December 10, 2006 - Msg 47720:
Hello porch folk. Just skimming the posts. Sorry I've been missing. Too busy here with basketball season. Millie, I'm glad to hear you got fixed up and went to church. We have a fellow at our church who's battling some nasty cancer. He weighs almost nothing, is in his 40s, and he's there faithful as ever to run the sound board each Sunday. What an inspiration such folk are to others. Hope everyone is getting ready for Christmas. I haven't read all the archives, but has anyone heard anything from Colt? Asa, are you much better now? Hope so.
December 10, 2006 - Msg 47721:
My, you all let this place get mighty dirty while I was gone so I just had to "clean it up!" (Aunt Bea voice to Otis). Good night.
December 10, 2006 - Msg 47722:
Good night everyone.
I'll try to read up soon!
Deputy Warren Ferguson
December 10, 2006 - Msg 47723:
I have been down with the stomach flu and bronchitis in the last two months...so I went out and got some EMERGEN C. It is realtively pleasant tasting and I have not taken it but for a day or two. I am hoping for good things from it. Couldnt hurt.
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47724:
Mary Wiggins-Hope all is well on the other side of the Great Lakes.
Charlotte & DWF-Good to see you both.
Lucy-"The Homecoming" is a Christmas movie from the early 70's. It's ratings success lead to the "Walton's" television show. Others here have mentioned it as their favorite also.
(At the risk of further scrutiny by Sterling) those small black bears were spotted again last weekend. They are not uncommon for these parts. However, I have never seen one around here. I did see a small bobcat a few years ago and numerous coyote and critters like that but no bears.
Speaking of critters, I see that Hillary and her village want to raise our kids again. No thanks Hill some of us aren't afraid of the responsibility.
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47725:
Boo-I almost forgot, I think Danza played the same character that Jack Warden played in the original "Twelve Angry Men," the baseball fan. Danza wasn't the "biggest name" George C. Scott, Jack Lemmon, James Gandolfini, and William Petersen are also in it, as I recall. (I hope I didn't mix a couple of movie lineups together.) I do remember that the original was much better.
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47726:
auh2o - I have some "bear cubs" at my house but they take on a more human form. . .Ha Ha
A nice day here - a high of 54! Hopefully, baby goats will be born this week. We have several very pregnated mothers who would love kid at any time. Of course, I am a most effecient mid-wife!
Saw the pictures of Christmas in Mayberry - everything was so BEAUTIFUL! I loved the manger and LOVED Charley Brown.
Take care everyone!
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47727:
MDC..I loved your Charlie Brown decorations .I hope everyone had a great weekend ,Prayers for all in need
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47728:
It going to be a nice warm day about 54 for the high.
PH msg- Yes I was aking Flod to post the poem , that all the new one can read it.
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47729:
Let's all wear earrings everyday in honor of Millie - Asa, you can borrow my tortoise shell clip-ons!
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47730:
Millie- You're a blessing! Have you tried bareminerals make-up? It isn't toxic and might be better for your skin during chemo.
Boo- Go easy on the sugar, even with juice. Sugar brings down your immune system. I'm feeling a ton better with airborne, water, EmergenC, low carb diet, and a good probiotic (BioGenesis Parabiotic).
Homemaker- I hope your mama goats have a easy delivery!
Poor Horatio- Its wonderful to hear from you! How's the real estate business treating ya?
Mavis- Take it easy, sweetie. Ya down't wanna get too worn down.
Romeena- I'm working on my christmas cards and will send one to you.
Auh20- I believe I may have seen it. Tomorrow I plan on buying the White Christmas and It's a Wonderful Life 2disc set at Costco. My hubby is constantly making fun of my old movies and britcoms.
I need to do some returns to kohl's and old navy before picking up the boys. I'll treat everyone to lunch at Chick-fil-A!
Sleigh bells ring, are ya listening?
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47731:
Romeena- I meant to say send you a card with the pictures! Sorry
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47732:
In the lane, snow is glistening. . .
A beautiful site, we're happy tonite -
Walking in a Winter Wonderland!
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47733:
Gone away is the bluebird, here to stay is the new bird. He sings a love song, as we go along, walking in a Winter Wonderland. --Romeena
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47734:
Hey, all. I was about to get in my car to go up to the hospital to wait for my friend's surgery to end, and got a phone call. It's over, she did beautifully, everything went very well and her surgeon expects a completely uneventful recovery. She had expected to have a temporary ileostomy, but they didn't even have to do that. God is good. Sugarplum (who loves my friend) says hooray! --Romeena
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47735:
Good afternoon everyone. A beautiful day here in Maryland. I hope that it is nice wherever you are, too.
I had some catching up to do in the archives. I don’t remember everything I read, or skimmed, but I have a few remarks (surprising, huh?).
CHARLOTTE: Great to hear from you! It’s been too long. That goes for you, too, HORATIO.
