January 27, 2007 - Msg 49011: comment to msg 49010 by Marty from Mountain Top

January 27, 2007 - Msg 49012: Hi All.
It ben cold here for too line and I can not wait to spring come.
I found this one in a mazg .
Prayer for our family Lord,
Slip your hand in to our own,
help us be caring and giving, let our
differences blend in a harmony of living.
Open our hearts to each other in true
communication, Grant us patience,
tolerance and real
Consideration. May our challenges
unite us in a bond that lasts for ever
For with You, all things are possible
as long as we're together . AMEN,

prayer for everyone

January 27, 2007 - Msg 49013: Thanks Tom. I'm with you. Brang on spring!


January 27, 2007 - Msg 49014: Hey Marty, good to see you.
You too Leon.


January 27, 2007 - Msg 49015: Hey Boo, hope you are feeling better. Romeena has some good ideas for you by taking a timeout for a while. I have always thought you had a very full plate with taking care of your own family and then adding on two elderly parents, that is a big job. No doubt you willingly do it, and will be blessed for your efforts, sometimes you just have to take a step back for a bit and recharge the batteries. Not a thing wrong with doing that and don't feel guilty if you do. I call them my mental health days. Very much needed. God bless and get some rest dear.


January 27, 2007 - Msg 49016: Good evening, all. I've just forwarded an email to some of you, but I want to post the URL here as well, for those of you whose email addresses I didn't have readily available. This was sent to me by a friend, and is about the most impressive thing I've seen n a long time. Here's the address:


Just copy and paste, go to the site and sit back and be amazed. It's incredible. Enjoy!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49017: Hey Asa,marty,Romeena will check my mail....cold aint it TOM..going down in the teens here tonight and tomorrow...glad i got wood!..breakfast will be eggs your way,country ham,sausage links,hashbrowns,grits with real butter,bisquits and gravy,oj,coffee,h20....hey there auh20!..mdc,md,mavis almost race time!..I will be at work today and keeping the Church lights on!...next month im off on Sundays...well breakfast will be ready at 7:00 est...prayers...SPOT

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49018: Yo Asa, 20 degrees and cold this Sunday morning in PA.Got to get movin. Places to go and things to do.
Spot , I opted for the oatmeal, cutting calories etc.
Ro-some people are really amazing- at that young an age too.
Marty from Mountain Top

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49019: howdy everbody-new to this, bear with me

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49020: sorry bout that-told 'ye i was new
jackie, from london, ky

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49021: Hey to the porch. I liked your link, Romeena; that girl is from here in Idaho so I had seen that previously. She's amazing. I saw an interview where she said if she had one wish it would be for people to love God and one another. Impressive, for a 12 year old.
- Hazel

Barn: "I blew my chance for the big ball of wax when I was in High School...I had a connection with the FBI. My father had a friend who did a lot of plumbing in Washington."

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49022: I'm back! What an adventure we had!
Happy Sunday to you all.
Welcome, JACKIE....just jump right in!

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49023: Welcome Jackie!!Welcome...pull up a chair anytime...im SPOT the cook of the porch from Georgia...you will find your stay funny and moving!...Hey Millie!...Hello there Hazel!I hope I kept yalls Church lights on...Me working on Sunday is not by choose but a public service and the Lord understands in my opinion...im off on Sundays next month!...I just have to catch the evening services every other month...well supper will be Pot Luck Dish...I will bring a big pot roast and tea.....SPOT

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49024: Hey, Spot, I'll bring chicken 'n' dumplin's.
Thanks for keepin' the lights on!

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49025: Oh, yeah,and I have a new pie....Apple walnut caramel....I'll bring that, too. Got any "Mode" to go on it?

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49026: And Hey to Hazel.....are you really named after a chicken?

Opie: "Pa, you know what I've figured out about women?'
Andy: "What?"
Opie: "Nothing."

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49027: Thanks Millie, how was your "Adventure" with the kids?...we will make home made Mode!...Romeena or anyone, I need Ro"s photo web again please...not her e-mail but the photo page web...had it my dropdown but cleaned things out....SPOT

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49028: Okay, just one more thing. The episode that quote is from, where the girl jilts Opie to go to Arnold's party with Fred Simpson....just found out that girl was Morgan Brittany, who later was on Dallas, among other things.

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49029: Romeena.myphotoalbum.com ,Spot.

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49030: Yes, Millie, I'm named after the chicken in the episode where they tried to evict Frank Meyers. Welcome to Jackie! Pot luck tonight at Spots? I'll bring meatballs!
- Hazel

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49031: Ro, when I tried to watch about the girl prodigy I could only get sound but no picture. I really wanted to see it, too.

