November 22, 2007 - Msg 58338: Wanted to stop by & tell my porch family Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a wonderful day! When I count my blessings, this porch is high on the list. I am thankful to have each & every one of you in my life, ya'll are the best!
Don't eat too much & I'll check back in later.

November 22, 2007 - Msg 58339: I thought it was a holiday & here I am sweeping! Ya'll be sure to clean yer plates like I just cleaned the porch!

November 22, 2007 - Msg 58340:

Well I declare I always seem to post just before a sweep. Wonder what causes that. Good job, *Mavis.

Just stopped in earlier to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. The dog is now out of the recliner and the turkey is out of the oven and my big feast is ready to eat. I usually start the night before, but last night I had too much on my mind so I saved it all for today. Now my back's hurting too much to eat.

Thanking the Lord for all our blessings today and every day. Prayers for all needing them.


November 22, 2007 - Msg 58341: Happy Thanksgiving to all of my porch friends. Been a busy day, cooked for 10 today, cleaned up and am resting for a few minutes. All of our company have gone now. Have a great evening. Big Maude

November 22, 2007 - Msg 58342: I believe I'm about to explode here gang!

Asa "we really put it away didn't we Ang" Breeney.

November 22, 2007 - Msg 58343: Good evening, everyone. Just came home from my DIL's sister's house, where we had our Thanksgiving dinner. I hated to leave good company (and all those leftovers) but I have to go to work.

I spent the morning getting all my lighted deer in place, pegged down and powered, twinkle lights out, and all is done. It was mid-40s all morning, is now in high 30s, and we had snow! Big fat flakes, so pretty in the air, but it all melted as soon as it hit the ground, of course.

I had closed little Starr up in the bathroom while I was gone. Hmmm. Sliding door, and she has learned to open it. She met me in the kitchen when I got home a few minutes ago. Little escape artist. She's worse than Ernest T. Bass!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Blessings to one and all. --Romeena

November 22, 2007 - Msg 58344: Wasn't your mother the same way, Asa? She could just eat and eat and eat.
- Hazel

November 22, 2007 - Msg 58345: Hey gang...just a quick stop...busy here at work...wind is causing a mess....hope yall all eat alot of turkey!...I got tons of food here....well back when it slows down...Brother Rev you get your turkey?....SPOT

November 22, 2007 - Msg 58346: Just lazily stopping by for a rock--I'm too pooped and too stuffed to do much else! Boy, this was the best meal of the year! I had lost some weight over the past weeks but I tell ya--every ounce has been gained back...and then some. SPOT, no Captain Crunch tonight, huh? Be sure to fill your plate twice!

RO, now if you could just teach STARR to do dishes while you're away, things would be just perfect!

You know, I saw Barney's mom once when he was frisking her at a road block and she didn't look none too thin. But I won't tell Barney, he's sensitive.

Happy night to all! Merri W.

November 22, 2007 - Msg 58347:
Happy Thanksgiving porch family! Pray you all have had a GREAT day giving thanks.

Merri W....praying you are feeling better. Listen to Ro so you can get over this thing.

Asa...I pray that you and Mrs had a good day my friend. mentioned your lighted deer.....well I put mine out yesterday and half the lights are not working and can't seem to find the problem. Seems like I always have bad luck with lights.

Hey Brother Spot....yep I ate plenty of turkey...ham...dressing...homemade dumplings... collards...homemade mac cheese pie...sausage stuffing...sweet potato caserole...and all kinds of pies. I'm stuffed.....but I'm smiling.

Boo.....where you at? Missing you!

You all have a good night and know that I'm praying for all the porch family. I thank God for the many blessings that He has bestowed upon each of us.

November 22, 2007 - Msg 58348: Hey Merri W did you get that link for the candy baskets I posted? It was Ratliff Candy Company right here in Bristol. Glad yer feeling better by the way & Rev sounds like yer house was the place to be today! MMMM

November 23, 2007 - Msg 58349: Hey there REV and MAVIS! REV, RO is very wise and I would be a fool to not listen on any account of hers!

MAVIS, I sure did get to that link...they have lots of lovely little delectables. I'll be ordering some here shortly--I just gotta have one of those candy cane baskets! Thanks for posting the address!

I really better hit the hay. Tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. I'm having Stanley Steamer come in and steam clean my carpets and then tomorrow night the Christmas tree goes up. It's colder than an outdoor potty seat here! With the wind chill it's 14 degrees...brrrrr. I've got my floppy flannels on and several covers on the bed--nothing like a chilly room for good sleeping!

THANK YOU ALL FOR THE WELL WISHES! You all are so comforting and caring, it just puts a big ole' smile on my face, it really does! GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Blessings friends. MW

November 23, 2007 - Msg 58350: Colder than an outdoor potty seat? That's a good one MW. Mind if I use that sometime? LOL

Thanks Rev, for your kind thoughts. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. My MIL and Daughters came over and did most of the work. I ate way yonder to much, but we all had a grand time. Tonight is the Mannheim Steamroller concert we are going to. Very excited about that.

You're right Hazel, My Mother was just like that too. Cept hers all went to muscle and brain. :)

So we watched Christmas Story last night (a tradition here on Thanksgiving night). Anyone else like that show? I just love the Fathers "major award" and desire to display it in the front room window. "What a great lamp!" Ha!

It's good and cold here this morning too. You can bet I ain't sticking my tounge on no flagpoles this morning. Brrr.

Love ya all.


November 23, 2007 - Msg 58351:
Morning Porch

18 degrees, and a little snow this morning here also.

Mrs auh2o, her Mom and two sisters left the house this morning at 4 in the am to do some shopping. Does that sound like fun or what? I'll take the "or what" for 100 Alex.

Asa-We're big "A Christmas Story" fans.

Ralphie: "Aunt Clara had for years labored under the delusion that I was not only perpetually 4 years old, but also a girl."

Ralphie: "Scott Farkus staring out at us with his yellow eyes. He had yellow eyes! So, help me, God! Yellow eyes!"


November 23, 2007 - Msg 58352: Asa You'll shoot yer eye out!

November 23, 2007 - Msg 58353: auh2o 4 am? Are they crazy? I was still snoring at 4 am. I checked all the sales & nothing in any of those stores was worth me getting up & losing my beauty sleep, & Lord knows I need all that kinda sleep I can get! heehee

November 23, 2007 - Msg 58354: Ralphie: "Some men are Baptists, others Catholics; my father was an Oldsmobile man."

Ahhh, one of the best Christmas movies ever! Speaking of Christmas, I better get my Thanksgiving decorations down and Christmas up! I'm going to be making some Turkey and homemade noodle soup. Stop by for lunch if you get a chance. Loved to have ya! And speaking of Turkey...

"The heavenly aroma still hung in the house. But it was gone, all gone! No turkey! No turkey sandwiches! No turkey salad! No turkey gravy! Turkey Hash! Turkey a la King! Or gallons of turkey soup! Gone, ALL GONE!"


November 23, 2007 - Msg 58355: BESURETODRINKYOUROVALTINE!


November 23, 2007 - Msg 58356: Good afternoon, all. Asa, do you think you could smuggle me in to that concert? Boy, I'd love to hear the Steamroller in person. I've got their CDs in the car, though - so pretty. Got a new Josh Groban CD from my DIL this week - his Christmas album! Oh, my! Not only is that boy absolutely gorgeous, but he sings like an angel as well. What a voice!

REV, I've got a bunch of half-lit deer in my yard as well. (heehee) Seems like they last just two or three years, then the lights start to go out, and you just can't find the problem. The squirrels come and steal bulbs out of mine, and when I find empty sockets, I can fix that, but you can't always find them. Sometimes you can run the entire string, and know there are no empties, but still it won't work. Annoying.

Well, I'm cooking tomorrow, for the kids that could make it in for the weekend. Worked last night, slept about three hours today, and am ready to go now. We're going to eat out tonight - my daughter wants Chinese, since they can't get any good Chinese where she lives. Suits me, I love Chinese! Then turkey tomorrow - yay!

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

November 23, 2007 - Msg 58357: "Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Fra ra ra ra ra,ra ra ra ra"
That's a possum imitating the waiters in the Chinese restaurant in "A Christmas Story",in case ya was wondering!
I think I've had WAY too much turkey!

possum under a rock

November 23, 2007 - Msg 58358: this porch is going to go crazy time for the whitecoast men

November 23, 2007 - Msg 58359: Good heavens, what planet have I been living on? I've never seen "A Christmas Story." Am I deprived, or are all of you depraved? (heehee) --Romeena

November 23, 2007 - Msg 58360: Hello Porch family:
I SURVIVED!!! Not eating (like ASA), but working a double shift at the hospital. There were too many people wanting off, so I told them I would work a double--THEN my daughters had this BRIGHT idea, that when I got off work at 10pm, we would go to the local outlet mall and wait until they opened at midnight. Being brain-dead from exhaustion already, I agreed, only to find out if you go there in your pj's they give you deeper discounts and coupons. The pj's felt good, but let me tell you, there is no discount big enough for me to do that again. Know what I want for Christmas?? A padded room because I must be insane!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. WE truly are blessed. ~New Neighbor

November 23, 2007 - Msg 58361: Hey there Romeena:
We posted at the same time. How's little Starr doing? Have ya done your shopping for her yet? She needs one of those cute ornaments with "Starrs' 1st Christmas" on it. ~New Neighbor

November 23, 2007 - Msg 58362: Hey merri,romeeena,brother Rev you home for awhile?..well working again...will have 24 hrs OT this week..sure does help for Chritmas!maude you in there...just been busy here on the southern end of the porch..hey Mavis,Asa,possum,Tom,hazel,auh20 and all...let me get bacl to these you know for the next few days its left overs for all.....we are heading to Dollywood in tenn the second week of Dec!...always so pretty...well prayers ...SPOT

November 23, 2007 - Msg 58363: I've never seen the Christmas Story either, so I'm also depraved (or deprived).
- Hazel

November 23, 2007 - Msg 58364: Spot, you're at work? I'm stopping by with a turkey sandwich for you. And a baggie full of pickles.
- Hazel

November 23, 2007 - Msg 58365:
Hello porch family.


Merri...I'll be sure to stop by for some of that homemade turkey noodle soup. wife wants the new Josh Grodan Christmas cd also. Now I agree he surely has a great voice but I don't know about the gorgeous thing....of course my wife would agree with you I'm sure.

New better get some rest....too much shopping!

Spot...yep brother...I'm home till next Friday then I go to Jacksonville, Florida for a couple concerts.

Well you all have a blessed night and know that ole Rev is praying for all the porch family. There's going to be a lot of people out shopping this weekend so be sure to let Jesus shine through your live!

November 23, 2007 - Msg 58366: Yea Hzel im here at work till 6 am then back at 6pm tomorow!..OT for me tomorrow!..Rev Jacksonville sounds can we get a CD of some of your music?..would like to here ya brother! serve him good!...Hazel those are not gona be bea"s pickles are they?..whew..better get some store bought ones ready to swap if they are!..Tom where are you my friend?..we are suppose to get some much needed rain in the next few days...not much but we will take it!..Merri aint never had turkey soup..hum..godd old black and white movies on tonight..Romeena when you work nights again?..Starr get some turkey?..Mavis is the grooming business good at the holidays?..Asa lets take the bunch to cracker barrell in the morning..doown in the low 30"s here tonight..hey as anyont got one of those leg lamps like on Christmas story for sale?..may check ebay...Des where are ya ...Lucy?..well let me get the reports run and settle in for a movie...hazle get over here with that samich!..dont want to eat to late it will lay on my chest....prayers to all my friends here...SPOT

November 23, 2007 - Msg 58367: wow had some fat paws typing that post...ha ha.SPOT

November 23, 2007 - Msg 58368:
Spot...just send me an email at and I'll let you know how to get a cd.

November 23, 2007 - Msg 58369: Mailing now Rev...SPOT

November 23, 2007 - Msg 58370:
It is a cold cloudless sky here tonight, 16 degrees.

SPOT-My brother was given one of those leg lamps last Christmas, it's a bit smaller but funny.

Rev-I also was wondering if Boo was gonna get a chance to post while in New Mexico.

Mavis-Yes, I suspect there is a bit of crazy involved.


November 23, 2007 - Msg 58371: Really auh20...leg lamp...I love it...!..Rev I just checked out your web page link in your mail...Fantastic page..great work and great reading!...hazel thanks for the snack and the pickels were good too!....well back in just a bit...SPOT

November 24, 2007 - Msg 58372: Good morning my fuzzy Porch Pals.
I pray you all survived turkey day. Sounds like you almost didn't N.N. What were you thinking girl? Is Meredith doing better?

Romeena, Hazel, I can't imagine you guys have never seen Christmas Story. Go get it now, and enjoy it. A very funny and enjoyable movie. Possum's rendition of Deck the Halls is right on!
Romeena, I know you would love this show as it's setting is a period when you were a child. I know you'll love it.

Now, I don't want to sound like I'm on Chip Davis' payroll as a promoter, but if any of you ever get the chance to go to a Mannheim Steamroller concert, it's a must. We had the best evening out probably since the last one we went to several years ago. They are fabulous. What a show. The music combined with the special effects is just spectacular. Their rendition of "White Christmas" is wonderful and they create an indoor snow storm, as well as using some kind of fog machine that covers the floor in a fog and you have this illusion that you're floating in a cloud while listening to it. I can't say enough about how wonderful it was. We were both sad to see it end. They finished up with "Silent Night" which their rendition of is as beautiful as anything I've ever heard. The only bummer was they didn't do "O Holy Night" which is my all time favorite.
They have a new CD out Romeena, and Chip Davis said it was only released 9 days ago and has already gone Platinum. So buy you there new CD when your buying Christmas Story. HA!

Well I think I'm gonna go out and brave the cold and put up some outdoor lights today. We usually do every year but this year with Mrs. Asa not doing so well, I just have not been in the mood to much. But that concert last night inspired me and really lifted my spirits.
Then to top it off this mornings mail brought good news. Mrs. Asa' most recent blood work shows her liver functions much improved. She is reducing her steroid dosage now. This is wonderful because maybe the damage is not permanant. What a great blessing.

Thank you for your prayers guys and gals. I can't express in words what your friendship and fellowship means to me.


November 24, 2007 - Msg 58373:

Rev., safe travels to Florida.

Romeena, I'm with ya on Josh Groban. What a voice!

Heya, Spot. Good about the OT -- not that you have to work it, but come payday it'll be good.

It's chilly and rainy here today. Finally feels like November! Think I'll go forage through the leftovers and do some grazing.


November 24, 2007 - Msg 58374:

Didn't see ya there, Asa. So glad to hear about Mrs. Asa.


November 24, 2007 - Msg 58375: for git the christmas story it was film in a bad city and is making fun of the way peoplw live them

November 24, 2007 - Msg 58376: Good morning, all. I finally got some sleep last night, after working Thursday night and only two hours of sleep yesterday morning. I feel wonderful now. Good thing, because I've got a Thanksgiving meal to cook today, for fifteen of us. Guess I'd better get busy. If anybody wants to drop around this evening, there'll be plenty of food.

Well, since I haven't seen "The Christmas Story" movie, and all this discussion has my curiousity up, I guess I'll get a copy and try it. I KNOW I'll be getting the Steamroller CD! I think they could be playing Chopsticks and I'd love it. Asa, I'm so glad you and Mrs. Asa got to go to their concert, and I just can't tell you how delighted I am to hear that she's doing better. That's the best news I've heard in a good long while. I pray that the upward swing continues and she's soon feeling fit as a fiddle.

Starr is loving having company in the house, just goes from lap to lap, and is really getting spoiled to all the attention. Bless her little heart, she always circles back to me when she gets tired, and snuggles down. Gotta love her! We were at my son's house for a while last night, his dog Bentley was there (the one she chased around the island in my kitchen) and they played again, apparently have become good pals. It's hilarious, because his fluffy old head is bigger than she is. You can see Bentley in the album, on the last page of the "Sugarplum and Family Pets" album. He's a hoot, just a big old 40 lb. galumph, not a mean bone in his body. It's so cute, the way he plays with Starr, pulling his punches and being so careful with her. How does he know that she's fragile? He does, for sure. Animals can be so wonderful.

Well, my houseguests just returned, first soccer game of today is finished, they won, and have another game at 1:15. They're cold, tired, wet and hungry. Guess I'd better go see what I can do for them. Have a great weekend, everyone.

Blessings! --Romeena

November 24, 2007 - Msg 58377: Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. I had a quiet one---I watched "Mr Smith" and "Meet John Doe" My daughter called--she did not go to Arizona after all--She has a term paper due and wanted to stay home and work on it. She ended up having dinner with a friend in town.
My cranberry and dressing ended up fine--though I cheated a bit and was not totally "from scratch" sort of semi-scratch. I did make Cornbread dressing--Though I used some Stove top for bread crumbs--baked the cornbread though and doctored it up with sausage, green and red peppers, onions and mushrooms.
I uses some canned whole canberry sauace and a can of mandrin oranges--with a little ginger, cinnimon and allspice--just put it in the blender and Volia---cranberry to die for!!!
I am looking forward to starting my Christmas baking

November 24, 2007 - Msg 58378: The storm has passed momentarily. Soccer girls are sleeping, parents have gone to buy a laptop that's on a terrific sale, and I'm trying to straighten things up a bit. Got my canned fruit draining for the fruit salad, cranberries were cooked last night, I'm debating whether to tackle a pie at this late hour, the turkey wasn't thawed in the fridge, so it's sitting in a roaster full of water, but we'll eat at six. No problem!

I love days like this - house full of people, too much to do, but lots of help around and it all gets done. Then the peace and quiet after it's all over is pleasant, too. Life is good, and God is good.

Blessings! --Romeena

November 24, 2007 - Msg 58379: Good college football day!...Yea Des im back at work not till 6 am..but two 42 in HD tv for us so im ok...nothing going on right...all calm and lights on..Romeena bet starr gets excited when she gets company!...hey my buddy Rev if UK can beat Tenn Ga will play for the Sec championship newyears...7 - 0 tenn right now..dogs and jackets at 3:30...lets order pizza on the Rev...No fish on mine!..but lots of MEAT!...apb for TOM,lucy,possum,maudey and others..CHUCK where did you go long ago?...well let me get in football mood...feet up bib on for the pizza!..yall holler I will be here...SPOT

November 24, 2007 - Msg 58380: thats "till" 6 am...


November 24, 2007 - Msg 58382: msg 58381 I do also, 24 7 a half UK..Ga just getting started...pass me another slice of that MEAT pizza and another grape pop....thanks ..SPOT

November 24, 2007 - Msg 58383: SPOT 4 QTR TEN UP 31 UK 21

November 24, 2007 - Msg 58384: Yep...TOM is that you buddy?..Ga 10 to 7 over tech..SPOT

November 24, 2007 - Msg 58385: Hi gang, I just have a minute to pop in and say hi! I love reading about what you are all doing out there--it's comforting some how. I just love imagining what your houses, families and stuff looks like. I love picturing you all scurrying about doing what you do! It's really a treat for me!

HAZEL, I hope you pop in today because I meant, but forgot, to tell you how THANKFUL I was/am that you could tell me the name of that children's story. It's part of my earliest memories as a child and to actually read words of it again made me incredibly happy! Thank you for doing that and I'm sorry that I'm just now telling you so...I honestly think my brain got a little fried through the strep stuff!

We got a new TV and there has been so many good holiday movies on, we're just having a blast watching all of's like seeing some of this stuff for the first time. I didn't realize just how cruddy our old tv was. Well, I bought it back in 1993 when I was first getting started on my own. I'm such a cheapskate when it comes to new-fangled electronics and technology. But if I could give myself a swift kick in the pants for not doing this earlier, I would! I watched "White Christmas" with Bing Crosby and Danny Dancin' Kaye last night with the tree all aglow, the fireplace going and a cup of mulled cider. It really doesn't get much better than that.

Well my friends, our tree-topper star of Bethlehem didn't make it this year. Sadly, it will have to be replaced. So, we're bundling the gherkins and off we go to brave the crowds. May the force be with us!

PEACE everyone! Wishing you a wonderful evening! Love to all----Merri W.

November 24, 2007 - Msg 58386: Howdy all - hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. Ours was nice.

Glad to hear you're on the mend, Merri. BTW - we made homemade turkey and noodles with our leftovers too! So good, especially over buttered mashed potatoes.

Asa - MS is in Branson this year and I think it would be great to go, but tickets here are a little steep for me. May just have to go the CD route. I am thrilled with the news that things are looking up for Mrs Asa. Prayers for continued improvement.

Count me among the depraved as well, I've never seen "The Christmas Story" either. "Holiday Inn" is my favorite Christmas movie, although I haven't seen it in a few years.

So neat to hear stories of Starr's escapades, Ro. Glad she is such a good fit for you.

Be blessed in your travels, Rev.

Well, better head to the kitchen and cook up some grub for my girls. Prayers and hugs for all!

November 24, 2007 - Msg 58387: Evenin' Porch Family:
Just dropping by to say a quick Hi, and getting caught up on my rest.
Asa- Meredith leaves tomorrow to return to college. She is not feeling her greatest, but must return to finish up this semester. Please pray for her safe drive back to the KY. state and that the Dr. will continue to search for the reason of her tiredness,dizziness and migraines. We're still waiting for lab tests to come back.
Well, off to bed, gotta work again this weekend.
Prayers for all the porch family~New Neighbor

November 24, 2007 - Msg 58388: Wow football fans...a 4 OT win for tenn...drat..they go to the SEC champs game and looks like my ga bulldogs will head to the sugar bowl...hey New neighbor prayers for Merediths safe trip...Merri fetch me some of those noodles! and smashed taters...[please]..well more football to come....Romeena you working?...Brother Rev ya watching any football?...snack will be dr peppers and brownies....SPOT

November 24, 2007 - Msg 58389: If anyone feels like chatting, I'll be over at Sarah's for a bit.
- Hazel

November 24, 2007 - Msg 58390:
Hello porch family.
Been a busy day shopping with Mrs Rev. but it was fun.

Spot...nope..didn't get to see any games today brother. Missed them all. That TN and KY game must have been a wild one. glad you enjoyed your concert. Hang in there buddy.

Ro...Have fun with your full house.

Thanks for all the prayers for my travels. You all are such great friends.

Have a great worship day. Prayers for all the posted and unposted needs here with our porch family.

November 24, 2007 - Msg 58391: A good late evening to you all. We had a wonderful day. The soccer girls got to stay home, as the second game was cancelled due to weather. Everyone was relieved. One of the girls got stepped on yesterday with a cleat, and today she can hardly put her foot to the floor. Her little toe looks like a purple grape, and there is bruising up over the top of her foot and down along the side, at least a third of her foot is purple. I think she's got some broken bones in there. She couldn't have played anyway, but the other girl could have. She didn't seem to mind, though.

We ate too much, laughed a lot, and everyone enjoyed Starr. She and Bentley played like two good buddies, the tiny dog and the big galumph, and never a yelp was heard. Bentley is so good with her. She was worn out, though, and asked to get in my DIL's lap, then climbed from there to her shoulder, where she fell asleep. So sweet.

The in-town folks are all gone, the out-of-towners have gone to bed, and will be hitting the road around 8 in the morning. This means I must be up early to see them off, so guess I'd better turn in. Starr is asleep at my feet right now. She is just precious. Very mellow, loves to be held and cuddled, but very playful when you put her down. She's comical, runs around the house carrying toys as big as she is, trips over them, gets up and goes on. Her coat is growing out, and she looks like she's wearing big fluffy britches. Just looks hilarious as she's trotting away from you, little rear just twisting side to side, fluffy little tail waving just like Plum's used to do. My heart still yearns for my little Plum, but Starr is definitely carving out a niche for herself. God has been good. --Romeena

November 25, 2007 - Msg 58392: Brother Rev the Tenn UK game was a game of the times!UK should have won in reg time but did" was just crazy..check out a USA today paper im sure they will have a spread on it..Romeena sounds like Starr is doing just fine!Hazel I just aint never figued out the Sarah"s chat thing..know where it is but just never got on...well back to my John Wayne movie..breakfast will be at the dog house: 2 eggs your way,hashbrowns,bisquits and gravy,country ham,bacon,grits,coffee,milk...ready at the dog house at 7:30...Asa be early...SPOT

November 25, 2007 - Msg 58393: Well, the out-of-town daughter and family just left, towing a trailer full of baby furniture, passed on to them by her brother and his sweet wife. Baby is due in late December, so I'll be glad to hear when they arrive home safely. They also took the turkey "frame" (sounds better than carcass) and a baggie full of meat. We froze it last night, and as cold as it is today, it won't thaw, riding in the trailer. My daughter will make some wonderful soup with it, and I don't have to feel guilty about not making soup, because I wouldn't have done it. I love it when someone else makes it, but I never learned how to make a little bit of soup. I make a washtub full, and then eat soup until I'm sick of it. Oh no, not more soup!

I didn't make it to church this morning. If they had left at 8 as planned, I probably would have, but it's almost 10, and they just got away. It's always like that - four people and all their stuff to get rounded up, especially with two teenage girls. Such nice girls, though. One is my daughter's step-daughter, the other is another soccer player who came with them for the tournament. They helped me cook yesterday afternoon, and were just delightful.

A little sad thing - my garbageman fish died. My pleicostamus. I knew he wouldn't tolerate the cold weather, he's strictly a tropical, so I've been trying to locate him to remove him from the pond, but could never find him. I had a place lined up to keep him for me for the winter, but I never found him until this morning. I netted him out, and put him in a bucket of pond water, but he's dead. Just on the outside chance that's he's just dormant from the cold, I brought the bucket in the house to warm up gradually, but he's still not moving. There's no gill action, so I'm about 99% sure he's dead. Darn it. He had really grown. He was about three inches long when I put him in there, and he's about seven inches long now. He was just getting big enough to really do some good. I really hate losing him, poor little thing.

Well, I think I'll go settle down and just relax for a while. There are bed linens to change, and all the usual cleaning to do, but they de-cluttered things before they left, so there's no hurry. I'm just going to cuddle little Starr, and take it easy.

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

November 25, 2007 - Msg 58394: Good Sabbath Morning Friends,
We finally returned after a week away. Boy it was so wonderful last night to sleep in my bed! I slept on an air mattress in the living room with my MIL sawing logs a foot away. We had a nice trip though.
Speaking of "A Christmas Story" (my boys fave Christmas move-Bryson's getting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas), you can tour Ralphie's house in Cleveland. We didn't make it this year (inlaws live 60 miles South of Cleveland), but will make it next. So, those of you in that area should check it out. They sell the trophy in the gift shop.
Spot- I am a huge UK fan. I don't bleed blue though like alot of Ky fans. We were travelling so I missed the game. Sounds amazing.
Romeena- Starr sounds like the light of your life, besides the Lord of course.
New Neighbor- I pray they find what's going on with your daughter real soon. Have they checked for mono or Epstein Barr? I had those same symptoms the 3 times I had mono and Epstein. I was in college with Epstein also.
Mrs. Rev & Merri- You actually went shopping? Wow! I did it one year and that's definitely the last. We stopped at an outlet mall and the parking lot was packed. I did however get everyone finished at the Polo outlet.
Tom- How's your chain going? I thought of you when I was at Lehman's (general store for non-electric Amish). They had Teaberry and Clove gum.
Auh20- Have y'all had snow up there yet?
Poor Horatio- Did you celebrate US or Canadian Thanksgiving? How's your girlfriend?
Homemaker- Did you make any meatballs?
Asa- I'm so glad to hear that Mrs. Asa is doing better.
Hazel- You have got to see "A Christmas Story". It's hilarious!
Hey to all I have missed. Have a wonderful week!
Blessings to you and yours,
It's Beginning to look alot like Christmas...

November 25, 2007 - Msg 58395: Hi All.
Lucy how can you said the Christmas Story is hilarious?
You know where it was film from.


November 25, 2007 - Msg 58396:
Hi gang, just checking back in after a long weekend!
Will be back tomorrow.
God bless ya all.

November 25, 2007 - Msg 58397: Hey Porch Friends! Sounds like everybody had a good day yesterday...I know holidays can be a lot of work but the fellowship we have with family and friends is priceless! BTW, when is BOO coming home?

We just got done watching "A Christmas Story" again and each time I find something else that I didn't catch before--very funny! A bit of trivia: The TV show "Wonder Years" was based on the format of this movie.

I finally found an appropriate star for our tree yesterday. It glows a bright, electric blue color and is quite stunning! Last night after PJ's were adorned, the girls curled underneath the tree to gaze at the lights. I distinctly remember doing that one year with my sister and we knocked the tree down breaking several ornaments. It was one of the rare times I saw my mother come unglued. Christmas was nearly canceled that year!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful end to this holiday weekend! Blessings and prayers all around! MW

November 25, 2007 - Msg 58398: Mr. Mad- Yes, I think "A Christmas Story" is hilarious. My sons ages 9 & 13 can't make it through the Holy Season without watching it at least 5 times. My only prob is there is 1 little boy with a slight potty mouth, but other than that it's great. My in-laws live in Ohio and the house it was filmed in is located in Cleveland. It was shown in their hometown paper on Friday. Apparently they have a little festival there with character look a like contests and everything.
MDC- Thanks for checking in.
MW- Your star sounds lovely. You already have up your tree?! Wow! My Mother is completely decorated. I haven't even located all of my stuff! How old are your girls?
In our travels from GA to OH and back we stopped at a couple of little towns. I fell in love. Sometimes I forget in all of my hustle and bustle of Atlanta that I love small towns. Just being in the town square evokes the feelings of our beloved show, TAGS. We stopped, near you Big Maude, in South Pittsburg TN to go to the Lodge Cast Iron outlet. At the stop lights there were Christmas bells ringing and the little town was busy. It makes me think of Mayberry. Everyone went to town to congregate and get the news. Hopefully someday we can move back. Has anyone else pulled out the Christmas episode?
Gotta run! I still need to finish unpacking.

November 25, 2007 - Msg 58399: Good afternoon gang..welcome Mr Mad!..Lucy great to see a local!..have a good rest Ro..Asa where are you? Rev cant wait for the CD..let me know how much!..well rain here ..thank you Lord! off tonight and back for a double tomorrow at 2...well lets go to olive garden on Lucy tonight..auh20 you drive ok?...well back to my house cleaning and football...prayers...SPOT

November 25, 2007 - Msg 58400: Afternoon Family:
Just checking in after a long day of work. I'm tired, so think I'll curl up next to the stove and watch some of the Christmas movies on Hallmark Channel.
Gotta go, my easy chair is calling my name. ~New Neighbor

November 25, 2007 - Msg 58401: Lucy cleveland is the city name in some film.
but it a bad

Mr Mad

November 25, 2007 - Msg 58402: Well, I plan on watching "A Christmas Story", because it's been so highly recommended by my friends here at the porch. I do wonder, however, since Tom, or Mr. Mad, has some bad things to say about it, that perhaps there is something questionable about it? Maybe Asa, or others that have watched it many times, could explain to me what Mr. Mad might be talking about? I'm still going to watch it (if it comes on in my area), but I am curious about Mr. Mads comments.
Yes, Lucy, I've gotten out my Christmas episode from TAGS, and watched it several times in the last few days. I love that one. I love the Christmas season! Although as far as gifts go, it is going to be really tight for our family this year, but I am still excited.
- Hazel

"Try putting a 'Poo' at the end of it."

November 25, 2007 - Msg 58403: Will hello there.
Sorry but I was not here fo

November 25, 2007 - Msg 58404: O K spot called the APB off .
SPOT 0the two team or me is Clevelad and pitt.
Hazel- I live in Cleveland where the film was may.
Some of the stor used in it are not there now and the J L MILL had closed down.
But the it's a good story.
Lucy did you all git some of that snow that came off the lake? hehe.
and the gum chain is at 760 ft and is holding because I can not git no wrappr for it.
Mr.Mad go wactch it and you will see itin a hol new light of Cleveland, iI have live there for the pass50 some year and I lovw everything about it.


November 25, 2007 - Msg 58405:
Hey Folks

SPOT- Ok, I'll drive, just put four studded winter tires on the old Sable. Who wants shotgun.

Hazel-I love the movie "A Christmas Story" a lot but I'll admit it does have a couple spot where the dialogue choices are a bit spicy. Nothing real bad. Like I said, I love the movie.

Lucy-Great to see ya again! Yes, we have had a little snow so far this year, maybe ten or twelve inches.


November 25, 2007 - Msg 58406: REV do you have somr christmas music .


November 25, 2007 - Msg 58407:
Hello porch family....I pray you all had a great Sabbath day. I sure did.

Lucy....good to see ya back. So glad your trip went well. We missed you.

Ro...sorry to hear about your little fish.

New N....get some rest...You sound tired. buddy, I've never recorded a Christmas cd.

Spot....hey brother...TN & LSU for the SEC. Should be a good game. LSU coming off a loss to Ark. Man my Gamec#cks loss the last 5 games after starting off the season doing really good. But even when they were winning, I said from the beginning of the season, we don't have a QB. And until we get one it's not going to get any better.

Well you all have a blessed night. Prayers for all the porch family.

November 26, 2007 - Msg 58408: Good Morning all, glad everyone survived their holiday. Well my stove timer is beeping, baking cinnamon rolls so I'll stop back later after I frost them. We'll have rolls and hot chocolate.
Take care Peace Dr P

November 26, 2007 - Msg 58409: Now that sounds like a mighty fine way to start the week Dr. P. I'll be right over.


November 26, 2007 - Msg 58410: Good Morning porch family, hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving & week end. Back at work today after 4 days off. Sounds like the porch has been busy as well. It's raining today but not too cold. We continue to need the rain. Thanks for the cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate Dr. P. Todays lunch will be: BBQ sandwhiches, SLAW, chips and tea or kool aid to drink. Hey Rev, that was a long game Tn played on Saturday. I hope they have their heads in the game this week cause they are sure gonna need them. LSU will be tough to beat. We are finished with high school football for the season so now on to getting ready for Christmas. Kids have about 3 1/2 weeks left of school before Christmas break. Time sure goes by fast... wonder what causes that?? See you at lunch. Prayers and blessings to call. Big Maude

November 26, 2007 - Msg 58411: Good morning, all. Hey, REV, I was about to ask you the same thing Tom asked, about a Christmas CD. I figured you haven't done one, since you write your own music, but maybe you could make an exception for one CD? Maybe you could even get inspired to write a couple yourself. Not anthem-type carols, just those lovely narrative songs you do so well, with a Christmas theme. Knowing how you develop your music, I can picture you sitting in a mall, just listening to conversations, and finding an inspiration. I'd love to have such a CD. I think it would be lovely. I can just imagine it. "Away in a Manger" with a softly-strummed guitar, "Little Drummer Boy", "The First Noel", and others, and finishing up, of course, with "Silent Night".

Now there's Josh Groban and his amazing voice and style, and that's fine. However, your smooth and mellow voice, comfortable down-home style, and all the loving emotion that comes through in your music is just made for a sweet and beautiful Christmas album. I suppose there are a lot of legal considerations when using music you didn't write yourself, but wouldn't most Christmas carols be in public domain? I really wish you'd think about it - I'd love to have such an album in my car for next Christmas.

Well, my landscaper friend will be here in about half an hour, to move some roses, plant some others and just finish up what we couldn't finish last week. Guess I'd better go find my socks and get dressed. Starr is zipping around here like a tiny white whirlwind. She just ran through carrying a toy as big as she is in her mouth! Wish I had half her energy! She's so sweet. She's not my Plum, but she's awfully sweet. Everyone just falls in love with her. She's really cute.

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

November 26, 2007 - Msg 58412:
Morning porch family...Another day to serve our Lord!

Ro...thank you so much for those kind words. You're just too nice. And yes, I have thought about recording a Christmas cd. We've talked about possibly doing one in the future but just never got around to it. The only problem with that is, I take a lot of time off during the month of Dec to be with me family. Recording a cd is sooooooo expensive and to get your money back you have to move a lot of products. With me not doing a lot in Dec, well it's really hard to do it. Maybe one day though. We keep looking at all options.

Maude...thanks for lunch...I'll be there.

Dr.P....those cinnamon rolls were good. Fresh out of the oven...mmmmm

Gotta get going....Prayers for all the porch family...Have a Jesus filled day!

November 26, 2007 - Msg 58413:
Not "me family"...."my family".

November 26, 2007 - Msg 58414: Hey gang thanks for driving Rev the sec game will be a good one ..I think Tenn will take them..thanks for lunch miss maudey!..Romeena does miss Starr ever go outside?..well im at work let me get settled in...back with supper in a bit...SPOT

November 26, 2007 - Msg 58415: Supper will be baked whole chickens,corn on the cob,breenbeans,red roasted taters,turnip greens,corn bread,sweet tea,big maude slaw...ready at 6:45....SPOT

November 26, 2007 - Msg 58416: Hey all,finally got to sit down for a couple of minutes,before I take the dogs out for their afternoon walk. Been getting out and putting up Christmas decorations,I'm pooped.
Thanks for lunch Maude and supper sounds good Spot.
Rev,do you ever tour in the Midwest?
Hey Asa,hope the Mrs feels better.
Ro,don't work to hard in that garden,wish I could help.
Well,there goes the school bus through,so the furkids are starting to stir,thats their signal it's time to walk. Take care PEACE Dr P

November 26, 2007 - Msg 58417: Good Evening Porch,
Hazel- Do you have TBS or TNT? They often play "A Christmas Story".
Rev- Maybe you should consider a Christmas album.
Tom- Yes, we had some lake effect snow, but it didn't stick. It was 65 the day before the snow! Do you miss Ohio? Your gum wrapper sounds really long!
Auh20- 12" is more snow than we see in 2 years here in Hotlanta! My family makes fun of me because everything I love has to do with snow. My screen saver is an old postcard of children playing in the snow in front of a church like a Rockwell painting.
Dr P- Okay, I'll add some extra bike riding for some cinnamon rolls! Please, please, pretty please?!
Asa- How's the Mrs today?
Big Maude- The days fly by once you get around 30. At least that's what I noticed. Tomorrow is my 31st birthday so life just keeps going on by.
Spot- What are breenbeans, wink!
My darling hubby bought us a new tree last night. Our other one the lights didn't work, so he went to the Man's store (Home depot) and bought a prelit blue spruce with holly leaves and pinecones. All I'll need to do is put up ornaments. No ribbons, yay! Sometimes you men are worth keeping around, haha.
Homemaker- I had Bryson's IEP meeting today and they basically told me that with his learning disability (processing problems) he may always need assistance. That was totally depressing to hear. I thought he was doing so much better. Is it true that around 10 years old some things just click for boys? Bryson is really trying, but the blending, memorizing, writing, and transitioning is really tough on him. Any advice to help him? They said that he has so much potential. His nonverbal IQ is way above average, but unless some miracle happens with the speaking and writing he will always be labeled with a learning disability. He's such a sweet and bright kid it breaks my heart.
Gotta run and clean up a bit before hubby arrives. Have a wonderful evening!

November 26, 2007 - Msg 58418: Good Evening Porch,
Hazel- Do you have TBS or TNT? They often play "A Christmas Story".
Rev- Maybe you should consider a Christmas album.
Tom- Yes, we had some lake effect snow, but it didn't stick. It was 65 the day before the snow! Do you miss Ohio? Your gum wrapper sounds really long!
Auh20- 12" is more snow than we see in 2 years here in Hotlanta! My family makes fun of me because everything I love has to do with snow. My screen saver is an old postcard of children playing in the snow in front of a church like a Rockwell painting.
Dr P- Okay, I'll add some extra bike riding for some cinnamon rolls! Please, please, pretty please?!
Asa- How's the Mrs today?
Big Maude- The days fly by once you get around 30. At least that's what I noticed. Tomorrow is my 31st birthday so life just keeps going on by.
Spot- What are breenbeans, wink!
My darling hubby bought us a new tree last night. Our other one the lights didn't work, so he went to the Man's store (Home depot) and bought a prelit blue spruce with holly leaves and pinecones. All I'll need to do is put up ornaments. No ribbons, yay! Sometimes you men are worth keeping around, haha.
Homemaker- I had Bryson's IEP meeting today and they basically told me that with his learning disability (processing problems) he may always need assistance. That was totally depressing to hear. I thought he was doing so much better. Is it true that around 10 years old some things just click for boys? Bryson is really trying, but the blending, memorizing, writing, and transitioning is really tough on him. Any advice to help him? They said that he has so much potential. His nonverbal IQ is way above average, but unless some miracle happens with the speaking and writing he will always be labeled with a learning disability. He's such a sweet and bright kid it breaks my heart.
Gotta run and clean up a bit before hubby arrives. Have a wonderful evening!