February 17, 2002 - Msg 5106: Good evening porch friends and welcome to ya Ms. Wezee you'll like it out here. Asa, I am so glad your long days are about over we sure have missed you. Boy oh boy this was not a good day for Little "E" oh well maybe next race. Hey Rock, thought you might like that coffee put a little something extra in the cream just for you!! Hey NN thanks for the Pepsi, it'll go great with my pizza for supper. Yall have a good evening now I'll see ya later--Salty Dog

February 17, 2002 - Msg 5107: Hey Salty was that the wildest race you have seen in a while or what? Don't know what was up with Sterling Marlin working on his own car! I was hoping for Jr. too, but maybe next week. Asa glad you will be back with us like regular now & Ms Wezee welcome home! I'm off to feed some baby birds!

February 17, 2002 - Msg 5108: I was hoping Dale Jr. would do good today, just not his day.
Anyone try that diet Pepsi twist....to me, just awful
Welcome Ms Wezee.
Miss Ellie
"Eatin' speaks louder than words"

February 17, 2002 - Msg 5109: Longtime TAGS fan but short time NASCAR fan. Watched today with some hardcore fans that explained alot to me and I think I'm hooked!
"That Gilly Walker,all he does is speed,speed,speed!"

Mr. Schwump

February 17, 2002 - Msg 5110: Easy to get hooked on that NASCAR Mr. Schwump especially when you live in Bristol, the home of the 'world's fastest 1/2 mile' I love racing, but not as much as football & no where near as much as Mayberry. Ya'll have a good 'un. I'm off to bed & around my house with all the critters I got...that's adventure sleepin

February 17, 2002 - Msg 5111: Hey everybody! Hope everybody's had a good Sunday.
Had a sick young un' so I stayed in all day. Send him off to sleep on a battleship, ate bad eggs, came home and soon got sick. Wonder what causes that? Welcome Mrs. Wezee, you'll like it here. Mavis, I know about adventure sleepin' with those critters! I tell you, you can't move!Was that the Primitive quartet you were talkin' about? That's one of our favorites if it's the same people. Especially, my son's. He love bluegrass. Get some rest Asa, you deserve it. I'm sure it'll calm down soon around there. Around here it'll be wild. I'll have my niece's (3&1) most of the week.
:) Mr. Schwump, I'm sure if I knew more about NASCAR, I would like it better too. I like the last lap. I would like to know more about the stratagy of it. Ya'll have a good nite, come on over for sausage biscuits in the mornin'. --Helen

February 17, 2002 - Msg 5112: Evening porch, got the day off tomorrow so I guess I get to do the housewife thing. Breakfast sounds good Helen I'll be there. I'm off to bed for now. Nite porch!!--Salty Dog

February 17, 2002 - Msg 5113: How do, friends! Yep, it's me, back home after my surgery. All went well, still got a trail of staples, looks like a zipper, and a vacuum drain that stays in until Friday. Bein' a nurse myself, I was able to come home a little sooner than other folks, because I can take care of drains and things. Not a problem. I'm feeling just fine, tired but relatively little pain. I read back over the past few days, and you were all so kind, askin' about me, and prayin' for me and all. Sure do appreciate it.
My daughter-in-law's sister is doing better. They moved her to Zale-Lipshy, which is a teaching hospital in Dallas, and right away they started a different treatment and she's already improving. Can move her feet some now, and the docs say there's a good chance of total recovery. Thank the Lord, and thank all of you for your prayers.
Helen, that breakfast sounds good. If I put Sugarplum's little backpack on her and send her over, would you send me a couple of those sausage biscuits? Be sure to zip that backpack good, though, or she'll sample them on the way home.
Asa, I'm glad things are lightening up for you a little bit. Remember, this too shall pass! Mrs. Wezee, you're most welcome here, and you're gonna love it, just LOVE it! Mavis, I wish I could get the Plum to you. She needs a bath, and I'm not sure I'm up to it just yet. Make that "I'm sure I'm not up to it". Oh, well, at least Maltese don't get that "doggie" smell. Wonder what causes that?
Have a great Monday, enjoy the day off for those who have it, and those who have to work, just slow down and take it easy!--Romeena

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5114: Yeaaaaa Romeena's back. Sure good to hear from you dear. I been powerfully worried about ya. Hope your recovery is complete and full and uneventful. If you need anything at all you let us know. Glad to hear about your daughter in laws sister to. The Lord sure is good isn't he.
Sorry you got one ailing Helen. Must be a lot of that going around. You sure you're up to breakfast? I'll be over if you are, thanks.
Well gotta go do some work. You all take care and act like someone. And don't overdue Romeena.


February 18, 2002 - Msg 5115: Good morning all.Just thought I'd drop by and say hello.

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5116: Mornin porch. Just thought I'd drop in before I left to go to my Aunt's house. She got a chair that is broke and since I got the glue and clamps to swing it I thought I'd fix it for her. Glad you home Romeena and that all went well. See ya later.

The Rock

"I'm like you Pa, Idoon't like him either." (Opie talking to Andy about Roger Hanover)

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5117: Afternoon friends, how is everyone doing? Romeena it sure is good to have you back. Hope you recover real soon. Hey Rock, I got a shelf thats broke too can you fix that? Well lunch break's over now gotta go back to my housework ya'll take care and I'll see ya later!--Salty Dog

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5118: Good morning everybody. Just thought I would drop in and say "hey". It's been a while. Nice realnice MaryGrace (NRNMG)

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5119: Hey ! to everyone on the porch & thank yall for welcomeing me. I just know I'll love it here. I just got home from work & couldn't wait to come sit a spell with yall, my hubby is sleeping yet, day off for him, lucky duck! Say you will not guess what I saw when I pulled up to park the car after work, I have buttercups in bloom. GGGeeeeewiz already, but we have had a fine winter here this year, no snow at all.. I need to fix lunch for us, wish yall could join us we are having soup for it is still a mite chilly yet here & ice tea, coffee for my hubby Lightning , strawberry cake & ice cream then some Bible reading to top it all off, God is so good. Thanks again to all & Ms Romeena I'm glad your doing well & I'll pray for your daughter-in-laws sister.. Until next time I'm glad to be a part of the porch group, thank you ,Mavis,Salty Dog,Miss Ellie, Helen & all. Bye yall

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5120: Oh me I forgot to sign my name just now ...LOL mS Wezee msg.5119. oooppsss. LOL

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5121: ICU, NRNMG.


February 18, 2002 - Msg 5122: Afternoon Porch. Hope ya'll having a nice Monday. Some of us poor unfortunates have to work on this here holiday (sniff, sniff). Oh well, thats life through and through.
I fergot to holler HEY to Miss Ellie back there a ways. Good to hear from you Miss Ellie.Please stop in more often ifn ya can.
Glad yer workin and not golfin there Rock. I think it would do me in ifn you was golfin today.
Glad yer feeling at home here Ms. Weeze, So how did ya come up with that name, if I may be sold bold to ask? Where abouts do you live? Tell us all about you. We ain't nosey, just curious.
Clean that house good Salty. Are you taking all the furniture outside like aunt bee made Briscoe do?
N.N. is off feeding scouts somewhere so she's busy.
Hazel is off today, but I think she's just laying around and eatin bon bons and watching soap operas hee hee hee.
Mavis, are you grooming puppies today? Hope yer not but good luck ifn you are.
No Mrs. Wiley, or Homemaker, or FunGirl or Emma today yet?tsk tsk tsk.
Well I need to git back to work before I get mad at me and fire myself.
Ya'll take care of yourselves.

bad BAAAD Sheriff! (Emma to Andy)

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5123: Romeena! Welcome home! I thought this was MINOR surgery. Sounds like a big deal to me. You take care now. Did little Sugarplum get back with your biscuits? I'll send more later. Glad your Daughter-In-Laws sister is doing better. God is so good.
My son is better today. Wanting pizza for lunch so that's a good sign.
Ms.Wezee, lunch sounds so good, think I might just "drop in" around that time. ;-) The Bible study sounds "extry" good! I bet the flowers are "purdy". Springs in the air here too!
Rock, If you got clamps and glue I have the "duck"
tape! Come on over and I'll put you to work, after you go to Salty Dog's and fix her shelf.
Oh yeah, to all of the new ones don't forget to check out the Cutlass and send Mavis your info. You might need to go to the archives to get the link.
See ya'll--Helen

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5124: Oh dear I'm a bad bad boy' I looked right over you Helen without so much as an honerable mention. Kick me right in my mouth. See that foot. How can I get that big old foot, all of it in my mouth. Sorry Helen.


February 18, 2002 - Msg 5125: Happy President's Day to everybody! It's a holiday for me. (Goldbrickers and deadheads every one! They oughta fire the whole LOT of 'um!) Romeena, it's good to see you back again. I hope everything went well. You're a treasure to this porch. And hey to some more of the "oldies"...NiceMaryGrace and Mr. Cookie Bar! How are the little cookie crumbs doing, MCB? Mavis, can you believe this beautiful blue sky today after the snow we had yesterday? Asa, I've watched some of the Olympics to see if I can find a Mayberry shirt...but so far I haven't seen a peep of you.

"Did I have a pain? Started right here in the side and shot down my leg, rared up the other side and around my back, and then went clean on up around my neck." (Emma - Bless her heart)

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5126: Welcome home Romeena. I hereby nominate Romeena "The First Lady Of The Front Porch." I second it too, I never get to second anything....Kentucky Joe.

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5127: Hello to everyone. Nice to have you back, Romeena. I'm so glad you made it thru your surgery o.k. and I hope you get to feeling better real soon. Nice to meet you, Ms. Wezee. Emma, when you have a pain, it really goes places. I'll "third" that nomination, Kentucky Joe. Romeena will make a great first lady. Good to see you again, NRNMG. I'm one of them county goldbrickers too, got the day off. Oh, gotta go, my show is about to start on TV. I wonder if Cecilia will ever find true happiness?
- Hazel

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5128: "That phone could ring at any second and then we'd just be three-eightin' and four-twoin' all OVER the place." I just love it when Andy says that to Opie when Opie was in the courthouse trying to impress his little girlfriend, Karen. I hope I got that one right. I'd hate to mess up one of my favorite lines. Where's a link to the Cutlass? I must've missed it.

