April 14, 2003 - Msg 13246: Good morning, everyone! It's an absolutely gorgeous day here on the Texas end of the porch. Golden sunshine, balmy breeze, everything that can possibly bloom is doing so, and every bird for a square mile is at my feeder and birdbath! I love it! Ellen Brown, I'm delighted that your visit went well, and thank you so much for posting those lyrics. I just love that song, and never knew all the words. They are now saved in a file, and I'll get them memorized, you can count on it. They're beautiful.

Amen and amen, Mary Wiggins!

Well, gotta run. My grandbaby's other grandma has him and they're coming by in a few minutes for lunch and a little visit. His parents are in Florida on business, and he's been staying with her. No way I could keep him, because I couldn't lift him - he weighs 38 pounds. Anyway, his mom's parents are my good friends, and isn't that just a wonderful thing? I've known them since our kids were four years old. God is good.

Have a perfectly great day, folks. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 14, 2003 - Msg 13247: Just thought I'd sweep the porch while I was here. Sugarplum says she'd be happy to mop it if someone will tie some rags to her feet. Very helpful, that little Plum. --Romeena

April 14, 2003 - Msg 13248: Good Morning Porch, I just got back from the diner and wanted to send a "Hey" out on my way to work. Vegas looks great from my end of the porch. SPRING IS FINALLY HERE! Romeena it sounds like you are getting along just fine. Take care everyone and have a fantastic Mayberry kinda Day!

Ed Sawyer

April 14, 2003 - Msg 13249: Hello all! Hey Ellen, Great song! I hope you don't mind if, I jug that for the Porch. "Morning Has Broken". By Cat Stevens. Play it a 'purty now a Boys.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

April 14, 2003 - Msg 13250: That was extry good Briscoe. You got talent.
Hey Mary, Prayers for your miracle dear.
I bet you don't have any enemies in the world Romeena, just a guess. You bring out the best in folks with your always upbeat self. LOL
Is it windy in sin city Ed? Blowing like crazy here all weekend. Suppose to get some snow tonight. Thats OK. We need the water.


April 14, 2003 - Msg 13251: Asa, Yeah, it is windy in Las Vegas. Not the kind that will blow you over but you can see the trees, or should I say cactus, blowing a bit. It is supposed to rain this evening. Again, "rain" here is a thimble full but we'll take anything at this point. Lake Mead is down considerably (some say about 60 ft or more) so it would be nice to get a storm to come through and stay awhile. Hope you and everyone else is doing well. Take care and have a Mayberry kinda day.

Ed Sawyer

April 14, 2003 - Msg 13252: A thought just occurred to me and I thought I would share right quick before I go and pick up the boy from his first day back at school.

Why is is alright for Natalie Maines to sing "Goodbye Earl" about a woman poisoning her abusive husband, stuffing his body in the trunk of her car and dumping him in the lake, but not alright for us to go to war to defend ourselves and the many many people who have suffered through Sadam Hussain's evil regime. Well well well Miss Natalie...kinda contradicting yourself, ain't ya? Thump. That was me steppin' off my soapbox. Your lucky, it was a short tantrum today. Not like when we talk about the great gloved one. LOL!
Later ya'll,
fun girl

April 14, 2003 - Msg 13253: Why, Asa, what a sweet and kind thing to say. You're the cats, you know that? Actually, I would hope you're right, I'd really be unhappy to think that I had an enemy. It's not anything I've done, though, God has just always put me in the midst of some very nice people, just like here on this porch.

fun girl, that's a good point. Isn't it interesting how a person can get their britches hung on their own pitchfork every now and then. That poor little ignorant girl, I'll bet she wishes she had kept her mouth shut that day. Also, I'm tired of hearing people talk about how she just exercised the right that our troops are defending, the right to free speech. Well, that's certainly true, but they're forgetting that along with rights come responsibilities. We may have free speech, but it should be tempered with good taste, common sense and respect,especially when we're representing this country somewhere. I think that little girl just wasn't brought up very well. So there, I said it and I ain't takin' it back!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 14, 2003 - Msg 13254: Good afternoon - I really liked song. . .it was just peachy after the day I have had.

To let you know about the goats - we also have Skipper and the Professor. Skipper is big and Professor is bigger than Gilligan. The boys just love Gilligan's Island. Okay - so they are TVLand-aholics. It is at least decent programming for the most part.

I agree with Asa, Romeena, you are definitely one special lady. The Wisdom of the Porch! And Plum is our sweetheart! Never let it be said that I didn't agree with Asa just once.


April 14, 2003 - Msg 13255: Afternoon Porch! thought I would drop by & rock with ya'll a bit, it is just Beautiful! on my SW Virginia end of the porch this evening! I love Spring! I had my little baby Cissy, spayed today & she is having a hard time with it, so little & scared, I had to leave work before I started bawling like a big baby over her! You'd think after 25 years of seeing animals spayed & having surgeries, I wouldn't be such a big goober about it, but it sure hurt my feelings & made me feel bad to put her thru that, but at least she won't have any babies anymore & will live a longer, healthier life. I just hope she is still talking to me when she wakes up from the surgery. Off to watch the news.

April 14, 2003 - Msg 13256: You folks are making me blush, (teehee). You're very kind. Wish you could have known my beloved husband, he was indeed a very special man. After his death, one of our daughters summed it up nicely when she said, "Daddy was everybody's cheerleader." You can just take that and run in any direction with it, and you'd be right. He was, indeed.

Mavis, I'm so sorry your little Cissy is having to go through that, but you're so right. It's best for her, for sure. The Plum was spayed at 5 1/2 months, and moped for a day or two, then was back to her old sassy self, and hasn't missed a beat since. I wish I had just half her energy, and she's eight years old.

