February 12, 2007 - Msg 49621: Hey gang...ben busy but back at work now...gona read ....supper will be at wendys on me...SPOT

February 12, 2007 - Msg 49622: Wow I sweept...have not had the chance in a while....whach out for the dust...kerchoo..SPOT

February 12, 2007 - Msg 49623: boy I "can" spell a little better than that....ha ha...fat paw SPOT

February 12, 2007 - Msg 49624: Afternoon Porch! Wanted to check in & let ya'll know I'm still around & happy as ever! This new man has really turned out to be something! I had forgotten how nice it was to be treated like a Queen & have someone actually care about ME! I hope it keeps going this way, but if not I'll enjoy it while I can. Best get some stuff done before the rain hits here. Talk to you folks later.

February 12, 2007 - Msg 49625: thanks for sweeping SPOT. So happy for you Mavis, enjoy this relationship. You deserve the best. See you guys at Wendys. Big Maude

February 12, 2007 - Msg 49626: Wow, Mavis, that's really good news. I'm so happy for you. Take it slow and easy, and enjoy each day, and who knows? Maybe it will turn into a lifetime! Prayers for you, girl. --Romeena

February 12, 2007 - Msg 49627: Good deal Mav...does he like racing?....hey Ro,Maude....see ya at Wendys...SPOT

February 12, 2007 - Msg 49628: Hey, ever'body, I'm still kickin'! Good to here from Mavis. See, Mavis, all those frogs you kissed, you finally got a prince!
Hey Spot, you working?
I'm just gonna rock awhile, see if anybody stops by.

February 12, 2007 - Msg 49629: Where has ASA been? Seems like a long time since he's checked in. I hope he's just busy.

February 12, 2007 - Msg 49630:
Hello porch family....sure have missed you all. Hope you all haven't give up on me but my computer is on the blink. Have someone coming to fix it but it's going to be about 3 weeks.
Praying for you all and hope to be able to check back in soon.

February 12, 2007 - Msg 49631:
Mavis....proud for you.

Spot...those Fords looked good qualifying. Not so sure about the Toyotas yet. Should be fun to watch.
Good night and be blessed

February 12, 2007 - Msg 49632: Hey, Rev! Hope you're back soon!

Just had a nice chat with Hazel at Sarah's....I'll be there awhile if anyone wants to chat!


February 12, 2007 - Msg 49633: Rev hurry up and get it fixed!...Rev the Fords did look good but I think toyota will have something for them....Millie yea im at work till 6 am...apb for Asa...and a bunch of others too... gona watch a 1951 movie on WHSG I:d climb the highest mountian...dont know what its gona be about...comes on at 10...snack time will be oatmeal cookies and milk....SPOT

February 12, 2007 - Msg 49634: Thanks, Spot, snack sounds good!

February 12, 2007 - Msg 49635:
Rev-Great to see ya again!

Mavis-Great news! Good for you!

Lucy-All is well here. It seems like just the other day we were wondering where winter was (oh, there it is). I don't think he's electable but I'd vote for Newt. The Democrats have taken a sharp left turn since JFK, I couldn't imagine voting for one.

M-T Just curious but what Democratic Party policy has Newt backed? I love the old Newt, I love today's Newt.

An APB for Asa, he shouldn'tbe too hard to find, there can't be a lot guys with mullets in Utah (they would stand for too many of those, nor should they).

Has anyone, on the porch, ever listened to "The Watergate Comdey Hour" ablum, by Burns and Schreiber. That's Jack Burns (Warren Ferguson). I haven't heard that in years. As I remember it, it was funny.


February 12, 2007 - Msg 49636: We need to find that mullet man...have not listened to that album auh2o...can it be found on the net to listen?...Millie you feeling ok today?...cant find anything on tv....yall see anything good to watch?...SPOT

February 12, 2007 - Msg 49637: Glad to see you enjoying life, Mavis! Have a good one. And tell your guy that he'd better treat you right, or us porchster's will have to give him the what-for's!;)

I was watching the episode where Andy, Helen, Barney, and Thelma-lou go spelunking(don't know if that is spelled right) in the cave. I was cracking up when Barney is going on about "bat eggs". And he says something like:
"...you want bat eggs in your hair; I don't!" :D

-Sterling Holobyte

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49638: Hey gang just found howard morris is gona be on the twilight zone ...its on right now!...sci-fi channel...SPOT

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49639: Thanks for the heads up, Spot.

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49640: one of the fun girls had a small part in it also....watching silkwood with cher now....seems like a pretty good movie.....SPOT

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49641: I'm watching Silwood, too. Can't sleep...it's 3am! Help!

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49642: warm milk mil...warm milk..........slow moving movie....but ok........SPOT

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49643: Rise and Shine Gang!..flap jacks with maple syurp,country ham,scrambled eggs with cheese,hashbrowns,sausage links,grits,pop tarts,toast with grape jelly,bisquits with milk gravy,coffee,h2o,oj,corn flakes and milk...buffet style!...well watched silkwood[pretty good movie],gona head home at 6am then back at 2pm for 16 more then off for 7 days..prayers....your talking dog SPOT

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49644:
Morning Porch

Spot-I'm not sure if you can listen to it on the net. I have seen it for sale on ebay.

Lucy-I forgot to put a qualifier on my last statement. I wouldn't vote for one because I'm just a simple hayseed.

Pitchers and catchers report in 2 days!

"Atta boy, Luther!"

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49645: I've never loved a newt...or kissed a frog, Auh2o.

Good to see REV, hope he doesn't stay away as long next time.

"ASA, check in soon"!

Went to the doc yesterday and all looked pretty good. Lost a couple of pounds (not much but it's a start). Guess Curves is helping. Only problem was my fasting blood sugar has creeped up to 97, which is still within normal range but is at the threshold of diabetes. Have to lose more weight and keep exercising if I hope to keep from crossing over into diabetes. I, like many Americans, have what they call "Metabolic Syndrome", which means I have to change my lifestyle and keep it that way to stay healthy. It's easier to do now that Sean has his problems. I tell him, "No, you can't have fries and neither can I. If you don't eat it, I don't eat it". I can't expect him to eat right if I'm not willing to set a good example.

I wanted to ask you to please send up a prayer for the girls at the rehab tonight. I usually have something prepared to share with them by now but it's not working this week and I have bible study tonight. Since tomorrow is Valentine's Day, the church is feeding the girl's and staff pizza tonight, which they will appreciate.

Well, have to get the kids off to school.


February 13, 2007 - Msg 49646: Hey, Boo. How about a comparison of the different kinds of love - Agape love (the God kind of love), Philo (brotherly) love, erotic love. Lots of material there, lots of supporting scripture, tons of research material everywhere, and appropriate to the holiday. I have heard it said that God always demonstrates Agape love only, friends and family receive a combination of Agape and Philo (filial) love, and our spouse should receive all three. Erotic love alone will not stand the test of time, while erotic and filial love alone will last longer but probably won't bear heavy burdens. All three kinds combined will make a lasting, enduring, happy marriage. Just a suggestion...

I'm off to the dentist! Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49647: Good morning everyone. It's snowing now and expected to change to freezing rain by thsi afternoon. I hope to be on my way before then.

AUH2O: Without going back and rereading my post, I may have misspoken. I meant that Newt has had no problem agreeing with Democrats when what they are saying makes sense, and even if Republicans (generally and publicly) don't agree. I have seen him do this a number of times, mostly on shows like "Hannity & Combs." Many Republicans (and Democrats, too) tow the party line, even those times when it flies in the face of good sense; Newt hasn't been doing that. In the "old days" I suppose his position as Speaker, and hence party leader, sometimes meant he had to swallow hard for the "good of the party." I'm glad this doesn't continue to be the case. In my opinion, it may mean gridlock, or worse, but good ideas are good ideas, bad ideas are bad ideas, and party should always be subordinate to what's good for the country. Politicians sometimes think that what's good for their party, or their particular constituents, is good for the country as a whole. So we have party and pork-barrell politics. Oh, well, maybe we should try the monarchy things again? I do love pomp and circunstance.

See ya'll later.


February 13, 2007 - Msg 49648: Thanks for the suggestion, RO. I think I will be teaching on love in the form of forgiveness but we might also talk about the different forms of love, too. It's a good idea to talk about it at their young age because most of them have probably been confused in that area.

I am so tired today. For some reason, I have been waking up every night at 4:45am?! I have trouble going back to sleep and kind of go in and out of sleep after that. And yes, MDC, I am taking the Melatonin.

Think I will do the uncommon and try to take a little nap before I finishe the chores.


February 13, 2007 - Msg 49649: By the way, Auh2o, I have nothing against Newt G, just don't know that much about him. My liberal, Democratic Dad can't stand him, I know that much (which means I would probably like him).


February 13, 2007 - Msg 49650: Good morning all! Well, I joined the '47' club today! Yep, it's my birthday. What a beautiful sunshiny day to enjoy it in! Spot, didn't you say you were a 'member' of this club, as well?

Hope everyone has a great day. God bless you all!

Miss Peggy

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49651: Happy Birthday, MISS PEGGY!

BOO: Tired? Moms get tired? Crazy, just crazy I tell you. Next thing you know, you'll tell me that women don't have all the answers.


February 13, 2007 - Msg 49652: Thanks Me-They! I'm waiting for my chocolate pie
that Mom always makes for me on my B-day! Anybody want a piece? I like cool whip topping!

