March 27, 2007 - Msg 50781:

Kinda like folks who complain about violent criminals being released from prison early due to overcrowding, but when talk of building new prisons arises, "Not in my neighborhood!" :-)

HUGE APOLOGIES for painting the Porch green!! Thank you, Hazel. It sha'n't happen again.

Big Maude, I'll take one of them burgers!


(sheepishly double checking my html tags...)

March 27, 2007 - Msg 50782: Good morning folks. I juts have a minute, but I'll be back tomorrow (don't look so disappointed).

AUH2O: Did you ever see the SNL skit from a few years back that was a fantasy sequence of what if Gore had been elected? It was hilarious. "Please take out your copy of 'Earth and the Balance' and turn to page 103." Talk about drone on.

Burger for me, too!


March 27, 2007 - Msg 50783: Good morning, folks. I'd love to jump into the moulage again, but I have much more important things on my mind this morning. The Plum is ailing. She started limping last night, favoring her right back leg. I thought she might have pulled a muscle when jumping up on the sofa, so we just went to bed a little early and I thought she'd probably be better this morning. She's not. In fact, she seems a bit worse. I called the vet, and he suggested half a baby aspirin, to see if that helps - could just be a touch of arthritis. She is twelve, after all. An hour or so after I gave her the aspirin, she was limping through the room when her little back end just sort of collapsed and she sat down on her left hip. She got right up, and walked on, still limping, but that scared me. Something is going on, so we have an appointment for 3 p.m. If you have any furkid prayers, please employ them on her behalf. Thanks. --Romeena

March 27, 2007 - Msg 50784:
Romeena-Prayers for your little buddy.

M-T I think I did see that. Is that the one that has W and Gore sharing the White House?

Ok, the Noah analogy was a bad one. Hey, I was in a hurry.

Des-Now, that was a good analogy!

Big Maude-Now that's a lunch. Thanks!


March 27, 2007 - Msg 50785: Good sweep des!...gosh been busy with yard work...has anybody had lunch?..if not its burger king ok?..on me...double whoper with cheese...will be back soon with the supper menu...SPOT

March 27, 2007 - Msg 50786: Howdy

March 27, 2007 - Msg 50787: Hi all
Finally made it to the porch for a short visit.
I have been "buisier than a one armed octipus with the hives"(my favorite quote from "The Incredible MR Limpet) getting ready for my daughte and her girlfriend to arrive from California-a week from today.
Been doing the spring cleaning thing and some re-decorating--new curtins and such.
Planning meals too--it will be nice to have people to cook for again--I am dragging out all my girl's childhood favorites and a few new things too.
Hope every one is doing well.

March 27, 2007 - Msg 50788:

After all this time I finally got a sweep in. It was the least I could do after that unauthorized porch-paintin'.

Romeena, please let us know about the Plum as soon as you can. Could she have partially dislocated a leg like my mom's Sugar does from time to time? I'm praying it's something easily treatable.

Maude, that was a mighty tasty lunch. Now what's for dinner? I hope it's not a TV dinner!


"What's wrong with TV dinners? I like 'em."
"No you don't!"


March 27, 2007 - Msg 50789: Hi, all.. Just got back from Dr. Mike's office with the Plum. X-rays showed a mild hip dysplasia, probably age related. That's not a problem, we just need to try to avoid jumping off of things, and the like. However, he felt a hard mass in her belly, which he can't explain. The X-Ray didn't define it clearly enough, and palpation was inconclusive as well. Due to her sore hips and inability to squat, she hasn't pooped since yesterday (sorry, if anyone is squeamish) so it's possible that what he felt and saw was just that - poop. He gave her some medication for her painful hip and legs, and she already is more mobile. He wants to see her again on Thursday, by which time she will presumably have emptied her bowel. If the mass is gone, we can conclude it was nothing but a full colon. If it's still there, we may be in deep trouble. The next step then would be an ultrasound, and probably exploratory surgery. He's reluctant to do surgery because she's 12 years old, but will if necessary. Keep praying, folks. You all know how much this little creature means to me. --Romeena

March 27, 2007 - Msg 50790: Rmeena, lots of prayers for the Plum.

March 27, 2007 - Msg 50791:
Hi, just passin thru today. Dern truck needs eleven hatfuls today, so gotta get to the Chevy dealership.
Hope all is well.
Prayers for all you fine folk.
God bless,

March 27, 2007 - Msg 50792: Hiya Porch. I'm back from sunny California. Had a swell time and managed to stay on my feet and off my head.
Romeena, daggone little Plumpster. You sure have my prayers for her. Keep us updated please. I know she'll be fine.


March 27, 2007 - Msg 50793: Welcome back, Asa.
- Hazel

March 27, 2007 - Msg 50794: Thanks Hazel. It's snowing here right now. You guys getting any?


March 27, 2007 - Msg 50795: Nope, it's raining right now, but it's durn cold. It might turn to snow.
- Hazel

March 27, 2007 - Msg 50796: Welcome home, Asa. Glad you came home uninjured this time! No snow here...infact, it was a high of 85 degrees here on the Texas coast.