Hey to all on this beautiful Sunday. IT's a clear, sunny day about 50 degrees here in South Texas.

I just had a bowl of homemade crockpot chili with beans and now I am going to veg on the couch for awhile, then off to the church at 4 to make 250 sandwiches for the Salvation Army van to feed the homeless in town. Might make some soup, too. I love to make soup for them....they call me the Soup Nazi of the Salvation Army...it's a gift, ha!


January 28, 2007 - Msg 49032: Forgot to mention to TOM that I really appreciated the poem. It really was a blessing to me.


January 28, 2007 - Msg 49033: Thanks Hazel...bet we dont find any of your meetballs in the flower pots!...Good work Boo!...picked up a little here at work but not bad...off at 6 for the pot luck dinner....Asa yo gona be able to make it?...SPOT

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49034:
What a lovely day to sit and have a little cider with ya.
Also a little jaw sugar all around for you honeys and dears!
Boo, the house sounds like it is really "taking shape."
Millie, I have a B and A dvd. One great line is when george and gracie are talking general conversation about their kitchen, when a friend comes in wanting to borrow a cup of sugar.
George says, "Show her where it is Gracie."'and Gracie says "Oh, I'm sure she can find it, it's that big room with the stove and refrigerator!" haha
Also, I even like the old radio shows. A local radio station plays the old ones at night, like Flibber McGee and Molly, and jack benny. Good clean fun!
Well, ya all have a great sabbath afternoon,
Prayed for ya all this morning!

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49035: Asa, I answered your enmail! mdc

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49036: Boo, if the link in the email didn't work for you, try just cutting and pasting the address. I don't know why it didn't work for you. If you could get neither sound nor picture I could understand, but if you got the sound, you should be able to get the picture as well. Anybody got any ideas?

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49037: It's probably the lighting.
- Hazel

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49038: Hey, Ro, I got sound and picture. Maybe Boo's media player has a glitch.

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49039: To Boo Msg 49031, what player did you use to view Romeena's link? Windows Media Player? Real Player? Something else?
For me, it works with Windows Media Player which comes with Windows. Click on START/ALL PROGRAMS/WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER. When Windows Media Player opens, click on FILE/OPEN URL. Copy and paste http://tinyurl.com/yxewot. Then click on OK and see if that works.

from Poor Horatio

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49040: Hey there, Poor Horatio! So good to see you! Can you set and rock a spell? How've you been?

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49041: If anybody's out there, I'm baking cookies tonite. Y'all want some? Oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip....

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49042: Hey Millie, I was doing some research on the internet and decided to return here. If you are interested in chatting, should we try Sarah's or Frappr?

from Poor Horatio

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49043: hi all,hope all of you had ablessed Sunday,had a good one here.boo,you are remarkable with all that you do.please take care of yourself.MDC,I love burns and Allen,have neve heard fibber mcgee and molly,but,would like to sometime.Gotta close,prayers for you all-ky girl

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49044: I'd love to, Ph.....I'll try Sarah's at 10:15...

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49045: I'll have a cookie, Millie.
- Hazel

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49046: marty from mt top,where are you at in pa?I'm in Pa also.I go by Ky girl cause that is where i was raised-ky girl

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49047: Have two, Hazel, I'm making lots. Poor Horatio, I'll wait for you at Sarah's....!

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49048: Millie, I've been online at Sarah's since 10:10pm eastern. It's now 10:41pm and I'm all alone there.

from Poor Horatio

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49049: I have been there too, PH, since 10;10.....I'll try logging off and back on,,,are you at #mayberry?

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49050: Ok, I'm there again.....maybe we should try frappr?

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49051: Hey, ky girl, those emails are hilarious, especially the water-loving cat! I think I'd consider flushing him if he was mine. (heehee) --Romeena

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49052: Can't find Mayberry at frappr.....got a url?
still there at sarahs....weird

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49053: I tried Frappr but can't get into chat or the forums there. Says they are not available. As for Sarah's, I am at channel #mayberry.

from Poor Horatio

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49054: http://www.frappr.com/porchsters

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49055: Maybe it wasn't meant to be. I have mIRC, could that make a difference? It says I'm there too, I can see the whole chat....with myself, on # mayberry....weird.

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49056: I'm logged in to frappr but don't see the chat feature.
And I'm still all alone at Sarah's at channel #Mayberry.

from Poor Horatio

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49057: So sad. It says I'm talking in mayberry. I'll just hang ou a little longer, maybe log out and in again.

