January 13, 2006 - Msg 32826: it's me- it's me pappabear1 just wanted to stop by for a minute while i had my daughters computer to let you know my prayers and thoughts are with each of you. we're in the process of getting a new provider, as the cable insight was totaly unreliable. you could go week or longerwith no connection. our paster is planning on a summer mayberry bible class, we can hardly wait. anyone else been thru one? reactions, tips, attewndence to your classes? sure miss the great visits and food on the [porch- pray we'll be up again soon. pappa bear

January 13, 2006 - Msg 32827: pappa bear hit a clean sweep of the porch on his first time at bat; pappa bear

January 13, 2006 - Msg 32828:
Pappabear! Good to see you. Hope you can get your ISP fixed soon! Hang in there bro.
ROmeena, I checked out the album, looking good. Yes, I was going to suggest that you stick to our porch names. More interesting that way i think!
Question: What's the name of that song that they all sing in barney's new car??
BOO and others - you may have it. Miss peggy DID order one of them fancy "New Ah-lens" drinks, THEN Andy ordered the beer. hmmmm, that darned Peg! ha
Charlotte - good to see you again, how's everthing in the ole publishin' game?
APB for Ky girl!
I think i might get the SuperStars of Country Music that I have seen adverised lately by Kenny Rogers. I like those country oldies, long as they aint Glen Forded all over town, ha
Hey to MD- Cant wait for Daytona!
Prayers continue for our troops, Judge Alito, porchsters families etc. have a good one.
Barney: A stainless steel watch, Wow.
Opie: And it's got writin' on the back.
Floyd: What's it say?
Barney: Five

January 13, 2006 - Msg 32829: very busy here at work ....storms....back in a bit ......SPOT

January 13, 2006 - Msg 32830: You people are so amusing!

I sure started a moulage about dogs, didn't I? Wow! I got some really strong opinions because dogs are something very close to your hearts. I have to admit that I don't fully understand it. I love animals but have always felt that dogs are dogs (except for Sugarplum, of course) and people are people and there is a difference. I don't beleive the well-being of animals should come before people. Its funny because I have done some pretty crazy things to rescue animals and never, ever will stand for their mistreatment (I have great pity for them) but the emotional connection that some pet owners have with there dogs has never been there for me. Kind of strange, I guess. I just can't seem to bond with animals like I do people. I think I came close with a cat once. Mavis, I love ya but I had a friend who had a pitbull that was a family pet and seemed very gentle. When my friend's little girl was a toddler, she was standing in front of the dog when it suddenly bit her face and litterally picked her up in mid-air by the face. It was a sudden, unprovoced attack and the poor child had a terrible time. I don't think, personally that it is wise to put a pitbull in the crib with an infant. Sorry to disagree, its just that animals can be unpredictable. Its not their fault, its just nature.

SPOT, I am trying to figure out a way to rig an extension cord long enough to reach down the street to plug in the TV. Your plan could certainly work....or better yet, we could make the dog watch a marathon of King of The Hill, or the Brady Bunch Christmas Special...that should do it.


January 13, 2006 - Msg 32831: Forgot...Mavis, how would a person sign up to be an organ donor? I can't remember what to do. I heard that just signing the back of your driver's license is not good enough.


January 13, 2006 - Msg 32832: Ro - you can go to my website to add my boys to your page (www.freewebs.com/diamondbboergoats). I am pretty proud of them!
Spot is a handsome man - he looks more like a Georgia man than a dog! Charlene would think he is a purty man!

Have a great weekend!


January 13, 2006 - Msg 32833: Howdy, friends. Boo, I agree that the well-being of animals shouldn't come ahead of the well-being of people. Notice I said "well-being", not convenience, or even monetary gain. Training dogs to be vicious so people can make money betting on the fights is immoral. As for bonding, I know it's a phenomenon that doesn't happen for everyone. I can say with no hesitation, though, that had I been standing on the roadside in the aftermath of Katrina, Sugarplum would have been with me. If I was told that I could board the bus but she couldn't, then I'd have stayed put. No way on this green earth would I have abandoned that little thing and left her standing there. Ain't gonna happen.

About the organ donor question - one other thing you can do besides sign your license is to have it spelled out in your living will, which everyone should have. Not your estate will, but your living will, sometimes called "Directive to Physicians." I know you know this, Boo, being a nurse, but some others might not. By the way, a copy of your living will can be placed in a small, well-labeled plastic tube or jar and stored in your refrigerator. Many EMT's these days are trained to look there, because it's a central place and just about everyone has one. Also, regarding organ donation, tell your doctor, as chances are he or she would be notified if you were brought into an ER somewhere. You do have your doctor's name and phone number in your wallet, don't you?? Tell your family, too, so they won't have to make a decision, because the hospital staff will very likely approach them in the event of your demise. I chose to allow them to take my husband's corneas, though he had never said anything about it. I just knew that with his giving nature he would have wanted me to agree. Later I was notified that two people who had been blind now each have sight in one eye, thanks to my husband.

Well, time for supper. The last of the leftover turkey, I guess. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

".....and then you get to go with her to visit her muh-ther, and you sit around there a while, then you go home, and all in all, it's a fun day." -Andy

January 13, 2006 - Msg 32834: Right, "well-being" is the key word here. You know, come to think of it, I don't think I could have just left the Plum there, either, unless I had to go for my children's sake. That would be beyond horrible. I have seen that once people no longer have children at home they seem to become very attached to their pets. I saw that happen with my Dad. He used to have nothing to do with dogs but now he treats them better than anyone else in the family! They have to have special food, etc. He doesn't like to give them dogfood, only people food. He goes a little overboard sometimes, though. I had some real issues with him when Erin was a baby because when she first started walking and we would come to his house, his dog would jump on her and knock her down all the time so I asked if we could put the dog outside when we come over. He told me in no uncertain terms that the dog belonged there and he wouldn't make her leave her own house. That is the kind of think I don't like. That is what I mean about putting a dog's well-being above a person's. The dog was hurting and scaring Erin and I didn't like it a bit.

Thanks for the info,Ro, I have some things to take care of.


January 13, 2006 - Msg 32835: Hey gang still got about 25 or so outages here ,held over 5 crews and a tree cutting crew..yall bring me a sandwich please...signed:SPOT" the busy dog...

January 13, 2006 - Msg 32836: Spot pork chop sandwich, with macaroni salad & a big old sweet tea on it's way to ya, just please keep my electric on tonight. Ro You are more than welcome to copy any of my pictures you want from my site. And yes, I did misunderstand what you were saying. Boo how sad for that little girl who was bitten, she will probably have a fear of dogs now, but I would never had allowed ANY of my dogs in my son's crib it I didn't trust them completely. I have a Chihuahua here, that has to be put in another room when kids come over, she hates them, I wouldn't trust her with a kid at all, but Marilyn, never worried one time about her, Pit Bull or not. And about the organ donation, here in VA. having it on your driver's license will override anything the family wants. If Linda & I said no, we don't want you to take her organs, they would have anyway, because Mom had it on her license. Her liver, both kidneys, both corneas & tissue, marrow & her heart were all transplanted. Lots of people have much fuller lives today because of it. Be sure your family knows, like Ro said.

January 13, 2006 - Msg 32837: Almost forgot, can I get ya'll's input on something? I have lots of clients that send others to me for grooming, I would like to do something special for them, to say Thank You, thought about sending them a 10% off or 5.00 off coupon listing who it was they referred. What do ya'll think? 10% or 5.00 which sounds better?

January 13, 2006 - Msg 32838: Mavis, send me the 5 bucks and give them the 10%. Now everyone's happy.:)


January 13, 2006 - Msg 32839: Thanks Mavis...will eat it here at the control center...still busy...wind is killing us with trees...but hanging on and getting caught up some...Romeena the photo site is a gem..you are so smart...yall come on and send pics to her ...well let me grab Mavis"s sandwich and tea and get back on the radio....SPOT

January 13, 2006 - Msg 32840: Howdy Varmits, I guess I'll get into the dog ruckus. har har. My dog Sandy accompanied me for 8 years on the truck! Best companion I ever had! She sucumbed a few years ago and I have tried to replace her, but it just aint the same.
Someday I may find that perfect best friend once again! For now it's just me and the beefsters.
Headin for home base.
Fred, I need your dry cleanin business, Goss

January 13, 2006 - Msg 32841: Hey, Fred! Sorry about your Sandy, even if it was a while back. The hurt will always be there in a secret place in your heart, but so will the good memories. Nothing can erase that. Someday, you'll find another companion. Check out the shelters - some little four-footed trucker will catch your eye. Somewhere, there's a furkid who needs you as much as you need him (or her.) And don't overlook the little ones. My husband only drove a pickup around town, no big rigs, but he was a very big man, and our Sugarplum was his constant companion. Quite a sight, the 6'4", 280 lb man with the 9 lb ball of white fluff perched on his shoulders, in the cab of that truck. Nobody laughed, though, you can bet on that!

Homemaker, your boys are on the website. Mavis, your pix are next. Thanks for sharing. To answer your question, I think either the percent discount or the 5.00 would be nice. If your rates compare to the rates around here, at least for small dogs, then I'd say the customer would come out ahead with the $5. For the Plum, 10% would only net me 2.50. Incidentally, Sugar's vet offers a 5.00 discount on the next visit for all referrals I send him.

Whooeee! I'm full of shrimp and crab legs. There's a Chinese buffet here that has both on their line on Friday and Saturday nights, and only 8.99 for all you can eat. No snails, and I'm glad, but mercy, can I eat a lot of boiled shrimp and crab legs. Love 'em both! My hands smell terrible, but my tummy is happy!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 13, 2006 - Msg 32842: Ro I sure could go for some crab legs! Love those things! Spot here's a big ol' slice of apple pie for ya too! Thanks for keeping my 'lectric on. Asa so glad to see you ain't changed none! Fred glad to meet ya, you'll find you another furkid to ride shotgun, I'm sure of it! I've updated my website, finally, if ya'll want to go see more pics. *Mavis' Groomin Think I'll go with the 5 bucks, thanks ya'll.

January 13, 2006 - Msg 32843: I vote for the 5.00 coupon, Mavis. Isn't it funny that those little Chihuahuas can be so nasty? The only dog that ever bit me was a Chihuahua, which reminds me of a wonderful episode of Leave It to Beaver when Beaver finds a Chihuahua and is hiding it in his room so he can keep it. Of course Wally discovers the dog and tells Beaver it's a Mexican Hairless breed. Later when his parents discover the dog and are questioning Beaver about it, June asks, "I wonder what kind of dog it is?", and Beaver says, "Wally said it's a naked Mexican". So funny!

Do any of you have Rat Terriers? I think they are really cute and nice small dogs...very active, though.

Can't wait to see the pictures but my husband still has to do something to my laptop before I can view them. I mailed some pictures yesterday that you should be getting Ro.

Sorry about your dog, Fred and consider Ro's advice. It sure would be nice to see you paired up with another friend.

Howdy to Asa and SPOT. It is sure cold here in South Texas tonigh. Supposed to be in the 30's tonight. That is REAL cold for us. Where's the electric blanket?


January 13, 2006 - Msg 32844: Hey, Mavis, I just looked at your site and I think its really nicely done. You have lost weight! How did you do it? You look very in-shape.


January 14, 2006 - Msg 32845: Hey fred,mavis your site is great..Ro thanks for posting the oics...gona get ya a couple of otis and andy...hey asa,possum,Boo,HM the site of your is great..I signed the guest book!!...wow I need to build me one of my little farm and kids and and lake life...so cool...well caught up here now just got one outage going on and got a crew on it ...well gona eat a snack...SPOT

January 14, 2006 - Msg 32846: well gang my time is about up here at work...off at 6 till wed night at 10..yall get Romeena some pics now..breakfast will be Cracker Barrell on Mavis..Im hungury...goober,boo,ro,hm,possum fred,mdc,asa,md,afd....and all lets meet...got to change the oil in the 4 wheelers when I wake up today..may go to the pontoon boat at the lake and fish the docks..they say the crappie are biting great...the kids and I will be bumming arount till monday..they are out of school...well if this long mail dont put ya back to sleep I dont know what will!..signed:SPOT
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January 14, 2006 - Msg 32851: there...sorry....

January 14, 2006 - Msg 32852: Boo I wouldn't suggest anyone lose weight the way I have, I didn't try to, it's all the stress & legal issues with my mother's estate that has caused my weight loss, that & the depression of losing her to begin with. Spot I sure hope you left somebody that is good as you in the chair there at work, we still got snow here! & How did I get roped into breakfast? I don't know if I can afford it, you know how Asa eats!

January 14, 2006 - Msg 32853: Well Mavis, I was afraid of that but was afraid to say it. I'm so sorry. I remember well what you were going through during that terrible time. I hope things are getting less painful for you. Sounds like you are staying busy helping others and that helps, doesn't it? You have a good heart, Mavis.


January 14, 2006 - Msg 32854: Forgot to ask...how is your son doing these days, and how is Patrick?


January 14, 2006 - Msg 32855: Homemaker, just looked at your site, really nice. I loved seeing the kids (your's and the goats). Tell us more about your farm, it looks beautiful.


January 14, 2006 - Msg 32856: HI ALL.

January 14, 2006 - Msg 32857: Well hey there..who are you msg 32856?..join in...Mavis asa did eat alot but thought it was good that you made him leave the tip....left work in good hands...VERY windy here...cold...snowed this morning but 60 tomorrow ..[only in the south]..well just got up and got ready the kids are on their way to to goof off till mon. night will try to check in as often as i can..tonight lets have grilled hotdogs and hamburgers with chiie and cheese and chips ...will someone make some slaw...well got to change the oil in the 4-wheelers they will have them scooting in a bit ....thanks for breakfast mavis..got to find my hooded sweat shirt...now where is it?.....SPOT

January 14, 2006 - Msg 32858: I think I saw Asa put a sausage patty or two in his blazer pocket at breakfast this morning Mavis....just a note....SPOT

January 14, 2006 - Msg 32859: MAVIS ..great website .my wife is interested in learning to groom dogs,is there a class offered for this or did you learn on the run ? SPOT ..Im sure the folks in your area appreciate your long hours when they are out of power ,we lost our power here for 3 days during the last ice storm ,it is very frustrating ROMEENA .. your website is super .. howdy to everyone

January 14, 2006 - Msg 32860: Thanks MD, been at for almost 25 years, I just enjoy doing things for people that they cant do for themself such as restoring their power...people dont miss it till its out!...want be long till the 500..caint wait..well kids and i are going to get hotdog and burgers to grill..baked beans and mac salad..[liked your the other day mavis]..well miss sherry will be here after work at about 6:30 yall stop by...send Ro those pics...SPOT

January 14, 2006 - Msg 32861: Thanks for the compliments about my kids - our house is on a little over an acre of land but our real farm or our pasture is about 23 acres (give or take) and that is where we hope to build this year. We are also hoping to aquire a 40 acre farm that my siblings and I jointly. I already own about 1/2 of it - just need to acquire the rest. We have about 30 goats but have 12 due to kid here in the next couple of weeks and they are in our kidding barn here and then they will transfer out to the big pasture in a couple of weeks after they are born. Our goal is 100 breeding does - we sell them for meat, for show and for breeding livestock. My oldest will show this year in open class and 4-H.

Talk to ya'll soon!


January 14, 2006 - Msg 32862: Mayberry Deputy I went to school to learn, there are schools all over the country. Others apprentice under another groomer. Go to www.groomer.com there should be a list of schools there. I will check fpr other links for you too.
Night porch

January 14, 2006 - Msg 32863: make that www.groomers.com

January 14, 2006 - Msg 32864: Mavis, sorry about the game. They had a good year though.


January 14, 2006 - Msg 32865: Does it usually snow where you are, SPOT? I never heard you mention it before. I know its pretty cold her tonight.

Went out to eat at the Outback Steakhouse tonight. its the first time we had been. Pretty good but the place was so loud. My husband is hearing impaired and wears hearing aids so we try to pick quiet places to eat because those hearing aids pick up all the background noise and amplify it and he can't hear normal conversation well. He really needs a new pair soon. They are very expensive but he has to have them. He only has about 2% of his hearing without the hearing aids. He actually went deaf in college...heriditary thing. His mother got cochlear implants that are working very well for her so I think that will be in Bruce's future. Sean has been complaining lately about not hearing well and that is concerning me. All the kid needs is something else to deal with.

Well, I'm off to bed. Goodnight,

January 15, 2006 - Msg 32866: Good Sabbath porch pals.

Nice place you have there homemaker. I'm impressed. And proud of you.
You too Spot. I was checking out some of the pics on Ro's web site. Looks like some red colored soil you have there. Reminds me a lot of southern Utah and it's red rock areas. Looks very pretty when it gets a dusting of snow on it.

Boo, I know what you mean about Outback. They serve a pretty decent steak, and I love them blooming onions, but man it is so noisey in there you can't carry on a conversation. Luckily we have a great steakhouse in a nearby town that has a very quiet and low key atmosphere. Plus they have the best steak, prime rib and seafood anywhere around. So we go there often. It's called the Timbermine and is a replica of being in a gold mine back in the 1800'S. Has the booths set up to be like little mining wagons and a stream running through the middle of it. www.timbermine.com I think is their website. In fact I took New Nieghbor there a couple of years back when she brought her Daughter out here to go to school. I think she liked it.

Well goodbye Skins and Patriots. Two more good games on today I wanna see. But I should go to preachin....but I do have an itchy throat (cough cough) and the start of a headache. Maybe I better stay home and rest. Would hate to get anyone else sick and I really want to see....I mean really don't feel so good. Poor me!


January 15, 2006 - Msg 32867: Great home HM..love the pasture land...colts better start playing balll in the second half or it will be bye-bye to them..Boo we usually get some snow each year and ice also but not much..outback is noisey..I live Longhorn..well Andy is gone to a birthday party till 5 so Kelsey and I are gona hit the dollar stores..yall need anything?...tonight lets eat pizza hut..meat lovers...tea....The Lord gave us a great Ga. day..gona up to 60 and sun....thanks....SPOT

January 15, 2006 - Msg 32868: did not see ya Asa...and thanks...hope ya get better...and yea the ga red clay will grow good food....has here for 3 generations.....hope ya feel better....vicks...if ya dont get better "call the man' "just call the man"...SPOT

January 15, 2006 - Msg 32869: Good afternoon, everybody. I'm sitting here trying whether to smile or cry. My daughter-in-law in Florida has found some old pictures, and just emailed me six of them. They are of me and my husband! He looks so happy, both of us just so pleased to be in each other's company. One was taken at our 25th wedding anniversary, and we're posed like we were at our wedding, feeding each other cake. The wedding picture is clearly visible in the background. Neat shot. He just looks wonderful. On, dear Lord, how I do miss that man!

Well, I think I need to go outside and dig in the dirt for a while. See you later.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 15, 2006 - Msg 32870: My best to you RO. A lady at work in similar situation as yours. After 5 years she is "dating" again a nice man from her church.
Both are early 60s. Not saying that's for you, and I know you got furkid, but thought was in my mind!
Also... one more old commericl: Remeber, "Zenith, the quality goes in before the name goes on!" Times have sure changed! ha
Well goos Sabbath to you all. My prayers are with yaall today also!

January 15, 2006 - Msg 32871: Hey to the PORCH! Hope ya'll having a good Sunday! Service was great today...It's always good when He shows up (actually He always shows..we sometimes just don't let him in).

Ro...great pics on your site..Mavis, you too! HM..sorry about the Colts...watching the Bears now...hoping for the best.

Spot..hope you're off storm duty now. Been some off weather this winter...am glad about how "NOT" cold it's been here in Chicager. Have to go to Miami this week on business...so I'll be in and out as far as access.

Happy Birthday to my baby cousin in Richmond Ky...ya'll be good!


January 15, 2006 - Msg 32872: Whew! I'm back in the house now, feeling better. Sure was a good time to work outside. I vented some of that emotion on some things that needed to be pruned back. Trust me, they don't need it anymore. In fact, they may never need it again!

Boo, I got your pictures yesterday. The Plum got to the mail before I did, and I thought she had ruined them. The packing envelope was shredded, but miraculously, the pictures are unharmed. Not a toothmark on them, but you should see the envelope. Actually, Itook a picture and will email it to you. I have nicknamed her "Shredderteeth", because she can make short work of the mail if I'm not in the house to catch her. She lurks by the mail slot, hoping to ambush the postman, whom she has never seen. She considers it a personal affront when that mail drops through the slot, and does her best to kill it before it can do us any harm. I have a crockery urn there to catch it, but it usually overshoots that and lands on the floor, and she nabs it. Little goofball.

Well, time for supper. Don't know what it'll be, don't really much care. A can of soup will do.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 15, 2006 - Msg 32873: Well...that was a sad display of defensive capabilities. The bears are done...good season, better than expected...but what happened to the #1 defense in the league?



January 15, 2006 - Msg 32874: Ro hang in there...got kel and andy and his buddy for the night hee..hey goober...have a good trip...well just checking in ..hey possum,hm,asa,mfd,mdc..miss sherry is coming over tomorrow with her grandson..gona be fun...gona shoot rockets off and ride 4-wheelers..God Bless this porch its so neat...yall send Ro those pics...colts out and the bears..whew...guess pit is who im rooting for..happy to your cous. goober..yall take care...breakfast is at my house in the morning...all the good stuff...SPOT

January 15, 2006 - Msg 32875: Ro, I prayed for you tonight (and cried, actually after reading your post above). I'm not sure why it affected me that way but it felt like I was sad for everyone who ever lost someone they love. I can't even pretend to know what its like to lose the man you love but I admire you for the way you can speak about your husband and share your pain with us. We all care very much and are more that willing to always be here to listen on those days that tougher than others. God bless and strengthen you, wrap you in His comfort and continue to use you to glorify His name. Amen.


January 16, 2006 - Msg 32876: Morning Porch. Monday morning at that. Mercy sakes them weekends go by in a hurry.

Here's a penny for your travels Goober. Be careful. We are headed down to Las Vegas our own selves on Thursday for a convention. Fun place to visit but I wouldn't wanna live there. To much jay walking and what not.

Romeena, like Boo, I just offered a prayer in your behalf. I sense some sadness in your post. Please remember you have good friends here who love you and are here for you.

Boo, we got a few inches of snow last night. You wanna come do some shoveling? I'd be happy to accomadate ya!:)

Guess I better fet to work. Them roads are gonna be a mess. Thank goodness for 4wd.


January 16, 2006 - Msg 32877: Goober - don't be spending Asa's penny all in one place. A penny saved is a penny earned.

Asa - do you think you and MDC could build me an ark. I am awfully usy with the goats but we are being rained out here and I know by tomorrow it will be up to the goat's tails! I am sick of rain. If all this rain was snow - sheesh, I really be shoveling.

Anytime you wanna share a bowl of soup Ro, I got some crackers here and I'd love to share. May the angels surround you today and everyday.

So sad about the Colts. . .who to root for now?


January 16, 2006 - Msg 32878: Good morning, everyone, and thanks so much for your kindness, your prayers, and for just being there. I hope you never have the opportunity to find out how much the support of friends can help. I'm fine, just had one of those melancholy moments, looking at those pictures of my husband, so strong and handsome. We don't have a lot of pictures of him, as he was very camera-shy, and managed to move aside and let others be in the pictures. He never had a studio portrait done, other than his high-school picture. A shame, he was very good-looking. Anyway, thanks, folks. At least I didn't sit here and fall apart, I went outside in the sunshine and dug and pruned and planted. Always makes me feel better.

Spot, I appreciate your encouragement on the photo site. By the way, we'd like to see Miss Sherry, if she's willing. And Otis! This started out as Porchsters' Pets, but has naturally extended into the families and all, which is nice. I got Boo's pictures, have to get them scanned into the computer, then I can post them, too.

Ha! I did much better than a bowl of soup last night. A friend called, and we went to Spring Creek and had their wonderful ribs and brisket. I even had a coupon and we both ate for the price of one. Good food at half-price - well, you just can't beat that. That place makes the best potato salad in the world, too, and great slaw. Do you all have a Spring Creek in your respective areas? I believe I'd rather have their ribs than a pork chop sandwich at the diner!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 16, 2006 - Msg 32879:
Morning Folks,

Been kind of busy the last few days but I thought I'd grab a minute and say howdy.



January 16, 2006 - Msg 32880: Howdy, auh2o. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 16, 2006 - Msg 32881:
AMEN to boo's message to you Romeena! I just dont like to think of anyone being alone, and it got to me too quite frankly! God bless you in your strength and care.
Howdy to Auh20!
HM- If i built a boat, it would only be to haul some of that water HERE! We need rain so badly. We got a little bit and some wind yeaterday, but not much. It did help to clean uout our dirty air a bit.
Come to think of it, any boat that I would build probably wouldnt float!! haha
Have a good porch day! Stay dry Asa and HM!

January 16, 2006 - Msg 32882: Whew, I was afraid you ran off again, auh20. "Hey" to Sugarlum Shredderteeth (tell her as far as my photos go, no hard feelings).

I have never seen a Spring Creek restraunt, sounds good.

Has been a real Monday Morning. My son's school has a strict dress code and they HAVE to wear kahky pants, polo shirt and tennis shoes. Sean got his shoes muddy yersterday and couldn't wear them (I forgot to wash them last night) so I had to send him to school in dress shoes and go buy him a pair of tennis shoes and bring them back to the school because if they are out of dress code in any way they have to sit in the principles office until mom fixes the problem..seems a little extreme but, whatever. Its a good school so I don't want to complain. We had such a hard time getting Sean out the door this morning I forgot to make his lunch, too and had to take that to the school! I don't know what's wrong with me, I don't ever forget his lunch. I am brainless today.

I am slow-cooking a roast on the stove today, Ro, the way you cook them. I did the last one that way and it was so much better than the crock pot or oven.

Asa, I would be happy to shovel your snow but it might take me awhile to get there, probably be melted by then. It's in the 70's here today but kind of humid.

Have the usual mountain of laundry to conquer so better get going....


January 16, 2006 - Msg 32883: Good morning, Porch Pals. It's nice to be back. We had a great visit with my family over the weekend. I'm still digging out at work since I was off on Friday. I'll try and read the archives and post again later.

I will stand for no talk of shoveling snow! Boo, TICK A LOCK! (Hee, hee)


January 16, 2006 - Msg 32884: I just checked out Romeena's album. Great pics! Homemaker and Spot: Cute kids! Almost as cute as mine.


January 16, 2006 - Msg 32885: ROMEENA .. I dont think anyone could say it better than what BOO did above ,the porch is always a place you can come too to talk

January 16, 2006 - Msg 32886: Thanks, folks, for your kind concern. I do have my moments, but all in all, I've learned the difference between being alone and being lonely. Lonely is miserable, but being alone can have its own rewards. It took me a while, but I finally learned how to turn one into the other. I now cherish my solitude, and besides, I'm not really alone. God is with me. And then there's the Plum, and all the marvelous little creatures that God has sent to amuse me in my back yard.

I wish the whole world could sit here at this window and see the sights that present themselves to me every day. I just put out fresh feed, and there are three squirrels partaking already. I saw them in the trees, watching me, so knew they'd come down soon. One is perched on the bird feeder, digging his favorites out of the seed mix. Lots of seed going to the stones below, but the doves and pigeons, who can't perch on the feeder, will be here soon to clean up what he's dropping. Another one is pulling peanuts out of the tray feeder on the ground, and skittering all over the yard, planting them. Dig-dig-dig, then drop in the peanut, then push the dirt back and dance on it with the front feet. Finally pull a bit of grass or a leaf over it, and I promise you, you couldn't find where he buried it. The third one is running from one to the other, causing trouble. The whole time, they're just being as cute as anything can be. How on earth anyone could ever shoot one is beyond me. I know, I know, that doesn't make someone a bad person, but I still don't understand it. It would be like shooting a puppy.

I've always liked them, but having this window where I can observe them doing their little squirrelly thing all day long has really reinforced my feelings. They're just flat-dog cute! I know they can be destructive, but I just check my roof often, and if I see any signs of chewing or entry, I fix it. Also, I provide feed and shelter for them, so they have no need to try to get in the house, and generally don't.

Well, time for some lunch. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 16, 2006 - Msg 32887:
RO- arnt we all a little "squirrelly" at times! haha
Do you have OnStar in your Caddy? I have it on my new truck and actually used it the other day to call in a brush fire along the freeway.
ME-they-- glad you made it back safe and sound.
Hope it was a good trip and visit, and you werent an Uncle Ollie! haha
Mayberry DEPUTY- We miss ya at the rifleman site. Over there we're gettin ready for the NorthFork 500 haha (Buckboards going 500 YARDS!)
"NASBUR - National Assc. of Buckboard racing!"
ha again!
BOO-that is one tough school. Sounds like it's tougher on the PARENTS! ha
Have a good day!

Andy: There are no rules for pa's and sons. It's as simple as this: each mother or father raises his boy or girl, as the case may be, the way he thinks best. For instance, you get a quarter for cleaning the garage. Dont you feel good after doing that?
Opie: Yeah, good and TIRED!

January 16, 2006 - Msg 32888: Exactillioso, MDC, that school can be pretty tough on the parents. The dress code is the biggest problem. We have to travel 80 miles to the only town that has the store that carries the uniforms that they HAVE to use and they are top-dollar, let me tell you. You can't just go down to WalMart and buy pants or shirts. Its funny because its a little country school. I don't get it.

Ro, I just adore squirrels, too. Always have. I grew up outside the city and we always had alot of them running around gathering acorns and dad was always trying to outsmart them to keep them out of the bird feeders. He would leave peanut butter sandwiches for them everyday but they still wouldn't leave the bird seed alone. Dad tried all sorts of things and they always won. He put the feeder way up on a pole and then greased the pole but the squirrels still managed to get up there by jumping from the trees. Once, just to tease them, he drilled a hole in a Walnut, thread part of a clotheshanger through it so it was hanging down from a tree limb so they couldn't reach the nut. We watched the squirrel finally swing the wire upward so he could get the nut. Dad tried it with string and they would bring get the nut by pulling it up by the string, hand over hand. So cute! They are amazing.

Better go check the roast and then get Sean from school.

Bruce is away on a hunting trip, "trying to ambush Bambi", as my dad always says.


January 16, 2006 - Msg 32889: Forgot to mention earlier that I see that Shelly Winters died. She was 85. A good lady and good actress. My favorite was Posidien Adventure.
May she rest in peace.

January 16, 2006 - Msg 32890: Boo: We have to purchase uniforms for our daughter as well, but it sounds like we have it a whole lot easier. I forget the name of the company that they recommend, but whatever it's called, they are sold in Target and K-Mart/Sears. You can also order them. online. And they aren't real expensive (you can usually get shirts and skirts or jumpers for under $15). And, the school has a "gently used" consignment "store" (actually a couple of parent volunteers working out of storeroom one day a week) so that helps, too. I've got to say one thing, though, the cost of uniforms has definitely been offset by the savings on other clothes. It's also pretty good for dad's piece of mind to know that my daughter and her schoolmates are dressed appropriately and not the way I see a lot of kids heading off to school (if girls were allowed to dress that way when I went to school, I probably wouldn't have passed any classes!).

I haven't yet had a chance to check out the archives, so I'll offer prayers for everyone that needs them.

They are messing with our server/connections tomorrow, so in case I'm "off-line," have a great Tuesday, everyone!


January 16, 2006 - Msg 32891: Was Opie ever a member of the cub scouts or the boy scouts?

January 16, 2006 - Msg 32892: Yep, MDC, I do have OnStar. I've used to a couple of times. Once I was over in Ft. Worth with a friend, trying to locate a retirement residence where my friend's husband was doing some consultant work, and he had left his briefcase at my house. He gave us general directions, at least got us to the right side of town, but the directions broke down after that. I just called OnStar, and started trying to tell them where I was. The lady on the line told me! She knew more than I did, said she was watching me on a map. I gave her the address I wanted, and she talked me straight to it. "Take the next left, go two blocks, then right on (street)" and so forth. Took us right to the door. Told me to call back if we needed help getting home. Pretty neat, really. Makes me feel safer when driving at night, especially.

Am home with an attack of vertigo today, guess I won't be going to work tonight. I'm okay as long as I don't make any sudden moves, but I'd be afraid to try to drive right now, also never know when a wave of dizziness or nausea will sweep over me. Got a prescription on the way, should be delivered shortly, should help.

Everyone have a great evening. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 16, 2006 - Msg 32893: MDC .. What is the rifleman website addy again ,I lost it from my favorites when I pc problems

January 16, 2006 - Msg 32894: MDC ..thats when I had PC problems

January 16, 2006 - Msg 32895: Hi friends!I'm having computer problems so I haven't been on the porch for awhile.I'm hoping it's fixed,you never know with all this technology!I'm going to read the archives and check out Ro's site,and,homemakers and Mavis' also,talk to you all in a little bit-ky girl

January 16, 2006 - Msg 32896: MD- It is www.riflemanconnors.com
then scroll down the left to the box that says western chat. Stop by when ya can! Wishbone's always got some good grub cookin'

January 16, 2006 - Msg 32897: Well hello yall...hey me-they,boo,ro,asa,mdc,afd,possum,hm,hazel,ky,md,goober,sugarplum...Ro will get a pic of miss sherry and i to ya..the dinner one on our cruise..[yea the dog dressed up]..and otis...kids and i had a blast this long weekend...sw will be missed...lets pull for the steelers...hey auh2o..gosh where have all the posrchters gone...yall get the pics to Romeena...me-they want to see those kids...and i think opie was a boy scout..well let me get my work out in and wash some clothes....beef short ribs and taters in the crock pot for tomorrow ...Prayers to all...SPOT