October 08, 2003 - Msg 15982: Oh dear me....the doctor couldn't get any fluid out of my lip and now he is talking about sending me to a plastic surgeon.

Physical therapy is going well. She ain't making me do anything to strenuous. Now that's my kinda physical therapist. LOL

Ya'll come down for the fall foliage festival this weekend. All kinds of good fair food. Rides for the kiddies and a nifty parade at the end of the weekend.

take care,
fun girl

October 08, 2003 - Msg 15983: Dear Ro - these aren't your everyday run of the mill ladybugs. I like the red and black ones, at least they are cute. These are burnt orange, goldish color and they can bite when they land on you. And when you remove them, they let out something odiferous that just STINKS! Yuck, Yuck, double yuck. Vaccum cleaners are about the only thing that gets rid of them.I hate it that when you cook, you have to be careful they don't fly into your food. They are that bad Ro!
Welcome back Mavis - did you see Mt. St. Helens, The Spaceneedle, Pugit Sound, fess up - was your trip exciting?

Ahhhhh-nold became the Gov.
What next? An actor in the white house? (couldn't resist!)


October 08, 2003 - Msg 15984: Didn't mean to talk over you FG - a plastic surgeon - maybe you can be on lipstreme makeovers?


October 08, 2003 - Msg 15985: Poor FG! If it ain't one thing it's another. I'll keep praying for your back and your front! I wanted to say bye to the porch *snif*. See ya next week!

~ Mrs. Wiley
"I thought O'Malley was in De-troit?"

October 08, 2003 - Msg 15986: Well I'm glad I'm not the only one who despises those lady bugs. They get into everything. I was boiling water last year for some pasta.. and left it for a second, and when I went back, here's a lady bug floating around in it. Hey Mavis, if we're gonna share a cell we need to work on some signals.. if I clink my cup on the door three times, it means we're bustin out tonight ok? And they stink something fierce, I think Vicks smells better tee hee. Ya'll have a good day, I'm off to do that work thang--Salty Dog

October 08, 2003 - Msg 15987: Well, YUCK indeed, homemaker. What a miserable insect! Are you sure they're really ladybugs? They don't sound very ladylike to me! They sound like the definition of a pestilence.

fun girl, I just feel so bad for you. Of all things! When you first told us about your fall, I knew it had to be painful and all, but had no idea you had done so much damage. Plastic surgery yet! Prayers for both of you - you and your lip! By the way, Sugarplum still insists that a carrot poultice would help.

I'm sad this morning, but still hoping that the reason for my sadness will turn out to be wrong. Every morning, my yard is visited by three squirrels, a big one and two half-grown juveniles. Early this morning, I distinctly heard two rifle shots coming from somewhere on the street behind me. At this moment, there is one little juvenile squirrel in my yard. No sign of the other two. I'm very much afraid that some shriveled soul has decided to eliminate them. I know, they rob bird feeders. So, put out more food. They dig in your flowerbeds and steal bulbs? Plant more. They get in your attic and chew wires? Fix their entry site. Why is it that some people's answer to a problem like that is to kill something? My poor little lone squirrel looks so small out there, all by himself. I know there's no law against the wanton killing of a squirrel, but there is one against discharging a firearm in the city limits, and if I find out who's doing this, I'll have a uniformed officer on their doorstep in no time at all. I have zero patience with something like this.

Sorry, friends. I just had to get that off my chest. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

October 08, 2003 - Msg 15988: Hello Americans, stand by for NEWS!
Can you guess who I am pretending to be? LOL
Hope them squirrels are OK Romeena. I'm sure they will be. And it sure don't sound like the ladybugs I know of homemaker and Salty. My ladybugs are quiet and pretty and don't go flying around at all unless provoked. Never have noticed them stinking but then again I don't go around smelling bugs as a rule. LOL
Welcome back Mavis Neff. Come on over, I have a rootbeer float waiting here for ya.:)
Hope yer not ailing to bad Boo. Maybe she fell off the Vicks wagon and is binge Vicking right now. Poor dear, I even prayed for her.
Hope all is well for everone. If the weather here was any nicer I think I might have died and gone to heaven cause it is wonderful here.


October 08, 2003 - Msg 15989: Whoops, I should have finished with....Good DAY!


October 08, 2003 - Msg 15990: Hello all! And newcomers too! Time fer: "Slimy River Bottom". An' this time make it 'purty boys. Prayers for all. Here we go.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

October 08, 2003 - Msg 15991: Hey Fun Girl, Here is a jug for your very own self. Enjoy it while listening to: Red River Valley". Here we go.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

October 08, 2003 - Msg 15992: Afternoon Y'all. Gosh,fun girl,if it ain't one thing it's another! Hope all your ailments get better for you real soon!
I'm not familiar with those ladybugs y'all are talking about,but I AM familiar with squirrels-got 'em running and jumping all over my roof.I'd NEVER think of shooting them though! That is sad about the young squirrel,Romeena.You round up a posse if need be and find out who is doing that shooting.People are just sick in the head sometimes,I think.
Well,guess I should go. I'm watching my lil Laci for awhile this afternoon and it's about time for her to wake up hungry! She is such a sweet blessing.Wish y'all could each get some neck sugar! Yep,Ro,I might just OD on neck sugar & baby head smells-ha ha!
Y'all have a great evening!
possum under a rock

October 08, 2003 - Msg 15993: What a way to go!!

October 08, 2003 - Msg 15994: You know what gets me is that my baby is already two and my oldest is only 8 so I won't be getting any grandbabies for a long time. I guess I will have to steal someone else's neck sugar. I think I will start volunteering in the church nursey for the infants. Sometimes stolen neck sugar is the best!

I sure hope all your squirrels are ok, Ro. I am pretty fond of those little critters, myself. No offense to any hunters but I never could understand the fun in killing an animal just for the sport. My husband hunts deer and it has always been a point of contention between us. We finally agreed to disagree and so far my son has shown no interest in hunting (hope it stays that way). Besides, I don't think kids have any reason being around firearms. One of my good friends lost her 11 yr old daughter in a hunting accident. Her older brother shot her with a shotgun while dove hunting.
(I think I have already told ya'll that story-sorry. the older I get the more I repeat myself).


