April 11, 2006 - Msg 36775: Morning Porch!

Sorry I've been away awhile again. Life seems to get so busy sometimes. Anyway, things are starting to look pretty on this end of the porch. The grass is greening up, and I have seen crocuses and even a few daffodils! Tulips can't be far behind!

And my Pistons are doing great! I can't wait for the play-offs. (The Red Wings are doing great, too!)

Me-They and Daphne (welcome by the way!) I read with interest your comments about not running away from the world, as well as not hitting the world over the head with my Bible! Sometimes I get caught up in an issue, like abortion. I have a friend who spent 15 years in prison for murder. This friend always reminds me that whatever the evils of the world are, they can all be solved by Jesus Christ. I know not everyone believes that, but I think it is a much gentler way to face the world, realizing the forgiveness and love of Christ is what is needed today, and not arguing down people I disagree with. My friend is someone I will always treasure for continuing to help me realize that!

Well, I have soooo much work to do. I am hosting Easter again this year, so y'all are welcome to come by for some Ham, Cheesy Potatoes, Casseroles of many kinds, rolls, salads, and lots and lots of CHOCOLATE!! That will be on Sunday of course!

Have a wonderful Mayberry Tuesday!
Mary Wiggins

April 11, 2006 - Msg 36776: Well! In all my born days! I think that is the first time I swept here! Guess I am getting the porch cleaned up and ready for Easter, too!


April 11, 2006 - Msg 36777: CHOCOLATE!!! I am so there Mary Wiggins. Me and chocolate go way way back.:)


April 11, 2006 - Msg 36778: You know what they say about a man who keeps puttin off getting married? They say he starts getting iritable. "
- Barney Fife

April 11, 2006 - Msg 36779: Well, I think once he GETS married he finishes getting irritable! HAHA

April 11, 2006 - Msg 36780: HI THERE.

April 11, 2006 - Msg 36781: Well gang I will have to do alot of reading the archives...but I hope Im back!...prayers to all in the storms path...been jus heck at work I finally got a day off...whew...hey big maude,mav,buckeye,ro,boo,hazel,asa,mary,and all the old ones and new porch sitters...tonight will be pork butts on the smoker and sweet taters and green beans and will someone make some slaw...?...hey TOM...barney...fg,possum,where is chuck?...well let me get on the tractor and cut this here garden and get ready for planting...SPOT

April 11, 2006 - Msg 36782: hey Lucy,daph and thurston....SPOT

April 11, 2006 - Msg 36783: http://www.kaamradio.com/

don't forget about this station. scroll down a tad and click "LISTEN LIVE." you guys will love this music and they need support!

not but a few minutes ago they played the song rafe hollister sang... what was is called, "enduring young charms" or something!

made me think of you guys... ;-)


April 11, 2006 - Msg 36784: Hey everyone. Lots of excitement around here today. I just came back from a luncheon that featured Justice O'Connor as the keynote speaker. She is a remarkable person. I enjoyed her talk--it was very interesting and punctuated with humor. I haven't always agreed with her rulings, but it was an honor to meet her.

Well, now it's time to get cuaght up here at work. I'll try and check in later. Y'all have a great afternoon!


April 11, 2006 - Msg 36785: Great sweep, MARY WIGGINS! I do enjoy things clean and tidy.


April 11, 2006 - Msg 36786: just dropping in for a quick hello; mary wiggins sure have missed you and it will be an honor to eat with you sunday. tonight it's applebees on the mayor. spot after we eat your great supper we can all gather at applebees about 10pm for a midnight snack on the mayor. sure glad you were spared the blunt 9of the storm. prayers for you, and your freinds mom, TOM. hey to daphine and the rest. welcome thruston and any new porchsters from the mayor. it seems like everyday confusion and new discoveries bombard us which i think is the devil working overtime but i wanted to hear your thoughts on the latest judas book of the bible supposedly unearthed. i 'm not wasting my timewatching but wondered your thoughts. barney had better get out the old salt and pepper for easter sunday, have his hat pressed and let floyd splash all his good smelling stuff on him and maybe thelma lou will give him some jaw sugar. asa, are you going to save some of that chocolate at mary's for us ? mdc, where is you? mayor buckeye

April 11, 2006 - Msg 36787: Believe me if all those endearing young charms
Which I gaze on so freely today

Rafe Hollister......what a set of pipes.

I thought I'd sing something from the light classics myself. Or maybe la cocarocha (sp?)
fun girl

April 11, 2006 - Msg 36788: Ha! It's spelled "cucaracha", fun girl, but I like your spelling best, because the word translates (at least locally) as "co-ckroach". You know, the creepy crawly.

Just passing through - tree-trimmers are supposed to be here any minute. They'd better be on time, because at 5:30 I'm outta here! Going out to dinner, then to see "Phantom of the Opera" at Fair Park Music Hall, compliments of my son and DIL - a Christmas gift. My DIL's mom (my best friend) is going too, as well as DIL. A "girl's night out". Should be a lot of fun, and I've heard some really great reviews on this presentation of The Phantom. I've never seen it, so am really looking forward to it. I have all the music, play it in the car a lot, but have never seen the show. Woohooo!

Sugarplum says 10-4! --Romeena

April 11, 2006 - Msg 36789: Good afternoon to you all, I haven't had a chance to sit until now, been covered up here at work. Makes for a long stressful day. Hope all is well. Romeena, hope you have a swell time tonight, you will have to fill us in when you have a chance. Thanks for cleaning up, Mary Wiggins. Welcome back SPOT, I can do the cole slaw. Supper sounds great, I was wondering what I was going to eat. Well, its time to go home. Gotta pick my son up at the Youth ministers house
and then go see what my 11 year old daugther is into. You guys take care and I'll see you at supper, count me in for Applebees as well. BIG MAUDE

April 11, 2006 - Msg 36790: I'm in for dinner at SPOT's and a snack at Applebee's later. Why, sometimes I'm not even in bed until 10:30 or 11:00.

Have a good evening everyone! Enjoy the show, ROMEENA!


April 11, 2006 - Msg 36791: "WE WILL NOT SING! WE WING NOT SING!"


April 11, 2006 - Msg 36792: Wing? Geeesh. People, I really don't know what happened there. You know what I meant I'm sure.


April 11, 2006 - Msg 36793:
Hey Folks,

Romeena-We went to see "The Phantom of the Opera" up in Toronto a few years back. I loved it. Hope you do also. Have a good time.

Well, We have one little patch of snow out back fighting the odds but other than that it is full steam ahead with Spring. My goodness I love this season, just Love It!

buckeye-I get a kick out of Barney when he mentions "old salt and pepper." How have you been buckeye? It has been a spell since we chatted.

Me-They-Wow, what a treat, Justice O'Connor. Getting to spend time with a Supreme Court Judge now that's something.

Yeah boy, it does feel good to sit a spell with you good folks.


April 11, 2006 - Msg 36794:
Haha! Me-They, you got your tongue twisted around your eye tooth and you couldn't see what you were saying. ;o)

April 11, 2006 - Msg 36795: Hey DAPHNE, you have a wonderful way of sharing from your heart. I know its tempting to want to just run away but as the saying goes, "Where there are people, there are problems" (even in North Carolina.). I kind of think the answer is to spend time in the Christian disciplines (daily prayer, bible reading, etc) and ask God to lead us where we should be because He has a plan for all of us and can use us (and protect us) wherever we are. I have felt that way while living here with my parents. Sometimes it feels like the last place I care to be and I have done my share of complaining about it to all of you over the last year but the truth is, I have had the priveledge of joining God in his work here by being able to help more people and relieve alot of suffering (more than I ever did in the town I used to live in). I sure have wanted to run away at times, though and its been difficult. But what really matters in eternity, my comfort or God's plan, right?

MDC, I agree whole-heartedly with your opinion, especially about reaching our world, "one soul at a time". May God use you and bless you with an ever increasing faith, knowledge of His grace. Amen.

Prayers for your friend, TOM.


April 11, 2006 - Msg 36796: Man, I just had a rough time with the censor. I had to remove a whole paragraph from my last post because I couldn't get past the censor but it never showed what the offending word was. Usually the censor highlights the word that is the problem but not anymore. That happened to me yesterday, too, when I put too many letters in a word. Anyone else had trouble?


April 11, 2006 - Msg 36797:
"Welcome sweet springtime we greet theee in S**NG!" Whew, 88 degrees in Phoenix today!
Prayers all around for you and yours, especially Tom's friend!
BOO- I watched some of it. I missed Yule brenner! ha. But it seemed pretty good! Wow, you became a Christian watching Jesus of Naz on abc TV!!!??? Times sure hav changed. But if we pray and turn from our wicked ways, the Lord will hear our prayer and heal our land. In matthew 24 jesus speaks of 'nation will rise against nation' There, in the Greek, nation is translated as 'ethnic group' and we have seen that in recent times in the balkans, africa, middle east and now in the US? Let us continue to pray! Lord help us!
RO- hope you liked the play. Look out for the chandelier! ha
Buckeye- My qestion to the papers finding, if Judas hanged himslf, how could he then write a gospel? hummm
Good to see mavis, mary, tom, deb and others.
AUH20- my folks have a living trust and I suggest that ALL get one! My in-laws did also, and when they passed, all went very well!
DAPHne, Your dream will come true in Heaven! We'll walk those streets of gold right to the courthouse each day, set, talk, play checkers,
Barn will wear his salt and pepper (good for doin' the dip, ya know)(no need for uniform, ha) and Andy and the gang will be there. All I can say is that I KNOW that I know! Hope all your week is SPECIAL and our celebration of the Resurection will be Grand!
God bless

April 11, 2006 - Msg 36798: Hey to Boo, didnt see ya there. No prob here even with my 3 "!" in a row, hmmmm

April 11, 2006 - Msg 36799: HI ALL.

April 11, 2006 - Msg 36800: Evenin' Porch,
My Great-Uncle Jimmy who was so sick has gone to be with Mr. Knott's today. He couldn't make it after the cancer surgery and emphysema. Uncle Jimmy was a Korean war veteran, good joke teller, wonderful all around guy, but most of all he was a church goin' Christian. My Grandmother Elizabeth seems to be handling it well, but she asked me to pray. She told me not to come up for Friday's funeral since I was just in Ky. Anyway, I know some of y'all have been praying for him and I wanted to share.
I'm a bit tired tonight so I'll write more to my friends later. What was tonights episode of TAGS about?
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy Matthews
"I'll Fly Away, oh glory, I'll fly away. When I die hallelujah by and by I'll fly away."

April 11, 2006 - Msg 36801: M-T yea applebee"s...sounds good....got to get bed work at 6 in the morning...hey,ro,boo,buckeye,possum,fg,hazel,lucy,and all...prayers fot the storm people...breakfast in the morning is on Lucy....I-Hop..SPOT

April 11, 2006 - Msg 36802: Lucy, I am so sorry for your loss, but I'm sure he rejoices tonight to be freed from his bondages and illnesess. May God bless you and yours in the coming days and weeks.
Tonights TAGS was when Helen's niece came to visit and interfered with Opies catch. I just love it when Andy tells Helen "It was interference!"
Tom, glad to hear your friend is ok. Good deal.
Romeena's out on the town with the ladies? Lord have mercy, hide the elixir!:)


April 11, 2006 - Msg 36803: and hey daph.......SPOT

April 11, 2006 - Msg 36804: Romeena ya better behave yer self!...Asa will get ya!!SPOT

April 11, 2006 - Msg 36805: All this talk about eternal life is quite fitting during Holy Week, isn't it! I am rejoicing as I write. Sometimes its hard to understand why God did what He did for us when he gave His son but I am so thankful.

MDC, I didn't know that about the Greek translation of nations in that passage, interesting, and yes, it was watching Jesus of Naz that God used to bring me Him. It's a funny thing but I find that I use movies alot with my Sunday school students. They love it and they seem to retain the stories because they are hearing and seeing them.

LUCY, I am so sorry for your loss. I am thankful that your Uncle isn't suffering anymore. Prayers for you and your family.

Here is a quote from MDC's last post: "My in-laws did also, and when they passed, all went well!" (notice the exclamation point) Does anyone think he sounds a bit too enthusiastic? heehee

ASA, when I was watching that episode of TAGS tonight I was wondering how NOW (National Organization of Women) or Gloria Steinahm (sp?)would feel about it.

Gotta hit the rack,


April 11, 2006 - Msg 36806: Prayers for your family Tom and for all the rest of the porchsters. Jake & I went to have his senior pics done & the shots I saw are going to be great! I had him take a few shots of us together too. As soon as I get the cd, I'll send a pic or 2 to Ro so you can all see them. auh2o be sure to read the archives for my last post. I'm off to bed.

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36807: Wow! I'm home from "The Phantom of the Opera" and it was wonderful. Very well done. The staging and special effects were very impressive, and the voices were - well - hard to describe. Thrilling? Exciting? Amazing? Yep, all of those. Really enjoyed it.

You all were speaking of Holy Week - I was doing battle with a recalcitrant climbing rose yesterday, got in a big old fist fight with it. I finally won, but not without some scars. That thing has thorns like daggers, and it isn't afraid to use them. At one point, it had two thorns dug into my leg, some tangled in my hair, had dug a trail in my arm, and had impaled the back of my hand with a particularly nasty and determined cluster of thorns. Any movement on my part just dug one of the thorns deeper into some part of my body. As I stood there bleeding, wondering how I was going to get free, I suddenly had a mental picture of Christ with the crown of thorns pushed down on his head. No comparison, of course, but my own few thorns at least pointed my thoughts in that direction. I stood just frozen for a few seconds, with that picture in my mind, and then I saw them. On the end of one of the vicious canes, there was a cluster of absolutely beautiful roses. A lovely mix of sunrise colors, and a sweet fragrance - just so pretty. So, out of meanness, thorns and pain, beauty was born. I'm so glad God didn't let me overlook the symbolism there. I'll never look at that ornery rose bush in the same way again.

Well, I'm ready to turn in. The Plum has preceded me, and I'll get a grumbly growl from her when I make her vacate my pillow. Nothing more, just that little "Aw, Mom!" growl. So funny.

Have a wonderful day tomorrow, everyone. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

"Al, if those burgers are ruined, I'm not going to be responsible!" -Floyd (waving a banana in the air.)

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36808: lucy, prayers for you and uncle jimmys family, i salute him as a fellow soldier. what part of ky was he from? i have relatives all over ky, my philosophy is look up addresses, drive by and if they look poor their probably related so i drive on by. if they look well off they probably aren't but maybe i'll stop by and see what shakes out of the conversation. ha. rommena, are you and the plum into that hard cider? you said you were having your tree trimmed and it ain't even the fourth of july, christmas is at least 8 months off. ha. mavis, i'll bet jake looked great and i look forward to the pics. pleasant dreams. boo, i say amen for what the lord did for us. ladies have you got your easter bonnets, new shoes, new outfit for easter yet? me i thing i'll just wear the old salt and pepper. might spring for some of floyds witch hazel, it being a really big occasion and all. mdc, maybe judas left it as a suiside note since i wasn't there. auh20, its been to long since we visited you have been missed. spot, since lucy is busy with her uncles funneral why not have breakfast at i-hop like you suggested but put it on asa's bill" we may see the easter bunny at i=hop and if we ask real nice get to take a picture with the ole bunny. good night porchsters, your the best. buckeye

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36809: in the mornongs i'm not to hungry so at i-hop i'll just have 6 eggs, 6 slices bacon, 2 sausage patties a triple stack of pancakes, a pot of coffee. i'm eating light cause i have to fit in the ole salt and pepper, fred always presses it so well. since asa is buying i'll probably leave a whole 25 cents tip for the waitress cause she may have a chiropracter visit after carrying that tray. bless her heart. what i thought was a smile on her face was actialy an expression of pain carrying my tray. may the good lord bless each of you. buckeye

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36810: Just a comment from about Jesus. The other nite my 8 year old said he wanted to die. He didn't say it sarcastically or rudely, it was just a simple factual statement. I asked, why do you want to die. . .his reply - so I can go to Heaven and see Jesus. I thought - wow - what childlike faith that is. At 8 - he had a sense of peace that many don't have as adults. He just loves John 3:16 and he understands what it means. During mule days he had $20 to spend - he bought a leather wallet with a cross stamped into it. He was very excited and very proud of his wallet.


April 12, 2006 - Msg 36811: oops - where did that from come in at. . .


April 12, 2006 - Msg 36812: Morning to you all. Hope you guys are all okay. Lucy I am sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers go with you and your family. Buckeye,your breakfast sounded filling. I couldn't make breakfast today so Where are we going for lunch? Mavis, Isn't it wonderful to see our teen aged boys all dressed up and looking like men. It overwhelms me to watch my son becoming a man and my daugther growing into a woman.Even with all the challenges they are turing out to be pretty cool young adults. You guys have a good morning and see you at lunch. Big Maude

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36813: Romeena,
Your post about the thorns in your garden was just beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.

Good morning to all my other porch friends. I hope everyone has a blessed day.

Homemaker, my 8 year old bought his first wallet recently too. His has a picture of an elk on it! (But he loves Jesus, too. He told me the other day that he likes to think of God laughing!)

Mary Wiggins

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36814: Good morning everyone! Wow. Lots of inspiring talk going on the porch. You people are something, you know that? Truly a bunch of good eggs.

LUCY: So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

MDC: The "Gospel of Judas" was authored about 150 years after Jesus' death, long after Judas could have lived. It is a Gnostic text. The Gnostics were a sect that denied the godhood of Christ, among other heresies. Although they are usually referred to as a sect of Christianity, most Christian scholars do not consider them such inasmuch as they deny the central theme of the faith. They "Gospel of Judas" may be put forth as a revolutionary "find" by the media today, but it has been around since the 1970s and in fact has been referred to in the historical record since the early church. It has never been considered part of the divine revelation nor part of the canon. It wasn't "covered up" by the early church but in fact was rejected as bunk. I wish the media, in their effort to hype something, would actually put out the whole story for once.


April 12, 2006 - Msg 36815: By the way, BOO, your post from last evening hits the nail square on the head.


April 12, 2006 - Msg 36816: Hey to the PORCH...hope everyone is doing fine. Busy around here in Chicager lately...get by to read but not always post.

Good to see the new folks...and good to see that the weather finally looks like spring. Ya'll be good...prayers to all


April 12, 2006 - Msg 36817: me-they, shucks i was trying to tell mdc judas either left a suiside note or was a ghost writer, your perversion sounds better. ha. homemaker, that is great about thefaith of an 8 year old. our pastors 10 year old rings the chruch bell, goes to the podium to make the welcome an announcements. always has a praise for jesus. i think he'd make a fine preacher if called. goober, got the sun screen on and ready for 80 degrees? big maude see you at supper at golden corral mary wiggins is picking up the tab. mary wiggins isn't it amazing how fast these young folks grow up. barney, now andy your not up on using these modern crime techniques like finger printing and soberity tests so i can't go out to the fruit stand to run off those fellows. buckeye

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36818: Prayers for you and your family, Lucy, during your time of loss.

All is well with me, just really busy. Prayers for all.

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36819: Hey to GOOBER and BUCKEYE. Glad all is well with you AFD; I was wondering. My wife has reached the point where she's started to count backwards--instead of "I'm (however many) weeks pregnant," it's now "only (however many) weeks until the baby comes." That's my cue to start getting ready!

Subway for lunch. Mmmmmmm!


April 12, 2006 - Msg 36820:
Thanks MT, that's the kinda poor attempt at a little joke that i was makin at Buckeye. If he was dead, hows he write it?
Good explaination of it's falsehood!
BOO- Very Funny! ya got me on that one! ha
RO- vey provacative! thanks!
Tom, Luci - prayers continue
God bless you all during this holy week.
Praise Him!
Barney: There only mulberry squeezins!

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36821: How's the job search going, MDC?


April 12, 2006 - Msg 36822: Homemaker, that just blesses my heart about your son. I love hearing about the faith of children, you are so blessed and I am happy that you are raising him to know Jesus. God bless your family!

Thank you for sharing the symbolism of the roses and thorns, Ro, so true!

Me-They, you really seem to have your finger on the pulse of what is going on in the Christian world. Are you of a particular denomination or do you just like to be considered a follower of Christ? I was raised Methodist, attended Assembly of God for 10 years, and some Episcopal thrown in and now I go to a Baptist church so I don't really think of myself as Baptist, just Christian.

Buckeye, I think you meant to say, "version" not "perversion" when you were speaking of Me-They (just thought you might want to correct that) hahaha!

Well, I watched the second half of Ten Commandments last night and didn't like it. It didn't stay true to the original script (if ya know what I mean).

Better go finish the chores. Please remember Sean in your prayers, his Tourette symptoms are terrible this week. Poor kid is jerking and kicking like crazy!


April 12, 2006 - Msg 36823: OK, I am frustrated! That is the 3rd time this week that the censor has stopped my post and I have no clue why. I finally deleted a whole paragraph because I couldn't find the offending word! I'm emailing Floyd.


April 12, 2006 - Msg 36824: BOO: Regarding your censorship problem, somebody over at Miss Crump's had a similar problem recently. Floyd explained that sometimes the censor is catching a portion of an offending word that in part of a larger word. So it may not be immediately recognizable. Just a thought.

I don't know how "on the pulse" I am, but I try to stay current. We have similar backgrounds, though in reverse. I was raised Church of God and Assemblies of God. After not being very involved for several years (the college years), I became Methodist (United) as an adult and have been ever since. I now attend the same church that my family attended for generations until my parents. Ironically, after years and years as an evangelical Protestant, my dad, who was raised Roman Catholic, converted back to it about ten years ago.

I really enjoy my church. Methodist churches run the gamut from Baptist-like to Episcopal-like, more modern to traditional. Ours is in the middle. We are still fairly liturgical and sing hymns from a book--both things we really like (do you know how hard it is nowadays to find a good Biblically-based church that sings actual traditional hymns?). It's funny, growing up in the kind of churches that I did, formal liturgy was nonexistent. But I find things like reciting the Lord's Prayers, the Doxology and the Apostle's Creed each week very comforting and uplifting. I don't know about teh churches you went to, but the ones I went to as a kid were rather "loud" if you know what I mean. Some people really like a minister that gets excited. I do better with a quieter style.

I often don't agree with stands taken by the UMC (big "c"), but I'm one of those who would rather stay and work for reform rather than leave. Anyway, it's a great thing that God works in all kinds of churches, and that there's a "right" one for each and every one of us!

I've added Sean to my paryer list.


April 12, 2006 - Msg 36825: BOO: Now that you've read the book the Reader's Digest answer to your question is that I consider myself a Christian who happens to attend a Methodist church.


April 12, 2006 - Msg 36826: Wow gang ..miss yall...just been busy in this yard gona read the mail...put out 15 more bags of mulch..set out 20 tomato plants, 23 hot pepper plants...will set out about that many more in about 2 weeks...hey Ro,Boo,asa,mt,lucy,daph,buckeye,mw,goober,mavis and all...tonight its gona be meat loaf and cream taters and grav,green peas,cornbread,tea...prayers to all in need and let me get back to work....82 and sunny here in ga....SPOT

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36827: and hey to my friend Big Maude!!...SPOT

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36828: Well, I'm almost outta here for the day. I'm off work until Monday, so I might not have the chance to check in before then. If I don't, you all make sure you have a blessed Easter.


April 12, 2006 - Msg 36829: How-do, everybody! I'm sitting here trying to cool off a little before getting in the shower. Been working in the yard, put a lotus and two water lilies in the pond. That's a stunt, believe me, especially the lotus. It's planted in mud in a big round pot, like a dishpan, very heavy. I managed to get it to the middle of the bridge over the pond, then just picked it up the best I could and swung it out and over, hoping it would land upright and in the right location. It did. Leaves are now floating, as they should. Same with the water lilies, though they were lighter and easier to control. Then had to fish out and clean the pre-filter (nasty) and treat for algae. Does anyone else use those "quick-connect" thingies on your water hoses? My son got me some, and they're wonderful, especially for those fittings that are under water around the pond. There's no messing about trying to connect a hose fitting, getting it cross-threaded and all the other little annoyances that happen when you're standing on your head on the side of a pond trying to keep from falling in.

Gotta run - taking part of a dinner to one friend who just had surgery, then taking all the dinner to my other friend with the knee surgery, will stay the night with her. Poor Plum. She'll be all alone again - this is the friend who doesn't particularly like dogs. I keep telling her that the Plum isn't a dog, she's a furkid, but she's not impressed. Oh well, as I've said before, Plum doesn't have it too bad, back there in our bedroom. It's better than what I had when I was a kid! Cooler, anyway.

Dinner sounds good, Spot, but I do have other plans. Everyone have a great evening. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36830: hey how ya'll doing. I'm back.

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36831: Who's back?

Where ya been?

Bring us any surprises?


April 12, 2006 - Msg 36832: Hi you guys... happy evening to all you fine porchsters!

just having time to get caught up. starting with romeena, how was "Phantom?" you may hve already wrote in, but i'm stopping to type a bit as i read down. another one of my obsessions is LES MISERABLES. seen it 4 times but have yet to see phantom. i should go while it's in dallas but i can't seem to get a free weekend lined up while it's here.

Boo, very sweet of you to post that comment about me speaking from my heart. you all seem like great listeners (er, readers), and i know this is the place i can share what i feel. there's comfort sometimes in sharing things with strangers... a peculiar comfort, you know? you also made me laugh making fun of MDC's post! but are you sure we can't just run away? ;-)

and MDC, i loved your heaven comment about walking the streets of gold to the courthouse, and sit and play checkers, etc.... amen!

on the subject of Jesus of Nazareth, i have it playing tonight. i let my 11 year old watch the PASSION, which she bawled her little eyes out, and now she gets to see this 70's version which shares the whole story of Christ, and is a TAD milder! it's easter time and i grew up watching htis every year at easter time! love it!!

buckeye, you're funny!


oh, the other day i had a censor problem with my post and "Floyd" said i had to many exclamation marks. i deleted the xtra ones and had no problem posting my comment.

okay Romeena, glad to read you enjoyed Phantom. i hear it's wonderful!

hi to the rest of you who's names i didn't mention... you all are GRRRRREAT! :-D

have a wonderful night and a blessed ressurection season to those who don't make it back to the porch til after easter! ~daph

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36833: Hey to all, I been taking a little nap on the porch but now that I'm awake, I was wondering if anyone knows if that Johnny Cash movie about Easter is going to be on cable tv this week? It's an unusual movie but his singing and the landscape are fantastic.
Marty from Mountain Top.

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36834: Evenin' Y'all. Lucy,my heart goes out to you in the loss of your uncle.I am glad his suffering is over.Prayers for you & yours.
Prayers also for our dear Sean and homemaker & Mary Wiggins' sweet Jesus loving boys.Thanks for sharing the stories.
Spot,that's my kind of supper! I was gonna settle for a bowl of Cheerios! Thanks,buddy!
Well,y'all have a good night. Love to all!
possum under a rock

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36835: Hey Marty! Hope I didn't wake ya up! I'm not familiar with that movie,but it sounds interesting.I'd like to hear more about it too,if anyone knows.
possum again

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36836:
Hello Porchsters
Just a quick howdy.

Lucy..many prayers for you and your family

Homemaker...that is such a great story on your 8 year old. They learn from example..that's a credit to you.

Gotta go...Hey Spot...how bout we all meet down at the diner for breakfast. Big breakfast...great food...and cheap.

Blessings to all

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36837: Hey possum under a rock!-I believe it is the movie titled 'The Gospel, Road" 1973. John tells the story in a "heartfelt country style". He walks through the Holy Land and in his mind he hears and sees what was taking place with Jesus this week some 2000 years ago. There are really no actors, just him and June singing and looking around the towns and country side of the Holy Land devoid of people as sounds and thoughts come to mind . Kind of lonely, eerie and thought provoking. I don't know if it was filmed in the Holy Land or a set but it was very convincing,
Marty from Mountain Top

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36838: Possum-I just looked up the movie on the internet and there was a cast of actors. I guess I remembered only certain parts of the movie with just the music and singing and the landscape minus any cast. I'm not sure why I did so, maybe because the scenes with Johnny
Cash's singing can leave a lasting impression and overshadow the acting in the movie.
Hey Rev- maybe you can shed some light on the Cash movie for us. Thanks
Marty from Mountain Top

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36839: Dear Porch friends, Just saying goodnight to you all.Thanks for supper Spot, a 4 star meal once again. Rev, I will see you at the diner. I truly enjoy the fellowship with all of you. You are all great!! and it warms my heart to be a part of your wrap around porch. I am so glad that you share spirtual and faith based feelings and information. I grew up in and am still a member of a Southern Bapist Church that is very mission
oriented. It is what I call a medium sized church
(about 320 for Sunday School and close to 400 for Church. We do a lot of missionary work within the church family but outside the community and around the country as well as some foreign missions.Even though, we on the porch, come from varied religious backgrounds it is such a blessing to me to be a part of a faith based group of folks. Let's keep these prayer chains linking together. Remember Prayer changes things!! Take care and God Bless you all.
Big Maude

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36840:
Hey to Marty, Dix, Daph, Big Maude and so many other new porchers! wELCOME!
DAPH- Yes, as we kinda get to "know" each other, we get a feel for how we react. While someone else may not understand a comment etc, we can josh around, as Boo did about the inlaws! Some of us have emailed a bit too, and so have gotten to know each other. Have you thought of posting a pix in Romeenas album? A great way to let us see each other too!
SPOT- wow, I think youre grownin veges for the whole porch. Now dont be makin squeezins, HA!
Me They- You also have a great Easter celebration! Spread the "Word!" (:
BOO- I agree, I didnt like the 2nd part much. All his questioning the commandments and the people if they should do it etc! Why did I just KNOW that was coming!! (I'd say HA, but it's kinda sad really!)
Well, Passover starts at sundown, and soon Holy Thurday will be here.
God bless you one and all! Prayers for the whole wide world tonight!
Mr Darlin's Cuz

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36841: Evenin' Porch,
Thank you all so much for your prayers. So far, everyone seems to be handling everything well. I think its neat Uncle Jimmy's going to be buried on Good Friday.
I grew up and still attend (a different) non-denominational church. Both of my parents were raised Baptist so I consider that my fall back. My parents church is a small (150-300) country church that I loved. We all knew eachother. I now go to North Point Community Church with 10-20k people each Sunday. I don't like how big it is and you rarely see anyone you know, but the pastor (Andy Stanley, son of Baptist preacher Charles Stanley) is just so awesome and that's why we attend. Plus, they have wonderful children's productions. Still, I yearn for the small church and there's not very many here in Atlanta that survive. A friend of mines husband had to stop preaching at a country church here because of lack of funds.
Y'all sure are in funny moods this week. It must be the pollen highs, or has Otis been by lately?
Prayers to all!
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy Matthews

April 12, 2006 - Msg 36842: That's right, Maude. I sometimes think that is the main reason the Lord has as all meeting together, so we can pray for each other.

Bless your heart, RO, for being so kind to your sick friends. That's love in action.

Lucy, I changed my mind, let's grab the husband and kids and run as fast as we can to North Carolina! I have been having a struggle recently in dealing with certain friends/church members and would just like to run from it about now. I am praying that I wouldn't get angry or let bitterness grow in my heart. It just seems like there are so many Christians in the church who don't practice wisdom and love and it causes everyone to suffer. I had a friend jump on Sean over something tonight that wasn't fair. She was just taking her anger out on him and should have come to me if there was a problem. Her timing couldn't have been worse. Sean was in one of the Sunday school rooms alone because his Tourette symptoms were so bad that he couldn't stop jerking his head. She and her husband entered the room and got onto him about something and made him cry, instead of coming to me if they had a problem. They have a son who is 9 and has a problem with lying and stealing. Last week Sean was trying to help out the Sunday school teacher by taking something from the kid that the teacher thought he had stolen (because he had stolen things from her before). Well, that backfired on Sean and they got on him telling him he shouldn't accuse his friend of stealing when he didn't. The problem is that this kid has a history of taking things that don't belong to him but nobody will confront his parents because they won't believe. The kid lies to the parents and they believe the kid...you know the old story. Anyway, I feel kind of betrayed because she is my friend and I hate that she would do that to Sean. I never mind someone correcting one of my children if it is done in the right spirit but this wasn't. She was just mad that someone accused her child and couldn't let it go. She didn't know all the facts. Anyway, I really don't want to get mad about it or for Sean to build up anger or resentment. I am trying to use it as a teaching experience and talked to him about not holding bitterness against a person and to be forgiving. I was preaching to myself! haha
It is just a hard thing for a mom to stay sweet when someone is hurting her child. I just don't know if I should ignore the situation or something later. I don't think it would help becuase these parents are in some serious denial....hope you enjoyed another episode of As The World Turns! I feel better having just talked about it.

Well, time to think about getting some sleep. See ya tomorrow!


April 12, 2006 - Msg 36843: Ooops, I meant Daphne not Lucy when I talked about running to North Carolina. I guess cause you two came to the porch around the same time sometimes I confuse you. Sorry,


April 13, 2006 - Msg 36844: Morning porch.


April 13, 2006 - Msg 36845: Okay - if a medium church is about 400 and a small church is about 150 then what would one call one of 35-50. . .it doesn't matter - our God is GREAT! and takes care of all of us.

Howdy Asa - how's the baby? I bet she had you from "hello"!


April 13, 2006 - Msg 36846: Homemaker, I did not mean to imply anything when I was sharing about the size of my chuch (which does not matter )I was just talking about my church. You are so correct, God is great and does take care of all of use. We are all on the same team. regardless of size. Big Maude

April 13, 2006 - Msg 36847: homemaker that would be a itty-bitty church. Morning Porch, off to groom a few dogs today & then on the road to DC. Jake has to go back home & we are leaving early for both of us to work. He wants to buy some video game system so he is working with us this weekend. I sent Ro a few of his senior pix to post, they turned out awesome! My little boy ain't no little boy anymore! *sniff* Big Maude you are so right about them growing up. I am very proud of Jake, he has been through alot & while I know he is a typical teenager, he is a pretty good kid. I came home yesterday to a house that had been cleaned, dishes washed & put away & Jake sitting on the couch proud as punch! Boo prayers for Sean, he sounds like a pretty good kid, he'll be ok. But I know what you mean about Mama's & their kids, I turn into a she-bear if someone hurts mine! Gotta go to work, dang it!

April 13, 2006 - Msg 36848: Oh yeah, does anyone remember the name of that site that shows you where the cheapest gas is in your area? I spent $40.00 filling up my Blazer last night & that is just ridiculous! Don't know what we are going to do. My business takes gas to get to the houses & I hate to have to go up on my clients, but looks like I might have to.
font color="yellow">*Mavis

April 13, 2006 - Msg 36849: Dang it!

April 13, 2006 - Msg 36850: messed up my ammeennnies. LOL

April 13, 2006 - Msg 36851: Thanks for the encouragement, Mavis, and good for Jake! You know he must really love you to help you with the housework. ha By the way, it costs over 90.00 to fill up my Suburban, can you believe that?! The dang thing is in the shop, too, having somework done on a leaky gasket or something. It's gonna cost me 800.00, plus I have to have the windsheild replaced and the back door fixed. I just finished paying for the thing and it is falling apart (isn't that just the way it works?!).

Well, better start the day. I'll check back later,


April 13, 2006 - Msg 36852: 'Morning, all. In spite of your kind words, Boo, about me looking after sick friends - I wasn't much help last night. Thank goodness my friend is doing okay and was really quite able to stay by herself, because that's how it turned out. I got over there with dinner, she ate - I didn't. I just kept feeling worse and worse, then got chills and a fever, and knew I'd better come home. I did, and made it as far as the little half bath in my utility room near the garage, when the dam broke. I lost everything I'd eaten for at least three days, it seemed. Have been sick all night, feeling slightly better now, but still not good. I cancelled the tree trimmers for this morning, and am going back to bed pretty quick.
homemaker, what would one call a church of 35-50 members? How about "home"?

Is anyone else familiar with the rose "Mr. Lincoln"? Deep red, large blooms and fragrant beyond belief. I cut three yesterday, and have them in a vase on my desk. You can catch that lovely scent just walking into the room. Incredible!

Well, back to my bed. This is one of those bugs that makes your whole body sore. All I want to do is sleep, but gotta go get some insulin on board. How my blood sugar could possibly go up, I don't know, but it will without the insulin, whether I eat anything or not. Hateful disease, diabetes, but ever so much easier to manage these days, compared to a few years ago.

Well, off I go. Have a good day, everyone. I'll see you later when I'm feeling more like a visit. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

April 13, 2006 - Msg 36853: Rev im with ya on the diner,im just running a little late...hey marty,lucy,boo,ro,hm,hazel,big maude,mavis,asa,md,mdc,goober and all....lunch will be ham and cheese sandwiched and oil and vinger tater chips and fanta orange....got to work at 10 tonight...back in a bit ..SPOT

April 13, 2006 - Msg 36854: Big Maude - please don't take my post as an insult. . .I don't think I have ever attended a church that was over 150 on a good Sunday and we live in ruurrralllll in Indiana where all we have is a flashing lite in town. My niece attends Southeast Christian in Louisville where membership is around 20,000. My sister in law said it is like walking into an airport terminal:)

Thanks Ro - I like that comment about it being like home - my boys absolutely love it! HOpe you are feeling better!


April 13, 2006 - Msg 36855: HI ALL.



April 13, 2006 - Msg 36856: Thanks, TOM. I needed that "kindness" poem today!

Hope you feel better soon, RO. Those stomach viruses are nasty things. Prayers for you today.


April 13, 2006 - Msg 36857: Morning everyone, It's raining here in Kingsport this morning. Not such a busy day today and tomorrow I have a conference to attend in Johnson City ( need continuing education hours for my job) so hopefully today will go smoothly and then I will be off until Monday. YEAH. SPOT, I am bringing dessert.. if that's okay. What about warm apple cobbler and ice cream? Hope you have a good evening before you have to go to work. Romeena, I hope you feel better.. and your sickness does not last long. Tom, thanks for the wondeful poem, they are always uplifting. Mavis, what a wonderful son, sounds like you have taught him well. Boo, the gas here is going up daily. It is around 2.72 or so in most places. It has definitely affected our routines and is affecting we what will do for vacation this summer. You have a good afternoon Homemaker.
See you guys at lunch. Hey to everyone else. Big Maude

April 13, 2006 - Msg 36858: Hey to Big Maude, Boo,Tom, homemaker, Mavis, Spot, Ro, Lucy, Mr. Darlin's cus, Asa and all the rest settin on the porch. The church I belong to is a small church with a Sunday attendence of only 12 to 20 regulars. Feels like we have another family that would really miss us if we weren't there. There are probably over a 100 members but most don't show up. There is a much larger church nearby where we now live but it just isn't the same as that little church about 10 miles away where we were married in 1978. We lived near that small church but moved over to where we are now in 1980. It just feels right being there.
Lunch is on -Chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese with tomato-what are you having Spot?
Marty from Mountain Top

April 13, 2006 - Msg 36859: boo- thanks for pointing out version verses perversion, i always used perversion with kids and grandkids when they told a story to me, well thatt's one perversion, but in that case your right i meant version. young habits are hard to break. ha. romeena, we have 3 mr lincoln roses one is a climber but they have only leaves now. asa, got to tease you,hope you don't mind my freind. in msg 38654 you said morning porch. reminded me of the jackie gleason show where jackie told norton to address the ball norton replied; hello ball. it reminded me of that. good morning spot, mavis, lucy, big maude, tom, afd, goober, mdc, homemaker, marty from the mtn top.and anyone i missed. mary wiggins i can taste that chocolate now. can asa and i lick the bowl? andy to floyd; floyd was putting talcum powder on him, floyd, your not crop dusting you know. barney to floyd; when floyd was using a comb to size barneys sideburns, barney floyd are you going cut my hair or put the mark of zorro on me? buckeye

April 13, 2006 - Msg 36860: Pie sounds GOOD big maude..hey buckeye..hm..TOM,Boo...The Lord sure gave us a great day in Georgia...80+ and nothing but sunshine!..gona go let Otis out to romp a bit...think we will go down to the creek and see if we see any crawdads....SPOT

April 13, 2006 - Msg 36861: Marty i will have some of that soup with my ham samich....SPOT

April 13, 2006 - Msg 36862: spot, you might need some of mary wiggins chocolate for a snack to go with your lunch? say hello to miss sherry for us. buckeye

April 13, 2006 - Msg 36863: Marty I have always attended small churches. The one we attend now is the largest I have ever been a member of and it is only about 200 on Sunday morning. We have small groups that meet on Wed. nights. I like a smaller church where you really get to know people. When I attended the Assembly of God it was so small we were all like family, so I know what you mean.

I just watched a DVD that I rented the other day and its due back today so I was FORCED to postpone my chores and watch it (how's that for an excuse?). It was a really good, wholesome movie called Dreamer about a little girl and a racehorse. Has anyone seen it? If you haven't you need to, trust me, it is wonderful! It stars Kurt Russell, little Dakota Fanning, and Kris Kristofferson. Only one questionable word, no s#x or violence and a really nice lesson to the story. Exciting, too. I give it 4 stars and 2 thumbs up. Watch it with the kids or grandkids.


April 13, 2006 - Msg 36864: Yo Spot- Hows bout directing some of that heat to the north or north central part of the porch. I bet the porch mayor's roses could use some of that warm air if he is going to get them ready for the flower club competition. He can't depend on Opie knocking Aunt Bee out of the competition with that football again. I got some major yard work to get done and I don't get motivated until the warm weather arrives.
Request- How many porchsters have made it to the Mayberry Days Festival in Mount Airy at least once? The wife and I were there once and we want to go back again. Spot mentioned something to me about wondering if any porchsters were thinking of visiting this year's event. Some of my connection to the south:
The new pilates exerciser arrived , it was shipped from Rocky Mount, NC. My VW Boys cd is on its way from Weaver's Store and my dvd "Return to Mayberry" has arrived-appears to be a copy from a VHS.
That is pretty much the news from up this way.
Marty from Mountain Top

April 13, 2006 - Msg 36865: wish i could marty..and miss sherry says hey buckeye and all....hey boo,lucy,ro,asa and all...tonight its pot roast and gravy,turnip greens,green beans,fried okra and sweet tea..will someone make some cornbread?...I will have to take left overs to work tonight!..well let me feed otis....SPOT

April 13, 2006 - Msg 36866:
Hi Honeys and Dears. If I do anymore housework, I'll officially have a new job! ha Search is going good. All this new fangled downloading of resume etc is somethin else!
Boo- Sure you dont got a leaking GAS TANK! ha
Check and see if you have comprehensive insurance, it may cover that winshilld!
That sounds like a good movie. Ever see "Return To Me"? That is a good one too.
SPOT- did you light up your crosses again?
RO- take it easy, remeber we aint spring chickens anymore! ha get yourself cared for. Maybe Plum will make you some soup!
Buckeye_ Of course you grow LINCOLN roses, you LIVE in Lincoln! geesch! haha
Newcomers- Check out us porchsters at

April 13, 2006 - Msg 36867:
Hi Honeys and Dears. If I do anymore housework, I'll officially have a new job! ha Search is going good. All this new fangled downloading of resume etc is somethin else!
Boo- Sure you dont got a leaking GAS TANK! ha
Check and see if you have comprehensive insurance, it may cover that winshilld!
That sounds like a good movie. Ever see "Return To Me"? That is a good one too.
SPOT- did you light up your crosses again?
RO- take it easy, remeber we aint spring chickens anymore! ha get yourself cared for. Maybe Plum will make you some soup!
Buckeye_ Of course you grow LINCOLN roses, you LIVE in Lincoln! geesch! haha
Newcomers- Check out us porchsters at