October 23, 2007 - Msg 57361:
ME-THEY- come on back, moulages and all; especially the moulages! ha
I love HM's line, "apologizing all over ourselves.." Cracked me up. It's true. Let's just BE ourselves. As barney said on the witness stand, "aint no better friend than..." Fill in the blank with anyone here on the porch, and i think you'll find it to be true.
REV- My wife just got home from visiting some of her kin in "Baa Habaa". Going near there?
HM- How's the wood pile looking?
New Neighbor- hey to you! Good to see ya.
MerriW-- "Me prisoner, you sheriff?"
Prayers continue for California, southeast, etc, and that's a BIG 'etc.'

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57362:
Wow, I swept just in time for Me-they's Homecoming!

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57363: MDC- Good Job!! Ya kinda have a little dust flying though. AAAACCHHOOOO. Excuse me. ~New Neighbor

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57364: oboy we are gitting some rain here.
Lucy I have ben here in W V for year as of this monthy.
Mavis I was asked you for more wrapper and maybe you can help me from thim.


October 23, 2007 - Msg 57365: MDC - we have take care of both sets of parents so far. We felled a big jack oak on Saturday and got it split up for my parents (it made about 3-4 rick for them) and my inlaws ended up with about 7-8 rick. Now it is our turn. With all the rain - it won't be this weekend, probably the beginning of November. We are also getting ready to have some goats kid and some sheep lamb. I just love babies.

Lucy - my boys just keep on getting bigger. My oldest will be 11 on Monday. He is about 5'5", 170 pounds, size 13 shoes - he is a long way from the preemie I brought home at 4 lbs. 3 oz. My youngest will be 10 in December and he is a little smaller than big brother but still pretty tall for his age. He is in 9-10 shoes already so not far behind his brother at all.

Prayers for my niece in California. She is ready to evacuate if needed. They have everything packed just in case. Her husband is a Navy pilot so they can seek refuge on the base (according to my brother).

Talk to you all tomorrow - and act like somebody!


October 23, 2007 - Msg 57366: On an uplifting note, all is well here in south central TX. Fall has finally come...90's last week and now nice and cool. Feed the deer when I got in and sat out with them for a few hours normally. Tonight Spike came in for his regular scoop with me holding it. Usually he will take breaks and look me in the face and we communicate, I talk of which he knows nothing, but he does listen. The rut season is here now....tonight when he looked me in the face, he started to pant a few times and looked over the herd in the yard...did it again and almost had a smile on his face. God's creatures are great.

May be spring before we have the Texas convention, but this evening would have been wonderful and there is a almost full moon out.

I do read all the messages and prayers for all the are in need. Let us thank Him for all the great wonderfull things he has given us.

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57367: Well gang im packed and leaving for a 1800 mile trip pulling the rodeo trailer...brother Rev say a prayer for us a safe trip!...well the whole pray please...!...well im gone to bed ..I will try to get in contact from kansas [I hav not got a lap top] but will be many out there...prayers to all...im gone to bed...Rev brother YOU will have to send me supper...you and Big Maude!...like I said again prayers...SPOT

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57368: Isn't the weather great, Ray! I am enjoying it more than words can say. It is beautiful.

Romeena, I think little Starr is so cute! I just love her. It must be hard to wait.

Got to spend a little time with my neice Emily today. She is 11 weeks and is the chubbiest thing! My Dad said she looks likt the fat man in the circus...shame on him. I wouldn't say that but she is one cute baby and I have never seen a baby that tries harder to talk to you than she does. Make the cutest faces and coos! Boy, the Good Lord knew what he was doing when He made babies, didn't he?

Better go get Erin to bed...


PS-bible study at the drug rehab was good tonight. We had over 20 girls and three of them are leaving this week so I won't see them again...I'm happy for them but sad for me.

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57369:
Hello porch family.

First of all, prayers for all the people in the fire areas. And all the firefighters that are working so hard.

Opiemom....did you go to Riverbanks Zoo?

New N...I'll be sure to blow when I pass by.

Ro...that ice cream sure sounds good. I'll be there.

MDC...I like that accent. I won't be in the Bar Harbor area on this tour by I've done concerts there.

Boo...I'm sure there is pride when you see those girls leave out with changed lives. And to know you had a part in that with the help of God.

Spot...you bet brother I will be praying for you to have a safe trip. We'll be sure you get plenty of food sent to you. Have fun!

Prayers for all the porch family.

October 23, 2007 - Msg 57370: Hey Rev,

Yes, it was Riverbanks Zoo. Great day, not too crowded and it was a bit overcast and not hot so all the animals were moving around. We even got to see the Koala Bear move. Quite an event. We fed the Lorikeets and my 2 oldest were covered in them.


