March 03, 2008 - Msg 60686: You snuck in there on me, Ro! Ha ha! You have a devious mind. That's a good idea about the phone calls.

Yes, I do feel we are in the right place right now.
Thank you.

-Sterling Holobyte

March 03, 2008 - Msg 60687: Here I was thinking about how I should get something done instead of sitting here on the computer all day, and here I up and do some work without even knowing it!;)

-Sterling Holobyte

March 03, 2008 - Msg 60688: Good afternoon everyone. Only a minute (I know, what's my hurry? Ask my boss).

HM: THat is just terrible. Prayers for little Peyton.

STERLING: I could have written your post 60685. I grew up listening to "emphatic" and "animated" (ie. "loud") and it's just not my cup of tea, either. I can sit, however uncomfortably, though a fire and brimstone, Bible thumping, in the red on the conviction meter sermon, but I need it delivered below the level of a rock show. I just can't concentrate on the message when I'm being yelled at. But ROMEENA is absoluetly correct; some people get the most from that style of preaching, and it certainly has its place.

I also think she may be right about this congregation. If they are as welcoming and Godly as they appear to be then they won't expect you to conform to the crowd. We aren't going to be judged by how high we held up our hand in church or how loud we shouted amen. God knows you're heart and as long as you follow His lead, that's what important.

Well, I'll try and stop back later.

Where's BOO today?


March 03, 2008 - Msg 60689: Prayers for Peyton and his grandparents.


March 03, 2008 - Msg 60690: is there really a mayberry

March 03, 2008 - Msg 60691:
Sterling- I hope you understand that I was just trying to be a little lighthearted with my "saved" message. Yup, catholic, and yes to Sat PM service. They were started as an idea to adopt the Jewish tradition of the next day starting at sundown.
Also, as i mentioned earlier, I had a Holy Spirit experience some years ago, and am now quite comfortable with the raised hands etc, tho before that, no way. So God does work with us in many different ways. After all, we are all different,unique, wonderful creations of the Most High God and we are at all different places on the road.
BTW, good sweep!
March came in like a lion here in Phx area. Very windy this past weekend! It's almost time for good old 14A.
Barney: Asa, those bullets are MOLDY!

March 03, 2008 - Msg 60692:
To message 60691-- Mayberry is a made-up name but it was based on the real town of Mt. Airy, NC.

March 03, 2008 - Msg 60693: Hey there, Me-They, I'm right here!

I, myself, am used to quiet preachers but I can appreciate anyone who is speaking the truth and telling the Gospel in love. I have changed alot over the years and my appreciation of preachers has become more "ecclectic". Like Andy and TV dinners, "I like 'em!". Hey, I happen to catch a musician/singer/songwriter on You Tube that I thought was really interesting, different from the norm. His name is Jason Upton. Maybe some of you are familiar with him but he was new to me. Me-They, check out some of music on YouTube when you get a chance and tell me what you think.

That is some situation with your father-in-law, Sterling, wow. Too bad he married that woman when he did.

Gotta run pick up Erin from school...


March 03, 2008 - Msg 60694: Forgot to mention, Me-They, that some of Jason Upton's video clips are not so good, hard to hear, etc., but some where he is performing in churches are easy to hear, you just have to kind of search around.


March 03, 2008 - Msg 60695: Try "When You Were A Child", M-T. I think you would like that one.


March 03, 2008 - Msg 60696: Thanks, BOO. I did check out several of his songs. They are quite good, and he certainly is passionate about delivering them. I think more than a song or two at a time by him would be too much for me, though. I looked him up briefly and what I've read compare his music to Keith Green, who I know you enjoy a great deal. Some of the stuff I've read about him sounds a little out there but certainly nothing to make one steer clear. Thanks for sharing!


March 03, 2008 - Msg 60697: Hey, Sterling, I believe we're on the same page and didn't realize it. I don't want to be screamed at at rock-concert level either. I'll leave that to the high-kneed prancing, shouting, sweating, sing-song chanting, send-me-your-dollars televangelists. I think it's a matter of degree. When I say "emphatic", you're thinking "yelling". I may be describing a raised voice, (WHAT'S your hurry?) for emphasis, but not screaming. By the way, that relatively loud "WHAT'S" sure did wake up old Gomer, didn't it? So, as I said, I'm pretty sure we're together, it's just that it's hard to describe in type vs face-to-face conversation.

Our current pastor is a great blend. He's a good teacher - organized, well-thought out and smoothly delivered sermons. He's also an unashamed preacher, who will tell the truth as it exists and doesn't dodge issues or respect toes. He's diplomatic, but right is right and wrong is wrong. He loves people, wants our church to be part of the answer for the community, and isn't afraid to roll up his own sleeves. He teaches and preaches the Word of God, plain and unvarnished. That is how it should be. --Romeena

March 03, 2008 - Msg 60698: Thanks for checking him out, M-T. I haven't read anything about him but I guess I will.

It's a beautiful day here in South Texas, but windy! The sun is shining and it is dry and cool. We have wildflowers popping up here and there and I saw a yard full of bluebonnets today.

