April 03, 2007 - Msg 50944: Millie, I am so sorry for all you are going thru. I echo what the others have said, and you've got my thoughts and prayers as well. Let us know how the scan goes today.
- Hazel

April 03, 2007 - Msg 50945: Sheesh, if I'd have know I was going to sweep, I'd have put on my old clothes.
- Hazel

April 03, 2007 - Msg 50946: Good sweep, Hazel. You put Millie's concerns right up there on top, where the Lord is sure to see it.
Hope everything goes well, Millie.

-Sterling Holobyte

April 03, 2007 - Msg 50947: Hey Hazel, had I knowed you was gonna sweep I would have had you come to my house.

Homemaker, you trying to hide your meatballs in Spots oatmeal? Talk about lumpy!

Prayers continue for Millie, Sugarplum and anyone else who may be in need.

Lucy, no offence taken here. I didn't know there were more than one Asa. :)

It's supposed to be a nice warm sunny week here, all week long. That means it will be snowing before the day ends. The weathermen here can't predict worth a hill of beans. They say it's because the mountains makes the weather change to much. Ha! I just have to wonder why I keep listening to them. Excuse my crudness but I have said for years they can't even predict their own bowel movement! (sorry, I'm on a rant this morning)

Hope you all have a blessed day and keep a good thought. And as I always tell my kids, remember who you are and what you stand for.


April 03, 2007 - Msg 50948: Good Morning,
I had a row with the boys. Just because its spring break they think their entire lives break. Bryan's birthday is tomorrow and all he wants is a clean house. I told Nick he has to clean their bathroom and Bry has to clean their bedroom spotless. That's it! Then, they need to write thank you notes from their birthday's 3 weeks ago. From me telling them these 2 things to do they were both crying saying their day is ruined. It took all I had not to take my wooden spoon and beat their heinies! Asa, I needed to rant too!
Have a blessed day!

April 03, 2007 - Msg 50949: You know, Asa, I wish we could find Granville Bennett around here somewhere. I'll bet he'd fix the Plum right up. But since he's not here, I'll trust her to the skills of those who are, and to the Lord. Thanks for your kind thoughts. --Romeena

April 03, 2007 - Msg 50950:
Hey Porch

Asa- Are you ever so right about the "weatherman." We do have a little bit of snow left but they (and we know who they are) are calling for some more Thursday through Sunday, nothing like what's falling out in your area. Did you get hit by that stuff.

Millie-Ya know, I'm not even sure what to say. I'm praying for you and thinking about ya.

Spot-Thanks for the chow.

Lucy-Hang in there. I really think the boys will appreciate your efforts someday.

It has been a bit of a rough stretch for some of us here on the Porch, prayers for all. And, God Bless the Plum.

I'm truly not trying to start a moulage here but how is it possible that anyone can care what Rosie O'Donnell has to say?


April 03, 2007 - Msg 50951: HAHAHAHA! Love that comment about Rosie, Auh2o. She certainly knows how to steal the limelight, doesn't she?

Asa, the weather here is humid but warm. I enjoyed my drive to Houston yesterday because everything was a beautiful, verdant green from all the rain we had. So many wildflowers, too. I wish I had taken my camera with me. I saw so many beautiful pastures full of wildflowers, horses, old windmills, ponds...just wonderful. It won't last forever, though. Once summer comes, that blasted heat will kill most of it.

Hang in there Lucy....parenting isn't for cowards, is it?

Well, have to go take our Lab to the vet. I noticed this morning that one of her eyes is very swollen, blood-red and draining! Looks very painful so I'm taking her in...talk to you all later.


April 03, 2007 - Msg 50952:
Asa- I almost forgot to mention something to you. I was listening to talk radio over the weekend when one of announcers had made the statement that, if it wasn't for NYC, New York State would be Utah. I think he meant it as a slight to Western New York and Utah, I think. They were discussing viability of the Bills staying in Buffalo (which I couldn't care less about). Can you believe the arrogance of some people? I bet his parents were meteorologist's.

Asa- Hey ya know, I just got an idea here. How about we send New York City to you folks and then if it sucks life out of the rest of Utah then we'll now if that clown was right.


April 03, 2007 - Msg 50953:

Millie, just want you to know that prayers are going up for you. I sure am sorry you're having to deal with all this.

Sterling, I have no idea why your brother doesn't like "Napoleon Dynamite." I wasn't offended by anything in it. No drugs, no alcohol, no cursing, no um.. anything else! (Maybe he doesn't like delicious bass. :-)

Boo, I hope your Lab's eye gets on the mend soon.

Hang in there, Lucy. Raising kids has to be the most confounding undertaking known to mankind. They'll come around!



April 03, 2007 - Msg 50954: Good morning everyone. Sorry about the snow; it’s 75 and beautiful here today—not that I’m rubbing it in or anything ;).

MILLIE: Like AUH2O, I just don’t know what to say other than you are in my prayers. Prayers for Sugarplum and the rest of you, too.

AUH2O: Not wanting to start a moulage? You’ll get none here. I agree with you completely. About the NYC comment, look at it this way, without the city you might have the most attractive state in the Union in which to live.

