February 15, 2007 - Msg 49716: Guess I'm the first one up. Poor Erin threw up until about 12 and then finally fell back to sleep and is still sleeping. I slept off and on and did pretty well on the couch. I got cold, though. This old house of my parent's is not that well insulated against the cold and I think it was at least in the low 30's (cold enought to freeze a Texan in his tracks!). Supposed to freeze her tonight...brrrr. Hope the pig stays warm.

I'm feeling a bit queezy this morning but hoping it's my imagination. The parents have a doctors appointment today but my sister is going to have to take them this time. As I lay on the couch this morning, I calculated that I have spent 8 and a half hours waiting in dr's offices in the last week and still have to go to Houston tomorrow. (In my best Lydia impersonation:) "I hate waiting in the dr's office.....I don't mind doctors, but I hate waiting in the office".

Me-They, I am reading a book right now that I am thinking you might really like. I am liking it alot. It's called Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller. He is a Christian but very unconventional, I guess you would say. It is really making me think (in a very good way).

Well, Erin just woke up and said she feels much better. Better go see about her.


February 15, 2007 - Msg 49717: Good Morning,
I was so tired this morning, but that 13 degree wind chill got me moving! My Southern bloods too thin for this.
Boo- Good job sweeping so bright and early this morning! You put Malcolm to shame. I hope Erin feels better soon. Are you feeling any better? You need a vacation!
Did everyone have a nice Valentine's Day? Ours was nice. Bryan knows my weakness for purses so in NYC he got me 2 knock of Coach and Gucci purses. I made Bryan's favorite dinner (salmon, asparagus with cream sauce, pesto pasta, and salad). It was also our 9th wedding anniversary. Most of my family didn't think we'd make it past the 5th, but I guess we showed them wrong. We're going out to dinner on Friday to celebrate.
Rev- It was nice to hear from you. Take care out on the road. There are alot of crazies out there.
Mavis- I'm glad you're having fun with your new man. As Romeena said, don't jump in head first. Use your head as well as your heart.
Miss Peggy- Happy Belated Birthday! Did you do anything fun?
Homemaker- You be careful in that awful weather. Are the boys enjoying being out of school?
Romeena- I liked your advice about love. You have such a gift with words and advice. Thank you for sharing.
MDC- I agree! I just finished a book called "Holy S#x" and it explained in modern terms what they meant and hubby said I was blushing!
Well, my bible study will be here soon and I need to do some last minute cleaning. I think I'll make some spiced hot apple cider since it's so chilly. Y'all have a great day!

February 15, 2007 - Msg 49718: Thank you, Lucy, you're very kind. That's one of the perils of getting old - you feel called upon to dispense free advice, and never give a thought to the fact that it's worth just about what it costs - nothing! I appreciate the patience and forbearance of my friends here on the porch, when I tend to meddle in their business and throw advice about so freely.

I got floated to work in the nursery last night, and if I ever had any reason to wonder why God gives babies to younger people, I got my answers last night. We had several who cried a lot, but there was one in particular - oh, my! A scrawny, rather runty-looking little boy, weighs not quite six pounds. He's one of those unhappy, worried-looking babies - do any of you know what I'm talking about? Little pinched-up face, furrowed brow, very thin lips, just (I'm sorry) not a very pretty baby. He'll probably make a to-die-for handsome man, but right now, well, hmmm. Anyway, for such a teeny little thing, you should hear him cry. Maybe you did, he's loud enough. I never heard such a squall from anything that little, and it's the kind of cry that could etch glass. Think Tasmanian devil, or baby pig. I thought my ears were going to bleed. All I could think of, every time he opened his mouth, was "Thank you, God, that he's not going home with me." I'm sorry, I know that sounds terrible, but after twelve hours in a room with all hard surfaces, not even a rug to dampen the sound, I'm not feeling very warm and fuzzy about crying babies.

Boo, your story sounds like one of those episodes that become an urban legend. Your day wasn't much fun, obviously. I hope today is better, and that Erin and Sean are better. Poor Bruce - I hope he gets the computer problems solved at work. It takes a brave man to make his living working with these temperamental monsters.

Well, I'm going to bed. Have to go back to work tonight, and it doesn't promise to be any easier. We were expecting six more deliveries today. I just hope some of them can speak English.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 15, 2007 - Msg 49719: Hey Lucy, sounds like you had a nice Valentine's Day (mine was less than romantic, thank you!). I just got back from taking Sean to school and it is 32 degrees but feels much colder and to my astonishment, I think it's snowing. There is something white falling from the sky. It is very small and melts when it hits ground but sure looks like snow to me. What is this world coming to?!


February 15, 2007 - Msg 49720: Thanks for the laugh this morning, Ro! I think I've met that baby you speak of...many times. HAHAHA! Hope tonight is better for you.


February 15, 2007 - Msg 49721:

Boo-Texas must not have received the Global Warming memo.


February 15, 2007 - Msg 49722: Good morning everyone. I was out yesterday due to snow and an ice storm that shut things down, generally. It's hard shoeveling this ice, let me tell you. There was an inch and a half over my car this morning. The temperature is only about 6 degrees, and people are ruining their tires trying to get out. Next week we should get a heat wave of weather in the 40s, though.

I hope that you all had a good Valentines. I'll catch up and stop in later.


