August 22, 2003 - Msg 15342: Hey to the Porch...and you're a prince, Allan... a real prince.

-- Jelsik
"She wants to stay here....she wants to stay here with me and my boys!!"

August 22, 2003 - Msg 15343: Thanks, Allan! Maybe Messenger 15338 was related to Messenger 15319, the interloper with too much grease in his steering column! Curious. (Good one, Hazel!) Thanks for those of you praying for me today, please keep it up! Ro, how's the little one?
Charlotte Tucker

August 22, 2003 - Msg 15344: Hey there to the porch sitters: Just ain't had much time to be a sittin' on the porch of late. got me some new rockers, and they need some paintin'. Any willin' hands? maybe a little sandin' too. Just can't stand splinters where I'm a sittin'! Hot here, in fact hotter that it's been all summer, guess it'll make us thankful for the cool season. Hope all the porch family is doing well. Gotta go and get ready for bed, this bein' my Saturday to work EARLY. Have a good evening. ~New Neighbor

August 22, 2003 - Msg 15345: Alyce, I'm from Idaho.
- Hazel

"I replaced the pea in the whistle, but I ain't gonna charge you for it."

August 22, 2003 - Msg 15346: Thanks, Allan for cleaning up whatever it was you cleaned up. You apparently got it before I saw it, because all I saw was your note. Thanks again. Wonder what causes folks to do things like that? Like I said, I guess they just aren't wrapped very tight.

Mercy, folks! Lots of troubles and pain and worries. My prayers for all of you, honest and true. I do keep a prayer list, and you all are on it! Knowing what you all are going through makes me almost embarrassed to post the following, but I just can't help it!!

At 1:20 this afternoon, my family and I welcomed into our midst little Hudson Kelly, who weighed in at 8lbs, 2oz, and is absolutely beautiful. He's healthy and strong, and we are so thankful to the dear Lord for sending us this precious little boy. His mama is doing very well (C-section), and will be in the hospital a few days, but she feels good and is so relieved to have this healthy baby, after the heart-breaking experience of little Logan's birth. Thanks, friends, for your prayers and good wishes.

And now this tired grandma is going to hit the ironing board. Got kids (Hudson's aunts) coming in tomorrow, so need some rest. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 22, 2003 - Msg 15347: Oh, sorry, Alyce. Welcome to the porch, and I'm from Texas. --Romeena

August 23, 2003 - Msg 15348: Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts.
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Congratulations, Ro. You have brought tears of rejoicing to my eyes and have absolutely brightened my spirits. God is so good to his children. Hard times come but He delivers us in due time and causes us to rejoice in Him! What greater blessing than a baby boy?!

Thanks for sharing the good news with us, Ro.

Love, Boo

August 23, 2003 - Msg 15349: Hello Hudson!!!

August 23, 2003 - Msg 15350: Hello all! Congrats Romeena. Hey Fun Girl, Here you go. "That Lonesome Road".

Briscoe Darling Jr.

August 23, 2003 - Msg 15351: Welcome Dear Hudson to our little corner of the world. We like to fancy ourselves sitting on a lovely porch in Mayberry. May your life be as peaceful as life in Mayberry was and may you always be surrounded by family and friends who love and care for you. You have a very special grandma who is loved and treasured by all here on the porch.

fun girl
(from Indiana)

August 23, 2003 - Msg 15352: Mornin' Y'all! Congrats Ro! Welcome to the world Hudson! So glad to hear the wonderful news!
Hey to everybody and welcome to Mayberry Alyce! I'm from S.C. near Charleston.Want some rain and thunderstorms? Ha Ha Wish I could send some to folks who really need it-these everyday/night downpours are a bit much.
I missed whatever Allan did too,Ro,so you're not alone-thanks though Allan!
Y'all eat some of these good cheese grits I'm putting on the porch this morning-yeah,you can have some too,Asa! Try 'em,ya might like 'em!
Have a great day!
possum under a rock

August 23, 2003 - Msg 15353: I believe I'll let the cheese grits go on by. Where's the pop tarts? LOL
Congrats to you and your family Ro. That is great news to hear.
Hope all is well for everyone.
Gotta go swing a few clubs this morning, so if I yell "FORE", y'all better cover yer heads. Don't turn around to see whe hollered it like Hazel did last year.
I hear she still see's double.
I hear she still see's double.


August 23, 2003 - Msg 15354: Morning Porch! What a week I have had! Congrats Ro on the new addition, we had one ourselves on the 21st. My other half's daughter just had another baby, a boy as well, Seth Allen. I think I am just too young to be dating a grandpaw!! LOL But he is a cutie. Alyce Welcome to the porch, & I am from Bristol, VA right in the middle of a HUGE crowd of people this weekend, the NASCAR race is in town. The band is playing again tonight we are in Hansonville for Emma & Mr. Schwump I know that is close enough if you guys want to come out to hear us. I'd love to see you 2 & Flora too if she wants to come. Best get off here & act like somebody for a while. Ya'll have a good one & Asa you got a little hitch in yer get-along there, best get that checked out!

August 23, 2003 - Msg 15355: MPO you are complete and total hoot. I can't stop laughing at your comment about the steering colyumn.


August 23, 2003 - Msg 15356: Oops...a typo left you lacking your beautiful blueness. SABT.

August 23, 2003 - Msg 15357: husband would love to be where you are right now. He is a Nascar fan. I love going to the races too. Been a while for us since kids! Isnt the race on tonight? Congrats to Ro on the new baby!! I cant wait to have mine!! I have been in the kitchen all time for some rest. Hope supper is going to be good, since I have been cooking away. Everyone have a great weekend......Alyce

August 23, 2003 - Msg 15358: Wow...I just went backa nd read Msg 15319...woah....


August 23, 2003 - Msg 15359: Exactillioso, Allan.
- Hazel

August 23, 2003 - Msg 15360: Hey to the porch - Alyce, I'm in the Alabama part of Mayberry. Welcome to the porch!
Romeena, congratulations on the arrival of Hudson. We celebrated our grandson's first birthday the 14th of August.
And thank you. I can't take any credit for it, my mind just works that way~

Milton P. Oliver
"You know how I feel about fuss and falderal. Lord knows the job itself is reward enough."

