December 11, 2007 - Msg 58804: Thanks for lunch Big Maude ..."Im busy busy at work'.....SPOT

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58805: but not to busy to SWEEP....I love it!..SPOT

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58806: 80? Holy cow.
We are at 18 this morning and are experiencing a dreaded canyon wind event. My work place is right near the mouth of Ogden canyon and so far this morning we have had a steady 40 mph wind with some gusts up to 65 mph. You combine that with 18 degree temps and you know what you've got? Cold! Dang cold! We get 2 or 3 of these a year. They last most of the day and I gotta tell ya, I just hate em. The wind does a lot of damage and don't even think of trying to spend much time out working in it. Oh well, I don't know whats worse, this or the ice storms so many of you are having. But Boo, Possum, Rev, 80 sounds very good right now, Christmas or no Christmas.

I hope they can figure out what's wrong with Meredith N.N. We are keeping her and you in our prayers.

Same for you and your son Opiemom. Try not to fret.

Good to see you AFD. You need me to sing some Christmas songs to get you in the spirit? Last time I did that there were'nt a dry eye on the porch. I think I really got to them.



December 11, 2007 - Msg 58807: I hear you, Possum. It was in the 80's here yesterday (wish you were here, Asa Dear) and supposed to be until Friday. Yuck...however, I do enjoy my shorts and flip-flops in December (especially after freezing my gluteus off in New Mexico). Thanks for the Krispy Kremes, it's been ages since anyone brought any to the porch. Mavis used to bring them regular...where is she, by the way?

Prayers for your hubby's surgery Homemaker. May all go as expected and then some.

Me-They, I thought about you yesterday when I was getting Sean a haircut. There was a guy getting his hair cut in the chair next to Sean. He was about 45, not a bad looking guy at all but he was wearing these weird drawstring capri pants (with a drawstring below the knee) and he had on some OLD leather Birkenstocks and was carrying a man-purse...strange.

Better get Erin to back later.


December 11, 2007 - Msg 58808: Let me clarrify....the reason I thought of you, Me-They, was because of his shoes...not that he reminded me of you (except for the man-purse).


December 11, 2007 - Msg 58809: I do suspect that the guy was a Methodist, though...


December 11, 2007 - Msg 58810:
Hey Folks

Been stopping by the last few days, and have been reading & praying.

Asa-I have never heard of those "canyon winds," interesting.

Boo-Of course you thought of Me-They. I didn't even see the guy and I thought of M-T. (whispering now...peacenik).

Boris Karloff (Mr. Christmas): "You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch. You're a nasty, wasty skunk."

Nothing says Christmas more than a quote from Boris.


December 11, 2007 - Msg 58811: Thanks for the prayers everyone. I do have a great sense of peace about it. I just want a diagnosis or something so he can return to his normal level of activity. Actually the dr yesterday said he can be normally active just not competively active (as in a coach pushing an athlete to go further).

Oh, ASA, that was my favorite Christmas Carol. I'll say though that I've never heard it sung quite like that before though ;)

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58812: Oops that was me Opiemom on 58811

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58813: guys are funny today.

Glad you have peace about the situation, Opiemom.


December 11, 2007 - Msg 58814: Good morning, all. Everyone seems so bright and chipper this morning. Weather ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, and ours is about in the middle. After being in the 30s and 40s the past couple of days, we had a lot of fog last night, and now it's 65 degrees and wet. Not raining, just wet. Leaves plastered to the ground, couldn't blow them away if I tried. I wish they'd all go on and fall, I'm tired of paying my yard man to come and get them up, only to have them cover the ground again by the next day. Personally, I'd leave them until they're finished falling, but I have a couple of neighbors who just hate leaves, will walk outside to pick up one leaf from their lawn, and who cast the evil eye at me when they do. Grouches.

Tree is up. House is a mess. No other decorations out yet. Jury duty tomorrow, hope just for one day. Church "mystery lunch" trip all day Saturday. Work Sunday night, Tuesday night and Wednesday night. This doesn't give me a lot of time for shopping, and I'm less than a third finished with it. Oh well. I'll get it done, I always do.

Prayers for all needing them - porchsters, please keep us informed. I love you guys. --Romeena

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58815: We love you, too Romeena. Hope you don't have to work too hard.

I have a question. Does anyone know what a "cantata" is, as in "Christmas Cantata"? I saw it advertised on a church bulletin here in town and was wondering...


December 11, 2007 - Msg 58816: trouble check

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58817: Boo,

Here is the definition from

–noun 1. a choral composition, either sacred and resembling a short oratorio or secular, as a lyric drama set to music but not to be acted.
2. a metrical narrative set to recitative or alternate recitative and air, usually for a single voice accompanied by one or more instruments.


[Origin: 1715–25; < It, equiv. to cant(are) to sing (see cant1) + -ata -ate1]

THe churches I've been in (basically evangelical non-orthodox) have always called the production the choir does at Christmas "Christmas cantata" The music book calls them that also

Hope this helps.


December 11, 2007 - Msg 58818:
Boo- Webster says it is Italian from latin origin Cantare-to sing ,and is a composition for one or more voices comprising solos, duets, recitatives, and choruses sung to an instrumental accompaniment.
Speaking of which, "Merry Christmas Darling" by the Carpenters just came on the radio. Love that song, makes me want to find Cecile and plant one plum square on her jaw! ha
ASA- bundle up my friend. Dont let your gun get rusty, and hold on to your toupe! ha
We had several days of rain here, but we really needed it! Cleaned out the air. fresh and sweet smelling now.
Opiemom- neat to have that time with your son. my mom taught me how to drive and we had neat talks when alone together.
NNeighbor, prayers continue for daughter.
Possum, maude, thanks for the K Kremes! About two years ago all our AZ stores closed, I went thru withdrawal! ha
PAPPA bear says HI. he hopes to post soon.
RO- just do it! go to jury duty, do your shopping, go to work, just do it! haha We love you too!
MT- did boo starch your shorts again?? ha
Prayers for all, God bless and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
Andy: Now listen Ben, a parking citation is just two dollars, or else it's two days in jail.
Ben: Fine, I'll take the two days.

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58819:
Opiemon, ya beat me to it! mdc

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58820: Thanks for those definitions, ya'll!


December 11, 2007 - Msg 58821: Busy day...I wonder if Me-They is staying away because he hasn't got any clean underwear? I certainly hope not!

I only made a small dent in my laundry today. My poor old dad needed some help and I ended up babysitting for my grandneice for awhile while her Daddy helped out my Dad. It sure was sweet. She was so sleepy and fell asleep while I held her. I think she slept there for a good hour. I loved every minute of it. I am so in love with that chubby little cherub, it's not even funny! I really believe she is the cutest baby in the world (besides all of the porch babies of course)...which makes me wonder if Goober has his new baby yet. Are you out there Goob?

Better break is over. Did we ever decide on the Christmas party?


December 11, 2007 - Msg 58822: Hey, what was the name of that fancy place where Andy took Peggy to eat, you know, the one with the escargot? Maybe we could go there (I don't want any snails, though). Or.....we could go to the Gigolo Club again and watch Asa's floor show. Let's vote: Fancy restraunt or Asa's floor show?


December 11, 2007 - Msg 58823:
I vote for the fancy french restaurant. I'll pass on the snails also however. ha
Here's a trivia question:What ep is this quote from?
Andy: Darlene, the kitchen's right thru that door if that's what yer a gropin' for.
Hint: She had a peculiar hitch in her git-along.
Prize: a bag of peat moss.

Prayers continue

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58824: I have absolutely no idea, MDC! ha

Well, if we go to the fancy french restaurant, we will have to take a bath AND wear clean underwear..."it just ain't spontaneous if you change your underwear".


December 11, 2007 - Msg 58825: Boo, I believe you meant to say "it ain't a whim if you put on clean underwear".

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58826: Oh brother- do we have to get all gussied up to go out to eat? and bring a gift too?? That's askin' a little bit too much for some here-right ASA?? But then again it is Christmas, a time for bringing folks together with peace and good will. Ok, just this once...
Fancy Restaurant...
Asa Floor Show... hhhmmm that's a tough decision.
Are we going Christmas Caroling this year too?
Better bake the pies for the bakesale tomorrow night. ~New Neighbor

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58827: It's the episode(don't know the title) in which Andy judges the beauty contest,MDC. A bag of peat moss-wow! True story-my husband used to know a guy named Pete Moss in New Jersey.Ha!

Boo,if we're going somewhere with the intent of eating,then we'd better not go to the Gigolo Club.I don't think my stomach can take Asa's floor show on top of food!

Have y'all seen the ads on TVLand celebrating Possum Day? They're running a Beverly Hillbillies Marathon to celebrate Possum (New Year's) Day.I'm proud.I am so proud.(That's me taking off on Ernest T.I can't do Cary Grant!)

Sure hope Mr. Homemaker came through surgery ok.

Let me go slick down whilst Boo decides where we're going tonight.Remember,I cooked a meatloaf so we can all hang out here at my rock if you want.And ya don't have to take a bath or change your underwear,either! Just come on over!

possum under a rock

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58828: Good evening folks, hope all is well this evening.
Thought I would check in for a minute.
Just doing some chores (laundry, mopped the kitchen floor, changed the sheets on 1 bed and did the supper dishes). All this after I came home from work. WHEW!

Possum, I saw where TV Land is doing the Beverly Hills Marathon to celebrate your day. Just think a whole day to celebrate you.!! Congratulations.
I think this will call for a party, maybe even a parade on the porch. We can get the band to march and play and YOU will be Possum Queen. I am excited!

Prayers for HM and family.

Thanks for the meatloaf Possum, YUM YUM

Snack for tonight will be: Oreos, Mayfield Milk.

Hello to everyone around the porch.

Blessings and Prayers to all!

Big Maude

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58829: Thanks Asa for trying to get me into the Christmas mood - O Holy Night is my favorite carol. You made my eyes get all wet when I read that (in a good way, it didn't have anything to do with your singing *grin*)

Boo - I just checked over at Goober's website ( and their little Goobette isn't due until the end of February. There's a cute Christmas pic of his whole family on the front page.

Prayers for hm and NN's families and everyone else for that matter.

Just saw the "clean underwear" episode today, haha! Hoo Hoo!

I do believe I'll have some of those Oreos, Big Maude, especially if they have the chocolate centers.

Well night all, stay safe!

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58830: Hey porch. Possum, I've got a whim to stop by your place for some meatloaf. And, no, I aint gonna put on clean underwear; it aint a whim if you put on clean underwear.
Well, here in Idaho, it's been about 24 the last couple days, warming up to 29 during the afternoon. (not as cold as Asa's porch) For the James Herriot fans, the real cold weather always reminds me of a part of one of his books, I think the first one, where Jim has to go help a farmer deliver a calf and the farmer hands him a bucket of water to wash his hands. It was so freezing cold, and Jim plunges his hands into the water to wash them. He furiously trys to lather the piece of soap, and discovers it is a piece of ice that he has been trying to lather up. Can you imagine how cold it would be to be a country vet and having to go to some of the coldest, remotest places to deliver an animal?
When is the Beverly Hills Marathon? I haven't seen the advertisement yet?
- Hazel

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58831: will it all on tv land at the end of the year

December 11, 2007 - Msg 58832:
We've had a lot of rain today and, in turn, lost a lot of our snow base about six inches left on the ground. It's still raining now but I guess it's to turn back to snow by morning.

Hazel-When we still had our farm, during the winter of '93, we had 2 cows calve when the temp was about 20 below zero, not the wind chill but the real temp. Those vets sure do earn their money, I think. During both births we had to stay at the barn all night because it was so cold out. I can tell ya though cows give off an enormous amount of heat. All you have to do is just lean against one and you'll stay warm. That winter was a rough one, cold, cold cold. And, snow, wow, it was an adventure everyday. But, I loved it. I wish we would have stayed with it.

Opiemom-That is good news about your boy.

Linus: "I don't know, Charlie Brown. Remember what Lucy said? This doesn't seem to fit the modern spirit."


December 11, 2007 - Msg 58833:
Hello porch family....another hot one here today. We broke the record of 73 degree with a 80 degree temp today.
Possum...can you believe this Carolina weather?

HomeMaker....let us know how the surgery come out as soon as you get a chance. Praying!

Boo...fancy restaurant for me.

Big Maude....thanks for the snack.

Spot...are you all sending any crews to OK or Mo to assist? Man they have a mess out there with the ice. Brother they need our prayers.

Have a great night's rest. Prayers for all the porch family. Our God is good to us!

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58834: Hey gang...just been busy here (very) Rev I think we are gona send some crews to mississippi so they can send some out west..we usually dont send crews that far...just want to say hey to a little break this morning to eggs your way,bisquits and gravy,hashbrowns,grits,country ham..oj,coffee,,,hey opiemom,merri,ro,fast driving Hazel,Tom,possum,maudy,auh20 and all...can you believe this ga winter so far...high of 77 today!..I may have to put on sun block...back soon..prayers...SPOT

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58835: Thanks for the info AFD. I will check it out that website. You really saw the clean underwear ep? how funny.

Been really warm here but it's supposed to drop into the 50's by this evening (probably sounds warm to some of you). I can't even imagine being in a barn helping cow in -20 degree weather. I'll bet it was an adventure, Auh2o.

Still have laundry to do today, didn't finish it yesterday..we'll see how far I get today. December is such a busy month. I STILL have some Christmas shopping to do, too.

No Christmas caroling for me, NN. I have to sing carols while ringing the salvation army bell outside of Walmart on Saturday (with the church youth group...service project for the kids, you know). We have to sing for 2 hours, so that's enough for me, thank you.

Better get sleepy-head Erin up for school. Bruce told me she cried herself to sleep last night because I was out doing some Christmas shopping and she was missing me. She usually doesn't seem to miss me when I go somewhere but now and then she still cries for me.

Talk to ya later,


December 12, 2007 - Msg 58836:
Morning Porch

Rev & Spot- 77 & 80 degrees! WOW! Maybe you two could go for a dip down in the cement pond.

Boo-I didn't mean for that "calving story" to sound so much like a "Little House on the Prairie" episode. It was more like "The Walton's." We had hot coffee and a radio out there, it actually was "fun" when it happened and I still remember that winter fondly. Although, I can remember one morning by brother-in-law said, after a particularly heavy snow, "It's like the hand of God is reaching down and trying to crush us." That was so funny.

Well, taking my brother out Christmas shopping this morning so I'll see ya'll later.

Cindy Lou Who: "Santa, don't forget the Grinch. I know he's mean and hairy and smelly, and his hands are cold and clammy, but I think he's kinda... sweet."
The Grinch: "SWEET... You think he's sweet?"
The Grinch: "Cute kid, bad judge of character."


December 12, 2007 - Msg 58837: Just popping in to say good morning! Prayers for all the porch family. Esp. those stuck in the cold. As much as I'm enjoying 80, I wish it were a little nippy. It is hard to wear "Christmas" clothes when it is so warm. The advantage is neither the heat or the AC is on so hopefully, I"m saving some energy.

Have a great day.


December 12, 2007 - Msg 58838: There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won't come out of the pear tree
have to do with Christmas? Today, I found out. From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas pass it on if you wish.

Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas, my Porch Pals!

~ Mrs. Wiley (who can't type much but can still cut and paste!)

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58839: Hi All.
Opiemom- I will take you wrather over my.
It raining and it 60 deg right now but it going to fall into the 30 by tonight,


December 12, 2007 - Msg 58840: Good morning everyone. I only have a moment now, but will stop back later. I'm heading in to get my annual evaluation from my boss.

POSSUM: What's wrong with out of state underwear?!? At least mine are from a continguous state.

Me-I ain't puttin' on no cruddy Birkenstocks and can't hardly even bear to look at 'em-They

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58841: And AUH2O: I ain't no peacenik! I love war as much as the next guy.


December 12, 2007 - Msg 58842: Oh, yeah, I could use prayers for a glowing evaluation and big fat raise, though I'd settle for the raise ;).

Me-They (again)

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58843: You got it, Bro.


December 12, 2007 - Msg 58844: Oh, TOM, you do have some bad weather. Although we certainly could use the rain in SC. We're 25 inches below normal for the year where I'm at.

I know I shouldn't complain. I lived in MI for 7 years. I don't like frigid, but I'd certainly like nippy.


December 12, 2007 - Msg 58845: That's sweet, Boo, about Erin missing you. Don't you kinda like that? On the one hand, you don't want to see(or hear about it) them sad; on the other hand, it gives you kind of a warm feeling inside knowing they are thinking about you.

Just had our new washer put in. Wife's dad heard our old one went kaput, so he just whipped out his credit card and bought one for us. I don't like taking charity, but I know we couldn't afford one right now, so I am appreciative of it.

Well, got to work today, then am off until Sunday. Pray for me tomorrow. Have to go with the wife to do some Christmas shopping, as she took the day off. Guess I have to limber up my "No, we can't afford that" line.;) I'm sure I will be using it quite a bit. Probably be hoarse when I get back. ...and no, I don't mean Mr. Ed.

Opiemom, I'll take those 80 degree temps as well. That's nice biking weather. :)

Tom, I'll see your 30 degrees and lower it to 18, which is what our "high" is supposed to be today. Then 12 tonight.
What global warming? ;) That stuff means nothing around here.

-Sterling Holobyte

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58846: Mrs Wiley, so good to hear from you my dear. I hope you are doing well. And thanks for the history lesson. That is really interesting to read about. The era (1st thru 4th centuries) is something I've been studying in a bit as of late. Very interesting events that took place during that period indeed. I found your post most enlightning.

Me-They, I hope you get your much needed raise. With what energy prices are doing I think we are all losing ground.

I envy you folks basking in those warm temps. I don't mind a little nippy but yesterday here was just flat out nuts. We had wind chills at 10 below most of the day. This morning it was 8 on my porch, but at least no wind. I hate the wind. I don't mind a gentle breeze but I hate the wind. LOL

Better get back to work so maybe I can get me a raise.


December 12, 2007 - Msg 58847: Hi everybody--been busy with my Christmas baking and the freezer is getting full! Already made my fruit cakes(including the one with out nuts for my brother)Made all my cookies and will be working on fudge this weekend. I really would like your prayers--I was just told by my Doctor that I have diabeties. What news--and right in the middle of working with all that processed sugar!
It's not as bad as it could be, my doc said, but it is bad enough.

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58848:
Ahappynut-Absolutely, prayers for you! I have to tell ya something? As I sat here and said a prayer for you, I was kinda speaking, more like whispering, I said something to the effect, Dear Lord please bless Ahappynut. Well, I started to smirk after I heard myself say this, sorry. The prayer was offered with an honest heart, I know the Lord will edit the smirk out. It looks like you have a positive attitude, that's great. God Bless!

Asa & Sterling- I guess out of all of the cold spots on the porch we're the warmest today, 30 big degrees and sunny. I do believe we're gonna get those temps you folks have this weekend.

Rev, Opiemom, & Spot ...and we're gonna get those temps you folks have next June.

M-T How about a "big fat evaluation?" hehe

Yukon Cornelius: "We'll have to outwit the fiend with our superior intelligence."
Rudolph: "How?"
Yukon Cornelius: "Douse your nose and run like crazy!"


December 12, 2007 - Msg 58849: Going through a rather difficult and stressful situation today. I'm asking my porch friends to say a little prayer for me today. I would appreciate it more than you'll ever know. Thank you. MW

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58850: Yep Asa, it is pretty neat to get up in the morning and get dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, I have to admit.

Hope Me-They got that raise so he can buy those new Birkenstocks he's been wanting so badly...

Hey Sterling, I know what you mean about the kiddos. All his life, Sean has adored me, but Erin sometimes acts like she wouldn't care if I dropped off the face of the earth. It's kind of nice when she misses me that much. Hey, I think it's really neat that your dad-in-law bought ya'll a washer. It's not "charity" when it's family, it's just plain love....and you know from experience how much Dad's like to do things for their little girls. Hope you don't lose your voice tomorrow....try to stay in the Christmas spirit and keep reminding her of the true meaning of the season...

Aww, I'm sorry to hear that, Happy Nut. Especially at this time of year. Prayers for my favorite little Happy Nut! (and I'm not smirking! heehee).

Auh2o, you are such a hoot. I think you're the best!


December 12, 2007 - Msg 58851: Oh Hey, MW, you snuck in on me. Prayers for your situation, Friend.


December 12, 2007 - Msg 58852: :) :) :) :)

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58853: Prayers for MERRI and AHAPPYNUT. Better a happy nut than a deranged one, I always say.

Well, I did get a raise. Not the one I deserve, of course ;), but an appreciated one nonetheless. The evaluation was okay, too.

So, lunch is one me. I'll even leave Olive the quarter. Heck, two quarters (she's a widow with five children, y'know).


December 12, 2007 - Msg 58854: You snuck in on me there BOO.



December 12, 2007 - Msg 58855: Thanks for the prayers friends! It must have worked--problem solved and I am feeling much better. But I have to say, there's nothing like having to get on your knees praying to Jesus for his loving guidance. I thank you all for being such caring friends. I appreciate it more than I can express. So, as a "thank you" I have baked chocolate chip, oatmeal and sugar cookies this morning. Please help yourself! Love, MW

M-T, Congrats on your raise! Every bit helps, doesn't it?

Here's a quote from one of my favorite Christmas movies:

Eddie: "You surprised to see us, Clark?"

Clark: "Oh, Eddie... If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be more surprised than I am now."

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58856: Dear happynut--so sorry for your diagnosis...I will pray for you and your health. Take good care of yourself and know that you can manage this. Thinking of you today, friend. MW

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58857: Hahaha! I love that movie quote, MW! Glad your problem is solved.

Congratulations on the good evaluation, M-T.


December 12, 2007 - Msg 58858:
"One thing I can't stand is a drunk on a cryin' jag."

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58859:
oops, me-MDC

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58860: :) :) :) God Love You. :) :) :)

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58861:
HAPPY NUT- if your sugar level is in the lower 100s like mine was, try Nature Way brand cinnamon capsules. It really helps!
AUh20-speaking of Rudolph, i really like the Gene Autry version of the song. At first he did not want to do it, but his wife urged him to, and it sold 2 million copies that year of release, 1949!
Originally, the writer was going to call him "Rollo"!
I love those stories and memories from childhood like that calving story! superneato! I told here a few years ago how Santa actually stopped by our house, we kids were so amazed that night.
Anyone here know how to look up stuff in the archives by subject or words??
POSSUM- You are correct! Spread that "Pete Moss" around your rock! ha
Hazel- 29, my what a heat wave!!
REV and Spot- prayers for Oklahoma, you bet!
Like in football, all electrical crews shift west!
Thanks Mrs WILEY-that was great!
"On the twelveth day of Christmas, Mayberry gave to me
12 prospects for Andy,
11 ladies 'lixering
10 bottles of pop,
9 fish a leapin',
8 Tucker sparkplugs,
7 merrymen
6 singin' Darlings,
4 calls to Sarah,
3 baby birds,
2 fun girls,
and a sheriff with a dep-u-ty!!"

Prayers a leaping heavenward for ya all!

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58862:
Oh, BTW boo, we ate at What-A-Burger last night!
mmmmgood! mdc

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58863: What's What-A-Burger, MDC? Sounds like it could be reallllly good! --Merri "Christmas" Weather

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58864: Hey Y'all! MDC,I like your little version of "The 12 Days of Christmas" so much I think I'll award the bag of peat moss right back to you! Seriously,you did good! It's right cute.

Good to have Mrs.Wiley drop by and like Asa,I was enlightened by your post about the true meaning of "Twelve Days of Christmas." I will definitely listen with a different outlook the next time I hear that tune.

Congrats on the raise,Me-They!

Happy Nut,sorry to hear of your diagnosis.You just learn to take care of yourself and manage the diabetes,and do all you can and God will take care of the rest.

Glad things got better for you,Merri.Sometimes life can just overwhelm,can't it?

Y'all,Laci is having dental surgery tomorrow morning at MUSC. She has to have some baby teeth crowned,some pulled,and a cavity filled.She has those bad little preemie teeth( well,her bottom ones are in pretty good shape) and because she was a preemie,they are going to put her under by intubating her.She'll be under anesthesia for about 3 hours. Sure would appreciate some prayers going up for her.I'll give the Porch an update tomorrow afternoon as soon as I hear how things went.

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

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58865:
Andy: What DID I get myself into"

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58866: I'll be praying for Laci,


December 12, 2007 - Msg 58867: Special prayers for our sweet Laci tonight...please keep us posted Possum. MW

And yes! Life can be very overwhelming. Some days I feel like I've just schlepped my way through, others, I'm a bit more graceful. Today wasn't one of them! ;-)

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58868:
Hello porch family....Another record breaking warm day here in SC. But like Opiemom said, we need some rain.

Interesting Mrs. Wiley. Never heard that before.

Me-They...that's great news buddy on the raise. I rejoice with you!, what a gift from your FIL. That is very special. Praise the Lord. Our God is always on time.

Ahappynut....prayers for your diabeties situation. You take care of yourself.

Possum....praying for our little Lacy. Be sure to post as soon as you can to update us.

Spot....I've got breakfast in the morning brother. Let's all meet at IHOP. Think I'll have the country omlet with whole grain pancakes.

Gotta get ready for bed. You all have a great night and a Jesus filled day tomorrow. Be sure to tell someone how good our Lord is.
Prayers for all the porch family.

"I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall aways be on my lips." Ps.34:1

December 12, 2007 - Msg 58869: Prayers for Laci, Possum. By the way, that was funny about "Pete Moss". I know a guy named Harry Legg (no kidding).

Loved your Mayberry 12 days of Christmas...I may have to put my thinking cap on and come up with a song of my own...

Hard to believe there are people on this planet that have to live life without a Whataburger in it...You would like 'em MW. It is just a big, old-fashioned hamburger...kind of like the cadillac of fast-food burgers (you know, compared to McDonald's, which is like a used Pinto).

Wanted to tell you all about something really funny. I got a Christmas ecard from my sister today and it was the funniest thing I have ever seen. It was these dancing elves with my sister's and her husband's face on them! It was great! Ya'll might want to check out the website and consider putting your face on an elf. The site is wwwDOTelfyourselfDOTcom


December 13, 2007 - Msg 58870: a used Pinto! HA!! That's funny, BOO! Well, they sound delish. Wish I could have one. I've been craving protein/meat something fierce lately. Ugh. I have to watch that. We don't do it very often, but I do like a Fuddrucker's burger--they're pretty tasty and I always considered them the "higher-end" burger.

Well, I started on my Christmas cards tonight. I usually send around 50 each year but this year I'm cutting back a little. Just because I'm trying to watch our budget a little more and also not make the month of December a month of to-dos. I really want to savor and enjoy the moments.

I better hit the hay. We've had such gloomy weather for over a week now and I find myself wanting to curl up in the fetal position in a corner somewhere right in the middle of the day! Fighting fatigue is my Achilles heel. I don't even know if that made sense, so I best scoot on outta here. PEACE, love and joy to you all! MW

December 13, 2007 - Msg 58871: Good morning porchters. Hope you are all well.

Possum, prayers for our little Laci for sure, bless her heart. Let us know how she does. I know she'll be fine.

Sorry about the diabetes verdict Happynut. Take care of yourself and follow the doctors orders. I know a lot of folks with diabetes and the ones who do the best with it are the ones who manage it instead of the other way around.

No whataburgers around here. Thebest burger I've had at a fast food chain type deal was at In-n-Out. They are mostly in California, with a few I think in Arizona and one in Las Vegas. I heard they opened one down in St. George Utah but that's 300 miles south of me. To far to drive for a hamburger. They is good, but not that good.

Harry Legg? What were the parents thinking Boo? I knew of a family with the last name of Goff who named one of their boys Jack. I can't imagine what they were thinking of to do that. And if I were him, for sure I would have changed my first name as soon as I could. Crazy.

Hope all turned out well for you MW. I didn't see your prayer request till this morning but it sounds like all is well.

New Neighbor, any word on Meredith? Keep us informed.

We are a balmy 16 this morning. I wish Algore would come here and preach his global warming. I'm sure with his lips flapping he could raise the temp a few degrees all by his own self.

Well off to work for me.

Later gang.


December 13, 2007 - Msg 58872: Morning gang..Rev thanks for breakfast brother..hey asa..auh20,opiemom and all..let me get settled in here at work....prayers ..SPOT

December 13, 2007 - Msg 58873: HELP HELP? Iam being flood in was all this rain .
The little creek across the street is up to the back door of the family there and the road coming down to me house is flood out for now.


December 13, 2007 - Msg 58874: Thanks for the laugh, Asa....poor Jack! Does make you wonder how much thought some parents put into their children's names. Of course, when 'ol Jack was born, that slang term probably wasn't even heard of (maybe), but "Harry Legg"...surely someone thought of that!! Harry's daughter was a friend of mine and she said that once she went to return some videos for him and the clerk behind the desk asked her, "What's the name on the account?" and when she said, "Harry Legg", he said, "Ha ha, no really, what's the name on the account?" It took a few tries and some convincing to get him to believe her!

Well MW, Whataburgers are good, but not on the level of Fuddruckers (which you could call the Hummer Limosine of burgers, I guess...hehe). Hope you pep up and get some energy Chicky.

Better go pry Erin off the couch where she is wrapped up in a blanket. It is about 40 degree and windy out so I will have to force her out. These south texas kids don't like to get cold.


December 13, 2007 - Msg 58875:
Morning Porch

Asa, MW & Sterling- It looks like your weather finally made an appearence here this morning. Although, the temps are ok, holding steady in the mid 20's, the snow is falling, an inch or two and hour they're calling for.

Asa- At least we don't have those "Canyon winds" you mentioned. Those sound kinda bad, that kind of wind can make an inch of snow look like a bunch. Don't ya think you 30 inches of snow without wind is better than a couple of inches with it. Speaking of wind did ya see that Congress wants to talk with brother Sharpton? It's about time someone curbed that guy.

MDC-I didn't know that about "Rudolph," interesting. ...Rollo the red nose reindeer, doesn't seem to have the same ring. I remember your Christmas story. I don't know if I ever mentioned it but when our oldest girl was our only girl she was scared of Santa. She absolutely hated the idea that he would come into our house while we were sleeping. One time she said to me, "Why can't he just come by during the day when we're all awake."

The only fast-food joints within an hour's drive of my porch are McDonald's and BK. So, I got nothing to add.

Tom-You take care buddy! Hope that water resides for ya.

"O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth."


December 13, 2007 - Msg 58876: Well, Auh2o, BK's not so bad and your arteries are probably healthier than most.

I went to Lowe's this morning and bought some Christmas lights on sale. Erin has been begging for some lights out front so I guess I will try to tackle that today.



December 13, 2007 - Msg 58877: "breaker, breaker one-nine, this here's the Duck, and it looks like we got us a Christmas CONVOY!"
Twas the fifth of June...
or is that the TWENTY-fifth of December...hmmmm
Secret Santa

December 13, 2007 - Msg 58878:
Morning honeys and dears.
Hey, who's this secret santa? Could it be Fred Goss or pappa bear getting his brown truck revved up? haha Welcome!
ASA or auh2o, whichever of you helped with the cow??
Anyway, do you know what it means in the song "Away in a Manger" in the second verse where it says "the cattle are lowing"?
I like trying to fiqure out those mistaken lyrics in songs. When i was a kid, I thought, not knowing what a "bobtail" was, those the Jingle Bell lyrics were "bells are 'bout to ring!" haha
In that non-Christmas song "Groovin' on a Sunday Afternoon" I always thought it ended, "You and me and Leslie." thinking that Leslie was maybe their child, until i found out that it is actually "you and me, ENDLESSLY." funny huh?
REV- any more concerts before Christmas? Thanks for spreading the Word the way you do.
This is the one time of year that we can walk into a store and here "Christ our Savior is born" coming over the speaker system! Praise God. Hopefully it is getting into peoples heads!

December 13, 2007 - Msg 58879: MDC,

I think lowing means "mooing:


December 13, 2007 - Msg 58880: Good afternoon porch, just dropping by for a minute. been busy this morning and supposed to be busy this afternoon.

Raining outside today and kinda dreary.

Ya'll have a great afternoon. Prayers and blessings to all.

Supper menu: Rib eye steaks, baked potatoes, salad, rolls, chocolate cake. tea, coffee, or lemonade to drink. see you at supper.

Big Maude

December 13, 2007 - Msg 58881: Good afternoon everyone. Still rainy here, though they are expecting it to change to freezing rain sometime today. Yippee.

Sorry I haven't been by so much lately. At first it was intentional (long story-not important) but then I just got too busy at work. It's a shame to leave y'all so moulage-deprived for so long. Well, you'll have to keep waiting, because I'm still busy today. And just about out of clean underwear. BOO!


December 13, 2007 - Msg 58882: ...I hope your staying away didn't have anything to do with something I said, Me-They....Glad to see you on the porch today...I am hankerin' for a good moulage. Throw your underwear on the pile..

Please pray for Zach today. He is home sick and has been calling me. Poor child has to be at home alone. His dad is out of town and his stepmom is working. He is having such a tough time of it and told Sean today that if it wasn't for me, he would be dead. I am feeling really guilty because he seems to need me so much and he calls so much that I sometimes don't answer the phone because I am busy. I think he just needs to hear my voice. I am feeling the pressure right now. I love him very much and it's hurting to see him suffering. We are feeling Karen's absence so much right now. Thanks, friends.


December 13, 2007 - Msg 58883: Prayers for Zach,Boo.For you too.

Well,Laci made it thru surgery just fine! They pulled 4 teeth,and put crowns on some in the back. She had a fever going into surgery(she was fine yesterday & last night) and we were afraid it would get cancelled,but they think it's an ear infection.If she'd had chest congestion or something respiratory related,they wouldn't have been able to work on her.She is irritable and a little worse for wear,but should be heading home in a bit..We are so glad it's over! This has been planned since early fall,but she'd get sick with something and they'd have to cancel.Or something would come up on MUSC's end and they'd cancel.So,her toothies are all done and now we'll get her ear infection cleared up and she's all set for Christmas.Doesn't have her two front teeth,though!

Thank you all for the prayers.Such a blessing y'all are to me!
possum under a rock

December 13, 2007 - Msg 58884:
Dear True, Living God, we lift up Zach and Boo to you right now, asking that you be their comfort and their Guide. Give them Your peace that passes all understanding and fill them with the Gifts of your precious Holy Spirit! Thank you Lord! Amen and Amen

December 13, 2007 - Msg 58885: BOO: Prayers for Zach, and for you, too. It's great that you are there for him. But please remember, if you don't take care of yourself you won't be here for anybody. You can't give all to everyone. Just do your best and pray (a lot!).

No, it wasn't anything you or anybody else here said. It actually was something I said.

POSSUM: Congrats on Laci's successful surgery. I hope that she gets those ears cleared up soon. Here's praying for a healthy Christmas for her and for all our porch families.

Nora is having front teeth issues, too. She has too many. Her permanents are half in and her baby teeth are hanging on for dear life. One finally fell out the other week. That last one just won't come out. It's almost sticking straight ahead. But she babies it and won't let me give it a good yank. The dentist gave her a reprieve until Christmas. Still, at this point she will probably need a retainer, at least. Our dentists has already clued us in that buying braces likely is in our future. Not as exciting as a new septic tank, but almost.

I had to go to court today for a traffic violation. I fully understand--if they give me five, I'll take ten, and if they give me ten, I'll take fifteen... Actually, I wasn't going that fast (but too fast). I plead guilty and got probabtion before judgment because I have a clean driving record. So, I had to pay $90 but at least didn't get any points. The points would have caused an ins*rance bump that makes that $90 look good.

MAUDE: That supper'll lay on yer chest!

Well, until later...

(from the Big House)

December 13, 2007 - Msg 58886: Hello Porchsters! Tom sent me an email nudging me back here to the porch & I must say "Thank you" to him & "I'm Sorry" to everyone else for being gone so long. Things are always crazy around the holidays (Thanksgiving through Christmas) for me with everyone wanting their puppies to look their best for company. Wears me out by the time Christmas gets here. Between that & the things going on mentally with me seems I have less & less time to do things lately.
I am really missing my dear Mother right now, this is the 4th Christmas without her & I swear, it doesn't feel like it's getting any easier to celebrate the season without her.
I have so much to be thankful for, I really do, but the holidays are bittersweet for me.
I have a new husband to celebrate Christmas with & he has been just awesome & so understanding. It's the first time I have put up a tree since Mom passed away & he has been wonderful helping me to get it just the way I want it.
I have a brother to spend Christmas with, something we haven't done since I was pregnant with Jacob (19 years ago!), a sister-in-law, 2 neices & a nephew as well.
My son will be here with me for a week (& boy is he gonna get a BIG Christmas surprise!) & still, I have feelings of depression creeping in.
I would appreciate it if you all would keep me in your prayers, I need all the help I can get.
Best get off here, got a customer due any minute to pick up her furkid.
Later taters

December 13, 2007 - Msg 58887: Good to here from you, MAVIS. Is your son's big suprise a new little brother or sister?!? Just kidding.

"Dirty Me, Dirty Me, I'm Disgusted With Myself"

December 13, 2007 - Msg 58888:
Me-They- I still say that you have a striking resemblance to Frank Sinatra. ha
You could have tried to beat the rap like Elizabeth Crowley! ha But nooooo, not Me-they, ole sucker Me-they, a little piece here and a little piece there til there's nothun left.! haha
Nora: All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!
RO- did that monster tree eat you up? APB for Romeena.
We had some very refreshing rains in the Phx area.
Today it is clear and clean and crisp which will last for about three days! :(
For all of you freezing in the east, I'll send Al gore to 'splain that global warming thing to ya! ha
In the meantime here's some squeezin's to pass around, but keep it away from ole Ben.