April 13, 2007 - Msg 51300: Prayers for your interview, STERLING. Thanks for yours.


April 13, 2007 - Msg 51301: It was getting a bit dusty around here...


April 13, 2007 - Msg 51302: Swish!,good sweep M-T....lunch will be Wendys,get what ya want on me!...busy here at work..prayers to all...SPOT

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51303: Sterling - while it is good to go to other parents, complaining unfortunately will not always get the teacher removed from the classroom.

I am assuming that this is a first time teacher of k-children and she is expecting higher level thinking skills (perhaps she taught older children before where graded seatwork and a normal amount of homework is acceptable). She obviously has not adjusted to her role or is incapable of doing that.

I know when my oldest was in kindergarten, I had issues with the teacher. He has visual perceptual problems and could not write his name on the line to save his life. When I took the writing paper and made it neon green, he looked at me and said, "So that's a dotted line!" He was utterly amazed to finally see the dotted line. When I tried to get the teacher to use colored paper with him - I was asking for the world. So I worked with him at home and when he got to first grade, the principal said that there was no problem using colored paper - if that is what he needed. It was just the teacher saying "no" - she thought she knew what was best. She is a wonderful teacher but she didn't want to recognize that I too was a teacher and really knew my child. He still has visual perception problems and so the teachers use blue paper to put his worksheets on or they enlarge it to where it is acceptable for him to see. They have been very accommodating since first grade.

Hang in there Boo - email me if you have any questions.

Miss Romeena - I haven't commented on Plum's diagnosis because it is so hurtful for you and for us on the porch. I am so sorry for your furkid. I am so glad that she is a puppy that has been well loved. When I have sick baby goats, I hold them just to let them know that somebody cares. I cry when they pass on because I know how precious those little lives are. (I only wish that more children in our world had the same love that you have given Plum.) Please give her extra hugs from the porch family.


April 13, 2007 - Msg 51304: Oops - I rambled again!


April 13, 2007 - Msg 51305: hm, you are right on the money about your 'pupil'. I used to teach first grade in the public school system before I started home school. A teacher MUST be willing to meet a student where they are even if it means coming up with a program just for one student. I had to do that every school year for those that were working behind or ahead of the rest of the class.

Romeena, our prayers are with you and Plum all throughout the day! So at anytime, when you stop and think about it, you can know that someone is praying for you at that exact moment.

Hope you get the job, Sterling!

Boo, hang in there. You just may have to home school Erin, as well. She will still have her friends, but won't be under all that pressure. She will enjoy school more by going at her own pace. In time, things will click and she'll be right where she needs to be according to grade level.

Barney: "Keep a good thought."

Miss Peggy

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51306: Boy Homemaker, I love it when you ramble. What you spoke to Ro was very touching.

You hit the nail on the head about Erin's teacher. This is the first time she has taught kinder but I'm not sure what age she had before. I have a feeling she might now return next year. That is really something about your son and the green paper! Some of these poor kids just need someone to think outside of the box and acknowledge the fact that all kids aren't cut out with the same cookie cutter. I know Erin just isn't getting the phonics thing yet. All of her work gets sent home at the end of the day and never is there a positive note or sticker on anything. You should see the child's handwriting. It is beautiful for a child her age but her handwriting score on her report card was a "C", which was her highest mark, by the way. I am not embellishing her progress but I think she is doing great. She can already grasp math concepts like addition and has memorized all of her addition equations up through 10, can already count and write to 100, she is reading some (mostly 3 letter words) and her handwriting is good. She also has had to memorize verses of scripture each week and is learning many bible stories. What more is needed? All I can say is that I am very happy with her progress so I don't care about the grades, I just don't want her to get discouraged or feel bad.

Lucy, I think you are right. It would seem that with only 4 students in the classroom, the teacher might be able to let Erin do what she could do instead of making her adhere to what the other, older kids are doing. I, too, believe that she will be just fine when things start to click. I recognized early in my son that he had learning problems and had him tested and sure enough, he was dyslexic, but I am not seeing the same thing in Erin. She is fine, she's just young and it will come in time. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Me-They, Erin is still in the same school. We decided do let her finish out the year because things seemed to be going smoothly there for awhile but she will be starting a new school after the summer and will be using using the ACE curriculum and able to go at her own pace, thanks for asking. I'm glad Nora is doing well and being encouraged in her work.

Sterling, thanks for your words. What is going on with Kai's curriculum that is concerning you?

Better go help Sean with his work!


April 13, 2007 - Msg 51307: Yes, forgot...prayers for you job Sterling and prayers for your grandma, Me-They.


