June 26, 2022 - Msg 118008: 😎✌🏻👍

June 27, 2022 - Msg 118009: Barney:"You dont know it Otis, but you were standing naked before me!".
Otis:"Andy, I was NOT!".
hahaha...I love that scene.

Well, where are all my porch buddies today? Too hot to sit on the porch? It's pretty steamy here today but will cool off some this evening.

Been shucking some fresh sweet corn for dinner tonight. I just love the stuff. For lunch, St. Susan made me a chicken salad sandwich with a couple slices of one of her fresh tomatoes. So good! Asa, are you still growing sweet corn?

Hope all of you have a nice summer evening.


June 28, 2022 - Msg 118010:

Hi Boo and All! Yup, very hot here, and now it seems to affect my
sinuses. I have a 'puremist' humidifier, and that does help some.
Love the olathe corn when it gets into stores soon.
And That chicken salad sure sounds good.
ASA and GF, either of you see the NHRA funny cars and top
fuels on Fox yesterday? I could smell the nitro! ha

Both tags eps tonight featured Thelma Lou, and I must say, she sure had big wonderful puppy dog eyes!

BTW, #118008, thanks for tidying up the porch.
It looks nice, real nice.
I continue to feel better each day!

June 28, 2022 - Msg 118011:
So sorry to learn some of you are ailing or experiencing personal problems. Thankfully some are on the mend. I wish I could offer you something more effective than just prayer.

Even us here in Ontario Canada are experiencing a heat wave with temperatures in the 30s (that's Celsius and not Fahrenheit).

On another note, here is something I noticed yesterday watching the color TAGS episode titled "The Statue". That's where Mayberry had a statue built to honor the late Seth Taylor, one of Andy's relatives. In one outdoor scene where Andy walks from the sheriff's office to Floyd's barber shop, he passes a lady carrying a bag of groceries. Andy does not greet her or even offer to help her. In fact, he does not even look at her and she does not look at him. I thought that was very unusual for a small friendly town where supposedly everyone knows everyone. Even I say at least hello to strangers when we pass each other out in public.

from Poor Horatio

June 29, 2022 - Msg 118012:

PH--interesting observation about the lady with the groceries.
As we have mentioned in the past, Andy seemed a bit 'off his game' in the
color episodes, so that might be part of it. Another thought, if that 'extra' spoke, then maybe they would have had to compensate her.
I havent seen that one in a long time, but did you also notice that the
statue 'moves' a bit during the unveiling? (Showing that it was just paper mache! ha)
Hope you have some AC up there. I know that a lot of US midwestern homes
were never built with any AC.
We are only to be 104s to 106s this week!

June 29, 2022 - Msg 118013: Morning all.

I have been AWOL for a bit. Thought I'd give you all a break. lol

Boo, My prayers for Bruce that all will be well for him. And for you to put your mind at ease.
You asked about my corn growing. The last year or so before I retired I quit the garden due to time limits. Between a very demanding job and being a full time care giver, somethings in my life had to go and that was one of them. I figured once I retired I would get back into it, but so far that hasn't happened. Part of the reason is just a half mile away from me, a farmer sells from a roadside stand all kinds of fresh produce at very reasonable prices. And it is fresh, which is key. If I had to rely on the grocery store for produce I might go back to gardening because it just is not as fresh. Corn especially needs to be cooked and consumed as soon as it is picked. The difference is remarkable. But I do miss experimenting with the newer varities of corn. Serendipity was my favorite. Perfect mix of sweetness and creaminess. And it has a longer picking window than most of the hew hybrids. Bodacious was another good one I liked, but at it's best it had maybe a 2 or 3 day window for harvest. After that window closed, it got pretty starchy pretty fast.

MDC, Glad you are feeling better buddy. Those tummy flu's are not fun. Especially this time of year. I hope you continue to improve. We are supposed to get some monsoon stuff up here this afternoon and tomorrow. Have you guys been getting any?

The air show on Saturday was fantastic. Watched it from Stacey's pool. My goodness, those Thunderbirds just make my heart swell with pride. The only downer was I got burned to a crisp. I usually don't burn, but I sure id Saturday. I have been one sore dude since. I look like heck because I have not shaved because my face hurts so bad.

We hit triple digits yesterday here and this morning it is warm and muggy with the cloud coverage. 78 at 5 a.m. which is very high for us. We usually cool off into the 60's at night. And with low humidity. I just don't know how you folks deal with that humidity and hot temps.

You all were talking recently about some of the things they do in shows that make no sense, like locks on door closets and what not. One of the things I have noticed are windows with no screens. I think everyone has screens on their windows or you are gonna have a house full of bugs if you keep your windows open. Oh well, just one of my pet peeves. lol

Well prayers for all for a great day and for peace for your hearts.