Miss Peggy

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49653:
Me-They Can I be king first? As for Newt, I don't really recall him being obstinate for the sake of being obstinate. I think he angered almost as many in the GOP as he did on the other side. I think he's similar to Joe Lieberman, in that regard.

Miss Peggy- Happy Birthday!!! (Man, I'm the only one left in the 46 club.) Thanks, I'll have a piece of pie.

Boo-I live in the "People's Republic of New York." So, just about everyone here hates Newt, which means he's pretty good. And, let me clarify, if I may, it is true that I said I loved him, however, I would never kiss Newt. No king should have to do that.

"...if I don't get my lunch by noon then I get a headache and I'm no good to anybody."


February 13, 2007 - Msg 49654: A nice icey day here in Indiana - blizzard conditions to the north in Indianapolis. Probably near Fun Girl.
Here it is ice and freezing rain. YUCK! No school today or tomorrow for that fact. Looks like it will be after Memorial Day before school gets out. Double YUCK!

TAke care!



February 13, 2007 - Msg 49655: Yay! Another member of the 47 Club! Happy Birthday Miss Peggy! Look Spot,we've got us another member! I think I am the unofficial President since I believe my birthday falls before Spot's. Spot would be Vice-President then.Spot,what position should we give Miss Peggy? Keeper of the Flame? Ha! Glad you joined the club Peggy!
Yeah,just where is Asa? Y'all think he's taken his act on the road again? Gets kinda cold prancing around in a speedo this time of year!
And on that note,I bid y'all so long for now.
possum under a rock

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49656: AUH2O: If you do kiss a Newt, does that break the magic spell?

I guess we agree about Mr. G. then. I have a lot of respect for Lieberman, too, even if I don't always agree with him, for standing up against party when convicted to do so.


February 13, 2007 - Msg 49657: Okay, POSSUM, I just had lunch. Ixnay on the ASA-speedo comments, please.


February 13, 2007 - Msg 49658: Take care down there, homemaker, and all those in the path of the snow and ice storm. We're pretty lucky up here in that regard in that we have some snow on the ground but that big storm looks like it is going to pass below us. Although I'm sure the kids won't see it as lucky.

I'll have to take a harder look at Newt. I like a politician who doesn't blindly follow the party line.
Speaking of politics, Boo, you mentioned your "liberal democratic dad". I'm glad I'm not the only one with a parent who is that way. In my case, it is my mom. And sometimes it gets irritating because no matter what the conversation is she manages to turn it into a diatribe as to how bad George Bush is.
She wasn't always like that. I think she was charmed by the charisma of Bill Clinton as President, because that is when she "changed". Which I think is what happened with alot of women, actually.

Oh, by the way, does anyone have any suggestions as to what to get a girl for Valentine's Day(which is also the same time my wife proposed to me-yes,she proposed. I guess she got tired of waiting for me to make up my mind). Flowers just seem so boring and predictable. But I want something I can send to her work. What do you think girls? And guys too, if you have any suggestions, I'd like to hear them too. Thanks!

-Sterling Holobyte

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49659: Thanks for all the B-day greetings! I would love to be 'Keeper of the Flame'... just need to be careful not to get too close to the 'squeezin's'

Sterling, I think your wife would love a cookie bouquet! They are beautiful and tasty! You can order online.

Miss Peggy

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49660: wwwdotcookiesbydesigndotcom is a good one

Miss Peggy

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49661: Hey gang back at work now..back with supper in just a bit...rain here and storms....SPOT

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49662: STERLING: How about a flat screen digital tv? Beats a pineapple skinner. You could just make a pan of cashew fudge and watch that doctor show on tv. (But wouldn't it be better on a flat screen?) Just watch your windows if you take a notion to float that arm out there.

"They're doin' it! They're doin' it!"


February 13, 2007 - Msg 49663: Seems I'm a multiple personality today. Double your pleasure, double your fun ;).

"Let me transport you to the land of rhythm and pleasure."

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49664: That's a great idea, Peggy! I never would've thought of that. And thanks for the link!

Me-They, I think my wife would know the flat-screen would be for me. She ain't that dense. ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49665: Me-They, it's funny that just as I was reading your post about moms getting tired, I was thinking in my mind (because, yes, moms can think two thoughts at the same time), 'When am I going to have time to wash the dishes between getting dinner for the family, laundry, and bible study at the drug rehab tonight?...Guess I'll have to do it after helping the kids with their homework, helping Erin make her Valentines for tomorrow and before going to bed'! I was also thinking of taking some Tylenol for the body aches that started 30 minutes ago. I wish I could slow down, but I can't this week. The laundry is overflowing and so are the dishes. Sean has a dr's appointment tomorrow and I have to take him to his doctor in Houston on Friday. I have an important lunch date on Thursday or I would stay home all day and get everything done. As it is, I will be doing housework in the evening (which I hate to do). I don't know how in the world moms do it who have to work outside the home and IN it. I know it will get easier when the kids are older but right now, they need help with things.

