September 21, 2007 - Msg 56074: Good morning, folks, - almost good afternoon! I was up and out early, had to get the car over to the dealership to have that phone thing changed out. It's done, and they even added 30 complimentary minutes. When you buy a car from Sewell, even a pre-owned car like I do, you always get royal treatment.

I understand completely, Me-They, sometimes it's hard to go to a place where you know you will get emotional. Personally, I've found it comforting to come here and talk about Millie, but everyone deals with emotional situations in their own way. I don't visit the cemetery and my husband's grave every time I go to Fredericksburg. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't, according to how my heart leads at the moment.

Hazel, thank you for posting that beautiful description of your special relationship with Millie. It makes me wish I had made more of an effort to get to Sarah's, to join in, but perhaps it's good that I didn't. Too many voices at once might have hampered the special bond the two of you were forging. It sounds like PH fit right in, but any more might have been too many. I think it's lovely, and I'm so glad you were there for her.


Folks, I don't wish to be an alarmist, but I've been reading more and more stuff about aspartame, the sweet stuff in NutraSweet. Now I'm reading that it will kill fireant mounds, and when sprinkled around in corners in cabinets it will keep ants out of your kitchen. I haven't tried it, but am about to do so, as the little p-ants are about to make me crazy. They're everywhere! I can't sit anything down that they don't get into it, and forget storing crackers or anything not sealed airtight, unless you like to eat ants. They even got in the peanut butter when I hadn't put the lid on tight enough! Miserable little wretches.

Now I'm reading that aspartame consumption can cause symptoms like MS and lupus. Asa, had you heard about this? I don't know how much truth there is in it, there are conflicting reports, but I say where there's smoke, there's fire. Just because a product is on the market doesn't necessarily mean it's safe. Remember thalidomide, DES, Fen-fen, and even tobacco, for that matter.

Well, on that happy note, I'll go plant something. Have a great day, folks. --Romeena

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56075: Actually, Ro, although the times were special when it was just me and Millie over at Sarahs, it was always great fun when more people came. One time we had 5! Millie had a great time, and there was TAGS talk and quotes all over the place. I really wish more people would get over there. But I understand.
Well, I've got the day off. Think I'll show my family I still remember how to make chocolate chip cookies. It's been years. I hope I can find my mixer...
- Hazel

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56076: Good afternoon folks. With SPOT cooking and STERLING baking cupcakes, how could I stay away? You know about us slender, high-spirited people.

Actually, I am leaving work early today to celebrate our anniversary and wanted to stop back and wish everyone a nice weekend. Thank you all for your kind words of understanding. I'll talk to y'all next week. Take care and act like somebody (like you all wouldn't!).

And Happy Birthday Kai! Maybe we'll be able to get all the porch kids together someday for a big 'ole playdate.


September 21, 2007 - Msg 56077: Take care, Me-They! Have a good trip.
- Hazel

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56078: Happy Birthday to Kai! Your baby is growing up,Sterling!

Happy anniversary to Mr.& Mrs. Me-They! Sorry about the loss of your friend(s.) Oh,and I did remember Mrs. Me-They's birthday-hope she had a nice day.

Hazel,your post earlier about Millie was very touching. Since 7:30 was a special time to Millie,maybe we could all pause at 7:30 tonight (that would be 9:30 EST,which was "Millie's time") and light a candle in her memory.What do y'all think?

Prayers for Asa's wife-today was her liver biopsy. I'm sure Asa will bring us up to date when he's able.

Y'all have a good night.Light a candle,say a prayer for Millie at 9:30 EST,if you wish to honor her in that manner.
possum under a rock

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56079: Romeena , I quit drinking or eating anything with aspartam in it 2 years ago .I had read an article about the MS symtoms ,cant be good for you if it can kill bugs

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56080: Happy Birthday Kai!


Happy Anniversary Me-They!!


September 21, 2007 - Msg 56081: Well Possum, I don't think Millie needs me prayers now that she is safe in God's house but I will certainly pray for her family. How about that? I don't really believe in purgatory.


September 21, 2007 - Msg 56082: oh, and Possum, I mean that in the nicest possible way...not trying to cause offense. You are very sweet to want to honor Millie.


September 21, 2007 - Msg 56083: I knew what you meant, Possum, and I think it's an outstanding idea.

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56084: Afternoon everyone, Ro or anyone else could you repost the site for Romeena's photo album? I found the site posted in the archives but that didn't work. Thanks,

Deputy Warren Ferguson

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56085: And also I remember reading up about the plum awhile ago Ro and she was in a bad condition. How is she doing these days? I hope all is well.

Deputy Warren

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56086:
Does anyone know if Millie's obituaty is on any newspaper's website? We could all go there and sign the guestbook as several of you did for my mom. I think that would be great.
Possum, 7:30 it is! Thanks for the idea.
Me-they- prayers for your friend's family and for you. Happy anniversary too!!!
Happy birthday KAI. Sterling, i forget, did you ever move back to your former town? I remember when a good chilhood bakery closed here. I was still buying these great cinnamon knots from them, and now i cant find them anywhere.
Keep the quotes coming hazel. They help a lot!
MD- good to see you again.

Barn: I dont look too Ivy League do I ?
Andy:Nooo, your in a league all by yerself.

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56087:

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56088: haze send some of the cookies me way


September 21, 2007 - Msg 56089: Oh,there's absolutely no offense taken,Boo. I should have worded it differently,I guess. I meant to suggest that we offer up a prayer of thanks for the gift God gave us when he blessed us with Millie.
Thanks y'all for supporting this idea.9:30 EST tonight it is then.

possum under a rock

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56090: Thanks for the site whoever posted that.


September 21, 2007 - Msg 56091: Tell me about it, Possum. I think she is 7 going on 17. :)

Yes, MDC, we did move back. That was one of those miracles, really.

Have a good day, everyone! We are going to take Kai out for a birthday dinner, and let her pick where to go.
So far she has been wanting Ground Round. Wouldn't you know it, the most expensive place.;)

-Sterling Holobyte

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56092: Deputy Warren - Plum is now playing with Millie in heaven. It was a sad day on the porch when Ro reported the news. But just think of all the people that are playing with and petting Plum. I bet she gets carrots in heaven too!


September 21, 2007 - Msg 56093: Happy birthday Kai!


September 21, 2007 - Msg 56094: Good afternoon, all. Just got back from lunch with my grandson and his other grandma. He's going to spend the weekend with her. He's such a little mess!

DWF, thank you for asking about the Plum. I'm very sorry to say, but I lost her on August 16. She was just miserable, unable to walk at all, and having trouble breathing due to enlargement of her liver, caused by cancer, apparently. So, I loved her enough to let her go. It nearly broke my heart, and it has been terribly lonely around here without her. I'll be getting another Maltese puppy on Nov. 6. I talked it over with the Plum, in my heart, and she encouraged me to go ahead, so I am. The puppy is only seven weeks old right now, and the breeder won't release her yet, so I have to wait. I don't have a name for her yet, but probably something to do with Starr - at least that's what I've been calling her.

Guess I'd better go start supper. I got the makings of a great ratatouille, but I may just add a bit of beef and turn it into stew. Either way, it will be good.

See you later, folks. --Romeena

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56095: Hazel, I just posted my first message at Millie's other TAGS forum. Then I came here and read your Msg 56059. I thought I was past the crying stage but I had to get a tissue after reading that posting of yours. Then I got mad at myself for not being there with both of you that night.
And yes, we can meet again over at Sarah's in maybe about one week. I tried popping in there last night but had to leave immediately. It still hurts knowing Millie won't be joining us. But doesn't it seem contradictory that I have no problems posting here even though I won't be seeing anymore of Millie's postings? Could it be the real time aspect of Sarah's that made it more personal? Or could it be because I need to relate my feelings about this and the Front Porch is the best way to reach everyone?

MDC and Romeena, I am monitoring the Richmond Times Dispatch newspaper web site at I also left a message at Bogart's for Millie's husband. So far, no news about Millie's services yet.

Mrs. Wiley, I like your idea about having a tribute to Millie at the top of the pages here. I will email Floyd about that.

possum under a rock, I also like your suggestions to honor our friend Millie. I will participate.

Me_They, thanks for sharing those tender comments with us about your personal tragedies.

Romeena, regarding aspartame, check out The owners of that site are an independent European non-profit organization with no special connections to the aspartame industry.
And coffee drinkers should check out

Deputy Warren, Sugarplum is now sitting on Millie's lap up in Heaven. Read about it in the archives at August 16, 2007 - Msg 55006.

One final comment. With all of the outpouring of sympathy and fond recollections concerning our dear friend Millie, I am very proud to associate with you kind and caring folks here at Taylor's Front Porch.

from Poor Horatio

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56096: Thanks, homemaker. We must have posted about the same time. --Romeena

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56097: Well, and thank you, too, PH. I seem to be lagging behind this evening. And thanks for that link, I'll check it out when I leave the porch. Possum, count me in. It will be 8:30 here, CST. I plan to light candles all over my living room and watch some TAGS. Prayers, of course, at that time as well.

Dear friends, you mean more to me with each passing day. --Romeena

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56098: Afternoon Porch Family;
In honor and memory of our Millie, I wore my breastcancer awareness scrubs today at work. Several people asked me the occasion, and I told them a dear "family" member passed away. It felt proper to honor Millie that way. Oh, if only they could find a cure... I might even give a donation in her memory to the Susan B. Kolman foundation. Yep, sounds like a plan...
Ro: can I eat supper with you tonight. I've run out of ideas! ~New Neighbor

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56099: Well, according to that study and report, aspartame is stated to be safe. PH, if I liked the stuff, I'd find that link very reassuring. However, once again I must point out that many products have been released and later recalled due to unexpected bad side effects. Thalidomide is the most memorable, I guess, and as I recall, it was declared safe in England, our own FDA was less than enthusiastic about it, and most of the people who used it and later delivered severely damaged babies had obtained their supply in Europe.

I think it's certainly possible that the artificial sweeteners are safe. I think it's also not-so-remotely possible that they're not. I do know that obsteticians advise pregnant women against using them. My own endocrinologist said I could use them "if you must, but I'd be just as happy if you didn't, because I don't trust them." He was delighted that plain tea is my beverage of choice. I have no proof that they're harmful, it's just a gut feeling. I don't trust them, either. I wouldn't be surprised to see them pulled from the market within a few years. Besides, they taste awful, like you've had a mouthful of pennies! So, that's just my opinion, and my position on the subject, and fortunately, this is still America (for now, anyway) and my opinion doesn't affect anyone but me.

No charge for any of the above. --Romeena (heehee)

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56100: Im sorry to hear that Ro, I like how PH and hazel phrased it though, Im sure her and Millie are uniting right over us.

I will try my best to light a candle or watch an TAGS episode in honor of Millie.

Deputy Warren Ferguson

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56101: Whoop's meant Homemaker not hazel tehe.


September 21, 2007 - Msg 56102: Well folks, it's been a long time since I did any fancy posting. Let's see if this works ...

from Poor Horatio

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56103:
A memorial tribute to our friend MILLIE.
First posting - March 6, 2006
Final posting - September 15, 2007
Entered Heaven - September 18, 2007

from Poor Horatio and all of her friends at Taylor's Front Porch

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56104: Beautifully done, PH. Thank you. --Romeena

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56105: That's very nice PH it looks wonderful.


September 21, 2007 - Msg 56106: That was a wonderful thing to do, New Neighbor.

I think it is a very nice idea to remember and give thanks tonight for Millie. Count me in. I have Karen's children visiting tonight so things are pretty rowdy here but I think I can sneak away at 8:30.

You folks are something else. Such kind and loving souls! What a gift to have such loyal friends.


September 21, 2007 - Msg 56107: Wonderful! It's beautiful, PH. Thank you. And I'll see you at Sarah's in maybe about a week.
Guess what else I've been doing besides making cookies today. I decided to watch all three episodes of TAGS which featured "The Fun Girls". Since she was Fungirl over at the Forum, she must have liked those eps extra special. Just got thru watching "Barney Mends a Broken Heart". The one where Peggys friend, Don (the hungry buzzard) comes over to Peggys and Andy gets jealous. So Barn tries to cheer him up by first introducing him to Lydia (I hate the guitar. I hate to chit-chat.) And then he later introduces Andy to the Fungirls, and Andy gets punched in the eye at the TipTop Cafe.
- Hazel

Peggy: "Andy, what happened to your eeyyee?"

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56108: test

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56109:

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56110: (sorry, realized I'd left my italics running...)

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56111: What a lovely idea, Hazel, to watch those eps. Millie would be laughing right along with you.

Well, folks, I have a bit of information, and based on it, I have (as my husband would have said) made a dee-cide. My florist called earlier, still trying to get info on where to send the flowers, and I still didn't know, but did mention to her about Bogart's. Well, she took the bit in her teeth, called Bogart's and talked to someone who told her there is to be no funeral service, as such. However, next Saturday, at the restaurant there will be a "time of remembering" as she put it, and the family will be there to greet people who come in. So - I told her to plan to have the flowers delivered there along about next Friday. It won't be a funeral-y looking spray, but rather a pretty basket of color, that they can just sit on the floor, a table, a counter, wherever they choose. I figured with that much notice, if someone has a different idea or if we get any differing information, we can always change it. Nothing will happen until Thursday or Friday. How does that sound to everyone? --Romeena

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56112: Sounds good to me. If the memorial is to be at Bogarts, then that's the perfect place for the flowers. And that kind of sounds like the type of thing Millie would like, since Bogarts was so much a part of her life.
- Hazel

Goober: "Judy Judy Judy"
(now I'm watching the one where Andy & Barn take the Fun Girls to a dance because Helen and Thelma Lou are mad at them)

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56113:
Hello porch family.....I began by saying my heart and prayers have been with Millie's family. She was truely a part of our porch family. Another reason to look forward to heaven. We love and miss you Millie!

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56114: That is great Ro - about the flowers - I don't think Millie would have wanted a "funeral" looking thing. She had to much life to have the traditional funeral arrangement.

PH - your memorial tribute looked great!


September 21, 2007 - Msg 56115:
Well I sure have missed you folks. But I have had a wonderful tour so far. By far the most precious time was meeting Ro. We had such a great time together. She sent me an email and told me she didn't think she could make it and honestly I was kinda bummed out. But when I looked up as I was walking in, I just knew that was her. She is such a precious lady to be with. (Spot....we even went out and had catfish. I ate a piece for you brother.)

Let me go and check the archives. I'll try to check back in. Where I'm at now, I can't get service in my motorhome. I have to go into a building.
Prayers for all...and remember, Jesus loves you!

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56116: Romeena, I just checked the Richmond Times Dispatch web site, Bogart's web site, my telephone answering machine, and even did a web search using keywords. Unfortunately, I have no further information to report about Millie's services.
When I telephoned Bogart's yesterday, they did not have confirmed information to offer me. Looks like you did receive the latest information today.

While I admit that I did not contribute in the collective gift Romeena is arranging, I am very happy to report that the large bouquet of flowers I sent to Millie earlier this week arrived before she passed away. I only hope that it put a smile on her face.

from Poor Horatio

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56117: I like that idea Romeena so count me in! I just talked to Michelle at Bogart's a few minutes ago & she told me there should be something in the Richmond paper (the one PH posted the link to) either tomorrow or Sunday, so keep an eye out for that as well. She was very nice & told me if I didn't see it online by Sun to call her again & she would give me the info she had. Now, off to enjoy that roast I made, New Neighbor you got something against pork roast?? Well then, you just go on over to Romeena's & eat then! hehe just funnin' ya, I would love to join you there, but since I offered supper to everyone, guess I better stay here to serve it. ;)
later guys
it's the pork, she looked right at it & cried!

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56118: Oh PH, how nice!! I'll bet she enjoyed that. And great job on the code cypherin' up there! Happy Birthday to Kai!!! Happy Anniversary to the Me-They's, and good luck to Mrs. Asa today on the biopsy. I'm on the porch at 7:30 thinking of Milies' family and have a candle lit. Pie anyone? (key lime) Goes good with roast pork!

~ Mrs. Wiley
Andy: "You didn't do nothin' to upset your Aunt Bee, did you?"

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56119: Hazel, I think I will pop in over at Sarah's tonight as a tribute since others here have expressed an interest.
9:30pm eastern
8:30pm central
7:30pm mountain
6:30pm pacific

from Poor Horatio

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56120:
sorry, forgot to wind up my ammenninies. ~ Mrs. Wiley

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56121: Hey, who left the green and italics on?

That should fix it.

from Poor Horatio

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56122: hi PH, we both fixed it! Look out, I'm rockin forward!! ~ Mrs. Wiley

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56123: The flowers sound just fine, Ro. Wish we could all be there at Bogarts, too.


September 21, 2007 - Msg 56124: Pork roast - only with a good helping of mashed potatoes and gravy and some applesauce for dessert!

PH - I'm glad that you sent the flowers to Millie - I bet her smile was radiant.

After our chat on Thursday nite - (I was at Sara's that evening) - I just kind of felt that Millie's battle was just about over. I had a feeling all weekend that it was a precious time with her family. Just something I couldn't shake.

I am so glad that I got even a few minutes of chat time with her, and Hazel, and PH. Hazel and PH are amazing and when I get the time to chat, I like it alot. My husband doesn't quite understand this front porch thing so it is something I do on the quiet. Both of my boys know about it so if anything were to happen to me, they know who I am and they can post. So, I probably won't be able to join you tonite but I'll be there in spirit.


September 21, 2007 - Msg 56125: , I'm so glad to learn you chatted with Millie last thursday. I think my last chat with her was Wednesday. However, I did make appearances throughout that following weekend. And when Millie did not appear, I started to get bad feelings. That's why I sent the flowers.

from Poor Horatio

p.s. I will be at Sarah's tonight at
9:30pm eastern
8:30pm central
7:30pm mountain
6:30pm pacific
Everyone is invited even if it is just to pray.

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56126: Folks, do you have any advise for me on this one? I know that Millie was a huge Waltons fan, she even at one time gave me the link to a message board. I never went there, because I'm not really a fan of the Waltons. Anyhow, ever since yesterday, I have been lurking over there, and they don't appear to know that she has passed away. The archives only go back to June, and she doesn't appear to have posted over there since then (unless she uses a nick name). I did find one reference to her, where someone asked on August 30th "Has anyone heard from Caroline in Virginia?" and another person responded with "I talked to her a few weeks ago and she was very tired, but trying to stay busy", or something to that effect. I looked for an e-mail address of the administrator of the site, and couldn't find one. I'm not really inclinned to go over there and post the news for all to see; when I'm not 100% sure that that was the site that Millie even posted at. Although I think it was. Should I just let it go, or do you think that those folks should be told? I have a feeling that she probably didn't post much there in the last few months; since she had so much going on I think she narrowed her sites down to just a few places. But I know at one time she probably formed friendships over there. What do you think?
- Hazel

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56127:
Ro...just read your are too kind. Thank you so much. You're a sweetheart.

Boo...sorry I didn't get your post until now about Victoria. Sure would love to have met you also. That would have been great.

Gotta run for now....Prayers

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56128: Hazel, can we discuss Walton's at Sarah's tonight?

from Poor Horatio

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56129: The tribute is very nice,Poor Horatio.Appreciate you for doing that.

Ro,I'm with you on the flowers at Bogarts.Sounds good.

Welcome back home to the Porch,Rev.

Hazel,if folks over at that other site knew about Millie and what was going on with her,I think they would appreciate someone informing them about her passing.You'll find the right way to go about it,I'm sure.

Love to all-
possum under a rock

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56130: Rev, we're just glad to have you back, for whatever length of time you can manage. Traveling does make it difficult to stay connected. When I was in Destin last month, I'd never have made it to the porch if it hadn't been for my son. He rigged up some sort of connection through his phone. It was shaky, not terribly dependable, and very slow, but better than nothing. I can't imagine a house as expensive as that one was, not having internet connections. We were told that it's owned by some elderly, retired folk who have no clue that the internet is important to other people. Well, they need to get a clue, for that kind of money.

PH, there is no need for you to explain about the collective flowers. You were a good friend to Millie in life, you provided a sounding board for her at Sarah's, and even a token of encouragement in the form of flowers while she lived, and that's more than enough. We all offer support and deal with loss in our own way, and that's good. It would be awful if everyone was doing the exact same thing, all the time. We'd have to stand in line!

My ratatouille/stew turned out rather well. Right tasty, if I do say so myself. There's plenty - anybody in the neighborhood, drop by and have a bowl. I'm gonna miss Millie's pies, though. She sure did have a good hand for baking.

Have a great evening, everyone. --Romeena

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56131: Hazel, I think I found the Walton's forum you are talking about. I searched through their archives and found one posting from June 19, 2007 that has me confused. It states
"I spoke with her the other day and she has a great attitude. She did sound fatiqued from the treatment though. She is still planning on going to California next week and is really looking forward to it. Keeping her in my daily prayers.
I do know that Millie vacationed in the Outer Islands near Virginia in the summer. But I don't ever recall any talk about going to California in June.

from Poor Horatio

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56132: Hello - sorry I haven't gotten back to y'all sooner.
In lieu of flowers we are asking that donations be made to:
St. John's United Methodist Church
40336 McMullen Road, Avon, NC 27915

This was the church that was closest to Caroline's heart. Her grandfather was the minister there, we were married there and all of our children were christened there.
We are having a celebration of Caroline's life with her family and friends at Bogart's on Saturday, September 29, 2007 from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm.
I was going to print the archives from the past couple of days from here and the TAGs thread to have there so everyone will know how important Caroline was to you and you were to her. You all helped her through a very tough time and I think she was able to share some things with you that she may not have been able to share with folks in her real life.

Thanks. Steve

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56133: Thank you very much Steve. Many people here were asking for more information.

I think that is a great idea to print out the postings from the time we learned of the tragic news. It's the best way to illustrate just how much we cared and how much we miss her.

from Poor Horatio

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56134: Yes, that's the site, PH, and I saw that posting too. I could only assume that there were 2 Carolines, because I'm pretty sure our Millie didn't go to California during that time. She would have said something. And when I saw the post about "Caroline in Virginia", that made me even more sure that perhaps there were two...
I'll be at Sarahs about 7:35. (I'm going to have quiet time right at 7:30). Thanks!
- Hazel

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56135: Thank you so much for posting that Steve & you don't have to apologize for not posting sooner, you have alot on your plate right now friend. But again, thank you so much for remembering us & know that our prayers are with you.

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56136: You snuck in on me, Steve, I didn't see you there! Thanks for that information, we apprecicate it so much.
- Hazel

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56137: Just my thoughts, flowers are beautiful and a great tribute, why not send a small tribute for the gathering and make a larger lasting tribute to her wishes, her Church. A donation to the canc*r organization to me would not be out of line.

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56138: If anyone wants to join me, Hazel and PH at Sarah's come on over!

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56139: Good evening, all. I saw Steve's message, and am glad to have that guidance. Since the flowers have already been ordered and the florist has made several calls, though of course nothing has been delivered, what would you say to this idea? As Ray mentioned, we could go ahead and send the flowers to Bogart's, and the excess could go as Steve directed, to the Methodist Church. There will be excess, trust me. We've known that all along, and had wondered how to use it. Well, Steve has told us. How does that sound? --Romeena

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56140: Could someone direct me to Sarah's? I went there a couple of times a while back, no one was there at the time, and now I've forgotten the way. I should have left a trail of breadcrumbs. --Romeena

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56141: Stevem thanks for including our porch family in your family. Caroline was very special to each of us and I know we all learned something from knowing her and was blessed many times over.Romenna, you do whatever you feel is best. That plan sounds fine with me. Just home from Friday night football, my sons team (the Vounteer
Falcons) won tonight 19-7. They were pretty exicted as it was a big conference game for them. No injuries on the field tonight!!. JUst wanted to say good night and God Bless. Big Maude

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56142: Hey Ro I just left there (11:27 EST) Hazel & PH are still there. The web address is

Have fun, I'm going to bed. I'm all for doing what Steve asked with the excess. Count me in.
Nite porch

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56143: OK, I went there, and there's a big old warning box, about trusting an applet by somebody named Phillippe something or other. Do I want to trust that? --Romeena

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56144: Well, I tried again, didn't get Phillippe's warning box this time, just got a box that kept repeating something about access denied. I don't think it likes me. I'm going to bed. Maybe I'll try again some other time. --Romeena

September 21, 2007 - Msg 56145: Wow, what a great chat session Mavis, Hazel, BigMaude, and I had over at Sarah's tonight. Much of the discussion was about Millie.
We did have two attemtps who could not log in so we don't know who they were.
Romeena, yes you have to run that application by Phillippe Detournay to enter Sarah's, so go ahead and click on RUN. I do it everytime I go to Sarah's.

from Poor Horatio

September 22, 2007 - Msg 56146: Wow - I missed afeter I went to bed last night. Ireland lost to France in rugby. I watched that on the telly with friends. I came home and got on for a bit but the porch seemed dead, but you all sure got busy!

Kind of neat to see the visitors from the Porch on the TAGS forum site!

Good morning to all


September 22, 2007 - Msg 56147: Im sorry I couldn't make it tonight at Sarah's guys, I was at a movie "Mr. Woodc*ck". It was ok, might get some laughs but it won't leave you with anything most likly. PH and Mavis, I encourage you to post at TAGS forum (Im hab101 there) as well. It is as freindly a community we have here and great fun...don't worry you don't need to be super TAGS triva knowledged either, hehe.

Catch ya'll later.


September 22, 2007 - Msg 56148: BTW - I am "NaasPreacher" over on the TAGS forum


September 22, 2007 - Msg 56149: Hi! I"m Opiemom on the TAGS forum site. My son had told me about it awhile ago. After Fungirl/Millie died, I read your tributes here. Very moving. She was an amazing woman. I have a c ouple of friends with cancer. When they were diagnosed, they said they felt peace because they had lived life with no regrets. I think Millie lived that way. Very challenging to me as I am about her age. Have I lived life with no regrets of things I should or shouldn't have done or said?

September 22, 2007 - Msg 56150: Well, Opiemom, I guess we all have some regrets. We have discussed this subject here on the porch and I think we came to the decision that we all have regrets, what matters is what you do about them. Sometimes regrets make us change for the better but if they just cause us guilt and pain, that's another story. Welcome to the porch.


September 22, 2007 - Msg 56151: By the way, I tried to get on over at Sarah's last night and got the same message that Ro got. That has never happened before so I don't understand what happened. Sorry I missed the chat, but maybe next time.


September 22, 2007 - Msg 56152: so true Boo, A favorite saying of mine is "Don't take guilt trips, they don't go anywhere"

Thanks for the welcome

September 22, 2007 - Msg 56153: Hi All.
Welcomw Opienmom hope you will syay arould.
Romeena used both Steve and Ray idea, send half to the church and half to the canc*r im her name from all of us.


Lift up your voice,
In earnest love and prayer;
Thanking God for what you have,
Letting Him know you care.
Thank Him for the sunshine;
Thank Him for the rain;
Thank Him for your pleasure;
And thank Him for your pain.
Thank Him for the good times,
Thank Him for the bad;
Thak Him for just being Him,
Let Him know, for this you're glad.
Then God in all His wisdom,
Will listen to your voice;
And as He answers all your prayers,
You can stand up and rejoice.

Thak Hfor aare friend here.


September 22, 2007 - Msg 56154: that was to read , Thank Him for are friend here.


September 22, 2007 - Msg 56155: It's nice to have visitors from the TAGS forum! Welcome. Millie was special to so many people.
Regrets and guilt. I have a lot of it. I know God forgives me, it's just a matter of forgiving myself...
It appears that several people wanted to chat last night. It would be nice if every week we tried to have as many folks as want to chat all get together. Maybe the Tuesday Night knot-tying club or something. Or maybe Friday nights works best. We'll arrange something, with a few days warning, and give it a try. And yes, I have to hit the "run" button everytime I go there too.
Thank you, Poor Horatio, for helping me with my little project. Your ma should have named you Scooby Doo, you're such an investigator!
Love to all,

Fungirl Daphne: "I'm locked up with the Sheriff, I'm locked up with the Sheriff!"

September 22, 2007 - Msg 56156: Good morning, all. Thanks for the reassurance about getting into the chat, I'll try again. Not now, because I know no one is there! Hazel, I love the idea of the Tuesday Night Knot-Tying Club, but maybe it could meet on another night? I'm usually working on Tuesday nights. Not always, but quite often.

I happened to look out my window just now, and spotted a hateful cat with a little squirrel cornered in the nest box. The squirrel couldn't get out, because the cat had the entrance blocked, and was just about to stick a paw into the box when I shot out my back door like a crazy woman, yelling at the cat. You wouldn't believe some of the things I promised to do to him if he ever came back. He about stripped the bark off the tree, he came down so fast, ran through the flowerbed and through a little hole in the fence, just as the rock I chunked at him hit the ground right behind him. I've never thrown a rock at an animal in my life, but all I could see in my mind was that little squirrel dangling in his jaws, and I declare, I believe I would have killed him.

I promise you, if I can corner and catch him, I'll take him for a very, very long ride, and will cross at least three rivers. I'll drop him off in the most affluent community I can find, and wish him well, but I will not allow him to come in this yard and stalk my squirrels. Why on earth don't people keep their animals at home?? Free-roaming cats in the country have their place, are even necessary, but in a community like this, they belong at home, stalking nothing but crickets and feathery cat toys. I know a woman whose cat is forever dragging dead birds, mice and such into the house, in varying stages of decomposition, and who once brought in half of a baby bunny. Then she lets the critter sleep on her bed, after it's been chewing on things like that. Argh!!

Well, I think my heart rate has calmed down enough that I might be able to apply mascara without poking my eye out, so off I go. Picking up some friends, and we're going out to the Eisemann Theater to hear a performance by the Vocal Majority, then to our favorite catfish place to eat waaay too much catfish. It's a buffet, and that's bad news. See you later, friends. --Romeena

September 22, 2007 - Msg 56157: Good Saturday morning folks, hope all is well. PH, the tribute to Millie is lovely. Romeena, your idea is fine with me. Millie will be okay with whatever we do. It is a beautiful Saturday morning. I have been up a while, been to the grocery store, washed 4 loads of clothes and made chocolate brownies. Getting ready to mop the floor. I have a lot on my mind today so I guess I am trying to keep busy. PLease pray for me as this worry bug I have is working double time right now. Supper will be: grilled BBQ boneless pork ribs, cole slaw, scalloped potatoes, green beans and rolls. Fudge brownies for dessert. Prayers and blessings to all of you. Big Maude
Big Maude

September 22, 2007 - Msg 56158: Afternoon Family:
Just got off work and decided to "visit" with the folks for a few minutes. What wonderful tributes to Millie. Thanks Steve for checking in with us and letting us grieve with your family.
PH- perfect!
Ro- Thanks for all you do. Millie was a very special person. And for chasing mean, nasty cats THANK YOU!!! (I would have loved to see you chuck that rock at that cat! It probably went on the other side of the fence and died from shock!)
Big Maude- uummm supper sounds delightful after a long day at work. (too many sick folks out there!)
Love and prayers to all! ~New Neighbor

September 22, 2007 - Msg 56159: It was a beautiful day here on the Irish side today - bright and cool.

I love weekends now. When I was posting here before out little church was sometimes just me and my family, but now we have 6-7 families in church nearly every week. I wondered for a while if church planting was for me - but the Lord has been real good all the way through .


September 22, 2007 - Msg 56160: Fixing some Minestone and yeast rolls for dinner. YUM! Very nice day here. We have 5 children ranging in age from 14-21months, so my days are very busy. Today was perfect. Nothing scheduled, just caught up on odd jobs, sang songs with baby and played with puzzles. Listening right now to my daughter blowing bubbles on the front porch with the baby.

September 22, 2007 - Msg 56161: oops Forgot to sign previous message 56160


September 22, 2007 - Msg 56162: Romeena and everyone this is such a wonderful porch family...thanks to all for being my friend...Rev good to here from ya bud..this porch sure does know how to handle anything that is thrown at it !..I have just been busy with yard work..and the fair is in town..say little big town there last night..hey,hazel,auh20,horatio,irister,m-t,TOM,des and all...well let me get back to work and use my off days...and Romeena I sent you sonething in the snail-mail..and the Bogarts idea is a gem...supper will be Red Lobster dutch..but I will get your Romeena!..back at dark!..SPOT

September 22, 2007 - Msg 56163: Hey I get to save money...just saw Big Maude had the supper covered...Ro ya can still set next to me!...SPOT

September 22, 2007 - Msg 56164: What a great post, Opiemom. I really enjoyed reading about your day with the kids...sounds dreamy.

Romeena, you just about choked me when you said, "...I might be able to apply my mascara without poking my eye out...". Hilarious! Glad you calmed down. I really wonder if that cat will ever come back into your yard or if you scared him into a "CATatonic" state.

Nice to have you posting again, Irishter. Great to hear that your church is growing!

Prayers for you Maude, I know how painful it can be to get bitten by the worry bug. Hang in there.

Very nice poem, TOM.

"Hey" to New Neighbor, it's so good to have you back on the porch again with us.

Hey to Hazel, too. I hope we can all get together to chat soon.

Been a busy day. Finally got rid of the extra critters that were running around here since yesterday. It was nice having Karen's kids for the night but I am tired from being up late. We stayed up watching the Disney movie, Glory Road about the West Texas college team that won the national championship, I forget when. It's a really good movie if you haven't seen it yet. Really good moral, no bad language.

I am expecting my sister to visit any minute with little Emily, who is about a month old now and so sweet! Can't wait to see her and kiss those ample cheeks! Life's funny, isn't it? After having such a terrible loss when my best friend passed away, God gave me a beautiful little neice this summer that I love dearly. It helps, somehow. I am very thankful for her.

Anybody want to join me later for a movie downtown? They are playing a Glenn Ford movie and we can go to the diner after for pie and coffee...


September 22, 2007 - Msg 56165: Hey SPOT! I didn't see you there. Thanks for being OUR friend. You're awesome.


September 22, 2007 - Msg 56166: Oh, one thing I forgot to mention. I have talked about Karen's oldest daughter who is 20 (Jill). She dropped out of high school and never got her GED. Well, she has been attended GED school is going to take the test next week. Please pray that she passes. She needs to move on and get an education so she can take care of herself and her baby girl. About a month ago, her alcoholic husband tried to choke her but, like so many women with zero self-worth, she didn't leave him. She tells me that once she can make it on her own she will leave. I know that's a long shot but I can hope that maybe someday she will come to her senses and do what she needs to do. She doesn't have her mother to depend on anymore. Thanks for listening. I am concerned for her little daughter and nothing I say seems to make any difference.


September 22, 2007 - Msg 56167:
Irishster- I am sure glad you found your way back here, and i didnt even have to email you! ha
RO- Is it possible to cut and paste Poor Horatio's tribute over to the photo album site?
That way it wont go into "archive heaven."
Steve- Thank you for informing us on the details. God does indeed work "in the fullness of time." Our prayers continue for you and the kids and the whole family.
I hope this doesnt sound wrong at this time, but in SOME cases, I admit not ALL, sometimes our very diets make us ill. (I am not saying that this applied to Millie in ANY way just to clarify.) I just want to stress it again as we have talked about it in the past. Our bodies need the right things to help get rid of the free radicals that invade it. I know I have talked about the supplements that I take, and I KNOW they really helped me thru the stress of my mom's illness. Stress, in fact, is one of the worst things that downgrades our immune systems. Any boost we can give it is the best thing we can do. For example, I wouldnt put an artificial sweetner in my body if it was the last 'food' on earth! I think the more we get back to natural foods the better for all of us. Yes, I eat fries etc at times, but in moderation. OK, I said enough, probably too much. Please forgive me.
Lord be with us all, please especially bless Millie with your face to face presence and giude us all on this path of life.
God bless,
Barn: "Then who's that in the closet?"