November 11, 2006 - Msg 47047: Oh,over at,there's an article titled " Gol-ly! Andy Griffith sues Andy Griffith." Might want to check it out. And no,he's not sueing himself! You'll see.

possum again

November 11, 2006 - Msg 47048: I don't think my grandma would've liked me sweeping on a National Holiday! Shame on me!

possum once more

November 11, 2006 - Msg 47049: Hey gang!...went and saw the movie Flushed...kinda neat....miss sherry and i took her grandson Mr Cayden....tonight lets go to red lobster on me...asa behave now...well let me get busy around the dog house....raining here...SPOT

November 11, 2006 - Msg 47050: Hey all!!!

I know what you mean, Possom!!! And I promise that we won't poke ya!!!

Spot: We can't go to Red Lobster, we're all on back of Goober's truck headed to Myers Lake, jump on!!!

Boo: I've got all the stuff for smores, and I think that a sing-a-long would be great!!!

Hey ya'll...Why don't we have a band concert under the stars tomorrow night after chuch??? Me and Warren can go over and fix the bandstand, just so long as there ain't no spiders!!! I bet with some work, the old band could be back in shape by tomorrow!!! How 'bout it???

Well, I'll see ya'll later!!!


November 11, 2006 - Msg 47051: Hello to all, I hope everyone has had a beautiful day. I took my grandaughter, Kaylee, out today and now I am worn out. She is such a joy but tires me out.
Boo, I went threw that with my youngest son. He still has breast and is eighteen. He did not start to date or get into the girl scene until he was 16 and he took alot of ribbing from the kids at school and his older brother. Hang in there.

Who's up for lasgna tonite made extra?
Well Kaylee is calling and won't stop till I go play with her. See yal later

November 11, 2006 - Msg 47052: Hi Skippy!!!

I don't recall ever meeting you before!!!

I'm Mr.Barnwannabe.

Glad to meet you, and hope to see you around!!!


November 11, 2006 - Msg 47053: I'm up for lasagna and thanks for sharing about your son, Skippy. Sterling, I really appreciated your comments, too. They were very encouraging. Today, Bruce was out changing the oil on the tractor and I found Sean out there helping him. That was real nice to see.

Bruce went to Linda's memorial service today but I stayed home with the kids. He said it was very nice and that Keith seemed to be doing very well and releived that Linda is no longer suffering. Thanks again for your prayers for them.

I just finished watching How The Grinch Stole Christmas with Erin. It was the old cartoon version that we all watched as kids. TBS played it and The Wizard of Oz tonight. Erin is glued to the set right now watching Dorothy in the tornado.

The weather today was as perfect as it gets. Crisp, dry and sunny. Didn't need a coat but in no way was it hot. I took the kids to a fall festival in town. One of the local churches puts on a nice festival for the community and everything is free.

I forgot to tell ya'll that I got those Goodyear Chritmas records that I purchased on Ebay, and let me tell you, I hit the jackpot of vintage Christmas LPs! They are great! Two of them are the two I was looking for that I listened to as a little girl and they are in perfect condition. I was thrilled with all of them. Now, if I could just find a record player!

See ya'll at the lake.


November 11, 2006 - Msg 47054: Oh almost forgot, "Oregomax!"...there MDC, I said it for you.

Where's Romeena?


November 11, 2006 - Msg 47055: Boo: I wish I knew how to get it to you, we have an old record player that was my grandfather's sitting in the den. I would love to get that big old thing out of the way!!!


November 11, 2006 - Msg 47056: Wow, how big is it? Is it one of those kind in a big cabinet? I saw one for sale at Conn's for about 100.00. It looks like an old radio and has a cassette and cd player in it, and a radio. I think I will go look at it this week.


November 12, 2006 - Msg 47057: Morning gang...hey skippy,boo,possum,bwb and your way,bisquits and gravy,sausage links,hashbrowns,milk,coffee and h20....SPOT

November 12, 2006 - Msg 47058: Boy howdy Spot, thems good eatin! Thank you.


November 12, 2006 - Msg 47059: need prayers friends...I have a serious stomach flu and have not been able to hold anything down for a day and a half....not good for a bipolar who needs twice daily medication...I know the great Physician can take care of thank you for your prayers in advance...
fun girl

November 12, 2006 - Msg 47060: Best wishes for you fun girl. . .stomach flu is not fun!

Boo - I sked my hsuband for one of those stereos for Christmas - we bought some old albums at an auction that I want to listen to.

Just remember our Operation Front Porch - if you can't send a box (we have about 7-10 going), please send a Christmas card. You may find the address of Maj. Walter Llamas on
In your return address, please put Operation Front Porch as I have sent a card already and will be sending a package. That way he knows we are all cyber-friends from the Front Porch. Thanks!


November 12, 2006 - Msg 47061: Prayers for you,fun girl. Hope that nasty flu will run it's course soon. Hang in there! It's important not to become dehydrated-hope you're able to keep fluids down. Take care friend.
Thanks for breakfast Spot!
Y'all have a beautiful Sunday-love to all.
possum under a rock
P.S. Enjoyed Myers Lake! Thanks for not jabbing at me with those marshmallow sticks!!

November 12, 2006 - Msg 47062: Good Morning this fine Sunday Porch. It's cold over here on my end of it tho, somebody pass me another blanket will ya? Thanks for the grub Spot mmmm Asa I was hollering here about them Skins finally beating the 'Boys, but figured, they were doing so poorly everywhere else, it would be short-lived anyway. I sure hope Gibbs stays, they need to realize he really has alot to offer & needs to work it all out. Anyways, whatcha gonna do? Hey BWB you started on them decorations yet? Best not get Asa to help, he had a mess at Romeena's house one year, her light up Rudolph ended up with a blue nose. Course he was hittin the cider pretty hard that night.

November 12, 2006 - Msg 47063: Oops,that should be " its",not "it's". Don't want Charlotte to get me! Ha!

possum again

November 12, 2006 - Msg 47064: Well almost race time gang!....I will grill some burgers and baked beans in just a bit...Big Maude slaw and we will be set!...SPOT

November 12, 2006 - Msg 47065:
Racing thru Phoenix...varoooooom! Elizabeth Crowley (aka MDC!) (:

November 12, 2006 - Msg 47066:
Sterling...very profound and very astute comment. That is EXACTLY what the HS activists are trying to do... get in at the age when these kids are a bit confused, and then get the kids to listen to them instead of going to their parents etc.
Boo- you could always make a record player like on Gilligans Island, ha, or like on the Flintstones, use a birds beek as a stylus! haha
I have seen those old looking combo sets and almost bought one the other day.
I am doing my nativity in the front yard this year using Peanuts characters as the nativity figures. It is a neighborhood favorite. Will try to get a pix to romeena of one a few years ago.
God bless and prayers for Fgirl and all!

November 12, 2006 - Msg 47067: MDC been a pretty much caution free race....let me slice up some of this red onion for the cheese burgers...."sniff""tears"....SPOT

November 12, 2006 - Msg 47068: Evenin' all!!!

Beautiful day here!!!

Hope that all is well.

Boo: Yes, it is huge!!! It is an original, though, it doesn't have a C.D. player. The one that you saw is probably fairly new, because the originals didn't have C.D. players. Ours does have a tape player, though!!! Good idea MDC!!!

Spot: You always one to cry over chopped onions!!!

Mavis: I have some of them up, but I won't go all out until Nov.24th!!! After what happened at Romeena's house, I think I'll just put them up myself!!!LOL Poor old Asa always gets into the cider about Christmas time!!!LOL!!!

Ya'll keep praying fro me, and I'll see ya'll later!!!


November 12, 2006 - Msg 47069: Spot: That should be "You always WERE one to..."

Me and my fast typing!!!


November 12, 2006 - Msg 47070: Once again... that should be "Praying FOR me..."

If I don't stop typing so fast, my computer keys are gonna come off!!!


November 12, 2006 - Msg 47071: Hello to all on the porch this evening. I wish it was warm and pretty here today. I had to take my nefew home today and did not leave my houe til about 3 oclock and had to drive over 200 miles in the nasty rain and wind I could not even see the road half the time it was scary.
Who's up for hot chocolate this evening to warm up with.

November 12, 2006 - Msg 47072: I'll have some, Skippy. It's kinda nippy tonite.

November 13, 2006 - Msg 47073: Good Mornin',
Did y'all see where Andy is suing a man who changed his name to Andy Griffith in order to win a sheriff election?
I'll check back later. Have a great, Mayberry Day!
~Lucy M.

November 13, 2006 - Msg 47074: Morning folks. Hope you all have a great Monday.


November 13, 2006 - Msg 47075: hope everyone has agreat day .Prayers for all my porch friends in need .MDC , ASA, SPOT, I missed the race yesterday ,was it a good one,next week ends the season

November 13, 2006 - Msg 47076: Yes, Lucy, I read about it on the CNN site. Seems kind of over-the-top but having an 80 year old dad I know how they can be at that age.

Morning ASA and Mayberry Dputy!

Off to get the kids to school...


November 13, 2006 - Msg 47077: Morning Dears. Hope you all have a wonderful and blessed day. Big Maude

November 13, 2006 - Msg 47078: Let's hear it for the COLTS!! GoBlue..


November 13, 2006 - Msg 47079: Where's Romeena? Did she say anything about going out of town?


November 13, 2006 - Msg 47080: Her last post was Nov 8 and she didn't say anything about going out of town. Maybe she just worked all weekend.


November 13, 2006 - Msg 47081:
Trouble check

November 13, 2006 - Msg 47082: hello mayberry i am back....gizzmo

November 13, 2006 - Msg 47083: Hey Gizzmo glad to see you back! We missed you! How are the kids?

November 13, 2006 - Msg 47084: Hi All
I will see if I can catch romeena at home and asked where she it. because no post

love tom

November 13, 2006 - Msg 47085:
APB for my precious ROMEEEENA!!
hey Spot and MD etc, how about that Phoenix race! Harvik did it here last april too!
Boo- you are too funny saying Oregamax! ha
Prayers for ALL the porch tonight.
I could not get thru to mrs colt this weekend. Will keep trying.
Ya all are the cats!

November 13, 2006 - Msg 47086: Great news. I e-mailed Romeena and she sent one back. Seems she snuck off to visit family for a few days. But she is back home and will tell us all about it when she gets settled in. 10-4...Over and und... Out and Rog... Uhh... Bye.


November 13, 2006 - Msg 47087: Thanks Asa, I was beginning to worry. I don't want Ro to feel like she can't sneak off once and awhile, though.


November 13, 2006 - Msg 47088: HM go colts!...hey gang just been busy messing with the new boat...hey Boo,asa,ro,possum,horatio,,bwb,dwf,mavis,lucy,skippy,millie and all...and I mean all I missed....hope Mil and maude fed yall well tonight....tomorrow will be on me at cracker barrell....asa behave now....SPOT

November 13, 2006 - Msg 47089: Ended up in the emergency room on Sunday. They gave me IV fluids and some other goodies in my IV. The doctor wrote on my discharge paper for me to drink Gatorade and take some Immodium. Picked some up on the way home and its a good thing that I did, as the second phase of this virus came on today and I would not have wanted to have to go out for Immodium, if you get my drift.

I feel much better but am looking forward to getting to where I dont have to worry about spewing from one end or the other....LOL
fun girl

November 13, 2006 - Msg 47090: FunGirl, you poor thing! Stomach flu is such a horrid thing. I am paranoid about it. If anyone throws up anywhere I start to panic thinking I'm going to catch the stomach flu. The last 2 winters we have had such terrible cases of it each year that I just can't stand the thought of it again. Take care and get plenty of rest and fluids. Let's hear it for Immodium! Hip, hip, hooray!


November 13, 2006 - Msg 47091: Hello all,
I need some help. HOLIDAYS...My sister wants to have Thanksgiving dinner this year, She also lives 1 1/2 hours away. OK dilima..Oldest son is driving in from D.C. 1 1/2 hours after he gets off work Wed. evening with wife 7 months preg..(hates car rides)and 2 year old (bored and easily agrivated)on top, it is sons 21st birthday. He wants to go out. His In laws live about 10 minutes from my house who also will be having Thanksgiving there.. Youngest son has same problem with girl friend ..talked to my sister today and asked if they would think about having Thanksgiving on Sat. or Sun. so we could all be there.. That was the end of the world...Our mother cant even make it on Thursday but could on Sunday, as she will be in Ohio with her in laws. I hate upsetting my sister but I want to spend the holidays with MY kids and grandchild is that wrong HELP... The guilt is getting to me.

November 13, 2006 - Msg 47092: Good evening, everyone. Thanks for your concern. Tom, I appreciate your call, and for those of you who emailed, thanks! It's nice to be missed. Actually, I was in Fredericksburg with my kids. This is the third year they have had a "reunion" of the four siblings. Since both girls live in Fredbg, and thus there are two houses for entertainment purposes, it works well. The Florida son and his wife fly in to San Antonio and rent a car. The son who lives just north of Ft. Worth and his family drive down, and The Plum and I go down in my car. We can't go with the Ft. Worth kids, because with two little boys and their car seats, there's no place for anyone else to sit, plus they take their dog, Bentley, and I have the Plum. I went down on Thursday afternoon, and came back today.

The Plum got mugged when we got there. My daughter has a Jack Russell/fox terrier mix who is just a total spaz. The minute I put Sugarplum down on the floor, Maisy charged at her and just speared her with both dagger-point front paws, knocking her into a wall and scaring her nearly to death, and probably bruising her ribs. Sugar was yelping, and Bella, my daughter's huge yellow lab, came and put one paw on her, and got her around the shoulders and neck in her huge mouth, which further terrified the Plum. Bella was trying to protect her from Maisy, and the mouthing was to tell Maisy "This is mine, back off." She didn't hurt Sugarplum. If she had been trying to hurt her, she would have, but there wasn't a tooth mark, not one, and she released her as soon as someone grabbed Maisy. Sugar, however, was pretty well pummeled by Maisy before Bella intervened, and spent the evening limping around and yelping if anyone besides me touched her. A visit to the vet the next morning proved her to be just fine, limp was gone, and all was well. Maisy spent most of the rest of our visit in her crate, the little demon-dog.
Actually, poor Maisy. I feel sorry for her. She's one of those dogs that needs constant attention, and when she doesn't get it, she just builds up a head of steam that explodes when someone does pay attention. My daughter and her boys leave the house at 7 a.m., and don't get home until around five, then have sports, play practices, lessons, outings with friends, and such and poor Maisy just doesn't get what she needs. My daughter is trying to find her another, more suitable home, perhaps a retired couple that will just make her the darling of their days.

