March 09, 2012 - Msg 87690: A good morning to you, folks!

Boo and Ro - Thanks for the kind words and sympathy. I have learned that as all of the obstacles run through your life, you have to have the power and will to run right along side them so they dont leave you in their dust! :)

I'm glad to be back "home" here on the Porch and am looking so forward to many mornings and nights just rocking time away with a glass of tea (or a SONIC sized Dr. Pepper) in hand!

Y'all have a great Friday and we'll see you later! I left a big pitcher of tea, sweeten to your liking, on the porch table. Cups are right next to it.

John Masters



March 09, 2012 - Msg 87691: Well, how 'bout that.....I thought I'd do a quick sweep since I've been gone so long.

LOL!

John Masters

March 09, 2012 - Msg 87692: Thanks Boo for the video clip I needed that laugh! It's been a rough week on Goob's end of the porch. I was study'n the guys hat had a BIG "T" on it let's hope he was from Maude's neck of the woods and not from yours! haha sorry Maude could'nt help myself...
Let's just say we all have had fishing trips like that...And we will just leave it at that!ok?

John Masters...When I asked for roll call from all the porsters I didn't get where your'e from, I take it since your a Cheifs fan you must be from Kansas or Missouri? or Somewheres else?.G-F.

March 09, 2012 - Msg 87693: Hey y'all- Just rockin' for a few minutes. Need to catch up on things around the house.

Spot asked me to let y'all know that Sherry is in the hospital today (may be home now) for a blood transfusion. She has been very tired lately & they found out that her red blood cell count was extremely low. Keep the prayers going,friends. I know Spotty & Sherry appreciate them.
Well, gotta scoot- y'all have a wonderful weekend!
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possum under a rock

March 09, 2012 - Msg 87694: I before E except after C except in Chicken & in Chiefs! Man..I keep forgetting that rule!!
GAGAB...(Give a Goob a break!) I'ts been a long week...G-F....

March 09, 2012 - Msg 87695:
SHAKEDOWN!

March 09, 2012 - Msg 87696: Thanks Possum...well Miss Sherry is home safe and sound...the blood transfusion went off with out a hitch..she says she feels mush better!..has strength!..took all day!...her spirits are great and we aill battle on!..thanks for your prayers...hey Boo,Rev,GF,AFD,JM,hazel,Lucy,Tom and all...and hey guess what Romeena..the gift you sent Miss Sherry is doing great...I have about 6 or 8 house plants and this one is the most rarest one...it has 3 or 4 shoots racing upward about 4 in long now...so neat...well gang will check back when I can...Love ya porch...SPOT

March 09, 2012 - Msg 87697: Hey G-F, I live in Independence, Missouri which is about 11 miles due east of Kansas City. I can see Arrowhead Stadium's glowing lights in the night sky during night games! C-H-I-E-F-S! Go get Peyton!!

Best wishes to Miss Sherry! Good to hear she's home and safe!

Had a good night getting some mozerella sticks and a SONIC size Dr. Pepper with the wife earlier. Then came home, worked on the Quantrill project and chased Peyton Manning stories! LOL! Hope everyone has a wonderful night and a good weekend! Sleep well, folks!

John Masters

March 09, 2012 - Msg 87698: I have to post my most favorite line in the history of TAGS.....

"DICK, YOU FORGOT PANSY!" (The Bazaar episode)

John Masters

March 10, 2012 - Msg 87699:
My goodness Boo, those Bill Dance bloopers were hilarious. Thanks for that link.
And as for your remark about the possibility of me experiencing seizures, I'm beginning to suspect my beds. In my USA home, I sleep on a narrow hospital bed without rails. And in my Canadian home, the bed seems to slope downward near the edge where I do a lot of sitting.

John Masters, sorry to learn just how extensive those physical ailments are with your family and friends. I wish there was a simple solution to offer.

SPOT, glad to hear Miss Sherry regained some of her strength back from the blood transfusion.

Since John Masters posted his favorite TAGS quote, here's mine:
BARNEY (after an accidental capture of a criminal): I swallowed my gum!

from Poor Horatio

March 10, 2012 - Msg 87700: Just stopping by to say hey. I don't have time to scan the archives. We had Nick (my stepson) 18th birthday celebration and other goings on. Prayers for all!

Lucy Matthews

March 10, 2012 - Msg 87701: Thanks John Masters, I guess you decieded to quit chasing the buck around and put down roots in the town where it stopped! Harry S. (like him or not) had guts! unlike some who followed him. I'll just stop there!. Have a great all...G-F

March 10, 2012 - Msg 87702: Sometimes I'm such a Goober...Fill in the blank,
"Have a great________all" must not of had enough coffee yet on prev. post.....G-F

March 10, 2012 - Msg 87703: Happy Saturday, everyone. I have to share some happenings on my little farm. First of all, I want to inform you that I have a mixed-up rooster who crows like a goat. Yes, he finally started crowing but I kept thinking it sounded odd, then my little neighbor, Maddie, said, "Bernie sounds like a goat!"...and she was right. Poor Bernie thinks he's a goat, I guess. Speaking of goats, my babies are adorable!! They have grown so much in a week and are acting like little goats now; jumping straight up in the air and just acting wacky. One of them (Gomer) stays glued to my legs when I am out there and likes to chew on my pant legs. After he has done that for awhile he likes to jump up on me. I saw him nearly jump on top of his mom's back today! The other baby is calmer but still pretty active. They are just so incredibly cute but they already smell like goats. I had to come in and change my shirt because I picked them up.

