! We had a lot of fun, and so did our pre-teen and early teenage kids!

Well, I think I'm going to get in my wheelerette and see if I can relax some of the kinks out of my neck and back. When I get tired, all of that just locks down, and it hurts. Voltaren cream helps, and Advil or Aleve help a little too. I look at some of the other women my age at church, and find myself thanking God for what I DON'T have! God is good.

Blessings, friends! Keep looking up! --Romeena