October 22, 2007 - Msg 57271: Thanks for the little sermonette, Possum..I pass by Osteens gi-normous church every so many months when I am taking Sean to his doc in Houston. It is very near Texas Children's Hopital. Next time, I'll think of you. Very happy to hear that you have two other supportive sisters.

Still waiting for that cool weather....

Better go put my chili fixin's in the crock pot. Homemade chili-cheese dogs for supper (made with natural beef weiners...no nitrates), and pumpkin pie for dessert.


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57272: Hee Hee possum sure ya can sit next to me..hope the rock dont show up!..I will bring a sack full of rock just in case..good sweep Boo...supper sounds good...lunch will be grilled cheese sandwiches,tomato soup and fried apple pies...well a tour from canada power fixing to come through I better get my speach ready!...SPOT

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57273: Good Noon Porch,
We finally got a teensy bit of rain here in Ga. We need a TON more, but the Lord will provide.
I've been baking this morning. I made some homemade bread, cheddar biscuits, and am about to make some oatmeal raisin cookies, want some?
MDC- I'm so glad to hear that everything's okay. I had some blood work done and need to see a cardiologist, but keep putting it off. Bryan's supplementing me with Vitamin E, Fish oils, and something for inflammation.
Rev- Glad to hear everything's going well.
Mavis- You sound as happy as can be. I'm so thrilled! Praise the Lord for your brother.
Possum- I'm glad that you have more support in your family. I think the baby's of the family cause more trouble (although opposite in my family because I'm the baby and I'm just an angel, ha). I watch Joel Osteen all of the time. My husband says he's like a Christian motivational speaker, which is positive for him.
Boo- Bryson would love some chili cheese dogs. That's what he always buys at Sonic. I'm glad you're getting nitrate free things. That's really important! I can tell a difference in Bryson when he's had too many chemicals.
Spot- Lunch sounds great! Have you tried Panorama's apple fritters in Ellijay? Yummy!
Whoever is being mean to George needs to remember that 2 wrongs don't make a right and that's just very un-TAGS.
Blessings to you and yours,

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57274: Good morning everyone. Well, after reading the archives for the last few days all I can say is that given that I'm not feeling very Christian at the moment, I'd better cut this short and pray about that.

I'll have to save most of my comments for later but I will throw in that (1) I don't really feel like the word I was referring to was terribly bad, though I confess I wouldn't use it to the kids or my pastor in the hand-shaking line. But I thought I could use it in the mood I was in around my adult friends. As for you, GEORGE, as far as I'm concerned you're a stranger. Now, if I offended anyone I actually know with my comment, I apologize.

BOO, I do think I understand AUH2O's last, crytic message. I believe he's feeling the way I am right now, that there's so much drama on the porch it's almost like work thinking about what you can say and how to say it. You'd think the porch was litered with eggshells to something.

Not to sound insensitive, but I've said before that no one is deliberately stepping on anyone else's feeling around here. If I or someone else does step too hard, let us know and we'll apologize. But for heaven's sake, some of us need to stop leaving their feelings laying all over the place waiting for them to get stepped on.

Prayers for all of you today. Please do the same for me.

And, GEORGE, when I need convicting, the Lord will do it, thanks. He doesn't need an assistant.


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57275: Boy, that post needs CHARLOTTE.


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57276: you till thim ME-THEY .
so GEORGE stop thinking that you can run this porch that way you feel.
Because we have the right to say thing the way we want to.


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57277: As the other Porchster who got skewered by George,I want to go on the record : Me-They, you did not offend me with MSG 56994 and you're A-OK in my book,friend.As I said in my little sermonette earlier,watch out for those "slingers." Don't let your well be poisoned by them. Now,let's go put on some James Taylor and chill out! Love you,buddy.

possum under a rock

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57278: Special well wishes go out to M-T this morning! And like you M-T, I understood AUH2O perfectly. I've said it before and I'll say it again, no one here has ever offended me by anything they've said.

Well, is anyone in the mood for a slightly humorous story this morning? We took the kiddies back to a pumpkin patch yesterday afternoon so that all four of us could enjoy it as a family this time. It was a gorgeous but warm Fall day with lots of wind. A tractor came around to take us out to the fields for pumpkin picking. On the way through, this farm has their fields dressed in a kid-friendly haunted house theme. There was lots of ooohing and awwwing with every turn of the tractor. They even had Linus out in one of the pumpkin fields waiting for "The Great Pumpkin!" The tractor driver was telling us all sorts of stories while giving us the haunted tour. At one point, we were able to jump off and take the kiddies through a hay bale maze. My #2 gherkin was tired of traipsing through it so she decided to cut out the middle man and just climb over the bales of hay. (She's not known for her patience, kinda like her mama...) Anywho, everyone was finished with the maze and proceeded to climb back up on the wagon. Did I mention it was a real breezy day? I had put on a big sun hat cuz I have delicate skin and don't like to get it freckled. Actually, I just didn't feel much like doing my hair so on went the big hat. Most of the gang was sitting towards the front of the wagon while I kept watch at the back making sure no one sat too close to the gate. Hubby was juggling our 7 rolling pumpkins and the two gherkins. Bless his heart. We took a corner around this giant inflatable pumpkin and the wind caught my hat. It whipped it right off so as the driver slowed almost to a dead stop as everyone was ooohing and awwwing again at some display, I jumped off real quick, like a cat, grabbed my hat, turned around to jump back on when the pocket on the backside of my gauchos caught a corner of some splintered wood on the gate of the wagon. I know you all are just sitting there gasping with air waiting to hear what happened next. Of course the driver took off again with my hiney pocket attached to the gate but I wasn't aboard yet. Sadly, to get loose from the wagon gate, I had to give my britches a stern yank and ripped that pocket almost clean off. I managed to not so sophisticatedly climb back on the wagon. Not feeling very much like a cat, I kept that hat behind my back for the rest of our afternoon at the pumpkin pickin' patch. True story. Unfortunately. Hey! At least my kids are too young right now to be embarrassed by me--yet!

I want to say HEY to all the ladies, so good to hear from you. And to the gents of the Porch, HEY to you all, too! I know you all are getting hungry for lunch but I've already planned dinner: tater tot casserole, steamed whole green beans, cottage cheese and peaches (optional for those who don't like c.c.) and hot wheat rolls. Don't have a dessert planned for tonight but since we're pretty chilly out today, thought I'd make some homemade hot cocoa. Sound good? Help thy self!

Have a great day everyone. Love you all!

Merri Weather

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57279: Oh, hey there Possum, we were writing at the same time! MW

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57280: No I have not eat there Lucy.."I aint skeered possum"!..still got this bag full of rocks that me and you took to the waffle house in case Kid Rock showed up!...Tom you ok for sure in my book..M-T im like possum you are A-OK...Romeena you working?..cant wait till starr comes to the porch!..Boo you and Bruce gona start the house this spring?..well Im fixing to leave work and head to Walmart..think I will buy me a new set of luggage...been needing some and the Kansas trip will be my excuse to me..gona get the big set with wheels..getting to old to tote...well see ya at Boo"s chili cheese dog supper..I will grab some chips and pop from walmart..Asa?hazel?horatio? gizzmo,Irishster?..yaall come on down!.."chow-chu" [what show is that saying from yall?]...SPOT

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57281:
Howdy porch family...pray you're all having a Jesus filled day.

Hazel....was thing about you this morning and praying for you.

Spot.....go ahead and get that luggage...you deserve it.

Merri W....now that's funny.....And don't worry, we'll be sure to remind your kids when they get older...hehe

Boo's for chili cheese dogs.... sounds great.

I'll check back tonight after the concert. Prayers for all.

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57282: Hello everyone.

Hello Tom. I feel uncomfortable posting this but I believe that it is important.
After reading some of your past postings I am a little confused. In your posting 57024, you asked the folks here to stop talking about a certain word. I see nothing wrong with your request and I will follow it.
Then George said in posting 57164 "the mention of ugly words, even if they are just the first letter" are offensive to him.
You replied with posting 57208 where you said that we have the right to say what is on our minds.
You also said in posting 57276 "so GEORGE stop thinking that you can run this porch that way you feel. Because we have the right to say thing the way we want to".
With all due respect to you Tom, are you saying that it is OK for you to ask that we stop using a certain word here but George can't ask for the same thing? If this is true, isn't that unfair? Please understand that I am talking about George's actual request and not the blunt way he asked.
I am interested in comments from Tom and anyone else. Is their anything wrong with my reasoning?

from Poor Horatio

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57283: What a beautiful day that the LORD has made.
Hope all is having a wonderful day.


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57284: Mavis and Lucy, I am from NC about 50 miles from Raleigh


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57285:
To messages 57258 and 59, we don't cotton to folks bein' incognito. Even Ernest T identified hisself after throwin' rocks. "It's me it's me it's Ernest T."

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57286: Sorry Boo, I offered up dinner and I didn't realize you were having everyone over for chili dogs! My stuff will freeze well. HA! See ya tonight---P.S. BOO, Where do you find nitrate-free hot dogs? My girls always want to get some but they have so many harmful things I just can't make myself do it very often.

It sounds like you're in "Mayberry" country George. Must be real nice where you live.

