February 07, 2007 - Msg 49414: No, I wouldn't like frostbite, Sterling! It is getting kind of foggy tonight but it feels so wonderful and it smells like spring outside....sorry about your ears, Me-They.

Thanks, Homemaker, and thanks for the site you recommended. I have an appointment first thing in the morning with the principal.

Been a long day. Had to take Sean to the doctor about his irregular heart beat. The doc kind of freaked out on me and I think she over-reacted. She told me no strenuous activity and that he has to see a pediatric cardiologist tomorrow and she made an appointment with an endocrine doc for next week! She started talking about how he needed to be on cholesterol meds again and I said I never heard of such a thing for an 11 year old. I told her my cholesterol was the same as his at his age and she said, "But you weren't as heavy as he is". I said, "Yes, I think I might have been". Anyway she said she is concerned about the heart palpitations, etc. and she went and called the cardiologist office while I was still there and made an appointment for him and then sent me across the street for a chest xray. I think he is fine but I guess a cardiac work-up wouldn't hurt him any since we have a strong family history of cardiac problems. I am looking forward to talking to the Endocrinologist about the cholesterol to hear if he is like Sean's primary doc. I just hate to put him on more meds. I am trying to be patient. There was a man in our church prayer group tonight whose 9 year old had cancer a year ago and he was talking about their ordeal with chemo, etc. Right now the child is cancer free but it made me very thankful that we aren't dealing with something as serious as that. Anyway, I would appreciate your prayers, as always. It would be just great to hear the endocrine doc say, "he doesn't need meds at his age!"...



February 07, 2007 - Msg 49415: Oh, one more thing....Lucy, I know you mentioned Sean taking a fish oil supplement and garlic tablets....was there anything else I missed as far as supplements go?


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49416: ...don't say it, MDC...."Oregano"!...heehee..don't say VICKS, either.


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49417: Morning Porch. Cold again this morning but no snow. Hope all is well today. work has been kinda of slow for my business. Folks are sick so they cancel their appointments which is good as they don't need to be out and I don't want to be sick but if I don't see folks I don't get paid so that is not so good. Guess it will all workout. I will do lunch today: beef stew, grilled cheese, and oatmeal cookies. see you at noon. take care and prayers to all. Big Maude

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49418: Lunch sounds great, Maude. Hope your business picks up soon.


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49419: Yeah, that beef stew sounds real good. And good for warming your inards.

Hope everything works out well with Sean, Boo.

Hey, does anyone know anything about water in the basement? I know I had a water problem in our old house, but that was just a leak after it rained.
This one started yesterday and I think it has something to do with the cold temps. Is it possible for pipes to freeze and make water back up and come out of a drain in the floor, because that is what it looks like is happening. There is a pipe going down into the floor nearby but I don't really see where it would be leaking. The main water pooling seems to be around the drain in the floor, and there is a bunch of sediment brought up as well, and that is on the floor now. I wouldn't worry about it so much if it was confined to the concrete floor, but it has pushed out passed the door and has saturated some of the carpet in the next room.
Any "tool-timer's" out there who may have run into this kind of problem before?
If it is a problem with the drain being frozen somewhere down the line I need to find a way to unthaw that somehow. Or wait until spring, and wear hip-waders in the basement in the meantime.

-Sterling Holobyte

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49420: Gosh, Sterling, I sure don't have any ideas. We just don't have basements in Texas, unless you count the ones in big buildings. Houses just don't have them. Sure sounds like a drain is backing up, though. A drain pipe had collapsed beneath my front yard a while back, and when my washing machine tried to drain, water came up (very nasty water, I might add) in every drain in the house. My shower was a mess.

Well, gotta run. I'm off to take my friend to her knee therapy. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49421: Good morning everyone.

STERLING: Have an old, old house, me and moisture problems are on a first name basis. From what you've described, your problem could come from several places. First, yes, drains can freeze under certain circumstances if they are partially clogged anyway. You may not notice this when all is well but sediment does build up in some drains. Second, do you have a well? Sometimes a leak in the well line oustide will follow along the pipe back into the basement. Since basement floor drains are (or should be) placed at the lowest point, it still makes sense that water would pool there. And, if water is pooling at a partially clogged drain, it may allow sediment to be brought up. Finally, don't discount other pipes. Sometimes a leak across a house will only be evident in a remote location; remember, water follows the path of least resistance. But my bet is on the drain itelf. Try hot water and a drain snake. If that's not it, at least you'll know your drain is clear. Oh, one more thing, you didn't mention bad smells, but if you have a septic system and do smell sewage, make sure that your tank is pumped. A full or clogged tank also will back up into the lowest drain first, which is usually in a basement.

I'm not Bob Villa, but I hope that helps a little.

BOO: Lots of prayers for Sean (and you) going out today.


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49422: Oh, didn't see you there ROMEENA. Howdy!


