September 09, 2007 - Msg 55603: Well gang Im back from the lake ,been staying on the boat..hope Millie and Maude have been feeding you well...I have got ALOT or reading to do....will be back on the cooking job tonight got to clean the boat out...prayers and back in a bit...SPOT

September 09, 2007 - Msg 55604: how about that....a welcome back with a

September 09, 2007 - Msg 55605: My goodness! It's pouring rain here! I'm really glad to see it, we can use it, but I had planned to do a little planting today. Guess I'll forget that.

A rainstorm makes me sad these days. The Plum hated storms, and would get as close to me as she could and would get a little upset if I moved around too much. She wanted me in my chair in the den, which is in the center of the house, away from windows, and she wanted either in my lap or on the ottoman by my feet. Now she's outside in the rain, and it breaks my heart. She's as close to the house as I could get her, under the eaves and just below my window, but still it hurts. New Neighbor, thanks for the kind words, and for remembering her little mascot days. Wasn't she cute?

Boo, I agree with homemaker completely. Send Bruce, and try to disengage if you can. Pray about it, lighten up a bit and try to minimize it for Sean's sake. He'll take his cues from you to some extent, and if you're upset, he will be too.

I declare, why are there always rotten kids like that boy in schools, to make life miserable for good kids like Sean? Sometimes the kid isn't all that bad, just being a little jerk, but since the school seems to have a file on this one, I guess that's not the case here. I remember when my David was in elementary school, there was a big old kid who just messed with him all the time. David was tall and big for his age, but this kid was a monster, physically. He had David beat by about six inches and at least fifty pounds. He would pick on Dave until Dave would finally wade in and hit him back, then the big kid would cry to the teacher that David had "jumped on" him. The teachers seemed to have trouble sorting it out, until one day when the kid said that and when the teacher asked David if it was true, he asked, "Do you think I'm crazy? Why would I jump on a big ox like that? I would never hit him first, but I'm not going to stand there and get beat up, either." Well, that seemed to make sense to the teachers, so they took control, and long story short, by the time the kids were in 8th grade, they were very good friends. Kids - go figure.

The rain has stopped, and everything looks very fresh and new right now. No butterflies to be seen anywhere, they've taken shelter, I guess, but the birds are slowly coming back out, and a hummer is drinking his fill at the feeder outside my window. There's a big old wasp that comes and chases him away (where's my swatter?) but the rain seems to have chased him away, so the hummer is taking advantage of it. Really, I do need to nail that wasp, the pesky thing.

I'm giving my bedroom a thorough cleaning, and finally finishing up a window treatment that I had just rigged up temporarily. Looked okay, but I knew it was just pinned together, so now I'm getting it done right. Looks pretty good!

Well, back to my sewing machine. Have a good day, all. --Romeena

September 09, 2007 - Msg 55606: Oh, Romeena - I'm so sorry. I will also remember her spunky trot out to shortstop with diet pepsi and ding-dongs. :)

~ Mrs. Wiley

September 09, 2007 - Msg 55607: Romeena- Plums' not out in the rain. She's romping around heaven chasing the butterflies you can't see right now..

September 09, 2007 - Msg 55608: Yep, she was a sight, alright. If memory serves, didn't you make her costume? She pulled that little wagon around and saw to it that everyone got a picker-upper. My granddaughter is disappointed, because she was thinking of having her pull a little cart (for real), or wear tiny ruffly saddlebags with flower petals in them, when she gets married in my yard next spring. I'm not sure how that would have worked out, but it might have been fine. Sure would have been cute.

I'm quite sure it won't work with the new puppy - she'll still be too young and rowdy in the spring. The flower petals would go flying, I'm sure, and she would be into everything. The Plum was old enough to be a bit more sedate and exhibit good manners, but a puppy? I think not.

Well, back to cleaning that miserable bedroom. I have let things go to ruin around here these last couple of months, with the Plum sick and all. This house is a mess, and I've got to get it under control. See you later, all. --Romeena

September 09, 2007 - Msg 55609: What a lovely thought, and how kind you are to express it. Thanks, Jennie. --Romeena

September 09, 2007 - Msg 55610:
Boo- sounds like that steakhouse is kinda like Morelli's! ha Hope there was no heavy sauce to lay on your chest. Could you bring your own bottle? ha
Anyways--CONGRATULATIONS on your anniversary!
Love your thoughts of heaven, and that home in the heavenly Jerusalem! Plus, we'll all come by and set with ya on the front porch!!
Prayers for Nat and his wife! Thanks Regis.
Did you all hear that D. James Kennedy of the Coral Ridge Hour died this week. I have supported his "Reclaiming America for Christ" campaign for about 10 years. He was a real faithful, honest man.
Prayers for his family, wife and the ministry. Next Sunday on TBN, the Coral Ridge Program will highlight his life.
Well, good Sabbath to you all! God bless.

September 09, 2007 - Msg 55611: MDC, I had heard about Dr. Kennedy passing but I don't know what happened. Do you know how he died? Seems he was kind of young to go...could be wrong. Thanks for the, no heavy sauce and I didn't bring my own bottle. Just had water and coffee.

Just got back from pizza and bowling with the church youth group. I am on the youth committee and find myself driving alot of kids around these days. We are planning a fund-raiser for November...kind of a dinner-theater thing. The food will be catered by a very good cook and I am in charge of lining up the talent, skits, etc...whoa! Wish me luck with that. Any ideas would be gratefully considered!

Think I'll go take a little rest. I wish I could take the day off tomorrow but have a dr's appointment that I can't miss and laundry to do (of course). Wish I could just go to a band concert in the park and sip Mint Julips....what's my hurry?


September 09, 2007 - Msg 55612: Yeah, what's our hurry? Good one, Boo. Just up and ramblin' around, happy to be mobile for now.
Anybody up for some homemade apple cobbler and vanilla ice cream? Grab a bowl!

September 09, 2007 - Msg 55613: MILLIE , I'll be first in line for that cobbler and ice cream.


September 09, 2007 - Msg 55614: It is still mighty dry here in North Carolina. Maybe it will rain later this week.


September 09, 2007 - Msg 55615: Hey Big J and boo and ro and Rev and all...still aint [not a good gramer word] read the the boat cleaned up and now gona read...SPOT

September 09, 2007 - Msg 55616: Crops ( corn, pecans, apples, and potatoes )this year are terrible in NC.


September 09, 2007 - Msg 55617: WELL boat put up and im back..aint nobody said hey?...{sob]...but know the porch is busy. I will get back on the job...breakfast will be eggs your way[3] fried,scrambled,poached,over med,over med,over easy,hashbrowns,grits with real butter,bacon on the thick side,country ham,fried apple rings...and ready at 7:00 am glad to be back...SPOT

September 09, 2007 - Msg 55618: Boo just got to reading a bit back [got alot to do reading that is] but what is the bring your own bottle bowling?.....hum to read...SPOT

September 09, 2007 - Msg 55619: Millie the cobbler was great thanks...SPOT

September 09, 2007 - Msg 55620: Rev yall beat us subject!...ha ha...SPOT

September 09, 2007 - Msg 55621: Big J ...I had a great garden this year...still cutting okra and got plenty of peppers...beans done good and like I said Okra still bearing....gona get my collards planted wed...well back in a a DVD [andy in]//SPOT

September 09, 2007 - Msg 55622:
Hello porch family....Had a great worship service this morning. A full church but most of all the Lord was there.

Hey Spot....good to see ya back brother.....GO GAMEC#CKS! hehe

Boo...yep, you should have been notified concerning Sean. I say "dito" to the advice that has been given. Praying for you!

Sterling....Prayers for your situation.

Possum....sorry...maybe you can make it to the concert next time.

Millie....sure would love a bowl full of that cobbler. MMMMMMM

Big Jerry....the apples should be coming in real soon in NC shouldn't they? To me the best apples anywhere come from the Hendersonville area.

Well beter get going to bed. I leave out tomorrow for a tour. Should be able to get wireless most of the places. Prayers for all our porch family. Blessing to all!

September 09, 2007 - Msg 55623: Welcome back Spot! Y'all just dish out all that's goooood!
What a nice day it has been here. Hope you all had a good one.

September 09, 2007 - Msg 55624: Evening Porch, just got finished reading all I have missed, & let me say first & foremost Millie my thoughts are with you & your family daily, but will be even more so now. You have been such an inspiration to this porch! You are listed as one of my heroes! It IS amazing how one can feel so close to a bunch of folks they have never met face to face, but it's true of this here porch! Ya'll are more like family to me than my own blood family is. I'll be back tomorrow to update ya'll on everything here on my porch, but right now it's bedtime.
Good night porch.

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55625: Good evening all,
I have been up since 3am and have to get up in a couple hours to leave, which it looks like I will be doing. Still unsure about it, but circumstances were leaning in the "go" direction; wife bought me alot of little travel things today, which I took as that she did want me to go with her, even after what she said last night. Can't say I am 100% fine with it, but after all, Kai was pretty excited about spending some nights at her grandma's also.
I just hope and pray that things work out. I think this is probably going to be my last plane ride though, and I will be opting for the rail next time, at least when traveling over land(I realize it is pretty hard for a train to go across the ocean). I have researched it, and it is much cheaper besides; way cheaper.
Thank you for your prayers and advice. If you could, please pray for the plane ride(s)(four in all, there and back - connecting flights). I am still hesitant about it, and hopefully I won't change my mind at the last minute. But as tired as I am, and how not-thrilled I am with this trip in the first place, it could happen, who knows.
Well, you will know if I actually went through with it if I don't talk to you for a few days; unless they have computers with internet in the rooms we're staying in - supposed to be a snazzy place so you never can tell; or if I don't go, then I will talk to you all tomorrow.

Night Mayberry.
-Sterling Holobyte

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55626: By the way, I know you are probably tired of my talking about this, so thank you for bearing with me. You all are something special.

-Sterling Holobyte

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55627: Sterling, I'm guessing that you'll go, you'll find that the plane ride is really not bad at all, and in fact can be enjoyable, and that you'll have a good time in Vegas. I hope you catch a performance of the Cirque du Soleil while you're there - I think it's a new one, and their shows are always just wonderful.

Well, I'm off to bed. See you all tomorrow. --Romeena

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55628: Breakfast:...3 eggs your way,country ham,hashbrowns,grits,bisquits and country white gravy a large glass of cold milk and coffee....dig in...SPOT

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55629:

Prayers going up for Nat and his wife. When I hear something like that, it sure puts my problems into perspective.

Also praying for your situation, Sterling. You're in a rough place and my heart and thoughts are with you. As long as you continue to stay focused on Kai's well-being, I don't see how you can make the wrong decision. Ask yourself what you would advise a friend in the same situation. Sometimes that makes it easier to step back and see the big picture.

Ro, when my beloved cat died, that first rain on his grave was so hard on me. I think I understand how you're feeling.

Boo, your 'daydream' of Heaven brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful scene! I'm sorry about Sean being threatened. A similar situation happened with one of my kids last year. The offending child was reported to the police and suspended. The girl was just mad and said a couple things in haste that she shouldn't have. Nothing came from the threat thank God, and now they're friends again. I pray the parents of the boy who confronted Sean will find a way to rein him in and get him the help he needs.

Spot, that breakfast sounds magnifico! And for dessert, some of Millie's cobbler and ice cream. We'll all weigh 500 lbs., but we'll be grinnin' from ear to ear. LOL



September 10, 2007 - Msg 55630: I'm glad you're going, Sterling. Just make up your mind to have a good time, and look for fun things to do. I'll be keeping a good thought for you for your plane ride. And like Ro said, it won't be so bad. Maybe you'll sleep the whole way! Take care, and good luck.
Is there any cobble left over, Millie? I'm having a sinkin' spell.
- Hazel

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55631: I hope Sterling went on the trip with his wife. He may just end up having a good time! I think if it were me, I would have found a nice doctor to give me a Xanax prescription just for the flight. Whew, I hate to fly, too. I know I could find some neat things to do in Vegas, even though I'm not a gambler. May the Lord protect Sterling and his family and my Kai have a wonderful, safe time with her grandma.

Good to hear from you Mavis, this porch is a great place, isn't it?

Millie, so glad you had a good day yesterday! Hope today is another great one.

Hey DES, I don't think the boy who threatened Sean will be "reigned in" until the cops reign him in, unfortunately. As I mentioned, he lives with his elderly grandmother who is trying to raise several other grandkids, too, and it's been obvious that she has no control over the boy. I don't see a good future ahead for him unless he changes. I have prayed for him, though.

Are you over that sinkin' spell Hazel??

Thanks for breakfast SPOT.

Better get get the kids to school....


September 10, 2007 - Msg 55632: REV, I talked to some wholesale truck farmers at the Farmers Market and they said the apple crop was going to be skimpy ( NOT SKIPPY )this year , due to the drought. I don't know if this included the area of Hendersonville.
Maybe someone from that area might know more, if they would let me know. Also, does anyone know about how the drought might affect the leaf changing season in NC. It usually occurs the middle of OCT.


September 10, 2007 - Msg 55633: Good Monday morning porch. thought I would check in today. Back at work today and getting things geared up for a busy week. Thanks for breakfast SPOT. Had a busy week end and spent yesterday after church doing laundy and cleaning. We visited my husbands brothers in Knoxville on Saturday so that pretty much shot the entire day. I generally do chores and grocery shopping on Saturday so I had to try and do part of that after church.School and football is keeping us busy on my end of the porch. We are working on getting my son a vehicle. My husbands brother is fixing up my husbands "OLD" 1984 Jeep cherokee for him. He is almost finished, just a few things left to do and it will be finished. Patrick is pretty excited about it. Should be a good car for him. Prayers for Millie and family today. Lets do a special lunch today for Millie:
rib eye steaks, salad, baked potatoes with the works, homemade rolls. chocolate cake with buttercream icing, sweet ot un sweet tea to drink. We will grill and eat around noon. It is
good to see everyone around the porch. See ya'll at lunch. Big Maude

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55634: Whhoooeeee Big Maude - that sounds like a lunch indeed! I got dibs on the cake (before Asa gets to it!).


September 10, 2007 - Msg 55635: Good morning, all. We've had more rain during the night, apparently, and it's pouring right now. The water is high in my little pond, almost up to the bottom of the stone slab that forms the bridge. There's usually four or five inches of clearance there. The rainclouds are so low and heavy that I have no TV reception - the satellites are blocked out. This would be a good day to clear off my desk - maybe I'll get it done.

Deß, obviously you do understand, and I'm sorry about your kitty. I know my Plum isn't really out there, but our minds grasp the temporal much better than the spiritual, and I just can't help it. I'll be glad when this emotional ride settles down a bit.

Well, I wonder if Sterling actually left? I hope so, because from what he's been saying, I think a refusal at this point might have disastrous results. If it was all about a fear of flying, that would be different. His wife would probably understand and accept that, but that wasn't all of it. There were other factors, and for those reasons, I hope he went.

I know some people really do fear flying. I have a doctor friend who has been on several of the Mongolia missions. His wife is a nurse, and would be a great asset to the team, but refuses to go. She is terrified of flying, and that's that. She's a lovely person, a dedicated Christian, very mission-minded, but she will not fly. Period.

I don't understand that fear, but I accept that some people have it, and I respect it. My first time to fly was when I was 14, and I've flown ever since. My oldest son is a private pilot, and I've flown with him in all sorts of light planes. There's one, called the Katana (I think) that's like a skinny flying banana, or a big flying kayak. Long, slender, tapered body and extra-long skinny wings. Very maneuverable, and lots of fun to fly in it. I've been up in a glider, where the tow plane cuts you loose and you just ride thermals until you're ready to come down. Now, THAT is a thrill! I've never been up in a hot air balloon, and that one ain't gonna happen. I feel about that the same way Sterling feels about airplanes. No, thank you. It would be a thrill, I'm sure, but I would be terrified. So I do know how he feels, I just don't understand why he feels that way about planes.

Well, guess I'd better start on this stack of paper on my desk. Argh. I hate this. --Romeena

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55636: Good morning everyone. Itís humid here today, but not horribly hot. They say we might get some rain tonight which will be mighty welcome. Iím ready for fall, I think.

REGIS: Iím so sorry to hear the news about UNCLE NAT and his wife. I remember NAT well and always enjoyed his posts. They will be in my prayers. Please let him know that the porch is thinking of him.

STERLING: Having been through the flight thing recently, I know how you feel. But it will be fine. Do as ROMEENA suggests and try and have a great time while you are there. Also, I agree with BOOís advice. The only thing I would add is that, as hard as it may be for you to see, the most important relationship you have beside that with God is the one you have with your wife. You cannot preserve a relationship with a child by harming one with a spouse. It doesnít work that way. Of course we need to protect our children from what we feel can harm them, but the child who feels the most security is one who feels the love between his or her parents.

BOO: Sorry to hear about Sean having such a tough time at school. Bruce will handle the situation, Iím sure. I hope Sean is okay. Howís he doing with the episode?

I suppose since youíve been busy moving laundry simply slipped your mind, huh? Well, I donít want to start doubling up on my shorts, so if itís not too much troubleÖ

Howdy, NEW NEIGHOR. Nice to meet you.

MILLIE: Iím glad to see you posted this weekend. Itís always nice to hear from you. I hope that youíre feeling okay today. Glad to hear from you, too, HAZEL, and itís nice to hear that you and MILLIE have forged a great friendship. I hope that your chat on the phone didnít take a turn to legs falling asleep (I wonder what causes that?).

Hey to the rest of you people. Iíll stop back at lunch. Wouldnít want to miss a meal. That reminds me; whereís ASA been?


September 10, 2007 - Msg 55637: ROMEENA: Did you get my e-mail last week?


September 10, 2007 - Msg 55638: No, I didn't, Me-They. My spam blaster doesn't always honor my address book as a source of trusted senders. Very annoying. Do you still have it in your "sent" folder - can you resend, and I'll be watching for it? I clean out my spam filter, but sometimes don't recognize the address, so out it goes. I'll be more careful now. --Romeena

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55639: It happens that I cleaned out my e-mail files on Friday, but I will try and reconstruct it if you can't find it in your "deleted" folder.


September 10, 2007 - Msg 55640: M-T. . .you are pretty smart - you know that?! I like your advice to Sterling. . .it was really great! I am also glad that your shorts weren't in my wash pile. . .I did forty-eleven loads of laundry yesterday. That ol washboard sure took a beating!

Millie - dear - I think of you often. I had a friend who was in your situation several years ago...almost identical. She left behind two young sons. They were her pride and joy. Kathy is happy with Jesus right now. She went to be with Jesus about two days before my youngest was born. (I know she told him what a crazy nut I was before he was born.)


September 10, 2007 - Msg 55641: Me-They, if something comes into my regular email inbox, and gets deleted, it does go into "trash" where I can retrieve it. Unfortunately, if it gets caught in the spam filter, when I go into that thing to empty it, anything I send to "trash" there is automatically deleted when I log off. It's a complicated, unwieldy system and it doesn't work very reliably, but if I go to something else, I would lose my email address, and I've had it for many years and am not willing to change it. In fact, I pay 5.95 a month to keep it. It's through Internet America, and it just gets passed along through my ISP, which is Time-Warner cable DSL. So, I put up with Internet America's clumsy, ineffective spam catcher. Maybe some day they'll improve it and catch up with the big boys. --Romeena

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55642: "Forty-eleven", ha that's funny, Homemaker! Sometimes it really feels like about forty-eleven loads. Go ahead and throw your shorts on the pile, M-T.

MOULAGE ALERT!!...I just saw a clip on CNN of Brittany Spear's "come-back" concert. She was dressed in a black bra, panties and boots and in less than 60 seconds, she was groped by a woman in leather, had her breast grabbed by a dancing guy in a suit and she grabbed the crotch of another male dancer. Entertainment, or porn set to music?? There are a whole lot of young girls out there who watch and listen to Brittany and whose witless parents let makes my blood boil!


September 10, 2007 - Msg 55643: Boo - I actually saw that fiasco on the tube last night. I was channel flipping and thought - oh, please, how embaressing for her. I think Brittany is pretty much a has been now. I think she needs to concentrate on those two little babies at home.

How did the meeting at the school go?


September 10, 2007 - Msg 55644: Okay, ROMEENA, I'll try and reconstruct.

BOO: I didn't see the awards last night, but did read a brief review of it in the paper. It said she was out of shape, walked through the dance, couldn't even lip-synch well, and ended with, "Some comeback." Poor girl is a train wreck and I'm afraid her kids are the ones who will be hurt.

HM: Thanks. I guess if you spout off enough, your bound to put a few good words together once or twice.

That reminds me of the philosophy a friend from my youth had. He was a good looking enough guy, but dated just scads of girls. Once, someone asked him how it was he got so many different girls. His words were a testament to perserverence: "If you ask 100 women out, one is bound to say yes." He finally settled down about 10 years ago, got married, had a daughter, and runs his own successful electrical contracting business.

Oh, I've been reading a great book called "The Worst Hard Time." It's about the Dust Bowl and the people who stayed put and rode it out. MOst of what I've heard is about those who left (a la "Grapes of Wrath") so this was very interesting. It tells personal stories and centers around the town of Dalhart. You Texans may find it interesting.


September 10, 2007 - Msg 55645:

I used to be a-scared of flying myownself. When I was a senior in high school I passed up an opportunity to spend a month in the Orient with my dad and stepmom. I still kick myself over that one, especially since I later got over my fear of flying and for the past 20-25 years I've been hopping on planes without much of a care. I don't know if statistics will help, but supposedly there are upwards of 90,000 flights on any given day in the U.S. alone, 30,000 of which are commercial jet liners. Multiply that by 365 days per year, then compare the number of flights to how many crashes you hear about. Very, very rare. Of course, when one is a-scared, all the stats in the world don't help. Believe me, I know!

I missed the Britney Spears video, fortunately. What a silly, silly girl. When my kids see her they just shake their heads and change the channel. Makes me right proud.

Homemaker, when I read your post I read it as "forty seven" loads of laundry! LOL I was thinking, "Wow, she must have a dozen washers and dryers!" It wasn't until Boo's post that I noticed it was "forty eleven." Now that's funny!



September 10, 2007 - Msg 55646:

Didn't see you there, M-T. That sounds like a great book. I'm going to find a copy. Thanks for the heads-up.



September 10, 2007 - Msg 55647: Speaking of good books - here's a suggestion, especially for you ladies. "Hadassah - One Night with the King". It's fiction, of course, but it's based on the story of Queen Esther, and stays true to the Biblical account, with fictional details added to make it a full novel. The facts as given in the Bible are there. It's really quite good.

My next reading project is "The Kite Runner". I probably shouldn't read it, because it's only going to fan the flames of my negative feelings about Islam, but on the other hand, I think we all need to raise our level of awareness. The threat is not going to go away, and our very way of life, including the freedom to practice Christianity, is at stake. It's amazing to me, how many people don't realize that. It occurs to me that perhaps we're overlooking an ally here. There are those in this country who are insisting on freedom FROM religion, as compared to freedom OF religion - those who want "Under God" removed from the pledge, all of that. I wonder if those folks realize that Islam will force them into a religion, like it or not? If we don't stop Islam now, we will find ourselves with two choices. Convert or die. Personally, I'll die, and I suspect we all would, but that will be our choice someday if we don't stop them.

Well, on that happy note, I'll go back to my desk-cleaning. --Romeena

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55648: I've got the day off today, so I believe I'll join you in that lunch. What can I do to help, Big Maude? Shall I set the table (crash). Uh oh, I hope that wasn't your fine china.
- Hazel

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55649: Well, if we're discussing what books we're reading at the moment, I'm reading a "Merlin Trilogy" by Mary Stewart. It's 3 separate books, and I'm on the third one. I don't usually care much for fantasy type books, but this one is pretty well grounded in history, and the story of King Authur is really interesting.
- Hazel

"I'm ept!"

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55650: You should try "Learn A Month." It's a great magazine for a quarter.


September 10, 2007 - Msg 55651:
hey to Big maude, Hazel, spot, des, MT, hm and all.
I watched a 9-11 memorial last night on TBN. It first showed last year. Very moving, we must all be remineded of the attack, for reasons Romeena mentioned and to remember the heroes of that day.
BOO- dr Kennedy was actually 74! He had a heart attack a few months back and never really recovered from it. May he rest in peace, but may his ministries go on!
On a lighter note, all this recent air talk reminded me of an ep of the old Bob Newhart show, in our pre-terrorism days, other than an occasional flight going to cuba. Emily, who was afraid of flying, went with Bob and his group on a flight.
Then, as they take off and as the stewardess (a pre-PC word)came by for drink orders, Emmily said, "Yes, I'll have coffee and please turn this plane around." (: If memory serves me right, the next scene is back at the terminal and Bob is trying to calm down his group.

Have a good day in the Lord, and may God continue to bless America, and may we all wake up.

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55652: Wow! I just got back from a trip to the bank, and I'd say we have had some rain! I drove by the duck ponds (really) on the way, and couldn't believe what they look like. The water is usually pretty clear, just looks like normal lake water. Today it's light tan, the color of clay. The rock retaining walls are nowhere to be seen, with the water just lapping at the grass all around the edges. It's pouring in a torrent through the spillway, presumably into the sewer. Any hapless duck that gets too close to that will be swept away. I wouldn't recommend that Barney and Thelma Lou take a drive down there this evening. --Romeena

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55653: Big Maude thanks for lunch...Big J its dry here in ga too..hey,Rev,Tom,possum,asa,sterling,lydia and the whole a BIG truck load of pine straw to put out this evening...trying to let it cool off a bit...Supper will be grilled sirlon burgers with swiss cheese and onions and fresh maters...tater salad and baked beans with bacon!...will some one make some tea?...prayers....SPOT

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55654: I'll bring the tea, Spot. I won't make it sweet, because of my diabetes, but I'll bring plenty of sugar, and some lemon and mint for those that want it. --Romeena

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55655: MDC: IN case you're interested (and have cable), TV LAND is celebrating the anniversary of the "Bob Newhart Show" by showing episodes starting at 8:00 p.m. this week.


September 10, 2007 - Msg 55656: Ro - I like those pretty pink packets in my tea (when I can't have sweet tea that is - in fact got some brewing right now!)

Tomorrow is National Red, White and Blue day! God bless America and my some of the Americans who spout out against remember that Freedom is not Free.


September 10, 2007 - Msg 55657: Hi,Everyone. Very rainy here on my end of the porch and it's only 56 degrees, I'm not complaining,I like a cool rainy day once and awhile. Hope, Sterling has a safe and enjoyable trip. I saw alittle bit of Brittany on the news . Don't you think it's sad that something like that is even considered news worthy? Well,I promised Tristan I would make a shepards pie with our leftover mashed potatoes so will check in later. PEACE Dr P

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55658: P.S. Me-They and Hazel thanks for the book tips. I'll have to hit Amazon Dr P

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55659: Whoa, 56 degrees, Dr P?! It's 90-something here and feels like 102 (heat index)...wanna trade?

Me-They, you really got my attention when you mentioned Dalhart. It is kind of a "pet" town of mine. We pass through Dalhart in December on our way to Colorado. I have been there several times and only once when it wasn't really cold. It really is out in the middle of nothing and nowhere. Nothing to block the winter winds and it snows there, too. There is a saying that there is "nothing between Dalhart and the North Pole" and it feels like it, too. The place always smells like a stockyard and most folks live below the poverty level, it looks like. They do have a couple of small motels, a convenience store and a McDonalds, though. I am going to have to look for that book. I haven't had time for much reading lately but that sounds like a good one.

Better go get supper finished up.


September 10, 2007 - Msg 55660: Hey, Boo. You're right, there's not much happening in Dalhart except temperature records. I had always heard "nothing between Dalhart and the North Pole but a bobwire fence and one strand is down." Yes, I know to the rest of the world, it's barbed wire, but in Texas, it's bobwire.

homemaker, I wish I could learn to like the contents of those pink packets, but the stuff just sets my teeth on edge, and leaves a horrible metallic aftertaste. Also, I can't forget that most obstetricians advise pregnant women not to use it. Why, I have to wonder? What is it that they're afraid of? Also, my endocrinologist said he was happy I didn't like the fakes, because he doesn't trust them either. So, I learned to drink my tea straight, and I skip the sodas. Once in a while, like about once a month, I'll drink a regular soda and just take a tad more insulin, and it doesn't bother me. Actually, good fresh tea over a lot of ice is delicious and very refreshing. I drink some of the specialty teas, and really like them better as is - I don't miss the sugar at all.

Well, now that I've cheered up all the diet soda and fake sugar users, I'll go my merry way. (heehee) --Romeena

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55661: I know Romeena and when I was pregnant, I didn't go near any diet stuff. I didn't mind poisoning myself but I wasn't doing it to the baby. The first one had enough troubles of his own without me doing the diet stuff.

We had lamb burgers tonite on the grill. We have a few hair sheep (sheep that shed naturally and are more for meat than for wool). My husband thought they were rather tasty.

Take care all. . .


September 10, 2007 - Msg 55662: Ha, at least you didn't want to poison your son, HM, there is something to be said for that.

Ro, I am surprised your endocrine doc confessed to that. Most doctors won't. They think everyone who questions the use of artificial sweetners is a "nuts and berries" freak. I don't touch the stuff, personally....of course I do weigh over 200 lbs. haha! Guess I should lay off the carbs, especially in the form of sugar. I do like unsweet tea. Pretty good stuff.


September 10, 2007 - Msg 55663:
Barn: So, do you ever see gabby hayes?

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55664: Evenin' folks:
So glad to be catching up on all the "family" stuff I missed whilest away from my rocker. it sure does feel good to be back rockin' with ya'll, just a chewin' and chattin'. Where's that Asa been today? Ain't heard much from his rocker over there. You still a rockin' Asa? Gotta go get these young'uns ready for bed. Think I'll hit the ironin'board myself. Just feelin' a bit tired tonight. Good Night all--~New Neighbor

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55665: So good to have you back NN. Hope you have a good night's sleep.

Friends, I have to tell you that I have had a really tough day today, spiritually, and I feel like the bible study at the drug rehab tomorrow night won't be ordinary. I need your prayers. I am feeling led to share with the girls about true conversion and the fruits of salvation. I want the Lord to give me the words to say to them. I feel like I am heading into a real battle. I know you all will pray and it will mean so much. These girls need to know that they can have a real, living relationship with Jesus. They need his love.

Thank you.


September 10, 2007 - Msg 55666: Boo, my endocrinologist is pretty neat. He takes a realistic approach to things. For example, he agrees that instead of trying to keep me on a diet of lettuce and broiled fish, it's better to let me eat a normal diet, avoid excess carbs, and take insulin. If my thyroid quit working, I'd be given a thyroid supplement. Why is it any different with the pancreas? Now that's not a license to eat huge bowls of ice cream, or pig out on high carb food, and he would like for me to lose some weight, but as I said, he takes a realistic approach. I'm guessing he gets a greater degree of compliance from his patients that way. Cut me some slack, and I'll cooperate - kind of that idea. He doesn't ask his patients not to use the fakes, but he's relieved when they don't want to, so long as they don't use a lot of real sugar. As I said, he's okay. He has given me a lot of room, I test often, take my insulin, and my blood sugars stay in a very acceptable range. Can't argue with success, I guess.

Now for some supper. --Romeena

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55667: You have my prayers, Boo. --Romeena

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55668: Evening porch! My My looks like I have some reading to do to catch up on everything.
Well, the cobbler's all gone, but I made some delicious peanut butter cookies if y'all would like some. They're actually Opie's Better Batter Peanut Butter cookies....mmmmm....goood.

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55669: I'll take 2!
- Hazel

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55670: Nice to see all you good people and enjoy your conversation from my quiet corner of the porch. I didn't sleep hardly at all last night, so I'm hittin' the ironing board early tonight. Prayers for you all. Hope Sterling is finding some joy in his trip. Hey to Mavis.
Charlotte Tucker

September 10, 2007 - Msg 55671: Thanks Ro, I appreciate it. Sounds like you have a good doctor there. I know of one that sounds like him. She likes to put all her diabetic patients on insulin for the same reason...too hard to eat salad and fish all your life!

I wanted to get to bed early tonight too, Charlotte but I hear Erin coughing her head off in her bedroom so I know it's a matter of time until she wakes up crying. That's the only thing I hate about the kids going back to school, they pick up so many "bugs".

Save me a peanut butter cookie, Millie. Don't give 'em all to Hazel, I don't think peanut butter is good for chickens...

Where has Asa been? I miss his sense of humor.

Yep, I wonder how Sterling is doing right now. He obviously made it to Vegas safely. Hope we hear from him soon.

Think I'll try to catch some sleep....


September 10, 2007 - Msg 55672: Boo, try rubbing some Vicks on Erin's feet. I can't explain it, but it usually works. --Romeena

September 11, 2007 - Msg 55673: Oh, hey, we have had this conversation and IT WORKS! Thanks for the reminder, I, if I can just find the Vicks since the move...


September 11, 2007 - Msg 55674: Did someone mention VICKS!!!


September 11, 2007 - Msg 55675: Hi All.
Will we git some rain last night, but we can used some more.
This dry summer is adding fear of fall forest fires.
Millie prayer for you.


September 11, 2007 - Msg 55676: Hey y'all! Sure hope Sterling is able to enjoy his trip, plane ride not withstanding. I've never been to Sin City, but want to. If for no other reason than it's the Mecca of outdoor signs! (in sign biz for 13+years) I hear you can eat fairly well there too. Millie, save me a cookie dear! Ro, sounds like you have a wise Dr. there. When it comes to sugar or salt, I've found the less I use, the less I want. But give me one slice of pie and it's off-to-the-races. Boo, sorry Erin has the cough, hope it's something she can fight off without too much medicine. I always hated giving my kids Triaminic as often as I did. At 16 and 18 they STILL get sinus crud too often for my comfort.

Hope everyone has a good day and can meditate for a minute on what day it is (9/11 y'all).

And a very special HEY to Asa, who I think of every time I see a licence plate starting in ASA...

~ Mrs. Wiley

Barney: "Doggone that earnest T. Bass. Every time he comes into town he's #1 on our Most Wanted list."
Andy: "Yeah. Sure wish there was some way we could straighten him out."
Barney: "Awwww, nobody can. The man's hostilities' ingrained. It's carved in the deepest sub-concious of his ID. His behavior patterns are a permanent fixture of his behavior. Now, when you've got patterns that are ingrained, well any conflicting conflicts that you might inflict, well... they could cause a traumatic... trauma."
Andy: "You been readin' again, ain't ya."
Barney: "Yeah. Psychological Aspects of the Law. I got it 5 more days if you wanna take a look."
Andy: "I might do that. Sure wish there was some way we could help him"
Barney: "Awww, forget it. He's too far gone. I wouldn't touch his ID with a ten foot pole."

September 11, 2007 - Msg 55677: Hey TOM, hope I didn't rock on your foot there. :) ~ Mrs. Wiley

September 11, 2007 - Msg 55678: How are you Mrs. Wi - - -ley?

September 11, 2007 - Msg 55679: Fair to middlin', fair to middlin'. Considering going to Mayberry days this year. Think it's too late to reserve a room? ~ Mrs. Wiley

September 11, 2007 - Msg 55680: Remembering September 11,2001- the victims,families,and heroes

"Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground"- James Taylor

possum under a rock

September 11, 2007 - Msg 55681: So,Asa's been in lockup again,Mrs.Wiley? I thought the warden told him to quit putting his name on all those license plates! You know,I'd heard a rumor a while back that the Gigolo Club got raided.Guess Asa went overboard with his goochy hoochy act again!

Homemaker, my mama is the only one I've ever heard use the phrase "forty-eleven"-you sure ya ain't kin to me?

Yeah,the Vicks on the feet DOES stop coughing.My daughter tried it on Laci after Ro first told us about it.Find that Vicks,Boo!

Millie,those cookies were flavorsome as can be!

Y'all have a good day.
possum again

September 11, 2007 - Msg 55682: Possum, you're a HOOT! Yep, I guess Asa knows what it's like to have no more carefree hours. No more doin' wht he wants whenever he wants. No more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Cause it's definately NO FUN when you're hammering your name into license plates.

~ Mrs. Wiley. (gettin puffy hands, so will wind it up soon)

Barney: "It scares you a little, being incarcerated, doesn't it?"
Opie: "Yeah, and we don't even know what it means!"
Kid: "Isn't that like when you get a shot?"
Barney: "No, that's inarculated."

September 11, 2007 - Msg 55683: Afternoon porch family, hope all is well today. It is raining on my end of the porch and temps have cooled down. The rain is a blessing to us because we have been so dry and hot for much of the summer. Speaking of VICKS, my friend who is a hairdresser said VICKS is good for burns..
she said when you burn yourself to put Vicks on the burn and it immediately takes the pain away.
Anybody ever tried that? Prayers for all today.
Supper at Applebees tonight. my treat. Prayers for all. Big Maude

September 11, 2007 - Msg 55684:
I paused at 9 am today to remember our dead and our heroes. we must never forget. The recent captures in germany show us that they are relentless. May we be ever vigilant.
God bless America and god bless the taylor front porch.
be back later.

September 11, 2007 - Msg 55685: hey all, speaking of VICKS, did you know that it was invented in a small town in NC by Dr. Vick ?


September 11, 2007 - Msg 55686: Believe it or not, Big Jerry, I knew that at one time but had forgotten. You will find that we know alot about VICKS around here.

Big Maude, I don't think I would be putting VICKS on a burn. It's not a good idea to treat burns like that. The best thing is to flush the area with tepid water for several minutes to cool the burn and prevent further damage. Something like Vicks could make the burn worse.


September 11, 2007 - Msg 55687: Good afternoon, all. Boo, I hope the Vicks helped Erin's cough. I wish I knew how it works, but I guess it's enough to know that it does.

This is a very solemn day, and I hope we never forget the events of that horrible morning, when the "peaceful Muslims" so brutally attacked and killed 3,000 people who never meant them any harm. Those people had done nothing except to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was not an act of war, it was murder, and those who planned and carried it out are murderers, no excuse.

I only wish I could have had a window into heaven at that moment. I'd like to have seen the expressions on the faces of Mohammed Atta and the rest of the murderers in the split second after the planes slammed into their targets. Can you imagine their shock, when they opened their eyes, expecting to see 72 smiling virgins welcoming them, and instead found themselves looking into the face of Jehovah God? In that instant, full knowledge would have been theirs, they would have known the error of what they had chosen to believe, and the full impact of what they had done and the consequences would have hit them. The inferno that engulfed those buildings would have been nothing compared to where they are now. How horrible!

I'm no theologian, but I have a theory. I believe there is a God-shaped void in the heart of every human. The need for communion with a creator, a deity, surfaces in just about every civilization, no matter how primitive. When not told and taught about God, they search their souls and minds, and often manage to come close to the truth. How God deals with them, I don't know, and don't have to know, it's His business. I think, though, that there will be some judgment based upon the intent for good or for evil.

In the case of Islam, they came out of the original Abrahamic line, and therefore had knowledge of Jehovah God. Eventually, through the self-serving teachings of Mohammed, the pedophile prophet, Islam arose and evolved. Many of those born into Islam still possess the longing for a good and loving God, and they are what we see as the "peaceful Muslims". However, Mohammed's teachings appeal to a great many men who are attracted to the notion having absolute power over women. These men are bullies by nature, and are therefore also intrigued by the command to "convert by the sword if necessary". That's what is at the heart of the terrorist attacks. Combine the nature of a bully with the promise of a s#x-filled eternity, and they're on the band wagon!

We hear a lot of rhetoric about it being about oil and the like, but I don't believe that's so. If you doubt it, take another look at old Bin Laden's rant the other night. He "invited" all of us to convert to Islam. The implication was that the terrorist acts will continue until we do.

That's a bit like a young man who seeks out the lady of his choice, and tells her "Fall in love with me or I'll kill you." Hmmm. Seems to me that's the reason God provided a way for us to reach Him, through Jesus' sacrifice. He wants us to love Him because we want to. He could have created us as a bunch of robots, parroting words of praise, but He wanted it to be of our free will. Anything less is worthless. I guess Islam just can't quite see that, but old Mr. Atta understands it now. Poor thing.

Well, that's enough of that. --Romeena