February 26, 2007 - Msg 49956: Sorry Y'all about my novelette!
I forgot to mention,
Spot- Aren't ya lovin' these temps?
Romeena- I hope your vertigo goes away soon. What do you think has caused it? I have it when I have an inner ear thing.
Okay, time to sleep now.
Good night,

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49957: Oh, the vertigo is really nothing new. I have a family history of Meniere's syndrome, but my own symptoms are nothing compared to what my dad's sister endured. For most of her life, she would have episodes about twice a month, each lasting hours or days, and requiring sedation. Daddy had it too, only a couple of episodes over the years until about the last two years of his life, then they got more frequent and more severe. I hope that doesn't happen to me, but right now, it's quite manageable. Usually lasts only 3 to 8 hours, and responds to meclizine. Could be a lot worse. --Romeena

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49958:
Hey Folks

Tired here on this end of the porch. I'm even too tired to poke fun at Al Gore. Been helping my MIL move back into her home the last few days.

Lucy-No, we haven't got much snow as of late. Friday we got maybe a foot and since then only about 5 or 6 inches. Sorry to hear about your BIL. Hope things are going better with the boys in your home. Prayers for you.

Good-night all,

"I got a uvula, you've got a uvula, all God's children got a uvula"

February 26, 2007 - Msg 49959:
Boy Ro, hope your feeling better. It sounds like you have things under control. Take care.


February 27, 2007 - Msg 49960: Sorry about the dizziness, Ro. Hope it passes quickly. That's a terrible feeling.

I was up last night with a sick stomach again. I thought I was finished with all that but not quite. Oh well. I have to take Erin to the eye doctor this morning so have to get moving. The teacher says she isn't seeing the blackboard.

I enjoyed your long post, Lucy.

Gotta run...talk to ya'll later.


February 27, 2007 - Msg 49961: A can of paint, huh Romeena?! :) I wish I would've thought of that when I was having trouble with the piping under our bathroom sink in our last house. I just could not get that thing to stay up there tight.
Sometimes the simplest answers are the best, I guess.
Well, onto our current house plumbing problem. The plumbers came straight away this morning, which was a surprise in itself as I thought I'd have to wait around for them all day, and used the biggest drain snake I have ever seen and fed it through the main line(for what seemed like miles). When they brought it back out there was a big clump of roots stuck to it, and the water went down. They suggested I put root killer down the pipes every once in a while, which is something I had thought of. I just wish I would've thought of it sooner. But of course, I had no idea that a tree was planning on taking over our pipeline. You don't really think of things like that until it is too late.

Now the only thing I have to do is figure out if I am going to rip out the whole carpet downstairs or just the section that is wet and gross. I think I will, for now, take out the wet section, as we just have too much junk in boxes downstairs and I can't move everything to the garage because I think we are going to need it to keep our cars safe from the next blizzard that is supposed to be coming our way.

Lucy, yeah sometimes I long to be a renter again. I haven't really seen any benefit out of owning a house yet. Right now seems to be more trouble than it is worth. Oh for the days when the landlord had to take care of everything. ;)

Hope those who are ailing get better soon. Romeena, Boo, this means you!

-Sterling Holobyte

February 27, 2007 - Msg 49962: Mornin, folks. Sterling, in my neck of the woods, (southern cal), we have to wait for "inspecters" to look and say "ya, pipe is clogged". Then wait for plumber, get the permit for the repair, on and on. Heck, I just fix it myself and pay the fines. At least the pipes are fixed. They don't like me too much, oh well. I just rather not mess around with the red tape.

Anyways, I finally got some rain, good reason to go fishin. I'll catch one for ya'll.

God bless, Ronnie

February 27, 2007 - Msg 49963: sure is a cool one here today. mdc- got your package yesterday, thanks a million. got something coming snail mail today your way. sterling most folks in central illinois wish they were renters at this time that even rentals are like new york city price wise. romeena, sent you something snail mail yesterday. my prayers are with you. boo and auh20- me thinks this winter has gotten everyone down, can't wait until july and spring. spot you still cooking? hi lucy. dixie are you still out and about? everyone have a great one. pappa bear

February 27, 2007 - Msg 49964: Good Afternoon Porch,
Bryan just talked to his sister and Alan has to have a triple by-pass surgery in the morning. Teresa's a wreck, understandably. So, please continue to keep them in your prayers.
Papa Bear- I can't wait until spring either.
Ronnie- That sounds like a whole mess of trouble to me.
Sterling- The good thing is the tax credit.
Talk to you later!

February 27, 2007 - Msg 49965: Wow, Lucy, your family is getting hammered. This is something Teresa can't control, and the medical staff will only take so much before they'll make her very aware of the fact that she is not in control. She is definitely going to need prayer.

I ran across this (out of context) in an email, and think it fits most situations very well. See what you think:


Vertigo is improved, but I'm still rockin' and rollin' and reelin' a bit, so am staying home from work. Can't risk having a dizzy spell with somebody's newborn baby in my arms.

Sterling, I've had the same root-ball problem in my sewer lines. Here are some thoughts: What does it cost to have the line snaked, assuming you call on normal weekday hours? How many times a year do you think you would have to do that? Where are the roots coming from? Assuming root killer will work (it might not) what tree/trees might be killed? Would you need to replace them or could your landscape spare them? In my case, the slowing occurs about every 8-12 months, and costs me $85 to snake it out. It's not worth it to me to risk killing the trees. Also, I would bet you have clay or cast iron pipe, both of which have joints every few feet. This is where the roots are getting in. They are hair-thin when they enter, and grow larger inside the pipe. There is a procedure whereby seamless PVC is introduced inside the pipe, which will solve your problem. However, at about $900 to fix mine, I decided I could do a lot of snaking for that much money. As I said - just something to think about.

My goodness, Ronnie, you have to have a permit to call a plumber?? And an inspector has to authorize it? Where do you live, Red China? I never heard of such a thing. I'd hate for them to know about the sunroom I've had built, the arbor out back, the fishpond, electrical add-ons, etc., that have taken place around here, all sans permit. I'd probably go to jail!

Well, I'm off to find something to eat. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 27, 2007 - Msg 49966: Incidentally, Sterling, about the root-killer killing the trees - one tree person told me it would, another told me it might, one told me it would not. Take your choice, I guess. I'm not willing to risk it, I need that tree. --Romeena

February 27, 2007 - Msg 49967:
Ro....I like that saying. Thank God it's "temporary". Praying you are feeling better.

Lucy...prayers for Alan & Teresa. Also for all the Drs & nurses that will be performing the surgery. Keep us posted.

pappa bear....good to see you stopping by more often.

Plumber??? Just get Gomer...he is a jack of all trades....he works on cars, freezers, bandstands and I'm sure plumbing.

Well you all have a blessed night and know that you folks are in my prayers.

February 27, 2007 - Msg 49968: Anybody heard from Millie? She was suppose to be at Sara's last night, but never showed up. I'm worried! I know y'all been praying for her, but let's pray extry hard tonight!
- Hazel

February 27, 2007 - Msg 49969:
Prayers for Millie for sure!! Hopefully it was just forgetting on her part and nothing else.
RO- I hope those four guys were better at their "chosen professions"! ha Can you just hear the pilot saying that a wheel came off so we put a paint can under it! haha
COLT-pappa bear!! Thanks for stopping by. Glad my trip down memory lane arrived intact! God bless ya.
LUcy- Yes, PineTop is a pretty town in northern AZ where the ponderosas grow tall and the air is clean! What's the field trip for? A nature hike perhaps?
Well, praying hard for ya all.

Andy: (to Opie, after Opie showed him how he got an egg in a bottle) Thanks for the scientific demonstration. It saved me a trip to the World's Fair."

February 27, 2007 - Msg 49970: Hazel, I checked in last night on Sarah's and was surprised that noone was there, too. Hope all is well with Millie. Will pray for her.

Bible study at the drug rehab was tough tonight. There was a room full of girls and 2 that were brand new. It is so hard to try to teach them and answer their many question in the short hour I have with them. Tonight one of the new girls was asking me about what it meant to receive Christ and it was near the end of class. I tried to talk to her but they had to leave. It is so frustrating sometimes and hard to just give it to God because I don't know if she will ever be back again. They don't have to attend bible study so sometimes I see a girl once and then never again, and this one seemed pretty troubled and was immediately defensive when it came to the bible. Please pray that she will be back again and also 2 of the girls that have been with me since I started are leaving this week and it breaks my heart to know I won't see them again. They are both very sweet girls and will be faced with alot of temptation when they leave. Please say a prayer for Chelsi and Jessica. Thanks, friends.


February 27, 2007 - Msg 49971: Hey, y'all, I'm ok, just had a tough one yesterday. I just had a chat with Hazel, she missed you too, Boo. We'll try again tommorow.

February 27, 2007 - Msg 49972: I had an experience Monday at the eye doctor's office that gave me a new insight on the idea of witness. Here's what happened: As I sat in the waiting room, I noticed a Gideon Bible on a table next to me, and picked it up. Mindful of the time of year, I turned to the Gospels, and read two of the accounts of the trial, crucifixion and resurrection. When my name was called, I stood and turned to place the Bible back on the table. That's when I became aware that about six people were watching me, clearly interested in the fact that I had been reading a Bible! They seemed a bit surprised, actually. I guess it's true, we never know who is watching, and when our behavior might be a witness. I'm glad the Bible was there. Thank God for the Gideons.

"Where the ponderosas grow tall and the air is clean!" That sounds like a slice of heaven, MDC.

Boo, do you have some simple, easy-to-read tracts you can give to those girls when there isn't time to explain things personally? I'm sure you do, but I'm just wondering. Certainly that's not as good as a personal witness, but when time or circumstances prohibit the personal touch, the tract is better than nothing.

Well, I think I'd better go lie down again. I'm feeling better, but still a bit tiddly. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 27, 2007 - Msg 49973: Oh, good, Millie. Thanks for checking in. We do worry about you. --Romeena

February 27, 2007 - Msg 49974: Thanks, Ro. And thanks for all the prayers, mdc,hazel, ro, boo and everybody. God is working on me.

February 27, 2007 - Msg 49975: Oh my gosh, Ro, I don't know why on earth I didn't think of that. It's a great idea about the tracts. That's what I'm going to do. And yea, thank God for the Gideons.

Hey Millie, glad God is working on you. Hope tomorrow is a better day. We love you.


February 27, 2007 - Msg 49976: Hey, all. I said earlier that I'd tell you another plumbing story, and since I can't sleep, now seems as good a time as any.

Now, you must understand, I loved my husband very much, and he was a wonderful man, the father of my children, but he wasn't a Mr. Fix-it, by any stretch of imagination. Unfortunately, he was willing to try. For years we have been plagued with the occasional slow drain, and sometimes just flat-dog stopped up. Nothing moving. This usually was blamed on what he imagined to be my habit of putting anything and everything down the disposer. (Sound familiar, Boo?) Actually, I don't, but he thought I did. Anyway, moving on...

One day the drain was completely clogged, I was not at home, and rather than call the man, as I would have done, he decided to open it himself. From somewhere, he obtained some powerful acid, went on the roof with a funnel, and poured the acid down the air vent, because he knew it would ruin the sink, which had water in it. Seemed logical at the time, I guess.

Anyway, he's standing in front of the sink proudly watching the standing water draining out, when he realized his shoes were sticking to the floor! He looked down and realized that water was running from all the seals in the pipes below the sink. The acid had eaten the seal adhesives, and things were leaking worse than Andy's boat. Everywhere the acidic water went, it was dissolving everything in its path.

He frantically started pulling all the stuff from under the sink - bottles of cleaner, dishwashing liquid, soap, a box of Brillo, all the detritus that accumulates beneath a sink. Not thinking, he sat the things in the sink or on the countertop, even sat two bottles on my kitchen table, atop an antique Fiesta tablecloth! Everywhere he sat a wet bottle or box, it etched out the outline of the bottom of that item. His shoes were a total loss, the floor was ruined, the countertop and sink were ruined, and my tablecloth didn't fare too well, either.

Naturally, I walked in right in the middle of this carnage, and the woeful look on his face was just pitiful to see. He looked like a little kid who has destroyed his mom's kitchen trying to make breakfast or something. Trying so hard to do something good, and it blew up in his face. I didn't dare laugh, didn't have the heart to scold, so I just stood there searching for an appropriate emotion to express. There just wasn't one to be found! Concern for the state of his feet saved the day - I was able to concentrate on that, get him out of the shoes before the acid got to his feet, and forget the rest of it.

Here's the clincher. The next day, when the insur#ance adjuster came out, he just whipped out his tape and started measuring, didn't argue at all. My whipped-puppy husband said in meek surprise, "I didn't know you guys insured for stupidity." The reply? "Oh, yes. Most of the things we pay for are the result of stupidity in one form or another." They even paid for my tablecloth.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 28, 2007 - Msg 49977: That's a great story Romeena. And although I imagine you were somewhat upset at the time (at least inside), you can now look back at it and smile as the memory allows you to enjoy it. I have many stories of my own adventures. Although I do repairs and such for a living, there is a learning curve when you first break into the business. It is in those curves when you make silly mistakes, that hopefully you learn from. And after almost 30 years of doing it, I still get suprizes a lot of days. I'll share some with you guys some day when time and my ego allows.
A quick note to Lucy. Prayers for your BIL and family today as he goes through his operation. Good thing they caught it when they did.
And prayers for you Millie. Hope you're feeling better today.
Sterling, Rommena offers good advice. Them tree roots always seek out a water supply and sewer lines are a favorite. I think anything you pour in to try and rid the roots is pretty futile cause they'll be back soon. Your options are to remove the tree, line your pipe as Ro suggests, or resign yourself to routine augers. It probably depends on how long you plan on staying there. And I just can't share your dislike of home ownership. I know it can be costly, but I just love owning my own home. There is just a peace of mind and a true enjoyment in being able to do things to the place that I couldn't do as a renter. But I understand not all share those feelings.
Well best get to work so I can afford to still own a home LOL. Ribs are still sore, but getting better slowly. Cough is improving slowly. Come on spring!


February 28, 2007 - Msg 49978: Great story, Ro. What a mess!

Hey ASA, sounds like you are on the mend.


February 28, 2007 - Msg 49979: Hey gang....im still here...hope yall been eating well....just been Bere at the dog house...spring cleaning....fried bologna sandwiches and sour cream and onion chips for lunch...well back in a bit ...SPOT

February 28, 2007 - Msg 49980: Howdy Spot. Howdy Boo. Yep, I finally feel like I'm starting to get better Boo. How are you feeling this morning?


February 28, 2007 - Msg 49981: hey evryone ... just stopped in for a quick trouble check ,have a great day

February 28, 2007 - Msg 49982: Good morning, all. Asa, you are no doubt an unsung hero. There is a man named Ted, who must be your Texas counterpart. He can do anything. He built my arbor and installed power to it. He put in the power outlets for the lights and pumps around the pond. He paints, does minor roofing, refinished my cabinets, tiled some floors, repaired fascia and soffit on this house and one of the rentals. He can and does frame houses from the ground up, but isn't too proud to come over and help me get my Christmas deer out of the yard and the garage cleaned out.

I don't know what I'd do without him. He is a blessing sent from God, believe me. Because of him, when my son has a few days in town - not traveling - we can get together without me presenting him with a to-do list. To get on Ted's list for a major job, there's usually a wait of a few weeks, but if I call him about something small, he just swings by on his way home from whatever bigger job he's on. He's a treashuh, and I'll bet there are people who feel the same about you, Asa.

Incidentally, Ted is a Christian and you know it when you meet him. I think he's one of God's ambassadors. You guys are in a unique position to witness, just by the way you conduct yourselves, but I'm sure you know that. There are a lot of women like me out there, who appreciate the friendship of an honest, capable man who can help us with the upkeep of our homes, and who don't try to empty our pockets, either.

Well, off I go. Still dizzy, still pin-balling around the house, but functional. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 28, 2007 - Msg 49983: Well Asa, I feel like I am doing better, too. Thanks for asking.

That's funny Ro...."pin-balling around the house"...funny mental image. Hope you are back to normal soon.

Chores to do...


February 28, 2007 - Msg 49984: Lucy, I wanted to ask you a question please. I am wondering about water filters. I have a reverse osmosis filter but have been hearing about alkaline filters or good bottled water that is alkaline. I thought I heard you mention something about it a long time ago. Any info you might have would be appreciated. Thank you!


February 28, 2007 - Msg 49985: Hey folks. Boo, so glad you're doing better. Take care of yourself. Romeena, hope you're ok, just don't "tilt"....teehee. Asa, so good to see you back regular-like. Hope those ribs mend quickly.
I just got home from chemo, and supper is ready from the crockpot, so y'all grab a bowl and eat hearty...chicken cacciatore over spaghetti, with salad and garlic bread. I'll serve dessert and coffee later on the porch.

February 28, 2007 - Msg 49986: Hey Millie, I'll bring my bowl right over, supper sounds great! You will have to give me your recipe for crock pot chicken cacciatore.

Where is Me-They these days? Haven't heard much from him or Auh2o this week....sure miss them. They're a hoot.


February 28, 2007 - Msg 49987: Howdy friends. Yup,boo, I feel like I'm in another land, thing is , China has more problems in spite of all thier money. Someday, they are gonna have too much. Then what?
Ya, southern california has more red-tape than SantyClause. God got me away from booze and drugs, but not patience. I learned a long time ago to just do it, and d oit right the first time!
I'll pay the fines later. Anywho, rain has stopped, the sky is blue, we're all alive to enjoy the good Lord's wonders. What more can we need?
Gotta run, Yer all in my prayers

Luv, Ronnie

February 28, 2007 - Msg 49988:
Boo- one really good track is the 4 Spiritual Laws.
You can get them online at campuscrusade.com
I will be praying for the girls for sure.
I heard about the water situation on John Hagee radio show.
Go to a pet store and get some fish tank water check strips. It will show you. I have found that Arrowhead spring water is the best.
Ro- yes, that town is great, but home prices...YIKES! ha That's why I'm stuck in smoggy Phx. teehee Good witnes! That is super!
Ahhh, pinball, that lost art for just a quarter.
I wonder where all those machines are these days?
ebay perhaps?
Happy evening to you all. Prayers for our troops.
APB for HOMEmaker!

February 28, 2007 - Msg 49989:
Dang, I just lost a long post!
Boo- Try campuscrusade.com to get a great track online called the 4 Spiritual Laws. Very easy reading and good!
Sory I cant think of all my "lost" stuff. Oh well, God bless, prayers for those girls, our troops, Mil and all.
APB for HOMEmaker

February 28, 2007 - Msg 49990:
Ha, the joke's on me, NOW it shows up! mdc

February 28, 2007 - Msg 49991:
Boo, one more thing, they are FREE for the printing. On the left side of the wesite near the top "4 laws online"

February 28, 2007 - Msg 49992: Hey, Ronnie, MDC and all. I've got a hot apple cobbler here, have a hunk.
Feeling yucky tonite, guess I'll try to get some rest.

February 28, 2007 - Msg 49993: Bless your heart Millie, you go lie down and rest some. Thanks for the cobbler.
MDC, You gassed? LOL

Glad you're feeling better Boo.

Romeena, gosh thanks for the nice thoughts about me. I do try my best to do good work at reasonable prices. I get real mad when I see folks taking advantage of elderly folks with home repairs. I have yurned in two different company's over the years after doing work behind them. Not only was there price a rip-off, but they had left several safety concerns behind. They just didn't care and didn't think anyone would see there work.

Well think I'll go watch Frasier. They run it back to back on a local here.


February 28, 2007 - Msg 49994: Good Evening,
Thank you for your prayers for Alan. He is resting comfortably in ICU. Alan is only 46 years old and that's why the doc's think he didn't die from a heart attack.
Boo- There are some alkaline waters out there that are good, such as Penta. I drink them periodically to try and cleanse a bit. Actually I drank a liter yesterday. They really make you go to the "loo" alot. I do not think they are necessary everyday though. Reverse osmossis is much better than tap or spring water. I also will drink distilled for awhile if I'm doing a liver cleanse, as I am right now. I hope that answers your question.
I was wondering where Me-They and Homemaker are also.
Asa- Glad to see you're checking in more regular. I hope you feel much better real soon!
MDC- I'm not sure what Michaela's doing at Pine Top. Nick went last year and really enjoyed it. All I know is it cost us $120 for her to go!
Ronnie- I too love to look at a bright blue sky. The Lord can really give the blessings, and all you have to do is look up. My Hubby is coming to your neck of the woods-Long Beach-tomorrow night. He has a naturopathic convention to sell his saunas.
Asa- I like the intelligent wit of Frasier, but after awhile it tends to run together.
Question: Can y'all please tell me when TAGS gets to the last season on TVLand. I think hubby may finally get it for a limited time and I want to start with Season 1-Season 3.
What do y'all know about container gardens? I'm thinking of starting a small one on my balcony, but I don't know where/how.
I'd better finish getting Bryan ready so I can get some sleep. Y'all have a great day tomorrow!

February 28, 2007 - Msg 49995: Asa, my friend Ted has told me the same things - finding shoddy work done by somebody at a very high price, and usually the elderly person doesn't know the difference or is too intimidated to argue. I may qualify as elderly at 67, but I'm not easily intimidated. However, I don't have to worry about that with Ted. In fact, I usually add a few dollars to his bill, because he just doesn't charge enough. With Ted to take care of my house and Joe to take care of the landscaping, I'm in good hands. Both are good friends, do good work and push the pencil very lightly. Then there's Eddie who does the mowing and edging and other weekly yard maintenance - also trustworthy and reasonable. You've seen the pictures in the album of my yard, and can see what it would take to mow and edge and clean up. The lot is 66'x176'. Eddie does it for $40. God is good.

Millie, bless your little heart. Here I've been griping about a little vertigo, and just look what you're enduring, without a murmur. You feel "yucky" tonight? Well, I would imagine so. My friends, I don't know who among you has ever taken chemo, but for those who haven't, let me just say this - "yucky" is probably the understatement of the year. I can say that, and I know the drugs I took weren't nearly so devastating as what Millie is taking. She gets my vote for Strong Woman of the Year. Dear Lord, please bless our friend Millie tonight, lay your cool hand on her brow and quiet the storm that's raging in her body right now. Give her a night of peaceful sleep and let her awaken in the morning feeling refreshed and with a renewed strength. In that name that is above all others, Jesus' blessed name. Amen.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

February 28, 2007 - Msg 49996: Hi All.
Will it ben a nice week but calleding for rain thursday.
Lucy- me gum chain is at 625ft but ran out of wrapper for it now.
Millie- send me some of that pie. I'm trie of fighting what the health and human services for me medicaid covered and food stamp for the year.
What out itall me drug will run my over $300.00 a monthy.
I sick of me family saiding now much money that have .


Reach out for the Almighty
Like a child lost in a crowd.
When troubles leave you helpless,
He will rescue you from doubt.
Reach out for the Almighty
Like a seagull seeking shore.
His path is pure and simple,
And you need find nothing more.
Hold on to the Almighty
Like a pilgrim seeking home.
The world is dark and hurried,
And the ship is not our own.
Hold on to the Almighty
Like the lonely to a friend
His light will be a beacon,
And His love will never end.


February 28, 2007 - Msg 49997:
Amen Ro, God Bless ya Millie.


February 28, 2007 - Msg 49998: Thanks, Tom. What a lovely poem, and the thought is so appropriate in these troubled times we're facing. --Romeena

March 01, 2007 - Msg 49999: Very good site! I like it! Thanks!

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50000: Thank you for that beautiful prayer, Romeeena, and thanks to everyone for praying for me. I slept for about 4 hours and woke up hungry, which is good. I just had a grilled cheese and took a hot shower, and I do feel a little better. I have to work this morning, so I took a lortab for the bone pain, aand now I can type so much more easily.
Thanks for the poem, Tom. I'll try to send some gum soon.
Haven't seen Mary Wiggins lately. I wonder if she's at her daughter's wedding?
Lucy, continued prayers for Alan for a speedy recovery.
Good to see Mayberry Deputy stop by for a trouble check. Haven't seen AFD lately either, although I did see a post from her at Miss Crumps.
To message 49999...pull up a rocker and join us!
Also, last night when Hazel and I chatted at Sarah's, Gracie stopped by for awhile. She comes here alot , but never posts anymore(she did years ago). I just want to invite her again to pull up a rocker and visit . We would love to have you, the more the merrier, right?
Well, I'm gonna try to get some more sleep before the kids get up. Y'all act like somebody!

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50001: Hey, I almost forgot, since I can type this morning, here's that recipe you asked for, Boo.

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

1 lg onion, thinly sliced
3 lbs chicken, cut up(bone-in)
2 6 oz cans tomato paste
1 4 oz can sliced mushrooms(optional)
1 tspn salt
1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
1 to 2 tspns oregano(the secret ingredient)
1/2 tspn celery seed
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup water

Place sliced onion on bottom of crock pot. Than place chicken on top of onions. In a bowl, mix the other ingredients, and pour over chicken.
Cook for 7 to 8 hrs on low, 3 to 4 hrs on high.
Serve over hot cooked spaghetti with parmesan cheese.


March 01, 2007 - Msg 50002: Morning gang!...eggs,toast,grits,hashbrowns,fried ham,bisquits and grave.....been busy gang but still here ....!..hey mil,miller,lucy,hazel,boo,ro,Tom,Rev,possum,auh20,Asa,mdc,md,sterling and all....prayers...storms here so i will be busy here today at work!..see yall at 2 pm...SPOT

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50003: test

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50004: Darn it, I just lost a long post...something is wrong with this computer today!

Thanks Millie for the recipe, and glad you are feeling a bit better!

Thanks MDC, for the site you gave for the spiritual laws and for your prayers, they mean so much.

TOM, the poem was just what I needed, thank you!

Lucy, I have never seen Penta water around here but I am going to look for it, thanks.

Gotta go get Sean off to school...see ya later,


March 01, 2007 - Msg 50005: uh ASA...did you just call Romeena "elderly" or was it just my imagination??....


March 01, 2007 - Msg 50006: Good sounding breakfast Spot. I don't know how you do it.

What a nice prayer you offered Romeena. And I will agree with your comments concerning the strength of Millie. I have never had to deal with chemo, but from everything I hear it's no picnic. Yet Millie braves it as a real trooper. Millie, I hope you know how much of an inspiration you are to me. As are you too Romeena. Heck, all of you are here on the porch. Thank you for your friendship. Jeepers, I'm being kinda sickly sweet this a.m. I better watch it or I'll get Romeena's blood sugar out of wack just reading it.

Lucy, so glad Alan came through his ordeal ok. Hopefully it will help him to kick the habit now.

Tom, you sound a little down. Keep the faith bro, and keep the poems coming. They are very uplifting.

Anyone know what the special at the diner is today? I hope it ain't meatloaf.

Later gang.


March 01, 2007 - Msg 50007: Boo, you snuck in on me. Gosh, if it sounded like I called Ro elderly I'm sorry. I was just commenting on what I have seen some so called contractors do to elderly folks around here. They seem to prey on these folks cause they are often easy pickings. You trying to get me in hot water lady? LOL


March 01, 2007 - Msg 50008: Good morning everyone. Sorry I haven't stopped in for a set yet this week (I bet you wondered why it was so quiet and peacefull) but work has been crazy busy, our kitchen at home is basically a hole right now, and multiple family and friend crises have arisen all at once. Please keep us in your prayers. I'll try and stop back later. Thinking of all of you.

"I'm a duly authorized officer of the law, and I oughta be allowed to arrest somebody!"

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50009: I'm just glad I didn't called ROMEENA elderly!


March 01, 2007 - Msg 50010: Good morning, folks. Hey, Boo, I think I'm the one who actually referred to myself as "elderly", and as they say, if the shoe fits, wear it. Sixty-seven isn't exactly spring chicken territory. Actually, it doesn't bother me a bit. I've traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren't paved! Asa is right, some unscrupulous people will try to take advantage of older folks - younger ones, too, if they think they can get away with it. Often we seniors don't have anyone to advise us, and sometimes we don't understand as much as we need to about how things work or what it takes to fix something. I'm fortunate in that my father was a builder, so I have a decent working knowledge of construction. My dad believed women should be informed about things so they wouldn't fall prey to some crook. I can usually tell if I'm being snookered. Add to that the two-fold blessing of Ted and Joe, and I'm pretty well protected. Oh, and Asa, the kind of sugar you were handing out this morning sweetens our lives, but doesn't bother my sugar-blood content one bit!

Millie, I'm glad you're feeling a bit better this morning. We love you, darlin', and pray for you to be restored to vibrant good health.

Well, gotta run. Kids coming over for pork chops this evening, and my son will put my Christmas tree away and move the furniture back into the living room. Yes, my Christmas tree is still up, wanna make something of it?!? The lovely, warm, bright and glowing thing helps me get through the January and February doldrums, but now that it's March 1, I figure it's time to put it away, or somebody is going to haul me off to the home for the seriously silly. So, gotta get the ornaments off and put away. Shouldn't take more than about six hours!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50011: Oh, sorry, Me-They, didn't see you there. I'm sorry you've had problems, hope things aren't too serious, and they get resolved quickly. As for the kitchen being a "hole", just think about how lovely it will be when all is completed. Oh, and don't worry about me being called "elderly". See the post above! --Romeena

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50012: Hey gang...rain and storms here in ga....supper will be cubed steak and gravy,mashed taters,corn on the cob,green beans,rolls,big maude slaw...well let me get to work...back in a bit...Asa you feeling better?..hey bo,TOM,REV,ro,lucy,hazel,auh20,m-t and all...SPOT

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50013: Good afternoon to you all. Hope this finds everyone doing okay. Not been around in several days. I have missed you guys. Looks like the porch has been a busy place. Supper sounds goooood SPOT. Been busy with work and home activites, just trying to keep my head above water. Speaking of water, it is raining steady here today but not too cold. Good to hear you are doing okay Millie. Prayers for your situation Me-They. Prayers for all today. Big Maude

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50014: You know what, there's just nothing better than a good friend, and I have a whole bunch of those. My dearest friend, my DIL's mother, came over today and helped me take my Christmas tree down. Now that's friendship! That thing had at least 600 ornaments on it. We got everything off except the very top, and the part that's in the corner in the back. When my son gets here tonight, we'll get the rest of them, and then he and I will wrap it and tie it up and put in the closet until next year. I know, it's March 1, but I still hate to see the tree go. I just really do enjoy the pretty thing.

Well, got to clear up the remaining clutter, and think about starting supper. I'm cooking pork chops and gravy tonight - got plenty, anybody that wants to come by is welcome. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50015: Good Afternoon Porch!

Hey Millie, thanks for missing me! I took a little trip up north in Michigan, son was off for a week from school, running lots of errands and getting prepared for daughter's wedding, and turned 50 over the last few days. Yep, that's right, I turned FIFTY! Talk about feeling elderly! I guess I haven't earned the right to be called elderly yet, though. But 50 has been a little hard to swallow!

Romeena, after all the work of decorating for Christmas, I don't think there is a thing wrong with leaving some of the decorations up for a few extra months! Plus, like you said, you get to enjoy it, and make your way through the winter doldrums.

Daughter's wedding is March 17th, St. Patrick's day, so it is coming up fast! She is in full bridal stress mode and I don't think the wedding can come to soon at this point. She is a perfectionist, and a go-getter, and I don't think I can take much more of this!

I better get some sort of dinner prepared or my family may revolt! (They probably will anyway when they see what I serve!)

Have a great Mayberry Evening!
Mary Wiggins

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50016:
Just a quick HEY tonight! Hope all is well, but prayers for the folks in Kansas etc.
Lord be with us.
Take care,

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50017: Just think Romeena, just 9 more months and you get to pull the tree out again!


March 01, 2007 - Msg 50018: Gang we are getting slammed with storms here at work , just wanted to say hey...will someone bring me something to eat!...SPOT

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50019: Hi all. Lucy, I don't know if anyone responded to your question about container gardening. I do it, in a limited way. It's fun! I have a medium-size garden, and sometimes I just don't have room for everything. Last year I planted 2 rows of taters in the garden, and a couple of pots of them also. The ones in the pots did almost as good as the ones in the garden. I also do my herbs in pots. Cilantro, basil, and parsley. I also help my friend who lives in an apartment with her "garden". She grows tomatoes and peas on her deck. They will never produce as much as if they were in a garden, but they do pretty good, and are so fun! You should try it.
- Hazel

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50020: Oh, didn't see you there, Spot! I'll be right over! I hope you like canadian bacon & pinapple pizza, because that's what I'm bringing! And a root beer! I'll hurry.
- Hazel

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50021: hi folks,boy,it's nice to be able to come sit on the porch again!Just been so busy,I haven't had time to write,er,type i should say.So nice to see papa bear posting!romeena,hope you are feeling better soon.Millie,you truly are an inspiration to everyone.well,better close for now,prayers for everyone-ky girl

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50022: hazel,I was wondering if i could do potatoes in a pot,I am container gardening for the first time this year also.Could you tell me how you planted your potatoes in a pot?Thanks.-ky girl

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50023: spot,take it easy and be careful.I never tried canadian bacon and pineapple pizza,but,it sounds good.hazel,may i have apiece too please/-ky girl

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50024: Hazel you are a gem....anything tast good right now....busy,busy,busy....but the worst has gone through...back with the breakfast meny in a bit...hey ky girl!TOM,Rev,mdc,ro,boo,lucy,miller,mil,asa my buddy!.....SPOT

March 01, 2007 - Msg 50025: Hey, all. Well, son and his family and DIL's folks have been and gone, we ate a lot of pork chops and gravy and I sent some home with my son. The tree is down, ornaments safely packed and stored, Nativity packed away, stuffed toys (jillions of them) all bagged and put away and the furniture is back in place. Tomorrow I can dust and vacuum and everything will be back to normal.

The Plum is under the weather again, seems like the same thing she had a few weeks ago. Listless, refused her supper, which is NOT normal for her, tail at half-mast, and she didn't even play with my grandsons, just went to our bedroom and curled up on my pillow. If she's not better in the morning, to the vet she goes. It may be something she's eating - a leaf that's dropped from a plant or something. I'll have to check into that.

Well, I'm bushed. I can't finish cleaning up the kitchen because they're working on a water main a few doors down, and my water pressure is just barely above a drip, so can't do much kitchen work. Oh rats, that means I can't have a shower either. Reminds me of Mongolia! Well, there's always tomorrow morning, which is more than we could say over there. You'd be surprised how long you can go without a shower if you have to. (Phew!)

Have a great evening, folks. Sugarplum doesn't feel like saying hey! --Romeena

March 02, 2007 - Msg 50026: Hello people! Nice site!l

March 02, 2007 - Msg 50027: Well hello new porch setter!msg50026, stop by any time...im SPOT the cook around here from ga...what part of the porch are you from and grab a handle....and hang on!....breakfast menu: eggs your way,bisquits and gravy,grits,country ham,hashbrowns,pop tarts and coffee and oj...ready at 6:30....SPOT

March 02, 2007 - Msg 50028: Get UP....about time to eat...smell that ham!....SPOT!

March 02, 2007 - Msg 50029:
Morning Porch

Spot-It is good to see ya! Parts of Georgia sure took a licking last night.

1 (Msg 50026)-Thank-you! Floyd does all of the heavy lifting here. He's a regular Ray Kinsella, he built and we came.

God Bless,

"If you build what, who will come?"

March 02, 2007 - Msg 50030: Just saw on the news where those tornados ripped through the south. Hope all porch folks are ok.

Good to see you, Auh2o. Hope Me-They can get back today and fill us in on what's going on.

Hope Sugarplum feels better soon, RO.

Have a hair appointment this morning (have to take care of those roots...I am "blonde from a bottle", ya know).


March 02, 2007 - Msg 50031: Since Sugarplum doesn't feel up to it, then we'll say it to her - Hey! Hope she feels better.

Kai's school is cancelled again today for the second day in a row due to the ice and snow. It didn't really know what it wanted to do yesterday; first it would rain, then snow, then sleet, then back to rain again.
I can't complain though, not after what they are getting down in Georgia.

Oh Boo, I thought you said you were a "blonde WITH a bottle".*hic*
You related to Otis? ;)

Well, I'd better go. Think I'll take Kai sledding today. If God gives us snow, we might as well use it. :)

-Sterling Holobyte

March 02, 2007 - Msg 50032: Good Friday porch family. Hope you guys are doing okay today. TGIF to you all. Working at work 1/2 the day and the off to chores and such at home. Ya'll come over to my place for lunch
today: Grilled chicken, broasted potatoes, slaw,
green beans, rolls and banana pudding for dessert, sweet tea, coffee, or kool aid. Boo, I had my roots taken care of a few days ago. I am not blonde from a bottle but brunette from a bottle. Thank goodness for hair color. Hope the Plum feels better, Our dog is doing well, we had her spayed a few weeks ago and she did great with the surgery. She is not too hyper and seems to like us pretty well. Cooler this morning, gas up to over 2.20 a gallon. Thanks for the breakfast SPOT, you are such a good ole (not old)cooking dog. Hope all is safe with the storms.
Prayers to ALL. see you at lunch Big Maude

March 02, 2007 - Msg 50033: Good morning, everyone! I'm happy to report that the Plum awoke apparently feeling well this morning, little tail plume flying, eager for her breakfast. Sure does my heart good. That baby is so precious to me. Thanks for your concern, she appreciated it as well.

Hmmm. "Blond from a bottle." Well, I was a light blond as a youngster, got a bit darker as an adult but still qualified as blond. Got even darker in middle age, with gray appearing. So, I enhanced it by "streaking" it - popular style back then and still is today - for several years. About fifteen years ago, I quit that, and just let it do what it wishes. Gray as a mouse now, and I don't care. I'm too lazy to fool with hair color myself, and too cheap to pay to have it done, so I'm just gray. At least it's not a yellow gray, it's pretty much silver, and I don't mind it at all.

I had a snail mail note from Colt/Pappa Bear. Here's an excerpt: I haven't gotten a computer yet so I use the library's, weather permitting and not all tied up. You get 30 minutes so that runs by fast. Hopefully when weather and time improves I'll try to get more involved like the old days, so tell everyone I'm not snubbing them on last posts, but had to be quick and wanted to catch up. My prayers and thoughts are with you and yours, and all the porchsters. We may rock slower each year, but we still can make it to our rocker. "Ole' Colt"

It was good to hear from him. He enclosed a recent picture, and I'll get it scanned in and posted in the album this morning.

A happy and healthy Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

March 02, 2007 - Msg 50034: Good morning everyone. I haven't had a decent chance to catch up on the archives yet, so I hope that all is well with all of you. It rained cats and dogs here last night (sorry, SPOT) but the weather is beautiful today.

ROMEENA: I did catch the last few messages and I pray that Sugarplum is feeling better today, bless her heart.

STERLING: I'm done with ice for the year, thanks. Sledding sounds fun, though.

MAUDE: Lunch sounds great, but it's kinda heavy don't you think? I don't want anything to lay on my chest.

AUH20: I'll help you build it, as long as I don't have to get under there with them spiders.

BOO: Thanks for asking about me. When's laundry day?

Well, like I said yesterday, things are a little crazy for me this week. I'm working under a publication deadline here at work so I've got that plus all the usual things going on.

At home, the kitchen is coming along but has hit a few snags. I've had to call in a plumber to reroute some bad pipes and now will have to call in an electrician because one of teh outlets is too low to install the new countertop. No countertop installation means no kitchen sink. It may seem backwards, but we were going to have the whole room rewired sometime this summer after the remodel. We decided on that because teh contractor was ready but the electrician (who is a good friend of mine) was not. When he wired the addition to our house a few years ago he planned ahead and dumped wires over the kitchen (where the service runs). And the contractor's have left an access to the attic in the kitchen. So, it's less convenient for the electricians but it's not like they have to rips holes in walls and stuff.

The Mrs. has been suffering mightily with little to no sleep this and last week. I really don't know what the solution is to the dilemma. Basically, we have to get to June when her mom is out of school and can help out by coming over and watching the kids a couple of days a week. (We pay her a little something because she would normally teach summer school.) Please keep her in your prayers.

Well, I could go on with a few more problems swirling around right now, but I won't. Instead, I'll try to remind myslef that I am blessed indeed to have a wife who loves me, three great, healthy childrens, and a savior who died for me.

Y'all take care.