December 04, 2007 - Msg 58649:
Boo- I just thought that was one plug for each "r"! haha
Prayers for sterling's family.
Hope all the storms have settled down some.
Thanks for the good grub.
Be back later,
Councilman: They might laugh at the way we talk, or the way we look, or at our little fat mayor.

December 04, 2007 - Msg 58650:
Wow, I swept all the snow and mud and moulages right square under the porch!

December 04, 2007 - Msg 58651: Hey Y'all! Good sweep,MDC!

Asa,congratulations on your new grandbaby! Please get some pictures of Amy to Romeena so we can take a peek at her.

Prayers for Sterling's troubles,homemaker to feel better,Boo's sciatica(I feel your pain,girlfriend!)and all who need them.

Tom,wish you could send me some snow! Hope the winter isn't too rough on you.Sounds like auh2o is dealing with old man Winter too.

Maude,you have a good time in Pigeon Forge! We might be heading up that way after Christmas.Either Pigeon Forge,or Cherokee,NC-not sure yet.

Well,I'm off to do whatever possums do in the afternoon-y'all take care!

possum under a rock

December 04, 2007 - Msg 58652: Good Afternoon Friends,
Homemaker- Thank you for the advice on reading. I'll check out the site. I'm most worried about catching him up before middle school, but that may not happen in a year.
Asa- Congratulations on your granddaughter. Is she as pretty as Mariah?
MDC- Thanks for the sweeping!
Possum- What do possums do in the afternoons?
Big Maude- Have a great time. Are you staying in a cabin? Those are fun.
auh20- I love that line from the grinch!
Dr P- How are y'all doin' in the storm?
Opiemom- How nice that you get fresh trees. I'd love to, but hubby said they're too much of a hassle. He bought a beautiful artificial one with holly berries and pinecones all over it. I had to go today to get more decorations. Did y'all know they make shatterproof ball ornaments that look just like glass ones? Target has them.
Tom- YAY a poem! I haven't seen too many from you lately. Thanks for sharing, it's beautiful.
Hazel- I'd forgotten Andy was in Waitress. I'll put it on my blockbuster queue.
Me-They- That sounds like a good ministry. I'm glad you got to spend time with your grandfather. I really feel they are our links to our past.
Boo- Maybe you're tired so much because you're doing too much for others and not taking care of yourself!
Sterling- Good grief! I learned long ago with my fast food addiction not to tell Bryson not to tell hubby. He'll blab quicker than an jackrabitt!
Spot- What do you know about the electric companies in Alabama and So GA needing water from Lake Lanier?
I went to the cardiologist today. I was having shortness of breath and my coumadin levels are irradic. I have to go on a low fat diet. I need prayers for me to finally quit my fast food addiction. Otherwise, I'll be like my dad and have 9 heartattcks before age 40 (he's still living btw). He didn't say I need to lose weight but it would help my swelling. I go on Monday for a stress test, yuck. I'm going to try to lower my cholesterol and such before I go on medicines. So, we'll give it a shot!
Blessings to you and yours,
PS So far Deani hasn't said Nick needs to return for Christmas!!!

December 04, 2007 - Msg 58653: Good evening, all. Just passing by on my way to work. Get this shift behind me, and then I'm off for ten days, thanks to a jury duty break next week.

Yes, Me-They, that earlier post was intended for Sterling. Thanks for clearing that up, and yes, I was very tired.

Just so you all will know, my youngest daughter is in the hospital, in early labor. She's 36 weeks, but with her history with her other two, this is no surprise. She's been there all day, and it looks like it's going to slow down, maybe stop, in which case they'll send her home, but I'm quite sure she'll be back, and will deliver before the end of the week. It's a boy, and will likely be my last grandchild. Will be starting on great-grands before long, I guess. Anyway, prayers for this 41-yr old mom! She's excited, but very calm. She has had gestational diabetes, and we're hoping it will disappear after she delivers.

Well, I'd love to stay and enjoy everyone's company, but have to get to work. Oh mercy, I need to retire!! Blessings, all. --Romeena

December 04, 2007 - Msg 58654: Hey all,how's everyone this evening? I'm kinda tired tonight,spent the day wrapping gifts and house cleaning.
Asa, it's all sugar and spice and everything nice,Congratulations and many blessing to you and yours.
Possum,I think possums nap in the afternoon.Sounds good to me.
Lucy, we are still slick around here and it's sleating lightly now. The weather forecast is precip for 5 out of the next 7 days.I'm okay with snow,but not happy for ice.Good luck on your diet,you can do it.
Tom,did you chew all that gum to make your wrapper chain? How many wrappers does it take to add an inch to your chain?
Sterling,hope things smooth out for you and your wife.
Hazel,have you noticed that TVland has been cutting scences out of TAGS and some of their other shows? I suppose it's so they can make more money.
Spot thanks for the meals,sure is nice not having to cook.You enjoy that time with your youngins.
MDC,Big Maude,Ro,Rev,Opiemom,Boo,MT, and everyone else lets all go Christmas Caroling , we can go sing for all the old folks and then we can come back here for a Mug of Hot Cocoa and some Buttermilk Pie and sugar cookies. Asa,you can sing a solo.
Take care PEACE Dr P

December 04, 2007 - Msg 58655: I'm still around and listening on the south end of the porch, mostly keeping quiet. Tonight the subject of raising children brought up thoughts of me as a kid. For some dumb reason my mind kept most of the happings then. My dad was a very kind person that kept very quiet unless someting needed to be said. A NO from him was final! I knew how to play my mother at the time....a no could be changed. I do believe at an early age got to know how to play the game. I really wasn't a bad kid (me telling) and that was a long time ago. At a very early age I learned a respect for a constinual decision.

Could ramble more about dad, he has been gone for a long time now...1976. Just before I was born he had an opportunity to buy a half interest in a business for $50. That was in the 1930's. His friend, Elmer Doolin was working out of a dirt floored building makind a corn product. Dad and mother had the $50 but she didn't like Elmer. We wasn't the brightest of her friends. She talked dad out of if. Elmer went on with the business beyone his being the brightert of the street and the little company become the Frito Company. I believe he sold out in 1940 for over a million. (1940 dollars)

Dad may have had regrets over this, but never heard him say anything about it. He took it in stride. My mother is still going....really...96 and just passed her driving test again. One time my kids asked her about her final decision on the $50 that kept dad out of the Frito deal....her responce was Doolin wasn't that smart and didn't want dad associating with him. WOW!

Rambled enough down on this end of the porch...but God be with us all. Prayers for all on my knees tonight. Almost that time.

December 04, 2007 - Msg 58656:
Sterling...prayers for you my friend.

Tom... stay warm buddy.

Boo...I pray you're feeling better. take care of yourself and watch that diet. Praying for you.

Ro...prayers for your daughter. And enjoy your time off....and don't be the cause of a hung jury.'s a neat story. At least your mom is still sure of her decision.

Spot...did you see that New England and Ravens game last night? Wow...that was a finish. NE still undefeated. See ya at breakfast brother.

Well back to watching the color TAGS on TVLand.

Prayers for all the porch family and remember..we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us!

December 04, 2007 - Msg 58657: Oh, Rev, I certainly needed that encouragement that I can do all things through Christ who strenthens me.

My oldest 2 boys (13 and 14.5) are having a real hard time getting along right now. Actually, my 13 yo is very sensitive, easily offended, a bit of a perfectionist. He's always been this way, in the past 6 months or so though he's become negative and really lashes out in anger at times. He feels that he's not loved as much as everyone else. that I'm harder on him etc. Anyway, clashes between him and others happen quite often. TOnight was another big blow up with his older bro. THe older one accepted correction well. the 13 yo doesn't. UGH! I feel like such a failure. I tried so hard to do the right things. Lately I just pray and pray. I don't know what to do.


December 04, 2007 - Msg 58658: Thanks for the prayers and well-wishes, friends. I'm going to try to not worry about it until it happens. Easier said than done, but I'll try to take a page out of the Charles Ingalls advice book; don't cross your bridges until you get to them.

Opiemom, having teen boys must be rough at times. I don't know what kind of advice I could offer you, but having been a teen boy once(but not too long ago;)), and having three other brothers(two older, one younger), I can tell you we had our share of blow ups. Those can be difficult years. You are going through a lot of changes at that age; both mental and physical. For some the adjustments are easier, and for others they are more difficult and uncomfortable.

I don't know the whole story in your situation, and I wish I could be of more help. But try not to think of yourself as a failure. Though I think every parent, myself included, feels that way sometime. You just have to - and I'll take another page of advice from Charles Ingalls here(I know, I'm on a Little House On The Prairie kick or something) - try your best. That's all you can do. And I think you are trying; you just have to know you are as well.

Hey, did anyone else have trouble hearing the audio on the TAGS episodes tonight, or was it just my dumb cable company?
Here I am, all ready to enjoy a mini-marathon of TAGS, and the sound goes out, during all the episodes. It just came on a little while after they got done.
What a dumb trick!

-Sterling Holobyte

December 05, 2007 - Msg 58659: Mornin' Family:
Just wanted to check in. Been busy on this side of the porch, finally got a day off from work, and BAKINGIit really will seem like Christmas, it's snowing on this side of the porch.
Opiemom- Welcome to puberty. Girls are scrappy, moody and someitmes nasty. Boys- well, lets just say they are the male version of that. Your middle child is trying to mature into his own person,but the glitch is there is ALREADY and older "man" on the block. #2 needs to feel important without the older one overshadowing him.He has his stong points that need pointed out and encouraged.Perfectionism is a good starting point. He likes things orderly,neat and done in a timely fashion. Every company looks for contientious workers. Hang in there, they are trying the boundries, rules and pecking order AGAIN. ALWAYS remember, YOU ARE NOT FAILING, just a little frustrated. (been there done that with both genders)
So Asa- you're proving you're older!!!
Prayers for the porch families. Gonna get the mixer started for the day.
Come on over for a warm cookies and hot chocolate. ~New Neighbor

December 05, 2007 - Msg 58660: hey gang ,just stopped in to let everyone know that my DAD passed away yesterday afternoon ,he has gone home nowto be with GOD .everyone take care and god bless

December 05, 2007 - Msg 58661: Romeena, which of your daughters is having a baby?? I missed that somehow! Is it Heather? Congratualtions, what a blessing.

Hey Sterling, you're right, worry isn't good for us. However, Charles Ingalls forgot to say that even though you can't cross a bridge until you come to it, maybe you can see it coming and prepare for it. I think that's what your porch friends are saying.

Better get Erin up for school and finish my coffee.

Good to hear from some who have been away from the porch!


December 05, 2007 - Msg 58662: Oh my, just read your post Mayberry Deputy. I am so sorry. I will pray for you and your family.


December 05, 2007 - Msg 58663: Mayberry Deputy:
Our prayers are with you and your family. Imagine spending Christmas with the Prince of Peace! ~New Neighbor

December 05, 2007 - Msg 58664: I'm sorry about your dad, Mayberry Deputy. Peace be with you during this time.

On another note, Sterling, I didn't watch the mini-marathon last night, but your comment "What a dumb trick" made me laugh out loud. Nothing like a good Gomer quote to start the day off right!
- Hazel

December 05, 2007 - Msg 58665: Morning dears.

Mayberry Deputy, my condolences to you and your family during this time of loss. May Gods peace be with you and yours and comfort you as you grieve the loss of your Father.

Thanks for all the well wishes for Amy and all of us. Y'all be the cats. Everytime I look into my fired eggs in the morning I see y'alls faces.:) (how'd I do Hazel?)
Mom and baby come home today. Both are doing great and are very happy. I'll get some pics off to Ro as soon as things settle down here.

Ro, I pray all will be well for your Daughter and that she will go full term.

Lucy, Stay away from that fast food dear. It's no good for you. The Diner is better anyway.:)

Opiemom, take care and don't go beating yourself up inside. Raising young-uns is hard, teenagers very hard. Like Sterling said, just do the best you can and call on God for direction and wisdom. Don't give up though. To many parents do that and it ain't a fix. My prayers go with you hon.

Dr. P. I'm glad we don't get those ice storms here as a rule. Usually lots of snow and cold but no ice storms. Stay warm and dry.

New Neighbor, whatcha baking? Cookies? You gonna bring us some?

New Neighbor, whatcha baking? Cookies? You gonna bring us some?

(She's a little forgetful at her age so I have to remind her a tad) :)

Oh. One other thing before I go. My wife's latest blood work came yesterday and show her liver functions almost back to complete normal. (YAYYYY) She is reducing the steroids in hald once again and I suspect will be off of the by years end. I doubt she will be able to take anything else for the MS, but we are very glad her liver has not been permanently damaged. Thank you all for your prayers on our behalf. I know they have been heard. It is wonderful having friends peti-tion the Lord for us.

You all have a great day.


December 05, 2007 - Msg 58666: WOW!!! That is great news Asa! God is answering prayer. (I see your face in my eggs, too...hahaha)

Hey to Hazel, I felt the same way when I read the "dumb trick" quote. So funny and we never seem to use that one around here.


December 05, 2007 - Msg 58667:
Morning Porch

MAYBERRY DEPUTY-Yes, Prayers for you and your family. Sorry to hear about your Dad's passing.

Ray-That was a great story about your Mom, good for her.

Romeena-The Porch is having a "Grand Baby Boom!" Prayers for your girl.

Asa-Great! The Power of Prayer!

Opiemom-Can hear the concern in your post but I bet it's only a phase. Just keep showing them both how much you love them, and of course keep praying. Our girls are about your boy's age, and we bump into that problem here, with our younger one, from time to time. I know she doesn't really believe it. I think it's some kind of a "trump card" they think they can play. They're learning their way in this world and we have to guide them. I let her know "that dog don't hunt." Just keep loving 'em.

Lucy-Not bad here, I think we got less then a foot of snow the other day but that wind made it a bit nasty. God Bless those people out Washington way.

Yukon Cornelius: "Bumble's bounce!"


December 05, 2007 - Msg 58668: Prayers to Mayberry Deputy and family. Big Maude

December 05, 2007 - Msg 58669: Mornin' Dears,
Romeena- Prayers for your daughter. Bryson was born at 36 weeks and was just fine. Let us know how she progresses.
Dr P- You're gift wrapping now too? Boy you're on the ball!
Ray- Your Dad sounded like a neat fella. Blessings to your heart.
Rev- You're right we can do all things through Christ. That's something that we forget in the midst of hard times. You are such a wonderful friend to this porch!
Opiemom- I've spoken often about the trouble with my 13yo stepson. He moved in with us 6/06. He is extremely sensitive with anger, hostility, mean-ness, intense highs and lows, and bipolar-typed issues. He would make an awesome only child, yet with his Mom there is his sister and with us his brother. We put Nick in counseling for months after he came and will still go when needed. It took my husband putting the fear of God in him before he finally realized he can't have a temper tantrum and get away with whatever. Nick has been very violent with Bryson (9 yo), but has recently stopped because I finally gave Bryson permission to fight back. It's probably just a 13 yo phase he's going through becuase Nick is almost 14 and is starting to change. #1 thing I've learned is that YOU and your HUSBAND are the boss. He isn't. However, I've learned that it helps for Nick to have an older person as a friend. Let your son know that though he must listen to you that you can't force him to respect you. Listen to him as much as he listens to you. That's my advice for now, but Nick could change into someone else tomorrow (again biplar issues). Good luck and remember to get on your knees every day!
Sterling- I think it's awesome that your little Kai (and yourself) is watching so much Little House. That's about the best show, after TAGS, for little girls to watch!
Mayberry Deputy- You have my condolences and prayers for your family.
Asa- Wonderful news about your daughter, wife, and granddaughters! I'm good with the Baby Boom as long as I'm not part of it ;)!
auh20- Did y'all watch Rudolph last night? We've been letting our boys stay up to watch the Christmas shows this year. Rudolph is my husband's favorite. Dean Martin has my favorite version of the song calling him Rudy. Bryson likes Chuck Berry's Run Run Rudolph.
Thanks for the prayers on the diet. It took everything I had not to stop at Chick fil A this morning to get a biscuit! This is harder than I thought, but with the Lord's and friends help I can do it!
Blessings to you all,
~Lucy Matthews

December 05, 2007 - Msg 58670: Hang in there Lucy!

I was just flipping the channels this morning while having my breakfast, and came upon a movie on AMC with Andy Griffith. It was made in 2001 and is called "Daddy and Them" about a sucky movie. Gross! I couldn't even watch it. Very low-class humor and lots of bad language (even from Andy). What in the world was he thinking when he made that one?! Maybe he needed the money. It also starred Billy Bob Thorton, so that ought to tell you something.
Anyone seen it?


December 05, 2007 - Msg 58671: Thanks for all the encouragement. Overall they are "good" kids. We don't deal so much with disobedience and untrustworthiness, but rather anger. I admit that I feel much more capable with little ones. THis growing up thing is hard. We are seeing a counselor regarding the anger and the low self-image he has from time to time. This has helped some and the dr. has been very encouraging. I know that I shouldn't feel like a failure. It is hard though. My husband and I aren't perfect, but we always tried to do our best.

Hey, Lucy, We watched Rudolph last night too. I love that one.

Congrats. ASA on the new baby. I love that new baby smell.

December 05, 2007 - Msg 58672: HEy, BOo, just checked the rating for Daddy and THem was R so I guess that explains the language. As for Andy, I think for me at times certain people become so identified with a character that they "become" that person. I think that is what has happened with Andy Griffith. We see him as "Andy Taylor" and we can't imagine Sheriff Taylor being anything but wholesome when in fact Andy Griffith is not Andy Taylor. DOes that make any sense?


December 05, 2007 - Msg 58673: Good morning, all. Just got home from work, it was a boogerbear of a night. I'm glad it's over.

Mayberry Deputy, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. It really hurts to lose a parent. I don't care how old you are, you still feel like an orphan. Prayers for you, friend.

Opiemom, you just stop beating up on yourself. Stop it right now!! You've spent the last umpteen years fetching and carrying, cooking and cleaning, sacrificing and working for those kids, and now the little ingrates are trying to make you crazy with their squabbles and moods. In other words, you're a parent, and they're kids. They're working out a dynamic between themselves, establishing and polishing their pecking order, and the sensitive one has learned that being "hurt" gets to you, so he'll perfect the art. I'm not saying he's not really upset now and then, but trust me, he's also milking it for all it's worth. Kids are so smart, and believe me, they know where all your buttons are, and exactly how to push them. We raised two boys and two girls, so I know whereof I speak.

You might want to try this: Sometime when he's stomping around having a pity party, and laying the guilt on you, just say, "You know, you might have a point. I want to be fair, so how about you take a pen and some paper, and write down all the things you're upset about. Don't just say 'you're not being fair' or some such. I want details. Be specific. Tell me exactly what it is that's bothering you, and in what way you feel you've been wronged." Probably two things will happen. One, he'll begin to feel pretty silly after he's crossed something out for the tenth time. Two, he just might come up with a valid complaint, and if so, I'm sure you really want to know about it. So, give it a try. It can't hurt, and you might all end up having a good laugh about it.

Asa, I'm thrilled about Mrs. Asa's lab results. That's just wonderful. Please keep us posted.

Boo, yes, it's Heather. Two boys, ages 13 and 14, and now another little stinky boy on the way. She's pretty excited. Shocked, but excited.

Lucy, your comments are a long way down the road from the things you were saying a while back. Sounds like things are still rocky, but have improved a great deal. The key is that Nick isn't in charge anymore, and for a while there, I believe he thought he was. He's going to be a happier kid all the way around, with someone else setting the boundaries.

Well, I need a nap! Blessings, all - prayers for all who need them, and that's all of us. --Romeena

December 05, 2007 - Msg 58674: My youngest turned 10 today! And to top it off - we had a 2 hour snow delay. And he gets to go shopping at Santa's secret shop. . .And then to a restaurant tonite and on to Walmart for a gift. This year - they get to pick out their gift within limits and they also get a Walmart gift card. He is excited.

Mayberry Deputy - I am so sorry for your loss. I know that you have had some trials here lately with your dad but I am so grateful that he is at peace. May you be at peace knowing that he is not suffering anymore and he is completely whole. Please let us all know if there is anything we can do for you. . .

Asa - PTL for your wife's liver functioning improving! And just in time for you to rejoice with that grandbaby! Seconds on neck sugar!!

Sometimes I think Andy took roles to stretch himself as a character actor. It wasn't what his fanbase wanted but it was a change for him. He was in one called Gramps - a terrible movie. That was not my Andy. I am hoping to get Waitress for Christmas - heard it is splendid!


December 05, 2007 - Msg 58675: Asa- Whatcha' saying?
Hey Asa- Whatcha saying? - Sometimes he doesn't hear real well. Has something to do with the color of his hair (or the lack there of) and age. Then again, it could come from playing with that electricity . Do ya feel a little tingle?
Golly! That's the knowledge that the Lord is still on the throne and is blessing you this holiday season. Did ya hear me?? ~New Neighbor :)

December 05, 2007 - Msg 58676: Hey porch--How is everyone? I was just reading--congrats to all the new and future moms. I am getting ready to do all my Christmas baking. I am a little straped for cash this year so all my gifts are mostly coming from the kitchen.
Hope everyone is happy and busy--Daughter will not make it home for Christmas again this year--work and school commitments. We are going to have a nice long chat on Christmas eve.

December 05, 2007 - Msg 58677: Good afternoon everyone. I only have a minute, but wanted to stop in and say hello.


I'll try and stop back later.


December 05, 2007 - Msg 58678: I’m back, just like a bad penny. Congrats on your new grandbaby, ROMEENA. And another pat on the back for you, too, Grandpa ASA. Happy birthday to your son, HOMEMAKER. Did I miss anyone?

Sorry to hear about your father, MD. Prayers for your family at this time.

OPIEMOM: I agree with the everyone else—don’t be so hard on yourself. If your doing your best at what the Lord asks, you are a success.

BOO: I’ve been wondering how the homeschooling with Sean is going, and how he’s doing generally. I hope that you’re feeling better today.

AUH2O: It’s a close race, but Huckabee and McCain (can you believe it) have risen in my own personal poll of “who I’m thinking I’d vote for if the vote were today.” Clinton has cemented her lead in my “if a gun was held to my head and I had to vote Democratric” poll. I wrote McCain off months ago but he’s impressed me lately, and I agree with most of what he’s saying. One thing he has (in my opinion) is integrity.

No one seems to have gotten my Christmas movie quote. The answer was (drum role, please) “Miracle on 34th Street” (original version, of course!). I love that movie. Edmund Gwynn got the Best Supporting Oscar for his role. We watched “Charlie Brown Christmas” the other night. That is such a classic for me. It came out when I was 2, I think, and I’ve seen it every year since. For a cartoon, that recitation of the Christmas story from Luke by Linus at the end is a moment, ain’t it? It certainly wouldn’t get made for broadcast tv today.

Has anyone seen the version of “A Christmas Carol” with Patrick Stewart? I think it’s great and even prefer it to the 1950s version and George C. Scott version. (For one thing, every time I see George C. Scott in a movie, no matter what the role, I see him as George Patton.)

For the first time we are doing the Advent calendar thing this year. The kids are loving it. Hopefully, it will help keep them focused on the true meaning of it all.

POSSUM: We recently put the James Taylor Christmas CD into heavy rotation at the Me-They house. It is the best!

It’s snowing here, and we’ve probably got about 2 inches. Just enough to make everyone drive like a nut. I’d better run to the store before they’re all out of milk, bread, and toilet paper.

Talk to y’all later.


December 05, 2007 - Msg 58679: Hey, that's great about Heather, Ro! How exciting. Are the boys excited about having a little brother. I have 2 older brothers who were 13 and 14 when I was born. Mom tells me that the two of them watched out for me alot. We have an old super 8 movie of my brother David running after me to keep me out of the street. I remember them as always gentle and kind to me. I hope that's the way it is with Heather's children. Of course, my brothers moved away to California when I was just 5, so I didn't grow up with them (pity) but it's really neat to think about how the relationship with Heather's boys might be with their new little brother. Prayers that all goes smoothly for Heather, the baby and the whole family for that matter. What a great Christmas present from God!

Hey to Happy Nut, always good to hear from you. Wish you lived nearby so we could do some holiday baking together.

Opiemom, I guess what surprised me about the movie was not that Andy is "Andy" but that he talks about his Christian beliefs, publically. Just doesn't seem right.

Hey Me-They, and Homemaker, and NN!


December 05, 2007 - Msg 58680:
MD- Will be praying for you and yours. Made me think that this will be my first Christmas without mom, but i know, as Opiemom mentioned to you, they are celebrating it with the Prince of Peace Himself!

December 05, 2007 - Msg 58681: That's an interesting question, BOO. I've often thought about how self-described Christians reconcile protraying very unchristian behavior. I undeersatnd it's acting, but, for instance, how can you do something (as to just pretending to do it) that is a "sin" and justify it? For instance, how can a married actor passionately kiss someone other than their spouse? No matter how you slice it, that's a no-no. You can't "act" like to you kiss someone--you actually do it. Do you know what I mean? Not that I'm judging, just curious what kinds of thoughts go into decisioon making like that.


December 05, 2007 - Msg 58682: Boy, I've really gotta start proofing my posts...


December 05, 2007 - Msg 58683: Mayberry Deputy,you have my deepest sympathies at the loss of your father.God Bless you & yours.

Asa,what uplifting news about your wife! I will continue to keep her in my prayers.

Yeah,Me-They,ol' JT is the best! (Except his horrid rendition of Jingle Bells!)

Good luck to your daughter and new grandson,Ro!

Y'all have a good night-love to all!

possum under a rock

December 05, 2007 - Msg 58684: Right M-T, I think a person has to be personally resposible for the kind of role model they are when they announce their religious beliefs because they can do damage. Life's short, and I wish those Christian entertainers would "make the most of every opportunity" to bring something positive to the world they influence, because, face it, many people in this world think that celebrities have it all together and know it all.

Well, been to Dad's and am shaking my head wondering how to reason with him. He has convinced himself that he has to worry about his finances, and he doesn't. He is becomming so insecure and needy. It is very stressful to figure out how to deal with, but at least I still have him. I need a better attitude. I need to realize I am dealing with a child in a man's body these days.

Off to the church pagaent, where we decorate the interior of the church. I noticed this week that for the first time since we have been there, there is actually a big, real tree in the front! Can't wait to see it with the lights on it.

Take care and have a peaceful evening.


December 05, 2007 - Msg 58685:
Me-They I'd probably pick Fred Thompson if I could chose one (well, if I could chose one of any of them it would be Duncan Hunter) but I like Mitt (I think) and I've always liked a lot of what McCain stands for. I've always fancied myself a Federalist-Constitutionalist type so if I had a gun to my head and had to pick one of the leading Democrats I'd probably say, fire. I want nothing to do with a "Nanny State." The more the Government does for you the more it can do to you. You know my motto, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they are not out to get you." haha

Lucy-Yes we did watch Rudolph, the other night. We love that one too.

Buddy the elf: "This place reminds me of Santa's workshop. Except it smells like mushrooms and everyone looks like they want to hurt me."


December 05, 2007 - Msg 58686:
choose choose choose! Not chose. Hey, I never said I could write.


December 05, 2007 - Msg 58687:
Hello porch family.

Mayberry Deputy... May the Lord give you and your family peace and comfort during this time. Prayers for your family.

Opiemom....hang in there and keep praying. You are not a failure.

Asa...I praise the Lord for that great news. Still praying!

Ro...get you some rest.

Spot must be chained up at the dog house and can't get to his rocker today.

Boo...enjoy the church pagaent tonight.

Well better get ready for bed. You all have a great night and know that I'm praying for all the porch family. Remember to share Jesus with someone as you walk in HIS power.

December 05, 2007 - Msg 58688: Hey brother Rev!..and all..just been busy..hope yall have been eating well..send the left overs over to the dog house!..yea Rev that game was was one NE should have lost..Lucy we need the water too!..Big Maudey HEY!..hey auh20,Tom,possum,hazel...gosh just been busy and I will tell yall I MISS POSTING!..Ro off the working the nights?...well TCM channel has some good ones on tonight...possum you and Hazel hook up the wagons and horses and we will go Stage Coach stile to waffle house in the morning on auh20!..Asa since we are going western ya aint got to wear shoes but ya do have to wear a shirt! ya God and the porch....SPOT

December 05, 2007 - Msg 58689: Why do I have to hook up the wagon? I did it last time. Waaaaaaaaaaa.

Homemaker, I hope you do get "Waitress" for Christmas. I really thought it was a good movie, and Andy was especially good in it. Over at Miss Crumps, they were talking about how it wasn't really a good movie because it has parts about adultery; but there's way more to it than that. It's a movie with a message, in my opinion.
Good news about your wife, Asa! And I see your face in my eggs too!
- Hazel

"Hoot! Hoot!"

December 05, 2007 - Msg 58690: Brrrrrrrrr! Its a cold nite yall think I could curl up over here in the corner and try to keep warm...maybe it will keep the wind off of me.....Brrrrrr!

Mangey Mutt

December 05, 2007 - Msg 58691: Brrrrrrrrr! Its a cold nite yall think I could curl up over here in the corner and try to keep warm...maybe it will keep the wind off of me.....Brrrrrr!

Mangey Mutt

December 05, 2007 - Msg 58692: Hazel you are so funny!...Look I will hook everything up you just drive the team!..but those sliding sideways curves are "well we just dont need to have them ok?",,hello Mangey Mutt!...come on aboard!..where are ya located? its Cool here in Ga but not cold....Hazel girl yer a hoot!..SPOT

December 06, 2007 - Msg 58693: Look just cause Hazel is gona drive the team [wagon] for breakfast yall dont be scared!...SPOT

December 06, 2007 - Msg 58694: Oh I don't know Spot. Hazel is a bad baaad driver!


December 06, 2007 - Msg 58695: Yes, chickens are bad drivers.

Good morning porch. Hope everyone is well.

Have to get Erin off to school...I'll talk later.


December 06, 2007 - Msg 58696: hey everyone ,thanks for the prayers and thoughts ,its rough but as many of you already know we will make it through the loss ..have a great Mayberry day

December 06, 2007 - Msg 58697: Hey, Asa, Amy and I almost had the same birthday! I just realized that.
No, Boo, chickens are good drivers! We know how to cross the road, don't we? And if you guys don't like the way I drive, then get off the sidewalks!
- Hazel

December 06, 2007 - Msg 58698: Good morning everyone. I only have a minute this morning, but will try and stop by for a longer set later.

AUH2O: I’m a Truman Democrat and a (Teddy) Roosevelt Republican. You do the math.

BOO: I know what you mean. Although I haven’t particular cared for his films, I admire Kirk Cameron in this respect. He will only take certain projects that reflect his faith, and will not be “romantic” with any actress other than his wife. I guess those limitations are a big reason we don’t see more of him. (His limited acting abilities may be another.)

Did you see my question yesterday regarding Sean?

ASA: I forgot to send up a cheer regarding your wife. Y’all are always in my prayers.

HAZEL: Let me off this wagon—I think I’m gonna be sick! Is it your birthday?


December 06, 2007 - Msg 58699: Hey, Me-They, somehow I missed that post yesterday. To answer your question, some days it's terrible, some days it goes smoothly. Now that Sean has adjusted to the new med and off the Paxil, I think things are better. We are still having food struggles with him and as far as I can tell, he is still gaining weight. It keeps me awake at night worrying about him. He was having heart palpatations last night again. I think his heart is strained because of his weight. I am seeking the Lord right now about how to deal with everything. Thank you for asking about him.


December 06, 2007 - Msg 58700: BOO: You, and Sean, have my prayers. One step, one day, at a time.


December 06, 2007 - Msg 58701: Hey M-T !..prayers Boo...were those mules pulling the porch breakfast wagon?...SPOT

December 06, 2007 - Msg 58702: Asa my buddy YEA for your wife!..Big Maudey lets whup up some sketty for lunch! Rev you sing us a song!...SPOT

December 06, 2007 - Msg 58703: BRRRRR it to cold for me.
Will what the snow storm that cameby we git about a ft of snow.

As bright as sunshine after rain,
As pleasant as a country lane,
As fresh as fields of summer grain
Is my friendship with you.
As lilting as a rhythmic song,
As stalwart as the oak is strong,
A cherished treasure all life-long
Is my friendship with you.
In happy childhood's carefree years,
In time of trials, smiles and tears,
A precious blessing life endears
Is my friendship with you.


December 06, 2007 - Msg 58704:
Hey Folks

Just watched Mitt HIT one out of the PARK! Great speech!
Huckabee might have shot himself in the foot.


December 06, 2007 - Msg 58705:
Welcome! Mangey Mutt


December 06, 2007 - Msg 58706: Great poem TOM..thanks...hey auh2o...SPOT

December 06, 2007 - Msg 58707: Awww, Tom, that poem is lovely! Thanks. Isn't it wonderful to have all these friends on the porch?

Just got a phone call that my daughter is back in the hospital, and it looks like the real thing this time. We should have a baby pretty quick.

A dear friend from church passed away on Tuesday. He had called his wife at work, told her he had finished a little remodeling project they were doing, was tired and thought he'd take a nap. She got home a couple of hours later, and found him in bed. He apparently died in his sleep. What a way to go - just lie down to rest, fall asleep, and wake up in Heaven. The wife is handling it well, though this is her second time to be widowed. I think they had been married about ten years.

Welcome, Mangy Mutt! Are you any kin to Spot? There's always a place on the porch, and if you get over there in the corner, you can stay out of the wind. Stick around and read the archives, get comfortable with our ways, and if you act like somebody, we'll give you a rocker of your own! (heehee) We're very liberal about animals around here. We have a chicken, a possum, and of course, a dog (Spot). He's the talkin', cookin' dog of the porch. He'd probably appreciate a little help. Can you cook?

Well, I see the waterfall at the pond is just a trickle, so guess I'd better go clean the filter. Yuck. Well, at least it's fairly warm out there, at 50 and rising. The water will be cold, but I don't have to have my hands in it for very long. Now, if I can just keep from falling in.....

Blessings, all! --Romeena

December 06, 2007 - Msg 58708: Sorry to hear that your friend's husband has passed away, ROMEENA. Prayers for the family.

Great poem, TOM.

AUH2O: I heard it, too. It was a good speech I must say. It realy didn't tell me anything I didn't already know, though. I'm curious why you say Huckabee shot himself in the foot? Is it in regard to Romney's speech? Because he came out and said Mitt's faith should have no bearing on the election.

Lunchtime, SPOT?


December 06, 2007 - Msg 58709: I'm ashamed of myself. I know so little about this election or any of the candidates. I just can't generate any interest, for some reason. I suppose it's because there's just not a candidate that commands enough respect for me to even notice them. Why is it that a nation like this one can't field even one really worthy candidate?

There's one thought that encourages me, though. Maybe there's somebody there whose worth will surface when they have the responsibility. I remember all the wailing when Reagan was running - people moaning about "actors" being the best we could do. Well, turned out he did a darn good job (IMHO) and I wish we had cloned him back then. He had courage, charisma, street smarts, he was a patriot, he was decisive, and he told it like it was. We probably won't see his equal again, not for a while anyway.

Well, that's just my opinion. I really don't know how I'm going to vote. I want to say "if", but I know that's not right, either. Guess I'll just keep watching. I wish my husband was here. He'd have some ideas, and when in doubt, I always just voted with him. If I trusted him enough to marry him, I suppose it was okay to trust him enough to vote with his opinion, since he studied the issues much more thoroughly than I ever did.

Well, gotta go find little Starr and see what she's chewing up now. Blessings, all! --Romeena

December 06, 2007 - Msg 58710:
Romeena-Prayers for your friend's family. You're right, what a great way to pass... "fall asleep, and wake up in Heaven."

Tom-It got cold here last night also, single digits and about 3 inches of snow.

M-T I don't believe the speech was designed to be a history lesson, it was more to clear up a misperception. And, I think Huckabee's team and Huck himself (always passive aggressive when questions of Mitt's faith were asked) pushed this debate. It was Huckabee's only chance to get noticed, and it worked. Well, it worked until today's speech.


December 06, 2007 - Msg 58711: Prayers Romeena!..M-T Lunch time!..[kinda late but its ok}....Mutt you hold the door for the ladys and Asa wear a sport jacket and possum you set in the middle and lets all go to McDonalds!!...auh2o you drive...hazle is just to wild of a driver!...SPOT

December 06, 2007 - Msg 58712: I'm voting for Ellie, and I don't care if she IS a woman!


December 06, 2007 - Msg 58713: Amen!


December 06, 2007 - Msg 58714:
Auh20- Interesting theory, tho i missed mitt's speech. Our paper has beeen profiling all the candidates. I saw that Ron Paul is very libertarian (as little Fed Government as possible)yet he is very pro-life. Quite a few varying qualities.
Huckabee sounded the most "pristine" in his profile, but is he really?
I got a nice snailmail from Colt yeaterday. I guess we're in charge of the brown truck's midnight ride again this Christmas Eve! ha
He is doing well. I hope he can post soon.
Have a good day, prayers for all.
(aka Barney Parney Poo)

December 06, 2007 - Msg 58715:
M-T Ok, Ellie has your vote, Boo's vote, I'll certainly vote for her, so if she carries The Porch and wins in Iowa do you think that's gonna be a big enough bump to take New Hampshire?

MDC-I like Paul but he's a little too libertarian for me.

Spot-All right, you got a wheel man.


December 06, 2007 - Msg 58716: I'm outta here, and off tomorrow. Y'all have a great weekend and act like somebody (like I had any doubt).



December 06, 2007 - Msg 58717: Afternoon Family:
Sure is a cold day on this side of the porch. At least the wind isn't blowing... the local ski resort is gearing up to open this weekend.Yahoo.
Hey Asa- how's the new baby and mamma doing?
I'll bet she's a cutie.(takes after her grandma)
Ro: did ya get the picture of my neighbettes?
Gonna get some supper started. I'm not going with you all again, it was cold in the wagon and Spot kept curling up on the blanket so I couldn't cover up in it!
Later all-~New Neighbor

December 06, 2007 - Msg 58718: Yes, I did, I just have been remiss about getting it into the album. Did you want to include their first names? If so, I need to know them. If you prefer not to use the names, that's okay too.

Just got a call from my other daughter, who is with her sister at the hospital. We should have a baby in the next hour or two, according to the doctor. Needless to say, I'm pretty excited about this. I had really thought I had all the grandkids I was going to have, and now this little shocker pops up. What fun!

Well, my yardman is here, clearing away leaves, mowing the grass (which is still green and growing under the blanket of fallen leaves) and making everything look tidy. Guess I'd better go pay him!

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

December 06, 2007 - Msg 58719: That is just wonderful, Romeena. Keep us posted!


December 06, 2007 - Msg 58720:
Hello porch family. Cold here in SC today but supose to warm up through the weekend.

Ro...we're all on baby watch...Let us know as soon as he comes.
Also, prayers for your friend and family.

Welcome Mangey Mutt. Come on back anytime and pull up a rocker.

Tom....great poem buddy.

I watched the Christmas TAGS tonight on TVLand. I love that episode. Of course I love them all.

OK Spot...where's breakfast? How bout stopping by and picking me up on your way there. Thanks bro!

You all have a good night and pray for those on the streets during these cold nights. Jesus loves you so tell someone about HIS goodness!

December 06, 2007 - Msg 58721: Hey porchsters. Just stopping by to say howdy. Congrats on the grandbaby, Asa. Haven't read the archives. Has your wife had some good news? Hope so. Since I know this here is a praying porch, I'd like you to pray for my hubby. He has diabetes and can't get it under control. (Ro, he did finally see a doctor.) He is on his second medication and still having readings over 200 and his feet bother him a lot. So, yeah, we could use some good ol' porch prayers. Thanks. Good to see you all.
Charlotte Tucker

December 06, 2007 - Msg 58722:
Hey there Charlotte.....will surely be praying for your hubby. Good to see ya.

December 07, 2007 - Msg 58723: Hey, all. It's very late, and I must apologize - I should have posted much earlier, but have been busy. Our little one arrived at 4:56 Texas time (Central). He weighed 6/6, is healthy and strong, and his mama is doing just great. They'll probably both go home on Saturday. I wish I could get down there right away to see them, but will have to wait a while. She doesn't need me right now anyway - she has loads of help, and I think they need the time to bond as a new family, without a busybody mother/mother-in-law underfoot. The important thing is, both are well. Now I'm hoping for my daughter's gestational diabetes to disappear.

Speaking of diabetes, Charlotte Tucker, it sounds to me as though your husband needs to be on insulin. Readings consistently over 200 are just not acceptable, and there's a lot more at stake here than just his feet. There's the matter of his vision, and his kidneys. Has his doctor mentioned insulin? If not, ask about it. Personally, I tried the pills - several different kinds - for the first 8-10 months, and they didn't work for me. Then I went on insulin, my numbers are great and I feel so much better. It's truly no big deal. With the new delivery tools these days, it's a breeze. I can give myself an injection sitting at a table in a restaurant, and nobody even knows I'm doing it!

I had to replace four - count 'em, four - strings of lights on that dratted tree, 100-light strings. Took me all evening. I'm not sure which is harder, taking a string off or putting a new one on, but I'm leaning toward taking them off. It's a whippin', either way. It's done now, though, so tomorrow I should get the ornaments on and get all the little sit-arounds in place, and the mantlepiece done up, and my Nativity displayed - er, well, maybe I'll finish by Saturday night. Why do we do this to ourselves?

Starr is begging to go to bed. She has to have my help, as she can't get on the bed by herself yet, even with the pet stairs. She's just too little, bless her little heart. When you're six inches tall and weigh just over 3 pounds, there's a lot you can't do for yourself, I suppose. Right now, she's in my lap, watching me type, seemingly fascinated.

Blessings, all! Thanks for the prayers for the safe arrival of little Trip (his nickname, he's the third) - your prayers (and mine) were answered. --Romeena