June 29, 2022 - Msg 118014:
MDC, you are correct that anytime a character speaks on television, they have to be paid extra for that. But still, Andy and/or that lady could have glanced at each other and smiled at no charge.

Asa, I agree with you about no screens in windows. Those homes should be full of bugs but I don't remember any characters doing any swatting or spraying with bug spray.

Another thing I noticed is that for homes located where they experience snow and rain such as in North Carolina; no exterior storm doors to protect the wooden entrance doors.

And finally one more thing I noticed. For daytime scenes inside homes, why are table lamps turned on?

from Poor Horatio

June 29, 2022 - Msg 118015: Good morning, porch! We've got a lovely day here. At 10 a.m., it's just 83°, with a predicted high of just 94°, and a humidity of 47%. Now, that's quite tolerable for Texas! My personal prediction, based on nearly 83 years of experience, is that it won't last long! I don't know about the rest of the country, but folks around here don't perspire. No. We sweat!

Asa, it's good to see you back on the porch. Sorry about your sunburn, trust me, I know how painful they can be! Like most stupid young teens, I would "lay out" in the sun in the middle of the day in San Antonio, slathered in baby oil with a few drops of iodine in it, convinced I was going to have a "Hawaiian tan" and all I usually got was blisters and iodine stains. Sunscreen was still years ago, as was the understanding of what we were actually doing to our skin. Today, I know. I look at my blotchy, crepe paper skin and I know. Dumb kid. Wish I could have a do-over.

I agree, why would people not have screens on their windows? If Andy had screens, Opie's little bird would not have escaped. Out of the cage, maybe, but still in the house. Of course, then it would have been hard to film the sequences when Gomer was staying with Andy after Wally fired him, and they couldn't have had that conversation when Merle Dean came by with his noisy car. They couldn't have leaned out the windows to discuss the situation.

I only remember one scene where a bug was the issue. Remember when there was a fly in the courthouse and Andy was chasing it with a swatter? He ended up swatting it when it landed on Helen! I think I would have punched his lights out for that! Fly innards on my clothes! Iiccckkkkk!

And yes, PH I've wondered about the storm doors. We don't get much snow, and not a lot of rain, but we have storm doors. My front door is wooden, but it's tucked back about eight feet under roof, at the end of my front porch, so it never gets wet. However, I have a storm door on it, that has a latch. When someone is at the door, and I open it, I want something between me and the caller, that is locked. If I feel threatened, I can shut the wooden door and throw the deadbolt before they can break through the storm door. That has never happened, and likely never will, but if it does, I'm prepared! Yes, I have a peephole, but I was 5'6" when it was installed, and I'm 5'2" now, and cannot see through that hole, even on my tiptoes. Yes, I have a Ring camera, and could use that, but by the time I locate my phone (it's not attached to my body) and hit the right buttons to bring up the picture of the person at the door, they're gone! I guess I could put a little step of some sort near the door, but knowing me, I'd just trip over it when I go to get the mail that has come through the slot. Oh, well....

As for bugs, a small war raged in my house last night. There was a mosquito in here! Eddie was here yesterday, and I was in and out of the house all day, so naturally, at some point a mosquito made it inside. I saw him, and he bit me three times, so I was well aware of his presence. (Actually, not him, but her. The female mosquito is the biter, she needs the blood meal to mature her eggs, the miserable wretch.) I know that, but to me, a mosquito is a mosquito. Therefore, I think I'll just refer to the hateful things as "it." I was armed with my trusty alcohol spray, but it was very sneaky, and actually managed to bite me three times! It was also after Trinket too, who was on my lap, of course. She gets Heartguard every month, without fail, since mosquitoes are the vector for heartworms, but I still don't want her to be bitten. Finally, it landed on a tuft of Trinket's white fur, where it stood out like a beacon. I had my sprayer in my hand, and gave it a spritz. It flew up in the air, a little wobbly, and then fell like a rock. That alcohol spray works! I love it, and only use a pesticide spray for general banishment of any possible flyers, like in the garage or on the front porch. In the house, alcohol works great, but you do have to see the bug. It kills flies too, but it takes several hits to kill them quickly. However, even after just one hit, in a day or so I'll find the fly on his back on a windowsill, breathing his last! I definitely prefer the alcohol spritz over a bug spray. It's not oily, if sprayed above furniture or whatever, there is no residue to stain anything, it leaves no lingering odor, and is non-toxic. It's safe around Trinket (of course, I don't spray it toward her face) and it works. It's cheap, too!

