June 09, 2003 - Msg 14156: Good Morning porch. Another new week awaits us.
Was there ever any Mondays in Mayberry? I don't think I heard mention of any. Barney talked about his Tuesday night TV watching at Thel's with the fudge. Seems like I remember Wednesday's referred to as well as Thursdays. I know Friday's, Saturday's and Sunday's were talke about a lot on the show. Anyone remember hearing about Monday's, Wednesday's or Thursday's?
Continued prayers for your Dad Ro, and for you also.


June 09, 2003 - Msg 14157: Romeena, prayers for you and your precious daddy. So sad to see our loved ones go down hill. Asa, I can't think of any days of the week being mentioned just now, but will put on my bucket and think about it some more. I have MUCH work to do today. Please pray for me to stay focused. The glow of my anniversary didn't last long. Hubby was in another foul mood yesterday.
Charlotte Tucker

June 09, 2003 - Msg 14158: Miss Romeena - I am saddened by the your father's recent strokes (?) and fall. I too hope that he will be able to stay in the place that he is without being a fulltime nursing home patient. I am sure that God will give you the strength to deal with this. May you have peace this week as you make the decisions you will have to make.


June 09, 2003 - Msg 14159: I will pray for you today, Charlotte. Hang in there!

Hope this week is good for everyone. It's pretty hot here but a bit overcast. Might get some rain in the next couple of days. I'm already thinking about Fall and cool weather....speaking of, I saw something on the Learning Channel yesterday about Carbon Monoxide detecters. Anyone with a gas furnace, stove, oven, or gas anything should have one in their home. Costs about 50.00 and could save your life. "This has been another public service announcement...."

I have to prepare for Vacation Bible School this week. We start next Monday and there is much to be done. I am teaching the 5th and 6th graders and have to prepare crafts and activities. I turned in a supply list to the director and it got lost so I have no supplies (I was a bit stressed at that news yesterday). I had to make a new list and hopefully will have the supplies before Friday. So, I may not be sitting on the porch much this week but will still stop in from time to time.

Ya'll have a fine day!

June 09, 2003 - Msg 14160: Vicks (just had to say it)!


June 09, 2003 - Msg 14161: Romenna, I am sorry too here about your Dad, my prayers are with you. My parents health are failing also, they are 85 @ 86 Linda

June 09, 2003 - Msg 14162: I have been reading this porch for a couple of years, but I have never put an entry on it. TAGS is probably my favorite all-time tv shows. Can't bring myself to watch too much on TV these days. My kids look at me like an old fuddy duddy when I talk about the garbage on these days. I guess I am (and glad of it) Anyway, I hope to be a frequent flyer here. Thanks, Leo

June 09, 2003 - Msg 14163: I feel the same way, the TV shows now are not
worth watching. Linda

June 09, 2003 - Msg 14164: Welcome Leo and Linda. Pull you up a couple of rockers and jaw with us a bit. Tell us all about yourselve's.


June 09, 2003 - Msg 14165: Hello Asa, I live in Kansas City, Kansas. I have 3 children, and 5 grandchildren. i Am also a TAGS

June 09, 2003 - Msg 14166: Leo, why have you been hiding? Come sit up here with the rest of us and tell us about yourself.


June 09, 2003 - Msg 14167: Just got back from work. I live in Washington state, just outside of Seattle (by the way it does rain all the time here so we don't need any more people moving here) I have 2 children and am a school teacher.

June 09, 2003 - Msg 14168: test

June 09, 2003 - Msg 14169: Leo - are you the school teacher? There are couple of us here that work in the school system. I am a hearing impaired teacher (PK-12). I keep busy and I am out for the summer! YAY!!
Seattle is beautiful - visited there. Have lots of relatives and some dead relatives there too!

Welcome too Linda - been to KC as well. But I was little and don't remember much except that we went to Independence MO to see Jesse James grave stone and visited a Mormon site there too.
Boo - I used to be the craft director for our VBS. I would put together everything for PK - high school. I understand your pain. Our VBS isn't until late July - beginning of August this year. When I was little, it was two weeks, then it was cut to 8 days and now it is a week. Being in a fairly rural area - we still pull in about 100-125 kids for the week. My boys can't wait!

Well - ya'll take care. We are having fresh strawberries thanks to my dear mother. She is going to be 79 and she can't hardly see anymore due to macular degeneration (I think I spelled that right). But she was out mowing the yard this afternoon. You can't stop the woman!

Well - I have rattle on way too long. I guess I am making up for lost time - right Asa.

Have a lovely porch evening. Maybe I'll bring you out some strawberry lemonade later or maybe some fresh strawberry shortcake! Mm good!


June 09, 2003 - Msg 14170: Good Evening Boo, where are you from? I looked forward every summer for VBS. Linda

June 09, 2003 - Msg 14171: Evening Porch & welcome to Linda and Leo! Thought I would stop in & let ya'll know I'm still alive, just barely, but still alive, I tell ya, I have never seen so many dirty puppies in all my life, seems like they get dirtier & dirtier everyday. This grooming 10-14 puppies a day is getting old, FAST! Making me old too! Ro I am so sorry to hear about your dad, you & your dad & your family are in my prayers. I best get off here & hit the sack, gotta get up & wash some more puppies tomorrow.

June 09, 2003 - Msg 14172: Oh and Ellen haven't forgotten your tape, but along with other things here, my basement flooded yet AGAIN! (arghhh) & since the stereo was down there I have been a little late getting more copies made of it. Stereo is fine, just had to get it out of there so the insurance company could do thier thing. They still aren't done & we flooded on May 3rd!! I'm off to bed.

June 09, 2003 - Msg 14173: Sorry to hear about your basement, Mavis. Hope things get easier soon.

Linda, I am from Corpus Christi, Texas. I was born and raised here and my family and husband's family are here, so.....here I stay for now. I like Texas but would really rather live in Central Texas or in Colorado (that's where I dream of living some day).