SKIPPY: Congrats on the new grandbaby.
MILLIE: Can I borrow your hair? Mine is bailing out on me at an accelerating rate these days.
MDC: Linus is my favorite. I loved your display, as well as STERLING’s.
BOO: Prayers for your friend. And praise the Lord for your friend’s surgery, ROMEENA.
Also, BOO, you really thought that the Patrick Stewart version of “A Christmas Carol” was dull? I like the George C. Scott version, too, but “Patton” kind of ruined it for me. Ever since I was a kid, when I see George C. Scott, I see him as George Patton (well, he did win a Oscar for it).
AUH2O: I agree with you about two of the three movies you poo-pooed last week, but I actually did enjoy “Super-size Me.” I know that it was hardly an objective documentary but I do agree with its basic premise that too much of that stuff will kill you. And it was kinda funny.
Also, it’s really a shame that Hillary dear co-opted the “it takes a village thing” and people associate it with her. I’ve never read her book, never plan to, and would probably not enjoy it if I did. But, I agree with the “it takes a village” thing as it was exemplified when I was a kid. I know that if I was doing something I shouldn’t while playing on the church lot with my friends, I almost was just as respectful and fearful of a neighborhood mom catching me as my own. And if they did catch you, you’d have to hear it from them before getting it from your own parents when they told them. On the flip-side, some great role models and some cherished memories were created by neighbors and close friends of my family. So, in that respect, no family is an island and I do believe that, in some sense, it does take a village to raise our kids. That’s why I try to be as good a role model as I can even when my kids aren’t around (but others may be) and I try and look out for my friend’s kids as if they were my own (when appropriate). I know that my wife and I are the two biggest influences on our kids, but they have to grow up in this world so I try and surround myself with people who will reflect the values I uphold. I wish you people lived around the corner!
Well, we decked the halls this weekend. The tree is beautiful. It’s been up for two whole days and Chad hasn’t broken any ornaments (so far). The Mrs. took a picture of the kids in front of the tree yesterday so I’ll send that to ROMEENA for the album if it gets developed soon. Nora had her Christmas program at school on Friday (“Happy Birthday Baby Jesus”) and it was great. The Sunday school program was last night, and it also went really well. Chad was a sheep. He wouldn’t sing, but he had fun being up there.
Well, I’ve chatted enough for now. Talk to y’all later.
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47736:
I forgot to include MAVIS in the "good to hear from you" section of my rambling.
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47737:
HM: I ain't wearin' no earrings. What do I look like, a pirate?
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47738:
Hey gang...boo,horatio,m-t,ro,fg,ct,skippy,mil,maude,lucy,hm,possum,asa,colt,dwv,md,mdc,bwb,Tom,Rev and all...wow did the Lord give us a great day in georgia!65 and sunny!..today is pops b-day...75 and going strong!..tonight its a nice beef roast,cream taters,green beans,okra,cornbread,turnip greens and tea..SPOT
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47739:
Go to see Me-They on the porch. You are right, it would be so nice if neighborhoods were the way they used to be. We respected our adult neighbors because we had a healthy fear for them. We knew they would act if they caught us doing something we shouldn't and would also praise us when we did good. They weren't too busy to stop and teach something or try to protect us. Glad the kids are doing well..hope the missus is getting some rest these days. As far as the Patrick Stewart version of a Christmas Carol, it has been awhile since I saw it but to me it lacked a certain spark that some of the others had. It just didn't tug at my heart like the one with George C. (Patton to you! ha). I never watched Patton so maybe that is why George appealed to me as Scrooge. PS-I wish we lived around the corner, too. Sure would be nice to have friends that you trust nearby.
Hey, Lucy, will go easy on the sugar, thanks.
Better go fold some laundry.
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47740:
Of course, that first sentence was supposed to say, "good" to see Me-They, in case anyone is confused by my rambling.
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47741:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to SPOTS dad
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47742:
Folks, if you'll permit me to do so, I'm going to copy and paste from an email I sent to my kids. It's lengthy, but self-explanatory and I hope you will enjoy it:
I just have to share this, and I hope it gives you the same warm feeling that it gives to me.
Some of you (especially Robbi) will remember the little penguin Christmas doll that Mom had. It was much fought for in a "girl gift" exchange one year, and Mom ended up with him, by somewhat questionable means, as I recall. David, it's the one you used to pose and make him sing "Mammy". Cute little stuffed figure, about two feet tall, dressed in a little red and green suit, with a red and green sailor-type hat on his head. You press his hand, and he plays an assortment of Christmas music, randomly chosen.
Last year, when I put out my Christmas decorations, I put him in the rocking chair in front of the fireplace. Shortly thereafter, I noticed that every time I turned on the TV, using the remote, I'd hear Christmas music for a few seconds. Finally discovered it was coming from the little penguin, and apparently was activated by the signal from the remote. OK, no problem, it was actually fun, so I didn't move him or change anything, just enjoyed his little song each time I turned the TV on.