April 13, 2007 - Msg 51308: hey someone trun up the heat it cold . Now how M I going to it my rose in tjat are good friend send me.
My family think i'm not at time just because I said something nice about thing .
It likeRomeena and I was taking about rose and I say that I love thim and she say if I had room for thim in my garden.
I told her tht I had one by my sair. I did not aske her for thim .

love tom

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51309: Thank you all for the kind words and prayers. Yes, I really hope I get this job(which probably means that I won't;)), now that I found out more about it. It is transporting some 4 yr olds to early childhood classes, which happen to be at the same school Kai goes to(I did ask if, should I get the job, I would be able to take Kai there as well, and he said as long as there was room, it would be no problem). And then, I would be taking some Amish kids to their school, which I think would be so cool. I don't know if I mentioned it before, but I have great respect for the Amish. Not only do I envy their old-world way of life(and their determination to keep it), but I have dealt alot with Amish at the store I worked at for many years, and have always found them to be some of the nicest people you could ever meet(kind of like the people on this porch;)). And their kids the most well-behaved.

That's very interesting about your son, homemaker! It just goes to show you that sometimes what some may see as a problem, is really just someone seeing something differently. And we have to make adjustments.

Well Boo, the problem I have with Kai's curriculum is with some portions of the school district's new "Human growth and development program" - from a memo we received while walking out the door from parent/teacher conferences last week - and teaching things that, I feel, are not appropriate nor necessary for kindergarteners. I have already spoke with Kai's teacher and she has said that Kai may be excluded from discussions on the issue, with written notice by me. Of course, I have to deal with my wife who, I don't know, just doesn't see the danger that I do. She would rather not be seen as "intolerant". Me, I just feel that kids this age shouldn't even be thinking about things like that, no matter how much they try to make it palatable to kids.(you probably know what I am talking about by now, or just in case you don't... coincidently, I learn that the school district is holding "diversity week" next week, so I think this memo is connected to that. Now you probably know what I am referring to). Anyway, I haven't written a note "excluding" Kai yet(which is another thing, I don't know why we have to be forced to exclude our kids from something they shouldn't be exposed to at that age anyway, makes me angry), I am still grappling with how to handle this.
Anyway, sorry for the rant. I just never thought I would have to deal with this on a kindergarten level.

-Sterling Holobyte

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51310:
Afternoon porch family....nice day here in SC but rain coming in tomorrow and Sunday.

M-T...prayers for your grandmother

Sterling.... prayers for your job. That would be really good.

Did everyone get enough at Wendys today? Thanks Spot. Let's all go to the Outback tonight. Mrs. Rev and I will treat. Let's meet around 7:00.
Have a Jesus filled day. Prayers for all.

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51311: Hey to thep porch. Looks like I have some reading to catch up on. Y'all have been busy!
It's our last day here, so we're packing as much fun into the day as possible. I'll check back later.

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51312: Thanks for your prayers. You all are on my prayer list as well.

Well, gang, I'm off to try and enjoy the weekend and get some things done around the house. That kitchen just won't seem to paint itself.

Take care and remember to act like somebody!


April 13, 2007 - Msg 51313: Hope Me-They has fun painting...hehe.

Sterling, I can understand your feelings on the subject. Erin has never even once asked a question or shown any interest in the facts of life or where babies come from, not a thing. I expect she is fairly normal for kids her age. Kindergarten is no place for that in my opinion. It's like trying to force open the petals of a delicate flower, or trying to pull a butterfly from it's cocoon before it's ready. Childhood wonder and innocence is a sacred thing and too many schools just don't see it and more damage than help is done. Every child is different and they are ready to ask questions at different ages. It should be up to the parent to determine when that is. I think you understand that there is a time to be "intolerant". I am learning that myself this year! ha


April 13, 2007 - Msg 51314: On the school subject, I wanted to tell you all that the homeschooling is going great with Sean. He learned alot about working independantly and setting goals so I don't have to be on him about doing his work. Also, we have just been having alot of fun. We are doing our own little wildlife study and taking pictures of animals in our neighborhood so he can put together a scrapbook. Today he told me, "Homeschooling is great because I am actually having fun learning and there isn't so much pressure and you don't have to sit at a desk all day." I told him that I think the goal of education is to give one a love of learning for a lifetime and that I hope he is discovering the joy of learning new things. I explained that sometimes we just have to work hard but then there are other times that he can spend learning about things he is really interested in and he wasn't able to do that in school. Anyway, it's been a real blessing so far.


April 13, 2007 - Msg 51315: Good afternoon, everyone. After a short nap, I'm feeling almost human again. Those back to back 12 hr night shifts can do you in, especially at my age.

Tom, you go ahead and plant those roses. Unless it's just freezing where you are, they'll be fine. I'm not sure how they were shipped, but I imagine they were shipped as bareroot plants. If so, they'll appreciate getting their little feet into the dirt, even if it is still cold - just as long as it's not freezing. I hope they do well, and you get to enjoy them and think of your mom every time one of them blooms.

Sterling, I'm guessing that your school's idea of "Human Growth and Development", featured during Diversity Week, is going to include alternative lifestyles, and that's what is bothering you. It would bother me too, friend, especially for kindergarten kids. Not appropriate, and not necessary. If the school feels they just must celebrate such diversity, then the program should be offered on an "opt in" basis, rather than requiring dissenting parents to make an issue of it and take their kids out. I would bet there's a teacher or administrator with an axe to grind, and they know if they made it an "opt in" program, they'd have few takers, if any. There, that's my speech. And I hope you get that job.

homemaker, I find your son's visual perception differences to be fascinating. Wouldn't it be great if the school could have used that opportunity to "celebrate" another kind of diversity? That would have taught the kids about differences, new approaches to unlock abilities, tolerance, how things are not always what they seem, cooperation - a world of things. Who knows, it might have inspired some kid to think "Wow, that's fascinating. I want to grow up and study amazing things like that."

The Plum is feeling pretty good tonight. I had a long talk with her vet today, some positive thoughts came out of it. I'll share more later. Just please know how much I appreciate all of you, and your kind acceptance of my feelings about - yes, an animal - but still my little friend. You folks are the cats - no pun intended.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51316: Hey to everyone tonight. Getting chilly on my end of the porch, expecting thunder and rain tomorrow with a drop in temperatures. Kinda quite at Big Maudes tonight, my husband is working til 9-9 today, 9-9 tomorrow and then 10-6 on Sunday. My son is mowing for my Mom and my daughter is somewhere in the house.. probably in her room. I am so proud of her.. she brought home a award that her school gives to 1 child in each grade every week, (6th, 7th and 8th graders). She is in the 7th grade, anyway she got the Character Counts
award for the 7th grade this week. A pretty cool award I think. I worked til noon today and then home to do chores and such. Please send Malcolm Merriwether arond this way. Thanks for outback Rev, what a treat. Prayers to all especially Millie, Romeena and the Plum. I am glad she is doing better, Romeena. Prayers to all. Big Maude

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51317: My son has done exceptionally well this year. Even made the honor roll a few times. He can not understand phonics. He doesn't always understand the sound symbol relationship. That plus his visual perception problems really make reading a nightmare for him. I am very proud of the teachers this year. They read just about everything aloud (reading books, history books, science books) and for this I am grateful. He listens so closely that I don't have to re-read them. He is very focused in school but he is a tornado when he gets home. I didn't tell them to read it aloud - they just do. He wants to be a vet, he is very concerned about his grades and knows that grades lead to scholarships. (Gee -where did he learn that from?) Thanks for all your thoughts about him.

It has been a pretty day here but rain and snow are in the forecast for tomorrow.

Boo - give Erin a hug for me and tell her that she is doing awesome. She is doing everything I would want her to do in kindergarten.

Ro - give Plum some carrots for me and a little tiny squeeze.

Asa - you just go out and behave.

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51318: hi,I'm sorry I haven't had a chance to stop by,And,Romeena,I am so sorry to hear about Plum.I will keep you both in my prayers.have to close friends,-ky girl

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51319: I just wanted to mention that living on a farm - my children get to see the animal facts of life from conception to death. We don't make a big deal out of any of it except birth which we all find fascinating. But just because they know about it all does not mean that I am open to this at the public school setting - and I teach there! There are some parents who just "pop" out kids and wait for us all to raise them. That is what most of society wants from a school system. My children learn my morals, not those from the school. And my children will learn about the facts of human growth and development from my husband and myself, not the school. They already understand some about alternative lifestyles but they know that God does not permit such nonsense and that it isn't "cool" in God's eyes or in the words of the Bible. It is okay if my children do not participate in everything that the school offers. I am the parent and if they criticize my child because of that - I will deal with them personally.

When I taught at the elementary level we had several children that for religious reasons, did not attend Christmas parties or programs (Halloween or Valentines either). Those children were given alternate activities such as movie and popcorn while the others exchanged things in their classrooms. No one ever made fun of them - it was accepted and it was normal. We also had a teaching assistant who did not participate and so she volunteered to interact with those children.

Okay - I have rambled on enough.

Time for bed!


April 13, 2007 - Msg 51320: #51317 was from me - hm

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51321:
Hello porch family. Hope you all had a great day.

Boo...that's great that the home schooling is working so good for Sean.

Congrats to Big Maude's daughter. She must take after her mom.

Millie...Praying that you all have a safe trip home.

Have a good night and prayers for all the porch needs.

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51322:
Good evening all.
Hope all are well. Good to see dixie, mavis and others. Prayers for sterling.
God bless you all and have a super weekend!

