July 02, 2007 - Msg 53872: Oh no,.....boat shoes....not you, SPOT. Tell me it's not true.


July 02, 2007 - Msg 53873: I guess I'm a little dorky; because I wear tennis shoes with my capri pants. I really don't care what it looks like, I'm all about comfort. (Except when I'm wearing my high-heeled shoes, as I spoke of in my earlier post).
I'm sorry you're feeling poorly, Millie. My heart goes out to you, my friend.
- Hazel

July 02, 2007 - Msg 53874: I no longer wear heels. After my third ankle sprain (while wearing tennis shoes, I might add) my dear husband went through my closet and removed all my shoes with a heel higher than 1.5", and took them to the Salvation Army. I'm a natural-born klutz, and when the doctor said another sprain would result in surgery to re-anchor and reinforce the ligaments, that did it. I never replaced those shoes. I have some wedge-heel pumps, less than two inches, and some sandals with 1.5" heels, and that's it. Everything else is loafers or tennis shoes. Not stylish, but very comfortable, and for me, a darn sight safer. That was nearly twenty years ago when he tossed my shoes, and now, at 67, I have no corns, bunions, calluses or any other foot problems, except for the ingrown toenails which I just had removed. I never particularly cared for high heels anyway. Both of my daughters wear astonishingly high heels, and both of them have all sorts of foot problems. It figures.

Good idea, Boo. Don, if you're lurking, could you check on Tom? If we don't hear in a few days, I'll try emailing Don. (Oh, and I had heard the reason for the tongue stud, but filed it under "Too Weird to Contemplate" and forgot it.)

Well, guess I'll head for the bed. I'm tired - don't know why, I haven't done a bloomin' thing all day. Those kids wore me out over the weekend. Also, it has rained and drizzled all afternoon, after the sunny morning we had, and I just sort of wilted, I guess. Sugarplum didn't mind the cuddle time, she was a bit tired too, after playing with Bentley yesterday. She says hey! --Romeena

July 02, 2007 - Msg 53875: What are you saying, Spot, that I got Asa drunk and left him sleeping in an alley somewhere?
That guy will sleep anywhere.;)

MDC, I'll have to give you a rain check, as I don't work there yet. :)

I don't know if I told you guys, but I also had an interview last week at our hospital for a Tray Aide position. Well, what my Mom told me would happen, did. Sort of. She said last week that I would probably be accepted for all three jobs that I was doing interviews for last week. So who do you think calls me to offer me a job, just after I talked with the grocery store manager(who, incidentally, asked me to call again tomorrow morning because the meat dept manager had not spoken to my former meat dept supervisor yet)? That's right, the hospital. So now I have that decision to make. They are both part time, and both pay about the same, I think. The hospital is closer(in fact, I could walk to work if I wanted to), but I would have to get up earlier. I'm talking way earlier. Ok, maybe not WAY earlier, but earlier than I would like to think about.
If only the insur@nce company would call me and offer me the job, then I wouldn't have to weigh the pros and cons because the decision would be easy. The insur@nce job is full-time, and I imagine pays better, and it would be something I would want to do.

Romeena, does a rainy day make you tired too? Does me. If it wasn't for the water, I'd like to do away with rain altogether.

-Sterling Holobyte

July 02, 2007 - Msg 53876:
Hello porch family.

Millie...praying you will be feeling better soon. And we love you too! You're such a special part of this porch family.

M-T...seems like we were playing cyber tag earlier today.

Miss Peggy...my wife travels with me all summer. But during the winter I travel a lot alone.

Spot...keep those lights on buddy and don't work too hard.

Get some rest Ro. Those kids may have worn you out but I'm sure you loved every minute of it.

Prayers for all and have a great nights rest.

July 02, 2007 - Msg 53877: Man, I just lost a post due to the censor! I really think something must be wrong with it. Once it catches you, you can correct the offending word but it still won't let you re-post. At least that is how it seems to me. Wish there was an easier way.

Well Ro, the tongue piercing thing is too stupid to comtemplate. It makes me wish I had not gotten my tongue pierced, but Hazel talked me into getting mine done when she pierced hers!

Off to bed...Erin has been sick with a virus and finally went to sleep. Better sleep while I can...


July 03, 2007 - Msg 53878: Boo the boat shoes are for saftey..no slip...[hush now]..Sterling you better find Asa!..he may be doing slinky tool belt table top dancing at the clubs in Mt Pilot!!Rev old buddy you take care and look for the truck!..Millie ya feel better...Is Asa"a tongue pierced?...well all lights are on...got a 1953 convict movie on...no it aint Big Maude!...its on the TMC channel...well got to run some reports..back with the breakfast menu in a bit..prayers...those asleep dont let the bed chiggers bite...

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53879: that was meSPOT

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53880: Get up gang!..breakfast time!..Big one today..Menu: as many eggs you want any way you want them,hashbrowns scattered covered smothered chunked and topped,bisquits and gravy,toast,grits,country ham,thick sliced bacon [crispy or chewy],thn sliced pork chops,fried spam,cheese toast,fried apple rings,pop tarts,frosted flakes with mayfield whole milk with bananas cut up in them,fresh sliced strawberrys with powderd sugar,milk,coffee,h20,sweet-n-low,oj,apple juice...bring a big plate..Asa come and help serve!..prayers to all..heading home at 6 and back at 2..SPOT

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53881: Hey Boo, are you going to wear your tongue-ring to church on Sunday? I will if you will. If the others don't, we'll slip behind the bushes and take them out.
Thanks for the breakfast, Spot!
- Hazel

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53882: Thongue pwiercings - they are tho thexy! Do you think I'm thexy??


July 03, 2007 - Msg 53883: Good morning everyone. The weather is just too great here today. Sorry for all you guys in the heat or rain.

MDC: Regarding Caesar Rodney's vote, while I agree that he was a Patriot of the first order, and dedicated enough to risk his health to see independence, his vote did not win the day. His vote did break the Delaware delegation's tie to support the Declaration of Independence. Because each colony could sign on or not as it saw fit (no majority was required--after all no new government was yet formed) and ten out of the thirteen has already done so when Delaware did, his vote brought that colony on board with the majority. So, while his vote did not ensure our independence it did saddle us with Delaware for the long haul (just kidding). Ironically, in the "rest of the story" category, his breaking of the tie was not popular back home and was a direct cause of his not being elected to the Continetal Congress.

SPOT: Kids are doing swell, thanks for asking. Nora has ballet camp next week and is excited. Veda is trying to walk and is crawling everywhere. Chad is having a great summer playing outside. That boy loves tools and "fixing" things. I was working in the yard one day and he was playing with my rachet set. He comes up to me with three bolts points at my mower and says, "I don't remember where they go." It was too funny (after I figured out where he got them from). He also used my screw gun to remove all the screw from the setee on the front porch. He can work with tools for hours. I hope he learn how to fix cars soon...

BOO: Something is going around here, too; I've had it, and Veda and Chad has it now. They get everything with their supressed immune systems. Nora, on the other hand, has not had a sick day off from school since she was three. She rarely gets anything, and when she does its mild and lasts no time at all. I hope Erin feels better soon.

BOO: Though open-toed shoes are not my preference for either s*x, I will say that they are the likely choice with capri pants. But tennis shoes (if not dressing up) work well, too.

11. Anklets and (gulp) toe rings. Why not just paint a big arrow on your ankle and a sign that says, "Look at my ugly feet!" Y'know, if my wife gave me the preference of her wearing a toe ring or a big old "bossy the cow" hoop ring in her nose when we go out, it'd be a really tough decision but I'd probably choose the nose ring. What is this huge fascination with decorating feet lately? Has the world gone insane?!?

Did you ever notice that people with pierced tongues can't ever stop playing with them in their mouths? Now, we will have no more talk of pierced tongues! (Fingers in ears) Lalalalalalalalalalalala...

STERLING: When it rains, it pours. Listen to the Lord.

HAZEL: I would never call you dorky.

SPOT: Thanks for breakfast.

MILLIE: I pray that today is better for you. You are daily in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry that you're back in your bubble. I hope that you get sprung soon.

REV: Tag, you're it.

See y'all at lunch.


July 03, 2007 - Msg 53884: Hey Mavis - the wedding picture was great! Congrats! Asa - still have plenty of meatballs left over from the bachelorette party - do you need some for golfing?


July 03, 2007 - Msg 53885: OK Hazel, I will if you will, only mine isn't a ring, it's a big silver stud.


July 03, 2007 - Msg 53886: Hey y'all, lunch is on me today....grilled ham and cheese and chips and pickles. Eat up!
Thanks for all the prayers, friends. Hazel, I waited for you at Sarah's last night, sorry we didn't get to chat. Maybe tonight? Anybody else who wants to chat, I'll be at Sarah's about 10Eastern.
Feeling so weak today, I haven't even gotten out of the hospital bed. I'm hoping to feel better after lunch, so I can get up and get a shower. I need to get moving before my mom comes over this afternoon. They say the Lord can move mountains, so I guess he can move me. I'll be back later, y'all be good.
Love you guys...

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53887: Posted that first to see if I would get "stud" past the censor...

I have to agree about the anklets and toe rings, M-T. There is something about both that say, "trailor park" to me. However, I do think that some women who take care of their feet and keep their toenails manicured (which is not me), have very pretty feet that look nice in sandals. No man has pretty feet but feet don't bother me to look at. Unless of course, they let their toenails grow for years. Yuck. Speaking of the way people dress, though, you would have had a hissy-fit on our camping trip, M-T. The camp we went to was called Mo Ranch and it was a Presbyterian church camp. While we were there we probably saw 300 teen aged girls, ALL in bikinis. Our friend Mark, who is also our pastor told me, "I didn't know it was bikini week at Mo Ranch". I know it was tough for him and my husband to keep their eyes from roaming. I told Bruce, there is no way our daughter would wear that in mixed company if she were a teen...heck, I don't even dress her in a two piece at 5. I get very uncomfortable with the way some of my friends are dressing their young girls. The look like Brittany Spears and they are grade school.

Sure is raining here...


July 03, 2007 - Msg 53888: Hey there Millie, we were posting at the same time. I will be praying for your strength...


July 03, 2007 - Msg 53889: I know exeactly what you mean, BOO. Right now we have it pretty easy--with Nora only 7, going to a Christian school (uniforms) and us monitoring her audio/visual entertainment she's not generally exposed to too much of the worts of it. I hope her sense of modesty, which is strong right now, maintains through the teen years. My four-year-old son, on the other hand, sees no problem with coming out the bathroom with his pants around his ankles. Nora would have been absolutely mortified at that age. I won't expect my daughter to dress Amish or anything, but we need to draw a line in sand, in my opinion. Words to describe kids can be "beautiful," "handsome," "cute," but I won't stand for "hot" or "s*xy." Does that make me a prude? No, just a father who doesn't want his daughter objectified and ogled. And as far as those who say you need to let your kids express themselves, I remember what my mom told my brother in high school, "Letting you have some latitude while drawing a line is me letting you have the rat tail but telling you not to dye the front. I can always cut the rat tail off later if I decide to."

Prayers MILLIE. And a Mr. Cookie Bar for a pick-me-up.


July 03, 2007 - Msg 53890: I hear Frankie and Annette were Presbyterians.


July 03, 2007 - Msg 53891: Back at work gang...any left over lunch?..let me get all of the comp. logged on...back in a bit..SPOT

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53892:
Hello porch family.

Millie...pray that you get your strength back.

Spot...don't work too hard today. You gonna go to the lake for the 4th?

The wife and I are going to The Miracle tonight. It's a huge passion of Christ in Pigeon Forge. It is really highly rated. We went to get tickets and were told that ordained ministers and their spouses are admitted free. Saved about $70.....grrrrreat! What's so neat is it's the same theater that I used to sing in with Louise Mandrell.
Better get going. I'll check back later. Prayers for all.

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53893: I don't have to worry about my boys dressing like tramps but I do preach that they will not look like hoodlums or punks. Hair is neatly cut, pants are pulled up, underwear does not show, and hats are on the correct way. I really do not approve of tatoos (although my husband has one that he regrets getting) and earrings or any of that is out of the question.

I heard Dr. Laura on the radio one day talking to a young girl about how to dress. She said that young girls dressing provocatively is really reverse se*ual harassment. You are telling the boy - hey look at me - but don't you dare touch. I have two nieces who have tatoos, piercings, etc and I simply do not approve. But it is really hard to say anything when my SIL dresses the same way. I find that tramp stamps at any age are going to come apart as they get older. I can see the mortician working on an 80 year old lady with a split tramp stamp. Disgusting!

Okay - me and my thongue thud will get off the thoapbox.


Have fun REV!

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53894: Rev i would not go near the lake on the 4th!...could paddle the boat faster than you can run...too many boats...going Sat...it bad enough then...during the week you can open her up..thats what i like...going the 22nd camping again for a whole week..where are you at now Rev?.where is asa?...supper will be hot dogs and chips...pork-n-beans...fanta grape...SPOT

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53895: Good afternoon, all. Me-They, when our youngest son was about sixteen, he came in asked, "What would you think if I got one ear pierced?" My husband answered without even looking up from his newspaper, "You come in here wearing an earring and you will walk out wearing a dress, if you can still walk." End of discussion. No earring, to this day. Same son does have a tattoo. It's on his hip, low enough that it doesn't show and it is a picture of -- are you ready? -- Bullwinkle Moose! Now is that hilarious or what? If that's the worst thing he ever did, I'm happy. (He's 37 now.)

For those of you with little girls to dress, let me warn you. As they get past about ten years old, modest clothing is hard to come by. The clothes that are available are generally not going to be what you'll want them to wear. I encountered that a generation and a half ago with my daughters, and it hasn't improved. Everything is tight, skimpy, made of sleazy material, and designed to look as trashy as possible. Sad, but true. For moms who sew, I guess you can still find decent patterns, but I'm not even sure about that. If you're really talented, you can modify the patterns, I suppose. Signs of the times....

Well, I hear a nap calling me. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53896:
Me-they- Also,however, Ceasar Rodney, because of his vote for independence, lost his privilege to have his deadly skin cancer treated in England, and so, in a way, did indeed lay down his life for his friends. (keeping my childhood memory intact! (:)
As Homemaker has mentined, freedom is not free! Amen to that. Caesar's name can bee seen toward the middle of all the signers. Maybe this will spark some web searches on our declaration. BTW, Thomas McKean was the last to sign it, and that was in January 1777 ! According to our prez, I think the Queen was there too! haha
Hey, I see that ya all got real BOLD here lately.
Have a good day,

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53897: Hahaha! Very funny response from you husband, Ro. You are right about the clothing situation. It is hard to find decent-looking clothes just anywhere. I find that the more modest clothing is found in the more costly stores, unfortunately. It seems like the cheaper the store, the trasher the outfits. I can still find the kind of clothes my mom bought for me in the nice departments stores like Dillards, but not without a heft price tag (sometimes I can catch a good sale or look for those brands at the thrift stores).

Well I got the results of my stress test from yesterday. The doc said it showed a blockage in the artery that supplies blood to the anterior part of my heart. He said he believed it was a small blockage but that we needed to do a cat scan to get a better look at it to see if I might need a heart cath to clear it and put in a stint or something. I am so thankful that I requested the stress test and didn't just let things go. Much better to deal with the problem now instead of after a heart attack!

Better go, have bible study at the drug rehab tonight.


July 03, 2007 - Msg 53898: Anybody wana catch a movie tonight?....SPOT

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53899: Sure SPOT. What movie do ya have in mind? Right now I have my eye on a Twighlight Zone marathon....


July 03, 2007 - Msg 53900: Yeah, Spot, I'm up for it....Watching "Lucky Lindy" right now. What are we watchin'?

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53901:

To set the Declaration of Independence in more "modern prose", journalist and humorist H.L. Mencken wrote it this way.

Instead of: "When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another..."
He wrote:
"When things get so balled up, that the poeple of one country got to cut loose from another country, and go it on their own without asking permission from nobody, excepting maybe God Almighty; then they ought to let everybody know why they've done it..."
Anyway, you can look more up if ya like.
Have a good one

Mr Darlin's Cuz

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53902: Have yall saw the funny movie "Are we there yet?"..boy those kids!...fire work are going off all around work here...Happy Birthday America!...SPOT

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53903: Been watching TV tonight, mostly one of my favorite shows, Mike Rowe in "Dirty Jobs". My goodness, he gets in some scruffy situations. He cracks me up, though, he's such a good sport about it all, and just pokes fun at himself all the time. I really like his show!

Well, guess I'll turn in. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53904: Barney jumps rope and sings a song to Otis

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53905: Who are you, friend? --Romeena

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53906: "Slow it down and let me in, or I'll go out and get some gin".....is that the scene?
Hey Spot, Romeeena.

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53907:
Hello porch family

Ro....that is so funny. I'm sure your son will never forget that. Bullwinkle....hehe

Boo...prayers for the Bible study tonight. Go get'em sister!

Spot...I'm in TN until Thursday then off to NJ then to Maine. I'll bring the lobsters for supper one night when I get up there.

Prayers for everyone and have a wonderful $th of July.

July 03, 2007 - Msg 53908: Rev fresh Maine Lobster!.O-h yea..just holler when ya get there!..lottle red taters!..corn..and Millie thats the scene!...Ro is Rocky the squirrel on the other side?...hee hee...Millie you feeling ok?..TOM where are you Im worried...hazel,mdc,md,goober,possum,lucy,sterling....yall in here?..where in the workd is Asa?..well I got a house fire that just come in I got to dispatch a crew to to cut the power...guess its fireworks time...back in a bit....SPOT

July 04, 2007 - Msg 53909: Mornin' Y'all and Happy Independence Day!
Ro,I have a similiar story about piercings: My daughter went through this phase where she wanted to get her tongue pierced. I told her how I felt,that it was trashy & I'd be ashamed to be seen in public with her,etc.Well,that didn't matter much to her. She mentioned it to my mom who said she wouldn't allow her in the house with a pirced tongue! My daughter later asked me if I thought Gran really wouldn't let her in her house anymore if she pierced her tongue.I told her that she really DID mean what she said. Case closed-no more thoughts of piercings of any kind!
Boo,it's good now that you know exactly what's going on with your heart & can take care of things before you have "The Big One". Take care,friend.
Millie,sure hope you have good days ahead.We all love you too.
Asa,can you run the flag up the pole for us without getting in some kind of trouble? Spot,when you're finished dispatching your power crews,could you come over & give Asa a hand with the flag? Just in case-you know how he is! See y'all for the fireworks tonight!
*****Happy 4th*****
possum under a rock

July 04, 2007 - Msg 53910: Thanks for those encouraging words, Possum. I am trying to avoid, as you put it, "The Big One"! ha Another things I am happy about is that if I do something about this now, maybe I won't have to have a coronary bypass in the future. I can't stand the thought of that. My dad had a bypass and a valve replaced in 1980 and it changed his personality. I have read that this is possible...something about decreased oxygen to the brain. Before surgery, Dad was a very sweet, easy-going kind of guy but even the day after surgery the change was obvious. He was just never the same after that, in fact he seems to have a real intolerance for many people and more easily agitated. Anway, I guess the biggest challenge I see now is losing weight and keeping it off. I just saw a very discouraging report on TV about the stats concerning weight loss. It seems that 90-something percent of all weight loss is re-gained within 5 years! I know that's how it has always been with me. I've lost alot of weight over the years, only to put it back plus 5 or 10 lbs. The last time, I put on 20 extra lbs. I am really afraid of doing that again.

Thanks for your prayer, REV. The bible study at rehab went well last night. There were 21 of us crammed into that little room and I loved it! We talked about Jesus' parable about the ruler who forgave his servant's debt. So many of the girls are searching for a way to forgive the people who have harmed them. It's hard to talk to them about forgiveness when I know how some of them have been wronged. I knew that it was what the Lord wanted me to talk to them about, though, He made that very obvious so I have to leave the results in His hands. Right now, in the summer, the girls have extra time on their hands and are watching alot of movies. Most of what they have available is not very edifying and they have been asking for some Christian movies to watch. I have DVD's of Jesus of Nazareth and a couple of other movies to give them. If any of you have any old movies that you want to get rid of that you think might be good for the girls, I would love to have them. Let me know and I will email you my mailing address and pay for the shipping.

It is raining like crazy here right now. I think alot of folks are going to have to cancel their 4th of July bar-b-ques. Hope you all have a great day. God bless the wonderful country!


July 04, 2007 - Msg 53911: "this" wonderful country...we have are problems but isn't it wonderful to be free?


July 04, 2007 - Msg 53912: Good morning, all. No, Spot, my son doesn't have Rocky the Flying Squirrel on the other hip, but his wife has threatened to have him tattooed on hers. I don't think she'll really do it, but she has talked about it. I hope she doesn't, but I have to admit, the whole thing is pretty funny.

That boy has always been a maverick - sweet and kind, but independent. He refused to go to college, said he didn't need it, but would get an education if he felt the need. Knocked around, apparently aimlessly, just "working for the man" until his late twenties. Married, very committed, to a girl who is just as independent as he is. She has a master's degree, by the way. He opened his own business a few years ago, struggled for a while, and is now reaping the rewards, as it's doing quite well. His wife opened a Curves exercise salon a few years ago, built up the membership and sold it at a good profit. She plowed that profit back into an L.A. Boxing studio, and it's doing well. She's trying to decide now whether to sell it, or keep it and open a second one. I guess Bullwinkle hasn't hurt my son too much, and if she wants Rocky, she has earned him.

Boo, you have a real challenge there, with those girls. Helping them to forgive people who maybe don't deserve forgiveness is hard. The key, of course, is in showing them how God forgives us when we don't deserve it, but it's still very hard to do. First of all, they must learn to forgive themselves, and accept God's forgiveness.

Sadly, I find it hard to think of a movie to suggest. Isn't that a fine commentary on our times? I wonder how the "Little House" series would be accepted by them? Personally, I love those shows, but the girls might just find them "dorky", I don't know. They are available on DVD. Then, of course, there's always TAGS.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up something to eat. There won't be much of a Fourth around here - I hung out my flag, but I have to work tonight, starting at 7 pm, so there goes any plans for the evening. Friends and family will be going to some fireworks display somewhere, but I'll be sitting at the hospital. (sniff!) Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

Well, at least I won't be a patient. There's always something to be thankful for, I guess.

July 04, 2007 - Msg 53913: Well im back at work till 6 am....double time and a half so I dont mind...did not have to work but I need a new fish finder!...so todays OT will get me the one I want!..Rev hope you have a good 4th on the road...tonight we will have a 4th of July cook out...grilled polish sausage,chicken,ribs,chops,baked beans,tater salad,grilled corn on the cob,big maude slaw,sweet tea...Asa I need to find you to park cars...well let me get logged in here at work...SPOT

July 04, 2007 - Msg 53914: HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!! Porchsters! Thought I would stop by & say hey to everyone while we had the computer out here at the campground. Going to watch fireworks here where we are staying tonight. Nice little place, not too many kids or noise, perfect for folks that want to relax. Mr. Neff & I are having a great time & loving our honeymoon!
I just wanted to check in & see how ya'll were doing. See you all later, everyone be safe tonight, please.'
Oh yeah, my "little" boy Jacob turned 19 today, talk about fireworks in 1988, boy I sure had them!

July 04, 2007 - Msg 53915: Spot what makes you think Asa is gonna park cars with all that good food smelling up the place & his nose working overtime??

July 04, 2007 - Msg 53916: Happy b-day Jacob..[my grandmother] passed in 2004 would have been 99 today!..Mavis all I got to say is that we are eating inside so Asa better wear a shirt and shoes!...SPOT

July 04, 2007 - Msg 53917: Ah, I wish I could take your place at work tonight, Romeena(for more reasons than one). I don't much relish the idea of spending the 4th at my SIL's house.

Boo, have you girls seen Bridge To Terabithia? It's not really a Christian movie per se, but it is a very good film with good morals, and they do show them(the family) going to church, which is something you rarely see in movies nowadays. And I won't spoil the ending in case you haven't seen it, but be sure to bring your tissues.

Hope everyone has a great 4th of July!

Glad you're having a great time on your honeymoon, Mavis!

-Sterling Holobyte

July 04, 2007 - Msg 53918:
Happy Birthday America!! Tho my two Marine nephews are currently in the States, they could serve abroad at anytime again. God bless all you fine porchsters!
Thank you for your love and prayers these past 4 years! Have a great day today of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

July 04, 2007 - Msg 53919:
PS: Floyd, if ya check in today, can ya get us off bold??

July 04, 2007 - Msg 53920: MDC I dont think we are on "all" BOLD..read Romeena"s msg 53921...she wrote my name in Bold..it looks different...SPOT

July 04, 2007 - Msg 53921: Bold? Who's bold? I'm not bold. Now this is bold. --Romeena

July 04, 2007 - Msg 53922: How's this, MDC? Did that fix it for you? --Romeena

July 04, 2007 - Msg 53923: Spot, I think you meant my msg 53912. I hadn't even written 53921 yet! You been hangin' around with the Count? --Romeena

July 04, 2007 - Msg 53924: Yea those jennies will make you transpose things!..SPOT

July 04, 2007 - Msg 53925: MDC may have been in the squeezins for the 4th party...seeing bold!...ha ha...SPOT

July 04, 2007 - Msg 53926: Happy birthday America!

God Bless all those fighting for all of our freedoms!


July 04, 2007 - Msg 53927: Just want to say hi to all the Mayberry faithful.

July 04, 2007 - Msg 53928: "Hi" to you message no. 53927.

Hope you all are having a great 4th of July (hope you are home from you SIL's house, Sterling!).

We had a nice lunch at my MIL's and then came home. I got my shower and just did some relaxing for the rest of the evening. I am trying to teach myself how to crochet so I worked on that for awhile....it doesn't look so good. I am trying to crochet a baby blanket for my nephew's baby, who we are expecting very soon. It's a girl and I chose some very soft, pink yarn but I think it's too small and delicate. I may have to go get some more substantial yarn to learn with. Any of you ladies (or men) do any crocheting? I knitted a houseshoe in the 5th grade and never made the other one. I think I held onto that houseshoe for 15 years before I threw it out (finally figured out that I would never make the other one).

.....back to the Twilight Zone marathon on Sci-Fi....


July 05, 2007 - Msg 53929:
Hello porch family. I ate too much today. But it was good.

Happy Birthday Jacob!

I may be away for a couple days. I'll be on the road where I may not have wireless conection.

Boo....sounds like you had a great Bible study.

Spot...thanks for supper. I can still smell the grill.

Prayers for our nation and all the porch family.

July 05, 2007 - Msg 53930: Yer welcome Rev...hey Boo, hello 53927..hm glad to see ya...hey possum,md,goober,mil,miller,ray,lucy,sterling,MDC,Big Maude and all...Im worried about TOM and Asa....10-4 come in...Rev we will meet you in Tenn in the moring for breakfast on you!!quite here at work tonight...I get off at 6 for a few days..back Sunday night at 6pm for OT [someone on vac] so im filling in...well prayers to all..miss the ones not heard from....bold SPOT

July 05, 2007 - Msg 53931: Mornin' Y'all! Well,I never thought I'd have anything in common with Asa (ha!),but the two of us hold the dubious honor of being the "Pool Accident Porchsters." Lucky for me I didn't get hurt as bad as Asa did when he slipped. I was getting out of the pool while carrying Laci yesterday & my wet feet caused me to slip on the steps. I was about halfway down & my objective was just to keep Laci from getting hurt. Somehow I managed to twist & turn as I fell & got Laci down on the grass-unhurt!She sure was scared & crying,but she's okay. I am so glad she didn't hit those steps. As for me,my left leg is pretty beat up. Nothing broken,but I messed my knees & left ankle(badly bruised & swollen) up pretty good. Gonna hurt for a day or two,I'm sure. I just thank the Lord for helping me protect Laci. She was having too good of a holiday to have to go to the emergency room.I wasn't gonna let that happen-she got to go enjoy the fireworks last night!
Hope everyone had a great 4th! Congrats again Mavis! Glad you're happy! Happy belated birthday to your son-they grow up fast,don't they?
Guess I better hobble back to my rock.Y'all have a good day!
possum under a rock

July 05, 2007 - Msg 53932: Good morning, all! Possum, the key words I picked up in your account of your accident were "twist and turn". Then you mention bruised and swollen - is that your knees or ankles? A twisting injury to the knee can destroy your ACL. That's what I did to mine, and ended up having to replace it a couple of years ago. I'm glad Laci wasn't hurt, but sorry that you were. Grandmas will do anything to keep those little ones from harm, won't we?

Major congrats to Mavis and Mr. Neff! I pray for a lifetime of happiness for the two of you. You deserve it, Mavis. I don't know Mr. Neff except by your description, but if you chose him, then he must be a pretty deserving feller, too.

Work hours went by slowly last night, seemed like it would never, ever end!! Not busy, just slow. I'm glad to be home.

Well, I think I'll go lie down for a while. Supposed to go watch the little grandsons show off at their final swimming lesson for this series - unless it gets rained out, which just may happen. It won't break my heart, because then I can just keep on sleepin' and won't have to get up until I'm ready.

Have a great day, everyone. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

July 05, 2007 - Msg 53933:
Morning porch family.....Getting ready to head out so this will be short.

Spot....ya'll come on for breakfast in TN. Sounds great.

Possum....I pray your knee and ankle gets feeling better. It will probably take a while with that type of injury.

Well folks gotta get going. You all take care and remember I'm praying for you all!

July 05, 2007 - Msg 53934: Prayers for you REV. Be safe and blessed (and a blessing to others, of course).

So sorry about your injury, Possum. May you heal quickly. Your a top-notch grandma!

Well, the rain finally stopped here and the sun is trying to peek out. The ground is absolutely saturated and the mosquitos are on the way. This has been a very mild summer here so far because of all the rain. It's nice to see that everything is still nice and green.

Have a hair appointment to touch up those dark roots. I turn 45 this month and hardly have a gray hair on my head, can you believe it?

Better get the kids ready to go to St. Susan's house.


July 05, 2007 - Msg 53935:
Racing in DAYTONA this week!
My computer was showing all posts in bold, but now all is ok. Maybe it was the squeezins!! ha
Short visit today.
God bless ya all.

July 05, 2007 - Msg 53936: Afternoon Y'all! Thanks for all the concern. I'm just really sore and in a tolerable amount of pain. Not too bad. Ro,I don't think I did much damage to my knees. One has a small bruise & the other is mainly scraped up with some cuts. My left ankle got the worst of it. I remember it hitting the steps.It has a deep bruise and what looks like an angry gash across it-bled a little but skin never was broken.Think I'll have a nice scar-maybe I'll get a tattoo to go with it! JUST KIDDING! Knees don't feel like I damaged them other than what I mentioned. I think I'm gonna be okay. A certain little girl came over to see me today and was playing her little toy keyboard and there she was smiling,clapping her hands to the music and just being HAPPY-that's the best medicine I could have gotten!
Boo,isn't the 31st your birthday? Mine's the 30th. We'll have to have a party! MDC,you save us some of those squeezins,ya hear? Ha!
Everybody have a good evening!
possum under a rock
P.S. I did get medical treatment-my mom is a retired nurse!

July 05, 2007 - Msg 53937: TINY TREASURES




July 05, 2007 - Msg 53938: Well, hey there, Tom! We've missed you - don't stay away so long. Thanks for the lovely verses - so appropriate at this time of year. Yep, I figured Don was out of town, probably in Colorado visiting his children and grandchildren. He goes every summer.

Possum, I'm so glad you weren't more seriously hurt. Bruises and abrasions can be very painful, but generally don't leave any lasting damage, so we're grateful for that. And yes, seeing that little one, safe and sound and playing happily, oblivious to what you saved her from - that's its own reward.

I've been having some miserable sciatic pain, in left hip and down the back of my leg and into my foot (good heavens, I sound like Emma) for several days now. Can't sleep, can't sit still anywhere, getting pretty tired of it. Since I can't take anything stronger than Advil and Tylenol, I'm out of luck. Called the neurologist today, and got an appointment for - are you ready - August 28! Yeah, that'll work! Good grief.

Well, I have one more bullet in my arsenal, a non-narcotic drug called Toradol. I can take that one, and it's usually pretty effective against pain. I happen to have three tablets, left over from my knee surgery. Didn't need them, Advil and Tylenol managed that pain for me and I don't take anything I don't need. I may take one of the Toradol tablets tonight, just so I can get some rest. It may not work, though, nerve pain like this is a totally different kind of pain. Oh well. Certainly it could be worse, and I guess I'm just exercising the right of the elderly to complain.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

July 05, 2007 - Msg 53939: Welcome back Tom! We missed you!
Gosh, I just wouldn't have it in me to tell any of my loved ones that they couldn't come in my house or that I'd be ashamed of them if they did tatoos or piercings. That's just not in my personality. My son never went in for anything like that anyway; and my daughter and I are so close, I would never judge her or ban her from my house for getting a tatoo. (she has 2) And she also has her belly button pierced. (I went with her to that appointment). Tatoos and piercings don't change the way a person is inside. It they're a thief or a druggie, then having a piercing or not having a piercing isn't going to make too much difference. They are what they are. My niece, who is a senior in college and is majoring in mining engineering got her tongue pierced a couple years ago. I don't know what possessed her, but she and a couple friends did it. Her dad yelled at her and said she couldn't come home on breaks, called her stupid and said he was ashamed of her. All it did was cause a rift between them for months. In the meantime, she got tired of slurring her words and let the durn thing grow shut. But I couldn't imagine not being loving and accepting; it's not to say that I approve, but my family is always welcome at my house. Now, if they were doing drugs or committing crimes, then that's another story. Youngins!
Sorry about your fall, Possum. I fell down myself yesterday. Ouch
- Hazel

"I'll take the Mr. Potato Head!"

July 05, 2007 - Msg 53940: I agree with what you've said, Hazel, to a great extent. I would not ban any of my family from my home for something like a tattoo or a piercing - as I've said, my son has a tattoo, and my granddaughter has a belly button ring. (Why, I'll never know.) Still, she is a sweet girl, and I love her, and that ring doesn't change that. I would, however, ban a loved one if their behavior was harmful, threatening or seriously disruptive to the rest of the family. I have a cousin whose behavior is so annoying, obnoxious and offensively out of line that he ruins any gathering of the family. I wouldn't turn him away if he showed up, but I don't invite him, either. Sad, but true.

As far as "I would never judge her", I know what you meant in this context, and I agree, but I do think that in many cases people use that "don't judge me" argument against society, in order to gain tacit permission to do whatever they please. Interestingly, our entire justice system is based upon the notion of determining the right or wrong of someone's behavior, when held up to a set of laws. That's just pretty much "judging", in the sense of the word that is implied when a moral offender demands not to be judged. Someone else has made the rules, (God? maybe your dad?) you break them, you're judged to be in the wrong. I know my husband and I had a strong set of moral values that we upheld in our home, and did our best to instill in our children. I'm sorry that they didn't all choose to follow some of those values in their adult lives in some cases, but I still love them and always will. Some are paying a price for it now, and it hurts to see it, but at least I know I didn't foster it. I think they were wrong, but so be it. As much as it's their right to behave as they choose, it is my right to think what I please about what they do. I just observe, love them, and keep my mouth shut.

However, in the Biblical sense, I do not think that's what is meant by the commandment to "judge not, lest ye be judged." I don't think God was referring to the judging of someone's behavior, because God himself laid down laws and commanded the people to enforce them. Rather, I believe the scripture forbids the judging of someone else's worth before God. Harmful or disruptive behavior must be controlled, but even the vilest offender can be made righteous through faith in God, and it isn't our place to judge whether or not that has taken place. Only God can do that.

Well, that's my piece for tonight. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

July 05, 2007 - Msg 53941: I just overheard Emma talking to Andy, and I declare, it sounds like she's got exactly the same ailment I have! --Romeena

July 05, 2007 - Msg 53942: Hi Hazel, do we still have a date to get our tattoos this weekend? Remember, I'm getting Barney on my thigh and you were going to get Andy on your arm? By the way, I love that potato head quote...one of my all-time favorite lines from TAGS. Thanks for reminding me of it.
Also wanted to say it sounds like you are a very compassionate person. I agree that I would never turn out any of my family for something so superficial but let me tell you something about Texas men (most of them, especially over the age of 40). They are very much like the cowboys you see in the movies in many ways. They tend to have stong opinions about what is acceptable and what's not. I can see my own husband saying something like Romeena's did and let me tell you, there is not a more devoted dad on the planet. Most Texas men are pretty conservative and express that very openly. They are good old boys who don't mess around and tell it like it is (or like they think it is! ha). When it comes right down to it, though, family is everything to most of them and they love their kids. Sometimes their idea of tough love sounds pretty harsh but they stop at nothing to do what they think is best for their family.

Gotta go read to the kids before bed. Hope ya'll have a peaceful, Mayberry-like evening.


July 05, 2007 - Msg 53943: Hahaha. Just read your post Romeena!! I know exactly what you are going through with that sciatic pain. Had it off and on for years. When I was pregnant with Sean and still working long hours I was in agony. I remember having to crawl to the bathroom in the middle of the night because walking caused unbearable pain after I had worked a long day. I couldn't really take anything besides Tylenol either. The only thing that really helps when that sciatic nerves flares up is rest. You have to stay off of it as much as possible...easy to say, hard to do.

Better go...


July 05, 2007 - Msg 53944: Hey to the PORCH!

My word...it has been a month of Sundays...at least...since I've been on here. Just so much going on in life, and though it's good...it's taken me away from taking it easy now and then. But we're getting back to some of that now.

I've read very quickly through some of the archives...but I'm sure I've missed a lot of stuff.

Ro...always good to see words of wisdom from you. How is the plum doing?

Possum...you have to be careful when you're working on those sea legs...that'll mess you up, take good care of you and get better!

Spot...good to see you...if it's not too late, I'd like to have a big ol' slab of bacon, some eggs...over easy or any other way, so long as you keep the dirt off of em...some buscuits and gravy, and a little apple butter. MMMMM....now i'm REALLY hungry!

Mavis, Boo, Tom...MDC, Hazel...Millie...good to see ya'll...

Rev...be careful out there...when you get this, please send me your site info again, I sure would appreciate it! Just send it to rod@rodburtonmusic.com

We've been having a big ole time...spent a week down in Myrtle Beach...that was a lot of fun! Also found out while we're there that the Goober house hold is about to get a little bigger...again. Yep...Mrs Goober...the same that was told just a few years ago that there was a 0% chance of having a baby, is doing it again. :)

Ya'll be good...take care of one another...and I'll promise to write more!


July 05, 2007 - Msg 53945: Oh, my goodness. Boo, what you said made me realize that my story about my husband's answer to our son's question about an earring made it sound like he wouldn't accept him if he did it. That wasn't the case at all, and was not the way our son took it. What was conveyed was that my husband did not approve of men wearing earrings, the son was living under our roof (teenager) and Dad was still in charge. No big deal, as I said, he didn't even look up from his newspaper. Son got the message, end of story. He tells the story himself now, and laughs about it. Always a little in awe of his dad, loved him deeply, and still can't speak of him without tears in his eyes, after eleven years. They were very close.

You're right about Texas men. My dad was that way, my husband obviously was, and it always gave me a sense of security. I knew I had those big old strong guys around to step in if something arose that I couldn't handle. The cousin I mentioned earlier - my husband once backed him up against a wall and informed him that if he got out of line around another woman in his presence, he would find himself on his back, it would take him a very long time to get up, and his grandchildren would be born with bruises. They would let me handle things if I could, but they were always there as backup. It's kind of a lonely feeling now, with both of them gone, but I have my sons, and they're like their dad and grandfather - quite protective. Makes me feel good. --Romeena