February 15, 2007 - Msg 49723: Good morning all! Romeena, I've never known you to give bad advice, and besides, your 'baby' story made me laugh. Thanks! So keep those pearls of wisdom coming!

Boo, sorry you've had such a rough week. Praying that things will be better soon. One of these times when you are in Houston, maybe you could swing down to Clute and pay me a visit. I would like that.

Thanks, Lucy , for the B-day greeting. Didn't do anything out of the ordinary, but sure had a wonderful day.

Oh, I almost forgot... My sister and I may be getting a new puppy for my parents this weekend! We've got some leads. I'm so excited! Will let you know when it happens.

Well, I need to get some things done. Got a busy weekend. Going to keep my 2 nephews, ages 6 and 8, and believe me, they are a bundle of energy... and I'm not! They are sweethearts and we always have such fun together.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Check you later.

Mr. Darling: "I can take some cleaning up and I can even take some manners, but I ain't about to be beat to death with no spoon!!!"

Miss Peggy

February 15, 2007 - Msg 49724:
Well computer still not fixed but hopefully it will let me stay on long enough to check in.

It's a day late but HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY.

Cold here in SC. In the low 20s.
Well I'm home for the next two weeks. Local concerts here in SC. And it feels GOOD!

You all have a blessed day and I'll check back later. Praying for you all.

February 15, 2007 - Msg 49725: God's Gifts.

When I wake to each new day,
Ibend my knees in prayer
To thank You , Lord, for all Youur gifts
That help me to love and share.
You gave me sight that I might see
And ears with which to hear,
A voice to profess Your love for me
A nd words to comfort and cheer.
You gave me wisdom to teach and pray
And tell of Your great love,
For what is life if you cannot give
Some kindness thoughts and deed,
A friendly smile, a gentle touch
And help to those in need.
And so I ask for strngth and health
To touch each life with love.
I have no need for worldly-
You give it all from above.


February 15, 2007 - Msg 49726: Hey Boo, has Erin been eating peanut butter? I just read about a salmonella outbreak from a couple of brands of peanut butter. Here's a link(you'll have to cut and paste, I'm not Poor Horatio, you know;)):http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/02/15/salmonella.outbreak.ap/index.html?eref=yahoo
Not trying to worry you or anything. It's probably not related to Erin's case, and you probably know the symptomology of salmonella better than I do, but I thought I would let you know anyway.
And anyway, you've said that Erin is feeling better, so that is great!

-Sterling Holobyte

February 15, 2007 - Msg 49727: Thanks Sterling, it is very kind of you to mention it. Erin eats peanut butter all the time but I haven't given her any out of a new jar recently. She did have a Valentine's party yesterday at school and she might have eaten something there. She seems to have stopped the vomiting and had only mild diarrhea, which I think has stopped now. She is sleeping now but was up playing on the computer earlier so she must be feeling much better.


February 15, 2007 - Msg 49728: Porch,
I have a prayer request about Nick again. Kids at school are greatly picking on him. They are knocking his books out of his hand, calling him names, and shoving him. He got tired of it and got into a couple of fights. Today a boy cornered him in the bathroom and beat Nick up. I don't know how bad. He called me from school to come and get him, but I told him to call his Dad. Bryan apparently told him that he needs to stay at school. Nick has talked to the principal and given names to the counselor and yet they're doing nothing. Bryan is going to call and talk to them now. The thing is that Nick was Mr. Macho popularity at the beginning of school. After his girlfriend dumped him he lost his popularity, so kids were telling him to kill himself and the picking began. I have a hard time feeling sorry for him because he makes enemies every where he goes for his entire life. He has been suspended 2-3 times every year for fighting. I'm just going to stay out of it. This is between Bryan and Nick. I'm asking for prayer for Nick's angry heart and for the kids to stop picking on him. I asked Bryan if we should pull him out and he said no that Nick has started it and now has to deal with it.

February 15, 2007 - Msg 49729:
Lucy-Your post got me so mad I felt like calling the school. Your prayer for Nick sounds great and I just echoed it. Prayers for you also.

Sterling-We have a jar of the nasty peanut butter here in the house. My daughter and myself just love the stuff. However, we both have been getting cramps and upset stomachs the last couple of weeks and now I think I know why.


February 15, 2007 - Msg 49730: BOO: Sorry about your bad day yesterday. I hope that Erin is feeling better. Thanks for the book recommendation. I'll check it out.

LUCY: I feel for you. It's difficult enough dealing with your children's issues but must be so much more tough when you have to walk the fine line of being a step-parent. You have my prayers as well.

STERLING: It's funny (interesting, not "ha ha") because the Mrs. usually buys Jif. It happens that she asked me to pick up a few things last week and peanut butter was on the list. I bought Peter Pan because it was on sale. I'll have to check out the label when I get home. I guess I'm the only one "at risk" anyway since the Mrs. can't stand peanut butter (purely un-American) and she makes the kids eat the all-Natural kind (sorry, but I gotta have the processed, unnatural, sugar added kind). Thanks for the heads-up.

AUH2O: Is it global warming this week, or coming ice age? I forget. Also, just to watch your head explode...did you hear Al Franken is running for the Senate?

ROMEENA: Does this mean that Hillary can't count on your vote next year? Isn't it ironic that way back when in 1991 when teh Clinton were denying Bill's rumor-filled past Hillary got in big trouble with country fans because she said if Bill was ever caught cheating she wouldn't just "stand by her man." Then, that's exactly what she did. But I suppose it's okay if a political run is in your future.

See ya'll later today. I think I'll go out and stick my tongue on a flagpole.


February 15, 2007 - Msg 49731: Thombody hep me!


February 15, 2007 - Msg 49732: HAHAHAHAHA!....are you there Auh2o, or did your head explode?

I'll call the fire department, M-T...

By the way, have you tried the Skippy Natural peanut butter? It's great. Probably full of sugar, though...I'll have to read the label (I've been avoiding it).

Did they say on the news what brand(s) of peanut butter might contain the Salmonella?

Well, Hillary wasn't standing by her man, she was standing by her political aspirations. I doubt that she and Bill even share a bedroom.

Lucy, I don't know what to think! I can't imagine the schools not doing something more about the problem. I don't get it. Prayers for the situation.


February 15, 2007 - Msg 49733: Yes, BOO, we have tried Skippy Natural. Right now, we're using one called Ralph's or something like that. It contains one ingredient: peanuts. I guess you can't get any more natural than that. Actually, we started buying it because you don't have to refrigerate it after opening (which you usually have to do with "all natural"). And, by the time you get to the bottom of refrigerated peanut butter, it's nearly impossible to stir well, and spreads horribly. This new one we are using seems great and the kids like it (it's basically just crushed peanuts).

The ones that they say are tainted are Peter Pan and Great Value with serial numbers starting 2111.

I don't think Bill and Hillary even share a house.

See y'all tomorrow. Stay warm.


February 15, 2007 - Msg 49734: Hey folks! Revenue Man here, hope all had a great Valentine's Day! In s.w. Pa it was a cold one and the children had no school. we had a mix of snow than rain, ice storm and back to snow followed by single digit temps and wind chills 22 below- such is life in the mid-atlantic- so we planned to celebrate on Saturday in Pittsburgh, say howdy to all for me Thanks!

February 15, 2007 - Msg 49735: Hey porch! Miller here, and it's cold over here. So cold, in fact, the lower blacktop, in school, had water frozen as it fell to the drain. The ice was really strong. You could walk, carefully, over one stretch of ice, with little effect. And I'm talking about AFTER people rammed holes in it! Hope you all of you are keepin' warm, as some of you are MUCH colder. (At recess, which is about 10:00, it was 27. Not very late in the day.) Anyway, keep warm!


February 15, 2007 - Msg 49736: Good evening, all. Just got up, and am about to head back for another night at work. Cold here, too, believe me. There was ice on my sidewalk this morning, as my sprinklers had made their weekly run during the night. Forgot to turn them off.

Lucy, I'm so sorry that you and your family are having to deal with such a mess. It seems to me that the schools are abdicating their responsibility, but there may be more here than meets the eye. If even Bryan is saying that Nick asked for it, then perhaps he did. There may be a valuable lesson in all this for him - all about how the other guy feels, for example. Still, it doesn't seem right that some kid could corner him in a bathroom and beat him up and nothing be done about it. I'm glad to see that Bryan is standing up and taking charge of the situation, and very proud of you for staying back and letting him do it.

Well, off I go, or I'll be late. Stay warm, friends. Beautiful poem, Tom, thanks! Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 15, 2007 - Msg 49737:
Hello porch family.

Lucy...I will surely be praying for your school problem.

M-T...you're right about most of the natural peanut butter. I use the natural Smuckers but it gets pretty hard by the time you get to the bottom. But I really love the taste. But we're not big peanut butter eaters here in the Rev household.

Tom...thanks buddy for the poem.

You all stay warm and remember to let Jesus keep your heart warm with love!

February 15, 2007 - Msg 49738: Hello, porch! I just wanted to say, it's nice to be on a board where everyone is so nice. It is hard for a kid to be safe on the net. What with the predators, and ID theives, and what a bad click can do.... It is overwelhming.(Wow, that is a complex word!)But, this is a safe board, and you all are very, very nice.

I hope you all are well. And Lucy, I hope Nick is soon relieved of a bully-target status. M-T, there is truly no more natrual peanut butter than that! I hope you all are problem-free soon! Smiles for everyone!:)


February 15, 2007 - Msg 49739: hi all,just thought I would stop by a minute and set a spell.Revenue man,i'm on the other side of pittsburgh,near the wva line,and,it is cold here too.You are right,my car doors were frozen shut yesterday morning,from the feezing rain and snow.Lucy,i am keeping you in my prayers,I know it is a tough situation,some of my kids had similar problems in school,and,let me tell you,our experience was that nothing really was done by the school,until someone tries to defend thierselves,then,the child that defends himself usually gets punished,not,the ones who instigated it.reason is,they are usually sneakier than the kid they are picking on,and,alot of times they know which buttons to push and when.I,m praying for you and him.Happy belated b-day miss peggy!And,happy belated valentines day to everyone on the porch.I finally got to see,hold and kiss my first grandson today.he was born in November,but,my son and his wife live in KY,so,I haven't been able to get there to visit.They got to come visit this weekend,they made it here last night.It is truly an answer to my prayers,God is Good!Well,I better close,getting frostbite from sitting on my end of the porch it is so cold!Take care everyone-ky girl

February 15, 2007 - Msg 49740: hey miller,didn't see you there,it's nice to see you!-ky girl

February 15, 2007 - Msg 49741: spot,you working tonight?how is the snow and ice situation where you are?-ky girl

February 15, 2007 - Msg 49742: Hey porch, I'm up making pies for the weekend, and thought I'd rock a spell. I need to catch up on the archives. Anybody still up?

February 15, 2007 - Msg 49743:
Hey All

It is a good thing that President Bush is an environmental bandit. Just think how cold it would be if W hadn't started his global warming initiative.

M-T What? Al Franken is running for the ... BOOM!!!


February 15, 2007 - Msg 49744: Oh-oh, someone's head exploded...


February 15, 2007 - Msg 49745: Hey to Miller, stay warm Buddy.

Congratualtions on seeing your first grandbaby for the first time, KYGirl...very exciting, for sure! Did you get some neck sugar (we haven't talked about neck sugar around here in a long time)? My sister's son, Matt is having his first baby in August (well, his wife is , technically) and we are very excited. I got to see his first sono pictures yesterday. His little head looked like a golf ball, but it sure is cute to me...I say "he" but we don't know yet. I keep hoping it's a sweet little boy just like his father was. Honestly, I feel like I am going to be a grandma, too.

Peggy, I would love to pay you a visit sometime when we make a trip to Houston. Maybe next trip if I don't have a deadline like this time.

Better go get Erin to sleep and get some sleep myself. Have to get up early in the am..


February 15, 2007 - Msg 49746: Isn't that neat how auh2o had the wherewithall to type in "boom" as his head was exploding?! ;)
Auh2o's no quitter, that's for sure!

Have a good sleep, Boo. Kai doesn't have school tomorrow, so maybe she will sleep in... yeah, right. :)

-Sterling Holobyte

February 15, 2007 - Msg 49747: Hey there to the PORCH! Hope ya'll are doing so well! It's been cold here in Chicager..and the snow, not so fun. But, we're only 34 days from spring...and I am counting!

Little Goobette is 3 months old now...amazing that you can love someone this much in such a little time. Mrs Goober and the older Goober kids are doing well...and we're all adjusting to the change that the little one has brought!

Taking a browse through the archives...but did see a note about Auh20 and a head exploding...now that's just not pleasant!

Want to let everyone here know that I've just signed a deal with Morningstar Records in Nashville. We'll be recording soon...and I feel very blessed to be working with these guys. There'll be more info on the web site in the coming days.


Also...there's a real nice 'myspace' type of place that is christian owned and a nice place to hang. Take a look at my page there


I told Ro the other day that I'm going to try and get by here more often...so ya'll keep a rockin chair handy for me!


February 16, 2007 - Msg 49748: That's great news, Goober! Thanks for the website info. Sounds like you are really enjoying Goobette....get some baby neck sugar for me!

Hope Kai sleeps in for ya, Sterling.

It is COLD here this morning and I have to get out and face it. I don't know how you Northern folks do it every day in the winter months!


February 16, 2007 - Msg 49749: Good morning. Great, just what I needed this morning; a pile on my desk and pieces of AUH2O all over the place to clean up. That is a fine howdy-do. But, I guess it is kinda my fault for giving him the news.

GOOBER: Great to hear from you! Glad all is well.

Now, if we'd just hear from DIXIE, HORATIO (it's been awhile), IDELLE, ASA, CHARLOTTE, and a bunch of others...

BOO: The same way y'all do in the dog days of summer...stay inside as much as possible!

MILLER: Are you sure that you're nine? You sure don't sound/write like any nine year old I know (not that I know many, mind you). You sound like a great kid, and I'm sure your parents are proud.

KY GIRL: Congratulations!

Well, yep, my peanut butter was of the tainted variety, all right. It was almost half gone but I'm still here and suffering no ill effects so I guess everything is swell. I still threw it out, though. As Doc Holliday, as played by Val Kilmer, said, "My hypocrisy goes only so far." (Wasn't that a great movie?!)

Funny, I was flipping around on the radio this morning and heard a station I don't normally listen to say they were playing a block of music from 1984. Well, that's the year I graduated so I decided to take a trip down memory lane. It was so full of potholes I almost threw up. Wow. I forgot how lame the music was that year I guess. I endured "Karma Chameleon," "Footloose," and a couple other songs before I just couldn't take it anymore. I feel dirty...

See y'all later.


February 16, 2007 - Msg 49750: Good Afternoon Porch (well it is EST),
Thank you for your prayers for Nick and our family. A boy attacked Nick in the bathroom while Nick was washing his hands. Thank the Lord a teacher was in a stall and heard everything or otherwise Nick would have been suspended like the "attacker". Apparently what is happening is Nick is getting away from his friends that goof off and push kids around. He's really trying to study in school so he's hung around a couple of "nerds" for a lack of a better term. So, his old friends are picking on him. Nick has really brought his grades up and has changed his attitude quite a bit. He's still an arguing defensive machine who acts quite a bit like his Mom's who's on anti-psychotic meds, but he has certainly calmed. He asked me this morning if he can fight the boy who took his girlfriend and I said to I don't want to hear anything about it and talk to Bryan. Nick and Bryan have a really special bond. If only Nick had more of Bryan's emotions and not just a little of his heart we'd all be doing well.
KyGirl- Give your grandbaby some sugah from me. I'm sure you're prouder than anything.
Goober- I'll tell my stepson about that website. We made him go off of myspace when we saw his friends were completely unacceptable.
About the peanut butter we buy Smuckers Organic All Natural. It's only peanuts and salt. I used to get from Whole Foods peanut butter that I ground, but it's so expensive.
Me-They- I was little so I barely remember those songs. At least you don't have "Ice, Ice Baby" or New Kids on the Block.
Boo- How's Erin today?
Y'all know how I love to read. Well, besides "Faith of our Founding Fathers" I'm reading "GRITS Guide to Southern Men" and it is a hoot. Y'all Southern ladies should check it out.
Well, I need to run. I have to go to the library before I get Bryson from school.

February 16, 2007 - Msg 49751: Me-They- I forgot to mention above about this website that I found that I believe you will enjoy. It is called visionforumdotcom. I'm sure everyone would enjoy checking it out.

February 16, 2007 - Msg 49752: Good afternoon porch. Hope all is well this Friday. Just got home with my son and having all 4 of his wisdom teeth removed. He is sleeping now. He did pretty well with the surgery so hopefully his recovery will go well. I continue to struggle with this sinus stuff and have developed an aggravating cough. I don't feel bad but I sound horrible. Guess that will be a blessing for my family (not have to listen to me too much). I am making some potato soup later, with bacon and shredded chesse for toppings. You all come for supper. We can build a fire in the fireplace and stay warm. supposed to continue to be cold and maybe some snow tomorrow. Have a blessed day and prayers all around the porch. don't forget the potato soup. Big Maude

February 16, 2007 - Msg 49753: Hope you feel better soon, Maude. Looking forward to the soup!

February 16, 2007 - Msg 49754: Four days of no school and 1-3 inches more of the white stuff for tomorrow. It should go lovely with the ice mass that is on the ground.

Slip sliding away. . .the more you near your destination, the more you keep slip sliding away!


I'll take some tater soup Maude - yum!

February 16, 2007 - Msg 49755: Thanks boo and lucy,yes,I'm getting plenty of neck sugar from my grandson.big maude,i'm with homemaker,that tater soup does sound good,save me a bowl.hope your son feels better soon.i took my 9 and 11 yr old to the doctor today too,they both have whatever bug is going around.They didn't require antibiotics,just over the counter stuff,so,that was good to hear.Homemaker,we are still slip sliding away too,layers of ice under our snow ,and,a couple inchesof snow on top.A friend kust told me they passed a law a couple weeks ago in Pa,that you can not drive with piled up snow anywhere on your car.So,instead of just cleaning the windows,you have to clean the whole car.If you get caught with a car thats not cleaned off it's a 1,000 dollar fine.Well gotta go clean house-ky girl

February 16, 2007 - Msg 49756: Well, if it makes any of you popsicle people feel better, it was 20 degrees here in the Dallas area last night and my birdbaths froze solid! They're all thawed out now, but will probably freeze again. No ice or snow here, but small bodies of water did freeze. My pond is fine, still flowing and the fish don't seem to mind the cold. I don't know how those tiny little things survive - the biggest is just under 8", the smallest about 2" (a baby hatched in the pond) - but they do.

Oh, ky girl, that baby neck sugar is just the sweetest thing in the world. It's best just after a bath, of course. Baby necks can get a little rank at times, especially if they dribble when they feed. At those times, some of the best sugar can be found on the back of the neck. Darn, I'm getting nostalgic. My youngest grandson is now three, and somehow by that age, the neck sugar begins to lose its appeal. When they play outside and come in smelling like a rusty can of bait, you just really don't want to be nuzzling around under there! Also, by that age, the kid usually would prefer that you keep your nuzzles to yourself anyway.

Maude, that tater soup sounds so good. You've given me an idea. I've got everything I need to make some - maybe I will.

I don't remember if I've mentioned this before, but just in case - here goes. I love bacon. Just LOVE it! I've discovered that at Kroger and Tom Thumb, and I would imagine all the chain groceries would have it - you can get bacon that's cured without sugar and with about 25% less sodium. It's the house brand, whatever it may be. I tried it, and it's absolutely delicious. I was taught to dredge bacon in flour before frying it, and believe me, with this lower-sodium bacon, it's even better. Try it - I'll guarantee you're going to like it.

Well, I'm off to rustle up some supper. Tater soup, perhaps. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 16, 2007 - Msg 49757: Well gang did you miss me?..had 2 busy days moving all of mis sherrys stuff in my basememt....its full....yall been eating good?...maude you been sick?..im at miss sherrys son and daughter-n-law right now ad to bring her [get by stuff] till they get hers finished in mid march.....moving is a mess....any leftover from tonight for miss sherry and I?...well she is puttng me back to work....will be back on the force tomorrow!.....SPOT

February 16, 2007 - Msg 49758:
SPOT- See you in Daytona!!!
TOM- beautiful poem as only you can do for us! Thanks buddy.
BOO- get Sean on Fish Oil (Costco has it cheap) and if that doc aint surprised in 6 months, then I'll go up an alley and hollar fish! ha Really!!
It cant hurt him at all, and will help!
Ky girl! Congrats, that is so cool! Get a pix to Romeena!
Hazel, my wife and i did 30 last year! Way to go!! April is almost here! whoo hoo
Hey everyone, watch Hillary's eyes when she speaks. Very shifty, and i aint being funny. It is really bizaare. But ya gotta see it.
Well, prayers continue, God bless and "act like somebody!"

February 16, 2007 - Msg 49759: Hey Lucy, I love vision forum website. Doug Philips is one of my heros. I have met him a few times and have attended his conferences over the years. He is a brilliant man and has had a huge impact on my life.

Erin is still throwing up but is now able to keep down enough fluids to be ok. Guess what? We looked in the cabinet and it turns out that my dad bought some Good Value peanut butter with the 2111 serial number on it. I had not given her any of it but when my sister was here, she gave her some of it and then 3 days later she was sick (which according to the website I looked up, is about how long it takes Salmonella to make you sick). Bruce talked to the doc today and she told him to keep trying to get fluids down her a little at a time. When I gave her a bath tonight, she was so skinny I could see her little hip bones sticking out. She hasn't really been able to eat for a couple of days but acts like she is feeling better. She still has a touch of diarrhea.

My sister and I took Sean to the doc in Houston and nothing changed (He is taking the fish oil, MDC). I have to tell you something funny that he said to my sister and I on the way up (now remember he is only 11)...we were discussing my nephew's wife and when her baby is due. Sean asked (seriously), "Is she going to have the baby orally or by c-section?" I said, "Well Honey, if she has the baby orally, she will be the first woman in history to do it." My sister and I got a laugh out of that one. I told her, "Just when you thought childbirth couldn't get any worse....!" hehe

Better get to bed...tomorrow is another day!


February 16, 2007 - Msg 49760: Hey, Boo. Here's another idea for Sean -- have you heard of Cholest-Off? My endocrinologist told me to take it - you can get it over the counter - and it works. It dropped my cholesterol by 20 points, and I take it very sporadically. If I'd be more consistent, it would work even better. I can't handle statins and refuse to take them, so he told me to get the Cholest-Off, and admitted (off the record, he said) that it would probably work just about as well. It doesn't work in the liver, but rather blocks the absorption of cholesterol in the intestine. Statins work in the liver to prevent the production of cholesterol, and in my opinion, that's a bit too much meddling with the body's functions. Blocking the absorption of dietary fats seems much less invasive to me. Anyway, you might ask his doctor if he can take it.

MDC, Hillary's eyes are just part of my objections to her. They have no warmth, they're cold and make me think of ball bearings. That woman scares me.

Well, I'm off to share a cuddle with the Plum. She's been nudging around my feet, trying to lure me away from this keyboard. Poor baby, after mama being gone two nights in a row, she's ready for a little togetherness.

Everybody have a good weekend. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 16, 2007 - Msg 49761: Oh, Boo, if Sean does start taking Cholest-Off, be sure that he takes his fish oil at least an hour before taking the Cholest-Off. Takes a bit of juggling of times now and then, but you don't want the Cholest-Off to keep him from absorbing the fish oil. --Romeena

February 16, 2007 - Msg 49762:
M-T I love that movie!

Two of my favorite Doc quotes.

Doc Holliday: And you must be Ringo. Look, darling, Johnny Ringo. The deadliest pistoleer since Wild Bill, they say. What do you think, darling? Should I hate him?
Kate: You don't even know him.
Doc Holliday: Yes, but there's just something about him. Something around the eyes, I don't know, reminds me of... me. No. I'm sure of it, I hate him.

Ike Clanton: What is that Holiday? Twelve hands in a row? Ain't nobody that lucky.
Doc Holliday: Why Ike, whatever do you mean? Maybe poker's just not your game. I know! Let's have a spelling contest!


February 17, 2007 - Msg 49763: Morning porch...MDC great truck race...only one more day to the big one..hey lucy,ro,boo,TOM,Rev,posum,hazel,mil,miller,auh20,md and all....[you know who ya are!}..leaving miss sherrys sons house to head home to drop my trailer...down in the teens here in ga...its about a 30 ride...meet me at waffle house in dallas georgia and i will buy us a big breakfast!..prayers to all in need...big maude you feeling better?....Daytona! whew its here almost...34/1000th of a second between the first three trucks last night ...dont get any better than that MDC...Mave how is the new Bo going?...well let me hit the cold road .back for lunch...SPOT

February 17, 2007 - Msg 49764: Hey Auh2o, glad your head is all in one piece. I guess I will have to watch that movie again, it's been years.

Thanks, Ro. I will try to find out more about the Cholest-off. I wonder if I can take it with the Lipitor I take? I only take 20mg of Lipitor because if I go any higher my liver goes nuts and my cholesterol is still not that great.


February 17, 2007 - Msg 49765: I don't know, Boo, about taking it with the Lipitor. I would ask the doctor first. I'm not a fan of the statins - they all make me feel bad, even though the liver labs were okay. I'm sorry, I just don't trust them. Personally, I think they're going to be on the "Oops" list in a few years. Even with all the testing that's done, sometimes only time will tell. (Remember DES - Diethylstilbestrol?) I also know that just because something is labeled "natural" that doesn't guarantee that it's safe, but the odds are better. I do know that the Cholest-Off has lowered my cholesterol, doesn't make me feel bad and doesn't affect my liver. Its function is mechanical, not metabolic.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 17, 2007 - Msg 49766: Good morning everyone. Yes, I am wokring today--doing my good deed for a coworker.

AUH2O: "I'm your huckleberry." That is one great movie. Whenever I watch it, I tend to feel real sorry for Dennis Quaid. About the same time "Tombstone" came out so did "Wyatt Earp," in which Dennis Quaid played Doc Holliday. Well, he did a respectable job, but Val Kilmer's Doc is one of the best performances in cinema, if you ask me. So, of course everyone was comparing the two all over teh place at the time. I saw an interview with Mr. Quaid, he was praising of Mr. Kilmer, but seemed pretty embarassed about it. Especially since "Tombstone" is a great movie and Costner's "Earp" is pretty long, dark, and depressing. Can't say as I blame him.

Okay, you people, all this talk of fish oil and other homeopathics makes me feel a need to do some learnin' on the topic. I either need a mother-figure or a website.

Thanks for the website, LUCY. I'll check it out.

Y'all take care.


February 17, 2007 - Msg 49767: Hey M-T, sorry you had to work today. You asked about the fish oil and I am wondering if you know what your cholesterol is? You are at the age now that you really need to find out if you don't know.

Poor Erin is still not eating anything but is holding down some fluids. She has a fever, too. Sure hope she is better by Monday.

Think I'll watch a little TV and relax for awhile.


February 17, 2007 - Msg 49768: Thanks, BOO. I don't know the number, but when I had the heart trouble last year it was checked a couple of times and I remember my doctor saying that it was great. I'll have to ask my wife--she'll know (of course).

I sure hope Erin feels better real soon. Poor thing.


February 17, 2007 - Msg 49769: This headline from the MSN homepage: "Vodka Fueled Man Catches Shark Barehanded." This may be the over-indulgents' worst lapse in judgment. If not, it ranks up there.

See y'all Monday. Have a great Sabbath.


February 17, 2007 - Msg 49770: Me-They- The website that I recommend for most things homeopathic is mercoladotcom. It's nice of you to help out a co-worker.
Boo- Have you given her Pedialyte? That should help her electrolytes.
I have to run. Y'all have a great weekend!

February 17, 2007 - Msg 49771: Good Saturday folks, hope all is well today. Snowing as I visit the porch this afternoon. not too much sticking on the road though, maybe an inch or two on the ground. My son is doing well with his dental surgery, seems to be holding up pretty good. He ate 4 small bowls of potato soup today which is both a testament to potato soup and that is is fine. I am still feeling okay but coughing, I was awake off and on all night coughing up at 1, 3 and again about 4. Anybody got any good remedies to pass on. Plenty of potato soup left if you want, but you
had better hurry before my 16 year old gets to it again. I am using Fish oil supplements as well. My PCP prescribed it about a year ago, supposed to help my cholesterol, which is not too bad but she wants to keep it that way. Stay warm and prayers to all. Big Maude

February 17, 2007 - Msg 49772:
Hey Porch

A lot of ailing kids on the porch lately, prayers for all of them and their families.

Romeena-I bet Al Gore has your thawing birdbath's water in his sequel.

MDC-I can't watch Hillary long enough to look into those eyes. Her "Stepford Village" approach to health care is what scares me.

Snowing a bit here and the temp has made it up to 22 degrees, first time into the 20's in a couple of weeks.

Big Maude-I'd love some tater soup but I'll let your son have first go at it. Sorry I don't have anything to help your cough.

M-T I agree with your assessment of the "Earp" movies. Although, I do remember a critic saying that while "Tombstone" is the better movie "Wyatt Earp," (the one with Costner), was more historically correct.

Wish I could take part in the homeopathic discussion but I have nothing to offer. But, the bag of Dorito's in front of me says it has no trans fat, which I'm guessing is a good thing.

Doc: "Why Johnny Ringo, you look like somebody just walked over your grave."


February 17, 2007 - Msg 49773: Supper's, on folks! Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, collards, baby peas, sliced tomatoes, biscuits with honey and for dessert...Make your own sundae.....

Eat up!


February 17, 2007 - Msg 49774: Count me in, Millie. And I'd like some of auh2o's doritos too, if he don't mind.

February 17, 2007 - Msg 49775: I'm over at Sarah's....anyone want to chat?

February 17, 2007 - Msg 49776: ooh Millie.that sounds delish,I'm ready to eat!Boo,poor little Erin,I'll keep her in my prayers.I liked Sean's remark about having the baby orally!Too funny!We took the kids in the homescool co-op we belong to ,to the science center a couple of weeks ago.While we were watching a movie in the Imax theatre,you know it's one of thosewhere the screen is the entire ceiling so everything is larger than life and inyourface close?The movie was about bugs in the rainforest,and,one of the bugs they showed was a praying mantis,and,they were courting thier mates,and,it said that sometimes the female mantis bites off the head of the male mantis while courting.My 11 yr old daughter asked me,in shock at this information,people don't do that bite the head of the partner off do they?Everyone got a laugh out of that.I'm considering going back to the science center before the end of the month,they have another movie there called" hurricane on the bayou".The way my son loves tornadoes,to watch movies of them,he would love that.I spent 1.95,for a platic bottle connector for two ,two liter bottles so he could watch the tornado of water go from one bottle to another.That is the best 1.95 i've ever spent!Maude,i'm like romeena,all this talk of your tater soup has made me hungry!I think I will make some myself.Romeena,that baby neck sugar sure is sweet.his mom was giving him a bath this morning when I got a few kisses.i said to my son,"I have to steal the kisses now,because when he starts to walk,he won't want to slow down enough for me to kiss him!I have to close.Good night porch Friends.Prayers for all,sweet dreams-ky girl

February 17, 2007 - Msg 49777: M-T, I had forgotten about your heart trouble. I'm glad to hear your cholestrol is good.

Hey KYGirl, I don't think I would want to see the hurricane movie, living here on the coast and all. I've already lived through a big one and that's enough for me. With the weather being so crazy, I sure hope we don't have another big one anytime soon. Oh, and thanks for the prayers for Erin. She slept alot today and only threw up once. She was drinking Gatorade tonight and is keeping it down so far.

I'm pretty sleep so I think I will hit the sack. Ya'll have a good evening. Peace...


February 17, 2007 - Msg 49778: ooops, my spelling is not so good this time of night, sorry.


February 18, 2007 - Msg 49779: hey everyone ,been watching all the racing at Daytona this week ,the "500" is today .SPOT...wont be long before we can get the boats back out and do some fishing ,I have to replace my water pump first it quit working on my last trip .
Everyone have a great day and prayers for all in need ,time to get ready for church

February 18, 2007 - Msg 49780: Hey Mayberry Deputy, good to hear from you.

Well, now Bruce is throwing up so I guess it wasn't the peanut butter that made Erin sick, but a virus (darn it). I am taking my supplements to support the immune system...please, Lord...

My hands are already cracked from washing and using hand sanitizer!


February 18, 2007 - Msg 49781: Good morning porch friends! Prayers for all that are ailing. Romeena, your info about cholest off
is a blessing! Can't wait to share it with my Dad. He can't tolerate any of the prescription
meds so I'm going to tell him about this one.

Boo, give Erin a hug from me and tell her we are all praying for her.

Well, my sis and I took my parents a 7 week old yorkie yesterday and they said they just couldn't go through it all again! It was a very upsetting day to say the least. My sister had thought they were open to the idea after a conversation she had with Mom a week ago. Guess who has inherited the puppy?! Our two girls begged to bring him home. I told them that he would be in their care. They are both very responsible and mature for their ages. So here we go on a very interesting journey! (But isn't all of life that way?!) Never had an inside dog before... His name is Hershey!

The Lord's blessings on everyone today!

Miss Peggy

February 18, 2007 - Msg 49782: Oh, Miss Peggy. Your family is in for a lot of fun! A Yorkie is just the sweetest little thing in the world (next to a Maltese) and you are going to wonder why on earth you ever had outside dogs. I will n ever, ever again have an outside dog. The relationship you will develop with that little one will be totally different from anything you've known before. You'll learn that he has a personality, a sense of humor, a lot of eerily human traits, and in a few weeks you'll wonder where he's been all your life. He'll be a trial for a while, but he'll catch on, and you'll think you've got another kid. I applaud you!

Be sure to check with your dad's doctor about the Cholest-Off, but I can't imagine him/her objecting. As I said, my endocrinologist told me about it and instructed me to take it. This was several months ago, long before the commercials started appearing on TV. It works, and it's safe.

Well, gotta go feed critters. First my little four-footed roommate, then all the wild things out in the yard. There's not a crumb or a seed left out there, the little gluttons have picked the area clean.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 18, 2007 - Msg 49783:
Anyone heard from our Dixie lately? Those school kids must be keeping her busy! haha
I got a note from Colt, Pappa Bear, and he says HEY to everyone. There is still lots of snow in Lincoln IL, but he hopes to get to the library computer soon.
Spot, asa, MD, happy racing! Spring training is starting here too! woo who!
God bless our troops as they enter is new phase of the war. May his protection be upon them. Thank you Lord.
Have a good Sabbath,

February 18, 2007 - Msg 49784: Hey Peggy, sorry your parents weren't ready for another puppy but glad you have a new one. I'm sure Hershey will be a blessing to all.

I know what you mean about having dogs inside. I feel sorry for our Lab sometimes but she is huge and with 6 of us in this house, there is just no way. Leah (our lab) has always lived outside and never been an inside dog, so that helps. She likes being outside and has developed a friendship with our cat, Sadie. We have adopted a new cat (or he adopted us, rather). He is a big, yellow tomcat who started helping himself to the cat food and now is a regular. We can't get close enough to touch him yet but he doesn't run anymore when we come outside. I kind of like him. He looks like that cat Morris from the commercials. I am hoping he will eventually be tame enough that I can take him and get him fixed and vaccinated.

I went looking for the pig today and it appears they were able to capture her. I am going to call the animal control officer next week and see what happened.

Poor Bruce is so sick. I feel for him. I am taking my Emergen-C and my Cold MD to avoid catching this really awful bug!

Ro, I bought some Cholest-Off today and WalMart. We'll see how it works.

Think I'll settle in and do some reading before going to bed. I'm going to make I sure I get plenty of sleep to boost the immune system.


February 18, 2007 - Msg 49785: Uh...I didn't actually buy WalMart, of course....I bought the cholet-off AT WalMart!