October 12, 2006 - Msg 46324: Prayers for those that need them. Especially our mayor, Colt. I hope he recuperates well and is back to his old ornery self soon.

Glad to see I am not the only one still mourning Steve Irwin, Romeena. Sometimes I still can't believe that he is really gone. I like your "Camelot" analogy as well. Money and fame can buy and do alot for you, prestige-wise, but it doesn't mean a hill of beans if you haven't got honor, self-respect, and respect for your loved ones along with it, and Steve and Terri had all of that. There are some things money can't buy. And although they both had money, Steve will leave a more important legacy than JFK, imo.

-Sterling Holobyte

October 12, 2006 - Msg 46325: Morning Porch pals! hm, I'm anxiously awaitig cooler weather. My AC bill is out of this world! Ro, thanks for the report on lil Plum, glad she's so spunky for an old gal of 12! Give her a carrot for me, OK? SPOT, I have to check your menu on a regular basis: you always put on one heckuva spread, gives me great dinner ideas! What's on for lunch? Hey to Rev and Skippy and Boo and Millie and MDC and Me-They and Barnwannabe!

~ Mrs. Wiley
Andy: "What's the matter Barn? Your stomach going tick-toc?"

October 12, 2006 - Msg 46326: Well, wouldn't you know it? My first day back to the porch in a while, and right away they have me working, sweeping the porch. :)
-Sterling Holobyte

October 12, 2006 - Msg 46327: Nice sweep Sterling! Amen to your honor and self respect comment. Watch out now, I'm rocking forward!
~ Mrs. Wiley

October 12, 2006 - Msg 46328: How do you do, Mrs. Wiley.;) And thanks!

You can have some of our cooler weather, if you want. I'm ready for next summer already.

-Sterling Holobyte

October 12, 2006 - Msg 46329: Good morning everyone. B-e-a-u-tiful day here in Maryland. Sunny, with white puffy clouds, cool temps, and the leaves turning--I love fall.

Thanks for your thoughtful comments, ROMEENA. With three kids, the peacemaker role is one that I'm really working on.

Anybody watch Mr. T's "reali-T" show, "I Pity the Fool" on TV Land last night? It was good fun. I never was a fan of his "A-Team" show. Do you remember how Mr. T used to were all those gold chains? I saw an interview with him recently and he has stopped wearing gaudy jewelry. He said that even though it was just a schtick, after he visited a very poor area the plight of the kids touched his heart so much that he felt that he could no longer flaunt wealth while so many have so little. In the last few years he survived some bad illness (I think some kind of cancer) and it has completely changed his outlook. Even though he did a lot of charity work before, his mission now is to help others. He actually seemed really down-to-earth, gentle, and intelligent. Genuinely nice guy.

Where's IDELLE, LUCY, MAVIS, TOM, BWB, DWF, IRISHTER, DIXIE, and the rest of the gang? Maybe I'm not wearing strong enough antiperspirant.

Well, it's a busy day so I will try and stop back later. Save me a seat and some cashew fudge.


October 12, 2006 - Msg 46330: BOO: My Mrs. started taking a Community Bible Study class for women last month. It's a nondenominational and, I believe, national organization. She really is enjoying it. It's also on Thursday mornings. By chance is that the one you do or is it one associated with your church?


October 12, 2006 - Msg 46331: Hey to all porchsters! Sorry I never got back last night, it was a crazy one. After I got my brood settled, I went to comfort a friend. Yesterday, out of the blue, her husband moved out, left her with 4 kids. She's just in shock. Prayers for her and her family. Ok, so I was telling y'all about our 150 yr homecoming at our "beach church" this weekend. I am looking forward to seeing some family I haven't seen in a long time. Unfortunately, my 25th high school reunion is this weekend too, so I'll have to miss that. But it's all good. Gotta go fix lunch, Y'all join us! Mac and cheese and salad, pink lemonade and then cupcakes!

October 12, 2006 - Msg 46332: BTW, Me-they, I saw Mr T's show last nite, and was surprised that I enjoyed it. He does seem like a sweet man. And I'm trying to take a new Bible study class, too. It's always hard to get in this one though, it's so popular....it's the TAGS one.

October 12, 2006 - Msg 46333: That's just terrible about your friend, MILLIE. Unfortunately, our culture constantly hammers the fact that we "deserve to be happy," even if that means walking away from our responsibilities. What kind of man would abandon his family? I will pray for your friend and her family.

I sure wish they offered that Mayberry Bible Study around here. I hope that you get to take it.


October 12, 2006 - Msg 46334: That's just terrible about your friend, MILLIE. Unfortunately, our culture constantly hammers the fact that we "deserve to be happy," even if that means walking away from our responsibilities. What kind of man would abandon his family? I will pray for your friend and her family.

I sure wish they offered that Mayberry Bible Study around here. I hope that you get to take it.


October 12, 2006 - Msg 46335: Sorry. I guess I do chew my cabbage twice.