I am a "retired by choice" RN, am married with two children and I homeschool my kids and am a Christian. I stay very busy with my youngest child (a toddler).

I have only been sitting on the porch for about a year but can't imagine not coming here now. These folks are some of my sweetest and most caring friends.

As far as VBS goes, things are looking up. I revised my supply list and found alot I could do without so I am happy. I am not really looking forward to decorating my room, but everything else will be fun. We usually only have about 150 kids so it shouldn't be too difficult. We have really had a blast in past years and this year are planning a "county fair" the last night of VBS and will have various booths and a greased pig contest and dunking booth, etc. Should be fun.

Well, better run do some studying. I am trying to figure out how to use the new curriculum I ordered for next year! Ya'll have a great evening...

June 09, 2003 - Msg 14174: "Oh, for the cool breezes of Autumn....."

June 09, 2003 - Msg 14175: Hi All (BLESSINGS TO CHERISH)
these blessings, friend,
i wish for you-
a heart filled with joy
and love that is true...
laughter and sunshine
with minimal rain,
loved ones around you
whenever there's pain...
friends who are faithful
and trustworthy, too,
horizons with promise
and dreams that come true.
may each special season
and each passing year
bring memories to treasure,
to relive and hold dear.
but most of all, friend,
may God up above
protect and enfold you
with his endless love.

June 10, 2003 - Msg 14176: Boo, you are one busy lady. That's great you are teaching VBS. I am also a christian, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Tom I really enjoyed your poem. Linda

June 10, 2003 - Msg 14177: Hello friends,
Can't sleep and so I thought I would set on the porch and rock a spell. Tomorrow is the day I go in to the breast specialist. I am sure it is nothing serious, but just a nagging little thing.
I am saying prayers for all those on the porch God knows their needs and what is best for each of us. Kinda got the blues tonight. Thinking about how well I was doing as far as my back goes before the dog gone car accident. But I look around and there are so many who are suffering far more than I.

BDJ, honey, could you play two of my favorites,one is an old hymn called Abide With Me, and the other is Red River Valley. And I am sorry to say they BOTH make me cry.

a teary eyed, ready for the Lord to come and take us home, kinda feelin' blue, not so very......
fun girl

June 10, 2003 - Msg 14178: I wish I really could sit beside you on the porch, fun girl. I would try to cheer you up. I been kinda blue myself, but I would rally and be one of those joke-crackers for you. Take care.
- Hazel

June 10, 2003 - Msg 14179: 'preciate ya Hazel, you're a pretty good old gal....for a chicken. LOL
fun girl

June 10, 2003 - Msg 14180: Morning Porch.
Sorry your feeling blue F.G. Hope your spirits will rise. I know how them backs can wear a spirit down though.
Got a lot to do today so I guess I better get started. Hope y'all have a good safe day.
Nice to see you Mavis and Hazel and Homemaker.


June 10, 2003 - Msg 14181: Well - it is a pretty day here in the Hoosier State - best wishes FG. Remember WHOSE you are and put your faith and trust there.

I am off to my momma's to work on my mountain of laundry. We are in major renovation here and the washer and dryer need to be majorly renovated (new ones come in July, stackables, and no longer in the basement but upstairs. . .isn't it nice what little things thrill us as moms and wives!) Later tonite - I will head off to the laundry mat to work on more of it. Oh I am late spring cleaning too. Getting ready for a yard sale with all of my treasures!

No babies yet - but I dreamed we had two pretty little ones come. Maybe my dreams will come true - nothing cuter than baby animals, cept baby humans!


June 10, 2003 - Msg 14182: Hey All, Fun Girl, you hang in there. Welcome to Linda and Leo. Ya'll pull up a chair and have some cider( I think I saw a few Krispy Kremes left as well). Back to work for me. Take care ya'll have a Mayberry Kinda Day!

Ed Sawyer

June 10, 2003 - Msg 14183: Feelin better today, fixin to go to Raleigh and see that fancy woman doctor. I am sure things will go well. "I know in whom I have believed." from a favorite author.

Another pain, not so easily solved.....a teenager when school's out. BORED, but none of the options I offer are satisfactory. And I'm not offering lawn mowing or house cleaning. I'm talking movies, out to eat, and stuff like that. How many days until August 13. I always thought parents who said that were mean. Not so, they just don't want their kids to be miserable and they get sick and tired of looking at those "pitiful" faces.
OOOOOh went from down in the mouth to grouchy in one fell swoop. Whatever that is? LOL
Chat at ya later. The Breast Guru awaits.
fun girl

June 10, 2003 - Msg 14184: That sounded kinda bad about the breast doctor. I want to clarify that is what I meant by breast guru. Sorry if I offended anyone.

June 10, 2003 - Msg 14185: No offense taken. Breasts are breasts and there is nothing shameful about them, right? Hope everything goes well at the doctor. Please let us know what the doc says, okay? Make sure you are satisfied with the answers she gives you, don't leave until you are clear on everything she says to you.

Gotta run....I see my little terror running out of the room with something...all I saw was an electrical cord flying through the door so I guess it was my tape player....


June 10, 2003 - Msg 14186: fun girl, I laughed at the "breast guru" comment! And let me tell you, a merry heart does good like a medicine, so keep the unintentional jokes coming! Oh, and good luck at the doctor today.

Welcome to Linda and Leo, so glad to see you up here on the porch! Please visit us often, it is always fun to add to our circle of porch friends!

I hope everything is going okay for Romeena. You and your family are in all our thoughts and prayers.

I guess I better scoot, I have a million things to do, and so far I am on number 4!

Mary Wiggins

June 10, 2003 - Msg 14187: Hey Mary, I'm glad we were #4. LOL
Nice to see you.