LUCY: The Mrs. sleep and work schedule hasn’t really gotten any better, thanks for asking. She’s actively job searching now, looking for something she can do from home. Right now, she’s applying at case management companies who deal with medicare, disability, etc. Hopefully, something will break soon (before she does).

Thanks for the poem, TOM. You really know how to decorate a porch.

BOO: Drive carefully!

DES: Maybe he didn't like the clothes.

Hey to GOOBER!


See ya’ll at lunch (what is for lunch?).


April 03, 2007 - Msg 50955: And by the way, for all you porchsters who haven't yet sent ROMEENA some pictures for the album, now's as agood a time as any!


April 03, 2007 - Msg 50956: Hey all you porch sitters! Watch out, I'm gonna rock forward!

Our prayers certainly do continue for you, Millie. When I woke up in the night last evening, the Lord brought you to mind. Blessings on you and your family.

Continued prayers for the Plum. I'm sure it's hard waiting until Friday. Seems like all of our lives are spent waiting...

Prayers for you Lucy. I've always said that parenting is the hardest thing I've ever done!

Miss Peggy

April 03, 2007 - Msg 50957:
Hazel...good job sweeping the porch. It was getting green from the pollen.

Thanks for breakfast Spot. Good stuff!

You all have a blessed day. Prayers for all.

April 03, 2007 - Msg 50958: Okay, since we haven't yet heard from SPOT or BIG MAUDE today, how about MISS PEGGY fixes that chicken with crust she does so well? I'm getting hungry!


April 03, 2007 - Msg 50959: Ugh! So much to do today. One of my brothers from California and his family are coming for a visit this weekend so cleaning, shopping for dinner on Sunday, etc... This place really needs a good spring-cleaning. Everything has dust on it.

The vet gave me some drops for the dog's eye and said the eye itself looks ok but lots of swelling of the tissues around it...in other words, probably just got something in it. Looks awful, though.

I love Napolean Dynamite. I absolutely "got it". From the cheezy music to the awful clothes, I thought it was great and very funny. That Uncle Ricco was such a jerk and Kip was hilarious. I can't imagine what could be so bad about it, seemed really mild for a movie made these days. Napolean: "Kip, can you bring me my chapstick?"....

Better quit stalling and get something done. Would dearly love to lay on the couch all day, though...I'm still tired from yesterday and Erin was up late with a cough!...


April 03, 2007 - Msg 50960: You go, Boo! I'm rooting for you! I've got that same cleaning to do for company.

Me-They, chicken with crust coming up! The secret is soaking the chicken in buttermilk! Makes great fried chicken! Know who told me that?
Johnny Paul Jason!

Miss Peggy

April 03, 2007 - Msg 50961: Hope all is well with your pooch, BOO. Did you take it easy this weekend? Don't worry about me, I wore the same shorts all weekend so less laundry for you ;).

MISS PEGGY: Did you know that if you put a horse hair in stagnate water it'll turn into a snake?


April 03, 2007 - Msg 50962: Hazel...that was a magnfi...magnifa...magnic, awww shucks...it was a REALLY good sweep!!!

Millie...thinking of you during this time...He is faithful...no questions.

Just stopping in for a quick howdy...ya'll be good!


April 03, 2007 - Msg 50963: Good afternoon porch family. Special Prayers for Millie and for Romeena and the Plum. Thanks for the prayers for my husband, his tests all came back and things are all okay. Thanks again for your prayers. My kids are on Spring Break this week so I will take off Thursday and Friday to do something with them. The weather is going to be cooler than we have had the past couple of
weeks but hopefully we can do something fun. Sorry I have not been cooking much the past couple days, Me-They. Been preoccupied with my husbands tests and such. I am a worrier and tend to obsess about things at times ( you would think I would know better since I'm a therapist and teach others how NOT to worry so much) so I haven't been cooking for the porch but I promise to get myself back to the stove and be SPOTS back up. Supper will be: beef stew, corn fritters, cole slaw. butterscotch pie. sweet tea to drink. see you all for dinner.Thanks again for being such good prayer warriors. Big Maude

April 03, 2007 - Msg 50964: Thanks Big Maude!...I was kinda busy with yard work...WE HAVE RAIN TOO!...big short storm just moved through...love that beef stew!...Met Miss Sherry for lunch at capt. D"s...got to paint my smoker this evening..Kids are out and having a ball with Otis..Im sure after this rain the 4-wheelers will be covered with mud...well see yall at maudes for supper...Asa you doing ok today?..hey hazel...Ro you work tonight?..possum you feeling better?..hey Rev,goober,TOM,CHUCK!,auht0,m-t,millie,miller,fg,ky girl,lucy,des,bwb,horatio,mavis,peggy and all...prayers...back in a bit....SPOT

April 03, 2007 - Msg 50965: Afternoon!
I've got the homemade ice cream and lemonade! Boy my arms tired from all that crankin'.
Thanks y'all for your comments. The boys did get their chores done. Hubby told me to make a chart of daily and weekly chores for them so there won't be any surprises. He said he will make sure they are followed to a T and I won't have to deal. I agree with the chart, but let's face it, he travels a great deal and I'll be the one to deal with their "resistance" (ie crying, whining, tantrums, and spoiled brattiness). But, we'll give it a shot. He was saying that they've been spoiled for so long that we have to bend the branch back. Oh well, it's my own doing for Bryson's laziness. Now, we just have to keep on working.
Y'all have a good evening. Rosie Who? Nobody by that name exists in my vocabulary.