October 12, 2006 - Msg 46336: Afternoon folks. Hope all is well today. Not much time to visit today, but trying to get in a break. Big Cool down here today, supposed to be in the upper 30's tonight! getting ready for the week end. My husband has to work this week end and will begin a rather long stretch of working 12 hours 9-9 beginning tomorrow (10/13) and going through next Thursday (10/19). It will be a long week for us all. While he is working I will be working and holding down the home front.
Prayers to all today. afternoon snack: Ben and Jerry's ice cream! (the Barbeque place around the corner from my office has a WIDE variety of single servings available) your choice of flavors. Have a great afternoon. Big Maude

October 12, 2006 - Msg 46337: Do they have Hagen Daaz, too?

My name is Me-They, and I'm a Hagen Daaz Waffle Cone addict.


October 12, 2006 - Msg 46338: My favorite ice cream of all time, even better than Blue Bell' Cookies 'n Cream, is Baskin-Robbins' Chocolate Raspberry Truffle. Or Chocorate Raspberry Truffer, according to the elderly Asian gentleman who used to work at our local BR. It's seasonal, only available at certain times of the year, and is just beyond wonderful. Haven't had any of it in a while.

Prayers for your friend, Millie. What a crummy thing for a man to do. Of course, we don't know the circumstances, he may have his side of the story as well, but I can't imagine what would be so bad as to cause a man to abandon a wife with four children. Me-They, you're so right, in your observation about our culture expecting to always be happy, and feeling free to do whatever it takes to achieve that state, no matter who gets hurt in the process. Sad.

Well, I went out and had lunch with my best buddy, dropped in on my brother at his jewelry store and harassed him for a while, came home and planted some pansies, and am about to settle into my big chair with a glass of the black currant tea from the Corner Bakery (where we had lunch). My life would be happier if my husband were still in it, but he's not, and he cannot be, and so I've learned, as the Apostle Paul said, "in whatsoever state I find myself, therewith to be content." I'm reasonably healthy, reasonably secure, I have family and friends, (and the Plum) and you folks, and I'll see my husband again some day, so I'm content. Have a great day, friends.

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

October 12, 2006 - Msg 46339: Howdy all!!!

M-T:I'm right here!!!LOL I've just been busy!!!


October 12, 2006 - Msg 46340: Hey all..internet been down here at work..hit and miss..lets order pizza!...SPOT

October 12, 2006 - Msg 46341: Millie, prayers for your friend indeed! Same thing happened to my Mom when she was a child. Her Daddy left her Mamma in Montana in a log cabin durring the depression... left a sack of potatoes on the doorstep. They ate a lot of dandilion greens and the odd rabbit for years. Bet your friend gets more than that for consolation.

I got dinner covered SPOT: Chicken and dumplings, sweet tater pie, baby peas, fresh baked rolls and real butter, sweet/unsweet tea. Come 'n get it!

~ Mrs. Wiley
Andy: "C'mon Barney. I'm all ears."
Barney: "Yeah, you always was."

October 12, 2006 - Msg 46342: Laawww, Mrs. Wiley! Chicken and dumplings? That sounds so good! One of my favorites. Haven't made that dish in a long time. It's one of those things that you can't make a little of, always end up with a washtub full, seems like, and with just me to eat it, it wears out its welcome after a while.

Millie, I hope your friend gets a good lawyer and nails that cad's backside to the barn door. She should go for the maximum in child support, whether she needs it or not. If not, then put it in trust for the children's education. Where does a man get the notion that he can father a passel of kids, then just go tootling off to pursue his dreams, and leave their mother to survive the best way she can? Shame on him.

It should be noted here, though, that it's not always the father who defaults. Those of you who received the prayer request email from me today will note that I said my friend's granddaughter's mother chose not to be a part of her life. That is, she left when the little girl was very small, and they don't even know if she's dead or alive, haven't heard from her in years. Said raising the child was "just too much responsibility." That translates to "she's cramping my style." Shame on her, too.

It has been beautiful here today. Cool, never quite made it to 70. Cheer up, Boo, maybe it's on the way to you. My grass has slowed down in growth, but is still emerald green. Flowers are perking up without the oppressive heat, and are just lovely. Roses are blooming again, impatiens are gorgeous, esperanza has huge yellow clusters of blooms, knockout roses are putting on a new flush of blooms (they'll bloom until Christmas), and even my begonias are gorgeous. As for all those bulbs we planted last week (about 150 bulbs - hyacinth, daffodils and such), there's no telling what's going to come up where. I sat here this morning and watched a squirrel dig up a bulb, carry it to another bed and bury it again. He did that several times! Then he dug up one - a hyacinth, I think, and carried it up into the tree outside my window and ate the whole thing, right in front of me, the little vandal. I got his picture, so could identify him in a lineup if necessary! (teehee) I really don't mind, I always just plant more than I need, because I know they're going to pilfer some of them, and I'd rather lose a few bulbs than to have no squirrels. I just love the little pests. So cute!

Well, I have some leftover chili, guess that will be supper, followed by some good cantaloupe. At least I hope it's good, haven't cut it yet. If it's not, I'll chop it up and put it out for the critters. They'll eat it, even if it isn't very sweet.

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

October 12, 2006 - Msg 46343: So right about what you said about people wanting their happiness above all else. I heard something I want to share with you. I heard a preacher say that the only thing sin has to offer us is some kind of pleasure and if a person confuses happiness with pleasure, he lives himself wide open for the enemy of the soul. I thought that was pretty true. People often do think that pleasure will bring them happiness, but that isn't the key to being happy, is it?