June 10, 2003 - Msg 14188: Howdy ya'll. Good to see all my porch friends here and chattin' today. Hope all goes well Fun Girl, I was just wondering what had come of that breast problem a day or two ago and was meanin' to ask you about it. Be sure to let us know what you find out. Hope it's nothin'. Welcome Leo and Linda. Leo, you could come in here and tell us all about ourselves I bet, jut like Ed Sawyer since you been readin' up on us for awhile. So pull up your chair and don't be a stranger. More prayers for Romeena's dad and for Ro too. How's the Plum? Any more cherry pits lately? Hope not. It's time for us to advertise our kittens. We are just getting too many cats for me to feed$$. (5 big ones and now 7 kittens!) The kids don't want to give them away but we must. They are soo cute. Take care.
Charlotte Tucker

June 10, 2003 - Msg 14189: Spent the day at momma's. Got lots of laundry done and thanks to the good weather - it smells like the outdoors. My momma couldn't believe how many t-shirts could fill up a line. I told her I was thankful for the children's t-shirts because most were ones that had been handed down to the kids by friends or my nephews.

I gave my kids a real treat this week. I bought ice cream (not Schwans but Marsh Premium - Fun Girl you gotta try this stuff it is addicting) and get this, little sugar cones. And this is the good part, I scooped the ice cream with my scooper and put it in the cones. . .what a treat for them. Wow - this is great mom. Aw the simplicity of childhood!

Well - hope everything is fine at your end of the porch ya'll.


June 10, 2003 - Msg 14190: FYI - Marsh is the name of a foodchain here in Indiana.

June 10, 2003 - Msg 14191: Hello everyone, how has your day been going? Ed
the cider, and krispy Kreme Donuts sounds really good now.

June 10, 2003 - Msg 14192: We have babies! Two girls and one boy - mom and babies are doing fine! Black heads and white bodies.
For those who are new to me - these really are "kids" - goats that is!


June 10, 2003 - Msg 14193: Good evening, everyone! Welcome, Leo and Linda! Congratulations on the new "kids", homemaker. Fun girl, we're waiting to hear how things came out with the doctor today. Good news, I just know it! Cheer up, sweetie! Charlotte the Plum is fine, so long as her dumb mom can remember not to leave cherry pits in her reach. I hope things start looking up a bit more for you, you're a dear. TOM, thanks for the beautiful poem. It lifts our hearts when you post lovely things like that. You have your own ministry here on this porch, have you realized that?

We now have Hospice care with my dad, and plan to just leave him in the room he's in - decided against hospital bed, etc. He's not really trying to get up. When I got there today, he was totally out of it, blank eyes, picking at the air, choked on drops of water dripped into his mouth, the whole story. Now get this. Suddenly he turned his face toward me, his eyes focused, and he tried to speak. His mouth was too dry, so we tried a bit more water and he swallowed. Soon he was drinking from the straw, and talking. Talking! More clearly than he has in weeks. My son and his wife walked in, and my dad knew them, spoke to them. Then he asked for root beer. My son declared he could make that happen and skedaddled, back in about ten minutes with some A&W. Long story short, over about two hours, Daddy drank a whole 12 oz root beer, lots of water, and ate jello and four bites of meat loaf and noodles!! Can you believe it? He talked to us, made little jokes (Yes, I'd like some root beer if you'll go get it before I die!) and generally spent a lovely time with us. After my kids left, he dozed off, and when he woke after a few minutes, he was back to glazed eyes, picking at the air, not responding to anything. We were given a gift, a little precious time with him that we'll never forget. I would not be at all surprised if he made his big journey tonight, and that will be all right. He wants to go, he's more than ready, and I can surrender him to the Master with a happy heart.

Boo, it's not been easy, but when the right time comes, you'll find you have the strength to do it, and even find some joy in it, when the one you're giving up is a Christian.

Mavis, I think I'll bring the Plum over for you to work your magic on. She would be like a vacation for you. She's never dirty, never matted, never smells bad. She just needs a refreshing bath every couple of weeks, and regular combing. I do it myself, but would loan her to you if I could, just so you could enjoy working with a clean one for a change!

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

June 10, 2003 - Msg 14194: Homemaker, what did you name your kids? Tom, do you have other poems that you can post? Linda

June 10, 2003 - Msg 14195: Dear Sweet Ro! Every new installment of your story with your dad brings tears to my eyes. Makes me ashamed to complain about my little aches. BUT SINCE EVERYONE TWISTED MY ARM. LOL

Have you ever met one of those people who have all the knowledge in the world, but have all the warmth and compassion of a clam shell? Meet the breast guru! The run down is this. I have only scar tissue from a breast reduction in 1984 and it is causing me pain. The older we get the more painful our breasts become. That is her version and delivered in a tone that if I had not seen her with my own eyes, I would have sworn it was a robot. Honestly it sounded like a phone solicitor who has memorized the speech but done it poorly. She talked so fast that I could hardly understand what she was saying. Like spending time with me was a burden and she was gonna get it over with as quickly as possible. I was so shocked that I just sat there with my mouth open. If I had it to do over I would ask lots of questions, like:
If this is just sore scar tissue, why aren't both sides sore?
And why did it start only after I laid on my stomach for nine hours of surgery?
And why do I feel knots in my breasts?
She says I don't do my breast exams correctly. I want to know why if I don't do them correctly did I find an knot that the mammogram did not find? I will tell you why. Because I was trying to feel around and find out where the pain was coming from. So, in conclusion, here is what she said to me...."Well you know we're not spring chickens anymore, Bee." BALONEY! She wants me to come back in three months. NOT GONNA HAPPEN! If this pain does not go away, I will go back to my primary care physician and ask to see someone else. I will not have my insurance company pay her again to have her tell me to get used to old age. I am so angry that I could vent to you folks all night and I think there would still be anger there. So, I am gonna go and do my nightly Bible study and give the anger to God.