Happy Birthday to Peggy!

Auh2o, you better have your Mr Cookie Bar this afternoon.

Sterling, your mom does the same thing my dad does to me concerning Bush. I always manage to change the subject somehow. I don't understand why women would think Clinton was anything special after he lied and cheated the way he did. I think he's every woman's nightmare.

Sterling, I think that if you are sending something to your wife's work, you just can't lose by sending her a dozen or so red roses. What is more romantic or speaks of passion like red roses? She will be the envy of her friends at work. When my husband gives me candy, I think, 'That's nice', but if he gives me beautiful red roses I think, 'After all these years, he still digs me (if you know what I mean)'...I vote for roses (especially if she had to propose to you..heehee).


February 13, 2007 - Msg 49666: M-T, you left out the duck pond... but why go out there at night... you won't be able to see the ducks!!

Miss Peggy

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49667:
Boo & Sterling- I have a sister who just hates W, HATES him! I mean she really really dislikes him, a lot. The thing is she has no idea what the issues are. But, she knows the President is wrong. She's kind of like Jon Stewart or Bill Maher.

I say we round up a search crew and go look for Asa.
"Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their neighbor!"


February 13, 2007 - Msg 49668: I still vote for the digital flat screen. They're electronal marvels.

BOO: If I could come and help you with the housework, I would. And you know I mean it. It would probably do as much for my anxiety as it would for your stress :).

Have a happy Valentine's everyone!

"You can go back to what you were doing. What were you doing?"

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49669: AUH2O: You have to actually know and understand issues before drawing an intelligent conclusion? Since when? It's my constitutional right to draw insipid conclusions from fake news and rhetoric.

"I repeat...Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their neighbor!"

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49670: Thanks Me-They! I know you mean it and youwould do a great job, I'm certain of that. It would be nice if we could all actually help each other when needed but we have to settle for "verbal encouragement", and the folks on the porch are experts at that, aren't they?


Andy to Barn: "You need to get a room!"

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49671: Yeah, auh2o, I think they call that "Bush Derangement Syndrome", and from what I see, there are alot of people afflicted by it. :)

Oh, and I did go ahead and ordered the roses, as predictable as that may be. But if she thinks it is a boring gift, I can always blame it on Boo for suggesting it. ;) jk, Boo. Thanks for your comments.
While I still think the cookie thing is a good idea, I remembered that whenever I would give my wife things like chocolates, or stuff like that, she would always comment that I must want her to get fat, so I guess it is safer to go with something she can't eat.
Well, she could eat the roses if she was really hungry, I guess.
But I am going to cook her a roast in the slow cooker(one of her favorite things, that we haven't had in a while) for supper tomorrow, as I probably won't be giving her chocolates, or cookies. ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

-Sterling Holobyte

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49672: Whoa, how did that double name thing happen? I guess I caught the same thing Me-They has.

-Sterling Holobyte

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49673: Btw, anyone of you cooks have a suggestion as to what to put in with the roast to make it tastier? I seem to recall the last time I made it, it was kind of bland.
And don't say Tabasco sauce! ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49674: Sterling, you could use Lipton onion soup mix, just dry rub the roast before you cook it. Or, salt, pepper, worstershire and soy sauce.

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49675: Good afternoon, all. Sterling, about that roast, if you have a cup or two of coffee left over from breakfast, toss it in with the roast. You won't taste the coffee, but it sure does give a nice rich flavor to the gravy. And I don't even like coffee! That little tip was something I learned from my husband. He was a pretty good cook, and his pot roast was fabulous. The onion soup mix is good, too, and blends with the coffee.

I cannot imagine what on earth any woman could possibly see to admire in Bill Clinton. I have gone after more appealing things than he is, with a can of Raid. I never liked Hillary either, but after watching her put up with, and even enable his shameful, disgusting behavior just so she could keep her toe in the White House, I like her even less. She will NOT get my vote! I think we need to nominate Ellie Walker - what do you think, girls?

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49676: I'm a guy, but I'd vote for Ellie, too! She was a good egg.
Not like those bat eggs. ;)

Thanks for the roast suggestion as well, Ro, and for yours too, Millie. It's making me hungry just thinking about it!

-Sterling Holobyte

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49677: Sterling, you ARE putting some potatoes and carrots in there, right? And some of them pearly onions? They twang my buds!

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49678: oh, my, almost forgot....



February 13, 2007 - Msg 49679: Hi, porch! I'm back. I was at my Grandma's house for he weekend, and then I got a cold with a hacking cough, from which I still am suffering. (COUGH!COUGH!) I hope you all are doing well, and, to help top it off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISS PEGGY! Again, I wish you all well.


February 13, 2007 - Msg 49680: You snuck in on me there, son. Shouldn't you be doing your homework?hehehe.

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49681: Supper tonight....chicken fried rice, eggrolls, and lo mein. Eat up!

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49682: Oh wow, Sterling...roses and a roast? You are gonna score big points for that! Wish my husband would cook a roast once in awhile (or anything for that matter).

Well, I picked up Sean from school and he informed me that his heart was doing that "funny" thing again, several times today and in bed last night and that it makes him feel light-headed! He forgot to tell me about it this morning so I had to leave a message at the cardiologist's office about it to hopefully see if they can find out what the 24 hr strip they did on him has on it. I don't like thinking about him having something like this going on at night. Please pray for us both (mom is nervous about it).


"Ellie for El Presidente"

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49683: Hope you get over that cough soon Miller.


February 13, 2007 - Msg 49684: Miller, we're glad you're back, but you point that cough away from your mom, and you wash your hands about a hundred times a day, you hear? The last thing she needs is a cold! Spray or wipe down the phone and the computer keyboard after you use them, too.

Happy Birthday, Miss Peggy, hope it's a happy one. Trust me, 47 isn't a bad place to be. I'd go back there myself, but it's a long way back, and some of the roads weren't paved, so guess I'll stay where I am.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49685: My goodness, Boo. An irregular heartbeat in a kid Sean's age isn't unusual, but lightheadedness? I'd be insisting on an explanation of that one from the cardiologist. Now here's an idea, and I'm probably way off base, but you'll know whether there's any merit to it or not. I know Sean has anxiety issues. He knows you're concerned about his heart. Is it possible that one is overlying or exacerbating the other? Just a thought...

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49686: Boo, prayers for you and Sean....let us know what the doc says.

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49687: Thanks for supper Millie...whew had a few storms move through and been a little busy....will take 2 egg rolls please....hey Sterling,Ro,Miller and all...well let me get back to work...got to get the lights on!...thanks again millie....Big Maude got any slaw?...SPOT

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49688: Happy B-day Peggy....im 47 also!....good age!..ha ha...SPOT

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49689: Glad you liked it Spot. Chocolate puddin' for dessert!

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49690: I had thought of that and was hoping that was the case, Ro, but I had a long talk with him about it and he assures me that this is something new that started about 2 weeks ago and is getting more frequent. I have been very careful to stay calm and not raise my (or his) anxiety level. Of course, anything is possible...It is really hard to know what is going on sometimes with Sean because of his other issues. God is in control and I will choose to trust him and not be afraid.

Thanks for the advice and prayers, they are ALWAYS welcome. You folks mean so much to me. I me truley blessed by your friendship.


February 13, 2007 - Msg 49691: Okay - I am tired of the ice. We have a lot of branches down and my parents have been without electricity since this morning. A little girl was killed in Cincy this afternoon walking her dog. A tree limb broke from the ice and landed on her. Who would have thought? We went and checked on livestock this afternoon and driving home was treacherous with all of the downed branches. It is as bad as it looks on TV. Then we got home and watched a huge branch on the back of our property break out of the tree.

Peggy - I am only in the 44 club. . .I am glad you are paving the way for us. . .Ha Ha

Asa with a mullet and a speedo and a toolbelt - what a sight that brings to mind!


February 13, 2007 - Msg 49692: Oh yeah - no school tomorrow!


February 13, 2007 - Msg 49693: Random thoughts from Hazel.
Boo, you are right, it would be hard to do all that stuff, and hold down a full time job. You are very lucky that you don't have to work outside the home!
I can't stand Bill Clinton. Don't get me started on him. And I aint even a republican.
Sorry you're sick, Miller. I hope you get better soon! (Remember, don't sneeze on yer mom)
I miss Asa too. There was that shooting in Salt Lake yesterday, so I hope all is well with him and his family and friends.
If my husband sent me flowers, it would really tick me off. They are so expensive and they only last a couple of days... if he wants to spend that much I would rather he take me out to dinner, or just give me the cash. I mean that. Flowers have never done anything for me.

I sound like Lydia. I don't mind ordinary conversation, but I hate to chitchat. I also get carsick, don't know how to play bridge, and can't bowl because of a bad back.
- Hazel

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49694:
Just a quick note tonight. Been very busy these days caring for mom and all.
Mavis- good to see things looking up for you dear! God bless ya, you deserve it.
Prayers for ya all.

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49695: Thanks Romeena, Millie, Miller, Spot, hm, and others for the B-day greetings! I have had a wonderful day... cards, flowers, calls, pie I am loved!

Prayers for Sean!

Miss Peggy

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49696: Hey everyone. Just stopping in.

Deputy Warren Ferguson

February 13, 2007 - Msg 49697: Hello everyone from Andyfan1959!

February 14, 2007 - Msg 49698: Well hey there from Andyfan1959! He's a friend of Warren's and mine from over at The Andy Griffith Show Forum. So glad to have you stop by. Pull up a rocker, there's plenty of room!

February 14, 2007 - Msg 49699: Oh Hazel, I can just imagine you saying, "I hate roses...I don't mind someone taking me out to eat, but I hate roses....". haha You know, sometimes I sound alot like Lydia too, come to think of it. Especially when it comes to talking about the South Texas weather...."I hate the humidity....don't mind the heat so much, but I hate the humidity".

I pray the Lord keeps you and your neighbors safe, Homemaker, and may the bad weather end soon.

Tell us about yourself, Andyfan.

Supposed to be in the 40's here today, which is cold for us, and in the 30's tomorrow. Guess I'll have to put away my flip-flops and wear tennis shoes again for a couple of days. Yesterday was a piece of heaven, though...sunny, dry and a cool 65 degrees.

Better get Erin ready for school. I'm keeping Sean home to take him to his appointment with the endocrine dr. A big Happy Valentine's Day to all my friends!


February 14, 2007 - Msg 49700: Hey Warren, I didn't see ya there. Hope you are doing ok. Do you ever hear from Barnwannabee?


February 14, 2007 - Msg 49701: I don't think I have to worry about my wife being ticked off by sending her flowers, Hazel. She likes to waste money on frivolous things. The more expensive the better, it seems. I just have to try to strike a balance between that and my penny pinching ways. So $70 for some roses, compared with say, a $900.00 ring or something, is doing pretty good.
Marriage, it's all about compromise, isn't it?. ;)

Hey, Andyfan1959! As Millie said, there is plenty of room here on the porch!

Well, I have to go and start my roast! Thanks again for all the suggestions!

-Sterling Holobyte

February 14, 2007 - Msg 49702: Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!

Love you all!

possum under a rock

February 14, 2007 - Msg 49703: Well, Valentine's day is not about compromise, it's about love...you guys need to put a crowbar in your wallet and buy something your wives will love. Today is not the day to pinch pennies. Today is the day for as much extravagance as we can muster and still be wise. Your wives do so much for you and your families. Surprise them with something special (I know you will, you are all great guys).


February 14, 2007 - Msg 49704: Happy Valentimes Day everyone! Lot'sa love to you all!

See ya,

Deputy Warren Ferguson

February 14, 2007 - Msg 49705: You know what, friends? Love can be expressed in many ways. My dear husband, that much-beloved man, was not one to bring candy or flowers, or even a card. He was not romantic in the traditional ways, but he had his own style. I might come home and find the house cleaned, or the laundry done. I might step outside and see my car all shiny and clean and with a full gas tank. On one anniversary, he didn't bring me flowers that would be long faded away, but he bought me a puppy, my Sugarplum, knowing full well that because of our schedules he would be the one who would do most of the care and training of her. He stood strong through all of life's storms, and was always there when I needed him.

Guys, I'm not saying you shouldn't get your sweethearts little pretties for Valentine's Day or other occasions. Oh, I'd have enjoyed some flowers or candy or a little gift on Valentine's Day, and once in a while he would do it, but usually not. However, when I stack up what he did do alongside what he didn't do, the "didn't do" stack is pretty small, and the "did do" stack is too high for me to measure it. Just be very sure that along with the little consumable things, like candy and flowers, you are also giving her the things that she'll remember many years down the line. Things like love, faithfulness, trust, forgiveness, patience, humor, helpfulness, understanding, unselfishnes, encouragement - the list could go on and on.

Now for you girls - be sure you demonstrate those same qualities toward your man, and remember to show your appreciation for the things he does for you. Never, ever, take him for granted. If he's good and solid and faithful, it's easy to assume he'll be there forever, but that's not necessarily true. Trust me. I know.

Now, what gives me the right to hand out all this unsolicited advice? Life experience, honeys and dears, and besides, I'm older than dirt!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 14, 2007 - Msg 49706: Ya'll aren't going to believe this (or perhaps you will, given my past history. hehe). A few weeks ago, a family who lived a couple of blocks from us moved out of their house. They were rather questionable-looking people and the house was a shambles. It is located on about an acre of nice land and has a small lake in back, but the house is a mess. Anyway, I know they had a pet pot-bellied pig for years, its a big, black pig that I used to see in the front yard from time to time. Well, I was passing by the house today and there in the front yard was that poor pig. They just abandoned it without food. The old thing was trying to eat dead grass. I opened the gate and went into the yard to see if I could get close to her and she was so old she is deaf and never heard me calling. I got close enough to touch her and when I did, she noticed me for the first time and let out some kind of a hollar and jumped back a few feet. She didn't run but was very timid. I went back home and gathered up some fruits and veggies from the frige and went back to try and feed her. The poor thing was terrified of me and tried to hide under some Pompass Grass. I tossed some food to her and she hollared like I was killing her or like she wanted to kill me, but I walked away a distance to see if she would eat it. Of course she ate it up in a hurry. I went to the police station and talked to our not-so-efficient animal control officer about the situation (there was no way I was going to call and leave a message...I know that doesn't work). He told me that he had seen the pig and had tried to catch her with no luck, then he suggested that he talk to the old animal control officer to find out where the traps were. I asked, "Oh, are you new to this job?"...he replied, "No, I've been doing it for 7 years. I'll call and find out where the traps are and try to get her.". I thought that was pretty funny. Anyway, I don't have alot of confidence in what they will do but I had to try. If I could get her myself, I would, but that would be impossible with her size. I guess I will keep checking on her and feeding her if need be. I sure hope they can catch her, though. Some people!

I put a roast in for dinner tonight and put the coffee in it like you suggested, Ro. It sure smells good! That is a very good point you made in your post above. It's important to put some thought into what your spouse would really appreciate from you (and sometimes it AIN'T Candy and flowers)....boy, would I love to come home to a clean house and clean laundry. I guess it's easy to buy something but it's a real sacrifice to do someone's chores for them because you love them. Maybe someday I will get a Sugarplum for my anniversary...

For Bruce, I decided to fix him a really good dinner of roast, carrots, potatoes, sweet corn, rolls, sweet tea and chocolate pie for dessert. Isn't that something men really want, a good meal and some good lovin'?

Gotta go get the kids from school and take Sean to his appointment with the endocrine dr.


February 14, 2007 - Msg 49707: Well, that poor pig! What on earth goes on in the heads of some people? Apparently it's not uncommon for someone to just move away and abandon their animals. I watch those animal cops shows on TV, and that's a common occurrence. They are always finding starving dogs and cats locked into an abandoned house or apartment, with no food or water. It just makes me sick. Why do people take on the responsibility of an animal, and then just throw it away like a broken toy?

If I may meddle a bit here - have you considered giving the poor old thing a home at your new place? Pigs make pretty good kitchen garbage disposal units, and she probably won't last much longer anyway. You could provide her with shelter, and food and clean water for her last days. I assume you'll be running a little stock on that land anyway, she could be your first! I'd name her Petunia. Just a thought. I'm good at thinking of things for other people to do. (teehee)

As for Bruce getting you a Sugarplum someday, that can't happen. There's only one Sugarplum! She's the only one of her kind, she told me. There are other Maltese (d-o-g-s) but she's the only Sugarplum. Seriously, a Maltese is the sweetest little canine you'd ever hope to find, and I've never seen a mean one.

Well, guess I'll go hunt up some lunch. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 14, 2007 - Msg 49708: The abandoned pig, and the trashed house, reminds me of something my son and his wife witnessed several years ago. A man living across the street from them disappeared one day, and his next-door neighbor reported hearing his dog barking a lot. My son investigated, and saw the dog through a filthy window. It was standing at eye-level with him, and it was out in the middle of the room. My son called the police. The police called animal control, who left the required 24-hour notice. The next day, with my son's help, the police forced the front door open so they could enter and get the dog. The door wasn't locked, but was blocked by four feet of piled trash! My son cracked the door forcing it open.

The entire house was three to four feet deep in accumulated trash. Milk cartons, beer bottles, fast food containers, newspapers, rags, chicken bones, soda cans, whatever. The doorknobs on the doors were submerged, and the men had to almost crawl to get through doors because they were walking on top of the trash. It was firmly compacted, as the man had apparently been walking on it for years. There were rats everywhere, of course. The toilet seat was beneath a layer of trash, so don't ask me where the man, well - who knows? The dog had survived because he knocked the lid off the tank, and drank water from there. When he would drink it down to a certain level, it would refill. He was starving, though. Animal control took him, and the police started hunting the man. From some mail in his mailbox, they learned where he worked and went there and found him. He had simply moved out of the house and into a motel. His reason? He was tired of having to enter the house through the crawl space in the garage, walk on beams and drop down through a hole he had made, into the kitchen on top of the trash. Besides, he couldn't get his refrigerator open anymore! He worked in a machine shop, and his employer said he did good work, and seemed normal to him.

Well, animal control put out rat poison for the hundreds of rats. Naturally, the neighborhood cats caught the sick rats, and six cats died as well. That's another reason I hate poisoning anything, even a rat. It's a cruel death, and it has far-reaching effects. Anyway, the man was committed for treatment, the house was bought, and believe it or not, cleaned and repaired and painted, and sold. My son said the cleaners hauled away four dumpsters full of trash.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 14, 2007 - Msg 49709: Happy Valentines day to all my porch friends. Been busy today and havenot stopped in to visit.
Still battling my sinus infection but trying to work. I have to take off Friday to take my son to have his wisdom teeth removed. Hopefully things will be okay with the procedure. He is hearing his friends at school tell their "horror' stories about their own experience. Well, you all have a blessed day and prayers to all. Big Maude

February 14, 2007 - Msg 49710: HAPPY St. VALENTINES DAY! Hope you all are well, and that your valentines are, too! Just checking in, so, hey!


February 14, 2007 - Msg 49711:
Here's a good one for you, just read the Song of Solomon, Chapters 1 to 4 to your spouse, or your special valentine! Now THAT is super stuff!
Hope all are doing ok. Prayers for busy boo and for all porchsters really. I hope we hear from Colt again soon. Hang in there my friends. baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and chevrolet!
Love ya,
Mr Darlin's Cuz

February 14, 2007 - Msg 49712:
Oops I forgot, mavis, did you watch the westminster show?

February 14, 2007 - Msg 49713: Sometimes the ones we love do just a little thing, that can leave a huge impact. Tonight my beloved took me out to dinner, and it was so nice. Really nice. But I can't help but think of a moment a couple weeks ago. I was making tacos, and I had set hubby to grating cheese. So he was sitting at the kitchen table, grating cheese for me, while watching the 6:00 news on the little TV we keep in the kitchen. He glanced over at me cooking, and just simply said "I love you!". It was out of nowwhere, but it sure was sweet. I think it's moments like that that stick with you more than dinner or a movie! In April it will be 30 years of marriage for us, and those kind of moments never get old! Happy Valentines Day, friends.
- Hazel

February 14, 2007 - Msg 49714: Oh, Hazel, what a nice thought. Happy Valentines Day, you lucky gal!

February 14, 2007 - Msg 49715: That was very touching, Hazel. Thanks for sharing it with us. Today has been one of those very hectic days and I spent 3 hours in the dr's office with Sean. The endocrine dr was as very sweet, young girl...she looked like she couldn't be over 25. She agreed with me that it was too soon to be thinking about medicine for Sean's cholesterol. We will continue to have him eat right, exercise and retest in 6 months. She said the goal is not to get him to lose alot of weight because you have to make sure he is getting what he needs to go through puberty and that we should try to keep him from gaining because once he hits his growth spurt he should be alright. She even did an exam and measured his little testes and was proud to announce that he was indeed, starting puberty. So, hopefully in about a year, he will start getting some height. We also talked to a dietician about how he needs to be eating so that was good. I never did hear back from the cardiologist about those heart palpatations. Guess I'll try again tomorrow.

That is quite a story Romeena. Such a strange mental disorder to hoard trash like that! Poor dog having to live in that awful house. As far as the pig, I would take her if my land were fenced or had water on it. We have not dug the well yet and probably won't for while. I would bring her here to the backyard but I did some reading and found out that dogs and pigs don't mix. I amd sure that moving the poor old thing would be such a trauma that it would probably best to tranquilize her and put her to sleep, humanely. I have a good idea that the dog-catcher won't put forth much effort and I will be feeding the pig daily until someone else moves into the house (if anyone ever does).

That roast I made sure turned out good. It was so nice to have it after being out all day. I cooked it in the crockpot with carrots. Poor Bruce had some kind of problem at work and didn't get home until almost 8. I had to go get some medicine for Erin (she is sick with a stomach virus) and when I got home, he had cleaned the kitchen..Hoo-rah! He also brought me some roses even after his long day, bless his heart. I am going to be the one staying up with Erin tonight and Bruce went to bed early to get up early and head back to work. When the computers go down at Bruce's work, it is serious business and he has to fix the problem then and there, no matter how long it takes or what time it is. I could tell you where he is employed, but if I did I would have to kill you....just kidding.

Erin just fell asleep in the recliner so I guess I will grab a blanket and try to catch some sleep on the couch..wish me luck...it's been a tough day...after I picked up Erin from my sisters and was driving home thinking about how tired I was, Erin threw up all over my coat and her carseat and tennis shoes so when we got home I had to do some wash and while I was cleaning up the mess in the car, I straightened up and hit my head on a tree that was beside the car and almost passed out! I was not a happy camper by this time but I a doing better now. Hopefully I will get some sleep before I have to get up and take Sean to school in the morning...