December 24, 2002 - Msg 11156: Night porch.. Merry Christmas Eve to you and yours.. stay warm--Salty Dog

December 24, 2002 - Msg 11157: Good morning porch. Merry Christmas eve. God Bless you and have a great day, I have to work today and tomorrow, I hope I can get Thursday, I need a rest . LOL. Ellen Brown

December 24, 2002 - Msg 11158: Good morning and Happy Christmas Eve Porch pals! Reading the Holiday memories has me all choked up - it's really helped me to stay focused on what's really important. Before I share my memory, I wanted to show y'all this - was passed out at my Mamma's Church last weekend when I was visiting. Specially dedicated to TOM and the little boy who so wanted to see Baby Jesus' Face (*snif) Enjoy! ~ Mrs. Wiley

You are cordially invited to A Birthday Celebration!!
Guest of Honor: Jesus Christ

Date: Every day. Traditionally, December 25th but he's always around, so the date is flexible...

Time: Whenever you're ready.
(please don't be late though, or you'll miss out on all the fun!)

Place: In your heart...He'll meet you there (you'll hear him knock).

Attire: He said something about new white robes and crowns for everyone who stays till the last.

Tickets: Admission is free. He's already paid for everyone...
(He says you wouldn't be able to afford it anyway... it cost him everything He had. But you do need to accept the ticket!)

Refreshments: New wine, bread, and a far-out drink He calls "Living Water", followed by a supper that promises to be out of this world!

Gift Suggestions: Your life. He's one of those people who already has everything else.
He's very generous in return though. Just wait until you see what He has for you!)

Entertainment: Joy, Peace, Truth, Light, Life, Love, Real Happiness, Communion with God, Forgiveness, Eternity in Paradise, Contentment, and much more!
(All "G" rated, so bring your family and friends.)

R.S.V.P. Very Important
He must know ahead so He can reserve a spot for you at the table
Also, He's keeping a list of His friends for future reference. He calls it the "Lamb's Book of Life".

Party being given by His kids (that's us!)!
Hope to see you there! For those of you whom I will see at the party, share this with someone today!

December 24, 2002 - Msg 11159: That was great Mrs. Wiley! I loved it! Well, here it is Christmas Eve already, soon the smell of ham and scalloped potatoes will fill this home. And there will be sounds of voices talking, children laughing...and maybe a HO HO HO or two! I may even have to put in the movie "It's A Wonderful Life". I just love this time of the year. Thank you Jesus for having a birthday we can all share in and help me to share your birthday with everyone I meet.
Thank you porch, for letting me become a member of this Mayberry Community! If I put together a 10 best list of the year 2002 finding this site would certainly be on it! You all have a wonderful and blessed Christmas Eve and a very merry Christmas Day!

Love to you all,
Merry Wiggins

December 24, 2002 - Msg 11160: Wonderful stories you all have told these past few days, filled with love and joy for Jesus whose birthday it is after all. The incredible thing about Christmas I think is that it has the supernatural power to bring all Christians together. I mean I know that we are of all denominations, yet it matters not one lick on Christmas does it? If fact, it is so powerful that even non-Christians feel the love of Christ on this day! Isn't that wonderful and don't you wish it could be this way everyday?.... You know, after those comments my grandson made about seeing Jesus and hearing all these loving stories I might just be inclined to keep this Christmas spirit all year round! If nothing else, don't forget that there really are TWELVE days of Christmas like I always tell my grandkids... Jesus' birthday is so important that it takes 12 days to celebrate it! So, don't go and throw out the tree or take down the decorations til the celebration is over!

I haven't had a chance to catch up on all the pages of posts I missed in the last week or so, but be assured if anyone is in poor health, or suffering in any way at all, lonely or troubled in anyway, you are in my prayers... I simply ask the Lord to bless "the Porch" and provide for their needs, even the ones I don't know about... I know He knows.

I may not make it back til after Christmas... pies to bake, etc.... little grandson's 5th birthday today... our "Christmas angel" who doesn't speak (autism) but, brings the greatest joy... then going to their house tomorrow after church for Christmas brunch and opening the presents! So, have a Merry, merry and blessed Christmas. May God bless each and everyone of you and your families with love, joy, and comfort any of you in need:

Possum, Boo, Mrs. Wiley, Mavis, Happy, Helen, Mary, Frankie, Briscoe, Ellen, Homemaker, Hazel, Charlotte, Romeena, Sterling, Asa, Salty Dog, Fun Girl, NN, Des, MPO, Floyd, Gordon, Jelsik, Ernest T., Gator, Jennie, Newton, PBJ, Mr. McBeevey, CHK, Rafe, and anyone I've missed.

You are one of the best gifts I have already received this year. Thank you for every prayer you have ever said for me and my family. Thank you for good advice and comforting me in my time of need. Thank you for lifting my spirits with your friendship and care. Thank you for the good times and laughter. Most of all thank you for being you and being here. Love you all, ~Clara~

December 24, 2002 - Msg 11161: Merry Christmas my Porch family!

Briscoe Darling Jr.(Dave)

December 24, 2002 - Msg 11162: Merry Christmas Eve porch pals. As I sit here listening to Mannhien Steamroller's Silent Night (a must listen to version) and reading all the posts from all you wonderful folks, I am just amazed at how the good Lord has blessed me and my family. I agree Clara, how great it would be to keep this spirit with us year round. I sure am gonna try. You are all wonderful friends and I just think the world of you all. Thank you for your friendship and kindness this past year. I pray for a wonderful new year for all of us. May your Christmas be wonderful and fulfilling. And may all your hopes and dreams come to pass.