April 03, 2007 - Msg 50966: Good afternoon, all. No cancellations at the surgery center yet, looks like it will be Friday for the Plum. Sure wish we could get her in sooner, but God is driving this train. Maybe there's a reason why Friday would be best. Thanks for all your prayers and concern. It's truly encouraging.

For all of you who are dealing with kids and their myriad problems right now, here's a little laugh. My daughter-in-law has a little sign on her fridge that reads: "Raising children is like being pecked to death by a chicken." Oh, how true! Think about it.

Yep, Spot, I'll be at work tonight. Sounds like you're off - good for you.

Me-They, if your wife finds a good home-based solution, I'd like to know about it. There's nothing I would like better than to work from right where I'm sitting now - at this keyboard by this window. Sure would be nice.

Lucy, I think your husband has a great idea, and I hope you'll take it to the limit. Make that chart, post it on the fridge, and tell the kids in his presence that since they can read, it will not be necessary for you to discuss it with them. Then don't. No reminders, no urging, no problem. The crying, whining, tantrums and brattiness will not occur, because you will not be involved. Just stand back, smile and keep your mouth shut, other than to praise them when they do something right. When your husband returns home, he'll know if they did their jobs or not. If not, let him deal with it. If they did, he can reinforce the praise you have already given. Don't fall in the trap of becoming their adversary, or their taskmaster. If somebody's job is to do the dishes, and he doesn't, leave them in the sink. If you run out of dishes, use paper plates. If somebody is supposed to dust and doesn't, leave it. If it gets deep enough, plant potatoes! Just don't engage, no matter how badly you're provoked. It takes two to make a fight.

Well, I've got to get ready for work. Just get this shift behind me, and I can concentrate on the Plum. Boo, I hope your dog's eye gets better. Poor little babies, if they could only tell us when something is bothering them, we could catch things a lot earlier. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

Millie, a special time of prayer for you, love. Stay tight with the Lord.

April 03, 2007 - Msg 50967: Hello all, how do I get to Romeena's photo album?
Elmer in Oh

April 03, 2007 - Msg 50968: Romeena - I have a similar one that says...Enjoy the wildlife - have children.
Just finished helping the oldest with a short report of leatherback turtles. Oh what fun! It is extra credit and we will take all we can get!

Prayers for Millie, Ro and the Plum. . .


April 03, 2007 - Msg 50969:
Thanks for supper Maude. Very good!

Ro....I like your DIL sign about raising children.

My wife just took a hot pan of blueberry muffins out of the oven. The blueberries are wild ones that we found in a field when we were on our last tour in Maine. We filled the freezer in the motorhome up. Come on over and help yourself. Got a fresh pot of hot green tea also.

Praying for all the needs on our porch.

April 03, 2007 - Msg 50970: Elmer in Oh go to romeena.myphotoalbum.com

April 03, 2007 - Msg 50971: Hey to Me-They and everybody else! Long time no see!! I haven't checked in here for a month of Sunday's and then I saw an APB out...wow! I'm the Idelle from a few years ago...not sure if there is another in my absence?

Anyway, I was watching a color ep last week, the one where this guy comes to town with a treasure map and needs money for digging equipment and Andy ends up getting in on it even though he has been telling Floyd, Goob and Aunt Bee and Helen that the guy is a crook...LOL, I had not seen that one before and enjoyed it. (I can recite many of the b/w eps but have only watched about 30 or so of the color eps.)

Anyhow, I'll go now. Have a nice day tomorrow and act like somebody!


April 04, 2007 - Msg 50972: Hey porch, just a quick trouble check....hope everyone is well. Had my scan today, results Friday, chemo tommorow. Thank you all for your kind words and prayers, it means so much.
Better hit the ol' ironing board.

April 04, 2007 - Msg 50973:

Millie, I hope everything goes as well as possible tomorrow and that your test results are good. Prayers...

Rev., blueberry muffins are my favorites! You picked them?? If I ever found blueberries in the woods - not likely in Texas lol - I'd probably have to be physically restrained. I'm a blueberry nut!

Boo, I laughed just reading the word "Chapstick." Don't know what's wrong with me. "What're you gonna do today, Napoleon?" "Whatever I wanna do.. GOSH!" The movie has a lot less to do with the script than it does with the cast.

Ro, your advice to Lucy was spot on.

All the best to your and your husband, Big Maude. I'm a worrier, too.

Hey back at ya, Spot.

Just found out a dear friend of ours has what appears to be a malignant tumor. He's going to have surgery and radiation. He just went through this the year before last and they think it's related. I don't mind admitting I'm really scared and sad. His name is Michael; please keep him in your prayers.

'Night, all.



April 04, 2007 - Msg 50974: Morning, Dear.
- Hazel

April 04, 2007 - Msg 50975: Morning Honey.

April 04, 2007 - Msg 50976: Prayers for Michael, DES. Sure is good having you around real regular now....here's another Napolean moment: "(whispering)..Hey Napolean, give me some of your tots."...Napolean: "Go find your own"...(smash)..."IDIOT!"