So sorry Sugarplum is having a hard time. Prayers on the way for her, and for you Ro. We understand. Thanks for letting us know so we could pray.

I have not mentioned yet that we are having to make some decisions about the kid's school for next year. They are changing curriculum for the upper grades (and that will include Sean) and they will be using the ABEKA. I know Sean won't be able to do it. The administrator admitted at a parent-teacher meeting that it is going to be really rough on the students. Sean is at his limit right now and barely getting by so I just can't keep him there. Today I went to a smaller christian school that is still using the same curriculum that Sean is doing now and I am going to apply there for next year but don't know yet if they will have openings for both kids...praying about it.

Well, today has been a really busy day and I am exhausted...guess I will say goodnight!


March 27, 2007 - Msg 50797: Just stopped in before going to bed. Busy day.
Will be praying for the Plum, Ro. Hope all goes well. Prayers for you too, Boo, concerning Sean. So glad that the Lord goes before us and knows all things! Peaceful slumber to everyone tonight.

Miss Peggy

March 28, 2007 - Msg 50798: Morning dears. Thanks for the holler Boo. 85 huh? Boy we won't see 85 for a month at least I bet. But supposed to be in the mid 60's by the weekend. That is just about perfect for me as long as the sun is out and the wind ain't blowing. Have read some of the archives. Great to hear from Mavis. Glad your romance is working well. Hope you can get your blood pressure under control. Hope the two are not related. (hee hee hee)
I wish I would have gotten my E-Bullet before I went to California. I was reading last night that Karen Knotts (Don's daughter) was doing a show about growing up as his daughter in a theater in North Hollywood. I would have gone and watched that had I knowed about it when I was there. Oh well, just like Jimmy, I best not try to do everything the first time I go to town.
Spot, whats cooking bro? I ain't ate yer cooking for over a week now and my belly is protesting.
Possum, that story about Igor....I mean Al Gore doesn't shock me at all. I kinda figured he was like that somehow.
Well I have guard duty at the bank this morning. Mr. Meldrin has been a crank lately. I think he got some of them little hairs stuck down his back after his last haircut at Floyds and he can't get to them.
Later taters.


March 28, 2007 - Msg 50799:
Morning porch family

Prayers for Plum's in the 80's here in SC.... No snow here.

Boo...prayers that you are able to get into the school that is best for the kids.

Well I better get out of here. Since I am home this week, I got a call to sing for a funeral. It's kinda special....this man was a drunk that could not stand anything that was Christian including the church. He even tried to keep his wife away from church. But he loved country music. His wife had bought some of my cds at a concert and he hid them from her. But one day he was in his truck and "happened" to pick up my cd and put it in the player. To make a longer story shorter, he liked the sound (not the words) so he contiuned to listen. After a while the Words began to touch his heart and got saved. So the family asked if I would sing his favorite song off my cd. I'm just thankful I was home this week. For the last two years, he and his wife would travel to other states to attend my concerts. It's amazing the change in this mans life. ONLY through God!

Prayers for you all

March 28, 2007 - Msg 50800: My goodness, REV, what a wonderful story. It illustrates so well the power of God. What a privilege to be used by Him in that way. And, no coincidence that you're in town this week.

The Plum is up and walking around pretty well this morning. I managed to get the night off last night, so didn't have to leave her, but do have to work tonight, then we see her vet again in the morning. I just keep asking God to heal her, and I appreciate your prayerful support as well. She's part of God's creation too, and I know He hears us.

Boo, I applaud your involvement in your kids' school experiences. So many parents just send their kids to school, and expect it to all turn out well. Actually, that's about what I did when mine were that age, but of course there weren't many options back then. We had a choice between public school, and pricey private schools. Of the private schools, there were two types. The least pricey were usually run by a local church, and while the children were treated well, the quality of the education was questionable. Then there were the extremely costly ones, usually founded by some socialite family as a training ground for their debutantes. The kids got a good education, but they also learned to be snotty little snobs, or fell victim to the ostracism of the rich kids. So, we just sent our kids to school, helped them with homework, and hoped for the best. A kid with special needs could have a pretty hard time. I'm glad there are a few other options today.

Well, housework calls, my least favorite thing. I'll bet if I look, I can find something that needs to be done out in the yard, ya think? Sugarplum can watch me from the sunroom door. She says hey! --Romeena

March 28, 2007 - Msg 50801: Good morning folks. Just a minute to say howdy.

Prayers for Sugarplum, ROMEENA.

What a story, REV. Great testimony.

BOO: Remember to pray about it and do what you're led or believe best. It will turn out like it's supposed to. Sometimes the little bit of His plan that we have before us doesn't make much sense, but we can't see the "big picture" like He can. Prayers.

See y'all at lunch.


March 28, 2007 - Msg 50802: Oh, welcome back ASA!


March 28, 2007 - Msg 50803: Thank you for that word of testimony, Rev. We should all be ready to give an account of the hope that is within us! Speaking of testimony, I was at the PHC (pregnancy help center) last night and shared the gospel with a young woman who didn't speak much English. I had a Spanish speaking interpreter helping me. The young woman prayed to receive Christ! She said, "When I came, I had no peace... now I do!" What a joy to be a part of that ministry.

