February 16, 2008 - Msg 60345: Hi All.
Will Poor Horatio how the weather there?
You have ben miss .


February 16, 2008 - Msg 60346: Hey, Poor Horatio and Colt! So good to hear from you both.

Good questions, M-T. I remember a few years ago we played that game by asking what 5 people, present or past, would be love to spend an evening together with. We got some excellant and very touching responses with that one. As far as presidents go, it would have to be Abe Lincoln. I would love to ask him questions about what things were really like for him during the civil war. I would have a terrible time deciding on one musical performer so I will list them in order: 1. Keith Green 2. Mozart 3. Matthew Ward 4. George Wintson (pianist) 5. Manheim Steamroller....of course, some of those are no longer living.


February 16, 2008 - Msg 60347: Me-They,I've already got James Taylor booked to sing at my rock,but I'll send him to you and Mrs. Me-They as soon as he sings the last note of "Sweet Baby James,"ok? Don't I wish! And who wouldn't love to have Judy Garland sing "Over The Rainbow."? Can you imagine? Or Louis Armstrong's "Wonderful World"? I could go on and on.

As far as Presidents go,I would like to meet several of them- JFK,Lincoln,Reagan. Hmm.. tough to pick just one.

Hey there, Poor Horatio- you have been missed. Hope you can stick around a bit more.

Y'all have a good evening!
possum under a rock

February 16, 2008 - Msg 60348: Evening to you all.

I have been busy today doing numerous odd jobs aroung the house. laundy and cleaning as usual. I even managed to make a big pot of potato soup and cleaned up the inside of my van, and took it through the local car wash. I don't think I have washed it since cold weather set in. It was in the 50's today so seemed like a good day to do it. It will probably rain tomorrow!

Mu husband is working this week end so we have just been staying close to home today. He works every other week end Friday Saturday and Sunday. He will be off Monday and Tuesday. My kids are out of school on Monday so they can do something while I work.

Good to see everyone, Welcome back Poor Horatio.

Lets have a bedtime snack: warm chocolate chip cookies with a glass of cold milk.

see you all tomorrow.

Big Maude

February 16, 2008 - Msg 60349: Just checking in real quick. I hope to be back on tomorrow. During the week I'm just so busy. I can't seem to find time to get everything done.
Hubby and I watched Waitress tonight and it was magnificent. We were so surprised. It didn't make a lot of money at the box office, so we assumed it was a dud. Bryan didn't really want to watch it, but within 20 min he was hooked. Mr. Griffith did a wonderful job as an old mean coot. If y'all haven't seen it yet-run to blockbuster or netflix.
Well, y'all have a good evening and a good sabbath tomorrow.

February 17, 2008 - Msg 60350: no one home rats


February 17, 2008 - Msg 60351: Hey gang...500 is ON!..will read in a bit..nachos and wings for the race...SPOT

February 17, 2008 - Msg 60352: where is everybody??.what a RACE.Ryan!YEP..snack will be chilie and grilled cheese...kinda a late supper...~!..well im gona vacume...back in a bit!...SPOT

February 17, 2008 - Msg 60353: Hi Spot no one ben here all day.


February 17, 2008 - Msg 60354:
Hello porch family....Hope you all had a great worship day.
You're right Tom...no one around today.

Hey Spot....Good race today. Thanks for the snack tonight. Just what I was wanting.

You all have a good night and know that I'm praying for all the porch family.

February 17, 2008 - Msg 60355: Hey brother Rev and TOM!...got to hit the hey soon here at the dog house...but will hang on a while..!...SPOT

February 18, 2008 - Msg 60356: breakfast menu:4 [or ya can share] eggs yer way,thin pork chops,grits with butter and cheese,hashbrowns,bisquits and gravy,oj,coffee...SPOT

February 18, 2008 - Msg 60357: How do I get to see the photo album?


February 18, 2008 - Msg 60358: Hey porch! Hope everyone's had a blessed day.
Romeena, I forget how you get to your site.
you can email me if you prefer

Anyone on the porch ride motorcycles?
I bought one last May and the Misses and I have had some nice rides.
Now I can set up a check point on Hwy 6...check point chicky.

Rev, I guess you're still out singing? Been through Arkansas lately?

Spot, great hot wings...and nachos. Thanks


February 18, 2008 - Msg 60359: Ro's photo site is www(dot)romeena(dot)myphotoalbum(dot)com

Yep, it was a quiet day on the porch yesterday but I am hoping for a good moulage today...hope Me-They checks in.

Gotta go get Erin off to school. I'll check back later.


February 18, 2008 - Msg 60360: Thanks, I'll try to post something in the next few days

Spot, what lake in GA are those pictures on? I grew up in Gainesville, home of Lake Lanier.


February 18, 2008 - Msg 60361: Morning porch, It's Monday all over again.

Hope everyone is having a good start to the week.
I am working today, kids are out of school and probably still sleeping. I decided I needed to work here I am.

Lunch will be at Olive Garden today. We can car pool if you want.

Prayers and blessings to all today.

Big Maude

February 18, 2008 - Msg 60362:
Hey Folks

I'm not sure if this will post...but, here goes.

Chuck-Welcome back. I'll try and resist the urge to sing the "Welcome Back Kotter" theme.

Count me in for the low country boil, we enjoy that during the summer. But, I'll have to admit I didn't know that is what it was called. Is that a Southern thing or a New England thing?

Romeena-Truman would be a good one.

I would have to pick James Madison. I would love to know why he put his own beliefs to the side and throw completely in with Jefferson. And, for music I'd pick Johnny Cash.


February 18, 2008 - Msg 60363: Low Country boil is a southern beach thing.

My boys are camping this weekend in Savannah with Boy Scouts so it's just been me, my daughter and the 2yo. What a quiet weekend. We watched a lot of "girl" movies.

I'll meet you at Olive Garden


February 18, 2008 - Msg 60364: Good morning, all, or rather good afternoon. It's one minute after twelve!

About the low country boil, I had the impression it was an eastern seaboard thing, more southern than northern part of the seacoast. I've never been to one, but it does sound good. I like everything that was mentioned as going into the pot, so why wouldn't I like it all together? Of course, there's precious little that I don't like. I'm the world's easiest person to feed.

Opiemom, the address Boo gave you will get you to the album, but it's a read-only thing. No one has access to add or delete photos but me. If you have something you'd like to post, just send them to me and I'll get them right in there. I think you can post comments, but that's all.

How is everyone's weather? It's 54 here right now, heading for a predicted 58, with tomorrow expected to be mid-60's. My yard guy is here mowing and edging (yep, it needed it!) and I think my landscaper friend will be here tomorrow. We have a lot of pruning, a little planting, and a little transplanting to do. There are 25 roses in the rose island, and about four of them are just doing nothing. I think a couple of them may be dead. Anyway, the punier ones are coming out, and some healthy, vigorous plants are going in. My granddaughter is still planning to have her wedding back there in the late spring, and I'm not having any sickly rosebushes cluttering up the place.

Poor little Starr is still getting carsick every time I take her out. I'm hoping she'll outgrow it, but so far, I don't dare take her in the car without taking some paper towels and a couple of old towels along. At least she's neat about it. She just stretches her little neck out and deposits a little lump on the paper towel I've shoved under her chin. I wrap it in another towel and put it on the floor until I can get to a trash can. No muss, no fuss. Then she just sits and looks miserable until I stop the car, the poor little critter.

Well, off I go. Gotta go find a couple of rosebushes, and buy a couple flats of snapdragons. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

February 18, 2008 - Msg 60365: Opiemom its lake Allatoona...I keep my boats at Red Top....I just about live on the water in the summer....jet skis and camping...hey Big Maude,ro,boo,hazel,Rev,auh20,md,m-t,Tom and all....supper will be crock pot beef stew and corn bread...well let me get to work...SPOT

February 18, 2008 - Msg 60366: Well, Ro, it's in the mid-30's here, which in itself isn't that bad, but the wind is a bugger today. Hope Starr outgrows the carsickness, too, poor baby. I bet those roses will make your granddaughter's wedding look lovely.

Well, I thought about which president I would like to sit down and talk to, which got me to thinking of all the various walks of life they came from and personal experiences many of them had prior to taking office. I think my choice would be Dwight Eisenhower. I know a number of presidents had military experience, but to be Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during WWII - that is just a mind boggling thought to me. (Can't understand why no one wants to talk to Calvin Coolidge - oh, yeah, I guess the conversation would be a bit one-sided *wink*)

As far as the concert goes, I think I would love to see all the Gaither Homecoming Southern Gospel bunch together, especially if I could rewind about ten years and include some of the greats who have passed on.

I'm headed to spot's for supper, hope to see ya'll there.

Prayers for all.

February 18, 2008 - Msg 60367: I'm back. I bought five rosebushes, my landscaper friend will wring my neck, because I think there are only three in the island that need to come out. The other two, we'll have to find homes for. Oh well, as big as this yard is, that shouldn't be too hard. I bought one called "Angel Face", even though I already have one. It has the sweetest fragrance, and is just a beautiful lavender-pink, full-petaled rose. I bought it for Sugarplum a couple of years ago, because I often called her Angelface. So now I have another, and it can be Starr's bush. I call her Angelface now and then, too. My poor little Plum baby, I still miss her so much. It's amazing what a big hole they leave in your heart when they leave this world. Mavis, how are you doing, honey?

I also bought two flats of snapdragons, mixed colors. They're not blooming yet, but are healthy, vigorous plants, so I know they'll be pretty. My garden center friend/neighbor will deliver some bags of corn gluten meal and some dry molasses tomorrow, and we'll get all of that spread on Wednesday. Between those two, I won't need any chemical weed killer or fertilizer, and the fire ants will leave me alone as well. They hate dry molasses. Then in a few weeks, I'll get some horticultural cornmeal and soak it in warm water to make a tea, which I'll spray on the roses. Stops blackspot and mildew in its tracks. Then you spread the leftover wet cornmeal on the ground around roses and crape myrtles, and it further discourages fungal diseases. Organic works, you just have to be sure you DO it!

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some vittles. Starr is sacked out, she missed her nap while running errands with me, and she's snoozing now. She didn't throw up this time in the car, but she was looking a bit peaky. I drove holding her up on my shoulder with one hand, because she seems to do better when she can see out. The little goose has a car seat which would accomplish the same thing, but she drops down into it and curls up, then gets sick. I sure hope she outgrows that.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

February 18, 2008 - Msg 60368: Ok, Romeena. What's your e-mail?

It might be a few days, just got a call that my 80 year old Mother is in the hospital very weak, bleeding internally somewhere. THe drs. are searching. It is 3 hours away. Right now my sis says to stay put here, but I might be leaving for a few days.

Could you all pray for my mother, me and the family. My family could write a book on dysfunction so when and if I need to go, I'd appreaciate prayers also.


February 18, 2008 - Msg 60369: Surely, Opiemom. Prayers for you and your family. Dysfunction or not, she's your mom, and of course you're concerned. Do what your heart tells you to do.

My address is Romeena at air mail dot com, and of course you leave out all spaces and put it in normal symbolic format. With any luck, writing it in this format here will fool the "bots" that cruise the internet, gleaning addresses.

If your pictures are digital, you can just email them to me. If they're prints, you can send them by snail mail and I can scan them. Either way, I'll get them into the album.

Drat, when I was unloading the snapdragons from my car earlier, I realized they're the standard ones, not the little dwarf plants I love so well. I'm really not all that excited about the ones that get two feet tall. I've never grown them, and am not sure I want to try them now. I'm afraid they'll be too tall to blend in with everything else out there. Where I was planning to put them, they'd be mixed with pansies and a little later, with petunias as well, both of which only get about six inches tall. Well, we'll see. Maybe I'll create a little stand of snapdragons in another bed, by themselves. That could work. I have an area on an east-facing fence, where they could do their thing. Maybe I'll try that.

Well, Starr needs her face washed. Still got that teary-eyed problem. I wish that would dry up, poor little girl. Her sweet little face is all wet most of the time, and that's annoying to her and unsightly to me. Another month or two, and if she hasn't outgrown it, we're seeing the vet again. --Romeena

February 18, 2008 - Msg 60370: Prayers Opiemom!..yall get the pics to Romeena!slow here at work but could change anytime...got plenty of stew left over if some of yall need to take some for lunch at work tomorrow!..well I got to find a movie....back in a bit...SPOT

February 18, 2008 - Msg 60371: AFD, "what did Calvin Coolidge say"?

February 18, 2008 - Msg 60372:
Hello porch family....Hope you all had a great day.

Chuck....Yep I'm still on the road singing. Been busy but nope I haven't been to Ark lately. It's been about a year since I was there. (Hot Springs area)
What kind of motorcycle do you have? I grew up riding. I've always had Hondas. Haven't owned one for a while but still ride quite often since my dad bought a new 1300 Honda Shadow a few years back. He can't ride as much any more so he wants me to run it. My wife and I go out and ride through the country side.

Opiemom.....prayers for your mother and all the family.

Spot...I'll take a bowl of that stew. Don't work too hard brother.

Ro....sounds like you prettying the place up. Spring will be here before we know it.

Well I'm heading off to bed. You all have a Jesus filled night. Prayers for all the porch family.

February 19, 2008 - Msg 60373: Rev....I've got a Magna V4 cruiser. Very similar to the Shadows, only with 4 pistons. Something about seeing Gods creation on 2 wheels gives me that warm fuzzy feeling.

Where in Hot Springs did you sing? Our children go to youth camp there in the summer.


February 19, 2008 - Msg 60374: On the Presidents question, I'm STILL behind W.
I'd love to talk with him just to hear him get his words all twisted up. I think he'll go down as one of the greastest, IMO.

As far as singers, don't know if anyone here has heard of the Happy Goodman Family with Howard, Sam, Rusty and Vestal.... would love too have dinner with them (as long as THEY were buying, of course, he he).

Are there any computer techies on the porch?
My HP 19" LCD monitor is either playing dead, or is gone for good. I hate that too, because she's only 18 mos. old. *sniff sniff*

Spot, whatcha got going for breakfast?

Everyone have a great day.

February 19, 2008 - Msg 60375: Ome more thing...My son is in Management with Alltel and they are having a huge annual meeting of some sort in Little Rock this week.
They had Neil Jones (the singer) for entertainment there last year.
This year for entertainment it will be the "Myth Busters" from A&E. I thought that would a unique idea for a pleasure break.


February 19, 2008 - Msg 60376: Not Neil Jones, but Neil YOUNG!

February 19, 2008 - Msg 60377: Morning gang..breakfast menu:2 eggs your way,grits,thin cut pork chops,bacon,bisquits and gravy,hashbrowns milk,coffee,oj and h20...ready at 7:00 est...im headed to the dog house and back at work at 2 will holler them...prayers...good to have ya back CHUCK!,,Rev see ya at breakfast brother..SPOT

February 19, 2008 - Msg 60378: Speaking of presidents, I just saw on the History channel yesterday that President Buchanan was gay. They said he had a long-term relationship with a man who was his "roommate". He was the only pres never to marry. Just a little trivia there. Anyone else ever hear that?

Yep, Chuck, those Goodmans look like they could really eat. Didn't Vestal pass away recently?

Prayers for your mom and family, Opiemom.

I sure have been missing some of the porch folks. It is great to have Chuck back, now I wish the rest would come home. APB for Asa, Merri Weather, PH, Irishter, Charlotte, Mrs. Wiley, Mary Wiggins, Hazel, Sterling, Goober, Mayberry Deputy and anyone else I may have missed...

Better go get Erin off to school...


February 19, 2008 - Msg 60379: Don't know about Buchanan. A quick look on google has sites which say yes and other sites that say no. So I guess it is is anybody's guess. One site even claimed Lincoln was gay.

Thanks for the prayers for my mom. THe CAT scan did show where she was bleeding. She still has a little bit of bleeding, so she's still in the hospital. Her blood chemistry and pressure are good. She did have some sort of infection in her blood and she's on an antibiotic. So I'm not traveling over there right now.

On the other TAGS board I post on, Irishter posted a message saying his church in Ireland has really taken off and he hasn't had much computer time. He hasn't been posting on that site as well. Not sure about Merri, she hasn't posted at the other site for quite some time either. She has little ones. HOpe they aren't sick.


February 19, 2008 - Msg 60380: Good morning, all. Chuck, I'd bet most of us here know of the Happy Goodman family. They're a legend, and I'm sorry they're gone. And thank you for supporting Dubya, even though so many have jumped ship. He may have made some mistakes - who hasn't? - but going to war with with terrorists wasn't one of them. The biggest mistake will be if he doesn't take it down to the mat with them, and I'm afraid he won't have time now. If he doesn't, it won't happen, because there's no one in the wings, Democrat or Republican, who has the gonads to continue the fight. We are in deep, deep trouble with Islam, and I don't mean just the U.S. The world is in danger, and such a pitiful few seem to realize it. I'm convinced that not even the mainstream Muslims are aware of what is coming, but if the extremists continue to gain power, the rest of Islam is going to find themselves in a position they can't even imagine right now.

Well, that's my encouraging little word for this morning. Be blessed, all. Pray for our world. --Romeena

February 19, 2008 - Msg 60381: Opiemom, I'm glad your mother is stable. Sounds like the situation is under control. --Romeena

February 19, 2008 - Msg 60382: "Gonads...", good choice of words...haha.


February 19, 2008 - Msg 60383: Good morning everyone. I was off work yesterday for a doctor’s appointment. I didn’t necessarily have to take off the whole day, but, heck, why not?

Good to hear from you HORATIO. Hey to everybody.

It may or may not be true that James Buchanan was a little light in his brogans. He was never married, and had a male roommate for decades. He was often referred to as his roomie’s (also a Congressman) “wife.” There definitely was a lot of innuendo and insinuation there—enough smoke to indicate a possible fire. But it never was a huge issue to his career. One thing is for sure, he was one of the nation’s worst presidents who holds much blame for dumping a huge national crisis on the next administration.

The idea that Lincoln was gay is not supported by any meaningful evidence whatsoever. It was mainly perpetrated by a—and I use the word very loosely here—historian several years ago who wrote a book based on widely refuted and erroneous “facts” to supposed his forgone conclusion. One of the facts he used was that Lincoln slept in the same bed with his private secretary while visiting troops in the field. Well, he did but this was not an uncommon practice in the day. And consider, how many beds would have been available in the field anyway? We are talking the 19th century. Is it any surprise that this particular author had an agenda?

This author makes the fallacy of attributing modern sensibilities to historical subjects to draw a conclusion. If anyone has seen a 19th century photo of a male sports team, or group of soldiers, etc., they are frequently pictured with arms around one another, arms or hands clasped together, or even with their heads in one another’s laps or on one another’s shoulders. Today, you’d never see the local high school football team photo looking like that. These were common poses and were not seen as a threat to their masculinity or an indication of their s*xuality.

See y’all at lunch.


February 19, 2008 - Msg 60384: Hey Boo, and everyone, I'm right'chere! Finally got Kai off to school after her 5, count'em 5, days off of school. Two snow days, one teacher conference, and of course the weekend. She was happy about all that time off of course.
If you like snow, you would like it up here right now, because we have it. In spades.

Well, today's the primary. I'll probably go vote after work today, though I don't really think my guy has a chance anyway(Andy's not running anyway, is he?;)).

I was running through the archives(well, the last page couple pages anyway), and Me-They and I are kind of going through the same thing with regard to churches, though not for the same reasons.
I noticed you mentioned you were Baptist, Romeena. Well, we might be joining your flock. Have already been to one service.
It's a complex story about how this has come about, and I apologize in advance for the long post, but it is also something I've always felt kind of bad about because I felt like I was keeping something from all of you. I mean, I believe in God and all, but there was a time when I fell away from my Church(Catholic) and was even rather agnostic. My wife was the same way with her Church(Mormon), and that is how it was when we met. Personally, my "reconnection" occurred gradually over time, just the same way as my disconnection had occurred.
That is, a reconnection with God, but still not going to church.
After Kai was born, the thought of going back to church became more a more important thought, for both my wife and myself, I believe.
My wife was vehemently opposed to the thought of Kai going to Catholic church, because of the s*x scandals they are always playing up in the media(surprise, surprise).
I had my own serious problems with some facets of the Mormon doctrines, so I suggested we go to a non-denominational church. At first this didn't sit well with my wife, who still wanted to go to a Mormon church. Her mother's(who was also a "lapsed-Mormon" herself) suggestion was that we take Kai to Catholic church one week, and then go to Mormon church the next. This idea didn't feel right to me, as I felt that if we were going to go to church, we should be going to church as a family, and also that this way would only just be confusing for Kai.
Finally, finally,(I mean, after years, finally) my wife looked like she was ready to compromise and find a church we could all at least tolerate together, and she asked me what kind of churches they had around here. I mentioned a few, all pretty denominational ones, as we don't have too many non-denominational churches around here that I know of. The closest to that was the Congregational church, but then my mom told me that WAS their denomination. I had always thought they were not that specific.
Anyway, one day my wife asked me what about the Baptist church I liked(as I had mentioned it a couple times before), and I told her(and correct me if I am wrong, Romeena) that Baptists seem to follow more the original text of the Bible, and don't veer off with how THEY think the Bible should be interpreted, as some "progressive" churches might. I've always taken issue with churches that want to change something in the Bible when they don't like what it says, and it doesn't fit their world-view.
So, this last Sunday was our first time there. Through my research of the church, I mentioned to Kai and my wife, that they do have a time during the service when the children go off to another room for "junior church", but that if you didn't feel comfortable leaving your kids with other people, it wasn't required.
When the time came, to mine and my wife's surprise, Kai wanted to go to the junior church session, so we let her. And she loved it, and wants to go back next week, and possibly even to the Sunday school they have before the main service. We were so proud of her, because she tends to be shyer(is that a word?) about new things.
To MY surprise, my wife(who was bemoaning not going to a Mormon service even as we were driving to church that Sunday) liked the service as well, and we both loved the Pastor's sermon.
She may still have some reservations though I think, so if you wouldn't mind a prayer or two in my direction, I would appreciate that. I simply wouldn't be able to condone taking Kai to a Mormon church, based on what I've seen about some of the things they teach.
That's why I respect the Baptist church so much. They go by the Bible, so you know what you are getting. No if's, and's, or but's.

Well, maybe you could tell me more about what to expect about Baptist services, Romeena. It's a lot different than the Catholic ones I am used to. Though the sermon's message was familiar.

I am just glad I might be able to join you guys and gals now when the conversation turns to church matters. I never felt I should before, as I wasn't going to one at the time.

Well, I'd better get ready for work. Have a nice day, everyone!

-Sterling Holobyte

February 19, 2008 - Msg 60385: Sterling - with all the differences you and your wife seem to be having in the past, it seems like your marriage is healing. Congrats of finding a church that works for you!


February 19, 2008 - Msg 60386: Sterling, I am "pickled tink"! Thanks for making my day and bless you for being a spiritual leader and seeking the right place for your family. Good for you!!


February 19, 2008 - Msg 60387: hey gang ,just stopped in for a trouble check .
Prayers for everyone on the porch in need
SPOT..MDC.... how did you guys like the "500"

February 19, 2008 - Msg 60388:
I'm Back! Whew, got the whole house painted a desert sand color. But my oh my am i SORE from ladder climbing, lifting 5 gal buckets etc.
It should be good for 15 years, at which time i will hire someone! This is the third time I did it and that is it! ha
Good to see Chuck and others.
Prayers for Opiemom's family.
BTW, Colt's birthday was Sat.
Hang in there my friends,

February 19, 2008 - Msg 60389:
M-T- I still keep the glass berries, ya never know when they'll come back into fashion!
Wish i could get the fat little mayor to do the job, he lays it on pretty thick, ya know!! haha

February 19, 2008 - Msg 60390: That's great news, STERLING. I echo HM and BOO's sentiments, too.

Watch that back, MDC. I hear that guy that sells that junk (need a pineapple skinner?) out of his car is painting houses now.

Oh, speaking of religion and moulages, I hear that the Archbishop of Canterbury (leader of the Anglican Church) has come and out and said that Great Britain should start recognizing parts of Sharia Law. Isn't that sweet? Not the "bad" parts, mind you, like stoning adulterous women or anything, but the "good" parts. I cannot understand how a Christian leader can, under any circumstances, suggest such a thing. With spiritual leaders like that, nowonder GB is "post-Christian."

Prayers for you OPIEMOM.


February 19, 2008 - Msg 60391: M-They, I find this thought of emeshing Sharia Law with Brittish law very strange and who decides what are the "good parts" and which are the "bad parts"?! Why would they want to do such a thing?


February 19, 2008 - Msg 60392: BOO: This is from a Canadian paper...

"The Archbishop of Canterbury has called for a limited application of Islamic law in Britain.

Muslims praised the proposal but the government rejected it.

The unusual suggestion from Britain's highest-ranking Christian leader would, if adopted, allow British Muslims to choose to resolve marital and financial disputes under Islamic law, known as Shariah, rather than through British courts.

Archbishop Rowan Williams said in a radio interview with the BBC that incorporating Islamic law could help improve Britain's flagging social cohesion."

See y'all tomorrow. Have a great evening!


February 19, 2008 - Msg 60393: Sterling, I found your post to be very moving. Prayers and commendations to you and your famliy.

Spot, you make breakfast sound so good I can smell it!

Buchanan was a gay Pres? Never knew that.
I wonder if the "rumors" about Lincoln is simply a person of the gay persuasion trying to justify there own "orientation"? Oh well.....as Ernest T once said "I don't cotton to all this... I don't like it, I don't like it"

Mayberry Deputy, thanks for the trouble check. hehehe

Everyone have a nice evening!


February 19, 2008 - Msg 60394: Well, if Lincoln is considered gay because he shared a bed occasionally with someone of the same s*x, I guess we would all qualify as gay, especially church women who go on yearly women's retreats (sarcastic smile).

M-T, do you think there will be a time when they will be discussing including Sharia Law here in the united states...?


February 19, 2008 - Msg 60395: MD THE RACE WAS A GOOD {2} MAN WIN!..hey chuck,ro,boo,m-t,Rev,Tom and all...wind here and giving the power lines fits....got to get busy...all lights are NOT on!..supper will be Capt-Dees fish dinner...on me...back in a bit...SPOT

February 19, 2008 - Msg 60396: Good afternoon, everyone. Boo, I know you weren't asking me, but I'll answer anyway. Yes, I do think that time will come. The more deeply entrenched Muslims become in this country, the closer that day comes. Besides, the whole idea just sounds as politically correct as can be, and we all know how that charms a large portion of our population.

Me-They, you're so right about the "rules" regarding physical contact between same-gender people changing. As recently as my own teenage years (the 50's) things were very different than they are today. Boys weren't that prone to be in close proximity with each other, but girls certainly were. We walked across the schoolyard holding hands, or arms around each other's waists, or arms linked. There was absolutely nothing s#xual about it, it was all part of belonging, of exhibiting close friendship, and no one thought a thing about it. Go back a few more generations, and you find the practices you described. That sort of closeness went on for centuries, and I believe was also found in Jesus' time. There are those who have made lewd suggestions about the descriptions of the disciples leaning on Jesus, and the paintings depicting such situations, most notably the Last Supper. The suggestion that there was anything homos#xual about those descriptions or paintings is ludicrous. That was the norm for the time. Men greeted each other with a kiss, for pete's sake! Do that today and you'll get your lights punched out, but it was common and expected back then.

Does anyone besides me know what a "bundling board" is? Bed-sharing was common in the 1800's, because houses were drafty and poorly heated, beds were small, and families were large. So sleeping space was often at a premium, especially when there were visitors. Often it was necessary to place people of opposite gender in the same bed, so a "bundling board" was employed. This was essentially a wooden plank that was placed on edge, down the middle of the bed. Then two or three people of one gender were placed on one side of the board, and one or more of the opposite gender were bedded down on the other side, and everyone slept, warm and "safe". No, to answer your question, I never slept beside a bundling board (I'm not THAT old!), but I did hear my grandmother describe it. She remembered it from her own childhood.

Sterling, I'm happy for you, and proud of the effort you're making. I wish you the very best, and if you have questions regarding the Baptist church, I'll be happy to answer if I can. Most of your questions would be best directed to the pastor of your chosen church, however. Just remember that the Baptist church is very big on individual, personal faith, and pretty short on ritual and rules for worship.

Well, Eloise and I have tickets to go hear Barry Manilow in concert tonight, so guess I'd better get dressed. We're taking the DART train into Dallas, so as not to have to park the car and then fight the traffic getting out of the parking area afterward. The train stops at a special station, just about 100 yards from the entrance to the American Airlines Center - a large performance center built by - you guessed it - American Airlines. It's quite nice, we have attended several things there, and always enjoy it.

Well, be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

February 19, 2008 - Msg 60397: Have a great time Romeena. I saw Barry Manilow in concert 20 years ago. He puts on a great show. I love his music.

My mom was taken to surgery this evening about 7:30. It is supposed to be a fairly extensive surgery.


February 19, 2008 - Msg 60398:
Hello porch family.

Chuck....nice bike man. I know you are enjoying it. As for Hot Springs, I was in a small church called Souls Harbor. When ever I'm traveling near that area I always try to schedule them during the weekday. It's small but they really enjoy the concert. As well as I remember you were a pastor...Are you still pastoring?

Boo....yep...Vestal passed away some times back while she was in Florida. It's been a while.

Opiemom....still praying for your mom.

Sterling....that is great man! I pray that God just continue to reveal His plan for your lives and continue to open these doors for you and your family.

Ro....have fun tonight at the concert. But don't stay out too late.

Spot.....hope you get those lines fixed up and the power back on soon. Since you are so busy brother, we can all meet at the Waffle House in the morning so that you won't have to cook.

You all have a great night and remember that Jesus loves you. He really does!
Prayers for all the porch family.

February 19, 2008 - Msg 60399: Just an update on my mom. She came through surgery well. The dr. found some sort of mass which was blocking her upper bowel and had begun bleeding extensively. He was able to repair/remove it. She will be in the hospital at least another 72 hours to monitor it.

Thanks everyone for praying. I do so appreciate it.

Rev, I do so look forward to your encouraging words each evening. They help me stay focused on the eternal which unfortunately gets lost here in the mounds of laundry.


February 19, 2008 - Msg 60400: Opiemom my prayers for your mom..Rev thanks for the waffle house breakfast that will work...still have a little bit going on here but wind has died down..Ro hopw ya have fun..hey Sterling my friend..CHUCK!..hey buddy..where is Asa? and possum?..TOM?..hey M-T,goober,md,mdc...i get off at 6 am and back at 2 for 16 more [8 of that OT]and then off for 6 days till next wed night...got to get that barn started if the rain holds out [but if it dont its ok] cause we need it bad...lakes got to hurry up..about fishing time..well let me get my reports run for the day before midnight...prayers to all..Gosh I just love this porch!!..later guys and gals...SPOT

February 20, 2008 - Msg 60401: Hi, all. I'm back, the Barry Manilow concert was such fun. He really puts on a show, and it was clean. At one point, he was focusing on the 70's, and had a 70's style chair set up on an old orange shag rug, big purple lava lamp, and there was a cigarette smoldering in an ashtray. He picked it up, made some comment about how he used to smoke, then said the cigarette looked "funny". He pretended to puff on it, then made exaggerated spaced-out faces. Everybody was laughing, then he put the thing out and said, "Are you kidding? The only drug I take is Lipitor!" Brought the house down.

He still looks good, sounds good, and puts on a great show. The opening act was excellent, and the whole evening just had a gentle, friendly quality that was very pleasant. The train ride there and back is so easy and convenient, and with the six of us being good friends, we just had a great evening. It didn't hurt any that our tickets were FREE! My jeweler brother and his wife are usually given a block of tickets for performances like that by a friend of theirs who promotes concerts for the AA Center, and they give them out to the first ones who take them. So not only was it a great show, but all it cost me was $1.50 for the train ticket.

Opiemom, that's encouraging news about your mom. Sounds like the worst may be over.

REV, I agree with what she said. Your evening posts are like a benediction, and are so appreciated. We miss you when you're unable to get to the porch, but we pray for you.

Well, guess I'll go cuddle little Starr. Her sweet face was all teary-wet when I got home. Poor baby, it really upsets her when mama leaves. The Plum didn't like it either, but she handled it, I guess she knew I'd be back, and Starr hasn't quite gotten that concept yet. I think she thinks she's been deserted every time. I hope she gets over that, I just feel awful every time I have to leave her.

Be blessed, everyone. See you tomorrow. --Romeena

February 20, 2008 - Msg 60402:
Rev...Yes I'm still at the same little church.
And I'll ditto everyone else....your post are a blessing to me, too.

Romeena, are you anywhere near Sulphur Springs.

Spot, your job just made me think of the old Glen Campbell song "Wichita Lineman".

Everyone have a "Mayberry kind of day"!

February 20, 2008 - Msg 60403: Glay ya had fun Romeena!..sounda great...OK lets all meet Rev at the waffle house then its home for me to sleep and back at 2 for 16 more then off for 6 days!....scattered,smothered,covered,chunked,topped,and peppered!....I will say grace...where is Asa...CHUCK you hold the door....SPOT

February 20, 2008 - Msg 60404: Poor Starr-Baby! It must be hard to leave her, Ro. I am glad you and Eloise had a good time at the concert, sounds like fun. Interesting about the "budling board". It must have been tough to get a good night's sleep with all those people crammed into one bed (and beds were smaller then, weren't they?). My mom had 6 brothers and sisters and they were very poor (her dad worked in the coal mines in West Virginia), and she said they had to sleep several to a bed. She also talks about the outhouse and having to bath in a a washtub in the kitchen. She said they put the tub in front of the stove for warmth, then filled it and started youngest to oldest, all using the same water. We sure are spoiled now, compared to then! My grandma also had to wash clothes in a washtub over a fire, can you imagine...and then feed all those kids everyday! She lived to be 80-something and still cooked like she was cooking for 19 people everyday. I never ate so good as when I visited her in the summers as a kid. Wow, her biscuits and gravy were like none other!

Glad your mom is doing better, Opiemom!

Last night at the drug rehab, one of the regular girls was crying because her grandmother was dying in a hospital in Dallas. She told me her grandma was a drug addict who was in liver failure and wasn't expected to make it through the night. The girl was very concerned about the state of grandma's soul. Please say a prayer for Brittany and her grandmother today. I appreciate it.

Sure is great to have you back regular, Chuck.

Hey to REV and SPOT, too. See ya at Waffle House.

Better get Erin ready. Lots to do today around here but I'm not complaining...at least I have a washing machine and indoor plumbing!


February 20, 2008 - Msg 60405: Mornin' y'all. Just poppin in before spot sends the posse out for me! Doin' good,just busy.

Opiemom,prayers for your mom's swift recovery.

Prayers for Brittany & her grandmother as well.

Glad you had a good time at the show,Ro!

Y'all think maybe Asa will show up at the Waffle House? Where has he been? Sure miss him.

Happy Belated birthday to Pappa Bear!

Y'all have a good day!
possum under a rock

February 20, 2008 - Msg 60406:
Sterling, you REALLY put a lot of thought and research into this and the Lord will belss your efforts. I continue to pray that healing continues for all of you!
RO- our Phoenix area light rail will go on line this december. Believe it or not, they were considering the acronym PHART! But, for obvious reasons it will not be that! haha It will be Valley Metro Light Rail.
More and more brits are coming here because of what's happening over there. Also, you never see mentioned in the secular news that all the car burnings in France are done my MUSLIM youths. They leave that part out. That is why is is so very important that we pray about and participate in the Nov election here. It is very possibly a turning point for our country. True Living God be with us!
Have a super day in the Lord.
Andy: (after Opie shows him the egg in the bottle) Thank you for the scientific demonstration, saved me a trip to the World's Fair.

February 20, 2008 - Msg 60407: Good afternoon everyone. I only have a minute, but wanted to let OPIEMOM know that her family is in my prayers.

ROMEENA: I've heard of bundling. In the rural northeast in the 18th century, it also was permitted for courting couples as an acceptable sleeping arrangement. (With people sometimes miles apart, sleeping over after a trip was not uncommon.) Although we get very uptight today about discussing the birds and the bess with our kids, imagine how "educated" pioneer children were sleeping in one or two-room house (sometimes next to their parents), with kids keeping coming.

BOO: Gee, I hope not. But it sure would be politically correct!

MDC: I think that the big difference between the fires in Frnace and other violence involving Muslims is that in that situation it is much more about economics than religion. From what I have seen and heard, the Muslim youth carrying out the violence (who are on the low end of the socio-economic ladder there) are demanding jobs.

Well, off to lunch then to take Chad to the doctor about his hernia. Say a prayer, please!


Oh, yeah, ROMEENA...I write the songs...

February 20, 2008 - Msg 60408: Prayers for Chad concerning the hernia, bless his little heart. May everything be as stress-free and comfortable as possible for him.

Me-They, you make an interesting point that I have often wondered about. With everyone in such close quarters, you have to wonder. I think that maybe kids were more in touch with the realities of life, like birth and death. Think about it, not only were babies conceived in close quarters, but they were born at home. Also, when a member of the family died, they weren't automatically hauled off to a funeral home but were often kept at home for a "wake". My mom still talks about that. She remembers hearing her mom talk about when she was a child and her dad was killed in a mine cave-in. They kept the body at home for the wake, no embalming, nobody could afford that. She remembers seeing blood seeping from the cracks of his crudely-made coffin. Sound horrible, I know, but that was reality in those days. I think maybe they had a healthier view of birth and death, though...that's just my guess, though. Couldn't say for sure. I do know that there was alot of "mystery" associated with the death process and I remember my mom and her relatives talking about mountain "magic" and such. They were real hillbillies, though...like something out of "Coal Miner's Daughter"! ha

Hey MDC, glad to hear you painted your house "desert sand". I'll bet it looks great. You should have someone take a picture of you out in front for Ro's photo site. Gosh, I was just thinking that the last time I was in Phoenix, I was about 25 yrs old and it was about 115 degrees! It is a beatiful place in the winter months, though. I was there in December once and it was gorgeous weather.

You like Manilow, Me-They, or are you being sarcastic? heehee...when I was a kid, I actually had fantasies of Barry Manilow singing to me...(gag), can't imagine what was wrong with me.


February 20, 2008 - Msg 60409: ...I was from a small town that lacked good entertainment....


February 20, 2008 - Msg 60410: Back at work now...hey Rev,boo,m-t,Tom,asa,possum,hazel,CHUCK,opiemom and all...big maude lets whup up some supper ok?..I will frie up some chicken and mac-n-cheese,greenbeans and smashed taters....SPOT

February 20, 2008 - Msg 60411:
M-they- Next time i'm out of work, I'll be sure to burn a few cars and add it to my resume! (:
That should help out quite a bit in securing new employment. (Sorry, couldn't resist!)
Boo- I will do that. I'll get a pix to Romeena.
Sounds like they were a real Darling family! I love the ep where they are all snoring in unison and Barney and Andy couldnt sleep!
Little House had a loft, but maybe that was just done for TV.
It's good to have spring training back.
Lunar eclipse tonight.
Opie: I know who ought to win if you want to choose the priettiest girl in town.
Andy: Who?
Opie: Mary Wiggins

February 20, 2008 - Msg 60412: We were at a church when we were first married and one of the children had cancer and was dying. I remember our pastor talking to the parents about talking to your children about death. He said, that in the past people were more in touch with death. Grandpa might die in the upstairs bedroom, Mama might have a baby that died. Now we are more separated from life and death.

As for Little House, the loft was for the tv show. Some of the homes Laura and family lived in were one big room.


February 20, 2008 - Msg 60413: That's right, Opiemom (about the Ingalls). When they lived on the banks of Plum Creek, they lived in one room hole in the ground, remember? It had one window and the dirt walls were white-washed! Boy, we are spoiled, aren't we? Imagine a dirt floor to sweep, and it must have been a very hard life for a woman. Probably pregnant most of the time, no anesthesia for childbirth and if you had complications, you just died. Most lost their share of children to disease, too. My mom tells about an outbreak of Diphtheria when she was a child and that most of the kids in her extended family survived because their grandma made a tea out of sheep manure and made them drink it. One boy cousin died and instead of burning his things, they put everything in a trunk and buried it. She tells me that years later, one of the kids dug it up and got Diphtheria. Strange. Have any of you got any interesting old stories about your parents/grandparents?

Yep MDC, my Mom's family was kind of like the Darlin's. I remember once as an adult, they had a family reunion at one of my great-aunt's birthdays. They didn't play any instruments but they sure sang alot of really horrible-sounding songs! Similar to the Darlin's but they didn't sound that good. My mother had a beautiful voice (folks used to hire her for weddings and so on) but I sure don't know where she got it after I heard 'em all sing at that reunion!