Well, after that 4 1/2 hour drive, I'm tired. Bed sounds very good to me, especially my own, extremely comfortable bed! Will read the archives tomorrow - sure hope everyone is doing well.

Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47093: Skippy, I think you should stop feeling guilty and trying to please everyone, and just do what YOU want to do. There, I said it, and I ain't takin' it back!

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47094: Oh, and welcome back, Romeena! You were missed.

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47095: Morning folks.
Poor Sugarplum. Give her a love from me Romeena.
It's snowing here this morning. Mountains are supposed to get over 2 feet. The ski resorts want to open by Thanksgiving, so it'll be ggod for them.
Glad your feeling better Fungirl. I hate stomach flu's. Yuck!
Boy Skippy, that is always a challange as family's get older and everyone wants to do something different. We have encountered that the last few years and finally just announced that we are doing dinner at our house at three p.m. on Thanksgiving day. If you would like to attend, please feel welcome. If not, no hard feelings, be safe and enjoy the day. We have noticed that all the kids make it over and none of the drama seems to be there. So Millie's advice is good.
Spot, what's fer breakfast man? I'm a mess.


November 14, 2006 - Msg 47096: Good morning everyone. It might end up a nice day yet; teh sun is breaking out and the temperature is mild. I had to work on Sunday so I took off yesterday to get some things done around the house. Of course it rained from dawn until dusk. Well, I did plenty of relaxing anyway :).

I haven't had time to go back and read the archives yet, but I hope that all is well in Mayberry.

Now, to dig my desk out of this mess...


November 14, 2006 - Msg 47097: mavis my kida are fine all of use are fine love gizzmo

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47098: Asa lets have a brunch at apple b"s...hey mt,ro,boo,possum,mav,mil,lucy,skippy....kinda busy here at work....100% chance of Heavy storms here tomorrow.....whew tomorrow will be a hoot....SPOT

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47099: Morning porch friends. Welcome back Romeena, we missed you. Spot thanks for Applebees! Cool today, supposed to get rain all day tomorrow.
Welcome back to Gizzmo and is is goo to see everyone else.Not so busy at work today, but I need some down time. Fungirl, I hope you feel better. Hey to Boo, Millie, Tom, MDC, Asa,
Me-They,Skippy,Mavis, BWB,HM,Possum, and everyone else sitting around. not much to report on my end, things have settled down a bit for now
which is a good thing! taklk to you later. Big Maude

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47100: my best friends dargther had a girl on sat she is 5lbs.3ocn and 19 in

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47101: opp,s gizzmo

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47102: sorry for that on msg 47100 ok gizzmo

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47103: Congrats on the new baby -


November 14, 2006 - Msg 47104: Hello to GIZZMO, MAUDE, SPOT and HM.

Wow. You'll find more people at a Bobby Sherman concert than are hanging around here today. Maybe Weaver's is giving away free candy again and nobody told us.

I'll stop back later. Wouldn't want to get a ticket for loitering.


November 14, 2006 - Msg 47105: Hey all - hope everyone is well. Doing fine and dandy myself (and the family is, too).

Good to see you back, gizzmo!

Hope things are going better in the sleep dept. for your Mrs and Veda, M-T. I bet Veda is jabbering your ears off about now. Reagan is "The Great Communicator" just like her presidential namesake - just jabbers away all the time. : ) Hard to believe our girls will be 4 months old this week. Where has the time gone...?

Talk to you all later - have a blessed day!

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47106: Ha! That's funny Me-They...a Bobby Sherman concert. I'm doing laundry so go get your's (but I'm not ironing your shorts).

Welcome back Gizzmo...don't be such a stranger.

I just accidentally spent 325.00 at WalMart. Horrors! Everything is so expensive. I got some things for Thanksgiving and some warm clothes for Erin and I for our trip to Colorado and before I knew it, I was spending over 300.00. I think I'll email Bruce at work and tell him (heehee). Good thing he got that bonus last week.

Good to have you back Romeena. I'll bet Sugarplum wishes she had stayed home. Last year when we spent a weekend in Fredricksburg in the old historic farmhouse, there was a Jack Russell terrier that lived down the road and he kept hanging around and driving us crazy. He was adorable but extremely hyper. Everytime anyone opened a door, he ran into the house and jumped all over everything. Eventually my mom-in-law chased him off but he was back by evening. They are the cutest dogs but as you said, very active and need lots of attention...which reminds me, I wonder how Maude's Jack Russell is doing.

Skippy, I think you should stop feeling guilty and do what is best for your immediate family.

Back to work...SO much to do today!


November 14, 2006 - Msg 47107: Oh hey, AFD, didn't see ya there! Reagan sounds so sweet. When are you going to send her picture to Romeena?


November 14, 2006 - Msg 47108: Hey Boo, Our Jack Russell is doing well. She is pretty much potty trained to go outside, and although she has energy, and is still in the chewing stage she does okay. We have her outside on a pretty long lead when the weather is nice so she can run and play. My kids play with her after school and my husband is off some during the week so her plays with her then. She is funny, around 9 pm she is ready for bed and will either jump in our laps and lay down and go to sleep or go get in her bed and she is down for the night. She sleeps in the laundy room and does not make a sound all night. She is still only about 4 months old so she still has a lot of puppy in her. Belle is pretty good natured thus far. Thanks for asking. Big Maude

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47109: Boo, Our dog is 1/2 Jack Russell and 1/2 chihuahua. Big Maude

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47110: Thanks, BOO. No starch in the shorts, please. I may like 'em warm, but not stiff.

AFD: Yeah, Veda's trying hard to out-do the nonstop chatter of her sister and brother. It's pure Darwin at our house--survival of the loudest. They do get big quick, don't they?

MAUDE: Glad that your Jack Russell is working out. We had one, but not again. I need a mellower kind of dog. Y'know, one that likes to nap like Barney's Blue.

Oh, AUH2O: FYI...The topic on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR tomorrow (Wednesday) is "Barry Goldwater and the New American Conservative."

All you old movie buffs: I watched a Bette Davis movie yesterday but I don't know the name. She played "Aunt Charlotte" and goes away a spinster frump and comes back changed. She also has a sort-of affair with a married guy. It was okay, but I can't imagine anyone thinking Bette Davis was much of a beauty. Does anyone know the name? Just curious.


November 14, 2006 - Msg 47111: GIZZMO BE A STRANGER.

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47112: Hi All. Hay Gizzmo why is your phone cut off for.

love tom

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47113: Me-They, that Bette Davis movie is called Now, Voyager. I watched about the last 30 minutes of it and was very confused by the ending. What was the relationship between Charlotte Vale and the girl's father? Why couldn't they be together?


November 14, 2006 - Msg 47114:
Gomer:Some people can sure be odd.
Andy: Yeah Gome

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47115: BOO: The guy was married. He and Bette never, well, you know, but they did profess love and blow smoke in each others face a few times. So, I guess they took the Jimmy Carter route.


November 14, 2006 - Msg 47116: hey tom,boo,mt....supper tonight,grilled pork chops and stuffing,green beans,mash taters,mac-n-cheese...tea and Big Maude slaw!....SPOT

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47117: Thanks, Spot, supper sounds great...I'll bring dessert....nanner puddin'....

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47118: Hey, SPOT, MILLIE. Dinner sounds f-i-n-e.

I have another question for y'all. We have a Christmas dilemma. We have tried hard to keep our kids focused on the true meaning of the season while letting them enjoy the traditional kids stuff. So, we keep the gifts meaningful though few, and don't get extravagant with the spending. But, there's other Christmas shopping that is putting the pinch on our wallets...

We usually see our neices and nephews on Christmas, or a few days later. In the past, we have bought for them all. Nothing extravagant, but the cost adds up. Well, now we have 15 (from age 2 months to 22) and we just can't see spending so much money just to have a gift to throw on their piles. And, now boyfriends, girlfriends, and soon fiancees are getting thrown into the mix. We thought about making gifts, but with so many it's just not feasible. Do any of you have a similar problem? If so, how have you handled it?

Anyway, have a great evening.


November 14, 2006 - Msg 47119: Howdy, all. Gotta go to work in a few minutes, but wanted to stop by. Me-They, as my family grew and expanded, we encountered the same problem. Tried drawing names, but that didn't work out too well. I simply cannot give a gift to one of my children and not to the others. So, we did a girl gift/guy gift thing. All the girls bring a gift that a girl would like - we set a price limit of $30-40 - and the guys bring a guy-type gift. You never saw so many gorgeous Christmas decorations, and cordless drills in your life. Anyway, everyone draws a number. Girls only, then guys only. The girl with number one chooses and opens a gift from the girl gift pile. Number two then can either steal that gift, or choose and open another, and so on. No gift can be stolen more than three times. Third steal, it's yours and can't be taken away. Then the play switches to the guys, and the same pattern follows. It's fun, and there's an amazing amount of finagling, with everyone trying to be the third one to steal a particularly popular gift. With this plan, no one has to buy more than one gift, you can spend enough to make it something nice, and it's a whole evening's entertainment. As for the little kids, the aunts and uncles usually manage to have a little gift for each one. If there are so many that it becomes a problem, then name-drawing works well there. I always have a gift for each of my kids - sometimes a "couples" gift if I find the right thing, sometimes not. The out-of-towners get into the play as well, by phone. A proxy is designated, and my son or his wife participate through the proxy by phone. There is much flowery description of each gift, and the proxy has as much fun as anyone - usually one of the teenage grandkids. Well, that's how we do it. I'm sure others have some great ideas as well.

OK, off I go to work. Yuck. Sure would much prefer to stay home with the Plum, but the bills march on. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47120: Hi M-T. . .I buy for all of my nieces and nephews (there are 10 on my side and 3 on hubby's). For the older girls I buy semi-practical -funny socks or cutesy socks and my oldest nephew usually gets his own roll of summer sausage. We just appreciate being all together. Now some of those have gone off and gotten married. I don't buy for the spouses. If the hubby wants to wear my nieces socks - that's her problem. For the younger ones - it is usually a video that they can enjoy. My brother buys all the nieces and nephews $10 walmart cards which they all appreciate. Sometimes, I hit a good sale at Bath and Body - now all the girls go for that!

We started drawing names a long time ago and my sister dropped out of it now it is buying for all again. It didn't work so well.

I have done Romeena's idea at school. It works great and it is ALOT of fun!


November 14, 2006 - Msg 47121: To homemaker Msg 47060, thank you for generating interest for our troops by identifying how packages and cards can be sent through It's a great web site to show support for our military personnel in combat.
However, I have chosen to participate in an alternatice service they offer rather than try to second guess what gift items I want to send them. It's at Treat Any Soldier. At this site, the site owner states "Due to overwhelming requests for ready-made care packages on the site, I started a separate effort and designed care packages that I actually sent to my son while he was in Iraq and now Afghanistan. Through trial and error (and a lot of feedback from my son and his friends) I learned what TO send and what NOT to send." You can purchase gift packages designed specifically for males and females. As a result, I am sending 4 entertainment packages (one male and one female soldier in both Afghanistan and Iraq). I only wish I could afford to do more.
As a Navy and Army veteran, I would like to thank all of you who are participating in this project or doing something on your own to show your support.

To Me-They Msg 47118, one method is to consolidate gifts. For couples, give one house gift they can both enjoy and address it to both of them. Or give a restaurant gift certificate. Limit the amount to cover a complete lunch for two, not a complete dinner for two.
Another method is to shop after Christmas to take advantage of after-holiday sales. You can shop this year for next year. Or for the times when you see your neices and nephews a few days after Christmas, shop the day after Christmas to take advantage of the sales and still be in time to present your gifts.

from Poor Horatio

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47122: For everyone;

To view a short video about and how gifts are affecting our soldiers, click here.

from Poor Horatio

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47123: To Boo Msg 47053, if you found those Christmas records you were looking for on eBay, then why not search for a record player on eBay?

from Poor Horatio

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47124: Poor Horatio - Treat Any Soldier is run by the same group as and I am thankful that you have participated. My father, as I have said before, is a WWII vet. It was through his heroism that I was afforded the education that I received. For that, this is what I do to honor his time in war. He did not have the luxury of a care package and when he was wounded - had some pretty horrific stories of being cared for. They did the best with what they had.

Thank you all. . .


November 14, 2006 - Msg 47125:
Boo- you're pretty brave emailing bruce with that kind of news. If i told Cecile I just spent 325
there might not BE a trip! haha
Good to see PH, AFD, Methey etc etc. Wonderful as we near Thanksgiving.
MeThey- I watched "your" ep last night ..Santa Lucia, Santa Luciiiiia! A few classic quotes:
Elenore to barney: You get over to that hall and give them what for.

Andy to Gomer: You certainly have got a high roof to your mouth!

God bless ya all!
Sweet dreams!
"Some folks is sure odd"

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47126: Evening Porch! Good to see so many here. Gizzmo what did your friend name the baby? & Poor Horatio both of those sites are awesome, I didn't participate in the Front Porch project you all are doing because I already have 2 units I am sending things to, K-9 or as they are known MWD (Military War Dogs) units, so I'm kind of tapped out for sending much more, anyway, don't get worried if ya'll don't see me for a day or 2, I am heading to DC this weekend to work & I'm busy as a cat's tail in a roomful of rocking chairs with my own business with the holidays just around the corner. Best get off here & hit the hay, got another long day tomorrow. Nite All

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47127: MDC, my husband is very generous and just said, "okay" when I told him about WalMart today. He also told me to go buy myself a record player yesterday. I really hit the jackpot with that guy. Really, though, he knows me and he knows that I am careful and I am not usually a big spender so we don't have fights over financial issues.

Poor Horatio, I did look for a record player on ebay but the only thing I found that I wanted was something I could get here and avoid the shipping. I played some of the records today and they are beyond wonderful! I listened to some great stuff from the 60's, even some Mahalia Jackson. Really Christmasy stuff.

Me-They, your post about Bette Davis and her Love blowing smoke in each other's faces was hilarious. You have a real way with words! Boy, movies sure have changed since the 40's. Can you imagine anyone being so noble in the movies now?

Off to bed!


November 14, 2006 - Msg 47128: Evening, porch. I haven't been here much lately, and when I have been, not very chatty. So here's the deal. I've been having so much pain and stomach problems the last couple of weeks, I just haven't been myself. Finally went to the doc yesterday, got some new meds, and now I'm feeling better. Sorry if I've been a pill or a downer, I will be better. Y'all are great.

Midnight snack? Sugar Corn Pops and milk......

November 14, 2006 - Msg 47129: You a downer? Never! So glad you are feeling better now Millie. I think of you often.


November 15, 2006 - Msg 47130: Hey Millie, you have been in my dreams lately...
I wish those nightmares would stop. lol

from Poor Horatio

November 15, 2006 - Msg 47131: Mavis - I am glad that you are sending stuff to the K-9 units. Whatever and whoever you send to that is absolutely AWESOME!

Millie -I am sorry for your pain. I hope that our support here will comfort you.

It is raining here - I can hear it on my skylights -can't see it because of the dirt but is sure is coming in bucket fulls.

I truly thank all of you again for remembering our troops this Christmas with cards and/or packages and mainly with prayer.


November 15, 2006 - Msg 47132: Poor Horatio - my BIG family Christmas has always been Dec. 27. Those after Christmas sales helped in a huge way. It is kind of funny to shop for Christmas gifts after Christmas but I was able to usually give better gifts.
I wish I had about half of your knowledge.


November 15, 2006 - Msg 47133: Bless you homemaker for what you are doing.


November 15, 2006 - Msg 47134: Asa - you aren't from the south! People in the south usually give a backhanded remard and then say "Bless Your Heart" - like "Those meatballs are as hard as golfballs, bless her heart."
But thank you Asa...


November 15, 2006 - Msg 47135: oops - that should be remarK not remard...bless her heart! hm

November 15, 2006 - Msg 47136: Good afternoon everyone. Thanks for all your suggestions. We'll have to mull it over.

At chaple at school this morning, Nora received an award. Each month a few students from each class who have exhibited special character qualities (kindness, generosity, etc.) are selected to receive an award. She and one other student from her class received an award for "gentleness." Of course I am quite proud. But it's a good thing they weren't at the breakfast table with her and her brother this morning, though.

It is a tremendouse project you've put together, HM. Like MAVIS, we are participating through another program, at our church. I can't imagine spending Christmas away from my family, much less among people who want to kill me. We must let them know that they are not forgotten and that their personal sacrifices aren't ignored.

MILLIE: You're no downer at all. When you mentioned it I thought of that recurring SNL skit with Rachel Dratch, "Debbie Downer," aznd actually laughed. I'm glad that you're feeling better.

AUH2O: In case you missed Diane Rehm today, it was okay, but nothing real exciting.


November 15, 2006 - Msg 47137: Hooray for Nora! That just blesses my socks off, Me-They!


November 15, 2006 - Msg 47138: Thanks, BOO.

Man, Mayberry's a ghost town today. Have a good evening, if there's anyone out there.


November 15, 2006 - Msg 47139: Hey m-t,boo,lucy,possum,ro,tom,Rev,horatio,mavis,millieand all! are we getting soaked here in here at work till 10 and busy....Menu:crock pot pork roast,green peas,fried okra,Rev bbq sauce on the roast,rolls,boiled cabbage,tea and big maude slaw for sure!.....I will say grace...SPOT

November 15, 2006 - Msg 47140: Hey all!!!

Hope all is well today!!!

Horrible weather here on my end of the porch today!!!

I'm here ME-THEY!!!lol


November 15, 2006 - Msg 47141:
SPOT- I heard there are some storms rumblin thru the south. How goes it with the powerman?
Nothin like fried okra and fried cabbage and a good PJ sammich to keep ya goin.
MILLIE- You are the CATS! No way are you a downer! I wish i had HALF your spunk! ha
Hey BWB, seen Warren lately??
Me They, makin copies, the copy miester...
(My rob snider impression) ha?
Let's all meet at Boo's and get some new jackets! ha
One day we can all meet in Ouray, CO. Wouldnt that be a neat Christmas!
Well, butterfly kissies to all, a little jawwin.
Free squeezin's-- tonight only!
Prayers for all you fine folk.
Dont forget prayers after tags.

November 15, 2006 - Msg 47142: Good evening, all. After working last night, I slept today from noon until about 6:30, so now am wide awake and will probably be up most of the night. Night shifts sure do mess up one's schedule.

Here's a link that all pet owners need to follow and read:

This is some pretty scary stuff. I have allowed the Plum to have a few grapes at times, and have shared a couple of macadamia nuts with her - not sure if she's ever had raisins. This report has made a believer out of me - no more of those things for her. I think we'll stick to her carrots. A word to the wise....

Well, guess I'll go read the paper. I'm a couple of days behind on that. Have a lovely, restful night, friends, and a good day tomorrow. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

November 15, 2006 - Msg 47143: Oh, Poor Horatio, perhaps you'd work your magic and make that a real link?? --Romeena

November 15, 2006 - Msg 47144: Hey again all!!!

MDC:Hey back at ya, and no, I haven't even gotten any e-mails from Warren. I'll go PM him.

Hope that you get back on schedule Romeena!!!

Goodnight, and prayers to all!!!

Barnwannabe. :)

November 16, 2006 - Msg 47145: Morning porch. Hope all is well.


November 16, 2006 - Msg 47146: Hello porch..... and hello to you too, Asa.
Still got the "misery in your back"?

God Bless you folks.


November 16, 2006 - Msg 47147: Good morning everyone. Nice to see you again, CHUCK. Where have you been hiding? Hey to you, too, ASA.

Where's everybody been lately? APB for everybody!


November 16, 2006 - Msg 47148: Well I felt better for about 24 hours. Doing some investigating on the internet. And three of the meds I am on can cause liver toxicity. And I am not on small doses. Just wondering if that may be what is causing my nausea and exhaustion. Just a question to the nurses in the group...dont meant to be gross....but a very metalic smell when you have a b.m....does that mean anything?

I am going to see my regular doctor at 4 pm today and he will probably run some labs. I will let you know what is going on as soon as I know.

fun girl

November 16, 2006 - Msg 47149: Good morning, everyone! Chuck, where on earth have you been? We've been thinking you'd deserted us. Don't be such a stranger.

Gizzmo, it's good to see you back, too. You folks that run off and stay gone sure are missed.

fun girl, I think that metallic smell is probably from the antibiotics, and not an indicator of any liver damage. Many of the antibiotics will do that. You'll probably notice an unpleasant metallic taste in your mouth as well. However, if you're on three different meds that can cause liver toxicity, you're wise to call that to your doctor's attention. Were all the meds prescribed by the same doctor? If not, do they all know about everything you're taking? I'm sure everyone knows this, but one should always, always, tell a prescribing doctor about everything else you're taking. If you don't tell them, they don't know. Personally, I'm in favor of a national prescription drug registry, that can be accessed by a pharmacist to check for duplicates and cross-reactions. I have a cousin whose wife at one time was going to about ten different doctors, getting prescriptions from each one, and was seriously overdosing herself on tranquilizers, respiratory meds and pain pills. She was using several different pharmacies as well. She was weak, sickly and mostly like a zombie. My cousin finally gathered up all of her pills in a big paper bag, took them to one doctor and plopped them on his desk. That doctor about had a coronary when he saw what she was taking. Needless to say, the situation was quickly remedied, and now the "sickly" wife is quite healthy. She was doing it to herself and didn't even realize it. She felt bad, so her response was to take more medication. Thank goodness my cousin had sense enough to realize what was happening.

Yesterday was cold, very windy and blustery, not a very nice day. Today is better. Still breezy, but not so cold, and the sunshine is beautiful. Roses are blooming, as are mums, pansies, begonias, and even impatiens. A few zinnias are still blooming, but most have gone to seed. There are mums bursting into bloom everywhere, mostly plants I've taken out of containers and stuck in the ground and forgotten about at the end of the season. They sort of blend in with the shrubbery until this time of year, then suddenly there's a big splash of color. What fun!

Well, guess I'll rustle up something to eat. Millie, I wish I could come have breakfast at your place. Do you serve grits? Can't have breakfast without grits. Sugarplum says 10-4. --Romeena

November 16, 2006 - Msg 47150: Well, I'm here Me-They. Got your laundry finished...just fish your stuff outta the pile.

Hey to Chuck...what's been happening in your life?

Mornin' are you feeling these days?

MDC, I remember that skit from SNL. Very funny..

Another busy day ahead but wanted to at least say hello. I will be spending the day at the hospital with a friend whose husband, Don is having some risky surgery (I think I might have mentioned it before). Would appreciate any prayers you could send for them today. Ya'll have a blessed day (the weather is perfect here today...sunny, dry and cool)!