So sad about your friend, Millie. To have four children and have something like that happen must really be devastating. I saw it up close and personal within the last 2 years with Bruce's sister. I mean, that poor woman nearly lost her mind with grief and anger. She isn't alot better off now and is addicted to Xanax. There is nothing more we can do for her but just be there and pray. Her ex is now remarried and dying of colon cancer so that adds to her misery because she still loves him and can't be with him through this.

No, Me-They, the bible study I am attending is a Beth Moore (are you familiar with her?) study on Daniel and it is at one of the local Baptist churches. I have met some wonderful women and am thankful for that. The woman who facilitates the study is a real character. She is about 60 with bright red hair and a contagious smile, and boy is she hilarious. I am really enjoying it; glad your wife is enjoying her experience with the ladies bible study.

All the talk about cool weather is making me salivate! It was in the 90's here today and felt like 100. I was sweating like crazy just running errands around town.

So good to have you around again, Mrs. Wiley...wanna go down to the Grand and watch a movie? I think they are showing the Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston. We can walk over to the fillin' station afterward and get a grape soda and talk politics and religion.


PS-so glad you are content, RO. That makes me happy.

October 12, 2006 - Msg 46344: Oh Hey, RO. We were posting together. Glad you are getting some relief from the heat. We are supposed to cool off some tonight and get lots of rain tomorrow with highs in the 70's for a day or two, then the front is supposed to back up as a warm front again by Monday...Booo!

I haven't read the email you sent yet, I'll go do it...


October 12, 2006 - Msg 46345: Wow, RO, that is such an awesome idea. It was just wonderful to pray and Ray knew he was being prayed for. Thank you so much for allowing us to share in this with you.


October 12, 2006 - Msg 46346: Great supper Mrs Wiley!...busy here at work back in just a bit...SPOT

October 12, 2006 - Msg 46347: Mrs.Wiley,
We've never been formally introduced, so allow me...


Just thought that I'd say hello to ya!!!

Prayers to you, and the rest of the porch family, as I hope you all are keeping the prayers coming for me!!!

Boo: I know that Mrs. Wiley has recently re-joined us, but I'm kinda feeliin' left out, I'd sure love to go to the Grand, and over to Walley's!!!LOL :)

Any way, now that Boo's hurt my feelings, I'll say Good Night!!!:) :) :)!!!


Barney:Why Ernest T. Bass, I'd never've known that was you!!!
Ernest T.:How do you do Mrs. Wiley!!!

October 12, 2006 - Msg 46348:
"Oh Mr Tucker, we're going to make ice cream!"
Thanks for supper Mrs Wiley, nice social club too! At least they're not all dogs. Hey, barney said it, not me! teehee
Prayers for all these folks. My goodness. I mentioned my moms pressure cooker last week, but I think the world is a pressure cooker lately. I sure hope the relief valve is working correctly
Wow boo, talkin politics AND religion! ha
We are cooling down a bit also. Low 80's, must be part of the same system.
Anyone seen MAVIS and DWF??
bWB- just jump on in and hang on.
PRAYERS to all, God love ya,

October 12, 2006 - Msg 46349:
for my sweet Juan-neet

October 12, 2006 - Msg 46350: So sorry Barnwannabee!! How would you like to go with Mrs. Wiley and me to the Grand to see the movie??

Yep, MDC, politics AND religion (you know how much I enjoy a good moulage!).


October 12, 2006 - Msg 46351: Prayers for Colt, Asa, and Millie's friend. Happy birthday to my son who turned 16 today and got his driver's license. It seems just yesterday I rubbed his baby hair on a night 16 years ago! Speaking of making ice cream--That's what he wants for his family party on Sat. night--homemade ice cream. So I bought the fixin's today.
Time to hit the ironin' board.
Charlotte Tucker

October 12, 2006 - Msg 46352: Happy birthday CT"s son!....still busy here at work..sleep good CT..hey MDC,Boo,skippy,mil,romeena and all...well back to paper work....popcorn for a snack...butter!...SPOT

October 13, 2006 - Msg 46353: Happy 16th to Charlotte's son. May the Lord bless and keep him (especially now since he has his driver's license!). Time does fly, doesn't it?

It's overcast and about 68 right now, hope it holds.


October 13, 2006 - Msg 46354: Happy birthday to Charlotte's son!

Down right chilly here again - 30! I think winter is a coming. We started the wood stove last nite. Nice and toasty.

Time to work.


October 13, 2006 - Msg 46355: Good morning everyone and happy birthday to CHARLOTTE's son. Maybe I've got cobwebs in the barin this morning, but after reading the posts since I left yesterday I am confused. Are there messages missing or did I miss something?

BOO: It frosted here last night. Poor impatiens. The high will be 57 today, they say.

The best pre-marriage advice I received was from my pastor, who reminded us that marriage isn't two people coming together to be happy, its two happy people coming together.

I am reminded of a joke. A man went to his pastor and said, "I can't stand my wife and just don't love her anymore." The pastor said, "Well, if you can't love your wife, think of her as your neighbor and do as the Bible says and love your neighbor." The next day the man comes back and tells the pastor that it just didn't work, did he have any other ideas. The pastor told him, "Love your enemy." There's a point there.

Many believe that marriage is all about "my happiness," or even romantic love. It is about commitment.

