May 22, 2007 - Msg 52582: I LOST THE WEBADDRESS TO THE ALBUM.

May 22, 2007 - Msg 52583: Gizzmo, it is


May 23, 2007 - Msg 52584: Thank you, my friends, for your kind words and many prayers. Tonight at 8pm, Karen was taken into surgery to remove her liver and kidneys for transplant and then life-support was removed. We had the opportunity to spend much time with her today and we were able to make some decisions that needed to be made. Although Karen was a nurse, she worked home-health and was new to the job (no benefits). As a single mom, she had struggled just to make ends meet so there was no money. My very loving church stepped in and will provide for a funeral for Karen. I am telling you, after the way my church family stepped in and ministered to our needs, I have a deeper understanding of the term, "Body of Christ". Me-They, the children are doing better than I expected. Zach, who is 13 was very close to his mom and is hurting but not to the degree that I anticipated. He is comforted with the thought that his mom is with Jesus. The little girl, Ali, who is 7, is doing ok for now. Karen also had a 21 year old daughter that I have talked about before. She is the one with the alcoholic boyfriend who had another baby last year, etc. The 21 year old is having a very tough time but I have felt God's comfort, especially over the younger children and am very thankful for that. They do have a father (Karen's ex-husband) who they are with now. He was off-shore yesterday and didn't get in until 10pm last night. He loves his children but is not any easy person to live with. He puts alot of demands and stress on his son, especially. Zach called me today and wanted me to pick him up and bring him home with me and I did that. He is very close to me (even calls me Mom). I helped bring Zach into the world. When Karen had Zach, I took care of her myself and helped her deliver him. I have been with her when she delivered her children and she was with me when I had mine. We spent almost every holiday together for the past 20 years. We attended church together. We spoke on the phone and saw each other at least once a week and shared everything in our lives. She has been a huge part of my life and I can't imagine what it will be like without her. I always expected we would grow older as friends and be there together when our kids graduated, got married, had children..Life sure can throw you a curve now and then. Anyway, I will be away from the computer for a bit, I think. I have to help take care of things. Again, thank you so much, your prayers are felt.


May 23, 2007 - Msg 52585: God bless you Boo, and all of Karens surviving loved ones during this time of mourning. So very sad.


May 23, 2007 - Msg 52586: I'm so sorry, BOO. My prayers are for you and those around you effected by this loss. God has a plan--the best plan.


May 23, 2007 - Msg 52587: Boo, my sentiments echo those of Asa & Me-They. I am terribly sad for you and Karen's children. Keep trusting in the Lord-he'll bring you through this. Love you,girl.
Me-They,thanks for the healing prayers. The symptoms eased up a good bit since the cortisone shot yesterday. You know,you're the second person who has told me that shoes might be aggravating the problem. I always bum around in a pair of felt clogs-never seemed uncomfortable,but now I think I just may give 'em a rest for a bit. Thanks again.
Ro,thank YOU for putting up the pics of Laci. It's so nice to have a resource like the album for our Porch family. I'll give her a hug from Auntie Ro!
Hey Rev, we got lots of smoke from the Georgia wildfires on Monday.I had just put my laundry out on the line when it drifted into S. C.! Ya think maybe somebody's trying to smoke me out from under my rock? Ha! All together we have had it in our part of S.C. about 3-4 times. I can imagine how bad it is in Ga. You stay out of it-not good for your voice!
I'd better get up and do something around here-y'all have a good day.
May Karen rest in peace.
possum under a rock

May 23, 2007 - Msg 52588:

Boo-I hope this comes out right. The one thing that keeps coming to me, about your situation, is, as sad as it is, think about how much worse it would be for those kids, as well as Karen, if they didn't have you. I don't mean to lessen your mourning at all but what a blessing you are to Karen and her children. As cognizant as she was when this started and to be able to reach out to a friend like you to care for her kids, wow, that must have eased her mind. Knowing her kids were gonna be safe, what a gift you gave her. We could all use a Boo in our life.


May 23, 2007 - Msg 52589: POSSUM: I just checked out Laci's pics in the album. A cutie! Isn't it amazing the drastic physical changes from age two to age three? I didn't really realize it in my own kids until looking at pictures.

If the smoke doesn't work, maybe we could try a big 'ole pointy stick ;).

BOO: I also want to thank you for recommending "Blue Like Jazz." I am about halfway done, and this may be the best book I've read in years. I love it and highly recommend it to all of you porchsters. It's an easy read, but will touch you in a meaningful way.

I wonder where LUCY has been lately? She hasn't been by in a number of weeks, which is not her typical MO. Hope everything is okay.

Goo day to the rest of you. Lunch? SPOT? MAUDE?


May 23, 2007 - Msg 52590: Oh, sorry, AUH2O; didn't mean to rock on your toes. Your comment to BOO is touching, and so true. May I second it?


May 23, 2007 - Msg 52591: Oh Auh2o, you couldn't have said anything else to me that would have comforted me as much as the sentiment you expressed. Thank you so much. All of you are incredible.

Now that I am feeling a little more sane today I am realizing that maybe my sharing all this might be painful to Millie. I don't want to do that. I'm sorry Millie.


May 23, 2007 - Msg 52592: Oh, Boo, I'm so sorry. AUH2o really nailed it though-that's exactly right. You are a special person.
And Boo(and everybody)- if there's one thing you should know about me by now, it's that I want to talk about these things. The way we talk about this stuff is why the porch is so special to me. I want to be able to "let it all hang out" when I need to. You should just say what's on your mind. We're all friends here.

May 23, 2007 - Msg 52593: oops, almost forgot....I made us a light late lunch snack....grilled cheese triangles and 'mater up!

May 23, 2007 - Msg 52594: Thanks, MILLIE. Sounds like a nice snack right before an afternoon nap in a quiet corner.


May 23, 2007 - Msg 52595:
Boo- It is no coincidence that you live in a town named "Corpus Christi" ! My prayers are with you and yours and the family of Karen. What a great church you have also! Please, get yourself checked out as well. All this stress must be wreaking havoc on your BP.
May we remember this Memorial Day all our soldiers who died for their country. I never go to memorial day "sales" as i think it is the one holiday that should be observed with dignity and honor for our brave fallen men and women, and not observed with sales!
Charlotte- Pipeman(PappaBear, Colt) and I still communicate via snail mail. He currently has no computer. He is doing pretty well, and will, I'm sure, be decorating graves this weekend once again. I met him only thru this site, but we have kindled a great friendship.
Well, you all have a good evening.

May 23, 2007 - Msg 52596: My goodness. My heart is so full, and there's so much I'd like to try to express to my friends, but there's so little time. I just got up and must get ready to return to work, will be late if I don't get moving. I had a choice of reading or writing, chose to read, and am glad I did. I'm shaking, well aware that my blood sugar is too low, so have to take time to eat a little something. Those cheese triangles Millie made will be just the thing! More tomorrow, friends, sorry to be so abrupt. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 23, 2007 - Msg 52597: Evening everyone, thought I'd stop by and 'rock' for awhile. I took off work at noon today and sat on the pier and watched the Blue Angles perform, I never get tired of watching them. We weren't sure they would perform since they lost a member of the team recently. I have a busy week-end coming up, dog sitting my two granddogs. Both are pampered and I'm sure I'll have written instructions for both of them.

May 23, 2007 - Msg 52598: Romeena, who is sugarplum? A pet maybe?

May 23, 2007 - Msg 52599: Frankie, check out the Plum on Ro's website album....see what we look like too. Address is at the top of this page.

May 23, 2007 - Msg 52600: Millie, I tried the website and it keeps telling me - can not be found????

May 23, 2007 - Msg 52601: Sorry, Frankie, that's the right address...I just got on there fine, so I don't know what the trouble is.

May 23, 2007 - Msg 52602: I got to the site...where to from there?

May 23, 2007 - Msg 52603: Hi All .
Millie- how are you doing tonight what all this heat we are having.
There is just one thing I hate and that is waiting for thing that you orthe and pay for and you wait,wait and wait, it ben amounth and half the I send for some gum,the ckuck ins in the bank but no gum and that make me made.
It gum that you used to git back in the 60-70 called ADAM SOURCHERRY OR APPLE GUM.
Yes Milli at had wrappre on thim . and no I'm not asker you for thim.


Do you have burdens,
And problems each day?
Do you seek answers
Eachtime that you pray?
Keep right on praying,
It is never too late.
God won't permit
A burden too great.
Always remember
You are in God's care
And burdens won't be
More than you can bear.
God knows all about you-
Each burden, each plght.
With God as your refuge
Things will turn out right.


May 23, 2007 - Msg 52604: Thank you Millie. You are beautiful. All of you are and you just don't know what a comfort you are. Throughout the last 3 days, whenever I had the chance I would run to the porch because reading that you were praying and your loving comments comforts me. Thank you so much.

I am doing better today but am tired. I took Karen's oldest girl, Jill and her husband and baby shopping for clothes for the funeral. They didn't have anything to wear but jeans and T-shirts, and no money so I thought that was something I could do for Karen. I also had the privledge of picking out something for Karen to wear. I found the absolute perfect blouse and skirt. The blouse is white with some crocheted lace at the neckline and little silver seashells within the lace. Karen loved the seashore so it is perfect for her. I also bought a very sweet white skirt made of eyelit lace. The whole experience felt very healing and we actually ended up enjoying being together and even found ourselves laughing some great belly-laughs (very good medicine for grief!). So, I am feeling better but what is bothering me alot right now is the children. Zach called me twice today while we were shopping to tell me that he and Ali were just sitting at home because their dad was sleeping all day. I asked why he was sleeping and Zach told me because he stays on the computer all night. I felt so angry that those children were sitting home, basically alone the day after their mom died. It is very frustrating and painful to think of it but not sure how to deal with it at this point. I offered to pick them up and take them home but Zach is afraid to ask his dad...difficult situation and a long story.

Better go, the kids just got home from church and want to spend some time with mom. Love to you all,


May 23, 2007 - Msg 52605: Frankie....go to porchsters, or just check out the sub album for Sugarplum.

May 23, 2007 - Msg 52606: Sorry,Boo, didn't mean to rock on you, thanks for your kind words.

May 23, 2007 - Msg 52607: Prayers are a great porchster..Well im back at work now for 3 days so let me really get caught up reading..hey Asa,TOM,Rev..Frankie I got my own sub-album on Ro"s site!...send her some pics and she will pose them...Ro are you out there tonight?..Millie how are you doing?..Hey M-T have you and Big Maude been feeding this bunch?..I just been busy with the lake and garden but here at work for 16 today tomorrow and friday so I will be back there any left over from tonight?..well let me get the comp. up and running...back in a bit....SPOT

May 23, 2007 - Msg 52608: spot how did the remodeing of your room comeout.


May 23, 2007 - Msg 52609: Hey TOM it came out great..Miss Sherry and My Mom done a great job..still got to paint one door...ran out of paint but the new funiture and everything looks great!...lets all meet at Huddle House for breakfast...has everyone got huddle houses resturants in there area?...about like waffle house...we have a few scattered around in the rain in the forcast for Ga..Rev Lucy what we gona do?...SPOT

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52610: and Karen's family continue to be in my prayers. But as MDC said, you take care of yourself too.

(Well put auh2o)

Possum....enjoyed the pics of Laci. She is growing up so fast and such a cutie.

Spot...see ya at Huddle House.

Prayers for all. Have a great nights rest and remember that Jesus loves us!

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52611: To Boo, regarding your friend Karen, my mother died in a similar fashion so I can understand what you just experienced. Karen not only thought of her children during her final hour, but her telephone call proved she even thought of you. You had to have been very special to her. Eternal rest grant onto Karen oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her ... may she rest in peace, amen.

To Rev, is your throat feeling any better? If not, maybe you will have to lip-sync your upcoming concerts.

To Tom, why not send a letter or telephone the company you ordered the gum from? Maybe there is a good explanation for the delay.

To Me-They, cancel my APB. I'm right here.

from Poor Horatio

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52612: Morning Porch. Hope you are all well and of good cheer this morning.
Well this cold weather layed some frost down and I lost all my garden. I had 2 rows of corn that was up to almost a foot tall...Gone! 4 more rows that was up 4 inches...Gone! Tomatoes...Gone! It's not to late to replant but I just don't know if I want to now. I'm pretty disgusted with it all. Oh well, glad it's just a hobby and not a livelyhood. That would be cause to be upset.

Prayers for all our porch family who are needing it today.


May 24, 2007 - Msg 52613: Boo - many prayers going up for you and Karen's family. You truly are special. But we all knew that!

Glad to see you Millie.

Asa - sorry about your garden. I have maters hanging on my plants.

Need to get some work completed.


May 24, 2007 - Msg 52614: Asa-Iwill send some of this cook wearthe and hot
to you.
It to hot for me, maybe Poor Horatio can send some from canc.


May 24, 2007 - Msg 52615: Hello everyone. Just caught up on the posts Boo, there isn't any thing that I can say that hasn't been said so just know and I AM THINKING OF YOU and Karens family. Asa ,so sorry about your garden I had the same thing happen to me last year. You should just think about those red ripe juicy tomatoes and the sweet tender ears of corn dripping with butter to motivate you to replant. Homemaker, WE just put our garden in last week it has been to wet,where are you located. Millie hope you are having a good day. Everyone else enjoy your day and all give the ones you love a hug Dr P

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52616: DR. P - I am in Indiana (the southern part of the state). We have had July weather for the last couple of weeks and we are actually praying for some showers to head our way. The creeks are dry and we are hauling water to our animals. We have a chance of spotty showers for the weekend.


May 24, 2007 - Msg 52617: Thank you all for your sweet words and prayers. I am feeling pretty tired today and have come down with a cold (figures). I guess the lack of sleep and stress, you know. My sister is coming to pick up Sean and Erin so I can try to get some much-needed rest today. I have even been reading up on some vitamins I need to order so I am trying to take care of myself (I know, MDC, "oregano"! ha). Anyway, the funeral arrangements are made and visitation is set for tomorrow night so until then, I'll wait until I am asked to do something else. I am feeling better, much less emotional and feel stronger today. Today feels more like depression than sadness, strange.

Your prayers are certainly felt, thank you again.


May 24, 2007 - Msg 52618: Prayers continue for you, BOO, and all...


May 24, 2007 - Msg 52619: Anybody hungry? I've got some lunch fixed...brunswick stew and biscuits...y'all eat up now!

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52620: Boo go git some rest eveything will be all right and will be here wind you come back.


May 24, 2007 - Msg 52621:
Mil- add a braunschweiger sandwich to that and I'll be there with bells on! (Well, maybe I'll skip the bells, dont want any M-T moulage on that one! ha)
BOO- I am so glad you had that good shopping experience to prepare all for the funeral. God bless you! Yup, order that oregano! ha
Thank God for Saint Susan!
TOM- thank you for those wonderful poems. It makes days such as these so much easier to take.
Any one heard from our past porchster Chuck?
Well, you all have a super day. God bless our soldiers.

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52622: Good Afternoon Porch,
I'm sorry for my long departure. I'm fine, thanks Me-They, just unbelievably busy. I swanee, I do not know where in the world this year has gone. The boys will be out of school tomorrow, Lord help me, and when did that happen? Anyway, between doctor visits (stomach and ankle), being a taxi driver, helping hubby w/work, and general domesticities I'm beat every night.
Boo- I am so unbelievably sorry about Karen. You are certainly being a good friend to her by helping her children. My prayers are for you and her family. Please take care of yourself so that you can take care of Karen's and your families.
Possum- We have had several mornings when the smoke is filling Atlanta. I think the smog keeps it here longer than necessary.
Spot- You're right, we need the rain. Maybe we should do a rain dance, ha!
Me-They- Who is the author of the book? How's your wife's situation?
MDC- I agree with you that it is sad that we show respect to our American soldiers by having retail clearances. If you hear from Pipeman, please give him our love.
Tom- I have never heard of that kind of gum. Where do you find it?
Asa- I'm sorry about your corn. Hopefully you won't lose the rest of your garden!
Poor Horatio- Did you enjoy Victoria Day? What does Canada do to celebrate?
Auh20- I'm glad you're posting again.
Well, I have to put on my hat again and pick up the boys. We leave on Saturday to go to St Simons Island. We'll be back on Tuesday. If I'm not able to stop by before then have a wonderful weekend!
Blessings to you and yours,
This is the day, This is the day, that the Lord hath made! Rejoice!

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52623: Lucy- Maybe it was befor your time. ITwas back in the late 60 or 70 wind it was arould.
I fined it wind looking at a candy ad one day .
Here is the web pag ( www. you can fined candy from the pass there.


May 24, 2007 - Msg 52624: Nice to hear that everything is okay if busy, LUCY. One question, though: you are a taxi driver? Did you mean that euphamistically becauser of carting the kids, or do you actually operate a cab? Just curious.

If you are asking about "Blue Like Jazz," it is written by Donald Miller. You can Google him or the book and find websites that will tell you all about him/it. It is a wonderful book.

We need rain, here, too. We are way low on the rainfall for spring.

MDC: Bells? Does it look like Christmas?

HORATIO: It was nice to hear from you as well. I hope that things are okay with you these days.

Later, folks.


May 24, 2007 - Msg 52625: I'm glad you are enjoying the book, Me-They. It's very honest, isn't it?

You are so right, MDC, "thank God for St. Susan!" She just left with the kids and I am about to go try to take a nap (I'll take your advice, TOM).

Good to hear from you Lucy. Thanks for the prayers.


May 24, 2007 - Msg 52626: Me-They- I spend 3 hours a day in the car taking the kids to and from school. I just feel like a taxi driver!
Tom- Yes, it was before my time. I'll check out the website.
Boo- Who's St. Susan?

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52627:

Boo, my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your friend, Karen. My prayers are going up for her kids - and for you. You're going to make a huge difference in those kids' lives and it's a blessing they have you.



May 24, 2007 - Msg 52628: Sorry Tom, but I can't send you any cold weather from Canada. It was 90 degrees in Toronto today!!!

To Lucy, Victoria Day in Canada is celebrated in a similar fashion America celebrates the 4th of July ... with fireworks (both private and public displays) and outdoor picnics.

To Me-They, thanks for the welcome back. My leg wound is nearly completely healed. I'm about to change contractors on my current rehab project. I'm also researching properties for my next project. My girlfriend has an appointment with her cardiologist next week and I'm a little concerned about that because of some preliminary test results. So that's about it for me.

from Poor Horatio

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52629: Shhh folks. Gather close to me because I don't want Tom and Asa to hear this. But tomorrow, May 25, is their birthday. So let's not forget it when you post tomorrow.

from Poor Horatio

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52630: Ill take some of that left over stew Millie...busy here at work....SPOT

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52631: Hep yerself,Spot.
Thanks for the heads-up, PH.
Boo, hope you are rested and feeling better.
Got to go help with some homework....

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52632: I'm not real sure, and, I admit I'm usually wrong, but I think today is Asa's birthday, and tomorrow is Toms. I know, after the last fiasco, no one will believe me, but I do think they are a day apart...
Prayers for everyone...
- Hazel

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52633: Haze that right today is Asa birthday,.
So to Asa a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY and may all your wish come your way.
And min is tomorrow the 25 of may.
I BELIEVE everything you say.


May 24, 2007 - Msg 52634: To Hazel, if you visit the archives, Msg 38365 is from me wishing happy birthday to Asa on May 25, 2006, and Msg 38368 is Asa thanking (not correcting) me.
And Msg 52048 is Gizzmo confirming Tom's birthday is May 25 and Tom confirms it in Msg 52633.

from Poor Horatio

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52635:
Hello porch family. throat is some better but still not completely well. Thanks for the prayers (everyone)

Asa...sorry about the garden. That's a bummer!

Millie...thanks for lunch today. good to see ya back.

Spot....well John pitched his 200th win tonight against Glavine.

Well gotta go to bed. Early morning. Prayers for all. Be blessed!

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52636: Well, then, Happy Birthday to Asa and to Tom! May 25th was my grandma's birthday. She has been gone now about a year and a half. MDC, glad to hear you're still in touch with pipeman. Give him an Illinois hello for me when you can. Asa, sorry to hear your garden woes. I've only had mine planted a little over a week. The late freezes we had this spring pretty much ruined the beautiful mums that have surrounded my porch for the last 10 years or so... Gone. I know how you feel. Boo, so sorry for your loss of Karen. Sounds like you lost a wonderful friend, but it also sounds like you have some wonderful memories. Prayers for all who needs 'em. Millie, thanks for all the good food. You shore have a hardy appetite. You be careful now, eating too much food will just "lay on yer chest."
Charlotte Tucker

Charlene: "Done AND done." (I love that saying!)

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52637: Happy Birthday Asa! I rejoice that on this day (not sure how many years ago), YOU were born...and what a great day it was....I'll say the same thing about you tomorrow, TOM. (Big kiss for both of you)

Thank you Des for you kind words. I appreciate it very much.

Hey Millie, I will try to get into bed a bit early tonight and hopefully rest well, thanks.

Poor Horatio, I will pray for your girlfriend that she is ok. Yesterday Bruce's dr's office called and said that we have to come in tomorrow to discuss some lab results...hope it's just high cholesterol or something like that. He had a high blood sugar once about a year ago and they did the fasting one where they give you the sweet liquid to drink, etc. That test came back normal but he has gained weight in the past year so it concerns me. Our appointment is at 2pm. I will let you all know what transpires. We have to be at the church for Karen's visitation at 4 tomorrow. It's going to be a time squeeze.

Thank you again for your prayers and loving words.


May 24, 2007 - Msg 52638: Hey Charlotte, didn't see you there! Thanks, I do have so very many wonderful memories of Karen and our adventures...there are many...

When I have some time next week I will try to remember to email some pictures of Karen and her children to Ro so she can put them in the album.

Have a peaceful evening,


May 24, 2007 - Msg 52639: Boo, kinda been reading and please know I have been on my knees a lot for you and your needs. New here and not wanting to butt into much, but my prayers have been for you and the needs of Karen’s family.
Tonight, a wonderful sight, one of our does presented us with two twins. They are tiny, about the size of a cat….spotted and following their mother…She brought them up on the driveway when I was feeding. Not the twins were to feed on the corn, think the mother was introducing them to us. Gods’ wonders never cease to amaze me.

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52640: To Boo, allow me to relate what I did after my mother passed away. That same night, I stayed up until morning and typed a memorial document. In it, I included the favorite things she liked to do, her habits, her favorite foods, memories of some funny times, and other special tender moments we had. Every now and then I read that document. That helps me to keep my memories fresh as time passes. It helps me to honor her on her birth day and wedding day and ignore her anniversary of death. I want my memories to be pleasant. Consider something like this to help you through your grief.

from Poor Horatio

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52641: Happy Birthday Asa and Tom! Best wishes!

May 24, 2007 - Msg 52642: My thoughts and prayers are with Karen's family and you and yours as well, Boo.

Prayers for all the other needs among those who call this porch home.

Happy Birthday Asa. Hope the Mrs. gave you the royal treatment today. ; )

Birthday Blessings to you as well, Tom. Hope you have a great birthday tomorrow.


May 24, 2007 - Msg 52643: Yes he did Rev..John was on tonight! we see another Cy-young?..hey horatio..Millie,welcome back Lucy M.,hey there ray! twin does!..prayers for Bruce Boo!..hey CT..ane HAPPY B-DAY TOM and Asa!...but now who is the oldest!..come on yall lets tell!..hey there Mrs Hazel!...this moening its a BIG B-day breakfast in honor of TOM and Asa!..asa you done even have to leave the tip!..we will go to Shoneys breakfast bar and PIG out!..well let me run some reports and make sure everything is in at 6 am then back at 2 for 16 more then done for a while!...prayers to all in need.....SPOT the"yall blow the candles out" dog of your porch!

May 25, 2007 - Msg 52644: Mmmm-mmmmMM! Shoney's breakfast bar! Sure wish we still had one around here, but ours closed several years ago. Too bad, you sure could get a good breakfast there.

Happy Birthday to TOM and Asa.! Couldn't happen to two nicer fellers! You boys aren't getting older, you're just getting better. I hope your day was/is special!

Boo, there just are no words adequate to express my respect for you and what you did for Karen, and are doing for her family. What a sacrifice of time, and emotional investment you've shared with them. God will reward you, for sure. I'm praying that Bruce's visit with the doctor will be helpful and not too scary, and also that you will get some relief from the stress you're under so much of the time. Sometimes, it gets expensive to be a good friend.

Millie, it's good to see you dropping by here, you're always such a bright spot. Lucy, it's good to see you, too. I know you've had some challenges lately.

Ray, what fun! There are few things on this earth any cuter, sweeter, or more innocent than a fawn, and your doe brought you two of them! I think you're absolutely spot-on when you say she brought them to introduce them to you. Obviously, she trusts you, and for her to bring her babies to meet you was a signal honor. Can you get some pictures? If so, send them to me - email or prints - and I'll get them in the album. Get them soon, while the babies are so small, if you can.

Well, I'm headed for the ironing board. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 25, 2007 - Msg 52645: To Poor Horiato, if you visit the archives, 5-24-02 # 7083, we've got Asa acknowledging his birthday. We've got us a situation, a real situation. Happy Birthday, Tom!
- Hazel

May 25, 2007 - Msg 52646: Good morning my porch family. Thank you so very much for the birthday wishes. Gosh, the mystery surrounding what day my birthday is... It's almost like the who was Mr. Schwamp mystery. Hee hee hee. But Hazel and Tom are correct. My birthday was yesterday the 24th, and Tom's is today the 25th. Thank you all so much for the well wishes, and for the jaw sugar Boo and for the nice card Hazel. You are all so wonderful. And Happy Birthday to you today Tom. I hope your birthday is a great one.

Poor Horatio, that was a wonderful post about what you did after your Mom passed away. Good idea.

Thanks for breakfast Spot. Yer a good pup.

Rev, how's the voice doing? You gonna need me with that hot mike?

Charlotte, do you kinda clap your hands when you say done and done?

Romeena, How's Sugarplum? When does she see the vet again?

Nice story abot the Does Ray. Nothing much cuter than a baby anything.

AFD, Is Reagan walking yet?

Millie, your resteraunt doing any specials for the holiday?

Boo, I hope Bruce's Doc is just wanting to suggest some lifestyle changes. I'm sure thats all it is. Hope you make it through the next few days well. Prayers for you all.

Hey to Lucy. Good to see you.

And Mdc. Getting hot down there? We are down 2 games now to S.A. Now they play us here for 2. I hope we can tie it up.

Me-They, what's shaking?

Auh2o, What do you think of Duncan Hunter? I kinda like his stance on immigration and on the fence.

Prayers for you all and have a special day Tom.


May 25, 2007 - Msg 52647: A moulage over Asa and Tom, who would have thunk it. . .and Me-They wasn't even the instigator! Or me either!
In my best rocker voice "Today is your birthday, (du du du- my guitar strumming!), Happy Happy Birthday, (Du Du Du - more guitar strumming!)

Boo - I know God will give you the strength to get through all of this. What an example of grace you are showing Karen's children and her loved ones.

Ray - I know just how you feel! I just love it when I have baby goats. They are precious in His sight. . .

Only three more days of school - my chldren get out today!

A long weekend ahead!


Auntie Ro - please give plum a carrot for me.

May 25, 2007 - Msg 52648: Asa, why, you old buzzard, you kinda liked the mystery surrounding your birthday, didn't you? Wanted to celebrate twice. Sigmund Frude wrote a lot about people like you.
- Hazel

"There was a bithday cake, a gun went off, and a polka-dot tie!"

May 25, 2007 - Msg 52649: A lot of people lie about their birthday. So what!? :)


May 25, 2007 - Msg 52650: Wow, what's thata racket on the porch this morning? Did a cat get it's tail pinched under homemakers rocker? (ain't I a stinker?)


May 25, 2007 - Msg 52651:
Morning porch family....This is the day that the Lord has made...Let us be glad and rejoice in it!

Happy Birthday Asa and Tom. Have a great one!

Boo...the pics of Karen would be so special. Also, Prayers for Bruce.

Well, I've got to head out for Pigeon Forge, TN for concerts. I'll try to check in tonight. Prayers for all and please pray that my voice hold up. It's better but still a little weak. That's the only draw back of being a soloist.
Be blessed!

May 25, 2007 - Msg 52652: Thanks, you folks are the best....such comforting words.

Happy Birthday to TOM....this is a special day, a great day, the day YOU were born! Hope you have a blessed day.

PH, I had thought about doing something like you suggested and will do it. I have been going back in my mind and remembering things, now it's time to write them down before I forget. I will have alot to write, we had so many good times together.

Hazel, what episode was that quote from about the birthday cake and polka dot tie?? Sounds like a funny one.

Asa, I hope I'm wrong, but I am thinking Bruce might have type 2 diabetes. His brother developed it at about his age and Bruce has been gaining weight, and like I said, he had high blood sugar at his last check-up. His cholesterol is also elevated some, I'm sure. That is probably what this visit will be about. I don't think they did any other labs, maybe a PSA...not sure.

Better go, things to do. I'll check back later...


May 25, 2007 - Msg 52653: Asa - was that a comment about my git-tar playing or my singing. . .or BOTH! (A stinker is not exactly the word I would use to describe you!) :)


May 25, 2007 - Msg 52654: Yee-haw - I just checked out gas prices to Tennessee for the weekend. They are about 40 cents lower than here. We are currently at 3.59 a gallon. Lebanon, TN has is for 2.99 this morning.


May 25, 2007 - Msg 52655: Good (late) morning everyone. It's a beautiful warm day here, but we sure could use some rain. Isn't that always the way, though? Everybody complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it. Calvin Coolidge said that, y'know.

Happy Birthday ASA and TOM!

BOO: I believe HAZEL's quote is from the episode where the state inspector comes and give Andy and Barney a hard time. At one point, Barney tells Opie to go hoem and get Andy a hat and tie and he comes back with the polka dot tie and fishing hat. Funny stuff.

ASA: The only thing shaking is my leg, which is usally going nonstop. Drives the Mrs. crazy. But a few years ago I read something that said it actually burns calories so now when she mentions it to me I tell her I'm exercising.

HM: Was that the Beatles or Motley Crue version?

Prayers continue for you all, especially MILLIE, BOO, and HORATIO.

Well, I'll be off the porch until Tuesday, so please take care. We're visiting my brother's family in WV this weekend and I'm off work on Monday. I'll try to act like somebody while I'm gone.

"I smell gas, you smell gas?"

May 25, 2007 - Msg 52656: Happy Birthday Asa!

May 25, 2007 - Msg 52657: I tried to sing happy birthday to you but it wouldn't let me post it....I didn't think it sounded that bad.

May 25, 2007 - Msg 52658: Boy, that censor sure is touchy, ain't it Frankie?! ;)

Happy Birthday Tom! And Happy Belated Birthday Asa! Hope you both receive everything you wish for!

Boo, Karen is lucky to have a friend like you. We should all be so lucky.

-Sterling Holobyte

May 25, 2007 - Msg 52659: m-they where in W V

May 25, 2007 - Msg 52660: Happy birthday Tom, I included you in by happy birthday song also. Sterling, I'm still trying to figure out what 'word' it was censoring. I kept deleting and deleting until all was left was Happy Birthday Asa and then my mistake I took Tom's name out also, Oh well....

May 25, 2007 - Msg 52661: Hey Homemaker...can I hitch a ride to TN with you? It's been two years since I've been there, I miss the people and the mountains.

May 25, 2007 - Msg 52662: Good morning, all! It's a rainy, drizzly day here in north Texas. My yard man won't be mowing, and Ted won't be working on the power back there today, obviously. The grass is above my ankles now, it will be a jungle by the time Eddie gets to do the yard, I guess. He'll have to go through with a machete first!

homemaker, 3.59 a gallon?? Is that for regular or premium? Good grief! I just paid $2.95 for regular yesterday, and was whining about that. Of course, we shouldn't be surprised at higher prices right now - after all, it's summer, people are traveling more, and goodness knows the oil companies don't want to miss that opportunity to gouge a bit more out of us. How else can they show record profits? I have a Mary Poppins friend who insists that the oil companies are just trying to be good citizens and curb our oil consumption, conserve resources, etc. (gag) and all that, but that's so lame. I don't know a single person who has said, "Oh well, gas just went up another dime, guess we won't be going to Walley World this year." No, folks just tuck a loaf of bread and some peanut butter in the car, skip a few restaurant meals, and go anyway.

Boo, please keep us posted on Bruce's issues. If he is found to have Type II diabetes, please be very, very careful about letting them put him on the oral agents - big flap about Avandia right now. I took it for six months, didn't feel very well while on it. I'm certainly no expert, but my thinking is that since the body uses insulin to process sugar, then give it insulin. I know, Type II is more about insulin resistance, but I also know that since my doctor put me on insulin, I've felt fine and my blood sugars are in control. I do still make insulin, as proven by a C-peptide level, but when I take extra insulin, my sugar levels remain in the normal range, on average. Just make them explain and justify anything they want to put him on.

Well, I'm off to lunch. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 25, 2007 - Msg 52663: I just paid $3.25 a gallon for regular gas. I pass the gas station every morning on my way to work and everyday it go up. I'm thankful my vehicle gets good gas milage and my job is ten minutes from home.

May 25, 2007 - Msg 52664: Thank you Sterling, that was very kind of you to say. I tried to be a good friend to Karen but she was even a better friend to me if the truth be told.

That's interesting, Ro. I have a friend who was recently diagnosed with type 2 and her internist wanted to put her on insulin right away. She refused and started changing her eating habits. She lost about 30 lbs and her sugars are normal for now but I thought it was interesting that her doctor, who is also a type 2 diabetic, is on an insulin pump and said that she believed all diabetics should be on insulin if they want to avoid the health problems caused by diabetes later in life. She told my friend that it is almost impossible for most people to continue to eat as well as they need to to keep their blood sugar at the right levels. We'll see if my friend can do it. Interesting. Is Avandia the new med that is out that is an injectable and is supposed to help diabetics to lose weight? My doc was talking to me about it recently and told me that she tried it on 5 of her patients to see how it would work for them and I think she said that 2 of the five couldn't take it because of the terrible nausea they had while taking it. I have been taking Glucophage for 6 years for my PCOS and haven't had any problem with it at this point. I'm not diabetic yet, though. I'm sure I have a whopping case of insulin resistance, though.

Better go get something done. We are having some freakish weather today. We seem to have had a little front. The wind is from the North and it's about 60 and rainy. It's supposed to rain all weekend, which is unfortunate considering tomorrow is Karen's funeral and graveside service. Seems like I've attended alot of rainy funerals.


May 25, 2007 - Msg 52665: Boo, my thoughts and prayers are with you as well as the family. I've always heard that it's a good sign when it rains during a funeral. My Mother's funeral was at night and we didn't know it was raining till we walked made me feel good!!! We just recently had a funeral for my Mother-in-Law and I was really surprised, actually shocked when we found out it cost almost as much to open/close the grave as it did for the funeral.

May 25, 2007 - Msg 52666: Post 52659: About 15 miles out of Berkeley Springs.

About gas prices, as one who commutes about 25 miles to work everyday (the Mrs. commutes 30 miles in the opposite direction three times a week), I feel your pain. We spend on average about $400 a month in gas. That's a huge chunk of our income.

Interestingly, though, I read that if you adjust the price of gasoline to correspond to average salaries, the relative price of gas is actually about half of what it was in 1950. That means, in real dollars it actually was more expensive to buy gas then it is now. Strange, but apparently true! Of course, that knowledge doesn't make it any easier on the pocketbook to fill the tank.

Well, now I really have to go do some work and head home. Take care!


May 25, 2007 - Msg 52667: BOO: Through the pain this weekend will no doubt bring, remember the unimaginable joy that your friend is experiencing. Please take care.


May 25, 2007 - Msg 52668: The talk about rain during funerals reminded me of a really nice, but sad, song on this Hawaiian tape we have. I forgot the name of the song, but the chorus is just the same phrase over and over(well, three times). It goes, "Heaven called and the Angels cried".

-Sterling Holobyte



May 25, 2007 - Msg 52670: Hey, Boo. My diabetes is officially Type II, because of my age at onset and the fact that I do produce some insulin. My endocrinologist tried to keep me off insulin, but it just didn't work. Avandia is a pill, has been around for a while. It works primarily in the liver, as I understand it. Seems a lot of things work in the poor old liver, including all the statins. Anyway, it didn't work for me. Glucophage didn't do too well either. The new injectable you mentioned is probably Symlin. Primarily, it slows down the passage of food through the stomach and intestine, making the user feel full longer and slowing the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. It carries a side effect warning of possible nausea, and trust me, they mean it. I tried it and couldn't use it. After about six doses, I gave up. Nausea, felt uncomfortably full - just not a good experience. My doctor ordered it not for blood sugar control - I don't need that - but more to help me lose some weight. I would imagine it would have done that - who can eat when you're nauseated all the time?? Anyway, about Avandia, there's a big hooha about it right now, apparently it has come out that it dramatically increases the risk of heart attack.

About gas prices, I guess I'm lucky. My car gets about 17-18 in town, about 24-26 on the highway. Not wonderful, but not too bad. I work about two miles from home, and have learned to combine trips to some extent - grocery shopping in the morning on the way home, for example. My gasoline bill runs around $50 a month. Not bad, I guess. I do remember when gasoline was 15 cents a gallon back in the '50s, but then $400 a month was considered a very good wage back then, too. When I got my first job, in mid-1956, I believe I was making 1.35 an hour, if memory serves. All things are relative.

Well, the rain has stopped for now, FedEx just delivered the Beautyberry shrub I ordered, so guess I'll go shovel it into the ground. Should grow well with a couple of cloudy days to get established before the heat strikes again. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

May 25, 2007 - Msg 52671: I spend about $50.00/month also Romeena. If I could get myself in 'gear' in the mornings I could walk to work...takes about 12 to 15 minutes. I use to walk it but since I broke my arm I've been driving. Our utility rates are going up 50% starting next month so it's time to start conserving at home as well.