Boo, how is your Bible study group coming along?

Spot, what's for lunch? I'm already hungry. You know me and my low blood sugar content...

Miss Peggy

March 28, 2007 - Msg 50804: Here, you can share my Mr. Cookie Bar...


March 28, 2007 - Msg 50805: Hey Y'all! Welcome home Asa! When are your commercials gonna start airing? We all know that's the REAL reason you went to Hollywood,er,California.. Nutrisystem commercials! Is Mrs. Asa in them too? Does she call you her "trophy husband?" Hope you can manage the bank security along with all the autograph signing I'll imagine you'll be doing!
Ro,my best wishes go out to the Plum. I know how concerned you must be. Keep us updated please.
Rev, thank you for sharing that story with us. How wonderful!
Well,I've got a meatloaf in the oven I'd better see about. Y'all are welcome over at my rock later for supper. We'll give Spot the night off from cooking!
possum under a rock

March 28, 2007 - Msg 50806: Just a quick wave of the hand guys and gals...they are treating my house for bugs and termites....doing the whole 9 yards...drilling the foundation and all...aint got no bugs but dont want any....had a bunch of fire ants...will someone cook and make me a plate please ..for later gona take about 3 more hrs...prayers ..SPOT

March 28, 2007 - Msg 50807: Hey, Spot. Those fireants are a real pain, aren't they? One thing I've found that helps is to spread dry molasses everywhere. You can get it at any garden center, spread it with your fertilizer spreader, and it does seem to help. Nothing gets rid of the miserable things completely, but the dry molasses will help a little. It's worth a try.

Sugarplum is feeling a bit better today, I think the Rimadyl is easing the pain in her hips, but she's still not 100%. We see her doc again in the morning. She says hey! --Romeena

March 28, 2007 - Msg 50808: Thanks Ro, yes, Sean's problems complicate things but we deal with it. I am a little sad about it, though, because he will miss his school and his friends there. We are blessed to have 2 christian schools nearby to choose from. The one I visited yesterday is smaller, and more relaxed. The staff seems real friendly, and if you can believe this, the tuition is only 125.00 per month per child. There seems to be a very different "feel" to the school that I like so far. I think it is probably our answer, we'll see. Thanks to you all for your prayers for him. I don't think I mentioned to you that Sean's Tourette's symptoms have been in remission for almost a year now (much longer than previous remission that usually lasts 3-6 months). Sometimes kids seems to become free of TS in their adolescent years, so I am hopeful that maybe that is what has happened. He still has the anxiety disorder issues but no TS symptoms, Praise the Lord.

REV, thank you so much for sharing that story with us, what a wonderful thought that God was able to reach that man through music. God bless you for being faithful in your service to Jesus.

Glad Plum seems to be feeling better today. Continued prayers for her.


March 28, 2007 - Msg 50809: Oh hey, I missed some folks before my last post. Thanks for the words of wisdom, Me-They...that is just what we will do.

Peggy, that's just wonderful about the woman you were able to lead to the Lord last night. God bless you for letting God use you to share the truth... You asked about the bible study, well, I had a roomful last night and they were all very eager and full of questions. It was a good session and I think we were able to cut through to the truth. Many of them had alot of strange ideas from their upbringing. Thanks for asking. I am really encouraged by the girl named Cathi, who I mentioned before. She is the one who said she did not believe in Jesus or the bible but she is always in bible study and I have noticed a change in her thinking as we uncover biblical truth. Thanks for your prayers for the girls. We are going to try to have a special service for them on Easter Sunday, I hope.

Well, need to go help Sean with his homework. Take care!


March 28, 2007 - Msg 50810:
Hello porch family

Miss Peggy...I praise the Lord for the salvation of that young girl. It does my heart good to hear those!

Boo...still praying for your situation.

Glad to hear Plum is doing better. Yes God hears our prayers for ALL our needs.

Possum.... thanks for the supper tonight. Spot has had a busy day.

Spot...I thought I had all the fireants over here in SC.

Everyone have a great night and know that I'm praying for you all.

March 28, 2007 - Msg 50811:
Amen REV. Praise the true living God!
Boo- thanks for the sean report also!
Prayer is a wonder, that is for sure.
I pray for this porch everyday!
Spot, all the best on the de-bugging of the house.
Did you try Norton's? haha
Colt is doing well, got a nice note from him. I need to ask him to set up a web based email.
Hang in there all!
"Wanna go shoot crows?"

March 28, 2007 - Msg 50812:
"We will not sing!"

March 29, 2007 - Msg 50813: We got us a situation! A real situation!
- Hazel

March 29, 2007 - Msg 50814: Hi everybody--Just taking a break from all the last minuit prep and spring cleaning. My baby arrives Tuesday--and my brother and I have called a truce so that we can work out our differences. Honestly-If I wanted to play "Family Feud" I would have called Richard Dawson!!!
Any way--she WILL have a nice, peaceful visit.
Meanwhile-I have shopping to do tomorrow.
I have gotten so used to living single again, that I hardly know how to shop--but cooking for a group never leaves you I guess.
all the church do's and thing I have cooked for.
It's hard to know what to do in that department.
I want to pamper my daughter and make all her childhood favorites--but at the same time -I don't want to spend her whole visit in the kitchen.
wow--what to do!

March 29, 2007 - Msg 50815: Oh a little comment about public school. I was a single working mother-but I stayed as involved as I could in my daughter's education-from pre-school on.
Yes, it was hard sometimes, but it paid off.
If you can't afford to home or privet school-there are still things to do that can supplement and even counteract public school.
I know as a single parent -time and money can be limited-but with some createivity and a little effort, you can enhance what is being taught.

March 29, 2007 - Msg 50816:
Morning Porch

Sunny, Sunny, Sunny today!

Rev, Boo, Miss Peggy- What great stories of testimony!

God Bless,

March 29, 2007 - Msg 50817:
Good morning all my porch family.

Just wanted to check in real quick before I get out and run chores.

auh2o... looks like we are the only ones here this morning. It's a little cloudy here today. Calling for a small chance of rain. Maybe it will wash some pollen away.

MDC... "Norton"..... That was a good one...haha

Ya'll have a Jesus filled day. Prayers for all of the porch!

March 29, 2007 - Msg 50818:
Ahappynut...I know you will have a great time with your daughter. Prayers for your brother situation also.

March 29, 2007 - Msg 50819: Hey gang...busy here at work....lunch at Mcdonalds on Romeena.....back in a bit...SPOT

March 29, 2007 - Msg 50820: Good morning, all. Just got home from the vet's office with the Plum. To my dismay, the lump he felt in her belly is still there. So, tomorrow we go to an imaging center, where she will have a sonogram of her belly. We hope that will give us some answers. If not, then the only other option is surgery. Actually, that may be the option even if we do get an answer from the sono. It looks like little Plum (and I) are in for a long haul. Please continue to pray for the innocent little thing.

She says hey! --Romeena

March 29, 2007 - Msg 50821: Hey Romeena, I sure hope it's nothing for Sugarplum. You know you have my prayers. Give her a hug for me. Try not to fret. Is she feeling better other wise?

Rev, what a great story about that feller. Glad you could be there to perform at his service.

Boo, how's yer cough? Mine has finally gone away. Ribs feel better too. Hope you're doing fine.

Happynut, I hope you have a nice visit with your Daughter. Sounds like fun.

Thanks for the holler Me-They. Is your kitchen remodel all done? They can be a challange sometimes on older homes. You find all kinds of surprises.

Howdy to everyone else. Hope your day is a good one.


March 29, 2007 - Msg 50822: Morning everyone! I was just wondering how long each one of you has been rockin' on the 'ole porch? Just curious...

Ro, our prayers continue for the Plum. Having just been through some hard times with my parent's dog, that's close to my heart. Praying for healing.

Happy nut, hope you have a wonderful visit with your daughter. The Lord's blessing on you and your family!

Rev., do you sing country gospel? Maybe we could do a duet together sometime. I love that kind of music.

Hey to Asa, auh2o,and Hazel. Well, I better run... I've got this call coming in from the capitol...

Miss Peggy

March 29, 2007 - Msg 50823: Hi All.
Ro me pray for you and Plum that the good lord touch your heart what his love .


March 29, 2007 - Msg 50824: Good afternoon everyone. Hey, TOM. A busy morning here. And guess what happened to me at lunch? A bird decided to leave something behind on my jacket. Thankfully, the Mrs. noticed it when she came to pick junior up from preschool; otherwise, I would have marched right into Panera and been a little embarrassed later. Do y’all have Panera? Try their IC Mango. It’s great.

MISS PEGGY: I’ve been an “official” porch-sitter for going on about two years now, I believe, but I was a lurker for about a year before that.

ASA: We’re sort of finished our kitchen remodel. The contractor finished his part on Tuesday (yeah!). We need to finish up the painting and put down the new flooring. Hopefully we’ll have that done in the next week or two. Sometime this spring the electrician (who is a friend) will be by to rewire the kitchen. It’s been prepped for, and there is a void along the ceiling at the top of the wall to accommodate new wiring. Afterward, large crown molding will be installed (that’s me again). Then we will officially be done. Our favorite things are the new window over the sink and the microwave/range hood combo over the stove (too bad we can’t use it until we get rewired—it needs a dedicated outlet).

ROMEENA: Prayers for Sugarplum and you, too. We do get attached to our furry friends, don’t we?

Our new dog is becoming part of the family. Generally, everything is going well and the kids absolutely love him. His “accidents” are very infrequent now. For an old dog (about 10, probably) he certainly does like to chew. He’s already gotten a couple of the kids’ toys and a few of the baby’s. Since we got him some new toys of his own he chews on other things less often, but hasn’t stopped. I think he does it for attention since he rarely does it when we are not home. He also has some pretty major separation issues. He literally howls when we leave and takes forever to stop. There have been times when he is howling as I leave and is still howling when I come back ten or fifteen minutes later. He is very attached to Nora, and he whimpers and cries when she goes into the bathroom or leaves. Tuesday, he howled when the contractors left at lunch, and he hasn’t even gone near them! Poor thing.

Well, coffee—actually IC Mango—break is over!


March 29, 2007 - Msg 50825: romeena- prayers for plum, that plum is one of a kind. me-they your dog probably checking on the status of his teeth, making sure theyre all with him. tom-hope your doing alright, good seeing you. miss peggy- i'd quess maybe 5 years on the porch. asa- long time since weve sit on the porch together. it sure feels fine. rev- good seeing you my freind, i don't get out much anymore. ahappynut- being recently divorced myself i know what you mean about shopping, and getting use t6o cutting everything down. fun- go into a resturant that seats you- announce loudly a table for one please. you can have a lot of fun at partys i'm here with me. auh20- we need to dig goldwater up and put him in the white house don't you think? boo and posum-- what a great feeling of comfort seeing you both here. dess- i love the colorful way you sweep a porch. hey to spot- burger king sounds great. don't overwork the yard work, keep the lights on. mdc- i may have something coming your way soon, i'll let you know? a big hello to anyone not mentioned. what is your mayors approval numbers? of course i never pay attention to them, ha. pappa bear

March 29, 2007 - Msg 50826: Good to hear from you PAPPABEAR. Of course, you're approval numbers are through the roof. Perhaps you'll run again come election time. Better start pumping hands and kissing babies. Take care and stop by as often as you can.


March 29, 2007 - Msg 50827: Good thing CHARLOTTE wasn't here to see that "you're" instead of "your." Sheesh.


March 29, 2007 - Msg 50828: Thanks Pappa Bear, it's a great feeling having you back.

Ro, I'm so dissapointed that Sugarplum still has the mass but I'm not going to stop praying because I know God is right in the middle of the situation and He loves you so much. Please let us know as soon as you know something more and remember we are here for you if you need to just talk.

Hey Me-They, your poor doggy! I guess he is just wondering what will happen to him when everyone leaves. I'm sure the chewing is related to the separation anxiety. My mother used to have an Airdale who had it and if left alone the dog could absolutely tear up a room. She even clawed through a door once. It was the only time she was destructive, though.


March 29, 2007 - Msg 50829: Hey there to all my PORCH PALS! Hope Ya'll are doing great! Long spurts between visits, but it's only cause things are so hectic right now. Family is all well...little goobette is growing like a weed...and just a joy!

Ro...hate to hear that Plum is having'll both be in my prayers. It's hard when part of the family is not feelin well.

Rev...loved that story man, makes me remember all the more why we do what we do!

Spot...M-T, De§§, Boo, Peggy, Asa, Tom, ahappynut...and all...blessings, and have a great day!


March 29, 2007 - Msg 50830: My prayers are with you and Plum, Miss Romeena...I feel badly for you and I know you are fretting and giving carrots to that baby. Give her one from us please. . .


March 29, 2007 - Msg 50831: Prayers for the Plum and Romeena.
Good to see Pappabear rocking on the Porch!

Rev.,was hoping for some rain today also. Did y'all get any in the Upstate? Not a drop here. This pollen is too much this year!
Gotta go-y'all have a good evening!
possum under a rock

March 29, 2007 - Msg 50832:
Wow, Goober, pappabear, tom etc a real reunion.
happyNut- i have been pokin' around here for about 4 years. Just got to likin these folks too much to leave. there is always some good talk, cider, squeezins ,an empty rocker for me and even a lap blanket!
I hail from Phoenix AZ area, Tempe.
We got plenty of sand, but no ocean (yet!) but Al gore is working on that! haha
Prayers for Sugar, Troops, Prez and all the porchters.
God bless,
Mr Darlin's Cuz (aka MDC)

March 29, 2007 - Msg 50833:
Also, all that fattening food and yet i dont gain a pound!

"I think they ought to fire the whole lot, dern county workers."

That's by our own Barney Parney Poo!


March 29, 2007 - Msg 50834:
Hello porch family

Miss Peggy....sure we can do a duet sometimes.

Hey Pappa Bear.....always so good to see ya in your rocking chair. We keep it pollen free for you. bet brother: that sure encourages us to keep traveling down the road mile after mile. God is so good!

Possum.... no we didn't get any rain here either. They were calling for a little but it never came.

You all have a great night and know that Jesus loves you!

March 29, 2007 - Msg 50835: Good Evenin',
Been busy today. I'll check in more later. Just wanted y'all to know that you're in my thoughts and prayers.
Romeena- I'm so sorry. Let me know what we can do.
Miss Peggy- I've been here about a year. I saw "your episodes" today from season 3.
Possum/Rev- Here in Georgia we hit the hightest pollen ever recorded yesterday.
Goober- Glad your family's doing well.
PapaBear- Check in as often as you can! Take care of yourself.
Happynut- You sound like you're living up to your name, well, the happy part!
Well, I'm going to hit the hay. Y'all have a great day tomorrow!

March 29, 2007 - Msg 50836: Hi All.
It a little cook here tonight but it o k .
Romeena- how is plum doing.

The joy of a smile
dispels all gloom.
The jo of a tree is
to sit in its shade.
The joy of spring is
a bird's serenade.
The joy of a rainbow,
with colors so true,
is proof that the storm clouds
have all passed from view.
The joy of a snowflake
so soft and so fine,
each one's light and dainty-
in patterned design.
The joy of a mother is
seen in her eyes
through children God gave her-
her most treasured prize.


March 29, 2007 - Msg 50837: Good evening, all. Beautiful poem, Tom. I'm glad you find joy in flowers - so do I. The Plum is apparently feeling pretty good this evening, bouncing around like she always does. I notice her moving a little more slowly, and she's more careful about jumping on or off the furniture, but she is twelve after all. The medicine her vet gave me for her seems to be helping as far as her hip and leg soreness goes. The big concern is the lump in her belly, and I guess the ultrasound exam tomorrow will give us some answers. I'm not sure I want to know, but have no choice. Thanks to all of you for your concern. Lucy, you asked what you could do - pray, honey, just pray. She's one of God's small creatures, and I know He hears those prayers.

How long have I been on the porch? Well, I'm not sure, but I go back beyond the archives that are available. I guess it must be about 8 or 9 years. There are lots of folks from those days who don't come around anymore. I wish they would - there were some really nice folks, and y'all would like them. I came here after my husband's death, still very battered and bruised emotionally, and found a lot of support and encouragement here. A very unique place, in these days of blogs and myspace and the like. We owe so much to Floyd for maintaining this safe place for us. Hip, hip, hooray for Floyd!

Well, we're about to have a storm, and Velcro Plum is desperately trying to get as close as she can. I haven't been to bed since working last night, so think I'm going to retire, and take this little baby furkid with me, where she can snuggle and feel safe. She says hey! --Romeena

March 30, 2007 - Msg 50838: Good morning porch. I hope and pray you are all well and ready for Friday and the weekend. I know I am.
Prayers continue for our little Sugarplum and that the mass is nothing serious. Bless her little heart.

Hey Pappabear and Goober, good to hear from you again. Glad you are doing well.

Possum, we had rain and snow. I'll send you some right now.

Let's see, I joined the porch in 2000 so I have been here 7 years now. Have seen a lot of folks come and go. Like Romeena, I wish the ones who have left would come back. Very good people. But life can get hectic sometimes and get in the way.

Where on earth has Mrs. Wiley run off too? And Charlotte Tucker? I declare you'd think Homemaker was cooking meatballs again and scared em off.:)

What's for breakfast Spot? I am starved.

Hey, today is National Hug a Bank Guard Day. So hug me folks.


March 30, 2007 - Msg 50839: My first post as Hazel was June 14, '01. I had pottered around as a no-name for a month or so before that.
- Hazel

Watch it, 3!

March 30, 2007 - Msg 50840: Ooops, didn't see you there, Asa. (((Asa)))
- Hazel

March 30, 2007 - Msg 50841: Hugs for ASA...(((HUG)))!

Hey Lucy, I've been sitting here on the porch for about 5 years and I never could have known 5 years ago what a blessing it would be to have such a loving, supportive group of friends. Thanks for making that available, Floyd.

Prayers fof Sugarplum's test today.

I will be taking Erin to the doctor today. She is sick with a fever and seems to have the same flu that I had last week, poor baby.

Love to All,

March 30, 2007 - Msg 50842: Good Friday morning porch family, hope everyone is well today. Prayers fo the Plum and her test today. Please send up a prayer for Mr. Maude as well. He is having some tests and we are waiting results so please pray for us as well. Hopefully things will be fine. Chilly this morning and some rain moving in this week end. My daugther is going to Asheville, NC tomorrow to visit Biltmore House/Gardens with her 7th grade class. She is quite excited,prayers for their safety.
How about we have lunch today at Applebees, my treat. I am going to work til about 11 today and off to run errands and such. My husband is working this week end so the errands and such will be up to me. You guys have a good day and see you at Applebees. Prayers for all and for Erin as well Boo. Big Maude

March 30, 2007 - Msg 50843: Prayers for Sugarplum, and for you Romeena.

Mary Wiggins

March 30, 2007 - Msg 50844: Good morning everyone.

I pray all goes well for Sugarplum today, ROMEENA, and that Erin feels better real soon, BOO.

APB for so many folks: AFD (how's Reagan?), IDELLE, GOOBER, CHARLOTTE, STERLING, MARTY, BWB, DWF, DIXIE (Maybe the kids got her?), IRISHTER, and a handful more. Even HM has gone missing the last few days. Must be cooking up a mess of meatballs for ASA's return.

Did anyone catch Rosie's rant yesterday? She used to make me angry. Now, it just makes me sad that someone is so mentally ill and isn't getting help.


March 30, 2007 - Msg 50845: Uh, sorry, ASA, forgot your hug. I'll do it as long as it's that one-second-pat-your-back-hard-two-times hug that guys do. I wouldn't want to ruin our macho images in front of the ladies.


March 30, 2007 - Msg 50846: Morning all. Hugs to you Asa. Remember to sit up straight and don't go to sleep on the job!

Prayers for Sugarplum, Erin, and Mr. Maude.

Romeena, I need some advice concerning the furkid. He can't stand for us to 'check him over' (clean his eyes, check for fleas, clean his feet off, etc.) He growls and bites! My oldest daughter is the one who does this and doesn't know how to get the upper hand. She's told him 'no' firmly while using something to make a loud noise at the same time to try and get him to know what 'no' means. (We read that you are supposed to make an association, otherwise they don't understand what you mean.) Nothing we have tried has worked. Thinking we might need to send him to obedience school. Any thoughts?

Miss Peggy

March 30, 2007 - Msg 50847: And I forgot to mention prayers for Mr. Maude, too!

Hey Miss Peggy!


March 30, 2007 - Msg 50848: Good morning, all. Just got home with the Plum from having her sonogram done. The news is not as good as I had hoped. Her spleen is full of nodules and is hugely swollen. A needle biopsy is not an option, because they only correlate with the truth about 65% of the time. Also, malignant or not, the thing needs to come out. It's at risk for rupture, and if it does, she would bleed out before I could get her to some help. So, our next step is surgery. Her vet is considering whether to do it himself, call in a consulting assistant, or refer to someone else. I expect him to refer. He said he's not comfortable doing such a big surgery on such a tiny dog, but he has a friend who does them a lot. I respect him for knowing his limitations and not just forging ahead. I don't know yet when this will be done, but it will be soon. He said she could rupture the thing just by jumping off a chair or something, which she does all the time. So, that's the story. Please keep praying for her, especially pray that the nodules are not malignant once they get them out.

Miss Peggy, you do have a problem. Some dogs really take offense at being handled like that. Even the Plum gets in a snit when I try to comb around her feet. She's pretty patient with the rest of it, but not her feet. My best advice to you if your puppy gets upset over everything, is just to get a little muzzle and put it on him when you need to do something like that. He won't like it, but he'll get used to it, and he can't bite you when it's on. It's very important that he not be allowed to bite. If he does, he'll think he can do it again, because he'll get away with it. You're not going to hit him, so he gets away with, in his mind. Prevention is the best thing. Just muzzle him and proceed slowly and deliberately, talking to him, reassuring him, stop frequently and comfort him. When you're finished, praise him and reward him with a treat, something really yummy that he'll want to earn again. I'd reserve that particular treat for just those times. You have to persevere, and win this one. My daughter had a Shih-Tzu that refused to allow anyone to touch her ears, so they let her win, and eventually her ears got terribly infected, very sore, very stinky, required cleaning under anesthesia, and she finally went deaf. You just have to win, no choice.

Well, guess I'll go cuddle my poor little baby. I really hate that she's having to go through this. Right now, she's running around here like a puppy, and I'm the one that's scared to death, afraid with every move she's going to rupture that thing. You can bet the surgery will be soon.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

March 30, 2007 - Msg 50849: By the way, Miss Peggy, we should ask Mavis about your puppy and what to do. She's the expert in that field. I'd be interested to know what she thinks about my suggestions, whether I'm on the right track or all wet. Mavis, are you lurking anywhere? --Romeena

March 30, 2007 - Msg 50850: Thanks for the suggestion, Romeena. I had thought of a muzzle, but as Briscoe would say, 'kinda hate to go that far'. I believe, however, that it may be a necessity. Will continue to pray for the Plum. Keep us posted.

Hey to M-T.

Mavis, are you a dog trainer? What do you think?

Miss Peggy

March 30, 2007 - Msg 50851: Yo!


March 30, 2007 - Msg 50852: Well im back at work...let me get settled in..steaks on the grill tonight...baked tater and salad....SPOT

March 30, 2007 - Msg 50853: Hey Y'all! Ro,keep the faith.So many of us are praying for the Plum-everything will work out,I'm sure. Wish I could do more for you. On top of what you're dealing with,I keep seeing dangerous weather bulletins for your neck of the woods. Pardon the pun,but when it rains,it pours,doesn't it? Hang in there.
Speaking of rain,I'll be eagerly awaiting the rain/snow mix you're sending my way,Asa. Send enough so that I can share with Rev.!
Miss Peggy,I know Mavis is a pet groomer-not sure about the training part,but I'd agree with Ro that she'd be the Porchster to direct your questions to.
Big Maude,I am envious of your daughter and her field trip-I love Asheville! Haven't visited Biltmore yet. That's a great place for a field trip though. Hope she enjoys it and has a safe trip. Prayers for Mr. Maude as well.
Boo,hope Erin's okay.Keep us posted.
Hope everybody has a good weekend. I'm headed to the Flowertown Festival in Summerville,SC in the morning. Great arts & crafts! I look forward to it every year like a kid at Christmas! There's a booth that sells the best candles I've ever come across-I'll get a couple for the Porch! Just can't let Asa rock too close to the candles- wouldn't want him to scorch his mullet! Ha!
Y'all take care!
possum under a rock

March 30, 2007 - Msg 50854: Thank you for the prayers and well-wishes! Erin saw the doc and they said it was just a virus that will last 4 or 5 days, not the flu. She seems to be doing pretty well and is lying on the couch watching a movie.

Prayers for Mr. Maude. May all go well with him.

So sorry about the Plum. We'll continue to pray, of course.

Hope you have clean shorts, Me-They, cause I am way yonder too tired to do laundry today!

Thanks to those of you who prayed for the school situation for my children. We did enroll them in a smaller Christian school that seems like a good place for them. They were accepted already, so the door was definitely open and that's what we were praying for. I have been pleased so far with the friedly staff and just the "feel" of the place...just feels right, you know?

Better go eat some lunch,


March 30, 2007 - Msg 50855: BOO: I hope so, too--what if I get in an accident?!? Glad that Erin is resting comfortably and that the school situation is worked out. Try to take it easy this weekend.

ROMEENA: Continued prayers for Sugarplum.

Have a great trip, POSSUM. Good to hear that you're climbing out from under that rock.

A few "quotes from God" I saw on a website today:
"That 'Love thy neighbor' thing--I meant that."
"You think it's hot HERE?..."
"Have you read my #1 bestseller? There will be a test."

Anyway, you all have a great weekend!


March 30, 2007 - Msg 50856: Hi, all. "Just feels right, you know?" Yep, Boo, I know, and that feeling is, in my opinion, the leading of the Spirit. My mother always said "When in doubt, don't", which is pretty much the flip side of that. Hmmm. "Flip side." I wonder if today's kids would even know to what that term refers? If you've never seen a phonograph record, with two playing sides, how would you know? Even disc jockeys don't use it anymore, because they play CDs. My, how things do change.

Tree men are here, cutting all the cottonwood buds out of my trees. I'm not about to have that miserable stuff ruining my yard. It worked last year, and it will work this year, I'll bet.

Still waiting for the vet to call me back with a plan for the Plum's surgery. I hate this waiting. I'll be glad when it's all over with.

I'm glad Erin doesn't have anything serious. Prayers for Mr. Maude, and everyone else who's ailing. About the rain around here, so far we've got clouds, a little wind, but very little rain. Should have some tonight, I hope.

Well, guess I'll go check on the tree guys. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

March 30, 2007 - Msg 50857: Boo, so glad you got the kids enrolled and are at peace with the situation. That's such a good feeling! However, you've got to watch out for "friedly" staff!! LOL Sorry, just couldn't resist!

Possum, hope you enjoy the festival. I love going to those, too.

Would ya'll please pray for me around 7 tonight. We are going to our annual banquet at the Pregancy Help Center where I volunteer. The director has asked me to give a testimony about my experiences there. Since I don't consider myself a public speaker, I'm a little nervous! However, I know that the Lord is going to help me at just the time I need Him to.

Miss Peggy

March 30, 2007 - Msg 50858:
Just a quick hello today! have a great weekend!
Love ya all. A little jaw sugar all around!
Palm Sunday coming up!
MDC (:

March 30, 2007 - Msg 50859: Boo -Hope Erin has success at this school and is praised for all that she does know and not scolded for what she doesn't. Glad that Sean is being accepted as well...

I am so sorry for you Miss Romeena - my thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Did I hear Asa scorched his mullet - now he has a Michael Jackson thing going. . .poor Asa...


March 30, 2007 - Msg 50860: Romeena ... prayers for you and PLUM, as an animal lover and owner of 2 cats 2 dogs and about 40 chickens I know its hard on you right now
POPPABEAR ..good to see you back
MDC,SPOT, at Martinsville this week ,they are running the COT again

March 30, 2007 - Msg 50861: I spoke with Plum's doctor, and he has opted to refer her to a surgical specialist at an animal surgery clinic over in Dallas. As he said, they're equipped for whatever happens, and he isn't. For example, if she should need blood, which is a real possibility with a splenectomy, he's not prepared to provide that. I appreciate his candor, and his willingness to give up a lucrative case in favor of the patient. So, now I have to wait, probably until morning, to hear from the clinic and get a date scheduled. Meantime, I'm having to resist the urge to carry her around on a pillow. I'm terrified that she's going to do something to cause that thing to rupture, and I'll lose her. Happily, she seems to have no idea of how much danger she's in, and is just her usual merry little self. Thanks, friends, for all your support. It means so much. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

March 30, 2007 - Msg 50862: Romeena, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Try not to worry!
- Hazel

March 30, 2007 - Msg 50863: Plum's doctor sounds like a "peach"...hehe, just trying to make you feel a little better, Ro. Seriously, I am thankful he is so careful with her. Why not carry her around on a pillow if it makes you feel better? I carried an injured cat around on a pillow and fed him with an eye dropper years ago. He had a broken jaw. We became the best of friends and were for 10 years.

Thanks to all of you for your words concerning the children. I really appreciate it. Your words were especially kind concerning Erin, Homemaker and I am hoping for the same thing.

Peggy, I think it's too late to pray for you but hope all went well...let us know....and I will watch out for that "friedly" staff!

I'm going to try to take Me-They's advice and take it easy this weekend but it will take some real self-control. The whole place needs a good cleaning and don't even mention the laundry!