October 08, 2003 - Msg 15995: Okay nurses on the porch - my son is crooping again. He is on Augmentin and PanMist (liquid) and nose spray. Anything I can give him for this hideous cough. I feel so sorry for him. I thought the panmist would help the cough but it isn't doing anything. He has chronic sinuitis and because of the time of year here in Indiana - it is worse. I also think that the school's air conditioning or climate control has something to do with it. He isn't allergic to anything. I am most likely going to make an appointment with the ENT to see about tonsil removal. I haven't looked lately but the past two years they have been ridiculously large and they say it isn't chronic (his tonsils not the ENT). Okay - I'll take any cough rememdies!

Help. . . .

By the way Paul Harvey - oops, I mean Asa - that was a pretty good impression, now - for the rest of the story!


October 08, 2003 - Msg 15996: Ro I'm sorry about your little squirrels! People make me so mad!! That is the main reason I decided to go into my chosen profession, furkids are great, people are not! As for those ladybugs, around here I call them manbugs (no offense to any of the men sitting on the porch, we know ya'll ain't your normal, run of the mill men) they act just like men (them bugs do) messing up, stinking, biting, hanging out in food.... they are a pain in the patoot that is for sure, but the ones I got are the orange ones too not the red pretty ones & the only thing they are eating is MY food, not any insects that I can tell. fungirl are we gonna have to tie you down somewhere for a while so you can heal up real good?? Asa it's been purty here too & I hope it stays that way for a while longer.

October 08, 2003 - Msg 15997: Almost forgot homemaker I did get to see Mt. St. Helens it was awesome, sure makes a body realize just how small they are in God's big old world. I saw the mountain years ago after she first blew & it was something to see. Now things are green again & starting to come back. We went to Seaside right to the end of the Lewis & Clark trail, that was cool, we also went to the Tillamook Cheese Factory, how cool was that!! Of course we came home with a few blocks of cheese!. The best part was watching my other half who has never been out of Bristol, he was like a kid at Christmas!! I have a great picture of St. Helen's but I'm not sure how to post it on here, I'll find a place to put it so you all can see it. I'll email it to anyone that wants to see it too.

October 08, 2003 - Msg 15998: I saw it after the eruption as well - it looked like a moon scene (all grey and no green anywhere). My cousins are from a little burg near Mt. St. Helens and my cousins went to Mt> ST. Helens High School.
Did you make it across the mountains? It is beautiful there too.


October 08, 2003 - Msg 15999: We didn't make it that far, sorry to say, I was hoping to get alot more sightseeing done, but a week just ain't enough time. I enjoyed it tho, it was great fun! I'm off to bed, another work day tomorrow. (yuck)

October 08, 2003 - Msg 16000: Homemaker, I hate to ask but you know I have to. Have you tried VICKS? heehee Sorry. Seriously, I wouldn't know what kind of advice to give you about your boy. I know very little about pediatrics. I used a cool mist vaporizer for one of my kids when they had an awful, croupy cough and it seemed to help some. I hope Ro can give you more advice. You didn't say how long he has had the cough (just wondering). Sure hope he is better soon--prayers for his quick recovery.

Hello and a good evening to all of you!

October 08, 2003 - Msg 16001: Homemaker, I hate to ask but you know I have to. Have you tried VICKS? heehee Sorry. Seriously, I wouldn't know what kind of advice to give you about your boy. I know very little about pediatrics. I used a cool mist vaporizer for one of my kids when they had an awful, croupy cough and it seemed to help some. I hope Ro can give you more advice. You didn't say how long he has had the cough (just wondering). Sure hope he is better soon--prayers for his quick recovery.

Hello and a good evening to all of you!

October 08, 2003 - Msg 16002: Whoops, sorry about repeating myself.....Boo

October 08, 2003 - Msg 16003: Whoops, sorry about repeating myself.....Boo

October 09, 2003 - Msg 16004: Boo, do you have the hiccups? I've heard that inhaling some Vicks vapors is good for hiccups. You might want to try it. (teehee)

homemaker, are we talking about true croup, or just what we moms tend to describe as a "croupy cough"? True croup usually comes after nightfall, usually after the child is in bed, sudden onset, and gets pretty scary, enough to send you to the ER with the kid. Frequently, by the time you get there, the cough is about gone, because the cool night air seems to cause it to clear up. At the same time, mothers the world over will call their kids inside at sundown, "so you don't catch croup from the night air." We mothers can be weird at times. Seriously, I agree with Boo, I don't know much about the problem. My kids never had croup, and even working with pediatrics at times, I almost never saw any patients with it. It's just not an ailment that makes it beyond the ER and onto a floor. I'd have to defer to your MD.

Regarding my squirrels, one adult did come in the yard today, but I think it was a different one, because it was alone. I never saw the other juvenile, and I'm afraid that gun-toting wretch has killed it. I try to take a tolerant approach toward hunting. If someone hunts humanely, and uses what they kill, well, so be it. I eat beef and chicken and pork, and actually rather like venison, though I couldn't shoot a deer. However, trophy hunting is beyond me, I'll never understand it, and killing something as small and helpless as a half-tame little squirrel is just reprehensible. I'd bet that same person would shoot someone's cat if it was digging in their flowerbeds. No reverence for life, I'm afraid. Scary.

Well, gotta go cuddle with my furkid. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

October 09, 2003 - Msg 16005: Ah, ladybugs. Flying around, looking after number one. Selfish.
- Hazel

October 09, 2003 - Msg 16006: Funny stuff Hazel. You ever consider a career in comedy? LOL
I am worried about Boo guys. She has resorted to binge Vicks inhaling just like I thought and now she's repeating herself and walking crooked and everything. What a tangled web we weave when once we practice to decieve.
Good job on Paul Harvey homemaker. Am I the only one who just loves his broadcasts? I wish he could go on for ever with his news reports.
So it is Govener Awwwww-nold in Caleeeeeefornia now huh? I wonder if he knows Roy Stoner, thats S-T-O-N-E-R....STONER.


