August 24, 2006 - Msg 44627: Hey Rev my Granny used to call that chewing your cabbage twice. teehee. Idelle I do remember IM'ing with you, but couldn't remember where in VA you were, half-timers is setting in. No, we do not have the pet store anymore, Mom passed away 2 years ago & my sister & I had to close the store down, too hard on us trying to run her business right along with ours, plus, I think folks thought that since Mom passed away, it wasn't there anymore. I hated to do that, Mom worked so hard on that little store, but we didn't have a choice. Asa sorry to sneak on ya like that, did it get rid of your hiccups at least, scaring you like that??

August 24, 2006 - Msg 44628: 2 sweeps for me in one week, boy, I AM working too much!

August 24, 2006 - Msg 44629: hi all.
romee it time for you to come clean about all of this , and add don in to it .bad bad.

love tom

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44630: Good sweep mav...Tombstone coming on WTBS...good movie!..Colt you like westerns too dont ya?..breakfast on me:..eggs over med [Asa]..grits,bisquits and gravy,hand pattyed sausage,sliced honey dew mellon, milk....SPOT

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44631: Good Morning..
Barnwannabe: I was watching the episode of Mama's Family where Naomi thinks she is pregnant. Vicki Lawrence is a trip,isnt she?

Well yall have a great kiddos are up now so I better start patrolling!


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44632: To Tom Msg 44629, to come to the defense of Romeena and Don, there were a lot more of your friends here who were also involved. But that is all I'm gonna say about it.

from a friend

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44633: Right on Spot! Good eggs.

Mavis, are you nervous? I know how you like to clean when you are nervous. :)

Hey Possum, where are you? You doing ok? How about you Homemaker?

Hope y'all have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44634: HI ALL.


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44635: Morning Porch Pals! Hey Asa, how the heck are you doing!? Always think of ya whenever the subject of bullet maintenance comes up. Tom, you're a bird in this world! Ain't The Good Lord and his ways a mystery? Spot, what's for lunch?

Y'all act like someBODY now, ya hear?
~ Mrs. Wiley

Barney: "Mayberry. Gateway to danger."

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44636: Good morning, all. Beautiful day here, but it's winding up to be another scorcher, I think.

Tom, don't go trying to give me all the blame for our little project. I was only the coordinator. Somebody had to be. Many of your friends here participated, and without each one, it would not have happened. I know every single porchster would have been involved if they had known about it, but some didn't know. We couldn't mention it on the porch, or you would have known what we were doing, so it was all done by email. Since some addresses aren't available, those folks didn't know what was going on. If they had, I know they would have joined in.
Anyway, as the note in the card Don gave you said, our original plan was to replace your TV, the one that broke. Then while we were getting everything together, you beat us to it and got yourself one. So, we went ahead with the plan anyway, and decided to just do the gift card thing and let you get whatever you choose.
Our good friend Don was happy to be our front man and actually deliver the goods. He is indeed a treasure, a "mostly-silent lurker" on the porch, but one of us nevertheless.
I'm not going to be so bold as to list the names of those who were involved, but I think it would be fine if they owned up to it themselves. It was supposed to be an anonymous project, but that's hard to do, so we might as well come clean.
And now, we'll be anxious to hear what you get for yourself.

Have a great day, everyone. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44637: Morning dears, Hope everyone is up and at em today. Been a busy week so hopefully I can get some R&R this week end. Supposed to be cooler weather and I am all for that. Thanks for breakfast SPOT,you are one good Pup. Son's football game is tonight, Bristol race this week end, lots of visitors in town so should be an exciting week end around here. Hey to Tom, Lucy,
Mrs. Wiley, and hey to Idell from Big Maude, Mavis and Rev. and to all the other porchesters sitting around here. You guys have a good day. see you later. Big Maude

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44638: I'm new again and dont know what has gone on..but Romeena..can you tell me all about ya'lls sneaky project you had going for Tom?


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44639: Just my opinion, but good deeds done anonymously are the very best kind. Let's just leave it at, Tom's porch friends appreciate and love him and wanted to do something to let him know. As Romeena said, whether one actually contributed or not, we all are behind the spirit of the gift.

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44640: Good morning everyone! Another beautiful day, though one without rain. Anotehr day of crunching across the grass.

BOO: Sorry to hear about Sean's troubles. You definitely have my prayers. Perhaps things will get easier with time; the beginning of school can be difficult with new teachers, expectations and classmates, especially at his age.

MAVIS: I didn't mention that you lived in Virginia to IDELLE because I figured that she already knew since she is an "old-timer" (obviosuly not chronologically). And we all know that you've been around the block a few times ;).

MDC: I'd love for them to design cell phones so that they explode if you try to use them while driving or when it's socially rude (like in church, school, meetings, the list goes on...). Do you think that's a liitle too violent or drastic?

HORATIO: Thanks for the links. How're things going?

KY GIRL: Glad to have you back more regular!

IDELLE: Yeah, I remember all those things as well. Loved that rec room. Oh, the teen drama that unfolded there!

SPOT: You watched "Wild, Wild West?" A little trivia about that movie, the locomotive that they used ("the Wanderer") was actually B&O #25, the oldest operating steam locomotive (built 1856) in the U.S. It was borowwed from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore for the movie. I worked at the museum at that time, and we got a preview screening of the film. It was a pretty cool experience, if not a great movie. A couple of our railroad ops guys got to go out to California with the locomotive and actually operated it (it is, after all, a historical artifact). Warner Bros. financed it's painting for the movie, and it's switch back to it's original blue. For you old movie buffs, the locomotive also was used in a number of 1950s and 1960s era westerns, and most famously starred as "The General" in Disney's Civil War movie, "The Great Locomotive Chase." Although I'm not big into trains, I enjoyed working at the B&ORRM. Hated the commute and long hours, though.

Well, I suppose I'm not being paid to chat. Break time's over!


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44641: HI ALL.


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44642: Idelle and BWB, I love Mama's Family too! Great, now there is three of us.:)
BWB, the first season of Mama's Family just so happens to be coming out on Sept 26 from Warner Bros. Yea! Click here to see more about that from Tvshowsondvd site.

Sorry to hear about Sean, Boo. Prayers that things get easier for you both.

-Sterling Holobyte

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44643: Ok, for some reason that didn't work. Maybe you can just go to the tvshowsondvd site and click on "Comedy" and then click the red arrow until you get to Mama's Family. If this one will work:

Oh, by the way, that was supposed to be "now there ARE three of us". Geeze, looks like I need to go back to school as well.;)
-Sterling Holobyte

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44644: HAha Sterling..You might need to learn something from Kai!
Just teasing ya!!
hey, does she like to read Dick and Jane books? My daughter likes those books alot.


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44645: Ok, you'll have to change that "All Genres" to "Comedy" at the bottom of that first page there first if you want to check it out.
Is it Monday or something?

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44646: THE SUN IS ALWAYS SHINING




August 25, 2006 - Msg 44647: Yeah, she probably could teach me. She's really getting into reading. She'll read road signs; signs in the store; things on the tv screen. She's getting really good.

No, she hasn't seen any of the Dick and Jane books, but that is a really great idea! I'll bet she would love those, thanks! I think we'll take a walk to the library today as a matter of fact.:)
-Sterling Holobyte

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44648: Sterling: Wal Mart has the big Dick and Jane books. I dont know how much they cost, but its worth it. How old is Kai? I was thinking the same age as mine (5). Another good one is Hop on Pop..that is the one that my daughter started with.


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44649: TOM: Thanks for the poem. Unfortunately, sometimes good people don't get treated like they deserve. I'm glad that that's changed a little bit for you.

BOO or anyone "in the know": I fogort to ask when it was brought up the other day, but some of you referred to the A Beka series. This is the series my daughter's school used in Kindergarden. She may be using it this year as well, I'm not sure. Is there something wrong with it I should be aware of? This being my first child in school, I am not familiar with the various curriculums and after (very brief) research assumed this one was good.


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44650: Me-They..I dont think there is anything wrong with the Abeka curriculum. I have not used it yet,but have looked through the catalog and have my order ready. The closest Christian school to us uses that. It is suppose to be very good. Good Bible base. I think my niece uses it too. The only thing about it is that it is pretty advanced. Like, for Kindergarten..the guide that I have says they should know cursive writing by the end of the year.
Hope that helps!


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44651: Thanks, IDELLE. MY daughter's school in Christian as well. She did 1/2 day KIndergarden and they didn't do any cursive. KIndergardners doing cursive is ridiculous; reading some of their printing is bad enough. Although my daugter does an exceptional job, of course (shameless parental bragging);).


