May 05, 2006 - Msg 37596:
37593- I been picken and grinnin since I was just a youngun, but my mama told me it wernt POlite! haha MDC here for a set instead of a pass thru. Yes Hazel, I hate when we writes a long post, but it wont "take" on te board!
BOO- glad the snake incident went OK. I am an Eagle scout. One time on an outing stepped over a gully and heard the rattle. I was about three feet away and it was coiled and ready to strike. Froze, kept my cool and slowly backed away.
On the TX Ranch house, Mr ooke told the ranch hands in the first show to "stay away from the women-folk" and then he jst got meaner and more indicisive! agree with Lucy, Mrs Cooke ended up running the show, which would never have happened in 1867, but they couldnt put their 2006 lives aside. The drive was kinda neat. Showed how shows like Rawhide really romanced a hard dirty job. On te otherhand, the ranch hands really didnt have much of a work ethic. Too bad they could not have staged a "real" indian raid instead of the pbs version. It was a very very hard life! OK- box away! bluey!
Terry- welcome to the front porch!
Spot- have fun, my IBEW bro has participated in the past.
AUh20- you bet, go DBacks, playing good lately.
Liked your "hourly " gas update! ha
Dix- I like your blue color.
Buckeye- Can i sing miss Mayberry in Francias? haha Free squeezins.
Ya all take care,
MDC (Mr Darlin's Cuz)

May 05, 2006 - Msg 37597:
WOW- all this "sweep" talk, and I goes and do's it! mdc

May 05, 2006 - Msg 37598:
Some stuff from earlier:
Sorry to hear about the actress who played Flora RIP I pulled out the ep with her and Goober and Andy at the diner, and another when she was a gas station attendant.
What ever happened to "Sharon Porter" Opies dance interest?
I read that Louis Rukeyser died. He did pbs Wall Street Week for years. I liked his wit and he made stock reports interesting!
Glad i stopped drinking soda pop. Now i see that many have high benzene levels! Glad they are out of the schools. Now about wally's...haha
MeThey- NO ONE may have to worry about things here in a 100 years! ha They way things are going.
Are we still all praying at 8:55 eastern?
Here's a thought: The only time I saw helen really relaxed and not so uptight was when she started dancing at Opie's dance. Hair bobbing and all. Glad she had a few "moments" anyway.
OK, I've talked enough. No job yet, but still got severence pay. Thanks for te prayers.

May 05, 2006 - Msg 37599: mdc- you can sing but that mike is sensitive, you know? ha. texas ranch house last night was funny to me, throwing manure toward front door of house in fly season? rider taken by commance and mr cooke said keep him. the ladies let the dishes go like andy did when aunt bea was out of town. guy throwing $19.00 on the ground and walking away? never happened in 1800 texas. nor today either, why thats a gallon of gas. ha. tommorow is kentucky derby and i'll go with a very long shot storm chasher. with all the storms this year it sounded right. have a great weekend. if we could do time travel, what decade, where, place and why? besides the obvious mayberry. gas prises central illinois is $2.84 a ping. buckeye

May 05, 2006 - Msg 37600: Evening porch family. Just saying good night. SPOT left me in charge of breakfast for Saturday morning. Menu will be pancakes with maple syrup,bacon and sausage, coffee, milk or tea.
Dont't be late. We will eat about 9:30 am. See you then. Thanks again for all the good birthday wishes today. Big Maude

May 05, 2006 - Msg 37601: buckeye I would go back to the mid to late 1700's in the mountains here with my Cherokee ancestors. Why? I have read alot about the customs & such & love the idea of Mother Earth. Why that time, Trail of Tears was in 1838-1839, wouldn't want to have to start off going through that. Terry you saw right, Tom is our resident poet, if you go back & check through some archives you will see how good he is. I'm sure if you tell him what you need, he will find something just right, he always does. Dixie I am so proud of you! Seems like just yesterday, you were a giggly little girl in H.S. trying to figure out which boy you thought was the cutest. Now you are all grown up. *sniff*sniff* someone pass the Kleenex. All the rest of you porchsters, I'll be back in a bit, got to put my birds to bed, they are fussing at me, the African Grey is saying Good night over & over again & it's getting louder & louder.

May 05, 2006 - Msg 37602: Hey Big Maude I have to work again tomorrow (& no I am not happy about it, think I'll complain to the boss...wait a minute, I AM the boss...shoot!) I'll be in the middle of grooming a dog at 9:30, can you save me some?

May 05, 2006 - Msg 37603: Fred Goss here. Thought I's say HEY before climbing up into the sleeper. Today's "Freightliner cattle drives" are a bit different, that is for sure, but i really do enjoy puttin on the leather gloves and helping load and unload these doggies. Heck, i've even sung to them with a little guitar music before turning in. Hey MDC, maybe buckeye will like my deutch version of Miss Mayberry! har I gotta stick with that original Ranch boss, the colonel, cuz them young greenhorns didnt want to WORK, and it just got to him. Ok, there's my buck-fifty's worth.
Deisel used to be 22 cents a gallon in the SEVENTIES! Now, well.. OK, have a real good evenun, hardy har har
Fred Goss

May 05, 2006 - Msg 37604: Where's Romeena?

May 05, 2006 - Msg 37605: Also, we need KYGirl to sing my old kentucky home!

May 05, 2006 - Msg 37606: Well I'm late, but Happy Birthday Maude. Been busier than a cows tail in fly season.
Hope all is well with everyone.


May 05, 2006 - Msg 37607: I'm rightchere! My bunco group just left, running ahead of a predicted bad storm, maybe some big hail. Glad I'm home, with my pet car safely tucked into the garage.

Have been veerrryy busy today, getting ready for this party, but now I can relax and read the archives and get caught up.

Mavis, have you found your Bonsai yet? If not, here's a link for you:
Not being particularly ept, I can only hope it comes through as a link. If not, just copy and paste, I guess. Anyway, I've dealt with Wayside Gardens in the past, and they're pretty good folks. I get a newsletter from them, and this Bonsai entry was in the letter. I checked it out, and they have some pretty nice-looking tiny trees. Kinda pricey, but bonsai are expensive anywhere you find them. Understandable, I suppose, when you consider the time and labor and bench space that has been devoted to them, to get them to selling size.

Well, the dishwasher is humming along, everything has been put away and the house is clean and peaceful. I think I'll go put my feet up, get the Plum into my lap, and maybe we'll share one more cookie. Nitey-nite, folks. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

May 05, 2006 - Msg 37608:
Hello porch family
Just a quick "howdy" before I hop in bed.'re right about the Braves this year.

I will be gone on the road for a couple days. Will be thinking of you all and you will be in my prayers.
O yea...gas went down today to $2.55 here in the midlands of SC.
Blessings to you all

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37609: big maude, happy belated birthday!!! thanks for breakfast. maybe we could get fred goss to sing happy birthday to you in duertch. ky girl to sing my old kentucky home for your birthday. asa- you got to slow down freind, your like man in a hurry. mavis, a great choice of years. if i was you i'd tell the boss i was taking the day off and go mayberring. dixie- is mavis trying to say your not a high school girl no more? you'll always be our special dixie. rev, you ever notice how when the oil companies get pressured they drop gas prices for a few weeks then whamee. i think i would choose the 1890's in new mexico or wyoming. the world was about to change but you could still live free and ride horses and not be so crowded. well everyone have a great weekend. buckeye

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37610: mdc, fred goss- just tried to get on the rifleman site and it said the site was temporaily out of service. buckeye

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37611: Mornin' Porch,
I'm not sure who asked the question, but I would live right here in Georgia during the pre-Civil war days like 1800-1859. That would be a good long life for back then.
I need to check my emails and then feed Bryson some of Big Maude's pancakes. Y'all have a great day!
Prayers for those travelling.
Blessings to you and yours,

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37612: Now on to lunch (trying my best to fill SPOT's shoes) grilled hamburgers, grilled onions for those who want them, french fried potatoes,
baked beans and chocolate pie and/or fresh mixed fruits for dessert. Lemonade, tea, soft drinks available. We will eat outside at the picnic table around 3 (lunch and supper) and then we cn sit and visit. Maybe even a listen to a nice band concert, play ball or badmitton or something. Plan to stay a while maybe we can roast marshmallows or make homemade ice cream later. Don't be late. See you at 3. Big Maude

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37613: HI ALL.

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37614: G'morning, everyone! Time travel, hmmm? YOu know, I think I'd go back to the '50s right here in the gold ol' USA. I was a teenager then - graduated high school in 1956. It was a lovely, much more innocent time. Full skirts and petticoats, penny loafers and bobby socks, hamburger drive-ins at the end of every date. Boys dressed neatly in jeans and with shirts tucked in, and for the most part they treated girls with respect. And for the most part, the girls deserved that respect. I had an idyllic childhood in the '40s, even with the country at war, and I just segued right into the '50s and enjoyed life immensely. I rode my horse every day, took good care of him, went to a tiny country high school (51 in the graduating class) and just generally enjoyed life.

To live back in the frontier days would have been romantic and fun, I guess, but there are details that aren't so appealing. Bathing once a week (if then), no deodorant, clothes washed only when visibly soiled, no a/c so lots of sweating, ladies didn't shave their legs and underarms (yuck) and men were even smellier than the women. Even the much-romanticized Southern belles were no different. Sorry, but I just enjoy being cool and clean. It's true, we didn't have a/c until the mid-50s, but we did bathe every day, sometimes twice a day. Also, I can't imagine enduring late-life hot flashes in a sweltering little cabin. Now you know - I'm a wimp.

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37615: The GOLD ol' USA? Wow, wouldn't a shrink have fun with that? Good ol' USA, of course. --Romeena

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37616: HI ALL



May 06, 2006 - Msg 37617: I guess I am a wimp too, RO. I think I will live with you in the 50's...sounds great. When you were talking about it I thought about that movie, "Peggy Sue Gets Married". Have you seen it? Peggy Sue is living in the 80's and divorced with a teen daughter and she somehow gets sent back to the 50's and she finds herself at her old high school. When she arrives home, her mom is the young mom she remembers and her beloved grandparents are still living. Neat movie, I think.

Maude, your menu and plans for the evening sound great. I will bring my guitar and we can sing. I'm pretty rusty but I think I can pick out a few tunes.

I have to tell ya'll about something I saw this morning. I was standing at the kitchen sink washing a dish when I saw a squirrel out the window. He looked like a real young squirrel, kind of small and he was playing with one of the dog's toys (one of those rope toys with knots tied in it). It was hilarious. You could tell he was actually playing with it. He had it between his paws and feet and was biting and shaking it and tossing it. He would grab it and turn back flips, landing on his feet. Then he just casually dropped it and picked a an acorn and starting eating. I think the squirres are getting "squirrelier"...could it be global warming? hehe

I seem to be working on a headache today..think I'll take some Tylenol and lay on the couch for awhile. Have a good one,


May 06, 2006 - Msg 37618: Mavis don't cry... you'll get me going too .....

Well I start summer courses Wednesday... no rest for the weary ya know. Gotta get that 2nd degree done and accounted for!

Anyone feel like taking it easy today besides me? Why don't we all jest rock a spell... how 'bout it?

Dixie:):) I like the blue too MDC... I think I'll use it a little while!

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37619: Lucy I just can't get enough of Gilmore Girls.... What do you think about the new season? I think the last episode for this year is tuesday night. What do you think will happen?

I always have to watch Gilmore Girls and then immediately switch the channel afterwards and catch Law & Order.... I just love it when they rough the bad guys up a little (hehe)


May 06, 2006 - Msg 37620: Hmm same color... two different outcomes.... weird...


May 06, 2006 - Msg 37621: Thanks Boo!! sounds great. Do we have other musicians that are willing to entertain us at our picnic? Maybe Rev will honor with his talent us as well. I can't sing a lick, not a lick so I know Mr. Masters would not want me in the group. I will just stick to being assitant cook to SPOT.
You guys are add so much joy to my life. I appreciate you. Big Maude

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37622:
Hey Folks

This should not to imply in anyway that I am not a wimp but if I could I'd love to "visit" Barnstable Massachusetts about 1637. My Great Grandfather Rev. John Lathropp was a minister at Barnstable. I have researched and read about him for years. He was actually imprisoned by Archbishop William Laud and thrown into to Tower of London prison because Rev Lathropp, as did many others, called for a "separation of church and state." I know I'll get to meet him someday but to watch him preach that would be a treat.


May 06, 2006 - Msg 37623: If I were to time travel....I cant say that I would want to visit another century....I would say I want to go back to when my Kyle was young and happy and so full of the love of life.

And I would like to go back a couple of years to when the bipolar had not given me such an uneasy mind...when fungi and I were happy and we could not imagine life without each other.

I try to remember God knows best and can make something good out of the situation...I need some prayers folks....

a broken hearted, tears on my pillow bespeak the pain in my heart...
fun girl

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37624:
Ro- I gotta admit, i think you nailed it with the late forties-fifties. I was born late 40's and those post-war days were something so says my dad... new fangled gadgets etc. Still had swamp cooling and the sheet-sleepin that i have mentioned before, but at least we had soap and deoderant! haha Phoenix was about 100K back then and pretty sleepy for a "city."
Well, I'll remincse some more and let ya all deal with the outhouses, spituns, and one-a-year baths! ha (but i still love the old westerns)

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37625: Oops, meant to pray for fungirl! Prayers for ya fungirl. God bles.

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37626: fungirl, you sound very blue and unhappy today. My prayers for you, honey. If you think you need some help, get it. I wish I could do something. Hang in there - we love you. --Romeena

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37627:
fun girl-I was really touched by your post. I was saying a prayer for ya before you even asked. God Bless you. Your own words say it all, "God knows best and can make something good out of the situation." Please know we're thinking about you.


May 06, 2006 - Msg 37628:
Hey there Romeena!


May 06, 2006 - Msg 37629: Fun girl, thoughts and prayers are with you. Hang in there. Just stopping by before bedtime. Breakfast before church is going to be: french toast and bacon. coffee, milk or tea. Lunch will be after church and at Shoneys, my treat. Don't be late!! see you tomorrow. Big Maude

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37630: Hello, everyone. I've been visiting her for a few months, reading the posts, too shy to join in. But if you'll have me, I'd like to start posting here. I'm a 43 year old mother of four with stage 4 breast cancer, and I just had my 3rd recurrance in my liver( in the last 10 months ). I am a very positive, upbeat person, but this is a tough time, and my husband is under so much stress, I thought it would be good to have some other outlet. Hope you all can find it in your heart to take me under your collective wing. I hate to sound pathetic and desperate, but I think I just need some good, old fashioned Christian fellowship. Thank you all for your timew and attention.

Stuck in Bed and Waiting by the Computer,


May 06, 2006 - Msg 37631: Hi, just wanted to say goodnight. I'm sorry for what you are going through, Fungirl. My prayers for you and Kyle. You sound like you are hurting so much. I wish we could do more for you. Keep coming to the porch and let us at least love you with our words.

Maude, how wonderful that we bring you joy here on the porch! That's what its all about.

Neat about your great grandfather, auh2o. I found out something interesting about my family tree. My real name is Julie and my mom just kind of picked it because she liked the name. We didn't know there had ever been anyone else with my name in the family until we found out that I had a great-great grandmother named Julie who was a midwife in a small mining town in West Virginia. She delivered all the babies in town because I don't think there was a doctor. Anyway, I thought it was interesting that she helped deliver babies over a hundred years ago and that's what I did in my profession. I didn't even know about her when I made a career choice. Now, as far as going back in time with the ancestors, I don't think I would care to go back to West Virgina and live even the way my mom did as a girl. They were dirt-poor and all the men worked in the mines. They did bathe once a week in an old wash tub the pulled in front of the fire. Starting with the youngest member of the family and working up, they shared the same bath water. Eeeww! Count me out. They only wore shoes to church and school and to hear my mom tell it they lived on brown beans and cornbread. For Christmas presents they got oranges.

My eyelids are getting pretty heavy. Its been a long day and I babysat for friend's grandbaby (the one whose daughter is young and has the boyfriend that is in jail) while her young mother went with one of her friends to get a tatoo. I didn't say no because I really like the baby. She is so sweet and such a good baby.

Well, guess I'll turn in soon. God bless,


May 06, 2006 - Msg 37632: welcome Millie.....these are good folks and such good company. I have been coming here for a long time, with some lapses in the last couple years. And I am always welcomed back with open arms. I will say a prayer for you that God will provide whatever you need at this time. Those are the best prayers, that God will provide what we need. Most times he knows what we need when we dont have a clue!


May 06, 2006 - Msg 37633: Thanks, fungirl. Prayers for you as well. The toughest thing is just letting it it to God, that is. It's good to have a shoulder when you need one.

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37634: My goodness, Millie! You should have spoken up sooner. Of course you're welcome here. Why, you have a TAGS name and everything. I'm so sorry to hear about your health situation, and you can be assured that I and the rest of these dear people will be praying for you. In 1979 I had breast cancer, with extensive local spread, but either there were no mets or the chemo got it, because I've been cancer-free now for 27 years. I know the agony of waiting for test results and the fear of recurrance, and I do know of your concern for the stress your husband is enduring. So often we, the victims, get all the attention and the frightened, suffering husband is forgotten by one and all. May God's blessings rest upon you and your family tonight, and in the days to come. Keep coming to the porch, and we'll do our best to support and strengthen you. --Romeena

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37635: Hey Millie, I was posting while you were. Of course we will welcome you here. Thanks for allowing us to be a blessing to you. I think we have a nice comfortable rocking chair here with your name on it and we are looking forward to getting to know you.


May 06, 2006 - Msg 37636: And hey to you, too, auh2o. Good to see you. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37637: Boo, Romeena, and fungirl, thank you so much. I feel like I just got a much needed hug. You all have already been a comfort to me, just to know I can come here for diversion, and positive reinforcement. Y'all are all BIRDS IN THIS WORLD!


May 06, 2006 - Msg 37638: Evening porch. Just headed off to bed and thought I'd poke my head in here and say hey.
Gosh fungirl, I hear a lot of sadness in your post. I do pray for you and your situation. Hang in there.
Welcome Millie. So sorry to read about your health crisis. You also will be included in my prayers for recovery and strength. Glad you feel like you can join us finally.

Big Maude, it's goodbye wasteline with you cooking. My goodness you do good. You seem to pick fine menus from what I've seen.

Boo, did you lose your headache? Boy, I went all winter without catching a cold and what happens? Wham! Sicker than a dog right now. Bad cough, congested, fever. I feel rotten! Oh well. What do you do?

Millie, hope you stay with us and let us help you thru the trials your facing.


May 06, 2006 - Msg 37639: Thanks,Asa. Can I provide the next meal? Would that be Sunday supper?

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37640: Sorry, meant to sign that...Millie.

May 06, 2006 - Msg 37641: Do you ever feel like God is whispering in your ear? I feel like I'm home. I know y'all don't know me, but I feel like I know you. I've been reading your posts, been to Romeena's site to view pictures of y'all, and tonite y'all are like manna from heaven. Honestly, I look forward to really getting to know all of you. Thanks again for being here.


May 07, 2006 - Msg 37642: Glad you feel right about being here Millie. And if you're up to cooking lunch I know we are up to eating it.:) We are a hungry group here for sure.
Boy, I just read my last post. It should read waistline, not wasteline. Brother, I need to be more careful.
What part of the country are you from Millie?


May 07, 2006 - Msg 37643: Good morning, I am up bright and early searching the web for some Sunday school material (can't find my book)..shame, shame. Wanted to stop by for a minute. So sorry you are feeling sick ASA. Maybe Millie can make you some chicken soup for lunch.

Wow Millie, your last post really blessed me. I am so glad you feel at home here with us. It's our blessing to be here for you and since you are part of the family now you can cook anytime you like! hehe My prayers are with you and your family today.


May 07, 2006 - Msg 37644: Oh, I forgot tell ASA that I didn't get rid of my headache. When I make a committment, I keep it...when I said, "I do" it was for life! This is one headache I intend to keep till death do us part...hehe...just kidding, of course, I have a very sweet and helpful husband.

See ya'll later. Be blessed,


May 07, 2006 - Msg 37645: Mornin' porch friends! Just have a minute before I gotta run....hope to be at preachin' today in spite of everything. Asa, I live in Richmond, Virginia, a good ole town, but I come from a family of tarheels. I guess I'll learn where you all are eventually. Chicken and rice soup is simmerin' in the crockpot for later. We'll have salad and breadsticks to go with it. Oh, and there's homemade peach ice-cream for dessert. Y'all come, y'hear?

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37646: Sorry, again, I meant to sign that. I'll learn eventually...

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37647: I am looking at heating systems for our new house. Any of ya'll familiar with radiant heat?


May 07, 2006 - Msg 37648: Millie - lunch sounds delish - count me in! hm

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37649: morning all ,hope everyones having agreat weekend .Its raining here in western N.C.

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37650: #37649 Posted before I was finished ,I have to go back to work in a little while for a few more hours ,just wanted to check in .MILLIE .. welcome to the porch ,what part of N.C. does your family come from

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37651: Good Sunday Morning to my porch family! And a big southern welcome to you cousin Millie! You don't know it yet (but yer fixin to) but what a blessing it was to me to read your posts this morning, you put a bright spot in my rainy day today! Thank you!
Romeena haven't found my bonsai yet, but boy, I love that site you sent me to! Thanks!
Asa I'm sorry yer feeling puny, bet that soup of Millie's will fix you right up. homemaker can't help ya with the heat thing, don't know nothin about it. Tom thank you for another lovely poem! Yer a treasha! Boo hope that miserable headache will find another home soon, just don't send it here, I love ya dear, but can do without them things. auh2o where you been hidin? fungirl bless yer heart, know I am thinking of you & prayers are out there for you. Maybe if you go to the courthouse & try dancing with Barney, you'll feel better. Reckon? Mayberry Deputy you got rain too? It's a cold rain here on my end of the porch, even got my flannel jammie pants on! If I missed anyone, I didn't mean to, know I think of & pray for each of you everyday! Gonna try to get some work done on my website today if I can. Got nothin else to do, 'cept maybe take a nap.

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37652: Now dad-burn it, I was so intent on getting my ammenniees out I forgot...While I was surfing around last night trying to find info on Bee Balm, I found the neatest gardening sites. Gardening Forums You want to know about it? It's on there! I even found info on black tomatoes! I managed to find a few plants around here this year, talk about goooood. Now thems good maters! I am going to try & save some seeds for next year. Oh & Millie I'm in Bristol, VA, don't think that is too far from you, but hope to be in Richmond next month for some dog shows, maybe we can go eat out somewheres! Where is Mary Wiggins? Haven't seen her lately.

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37653: Howdy friends. Things always look brighter after church, don't they? Y'all help yourself to some soup and salad. Boo, Asa, my soup is good for what ails ya. Fix ya right up. I'm feeling much better today. Still sore from the surgery, but a little better every day. Mavis, Bristol's not far at all. We will have to visit when you're in town. Oops, I hear my kidlets calling 'Mommy'.....back in a few.....Millie

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37654: Glad you are feeling better Millie and thanks for the soup! No headache today. Yep, things always seem brighter after going to worship the Lord. Seems like He has a sweet way of whispering encouragement to us in church and being around our brothers and sisters helps, too. I always try to get in several good hugs while I'm there....think I only got 4 today...we have church again tonight because we are having a revival. We are having a bar-b-q at 5:30 and then church service (it's the Texas way..feed your belly, then feed your soul!).

Hey Mavis, thanks for the garndening site. I will put it in my favorites file because I know I will need it later. I want to try some organic gardening. By the way, I can't believe it is cold there! It is in the 90's here in Corpus Christi today....don't worry Mavis, I won't send you my headache.

Millie, tell us about your "kidlets". How old are they? I have an 11 yr old boy and a 4 yr old girl and I am 43, same as you. I turn 44 in July.

Are you out there, Fungirl? Hope you are doing better today.

Better mosey on out and clean something..


May 07, 2006 - Msg 37655: out of bed for awhile and now I'm really tuckered. Boo, thanks for asking about the kids, they are doing great, considering. I have a girl 4, and 3 boys, 7, 9, and 16. Lately it's the teenager who needs the most attention. Although he's not really mine, I've been raising him since he was 4, and we are his legal guardians. He's at a "crossroad" of life, and I just hope he goes the right way. Teenagers are tough, though. It's hard to be a parent and still be "cool".


May 07, 2006 - Msg 37656: Sorry to keep popping in and out.....Mayberry Deputy, my folks are from eastern NC.....specifically Elizabeth City and the Outer Banks.....Where are you?

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37657: MILLIE ..Im in western N.C. ,Newton to be exact its about 50 miles NW of Charlotte and 40 miles or so South of Boone, My wife and I are planning a aniversery trip down to Ocean Isle Beach in July,thats where we got married last year ,right on the beach ,it was neat

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37658: Good Sabbath evening to you all, Welcome to Millie. Benn busy today so just now checking in.
We went to Sunday school and church, and then my husband and kids treated me to lunch and a movie for my birthday. We were not able to go on Friday because my husband had to work. It has been rainy and cool here today, around 55 degrees. Gas is down to 1.74 today. It was 1.73 on our way to church and then on the way home, at the same place it had gone up to 1.74, in about 3 hours time. Go figure that one out. Fun Girl, hope you are feeling better today. Asa, thanks for the cooking compliment!! I do my best to fill in for SPOT, the cooking dog of the porch!! He should be back from his trip soon. Lets have a snack of
milk and brownies this evening. You guys have a good evening and enjoy the snack!! Big Maude

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37659: Al, Maude, if those hamburgers are ruined..... teehee

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37660: Happy Birthday Maude! Sorry I'm late. What movie did you see? MD, I, too, was married at the beach, in the same church where my grandparents and great-grandparents were married. Fungirl, hope you are better today...I know I am. Millie

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37661: Welcome to Millie! Sorry, I didn't check the porch yesterday and give you an earlier welcome... I am sorry about your situation, and I will be thinking good thoughts for you. Fun girl, Hang in there! We love you. It's been raining here in Idaho, all day. I was right there in it! So, I took advantage of the rainy day, and watched 3 eps. Barneys Sidecar, My Fair Ernest T, and Aunt Bee the Crusader.
- Hazel

We will not sing!

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37662: Here I is!

I was just fixin to post something, and I read Mavis asking where I am!

I have been busy lately, what with all this watching the DETROIT PISTONS playing basketball! I was broken hearted that the RED WINGS lost, but I really am more of a Pistons fan anyway. (My Tigers are doing pretty well too, this year. Will wonders never cease?!)

My daughter has hopped on a plane and gone over to Irishter's home land! (Wonder where Irishter has been). I am so jealous of my little girl who is way taller than me! I would just love to see Ireland...maybe someday!

Millie, welcome to the porch! We're always glad to expand and add more rockers. This porch is a lot like Heaven. There's always room for more, and it is a great place to be!

Mavis, I am going to check out that site, I have a few gardening questions myself. (Like what is a black tomato?)

fungirl, my prayers are going up for you. I can tell you, my daughter, (you know, the little brat who went to Ireland without me?!) and I had some pretty tough years. When you talked about going back in time to when "Kyle was so young and happy and full of the love of life", I could really, REALLY identify. My Jessey was always a bubbly, happy girl, and then she went through some years where I thought there wasn't a more moody, miserable person on God's green earth. I don't know if it's hormones or just the tremendous changes young people face, but she went through some real unhappy times. I think it's important to let your child know they won't always feel so negative, that there are days coming when the world will look a little brighter again. My daughter isn't the same little happy go lucky girl she once was, but she is a hard-working stable, mostly happy and well adjusted woman now.

Well! I guess now that I have written a novel to rival the length of War and Peace, I should get going!

Here's wishing everyone here, even ASA, a wonderful Mayberry Evening!

Mary Wiggins

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37663: Hey all - nice to see another new face here on the porch. Welcome Millie, I hail from the beautiful Missouri Ozarks.

Prayers for fungirl, Millie, spot's dad, Dix's mom, Lucy, - well, gee, just prayers for all of you'ns. Any new news in the house selling dept, Sterling and Mavis? How are your job prospects coming along, MDC?

We've finally gotten a day this week without rain. It was still gloomy pretty much all day, but the sun finally peeked out around 5 pm or so.

M-T: I had my gestational diabetes test almost 2 weeks ago, and all is fine with that here. I do have to take extra iron, though, like I did while I was pregnant with Evie. Oh well, everything else looks good. The next project is to clean out the room we are using for the baby so hubby can paint it. Talk about a BIG job!

I have to ask about your "tiny country high school", Ro - was it consolidated? (not sure if they consolidated schools back then). My dad graduated in 1963 at a small rural high school with 9 in his class - 2 boys and 7 girls.

Well, not much more going on around here, so I'll sign off.
AFD (Andy's Favorite Dish)

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37664: Hey to Mary Wiggins - didn't mean to rock on your toe.


May 07, 2006 - Msg 37665: Hey Mary Wiggins, AFD, Hazel,Me-They,and anybody else hanging out on the porch this evenin'. Just knowing y'all are here has made me feel better today. Thank you all for your kind words. Mary, loved your comment about this place. It does feel like heaven. I had gestational diabetes 3 biggie. I am so lucky to have found you all. I feel truly blessed.

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37666: Well Gang im BACK!...hope all is well on the porch..the Rodeo was great...we {Cobb EMC} took home 3 1st place trophes...hope Big Maude has been feeding yall well...welcome Millie..hey Asa,AFD,MD,Boo,...Rev,Possum,hazel,auh2o,marty,my local lucy,TOM,Fred,ky,Ro...heck fire all of yall! good to be back...morning menu will be a big one.[i got to read the archives]...eggs [3 apiece],grits,bisquits and milk gravy,[salt and pepper in the gravy],hashbrowns with chunks of ham and onions,sausage links,[bacon if ya want that instead of sausage],pork chops[if ya want them instead of the bacon or sausage],canalope,flapjacks with maple syurp,tea,coke,h2o,coffee...and pop-tarts for the kids....glad to be back..thanks for yall"s prayers for a safe trip!...gona read now!... the"happy to be on the porch dog".....

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37667: Hey yall by the way that post was me SPOT

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37668: Evenin' Porch!
I haven't visited for a day or two and boy has the Porch been rockin' and visitin'. Hubby finally returned safe and sound from Dallas. Bryson has ever so kindly passed his sore throat and cough to me! Before I get into my comments for my friends, let me tell you what Bryson did last night. (Me-They, listen up) Okay, Bryson went to spend the night at a friends house that's 2 apartment buildings away, pretty close. I had taken some Benedryl to go to sleep because of my sore throat. Well, Hubby heard the doorbell ring in the middle of the night. At first, he thought he was hearing things because I was snoring away (Apparently he'd forgotten that I cannot handle any types of drugs or alcohol). He opened the door and Bryson was standing there with his sleeping bag. Hubby was so worried and furious because Bryson walked home by himself! He's 8 years old! He snuck out of his friends house because his leg was hurting him (I'm going to ask the Dr. tomorrow about his bones hurting him). Hubby rubbed the homeopathic ointment on his ankles and Bryson went to bed. Hubby was so upset it took him 2 hours to settle down. Oblivious to what had happened I was shocked when I woke up this mornin' to find Bry in his bed. Hubby gave him a good talkin' to about walking in the middle of the night and sneaking out. He's currently grounded from his game boy for lying to his teacher. Shew, it seems when one thing ends another begins with raisin' young'uns. Okay, now I can comment, sorry about the length.
FunGirl- You and Kyle can get through this. Remember that life changes everyday and we all change to an extent everyday. I was always happy go lucky (Hubby still calls me his Dog and Butterfly girl), but I'm not the same person I was when I graduated high school. Life Happens and sometimes a person needs to change in order to cope with what's happening in their lives. Change is different not only good or bad! God hears you though.
Millie- Welcome! We're so happy to have you hear. I just joined in February after Mr. Knott's passing and I just found the most wonderful family of friends. I'm a talker, as you see. My hubby, son, and in the summer (sometimes) my stepson and stepdaughter all live in Atlanta. May God Bless you and your entire family during your ordeal. Let us know how we can help.
Boo- Have you tried acupuncture for your headaches? I get hormonal migraines every so often and it works wonderfully for me.
Big Maude- Thank you for the good eatin' while Spot's busy. You're doing a wonderful job keeping your kids in church every Sunday. We missed today because of Bryson and my coughing, but we listened to it on the internet.
AFD- I'm glad your pregnancy is doing well.
Goober- How's your wife's pregnancy going?
Mary Wiggins- Good to hear from you again.
Hey to Spot, Me-They, MDC, Romeena, KyGirl (Did you watch the derby?), Asa, Buckeye, and everyone else I may have missed!
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy Matthews
Blessed Be the Name of the Lord!

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37669: Howdy! I am glad you found us, Millie, we are blessed to know you. You know, I really believe our good Lord led you here. Funny thing, I thought of you in both church services today during the prayer time and prayed for you. Sometimes we all need a big dose of prayer from our friends and I believe you will get that here, and don't feel funny about dropping in and out whenever you feel like it. There is one thing about God's children, we like to love others and help bear one another's burdens (and we all have them). Thanks for sharing something abou the kidlets....hey, I'm 43, you are 43. I have a 4 yr old girl, you have a 4 yr old girl...seems we have some things in common. I think we will be good friends!

SO GOOD to hear from Mary Wiggins and AFD! Its been quite awhile. Glad things are going well with the baby, AFD. "Hey" to Hazel, Maude, and MD!


May 07, 2006 - Msg 37670:
Hey Folks

Welcome Millie-I live in Western New York, near Lake Erie. I did the same thing you did, read the posts for a while then I finally jumped in. Good folk here with all kinds of insight (we even have a Cubs fan, just pulling your leg buckeye).

BOO-I've interested in genealogy since I was in college. I love it. When I worked at Motorola a lady I worked with really got be started researching family history. She told me to beware of what you might find. She discovered that to of her aunts were convicted of being witches. The story about your G-G-Grandmother is the fun stuff you stumble onto. My Great Grandfather I mentioned above would be my Great-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G Grandfather.

fungirl-Still thinking about ya.

Mavis-I was hiding over there by that big maple.

Mary Wiggins-Your Tigers are doing fantastic this year, they're just a bunch of kids too.

God Bless,

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37671:
Hey there Millie, spot, Lucy, and Boo. I think we all posted at the same time.


May 07, 2006 - Msg 37672: Hey SPOT and Lucy, didn't see ya there. Glad you are home safe, SPOT.

Lucy, that is scary about Bryson. Thank the Lord he got home safely in the middle of the night. Were the parents he was staying with upset?

As I am typing, my 4 yr old is under the covers on my bed singing a song she made up. She is crooning, "Jesus came back to life! Jesus came back to life and he's coming back, but I don't know if he is because he was already here!" Haha! Kids are so funny.

Goodnight Sweethearts and remember, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed upon Thee". Shalom!


May 07, 2006 - Msg 37673: Oh Hi, Au2o. Yes, geneology is fascinating. I know that my Dad's relatives were English immigrants who became outlaws. I know that on Mom's side we traced back as far as my G-G-G Grandfather who was a slave on a plantation in Kentucky. He married a white woman who was my G-G-G Grandmother. I thought that sounded like a real interesting story. It always made me sad to think of my G-G-G Grandpa having to be a slave. Must have been a real hard life for him.

Better go to bed for real this time!


May 07, 2006 - Msg 37674: Thanks, Boo. Needed that chuckle. Today my 4 year old staged a big wedding......and married her brother in a very lavish ceremony. They all dressed up, the minister, my 9 year old, read from a family Bible and "blessed" us all. It was quite a production. Aren't kids something? Made me smile and laugh, and count my blessings...AGAIN!

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37675:
Hello porch...just got home from my concerts this weekend in NC. So good to be back and to see everyone.

Congrats to Spot for the three 1st places. Can't get much better than that. See ya at breakfast. hang there and know that we are praying for you. glad you decided to join us here on the porch. You are surely in my prayers.

ASA...hope you're feeling better.

Everyone have a wonderful night and know that JESUS loves you so much!

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37676: Thanks Rev...the guys work really hard...hey millie..just jump in and hang is the house coming along?, where are on the porch?....I forget locations?...[sorry]...well Im gona check back in in a few....Lucy hang in there!....been reading "Lucy how old is Bryson"?My son Andy is 14...SPOT

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37677: Hey Rev, Spot, auh2o, everybody else. Thanks for all the welcomes. What a great bunch of folks. As my grandmother used to say, "Does my heart good."

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37678: I'm off to bed Porch, got more puppy dogs to groom tomorrow, one day off a week is getting REAL old, REAL fast! Still no luck in getting Mama's house sold, sure wish someone would just come along that falls in love with it & has to have it. Rev any idea where I can find Marty Rayborn's gospel CD? He's the guy that was with the country group Shenandoah, then went out on his own, into the gospel industry. auh2o hiding behind that maple tree? Made me think of Barney & Mrs. Mendlebright~SNOOP! SNOOP!~BULBSNATCHER! Millie reading about your kidlets made me think of when mine & my sister's kids would do stuff like that, nowadays they are doing things like graduating High School. Welcome home Spot Night Porch.

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37679: Good evening, all. auh2o, I'm glad you cleared things up about your multiple G-grandfather, who was a minister in Barnstable in the 1600s. When you mentioned him, calling him just your great-grandfather, I was thinking that folks sure did live a long time in your family! (teehee)

Well, I'm just passin' through, headed for my bed and a good night's sleep. It's been a lovely Sabbath day. After lunch, I got a good book and headed out to the arbor swing, to read a while. Stayed out there three hours! It was cool, nice breeze, could hear the fountain splashing, had a big glass of tea, and a stick to swat the peppermint growing by the arbor now and then to release the fragrance. Can't beat a deal like that. Came in just before dusk, cleaned up a few leftovers, and played with the Plum a while. Am now ready to turn in. May God bless each of you with peaceful rest tonight. I just hope Gomer doesn't decide to chop some wood and get all the dogs to barking. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37680: First of all, a big welcome to Millie. I'm glad you finally decided to start posting after watching and listening to us from a distance. (((((Millie))))) ... that's me giving you a great big hug.

Welcome back to Spot and congratulations on winning those trophies.

from Poor Horatio

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37681: Thanks, Poor Horatio. Every friend I meet here is another blessing for me to count each night, and I have so many! Y'all really are a kind of ministry.......thanks again.
Millie (ps, thanks for the hug. I needed that!)

May 07, 2006 - Msg 37682: Millie, you sound like one nice person! Glad you decided to join us!
I'm Sterling, by the way. Actually, it's Sterling Holobyte, not Sterling By The Way, but you know what I mean. ;)
I've been working on our house so that we can sell it, so I have been coming here sporadically lately. We have one week before it is placed on the market, so I am trying to complete what we want to fix up before then. I have not yet completed the upstairs closet but, miracle of miracles, I am actually making progress! I'll have it done in a couple days, probably. Thanks for asking, AFD!

Have a nice night, everyone!
-Sterling Holobyte

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37683: Hi Sterling! Thanks for the welcome. I've always wanted to flip a house or two.....let me know how it works out. I 'm not very handy, but I look like a whiz next to my husband. Wish y'all could come out here for a spell. My house can always uses some fixin' up! Hey, folks, as the newbie, can I help out with any more meals? I don't want to step on Spot's toes, y'all let me know. I just want to get right in here and be to someone else what y'all are to me.

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37684: Oh, you already are something to us, Millie, a friend! Of course you can always cook something. So cute about your little one playing wedding. The other day my little girl said something about her "baby" and I asked, "What baby"? and she replied, "The one in my stomach!"..I wasn't sure what to say. This followed a conversation we were having about a stomach ache she had after drinking too much tea. I told her that if she would listen to her stomach, it would tell her to stop drinking when she had enough. She said, "Well, he's not the boss, I am!"..heehee

Sure hope that house sells, Sterling. I know exactly what you are going through.

I like that (((hug))) thing, Horatio. Here's one for everybody: (((porch)))


May 08, 2006 - Msg 37685: Morning Dears, Just checking in before I start my work day. Hope all is well this Monday morning. SPOT, so glad you are back and congrats on the trophies. What a great breakfast today!! I did my best to cover for ya, but I am no match for the food you lay out on the table. Hey, Millie maybe you can save me a cake from the bakery, but without dents please. Have a blessed day and act like somebody ya'll !! Big Maude

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37686: HI ALL.


May 08, 2006 - Msg 37687:
Morning Porch

Romeena-Ya know, I reread my posts after I have sent them and I can't believe how they look. Maybe, I should reread them before I send them. I know if my kids ever saw all the mistakes that ask to see some diplomas.

Millie & BOO-Just laughing along reading the stories about your kids. Once, I guess a few years back now, I was sitting on the couch reading Bible stories with my girls and my youngest asked if we could read the part about the Easter Bunny.

Spot-Did you want to know where I live? Cattaraugus County, New York. We are actually the furthermost Northern County in the Appalachian Region.

Tom-Hang in there. We just got over a month like that here. March came in like a monster and left like a wet dog (sorry spot).


May 08, 2006 - Msg 37688: Good morning everyone! A big hey to all on the porch this morning. It's a gray and raining here, but we could use the moisture. The weekend was b-e-a-u-tiful, though; about seventy degrees and sunny. I hope that y'all had a great one.

MILLIE: Welcome! So sorry to hear about your health, but I'm sure glad that you decided to join us. Sorry I missed lunch yesterday. BY the way, you aren't Thelma Lou's cousin Millie Grace, are you? (he)

LUCY: Yes, my birthday is also Barney's anniversary on the force. But do you know the day? The size of your piece of my birthday cake depends on your answer.

That little trip of Bryson's would've made me lose some sleep, too! My son--who is 2 1/2--has started to just go oustide whenever he takes a notion. It's gotten worse in the last couple of weeks because he figured out how to work the locks. We punish him, which is helping, but it still happens. He loves playing outside and I really think that he just gets so exciting about the thought of it he plain forgets to ask. Still, he's got to get in that habit. Chad's such a good, polite little boy, but gosh is he a little boy! My daughter (still) wouldn't even dream of going outside without asking. Heck, she wouldn't even go in the refrigerator without asking first.

Speaking of my daughter, she is basking in the praise of her ballet teacher lately. She does really well at it and her recital is coming up in a few weeks. Her class had been practicing for weeks and it just wasn't coming together. The teacher had Nora in one position, but decided that she needed her to be in another so all the other girls could follow her lead. As soon as the teacher switched her everything fell into place. Before she was really nervous about the recital on stage but now she's excited to be the leader. What concerns me is that her teacher has been remarking to the kids and parents that the other dancers should all follow Nora's lead. I'm anxious that when she gets up in front of this enormous crowd she might make a mistake. I don't want her to feel like this whole production rests on her performance. She is only five and mistakes and nerves are likely.

AFD: Glad that you are doing well. The Mrs. is hanging in there, too. Don't be such a stranger.

MDC: I am still praying at 8:55 p.m. EST! Until further notice, the "group" prayer will be at this time EVERY DAY. I hope that everyone who can/will joins in. It doesn't have to anything long or elaborate, just a short prayer remembering the needs of your fellow porchsters. It makes me feel good to know that there is maybe one or more of you out there praying with me.

Well, I've spouted off enough this a.m. I'll check back in later.