October 09, 2003 - Msg 16007: It is a croupy cough that comes with his sinuitis. I got him to sleep with some Robitussin Honey cough syrup. It did let him get some rest. He looked very tired this morning and I know that he didn't feel well. But - I wanted him to try and stick it out as long as he could.
So. . .thanks ladies for your help. And I forgot to Vicks him down last night, bad mom. Uusally - I am the vicks queen!
Sorry about the squirrels Ro - I bet they were very cute scampering about.
Well - it is time to get to some work. I have some medical charts to look over to see if the child can qualify for the hearing impaired program.


October 09, 2003 - Msg 16008: Ok, I confess, Asa. I have hit rock bottom and am ready to do something about my addiction. As hard as it is, I am throwing out all my Vicks! No more Vicks snorting for me. Now, if I could just find a support group.....


October 09, 2003 - Msg 16009: And now, the rest of the story...

I have been hearing about the Asian Lady Beetle on our local news, and then reading about it here, so I looked up a site on the internet that tells a little more about it. Here is the site www.uky.edu/Agriculture/Entomology/entfacts/trees/ef416.htm You will have to copy and paste it in the address bar, because I don't know how to link it. I found a couple interesting facts. 1. The site says these beetles don't bite, but that is NOT true, because I have been bitten by one! 2. The site says that these insects secrete an orange substance that can stain carpeting or walls, and that the substance smells! It says vaccuuming them is the best way, and it describes a way to vaccuum them and release them outdoors if any one is so inclined. (I like Paul Harvey, too!)

Sorry to hear about your little squirrel friends. At my last home a squirrel somehow managed to get in my attic. I could hear it going down between the walls and I was worried about the electrical wires back there and whether it would cause an electrical fire. I also worried that it might get caught and die in the walls and then smell up the house. Eventually it chewed a hole in the soffit of my house and I would see it hanging out, upside down, to see what was going on in the outside world! I knew it had babies up there, and it was tearing up my insulation and making a huge mess! But did I kill it? Of course not! I rented a trap and baited it with peanut butter, (but not until the babies were old enough to be caught and moved, too) and as we caught each squirrel we gave it an all-expenses paid trip to a nearby park filled with trees and shrubs and other friendly squirrels. After they were all removed from my attic we repaired the soffit, replaced the shredded insulation and lived happily ever after, (and so did the squirrels)! I wish the person who lives near you was a little more patient with the critters.

Homemaker, I hope the cough is settled soon. I have a daughter who is now 21, and every spring and fall she would develop a cough that mostly affected her at bedtime. It used to drive me crazy! (In Pride and Prejudice the mother tells one of her daughters to quite coughing, she says, "You vex me girl!" I found that so funny!) Well, anyway, my daughter did eventually outgrow it, but I did feel like a bad mother sometimes, cause she would wake me up with that cough and sometimes I wasn't too sympathetic.

Oh, and lastly, good for the "Governator"! I hope he can do them Caleefornians some good!

Have a great day all!

Mary Wiggins

October 09, 2003 - Msg 16010: Mary Wiggins, you sure are a sweetheart! What a kind thing you did for that squirrel family. But, how could you have done otherwise? You are a kind soul!


October 09, 2003 - Msg 16011: Afternoon porch friends, just home from work, ready for some lunch now. Ro I'm sorry about your squirells. Some people have nerve dont they. My husband hunts as well as most of the men in my family. And yes we do eat the meat he brings in. Deer meat is just a way of life around here. But I have to agree with you on the trophy hunting, it makes no sense to me at all. You cant eat the antlers. So why hunt for them? And as for the lady bugs, beetles whatever they are.. yes they do have something orange in them that gets on stuff.. and I can attest to the fact that they DO bite. I dont feel bad for vaccuming them up now LOL. My husband and I will actually throw them at each other when they land on us. LOL.. yes we dont get out very much. Ya'll have a good afternon, I'm through with the soap box now. --Salty Dog

October 09, 2003 - Msg 16012: HAHAHAHAHA! I can just picture Salty and her hubby sitting around throwing bugs at each other and getting bit. Reminds me of Barney and his mother sitting around with there hats pulled down over there ears.:)


October 09, 2003 - Msg 16013: that's a good one Asa!


October 09, 2003 - Msg 16014: Hey All!
Yes, I'm still around (not that anyone was sending out search parties or anything). I have just been traveling and working way too hard. I'm glad to see all fellow porchsters are hanging in there. I hope everyone is doing well. Has anyone ever tried to use those patterns on this website to carve a pumpkin? I tried to do Barney one year and it came out looking like a cross between John Madden and Freddy Krueger. Needless to say I didn't get many trick or treaters that year. Anyhoo, I hope all is well and ya'll have a great Mayberry Kinda Day!

Ed Sawyer

October 09, 2003 - Msg 16015: Well, howdy, Ed Sawyer! It's nice to see you - don't make yourself so scarce, okay? We need all our porch friends, every single one. And every married one, too. (teehee)

Mary Wiggins, you and your talented husband are just my kind of people. Thank you for going to all that trouble for those little squirrels, and thank you for sharing. It makes me feel a bit better. Oh, the other juvenile showed up this morning, but no sign of big mama. Salty, you and your family use what your husband kills, and that is how it should be. Our Lord ate meat, for goodness' sake. I'm by no means a vegetarian, and as I said earlier, I rather like venison. I'm just like the Little Red Hen's friends, though. I don't want any part of the whole thing, except the eating! Hunting responsibly is fine, and to me that means eating what you kill. As I sit here and look out my window at six lovely, fat little doves, though, I can't imagine killing them to get those two bites of meat that they yield. Trophy hunting? I was in a trophy hunter's home once, and among all the impressive horns and heads, on a table sat the stuffed body of a little ground squirrel. I guess the mighty hunter had a bad day, and just couldn't stand to come home without killing something. Sorry, I'll get off my soap box now.

Those Asian lady beetles sound just awful! So far, I haven't seen any around here, and with any luck, I won't. Maybe the zillions of birds in my yard help to keep them down, though I wonder if a bird would eat anything as nasty as that. They're bound to have a noxious taste. I haven't checked out that website yet, but I'm going to. There's always something new to learn about, isn't there?

Is anyone else having trouble getting to the porch through Netscape? I keep getting a popup box that says the connection was refused. I had to come around the other side of the house, through Internet Explorer. At least I know the porch didn't fall down, somebody just blocked the sidewalk. Later, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

October 09, 2003 - Msg 16016: Whoohoo! Somebody cleared the sidewalk. Netscape connected this time. --Romeena

October 09, 2003 - Msg 16017: Did you get a good look at him, Ro? Or was it just Whoosh! and he was gone?
- Hazel

October 09, 2003 - Msg 16018: Ro, my husband always has venison or something in the freezer but I won't touch any of it and I won't feed it to the kids. I read an article about a disease similar to Mad Cow disease that is infecting deer and it is fatal to humans so I don't want any of the stuff. I am thinking very seriously of cutting out red meat altogether, too. I was a vegetarian for years but my husband won't eat that way. I didn't eat red meat for years and the first time I did I got sick.

Ro, I finished the PNC for the Strep B but still have the symptoms so my dr ordered another urine culture which came back clean.....so, now I have to go see a Urologist to find out what's going on. I guess I might end up having a cystoscope. I don't know how else they could determine what the problem is, do you? I sure would rather not have to do that. I would appreciate it if my friends would throw up a prayer for me. Thanks!


October 09, 2003 - Msg 16019: That prayer is done and done! Hope you start feeling better soon...

Mary Wiggins

October 09, 2003 - Msg 16020: Thanks Mary Wiggins!


October 09, 2003 - Msg 16021: Hey Boo we eat alot of venison here as well, & I never heard of that "mad deer" disease, reckon that is what is wrong with me?? I always have people telling me "you ain't right" now I got an excuse! teehee. My other half does alot of hunting & fishing as well, but like Salty not a bit of it goes to waste, we even can it so we have it all year long. I'm off to check my email & bank account, hope that check has cleared, I got bills to pay & ebay shopping to do. ;)

October 09, 2003 - Msg 16022: Just a note. . .my brother lost his father-in-law today. He would have been 90 next month. He lived a long full life but I feel sorry still for all the children (many) and all the grandchildren (especially the little ones) and my brother's oldest son is in the hospital with maybe appendicitis. They were xraying tonite. He has a full plate to deal with. And his youngest (a second grader) is battling with a sinus infection also and she has missed two days of school. So they could all use a little encouragement tonite.
Thanks. . .


October 09, 2003 - Msg 16023: Homemaker your family is in my prayers thats so sad. Yes Asa, we throw the lady bugs at each other. It dont take very much to entertain me. I'm very easily amused. Boo, I heard about that disease. I have a good friend who lives in CA and he hunts as well. And last year the hunting season there was closed because of a disease the deer had. But I think it was just in that area. I've never heard of it around here. I hope not anywyas.. my hubby gets powerful ornery if he dont get to hunt. I know Mavis can sympathize with me on that note. I'm off to do my ebaying for today as well. I'm addicted to that place. Is there an ebayers anonymous chapter somewhere? Ya'll have a good night love and prayers to you all--Salty Dog

October 09, 2003 - Msg 16024: Prayers for your brother and his wife's family, homemaker. A death in the family is always difficult, regardless of the age or condition of the one who has passed. Then add all those other things in, and that's a lot of stressors for one family at one time.

Hmmmm, Mad Deer disease, huh? Guess that settles it. No venison for me, even in the unlikely event that someone offers me some. I need to cut down on red meat, too, and there's no reason not to. I'm fortunate, I guess, in that I like absolutely everything. Love all vegetables, fruit, grain products, dairy products, everything but milk. Can't stand processed milk, though I used to enjoy the fresh, unprocessed milk from our cow when I was a kid, if it was very, very cold. I do like buttermilk, though, like it a lot!

No, Hazel, I didn't see the one who cleared the sidewalk. It's like you said, just Whooosh! and he was gone. Couldn't even tell you what he was wearing. He cleared my path back to the porch via Netscape, though, and I haven't heard about him knocking anyone down or knocking their packages out of their hands, so he can't be all bad.

Well, the ironing board is looking better and better, so away I go. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

October 10, 2003 - Msg 16025: It doesn't mention TAGS but it's good!

You could hardly see for all the snow,
Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go.
Pull a chair up to the TV set,
"Good Night, David. Good Night, Chet."

Dependin'g on the channel you tuned,
You got Rob and Laura or Ward and June.
It felt so good. It felt so right.
Life looked better in black and white.

I Love Lucy, The Real McCoys,
Dennis the Menace, the Cleaver boys,
Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train,
Superman, Jimmy and Lois Lane.

Father Knows Best, Patty Duke,
Rin Tin Tin and Lassie too.
Donna Reed on Thursday night!
Life looked better in black and white.

I wanna go back to black and white.
Everything always turned out right.
Simple people, simple lives.
Good guys always won the fights.

Now nothing is the way it seems,
In living color on the TV screen.
Too many murders, too many fights,
I wanna go back to black and white.

In God they trusted. Alone in bed, they slept,
A promise made, was a promise kept.
They never cussed or broke their vows.
They'd never make the network now.

But if I could, I'd rather be
In a TV town in '53.
It felt so good. It felt so right.
Life looked better in black and white.

I'd trade all the channels on the satellite,
If I could just turn back the clock tonight
To when everybody knew wrong from right.
Life was better in black and white!

October 10, 2003 - Msg 16026: Them's beautful words! Thanks for posting that!!

October 10, 2003 - Msg 16027: I love that poem! Thanks, whoever you are.

Night, night...

October 10, 2003 - Msg 16028: that'n made me cry! *sniff*

October 10, 2003 - Msg 16029: Great Poem! Have a mayberry day. FRANKIE FLINT

October 10, 2003 - Msg 16030: I'm sorry! I forgot to sign. Had to run as soon as I posted the poem and forgot to come back. It's just me, ol' DeS (uh oh! I can't make my squiggly thing on this old laptop!) Hope all's well in Mayberry land.

~DeSSS~ (wow, looks weird without my squiggly!!)

October 10, 2003 - Msg 16031: That was real nice Des. Did you write that?
Prayers for your brother homemaker. Hope his son is OK.
Prayers for you to Boo. Sorry yer ailing and even Vicks ain't working for you. Hang in there.
Hey to Frankie Flint.
Hey Romeena, did you get that garden all done. We need to have a garden party if ya did.
Did anyone catch that full moon last night? Oh man, it was spectacular. Check it out tonight if ya get a chance. I almost had to wear my sunglasses last night, thats how bright it was.
Mary Wiggins, has your weather turned very cold yet? Boy it has been so nice here I can't believe that I live in the hills and it is still this warm in October. Got up to 88 here yeterday. Funny how 88 in October just don't seem as warm as 88 in July does. Wonder what causes that?


October 10, 2003 - Msg 16032: It's the fallout Asa it's affecting our milk too!

October 10, 2003 - Msg 16033: I think the "mad deer" disease you're talking about could be the same thing that has popped up in some counties around where I live. It's called chronic wasting disease, and it basically causes deer to waste away to next to nothing, hence the name.
They haven't cancelled the hunting season because of it though. In fact, in some places they're paying hunters to shoot CWD infected deer to try and stop the spread of it. So if the disease shows up where you live, Salty, then maybe your husband will be able to still hunt AND get paid for it, which for hunters should be twice as nice.(just like TVLand:))
-Sterling Holobyte

October 10, 2003 - Msg 16034: You know - we have "mad dear" disease here too. . .it is usually when the wife spends too much money and her "dear" isn't too happy with it!



October 10, 2003 - Msg 16035: Oh homemaker, yer a mess! You and Hazel should team up and be Frick and Frack. LOL
Hey Mavis, I wanna see yer pictures. Send em my way if you don't mind.


October 10, 2003 - Msg 16036: Hey Romeena, I'm using Netscape to get up on the Porch and I'm not having any trouble. It could have been that there was just problem with the servers when you were having troubles.

Hey to everybody.....Everythings Okay, In Mayberry.

October 10, 2003 - Msg 16037: It was just for most of one day, Floyd, and then the problem disappeared, so I suspect you're right. Netscape gets all huffy and out of sorts every so often, but it gets over it. I still prefer it to Internet Explorer for most things, but I like Explorer better for some things, like games. Isn't it nice that we have a choice?

Asa, the landscaping is almost finished. Still some touching up to do in the back, and a couple of new flowerbeds to create out front. Should be finished by the end of next week, and we can have our garden party. Let's not invite the mosquitoes, though. It's really looking good. The butterfly bushes, though new, are blooming and the butterflies just love them. Birds are coming from all around to the feeders (I put up four new ones), and it's a sight. At this moment, there are at least 25 boat-tailed grackles and an unknown number of sparrows on the ground under one feeder. I love it that they do that, because they pick up the seed that the squirrels and other birds knock out of the feeder, and I don't have a lot of millet and stuff coming up in the lawn.

Oh! Whooohoooo! Big Mama Squirrel just showed up. I know it's she, because she's still nursing those lazy juveniles, and it shows. I am so glad to see her! Maybe she's trying to wean them (about time) and that's why she hasn't been in their company lately. You folks do know this is an answer to prayer for me. Yep, I'm not a bit above praying for a squirrel! I figure if I can trust Him for the big things, surely I can trust Him for the little things, too.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

October 10, 2003 - Msg 16038: Hey ladies, what do you do with a guy who won't kill a spider for ya'?

October 10, 2003 - Msg 16039: Hey everybody, I'm alive. I survived an overnight birthday party with 4 teenage (13) boys! Their eyes are bout bugged out from playing so much playstation and watching DVDs. Then they went out in the field and messed with one guy's paintball gun and they rode our old fixed up mini bike round the path a few hundred times, but other than that no casualties! Praise the Lord. Lots of interesting talk here on the porch. Them beetle bugs ain't got in my food yet but they sure did get in my paint while I was tryin' to touch up some end of the season spots on the house. Fun girl, I'm so proud of you for keeping up your spirits with all that's been goin' on with you. Bless your heart! Asa, I didn't post the day you did Paul Harvey, but I wanted to come back with "Page 2!" Ro, keep us posted on the squirrel family. That makes me so sad. We've been having to keep track of our cats. Got three spayed this summer and one of them has disappeared (permanently I think.) I think her surgery may not have gone well because she was real growly with the other cats for a couple months before she disappeared. Poor Garfield. We still have Mittens (a beautiful calico), two gray and whites (Blizzard and Snowball), Tigger (you can imagine what she looks like!) and one of the thirty-some kittens we had this summer--Buttercup. Gave all the kittens that survived (many were still born or died due to nature) away to good homes. Prayers for homemaker and Boo and the sick son.
Charlotte Tucker

October 10, 2003 - Msg 16040: Vicks! Vicks! One of the magical rubs. It'll fix you up; it's a winner like them Cubs!

Planned to write that two weeks ago!

October 10, 2003 - Msg 16041: No, Asa, I wish I could say I wrote it, but I can't. It was posted in another forum I belong to so I "borrowed" it for the Porch.

~DeSSSSS~ (if I can't have my squiggly thang I'll makes lots of Ss.)

October 10, 2003 - Msg 16042: § there you go De§ I'll make one for you! Asa I'll get them pictures right out to ya.

October 11, 2003 - Msg 16043: Thanks for the prayers, Dear Friends. I was feeling alot better today. I have totally given up coffee, tea, soft drinks and just about anything else except water and some milk to try to make this feel better. I figured out that the green tea I was drinking every morning was causing me pain.

You folks are so funny. I loved the Vicks poem, CT.

I found a neat websit today that you ladies might like to check out. It has some good recipes and inspirational stories and poems. Try wandascountryhome.com

Des, are you planning to meet Ro and me in Fredricksburg in December??

Later my good friends,

ps--sure am glad the squirrel family is alive and well!

October 11, 2003 - Msg 16044: 16038... just do what I done once, as you all know my husband is an avid hunter. And is into guns as well. One nyte there was a spider on my bedroom ceiling, and it stopped crawling right over my head. My husband wouldn't kill it. So I reached into the night stand, grabbed the pistol and aimed right at the spider. Needless to say, he killed it then, rather than repair a hole in the roof. LOL And ever since then he's killed spiders for me. Ya'll have a good night, rainy and cold on my porch. Stay warm--Salty Dog

October 11, 2003 - Msg 16045: Mornin' Y'all! First ladybugs,now spiders! Well,as long as y'all don't have nothin' against possums I suppose I'm safe! Ha Ha I'm glad your squirrels are back Romeena.Hated to think somebody shot 'em.
How about some hot tea with honey & lemon for those of you who are ailing-oh,and a big jar of Vicks for ya too! Get to feeling better soon now!
I don't want to go to work today! Wanna stay under my rock and sleep,but I guess folks will be hungry for BBQ today,so I'd better get over there!How's about I bring some back for supper later?
Y'all enjoy the day! Love to all!
possum under a rock

October 11, 2003 - Msg 16046: Salty Dog, that is absolutely hilarious! He hunts, and is into guns, but didn't want to kill a spider? I think your solution was brilliant. I'd like to suggest it to both of my daughters-in-law, because both of my sons hate spiders and have been known to call their wives to kill them. (Isn't that funny? And they're both great big guys, too.) It wouldn't help the girls, though, because there are no guns in either household.

Big Mama and both of the juveniles were in the back yard this morning. I'm so happy! They're just the cutest little things. I've got some great pictures. One of my feeders is like a little house, and one side of the roof lifts up so you can fill it. (Standard feeder, they're everywhere.) Well, Big Mama has learned how to lift that roof and get her entire upper body inside the feeder! Just eating from the trays isn't enough for her. Oh, no! She has to bury her whole face in the supply inside. It's great!

Well, off I go. I'm going on a "walk" today with my son and daughter-in-law, commemorating the lives of babies lost as newborns. We, of course, are celebrating the brief life of our little Logan, who was given to us for just one hour in September of last year. It's a bittersweet day, but it gives families and friends an opportunity to share and to support others who have had a similar experience.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends, and save me a chair. I'll probably be back later this evening. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

October 11, 2003 - Msg 16047: On, Possum, save back a little of that BBQ for me, okay? I just love BBQ! And the Plum was wondering if you could put a few carrots on the grill just before you leave work, and bring 'em along. --Romeena

October 11, 2003 - Msg 16048: Owwwww Possum, you can count on me to eat some bbq. Love the stuff, just love it.
I hope all is well for everyone today. Glad your feeling better Boo. I think you are smart by experimenting with foods that may be disagreeing with you. I use to suffer from headaches nonstop years ago and finally stumbled on that I was allergic to corn starch of all things. If I eat even just a tad of that stuff I get a nasty old headache. I have to be careful cause it is hidden in a lot of foods where you wouldn't think it would be.
Well that was a nice poem Des, thanks for sharing it with us.
Well guess I better go do something today, hey, I just heard a gunshot. I wonder if Salty found another spider? LOL


October 11, 2003 - Msg 16049: LOL nope no spiders here Asa, but you'll hear me screaming if one comes up. That bbq sounds good Possum. My husband is off hunting and I hate cooking by myself. So I guess it's sandwhiches for lunch here. On another note, be praying for a family I used to go to church with. They're daughter is 16 and had been suffering from headaches and they couldn't figure out why. And now they've found something on her head that they're thinking is a brain tumor. So keep them in your prayers. They are going to do some more tests next week. I hope you guys have a great weekend, I'll see ya's later on. --Salty Dog

Gomer: It sure looks spidery down there to me.

October 11, 2003 - Msg 16050: Prayers for your friends, Salty.


October 12, 2003 - Msg 16051: Good Sabbath to all you lovely porch pals...

I tell you what--coming and sitting on this porch just gives me "the warm fuzzies" sometimes! It's that feeling like thinking back to the happiest, safest time(s) of your life, you know? You folks are just the cats...all of you!

It looks like a beautiful morning outside. I really hope one day to get out of this subdivision though, and own just a little land. Then in the mornings, I will be able to go outside and hear the "music" made by our great Mother Earth and all the beautiful little creatures that God sprinkled gently down. The wind rustling the trees, the birds chirping and "dancing" on the ground, the precious little squirrels, the hummingbirds peacefully enjoying their nectar, etc. Right now, all I ever hear is the nosy neighbor across the street (one of those voices that would make you welcome fingernails scratching across a blackboard in exchange for her shutting up), kids bouncing a basketball about 18 hours a day, and them screaming. If they aren't bouncing the ball, they are throwing a football and constantly hitting the electrical wire running to my house. I'm waiting for the whole thing to fall.

Well, at least I have a roof over my head though, which is more than many people have. I guess I just wish that the people across from me had their roof SOMEWHERES ELSE! Hahahahaha! I've wondered about runnin' some wire just so high, and when they come riding through.....well, I guess I don't want to kill them....maybe just hurt them a little. Hmmmm...I wonder if I got them a sidecar and filled it up with sand, would they play in it on weekends?

Prayers to everyone, and love to you all! Bulbsnatcher

October 12, 2003 - Msg 16052: Good Sabbath Porch, hi there Bulbsnatcher, the sun is shining bright here and it is just a wonderful day.

Ellen Brown

October 12, 2003 - Msg 16053: Good Sabbath everyone, it is such a beautiful fall day here in NC. All the colors are so pretty, it definitely is God's coloring book around here today. I hope you all have a wonderful day and week as well. --Salty Dog

October 12, 2003 - Msg 16054: An update on my nephew - no appendicitis but a bruised kidney. He has been hospitalized since Thursday. He got to go to his grandpa's visitation but will be back in the hospital tonite. Luckily my sister is working so family will be around. And then he will get out to get to go to his grandpa's funeral tomorrow but I am not sure if he is going back to the hospital or not.
Thanks for all the prayers going their way.


October 12, 2003 - Msg 16055: Hey, Bulbsie! Good to see you! I'm sorry you've got such obnoxious neighbors. I know how that is. Right now, I have pretty good neighbors, other than the nut on the next street who likes to shoot defenseless squirrels. Also my next-door neighbor has a couple of teenage boys who drive very loud cars, but that's only a problem as they leave or arrive home. I can deal with that.

homemaker, it sounds like your nephew is mending, hope he continues to improve. Sorry about his grandpa, that's tough on a kid. It hit my grandkids hard when my husband passed away so suddenly.

Charlotte Tucker, sounds like you had a "fixin' party" around your place, and none too soon, with thirty or more kittens born this summer. Did anyone see the episode on "Animal Cops - Detroit" where they removed 249 cats from a house, and there were still a few they couldn't catch? Some poor guy started out giving a home to one cat, who promptly had kittens, who had kittens, who had - well, you get the idea. The condition of the house was beyond belief, and the poor befuddled man was just grateful that the ASPCA came and got them. The rescuers were wearing respirators when in the house, because of the stench, and the poor man was living in that!! Unbelievable.

My son and his wife and the little grandsons came over today, had pot roast and veggies, and then we completely revamped my office room, so that now when I'm at this keyboard, I'm facing the big windows that are about to become one big picture window. We organized things, the computer wires and cables are now corralled and under control, and it looks a lot better.

Tomorrow I'm going on a trail ride. Haven't been on a horse in years, but I'm going to ride about 20 miles, and am really looking forward to it. I may not be walking on Tuesday, but it will be worth it. I love horses, love to ride, and when I was invited to go, I jumped at the chance. Woohoo! It's gonna be fun! Have a great week, everyone. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

October 12, 2003 - Msg 16056: Night Porch!

October 13, 2003 - Msg 16057: Greetings friends,
I have had a wonderful weekend. Went to my high school alumni weekend and saw dear friends I have not seen in 18 years. One of my best friends in high school was there and we both cried when she left to go back to North Carolina. She lives in Franklin. Is that close to any of you tar heels out there? I almost didn't go cause my lip is swollen and looks kinda bad, but I was SOOO glad that I did. Tomorrow morning is my appt. with the plastic surgeon. I'm nervous. When I went to the doctor and he tried to aspirate it I nearly passed out. He even used something to numb it, but I am a huge wimp. Hope this doctor knocks me out if he has to do anything serious.

My sister was telling Kyle this weekend that the ladybugs were purchased from China. They were bought to eat other insects and that the reason they come out in such force in Indiana this time of year is that the soybeans are being harvested and when they are harvested it stirs up the ladybugs. I have nothing against soybeans, but I do despise ladybugs. Kyle will not let me kill them tho. I did get stung or bit by a flying ant today. It hurt as bad as a bee sting. A couple years ago I was at a friends house and her niece and nephew were there. A ladybug flew into Jan's plate of biscuits and gravy and so she pushed it into the middle of the table. Jenny didn't hear her say that a ladybug flew into the food and so she ate the food, ladybug and all. Gross!

Ro-I saw the animal cops you were talking about. It was pretty disgusting. I am allergic to cats and I was itching just watching that show.

homemaker...I can relate to the large tonsils. Before Kyle had his removed in first grade he had strep throat 6 times in four months. I think he never really got rid of it. When the doctor came out after the surgery he said Kyle's tonsils were "massive."

If anyone reads messages early in the morning, I would appreciate prayers for my appt. in the morning. I will update you all on what the doctor says.

fun girl

October 13, 2003 - Msg 16058: Oh, I had my tonsils out when I was two years old. In 1965 in the hospital I was in (Georgia) they gave you the tonsils in a small medicine cup with a lid. You got to take them home. Mine were so big, they had to put them in a baby food jar. I think it is disgusting that they actually gave them to you. I would have made them just throw Kyle's away. No way am I gonna keep those nasty things.

October 13, 2003 - Msg 16059: Good Morning porch

A woman was asked by a co-worker, "What is it like to be a Christian?"
>The co-worker replied, "It is like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then he cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, and then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see."

Ellen Brown

October 13, 2003 - Msg 16060: Good thoughts, Ellen Brown. Prayers for Fun Girl today and every day! Had a decent weekend here this weekend with my son's birthday and all. Maybe things are on the upswing. As soon as I say that, things will go sour! Forget I said it! Ro, we won't send your sons to fix the bandstand, ok?
Have a great day. By the way, my son got an Andy DVD with 12 eps on it for his birthday--can't wait to watch it!
Charlotte Tucker

October 13, 2003 - Msg 16061: 12 eps? that sounds gret, when did you say his birthday is? Happy birthday to CT's son. have a grand day.


October 13, 2003 - Msg 16062: OOPS great I mean great LOL


October 13, 2003 - Msg 16063: Just wondering if someone might be able to tell me the name of Aunt Bee's prize rose that Opie acidentally destroyed with his footbal. Thanks!

October 13, 2003 - Msg 16064: It was "Deep Pink Ecstasy". You're welcome!

October 13, 2003 - Msg 16065: That sounds almost R-rated. For shame, for shame! LOL

October 13, 2003 - Msg 16066: Hey friends,
The plastic surgeon just gave me a steroid shot in the inside and outside of my lip. Smarted just a little, but he thinks it will take down the inflamation and help the scar tissue heal. So relieved! He wants to see me once a month for a couple months and thinks the shots will do it. YEAH!
fun girl

October 13, 2003 - Msg 16067: Be careful Fun Girl. Them steroids will boost yer muscles you know. You might end up with a very strong powerful upper lip. (sorry, couldn't resist that one)


October 13, 2003 - Msg 16068: Well - fun girl - be careful - you may end up looking like Maude! Wanna dance?
Asa - glad to see your bullet maintenance is up to speed and that you could be a little whipper snapper there!
Well - my nephew was released today. He lost use of 50% of one kidney. He fell during PE class while playing soccer. He has very little body fat (unlike his aunt) - so he didn't have much padding to protect him. What will hurt him the most is no 4-wheeling until after Christmas.
Take care everyone!!


October 13, 2003 - Msg 16069: Good evening porch friends, the ladybugs have arrived here. I'm having to cover all my food while I'm cooking now, and they are swarming outside like crazy. And yes Asa, before you ask, my hubby and I have been throwing them at each other too lol. I hope everyone had a good Monday. I'm off to the ironing board now. Night friends--Salty Dog

October 13, 2003 - Msg 16070: Whoohoo! What a day I had, friends! I spent a good part of the day on the back of a horse, and having the time of my life. Haven't ridden in years, but was invited to come out and ride with my grandson's babysitter, who lives in the country. I went, I rode, and I'll do it again! To answer your next question (I'm sure), no, I'm not sore. Not yet anyway. We'll see if I can get out of bed in the morning, though. (teehee) I rode all the time when I was a kid and very young adult, but probably haven't been on a horse in twenty years. No problem, guess it's like riding a bicycle, you never forget how. I now have a standing invitation to return and ride, and I'll surely do so. It was FUN!

fun girl, that's very good news. A steroid shot is a long way from plastic surgery, and I'm betting it will work just fine. I've seen steroids do some pretty impressive things. Good for you, and praise the Lord!

Well, these old bones need some rest, so here I go. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

October 13, 2003 - Msg 16071: Friends of Romeena! I can tell you that her gardens and gazebo are glorious. I had the completely revitalizing pleasure of spending some time with her, the flowers, and the lively assorted yard packed full of happy little creatures. What a place to hide away and just "be"...
Love you Mom! Thanks for encouraging me to check out the site. It's very nice.

October 14, 2003 - Msg 16072: Welcome Rob...pull up a rockin' chair. Always room for one more. Your mom is quite a lady. We love and respect her so much here on the porch. She is so wise and always has an encouraging word for us. We only hope we may have been some small comfort to her during the heartaches she has suffered. She is a strong woman tho and her faith in God has carried her thru.

Anybody got an incant to chase away ladybugs?
I'll give it a try.

Oh those little orange bugs,
They're on my curtains and in my rugs.
They bite and smell and make me sick.
I wonder if we could chase them away with Vicks.

LOL! I could not resist.
fun girl

October 14, 2003 - Msg 16073: Don't Rob talk purty? Kinda like his mama.

October 14, 2003 - Msg 16074: I love the incant fun girl - I am tired of the orange bugs. . .
Nice to meet you Rob!

October 14, 2003 - Msg 16075: Welcome, Rob! We love your ma. She's the CATS! Glad you could stop by and see us too! Oh, Fun Girl, I so hope those shots do the trick. How's your back these days? I wanted to tell you that I finished Miss Julia Takes Control or whatever the name of that book was. It was interesting. I got a kick out of how Miss Julia was such a control freak and thought the world couldn't spin without her input. Otherwise, it was good, but not really my kind of book. I enjoyed reading it , but probably won't be seeking out Miss Julia books as I do some of my other series or authors. Thanks anyway for the suggestion.
Charlotte Tucker

October 14, 2003 - Msg 16076: Hello all! I'm getting a flu shot this week. I hope I don't get the flu from the flu shot. Here is: "Doug's Tune". Away we go.

Briscoe Darling Jr.

October 14, 2003 - Msg 16077: Well I'll be dawged!


October 14, 2003 - Msg 16078: Hey Charlotte,
I was doing just dandy in my back until I had been doing the therapy (increasing in intensity) for a while. My symptoms started coming back. The therapist said that there are those who just do not do well with therapy and so I may be discontinuing it. But the doctor is gonna try one more set of shots and see if he can get me back to where I was before. I am thrilled. I felt better than I had in a long while. So, I am looking for good things after then next shots.

Later friends,
fun girl

October 14, 2003 - Msg 16079: Greetings Porch Friends!

Asa, you asked if it has gotten cold here. In a word, YES! Actually, it seemed like it went from 80 to 40 in two shakes of a lamb's tail! Then over this past weekend we had gorgeous weather and I was able to head way up north to enjoy the color change here in Michigan. As I sit here right now, it is back to cold, and now we have rain as well! But, I am so thankful for the weekend we just had. One thing that is funny about Michigan, when the temperatures drop in the fall, every one puts on sweaters and coats as soon as it gets below 70. In late winter and early spring, if it should warm up to say...45, off come the coats and every one starts wearing t-shirts!

Romeena, you and I were doing the same thing-riding horses! I am not that good a rider, but I sure do enjoy it. I went north with my family and visited my very dear friend and her family. The colors reached their peak just as we arrived. It was beyond description! (Although my little boy described the leaves as "playing tag with each other" as he watched them drifting down to earth).

This is going to be a busy week around here. Tomorrow my number 2 son will turn 6, and on Friday my number 1 son will turn 20. Then on Sunday I will host a big birthday bash for both of them and my nephew who will be turning 5 next week! I am already tired just writing about it! You are all welcome to come on over for meatloaf and rice tomorrow, that is my son's choice for his birthday dinner! And after that...birthday cake and ice cream. We'll expect ya around 5!

Oh, and Rob, thanks for visitin' the porch! You sure do have one sweet mama! (And in today's vernacular sweet is always a good thing!)

Mary Wiggins