Asa, do you have any aloe vera plants? Probably not, they're a warm weather, desert-type plant. If you could find one, just take one of the fleshy leaves, split it open and scrape out the jelly inside that leaf and smooth it over your sunburned skin. It works wonders. Of course, it works best if applied right after the burn, but even a few days later, it helps. If you can't get the plant itself, you can buy aloe vera gel in most drug stores, and some grocery stores. It's still very soothing. We grow it down here, I've got one in my sunroom. You can grow them indoors, which is nice for you, because it will definitely freeze and die outdoors if you get cold weather. Interestingly, aloe is one of the very few medicinal plants mentioned in the Bible that are still known to be with us today.

Well, better run. Got to go get my hearing aids adjusted, and get my 6-month audiology test. I really do like Miracle Ear. These aids I got from them are the best out of the three sets I've bought (count 'em - 3). They're not perfect, but better than deafness, and the company provides (in fact, mandates) routine exams, adjustments and whatever is needed. Free. Forever. Not a bad deal.

Blessings, friends. Keep looking up! Trinket says her ears are available for petting. --Romeena

June 29, 2022 - Msg 118016: Make that "sunscreen was still years away", not "years ago." Grrr! -Romeena

June 29, 2022 - Msg 118017: Hey Y'all- Thought I would check in and let you know how things are going with my daughter & Laci's situation. We were able to have the needed repairs done to the main hallway of the mobile home. That way they will have 2 bedrooms,a bathroom,living room,kitchen & laundry room that are all in good condition. The master bedroom & bath also need some repairs,but they're not too bad,so we can close off that part of the home for now & have those repairs done once we get the money. Power will be on by week's end, water should be too and they will move in after the 4th. I am starting to feel like things are going to work out and that there is light at the end of the tunnel. This has been one difficult month! God is seeing us through.Thank you all for your prayers and kind thoughts. I ask that you continue to keep my girls in your prayers during all of this change in their lives. Thanks,friends.

possum u.a.r.

June 30, 2022 - Msg 118018: Gee Asa, sounds like you are living in South Texas! We have that intolerable heat and high humidity for half the year.The older I get, the better I seem to tolerate it, though..not sure why. The last couple of evenings Bruce and I were actually able to sit out on the porch swing in the evening because of the breeze and no mosquitos due to the drought we have had. It was really nice. Sorry you cant grow your corn anymore but that produce stand near you is a win/win. I wish I had one close to me. I have to go to farmer's markets or way out to a produce stand about an hour from here to get the fresh stuff. I did find some really delicious sweet corn at walmart this week, of all places. We sure have been enjoying it with butter and sea salt! Yesterday I made Erin's favorite cranberry chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans. Man, the family chowed down on that. My tomato plants are still bare. Blooms but no tomatoes.

Been trying my hand at quilting recently and finished my first baby quilt last night for a friend who is expecting a girl. It is small so wasnt so hard. I made my own strips for binding and hand binded the quilt. It was my first attemp at binding (the fabric that runs around the edges of a finished quilt). I watched a few youtube tutorials and chose the technique I thought would be best and gave it a shot. It's kind of time consuming because you have to cut your own binding strips and sew them together in a particular way before attaching them to the quilt in a two step process, sewing the strips on the face of the quilt, and then turning and hand sewing to the back of the quilt. Easy on a small quilt, but would be very time consuming on a large one. Anyway, I thought it turned out great and I am pleased so will mail it to my friend. It's small but would be just about right for covering a baby in a carseat. Enough about that..probably boring you guys.

Thank you for the prayers for Bruce and myself. I feel fine about everything now. We are having the colonoscopy on the 21st and then Bruce wants to take a week long road trip to get away. He wants to go visit my 93 year old aunt and uncle in Houston and his very elderly aunt in that same area. I think it will be good for him to just have a week of rest, especially if the test does show something we have to seek treatment for.

Glad things are moving forward, Possum. Bless your sweet girls.

Glad you are feeling better, MDC. I have been watching alot of Alfred Hitchc^ck presents and it is full of TAGS actors. Fun to look for them. Peggy is in alot of them

Well, I am waiting for St. Susan and her granddaughter Emily to pick me up and take me with them to town for fabric. Emily wants to make a Christmas quilt and needs my help picking out what she needs. Can you believe little Emily is about to turn 15 in a month?! She went for a chubby little dancing and singing child, to a beautiful young lady overnight, it seems. She is so cute and all of a sudden she has a figure! Kind of scary. lol

Hope you all have a good day. Stay out of the pool without sunscreen, Asa!


June 30, 2022 - Msg 118019: Good morning, porch! We have another beautiful sunny day here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, with a temp of 89° at 11 a.m., with a high of 98° predicted, and humidity in the 40s. Not too bad, could be worse, for sure.

Boo, I commend you for tackling the quilting projects. I did a little quilting many, many years ago, and enjoyed it, but just don't have the initiative to do it again. My DIL, Brittany, had two quilts made for her boys, Landry and Hudson. She didn't make them, she commissioned them, but she supplied the "squares" and that took a lot of patience, planning and time. Both boys played baseball from the Tee-ball stage, and through high school. As you can imagine, they played on a LOT of different teams. Brittany saved all their team t-shirts, and the patches were cut from those old shirts! So Landry now has a quilt that dates back to his pre-school years, and Hudson's is in the works, as he just graduated from high school last month. Obviously, Brittany was thinking ahead for a very long time. My son definitely knew how to pick a wife!

My back yard is full of squirrels! I've seen at least six back there just this morning, all at the same time. There is also a big and bossy bluejay, who is not at all pleased with the squirrel explosion back there. Like most bluejays, he thinks that all he surveys belongs to him, and he resents any interlopers, especially squirrels. There is a natural animosity between bluejays and squirrels. Actually, bluejays really don't like or get along with anybody, and it's just hilarious to watch the battles out there. They are the crankiest bird ever, loud and noisy, screaming at everyone. It's a good thing God made them so beautiful, or they wouldn't have a friend in the world!

Possum, sounds like you've got the housing situation for Laci and her mom under control. I'm very happy for you, and for them. Everyone needs their own space. Prayers are being answered.

Boo, prayers still for Bruce and your family. I know the possible diagnosis is very scary. As you know, I've been there, but I was fortunate in that my initial surgery came just a day and a half after my sudden and totally unexpected diagnosis. No long, nerve-grating wait. The surgery revealed a Stage 3b tumor, which of course indicates that it was found in numerous adjacent lymph nodes, with some local invasion out of the nodes. You know that was a pretty scary diagnosis, but my doctor met it with optimism, and Dale and I battled it with prayer. Now here I am, 43 years later. A positive attitude, lots and lots of prayer, and apparently God had a plan for my life, because I'm still here. True, the year of treatment wasn't much fun, but we met it with faith, hope and humor (thanks to Dale) and all of a sudden, it was finished, and our lives went back to business as usual. Your family will be in my prayers throughout whatever comes, and I'm quite sure I'm not alone in that. Your friends are here to offer whatever support we can.

I have discovered a fun little game! I'm sure everyone receives all those annoying spam calls - I get as many as 15-20 a day! My caller ID on my caption phone and on the TV actually displays "spam risk" on screen while it's ringing. Well, I usually don't even answer those calls, just let them ring, but lately I've been having a little fun with it. I pick up, and say "Hola! Quien es?" (Hello. Who is it?) There's a momentary pause, and the caller then doggedly goes into his or her little speech, in English. I interrupt with "Dispensame, por favor! No hablo Ingles!" (Forgive me, please. I don't speak English.") The pause is a bit longer, then they try again, rattling off their little spiel in English. That's when I interrupt and say, "No hablo Ingles!! Si tu no hablas Español, adios!" (I don't speak English. If you don't speak Spanish, goodbye!) They usually hang up then, but if not, I do. Sometimes they sign off with a rude remark, which of course I pretend not to understand. Gives me a little laugh, and breaks up a slow afternoon.

Well, guess I'll go scratch up a little lunch. Have a great afternoon, everyone. Blessings, and keep looking up! --Romeena

June 30, 2022 - Msg 118020:


June 30, 2022 - Msg 118021: Romeena...My yard was full of squirrels 🐿 too, must be National Squirrel Day or something...But it could be the additional Goodies I added to my feeding station that could have done it too...I added some air popped popcorn, raisins, and dried cranberries plus I added EXTRA peanuts 🥜 to the mix.

So ALL critters are welcome to come and jump right on in!...

I have to add I have a beautiful chocolate colored squirrel who likes to sneak up on my porch and drink from my fountain ⛲️
It likes to drink where the water falls from one bucket to another...He stands up straight just like we drink at a fountain.


June 30, 2022 - Msg 118022: Hello all. I got a very old refrigerator I've been meaning to replace, but never got around to it. It decided it was time, by starting to leak. Turned out to just be a pinhole in the plastic tubing water line, but there's so much pressure you can't just tape it up. And the shutoff valve is so corroded from hard water, it's stuck open. Soooo, I gots to use the water and then shut it off at the breaker!

I went to a Mean Old Box Store to find a new fridge, and they said the house had to be ready in plumbing terms to just hook up the new fridge before they'd deliver. I called The Man, and he said since it wasn't a typical plumbing emergency, I'm looking at some time after July 4th before he can get out. So I am going to be playing around with the water for a while yet before I can synchronize the plumber and the refrigerator delivery.

Billy Ray the Retired Postman

June 30, 2022 - Msg 118023: Looking over the archives, I noticed a couple things I felt obliged to respond to. G-F, I didn't know about Ronnie Shell, but as I sit here in the Fairfield Library, I ain't a quarter mile from the Arts Center. Wish I'd have known.

John Masters, my Bible study is to read it through every year, cover to cover. I've done so maybe the last 20 years or so. It's 3.25 chapters a day to make it. Parts are easy, Psalms is easy reading, Acts moves right along. Other parts are drudgery. The tabernacle dimensions, temple dimensions, the endless genealogies, Numbers 7 is an unbearably boring chapter to read, the awful Godly judgments of the OT prophets, much really difficult reading. But to read it over and over, you get a feel for it you can't get any other way. And it makes it really easy to find hidden Books of the Bible if someone should happen to post it! I don't have a special time or place. I just do it when and where I feel like it.

Billy Ray the Bible Reading Postman

June 30, 2022 - Msg 118024: I do declare. I just discovered Jackie Joseph was once married to Ken Berry. The things you learn on the internet.

Billy Ray the Web Surfer

July 01, 2022 - Msg 118025:

Good evening all. The porch seems nice and full lately!
Possum, I saw your request on facebook, and wish I could help,
but just can't swing it at this time; but you do have my prayers
for sure! :) Sounds like it is working out.
BOO--prayers for your family too. I sure hope that Bruce's
colonoscopy shows nothing to be a problem.
We are still hoping to get away to northern AZ for a few days,
but gas prices here are just killing us!
I'm not sure what time Alfred comes on in your area, but last night
here was indeed one that had miss peggy in it.
RO and GF, so cool that you are so easily entertained!! haha
Regarding screens, I know that Andy's front door had a screen door,
as I saw it in tonight's ep about Mr. Frisbee.

Our 'mild' weather continues for a few more days.
Oh ASA, yes, we did get some rain last night, as 'monsoon'
moisture came up from the south.

I am saddened by those poor people who died in that trailer.
How others' inhumanity to man just to make money is beyond my

Keep well folks, God bless,

July 01, 2022 - Msg 118026: Sorry Billy Ray that you didn’t notice my message in time, Wow I did not realize you were THAT close to the event center. Berachah Valley a area Bluegrass band from the Mayberry Man Movie opened up for him too.. Here’s a taste...


July 02, 2022 - Msg 118027:

our country this weekend especially!

MDC :)

July 02, 2022 - Msg 118028: Good Saturday morning all. I hope and pray your holiday weekend is off to a great start.

Romeena, thanks for the aloe vera suggestion. We have some in the fridge and I have been using it. Very soothing. Other than my lips, my sunburn is now entered the peeling and itchy stage. But man my lips are a mess. Swollen, dry and cracked and sore as can be.

MDC, Glad you got some rain. We never did here. A few clouds and that was about it.

GF, I'd love to see a picture of that squirrel getting a drink if you can get one.

Possum, glad to read that the project is coming along. Onward and upward.

And Boo, Prayers for good test results for Bruce.

Not much else to report here. Hot and dry typical July. Hey, that rhymes.

Prayers for all.


July 02, 2022 - Msg 118029: Asa...Funny you should say that, I never have my camera with me when he does it...This morning I had my iPad, he came up on the porch, like 3’ away from me and the fountain ⛲️ and gave me a look like..”Are you gonna let me have a drink or not?”...Then scurried off back to the tree I guess he decided he needed more food than a drink right now....lol


July 03, 2022 - Msg 118030: Thank you for those prayers and words of encouragement! I really appreciate it.

We have been busy preparing for a 4th of July gathering here for some of our family and friends. Not too many but should be fun. We are keeping it simple with grilled burgers, a pan of my baked beans (family recipe for generations), a big fruit salad with melon and grapes, sprinkled with Tajin. We will also have ice cream sundaes. No fireworks for us, just enjoy sitting on the porches watching the little ones play in the water. I think this year I may Bruce turn on the irrigation system and have yard-wide sprinklers for whoever wants to cool off.

Well, my clothes dryer is finally unfixable so going to go get a new one today. It lasted 11 or 12 years and Bruce has repaired it countless times but the mother board thing (I think that is what you call it) finally gave out and it costs a couple hundred to replace so just going to get a new one. Im getting a very basic large capacity model without the bells and whistles, and that suits me just fine. I replaced the washer a couple of years ago with a basic, large capacity and I love it. Its a GE. Someone told me that Samsung appliances arent worth buying anymore, same with the modern maytag, and the LG appliances I bought a couple of years ago are already having problems, so going to try GE.

Romeena, I saw pictures of the quilts Brittany had made. So cute! I will try to remember to share some pics of my quilts on facebook when I make them. I will tag so you can see them. I am a very basic quilter because I have a very basic Singer sewing machine. I cant do big quilts or anything. There is a quilt shop near me that has the big machines to actually do the fancy quilting for you and at some point I may just piece together a large quilt and have them quilt it for me but it costs about 200 dollars. They have big machines that do beautiful quilting though, so may try it in the future. I tried my hand at free-motion quilting and it was a disaster, so for me, its just lines and blocks.