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49058: I tried downloading mIRC and using that. I'm there now.

Poor Horatio

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49059: Sorry Millie but I can't see you in Sarah's or Frappr. We can try again some other day.

Poor Horatio

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49060: So weird. We'll try again, another time, ok?
Sorry for all the chit chat,porch. I just hate chit chat....

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49061:
Trust everybody had a great worship day. At least we lights with Spot around.

Welcome Jackie. Good to have you on the porch. Got a new rocker here on the porch just for you. You might want to bring a coat.

Ro...that site is great

You all have a good nights sleep and say your prayers. I send prayers up for you all.

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49062: Imagine Poor Horatio and Millie tying up a public utility for hours...makes my feet fall asleep. teehee Good to see you, Hazel. Good Sabbath, everyone.
Charlotte Tucker

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49063: hi everyone,This weekend I visited Mayberry;I think it's a wonderful place.My wife and I went to see the monument,the rock quarry and even got a great sandwich at Aunt Bea's resturant.What I would like to know is what is the best time of year to visit Mayberry again?We live in Hickory N.C.So is not far at all to visit.Some of the attractions were closed Like the museum,and the patrol car tours.God bless to all! Thank you, Micky

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49064: Well land sakes, Charlotte Tucker! How are you, dear? So great to see you. We've missed you. Busy working on a book? Hope so. Stop by more often!

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49065: Howdy and welcome, Micky. I think the best time to go to Mt Airey is fall, during Mayberry days, if you're a TAGS fan.

January 28, 2007 - Msg 49066: I just checked-It's Sept. 27th to 30th this year, Micky.

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49067:
Morning Porch

Quick story with a Mayberry hook. This morning after I dropped the kids off at school I stopped by the local store to grab the morning paper. Well, it was about zero out this morning so most the cars in the parking lot were left running, while the driver ran inside to get what ever they needed. There were about five cars unoccupied and idling when these two, I'll say "city folk," walked in and commented, rather snidely, what is this Mayberry, referring to the empty cars. Keith (the store owner and all around "good old guy") said, "being a hayseed has a few perks." I thought that was funny.

Welcome Jackie and Micky.

Hope to stop back after while.

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49068: Good Monday morning porch. COLD (16 degrees) here this morning and snow around the area. my kids are out of school today. so they are sleeping in. I am at work and trying to get my day going. Welcome to all the new and/or returning folks. Busy week end so I did not have a chance to stop by for a visit. Good to see all the folks that had a nice visit. well, guess I had better go for now. Lunch at Millies resturant on me today. What is the special today?? You guys have a good morning and see you at lunch. Prayers to all. Big Maude

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49069: Thanks PH but I never could get it to work. I will ask Bruce to try for me later. He is going back to work today for the first time in 2 weeks...hope he does well. He needed to get out of the house and back to work.

Be back later, have to get the kids to school but will sit down with my cup of coffee and visit some more later. Did anyone see the Hallmark movie that was on CBS last night called Valley Of Light? It was a good one.


January 29, 2007 - Msg 49070: Good Morning,
Okay, rant mode, sorry. I got an email from the American Family Association this morning. It said that Dakota Fanning (12 yr old) is in a movie, "Hounddog" where she is r*ped and doesn't tell anyone about it. Another movie called "Zoo" has a man having "unusual" relations with a horse! I'm sorry, but is this world not perverse! I hate quoting my FIL, but this world is going to Hades in a handbasket. This is nothing, but sick! Where are decent movies like "Lassie" or of course "A Face in the Crowd"? Am I wrong? Am I just getting old (if you call 30 old)? With 3 kids I'm scared for them. I know that people from the 30's thought the same thing with Elvis, so maybe I'm making something out of nothing. Okay, rant over, again sorry.
Big Maude- We're at 18, but no snow. I'd love some. Tell your kids to throw some snowballs for mine.
Boo- Tell Bruce to take it easy. I'm sure it will be fine. I didn't get to see the movie. Hubby always watches The Apprentice on Sunday's @9.
Auh20- I like your story. Sounds like you live in a nice little town.
Sterling- How's Kai doing in school?
Jackie & Micky- How do you do? It's nice to meet you. Y'all come back now, ya hear?
Millie- Glad to see you're back.
PH- Are you in the US right now or Canada?
MDC- I listen to Fibber McGee all of the time. I've found this station called Old Time Radio on Winamp and I love it! I found it during the holidays and listen to it all of the time now.
Spot- I'll handle breakfast this morning. Krispy Kreme donuts. I went there and get this, they gave me 24 valenine cards with coupons for free donuts! Can you believe that? That was well worth 1.50.
Hey to Rev, KyGirl, Mary Wiggins, Charlotte Tucker, Goober, Marty, DWF, BWB, Mavis, and all.
Well, I need to get busy. I have more emails to return. Y'all have a wonderful day.
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy Matthews

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49071: Good morning everyone. It’s downright frigid here this morning. It was about 20 degrees coming to work this morning. Seems like just a week or so ago it was almost 70. Oh, yeah, that’s right, it was.