"And that's where we keep our offensive weapons." (Opie)

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5129: Hi there, Porch pals. How is everyone? Hope everybody enjoyed a good weekend. I got me some spaghetti and meatballs on the stove, so can't catch up right now. Prayers for all who need 'em, though. I'll catch up after dinner.
Was thinking about Dale Earnhardt today... it was a year ago today that I was sick as a dog on the couch when I saw the wreck and then heard the news. It was so surreal that I thought all the medication was playing tricks on me, but alas, it was true. God bless you, D.E.
We had a great weekend. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, and we were treated to free V.I.P. passes to the welterweight championship fights in San Antonio on Saturday (we were live on Showtime -- did you see me wavin' at y'all?). Afterward we went down on the Riverwalk and ate Chinese food and walked around, taking in the sites. Yesterday we worked in the yard, getting our gardens ready for planting.
Sadly, my friends in Tulsa have not heard anything about their little dog. Breaks my heart. Who'd steal a person's pet? That's just the lowest. There sure are some evil people in this world. Thank you all for the kind words and good thoughts for my friends. She might turn up yet.
Would also like to add, R.I.P., Howard K. Smith.

"Cary Grant wasn't in picnic; it was William Holden."
"I can't do William Holden. He talks just like everybody else."

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5130: Hey porch! Des, did you get little parasols in your rice at the Chinese place? I didn't get to see you - That pay cable is outta my league. Emma, that exchange is so cute! I love it too. "Now, if you'll just step right this way..." Romeena, that sounds like serious surgery. Good thing you are a nurse - I hope you get to feelin' better real soon!

Another day in "heck". My new boss quit today. Heard a reliable roumor that they're trying to sell the business to a co. in Orlando. Also the owner is on the FBI watchlist (he's of arabic desent). Ooohhh my ohmyohmy. A real situation.

Hope everyone stays warm and has a peaceful night! Asa, Helen, Hazel, Kentucky Joe (welcome!), Wezee, Jelsik, Rock (thanks for the offer to pound folks for me - my brothers are always offering to do stuff like that - yer sweeter n sourwood honey) Salty, NRNMG, and everyone!
~ Mrs. Wiley

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5131: Thanks ~Mrs. Wiley for the warm welcome......Kentucky Joe

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5132: and Welcome to Wezee too! ~ Mrs. Wiley
Mayberry: gateway to danger.

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5133: I want to say a warm welcome to you, too...Kentucky Joe. That's a great name. I'm partial to Kentucky...it's a beautiful state.

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5134: And Dež, so good to see you here again! And also, welcome to Ms. Wezee and JTB. Now I guess I'll hush for awhile.

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5135: NRNMG!!! how are ya! don't stay gone so long! Emma we were in Wal-Mart when the 'snow storm' hit yesterday, pretty sunshining when we went in & snowing like the dickens when we left! Romeena you send little Plum on over & I'll get her done, you don't need to be doing nothin but laying on the couch eating bon-bons with Hazel So good to see so many chatterbugs on here, I had to work today, so many stinky dogs, so little time! Dež I thought of Dale, SR today myself & said a little prayer for him & his family. I'm off to bed! Ya'll have a good un!

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5136: Evening porch, hows it going? dosen't seem like a year since Dale was killed. Still don't seem right. Hey to Kentucky Joe, NRNMG, Emma, Hazel, Mrs.Wiley ,Des,Mavis,Rock, Helen and Of course our favorite coach Asa. If I have missed anyone I apologize. I have to go back to work tomorrow, so, I am gonna go find an ironing board between two chairs! See yall later--Salty Dog

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5137: Dadgummit, I forgot Wezee, sorry bout that! Nite Porch--SD

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5138: Hi All. Will it look like everyone is back and feeling good for this time of the year, no one think about being closed up for the winre time.
the weather here is like springtime bout you no that it is winer what is crazy.
I waited for the sunshine,
the clouds were dark and gray,
prayed that God would hear me
and cast me not away.
it seemed as if forever
i cried to him in vain,
then it happened, oh, so quickly,
came the best and greatest change.
it wasn't what i asked for
in my selfish soul-torn way
but much better than i hoped for
all my fears he did allay.
so my friend do not be anxious,
he will answer in his time
and send blessings by the millions,
you alone could never find.

February 18, 2002 - Msg 5139: Sweet Jesus, just hear that boy! Tom, that's your best poem yet. What depths of truth, and so beautifully expressed. Thank you, friend.
Mercy me, I'm just so humbled by all of your sweet words to welcome me back. It's nice to be missed. As for "first lady", I'd never be able to accept such an honor. There are too many here more deserving than I. Just to be known as a Mayberry Lady is quite enough.
In all honesty, this wasn't just a "little" surgery, but compared to a really BIG surgery (you know, a BIG one), like a bypass or something, it's relatively small. Two procedures at the same time, actually. Let's just say that gallstones will no longer be a problem, and the rest I'd better just whisper to the girls some other time.
Helen, I'm glad your little "sprout" is improving. The Plum got home with the biscuits. One was a bit tattered and she had sausage breath, but that's okay, I share with her all the time. *Mavis, thanks for the offer. I did manage to comb her out this afternoon, she'll hold a few more days until I'm feeling better. I just couldn't bear to send you another dirty puppy.
Had a wonderful meal tonight - homemade veggie soup and cornbread - brought over by a church friend of nearly 30 years. You know the kind of friend I mean - never asks anything, but always gives. Makes good soup, too! She's not a TAGS fan, but she should be. She has all the qualifications.
Well, this grows long, and I grow dizzy! Back to bed, I guess. Welcome to all newcomers, greetings to all old friends. Tomorrow is another day.--Romeena

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5140: Mornin'honeys...(you too Asa!)
Good to see everybody...
Des, you lost a good 'un down there last week..
RIP Waymore..
Mizz Wiley, it DOES sound like you have a situation, a real situation..
Emma, one of the prettiest drives in KY is U.S. Route 23...
I think they call it the "Country Music Hwy.."


February 19, 2002 - Msg 5141: Mornin Porch DEARS! Hey Jelsik, you better know it's a situation - they're coming at me like this "ggRRrr ggRRrr". (like how?) "ggRRrr ggRRrr"!

~ Mrs. Wiley
Romeena, what a combination - nothin like killin 2 birds with one stone! (not that I condone songbird killin...) you rest up good! Don't worry, Asa will mow your lawn for ya - WON'T YA ASA?

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5142: Morning Porch. My goodness the porch seems nice and full, ain't it nice.
Mrs. Wiley, you always make me laugh. You manage to keep yer sense of humor even when it gets going rough. I'll be honored to go cut our "first ladies" lawn. Would be a pleasure.
Morning to you Jelsik, nice to see you up and about.
Nice to hear from you also Tom. Yer being to quiet like.
I hope ya'll have a great day, and remember the sun will shine in your back door again.


February 19, 2002 - Msg 5143: Mornin porch. Salty Dog I'll be right over to fix thaat thar shelf but first I'm going to Helen's to get some of that "duck tape". After that Helen we'll what see what kind of chores you have. Mrs Wiley just remember "the only thing they understand is a leg of lamb". Welcome Kentucky Joe. Mrs Rock is from Ky. Hey to Ms. Wezee, Emma, and Jelsik. Asa I have watched hockey and figure skating live and on TV and I noticed that TV does not do justice to the speed that those people go. I have only watched skiing on TV, does TV do justice to the speed that those skiers are going? Well thats about all for this morning. I' heading up to the county seat to buy my car tags but first I'm going to Des house for some of that "cool looking left over spaghetti and meat balls".

The Rock

"I sold that car to (I can't remember his name) before I had my first drink." ( Otis )

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5144: Sorry meant to add a get better wish to Romeena.

The Rock

"Three things get weak the older you get. First the knees go, then the mind goes, and and and and I just can't recall what that third one was."

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5145: Hey to Rock (it was sold to Charley Varney). ~ Mrs. Wiley

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5146: Morning porch, off to work for a while then back home to cook supper. Rock, you must have read my mind, I am having spaghetti and meat balls tonight and hot garlic bread. Everyone have a good day! See ya later--Salty Dog

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5147: Hey to the Porch. It's nice to see ever'body. Prayers for those who need 'em, and hugs all around.

I'll see ya.
*Rafe Hollister
"I got me a feelin' that the impact of the blast will take care of those other seven steps."

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5148: Afternoon porch, I was off work today & can't blieve I slept in. LOL gOT UP AT 9 Woooo! seems the day was half over. Fixed Lightning brunch, he works afternoons this week. I missed my Bible study today with 31, she called me to see what was up, when I saw the time I tryed to call her but couldn't get the number right for Sarah to connect me. ever happened to any of yall??? LOL We had a meeting at Church last night, Our Preacher is going to Ga. We voted on one last night to take his stands in the pulpit and this one is coming up from Ga. He is org. from the New England states. We're all, country folk here I sure hope we can all understand one an other. LOL It sure is good to just sit here on the porch and converse with one another.I've been tryin to catch up on some reading here from days gone by. I sure was sadden to hear about the lil dog, iffin I was to lose Pollyanna I would just go to pices, she is a choc. colored Toy Poodle was 4 yrs. Jan 12th. I would like to see the Cutlass, but can't find the link??? Mr Tom I loved the poem, poitry is my passion. Lightnings passion is Nascar he likes Jeff Gordon. Asa there is a story behind my name & my husbands name I'll have to tell it some time. It sure is nice to be in the neighborhood, I could go on & on but reckan I'ld better go for now, from ur newest neighbor.
Ms Wezee

Lots of luck to you & yourns.

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5149: I stay in the house to much.

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5150: Hey to the porch

Just jump in where you can and hang on.

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5151: Hey to the porch -
We spent the weekend in Nashville ("I'm going to Nshville") and saw an outSTANDin' Grand Ole Opry show at the Ryman. Some of them folks sure do have high roofs to their mouths.
We visited the new Hall of Fame downtown there too and it's really something to see. They have modernized the place electronally from how it was at the old one.
Here is a link for y'all who are looking for The Cutlass. I hope it works.

Milton P. Oliver
"Got time to breathe, got time for music"

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5152: Well, the link works but I seem to have run out of blue ink .......

I before E except after C and T after N in 'font'. sheeeesh~

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5153: :0) Where is everybody, to cold to come sit a spell? **********************

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5154: ;o> Hey y'all thanks for the link.

Ms Wezee

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5155: Hey to all !!

Mavis I surely did enjoy the cutlass link, didn't post birthdays & anniversary, but did sign ur guest book. Ms Wezee

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5156: Folks I'm in a quandry. Since I have been posting here at the porch,for about two years I have been "The Rock". Miss Ellie helped me pick that name since my real nickname since I was 3 years old has been Hardrock. The nickname is a long story and I'll have to tell it to you some time. Well at the Bulletin Board someone else had already registered as "The Rock" so I registered as "Here at the Rock". Well I was just at The Cutless and the other "The Rock" had signed the guest book. My question is: To avoid cunfusion do I need to start signing my post here as "Here at the Rock " or just keep my old "The Rock". My fate is in your hands

The Rock or Here at the Rock

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5157: Hey to all
Rock I was at the cutlass and show that also, I thought it was you & I couldn't figure out why you said you don't go to the porch? Now I know ... LOL.. In some episodes of Andy,,, Barney has call the court house the rock.. Remember him saying Here at the Rock...etc..etc. I'm new hwe on the porch so I'll let you converse with the others on this, I just wanted you to know I too saw that at the cutlass... I like...
..Here at the Rock. I think it sounds Mayberrian But my name has nothing Mayberrian about it. But thats my name I feel a little out of place but after all I am new in the neighborhood and I hope every one is ok with my name and that I don't have to run into what you have. Best of Luck to you The Rock.. you the Man. LOL Ms Wezee.
ps I hope I helped??????

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5158: Howdy everybody. Romeena it's good to see you posting, but you take it easy now, ya hear? You being a nurse, I reckon you know your limitations. :-) I hope you're feeling much better.

Rock, since the other Rock doesn't post here, I don't know why you should have to change your name, but what do I know. I'll defer to the others since I don't get to post too often.

Did any of you see Hank Williams, Jr. and Kid Rock together on CMT the other night? I'm not much of a country music or Kid Rock fan, but Mr. Tilley loves Kid Rock, so I recorded it for him. I think Mr. Tilley is going through a mid-life thing. hahaha I watched it with him the next day and it was actually pretty good. Sure seemed like a strange pair to put together.

Welcome to Ms. Wezee and Kentucky Joe.

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5159: Rock, I agree with Tilley. Since the other Rock doesn't post here, why not still keep "Rock"? By the way, I am a different name over at Ms. Crumps too. The name I use over there was already taken over here. So I have a double identity too. (Kindof like a double-knott spy).
- Hazel

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5160: Hazel I think that is cute a double - knott spy. If the other Rock comes here he can do like you right? I really like the cutlass link also. I'm new here but I know our Rock as he or she is here. also I would like to say welcome to Kenucky Joe. I'm also trying to read the archives to try to know some of what yall are talken about. The ball game sounds like fun . I can set in the stands and cheer yall on. Wezee

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5161: Evening Porch. How was everyones day? Well I hope. Sure is good to see so many posting.
I know a lot of you back east have had a pretty mild winter, but It has been a cold long one for some of us out west. So the thought of spring being on the doorstep excites me right down to my toenails. We may hit 50 on Friday. We ain't seen 50 since before thanksgiving here so I'm purty excited I gotta tell ya.
Well you all be good and we will see ya later.


"occuPENT, occuPENT, occuPENT."

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5162: Evenin', all! Asa, to answer your question, my day was exceptional, to put it mildly. I'm gonna be a bit blunt here, friends, so forgive me. 22 years ago I had a mastectomy for cancer. I had many, many positive lymph nodes and was given about a 40% chance of 5-yr survival. Yet here I am. Now, the "other" part of my double surgery last Friday, that I said I'd whisper to the girls, was to have the second mastectomy. It was my choice, for several reasons. Balance, freedom from prosthetics which put a draggy weight on one's shoulder, potential new cancer, whatever. Anyway, it was strictly an option and required some very creative talking on the part of my surgeon's staff to get my insurance to approve it, because I had just had a clean mammogram. Well, guess what. Today the surgeon's office called and said the routine microscopic exam of the tissue that was removed showed "several" areas of pre-cancerous cells! No true cancer yet, but it was a matter of time. Now, I ask you. Does our Lord work behind the scenes on our behalf, or what? That surgery was strictly an option, following what I thought was just a notion on my part. Now I know it was not just a notion, it was the leading of God. I seriously considered cancelling that part of the surgery, as late as the night before it was done, but just felt like I'd come that far, I should go through with it. I can only say, "I stand amazed in His presence." Peace, friends.--Romeena

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5163: evenin porch
this is my last post for the day. Romeena.. all I can say is PRAISE GOD. Our Lord is so wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing that testomony with us, you've made my day. Praise be to the Lamb of God. Good night all I got to get up early for work tomorrow. Ms Wezee

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5164: Wow. Romeena, I am awestruck at your courage, your faith, your optimism. I'm so glad it worked out that way for you. You are an amazing person.
- Hazel

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5165: Romeena, bless your heart. You truly are an inspiration to me. The Lord really does work in mysterious ways doesn't he? I hope and pray the very best for you in your recovery. Take care. I am off to bed now, gotta get up at 5 in the morning. But I'll leave yall some coffee. Nite Porch--Salty Dog

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5166: Bless yer heart Romeena, bless yer heart. I don't why but I been extry worried about you and now you tell me this story and I just gotta praise the Good Lord for directing you and good for you for listening to them promptings. God bless you dear. We love you and pray for you.


February 19, 2002 - Msg 5167: Romeena, that is truly an amazing story. Thank God things worked out for the best. They talk about early detection and, honey, you are living it. Thank you for having the courage and love to share that with us.

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5168: Romeena, thanks for that testimony! Wow! You made my day! I know that will help in your recovery knowing you did the right thing. God is so good.Hey everybody and God bless you all-Helen

February 19, 2002 - Msg 5169: New to the site. I don't know you Romeena, but God does and he works all things for good to them that love Him. I pray your recovery from surgery is speedy and that God gives you the peace that passess all understanding - God Bless all
Yep that's the plan - Go over to get some ice cream, go over to Thelma Lou's, and watch a little television . . .

For the Love of God Do it! Just Do it! Get some ice cream, go over to Thelma Lou's, and watch a little television)

Juanita (from the diner)

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5170: MORNING PORCH YOU ASLEEP?? SLAM!!! Thought I'd pop in and say HEY!!! Off to work for me. I guess I am the first one out here this morning so, ya'll know what happens then....Hope ya'll have a good day and the ailing ones gets better. See yall later, Coffee's (and hot chocolate too;) is already on so have a wonderful day! See yall later--Salty Dog


February 20, 2002 - Msg 5171: IM UP, IM UP, IM Up! Morning all! Praise God!! Oh Romeena, that is such great testimony - and great news about your health! Cancer runs in my family, too so I can relate to the worry about it being out there "just waiting to pounce". You made the right call, and you trusted in the Devine Healer! God is so good to us!

Have a great day everyone, and welcome to Juanita!
~ Mrs. Wiley
Rock, don't you go changin'.

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5172: Good Morning to the Porch. That was nice of you to post the link to the cutlass, Milton P. Oliver. Welcome to Juanita from the diner. (Barney: Hello, Juanita? Oh, hi Frank). Isn't that Romeena an inspiration to us all? Well, I best go git ready for work. Have a good day.
- Hazel

Andy: "Goodbye, goodbye. Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I would say Goodbye, 'til it be morrow."
Opie: "What does that mean?"
Andy: "Well, that means I'd love to sit and jaw with you a while longer, but I got to be a-movin on."

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5173: Hey to the Porch.


"I resent that mister...I come from a good family,
my Mother was a nurse..."

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5174: Hey Jelsik, Welcome to Juanita. Howdy to everyone on the porch this am. Daggum Salty Dog sure being noisy this morning. Guess I'll take a cup of that hot chocolate. Thanky.
Still marveling over that there event Romeena. That is incredible. God bless you dear.
How are you Mrs. Wileyyy? Things looking up at all for ya? Sure do hope so.
Morning Hazel. How's things in Boise this morning? We'll get them hounds back to you as soon as we're done with em.
Howdy to Helen, how are you?
Where has Homemaker and FunGirl run off to?
Best get to work. Lots to do and short time to do it. God bless you all and be careful today.


February 20, 2002 - Msg 5175: Okay . . .don't yell at me. . .but I have been so busy with everything. . .things here at school are just crazy that I hardly have time to sit and enjoy a pepsi break let alone get to rock I my favorite rocker on the porch and then when I get home at night I am just about so done in by the time I get the hubby and the youngin's settled down. . .I sure have missed ya'll. Found out another teacher in my building is TAGS woman and so I let her know about the porch and all the wonderful people here.
Romeena - glad to hear your feeling some better. Welcome to Ky Joe (the outback survivor - do you really live in Ky and what section?) and welcome to Ms. Wezee. . .you'll enjoy your rocking spells here. Hi to all the regulars - cept I haven't been to regular here lately (need some prunes I guess).
It is a mild day with rain here in Indiana - the weatherman said it was a typical May day with a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. FG - are things crazy at your school too? Maybe it is the construction here? Also - when do you do your IEP? Let me know if you need any suggestions.

Well - I'll stop rattling! Mavis we may head your way this summer on our way to North Carolina. . .

Take care. . .

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5176: Good afternoon friends, back home from work and now for a little nap before I have to cook supper. Yep thats the plan have a little nap then cook supper. Asa, I'm sorry I woke ya, I'll be real quiet tomorrow. Gotta get up at 5 again and it was supposed to be my day off too! Welcome to Juanita. Romeena, hope all is well with you. Hey homemaker, you better come see me too. After all I am in NC you know. See yall later-- Salty Dog

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5177: Beautiful day here in the TN. Been outside most of the day doing yard work so I want have so much to do when Spring does get here. Prayers and best wishes to ya Romeena. I with you Salty Dog. I think I'll get in the unsupported prone position on the couch before the wife and kids get home.

The Rock

"It's therepetic." (Barney)

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5178: A pleasure to read these messages from you fine people. Very inspirational. Yes Homemaker, Northern Ky..........Kentuck Joe

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5179: oops Kentucky Joe

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5180: I see O'Malley is playing Golf with Tiger Woods today, which surprises me "I thought O'Malley was in Detroit"

Mr. Schwump

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5181: Mr. O'Malley? Charley? Hey, Chuck!

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5182: Well you know old Chuck, the bigger they are the nicer they are. How are you anyway Mr. Schump? Tiger would let you play with him if you didn't try to pinch him. hahaha
Welcome to Kentucky Joe. Always nice to see a new face on the porch. You'll like it here if your not careful. Gotta watch out for that Rock feller though. He's going through an identity crisis right now so he's a tad moody.
Nice to see you again Homemaker. Sounds like yet hands is full and everything. Keeps ya honest though.
Best go do something else now so ya'll don't git tard of me ramblin on like the old man I is.


February 20, 2002 - Msg 5183: "Evenin'...nice evenin, ain't it? I hope everybody on the porch has had a fine day.

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5184: Now Kentucky Joe - Northern Ky is not really part of Ky unless you live south of the big I-75 interchange outside of Florence. If you live near at all near Covington - I'll pray for you! :) All of our kin live near Somerset and in Owsley County - now that's KENTUCKY!
Okay SD - didn't mean to dis you. . .we thought about going goat shopping in NC. Lots of boer goats in your state! Been to the boy's school for a sausage/sauerkraut/tater supper. . .mmmm goood!
It turned a might chilly with all the rain. . .

Need a good cup of hot tea!

nite all. . .

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5185: Howdy, friends! Thank you all for the kind words of support. Our God is indeed a great God, faithful and true, and able to bring about the very best in our lives if we'll let Him lead. I'll know on Friday if any more surgery or other treatment is needed. I trust my Lord, I trust my surgeon, so whatever is indicated, I'll do. I think there's a good chance that nothing more will be needed, but we'll see.
Asa, I keep watching for you at those Olympics, but haven't spotted you yet. Maybe Andy would loan you the squad car, and you could cruise around in that. You'd be more noticeable, and besides, it doesn't hurt to let some folks rest their eyes on a sheriff's badge now and then - the one on the car door would do nicely. Might help you to keep order!
Would someone tell me how an 8-lb puppy can have a 40-lb foot? When The Plum stepped in the middle of me last night, I thought she was an elephant! She didn't mean to hurt me, and has apologized many times, poor baby. No harm done, of course, and she's been extra-cuddly, so it was worth it, actually.
Well, here I go, to curl up in my big chair with some good iced tea and some left-over homemade soup. Yum. Good soup is always even better in a day or two. Wonder what causes that??
Have a great Thursday, friends!--Romeena

"Uh, Andy, don'tcha think you'll need a wrench?"

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5186: Boy oh boy, miss a day or 2 & spend the next hour reading all the posts! Romeena I am so uplifted by your story, you are blessed! As for the 40lb Maltese you have, when I had my C-Section, one of the show Whippets jumped up to greet me & hit the incision, I thought a Mack truck had hit me! Rock you was here first so you don't go worrying yerself none, besides, my brain is all fuzzed up with 20 years worth of dog hair & trying to remember you was "the porchster formerly known as the Rock" I'd had a headache! Ms Wezee don't go sayin you weren't warned about how much you'll like this here porch! To the rest of ya'll, have a good un & act like somebody!

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5187: Almost forgot a great TAGS quote story I have. The other night when I went to see the Primitives, me & my aunt were looking at the tapes they had for sale, well one of them was all their acapella songs & the first thing that came to my mind was Barney, so I ask my aunt "remember Barney? Acapella, acapella...." one of the Primitives turns to me & says, "I can't remember how the rest of it goes" I just about died laughing! I wasn't expecting that! But it made my night! I'll hush now.

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5188: Evenin' to all the Porchsters: Sorry I haven't had a chance to post much. Been busy with ANOTHER sick youn'un. Up all night,-- I'm exhausted! If Asa would just not run that vacuum that hour of the night! Romeena, you have certainly been blessed. We will continue to pray for your healing and strength. Just don't overdo. Ya hear? Glad to see some new faces rocking with us. Just jump right in there. We always welcome new friends. there's always room for more porch sitters. Hey Mrs. Wiley, homemaker and everybody else. Hey there!! Off to tuck in the youn'uns. They better ALL go to school tomorrow! Have a restful night. ~New Neighbor

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5189: Hey, friends. New Neighbor, I feel for ya, hon. I raised four, and never did they all get sick at the same time. Nope, always one, then another one, etc. One night at work another experienced nurse/mom and I were working together discharging a young couple and their new baby. They were so proud and excited, and the new dad looked lovingly at the new mom and said, "I just can't wait to get my little family home and settled in." She replied, "I know. It will be so nice to just get all cuddled up together and get some rest." Well, my friend and I looked at each other, fought down the hysterical laughter that was rising in our throats, and I said to her, "Let's don't tell them." She answered, "No, let's just let it be a surprise." --Romeena

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5190: Hey porch, I just love these cute little stories around here tonight. Off to bed now. Supposed to have had the day off tomorrow but now I have to get up at 5 in the morning and go back to work again. What causes that? Well I will try to be quiet in the morning but I can't promise it. hee hee Nite Porch--Salty Dog

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5191: He Salty I think bills needing to be paid causes that nasty 4 letter word~work! Sorry you have to go in so early again but you know what they say, the early bird gets the worm.

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5192: Evenin porch, been watching Olympics, what a night. As far as I know I will have tomorrow off so I will be going over to 31's for Bible study, she has been very ill this past week but she called tonight and she is better. Praise God. almost time for Lightning I need to get his coffee going . Nite to all - Good luck New Neighbor with your younguns, their in our prayers.
Gomer: Best of luck to you and yours.

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5193: Just wanted to tell ya'll thanks for signing the guestbook over at the Cutlass! Ya'll are the best bunch of people~~ Nite Porch Friends

February 20, 2002 - Msg 5194: Hello All---
Can't help but think of the song that goes "Ain't God good....to give us so many blessings, undeserving...that's what we are. We ought to Love Him, Praise and Thank Him a litle bit more today....and a whole lot more tomorrow."
Wish I could talk longer but "I've got to go to Stuart Simmons over in Triplet." ( Now who knows what episode that line is from ? )


February 20, 2002 - Msg 5195: Hi All will it ben some crazy weather we are having.
I can not weat for the wram day of spring to come for i can go out for the day.
romeena hope thing will be all right for just keep a smil on .
I waited for the sunshine,
the clouds were dark and gray,
prayed that God would hear me
and cast me not away.
I cried to him in vain,
then itb happened, oh so quickly,
came the best and greatest change.
it wasn't what i asked for
in my selfish soul-torn way,
but much better than i hoped for
so my friend do not be anxious,
he will answer in his time
and send blessings by the millions,
you alone could never find.

February 21, 2002 - Msg 5196: Morning porch! Anybody up yet? Or am I the only one? I just love sneaking out here by myself of a morning. It's so quiet and peaceful. Tom thanks for the poem. AngeFan I can't remember the ep you're talking about but then again it is too early. Well you all have a good day and act like somebody. I'll be real quiet when I leave. See ya later--Salty Dog

February 21, 2002 - Msg 5197: Mornin' Salty (sorry you have to work) and all the Porch! I be here. Some great stories up there - Mavis that TAGS story's one of the best I've heard! Romeena - I got a BIG laugh outta that new parents story! Y'all were too kind to them. TOM, glad to see you posting regular-like again! Hey to Asa - hang on 'ol buddy - spring is about to sprung. My Dad is 84 and still golfs every other day - drags his clubs all around, no cart for him! Me, I could never see what was so fun about the sport. But the menfolk seem to like it. Everyone else up there have a good day - see you at the diner for lunch!

~ Mrs. Wiley
"Barney, that'll lay on yer chest!"

February 21, 2002 - Msg 5198: Mornin porch. Homemaker, Mrs Rock was born in Somerset but grew up in Danville. Besides East Tennessee not many places purttier than the horse country of Kenyucky. Mavis loved your story. Just goes to show TAGS fans are everywhere. Romeena your are right about raising kids. I don't know how my parents did it. If it had not been for the Laz-E-Boy recliner and cable TV those all nighters with them would have been a lot tuffer. Asa and Mr Schwump, I heard a good line the other day about golf. Joking with a friend of mine after he had moved his ball out of a divot, I told him that would cost him a stroke. He immediately told me ;" I don't play golf like Tiger Woods so I'll be danged if I play by his rules." Salty Dog noticed there was no coffee made to day. That's OK hun I'll put on a pot and tell everybody you did it.
Come to the decission, after reading everybody's opinion, that I will continue to post as "The Rock". That way if I do something stupid I can always blame it on the other one.

The Rock

"A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet." ( William Shakespere)

"You're not talking to a jerk you know." (Barney)