Well, everyone have a good evening. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 14, 2003 - Msg 13257: Hey afternoon porch Ro I agree your tops and Mary Honey you have my prayers, your such a dear. Mavis I'll be getting Mr Bojangles fixed before long. Fu Girl your so right, never true-er words than what you just typed. Home Maker Gilligan is another one of my favorite shows, Briscoe Darlin Jr. Jug away son Jug away a1 a2 a3... Hello ED and Asa. God Bless our Troops and Allies Boo, Thank you for keeping them ever before us, you a servant of the Lord for sure :) Sorry about the lil Marine, prayers for his family. so happy for the other 7 and their families. Praise God.

Ellen Brown

April 14, 2003 - Msg 13258: Just checking in. Does anyone else's porch have much larger type? Mine looks mighty nice today. Mighty nice.
Charlotte Tucker

April 14, 2003 - Msg 13259: Not a good color, orange yellow oops. hehehe

April 14, 2003 - Msg 13260: Also, I had a security alert pop up when I just went to post. What's that all about?

April 14, 2003 - Msg 13261: Hi Ellen, where'd you come from?

April 14, 2003 - Msg 13262: Charlotte Tucker, the font looks the same to me? I didn't get an alert either.

April 14, 2003 - Msg 13263: Hey CT I didn't get an alert, hey Floyd thanks for checking in on us, your the TOPS!

Ellen Brown

April 14, 2003 - Msg 13264: CT you been in Briscoe's jug again & not sharing with us??? Ro I know it is best for Cissy, but I tell ya, listening to that little painful cry.......*sniff* Ellen I am such a firm believer in spaying & neutering, makes for a much healthier furkid, but watching them go thru it (I mean from my level working there & being in the room when it is done) it's pitiful sometimes. But they usually bounce right back in a day or two. Sometimes working in it just ain't no fun & other times it is very rewarding. Prayers for those who need them, esp. our service men & women

April 14, 2003 - Msg 13265: Well folks, Kyle had a dandy day at school today. His first at middle school after being home-schooled, if you recall. He loved it and the only trouble he had was getting his combination lock to open up on his locker. He said there were lots of nice kids who, seeing his confusion, offered to help him out. So nice. He said he had to have someone help him so often that he thinks half of the school knows the combination to his locker now. Everyone was real nice to him and he is anxious for tomorrow. They had pizza today for lunch, which is his favorite, so I know he has no quarrel with the lunch program. He had no problem with the school work. Did just fine and dandy.
Friends from last year were glad to see him and introduced him to new people. One friend who goes to another school met him at the YMCA tonight and brought a combination lock and they practiced how to do the combination and get it open, so he thinks he will be able to do it without a problem tomorrow. (He was starting out turning the lock in the wrong direction.) Overprotective fungi was ready to go into the school tomorrow and help him out learning how to open the locker, but Kyle says NO WAY...too embarrassing. Anyway, he and Zac worked on it tonight at the Y until he has it down and is ready to go.

Thanks for all your prayers.
fun girl

April 14, 2003 - Msg 13266: Hey, all! So thankful and moved to tears about our 7 troops being found safe and sound. THANK YOU, GOD!
Mavis, hoping your little Cissy is recovering well. That's always a heartbreaker, even though it has to be done. I'm getting ready to get my 5th little fella (kitty) neutered, and I ain't looking forward to it. I doubt he is, either. :-■ It's harder on a girl furbaby, though. Much love to you and your little ones. You do good things.
Great music, BDJ! I really enjoyed your song selection.


April 15, 2003 - Msg 13267: I'm happy to see that there are some other Gilligan's Island lovers here. ...Er, Wait a minute, let me re-phrase that! I'm happy to see that there are other people who like Gilligan's Island here! There! The other way I said it makes it sound like maybe there was some immoral stuff going on there on Gilligan's Island, which there wasn't!! Sure, Tina Louise tried to push the envelope when she thought she could get away with it, but it was still a good, decent show!
Have a nice night!
-Sterling Holobyte

April 15, 2003 - Msg 13268: Good mornin' to the Porch! Hey Junior, why don't you and the boys do your cover of the Beatles' The Tax Man in honor of what day it is. :-)

You all have a great day. I'll see ya.
*Rafe Hollister
"You know what they say, you can't take it with you."
"Can't take it with me? If they keep nibblin' at me like this I'll be lucky if I go MYSELF!"

April 15, 2003 - Msg 13269: Good Morning Porcherooski's. What's up? Hope everyone is well today. If not I pray you get that way soon.
I seems as though things are settling down with the war, for which I am grateful. I pray that all will be protected as a new goverment is introduced. What amazes me is how much good I see that has come from this war. The people of Iraq who are so thrilled to be free from this madman. I have know doubt we did the right thing. And yet there are those in the media that are trying to make it look like we are the bad guys. I just don't get it. Do any of you listen to Sean Hannity? He has a national radio show on every day as well as a show on Fox news every night. I sure do like him. I think he's even better than Leanord Blush.
Anyway, cold and wet here on my porch today. Guess I better go get a jacket.


April 15, 2003 - Msg 13270: Morning Mayberry, hey Rafe good to see ya here, don't be a stranger,LOL I'm trying to ttype with Mr Bojangles on my lap not easy to do he says hey to the Plum 7777777tyh that was him on the keys thought I'd leave it there, it must be a secret code to the Plum? uumm? Possum I've been sending Jessica's link out to everyone I can think of, thanks for the help. Was so glad to see the other seven as you say DES it was a touching moment, by the way how do you get your name so fancy? Hey Stering Mary Ann was always my favorite when I was younger I looked a little like her, Fun Girl so glad to hear Kyle is doing well. y'all have a Grand and Glorious day .
Ellen Brown

April 15, 2003 - Msg 13271: Hey Asa didn't see ya there, have a blessed day now ya hear


April 15, 2003 - Msg 13272: Mornin' Y'all! Homemaker,we had a cat named Gilligan along with one named John Boy- watched a lot of tv growing up! Just discovered that my yard cat had kittens yesterday,so maybe the name Gilligan will be put into use again if one of them is male! Not sure how many kitties there are-don't wanna make mama cat nervous cause she'll move them away from where they are .
Ellen,glad you're passing the thank you card around. I'm hoping there will be one for the seven rescued POWs also-will keep an eye on my e-mail and send you the link if I receive any info.
Well,I think I'll head off to the library and get something good to read while I'm off this week.Yep,get a good book,some sweet tea,and sit around on the porch in this beautiful weather! I'll grab a few extra books for anybody who wants to join me-might even stop at Foley's for some Krispy Kremes!
Y'all have a wonderful day!
God Bless our Troops and Allies

possum under a rock

April 15, 2003 - Msg 13273: Hey Asa,
I am a fan of Shawn Hannity also! I also like Alan Colmes who is on with him on Fox News. He seems like a very nice, sincere person.

Hey to the rest of the porch!
I hope y'all are having a Mayberry kind of day!
Mary Wiggins

April 15, 2003 - Msg 13274: Afternoon porchsters. Finally getting my garden tilled up this afternoon. It's about time! Speaking of fixin' kitties! Our calico had kittens last summer and I believe all 4 were girls. Shoulda knowed that with calicos! They all appear to be with kitties. Oh dear. Time will tell. Hopefully, lots of kids will be wantin' a kitten. Then it's off to the vet for these kitties! I wanted my kids to have the experience of a cat having kittens. Well, I've think we've been there and done that now!
Later on. The type on my porch still looks great. Before it was all scrunched together and I had trouble reading it. Maybe it was somethin' with my 'puter!
Charlotte Tucker

April 15, 2003 - Msg 13275: Rafe Rafe Rafe, where ya been. Good to see ya, good to see ya. Boy if'n you aint a sight for sore eyes. Was jist a wondrin if ya take kindly to the notion do ya think ya cud sing Look Down Look Down That Lonesome Road? That un makes me cry and I sorta in a cryin mood tuday. Maybe BDJ and the boys could join in.
preciat ya.
fun gal

April 15, 2003 - Msg 13276: Evenin Porch! Dež good for you about getting that baby fixed! I know it is hard on them, but gotta be done. I lost your email too BTW. *Rafe where you been hidin? You stay gone way yonder tooooo long, stop that now, you want yer face to freeze thata way? Fungirl I am so glad to hear Kyle likes the school & is doing well, bet you feel like a big load has been lifted off yer shoulders. Me, I'm just glad to get mine to go without a big moulage every morning. Well, off to check mail, the mailman gets real testy if I leave it in the box overnight. Ya'll have a good'un! and Hey to ever'body!

April 15, 2003 - Msg 13277: Hey guys... how is everyone? Kinda feeling poorly here. Been hacking and coughing around since Thursday. But one good thing about that is that I haven't smoked since saturday!! I'm hoping this might get me off them durn things. Good to see ya back Rafe. Yes Asa I've listened to Hannity. Didn't start watching him until this war but a friend turned me onto him. He is very good from what I've seen and heard. Well it's been three weeks and I still haven't found my kitty. I've called and asked all my neighbors. .and no one has seen him. I dont wanna give up on him.. but I dont know what else to do. I hope he comes back soon. Thanks guys for listening, yall are the best. Love yas all-- Salty Dog

April 15, 2003 - Msg 13278: Hey porch, How's everyone doing this evening? It's a nice evening here in Vegas. I went for a nice walk down our paved trails. In my neighborhood, which is Seven Hills, they have these nice, well lit, walking paths that take you through a tour of Seven Hills and our country club. It's a nice, peaceful walk and tonight was an excellent evening for it. Salty Dog, sorry to hear about your kitten. Hopefully, he'll turn up soon. I just lost the best dog in the world of 14 years so I know how you feel. Try to hang in there. Glad ya'll are doing well and ya'll sit back, relax and have a great Mayberry kinda evening.

Ed Sawyer

April 15, 2003 - Msg 13279: Hi All it was a warm day but it was good .
now it time to come back to the cold.
prayer for all of you who can used to now.

April 16, 2003 - Msg 13280: Wow folks, I never got to far in Math when I was in school and they never taught us the stuff Kyle is learning in school now in the 6th grade. Tonight we had to do a lesson on oblique angles and junk like that. I wound up having to call my sister who got all the way through trig. and ask her a bunch of questions and she explained it all to me over the phone. She said she gets off work early on Thursday and to bring the boy on over and she will give it a shot at trying to explain it to him before they have a test. Heaven knows I ain't gonna be able to do him any good. I am excellent at moral support though. He came home and said they are having some kind of field trip to a "money place" tomorrow. But we didn't get any kind of note and no permission slip. See, this is the kind of stuff we get with a hearing impaired child, he hears one thing and comes up with a totally different story and we never know what he really heard or what was really said. I don't want to be one of those parents who goes in every time he blinks, so I just sent a note that said, Kyle has my permission to go on the field trip if there is one scheduled for today. What ya gonna do? We stressed again tonight that he needs to write everything down in his agenda book. The school provides these neat books to the kids for that exact purpose and he is hesitant to use them. I don't know if he is just to lazy or what? It's so frustrating. I think if he doesn't start using his agenda book then maybe he will have to start being grounded from something. Otherwise, school is going great. He had much better success with his locker today.

Well, ironing board time folks.
Nighty night!
fun girl

April 16, 2003 - Msg 13281: Morning Porch. How is you all?
Somehow today I gotta cram in 26 hours worth of stuff to do. I need an assistant. Any volunteer's?


April 16, 2003 - Msg 13282: Good morning porch, sorry Asa I always have to do 12 hrs in 8 hrs. every day, know what ur talking about. Thats why I'm so glad when the weekend rolls around. LOL Then theres the weekend stuff but I wont dwell on that LOL. FG I'm sure Kyle will get use to it all soon it is just, maybe overwhleming to him now, you think? Gotta get to work Prayers for all who need them, Happy birthdays to you if any having them oh and Boo please keep me up with all the info you recieve on any POW I too hope they do cards for them.
((((((((((((((HUDS)))))))))))))) Y'ALL have a great day in the Lord.