August 23, 2003 - Msg 15361: Howdy, neighbors! Thanks so much for all the kind and sweet comments. I'll be sure to pass them along to my son and DIL, would tell Hudson but I don't think he'd understand much. (teehee) About the only thing on his little mind is his next meal. He's even cuter today than he was yesterday, naturally, and will be cuter tomorrow. His mom is recovering from the C-section very well, up and walking in the halls and everything. She's a tough little cookie, and I love her very much. They went through so much pain last year, it's a joy to see her and my son enjoying this beautiful baby so much. Thanks be unto the Lord!!

I'm tired, and heading for bed. Have a blessed Sabbath tomorrow, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 24, 2003 - Msg 15362: "If honesty is such a good policy how come I'm out a cap pistol?"

August 24, 2003 - Msg 15363: Good Sabbath to y'all, we sure had a great service today at church, My hUsband and I have found us a church right close by and praise God it is so wonderful to have finally found one to attend on a reg. bases. We know a lot of people that go there and my Baby Brother and his family has started back and it is only 1 mile from our house. It sure is a beautiful day here today in So. Illinois, how is the weather where you are? I had a wonderful Birthday yesterday it was very plesent and calm. LOL

Ellen Brown


August 24, 2003 - Msg 15364: Hello, everybody! I just got back from the Schlitterbahn (water park for all you non-Texans). I had an absolute blast! I highly reccomend it. I am pretty sore, though from climbing all those stairs and walking so much but it was worth it. Picture a cloudy day and you are floating gently down a cool, green river in an inner tube. A gentle rain starts to fall through the huge trees that overshadow the river. Ah, a piece of heaven on earth (very therapedic, as Barney would say).

Just wanted to check in. Glad all is well with Hudson and his mom. Bye now!


August 24, 2003 - Msg 15365: Boo, which Schlitterbahn did you go to? --Romeena

August 25, 2003 - Msg 15366: Hi Ro. We went to the Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels. I hadn't been in 15 years and it sure has grown. The old part was my favorite, with all the tube chutes. I had really been needing to just get away for a little while. My stress level has been very high, lately. Just going and having fun did me a world of good. At one point we were standing in line for the Cliffhanger tube chute and it started raining. As I stood there I had that glorious feeling I used to have when I was a little girl and mom would let me play in the rain. As I closed my eyes and felt the rain on my face, I felt as if all the stress and the worries in my life were just washing away. Hard to explain but it was just one of those, "God moments" when you know that God is doing something special for you. He knew just what I needed. I feel like I unloaded a year's worth of stress in one day! It was also really great to see my eight yr old having so much fun (I left Baby Girl at home with my sister). After the Schlitterbahn closed we got a Motel in San Marcos, ate and I slept like a rock. It was wonderful. When we got up and left the hotel, I went to the Outlet Mall in San Marcos and got a couple of darling dresses for Baby Girl from the House Of Hatten outlet store. It was so much fun.

Well, I think it's time to head for bed. It's been a good weekend but Monday awaits! Goodnight.


August 25, 2003 - Msg 15367: Good Morning everyone! Praying for a good day here at my house..2 year old has already started with an attatude! (had to spell that wrong..filter wouldnt let me spell it right)!!Hope everyone else has a pleasant day!

August 25, 2003 - Msg 15368: Hey, Alyce. You can also insert a dash (-)in the middle of the censored phrase, and it will go through. Everyone will read it correctly, because we've all had to do it. A bit of a pain at times, but it sure beats getting some of the garbage that some idiots try to throw in now and then. They find a good clean site like this, and try to mess it up. I think a trip to the woodshed would benefit them greatly. In addition to the censor, Allan does an excellent job of finding and cleaning up some entries that get past the censor. He just deletes them. You know - The Big Freeze! :>)

Boo, I felt better just reading your account of your trip to Schlitterbahn. I could almost feel that rain, and I know exactly what you mean. I used to love to play in the rain, and my mom was wise enough to allow it. I tried to remember that, and let my own kids do it as well. How wonderful for you, to be able to let go of all the stress and just play like a kid again.

Poor little Sugarplum is at her vet's office, having an old wart removed from her little tail. I found it a while back, and the vet said we'd just watch it, and leave it alone unless it started to grow. Well, it did, and he decided to take it off while it was still small enough that there would be no problem in closing the skin over the site. Her little tail is about as thick as a pencil, not much skin to work with, so I'm glad we're doing it now. She'll have her teeth cleaned as well, since she'll already be sedated for the surgery. Poor baby, she tried her best to get away from the tech and get back to me. I just hate leaving her! Can't wait to pick her up this afternoon.

Well, off I go. Much to do, landscaper still here, whole crew of men working in my back yard. I must go supervise!! (teehee) No, seriously, this man is doing an excellent job, it's going to be beautiful, and wonder of wonders, it's happening without any supervision from me. Besides, I have a new grandson to go visit. They don't go home until tomorrow.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 25, 2003 - Msg 15369: Thanks for the tip Ro! By the do we bold print names? I will remember to use the dash next time. I know what you mean about the garbage, that is why we got rid of AOL. Does anyone use Mayberry America for internet service? Getting ready to go get a rough copy of our house plans! HOORAY!! Oh Ro..send the landscaper this way when you're done with him!! I'm too lazy to get out there and work (Actually, its cause I'm about 7 mos pregnant).........Alyce

August 25, 2003 - Msg 15370: Hey Porch!

Lots of doings going on around here! Congratulations on the new grandchild, Romeena! I love the name Hunter, it's very "cool"!

And Mavis, congrats on your new grandbaby also, Seth Allen is a wonderful name, too. Why doesn't anyone name their babies Barney, though? Maybe because they are afraid he would be confused with a big purple dinosaur!