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44652: To Tom Msg 44641 and 44646, there is no need to apologize. I'm sure Romeena realizes that you are just having some fun with her trying to blame her for being so sneaky.
You have become special in the hearts of many of us here at The Front Porch. That is why when you informed us that your television stopped working, we decided to send money so that you could purchase another television. But before Romeena could collect all of the money from your friends here, you surprised us by purchasing another televison. So we decided to go ahead and get you a gift certificate so that you could use it any way you like. We enjoyed giving it just as much as you enjoyed receiving it. Now you should know just how much we care about you. You always will have friends here at the Front Porch. And let's not forget Don. Even though he is not a regular here, without his help, this would have been much more difficult for us. Also, be sure to thank your niece for making that beautiful thank you card for us. And thank you for having that card made for us.

from one of your many friends

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44653: know what..mine has exceptional writing skills too..haha!! I've always thought..and have been told that she is "advanced" but I have never liked saying it.. It would make me feel so bad and feel like bragging. But anyway...They'll all equal out eventually..
So is your daughter going into 1st grade now?


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44654: Idelle, I'm sure by now you've figured out what was going on. The messages above have pretty well told the story. Porch people are the best!

Well, I'm sitting at my window, looking out at the back yard. Roses need pruning and there are some weeds coming up, and eleagnus shrubs are sprouting wild canes everywhere that need to be sheared off, but all of that can be postponed. However, I see that the pump is not running in the pond, because the pre-filter is clogged again. That cannot be postponed, so off I go to clean it. Have a great afternoon, everyone. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44655: Romeena..Yes..I have it figured out. That was so nice of all of you. I remember that when I left Tom didnt have internet access at the time. Obviously that has been resolved. Its a good thing!


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44656: IDELLE: I try to praise my daughter whenever appropriate but go out go my way not to brag on her about specific things. I let her know how special she is but never, ever compare her to others. I did well in school and vividly recall my father introducing me as his "straight A son." He didn't mean it to be, but you have no idea the anxiety and pressure that caused me as a little kid. When I didn't get A's, I was guilt-stricken. I never got in trouble or anything for not getting A's but felt I had to live up to that bragging. I want my kids to do their best but don't want them to either feel that kind of pressure or get so puffed up they think that they are better than others. We are all special in our own way.

Besides, you're right, kids do tend to even out. I know some kids who were reading and writing extremely early and others who lagged behind the class. By the time they're seven or so, most all are on the same page.

Funny thing, we were pretty puffed up about Nora being ahead of schedule on most everything, doing well at soccer, and doing well in her ballet, etc. But, when we feel like bragging, we can look at Chad who seems a little behind the curve and loves every minute of it. He's a great kid, but at three doesn't seem to have much interest in "early learnin'." I'm sure he'll turn out just great anyway.

While I'm at it, I'll take this opportunity to tell you how much of a crock I think all-day Kindergarden is. Why do educators think that kids need algebra in the six grade, much less intense learning in Kindergarden? So now they teach what they used to teach in first grade to five year olds. Will this give us geniuses at graduation? No, it's an excuse to give parents free daycare while allowing the schools to get a jump on teaching to the tests. When I was in Kindergarden we went half a day, and part of that was eating snack and taking a nap! About the most intense learning we did was practicing on those button/snap/latch dolls, singing the "ABC Song," and fingerpainting our numbers. Somehow through this meager offering I ended up graduating, going to college, and getting a decent job. And, you know what? I also was able to actually be with my mother for more than a few hours in the evening. I know some people have to work, but mandatory all-day Kindergarden is not the answer to smarter, better adjusted children. Kids that young can learn more at play than in the classroom. Ooops! There goes the soaopbox...sorry!

Wooooooooo! Lunch is officially over!

"Your education was worth every penny."

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44657: Hey Y'all! Asa,I've been taking it easy under my rock-trying to shake off a cold or something.Anybody have a good remedy for colds? Maybe I'll break out the mulberry squeezins! Ha!
Hello to Idelle! Girl,I remember you when you were Alyce! Welcome Back! Same to ky girl-we've missed you!
Tom,you've got some true blue friends here on the Porch.Don't forget that,ok?
Well,I'm gonna go rest a bit more.Y'all have a good afternoon!
P.S. I've been enjoying Mama's Family too lately.I love the episodes with Eunice!
possum under a rock

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44658: Possum: For colds:: AirBorne...wonderful all natural!