Ellen Brown

April 16, 2003 - Msg 13283: MEAT!

April 16, 2003 - Msg 13284: Good morning, everyone! Salty, I'm so sorry about your kitty. Don't give up hope, he may come home yet. Ed, hang in there. It really hurts to lose one of these little furkids, especially when you have to make the decision. I've done it several times, and it never gets any easier. The best help usually comes in the form of another little friend, not to replace the one you lost, but to make its own place and give you a new focus.

fun girl, it sounds like Kyle is going to be okay. He may have bumps in the road along the way, but keep your perspective. Remember that kids who are not hearing-impaired have a lot of the same problems. They misunderstand instructions, forget things, hit subjects they have to struggle with, all the same problems. He has an interested parent, and that's a big advantage that a lot of kids don't have.

TOM! So nice to see you. Your sweet presence is always a pleasure. Rafe, we enjoyed your visit, too. Hope you'll do it more often. Asa, the Plum says she has some free time today, and would be happy to come and help you, as long as the tasks don't require someone with thumbs. She is a bit challenged in that department. Also, she said to see if you have any carrots that need to be eaten. She excels in that endeavor.

Well, off I go. Several errands to run today. Have a great day, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 16, 2003 - Msg 13285: Morning Rafe, Tom, Fun Girl, Ellen Brown, Asa, Romeena, Ed, and Mavis. Where's Hazel off to? I miss her quotes. Salty, I hope kitty turns up and that you get over your cold. Fun girl, I think you handled the field trip question just fine. Was that Briscoe who chimed in back there? TATERS!!
Charlotte Tucker

April 16, 2003 - Msg 13286: Can anyone tell me why I would be getting a security alert every time I go to post? Is there some setting I've clicked in my Explorer or something?

April 16, 2003 - Msg 13287: Hey all, sounds like everyone is in great spirits here on the porch. Romeena, thank you again for your kindness. You always put a positive perspective on things and I thank you. Glad to see everyone is doing well. Anyone got any big plans for the Easter Holiday Weekend? We usually go to church and have a big supper after. I was raised Southern Baptist, my mother(who lives in Missouri) is Episcopal, and my girlfriend and her family (here in Vegas) are Catholic. So I go to the Catholic church with my girlfriend and her family on the holidays. Her family are die hard Catholics so I don't think they're quite ready for the Baptist church yet. My girlfriend and I, when it's just us, try to take turns on Sundays. One week Baptist, the other week Catholic. It seeems to work out fine. My girlfriend likes the preacher and he likes her so she enjoys the Baptist Church. The Catholic Church does things different than I'm used too but they have a good fellowship. Their minister has a way of telling great sermons, with irony and humor, that include just about everyone. So no matter what the denomination, you enjoy the service. Well, I better get back to trading here. Ya'll take care and have a wonderful, Mayberry kinda day!

Ed Sawyer

April 16, 2003 - Msg 13288: Morning Rafe, Tom, Fun girl, Ellen B, Asa, Romeena,Ed and Mavis.I am hoping everyone is having a great day. FUN GIRL, DONT WORRY ABOUT KYLE, SOUNDS LIKE HE HAS THINGS UNDER CONTROL. MY CHILDREN ARE NOT HEARING IMPAIRED,BUT YOU WOULD THINK SO SOMETIMES BECAUSE THEY FORGET,DIDNT UNDERSTAND ETC.ETC. I think it is just a kid thing. I also think school has more pressure to it than it did when we went. I went to the High school to get Alex ready for next year (freshman),
It was very overwhelming. I was glad he knew what was going on because I sure did'nt. Prayers for those who need them (and who doesnt)
SALTY my cat is still missing too.
I think I will make a cheesecake or a candybar cake and bring it to the porch this evening. ANY ONE INTERESTED?


April 16, 2003 - Msg 13289: Okay - FunGirl - your HI Teacher should be inservicing these teachers so that Kyle gets notes from all subjects (either from the teacher or a fellow classmate who takes notes really well). She should alos let them know that an overhead projector is the best advantage for HI kids so they can see the teacher's face and the notes at the same time. Also, if he isn't using an assignment book, he should be and the teacher should check to make sure everything is written down. She shouldn't write it down - Kyle should but it doesn't take 30 seconds to make sure assignments and projects are written down. If I think of anything else I'll let you know.

HAve a good day everyone - I am swamped!


April 16, 2003 - Msg 13290: Blonde - I'll take cheesecake and a candybar cake! I am stressed!


April 16, 2003 - Msg 13291: OKay - one more and I'll shut up. . .Ed, you mean that there are other churches in Vegas besides the wedding chapels? Who would have thunk it!


April 16, 2003 - Msg 13292: Hi porch. Charlotte, the reason I aint been around the porch is that I've been sick as a dog since Sunday. Ended up going to the emergency room last night. But I'm better now, still not able to go to work, but better. Hey everybody, today is my wedding aniversary... 26 years! I hope hubby gets me that bed jacket this year.
- Hazel

It's just a haircut you know. It isn't a brain operation.

April 16, 2003 - Msg 13293: HM, you're so funny..LOL!

Ed Sawyer

April 16, 2003 - Msg 13294: Hazel, Happy Aniversary to you and hubby. Way to go. Hope you get the jacket too. Hope you get feeling better. Goodness, a trip to the E.R.? That sounds like.... well, no fun atallll.


April 16, 2003 - Msg 13295: Oh, and where has Boo run off to?
Hey Homemaker, you OK? You seem a tad out of sorts.


April 16, 2003 - Msg 13296: Asa - I am just really tired - too much going on between work and home and work at home!