It is cool and rainly here today and we are enjoying what might be the last of the really cool weather. I think I will make a fire in the fireplace one last time tonight.

I think I had better go shower...I am still smelling that goat smell.

Boo

March 11, 2012 - Msg 87704: MESSAGE REMOVED

March 11, 2012 - Msg 87705: Hi, porch. Just curious - did any of you post that link? I chose not to click on it because it looks like spam to me. I think I'll alert Floyd. We've had things like this to blow through town before.

Boo, I agree completely. Little goats are just the cutest things ever. I love the way they can just jump straight up, from a flat-footed start. And the way they love to climb! It's just hard-wired in them, they want to stand on top of everything they see. I would love to hear Bernie doing his bleating crow. I can just imagine - "Crock-a-doodle-baaaaaa!" Too funny!

Well, it's late, and services are at 8:15 in the morning! I think I'd better get to bed, or I'm going to meet myself getting up. Blessings, friends. --Romeena

March 11, 2012 - Msg 87706: Thanks for letting me know about the mystery link on the porch this morning, Romeena. I nipped it in the bud. I hope everybody remembered to set their clocks forward this morning. --Floyd

March 11, 2012 - Msg 87707: Mornin' Dears & Honeys!

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possum under a rock

March 11, 2012 - Msg 87708: Morning Porch.
I remembered to set my clocks, but it takes several days for my inner clock to adapt. I sure hate losing that hour, but I do enjoy having the sun set a little later at night.
Boo, I hope you keep a journal of your little farm life. Some pics and videos would enjoyable for you also I bet.
PH, I have never woken up on the floor as you have, but I have woken with sore body parts that I can't account for. I know when I was younger my wife said sleeping with me was like being in a wrassling ring. I guess I would flip and turn and make all kinds of noise. But as I have gotten older, I have calmed down in that regard. But as sore as I feel some mornings, I sure wonder what happened during the night. I'm coming to the conclusion that old age ain't all it's cracked up to be. But considering the alternative, I guess I'll just make the best of it.
Spot, glad that Sherry is doing ok, and that her spirits are high. You both are in my prayers daily buddy.
John Masters, I pray for all you are going through to my friend. I know sometimes life can overwhelm us, but I believe the Lord will not put on our plate more than we can handle. Lean upon him when your feeling at the end of your rope, and see what miracles will come forth. And I need to remember this my own self. Easy to say, but challenging to apply sometimes.
Sure been a nice mild winter for us, as it has been for most of the porch it sounds like. Very spring like yesterday with temps in the 60's. So I washed the cars. I hope it stays nice for a while. A car wash usually assures a storm. :)
Well I best get rolling. I'm already feeling an hour behind.

Asa


March 11, 2012 - Msg 87709: Oops. Morning Possum. You sneaked in on me. Hope you are well.

Asa

March 11, 2012 - Msg 87710: I remembered, Floyd!...YAWN....I can't believe I already have to get ready for preachin' and if feels like 7 instead of 8. I will be glad that the day is longer, though, when it comes time for the chores outside. :) Before you know it summer will be upon us again and it will be so hot here. I am trying to soak up all the cool air I can now.

Mornin' Possum (and everyone). You sure must be working had these days. We just don't see enough of you anymore. Hope you get a rest today.

Yes, Ro, those goats are really something.

Better get the kids up and moving.

Boo

March 11, 2012 - Msg 87711: Mornin' to you Asa...we must all be up at the same time.

Good advice to JM. Just yesterday Bruce was worrying about something and I handed him a copy of the hymn, "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" and told him, "Read it". We never just mouth the words on that one (like 'ol Ben Weaver).

Boo

March 11, 2012 - Msg 87712: Boo,....I've been tellin ya that Bernie was going to be a study....So does Bernie smell like a goat? And the chickens smell like donkeys? So does the donkey sound like Gilley Walkers car? pucka, pucka,clink,clink! Ya need to add a cow to the mix and get a crock-a-doddle-moo-moo to wake up to in the morning....Sounds like the Dr. Doboolittle farm has alot of mixed up animals in it..They may need therepy our just leave' em the way they are and keep your little farm the UNIQUE
place it is....

Thanks Floyd for keeping us cyber safe here on the porch..Alot of Interlopers out there!!

MDC ya having everybody over for the race?
"Hard" burgers on the grill,I'll bring the tater salad,call SPOT I'm sure the "wingman" could bring some of his famous wings over,everything Maude makes is good let her choose.."Drivers start your engins!".....G-F

March 11, 2012 - Msg 87713: Good Morning Porch,
I am sad to let you know that my daughter, who has been having a very difficult pregnancy, lost her baby on Thursday and gave birth to her little girl on Friday. This has been one of the most difficult and heartbreaking times I have ever experienced and it must by multiplied a million times for my daughter and son-in-law. Prayers for them are much appreciated.

Mary Wiggins

March 11, 2012 - Msg 87714: Mary Wiggins, I am so very sorry to read that. I will hold all your dear family up in prayer indeed.