Well, that's enough sopabox for me. Busy day.


October 13, 2006 - Msg 46356: Wow, homemaker, you already have your wood stove operating? For me, the cool front meant that I could turn the a/c off and open a few windows for a couple of hours. Nice fresh, cool breeze blew through, felt so nice, but by mid-afternoon, I needed the a/c again. Granted, it's not running very often, but it does kick in now and then. I think there's stored heat in the brick walls that radiates into the house, because it stays warmer in here than it is outside when things are closed up. Won't be long, though. We'll get what we Texans call a "blue Norther" pretty soon, and it will get cold fast. I've seen the temperature drop as much as 50 degrees when one of those things blows through. I've seen it go from the 90s down to the low 40s in a couple of hours. That'll get your attention, especially when you've left home wearing shorts! It's not too embarrassing, though, because you find yourself sprinting across the mall parking lot toward your car, with a lot of other blue-legged women! (teehee)

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

October 13, 2006 - Msg 46357: Romeena - that's when you need hot knees!


October 13, 2006 - Msg 46358: What is it you think you missed, Me-They?Thanks for the birthday greetings for my son. I know I probably told this years ago when he did it, but I'll tell you again now that's he's 16. Once I stopped the car by the mailbox to get our mail. As I was flipping through each piece, he said, "occupant, occupant, occupant." What a clever little TAGS boy he was!
Charlotte Tucker

October 13, 2006 - Msg 46359: Hey everybody. CT: MDC referred to BOO discussing politics and religion, and several people were refrring to a story or situation that ROMEENA shared. I'm confused, but maybe I just need to reread at lunch.


October 13, 2006 - Msg 46360: One more thing, then I've got to get busy. Has anyone else been getting phone calls, with a message that starts out "This isn't a sales call." It's a recorded message, and leaves a number for you to call. It shows up on caller ID as ASTA funding. I generally ignore such calls, but I finally got tired of their calls waking me when I've been working at night, and their messages cluttering up my answering machine, so I finally called their number this morning, planning to tell them to cease and desist. Well, the first response I got was a recording informing me that the call was an attempt to collect a debt, and any information obtained would be used for that purpose. Hmmm. Debt? What debt? I don't owe anything, at least nothing that's delinquent, so what debt? The next thing was this little bit - "For verification purposes, please enter your complete Social Security number." HA! I don't think so! My mama didn't raise a fool. At that point, I hung up, so all they got was my number on their Caller ID, and obviously they already had that, so they've got nothing.

This kind of stuff is so annoying. They're not going to get any information from me, but I surely am tired of their intrusive calls. So, I've filed a complaint with the state Attorney General's office of Consumer Protection. They gave me the numbers of the FTC and the BBB and asked that I also report the calls to them. I will do it. This sort of stuff just walks all over my fightin' side. I guess what I really should do is just to ask Sarah to quit putting their calls through to my number.

Well, I'm off to run some errands. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

October 13, 2006 - Msg 46361: Hahaha! Homemaker, you're a caution! Hot knees! Hahaha! --Romeena

October 13, 2006 - Msg 46362: Morning Porch

Boo-If ya want to cool down take a wander down this end of the porch, we were at 22 degrees last night and at ma auh2o's house (20 minutes north) they got about 30 inches of snow. It's cool. Not the groovy type of cool but cool.

Well, got a busy day ahead I'll check back later.


October 13, 2006 - Msg 46363:
Charlotte- All most forgot, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your son!


October 13, 2006 - Msg 46364: Dear Miss ROMEENA:

We have been calling you to no avail in our attempt to collect a debt on behalf of the Miracle Salve Company. Please contact us immediately.

The Mount Pilot Collection Agency

P.S. Don't try that Pendykke routine. We're wise to that.


October 13, 2006 - Msg 46365: LOL Me-They... yer a NUT! Barnwannabe, I'm dee-lighted to meet you! Of course, we'd love to have you go on outings with us, down to the Grand, racing thru Mt.Pilot, goin' to Yancey or just Bowling. We're a quiet, respectable bunch. auh2o, that's 'nippin' weather. Hope you have some long johns! Brrr. CT, birthday greetings to your boy! (quick, everybody touch this rabbitsfoot... birthday on Fri 13th and all) Ro, Mom and I get calls on our cell phones from some spanish speaking advertisement. Very irritating. Blue Norther? Ooohh that hurts my bones just thining about such a drastic temp change.

~ Mrs. Wiley
Gomer: "How do you do that with your voice?"

October 13, 2006 - Msg 46366: Ha! That's funny,Me-They! Whatcha gonna do with all that Miracle Salve,Romeena? Vicks is MUCH better,you know! Me-They,I thought about you this morning when I opened a new jar of MAYO-ha!
Hey Mrs. Wiley,can I rub that rabbit's foot? Maybe it'll cancel out the black cat crossing my path earlier this morning! Yeah,that really happened! To be on the safe side,I'm staying under my rock for the rest of Friday 13th!
Charlotte,Happy Birthday wishes to your son.They sure grow up fast,don't they? Cute story about you & your boy at the mailbox!
Y'all have a good night.It's going to get a little chilly down here in SC this weekend- just glad I'm not in Buffalo! Brrr!
possum under a rock

October 13, 2006 - Msg 46367: Friday the 13th doesn't mean anything to me, because I'm not superstitious. I'm cautious.


