July 26, 2007 - Msg 54388: Good to hear from you Asa, and thank you for your very kind words. So glad you and Mrs Asa are encouraged by the prayers of the porch. Congratulations on the grandchild "in progress". What a blessing that is.

TOM, wish I could send you some of our rain. It's raining right now and seems like it hasn't stopped in a month. It keeps things from being so got that I like it, and everything is still green.

Hey Me-They, nice to see a good, long post from you. Maybe things are slowing down a bit on the job? I wish I could participate in the political conversation but I am terribly ignorant about most politics (I shouldn't be, I know). I would love see another good moulage about something.....could you comply, possibly? heehee

Just finished having lunch with Karen's ex-husband. He is doing a pretty good job with the kids and it's a struggle since he seperated from his current wife. We all had a good time and some good laughs over lunch (which I needed). Seems strange that I am spending time with my best friend's ex, though. I know I need to do that, though, for the sake of Karen's kids. I am trying to stay on friendly terms and forget the things of the past that made me want to beat him to a pulp! haha

Well, I feel like sitting and listening to the rain for a bit. I am trying not to be so driven by the work that is always waiting to be done around here. Since I turned off the TV (!), I am discovering the healing power of those few quiet moments I can spend just thinking or praying. I have also taken up crocheting (believe me, this is a stretch for me because I am not the type to crochet), but I find that it relaxes me. I just finished a cute scarf for Erin and am working on a baby blanket and an afghan for the couch. Hope I finish them. I need some intruction on how to learn some new stiches from someone. I bought a book and looked it up on the internet but I can't get the hang of it by looking at a picture, I have to have someone teach me in person. OK, have I bored you all to death yet? Is anyone left alive on the porch after this post?

Going to go now....


July 26, 2007 - Msg 54389:
Hey Friends

Asa-I don't recall you mentioning the news of the newest addition, congratulation! Still praying for ya buddy. I know it's the most powerful thing I can do but I wish I could do more, thinking of you.

M-T I have to agree with ya, Hillary's delivery is similar to Nixon's. However, while not being much of a Nixon fan (if there is such a thing), I think he was much more grounded in his beliefs. I guess what I mean is, you knew where the guy stood, with Hillary, not so much. She tends to be all things to all people. When she turns $1000 into $100,000, well, that's just great but when anyone else does it, she calls it greed. I also agree with your assessment of the GOP, there are some guys there I like but...... ahhh yawn. Thompson would ease some of that but Newt would get rid it all together.

Tom-Glad you're staying dry.


July 26, 2007 - Msg 54390: BOO: Have you tried mosaics? They worked for Otis (for awhile).

Thanks. I'll see if I can't work up a good moulage for tomorrow. Nothing like a good TGIF moulage.


July 26, 2007 - Msg 54391:
Hey there Boo.


July 26, 2007 - Msg 54392:
... and M-T


July 26, 2007 - Msg 54393: Oh, hey there AUH2O. I agree that Thompson would shake things up. Personally, I think he's waiting it out in deference to his buddy, the senior senator from Arizona. When he sees that McCain doesn't have a chance, he'll step in. I wouldn't be too surprised if McCain didn't end up the VP on a Thompson bumper sticker either.

TOM: I wish it would rain here, too. Our grass in downright crunchy.


July 26, 2007 - Msg 54394:
M-T Without trying to make this look like the Mutual Admiration Society, I have to agree with you again. I think Thompson may be waiting for McCain to dropout.


July 26, 2007 - Msg 54395: Hey Y'all! So good to have Asa on the Porch again. I think you did tell us about the new grandbaby,but we didn't know it was another girl-that's great news! So many baby girls on the Porch!
Asa,Laci is doing good. Still not walking on her own yet though. We (including her physical therapist) believe she could,but she's got two things against her-#1,she has a bit of scaredy-cat in her, and #2,she's kinda lazy! She'll take some steps,but other than that she uses her walker,crawls,or is carried. She's getting heavy! But she is coming along good in her overall development. She likes her new house-it's right down the street from me! They're finished moving-hooray!
Good luck to Ro with the eye surgery.Hope she can check in soon.
Gotta go make supper-anybody want lasagna,head on over!
possum under a rock

July 26, 2007 - Msg 54396: Good afternoon, all. Eye surgery is complete, have been back to the doc's office for the post-op check, and all is well. Still dilated, so still a bit blurry, but that yellow haze is gone, and I'm glad. The blurriness will clear quickly, probably by tomorrow, and I'll have great vision. Good news - no cost to me, not a dime. Between my primary ins#rance where I work, and Medicare as secondary, it's all covered. Amazing.

On the political scene - this will probably just fry any feminists out there, but I will probably go with my sons' opinions, and both are favoring Thompson. I almost always voted with my husband when he was living. I don't really study the issues and the candidates, and he did, very thoroughly. I figured if I trusted him enough to marry him and entrust my future to him, I could probably trust his judgment on voting as well. It sure beat voting for someone because they had a nice smile or something. Now, if I did on occasion have a strong opinion myself, then I voted my own beliefs, but usually I agreed with him. My sons both follow the issues closely, they are smart men and have good judgment, so I listen to them. I'd vote my own convictions if I disagreed with them, but so far, I don't. So there.

Well, I'm ready for a nap. That Versed they gave me this morning is still hanging around, and I'm sleepy. My friend who drove me out there has gone home, and the Plum and I are going to just cuddle up and sleep for a while. Have a good afternoon, everyone. --Romeena

July 26, 2007 - Msg 54397: Hey, Possum, I didn't see you there. I'm glad Laci is doing well, and here's a little story that might help with the walking thing. Many years ago, we had some friends who had a little girl who was nearly two, and simply refused to try to walk on her own. She cruised around the furniture, but would not turn loose. Finally, her dad tied some heavy string, or some sort of cord, from one piece of furniture to another and she would hold onto the string and cross the gaps, walking well but holding the string. One day they noticed that one of the strings had come untied and she didn't know it, and was walking holding a piece of loose string! After that, they would just place a length of string in her hand and she'd walk all over the house. Isn't that hilarious? Something along that line might help Laci. It's just a matter of overcoming the scaredy-cat part, and the string provided that reassurance. Worth a try, maybe? They could hold onto a scarf or something, and let her hold it too, and help her walk, then gradually they could let go and leave the scarf in her hand.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

July 26, 2007 - Msg 54398: Tom, those pictures are priceless! Thank you so much! --Romeena

July 26, 2007 - Msg 54399:
Hey gang, I will be AFP (away from porch) until monday. Finally getting away for short R and R.
Colt finally sent me his phone number. We had a good talk today. I told him that without his guidance as mayor, the Grand was showing XXX and the Band didnt get to go to Raleigh! haha We had some good laughs. Keep him in your prayers however. He still has some kidney problems.
God bless, prayers for you all, see ya Monday.

July 26, 2007 - Msg 54400: Tom, we are going to pack up some of the heavy laden dark clouds hovering above us and send them to you. We in the arid south Texas prayed to much for rain and He has given. We will be doing our best to send them your way.

July 26, 2007 - Msg 54401: Yeah, Ray, and it's not just south Texas. We here in north Texas have had a lot of water, too. In fact, it rained again here today, to my surprise. Not a lot, but it did rain. I'm glad, because the new plantings that went in yesterday will enjoy that.

MDC, I'm glad you're in touch with our absent mayor. Sure do hope he can get things together and improve his situation.

Well, guess I'll go watch some TAGS. I saw the "Cow Thief" ep this afternoon, and sat there all by myself, laughing like an idiot, at that cow walking off in those shoes. That scene just cracks me up totally, every time. The music, the way the cow is walking, the way the shoes have those bulbous toes, everything. Just the funniest thing ever.

Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

July 26, 2007 - Msg 54402: Can anyone tell me how to get to Aunt Bees online cook book, I've forgotten how. Hello to all Prayers where needed and it's good to see ur all still here... TeaCup

July 26, 2007 - Msg 54403: Try this TeaCup
That should get you there.


July 26, 2007 - Msg 54404: Ray you can keep the rain there.
We had a little storm what rain and lighting all night.
It is to stop by monre.


July 26, 2007 - Msg 54405: Thanks for all the kind comments about the ant story, everyone.

Possum, I'd love to make a living by writing. I've sent out a few short stories, but so far, publishers haven't bitten.
I'm sure I'm not the greatest writer in the world, but I am still learning.
I actually just finished reading a book on writing by the author who wrote 'Ella Enchanted'. I found it one day in the kids section of the library, when Kai and I were there for their storytime program.
Quite frankly, it was much more informative and - dare I say it - well written than most of the "adult" books I have seen about writing. I think next time I want to read a book on doing anything, I will check the kids section first.

Boo, you do know that most grasshoppers can fly, don't you? ;)
Still, it's true he could've been knocked unconscious and smushed, and I'm touched that something I wrote gave you pause to think of one of God's creatures. And I'm sure the grasshopper would thank you too. ...That is, unless grasshoppers are selfish, like them giraffes. ;)
I once stopped and picked up a turtle crossing a busy street and put him down on the other side of the road, just because of watching Steve Irwin. Otherwise, I might have just "hoped" that the turtle made it across, and drove on my merry way. But seeing his passion for wildlife, and the interesting way he presented it, made me want to be an active participant, and not just an observer, in that case.

Happy birthday to Romeena, and Ray, and to anyone else whom I can give belated birthday greetings to.
Romeena, glad your eye surgery went well.

Goodnight everyone.

-Sterling Holobyte

July 26, 2007 - Msg 54406: Good to see you, Asa. Hard to believe that Mariah is 18 months old - and congrats on the new granddaughter on the way. Prayers continue for your family.

M-T, glad to hear Veda had a nice party. : ) Do you all have very much family in Arkansas?

Glad things went well for you, Ro. And surgery for "free" - you can't top that.

MDC - I guess without Colt, Mayberry's turned into a regular sin town. ; )

Miss Laci sounds like a little sweetheart, possum. Glad she's doing so well.

As far as the political discussion, I'm kind of keeping my eyes on Newt, Thompson, and even Mike Huckabee. My hubby usually votes the way I tell him too (sort-of) - he pretty much relies on me to do the research on candidates and issues before we vote.

Prayers for all my fellow porchsters - good night all!

July 26, 2007 - Msg 54407: Sterling, my Dear, not only did I not know that grasshoppers could fly, I don't know who this Thompson is that everyone is talking about. How sad is that? I do know, however that Lyndsey Lohan is back in rehab....(boy, I'm pathetic).

I have a birthday coming up next week and my aunt sent me the cutest card! I thought of Romeena when I saw it. It has an up-close photo of two squirrels standing with a fire hose. The caption reads, "Okay, light the cake"! Ha!

Me-They, I don't know if I have ever tried doing Mosaics...what are they?...do you have any idea how embarassing it was to ask that question after what I posted in my first paragraph?

Hey Ray, you've been to Mo Ranch? Tell me about it when you have a chance...

Better get to bed...plenty to do tomorrow.


July 27, 2007 - Msg 54408: Goat show went well - too tired today. A few Grand Champions for the boys but no overall grand champion this year. Our neighbors won that and we are thrilled!


July 27, 2007 - Msg 54409: I think I'll sing a song for Romeena. Two verses in keeping with her situation.
anyone wanna finish it?

Boo, what day is your birthday? I wanna sing to you on that day.

Sterling, maybe you need a pen name like Sterling Dubois Alexis or something like that. I'd buy a book then. :)

Nice thing about homemaker and the fair, she's to tired to make meatballs. Did you put any in the fair this year hm?

Glad you talked to Colt MDC. Glad he is doing well.

TGIG! Who has big weekend plans? My first planting of corn is getting real close to picking. Anyone wanna come get some fresh corn on the cob? I tried a new variety this year that is supposed to make your toes curl it's that good.

Well off to work.


July 27, 2007 - Msg 54410: Mornin' y'all! Did Spot run off somewhere? I want my breakfast! Ha! Well,maybe I'll run out & get some Krispy Kremes-we could all get jacked up on sugar this morning!
Ro,glad the surgery went well.You know,maybe we could try the "string/scarf" thing with Laci. Good idea.I'll have to get Mr. Possum to rig something up so I can try it when she's over here at my rock. Thanks for the tip.
MDC,I'm glad you keep in touch with our Mayor. He is missed a lot.
Asa,I think Boo's birthday is July 31st,the day after mine. Now, if you're gonna sing on the 31st,you'd better rest your larynx on the 30th. I don't want to hear ANY catawauling,er,singing out of you on the 30th! Ha! I'll take some of that corn. Hey,do you think homemaker entered any kerosene cucumbers in the fair?!
Boo,if you do a mosaic,maybe you could enter it in a fair-and you DO know what mosaics are! Remember when Warren was into mosaics and he got Otis to make the one of the cow? He gave it to Andy to hang over the mantle & he hid it in the closet.
Well,it's laundry time again.I'll leave Me-They's shorts for Boo this time. Y'all have a great day!
possum under a rock

July 27, 2007 - Msg 54411: Asa- you just go a sinig your little heart out , I like like your sining.

July 27, 2007 - Msg 54412: My cucumbers were disqualified due to a flammitbility and my meatballs won the big prize -
Thanks for asking!


July 27, 2007 - Msg 54413: Good afternoon, all. homemaker, did your cucumbers have anything to do with that big explosion we had in Dallas on Wednesday? Boy, that was really something. The location was apparently a storage facility for tanks of acetylene fuel, used in welding torches and such. Once the fire started, the firefighters couldn't get close enough to fight it effectively because the tanks kept exploding and were flying out of the place like missiles. A large number of cars burned after some tanks hit a parking area and ignited a few vehicles, and the fire just spread to others very rapidly. It was truly a mess. The location is probably about 8 miles or so from me, as the crow flies.

I question why such dangerous material was stored in a place like that. It's right on the edge of downtown Dallas, near a freeway, near Reunion Arena - just not a good location. Seems to me something with that hazardous potential should be stored below ground level, in a facility that can be closed off tight, with a remotely-activated door. In that case, the fire would have gone out in seconds. No oxygen, no fire. But of course - what do I know??

Asa, I want to know more about that corn. I absolutely love corn on the cob. If your new variety is as good as you're expecting, I want to know it, and I want the name so I can look for it in the markets.

Well, I guess I'd better get a few chores done around here. Laundry is caught up, but the kitchen is a bit untidy, and that really bugs me. I'm very particular about keeping my kitchen and bathrooms clean. I sometimes don't make my bed, because my sleeping patterns are so irregular, and the Plum's toys are always scattered about, but I don't want a dirty kitchen or bathroom. So, off I go, scrubber in hand. Sugarplum says hey! --Romeena

July 27, 2007 - Msg 54414: Funny, I posted this morning but I don't see it now. And I ain't had no squeezins today. Must be the Count. Oh, well, I'll repost in a bit.


July 27, 2007 - Msg 54415: Well im back gang!!...great camping,no tv,comp...just water and fun...got alot of reading to do....let me get settled in here at work...yall been eating good?....back in a bit....SPOT

July 27, 2007 - Msg 54416: Good afternoon everyone.

ROMEENA: I’m sure glad that the explosion wasn’t any closer to you. I was wondering how far away you were from it. And I’m all for clean bathrooms and kitchens.

BOO: Your more in the know than you think you are; I know that you know who Fred Thompson is and also what mosaics are if I jog your thinking a bit. Image Google Fred Thompson and you’ll see his picture then it’ll hit you (“Oh, that guy!”). And mosaics are little squares that you arrange to make a piece of art. Remember Otis’ cow from the episode where Warren tries to rehabilitate him? See, you know!

HM: Did you see any exploding goats?

MDC: Thanks for keeping us posted about COLT. I miss him.

Welcoem back, SPOT! I'm hungry!

Now, for the important stuff…who’s washing my shorts?


July 27, 2007 - Msg 54417: Lindsay Lohan is back in rehab?!?


July 27, 2007 - Msg 54418: Who's Lindsay Lohan? Is she that woman who was with Malloy? --Romeena

July 27, 2007 - Msg 54419: Thanks, Tom. The card is beautiful, and you are so thoughtful. --Romeena

July 27, 2007 - Msg 54420: Whos' Malloy?!?


July 27, 2007 - Msg 54421: He's the guy with Ralph Henderson, right?

July 27, 2007 - Msg 54422:
Who's Ralph Henderson?


July 27, 2007 - Msg 54423:
Just kidding.


July 27, 2007 - Msg 54424: Just thougt y'all might enjoy this....

Who Packs Your Parachute?

Charles Plum, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, was a jet fighter pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected & parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured & spent six years in a Communist prison. He survived that ordeal & now lectures about lessons learned from that experience.

One day, when Plumb & his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up & said, "You're Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!" "How in the world did you know that?" asked Plumb.

"I packed your parachute," the man replied. Plumb gasped in surprise & gratitude. The man pumped his hand & said, "I guess it worked!" Plumb assured him, "It sure did-if your 'chute hadn't worked, I wouldn't be here today."

Plumb couldn't sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, 'I kept wondering what he might have looked like in a Navy uniform-a Dixie cup hat, a bib in the back, and bell bottom trousers. I wondered how many times I might have passed him on the Kitty Hawk. I wondered how many times I might have seen him & not even said good morning, how are you or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot & he was just a sailor.

Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent on a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship carefully weaving the shrouds & folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn't know.

Now, Plumb asks his audience, 'Who's packing your parachute?' Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. Plumb also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory-he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute, & his spiritual parachute." He called on all these supports before reaching safety.

His experience reminds us all to prepare ourselves to weather whatever storms lie ahead.


July 27, 2007 - Msg 54425: Hey M-T,mil,Tom,Rev you still on the road?...hey ro,boo,possum,hazel,miller,auh20,afd sterling and all...!..good to be back...tonight lets have grilled t-bone steaks,grilled shrimp,steak fries,salad,tea,and for sure Big Maude slaw!...kinda busy here but will be back in just a bit....signed: SPOT the "glad to be home" dog of your porch!!

July 27, 2007 - Msg 54426: Glad to have you home, Spot. Boy, that's my kind of dinner! I'll bring a big chocolate cake and some ice cream.

July 27, 2007 - Msg 54427: Wow, Millie, that's a powerful story, illustrating a very powerful truth. None of us goes our way alone. You know what, there's a flip side to that story, too. Not only is there someone, somewhere who packs our parachute, but we are packing parachutes for others at the same time. We must be very careful that we do it right, because somebody is depending on us. Thanks, Mil, for that gentle reminder. --Romeena

July 27, 2007 - Msg 54428: Hi All.
Will we had a good rain storm today and tonight and it look like we will have nor rain all weekend .
I know I said where is the rain but I did not want a storm or cold too.
Mechang is now at 672 ft lone,
Thank to Maves for the gum, now I'm on the look out for more wrapper .
I orth some from a gum comp so now I have to waite for thim to come.


July 27, 2007 - Msg 54429: Well, here I am again, asking for your prayers for my little friend, the Plum. She has recovered from the respiratory infection, no fever for several days. However, she's still down in her hips, walks with a big limp, and is not very active, tends to just remain in one place. Tonight, after she had eaten a little bit in the kitchen, she headed for the bedroom to her pads to potty. There is a step-up from the den into the office, which then leads to the bedroom. I heard her yelp, and ran to check on her. She was sitting on the step, just collapsed on one hip, and had lost control of her bladder. She never does that! I could hear a tiny whine, almost inaudible, but I knew she was hurting. I picked her up and carried her to the bedroom and helped her into her crate, which is her refuge. The door is never closed, she just comes and goes at will, and her water bottle is in there. She has been there ever since.

This is not acceptable, for her or for me. I'll call Dr. Mike in the morning, but I know there's not much he can do. Probably our next step will be to see a canine orthopedist. If they can't help her, then I have a decision to make. This is no kind of life for her. If I could be certain that she isn't in pain, I will carry her anywhere she needs to go, and will make whatever provision is necessary to meet her needs and provide for her comfort. However, I'm sure that she IS in pain, and I can't accept that. I love her too much. So, we'll see. --Romeena

July 27, 2007 - Msg 54430: Prayers going up, Romeena. You've always shared so much about Plum that I know I'm not alone in saying that we all feel she is a part of our porch, a part of our lives. We can just see the little things you describe that she does. We can just hear her the way she acts when the mail is dropped thru the slot each day. We can all see her running to the fridge, wanting her baby carrots. We all care about her too. Again, prayers going up!
- Hazel

July 27, 2007 - Msg 54431: Amen to what Hazel said Romeena. My prayers are with both of you tonight.


July 27, 2007 - Msg 54432:
Hazel-Well said, I believe that is the way the porch thinks about The Plum.

Romeena-Praying for you and the Plum.

Millie-You're right, I did enjoy that.

Spot-Welcome back.


July 27, 2007 - Msg 54433: Good Evening Porch,
I apologize for not stopping by in a few days or so. Okay, 17 days until school and counting. So far I have yet to fall over dead, but again, 17 days. The boys camps are over. I have a prayer request. Nick's Mom is forcing him to visit her for 1 week. He is supposed to leave next Friday, 8/3. Of course he doesn't want to go, but until he turns 14 in March he doesn't have a choice. My request is for 1. his safety on the flights and while there; 2. his Mom doesn't try to keep him; and 3. for Nick's angry heart. I spend alot of time disciplining Nick for calling her numerous curse words. Bryan's in Vegas until Monday night, so I'm dealing with their text messaging wars, and Nick's anger by myself.

Asa- Aw, another granddaughter, how wonderful!
Possum- That's so awesome that Laci lives so close to you!
Homemaker- Did you get your cucumber recipe from Aunt Bea?
Millie- Thanks for sharing the story. How are you feeling these days?
Boo- I have to commend Karen's ex husband and yourself for having a good relationship for the kids sake. I know that is incredibly hard. Just keep in mind that he is vulnerable right now and make sure that he doesn't have any other feelings but platonic for you.
Spot- Glad you made it in safely. Are Kelsey and Andy ready for school to start? Do you like Cobb Co school system? We have Fulton right now, but we are thinking of moving to Roswell or Woodstock on the Cobb/Fulton/Cherokee line.
Romeena- I'll be praying for the Plum. Keep us posted.
Auh20- You are being un-New York these days dissin' (13 year old son remember) Hillary and Guiliani.
Me-They- I'm glad Veda had a nice party. Kids grow up way too fast these days.
Tom- We have nearly daily thunderstorms! I don't mind the 90+ temperatures, but I hate the humidity.
MDC- Have a nice vacation!
Hazel- How's your container garden going this year?
Has anyone read any good books lately? Right now I'm reading a biography of Beatrix Potter and Swiss Health book.
Well considering its after midnight I guess I'd best hit the hay. Y'all have a great weekend!
Blessings to you and yours,
~Lucy M.

July 27, 2007 - Msg 54434: Thanks, friends. Hazel, thank you especially for such kind words about my baby. Everyone has always joined me in giving her "porchster" status, and I appreciate that. It seems natural to me, because around here, she's a member of the family through and through. My kids treat her like a little sister.

Right now, we have a small problem, because I know she needs to piddle, and she simply cannot get positioned to do so. I guess I can support her and she'll finally do it when it gets bad enough, but right now she just looks at me, confused. She's sitting in the middle of her little potty box on top of the pads - just sitting there, because that's where I put her down. I suppose I'll just pad her chosen area of the bed and hope for the best. Poor little girl.

Thanks, everyone, for your prayers and concern. It means so much to me. --Romeena

July 28, 2007 - Msg 54435: God Bless our Little Porch mascot,Sugarplum.
possum under a rock

July 28, 2007 - Msg 54436: Poor little Sugarplum. May the Lord touch her and bring her relief from pain. We put her in your loving hands, Lord. She is your wonderful little creation. In Jesus name, Amen.


July 28, 2007 - Msg 54437: Just stopping by before I go into work.

Prayers for the Plum, Romeena. I really hope this is something that can be remedied. I can imagine your anguish at this time.

-Sterling Holobyte

July 28, 2007 - Msg 54438: Thank you, everyone. I hope you know how much your prayerful support means to me right now. We just got back from Dr. Mike's office, and the news is not good. He X-rayed her hips, and for some inexplicable reaason, both hip joints have just pretty much collapsed. He showed me the film, and it looks terrible. He said it doesn't look like cancer in the bones, it looks more like arthritic changes, but he can't explain why it has gotten so bad so quickly. We have another film from about five months ago, that showed a small dysplasia, but nothing like what's there now. He said her hips have aged several years in these months.
She cannot stand, let alone walk. She doesn't seem to be in any pain as long as she's still, so that's a blessing.

On Monday, I'll be taking her to a canine orthopedist, but Dr. Mike said not to get my hopes up, because there's really not going to be much they can do, if anything. If it was just one hip, it would be easier, but when both are involved, there's just really nowhere to turn. So, I think I'm going to be facing the unthinkable, and we need your prayers. --Romeena

July 28, 2007 - Msg 54439: Oh Romeena, I am so sorry to read this. Please know you are both in our prayers, peace of mind for you and peace, comfort and healing for Sugarplum. I know if the worst is to be done you'll make the right decision, but I know it will be hard to deal with. Please know we love you both and are here for you at any time.


July 28, 2007 - Msg 54440: Good to have you back, Spot!

My prayers for your situation with Nick, Lucy; and for you and the Plum as well, Ro.


July 28, 2007 - Msg 54441: Oh my goodness gracious Romeena. I'm so sorry. The boys and I will pray for Sugarplum and yourself tonight. There are wheelchair typed units I have seen for dogs. Maybe you could get her one of those.
AFD- Thank you.
Asa- Played any golf lately?

July 28, 2007 - Msg 54442: Lucy Andy [15] not to ready for school but Kelsey [8] cant wait...thats the way it goes at that age I think!..prayers Romeena and all in need..hey Tom,Rev,possum,AFD,Asa,miller and all....back here at work all night so I will be here rocking!..shrimp pasta tonight and salad...SPOT

July 28, 2007 - Msg 54443: Romeena, have included Sugarplum in some many prayers today. I am going to include something sent me when my 18 year old companion Kitty was sick.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown

God be with you during a very trying time. Be sure many are praying for you and Sugarplum.


July 28, 2007 - Msg 54444: Der Auntie Ro - I feel the pain that you are enduring with the Plum. . .my heartfelt prayers go up for you. . .she is so much a part of all of our lives. We will be with you in thought, in prayer and in spirit. Isn't that something that this porch does well - fellowshipping of the spirit. Peace be in your heart this weekend - give her some extra love from all of us. . .


July 28, 2007 - Msg 54445: Romeena, so sorry to hear about the Plum, Give her a hug from me. Ray, that story is wonderful,it made me cry. Lucy,I hope Nicks journey will be a safe one and that he comes back to you. I know these situations are tough my sister has 2 step sons and has to go through the same thing. Asa hope you and Mrs Asa are doing well. Spot thanks for supper. Wishing the whole porch a peaceful evening Dr P

July 28, 2007 - Msg 54446: Romeena...praying for Sugarplum and for you.

July 28, 2007 - Msg 54447: Snack time!...storms moved through Ga!..got a few out of power!but working on it...fried bologna sandwiches and a glass of milk....SPOT

July 28, 2007 - Msg 54448: Dear Romeena, I have been praying today and will continue. I'm so sorry that you both are going through this trial....we are with you in spirit.


July 28, 2007 - Msg 54449: Just checking in to say hi. Hope and prayers for the Plum, and also for Lucy and her situation.

Hope evryone else is doing well.


July 28, 2007 - Msg 54450: Boo, will later recount my experience with Mo-
Ranch....it goes back to the early '50's. Tonight on my knees (way I still pray). May the Peace of God be with us. Tonight especially prayers needed.

July 28, 2007 - Msg 54451: My buddy Asa!...you gona be at breakfast?..hey ray..Boo....Romeena special prayers are being said...well just about caught up here..got two more calls to get back on....back in a bit...SPOT

July 28, 2007 - Msg 54452: Ray somewahere in the archives you will fine a web page that someone post sometime back.
Everytime one of us lius a pat , the rainbow bridge is post it.
Romeena- you are in me prayer, op thing will be all right for are porch friend PLUM .


July 28, 2007 - Msg 54453: Sean and I had a special prayer time tonight for you and Sugarplum, Ro. We love you,


July 28, 2007 - Msg 54454: Hello everyone.

Romeena, check out http://www.handicappedpets.com/ for some ideas.

from Poor Horatio

July 29, 2007 - Msg 54455: Good evening porch, almost escaped again didnt I! Didn't get to read everything I missed, but it seems the latest topic here is a sad one of Ro and Sugarplum. Pets slowing down is definitly a sad one, my Sugarplum Free (my old cat) who of course died mounths back was lucky enough to die in more of a bang so to speak instead of gradualy slowing down and hobbling. At the time a stroke seemed like the worst thing but as i look back on it, im glad it ended before...the hobbles. Sorry guess this dousnt make you feel any better at all but that is my experience with this type of thing. I am praying for you and I definitly can relate to what your feeling ro, take care.


Deputy Warren Ferguson

July 29, 2007 - Msg 54456: Breakfast will be at shoneys!..on me ...SPOT

July 29, 2007 - Msg 54457: Good Afternoon Porchsters! Been a bit since I have been able to rock on the porch, but things are finally starting to settle down some here. Thank goodness. Haven't had time to read the archives yet, but wanted to say hey to everyone. Be back later to catch up some more, right now I have a stinking Bull Terrier to bathe, maybe I can get her white again.

July 29, 2007 - Msg 54458: Ro I am so sorry about Sugarplum, but I KNOW you will make the right choice for her.
She will tell you when she has had enough. I know that sounds silly, but it's true. The look is hard to explain, but you will know it when you see it, my 18 year old Boston Terrier, Blarney, hung on as long as she could & I fought with the decision making for a few days, until she made it for me, you'll know. Until then prayers going up from the Crabtree house.

July 29, 2007 - Msg 54459: Hey Mavis and all...just got up...MD,Goober,auh20,M-T,Rev,MDC and all race fans...less than 2 hrs to green flag at the brickyard!...our own peachtree city Reed is on the pole!...will be back at work at 6pm...lunch will be pizza hut on Mavis!..hot wings too...back in a bit...SPOT

July 29, 2007 - Msg 54460: Good afternoon, dear friends. I just read all the posts, and am sitting here in tears. A little sad, a little scared, a lot happy and grateful for friends. Ray, thank you for sharing "Rainbow Bridge". I have a printed copy, and have shared it with friends, and I thank you for posting it here for everyone to share. Most of us here have pets, and if this doesn't fit your situation now, surely someday it will.

The good word is that this morning, after she ate a carrot, the call of Nature became too strong, and the Plum hauled her little self up and managed to walk a few feet to a place I had provided, and relieved herself of both numbers! That's the first time her bladder has emptied since noon yesterday. I was getting worried, but it finally happened. Now, I use the term "walk" loosely. She moves like a raccoon - back humped up, rolling side to side, back end sort of tucked under - but she does move. That's a big improvement over yesterday, and it gives me hope.

Poor Horatio, we can always count on you to be the traffic cop and direct us to places we need to go. Thank you. No question but that I'll get her a little cart if she needs it, and it looks as though she might. Apparently they're even made gender-specific, to permit elimination for both boys and girls. How creative! I do know that the clinic we're going to supports the philosophy, because I've seen two little dogs out there, back end strapped onto a cart, and they just went zipping down the hall!

Lucy, I'm praying for you and the situation with Nick. I know that must just be a heartbreaker, in so many ways, and a nervewracking trial as well. Hang in there, love.

Millie, constant prayers continue for you, love. You're an inspiration to us all, and we love and respect and admire you more than you'll ever know.

Thanks again to all of you for your kind words of support. Mavis, you're so right. I've lost pets before, and I know the look. They just look at you, and you know they're saying "I've had enough, Mom. Help me." And you do what you must do. I hate this, but it's the price I have to pay for the twelve and a half years of joy, fun, laughter and love I've received from this little creature. And I'll do it again. To refuse to seek another companion would be to say that the joy she gave me wasn't worth the pain, and that's not true.

Blessings on each of you, friends. Sugarplum still says hey! --Romeena

July 29, 2007 - Msg 54461:

Truer words were never spoken, Ro. The joy IS worth the pain. You and the Plum are in my prayers continuously.

~DeS~ (this new browser won't let me make my squiggly thing)


July 29, 2007 - Msg 54462: Thanks, De§, I appreciate your support and prayers. And just FYI, the capital "S" looks a lot like the squiggly thing - works for me! --Romeena

July 29, 2007 - Msg 54463: Hello everyone.

Romeena, I researched Rimadyl and found the following information:
"Rimadyl should not be given with other NSAIDs (for example, aspirin, etodolac, deracoxib, meloxicam, tepoxalin) or steroids (for example, cortisone, prednisone, dexamethasone, triamcinolone). Tell your veterinarian about all medicines you have given your dog in the past, and any medicines that you are planning to give with Rimadyl. This should include other medicines that you can get without a prescription."
Is it possible that a combination of drugs may have accelrated the degenerative effects of the arthritis?
You can visit http://www.rimadyl.com/display.asp?country=US&lang=EN&drug=RC&species=CN&sec=610. That's the source I obtained the information I posted above from.

from Poor Horatio

July 29, 2007 - Msg 54464: Hello everyone.

Romeena, I found the following information: "If your pet is being treated for arthritis, most orthodox veterinarians will prescribe steroids, aspirin, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Physical side affects can be frightening including gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney and liver damage. If your pet’s stomach and liver survive prolonged use of NSAIDs his joints may not. Used long term these drugs can destroy his cartilage making the arthritis and pain worse." The source of this information is at http://www.holisticvetpetcare.net/dogs_1a.htm.

from Poor Horatio

from Poor Horatio

July 29, 2007 - Msg 54465: Prayers for you Romeena....wow what a race...go Tony!...great race...back at work now...supper will be ham steaks,mashed taters,greenbeans,big maude slaw!..tea,hot peppers,sliced onions....back in a bit...rain here and storms later...SPOT

July 29, 2007 - Msg 54466: The points are well taken, Poor Horatio. To answer the first question - no, there are no other drugs in the picture that could have interacted with the Rimadyl. She's on a low-dose thyroid supplement routinely, and has taken a short course of antibiotics twice in the past few weeks, but that's all. The prescribing vets were both aware of the Rimadyl, as well. Also, to address the second question, she has only been on the Rimadyl for about four months, and it was only begun when she began having spells of crippling pain in her hip. To be honest, I have my concerns about Rimadyl, as I've also done some net searches and read more than I wanted to know about it. It's definitely not without its inherent dangers. However, when she can't walk without it, and can with it, the choice gets difficult. Now, however, she's virtually unable to walk with it, so where do I go from here? That's why we're going to see the orthopedist tomorrow, assuming we can get an appointment, and I think we can.

I really appreciate your concern and interest, and your time in checking these things out. I'm always open to any ideas and information, and thank you very much for sharing. This is uncharted territory with her, as she has always been remarkably healthy, and frankly, I'm really scared. One day at a time, sweet Jesus.....


July 29, 2007 - Msg 54467: Hang in there, Romeena. We are praying and God is working....may he give you His peace at this painful time.


July 29, 2007 - Msg 54468: Good Evening Porch,
I hope everyone is doing well.
Romeena- Sugarplum and yourself are still in my prayers. Did you watch the Britcoms last night? I was thinking of you while I watched them. My family says that I look like the young Jean in the opening pictures of As Time Goes By. After TAGS that is my favorite show.
Mavis- Glad things are settling down for you.
Poor Horatio- It is so kind of you to give Romeena the information.
Hey Des, Boo, Spot, and DWF!
Well, I'm tired and still a bit under the weather with this cold. I'll check in with ya again soon.

July 30, 2007 - Msg 54469: Mornin' honeys and dears. Good to see so many here yesterday. Hey to Poor Horatio and Des and Warren, Spot, Lucy, Ro, and Boo, Mavis and Tom.
Ro, I'm still praying for you, and you too, Lucy.
OK, I just had to stop and cry AGAIN at this commercial....I'm wondering if it has the same effect on anyone else here. It's the commercial for the ASPCA with Sarah MacLaughlin. It's partly the music, partly the images(of abused and neglected pets) and partly the whole idea of innocent animals suffering so, but it gets me every time.
Hope everyone has a great Monday!

July 30, 2007 - Msg 54470: Morning gang...Hey Millie,ro,TOM,Rev,boo,lucy,des,DWF,MDC,MD,goober and gooberet,possum,horatio,asa,mavis,ray,afd,miller,hazel,auh20,M-T and all I missed..breakfast will be country ham and bisquits,fried hashbrowns,eggs your way and a drink of your choosing!...im headed to the dog house soon..off till wed night..lake bound for the day tomorrow or wed for the kids..last week before school starts!..Ro special prayers for you....SPOT

July 30, 2007 - Msg 54471: Morning porch. Thats a good Monday morning breakfast Spot. Thank you kindly.

Millie, its funny you'd mention that ad so ASPCA. I have seen that also and was going to comment on it this morning here. It is so sad to see animals treated cruel or neglected the way some of these animals have been. Then you meet someone like Romeena who has pure love for all of Gods creatures, great and small, and you just have to love her for it. Romeena, you surely have given Sugarplum a life of joy and happiness, as she has brought you much joy and happiness also. Hopefully that will continue for you both for some time to come. I have always felt that how a human treats animals shows the true character of that person. If my premise is correct, Romeena has achieved Sainthood.

Lucy, how did you catch a cold this time of year? I just hate summer colds. Hope you get feeling better soon.

Watched Man in a Hurry last night and had it confirmed to me why that episode is my all time favorite. The message along with the wit and comedy is perfect. The exasperation displayed by Mr. Tucker as he tells Barney "for the love of Mike, just do it! Go take a nap, go to Thelma Lou's... JUST DO IT!!! And then at the end he's sound asleep on the porch with a half peeled apple in his hand. Don't it just clutch ya?

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday. Prayers for all.