LUCY: No, you’re not wrong. There’s a mountain of garbage out there, entertainment-wise. I’ve heard about that Dakota Fanning movie, and even read a piece where she defends the film and that particular scene. The director justifies it by saying that you don’t actually “see” anything and that she only didn’t go into details with eth young actor. The excuse is lame, in my opinion. I am not entertained by filmmakers exploiting children, or by watching crimes against them. But isn’t this the logical end of the road we’re headed? We watch shows like “CSI” and “Law & Order” that present grisly and heinous crimes for our entertainment every day. After shootings, beheadings, and all manner of perverted acts, what’s left to shock us that hasn’t been covered?

Let me rant for a moment…Now, I enjoy a good whodunit with the best of them. I love “Columbo,” “Poirot,” and a bunch of other great detective and police shows and movies. I like a good James Bond flick. And I think movies made about important subjects like “Schindler’s List” and, of course, “The Passion of the Christ” are very worthwhile. But when did we become so enamored with the graphic details of evil? It’s this delight with details I find so revolting. I don’t call that entertainment. And, when children are involved in making it, I call it exploitation or abuse. You may see “Monsters from Mars,” but you wouldn’t find that other kind of garbage playing at the Grand.

So, in the spirit of Calvin Coolidge, I not only complain about it but try and do something as well. I can’t do much, but what I can do is not watch it at home, not buy a ticket to watch it in the theater, and not support those who try and push it on my family. So, “put that in your smipe and poke it.” Boy, I feel better!

BOO: The house sounds great. About how many of us can you fit in the Jacuzzi tub of yours? And how about some pizza with mozzarella? Hehe

HORATIO: Don't be such a stranger!

MILLIE: How're you feeling?

Well, I see no one wins the prize to name one father on tv today who gets the respect of his family. Pretty sad, huh? Literally hundreds of shows and not a good one among them. TV is no substitute for real-life, but I guess our parents had some peace of mind that we were watching decent-enough role models like Andy, Ward, and Mr. C. Now, you get Dan Connor and “Two and a Half Men.” They call it “realism.” Well, not in my house, at least, and a number of others I know.


January 29, 2007 - Msg 49072: Me-They- I'm glad that you agree with me. We will not purchase any tickets to any show like that nor will we allow it on our tv.
That being said, I just thought of a good father on tv- Rev. Camden on 7th Heaven. That is the only one I can think of though.

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49073: Hi ya porch family.
I am not doing too good today. Had it out with my brother -or rather would not get into a shouting match with my brother.
He is not speaking to me at the moment, but I am trying to keep the doors open.
My daughter refused to take sides--which puts her on his bad person list too.
I sure could use Andy right now.
Or Fess Parker(anyone remember Daniel Boone? Now there was a dad!!!)
Ahappy nut

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49074: Good morning, all, and welcome to Micky, and any other visitors who might be "lurking" around the porch. Just pull up a rocker and join us.

On the subject of that Dakota Fanning movie, may I direct you to an interesting site: www.tammyswofford.blogspot.com.
This is a blog written by a good friend of mine, a member of our Mongolia team, and a nurse. She also happens to be a Lt. Cmdr in the Navy reserves, and has been deployed all around the world, most recently in the Sudan. She's smart, perceptive and outspoken. She writes this blog daily and will tackle anything. Please check it out. Today's subject is interesting, but please scroll down and check out the entry for Jan. 25. It deals with the Dakota Fanning movie. Also, follow the "comments" link and read what others had to say (including yours truly - I'm the first comment). The man who signs as "Tom" in the comments is a pain in the derriere, probably the most liberal, leftist individual I've ever encountered. Just for fun, Tammy lets him write the blog on occasion, and you cannot believe some of the nonsense he spews. Just goes to prove, there's a place for everyone, I guess. Anyway, check it out.

Me-They, I can name a lot of good fathers on TV, but none of them within the time frame of the last ten years. Isn't that sad?

Well, I'm off to take care of some business. Vandals broke out some outdoor light fixtures at my vacant rent house, and I have to take care of that. Miserable little brats. They were seen by a neighbor, they're about ten or twelve years old, two of them. Where are THEIR fathers?? I'd like to warm their britches for them. They'd be eating their "spinash" standing up for a while, believe me. And I'd be in jail.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49075: Oh, my. Family troubles can really be a pain, can't they, A happy nut. I applaud you for refusing to sink to your brother's level and get into a big old scrap with him. Hang in there. You've probably already done this, but if not, please just tell him that you're willing to discuss the issue with him, but if voices are raised, the discussion ends. Remind him that he's an adult, just as you are, and you should be able to settle this without verbal bloodshed. Tell him you're willing to talk whenever he is, but until he can do it calmly, you'd appreciate it if he'd just stay away. Now, there's some good advice from an old "family interferer". I'm sure you're way ahead of me.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49076: thanks Romeena---This is particulary painfull to me because he and I found each other after a nearly 30 year serch. We were seperated in the foster care system when I was 11 and he was 9.
It really hurts also because he seems to have the idea that it's job to "fix" me.
I raised a child on my own--good Lord--I practially raised him and my little sister until we were seperated.

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49077: Sorry to hear about the vandels!
A good old fashioned woodshed could solve alot of problems......

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49078: I just checked out that blog, ROMEENA. I couldn't agree with her more. Sorry to hear about your "scamp" problems. Maybe they need a good old fashioned woodshed visit. At twelve years old, the tipping point is closing coming up, but I'm more inclined to take the parents to the shed first.

AHAPPYNUT: Sorry to hear about your troubles, too. Prayers for your situation.

Where is everyone today? Glueing hymbook covers with Edgar Coleman I bet.


January 29, 2007 - Msg 49079: Wow, sounds like a very painful situation, Happy Nut. Prayers for you today.

So sorry about the trouble at the renthouse, RO.

Me-They, AMEN to your comments. I agree completely. Uh...as far as the Jacuzzi tub is concerned I think only 2 people at the most and swimsuits defenitely required! This is Mayberry, not Peyton Place...


January 29, 2007 - Msg 49080: Aw, don't worry BOO. I know this ain't Yancy and you're home won't be any Gigolo Club. In my case, at least, you couldn't get me into a body of water smaller than a lake with another human being unless lots of chlorine was involved. And I'd still have to take a pill. Do you know what breeds in warm water?!?

Uh, SPOT, I didn't bring a Mr. Cookie Bar today...


January 29, 2007 - Msg 49081: msg 49063..Hey MICKY ,we are neighbors ,I live down the road in Newton N.C

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49082: Well, I'll chat with y'all again tomorrow I suppose. Off to do some errands and maybe Valentines Day shopping. What do you think, pineapple skinner or septic tank? On second thought, septic tanks are more for anniversaries, ain't they? Maybe I just make reservations at Morelli's for their pounded steak. They pound it right there. What more could yu ask--dinner AND a floor show.

I wonder where AUH2O is today? Maybe stumpin' for Hillary in Iowa? ;)


January 29, 2007 - Msg 49083: My goodness, Me-They, you just gave me a chill. The very mention of her name.... --Romeena

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49084: Oh, enjoyed that blog site, Ro. Thanks for sharing it. I especially liked the comments about the 3 yr old who was escorted off the plane with her parents. In my wildest I cannot imagine letting a 3 yr old get the best of me in a situation like that! Hate to think of how things will be when that little girl is a teen...We have really been having to do some intense training/discipline with Erin. By nature, she wants to have everything her way. The other night she wanted to refuse to do something I told her to do. I was sitting and made her stand still in front of me and look me in the eye (she was not allowed to look away). I asked her, "Who's the boss?" and boy, she didn't want to say it. She finally said, "I don't know", which of course was just her just being obstinate! After the right kind of pressure, she admitted that Dad and Mom are the boss and even said it in a nice way. Now, she said it because she had to but I could see that in that little heart of hers, she didn't want to accept that. It is a daily struggle with Erin. Spanking help at the time but removing cartoons seems to work better for the long haul, but how in the world do you get it into that little blonde head that she has to obey. We go over it again and again! So frustrating.

Better go check the potato soup...


January 29, 2007 - Msg 49085: Oh Hey there, Me-They, I had to admit it but I feel the same about the water thing. I am at the point now that I can't swim in public pools! One day last summer when I took the kids to the pool and it was one of those really hot days, I noticed that the kiddie pool was really warm and there were many women in swimsuits sitting in the water with their children. Well, I started to notice their tatoos and missing teeth and I really got the creeps about what could be in that water, if you know what I mean. Forget that business! Sorry to gross you out, did you have to take a pill?


January 29, 2007 - Msg 49086: Specials today are French Dip(leftover prime rib from the weekend), Grilled salmon over mixed greens with feta vinaigrette, and turkey reuben. We have cream of potato for the soup, and the Quiche is bacon and swiss. Y'all eat up!

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49087: Boo, I know what you mean about small bodies of water and lots of people. Not my favorite thing. I don't care for the ocean - too many stinging things in that water, not to mention treacherous currents - and the only lake I have much contact with these days is the one behind my son's home in Florida, and a 'gator lives in it! So, private pools occupied by people I know well or am related to, that's my choice.

As for Erin's obstinacy, don't you just know that God must feel much the same way about all of us as you were feeling in trying to manage Erin? How hard it is to acknowledge him as the "boss", and how tired he must get of hearing us say how we want to do things our way. On the up side, that obstinacy today may morph into tenacity and determination in the adult Erin, and that can be a good thing. Still, she has to learn to submit to authority, or she'll self-destruct. I had one who was just that hard-headed, and she still pays for it at times, but the tenacity is there too, and it serves her well.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49088: Thanks Ro, I have been thinking that same thing (about how God must feel sometimes). It makes me feel good that just like I will never give up on Erin, He will never give up on me. I have been doing some study on Reformation Theology and have really getting my eyes opened about what salvation really means. No wonder Martin Luther (and others) were willing to die rather than keep quiet about what they knew about the power of the gospel. Now I understand why I used to struggle with doubts concerning my eternity because I didn't understand justification by faith and how righteousness is imparted to the sinner who truly believes...no going back now! I am His child.


January 29, 2007 - Msg 49089: Oh...Hey to Suparplum, and a little pat on the head from me.


January 29, 2007 - Msg 49090: KY-girl I'm from just south of Wilkes-Barre PA
Marty from Mountain Top

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49091: Boo- Check out www.nogreaterjoy.org for dominant children. It has done wonders for our dominant Nick.
Gotta get dinner going.

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49092:
Hi all, just a quick hello this evening!
Prayers for all, luv ya,

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49093: Evening porch. checking in for a few minutes while doing laundry. Thanks for supper, Millie.
It was gooood. Boo, I understand about Erin and a strong will. I have a 12 1/2 year old who can be the sweetest thing in the world and then can also be stubborn, very obstinant and says just what she thinks. wears me out sometimes. I am pretty good at directing others with their life struggles in my counseling practice but believe me it is different with my own (wonder what causes that?). Sometimes I have no idea what I am doing and fear that my daugther will be sitting in some therapist chair one day telling stories about what a horrible Mom she had. :) Sometimes it helps me to know other Mom struggle with their daugthers. Thanks Romeena for the words of wisdom. You always have wonderful support and encouragement for us. With one driving and one in puberty and menopause I wonder if my husband will survive. Thanks for listening. Prayers to all. Take care Big Maude

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49094:
Hello porch family

Millie...the specials sounds wonderful

Hello Mickey

Lucy....you are so right on your thinking! And I agree with with M-T also. Just shows how far we have gone and how much we (America) needs prayer.

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49095: I never did catch the show "8 Simple Rules", but was the dad a good role model in that? I knew a lot of people who liked the show, but for some reason I never watched it.
Dinner sounds great, Millie. Pure gala!
- Hazel

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49096: I'm glad y'all liked the grub.....the specials were from lunch, dinner was more dinner-like....lamb, pasta, filets, you know.
Hope y'all are all well.
We've had quite a day....our 17 year old just got his license and a car a few days ago, and he was in an accident tonight and totaled the car.
To say we're upset doesn't cover it.
Gotta check my pies, back in a bit.

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49097:
Millie...Was he ok? Bless your heart things just keep coming against you. But remember; Greater is He that is within you, than he that is in the world. As always, praying for you!

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49098: Yes, Rev., nobody was hurt, thank goodness. He's just shaken up. Thanks for the prayers.

January 29, 2007 - Msg 49099: Yes, with all the drama here, I'm worn out. I think I'll hit the ol' ironing board.

January 30, 2007 - Msg 49100: Prayers for your family, Millie Dear, and thank God your boy's ok.


January 30, 2007 - Msg 49101: Hey gang got to read.....been so busy moving miss sherry....back at work today...prayers....back in just a bit....SPOT

January 30, 2007 - Msg 49102: Morning Porch

Snowy and beautiful here today. We got about 9 inches of the white stuff but it sure is purrrty. No snow. So, the girls weren't impressed.

M-T I was here yesterday, who do ya think put the coffee on? As for Hillary, she's much better at singing than she would be at "Presidenting." (How do you like that for a verb?)

Millie-Yikes! Prayers for ya.

Lucy-Thanks, we do have a nice little town, it's much different here than it is on the left side of the state.

Marty-I was gonna ask you what part of PA you were from. I'm in Western, NY but only about 25 minutes from North Western, PA.

I'm dreading our girls finding out about the new Dakota Fanning movie (and they will). They both love her, she's a good little actress.


January 30, 2007 - Msg 49103:
I meant to say, "No snow day. So, the girls weren't impressed."


January 30, 2007 - Msg 49104: Prayers millie...i have a 15 yr old learning....lunch will be subway clubs and chips and sodas...back to work...SPOT

January 30, 2007 - Msg 49105: Wow Millie ...I will take the left overs...SPOT

January 30, 2007 - Msg 49106: Well, Millie, that's about all you needed. I'm just glad no one was hurt. If I had know you had one starting to drive, I'd have warned you. We launched four new drivers, and every one of them had a wreck within the first month. It's inevitable. Anybody doubt that? Check out the ins#urance rates. They know what they're doing.

My husband's philosophy was to put them in the biggest, heaviest gas guzzler he could find, so the poor kids drove a '68 Buick Roadmaster - a real land yacht. He had good reasons: Safer in a heavier car. Cheaper to insure. Not many friends would ride with them in the uncool car, so less responsibility. Gas guzzler - they had to buy their own gas, so they didn't drive very often or very far. That car was in four wrecks, and we just kept making the kids drive it, as each one got their license. There wasn't an undamaged quarter-panel on it, but it ran. Too funny!

Thanks for the kind words, Big Maude. You can always count on me to sound off! (teehee)

Well, just got home from work, am pooped, and heading for the ironing board, since I have to go back tonight. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

January 30, 2007 - Msg 49107: Oh, my stars. Make that "If I had knowN", --Romeena

January 30, 2007 - Msg 49108: Good morning everyone. Just have a minute.

MILLIE: Prayers for the family. I guess prayers are too late for the car.

AUH2O: So you're an Obama man, huh?

BOO: We've got one of those strong-willed daughters, too. Yesterday, she was being really crabby before dinner so I suggested that if she was going to be so ill-tempered in the evening maybe she needs to take a nap after school to even out the mood a bit (she hates naps). Her reply was, "Good. I wanted to take a nap anyway." Of course, when I reminded her of that this morning, she very politely said that she regretted saying that. But guess what she'll be doing after school today? Depending, I usually give a chance or two, and sometimes, even I'm feeling generous, three, but if I say you're punished, you're punished, and I don't tolerate back-talk easily.

I told her, but I didn't tell y'all lately, that I absolutely adore my wife. Yep, I do.

Take care, all!


January 30, 2007 - Msg 49109: Hey, ROMEENA. Didn't see you there. I drove a '78 Ford Granada. It was like steering a boat.


January 30, 2007 - Msg 49110: Hey Me-They, I had a Mercury Monarch! We'd look like twins going down the road! What color was your Granada? My car was dark brown (ugh!). My very first car was a 66 Mustang-cool car,even if it was orange!
Marty, I forgot you had heart trouble.Glad to hear that you're managing it well. I do pretty much what you do- pills (beta blocker),no caffeine or chocolate (good thing I'm not a chocoholic like Miss Size 2 on those sickening commercials!) and I walk. Doing much better-thanks for asking.
Millie, you sure have a lot on your plate! I am glad nobody was hurt in the car accident. Thank God! Prayers for you as always.
Well,gotta go. Y'all have a nice day!
possum under a rock

January 30, 2007 - Msg 49111: Mine was tan, POSSUM. You know, that 70s tan. My very first car was my parent's old '72 (I think) Dodge Dart Sport, also tan. I think they only came in tan! Boy, the rust that developed on that thing.

I forgot to mention that I was watching a show that featured the Duggar family on TLC last night. (They are the family with something like 14 kids. They seem like a nice, Christian family with great kids.) Anyway, they were about ready to embark on a vacation and the father asked them to go over the rules. Together, they started, "Rule #1: Obey all rules. Rule #2: Do not write on walls as it takes a lot of work to erase writing off of walls." They didn't mention where it came from, but it cracked me up. I guess they are TAGS fans, too.


January 30, 2007 - Msg 49112: My first car was a 1969 vw bug....SPOT

January 30, 2007 - Msg 49113: I drove a huge, white/black hardtop Oldsmobile Delta 88 with white leather interior! Ha, I think it was an early 70's model that my great uncle who worked for the government sold to my dad. Boy, talk about a land yahct! It had a really good stereo system, though, which was very important in those days. I never usually had a carful and have never had a wreck of any kind. I think my dad had that same theory as Dale...big, uncool car that uses gas...smart men.

Possum, my best friend in college and my first roomate drove an old tan Ford Granada...really gross car but it got us to school when we carpooled.

Oh no, Me-They....you drove a Dodge Dart? You poor thing. Did the kids make fun of ya? hehe I think I mentioned before that for a short while I had to drive my dad's OLD Ford Rambler to school. It was an early 60's model, I think, and the color of gun metal. The back window was missing, as well as the floorboard on the driver's side. You could put your foot out like Fred Flintstone to stop the car, no kidding. You know what, I forgot that at the time I was driving it, it was not gun metal. I forgot that I painted it red, white and blue during the Bicentennial (sp?) year as a school project in junior high. It even had big white stars on the side....I think I got an A on that project. On Halloween we used to fill the backseat full of water balloons and a couple of kids would sit in the back window (which was missing) and we would drive through town throwing water bombs at innocent folks.

Me-They, what a sweet thing to say about your wife. You can tell us that anytime you like.

I watched the Duggar family the other night and they had 16 kids! I saw part of the program you are talking about I think. Was it the one where they were taking the kids to a camp for homeschool families? I missed the part about the rules, darn it.

Better go...have to take the folks on a shopping trip to Walmart. It take one of us to push mom in the wheelchair and one to push the shopping cart...


January 30, 2007 - Msg 49114: Good Afternoon Porch,
Boo- It was funny you mentioned your strong-willed daughter. Last night Nick pushed Bryan too far with arguing just to defend himself (he hit Bryson in the head with a filled water bottle), Bryan lit into him. He grabbed him by the shirt, threw him in his room, made him clean every part of it, give Bryan his guns (airsoft, paintball & BB), take a shower, and go to bed. It will be interesting to see if Nick is so stupid to talk back again. The thing that is hard is that he is just like his biological Mom.
Romeena- A boyfriend I had in college had a 1977 Oldsmobile. It could carry everything but the kitchen sink. His parents had a lot of money, but with every child they had to drive that old car until they were out of the house and had their own money.
Millie- I'm sorry about the accident, but I'm glad he's okay. Could he get into any trouble?
Auh20- When I think of "girls go bad" I think of like Hillary Duff, the Olsen twins, and Britney Spears. I'm not saying that Dakota Fanning is going bad, but she is really only thinking of herself. I believe she's just trying to extend her range of acting, not realizing that many little girls look up to her and want to emulate what she does.
Hey to all. I need to unload the groceries. I got on the site to give you this email that was sent to me by my sister. Make sure that you have a hanky!
Gotta Love a Soldier
Will you give this to my Daddy?
Last week I was in Atlanta , Georgia attending a conference. While I was in the airport, returning home, I heard several people behind me
beginning to clap and cheer. I immediately turned around and witnessed one of the greatest acts of patriotism I have ever seen.
Moving thru the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camo's, as they began heading to their gate everyone (well almost everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering. When I saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded and cheered for it hit me. I'm not alone. I'm not the only red blooded American who still loves this country and supports our troops and their families.
Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for these young unsung heroes who are putting their lives on the line everyday for us so we can go to school, work and home without fear or reprisal. Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of our service men and women a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old, ran up to one of the male
soldiers. He kneeled down and said "hi," the little girl then she asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her. The young soldier, he didn't look any older than maybe 22, said he would try and what did she want to give to her daddy. Then suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the cheek.
The mother of the little girl, who said her daughters name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Marine and had been in Iraq for 11 months now. As the mom was explaining how much her daughter, Courtney, missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up. When this temporarily single mom was done explaining her situation, all of the
soldiers huddled together for a brief second. Then one of the other servicemen pulled out a military looking walkie-talkie. They started playing with the device and talking back and forth on it. After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her, "I spoke to your daddy and he told me to give this to you." He then hugged this little girl that he had just
met and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He finished by saying "your daddy told me to tell you that he loves you more than anything and he is coming home very soon."
The mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet he saluted Courtney and her mom. I was
standing no more than 6 feet away from this entire event unfolded. As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, people resumed their applause. As I stood there applauding and looked around, there were very few dry eyes, including my own. That young soldier in one last act of selflessness, turned
around and blew a kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his cheek.
We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their families and thank God for them and their sacrifices. At the end of the day, it's good to be an American.

See, told ya it's a tear jerker!
~Lucy Matthews