December 20, 2007 - Msg 59041: thank you everyone for your prayers. My doctor says that we have caught this early enough to turn it back--of course I have to do some major life style changes--I haven't had a chance to get to the computer because of the weather(snowing here in New York state) and doctor appointments--and just feeling BLEH. I had an ultrs sound and they found some cysts in my uterus. Please pray for that too. I also am getting set up for a Colonoscopy--Yee Haa. (snickers sarcasticly) and my doc wants me to have a flu shot.
Of course I feel that my problems are trivial when I compare them to my best friend in Chicago.
She is taking care of her sister in hospice , her sis is in the final stages of cancer and could go any time.
My problems seem small compared to hers.
Ahappy nut
Oh and don't worry about my name--I got it from "Ernest joins the Army"
Andy:There goes a happy man!
Barney:There goes a happy NUT!

December 20, 2007 - Msg 59042: Continued pryares for you, AHAPPYNUT, though I'm glad it's not worse. Lifestyle changes are never easy, but usually always pay off in many ways.

MAUDE: Lunch sounds great. Love that comfort food on a chilly day.

BOO: I'm not sure how far to go into such a conversation here with ladies listening in, by, hey, I think all y'all have had kids so here goes. Basically, cotton boxer briefs are comfortably "snug," like regular briefs, but because they don't have elastic at the hip joint are not as tight and don't "ride up" into the nether region. Unlike regular boxers, they don't bunch up in your pants and keep everything a little more where you left it. I've tried all kinds and feel boxer briefs incorporate the best of both worlds. I was skeptical until I tried 'em.

Bet that more than enough right here at breakfast.


December 20, 2007 - Msg 59043: Morning all. LUnch sounds perfect MAUDE

About done here with Chrismtas. I've got to go exchange a hat I bought one son . I got the wrong color. I couldn't remember exactly what his coat looked like. I need to get the food bought and we're good to go. I'd like to make some cookies today or tomorrow. DH is off tomorrow through Jan. 2. He works at a local universtiy. THe universities save up all the regular holidays that state employees get and use them between Christmas and New Year's. That way they can set the themostats down low and save a ton of money. Makes the year kind of long, but it is nice to have all the time at Christmas.

We're going to Nashville to visit Grandma and the cousins for a few days after Christmas. THe kids are hoping for snow! I"m not (hee, hee).

Hang in there Happy Nut, it is hard to make lifestyle changes. I've done it in the past, but I've fallen off the bandwagon. I need to get back on with my eating and exercise habits.

HOpe everyone has a blessed day.


December 20, 2007 - Msg 59044: Thank you for that very insightful explaination of boxer briefs vs. briefs and boxers. I think I'll get some for Bruce to try.

Hey Happy Nut, I was hoping you would check in today. Hope you are able to get your sugar easily under control. So sad about your friend!

Hey Opiemom, hope you have a great trip...maybe just a little snow, but not too much. I just finished all of my food shopping for Christmas dinner this morning! Whew, it took me an hour and a half and cost 200.00! I had to buy the turkey and all the trimmings, and a couple more gift for the kids. It sure adds up quickly.

Better go grab some lunch...I think I'm having a sinking spell...where's my Mr. Cookie Bar??


December 20, 2007 - Msg 59045: Thanks for Lunch Maude...busy here at work...Boo FYI I wear the boxer briefs and I just switched about a year ago and have not went back.....on another note...we have RAIN...thank you Lord....SPOT

December 20, 2007 - Msg 59046: Another one converted to the boxer-brief...


December 20, 2007 - Msg 59047: Hi All just a nice day here.


December 20, 2007 - Msg 59048: Thanks and you, too, TOM!


December 20, 2007 - Msg 59049:
Well, tomorrow is the shortest day of the year and out of the darkness come THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD!! Praise God!
Hi folks, prayers Happy Nut for sure.
Hazel- I bet most here are asking, "what's a ladmo? haha Remeber how we could win to go on the show and get a toy?
Rev- glad you are home safe and sound!
Hope in all the hustle and bustle you have a merry Christmas!
Boy, we better get mayor Colt back here soon, between the throw up and the brief talk! haha
Hi Tom, good to see ya!
Hang in there,

December 20, 2007 - Msg 59050: Well, I am considering investing in boxer-brief stock!


December 20, 2007 - Msg 59051:
Goober: I'll just go out to the diner for a sandwich.
Andy: GOOBER!!
Goober: I'll eat in.

December 20, 2007 - Msg 59052: Hey, Good day here. Finished up the shopping except somehow we've misplaced my dd's stocking so I have to go get a new one. Thankfully it didn't hold any sentimental value.

the 5 employees who report directly to my hubby at the university gave us a wonderful gift. Tickets to the National Symphony on 2/15 plus dinner for 2 at this post restaurant. I can't wait.

Oh, BOO this is probably too much info, but all the potty trained men at my house do the boxer-brief thing too.


December 20, 2007 - Msg 59053:
cn we txt @ ths ste?

December 20, 2007 - Msg 59054: Gosh, I don't know if I have enough money to invest in them Boo, but I'm thinking of switching to them myself...
- Hazel

Otis: Did you see him throw a tomatoe at me?
Judd: I wish somebody would throw something at me. I ain't had my lunch yet.

December 20, 2007 - Msg 59055: # 59053, no, I dnt thk we cn txt @ ths ste.
(How'd I do?)
- Hazel

December 20, 2007 - Msg 59056: U did G8 !

December 20, 2007 - Msg 59057:
Andy: Boy Ben, if a guy was tryin' to land into jail...
Ben: Aw, you're crazy; why'd I try to do a fool thing like that?

December 20, 2007 - Msg 59058: I hate to admit it Hazel, but I've been contemplating the same thing. Me-They makes them sound so good...Of course, you and I don't have anything to "keep in it's place" but I like the idea of no panty lines or "rinding up"...heehee.

Hey, when are we going to start sharing our favorite Christmas memories?? It's that time of year...


December 20, 2007 - Msg 59059: Hey Everybody - sorry to be so sporadic but I have been so busy keeping up with all the chores around here and Christmas too.

We brought little Maddie home tonite and she is sooo sweet. I'll get pictures to Ro soon. She is a 9 week old Boston Terrier.

I haven't had time to catch up on the archives but it sounds like some good things are happening with the boxer rebellion. You were talking history - right?



December 20, 2007 - Msg 59060: Where's everybody tonight? Guess everyone is busy with Christmas activities and that last minute shopping.

Tonight we sat down and watched the TAGS Christmas episode. It always makes cry every time I see it. Ben Weaver just is so pitiful looking through those bars and singing Away In A Manger, isn't he? So sad to think of people being lonely at Christmas.

Jill paid me a visit today and told me that Layla (he 2 year old that was taken from refresh your memories) had gotten 2 black eyes and a dislocated elbow since being in the home of her aunt and uncle. I am supposed to be getting a call from the case worker tomorrow because I have some serious questions for her. Anyway, Jill is only allowed supervised visits with Layla and she asked me if I would be willing to allow her and Layla to spend Christmas Eve with us. Jill doesn't have any family so I said that would be fine. I am supposed to sign something for the case worker and get a background check or something. I am feeling sorry for Jill. She was crying today, really missing her mom.

I went for a drive alone tonight. It is a beautiful, cool, clear night and it was good to be alone for a little while. I was looking at lights and listening to Handel's Messiah on the cd player. I just wish I felt some Christmas joy this year. I have been pushing myself along trying to do for everyone else but in my heart, I want to just do nothing. Christmas has never been this way for me before. I can only describe it as a deep well of sadness that is always there, but I don't always choose to let myself feel it. I know I need to focus on the real meaning of Christmas and find my joy in that. I am having a difficult time trying to find my way in experiencing spiritual joy while witnessing the pain and suffering of others. I have to find a way to do what I can (pray and serve as possible) and not get so emotionally distraught by what others are going through. It just seems like it's worse this year than usual. I could share some of what has been going on but I don't want to bring anyone down. I will try to think about what Jesus did for us by coming here. I know the Angels said that they brought good tidings of "great" joy...because a Saviour was born. I want to experience that great joy this Christmas. I want all of you to experience it, too.

Well, I think I will go to bed a little early. I know I could use the extra rest.

Love to all my porch friends,


December 20, 2007 - Msg 59061: Hi Homemaker! I'll bet Maddie is beyond cute!


December 20, 2007 - Msg 59062:
Hello porch family.....hope ya'll had a great day today. Of course if you have Jesus in your life, you've had a great day.

Ahappynut....I thank the Lord that it was not worse. Get those test done and start that lifestyle change so you can get things back on track. Also, prayers for your friend.

Tom....glad you are having a nice day. Tace care!'s the weather in your neck of the porch? I talked with a guy from Tucson the other day and he said it was pretty cool at night.

Spot....glad you are getting some more rain brother. Send it on our way. We supose to get it late tonight and tomorrow.

Opiemom....I'm sure you will have a great time out on the town with those tickets. Have fun!

Well better get to bed. Prayers for all the porch family. Remember, you can truly see when you keep your eyes on Jesus.

December 20, 2007 - Msg 59063: Good evening, everyone. It has been a lovely, clear day here in north Texas, 48 degrees now at 11:38 pm. Not too shabby.

Boo, I think you're tired, and that's because you try to do too much. You're going to burn your little candle out if you don't learn to back away. I'm glad you went for that drive this evening, that's a start. I believe the old song says to "brighten the corner where you are" - it doesn't say you have to light up the world. I believe that our Lord's comment that "ye are the light of the world" was a collective "ye", not individual. All together, we are the light, but one person can only do so much. Give yourself a break.

Well, I wore that silly monitor for exactly 24 hours, and naturally, had absolutely no cardiac episodes while wearing it. No surprise there. Anyway, I returned it, it will be read by the experts tonight, and I see my cardiologist tomorrow afternoon for his opinion and recommendations.

Little Starr saw the veterinary ophthalmologist this afternoon. She flushed out her tear ducts, which were slightly clogged, gave me some drops to put in her eyes, and said there's a chance she'll outgrow the excessive tearing. We'll wait three months, and if it hasn't improved, there's a minimally invasive procedure that will help. It involves freezing an area in the inner corners of her eyes to destroy the hair roots there. Those hairs tend to grow inward toward the eyeball, and not only cause irritation, but wick the tears out of the eye and cause them to run onto her face. The constant wetness on her little cheeks causes a mild skin infection and yeast overgrowth, which is what has been so smelly. So - nothing serious, probably easily fixed. Oh, Mavis, she also mentioned the Angel's Eyes you recommended, says it's very good and often helps. She suggested I buy it online as it will be less expensive than if she sells it to me. Good of her to tell me that, I thought.

Well, I only had about two hours' sleep this morning, and have been up ever since, so guess I'll hit the hay. See you folks in the morning. I guess I won't join in the boxer/briefs discussion, as it doesn't apply around here.

Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

December 21, 2007 - Msg 59064:
orning all...Brother Rev we are still getting RAIN!...hey hazel,ro,boo,Tom,auh20,M-T,possum,MDC,opiemom,maudey...back at work now...Christmas party here today...yall come..breakfast will be Cracker Barrel on Me and Opiemom...Asa wear that red sport jacket...SPOT

December 21, 2007 - Msg 59065: Good morning to everyone today.

Working a little bit today and then off to do stuff with my kids.

We are celebrating Patricks 17th birthday today so we will probably go out to dinner and of his friends will sleep over tonight.

Raining on this end of the porch this mornng but not too cold.

Thanks for breakfast SPOT and for the invite to the party. I will be there with bells on and ready to dance.!

Prayers for everyone today. Rommena let us know what the cardiologist tells you. Boo, you take care of yourself.

Big Maude

December 21, 2007 - Msg 59066: Morning all.
Hope you are all well. Snowing like mad on my porch this morning. Had a very slow drive into work. Roads are a mess. But we need the moisture so I won't bellache... to much.

Happy Birthday to Patrick. Hope it's a good one.

Ro, sure do pray your condition is treatable with a simple medication adjustment or something like that. Your in my prayers.

Boo, you best slow it down hon, or you're gonna wear out then you'll be no good to anyone. Moderation in all things.

Thanks for breakfast Spot. But last time I wore the red jacket I ended up waiting tables. But the tips were not bad and I can always use extra money I guess.

Well hopefully this is my last day of work for the year. Gotta big project I need to try and complete before days end, or I may have to come in tomorrow and do. I don't know. Just have to see how I feel.

With that said I better go get after it. Hope you all have a great Friday and weekend if I don't see you.


December 21, 2007 - Msg 59067:
Hey Porch

Morning-Spot & Big Maude.

The Grinch: "I'll go in allow them to adore, grab a handful of popcorn shrimp and I'm out of there."


December 21, 2007 - Msg 59068:
...and good morning Asa!


December 21, 2007 - Msg 59069: Good morning everyone. It's a grey day here, but they say the rain will hold off until Saturday night.

ASA: I see a TAGS marathon in your future...

HM: Congrats on the new addition to your family! We received one last night as well. Mazy is a 1-year-old c*cker spaniel. She seems very sweet and the kids love her, so we are praying all goes well. She had an accident this morning but that's to be expected.

ROMEENA: I know that cardiologist won't find that your heart is two sizes too small, that's for sure.

Speaking of big hearts, you worry me, BOO. First, don't ever feel like you can't let it all hang out here on the porch (well, maybe not ALL ;). Second, take stock in what ROMEENA said. I know a little how you feel; I often feel completely overwhelmed and utterly helpless when faced with suffering. We need to do what we can but remember that it's in His hands, and His hands are big indeed.

You do so much, for so many. You have a long list of people you support: your husband, kids, parents, other relatives, Karen's kids and granddaughter, rehab girls, fellow parishioners, and now the new neighbor boy, among others. That's a pretty impressive list of people who's lives have been made better and brighter because of you. Compared to most of us twinkle lights, you light is a floodlight. Don't beat yourself up because you're not the sun.

I hope that you can feel relieved from some of the gloom that you feel is lurking beneath the veneer of cheer you're putting on. But I'm glad you're not giving in to those feelings. A friend of mine often says that if you act happy and smile long enough, you usually end up feeling that way. I hope that's true for you. Keep the True Light in sight. I pray for your peace and strength.


December 21, 2007 - Msg 59070: BOXER-BRIEFS RULE!


December 21, 2007 - Msg 59071: Thanks for those very encouraging words and prayers. You are all a big support to me. The truth is, I want to slow down but I don't really know how to do it. When you have young children you have to keep going and doing. My kids aren't even involved in sports or outside activites besides church and it seems I am always busy and I live in a constant state of guilt because I don't go to my parent's enough. If it were possible to just pick up the phone and chat a little while or just drop in for a short visit, I would do it more often, but everytime I call or stop by, Dad has a list of things he wants me to do (most he can do for himself). I know he just tries to make up things to get me there and keep me there and that's very sad, but there is only so much time in a day. I am still homeschooling Sean, too, and taking him to his various appointments. Christmas is just to much to add to the mix. As far as the drug treatment center, that is an hour each week that is like therapy for me. I love it and it's about my only time I have to myself. I have been on the youth committee and we are a very busy group because we have been searching and praying for a youth minister for 2 years. We are a small church and can only afford to pay a salary of 800.00 to someone a month, so usually we end up taking on a college student who is in seminary and needs the experience. We have had some great youth ministers in the past but some not so great ones the last two times. On Tuesday we interviewed a young man who is 30 and wants to be bi-vocational. He has a degree in business and also a Master's in theology. When asked why he didn't just become a pastor full time, he said that his conviction is that smaller churches who can't afford to hire on a youth minister full-time deserve an educated leader for their kids, too, so as Paul said in the bible, he doesn't expect the church to support him full time when he is capable of making a living himself and serving the church as well. I like that! He seems like a great guy and if he becomes the youth minister, that will take a big load off of the rest of us who have been filling in over the past year. We are supposed to know for sure by January 16th. Anyway, I guess I need to say no more often to people but that doesn't come natural for me. I am one of those who is always one of the first ones to want to jump in the "helping boat".

What was bothering me last night that I didn't want to share, I think I will share so you can all pray. You remember a month or so ago I mentioned that a local 2 year old was beaten to death? Well, someone in my sister's church is a friend of the child's mother and she called asking my sister if her Chrismtas For Kids organization could provide some toys for her 2 remaining children who are 3 and 6. It turns out that The child's mother was married to the child's dad and Dad decided that he wanted another woman. He left her for the other woman and while he had the children in his home, the other woman beat the child to death. My sister tells me that the mother of the child is in a mental hospital right now. I just can't stand the thought of that poor woman suffering the way she is and right here at Christmas time. Please say a prayer for her that the Lord would somehow comfort and heal her and draw her to him. I know something good can come out of even this terrible situation. Also, the woman who killed the child is on the run and they think she went to Mexico. I pray they find her.

Well, I guess this novel is long enough.

Thanks again for the words of concern. You people all know me pretty well and you can probably see things that I am in denial about. Thank you for your honest opinions...don't ever stop.


December 21, 2007 - Msg 59072: Big Maude can I have this dance?....SPOT

December 21, 2007 - Msg 59073: Good morning, all. Boo, you are a "stray dog magnet", that's just the truth. It's always a "friend of a friend of a friend", but somehow it manages to find you. Bless your big ol' sweet heart, that's a compliment, dear, but it translates to a lot of work and worry and concern for you to deal with. Here's what you do: You toss in a few dollars, hit your friends and family for a few more and make a visit to Wal-Mart. I got the toys for my two grandsons, ages 4 and 6, for about $30 each, and it's a pretty decent little pile. At that age, a $5 toy will do as well as a $25 one, both will be broken. You hand over the toys, you put the mom on your prayer list, and you walk away. Let the woman's friends and family and the appropriate professionals deal with her beyond that. Me-They put it about as well as I've ever heard - be content to be a light, you don't have to be the sun.

Well, I'm off to the see the cardio-wizard. Will let you know what he says. I love all of you, my dear friends. --Romeena

December 21, 2007 - Msg 59074: Thanks, it's not something I have to deal with personally. My sister will be taking care of it but I just wish she hadn't told me about it. She told me some other horrible story about an 11 year old that was killed this morning before I could stop her and I told her, "Please don't tell me things like that. I am still trying to get over what you told me yesterday." She is becoming just like our mother. Mom has always loved to tell about dreadful happenings. Hopefully, my sister will listen and respect my wishes on the subject. If there is nothing I can do but feel badly about something, I would rather not know. Anyway, my sister's church is buying gifts for the children so that is covered. Thanks for the advice, though. I think I am really starting to take a step back and realize that I can't be a complete martyr if I want to far as being a stray magnet, I think some of that comes from being raised in an alcoholic family. You, the subconscience is always seeking to "fix" somebody...I think they call it Co-dependant, right? I have to fight that urge alot but am trying to learn...

As for now, I am going to try to enjoy myself and I am going to pick up Erin from school and we are going to her sunday school party. Her teacher is a riding instructor and is having the party on her ranch so the kids can do pony rides. I think they will enjoy it.

Well, still a few more things to do before I can leave....


December 21, 2007 - Msg 59075: Oh, prayers for your caridiac appointment, we love you too.


December 21, 2007 - Msg 59076: I miss seeing FLOYD's card this year. In fact, it's been awhile since we heard from our most ept porch guy. I hope that all is well with him. Has anyone spotted him lately? Maybe at Miss Crumps?

Well, I'm off through Christmas, so I suppose I will have to offer my Feliz Navidads now. I wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

See y'all next Thursday.


December 21, 2007 - Msg 59077: MERRY CHRISTMAS, Me-They!!!


December 21, 2007 - Msg 59078:
Prayers for Jill and kayla.
Rev- weather great here: 60 days and 30's nights!
Boo- remember, even when Jesus walked the earth, bad things happened. It's a fallen world, and as Ro said, we cant convince EVERYONE to follow the Lord. Celebrate the birth of Jesus and enjoy family and friends! Prayers for you and yours.
Asa, keep your head above the snow!!
***I will be pretty busy, so dont fret if i aint around til the 26th. Relatives coming in etc.
Merry Christmas! Squeezins all around!
Andy: hey Santa, did you park your reindeer out back?

December 21, 2007 - Msg 59079:

December 21, 2007 - Msg 59080: Good afternoon, all you elves and elvettes out there. Boo, I'm glad you're not directly involved with that situation, and I'm very glad you spoke to your sister regarding the problem of telling you things that are upsetting. I'm a lot like you, I don't want to hear about it, unless I can help provide an answer. I rarely watch the news on TV, and pick and choose what I read in the papers. It's too depressing.

Well, as I expected, my doctor wants me to have a pacemaker implanted. I'm willing - I'm definitely tired of feeling like this. We'll do an echocardiogram on the 26th, just for background and confirmation of heart muscle strength and such, and then I see the pacer doc on January 2. I don't know when it will actually be put in. I'm ready for this. I want to feel like myself again, and I haven't, not for the past year at least.

Well, I haven't eaten all day, so guess I'll go rustle something up. Take care all -- see you later. --Romeena

December 21, 2007 - Msg 59081: Me-They, Floyd posted his annual Christmas Card over at Miss Crumps.
- Hazel

Merry Christmas, Barney Parney Poo!

December 21, 2007 - Msg 59082: Evening folks, just checking in for a minute before bedtime. been busy today so I am ready for sleep.

Thanks for all the good wishes for Patricks birthday.

Rommena, thanks for checking in, do what the doctor says....please. keep us posted.

SPOT, I will save a dance for you at the Christmas
Party, just remember I like to lead, though.

prayers and good wishes for all tonight. I will try and check in tomorrow.

Snack will be: birthday cake and ice cream.

Big Maude

Big Maude

December 22, 2007 - Msg 59083: The pacemaker sounds like a real good idea, Ro. I'm glad you are having it done. After I saw what a difference it made for my dad 3 years ago, I'm all for them.

Been up all night with diarrhea, if you can believe it! I am sipping some tea because I am feeling a little dehydrated. This is about the worst case I have ever had (that I remember anyway). Great is the day I was going to do all my cleaning and finish up on the baking. Oh well...wish I could go to sleep but everytime I lay down, well, I have to get up again! No fun at all. I am so very thankful that I am not throwing up though (considering our recent conversations on the subject!)....See, there is always something to be thankful for.

Hey Maude!


December 22, 2007 - Msg 59084: Forgot to tell ya'll something neat that happened to me yesterday (this is for you horse lovers). Remember I mentioned the party I was taking Erin to at a friend's ranch? Well, my friend took me into this corral, where the horses stay at night (they have their own pens, etc). The back of the corral has a large gate opening into a big pasture and were about 20 horses grazing back there. I was standing in the middle of the corral while my friend was doing something else, and I noticed that the horses in the pasture were easing their way into the corral with curious expressions. Very soon I was literally surrounded by them, all of them getting as close to me as possible. Some of them were pushing their noses against my chest and i swear some of them trying to kiss me! It was the cutest thing. They really wanted attention. Three of them were sisters and you could tell there was some rivalry between them. When one would get too close to me to be pet, one of the others would nudge her away and get in between us. Everywhere I went, there was 2 or three that followed right behind be. I have never had an experience like that where the horses were THAT friendly. It was fun! My friend Terri loves them all very much and spends alot of time with them. One very friendly fellow who stayed close was named "Boo". There was also a very old mare named "Silk" who appeared to be very depressed and unresponsive. Terri told me that she had recently lost her "boyfriend" of the past 16 years. He died and she has been depressed since. Isn't that something. Animals are capable of so much more feeling than people give them credit for. Wanted to share that little experience because it really made my day.

Think I'll try a nap...


December 22, 2007 - Msg 59085:
Happy Birthday, Spot! In your honor, breakfast is on me at McDonalds!
- Hazel

December 22, 2007 - Msg 59086: Happy Birthday,Spot!

On behalf of the 48 Club,I welcome you as our newest member- Sing,Big Maude! "Happy Birthday to you,happy birthday to you.."
We love you and hope you have a great day!
possum under a rock

December 22, 2007 - Msg 59087: Boo, I wish you and I lived close to each other.We'd be good pals,for sure.We seem to feel alike,plus we could celebrate our birthdays & anniversaries together-mine are both one day before yours! I was even sick like you were last night! HA!

Seriously,I try not to bring much of it to the Porch,but my heart is hurting this Christmas Season also.My mother & I have been estranged since mid-October. She did something hurtful towards me,and yes,it involves "twisted sister." She knows she is at fault,but has turned things all around and once again,I am made out to be the bad guy.I have reached out to her twice-called her on her birthday & Thanksgiving.She SO did not want to speak to me on Thanksgiving-when I told her I loved her,I got a very cold " Uh,huh.Bye." Now she has sent word to me through my daughter that she does not want a Christmas gift from me. My sister's child is not allowed presents from me because "I don't exist in their world." I already had gifts for all which I now am giving to other people. But,that's not the point. Growing up,I had the BEST Mama you could wish for.But..then my sister moved to town.All this stems from envy,jealousy,mental instability,and those dang prescription pills they are on. If I didn't know what was fueling my mama,this would just kill me.Not to say it doesn't hurt-the Lord knows it does.I'm trying to live right and be happy. And I pray for them. My other sister,bless her heart, is caught in the middle of all this.She's very supportive of me though and is bringing her kids by on Christmas Eve.I have a lot of good people (like y'all) and good things in my life.Despite all of this,I know I am blessed.

So,hang in there,dear Boo. These aching hearts will be just fine.The Lord will see to that.

Y'all take care.Love to each & every one.
possum again

December 22, 2007 - Msg 59088: Oh, Possum, I am praying for you. My situation isn't exactly the same as yours, but I have a very difficult situation involving my mother, brothers and sister. It is hard. I will pray for you this season.


December 22, 2007 - Msg 59089: Oh my goodness. My heart just breaks for all of you. I just can't imagine family members behaving like these moms and siblings. Possum, your mother is wrong, and probably knows it already, but one of these days she'll be so very sorry. That will be your cue to open your arms and welcome her back. (A little hidden benefit here - your reaction will make her feel soooo guilty!) Anyway, here's a thought - since she won't accept a Christmas gift from you, make a contribution to a charity in her name and have the acknowledgement sent to her. Blessings for all of you who are dealing with difficult family situations right now. It must be just so hard, and I pray for you all.

Well, off I go. Much to do. Those cookies I had decided not to bake keep calling me, so I set the butter out to soften last night, guess I'll bake them after all. Just doesn't seem right not to at least bake a few cookies, even if most of them will be eaten by Starr and myself, and she'll probably only eat a few crumbs. Tiny little thing, her favorite treat is a honeynut cheerio. One honeynut cheerio, which she consumes with a great deal of dramatic crunching. Too funny!

Blessings, y'all! --Romeena

December 22, 2007 - Msg 59090: Good Saturday everyone.

Happy Birtday Dear SPOT!!
Your birthday supper will be: Prime Rib, twice baked potatoes, salad, rolls and a chocolate 3 layer cake for dessert. Everyone will be here and we will have a grand time. Let's all be preapred to sing loudly.

I am getting ready to make cheese balls. I usually make 2-3 and then give them to friends and neighbors. I am not much of a baker so cheese balls seem easier for me.

Has anybody seen Malcom Merriwether around here?
I need his help today.

My husband is working this week end (9-9 today and 10-6) tomorrow so all of the week end chores need to be tended to.

Romeena, thanks for the E mail card. Those Reindeer were so cute. I wilo trade you a cheese ball for some of those cookies.

Better get busy.

Prayers and blessings to all today.

December 22, 2007 - Msg 59091: forgot to sign my name... sorry

December 22, 2007 - Msg 59092: Big Maude

December 22, 2007 - Msg 59093: Sounds like a fair trade to me, Big Maude. I love cheese!! I make some cookies that have a lot of nuts and dried fruit, like cranberries, cherries, apricots and raisins in them. Pretty good, if I do say so myself. My other favorite is a shortbread dough with finely chopped pecans, and they're rolled and cut, and decorated with colored sugar. My mom always made them, every single Christmas that I can remember, and I just can't get through the Christmas season without a batch of them around. Buttery, not too sweet, just really good.

Well, the temp was in low 60s this morning, is now at 40 and dropping. Leaves flying wildly, little bushy-tailed squirrels rushing about trying to find food. I think I'll go help them out. I laid in a supply of critter food, and it's not helping anyone just sitting in the garage. Where's my little feed bucket? --Romeena

December 22, 2007 - Msg 59094: MERRY CHRISTMAS too the porch family , prayers for all in need

December 22, 2007 - Msg 59095: Hi, all. I'm here to ask for prayers. I just received a call that my oldest son, the one in Florida, was taken to the hospital this afternoon. He had been sick with flu-like symptoms for a day or two, and his wife came home and found him having a seizure. Paramedics took him to the hospital where she is the COO, so you can bet he's getting the best of care. So far, they've done CTs of his head and some other tests, and determined that he has not had a stroke, but they aren't sure what caused the seizure. It may be as simple as dehydration, as he had been vomiting a lot. Needless to say, I'm scared to death, and very worried about him. My first impulse is to get on the next plane out of here, but I've decided against that, at least for now. His wife is strong, and she's a very private person. They have a deeply devoted relationship, and she is who he needs right now. Add to that my own compromised health, and I'm not sure that my going would be a good idea. I'd hate to get out there and have a cardiac event and become another worry to them. For now, I'm going to sweat it out here at home, and see what tomorrow brings.

Please, please pray for him. His name is Dale, like his dad. Thank you, everyone. --Romeena

December 22, 2007 - Msg 59096: Gosh Romeena, we sure will offer him up in prayer. Thank goodness his wife is in a position to see to it he gets good treatment. My prayers for all of you Ro.


December 22, 2007 - Msg 59097: So sorry, Romeena. I know how I would feel if it was Sean (terrified). My prayers for Dale, certainly. Please keep us informed.


December 22, 2007 - Msg 59098:
Hello porch family.

Let's all come together and lift up Dale in prayer tonight. We may be many miles apart but by His Spirit we can be together in prayer.

Possum...prayers for you .... I am sure your situation really hurts but we know of One that will never let us down. Of course His name is Jesus.
Ro is so right in her advice to you.

Boo...that is such a neat horse story. I love horses.

Happy Birthday brother Spot!

Maude....Spot's birthday supper sure sounds good. He needs to have a birthday more often.

You all have a good nights sleep and a great worship day. Prayers for all the porch family!

"Pray without ceasing" 1 Thessalonians 5:17

December 22, 2007 - Msg 59099: Just came on-line, and I'm praying right now!
- Hazel

December 23, 2007 - Msg 59100: Just saw your message,Ro,and please know I will be praying for Dale. God bless you all and update us when you're able.
possum under a rock

December 23, 2007 - Msg 59101: Morning folks. Good Sabbath. Snowing once again on my porch this morning and we are supposed to get pounded with a big one tomorrow. Glad I don't have to work in it.

Possum, I'm so sorry about the situation you are in with your Mom and Sister. I can only imagine how much that must hurt. But you can only do what you can do. As long as you try to treat them all with kindness and love, you will be good in the eyes of God I'm sure and they wil have to reconcile with Him. Just know we love you and know you are a good possum... I mean person.:)

Hazel, how are you and the Hubby doing? Is he still in a lot of pain? You are both still in my prayers.

Any word about Dale Romeena? Please try not to fret to much You sure don't want to make your own situation worse from worrying. You all are in my prayers also.

Happy Birthday Spot. Guess I'm a day late. Hope it was a good one.

Hey, I just seen Ben Weaver walking down main street carrying a bench. I wonder what's up with that?


December 23, 2007 - Msg 59102: Prayers continue for Dale (and Ro).


December 23, 2007 - Msg 59103: hello all

December 23, 2007 - Msg 59104: sorry hello all tomray

December 23, 2007 - Msg 59105: my uncle is tom on here

December 23, 2007 - Msg 59106: Good morning, all. The update on my son is really not much of an update. They still don't know for sure what caused the seizure, but since his blood pressure was so high, that would be my guess. He takes BP meds and keeps it under pretty good control, but with the vomiting he had been doing, he hadn't kept his meds down. He has a couple of other health issues that are coming to light, and may now get fixed. God works in mysterious ways. Please just keep praying, friends, and thanks for all the prayers so far. It's wonderful to come to this porch and read such encouraging words, and to know that friends across the country are praying for my firstborn. Be blessed! --Romeena

December 23, 2007 - Msg 59107: Merry Christmas everyone--I'm here to offer up prayers for ROMEENA'S son DALE...let there be a Christmas miracle with DALE having good health!

Prayers for POSSUM and her family situation--may hearts be softened and troubles reconciled.

How about a "blanket" prayer for everyone on the porch? I'm working on that right now.

I hope that each of you have a warm, safe, healthy and happy time this Christmas...Love, MW

December 23, 2007 - Msg 59108: Hey there RO, we came in at the same time! Thanks for the update and I forgot to mention I'm praying for YOUR health every day! Much love--MW

December 23, 2007 - Msg 59109: Ro,thank you for the update on Dale.Prayers continue for his healing.Take care of yourself & try not to worry too much.

Thanks to all who posted in response to my family situation.Such good advice and sweet words- y'all are the cats and I love each & every one.Like I said,I'm just trusting in the Lord and trying to do right in my life.Things will work out for the best.

Where's Spot? He must've had one ding dang doozy of a birthday party! Oh,spotty boy.. where are you...??

Y'all take care-love to all.

possum under a rock

December 23, 2007 - Msg 59110:
I "dug out" from under the relatives for a moment.
Possum- prayers for you dear! It is so tough to see a personality change! I did with my mom. There were several times that I got angry with God. But His ways always prevail and He is ALWAYS right here with us. Let Jesus hug you today. Pause for that moment to let Him wrap you in His loving arms!
RO- prayers for your son on the express train right now.
Ya all hang in there. God bless you all.
"Ben, that bench is county property."

December 23, 2007 - Msg 59111: Hi, all. My sweet DIL called, and we were able to talk for a little while. Naturally, she's worried sick, and scared, but she's strong and hanging on tight. She appreciates all the prayers from you folks. My son is alert, or as alert as one might be with Ativan on board. They're keeping him lightly sedated for a few days, to prevent another seizure, at least until they get some answers. Actually, they may never get them. Sometimes this just happens and no one ever knows why. At least, this is forcing him to address some other issues, such as his worn-out hip that needs so badly to be replaced. He has taken WAY too much Advil and Tylenol, trying to control the pain in the hip, and he won't be able to do that anymore. He'll probably get it fixed in the near future.

MW, I like your reference to a "blanket prayer". I just had to smile, because it made me think of a custom that my SS class follows. One of our members makes little light lap-throw blankets, just soft light fleecy fabric which she fringes. Whenever a member is facing surgery or a serious illness, she makes them a blanket, brings it to SS, and we all gather around it, holding onto the blanket somewhere, and we pray for the ailing one. Then the blanket is presented. No, we don't believe in a magical "prayer blanket", it has no healing power of its own. What it does is to serve as a visible reminder to the sick one that the whole class loves them, has prayed for them, and continues to do so. I have one, which I received prior to one of my surgeries, and I use it daily. It's on the ottoman by my chair at this moment. You'd be amazed how comforting that soft little blanket can be. So - "blanket prayer" reminded me of "prayer blanket", and there you are.

Well, I think I'll go make some cookies. I just can't stand it, no cookies in the kitchen at Christmas. My mother would be appalled! My husband would be standing around looking forlorn. Be blessed, y'all. --Romeena

December 23, 2007 - Msg 59112: Hello Family!!!
Finally got a few minutes to sit and post my Christmas greetings. I haven't had time to read the archives, but plan on doing it in the next few days. I have missed the "family" gathering daily.
My prayers are with all the family. The needs are different, but my Lord knows them one by one. Merry Christmas everyone!! ~New Neighbor

December 23, 2007 - Msg 59113: Wow thanks Big Maude for the b-day supper!!..been eating here and at Moms and everywhere getting ready for Christmas..still got some things to do tomorrow..hey brother Rev,ro,boo,ne,Tom,hazel,possum,auh20,M-T,asa,mavis well shucks EVERYONE! so full just had a big meal at mom and dads with the kids...go to work 6 hrs in the morning..but but got to keep the lights on!..6 Christmas day also but the Lord understands im sure...lights must stay on...well let me get to wraping some stuff...hey cat opie is just a mess with the presents...have to watch him...well back in a bit and as far as a snack "im too full"...SPOT

December 23, 2007 - Msg 59114:
Hello porch family....I pray you all had a great worship day. One more day to get all those shopping trips done for you late shoppers. I'm sure it will be a mad house at the stores tomorrow.

Ro...still praying for Dale and all the family.
The "prayer blanket" is such a great idea. By the way...I'll stop by and get one of those cookies when they are done.

MW...that's what we all need....covering of PRAYERS...Thanks!

Spot...eating all that food brother, you gonna have to get that bike back out soon...hehe...Mrs Rev has been cooking all day for different folks. And of course I have to sample all of it before she sends it to them. keep hanging in there. Still praying for you.

Well gang, I'm off to bed. Prayers for all the porch family. Remember...when you're walking with Jesus, you WILL be on the winning side!
Jesus loves you!

December 23, 2007 - Msg 59115: Just wanted to stop in and say a Very Merry Christmas to all my friends on the porch. Not sure if I'll be able to stop in dureing the next few days. Have lots to do. Finish up some baking. We have our Christmas dinner on Christmas eve That way noone has to spend Christmas in the kitchen. we just eat the leftovers and enjoy each other. Well we do have a nice breakfast. TOmorrow AM we are also celebrating our baby's 2nd birthday. His birthday is actually Christmas, but we are experimenting with the best day to open his presents. When he's old enought to care, we'll do it how he'd like. Last year we did his birtday on Christmas and opened our presents on Christmas eve.

ANyway, I"m being long winded. I need to go get the pumpkin pie out of the overn and get to bed.

Merry Christmas



December 23, 2007 - Msg 59116: Just dropping in for a minute to ask for prayer. I just got a call from my mother-in-law and she was waiting for an ambulance to arrive. My father-in-law is having a stroke, apparently. Don't know how bad it is yet. Bruce is on his way to the hospital. My father-in-law is named Don and he Bruce's stepdad. He is a wonderful Christian man and we all love him very much. The kids are very upset (Sean and Erin) and have been crying it out. I am trying everything to get them to stop worrying, but because we all went through this with Karen in May, they are very upset. Don has been their grandpa since they were very young. We were getting prepared for them to come and stay a few days with us tomorrow but now we are having to deal with this instead.

I will let you know how things go. I am hoping it was just a small stroke but Don is 83 so I am concerned.

Thanks, friends.


December 23, 2007 - Msg 59117: Well, Boo, just when I think you've got about all you can handle, up pops something else. Prayers for Don, of course. I'm so sorry your family is having to deal with this right now. These days, with prompt intervention, the prognosis for stroke patients is greatly improved compared to even five years ago. We'll hope for the best. Please keep us informed.

I got one batch of cookies baked, the hardest ones - the cutout kind. Also made a large batch of scattermix - you know, the Chex mix stuff. I make it with lots of pecans in it, and real butter. I had planned to make a batch of the dried fruit/nut cookies, but got tired, and since I do still have a couple of brain cells working, I have called it quits and am going to bed. Tomorrow is another day, and if the cookies don't even get baked, no one will starve around here.

Merry Christmas, y'all! --Romeena