December 24, 2002 - Msg 11163: Merry Christmas Eve Y'all! Hey,guess what I saw in my town this morning? Andy & Barney's squad car! Well,it sure looked like it,but wasn't Andy or Barney driving. Kinda young fellow-stranger in town! Mr. Possum blew the horn and we waved cause he had to be one of "us"! Can't figure out what he was doing in my little po dunk town though! Guess it was a Christmas gift of sorts-sure got a kick out of seeing it driving through town!
My Christmas memory: Working as a teacher aide I get lots of gifts from the kids at Christmas. The one that stands out in my mind(and I still have it) is a simple piece of loose leaf notebook paper with this written on it:" Dear Ms. S. I wish I had a present for you,but I don't have any money.You know how it is.Anyway,I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Love,Maurice"
Needless to say,THAT was the best present I got from any of my students-ever.
Speaking of presents,I have a little something for all my Porch friends. Left it on the Porch a day or so ago,but since the Porch has been swept,I'm gonna post it again. **Make sure your speakers are turned on!**

Merry Christmas to all with love!
*****Peace on Earth*****
possum under a rock

December 24, 2002 - Msg 11164: Hi Porch, ain't got time to read - been working my hiney off and pulling 10-12 hour days but just wanted to stop by and say what wonderful folks you all are and I wish each and every one of you a wonderful eve and day tomorrow and hope you all have great blessings!


December 25, 2002 - Msg 11165: Merry Christmas Eve! You are all such sweethearts! Thank God for you.

I have had a busy day of cooking and celebrating with family so I am about to hit the hay so I'll be ready for tomorrow. Love to all!


December 25, 2002 - Msg 11166: Hey porch, Merry Christmas, I love each and everyone of you. Have a safe and happy holiday--Salty Dog

December 25, 2002 - Msg 11167: Merry Christmas to All! Ho Ho Ho!
- Hazel Poo

December 25, 2002 - Msg 11168: Merry Christmas- to all the family on the porch. Love~ New Neighbor

December 25, 2002 - Msg 11169: Merry Christmas-Hope it's a Holly Jolly One!

possum under a rock

December 25, 2002 - Msg 11170: The packages are unwrapped, the stockings unstuffed, the chili is cooking (I am a non-traditional!) and I am wishing all the porchsters a safe holiday. The snow is blowing here and it is a pretty white Christmas in the country.
Merry Christmas!!


December 25, 2002 - Msg 11171: Merry Christmas Porch, I love y'all and hope you have a grate one today, we have snow and ice here where I'm sitting on the porch, it is getting to cold to be out much longer, so I am going in. God Bless y'all, my dear dear Friends...
Ellen Brown

December 25, 2002 - Msg 11172: Merry Christmas Porch! ~ Mrs. Wiley

December 26, 2002 - Msg 11173: Hello everybody! Are you all sleeping off your Christmas dinners? I hope everyone had a nice Christmas.
Guess what was waiting for me under the tree, a dvd 2-pack called The Best Of Andy & Barney! Does anyone else have this one? I was just wondering if they were uncut. I hope so! I don't want to miss any scenes that I wouldn't remember missing!
What did y'all find under your trees?
-Sterling Holobyte

Baby Daughter was having a blast on her sit-and-spin!

December 26, 2002 - Msg 11174: We found a DVD/VCR combo under our tree! And the house looks like a mini Walmart explosion. . .I hope I get it cleaned up soon!
Another Christmas celebration tomorrow!


December 26, 2002 - Msg 11175: Oh yes, my hubby bought me a ruby/diamond cluster necklace for Christmas. I am not the facny jewelry type but it sure is purty!

Hope Fun Girl had a good Christmas. . .hope you are feeling some better!


December 26, 2002 - Msg 11176: Merry 2ND Day of Christmas! Now I don't want to hear of anyone taking down the tree or decorations yet! It's still celebrating time; time to be listening to Christmas music and everything else too. Maybe the presents are all opened but, that's only the BEGINNING of this greatest season of the year after all.
P.S. Don't really want to put a damper on the celebration and I don't intend to let it damper my celebration either, but I'm pretty sure my daughter is struggling just as I thought. As you know, she has bipolar disorder but had been doing so very well. Well, now we know she has blown her whole paycheck in just five days without paying her bills and we literally can't keep track of her whereabouts. We've seen her for a little bit at different relatives houses (thank God for that) in the last couple days, but then she takes off and to our knowledge has been traveling back and forth to the City (200 mile round trip) sometimes more than twice a day like you and I would go across town. But, that's how it can be with her manic episodes.... the logic just shuts off. I just pray she doesn't run out of money to get herself home in the middle of the night or something when the mania finally turns into a depressive state which it always does with her. Heaven help her.... so, please say a prayer for her. I'd appreciate it.
Love You all, ~Clara~

December 26, 2002 - Msg 11177: Hello all
How is everyone today, I went to work this morning and sled all the way, was I glad to get home and off the roads, I do not look forward to tomorrow I have even father to go. Hope everyone is keeping warm, sounds like y'all got some pretty nice gifts this year. Talk at ya later

Ellen B.

December 26, 2002 - Msg 11178: I will pray for your daughter, Clara.

I got a lovely Brighton silver watch. It's beautiful. My husband and I had decided not to exchange gifts this year but he bought me the watch and I bought him some waders he had been wanting.

Hope everyone had a good Christmas. I have begun to take down some of the decorations only because I am claustrphobic with all the toys and decorations in the house! Sorry, Clara.

Later, friends!


December 26, 2002 - Msg 11179: Well I guess I owe Clara an apology too.. I took all my stuff down today too. Ready for warm weather and fishing season and racing season too. And only 4 more months to go. And I got a dvd/vcr too. And got some money to go with it. So I think I'm gonna buy myself a scanner for the puter with that. Yall have a good night and stay warm--Salty Dog

December 27, 2002 - Msg 11180: I haven't had time to post the last few days but wanted to tell you all that I hope you had a lovely Christmas and that I love you all so much. Clara, I feel so badly for your daughter. I will pray for her. And I might also ask that you all pray for me please. I am just having some personal struggles and need to feel the closeness of good friends and God. Ok? Thank you.
Charlotte Tucker

December 27, 2002 - Msg 11181: You got it Charlotte Tucker! Don't forget the friends you have right cher on the porch either! We'll all be praying for you.

Just thought I'd let you know we had a very lovely Christmas here on my end of the porch. I had everyone over on Christmas Eve, they were due here around 4, so around 3 my sewer backed up in the basement! Today the men are here tearing into the concrete and putting in a new line. I saw the old one, it was all rotted. Oh well! So for Christmas I got new plumbing! The company still came and we had a real nice time. Then everyone got to go home with a little something dirty dishes! Sounds like a real good scam the next time I entertain to get me out of doing dishes, doesn't it?
Christmas day we went over to my in-laws, who I am blessed to say are the best in-laws in the world. Sometimes I like them better than my husband! Just kidding! The next go round here is on New Year's Day when I always host a New Year's Day party/birthday party for my daughter. This year is a big one...21! I sure hope my house is all repaired by then and can hold up to the pressure!
I will end by wishing you all a very blessed and prosperous New Year, filled with God's love lighting every corner of all our lives!

Mary Wiggins

December 27, 2002 - Msg 11182: I don't know Mary. If you had a really fine son like Barney you would have gotten a whole new septic tank. LOL Good for you for taking it in stride. Shows you got good stuff in ya.
Prayers for you Charlotte. Hope you know how much we love you. And prayers for your Daughter Clara and your whole family. I'm sure that must tax the whole bunch of ya.
Hope everyone had a great Christmas. We sure did. Had a real fine time. Kinda sad though cause my youngest Daughter got a promise ring from her boyfriend. Lord I hate to let that little one go. She is just a sweetheart. Good news is her "steady" is a fine young man who has his stuff together. He's going into Bio-medicine. Real fine young man. I am thankful for that. Still though, I hate to see her grow up. Oh well. Guess I better deal with it huh?
Take care all and God bless.


December 27, 2002 - Msg 11183: Hello all! Had a great Christmas. Now, I have a house full of family. I hope all is well. I'll be able to talk more in '03. Prayers all.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

December 27, 2002 - Msg 11184: Thank you so much Mary Wiggins and Asa. You don't know how important your prayers are. I just went back and read a few posts that I missed. Asa, I can't believe that horrible nightmare you had. This porch would seem empty without you. What a ridiculous dream! And Mary Wiggins, your story about your mother and sister-in-law dying touched my aching heart. Thank you again. Hope ya'll have a great evening!
Charlotte Tucker

December 27, 2002 - Msg 11185: Evening Y'all. It's been an aggravating couple of days (I'll spare everyone the details)for me. Really feel like living up to my nickname and crawling under a rock. But... tomorrow's another day!Think I'll head to the mall with that gift certificate they gave me at school. Buy me something "snazzy" for my rock! Just wanted to touch base with my Porch buddies.Prayers and good thoughts for all of you.
Have a good evening!
possum under a rock

December 27, 2002 - Msg 11186: Night porch.. stay warm--Salty Dog

December 28, 2002 - Msg 11187: Hey, porch! In the words of Elton John - "Can you feel the love tonight?" This porch is such a special place. possum, I sure hope your aggravation gets better, and that you got something really nice to pretty up your rock. Charlotte Tucker, here's hoping those personal problems resolve very soon and you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. (Hope it isn't a train!) Clara, dear, I can't imagine what you're feeling, watching your daughter struggle so with such a devastating illness. You know she has the prayers of this porch working for her, and we all know that God can work miracles. Don't give up hope.

Asa, I love the Mannheim Steamroller, too. I bought a 4-CD pack of Christmas music by them, and have had it in the player in the car. Sure is nice. Also bought a CD of carols on the piano, got it at Target, and it is absolutely beautiful. Very restful and soothing, peaceful-like. Have really enjoyed it.

One of my sons gave me a DVD/VCD/SVCD/Audio CD/MP3 Player. I sure wasn't expecting that, and I think I'm going to have to enroll at MIT to learn how to use it, but it surely is nice. My boys work together to keep their old mom up on the latest technology. The one in Florida tends to computer stuff, and the one here works on my TV and music stuff. Without them, I'd probably still think computers were for business only, TV was a passing fad, and cranking a Victrola was the only way to get music. When my sons were little, I wondered what I was going to do with them at times, and now that they're grown men, I wonder what I'd do without them. As long as I have them, their father will never really be gone, because he's so very evident in his sons. Not so much in physical resemblance, though that is there, too, but especially in their attitudes, mannerisms, and general behavior. The same kind heart, gentle manner, shy playfulness, and consideration for other people. I'm very proud of them. I'm proud of my daughters as well, but tonight I seem to be focused on my sons. I thank God for them. (And I know they'd get me a new septic tank in a heartbeat if they thought I needed one!)
Have a great weekend, friends. Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena

December 28, 2002 - Msg 11188: Good Afternoon Porch!
Hey Asa, I do have a really fine son, but he couldn't afford the septic tank this year, so the poor soul was the one down there in my basement cleaning up the wretched mess! I told him the next time I "get on his case" just say the word BASEMENT and I would back off! (At least I will for a little while, but aren't mom's supposed to "get on the case" of their kids?) I can't tell you how much I appreciated him that day. I couldn't even go down there for the aroma! And in keeping with the overall theme of the holiday this year my number 2 son, (who is 5) received a remote control machine that simulates the sound of a person passing gas. Just touches a mother's heart when her young ones get gifts like that. (Please note the extreme sarcasm in that last sen-tence!)It really was a fun Christmas though. Everyone is healthy right now, we all have roofs over our heads, and no one has been laid off from gainful employment so we have a lot to be thankful for. I can always wish things were even better than they are, but the bible tells me Godliness with contentment is great gain and I try to remember that when I see others who seem to have more blessings than me.

Well, I guess I better get back to work, I hope you all have a great day!
Mary Wiggins

December 28, 2002 - Msg 11189: Hey, friends, just stopped by to say howdy. I am about to sneak off to the couch for a quick snooze while my toddler is napping. She had me up at 5 am so I am getting pretty sleepy about now. No big news to share, just wanted to tell Clara that even though I took down the decorations, we were not ready to throw away the tree, so at my young son's request, we put it on the back patio and put lights on it. It looks lovely! I am going to see how long it will last out there. I had a friend once who was a single mom and working as a waitress. She barely made ends meet so I bought her a Christmas tree that year. It was one of those five footers with the real sharp, long needles, and it was crooked no matter how you tried to straighten it. After it was decorated with colored lights and tinsel it looked beautiful and my friend loved it. She and I and her little girl would lay on the kingsized bed in the bedroom (she didn't have a couch) and we had a direct view of the tree in the living room. There was just something about the way you felt when you looked at that tree. She kept it up from December until the beginning of April!

Well, I'm headin' for the couch! Later.....


December 28, 2002 - Msg 11190: Hey porchsters! Your prayers are helping, I just know it. My problems won't just disappear but I believe prayers are helping us get through them. Thanks again, but don't take me off the your list. I need to get my Christmas stuff down. It's starting to make me claustrophobic. Maybe tomorrow.
Charlotte Tucker

December 28, 2002 - Msg 11191: Good luck, Charlotte, hope you feel better soon.

Well, Clara, we must be the only ones who haven't taken their Christmas decorations down yet. And mine aren't coming down until after New Years. Or maybe even longer, if I can't find anyplace to put them. Hey, anybody want to buy a some big candy canes, assorted ribbons, a few strings of lights, a Santa sign, some ornaments and a used Christmas tree? Only one owner, very few miles, and the tree was only used one year! Imagine that!!
I was watching some of my Best Of Andy And Barney dvds today, they have a different theme song at the beginning and ending and it's kind of disconcerting, expecially since it's so bad. It sounds like someone played it on a $25 Casio keyboard.
I liked the little things you could choose to do on those dvds(I've never had a dvd player before either so this is a whole new realm for me.) like listen to song and video clips from the show. Dooley is one of my favorites! You just can't feel down listening to that kind of music.
One of the things that was weird on the dvd's was a little selection they called Aunt Bee's Secret Recipes(or something like that). There were about four recipes, one of them was quick corn on the cob, cooked in the microwave no less(I didn't know Aunt Bee even had a microwave), the other one was fluffy pancakes, made with Bisquik mix.
Aunt Bee use a mix?! I don't believe she'd ever do that. She makes everything from scratch, doesn't she?
Well, I have to go, hope everyone is feeling better who needs to!
Have a good night.
-Sterling Holobyte

December 29, 2002 - Msg 11192: Mornin' Y'all! Got plenty of coffee,so help yourselves,but I only have ONE Krispy Kreme donut left from when I bought them yesterday-wonder what causes that? Ha Ha Y'all are gonna have to share little bites,I guess!
Well,think I'm gonna take the Christmas tree and decorations down at my rock today.Always heard it was bad luck to leave the tree up past New Year's and Lord knows,I don't need any bad luck!
Charlotte and anyone else dealing with troubles,please know my thoughts and prayers go out to you.Hang in there-it's bound to get better.That's what I keep telling myself. Would y'all please keep my mom in your prayers? She is going in Monday morning for more back surgery. She had a spinal fusion back in June in which some type of device was put in to stabilize her spine while it fused back. She was doing great up to after Thanksgiving when the thing started shifting out of place & causing her terrible pain again. Doctor says it's gotta come out. Hope that will be all to it-I'm not feeling too good about this,so I would sure appreciate your prayers. My mom's name is Bobbie-God knows who she is,so please ask Him to help her out a bit. Thanks. I'll keep everyone updated on how she makes out. Wonder how fun girl is coming along?
Y'all take care and thanks for being such special folks-love y'all!
possum under a rock

December 29, 2002 - Msg 11193: Good sabbeth porch, hope y'all had a great christmas, the food is always great where ever you go. It is so sunny and warm here today I just can't believe it. possum your mom is on my prayer list and I as well as others will remember her daily. Charlotte prayers for you and as possume said all that are having troubles, I think we all have some things in our life that we need each others prayers for, and I know here at the porch folks do remember one another, thats why I like it so well here, don't get much of a chance to check in any more but you are always on my mind and in my prayers, as will as those at the Gossip Club and black board. Got to go I'll try to check in later.

Lot of luck to you and yours

Ellen Brown

December 29, 2002 - Msg 11194: Hi, friends. Sorry to hear some of you are having a struggle.

I have been so tired since Christmas and I wanted to ask the advice of some of you experienced moms. As you know, I have a toddler and a young son that I homeschool and I am an older mom. I have been feeling really stressed and feel like I need a break from the kids for a couple of days. I don't ever go anywhere without them and I feeling like the joy is missing in my life. Maybe it's because I don't do anything just for me. I don't know. I have the Lord and that means everything and I am so thankful for my family. I feel guilty when I feel like I need something else. Can anyone relate? I would appreciate some encouragement or advice.

Love, Boo

December 29, 2002 - Msg 11195: Hey, Boo! You absolutely do need a break from the kids, and guess what? I'd bet they need a break from you, too! There's nothing wrong with that. We all get tired at times, and stressed, and just plain worn out with the same old routine. Is there someone in the picture who could take the kids for a couple of days, even three or four days, to give you a chance to get away? Grandparents, an aunt, cousin or very trusted friend? You say you never go anywhere without them. Does this include trips to the grocery store or shopping mall? Good grief, Boo, if you take them along at times like that, no wonder you're worn out. Even a grocery store trip alone is a break when you're talking about a toddler and a young kid.

Now, I don't want to start a moulage here, but think about it. When was the last time you saw a man in the grocery store, with a toddler in the basket seat and another child hanging onto his shirt and pleading for everything in sight? Can't remember? Ever? Neither can I. Even my precious husband, good as he was, did not drag kids along with him when he was running errands. Men seem to know that it's not a good idea, and they just simply don't let themselves in for it. We women, on the other hand, think we must have the little darlings clinging to us at all times, like little monkey babies or something.

Personally, I think those short breaks are vital to your relationship with your children, and an occasional longer break is just as important. If nothing else, it cements in the child's mind that when you do leave, promising to return, you will do it. Mommy left, but Mommy came back. Also, they learn that the world continues to revolve while you're gone. Trust me, Boo, these breaks will allow you to continue to view your children as blessings, not burdens.

OK, that's my two cents' worth. Come on, let's hear from some of you other moms out there. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

December 29, 2002 - Msg 11196:
Anybody seen Mavis Neff? Mavis? Mave?

December 29, 2002 - Msg 11197: Well, I ain't a Mother but I think Romeena is right on the money. You have to have some you time Boo, or you will go Boo Boo. Not a thing wrong with that as far as I can see.
Prayers for your Mom Possum, and for Charlotte also.
Hope FunGirl is doing ok. Let us know how you be F.G. or Mr. F.G.
Hope everyone had a nice Sabbath. We sure did. Back to work tomorrow after a few days off. Thats always fu! LOL


December 29, 2002 - Msg 11198: What's fu, Asa? HeeHee. Couldn't resist, Sorry.

December 29, 2002 - Msg 11199: Hey to the Porch! I'm here, just ain't had time to do much of anything but work & sleep (& getting very little of that) I hope to finally settle down some & start getting back to my everyday routine here soon with the holidays over now. I am sorry if I worried any of you. I have been trying to get 25 hours out of each day & you know something? You can't do it, you just can't. I got lots of catching up on the porch to do I see so I'll sign off for now & try that later, gotta work again tomorrow but get the next 2 days off! Yeah!!

December 30, 2002 - Msg 11200: Hey to the Porch!
Prayers for fun girl, Charlotte, Bobbie, and anyone else in need of prayer.
Thank you all for your prayers for my daughter. I'm sure the Lord will take care of her. Being a mom, I want it sooner than later I guess! But, it's His timing that will be done and it will be for the best. My other daughter who already has her hands full with having two autistic sons, has been having headaches for two months now and the doc has ordered an MRI I think it's called. Please pray for her too. She certainly doesn't need more trial in her life. Thanks so much; you're all dears.
Boo, I wholeheartedly agree with Romeena. But, then we're past all that in our lives and we have the advantage of hindsight, so take advantage of it! Sometimes we devoted moms tend to make the mistake of thinking that being a mom means our lives have to revolve around our children almost as if it were a "career" of its own. But, it's really not. We do have many jobs so to speak: teacher, caretaker, nurse, etc. but, what really matters are the relationships with them that we nuture. This is what is going to affect them the most for the rest of their lives and being constantly available to them is really not natural. Think of the pioneer families who seem to have been a lot emotionally healthier than our society today. So, in the end, our relationships had better not be based on how much we can do for them, but rather how much we can teach them to do for us and someday, for God. I think that the modern child psychologists completely ignore this age-old time-honored child rearing practice and focus on giving, giving, giving to children til they are demanding little egotists! The problem this has created is that when young parents like yourself aren't always doing something for their children, they feel guilty. But, the truth is, while your children need you for the things they can't do for themselves yet, once you've done those NECESSARY things, you really SHOULD go about normal everyday business without having to go out of your way to include them. Believe me, they will grow up with a far more realistic view of life than those who have these pumped up egos we see all too often. Well, that was long-winded! ;) But, I do hope it helps. Bless you for being such a loving mom.... now relax!
Love you all, ~Clara~
P.S. Hubby and I just spent the whole weekend (two nights so far!) with our grandsons and it's been great!.... pooped, but happy! I know it gives my daughter the rest she needs and I think it's good for the boys too and we are making memories that will last their whole lives. I agree with Romeena. See if relatives would like to take the children once in a while. It's good for all.

December 30, 2002 - Msg 11201: Oh, Mavis, I feel for you! Hard to figure why God didn't make the days longer. I guess He knows we would exhaust ourselves into an early grave (expect we might be doing that, anyway).

Thanks for the advice, Ro and the opinion, Asa. I spend so much time doing what I think needs to be done for the family that I don't always realize that if I dry up I don't have anything to give them. After I wrote that last post, I turned on the tv and there was a movie starting on abc family channel called, "Mom's On Strike". It was about a woman who gets disrespected by her kids and gets no help and is taken for granted by her husband and children. Well, she decides to go on strike and after awhile, the family is ready to do anything to get her back. Why is it that mom's are so taken for granted? Is it because we let ourselves be? I know I took my mom for granted and didn't respect her as I should have. I don't understand now why my parents didn't demand my respect. They let me get away with murder. I don't want to make the same mistake with my kids but I think I spoil them too much. I try to teach my son respect and I make him do things for himself. He regularly cleans his room and helps out with the household chores everyday without even being asked. I never have to vacuum. It's his job and he takes pride in doing it. He also dusts, picks up the living room and mops for me. He asked for one of those Swiffer Wet Jet mops for Christmas and I got him one. I never have to mop. He does it without being asked. He is still young, though and people tell me he will grow out of it. Well.....maybe he can get my toddler interested in housework!heehee I doubt it. She's a white tornado. Leaves a mess wherever she goes.

well, I better go get some shut eye...later, friends.


December 30, 2002 - Msg 11202: Have just finished reading your posts and have been very blessed. Am a Mayberry fan (watch it daily) and a front porch fan as well. Have vivid memories of sitting on Papa Tate's front porch and smelling the rags burning from the gnat smoke! Nice to know there is a site where people talk about Jesus and their love for Him.. He is my life. I am a married female (25 years anniversary coming up in May 2003) have a wonderful 12 year old son and a great husband and job! God has richly blessed me! Here is wishing you all a Happy and Blessed New Year. ( just think, Jesus may come this year...hallelujah!!) I see you all have Mayberry Names, but I will sign off with my screen name (unless a Mayberry name is required!!) Best wishes to all you folk...

December 30, 2002 - Msg 11203: Hey porch!! Haven't been here in a while and I've sure missed all of you. We've moved TWICE (a long story) and had 'puter problems for a while and super busy as the Christmas season gets. I've not really caught up on the porch archives yet, but it seems as if everybody had a good Christmas.

Our prayers our with your daughter Clara. Romeena and Asa sounds like you need to keep good notes for me on raising kids! Salty Dog, I can hear those engines revving now!! Golly, I've missed all of you dear folks.

We were well blessed with family, food and presents this Christmas and had a nice one. Our best present came a little early (on the 13th) though. We found out that we have a little one on the way!! Ange Fan will be 11 1/2 when the baby comes. He'll be another little Daddy!

It's good to be home! Take care ---Helen

December 30, 2002 - Msg 11204: Hey Forgiven 123.1 nice to have you here. You slipped in on me. You'll enjoy it here. Boo sounds like you've got a good son also. A swiffer for Christmas. Wow. It's especially good that he takes pride in his work! --Helen

December 30, 2002 - Msg 11205: Hooray!!! Helen is back with us. I have been hollering at ya but got no response. Sounds like a bunch has been going on with you. Congrats on the new addition. You need to fill us in on whats been going on while you were gone.
Welcome to Fogivivn123.1. Pull up a rocker and tell us all about you.
I need to quit dropping my n's. I meant fun. LOL


December 30, 2002 - Msg 11206: Hooray!! Mavis is back, Helen is back, we have new visitors like Forgiven 123.1 dropping in on us! What an exciting porch! I hope we hear a lot more from all three of you!

My husband and little one made a snow bear out on the front lawn yesterday! I sure wish you all could see it. Neighbors and passers-by have been coming by to admire it. When I was young a snow man made up of 3 balls was all I could manage. It's just a shame that the polar bear will have to melt eventually:( But in the mean time he sure is cool to look at!

I hope all who have been requesting prayers will feel the Good Lord's intervention on their behalf. I know He never leaves any of us or forsakes us, especially when we are in time of need.

Have a great day all!
Mary Wiggins

December 30, 2002 - Msg 11207: Afternoon Y'all. My mom's surgery went very well,only took about an hour,Dr. removed all the hardware used during the fusion back in June and says her spine looks great & the damaged area he fused is totally fused! Thank the Lord! I know HE heard all of the prayers on the Porch. Thank y'all too.
Anyway,she is resting comfortably,should be home in a day or so and out of pain. Y'all should see the hardware the doctor took out of her-bolts,pins,and all sorts of things. The grandkids can take 'em for show and tell at school-ha ha
Congrats to helen on the new baby and welcome to forgiven.You will love it here-good folks,good times.
Well,I've been up since 4:30am,so the rock seems mighty appealing right about now! Y'all take care,thanks again from the bottom of my heart for all the prayers on my mom's behalf.God Bless Y'all-have a good evening!
possum under a rock

December 30, 2002 - Msg 11208: Holy cow Mavis. Even in your brilliant yellow I somehow missed your name. Glad you are back to girl. How is the ex and your young-un doing? OK I hope. Good to see you again girl. Now if we could just get N.N. and Hazel and Salty back here regular like we start that softball team again.
Possum, that is wonderful news about your Mom. Hope she gets feeling better real soon.
Golley, the old porch is looking nice these days.


December 30, 2002 - Msg 11209: Bless your heart Boo. I'm not going to offer a bunch of advice that may not even apply to your situation, but I've seen plenty of young mothers who don't have the resources to get a little break from the tots. If there is a MOP (Mom's Of Preschoolers,usually church based) group in your area, that may be an option. If you know another mom in your same situation, perhaps you can trade one day a month. You watch hers and yours one day, and she do the same for you another day. The one thing I can say, is that even though the little ones are all time consuming now, they will grow up fast. When mine were little, I never thought it would happen, and now they are all gone. Whoosh! It all happened so fast! This too shall the meantime, while they nap, get in a bubble bath with nice music and tea. Forget the work for 30 will do you a world of good.
From a Mom who's been in your shoes.

December 30, 2002 - Msg 11210: Welcome to Forgiven 123 you have found a wonderful place here in this ol porch, I promise you that. One thing to remember tho, that no one has mentioned we don't call our 4-legged "kids" (Ro cover Plum's eyes please) dogs, they don't think they are that, esp. Romeena's beloved SugarPlum. hehe Asa I know I ain't trimmed your ear hairs in a while, but why didn't you tell me they were way down over your eyes, you couldn't see that YELLOW? I'll be right over to trim them! My young-un is doing pretty good, got to spend most of his Christmas break with his dad & was pretty glad about that, my ex is still needing prayers tho, he is having a real hard time with his back & a REALLY hard time with depression. I worry about him so much, but I have done all I can do for him & will leave the rest to the Lord, He knows what is best. Prayers for those who need them!

December 30, 2002 - Msg 11211: Almost forgot, Emma our band will be playing in Hansonville tomorrow night ringing in the new year, hope to see you there! Bring Flora too! And Mary Wiggins I got your hubby's artwork brochure in the mail & expect an order from me before April! I want one of the Deer ones!

December 30, 2002 - Msg 11212: how meny people liveing play on she show

December 30, 2002 - Msg 11213: Hey, everyone. Wanted to say thanks for all the great advice. Thanks to you, Clara, for sharing some things I had never really thought about. You are probably right on.

Congratulations to Helen and welcome to Forgiven!

Baby girl is still awake and hubby is still sick with the flu so I can't talk for long. Does anyone have any exciting plans for New Year's Eve?
Anyone plan on breakin' out the squeezin's (I certainly hope not!)?

Gotta run..........

Oh, glad to hear your mom is doing so well, Possum. Prayers for Pat.

December 30, 2002 - Msg 11214: Howdy, everyone! Mavis, it's good to see you back, and I'm glad Pat is improving. We'll keep praying for his full recovery, both physically and otherwise. I'm glad Jake got to spend some time with his dad, and hope his world looks a little brighter.

Mary Wiggins, I'd love to have a brochure of your hubby's artwork. Those two pictures I saw on that link you provided were just beautiful, and I'd love to see more. If you'll email me at, I'll send you my snail mail address.

possum, I'm so glad your mom's surgery went well. Sounds like all she needs now is a little recuperation time, and she'll be good as new. It's wonderful, what doctors can do now, in so many cases.

No, Boo, I don't have much planned for New Year's Eve. I'll be working from 7pm to 7:30am, and will return to work on Wednesday night, so will be sleeping all day New Year's Day. Oh, well, I didn't have any other plans anyway. I don't mind working. I'm not a party-goer, so it really doesn't matter. Sugarplum doesn't care if it's New Years' Eve or Groundhog Day, she'll sleep through it all. I did wonder last year, though, when I found some whistles and paper hats and confetti stuffed into a corner in the bedroom, on New Year's Day. Hmmmm.....

Well, guess I'll hit the ironing board. Sugarplum says Happy New Year! --Romeena

December 31, 2002 - Msg 11215: Hey, one more thing. One of you more "ept" folks out there may be able to help me, if you will. My son gave me a beautiful DVD/VCD/S-VCD/AUDIO CD/MP3 player for Christmas. I've been trying to hook it up, and am not having much luck. Here's my setup:

TV/Dish Receiver/VCR. Somewhere in there I have to connect the DVD player. Right now, the Dish Receiver is connected to the VCR by a single cable, and the VCR is connected to the TV by a heavier single cable and also by the triple red/yellow/white combination cable. This triple cable goes from the "out" grouping on the VCR to the TV. This setup works fine. Into this mix, I've connected the DVD to the VCR by another R/Y/W cable, which goes into the "In" grouping on the VCR, and comes off the only available connections on the DVD.

Does this make sense to any of you? What am I doing wrong? The DVD will turn on, and the display indicates that it's playing the DVD which I've put in it, but nothing appears on screen. Somewhere there's a switch I've not activated, or a connection I've hooked up wrong, but I can't figure out what it is. Very frustrating. My son has tried to advise my by phone, but freely admits he doesn't know much about it either, and he's probably right. His talents lie in other directions, such as building a business. I guess if all fails, I can "call the man", but I think that will cost a young fortune and I'm going to be very disgusted when I see how simple the answer is! Any thoughts, anyone?? --Sugarplum says help! --Romeena

December 31, 2002 - Msg 11216: Make that "advise ME" by phone. Mercy! --Romeena

December 31, 2002 - Msg 11217: A big 'ol HEY to the porch! Prayers for all who need them, welcome to Forgiven!

~ Mrs. Wiley
Barney: "Barney SUCKER, that's what they oughta call me. He makes it, he's got it, we take it!"

December 31, 2002 - Msg 11218:
Saturday, January 18, 2003

Andy Griffith will perform on the 6:30 p.m. show of the Grand Ole Opry. Other guests include Clay Walker and Marty Stuart. (Andy's segment is expected to be part of the televised portion. Check your local listings.) For tickets and info about Winter Weekend Packages that include Opry tickets to the show, call: 1-888-OPRY-872

December 31, 2002 - Msg 11219: Mornin' Y'all. Just called the hospital,talked to my mama,she's doing pretty good & may be home tomorrow.I'll be taking down the Christmas stuff over at her "rock" today and then I thought I might throw a combo New Year's Eve/Mr. Possum's birthday party here at my rock. Y'all are all invited,and yes Asa,you can bring your bongos.Can't wait to hear "Auld Lang Syne" played on 'em! Y'all drop in if you can.
Romeena, I wish I could advise you on hooking up your electronics,but I'm not very "ept" when it comes to that stuff either! I have a scanner that I received for Christmas that's still in the box waiting to be connected to the computer! Sure hope you can figure it out without having to call the man-we all know how that can turn out!
Ok,well,let me get going,so's I can prepare for the shin dig tonight-y'all come!P.S. Ya gotta bring your own squeezin's.Can't get too rowdy though,cause I live right across from the Po-lice station!
possum under a rock

December 31, 2002 - Msg 11220: Hey,didn't mean to be so bold-ha ha
possum again!

December 31, 2002 - Msg 11221:

December 31, 2002 - Msg 11222: Happy New Years Eve porch.. hope you all are doing good. Asa.. I been here, was worried where you had gotten off to. Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday. Off to work--Salty Dog

December 31, 2002 - Msg 11223: Don't work too hard Salty & try to be home before the drunks come out, we want everyone home safe tonight.

December 31, 2002 - Msg 11224: Hey Possum,
I think it was ME that bolded us....I posted the note about Andy at the Opry. Sorry about that.

December 31, 2002 - Msg 11225: Romeena, since how you described your vcr setup, you must have two inputs on your vcr, correct? You might look for something that says input selection(or something) either on the vcr, the vcr remote, or hit the menu button on the vcr remote and see if it's on there. Then select whichever other input selection there is. Of course, you'd have to change it back to the other input selection when you're done using the dvd player.
The other thing you might want to do is to go down to Walmart and pick up an S-Video cable. Check the back of your tv first to see if it has an S-Video input, your dvd player should have one.
This is what I used to hook up my dvd, it's supposed to give you both video and audio, but for some reason, the audio doesn't come through so I have to use the audio cables that came with the dvd player, which I hooked up to my stereo. I thought that S-Video was supposed to be all inclusive and that it would be the only cable you'd need from the dvd player to the tv, mine didn't work out that way, but perhaps yours will.
And it's also like the input selector on the vcr in that I have to press the TV/Video button on my tv remote and select the S-Video connection on the menu whenever I want to watch a dvd, but it works.
I'm not all that ept, but I hope one of these things helps, Romeena.
-Sterling Holobyte

December 31, 2002 - Msg 11226: Sterling, thank you so much. I've got it working now. The key was in that input selection you mentioned. My VCR doesn't have two inputs, it has one input and one output, which I presume would go to stereo audio or whatever. However, since it's already hooked to the TV by a single heavy cable, and the dish box is hooked to the VCR by another single cable, I figured maybe I didn't need that R/Y/W cable going from the VCR to the TV. I disconnected that completely, hooked the DVD directly to the back of the TV, using the R/Y/W cable. Now, using the input selector on the TV remote, I can toggle between the two, and both work fine. You are indeed a treashuh, Sterling, and your education was worth every penny!
Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

December 31, 2002 - Msg 11227: Glad I could help! Although it seems you figured it out for the most part on your own. I'm glad it's working! Now put in an Andy Griffith dvd and go to town! Town of Mayberry, that is!
-Sterling Holobyte

December 31, 2002 - Msg 11228: Happy New Year to the Porch!

Briscoe Darling Jr.

December 31, 2002 - Msg 11229: Lordy, all this technical talk is enough to make my poor head spin and believe me folks, it's been spinning enough lately already. Yep, it's me, fun girl straight from am extended stay at Indiana University hospital. The hubby told me he got on here and updated you all once. Just wanted to let you know that all is well. The surgery was supposed to be 4-5 hours but took 9. I was in the hospital over Christmas. I know the doctor was hesitant to send me home before he did, cause he kept saying, "What do you want to do Mrs. Franey."
Finally I said, "If you are worried that I want to be home for Christmas, don't. I want to go home but not to have to turn around and come back. Keep me over Christmas if you want. Just give me some peace and so that is just what he did.

I have noticed little improvements along the way and I am sure that when I am further along I will notice more. Folks, I have been in the hospital many times, but this time was the worst. Morphine is a mighty powerful drug and most of the time I was on it, it did bad things to my mind. When I finally got home, I was praising the Lord. Now I only take meds every 4 hours. I was on the operating table for so long, I have great big huge pressure lumps in my chest. Very tender. That is what I have the most pain from right now.
My precious family has takens such good care of me. I am just so grateful to God for all of them.
And to you all my porch friends for you thoughts and prayers. Please keep remembering me as I have about 6-8 weeks of recovery to go.

BDJ When it comes to pain control, hospitals have nothing on you.

fun girl

December 31, 2002 - Msg 11230: Congrats to Helen and the new little Opie on the way. Welcome back Fun Girl!
Happy New Year!


December 31, 2002 - Msg 11231: Hi, everybody. Happy New Year's Eve. I will drop by the rock, Possum and bring the Hickory Farms cheese ball I got for Christmas.

Ro, when I worked those years in the labor unit, I always worked nights on New Year's Eve because I was "the Christian" who didn't party. The young single girls always wanted the night off. Well, we always had a good time and would bring food and that sparkling grape juice. We would try to "bring in the first baby of the new year". It was a competition between the hospitals to have the first baby. It was really fun.

well, hope everyone has a safe and reflective New Year's Eve.

Love, Boo

December 31, 2002 - Msg 11232: Hey Fun Girl, I didn't see you sittin' there on the porch! So good to have you back. What did you mean when you said you had pressure lumps in your chest? Do you mean from lying on your stomach on the table for so long? Are they actual lumps like muscle spasms?

I sure hope you start feeling better in the new year!

Later, Boo

December 31, 2002 - Msg 11233: Forgot to welcome Forgiven to the porch. . .jump in and share when you feel like it.


December 31, 2002 - Msg 11234: hello porch,I am new to this site,but,ihope you all had a merry christmas,and,a blessed new year.Ihave to get my kids bathed,so,I,ll close for now.God Bless,Teresa

January 01, 2003 - Msg 11235: Happy New Year Porch! Ya'll be good & we'll see you later in the day!
I love you guys!

January 01, 2003 - Msg 11236: Welcome, Teresa. Don't be a stranger!


January 01, 2003 - Msg 11237: I think the word is out. . .Floyd - your site is a dandy and the masses are flocking towards it. Welcome to all the new faces and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I welcomed it with my eyes wide shut. :)

January 01, 2003 - Msg 11238: PTL, FG's Back!! Now get some rest... Congrats to Helen as well, what a joy!

Happy New Year to all,
~ Mrs. Wiley

January 01, 2003 - Msg 11239: Happy New Year! Time for Hoppin' John down here in the South. Traditional New Year's Meal-Asa,are you scratching your head wondering what the heck I'm talking about? Ha Ha Hoppin' John is black eyed peas & rice-brings luck in the New Year.I'll leave a pot on the Porch for everyone!
Enjoy the first day of 2003!
possum under a rock

January 01, 2003 - Msg 11240: Happy New Years porch, hope everyone has a great day. I'm off to work. but have the next two days off after today. I'll see you later on--Salty Dog

January 01, 2003 - Msg 11241: Hi, everybody. I had the best New Year's Eve ever! I went to a party and laughed more than I have laughed in years. It was good, clean fun. No squeezin's. It was just what this over-worked Mom needed. Hope ya'll had a good one, too.



January 01, 2003 - Msg 11242: Happy Halloween everyone! (hiccup)


January 01, 2003 - Msg 11243: I think the word is out. . .Floyd - your site is a dandy and the masses are flocking towards it. Welcome to all the new faces and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I welcomed it with my eyes wide shut. :)

January 01, 2003 - Msg 11244: oops - seems that my computer is playing a little havoc with the messages - I usually don't repeat myself like that. . .sorry!


January 01, 2003 - Msg 11245: Happy new year to everybody on the porch.Thanks Boo for the welcome,possum under the rock,your hoppin john sure sounds good,I haven,t had that dish for a few years.I,m getting ready to cook dinner here,fried chicken,mashed potatoes and gravy and beans. I don,t know if it,s as good as aunt Bees,but I try.Take care porch.Teresa

January 01, 2003 - Msg 11246: Hmmm, fried chicken, mashed taters, gravy, beans?
As the official porch food taster I guess I will have to step forward and try some of that meal Teresa. It's a rough job sometimes but someone's got to do it. I can then report back to the rest of the porch on your culinary talents. Don't worry, just cause fried chicken is my favorite dish, I will be impartial. So what time will we be dining Teresa?


January 01, 2003 - Msg 11247: Oh Asa, when you are done at Teresa's we have BBQ ribs, baked taters with REAL butter and I thought about pulling out some homegrown, home froze corn from the freezer - save room!