February 01, 2008 - Msg 60017: Maybe I should learn to edit, too, MDC. I had backtracked on that sentence to change something but I guess I changed too much. (Maybe he married the groundhog *haha*)

Thanks for the anniversary good wishes, M-T. I've found a few pics in my files I'll send to Ro to add to the album. Reagan just recently started liking baths, I used to have hold her up and give her a mini-shower all the time. (BTW -Gotta get one of those bumper stickers, too! *grin*)


February 01, 2008 - Msg 60018: Achoooo! Boy there was a lot of dust under my rocker.

Ro - forgot to ask, is your email addy still the same?

February 01, 2008 - Msg 60019: Nice sweep, AFD. Y'all have a great weekend.

AUH2O: Are ye a Whig, or a Tory, man?


February 01, 2008 - Msg 60020: Nevermind, Ro - I just found your email in my inbox. *grin*


February 01, 2008 - Msg 60021: Boo, the only thing that will ever stop me from biking is rain. That's why I don't like it. Don't like getting soaked. The other stuff I can take.:)

Me-They, I would guess you like Dennis Miller then, too. I like listening to him. He has a mind, and a wit, like a steel trap. And nothing against all the Chevy Chase fans, but I also think that Dennis was the best anchor on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update.

Ann Coulter is a pistol, that's for sure. I can't say I disagree with her all that often, either.

-Sterling Holobyte

February 01, 2008 - Msg 60022:
Tom- I just want to see them go all the way,
then get OUT of the way.. haha
The Giants are good and I predict that they will
be back in it next year.
HOMEmaker- how is the wood holding up? I read that a lot of the nation got some really bad storms and cold.
All have a good weekend, get to preaching!

February 01, 2008 - Msg 60023: The giants are going to run the patriots out of town.
HM and MDC can start crying .


February 01, 2008 - Msg 60024:
MDC - could you help us get some more wood in- hubby has been really going through it since he has been home,


February 01, 2008 - Msg 60025: Hey, AFD, we're celebrating our 29th anniversary.tomorrow.Best wishes PEACE Dr P

February 01, 2008 - Msg 60026: Hey to the porch.
I guess I'll root for the Giants. I have no particular preference either way, so I'll go for the under-dogs.
As far as politics go, I'm neither "R" nor "D". I've always voted for who I thought would do the best job. And, boy, it's a hard choice this time. I'm leaning towards Romney. I watched a show the other night, a lecture by someone named Hugh Hewitt, or something like that. Anyway, it was very informative, and gave a lot of insight into Mitt Romney. I'm thinking he'd be an ok president. As for the "D" choice, I'm not sure about that yet. Obama is here in Boise tonight, and is speaking tomorrow morning. I sort of like him too, but, I'm still pretty unsure. And believe it or not, there's been some things I've liked lately about Hillary too. It's interesting, that's for sure. I felt bad for John Edwards. He was pretty much over shadowed, I think. I'm not sure I really liked him; but still, I don't think he had a fair shot in the media.
- Hazel

Barney: "Listen, how I vote is my business."

February 01, 2008 - Msg 60027: Congrats on 29 yrs, Dr P! That's quite an accomplishment these days.




February 01, 2008 - Msg 60029: Thanks so much, Tom. Have a good weekend!


February 02, 2008 - Msg 60030: Hey, where is everybody?? --Romeena

February 02, 2008 - Msg 60031: I'm here, Ro. Happy Groundhogs Day!
- Hazel

February 02, 2008 - Msg 60032: SWISH good AFD...im back at work now...prayers to all...got to get bush...hey boo,maude,hazel,Rev,Tom,sterling and all....grilled cheese sandwiches and chicken noodle soup for lunch...get 2...SPOT

February 02, 2008 - Msg 60033: Hi All

February 02, 2008 - Msg 60034: Good Saturday folks.

Getting the day started with laundry and some house clenaing. My son has invited 4 of his friends over this afternoon to "hang out" and they
have requested I cook for them. Guess I had better get busy on that.

Maybe SPOT has enough grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup to feed 5 17 year old high school football players!

It is a beautiful sunny day on my end of the porch. A little chilly but still a beautful day.

Have a blessed day!

Big Maude

February 02, 2008 - Msg 60035: Hazel - I would have to agree with you. It will pretty much be decided by the time Indiana gets to primary. So, if Romney is in - he will have my vote (but if Calvin Coolidge were running - he'd be my choice).

Take care -



February 02, 2008 - Msg 60036: Well, I'm here Ro, but feeling mighty puny...yes, I caught Erin's stomach virus. I am up and around a little now and just tried to eat a little bit..doing ok so far..just feeling like a truck ran over me.

Think I'll go lay back down for a bit.


February 02, 2008 - Msg 60037: I m looking for someway to git that groundhog .
He said six more week of winter!


February 02, 2008 - Msg 60038: Maude I will whup up some more samaches...tell the boys to have seconds...supper will be whole baked chicken...cream taters,greenbeans,rolls,big maude slaw,tea,little green onions....ready at 6:30...boo get to feeling better girl...the soup will help....SPOT

February 02, 2008 - Msg 60039: Rev brother where are you?...loaned some of your music out to friends and nothing but good response...SPOT

February 02, 2008 - Msg 60040: SPOT CAN YOU DUE GROUNDHOG TO


February 02, 2008 - Msg 60041: Hey Y'all! Boo,sorry to hear that you're now sick. Did you get the Phenergan? Maybe that'll help. Hope everyone that's ailing in your household gets to feeling better soon.

Happy Anniversary to AFD and Dr.P.!

Hey Tom,if that old groundhog gets tired of the cold weather and heads South for the rest of the Winter,don't worry-I won't invite him under my rock,that's for sure!

Well,heading out to take an afternoon walk. Y'all have a good evening!
possum under a rock

February 02, 2008 - Msg 60042:
Congrats on 29 big ones Doc P, and to AFD also.
Tom.. we shall see, we shall see. So far the only "tears on my pillow" are in the tags episode. haha
Prayers for BOO and her family.
REV- add more tin foil to your antenna, and maybe you can visit the porch.
Much still going on here in Phoenix area, one more day to go, whew!
HM- I'll ship a cord of wood to ya! hang in there.

February 02, 2008 - Msg 60043: Well, Boo, I'm sure sorry you've got that saber-toothed bug now. I guess I should be thanking the Lord, because so far this winter I haven't even had a sniffle. Yes, I took the flu shot. I have a dear friend - LaRue, who lost her husband two years ago - is in the hospital. It started out like a sinus infection, then her nose, upper lip, actually pretty much her whole face swelled up, she developed thrush in her mouth, and she is a sick little chicken. The bug has been identified as staph, but don't know if it's the really bad staph, the MRSA. She's been on IV antibiotics for about five days now, and not really getting much better. Today they did some cardiac tests because she has a bad valve like I do, and they're afraid of the possibility that the staph could colonize that valve. It often does. Please pray for her - she's really sick, and she's scared. This is the first bad illness she's had since she's been alone, and I know how she feels.

Beautiful bright sunshine here today too, so I suppose our timid little groundhog ran back in the ground, and now we'll be having six more weeks of winter, like the rest of the country. Argh. I'm ready to start planting things! My pansies are blooming beautifully, so at least I have that.

Well, Starr is ready for her overdue nap - I had to get my hair cut so couldn't nap with her at three. Guess we'll do it now. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

February 02, 2008 - Msg 60044: Prayers for LaRue, poor thing.

No Possum, I didn't get the Phenergan. I spoke with the doctor (who finally called back late in the day) and she said she would phone it in for me. She never did. I went to the pharmacy twice. The last time was just before closing and they never received the order. Erin is fine today and so is my stomach, just feeling weak and a little achy. Thanks for the prayers, MDC. When I started feeling sick last night I was scared because I really hate stomach viruses! This one was fairly weak, though, it seems.

Better go..


February 02, 2008 - Msg 60045:

Lunch sounds great, Spot!

Boo, hope you get over that nasty bug soon. I sent up a prayer for you. Please keep us posted.

After tomorrow I have the next two days off. Yay!


February 02, 2008 - Msg 60046: Thanks DES, I am feeling better tonight but kind of overwhelmed with undone chores, etc.

Tonight Sean told me that he has been having chest pain and pressure during activity and I just want to scream. We saw a cardiologist a year ago for the palpatations and now this. I don't know what to do. I guess we will have to go back. He is overweight and has high cholesterol but is it actually possible for a child his age to have a heart attack? It seems like it's always something.


February 03, 2008 - Msg 60047: Hang in there Boo - we are all with you in this with prayer. Sean has overcome so much already -you will get through this too. Remember - we love you.


February 03, 2008 - Msg 60048: Thank you, Homemaker. You said exactly what I needed to hear. God bless you for it.

Love you too,

February 03, 2008 - Msg 60049: Boo,I echo homemaker's sentiments.

possum under a rock

P.S. Prayers for Ro's friend.

February 03, 2008 - Msg 60050: Hi All.

Nice warm day on me end ofthe porch.

Sometime when heartache
And sorrows come my way,
And I feel like I have no strength
To live another day...
I look to God for guidance
To help me through it all;
To pick me up off the ground
And stand me straight and tall.
I look to God for patience
To help me give things time;
To somehow show me the answers
That alone I could not find.
Ilook to God for reassurance
To let me know it's okay;
And to give me the strength I need
To live another day.


February 03, 2008 - Msg 60051: Thank you, Tom. I think most of us, probably all of us, needed that today.

I'm headed for my grandson's birthday party (he's seven) at one of those kiddie pizza places, not Chuck E. Cheese, but similar. Oh joy. No, I'm kidding - it will be fun, I'm sure. The kids have a ball. Then we're going out to my son's house to watch the super bowl game. Personally, I couldn't care less who wins, but the others will be all excited, and I'll have fun watching them. Will take Starr with me out there, so she can play with Bentley. In spite of the difference in their size (his head is as big as she is), they're good buddies. Bentley so sweetly pulls all his punches when playing with her, is very gentle with her. He plays rowdy and rough with the kids, but with Starr, he's very careful. He's such a good boy.

Well, have a good day, all. Boo, prayers for you and your family. Be blessed! --Romeena

February 03, 2008 - Msg 60052: Afternoon gang...supper will be cubed steak [pounded] gravy,green lima beans,rice,cuke and onion salad,big maude slaw,tea...ready at 5 [gona eat early cause of the game]....prayers...back to work...SPOT...ps brother Rev please check in..

February 03, 2008 - Msg 60053: testing 1..2..3

February 03, 2008 - Msg 60054: SPOT THE GIANT WIN THE SUP

February 03, 2008 - Msg 60055: Boo, Yes, it is possible for a child his age to have a heart attack. Prayers for you. I'd get this checked out ASAP.


February 04, 2008 - Msg 60056: Well, I have to admit, that was some game! I'm really not a football fan, but it was a good game, I got interested, was yelling right along with everyone else, and had a good time. I was glad to see the Giants win. Starr had a great time playing with Bentley, even had a brief but friendly conversation with Old Kitty, and was rudely snubbed by the two younger cats. She was so tired that on the way home, as we rode in Jerry and Eloise's back seat, she fell asleep on my shoulder and was limp as a rag all the way home.

Update on my friend LaRue - she is getting worse. She has been moved to CCU, one lung is partially collapsed, she has an infection in her blood which they haven't yet been able to identify and it doesn't seem to be responding to antibiotics. Please continue to pray for her. She's terrified.

Boo, while it would be highly unusual for a child Sean's age to have a heart attack, it certainly is possible, as Opiemom said. You will definitely want to have him checked, at least get an EKG done, but my guess (and it's ONLY a guess) is it's not cardiac. Does he by any chance have acid reflux? Also, who first used the term "chest pain and pressure" - you or him? Often when discussing physical symptoms with a child who doesn't know a lot of terminology, we ask questions like "When your chest hurts, do you ever feel any pressure too?" It's so easy to plant things like that in a kid's mind without even knowing you're doing it. Also, someone who has an anxiety disorder will often focus on and even magnify little physical symptoms, concerned that something is seriously wrong with them. In an adult, it can become chronic hypochondria. In an impressionable and anxious child, it just becomes a multiplicity of symptoms that will, as you said, make you want to scream, and will seem like "there's always something." Hang in there. Get him checked out, for your own peace of mind and his, and then try to help him with his anxieties. There you go, that's free advice, and probably worth just about what you paid for it.

Be blessed. --Romeena

February 04, 2008 - Msg 60057: Hubby and I had a nice anniversary - went to the Dead Lobster (as we call Red Lobster in our family). Good food and probably the best service we've ever had there. Thanks for all the kind wishes everyone.

Prayers for you and yours, Boo.
You and LaRue are in my prayers as well, Ro.


February 04, 2008 - Msg 60058: Yes, I didn't mean that he was having a heart attack and yes, it would be unusual I would just have him checked out. LIke Ro said (who's much more medically knowledgeable than me) the dr and other personnel will ask the right questions to know if it is something just in his mind or something more serious.

I've not posted much lately. I've read quite a bit though. Been busy with life. My oldest went to the pulmo. about his fainting. There is a slight possibility of tracheamalacia (sp?) Anyway we are having a bronchoscopy done Friday at 9. The drs. are still concerned because he's young and fainting or getting dizzy and breathless on exertion.


February 04, 2008 - Msg 60059: Prayers for your son, Opiemom. May they find the problem and deal with it speedily.

Thanks for the advice. Ro, I agree with you and I want to think it's just anxiety related but this is how our conversation went; he told me that he wanted to let me know that lately, when he runs or does anything strenuous, he feels "chest pain and a pressure in the middle of my chest". I had not asked him any questions. All I asked after that was where the pain was and he pointed to the center of his chest and I asked if it went away after he stopped his activity. That's it. He did do some exercises yesterday evening and they were strenuous for him, and he said he had no chest pain, so who know. I do know that he has gastric reflux, and also am thinking that at the time he having the chest pain, he also had some bronchitis. I am trying not to overreact and rush to the doctor..just see what happens and keep him on his diet, do some walking, etc. Sometimes with a kid like Sean, it's really hard to determine when something needs to be looked into further, and not. He does tend to magnify symptoms and most of the time I just ignore those kinds of things so that i don't encourage him to stress over those things.

I am still feeling a bit sick-ish this morning. I didn't get the rest I needed this weekend and am paying for it now. We had a really interesting weekend. Our church sponsored a youth speaker to come and speak to kids in the local schools. His name is Ken Freeman, out of San Antonio, I think. He holds summer camps for youth, etc. He has quite a testimony. We had quite a few unchurched folks make decisions to follow Christ and when he spoke in our church on Sunday morning, we had 17 adults come forward, many who had been attending church for a long time but had not made that decision. Our church is fairly small, usually 100-150 on a Sunday morning so it was a surprise because most were people that I saw most sunday mornings. The kind of folks who come on Sunday and then you really never get involved. Anyway, it was really something. One man was a 65 yr old that has been attending with his wife for years but always kind of stayed on the outside of things. Around Christmas time, he had heart surgery and almost died. It made an impact on him, of course and he decided he needed to be saved. What a joy it was to see him come forward, with his son and daughter-in-law, also! It was quite a church service. Wish you could have been there. We were just all in tears. Great weekend and lots of follow-up work to do.

I'm sorry to hear that LaRue is getting worse. Continued prayers for her.

Where is Merri Weather? I wonder if she is still having trouble getting on the porch?

Better go face the day and clean that place up after the weekend...ya'll know how it gets when Mama gets sick.


February 04, 2008 - Msg 60060: Hey MDC, I thought about you yesterday. The lights of Phoenix sure looked pretty. Bet you will be glad to get all the extra traffic out of there!


February 04, 2008 - Msg 60061: Good morning everyone. I only have a minutes this morning but I wanted to stop by and say hello before things get rolling (annual audit starts today). Some game last night.

Prayers for BOO and Sean, LaRue, and all who need them this morning. Please pray for my nephew, who has MRSA.

Good to hear from you OPIEMOM, HM, and SPOT. APB for CHARLOTTE, IDELLE, GOOBER, and the rest.

STERLING: I think Dennis Miller is hi-larious. I think I was the only one who enjoyed his original late night talk show. I try and watch the "O'Reilly Factor" on Fridays because he does a segment.

Anybody got coffee cooking? It's cold and raining here, and Monday--not the ideal day to start an audit. I'll try and stop back later.


February 04, 2008 - Msg 60062: BOO: Since you're feeling poorly, I'm sure POSSUM would be glad to clean my shorts this week, right POSSUM? ;)


February 04, 2008 - Msg 60063: Thanks for the break, M-T! Prayers for your nephew. How old is he?


February 04, 2008 - Msg 60064:
Happy Monday honeys and dears.
OK Tom, NOW the tears are on my pillow. ha Giants win fair and square.
Boo- yes, traffic and crowds finally starting to dissipate. We had everyone from P Diddy to Paris Hilton in town. Today it is raining, will clean put the big carbon footprint! ha Prayers continue for your family. Lay hands upon you all!
PRAYERS FOR LARUE. I assume they did a suseptibility blood test to see what antibio would work best. Too bad they wont also go with some natural stuff, but most of the med world wont hear of it. Prayers for God's divine intervention and healing upon her.
REV?? where are you?
Our Lord's blessings upon all,



February 04, 2008 - Msg 60066: Sure,Me-They,toss 'em my way. Everyone South of the Mason-dixon line should be warned- WATCH OUT FOR FLYING SHORTS!

Tom,I knew you'd be happy after that football game! Your team did a great job! And MDC must be relieved it's all over!

Prayers for LaRue,Opiemom's son, Me-They's nephew,Sean,and all in need.

Rev must be somewhere without Internet access.It's not like him not to check in,is it?

Well, I'm heading out to search the sky for incoming shorts-see y'all later!

possum under a rock

February 04, 2008 - Msg 60067: Good morning, all. Opiemom, it has been my experience that mothers (and fathers) who have sick children get medically knowledgeable pretty quick, especially in this day of the internet. You start tracking your child's illness or symptoms, and it's amazing what you can learn. True, you can pick up a lot of misinformation as well, but most people manage to weed that stuff out.

MDC, LaRue has had serial blood cultures done, which usually involves a sensitivity component as well. Docs rarely order just a plain culture. They have identified staph, and are now working on a differential culture to pinpoint just which staph it is.

You're right, the medical doctors historically have laughed off the natural remedies, but more and more of them are accepting naturals as adjunct therapy. My cardiologist originally just tolerated my use of Co-Q-10, but then he saw measurable results in the performance of my heart. He now orders it for other patients, and told me I wasn't taking enough, to increase the dose! He also approves of the garlic I take for my blood pressure. My endocrinologist knows I take cinnamon and chromium for my blood sugar, and he ordered alpha lipoic acid - I had never heard of it. Now, none of these things are going to control my problems alone, but they support and assist, and I wouldn't be without them. More and more, I'm hearing of doctors who at least tolerate the natural remedies, and others who will actually suggest them. Progress is being made, because you can't argue with success.

It is useful to consider the origins and actions of some of the prescribed drugs, too. Lanoxin, to regulate the heart rhythm, is a trade name for digitalis which was originally derived from the foxglove plant. I believe it's synthesized now, which is why it's so much cheaper than it used to be, but it's still the same molecular structure. Insulin is a case in point. What could be more natural than to replace the insulin that someone's body no longer produces? All the cinnamon and stuff in the world isn't going to help if there's no insulin made in the body, because the herbals simply help the body to use insulin, they don't provide it. So, it must be replaced, no choice. We used to use pork-based insulin, literally processed out of the pancreases of pigs, obtained at meat-packing plants. It's now manufactured synthetically, and frankly, I prefer that option! No offense to the porkers, (I love bacon!) but the synthetics are just a bit more esthetically acceptable.

Well, this grows too long. Be blessed, everyone! --Romeena

February 04, 2008 - Msg 60068: And yes, where is Merri? Haven't seen her in a few days. As for REV, I emailed him a couple of days ago, no response yet. I think he must not have internet access. --Romeena

February 04, 2008 - Msg 60069: Will maybe all who take the PATRIOTS \TO WIN ARE NOT ON THE PORCH.


February 04, 2008 - Msg 60070: Tom - I was for the Giants! I thought that the Giants were the underdog but I am very happy that the Patriots won!


February 04, 2008 - Msg 60071: OOps - that teaches me for not proofreading = I am very happy that GIANTS! won, ,oops on me :)

February 04, 2008 - Msg 60072: your secret is out you give the PATRIOTS some of your meatball befor the game and may thim all sick.


February 04, 2008 - Msg 60073: Blessings and prayers for all!

February 04, 2008 - Msg 60074: Ha, that must be it, TOM...the meatballs! ha

I sat through most of that game yesterday and was bored stiff until the 4th quarter. It got alot better, didn't it? I'm glad I didn't give up on it.

Thanks for the prayers, friends.


February 04, 2008 - Msg 60075: Meatball complaints again! I make Asa sick one time with my meatballs - and I am plagued for years with it!


February 04, 2008 - Msg 60076: Hey gang...Rev?...CHUCK?...hey ro,boo,m-t,hazel,Tom,hm,mdc,possum,asa,auh20 and all...let me get logged on my work comp...supper will be red lobster on me.....SPOT

February 04, 2008 - Msg 60077: All HM jusy having a littlle fun. :)
I wound said that was m-t short flying over that may thim lost.hehe :(
Sorry m-t

TOM :)

February 04, 2008 - Msg 60078: where is everyone tom

February 04, 2008 - Msg 60079:
Hey Folks


February 04, 2008 - Msg 60080: I'm right here, Tom. Just checking in. Oh, I heard from REV. He's okay, just hasn't had internet access. I imagine we'll see him on the porch soon.

LaRue has been moved from CCU to PCU, which is still a special care unit, but not as intense as CCU. They think they have the infection under control, but as she has a bad heart valve, they're taking no chances. All she needs now is for staph or some other bug to set up camp on the rough edges of that valve. Anyway, she's improving, and thanks to each of you for your prayers.

Well, be blessed! --Romeena

February 04, 2008 - Msg 60081: That good new for your friend Rom.
I will keep prayering for her


February 04, 2008 - Msg 60082: Hey gang...wow the porch is slow...must be napping...well im here at work till 6 am...hey auh20,TOM,Romeena glad ya heard from my buddy Rev...good deal..Asa where you at buddy?...CHUCK!..prayers Romeena..Boo you and your bunch feeling better?..I cant wait till Friday Miss Sherry and I are heading to gatlinburg for a week!..Big Maude you and M-T and the cooks will have to pitch in...I want have internet up there...but anyway thats not till friday...well snack will be cheese and club crackers and milk...gona find a movie and run my daily reports at midnight...back in a bit...SPOT

February 04, 2008 - Msg 60083: Yahoo! Good news about LaRue...hey, I made a ryhme.

Hey there, SPOT. Things have been pretty slow on the porch today. Hope folks didn't get discourged by the problems getting on lately. Maybe they will check in soon. It seems to me that the problems are fixed now (at least on my end of the porch).

Well, better go get ready for bed. Hope you have an easy night, SPOT.


February 05, 2008 - Msg 60084:
Hello porch family...man it seens like forever since I've been in my rocking chair. Sure did miss you wonderful folks.
I've been on the road all of January and didn't have internet for a couple of weeks. I'm back home safe and sound with my family. The tour went so good. I tell you, our God is so good.

Even though I haven't been in touch, you folks have been in my prayers.

I've haven't been able to go back and read all the archives that I have missed, but on this page I see that we a lot of needs to be praying for.

Spot...hey brother...I'll be over for some cheese and crackers. Hope you have plenty cause I'm hungry. And I'll have a big glass of cold milk too.

Well I'm heading off to bed and try to catch up on some sleep. Prayers for all the porch family. Remember that Jesus is THE answer to ALL of our needs. He loves us so much and you better believe that I love Him!

February 05, 2008 - Msg 60085: Hey, REV. Glad you're home, safe and sound, and I'll bet Mrs. Rev is glad to have you back, for sure! It's good to hear that the tour went well. God is indeed good to us.

Well, little Starr is tired, keeps coming and putting her little foot on my ankle, which is the signal for "let's go to bed, mom." She's such a sweet little thing, so cuddly. She says howdy! --Romeena

February 05, 2008 - Msg 60086: Brother Rev there you are!..glad you are back home ..get some rest...well im off to the dog house to sleep and back at 2 today for 16 then off for a week!..Tenn bound friday..Ro you and Boo I will holler at all of yall a little after 2..Big Maude will you catch the lunch crowd?...breakfast will be waffle house this morning on Rev!..Asa you get the door and auh20 will you and M-T park cars?...prayers...SPOT

February 05, 2008 - Msg 60087: REV said about Jesus, "...and you better believe that I love Him". You put a smile on my face this morning, REV, thanks. I love hearing someone say that. How could we not love Him when He has done so much for us?

I have to tell you that I am about ready to pull up my soapbox and "vent". Would that be ok with all of you? It's not really a moulage, just a frustration. Last night Sean was having trouble sleeping (which is common with the meds he is on now), and so he asked if I would watch some Nick-
At-Night with him. There was a sitcom coming on about an Hispanic family...sorry don't remember the name but it stars a well-known Hispanic commedian (George Lopez, maybe?). I told Sean it might not be appropriate for him or for me, for that matter, to which he replied, "All kids my age watch it". I said, "Well, it still may not be appropriate but I'll tell you what, we will watch it together and let's see how many times families are portrayed in a positive light, and how much immorality is portrayed and I will let you be the judge". "Cool", was his reply. Within the first 10 minutes of viewing, a mother-in-law committed adultery on her husband, and the main character's mom (who was probably 60) admitted to getting "the Clap" from her boyfriend. Sean got the message after I explained to him what the clap was. Remember when Nick-At-Night was full of The Donna Reed Show and Leave It To Beaver?...Boy, have times changed and let me tell you, be very careful after 10pm. Watch what your kids are watching on TV. Seemingly safe channels, are not safe anymore. Now to my next frustration. After Sean went to bed, I decided to do a little channel surfing just to see what else was on. I came across a "reality" show with some guy who I think is the lead singer of "Guns and Roses"...no offense to any fans, but this poor guy was probably at least my age, still had bleached, long hair and was dressed like a teenager. The show was about about of young women who wanted to win the chance to be "his woman". Most of them could have been his daughter and they were barely dressed and doing things I would never even mention. I really had a hard time believing what I was seeing and I'll bet you the audience that watches that show is made up of mostly young kids. I think it was on VHS. One thing that really bothered me was that during all of this, the guy was wearing a t-shirt with a cross on it. I just don't get why the networks allow these kinds of shows and why the sponsors would support it. I fear for the kids of this generation who are bombarded with s*xual messages through the media and music. We expect them to abstain and just say "no" but society is failing kids, hugely. God help us.

Ok, I'm finished.


February 05, 2008 - Msg 60088:
Morning Porch

Not sure this will post but I'm gonna give it a try.

Me-They Didn't mean to dodge your question, I'm a Whig over a Tory, Hamiltonian over a Jeffersonian, Constitutionalist Judges over activist Judges, responsibility over entitlement, Smith over Marx, America over Europe, baseball over football, and Mary Ann over Ginger.

Romeena-Glad to hear the encouraging news about your friend.

Boo-Hope you and your family can get your feet under ya.

Rev-Great to see ya back!

Spot- I'll be a parking.

Does anyone know if all the Porchsters are able to connect now? I had problems getting on the Porch this weekend.


February 05, 2008 - Msg 60089: Now, let's hope some of the lost porch people come back today...."the lost porch people"...hmm, sounds like the name of a movie.


February 05, 2008 - Msg 60090:
Boo-Please, by all means, vent. And, I couldn't agree more. Our 10 year old went to a sleep over a few weeks back and the parents let the kids watch "Ghost Rider." Well, my daughter is done sleeping there.


February 05, 2008 - Msg 60091: Oh, hey there Auh2o, happy Fat Tuesday (isn't that what they call it?).


February 05, 2008 - Msg 60092:
I think you're correct and Happy Fat Tuesday to you!


February 05, 2008 - Msg 60093: Thanks, I don't think I am familiar with the "Ghost Rider" show. I think I will Google it.


February 05, 2008 - Msg 60094: Good morning everyone. Still rainy and foggy here, but it is supposed to get unseasonably warm (60) today. Go figure.

AUH2O: But the important questions are, Calvinist or Armenian? And young Elvis or fat Elvis?

Don't blame you on the "Ghost Rider" ban. No matter what's in the movie, it's premise is based on some bad mojo. (It was a comic book when I was a kid!)

BOO: Who you calling fat? You can rant to us anytime!

Anyone giving anything up for Lent?

Glad to hear from you, REV.

SPOT: If I'm parking cars, I hope y'all have ins*rance.

Howdy to the rest of ye.

Still in the middle of the audit...


February 05, 2008 - Msg 60095: You're a real kick, M-T. haha....I like young Elvis, myself, and I'm on the Calvin end, although not hyper-Calvin. Good luck with the audit.

Better go put the roast the washer and laundry in the crock pot...


February 05, 2008 - Msg 60096: Not even Mrs. Calvin was hyper-Calvin, BOO.

Uh, I might not mind wearing the roast, but I ain't eatin' no shorts.


February 05, 2008 - Msg 60097: Good morning, all. Boo, I'm right there with you. TV Land has brought back the Hillbillies, but they've also thrown in "Just Shoot Me", along with a bunch of lame movies that they repeat over and over. I find that much of the time I'm on Animal Planet, Discovery, Science, History and Hallmark. You know, it's really ironic. When our kids were growing up, they would lament about how all their friends had cable TV, and we didn't. My husband refused to get cable, because of the dirty movie channels they carried. One son argued that you didn't have to subscribe to those channels, and my husband responded that when our friends saw that box sitting on our TV, they wouldn't have any way of knowing what channels we subscribed to, and he didn't want anyone to think we would watch such garbage. So we went without cable for years. Here's the irony - these days, if you don't have cable or the dish, there's not much hope of finding decent programming, because the networks rarely run anything you'd want to watch. So, where we used to avoid cable or dish because of objectionable programming, it has evolved to where you need cable or the dish to gain a few options for acceptable programming! The devil must be just laughing his head off.

Whenever I hear the name Calvin, I think of that very cute comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes. It's not drawn anymore, and I'm sorry. It was a favorite of mine. There are collections of the strip in book form, and I think I have them all. Calvin was just adorable, and the concept of Hobbes, the stuffed toy tiger/real tiger was just inspired. I loved that Hobbes was so smart, gave Calvin good advice most of the time and watched out for him, but was a little kid at heart himself and often got into mischief too. Great stuff!

Well, off I go. Errands to run, chores to do. Be blessed, everyone! --Romeena

February 05, 2008 - Msg 60098: I love Calvin and Hobbes, too!

Very true about the cable. We got cable because network prime-time viewing was getting so decadent. We wanted things what were then acceptable viewing channels for the family (Nic and TVLand).


February 05, 2008 - Msg 60099:
Boo- Your vent is exactly why I will not have cable and will NEVER have cable or dish. Look at the situation, unlike something like taxes that you MUST pay, cable or dish is still an option, and your monthly payment supports all the gar-bage channels! Instead of paying 50 a month or whatever, just buy two seasons of a good shows per month and watch those. Yes, the devil IS laughing because we Christians make up all these excuses.
I get nine free channels in the Phoenix area and i usually stick to sports, news and game shows. Otherwise I pop in a dvd of tags or Bob Newhart or Wyatt Earp etc.and watch those. Kinda like music, like John L Imagine, when the lyrics sink in, one can see how we were duped! OK soapbox back under porch.
RO- good points on the drugs. Also, why did we stop using all the sulfa drugs?
Prayers for Wisdom as 22 states vote today!!
Tom, I'm on the porch, but hanging my head! ha

February 05, 2008 - Msg 60100:
Andy: You always drive around with celery in the back seat of your car?
Bailey: I happen to like celery.
Andy: Well now all you have to do is sideswipe a salt truck and you'll be all set.

February 05, 2008 - Msg 60101: MDC STOP BEATING YOUSEF UP IS JUST A GAME


February 05, 2008 - Msg 60102: Great parking job guys..but you need to get this chevy off the porch!...busy here...supper will be the laundry in Boo"s crock pot...naw..fried chicken and yall bring a dish...SPOT

February 05, 2008 - Msg 60103: Audit...field work...is done. Auditors are...gone.... Can't crunch...any...more...numbers....Must have rest.


February 05, 2008 - Msg 60104: MDC- That's what we do. We belong to Netflix and we rent tons of dvds from them. It's cheaper than cable and we can get all the good shows.

February 05, 2008 - Msg 60105: Good Evening Friends,
I pray all are well. We're hanging in here in GA. This weather is insane. One day it's snowing a few days later we're in t-shirts!
Romeena- I got your email. It works for me! I'm so sorry for your friend! I hope she feels better real soon.
Tom- You were right about the Giants!
Boo- Are you getting better? Bryson and my throats are a bit scratchy. My nephew has strep. I guess it's that time of year. They thought I was having a heart attack in Dec, but it was esphogeal spasms caused by my reflux.
Hey Auh20!
Rev- Glad you're home safe and sound.
Spot- You be safe on your trip to Big Maude's neck of the woods.
Hey to everyone else. I have got to get going. Y'all take care!
Voting is a privilege that we cannot afford to lose-so get to the polls before they close.
Opiemom- I understand reading and not typing. I do the same.
Me-They- I'll bring some sanka because it's 99% caffeine free and is gooood.

February 05, 2008 - Msg 60106: Well, I'd like to be that disciplined, but I'm not. I enjoy Animal Planet too much, and the Science, Discovery, Travel, and History channels, among others. Also you can catch some really good country gospel shows now and then. I use Dish Network, and enjoy all the technical features that provides - easy recording, pre-set recording, rewind and pause features, and of course, the channels I mentioned. My subscription doesn't include the bad movie channels, of course. Thank goodness, they still allow you to pick and choose.

Time Warner is not a company I enjoy supporting, but they are my computer cable provider. It's pretty hard to avoid supporting unsavory companies these days. Many companies are so diversified, that you just never know. You may buy a cake mix and be supporting some affiliate company that would curl your toes if you only knew. I just try to keep my own personal standards up, and hope for the best.

My son is back in the hospital. More problems with his kidneys, because of the liver failure. His liver is healing, but very, very slowly, and it's affecting his kidneys. The doctor says if the liver will ever turn the corner and get better, his kidneys will be okay too. That's my prayer.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some "vittles" around here. I think I'll broil some chicken legs, make a hash-brown potato casserole, and open a can of greens. I love that potato casserole! I heat a package of frozen diced potatoes in the microwave, saute an onion in some butter and stir into the warm potatoes. Add a can of chopped green chilies, a cup or two of buttermilk, a generous dollop of sour cream and some grated cheddar cheese. (No, this is not a heart-healthy casserole - just sue me.) I pour it all into a buttered casserole dish, and bake until it starts to bubble, then put more cheese on top and bake until it's melted and bubbly. Honeys and dears, that is one good potato casserole.

Be blessed, and Starr says howdy! --Romeena

February 05, 2008 - Msg 60107:
Romeena-I'm with you. I'd miss the History, Military, A&E, and Science Channels too much. As for the filth, and there is much of it on cable, it's not even in the same league as Internet filth and yet, here is Floyd's wonderful Porch. This must be one of those "thousand pionts of light," that W's Dad like to mention.

MDC-Is Phoenix getting back to normal?

Hey there Farrah!


February 05, 2008 - Msg 60108: Romeena the potato casserole sounds great I printed this page out to make it in the mts when we go..HEY Local Farrah!..wow good to see you and yea our weather is for sure Southern!..up and down...well lets eat..Ro"s chicken legs and my fried chicken and her potato thingie and green beans ...yall pitch in and bring what ya can..I will have a jar of hot peppers....SPOT

February 05, 2008 - Msg 60109: Thanks for the casserole recipe - can't wait to try it out. I like easy.


February 05, 2008 - Msg 60110: Hi All

February 05, 2008 - Msg 60111: Well, hey, I'm glad you all liked the sound of that recipe. Trust me, one key is to put the frozen diced potatoes in a big glass bowl and run them in the micro for at least five minutes. Stir a couple of times. The idea is to have the whole mixture pretty hot before it goes in the oven, otherwise it doesn't cook evenly. If you think you just can't stand to put buttermilk in it, you can substitute a can of some sort of cream soup. Actually, I started using buttermilk a while back when I was out of cream soup and didn't want to make a trip to the store. There sat the buttermilk in the fridge, and I thought "well, why not?" It worked well, and I never use soup
anymore. Oh, and you'll want to toss in a tsp or so of salt.

Well, off I go. Starr is begging for a cuddle, and I have just the lap for her. Be blessed, all! --Romeena

February 05, 2008 - Msg 60112: Self-discipline is one of the reasons we don't have cable. We'd watch the History Channel and Animal planet too much plus my baseball fans around here would never turn the tv off in the summer.


February 05, 2008 - Msg 60113: Hi porch pals. I tried to post earlier, but I am apparently still having problems with my computer. I'm not sure if it's my computer, or part of the problem with the server that we all had last week. Hopefully, this will post.
Reading everyones posts, I'm struck by how much we have in common, as far as entertainment goes. We may have different beliefs, and be from different walks of life, but a lot of us have a lot in common. Many of us are huge fans of the James Herriot books. I know Asa and Romeena and myself are, and I'm sure there are others. Also, Romeena mentioned today, she loves Calvin and Hobbes. Me too! I have all of the comic book collections also. Every one! MDC mentioned Newhart. I love those too. It's funny how people that love TAGS also have alot of other things they love in common with each other. As far as cable goes, we've got it too. I watch TV land (if there's something good... which is getting fewer and farther between), and I watch Halmark channel. Also Turner classic movie channel(can't remember the exact name of it). Also, there's a couple of other old movie channels that I watch. I can usually catch an old Shirley Temple, or Fred Astair or something like that. But, granted, there's many times when there's nothing but trash on, and that's when I just read a book or put in a DVD. My kids got me season one and two of "I love Lucy" for Christmas, and I've been watching that a lot lately. Funny, I've never been a huge "I love Lucy" fan, but watching it on DVD seems different. Especially when you can watch it from the very beginning, and see how the characters all evolved. Good stuff.
Well, I'm going to see if this posts. 10-4
- Hazel