May 08, 2006 - Msg 37689:
Oh man, I was gonna reread before I sent that one. That should have read, they'd ask to see some diplomas.


May 08, 2006 - Msg 37690: auh20, thanks for sweeping the the porch this morning. Tom, hang in there now. Things are bound to get better for you. You will be in my prayers. Big Maude

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37691: Hey to TOM and AUH2O. Didn't mean to rock over anybody's toes.

AUH20: Your story reminded me of this on, which you may have heard before...Shortly before W.C. Field's death he was very sick. The actor lived his life off screen much as he did on screen and was rather contemptuous of "religion." So a visiting friend was very suprised to find him reading a Bible one day. The shocked friend questioned him whether he was searching for answers. "At this point," Field's replied, "I'm just looking for loopholes."


May 08, 2006 - Msg 37692: Whut re yu tryying tp sa, AUH2O? Goud think som off uz dont mak anie miztakes.


May 08, 2006 - Msg 37693: Happy Monday, porch friends. Nice story about your daughter, M-T, and Tom, tommorow will be a brighter day. I'm having a tough time getting around today, very sore (I just got out of the hospital Thursday) but looking forward to visiting y'all got me going. More later....gonna try to take shower and be somebody. (((hugs))))

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37694:

Hey M-T! I resemble that remark!


May 08, 2006 - Msg 37695: HI ALL.


May 08, 2006 - Msg 37696:
Of course I was speaking of post 37692 not the W.C. Field's post, which was very funny by the way.


May 08, 2006 - Msg 37697: welcome to Millie! Stick around for a long time. We are fun people...even more so than Daphne and Skippy (tehe).

How is everyone today? Good!

Dixie Belle ;)

Shoo fly don't bother me. Shoo fly don't bother me.....

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37698: hmmmm test

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37699: ah ha! I thought so. The first blue is spelled "steeleblue" and the second "steelblue".... ood huh.... which do ya'll think suits me better?

Dixie Belle ;);)

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37700: I'll be.... now one is turning green...... shew I'm confused!


May 08, 2006 - Msg 37701: Dixie, I like the last blue. The others are harder to read. Tom, you hang in there. I'll get to know you and these things as I hang around more. Just know I'm thinking of you. ALL of you,for that matter.

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37702: Well im at work now...hey millie,big maude,auh20,dixie,asa,tom,mt,ro,boo,hazel....and all ....tonight its bbq chicken,green beans,tater salad,green onions,peach cobbler and tea...ready at 6:30....Lucy will you say grace...SPOT

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37703: Mmmmmmm Spot can't wait.

Millie I like the last one too.

Dixie ;););),

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37704: Hmmm, "steeleblue" or "steelblue".....six of one, half dozen of another, as they say. By they way, who are "they"? Who are these mysterious group of individuals who "say" so many things? Ever wonder about that??

Me-They, why don't you send Ro a family picture? Hope Nora's performance goes well and that she is free from pressure and anxiety. At 5, she just needs to enjoy dancing, doesn't she? I think there is nothing cuter than 5 years old dancing like ballerinas. It must just fill you with joy to watch her.

Hope things are looking up for you soon, TOM.

Wow Millie, you just got out of the hospital on Thursday after surgery? You must be very sore. Hope you heal quickly. Are you eating right? Remember your body needs calories to heal. Make sure you get those antioxidants. Of course, if you are having to depend on your husband to do the cooking you may be getting luch meat and Cheetos (that's what I would get if my husband was doing the cooking!). hehe

I read something funny today (speaking of funny things kids say)...A little boy was listening to his dad tell him the story of Sodom and the dad said, "So Lot had to take his wife and flee from Sodom, but his wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.". The little boy asked, "Well what happened to the flea?!"



May 08, 2006 - Msg 37705: Well, what happened to him, BOO; did he join a circus or something?


May 08, 2006 - Msg 37706: Hey, MILLIE, I make a mean bowl of cereal!

Got anything in an azure, DIXIE? Any blue but teal--I got enough of that color in the eighties.


May 08, 2006 - Msg 37707: hi there .



May 08, 2006 - Msg 37708: I'll take TOM's onions and try not to breathe on anyone.


May 08, 2006 - Msg 37709: Millie which end of the porch are you on?..Im on the southern end in Georgia!Millie Romeena has a web page built for us with all [most] of our pics of homes and need to e-mail her a pic!...we just cant get Asa to play the game...well let me get the chickens cut up and ready!...and what do yo do for a living Millie? at the old power company [25 years]...whew...well let me be sombody and get some reports ran....SPOT

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37710: HI ALL.


May 08, 2006 - Msg 37711: Those Bible stories are making me laugh, M-T and Boo! :)

Well, I got the new flooring on and the cordaround(don't know if that's how you spell that or even if everyone calls it that, but that is what my Mom calls that trim you put around the edges of the floor) put back on in my closet. Now all's I have to do is put the doors on(and pray that they fit right), miter, paint and put the trim on, and I will be done with this closet. Ok, now that my Bob Vila moment is over....;)

Prayers for you and your family, Tom!

-Sterling Holobyte

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37712: Evenin' Y'all!
It has been a nice day here in Georgia.
Spot- Have a nice day at work. Bry's 8 years old. I didn't know until now that you had a son. Is his picture on Romeena's site?
Dixie- I like the steel blue. On GG I think Lorelai's going to give Luke an ultimatum. Logan graduates from Yale and goes to London. I love that show. I have all of the boxed sets and now I'm working on TAGS boxed sets.
Millie- Listen to Boo and eat your antioxidants. Try to eat plenty of blueberries and take echanecia (sp) and vitamin C for your immune system.
Tom- You're in my prayers.
Me-They- Tell Nora to relax, but I'm sure that's easier said than done. Most 1st borns are perfectionists. Hubby is!
Sterling- Shall you change your name to Bob Villa?
Mavis- I thought of you today when I passed a store that only sells bonsai in a suburb of Atlanta. Hope you're doing well.
Fungirl- Hang in there, your on my mind.
Where's Asa?
Gotta get dinner on the table. Y'all take care now!
Blessings to you and yours,
Are we still praying at 8:55 EDT? Can someone send me a list of the prayer requests? I still need prayer for my stepdaughter and stepson, thanks.

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37713:
Hey folks,just a quick pass thru today! welcome Millie, my prayers and those of all the porch will be with you. Pray each night at 8EDT
God bless,
"That twangs my buds"

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37714: That's 8:55!!!

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37715: Good (late) afternoon, all. Lucy, about that list, I think you could just about list us all. All God's children may have uvulas, but they all got "trubbles", too. Tom, I'm sorry you're having a hard month. May has always been a favorite of mine, because the flowers are so pretty and fresh, before the summer heat gets to them, but these days I have to work hard to keep that part foremost in my mind. My husband passed away on May 15, ten years ago. That event took quite a bit of the shine off of May for me, but I'm working on it. Perhaps that's why I've gone a bit overboard with the landscaping in my yard - trying to brighten up this time of year.

The hospital just called and offered me at least the first four hours of my 12hr shift off, and probably the whole thing. You can bet I snapped at it like a big old trout at a mayfly.

Two or three weeks ago, I bought two new fish for my pond, a pretty little black and gold fantail, and a lovely pond comet, with a red body and white head. He was the biggest fish in the pond, at about seven inches long. Well, he has disappeared. He's just not there. I can't imagine what has happened to him, unless he died and is beneath the stone slab bridge where I can't see him. Other than that, I guess either a raccoon came in the yard (they do, sometimes) and snagged him, or the hawk that hangs around sometimes may have made a dive and grabbed him. There is no slope for the 'coon to enter the water, so I doubt that's the answer, but something sure got my fish, darn it. Such a pretty little thing. Guess I'll get my night vision scope out and watch the pond tonight for a while, but I really doubt it was a 'coon.

Hey, Me-They, how about sending me a picture of your little ballerina for the album?

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37716: Howdy again, porch folks. I'm on board with the prayer time. What a good idea! Spot, I don't know where I am on the porch, do you? I'll be wherever I'm put, I suppose. For a living, well that's a tough one. With all these younguns I've been at home for about 5 years, but now (of all times) I'm pursuing a dream......I'm buying a restaurant. I close at the end of May. Crazy? Yes. But just cuz they keep telling me I'm going to die, I'm NOT going to stop living. I refuse to sit around and wait for tumors. What do y'all think? Some of my friends and family think I'm just in denial.

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37717: If being in denial means thinking positive and refusing to give up, then yep, you're in denial! You go right on and buy that restaurant, and one of these days, in about ten years, I'll come and have lunch with you. In fact, we'll just all come - right, porch? I'll even help bus the tables after we eat.

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37718: Thanks, Ro, you're the cat's!

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37719: Prayers for the kids Lucy..and yea both of my kids and house and boat are on Ro"s site..just click on me and it will oprn up a whole sub album of just my and the others need to get pics to her..!Millie your location on the porch is the state you live in...thus im Georgia!..Ro dont work too hard tonight!..hey M-T...Millie I can cook part time at your restaurant...ya gona call it "Millies"?..LOL..hey MDC,sterling,prayers TOM,Boo..when is the first nail gona be driven on the house?...will have a snack for us later....back to my movie "Black Hawk Down"...SPOT

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37720: Millie I'll even leave 2 quarters on the table. teehee Spot can you pass some more of that peach cobbler? Sure wish we had some hand cranked vanilla ice cream to go with it. (hint hint) Millie is on the Richmond, VA end of the porch, not too far from me. Tom Aug. is the month for me that brings me down, for pretty much the same reasons. I think of you & Ro every May 1st now & send good thoughts your way. Did ya'll get them? Lucy that is funny about the bonsai, I do stuff like that too when I see something one of the porchsters has mentioned. Goes to show, even tho most of us haven't seen each other face to face, you can be a family of friends even from afar. Sterling I'm right there with you on the house selling thing. Gets tiring for sure. Well, I'm off to watch the Crufts Dog Show on Animal Planet. Will check back in later. Prayers for every one. Oh, Dixie, I like the blue.

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37721: That was supposed to be blue, but I went with the "azure" suggestion & that is what came out. Oh, forgot, Thelma Lou's cousin that went out with Gomer was Mary Grace, had a cat named Mary Grace one time, that was the housemate guessed it Gomer. teehee

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37722:
Hello porch. Pray everyone is doing great.

Mavis...have you tried to do a search for Marty on the internet? That's really the only thing I know to do. A church that I used to do concerts in Knoxville used to book him each year but they haven't had him in a few years. hang in there and keep your head up and eyes on Jesus. Praying for your family.

SPOT...great supper. That will make your tongue beat your gums to death.

Liked the little joke BOO. FUNNY are so right about the antioxidants in blueberries. I do a concert tour each year in Maine and I always try to fill the freezer of the motorhome up with Maine wild blueberries. We have serveral fields that we go to each year. They are so good.

Ro...that sounds like a plan to me...we all meet at Millie's in 10 years for a great reunion.

Got to run for now...I'll try to get back a little later.

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37723:
Hey Porch

Millie-Good for you! Just don't sit me next to Me-They I get the feeling my onions would come up missing.

Romeena-We are having a bit of a raccoon problem around our house. I can hear that little critter out there at night trying to get to my bird feeders. Sometimes he wins sometimes I win but most the time he goes home wet. I can sling a mean garden hose.

MDC-How you doing? Hope all is well out west.

Just a flat out beautiful day here today, 70 sunny and a slight breeze.

God Bless,

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37724: HI ALL.




May 08, 2006 - Msg 37725: I added all of Jake's senior pictures to my online album, there are pictures of him dressed nice, dressed like he always dresses & pictures of us together. Jake's Pics Ya'll enjoy.

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37726: Tom, I feel for you. Please cheer up! I'm praying!
Millie, I'll be in Richmond again in the Fall. Let me know the name of the restaurant and we'll be sure to visit.
Auh20- Where's your end of the porch?
Rev- Fresh wild blueberries? Yum. That's great!I buy frozen ones so that they have most of their antioxidants.
Romeena- Take it easy while you can.
Thank you for prayers on the kids. Stepdaughter told hubby tonight that she isn't coming here this summer. She's going to Pine Top with a friend. Hubby told her to really think about it and give him an answer soon b/c we have to get plane tickets. Stepson is coming no matter what. Bryson just back out of bed again, well, I'd better go read him another story!
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy M.

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37727: Oops, sorry Mavis! Didn't see ya there! ~Lucy

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37728: Hey Lucy we were so busy talking, we didn't hear each other talking. teehee Tom did they figure out what is wrong with your sister's mother in law? I sure hope so. I am having a hard time with Mother's Day coming up. All these Mother's Day commercials are starting to get to me.

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37729: Good night porch family. You all have pleasant dreams now ya hear. Millie, I think you are very brave and have a wonderful spirit. Of course you should pursue your dreams. Make sure you invite us all to your grand opening so we can celebrate with you!! Asa and Rev.. Gas down to 1.69 today. Don't know what happened in the last 12 hours but it came down 5 cents. Sleep tight and see you at breakfast. Big Maude

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37730: Hey Rev,Mavis the pics are great!,we all have to get Ro more pics for the porch album!..TOM be strong,auh20 its been a great day in Ga also,hey local Lucy,Richmond Millie huh,..VA is so nice,Sterling sounds like you are improving things around your end of the porch,we sill keep that in mind for the porch mending next time!..hey Dixie,M-T do you need a mint?..ha ha..well its snack time..Captian Crunch and milk!..back in a bit...prayers....SPOT

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37731: Hey Big Maude we posted at the same time..gas still 2.75 or so here...see ya at breakfast...SPOT

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37732: Goodnight Friends! ~Lucy
P.S. Spot, its so funny how in Kennesaw gas is 2.75, but its 2.81 in Roswell.

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37733: Oh man! I don't know how I did it but I just lost a long post! This one will be shorter.

Millie, there is nothing I would rather do than come eat at your restraunt in 10 years. I will drive up by Fort Worth and pick ROMEENA up at the nursing home (Just kidding, RO..heehee) and drive on up to your place. You don't seem to be in denial to me. I mean, we should all pursue our dreams to the end because none of us knows how many days we have left in this world. A positive outlook is healthy in every way and even boosts the immune system. The Lord holds the future. I shared a quote the other day that I read on a church billboard, "The rest of your life can be the best of your life"...and I believe that is true for all of us. You keep casting those cares on the Lord and keep LIVING! You are an inspiration to me.

Great poem, TOM. Keep thinking good thoughts...

Love to each of you,


May 08, 2006 - Msg 37734: Captain Crunch! Move over SPOT and pass me the milk...


May 08, 2006 - Msg 37735:
Well I made it back for a quick chat.
Mavis..great pics!
Gas down to 2.51 here. Hope it keeps coming down.

Everyone have a good nights sleep...Jesus loves you! Praying for you all.

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37736: Evening Porch!

Mavis, nice pictures, real nice! I really liked the ones with you and Jake in them. They do such a nice job with senior pictures these days, but how do you choose which ones to get!?

Big Maude, I think a couple times you have posted gas prices saying A DOLLAR something! Now how do you get to pay $1.69 to my $2.85! You must live right next to the refinery!

Boo, I used to love Captain Crunch too, haven't had a bowl in years, so if you don't mind scooting over some....

Prayers for everyone as I get ready to roll out the old ironing board!

Sweet Mayberry dreams!
Mary Wiggins

May 08, 2006 - Msg 37737:
Millie, I got two words for ya: oregano and garlic! (OK THREE words! ha) Get Oregamax brand at HiHealth or other and any garlic that is high in allicin, a real cancer fighter. Also fish oil, all great antioxidants too. I'll see you at the restaurant!
I have posted on conservative boards and Christian boards and some others, but what i like about the front porch is that it covers such a wide variety of subjects is such a civil manner! I think that really brings out the values that we all share. now if we can only get Mayor Buckeye out of that tree! haha
AUh20, doing good thanks. 98 degrees here today!! Yikes, summer's 115's are just around the corner. Gas at 3.07 here in the Phoenix, az area! Send snow!
DBacks broke their 7 game win streak.
Sterling, when do you move?
Mayberry Deputy, good to see you !
I rarely watch Dr Phil, ok, I never watch Dr Phil, but tonight as i was surfing, I noticed these hidden camera shots of this mom really physically and verbally unbelievably hurting her kids. Man, I had some thoughts for her, I sure hope she get the help she needs!! Prayers for her and also all porchsters tonight.
I am concerned about KY girl. She has a son in the army, and we havent seen her here in sometime. Prayers forall tour troops and her family too.
Well I'll end with a few random quotes from one of my favorite eps: Brisco declares for Aunt Bee:
"Neat AND reverent, now that's a combination that's hard to beat"
"One perfectly good hoot owl just plum wasted"
"Three cuts of pie is my high water mark."
"Fer a growed woman who reads rose poetry, you sure pack a mean punch"
"Git on back ole dan tucker..."
Nighty night,
Mr Darlin's Cuz (MDC)

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37738: Morning gang!...breakfast this morining will be as follows: pancakes and butter with maple syurp and 3 slices of bacon on top,little sausage links,eggs your way,hashbrowns with chunks of ham,grits with butter,toast with mixed fruit jelly,..Millie will you say grace?....hope everyone has a safe blessed mayberry type of day!...will be back here at work at 2pm with the supper menu...for lunch lets meet at Mary Wiggins....SPOT

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37739: Hey Porch,

I was out of town this past week but it looks like all was well here on the porch. I'm just checking in for a trouble check. :)


May 09, 2006 - Msg 37740: spot, thanks for breakfast. if you an mary wiggins for the meal. if you and big maude teams up for a cookout feast, i'll have to buy a larger pair of pants cause that would be g-o-o-d. auh20, another great swep. good seeing you. MILLIE- THEY CALL ME BUCKEYE, I'M FROM LINCOLN, ILLINOIS AND YOU BELONG ON A SPECIAL CYBER- PORCH ROCKER. YOUR A BLESSING TO US AND WILL BE IN OUR PRAYERS. PLEASE COME AND VISIT OFTEN. mdc, i is rightca here or was rightch here, good to see you got me down out of that tree and didn't have to shoot me out of it. mary wiggins, i have no problem rolling out the ironing board it's just getting up on them that's tricky. getting down i just turn over and roll off instead of getting up. boo- you can have a box of captain crunch, your words to millie was right on, i pray in 10 years we all meet at millies for our reunions. millie what will be on the menu> tom- your poems are such an inspiration to so many. keep writing them and we will be blessed. lucy, rev and everyone have a great day, be thankful for god giving us one more hour among our dear freinds and family. buckeye

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37741: didn't say good morning mavis, good morning mavis. i must have overlooked your post when i fell out of the tree or off the ironing board. buckeye

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37742: TOM- HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON THE 25TH, WE LOVE YOU... i too have lost all family temporarly that was older than myself and even a sister younger than me in 2005. all we can do is love them while their here and cherish their memories when there gone. always when we're doing something , quite preoccupied they seem to tap us on the shoulder and we recall something they said or did and a big smile and even a belly laugh that we just have to share, so even if we don't see them it wouldn't surprise me if they don't tap you on the shoulder around your birthday and say happy birthday tom, we're ok and will be near. buckeye

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37743: Mornin' Y'all! Haven't been on the Porch for a few days-been busy as a beaver,although I'm a possum!
Millie,Welcome to Mayberry! You're among some of the finest,caring folks in the world.I'm possum and I live under a rock near Charleston,South Carolina.Glad to have another Carolina Girl on the Porch! I know the area of NC that you're from.I have a sister that lives in eastern NC. Sorry to hear of your battle with cancer and I will keep you in my prayers.As far as that restaurant goes-I'm there! Boo,after you pick Ro up at the nursing home (Hey,Boo said it first,Ro!)swing by SC and pick me up,ok?
Dream Big,Millie!
Tom,I'm sorry this time of year is rough on you. Take it one day at a time,buddy.
Asa,sorry to hear you're sick.Guess you won't be dancing at the Gigolo Club for awhile! Get better soon!
A special "hello" to fun girl.Hang in there,friend.Things will get better with time.
Well,I'd better get up and do something productive around my rock. Y'all have a great day!
possum under a rock

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37744: d not recovered from rolling off the ironing board this morning, good morning dixie and me- they buckeye

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37745: Mornin' Porch!
I hope everyone has a wonderfully blessed day! I have to run to the bank here in a minute so I better get my face on. I'll be thinking of each of you today.
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy M.

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37746: Good Morning! Okay I promise... no Teal ;) I like the steelblue too.

Lucy don't forget Gilmore Girls tonight! We'll have a discussion tomorrow :):)

Dixie :):):)

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37747: There it goes again being green.... that is strange.... maybe I should pick an new color or just stick with magenta


May 09, 2006 - Msg 37748: Ahhhhhh! what is that?

try again

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37749: Sheesh! finally

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37750: BTW Millie good for you! God is not near out of miracles yet. You keep your faith and he will do the rest. As for everyone else, maybe they are in denial of God's healing powers. Let Him handle their doubt. Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains!

Everyone sing

I'm only human, I'm just a woman. Lord help me believe in all I can be and all that I am. Show me the stairway, I have to climb. Lord for my sake teach me to take one day at a time.

One day at a time, sweet Jesus. That's all I'm asking of you. Give me the strength to do everything that I have to do. Yesterday's gone sweet Jesus, and tomorrow may never be mine. So for my sake teach me to take one day at a time...... ;)

Dixie Belle

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37751: Oh, my, Dixie, that was my theme song back in 1979 and 1980, when I was battling cancer myself. In 1996, when I lost my husband, I tried to use it again, but my grief was too heavy, I couldn't sing that one or anything else. The words just stuck in my throat, but I guess they were there in my heart somewhere, because I survived.
Buckeye, you are so right. Our loved ones are there, we just can't see them. If we listen with the ears of our heart, though, we can often hear them. My dad's homespun wisdom, my mom's intuitive perceptions, my husband's wry humor and loving support - I can feel all these things. I quote my dad, I try to think like my mom, and I just outright lean on my husband while laughing at the way I know he would see humor in a situation. Even though they're only gone from us temporarily, Tom, we have these little things to keep us going until we see them again. Isn't God kind? Your loved ones are there for you, Tom, just watch and listen for them - not with your eyes and ears, but with your heart.

Well, off I go. Back pain isn't bad this morning, gonna go pull some weeds. Look out, invaders, here I come! Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37752: Ha! That's great, Dixie..."As for everyone else, maybe they are in denial of God's healing powers.". I think alot of us are in denial of his ability to perform His will in our lives, whatever that is. Like you said, we need to take it one day at a time...

MDC, I saw that episode of Dr. Phil you are talking about, terrible. Hard to think of how much of that kind of thing goes on behind closed doors and we never know about it. Did you ever read any of the books by Dave Pelzer (A Boy Called It, The Lost Boy)? Dave is one of my heros. He travels around and does lectures about how to overcome abuse. He was horribly abused by an alcoholic mother back in the 60's and early 70's. He was finally rescued by his teachers at school when he was about 11, I think. His book, A Boy Called It is a real eye-opener but I never cried so much when I read it. I had the opportunity to meet Dave a few years ago when he was in Corpus Christi and it was an honor. He has achieved so much after what he suffered and is a great role model. Anyway, I thought of him what I watched that poor little boy on Dr. Phil. I pray those kids get the help they need and are rescued from that mother. I sometimes wonder if people like her are beyond reform.

Better go do some laundry!


May 09, 2006 - Msg 37753: Correction: That book I mentioned is called, A Child Called It. If anyone is interested in learning more about Dave and his books, here is a website:


May 09, 2006 - Msg 37754:
Morning Porch

MDC-Very glad to hear all is well. For us to reach a 115 degrees we'd have to add a 65 degree day with a 50 degree day.

Dixie-Such wisdom will make you a fine teacher. You have lifted my hopes for the students of tomorrow.

Lucy-My porch is in the Great Lakes Region, the New York side of Lake Erie.

Hey there! buckeye.

One day at a time, sweet Jesus. That's all I'm asking of you. (Thanks Dixie, sometimes we/I forget that)


May 09, 2006 - Msg 37755: Boo, you've touched on something that has many facets, and extends into all aspects of life today. There are many, many abused and neglected children, and the systems in place to deal with it are antiquated at best, and largely ineffective. I don't know what the answer is. However, one thing comes ringing through to me. If Dave Pelzer can rise above the horror, and become the man he is today, then why are we asked to excuse the likes of Moussouai, who recently was given a life sentence for his role in the 9-11 atrocity? Seems every time somebody commits some heinous crime, the defense trots out the old "well, he had a bad childhood" song and dance, and we're asked to "understand".

Thousands of children are abused, yet at some point they rise above it and become strong, good people. They don't wallow in their misfortune and take it out on the rest of the world. The pastor of our church when we lived in Springfield, MO, had been abused by his father to the point of injury that required him to always walk with a cane. He was turned over to his grandfather at some point, who simply used him as free labor on his farm. Still, he rose above it, put himself through college, and became a God-powered preacher and beloved pastor. I believe that "childhood abuse is no excuse" when it comes to criminal acts. OK, soapbox going back under the bandstand with the spiders. --Romeena

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37756: Hey Boo, my daughter read that book and raved about it. She suggested I read it, but I declined, maybe I better rethink that!

Here is some interesting news, I think I told you all that my daughter is in Ireland, well, my son is in jail. It's been pretty strange I have to say. He is only 22, and has been pretty tough to raise, although I love him very much, (of course!) He is so foolish, he is in jail because of traffic violations. He has driven with no insurance, no license plates...he has had his driver's license restricted where he can only drive to and from work, and yet he shows up at my house for instance on Easter, and you know he has broken the law doing that! Probably, his most serious problem is one time he was pulled over and the police found marijuana in a golf bag in his car that belonged to his friend. I don't know if he is telling the truth about that or not, but he swears up and down he doesn't use drugs, and he never seems to be under the effect of them to me, but what do I know!? He had to serve probation on that, and in one of his other more foolish moments, he was at a bon fire where one of his friends poured gas on the fire, and the can exploded into my son's face! He went to the hospital and received treatment, but was to embaras-sed to go out in public because of how his face looked, (it was bad), so he missed going to probation. He is one of those people you can tell again and again and again, at least call, at least communicate...etc. etc. but he will do what he will do. Well, to make a very long story a little bit shorter...I have been trying to reach him while he is in jail, and he has been trying to reach me, but it just wasn't happening. I knew God was intimately involved in the whole situation, so I figured it was providence, and I would be able to speak to him when God was ready for it to happen. Well, he called me last night, finally, and he said he is doing very well. I couldn't help but think of Otis! (Well, not that my son is drunk in there, but that he seems to be ENJOYING his stay!) He told me he wrote me a letter, which I never received until just now. Here is where you can see God's hand. In the letter he says, "It's not that bad in here. I am staying positive. I got a bible. I couldn't sleep last night.I read the first 14 chapters of Revelation. I was up till breakfast." God is so good. I can only tell you that I can't fix his problems, and I don't believe any other man can, so let's turn to the Expert! Any way, if you have a mind to, please pray for John. He is a wonderful son, who lacks sense. (Recently he stopped an armed robbery in progress at a convenience store!)

Well, thanks for reading all that, I know every one here has so much to do all day, and to care about a fellow porchster's son, well, you all are a treasha!

Here's the lunch menu: ham and cheese sandwiches on the Breadsmith bread, the most wonderful bread made by a local company, potato salad, pickles, a nice tall glass of ice cold lemonade, or the soft drink of your choice, and a tear from the paper towels as Spot likes to say!

Have a wonderful Mayberry Day all!
Mary Wiggins

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37757: Good morning everyone! Hey to all on the porch today.

MARY: You have my prayers for your son. Many of us go through a season of "youthful stupidity" between our teenage years and mid-twenties. For some, it takes lightning or jail to snap them out of it. God always knows which to employ. Sounds like your son is on the right road.

ROMEENA: I do intend on sending a picture, just haven't gotten around to it yet. It's on my list.

BOO: Will you do my laundry? They usually come back from Mr. Goss' with ashes all over them. You don't smoke, do you?

SPOT: A mint? Are you trying to tell me something?

All you people talking about God's power, grace and love, I have one thing to say to you: exactillioso!

For all those intesting (maybe I should shout it out)...PRAYER TIME IS EVERY EVENING, 8:55 P.M. EASTERN STANDARD TIME. Join us when you can. Pray a little or pray a lot. Just pray! ("For when two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them" Matthew 18:20.)

Now, why don'tcha all go up an alley and yell "fish!"


May 09, 2006 - Msg 37758: Hey, MILLIE, is it a Chinese restaurant that you're opening? I'l take the $1.95 chow mein.


May 09, 2006 - Msg 37759: Morning gang ...just getting up from working last night...its the shower and to Marys for those ham sandwiches!..I qill take a fanta grape please...lemonade makes me burp!..well got to be back to work at 2 then off at 10 for a change tonight!...prayers to all...hey Ro,buckeye,M-T,auh20,possum,big maude,lucy,Boo and ALL...SPOT

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37760: Hey Y'all!
I just got home from my errands. I was at Wal-Mart when Bryson's school called and said he has a fever of 100.5 and I need to come and get him. This cold he and I are battling is a doozy. Since I'm married to a N.D. I'm trying to just take vitamins, drink water, and rest. There's the old traditionalist in me that wants some serious NyQuil and Theraflu just to get it out of my system. We'll be fine though. At least I didn't spend as much at Wal-Mart as I could have!
Dixie- I'll talk to you tonight after GG! Thank you for reminding us of God's love.
Auh2o- My hubby's parents are from Mansfield, OH which is also near lake Erie.
Mary Wiggins- I'm sorry to hear about John. I will be praying that he continues to follow God's path. Sometimes it takes something drastic to wake people up!
I'll check in later! Y'all take care!
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy M.

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37761:
recitation by Donna Fargo

The place was the Middle East
The time was 1991
And history threatened to repeat itself

Soldier boy ,oh proud and brave soldier boy
Thank you for the sacrifice
For the willingness to pay the price
You have helped to achieve an honarable and lasting peace
As the angels camped around you
And kept you out of harms way
In these times of conflict and uncertainty
You let God be your refuge and stronghold
Til you were finally homeward bound
To the yellow ribbons all around
To a heros welcome home soon
Thats the prayer we prayed
God blessed you good
Kept you safe and sound
NOW ,welcome home

Folks this recitation was on the wall of the Donna Fargo Room exhibit at The Mount Airy visitor center ,I really liked it so I called up there the other day and the ladies there sent me a copy in the mail ,nicce folks in Mt Airy,just like in Mayberry .I hope everyone enjoys it

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37762: No Me-They, I don't smoke. I will do your laundry if you want to pay the shipping cost to get it here!

Mary Wiggins, thank you so much for sharing the troubles with us and allowing us the priveledge to pray for John. I have a feeling he will do some growing up soon and gain some wisdom. Hang in there!

Prayers for those who need them (and that would be everybody).


May 09, 2006 - Msg 37763: Amazing what ya can get for 80 cents.

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37764: three vienna sausages...

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37765: Hey yall...tonight its fried Catfish and hushpuppys, green beans.tarter sauce,sliced tomatoes and apple pie a-la-mode...sweet tea...busy here at work doing alot of sub station testing...hey M-T,Boo,..where has asa been?...he likes catfish....SPOT

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37766: Afternoon porchesters, I have had a busy day today and no time to check in. Busy, Busy, Busy. Just getting ready to go home and start my Mom job. My son is in Spring Practice for football so I have to pick him up at 6. Then I will drop by SPOT's for that wonderful supper. Hope all is well, thoughts and prayers are with you all today. Big Maude

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37767: I'm checking out for the day. Y'all take care and remember, prayer at 8:55.


May 09, 2006 - Msg 37768: That's 9:55 to all you in the Lone Star State.


May 09, 2006 - Msg 37769: Oops! Wrong direction! That's 7:55!


May 09, 2006 - Msg 37770: Mayberry Deputy- Thank you for sending that. It was powerful. So, Donna Fargo as in the country singer from 70s-80s?
Me-They- I'm there!
Spot- Hubby can eat the catfish, but I'll eat everything else!
Big Maude- Take it easy now. Don't push yourself!
I saw this on a church sign in Roswell today: "Shock your Mama. Go to church on Sunday".
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy Matthews
PS. How do y'all use the bold and colors?

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37771: Did I tell y'all about the debit card fraud? ~Lucy

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37772:
Lucy- Floyd dont like us greenhorns using colors and such, cuz if we dont do it right, it messes up the server or something. But if yer pretty computer savvy, then it should be ok. I'm sure someone here will help ya.
Millie- hope all goes well for you and yours. keep hangin in there.
Buckeye- once we get ya down from te tree, we'll deal with them carps! ha Hey, I forgot to tell you that I got your snailmail. Wow, a solid gold frogman, you can visit my mansion in the sky anytime bro. ha
Mary W- will be praying for John. I have a bro who went thru hard knocks himself. Sherrif Joe Arpio here is no Andy Taylor! Hot smelly tents and prison food learned my bro real good. All it lacked was Aunt Bee and her spoon! ha
Spot- how did the lineman rodeo go?
APB for missing porchsters!!
MeThey- I'm with ya!
Dixie, i think i like the dark blue best! All the best to you on teaching this fall.
ROmeena- anything new in the album these days?
Boo- If I could reached thru the TV during that Dr Phil show, I would have!! Sure hope she gets the help needs!
Take care all,

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37773: Don't have much time - only a few more days and school is out (the 24th) - lots to do. . .
Love and hugs to all


May 09, 2006 - Msg 37774: Hi, all. So busy today. You wouldn't know I was supposed to still be in the hospital today. My family has staged a coup. My four year olds last words before she went to bed were, 'Mommy, I thought you loved me.' 7 and 9 year old said this is the worst day of their lives. 16 year old hasn't spoken to me since Saturday. Then hubby called me a dimwit.(I knew he was about to break...only a matter of time.) So, I've packed a bag, and now I'm gonna go eat some worms. What a day. Lord, give me strength.

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37775: Millie, come on over to my end of the porch for a while. Sounds like you need a break. Things will be better tomorrow. Everyone have a good night and sleep tight. See you a breakfast.
Big Maude

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37776:
Millie-I'm praying for you and your family. Not quite sure what you need but I know the Lord knows.

God Bless,

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37777: MDC, I know what you mean. It was a real hard thing to see that woman and what she was doing to her kids. Hard to understand but I'm telling you I thought about her today. I had one of those days with the kids that made me want to tear my hair out. Not that I would ever abuse them but I sure did get angry at them a time or two. Kids can absolutely try to push a mom right over the edge!

Homemaker, don't run yourself ragged at that school! Sean's last day is the 25th and after today I wonder if I will go insane this summer...

Millie, sounds like you had quite a trying day today. Is there any way you can slow down a bit? I am still praying for you and your family.
Remember we are here for you when you need to talk.


May 09, 2006 - Msg 37778: Took my prayer break at 8:55, and I feel much better. Thanks, porch friends.

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37779: Millie- I'm sorry about your day. I feel so bad for your entire family. They love you tremendously I'm sure. Take care and come back often if you need anything. We'll continue to pray.
Dixie- Not trying to sound like a 16 year old girl, but are you totally freaked out w/GG? That's typical Lorelai behavior to resort back to Christopher. I feel bad for Luke, but he didn't handle the situation right. What do you think?
Mom's- Bryson's last day is the 26th. It has really flown by. Do y'all have big plans for the summer?
Stepdaughter confirmed again tonight that she's spending the summer with her friend. Hubby's going to call the ex tomorrow to remind her of the agreement of minimum 1 month. He's afraid that she'll get mad (as usual) and say that then stepson can only stay 1 month also instead of the whole summer as planned. So, that should be interesting.
Y'all take care!
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy M.

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37780: Millie, I'll eat some worms with you, if that will help. (And I don't even like worms) I hope everything looks up for you soon. I can't even imagine how hard it must be. (((((Millie)))))
(that's Hugs for Millie)
- Hazel

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37781:
Hello porch family. All is well here on this end of the porch. Kind of cool today. careful on that ironing board. We don't want you to break anything.

See ya'll at breakfast...I know Spot will have another good one

Prayers for each of you and have a good night.

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37782: Hazel where you been? You missed buckeye fallin off the ironin board yesterday! Millie & Lucy bless yer hearts, you can come stay with me when you leave Big Maude's house if you want, I'm only about 45 minutes from her. MDC don't you know, them carps are mean? Dixie yer awfully colorful lately! Tom watch yer snailmail box. Asa you feelin any better? I'm off to bed, got one of my favorite dogs to groom tomorrow, the tv anchorwoman's standard Poodle, he stays here with me during the day & I just love that dog! Check with ya'll in the morning, sleep tight & don't let the bed bugs bite.

May 09, 2006 - Msg 37783: Didn't see ya there Rev save me a seat at breakfast, will ya? Can I vent a thing that has been buggin me since Sat? Ya'll know how much I LOVE working on Saturdays (insert sarcasm & lots of eye rolling there) well, ya'll also know I worked last Sat, & missed that wonderful breakfast Big Maude made, that in itself was bad enough. AND, ya'll also know how hard it has been on me to pay the bills since Mom passed away, another reason I am working on Sat. Well, anyway, I pulled up to the lady's house I was scheduled to be at on time, I had the Blazer, (the car is still in the shop), haven't had the money to get it back out yet. She promptly tells me (now get the nerve of this woman...) "Well, you ain't doing too bad, you got a new car!" I almost fell out of the driver's seat! Her husband follows that with "What'd that run ya? $14,000? I see why you went up on your prices I tell you, I was so surprised, I didn't know what to say! Then it made me mad. The Blazer belonged to Mom, I HAD to take over the payments on it & as long as I am making payments on it, I might as well use it, but WHY should I have to explain myself to ANYONE. And the reason I went up on prices was NOT to pay for new vehicles, it's because gas went up & I use alot of gas driving from one house to another! Can you believe people??
Sheeww! Thanks for letting me get that out, it's really been bugging me since Sat. Don't know why, but it just has! Wonder how many other folks are thinking that?
Night Porch.

May 10, 2006 - Msg 37784: First all to Tom. In spite of the trouble you have been experiencing, it seems that your faith is still strong. You are an inspiration to us all.

To Millie, I'm sad to hear your family has staged a coupe. I don't understand why it occured. Do you think counseling for the entire family is the solution? ((((((Millie)))))) hugs to you.

And to Dixie, the reason why you are having problems with text colors is because of your spelling errors. I examined the source code here and found the following errors in your postings:
In Msg 37699, you typed "sreelblue" for "Belle".
In Msg 37746, you typed "srteelblue" for "Dixie".

To Lucy Matthews, to create those bold and color effects requires a knowledge of HTML programming. A good place to learn is

from Poor Horatio

May 10, 2006 - Msg 37785: Hey Gang..Big Maude,Lucy,buckeye,hazel,Boo,Rommena,Poor Horatio,[good to hear from you], and Mavis,[prayers Millie],hey auh20,..glad yall liked the Catfish dinner,hey Hm MDC...well let me get to the shower and to get up and go work out and to work at 2 tomorrow...Miss Sherrys son Jeff is graduating fron Kennesaw College Thu...22 yrs old ...2 degrees in history..having a open house here at the dog house for him sat...yall come...well its bed for me...breakfast will be on Poor Haratio at I-Hop...asa where are you?...fg,quite sam,...where are yall?,Chuck..well see ya Mav and Big Maude at the I-Hop[...and all...night and God Bless...SPOT

May 10, 2006 - Msg 37786: Hey and good morning, everyone! Especially you, Poor Horatio! You don't come around often enough. Dixie, and anyone else who wants to decorate their posts with colors and bolds and such - one thing to really, really remember is to undo whatever you do. For example, if you make something bold, be sure you unbold it. The site Poor Horatio directed you to will tell you how to do that. Any HTML command you insert will be continued in all text until you undo it, including the posts of other porchsters.

Mavis, I admire your self-control. I'm afraid I've have told the woman and her mouthy husband to find another groomer, since I prefer not to work with someone who feels they're being overcharged, and then I'd have left them and their grubby dog standing there. The nerve of some people.

Millie, prayers for you and your family, honey. I'm not too clear on what's going on, but it doesn't sound pleasant. I pray that it gets straightened out soon.

Well, just got home from work, am beat to the socks. Time for a bite of breakfast, and my bed. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

May 10, 2006 - Msg 37787: Good morning, everyone! Hey to all on the porch today.

Wow. Y'all weren't as chatty as usual last evening. I might even have time for coffee on my coffee break today.

MILLIE: Prayers continue for you, though I don't entirely understand your post.

POOR HORATIO: Sorry I missed breakfast, but I would have ordered something in the neighborhood of seven dollars if you want to send a check.

SPOT: ASA's been hanging out at the Mayberry Hotel.

MAVIS: The nerve of some people. It is extremely rude and inappropriate to EVER ask someone how much they make, or how much something cost them. That is a point of polite social grace that every person should display, like covering one's mouth when they sneeze. Sheesh.

LUCY: I pray that all turns out well with the stepkids.

All of you who joined in prayer last night, thanks. If y'all don't think it too overbearing, I'll keep reminding until we get into the habit.

Oh, I have a dilemma. My daughter came home yesterday and told the Mrs. that the girl who she has played and been good friends with all year told her that she doesn't like her anymore and doesn't want to play with her. We have known something was going on because for the last month or so because the girl has been playing with another little girl at recess and telling our daughter that she'll play with her "tomorrow." Well, now Nora is sad, and it's heartbreaking. The little girl has a brother in the same class and a while back one of the other mothers was telling my wife that a similar thing was happening with the boy and her son. I know that things like this are going to happen, but we're not sure how to handle it since this is a first for us (Nora is our oldest). To me, it tugged at my heart but I didn't think it was that big a deal. My wife and I were talking and she was telling me that I was thinking of it terms of how boys are, not girls. She seems to think that girls, in general, can be more cruel to each other than boys. Any advice from you seasoned pros?

Have a great day!