March 28, 2006 - Msg 36279: Our interloper is likely not a "who" but a "what." The messages are probably generated by a computer somewhere hither or yon.

Thanks for the reminder about the time change, BUCKEYE. Oh, how I hate losing that hour of sleep. I do like the "extra" daytime hours, though.

Have a great evening all. 10-4, over and out.


March 28, 2006 - Msg 36280: I thought I'd sweep up before I left for home...


March 28, 2006 - Msg 36281: MESSAGE REMOVED

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36282: MESSAGE REMOVED

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36283: AHHHH! They're back! I hope Floyd can block the interlopers.
Have y'all heard about the preacher that was shot by his wife? Can you believe that? Big Maude is that anywhere near where you live?
Yes, Buckeye, thanks for the reminder.
MDC, how's the job hunt going?
Me-They- how's your wife's pregnancy coming along?
APB- on AFD, Shazam, Chuck, and Fred Gross
Making tacos brocoli and salad for the boys. I wish Cracker Barrel was close by. Spot, what ya makin'?
Blessings to you and yours,

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36284: Evening all, Me and the kids just finished dinner and thought I'd sit a spell. Lucy, no, I am not close to where the minister was shot by his wife. What a sad situation. I have not heard much about it today as I was at work. Have they revealed her motive yet? We had nice weather today, sunny and sort of cool but better than the week end. My kids are on spring break this week so we are pretty much doing things by ear rather than a schedule. They seem to like that. Hopefully, I can take off early Friday and we can do something fun before school resumes on Monday. Well, better go and do some laundy, the never ending chore. I think people come in while I am away and dirty clothes just for me to have to wash!! Anyone else have that same problem. You guys have a good evening. Big Maude

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36285: Boy oh boy, another beast has come down from the forrest I see. I'm sure Floyd will be along to tidy up in a bit Lucy. In the mean time, you got any extras of them Taco's? My stomach is about to go off. My Mother is the same way. She has a clock in her stomach too.

Today is Mrs. Asa'a birthday. Got the family coming over to celebrate. She really is in her 40's now, but I don't think I better mention it. hee hee hee

Y'all come over for cake and ice cream, and someone better bring a fire extinguesher.:)


March 28, 2006 - Msg 36286: Snuck in on me there Maude. Howdy!


March 28, 2006 - Msg 36287: Happy Birthday to Mrs. Asa. Wish I could have some of that cake and icecream, since I am taking crestor I don't keep ice cream in the ice box anymore. I did have marble cake and marble ice cream ( Only black and white for me) at my nephew's birthday /graduation on Saturday. I guess my sis made it out of limestone- still it was real enjoyable.

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36288: Hey to Lucy and Big Maude . Also the comment 36287 belongs to me.
Marty from Mountain Top.

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36289: Thanks for the welcome back dear friends. I am sure that God will provide healing for this situation one way or the other. Its so good to see all the old familiar names as well as some new ones. I was a regular on the porch a while back. But when life got crazy...I kinda became preoccupied. Still love TAGS tho and it helps me smile thru some of the hard times.


Hey homemaker gal, you still around?

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36290: I remember that about your mother, Asa.
Fungirl, it's so nice to have you back - I have thought about you often. I hope you come back a lot more regular now! I'm sorry about your troubles, and you'll be in my thoughts and prayers for sure.
I guess someone must have e-mailed Floyd about the interlopers, so I won't do it. Sheesh, some people need to get a life.
- Hazel

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36291: Sorry you folks are having to see this stuff.

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36292: I'll try and stop those 'spamers.' It's not as easy as you might think. --Floyd

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36293: Just testing some stuff.

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36294: Okay folks. I've done a few things....we'll see if that helps. --Floyd

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36295: Yer a trea-suh Floyd I don't feel so good tonight, sleep deprivation getting to me I guess, so I'm not gonna hang out long. Had the cutest little new client today, a sweet little Papillon, don't see many of those & this boy was sweet! I'll check back in a bit. Oh~Spot to answer your question...nope never did like steak & gravy, but I appreciate you fixin it tho, Asa enjoyed my portion I'm sure.

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36296: Wow Mavis,

You and I posted that at the SAME time. At least the board is working! Thanks to everybody that let me know about the problem. I've been at work until about an hour ago so I just had the chance to try and fix things. --Floyd

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36297: Thanks Floyd, giveum a real good trimming while you're at it.
Welcome fungirl, glad you came down from Mt. Pilot for a visit.
Evenin Hazel.
Marty from Mountain Top.

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36298:
Thaanks Floyd! Man sometimes i feel like sellin' them folks some licorice seeds! ha
Buckeye- wanna buy a cannon, plum went up san juan hill and everthing! ha Maybe the mrs could make it into a planter.
ASA- ever hear of SPINEdex. I have heard good results from their PT program. Sure hope you can get some back relief.
Well it is my last month end/quarter end at work and then i'm done. Not much time or desire to look yet LUCY. But have several good leads. Who would have thought that 15 years ago we would be talking about monsters and headhunters to find work! ha
"Night-all," Have a good un
"Well bucket mouth, ya know anybody who wants to buy a cannon?"

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36299: Thanks Floyd for cleaning up the mess. those interlopers need to be in cell # 2 with the keys in the drawer! Thanks Big Maude

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36300: Good night dears, sleep tight. Mavis, I hope you have a restful night. I have always heard that if you go to sleep counting your blessings you will have more peaceful sleep. Big Maude

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36301: MAVIS, is this "Papillon" a dog or a man, Honey?? heehee Kinda sounds like it could be "tall, dark...and a door prize".

Big Maude, I can sure relate to the laundry thing. Everyone here who knows me knows that laundry is my always conquers me no matter how hard I fight!

ASA, don't get your face too close to the cake or you could lose your eyebrows....take it from the voice of experience.

Thanks Floyd!

Went to the parent/teacher meeting and found out the tuition is going up next year. Oh well. I also found out that the school got the five acres next to us for only 15,000 dollars because it belonged to the city and they made an offer. They said the market value of the property was 40,000 dollars so they got quite a deal. Maybe that increase in tuition had something to do with purchasing the land...hmmmmmm.

Boy, I hate to see that time change this weekend! It is so hard adjusting to getting up and getting kids ready for school an hour earlier. I sure wish the time would just stay put.

Hey to Hazel, Gizmo, Marty, Me-They, Lucy and Fungirl, and anyone else I may have missed by mistake. Have a restful sleep,


March 28, 2006 - Msg 36302: Hi all!i'm having computer problems again,so,i hope i get to post this message.i'm agreeing with everyone who has talked about all the bad language and tv shows on t v!it's a shame.hello to all the newcomers on the porch,i usually get to stop by more than i have lately,and,it is sure hard to catch up after you are gone a couple of days.MDC,glad to hear you got some more rain,and,prayers for the job girl,i'll say a prayer for you.I can relate to the bi-polar,depression, husband has it,and,it is not an easy thing to deal with anytime,but,when you add extra stress, it's even harder .I remember when you were dealing with the pain from your back,and,i always wondered how that worked out for you.well friends,i better close and get some sleep,i haven't been sleeping good lately either,i get up and wander around the house,watch the news,or something until i dose back mom was telling me that as you get older you do that.Well,i'll be 43 this year,so,guess it's just a fact of life.Prayers for everyone,sure miss visiting with you all,hope to stop by more often-ky girl

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36303: Hey Boo a Papillon is a dog. LOL Papillon means "butterfly" in French & it refers to the dogs ears & that they make it look kinda like a butterfly. They are neat little dogs, my sister & I got one for Mom for Christmas the year before she passed away. Linda has Daisy now & she is so spoiled! To find out more about them Papillon. I'm sorry about your 'puter problems kygirl & WELCOME back fungirl we've missed you here & Asa is still wild as a buck! Big Maude thanks for the suggestions, I'll try counting blessings instead of sheep tonight.

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36304: Guess who is still awake?? Dang it! Thought I would put the link to my photos on the web here, ya'll like pics so much. *Mavis' Pix I have them separated, Bull Terrier (Feather), Chinese Cresteds & an album of the Client's I groom. Hope to get Jake to stand still long enough during Spring Break to get some shots of him. He decided to spend his break with me instead of heading out somewhere with his buddies! Now how is that for a sweet young'un? He's 17 & said "I know how you miss me, Mom, so I'll spend my break with you." *sniff* (blowing nose in hankie) Gonna try to sleep again. Where are you Spot figured you'd be at work & rockin on the porch.

March 28, 2006 - Msg 36305: Just realized kygirl is not sleeping well either & I think I know what is's the fall-out, it's affecting our milk!" teehee Maybe we should get some of homemaker's goat's milk.
speaking of homemaker will you send me an email? Want to ask about your goats.

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36306: thanks floyd, noone can block all these intelopers cause technology keeps making it easier,. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MRS ASA, i'm always a dollar short and a day late but i hope you ha a great one. mdc- i'll take that cannon off your hands for $15.00, no, mdc you pay me the $15.00. ha. FOR ALL THE NEWER POSTERS ROMEENA HAS A WEB SITE OF PICTURES WE ALL SENT HER, A YOUR PET SECTION ETC THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER HER A PIC. SHE POSTS IT AS YOUR PORCH NAME. ky girl hope your puter gets straightened out, it is a flustrating thing then trying to catch up. hazel, mavis breakfast on marty from mountain top at i hops for hopping into spring. have a great day everyone. buckeye

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36307:
Good morning porch family...Missed you all yesterday but was in the studio all day. I really need you folks to remember something in pray for me. I told you that I am recording a live cd this Saturday in Tenn.. Well late yesterday we got a phone call from the engineer/owner of the recording studio that his sister in Ark. is bleeding from the brain. He is now in Ark and not sure what may happen. Of course he is upset about his sister but he is also worried about Saturday. I told him to just focus on his sister but he is still worried about Saturday. To make things even worse, we have folks from serveral states that have booked rooms in Pigeon Forge to attend the concert. We have offered to fly him in if possible to engineer the session. Just pray that things work out for the good...epecially for his sister. Thanks! website is
The Primitives are more accoustic (which I love) than I am. My music is more on the Christian Country side.
Also Mavis...I praise God for your sister's results!

Fungirl...prayers for all your needs

Tom...praying for you buddy

Lucy...we are naming the cd, "Rocky Morris - LIVE In The Smokies"

SPOT...missed breakfast this morning. Got in late so I slept in. I'll have two helpings for lunch please.

Gotta go for now. You all have a blessed day and hope to see you later on tonight. Be sure to let someone see JESUS in your life today!

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36308: wow, so much need for prayers....It is a fact that the bipolar mood swings are very intense during times of stress. I went thru a very bad mainc phase last spring and things have not been the same since. Then from the time I got out of the hospital, I started having panic and anxiety attacks. Its rough folks. I am 42 and just praying this is not some hormone triggered thing. If this is menopause announcing its entry into my life....I dont know what I will do. This is no way to live, I will tell you that. What's worse is that I am afraid to change meds and see if that works out better. Prayers needed here folks. I 'ppreciate you all.

fun girl

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36309: Morning REV, I will certainly pray for that situation, the Lord is still in control and we can be so thankful for that at times like these.
Why don't we have a quick joint porch prayer for you: Lord, we thank you for your mercy and care and for another day. May our lives bring you glory. First we bring this situation to you concerning the sister of the studio owner. We ask that your will be done and that you would comfort and give your peace to all involved. Let everything work out according to your plan with this family and with REV and the recording of the CD. We put this in your hands knowing that all things will work together for the good, according to your word. Thank you and we love you, Amen.

Sorry you couldn't sleep again Mavis. It seems like there is an epidemic of sleeplessness here on the porch (anyone know an incant for that..??hehe). Seriously, though, I think most of us have a tendency to worry and that doesn't help. I want to share something with you that might help (or might not) but its worth a shot. When I was going through depression 11 years ago, my dr explained the effects of worry on the nervous system. If you remember your anatomy, the nervous system is made of Neurons (nerve cells) that are connected by pathways and they work almost like electricity. There are these nerve fibers that connect the cells and the areas where these fibers connect between cells are called synapses. Fluid passes between cells through these and when we have worry and have anxiety they kind of get clogged up (so to speak) and this leads to chemical changes that lead to other symptoms such as depression, hopelessness, despair...anyway, the way to break the cycle is to stop the worrying (easy to say, not so easy to do). Sometimes a good counselor helps, and there are good books on the subject but the bottom line is we have to find a way to deal with the stress and anxiety. Sometimes medications are the answer but not always. Sometimes we need to deal with the behavior that is causing the problem in the first place. Another simple way to help clear the nervous system is exercise. It doesn't have to be strenous, maybe just a walk each day but it helps the fluid to flow through the nervous system. Anyway, what we "think" does alot to our nervous systems and thus, really effects out sleep. One other suggestion to deal with worry: I had a counselor tell someone once that if you just can't seem to stop worrying, allow yourself 5 or 10 minutes each day just to worry about everything, then don't allow yourself to worry the rest of the day. Just a can modify this kind of behaviour but it takes some time and discipline..and maybe some help but it is worth it. I know because I was in a pit of depression for 4 years before someone showed me how to get out of it. I had to deal with the worry and anxiety, which led to healing.

Well, my little one is hungry so I better go. Hope you all have a wonderful day.


March 29, 2006 - Msg 36310: Oh, I just want to add that my advice was to those of us who are struggling with worry, I realize there are some with clinical by-polar disorders and so on that are greatly helped by medication.


March 29, 2006 - Msg 36311: You got it, FUNGIRL. I know how you feel. I had a health scare that landed me in the hospital for a few days last summer. Before it, I suffered from mild OCD and anxiety issues; after, I started having panic attacks and a big increase in anxiety that started to impact my physical health. It seems to be coming under control now, but sometimes it seems like I will never get back to my "old self." I just can't seem to get back to my "normal" anxiety level. I believe it's not only from that specific incident, which acted as a flashpioint, but is also my body saying, "Hey! We're no spring chicken anymore! We can't cope with running at this high RPM all the time anymore!" High anxiety levels whack out hormone/chemical levels throughout the body that will over time effect health. And you are absolutely right, it is no way to live. I understand your concerns about changing meds, but a short-term difficult adjustment period is worth it if in the long run you get long-term benefits. In the meantime, you have my prayers.

LUCY: The Mrs. and baby are doing great! Everthing seems to be going by the book. I wonder how AFD is doing? Check in, AFD!

A big howdy to everyone on the Porch this morning. Unfortunately, things are crazy today for me at work and breaktime's over, so I'll see y'all later in the day.


March 29, 2006 - Msg 36312: Hi fungirl, we were posting at the same time. I am so sorry for what you are going prayers are with you.


March 29, 2006 - Msg 36313: Hey, BOO. Didn't see you slide in there. I Didn't mean to rock on your foot...


March 29, 2006 - Msg 36314: We were posting at the same time, too (again)!


March 29, 2006 - Msg 36315: hello to all this Wednesday. Wanted to check on
you guys. Even though I am new to the porch, I look forward to being here and appreiate the welcome mat being rolled out so much. Been busy at work today and have not had time to sit on the porch til now. Fun girl, I understand about the pre memopausal symptoms, I am right there with ya and it is not fun at all. I will keep you in my thoughts as well. Growing older is not always easy but then it beats the alternative a lot!! take care Big Maude

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36316: HI ALL.


March 29, 2006 - Msg 36317: 'Morning, everyone! Good ol' Floyd, he's still protecting us from the spam monster/interloper. He's a wonder, that boy.

We seem to have an epidemic of sleeplessness, worry, depression and anxiety on the porch. These are "troublous times" indeed. I lived (unwillingly) through nearly four years of grief and despair after the death of my husband, but that was different. There was an identifiable cause, and time and the prayers of family and friends finally brought me out of that black hole.

This may not be appropriate for the porch, but I'm going to take the liberty of listing a few things that helped me greatly, once the initial phase passed. I think the end of that phase could be compared to the situation most people are in with depression. The screaming grief had passed, but I was clearly depressed. So, for you folks, I would suggest:
*Get out of the house. Find some decent dirt and dig in it and plant something and watch it grow, even if it's just in a flowerpot. Take a walk every day, out in the sunshine. If it's raining, take an umbrella, but get out of the house.
*Find someone in need and help them if you can. Pray for them, and focus on their needs, not yours.
*When you get up in the morning, GET DRESSED, fully dressed. Don't lay around in your bathrobe. Girls, this includes your usual makeup.
*Keep a journal. Open a file on your computer, and just pour your heart into that keyboard. I'm talking about a journal of your feelings and state of mind, not events. As time goes by, read back through and compare your present feelings to those weeks or months before. I did this, and it was tremendously helpful. When I began to see that today was better than last year, for example, I began to realize that healing was taking place, and therefore it was realistic to expect complete healing. That gave me hope. I still have that journal, and recently have found that I can stand to go back in it and work with it, fill it out a little - it's sketchy in places - and may try to find a publisher. Who knows, it might help someone else who is grieving. It does deal more with grief than with depression, but often the manifestations are similar, and the same answers apply.
*For you worriers, on the first of each month, write down everything you're worrying about. Then next month, as you're making your new list of worries, look at last month's. Usually, you'll see that a lot of them have vanished, and others have taken their place. Yet you survived. My father used to say that if you were worried about something that you could control, then do it. Fix it. If it was something you couldn't control, then forget it, don't waste energy worrying about it. He summed it up as "If you have a problem to which there is no solution, then you don't have a problem." You gotta think about that one. Jesus summed it up as "Take no thought for tomorrow...."

Well, I'm sorry for the length of this, and I could go further, but will spare you that. Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36318: Good morning, Tom! What a lovely poem, and what a beautiful mental picture it evokes. Thanks for sharing.

Hi, Gizzmo. Honey, don't be upset if no one answers right away when you drop in. Since this is really a bulletin board, not instant chat, it may be hours before anyone reads your post. You're always welcome, anytime you can come by. --Romeena

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36319: Hey to Boo, Gizzmo and the rest on the porch. Romeena,those are good words for everyone. I keep a lot of house projects going at my place and my mom's. Makes me feel good to get something done. Gizzmo-Sometimes I read the messages after the porch was just swept-then we miss some of the msgs. I try to go to the recent archives but new things are happening all the time.
Marty from Mountain Top

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36320: Hey, all...
Tonight on TVLand is an episode of TAGS where Barney returns for his reunion. Kind of a sad episode, though. Poor Barn...

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36321: Been trying to catch up a little -
Good To see you Fungirl - I was wondering where your path had taken you. . .
WE head off to Tennessee tomorrow for Mule Days in Columbia. Got us a suite all lined up and gonna take it easy. Probably see my brother who lives in Murfreesboro too. . .

Got lots to do. . .


March 29, 2006 - Msg 36322: Thanks for the good advice, ROMEENA. I'm blessed in that I've never had a problem with depression even with the anxieties. I'm a happy worrier! However for years I beat up on myself because I couldn't seem to change my thoughts or behaviors no matter how much behavior modification I tried. I figured if only I did the right things, or had more faith, things would change. But sometimes things can't be changed by us only through our own effort. And I'm sure some people do get miraculously healed, but for many of us, it's a matter of seeking help. God gave doctors their abilities for a purpose. You are absolutely right; we have to seek solutions.


March 29, 2006 - Msg 36323: Hey to the PORCH!

Hope ya'll are doing well. I've been tied up in the back room of the garage for a bit here...just busted loose.

Good to see some new names..and some old ones. Fun Girl...prayers to you....I've been where you are, at least in parts...and it's not an easy road. But...there's grace...and it's new every hang in there.

It's fianlly startin to feel like spring...going to be about 60 today..upper tomorrow...and I am SO glad.

Hope to check in more often...hey to all...ya'll be good...


March 29, 2006 - Msg 36324: HI ALL .

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36325: Maybe we could tie up Spot under the porch. He's a real police dog! We already got a guard possum under a rock out there somewhere!!
Marty from Mountain Top

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36326: Yo Goober - you still in the National Guard. I might have mentioned it before but we say yo a lot around here also. Its about 60 up here in Pa and our cardinal is singing up a storm.
Marty from Mountain Top

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36327: Really good advice, Romeena. I will just add one more thing. Find a support group of loving individuals who care (that would be us!!). Love ya'll!


March 29, 2006 - Msg 36328: Hey Tom,

Some times I like sleepin' down under the porch. Problem is, well, there's spiders down there. --Floyd

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36329: Hahah! Good idea, Tom! With Floyd sleeping under the porch, maybe he'd hear that interloper tiptoeing in, and could nab him!

Back in message #36257, I told you about somebody using email and posing as PayPal to try to get my credit card number. Naturally, I didn't do it. Well, guess what. Somehow, they got it anyway, and have been having a high old time charging things to my credit card! They maxed it out, and when a legitimate recurring charge was refused, the company emailed me that my payment to them had been declined. I called Visa, closed the account, they're investigating, will remove the fraudulent charges and transfer my legitimate balance to a new card. Meantime, I got to spend a whole afternoon notifying everybody who has me on Autopay, and sending them checks to cover the payment that was or would be refused. Frankly, dear friends, if I could get my hands on that thief, I'd smack him so hard his whole family would feel it. Since I can't do that, I did the next best thing. I went out in the yard and did some digging that needed to be done anyway. Something very satisfying about plunging that spade into the good rich earth, works off a lot of adrenalin. Afterward, I sat in the arbor swing with a glass of tea and watched two bluejays squabble over a peanut. A robin enjoyed an extended dip in the birdbath, and the little juvenile squirrels displayed their silly antics just a few feet from me. Can't beat a deal like that! The credit card problem is solved, the work has been done to remedy the situation, I'm too tired to stay mad, and with any luck the thief will be caught. I'd hate to be that person on Judgment Day.

I'm going with my friend on a bus trip with a group from church tomorrow - going to Nacogdoches, Texas, to enjoy the Azalea Trail, and have a good lunch somewhere. Will probably be gone all day, but I'll bet we have fun. Wish we could go to Mayberry!

Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36330: Wow Romeena, any idea how they got your number? How do you know if your protected with the new number? If these theifs would spend as much energy towards being useful productive citizens as they do to being criminals, we'd all be blessed. Glad you got it fixed Ro. Just hope it stays that way.

FLOYD! Get down there with them spiders! (Thanks for cleaning)

Penny for your travels homemaker. Don't spend it all in one place.:)

Does the knot tying club meet tonight at Andy's?


March 29, 2006 - Msg 36331: Romeena, Have a safe trip tomorrow and enjoy your day, sounds like you deserve one. Weather was beautiful here today, sunny and warm to around
70 or so, supposed to be even better tomorrow.
Somehow, now that the weather is fit for outside
doings, I have a terrbible cold, sneezing and sniffles, running nose. Boy, do I sound like I am complaining or what?. Well, this to shall pass. Have a good evening to all. Big Maude

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36332: Tonight's Mayberry Knot Tying Class has been canceled. I've put in my eleven hours today and am heading out to pick up my daughter from Awana. Class will be rescheduled at a later date. In the meantime, y'all can practice the knots you already know.

Have a great evening.


March 29, 2006 - Msg 36333: Hope you get feeling better Big Maude. It stinks to have those symptoms with the weather you described.

No knot tying class huh? Maybe I'll run over and see whats playing at the Grand. Anyone wanna join me?


March 29, 2006 - Msg 36334: Evenin' Y'all! That was cute,Tom! Poor ol' Floyd! Maybe we need one of those COLD CREAM GUARD fellows to patrol around the Porch-what do ya think?
Asa,I heard that "The Monster That Ate Minnesota" is playing over at the Grand tonight.I'm scared of horror movies,so I'll pass.
Romeena,I can't believe they got your CC number with all the precautions you took to avoid that happening! Lots of folks out there that I'm wondering how they sleep at night-a clear conscience makes the best pillow as the saying goes.
Fun Girl,I am so glad to see you back on the Porch. Things will get better,friend. BELIEVE.
Prayers for all who need them and get well wishes to Big Maude.
Oh, hope Mrs. Asa had a Happy Birthday!
Well,guess I'll go watch Nancy Grace on CNN Headline News. Sic 'em Nancy! Ha!
Y'all have a good night!
possum under a rock

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36335: Did I hear Floyd say he got a "spider bite"?
Marty from Mt Top

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36336: Spider bite!!! Do you see that spider bite? --Floyd

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36337: I think Floyd is just telling stories again. . .
I didn't see no spider bite!

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36338: That spider pushed me...assault is what it was. Assault. -- Floyd

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36339: Well if there is a spider bite I sure hope it didn't get his scissor finger or should I say the mouse click finger. We put our spiders out for the night in these here parts, don't know what you all do with yours.
Marty from Mt Top

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36340: What's next? Did the spider punch you in the nose?
Marty from Mt Top

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36341: "Spider arrest, spider arrest!"



March 29, 2006 - Msg 36342: Oh yeah - while you are under the porch, I lost my frisbee sometime back, do you think you could look for it. It has that neat moonglow effect!


March 29, 2006 - Msg 36343: Well, its gettin late in these parts- eastern time zone you know- tags is over and it sleep time for me-unless I get up and sleep walk over to the computer. goodnight porch-
Marty from Mt Top

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36344: Hi
I like the badge on the tags site. It is a very real tribute to Don Knotts. It's hard to believe that he's gone. But, we'll always have Barney.

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36345: Hey goober!hm,ro,mdc,md,hazel,mavis,m-t,marty,possum,asa,fg,gizzmo,boo,shazam,lucy,big maude, Rev,chuck,OK girl,buckeye,deb,...and all...gosh been land scapeing my yard.....Miss Shere and the bushes cut back ...will have to sen Ro a pic do yall can see on her site!...gona get red chips sat...gona read the archives!...prayers to all!....breakfast in the morning will be on Marty at I-hop....yall [and me] eat alot!.....I will leave the tip .

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36346: hey hey that was me SPOT

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36347: Now, I don't want to hear NO more about them spiders!
Thanks for cleaning up, Floyd. Even if you did get a spider bite.
I didn't get a chance to check out the porch, and I wish you guys would let a person know a little sooner when the Knot Tying Class is cancelled. Sheesh, I waited and waited and nobody showed up.
- Hazel

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36348:
Hello Hazel, SPOT, Ro, Goober, Hm, mdc, mavis, MD, M-T, marty, possum, asa, boo, Floyd, Maude, Tom, Deb, Fun Girl, Buckeye and everyone...hope you all had a great day.

Boo...Thanks for that special prayer. I'm believing that!

Well folks I can't stay long tonight. Just wanted to check in. You all have a great night.
Be blessed....-REV.

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36349: Night folks. --Floyd

March 29, 2006 - Msg 36350: Have a nice night, Floyd. And thanks for all you do.

Ro, sorry about your CC thief problem. That happened to me, too. In fact, I probably mentioned it to everyone on the porch when it happened, but it would be way back in the archives by now. Glad you, like me, had no trouble getting your money back. Kind of softens the blow, but it is still scary that someone can get access to your private account like that. Well, have a peaceful night.

-Sterling Holobyte

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36351: Off to Tennessee this morning - Asa, you are on xtra guard duty for the weekend. Make sure you turn the lights off when you leave.


March 30, 2006 - Msg 36352: OK Homemaker. I'm on amber alert this weekend. Sure hope Spot keeps me fed. I need to keep my strength up.
Sorry Hazel about forgetting to call you about the knot tying club. I think old buckeye is on the phone committee.

Possum, you missed a good one last night at the Grand. They changed shows at the last minute. The new one was about this girl who lives in Kansas with her Aunt and Uncle. Well she gets caught in this tornado and thunked on the head pretty good, and this causes her to... well you better go see it for yourself.


March 30, 2006 - Msg 36353: Happy Thursday. Hope all is well with the
Porchesters. You guys have a great day. Big Maude

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36354: Next week at the Grand.......To Kill A Mockingbird..Gregory Peck. Its a good un. What do you say we all meet over there and watch it? I'll spring for popcorn for every body..and maybe a grape nehi...

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36355: I love "To Kill a Mockingbird." One of my favorite movies. Gregory Peck talks southern in it. That's the actor of the man, you know.

Hey, all! Another busy day here. My nose is already worn down from the grindstone this morning. Sure wish I could sit back and relax on the porch. What would Dr. Breen think?

Sorry to hear about your spider bite, FLOYD. Have you tried Miracle Salve? If it doesn't stop the pain or itching, maybe it will at least grow hair.

ASA: If you find out where SPOT is serving breakfast, please let me know. I'm famished!


March 30, 2006 - Msg 36356: good morning mayberrites. me- they, you mean you canceled the knot tying class, shucks i look so forward to those. tom, another good one. supper at rev's tonight. goober and gizzmo for lunch. foley's has a great sale on meat today sure hope the old freezer holds up. goober has a gas sale competion at wally's awarding prises i hear. have a great day, everyone. just passin thru like gilly. buckeye

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36357: Possum, I think some folks have no conscience and that is how they sleep at night! So sorry Ro, about all the credit card aggravation. Makes me mad. It seems like there are so many predators out there on the internet sometimes.

Count me in on To Kill A Mockingbird, Fungirl.

Well, just wanted to check in and see what was shaking. Lots to do today, as usual. Besides the regular chores I still have to go to the store. Sean made A honor roll and it was tough for him this quarter and he really had to work at it so I am making his favorite for dinner tonight...lasgana! Ya'll are all invited.


March 30, 2006 - Msg 36358: How do you spell lasagna??? Is that right??


March 30, 2006 - Msg 36359: Looks right to me Boo. If you spelled it how it sounded it would be lasonya. Lasagna looks much better.:)


March 30, 2006 - Msg 36360: Hey Rev,boo,hazel,me-they,asa,big maude,fg,ro,goober,TOM,plum,marty,...tie me under the porch marty? to catch me first [zoom]...had to skip breakfast this morning, had to sleep in cause i go in at 2 and work 16 [all night]...but lets meet on my way to wrok at captian d"s for fish?..yall have them? have a saft trip..and asa I will keep ya fed ...just remember to take a little along in yer blazer pocket...big maude hope ya feel better...well let me put my mower in the barn and hit the shower from work ...will holler back when i get there...SPOT

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36361: Good afternoon, just returned from lunch and wanted to check in before I begin my afternoon of work. I can not wait until the movies next week, I have never seen all of To Kill a Mockingbird but read the book so time ago, so this will be a treat for me. We will have a big time. Big Maude

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36362: You bet we will, Maude! After the movie maybe we can go to the diner or how about a bonfire at Myer's Lake? We haven't done that is ages.

Mavis, you asked me some time ago if I was building a big front porch on my new house and I have to tell you, I wouldn't have it any other way (unless we run out of funds, haha)! Bruce is planning to build a big one all the way across the front of the house with some steps leading up to the door and a big porch swing on one end, rockers on the other. Plenty of room for everybody. Will have a patio in the back, too, and a fire pit....ah, some day.......! Seems like it is taking forever. I only wish we had bigger oaks on the place. Most of them are pretty scrawny. I also think the pitbull farm across the street and the school gymnasium they are building next door will real add to the atmosphere...(shoot)!

No SPOT, we don't have Captain D's in my area, just Long John Silver's and a gross place called Boat and Net where you drive up and order your food by yelling through a pipe and can get a seafood dinner for about 1.99. Around here they call it the Redneck Red Lobster. I'm not a seafood person so I don't go to either.

I am waiting for my sister (St. Susan) to get here before I go to the grocery store. She will watch Erin for me and visit with my folks while I get the shopping done. It is much easier to get it done if I am alone.

The town RO mentioned that she is going to (Nacogdaches) is a really nice town in East Texas, where there are lots of pine trees (my favorite). Its been about 10 years since I was there but really enjoyed the antique shopping and such. Hope she has a great time.

I have a question for you who know about landscaping. Ro mentioned that she has a Cottonwood tree that has those pieces of fuzz that blow all over the place. I think she said it was because of the gender of the tree. Are there male and female Cottonwoods and how do you tell the difference (this isn't a joke, even though it sounds like a really stupid question)? I want to plant a cottonwood but don't want to deal with the fuzz.


March 30, 2006 - Msg 36363: Boo, it's the females you want to stay away from. They are messy. It should identify at the nursery if it's a boy or a girl. Or just specify you want a cottonless cottowood. Hope that helps. Or you could get the hybrid poplar tree. It's from the same family as the cottonwood, looks much the same, and I think a little stronger of a tree. Just be mindful that these fast growing tree's are a very soft wood, more inclined to disease, and only have about a 20 year life span, although I've seen many of them not even last 20 years.
I just love tree's. Plant several every year as a rule.


March 30, 2006 - Msg 36364: Also Boo, If you go with a poplar make sure it's not the Lombardy Poplar, unless you like that type of tree. That's the tree that grows very tall, but very skinny. Farmers like to plant them in rows along fields cause they create a good wind break. I don't think they are all that attractive around the homestead though.


March 30, 2006 - Msg 36365: But then again Boo, you may like the idea of them Lombardys along your fence line to give you a barrier from the school and the dog pound next door.


March 30, 2006 - Msg 36366: BOO: If you plan to be at your new house a long time, find something beside the Hybrid Poplar to plant. I had four on my property near the house that had been planted for "instant shade" (they can grow up to 7 feet a year). But all were dead or dying after fifteen years. (A good rule of thumb to remember is the faster a tree grows, the faster it dies.) Plus, the seed pods they shed in the spring are super-sticky. Kids and dogs will be tracking them everywhere. And teh leaves turn a gross spotted black in the fall. Can you tell this tree doesn't make my hit parade?

Have a great evening, all!


March 30, 2006 - Msg 36367: If you're looking for a relatively fast growing shade tree, I like the Sugar Maple. They have a nice mushroom shape and the dark green leaves turn the most beautiful color in fall. But be warned, they provide very heavy shade. They grow very well here in the mid-Atlantic; I think they are okay for your zone but I'm not positive.


March 30, 2006 - Msg 36368: Hey to everyone on the porch! Just lettin you know for supper we're having jambalaya with hot sausage and ham, We put in some red pepper and some cajun hot sauce to spice it up. Reminds me of when Justin Wilson had that cooking show on tv. That was a lot of fun. Last I saw, his daughter had a web site in his memory. This time we used a rice that cooks in 20 minutes and it got kinda mushy. Any ideas if it is the rice or did we just cook it too much?
Marty from Mt Top

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36369: Could it be too much water, Marty? Being that my wife is half/Japanese we eat a lot of rice, and I have made it too mushy a number of times.

Hope everyone is having a good day!
-Sterling Holobyte

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36370: Hey Sterling, our recipe calls for cooking the rice with the rest of the jambalaya so maybe the can of tomatoes added too much additional liquid for river rice, This recipe called for long grain rice, maybe that doesn't get so mushy with excess liquid. Other jambalaya recipes call for cooking the rice seperately then putting the jambalaya over the rie when served. Even so, todays supper tasted real good just the rice was like mush.
Marty from Mt Top

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36371: Hey marty,maude,boo,asa,sterling, marty pass the jambalaya....busy here at work...back in just a bit to read...SPOT

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36372: Hey Spot, breakfast was on me today. the jelly from my peanut butter a jelly and banana sandwich squished out onto my shirt. I was having breakfast in the car on the way to work.
Hey Floyd- I guess you must have been under the porch all night-no interlopers.
Marty from Mt. Top

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36373: Good evening porch, if it don't rain!
We just about have the weekend whipped. Yahoo. All week long they have been predicting a nice warm dry weekend for us, the first one this year, and tonight they say a new low pressure has formed and will bring rain guessed it, saturday. Man, I ain't gonna remember what end of the golf club is up at this rate. Speaking of golf, what happened to Chuck? Hey CHUCK!

Romeena, how was the bus trip? Hope you gals didn't give the driver to hard a time. Was it the same little bus that took the band to the State Capital? I always wondered how they got that entire band, instruments and all, into that little weenie bus. That always cracks me up.

Boo, tell me a little about what you want in a tree and I'll see if I can offer you some help. I may not be much at pansies, but when it comes to tree's I'm a giant! LOL

Spot, where's dinner? Remember I'm on an amber alert all weekend.

Just saw on our local news we lost an F-16 this afternoon on a training mission over the west dessert. Fortunatly the pilot ejected safely and is ok. Thats the real drawback to them 16's. Only one engine, and if they lose it...they are done.

I hear they are having a boiled dinner at the firehouse tonight. Maybe I'll go eat there. Later gang.


March 30, 2006 - Msg 36374: HEY! Would y'all stop stomping around up there!?! The spiders here under the porch are starting to wake up and they may bite. :)

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36375: Floyd, how's everything with the Alabama gang this evening. I was just looking through some of the photos from past Mayberry Days events, that sere is a good time. I like finding a good seat and watching the parade and talking to the locals that remember the real good ole days down there.
Marty from Mt Top

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36376: Evening folks, just saying good night. Hey Marty, you might want to take your shirt into Mr. Goss at the Laundy cleaners. He may be able to get the jelly out of your shirt, that is if he is not out with Ms. Clara or Aunt Bee. Romeena, hope you had the time of your life and did not get car sick. You guys have a good night and sleep tight. Big Maude

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36377: Big Maude, I might just do that but Mr. Goss has to promise not to get any ashes or burning embers on my shirt.
Marty from Mt Top

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36378: Things are fine in Alabama. We're doing a big Mayberry show down here on April 21st with several Mayberry/Gomer Pyle folks. Y'all come!! --Floyd

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36379: hey asa guess its vending machine sandwichs and a microwave tonight real busy here at work..night big maude...floyd i will be a gusrd dog and stop the stomping!..hey marty i would love to go the mayberry days...what time of the year are they?..hey where in alabama floyd?..what goes on?..well aint nutting on tv good tonight...gona watch the deadliest catch?...neat show...hey Ro you working?..chuck whee are you??hey mavis..fg,hazel...well show comes on at 11...back with a snack in just a bit..SPOT

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36380: Evening, all! We had a great time in Nacogdoches, toured some of the lovely residential areas there, everybody's yard just bursting with azaleas. Then a fantastic buffet lunch at the Fredonia Hotel, then a walking tour of the Azalea Gardens, guided by the very knowledgeable woman who has managed the development of the garden from its inception. We saw all the standard varieties and many more, some 540 varieties of azalea in all. There are yellow azaleas, some tangerine orange, and a fascinating variety that blooms with two colors on one bush. You may have a white bloom and a pink one, side by side on the same twig! Stunning! All that beauty and the happy company of good friends, and it was a great day. Our bus driver, Dennis, has driven groups from our church since the mid-90s, about 66 trips, all over the nation. He's become an old friend. He works for a commercial tour bus company, but we always request him, and notify him in advance so he makes sure his schedule will permit him to drive us. He's a wonder.

Floyd, about that spider bite - soak it. Soak it a lot!

Asa, check your email. I'm about to send you a forward that I think you'll find interesting. Sent to me by my cousin, a retired Marine fighter pilot. He's still in touch with a lot of active-duty guys, and he gets some fascinating stuff, forwards some of it to me, after some judicious editing.

Big Maude, you take care of that cold. Take some ecchinacea, drink a lot of juices, and use those lotion-treated tissues to protect your nose.

If you all are getting up a group to go see TKAM, count me in. Probably my favorite movie of all time, and definitely my favorite book. As I think I've commented before, the movie is the first and only one I've ever seen that exactly follows the book. Much of the dialogue is word-for-word. I guess the screenwriters decided not to tinker with perfection. Even "Gone With the Wind", as wonderful as it was, messed with the book A LOT!

Well, I'm tired, off to dreamland. Have a good night's rest, friends, and a blessed day tomorrow. Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36381: Hey, Spot. Didn't see you there on the porch steps. Thanks, but I'll pass on the snack right now. I ate too much at the Fredonia (wonderful food), and I think if I ate anything else now it would lay on my chest! Thanks anyway. --Romeena

March 30, 2006 - Msg 36382: Thank you Romeena. That was way cool. I sent you a short novel back.:)

Sorry Floyd. Didn't know you were hiding under there. That's a pretty good suit, I didn't even see you. You get that in Mt. Pilot?


March 30, 2006 - Msg 36383: Glad you are back safe and sound, RO, and that you were able to rejoice in the beauty of God's creation.

Wow, thanks for the great tree advice, guys. Who knew you would be a tree expert, ASA. Boy, am I lucky. It seems we have something in common besides TAGS. I am a ga-ga tree lover! I am absolutely nuts about pines but like others, too. These oaks down here grow so sloooow but once they do they are beautiful. I would like a pecan tree and plan on planting some pines along the fence line, probably. I am planning on researching which fruit trees will grow here. I know pear trees will and some apple trees. I discovered a huge grape vine on the property and I wouldn't let Bruce dig it up so I will have some wild grapes for jelly. To answer your question, Asa, I would like a few trees that would grow taller than the oaks, with larger leaves. I am wondering if its possible to grow Aspens here on the coast. I think I might stay away from the Cottonwoods and Poplars. We have quite a few Chinese Tallows around here and I like them but they drop very sharp little pods that kill your feet if you step on them. I like them, though, because they are some of the very few trees that change color here in the winter. When we finish clearing the land I will send a picture for Ro to put on her photo site and maybe you can look at it and give me your opinion about what would look nice. All we have here is sand, no real dirt so that might make a difference as far as what we can grow. Believe it or not, the pines grow really well here (must like the sand). I know I will plant some Crepe Myrtle trees (the bright pink ones).

Sorry to bore the rest of you with all the tree talk.

Today was a full day. I have to tell ya, the lasagna was the best I have ever made. Mmmmm, mmm, good! I cooked up some good green beans, seasoned with bacon and we had garlic bread. Pretty good meal. Sean loved it. I no sooner put it on his plate and it was gone! I just finally finished cleaning up the kitchen after 9pm. Bruce and Sean went on a mission to buy Sean a new bike for his birthday (he turns 11 on Sunday) because Sean has a bike-a-thon to ride in tomorrow and needed a bike. They went to 2 different WalMarts and a KMart before they found the bike they wanted and by this time it was almost 8. Well, when Bruce tried to fill the tires, one of them had a hole in it and they discovered the brakes didn't work, so it was back to KMart to get his money back and then to WalMart for another bike! So, we ate supper pretty late. When you have kids at home, life is never boring, is it?

My bed is calling.....and I'm answering!


March 30, 2006 - Msg 36384: Ro, I was on your photo site and couldn't find the pictures of the porch pets. I wanted to see Asa's Barney but couldn't find him. I did see the picture if Bentley and he is adorable!