April 24, 2007 - Msg 51656: Hey Boo - Dad is 84 and mom will be 83 in August.


April 24, 2007 - Msg 51657: Mornin' Y'all. Sorry about the loss of your Uncle,Spot. God Bless your family.
Although I'm not singling folks out by name,please know that my prayers go out for ALL who have asked for them. (Even for those who haven't!)
Please keep my daughter (Laci's mom) in your thoughts & prayers today. She has been having serious kidney problems and goes to a specialist this afternoon for a cystoscope. She's already had a CT scan,so after today,he should tell her what's wrong. He suspects kidney disease or renal obstruction.I'll update y'all once we know something.
P.S. Good to have Pappa Bear & AFD back!
possum under a rock

April 24, 2007 - Msg 51658: Great news - our dog Banjo does not have a brain tumor and the vet expects him to pull through this. He has a really severe infection (from what we don't know) so they are going to keep up the antibiotics. Yeah Team!


April 24, 2007 - Msg 51659: Prayers and for you Possum - didn't mean to slight you. . .may God's hand be on Laci's mommy today. Amen


April 24, 2007 - Msg 51660: That is great news Homemaker. Way to go Banjo!

Possum, sorry to hear about your Daughter. I pray she will get better soon. How's Laci doing? Mariah is doing great. And my Daughter Stacey (Mariah's mommy) has announced she and Matt (her hubby) are having another baby in December. I am so excited, but feeling rather old now. One Grandchild is gem, but two, at my young age is... making me feel old. LOL

Talk to you all later.


April 24, 2007 - Msg 51661: So happy to hear that Banjo is going to be ok!

Prayers for your daughter, Possum. Please let us know what the doctor finds.

Congrantulations, Gramps (Asa)! haha

Ro, I enjoyed the pics of your visiting critter, cute. We don't see many of them around here due to the dogs keeping them away. We did have a visit from a skunk yesterday night. The dogs went crazy from 4-5am! We smelled the skunk all day yesterday. By the way, those Iris' are gorgeous.

Better go get ready. In MDC's words, I'm getting "the waffle iron" today. Supposed to have a new, less uncomfortable machine at the radiologist now. Hope it's true.


April 24, 2007 - Msg 51662: Grandpa Asa - yep that fits you! Congrats on the new one coming. . .Christmas babies are lots of fun! I gots me one!!

Thanks for all the well wishes about my puppy dog Banjo. . .

talk to you later


April 24, 2007 - Msg 51663: Hey gang...thanks to all...everyone is doing fine...good deal about banjo!..hey possum,asa,bo,ro,asa,TOM,Rev,md,mdc,lucy,millie,miller and all...asa bet your a great grandpa!....lunch will be Big Maude slaw dogs!grilled and chips and pork-n-beans...sweet tea...got half of the garden planted will get the other done this afternoon...the garden is such a great bond for me and my dad of 75 years old [he about works me to death!}....well back after lunch gang....thanks again...SPOT

April 24, 2007 - Msg 51664: SPOT..prayers for your family

April 24, 2007 - Msg 51665: Hey Y'all- my daughter does NOT have kidney disease or anything wrong with her kidneys- the problem is endometriosis,which we already knew she had. I sort of suspected this was the problem.Anyway,she has it in her bladder. Doctor suspects that the emergency c-section with Laci may have allowed it to travel into the bladder.Without being too graphic,he also checked her "woman parts" and there is alot in there. She also has interst*tial cyst*tis (censor!).Bottom line- no cure,but both can be treated. He's going to work with her to help her manage. Also,VERY slim chance of any more children for her.But, she was told that before Laci,so we'll leave it up to the Lord. Laci is blessing enough. She's doing great by the way,Asa! Congrats on becoming a grandpa again!
Very grateful for the prayers.They were certainly answered,because things could have turned out much worse. We could be talking dialysis,transplants,etc.
Well,I'm headed out for a walk. Love to all!
P.S. Homemaker-Hooray for Banjo! (Cute name!)
possum under a rock

April 24, 2007 - Msg 51666: Great news, Possum. That endometriosis is bad enough, she doesn't need kidney disease on top of it. Also, interst*tial cyst*tis can be a real booger, too, and not always easy to relieve the symptoms. I pray she has a mild case. As far as not being able to have another child, we all know how that can be...both mine were not supposed to be conceived so easily (if at all). You just never know...

Where is everyone today. I really miss Auh2o. Wish he would come back.

The annual "Spring Fling" at Erin's school is tonight and she is reciting a poem with her kinder class. Have to go get her ready...


April 24, 2007 - Msg 51667: Hey, all. Just a quick run-by on my way to work. Hooray for Banjo, for Laci's mom, for Mariah's sibling-to-be, and for all the other answered prayers. For those whose trials continue, be assured that our prayers continue as well.

Love you all - gotta run! Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 24, 2007 - Msg 51668: Hey porch...still hanging in there. Prayers for all who need them.
Where is Tom? Tom, I've got chore piled up....laundry, dishes, cleaning....I'll just save it all for you, haha!

April 24, 2007 - Msg 51669: O K I WILL RIGHT THERE TOM

April 24, 2007 - Msg 51670: Thanks, Tom, I knew I could count on you. I'll give you a whole lemon merengue pie to take home with ya.

April 24, 2007 - Msg 51671: Good Evening Porch family! Wanted to check in wiith you folks before turning in for the night, been a long busy week already, (& it's only TUES!) & I am plumb worn out. Prayers for those who need them & know I think of ya'll daily.

April 24, 2007 - Msg 51672:
Hello porch family....a lot going on here on the porch today.

Tom...I will be in Princeton, WV.

Spot....sorry to hear about your uncle. Prayers for all the family.

Possum...contined prayers for your daughter

HM...GREAT news on Banjo.

Big Maude....breakfast sounds good. See you all there.

You all have a wonderful nights sleep. Prayers for all the porch family.

April 25, 2007 - Msg 51673: Ro, I looked at the new pictures you posted... is that really a possum? I've never seen one before. (I've always wondered what our porch Possum under a Rock looked like. Funny, I figured she'd be shorter, so's she'd fit under her rock).
Millie, Tom is going to think he's at "The Rock". Laundary! Dishes! Cleaning! *Millie snaps fingers.
I'd help, but you know my back can go out at any minute.
Homemaker, good news about Banjo!
- Hazel

April 25, 2007 - Msg 51674: Wow Hazel, you've never seen a possum? We must have alot of them in Texas because I've seen my share. The one Ro has visiting her yard is a cute one, most of them don't look that cute in the face (except for our own porch Possum, of course).

Well, it's a very damp morning here and should be in the 80's. Have to catch up the housework and Sean's schoolwork today...been so busy this week!


April 25, 2007 - Msg 51675: Howdy porch pals. Hope all is well for everyone today. Let's all pray it's a good day.

Boo, I miss auh2o also. I wish he'd return.

Possum, good news on your Daughter for sure. I'm glad it's not too serious.

Ro, Boo and Hazel, I watched one of my Herriot DVD's last night. It was the one where Tristan gets things messed up and sends off cow dung to a farmer to rub into his sows open sore, and sends ointment off to the lab to be checked for disease. Oh my, I was laughing till tears came. That Tristan sure tested Sigfried's patience. HA.

Well best get off my rear end and get to work before Aunt Bee starts snapping her fingers at me.


April 25, 2007 - Msg 51676: Hi All.
Hazel if you are going to help at Millie you can do the laudary and window and for my the cleaning and dishes and the kids can hitch in.
Millie how are you feeling today?


April 25, 2007 - Msg 51677: Good morning, all. Just got home from work, will eat a bite, rest a little while and then wade into the rest of the week. Don't have to be back at work until next Tuesday night, goody goody. Fact is, management up there at that hospital is just drifting farther and farther from reality. None of them have been at the bedside in years, and it shows. Latest thing - in order to try to cut down on the call bells and insure that patients' needs are being met (a worthy goal, to be sure), we now have sign-in logs posted inside each room. On an HOURLY basis, we must enter the room, see if the patient needs anything, and initial the log. Now wouldn't you just be thrilled to have some nurse come in at 3 a.m. and wake you up, only to chirp "Do you need anything?" I'm afraid somebody will get hit with a leg o' lamb! For cryin' out loud, I wish management would get a grip!

Yes, Hazel, that's really a possum, though admittedly he's a sight bigger than most, and those black legs and ears are a new twist, too. Most of the possums around here are just a little more than half his size, solid gray, and like Boo said, not the prettiest thing in the face. This one is a new one to me. I'm going to see what I can find out about him.

Well, I'm hungry, the Plum is hungry, and I'm off to feed us both. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 25, 2007 - Msg 51678: Morning porch family, stopping by for a minute. My daughter is back at school today and seems much better from her strep throat ordeal. I missed breakfast so LUNCH will be: tuna salad sandwhiches, sun chips, little debbie cakes and sweet tea to drink. see you at noon. Prayers for Millie today and everyone else as well. hopefully, I can drop by later today. Big Maude

April 25, 2007 - Msg 51679: I have been craving a good tuna salad sandwich. Could I have mine without celery in it - I just don't do celery.

Banjo is going to be released today from the vets. He went for a walk this morning and tried to take out the cat that lives at the clinic. So I think he is making tremendous progress! We sure have missed him!

Ro - don't you love administration. It is so good that they know what is needed in the "trenches" when they aren't there. Same in education. . .

Need to get some work finished!


April 25, 2007 - Msg 51680: Just got my tuna salad sammich Maude - mm good! I like those little red peppers you put in them.

Just saw on the news that Rosie is leaving the view. Sure hope she doesn't get another TV show of her own.


April 25, 2007 - Msg 51681: thanks homemaker.. I like the sweet baby Gerkins as well. Big Maude

April 25, 2007 - Msg 51682: Thanks Maude. It's only 9 in the morning here though so I'll put mine in the fridge for later.

Homemaker, I am so glad Banjo is on the mend. If he's chasing cats, it's a good sign. Just keep your meatballs out of his reach.:)

Romeena, it seems to be the same the world over. Managment has no clue as to the daily workings in most operations. It can be very frustrating to say the least. I best be careful cause my wife is in administration at her work. But she frequently will spend a day doing the work of her employee's so that she can better relate to what they have to deal with. I think it helps her to get a better feel for her folks, and I know her employee's enjoy seeing her doing what she does.

Well Aunt Bee is snapping her fingers again so I better get to it! Bloody Mary!


April 25, 2007 - Msg 51683: Afternoon Porch,
I wanted to check in real quick. I've had a rough time of it lately so when I have time to myself I'm usually just vegging on the couch with TAGS.
Big Maude- Thank you for the tuna sandwich. I'm glad that your daughter is feeling better. As a Mama I know that makes you feel better too!
Romeena- Being the little man can be miserable. How's the Plum feeling?
Hm- Please stop mentioning that icky Diet Mt. Dew, ha! Anything diet gives me a headache! I'm glad Banjo's doing well.
Tom- Do you also grow a garden of fruits and veggies?
Asa- Prayers for your daughter during her pregnancy.
Millie- How are you feeling? Is your restaurant operating well when you can't be there?
Spot- Condolences for your family. I'm glad though that everyone's doing well.
Boo- I reserved the DVD of James Heriot's show. I will get it on Friday. Thank you for the recommendation.
Mavis- Glad things are still going well with your fella.
Well, it's cleaning day and I've done WAY too much sittin'. So, y'all have a good day!

April 25, 2007 - Msg 51684: Anyone have the porch on their favorites list and have trouble getting here when you click on it? It just sits there and doesn't do anything. Wonder what causes that.

Guys(and girls), I'm going to ask for your prayers for Kai today, if you wouldn't mind. She had a little breakdown last night during her school's play, in which she was supposed to be a narrator, and didn't want to go on.
The same type thing happened last week when she and her mom went to get her pictures done for her dance class at the studio. And everyone else had to wait around after their individual pics were done because they couldn't do the group photo until she stopped crying.
I don't understand it. I made sure she had a nap beforehand.
She never had any problem with any of her other school performances she has done. I think part of it must be that it was after school, and we took her there, because at all the other times, she was already at school preparing with the other kids, and we weren't there. She seems to open up more when her parents aren't around to cramp her style.

Anyway, this worries me because she has her dance recital at the beginning of next month, and from what my wife told me, the other parents were already mad enough when she brokedown on picture day, because originally they planned to take the group photo first, and after each person took their individual pic, they would have been able to leave. But they had to reverse that, because like I said, Kai was crying too much to do the group photo first.
Maybe it is too much pressure, I don't know. But I do know I have been trying to keep from getting her involved in too many things. The only other thing she is involved in right now besides school, is her dance class. Of course, if my wife had her way, Kai would be involved in gymnastics, guitar classes, and whatever else she could think of as well. I think dance class is plenty for a kid Kai's age. That's why I didn't think it would be too much pressure for her, even though these two programs seemed to come at around the same time.

Anyway, have a good day everyone!

-Sterling Holobyte

April 25, 2007 - Msg 51685:
A quick hello to the porch family. Pray all is well with everyone.

Prayers for Kai.

Thanks for lunch Maude.

The weather today is so nice today here in SC. Upper 80s with a breeze.

Let's all meet over at Texas Roadhouse for dinner tonight on me. But NO throwing peanuts! Tom, be sure to get there a little early to keep certain people from sitting together. You know how some people act when they are together.

I'll check back later. You all have a Jesus filled day and know that I'm praying for you all.

April 25, 2007 - Msg 51686: Good afternoon, everyone. I only have a minute (busy, busy) but I wanted to check in and let everyone know that I have read the posts and have my prayer list in order.

STERLING: Nora used to be like that, too. It may be just one of those weeks, if you know what I mean. I have been in your shoes, though, and have found that being patient, listening, and encouraging but not too pushy eventually seems to work fine. As far as the other parents go, it must be wonderful to have perfect children who cooperate all the time. It was picture time, not brain surgery; those parents should ahve been more understanding (thinking, but by the grace of God, there go I...). Sorry for your bad experience. Don't worry, though, y'all get through it okay.

And you're right about little kids being overinvolved. Our 6 year old does soccer and ballet and sometimes I think that's too much.

Later, all. Prayers all around.


April 25, 2007 - Msg 51687:
THANKS for all the prayers! Mom is doing better today, but hand is swelled up pretty badly! Finger is set and now just has to heal. about 6 weeks.
Prayers for spot and all, hurt hips etc, my goodness.
Good to hear from pappa bear. 10-4 pappa bear! Dont chacse the mayor up a tree. Wait a minute you ARE the mayor! ha
Hang in there all. Thanks to our blessed hope!

April 25, 2007 - Msg 51688: REV...are you familiar with the Reggie Saddler Family ,they were at our church Sunday .They were fantastic

April 25, 2007 - Msg 51689: Evening to you all. Just sitting a minute waiting on clothes to finish washing...again. Good to see everyone today. good to see M-T, MDC, Rev, Sterling, Romeena. Lucy, ASA, and Mayberry Deputy.
I'm kinda tired tonight but still have chores to do. Prayers to Millie, Kai and everyone. Lets have an bedtime snack: snickerdoodles, cold milk and an episode of Andy. take care Big Maude

April 25, 2007 - Msg 51690: Good evening, all. I had big plans for things to do today, but was so tired when I got home from work I thought I'd catch a short nap. Well, I woke up at 3:30! Guess I needed the rest.

Sterling, welcome to the world of emotional girl children. Boys get emotional too, but not nearly as often as girls. This too shall pass. Good advice from Me-They. Try not to take it too seriously, and as for those fortunate parents whose children do no wrong, their turn will come.

I spoke with the Plum's vet today, and the results are back from the re-read on the pathology on her spleen. Same thing - adenocarcinoma, which is just never primary in the spleen, therefore there must be a primary elsewhere. He recommends that I take her to a vet oncologist, and this I will do. If no primary can be found, then I'm going to thank God once again for healing my little friend, and take her home and enjoy her for what I can reasonably expect her lifespan to be. I know she can't live forever, and she's 12 1/2 now. If you could see her, you'd never dream she had known a sick day in her life. She's all over this house like a bouncing ball, playful and happy, seems to feel just wonderful.

Well, I've got some chicken legs broiling, and some fried cabbage finishing up, and I'm hungry. Prayers for all - MDC, I'm glad your mom's finger is healing, time will take care of it.

Big Maude, after I finish my supper, I may drop by for some snickerdoodles, but may I have tea instead of milk? I don't drink milk. Now, if you've got some good cold buttermilk, I'll be a very happy camper! I love buttermilk.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 25, 2007 - Msg 51691:
Just checking back in on the porch.

MDC...so glad your mom is doing better. Brother I'm still praying for her.

Mayberry Deputy...yes, the Reggie Saddler Family are some good folks. In my tours I've only heard good things about them.

Lucy...prayers for you. You take care of yourself and don't get stressed out.

Ro...so glad Plum is feeling chipper. And glad you got caught up on some rest.

Well race fans.....back to the big track this Sunday.

Millie..you know that you are always in my prayers.

Seems strange with Spots rocker being empty today.

Big Maude...the snack sounds good. Thanks!

Everyone have a good nights sleep and know that I'm praying for all the porch family.

April 25, 2007 - Msg 51692: Rev where is prineton w v from clarksburo wv where I'm at

April 26, 2007 - Msg 51693:
Tom...Princeton,WV is near Bluefield; about 175 miles south of you.

April 26, 2007 - Msg 51694: Thanks for the snack Maude...trying to get all this garden in....SPOT

April 26, 2007 - Msg 51695: Thanks for the prayers and good wishes, everyone.
Kai has a little pre-recital show tonight at a couple of homes for the elderly, so we will see how she does with that(I'm crossing my fingers).

Buttermilk, Romeena? I haven't had buttermilk in the longest time. Of course, I remember that when I did have it(I was pretty young) I could never drink too much of it. Wasn't one of my favorites. I've always been a chocolate milk lover myself. And still am.

Hope your mom's hand heals up well, MDC.

-Sterling Holobyte

April 26, 2007 - Msg 51696: Had my choco milk this morning - yum, yum!
Kai will be fine - girl's can be like that and so can boys.

Banjo came home last nite!


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51697: Oh boy did someone said chocolate milk I would take a big glassed fill please.
Rev-rat to fare for me to ome to see you.
I git a E-mail from Miss Ellie and she say hi.
Where is Millie at hope she is o k, and keep going up for her.

Love Tom

April 26, 2007 - Msg 51698: Asa, last night I read about when Sigfried was sick in bed and had to let Tristan drive his precious Rover. He threatened to kill him if he even got a scratch on it, and then he ended up wrecking the car. Hilarious when Tristan has to tell Sigfried the news!

Sterling, hang in there, you're a great dad. As far as kids being over-involved, I think you and Me-They are right. It can be too much, especially at such a young age. My 5 year old goes to school all day, then comes home and plays outside with her neighbor friends or just rests. She isn't signed up for anything except 4H, which is just a monthly meeting to attend. She has the same kind of childhood I had, fairly carefree. I think kids need to be allowed to be kids and have some free time after being in school all day. Also, alot of activities can really cut into family time in the evening, which is so important. When I was young, after school we might have a little homework, never alot in elementary, then it would be play time outside until dinner. After dinner, it was a bath and then time spent with family until bedtime. Seems like families are so busy now with both parents working and the many activities everyone is involved in...not very much like Mayberry. I think every new home that is built should have a front porch!

Better get a move on....


That idea that your administration came up with really stinks, Ro. No way it's going to work for long. I guess it's a universal thing having to put up with idiotic decisions from administration. I know I had to deal with my share.

April 26, 2007 - Msg 51699: Good morning everyone. I’m rejoicing with the good news on the porch and praying for those that need them today. It has been a busy week, and continues to be so I only have a minute.

I could use some advice. I’m putting together my summer reading list. I have several nonfiction books on it (BOO, thanks for the “Blue Like Jazz” recommendation), but I could use a few fiction suggestions. Any thoughts?

Well, building on my sadness regarding the China story I related earlier this week was another NPR story I heard yesterday about Russian orphanages. Truly horrible. The stories they told that typically happen to orphans—not what they sometimes but usually experience—had me terribly depressed yesterday. You can listen to the story at NPR if you want but let me warn you to have some hankies handy. It just breaks my heart. I feel so helpless but thank God He is not.

Well, enough happy talk for this morning. Sorry I’m such a downer. I promise to be back to my pleasant moulage-lovin' self soon.


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51700: Tom, I have plenty of chocolate milk to go around. I always keep some on-hand. Maybe too much. But it's great when I need something more substantial to drink than water or gatorade.

Thanks Boo and hm. Yeah, I feel the same way, Boo, that kids should be allowed to be kids. I mean, you're only a kid for a short time as it is. There will be plenty of time for the pressure of being grownup.

-Sterling Holobyte

April 26, 2007 - Msg 51701: Boo - I am with you. My kids are only involved in 4-H and we are independent so there are no meetings to attend. They attend youth group activities every once in a while and they go to basketball camp. That is a week in the summer for an hour a day. Otherwise - we are very under-involved. We just don't overdo on the extra-curricular and let them ride bikes, have mud fights, and be boys!


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51702: HM Did you every may mud pie or cookies wind you was a kid.

Love Tom

April 26, 2007 - Msg 51703: Me-They, I will never forget years ago when I saw a 20/20 special on Russian orphanages. I just wept over it and felt so incredibly helpless. I have a dear friend who is 50 and she and her husband (who is in his 70's and retired doctor) have now adopted two boys from a Russian orphanage. They live on a little ranch in the Texas hill country. They adopted the boys at different times but both were young, one toddler age and the other a bit older. They are beautiful blond, very happy boys now. Their mom homeschools them since they knew no English. I remember when they adopted their first boy, she sent me a picture of him having his first ice cream cone! God bless them for having such loving, generous hearts.

Me-They, I would suggest the Herriot books we have been talking about, if you have not already read them. I know very little about fiction reading because I seldom read fiction. Sorry I couldn't be more help.

HM, sounds like you are doing real good by those boys of yours. I'm sure they have plenty to keep them occupied on your farm.


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51704: Of course, I guess the Herriot are books would be considered non-fiction, but really fun to read.


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51705: Tom - we made a lot of mud pies and cookies. Mmm Good. . .do you think Asa would like me to make one for him?


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51706: Me-They, I have a question for ya, if you come back today...Sean has been stressing alot and I told you about the heart palpatations he has been having lately. He is on 15mg of Paxil and it hasn't been increased in over a year. I think he might need more but I am trying to decide if I should call the doc and ask for it. I was wondering how often you find the need to increase your dose, if you don't mind sharing? Thanks,


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51707: Hm go on make one for Asa he just love mud pies


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51708: Well, I just stuffed myself and am sipping the last of my IC Mango from Panera. Now this is living.

BOO: I found that at abot 10 months the dosage I was taking began allowing breakthrough physical symptoms like fluttering in my chest and waking frequently. The Mrs. keeps counseling me to talk to the doctor about it, but I have been resisting. I'm trying to see if it's a seasonal thing--I tend to get more anxious in the spring. At over one year, it may be that Sean needs a bump up or perhaps spring is his "up" time as well. Or it may be a combination of each.

The Russian orphange new piece came from the fact that Russia is allowing no more foreign adoptions. Seems their national pride is more important than homes for those kids. Babies with their mouths taped shut, toddlers who have never been touched affectionately, babies who won't cry anymore because they are "cried out," it's tragic.


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51709: Boy, just call me the language butcher. By the way, where has that CHARLOTTE TUCKER been?


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51710: Hey y'all! I have a 15 year old nephew who was adopted from a Russian orphanage. I really don't know too many details of what it was like for him (he was about 5 yrs. old when adopted) but he does recall being fed a steady diet of onion sandwiches. Can you imagine being a toddler & having to eat onion sandwiches? My gosh.Who knows what else transpired? Oh,and just a side note: A few years ago he received a Christmas present from Michael Jackson! Guess Michael was scoping out orphanages,or little blonde haired,blue eyed boys. Anyhow,he got connected to my nephew somehow through the orphanage. Creepy,huh?
Sent hin some GI Joe figures, for all you enquiring minds out there! Strange,strange.
Well, off to surf the Net. Y'all take care!
possum under a rock
P.S. If y'all watch the Democratic debate tonight,Orangeburg,SC is about 30 miles from my rock. Just a little tidbit I thought I'd pass along!

April 26, 2007 - Msg 51711: Watch that surfing, POSSUM; the net can have one heckuvan undertoe.

I may watch the debate for kicks. If not, tell all the candidates Me-They says "hey!"


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51712: Well maybe I'll call in to that debate and ask if any of them wanna be's know's how to get a possum out from under a rock.


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51713: Thanks Me-They, I put in a call to Sean's doc and I will see what they have to say. I listened to that piece on the Russian orphanages on the NPR website. Awful, but believe it or not, it sounds like the orphanages have improved in the last 10 years.

Interesting about your nephew, Possum....


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51714: Well, BOO, judging by the descriptions, I guess they had nowhere to go but up. I don't underatsn how people can treat children like that.

Let's all sing! How about "Don't Hit Your Grandma with a Big Ole' Stick?" On second thought, that'n makes me cry.


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51715: I also don't understand how to spell.


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51716: Afternoon all....had to pish and get the garden planted because we got a little rain today....got all planted except silver queen corn...it will be done sat!...tonight im bushed lets order pizza!..thick meat lovers for me!...I will buy...SPOT

April 26, 2007 - Msg 51717: Beat you to it - I ordered hoagies (or subs) for those who don't care for pizza (ham and cheese and steak with pizza sauce deluxed). I ordered a special Meatball sub for Asa -I'm fixin that one myself. He just goes on and on about my meatballs!


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51718: I have a friend who adopted a little girl from Romania. She wouldn't let go of her shoes that they bought for her - because they were hers and she thought someone would take them. She has been a handful and is labeled with an emotional disorder. She also has the voice of an angel. She is lucky that she has the adopted parents that she has.
I also have a friend who adopted from China. While in China, they conceived a little girl, so they have two babies from China. Ha Ha In that same family, a brother adopted two boys from Korea and the sister adopted a baby from Guatemala. They bought the grandma a shirt that a Grandma's love has no boundaries.
I have another acquaintance that adopted a little girl from India because they thought she was deaf. She was severely mentally handicapped and they gave her up with in the year to another family because she was not deaf. That was sad!

WEll - I must go. . .supper should almost be ready!


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51719: Hello porchers. MillER here, saying that mom (Millie) is in the hospital. No worries, though, shes fine. She wanted me to tell the rest of the porch.

Best wishes to all of you. ~Miller

April 26, 2007 - Msg 51720: That is so sad, HM, that poor child. It is such a hard thing to consider the suffering of so many children in this world. Today Sean was complaining about his life and how sometimes "it's not worth living". I know he struggles but I had a long talk with him about how most children in the world live and I showed him some internet pictures of the children in Russian orphanages and children in Darfur. I hope he will think about it.


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51721: Hey Miller, thanks for letting us know, Buddy. Please tell your mom we love her and continue to pray for her.


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51722: Miller-How are you holding up what all of this?
You know at time you want someone to take to we are here for you at all the time.
Me warm heart feeling for you and your mom may God be what you all.


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51723: I echo those sweet thoughts from Tom, Miller.
Thanks for giving us the update; I was wondering where Millie was. Give her a hug for us.
- Hazel

April 26, 2007 - Msg 51724: This one is for Caroline family.



April 26, 2007 - Msg 51725:
Hello porch family.

Thank you MILLER for updating us on our precious friend Millie. She is so much in our prayers. Please give her a big hug from the porch!

Tom...that poem is so true buddy.

Spot...I'm sure your garden is looking good. There is nothing like a fresh planted garden. Just sit back and admire.

Possum...our end of the porch went national tonight with the debate.

I don't want to start a debate but I can't believe that some people are feeling sorry for the Baldwin guy for calling his little girl a "pig". There is no excuse for treating a child like that. I don't have any respect for someone ABUSING a child and in my book, that was abuse!

Well I better get off of here. You all have a blessed night and know that I'm praying for all the porch family.

April 26, 2007 - Msg 51726: Prayers for Millie tonight. Big Maude

April 26, 2007 - Msg 51727: Yes, big prayers for Millie. Keep us posted if you can Miller. Thank you.

I agree Pastor, nothing but abuse there.


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51728: I agree, REV. There is no good excuse for that kind of verbal abuse against a child. Let's just face it, the celebrity mentality we see today is just an absurd loss of reality. Why should so much news time be spent on the Anna Nicoles and Baldwins of this world? If as much air time was given to the Russian orphans or the starving children and crucified Christians in the Sudan, how might this world be changed for the better? I have had my belly full of this culture's obsession with "celebrity". Let's see more of the real heros in this world, like those devoted to making this world a better place. As far as I am concerned, Baldwin, Brittany and Don Imus can join hands and go jump in the lake.


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51729: ...but first, they need to go find Rosie and take her with them.


April 26, 2007 - Msg 51730: Why Rosie?

April 26, 2007 - Msg 51731: Oh, my! Our sweet Millie in the hospital? Thank you, Miller, for letting us know. We will certainly all be in prayer for her, and for you and the rest of the family. Here's a hug for all of you {{{{{Millie and family}}}}}!

Tom, that poem and the sentiments you expressed were just beautiful. You have such a sweet and sensitive spirit, my friend, and you're a credit to this porch.

While I'm as tired as everyone else of Baldwin, Imus, O'Donnell and the rest, I'm just as tired of the people of this country holding people like them in high esteem. Why should we care what they say or do? Why do we even KNOW?? As for Don Imus, as sleazy as he is, I think he was the victim of an over-reaction here. Certainly what he said was reprehensible, but it doesn't hold a candle to what is said in many of the rap and hip-hop songs that are so popular with a lot of the very people who expressed outrage at Imus's remarks. I'm sure most of you received that email that quotes the lyrics from some songs produced by Timothy Mosley of Timbaland, music producers, who have contributed heavily to certain political campaigns. I tried to run it through Truthorfiction.com and Snopes.com, but they had nothing on it as yet, so I can't verify the story as true, but I have no reason to doubt it. If you'd like the email, let me know and I'll send it to you. The point is, Imus, as distasteful as he may be, is small potatoes compared to a lot of the people whose behavior is ignored and who are so revered by some in this country. It's disgusting.

The Plum asked me to tell you that she's feeling just fine. She's down to 1/4 of a Rimadyl tablet each morning, and I'm considering taking her off of that in a few days. She has an appointment to see the veterinary oncologist on May 11. I'm not sure what will come of that. He's going to try to identify a primary site, and form a plan of care/treatment for her if necessary. Right now, she feels great, and my primary goal is to keep her that way. Quantity does not necessarily equate with quality in my mind and heart. If ever a little dog was loved, that one is.

Homemaker, I'm so happy for Banjo. And what a cute name! I know you are thrilled to have him home, and to know that his condition can be treated. Good for you - and for him!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 27, 2007 - Msg 51732: So happy to hear Plum is doing so well! Great news.

I understand what you mean about how accepted some of the rap music lyrics are,Ro, but I don't think people over-reacted to Imus' comment. I think he should be held responsible for the damage he did, and so should those rappers. They should all be held accountable. What really bothered me about Imus' comment was not just the racial slur but the s*xist comment calling them "ho's". What a horrible thing to say about a group of young women.

Hope Millie is back soon.

Bruce has been out of town all week in Miami Beach for a conference and he flies in this afternoon. I'm anxious to pick him up. We have all missed.

Gotta go get some things done,


April 27, 2007 - Msg 51733: "him"...haha

April 27, 2007 - Msg 51734: Well Ro - when we picked up Banjo on Wednesday evening, the vet called us into the consulting room. He told us that he didn't think on Monday when we took him in that he was going to survive the evening. He was that bad. We found out that a dog with a temp over 103 is really bad - his was 105. All of the vet assistants fell in love with him - especially since he was so sick. So, that is the story of Banjo the wonder dog. When he gets to feeling better - I am going to put a picture on our website.

The rain has almost ended here - just a few sprinkles. Supposed to be SUNNY here tomorrow.

God is Good and Faithful.


April 27, 2007 - Msg 51735: Big prayers and hugs for Millie!


April 27, 2007 - Msg 51736: Wow, that's really something, HM. I would love to see a picture of Banjo.


April 27, 2007 - Msg 51737: Morning porch. Happy Friday.


April 27, 2007 - Msg 51738: Wair do you all want to meet tonght for the canolight pray meetin and who mine are comming for the all night praying in front of the hosp for are good friend Millie and family


April 27, 2007 - Msg 51739: Good Morning Porchsters!
Miller,thanks for the update on your mom. We will keep her in our thoughts & prayers. Please come to the Porch anytime you need a friend-we're here for you always.
Take care all!
possum under a rock

April 27, 2007 - Msg 51740: Prayers for Millie. And thank you Miller for keeping us updated.

That's funny when you mentioned holding actors and media people in high esteem, Ro. I remember even back in the Johnny Carson days, I used to sit there watching some actor talk and talk, while the audience held on to every word, and wondered why are people like this so revered? They're just people. Most with a lot more problems and neuroses than we'll EVER have.

Just wanted to tell you all that Kai's mini-dance recital at the nursing homes went splendidly. Kai hit her marks and just concentrated on her dance moves. She's really good with keeping on time.
And those nursing homes, my goodness! We went to two of them, and let me tell you they are nothing like the nursing homes I visited when I was a child. No antiseptic smell or anything. They were just like big homes. Really nice!

Well, Kai still has her big recital coming up. I hope these little shows have shown her it is no big deal and that she can do it well. The big one is a little different in that it is on stage(the same stage where she had her little meltdown during the school play) and not just in a nice living room-type environment, so I hope she can just concentrate on what she is doing and not think about all the people watching her.

Anyway, it is a nice bright sunny day here today. Hope it is nice and sunny where you are!

-Sterling Holobyte

April 27, 2007 - Msg 51741: Tom - that is an excellent idea about a prayer service. We could meet at Myers Lake and hold candles to pray for one another and say some special prayers for Millie. You are really clever at thinking things up like that!


April 27, 2007 - Msg 51742: Yeah KAI! I bet she does her recital like a breeze!


April 27, 2007 - Msg 51743: Good morning, all. Boo, I never meant to imply that Don Imus shouldn't be accountable for what he said. Certainly, he should. However, his comments were mild compared to what the rappers and hip-hop "singers" spew out. My concern is not why he was being held accountable, but rather why he was singled out. What about all the rest? Also, the email I mentioned earlier has another facet that's quite interesting. I'm going to take the liberty of forwarding it to you, so you'll understand where I'm coming from. This porch isn't the place to elaborate on it, but you'll see what I mean.

Sterling, I'm so happy for Kai and her successful performances. Perhaps that will build her confidence to the necessary level so she can get on an actual stage without feeling too frightened. I always dreaded that aspect of child-rearing. You want to push them to achieve to build their confidence, but you risk "the agony of defeat" for them, which destroys confidence. It's a very fine line sometimes.

It's beautiful here. Balmy, partly cloudy, a perfect day for getting the rest of those dratted petunias planted. I got started yesterday, but had to quit. Everywhere I tried to dig, I ran into ants! I drenched them with an orange oil mixture, so should be able to dig today. Miserable things. I put out dry molasses around the first of February, which discourages them, but we've had enough rain that I guess it's washed down and now they're back. Well, I can fix that. I can buy more dry molasses, I have a spreader and I know how to use it! Ants, be warned!

Have a wonderful, blessed day, friends. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

April 27, 2007 - Msg 51744: Got your email Ro, thanks. If it's true, it is just what I would expect from the person mentioned! It's just disgusting and wrong.


April 27, 2007 - Msg 51745: Prayers Millie....at work now...lets go to Red Lobster tonight on me....let me get busy here...SPOT

April 27, 2007 - Msg 51746:
Hello porch family. Can't stay but a minute but wanted to check in real quick.

Ro...would you please send me that email. I think you have my address. Thanks

Spot...Red Lobster sounds great buddy. Look forward to seeing everyone.

Be back later....Prayers for all!

April 27, 2007 - Msg 51747: It's been a heckuva day, porch friends; busy, busy, busy. More to do, but I thought that I'd stop by and have a set for a minute. Anybody got any lemonade? Tell the truth, it feels like I got Mr. Wheeler working for me (and I'm getting stuck with all the work). Can't complain too much, at least I'm collected a paycheck.

Well, up and at-'em. Back to the grindstone. Y'all take good care. See you at Red Lobster later. I'll leave the tip, SPOT (two whole quarters!).


April 27, 2007 - Msg 51748: Thanks for the tip offer M-T,hey possum,Tom,Rev,ro,boo,hm,mil get better ok?.,miller keep us informed,hey sterling,my buddy asa you hold the door for the ladys....well let me check the tv guide for movies tonight...will let ya know if they are any good ones....SPOT

April 27, 2007 - Msg 51749: I am in the mood for a good Glenn Ford movie, Spot - could ya check to see if one is playing tonite?