Great news about Mr Maude! I know what you mean about worry, Maude. We know we shouldn't but it sure is a hard battle to fight sometimes.

Me-They, YOU, of all people would NEVER wear the same shorts all weekend. Don't worry, I'll wash them for you.

I like what you said Ro..."God is driving this train.."...very true. Hey, a couple of years ago when I was in Fredricksburg I saw a pillow in a store window that had the chicken quote stitched on it and I think of it often....such a perfect description! ha

Hazel, Mornin' Honey.

Hang in there, Millie Dear...continued prayers and thinking of you often.

Well IDELLE!! As I live and breathe! I sure remember you and miss you, too. Hope you won't be such a stranger. Drop in more often and let us know how things are going with you and your family. You had little girls, didn't you?

Got to get the kids off to school. Be back later...


April 04, 2007 - Msg 50977:
Hello my name is auh2o... and I am a "Napolean Dynamite" fan.

Uncle Rico: "Kip, I reckon... you know a lot about... cyberspace? You ever come across anything... like time travel?"
Kip: "Easy, I've already looked into it for myself."


April 04, 2007 - Msg 50978: Good morning everyone. It's rainy, chilly, and gray here, but I guess that's our due after the three or four beautiful days we've had.

IDELLE: Glad to meet you. I was APBing for another IDELLE (who I believe was around a few years ago but under another name), but I'm glad to hear somebody heard me, and it's great to have you back.

MILLIE: Prayers continue for you.

BOO: You are of course correct about the shorts. Our kitchen contractor said that I was the only person he had ever worked for that asked him to be sure to shop-vac inside the wall framing before putting up the drywall (hey, I'LL KNOW there's dirt in there!).

April 04, 2007 - Msg 50979: ROMEENA: If you're serious, I'll let you know. Believe it or not, there are a number of companies out there who employ nurses to review case files for attorneys, do reports and case management for medical ins*rance claims, etc., and most of the work is doen at your computer at home. For some jobs, you have to sometimes go out and meet clients (the Mrs. doesn't want to do that), and for some you have to visit "the office" a couple of times a month. But others are totally on your own at home.

DES: Prayers for your friend.

REV: Green tea and blueberries? Wow, only ten superfoods to go!

LUCY: I agree with ROMEENA. You need to step back and not let your emotions get the better of you. (That's advise from the Easier Said Than Done Department.)

Well, since my last APB worked (sort of)...APB for KYGIRL, HORATIO, DIXIE, MAVIS, the other IDELLE, and the rest of you missing porch people.


April 04, 2007 - Msg 50980: Sorry about the chopped message, but I was trying to find out which part of my message was being blocked by the censor. Then I remembered the Green River Ordinance and that you can't say "ins*rance" without a permit.


April 04, 2007 - Msg 50981: M-T, that's only if you're selling door to door!


April 04, 2007 - Msg 50982: Hehe, you guys are funny.

Oh thanks for giving me something else to obsess over, Me-They. Now when my house is being built I won't be able to supress the urge to tell them to use the shop-vac before putting up the drywall!...I'm not kidding, either. Like you said, "I'll know there's dirt in there!".

Here's some more Napolean for you, Auh2o: Kip: "I'm training to be a cage fighter". and...
Napolean to the Llama: "Here's your food, Tina. Come and get it you fat lard!"


April 04, 2007 - Msg 50983: No problem, BOO. The world just makes more sense when I'm able to push my irrational obessions onto others.

MISS PEGGY: Obviously you haven't brushed up on the amendments to the ordinance.


April 04, 2007 - Msg 50984: I'm hungry for lunch! MEAT! TATERS! BREAD!


April 04, 2007 - Msg 50985: Good morning, all. Home from work, the Plum seems fine, and I'm pooped. Ready for a nap. Yes, Me-They, I'm very serious about that working from home thing. I'd love to just check out of the hospital game. I've done it for 28 years, and I'm tired. I hate having to get up and leave home at 6:30 in the evening, to be gone all night. I hate having to go in on a day off to sit through some inane meeting, concerning things about which I don't give a little mouse's backside. You know the stuff I mean - some clipboard carrier's big idea that's going to revolutionize the way we deliver patient care, and which will be totally forgotten before the print shop finally gets the "necessary" forms delivered. I love my hospital. They've been very good to me over the years, else I wouldn't have worked there for 28 years. I'm just tired of working away from home, period.
I don't want to get involved in anything that requires investment in an inventory, or sales or such as that. I've been there and done that, many years ago, got enough that, too. I just want to sit here at this keyboard and get paid for it!

Lucy, somehow I missed your message 50948 back when you wrote it. My comments were based on what Bryan said about writing out the chart of chores and such. If I had read 50948 before then, I might have had different comments to make. I don't know how you kept from pounding knobs on the heads of both of those boys. Of all the outrageous, manipulative - yes, bratty - behavior, that takes the cake. I would probably have just lost it and taken a strap to both of them. As my husband would have said, "If you're going to cry, you might as well have something to cry about. Right now, you don't, but you're about to!" Crying, and accusing you of "ruining" their day because you asked them to clean their room? Puh-leeze! So, who are you? Fifi, the upstairs maid? Who do they think does it if they don't? Kids! Honestly! Those kids are riding a gravy train with biscuit wheels, and it's time somebody derailed it. I hope it's you.
Now, having had my "rant", my advice still stands, in my opinion. Do not engage! Say your piece, state the rules of the game, and withdraw. Then stick to it. I may be totally wrong, but I don't hear much to make me think Bryan supports you every time when it comes to the kids. If that's the case, then it's even more important that you just pull out of the battle. Let him make the chore chart, you tell him and the kids that you will not be the enforcer, and then stick with it. Let Bryan come home to a stack of un-done chores and a relentlessly cheerful wife, and he'll get the idea. If he really is supportive and will be firm with the boys, well, that's all the better. Stand back and let him take the heat and give some of his own. You don't need to be the one, not with two big boys.

Millie, I'm still praying for you. Hang in there. Idelle, it's so good to have you back. I hope you'll make it a habit.

I'm off to grab a nap. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 04, 2007 - Msg 50986: Lunch will be Baked Taters with all the fixin's - we got your butter, sour cream, chives, onions, cheese, broccoli, bacon bits, ham pieces, just about anything you want. . .we can put on those Spud-wisers! Yum, Yum
There's some jello cheesecake in the fridge and a jug of sweet tea around here somewhere.
Clean up after yourself and act like somebody when your eating (elbows off the table and chew with your mouth closed).
No meatballs today!


April 04, 2007 - Msg 50987: Mmmmm. There's always room for Jell-o, y'know.


April 04, 2007 - Msg 50988: HM load my tater up!....sweet tea please...boy did we ever have a hail storm here yesterday...no damage ...supper will be left over HM taters and fried bologna samiches!....well let me get to yard work...prayers SPOT

April 04, 2007 - Msg 50989: Are any of those work-from-home jobs for regular people, or do you have to be a nurse? I've seen alot of work-at-home things, but just figured they must be scams. But I'd love to be able to work off my keyboard. Especially since, even though I have had some interviews that seem to go very well, I still don't have a job yet. No, I haven't tried McDonald's yet, and it may get to that point, but I am still hoping for something else.

Went to Kai's school last night for parent/teacher conferences, and as usual the teacher had only good things to say. I knew that Kai was doing well, but the teacher says Kai is reading at a 2nd grade level. Not bad for a Kindergartener. Yet I still worry about putting too much on her, because I want her to enjoy being a kid. I mean, she is only a kindergartener. She has her whole life to grow up.:)
I also worry about a sheet they gave us as we walked out the door last night, which talked about their 'Human Growth And Development' curriculum they plan on teaching. Anything that states that you have a right to examine the materials or exclude your child from those lessons, the red flags start going up for me, and make me wonder what exactly they want to teach little kindergarteners that might cause a parent to want to exclude them from it in the first place. I guess I'll never know until I ask. But just wondered if any of you parents with kids in higher grades ever came across this kind of thing when your kids were in Kindergarten. My Mom thinks I have nothing to worry about, that they are not going to do anything real in-depth or controversial in lower grades like that, but I think you never know nowadays.
Ugh. It is hard bringing up a kid(right) in these times we live in.

Speaking of the school, they just called and said Kai fell off of a swing, and cut her lip and got a bloody nose. They said she is alright; she was just a little upset about the blood of course, but otherwise she is ok so they sent her back to class. She only has a half-day today anyway, but that didn't stop me from wanting to run over there and get her. :)

Love the Napoleon quotes!

-Sterling Holobyte

April 04, 2007 - Msg 50990: STERLING: I'm sure there are non-medical work-at-home jobs out there. I just read an article yesterdya about some (which listed some links to legitimate companies). Check it out: http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/CollegeAndFamily/RaiseKids/4realJobsYouCanDoFromHome.aspx.

I know what you mean about pushing your daughter. Ours is doing quite well in school (straight A's he says with a puffed out chest), but we try very hard not to fall into the "you are so smart" trap. I remember when I was a kid I did very well in school, and my parents often bragged on how well I did. I also remember what it did to me--just about made me a neurotic mess trying to always maintain perfection to please my parents. Now, I make sure that my daughter knows I am proud of her for her effort. In fact we tell her that grades are much less important than her effort. Our motto had become as long as you do your best and behave yourself ("act like somebody") we're happy and that's all we ask.

I hope Kai isn't too banged up!


April 04, 2007 - Msg 50991:
Hello porch family.....Cooler weather coming through SC. Feels good.

DES...Prayers for your friend Michael.

Millie....you keep hanging in there. Still praying, even as I post this.

Got a few chores to do so I'll check back later. Have a Jesus filled day! Prayers for all.

April 04, 2007 - Msg 50992: Afternoon all. Thunderstorms rolling through on my end of the porch. Should be cooler for the weekend. I'll take all the cool weather I can get before the heat sets in for the summer.

Hope Kai is okay. Kids just brush themselves off and go on! Real troopers! Sterling, I would definitely keep a close watch on everything that goes on at school. You can't be too careful!

Romeena, hope you can find a work at home job! That would be great. Hugs for the Plum!

M-T, I don't go so much by the book... as by the heart!!

Miss Peggy

April 04, 2007 - Msg 50993:
HI gang. Busy again lately. Glad Boo's trip and Sean appt went well. Hopefully more later today!
ole MDC

April 04, 2007 - Msg 50994: Hey, MDC, glad you could stop by and wish you could stay longer. You are always an encouragement.

It's nice and cool here in South Texas today (68 degrees right now).

Poor Kai, hope she is feeling better. Give her an extra hug for me, Sterling. I understand why you might be concerned about the note from the school...you just never know these days. So far, we haven't had to deal with it in Erin's Kinder class...we have other issues, though, as I have talked about. The other day she got in the car after school and was excited about getting a B-! I think she is just a bit too young, really. Hopefully the new school she will be in next year will be better for her. I always tell my children that it's not the grades that matter as much as the effort and the learning and none of us are great at everything, are we? I can relate to what you said, Me-They, because I was a bright kid and started out making A's in first and second grade...nothing from anybody except positive affirmation. When I got to 3rd grade, I had an elderly teacher who couldn't seem to understand that some kids have a problem with long division. She made me sit at the "dumb" table in the front of the room with a couple of the others poor kids who couldn't seem to conquer the math. That was the beginning of my hatred of math! haha...and also took a huge chunk out of my self-esteem.

Right, Miss Peggy....by the heart!

SPOT, fried bologna sandwiches?....that is so unhealthy it almost sounds naughty. Will you be making those with MIRACLE WHIP??


April 04, 2007 - Msg 50995: ...let me clarify what I said above about Erin being excited about a B-...I am very proud of her for even the D's because I know she is trying and making and is learning. I just think it's sad that she has to be excited over a B- because she rarely gets an A and she sees her other, older classmates getting A's....better go check the soup...


April 04, 2007 - Msg 50996: Man, I should proof read


April 04, 2007 - Msg 50997: Well, Erin just woke up from a nap and she is sick again. Has a temp of 102.2 and coughing like crazy. I sent her back to school on Monday and yesterday she came home very tired and slept all evening. I could tell she didn't feel well this afternoon and she has been sleeping for the last 3 hours. I guess I'll call the doctor tomorrow. May she has some infection. Please send up a prayer for her. Thanks,


April 04, 2007 - Msg 50998: Afternoon, porch! Sterling, it's great that Kai is a good reader. The question is, does she enjoy it? If so, then cease worrying about putting too much on her. If she likes to read, she'll enjoy being a kid even more, because she'll have time to do something she enjoys, and conversely, will have something she enjoys doing, to fill her time. It works both ways. Some of my happiest memories are of the years from about 8 to 12. No responsibilities to speak of, and stacks of books provided by my thoughtful parents. I would read for hours - sitting up in a natural cradle in a pecan tree, or on a blanket on the grass with my dog, or in bed under the covers, reading by flashlight when I was supposed to be asleep! Books were my friends, and a kid who reads a lot will never be lonely or bored. I traveled all over the world, and through time as well, in my books. Like Boo, I was never too great at math, but boy, did I love to read, and still do.

The surgery center called, and the Plum will be going in tomorrow morning, instead of Friday. I have to have her there by 7:30, but don't know what time the surgery will be done. Prayers are still much appreciated.

Sugar says hey! --Romeena

April 04, 2007 - Msg 50999: Oh, Boo, I didn't see you there. I'm sorry little Erin is sick. Bless her little heart. I'll be praying for her. --Romeena

April 04, 2007 - Msg 51000: FOR MY FRIEND MILLIE

Dear Lord,
You know my friend so much better than I do.
You know her sickness and her needs. You also know her heart.
Lord, I ask you to be with my friend now.
If there is a sin that needs to be confessed and forgiven, Lord, please help her to see her need and confess.
Lord, I pray for my friend because Your Word says I should pray for her healing.
I believe You hear this earnest prayer from my heart and that it is powerful because of Your promise.
I have faith in You to heal my friend, but I also trust in the plan you have for my friend's life.
Lord, I don't always understand Your ways, and why my friend has to suffer, but I trust You now.
May You be glorified in my friend's life and also in mine.

from Poor Horatio

April 04, 2007 - Msg 51001: PH, that was beautiful.
You summed up the porchsters prayers, and I thank you.
- Hazel

April 04, 2007 - Msg 51002: No miracle whip Boo!..thats runt mayo!...hey peggy,hazel,sterling,horatio,Ro,m-t,lucy,asa,mil.miller,Rev,TOM,bwb,mdc,md,goober,possum,county nurse,fg,ky and all ...CHUCK where are you?...well its menu time:..Breakfast as follows: 3 eggs a piece,your way,bisquits and gravey,country han,links,hashbrowns,grits,fried apple rings,french toast with maple syurp,pot tarts for the youngens that want them...coffee,milk,h20..ready at 7:00 am sharp...got to hit the ironing board...4:30 rise in the morning for work..will holler from the power company...prayers to all...SPOT

April 04, 2007 - Msg 51003:
Hello porch...just wanted to check in tonight before I hop in bed.

Spot...breakfast sounds good...see ya @ 7:00

I stand in agreement with PH prayer. Amen!

Ro...let us know as soon as you can about Plum's surgery. Will be praying.