October 23, 2007 - Msg 57371: Hey guys, I don't mean to beat a dead horse, but could you all continue to pray for my hubby and me regarding our little one being cut from the play. We are trying so hard to maintain a Christlike witness. It is frustrating to go to rehearsals and see the politics involved. Our little one seems oblivious to it and our 2 older ones are just excited about being on stage. I know it isn't just me if my levelheaded hubby senses it. KWIM? Anyway, I've given it over to the Lord and I keep taking it back. I mean why do I expect these folks to act appropriately . For pete's sake, the adults in the play meet at a bar every Wednesday and the director buys them all a round of drinks. Don't get me wrong there are some good people in this play, but not all. Anyway, I hope I'm not being like a giraffe and being selfish:-). I believe that GOd can use this to build character in me. Pray that I will allow Him. It seems that lately that is what I'm majoring it, character building.



October 23, 2007 - Msg 57372: SPOT DID YOU GIT SOME OF THE RAIN.


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57373: Busy, busy day. I like them. And I kinda don't too. It makes me feel good to be so productive but it also makes me feel like the day has flown by and maybe I've missed something important like my 2 year old's sweet laugh or watching my oldest practice her cart wheels. Do you ever feel like life is just whizzing by and you're afraid that before you know it, your kids are grown and gone? I guess I'm just feeling sentimental tonight--I was organizing pictures from this weekend of my girls and then I came across some from this time last year and it seems like it was just a breath away. One year. Gone. I am just going to keep trying to live in the moment and appreciate all those little things that make your insides light up but have a hard time explaining why!

OPIEMOM, I think you are showing absolute grace not only to the adults who are behaving inappropriately but more importantly to your children. That's what I'd focus on. You can't control what other people do...you can only control how you react to it, or not react for that matter. Sounds like you're doing a fine job.

REV, when you get a chance, I'd sure love to hear more about Maine. When I was young, I had planned on moving to Maine, live on the sea side, open my own B&B. I also planned, at other times, to move to London, Seattle, New Orleans (got accepted to Tulane), Des Moines (had a friend in school), Chicago, Boise (wanted to live on a ranch for awhile), Montreal, Savannah, Minneapolis and somewhere up near the Great Lakes. I moved to St. Louis for a few years and then moved back home, met my husband, revisited those grand ideas, had kids, moved to the country. Whew! What a list.

RAY, reading about you feeding Spike just made me smile. You sure do know how to appreciate God's blessings!

RO, Starr is just precious! So adorable! I'm so glad you two found each other.

GOODNIGHT HM, MDC, NN, M-T, TOM, BOO, SPOT and to everyone else! Rest well and I wish you all blessings and PEACE. Love to you and yours. Merri W.

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57374: we are on the road! and i do have a lap top with me hard to mail from this truck Tom we are in rain right now Rev i will look for the UPS truck...we are almost in tenn...hard to mail and ride.....SPOT

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57375: You're visiting the porch while on the road?..how cool! Have a safe trip and LOTS of fun, SPOT.

Thanks REV, mostly I feel nervous about the girls leaving because I know what they are going back to and they will need to be very strong. It is a test of my faith to let them go.

Merri W., you are so right about a year flying by. Funny how every years seems to pass by quicker than the last. I try to focus on what matters for eternity and passing on "the light" to the children. You know, the other day in church, our pastor Mark was trying to illustrate a point and he asked people to raise their hands and share a special memory from childhood, and of course, everyone said something about time spent with a parent. No big surprise.

Better finish my coffee and get Erin up for school. The weather here is perfect!!


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57376: Hi porch. I saw all this talk of calling each other "honey", but I couldn't bring myself to do it. Like Barney said, I'd rather be called Skunkface, than Honey like that! hehe!
I haven't had time to post the last couple days. Rev, I saw where you said you were thinking about me on Monday and prayed for me. Well, probably about that time I was sitting beside my husband in the Intensive Care room at the hospital. He had a heart attack Sunday afternoon. I was up at the hospital until almost midnight Sunday night, and between work and the hospital, I've been pooped. I thank you for the prayers, and thank God that there are people like you who pray for people like me. They did a 3 hour "proceedure" and cleaned out his arteries, and put a balloon or some such thing in one of them. Anyhow, they kept him in ICU for 2 days, and actually released him last night! He is so happy to be home, and seems to be doing well. I can't believe they released him so soon, but the doc said he was stable, didn't need to be on IV's anymore, and sent him home with drugs and instructions of what he can and can't do, and stuff like that. Anyhow, I thank God so much for saving my husband. The doctor said if we had waited much longer to get him to the emergency room that it would have been a much different story. (Hubby wouldn't let me call 911; didn't want to make a big deal out of it... and the hospital is only 5 minutes away). I made him chew an asprin and my son dashed him to the ER. (I still can't drive, because of my recent surgery) Anyhow, that's my story. I wanted to check in, but couldn't find the words.
Nice to see the old Rev back, now known as Jr. I still want to try some of your barbeque sauce.
It's cold here, I finally turned our heat on the first time yesterday. It had been in the 40's, but it dropped down to 36, so I bit the bullet and turned it on. I usually like to hold out until November 1st just to save money, but I guess I'm getting old. When you can see your breath in the house, I guess it's time.
- Hazel

Floyd: "11 years ago Bobby Gribble hated Emma Larch. Now they're announcing their coming nuptials. Aint life funny?"

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57377: Good Wednesday Porch family. Raining on my end of the porch this morning and a much needed sight. Prayers for the folks in California. Travel prayers for SPOT, be safe. Got a busy day at work today so better get going. Breakfast will be: french toast, sausage, bacon, coffee tea and orange juice. Lunch will be a Olive Garden. Prayers and blessings to all. Big Maude

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57378: Hazel, guess we were posting at the same time. Glad your husband is okay. Prayers that things continue to go well. Big Maude

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57379: Yea Boo we now are just going into nashville!..Rolling right along..rain has quit and its about time for a fuel stop..EMC proveided us with this wireless lap top..so far its stayed connected...kinda a porch on wheels..well my turn to drive a bit....prayers...SPOT

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57380: Skunkface, you are so funny!....ha, I couldn't resist trying to put a smile on your face, Hazel. What a relief that your hubby is home and ok. You must have been terrified, I know you love him very much even though you give him the leg 'o lamb now and then. Take good care of him (and yourself). Smart move giving him the aspirin, by the way. Please give him our best and a little squeeze from me.

Yes, when you can see your breath in the house, it's probably time to turn on the heat...


Hey, you know, "Skunkface" would be a good name for the porch. If my name weren't already Boo, I'd use it.

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57381: Hey SPOT, you could give us the blow-by-blow, like the Roving Reporter. How's Nashville?


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57382: Opiemom, My prayers do go out to you.

Let's do remember all who are suffering with the loss of their homes due to fires and the drought areas.


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57383: Just don't try to type and drive at the same time spot! Hope you have a safe & enjoyable trip.

Hazel,thanks for letting us know about Mr. Hazel. Glad he's doing better. Get you some rest-I know how draining the hospital can be,even if you're not the patient,but just there with someone.

Boo,have you ever seen Joel
Osteen's followers leaving the parking lot after his sermons? I imagine that's quite an undertaking to get all of those vehicles out of one area at once!

Well,I have some type of eye allergy/infection that makes it hard for me to see my computer.Been putting hot compresses on it,using eye wash,and antibiotic drops,so hopefully it'll run its course without a trip to doctor.Anybody know anything else I can do?(now don't nobody say take my eye out!) Mr.Possum keeps saying rinse it with boric acid,but there's something about the word "acid" that doesn't appeal to me putting it in my eye! Anywho,I'm off to doctor it. Y'all have a good day!
possum under a rock

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57384: Hazel, I do hope that your husband has a quick recovery and that the LORD blesses you with good health during this trying time in both of your lives.


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57385: Hazel, my dear, I just cringed reading your post! How terrifying and difficult but how WONDERFUL that he has recovered so much that he's at home. I take it his heart didn't suffer any permanent damage. Well, bless you and your family. I'm so happy your hubby is ok. Now, instead of throwing a leg o'lamb, perhaps you can be more "heart-healthy" and throw a big chunk of tofu!

Well, Boo, maybe we can deem one day here on the porch "CHANGE YOUR NAME DAY!" You can be Skunkface, I'll be Desperate Female and so on...whatcha think?

HEY SPOT! Watch out for potholes and don't leave the laptop on your lap too long--I've heard some, er, um, disturbing statistics on that.

Good morning George. I agree, let's keep praying for the victims of the fires. And pray for the people who are trying to help.

Big Maude, breakfast was delicious! Thanks.

Let's all appreciate the day and each other! Love, Merri a.k.a. Desperate Female

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57386: Good morning everyone. It's a rainy day here, but we can use it. Unfortunately, it means Chad's field trip to the pumpkin patch was canceled so he's disappointed. The crises of youth. Thankfully, he already has a pumpkin from our family excursion to another patch the other week.

SKUNKFACE (HAZEL): Prayers for you and your husband. Praise the Lord things have turned out as well as they have. Keep us posted.

BOO!: I wasn't making like a drama queen yesterday; I actually took off work. As I said before, I'm not about the drama, and if you all want me to shut my mouth or go away you'll have to issue a restraining order (or at least call FLOYD). Regarding AUH2O, however, I have a bad feeling that he's had it up to here (I'm holding my hand above my head right now). It's obvious he thinks so much of all of us, but it's also obvious he's had a hard time with all the passive-agressive posts involving him. I can't say I balame him. But I hope mightily that he comes back in time.

MAUDE: Heck, if I waited until I had something inteesting to say to post, y';all wouldn't hear from me very often.

LUCY: Prayers for your situation. You're right: God has it all in hand. Just keep yourself open to his leading. Veda is sleeping fine, thanks. I usually have to get up a few times very night to find her pacifier for her but thats' it.

OPIEMOM: Prayers for your situation as well. Taking the high road ain't easy. Let me know how it goes; I plan to travel it one day ;).

JR: Are you the same REV JR from Miss Crump's? Welcome either way.

Thanks you all for your thoughts, prayers, and patience. Y'all are the cats.


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57387: That is so cool Spot - we could give you your own segment, "On the Road with Spot." Since you are a great fan a good eateries. . .you can tell us how many White Castles you pass!

My niece did not have to evacuate in California - the fire turned north of them about two blocks away. Thank you Jesus for that!

Thank you Jesus for helping Hazel's husband. . .I bet he is a real "honey."

An update on my hubby - he is going to have osteopathy done on his knee in Jan/Feb. if he can wait and stand the pain that long. He really needs a total replacement but he is way too young and they are trying to buy him some time. He will be laid up for 3 months. I told him he will be on crutches because of the way it needs to heal - he isn't happy about that. Anyway - we are taking him to the Indy. I don't know if the country boy will survive or not!

Oh and if we can change our name, then I am Mrs. Vogel (she was in a color episode) and a teacher at the high school with Helen. Isn't is amazing that Helen went from teaching at the elementary level to high school. I guess she was promoted with her students.


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57388: M-T. . .if you travel the high road, make sure your shorts are clean, I'll be down wind of you!


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57389: Oopsie - that should be osteotomy, not osteopathy. Dear me, dear me. . .


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57390: SPOT Who are you going what to win tonight
I think Rok will win the World Series.


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57391: BOO!: To answer your question from the other day, no, I don't pray often enough for our country. You'd think I'd be well-reminded, too, with MDC around ;). I'm putting that on my "needs improvement" list as well.

Now, because I don't want too many days to pass without a good moulage, I also will say in response to your "deep thoughts" that I don't necessarily believe that things are getting worse. Some things definitely are; but some things are definitely better--just talk to someone in their 90s who lived a hard life. More kids may be getting into trouble (maybe), but less die as infants.

It's funny, especially in my research days, I have had many ocassions to read 19th century newspapers. (A side note, for all those who believe newspapers today are biased, you should read 19th century newspapers! Some of the stories would curl your hair.) Do you know what people complained about? Kids, schools, politicians, war, etc. I read a letter to the editor recently from someone complaining about poor school fiscal responsibility and anti-God messages being taught--the letter was published in 1877. Disasters happened then, same as now. In the past, we were less populated and didn't hear about every single event across the planet. Now, a mudslide in California kills a hiker and I hear about it clear across the country ten minutes later on CNN.

The droughts are terrible, but have happened many times before. The difference is that where droughts were once mainly agricultural phenomena, now they affect so many more. Increased population, increased industrial use of water, and cities growing in the dessert (hey, MDC!) have changed the nature of how we view drought. And there are actually less violent earthquakes now than there was 100 years ago.

Wars, too, have always been fought, and have always been brutal. For all who think today's are especially gruesome, imagine two armies fighting solely hand-to-hand with axes, swords, knives, and clubs.

God created the planet; we continue to mess it up. That doesn't change. God blesses the Godly, but (except in the case of ancient Isreal) we don't enjoy a blanket national mercy promise. No, Christianity is a personal relationship with our Creator, not a national compact. We will be judged individually, and blessed in the same manner. At least that's my opinion. :)


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57392: Now that you mention it, HM, I have had to double up on my shorts the last couple of days.

Let's not start changing names! I have a hard enough time keeping everyone straight as it is.


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57393: Lucy, may the LORD continue to give you and yours guidance during this time.


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57394: Homemaker, what do you mean when you say that SPOT can tell us how many White Castles he "passes"....ewww.

Good to see you, M-T. Wonder what that guy who published that letter in 1877 would think if he atteneded high school in 2007. Wow! There have always been problems, but as you pointed out, with the increasing population, there are problems of a different kind. Guess there will always be wars, and rumors of. I remember watching Braveheart for the first time and thinking about how brutal the fighting was! Give me an automatic rifle any day.

I remeber years ago, one of the obstetricians I worked with told me about a book he was reading. I don't remember which century he was referring to but he said that many years ago, many families didn't even name or infants or include them in family portraits until they were 2 yrs old because infant mortality was so high. Imagine!

Got to get ready to go to my doc for my yearly check up. I am going to discuss my test results from the cardiologist with her to see what she suggests. I really don't want that heart cath!

I'll let you know how it goes.

Prayers for your husband, HM.


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57395: Friends, I just got a call from a good friend of mine. She is hurting terribly right now. Her father had a massive heart attack while driving on a highway, had a terrible car crash. The EMT's revived him and he's been in ICU until this morning. He had been deprived of oxygen so long that he wasn't going to recover. My friend, along with her siblings, had to make the very difficult decision to take him off life support. He passed away shortly after. She is just distraught, understandably. It's so hard losing a parent. Please say some extra prayers today for my sweet friend Jan. Pray for strength to get her through this time and for some comfort when she needs it the most. Thank you all very much. MW

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57396: Absolutely, I will pray for Jan and her family. How very sad. Thank you for sharing that need with us.


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57397:
Morning porch family.

Hazel...I an so thankful your hubby is doing so much better. Continued prayers!

Spot.... ok brother, no posting and driving at the same time. And don't drive faster than the UPS truck can go.

Tom... the Sox are really on fire right now. But those Rockies are ready too so it should be a good series.

HM...will be praying for your hubby's upcoming surgery.

Merri W....Maine is a very nice place. A lot of untouched land in the northwestern part of the state. In some ways, it's behind the times and I don't mean that in a bad way because that can be a good thing. A lot of hunting, fishing, hiking and anything nature. Of course in the winter, snowmobiles are everywhere. Winters are hard here and you can see the affects of it on the roads and structures. As for Christianity, it's not as open as the south because it's not as many practicing Christians here. I tour this area each year and love coming up here. We have some great concerts but it took years to really earn the trust of the folks here.

Well folks, I better get going. You all have a Jesus filled day and I'll check back in after the concert tonight. Prayers for all the porch family.

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57398:
Merri W....we posted at same time....Praying for this even as I post!

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57399: Boo! - didn't realize what I exactly wrote until I re-read it as a post. I should have said let us know how many he sees - not exactly passes! :)

I agree with you M-T almost 100% with your post (the long one) and I am glad about the shorts.

So sorry for Jan's father - what a loss for that family.

Oh and Tom - I think the Sox will knock the Rocks. Sorry!


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57400: Good morning, all. Merri W, certainly I'll pray for Jan and her family. That was a very difficult decision for her and her family to make, and there will be repercussions. Guilt will creep in, they'll question if they did the right thing, and natural grief will be the backdrop for all of that. I just pray that no misguided person makes comments that make it worse. With both of my parents, at the end time my brother and I had to make the decision not to employ heroic measures, and in both cases, there were those who tried to "guilt" us about it. Fortunately, we had their signed living wills to wave under the noses of the questioners, but we would have made the same decision even without that.

Me-They, I think you're right. Things aren't really that much worse, we just know more about it, thanks to the sensation-mongers in the media. There are some issues that are more knotty, thanks to the PC crowd, but generally it's not much different today.

Hazel, bless your little heart! I'm so sorry to hear about the big scare you and your beloveded went through, but am so glad it's turning out well. Incidentally, Shamu (the cat next door) wishes to thank you. He was in my yard again, the miserable little wretch, but I was so engrossed in reading your post that I didn't see him until too late. So, he got to go home dry today. (heehee)

Ray, it's wonderful, the relationship you have with those deer. I would enjoy that so much. About the best I can manage here in the middle of town is to get friendly with the squirrels, and provide feed for them and the birds, and put out corn and melon rinds for the raccoon. The possum noses around the rinds too, but am not sure he eats any. I think he prefers insects and grubs.

Well, off I go. Have to work tonight and tomorrow night, so I need to rake this house out and clean it up a bit today. Eloise and I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday, and I got some pretty fall foliage and little gourds and pumpkins and such - amazing what they can do with silk these days, and it was all 50% off. I've got a couple of pretty arrangements made from it, but hate to just plunk them down in the clutter, so it's time to clean house.

Boo, I think that illustrates what you must feel when those girls leave the center. Some of them have been made new and beautiful by God while they were there, but now they have to go back into the clutter and disarray of their old surroundings. That has to make your heart ache.

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57401: homemaker, I'm praying for your hubby's situation with his knee. What exactly is the problem? Is it degeneration or an injury? --Romeena

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57402: tom i hope the rockies win.merri the lap top is on a stand so no worries..Boo i love it "on the road with SPOT"..well im back in the passinger seat now..prayers hazel,merri and all,brother Rev been looking for the UPS trucks...we are just getting into paduka kentucky..making good time..lots of rain...back with a report in a bit..hard to type "bump,bump"..the trailer is trying to push the truck I think..will get some on the road picks for the album!..yall spread the love!....SPOT

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57403: no way will the sox knock the rock. HM
Spot going to catch the game tonight.


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57404: Sure am TOM "on the road with SPOT" report,just crossed the Ohio river into Illinois..weather good,rain stopped..54 degrees...will chereck back after fuel stop..SPOT on the road

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57405: Ro - I think it is degenerative but he has had arthroscopic (not sure of the spelling) done twice and he was given three options by the IU ortho doc - full replacement, partial replacement, or osteotomy. My hubby is only 45 and replacement knees are only good for 10 years (or 100,000 miles) so, we thought the osteotomy would help. The doc said that a partial replacement is only good for little old ladies over 60 and weigh less than 120 pounds. So - really only two options were given to us. Anyway - there is no cartilege left in the knee (left knee that is) and so it swells and just about gives way all of the time. The doctor wasn't for sure how he was walking. Cortisone and rooster comb shots will not even touch the pain according to the doctor.

Okay Spot - how was Paducah? Are you out of the rain yet? Songs for your segment. . ."Kansas City, Kansas City here I come. . ." You can have blues stuff going - featuring SPot on the slide trombone!


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57406: Good afternoon all, Dr P

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57407: on the road reoprt: HM kentucky is beautiful...we are rolling into st louis now..arch here we come..rain gone,sun out and all is well 55 degrees...hello dr p..man these illinois roads are rough...well let me help navagate..next report soon...your roving reporter dog SPOT

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57408: Looking at the St Louis arch I post...wow what a site...SPOT

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57409: Your poor husband, HM! That sounds just terrible. Certainly hope they can do something to help him.

Right, Romeena, I find it hard to imagine that they can go back and continue to stay clean BUT, I know that with God all things are possible. One of the girls who is leaving this week is one I mentioned a few months ago. She was raped by her mother's boyfriend while mom held her down. I am particulary concerned for her. At bible study last night she just help onto me, sat by me and laid her little head on me. I know she's afraid to leave. I have to put her in the Lord's good hands and pray. She is like one of those flower arrangements you talked about. A beautiful angel with big blue (sad) eyes.

Went over my test results with my doc and she agrees that I shouldn't need a heart cath by what she read in the reports but she would love me to get the cat scan (which my insur@nce doesn't cover!...if the government was paying my medical bills I could get it, but since I pay for insur@nce, I'm out of luck). She is having her nurse look into insur@nces that will so when it's time to take another look at insur@nce before we renew, we can consider that. This particular scan is supposed to be really incredible and can tell you just what's going on in your arteries. She did tell me to take fish oil. First time she ever suggested anything natural...

Good afternoon Dr P.


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57410: Wow, cool, SPOT! I like the arch. Been a long time since I saw it, though.


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57411: Good afternoon folks. STill raining here.

HM: You're glad about my shorts? Well, I'm not so happy about wearing the same shorts two days in a row.

Sorry to hear about your hubby. He'll be in my prayers. Justy don't go ironing his pants; he doesn't need hot knees on top of everything else.

BOO: You are such a blessing to those girls. It bothers me so much that there are kids out there who are witnesses or victims of such evil. I don't think I could do what you do. But I know that you're strength comes from the Lord.

Are we allowed to say obstetrician? ;)

APB for CHARLOTTE, STERLING, AFD, and ASA, especially. And I do wish we'd hear from AUH2O.

SPOT: I traveled under a big golden arch just this morning...

Take care!

"Little old ladies ought never to clank."

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57412: I'm so busy at work today and having trouble getting into it. Maybe a little exercise would help me focus...

A-wax on, wax off, wax on, wax off,...


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57413: "Unless they want to end up in the clink."

Hey, all. Just dropping by to say hi! Gotta work tonight and tomorrow night, argh! I've already checked, the place is running over, lots of little anchor babies being born. I'll be running from room to room, to women who aren't even my patients, because they speak not a word of English. I'm not fluent, but I have enough Spanish to get by. Maybe our PCA who speaks good Spanish will be working tonight. She will meet their needs better than I would, and my shift will be less hectic.

Good grief, Boo! That's just pitiful. I hope the mom and the "boyfriend" are far, far back in the jail. Where will the child go? How old is she? Please tell me she's not going back to live with that monstrous woman.

Well, guess I'll go try to catch a little nap. It will be a long time until I get home in the morning at 8 a.m. I tried to sleep late this morning, but kept waking up.

Blessings, everyone --Romeena

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57414: afternoon folks, checking in with the dinner menu: roast beef, potatoes, carrots, geen beans, slaw, rolls, tea, coffee, banana pudding or homemade chocolate pie or butterscotch pie for dessert (or you can have all 3 if you want. see you at suoper. SPOT I will cyber send a plate to you and enough for all your traveling buddies.
Prayers and blessings to all. Be safe SPOT. Big Maude

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57415: Wow Big Maude that would be dandy they said.[they will be about 15 of us total].almost across missouri..about 130 miles to Kansas!..all is well..not a cloud in the sky..I have done put over 300 dollars of fule is this ride..!..glad it aint my money..better send some slaw too they said!..well my Turn to drive...SPOT

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57416: Thanks for those kind words, Me-They. I have no doubt you could do the very same thing. All you would have to do is meet those girls and you would be wanting to go with me every Tuesday night (like my friend Keith).

Ro, the girl you asked me about is 15, I think...hard to remember all of their ages. Last I heard the boyfriend and mom were awaiting trial. I believe she is going to a foster home, which isn't a great comfort, either. One of the girls has been in foster for a long time because mom is an addict and she runs from every foster home they put her in. She's what they call a "runner"...some foster homes can be pretty bad. Hope your night is not as difficult as you predict.

Wow, almost to Kansas, SPOT!


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57417: Spot - maybe we should change your name to Rover!


October 24, 2007 - Msg 57418:
Boo- Fish oil! yea!!
Hazel- prayers for hubby.
HM- you have been busy beavers, pun intended! ha
Possum- What happened to your EEEYYYEEE? seriously, prayers for you!
MT- welcome home
AUh20- please come back home!
Many prayers for all tonight!
god bless ya,
MDC aka "Dang Hot"

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57419: We have arrivved...almost 900 miles..thanks for the prayers....im tired...SPOT

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57420: Glad you arrived safely, Spot. Now sit down and rest a little.
- Hazel

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57421: Evenin' Porch Family:
Just wanted to check in and tell ya I gotta take a little trip to the BlueGrass state and start to straighten out some knucklehead people. For the 3rd time in 5 days, my daughter was taken to the ER from college with STILL no answers, or inprovement.They just kept sending her back to the dorm, and THEN the Dr. on campus said SHE had to go to them. She is too sick to walk, how is she to go to them??? I have called and called them, and now it's "mamma on the road". and believe you me, I WILL GET IT STRAIGHT!!! Talk to ya when I get back... ~New Neighbor

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57422: HM, that was pretty funny... changing Spots name to Rover.. made laugh for about the first time today.. thanks Rest well SPOT ole boy. Big Maude

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57423:
Hello porch family...just got back to the motorhome for the night. Pretty tired so this will be short. Got a long drive tomorrow so may not get to check back in for a couple days.

Spot....so glad you made it safe. Get some rest and have a good time brother.

Prayers for all the porch family.

October 24, 2007 - Msg 57424: Prayers for your daughter and for your safety, New Neighbor.




October 25, 2007 - Msg 57426: A cold darkwet day here.
Will I see that red sox win game one.

October 25, 2007 - Msg 57427: WHERE IS EVERYONE

October 25, 2007 - Msg 57428:
Morning porch family.

Tom....how bout those Sox. They are going to be tough. But you stll can't count the Rockies out yet.

New N...praying for your daughter. Please keep us posted.

Spot.....you getting your meals brother? Don't want you to waste away on this trip.

Gang...I'm getting ready to head back south so keep me in your prayers. I've got around 1100 miles so I should be pulling in sometimes tomorrow mid-day. I'll check back as soon as I get home and get a little rest. Ready to see my sweet wife and daughter.

Praying for you all!

October 25, 2007 - Msg 57429: Hey, Tom, I'm ri-chere! Just got in from work - another doozy of a night. Finally settled down about 4 a.m. and wasn't bad after that. Honestly, it just makes me crazy. So many of the people we're serving now just have no smart at all. At 2 a.m., there are droves of people camped in the waiting room, little kids running everywhere, yelling and scuffling in the hall, all seemed to have colds - and what about school in the morning? Now the parents will be griping because their children aren't being taught, when the poor little things are bound to be so tired they can't hold their heads up. Mom is in labor, so dad brings the first five or six kids with him to wait it out at the hospital, because there is no one to leave them with. Sounds like a great reason to add one more, doesn't it? The kids are half-sick, half-dressed, and look hungry. Too thin, hollow eyes, dirty hair - and golly, mama, let's have some more!! Makes me sick. The poor little things have no chance. They'll quit school along about sixth grade, and will have nothing but the most menial jobs for the rest of their lives, unless they turn to dealing drugs to make money. Pitiful.

Well, I need to hit the hay. Gotta go back tonight for more of the same. You know, I remember when nursing was fun. What happened? --Romeena

October 25, 2007 - Msg 57430: Prayers for your travels, REV, and NN, will definitely keep your daughter on the list. Go get 'em, mama! --Romeena

October 25, 2007 - Msg 57431: REV the rockies will come back , can used some good hitting.


October 25, 2007 - Msg 57432: HI, TOM, and everyone. Busy at work today. It's cold, wet, and dark here, too.

So, ROMEENA, how do you really feel about it? ;)

Prayers for safe travels, REV. If you drive through Maryland, yell "hey" real loud.

I'll check back later.


October 25, 2007 - Msg 57433: Haha, you know Romeena will, "tell-it-like-it is"!

Beautiful, clear, crips fall day here today. Not a cloud in the bright blue sky.

Well, I didn't mention it yesterday, but my dad called me and said his knee "went out" again yesterday while he was in the grocery store with mom. I went over to help him and he seemed better by the time I left. He called this morning and said he was in terrible pain so I called the ortho doc who put his prosthetic knees in 15 years ago and they told me to take him to the ER. How I am going to talk him into that, I just don't know! I'm meeting my nephew over there in a minute to talk Dad into it. I am afraid the old knee is "kaput" and can't even imagine putting him through another knee replacement at 81.

I'll let ya know how it goes.


October 25, 2007 - Msg 57434: Hey Tom - I told you those Sox will knock those Rocks. . .
I am not really a Sox fan but there is a Cincy boy playing for them and well - he was an underdog in high school and college. Didn't get drafted until the 8th or 9th round for pro ball and well, he is 1st baseman for the Sox - they call him - Ute. It's just one of those touchy, feely, kind of makes you feel good things that if you work hard, you can succeed.

Boo! - so sorry about your dad. I will pray for you and him.

Rover - er, I mean Spot, glad you arrived! Remember to act like somebody while you are there!

Rev - you be careful up there in the northeast. I have heard all sorts of undesire-ables live up there - won't mention any names. . . . .(like M-T) :)

Ro - just think, your tax dollars at work! And mine, and everyone else's on the porch!

Prayers for NN daughter too. . .never mess with a momma who has a sick child! WEll - never mess with a momma - period!

Take care - ya'll


October 25, 2007 - Msg 57435: Hey! I resemble that remark, HM!


October 25, 2007 - Msg 57436: Now you two play nice or the ghost of halloween will play a bad trick on you two.


October 25, 2007 - Msg 57437: Ah Tom - I was just funning with M-T ! Are your eyes red from crying that the Rockies lost Tom? Ha Ha


October 25, 2007 - Msg 57438:
"me and lefty is busting out tonight"

October 25, 2007 - Msg 57439: HM-No way that just game .
you watch and see the rockies will come back


October 25, 2007 - Msg 57440: Good afternoon porch people. Been busy at work today. I am off tomorrow! YEAH My kids are out of school but there is a football game tomorrow night, only 2 left.. and then we will see if the team will go to the conference playoffs. As of now they have a good chance but you never know what will happen from game to game. Rain has stopped today but very windy and around 72 degrees. Well, here is a supper menu: baked pork chops, scalloped potatoes, green beans, SLAW, rolls and apple cobbler for dessert with ice cream. tea, kool aid to drink. SPOT here comes a cyber plate for you and your friends. Prayers and blessings to all. Big Maude

October 25, 2007 - Msg 57441: Oh, Romeena, I know what you mean about the kiddos at the hospital. I get so mad when I see people with their children at Wal-mart at 10:00 at night. The kiddos are fussy (understandable they need to be at home) and then the parents or boyfriends. yell at them. GRRRR! I've said something occaisionally. Sometimes I'm afraid they'll follow me out to my car though. You never know in this day and age.

Just the other day, a man came out of the library with what appeared to be a 3 year old. We were waiting in the car for another of my children. THe words that man used on the 3 yo made me so mad. More than likely he was the mother's boyfriend. I always think if that is how the children are treated in public, what goes on at home?

October 25, 2007 - Msg 57442: HM- Kevin Youkilis, the first baseman for the Red Sox, played here in my hometown for the Florence Red Wolves in the Coastal Plain League. It's a league for college players. He was here in the summer of '99. Matter of fact, the Red Wolves auctioned off his signed Red Sox batting practice jersey this summer that he had donated. All the money from the auction went to charity.

(formerly Rev.Jr.)

October 25, 2007 - Msg 57443:
I'm pulling for the west-- Go rockies!
Just a quick pass thru.
Prayers continue for all and for our country.

October 25, 2007 - Msg 57444: Hey, everybody. Me-They, you know how it is. I have to get that stuff off my chest here - it's therapetic, you know.

I could write a book, and maybe one of these days, I will. --Romeena

October 25, 2007 - Msg 57445: Hey everyone - can I interest anyone in a Yak burger? (Yakity yak - don't talk back!) My uncle raises them and he butchered one out. Made some burgers for the boys and put the rest in some chili for tomorrow night's supper. Sure will taste good on a cool day!

Jr. - thanks for the rest of the story. . .they were talking about him on the Cincy station the other morning. There is a player on the Sox from Louisville too. Really like that town's news better. Best they go east cause the Cincy Reds haven't done much lately. But neither have the Bengals - GO COLTs!


October 25, 2007 - Msg 57446: Ro, if you can you should plan to not work around a full moon and believe today is it.

I have never found any explanation for of it, but the next time you notice people driving irratically and notice wrecks....check your calendar if it will probably be a day or two around a full moon. A long time back a DPS (Texas Department of Public Safety) officer lived next door to us. One time chatting over the fence just in jest asked how business was. He replied that it had been slow that week, but the next would be very heavy. How did he know that? He explained that there was going to be a full moon on the first of the month. When it fell on the first or fifteenth (payday for many) they were swamped with accidents and planned for it.

Part of my business was selling health care communications (nurse call etc) to hospitals. I learned that they staffed heavier in the ER & OB during a full moon.

Tuesday and yesterday of this week there were auto accidents I saw on the way home. This morning at 6:15 driving in at the speed limit of 60 on a two lane road with no passing strips was passed by some little red Jap car doing much faster than me. Must really have gotten him somewhere faster since we were approaching a traffic signal.

Any theories on this would be appreciated, never been able to come up with any myself, just been an observer.

Anyone have any good explaination?