I enjoyed it so much, in fact, that I decided to leave him in the chair when I put the Christmas things away, and would just let him play all year. Imagine my surprise when he no longer sang. I figured his battery was dead or something, didn't really investigate, but still left him in the chair. No song, all year.
Now I've decorated for Christmas again, the penguin is still in his chair, nothing is changed, except he is now singing again. I turned on the TV a few nights back, and nearly jumped out of my socks when that song began playing. Instantly, I could feel Mom's presence in the room, telling me to enjoy the holiday and not to miss her and Daddy, and my Dale too much, as they're happy where they are. Imagination? Probably. Comforting? Definitely.
I would imagine there's an explanation, possibly somehow involving the presence of the remote devices that control the tree lights - whatever - but I don't want to know. For now, I'm enjoying the idea that Mom is here with me, enjoying the decorations and the lights, and encouraging me to get all the pleasure I can out of the holidays. Too many years went by when I didn't do that. So now, when the little penguin sings to me, I just smile and say, "Thanks, Mom."
Well, that's the little story, and I'll post a picture of the singing penguin in the album.
Sugarplum says ho, ho, ho! --Romeena
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47743:
ROMEENA: Thanks for sharing that story. It was touching.
BOO: Thanks for the comments. Last week was a little better for my wife, if only because I was able to watch Veda on Thursday and Friday because I was off work (which also is why y'all didn't hear from me--betcha wish I took more time off, huh?). We went Christmas shopping on Thursday. I don't like to shop (except at the Home Depot) but we started off at Panera for breakfast and had a nice day.
POSSUM: I forgot to mention that I spent the weekend listening to the (2006) James Taylor Christmas CD. The Mrs. and I dueted "It's Cold Outside" more than once. Nora and Chad listened to "Go Tell it on the Mountain" about a hundred times (it was one of the songs in their Sunday school program so they used it is "practice").
Happy birthday to your dad, SPOT.
Y'all have a great evening!
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47744:
Quick question, was The Christmas ep in the 1st season of TAGS the only one?
I'll check back in either tonight or tomorrow!
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47745:
Happy Birthday to your dad, Spot, you are so fortunate to still have him. Seems I miss my sweet daddy more each year. He was a uniquely fine man, not an enemy in the world.
Lucy, the Christmas ep in the first season was the one and only. They never did another one. Guess they thought it would be hard to top that one.
Well, time to get ready to go to work. I'm going in a little early, so I can stop off and check on my friend first. She's doing very well, I'm told.
Sugarplum says ho, ho, ho! --Romeena
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47746:
Afternoon Y'all! Ro,that was a very touching tale-thanks for sharing it with us.
Me-They,I think the 2 songs you mentioned might just be my favorite on the JT Christmas album.Oops,I'm wrong! I just remembered "River"-what did you think of that? James' voice was so beautiful and clear on that song. He did excellent on "Go Tell It On The Mountain" as well. I don't like his version of "Jingle Bells"- sounds like a drunkard in a saloon! Yep,I said it,and I love JT to death!
Well,enough about that Mr. Taylor.I'm giving my mom (we are on good terms again,BTW) a CD of Andy Griffith's hymns for Christmas.I think she'll enjoy it.
Ho Ho Ho back at Sugarplum! Glad to hear Ro's friend made it through surgery ok.
Happy Birthday to Spot's daddy!
Y'all have a good evening-love to all!
possum under a rock
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47747:
To honor Tom's request in Msg 47728, I am reposting a story that Smokey Mtn Hillbilly posted here back on December 21, 2005.
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE.
I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.
I LOOKED ALL ABOUT, A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS, NOT EVEN A TREE.
NO STOCKING BY MANTLE, JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.
WITH MEDALS AND BADGES, AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT CAME THROUGH MY MIND.
FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT, IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER, ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.
THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING, SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.
THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE, THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.
WAS THIS THE HERO OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO, THE FLOOR FOR A BED?
I REALIZED THE FAMILIES THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.
SOON ROUND THE WORLD, THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.
THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS, LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.
I COULDN'T HELP WONDER HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.
THE VERY THOUGHT BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES AND STARTED TO CRY.
THE SOLDIER AWAKENED AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
"SANTA DON'T CRY, THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;
I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD, MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."
THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT, I CONTINUED TO WEEP.
I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS, SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.
I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR SO WILLING TO FIGHT.
THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER, WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA, IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."
ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH, AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
"MERRY CHRISTMAS, MY FRIEND, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."
This poem was written by a Marine. The following is his request. I think it is reasonable.....
PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed.
Tom, that is a sweet gesture you requested. As a veteran myself, I salute you.
Hey folks, I heard on the radio today that an airport near Seattle Washington is removing all of their Christmas trees because of a request from a Rabbi. Click on Christmas Trees removed from airport to read about the details.
To Lucy Msg 47730, got my condo sold off so I'm out of the landlording business. As for the house I'm currently rehabbing, there have been a few unexpected surprises. However, it should be finished by the end of this month so I'll be posting the FOR SALE sign next week. Once it's flipped (sold), I'll start looking for the next project.
To Romeena Msg 47742, as a university trained Electrical Engineer, wireless remotes use either radio or light waves to send a signal to control other devices. But because radio waves can introduce interference, television remotes use infra-red invisible light that travels in a relatively straight line of sight. So that is why a television remote needs to be pointed at the television receiver to control it. As for the penguin, there is no reason for it to have an infra-red receiver installed inside of it. Therefore, pointing your television remote at it will have no effect. So the only explanation I can come up with is that what you really got is a miracle.
Finally, thanks to everyone who made notice of my most recent absence and welcomed me back.
from Poor Horatio
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47748:
Well, it's official, I'm gettin the missus a ge-u-wine ceramic pelican, avaialbe at fine carnival booths everywhere! haha
So many great posts and POST-ERS !!!
Good to see PH, CT, MD, and a whole alphabet of porchsters. Thanks for the ZBoxing day info. i was the inquierie! I thought maybe everyone gave everyone else a good punch! ha
Thanks for all the compliments on my peanuts scene.
It really was God-inspired, for it is "cute" enuf to catch attention, yet still carries the true meaning of Christmas!
tOM, YOU MENTIONED sMOKEY MT hILLBILLY. wonder what happened to him?
God bless you all!
Have a great evenin and go easy on the squeezins. (:
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47749:
PS: For real, I am thinking of a pearl necklace for her this year! Whadda think?
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47750:
Hello to all on the porch...
What a week I have had. My grandson was born on Dec 5th at 7:36. He was 5 weeks early and had respertory problems at first. He is doing much better now still not home yet. I pray soon. He weighed 6 lbs 15.8 oz and 18 inches long. He has lost to 6lbs 6 ozs. My son went on leave and is not due to go back to base until the 2nd of January. So we have him ,his wife, 2 year old grand daughter and newborn when he gets out. House is rocking these days. Hope my nerves can stand it. Skippy
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47751:
Hi, I am on my way to bed, been a busy day but wanted to tell you it looks like we are leaving for Colorado in the morning. Please remember us in your prayers. I am still kind of nervous about taking Dad. I should be back in a little over a week. Love to all,
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47752:
Oh, and thanks for sharing with us about the penguin, Ro. It put a big smile on my face!
December 11, 2006 - Msg 47753:
Went and looked at Ro's new pics that she has posted. They are all very good. Some really neat Christmas pics.
Boo...have a safe trip. Prayers for you and family.
Ro... so glad that your friend is doing good. Yes God is good! Also, loved the penguin story.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Spots dad!
You all have a blessed night and remember that Jesus loves us so much! Goodnight
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47754:
Morning everyone. Poor Horatio, glad to see you! You were missed. Boo, have a good trip, you will be missed here. Ro, thanks for the penguin story. The Lord works in mysterious ways...
I have most of my Christmas shopping done. I took my MIL shopping tonite and had to one place I avoid at the holidays, the mall. It was okay, though, I survived.
Did anybody see the show on TLC the last few nights called "Crazy Christmas Lights"? It's about our Tacky Lights tour here in Richmond. It's really a big deal. Several limo companies are running several tours a night for the whole month. It's crazy. Within a few miles of our house there are dozens of houses with over 50,000 lights. One has a half a million! The kids love it though.
Up early again, trying to get a lot done today before....dut dut duh....chemo Wednesday.
Y'all have a great day!
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47755:
Morning gang!...breakfast will be at waffle house on me!..hey mil.Rev,Tom,boo,ro,lucy,mdc and all....cool here in ga....well lets hit the shower and waffle house!...SPOT
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47756:
Just dropped in while having my coffee. Have to throw everything in the Suburban and drag the kids out of bed and we're off.
Thanks for the prayers and kind words. I do appreciate it.
Millie, I would absolutely love to see those lights of which you speak! I never saw the show advertised on TLC. Maybe they will show it again before Christmas. I will pray about your chemo on Wed. Hope all goes as well as it can.
Better get my b*tt out of the chair and get moving...can ya'll tell I am not exactly thrilled about this trip?
Have a great week, I'll be back soon!
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47757:
Good morning everyone. Have a pleasant and safe trip, BOO. You'll be missed on the porch.
I'll be back later.
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47758:
We had three babies born yesterday - two boys and a girl. Jesse (my youngest) has named the little girl Candy Cane. I know that Mistletoe will be another one he comes up with. We don't name the little boys unless they are going to the fair. I am not being prejudiced against but they have an end we won't discuss here. It is part of farming.
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47759:
Good morning, everyone. Poor Horatio, you made my day. Thanks for your commentary regarding the penguin. I couldn't agree more.
Boo, you all be careful now, and I'm guessing that you're going to have a really wonderful time. I'll bet your dad will do just fine. Did you get him a portable O2 tank?
Well, finished last night's shift, got another one coming up, then I'm through for the week. Millie, I'll be praying for you tomorrow. I have some idea what you're going through, though I firmly believe the drugs you're taking are much more heavy-duty than what I received. I think you're very brave.
Sugarplum says ho, ho, ho! --Romeena
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47760:
ROMEENA: You are on a similar schedule with my Mrs.; she does a twelve on Monday and Tuesday (plus another on Thursday) nights. She works 8-8, though the usual shift is 7-7. (That way, she can eat dinner and spend a little time before work. Actually, since the kids go to bed at 8:15, they only miss her for about an hour.)
HORATIO and TOM: Thanks for that!
HOMEMAKER: You mean they all don't become pets? We raised rabbits when I was young. It's hard for a little kid not to become attached to a furry bunnies, even though we were often warned not to. You can figure out how that turned out.
MILLIE: I saw the conmmercial, but didn't catch the program. I hope that they replay it. I bet you can read by the light coming in your windows at night. You have my prayers for your treatment this week.
POSSUM: It is a great album! I'm not too keen on his "Jingle Bells," either. But I do like "River" and his version of "Go Tell It" is wonderful. For a "secular" CD, the whole things really gets you into the true spirit of the season.
MDC: Pearls, huh? What about a pineapple skinner?
I read this morning that the NY film critics voted "United 93" (the movie about the hijacked plane on 9/11) as the year's best film. Have any of you seen it? If so, do you recommend it? I've heard it was good, but you can't necessarily trust the opinions of the NY film critics (they voted "Brokeback Mountain" as teh best film last year).
Hey to the rest of you!
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47761:
Sorry M-T, they don't all become pets, my boys know that little boy goats make us money (either as fair wethers or meat). So - they can get attached to the girls all they want - but boys are a no-no!
Wow Skippy - my son was born three weeks early and weighed 4 lbs 5 1/2 ounces. Imagine what he would have weighed had he been full term. Best wishes! And it is a great birthday - my youngest was born on that day 9 years ago!
Have a good day - it is raining here but should clear out soon!
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47762:
Hello my porch family!!! !!! !!! !!! !!! :)
It's been a long time!!!
I've been busy!!!
Let me start from the begining...
My grandmother is 91, and she's starting to go into renal failure. I had to temporarily move down there with her(south Florida), and, not to offend anyone here, but the porch was the least of my troubles!!! :) I'd come home once a week, and when I did finally try to talk to you all, my internet was down!!!
All in all, not a very good month for old Barnwannabe.!!!
My Grandmother's condition is a little bit better, but I'm staying on "red alert" in case I have to go back down there.
I just got my Christmas tree up, and for me, I usually do that the day after Thanksgiving!!!
My computer is still iffy, so it my crash at any time, but for now, it's working!!!
I've really missed everyone here at the porch, and both my Grandmother and I could use your prayers!!!
I just bought the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Live C.D., and it's great!!! My favorite is #14, God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen. I usually can't stand that song, but the way that they do it is just magnificant!!! I've always liked the "big band" sound, so it's a great C.D. for me. I highly recomend it to anyone!!!
I guess I'll start my holiday shopping here pretty soon. My girlfriend did some of it while I was away, but I still have to get her something.
Well... I'll talk to ya'll later!!!
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47763:
BWB.. glad to see you back ,prayers for you and your grandmother
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47764:
Paryers for your grandmother, BWB. Maybe Santa will put some more exclamation points in your stocking--you must be running low by now. Good to hear from you.
HM: I was just joking about the pet thing. Part of our rabbits were sold, and the others end up, well, I'm sure somebody found them tasty.
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47765:
Afternoon gang...boy the days are clicking on down till Christmas...i got to get busy...hey,mil,maude,boo,ro,Tom,Rev,mdc,md,colt,asa,possum,lucy,skippy and all...supper tonight will be sloppy joes and chips and pickels and big maude slaw!....sweet tea....Horatio will you bring the tea?...well got to go cut some fire wood up.....SPOT
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47766:
Warm here today 45 and sunny.
Lucy-I love old movies also. I not much into the Britcoms but my brother loves 'em.
Me-They My daughter had to watch “Super-size Me” as part of her health class. I'll tell ya when I found that out I got a tad upset. I told her teacher, who was in my same graduating class, that if some activist wanted to gain 30 pounds in a month he could have just followed around Al Gore and ordered the same thing he did. I know what you mean about finding the humor in such fare. I watched the first couple of Michael Moron's movies until I realized people actually thought he made sense. Kinda of like saying the Pixar movie "Cars" was a documentary about talking automobiles. I haven't seen "United 93" my wife really doesn't know if she could make it through it. I am looking forward to seeing.
Has any seen Peter Graves in the new GEICO ads? "So I threw on some tangerine lip gloss and I answered the door." It is a hoot!
Spot-Belated Happy Birthday to Papa Spot
Rev, Poor Horatio, & Millie-Good to se ya'll again.
BWB-Prayers for Grandma!
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47767:
AUH2O: You mean, cars can't talk? I mean, I know Herbie couldn't, but...
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47768:
Hey Y'all! auh2o, those Geico commercials are too much! Remember the one with Little Richard? That's my favorite one. Mashed potatoes and gravy!! Woo Hoo!
Barnwannabe,I will pray for your Grandmother and you as well.We've missed you here,but certainly understand your situation.
Millie,hang in there friend. You're in my prayers.
Laci has been very sick lately-diagnosed last night with bronchitis.Fever went to 104.Came close to being admitted to hospital.She is on a nebulizer and antibiotics and is getting better. Please remember her in your prayers.Thanks.
Well,I've been up half the night so I'm gonna say bye bye for now. Y'all take care.
possum under a rock
P.S. Congrats to Skippy on her new grandchild.Prayers for his daily improvement.
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47769:
M-T Of course I am not questioning if cars can talk, I think we've all seen enough evidence to say that it is so. Otto the auto for example or Kitt. As for the "it takes a village" matter I think your definition is a decent one. However, I think Hillary's could just as easily be called "it takes a commissar."
Lucy-Prayers for Laci. I love those commercials too. Seeing Peter Graves say, "I was one lucky woman" is worth the price of admission. The Little Richard one is funny also.
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47770:
"To George Bailey, the richest man in town!"
P5rayers for Skippy's and BWB situations and for Boo's traveling family.
Thanks for another year of friendship and love here on the porch. It's nice, real nice.
Me They-pinapple skinner eH? I think I would be the one to get skinned! ha.
Hang in there all,
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47771:
Oh heavens....who went and mentioned Manheim Steamroller...That will set Asa's toes to tapping. We all know that Manheim Steamroller twangs Asa's buds....I think it was Asa...well if I am wrong I am sure he will correct me as soon as he cleans the mold off his bullets...
Prayers for Laci and all...
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47772:
How bout the "announcer guy" from the movies in the Geico commercial...."In a world where both our cars were under water."
I love that dudes voice.
Oh...where in the blue blazes has Brisco Darling Jr been? I need me a jug of Mulberry Squeezins and to hear him and the boys do "Almost Home."
December 12, 2006 - Msg 47773:
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas. Anyone else?
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47774:
Prayer's for your grandmother BWB. I know what it's like, trust me. You have a PM at the forum by the way. If you ever need prayer's, you know where to come.
Romeena, I loved your story about the penguin on the chair! I could picture it clearly in my head!
Take care Millie, your always in my thoughts.
Goodnight, sleep tight don't let Ernest T bite.
Deputy Warren Ferguson
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47775:
FunGirl, you are sooooo right sister! I love the Steamroller! They be awesome!!!
Possum, Prayers for little Lacy, bless her heart. I hope she gets feeling better soon.
Hey Chuck, I wouldn't mind a green Christmas here. I've already seen enough snow for this winter. But I'll just have to deal with whatever the good Lord sends.
Be careful Boo. Have fun.
Poor Horatio, good to see you buddy.
You too Auh2o. I'm with you about the Village stuff. Hillary's idea of a village and mine are miles apart.
Was watching tv last night and saw an ad for a slasher movie coming out Christmas day. I swear, our world is going mad!
Millie, I saw that Christmas light show on TLC. Wow, them folks are into that stuff. I was touched by the one fellow who does it for his Mother. I thought that was pretty fine of him.
Bwb, prayers for your Grandmother. I hope she does well.
Prayers for any and all others who need them. I have been very busy trying to finish up some jobs before years end so I ain't been here much.
Romeena, that is a great story about the penguin. I think you don't need an explanation at all. You have it.
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47776:
Computer was down. I loved the poem about the solider. My daughter just finished a tour in the Navy. No where near Iraq or Afganastan--Though my nephew is in the second place-he's a Marine--Like my little brother was.
I am a bit sad--my daughter is going to start school in California on Jan. 4th and just dosen't have the money to come home for Christmas.
She hasen't been home since two years ago Thanksgiving.
She has been saving for a car and a security deposit so she can move out of her girlfriend's home.
I can understand this-but my brother has taken in as a personal insult.
What can ya do?
I will have the best Christmas I can.
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47777:
Prayer for fun mom....she has a virus and its a doosey...I think it must be the same one that I had a couple weeks ago. Ended up in the ER twice. I just pray that the Lord will let this be over quickly for her. I would not wish that kind of sickness on anyone.
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47778:
Good morning everyone. Rainy but mild here. It's supposed to be in the low 60s for teh rest of the week. Much warmer than normal.
AUH2O: I think they made a movie about the kind of village Hillary was talking about; it was called “Village of the Dam*ed.” I agree with you and ASA, though, with respect to your comments about your idea of a village being different than Hillary’s. In the one (I believe) we all would like, neighbors and friends help you raise your kids and support the values that you teach them. In Hillary’s, they tell you how to raise your kids, what values you will teach them, and stigmatize you if you deviate. Or, even better to them, they raise them for you.
Hey there, CHUCK. Long time, no see.
Prayers for Laci, POSSUM.
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47779:
MDC: No pineapple skinner, huh? What about a septic tank?
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47780:
Update Aiden (grandson) is doing much better and should be home by the end of the week. I hope my cold is better by then so I can hold and love up on him.
I have to agree. We listen to Kenny G and Mannheim steamrollers all morning long while we open presents and cook breakfast. It helps cheer me up after I come back from the cemetary. I get up at 5 am every christmas and go out to the cemetary and light a candle and talk to my father and wish him a happy birthday. My 18 year old has gone with me for the last 2 years and we watch the sun come up. We make him a christmas tree every year and put it where the flowers go. Can you tell I was a daddy's girl?
Well have to get to work talk to all later.
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47781:
Good morning, all. Just finished my second 12-hr shift, so am through until next Monday night. Woohoo! Sure is a good feeling.
Possum, you take care of that little Laci, and get her well real soon. Prayers for both of you!
BWB, I'll be praying for your granny too. Grandmas are a very important part of the lives of most of us, I suppose. I know I certainly cherish the memory of both of my grandmothers. I only knew one grandfather, the other passed before I was born, but the one I knew was a character!
Hey, Chuck! Good to see you - you've been waay yonder too scarce lately. Nice to have you back. Been up to Raleigh?
Prayers for fun mom, too. Fun girl, I remember when you were so sick with that stuff, hope your mom gets over it quickly.
Speaking of getting over it, that's what your brother needs to do, If I'm understanding the family relationship correctly, this is your brother who has his nose out of joint because his niece, your daughter, has made a mature decision not to go dashing off and spending money that needs to be saved for something that will help to establish her future - like an education? Please tell him that Romeena says to grow up. That'll scare him, I'll bet! I'm sure he loves her, and is disappointed that she's not coming home, but you might have some feelings along that line yourself, and you're not making her feel bad about it, so why should he?
The "village" in which I grew up was indeed a fine place to rear a child, and many good friends and neighbors had a hand in my upbringing. However, things have changed a lot, and not for the better, I'm afraid.
Well, gotta run. I have a funeral to attend this afternoon, and really should get a little nap in first. I'd hate to fall asleep during the service! That would be just awful.
Sugarplum says ho, ho, ho! --Romeena
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47782:
Well, drat! The paragraph above, regarding the "brother" was meant for Happy Nut. I don't know what happened, I'm sure I typed that in. Oh, well, now you know. --Romeena
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47783:
OK, just went to the page source and I see what I did. So guess I'm more sleepy that I realized. Better go to bed! --Romeena
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47784:
I haven't been checking in much over at Miss Crump's lately, but just did only to find out that we missed FLOYD's 41st birthday on December 10. So, a belated but hearty [font color=red]HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO FLOYD[/font], keeper of our porch. Turning forty-one myself in several months, I know how you feel ;). Sorry, but we can't fit "41" on a watch. Also, an early happy birthday to FLOYD's son, Adam, who will be ten on December 19.
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47785:
Ooops! Please ignore those stage direction above, folks. I'm not as ept as I used to be.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FLOYD!
There, that's more like it.
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47786:
Good Wednesday Porch. Happy Birtday Floyd. Hope all is well today. I have not been by in a fews days. Sounds like I have missed a lot. trying to keep up ya'll through the archives. I am keeping the slaw coming though. I have an "unspoken" prayer request please. Prayers to Millie and BWB and everyone in need. My family and I are traveling to Atlanta this week end so please pray for traveling mercies as well. It is about a 5 hour drive for us, not too far but a busy interstate. We will leave on Friday and back on Sunday. We have several December birthdays on the porch. My son, Patrick, will turn 16 on the 21st!! you guys have a great afternoon. Maybe I can check in before I leave on Friday. Big Maude
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47787:
Happy B-day o great keeper of the porch!..gosh i could not get on the porch earler today..hey Ro,m-t,mdc,fg and all....Rev,Tom,auh20 and all...yall got any left overs for the dog?...been busy here at work...well there goes the phone...got an apt on fire,got to cut the power to it...well back in a bit ...SPOT
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47788:
Hey Big Maude you are coming to dog country...im in kennewaw about 20 miles north of atlanta...my b-day is 12/22/59...my daughters is thw 19 of this month!...well gave my age away didnt i...SPOT
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47789:
thats "Kennesaw"....fat paws...
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47790:
Just wanted y'all to know that Laci is in the hospital-she has RSV. Usually preemies under age 2 are at risk and take vaccines up till age 2.Laci went that route,her being premature and she is 3 yrs. old-got it anyway. Main thing is to get her oxygen level up-if she didn't need oxygen,one nurse said she'd probably be at home. So,a few days in hospital getting oxygen & IV fluids and she'll be home. That little girl is a warrior-she's been through so much,as most of y'all know. I skimmed through and noticed so many prayers from y'all. Thanks-you are the best! Love you all and I'll keep you posted. Take care all.
possum under a rock
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47791:
Prayers for Laci for sure Possum. She is indeed a trooper, and we pray for healing!!
Prayers for all porchsters near and far. I wonder about folks like Quiet Sam and others!
Me-they- Septic tanks are good for PARENTS, but not for spouses! haha
December 13, 2006 - Msg 47792:
Oh, for all our new porchsters, here is my rendition of the "Mayberry 12 Days of Christmas:"
12 prospects for Andy,
11 ladies drinkin',
10 bottles of pop,
9 fish a leapin',
8 Tucker spark plugs,
7 friends for Opie,
6 singin' Darlings,
5 JARS OF PIII-ckles,
4 calls to Juanita,
3 baby birds,
2 fun girls,
and a sheriff with a dep-u-ty!
And may Don and Jean rest in peace!
Mr Darlin's Cuz
December 14, 2006 - Msg 47793:
Norning gang...Breakfast menu:scrambled eggs with cheese, hashbrowns,center cut country ham,sausage links,bisquits and gravy,flap jacks with blueberrys,fried apple rings,oj,milk,h2o,coffee and a tear from my roll of paper towels!...Asa come hungry!...going home now and back at 2 today for 16 more...had a car hit and break a pole last night...driver not hurt...they just hae got it changed out...well prayers....SPOT
December 14, 2006 - Msg 47794:
well you can tell by the missed keys im tired!...SPOT
December 14, 2006 - Msg 47795:
I'm here Spot, and ready to chow down. Glad you ain't to tired to cook.
Possum, I do pray for a quick recovery for our sweet Laci. She is a fighter indeed. Bless her heart.
Big Maude, drive safe and have fun.
Prayers for your Mom Fungirl. I hope she gets better soon.
Me They, the problem with Hillary's village is she would have the village people raising my young-uns. That ain't gonna happen!
Nice rendition MDC. Next time you sing that let me know though. I've got a super sensitive mike you can use that will allow your voice, your glorious voice to resonate all over the porch. :)
Skippy, glad your Grandson is doing well and going home soon. That was a very touching story of how you spend your Christmas mornings. I bet your Daddy is smiling at you from above.
Millie, I hope you are doing ok. I have several members of my family involved with Locks of Love. They feel honored to do a little something to help.
Well think I'll go over to the Grand. They are changing the Marquee today and I like to watch that event.
December 14, 2006 - Msg 47796:
Morning folks, hope all is well today. Just checking in before my day gets started. staying busy with work, getting ready for Christmas and this week end trip. SPOT, we are heading out tomorrow afternoon for the BIG city. A colleague who owns stock in the Atlanta Falcons gave my husband 4 tickets to the Falcon/Cowboy game beng played at the Georgia Dome on Saturday night. My son is sooo excited about getting to see both teams play. It is a busy time of year to try and work in a week end trip but we couldn't let these tickets go by especially since he is so excited and his birthday is so near. I am a big Peyton Manning/Colts Fan.(since he played at my alumni University of Tennessee) but I guess seeing the Cowboys and Falcons Play will be okay too. Thanks for your prayers for traveling mercies. Prayers to all in need today... and for Millie especially an extra dose. take care today Big Maude
December 14, 2006 - Msg 47797:
Yeah Big Maude...that Peyton is down right adorable. And I love the commercial where he and Eli are touring the offices of that sports network and keep hitting and kicking each other and his dad keeps giving them the evil eye. You gotta admit that brings back childhood memories. I remember going to church and acting up and dad saying when it was over, we were gonna get a spanking when we got home. My youngest sister cried all the way home. Lisa and I would try to get her to shut up, hoping he would forget...but with Bonny sitting in the back blubbering, he never did forget....Durn her!
December 14, 2006 - Msg 47798:
Everyone pray that the Colts tear up the Bengals on Monday nite! I have a bet with my student that if the Colts win - he owes me a Blimpie (like a Subway). We live in the nether region of Indiana where Cincinnati is closer than Indy but the colts are good guys and they have a Christian coach. The Bengals can't seem to stay away from DUI and gun trouble.
Off to Cincinnati for conf. right now -