Well I'm heading to bed. You all have a good night and my prayers are with you all.

April 04, 2007 - Msg 51004: Today was Bryan's birthday so we went to the Japanese Steakhouse for dinner. It was okay. I'm not really big on sushi or anything like that plus I'm a vegetarian (not by choice, bacon, yum). Anyhow, Bryan and the boys had fun and loved their meals.
Well, I'll check in with y'all tomorrow. Good luck Plum! Good luck Millie! Y'all are in our prayers.

April 04, 2007 - Msg 51005: Thank you PH, for that prayer you prayed for our friend, Millie. I am praying it with you.

Prayers for Sugarplum and Romeena, also. The testing of our faith is difficult but if we continue to trust in Him, he will use it all for our good. Praise be to God.

Goodnight, REV and everyone. May tomorrow be an even better day.


April 05, 2007 - Msg 51006: Sheesh, Spot, that breakfast. We get 3 eggs a piece, biscuits and gravy, ham, sausage links, hashbrowns, grits, fried apple rings, french toast or poptarts, and coffee and milk. With a breakfast like that, at least we won't get a spinkin spell later in day.
- Hazel

April 05, 2007 - Msg 51007: Ooops, I need to spell check. Make that "sinkin" spell, not "spinkin".
- Hazel again

April 05, 2007 - Msg 51008: Well at least you didn't say stinkin Hazel. :)

Morning dears. Hope all are well.

Prayers for Sugarplum as she has her surgery this morning that she will recover fast and that it has not spread.

Likewise for Millie, that she will heal. I offer an Amen to the beautiful prayer offered by P.H. in her behalf.

Lucy, are you really a vegetarian? What do you mean Not by choice"? Just curious, don't want to pry.

Boo, I hope Erin is feeling better today. Poor thing. That's a high temp.

Hazel, did you get the garden tilled up yet? Mine is ready to plant but I'm waiting till the nights warm up some.

Spot, thems good eats buddy. It's goodbye waistline with you around. LOL

Howdy to everyone else and prayers to all who may need them.


April 05, 2007 - Msg 51009:

Thanks for your prayers for Michael. I haven't heard anything today about when his surgery will be. Sad thing is, he just started a new job a couple months ago so his medical coverage hasn't kicked in yet.

Great quotes, auh2o and Boo! I hope Erin gets to feeling better, Boo.

Spot, that breakfast sounds wayyy yonder too good!

Poor Horatio, that was one nice prayer.

Napoleon: What kinda bike do you have?
Pedro: It's a Sledgehammer.
Napoleon: "You got shocks.. pegs... LUCKY. You ever take it on any sweet jumps?"



April 05, 2007 - Msg 51010: Good morning Porchsters- hope everyone is feeling ok today.
PH, your prayer speaks volumes.Amen.

Boo,hope Erin gets well. Laci's sick also -she has an ear infection. She's running a fever and kind of lethargic. My daughter took her to doctor yesterday.Hoping she feels better today as the meds kick in. We need our lil' girls well!
Thinking of the Plum today and hoping we get good news from Ro soon.
Happy to hear that the British sailors are safe at home!
Y'all have a good day!
possum under a rock

P.S. Welcome back Idelle!

April 05, 2007 - Msg 51011: Hi there Des- will be praying for your friend.

possum again

April 05, 2007 - Msg 51012: Good morning everyone. It is 60 degrees here and feels wonderful!

I love that Napolean quote, DES. Here's another one, let's see if you remember it: Grandma: "Naploelan, make yourself a dang case-a-DILL-uh (quesadilla)!"

Hope Lace feels better soon, Possum. I'm taking Erin to the doc this morning. The cough is terrible and I am wondering if she might be getting an ear infection, too. I'm trying hard to get her well by Easter...and with company coming from out of town! I kind of hope they forget to unplug the coffee pot (like Uncle Ollie!). Just kidding (well, sort of).

Ollie: "You know what they say about widows, don't you Andy?"


April 05, 2007 - Msg 51013: oops, that's "Laci"..


April 05, 2007 - Msg 51014: Hey Porch

It's been hit and miss for me lately, mostly miss. But, I been thinking of you folks. When it started snowing here last night I thought I better let Asa know about this. About five inches last night and I guess we're in line for about 4 inches more today. That puts the cabbash on yard work again. We had 11 trees cut done in the yard last year to let a little more light in. We just got the last of the stumps ground down before the snow started to fall.

Asa-I think you might have it a bit wrong about spots breakfast, I think it's more like, "Well, hello there waistline!" haha!! Keep it up spot.

DES-My wife just hates that movie.

DES-Your friend Michael's situation does sadden me and I've prayed for him and all of us here. I know this will not be a news flash for anyone but after prayer I am just filled with hope for him. I feel that same hope for Millie and the rest of us in need.

PH- Well done, and Amen! I hope that is what the Lord hears when I pray.

possum-I'm thinking of the Plum and Romeena today also. I bet we all are. Yes, it was good news about those British sailors.

Boo & possum-Hope the kids are up and at 'em soon.

God Bless the troops!

Pedro: "Vote for me, and all your wildest dreams will come true."

April 05, 2007 - Msg 51015: Good morning everyone. Prayers for all of you porchsters this morning, and Erin and Laci, too. Well said, HORATIO. You're mighty wise for half a boy.

BOO: Another reason I don't agonize over Nora's grades is that I have known so many successful people who didn't do so well in school. And, in the final measure, there's only one subject in which we'd better make sure we do well. I'm sure you are teaching that to Erin every day and she's doing fine.

AUH2O: Yes, very good news about the sailors. But what did you expect since everybody knows it was just a clever hoax, anyway ;).

Well everyone, that's it from me until Monday. I'm off this afternoon to spend some time with the family, then its off to Holy Thursday services tonight. I pray you all have a blessed Easter. It is such a special time of year to celebrate that our Lord is not dead but alive and with us today.


April 05, 2007 - Msg 51016: By the way, did I hear "mayo" and "Miracle Whip?"


April 05, 2007 - Msg 51017: I'll bring the egg salad on Monday. I have a feeling there will be plenty of it...

M-T (again)

April 05, 2007 - Msg 51018:

possum, I hope Laci is feeling better soon. Ear infections can be terribly painful. Thank you for your prayers for Michael.

auh2o, thanks so much for your prayers too. It means a lot.

More great ND quotes, Boo and auh2o!

I always thought I didn't like mayonnaise, because when I was growing up all my parents bought was Miracle Whip. I just didn't care for the stuff. As is frequently the case, certain items fall under the umbrella of a generic term; i.e., tissues are Kleenex, any soda is a Coke, and Miracle Whip was "mayonnaise!"

Napoleon Dynamite: Get off my property!
Uncle Rico: It's a free country; I can do whatever I want.
Napoleon Dynamite: Get off my property or I'll call the cops!
Uncle Rico: Well then, go on -- do it.
Napoleon Dynamite: Maybe I will. GOSH!



April 05, 2007 - Msg 51019: M-T, you know Iran is just one big moulage in and of itself! I am sure Nancy Pelosi was behind the sailors/marines being freed from Iran. (That was a sarcastic comment knowing how much she supports all of the troops!)

Wishing that Ro would let us know about the Plumster soon. . . .more prayers that way. .

Miss Millie - have a great Easter. . .hope the all of your results are positively the best. Prayers with you as well.

Fried bologna - my favorite - we stop at a White Castle in Ky that offers that as a breakfast food.

Could you all please pray for my friend Ralph. His wife has MS and it is very tough on him and his children. He always has a positive attitude and he is a really good guy. They just need some uplifting right now. Thanks!


April 05, 2007 - Msg 51020: Hm prayers for Ralph ...glad yall liked breakfast!..turned cool here in Ga...hey auh20,m-y,mil..des,possum and all...been kinda busy here at work...supper menu:grilled ham steak,greenbeans,white cream corn,cream taters,cream corn,corn bread,tea...well see yall a supper!..prayers for your friend des...SPOT

April 05, 2007 - Msg 51021: Good afternoon, all. Haven't meant to be holding back, just haven't gotten to the computer until now. The Plum did very well. Her surgery started at 11:30, ended at 1:00. I got to see her briefly before they woke her up. I made sure to leave before they did that, didn't want her to be trying to go with me. She looks pitiful, but I expected that. Bad haircut, of course, with a little shaved pink belly. Huge incision, and now her little belly is all flat and shrunken. They said the spleen was enormous, had her belly packed full. It was removed intact, and a small node between her stomach and her liver was also removed. I'd prefer that there had been no other nodes, but at least they removed it. We won't know until probably Monday whether it's malignant. Please keep praying. I know with all the people who need prayer right now, your prayer lists are full - I know mine is - but please find room for my little Plum. I may get to bring her home as early as tomorrow afternoon. I hope so.

Boo, without intending to start a moulage, may I recommend that you rub the soles of Erin's feet with Vicks tonight, then put socks on her? I've heard from several sources that this procedure stops a cough in its tracks, and lets the person get some sleep. I've not done this myself, but I intend to next time a cough is bothering me. It's worth a try.

Well, I'm tired and hungry, didn't sleep well last night and haven't eaten all day. Guess I'll have a little dinner, and then maybe early to bed.

De§, prayers for Michael. I know you're concerned, and understandably so. I'm so sorry that he's going to have financial problems to compound the rest of his troubles.

Spot, that dinner menu is a bit corny, don't you think? (heehee)

Sugarplum would say hey if she were here. --Romeena

April 05, 2007 - Msg 51022:

Heavenly Father, the bond we have with our animal friends is a wonderful and special gift from You. We now ask You to grant Sugarplum your Fatherly care and healing power to take away any suffering. Give Romeena a new understanding of her responsibilities to her cherished pet. Take our heartfelt prayers and bless Sugarplum with healing light and strength. Your goodness is turned upon every living thing. Your grace flows to all Your creatures. Your Light touches each of us with the reflection of Your love. Grant long and healthy lives to our special animal companions. Bless their relationships with us, and if You see fit to take them from us, help us to understand that they are not gone from us but only drawing closer to You. Grant our prayer through the intercession of good St. Francis of Assisi, who honored You through all Your creatures. Empower him to watch over our animal friends until they are safely with You in eternity, where we someday hope to join them in honoring You forever.

from Poor Horatio