October 13, 2006 - Msg 46368: Hey boo,ct,auh20,m-t,ro,hm,ro,mrs wiley,possum,asa,colt,Rev,TOM,bwb,dwf,and all....back at work here....tonight its baked ham,green beans,fried okra,corn on the cob,tater salad and big maude slaw, tea....fall is here in ga...may get frost tonight....back in a bit...hey horatio will you say grace tonight...?..hey mil bring a pie please....SPOT

October 13, 2006 - Msg 46369: Iíve had a tedious day and Iím taking a break. It must be 5:00 somewhere but not here.

Iím concerned that we still havenít heard from ASA. I hope that heís feeling better and is back on the porch soon. Speaking of missing people, MAVIS, TOM, GOOBER, IDELLE, LUCY and some other regulars havenít been posting much, either. And there are a number of others like DIXIE and IRISHTER who havenít checked in for a long time it seems.

Maybe be should have an Old Home Week. Last one here has to wait in the stag line with Mr. Schwamp and a bunch of slumped over teenaged boys.

Well, weíre meeting with our contractor (I talk about him like heís on our payroll or something) on Monday. Heís a nice Christian man who put on our addition three years ago. We are having our kitchen done, which we have put off for a year now. Right now itís a real mess. My house is 125 years old and unfortunately, the kitchen was inexpensively ďremodeledĒ in the 1950s. There are holes and stains on the drop ceiling (yuck) from leaks, the vinyl floor is chipping up, you know, stuff like that. Hopefully, by doing some of the grunt work, trimming and painting we can get this done for a reasonable cost. We also are getting it rewired at the same time. One of my biggest concerns is timeframeówe canít be without a kitchen for long. After all, our entire house is only about 1,200 square feet. Our contractor is pretty good about accommodating us, though, and wonít start on another job until ours is done, which is a real plus from a contractor, let me tell you.

Anyway, I suppose break is over.

ďOh, shut up, Bernie!Ē

October 13, 2006 - Msg 46370: Y'all have a great weekend. Take good care!


October 13, 2006 - Msg 46371: For those interested, this is a succinct update on what's happening to assist the Amish community effected by the tragedy:


See ya!


October 13, 2006 - Msg 46372: Wow M-T 125 years old house!..very very neat..the 13th "cautious" just cautious...race tonight MDC,Goober,Rev...where is Mavis??...night race tomorrow night and im off!..hot wings and friends over..yall come to the dog house...SPOT

October 13, 2006 - Msg 46373:
HM- good thing you chopped all that wood!
Me-they- good one! reminded me of this one. The deacon board was interviewing for new pastor. After the last interview, everyone agreed that he was indeed the best one. Only problem was that he wanted Sundays off! ha
RO- try this,"putintame, ask me again and I'll tell ya the same."
Spot- will be watching the racetomorrow night. Ya gotta get out those crosses soon, nice coat of fresh paint!
My. Me theys house is older than the remshaw place!
Possum, enjoy the ice cream.
AUh20, wow, you cold enuf to BE ice cream! ha
We got DOWN to 70 last night! High 88! ha
Prayers continue for our world. God love ya all
Mr Darlin's Cuz (MDC)

October 13, 2006 - Msg 46374:
Hello porch....how ya'll doing?

Missed you guys yesterday. I'm on the road in Tn (Pigeon Forge) tonight, tomorrow and Sunday morning. I have an outdoor concert tomorrow night...brrrrrr!
Hope to see some of the race tomorrow after the concert.
Everyone have a great night. Praying for you all.

October 13, 2006 - Msg 46375:
MDC- 70 degrees at night? Yikes! It sounds like bizarro world.

spot-We could use ya up here. There were about 400,000 without electricity today.

M-T Wait a minute, wait a minute, your contractor is pretty good about accommodating you? Huh? I understand the words but the way in which you are using them puzzles me.


October 13, 2006 - Msg 46376:
Rev-Doing good here, thanks for asking. Keep warm out there.


October 13, 2006 - Msg 46377: Howdy all!!!

MDC:I'll just use this one, and let that thumb hang free!!!LOL!!!

Boo: I was just kiddin earlier, hope you didn't take what I said the wrong way!!!

CT:Happy 16th to your son!!!

Mrs.Wiley:I've learned that about ya'll. You are all very respectable people, so what say we hit the Grand tonight for a picture show, and hope that we don't run into Myra Koonts from the langereee shop!!!LOL :)

Prayers continue to all!!!

I've got a question for you all. Am I the only one that starts listening to Christmas music this early??? I love Christmas, and I love Christmas music, so I start listening to it this early!!! All of my friends say that I'm weird, but my GF and I love it!!!(Even this time of year!!!HA HA!!!)

God Bless all of you!!!


October 13, 2006 - Msg 46378: Ok, I've only got a minute, just passing through, but I HAVE to ask BWB something. Why do you always use 3 exclamation points at the end of every sentence? Are you you just excited to be here, or is it a habit online, or what? No offense intended, just wondering.

October 13, 2006 - Msg 46379: By the way, BWB, I like to read your posts because you do seem to always be happy and excited. Hope you don't take my question the wrong way.