Me-They..ha..for some reason I thought you were female!
Well I do have to say...I see nothing wrong with all day Kindergarten. I am looking forward to it. I went all day and my children will go all day. They learn so much in preschool and they should learn much more at home. (I have a teaching background) I taught my daughter ALOT..not to brag on myself,but I think that parents should be very involved in teaching their kids the basics and not relying on others to do it in those precious early years. our school..Nap may be optional. THe teacher we talked to says she will judge that based on how the kids are doing. If she feels that they are just plain tired , then she'll offer a nap. Now I dont know what she'll do when she just has a few out of the class that really need a nap, I am assuming she will offer the nap time to all. I think that kids do learn a lot from play..but I also feel very strongly that they need some structured activities..even at 3 years old..heck even at 2 sometimes. This allows them to prepare for school. A lot of the schools do more because they are prepping the kids for college. Of course this should be more focused in high school. Around here the public schools are not as advanced in academics as private and Christian schools, although, at our school, this particular teacher i know and talked to said that they will adapt to the different levels of the kids. For instance if some kids are a little more advanced..then they will give them more to do on their level.
Anyway.. just another view!!


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44659: Hey, POSSUM. Hope that you feel better soon. Maybe sleeping under that damp rock isn't such a good idea.

IDELLE: No, I'm definitely not a female. Nothing wrong with them, though. Heck, many of my very favorite people are of that persuasion.

We will have to agree to disagree on the Kindergarden thing, but that's cool. You say potato, I say potata. Yep, that's long as you know that I'm right and your're wrong (hee hee). Hey, if we all agreed on everything, ice cream shops would always be out of our favorite flavor. Now that's something to chew on.

I completely agree with you about teaching ones own children. Educating children is a parent's responsibility first and foremost. Teachers can't be blamed for every aspect of educational growth, nor should they have to babysit.

We love our daughter's school. They are academically rigorous, but understand that kids still need play. Public school in our area have completely done away with free play at lunchtime and recess. And high schools have lowered phys ed graduation requirements. Sad.

Not to beat a dead horse (and I have beat many a dead horse), but I will say that important as a good education is, it is not the most important thing. As a Christian, I believe that my number one responsibility is to serve the Lord and instill that in my children. Intellectual growth is just one tool we must hone to do that job well.

Anyway, I certainly respect your opinion and hope that you don't a problem with mine. After all, how can member of the Cherrystone rec hall club be all bad?

"She's definitely not a boy!"

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44660: My mistaken identity got me to thinking...

In case you newcomers or returning old-timers don't know it, ROMEENA has an online photo album that includes many porchsters. You can view it at And I encourage all who haven't to send her your photos pronto!


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44661: Howdy porch friends! Been missing y'all something awful. Just got home from the hospital, I'm kinda beat. Will read up on the archives and check in later. Dinner at my place tonight? Prime Rib or fish, and I made 3 kinds of pie this week. See y'all there!

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44662: millie send all the pie here .
i will eat thim all.
love tom

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44663: Hey all!!!

Glad to see a few Mama's Family fans here!!!

Idelle: She is halarious!!! Vikki Lawerence is probably my fav. actress.

Thanks for the info on Mama's Family!!! I cain't wait!!!

More later!!!

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44664: BWB.

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44665: Hey to TOM, BWB and MILLIE. Good to hear from you MILLIE; even better that you have pies.

I'm off now, so y'all have a great weekend. I may check in tomorrow, but, if not, "see" y'all on Monday.

Remember: prayer time every night at 8:55 p.m. EST.


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44666: Me-They, I agree with your philosophy for the most part. It's so great for kids to get to stay home and be kids most of the time. I remember wanting to go to school at age 5 but kinder was half a day and no sweat, mostly play. I do think that some kids do better with more scheduled activities, which can be done at home, but I'm not in the position to do that here caring for my elderly parents. My first choice would be to do that, though. Erin attends a Christian school and seems to love it. She has a very sweet teacher and 4 other classmates. They have naptime, and recess three times during the day. It wasn't an easy decision to make to send her because she is very young (turned 5 last month) but I think it was the best option at present. Even thought the school is using A Beka, the school's philosophy is different from the public schools, and less pressure on the kids. Speaking of, thanks for the prayers for Sean. He has a very sweet teacher and I sent her a note today explaining Sean's frustration with the work and that I was trying to find some help for him. When I picked Sean up this afternoon, he told me that his teacher had prayed for him and cut back his work load. I believe that was an answer to prayer.

I am getting too wordy!


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44667: Hey ya'll!!!


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44668: SPOT,COLT,ASA,MDC...Bristol is here ,short tracking at its best ..MAVIS ...hope the race traffic dosent get on your nerves too badly

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44669: Bristol is a fun race to watch, huh M.D. Tests the drivers skill better than many.