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51323: Yeah Romeena, you hit the nail on the head, again.
Homemaker, that was some good rambling, and you too Boo. You all make it clear for me on what I have to do.
Sorry if I started a moulage. You all have some very good points.
Whenever I waiver on this and start thinking, "well, they are not really going into the nitty-gritty of alternative lifestyles. It is mostly just 'Diane has two mommies' type of thing. It's not that bad."
But I always come back and remember, wait a minute! We are talking about kids in kindergarten here. These kids should be playing and learning ABC's and 123's. Why do they feel they have to get them thinking about that sort of thing? They don't care about that. So why get them started thinking about it? But I think I know why. And why they want to get them started young. And it is not a good thought. Some teachers and administrators may have good intentions, but they are very misguided.

Well, enough of that.

Romeena, I am glad you are thinking positive. And you know what? From what I know of her, I think the Plum is a scrapper. She is not going to go down without a fight. So, neither should you give in to despair and worry. When her road is coming to an end, you will both know. Until then, love her and enjoy the time with her. I know you will.

-Sterling Holobyte

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51324: WoooHoo! I am so proud of your daughter, Maude! That award is the most important one of all. I'm just "pickled tink" for you.

I love your "ramblings" Homemaker. I will do as you say and give Erin some hugs and encouragement, thanks. I was thinking about you and your boys today when Sean and I went on our nature ride. We saw ALOT of goats and baby animals. I was thinking about how great it will be when my house is finished and the fence is up. I can't wait to get some goats for the kids(ha, cute pun) and we can learn together about how to care for animals. I saw a book today that I am going to get from Barnes and Noble called, "Barnyard In Your Backyard", supposed to be written for people with small farms who have no experience with livestock. Ever heard of it?

Bruce and I took the kids out to the place and made a fire to roast hotdogs. We also had smores again. I think all the neighborhood dogs joined us around the fire! It was a nice night but supposed to be cold tomorrow night.

Thanks REV, I think it's going to work out real well and since Sean has been less stressed, he has calmed down considerably and we are having alot let behaviour problems. He's been pretty easygoing.

Well, I should be spending time with my brother and his wife so better go. Hope you all have a peaceful night.


April 13, 2007 - Msg 51325: Well hey, MDC. Nice to see you! Haven't talked to you in a while. And thank you for the prayers. What have you been up to?

-Sterling Holobyte

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51326: Hey Boo, you snuck in on me. Have a nice night!

-Sterling Holobyte

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51327:
Actually, I have been out of work! ha But this time i quit. My boss was a very strange man, and the commute was killing me, so now i am back with my mom again more, just like last year at this time! Oh well, all such things are for a reason.
Well,I am heading for the shower and half a melatonin! Will be on again on Sunday!

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51328:
Oops, God bless! mdc

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51329: Hey Sterling, we were posting at the same time. I agree, Kinder is too young for that kind of information. I want you to know I think you are really great dad.

Homemaker, forgot to say that I think you are right about many parents wanting the school to do their job for them. Very sad, isn't it because they don't realize what they are missing. There's just not anything more rewarding that raising your beloved children and passing on your faith, morals and values. It's a real high.

Boy, I sure have been on a filibuster today!


April 13, 2007 - Msg 51330: Oh no, MDC...back on the job trail again? Hope you find a great job this time, Buddy. How is your mom doing these days?...I already had my shower and I will take my Melatonin later!

Sweet dreams,

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51331: Evenin', Boo, MDC, Sterling, and all. Think I'll just rock awhile. We're cleaning out the fridge here at the beach cottage....anybody want some cherry pie or cookie dough ice cream?

April 13, 2007 - Msg 51332: Hey, before I forget, I want to wish Hazel and her hubby a Happy 30th Anniversary! Woo Hoo!

April 14, 2007 - Msg 51333: Hi All.
Boo , Romeena which out for the bad eather comming your way.


April 14, 2007 - Msg 51334: Ro hope yall made it through the storms...they are headed my way here in ga...I go into work at 6 pm to fight it...will someone cook tonight I think im gona be real busy!..prayers to all storm people.....SPOT

April 14, 2007 - Msg 51335: Hello where is everyone at today.
Did the cold kep us all insizd


April 14, 2007 - Msg 51336: Hey, Tom, the Plum and I are here. The storms passed through here last night, lots of thunder and lightning, and rain. It's cold - low 40's, with a wind chill of 34. Supposed to go back into the 70's tomorrow, though.

So far, none of my flowers have suffered from this unusual cold, and should continue to be okay if it doesn't get colder, and I guess it won't.

I cut a big bouquet of irises this morning and brought them in. The wind was going to break some of them, so I figured they might as well be on my desk. They are so pretty, and the fragrance is just incredible. I never knew irises were that fragrant, until I started growing them.

Well, back to my chores, and to cuddle the Plum for a while. Have a great day, everyone. Be safe, if the storms are coming at you. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 14, 2007 - Msg 51337: Hey TOM, the weather here in South Texas is lovely. 60 degrees, sunny and breezy. It is certainly springtime here.

Those Iris' sound wonderful, RO. I was just rummaging through the house to find some matches to light candles to make the house smell nice. The real thing would be so much nicer.

Ya'll have a great day!


April 14, 2007 - Msg 51338: Now where everyone at now where the storm is running a pass

April 14, 2007 - Msg 51339: Now where everyone at now where the storm is running a pass

April 14, 2007 - Msg 51340: Hey Y'all! Ro,glad you made it through the storms- I heard them mention your town on The Weather Channel this morning,so I was concerned. Good thing you got those irises indoors! You and Plum are frequently in my thoughts & prayers. God Bless.
Tom,those storms are gonna hit the South tonight,so like Spot said,we are getting ready for the weather. Hope it doesn't get too bad. I hate when storms come through late at night-makes me too nervous to sleep.
Spot,we're making homemade pizza here- I'll send ya a few slices!
Everybody have a safe evening!
P.S. Kudos to Big Maude's daughter and for Sean loving homeschool! Lil' Erin will be ok too,Boo- just wait and see! Wish homemaker could teach her! 9 pages of homework? Good grief!
possum under a rock

April 14, 2007 - Msg 51341: Thanks possum...im here at work now just waiting and hoping the bulk of the storm goes south of us...just rain right now....thanks again for the pizza...TOM you weather the storms ok?..good busch race MDC,goober,md,Rev...well the phone is starting to ring now...back in a bit...SPOT

April 14, 2007 - Msg 51342: SPTO..MDC...Great Busch race today

April 14, 2007 - Msg 51343: ALL WE ARE GITTING IS RAIN AND COLD.

April 14, 2007 - Msg 51344: Evening porch folks, hope everyone is safe and in a dry place tonight. We have rain, cooler temps and fog tonight. A very good night to stay home. My daugther and I watched the movie Ella Enchanted this evening and then the 8 and 8:30 episodes of Andy on TV Land. Good to see ya Possum. Thanks for the kind words about my daughter. How about a snack: snickerdoodle cookies, mayfield milk (white or chocolate). It is good to see everyone. Prayers to everyone especially Plum, Romeena and Millie. Breakfast will be at my house before church: oatmeal, cinnamon rolls coffee, hot tea and assorted juices. See everyone before church. Big Maude

April 14, 2007 - Msg 51345: Maude will you boil me an egg for the morning eats also?...got a broke pole here [car hit it] and scattered outages but got plenty of help out in the field so its not so bad....prayers for the plum and all...well lets all have a snickers bar and a glass of mayfield whole milk....SPOT

April 14, 2007 - Msg 51346:
Hello porch family. Well the storms are in our area now. I knew they were on the way when I saw the Braves being rained out. Gonna be turning cooler over the next couple days.

Didn't get to see the Busch today. Looking forward to the Nextel tomorrow. I heard the weather is supose to be great in Tx for the race.

Big Maude...We'll be there for breakfast before church.

Prayers for all the needs on the porch. Have a great worship service in the morning.

April 14, 2007 - Msg 51347: Good evening, all. Spot, would a hard-boiled egg do? I've still got Easter eggs left over, and you know they taste better than plain old boiled eggs. I guess I need to make some deviled eggs and get them used up.

The Plum is feeling pretty good. Not sure how much is the Rimadyl working, and how much is just that she's getting better, but I'm not stopping the Rimadyl to find out! For now, her comfort is all I'm interested in. I did take her down to a half-dose, though, and it still seems to be enough. As long as she's up and trotting around, with her tail flying high, I'm happy.

Well, I'm off to the ironing board. Preaching in the morning - guess I'd better pick out some earrings to wear. For those in the path of the storms, take care! They blew through here pretty hard last night. My friend had baseball size hail at her house, just a couple of miles from me, and we got none.

Prayers for all who need them, and isn't that just about everyone? Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 14, 2007 - Msg 51348: Yep, that's everyone. Ro, I kept smelling something terrible in Erin's room today and I finally discovered that she had an old partially-peeled rotten Easter Egg on her shelf! Glad to hear Sugarplum's tail is flying high, that's just great!


April 14, 2007 - Msg 51349: I had a nice, long post but couldn't get past that censor no matter what I tried! I sure wish it would highlight the offending word like it used to.


April 14, 2007 - Msg 51350: Hey, Boo. I had the same trouble a couple of days ago, and finally identified the problem. The last letter of one word combined with the first couple of letters of the next one to create a word that wouldn't pass. Check for that next time, you'll probably find it. The easiest thing to do, if you can't find the problem, is to save the whole thing to the notepad, then enter it a couple of sentences at a time, until you hit a group that won't pass. Then you only have to examine that short passage to find the problem. Worked for me.

Eewww! A rotten Easter egg? Yuck. I found one in the back yard this morning, looked a bit chewed. It was just out in the middle of the yard, so guess some critter had found it where it was hidden, gnawed on it and didn't care for it, so just dropped it. We were only missing one, my eagle-eyed grandsons found the rest.

The eggs I have still left over are okay, I ate two this morning. They've been refrigerated constantly, and none are cracked. The kids mostly hunted plastic eggs, only a dozen real ones, and we ate them after they brought them inside, if they weren't too mutilated.

Well, this time, I'm really going to hit the hay. The Plum is already in the bedroom, waiting for me to help her up onto the bed. She can't quite make it unaided these days, even with her little stairs. That last jump, from the top of the steps, is too much for her now. Breaks my heart. --Romeena

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51351: Well slowed down here at work now...sent the crews home..storm is over..Maude Romeena said she would bring me a boiled egg or 2 in the morning to your place...Rev the Texas race is always a good one..gona turn a little cold here for the next few days they say,well The Generals Daughter is coming on now...{movie]..you up and about Millie?...see yall at Big Maudes in the morning before Church.....SPOT

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51352: can anyone tell me where to find info on TAGS cast members death dates?

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51353: Well, none of our eggs were refrigerated so none got eaten and Erin has played with them for a week. I am really hoping there isn't another one lurking somewhere in the house waiting to rot. Ro, I don't know if I would have the patience to try the line by line thing to get past the censor. I just wish it was like it used to be and showed us the offending part of the post.

Well, it's almost 8am and time to get the kids up and ready for Sunday School. I don't know where Bruce is. He left a note for me saying he would be gone for the day. We had a few words last night, nothing major but he stormed off to bed (doesn't like to talk things over, like most men) and when I got up this morning he was gone. We never fight and I wouldn't even consider last night a fight. I think we are both so stressed right now that little things get blown way out of proportion. Living here is real tough on a marriage. We have no privacy, no alone time, etc. It's like we are two ships that pass in the night, as the saying goes. Bruce said something last night about not building the house until after hurricane season and when I told him I didn't want to wait, I have been here already in Dad's house for 2 and a half years, I saw his face get red and then soon he was off to bed! ha I know he has been working hard but to tell you the truth I think he is putting too much effort into things that he could do later. It's impossible to talk to him about it, though. He takes it very personally. He's pretty sensitive....Barney:"Me, sensitive?!"...

Well, better get the kids up. Hope you all have a nice Sunday.


April 15, 2007 - Msg 51354: Mornin' Y'all! Remember a few weeks back how much I was wishing for rain to wash the pollen out of the air? Well, we got rain-big time! That storm came through last night around 1AM and didn't loosen it's grip until daybreak! Some thunder & lightning,but mostly rain,so we were lucky,considering the damage other folks got out of this system. Hope Spot,Rev, and all in its path (it's turning into a Nor'Easter) make it through ok.
Boo,hope the day turns out to be turmoil free. You need a break.Hang in there girl!
Y'all have a nice day! Hugs to the Plum!
possum under a rock

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51355: Oh, Boo, I'm sorry you and Bruce had a tiff. I'm guessing it will all be resolved by the end of the day. As you said, there is no privacy, no "alone" time, and perhaps he's feeling that as well. My Dale would do that - if he was under pressure, and feeling like he was going to say something he'd regret, he'd just leave for a while - sometimes just a trip to the corner store, or sometimes he'd be gone a few hours. Then he'd come home and I'd find that he'd gotten something constructive done while gone, he'd be in a better mood and so would I, and all in all, it wasn't a bad idea. Ha! I remember one year when he got all the Christmas shopping done for the kids while he was "gone".

To #51352 - check out the "Cast and Crew Websites" link on the Mayberry home page. You'll get a lot of information there. The next option is to Google each person's name that you're wondering about. That will bring up a lot of choices, almost always including the Wikipedia site, which is a wealth of information.

A mama squirrel has had babies in the nest box at the back of my yard, and has finally released the babies from the nest. I've counted at least four, and I think there are actually five. They're so active it's hard to count them, and the fifth one is just a bit bigger than the others, but I think he must be one of them, otherwise the mama would run him off. I

It's 43 degrees and sunny today, with absolutely no wind, and temp heading for the upper 60s. Those little squirrels are loving it! They're all over that tree and the back fence, but their mama does an amazing job of corralling them, not letting them venture anywhere else. It's a good thing, because there are few things any dumber than a baby squirrel. Or any cuter.

Well, gotta get moving around here. The Plum is up and seems happy today, thank God. It's a day by day thing for us now. I'm grateful for every good day she has. --Romeena

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51356: Morning porch.
Glad the Plum is doing well Romeena. Give her a gentle but firm hug for me.

Boo, sorry you and Bruce had a spat. Happens to all of us. I hope he didn't call you a fishwife. :)

Stay dry Possum. We don't need a sick possum on our hands.

No storms here. Been pretty nice. I wish we could get some rain in fact. Been a very dry spring.

Well best get ready for preachin. I'm trying to talk myself into staying home today. I'm having an internal battle that will have eternal consequenses. Hmmmm, I wonder what side will win?


April 15, 2007 - Msg 51357: Hey porch. I'm home again, but sick, unfortunately. Missed church.
Why didn't any of y'all wish Hazel a happy anniversary?

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51358: Hey Millie, hope you get feeling better soon.
I didn't know it was Hazel's anniversary. Happy anniversary Hazel. I'm guessing wedding and not porch? How many is it?


April 15, 2007 - Msg 51359: Happy Anniversary Hazel. Hope you feel better soon Millie Rainy and windy again today and expected to get colder as they day moves on. Good to see you Asa. Supper will be pot roast, potatoes, carotts, macaroni and cheese, rolls, broccoli casserole and slaw. Dessert will be : bread pudding. Spot will bring the drinks, please.
Prayers to all. Big Maude

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51360: Hi All.
Manude- pass me a big bow pot roast and dessert too please.
It bend rain here for two day noe and now it starting to git cold and maybe some snow.
Millie- hope you git feeling better.
HAZEL HAPPY ANNIVERSARY and may the good lord be what you.
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.



April 15, 2007 - Msg 51361: Thanks for the beatiful poem, Tom. It is good to have you here more.
That supper sounds good, Maude.
Asa, as I mentioned in msg #51332, yesterday was Hazel's 30th wedding anniversary. Her kids gave her a party. Pretty great, huh?
Well, I need to get going somehow and get things together....the house is full of unpacked stuff from the trip. I'll swing by again ina bit.

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51362: Milllie- did you have good time and you do not over did it .

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51363: Hey Tom! Yes, it was a good vacation, lots of good memories for the kids. Unfortunately, I was sick a lot(go figure) and it does take a lot of work to take all those folks and two big dogs...so I'm tired. I feel bad even sayig that, I should be happy and grateful to get such a nice vacation. I'm just trying to get back to "real life"....school tommorow, work, etc.
We got a n'oreaster coming through here, lots of rain and heavy winds. How is it in WV today? Maybe y'all will get it tommorow.

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51364: Tom I see in # 51360 you've had rain, maybe getting snow? Bundle up good!

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51365: A fishwife, Asa?! ha, I don't get it. Is that something from TAGS?

I wanted to share something that was in our local paper today that has me hot under the collar:

"AUSTIN- A man who pleaded guilty to managing brothels as part of a nation-wide ring that forced immigrant women into prost*tution was sentenced to six years in federal prison.
Juan Balderas-Orosco, a Mexican citizen, will be deported upon his release from prison.
Four others connected to the case also were sentenced...etc. Balderal ran brothels in Travis County, east of Austin, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas and Fort Worth, according to court documents.."

Makes me sick that someone snuck over the border and did this in our country and makes me sick that certain low-life Americans made it possible by supporting his brothels. What is this nation coming to?!


April 15, 2007 - Msg 51366: Oh hey, Millie. Glad you are home safe and that you were able to go away for a bit. Sometimes "vacation" is just not the right word for trips we take with our families, is it? Especially when the family dogs come, too. Fun, but anything but restful! I always need a vacation when I come home from vacation. Hope you can get some rest today.

Gotta go, have to take the kids to a birthday party for my niece. It is a gorgeous day here today.


April 15, 2007 - Msg 51367: Yes Boo. Fishwife is what Fred Boone calls his wife Jennie Boone. Not at all sure what it means but based on how he said it and her reaction to being called it, it couldn't have been good.:)

I have been gone a couple of days from here Millie and I guees I didn't see that post about our Hazel. 30 years? Wow, good for her. I wonder if she's a fishwife? LOL


April 15, 2007 - Msg 51368: Good one, Asa!

More from Answers.comfishwife ( ) n. , pl. -wives ( ). A woman who sells fish. A woman regarded as coarse and shrewishly abusive.

I remember learning this word from reading ol' Will Shakespeare.

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51369: Afternoon gang...headed back to work at 6pm...COLD here in ga..Race is a wreck filled one so far Rev,MDC,MD,Mavis and all...thanks for breakfast Maude..braves are winning..lets meet at Capt-D"s for fish tonight on me..Asa you can have the shrimp dinner where ya can pocket the leftovers!...well let me hit the shower..Miss Sherry and my Mom are coming over tomorrow and start on completly re-doing my bed room..new bed room suit and paint and all..will take a few weeks but gona be nice..new carpet...new plasma tv and all...well let me hit the shower and get gone to work..hey TOM,Mil,..hazel happy anniversary!..hey ro,possum,boo,lucy,miller and all ..Big Maude thanks for cooking will be back on the job tomorrow..just been busy at work..I will bring sweet tea and cokes...SPOT

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51370: Boo, I think you are handling things very well considering all the pressure that you've been under! I would probably be pulling my hair out by now... Praying that the Lord will help you through until you can get in your new home.

Millie, glad you made it home safely from your trip. Vacations are fun!

Tom, do you keep your poems in a notebook or something? I always enjoy them!

When you think about it, Romeena, all any of us has is 'today'. Glad to are taking things one moment at a time with the Plum. God bless you both!

Happy Anniversary, Hazel! 30 years... what a blessing!

Hey to Big Maude, Asa, Spot, Possum and everyone!

Miss Peggy

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51371: Spot...plasma tv? I'll be right over! Hope your room turns out nice, that's sweet of your mom and Miss Sherry.
Maude, when's supper ready? I'm starved. I'll bring some vanilla ice cream to go with the bread puddin'.

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51372: Good afternoon, everyone. Yep, Millie, that's my understanding of the term "fishwife". Not exactly a complimentary term. I'm so sorry you're feeling poorly, but I guess it's to be expected with the chemo. I am continually amazed by your determination and positive, upbeat demeanor. "Your children will rise up and call you blessed." My prayers for you continue without ceasing.

Happy Anniversary, Hazel. I missed that reference too. I hope it was a great one!

Lovely poem, Tom. You always bring just the right word to us, at just the right time. You're such an asset to this porch.

Boo, it's pretty here today, too. Sunny, light breeze, cool but not cold. The litter of baby squirrels is out en masse, all over the yard. They are just so cute! Roses are starting to bloom - "Marmalade Skies" is loaded with blooms, and a rich pink whose name I forget is also blooming furiously. Others have a bloom here and there, all are loaded with buds. All the Knockouts are covered with blooms, of course, as they will be all summer. Whoever developed those things should receive a knighthood.

The Plum is almost her sassy little self, just can't jump up on anything, but her mama will lift her, so it's okay. Keep praying, as we see her vet on Wednesday, to see where we go from here.

Well, guess I'll go scratch up something to eat, if I can tear myself away from the show I see through this window. The sunshine, the color, the flowing fountain, and the wildlife - I could sit here for hours! God is good.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51373: Hey, Miss Peggy, didn't see ya....hope your toe is not squashed.

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51374: oops, you too, Ro....guess we were all typing at the same time!

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51375: No harm done Mil. How's that sweet boy of yours? Haven't seen him around lately. Tell him Goober says hey!


April 15, 2007 - Msg 51376:
I hope no leg-o-lambs were tossed, boo. Prayers for you and Bruce for sure.
BTW, any one seen AFD lately?? I hope she and her little one are ok.
AUh20, Good interview with Cheney on Face the Nation this am. He really held his ground.
Hope ya all have a good Sabbath, and that ya all get them taxes done before the rvenuers come callin! ha
We get two extra days this year, so no whining! teehee
Barney may have to give ya a sobeirty test before it's all over.
"Peter Piper...")

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51377: Didn't mean to overlook Hazel's anniversary- Happy Anniversary Hazel! Thirty years of marriage is quite an accomplishment-congrats!
If y'all hear anybody hollering "Auntie Em!" that's me- the wind is blowing mightily down here in SC.Reminds me of hurricane time. I can imagine how nasty that Nor'Easter is gonna be- Millie,Tom,Me-they,and everybody up the East Coast be safe!
possum under a rock

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51378: HAHA! Love that definition of fishwife, Millie. If Bruce had known the word, he probably would have wanted to use it! By the way, MDC, no leg-o-lamb tossed, but the day is young...thanks for the prayers (you too, Peggy).

Ro, I wish we had more baby squirrels around here but I guess our dog keeps them out of the yard. My sister's friend "Squirrelly-Boy" turned out to be a "Squirrelly-Girl" and isn't coming around as much. Sure is a cute little thing!

Such a beautiful day that I think I will go back outside for awhile and enjoy it.


April 15, 2007 - Msg 51379: MDC,MD and all race fans...GREAT Texas race...jeff b showed the fans a great clean finish!...Hey Millie,peg,possum,boo,ro...im back at work till 6 am..will try to keep the Church lights for evening service...hey M-T..race was a doosey...well let me get logged in and check my sub stations...Maude is any pot roast left will you fix me a plate for lunch tomorrow>..SPOT

April 15, 2007 - Msg 51380: Hey spot, Boo, MDC, and possum,and peg, Miller is well and staying busy. I'm trying to get everybody ready to go back to school in the morning. Sean just called, and his car broke down. He's on the other side of town visiting his mom and brother. Now we have to go get him. Gonna be a busy evening!