October 13, 2006 - Msg 46380: Glad you liked the mailbox story, possum. It's a favorite of mine. I hate those phone calls too, Romeena. That's why I pay that extra $$ every month for caller ID too. Hey Millie. Thanks to Barnwannabe, Auh2o, Mrs. Wiley, Boo, and all the many others for my boy's birthday wishes. Take care everyone.
Charlotte Tucker

October 13, 2006 - Msg 46381: MDC thought about my crosses today...will get a pic on Ro"s site this year of them....Great Busch race!...hey CT..BWB..auh20 its down to about 40 here in ga..auh20 what happened to the power?...Ro yo working?..well here till 6 am..all lights are on! SPOT

October 13, 2006 - Msg 46382: HA! Me-They's posts were so funny! The thing about the miracle salve and standing in line with Mr Shwump killed me!

MDC, it cooled off here for about 5 minutes and then got warm again! I have joke for you: It's Sunday morning and Mom goes into her son's bedroom to wake him up for church. Mom: "Get up son, it's time to go to church" Son: (whining) "What?! I don't wanna go to church this morning. Why do I have to go?!"
Mom: "Well, for two reasons, son. First of all, as long as you live under my roof you are going to abide by my rules and go to church on Sunday! Secondly, because you are the pastor!" (I thought that was cute).

Hey Barnwannabe, no, I didn't take it the wrong way, forget about it, Buddy. I want you to know that I found an Andy Williams Christmas music cassete for a dollar at the thrift shop and started listening to it about a week ago, so you are not alone (and we are NOT weird, just festive!).

I have been wondering about all the missing folks, too. Where in the world is Mary Wiggins?

Hey Millie, how's it going this week?

I think I will curl up with a good book/or good husband....hmmmm, think I'll take the book! ha


October 14, 2006 - Msg 46383:
Morning Folks

Spot-Snow (about 30 inches) & wind knocked trees and power lines out. Still pretty bad.

BWB-I love Christmas music.

Boo-I was, also, thinking of Mary Wiggins the other day, when all of this weather hit the area, she's on the other side of the Great Lakes, in Michigan.


October 14, 2006 - Msg 46384: Howdy, everyone. Just passin' through on my way to run some errands, thought I'd sit and rest for a spell, maybe have a cherry smash. Cloudy and pleasantly cool here today, think I'll plant another flat or two of color. Looks like it might rain this evening, that would be perfect.

Hey, Barnwannabe, I'm right there with you on the Christmas music. I've been packing the CDs around in my car for weeks now, just haven't put them in the player because my friends look at me funny when they get in the car and Christmas music is playing in September! The first of November, though, in they go! First in the stack will be Andy's "Christmas Guest". I just love that one.

By way of contrast, I also like Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas music. I have a 4-CD set of their stuff, very nice. Of course, I have all the old favorites too, recorded many years ago and remastered on CDs. The big bands, Bing Crosby, Pavarotti, you name it, I've probably got it. I've even got the Statler Brothers. Bet I've got at least 50 Christmas CDs. Got some of the old 33 vinyls, too. Anybody else got any of those? I'll bet colt does, if we knew where he is these days. I miss him!

And where IS Mary Wiggins, anyway? I wanted another of Pat's paintings, wish she'd check in, along with all the others who have gone missing. I think we need to put out some APBs, if we can get Barney off that cot in the back room long enough.

Well, off I go. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

October 14, 2006 - Msg 46385: A Cherry Smash, RO?? Is that anything like Mulberry Squeezins?

Ah, someone else who collects Christmas music..I have a ton of it. I only wish I still had the old vinyls we listened to at Christmas. I remember my folks taking us to Sears at Christmas time because they had this huge toy department, and then afterward we would walk across the street to the Goodyear tire place and get the annual Christmas album which always had popular performers of the day like Anthony Newly, Barbra Atreisand, the Lennon Sisters, etc... I sure miss those. Do you have any Goodyear Christmas albums?


October 14, 2006 - Msg 46386: No, the Goodyear Christmas albums are news to me. Guess I never saw any. I do have a vinyl by the Harry Simeon Chorale. Lovely.

We always went to Joske's department store, on Alamo Plaza in San Antonio when I was a kid. They devoted one whole floor of the store to Christmas, called it "Wonderland". There was a train for kids to ride, that ran through the whole thing, dozens of animated displays, Santa on a huge, beautiful throne (it seemed huge to me, anyway) and piles of ornaments and beautiful things. Of course, I know now that those ornaments and things were for sale, but at the time, I thought they were just there because they were so pretty. Is anyone else old enough to remember when ornaments didn't come in boxes? They were just piled in little bins on the counters of the five-and-dime, and in the bigger stores they were in bigger bins, or in baskets on the floor. Of course, some of the stores today, especially the Christmas specialty stores, display things in baskets, and it's so pretty, but those are usually special (read: expensive) ornaments. I remember when even the plain, round, red-gold-blue-green ornaments were displayed that way. At 2 for a nickel, my mom would buy a few each year, and always managed to buy two or three fancy ones, too - those shaped like a bell, or even a little Santa Claus. I still have several of those, and some of the plain round ones as well. I can identify them because their color has oxidized or something, and looks different, almost transparent, but still pretty. There is one gold teardrop-shaped one, that has turned a lovely burnished copper color. One of my favorites. Ah, memories!