Think I'll grab the kids and take a walk..


March 03, 2008 - Msg 60699: Enjoy it, Boo. After temps in the mid 70s yesterday, it's 38 right now here in the Dallas area, and supposed to get colder. We had our little spring teaser, now it's back to winter. Would you believe there is a snow advisory out through tomorrow? If it comes, it won't stick - ground is too warm and temps won't be that low, but still - snow?? Nowhere but in Texas.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

March 03, 2008 - Msg 60700: Prayers for your father-in-law, Sterling.That new wife of his sounds like a real piece of work.Hope the situation improves all around. Thanks for the update on Kai as well. She remains in my prayers.

Peyton will also be in my prayers,homemaker.Please continue to update us on the situation.

Hey Big Maude! I thought about you this afternoon when I was flipping channels and saw Paula Deen making cole slaw.She was putting all kinds of nasty stuff in it-like celery.YUCK! Can't stand the stuff. Ain't nothin' like Big Maude slaw!

I e-mailed Asa almost a week ago.He has always answered me promptly in the past. Haven't gotten anything back from him yet.Sure hope all's well. Has ANYBODY had any contact with him? I do miss that fella.

Well,gotta go clean up the supper dishes. I believe there's some left over meatloaf if anybody wants to make a couple of sammiches,as Goober would say!
Y'all take care!
possum under a rock

March 03, 2008 - Msg 60701: Thanks Possum. They're appreciated(prayers).

Yep, MDC, I got your drift. I was just using the opportunity to voice some concerns of my own about my newfound church. Hope you don't mind.

You know, Kai continues to amaze me sometimes. She was complaining because I had suggested she call mommy and leave a nice message for her and she didn't want to, but I told her to do it anyway, as mommy was missing her.
So, the voicemail thing answers, and Kai says the usual "miss you" and "love you" type stuff she has been saying almost every time she has left a message for her. But then she goes on about how she hopes her dad will be feeling better soon.
It was just something I didn't expect after her unwillingness to talk on the phone in the first place.
Kids. Gotta love 'em.

-Sterling Holobyte

March 03, 2008 - Msg 60702:
Hello porch family....Can only stay a sec. Just wanted to check in. Prayers for all the needs posted above and all the unspoken needs. God knows each one.
Have a blessed night and remember that Jesus loves you and is always watching over us!

March 03, 2008 - Msg 60703: Well, as predicted, it is snowing. Yep, snowing here in the Dallas area. The temperature is 34, so of course it's not sticking, but it sure is pretty coming down. There is about an inch of snow in the rose island, which is covered with mulch so it holds it better than grass, and on the tops of boulders, caught in the shrubs and such, and a light film on the grass, but it won't stay. However, as I said, it's pretty coming down, especially where I can see it falling through the beams of the colored landscape lights. I tried snapping a picture or two, but doubt they'll turn out.

I think sometimes God does things like this just to show us He can! Who says He doesn't have a sense of humor?

Be blessed! --Romeena

March 03, 2008 - Msg 60704: Possum, I've talked to Asa (thru e-mail) a couple times in the last week. He's fine. He probably somehow didn't see your e-mails, and I'm sure he will respond soon!
Good luck with your father-in-law situation, Sterling.
I've been to churches like you all are describing. The raising up of hands; people shouting "Amen!" to things the preacher says during the sermon. There was a time in my life when I found that was something I needed, after being raised in a Lutheran church, where such a thing was unheard of. I agree with the others, you have to do what feels right and natural for you.
Guess which TAGS I fell asleep to last night. I'll give a hint. Barney: "You mean they didn't sign anything? Then the case still isn't closed. It's as open as it ever was!"
- Hazel

March 03, 2008 - Msg 60705: Haha! Hazel, I believe that would be "as it ever waaaaas!" (with shoulders all slumped.) Don't you just love it?

It's still snowing, has been about an hour now, but there's no more on the ground than there was an hour ago. Too bad it's not going to stay, it would be so pretty.

Thanks, Hazel, for the word on Asa. I've been concerned about him, and his wife, with her health challenges. Prayers for them both, everyone, please.

Well, I'm off to bed, I guess. I have a doctor appointment tomorrow, to explore a few annoying issues, not related to cardiac things. Maybe nothing, but am tired of dealing with them. More later. --Romeena

March 03, 2008 - Msg 60706: Hi Porch Folks,
I just wanted to stop in and say "hey!" I haven't been here for months. What have I been doing? I have no idea. Not that much. It's just been a really long cold and miserable winter here though. I am looking very forward to spring. We got a great taste of it yesterday, but it's gone again today. I ordered $50 worth of garden seeds the other day and my son and I talked about playing some golf. Hope the weather warms soon. Hope everyone is healthy and doing well.
Charlotte Tucker

March 03, 2008 - Msg 60707: When I come to the porch late at night like this, I miss Millie.

March 04, 2008 - Msg 60708: Hello to EVERYONE on the porch.
It's snowing in Arkansas!
Ro, I had a grandmother who lived in Borger, TX which is up in the panhandle (just north of Amarillo), and man could it ever snow there.

Welp, gonna see what's in the fridge!

Blessings to one and ALL!


March 04, 2008 - Msg 60709: Morning gang...aint got but a sec...storms headed my way here at work...prayers to all...shoneys this morning on posssun!...back in a bit..SPOT

March 04, 2008 - Msg 60710: Charlotte! I thought you had dropped off the face of the earth or were abducted by the Body Snatchers! Good to see you again. Don't be such a stranger.

Snowing, RO? I'm jealous....

Yep Chuck, I seen it snow in the Panhandle, in fact there was snow on the ground the last time I was there. It can really get cold there...nothing to block the wind in any direction out there.

Gotta go..Erin needs to get to school and Sean has a dr's appointment to discuss the chest pressure he is still having when he exercises....probably nothing but I feel like I can't ignore it any longer.


March 04, 2008 - Msg 60711: "I seen it snow?"...what a Redneck statement!


March 04, 2008 - Msg 60712: Okay - I have a question - do you think that fifth and sixth graders are too old to have parties in school (Christmas, Valentines, Halloween)? My son barely gets a movie and not even a snack at that. I cannot stand his teacher at all and will be sooo happy when he is out of her room.

Really - this is not like me but this woman rubs me the wrong way and has from the first day of school!


March 04, 2008 - Msg 60713: Romeena, I've tried e-mail you some photos several times and it always come back to me as undeliverable.


March 04, 2008 - Msg 60714: Good Morning.
RO- keep that snown there.
This passed weedend was so nice up in the 60 and Monday was in the 70,
Now it time to come back down to the cold weathere.
Where oh where is springtime at.


March 04, 2008 - Msg 60715: Tom - sorry to tell you but rain is coming your way. We have had an inch since midnite and it isn't stopping.



March 04, 2008 - Msg 60716: Morning, all. Opiemom, I can't imagine why your email would be returned. Try sending a plain email, no attachment, and see what happens. What reason does the Mailer Demon give you? I'm having issues with my email provider right now, this could be very interesting. I'm sorry you're having a problem.

Hahaha, Boo. I noticed that "I seen" up there, and thought, "Hoohoo, just wait until she proofreads!" Don't you just hate when that happens? And with Charlotte on the porch, yet!

Don't despair, Tom, spring is not far away. Easter is in less than three weeks, and things should change then.

My snow is all gone, it's 37 and rising out there, sky is a brilliant blue, everything is still wet from the melting dusting of snow, so it looks like the shrubs and the flowers are wearing diamonds. I love a morning like this!

You should see the activity in the back yard right now. Three squirrels (there will be more soon), three very fat pigeons, a whitewing dove, and a big gang of redwing blackbirds, fighting over a seedcake I hung in the tree. That little scrap will be broken up in a minute, when a squirrel decides he wants the seedcake. He'll dash across the yard and up the tree, then leap right through the wings and beaks and land on the seedcake, and the birds will scatter. Then the squirrel will perch on top of the seedcake, crouched with his head down and tail flicking, just daring anyone to try to dislodge him. He'll perch there for an hour or so, until he's so full of seeds he can hardly walk, the little piglet. So funny!

Well, I have an doctor apointment, so guess I'd better hit the shower and start working toward that. I hope I get some answers today, and I hope they're answers I want to hear. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

March 04, 2008 - Msg 60717: HM I no the rain is comming at start this morn. and will be on all and changing into snow. (rat) :(

March 04, 2008 - Msg 60718:
Hazel, I believe that was the one where someone punched Floyd in the nose or something like that.
I realized the other night that the song "Dueling Banjos" is played in Brisco Declares for Aunt bee" episode!! Long before Deliverance!
More later,

March 04, 2008 - Msg 60719: who can tell me what Thelma Lou's last name was and what was her occupation ??

March 04, 2008 - Msg 60720: Romeena, I just sent you a test message with no attachment.

When I try sending the photos I get the message back with this reason
"Persistent Transient Failure: Delivery time expired"

Whatever that means.


March 04, 2008 - Msg 60721: To Msg 60719 Thelma Lou's last name was never revealed. The only mention of an occupation was one episode where she said she had to get back tot he office.


March 04, 2008 - Msg 60722: Christmas Is Here Again, the Christmas video that Andy is in - is set to be released in November.


March 04, 2008 - Msg 60723: Opiemom, I didn't get it. Did you get it back? I checked my spam folder, but didn't find anything there that looked like it might be from you. I'm not sure I have your email address. If I don't, it will definitely go into spam. Give me the first few letters of your address, so I'll know what I'm looking for, or put "From Opiemom" in the subject line, and try again.

As for that message you're getting - that's an issue with your server. "Delivery time expired" means it's taking too long and times out. If we can get your messages to come through, it might be good to break up the attachments if you're sending more than one. Are you on a DSL or a dialup? --Romeena

March 04, 2008 - Msg 60724: Here's my address a t e c a 7 at bellsouth dot net

I'll break up the attachments. I do have DSL so I'm not sure what the issue is.