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44670: Bristol is an awesome race to watch & even more awesome sitting in the stands, but who can get tickets? I am home, long before the worst of the traffic got started toward the race track, watching in the safety of my living room. My house is 12 miles from the track & if I listen real hard (and the dogs are quiet) I can hear them racing at times. Hottest ticket in NASCAR. Did that link to the grocery cart work for ya'll?

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44671: In case it didn't, here it is again, it was in the archives. Food City Giant Shopping Cart My brother-in-law is one of the mechanics that works on the engine to it.

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44672: That close to Bristol???


Have you ever been to one of the races???


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44673: Yes, been to a few of them, the night races are my favorite (except for the traffic) but tickets are so hard to get. It is pretty cool that it's here in my little town, lots of neat things that go along with the race. Last night they had the Hauler Parade, it's really neat to see, all the haulers lit up & paraded down the street.

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44674: Cool!!!

That would be really neat to live that close to a NASCAR motor speedway. I'd love it.

Ever sense we started talking about Mama's Family, I've been looking on the comp., and I LOVE what I see...I'm thinking of going to see Vicki Lawerence live Statesboro Georgia. She does what she calls Vicki Lawerence, and Mama, a 2 woman show. She talks as herself for a while, then turns into Mama, in full costume, and does that for a while. It really looks neat, and the closest she's coming to here is that town in Georgia, so I guess I'd have to go up there. I really want to go, though. If you want to read more about it, go to I also can't wait til Mama's Family comes out on DVD.


August 25, 2006 - Msg 44675: MD,Colt,Mavis,Asa,MDC.....Great Track to watch!....the Busch race is a good one...Harvick is gona be hard to stop from wining the busch championship.....hey boo,ro,TOM,Rev....bwb,dwf,lucy,Idell,maude,M-T and ALL...back to the race,caught up finally here at work...snack will be cheese and crackers..thick sliced and a coke....back in a bit...SPOT

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44676: To Mavis and other NASCAR fanatics who are finding it hard to get tickets, have you considered using online ticket brokers to obtain your tickets in advance? I just did a search using BRISTOL NASCAR and TICKETS as keywords and found multiple online brokers. While it's true they charge a premium, you can shop around online and over the telephone and possibly find some reasonable prices. And once you get in to a race, you can buy tickets for future races and sell them to the ticket brokers.

from Poor Horatio

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44677:
Hi Gang!
Just wanted to tell you all that I got laid off again! Ha, can you believe it? As you all know there has been quite a downturn in the housing industry. Last month, the AZ division actually did a minus three homes due to termination of contracts and finishing spec houses. But I am ok, I got a little severence again, and will just pick up looking where i left off. Your prayers are again appreciated. I am at peace, but also re-activating Monster and Careerbuilder! ha
Glad all is well on the porch.
Boo- that is a great teacher to be praying for Sean in this day and age! God bless her!
Ky girl, good to see you.
More tomorrow!
Take care,

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44678: Prayers MDC...keep good spirits and we will pray...hey horatio...WOW WHAT a GREAT Bristol race...15 to go....SPOT

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44679: Prayers to you MDC I'm sorry you got laid off again. Poor Horatio most folks have season tickets to Bristol, so you can't really get tickets by just getting there a first time. The scalpers are all up & down Volunteer Pkwy, the road the track is on & tickets are starting at $400 each, that's the cheap ones! I'll just watch from home unless I have a client that sells me a ticket for what it actually costs, $90 to $130 they usually have drawings for season tickets that aren't renewed each year. Race was a good one tonight, lots of cautions & one red flag, & to quote what most folks, especially drivers say "That's Bristol"
Night Porch

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44680: Evenin' again, porch, still trying to muster up the energy to act like somebody. Boy, am I draggin'. I thought I'd have a little longer before I felt this bad. Oh, well, next week I have a break from the chemo and all the meds. That will be some stuff with the kids. 10 more days 'til they start school. This year I'll have 4 kids in 4 different schools! Whew! Gotta take some more medicine, be back y'all.

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44681: Oh, Millie! My heart aches for you, honey. I know that "bad" feeling, though I suspect the chemo I took wasn't nearly so strong as what you're on. Still, I remember feeling like someone had pulled the drain plug and all my energy ran out. Or like my battery was running down. Something like that. And then the nausea, ugh! It's like walking in deep sand, you just wonder how you're going to take the next step. But you do, and one step at a time, the time goes by and the course is finished. Hang in there, love. We're praying for you.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44682: Oh, sorry about that, MDC. ...Or happy about it if you hated the job.;)

Hope you feel better, Millie. We are all pulling for you, you know that!