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49423: MAUDE: I forgot to ask, if it's not too personal, what kind of work do you do?


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49424: Thanks Romeena and Me-They for the info and help.
And no, Me-They, I don't have a well, we use city water - clorine and all.
There is a smell, but it is not a sewery smell. More like just wet rocks or sand smell, which makes sense, looking at that covering of rocky stuff now lining my basement floor. Right now the water is all but gone, but I am going to go down and clean up the sediment before it floods again, if it does, to keep it from going back down the drain.

-Sterling Holobyte

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49425: Well, like Ro said, no basements in Texas so no advice. Sounds like Me-They covered it real well.

Thanks for the prayers for Sean! His appointment in after lunch.

I had my little meeting with the principal today concerning Erin and got nowhere. The guy wouldn't let me get a word in! It was like trying to catch a streetcar...I kept looking for a way to jump on and hang on. To say anything I had to interrupt (and I hate doing that). Now, what is it these days with people talking and not listening? I have had my fill of it after dealing with Sean's doctor yesterday. The poor Cardiologist we see to day is gonna fill my wrath if he tries it! Anyway, I told the principal my concerns with the grades, etc. and he basically told me that is just how the ABEKA is done and that if she isn't doing better by the end of the year we will have to talk about keeping her another year in kinder because she will really have a tough time in first grade. As it is right now, Erin doesn't even know that she is getting grades and she isn't missing out because of it. She is still able to do all the feild trips, etc. but if she gets into first grade and can't make honor role she will lose some rewards and will know that she is getting grades. When I was sitting in the waiting room waiting to see the principle a little girl came into the office who was in first grade and I struck up a conversation with her. I asked her what grade she is in and she said, "1st but I'm supposed to be in second. I make D's and F's". Horrors! How could that be happening in first grade?! Something is wrong with the system and I'm going to keep talking. I will find other options for Erin after this year if things don't change. This is just crazy.

OK, I am finished ranting and raving for now...Time to relax for a bit. It's been a busy morning.


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49426: "what is with my spelling today, sorry?!"


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49427: STERLING: If you're on city sewage, if could be a tree root or sediment that's partially blocking the line, slowing the darin flow and allowing it to freeze with the weather. If you are getting sandy or rocky sediment from a sewage line, it obviosuly has a hole in it. Another thing I thought may be that your basement drain may not be tied into your system but may instead drain into a dry well somewhere oustide. If you have an exterior basement door that opens into a concrete area that also has a drain it may be under there. It could be that the well has filled or failed. Try the drain snake or call a plumber to take a scope into it. Good luck.


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49428: ...I guess I should have learned under the ABEKA system...


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49429: BOO: It sounds like the school is more concerned with fitting all the kids into the same mold--a mold they fashioned. You made an appointment with the principal, no vise versa, so it makes sense you should have been given the floor. While you may want to hold Erin back (after all, she is the youngest in her class now), I'd rather suggest trying to find another school or you may end up feeling like Don Quixote.


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49430: BOO: I just had a thought...remember that episode of TAGS where OPie is doing poorly in math and Barney gets Andy all upset thinking that Opie won't make it into college? Andy (with Helen's help) finally realizes that Opie is just a boy doing his best. Maybe you should provide that episode to Erin's teacher and principal to watch. Perhaps they'd learn something.


Okay, sorry for eating up so much byte space this morning. I'll shut up. Tick-a-lock!


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49431: Morning Porch

I was gonna sit for a spell and I just heard that school is closing early. So, I better get going to get the kids. We've had a little over 4 feet of snow the last few days and it was snowing and blowing when then went to school this morning, they never should have gone in today, oh well.

I'll stop back in when I get home.

God Bless,

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49432: Good afternoon Mayberry - back at school today! But we had a two hour delay. I can get used to sleeping in.

We made our reservations for a wedding in TN last nite. My niece is getting married during Memorial Day weekend to a nice Navy Ensign. He is training for Blackhawk Helicopter duty. Most likely - we know where he will be going. God will be with him as he protects our country. The wedding is at a state park and so are our rooms. We get to overlook a nice big lake. My boys are excited. We have a goat show the day before so getting everything together might be a trick. Let us all eat cake!

Welcome Robin. . .

Boo - how did it go? I am anxious to hear.


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49433: My, Me-They, you say you are no Bob Villa, but you sure have a lot of good home advice and knowledge!
Well, my cleaning up the sediment wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. I thought I would just be able to sweep it up, but it had other plans. When I tried to sweep it, it just turned into sludge, so I got up what I could with paper towels. Yuck.

Have a good time at the wedding, Homemaker. And thank your soon-to-be nephew-in-law for his service for me, would you?.

-Sterling Holobyte

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49434: Hey to all my porch friends. Haven't rocked in a couple of days, I need to catch up. Yesterday, instead of getting my scan results, I got a double dose of chemo. So, I'm trying to take it easy. I went to the restaurant for a couple of hours, now I'm resting.
Thank you all for the way you've treated Miller. He is a great kid, and he feels so special to be able to be a porchster.
Almost time for the kids from school, so I'll be back when I've read the archives.
Love to all....

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49435: Hey mil,miller,robin,ct,ro,boo,possum,m-t and all....here at work let me get started....supper will be red lobster on sterling!...SPOT

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49436: Uh, you volunteered me pretty quick there, Spot.
I'm not that crazy about Red Lobster anyway. It looks like I'll be paying but I won't be eatin'. ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49437: will eat where you take us Sterling...where will it be?...SPOT

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49438: SHOTGUN!


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49439: anna nicole smith is dead....found in fla motel.....SPOT

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49440: Boo, please let us know about Sean. We're all very anxious for some word on his problems, if indeed there are any. Kids that age often have slow or irregular heartbeats. The key is whether things smooth out when they exert themselves - in other words, will his heart meet a demand?
As for that obtuse principal, I would be tempted to make another appointment, and start it off by saying, "You know, last time you talked and I listened. This time, I'd like to talk, and I'd appreciate it if you would listen." Then help him pick his jaw up off the floor.

It's still looking like my house is rented. Papers not yet signed, but that should happen tomorrow. Prayers, please. We're going into the ninth month with no rent coming from that house, yet the taxes, insura#nce (intentional #)and utilities have marched right on. Argh.

Millie, I can't believe you're even able to get vertical after a double dose of chemo. Bless your little heart, girl, how do you do it? Prayers for you, for sure!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49441: Good afternoon everyone! Seems like Spring these last few days. Frankly, I'd like to have some of that snow I've been hearing about. I love cold weather.

Boo, don't fret over Erin's teacher OR the principal. Sounds like our situation 7 years ago. Too often, because of low pay, Christian schools cannot find qualified teachers. That was the case for my oldest. I started homeschooling her in the sixth grade after 3 years of public and 3 years of Christian school. She needed that one on one help that she was not getting. She graduates this year and has done well with home school. Hope you can come to a peace about this soon.

Miss Peggy

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49442: MILLIE: You can have my Mr. Cookie Bar, if that'll help at all ;). Honestly, you are a trooper. Like has been said before, what a testimony.


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49443: Thanks, M-T, and Ro. I don't feel muh like a trooper today. I hurt all over. Thanks for y'all's prayers.

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49444: Me they, thanks for the mr cookie bar, I needed that. A slender, high spirited person needs a mid afternoon pick-me-up. hehehe...

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49445: Millie you are a strong porchster...hey Ro,miss peggy m-t,miller,robin,possum,mdc,md,bwb,CHUCK,Rev,Tom and all...well sterling aint showed up for the ride to supper so jump in shotgun M-T and yall all get in the back of the truck...we will head to the diner for the special...meatloaf and fried taters....SPOT

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49446: hi porch friends.Hope all of you are staying warm and doing alright.Spot,I just heard about Anna nicole myself,and,i prayed for her soul.She just seemed so lost and used by the media.I pray that at sometime in her life she accepted jesus as her savior,and,she truly isn't lost for eternity.Same for her son,and,her baby daughter.I shudder to think what kind of upbringing the baby may have ,if the people that will be raising her are as corrupt as they appear.sorry folks,I 'm putting the soapbox away.boo,I will keep you and your family in my prayers.I can relate to what you are going through.I went through almost the same thing with my youngest daughter.She went to 3 years of christian school,which was a blessing because,i had started her in public in kindergarten and,I knew there was something wrong,but,the school just said she didn't pay attention.Well,i put her in christian school,and they tested her,and,found she had a couple of learning disorders.But,the school didn,t have the resources to give her the special classes she needed.So,I did let her go to public school last year,she did well with the specialized classes,but,we live within the limits of a medium sized city,and,there is a lot of racial tension at the school.She was constantly having racial slurs yelled at her,the school is predominantly black,and,it is tough on the children who are not .so,this year,I homeschooled her and she has done really well.But,I have to agree,just because Erin doesn't achieve what they exoect her too,that is unreasonable.Every child is different,they learn different ways.ok,enough out of me,sorry if i talked too long-ky girl

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49447: Hey, ky girl, spot(bring me back a plate!), M-T, Ro, Sterling, auh2o, hm and all. Boo, still praying for Sean, hope the visit went well. About Erin, as you know, I have a little girl her age. I think the advice you have recieved here is good, and I wouldn't worry. It's too early to worry. Go by YOUR instinct. I had a situation with Miller this year where they wanted him to so to a magnet school in our area for gifted kids. We kind of pushed him to try it, even though he was NOT excited about it. He went for about 9 weeks, and was miserable. The conference I had with his teachers there was awful. It was all negative, about all his problems adjusting to "their" way of doing things. Poor thing, he was so stressed, he broke out in hives regularly. We put him back in the school around the corner, and he couldn't be happier, plus back to honor roll. They(school administrators and teachers) don't know our kids like we do to know what's best for them. And that concludes my rant.
As you can see by the length of this post, I relented and took a lortab for the pain, so I can type! Hubby (dear, sweet man he is) has confined me to bed for a bit, so I'll be around all evening. Boo, let us know how it went!