I am bottle feeding two baby goats every morning and this morning, our dog was loose with chain and over in the neighbors landscaping. Poor Cisco! So I had that to contend with. THanks for your concern Asa -

Hazel, I am sorry to hear of your recent illness, you have been missed! I am grateful when I hear of couples who are married 20 plus years. I think that is great! My parents, Lord willing, will have 57 years this year.
By the way Ed, Daddy was Southern Baptist and Momma was Catholic and they formed perfectly into the Church of Christ (independent branch - you all knew I was independent!). Of course, they never went to Vegas - neither have I. Gambling is at our back door here in Indy. Our school and my son's school, as well as several other schools, get alot of grants from the riverboats. It sure does help with special services and computers. We have three boats within one hour's drive from my house (actually it is closer but because of the increased traffic it takes longer to get there.) I have never been - goats take all of my money - Baa Baa Baa

Well - take care everyone - the rain is coming tonite. I'll miss the sunshine!


April 16, 2003 - Msg 13297: Oh yeah Asa - Friday - my husband will have Lasik done on his eyes, Saturday is daddy's 80th birthday party - around 80 attending, and Sunday Easter with bunny and then to the inlaws - do you think I have enough planned??


April 16, 2003 - Msg 13298: Poor homemaker, sounds like you got your fingers in too many pots. I just want to say that I wish we had a hearing impaired teacher like you around here. The one we got is worse than nothing at all. Last year Kyle's teacher even commented that she struck terror in the poor kid. She said he became a nervous wreck whenever she walked into the room. So, for now, and I am almost afraid and ashamed to tell you this, we have declined hearing impaired service. He cried at the thought of returning to school if he had to deal with that woman. So I told him we would try it without hearing impaired services and see how it went. We did have a serious talk today with him and explained to him that is is absolutley CRUCIAL that he use the agenda book and if he doesn't write down every assignment in every class, no t.v. whatsoever. Turns out that there was no field trip today. There is a place called the money store which where they trade points earned by good behavior and good grades and they can trade for treats and goodies. Anyway it was an easy misunderstanding. He had never heard the term before and so he thought they were going somewhere. Turns out it's just something they do at school. Later I am sure I will be able to laugh about it. Well he got a C on his math paper that I helped him with and folks, let me tell ya, that was the most beautiful C I ever did C. LOL I am getting the hang of it a little better and tonight we only needed help on one question. Lucky for us we have a teacher who lives right across the street. She is not working right now as she has two toddlers at home, but we did have a math question tonight and we went over and she helped us and said any time he needed help, just to send him right over. Don't the Lord send wonderful people into our lives? Just like each and every one of you.

Prayers for the man who hit me in the accident. I just talked to the insurance adjuster and he had spoken to him today and there has been a death in the family. Poor man. That on top of what he has been through already. Please remember him and his family in your prayers.

Congrats Hazel on your anniversary. I'll keep my fingers crossed that the mayor don't get to the bed jacket fore your hubby does. Hey BDJ, could you and they boys do "Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me One More Time" for Mr and Mrs Hazel.

fun girl

April 16, 2003 - Msg 13299: That 'un makes me cry, fun girl.
- Hazel

April 16, 2003 - Msg 13300: Happy Anv. Hazel & Hubby and many more of them. Sorry to hear you have been sick.

April 16, 2003 - Msg 13301: Lots of chitchat here on the porch tonight. I enjoy regular conversation but I hate chitchat. (not really, that was Lydia speakin'!) Sure hope Salty and Hazel get to feelin' better and that homemaker slows down a tad. Happy Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Hazel! Happy birthday to homemaker's daddy too! You and Kyle hang in there, Fun girl. I saw your ep tonight. Just shut up, Bernie! Rainin' on my porch, nice rain though, real nice.
Charlotte Tucker

April 16, 2003 - Msg 13302: Hey Hazel, we here on the porch all pitched in and got you this nice pineapple skinner for your big day. It was that or a can opener with an umbrella but I didn't think you would have much use for that since they invented the pop tops for bee.... uh for soda pop.


April 17, 2003 - Msg 13303: Hey porch.. off to the ironing board now. Still aint feeling too perky. Called in sick to work tomorrow. Anyone got any of that Elixer that Aunt bee was so fond of? Thanks Ro and Blonde for your words about my kitty.. I miss him and am hoping he comes back I haven't given up completely on him yet. Night Porch--Salty Dog

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13304: Don't have any Col. Harvey's, but I can reccommend BDJ's mulberry squeezins. They taste a sight better than Col. Harveys, and have about the same effect on a body.

Lord forgive me when I whine. I was at the YMCA tonight and saw some little children at open swim who were severely physically and mentally handicapped and I said to myself, "fun girl, you should be ashamed. Quit your belly aching and start counting your many blessings one by one."
Yep. That's what a told myself.

Hazel, I hope you got your bed jacket and some sugar from your sweetie.
fun girl

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13305: Good mornin', my porch pals

Romeena, I was looking back over some posts and noticed you talked about a "cootie catcher". I looked it up on a search engine, and poof! I can't believe it! I never knew WHAT to call that thing when I was a kid! I would also turn the thing up like it was "facing" someone, and put eyes on it....like a puppet! I even made little tiny ones that were very difficult to manipulate, but they were SO cute!

I think everybody here agrees about how precious Romeena is....I wonder if we can name her "Ms. Porch Queen" (kinda like "Miss Potato Queen"), and we'll make precious little Sugarplum the official Porch Princess and/or Carrot Queen!!! Do you think we need to borry that votin' stuff from The Regal Order of The Golden Door To Good Fellowship? I know we don't need that black ball in there....nobody'd use it!

Fun Girl, as for Natalie Maines, I don't know if censors would necessarily "get me" on here, but what I would say about her would not be very nice here. The one thing I will say is that I think she is a hypocrite, and I ain't takin' it back! While we're at it, don't you think the word "hypocrite" is spelled really strange? Kinda like the word "hors d'oeuvres....straange....oooooddddd.......currrrious! But even with all that, the one rule that I always forget is " 'I' before 'E' except after 'C', and 'E' before 'N' in 'Chicken' ".

BDJ, I'm so glad about you finding your friend again! In honor of your renewed friendship and ALSO in honor of the way we all feel about YOU (I'm getting misty here), how's about playin' "You've Got A Friend"?. Oh, that's a good'un! We'll jump in where we can, and we'll haaaang on!

Hey, Dež...great to see you on here! I hadn't gotten around to writing to you, but thanks so much for forwarding that "not-so-precision-guided e-mail" to Romeena for me. You're the cats!

*Rafe Hollister, you are a bird in this world and a site for sore eyes! Don't be such a stranger!

Salty Dog, I'm so sorry you've been feelin' poorly, but I'm glad to hear you ain't smoked since Saturday! WOW! Are you still hanging in there? Shoot....if you are, the really bad actual nicotine withdrawal is already done and done! You keep it up! Water....drink lots of water! I HATE water, but it actually works for me! They say it helps flush the nicotine out of your system, plus it gives you something to do with your hands.
I hope you're feeling lots better, but I hope you still haven't smoked! I'm proud of ya!!!
I do pray that your kitty returns ....my heart aches for you. I wouldn't give up either....these young'uns sure have minds of their own, you know?

HazelCongrats on your anniversary yesterday! I'm really sorry to hear you've been sick, and i sure hope you are better now! I hope you can take this weekend to just relax and recuperate some. I'll be thinking about ya!

Mavis, dear....how is Cissy doing today? As she improves, you'll feel better too. Just remember, "The quality of mercy is not strained -- it droppeth like the gentle rain from Heaven." You're not talking to a jerk, you know.

Hey to Ellen Brown, Charlotte Tucker, Asa, Ed Sawyer, and all the rest of you precious porchsters.

Sorry for the long post, but you know how I get. Sigh*


"I smell gas"

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13306: test

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13307: Mornin Y'all! Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Hazel-may you have many more happy years together! Salty,sorry to hear you're ailing. I have been sick so much this past winter that I could open up a drugstore here at my rock! Whatcha need? Cough syrup,antibiotics,nasal spray,asthma inhalers,antihistimines...you name it,I got it! Gonna leave ya a little "Salty doggy bag" of meds on the porch.Just don't mix 'em with the mulberry squeezins!
Well,I'm off to do a bunch of nothing-y'all have a wonderful day!
God Bless our Troops & Allies
pharmacist possum under a rock

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13308: ROMEENA, WELL ALL I CAN SAY IS..............

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13309: ROMEENA, WELL ALL I CAN SAY IS..............

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13310: Hey all, Hope everyone is getting ready for a great Easter weekend. It looks like it's going to rain here in Vegas but should be clear for a majority of the weekend. When the clock hits 1:00 PM PST today, trading is over and I leave the office for the start of my weekend. Ellen Brown, Charlotte Tucker, Asa, Bulbsnatcher, BLONDE, Romeena, Fun Girl, Salty Dog, Hazel, Mavis, and anyone else I may have forgotten, have a great day and a wonderful Mayberry Kinda Easter Weekend.

Ed Sawyer

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13311: I guess blonde from a bottle has a case of the repeatins'!
So how does it feel to be queen for a day? Uh, Romeena? Everyone is right though, you are one special lady, and the porch is honored to be graced by your presence!

Where has Boo been? Did I miss something and she has gone on vacation or something? Boo, you best get right back here and set a spell!

Fun girl,
sounds like you got a real peach on your hands for the hearing impaired teacher. Some "professionals" really get my goat! I am not sure why some people choose careers that seem so ill-suited to them! But it sounds like Kyle has lots of support from you and your family, and even the neighbors!

Asa, thanks for doing the shopping for Hazel! You always know just the right gift to give...a pineapple skinner...how thoughtful!

Hazel, I hope it was a good anniversary, sorry my wish is a day late and a dollar short!

Possum, don't you go mixin' none of Briscoe's squeezins with any of that other stuff you got there! I think BDJ's squeezins pack a powerful wallop on their own!

Hey to all the other porchsters including:
Charlotte Tucker
Des (I already forgot how to do the "s" thing!)
Ed Sawyer
Ellen Brown
Salty Dog
Sterling Holobyte
and anyone else I missed! (Did ya notice I alphabetized that list?)

Have a great day all,
Mary Wiggins

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13312: Oh durn, Bulbsnatcher, you were supposed to be at the top of the list!Shame on me, shame on me, I'm disgusted with myself!

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13313: Here's one more thing I thought you might find funny: Overheard at our last art show, as told by a fellow artist, "What is the difference between an artist and a large pizza? A large pizza will feed a family of four!"
me again...MW

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13314: Sorry Bulbsnatcher, that was me. I had burrito's last night! ;)
-Sterling Holobyte

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13315: Gosh, I was smelling gas too. I thought it was that gas stove leaking again. Thanks for 'fessing up, Sterling. Er, would you mind moving clear to the other end of the porch? Yeah, sit over there by Asa. Thanks to everyone for the anniversary wishes. I really liked the pineapple skinner. No, hubby didn't get me the bed jacket. He got me a transiter radio. Said he got a good deal on it.
- Hazel

"Now then, over here are our maximum security cells. In these cells, ladies and gentlemen, we keep our most incorrigible prisoners."

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13316: Make that transistor radio. Listen, an IQ can be a mixed blessing; some people want it and can't get it. I got it and had to get rid of it.

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13317: Hazel, you are a riot, girl. Hey, one good thing about that radio....at least it can't have FUR falling off of it in BUNNN-CHES! I hate it when that happens! Not to pick on your husband, but it seems that if he had really wanted to get you a thoughtful gift, he would have gotten you a septic tank. Men just don't stop and think though.

Well, Sterling--I knew it was either you or your car. That think don't run on coal, ya know.

Hazel--I don't know that you should have moved Sterling down there by Asa....he ain't lookin' too good now--looks like he's about to have a spell.

Mary Wiggins, ain't ya sweet! You don't go worryin' about my name not bein' up there on your list....you thinkin' of me afterwards just made my day! Thanks! :-)

*Sigh* Well, I better go for now. It's almost time for "Leave It To Beaver", and I like that show, but no where near as much as TAGS, of course!


April 17, 2003 - Msg 13318: If you folks notice a pink glow here on the porch, that's me - blushing! Honestly, ya'll are too kind. You're giving me waaaay yonder too much credit, but I'll run a long way on all those kind words tonight! Gotta go to work. Oh, how I wish I could retire, but it's just not the right time yet. I think I'm just lazy!

Wish I knew how to post a photo here. I walked out in my back yard, and discovered the most gorgeous rose, in full bloom. Its variety is "Mr. Lincoln", and it is so fragrant you can smell it from a yard away, it's 5 1/2 inches across, and the most lovely deep rosy red color. How that bush even survived considering the lack of care I've given it, I don't know. Maybe Mr. Weaver has been slipping back there and tending to it. Anyway, I got my digital camera and got a few shots, which are uploaded to the computer. If anybody knows where I could go from there to post it here, I'd love for you all to see it.

Well, gotta run. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13319: hi all will be going tomorro night for w v .

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13320: Romeena, I wanna see! I wanna see! Dang! We're gonna just HAVE to get up some kind of site just for Porch Pics! Wouldn't that be great? Now we gotta find an abled-bodied man or woman to make one. I wanna see more more pics of that precious little Sugarplum too!

I'd like to see lots of pics of ALL my buddies here on the porch!

That rose sure smells good! At least I don't smell gas any more! Whew!

Tom....you be careful on your trip, and have fun!


April 17, 2003 - Msg 13321: Tom be careful in yer travels (you got your penny that's been run over by a train ain't you?) & be sure to let us know when you get home. Hope you have a blessed Easter. Romeena your rose made me think of a song our band is working on, it's called Don't Neglect the Rose. Now everytime we sing that song I'll think of you. Salty have you called the shelter & all your local vets about your kitty? Lots of times people find them & take them to the vets office to wait & see if the owner shows up. Hope you find her. Bulbsie Cissy is much better today, at least she ain't screaming everytime we touch her now & she is moving alot better. Asa sorry I wasn't around to help you, but I was looking for an asst. myself. HM you need to slow down girl, What's yer Hurry? All the rest of you porchsters, have a good one, I wanted to stay a little longer, but Sterling is just killing me, please would ya'll not let him have anymore burritos!

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13322: Here's that song I was telling ya'll about

There stands a rose down in your garden
You left it there so all alone
It's been neglected, feels unwanted
Since no love to it is shown.

It's beauty now is fastly fading
Once it was the brightest red
It's with'ring fast now, it's head is bowing
Since no kind words to it are said.

Please don't neglect the rose in your garden
Show it your love every day
And it will bloom for you in all it's beauty
And it will not fade away

I guess by now you know my story
Don't neglect a love that's true
For it may prove to be the sweetest flower
That will ever bloom for you.

Be it your mother, sister or brother
Husband, wife or a little child
Or it may be your own true lover
You've neglected all the while.

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13323: Sad song, but real purty with our 3 part harmony

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13324: Crawled up on the porch for a quick minute (ain't staying long cause I don't wanna smell gas fumes-ha ha) to suggest that Romeena (and anyone else) post their pictures at www.webshots.com. I have a friend in England who has tons of pics in there.I think it's free,but I could be mistaken.Check it out.
Leaving a box of Gas-X on the porch in case ya need it Sterling!
Y'all have a great evening!
God Bless our Troops and Allies
possum under a rock

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13325: No Sterling, I ain't gonna pull yer finger no more. You just gonna have to suffer.
I sure do wish I could here you sing that Mavis. I bet yer a sight.
Have a fun and safe journey Tom. Holler when you get home.
Hey Possum, how's been yer week off? Did you have fun?
Bulb, how goes the fight? And you too Salty? Are you feeling better?
Hazel said we can all go over to her place and watch her skin some pineapple's. Ain't she a doll?


April 17, 2003 - Msg 13326: Evening porchsters. Lots of spicy talk goin' on here! Have a good trip, Tom.
Charlotte Tucker

April 17, 2003 - Msg 13327: Jeepers, I wish I could HEAR you sing Mavis. I see what you mean about that I.Q'Y thing Hazel.
Hey to Charlotte Tucker.


April 17, 2003 - Msg 13328: Hi All i can used some fun right now it would be a chang from all the bad new that i have bin hearding .
In the fourd monty i heard of five of me friends passing away. prayer for fimaly.
The weather is truning bad now rian for the first half of the weekend and sun on Sunday?
Bulbsnatcher ,I did not stop post so mouch is not because you come , i just git thatway sometime i post and sometime not.
Maybe you can send me a pich of you .

Dear God I Thank You
Dear God, I thank You for Your care
and constant guiding light,
for mountains,seas, and valleys fair,
and all the joys of sight...
for singing birds and morning dew
and stars that brightly shine,
for every flower of every hue
that touched this heart of mine...
for smiles on a baby's face,
for twilight's gleaming gold,
for every gift and every grace
you give to young and old...
but most of all I thank You for
Your Son's redeeming grace,
attained on a cross he meekly bore
to save the human race.
Wondrous Beauties
an early morning sunrise,
a garden wet with dew,
a tall and solemn forest,
a breathtaking mountain view...
a cloud up in the endless sky,
a pretty bird in flight,
a thunderstorm across the land,
a velvet moonlit night...
a star up in the heavens,
a fish beneath the sea,
a desert filled with sand and rock
stretching to eternity...
a trim, decorous river,
the wild, untamed surf-
some of the wondorous beauties
God made to bless the earth.

April 18, 2003 - Msg 13329: The best sermon I ever heard preached. . .

It's Friday. .

(Jesus was put to death on Friday and ROSE AGAIN on SUNDAY!)


April 18, 2003 - Msg 13330: Good morning Porch,
It is Good Friday, a very rainy day here on my end of the porch. Seems kind of appropriate this year. As homemaker said, however, Jesus rose again on Sunday, praise be to God! When I was a child we would spend Good Friday in church or quietly at home, between the hours of 12:00 and 3:00. There doesn't seem to be as much of that practiced as when I was young. My daughter who is now 21 just told me she always hated having to stay inside and spend the time in quiet reflection during these hours. She is going to see a movie called "Holes" and she wanted to take my 5 year old son along with her. They are going at 1:30, so of course, I told her no. She respected my wishes, which I was grateful for. I guess I just feel that this is an important time for people who are Christians, and it didn't seem right to spend it at a movie theater watching a movie. I feel like an old fuddy dud sometimes, but that's okay, cause I AM an old fuddy dud!

On Sunday, after church the whole gang will descend upon my home again and we will have ham and all the trimmings. I make Easter baskets for all my nieces and nephews, and then they have to look for them. They seem to really enjoy it, and I always try to find some little toy to include in the baskets. This year it is some kind of bubbles that you blow and then they harden so they can play with them, OUTSIDE, of course! (I sure hope the weather co-operates!)
I hope everyone here has wonderful plans with family and friends.

In humble thanks for my Lord and Savior, who gave so much to me and all other Christians 2000 years ago, and every day since,
Mary Wiggins

April 18, 2003 - Msg 13331: Good morning porchsters!
Blessed Assurance Jesus is mine. Thank you Lord, for your son and his sacrifice for us.
Good Good Friday to you all.
Charlotte Tucker

That's one thing you can't preach enough about--sin.

April 18, 2003 - Msg 13332: Me, Charlotte, again, I'm going to try to get rid of this alert that keeps coming up when I post! Let's try that one again.

April 18, 2003 - Msg 13333: There!

April 18, 2003 - Msg 13334: Got snow on my porch today. Brrrr. Suppose to be warm and sunny tomorrow though. Hope so.
What great insperational messages we have here today fro Tom, Mary, homemaker and Charlotte.


April 18, 2003 - Msg 13335: I pray all the porch has a beautiful Easter Sunday.
He has risen!!
Please continue to pray for my friend from Africa
he is very homesick and in a situation where he can do nothing for himself.Just the place where our heavenly father can show up and show out. I
know noones pastor or clergy will be "dry as dust"
this Sunday. AMEN AMEN


April 18, 2003 - Msg 13336: After 18 years of searching I have fond a haircut poster like the one that hung in Floyd's Barber Shop. If anyone is interested in a copy contact me at jiml74014@yahoo.com

April 18, 2003 - Msg 13337: Asa not sure if it will work for you or not, but I am emailing you a zip file of me singing, don't know how to make it any smaller, so sorry about the size of the file. Let me know. Hope you all have a wonderful Good Friday & a Blessed Easter. Thanks for the poems Tom as always you warm the porch in all kinds of weather with them.

April 18, 2003 - Msg 13338: Any old tramps down there??

April 19, 2003 - Msg 13339: Oh, my, what would I do without you folks!? TOM, our poet laureate, and Asa, with his humor and encouraging ways, and the inimitable possum, and Hazel, our quote queen, and Charlotte, and Mary Wiggins, and Mavis, and homemaker, and Briscoe and fun girl, and Miss Ellen, and Dež, and Sterling, and the too-infrequent Rafe, and Salty, and of course bulbsnatcher, and our new friends, Ed and Blonde from a bottle! (Whew!) You folks are just the cats!

Work last night about wore me out, but I made it through the shift. Whenever I got tired, I just reminded myself that I could be sick from chemo instead, but praise God, that isn't needed. Amazing how a thought like that just perks you right up! (teehee)

He is Risen, indeed! I especially enjoy all the music at this time of year, and one of my favorites was echoed in someone's comment above -Joy comes in the morning. I'm sure you all know it - "Hold on, my child. Joy comes in the morning. Weeping only lasts for the night. Hold on, my child. Joy comes in the morning. The darkest hour means dawn is just in sight!" Mmmm! Love that song.

My husband and I participated in our church's Christmas Pageant every year for about fourteen years. It was quite a presentation, cast of about 150, was televised twice, very professional, and beautifully done. My dear husband was one of the three Kings, and an impressive sight he was, at 6'4" and about 260 lbs, with a golden crown and flowing red velvet robes with a glittery gold trailing cape, and a canopy carried by pages, the works. He grew his own beard for the play each year, and really looked wonderful. Well, I digress - sorry! Anyway, our pageant didn't stop at the manger, we went through the life of Christ, including the crucifixion (not a dry eye in the house during this scene), the burial and the resurrection. We even had flying angels for several years. The point of all this is that one year the choir sang Hold On, My Child during the scene at the foot of the cross. The choir was in Biblical costume, and we were all gathered on a "hillside" around the cross. It was impressive, and a joy to be in it, and that song implanted itself in my heart's list of favorites.

Well, I do run on! Have a lovely Saturday, folks! Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 19, 2003 - Msg 13340: Hey Romeena, I could listen to your memory's all day. You have some great ones. You are a special lady indeed.
Thanks for sending that Mavis. Still working on trying to get it to play. I'm a feared they had you sing acapella with one of them real high powered mikes. LOL Maybe thats why I can't hear ya? LOL
Where on earth has Boo run off to. And Salty Dog. She promised me she would be around more and where is she???
Don't you just love Easter? That time of the year when everything seems to come back to life just as our Savior did.
I hope and pray all of you have a blessed Easter weekend.


April 19, 2003 - Msg 13341: I've always enjoyed the reruns of ANDY,BARNEY,OPIE,AUNT BEE,GOMER,GOOBER,SAM JONES,HOWARD,EMMITT,FLOYD,ERNEST T.,THE DARLINGS,THELMA LOU,HELEN,& all the others. The only exceptions range from the county nurse PEGGY to THE FUN GIRLS. So after some moderate thinking I figured MILLY is nice as well as JIM LINDSEY.

April 19, 2003 - Msg 13342: So are you saying you don't like Peggy and the Fun girls? Oh no. Oh well, we all have our likes and dislikes. Warren was never a favorite of mine. Asa, you crack me up with your silent mike comment to Mavis! Hope everyone has a great day!
Charlotte Tucker