Me-They, you are a stitch today! ...that's "stitch", you know, rhymes with witch.;)
You have chewy ice cream? What do they make that out of?

Barnwannabe, I wish Vicki would do that show closer to me as well. I tried to get my ball and chai..., er, I mean, my wife to talk to the marketing people where she works to try to get Vicki's show there at the casino(since it seems Vicki plays a lot of casino's) but that was a no go, unfortunately. Oh, well, I'll have to keep checking her tour schedule.

-Sterling Holobyte

August 25, 2006 - Msg 44683: Hey Rommena!Millie prayers...Sterling yer a hoot..Mavis thanks for the GREAT race..what a pass by matt on keven!..good one..all quite here at work...ready for this marathon to get over! 48 hrs in 3 days!..but 8 of it OT..that will get my garage started...still got to lay it this weekend if I can stay away from the lake gona do heavy yard work...everything...Miss Sherry has to work...I work 16 mon and tue then off for 8 days!..till the following wed..hope to get a big start on my shop...well enough gabbing ..watching pulp fiction [never seen it]..back in a bit with another snack....SPOT

August 26, 2006 - Msg 44684: Ugg..cant sleep!! That is the worst feeling isnt it?
MeThey.. yep, we sure can agree to disagree. I'm used to that..I have two small children..haha!

Boo: is the school your daughter is in fairly new? 5 kids in class..that is cool, lots of one on one. She probably does love it!

Hello to all the others.. I am going to try to get some more sleep now..


August 26, 2006 - Msg 44685: just a quick zip thru the porch- why i must be doing at least 45 mph... idelle- don't you hate it when you can't sleep and when everyone is up your ready to snooze? spot= those hours get to be long don't they? do you get to catch any shuteye? millie- prayers for you and yours, sorry about the problem. mdc- prayers for you buddy. the economy and job market is rough now days/ i pray for the young folks looking for work or trying to raise a family. tom- looks like you beat asa and i to millies pies today, even me-they got left out. way to go buddy. ky girl- we've been praying for you to return, the porch seems empty when your gone. hello to all the rest of the porch. big breakfast on me. see you at the mesquite tree for breakfast. can't miss it big chuck wagon under it. colt

August 26, 2006 - Msg 44686: sorry to hear about your job loss. The good thing is that you are at peace! We've got a good friend in the process of being laid off.

I did get maybe a couple more hours of sleep. Maybe I can get a nap this afternoon. I doubt it though..the little one hasnt wanted to nap in a long while now.

Everyone have a great weekend.


August 26, 2006 - Msg 44687: Mornin' all!!!


August 26, 2006 - Msg 44688: HI ALL.


August 26, 2006 - Msg 44689: I have been trying to read upon the archives. . .M-T, they start the basics of Algebra in 3rd grade and keep adding on to the process each year. In Indiana, all freshman in high school must take Algebra 1 and Biology 1 - no exceptions.
My cardiologist appt. went fine. I have had an EKG, a echocardiogram, a 24 hour monitor this week. All are precautionary because my family doctor found an irregular heart beat and because I was feeling so poorly. I believe most of it is because of Meneire's disease and I do have a slow heart beat (resting is in the mid 40's). All from being so active as a farm wife. Goat catching is an art!

School is in full swing and the principal has taken away my computer so I am at the mercy of going to the Library for Internet access until they configure my own personal laptop. He is a crock - some of those in administration need to be gone.

I am so glad that the project went well for Tom - he is a good guy!

Millie - hang in there girl.
Boo - I understand about the frustration and school, my son is so angry when he comes home because of frustration. The other is just waltzing through. Aah!

Asa - you are a real prince, especially in your toolbelt :) Thank you!

I need to get on with the day - thanks for all of you (((hugs))) to all!


August 26, 2006 - Msg 44690: Millie, prayers for you today, for sure. Wish you were nearby so I could help out more.

MDC, I can't beleive you have to begin the job search yet again! I want to tell you about my best friend who was let go from her job as a nurse in a local hospital. She is a single mom and was terrified..she is also the same friend whose little girl was molested by a teenaged boy and whose beloved dog died recently! She was beginning to feel pretty low. I saw her cry more in the last 3 months than all the 20 years I have known her. Anyway, she found a wonderful job that is just perfect for a single mom and she will be able to pick the kids up from school and be home with them in the evening and at night so she won't have to pay a sitter...also, her ex husband just volunteered to raise the child-support by 400.00 a month (big suprise considering what he is like). you already know, God can give you a better job the next time! Prayers for you.