Better go get something done. Erin went and got me a taco this morning and Ive had my java, so ready to go!


July 03, 2022 - Msg 118031:

We sang one of my favs at preachin' this morning!
I'm guessin' that yall like it too! More later,

July 04, 2022 - Msg 118032: 🇺🇸🇺🇸 LET FREEDOM RING 🇺🇸🇺🇸

July 04, 2022 - Msg 118033: Happy Independence Day,Porch!

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for my girls.It's been a time,but we are making progress and they will move into my old place this week. Besides floor repairs, we had leaks to be fixed and when the HVAC guy came to check the unit because I thought it only needed freon,he discovered lines had been crimped off and cut,meaning someone had attempted to steal it! He'll patch it back up tomorrow,but will have to put about 75 pounds of freon back in the unit and I'm sure Asa & G- F know how costly that's going to be. Thank goodness they'll let us pay in installments! Please continue to keep them in your prayers.Thanks,y'all. Be safe over the holiday!

possum under a rock

July 04, 2022 - Msg 118034: Possum, Gomer Says.. In Service station talk that’s like 75 dings...$$$$$$$$$$$....G-F

*It could be cheaper than a gallon of ⛽️ these days though...🤷🏼‍♂️

July 04, 2022 - Msg 118035: Ha! Could be, G-F!

possum again

July 04, 2022 - Msg 118036: Good morning, porch, and a very happy and joyous Independence Day to everyone! Beautiful day here in Texas. There's a parade going on downtown about now, but I didn't go to see it. Parking is some distance from the parade route, and my back won't let me walk all that far, or stand for any long length of time. Sorry to miss it, but I have seen many parades in my day, and been in a few as well, as a high-school kid. I sat on my dad's shoulders once too, to see the victory parade when WWII ended. That was impressive! All the returning soldiers marching down Houston Street in San Antonio, the jeeps filled with soldiers, and towing caissons and cannons, big trucks decked with flags and carrying uniformed men from all branches of the military, and most impressive of all, the lumbering, growling tanks, with men (and a few women) hanging all over them. The military marching bands, from all branches of service, the rifle platoons, with the battle stress showing on the impossibly young faces of the men, and finally, the flyover performed by the Air Force, in the tough little fighter planes of the era. Believe me, after sitting around the radio and listening to the war news with my parents, the day of celebration left a deep mark on this small child. I think it was at that parade that my patriotism was really born, and has never been abandoned. I sat up high on my dad's strong shoulders, had a bird's-eye view of the parade, and I waved my tiny flag along with everyone else. A day to remember, and I do!

Well, my cake is baked, guess I'll pack up and head over to Jerry and Eloise's house. We're going out to Saginaw, to spend the day at David and Brittney's lovely new home. He'll have the pool ready, and I'm taking along a pair of black shorts and a black t-shirt, to serve as my swimsuit. They don't make swimsuits to accommodate a gnarled old body like mine! Who cares, I'm not looking for a boyfriend. Family forgives all my scars, lumps, and pretzel-like formations (ha!), and David has furnished the patio and pool area with very comfortable chairs, chaises, and whatnot. There's even a TV out there, suspended from the ceiling over the patio. There's a lovely firepit as well, though I doubt we'll need it today!

Blessings, friends! Prayers for our nation, may she return to her beliefs and standards, and be a blessing to the world once again. II Chronicles 7:14! "If My people, which are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land." Keep looking up! --Romeena

July 04, 2022 - Msg 118037:

possum under a rock, depending on the size of your air conditioner, to refill the freon can cost anywhere from $200 up to $600.
You relating about how someone cut your air conditioner lines in a possible attempt to steal it reminds me of something I had experienced. Because of COVID travel restrictions, I have not been able to visit my old childhood home in a couple of years. Someone stole my central air conditioner that was sitting on a concrete slab in my backyard. Because it was broken and I did not have enough funds to replace it, it was not a big loss for me.
Also, it is good to learn that your girls will be able to move in soon.

RIP to the six people who were killed at the 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois. And prayers for the numerous injured.
The sad part is that the teenaged gunman is still at large. What I don't understand is that when I served with the Auxiliary Police, when we worked parades, we were line up and down the entire parade route.

from Poor Horatio

July 05, 2022 - Msg 118038: I was just watching coverage of that shooting, PH. What in the world are we going to do about these angry, mentally sick young men? They know if they do something like this they will have instant fame and notoriety and I think that is part of the reason they do it. Just awful.

Sorry I didnt get here to wish everyone a happy fourth yesterday but was very busy yesterday. We had some friends and family over and it was so great, but then last night Erin got sick with fever and body aches. She felt so bad she was crying last night and now she has a cough. She tested positive for covid so she is being quarantined and I am hoping so hard that the rest of us don't get it, especially anyone who was here yesterday. I feel so stupid for even having a gathering. This is the first time any of us here in this household has gotten covid so I guess it was time. Erin works with the public so it finally got her. She is vaccinated and boostered, as are the rest of us so we are hoping that will make a difference.

Glad things are moving along, Possum. I know it isnt easy. God bless you all.

The new clothes dryer arrived today but havent brought it in the house yet. Bruce finally gave up and bought a new one and it is just what I wanted. Simple without the bells and whistle, large capacity and got it at a great price during a fourth of july sale.

Hope you all stay cool and have a great day!


July 05, 2022 - Msg 118039: Good morning, porch! We had a perfectly lovely day yesterday at David and Brittany's house. Brittany had made a large pot of pulled pork from scratch, and had some great little buns which she buttered and toasted on a griddle, and we had pulled pork sliders! All the fixin's, four kinds of mustard, some really crunchy, sweet and juicy onions, sliced tomatoes, three kinds of sliced cheese, pickles, etc. We had watermelon, and I made a cherry/pineapple/pecan cake, Brittany's homemade cheese/tomato queso, chips, you name it, we had it, and it was all good. In the late afternoon I got in the pool, got aboard a floatie, and just worried poor little Trinket to pieces! She wanted out there with me, presumably to rescue me if I should fall off my floatie. She hates water, camps outside the shower door and whines when I'm in the shower. She also brings her favorite toys and piles them beside the door, apparently trying to lure me out of that awful water box. Sweet little thing!

I don't know what has made the difference, but my crape myrtles, which have just barely bloomed for the past several years, have suddenly burst into vigorous bloom and are so pretty! There's a group of five, in a tight little bunch (very effective style with crape myrtles) that's lovely. Then scattered around the yard are singles along the fence line, and in the middle of the yard, two lush and beautiful trees, about ten feet apart, are in glorious bloom, and the interesting thing is, they're both volunteers! I didn't plant them, they just came up in two adjacent flower islands. They're the prettiest of all the crape myrtles out there, and they were a gift of God and nature!

I just had a lovely visit! You remember that my friend LaRue just recently passed away. Well, she has a little great grand-daughter, who misses her a lot. She and her mother were living with LaRue because her mom was the primary caregiver for the last few months of LaRue's life. LaRue was on O2 all the time, and she had a lot of new O2 tubing left. Her son in law offered it to me, and brought it over this morning. He brought the little girl with him, because for some reason, she likes me, and really, really likes Trinket. She's a precious little sprite, about 9 years old, and always gives, and wants, big hugs. I can do that! We had a fun visit, Trinket is worn to a frazzle, and the child has promised to visit again. Maybe I'll just go pick her up one day and let her spend the afternoon wearing Trinket out. She wants, but could never have, a dog of her own. LaRue was allergic to dogs, so Brynn could never have one. Maybe she'll get one now. If not, she can come and visit Trinket any time she wants to.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up a little lunch. Such a pretty day! Yesterday was not only fun, it was beautiful too, and today is a repeat. Clear, and not too hot, thanks to a lovely little breeze. Blessings, friends! Keep looking up! --Romeena

July 05, 2022 - Msg 118040: Hey, Boo! You posted while I was paused in my post to play with my little visitor. So sorry Erin is sick! I've observed that most people who are vaxxed and boosted, but get it anyway, seem to have pretty light cases of it. Miserable virus! Three members of my next door neighbor's household have it, all were vaxxed and boosted, and all are just barely sick. Not bad at all, they say. Praying the same for Erin!

Blessings! --Romeena

July 05, 2022 - Msg 118041:
Boo, I agree with you. In spite of all the gun laws on the books, why are civilians allowed to purchase and own such high power weapons? I heard on the news today that the shooter fired 70 times. No wonder the number of victims was so high. And while I know that with him trying to escape capture would be difficult carrying that rifle, the fact that he left it at the scene puzzles me since he was the registered owner so it could be easily traced. And although I did have a hunch that he would try to blend in with the panicking spectators, I was surprised to learn that he was disguised as a woman.
Today, the mayor of that city was interviewed because she knew the suspect when he was younger. She said he was a good young boy who also participated in scouting. She wondered what made him change. Who knows how many other unbalanced people are out there thinking about or planning the next shooting incident? That scares me.

from Poor Horatio

July 05, 2022 - Msg 118042: Thank you, Ro ❤️❤️❤️

July 06, 2022 - Msg 118043:

