June 15, 2007 - Msg 53472: That's more like a ONE, Asa. Dang ball nearly took my ear off.;) Maybe you should open your eyes when you tee off next time.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 15, 2007 - Msg 53473: I hate to burden youu with my troubles, but I am the elders of our church are going to have a sit down with my mother today and try to convince her she doesn't need to be driving. She is going to hurt herself and maybe others. If I go back to Dallas today, it would not be right. I do want to spend father's day with my little girl.

A couple of days ago I was eatin' big time and dancin' with my lady friend. I will go on with the Lord's help. God bless you all.

The "Dud"

June 15, 2007 - Msg 53474: Correction, The elders and I are going to have a sitdown. The "Dud"

June 15, 2007 - Msg 53475: Big Maude: Please serve up that Slaw and tell me how to make it....The "Dud"

June 15, 2007 - Msg 53476: Hey sterling,dud,maude,asa,boo,ro,possum and all......back at work now....camping tomorrow!...so i will be away for a few days..maude feed this bunch for me..tonight its Rev bbq chicken and cream taters and green peas...back in a bit...SPOT

June 15, 2007 - Msg 53477: Tough situation,Dud. I will pray for you.

Thanks for those words, Sterling, I hope you are right and God is giving me an opportunity to get this heart taken care of. I am thankful when I think that if I just went on and knew nothing about it, I was headed for another one that might have killed me.

Hey ASA, all we get from you is a "FORE"? You been busy? How are things with you and your family?

Off to the health food store to get some coq10!


June 15, 2007 - Msg 53478: Hey everybody! Figured I'd better check in before those rumors started up again about me being pregnant or running off with a dishtowel salesman- neither are true,by the way!
Boo,wow,what a wake-up call! I am praying for you and hoping you get your health on the right track and have no more heart attacks.Take care of yourself,friend.
Prayers for you too,Dud. Sorry about what your mom is going through.
Millie,you hang in there! I'm sure you get bored,so pop on over here to the Porch whenever you need company.Just watch out for Asa and those golfballs!
Good to see Barnwannabe and Marty back on the Porch-y'all don't stay away so long ,ok?
Spot,we needed ya over here in SC last night-bad storms and power went out.Came back on after about 45 minutes,so guess it wasn't that bad. Glad we are getting rain lately-just don't need the lightning,hail,etc. that's coming along with it.
Well,I have things to do around here at my rock.Will see y'all later-have a good afternoon!
possum under a rock
P.S. Prayers for Rev. Billy Graham & Family

June 15, 2007 - Msg 53479: Asa - glad to see you using my "meatballs" again - it makes a dandy slice, don't you think?

Tee Hee


June 15, 2007 - Msg 53480: I have great news! I got a call from the cardiologist office and they said my tests were perfectly normal and there is no heart damage in any way. Praise the Lord. This really got my attention and my lifestyle is changing! Thank you for your prayers....off to get some coq10...


June 15, 2007 - Msg 53481: That is such good news, Boo! I'm so happy you're ok.

June 15, 2007 - Msg 53482: PTL - Boo!


June 15, 2007 - Msg 53483: That is good news.
Now keep it up and everything will be all right from here on out for you.


June 15, 2007 - Msg 53484: Good afternoon, all. Boo, that is definitely great news after the scare you had earlier. You're most certainly on the right track with CoQ10. You may remember that I started taking it several years ago on the advice of a friend, and my cardiologist said "take it if you want to, it's voodoo, but it won't hurt you." Since that time, he has seen my response to it, and that of other patients, and has read up on it, and now prescribes it. It works. It's good stuff. As for red yeast rice, Rev is right, it is helpful. Just be aware that it breaks down into a statin in the body, so if you have problems with Lipitor, as I did, you might not be able to take it. Cholest-Off is what my endocrinologist now has me taking for cholesterol, and it works. It works in the intestine to block absorption, doesn't affect the liver. It's over the counter - get it at any grocery store that has a vitamin aisle. It definitely works, it dropped my cholesterol about 30 points. I also take Carb Intercept on my doc's advice, and it helps keep my blood sugar down - it's also over the counter.

Dud, if you don't mind sharing your email address, I have some information you might be interested in. You can reach me at Romeena at airmail dot net. You know how to put it together.

I'm still in Florida - will be heading home on Monday. Having a great time. It has been cloudy most of the time, and a little rain, but it's needed so badly that no one objects, actually we wish there was more. My son's lake is about five feet low. His dock is in two sections - one is permanent, on pilings, and the other is detachable, on barrels, and can actually be towed out on the lake for a diving platform or to shoot fireworks. Normally, they're about level with each other. Now the floating section is so far down he has put a ladder in place to get from one section to the other. Awful!

Yesterday I went with my DIL's aunt and a neighbor who has become a good friend, and the three of us had a nice lunch on the patio of a little restaurant, then walked around the really cool little town of Mt. Dora, poking into shops, and ended up with lattes from a tiny, friendly little place. We took them and went into the Lakeside Inn, an old historic hotel on Lake Dora. The management had set up some jigsaw puzzles on a couple of low coffee tables, and we sat down with our lattes and started working on one of the puzzles. We stayed over an hour! Such fun. Good company, good conversation, a lovely puzzle, and a beautiful view out the windows. Oh, and the "hotel cat" dropped by for a brief visit and to get his ears scratched. A totally wonderful way to spend an afternoon. I love it out here!

Well, gotta run. We're meeting some other friends at the Goblin Market for dinner - a really quaint little restaurant down a tiny back street in the heart of town, marvelous food. I always feel so at home here - all of their friends have become my friends as well, and I never lack for something to do. They just sweep me along in their wake - whatever they're doing, I'm in. Such kind people.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 15, 2007 - Msg 53485: Possum yell if the power goes out!..still here at work...some storms brewing..how did the talk go Dud?..Romeena what did ya have at the Goblin Market?..Rev i will fed-x you some of your own bbq chicken...Tom,boo,mil,robbie,miller ..yall doing of tonight?..love the ear rings hazel...Asa will you bring the charcoal for tonight?...HM will you make the tea?..Sterling will you park cars...well about finished up here at work....SPOT

June 15, 2007 - Msg 53486: Sure, Spot.
I have to warn you though, I took driving lessons from Aunt Bee.;)

-Sterling Holobyte

June 15, 2007 - Msg 53487: Oh no, I just saw that episode, Sterling.

Glad you are enjoying your vacation, Ro! Thanks for the heart advice. Today I bought coq10 and omega-3, and a great multivitamin. I am also taking the cinnamon for my blood sugar. There are couple of other supplements I want to get soon, too. I'm feeling pretty good but it sure is hot here!!

Well, our pastor and his wife are having a housewarming party tonight so I have to go. Hope you all have a blessed evening.


June 15, 2007 - Msg 53488: Thanks for the warning, Homemaker, but you were too late. Once again, Asa has hit me right between the eyes with a golfball. As Otis once said, "I don't care much for injuries. They can be very painful."
- Hazel

June 15, 2007 - Msg 53489:
Hazel, I missed a good quote from you! You're slippin' up there. ha
Boo- good for you! Natural is a good way to go if you can.
Mil- Me They is on vacation this week. He uses his work computer I think.
Dear Ruth grahamm, may she rest in peace with the Lord. As possum said, prayers also for the family.
Today was Bob Barker's last Price is Right! 35 years at the helm! He went out with grace.
Sterling, how is the new car? Hope there was no sawdust in the tranny! ha
Dud, thx for the recipe!!!
BWB- howdy! to catch you up on the news... "hey!" haha
have a great weekend.
Andy: Well, Mr Winkler, there's a real nice woodshed out back.
Mr Winkler: A REAL woodshed?
Andy: Yes sir.
Mr Winkler: Come on Arnold.

June 15, 2007 - Msg 53490: Hey again all!!!

I did have fun at the fanclub meeting, it was swell!!!

Hope all is well, and I'm glad to see that everyone is well!!!

Well, catch ya'll again tomorrow!!!


June 15, 2007 - Msg 53491:
Hello porch family.

Dud...prayers for your situation with your mom. That is tough.

Boo...that is great news....PTL. Still praying for you.

Ro...have a safe trip home. Sounds like you are having great time.

Spot...thanks for fed-xing my chicken. (what's funny is I really had bbq chicken tonight)

Possum...hope you're taking care of things in SC while I'm away. I hear we've gotten some rain lately.

Well better go for now. You all sleep good and know that I'm praying for all of our porch needs.

June 16, 2007 - Msg 53492: hi all

June 16, 2007 - Msg 53493: Hi, Tom, and everyone else. Tom, I have asked everyone around here for gum wrappers, and they all chew the kind that you pop out of a little plastic bubble on a card. Just not many people chewing plain old stick gum anymore, I guess. I never chew gum at all, because I have too much dental work and it sticks. I ask people everywhere I go, but there just don't seem to be many people who would have wrappers. I'll keep trying, though.

Beautiful out here today, balmy breezes in the palms, light hazy clouds so the sun isn't too hot, just a very pretty day. My DIL and I worked for a short time in her butterfly garden, pulling weeds, reset a couple of plants that were planted too deep, she pruned a few things. It's just beautiful, and everything in it either feeds butterflies on the wing, or serves as a host plant for the eggs and larvae. So pretty.

She's out riding her bike for exercise right now, and I'm up here enjoying the view of the lake and exercising my fingers on the keyboard! Ha! My mama didn't raise any dummies.

Hey, BWB. Glad to see you coming around now and then. Try to make a bit more often, you hear?

Millie, I hope you're having a perfectly wonderful day. May God give you a restful weekend, free of discomfort, and give you the energy to do whatever you want to do.

Well, I'd better get back downstairs, I just heard my DIL come in. We're having a lot of company this afternoon, there are preparations to be made, but as usual, she'll have it under control and make it look so easy!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 16, 2007 - Msg 53494: Travel safe Rev...and watch out for that fed-x truck..hey hazel,possum,dud,boo,ro,bwd,mdc,goober,md,Tom,sterling and all...back at work for the night then to the lake to camp tomorrow till thu!...I dont have a lap top so want be in touch except in spirit!...Big Maude will tale over the cooking for me....tonight its grilled hot dogs and burgers,baked beans,chips sweet tea.....ready at 7"ish.....SPOT

June 16, 2007 - Msg 53495:
Hi, just a note to say Hey today.
Will be back for more porch talk tomorrow.
Prayers heading heavenward...

June 16, 2007 - Msg 53496:
Spot, should be good one in Michigan tomorrow.
Hear who has the pole?

June 16, 2007 - Msg 53497: MDC JJ Yeley got his first pole for tomorrow,Johnson outside pole....SPOT

June 16, 2007 - Msg 53498: Hello Everyone:

I hear that Dallas is getting the Rain. Going there tomorrow for father's day and will be carrying my two umbrellas.

My mother is fighting the driving ban. She still wants to drive as a 82 year old, but for the past 20 years she will not drive on the interstae or state highways. I think that is a good ideah, but to drive to chirch she drives 18 miles when by interstate it would take 5 miles. Then she complains about the gas she is using. She does not drive at night. Love her though, one fine Christian lady. My sister is flying in Wednesday to see about the driving issue from the Detroit area. $900.00 round trip.

Thompson For nominee, but I don't think a Republican has a chance in 2008. How bout the Cointon's racking up over $50 million in cash goodies since big bill lost control and the Hillary got 8 million ore maybe more when he was still the Bubba" president.

Have a good weekend, and Romeena I I'am gonna take the daughter to Spring Creek BBQ for father's day. I want thos good fresh rolls, fried oakra, Potato Salad and Great BBQ Brisket. Maybe some Good Mexican Beans. What Mexican Rest. Dou you recommend in the Metroplex? She likes the Catrina Laredo In Addison. Me to. She likes the (Bonita) Appetizer Platter for her meal and I get some too.

Thanks for your prayers on my mom. Her doctor said she does not have the beginning of Alzamiers.

The "Dud"

June 16, 2007 - Msg 53499: Sorry about the spelling I haven't slept since 8:oo A.M Thursday. Insomnica all my life.

The "Dud"

June 16, 2007 - Msg 53500: Evening Porch, been a few days since I have been here, getting ready for this wedding & keeping these 3 businesses of ours running, takes up WAY too much of our time! Glad to see you decided to stay Dud sometimes it's not that we are ignoring each other, it's just that some of us don't get to post every day, like me (teehee)< but for the most part, we will answer questions if we see them. Anyway, glad you didn't leave.
Romeena what I normally do for Tom that I need to do again soon, is just buy him the gum that has the wrappers & send him gum & all. That way, he can have the wrappers & be the favorite guy on the street with everyone when he hands out gum to everyone. That might work for you too. Anyway, gonna go read the archives I have 2 pages to catch up on I see, then off the the ironing board, been a long day today. We had bad, bad storms here yesterday with hail the size of 50 cent pieces, sure made a mess around here, been working to get it all cleaned up. Robert aka "Mr. Neff" worked his hands to the bone getting it all done. I swear if I am not a lucky woman, I don't know who is!
See ya'll in a bit...

June 16, 2007 - Msg 53501:
Hello porch family....Pray that everyone had a great day.

Dud...Have a good trip to the Big D. Enjoy your Father's Day.

Spot...enjoy the lake buddy.

Hope to see some of the race tommorrow between concerts. Should be a good one.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads.
Prayers for all the porch family.

June 16, 2007 - Msg 53502: Ok Porchsters, I have finally finished reading & catching up so here goes....
Tom how did your step-dad like his camping trip? Did he have a good time?
Boo Glad you are doing better, or that it was better than you originally thought. Good idea about the vouchers instead of cash too. How is Erin's att-itude doing?
Ro Mt. Dora is where we used to go every year, I love that little town!
Lucy I am getting excited about the wedding, can't wait in fact & that is something I swore I'd NEVER do again. Should have listened to Mom when she said "Never say never cause you never know what's gonna happen"
BWB good to see you back, where you been hiding?
Millie I'm sorry you are in "isolation" but stay there until you get better, please, like Opie said "You NEED us!" teehee
Now for the wedding "details" to answer Lucy and for the rest of you....
We are getting married on June 30, at 6pm with a reception & native ceremony to follow at a good friend's house. We are having BBQ brought in & everyone is going to enjoy a big bonfire as well. I am not wearing a dress, or fancy shoes, I will have a veil tho. It's going to be a "Biker Wedding" we are getting married in our leathers & leaving on the motorcycle!! My aunt has made me a "do rag" out of white satin, with a veil attached. Neither of us was ever going to get married again & we both love to be out on the bike, so we figured since it's something we weren't going to do again, since we are, we'll do it OUR way! I am not registered anywhere since between us we have 3 houses full of "stuff" we made a "wish list" at Camping World.com for things we would rather have.
We are loading the RV with our furkids, putting the bike on a trailer & heading to Boone, NC for our honeymoon. I am so excited! This man is Just AWESOME!!
(figured that would be easier to read) ;) We will have lots of pictures so I will get those to Ro as soon as I can after the wedding. Now you have the low down on the wedding & all.
I am off to the ironing board, see you fine folks tomorrow. Prayers, good thoughts & love to you & yours.

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53503: Dud, I can at least advise on one Tex-Mex to avoid in Dallas. Thursday we had an emergency service call on a system I had designed for the George Allen Court Building and decided to go myself. It was a rush trip to Dallas and didn't leave the building until about 8:30 pm. Decided to stay at the Hampton on 183 and made three atempts at exits

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53504: Oh, and I forgot to add that my son, Jacob is giving me away. He thinks my new man is just great & loves the fact that I am the happiest he has ever seen me. :)

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53505: Dud, I can at least advise on one Tex-Mex to avoid in Dallas. Thursday we had an emergency service call on a system I had designed for the a court building and decided to go myself. It was a rush trip to Dallas and didn't leave the building until about 8:30 pm. Decided to stay at the Hampton on 183 and made three attempts at exits, circle back etc and ended up at a Homegate Suites (don’t recommend that place either, unless you are fond of eight legged creatures). It was about 9:45 by that time and even though I had skipped lunch wanted to just turn in for the night. The tech that went with me wanted supper and suggested Mexican food. We could see a place directly across the freeway and went there. It was Don Pablo’s. This must have been the worst I have ever been served. ‘Course, being from San Antonio know some about Tex-Mex.
On a positive note thou, on the way back Friday stopped at a BBQ place in Glen Rose, Hammond’s…..some of the best BBQ I have ever had. It would be worth the drive from Dallas to eat there and the complete lunch…I had brisket, sausage…beans and potato salad…more that I could eat and was $7.25 for the plate. I take pride in my sixteen hour+ smoked briskets but will admit what I had was better than I have ever had turn out. Have a good trip.

Prayers for all, especially Millie and Boo.
(write in word and past to the group...spell checker...but first message got shorted...sorry about that)

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53506: Congrats again Mavis...Rev we will have a ball at the lake...thanks...prayers for your Mom Dud...ahd happy Fathers day!..we are having a eats with my kids and miss sherry and mom and dad before we head to the lake tomorrow...monday we are doing a Low Country Boil at the campsite...ya put taters,corn,onions,sausage,shrimp,crab legs and claws in my big turkey and boil...then pour it all out on newspaper on the picnic rtable and pig out...well back to my movie...Mil how are you and the family doing?...hey Lucy,Tom,ro,boo and all....SPOT

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53507: thats [Turkey Fryer}...not..."in my big turkey"...hee hee...SPOT

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53508: hee hee, that's funny SPOT. You been hittin' the mulberry squeezin's?


June 17, 2007 - Msg 53509: HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all dad.


June 17, 2007 - Msg 53510: To all the Dad's, take the day off and enjoy doing nothing.

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53511: HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!! to all the dad's on the porch! I got Mr. Neff a card & signed it from all our furkids & he just about fell over from surprise. Said it was the first time he had gotten a Father's Day card from a Poodle. Spot is there enough of that Low Country Boil for me & Mr. Neff? I never knew what Low Country Boil was before & boy it sure sounds gooood!
Off to get some things done, I slept WAY too late this morning, but I feel better.

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53512: I can't seem to find the episode about Aunt Bee's birthday present. Can someone help me?

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53513: That would be episode #75, The Bed Jacket. You can find a listing of episodes on the Mayberry.com website.

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53514: Happy Father's Day to all the Porch Daddys!
Hope each & every one of you enjoys your special day. Love to all!
possum under a rock

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53515: Happy Father's Day to all you porch Daddies!

Mavis, Does Mr. Neff have any children that aren't furkids? By the way, what episode is "Mr. Neff" from?


June 17, 2007 - Msg 53516: Hey porch friends! I'm back again! I took a day off from the porch yesterday, but I missed y'all. Sure is getting lonesome around here without the kids. I'm doing well, though.
Hey Boo, I believe Mavis is referring to her fiance as Mr Neff because that is her character's name....Mavis Neff.(played by the inemitable Elaine Joyce). Mavis, correct me if I'm wrong.

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53517: How 'bout I bring a big picnic out on the porch this evening for us all? Potato salad, a picnic ham, buttermilk biscuits, slaw, and a big pan of brownies for dessert. We'll make some homemade cherry vanilla ice cream to go with the brownies.
How's that sound? See ya for supper!

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53518:
"Watch yer foot, I'm rocikin forward"
Hope all you porchsters ar doing well.
Tomorrow is my 31st wedding anniversary!
Still cant believe it.
Mavis, may this truly be the one for you!!
God bless ya.
Well, I better git!

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53519:
Hey Millie! Sounds great. Spot has a big backyard with floodlights. We'll get him to fire up the grill.
See ya all tonight!

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53520: MAVIS .. your gonna be honeymooning about an hour away from my side of the porch .Boone is a real nice area ,lots to do close by ,granfather mountain ,the blowing rock ,tweetsie ,all kings of nice little shops in the town of Blowing Rock ,and the parkway is beautiful.
MDC ...the young man who won the Busch race last night started racing in my area ,Hickory Motor Speedway and Tri-County Speedway ,he is a real nice youngster .Edwards got to do his backflip after the cup show

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53521: Hey Mayberry Deputy, hey MDC....MDC, congrats on your 31st wedding anniversary!

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53522: Millie - I'll just have one dip of ice cream - a girl has to watch her wiast line you know!


June 17, 2007 - Msg 53523: I know, homemaker, and mine keeps getting easier to see!

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53524:
Millie-Cherry vanilla ice cream, YUMMY! I'll take homemakers other scoop, if that's all right.

MDC-Happy Anniversary, buddy!

Mavis-It is easy to see how happy you are, and that's great!

Tom-When I said it figured you were already out in front of me, I just meant, I should've have known you already knew about the web site I posted.

Dud-You have put me in the awkward position of having to stickup for ..... eeeessh...Clinton. While one cannot rule out the possibility of a grift, if he can make some money flapping his gums, more power to him. Although, a mental image of Professor Harold Hill just popped into mind.


June 17, 2007 - Msg 53525: Happy Father's Day to all of the Dad's. I hope your day is special.
Blessings to you and yours,

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53526: Thanks Millie, I forgotten that Mavis' last name was Neff.

Wish I could chat longer but it's been a busy day and I have to get the kids to bed. I've got my own and Karen's children tonight.


June 17, 2007 - Msg 53527:
Hello porch family....Just a quick note. I just got in from my concert in Knoxville,TN so I'm ready to hit the bed.
Hope all the dads had a great day today.

Prayers for all.

June 17, 2007 - Msg 53528: Millie is right Boo, Neff is the last name of the character I go by from the show & I figured my beloved-ed would rather be called Mr. Neff, than Mr. Mavis. ;) Mayberry Deputy we are so looking forward to going to Boone & riding the Blue Ridge on the motorcycle. We have both been in a car, but it's not the same. We are going to go see "Horn in the West", an outdoor drama about Daniel Boone & the settlers that came to the Blue Ridge during the Revolutionary War. Looks to be pretty neat. www.horninthewest.com tells all about it. auh2o thank so much for noticing, I AM so very happy! And just head over heels in love with this man!
Best get off here & get to bed, Millie save me some ice cream, I'll have it tomorrow after work.
Later folks, have a great night & blessings to each of you!

June 18, 2007 - Msg 53529: New car is running fine, MDC. No grinding in the tranny and the steering column hasn't started coming out yet. ;)
Btw, congrats on 31 years with the Mrs.

And Mavis... cheer up!;)
That "Horn in the West" thing sounds interesting. I like things like that.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 18, 2007 - Msg 53530: 31 years MDC? Wow, that's s milestone my friend. Way to go. My wife and I will be at 30 next April if she don't run off with a dish towel salesman before then. :)

Sorry I have not been here much. My computer at home is acting up so I can only get on here at work, and that is only sometimes cause Mr. Meldrin gets upset when he see's me on the computer to much. He's a beast is what he is, just a beast.

Prayers for all my buddy's. Hope your doing well Millie. Mavis, I am so happy for you two. All the best to you and yours.


June 18, 2007 - Msg 53531: Hi all--haven't checked in in a bit. My health has not been the greatest and -well with just a libuary computer---
I have a question-does any one remember the episode where Andy and Barney try to stop Otis from driving drunk by pretending that Otis has been killed in an accident?
They sing a song in that- a song written during The Civil war-
"We shall meet,but we will miss him, There will be one vacent chair-
We will linger to caress him as we breathe our evening prayer"
Any one know which season and the title of the episode?
The sing "Vacent Chair" to him in the cell.

June 18, 2007 - Msg 53532: Happy anniversary to Mr.& Mrs. MDC!
possum under a rock

June 18, 2007 - Msg 53533: Thanks for finding me the episode with Aunt Bee's birthday present. Thank you very much!!

June 18, 2007 - Msg 53534: That would be "Hot Rod Otis". It's episode 115,Ahappynut. Which I believe puts it in season 4.
- Hazel

Andy: (referring to Barneys little toy car) "You might be able to fit in yours, but Otis ain't never gonna fit in his."

June 18, 2007 - Msg 53535: Oh, I forgot to ask Mavis. Are you going to be having rootbeer at your wedding? Don't drink too much; remember how rootbeer makes you feel all bubbly-wubbly.
- Hazel

June 18, 2007 - Msg 53536: Hi, folks. Just got home an hour or so ago, am just beat to the socks. The Plum is doing fine, happy to be off the plane and out of her little carrier. Even though she gets to ride in the cabin with me, right under my feet, it's still confining and she's glad when it's over. Good little traveler, though.

More later - right now I want a shower, some dinner, and some quiet time. Need to go walk over the yard - I see the lotus is blooming out in the pond. It will be beautiful tomorrow.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 18, 2007 - Msg 53537: Hey ahappynut, possum, Hazel.....Ro, so glad you're home. Doesn't it feel good?
Evenin' snack is ready....Rice puddin' with raisins....mmmmmmm,good.

June 18, 2007 - Msg 53538: May I have some of the rice puddin with ant please. hehe


June 18, 2007 - Msg 53539: Very Funny, Tom....sure, have a double helpin'.

June 18, 2007 - Msg 53540:
Sounds good Millie.Great BBQ you put together last night.
TOM- hi ya there. How ya doing!
BOO- last night me and the missus ate at a Whataburger in Mesa AZ and I saw a photo on the wall of the first little Whataburger stand, and it said it was in Corpus Christi, TX in 1950!
Hey homemaker, ya better start chopping wood again! ha Any new "goatlings" these days?
Auh20, asa, postum and others, thanks for the words.
"Ar'nt ya kind, ar'nt ya kind!"
RO- glad the plumster did ok on the trip. I havent heard from Colt lately. I think i will drop him a line.
MD- that is what's neat about nascar, great stories like that one! How goes the produce business?
Mavis- You could always add a sidecar and set up Checkpoint Chickie! ha
Still HOT here, 113 by friday! As colt would say, it is so hot that instead of runnin after each other, the dogs just WALK after the cats! haha
Good evening to you all, prayers a plenty,

June 18, 2007 - Msg 53541:
Hello porch family. Pray that everyone is doing fine.

Welcome back home Ro. PTL that you and Plum are safe and sound. Get some rest.

ASA...Good to see ya back in your rocker.

Well I guess Spot is relaxing on his boat about now.

MDC...congrats to you and the Mrs.

Tom...careful, them ants will tickle your belly.

You all have a good nights sleep and know that I'm praying for you.

June 18, 2007 - Msg 53542: Happy Anniversary, MDC! (I forgot to say that earlier). 31 is something to be proud of, that's great.

June 18, 2007 - Msg 53543: That's right, MDC. We are the home of Whataburger, for what it's worth, ha. I don't go there, though. I stickin' to my healthy eating plan.

Welcome home, Ro. Hope you and Sugarplum get a good night's rest.

Thanks to all of you for your prayers. Bruce got the results of his cardiac stress test and everything was great. I think we both need to do some serious changing to get ourselves in better shape.

I am really sleepy tonight. I mentioned that I had Karen's children last night and I was up till 2am with her 13 yr old boy. He needed to talk and cry a little with me. He is going to be ok, though, it just takes time. Right now he is upset because his dad just married the woman he was living with and he feels like his dad is trying to "replace" his mom. Please say a prayer for Zach, Ali, and Jill when you can.

Think I'll "call it a night". God bless the porch,


June 19, 2007 - Msg 53544:
MDC-There must be something wrong with my computer. It looks like you're trying to tell us it's 113 degrees there. No one can survive something like that. It's been about 90 here and I'm about to raise the white flag or yell Uncle.


June 19, 2007 - Msg 53545: Good morning friends. Just like a bad penny, I've returned. I'll try and read the archives this morning and post again later.

BOO: Boy do I have laundry...


June 19, 2007 - Msg 53546: Good morning, all. Been up a little while, out in the yard briefly (mosquitoes are vicious) and got a few pictures. The lotus appears to be on its third day, judging by the color, so I got some pictures. It will likely drop its petals tomorrow. Remarkable plant. I hope it blooms again this summer.

Fish appear happy and healthy, looks like my friend Ted took good care of things while I was gone. The water is clear, the pumps are functioning - can't ask for more than that. What a deal. Originally hired to refinish some cabinets and do some general repairs, still a trusted go-to person for home maintenance, but a good friend as well. Mr. Wheeler should take some lessons.

Well, gotta run. I'm going to meet my runnin' buddy and have some lunch - probably Mexican from El Fenix, since I have had no Mexican food while I was gone. I'm about to get the bends or something. Someone asked earlier (Dub, was that you?) about my favorite Mexican restaurants. El Fenix is usually very good, but the closest one for me is out Hwy 114. Since I have an errand out that way, we'll probably go there. Nearer to home is a little strip center place called Arturo's that has very good food. El Chico is nasty, though it remains popular somehow. I refuse to eat there. Any Mexican restaurant that puts processed cheese in the enchiladas should be closed down, in my opinion. Just nasty, I tell you!

OK, off I go. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 19, 2007 - Msg 53547: Boo - we had Whataburgers when we visited TX a couple of years ago. We thought they were great - not great for the heart - but good eating!

Looks like it might rain today - we REALLY need it. So glad that Tennessee is getting some too - it has been mighty dry around here.

How are the 4-H projects coming Boo. We are working on a Vet Science poster. Case visited the vet on Friday and watched some surgeries. He saw two different dogs being spayed. He really wants to be a vet. We will display them at the fair in July.

Need to run. . .


June 19, 2007 - Msg 53548: WELCOME HOME ME-THEY!!! Just throw your laundry on that gigantic pile over there...I'm a little behind from all the activity around here.

Hey Homemaker, I'm like Whataburgers ok, but my favorites are the burgers we get down the street at this place called the Hot Rod. Man, they are really grilled and they put them on homemade buns that are kind of sweet and use real cheddar cheese. Wow, are they good. As far as 4H, we had a fund raising project 2 weeks ago, and nothing since then. I'm still waiting for the next meeting. It seems that when Karen died, it changed everything around here for awhile, as far as schedules go.

Ro, I think that it is more likely that the food at El Fenix will GIVE you the bends. hehe

Auh2o, you can go ahead and yell "uncle", but it won't help. I already tried that years ago. I am about to go outside to the garage and start the laundry. When the dryer is going, it's about 100 degrees in there during the day. I tired yelling "uncle" but no luck.


June 19, 2007 - Msg 53549: Anyone here familar with In-n-Out burgers? They are mostly a California chain but dang I love em. I eat there everytime I go to the golden state.


June 19, 2007 - Msg 53550: M-T - could you start a moulage, man things are dull when you ain't starting trouble! Tee Hee

Okay - what's your favorite burger chain?
I'll start. . .I love Dairy Queen's grilled hamburgers (I live on the edge so a good plain hamburger is hard to find).


June 19, 2007 - Msg 53551: Well,it's a sorrowful day here in the Lowcountry.If you haven't heard,we lost 9 firefighters in Charleston.Biggest loss of firefighters since 9-11. They were battling a blaze in a Sofa Superstore & the roof collapsed on them. They did manage to get the employees out safely. The I-report photo up on CNN.com right now was taken by someone I went to grade school with. Seems so surreal.
Prayers for the families and friends of those 9 heroes.
possum under a rock

June 19, 2007 - Msg 53552: Favorite Burger chain...hmmm...have to think about that one. Guess it would be Whataburger or Burger King.

Talked to the nurse practioner at the cardiologist's office and they told me I could get a stress test. I'm scheduled for July 2nd. I'm looking forward to getting it done so I will have a clearer picture of things.

Asa, I have never eaten an In-N-Out Burger but I think I have a nephew who worked one a few years ago out in California. He is in the Air Force now and recently married. He suffered a pretty bad muscle injury while in the academy and he is still having so much pain that he can't perform his job well. He needs some kind of surgery but the gov. doesn't want to pay for it but wants to discharge him instead. Doesn't seem fair to me. Guess the war is costing too much. Hey....I feel a moulage starting. Wanna jump in, Me-They?


June 19, 2007 - Msg 53553: Good afternoon all. Wow, you people have done some jawing since I’ve been gone! It took all of lunch to read the archives. Truth be told that by Thursday or Friday of last week I was skimming, though STERLING mentioning “tranny” in a post did give my eyes whiplash stopping so quick. Glad to see things didn’t change that much since I was gone.

STERLING: Prayers that you get the job that you want. Regarding the episode with your Mrs., remember Barney's warning: "Women! Nothing but heartache!" Seriously, I just muddle through myself but when in doubt, I shut up, smile, and say, "I love you." Sometimes I may throw in a "Did you lose weight?" for good measure ;).

BOO: I’m pleased to hear that all turned out well regarding your heart. You sure your doctor gave it a good look-see, though? Your heart does seem bigger than most, after all. I can also sympathize with your struggles with Erin—been there, done that. I agree with the advice you were given and would only add that when you say something, do just have to follow through. Once kids are let off the hook once, it’s a step backward. I know sometimes it’s not easy (they do tend to turn on the “cute” when they’re in trouble) and plain inconvenient but when a punishment is threatened it must come. I’ve found that a “friendly” warning, followed by a threat of punishment, if needed, usually works. Some people don’t agree with the warning bit, but in my experience sometimes they don’t even realize they are doing something. In any event, the boom is lowered on that third strike. I also hope that your troubles with Sean worked out okay.

AUH2O: It’s funny, I hate politics and therefore can’t talk enough about it. Isn’t that strange? My interest stems from high school (early 80s); I wore a “Nixon in ‘84” sweatshirt, not really because I liked him but rather to irritate a number of my ‘60s ex-hippies teachers. Man that was fun. (HM: I guess that’s when I began starting moulages, too.)

MILLIE: Sorry to hear about the isolation. Maybe John Travolta could loan you his bubble suit. Remember that movie? Seriously, though, you are constantly in my prayers.

LUCY: The Mrs. will be working from home in a few months. Until then, she’s a 9-5er. It makes child care a dicey this summer, but thankfully her mom and my parents live close by so they are dividing up duty. Aren’t grandparents great? A teenager from our church may be called on to fill in now and again if necessary, or I can take a day off. We’ll work it out. Anyway, it’ll be real nice having the wife home every single night! The only problem for me may be relinquishing clicker control.

MAVIS: Congrats to you and Mr. Neff! It’s not a shotgun wedding, is it? ;)

SPOT: Chincoteague Island is a small island off the Eastern Shore of Virginia. It’s basically a little town on an island. Beautiful, quaint place. It was made famous in 1960 by Margeurite Henry’s book, “Misty of Chincoteague.” The wild ponies actually live on Assateague Island, a barrier island accessible by a cause way on Chincoteague. One side is in Maryland and is administrated by the state. It’s okay, and they do allow camping there. The Virginia side, though, is a federal wildlife sanctuary. No camping or anything, but it has beautiful ocean beaches that have plenty of space and attract mainly families. It also has miles of paved bike trails and nature trails, fun nature programs for kids, etc. Wonderful, unspoiled place. I’m not one for the beach, although the kids love it. We rode bikes every day (both islands are perfectly flat). This was probably my 30th time on the island.

Don't get me started on the war, BOO, but what you mentioned is not right. You may not want to get me started on the health care issue, either.

I vote for Wendy's for favorite burger chain.

Well, break time is over—back to work. Hey to everybody!


June 19, 2007 - Msg 53554: Mavis - when you tie the knot, make sure it isn't a slip knot! Opie was always real good a knot tying. Whatever happened to our Wednesday night knot-tying party.


June 19, 2007 - Msg 53555: It still meets on Tuesday nights!


June 19, 2007 - Msg 53556: Good afternoon Porch. Hope all is well today. Finally got my computer at work connected to the the internet again. The computer guy said it was a problem with Norton! Glad to be reconnected with you all. Took my Mom for cataract surgery this morning. She will have the other one removed in a couple weeks. Sure is quite at my house this week, I miss my kids. I will take care of supper tonight: steak and gravy, mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, slaw, rolls, sweet tea, peach cobbler with ice cream for dessert! I had better get busy cooking. Blessings and prayers to all. welcome home Romeena. Glad your tests were good Boo. Mavis, be sure to send Romeena a few wedding Photos for the album! Big Maude

June 19, 2007 - Msg 53557: Hello friends....been a while I know. Kyle turned seventeen in May. He will be a junior in high school this coming year. He starts working at Kroger Grocery Stores tomorrow. He is looking forward to it.

I have a new man in my life. His parents live in the apt next to mine. His dad is in early stages of alzheimers and so he spends alot of time there. We had chatted about the weather occasionally, and one night, I just decided to ask if he would like to come over for a bottle of pop....actually it was a can of cherry coke. He asked me out the next two days, and we have become almost inseparable. He is a good man and I am blessed to have him in my life.

If you would, send up some prayers for him. His son died this past November of a drug over dose and he is still learning to deal with it. He has quite a bit of stress in his life. He is a special special man.

Hugs to all...I will try to pop in more often.
fun girl

June 19, 2007 - Msg 53558: WHAT??!!!....another love connection? What a great summer this turning out to be! Fun Girl, so sorry about your boyfriend's son. How sad. Prayers for him. He is blessed to have a friend like you to help him through.

Thanks, Maude, prayers your mom's surgery goes well.

ME-THEY, you are such a sweetheart...here's a big kiss on the jaw (*SMACK*)! You feel like my little cyber brother. Glad things are working out with your wife's job, and yes, you are blessed to have those grandparents to help you. My folks can't babysit and Bruce's mom lives out of town so finding a sitter can be a real dilemma sometimes. By the way, good "wife" advice you gave to Sterling. hehe

Gotta go get ready for bible study at the rehab and then VBS after that, whew! It's all fun, though.


June 19, 2007 - Msg 53559:
Possum- prayers for the famlies of those firefighters! So sorry. Some things we just dont understand.
AUh20- Airconditioning is the key. Go from AC house to AC car to AC store! ha But why the pioneers ever settled in this place is beyond me!
We had an altime high of 122 in 1991, but people still keep moving here! go figure! ha
Cecile and I went to see Nancy drew on our Annv. She read a lot of ND when she was growing up. It was pretty good. Stars the niece of Julia Roberts, Emma Roberts.
Big maude- good to see you--thougthey took ya back to the big house!
Welcome back MT

June 19, 2007 - Msg 53560: Good afternoon, all. Home from lunch and my errands, got some watermelon in the fridge, think that just might be supper. It's too hot to eat much else.

Me-They, I totally agree with your addendum to the comments we had offered Boo, regarding a recalcitrant child. My dad would gently tell me once to alter my behavior. Next time was a stern warning. The third time, my life flashed before my eyes! Without fail. I knew it was coming, and let me tell you, there were very few third times. Consequently, my husband and I raised ours very similarly. It works, but the key is - never promise or threaten to do something you're not willing to do. If you tell Erin she will go to church in her jammies if she isn't ready on time, and she's still not ready, then take her in her jammies! You won't have to do it but once, and you may start a trend with the other parents at church.

Well, everyone have a great evening. For those who have been traveling, I'm glad you're home safely. For those who are about to embark - vaya con Dios.

Oh, Goober, I have those two CDs in my car, and am really enjoying them. Good job, my friend!

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

June 19, 2007 - Msg 53561: One more thing. About those nine firefighters. That is just pitiful, so sad. I have very strong feelings about that. I admire those folks so much, I think they're grossly underpaid and under-appreciated, but here's where I really get on my soapbox. Those nine men died defending material things!! The employees were out of the building. There was nothing there but a bunch of sofas and stuff. I can understand risking lives to save lives. That's their job, and they know it when they sign up. They know they may be called upon to be heroes some day. But to die to save a room full of furniture? Most likely insured furniture? I don't get it. Here's my take on it. When there are no lives at stake, why put lives at stake? Let 'er burn, baby, burn. Stand outside, do what you can from there, wet down surrounding areas, whatever, but to go inside a burning building to save some furniture - makes no sense to me. OK, that's my opinion. --Romeena