Idelle, it has been so nice having you back on the porch. The school my kids attend is a small private Christian school. The kinder has 5 students, 1-2nd grade is combined and has 10 and 3rd and 4th has 12. The upper grades have more students, though and they don't have regular classrooms, they have a big learning center where the kids have work stations..kind of hard to explain but it has worked well for Sean because if he had been in public school they would have placed him in a class with younger children. This way, he is with kids his own age and even older and the older kids look out for the younger ones. There isn't the bullying that goes on in the younger grades. The older grades use something called ACE curriculum and the kids are all working at their own level and they have to master the lessons before they can move on.

I had better go. Besides my own children I have 2 children of some friends who went on a little honeymoon and a neighbor boy. They had a big sleepover last night! Now the boys are making eggs in the kitchen...


August 26, 2006 - Msg 44691: homemaker did you see the card from tom on MissCrumps Blackboard

August 26, 2006 - Msg 44692: Boo: When I was reading about your kids school, my first thought was Little House on the they had all ages together. That is different how they combine the grades. No offense, just interesting!

Well yall have a super day !


August 26, 2006 - Msg 44693: Hey Homemaker, didn't see you there. I can sure feel for you when it comes to frustrated children and school work! It's terrible, isn't it? As a mom, you feel like you should be able to make it better, but sometimes they just have to go through the hard things and find a way to deal with them. I met a guy recently who is a financial manager for my dad's investments. He is 38 and put himself through college. He worked 2 jobs and went to school for 9 years to get his Masters in business, with no help from anyone. He said that his parents appologized for it later because they felt they should have helped him. He said to his parents, "Don't ever appologize for that. It was a great thing you did for me. I wouldn't be the resoursful person I am today if you had."...He is now succesful in his job, has a lovely wife and 2 boys, and is building a beautiful house down the street. He is his own contractor, too. Also, a church memeber, ha! I keep reminding myself that sometimes hard times build good people. I read a quote yesterday: "Faith makes all things possible, but not always easy!".

When I was in a gift shop the other day that my in-laws work in I met a woman named Jean who looked to be about 70. She worked there in the shop and she was just a very up-beat, happy person. I heard her talking to my mom-in-law about the year (1997) that her husband died and her son was killed in a car accident. I told her, I have to give you a big hug and as she hugged me she said, "You can do anything with the Lord's help. When he is with you!". Thought that was really something and wanted to pass it on to you.

Love to all!


August 26, 2006 - Msg 44694: Morning Dears! Morning Honeys! Getting ready for work, dad burn it, this is my Sat to work & I forgot all about the race when I scheduled these dogs 6 weeks ago, good thing tho, they are both on the VA side of Bristol, so I should be able to avoid most of the traffic. Thanks for breakfast Spot Wish we could teach Asa to leave some gravy & bisquits for other folks. Millie sorry you are feeling so yucky, prayers for you friend. Can you at least stay home from the restaurant a day or two to rest? Where is Warren & homemaker? Best get to work.

August 26, 2006 - Msg 44695: Well, looky there, I ask for homemaker & she sneaks in the back door while I'm posting.

August 26, 2006 - Msg 44696: Oh, almost forgot, Homemaker, did the doc say that a resting heart rate of 40 was ok? That is pretty slow even for someone who is fit as a fiddle. I am wondering if the irregular heart beat is some kind of conduction defect and that is why your heart rate is as slow as it is...just wondering.


August 26, 2006 - Msg 44697: Mavis: I don't know where Waren is, he hasn't PM'd me in a while!!! Of course it's only 6:00am where he's at, so maybe he'll post later on. I'll go PM him, and tell him that we're worried about him.


August 26, 2006 - Msg 44698: I told him that we're thinkin' bout him!!!


August 26, 2006 - Msg 44699: Thanks BWB I forgot about the difference in time, thanks for reminding me. Ya'll have a good one, will check back this evening. Spot & BWB ya'll gonna watch the race with me? I'll order some ribs from Damon's for us to munch on.

August 26, 2006 - Msg 44700: I've gotta pass on the race...going to our family's camp today. I'm gonna go fourwheeler ridin' , and stuff like never know...might have a little race of my own, me and my cousins!!!


August 26, 2006 - Msg 44701: Evening gang,ro,boo,h,,fg,bwb,dwf,lucy,TOM,Rev,mav,mil,maude,......Mavis we are going out to dinner but should be back in time for the race...will be there will bells on!"s sauce...I will bring some hot wings..and beverage...gona be a GOOD race..I cant wait..well got my mowing done and gona hit the showers and eat cajun tonight..will bring yall some back and leave it in the fridge in case im already gone to mavis"s...VAROOM!...boogied boogied boogied!...back in a bit...prayers SPOT

August 26, 2006 - Msg 44702: Tom, in case you wanted to know, my restaurant is Bogart's, 443 N. Ridge Rd. Richmond, VA 23238. My website is, and you can e-mail me through that addy as well.

August 26, 2006 - Msg 44703: ps, to email me click contact us, then proprietor.

August 26, 2006 - Msg 44704: You're gonna miss a good race BWB but have fun with your family. Spot will ya bring me some frog legs back? There was an article in our paper today that made me think of you, at it's peak, BMS uses 6 Million watts of electricity & 13,000 voltage of lines feeding power to the track! Better hurry over here, I just heard the kids sing the National Anthem! Anyone else wanting to head over to watch the race, come on over, just close the gate behind ya when you come in.

August 26, 2006 - Msg 44705: Here's the story about the electricity at the track for ya'll (censor won't let me make a link, you'll have to do it the old fashioned way.)

August 26, 2006 - Msg 44706: hi

August 26, 2006 - Msg 44707: HEY ALL.



August 26, 2006 - Msg 44708: Hey Tom, glad you're getting some good stuff. I will try to send some gum wrappers this week. And thanks for the lovely card.


August 26, 2006 - Msg 44709: I'm over at Sarah's if anybody wants to chat....

August 26, 2006 - Msg 44710:
Hello porch family.
I didn't get to see any of the race. I went out with my family and just got in. Maybe I'll see it on a re-run. Was it a good one? glad your appt went well.

Mille....still praying for you and standing with you. Be sure to get some rest.

MDC...praying for you brother on your job situation.

Spot...cajun sounds good tonight. I'll be down in cajun country the first week of November.

Everyone take care and have a great nights rest knowing that our Lord is watching over us.

August 26, 2006 - Msg 44711: Sorry I missed chatting with you Millie! I checked in too late.

TOM, I am so pleased to hear you bought a DVD player and some gospel CD's. That's great!

I think I might just turn in at a decent hour tonight. I woke up last night with a hot flash...yuck. Hope it doesn't happen again tonight. Goodnight Mayberry,

Boo Blandings

August 26, 2006 - Msg 44712: Thanks for the prayers Tom we know we can all use them. Glad you got a DVD player, they are really neat, I love mine. Rev the race was pretty good, but not many cautions like you usually see in Bristol. Matt Kenseth won, was hoping Jr. would be able to pass him, but he didn't. Get some rest Millie we need you here or as Opie said about Aunt Bea, she needs us! Gonna turn in myself, tired tonight. Gotta put the dogs out one last time & stand guard over them, smelled a pole cat out there earlier, don't know if he is still around or not.
Night Porch

August 26, 2006 - Msg 44713: Okay, I've been hanging out in a chat room alone for almost an hour. I guess I'll go to bed too. Goodnight, porch.

August 26, 2006 - Msg 44714: Hi Porch, I kind of need prayers at the moment. If you could, that would really help. I have a tough desicion to make. But that's all I can say.

Millie, Im sorry I missed you at Sarahs....

See ya.

Deputy Warren Ferguson

August 26, 2006 - Msg 44715: Ha! Wildlife in the city. Haven't seen my raccoon around here in a while, and have lost no more goldfish. However, I think Possum has misplaced a young relative. I went out back a few minutes ago to check on something and encountered a young possum, about half-grown. Scared him a lot more than it scared me. He took off for the shrubbery really quick. Years ago, when our old metal tool shed was still in existence back there, it was home to a family of skunks. Mama and four babies, we saw them almost every night. Finally they moved on. We didn't bother them, and they never bothered us. My neighbor's dog got a bit too "nosy" one night, though, and got a snootful. Poor dog stank for days, in spite of a tomato juice bath and several other remedies. Funny thing, that dog pretty much stayed on their back porch after that.

I went to a Southern country gospel concert tonight with some friends. Very good! I really enjoyed it. Some very talented artists - all groups, no solo performers, though.

Tom, it sounds like you made a good choice for spending part of your money. What are you going to do with the rest of it? You're right, a lot of porchsters were involved in our little surprise - you have a lot of friends here. Sure wish I could send you some gum wrappers, but I don't chew gum, and so have no wrappers to send.

Well, it's late, and preaching will come early in the morning. I'm off to bed. No ironing board for me tonight, I don't need any adventure sleepin', just a good night's rest.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena