May 25, 2006 - Msg 38374: Good mornin Porch! Happy birthday to Tom and Asa-salty boiled peanuts are on the way for tonight! should be a grand party!All the corn and peanuts are planted for this fall's harvests! Hope to start cutting wheat next week! Hey REV, be careful on the road-it's a jungle out there,especially this weekend! Glad your Mom is doing so much better Boo! Hang in there with the kids-you'll turn around one day and they'll all be 20 and you'll wonder where the years went! Gonna get back to my rockin now so ya'll set back and rock easy now ya her!-Quiet Sam.

May 25, 2006 - Msg 38375:
Morning Porch

Rev-We'll be thinking about you while your out touring. I know you will reach people have fun.

Asa & Tom-Happy Birthday to you two kids.

Our big weekend will be hanging around the house enjoying the outdoors and I'm sure we'll fire up the BBQ.

buckeye-Our refined petrol is at $2.99 also.

God Bless,

May 25, 2006 - Msg 38376: Hey Quite sam!...good sweep!...hows the gardening going mine is doing fine!...well got the boat hooked up and Miss Sherry is on her way! to the lake for fun and Lots Of Sun!..gona get near 90 here in Ga....say a prayer for our safe trip!...Big Maude will you find some vittles for this hungry bunch if im not back in time?..thanks...SPOT!!

May 25, 2006 - Msg 38377: Happy Birthday Tom and a happy belated one to you, Asa.

Prayers for your daughter, Buckeye; your mom, Boo; Mavis and Rev and all the rest of you.

Wow Boo - it does sound like your mom has had a miracle. My mom had a stroke over 4 yrs ago and still has a small amount of residuals from it.

Congrats to you, MDC, on your new employment! Congrats to your hubby, Mary Wiggins; and to you and Feather, Mavis.

Yes, M-T, we do seem to have a lot in common, including our love of TAGS and a conservative mind-set. : ) Have you gotten closer to picking a name? We're still debating at our house - who knows - we may not agree until she gets here! ; )

A big "Hey" to all and have a great day! BTW - gas is 2.52 a ding here - sure hoping it doesn't go through the roof over the weekend.

May 25, 2006 - Msg 38378: You and Ms Sherry have a safe trip, spot!


May 25, 2006 - Msg 38379: quiet sam- it's the quiet ones with a broom, they'll do a great sweep everytime. those traveling this weekend prayers for your safe journey. afd- great seeing you. auh20- long time my friend great seeing you. tonight let's have a big wing ding of a party for asa and tom . what are everyones plans for this weekend. we plan on a cookout, i'll put flags on vets grave , visit relatives and freinds. hang in there buckeye

May 25, 2006 - Msg 38380: Hey, friends! Wow, AFD. Only 2.52 a ding for gas? We're still paying 2.90+ around here. I did see one station, an off-brand, for 2.89.

Buckeye, I'll be going out to the cemetery to put some flowers on my parents' gravesite, probably today. I have to work tonight, and again on Monday night, so not going anywhere. Sunday night will be going to see a production of "Little Women" with my DIL's mom, who happens to be my best friend. Our mutual kids gave us the tickets for Mother's Day. Wasn't that sweet? Both of us really enjoy stage plays, and the kids know it, so it's a built-in gift idea. I am so blessed. Both of my sons chose wonderful girls, and I love them. To put the frosting on the cake, both girls have parents who are my good friends. The ones in Florida I only see once or twice a year, but the one here in town is my best friend, running buddy, and traveling companion.
I have many friends, of course, and about four of them are very close, but DIL's mom is the closest. She's the one that went to Mongolia with me, and trust me, you get close on a trip like that! She's game for anything, never complains, and joins in when you get a fit of giggles trying to get comfortable on a bed that's actually a cement slab with a 1" pad over it. We shop together, lunch together, share grandkids, and generally have a wonderful relationship. God is good.

Well, I'm off. My pansies have pooped out, gotta go buy something to replace them, or I'm going to have big patches of bare dirt. Can't have that!!

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

May 25, 2006 - Msg 38381: Good day everyone!

REV: Have a safe trip and check in when you can.

AFD: Yes, we have picked out a name, but I'm not allowed to spread it around until she's here. I will tell you that it's off the beaten path.

HORATIO: Must have been hard to fit all those medals and wear that sash as half a boy. I only went as far as Weeblo (did I spell that correctly? It's been awhile), but I have very fond memories as well. It doesn't suprise me that you went as far and did as well as you did. You seem like a very smart, precise person. Are you type-A by any chance?

MAVIS: Sorry about your appliance difficulties. I know a new fridge is expensive, but you may save on your electric bill. About five years ago we got a new fridge and our bill dropped by almost $15 a month. I have a friend who is an electrician and he said that the fridge is one of the biggest draws on your power and that between the higher efficiency offered in models today and the inefficiency of an aging appliance it wasn't that suprising. Doesn't exactly even out for you but maybe makes it easier to take. (By the way, my parents still have the fridge they bought when they got married forty-one years ago!)

Talk to you all later.


May 25, 2006 - Msg 38382: SPOT: Have a fun trip. Fish fry when you get back?

ROMEENA: Gas is still over the $3 mark here. Dang, that's a lot of dings.


May 25, 2006 - Msg 38383:
Hey Rev, you can stop at some truckstops and access the internet, some are free, some charge.
I do it all the time. Of course, I dont keep in touch like I should, but I "truck and pray" for ya all. Keep them doggies movin'!
Ole Fred Goss

May 25, 2006 - Msg 38384:
Hiya Fred! I remember the days when deisel was ALWAYS cheaper. Now in Phoenix, Gas is 2.99 and deisel is 3.19! go figure!
RO- looks like the Suns and the Mavs this week!
QUIET Sam! good to see ya! Thought maybe the plow got ya! ha
MAVIS, may I sugest a quick read of Phillipians chap.4, It does a stressful mind good!
BOO- I cant believe you to be "faithless!" You are always such an inspiration to us all! God bless you and yours. That was suck a funny comment from Bruce! ha
AFD and ASA = PTB (parents to be) ha
Porr Horatio- I loved Scout camp in the pines of northern AZ! We were all so surprised about the 4th day when they said we HAD to take showers! ha

Any one have any fun camp stories??

Let us all remember our fallen Vets who gave their ALL for our freedom! God bless em. Prayers for all the porch!

(a soon to be working) Mr. Darlin's Cuz

May 25, 2006 - Msg 38385: suck? sorry boo, that's SUCH! geesch1 mdc

May 25, 2006 - Msg 38386: hey, MDC, maybe we can all get together for a campout, you know, pioneer style. There's nothing I love better than getting out in the great outdoors and enjoying the calls of the lake loon--the web-footed, red-crested lak loon. I'll bring the 'tater salad.


May 25, 2006 - Msg 38387:
Sounds good, ya gonna rub two sticks together to cook em! teehee

May 25, 2006 - Msg 38388: hey everyone .Ive been busy today ,mowing,changing oil in 2 vehicles, working on a new dog kennel and planting the last of the garden,gonna catch up on the archives ,everyone have a great evening

May 25, 2006 - Msg 38389: Howdy, all. Just passin' through on my way to work. I went to my friend's garden center today and came home with five flats of bedding plants and a gardenia bush. No, I'm not going to try to plant all of that myself, not in this heat. I'll do some of it, but I've got a helper coming Saturday. He's going to dig out some very invasive vinca and peppermint that I wish I'd never planted, and make room for day lilies and iris in that bed. I'll get him to help me with the bedding plants as well.

Well, I'm off to the hospital. I'm sure there will be a lot of women delivering tonight, and as more illegals pour over the borders, there will be lots more. Oh, joy. No money, no insurance, no English, just dozens of visitors, all leading small sleepy, crying children, and all trying to con the staff out of food, sodas, crackers, milk for the kids, and several planning to spend the night in the patient's room. We don't allow it - just one can stay - and boy, does that cause an uproar when we tell them they have to leave. They act like they're being thrown out in the snow. Oh, well. I just have to work tonight, then don't have to go back until Monday night. Do I sound cynical? I guess I am.

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

May 25, 2006 - Msg 38390: Yes Ro, you sound cynical but you see alot of things. I will be really glad when you are able to retire and just enjoy everyday of your life without working in that hospital.

Thanks for the kind comment, MDC. Bruce stayed home again today and played "Mom". He has finished the laundry, went to the grocery store and fed the kids. We even have 2 extra kids because our kids wanted 2 of their friends to spend the night. The problem is that he called me at the hospital and told me Erin had a fever and had fallen asleep. When I arrived home, she was outside in the pool with the other kids. I asked Bruce why and he said, "Well, she woke up and said she was ok, so I let her swim". I just shook my head and said, "You just lost Mother Of The Year". Oh well, he has done most things well.

Hope you all have a peaceful evening,


May 25, 2006 - Msg 38391: HI ALL.





May 26, 2006 - Msg 38392: hi all.
will it a nice rain day but for the weekend it going to be a hot one up in the to 78-8o for a high.


May 26, 2006 - Msg 38393: God morning everyone! Foggy and muggy here today, but they say (by they I mean the weathermen so you can take it for what it's worth) it will burn off, clear up and be breezy and pleasantly warm this weekend.

Hey, TOM, looks like just you and I on the porch this morning. Wanna play checkers?


May 26, 2006 - Msg 38394: I'm rightcheer too!



May 26, 2006 - Msg 38396: Hi Tom....I'm good, all things considered. I love to garden, too, especially flowers. Daylillies and daffodils are my about you?

May 26, 2006 - Msg 38397: Hey to MILLIE. Hope all is well on your end of the porch.

You can do back to what you were doing. What were you doing?


May 26, 2006 - Msg 38398: That's "go," not "do." Sheesh.


May 26, 2006 - Msg 38399: I'm having a tea party!

May 26, 2006 - Msg 38400: Hey Millie,TOM,m-t,Big Maude, and fish fry but had a great time on the lake to get ready for work...tonight its beef tenderloin steaks wraped in bacon,baked taters loaded,asparagus tips in butter and mushroom sauce....sweet tea...rolls..ready at the dog house at 7ish....SPOT

May 26, 2006 - Msg 38401: Would anyone like to join us(my four year old daughter and I) for tea and cookies?

May 26, 2006 - Msg 38402: I myself have been to many a tea party in the last several years and have yet to drink actual tea or eat actual cookies. Great for the diet, but not very satisfying.


May 26, 2006 - Msg 38403: Oh, boy, Spot, that sounds goooooood! Count me in!

May 26, 2006 - Msg 38404: Wow SPOT, count me in for dinner, too!

Know what you mean M-T, at our tea parties we usually have something like animal crackers and water. Not fancy but easy to clean up.

Hi to TOM, thanks for the poem.

Millie, when do you close on the restraunt?


May 26, 2006 - Msg 38405: SPOT: I'll be there, too!

Hey, BOO. Our tea parties usually involve imaginary food. Really easy clean-up! (And by the way, I may have a smile while doing it, but I hate playing Barbies!)

Speaking of your restaurant, MILLIE, how much are you gonna charge for the businessman special? I hope you serve 'em with a lemon phosphate and a little yellow cookie on the side.


May 26, 2006 - Msg 38406: Hey guys. Sorry I've been out so much. We have had a terrible bout of a stomach virus going through church. About 20 people had it... including me. It woke me up 3:00 Wednesday morning. I still haven't been able to eat a whole lot but I have been trying to keep fluids in me. Feeling a littel weak so you guys pray that we all get over this mess soon oaky?

Well the doctor says that mama's cancer is small and that they will have to cut all the way through her jaw to get it (yikes) but that should take care of it. Thank you so much for your prayers there. They have been much appreciated.

How is everything here? I'll have to check.

Dixie :):)

May 26, 2006 - Msg 38407: Boy howdy Spot, that dinner sounds mighty fine indeed. I just hope it's served before the clock in my stomach goes off. I happen to have this low blood sugar condition and if my clock goes off I'm no good to anybody.

Big Maude, your lasagne was great. Thanks for cooking it. Maybe Millie can hire you as a cook. Me-They can play the violin, and I'll be the customer. Yea, I like that plan.:)


May 26, 2006 - Msg 38408: ASA: Try a Mr. Cookie Bar. It always gets me through my sinking spell.

Hey, DIXIE. Prayer for your throat. Have you tried Barney's spray? Prayers continue for you mom, too.


May 26, 2006 - Msg 38409:
Hey Folks

Spot-I was happy as punch about our dinner menu until I read yours. We're having BBQ ribs with homemade slaw. Ya know, after typing that out, I'm back to being pleased with ours.

If anyone can't make it to spot's end of the porch you're more than welcome here. If you're coming from out west go to Pennsylvania and turn left if you're down south head north to Lake Erie then take an easy right.

Dixie-Hope you're feeling better and we're still praying for your ma.

I know I'm in a party of one here but I can't wait for the Sabre's and Canes to play again tonight.

God Bless our Troops and Vets,

May 26, 2006 - Msg 38410: i hope everyone has a great weekend--- yep, i know how hot it is, it's dang hot and i don't need a themometer nor a shot to tell me. dixie- prayers for you and your mom. boo- do you figure bruce will get this mr mom down before their grown? good seeing you auh20, millie, me-they, spot, tom, asa, romeena, fred goss, mdc and the whole gang. i'll be there fer supper and hopefully it won't melt before i git it ate. buckeye

May 26, 2006 - Msg 38411: Good afternoon all. Hey to AUH2O and BUCKEYE. I'm headed out soon so I thought that I'd wish you all a meaningful Memorial Day. Remember our brave troops and don't eat too much potato salad. Safe travels to all that are out and about (me included).

Also, Remember prayer time all weekend long 8:55 p.m. EST.


May 26, 2006 - Msg 38412: A tea party? Oh, what fun! Haven't been to one of those in years. That's what happens when your only granddaughter is 23, and all the rest are grandsons, right down to the baby. No tea parties for them, no sir! We spend hours watching Thomas the Train go round, and round, and round, and.... well, you get the idea. Sometimes Thomas has a wreck, too. Little boys are cool, though. Rougher, rowdier, louder and messier than girls, but they have their sweet moments, and the contrast makes them even sweeter. Nature vs nurture? I think nature wins, hands down, but nurture does influence, too. Aren't kids wonderful?

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

May 26, 2006 - Msg 38413: Auh20 sounds good we will swap out some bbq for a steak!..hey Me-They..buckeye..Boo,Ro,TOM,Big maude will you make us some slaw?..Millie will you say grace?..hope you feel better Dix..Asa wana pitch some horse shoes after the cook out?..gona get the stuff ready to lite the grill at about these are gona be GOOD..thick sliced bacon all over do yall like those cooked?..mine will be med...SPOT

May 26, 2006 - Msg 38414: Update on me.

Hooray! I ate part of a hamburger and so far I'm not sick! Yea! I needed food. I was getting so weak. Thank you for the well wishes.

I don't remember if I told you guys but I put in an application for a teaching position in the fall. Just an open one for anything they can give me. God will show me where to go. I just hope I remember to keep my spiritual eyes open ;)

I have another Praise. I young woman that I know has been trying for years to get pregnant and we just learned today that after a procedure ( Idon't remember which kind ) she is pregnant with one and possibly twins. If you guys would just pray that everything would go okay during her pregnancy. I don't know if she could handle disappointment. She has had it rough.

So there it be. You guys behave yourselves!


May 26, 2006 - Msg 38415: Whoa! Where is my name?


May 26, 2006 - Msg 38416: Oh yeah and "act like somebody!"


May 26, 2006 - Msg 38417: Spot....Med. rare for me...thanks. I've got a special blessing, too....More later...sooooo busy!

May 26, 2006 - Msg 38418: Hey, Dix, are you trying to find yourself? ; ) Prayers for you, your mama, and your friend who's expecting.

M-T: Congrats on getting a name picked out - send some of those vibes my way. : ) We want something that is "off the beaten path" ourselves. I know from experience (being a Jennifer) that I don't want 10 kids in her class at school with the same name.

Hate to rub it in, but our gas has gone down to 2.46 a ding. Hope it stays that way through the weekend.

Sounds like you have a "green thumb" too, Tom. I'm not that fortunate. ; ) Glad you had a nice birthday yesterday.

MDC: are you trying to start a rumor around that Asa is going to be a daddy again... (see msg 38384) ; )

Have a safe weekend everyone.

May 26, 2006 - Msg 38419: Evening all, Thank goodness it is Friday!! and I start a weeks vacation. We are leaving Sunday for a few days of R&R in Pigeon Forge.. It is only a couple of hours away from here and lots to do.
I definitely need a vacation. Dixie, so glad to hear they can take care of you Mom. SPOT, supper sounds wondeful as always. I will bring dessert. It has been stormy today and looks like it could start again any minute. I finished up work about 11 today and after running errands am trying to get things ready for our trip. Hope all is well
and will check in later. Big Maude

May 26, 2006 - Msg 38420: This weekend is Memorial Day. Let's all reflect upon the true meaning of this holiday. It's to honor all those men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice while in military service. May they all rest in peace. Right-hand SALUTE!!!

Hey Me-They, I'm not sure what you mean by a Type-A personality. I've heard the term but don't know the definition.

To Mr. Darlin's Cuz, speaking of fun camp stories, my favorite one involved Slaughter House Charlie with his infamous ax and two shiny bright eyes. He's coming to get you!!!

And hey to everyone complaining about gasoline. I'm back in the states and it's only $2.75 here.

To Dixie, in Msg 38414, your name did not appear because you left off a " in the color designation.

And in spite of my poor record with prayer, I'll offer some to those who are ailing or have relatives and friends who are ailing.



May 26, 2006 - Msg 38421: Shoot! It didn't work. I tried to copy and paste Poor Horatio's name here, so I'd look ept, but it doesn't work. Sorry, PH, guess you'll just have to be plain old bold.

Dixie, I'm glad you're feeling better. That old stomach virus is wicked. Is there a Sonic anywhere near you? When I'm sick, nothing tastes better or stays down as well as one of Sonic's wonderful Berry Cream slushes. There's a Sonic about a block from my house, and about a year ago, their manager just about saved my life when I had the flu so bad and she actually delivered one of those slushes to me. Can you imagine?

Prayers for everyone with needs right now - Dixie's mom, Millie's health, Lucy and Boo's kid challenges, Mavis, well - just everyone. Guess we all need prayer, don't we?

Tom, don't you just love hostas? They're the neatest plant, fill in those difficult shady areas so beautifully. About their only enemy is slugs, and a little slug bait takes care of that. As for day lilies, I'm rapidly becoming a big fan of those hardy, colorful, happy and prolific things. You plant one, and in a couple of years, you can share with several friends! I love plants like that.

Well, I'm off to fix some dinner. I'd love to join the group, but think I'm going to stay home tonight and broil some chicken and cook some fresh corn. There's enough to share - anybody that wants to, come on by. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 26, 2006 - Msg 38422:
Poor Horatio- Is that the man with the golden arm or the indian still looking for his love in the cave? How! ha
AFD- I keep mixing that up! Who is the expectant father here?
RO- I hear ya! Did anyone else catch that last ammendment on the senate immigtion bill that they passed? We have to consult with Mexico before we build a fence! excuse me! Well, I better not get started!
One time at Boy Scout camp we shortsheeted the Scout Master's bed! He was a pretty good sport about it, but he got us all up at 5 AM and said that if it happened again, we'd see a LOT of 5 am's!!! haha
Buckeye, Thanks for decorating the graves of so many of our fallen heros! You are a treasha !
I too recall that name "decoration day."
MD- good to see the new wifey is keeping you busy! Hope she lets you watch the race! ha
Dix, will pray about your job!
HEY TOM, Big Maude and others,
Prayin' tonight. Pull up a chair.

May 26, 2006 - Msg 38423: Me-They is the expectant Dad, MDC.

Thanks for the prayers, RO. Had another tough time with Sean tonight (lots of head-jerking and kicking from the Tourette's). Poor thing has a rough time of it but as I was holding him, trying to keep his head from jerking so hard, he was singing praise songs to the Lord. I was so touched by that. We adults should take a lesson from that; praising God in the middle of our trial. Life would be unbearable with out Him. I love Him so for not leaving me alone to deal with all this, and for being there for all of us, all the time.

Well, Sean finally fell asleep so I can relax. Think I will do some reading on the internet and find some kind of support group for people with children with Tourette Syndrome. It is getting harder to deal with this without some support. Maybe I can get some good advice.



May 26, 2006 - Msg 38424: Hey everybody,I hope you all have a wonderful memorial day weekend,prayers for everyone.I haven't had a chance to read all the posts yet,but,i did see where Rev is going to be on the road,and,MDC has a new job,and boo's son is having a hard time right,I'm saying a prayer that things will get easier for sean and you.Congratulations Mdc on the new job,and.REV,prayers for you on the road,you aren't doing any shows near Wheeling ,West Virginia this summer?If so,let me know,that is not too far from me,I'd like to go to one of your concerts.Romeena,you sure do see alot working at the hospital,that does make you cynical over time.Don't want to start a moulage,but,do you think patrolling the border like they are now will make a difference ?Well,gotta close,you all take care-ky girl

May 27, 2006 - Msg 38425: Thank you so much, KY GIRL, it's great to see you on the porch. How are your children?


May 27, 2006 - Msg 38426: Have any of you ever seen The Egg and I, with Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert?? I found it on Amazon the other day and just watched it. It is one of my all-time favorites. So funny.


May 27, 2006 - Msg 38427: just saw the episode where andy bought a laundermat and the problems of a small buisnes is worse than being a sheriff. mdc- i've ben decorating vets graves on memorial and veterans day for about 20 years. LET'S NOT FORGET IT'S NOT ABOUT THOSE VETS OF US WHO LIVED BUT THE ONES WHO HAVE GONE HOME. WE HAVE HAD ABOUT 45 YEARS TO RAISE A FAMILY,ETC. THEY NEVER GOT THAT CHANCE. LET'S NOT FORGET THE YOUNG CHILDREN WHO NEVER GOT TO KNOW THEIR DADS AND MOMS LOST DURING WARS. spot- i'll make a wash tub full of slaw. prayers for all in need. so great seeing ky girl and all the others that's been off the porch for awhile. poor haratio- sure are a colorful fellow . i like it. LET'S NOT FORGET FLOYD CAUSE HE'S THE REASON WE'RE ALLOWED TO BE ON THE PORCH. LET'S NOT FORGET OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO ARE NOT WITH US FOR THIS CELEBRATION. hang in there and have a great weekend. buckeye

May 27, 2006 - Msg 38428: Mornin' Porch,
I'm just rockin' for a second. I'm still at my parents in Ky. We're going to the horse races today where they have the Derby. Having a good time. Bryson's with hubby and they are too.
This humidity is horrendous. Georgia's isn't this bad. My curl's go dead as soon as I walk out. Well, I need to get dressed. Take care!
Blessings to you and yours,
~lucy M.

May 27, 2006 - Msg 38429: Good morning, all. ky girl, to answer your question, I doubt that increasing border patrol is going to make much difference. Those people are desperate, and they will find a way. Actually, I think the answer is simple, and is right under our noses. It's called supply and demand. As long as America has a demand for cheap labor, Mexico will supply the workers. Here's my idea:

1. Issue all able-bodied welfare recipients a work card.
2. Establish staging areas throughout the cities - a parking lot, warehouse, whatever. Tell the workers to be there every morning at 7:00.
3. An ad campaign tells all employers - landscapers, construction crews, road crews, whoever - to go there to pick up workers. The worker gives his work card to whoever picks him up. Crack down hard on employers who continue to employ illegals after this is established.
4. At the end of the day, the employer validates the card and returns the worker to the staging point. He also writes a paycheck, based on minimum wage, and gives it to the welfare officer in charge.
5. At the end of the month, the worker takes his validated card to the office and receives his check. He gets a check whether he was chosen to work or not, but much of what he receives has been reimbursed to the government by those who used his services. The worker's job is to show up, and to work if work is available and he is chosen. There could be a little bonus plan if he actually works, but the key is he must show up every day.
5. Jobs are filled legally, work is done, there is no demand, and the supply from across the river will stay at home.
6. Illegals will now turn to their own government and demand improvements there, since there's nothing for them here. Mr. Fox will end up hiring Mr. Coyote to smuggle him out of Mexico, in fear for his life.

Naturally, a lot of details would have to be worked out, and bureaucrats would descend on this like ducks on a junebug convention, but I still think it could work. Expensive? Yes. So is a several-hundred-mile fence, and the manpower to police it.

Of course, one pleasant little by-product would be the relief to the American taxpayer as the welfare payroll is funded by employers instead.

Another pleasant outcome is less obvious, but I think very important. As the welfare workers realize they're going to have to work no matter what, they might decide to find their own jobs, get off the dole, and find something they haven't had in a long time - pride.

Well, that's my take. I know I've said all this before, but it was a few pages back. What do you all think? Sugarplum (a shameless welfare recipient) says 10-4. --Romeena

May 27, 2006 - Msg 38430: Good Sat. Morning Porchsters! I am just making a quick run by before I head to the P.O. & grocery store. Get them out of the way early so I can work on my pond. It NEEDS it! My neice graduated last night, she looked so pretty. My other neice is here for the graduation, so we all had a good visit for a bit last night, but you know kids, they had "better" things to do than hang with the "old folks" Now, to get Jacob graduated (in 3 weeks) & all of our kids are finished with school. I'll be back later, probably covered with dirt & algae. teehee Hey to everybody, & I'll check the archives in a bit.

May 27, 2006 - Msg 38431: Morning Porch. Good to see you Mavis. Congrats to your neice.

Romeena, I agree with all you say about supply and demand and putting people who can work to work. There is no excuse for not working if you're able to. On top of everything else you said, think of the money it makes available to those who truly do need help. One of the things that really irks me is to see folks that are in serious need that are legitamate, and can't hardly get any help cause of others who shouldn't be getting help. I will say that a beefed up patrol along the border needs to exist also though. The few minutemen who have been working the border have shown it does help.
Most of all we need to get some folks in office who have some backbone and are willing to do what they have been elected to do, represent the people instead of worrying about getting there own miserable backsides re-elected! Whew, felt kinda good to get that off my chest!


May 27, 2006 - Msg 38432: I think ASA and RO should run for office. How about the president's race? Ro for prez, Asa for vice-president...

It is a frustrating problem, for sure. I don't really understand the wide-spread mentality these days of always wanting someone else to take care of you. I see it in the young people these days. They don't want to leave home and stop leaching off their parents. If they were contributing to the household it would be another matter but they don't. Just take and take and then complain when things don't go their way. I, for one am sick and tired of it. There are way too many people these days taking advantage of the ones who are trying to help them.

Better go, I have to go up to the hospital. Mom has been on a cardiac floor that really is awful. Not enough help and just a real "don't care" att-tude. Now really, you don't give Lasix (diuretic) to an 80 yr old stroke patient who can't get herself on a bedpan and just shut the door and forget about her. One of us has to be there all the time with her or she lays in urine for hours and nobody answers her call light. I have had it and am calling administration today to have her moved, should have done it sooner. I found out from my sister that she also has an infected IV site that looks worse today. Its from an old IV that was removed but now its swollen, red and hot and my sister told the charge nurse about it and she looked at it yesterday and did absolutely nothing. My sister cleaned it and put on an antibiotic ointment and sterile gauze herself and now I have to go up there today and see about getting her on an antibiotic. I think maybe this is becoming some kind of discrimination against the elderly. They just don't seem to care about mom. It's my turn to spend the night up there with her tonight so maybe I can get some things fixed.

Well, I'll check in tomorrow. Take care,


May 27, 2006 - Msg 38433: Well, that was a real negative post, wasn't it? I must say on the brighter side, Mom is doing very well, medically and seems even better than before the stroke in some ways. Thank you, as always, for your faithful prayers!


May 27, 2006 - Msg 38434: Hope ya like yer steak Millie and all..hey Boo,Mavis [race today],MDC, buddy Asa!..buckeye,fg,ky Lucy[for now]..sam,hm,possum,hazel,CHUCK!,TOM,horatio,county nurse,fred,...and all...gosh...such a great day here in Ga..Thank you Lord!..Kelsey [my daughter] and I are going to hike trrough the wood about a half a mile to a creek I used to go to when I was a kid...catch crawdads!!...lets all meet down at the tree house and go!...I got plenty of bottled water...Big Maude bring some energy bars...hut-2-3-4 HALT...SPOT

May 27, 2006 - Msg 38435: Afternoon porch family, Hope all is well. A beautiful day today. Doing Laundy (as usual) and getting things ready to leave for a few days vacation. We will leave in the morning and be back on Saturday. Keep us in your prayers please for safe travels and good weather. Energy bars are ready SPOT. Don't get lost on your hike now and remember you can live off the land if needed. Just remember to follow the lake loons. Mavis, please keep our Tennessee end of the porch in good shape til I get back. See you in a few days. Big Maude

May 27, 2006 - Msg 38436:
Boo, now you know why I really didnt mind being off work for two months. My PRESENCE at my mom's nursing home has made such a difference that it's not even funny! I am not even telling them that i got a job, as I want to keep them guessing! That is so sad for a cardiac floor! It shows that people today need to learn compassion! What's it gonna be like when all these tatooed, nose-studded people are IN nursing homes AS patients, what will THEIR caregivers be like??? funny to think about, but sad in reality i think!
I am praying in agreement with all praying for Sean's HEALING! I am praying devil-busting prayer and fasting with all who want to join me, to the True and Living God!
Praise be to Jesus our Savior!
Thank you Andy Griffith for never being afraid to express your faith on TAGS! You are an inspiration, from telling Opie to say his prayers to the deep moral of each episode!
Have a great weekend folks!

May 27, 2006 - Msg 38437: PS: Great to see KYgirl and other missing porchsters! mdc

May 27, 2006 - Msg 38438: Howdy, all! Mavis, tell me more about your pond. Natural or artificial? Pumps and filters? Plants? Fish? Size? Mine is artificial, irregular shape, holds about 1000 gallons, has one small pump that operates a little umbrella fountain (no filter there), and one big pump that pulls water through a pre-filter and pushes it through a biological filter, and from there through a line that exits at the top of a boulder and cascades back into the pond. Three water lilies, one lotus, two bog iris, some sagittarius, some frogbit, and some other little grass stuff. Ten little fish, 3-4" each. Still having huge problems with green water algae. Have to wash out the pre-filter DAILY! Big nuisance, gonna be a problem when I'm traveling - have to pay someone to come over and do it, and hope they do it right, otherwise it clogs and shuts the pump down, thus no filtration and no oxygenation. The whole pond will stagnate and die in a day or two. So, today I ordered an ultra-violet treatment thing, not really a filter, but it hooks up in-line with the pump and the water goes through it. They said it will clear the water in two days and will keep it clear forevermore. It's $200, but I've spent nearly that this summer already on chemicals, and they're not fixing the problem. So, I think the ultraviolet will save money in the long run. When I started this pond thing, I had no idea it was going to require so much maintenance. I'm hoping this light will reduce the care needed.

I'm a pooped pup. Had a worker here today, we spent six hours out there, elbow to elbow, weeding and digging and planting and transplanting. He dug out all that miserable vinca that was choking a big flowerbed, and we planted day lilies in it. Will add iris when they're shipped in September.

Well, I think I'll go stand in the shower for about three hours, and see if I can revive a bit. I haven't been this dirty in a long time. I love to get dirty, because it feels so good to get clean again.

I was out front when my mailman friend delivered my Season Six today, and I commented on it. He replied that he just loved TAGS, but can never find any shows on video in the stores. I told him to go to and there they'll be! He was really thrilled, wants to order some Don Knotts movies as well. My good deed for the day! Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

May 27, 2006 - Msg 38439: I'm back ya'll, my pond is looking good, needs to clear up some, but it will. I planted more hosta, some mossy kind of ground cover & a yellow pretty flower a client gave me, don't know what it is, but it's pretty. Boo you go in there & set them straight! I know they have hard jobs, but that is just un-called for! I meant to tell you all the speaker at my neice's grad. was Becky White Wright, former CEO of the Boys & Girls Club here, she was so inspiring, her speech started with "Graduates, Always put God FIRST in your life" She was an awesome speaker & quoted scripture throughout the entire speach, got standing ovations all around! Big Maude have fun vacating & I'll hold down this end of the porch best I know how. Best get some more done.

May 27, 2006 - Msg 38440: Hey Ro didn't see you there. My pond is not as big as yours, only about 350 gallons. I have iris, parrots feather, a "sensitive plant" & some lilies in it. I have 2 Moor goldfish in there that are pretty good size, about 6 inches, but I lost 3 over the winter. I also have 3 resident frogs that came in & "squatted" They were pretty funny while I was cleaning, I would scoop them out & they would jump right back in. I only have 1 pump in it & right now I am cleaning it everyday, usually tho, it's only about once a week. I love it tho.

May 27, 2006 - Msg 38441: Hey buckeye, you really impress me with your yearly habit of decorating the graves of veterans. On behalf of all deceased veterans, thank you.
Since I am both a Navy and Army veteran and a lifetime member of the American Legion, there is a special place in my heart for veterans who sacrificed everything. So this weekend, I will put on my American Legion hat and drive out to the cemetery. As I enter the gates, I expect to see American Flags flying everywhere I look. I will visit all of the veteran graves on both sides of my family, say a little prayer, then offer a smart right-hand salute. During the salute is when I begin to cry.

I think the best way for everyone to celebrate Memorial Day is to recite the words to that Lee Greenwood song "God Bless The USA":

"I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free."
"And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me."
"And I'll gladly stand UP, next to you and defend her still today."
"Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land"
"God Bless The U S A"

for those who would prefer to sing along with Lee Greenwod, turn up your speakers and click here.

Notice my usual colorful signature is displaying the colors red, white and blue in honor of our deceased veterans during this Memorial Day weekend.

P O O R    H O R A T I O

May 27, 2006 - Msg 38442: Thanks, Poor Horatio, I needed that.....while it was playing, my kids came in and sang the chorus.....Now THAT'n made me cry! God Bless the USA!

May 27, 2006 - Msg 38443: Don't forget pryer time....8:55...

May 27, 2006 - Msg 38444:
Hello porch family....Thanks for all the prayers. Things are going good. Had a great concert tonight with a big crowd. Had three young kids saved! That's what it's about!

Kygirl...Sorry, we are not set to be in the W.V area for the summer. Maybe sometime later in the year.

Fred Goss...thanks for the sugestion. I have wireless internet so hopefully I will be able to get a signal most of the time.

Just want to let you all know that you folks are in my prayers each day even when I don't get to rock on the porch.

May 28, 2006 - Msg 38445: Morning gang!..Maude hope you have a good trip!..hey Rev!,Millie,horatio,Mavis good race last night,..Ya got to work tonight Ro? at work till 6 pm today..keeping the Church lights on!..breakfast will be steak and egg bisquits from McDonalds!...well let me get settled in here at the old power company!..prayers to all in need on this Sunday....SPOT

May 28, 2006 - Msg 38446: Thanks, Spot. Since my SS classroom is in the interior of the building, it would be a bit dark if the lights were off. Kinda warm, too! Somebody has to do what you do even on Sunday, and we appreciate you. I know when the power goes off here at home in the middle of the night, I'm glad I can just pick up the phone and report it, and in a short time, it's back on. You're an unsung hero.

Mavis, is your pond in the sun, or is it shaded? That makes a huge difference in the rate of algae formation. Mine's right out in the sun most of the day, gets a little late afternoon shade. I'm really anxious to see how that ultraviolet thing is going to work. Got my handyman friend coming next week to change one of the duplex power outlets out there to a four-plex. I have two duplex outlets, and with two pumps and two sets of underwater lights running, that pretty much does it. Fortunately, my friend is very capable, and can solve my problem.

God has blessed me with two good male friends, since my husband is no longer here. My handyman friend and my landscaper friend. Both totally honest and trustworthy, both capable and knowledgeable, and both married to lovely women who have also become my friends (in case anyone was wondering). I know I can call on either of the guys when something needs attention around here. I pay them, of course, but they both push the pencil very lightly, and often if the job is fairly simple, they "forget" to send me an invoice. So, I have them and their wives over for dinner now and then. God provides.

I gotta remember to talk to my mailman friend next time I see him, and invite him to the porch. I gave him the website so he could order the season eps, but he might enjoy the porch, too. He's a true fan, we discussed favorite shows and he knew a lot of details.

Well, I'm off to preaching. Anybody making lunch? I'll bring some slaw. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

May 28, 2006 - Msg 38447: Good Sabbath porch.
Safe travels Maude. Have a good trip. Just don't come to my neck of the woods. I woke up to 2 inches of fresh snow this morning. We were in the 90's last week. Some of our ski resorts got a foot of snow last night. My first crop of corn is about 4 inches tall. I'm sure it'll be ruined. My tomatoes too. What a bummer! Think I'll give up farming and get on full time at the Gigalo club in Yancey. Either way I'll starve to death.
Spot, we could use you here today. We got power lines down all over the place from snow laden tree limbs. Mine has stayed on, but there are a lot with out power.
Oh well, I sure am praying for those in the earthquake. How sad is that.

Boo, that is horrible treatment your Mom is getting. Is there some type of State agency you can report this stuff to? These people sound terrible. Good thing you're there to help.

Well guess I'll head out to my garden and make myself sad.


BTW, Poor Horatio, Buckeye, and anyone else who served our Country, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service. I salute you!

May 28, 2006 - Msg 38448: Will send help Asa...I have 32 tomato plants and 43 hot pepper plants and rows of peas and okra and bush beans...thank The Lord they all are doing well...Ro if you bring the slaw i will grill some dogs and we can have slaw dogs for lunch...kool-aid and chips...outside...kinda busy here at work...squirrels are running wild knocking out power....SPOT

May 28, 2006 - Msg 38449: Good afternoon, everyone. I'm sitting here at my window, looking at about a dozen birds perched on the fountain rock, just a-poopin' away, and one is actually perched on the rubber snake I just put out in the hope it would scare them off. Ha! Guess they don't know a snake when they see one - city slicker birds. Next step is the three shiny pinwheels I bought, but the sticks are too short - have to find a way to make them taller so they'll be above the rock. Six birdbaths in this yard, and they have to get on the one that empties into the fountain. Water is still green. I'll be glad when the ultraviolet thing comes in.

Preaching was good today, as always. Taken from Isaiah - all about listening for God's leadership and being prepared and willing to follow through.

Well, back to my pinwheel modification. Hope they work. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

May 28, 2006 - Msg 38450:
Ro- have you tried an upsidedown owl? It sure scared off the Darlings! ha
Boo- I will check out that movie, the egg, sounds good. Prayers continue for Sean, your mom, family etc. God bless ya.
Last night my wife and I went to a CONCERT IN THE PARK! in our town. It was a 20 piece orchestra that remineded me so much of tags! For a couple of hours we sat there transported back in time, no terrorism, just good memories, and even a "Barney" on the cymbals! Weather was perfect 75 degrees, all the stars were out etc. The band director was even dressed as John Phillip Sousa! Of course, Taps was played at the end, and i dont think there was a dry eye, then we sang God Bless America!
Take care,

May 28, 2006 - Msg 38451: hey SPOT,MDC,ASA,ROMEENA ,MAVIS and everone else on the porch ,just got off work ,gonna eat,walk the dog ,shower and watch the 600,hope I dont fall to sleep before its over like I did with the Busch race last night ...prayers for everyone

May 28, 2006 - Msg 38452: MDC, I thought about that, but I'd have to hang the owl from a skyhook. Nearest tree is twenty yards away. Reckon I could train a real one to fly upsidedown? I think that would even scare me!

There's a whole flock of little housewrens on the main bird feeder right now. They're such cute little things - like sparrows with rusty red heads and chests. One very tiny dove on the feeder, too. Mr. Squirrel will come dashing in as soon as he realizes there's seed in there, all the birds will scatter, and then the ground-feeders like pigeons and most doves will feast on what he drops. It all works out. It's funny, though. The starlings and grackles, though they are seed-eaters, rarely bother the feeders. They mostly hang out on the fountain, fouling the water! One big boat-tail grackle flew in last week, carrying the whole bottom bun from somebody's hamburger, and plopped it into a birdbath to soften it. Lots of dogfood gets ferried in, as well. Messy things, but I guess they have to eat, too.

Well, my friend will be here shortly - we're going to Fair Park to see a production of "Little Women". I think I told you our kids gave us tickets for Mother's Day, and tonight's the night! Should be a lot of fun.

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

May 28, 2006 - Msg 38453: Buckeye - traveled through Harrodsburg and close to Nancy on Saturday - we made our way to Science Hill to lay flowers on the graves of my husband's grandparents. My boys and I went today to do my relatives.
Been a busy weekend - hugs to all.



May 28, 2006 - Msg 38454: Been watching a lot of military programs this weekend on cable TV. Kind of sad that nations have to resort to violence in order to settle differences.

A special thank you to Asa for remembering from this vet.

To Romeena, why not try using CD's or DVD's to keep birds away from parts of your garden. You can run a string through the CD or DVD hole and hang from objects. Supposedly as they move in the breeze, they reflect sunlight that scares away birds.

Bo, many years ago when my mother was in the hospital, she developed sores on the back of her heels (probably due to the harsh bleach they use in the laundry). Reporting it to the floor nurses did not resolve the issue. But showing it to her doctor got quick action. He verbally scolded the charge nurse in front of other patients and employees!!! I realize now I should have followed up with a complaint letter to the administrator. If the bosses don't hear about problems, they assume everything is going well.

from Poor Horatio

May 28, 2006 - Msg 38455: Hey Gang!..the "Race is on"!...good one...mav,mdc,md.buckeye.....vaaarooommm...SPOT

May 28, 2006 - Msg 38456: MD dont go to sleep!!...good RACE!...I have to work a double shift tomorrow 6am to 10 pm but its a Holiday [no brass up there], just me and one more tech and 2 trouble crews....varoommmm...breakfast will be on me at Waffle House...get yer fill...GO Carl...SPOT

May 28, 2006 - Msg 38457: Probably won't have a chance tomorrow so Happy Memorial Day. Thank you to the veterans who have served our country and made it safe for us. Have a wonderful time tomorrow and be proud.
I want to advise all who have their parents and grandparents around to spend as much time with them as possible. In this trip to Ky I have realized more than ever that mine is deteriorating. Living in a different state I didn't see how bad they are rapidly becoming. My grandmothers are very much like children in concerns of having to be looked after like my grandmother leaving her items in my car or my other grandmother losing her way in the flea market today. My hubby was right to tell me not to hurry back because I need to spend time with my grandmother's and my parents. My Mom's on 8 or 9 meds and my Dad's had eye problems. I believe all 4 are doing well for their age, but it just creeps upon you. I see Bryson getting older, but I don't see my parents. Now I see that I have to make more of an effort. Please make sure you spend time with your family before its too late! BTW- I am having a ton of fun! Bryson's eating terribly and completely off schedule, but he and hubby are having fun too. Y'all take care!
Blessings my friends,
~Lucy Matthews

May 28, 2006 - Msg 38458: Lucy, first of all, thanks for the thank you to us vets.

Secondly, you offer some great advice about parents and grandparents. During my mother's final years, since I was her caregiver, I had the chance to ask her all kinds of questions about her life when she was younger. She loved to talk about it, but only if you asked. Now that she is gone, I'm so thankfull that I had the chance to share in her memories.
But I do regret that I did not do this with my father. In his final years, he was working three jobs and I was in the military. So it was difficult for us to spend quality time together.
My grandparents died when I was too young to appreciate them.

from Poor Horatio

May 28, 2006 - Msg 38459: Thank you for praying for Sean, MDC, so sweet of you to make such a sacrifice. You obviously care very much about people and their suffering. I am praying for his healing, too. He has been better today but tired from the increase in medicine.

ASA, Mom came home from the hospital today. We made our complaints to the adminisrator, doctors, etc and we aren't finished yet. Not trying to be difficult but things need to change for the benefit of future patients. Today one of mom's doctors told my sister that that floor had a very bad reputation. Maybe they will change things.
Anyway, mom is happy to be home in her own bed but she is weaker than before and needs help up to the bathroom and so on. Dad is sick with a virus and fever so its up to me to take care of everyone. I need a good night's sleep badly. I feel very drained and emotional right now but I know things will look much brighter after sleeping.

Horatio, those sores on your mother's heels were probably pressure sores that patients get when the nurses aren't making sure they change positions on a regular basis. Any imobile patient should be turned at least every two hours to prevent such things...never happened with my mom. We had to be there to make sure she turned and to get her up in a chair.

RO, I hope you won't take this the wrong way but I think you should consider filling that pond up with dirt and planting a new flowerbed! Sheesh, it has been alot of trouble!

Lucy, do you know anything about yeast and how it can cause problems in kids with neurological disorders? Ever heard of a Dr named Dr Semon who wrote a book called, Feast Without Yeast (I think)...I have been doing some reading about how the diet affects Tourette Syndrome and I don't know if this guy is some kind of a quack or on the level..I thought you might know with all your knowledge of health and nutrition? Thanks for the encouragement concerning parents. I see mine everyday but don't often take the time just to sit and talk with them or tell them I love them enough.

Think I will try to get some much-needed sleep. Goodnight,