May 15, 2006 - Msg 37986:
Hey Folks,

I think Adam Smith could help fix our illegal problem. If we allowed the "invisible hand" of the market place to fix the price for the jobs the illegals take then Americans would take those jobs. I don't buy it that American workers will not work the jobs that the illegals take. I do know that they won't work for the same wage the illegals will. Why should they? In this country the "market" is the tool we use to set wage. The whole country it seems (except me and his Mom) hates Barry Bonds because they "think" he cheats. If we turned half of our attention to these employers who hire illegals and force them to hire Americans it would greatly reduce our problem. If these business' can't afford to hire Americans maybe they should reexamine their usefulness.

Sorry, I know. I'm a right wing nut.

God Bless,

May 15, 2006 - Msg 37987: Nice Sweep auh20! Evenin' Y'all! Hope everyone's had a wonderful day. It was nice here in Atlanta today. There was a good breeze and a little sun abou 70 or so. I hope everyone enjoyed I-Hop on me. I had the pancackes of course. Who's getting breakfast tomorrow? Bryson and I were at the park today and I was speaking to the grandfather of one of Bry's friends. He was talking about how we need to use ethynol for gas (use moonshine-I reminded him of Uncle Jesse's experiment in the Duke's of Hazzard!) and even though his parents were illegal aliens we shouldn't let them in unless they are legal. I wish you nature folks could help me identify this bird that has apparently set up a nest outside of my apartment window. For the last year or more it has woken me up chirping, sometimes not too happily. But, I am curious as to what type of bird it is. Does anyone know where I can find out about the bird sounds? I think I'm going to take my eucalyptus epsom salt bath. I'll talk to ya probably tomorrow! Oh, I think someone mentioned grapefruit seed extract. Its a wonderful product. It kills most bacterial infections (as well as salmonella for cleaning). I used it once when I had thrush and even though it tasted nastier than all get out it really did the trick. It didn't kill this cold that I have though.
Blessings to you and yours,
Remember your Fruits and Veggies as well as the Fruits of the Spirit!

May 15, 2006 - Msg 37988:
Hello porch family.
Well I don't have to give my two cents worth on the "border" matter because Ro, M-T and ASA pretty much summed up my feelings. No matter what each of us may feel, it's not going to be "fixed" over night. And since I'm not one of the political leaders that make the decisions, I believe my part is to PRAY for those that are making the decisions. (Well I guess I added those two cents after all)

Spot...wish I could have been there (Braves game) also. I just hope they can catch up on those games they are behind. ever use Tea Tree Oil with the epsom salt? Good stuff! Also since your hubby is a N.D. and you seem to be into nutrition, do you use a juicer? I try to juice some veggies and fruit everyday. When pear season is in, I love to pick a couple pears off my tree at night and put them in the refrig., then juice them the next morning. Fresh, cold juice. Wow, you talking about so good.
Well better go for all have a wonderful night and know that JESUS loves you!

May 15, 2006 - Msg 37989: Evenin', porch friends. Wow, what a spirited, well articulated discussion we are having today! I don't know what more I can add. You all have covered it, I believe. You all are birds in this world, you know that? Guess what......hubby is feeling sooo stressed(can't imagine why) he feels the need to go fishin' we are! Tommorow we're headed to Andy's stompin' ground. I'll say "Hey" from all of y'all when I see him!lol.....sorry, I'm so excited, I'm giddy! Gotta run....more later....

May 15, 2006 - Msg 37990: As Henry David Thoreau said,"Everybody should believe in something, and I believe I'll go fishing."


May 15, 2006 - Msg 37991: And a hug back at ya, Millie. Have fun on that fishing trip.

One more comment on the illegals/drug traffic discussion. My dad, who was a salesman until he got into home building, used to say "It's as honorable to sell as it is to buy." That one has many applications. It is no more illegal for aliens to come here and work than it is for Americans to employ them. It is no more illegal for a drug lord to sell drugs in this country than it is for Americans to buy and consume them. It is no more illegal for a woman to stand on a street corner and solicit than it is for a man to pick her up. Bottom line, we're all responsible for what we do, and for the consequences of our actions. If Americans continue to hire illegals, they will continue to come. If our government continues to allow the pampered thousands to feed off the national nipple, as Asa so colorfully phrased it, then they will continue to lie on their couches and do nothing. When are we going to say - Enough Already! OK, I've had my say.

MDC, I watch Deal or No Deal, and really like the show. I felt bad for that couple on tonight's show, though. If that ditzy girl had listened to her husband, who was in Fallujah, they'd have had a lot more money to spend when he comes home. She felt pretty silly, I think.

Well, off I go. Got some writing I want to get done. Today is the tenth anniversary of my husband's homegoing, and I have some journaling to do.

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

May 15, 2006 - Msg 37992: Ro, I will celebrate his life with you.....what a blessing.

May 15, 2006 - Msg 37993: Thank you, Millie. --Romeena

May 16, 2006 - Msg 37994: Hey gang!..boy I got to do some reading...just checking in before bed ...been down to Turner Field to see our Braves beat Florida...good game...braves pounded out 18 hits....hope Big Maude and all have been feeding ya good ...breakfast will be on me in the morning at Dennys!...come hungry..hey Rommena,auhro good sweep...Lucy never count out braves out...14 straight years as division champs!...hey Rev,,millie,goober,hazel,boo how is the house coming?..well bed for me 4 rows of purple hull peas to plant in the morning.....God Bless all ...SPOT

May 16, 2006 - Msg 37995: To Tom, you talk about rain where you are at. But here in Canada, we have had some rain everyday for the past 5 days and are expecting more for the next 5 days. Ouch!

Now for my opinion about the illegal immigrant issue. As far as I'm concerned, it's just like putting a bandage (border guards) on a wound that won't heal (illegal border crossing). Unless you treat the wound first, it does not matter how good the bandage is. You have to eliminate the source of the problem (the people who take advantage of illegal labor). I believe we should expand and increase funding to the law enforcement units within the US Citizenship and Immigration Service bureau to allow them to investigate and prosecute these sources on a larger scale. As long as the demand is strong, creating barriers will only increase the opportunities and profit potential for organized criminals. I'm talking about the criminals who assist with illegal border crossings. The more lucrative you make it for them, the more will want to get involved in it. Increasing risks (additional border guards) will only increase the cost to the immigrants. If you eliminate the sources, you will not have to add more border guards or barriers.

And as for any kind of amnesty program, I think that would be a slap in the face to all of those who have taken the time and effort to seek legal immigration.

I'm all for immigration ... legal immigration that is.

from Poor Horatio

May 16, 2006 - Msg 37996: Poor Horatio, it sounds like to me you want to bring Upchurch in on the problem. We don't need no big city investigater down here nosing around. If he shows up, I say we give him the big freeze!:)

Lucy, you were asking about knowing bird noises. Barney understands bird talk so I'd check with him. He talks to fishes too I believe.

Romeena, I said a little prayer for you last night. Yesterday must have been a bit hard for you.

Millie, have fun on your visit today. Maybe you'll run into Andy.

Rev, I like to juice my self. Ihave never done pairs before. I'll try em though.

Safe travels on your trip buckeye. It sounds like you pack about the way I do.

Auh2o, you don't sound like a nut. Just good common sense is all. Maybe today that is nuts though. Anyway, I agree with what you say to a degree. Any business that is going out of its way to recruit workers, just for low wages should be punished hard. A lot of times though, these workers are giving false information or forged I.D.'s and the business has no way of knowing that. Thats why I suggest a partnership with business and goverment to find these folks.

Spot, Denny's it is. I'm on my way.


May 16, 2006 - Msg 37997: Pairs? Sheesh. They might even be better than pears though.


May 16, 2006 - Msg 37998: nice sweep auh20. anyone heard from mdc? poor horatio, are you from canada? if so whereand what does gas cost? pump check central illinois $2.99 a ding. our plannet is just to crowded and a throw away society that finishing runing the animal habitat and enviorments. ican see everyone cramped in small high rise apartments one day. enough of that chery talk i'm on my way to dennt's and celebrate spots braves with him. romeena and plum. the anniversaries are difficult but time has a way of letting our departed loved ones to visit us more often in our hearts and thoughts. rev, good seeing you , where are you going this weekend? i;ll be in ky. millie, does hubby put the worm on the hook and take the fish off? lucy, try typing in identifyind bird calls in georgia. i'll read archives soon. buckeye

May 16, 2006 - Msg 37999: mdc gave me an idea; let's have some fun... the year 2008. the election is over--- andy won pesident barney won vice presidentlll now let's name the cabinet-- example, ernest t. heads parks, howard sprague head of banking etc name your own cabinet for andy and barney . buckeye

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38000: Asa Breeney....Homeland Security.


May 16, 2006 - Msg 38001: Good morning everyone! Today is a special day both for Barney Fife and me; it marks his anniversary on the Mayberry force and my birthday. I'm not sure what anniversary this is for Barn (we could pull our money and get the number etched under the "5" on his watch) but it's my 29th birthday. Plus eleven. I just can't seem to bring myself to actually say it out loud.

I just don't think of myself as being that age. My daughter, however, is doing what she can to change that; last night, she asked me if we had tvs in "the old days." I told her the 1970s don't qualify as the old days quite yet. She was horrified that we didn't have VCRs or DVD players yet, though. The, we were watching "Little House on the Prarie" she wanted to know if the house I grew up in looked something like the Ingalls'. I told her, no, we lived in a cave because of the dinosaurs.

Well, back to work for now. Can't wait to get home tonight. Normally, I don't really think much about my birthday--just another day. But Nora is so excited that it's got me kind of looking forward to the day. Kinda odd for being (gulp) 40. I mean 29.


May 16, 2006 - Msg 38002: ASA: The department of Homeland Security frowns on green bullets, so you better start polishing.

BUCKEYE: Aunt Bee as Secretary of Pies.


May 16, 2006 - Msg 38003: Hey Guys.

Well I'm not quite sure what life lessons God is trying his best to teach me this year but man oh man. Yesterday on my way back from class all the cars ahead of me slammed on breaks and byt the time I realized what was happening I had hit the person in front of me. Their car was okay but mine... well. Looks like I'm back to driving the ole Taurus like I did in highschool.

Some days I wonder just how much more i'll be able to endure.... Sheesh!

I have a midterm next week in a history class so you guys be thinking about me okay? And remember Mama. She goes to see the specialist Friday.

One praise I have is that the people I had to deal with yesterday were super nice and even hugged me when they left. The cop was fantastic too. Everyone was really nice. I'm sure glad God picked the people he did for me to rearend:)


May 16, 2006 - Msg 38004: Correction Mama goes to the Specialist NEXT Friday.


May 16, 2006 - Msg 38005:
Me-They you are a card you know that... lived in a cave....

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38006: M-T - that should be the anniversary of your 29th birthday. . .I always celebrate the anniversary of my 18th birthday but that became very sad when it was the 18th anniversary of my 18th birthday (this year it will be 24th anniversary of my 18th birthday).

Oh well - happy birthday!


May 16, 2006 - Msg 38007: Well I'll be Hornswaggled! Merle Dean! I was reading the back posts from the other day! Boy is it good to see you. I was just wondering where some of the original posters have gone off to and there ya be!! How is every little thing?

Dixie Belle

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38008:
Morning Porch

Asa-I agree "any business" knowingly hiring illegals. I also agree that we don't need any big city investigator around these parts. The last thing we need is a REVENUER!

Ut oh, I let my right wing show again.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Me-They, The 40's ain't so bad come on in the waters fine.

MDC-I know I said it before but I love watching your DBacks.

God Bless

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38009: Mornin' Y'all! Its 65 already here in GA. Looks like its going to be a nice one. I'm about to head to Sears to get the measurements they did on our break pads. We took our 96 Dodge Grand Caravan (Hubby drives, thank goodness) to Sears and they said we only needed brake pads. Took it to the dealer and they said we needed new rotors and pads. This made Hubby madder than a hornet. So, I'm to get both of their measurments and then he's going to measure to see whose telling the truth and have them fix the brakes. But, something needs to be done asap since they are metal to metal.
Me-They- Happy Birthday! It usually takes a child to make things more fun. As Pooh says, Many happy returns of the day.
Spot- I never have turned my back on the Braves! They are the South's team and the best in my opinion.
Rev- My juicer recently conked out. I think I'm just going to get the Jack LaLane one for $100 to get me through the summer. Juicing is wonderful for your body and if you get a good combo it tastes good too! Glad to hear that you're thinking of your health.
Dixie- Sorry sweetie. I've rear ended someone myself a few years ago. Glad to see that it wasn't as bad as it could've been. Think positive, my girl. Good luck on your exam.
Buckeye- I will try that search. Thank you for the idea.
Poor Horatio- I agree with ya.
Hey to Millie, Mavis, Romeena, Charlotte, MDC, Boo, auh20, and everyone else. Y'all have a great day!
Blessings to you and yours,

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38010: There's more talk of rear ends on the porch this morning then there is at the changing room mirror at the Gap.


May 16, 2006 - Msg 38011: MDC- How did your interview go?
I have a question about the whole immigration thing, why can't we legally seal off the borders? Sorry if that sounded ignorant. I just don't watch the news b/c I don't want Bryson to see the violence. Gotta run now!

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38012: LUCY: The problem is it's more than a stone's throw from one end to the other. But you're not at all ignorant; many people are suggesting what you ask. Personally, I am advocating an invisible box like the ones that mimes use.

HM: I'm sure I'll feel worse on the 29th anniversary of my 29th birthday.

Thanks for the birthday wishes, all!


May 16, 2006 - Msg 38013: HI ALL.
M-T Happy Birthday and may your day be so happy.
OH you saiding that back in the fifty we live in the water like fish.
will that mke me feel so old now.

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38014: To buckeye Msg 37998, I live both in Canada and the USA. Here in Canada (Toronto area), gas is about 95 Canadian cents per litre. That would be about $3.15 per gallon in America.

For a interesting point of view about illegal border crossings, I found a story that might surprise you. Check it out at Mexican women want the border closed.

from Poor Horatio

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38015: Thanks, TOM. I guess that those that grew up in the sixties were the ones who grew legs and lost their tail.

HORATIO: Say, you bring up a good point. Just what are we doing to secure the northern border? I mean, we can't have Canadians sneaking across the tundra. Next thing you know, they'll be trying to buy up all our cigarettes and prescription medication...oh, yeah, that's right...

Go Maple Leaves!?!


"He's making for Canada!"

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38016: Well happy birthday Me-They. One of them milestone birthdays that reminds you the clock is ticking, and it only goes in one direction.

O.K. Here's the latest poop on Possum. You ain't gonna believe this but you've all seen that handyman in town, the one with the soft hands? Well from what I hear he has been....ooops, there goes the microwave with my lunch. I'll fill you in later.


May 16, 2006 - Msg 38017: Good thing my clock is digital, ASA.


May 16, 2006 - Msg 38018: To Lucy Msg 38011, as far as I know, we have the legal authority to seal off our borders. I just don't know if we have enough personnel and surveillance equipment to accomplish that. With 11,000 Border Patrol agents and Bush's proposed 6,000 National Guardsmen, that gives 17,000 people covering three shifts each day. So that means you have almost 6,000 people covering almost 2,000 miles of Mexican border each work shift. That's assuming you have everyone working the border, which we all know is not practical. And with the war against terrorism, let's not forget the 6,000 miles of Canadian border.

from Poor Horatio

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38019: Happy Birthday to you Me-They. Today is my daugthers birthday as well. She turns 12! Hope all is well the the porchesters. Have a good day. Big Maude

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38020: Happy birthday all,hey Lucy,Big Maude,horatio,M-T,asa,dix,auh20,hm,mailie,TOM,buckeye and all else ...braves game was great last night...been yard working all day but wanted to stop by with the supper menu:..Ribeye steaks and king crab legs!..melted garlic butter,baked taters all the way,salad,french bread,stuffed muchrooms[crab meat] and sweet tea!....Wow...back in just a bit...Lucy will you say grace?...SPOT

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38021: MAUDE: Tell your daughter happy birthday and if she's smart, she'll hold at 12.

SPOT: Yum! I'd like my steak medium-well. I'm gonna let the crab legs scamper on by, but can I have extra stuffed mushrooms? Hurry up and say grace already, LUCY!


May 16, 2006 - Msg 38022: Howdy, porch friends! I'm sitting a few feet from the beach, watching the surf roll in, appreciating the relative quiet..... It's beautiful down here, really. I'm a lucky gal. More later, going fishing, and yes, I do my own bait own hook and take the fish off myself, thank you very much. I taught my hubby surf fishing,btw.

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38023: happy birthday me-they and big maudes daughter. spot, it's been a long time since i sank my fangs into one of your fine steaks with the trimmings , thanks. i nominate aunt bea as white house chef. ben weaver as treasurery chief. asa, is right, a wall on the southern border would have to be about three quarters as long as the great wall of china. have a great evening all. buckeye

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38024: They don't go to the drugstore for a bottle of pop. They go to the fillin' station

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38025:
Hey gang, good interview today with Richmond American Homes. more later tonight.
Anyone seen BOO lately?

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38026: Evening Porch, fine night ain't it? A little chilly here on my end, but a blanket wrapped around me makes it real comfy. Did you ever catch your fish-swiping varmint Ro? Just wondered. Gotta run, clothes in the dryer need folding.
come fish come, come fish come

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38027: I have been wondering about Boo my own self. Maybe she stepped in a closet.
Glad the interview went well MDC. What kind of job is it for?
I have noticed a new trend that has started here the last few months. There have been young girls (I would guess mid teenage) going around our neighborhoods door to door trying to sell folks on carpet cleaning, claiming if they can just sign you up for a free demonstration they will win certain prizes like trips and what not. What really bothers me is they have been averaging about once a week at my house, and every time it's a young girl wearing somewhat suggestive clothing. I can't believe with all the sickos out there that anyone would allow (and in this case I think promote) this type of stuff. Maybe I'm just old fashioned but I would never allow my Daughters to go dressed like that. And to think they are going to strangers doors to me is just nuts. Am I strange in my thinking?


May 16, 2006 - Msg 38028: Thank you Dear Lord for this wonderful food we're about to eat, and let it be a nourishment to our body. Thank you Lord for all of the blessings you have bestowed upon us. Please watch out for our troops, the President, and all of our friends and family. In your name I pray, Amen! Let's chow down!!
Talk to ya later.
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy Matthews

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38029: No Asa, you may be strange, but not your ideas, ha!

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38030: Well gang hope ya liked supper!...Idol is on ....been working in the garden with dad ....back in a bit ...SPOT

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38031:
Buckeye, not sure how i gave you an idea, but i say Gomer for Joint Chiefs of Staff! ha
Miss Crump for Dept of Education Sec.
DIX- is the car driveable? Sure hope so. Prayers for you dear.
Me-They- HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You're as young as ya feel! Only time to worry is when you only know what day it is by the big letter on the next cap of your pill box! ha Remember when cell phones were those big gray boxey things??
Ro- I agree about the ditzy one! A harley and $99,000 and she didnt take it! And a BRUNETTE! ha
Millie- have fun fishing! "You get a line and I'll get a pole, Millie..."
Asa- the job would be office manager for Richmond American Homes West Region office in Phx..
Did you try oregano??
YOU ARE RIGHT about the door to door stuff! Yes.
AUh20- Dbacks are doing pretty well yes, when they dont fall on themselves!
LUCY- if it is metal to metal, the rotors will at least have to be turned or yes maybe replaced.
Anyone remember Sambo's? Like dennys, coffeshop type place. GOOD food. mmmmm
Have a lovely evening all!

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38032: Evenin' Y'all!
Spot- Who are you rootin' for? I like Taylor the most, but Katherine's voice is so elegant. Have you ever voted?
Boo- Where are you?
MDC- If you believe that the job will be great I hope you get it. My stepkids are in Glendale with their Mom. I'll never forget when we visited I couldn't get a good sweet tea to save my life until the vision of Cracker Barrel came to view. I was so thankful.
Everyone- Please continue to pray about my stepchildren coming. Hubby and Ex were arguing b/c stepdaughter only wants to go to in-laws for 2 weeks and not see us. The crazy thing is Ex wants us to buy her ticket in hopes that hubby will talk her into coming here. They argued and now supposedly neither kid is coming. Ex claims that stepdaughter doesn't want to spend all day w/me b/c she is supposed to be with hubby all summer. That's impossible for 1 b/c he has a full-time job. I said that she can go to the christian day camp for 3 weeks, American Girl camp for 2 weeks, we go to St. Simons for 1 week and then 2 weeks at in-laws. Hubby said its all about the Ex and not me. Stepdaughter decided not to like me at the same time as Ex decided not to get along with her stepmom. I'm trying not to let it get to me and put it in the Lord's hands. Again, please pray. We're all getting hurt by this.
I need to calm down and get some sleep.
Blessings to you and yours,

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38033: Hey to Lucy and Millie. Interesting story, Poor Horatio. By the way, I didn't know you were from Canada either. Whereabouts? My dad owns a farm near Yellowgrass, Saskatchewan, and I used to spend three weeks a summer there painting granaries and scooping wheat during harvest. My stepmom is from London, Ontario, and my step siblings are in Windsor and Toronto. We used to go with my husband's family on fishing trips to Rainy Lake. Guess that's all I have to say about that. Happy Birthday, Me-They. And to your daughter Big Maude. My baby girl will be 14 tomorrow. She's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen (Mom's not prejudiced.) She's pretty excited about her birthday too I must say. And MDC, noticing your comment above about the brunette. My daughter is a brunette and she bought a shirt that says "Trust me, I'm a brunette." Well, enough for now. Glad to find a window when I can stop by! Buckeye, I think our weather is supposed to be decent at least for one day tomorrow.
Charlotte Tucker

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38034: Hey friends, computer was done for a few days...thanks for wondering about me Asa and MDC, makes me feel cared about.

Me-They, loved your answer about living in the cave!!haha Happy Birthday to ya and stop fetting over your age, young 'un!

Enjoyed reading the opinions concerning the borders. As one living in Mexas (otherwise known as Texas) I can say that I am scared...not so much about illegal immigrants, but of our own citizens. Has America gone crazy? We just don't think right anymore...there is more concern on any given day about what Brittany Spears is doing than on the huge problems in the country. Now if Americans are using 70% of the world's illegal drugs, maybe we need to bring in more immigrants from other countries to clean things up. I'm disgusted and shudder to think about the world my kids will have to live in when I'm gone. When are our politicians going to get some gonads!!

Homemaker, I have been waiting to get out of Texas but stay because of my husband's job and my parents. I hate the heat! Now, I agree that Texas is a great place but the heat bothers me more and more. I want to live in Colorado someday but, WOW, it costs to live there!

DIXIE said, "I'm sure the Lord picked the people he did for me to rearend."...ha! that sounds so funny. I'm really glad he didn't pick me. You poor thing, you have had alot to deal with. Prayers for you and your mom. Be assured, God is using all these things to mold you into all you can be for Him. God give you strength and joy in the trials.

No ASA, I don't think you are strange in your thinking...I think alot of other people are, though, like the ones who would allow their daughters to do what you described. You are not old-fashioned you are a man of high moral standard and I thank you for it. Men like you are so important in this world. By the way, I loved the word you used the other day, "handymanliness", very funny and what every woman really wants in a man, right ladies? ha

SPOT, the status of the home building is about the same only I informed Bruce that we need to make every attempt to start building by October because I am not going to last much longer here in the middle of Redneckville (would someone please send some immigrants to my current neighborhood?). I know I have a sick sense of humor, I try to keep it in check when I'm here but sometimes it just slips out.

Well, I bought one of those down slip covers for my mattress and am dying to try it out. My bed in absolute Nirvana. Such comfort is known by few and I am thankful for a bed like mine. Think I'll use it! Goodnight,


May 16, 2006 - Msg 38035: Hey to Spot and MDC, Ro, Homemaker, Mavis, Boo, and Tom. What's happened to Hazel?? Haven't heard from Frankie Flint nor Sam Scott in a coon's age either, have we? (How would I know--I haven't been chere much either.

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38036: Oops, how embarrassing I forgot to close my parentheses.

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38037: Oh hey, didn't see ya Lucy and Charlotte. Prayers about your problems with the kids, Lucy.

Good to see you on the porch, Charlotte.


May 16, 2006 - Msg 38038: Oh, wanted to ask you, MDC about the Oregomax. Now what is it supposed to do for you? You will be pleased to know that I am now taking fish oil, Coq10, Black Cohosh and soy, Vit D, calcium, and some other vitamins as well (eating better and drinking some pomegranite juice). I am also walking now and going to therapy with a wonderful Christian psychologist, trying to deal with my stress AND journaling. Yeah! The doc told me that a study came out that showed that people who journaled lived several years longer than those who don't, on average. I think that what we do here on the porch is kind of like journaling and to tell you the truth, sometimes I think that coming to this porch these past years has really helped to get me through the stress I have had. Maybe it will make us healthier.

I don't remember what kind of Melatonin I bought. I will have to check. I think I will try it again but just take half.


May 16, 2006 - Msg 38039: Otis: (while Andy and Barney are turning the jump rope)..."Slow it down and let me in or I'll go out and get some Gin!"

May 16, 2006 - Msg 38040:
Hello porch family. Good to see you all.

Boo...sounds like a great plan. Praying for you! By the way, not trying to speak for MDC, but Oregomax is kind of like "natures antibiotic" without the side affects. I'm sure MDC can give you more info.

M-T...HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many more! hang in there. Praying for you and your mom. steak was perfect. Our Braves pulled it out again tonight.

Well better get to bed. It's getting late. You all have a great night and let JESUS shine through our lives tomorrow.

May 17, 2006 - Msg 38041: Morning Porchters. Good to have you back Boo, and thanks for those kind words. Your a dear.
One of my favorite singers ever is from Canada CT and poor Horatio. Can you guess who? I'll give you a hint, it's a he. So that rules out Celine.

Mavis, we hit 90 here yesterday. Last week I had frost on my grass two morning in a row. This week 90's. Our snowpack is running furious now with most rivers at full stream. But it looks like flooding will be minor if any at all.

Sounds like a tough situation your involved with Lucy. I don't have any ex's but stories I've heard about some are just nuts. Prayers that things work out for you all.

Mavis, how's them hogs looking to be this year? Any big news from Gibbs? I look for them to really make a move this year.

Spot, I got breakfast covered this morning. We are going over to Maude's house for it. That woman can cook. I hope she don't mind.:)


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38042: "..but for a pretty lady who reads rose poetry, she sure packs a mean spoon!"

May 17, 2006 - Msg 38043:
Morning Folks

Asa- "The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they called 'Gitche Gumee'
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy"

...does he sing that one?


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38044: Good morning everyone. Beautiful weather today here in my corner of Maryland. It has rained for the last several days, and they are saying it will for the next three or four, so I expect to be growing mold over the weekend. But today I'm living it up.

To all you Canadians and ex-Canucks, Canada sure is a pretty country. I have to say, though, and no ethnic prejudice is meant, that there is a noticable difference in environment in Quebec. In general, it seems juts a little "dirtier." Roadsides and cities look more like the U.S. with litter and such. Ottawa is the cleanest city I have ever had the pleasure to visit. And the people are SO friendly. Anyway, that was my experience.

Thanks everyone for all the great birthday wishes. My family gave me a special evening yesterday. It was nice, real nice.

ASA: I feel the same way. My wife had a time last year trying to find tops for our daughter. Evidently, the style was for tops that just touch the top of your pants. Our daughter is one the tall side anyway, so finding tops that didn't end up crop-tops was difficult. Why would a five year old be wearing a "belly" shirt, anyway? And I won't even talk about the girls' shorts with messages like "sweet" and "angel" written across the backside. Not the kind of message a teen or pre-teen should be sending, to be sure. The problem is, parents not only allow but actually encourage their kids to dress like this. Our culture has become so s*xualized that we even expect that children should look "s*xy." And even if parents can gnash their teeth about the inappropriate clothes teens are wearing, what about the inappropriate clothes their four, five, six and ten year old are wearing? Parents dress these kids in tight, revealing clothing with suggestive sayings when they are little, and then wonder why they are dressing like they do as teens. I will grant that not all kids follow the path they have been taught, but modesty doesn't spring from nothing. I just don't find it "cute" to see littel kids wearing tight short, shorts that say "can't touch this." In fact, I find it pretty sick. Well, I'll climb down from the soapbox now; I'm getting a nosebleed up here.

Prayers for all that needs them.


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38045: ASA: By "having breakfast covered" do you mean you are preparing it or you have it completely consumed?


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38046: Big news here- most likely Honda is building a new plant in the Greensburg Indiana area - if you see it on CNN or Fox, the land is right near where I grew up and now live. We sure could use the economic impact.


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38047: With a load of iron ore
26,000 tons more
than the Edmond Fitzgerald weighed empty
You got it auh2o.:) Love his tunes.
Great news Homemaker. Maybe they can get one of them Hondas to run off of goat poop. Boy, wouldn't you be rolling in the dough then?
M.T. My only part of the breakfast was directing you all over to Maudes house. It's up to her to do the rest. And if your late, I ain't waiting.:)


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38048: Breakfast Buffet is ready. Big Maude

May 17, 2006 - Msg 38049: M-T - in regards to how children dress, my boys (or I should say my youngest) would love to be "way" cool and wear his hat to the side or on backwards. To my husband and I, that is punky looking and is not acceptable. So - if you are going to wear a baseball type cap at my house - keep it on straight cause momma is going to getcha if you don't! :)


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38050: ASA: Kind of you to act as a signpost. Am I too late, MAUDE???

HM: Well, I try to wear my hats as they are intended, but you can be sure that were I to come to your house I would definitely REMOVE my hat when entering. And those that wear hats at the table--just don't get me started!


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38051: Thanks for breakfast Big Maude!...i have so busy here at the dog house..hey Rev glad your steak was good..hey MT,MDC,auh20,TOM,hm,Boo [how is the house coming?],Romeena..Lucy that was a very nice prayer...Asa did ya get enough of that breakfast?..saw that bacon hanging out cha pocket!...millie ya in there?..hey ct!..and all...tonight its gona be grilled shrimp on the bbq,,tarter sauce,baked taters,slaw,hushpuppys and tea...these are BIG shrimp too asa!..they want fit in yer shirt pocket!...well off to Home Depot!...gosh hate going there with a payed off depot credit card!...SPOT

May 17, 2006 - Msg 38052: I don't like hats, try to wear a visor if I'm in the sun...think its a Texas thing...hats smash the Big Hair.

M-T, I'm glad I'm not the only one concerned about the fashions I am seeing for little girls. I hvae been really concerned about a friend of mine who has a 6 yr old because she dresses her in those really short shorts with shoes that look kind of like high heels. To me its a huge red flag. I asked someone else who knows her why she is dressing her 6 yr old to look s#xy and she said that it is the way all the rich kids dress and she is trying to keep up. Sickening. You can be sure my daughter dresses decently. She is only 4 but I make sure her shirts completely cover her belly and her shorts aren't short. Maybe I am old but I like little girls to look like little girls. She wears alot of dresses. I have had pretty good luck finding modest clothing for her but am shocked at some of the stuff I see when I go shopping! I am just kind of careful of what she wears because you never know where a child predator might be. Here's another subject: what about those moms who put their little girls in pagaents and dress them up to look s#xy? Now that is about the craziest thing I can think of these days.

Got some homemade soup in the crock pot (it was time to clean out the refrigerator). Later..


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38053: SPOT, things are coming along but not fast enough, thanks for asking. We are about finished cutting up the firewood and will finish the clearing. I got enough wood for one giant bonfire, I tell ya. Hey, maybe we can have one out at Myer's Lake on the 4th of July!


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38054: Glad you had a nice birthday, M-T! Your Mrs is probably counting down her days now, isn't she? I've got 8 wks 5 days left myself. I'm right with ya on the clothing issue, too.

Sorry I've not been around much - trying to get baby's room done and get sorted through the baby clothes I have so I know what I need. Thanks for all those who sent out Mothers Day wishes - hope all you Mama/Grandma porchsters had a good day as well. : )

spot - that shrimp sounds delish! Count me in!

Prayers for all - God bless!

May 17, 2006 - Msg 38055: How said Home Depot? When do we leave???

AFD: Yeah, the Mrs. is counting down, too. Two months less one day and counting. My Daughter is getting really excited. Chad is pleasantly oblivious. We don't really have to do much to get ready for the baby, per se, since we left the crib and changing table set up. Once we change the crib sheets and buy some newborn diapers I think we're good to go. Do you have other kids, AFD? I can't rememmber. By the way, should you be eating shellfish, AFD? SPOT, I'll have her portion, too.

BOO: I'm right there with you regarding the fashion shows. I truly think it has less to do with what the kids want than letting a bunch of parents show off their kids while living vicariously through them. Selfish and destructive, in my opinion. I mean, look what that beauty contest did to Mayberry! But Miss Bishop won that one, and rightly so.

Our daughter also dresses appropriate to her age. Don't get me wrong, we're not Amish about it or anything; kids can be dressed modestly and still look "cool." Right now, since Nora is almost six, we are having to be careful about the dolls and doll clothes she gets. She loves dolls, but my wife, especially, has a problem with a lot of them and the fashions that go with them. I have seen some that should have been called "Street-walker Barbie" or "Adult Dancer Barbie." And have you seen those Bratz Dolls? They are banned at our house. They promote so-called s*xy fashions and "attitude." For crying out loud, a parent's first clue not to buy them should be that they are called Bratz Dolls! There I go again...sorry everybody...

Break's over! Back to the rock pit.


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38056: That should be "Who said." I guess I was doing my Tonto imitation there.


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38057: Right, I think we have "vented" about the Bratz doll before.

Here is a question for the bible scholars of the porch: Remember in the gospels where Jesus is alking about the end of the world and the judgement of the world (sorry can't remember the verse) and he says that he will seperate the sheep from the know, "depart from me I never knew you". Well, who is Jesus really talking to there? I once heard a messianic Jewish scholar say that it was a judgement of the people in the world when Jesus returned at the very end of the age and that he is judging the people who are alive at that time and how they treated the jewish people ("..if you did it to the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.."). Any thoughts on that? Just trying to study it and am coming up with alot of questions.

Me-They, I was just thinking, I was just the age you are when I was pregnant with my last child. As Briscoe would say, "More power to ya!" (you're gonna need it).


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38058: BOO: I'm no scholar, and I have been wrong once or twice (times ten thousand), but I believe that He was talking about all those who profess Christ. I don't cotton to the explanation that was given to you. When Jesus talks of "the least of these," I think He is talking about humanity generally; implying that, how can one profess life in Christ and not treat others with the love He has shown us? The "sheep" refers to those who professed and lived their faith; the "goats" refers to those who professed but did not live their faith (unbelievers). You hear them called Sunday Morning Christians by judgmental cynics today.

Not to belabor the theological here, but there is a major strain of thought regarded what is meant by Christ's "Chosen People." Of course, all agree that at least until the time of Christ this referred to the Jewish people (Isreal). While many Christians still regard the (ethnically and religiously) Jewish people as God's Chosen, there is a persuasive argument that this changed with Christ. The theory begins with Paul's writings--like when he talks about gentile believers being grafted onto the Jewish "tree." The thought goes that since the old covenant was with the Jewish people (law) and the new with followers of Christ (faith), so the true Christian believers are actually Christ's Chosen People today. I could go into a lot of theological theory and the whole debate regarding predestination at this point, but I'll leave it alone. I figure REV, ROMEENA or somebodty else can probably provide better insights.


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38059: HI ALL.




May 17, 2006 - Msg 38060: Me-They, I think Paul said we are all, "children of Abraham through faith in the promise". I do think that the Jews are still a part of God's plan and so are we, thank the Lord! I came across and interesting article about the passage of scripture I mentioned. I think you might find it interesting:

Thanks for that poem, TOM!


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38061: Nice poem, TOM. BOO: I agree and didn't mean to imply otherwise. Thanks for the article.


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38062: Oops! I accidently deleted my next few sentences, BOO...

At the foundation of Christianity is the belief that when it comes down to it, be we Jew or Gentile, black or white, male or female, tall or short, there is only one way to heaven and that's through Christ. That is, unless I missed something in Sunday school class.


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38063: No, I don't think you missed anything in Sunday school, though I am sure I did! ha Anyway, eschatology can get so confusing and there are so many different opinions. Wish I understood it all better....thanks for your comments.


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38064: There are many opinions, then there is the right one: mine. (By the way, I don't actually believe that.)


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38065: Before I forget, remember PRAYER TIME tonight at 8:55 p.m. EST. (Or a moment of silence for all you Constitutional lawyers out there.)


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38066: Tom, I really enjoyed your poem....thank you! Hope the rain lets up soon for you.
Late birthday wishes to Big Maude and Me they....Boo and M-T, I have four kids to dress, but I only have trouble with one.....the teenager. He kept telling me "God didn't care what he wore to church, and wore the same baggy jeans everyday, like a uniform. But then he got a new girlfriend whose family takes him to church, and suddenly he's wearing kahkis......go figure.
BTW, The weather here at the beach is lovely.....I caught a mullet this morning, but of course I released him. Missing my kidlets, though. More later!

May 17, 2006 - Msg 38067: Hey Millie, glad you are enjoying yourself! I think your son has something there, I like to go casual to church, myself. Do you throw back all the fish you catch or just the mullets? Sorry, but I am ignorant when it comes to fish (I thought a Mullet was a haircut guys wore in the 80's..or that some rather masculine women sometimes wear least in Home Depot)


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38068: Does anyone think my hometown boy, Elliot is going home tonite? Huh,huh,huh? Any Elliot fans?

May 17, 2006 - Msg 38069: I usually throw back everything I catch, Boo. Mullet are good to keep for cut bait, though. But we were using fish bites......not so smelly and messy, you know.

May 17, 2006 - Msg 38070: Yes, M-T, I have one other young-un. A 5 1/2 yo daughter (turns 6 in October). She is excited about getting a baby in the house, even more so than getting to go to school in August. BTW, my hubby hit the 29 with 11 years experience mark in January on his birthday. I think shellfish is okay if I close my eyes, ain't it? ; )

Hey to Boo, Tom, Millie and everyone else.

May 17, 2006 - Msg 38071: I thought a mullet was a haircut? Asa has a mullet.


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38072: No, shellfish is not ok, not for anybody really. Don't eat it. There, I said it and I ain't takin' it back.

ASA has a mullet?! I didn't notice it when he was dancing at the Gigolo Club. Time to get out of the 80's and into the 00' wonder you won't put your picture on Ro's photo site.

Millie, I have not kept up with American Idol like I used to but I watched last night and thought Elliot did really well. No doubt he has a wonderful voice and seems like a nice guy. I think he should win, see a plastic surgeon about having his ears pinned back, get porcelain veneers for his teeth and he will be doing good.


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38073: That sounded mean, didn't mean for it to..I mean I think he could be a big star with a few adjustments..


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38074: You think I could have put just one more "mean" in that sentence somewhere?


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38075:
Is it just me or should the title American IDOL tells us anything? Thought questin.
BOO- Oregamax is a natual antibiotic for MOST infections. Very effective. A companion book is very good "The Cure is In the Cupboard."
Glad to see yoyu on the other stuff! Maybe you can stop the lipitor someday,
More later gang. God bless ya all!
ASA- send that runoff into the colorado awe'll use it! ha

May 17, 2006 - Msg 38076: My goodness! I work one night, miss the porch and have an hour's worth of reading to do! I'm not about to try to comment in any depth on all that's been said (aren't you all glad?) - except that I think you're all right on! Children should be dressed like children, Christians are "adopted" into the family of God's chosen people, and we need border control but am not sure it's possible. As I've said before, put the welfare babies to work, which removes the demand for workers, and the illegals will stop coming. Vicente Fox needs to stand on the borders and watch for a while. You can tell a lot about a country by observing whether people are trying to get in, or trying to get out.

Lost another fish in the last few days. I'm pretty sure it's a raccoon. If I go to the edge of the pond and just dabble my fingers in the water, all the little fish come a-running! Nosy little things. I think Mr. Coon does the same, and when they approach his little agile fingers, he nabs one. I really don't know what to do about it.

Well, gotta run. Everyone have a great evening. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

May 17, 2006 - Msg 38077: MDC, if Oregamax is for infection, why would a person take it all the time? If it really acts like an antibiotic it seems like taking it all the time would be a bad thing?

Hi Ro, sorry about your fish. How are things on the job? Any chance you can retire soon?


May 17, 2006 - Msg 38078:
Hello everyone. Great to see you all on the porch tonight. Trust you had a great day.

Yes, I too thank God that we (Christians) are "grafted" into the family as God's chosen people. Good explanation M-T.

MDC...I heard that book was very good. Someone on a health forum was writing about it.

Ro...hope you get control of Mr. Coon. They can be pesty.

Millie...sad to see Elliot go. He was such a nice and talented guy. He will still go a long way in the music world.

See ya'll at breakfast.
I better get to bed. You all have a great night and know that HE loves us!

May 17, 2006 - Msg 38079: Evening Porch! Just stopping by to say Good Night & thanks for the shrimp Spot I went to Ask Jeeves Ro & came up with some home remedies for the coon~Plastic windmills, portable radio left on at night, cloth streamers, & mulching with newspaper. They are temporary tho, seems Mr/Mrs Coon is pretty smart! Then I found this Coons in my Pond if you want to buy something. Good Luck, I had one here that learned how to open the fridge on the back porch & help himself to anything in there! We used it only for cookouts to keep me from running in & out all day, so he didn't get much, but he did open it! See ya'll tomorrow.

May 17, 2006 - Msg 38080: Evening Porch,
Hope everyone's having a wonderful night.
Boo- Hubby and I only take oregano oil when we feel the slightest infection coming on and then for a week afterwards. But, since MDC recommended it to you then he should tell you what he does. Sorry if I overstepped my boundaries. Remember that unless your supplements are whole food they have to filter through your liver and have counteractions such as prescriptions and over the counter drugs.
Millie- I'm sure you do miss your kidlets, but enjoy your time at the fishing hole. You deserve it! I, too, only thought a mullet was a Billy Ray Cyrus thing.
Me-They & all- I have a hard time with the clothing situation with my stepdaughter. She has a large stomach and its hard to find things long enough for her. When she was 4-8 we dressed her primarily in baby doll style dresses and those worked great. Last summer I had to shop in the juniors dept and they were all to risque. Dillard's dept store has a child's plus size and they are ultra trendy, but it costs as much as adults. Kids want to grow up fast. They want to draw attention. In my opinion, its because they are more than likely not getting that attention at home or in a loving atmosphere.
Tom- My in-laws up near Cleveland have been very upset by their weather too. The cold and rain in late May is depressing. Lovely poem.
Romeena- I'm sorry about your fish.
Found out tonight that stepson is suspended for fighting. Its their policy that no matter who starts the fight (SS claims the other kid did) they are both suspended. I'm hoping this will encourage ex to send him out for at least the summer to be with his Dad.
Hubby is in Ft. Lauderdale learning bio-cranial chiropractic. This is a dream of his since he dropped out of chiropractic school b/c he wouldn't worship money. I'm proud that he's finally fulfilling a dream.
I know that I've been a prayer hog and I'm sorry to mention this on the porch with 2 preggo's (I'm sorry if this upsets you), but I need prayer. If that is just pure selfishness let me know. I went by my son's grave a couple of days ago (no problem finally after 21 months) and his vase on the headstone was gone. I called the cemetary and they told me that I need to go in and they'll put another one on because I was going to be in that area tomorrow. To be honest, I don't know if I have the courage to go into the funeral home again. On top of that I got a bill today from the DNC I had in November and realized it was 6 months ago today that I lost #4. I'm not trying to upset anybody, and please don't be mad. I just need to feel the love of my friends since hubby is gone and my family's in Ky. Thanks!
Blessings to you and yours,