Hey Spot, REV and Poor Horatio. Spot, be careful on your trip. You'll be just about 3 hours from me. Hope you have a good time. MW

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57287: Hey MDC, didn't see you there and I agree wholeheartedly. So glad to hear that you valves are working properly and you're in tip-top shape. mw

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57288: ...that would be "your" valves, not "you". Blah. mw

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57289:
Well, in the spirit of what this site IS, "The Taylors' Front Porch", I guess "shootin' the breeze" can include quite a lot, but why don't we all try our best to not say something that Andy and the gang would not say. Sure, Andy got upset a few times, (like in almost ALL the color episodes (:)but he also had many tender, loving moments like in "Prisoner of Love" or in the "Class Reunion." So too can't we have a good medium? Maybe what we REALLY need is to get our darn, full-time mayor back with us! haha

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57290: MW , I am about 80 miles from MT. Airy.


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57291:
Tom- looks like no Indians in the World series this year, sorry buddy. Now if they were an NFL team we could play 'Cowboys and Indians!' (Like opie and his pals.)
Lucy- hang in there girl. Do not put off anything related to the heart tho. Get thee to ole Doc Andrew's asap.
RO- I am in A-fib 24-7, known since 1990, but may have been before that. They tried cardio-version once but it didnt take, so I am on digoxin, coumadin and metoperlol. Most of the time i am fine, mow my lawn etc, but i do get kinda short-breathed if I climb several flights of stairs.
I have also had extreme stress for past 7 years.
That is past now and my cario doc thinks I will continue to improve--diet, exercise and my supplements (which he is fine with.) CQ-10, fish oil, garlic, oregano, vit C, multi, calcium, vit E, selenium, and LOVE from the missus!!!
When she plants one right flush on the jaw, even after 31 years, I get all goose-pim-ply and refreshed! ha

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57292: Good afternoon, all. Poor Horatio, since you did invite others to respond, I think maybe I can shed some light on the situation. While it's true that Tom did ask that we quit making references to feet, I think he has re-thought that request and tacitly withdrew it. I think he now realizes that it's not fair for one person to try to control the conversation of the whole porch. Am I right, Tom? --Romeena

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57293: I think you struck onto something there, MDC, whether you realize it or not. Indeed, there were tender as well as tense moments in TAGS. I would not have found the show nearly as good if it had struck a happy medium and not showed those different extremes. Life is rarely "medium."

I love you folks, but I'm just not ready to limit my posts to mere chit-chat. Don't get me wrong, I'm no Lydia and love innocuous chit-chat from time to time. But many of the things we discuss here are way deeper than that. As AUH2O and I have pointed out, who is arbiter of which difficult or serious subjects we can discuss here?

I'm not perfect. There, I said it. But neither was Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee, or any of the gang. In the episode, "Barney and the Chain Letter," I wonder if GEORGE or anyone else laughs at the scene where Andy finds the girlie magazine at the dump and wonders who in Mayberry would take such a thing ("Barney!")? Well why are we all laughing? How unchristian! Since when is s*xual immorality funny? Well, I find humor in it because Barney is just being human (i.e. imperfect). I could name a whole lot of other examples, too. Seems kinda hypocrytical to champion such an "imperfect" show and then judge others so harshly.

Thanks to those above who encouraged me. And thanks for all your prayers. I'm thinking especially of you today, BOO. I'll keep all of you in my prayers.

I surely hope that AUH2O's last post wasn't his last post. With all the unnecessary drama around here lately (and I'm certainly not speaking of very real life circumstances that some of you have shared) I can't blame him.


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57294: That last post signals the end of my part in recent dramas. From here on out, I will discuss what's on my mind, and I'll try to do it in good taste and with care and wit, if the mood strikes. If I offend someone, let me know and I'll apologize. But what I won't do si stop being me. So, if y'all don't care for that, let me know now so I can mosey along. But if that's okay with you, I'll see you on the porch whenever I get teh chance.


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57295: So put that in you smipe and poke it.


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57296:
Boo- I always stand on the Word when public speaking. In Timothy (REV can ya help me here)
paul says "The Lord does NOT give us a spirit of FEAR, but a Spirit of power, love and self-control." If I repeat that before going up I usually have an very calm demeanor in front of folks cuz i give it to the Lord. Good what you said about the donkey. Also, a coin in the fish's mouth to pay the tax! The Lord has a sense of humor!
MW- that was a very funny story about the hayride!
At least it took ONLY the pocket!!! ha
SPOT- Is it rodeo time again? Ya all have a safe trip. Land sakes, dont start no waffle fights! ha. Fill the bed of your truck with Kansas water! teehee. Or you might be put on the miricle salve black list! "Pure case of intimidation is what it is."
good day all, prayers abound,

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57297: Me-They, you're okay in my book, and I would just hate it if you quit just being "you". --Romeena

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57298: George-say you're 50 miles from Raleigh and about 80 miles from Mt. Airy? I know exactly where that is...Holierthanthouville!