Asa

March 11, 2012 - Msg 87715: Oh, Mary Wiggins, I am so sorry. I was really hoping that this wouldn't happen, but sometimes things do happen that we just don't understand, and all we can do is try to accept them. Yes, the young parents are going to experience some deep grief and a lot of questioning, but with faith in their background, they will come to terms with it, in time. I will be praying for them, and for you, that God will give you peace. --Romeena

March 11, 2012 - Msg 87716: Happy Sabbath Porch,

Mary Wiggins, you have my deepest sympathy and condolences. Y'all are in my prayers! I have lost 5 babies including a 35 week stillborn. It is the worst feeling I've ever experienced. If your daughter needs someone to talk to that has been through this please give her my email address: brysonwg(at)aol(dot)com.

Asa, it has been warm here as well. I think we've had our heat on 4 times all winter. I wonder if this means we'll have a bad summer.

Boo, your goat tales are sweet!

Possum, take care of yourself now, ya hear?

Ive found with all 3 kids and myself that we take 2 weeks to adapt to time change. Last night I happened to see the time change as I picked up my itouch. Pretty cool.

Well, we have to go couch shopping. We bought a new leather couch at Costco about a month ago and the footrests already stopped working! (They are electric.) have a great day!

Blessings,
Lucy

March 11, 2012 - Msg 87717: Should have gotten the model with the bigger wires!

March 11, 2012 - Msg 87718: So very sorry, Mary Wiggins. I wish there was something we could say that would ease your grief but there are just no words. I have never been in your daughter's situation but I have witnessed the pain in others and it is one of the hardest (if not the hardest) things a family can go through. My heartfelt prayers for you and your family, and most especially your dear daughter.

Boo

March 12, 2012 - Msg 87719:
Hi All. Good Sabbath evening to you.
Friends, can I ask you for a favor if you agree and are up to it?: Two weeks ago ABC started a new Sunday evening show called GCB, which actually stands for "Good Christian B---hes" apparently from a book of the same title. It is an outright demeaning of both women and Christians! I watched most of it last week just to make sure that what other people were telling me is true, and believe me it is! Could you imagine the outcry if it had been GMB?? I'll let you guess at what I mean with the M. If so moved, please contact ABC. You can google GCB Protest to get more info. Thanks!
Prayers for Mary Wiggin's family, Sherry, and all!
God bless you.
MDC

March 12, 2012 - Msg 87720:
And by the way, it is set in a town in TEXAS!

March 12, 2012 - Msg 87721: Protest duly sent in. --Romeena

March 12, 2012 - Msg 87722: Good morining porch, just stopping by for a visit before I start my work day.

Cloudy this morning on my end of the porch with some rain expected. Still adjusting to the change to daylight savings time. It was still dark when I got up at 6:30 am to get ready for work and still kinda dark when I left for work about 7:40. I will be glad when my body clock makes the adjustment.

Patrick was home last week for his spring break and went back to Cookeville yesterday afternoon. Beth is out this week for her spring break.

Prayers for Mary Wiggins and family, SPOT and Miss Sherry and everyone on the porch. Life is surely hard for all of us but one thing for sure we hold each other up during our trials and struggles!

Breakfast menu will be: waffles, syrup, bacon, eggs. coffee, tea and juice to drink.

Prayers and blessings

Big Maude


March 12, 2012 - Msg 87723:
Thanks RO, and please pass along to your email list too, if so moved. MDC

March 12, 2012 - Msg 87724: Good morning, Folks! Good to see you on a fresh new week!

Mary Wiggins - My sincere and deepest sympathies to your daughter and SIL. What a heartbreaking time. My best that they recover and find peace in a very trying time!

Poor Horatio & Asa - Thanks for your kind words and expression of hope. The old saying is "Action, not words", but in the case of this porch, words can carry a very long way!

Lucy - Happy Birthday to Nick!

Boo - Your animals sounds like a pretty funny zoo sometimes. Antics and mischief run at a high level! LOL! The little buggers! LOL!

Maude - Sorry, I missed breakfast! Sure looked like a dinger!

Heys to Romeena,MDC,REV.,G-F,Possum and the whole gang! Have a great start to the week! Y'all swing by SONIC for a tater tot and drink and put it on my tab!

John Masters

March 12, 2012 - Msg 87725: Heeeey, everyone here sure loves to hang out on the porch, dontcha? Huh? Huh? Huh? Sure. It's great to have all of this fellowship, isn't it? Huh? Huh? Huh? Sure it is!

(Ya' gotta throw some Warren in from time to time)

John Masters

March 12, 2012 - Msg 87726: Poor old Warren. I always felt kinda sorry for him. He was basically a nice guy, but just a bit, uh, socially inept. All he needed was the right little girl to get through to him and give him a little real confidence (not to be confused with his feigned bravado) and he would have been just fine.

Beautiful day here! Blue sky, few wispy clouds for pretty contrast, 64 degrees, buds a-poppin' everywhere. The trees have put on their pale undergarments, and soon will be wearing full dresses of emerald green. The spirea (bridal wreath, my grandma called it) is blooming and is so fresh and pretty. My redbud tree out front is in bloom, and I think I see buds on the dogwood. Will have to look more closely. Irises are sending up fat buds all over the yard, and some have already flowered. The burgundy one out front has already bloomed and closed on the central part of the clump (older rhizomes) and now the youngsters that have formed around the outside are budding. I just love irises!

Well, gotta run. Will pick up Eloise and we'll go get some lunch, then mouse around a bit. Tuesday Morning (a discount store) has advertised beach umbrellas, and I need a new one to shade the pond. My old one broke last year. At 60% off, they're a bargain. I just hope they're not cheapies. Inexpensive is one thing, cheap is quite another. We shall see.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 12, 2012 - Msg 87727: MDC, I saw GCB last night. It IS so wrong. That being said, when people hear scriptures it may make them get out their bibles and that's always a good thing. It surely does remind me of the South though as we have those-my Mother can be quite the Pharisee! That's one of the reasons I left! I've always said my mother is the southern Emily Gilmore, but I think Annie Potts is playing my mother beautifully. I won't watch it again because it makes me feel bad, but it was interesting.

John, thank you for the wishes for my son. I can't believe he's 18! I'm surprised he's made it this long.

Romeena, have fun with Eloise!

School is done, laundry is next, and then I'm doing nothing. I Suwannee these time changes kick my hind end! Nick stayed home because he had a bad headache and my guess is it's from lack of sleep!

Y'all have a very happy Mayberry day!
Blessings,
Lucy Matthews

March 12, 2012 - Msg 87728: Good Afternoon Porch,
Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes.... As tough as life can get sometimes, I am always relieved to know that God is still on the Throne!

Romeena, that was such a precious email you sent me. When my daughter is ready for encouragement I will be sure to share it with her.

It's been uncommonly warm on my end of the porch also. My son and his friend swear they saw a butterfly yesterday!! And we live in MICHIGAN!! LOL! I have seen plenty of robins!

Here's wishing everyone a Mayberry Afternoon!
Mary Wiggins

March 12, 2012 - Msg 87729: To Possum Under a Rock: Last evening around dusk as I was going home from the weekly trip to the grocery store I was comming down the country road to my home when I saw a Possum along the side of the road, usually they are road kill but this Possum was sitting on top a rock! Go figure! I found this strange, but right away I thought of you! I think this was a sign from God that things will be better for you...Might have to ask Romeena if this is strange behavior for a possum or was it just me....Goober-Fife

March 12, 2012 - Msg 87730: Possum ON TOP of rock! (:

March 12, 2012 - Msg 87731: You are welcome Mary Wiggins. You have been on my mind in in my prayers today.

MDC, the "B" in GCB actually stands for "Belles". I watched some clips of the show on yutube after reading yur posts and was offended by the show on a few different levels. As a Christian, I am bothered but not surprised. I have been thinking about the ancient roman empire and how they treated Christians. In my opinion America is becoming more and more like it. It is ok to make fun of christians...makes me wonder how long it will be before it is ok to throw us into the arenas? As christians we aren't suprised by persecution...we have had a long break from it in this country but we had better get ready. This is not the time to be lukewarm, but to draw very close to God and seek holiness. Now, as a Texan and a woman, the show bothers me because these are not the women of texas I know and I would hate for the rest of the country think differently. Those women are the polar opposites of the women in my church.

Boo

March 12, 2012 - Msg 87732: Mary Wiggins, my heart aches for you, your daughter ,& loved ones. So sorry for your loss.God Bless.

Goober-Fife- that is too funny! Possum on top of a rock! Wish you'd had a camera with ya! Thanks for sharing-and especially appreciate what you said about it being a sign from God. Oh yeah,for sure-life is already better & going to get even more so!
Y'all have a wonderful evening!
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possum under a rock

March 12, 2012 - Msg 87733:
Mary Wiggins.....I am so sorry to hear the news....My heart and prayers are with your family!
-REV.

March 12, 2012 - Msg 87734:
Howdy porch family......Got home from my weekend concerts this morning. Had some great crowds and services!

Spot...so glad Miss Sherry is doing better. Continued prayers!

P-H....I'm with you...."I swallowed my gum"....that's a classic:)

MDC....the "GCB" show is just another way of the media being allowed to be spit on the Christian. But if it was any other group they would be blowing the stations up.

You all have a great night!
Love and prayers for all
-REV.

March 12, 2012 - Msg 87735: Wanted to say thanks for praying for Bruce. He still doesn't know what will happen but he is doing much better at trusting in the Lord with the situation and is in much better spirits.

Bruce and I let the little goats out of the pen today to romp and they were hysterical! Fast little things, too, and already butting heads with each other. We stayed close by and let Elvis investigate them. He was acting very strangely and making strange noises at them...almost acting like he was trying to bite them but he didn't. I think he was trying to establish his place as boss but they weren't afraid of him. I don't know yet if it is safe to let them be together unless I am out there, though. I will probably stick Elvis in the pen with Bernie the rooster and let the little ones out tomorrow. He's going to hate it, but that's just too bad.

Better go get a shower. Those goat babies are so sweet and cuddly...I can't help but hold them and they seem to like it, unlike the Boer babies we had. At the rate they are growing I won't be able to hold them in a few weeks so I am cuddling them now.

Boo



March 13, 2012 - Msg 87736: Boo, your descriptions of the little goats and all the stuff that goes on around your place are just great. I know we're not supposed to envy, but I can't help being just a little jealous. As a country kid myself, I remember the years when we had critters around, and how much I enjoyed it. Now all I have is a spoiled little frou-frou, but I'm grateful for her, precious little thing that she is.

G-F, about possums -- it's hard to say what is "normal" behavior for one of those critters, with the exception of our very own Possum. The others are just likely to do most anything. Right here in town, I've seen them in a tree, and walking along the top of a fence, and while they're supposedly nocturnal, I think they're more diurnal, because I used to see a great big one almost every afternoon. He would appear along my back fence, and come nosing along through the flowerbed on the west side fence, until he got close to the house. Then he'd cut across the yard and make his way to the feeding stones around the birdbath, where he would root around for scraps that the squirrels and birds might have left. This in bright, broad daylight! Many times in the early morning, I'd go out and find little divots all over the yard, where he had dug up grubs during the night. I wish he'd come back and do some more of that, but I rather imagine a dog got him, or a car hit him, because he just suddenly disappeared. I never minded him coming in, he did no harm, and was fun to watch. And yes, come to think of it, he did perch on a big old boulder out there one day. Just sat there like the king of the mountain!

Well, guess I'd better turn in. The pond guys are coming tomorrow to clean that mucky pond, and I'm not sure what time, but know it's in the morning. I'd better get some sleep so I can get up and find my socks in time meet them when they get here. Then I have to work tomorrow night. (groan)

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 13, 2012 - Msg 87737: Gooood morning to my Porch family!

My, it's a beautiful morning here! Sun blazing bright and not a cloud to be found. The air is gently crisp, but not enough to chill you. Nothin' like a glass of OJ and rockin' in the rocker on the ol' porch!

Asa - At 4pm eastern, 3 central, all h-e double hockey sticks breaks loose when free agency starts in the NFL! There's talk that the Chiefs will go after Patriots RB, Benjarvus Green-Ellis. Dont know who the Raiders are interested in. Guess we'll see!

Good morning to Boo,Ro,REV.,Lucy,G-F,Possum, Maude,Mary,Poor Horatio and the whole bunch of bananas! LOL!

Have a great day!
John Masters

March 13, 2012 - Msg 87738:
Mornin' Ho-ney, Mornin' DEAR! (And i think you all know Barney's response, one of the funniest of the series IMO. ha
No daylight savings here in AZ. We got that independent spirit you know, ha,
and besides, it's just too dang HOT with another hour of sunlight! There's an old Navajo saying:
"Only the government can cut off a blanket at the bottom, add it onto the top, and then tell you that you have a bigger blanket!" haha
REV: I saw a few snowbird RVs yesterday, and thought of you "on the road for Jesus!" (:
Have a good day all!
MDC

March 13, 2012 - Msg 87739: That should have been "LONGER" blanket.

March 13, 2012 - Msg 87740: Smart Navajo. :)

Well, Ro, I wish I could share the critters with you. You can always come for a visit, you know. You have a granddaughter less than a mile away from me.

Good morning to you, too, John Masters. It is spring break here so we all slept in this morning. I was up late last night so I was pretty tired. To tell you the truth, I had some serious talking to do with the Lord. I have been slacking on some things and found myself to be in a lukewarm state. I had gotten to the point for months now that I had not been reading the bible as I should or praying as I should and it was taking its toll on me. For a Christian, not spending time with God cools our zeal considerably!..no suprise. I wish I could stay in the place i should be and stop drifting so easily, but alas, this seems to be the way I have always been. God keep me (and all of us) faithful.

Well, I need to start the dishwasher and put in some laundry, as usual. ;)

Boo

March 13, 2012 - Msg 87741:
Howdy porch family......kinda wet here today.

MDC....I like that Navajo saying....sure makes a lot of sense:) Yep...on the road for Jesus...wouldn't have it any other way brother!

Boo....you are so right about getting away from the Word and prayer....it will make us weak.

You all have a Jesus filled day!
Love and prayers
-REV.

March 13, 2012 - Msg 87742: Howdy, porch! You're right, boo, and one of these days I'm going to surprise you with a visit. Amanda has invited me several times, and one of these days I'll surprise her, too!

The pond guys have come and gone, and I'[m sure glad they did the job, and not me. They brought huge bins, pumped the water (which was clear) into them until it got near the bottom and the muck started stirring up. Then they just pumped it out and funneled it into flower beds and on the grass. It will be excellent fertilizer. The fish, of course, were caught and put in one of the big bins. Then they got down in the pond and cleaned the walls and the bottom, rinsed it all down and pumped that water out, and then started returning the water in the bins to the pond. Topped it all off with water from the hose, and the pond is clean. They replaced one of my pumps, which I already knew was pretty tired, so the fountain is running better than it was. Sure does look better! I think I'm going to set it up with them for regular maintenance, at least every two months, maybe monthly. It's quite reasonable if done often, would make one of these major projects unnecessary, and the pond would always be clean and pretty.

Apparently that wretched bird has gotten some of the fish. There are four missing. Two shebunkins, my pretty speckled comet, and the beautiful fantail comet that I nursed through a swim-bladder problem. I hate that bird! I think he must have done his dirty work a couple of weeks ago, when the snake had blown off the bridge and floated beneath it, out of sight. I've ordered two more snakes, and will be putting them out there for extra protection. It just hurts my heart to think of my pretty, trusting little fish being eaten by that sword-beaked monster. Miserable thing.

Well, guess I'd better go rustle up some lunch, then catch a nap, because I have to work tonight. Please, Lord - find me something else to do, something I can do from home. I'm getting too old for this.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

March 13, 2012 - Msg 87743: Pardon the typos up there. I'm still getting used to this new keyboard. I do like it, though. --Romeena

March 13, 2012 - Msg 87744: What an afternoon! First, Sean and his friend Alaina came home from volunteering at the local church-run thrift store and they are so happy because an elderly woman came in the shop and bought a recliner. As it turns out, the lady was 71 and had suffered a recent heart attack. She and her husband, who is blind, have been living in a motel and they have no transportation. She walked all the way to the baptist church and they gave her 50 dollars to buy a recliner that her husband could sleep in due to his back injury. Anyway, she bought the chair and then asked for help getting it home...the poor woman was about to cry because nobody would help her. Well Sean and Alaina were not about to see that happen so they took the lady and her recliner to the motel they were staying in. They were happy to have been able to do a good deed and I told them to take me to the motel so I could meet the lady and find out if they needed help. As I was getting ready, Sean went out to feed the goats and came in to tell me that one of our babies was dead. It had gotten wedged somehow between the pen and a tarp that was tied on to keep out the wind and rain. It appeared that the little thing had struggled itself to death...UNTIL...they went out a second time and Alaina took a good long look at the little thing and it opened its eyes and raised its head. It wasn't easy, but Sean managed to get the little thing out...he was wedged in there pretty good, but after he was freed and returned to his mama he was ok and mama goat was very relieved (so was I). While all this was going on I had talked to bruce on the phone and he told me that he had some bad news concerning work and would tell me about it when he got home. At the time I just decided to go get my mind off things so we went to meet the elderly couple in the motel. George is 81 and Katherine is 71. George only draws social security at 1100 a month for both of them. He said he loves it here but doesn't know if they will make it and be able to stay. George was a painter by trade and now is having a hard time making it without retirement benefits. So sad to see elderly americans in this condition. I bought them dinner and offered to take Katherine to the store if she needed to go. I felt for these people because they were both so sweet and there is something so helpless about their situation at their age and with their physical limitations. I can't help but think that the Lord led us to them and wants us to try to do something for them. I told her I would be dropping by to see if they needed anything and I want to get to know them and share the gospel with them. If you feel led, please pray for Margaret and George and that I would be obedient to anything that the Lord wants to do for them. Thanks.

I will let you know what is going on with bruce and his job.

Boo

March 13, 2012 - Msg 87745: Well, Bruce hasn't lost his job but he had a bomb dropped on him today by his boss that is making things very difficult for him. I had to pray with him tonight because he is just so tired and is in despair. He told me today that he felt so stressed today that he was afraid he was having a heart attack. I am praying for his peace and protection. I would rather he quit and find a lesser paying job and buy a smaller place than have him die from the stress! Oh, how I wish I could lift the burder from him but I can't. He is certainly going through a hard trial and needs faith. He went to bed early because he needs rest. They have been working him to death before all this and now he is dealing with an even worse situation. I know God has a plan and He will take care of us but it is very hard to watch Bruce go through this. He just isn't being treated right but in this world we will have tribulation.

Boo

March 13, 2012 - Msg 87746: Burdens are very heavy and sometimes, Boo, it can make you want to run out into a large field in the middle of nowhere, sit down, cross your legs and quit. Just when you think you cant take another step....you find you can. Just keep walking and dont look back. I know that sounds real short and easier said than done. But inner discipline combined with faith and those around you will be the pavement in front of you to solidify your steps.

Ro - Sorry for your fish getting nabbed by that bird. Sounds like your pond got a thorough cleaning though.

Hey and goodnight to REV.,GF,Lucy,Mary,PH,MDC,Possum,Maude,Asa and all y'all!

See ya' tomorrow!

John Masters

March 14, 2012 - Msg 87747: Hey Gang!just a quick trouble check!..doing ok at the at the dog house...Miss Sherry up up with energy today...she made the bed,cleaned,washed clothes!..proud of her!..we go for the 3 hr secound round of the stage 2 Chemo this Monday..hope it dont get her blood count too off whack!!..but anyway we battle on...all the Camping gang are coming over to visit her and have a Cook out at the dog house Thu!..4-wheeler riding...kids all over!..she cant wait...hey Rev you on the road?..hey Boo,possum,JM,MW,Lucy...MDC,auh20,well shucks all the porch...slow here at work..here all night then just 8hrs tomorrow and off 6 days..gona get the garden cut I hope...Romeena our little green gift is just shooting to the sky!...prayers and thanks porch...SPOT

March 14, 2012 - Msg 87748:
Mary Wiggins, I was saddened to learn about the tragic loss of your grandchild. After all those prayers ... I'm at a loss for words. So I'll just give you a hug (((((Mary Wiggins))))). Please pass it on to your daughter and son-in-law.

MDC and Boo, I have seen the commercials for the GCB program and thought it was odd they don't spell out the words. Then after reading both of your postings, I think I know why they used initials. They wanted controversy to attract viewers!!! Well it didn't work with me.
These postings remind me of what I consider to be some questionable advertising here in Canada.
The first example involves a British fashion company called "French Connection United Kingdom". On the huge electric sign outside of the store, they display the store's initials instead of the store name. Makes me wonder why they added the United Kingdom ... for the shock value maybe?
The second example involves radio advertising taking the advantage of double meanings. Read about it at http://tinyurl.com/894y9e5

possum under a rock, I searched for a photo of a "possum on a rock", but found an alternate photo I call "possum on a binge" http://tinyurl.com/7o6q6qj

Mary Wiggins, great to hear you're having warm weather in Michigan. We are east of you in southern Ontario. Toronto broke the record for high temperature last Sunday when it reached 62.6 Fahrenheit. And for the next five days, they are predicting low to mid 60's. I guess it is safe to put away the snow shovels, eh?

Boo, regarding your husband's job situation, have there been any hints about early buyouts?

MDC, I love that Navajo saying you posted.

from Poor Horatio

March 14, 2012 - Msg 87749: That possum picture is hilarious, PH!
To answer your question about bruce's job situation, no, he works for a branch of the government and we all know about the problems associated with that.

Going back to bed with the heating pad. I have one of those bad headaches that start in the neck and creep up the back of your head. Sress you think?? ;)

Boo

PS-Thanks for the encouraging words, JM, and "hey" to SPOT.

March 14, 2012 - Msg 87750: Boo, I feel Bruce's pain I too work for a branch of the Gov. I have 36yrs in. Our Operations Director is retireing the end of May and they just hired his replacement who starts on the 1st.
So tomorrow there is a BIG meeting about all the reassignments and such...I feel I too have a BIG bullseye on my back just because of my longevity.
I'll be looking up in the sky for B-17's flying around tomorrow!....For sure!

Possum,Cool pic from PH I'm sure some days you felt like doing what that possum did too!
"Stay on Top the Rock!"...WOW that sounds like a good title for a REV song....
REV, Put on a bucket and give that one a think!
Well it's going to be in the 70's today so it's outside rockin at the Cracker Barrel Tonight!
Possum, make us a x-Large pitcher of sweet tea it's gonna be a looong night..They will have to kick us out tonight when the lock-up the rockers!
Have a GREAT on ya'll...G-F.....


March 14, 2012 - Msg 87751: Good morning, Porch!

SPOT - Oooowee, sounds like quite a shindig, you're having! Throw a hot dog on the grill for me if you got 'em! My best to Miss Sherry!

Boo - You're quite welcome. Yeah! With a capital Y, that seems like stress to me! Better watch it or it will creep into your shoulders and you'll be so tightented up you'll look like you have on football shoulder pads!

G-F - Man, you said the magic words! Rockin' at Cracker Barrel! Not much better place for that except maybe rockin' at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo. or just about anywhere in the Ozarks for me! Ahhh, the images that come to mind! *Sigh*

Well folks, time to start this here day! A wonderful morning to you all and lotsa luck to you and yours!
Heys to REV.,Lucy,PH,Maude,MDC,Asa,Possum,Mary and all y'all!

John Masters

March 14, 2012 - Msg 87752: Heeey, that's, thatsa great image, rockin' at the Cracker Barrel, isn't it? Huh, Huh? Huh? Sure!

LOL!

JM

March 14, 2012 - Msg 87753: Wow, G-F, prayers for you as well.

Boo

March 14, 2012 - Msg 87754:
GF-JM--Rockin outside of a CB is one of my favorite things! ha
RO- What happened to the "bird-squirting" machine you had set up?
Boo- Prayers for Bruce and all of you.
SPOT- we're all gonna crash yer par-tey! haha
Everyone head for spot's!
PH- I know what you mean with all the double meaning stuff, getting like that here too.
We must stand firm and keep the armor on as the biblical harbingers occur!
God bless,
MDC

March 14, 2012 - Msg 87755:
Trivia Time: Who made welcome mats out of old tires?

March 14, 2012 - Msg 87756: I don't know...."wanna buy a ship in a bottle?"

Boo

March 14, 2012 - Msg 87757: Good evening Porch!
So many people are suffering, real suffering, not Emma Watson suffering. Everyone has my prayers. My husband was just asking me when I think I will be released from my doctor to have back surgery so I can get a job next year. I've decided to go back to school while I'm down. As a fashion major there is little I can do since my ankle fusion. We have no retirement. I'm only in my mid-30s but husband is almost 47 and we have no retirement. He's tired.

Rev, it's such a nice time of year to travel. Enjoy yourself!

Boo, like Romeena I enjoy your goat stories. I grew up in the country and though we didn't own any farm animals, my best friend did and we had such fun! Homemaker has great stories as well. Miss you, Hm!

Romeena, you should visit Boo!

Spot, I'm so glad Miss Sherry is doing better!

Poor Horatio, I don't understand what you mean about the UK advertisement. Can you explain me?

John Masters, I'm glad you're back to posting regularly!

Hey to everyone! Please have some of my fried cream cheese banana bread with whipped cream and strawberries!

Blessings,
Lucy

March 14, 2012 - Msg 87758: That ain't me,y'all! LOL

Funny pic, PH!

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possum under a rock

March 14, 2012 - Msg 87759:
Howdy porch family

G-F....."Stay On The Top Of The Rock".....Hmmmm:)

Spot...so glad to hear Miss Sherry is doing better. I'm sure ya'll will have a great time with your camping friends.

Hey Lucy....gonna be a school girl again...be sure to take the teacher an apple..lol Seriously, I know you'll do great!

John Masters....I'll meet ya down at CB and we'll rock together and chat:)

MDC...the one night that the Braves were playing a preseason game on TV, I missed it. O well

You all have a good night.
Love and prayers for ALL my porch family!
-REV.

March 15, 2012 - Msg 87760: Once again sleep eludes me. I was listening to the episode with the spoiled kid and I have to say that I really like how Andy said you feel good working hard and knowing you earned money. I thought Opie's response of feeling good and tired is pretty much right! Our oldest 2 children feel like Arnold Winkler in that in allowance is what children are allowed to have without having to work for it. They let us know about their friends parents giving cars, cell phones, etc to kids just because. Bryan said that he has to work so should they if they want things but not need them.

The next episode was when Barney bought the car. First, I just love red barns too. I felt so bad for Barney! That blonde guy played the bad guy in several TAG eps, didn't he? The parts that puzzle me are, why wouldn't Andy follow the broken down car in the squad car and how were they planning on arresting the swindlers? I just want to give the sweet elderly woman at the end a hug!

Well, I hope to finally get some sleep. If I don't I'll be back with more comments.

Lucy
P.S. Thank you for your vote of confidence with schooling, Rev! :0)

March 15, 2012 - Msg 87761: Morning all. I thought I better pop in and say hey. Been busier than cows tail in fly season.
Prayers for all who need and desire them.

Asa

March 15, 2012 - Msg 87762: Goober-Fife's got his "Eye's to the Sky" looking out for those bombers! post #87550......

March 15, 2012 - Msg 87763: Lord be with you, G-F. Praying for you.

Boo

March 15, 2012 - Msg 87764: Well...Gang, No "H" bombs at this morning's meeting mostly more of those "More work load" bombs..
At least I still have a job!... pheeeewww!
O'l Goob may be small, but I still have strong shoulders but there is a load limit to anyone!
"Ain't you got a jack?"...G-F.....

March 15, 2012 - Msg 87765:
"Beware the ides of March..."
G-F, At least it wasnt an "et tu brute!" ha
Prayers will continue for you and Bruce too.
No one guessed at my trivia question.
It was mrs mendlebright. At the start of the Reunion ep,
barney is telling andy how she did that for a while to make extra money.
How about this one: What does Lucy Matthews tell Ed Sawyer at the END of the ep?
MDC

March 15, 2012 - Msg 87766: MDC, Lucy says that Mr Sawyer can call in her tonight. I'm not sure about Mrs. Mendelbright.

Lucy

March 15, 2012 - Msg 87767: Oh I think I just remembered that Mrs. Mendelbright was growing mushrooms so Barney had to move his trunk. Am I right?

March 15, 2012 - Msg 87768: Oops, call *on* her. Using my iPhone and the auto correct or I made a mistake.

March 15, 2012 - Msg 87769: Afternoon, folks! Glad to see ya' on the ol' porch. It's just been rush,rush,rush all morning. So I decided to relax. Take...it easy.

Lucy - Glad to be back! Missed the view and the fellowship!

REV. - You got it! Maybe go to the fillin' station for a bottle of pop, take to the CB and pop the cap off as we start rockin'!

G-F - Better watch that Clarence Earp...uh, Dempsey doesn't throw you around some more!

Lotsa luck to Boo,Ro,MDC,Maude,Asa,Mary,SPOT,Possum,and all y'all! Have a great rest of the day!

John Masters

March 15, 2012 - Msg 87770: Howdy, porch! Lovely day here today. Cloudy, but pleasant in the mid-70s. Flowers are just bursting into bloom everywhere. I couldn't resist, so took the camera out and got a few shots. They're never as pretty in the pictures, but better than nothing. I took Toye Starr with me, perched her on a big flat rock and got her in some of the shots as well. Little brat, she has an uncanny talent for turning her head away just as I snap the picture, so I have a lot of pictures of a fluffy white blob with no face. Missed one that would have been hilarious, but I wasn't ready to snap. She was curious about the flowers all around the base of the rock, and while standing, she leaned over to try to sniff them. Naturally, being as little and light as she is, gravity took over and her back end just lifted off toward the sky, and she almost turned a flip into the flowers. She recovered just in time. What a shot that would have been! I wish I had a good photo storage location, so I could give you a link and show off my pretty flowers, but I just haven't found anything. I'd like to re-start the porch album as well. Anybody have any suggestions?

Well, got to get moving. They say confession is good for the soul, so I think I'll really do my soul a favor, and confess that my Christmas stuff is still up. The plan is for me to dismantle all the smaller stuff, like the Nativity on the credenza, Snowman Row on the mantle, and all the little sit-around things and put them away. Then tomorrow Eloise is coming over to help me take the tree down. Greater love hath no friend than this.... Anyway, then David will come by tomorrow night and help me tie and wrap the tree and put it back in its closet. I guess I should be ashamed, or at least a little embarrassed for all that stuff to still be out, but I'm not. I enjoy it, Toye Starr doesn't care, so what's the rush? Now I'm ready for it to go, so it's going.

Only problem is, there's a fish fry at church tonight and I have a ticket. I've GOT to wash my hair before I go, so I have about an hour and a half to get all the little stuff put away. Hmmm. Better get to it! Blessings, friends. --Romeena