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49448: Oh, yeah! And wecome to our new friend, Robin.

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49449: I meant "weLcome", obviously. Take another pill, you crazy ol' coot.

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49450: You guys are the best! So concerned and loving...Well, Sean got a clean bill of heart-health from the cardiologist. His EKG and echocardiogram were both normal, praise the Lord. The doc is going to put him on a 24hr monitor just to see if he has any arrhythmias, but he doesn't expect any problems. The cardiologist also told me that Sean is too young to be on cholesterol medicine (I am validated!) and that we should continue to watch his diet and exercise. Thanks for your prayers.

Thanks for your words of encouragement concerning Erin. Millie I applaud you for doing what was best for Miller instead of pushing him...alot of parents (who live vicariously through their children) would have kept him in that school. I believe a child's well-being is more important than being in a gifted program. Good for you and your husband! Miller is obviously very intelligent and he will thrive where he is if he is happy there.

Thanks for Peggy and KYGirl for sharing your stories as well. I just love all this encouragement and understanding. It makes me feel very cared for, and after caring for everyone else in the family, that is a nice feeling. Thanks to you Ro for your suggestion concerning the principal! That's a funny mental picture...

Bruce has a men's fellowship dinner to go to tonight...they are cooking up wild game or something (horrible!), so it's me, my parents and the kids tonight. Maybe we will have us a TAGS marathon...

I'll try to be back later for a chat.


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49451: Boo, so happy to hear about Sean. And the other stuff you said, thenk you, your words are a blessing. I often feel I am failing my kids, not doing enough. Like I said, I believe in a mother's instinct. That's why we've been so honest with are kids, even about the tough stuff. For MY kids, I feel it's best.
Have fun with the 'rents tonite, hope to see you later!

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49452: Yes, that is great news about Sean!

Millie, I think concientious parents always worry that they are failing their kids in some way. There are plenty parents who just don't care. Thankfully, you and Boo aren't two of them.

Sorry about missing supper, especially when it was on me. But I was... er, I was out and I couldn't find my way back home in the dark. Yeah, that was it!;)
To make it up to you, how about I treat everyone to dessert at Culver's. To those of you who don't know what that is, it is a frozen custard place, and it is very yummy! If you don't have one near you, I guess you'll have to fly up here. But you might want to wait until after winter. Or at least until after this cold snap lets up.

-Sterling Holobyte

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49453: Great news Boo!...slow here at work, 6am along way off....the diner meatloaf just aint sticking with me....will have a snack in a bit for all..hey auh20 boy are yall getting snow...they say we may get a little tomorrow night in ga..M-T you ride a mean shotgun...Robin what part of the porch are you on?..or did i miss that...well phone ringing....SPOT

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49454: Hey, Spot, since it's slow, are you watching "Floyd the Gay Deciever"? It's a good'n! Classic Howard McNear.

Floyd: "There's no more to be said about it, I'm going to Nashville!


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49455: Andy: "And quit yellin' at yourself in that lookin' glass!"

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49456: Thanks for your comments, Sterling. I guess it takes one to know one.

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49457: I caught a second of Floyd the Gay deceiver, Millie, as I was on my way to put in a load of laundry. I have to agree with Sterling; it seems most parents who love their kids worry or feel guilty about mistakes made. After meeting Miller here on the porch, I can tell you've been a good mom to him. I guess the important thing is realizing when we fall short and instead of beating ourselves up, we just need to move toward a change for the better. I especially need to do that when dealing with Erin at times! By the way, you are right about Sterling. He's a real good egg (so's SPOT).

Sad about Anna Nicole but she was one very messed up woman. Maybe she has finally found her peace.


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49458: Wise words, Boo.
That poor baby of Anna Nicole....what a way to start life,prayers for him.

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49459: Thanks, Millie. I think Anna N's baby is a girl. Her name is Danni Lynn (that's where the confusion comes from).


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49460: Oh,thanks, Boo.

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49461:
M-T You sure know water your leakage issues.

spot-So, we're not going to the Red Lobster? How about the Olive Garden? Oh, I din't see the meatloaf and fried taters.

Sterling-Is it possible that your drain line was not placed below the freeze level? If it wasn't than that could account for the frozen line, if that is the problem.

Boo-Sorry to hear about the hoops you had to jump through but I glad to see that it looks like things are evening out for ya.

ABP (I'll add a few onto M-T's) Rev, Rev Jr, Irishter, Chuck, and Bulbsnatcher.

pipeman-It's nearly hardball time, you gotta start checking in.

Millie-How you doing tonight?


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49462: M-T Of course, you know when I say, "water your leakage issues" I mean, "your water leakage issues."


February 08, 2007 - Msg 49463: Funny, auh20. I'm ok. In bed, but I just had a nice chat with Floyd over at Sarah's. If anybody else is up for it, I'm available!(she said, trying not to sound pathetic).

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49464: BTW, auh2o, when Miller learned what your screen name means, he just thought that was the cleverest thing! I do, too.

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49465: Millie anna"s 5 month old is a little girl,auh20 sterling did not want red lobster so it was the diner. Yea the Andy shows were GOOD tonight...still slow here...snack will be peanut m&m"s and milk...Boo house is the house coming?..Rev where are ya..?..Miss the Irisher and all...neat conversing with the out of the country gang...well Im watching the first Jaws Movie....its a classic!....SPOT

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49466: ya know auh2o im not recalling what your screen name means...SPOT the talking dog...

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49467: Good evening, all. I'm so glad TV Land is back to the black and white episodes. I've become much more accepting of the color eps, but the B&W still rule! As for "Floyd the Gay Deceiver", I noticed something tonight that had somehow escaped me up until now. When Floyd is flying all around the barbershop, all in a dither and threatening to go to Nashville, he has his hat on backward! I'm probably the only one on the porch who hadn't noticed that, but I hadn't.

Well, guess I'll go get snuggled in with the Plum. I called in sick to work tonight, not really all that sick but not feeling well, and don't want to carry something to the patients, especially the newborns. I'm ashamed, when I think about what Millie works her way through, but truly, I didn't want to pass something on to a patient. Never mind that I probably caught whatever it is from one of them!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49468: Saw Irishter over at my other tags forum....he says he just very busy with work for his church.
Spot, snack sounds good. At our house, we call m&ms "I hope you feel better pills".....just what I need!

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49469: Take care of yourself, Ro, and don't feel guilty about it. Sweet dreams, hope you feel better.

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49470: Hey, Spot. Auh2o's name means "Goldwater". Au being the symbol for gold, and H20, of course, is water. --Romeena

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49471: Well Well I never knew that Romeena!...auh20...huh...but may I ask something else what does "Goldwater" refer to?...Mil you get all the "I hope you feel better pills" you need and Ro you get a handfull....SPOT

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49472: Spot, I believe he's a Barry Goldwater fan.
Millie(munching m&ms)

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49473: oh ok Mil...man this first Jaws movie brings back memories!...has its funny parts and all...SPOT

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49474: i was watching mash the other night,and,hawkeye said to someone,why don't you just go up an ally and holler fish!isn't that what goober or was it barney said one time on tags?I never knew what auh20 stood for either,very clever idea to use it !I tell you what,my youngest son was flipping through channels,and came across some kind of movie,and i think every other word at the beginning was a four lettered one,we changed that promptly!i'ts just disgraceful to even allow that in any kind of movie.Spot,that jaws is a classic,I still get scared when i watch it.Well,it's supposed to go up to 7 degrees here tomorrow,yippee!maybe the top layer of ice will melt anyway.Scary thing happened today,had a child abduction alert siren on tv,for 4 counties.I didn't catch the news to get the details,but,that is so scary.Boo,great news about sean,praise the Lord!Thanks for dinner spot,it was delicious.Thanks for the m&ms too,they are good.Do you like the peanut butter ones they have?I'll close now friends and go find me a nice warm blanket to cover up with.take care everyone,prayers for everyone-ky girl

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49475: Welcome,robin!-ky girl

February 08, 2007 - Msg 49476: ky girl, I believe that was Gomer who told Barney to go up an alley and holler fish, when Barney was ticketing him for an illegal u-turn. I could be mistaken.
UP to 7 degrees?? My stars. Brrrr.

You know, my husband (who was in sales work for many years) used to say, "It's as honorable to sell as it is to buy." I think if everyone would do as you did, and flip that channel, or refuse to buy a ticket to a movie with a bad rating, they'd quit making them. As long as there is an audience, then film makers will keep making them. That principle applies everywhere. The best way to end prost-itution is to round up and jail the "buyers" as well as the "sellers". As long as some people respond to spam ads, there will always be spam. And so on, ad nauseum.

By the way, I wonder how the makers of Spam (the ham wannabe) feel about their brand name being hijacked to mean what it has come to mean - the unwelcome stuff that clogs our email boxes? Not much they can do about it, I guess, but I'll bet it's annoying to them.

Well, back to my Plum cuddling. She's such a sweet little ol' thing! She says hey! --Romeena

February 09, 2007 - Msg 49477: Morning gang!..my work night is about over,bckat 2pm today for 16 more..they say we may get some sleet today....breakfast menu:3 eggs your way,bisquits and milk gravy,center cut country ham,saysage links,grits with real butter,hashbrowns with cheese on top,coffee,milk and a tear from my roll of paper towels!..how yall want those eggs?..over med for me...prayers see yall in a bit...Robin you gona make it to breakfast?...SPOT

February 09, 2007 - Msg 49478: Auh2o, if there's one thing Me-They is an expert at it's leakage....and that's all I'm gonna say. I'm not one to gossip....of couse sometimes I do, it just "DEPENDS"...

SPOT, I remember when the first JAWS came out in the 70's. Everyone down here on the coast was terrified to go in the water for about a year...I don't think I'll ever be the same, ha. As far as the house goes, we are still trying to get our ducks in a row...hopefully will actually start building in May.

Ro, you are right. It was Gomer who said it to Barney during his, "citizen's arrest!". Hey, Spam vs. Spam...one clogs our email boxes, the other clogs our arteries. Is that why they call it Spam? "Hey to Sugarplum".

Hi KYGirl. It IS terrible what you sometimes find on regular, basic cable. Bad launguage is fast becoming the norm in the "dumbing-down" of America. It really is just very childish behavior to use such language. My dad always used to say that only people who were not intelligent enough to think of better ways to express themselves use foul language. Interesting take on things..

Well, my coffee is almost done and time to get things ready for school. Talk to you all later,


February 09, 2007 - Msg 49479: Wanted to tell you something, Millie. Remember yesterday we were talking about how we feel like we fail our kids sometimes? Well, when I put Erin to bed last night Erin said, "Aunt Suzie loves me more than you do.". I scolded her a little and told her that it wasn't true. I was a little bothered by it because just yesterday she told me that she wanted Aunt Suzie to be her mom. Well, she started to cry and said she didn't know why she said it but as I questioned her, I could see that she really had some hurts. I have to tell you that Erin is always the one in the family who gets put on the back burner. It seems like I stay so busy that when she wants to spend time with me I tell her to go play or watch TV. She spends most of her time outside of school doing things by herself, and when my sister is here she gives her alot of attention. Erin said in her 5 yr old way, "I feel like I am in the middle of the circle by myself." It just broke my heart to realize I had been treating her that way. When I asked her, "Don't you know that your mom loves you?" she said, "I'm not sure". That really got my attention and as I started to think about it I realized that sometimes she only seems to get negative attention from me during the course of the day. I take time to tell her when I am seeing good things and I tell her I love her but my actions aren't backing me up alot of times. I am easily irritated by her and am so negative much of the time. Well, I spent almost 2 hours with her at bedtime, just laying in my bed with her and talking. It was such a sweet time. She sang me 2 songs she made up about Jesus and they were so sweet and she even preached to me a bit about Jesus dying on the cross for us and her theology was dead-center, ha! I could tell she was just eating up all my attention and I wanted to kick myself for pushing her aside so many times in my busyness. I need to be patient and understanding towards her. As some of you know, when you have a child with special needs (like Sean), sometimes the other child gets left out and I don't want to do that. I am going to really work on it. Better go...


February 09, 2007 - Msg 49480:
Sunny, Sunny, Sunny! (and white)

M-T First, I inadvertently call attention to your gastrointestinal state and now I've managed to question if you have water leakage issues. I meant to compliment your advanced knowledge, with regard, to all things "hydro."

Boo-You're gonna dig me in deeper with M-T.

spot-When I first stop by the porch I didn't realize that the posts were signed using TAGS related names so I used the auh2o. I am a big admirer of Barry Goldwater.I've read all his books and collect memorabilia of his career. And, this may be a stretch but, his TAGS angle could be that when he ran for President it was during the height of TAGS popularity. He also carried the South (and Arizona) and not much more in '64.

ky girl- I can't take credit for the uniqueness of auh2o, Barry's campaign used it quite often. Also, the quote, "Why don't you run up an alley and holler fish!" is also from the movie "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken."

Luther Heggs: "Do calm and murder go together? CALM and MURDER?"


February 09, 2007 - Msg 49481: Morning folks. Hope all is well today. Thanks for breakfast SPOT. I am working till noon today and then off to do my Mom job. Feeling kinda puny today. think I am coming down with something. probaly what everyone else has had lately. seems to be going around. I will fix us lunch today: hamburgers or cheeseburgers anyway you want them ( I promise not to burn them ), broasted potatoes, slaw, Little Debbie cake of your choice and tea, coke or water to drink. see you at lunch.

February 09, 2007 - Msg 49482: OH sorry that was me Big Maude

February 09, 2007 - Msg 49483: Good morning everyone.

Now, let me set the record straight, I do not now, nor have in my adulthood, suffered from uncontrollable releasing of my lower orifices. Now, the upper one is a different matter. That one is quite often open and spewing when the other two on the sides of my head should be open and working.

Deeper, AUH2O? Any deeper you'll need an English-to-Chinese translation guide ;).

BOO: That is a wonderful story that we can all learn from. Our kids should be our number one earthly priority, not other stuff like fly-killin'. Some people elect to have children then resent it when their lives change completely and they are no longer the center of their universe. Our culture often preaches that we are the best for our children when we think of ourselves. Sure, we've got to look out for our health and get things done, but our own wants need to come second to our kids' needs. We all may stumble sometimes like you said you have done, BOO, but as long as we're doing our best, with the Lord's help, we can't beat ourselves up. We will make mistakes. The important thing is that we recogize them, turn around, and learn from them. Sounds like you certainly did that!

Well, I'll be back later.


February 09, 2007 - Msg 49484: ..speaking of DEPENDS, isn't the story of the Astronaut who was arrested for attempted murder and kidnapping bizarre? She was wearing Depends when they arrested her. She said she was wearing them so she wouldn't have to stop and use the restroom on the 900 mile trip she was taking...I have to agree with Dave Letterman when he said, "I'd like to see that car that can go 900 miles before needing a fill-up"! ha

Sorry I dug you in deeper with Me-They, Auh2o. I'll put away the shovel...for now, anyway. hehe...wonder where that expression about running up an alley and hollering fish came from?? Sounds like an interesting story.

I was just watching the news about the fighting going on in Jerusalem today...apparently unrest among the Islamic worshippers. Can anyone answer this question for me?: How in the world did it happen that a mosque was built on the old site of Herod's temple (that was destroyed in 70AD)?


February 09, 2007 - Msg 49485: Good morning - don't worry auh2o, I don't really have a TAGS name either, I just pictured Aunt Bee being the busy little homemaker so I opted for the homemaker title.

Boo - I am really disturbed by your Christian schools mentality. Of course, they can beat to their own drum and I am glad that Erin doesn't know that she gets grades. I think I would have to have second thoughts about sending her there next year. I understand ABEKA curriculum but there has to be some give and take, especially with little ones. I am so glad that Sean and his heart are okay! God is good and He is faithful.

Oh and Maude, it has been a stressful day - just give me all of your Little Debbies, and no one will be harmed. Asa, get your hands off of my Swiss Cake Rolls or I'll YODEL you!


February 09, 2007 - Msg 49486: Thanks Me-They (you snuck in on me)! I agree with you completely about putting our children's welfare as no 1 priority. Sometimes I forget that God expects me to do that. Thank you for the encouragement, you are such a blessing to me (well, you all are for that matter). Now as for your above post, nothing short of hilarious....speaking of hilarious, where is ASA these days?


February 09, 2007 - Msg 49487: Hey Homemaker, didn't see you either. Thanks for you thoughts concerning Erin. I am most certainly thinking hard about sending her back next year. I am even contemplating taking her out now. I need to have a long talk with Bruce about it because last night, Erin told me that she wishes she could read like the other kids in her class and that they, "make A's". We have spring break coming up and I think I will try to take extra time working with her during that time and after school and try to make it fun for her. She likes to do schoolwork with me or Bruce in the evenings so I will try to do that for her and maybe she will catch up. If not, so be it. I'm not going to pressure her. I have been meaning to ask you about the situation that you had in your local high school. Did that resolve?


February 09, 2007 - Msg 49488: Everything is about as normal as ever around here - it is unfortunate that the staff and the administration do not see eye to eye. Most of the high schools around here are way to lax on discipline - they may have parents mad at them if they try to enforce the rules.

About Erin - that is one of the reasons I gave you the websites, the other one I like is A to Z reading. Most of the things on there are for a price and not free downloads. I know she is a smart girl - just some of her insights let you know that.

Did you know that The INcredible Mr. Limpet has been on several times here in the past week. My son commented there should be a Barney Fife Marathon: Mr. LImpet, the Ghost and Mr. Chicken, Chicken Little, the Apple DUmpling Gang, etc. Wouldn't that be neat!?


February 09, 2007 - Msg 49489: Thanks HM, I'll check out those sites. I think your son has a great idea about the Barney marathon!


February 09, 2007 - Msg 49490: (Wiping Little Debbie chocolate off my mouth...)

BOO: I agree with HOMEMAKER. Nora's Christian school uses Abeka as well, but our situation is nothing like yours, thankfully. Since she is our first one in school I'm no expert on the curriculum, but in her case (and teh things we hear from other parents) things are going pretty smoothly. I have a feeling it has more to do with either the school's own philosophy or the teacher. If it's the latter, next year should be different; if it's the former, I'd think long and hard about continuing there. That's my two cents, anyway.

Yeah, where's ASA? No wonder there were a few Little Debbie's left for us.


February 09, 2007 - Msg 49491: M-T, you didn't take my Swiss Cake rolls did you. . .I thought I saw a little bit fluff there - could be from the cupcakes. . .I wouldn't want to YODEL you too!

Asa - how's your mullet?


February 09, 2007 - Msg 49492: Good Afternoon Porch!

Boo, I trick I used to get my older kids to read was I would send them on scavenger hunts through the house. I would make a card that said something like, "look on the bed", then I would put a card there that said "look on the sink", because she is a new reader you might mix pictures and words... ultimately the cards would lead the kids to a candy treasure or small toy. I am sure the sites homemaker gave you for reading would have great ideas too. Probably the single best thing, though, is reading to them, and I am sure you already know that!

homemaker, please don't yodel at me, but I am afraid I hate the Swiss Cake rolls!

Charlotte, please check the archives, my daughter left a message for you about her experience with acutane and dryness.

Spot, thanks for the delicious breakfast, after eating all that I have no idea why I ate all those Swiss Cake Rolls!! I guess it was because Big Maude put 'em right there in front on me and I couldn't resist!

Have a great Mayberry Afternoon!
Mary Wiggins

February 09, 2007 - Msg 49493: Oops, freudian slip alert, I meant to say I ATE the Swiss Cake Rolls, certainly not I HATE them!


February 09, 2007 - Msg 49494: I don't want anybody yodeling at anyone!

Cute idea, Marry Wiggins, thanks. I forgot to mention in my post to Homemaker this morning that last night Erin took out one of her little school readers and proceeded to read it to me...all 6 pages. How can she get a D in reading? I just don't get it unless she is afraid to read for the teacher.


February 09, 2007 - Msg 49495: "Marry" Wiggins?! I certainly hope that wasn't Freudian... I promise I'm straight.


February 09, 2007 - Msg 49496: With a husband and two kids, if you're not you're in trouble...


February 09, 2007 - Msg 49497: Good afternoon gang....back at work...let me get logged in on all these computers!...back with supper in a bit...SPOT

February 09, 2007 - Msg 49498: Hey, y'all. I'm sure everyone has received that email picture of the big brown hound dog and the little boy, kneeling beside the boy's bed, obviously in prayer. The dog looks for all the world as though he's praying too, and it's about the sweetest picture I've ever seen. I've received it at least a dozen times, and it's always a day-brightener to open an email and there it is again. If anyone hasn't seen it, let me know and I'll send it to you. It's a treashuh! --Romeena

February 09, 2007 - Msg 49499: Boo, thanks for the stoory about Erin. SOOOO sick today, just trying to stay positive.

February 09, 2007 - Msg 49500: Oh, Millie! How I wish there was something I could do for you. I'd like to come over and make you a cup of tea, do your laundry, catch up the housework that you're certainly not able to do right now, just whatever would help you. My heart goes out to you. I have some idea what you're going through, after a year of chemo in 1979-80, but the drugs I took were surely not as potent as what you're getting, and I know you must be terribly sick. I'm praying for you, love. Hang in there. We're ALL praying, I'm sure. This too shall pass. --Romeena

February 09, 2007 - Msg 49501: Ditto the prayers for Millie. I, like Romeena, wish I could come cook a dinner for your family, help with housework, etc.

Romeena, you can send me that e-mail. I am not sure I have seen it. Thanks!

I had parent teacher conferences today. My son's teacher said he was "an anchor in the class." She said he is a great leader and she can count on him to do the right thing. Of course, I came home and told him she said he was, "an anchor, dragging down the class!" Then I had to tell him I was just kidding. It must be my dry Irish humor or something. That poor kid of mine!

Going to run out and see my daughter in her wedding gown today. It's the final fitting! I am sure she will look beautiful!

Mary Wiggins

February 09, 2007 - Msg 49502: I've just been reading Anna Nicole's story on the MSN home page. How sad. How pitifully sad. That poor girl. Dysfunctional? Certainly, though it seems ironic that the likes of Rosie O'Donnell, the queen of dysfunction, would make that observation. Poor Anna Nicole had her priorities all muddled up, she passed the muddle on to her son, and it got them both. It reminds me of the parable of the rich man, who had more wealth than he knew what to do with but was seeking still more. He arrived at the idea of tearing down his barns and building bigger ones, to store up even more worldly goods, but God had other ideas. He called him a fool, and told him that "this night thy soul will be required of thee, and then whose shall these things be?"
If Anna Nicole married that rich 90-yr old man because she truly loved him, then that's the love story of the century. Nope, I'm afraid she married him in order to inherit his millions, and found herself having to battle his family for the inheritance. Now she's gone, and the battle will rage on for years. Poor little Dannielynn will be the pawn in the middle of it, and it will only be through God's intervention that the child will grow up to be anything like a normal person. Men are coming out of the woodwork, claiming to be her father. If there wasn't a big inheritance at stake, I would imagine that any man who knew he was a possibility would just keep quiet and hope no one else was aware, lest he be given the responsibility. The money? Now that's another matter. Suddenly they're ready to face their "responsibility". How interesting. How tragic. How sad.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena