December 07, 2007 - Msg 58724: Morning Porch. Good Friday to you all.

Romeena, wonderful news. I am so glad your Grandbaby arrived safe and that both are doing well.

Charlotte, your hubby has my prayers for sure. Sounds like he best take this serious. Hope your family is doing well. The word on my wife is that her liver functions are back to normal. We were worried she had permanent liver damage, but that seems to not be the case.

N.N. Amy and Stacey are home and doing very well. Mariah seems to have accepted her new baby sister good. They are a cute littl family.

Auh2o, I thought Mitt's speech was very good also. It was delivered with much passion, and I thought was right on the money. Best of all, he wrote it. He does not employ any speech writers, so I think it was from his heart. There was nothing that he really said that surprised me, but the passion on how he delivered it really struck a chord with me.

Hazel, Oh dear. I missed your Birthday again didn't I? I'm so sorry. I hope it was a good one and hope you and your hubby are both feeling better. Are you back to work?

Tom, we all appreciate your poems and you very much. Don't ever think we don't. 10-4?

Thanks for the prayers Me-They. We do appreciate them.

Rev, lets do good old 14-A for the porch tonite? How about it. I'll sing first Tenor and you sing.... accupella. :)

Prayers for all for a good day and a great weekend. Be safe and sane out there. It's a Zoo.


December 07, 2007 - Msg 58725: And I'll go ahead and sweep while y'all snooze.


December 07, 2007 - Msg 58726: Oh, that's ok, Asa. Did you get the spindle wrench, by the way?
Prayers for Charlottes hubby. My husband has diabetes too, and it's a constant battle.
- Hazel

December 07, 2007 - Msg 58727: Thanks for checking in Charlotte, prayers for your hubby. I agree with Romeena. Sounds like he might need insulin and I wouldn't fool around with it. Those consistent high blood sugars are doing damage.

Congratulations, Romeena! Hope you get to see the baby soon.

Picked up my oldest brother from the airport tonight. He flew in from California for a visit and man, I can't believe he is 60! He doesn't look it, that's for sure. He is a tall and in shape and I am thinking he must have had some cosmetic surgery some time that he never told me about. Must be nice. We went out to eat last night and had a good time. I only see him once every 3 or 4 years if I'm lucky.

Well, better drag Erin out of bed. She is not a morning person and is a little grump in the morning. She also seems to be very irritable after school. Yesterday when I picked her up, she and Sean got in an argument almost immediately about something and I heard Sean yell, "Veruca!!" Willie Wonka fans know who I'm talking about. Sounded so funny, and TRUE!



December 07, 2007 - Msg 58728: Congrats on the new grandbaby Romeena. I had Gest. Diab. with my last pregnancy. YOur daughter should be fine. As soon as I had given birth it was gone. She will be at higher risk for diabetes, but if she maintains a healthy weight and exercises she decreases her risk considerably.

I noticed the siblings are older. THere was an age gap with our last baby. Some things were easier and some were harder. I had a lot more help. I mean the brothers and sister were old enough to listen for the baby while I took a shower. Now that our baby is 2, he loves his sister , "Am" (her name is really Anne) as much as he loves me. What was harder was not that everyone was older we had so many more places to go. So baby had to be on the go. We laugh about it now though because this baby loves to go. He wakes up wanting to "go bye-bye". He doesn't care where he just wants to go. We think he is either going to be an airline pilor or a truck driver. Ha!

Have a great day everyone! Our band is playing at a nursing home today. Looking forward to that.


December 07, 2007 - Msg 58729:

December 07, 2007 - Msg 58730:
CHARLOTTE- Has he tried Nature Way brand cinnamon capsules?? It brought my sugar down from 110 to 85 in 6 weeks!!
RO- could it be just a fuse in the plug?
Some newer light strings have a little "slide-back" panel on te plug itself with two little fuses inside. That happened to me when a whole strand went out, and that did the trick. I also switched that strand to another circuit so it wouldnt be overloaded. A little advice from a real Chevy Chase-type decrorator.
Prayers continue for all!
Love ya,

December 07, 2007 - Msg 58731:
Hey Porch

Romeena-Great news!

Asa-Hey buddy! Yeah, I agree no real news flashes with Mitt's speech but I loved it. Kinda reminded me of the old "Morning in America" days. To be honest with you, his Mormonism never was an issue with me I think putting a "Christian litmus test" on candidates could be a dangerous thing. If the best candidate is a solid Christian that that makes it even better but I think we should pick the best candidate first. I don't know if Mitt is the best candidate, he has had some stances in the past that have troubled me a bit. But ...I guess I haven't made up my mind yet. Although, I have donated to Mitt's, McCain's, and Thompson's campaigns.

John Boy: (speaking of his family) "For no matter the time or distance, we are united in the memory of that Christmas eve. More than 30 years and 3,000 miles away, I can still hear those sweet voices."


December 07, 2007 - Msg 58732: Whoa MDC, that's quite a drop. I have some of those cinnamon capsules around her somewhere and I am taking them (espcially during the carb-filled holidays). Do they make your breath smell sweet? I am wondering if the cinnamon smell comes out in the body fluids like the garlic capsules?? It would be quite neat to smell like cinnamon at Christmas time!

Great quote, Auh2o.


December 07, 2007 - Msg 58733: Howdy, all. Word from new grandbaby is that there are some mild respiratory issues due to his being 4 weeks early, but they don't expect any real problems. He's still in the NICU, but not considered really ill. He just has an IV, and O2 is handy if needed. The IV is a precaution as well, he's not really getting anything through it, they just want it available if he gets in trouble.

MDC, I take cinnamon capsules, as well as chromium piccolinate and alpha lipoic acid, and they probably do help, but to a very limited degree. A glucose level of 110 is not really diabetic, though it is in the upper range of normal. For a full-blown diabetic, cinnamon just ain't gonna cut it. Charlotte's husband, with levels above 200, obviously isn't producing enough insulin, or is resistant to it, meaning his body doesn't fully utilize the insulin it produces, if it does produce some. Therefore, the fix is additional, exogenous insulin. If your thyroid quits, you take a thyroid supplement. If your pancreas quits, you take insulin supplement. It's that simple. Diet and exercise are important, but if you need insulin, then you just need insulin. And to all you needle phobics out there, let me assure you that the insulin delivery needle is .3" and fine as a hair. You simply don't feel it. My insulin regimen is as routine to me as brushing my teeth. No big deal.

Well, gotta run. Have to go to the visitation for my church friend, then on to play bunco, then back home to work on the tree some more. Blessings, all! --Romeena

December 07, 2007 - Msg 58734:
Amen to that Ro, you are speaking from experience and that's good enuf for me!
BOO- you are too funny, do I smell of cinnamon?! ha I dont think so! haha Cecile usually says " I smell a rat!" ha just kidding.
You all have a good weekend. be sure to get to preachin'.
Hang in there my friends. Pass around ole Ben's jug!
Ernest T: Ya know to get a possum frm under rock? Ya take a stick and jab at 'im.

December 07, 2007 - Msg 58735: Now,MDC,don't ya go starting nothin' with your quotes! HA!

possum under a rock

December 07, 2007 - Msg 58736: Oh well, it was kind of a nice thought...smelling of cinnamon for Christmas.

Good words of advice for Charlotte's husband, Romeena.

Well, have to get Erin ready for her Sunday school Christmas party. The kids are supposed to wear their pj's and they are watching Polar Express.


December 07, 2007 - Msg 58737: Well hello porch! to read..Brother Rev you drive in the morning to breakfast ok?..your call where ..I will pay..prayers for the new babys!..hey Lucy I really dont know about the Lanier and bama power,will check on it,hey Maude,Tom,Boo,Ro,possum,dixie,haratio and all...Im gona read some OK?..snack or lets just call it a late supper,roast beef sandwiches and chips...back in a bit ..Mutt where are you?...SPOT

December 07, 2007 - Msg 58738:
Howdy porch family. Another great day in the Lord!

Ro...congrats on the new grandbaby. Praying for him.

Asa...14-A sounds good to me. You kick it off.

Boo....enjoy the time with your brother. let's go to the local diner in the morning. I'll drive.

You all have a good night's rest. Prayers for all the porch family. Jesus loves you!

December 08, 2007 - Msg 58739: Thanks REV.

Where is Merri W? Seems like we haven't heard from her for awhile. Probably just busy with Chritmas activities.

Went out to eat at a Bar-B-Que place I had never tried before tonight. Wow, was it ever good. Best I think I've ever had. It was a family owned business. Wish you all could have been with me. After dinner, we went looking at some Christmas lights and went by a a drive-by live nativity.

Well, it's late and I guess I had better get some sleep. Goodnight Mayberry,


December 08, 2007 - Msg 58740: brrrrr.

December 08, 2007 - Msg 58741: Hi All.
Will it a nice day no snow just a little rain and it going to it weam.


December 08, 2007 - Msg 58742: Boy no one here.
It look like everyone out having fun?


December 08, 2007 - Msg 58743: Everybody but us, Tom. Pretty quiet here on the porch.


December 08, 2007 - Msg 58744: Hi quiet for this porch. How the weather
It a little cold but nice .


December 08, 2007 - Msg 58745: I was out, but not having much fun, Tom. I had to go to a funeral, then help serve lunch for the family afterward. Just got home. Now I need to attack that Christmas tree, but am just about too tired to do it. Maybe I will, maybe not. I think I'll just rest and cuddle little Starr for a while, then we'll see.

Blessings, all. --Romeena

December 08, 2007 - Msg 58746: Boy this year is going to end in a :( sad way.


December 08, 2007 - Msg 58747: Ok Rev..the diner it is...gosh just been busy..any leftovers?...SPOT

December 08, 2007 - Msg 58748: Oh, no, Tom. The year doesn't need to end in a sad way. My friend who died is now with the Lord, and his funeral was a celebration of his life, and a time of expressing gratitude for the fact that we will see him again, and that he's now experiencing joy that we cannot even imagine. We will miss him, of course. His widow will miss him, but she's a Christian too, so she's now looking forward to the time when she'll see him again.

Anyone who is sad for any other reason must just stop and think of our Lord, and what He has done for us, and the tremendous joys that are in store for us all. Some have happier or easier circumstances on this earth, it's true, but in Heaven, we'll all be rich with the love of God, and God will wipe away all tears from our eyes.

All is well - God is love. Blessings! --Romeena

December 08, 2007 - Msg 58749:
Amen Ro! That is so true. In Christ Jesus we have true joy.

Well hello porch family....Been out fighting the Christmas crowd today. But we had a good time.

Tom...glad the snow stopped for you.

Boo...that bbq sounds like it must be some more good.

Spot....yep, got some leftovers brother so just come on over. We'll heat up something.

Supose to get back in the upper 70s tomorrow through Wednesday. Wow, I can't believe this weather.
Well gonna get ready for bed. Good night all and prayers for all the porch family.

December 08, 2007 - Msg 58750: Just stopping by for a minute, then back to that killer tree. That thing is an ornament-gobbling monster. It takes HOURS to decorate, not counting the hours I spent getting all the lights working. Every year, I tell myself I'm going to cull out the ornaments and get things down to a more manageable level, but I never do. They're the collection of a lifetime, and some of them were my mother's, and I just can't part with anything. Maybe I'm too materialistic, I don't know.

Friends, I cannot tell you how much I'm enjoying little Starr. She's not Sugarplum, and I will always miss that little canine angel, but this puppy is so sweet. She's so tiny, and so cuddly, and just, well, sweet! When I'm in my big old chair, I pick her up and hold her, and much of the time, she'll climb up onto my shoulder and curl up there. On my shoulder, mind you, that's how small she is. She's going to get too big to do that, but it sure is fun right now. She's so much company, too. I think the Plum must have chosen her for me.

Well, one more bin of ornaments on the tree, and I'll give it up for tonight and go to bed. I'm tired, there's church in the morning, and tomorrow is another day. Blessings, all! --Romeena

December 08, 2007 - Msg 58751: Hey Porch, Thanks for the prayers for my hubby and the words of encouragement. He's in the care of a doctor now at least. (He balked at that for a long time.) He goes in Monday for a pretty thorough physical I think, so we'll see what happens with that. I may try to sneak in there with him this time if he lets me. Asa, good news about your wife. Glad the liver is OK. God is good. Congrats on new grandbaby, Romeena. Someone mentioned babies (plural). Who else has a new baby that I missed? I apologize--my appearances and archive reading are rather sporadic right now. Take care. Bundle up. It's cold on my porch tonight. Forecasted ice for today and no sign of it, but it's still in the forecast until tomorrow 6 p.m., so we'll see what happens.
Charlotte Tucker

December 09, 2007 - Msg 58752: Maybe you're just a traditionalist, Ro. And that's a good thing.

I hope that ice passes you by, Charlotte Tucker. That is, unless you want to go ice skating.
Cold here too. I'd like to be where Rev. is right now, with those upper 70's.

Stay warm everyone! Or cool in your case, Rev. We wouldn't want you to get heat stroke. ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

December 09, 2007 - Msg 58753: Good Sabbath porch. I hope you are all fine and dandy this cold snowy Sabbath morning (at least on my porch Boo)

Thanks for the comments Charlotte, and glad your Hubby is seeing a Dr. It's my Daughter who had the other baby. Her name is Amy and both are doing well.

Good words Romeena, about not being sad. Man is that he might have joy, and we have much to be grateful and joyful about. I know this time of year, for many a joyful and wonderful time, is also a sad time for some folks. Maybe the loss of a loved one, or health issues we or a loved one are dealing with can really weigh us down during the holidays. But remember, we have a loving kind caring Heavenly Father who sent his only begotten son to take upon him the sins of the world, and provide for us salvation. Place your burdens on Him and see if you don't experience a miracle in your life.

Boo, I don't know if we can have you smelling of cinnamon and BBQ all at the same time. :)

Sterling, I sure do pray for a healing in your marriage. I know you are going through some challanges there. I pray you and your sweetheart can overcome your differences and become as one.

Romeena, I can envision the Plum, sitting on your Hubby's lap, the two of them looking down upon you and Starr, being happy that you have a companion with you. What a glorious reunion that will be when the day arrives. (but not to soon. we ain't done with you yet)

Well off to preachin. It should be a good one today.


December 09, 2007 - Msg 58754: Right, ASA, someone might take a knife and fork to me, and that just wouldn't do! I loved your post, lots of wisdom in your words (you too, Ro).


December 09, 2007 - Msg 58755: Thanks, Asa, you're very kind. I have that same mental picture, and it does bring some comfort. And you're so right. We must take care to keep our eyes on the Lord, and not let the sorrows of this world steal the joy He wants us to know. I thank Him daily for all of you - good friends, wishing each other well, and bearing each other's burdens. It just doesn't get any better than that.

Well, I'd better get dressed. Hard to decide what to wear. We had 80 degrees here yesterday, and right now it's 46. I could dress in layers, just n case it warms up, but from my window, it looks pretty cold and drizzly, as though it's not planning to change much, so I think I'll take a chance on a warm sweater. I have a pretty Christmas sweater, guess it will do. Sure was hard to get up this morning, that little Starr pup was snuggled in so close and sweet. Gotta love her! Blessings, all! --Romeena

December 09, 2007 - Msg 58756: Hey gang...busy here at work...hey Rev,sterling,hazel,ro,boo,To, and allAsa you too!...tonight lets have pot luck dinner..I will bring the fried chicken....Maude take care of the that takes care of the back a miniute wrong ep....SPOT

December 09, 2007 - Msg 58757: I'll bring my famous chicken-ala-king!
- Hazel

December 09, 2007 - Msg 58758: Just popping in to say hi!. My 9yo and I have been making cookies this afternoon for the cookie social after the children's cantata this pm at church. Yummy! He is getting so big. He actually did most of it by himself. I just supervised a little bit.

How wonderful to have those December babies. I had 2 December babies. It made my Christmas so special.

Could you all pray for my 14 yo. He fainted serveral times this fall while running for cross country. We have an appt. with a pediatric cardiologist tomorrow in Columbia, SC (about an hour away) to try and determine the cause. It is a 2 hour appt.



December 09, 2007 - Msg 58759: Prayers Opiemom...Hazel looks like lunch was just fried chicken and chicken-ala-king...oh well cluck-cluck..its chicken day...supper will be Cracker Barrel on brother Rev and me...Dallas getting beat in football!..good game...SPOT

December 09, 2007 - Msg 58760: Evenin' Family:
Just wanted to wish everyone a good Sabbath day. Had to work, but rewarded with sweet folks who appreciate the care we give.
Spot: Thanks for the Cracker Barrel invite. That's one of my favorite places to eat. Do I have to sit by Asa again? He keeps taking my biscuits.
Congratulations to the Christmas Grandparents!!!
What special gifts...
Have a blessed day...
~New Neighbor

December 09, 2007 - Msg 58761: Thanks for lettin me curl up on the porch and keep warm the other night. I left before anyone got up so as not to disturb yall. It's just that everyone had left me all alone again with no food and no way to get to where it was warm so I was stranded outside and happy to have a place to rest my bones for the night.
Yall have a great day and I'll come back real soon.

Mangey Mutt

December 09, 2007 - Msg 58762: Thanks for lettin me curl up on the porch and keep warm the other night. I left before anyone got up so as not to disturb yall. It's just that everyone had left me all alone again with no food and no way to get to where it was warm so I was stranded outside and happy to have a place to rest my bones for the night.
Yall have a great day and I'll come back real soon.

Mangey Mutt

December 09, 2007 - Msg 58763: Mangey Mutt curl up anywhere..New Neighbor you can set by me and Romeena...I will keep my eye on Asa...he leaves with his pockets full of scraps!..ha ha...when he shows up in a trench coat LOOK out...lots of pockets inside one of those...!..SPOT



December 09, 2007 - Msg 58765:
Hello porch family....Just got home from my concert. God is so good. A lady came to the concert tonight because she saw an ad in the newspaper about a "concert". She said she would have never come if it was going to be a "regular church service." About midway through my concert she was at the alter getting her life right with God. She said she just couldn't wait for the close of the service. I just praise the Lord for HIS loving power. Folks, that's the only reason I'm out here traveling. When you see peoples lives changed, it makes it all worth while.

Sterling...yep, it's so warm here that tonight while loading my equipment into the trailer after the concert, I was wet with sweat.

Ro...keep hacking away at that tree and you'll get it finished........just in time to take it down....hehe

Opiemom.....praying for your son. I'll be in Columbia tomorrow also so I'll be thinking of you.

Spot...Cracker Barrel it is brother. Dallas came back for the win. New England still unbeaten.
Be sure to watch ASA and not let him ruin our good reputation at Cracker Barrel. We love you ASA but you just don't fill your coat pockets full of food in public.

Well better ready for bed. Prayers for all the porch family and keep HIS Word in your heart at all times.

December 09, 2007 - Msg 58766:
Hey there Tom....Hope you can get your computer fixed up buddy.

December 09, 2007 - Msg 58767: How wonderful, REV. Thank you for sharing the gospel through your music. You are living a life of loving sacrifice and I will pray for you.

Been a busy weekend and I am so tired! Wanted to drop in for a minute before bed, though.

We had something sad happen today. Our Mr. Knickers died. Don't have any idea why, we just found him dead in his cage when we got back from church. Strange. We burried him out on the homestead near Jingles and Belle. The kids didn't seemed to be bothered much by it but it bothered me. He was a really nice rabbit.

Think I'll turn in. I'll talk more tomorrow.


December 09, 2007 - Msg 58768: Awww, Boo, that's too bad about Mr. Knickers. I wonder what happened? Maybe he was older than you thought? I don't know how long rabbits live, but I imagine they don't live very many years. Was his cage indoors or out? If he was outdoors, it's possible that a dog or other critter came along and scared him to death. Rabbits will die of fright, I know. Does seem like you'd have seen some sign of damage to the cage or something, though. Maybe it was just his time??

REV, that's such a wonderful story. You must be on a spiritual high right now. Bless you, friend.

Well, that monster tree is almost done. Just a little bit more to do to the top, shouldn't take but a half hour or so, then finish off the floor part, and it's done. Then I'll have to build a stockade of some sort to keep Busy Britches out of it. It's in a corner, with a sofa on a third side, a chair on the other, so there's just about a four-foot strip that angles across the front, that's accessible to her. A big pile of packages should do it, if she doesn't just tow them out of the way. Believe me, it has been a challenge working on that thing with her "helping". I could have put her up, but the Plum and I always shared the time, and I want to be able to do that with Starr as well. So I just yelled at her a lot! She's worse than a toddler.

She learned quickly how to pull an ornament off the tree. All the ones along the bottom are very large, like softball size. She just stands on her back legs, wraps her front legs over the top of the ornament and hangs on it. Naturally, the little wire sprongy thing in the top pulls out and stays on the tree, while Starr rides the ornament to the floor. Then she tries to pick it up, which is impossible, and looks pretty funny!

Well, I'm headed for bed. I hear Hyacinth Bucket on the bedroom TV, guess I'll go watch it. She just cracks me up, especially when she "sings at" Emmett. He's just terrified of her, can't stand her, and she thinks he has a crush on her! Too funny! Be blessed, y'all! --Romeena

December 10, 2007 - Msg 58769: Hey there friends, just popping in before sleep settles in...haven't been here in a while. I've been peeking in ever so often to try and catch up on you all, but seems like I just didn't have much to say. Which is really unusual for me! HA! I've been taking care of my mom who is really struggling with her MS and Fibermyalgia. On top of that, she really dislikes this time of year. Part of it has to do with both her parents are gone now and well, with her health problems, it's easy to feel overwhelmed during the holidays. She says she prays about it regularly but doesn't really have any sort of answer or a sense of relief yet. So, I've been trying to help her around her house and trying real hard to be there for her. I told her yesterday that I was going to do something special for Christmas dinner this year and ordered a prime rib roast from my butcher. I'm going to do a traditional English Christmas dinner, Yorkshire pudding included! She practically admonished me for spending so much money on something that wasn't important...excuse me? Christmas night dinner with my cherished loved ones "not important?" It's just so unlike her. She used to LOVE this time of year and made all of our childhood Christmases absolutely ideal! I guess that's what hurts the most. She's like a shadow of her former self.

Also, we're in a severe ice storm warning. Many parts of the Ozarks are without power tonight. I'm prepared to take care of my family as I outline a disaster plan a week ago and purchased the necessary equipment. Right now, I can hear bits of ice hit my roof top but it's not coming down fast. The majority of it has hit north of us.

BOO, I am just crushed about MR. KNICKERS. I really am. I told you about my rabbits MABEL and ESTHER. I really think they died of fright, too. I think they got into a scrap and just killed each other with fright. Well, I'm thinking of you tonight. It may "just be a rabbit," but a friend is a friend, no matter what. RO, so nice to hear that STARR is bringing you comfort and joy (isn't that a yuletide song?) She sure is a blessing.

Well, I'm going to go check the weather forecast and try and get some rest on the couch. I'm tossing and turning a lot lately and don't want to keep hubby up.

Take care everyone! PEACE and LOVE to all! MW

December 10, 2007 - Msg 58770: PS OPIEMOM, special, special prayers for you and your son...what a great kid! The best of luck and many prayers for good heart health!

December 10, 2007 - Msg 58771: Don't have time to catch up right now - hubby's knee surgery is tomorrow. It will be a long day!

Our other big news is that we are getting a new puppy for Christmas. You were all with me when Bandi passed and then, Banjo this spring. Well - we have decided that the time is right and a new puppy will soon be joining us. We will be getting a jack russell. The boys don't know it but we have been looking pretty hard.

Talk to you all later!


Congrats on the new grandbaby - Ro!

December 10, 2007 - Msg 58772: Good morning Porh. It's Monday!

Homemaker, I pray all goes well for your Hubby's surgery. Is he getting a total replacement? It's amazing what they can do these days.

Prayers for you Son Opiemon. I have a co-worker who's Daughter kept passing out and they did a battery of tests on her. I forget now what they uncovered but it wasn't serious and with a little exercise and dietary changes she does fine. They say it's something she will grow out of. I pray his isn't serious either.

MW, How good you are to be caring for your Mom like that. I am sorry she is having such a tough time of it. My prayers for both of you. That Christmas dinner sounds great. My folks came here from England and my Mom used to make Yorkshire pudding all the time. Oh it was so good.

Boo, That's a shame about Mr. Knickers. I'm sorry about your loss.

Rev, what a neat story my friend. That makes it all worht while, doesn't it. Keep up the good work.

Ro, maybe you could get Starr's ears pierced and hang ornaments off them. It might work. But then it might not.

And listen folks, just because I don't want to waste food, there's no need to get ugly about it. New Neighbor, you know you only take one bite of that biscuit so no one else will want it. So I just trim around your nibble mark and re-heat it later for a snack. What's so wrong about that anyway?

Well off to work for me I guess. To bad I was born handsome instead of rich. :)


December 10, 2007 - Msg 58773: Thanks for your concern for me over Knickers. I did miss him this morning. The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is opent he frige and give Mr. Knickers a carrot or some lettuce before I fix my morning coffee. He was really cute. Ro, I thought about the possibility of dying from fright. We kept him in at night and put him out in the yard during the day. The cage didn't show any outward signs of damage but I noticed that the newspaper on the bottom of the cage looked messed up? I know there is not a possibility of a dog getting into the back yard but I guess a cat could have.

Ro, I don't remember you referring to your tree as a "monster" in the past. Maybe it's time to down-size for next year. Sounds like "Busy Britches" is keeping you entertained, though. ha

I am disturbed by the shootings that took place in Colorado Springs yesterday. I think it's interesting that there was a female security gaurd on the premises that took out the gunman before he could continue his killing spree. Sad when you have to have armed security at church on Sunday morning. It is also very disturbing that 2 young missionaries in training were killed at a training center 70 miles from there. My prayers go out to the families of those killed. What a terrible tragedy and at this time of year!

MW, I wish I had something encouraging to say to you. I commend you for your attempt to make your mom's Christmas special. I think life can really wear us down sometimes and make the holidays something to dread instead of enjoy. When you wrote that your mom is like "a shadow of her former self" it brought tears to my eyes. She is probably really tired, Merri. I hope I don't end up that way myself. I know I have felt so tired and stressed this year. I remember what it felt like to actually enjoy this time of year. I suspect I am feeling this way because of the grief of losing Karen. I didn't mention it but Saturday night, Zach asked to come home with me and I was up till 1 am with him and Sean. Zach is having a terrible time right now and I was dealing with 2 crying boys! We all miss her so much, especially now when we used to do so many things together this time of year. Karen made a big deal out of Christmas.

Lots to do today, and I know that you all probably are reading this and wondering why I don't just slow down, but honestly, I really don't know what to omit. Maybe I need to be more organized or to take a stress management class or something!

Better go get Erin up...


December 10, 2007 - Msg 58774: ..oh, and prayers for your son, Opiemom!


December 10, 2007 - Msg 58775: Good morning everyone. It's yucky here. I guess that about describes it.

Prayers for all those who have voiced concerns and needs in the last couple of days, and blessings to the new arrivals.

I'll stop back later in the day.

APB for AFD, HORATIO, GOOBER, DIXIE, IDELLE, BWB, and so many others who need to check in for the holidays. Who's in charge of planning the Christmas party anyway? If there's dancing, I'm brigging the Mrs. because I ain't standing in no stag line with Mr. Schamp and bunch of slumpedover teenage boys.


December 10, 2007 - Msg 58776: That's "bringing."


December 10, 2007 - Msg 58777: Where's it going to be this year?...we could rent the conference room at Morelli's. They have candles on the tables and they let you bring your own squeezin's. Let's have a gag-gift exchange.


December 10, 2007 - Msg 58778: ...oh, and what's the name of that band that plays at the Mayberry High reunions?...

December 10, 2007 - Msg 58779: On a note about the shootings in Colorado - I have friends who are with YWAM there. We were worried when then were in Uzbekistan (spelling I am sure is wrong) but in Colorado! How very sad!

Asa - he is getting an osteotomy. Wikipedia has an article on it. Recovery is still 12 weeks - like a total knee replacement.

So sorry about Knickers - Boo. . .

M-T, can you do the electric slide?


December 10, 2007 - Msg 58780: Good afternoon gang...busy here at work....supper...?...burger king?...SPOT

December 10, 2007 - Msg 58781: I'll go up on the roof and sort the Christmas bulbs.

You must be one'a them kids from Opie's summer camp, SPOT. Y'know, the ones who call "lunch" "supper," and "supper," "dinner."


December 10, 2007 - Msg 58782: Good Morning porch family, It is good to see everyone today, Working today, not too busy today though.

My good friend and I went to Pigeon Forge on Friday, just for the day. Had a big time. did a little shopping had lunch and then on to Dollywood to see the lights and the Christmas Shows. The Christmas music and shows were wonderful. I would recommend them to everyone.

Did some Christmas shopping on Saturday and then church on Sunday.

I will do much today: chicken pot pie, salad.
brownies and ice cream for dessert. tea, lemonade to drink. see you all at noon

Prayers and blessings to all
Big Maude

December 10, 2007 - Msg 58783: Oh, Maude, I love Chicken pot pie. I'll be there with bells on.

So sorry Boo about the bunny.


December 10, 2007 - Msg 58784: M-T, we call "lunch" - "dinner" and "dinner" - "supper" I have to watch myself when I am around city-folk who just don't seem to understand our country talk.

Count me for Chicken pot pie - it is a cold and rainy day here!


December 10, 2007 - Msg 58785: Good morning, all. Opiemom, I'm praying for your son. There are several things that can cause fainting in a young person, and most of them aren't serious. Please let us know how he's doing, and what the doctors find.

Boo, that tree has always been a monster - it's nearly nine feet tall, spreads five feet at the bottom, and just eats ornaments like you wouldn't believe. I love it, because it's open, not one of the very dense ones where you just hang ornaments on the outer surface. You can reach all the way in to the trunk, which of course means that it demands lots more ornaments. It has always been a big job to decorate, but this year I just can't seem to get it finished.

Merri, I think I understand how your mom is feeling. For the past few years, I've fought the same thing, and am still fighting. Maybe she's just decided it's not worth the fight. Decorating was a lot more fun, the tree wasn't nearly so intimidating, when my DH was sitting there eating apples, drinking coffee and watching me. He didn't help much, after he got everything dragged out and in place. I didn't want help, but he was there and enjoyed my enthusiasm, which only spurred me on. Now it's only me and Starr. My son comes and puts up all my outdoor lights, and gets the indoor things out for me like his dad did, but ultimately, it's just me, and it's hard to keep up a full head of enthusiastic steam. Don't give up on your mom! Continue to involve her, take her to a Christmas program, take her shopping, even if it's just to go sit in the mall and watch other shoppers and enjoy the lights. Go for a drive in a ritzy neighborhood and enjoy the Christmas displays. Keep her involved.

My own shopping is about half done. I'll round up my good friend (I thank God daily for her) and we'll go mousing around and finish it up soon, but today I've got to finish this tree! Then I can clean the house, put out pretty candles and centerpieces, and maybe even bake some cookies.

Oh, and Boo, I can't downsize that tree! Where on earth would I put all the ornaments?? (heehee)

Blessings, all. --Romeena

December 10, 2007 - Msg 58786: Hi All.
All I want for Christmas is all the gum wrapper and a new pc.


December 10, 2007 - Msg 58787: CHRISTMAS CARD FOR THE PORGC.

With the birth of Christ
a new light has dawned
upon our world.
May this light shine
on you this Christmas
and throughout the coming year.


From Matbreey friend

December 10, 2007 - Msg 58788: Thanks for that great card, TOM. From gum wrappers to a new PC--that's really from low tech to high tech, for sure. Hope Santa comes to visit you.

HM: I don't Achy-Breaky, Chicken Dance, Electric Slide, Macarana, or any other such thing. But once I put on the old salt-and-pepper, you'll see some real gliding.



December 10, 2007 - Msg 58789: sorry for the miss spelling there.
it was to read from MAYBERRY FRIEND , NOT MATBREEY.


December 10, 2007 - Msg 58790:
M-T- ya goin' stag or drag?

December 10, 2007 - Msg 58791:
I think Tom nailed it! Pun intended!
It's all about Jesus, it's about coming to the altar at the concert. It got to be!
My wife and I have celebrated many a "slim" Christmas decoration-wise, but "fat" on the love of Christ.
MeriWeather- I really do feel your pain. I saw that happen in front of my own eyes also. Ya just gotta tell the devil to get behind you and bind him, and not let him get you down. You gottaCELEBRATE and have that English Dinner and sing those carols and shout the birth of our lord from the mountain tops! Alleluia!
If you mom doesnt know the Lord, now is the gestest, bestest time to share.
BOO-I was reading about the shootings, and they only added the armed guards after the shooting at their missionary office, normally they are not armed.
BTW, i think the band's name was the tiger cats.
Sorry about Mr Knickers.
Boo- I also have been meaning to share this number with you for your friend. It is a domestic violence hotline helpline 1-800-799 SAFE (7233)
ME-They- I think it's Gomer's job to deal with the Christmas lights. ha
Lots of "brigging" in mayberry...when those steel doors slam shut...ha
Possum, nothin' personal. haha
Hope your days are merry and bright.

December 10, 2007 - Msg 58792:
That's me...MDC
"I came darn close to not signing her petition."

December 10, 2007 - Msg 58793: Friday is our work "Holiday" party. We do a White elephant gift exchange, $10-$15. My coworkers usually bring nice holiday stuff like ornaments, books, etc. I typically bring really exciting gifts like Chia pets, signing plastic fish, etc. I found the perfect gift this year: a DVD of the Captain and Tenille 1978 Christmas special. They're gonna fight over that!

Message #58790: I'll be at the Porch party, but i ain't dressing like no woman!


December 10, 2007 - Msg 58794:
hey Boo- did you break out the Goodyear Christmas Album yet?

December 10, 2007 - Msg 58795: I believe the name of the group is Carl Benson's Wildcats.

Howdy all - I'm right here. (Thanks for the APB, M-T) Been busy and have not really been in the holiday mood. I finally got my tree put up on Saturday, and have not bought a single present. Not sure why I haven't really been in the mood for Christmas, but hopefully it'll pass soon. (It better, Christmas is only 15 days away.)

Prayers for all of you guys and gals. Sorry to hear of your loss MD, and yours too, Boo. Excited to hear of the arrival of Amy and Trip, congrats to grandpa Asa and grandma Ro. Good news about your wife's liver function as well, Asa.

We didn't get much of the ice that hit SW MO, thankfully. Glad you're okay, Merri. Prayers for your situation with your mom.

Thanks, Tom, for the lovely Christmas wishes.

Well, better sign off and see what the weatherman has to say - hopefully not more yucky weather.
Be blessed, ya'll.

December 10, 2007 - Msg 58796: Evenin' Family:
Just checking in before starting supper...better yet that chicken pot pie sounds great. Bet Asa can't put that in his coat pocket! By the way Asa, I licked that biscuit because I knew you would take it!!! HAHA
Daughter #2 goes to the neurologist tomorrow. Still not feeling good, still having the migraines. Oh boy, here we go again.
Checking in later, we missed you MW.
~New Neighbor

December 10, 2007 - Msg 58797: Just an update on my 14 yo. The dr said there didn't appear to be any heart issues from what could be seen on his machines. There may be a couple of breathing issues so now we are referred to a pulmonologist. If that doesn't show anything, the next step will be a trip to Charleston for an MRI and/or CAT scan. The dr. is said the concern is because the fainting occured only during strenous excericise. So we'll see. We had a good day overall. It was nice to have some alone time in the car with him. He's such a pleasant boy.


December 10, 2007 - Msg 58798: You folks are such a bright spot in my busy day!

Thanks MDC, and yes, I have listened to some of my vintage goodyear albums! Love 'em!

Too the kids to the mall today and Erin got to sit on Santa's lap. They had the best Santa ever this year. He was an adorable older gentlemen with very gentle ways. He WAS Santa, just had to be. We also had some Christmas pictures taken of the kids. Let me get this nephew's wife's mother is a photographer and she took the grandkids and cousins to a park in town with old restored homes decorated for the holidays, and she took pictures. The kids were all decked out in their Christmas clothes and they looked so sweet! Hopefully, I will be able send some to Ro for the album. I know I keep promising to do that but I still have not even loaded my vacation pictures onto my computer. Maybe after Christmas things will slow down a bit.

It was in the 80's here today! Too warm for Christmas time.

Prayers continue for your boy, Opiemom. I know you must be concerned for him. I am praying for him and for NN's daughter, bless her heart. Those migraines are terrible.

Better get to bed.


December 10, 2007 - Msg 58799:
Hello porch family...Another nice day in SC.

Boo....sorry about Mr. Knickers.

H-M...prayers for your hubby's surgery.

MW....that's so sad about your mom. I pray God give you wisdom as you face this situation.

Tom....thanks for the Christmas greeting.

Spot...don't work too hard brother. But keep those lights on.

You all have a great night and know that even while we sleep, our Lord is watching over us. Prayers for all the porch family.

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58800: Good evening all. So glad to see you all here. REV, thank you for prayers of wisdom. I think that is what I need the most--being able to understand how she feels and then being able to say/do the right things. And thank you to everyone else with your concerns and understanding.

OPIEMOM, great news so far. Keep us posted.

AFD, so thankful that you are safe and warm tonight. Glad that nasty ice didn't hit your area too hard. I think we're out of the woods. We had about a 1/2 inch of ice this morning but thankfully our power has stayed on. Then it warmed up to a balmy 40 with rain, so the ice melted away.

RO, your DALE reminds me of my grandfather so much in the way you describe his mannerisms. He passed away when I was 9, but I still have very vivid memories. He sounds like such a wonderful man.

NN, special prayers for your daughter...I get migraines too and there's nothing worse! Hopefully, the cause will be found and dealt with immediately!

BOO, sounds like a magical night for the kiddies! I'm sure there will be many a happy memory with that great Santa!

Well, goodnight everyone! I pray that you all sleep with comfort and PEACE in your hearts tonight! MW

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58801: I bet Asa can electric slide and achy breaky in his tool belt.

Believe it or not I am at the hospital. Hubby is back getting ready for surgery and they have computers available. Ain't that something?

Talk to you all later!


December 11, 2007 - Msg 58802: Mornin' Y'all- I've got coffee & Krispy Kremes for everyone,so enjoy!

Homemaker,wishing your husband well as he goes through surgery today.Let us know how he makes out,ok?

Boo,I'm sorry you lost your bunny.Sounds like you really enjoyed him during the short time you had him,and you can be thankful for that.

Congrats to Ro on the birth of the new grandbaby.It's about time we got a new lil' boy on the Porch for Laci,Veda,Kai,Erin,Mariah,and all of our girls to spoil!

I've got to do some laundry (no,Me-They,I ain't accepting undergarments from out of state today.See if Boo will wash them!) and then make a meatloaf for supper tonight. Y'all are welcome,if you don't mind dining with a possum.(Bye the way,MDC,I won't hold it against ya-ha!) Wear your t-shirts,shorts and flip flops because we're having a heat wave down here,as REV. mentioned already.Gonna get up to 80 today! Sure doesn't feel Christmas-y!

I'll catch y'all later.Have a good morning!
possum under a rock

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58803: Good Morning everyone, thanks for the KK's Possum. There is a KK very near my office and most mornings when I get out of the car the aroma of the doughnuts is so tempting. I could eat a dozen!! especially if the "hot doughnuts now" sign is on.

It is very foggy here today but supposed to warm up and be in the 70's.

Congrats to Romeena and her family on the new bundle of baby.

Prayers to everyone especially HM and her husband as he has surgery.

Lunch will be: chicken salad sandwhiches, pickles, chips, SLAW. Little Debbie cakes for dessert. tea, lemonade to drink. see you at noon.

better get to work. Big Maude