April 27, 2006 - Msg 37315:
Man! I never get shotgun!


April 27, 2006 - Msg 37316: Hi all. Been reading with interest all this talk on public schools because of the decisions we're going to have to make with Kai's education and life, and I'll be danged if I can't see everyone's side on this issue. Therein lies the dilemma that it looks like a lot of people are facing. Do we keep her in public school and hope for the best or take her out, thereby letting the dark powers that be continue to feed their ideas to generations of kids. I'm thinking about what happened here last year with the public school's planned "Diversity Day", which was supposed to have been in response to an incident between an American Indian and a white student, yet due to some opportunistic homosexual activists(from another city yet, mind you)it became a platform to press their agenda to the kids. They apparently got to the local paper as well, as the pre-event story was all about them, with pictures of two of the activist speakers even. There was one sentence at the end of the article announcing that there would also be some Indian speakers. One sentence.
I bring this up because over 70% of parents kept their kids out of school that day. I guess they figured their kids are indoctrinated enough just from the tv. The parent's withdrawal of their kids was met with two more angry and decidedly mocking articles, with one school offical frustrated at what she thought the kids need to be "exposed" to. That was her exact word - exposed. I think it is the parent's choice in what they think their kids should be "exposed" to. Not the schools.
The point is that all those parents took action when they saw a threat to their kids hearts and minds. And if everyone who can afford to, pulls their kids out of public schools, there will be no one(or less people anyway) to send a message to the school officials that we don't want our children indoctrinated into this kind of stuff. I hope the school saw the message. There was another diversity day this year, although I haven't heard anything about it, or whether they allowed the activists to take over this time.
In my own story, I went from grades 1 to 8 in a Catholic elementary school, and then the rest in public. And I did go through a rebellious period in high school where I drifted away from God. I think most everyone does go through some rebel period in their lives. I think the important thing was that I had that foundation of faith in my early years, and it was something that always made me question my actions. It forced me to, basically, take responsibility for the things I do. That's something that is lacking from alot of kids today, unfortunately. And it too, is taught to them, in the media and from activists like those I talked about.
Like in a sturdy house, a strong foundation is the key. The kind of foundation I'm referring to though is still a kind of rock, but it is a rock that can never be broken. It can be tempted, toyed with, mocked, spat on, kicked, and even moved short distances, but it is always there deep down and can never be totally destroyed.
Now that my lesson on geology is over;), I should tell you that our visit with the realtor went well yesterday. She said we don't really have to even do anything to improve the house because she thinks it is ready to go(Aside from the upstairs closet which I still have some work complete, but my brother came up yesterday as well to help do some of that).
She even said she already has someone who is looking for a house like this and she will be coming over later tonight to look at it. And we don't even have it posted on the market yet! I hope this is a sign of good things to come! It would be perfect because this person's lease is up in July and she was to buy a house now though. This would give us time to find a place to live where we are moving to and still be in time to get Kai ready for her new school next year, so I hope everything works out.

And to the mystery writer, I love that song! Thanks for posting the words.

Well, I'd better go. Still have some spiffing up to do before the new owner of the house(just trying to keep good thoughts :)) comes tonight. Been working like a madman on this house the last couple days and it would be nice if it were all over.
Have a nice day, everyone!
-Sterling Holobyte

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37317: No, but you got to sweep, auh2o. ;)

Man, I have written some novels in my time, but this one must take the cake. Sorry for the eyestrain everybody.
-Sterling Holobyte

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37318: wow sterling that was some blog. I feel better i thought my speech was aslong as Mayor Fike's. I am starting to feel a little better. I am just sick of the cat Mewooooowing everytime I .... excuse me )achoooo. leave the room. I need a break. But I love him so much. Hope everyone is doing well and I guess we know when we see Elinora it's a couple talking. achooooooo.... sniff... cuse me.. Shazachoooom. I mean SHAZAM.

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37319: Sterling, no apology needed. Your "novels" are always a good read. I really admire your dedication to Kai and her welfare. Seems like all our porch folks are doing their best to be good parents, and it's not easy in the increasingly secular world in which we live.

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37320: Now, first off, let me state that I have nothing more or less against homosexuals than I do anybody else. We are all sinners, have fallen short, and so forth. But I don't condone the lifestyle. I "tolerate" it; I do not agree or accept it in any way. That explained, I'd like to point out a humerous point of irony. Yesterday was the "Day of Silence" event in high schools and colleges across the nation. It's purpose was supposed to be to draw attention to the "fact" that homosexuals must be silent about their lifestyle, or are silenced by the majority. (Now, based on what we are bombarded with every day I find it hard to swallow that homosexuals feel silenced--I know I hear about it all the time-- but, be that as it may.) Anyway, I found it ironic that yesterday, the "Day of Silence," was the one day we could send our kids to school and be sure they would NOT be indoctrinated by this form of PC propaganda! Kinda funny, huh?


April 27, 2006 - Msg 37321: BOO: I don't want to beat a dead horse, but, well, I definitely had my sensibilities pressed to the limit this afternoon. I was listening to NPR and heard that some parents in Massachusetts are suing their local public elementary school. Why? Because a teacher read her second grade students a story. What was the story about? It has the requisite prince and princess, but in this version the prince decides not to marry the princess but instead another prince. The school district officials are standing behind the teacher. They reason that since Massachusetts has legalized same-s*x marriage, they feel compelled to represent such relationships in class as normal. They say it's not a civil rights issue but a human rights issue. Also, although the school is required to notify parents when issues of s*xuality are to be discussed so the parents can opt their kids out, the school officials are saying in cases like this they are not required. So, it seems, some of us have it harder than others when it comes to reasoning where to send our kids to school. Things were simpler in Mayberry.

This is my very last comment on the subject, promise!


April 27, 2006 - Msg 37322: On another note, for those with cable mark your calendars for the weekend of May 20 & 21 for a TAGS marathon on TV Land.


April 27, 2006 - Msg 37323: Me-They, I couldn't agree more. How on earth can gays dare to say they feel "silenced", when there are parades, marches, explicit TV shows and movies, "Gay Day" at Disneyland and the like. I think they need to quit beating that broken drum.
On the other hand, lest anyone think I'm a homophobe or a gay-basher, let me say that I have many gay friends, and respect them and their right to their lifestyle. I don't understand it, nor do I condone it, but as long as they live their life and let me live mine, we have no problem. I have a good friend at work, who has been in a committed lesbian relationship for years. I know this, because my father sold a house to her and her partner. That's the only way I knew it. She doesn't go around promoting or pushing her lifestyle, just as I didn't find it necessary to share the intimate details of my life when my husband was alive. She is one of the kindest, most capable and compassionate people I know, and I wouldn't dream of censuring her because of her lifestyle, just as she wouldn't dream of pushing it on me.
Several years ago, I was the nurse for a young man who was dying of AIDS. His partner spent weeks sleeping on a cot on the hospital room. He did everything for the patient - fed him, bathed him and attended to all his needs. We nurses took him his meds, and that was about all. Such dedication and devotion would be rare in a lot of marriages, yet this young man was faithful. One can't help but respect that.
It comes down to live and let live, I guess. We may hate the sin, but love the sinner. I'm glad I'm not judged by my peers for everything I've ever done, because in God's eyes, sin is sin, period. There are no degrees, it's just sin.
So, if gays want to follow their lifestyle, I don't object, so long as there is no move to push it on me, or try to get me to agree that it's "normal". Therein lies the problem. Too many are not content to leave it at that, and that's when my objections surface. I think I'm not alone.

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37324: Wow, Me-They, that second post arrived while I was typing mine. Oh, my stars! You are so right - there are areas and situations where it's a lot tougher to raise kids than in mainstream America. What scares me is the possibility of such things becoming mainstream. I have to admit, I'm not too surprised at it happening in Massachusetts. When the people of a state continue to re-elect the likes of Toad Kennedy, then anything can happen. If we have any porchsters who live in Massachusetts, please know I mean no offense, and wish God's blessings on you. You'll need them. So the prince went off to marry another prince, did he? Good grief!

Sugarplum says pray for us! --Romeena

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37325: Hey Me-They, thank you for those kind words. I am glad you understand that I care very much for all of you. I think you guys are right-on, no education is as important as the education we get from loving parents, is it?

Yes Me-They, that Day of Silence is full of irony.

Shazam, I'm sorry but I don't know much about kitties so I don't have sound advice for ya.

Sterling, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I found them very interesting. I believe as parents the best thing we can do besides pray is to educate ourselves about what is going in in government schools around the country and then make our decision because from what I have read, even if the public school in your area seems ok now, there may be big changes ahead that you would not be at all happy with. With the opinion you expressed I would urge you to do some reading. I have a book I think you could benefit from and would be happy to send you a copy if you like. If you are interested, you can leave your email address and I will email you and get your mailing address. No pressure, its completely up to you.

I will leave you with this quote by a man named John Dunphy, who is a much-quoted figure from the humanist movement:
"The battle for humankind's future must be waged and won by teachers who correctly perceive their roles as proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity...These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers. The classroom must and WILL become an arena of conflict between the old and new-the rotting corpse of Christianity,...and the new faith."

A world view is being taught in government schools and its not a Christian one. The average child spends 40 hours per week in the government school system and in most families very little quality time with parents. They have homework after school, school sponsored activities, TV, video games and spend lots of time on the computer. It's kind of scary to think of it. Most kids just aren't learning what they need to learn from parents who are over-worked and in debt. I wish that at least parents of kids in public school would spend more quality time teaching their children a Christian world view and making sure receive biblical instruction in the home and in church.

See Sterling, you aren't the only one who writes novels! haha


April 27, 2006 - Msg 37326: Ro, Me-They and I were posting at the same time. Wow, interesting. I have a whole lot I would like to comment on about the homosexual agenda and the public school system but I am a chicken and decline. haha Maybe if I get my nerve up later because I do have some good information on the subject. I am just a bit concerned about hurting someone's feelings, just in case someone here on the porch might happen to be gay. I don't want anyone to feel unwelcome.

Better go get some work done!


April 27, 2006 - Msg 37327: I would do some reading Boo, if I could read.

...Had you going for a minute there, didn't I? ;)
About the book, no need to send me a copy. If you could tell me the name of it I could just look it up and get it if interested. You have enough going on, no need for all that hassle.
BTW Boo, about your most recent post. I think you are a true Christian - you have strong feelings about an issue yet you still are concerned with hurting someone else's feelings and don't want that person to feel like an outcast.

-Sterling Holobyte

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37328:
Romeena-Awesome, you are my hero.


April 27, 2006 - Msg 37329: Romeena, You go girl!!! Big Maude

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37330: I also am in 100% agreement with ROMEENA regarding her conclusions of the issues, and 100% with STERLING in his assessment of BOO. ALL OF YOU PORCHSTERS, whatever your orientation, race, gender, height, weight, IQ, hair color, shoe size, favorite food, hobby or whatever are precious in His sight...and mine, too!