Hello all. RO, it sounds like you had a great day with family and
loved ones. We grilled some steaks, had some family and friends over,
and then went to watch fireworks, all in all a good day as some of our founding fathers
had expressed as to how it should be celebrated. :)
BOO--I think gatherings are ok, just my opinion, but we have to get back
to living, just as we have lived with other flus and diseases.
Of course the 'vaccine' is really just a flu shot. I get a flu shot most years,
but I still got that crud a couple of weeks ago, so it is sort of a cr@p shoot really! ha Anyway, don't blame yourself, she will now have some good immunity.
PH-floyd has asked that we don't get into politico talk here, but just to answer
your question, the congress did just pass a law raising the age to buy such guns,
and with deeper background checks. That may help some, but this generation is
so confused, they are bombarded with all kinds of stuff that I never even
thought about dealing with. We need to get back to basics, back to God, and
back to life withOUT all the social media. It IS changing our young people,
and it does make me very concerned. That is one reason why I personally like tags,
it is transporting, and uncomplicating. We are now a country of over 350 million people,
and growing. I pray everyday for our nation. We watched A Capital 4th last night before
going to fireworks, and I saw so many GOOD people, servicemen, singers, citizens, etc.
as RO has said, God will bless a nation that turns to him, and hopefully we are doing that.
Peace and Prayers for all,

PS: GF--have a good time at the Meet Up! :)

July 06, 2022 - Msg 118044: Good morning, porch! Another beautiful day! It's early still, and it's hot! It's 96° before noon, heading for a high of 103°. Eddie has been here, mowed, cleaned up and gone! Before he left, he raided my ice maker (at my invitation) and filled his little cooler where he keeps water and cold drinks to get him through the day. He's so funny, and so considerate. A year or two back, he asked if he could "borrow" some ice to keep his drinks cool when he finished here and moved on. He knows he can always raid the fridge in the garage when he's here (that's why I keep the drinks there) but when he goes elsewhere, he doesn't have that fallback. I filled his cooler for him, and he was very concerned that he might be leaving me without ice. The following week, I offered him a fill-up and he hesitated, afraid I would have no ice. I assured him it will drop ice within a few minutes of his departure, and would refill completely in less than 24 hours. He couldn't believe it! Said his, at home, takes three days to fill up! I suggested he lower the temp in the freezer just a little, and it will fill up faster. He said it worked somewhat, but the fridge is old, and doesn't work too well. Mine, however, makes ice like magic, and I've finally convinced him that he can have all he wants, whenever he wants it. He takes very good care of my yard, goes the extra mile much of the time, and charges very reasonably, and is my friend. You can bet I'll give him ice!

I don't want to get political here, but I do have some observations that I'd like to share. As most of you know, my opinions are formed out of my spiritual beliefs, and I've quoted 2 Chronicles 7:14 more than once. I won't re-quote it, but you can look it up. It is being demonstrated, before our eyes, in all the events taking place today. We're asking for trouble, and we're getting it. Just read the revelations being released in the news now, about the background, the life that young shooter lived, with parents who apparently paid very little attention to him or to what he was doing. The Bible clearly says "whatsoever you sow, that will you also reap." Well, that one came true when that kid picked up his rifle. Someone, and there were many "someones", saw problems brewing, but did nothing. That doesn't remove the blame from him, but it does need to be shared.

We can pass laws by the hundreds, but until hearts and minds change, it will do no good. We had Prohibition once, Miss Carrie Nation was going to rid the country of the scourge of alcohol, and we all know how that ended up. Moonshining became a national pastime, speak-easies sprang up in every basement in every city, and finally the whole thing was declared a failure and it ended. Narcotics are outlawed, but as I've said before, any 12 year old kid can tell you where to go to get whatever you want. I agree, nobody needs an assault rifle, unless they're in the military and part of a shooting war. And, again, there's the well-worn old saw - "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." Outlawing guns, or trying to, will only breed a new industry - that of importing and selling guns on the black market, one that will make the drug cartels look like a picnic. The solution can only come from the hearts and minds of the American people, inspired by God, and so far, we just don't appear ready to embrace that idea. At the moment, we're still embroiled in a war between those who think it was okay that we have murdered over 60 million babies since Roe vs Wade was made the law of the land, and whose who disagree. The supporters are now having a huge, murderous tantrum because their very profitable slaughter (at tax-payer expense) has been declared illegal by none other than the US Supreme Court. They are still quite sure that the protection of abortion for the relatively few innocent victims of r@pe or inc*st, justifies the killing of millions of innocent infants. As a matter of fact, some states are now trying to make it legal to kill a baby up to 28 days old, for no reason other than that the mother doesn't want it. Now for those who may still think they can control the evils of the human heart by passing more laws, I have just one question for you -- What color is the sky in your world?

OK, that's enough. I do not apologize. This has been sitting in my heart, and I'll just bet if we were were sitting on a front porch in the real Mayberry, it would have been a topic of shocked conversation. We've come a long way, baby!

Blessings, friends. Keep looking up. That's where we'll find the right answers. --Romeena