Thanks for your thoughts of me today.
fun girl

June 10, 2003 - Msg 14196: She didn't literally say the line from TAGS. She doesn't have enough personality to enjoy the subtle humor of TAGS. LOL
fun girl

June 10, 2003 - Msg 14197: Boy fungirl sounds like you got a real winner there! I don't blame you not going back, one thing for sure, you left not knowing anymore than you came in with it sounds like. Ro I would sure love to borrow the Plum, she could teach these other dogs things about being groomed I'm sure, such as, "There are 2 rules...Rule number 1~ OBEY ALL RULES!, Rule number 2~ Do NOT, I repeat Do NOT bite the groomer! as it takes a long time cleaning the blood off the floor, & clothes & the wall." haha had 2 of the little boogers nail me this week & it's only Tues!! Got 2 cats on the book tomorrow, so I guess instead of bites only I will get a scratch or 2 to go with them! Tomthank you so much for your poem! I sure look forward to them! homemaker congrats on the "kids" are these out of the underwear stealing parents? & does that sort of thing run in the family? Asa just in case it does, best put your underwear in the dryer for a while. teehee.
I'm off to bed, gotta work again tomorrow.
Wonder what causes that?

June 11, 2003 - Msg 14198: Mavis, I have a little question for ya. My weinie dog has something on her chest that I thought was a ringworm but now I don't know. It's round and lighter in pigment than the surrounding skin but doesn't have the typical raised ring like a ringworm. It is about two inches in diameter. I started putting Tinactin on it in case it is a ringworm or some other fungus. Any ideas? Thanks.

Homemaker, I think Boo is a really nice name for a baby goat (just in case you wanted to know). heehee....

When I say my prayers tonight I will pray for your dad, Ro, and thank you for your encouraging words to me. It is a comfort to know that when the time comes for me to face the death of a loved one my porch friends will be here for me.

Fungirl, I had a hunch that the breast doc might be difficult. Alot of "specialists" are just like her. It's so hard to ask for clarification when a doc is like that.

Well, I better go to bed. Hope ya'll have a good day tomorrow!

Love to all,

June 11, 2003 - Msg 14199: Greetings from East Texas.I was watching an episode recently where Gomer knew virtually nothing about cars, except how to fill the gas tank. In later shows he is a mechanical genius. One of many curious inconsistencies on the best sitcom of all time. Best of luck to you and yours.

June 11, 2003 - Msg 14200: Mornin' Y'all. Romeena,please know that I am keeping you and your father in my prayers.
Seems like I am living at the BBQ place.(My first full check for 2 weeks was for over 91 hours.)Boss insists on everyone working 6 days a week,and it is not easy work.My relationships with my family are suffering,because I have no time for them.I feel like I have no control over my life.So- I think tomorrow will be my last day.I am gonna have to take a huge leap of faith and believe that God will steer me toward a more suitable job.Prayers are appreciated-thanks. Love to all!
possum under a rock

June 11, 2003 - Msg 14201: Mornin' porchsters. Yes 14199, there are a few inconsistencies, but we are willing to overlook the faults in those we love. :-) Romeena, I'm sorry about your dad, but glad you got to spend that great time with him giving him root beer. Congratulations on the new kids, homemaker. Boo would be a good name for a goat. Charlotte wouldn't be bad either. I believe I've told you before that our dog Otie's full name is Otis Campbell, haven't I? Watched the first ep. on tape last night. Hadn't seen it for a really long time. It always makes me cry. That Opie shore was bein' an imp to Aunt Bee. Glad he turned around. Better get off the 'puter. Mavis, take care of them dog bites. Sounds like the kind of thing our Otie might do! Have a Mayberry Day!
Charlotte Tucker

June 11, 2003 - Msg 14202: Mornin' possum! Didn't see you there. Prayers for you to find the best job for you!

June 11, 2003 - Msg 14203: Good mornin'Y'all, it rained here last night, and is cloudy and rain today. Linda

June 11, 2003 - Msg 14204: I know. I was out there in it!


June 11, 2003 - Msg 14205: Well the babies were just fine this morning. Most of the time - our goats just have two babies but we are blessed with triplets (they can have 5, but it is unusual). Well - they usually run around 8-10 pounds each, well, one little girl may have weighed maybe 2 and half pounds soaking weight. But she is doing good and Starr is being a good mommy to her kids. No names yet but I think they could steal underwear if given the opportunity!
Have a good day!!


June 11, 2003 - Msg 14206: G'morning, everyone! It rained here, too, and looks like it might do it again today. I sure do hope so.

Possum, what kind of a dunce have you been working for? Doesn't he realize that it's better to keep employees than forever having to train new ones? To expect everyone to work six days a week is ridiculous. Hire one more person, for goodness' sake, and give everyone a better schedule. The cost to him is the same - same number of hours worked, no matter by whom. Does he pay overtime? If so, he's losing money by not hiring another person. I don't blame you one bit, not nary a bit! I'd give him a good view of my back. God will provide.

Mavis, the Plum is horrified. She says if some of those animals are so rude and hateful as to bite you, then they should be wearing muzzles. You have every right to protect yourself. When the owner returns, remove the muzzle and finish up by letting the owner hold the animal while you groom the head. You are not there to be bitten! Besides, as busy as you've been, it seems to me that some of the worst ones could just be turned away. The Plum says that furkids biting humans is not socially acceptable, unless the human is hurting them and there is no other recourse.

The word on my dad this morning is that he was restless all night, and combative with his caregiver when she tried to give him water or help him change his position. I'm still amazed at the "window" we got to see in his behavior yesterday. It was indeed a gift.

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

June 11, 2003 - Msg 14207: I am a school teacher just finishing school ready to guy tie one on or get some action. Perhaps Wannita at the diner haha

June 11, 2003 - Msg 14208: All school teacher's can relate - if you do tie one on - I am sure that Andy would have a place for you to rest your head. Just hope the jail isn't full and he leaves with Warden Bee at The Rock! You will wish you were back at school!!!

June 11, 2003 - Msg 14209: The fun girl is usually always ready for a party, but dog gone it, I just aint been in the mood for partyin' too much lately. I may have to go and change my name. (Unless you got some of BDJ's mulberry squeezins. Then I might be pursuaded.)

Be careful, you may have to share a cot with Otis. LOL
fun girl

Opie: Just what can you do with a woman Pa?

June 11, 2003 - Msg 14210: You can find a better job, Possum! You shouldn't have to put up with that! I wouldn't sacrifice family for any job. It's not worth it.

Don't worry, fun girl, you just need to get your second wind and you'll be up and partying in no time. Just make sure the wind isn't coming from Otis' direction or you'll be too soused to party.
Would that be, drinking by association?
-Sterling Holobyte

June 11, 2003 - Msg 14211: I don't know if I understand what I wrote up there. Maybe I was in the path of Otis' breath myself!
-Sterling Holobyte

June 11, 2003 - Msg 14212: Evenin' Y'all. The man I work for has plenty of employees and he expects us all to work 6 days a week.Yes,he pays overtime,Romeena.I certainly agree with what you are saying-wish he'd get it through HIS head! I thank you and Sterling for sticking up for me.Tomorrow will be my last day.I can work part time,five hours a day,five days a week,and make about what I make at the BBQ place.I will have to drive farther,but you gotta do what you gotta do.I am interviewing on Friday,so wish me luck.If it's meant to be,it'll be.I have been entirely too stressed and depressed with the BBQ job.It's not worth it.
On a cheerier note,this time tomorrow I will know whether my grandbaby is gonna be a boy or a girl! That is,if the lil' rascal "poses" good for the ultrasound! I've thought all along that it's a boy,although my daughter & I want a girl. The men folk want a boy. As long as the baby is healthy-I know I'll go bonkers over it no matter what! (Think GIRL,Think GIRL,y'all!) Ha Ha
Ro,gonna quote some lyrics from a James Taylor song for you,because it relates to what you're going through with your daddy.Just made me think of you.Here you go,and goodnight all!
" Hold on to now.. Till you have to let go
Easy through your fingers..Ever so
I'm just guessing.. I don't know
Maybe it's a blessing.. I sure hope so "
possum under a rock

June 11, 2003 - Msg 14213: Evenin' everyone. Our weather here shore has been mighy peculiar this year, might peculiar. You'd think it was April instead of June. Rain, rain, and cool winds. Not June to me a'tall. Hope it straightens up soon. Your little goats sound cute, homemaker!
Charlotte Tucker

June 11, 2003 - Msg 14214: Oh yes, dear Possum. It will be a blessing. He is ready, and wants to go to his Lord. He was very quiet today, barely moved in the bed at all. I'm thinking it won't be too much longer. Trust me, his funeral service will be a God-praising, joyous homegoing. No one wants to keep him here in the shape he's in.

Everyone have a great evening. I'm going to clean up the guest bedrooms, put out clean towels, all the little things you do when you know you're going to have a house full very soon. Then I'm going to hit the ironing board. I have a feeling that tomorrow may be a very busy day.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 11, 2003 - Msg 14215: Good night everyone, Linda

June 12, 2003 - Msg 14216: Just stopping in on my way home from the drugstore.
Romeena, I'm sorry your father is sick but thankful you had a good time with him the other day. As a nurse, I'm sure you are aware that sometimes stroke victims have normal days that seem to come out of no where and then they return to how they were. I remember my grandmother, a right side stroke victim, would say a few words clear and move that right arm and leg like it had never been effected and most days, her speech was unintelligable and she couldn't move her right arm and leg.
It is sad to part with our parents, but when they go to Heaven you can rejoice and know they are better off than we are and cherish the good times.
Mavis,sorry to hear your basement flooded again...how many times now ?
Fun girl, MY GYN is about like your breast guru. Anyway, I have had some fibrocystic changes with a lot of pain and I will have mammogram in Sept. I've had several cysts before. Prayers for you.
Prayers for all.
Pray for me as well. the elderly woman I help fell and is in the nursing home. If she doesn't come home, I have to decide what to do with her dog, very sweet, very old, not housebroken, doesn't go outdoors, she just let it go where it wants and I clean it up.
I've grown attached to the dog, but have 4 cats and can't take her. Pray for her part time housekeeper as well as she needs a decent car. Continue to pray for Granny, home from rehab after serious leg surgery and doing pretty good.

Miss Ellie

June 12, 2003 - Msg 14217: It is late here. . .I am up with a sick "kid" - the smallest baby took turn this afternoon and because they are goats, you have to rely on symptoms and hope you can guess well enough. So, she is all wrapped up like a human kid, keeping warm, and nursing electrolytes down her. . .I thought about naming her twinkles (since her mommy is Starr, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) that is if she makes it.
You know Ro - I went to the funeral of one of the elders in our church last week. The minister kept saying how he loved music - yet only three songs were done and all of those by special music. It was a very unglorious service - I don't mean disrespectful but I wanted more music. Then in contrast on 9-11-01, I was at a funeral of a wonderful Christian man and no one knew it as a funeral - it was more of worship service. And the singing!Wow! None of us knew at the time of the ceremony what was happening in the real world. I will never forget that service.

Good to see you Miss Ellie! Best wishes Possum and Sterling - whatever!
Where is Jimmy? Probably with the manicurist! Ha


June 12, 2003 - Msg 14218: Hey Sterling, sitting that close to Otis, I wonder could you get a contact BUZZ? LOL If anything could do it, I do believe that Otis' breath could do so.

Another trip to a different doctor tomorrow. YIPEE! My life is just one joy ride after the other, ain't it? Oh well, better days are coming.

"Boy, I wish you'd just left me alone. I WAS ALMOST HOME."-- Almost Home, for Ro's dad. May he fall asleep in Jesus and just remember as much as you will miss him that you will be reunited with him again.

Chat at ya later.
fun girl

June 12, 2003 - Msg 14219: homemaker, you are so right. My dad loves music, sang a pretty decent tenor, and dearly loves the old hymns. His lifelong favorite is "Blessed Redeemer". Some may know it as "Up Calvary's Mountain". Anyway, one of my daughters, who sings beautifully, will be singing all the verses of that song, with the congregation joining on the chorus. Haven't decided on the rest of the music, but you can bet it will be the beautiful old hymns. Most likely "The Old Rugged Cross" will be one of them, that was another favorite of his. We plan for this to be a praise service, with the salvation message presented as well, and it will be a happy farewell to a good Christian man.

He spent a lot of time and a good bit of money, passing out candy to the other residents at Twelve Oaks. Not junk, but good wrapped candy, the little sampler chocolate bars and such. There are several bags of candy left, and we plan to have baskets in the foyer after the service, and to invite everyone to take a piece of it with them, and later to think of my dad when they are enjoying the candy. That would please him very much.

fun girl, I'll be thinking of you tomorrow as you visit the doctor. I'm praying that they find absolutely nothing to worry about, but I know you won't be able to set those worries aside until you hear the good words from a doctor who knows how to present his/her diagnosis. Why does someone with the personality of a wad of dryer lint ever go into medicine in the first place?

Now, I'm off to bed. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 12, 2003 - Msg 14220: Well Miss Ro - When We All Get To Heaven is another good one. That was the closing song at my friend's life celebration. His brother got up and led the congregation. This man worked with the deaf and so half the church sang and half the church signed. It was awesome! I like the idea about the candy. What a neat thought.

Our little baby goat did not make it through the night. I tried the best goat doctoring I could but it wasn't enough. I petted her and loved on her as best as I could. I hate losing any of the animals but babies are especially tough.

Has anyone heard the new song about the little girl who dies and goes to heaven and her momma prays and asks God who will hold her hand to cross the streets of heaven since she isn't quite seven? Talk about a tear jerker. I was driving with my two ornery boys and thinking about losing one and just crying, and of course - What are you crying for momma? There is another new one called One Last Time and I think it is a take off of the phone call that some of the passengers made from the PA jet on 9-11. Sad. these are tear jerkers!

Well - back to bed, hubby is off to work and I have to take my momma to the eye doctor in Indy for a check up later in the day - so I need a lttle rest.


June 12, 2003 - Msg 14221: homemaker, I'm so sorry about the baby goat. It's too bad, but it probably had something wrong with it, being so little and all. At least it passed in an atmosphere of gentleness and love. About the hymn, what a great suggestion, and I'll probably use it. That's a great hymn, and it says so much. "When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!" How true! I think about my dad finding my mom again, and encountering all of his family - the whole funny, kind and loving bunch. He's the last of a host of siblings and cousins, and to spend a day with them meant sore sides the next day, because you had laughed so hard all day. They all grew up in the Depression years, dirt poor, didn't know it and didn't care. They just laughed at their situation. Once somebody noticed how many patches there were on a cousin's pants, and it became a game to count patches and see who had the most.

Has anyone ever heard of a "tacky party?" That's where the guests come dressed in the worst, most worn-out, tasteless, unfashionable clothes they could scrape together. The idea is to look like you were really trying to dress up and it just didn't work, not at all! Think of Rafe Hollister, dressed for the musical. As a matter of fact, my dad had one cousin that was a ringer for Rafe. Maybe that's why I like that character so much. Well, the family was planning a tacky party for one Halloween and a certain cousin was asked what she was going to wear. She replied, with a perfectly straight face, "I don't know, probably what I wore to church last Sunday."

OK, enough of that. Gotta run - am going to spend the early part of the day with my dad, then have to come back and get a nap, because I really need to work tonight. Have a lovely day, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 12, 2003 - Msg 14222: Hey homemaker, I will be in Indy today too. Small world, aint it? I am going today to see about a serum ferritin blood test. They say that the levels can be the reason for restless leg syndrome. Gonna go and see if he'll order a blood test for that and see if I can get off some of
this durn medication. Seems everything has side effects. What I take for bi-polar can aggravate restless legs. So, am I a mess or what? I do plan to tell he doctor that I am pleased with his services and all, but that he specialist they sent me to was a snot wad. And in the mood I am in today, that is about the nicest thing I can think of to say about her.

Haven't heard from Trevor in a while. Think I will run and email him.
Later friends.
fun girl

June 12, 2003 - Msg 14223: Morning Porch,
Boy, reading everyone's posts moves me from tears, to laughter, and back again! So, fun girl's medical specialist is a "snot wad!" Lol, that was one laugh! I have had a few physicians that I would have described likewise! I hope the doctor can come up with a solution for the restless leg syndrome, I will remember you in my prayers today.

Romeena, I absolutely LOVE reading your posts. You have so much wit and wisdom, and it is always an inspiration to see how you deal with "life". I was so happy for you to read about the "Root beer visit", and I will continue to pray for you and your father, and the rest of your family at this time. In a very real way you are doing just what Homemaker did with little Twinkles. Giving comfort and love in the twilight moments of someone's life.

By the way Homemaker, I was sorry to hear about Twinkle's passing, although she wasn't here for long, she had a compassionate caretaker to make her life a sweet time here. Would that we all could go with someone wrapping us to keep us warm, and gentling us on to our reward.

Miss Ellie, I will include those you mention in my prayers today also. It is sweet of you to worry about the welfare of the dog belonging to the woman who fell. I hope she can come home and continue to care for her pet so you don't have to solve that problem. I hope your granny continues to do well also.

Sterling, you were responsible for another one of the laughs I got, reading the posts today! "Drinking by association!" You are too funny!

Hey Possum, I thought I would make barbecue ribs for the family for father's day Sunday. You want to come by and help me out? I figure you wouldn't mind, being as you LOVE BBQ so much! LOL Seriously, though, I think you are making the right move, your porch friends here don't want to see you all worn out like that!

Well, I best be gettin' to work now, I still have a million things to do! I think I am on number 72 now!

Hey to Boo, Linda, Charlotte, Tom, Briscoe, Mavis, Hazel, Leo, Ed Sawyer, Bulbsnatcher, Blonde from a bottle, and anyone else I missed, ya'll have a great Mayberry Day!

Oh, and Asa, come in out of the rain, would ya?!