March 04, 2008 - Msg 60725: BOO- THIS ONE FOR YOU.
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March 04, 2008 - Msg 60726: Good afternoon everyone. I only have a minute to say howdy (again), but I wanted to chime in that OPIEMOM's message from her computer means that the file she is trying to send is too big. YOu are "timing out" trying to send such a large file. Sometimes it still will show the message in your "sent" box like it has been sent, but it hasn't. I'm betting you are using outlook. Typically, files larger than 5-8 megs won't send well.

If you are trying to send multiple pictures at one time, try sending them one at a time. If that still doesn't work, make them smaller to reduce the file size.

Later, all.


March 04, 2008 - Msg 60727: No, HM, 5th and 6th graders are not too old to be having parties. Kids should be allowed to be kids. They will get enough putting their noses to the grindstone after they graduate. I see no reason not to let them have a little fun now and again. I understand school can't always be fun, but it shouldn't be like a prison, either.

That's my nickels worth. Got change?


March 04, 2008 - Msg 60728: When TAGS started, TOM. I think he was 4. Am I right...he sure looked little!

Hahaha-you are so right Romeena. I wanted to hit myself on the head (like the V8 commercials) when I saw what I had typed...your yard sounds beatiful..We have a little backyard here where we are living and it is fenced with one small tree. I saw a flock of birds and a mockingbird nearby yesterday so I decided to hang my birdfeeder yesterday evening. I filled it to the top with seed and it is already almost gone! I don't know if I can afford to feed those critters everyday, man they can eat.

Took Sean to the pediatrician and he wants him to try an inhaler before he exercises to see if he might have some sort of exercise-induced asthma or something. He is going to consult with his endocrine doctor, though, to see if he needs more follow-up. He seemed unconcerned until I mentioned that my cholesterol has been high all my life, too, then he wanted to check into it further but said he doesn't think it is cardiac pain. We'll see.

It is SOME KIND of beautiful here in S Texas today! Blue skies and crip, cool air AND wildflowers...heavenly.

Ladies, I went to the mall today and stopped in at Bath and Body Works for some of my favorite "Black Raspberry Vanilla" body lotion and spray and they are now making cologne to go with all of their fragrances. I bought some and also discovered a fragrance called, "Japanese Cherry Blossom" that is wonderful! Very clean and not flowery but doesn't smell anything like cherries, either. I urge you to try it some time when you are in B and B Works.

Well, breaktime is over and I am expecting a visit from my sister and my little baby neice...she is waving bye-bye now and flying around in her walker. What a cutie and the fattest baby legs I have ever seen. She is 7 months and they had to buy a 12 month size for her Easter dress and couldn't find shoes big enough to fit over the top of her chubby foot!

Wow, I just found out where all the birdseed is going. There is a whole flock of birds out there and they are black with bright red and yellow under their wings. Beautiful things.


March 04, 2008 - Msg 60729: Hey there, M-T, sorry you are so busy. I agree with you and forgot to address Homemaker's post earlier. I know what it's like to have a difficult teacher to deal with because I had one last year (Erin's kindergarten teacher) and we are really seeing the difference between a good one and a not so good one this year. Her current, first grade teacher is wonderful and Erin is just flourishing under her guidance. Miss Barbara is a very sweet and loving, 60 year old with lots of experience with young ones. She truely is a wonderful Christian example. We are blessed. She is a little-bitty woman, probably 90 lbs all wet, but the kids respect her and she shows them lots of love and encourgement. I always hear her calling them things like, "Honey". Erin adores her and when Miss Barbara was out for a week taking care of her sick mother, Erin couldn't wait for her to get back and we had to pray for her alot, ha. It's so nice to be able to send her off to a place where she is loved and taught about the Lord. I am very thankful.

Something funny that you will appreciate Me-They; the other day Erin was playing with her toy phone and she came up to me and said, "It's for you. It's Jesus and he wants to talk to you." When I took the phone, she ducked behind the couch and pretended to be Jesus. I asked the Lord what he wanted to talk to me about and Erin said, "I want you and your family to go to Africa and tell people about me"! That surprised me, ha! She is something else.

Better go..


March 04, 2008 - Msg 60730: That is cute, BOO. Sometimes conviction comes in small packages. The other week I was doing something in the kitchen and wanted some background music. Often when I want some lyricless background music I will tune into a local light jazz station. Anyway, I was fiddling with the radio and Nora asked me what I was doing cahngingher station. I told her, and she asked if the station I was looking for played Christian music. I said no, and before I could explain she asked, "Then why do you want to listen to it?" I turned the station back.

See y'all tomorrow.


March 04, 2008 - Msg 60731: Boo, I used to love my trips to Borger. That area is also an infamous for tornados. Also, Opie being 4 would be my guess too.

HM, What Christmas video are you talking about?


March 04, 2008 - Msg 60732: Howdy folks! It's been a few days since I've popped in. Got just an inch or so of snow last night, although just a few miles to our west they got between 7-10. Hope you don't get too much snow at your place, TOM.

I skimmed through the archives and want to extend my prayers for all the requests mentioned.

Ron Howard was born in 1954, so that would make him 6 when the show started. He was such a cute little thing way back when.

Well, not much going on with me. Have a great day, all!

March 04, 2008 - Msg 60733: Opiemom, if your pictures are in .bmp format, I'll promise you, they're waaaay too big for email in multiples. If you have a way to convert them to .jpg, do so, and it will make a tremendous difference. If you don't, just send them one at a time and I can convert them. I use an old and outdated photo program called Super JPG, which I just love, and which is no longer available nor is it supported, but I'll use it as long as I can. As my computer guru said, it was ahead of its time and went unrecognized and unappreciated. It's super simple to use, very intuitive and I'm sorry it's not available in updates. Anyway, with that I can easily convert a format, but likely you can too, with whatever program you use. You probably already know this, but the key is at the point of "save" - that's where you tell it what format to save the photo in.

Boo, that little Erin is a caution for sure. Heaven help you as she enters the teen years, but I'm convinced that God has big plans for that child. You know, some have mentioned in the past that it would be fun to get the porch kids together. I'm not so sure that would be wise. You put Erin and Nora and Kai together, and it might be just a bit more than we could handle!

Well, the doc is keeping me off work for yet another week, wants to get a CT scan done and some other tests. OK with me - I don't want anything sneaking up on me.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

March 04, 2008 - Msg 60734: Ro/Opiemom...When I accidentally sent one the the bitmap format it was kicked back. They must be converted to Jpeg.

Welp..I'm headed to work. IO IO it's off to work I go!


March 04, 2008 - Msg 60735:
Hello porch family....some bad weather in the area tonight. Tornado warnimgs all around. One was spotted about 3 miles from us but thank the Lord no problems. good to see ya back in your rocker. We missed you.

M-T...I agree buddy....let kids be kids while they can.

Ro...praying that all your test are good and you can get these things fixed up. ok over there brother? Those storms were over your way before it got to us.

Boo...loved the story with Erin. So cute!

Prayers for all the porch family. Hold on to Jesus....He is a secure LIFELINE. HE loves us.

March 04, 2008 - Msg 60736: Oh man, the last two times that the censor has caught me, when I hit my back button, I lost my post. Does anyone know what causes that? Could it be something with my computer. I had a long post and..."poof" it was gone.

Prayers for REV and his family, for their safety.

I have to go get Erin to bed and read her some Junie B Jones..


March 04, 2008 - Msg 60737: I know how annoying that is, Boo, and there is a work-around for that. Since you now know that it's possible it will do that, here's a hint. Highlight the text of the post, do an edit/copy, then hit your back button. If it disappears, you still have the text captured, and can go back into the comments box, do edit/paste and it should reappear. Then you can figure out what's upsetting the censor and fix it. Or you can copy it to notepad, or to a Word page, and work on it there. Either way, you have your text protected.

Chuck, I have on occasion received bitmap (.bmp) pictures, but not often, and only one at a time. I think it has something to do with how complex the picture itself is - how much detail is in it. My daughter frequently emails pictures, and even though they're in .jpg, she doesn't resize them and they're still pretty big. I just save them to a folder and resize them, so I can see the whole picture at one time, instead of in quarters. I don't know what I'll do when my dear old SuperJPG dies - guess I'll have to learn to use something newer and probably a lot more complicated and less satisfactory! I have PhotoShop, I have ACDSee, Windows built-in photo handler, and Kodak Easy Share, and still I love my old standby. Oh well.

Starr has discovered her reflection in the glass doors on my TV cabinet, and is standing in the middle of the living room, all squared off and acting like she's all that, just barking her little head off. They're "big girl" barks, too! Not just little woofs, but rolling bow-wow-wow type barks! She's so proud.

Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

March 04, 2008 - Msg 60738: Kai loves Junie B, Boo. Though right now she is having me read to her from Laura Ingalls Wilder - On The Banks Of Plum Creek, when she goes to bed. Did you know? There really was a Johnny Johnson! :) (That won't mean anything unless you're familiar with the tv series.)

Just found out that FIL has lung cancer, and that is what may have spread to his brain. They are out of the hospital and back at the house for now. Awaiting more test results.
Thank you for the prayers. He's Buddhist but prayers work for anyone, right?!

-Sterling Holobyte

March 04, 2008 - Msg 60739: Forgot to say, that two of my guys are calling it quits. First, I hear that Brett Favre is retiring; then just now I hear that Huckabee is leaving the race(Presidential, not human). What a day!

...Not that Huck had a chance anyway, but, I still liked him.

-Sterling Holobyte

Boo right Ron Howard was 4year old win he start on the show.


March 05, 2008 - Msg 60741: Favre retiring? I did not know that. One of the greatest QB's of all time!

Looks like McCain is Da Man!(For the Republicans side)

Ro... I saw the grave of the infamous Bonnie Parker (Bonnie & Clyde) on my Google Earth in Irving. I really get addicted to that program.

Spot, what is going on in the KITCHEN?

Tom...Where do you live? You sure seem to get a lot of weather there. Got anymore Andy trivia?

Hope everyone has a blessed day!


March 05, 2008 - Msg 60742: Chuck - Andy did the voice of Santa in the video "Christmas is Here Again" - it was done last fall and has received very good reviews in its limited release last Christmas. From what I read - it will be widely released (that means Walmart will sell it) this November. Andy's other movie is in post production at the moment. Can't remember the name of it but he plays a grandpa who's young grandson is trying to teach him how to pick up women. In the end, it's Andy who teaches the young grandson. Marie, from Raymond, also is in the movie.

Did anyone see "Miracle at Sage Creek"? Rance Howard plays the doctor in it. It is really a good movie and is on Stars or HBO or one of those - it is a family movie and a Christmas movie at that.

No more emails from "that Teacher." I did email the principal and asked that my son in fourth grade not have her as a home room teacher next year. Just can't deal with her two years in a row. I am just about to go to the school board but found out most of the wheeling and dealing for our school corporation goes on at the local tavern run by the Supt.'s brother. It is pretty sad!


March 05, 2008 - Msg 60743: So sorry about your father-in-law, Sterling. Very sad, and you sure are right about praying. God can help him.

I smiled when I read about Kai because the other book we are working on is "On The Banks of Plum Creek"...I am trying so hard to get her interested in it but so far she doesn't care for it. I think I am going to try to get the one about when they lived on the prarie and had the threat of the indians. Remember how they heard the war drums through the night? Scary stuff and I think Erin would like it but, not much interest in Plum Creek. Maybe when she gets a little older. I remember reading "Little House in The Big Woods" when I was a girl and I was hooked. Love the series (books and TV). To me, Mrs. Olson and Nellie were my favorite "bad girls"....the kind you love to hate, heehee.

I had quite the time at the drug rehab last night. It was like no other. I think I am going to have to go back to fasting on Tuesdays or I won't be able to handle it. We had a room full of girls who we were not able to control, nor was the staff member who was present. At least three of them claimed to be athiest and were asking questions you wouldn't believe. They were rude, kept interrupting. One of them even raised her voice to me. Poor Keith was trying to share a lesson with them and they wouldn't listen to him (he is about 6-3 and looks like Mr Clean so you would think they would respect him). There were 3 lesbian girls in the corner who were heckling and must have asked about 6 times if they were going to h#ll if they were gay. They finally left the room saying, "Let's go, we are going to h#ll". Anyway, the whole thing just really surprised me becuase it has NEVER been like that before. I have always been respected there in the past. It was like being at the state prison. I don't know what in the world is going on in that place but the girls are out of control. I know that the darker it is, the brighter God's light can shine, so I look forward to what God can do but I feel like up until this point we were just in combat training and now we have entered WW3 (spiritually speaking). I need to go in there prepared. I will probably be asking you all to pray on Tuesdays, because you who have prayed for these girls over the past year are as much a part of this ministry as anyone. Thanks so much.

Better go get Erin going...


March 05, 2008 - Msg 60744: Let me clarify that the girls who said they were going to h*ll didn't hear that from us, we didn't have an opportunity to even answer their questions. They didn't really want an answer.


March 05, 2008 - Msg 60745: I beg to differ on Ron Howard's age. He was born March 1, 1960. The Danny Thomas show pilot of Mayberry was in February 1960, so at that time he was 5. When TAGS aired he was already 6.


March 05, 2008 - Msg 60746: OIEMOM-if the pilot was in February befor his birthday of march that may 4 year
Wine the 1 of March came he trun 5.


March 05, 2008 - Msg 60747: Boo, did you tell Erin that On The Banks Of Plum Creek was the book that the majority of the Little House tv series was based on? And show her the parts of it that are actually performed on the first episode? Maybe that might make her more interested in it, if she likes the show.
Kai likes to watch it with me, so when I told her that some of those parts actually happened, that hooked her.:)

About rehab, you can only show them the way, but they have to accept it. And you never know, it can be one thing that you say that one of those girls might toss around in their head, that can make all the difference. They might reject it in the group setting, but inside they'll think about it.
That's not guaranteed, but like I said, they have to walk through that door themselves, and you are showing them where it is and opening it for them.

Really nice weather today. Really mild. Even though we are supposed to get more snow tonight. Doesn't seem like it. The birds are singing this morning like it is spring.

-Sterling Holobyte

March 05, 2008 - Msg 60748: We are reading By the Shores of Silver Lake. We are about halfway through and need to have it finished by Thursday nite. Casey needs to get his AR points. I am reading it to him because he reads very slow and then by the time he gets finished reading- he has forgotten what he has read. So - it gives us some mommy and son time together.

You wouldn't think a boy would be interested in Little House books but we will do anything for an AR point.

So sorry about your nite at the drug rehab Boo - that must have been heartbreaking to say the least. I will add them to my prayers.


March 05, 2008 - Msg 60749: Thank you, Homemaker. I really appreciate it and thank you, Sterling, for those words of encouragment. You are certainly right. They have to decide for themselves.

None of our cable channels show Little House and haven't for quite awhile so I am thinking of picking up some of the DVD's to watch with her.


March 05, 2008 - Msg 60750: Morning gang...lunch will be at olive a "Man in a hurry"...gona go to the mall with miss sherry....prayers...SPOT

March 05, 2008 - Msg 60751: Good morning, all. Boo, I'm so sorry that you and your team were so rudely treated last night. Just remember, "Blessed are ye, when men (or dumb little girls) shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you...." What this sounds like to me is that the enemy is getting concerned about the good you're doing, and has decided to trot out his worst challenges. Remember, these girls are messed up to begin with, that's why they're there. It's not personal. Hang in there. We will be praying for you.

It's just beautiful here today. 51 degrees, blue skies and bright sunlight. Birds everywhere, including those redwing blackbirds you mentioned, Boo. If you watch them closely, you can distinguish the males from the females. The males are a bit bigger, plumage is jet black and shiny, and the red and buff "Nike swoosh" on their wings is very distinct. The females are duller in color, sometimes even a brownish-black, very little red showing on the wings, just a buff "swoosh", and sometimes that is almost non-existent. In those cases, the females look a lot like a starling, but with a slimmer body and no speckles. There's a big gang of them out back right now, much to the disgust of the resident cardinals. They both like sunflower seeds, so there are a lot of squabbles. I'll keep plenty of seed out so the cardinals don't get discouraged, because they'll stay all summer. The redwings will hang around for a while, then move on.

Well, guess I'd better get busy. Got to take some soup over to LaRue - she's home, but still feeling quite poorly. Be blessed, everyone! --Romeena

March 05, 2008 - Msg 60752: Ha,ha, you made me laugh with your post about the girls, Ro. Thanks for the encouragement.

I think I'll go take a closer look at those birds...


March 05, 2008 - Msg 60753:
Boo, when my brother was in jail for DUI, he told me that some of the guys would go to various religious services just because it was "something different to do", with no desire at all of listening to the message, but in fact to actually disrupt things to "make it interesting." It is my guess that that is exactly what happened last night. You may have to actually say, "if you are not interested in hearing the message, then I am asking you to leave tonight, you can return when you desire to listen" or something like that. You cant have the inmates running the "asylum."
My prayers are with you, that's for sure.
Good to see AFD, Chuck, TOM and all.

March 05, 2008 - Msg 60754: Chuuck I live in WEST VIRGINIA AND THE WEATHER IS CHANGING ALL THE TIME.


March 05, 2008 - Msg 60755: Yep, I thought of that, in fact, before we started, Keith asked them what their reasons were for being there and they gave the "right" answers. Who knows how it will be next week? Some weeks we only have a few and they listen. Last night was unusua. Thanks for the advice and prayers, MDC.


March 05, 2008 - Msg 60756: TOM, my mother grew up in West Virginia and moved to Texas in the 50's. She grew up in a small mining town called Rock Lick, I think. Are you familiar with it?


March 05, 2008 - Msg 60757: Oh Boo - wanted to let you know that I love Keith Green music as well. I had every cassette tape and almost all it memorized in my high school and college days. I think he is why I have a Missions degree (who knew my mission field was the public education field?)


March 05, 2008 - Msg 60758: I love Keith Green also. We had his version of "The Lord is My Shepherd" sung at our wedding.

I'll be praying for you Boo in regards to the girls. What time are you there on Tuesdays?


March 05, 2008 - Msg 60759: This is my favorite song by Keith and one that I have signed many times for revivals, etc. homemaker

This generation of believers that you and me are a part of, we are responsible for this generation of souls, all over the world. were responsible for them. were responsible to pray daily for the ministries around the world, and ask God how about me not sending my money this time, how about me going? its so easy to write checks, its so easy. but God cant cash out of state checks in heaven. he needs you!

Open your eyes to the world all around you, open your eyes, open your eyes.
This world is much more than the things that surround you.
You must arise, and open your eyes.
Sometimes were too busy to share, but jesus wants to care, to care.

Open your arms to the naked and shivering, open your arms, open your arms.
We need a little less taking, a whole lot more giving.
Were so safe and warm, we can open our arms.
And love a little bit stronger, and pray a little bit longer, longer.
Jesus says, when we love someone in his name, were loving him.
Jesus says, when we touch someone in his name, were touching him.
And weve got to show them the light, weve got to pour out our lives.
Open your hearts to the ones who are desperate, open your hearts, open your hearts.
They may never repay you, but their souls are worth it,
The life you impart when you open your heart.
Jesus loves all men the same,
So weve got to go out in his name.
Jesus says, when we touch someone in his name, were touching him.
Jesus says, when we love someone in his name, were loving him.
Jesus says, when we feed someone in his name, were feeding him.
And jesus says, when we reach someone in his name,
He feels, he says, its all for him.
Its all for him
Open your eyes to the world all around you, open your eyes, open your eyes.
This world is much more than the things that surround you.
Jesus loves all men the same, so weve got to go out in his name.
Jesus says, jesus says, jesus says, its him.
Jesus says, when we love someone in his name, were loving him.

March 05, 2008 - Msg 60760: Oh, Just wanted to share something really encouraging that happened. My oldest son is in a local production at our community theater. THe youth wing is performing MASH by Tim Kimmel. It is a squeaky clean script and is really good. No swearing or inappropriate situations. Anyway, this one kid has adlibbed two lines which make me cringe. One I can live with, the other uses the name of Jesus as a swear word. Finally, yesterday evening I called the director and spoke to him. What a gracious gentleman. Even though he isn't a believer, he was already planning on speaking to the actor about it. He was very kind to me. Anyway, I was very encouraged by this. If that word had been in the script, my son would not have been in the production.


March 05, 2008 - Msg 60761: Tom, in msg 60745, Opiemom accidently put that Ron Howard was born March 1st of 1960. She meant March 1st of 1954. Which means when the Andy Griffith Show started (October 3rd, 1960), Ron Howard (Opie) was 6. When the pilot episode on the Danny Thomas show aired (February of 1960), Ron Howard would have been about to turn 6. Which made him 5 for the pilot, 6 for the Andy Griffith show. Just like Opiemom said. (or meant to say)
Sunny but windy here today.
- Hazel

"Otis! He spiked the spring water!"

March 05, 2008 - Msg 60762: Thanks Hazel, I did mean '54. I thinking about the show starting in '60


March 05, 2008 - Msg 60763: Hey Y'all- Hazel,thanks for letting me know about Asa. I actually sent him an e-card from a certain site,so perhaps something got mixed up there and he didn't get it. I'll have to e-mail him directly from my e-mail addy,I guess.
Gosh,Sterling,sure hate to hear the latest on your FIL.God bless him.
Well,I had Laci all yesterday & last night,and any of you who has kept a 4 yr. old knows how worn out I am today! Gonna go make supper,take a nice hot bath and rest! Y'all have a good evening!
possum under a rock

March 05, 2008 - Msg 60764: Good afternoon, all. Just passin' by, thought I'd sit a spell.

It's so beautiful right now - supposed to get cold again, maybe even another little dusting of snow, but right now it's 67 and gorgeous. I carried little Starr outside and walked around in the yard with her for a while. She needs some sunshine, for health and to help her little nose stay inky black. Speaking of her nose, it worked overtime while we were out there. I never saw such twitching, sniffing, reaching and wiggling as her nose did. Reminded me of a rabbit! She was really working the air, testing all the smells that she doesn't encounter indoors.

Poor little old pampered thing, she never gets to run and play in the grass like a dog really should. First of all, with dogs in the yards on both sides and behind me, and all the squirrels and cats and other critters that come through, I know she'd pick up fleas from the ground. And not just fleas - with all the other critter poo out there, there is the danger of acquiring internal parasites as well. Also, she's so nosy, she'd be picking up bugs and whatever and her hair would be full of grass clippings. Then there's the matter of the resident hawk. If she got more than a few feet away from me, he could very well swoop down and snatch her away. He grabbed a pigeon off the ground not fifteen feet from me one afternoon, and he has cleared the area of the woodrats that used to come around my feeders. So, I just think she's better off in the house, or with me carrying her outside. Again, poor little hothouse flower, but I'm just a-skeered! We'll spend time sitting in the arbor swing, with me reading and her snoozing, I'm sure. The Plum and I used to do that quite often.

Well, off I go to run an errand for LaRue - she still can't drive. I'm really concerned about her. She's very weak, still very short of breath.

Be blessed, everyone! --Romeena

March 05, 2008 - Msg 60765: sorry to said that trivia READ AS HOW OLD WAS RON HOWARD WHEN HE BEGAN PLAYING OPIE AND THE ANS WAS 4 .



March 05, 2008 - Msg 60766: What kind of folks do we have on this porch, anyway? Amazing ones, that's what! You friends raise my spirits in the most amazing ways. You are fufilling God's command to "bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ". Thank you so much for the prayer and encouragment. Thank you Homemaker for sharing the Keith Green song. I love that one and haven't heard it in quite awhile.

So sorry to hear that LuRue is still struggling. Prayers for her today.


March 05, 2008 - Msg 60767:
Hello porch family....Thank the Lord that the storms are out of here.

Sterling....prayers for your FIL and family.

Boo....don't be discouraged. That is just what Satan would want. But as you enter those doors each week you remember that this is a CALL on your life from God and greater is HE that is in you than he that is in the world (or the rehab)! Just keep planting those SEEDS and leave it in God's hand as to when they will sprout.

Ro....I did the same thing today as you. I had Jake outside pretty much all day and he just loved it. He's pooped now. Laying under my feet as I post this. I can hear him sigh every so often.

Opiemom....good for you that you made the phone call. Glad he was kind and open minded when you called.

Spot....don't let Miss Sherry get a hold of your credit card in that mall. You'll be working more overtime brother. hehe

Well gotta get ready for bed. Praying for all the porch family. It's so great to know that when we call on our Lord it's never a busy signal. We each have a private line. Thank You Lord for loving us!