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57299: Ok, who was that? I did a little checking, and so far can't identify the poster, but whoever you are, what do you say we let all this stuff go now? This porch was a pleasant place until very recently, and there's no reason to let the behavior of one individual cause us all to misbehave. It's easy to strike back - no one knows that better than I do - but I'm trying to let it go, and I hope everyone else will do the same. --Romeena

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57300: Oh Me-They, what would the porch be without you?! You're my little buddy. Please keep coming around and saying anything you like. I know you are a moral, God-fearing man and I'm not afraid in the least of anything you might say. Honestly, it is your posts that I look forward to the most (not to make anyone feel bad). Your post make me think, they challenge me as a Christian, they make me a better person, I think. Honey, please don't let anything run you off.


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57301: And in case anyone misinterprets the word "Honey", it was said with Christian affection from one child of God to another....


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57302:
57298 obviously does not want to identify themselves, so we know that our webmaster will deal with it.
I suggest the rest of us just ignore the unsigned poster.

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57303: Good idea, MDC. I'm really glad things went well with your heart cath - nice to know things are working as they should, isn't it? --Romeena

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57304: I made the post earlier and just now got back to the porch after eating supper. I'm sorry I didn't identify myself and I sincerely I apologize for posting it. I really regret doing it. It was a feeble attempt at humor after reading the archives and getting stirred up. I whole heartedly agree with you Romeena about letting it go. That's exactly what I should have done. Please accept my apology. I haven't posted in a couple of years so the majority of you guys won't remember me. The ones that might remember me know I'm not a mean sprited person. Guess I just got too caught up in the moment. Again, I apologize.

Rev. Jr.

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57305: Rev Jr. : As for me, Apology accepted.


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57306: Rev Jr. , What part of the porch are you from ?


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57307: Well, Well, Well. . .
A girl takes a little hiatus and judging from the archives - a whole big moulage breaks out. I didn't even get to pop my popcorn to watch the fireworks. . .golly gee whiz!

Rev. Jr - are you from our long lost BBQ sauce man! Wow - I thought about you but didn't remember the secret sauces website! Good To See You. Didn't you have problems with your eyes?

MDC - glad for your good news!

Just checking in -
maybe I'll catch you all again tomorrow!


I'll make some meatballs ! Any takers? Maybe Asa?

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57308: I sure do miss Millie. . . .

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57309: Due to the drought : Our Governor ( NC) wants everyone in the state to cut their water usage by 50 % for the next 9 days. That will be hard for a lot of people as their livelihoods depends on water availability .


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57310: Thanks George. I don't even know you so I had no business being such a smart alec towards you.

Let me attempt to have a "do over." Okay, how about this.....Hey everybody, how have you been? Just dropping in to say hey. Remember me? It's Rev.Jr. Trying to think of another handle so nobody will get confused with all the Rev's on the porch. LOL

Rev. Jr. (for now)

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57311: Hey brother Rev I did get that luggage!..almost packed..hey M-T you will always be on the good list..hello Rev jr,George..hello Boo "Honey"..MDC yea the ga rodeo is in the summer then the World Championship is in Oct in Kansas..its such a blast..like I said yall google "International Linemans Rodeo"..check out the web page..Merri you said I will be about 3 hrs from you?..just what part of the country?..[I forget]..possum guess we run Kid Rock out of Atlanta!..[knew my sack of rock would do it}..and p.s. lets all just get along!..ha ha..well snack time will be cap. crunch and mayfeld whole COLD milk...breakfast in the morning will be at I-HOP on TOM!..@ 7:00 shart he said..well prayers to all...Rev keep an eye out for the brown truck brother!..love ya porch...and {honeys]..ha ha....SPOT

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57312: me 2 HM...SPOT

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57313: How about a sing along . . .

"Down in the valley, valley so low. . "


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57314: HM- yep, it's me. One in the same. Been gone far too long. You have a good memory. It was my left eye. A bungee cord popped me square in the eye. I consider myself very fortunate. I can still see out of it, though it's a little blurrier than my right eye. Haven't had to fill that prescription for glasses that the doctor gave me 2 years ago so I'm not complaining at all. If it's okay with everybody I think I'll shorten the Rev.Jr. to just Jr.

(the porchster formerly known as Rev.Jr.)

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57315: Hey HM let me tell ya the truth...when I saw the sing along post "I Started To Sing"!...and still am...wow the power of the porch!!...SPOT

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57316: Well Rev Jr, as I live and breathe! So good to hear from you again. I wondered what in tarnation happened to you. As far as the post you apologized for, I have to admit (and no offense to George, please), I laughed out loud when I read it. Although it was rude, I thought it was funny. Now, maybe we can put all of that behind us and start new.

What's been going on in your life? Are you planning on coming back to the porch regular-like? How's your father?


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57317: Wake up porch im still singing!.."Down in the valley so low"...come on porch lets bond again!..Colts are on monday night football...GO colts aint lost one yet!...SPOT

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57318: SPOT "Honey", didn't mean to ignore you when you asked about the house. I don't know exactly when we will actually start. I try not to think about it! Bruce is still working on the fence and then he says the barn is next, so who knows?! I sure will be glad to finally start. At least we are out of my parent's house and in our own place now and that helps ALOT. Thanks for asking.

Good to see you again, HM. I know, I miss Millie, too.


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57319: Well hello "Honeys" [ladys of the porch]..Boo yer a trip] hope yall and everone [us men too] are doing great..TOM? where are you Asa?..Big Maude?..CHUCK?..gizzmo,irshster,?..well watching the colt now...M-T,MDC,goober,gooberett,ray,miller,auh20 come on yall im at home tonight for a change...Lets Rock!..dont think anybody got my triva questionj earler..saying "chow-chu'..was from sanford "period' and son...well back in a bit...SPOT



October 22, 2007 - Msg 57321: Welcome back to the Porch Rev. Jr.! I've thought about you often. Glad to have my "homeboy" rocking with us again. Our other Rev. is from SC too.I'll have to remember to call you Jr.,lest I confuse myself!

Yeah,spot,old Kid Rock didn't stand a chance against the Class of '77,did he? Ha!

Y'all have a good evening-love to all.
possum under a rock

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57322: SPOT, I'm about 3 hours south of K.C. We like to get up there right after Thanksgiving for the Christmas lighting of the Plaza. It's wonderful!

ROMEENA, how do we get a hold of you by email if we so wish? Hi by the way!

Hi Jr. Welcome back. Have a good night Porch. PEACE. MW

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57323: Mw thats nest ....TOM im with wa brother..Im watching the game ...SPOT

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57324:
Hello porch family

MDC....I use that verse ( 2Tim.1:7 ) quite often myself too.

Boo...now I'm offended....you never called me "honey"....I always knew you liked M-T and Spot better...hehe

Welcome back Jr.... Good to see ya.

Spot...didn't get to see tonights game. Just got in. Who won?

Everyone have a good night. Prayers for all the porch family!

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57325: SPOT I was wron and You was right , but I think that was a bad game and some bad called may

29 7


October 22, 2007 - Msg 57326: REV THE COLTS WIN THE GAME.

October 22, 2007 - Msg 57327: Now REV, "Honey", you know that's not true! ha I'll just go ahead and say a big "Honey" to everyone on the porch.

See ya tomorrow...I'm going to bed. It is actually cold here...well, that's relative, but it's about 50 degrees which is real cold for a Texan this time of year. Brrr..better go stick my cold feet on my husband (who is already sleeping. hehehe).


October 23, 2007 - Msg 57328: Well, my goodness! It's Rev,Jr., now known as just Jr. Good to see you, and I'm glad to hear you didn't have any lasting consequences with your eye. Of all the freakish accidents! I'm glad it wasn't any worse than it was.

Merri, to foil the bots, my addy is just my porch name at air mail dot net. No spaces. Since my filter won't recognize your address, it will be trapped, and I won't recognize it either, unless you put From and your porch name in the subject line. I'll see that.

It's cold, 53 degrees, and I just haven't turned the furnace on yet. It's 70 in the house, and won't get much colder. I like sleeping in a cool room anyway, so will not turn the furnace on until I have to. It will probably warm up a bit tomorrow anyway, so won't need it. This house is very well insulated - it takes about three days of pretty cold weather before it gets uncomfortable in here, and I'm loving the fact that neither furnace nor a/c is running at the moment. Yay! Of course, after little Starr gets here, I'll have to keep it pretty warm. She's so tiny, and she'll be on the floor a lot, where it's colder, and I can't risk her getting chilled. When you only weigh a couple of pounds, you don't have much insulation!

Well, I'm off to the ironing board. Glad you got home safely, REV. When do you leave again?

Blessings, all. --Romeena

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57329: Hello everyone.

Welcome to Jr. (ex Rev Jr).

Here in Toronto we have been setting record high temperatures. It was 26 degrees Celsius on Sunday and 25.1 degrees Celsius on Monday. For you folks in the USA, that's 78.8 degrees on Sunday and 77.2 degrees on Monday. Unfortunately a cold front is moving in for the rest of the week.

from Poor Horatio

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57330: That's really perfect weather, isn't it PH? Too bad it has to end. It's supposed to be a high of 72 and sunny today. Perfect fall weather. It's 48 right now and so clear you can see the start shining. I love it!

Ro, is it NOV 10th that Starr gets to come home?

Boy, really something about those fires in California.


October 23, 2007 - Msg 57331: I like to use the exclamation point when Halloween draws near...hehe


October 23, 2007 - Msg 57332: I wanted to share something that I was thinking about this morning. I was thinking of the difficulties we are facing in this country; the war, gas prices (well, everything is expensive), there are just too many problems to list and we talk about the threat to our religious beliefs, the threat of Islam, terrorism, everything from killer staph to bird flu. Then we seem to have so many natural disasters. I have kind of stood back and had the attitude that, "Oh well, things are just going to keep getting worse. What can I do about it?". I like to think that it's all because of all the "other people" in this country who are doing "bad" things. Pretty hypocritical thinking. Anyway, I was kind of hit with the revelation that I don't pray for my own country. Rarely ever and, although I am hoping that i am the exception, I am wondering how many Christians do pray on a regular basis for our country and it's leaders. I am really going to try to do better, especially with the election looming. Just a thought I was thinking this morning. I have to believe prayer can make a difference.

Better go get Erin ready for school...


October 23, 2007 - Msg 57333: Possum class of "77" thats my class!..Rev glad yer home brother..Boo give rev a "honey" to calm him down!..hey TOM,Horatio,Boo,MW and all lets go to mcdonalds and grab a bisquit..we have RAIN!..thank you Lord!...a pre hey to starr!..gizzmo,CHUCK,maude?...well let me get settled in here at work...just wanted to say MORNING!....SPOT

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57334: Morning SPOT! A sausage biscuit sounds yummy but I'm going to need an extra big cup of coffee today! I've got laundry piled to the rafters.

RO, can't wait until you get your little Starr. She's one lucky pup!

Good morning everyone--have a wonderful Tuesday! (We don't get wished a "wonderful Tuesday" very often, do we?) MW

Barney: "Boy, giraffes are selfish." I'm going to try not to be a giraffe today!

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57335: Well - I was thinking last night about this here porch and the moulage that has been on-going. And this is my summation. . .in Mayberry, we had Aunt Bea and Clara - they were the busybodies and they loved to gossip just a little bit. Sometimes we are like that.

Then there was Floyd and the boys at the barber shop, they talked about what was happening in the town, esp. when the mayor stopped by. They all had their opinions - sometimes we are like that.

Then there are the times that Barney arrests the whole town and Andy needs to straighten things out with perspective - Sometimes we are like that.

You see, this porch does function like a town. We may all be on the same porch but often times we visit other places in the town. We all get into a little mischief once in a while too. . .and that's okay.

I looked back at some of the archives last nite - from way back, and I have been on this porch for a lonnnnnng time. I have seen all kinds of traveling salesman pass by, new cosmotologists giving out manicures, a few who were on jail break as well - and we have still functioned like a small town.

In fact, do you remember the episode where the man comes to town and Mayberry was "his hometown" because he had read all the newspapers. Do you remember all the suspicions they had about him until he explained himself? Well all I can say is - that's how some people look at us and we look at them. Is it bad - no - but we function as a small town.

We even come together as a small town. Do you remember how the town banded together to help one another? There are several examples - some funny, some poignant - we have had that too.

George - I say this for you - this little cyber town has been through a lot in the past couple of months. I believe you have been reading some of the posts but I don't know for how long. And like the man who took Mayberry as his hometown, we felt that you judged us without really being part of us. And we in turn judged you the same. We have been through medical traumas on this porch, families breaking up, families forming, losing loved ones - we are here for one another - sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. But when one comes back, there is always a welcome rocker and a glass of lemonade waiting for you.

Sorry for my long post -


October 23, 2007 - Msg 57336: HM I just love reading yer post!..MW im with you girl...no giraffe here today!..Just so glad SOME rain is being bestowed upon us in the south...it aint much but we will take what we can git..the fires in s. cal are just terrible...lets have a porch prayer for those people...talking about the porch going through things can yall believe its been 3 years this month since my terrible truck wreck?..the porch was there in prayer for me and it sure was nice..well let me get back to work...lunch will be at krystal!..on Mavis....SPOT

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57337: Good post homemaker. Well said.

SPOT, is Krystal's like White Castles? If so, I'm in but can't have more than 2 of those little belly bombers. Whew! They may be small, but they sure do pack a punch.

Praying for the victims of the wild fires. Just unbelievable. MW

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57338: Yea MW thats what they are...we have the frozen white castles here at the store but they are call krystals at the fast food place...and you do feel them for a while if ya know what I mean!...SPOT

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57339: Spot- we've got a Krystal's here. They're kind of like how Barney described the food at the diner..."guaranteed hot, hours after you've eaten."


October 23, 2007 - Msg 57340: Yep for sure Jr. but when ya can get them bad boys steamed fresh..whew.....good eating...SPOT

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57341: Good Tuesday Porch family. Good to see everyone today. I have been laying low the past few days, and not posting much. I have been stopping by and keeping up with ya'll. Sometimes I think I don't really have interesting things going so I don't post. Been busy at work and of course with my kids. My son Patrick (almost 17) is now driving his "own" car. My husband had a 1984 jeep cherokee (it was the first car he bought out of college). My husbands brother refurbished it for us. It has a lot of miles on it but it good to go for a few more hopefully. With a new paint job and a lot of other work inside and out it looks pretty good. Please pray for Patrick's safety. He is driving to school (taking his sister to the middle school first) and then back home after football. Makes me very nervous and worried.
Thanks for lunch SPOT. Those crystal burgers lay heavy on my stomach though. I will take care of dinner tonight: fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, SLAW, homemade rolls, chocolate layer cake for dessert. coffee, tea or
kool aid to drink. see ya at supper. Prayers and blessings to all. Big Maude

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57342: Hey Jr. - does your rocker still fit okay. . .and how's the lemonade?
Just wanting to know. . .


October 23, 2007 - Msg 57343: Rocker fits just like I remembered it. Lemonade is mighty tasty. Thanks for asking.


October 23, 2007 - Msg 57344: Hello everyone.

homemaker, I could not have expressed myself any better than you did in Msg 57335. Thanks for reminding us.

Big Maude, I'll add Patrick to my prayer list.

Boo!, I love your exclamation point. It makes you appear unique, just like the type of lady you are.

MW and Spot, since you brought up the subject of White Castle hamburgers, I would like to report that my record for one sitting is ten double hamgurgers ... yes, that's right ... ten doubles. It was the only meal I had that day. My average for one sitting is four double hamburgers. But I have a habit of peeling away most of the bread and ordering it without the middle bun. Funny but I don't get any negative after effects like some of you.
For those of you who don't know what we are talking about, White Castle hamburgers are much smaller than your average fast food hamburger. Check out www.whitecastle.com/_pages/menu.asp. But don't let those pictures fool you. The sandwiches are not that tall. Advertising tends to exaggerate appearances.

from Poor Horatio

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57345: Good Afternoon Porch,
I really hate to sound like I'm needing prayer all of the time, but right now our family is going through alot. I told y'all about my health issues and now Deani, Nick's crazy Mom (using that term loosely) is saying that she's going to take Bryan to court, call the authorities, and take Nick back. Nick got in trouble at school-detention-and so Deani sees this as a means to get him. She says that she will get sole custody and everything. Nick is very upset, naturally, and Bryan is just irritated that she keeps coming into our lives, and I'm just worried. The Lord will take care of all of this and I'm putting it into His hands. However, I need y'all to pray for this situation. If she takes Nick back in just 5 months he can choose where he wants to live and then he'd come back here again. His life will be more messed up than ever. He will probably become angry again as he was when he first came here 1.5 years ago. Well, that's all. I'll keep you updated.
Big Maude- If you hadn't shown up today I was going to put an APB out for you. I am going to try and make some crockpot apple butter and thought of you.
Homemaker- I really liked your post above. How are the boys and the goats?
Spot- Are there still any tornado watches in your area?
Jr- Ya know I've lived in GA for 12 years and have never had a Krystal burger! I grew up eating White Castles, which are pretty much the same thing. We called them belly bombers.
Boo- I honestly do not pray for our country enough. I need to add our country and our leaders in my prayer book.
Auh20- Check in when ya can. I have forgotten the names of the books your recommended. If you don't feel like posting, please email me them at brysonwgataoldotcom.
Me-They- Is Veda sleeping any better?
Well, I need to run. I can't seem to get anything accomplished today. Everything's just up in the air. Nick came back from his game with a cold and has been to the nurse twice so I have to pick him up early, sigh.
Y'all have a wonderful Tuesday.
Blessings to you and yours,
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound.

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57346: Poor Horatio-we were posting at the same time. hey to you!

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57347: Nothing like fresh white castles, minus the pickle, just can't stand pickles. . . .mmmgggoooodd!

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57348: Lucy no tornado watches left, storms moving back in this afternoon..Hey Big Maude!..thanks for taking care of supper..I will be packing for Kansas City..hey horatio..well let me gat back to work...SPOT

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57349:
Rev Jr, now Jr., not to be confused with Jr. of nascar, for all us nascar officinados,..welcome back. How goes the bbq business?
Sorry i gave you the big freeze, but thought you were one of them interlopers from the capital, you know, kinda like a cashier in a dollar store callin' for a "price check!" haha
Prayers for mavis, Tom, Boo, our country, our leaders, our troops,all in California, and all you honeys and dears.
Thanks for the verse numbers REV.
Hope Boo stands on those words too. The Holy Spirit can quell all fears!
Big Maude (aka Elenora Poulice)(ha) be careful that your BIL didnt put sawdust in the transmission! ha
Ya all have a good Tuesday Afternoon. hmmm, maybe there's a song there.
Lady prisoner: Really Barney, you couldnt tell me from Adam?

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57350:
oops, didnt see Lucy there, prayers indeed for your situation Lucy, and for spot's safe trip.

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57351: Poor Horatio, I'm impressed with your 10 double hamburgers! You must have been some kind of hungry!

Today, over lunch, I was watching "Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee" when I noticed the Taylor's bathroom for the first time! I know this isn't a big deal, but after all these years watching reruns, I've never noticed their bathroom. Opie was brushing his teeth and the bathroom was right across the hall from his room. There was a pedestal sink and mirror with one of those old fashioned hampers next to it. Didn't see the toilet but that probably wasn't considered proper! Anyway, just thought I'd share that.

HEY MDC! I love that episode with the lady prisoner. It's one of my faves.

Well, best get ready for parent/teacher conference. Toodles for now Porch friends. MW

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57352: MDC- I would have expected nothing less than the big freeze from all of y'all! LOL It was totally my fault for not signing my name. As for the bbq sauce business, not too shabby. Still plugging away at it.

Just Jr./Rev.Jr./Jr.

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57353:
Hello porch family...Just checking in real quick.

Ro & Spot....I'm still on the road...Not home yet. I'll be in Maine until Thursday then home on Friday. I get to stay home for a week then.

Boo...you're so right about us praying for our country and leaders. I have a prayer book that I write prayer request in, but I also have a section in it that I pray for everyday which includes our nation and leaders. It also includes our little porch here. It's a way to remind me of the needs that we face each day.

Big Maude...Good to see ya back. Those kids just grow up so fast.

Well said HM.

Lucy....Prayers for your family.

Spot...don't forget to pack your toothbrush.

Better get ready for the concert...Prayers for all and I'll try to check back tonight.

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57354: Well, I was hoping to see Me-They and Auh2o here today but they are both missing. Bothers me.


October 23, 2007 - Msg 57355: Afternoon Porch Family:
Just sitting for a spell and reading the archives. Mo, my what a lot of goin's on!
Boo! love the exclamation point!
Merri- It's a good thing that the pocket was all that was injured! (Would you have had a harvest moon?)tee hee
Rev- thanks for the email. I'll listen for your horn as your drive by!
Spot- have a good trip.
Ro-thanks for the email. I'll get back to ya on the youngest Neighbette, but Neighbette # 2 has been hospitalized AGAIN! Still no answers. CT scan good, PTL for that small answer.
Gonna give Asa a call,let you know how he's fairing.
HM- you have a wonderful way with words. You are right, the cyber porch represents a virtual town. Heaven only knows, it's made up of quite a few "characters"!) ! That would be you M-T. ~New Neighbor

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57356: Hello Boo- didn't see ya posting at the same porch post...~New Neighbor

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57357: Just wanted to drop in and say, "HEY!" I've been reading, just not posting. Been busy here. Went to the zoo yesterday in COlumbia. Great fun. Praying for rain here in the Southeast. Hubby is the facilities manager a local university and he's had the grounds crew stop all watering except for the athletic fields and some new plantings done this year.

Trying to pare down the toys in preparation for Christmas.

How about Apple Crisp for dessert tonight?


October 23, 2007 - Msg 57358: Thank you for all of the kind words about my post. It seems every few months we have this moulage of people telling us how to act and that wouldn't have happened in Mayberry. And then we all get bent out of shape and start apologizing all over ourselves about how we need to change this and change that. Pretty soon - the person who started the moulage is gone and we go back to our pace and our usual selves.

Some of us have no other place to feel at home other than the porch. Some of us have no other place to belong other than the porch.

I know I can always count on a kind word here, some rib-tickling fun on occasion, and sometimes a sermonette.

I don't think anyone needs to change or move off of the porch. I don't think we need to be super sensitive either (the only one who needs super sensitivity is Barney and that was when he sang).

Me-They and Auh20 and George - there is room for all of us.

God Bless us all. . .


October 23, 2007 - Msg 57359: Well said, homemaker, in both posts. You are so right, as always. --Romeena

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57360: Prayers for that new driver at Big Maude's house - I remember those anxious days. Lucy, continuing prayers for you and yours - at least there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Five more months and Nick will not be on the end of her whip anymore.

Boo, Starr will come home on Nov. 6, the day after I return from Fredericksburg. I can hardly wait. Her picture is in the album now, under "Porchsters' Pets". She's pretty cute! She has a nice coat for only 12 weeks old. Of course, it's baby fluff, her adult coat will be more silky, but it should be pretty lush.

Well, guess I'll scare up some supper. All I've got is some leftovers, but there's plenty if anyone wants to drop by. Also, I've got some vanilla ice cream and aome A&W root beer - we could make floats later. Of course, I'll have to take some extra insulin, but that's nothing new!

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena