February 22, 2007 - Msg 49878: Hey Miller, glad you are paying attention in school!

Oh yeah, Ro, I was cerainly kidding about being a Clinton Girl.

Have any of you heard of the new movie coming out in theater's tomorrow called Amazing Grace? It's about William Wilburforce (think I spelled it right), who most of you probably know about. He is said to be, perhaps the greatest man in the history of Western Civilization, as far as his contribution to humanity. He changed his culture and put us on the path to ending slavery. I heard Dobson talking about the movie on his radio show today and he said it would be great if Christians went out and saw it this weekend to promote it. I guess it came out in honor of black history month. It is supposed to be graphic, though, and probably not appropriate for children.

Been a tough day today. I started off having a disagreement with Dad and I just left for the day. I can't tell you how hard it gets sometimes living here in his house. He is not easy to get along with sometimes and it is just plain hard not living in your own home at my age! I know the Lord can use this time to change us for the better and make us less "me-centered" so I rejoice in that. Guess every cloud has it's silver lining.

Back was hurting today so I tried one of Bruce's pain pills (Lortab). Boy, it knocked me for a loop. I don't like the feeling at all. I don't know how he took them for as long as he did.

Think I'll hit the couch for a bit and see if I can find some good old sitcoms to watch or something.


February 22, 2007 - Msg 49879: Hey gang...busy here at work....supper will be olive garden on me...hey mil,miller,boo,ro,asa and all....SPOT

February 22, 2007 - Msg 49880: Hey Ro, Boo, Spot, Miller and all. Love that Olive Garden, Spot. Lots to do tonite, I'll check in later. Anybody want to go over to Sarah's later?

February 22, 2007 - Msg 49881: I would love to Millie, it just depends on the kids. Bruce has a church meeting after work and won't be here to help the kids with homework, etc. I sure could sure use some conversation, though so I will try. When will you be over there, do you think?


February 22, 2007 - Msg 49882: How nice, Boo! I hope you have time, I understand how it is....Hubby is doing all the baths and homework tonight for me(aren't I lucky?). Let's say 9;00 EST, or I'll just hang out if you're busy, maybe you'll stop in later. Thanks!

February 22, 2007 - Msg 49883: Oh, Boo, I know what you mean about the Lortab. I don't know how anyone takes that stuff. We hand it out like candy at work - some of the new moms take two of them every three hours! I'd be so sick! I can't take anything that even resembles a narcotic - no codeine, hydrocodone, Demerol, morphine, stadol, nothing. I even threw up Ultram. I can take Advil, Tylenol, and for really severe pain, I can take Toradol, which of course is just a powerful NSAID, not a narcotic. Fortunately, I have a very high pain tolerance. I've had my gall bladder out, had a hysterectomy, a mastectomy, and knee surgery, and even a chest tube, and Tylenol and Advil were my pain meds. I'm blessed, I suppose, because I really didn't think I was in that much pain.

Well, my landscaper sent his helpers over today to clean things up and sort of wake the yard up, and prune the things that I couldn't get done. There are 21 trash bags on the street at this moment! The men are all coming back tomorrow, and I've got six flats of pansies and one of alyssum ready to plant! Woohoo! Spring is spronging! Upper 70s today - I love it!

Now for some supper - got some leftovers that need to be eaten - guess that'll be the plan for tonight. I don't mind leftovers, in fact I enjoy them and often plan for them. My dear husband liked leftovers too. There just wasn't much to complain about where that man was concerned, bless him.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 22, 2007 - Msg 49884:
Hey to goober, miller and Millie and all!
What can I say about you BOO, once a clinton girl, always a clinton girl! ha Radcliff brat!
Seriously, be careful with those RX. Dont want no bad reactions.
Soon you will have YOUR home and it will be good. Just focus on Jesus and that goal. My faith has sure helped me with my mom's situation!
Spot- good eats!
Me They- do you remember Nipsy Russel?
Well, have a nice evening.
Opie: Pa, Barney's face is bleedin'"
Andy: (to Opie) Come on let's go.
Andy: (to Barney) You got to get yourself a room!

February 22, 2007 - Msg 49885:
Oops RO, didnt mean to rock on yer toes! mdc

February 22, 2007 - Msg 49886: MDC ya ready for the race Sun?...Harvicks on a roll...but watch out for jr and tony..been busy here at work sorry gang..Ro you got to work tonight?..i get off at 10 for a change!..gona go home and clean houe...well lets I-HOP it in the morning on Asa....SPOT

February 22, 2007 - Msg 49887: Thanks for the encouragement, MDC. I took a drive today and sat looking out at the water for awhile. It really helped. I must make time for myself because when I don't I always have a melt-down, eventually.

Ro, my stomach is still not back to normal after taking that Lortab this morning! Hope I have a high pain tolerance if I need it someday. Funny thing is, I took a Tylenol this evening for the same back pain I had this morning and it worked just fine. Guess it's always good to go for the small guns first instead of the big guns (is that just a Texas expression or do you all know what I am talking about?).


February 22, 2007 - Msg 49888: Hey to the PORCH! Hope ya'll have had a good week..and TGIF....I mean it...TGIF! :-)

Hey Ro...glad you like the site...and it's amazing the things that God has opened up for me. Don't know about a high roof...but I have been told I have a big mouth! :-)

Hey to Boo...glad that clinton thing was a joke...MDC, SPOT, Millie, Auh2o...and all the nice porchters...have a good night!

Ya'll be good..


February 23, 2007 - Msg 49889: Hey goober!...race days are here!...Boo hope you feel better..Mil good hubby is helping!..hey Miller...possum,lucy,asa,CHUCK,TOM,Rev,hazel,afd,mdc,fg and all...sorry yall between miss sherrys house being finished up and me helping her with that and work its just been busy...but I-HOP in the morning ok?..auh20 you be there early to hold the door for the girls...when [mid march]miss sherry gets in her her new house its a house warming party for her...im buying all the refreshments....well cleaned house and best get to bed ...work tomorrow at 2 pm at the old EMC...prayers to all....SPOT

February 23, 2007 - Msg 49890: Thanks SPOT, I am feeling better. I think everyone in the family is well at this point...lucky Miss Sherry..hope she loves her new house.

Hey Goober, you said it..."TGIF!!"


February 23, 2007 - Msg 49891: where is everybody today?


February 23, 2007 - Msg 49892: test

February 23, 2007 - Msg 49893: Hi Boo
love tom

February 23, 2007 - Msg 49894: Race fan qualifying comes on at 5:30 for cup race Sunday..here at work till 10...slow now ..hey TOM,Boo,Ro,lucy,mil,miller,asa,possum,hazel,Rev,auh2o and all...supper will be grilled ribeyes and bake taters with butter and bacon bits,salad with cuks and onions,texas toast and tea,,,some mushroom sauce for those that want it,57 and A-1..will lite the grill at 6:30...mil can you bring a pie?..and oh-yea Big Maude slaw!...SPOT

February 23, 2007 - Msg 49895: Hey Boo, hey Tom. Spot, I'm bringing the chocolate chess pie I made this morning.
Last night I had the nicest time over at Sarah's. Boo was there, and Hazel and Poor Horatio. Thanks, you guys, I really enjoyed myself. Hope to see you again Monday night!
Well, I need to go to work for a little bit, a big crowd tonight, and a big U of R game this weekend, so that's really good for me. I stop back and rock when I get home. Y'all act like somebody!

February 23, 2007 - Msg 49896: Hi Tom, SPOT and Millie! Good to see someone on the porch. Wonder if Me-They is off work today...and where's Auh2o? There was absolutely nobody to moulage with today.


February 23, 2007 - Msg 49897: Thanks Mil....race fans they are turning over 206 mph on the straight away at the cal track....whew....zoom...SPOT

February 23, 2007 - Msg 49898: Hey, Boo. You're wondering where auh2o is? Well, just check out the album. He may be stuck in a snowdrift somewhere! I can't believe he's having weather like that, and I just got six flats of pansies in the ground today. Next week, I'll plant snapdragons and dianthus. What a difference a few hundred miles makes!

Spot, I'll be there for dinner! Love those ribeyes. Make mine rare, please. That salad sounds good, too. Got any blue cheese dressing? I'll bring some, and some sour cream for the taters.

My landscaper friend brought me a gift today. It's a remote control device for my sprinkler system. I can sit here at my window and turn the sprinklers on, any zone I choose, and turn them off at will. It's great! I've already ambushed a squirrel twice with it. He thought it was a sudden rainstorm. (heehee)

Well, guess I'd better go feed the Plum. She keeps coming in here giving me hopeful looks, and now she's barking at me, so I guess I'm being summoned. She says hey! --Romeena

February 23, 2007 - Msg 49899: Romeena?..how rare?...just warmed outside and cool inside?..I like mine med...yea im out of blue cheese and i love it....SPOT

February 23, 2007 - Msg 49900: MDC,Rev,Md,auh20,mavis and all race fans..Gordon on the pole and the big boys in the top 5...gona be a good race Sunday...steaks are done!..late supper,Romeena did you bring the blue cheese dressing?...I got plum some carrots to dip...Truck race on now...gosh I just love the racing season and baseball not far off...prayers....SPOT

February 23, 2007 - Msg 49901:
Hey IBEW spot- great steaks! I like mine well done..no talking back! ha, and me not near a tv tonite for the truck race! dang!
I think Cal is a pretty new track, right?
Boo- prayers continue. Glad you could got up to "Meyer's lake" for a bit!
ABP for Mrs Wiley, DWF, AFD, Quiet Sam, Mavis and others!
Hey to TOM.
Goed bless you all. Rev, you take care now too,

February 23, 2007 - Msg 49902:
ABP?? duh, should be APB! mdc

Andy: So try Post Toasties, G-o-o-o-o-d!
I appreciate it and good night.

February 23, 2007 - Msg 49903:
Where's Big Maude these days?? mdc

February 23, 2007 - Msg 49904: Evenin' porch, I'm pooped from work. Need a hot bath and some soft jammies. Thanks for the steaks, Spot, dinner was great. Have another piece of pie!


February 24, 2007 - Msg 49905: Well good mornin'! I feel like crawling back into bed for some more sleep but once the kiddos are up, that's not possible. We went out last night with another couple to see the Amazing Grace movie and it was sold out! I was dissapointed but glad the movie is doing well at the box office. We some some strange movie called The Astronaut Farmer. I didn't get it, thought it was pretty boring but funny in parts (that weren't probably supposed to be funny). I guess I will try to catch Amazing Grace at a matinee or something next week while the kids are in school.

That's really funny about the squirrel and the sprinkler, Ro...I can just see that squirrel. Squirrels are hilarious..I was just remembering a story you told us about a squirrel that threw something at your head once (do I have that right?). Would you mind repeating that story for me?

Better go...talk to ya'll later.


February 24, 2007 - Msg 49906:
Hello porch family
Another great day to serve the Lord!

Boo...praying you're feeling all better. Been in my prayers.

MDC, Spot....should be a good one Sunday. They are all going to be fighting to catch up from the wild 500.

Ro...the weather sounds great out there in TX.

The steaks were great Spot. Cooked just right. And Millie that pie sure hit the spot too. I gain weight every time I log on to the porch.

Prayers for you all and have a Jesus filled day.

February 24, 2007 - Msg 49907: Good afternoon, all. Spot, that ribeye was cooked just the way I love them. Over high heat for a short time, so it's nicely browned on the outside, but still rare inside. I like a barely-warm center. My dad used to say that if you gave my steak a little penicillin, it might get well. Of course, he ate his the same way, so I don't know why he was making fun of mine!

Boo, the squirrel incident to which you refer took place several years ago. There is a passageway between the outside wall of the house and a six-foot wooden fence, about fifteen feet long and only about four feet wide. There's a tree about halfway down, just outside the fence. I was walking through that passage one day when something hit me in the back of the head, then there was chattering. I turned and looked behind me, and there on top of the fence sat a very ticked-off squirrel. He had thrown a piece of bark at me as I passed by, and was just cussin' me out royally. I started laughing, he jumped up onto the tree trunk and climbed a couple of feet, still cussing, and broke off another little piece of bark and threw it at me! Apparently I was too close to something that was important to him.

Oh, I could tell you squirrel stories all day. I just love the little pests, wouldn't hurt one for anything, and have provided all sorts of habitat for them, along with daily food. They're a constant source of entertainment for me. God provides.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 24, 2007 - Msg 49908: Hey, Boo. You'd better batten down the hatches. We were supposed to get thunderstorms last night - didn't come. The wind has blown very hard all morning, several small limbs down in my yard, but no rain. Now, we have dust. As I sat here looking out my window, suddenly the air turned a hazy brown color and I realized I was looking at a full-scale dust storm. This must have come down from the panhandle, and there's plenty of it. Guess it's still dry up there. I went out on the porch to retrieve a package, and there's a fine layer of grit there already. I can smell it, too. Haven't smelled a dust storm in quite a while. I sure hope it rains soon to settle it down. Nowhere else but Texas. Anyway, this is blowing your way, so get ready!

Well, I'm going to brave the dust and go out to eat with some friends this evening, so guess I'd better get a few chores done. Hardly seems worth taking a shower and washing my hair - it will be full of dust by the time we get in the restaurant. Oh well. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 24, 2007 - Msg 49909: Hey to Romeena, Boo and Rev. Boy, it sure is quiet on the porch today. Oh, well, supper's ready! Salad, Beef stew and biscuits. Eat up!

February 24, 2007 - Msg 49910: Thanks for supper Millie!...love that stew...if there is any left over i will bring some tomorrow for a snack at work...im here at the old power company till 6 am!..all is quite...Rev the truck race was a hoot also...mark is have some crazy breaks...gordon and the BIG GUNS are up front for tomorrow...well let me get settled in here....SPOT

February 24, 2007 - Msg 49911: Good Evening Porch,
Sorry I haven't by for a few days. My life just seems to be getting busier and busier. I'd like a vacation. Anyone wanna go with me? I really don't care where. I'd even take a bed and breakfast in town!
Boo- Has life gotten any easier for you? I really want to see Amazing Grace also. That is awesome that it was sold out! I read somewhere that many film companies are paying big bucks for Christian films after Narnia's success.
Hey Goober, Spot, Tom, MDC, Millie, Miller, and all.
Everyone have a nice Sabbath tomorrow.
~Lucy M.
Romeena- I have a high pain tolerance also. The main reason I don't take prescription pain relievers is I don't like the feeling. It's like feeling out of control. I rarely drink alcohol for the same reason-Bryson was conceived after Margarita night at Rio Bravo, so that was an eye-opener for drinking.

February 24, 2007 - Msg 49912: Hey,ya'll. Ronnie here. Gettin ready for some oven-roasted chicken, baked spuds, salad.

Still can't wait for fishin season to start up. There's a big bass waitin for me at the "secret spot". I just switched banks, no more B of A, don't cotten to thier new policy on a certain practice. Oh well, I gotta wash my hands, bite into some vittles.

God bless ya'll,

February 24, 2007 - Msg 49913: I'll go on vacation with you, Lucy. I also don't care where. As long as I don't have to go into work for at least a week, I'll take it. Let's get a corner room at the Y, shall we?
Boo, I thought the Astronaut Farmer sounded cute. I probably won't spend the money to go see it, but I'll try to catch it when it's out on video. I've haven't heard much about Amazing Grace. But, again, I don't look for that type of movie either. I hope you can get a chance to see it!
Spot, you say you get off at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning? Are you going to stop some place and pick us up breakfast - or were you planning on cooking us something when you get home? Come on man, let us know! We need to make our plans!
- Hazel

February 24, 2007 - Msg 49914: Hi Hazel, I guess some might like The Astronaut Farmer but I just didn't care for it...maybe I missed the symbolism or something. The reason I heard of Amazing Grace was that I was listening to James Dobson's radio show and they were talking about it. I think you might actually enjoy it, Hazel. Although it's called Amazing Grace, it's not really about religion but about one man's contribution to western civilization and how he helped change his culture in regard to slavery (at least that is my understanding of it), so I think anyone would probably enjoy the movie.

Hey Lucy, good to see you. I think life is a bit easier now. Bruce's back is much better and he was out on the tractor again today. The kids and I spent most of the day at a friend's house. We threw some burgers on the pit and sat outside with a gathering of church friends and ate and enjoyed the weather. It was the most enjoyable day I have had in a very long time. The weather was gorgeous. Just cool enough, and dry. Love it!

Thank you for your prayers for me REV, I sure appreciate it.

Ro, that is such a funny story about the squirrel! Hope your dust storm is over ...I have never seen a dust storm before.

Better go, Erin is on my lap wanting to type.


February 24, 2007 - Msg 49915: Yea hazel I get off at 6 am in the morning,storms are moving in may be later...but I will whup up something and leave it on the stove for yall...hey ronnie,boo how is the house coming?..Lucy Im sure we could get a truck load to go with you on vac...Ronnie i cant wait for boat season to fish to also...Maude where are you?Rec,mdc,md and all race fans the NBS race was a good won Matt took care of business...the Replacements [movie] is about all thats on the tube...well let me get some crews call for stand by for the storms headed this way...they are in alabama right now...got about 3 hrs before Ga....prayers...will check in....SPOT

February 24, 2007 - Msg 49916: Honestly, Boo? You live in Texas and you've never seen a duster before? Well, I guess maybe being that far south, we who are a bit farther to the north have probably filtered it out by the time the wind gets down there. I've seen dusters all my life, and they can be annoying. I went by to pick up a friend to go to dinner, and my car was covered with a thin film of the stuff by the time I got to her house. I've always been able to smell it about an hour before it hits, if I'm outdoors, but I was in the house today, so this one sneaked up on me. It's settling down now, thank goodness.

Lucy, I know that feeling you're talking about, when I've taken a narcotic pain reliever. I feel like I'm floating, and yes, definitely out of control. That's bad enough, but then the dizziness and nausea hits, and frankly, I'd just rather hurt. I don't know how people take the stuff. And that's with the lightweights, like Vicodin, or even Darvocet. Give me Demerol or morphine, and I'll pull out IVs, climb over siderails, try to go out windows - oh, it's not a pretty sight. If I do have to have a heart valve replaced, which is possible, I don't know how they're going to manage me, because I'll need something heavy duty, but will go berserk if I get it. I'm just praying it won't come to that. Scary.

Well, I think I'll turn in early, so I can get up for preachin' in the morning. Still trying to decide whether to wear earrings or not. Asa, are you wearing any? Sugarplum said she would, but she's not allowed in the church. Discrimination! It's discrimination, I tell you!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 25, 2007 - Msg 49917: Honestly, no dust storms here. Maybe we are just too far south? Don't know. The only time we had anything similar was due to a volcano in Mexico that caused ash to blow on us, and that was years ago. Our wind is mostly from the south, which might be why no duststorms (hard to stir up any dust in the Gulf of Mexico).

It is a little scary to think of heart surgery without much pain medicine, although I remember when my dad got his aortic valve implant back in 1980 and he never seemed to have alot of pain with it. He told me it was fairly easy (unlike the total knee replacements he has had since then)! My dad must have the oldest, functioning valve implant of it's kind. Can you imagine, 27 years without a problem? Funny how things turn out...Dad never expected to live to 80. He had it in his head most of his life that he would die young (both of his parents did of heart disease) but he keeps right on going. His dad died of a heart attack at 40 and his mom was in her early 60's.

Well, guess I should try to get some sleep...it'll be time for church before you know it...Ro, I'm certainly wearing earrings.


February 25, 2007 - Msg 49918: Breakfast menu:3 eggs your way,flapjacks,maple syurp and strawberrys,country ham,sausage paattys,bisquits with milk gravy,hashbrowns,grits,toast with grape jelly oj,coffee,milk,h2o salt and pepper and a tear from my roll of paper towels...Asa hurry up and get here to hold the door for the women folk!...prayers...and happy Sunday!...,b>SPOT

February 25, 2007 - Msg 49919: Breakfast sounds good Spot. Count me in. I'll hold the door open as long as I can, but with torn rib cartalige I don't know how long I'll hold on. Man do they ever smart. I have to hug myself everytime I cough and that looks pretty silly, to see a grown man hugging himself. The Doc has me on some heavy duty cough syrup, I know it must be good cause it tastes so bad, and some anti-biotics, and another little pill to help my ribs heal. With all the pills I'm on now I rattle when I walk. But if they will work it will all be worth it. Sorry about coming here and whining. But I am a horrid patient. I hate not feeling well and after almost a month of this crud I'm at whit's end. Millie, you are a Saint to be going all you are going through and remain so upbeat. Can I borrow some optimism from you?:)

Ro, no preachin for me again today, sorry. Sitting is not much fun to do with this rib thing for some reason. When I sit back against the back rest it pushes on my rib and hurts like the dickens in my chest. Did you survive your dust storm? We had fresh snow this morning, just a dusting. A bigger one is due in on Tuesday. Boy bring on spring...please!

Can you believe it's been one year since we lost Don Knotts? Time moves right along.

I'm with you folks on the not taking pain meds. Most just don't agree with me. I was on Loratab a few years ago when I hurt my back and boy all it did was make me onery. I can handle Percocet, but not for to long.

Well hope all is well with everyone. I miss being here but sitting at the computer is painful so I don't do it much right now. That's ok, it will give your ears and eyes a rest. LOL


February 25, 2007 - Msg 49920: We miss you when you don't post every day, Asa. I hope you get to feeling better soon. My husband broke a rib once, and it took a long time to heal and was very painful. A torn rib cartalige is probably the same, or worse. Keep the chin up, dear! Maybe you ought to get out that hanger-thing that you use to straighten yer back? The one that made you an inch taller? That might help...
The pain meds make me feel sick too. I had an abscessed tooth a couple weeks ago, and the doc gave me something called Norco. Which is simular to vicadin, I think. Anyhow, I took one, and it ruined my whole day. I was dizzy, nauseaus, and generally felt "green" all day long. I switched to advil the next day.
I'm wearing earrings to church this morning. I hope the sermons a good one!
- Hazel

February 25, 2007 - Msg 49921: Yep, Hazel, Norco is the same thing as Vicodin, which is the same thing as Lortab, etc. We give them all at work, interchangeably. The only difference is in the amount of acetaminophen (Tylenol) they contain. Some of our docs prefer Norco because it has the least acetaminophen, and since our new moms take a lot of the things, they don't want to risk them getting liver damage. They all come in 5 mg or 7.5 mg of hydrocodone, which is the culprit that makes you sick. It's a synthetic codeine, and either one will do you in if you're sensitive to it.

Asa, bless your heart. Torn rib cartilage is a very painful thing, and I'll definitely be praying for your recovery. Rest, anti-inflammatory meds (Advil) and time - this too shall pass. Hang in there, friend.

Tell Barney that the people who leased my rent house (finally) have a mini-doxie. I had told the realtor I wanted no pets if possible, but who could refuse a little mini-doxie? Definitely prefereble to the two huge hounds the former renter had, who just trashed the yard and part of the house.

Well, guess I'll rustle up some lunch. Maybe just a bowl of soup, I'm not very hungry. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 25, 2007 - Msg 49922:
Hello gang....just a quick check in. The race is just about to start.
Praying for you all.

February 25, 2007 - Msg 49923:
In memory of dear Barney:
"Andy, you'd leave Mayberry for a job in Raleigh?
After all these years as partners and 'phiiitt' "

RO- I bet my dust storm is bigger than your dust storm! haha
Really, we get some that rumble thru Phoenix that are about a mile high, and so thick with dust and sand that it is hard to see 5 feet in front of you.! Mostly during the summer months.
BOO- Wilberforce is the man who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace" after his conversion and after finally "seeing" the evil that he was doing. That is whay he refers to himself as a "wretch" in the words.
Me-they- do you remember Phyliss Newman?
ASA- good to see you. Prayers for you for sure!
Have a great sabbath, prayers for all. God bless.
ole MDC

February 25, 2007 - Msg 49924: Wow, MDC, I'd hate to see one of your dust storms. This is one case where I'll concede that something outside of Texas might be bigger. Actually, the one we just had was kinda piddly. It only blew for a couple of hours, then the dust settled when the wind switched directions. The dust comes from the north, and like Boo said, when it switches to the south, itnever brings dust.

I got some trash dipped out of the pond, left by the wind, and planted a flat of sweet alyssum and six more iris, and I'm ready to hunt up something to eat. I never ate lunch, so guess it's time.

Have a great Sabbath evening, folks. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 25, 2007 - Msg 49925: Well gang im back at work....race is on...let me get settled in...hot wings and pizza for supper!...SPOT

February 25, 2007 - Msg 49926: Asa when i got all busted up in my wreck in late 2004 the broke legs and broke feet and arm were not neat as painful and the broke ribs....could not hardley sleep at all...prayers buddy....SPOT

February 25, 2007 - Msg 49927: Ro, do you ever plant Azaleas? There was an article in Southern Living (March edition) about them and how they flourish in the south. I think I will learn more about them because they are beautiful and according to Southern Living, easy to care for.

I don't think a mini-doxie will cause any harm to your lease house. We have one living here and she is a very clean dog. I know some of the mini's tend to have bladder control problems, but not mine (yet, anyway).

The weather here today is outstanding!! Sure wish it was like this more often...just perfect with low humidity.

Think I'll go sit outside awhile,


February 25, 2007 - Msg 49928: Yeah, Boo, I have several azaleas. I'm not a real azales enthusiast, though I do think they're beautiful. Actually, they'll survive with little or no care, but will thrive and be astonishingly lovely with a lot of educated care. Mine don't get that. They're just sort of "in with the pack" back there, and whatever everybody else is getting in the way of water, light and food, they get the same. Azaleas love acid soil, and I haven't done anything to amend mine to their taste, but they seem to do okay. My only objection to them is that while they're strikingly beautiful when in bloom, that season is short, and then they're just a rather nondescript shrub for the rest of the year. Therefore, I haven't given them top billing in the yard, they're more of a filler, but gorgeous when blooming.

I'm happy to have the little mini-doxie in my rent house. I'm sure he/she is going to be just fine. I haven't met the renters, and probably won't, but the leasing agent tells me they're fine people, South Koreans who have been here 22 years and are citizens, well-educated professionals, drive clean cars and have good credit. I couldn't ask for more. I'm sure their little friend will be just as nice.

Well, guess I'll go comb the Plum, she's looking a bit seedy. Then later, I'll catch the Britcoms. Yay! "The Boo-kay residence, the lady of the house speaking!" Ha!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 25, 2007 - Msg 49929: "azales?" Fer cryin' out loud! --Romeena

February 25, 2007 - Msg 49930: Hey Ro, Boo, Spot and all. Anybody watching the Academy awards? I watched a few minutes, but mostly I'm enjoying the great movies they're showing on amc and tcm....I've watched Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, A Star is Born, and in a few minutes, Here Comes Mr. Jordan. It's helping me get my housework done, ironically enough. Back in a bit with a snack....Spot, you working?

February 25, 2007 - Msg 49931: Hey, all. No, Millie, I'm not watching the awards. I didn't see any of the movies, so it wouldn't mean much to me. I've just been playing at the computer, and listening to one of Rev's CDs. Boy, he's good. I'm really enjoying it. I've got to get some more of his music.

Well, I need to get back to work. House is messy, kitchen needs attention. Get a good night's rest, folks - especially Millie and Asa. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 25, 2007 - Msg 49932: Just had a real nice chat with Hazel over at Sarah's. If anyone wants to join us, tommorow night at 9pm EST we will be chatting!

February 25, 2007 - Msg 49933: Thanks for the reminder, Millie....hope I remember. Things have been so hectic around here today. So I guess that will be 8pm, central time?

I watched some of Gone With The Wind today; only caught the last 45 minutes or so. I actually felt kind of sorry for Scarlett this time. Clark Gable was so handsome.

Better get some shut-eye. Hope you all have a peaceful evening.


February 25, 2007 - Msg 49934: Hey gang!..have never saw sling blade [the movie]fixing to put the dvd in here at work...is it good?...hey Millie,Miller,ro,bo,asa,Rev,TOM,ronnie,possum,hazel,lucy......Rev,MDC,MD Matt swept at Cal!..had a strong car abut Mark Martin has the point lead and he said he may race at Las vegas[which he was not gona to]since he has the points lead...wish he would run a full season and gove it one more shot....well to my movie...snack will be slim jims....SPOT

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49935: Well the porch is asleep...breakfast menu:corned beef hash,eggs your way,toast,grits,sliced oranges,fruit jelly..milk,tang,h20..ready at 6:30ish...slow here at work get off at 6 am and off till wed night at 10!...nice here in Ga. almost 70 today and gona be nice my off days..Asa hope your ribs are better....SPOT

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49936: Goodnight Boo and Spot!

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49937: hey SPOT.. good racing FRI. ,SAT., and Sun ,Martrin is hot in the 01 ,great start for him ,but he is only running 22 cup races this year
Mayberry deputy

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49938: Good morning, all. Just a quick run-by. I'm on my way to the ophthalmologist, for a routine eye exam and to see if the cataract on the right one is ready to remove. The lens he was hoping to be able to use is now available, I think, so I'm about ready to get it done. Can't see at a distance worth squat, and driving at night is downright scary, so I'm ready. Y'all have a good day - Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49939: Hope it goes well at the eye doc, RO.

I sure hope Me-They turns up on the porch today. I am in the mood for a good moulage today.

So much to do to catch up with the chores after the busy weekend we had...better start making my grocery list.


February 26, 2007 - Msg 49940: Hey everybody--digging my way through the snow to the porch.
It's been pretty deep up here!
(upstate New York)
we gave up mesureing in inches long ago.
The libuary finally re-opened and I am able to write some thing.
Been staying in with "Andy" "Lucy" and my old movies--and pots of soup and homemade bread.
Ah the comforts of winter.
The storms shut the whole town down.
Can see everyone is well.

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49941: Oh, before I forget. My daughter and here friend are coming out to visit from California at the end of next month and then my baby is going on a 23 day backpacking trip to Europe.
Well--she deserves it. She has worked hard and well for the last four years in the Navy and even harder before that.
A happy nut

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49942: Hey Happy Nut, good to hear from you. Hang on...spring is on it's way. That daughter of your's sounds like quite the adventurer. Enjoy your visit with her and let us know how it went.

Having a cup of coffee and sucking on a Hershey's Kiss...makes for a nice coffee break...not that I have done much yet. I managed to drop the kids off at school and come home and crawl back into bed. It was one of those cool mornings when you just don't want to get up yet so I got into that comfy bed with my quilt and heating pad. It was a real treat (one I don't allow myself often). I think I slept for about an hour and then got up. Now I have to get motivated. I just cannot seem to master the art of keeping things done around here. It goes ok for awhile and then we get sick or have dr's appointments all week and everything gets behind. The catching up is murder. I'm not an organized person by nature and I feel like I am always trying to get a grip on things...it's kind of like trying to roll a large stone uphill, if you slip just a little, down it rolls and you have to start all over again...guess that's just life but the older I get, the harder it is to push that stone uphill. I sent an email to Bruce at work today explaining that I need a dishwasher and I need some work done in the bathroom we are using. It has an old shower stall in it that is really nasty and I cannot keep the mildew from growing in there AND the tub drain keeps plugging up AND the toilet has to be plunged everytime you flush the thing. I think I keep the Drano people in business, I put so much Drano down the tub! It clears for a few days and then it's stopped up again. It's impossible to keep the tub clean when that happens and it's driving me crazy. The house is so old it has plumbing problems and last week I made the mistake of asking dad if we could call a plmuber. Well, that didn't go over well and he just started accusing me of putting things down the garbage disposal that I shouldn't (which is absurd). It led to him not talking to me for 3 days. Sorry for venting but I just can't stand a dirty house but find it impossible to keep the things clean around here. Dad helps out by washing dishes alot and taking the trash to the curb. He also feeds the dogs, which is great, but I am the only one doing everything else. Bruce is spending all his spare time trying to get the house built so we can move out...after 2 and a half years, I am starting to have a much tougher time of it. I know it will all be worth it, though. Thanks for letting me express my frustration for a bit.

Better go wash some dishes...


February 26, 2007 - Msg 49943: Good Afternoon,
I need to pick up the boys, but I need to ask y'all a favor. My BIL, Alan, has been having chest pains for about 8-10 days. He has had several tests done and so far only thing mentioned is something in his lower region. They are doing a heart catherization tomorrow. They were at the ER again last night in the middle of the night with them. Alan, a devout Christian and father, is a heavy smoker. We're hoping this forces him to quit. Teresa, Bryan's sister, is a control freak and is not handling this well. Anxiety runs in the family (remember Nick?) and she needs prayer to handle this.
Okay, will read archives later. Y'all have a good one!

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49944: You bet, Lucy, prayers for your family. Thank you for sharing the need with us.

Well, put in a load of laundry but ended up sitting down at the kitchen table with Dad. He was looking through an old metal box that contained some things his mother had kept (she died in 1967). It was really great to read through some old letters given to her by her husband back in 1921. We found their marriage certificate in an old frame so I cleaned it up and it looks pretty good. The box also contained a leather wallet owned by my dad's great-grandfather. His name and the date were in it. It was dated December 5th, 1832! Really fun to look at. Dad and I had a long talk about his memories of his dad, who died when dad was 14, and we talked about his mother, who died when I was 5. It was really nice.

Gotta go...


February 26, 2007 - Msg 49945:
Hello porch family. Pray you all are having a Jesus filled day.

Spot, MDC, MD...I was really pulling for Matt. Good race. Yep...Mark is really starting off with a great year. Michael Waldrop and team are having a tough start though. It's going to take some time.

Ro....thank you for those kind words. You are a sweetheart. I hope you can make it to a concert this year whenever we come to your area.

Well better get off here for now. Got to get a few things done before it gets too late.
Prayers for you all.

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49946: Don't you just love those little happen-stance moments, Boo? Those times when you just connect, and all the daily trivia backs off and you can meet as dear friends for a while. I can recall a few moments like that with my parents, and it's like finding a diamond you thought you'd lost.

Lucy, I can't imagine anything more difficult that dealing with a control freak who cannot be in control of the current situation. I'll bet she won't give up trying, though, and if she can't control the problem with Alan, she'll find something else to rule, probably at someone else's expense. Oh, dear, family dynamics can be so difficult.

Things went well at the eye doctor. He's ready to remove the cataract and implant a new lens, and in fact will probably want to do the other eye as well in a couple of weeks. He says I'll have perfect near and distant vision, just a little difficulty with mid-range (computer screen) but a pair of drugstore glasses will control that. I'm ready! We'll probably schedule it for sometime before the middle of March. My insur#ance and Medicare together will pay for almost all of it, so that's good!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49947: Make "thaN dealing with a control freak". Wonder if my new lens implants will improve my typos? --romeena

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49948:
Lucy...prayers for your BIL. Keep us posted.

Boo...sounds like some precious memories.

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49949: I hear ya on the plumbing problems, Boo. I thought I had my problem of the flooding basement floor drain figured out with an inexpensive solution(at least temporarily until we have money to fix it) in that I just didn't do laundry at home, and it seemed to work, with no major floods(just occasional minor puddles around the drain). But now it seems like almost every time I do the dishes, or use either of the two showers it floods up a storm and is seeping into the next room again(carpeted, of course). To make matters worse, it does look(and smell) like there's some backed up sewage in there, which is a really pleasant thought, I know.
I just put some enzyme stuff down the drain today, which is supposed to break down all the gunk blocking up the drain, but of course I had to do the dishes and whoosh, more back up junk.
So, against my better judgment(because I would have liked to have seen if that enzyme stuff worked) I called the plumber to come tomorrow. I would've had them come today, but it was too late and if they used one of the on-call plumbers it would be $150 an hour instead of the economical $80 an hour I am already going to have to fork over. Add to that the $50 use of their drain machine thing and that's even more money that we can't afford to lose.
But I guess, we can't have the house smelling of sewage, so I am stuck.
Oh well, I guess it could be worse. I just hope they don't have to dig up and replace the whole drain and piping. Although that may be preferable for down the road, we just can't afford it right now.
Oye. Owning a house isn't all it's cracked up to be.

-Sterling Holobyte

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49950: That's a bummer, Sterling. I feel for ya. Plumbing problems are hard to deal with. Good luck.


February 26, 2007 - Msg 49951:
Sterling and Boo, maybe you two will get new septic tanks for christmas. It was good enough for barney's folks! haha
Boo, I think i was wrong about wilberforse writing that song. We sang it in church yesterday and it said John newton by the title. I think he was the captain of a slave ship and then realized his wrong.
Well, prayers for ya all. Have a good evening!

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49952:
Sterling and Boo....I wish you best with the septic tanks. I had to replace my lines two years ago. Since we have red clay, it was a mess for a while. My yard is still not back the way it was but it's getting there. Hopefully you won't have to go that route.

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49953: Yes, MDC, Newton was an influence in Wilberforce's life and Wilberforce went to Newton for advice, etc. I'm sure Newton was influential in Wilberforce's feelings about slavery.

REV, we don't have a septic tank, just very old plumbing here at dad's. I remember the days when dad did have a septic tank, though, and it was a pain in the neck sometimes. Thanks for those best wishes, though! ha


February 26, 2007 - Msg 49954: Good evening, all. My sympathies to those with plumbing problems. Been there, done that. Oh, I could tell you some stories! I have a picture of my dear husband, with three of his cronies (church friends) standing around in my kitchen one Saturday evening, staring at the water dribbling from beneath the sink. For the same $$ reasons you cited, Sterling, dear husband decided they could fix it. Uh-huh. Talk about the blind leading the blind. We had an airline pilot, an FAA inspector, and two salesmen in that little group and they were going to fix the plumbing. Actually, they did. They replaced the leaking metal pipes with newer, PVC pipe, but since they couldn't get the glue seals to hold and the U-shaped trap kept falling off, they just wedged a can of paint under it. It lasted for years! I'm telling you, those four guys were dangerous.

Actually, that's not the funniest plumbing story, but I'll save it for another time.

I'm supposed to be at work, but woke up this afternoon with an attack of vertigo, complete with nausea, and had to call in. The nausea has backed off, but I'm still dizzy and still ricocheting off walls and furniture when I try to relocate myself. Took me a couple of minutes to make the trek to the computer from my big chair, about fifteen feet away.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49955: Boo- That is so neat about your Dad. I believe that elderly really want to pass on their memories to their family. I'm going to my grandparents in a few weeks and I am going to videotape them answering questions about their lives. I'm glad everyone is on the mend in your house.
Romeena- We have all felt so sorry for her daughters and Alan because of Teresa's controlling. They are wonderful people and we love them dearly, and I'm not trying to put her down. She needs peace and understanding in her heart and mind that she can't control everything that happens. My Dad had the cataract and vision correcting surgery a few months ago. It took him awhile to get used to the changes, but he's good now.
Sterling- That is one of the joys of renting. We live in a 1100 sq. ft. apt and do absolutely NO repairs. The downside is that we do not have that credit or tax benefit of owning.
Mavis- Are you still doing well with your new man?
Tom- How is your chain coming along?
Big Maude- Are you okay? You haven't been around lately.
Charlotte- How's your son's acne? Martha had a dermatologist on today talking about acne. You should check out her website to see if there's anything more that can help.
Mary Wiggins- How's your daughter's wedding coming along? Mine was planned in a jiffy (being 8 months preg really moves things along). I tore out things I wanted from Martha Weddings and faxed to my Mom and she made all of the flower arrangments. My dress was handmade for only $200! We were married in a historical home so we couldn't really decorate much. It was pretty easy and inexpensive. I hope your daughter's goes well.
Papa Bear- I'm glad you're alive and well. I'm sorry for your problems. God will heal all!
Auh20- Are y'all being pounded again?
AFD- How are the girls doing?
Me-They- How's your wife's job situation?
MDC- Have you ever been to Pine Top, AZ? My stepdaughter is going on a field trip up there.
Well, I need to hit the hay. I'm reading Lewis Grizzards, "If I Ever Make it back to Georgia I'll nail my feet to the Floor". It's a hoot!
Y'all have a good rest of the evening tonight and tomorrow!
Blessings to you and yours,
This Little Light of Mine, I'm gonna let it shine!