Prayers for Mr. and Mrs. Schwump and for Alyce, (welcome by the way)and all those others expecting new additions, and prayers for all those with relatively new additions in the form of youngsters! And of course, prayers for all the rest of us, too!

Hubby and I have been so busy this summer doing the art show circuit, we have two shows left, and then our weekends will be our own again! Next year we might try one show that is in Jackson Hole, maybe Asa and Hazel could make it out there! I absolutely fell in love with the west. I have driven through Alaska, across America from Michigan to California, and all around the Yellowstone-Grand Tetons areas. I have also driven from Michigan to Florida, South Carolina, and east to Pennsylvania and New York. We sure have some beautiful real estate in this here great nation of ours! Every place has its own special appeal. But I have never been to Texas! I am going to have to try that trip also. We may be going to Tulsa, Oklahoma next year also, so maybe we'll have to fit in Texas on that trip!

Well, I guess I better quit rambling, here's wishing everyone a wonderful Mayberry evening!

Mary Wiggins

August 25, 2003 - Msg 15371: Hey, Alyce! Congrats on the coming baby. How exciting! To answer your question, making "bold" is easy. First of all, wherever I type ( or ), you will subst-itute < or > when you want to make it work. Can't use that here, because it would work when I don't want it to and you wouldn't see the <>'s. So, to make bold, you type (b). To remove it, you type (/b), only subst-ituting < and >, as I said. You can do italics the same way - (i) and (/i). It's really quite easy. One caution - when you "bold" something, be sure you do the "unbold" or you will not only "bold" the rest of your posting, but those of everyone who follows you until someone notices and fixes it. Anyone can do an "unbold" when it's necessary, not just the person who entered the "bold". There! Clear as mud, right? Oh, to start a new paragraph, you type (br). You don't have to undo that, it just moves you down a line. Also, if someone is doing something you would like to be able to do, go to "View" at the top of your screen and click. It brings up a box that includes "Page Source". That will take you to the "nuts and bolts" pages and show you exactly what someone did to make something happen.

Hey, Mary Wiggins! Been missing you. I'll bet Pat would find some inspiration for some paintings here in Texas. We've got it all - high plains, seacoast, mountains, prairies, big cities, piney woods, ethnic communities (cities?), rolling hills, rivers, lakes - whatever. You may have to drive several hundred miles, but it's all there. Oh, while I like Hunter, too, the baby's name is actually Hudson. My other son has already nicknamed him Edsel. Of course.

Mavis, congratulations on that baby. Aren't they wonderful?? I spent the afternoon with mine, still at the hospital. They're going home tomorrow.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

P.S. The surgery on her little tail went well. Big old shaved area, looks pretty tacky seeing her skinny little tail instead of her beautiful plume, but she still has some of the plume, so it's not too bad. It still wags and waves, so that's all she cares about. Doesn't seem to be hurting her.

August 25, 2003 - Msg 15372: Hey to everyone on the Porch. I've been out of town, but wanted to to say that you have my thoughts and prayers, Annebelle and Mr Schwump. I know this is a trying time for you, but we're all pulling for you.
Congratulations on the new grandbaby Romeena.
Let everyone know how much you care about them. You never know what life holds down the road.
Your fishfriend, jennieboone

August 25, 2003 - Msg 15373: And if I missed anyone's, prayer needs or joys, I did'nt mean to.

August 25, 2003 - Msg 15374: Hey to the Porch.
...good to see you back jb, and you're absolutely right; you just never know.

-- Jelsik

"During our lifetime, we travel many roads..."

August 25, 2003 - Msg 15375: Hey to the porch! just wanted to check in so ya'll didn't have to send Asa out looking for me. I'm here, just busy (what else is new?)

August 25, 2003 - Msg 15376: Hey Porch! Good evening! Hope you all had a good Monday 8/25/03 .

Please put me and my family on your prAyer list list, going through some bad times, (nothing' legal like) but God will care or us ifyou all ask. THANK YOU! Cj-

August 25, 2003 - Msg 15377: anybody been to Bannertown lately??


August 25, 2003 - Msg 15378: Howdy, Parnell. Nope, I haven't been to Bannertown. Anything interesting happening over that way?

Cj, you're in my prayers. Isn't it great that we don't have to know the details, just that there's a need? God already has the details.

You all should just see my landscaping. It's moving right along, and is going to be just beautiful. I'm so very glad I decided to go ahead and do this. Still a few days before it's finished, but it has come a long way.

Well, I'm tired. The ironing board sounds like a good place to be, but the bed sounds even better. Since there's no houseguests, I think I'll sleep there and leave the ironing board for when there's company! Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 25, 2003 - Msg 15379: Gosh Alyce, sounds like you have some great things to look forward to. I loved the excitement I felt when I was pregnant with my children. I just couldn't wait to actually see them and how exciting it was to finally bring them home. I was 33 and my husband was 38 when we had our first so we were very excited and so were our friends and family ("Julie and Bruce FINALLY had a baby!"). The second time around I was 39 but still couldn't wait to see my baby girl. I hope and pray your birth experience is as wonderful as mine. I had painless deliveries with both babies and no complications worth mentioning. I didn't even have an episiotomy with my last (both my babies were a little early and weighed six pounds). How exciting about the house plans, too. I wish we were at that point. We have the land but haven't gotten as far as the houseplans. What will the house be like that you are planning to build?

I loved your "rambling" Mary Wiggins. I agree with you. I love the West, too. It is just completely different, isn't it? I can't believe you have never been to Texas! It has a culture and atmosphere all its own. Great food and good people and it's so big that it is full of variety. One thing you'll get plenty of is bar-b-que and Tex-Mex cuisine. You should come, even if it's to make fun of our accents!

I'm glad to hear that Sugarplum is home and doing ok. Give her a carrot for me when she is feeling up to it! Ro, I didn't understand the Edsel thing. heehee

Prayers for all the precious folks who need them. Aren't people just the greatest? All of you are, that's for sure. Goodnight Friends,

August 25, 2003 - Msg 15380: Oh, I almost forgot, my loving husband has Chicken Pox! He caught them when Baby Girl had them a few weeks ago. Ro, when I was standing in line for the Master Blaster at Schlitterbahn, I noticed he had some red spots on his arm and face but I didn't even consider chicken pox but by today he was covered with them! The doc says its a mild case, though. Bye!


August 26, 2003 - Msg 15381: The tears on my pillow bespeak the pain that is in my heart.

fun girl

August 26, 2003 - Msg 15382: Me too, fun girl.
- Hazel

August 26, 2003 - Msg 15383: Sorry to hear of your tears Hazel. I'll come over with a box of Puff's Plus if you feel up to comp'ny. Maybe we could shed a few together. Misery loves company.

fun girl

August 26, 2003 - Msg 15384: I've only missed posting a couple of days and it looks like I've missed all kinds of things--Ro's new baby Hudson, Mavis' GRANDbaby (my, Mavis, we're no spring chickens anymore (i before e except before n in chicken) and Ellen Brown's birthday! Happy Belated Birthday, Ellen. Glad Boo had fun at Schlitterbahn. Tell Mr. Boo not to scratch. Now Hazel and Fun girl, Are you jes talkin', or are their troubles? Feel free to tell us if'n somethin's botherin' ya. Prayers for the Schwumps. Hey to Parnell and Ellen Brown--hadn't seen you for awhile, Ellen. Help yourselves to the PopTarts. You can even have some, Asa.
Charlotte Tucker

August 26, 2003 - Msg 15385: Boo, Yes...babies are a wonderful time! My daughter is almost 2 1/2 and we are definitely in those Terrific Twos! I didnt have the labors that you did though.. 2 days in the of Pitocin before I had her, alot of pain, episiotomy, but still tore 4th degree, couldnt walk for a week! But she was worth every bit of it (some days, haha) As far as our house..If we can afford it, lol, it is a 2 story country home. We should be able to handle it though, its just that the interest rates have gone up, but when he finishes with the plans we can take it to the bank and run more figures. We have an awful lot of praying to do that is for sure! Oh and yea..I guess the family was wondering when yall were going to have a baby since you were in your thirties, lol. We are 26 and 27, so we should be done by 30! Morning to everyone else too...Alyce

August 26, 2003 - Msg 15386: Yes, having the babies was a great experience but at 41, I'm real glad to be finished!

Alyce, I hope you will keep coming to the porch (so many nice folks drop in for awhile and then dissapear). I would really like to know how things go with the new baby (I was a labor and delivery nurse for thirteen years and Ro still works in that area and post-partum, I believe) and your house-building adventure. I'm curious, are you building on some land or a lot in town?

Better go start the day's chores.

August 26, 2003 - Msg 15387: My stars! Mr. Boo has chicken pox, of all things! Boo, honey, if it wasn't for bad luck you'd have no luck at all. I can't think of anything worse (well, maybe a few things) than a husband with chicken pox. Prayers for both of you! Oh, and just go right ahead and hold your youth over my head! "Didn't understand the Edsel thing." Humph!

I declare, that little Hudson is just cute as a bug. I guess he and his mommy will go home today, but I have to work tonight, so will probably not try to be there for the event. My DIL's mom will be with her, and that's how it should be. I got a lot of little neck sugar yesterday, though, and will see him again tomorrow, probably. I love that baby neck sugar. I can have all I want and it doesn't bother my diabetes a bit! (teehee)

We got some good rain last night, and it looks like it's clabberin' up to do it again today. Hope so. It doesn't seem to bother my landscaper friend and his men. Guess it would if it really started to pour, but they work right on through the misty stuff. It's looking lovely back there, I can hardly wait.

Well, have a great day, folks. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 26, 2003 - Msg 15388: Boo, well I hope to stay at the porch for a while. I know what you mean about people coming and going. I have been there and done that. We are building on the land we are on now. My father is a farmer, and my parents gave us this piece of land (5 acres). It was such a land payment. We currently live in a single wide trailer. And with 4 of us in it, it is going to be right tight! So..hopefully we can get started within the next couple of months building.

August 26, 2003 - Msg 15389: that last message (15388) was from me.. We need a way to post w/out having to sign our names..Alyce

August 26, 2003 - Msg 15390: "I WANT MY BIKE!!!"

August 26, 2003 - Msg 15391: Hey to the Porch.

-- Jelsik

S.W.: "He's a good boy really...a little high spirited perhaps...but, weren't we all at his age?'

Tweeky: "I wasn't..."

August 26, 2003 - Msg 15392: No literal tears here, but feeling really blue. Guess the mixture of meds for bi-polar and restless legs are not a good thing. Now to top it all off, I am having the tingling and burning in the ankle again. Let's pray all these burdens away, okay folks?
'preciate ya.
fun girl

August 26, 2003 - Msg 15393: hey ya'll - just checking in!
I hope things settle down soon!
I need a vacation!!


August 26, 2003 - Msg 15394: Evening Porch!

I got a funny for you. Today was my little guys first day of school. There were plenty of laughs and gentle and precious moments through the day, but this one takes the cake so I thought I would share it. My 21 year old daughter and I saw him off to school today. When we left the room we stood in the hall right behind him and just watched for a minute or two. He turned around to see if we were still there, and then turned back to his desk. He turned around again, with an anxious little face and saw we were still there. We decided we should leave and not prolong things. I asked him later if he turned around again and what he was thinking. He said he did and he saw us walking away. Then he said, and I swear he said it, "I thought, 'well, it's just me now.'and then I thought, 'I better keep it together.'" It was so hard to not laugh at him, he gets very offended if you do! Well, I am sure there will be many more adventures in Kindergarten land...

I hope every one here has a great Mayberry evening!

Mary Wiggins

August 26, 2003 - Msg 15395: Fun girl...hope things calm down for you soon. maybe your meds need adjusting??? Hope you work it out..alyce

August 26, 2003 - Msg 15396: Well, summer is officially over for me--school (for me) starts tomorrow. Ick. Ick. Ick. The kids don't have to return until next Tuesday but I have to go tomorrow.



August 26, 2003 - Msg 15397: Charlotte watch them wise cracks! LOL I noticed you put We'rein that comment tho! teehee. The baby is not my grandbaby, it is the boyfriend's grandbaby. My son hasn't blessed me yet & if he knows whats good for him he won't bless me for another 10 years! (He's only 15) listen to me ONLY 15! I remember when he was as little as these newborns, now he rests his arm on top of my head & leans on me! Ro I'm glad the little Plum is home & doing great, I always worry about my kids when they gotta go to the vet & I work there! They hate it so tho, had to take one of the dachshunds in today for a hurt leg, seems she thinks she's as big & bad as our 65 pound Boxer & was trying to race with him & got bowled over in the process. Buster wasn't trying to hurt her, he is just so much bigger than her. She fussed at me the whole day till we headed home. She is still a little put out with me tonight. Well best hit the sack, gotta drive to DC again tomorrow, gonna see my son & work so I can have money for vacation next month. Prayers for those that need them & ya'll act like somebody!

August 27, 2003 - Msg 15398: I'm sorry things aren't going so well, fun girl. I will pray for you. Keep your chin up! Keep porch sittin'. That always helps me when I'm blue! Mary Wiggins, I enjoyed your kindergarten story! Sorry about the grandma crack, Mavis, I knew it was your boyfriend's grandchild. I just couldn't resist. (We all got to go sometime.) LOL. Hey to homemaker and Alyce. Sorry you don't want to go back to school, Elinora. How long have you taught? Maybe you need a change.
Charlotte Tucker

August 27, 2003 - Msg 15399: PS I just had a friend who threw in the towel on teaching after 17 great years and decided to become a Mary Kay director!

August 27, 2003 - Msg 15400: Good Morning all!! I got to sleep in a bit this morning, hooray! But then again I was up for 3 hours straight in the middle of the night. Horrible pregnancy indigestion/reflux keeping me up. Must be another hairy baby! Well hope everyone has a great day. I think I might! Alyce

August 27, 2003 - Msg 15401: Afternoon Y'all! I can relate to all this talk of pregnancy and school-no,I am NOT pregnant-LOL! My daughter,however,is expecting a little girl real soon.Don't know what I wanna be called,but have ruled out "Granny Possum"-ha ha
As far as the talk of going back to school,this is the first school year since 1981 that I haven't been working in the public school system.Now I sell BBQ! I just got tired of it all.
Well,think I'm gonna cook me up a big pot of spaghetti for supper,so I'd best get in that kitchen and find the oregano!
Y'all take care!
possum under a rock
P.S. Heat index today is 108-110 degrees! Living under a hot rock down here in South Cackalacky!

August 27, 2003 - Msg 15402: "Cool your passions Aunt Bee, you're melting the ice cream."

August 27, 2003 - Msg 15403: Hey Possum, I could go for spahetti tonight. May I join y'all? I'll brang cold pepsi.


August 27, 2003 - Msg 15404: Asa - I'll make you some spaghetti and a little garlic bread on the side.
Sounds like an easy dish for me to make tonite.
Been really busy with this new schedule!
And re-teaching my oldest each nite - 1st grade reading is no piece of cake for him.
Take care and I'll try to check in in the morning.
Elinore - hang in there, summer was short for me too! Been doing this for 16 years - starting year 17!


August 27, 2003 - Msg 15405: Asa - the boys prefer root beer!


August 27, 2003 - Msg 15406: Root beer?
Naw, bad for your liver!


August 28, 2003 - Msg 15407: Went to Mt. Pilot to see the doctor yesterday. He is totally at a loss as to what to do about the ankle. So, he is shipping me out to an Ortho again. We are in a different network than when I had the fusion surgery in Dec. so I get go over everything with a new Ortho. (Oh goody) Anyway, in the meantime he put me on Vicoden and I had my best nights sleep since the first week of July. I really don't like to take it much as I get SO sleepy, and there is a chance of becoming dependant on it, but when you have slept only a couple hours out of the last 48, you do what you gotta do.

Need to run. I have to call the Ortho and make an appointment. Can anyone tell my if they know anything about the piriformus muscle and if it could possibly be causing the ankle problems if it is tight and putting pressure on the nerves? I really thing that may be what is wrong, but the doc doesn't agree.

Later friends.
fun girl

August 28, 2003 - Msg 15408: Sorry, fun girl, I'm no doc--can't tell ya nothin' about that muscle. Let this doc do his thing. Maybe he's a good one. Maybe he's better than ol' Doc Andrews! Sure possum and homemaker, I'll take some spaghetti, but Asa, I'd prefer Pepsi also. Thanks.
Charlotte Tucker

August 28, 2003 - Msg 15409: The spaghetti was demolished by the hungry boys! Sorry Asa - no leftovers!
WEll - it has been a busy time at the homemaker's household. School started, new school assignments for me, our beloved Jack Russell passed away, a new puppy (a red merle border collie), a little first grader having a difficult time with reading, goat shows, etc. . .just busy, busy busy!
Glad to here about the new babies - God's way of telling us that the Church will go on.
Fun Girl - sorry you are ailing some more! I would send you to my ortho - Dr. Tannenbaum - a real looker! Tall, dark, handsome and married!
Well - take care everyone!


August 28, 2003 - Msg 15410: "Aunt Bee, where do youkeep the soda crackers?"

August 28, 2003 - Msg 15411: Hey All,
I know all of ya'll have a big Labor Day weekend planned. I'm going to sit back by the pool, relax, drink a Dr. Pepper...and watch the dust. Actually, it's been raining almost eveyday here in Las Vegas. You wouldn't believe it. Apparently, this happens every few years (frequent rains that is). I may even crank up the old ice cream maker and listen to it churn while I...sit back, relax, and drink a Dr. Pepper. Glad ya'll are doing well and ya'll have a great, Mayberry Kinda Day!

Ed Sawyer

August 28, 2003 - Msg 15412: OK Homemaker. What are you having tonight for dinner? I'm coming early this time.


August 28, 2003 - Msg 15413: Is root beer really bad for your liver, Asa, or was that just a line in Tags? I love root beer!

Goodness, I have a busy weekend. First, on Saturday, we go to see the Wiggles in Minneapolis. I just hope my little one dances and has a good time and does not get scared , which she tends to do when there are alot of kids around - one drawback for not putting her in daycare.
Then on Sunday and Monday I have my first venture in being a vendor on the craft show circuit. I paint animals on rocks, and I finally have enough that I can sell them. I tried selling them on Ebay first, and I got a few inquiries, but once I told them the shipping costs I never heard from them again. It was understandable; Rocks aren't exactly light after all. But hopefully I'll do better with this since I don't have to mail them to people. Wish me luck. I'll need it!:)

Hope you get things straightened out with your ankle, Fun Girl! Maybe you should get a second opinion if your Doc doesn't seem to know what to do. I've learned that sometimes Doctor's don't REALLY listen to the patient's opinion, even though it could be right.
Have a good day everyone!
-Sterling Holobyte

August 28, 2003 - Msg 15414: Sorry Sterling, didn't mean to rattle ya there. That was Otis' response to Andy I think when he asked him if he wanted a bottle of pop.
I am so sorry your having all these problems Fun Girl. Please know you are in our prayers and try not to stress to much, that only makes things worse for ya. I know, easy to say but not so easy to do when your in pain.


August 28, 2003 - Msg 15415: Dr. Tanenbaum. Tall, dark... and a door prize?

~ Mrs. Wiley

A big 'ol hey to everyone, been lurking under the porch. Yall watch it - there's spiders under there.

August 28, 2003 - Msg 15416: Well, I've been teaching since Adam was a cowboy, as my British s-i-l would say. Actually, since 1977. Had a year off here and there but for the most part it's been a regular gig since '77. It's not that I don't love teaching; I DO love teaching. I just love summer more! Every single year I dread to see the summer come to an end and the school year begin. This summer has been a very un-fun one because of having a plate that's waaay too full, and too much stress associated with that full plate. So I don't even feel like I've HAD a summer! But this too shall pass and I'll be okay. It's just that right now...



August 28, 2003 - Msg 15417: I know it must be frustrating for Doctors to have patients come in and try to explain why they think they may be suffering from a certain ailment. But honestly, I have been suffering from this for YEARS. My sister the physical therapist just suggested this might be the problem and so I did some research on the internet and it is amazing. It is almost like they watched my life and then wrote the articles. My doctor is usually a very good listener and is open to suggestions, but he really dismissed the idea totally yesterday. Of course I do realize that doctors do get tired and have bad days too. Guess I will just see the Ortho and see if he agrees with me.

Sterling, do you paint animals UNDER rocks. It would be funny to see a "possum under a rock."

School is going well for Kyle. Math is a struggle. But at least it is something his father and I can relate to. We both were awful in Math.

Prayers for Konner and Emory. ( my darling boys.)
Sis took Emory to the ER yesterday as he had a horrible headache. He was screaming and hysterical it hurt so bad. They reckon he is gonna suffer from migranes. Konner has had them for a while and Emory had the first one yesterday. Their daddy had them something awful when he was a child. Poor babies. I know they don't understand why it hurts so bad. They are only 9 and 7. I don't know if this would help with migranes, but I have been having some fierce headaches and I have found that when I take a washcloth and get it wet and then pour on some SeaBreeze and lay down and put the cloth over my forehead, it really helps. I am sure there is an aromatherapy that is simular. Sure works for me.

Feeling better physically but that Vicodin sure makes me weepy.

Hugs to my porch friends.
fun girl

August 28, 2003 - Msg 15418: Hey, Elinora! I understand. I've been a nurse since 1979, I do still love it, and at the same time, our nursing office knows if they need to cancel somebody because of low patient census, they can call me, I'll take it! More and more, I'm finding that working interferes with my life! ;>)

fun girl, I surely do hope you can get some relief soon for that ankle. Chronic pain like that can really get on your last big nerve. Don't give up, keep getting more opinions until you finally find someone who has an answer. Personally, I know next to nothing about the piriformus muscle, but just did a little chasing on the net, didn't find anything that looked like it would apply in your case. By the way, have you seen a chiropractor? I have reservations when it comes to chiropractors, but I have also seen them do some pretty impressive work at times.

homemaker, sounds like things have been jumping at your house, for sure. Sorry about the loss of your Jack Russell - it always hurts to lose a little friend like that. Can't imagine what I'd do without the Plum. You were smart to get a new friend quickly. I'll bet a red merle Border collie is a beautiful dog, and that breed is so smart and loyal.

Sterling, I'd love to see some of your rock paintings. Do you have a website, or could you email some pictures? I have a reason for asking, it's not just pure curiosity.

Well, off I go. The Plum has just announced that she's hungry, and so am I. Have a great evening, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 28, 2003 - Msg 15419: Evening Y'all. I need some help here from Romeena and Boo.I apologize to the rest of you Porchsters who are reading this.My daughter is almost 34 weeks pregnant and has preeclampsia.Doctors told her to stay in bed and/or off feet.Blood pressure is 140/70(I think that was bottom number),she has some protein in urine and her only other symptom has been edema.Baby is big,healthy,so I feel she will be okay if they have to do a C-section next week if her protein is not lowered.Otherwise they expect baby to be born in 2-3 weeks.Anything my daughter can do to help her condition? What can y'all tell me about this? I did a little research,but I would like some input from our Porch nurses.Thank y'all SO much and sorry if I have bothered anybody with this.Prayers appreciated for my daughter & grandchild. God Bless y'all!
possum under a rock

August 28, 2003 - Msg 15420: Oh,baby is a "she"-that's who I was refering to when I said I feel she'll be okay if they deliver by C-section.
possum again

August 28, 2003 - Msg 15421: Evening everyone! Have been gone all day visiting with my grandma and my in laws. Just got my Mt. Airy visitor guide in the mail today. I am so excited..Cant wait to go!! Will have to be next summer though :( Baby(inside) is keeping hiccups and it is sooo irritating..Hope it doesnt mean reflux for her, as my oldest kept them in the womb, then had bad reflux as a baby. Any big holiday weekend plans? Going to Richmond shopping tomorrow and Monday is Busch Gardens. I'll be one pooped pregnant girl! Take care everyone! Alyce

August 29, 2003 - Msg 15422: Possum, dear, it sounds like your daughter's doc is telling her right. The main thing she can do is stay off her feet, avoid stress or excitement, limit the salt in her diet (doesn't mean NO salt, just LOW salt), and try to stay lying on her left side as much as possible when she's lying down, which she should mostly be doing! (Whew!) You're right, a C-section delivery a couple of weeks early should be no problem at all. Any gestation over 37 weeks is generally considered to be full-term. The baby doesn't do much in those last couple of weeks but put on fat. Our new little baby Hudson was delivered three weeks early, and still weighed 8-2. Relax, grandma, everything is going to be fine.

As for you, Alyce, don't you be over-doing it now, you hear? Drink plenty of fluids, take frequent rest stops, and stay out of the sun as much as you can. (This from an old gal who water-skiied into the seventh month, and rode horses until I couldn't fit in the saddle anymore! Teehee)

And now, off to bed. The Plum has already made her way there, and keeps emitting little disapproving growls because I haven't followed. She is so spoiled, but she says hey to all! --Romeena

August 29, 2003 - Msg 15423: Hi! My internet service was out for a couple of days and I missed sittin' on the porch.

Ro, I just love that neck sugar, too! You are making me want to grit my teeth. You know that feeling when you get ahold of those babies and you can't help but grit your teeth?! Boy, those babies are some kinda wonderful.

Sorry to hear you are feeling blue, fun girl and hope your meds get straightened out just right soon. You know, I think I might have that restless leg thing. I have a terrible time falling asleep at night, most nights because I feel like my legs won't relax. Is there a safe drug that will help?

Homemaker, I am sorry to hear about your Jack Russell. I just loved what you said about babies being God's way of telling us the church will go on. How beautiful and inspiring.

Oh Sterling, you will never believe what I have been watching non-stop for the last 48 hrs. You guessed it, WIGGLES. I got the video for my 2 yr old and she adores it. If I have to hear "Fruit Salad" one more time......! It really creeps me out to see grown men dancing around like ballerinas but I keep trying to remember what you told me about their Christian emphasis! Hey, good luck with your rocks.

Fun girl, I knew I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome years before my dr did. I finally switched to a good internest and she agreed and started me on the proper medication. Just think about it, drs are so busy they can't possibly keep up with everything that is going on with every one of their pt's so the good ones listen to what the pt is saying. Sorry to hear about your boys suffering with headaches. I first started having migraines when I was 13 but as I got older they got better. Maybe your boys will too.

Well, Possum, I haven't been working in labor and delivery in 4 or 5 yrs but I will tell you what I can remember. Ro will probably be a better resource. That systolic (top number) is a little high but the diastolic sounds good but if she has protien in her urine and is having some swelling the doc may suspect that it might get worse and since she is only 34 weeks, doc wants her to be especially careful. I would say she should take it very easy and make sure she keeps her dr appointments. If she starts to have visible swelling in her hands or face or complains of epigastric pain (pain just below the sternum) she should call her dr. As I recall, the only thing that really helps preeclampsia is having the baby, but bedrest can make a difference in blood pressure. If her symptoms worsen, her dr will order blood tests and might put her in the hospital and deliver the baby early if he needs to but he is probably trying to give the baby a couple more weeks so he is putting her on bedrest. Stress to her that it really is important.

Don't wear yourself out too much, Alyce!

Guess I better head to bed. It's been a long day!


August 29, 2003 - Msg 15424: Wow, sorry that was so long, folks!

August 29, 2003 - Msg 15425: "Hey, I can't play without a uniform.......You can't play WITH a uniform!"

August 29, 2003 - Msg 15426: So much to reply bear with me. First of all, to Boo. If the doctor is really worried, see if they are willing to use a cervical softner. My sister had identical symptoms and after a couple weeks of bedrest she still had high blood pressure. So her doctor admitted her and started giving her medication to soften her cervics. (sp)
They started her on the medication at 4 pm and planned to induce her at 8 am the next morning, but the baby was born at 4:40 am and they never had to give her pitocin or anything. She said she was only in heavy labor for about an hour. I know that everyone's labor is different, but this really was a good route for her. I think it's worth a try if the blood pressure stays high. (By the way, this was just the 22nd of July. So this should be up to date medications and stuff.)

As for the restless legs, make sure you have good iron and vitamin B levels and also calcuim and magneseum supplements help. I found that something called Proanthocyanidin works well. It is simply pure grape seed extract. I got mine at GNC. Someone on a message board on a web site about restless leg syndrome reccommended it. It does work, but I had to stop taking it when I had my MRI and they sedated me. Something about affecting you platelet levels or something. But if you have restless legs, this is the most natural thing I have taken and has no side effects that I know of. Just take it a couple hours before you go to bed.

I never heard that if your baby had hiccups in utero that they will have reflux. Kyle nearly drove me to distraction with hiccups before he was born. And sure enough, he was the champ of reflux. Curiouser and curiouser.

Ro, the part on the net that applied to me was that when the right let is relaxed it is rotated externally. And most of my symptoms are long the area affected by the sciatic nerve. Also alot of the exercises they reccommended provide temporary relief. Also I have been diagnosed in the past with iliotibial band syndrome and trocanters bursitis. One web site said that these are often misdiagnosed when you have piriformus muscle problems. My sister teaches Physical Therapy at a University and she mentioned the piriformus a while back and I just never got the connection until I was reading the web sites. I have indeed been treated by a chiropractor, but since the surgery to fuse my spine, that is a big no-no. He has done accupuncture on me tho. I think it does me some good while it lasts, but as he said, it is only pain control. It won't cure anything. I would really like to get to the root of this thing and would be willing to go to physical therapy for as long as necessary.

Well I have rambled on enough. And I have noticed that my spelling is awful tonight. Just can't seem to make the words look like they should. Thanks for all your support and kind words and advice. BDJ how bout "You've Got A Friend In Me"
for all the good porch folks.

fun girl

August 29, 2003 - Msg 15427: Thanks VERY much to Boo & Romeena.I'll pass all of this on to my daughter & will keep y'all updated.I know the good Lord is watching over both of them ,but this is just a scary situation to our family.I sure appreciate it.
Sorry to hear of your health troubles,fun girl.Feel better soon.
Well,y'all have a wonderful day-God Bless our Porchsters!
possum under a rock

P.S. Almost left without leaving Poptarts for Charlotte! Asa,try the grits-would ya? Ha Ha

August 29, 2003 - Msg 15428: Possum - I was always told to lay on my left side or keep my body tilted that way (which was very uncomfortable for me because I like to roll to my right. Do exactly what the doctors say! They know their stuff! Glad to hear about the baby!

Well - Fun Girl - I am taking my own medicine with my son. He has processing problems - ears hear fine but the brain isn't hearing it correctly. It is central auditory processing - CAP. So I am reteaching at home what he learns through the day. He is so frustrated with reading. I think he also has a spatial perceptual problem - similar to dyslexia. How frustrating to start school and already in tears just two weeks into the year. So I am working with his teacher and the speech language pathologist to get him what he needs so that he never goes really into special education. Nothing against the special ed programming but at this school, from experience, special ed puts an automatic L on the child's forehead. Not all schools are like that but they are there.

Elinora - glad to have another teacher on board. Have a good school year. I teach all ages of hearing impaired students.

Well - the bell has rung so I need to go!


August 29, 2003 - Msg 15429: Have a Mayberry day people. Not long till Mayberry Days now.

August 29, 2003 - Msg 15430: Hey to the porch! I hope everybody has a great holiday weekend. Congratulations to the "King of Mayberry Trivia" - MPO!! I just heard him answer every question right (before they could even finish the question!) on the "John Boy and Billy Big Show" a few minutes ago! MPO, your education was worth every penny, you know that? I didn't have a doubt in my mind that you'd win.

August 29, 2003 - Msg 15431: Morning all. I posted earlier, but dont see it, had computer problems..dont even know now everything I typed. Thanks to all who told me to slow down, etc...hard to do with a 2 year old. And Possum..your daughter..I was on bedrest for hypertension with my oldest. They told me to lay on left side and drink lots of water. And to just slow down. I had started water aerobics and had to stop. Seeing more swelling lately now with this pregnancy..but how can I slow down!! Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend!ALYCE

August 29, 2003 - Msg 15432: lol fun girl! Well, actually I use the whole rock, but I guess painting them "under" the rock would be easier!:) I'd definitely use less paint.

Romeena, I don't have a website, but I just emailed you some pictures. They're not the greatest, I took them in my dark, dingy basement but you'll get the idea of the kind of things I am painting and , hopefully, selling.

Well, I have to go and get ready for the big weekend of Wiggles and painted rocks! What a combination!
Oh, and thanks Boo!

Ok, everybody sing: "fruit salad, yummy yummy!";)Sorry Boo.
-Sterling Holobyte

August 29, 2003 - Msg 15433: Way to go MPO!! I can just see you smokin 'em. If you taped it, be sure to bring it to Mayberry Days so we can all hear it. How'd John Boy take it?

August 29, 2003 - Msg 15434: Emma and jennie, I heard it too! It was fantastic! He DID smoke 'em! It was TOO cool! Why I'm so proud of him I could spit!

Congratulations MPO


August 29, 2003 - Msg 15435: Hey, thanks fun girl. I happen to have some grape seed extract and I will try it tonight. I broke down and took 5mg of Valium last night but that is very rare. I finally fell asleep at about 1:30 am but my 2 yr old was up bright and early. She is into this video called "Psalty" (it's this guy dressed like a big, blue bible who sings, etc.) so right after the sun came up I heard her calling, "Psalty! Psalty!" I just stayed in bed for awhile hoping she would give up but she never did.

Possum, left side is best but she can also lie on her right (her preeclampsia isn't acute), just try to discourage her from laying flat on her back for long. Also, if it makes you feel any better, preecampsia is fairly common (I took care of hundreds of pt's with it, myself, and also had it with my first pregnancy). It isn't the threat that it used to be in the old days. The great majority of pt's do just fine (it's still very important to follow dr's order's, though, of course because you never know when it could become more severe).

Better run......Boo

For Sterling: "The first step: peel your banana. The second step: cut up some grapes. The third step:....."

August 29, 2003 - Msg 15436: Thats rather harsh isn't it Boo? Saying her preeclampsia isn't acute? Have you ever seen a picture of it? Maybe it isn't very pretty but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. LOL
( Pay me no mind Boo, It's late on a Friday afternoon after a long week at work and I'm feeling a little rummy.)


August 29, 2003 - Msg 15437: Hey to the porch - I stand before you a humble man, all filled up with humbleness. It was great fun doing the radio thing. I was confident but had no idea it would go so well. I got lucky and got three questions that kinda came easy to me. It was a real hoot because I was at work and the other guys in the crew got to listen. Any Friday that I am on dayshift, they know that all work has to stop when the Mayberry quiz is on. They were rooting me on trying to get me to talk some trash to John-Boy but I reminded them that this was Mayberry and good sportsmanship is important, haha.
ANYway, thanks for the congrats, I'm glad y'all got to listen. jennie, I think we got it recorded, if we did we will for sure bring it to M'Days.

Milton P. Oliver
YLRB in Mount Pilot. The big tme.