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

October 14, 2006 - Msg 46387:
Boy, Christmas memories already, nothing like getting ahead! ha Frankly, I wish we could just breeze right by halloween and go right into Thanksgiving/Chrstmas season. I cant stand all that morbid junk in the stores. When I was young, it was ONE evening, I'd usually dress like a hobo, get some treats and go home. Now that the truth is out about that day, I like to help at our Bible Character Party at church.
Boo- I do indeed have two of those Goodyear records., Lou Rawls etc., but i honestly cant get into the music until Dec. I also have a plastic goodyear blimp!
BWB- our Mrs Wiley is a regular Marlene Mason.
Yeah, why all the exclamations!!! (ha)
Auh2o, is the Weber covered with snow yet this year?
Prayers for my buddy Colt, Millie, and all! God Bless,

October 14, 2006 - Msg 46388: \
Ro- forgot to mention that I still have one of the old metal Santa ornaments, crimped seam down the middle and all. Also Remember when Sears had the plaster of paris nativity figures you could buy individually in those glass sided little bins? I hope Sears puts Merry christmas on their doors again this year.

October 14, 2006 - Msg 46389: Hello friends
I dont/didnt have time to read everything since, but hope everyone is doing well. We just stay busy around here. Its finally cooling off and it feels good! Although I have had a sore throat.
Millie: What is your "beach church"?

Well just wanted to say hello...take care all..


October 14, 2006 - Msg 46390: Evenin' Y'all! Hey Idelle-hope your throat feels better ASAP.It's no fun being sick.
Anybody up for an evening snack? A friend just brought me two homemade apple pies and a quart of vanilla ice cream!! Y'all come on over to my rock and share the goodies,ok?
I heard the strangest story on the news- about the lady whose NYC apartment was hit by the Yankee pitcher's plane a few days back. Do y'all remember several years back when one of the balloons from the Macy's parade went astray and knocked a NYC streetlamp down on a woman's head?She was in a coma for about a month. This is the SAME woman! Talk about rotten luck,bad karma or whatever! I think I'd leave town if that was me! Strange indeed.
Ok,I'll confess. I played some Christmas music a few days ago. I got the new James Taylor Christmas CD (Me-They- it's the same as the one he had out in the Hallmark stores in 2004.Save your money if you already have that one.I didn't know.Clever marketing ploy,huh? Shame on JT!) It does,however,have ONE song on it that wasn't on the other Christmas album. I had to hear it.(BTW-it's a beautiful song!)Other than that,I'll try to wait till Thanksgiving has passed until I crank up the Fa La La La Las! I'm tempted though!
Okay,I'm getting the ice cream out of the freezer. Pies are on the table.Y'all come on over!
possum under a rock

October 14, 2006 - Msg 46391: Good evening Porchsters! Just thought I'd stop by for a long overdue visit. Hope everyone's doing well.


October 14, 2006 - Msg 46392: That's a real nice friend, Possum! I just pulled two homemade apple pies out of the over, too. My sister vacationed in Michigan recently and visited an orchard to pick some apples. She brought us home a big bag of red and green ones so I made a couple of pies...they smell wonderful. Don't have any ice cream to put on them, though. That is really something about that woman getting hit by the balloon and then the airplane crashing her apartment! How strange.

Romeena, I remember Joskes...We lived in Houston for a short time when I was 7 and we lived across the street from a mall with a Joskes. I got my first orange velvet Beatnik dress there, with a gold medallion necklace. Boy, at age 7, I thought I was really something wearing that. About the Goodyear albums, I looked on Ebay and found four of the Goodyear Christmas albums from the 70's, 2 were still sealed but none of them were the ones I am looking for.

MDC, my son Sean informed me today that we are NOT having anything to do with Halloween this year. I asked why and he said because it is Satan's holiday, so I just said, "Ok, maybe we can have a prayer time or something". He said he would like to do that. Can you believe that coming from an 11 year old. I think what happened to us last year scared him. Do you remember how last Halloween I took the kids trick-or-treating for the first time in their lives and a huge wind came up and it started to hail and sleet and we had to run several blocks, freezing and soaking wet to the car (very unusual in South Texas). Sean had said that night that God was telling us he didn't want us to celebrate Halloween...I guess it made a real impression on him.

Ro, as far back as I can remember, ornaments have been in boxes with the cellophane on front. We used to have some old glass ornaments that belonged to my grandmother but my sister and I were so rowdy as young 'uns that we knocked the tree over enough to break them all over the years, I guess. I don't know why in the world my mom (and dad) didn't take us to the woodshed once in awhile.

Think I'll go have a little peice of pie while it's warm.


October 14, 2006 - Msg 46393: Well, as I live and breathe! Good to see ya Hodie. Don't be such a stranger.


October 14, 2006 - Msg 46394: Evening Porch, been busy busy busy, but still think of ya'll everyday, hope to get some things done this weekend to get caught up so I can rock more often, been working 6 days a week for the last month or so & let me tell you, it's not only getting old, it's MAKING me old.

October 14, 2006 - Msg 46395: Hi Mavis! Sorry you have been so busy. I would like some advice if you have time? My sister has a little poodle/sh*tzu mix that is a nice dog but he apparently had a bad experience with a dog groomer and now he gets ferocious when anyone tries to trim near his face, feet or backside. My sister bought some clippers to try to do it herself but he tries to bite her. She got some sedatives from the vet to give him before taking him to be groomed but they tried two different strengths and they didn't slow the dog down a bit. The dog really needs grooming because he get poopy all matted on his bottom. She really doesn't know what to do besides trying a stonger sedative?? Any advice that can help her with this would be appreciated. I have a friend who is a groomer and I thought about taking the dog to her but I am afraid he might bite her.

It's raining here and it sure sounds nice. My dad has tin on the roof of his porch and I can hear the pitter patter of the rain on it..so nice.


October 14, 2006 - Msg 46396:
Howdy porch
It's pretty late here but just wanted to stop by and check in. By the way, the outdoor concert went great tonight but it was so cold. I'm still trying to thaw out.

Boo...sounds like Sean has the right idea about spending Halloween. That says a lot for a 11 year old. Give him a "high five" for me!

Mavis...don't let that work pull you down. Get your rest.

You all take care and prayers for all our porch family. Have a great Sunday worship time.

October 14, 2006 - Msg 46397: Hey, Boo. That Sean is a good kid. Give him a hug for me. As for the poodle/shih-tzu mix that resists grooming, have you considered one of the cone collars, at least for doing the feet and backside? Wouldn't help for the face, but at least you could get the rest of him done. You know what I mean, the lampshade thing that the vets use to keep a dog from pulling at casts and bandages. Failing that, another option is to have the vet do the critical grooming, with the dog under true sedation. Occasionally, when I'm having the Plum's teeth cleaned, which requires sedation anyway, I pay a little extra and the tech combs her feet out very thoroughly for me. She'll let me do a quick combout when I groom her, but to really clean between her toes and all, she gets very upset. No biting, that's not her nature, but she does get pretty frazzled. Unless Mavis has a better idea, that's all I can suggest, other than a muzzle.

Well, the moron down the street just came home. He always has his car radio crashing at full volume, and I can feel the bass in the pit of my stomach. When he gets home, he parks in his driveway and sits there, entertaining the neighborhood, for three or four songs, until he thinks we've had enough, then he turns it off and goes inside. Some people just have no smart at all. He's a member of one of the three or four families that now occupy a lovely house about four houses down from me, formerly owned by some very nice people. City zoning enforcement, where are you??

Well, the Plum has gone to bed, I think I will, too. Got to get up early for preaching in the morning. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

October 15, 2006 - Msg 46398: Good morning, everyone. A pleasant surprise greeted me when I opened my email this morning. A message from Asa. Here are some of his words:

Thanks for the concern by you and all on the porch. I have received several E-mails from kind hearted folks and it means a lot.
I am still dealing with vertigo that makes sitting at the computer really hard to do. Mornings seem to be better for me. I find I tire easily and when I get tired my mind just seems to quit working. Although it is improving slowly, it's not as fast as I would like it.
I have returned back to work, but am finding it to be more difficult than I expected.
Thanks again for the concern, and tell folks I'll be back soon I hope.

He goes on to describe fatigue, headaches and such, so dear friends, our good friend Asa really needs our prayers. Certainly, he has mine.

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

October 15, 2006 - Msg 46399: Oh brother, what a nut playing his radio like that! I have had so many bad neighbor experiences I wouldn't know where to start...I feel your pain, Ro.

I never thought of the cone thing or a muzzle...I'll mention it to my sister, thanks.

Thank you Rev, for your kind words. Glad your concert went well.

Well, this is just a quick stop while having my morning coffee...gotta go get myself and the kids ready for church. Ya'll have a blessed Sunday!


October 15, 2006 - Msg 46400: So good to hear something about ASA, thanks RO! He is certainly in my prayers this morning, bless his heart...must be terrible to feel as he does every day and have to continue at work.


October 15, 2006 - Msg 46401: hey everyone ,looks like the porch was busy this weekend PRAYERS..for ASA,COLT ,and all porchsters in need of them
SPOT,MDC..how did you guys like the cup race last night ?
everyone take care

October 15, 2006 - Msg 46402: Thanks for that Ro, my prayers go up for Asa today, and for all the Porchters in need. Y'all please pray for me too, ya hear? Good Sabbath!

~ Mrs. Wiley

October 15, 2006 - Msg 46403: Prayers for Asa & for you too Ro, that you don't strangle that neighbor & end up in jail, that's what I'd do. Glad to be in the country where my loudest neighbors (usually) are the 2 hoot owls & a cow or 2 bawling. The other night, I did have a coyote serenade at 2am tho, that kind of neighbor I can do without. Boo if the dog's nose is more like a Poodle than a Shih-Tzu, I would suggest a muzzle, if not, I would talk to your groomer friend, let her know up front what she will be dealing with & see if she will give him a try. Us groomers always appreciate knowing ahead of time if we have a potential biter. He might be acting out more for your sister because that's his "Mom" than he would for someone else, just like 2 legged kids. Sometimes, if a dog has been hurt badly at a groomer they just never get over it & will have to go to a vet to be totally sedated like Ro said, much safer for everyone envolved that way. Hope that helps & if you need more, let me know. Off to finish watchin the Skins game.