(Okay, I guess I broke my promise about my last post being my very last comment on the issue. But on second thought, this isn't really a comment on the issues, just a comment about a comment. Do I get off on a technicality? What number citation is that?)

Where's SPOT? I'm hungry!

Y'all have a f-i-n-e evening!


April 27, 2006 - Msg 37331:
Wow, very excellent discussion and I think it 's great that all can BE discussed without being offensive. I think Jesus summed it up pretty good with the fact that we are to be IN the world but not OF the world. If He is our "prize" and if he is our focal point, then we WILL make a difference for him anywhere in the world. Andy G even had the piture of the people praying out in the field put over the fireplace on the set. It was his way of doing that back then, and we can do it too.
Have a great evening! God love and bless you,

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37332: Barney: "Well, at least take a gun."
Andy: "I won't need it, Barn, Fluffy and me have been friends for years."

(Someone posted that at Miss Crump's recently and its been cracking me up.)

Hey, MDC.


April 27, 2006 - Msg 37333: Me They and everyone on the porch. Supper is at my house, Spaghetti, salad and bread. lemon cake for dessert. Big Maude

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37334: My, I haven't been here for awhile, and I hardly recognize the place.
I just came in from planting a row of spinach! (I want to watch it grow before my very eyes!)
- Hazel

Barn: "I aint ashamed to say that us rugged lawman have our gentler moments. Kinda eases the tension after dealing with violence all day."

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37335: Didn't see you, Big Maude. I'll be right over for dinner. What's your secret ingredient in your spaghetti?
- Hazel

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37336: I'm guessing it's oregano. --Romeena

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37337: watching mayberry on tvland, it's where barneys a detective and giving ma and her family all the tips while they rob where the places not under survalince and barney is about to be fired. haven't seen that one in a long time. big maude, any spagheti left over for a late comer? romeena, could it be those bay leaves soaked in rum? hazel- you are a sight for sore eyes, we sure have missed you. can you watch the spinache grow from the porch? me i'm awful partial to lemon icebox cake.sure hope big maude saved me some. auh20- that's about the prettist sweep i've seen. boo, what are you doing for mothers day? sterling; that large book was great to read, in fact it caused my eyes to grow tired, so i think i'll call it a night, pleasant dreams. buckeye

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37338: Dropping by to say good night to all. Buckeye there is always left overs for you and I wrapped you up a piece of cake for later. Sleep tight and see you at breakfast, how does Shoney's breakfast bar sound? see you there. Big Maude

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37339: Just stopped by for a quickie post. Don't have time to catch up with the archives today.

I was flipping through the TV channels the other day and saw something unusual. It was an old episode of Hawaii 5-0. There was a commotion on the streets of Honolulu when a uniformed Honolulu police officer came over to investigate. I could not believe my eyes when I realized that the officer was none other than Andy Griffith! However, after watching it for a few minutes, I was saddened to learn that Andy was part of a swindle team who was robbing a man on the street. So out of character for Andy.

from Poor Horatio

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37340: That secret ingredient might be pickled papp, er puckered peppers, er Peter peppers, er, packer pickles... ha!
Ya all have a good 'un.
Hazel, good to see ya

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37341: That cake sounds pretty good to me, too. Might there be another piece left over?

Just got home from my neighbor's house - she called in a panic, worried about her dog. She has a sweet little spaniel, who suddenly yelped and howled like she was hurt but no one was near her. Then she dropped down on the kitchen floor and proceeded to poop and piddle while lying on the floor! My neighbor called me, and I went over. The dog who would normally be jumping on me and demanding attention just lay on the floor, breathing hard. My advice, of course - get her to the emergency animal clinic NOW. Before they could gather her up to leave, she threw up. A lot. I helped them bag that up to take with them. I can't help but wonder if some horrible person has thrown something over their fence, and Annabelle got into it when they let her out to potty. At least the vet should be able to test the material to see if that's the case. One more reason why I don't allow the Plum outdoors.

I've got a little wounded dove in the back yard right now. She crashed into my window a few days ago, and hasn't left the ground since. She walks around all over the yard, and I've put a pan of water on the ground for her. She eats the seed and corn that's always out there, but she just can't fly. She hides in the bushes at night, and just wanders around the yard during the day. Today she did flutter her wings and try to fly, but couldn't get airborne. She hadn't even done that before, so maybe she's getting better. I just hope a cat doesn't find her before she's able to fly again. I don't see many cats around here, though, so maybe she'll make it.

Shoney's sounds great for breakfast. They closed our Shoney's several years ago, and opened another IHOP. Drat! I love Shoney's!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37342:
Hello to all the porch family.

You know folks, I think we are all pretty much saying the same thing...."PARENTS, teach your kids about God and keep them in church." I feel a true Christian concern from each post.

Hey can you believe gas prices droped 4 cents here (SC) today? It is now $2.68 unleaded. WOW, now that's cheap..ha. I can't believe we are excited about $2.68.

Maude..thanks for the great meals. Very good! See ya at Shoney's for breakfast.

I pray for my porch family each day...Everyone have a blessed night and remember that Jesus loves you so much.

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37343:
Ro...posted at same time. I had a little bird that flew into my glass door some times back and it just hung around for about a week. All of a sudden one day I was walking near it and it just started flying. We were scared a cat or dog was going to get it but it made it.

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37344: Evenin' Porch,
Hubby's family's still in town. We're having a good time. Tomorrow's their last day and then I'll have time to read the archives and chime in. I just wanted y'all to know that I'm thinkin' of ya. Have a great evening, at least what's left of it since its 11:30pm Georgia time.
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy Matthews

April 27, 2006 - Msg 37345: Sure hope Annabelle makes it, RO. Please keep us posted (about the bird too, please).

So good to see you Hazel. I really miss you when you don't come around. I always enjoy your wit and you always have the best TAGS quotes!

Me-They and Sterling, what sweet words. I am humbled by them. I pray I will always have a Christian attitude when I'm here on the porch because you folks really deserve that respect.

Did any of you happen to watch Oprah today? It was about teachers who have s#xual relationships with their young students (some as young as 11). What really caught my attention was that 2 of these women were teachers in private Christian schools! There is just no way to protect our kids from everything. Pedophiles can be anywhere. I used the opportunity to have a talk with my son about those who victimize children and some of the tricks they use. Its sad thay we have to talk about things like that with our kids but we have to arm them with information to help keep them safe from predators.

Well, I think I will turn in. I have a dr's appointment in the morning after I drop Sean off at school. It's just a follow-up after lab work. Peaceful sleep to everyone,


April 28, 2006 - Msg 37346: thanks for the cake and stuff last night , that sure filled that hollow pit of mine. shoneys sounds great on my way, reminds me of the time in huntsville alabama shoneys and an elderly couple was talking at the table by us. they were from florida and i heard the gentleman say he thought he'd try some grits that he'd heard so much about, his wife said go ahead honey. he got a big bpwl of it , sat down asked his wife what she thought should be put on them. she said i quess anything you want. now they had my attention; i watched as he put salt, butter, pepper, sugar, cream, and topped it with syrup and stirred it up. he slowly took a few bites and said i don't know what all the fuss over grits are. i didn't have the heart to tell him it's either salt n pepper or sweet not both. i excused myself and went to the bath room and laughed. buckeye

April 28, 2006 - Msg 37347: Morning porch.
My goodness Big Maude, your doing an a great job filling in for old whats his name!:) Yer a great cook!
Hazel, so good to see you dear. Glad yer planting spinach instead of going down to the courthouse and getting a warped mind.
We used to have a Shoney's here,but they were lousey. Real bad food. Didn't stay open long. Then it became a Village Inn. Then we had a Denney's here that's been here for over 30 years. I drove by the other day and saw they had closed down. Not a big Denney's fan but it was sad just the same. Geepers, I hope Morreli's isn't next.


April 28, 2006 - Msg 37348: Buckeye, I didn't see you there. I think I was in that bathroom that morning. This good old boy comes into the bathroon one day and just starts laughing. I din't know what to think. Had me worried.:)


April 28, 2006 - Msg 37349: Good Friday morning to you all, Glad you are enjoying the meals. Hopefully, SPOT will be back soon and can resume his duties as Chief Porch Cook. Hope all is well. I have a busy week end, or so I have been told. My son has a outing with his sunday school class tonight, he has to be at the high school at 9 in the morning for some sort of football thing and of course there is always the shopping and cleaning that comes with Saturday. Sundays are pretty involved with church activities. My husband has to work every other weekend 9a-9p on Friday and Saturday and
12p-7p on Sunday so I am the cheif cook and driver on those days. Todays Lunch will be:
Tuna samwhiches with little sweet gerkins, chips and brownies with sweet tea or coffee. Dinner will be Pulled Pork BBQ or beef BBQ samwiches, cole slaw, baked beans, potato salad and sweet tea. Dessert will be Mississippi Mud cake. Don't be late. It is good to see all of you on the porch this morning. Have a great day. Big Maude

April 28, 2006 - Msg 37350: Tuna salad sammiches sound so yummy! With chips and brownies - now that is living!
Sorry - won't be able to make it for supper - the kids have a carnival at school (you know sucker pulls, throw the toilet paper through the toilet seat, cake walk) and we plan on eating there. You all are welcome to come - a fun time in the country should be had by all. About 400 kids make up the school - k thorugh 6. My son is in 3rd grade and only 20 students per class at the max! I am so glad that I don't have to worry about diversity day and the only moment of silence my children have is the one before the Pledge they say on a daily basis. I am so glad that I almost live in Mayberry!


April 28, 2006 - Msg 37351: Good morning everyone! Tuna sandwiches sound great, BIG MAUDE. One request, though, go easy on the mayo on mine. (Mayo! Now there's a noxious food-like product if ever I experienced one. Ooops! I didn't meran to start the whole mayo versus Miracle Whip controversy again.) I'll let the grits pass me on by, BUCKEYE. We Marylanders think of it as a poor cream of wheat knock-off. Now there's something that will stick to your ribs.

Y'all take care. I'll check back later.


April 28, 2006 - Msg 37352: romeena- i sure pray annabelle is ok, we have some sick folks out there. what's the plum doing. boo- it's always refreshing and lifts our faith in human kind by going on the porch. last night all the american flagsat our recently dedecated all veterans park was pulled down and the flag poles ran over. school teachers seducing young teenagers is something you'd never heard about when we went to school. lucy, thanks for checking in and letting us knowyour ok. rev- that bird sure knowed a good looking bird when it sees one. mdc- i vote puckered peppers the secret ingrediant. poor haratio, thanks for sharing that, hard to believe andy a crook. good morning to those still sleeping. as ernest t. would say;;; brick- house- crash. now sheriff i didn't throw no rocks as you made me promise. hee, hee. buckeye

April 28, 2006 - Msg 37353: asa, that was just me having a knee slapping belly laugh.. me-they,, i wonder who dreamed up that mayo concoction? big maude, i'll br there for lunch and supper also. homemaker, mayberry soundes better with each passing day. good morning to thefolks that are snoozing and snoring on the porch this morning. but andg i always wanted a car like that and low milage. barn;;; hands up gert you didn't think you was messing with a hick sheriffs depatment did you. buckeye

April 28, 2006 - Msg 37354:
Morning Porch

Me-They, Now you've done it! Now you have done it! We just get done weathering our way through the whole "public/private" school debate and you have to go and bad mouth mayo! Well well well! And, on top of that you have buckeye bad mouthing that wonderfully tasty sandwich enhancer.

I am off to compose myself (and maybe ordering a sub)

God Bless,

April 28, 2006 - Msg 37355: You're quite the cook, Maude! Thanks for the eats!

Well, the lady who came to look at the house last night apparently really liked it. So much so that she wants to bring her fiance' on Sunday to take a look at it. I hope he likes it.

-Sterling Holobyte

April 28, 2006 - Msg 37356: Ok,OK, we can have tuna with miracle whip, and
tuna with mayo and tuna without either. I aim to please so you now have choices. After all life is about choices and consequences. :) Big Maude

April 28, 2006 - Msg 37357: Woohoo! Sounds good, Sterling. Maybe she'll buy, and your problems will be solved.
Buckeye, it was the French who invented mayonnaise. Doesn't that tell you something? They're the same people who eat snails, remember. Miracle Whip, I believe, was invented in America. That tells me a whole lot!
I just spoke with my neighbor, seems Annabells is doing better. The vet thinks it's something she ate, but not poison. I'm glad, that had me scared. We had a poisoner in the neighborhood years ago, killed several cats and who knows how many squirrels and other little wild things. Vicious, evil person, in my opinion. A good argument for public whippings. If they'll poison a helpless little animal, what might they do to a child?

Mmmmmm! Grits!! I love 'em. With salt and pepper, and lots of butter - a perfect side to bacon or ham and eggs. Good with a little grated cheese stirred in, too. Real Southern Comfort food!

Well, gotta go feed the Plum. She says 10-4. --Romeena

April 28, 2006 - Msg 37358: Yer too kind, BIG MAUDE. You'll find a quarter on the table for your trouble.


April 28, 2006 - Msg 37359: Hmmm...I wonder if the French put mayonnaise on their snails? I imagine it would slip right down. And then come on back up just as quick.


April 28, 2006 - Msg 37360: HI ALL.



April 28, 2006 - Msg 37361:
Good afternoon porch.

Bid Maude...I'll take mine with mayo this time. But I like it both ways.

Me-They...give me your bowl of grits. Like Ro said, "salt, pepper and butter" (real butter). YUM!

Be back later...-REV.

April 28, 2006 - Msg 37362:
Prayers go out to the family and friends of one of the great writers of TAGS, Mr. Bullock.

April 28, 2006 - Msg 37363: Guess what?? I found out at the dr that my lab work came back great and my cholesterol is the best its ever been AND my HDL and LDL are good. THAT has never happened before. My blood sugar was even lower. Has somebody around her been praying for me, perhaps??.......Thanks!

Me-They, I agree with you. I love Cream of Wheat, hate grits! Love Miracle Whip, can't stand mayo (sorry auh2o).

Maude, you are doing a great job as cook!

Homemaker you are so blessed to live in "almost Mayberry". I pray that your little town will remain just that way.

Thanks for making me laugh ASA! You are a toot!

Sterling, that sounds encouraging about the house. Hope it works out for you.

Thanks for that lovely poem, TOM.

Glad Annabelle is better!

Well, I wanted to talk to each of you, hope I didn't miss anyone. I have to get ready to go pick up Sean and head out of town for the weekend. This will be an important time for us to talk some things out and make some plans for our family. I would appreciate your prayers and also for Erin. She is going through a stage when she has alot of anxiety about being seperated from me at night. She will be staying with her grandma and grandpa. Have a great weekend! Love to all,


April 28, 2006 - Msg 37364: Take care, BOO, and have a nice trip. Prayers go with you.


April 28, 2006 - Msg 37365: Have a safe and fun trip Boo. Don't do anything you'll regret later.:) And prayers for Erin that she'll be ok.
Shows you how much I know about stuff. I thought Miracle Whip and Mayo was the same stuff. I'm so inept.
Hope Annabelle continues to get better Romeena.
Big Maude, you got any of them little yellow cookies?


April 28, 2006 - Msg 37366: Sorry, Asa all out of little yellow cookie, but I do have a Mr. Cookie Bar for your late afternoon sinking spell. Be careful Boo have a good time with your son.
Big Maude

April 28, 2006 - Msg 37367: Hey, ASA...You're ept! You're ept!

Gotta get outta Dodge now and head on home. Y'all have a great weekend!


April 28, 2006 - Msg 37368: romeena, i figured the french or dubi ports hand a hand in the mayo jar.ha. tom, another beautiful poem, thanks. in the morning let's all meet at the mule barn truck stop for breakfast on me. after a big meal we can have a meeting on the worlds dilema think tank, nothing resolved but we leave with lower blood pressure, ready for a relaxing time sitting on the porch. PRAYERS FOR HARVEY BULLOK AND FAMILY--- THANKS HARVEY FOR THE WONDERFUL MAYBERRY MOMENTS YOU SHARED. MDC, YOU HAVE ANYMORE OF THEM SQEESINS TO PASS THIS WAY? rev- prayers on your travels. asa, let's have a do nothing weekend how does that sound? buckeye

April 28, 2006 - Msg 37369:
Hey Folks

Romeena-The French you say? Huh? Maybe I'll have to revisit my stance on Miracle Whip.


April 28, 2006 - Msg 37370: Haha, auh2o. I agree, but then I've always been partial to Miracle Whip. Spread a bit thick on fresh white bread, and a slice or two of thick-cut bologna - yum! I'll eat mayo if it's served, but given a choice, it's MW every time! Mayo is just mostly slick and tasteless, in my humble opinion.

Rev and Big Maude, your pictures are in the album, and the prints will be mailed back to you tomorrow. Rev, your daughter is a model, right? If not, she should be. Beautiful young woman! Big Maude, your kids are great-looking, all-American kids. You must be so proud. Thanks for sharing, both of you.

Well, guess I'll go stir up some leftovers. Got half of a grilled steak, I'll slice it bite-size, and heat up a bag of Uncle Ben's Ready Rice and mix the two. The rice will warm the meat without cooking it (I like rare beef) and with a fresh spinach salad, I'll be all set. Not too shabby.

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

April 28, 2006 - Msg 37371:
Buckeye- I think we are living in the book of Rev.! So sorry about those flags. Did any of you hear about the "new" version of the National Anthem! GW spoke out strongly against it! Finally! Good for him!
God bless America, Lord help us!
Mayberry heaven is to be quite a place!
Have a good evening.

April 28, 2006 - Msg 37372: geesh, not is to be "is GOING to be" mdc

April 28, 2006 - Msg 37373: Evening Porch, haven't had time to read the archives, but wanted to say hey to you all. Gotta work again tomorrow, & ya'll know how much I (insert sarcastic tone) love working on Sat. Hugs, prayers & good thoughts to all my extended porch family!

April 28, 2006 - Msg 37374:
Hello porch family.

Boo...praise the Lord for the good medical reports...God is GOOD..All the time! Praying for your trip and family while you are away.

Thanks buckeye! Prayers mean so much to me.

Ro....thank you so much for taking the time to keep the porch family photo book updated. You are so sweet. And thanks for the kind words about Erica (my daughter). And yes, she did a little modeling a few years ago for a clothing company but it's not something that she does all the time. And she really didn't care for it. School and cheerleading pretty much takes up her time. I'm proud of both my "girls" (wife & daughter).
(Now do I really sound like a braging dad & hubby?)

Mavis...don't work too hard on Saturday.

You all have a Jesus filled night and see ya tomorrow!

April 29, 2006 - Msg 37375:
Just saw on the homepage that Harvey Bullock, one of the great TAGS writers has died. May he rest in peace!Another good one leaves us.
RO- that was a neat use for the wooden measuring "tape" that you mentioned. Hope you wipe the water off each time! Does it have any old advertising on it? Kinda neat to see those.
So much of what used to be made of wood and metal is now oil based plastic. For example, could you imagine Sgt Carter putting a plastic bucket on Gomer's head! ha But really, a lot of oil goes for all our plastics, and it is a LOT!
Hey, while we wait for spot's fish fry, I'll treat ya all to Outback tomorrow night!
As andy would say, GOOOOOD!
Have a great weekend,

April 29, 2006 - Msg 37376:
Hey REV, just checked out your pix. Man, that is God's country for sure! Love the old weathered fence. Where is that again? Nice shot of the missus and daughter too!
Take care,
So neat that we can share like that.

April 29, 2006 - Msg 37377: My goodness, this is living proof I shouldn't try to read posts so early in the morning when I ain't woke up all the way. MDC, when I first read your post above to the Rev, I thought you said "Love the old weathered face". I thought to myself, that wasn't very nice. Mercy sakes, where's my Geritol.
Don't work to hard Mavis. And be careful.
Big Maude, that was a fine dinner last night. And that is a fine looking couple of kids you have. As is your family Rev. I don't care what MDC says about you.:)
Well it's Saturday. I have a 7 a.m. tee time, and after that I think I'll see just what you can do with a grown woman. Mine wants to go to the nursery and buy flowers and plant them. Guess it beats going and visiting her mother.


April 29, 2006 - Msg 37378: it's an overwhelming pleasure to see you all on the porch this morning. mayor pike says we won't let anyone translate our beloved O MAYBERRY song will we andy? breakfast at cracker barrel on mayor pike... have a great weekendporch. mdc, sure have to agree about the times. buckeye

April 29, 2006 - Msg 37379: asa, maybe you should skip your 7 am tee- off time cause after going shopping you'll have to bring the packages in and plant the flowers. it will wear even a young fellow like you out,. couldn't resist that one cause that usualy happens to my great joint shopping trips. ha. buckeye

April 29, 2006 - Msg 37380: Morning all, Glad to be off today. Romeena, thanks for posting the pics in the album. Asa, glad you enjoyed dinner and thanks for the kind words about my kids.Hey Buckeye, what is for dinner tonight. Rev. You have a beautiful family!
You guys have a good day. Big Maude

April 29, 2006 - Msg 37381: big maude, supper at red lobster on mayor pike. you'll come. buckeye

April 29, 2006 - Msg 37382: 'Mornin', everyone! Beautiful day here today, after rain and thunderstorms yesterday. Everything is washed clean, just looks so pretty. Big ol' fat robin wearing himself out in the yard, guess he's after the worms that come to the surface after a big rain. I haven't seen my little grounded dove this morning, but one like her just flew in and back out. Can't help but wonder if maybe it's my Dovie, able to fly again. She had been making some little fluttery attempts.

There's a silly little squirrel swinging on the bungee/corn device. He's just hilarious, gets a hold on the corn and swings around, hind legs sprawled out and toes fanned out, trying to stabilize himself. He falls off now and then, which really irritates him. Too funny!

Well, gotta go feed the Plum. We stayed up late last night, slept late this morning, and I need to get moving. I'll see you all later.

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

April 29, 2006 - Msg 37383: good morning romeena and plum. plum hope you got your carrot juice this morning. rev, just saw your pics on ro's porch album. i love the one with you and the guitar especialy the woods, i love that kind og peaceful sitting. gizzmo, nice family / thanks for sharing with us. i hope others share with ro's porch album, it's a great service and if you haven't checked it out ot mailed your pics i encourage it for your privacy is protedted as you can see. buckeye

April 29, 2006 - Msg 37384:
Hello porch family. Thanks to all for the kind words.

Asa...that was so funny.... but the truth is the face is a little weathered too. 46 years of weather. ha

MDC...that pic is in South Carolina (midlands area) It is really peaceful here. A great place to unwind after a long road trip.

Gotta go for now. Will be back a little later.

April 29, 2006 - Msg 37385:
buckeye..Red Lobster sounds good to me. Baked flounder, caesar salad and those good cheese bisquits for me.

April 29, 2006 - Msg 37386:
ASA- you are 2 funny! Better put them spectacles on! Hey, it may be the "grown woman" who is TEED off about tht MIL remark! ha
Ro- always so refreshing after a rain!
Maude- forgot-sorry, great pix of your also.
You all have a great day.
Taladaga tomorrow!!!

April 29, 2006 - Msg 37387:
MDC...should be a good race in Ala.. I won't get to see much of it (live) because I have concerts.

Man our Braves are sure getting into a deep hole. Seven games out now. We need to get the bats hot again.

Maude..how old are your kids? I know you're proud of them. A gift from GOD!

Well better get to bed...Everyone have a great service in the morning. Prayers for you all!

April 30, 2006 - Msg 37388: Well Gang im back!...great trip...lots of fish and a 4 ft shark...lots of small sharks and sting rays caught....about 40 whiting brought back...hey Rev,boo,ro,lucy,hazel,marty,mdc,md,Big Maude thanks for helping with the cooking..hey MT...mavis its Race Day...im back at work now till 6pm...yall go to "floundergigging.com"..and look at us on the web page!..we are the "Phillip Miller" on the front page...im in the back and Miss Sherry is on the left....we had a blast...well let me read...back with the lunch menu in a bit!...thanks for yall prayers for a saft trip!..they worked!...SPOT

April 30, 2006 - Msg 37389: Wow, Spot, very cool. Personally, I'd have a very hard time gigging a flounder or a frog or anything else, but on the other hand, I'd eat the flounder if someone else killed it, so guess I'm just a big old hypocrite. Ain't eatin' no frogs, though.

Well, I'm off to preaching. Glad you're home, Spot, safe and sound. Have a great Sabbath, everyone. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

April 30, 2006 - Msg 37390: Welcome home, Spot glad you had fun, now, are we having flounder for supper, cause Big Maude says she is tired of cooking. I was afraid she was getting ready to set up a "peanut butter & jelly buffett". I'm off to Home Depot to search for a new wheeled deal thingy for my grooming & see if they have any Bonsai. Can't find any around here at all. Back in a bit. Good Sabbath to my porch family.

April 30, 2006 - Msg 37391: Mavis thought I would save the flounder and whiting for a BIG fish fry this summer on the porch..MD you gona watch the race today?..hey buckeye,auh2o,TOM,asa you like fish?..hey,Rev good pic on the site...Big Maude whee is your pic?...kids are great looking kids...well lunch will be chicken salad sandwiches and lays chips and bread and butter pickels..grape kool-aid...redy in just a bit...well back to work got a few things going on...SPOT the"glad to be home" dog of your porch

April 30, 2006 - Msg 37392: Afternoon to all, Home from church and checking in on the porchesters. Welcome home, SPOT. Glad you are back safe and sound and ready to resume your cookng duties. I am plum tuckered out from all that stove slaving. :) Thanks for the kind words about my kids. REV, Patrick is 15 and Beth will turn 12 on May 16th. They are great kids, good students and both are active in church. Outside of normal everyday normal fussing with one another (and with me), I am very proud of them. I am with you Romeena, I am not eating frogs!! Looks like all is back to normal with the cooking dog back at his post. Have a great day and will check in later. Big Maude

April 30, 2006 - Msg 37393:
Good Sabbath! FISH fry at spot's tonight! Today we read the scripture where Jesus eats some fish on resurrection day to show the apostles that he was the REAL mcCoy!
So spot, get that fryer goin! ha
Prayers for all,

April 30, 2006 - Msg 37394: Someone fixing frog legs?? Count me in! I love 'em!!

April 30, 2006 - Msg 37395: OK.fish fry at the dog house tonight...and Mavis I do eat frog legs...good...just never have the chance...cant count how many raw osters on the half shell with crackers and hot sauce we had [not miss sherry] but Phillip and I on the trip...good in Fla. just dont trust the ga ones...Mavis will you make some slaw for the fry?...I will get the big fryer going at about 6:30....sweet tea..race rained out...will run tomorrow ...MDC will you help park cars in the upper field?...well let me get ready to head to the farm...porchster hunt for quite sam,lucy,deb and chuck...can anyone play a banjo?....SPOT

April 30, 2006 - Msg 37396:
Sounds good Spot. If we get full up, I'll send the cars to park by REV's weathered face, er FENCE! haha
Ole buckeye will be in the helicopter overhead throwing out the turkeys, ha (present writer not included) ha
Prayers for Boo, Mavis, Tom, Gizmo, Dixie belle, KY Girl and others. A dose of the Lord is good for what ails ya. Preach it brother!
Spot, I'll bring some of the colonel's elixer, just in case, teehee
Band shell all repaired and uniforms all fixed!
Mr Darlin's Cuz

April 30, 2006 - Msg 37397:
Hey DAPHne, meant to tell you a while back, that even if we all did move to Carolina to start up, remember, since we are still of a fallen nature, sin and corruption would still enter in thru offspring or whatever. Thats why i just keep my eye on Jesus and go from there!
Want JOY? Then go with J-esus, then O-thers, then Y-ourself, in that order! Saw it on a church sign once.

April 30, 2006 - Msg 37398: HI ALL.


Love Tom

prayer for everyone

April 30, 2006 - Msg 37399: Evenin' Y'all!!
I have missed my daily chats with my Porch friends. We had such a good time with hubby's parents, aunt, and uncle. They stayed for 5 days. We went to the Botanical Gardens, Coca-Cola museum, Nature Center, Bass Pro Shop, Stone Mountain, antiquing, and of course Chick-fil-A (they've never had it). It was tight quarters with 7 people in a 2 bedroom apt (Bigger than Mrs. Mendelbrights), but we made do. They all said they've never had such a good, relaxing time in their borne days. That's nice to hear.
Rev- Do you know if raw milk is legal in SC?
Romeena- I completely agree with you on your homos#xual views. I have a step-uncle who would give absolutely anything to you if you needed it. When I was pregnant with no money and my parents cut me off he purchased my swing, pack-n-play, and stroller. He's a chef for a very well-to-do horse family in Ky, so he's well off, but you'd never know it being with him. He has never asked for anything in return is accepting him for him. He knows that the family is against his choices, but we all still love him as a person. Isn't that the way a Christian should be?
Sterling- My son is in public school and most of the porch knows he was once called "g#y", but that hasn't happened again to my knowledge. The only thing you can do is make sure you teach Kai is to rely on faith. Bryson does a Godtime card just about every night for church and I read bible stories before bed. We try to influence him more than the school.
Boo- that's great about your blood work. How's your weight loss coming along? I want to lose another 10 lbs by May 29th. I've lost 24 or so since February, but again I don't eat for my reflux.
Mavis- Did you get any bonsai at Home depot?
MDC- Joy, hmm, I like that.
Spot- Glad that you're back. I'll try to see the picture.
Big Maude- I didn't get to eat any of your meals, but they all sounded really good.
Well, I need to make dinner here. Bryson's at the neighbors, but I need to call him home. Hubby's at a natural health expo downtown, so there's no telling when he'll get home. I went earlier and it was really interesting. Y'all have a great evening! I'll check in again tomorrow!
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy Matthews
P.S. Be careful little (or older) eyes what you see!

April 30, 2006 - Msg 37400: Fish fry was great for me!..hey local Lucy...big maude,TOM,rev,mdc,daph,mavis the race is at noon tomorrow..lets have a snack of peanut butter and crackers...and milk...prayers to all...Im so glad to be back on the porch...trips are neat but good to be home...asa where are ya....like I said good pics Rev on Ros web page , yall send in the pics ...I got to send more of our fishing trip when I get them....well back in a bit ...SPOT

April 30, 2006 - Msg 37401:
Hey Folks

Just a quick Hey! and God Bless!


April 30, 2006 - Msg 37402:
Good to see ya back SPOT


April 30, 2006 - Msg 37403: Loved that poem, TOM! Wow.

Well, I am back and had a really nice weekend. I will tell you more about it after I check out the new pics in Ro's photo album. Shalom!


PS-Thanks for the prayers! I felt them.

April 30, 2006 - Msg 37404: Thanks for sharing the pictures of your sweet families, Maude and Rev! They are something to be proud of.

ASA, I'll have you know that your post about the weathered old face made me spit my Dr. Pepper!! You should really think about giving up your night job at the Gigolo Club in Yancey, and auditioning for the Redneck Comedy Hour on Comedy Central channel! heehee You are gifted, Baby, gifted!

Isn't it time for someone to sweep this porch by now?

To answer your question, Lucy, I ate too much this weekend, but will be making a nice healthy menu for this week. You know how it is when you are out of town and eating out and when you are in a small town in Texas, the menu doesn't vary much. We did find a nice Chinese place one night and ate until it layed on our chests all night! No reflux here, Lucy, we filled up all weekend.

I need to go spend some time with Erin. Thanks for the prayers on her behalf, she did well at Grandma's. She only cried a little at bedtime the first night.


April 30, 2006 - Msg 37405: Hope the slaw was good, I'm not that good at slaw makin, now Peanut Butter Pie.....that's a whole 'nother story. Tom you will have to get a picture of that gum wrapper chain to Ro so we can see it, I haven't seen one in years. And, if I was close enough, I'd surely be there to help you with your Mama's house. Lucy nope, no bonsai at Home Depot either. Off to work on my website for a while.

April 30, 2006 - Msg 37406: Didn't see ya there Boo, hey!

April 30, 2006 - Msg 37407:
Hello to all the porch family. Just got home from my concert. It was here in SC so I get to sleep in my own bed...YES!

Welcome back BOO...so glad you had a great time. Been praying for ya.

OK MDC...I'll even help you park those cars by the weathered "FACE/FENCE".

Lucy...Yes you can buy raw milk here in SC. They have it in some of our health food stores.

Hey Spot...love those frog legs. Put a little salt on them in the pan and watch'em jump. I haven't had any in a while.

Well folks I'm kinda tired so I'm heading off to bed. Blessings and prayers to you all. You folks are special!