Mary Wiggins

June 12, 2003 - Msg 14224: Hello friends! Time fer: "Doug's Tune". Here we go.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

June 12, 2003 - Msg 14225: Hey to you, too, Mary Wiggins! Good to see you here on the porch (and all of you).

Such sadness and laughter to day. I laughed and cried while reading all the posts for today (I especially liked the "snot wad" description).

I have been having an emotional day today with the kids. I think I told all of you that my 8 yr old son has Tourette Syndrome and it goes into remission for months at a time and then comes back. Right now he is having a really hard time with it and came to me crying today because he was ashamed. He has these uncontrolable movements and vocalizations. Sometimes it is repeated words, sometimes sounds and sometimes jerking movements. I feel so sorry for him but I don't want to put him on the medicine and neither does his Neurologist (who is not a snot wad--haha) because of the side effects to children. Do any of you have any experience with Tourette's? I am looking at alternative treatments now like certain anti-oxidants and amino acids. I am looking at allergies as a trigger, too.

Well, better go...there is always something to do around here with two children.

Love to all,

June 12, 2003 - Msg 14226: Good evening porch, storms tonight. Linda

June 12, 2003 - Msg 14227: Been through the storms and rush hour traffic in Indy. What a long day!
Thanks for the tune BDJ - just what I needed.
Two more new babies!!

talk to you all later. . .

Asa - do you need my umbrella?


June 13, 2003 - Msg 14228: homemaker, we must have been in Indy about the same time. Storms were purty bad and the traffic was awful. The doctor was kind and did everything I asked of him. He said he would refer me to a different "breast guru" not the snot wad again and we would see what was what. I have to go in for blood work on Tuesday. So soon we will know something about the restless legs. He put me on valium. For the back pain and restless legs and let me tell you folks, that stuff is as powerful as a jug o' BDJ's mulberry squeezins. Don't taste nearly as good though. LOL
Just want to say I love you all and that I treasure our friendship. Know that you are ALL in my prayers and that I pray that God does what is best in each situation. For he knows the begining to the end.
with loving thoughts,
fun girl

June 13, 2003 - Msg 14229: FG - my mom's appt was at 2:30, it was 4:30 before we got in and we left the office at 5:10. We were on the north side of Indy and had to travel all the way around back to 74 which is under construction too. SHEESH! My mom is in an experimental program for macula degeneration. She knows that it will probably not help her but that the research is important for those that have this type of it (which is the worst kind). Only 12 patients can be treated at this clinic and 9 of the spots are full.

Thought I'd make breakfast for everyone - just help yourself: poptarts, Krispy Kremes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, biscuits and gravy, cream of wheat and for the southerners - grits, toast with some freshly made strawberry jam (mmm), freshly bought Walmart orange juice, and for those that want a nice big steak for breakfast, the grill is on - just get it out of the icebox and slap her on. I think we all needed a good hearty breakfast. Coffee and tea are in the pot. Cokes are in the icechest.
Help yourself - and Asa, don't leave a mess! Mavis - don't let dirty puppies spoil your day.
Good luck Possum with the interview. CT, MW, Ed, Jimmy, Linda , Hazel- have a good day too! Boo - best wishes with your tourettes research (something I am not real familiar with) and FG - you make sure you eat up with all that high falooting medicine your on. Ro - you just sit back and relax, you have had enough stress this week too! Tom - we could use a new poem on the porch. Now I probably missed a couple of faces so just in case ((((hugs and prayers)))) for you all! Group Hug!


June 13, 2003 - Msg 14230: Thanks homemaker. That was good eats. You surely know how to cook girl.
Sorry to hear about your kids.
Prayers continue for your Dad Ro, and for you also.
Wish I could sit longer but I gots to scoot.


June 13, 2003 - Msg 14231: Good morning, all! homemaker, thanks for the breakfast. I always enjoy the good food around here, because it never makes my sugar blood go up. Wonder what causes that?

Nothing much has changed with my dad, he's basically comatose right now, just sleeping. No intake for a couple of days, no output since yesterday morning. This can't last much longer. I have prayed that he could go to sleep and wake up in Heaven. Well, he has fallen asleep, and soon, in God's mercy, will wake up in Heaven. It will be a joyous homegoing for him, and I'm ready to turn him over to God. Well, God and my mother. I mean no disrespect here, but the Lord may have to wait, my mother will be hanging over the portals to be the first one to greet him. It's okay, the Lord knows how I mean that. :>)

Well, off I go, to spend the day over there. Took the Plum yesterday, she was a bit baffled when Daddy didn't respond to her. I may leave her home today. Everyone have a great day - Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 13, 2003 - Msg 14232: Hello to all you porchsters, Now I don't want anyone to walk under ladders, get close to black cats, or step on any cracks. Now if you have a lucky rabbits foot then you are okay. Friday the 13th's don't bother us here in Mayberry. I hope everyone is well. Ya'll take care and have a wonderful, Mayberry, Friday the 13th, great day!

Ed Sawyer

June 13, 2003 - Msg 14233: Afternoon, Porch. It's been a long, long time since I posted here. Use to post all the time, but stopped for some reason. I still see some familiar faces, though. I was posting here when it first started, and Sarah's was new. Haven't been there in a long time, either. Made lots of good friends here, and at Sarah's. Friends that I still hold dear even today. It's like coming to a family reunion when I go to any Mayberry event. I'll try not to be such a stranger from here on.

Them Timers are Tricky Chapter

June 13, 2003 - Msg 14234: Just checking in. Continued prayers for Ro and her family. Sorry about the little goat, homemaker. Turned an ad in to the paper for free kittens. What do you think the odds are for us getting any calls? They are SOO cute!
Charlotte Tucker

June 13, 2003 - Msg 14235: Good to see you Emmett. Didn't see you sittin' there.

June 13, 2003 - Msg 14236: Welcome back Emmet! Don't be such a stranger!
Got my paycheck today and it was about $20 more - how's that for Friday the 13th (knock on wood!)


June 13, 2003 - Msg 14237: Ro, prayers for your dear father. My grandfather is in bad shape. On oxygen all the time. They say he is going down hill fast. He can not even watch television and understand what is going on. He gasps for air just sitting on the couch. Grandma has pretty much resigned herself that it won't be long, but it will be so hard for her as they have been married for over 60 years. Prayers for Grandpa and Grandma too.
fun girl

June 13, 2003 - Msg 14238: fun girl, prayers indeed for your grandparents. My folks were married 63 years when my mom passed four years ago, and all my dad has wanted since then was to go be with her. Your grandma will find it very hard to give your grandpa up, and she'll need all the love you all can give her.

Daddy is still comatose, no change. No intake, no output. This can't continue, obviously. I've been occupying my time by bringing some of his stuff home, so there won't be so much to move later, and also making plans for his service. It will be a joyous celebration of his life, just what he would want. We may even have coolers of root beer at the graveside - one of my daughters thought of that. After the "root beer" episode Tuesday morning, I think it would be very fitting. This is not going to be your everyday, garden variety funeral!

Have a great evening, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 13, 2003 - Msg 14239: homemaker, that was a good old country
Romeena, I will be praying for both your Grandma and Grandpa. Linda

June 14, 2003 - Msg 14240: Mornin' Y'all. Got some coffee & Krispy Kremes to start us off this morning- enjoy!
Well, I'm still at the BBQ place. When I went to tell them that Thurs. was my last day,the boss man's grandson asked me "Why?" and when I told him I needed more time off to be with family and that I did not want to be working in the kitchen (I was hired as a cashier,but have cooked & washed pots & pans,etc.)he told me that I was a good worker,they needed me up front,and I would not be in the kitchen,except in an emergency.He also said that no matter what the schedule says that he would give me 2 days off a week.The business is owned by his grandfather,who insists on making the schedules and acting like he is the King of Carolina,but the grandsons and his sons really run the stores for him.So,I will take them at their word for now and hang in there. At least they know that if I find things unbearable,I will leave without hesitation.They told me to take yesterday off,plus I have Sunday off. I can live with that! Thanks for all your support.
Ro, my thoughts are with you and your father.Prayers for everyone who is dealing with their folks getting older,sicker,and inactive. My mom is having a rough time of things,so I do relate.
Well, time to get going around here.Y'all have a great day! Love to all!
possum under a rock

June 14, 2003 - Msg 14241: HI all.Will it going to stop raining for the day.
Will half the famly stop fight now and maybe we can all git thing right for the 4 of july, that a big wish in my book.
My prayer go out for everyone who can used thim.
If you feel a strong need
for the Lord to be there,
but have never partaken
in the practice of prayer-
you don't need a talent
for well-chosen words
for the needs of your heart
by the Lord to be heard.
so with trust, cast aside
shortcomings and fears;
the Lord's always ready
to dry bitter tears.
sweet peace will unfold
as you follow the path
to total elation
and joys that can last.

June 14, 2003 - Msg 14242: Tom, your poems are always just what I need to hear. Guess you know how much we care about you and need you here on the porch. I pray that you will have a peaceful and happy 4th with all the family together and happy.
Take care all.
fun girl

June 14, 2003 - Msg 14243: She's a grand old flag, she's a high flying flag
And forever in peace may she wave.
She's the emblem of the land I love,
The home of the free and the brave.
Every heart beats true for the red, white and blue. . . . .
Keep your eye on the Grand Ol Flag!

Happy Flag Day!

a patriotic American

June 14, 2003 - Msg 14244: Howdy, Porch! Just saw TAGS alumnus Dabbs Greer on an episode of Lizzy McGuire that my daughter was watching and made me think of youse guys. I'm so glad Mr. Greer is still acting. He is 86 years young.

Sounds like so many friends in need. Prayers for your Dad, Ro, and don't blame you for not going back to the automaton, Fun Girl. I've been down the breast cancer road, and if you even *think* there is a problem, you deserve an actual human physician. Let's hope it's just a cyst or something. Please keep us posted.

Happy Father's Day to all!

Will get caught up on posts one of these days, so if I missed anybody, it wasn't intentional. Welcome to all the newcomers.

~Dež~ just north of San Antonio, Texas

(font check)

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14245: Good evening, when my Husband was a Optican in
Arkansas he fitted Dabbs Greer for glasses. He said he was really neat guy to talk with. Linda

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14246: Hi Des! Say, I can't remember the TAGS episodes that Dabs Greer was in! Didn't he play Reverend Alden on "Little House On The Prairie"? Or am I thinking about someone else? That's great that he is still acting!

Folks, I just stopped by to feel like I was with friends. I just came from trying to mend some fences with someone over on a Mama's Family board whom I didn't even know I offended. It was a surprise to me! Implied that I "bashed her opinion". I go out of my way to avoid bashing people's opinions, I think! I mean, I once bashed into a deer, but that's another story. Well, actually the deer made more of a bash into my car, judging by the dent in my front end(the cars not mine!), and then the deer went merrily on it's way. Really! But my car never worked right after that. In fact I had to junk it. Not that it wasn't junk from the beginning.
But because of that, I know what can happen when you bash things, so I try to avoid it at all costs!
I hope no-one here ever misunderstands me and thinks I am bashing their opinions, their deer, or their anything!
It does hell to your engine.

There, I feel a little better.
Have a nice night, Mayberry!
-Sterling Holobyte

June 15, 2003 - Msg 14247: Hi, folks! Sterling, you're right about Dabbs Greer playing Rev. Alden on "Little House". He did, indeed. On TAGS, he played the man Barney brought by to look at Andy's house when Andy was thinking of selling, and Barney was playing at being a real estate agent.

Believe it or not, my dad is still holding on. He's comatose, no response. No food or water since Wednesday, and still his little heart keeps going. The surgeon who did his triple bypass in 1989 must have done a really good job. The hospice nurse is with him, will call if anything changes. I'm just five minutes away. Have been there since 11am and it's now almost 2am, so am about beat to the socks. More later.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena