March 30, 2008 - Msg 61440: Hey Possum, I came across some of those Mayberry vidoes on YouTube (the ones with the bad words!). Makes me mad. Just avoid the ones that have the word "parody" in the tltle and you are usually alright.

Ro, I never heard of Glory brand canned veggies. Does HEB sell them?

Been a busy day today. Went to church and kept the nursery then went to visit my friend's new baby and he is beautiful. I went to the mall and bought him a couple of outfits from Gymboree and the were the cutest stripes and alligators on them.

I got home and wanted to relax for a bit but my sister called to say that our black lab, Leah (who is living with Dad) had cut her foot badly and was bleeding all over the place. I went right over and found a big gash in one of her front legs and we still have no idea what happened. I couldn't stop the bleeding so I had to call the vet who was gracious enough to meet me at his office and fix her up for me. What a great dog she is, she let that vet put staples in her leg and barely even flinched. I just held her and talked softly to her and she let us do whatever needed to be done. She's a great dog, and a beauty, too, in my opinion. He stapled her, bandaged the wound, gave her an antibiotic shot and some antibiotics to take at home and it only cost me 75.00, even though he had to come in on his day off. That's a good vet. He had his wife with him and they looked like they had been out visiting or something so I thought it was really nice that they met me right away and were even in good spirits about it....real "Mayberry-like" folks.

Now, if I can figure out how to get all the blood out of Dad's garage and off the carport. It looks like a crime scene over there. Any advice for cleaning blood out of concrete floors?


March 30, 2008 - Msg 61441: Hi folks, I'm back and made it through in one piece, thank the Lord.

Yep Homemaker, that's where it was, the Eiteljorg. You should have come down. If you did, I was the bored-looking one sitting behind the Ho-Chunk Indian history display. ;) You would have had to wade through the tons of yo-yo'ers and their booths as well, though.
It was kinda sad. They didn't get many inquiries at the Ho-Chunk booth; most were yo-yo'ers and their friends and family, and they mostly gravitated toward the yo-yo stuff.

And don't tell anyone, but Kai's favorite spot we visited there was an old stagecoach they had on a lower level that you could sit in. Kai loved playing in it. And when I told her that Laura Ingalls Wilder probably rode in a stagecoach like that one, she liked it even more, and wanted to play "Little House on the Prairie" with me. She was Laura, of course. It was nice because most of the people were upstairs at the yo-yo event, so we could stay there quite a while. She kept wanting to get back in it. If I can figure out how to send a photo from my phone to Ro, I'll send one to her of Kai in the stagecoach. Also got one of her sitting on a saddle they had nearby.

MDC, are you a Mama's Family fan too? :)

Prayers for your wife. Hope things turn out ok.

-Sterling Holobyte

March 30, 2008 - Msg 61442: Dirty dirty me. Somehow I missed the post concerning your wife MDC when I just read Sterlings post. I do hope and pray she is ok. Keep us informed if you can. You may have to post it more than once though before I read it. I seem to miss a lot of posts. I think I just skim through them to fast at work and fail to read them like I should. Forgive me if I have not responded to any of your prayer requests, anyone. Part of the problem is when I spend all day polishing my bullets, all I see at the end of the day is the reflection of them. Kinda blinded like. So reading posts is next to impossible.:)


March 30, 2008 - Msg 61443:
Hello porch family.....Just got home and wanted to check in real quick. I hope you all had a great worship day.

Ro...yep...I put the bird seeds all over the peanut butter. You could almost hear them smacking their lips.

Boo.....glad your dog is ok. That was very nice of your vet to do all that.....and for $

Spot.....what kind of rod-n-reel did you get? Sounds like you are ready to go brother.
Ready for the Brave season? Hope they have a good one.

Gonna head off to bed. Prayers for all the porch family.

March 30, 2008 - Msg 61444: Good evening, all. Just passin' by on my way to bed, ready to watch my Britcoms.

Boo, your vet sounds like a treashuh! Starr's vet is like that - he'd meet me if I called him. Of course, I've known him nearly thirty years, since ye first went into practice. He's a very active and trusted member of my church, and a very good vet. He has cared for my dogs for a long time, and he was as tearful as the rest of us on the Plum's last day.

Glory brand canned goods hould be available at HEB, I get them at Kroger or Tom Thumb here. The labels are mostly orange, very distinctive. Once you find them, you'll have no trouble locating them in the future. They produce several kinds of greens, and green beans (with or without new potatoes), field peas, blackeyed peas, red beans and rice - lots of choices. Check the label for seasonings too. Some are reduced sodium, and the label will say so, and some say "sensibly seasoned" which seems to me to just be a bit less salt. I like those. I really like the brand, and I was a Del Monte and Hunt's user for many years. I'm sure you can find them - REV has found the brand in his travels, so I think they're pretty much widely available.

Well, I'm off to bed. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

March 30, 2008 - Msg 61445: Hey ASA, quit starin' at them bullets; you'll damage your retinas.

Glad you are home safe and sound, Sterling. Did you get in the stagecoach, too? Did you pretend to be Pa?...(what a purdy man he was)...

Thanks REV, I think our vet's a good 'un. We have a guy here locally that recently built a small mansion and now I know why his prices were so high! One more thing about our vet that I like is that his office is kind of out in the country and when you drive up, there are always dogs that come out to greet you. It seems like there are new ones everytime I go out there. It turns out that people who want to get rid of dogs just drop them out there in the middle of nowhere and the doc takes care of them. That's a big heart, isn't it? Instead of euthanizing them or sending them to the city pound, he takes care of them all and they're some chubby little dogs, too.

It's been a good day. I finally feel human and back to normal today. I was beginning to think I never would. I think I must have had the flu because that bug bit hard, I'm telling you.

Think I will call it a day and hit the hay (I'm a poet).


March 30, 2008 - Msg 61446: Boy, I've got to start proofreading. That's "since he first went into practice" and "canned goods should be available". I think my keyboard is getting old and unreliable, because it sure does skip a lot of letters that I'm sure I hit. I guess I can't blame "ye" on the keyboard, that's just a plain old typo. Sorry. --Romeena

March 30, 2008 - Msg 61447: Hey there Ro, you snuck in on me. Hope you get a good night's rest with little Starr.

Sounds like you have a wonderful vet there.

I will be in your area on Friday for a youth worker's conference but won't have a minute of free time, unfortunately or I would try to get with you for lunch. We are driving up on Friday, have conference classed Friday evening and on Saturday, then we're driving home....gonna be a long couple of days. Should be fun, I'll be with my buddy Keith and a couple other friends from church.



March 31, 2008 - Msg 61448: Morning gang ..Rev I got me 2 ultra lite rod and reels for crappy fishing..hey Boo,Ro,TOM,sterling,hazel,possun,auh20,m-t and here at work till some busy work to do today..breakfast will be Shoneys breakfast bar on Asa!..i will leave the tip...Big Maude you and Mavis park cars...ha ha...well back in just a bit...SPOT

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61449: We don't have Glory veggies here - it may be a regional thing. I'll have to look for them the next time I go south.

Sterling - glad you liked the Eiteljorg and sorry you were so bored but it seems like Kai enjoyed it.

There is a big pow-wow here at the high school that I work at today. Don't know what's happening but it's big! Most likely drugs - ain't that a sad comment.

We had one girl show up at the middle school today with RED hair. The thing is - only natural hair coloring is allowed. They can't wear anything that isn't normal - purple, fuschia, and green are all no-no's. It's even in the hand book. I am not sure if this girl had her hair professionally colored or it was a home-job that went bad.

Glad you have a good vet there Boo - our little Maddie was sick this week and the vet worked her in. She is 100% right now and still as cute as a button. We took her with us to town yesterday and the pharmacist at the drive up window gave her a treat. That went over big!

Well - my arm is giving me fits.

Take care - and I'll talk to you all later!


March 31, 2008 - Msg 61450: Army soldier Matt Maupin's remains were found in Iraq. He has been missing for almost 4 years. May his parents find closure for all they have endured.
Freedom is not Free

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61451: Hope your arm is better soon, HM, and glad Maddie is doing well now.

It's a shame you are dealing with a drug problem in your school, but I guess it's everywhere, no matter what size the town. The more I learn about drugs (especially Meth) the more concerned I am about kids and what drugs are doing to their brains. There are such far-reaching consequences to drug use. Something else that really concerns me is the STD's that are affecting the kids. So many of them have Chlamydia and won't even know it until they are ready to start a family and find out that they are infertile from the disease, which scars the fallopian tubes. Of course there are the life-threatening STD's now, too, that can't be cured with an antibiotic. I think that is why I get so angry when I see people like Mariah Carey (and so many others like her) flaunting s@xuality in the face of kids without any moral responsibility. Most kids have no idea how risky their behavior really is when they are s#xually active these days and I don't care what Planned Parenthood is telling them, there is no such thing as safe s#x.

That's my moulage starter for the day...


March 31, 2008 - Msg 61452: Well boo - I spoke too soon. Our library aide ended up having a seizure (that was the big pow wow). She was unresponsive for about 10 minutes. Keep Debbie in your prayers - thanks!


March 31, 2008 - Msg 61453: Hi All.
Ncewran day here.

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61454: Good morning, Tom. It's gray and drizzly here, but not cold. It's 74 at 9:30 a.m.

For those of you who might be interested in Glory foods, I just ran a Google search on "Glory Brand Foods" and came up with a wealth of information. The very first one, an "about us" entry, had a place where you can enter your state and it will tell you what stores in your state carry their brand. It appears that Target Superstores and Wal-Mart both carry them, so that should cover just about everyone. I also learned that they make frozen foods, and even bag some fresh veggies as well. My poky little Kroger only carries the canned stuff so far as I know, but I'll bet our big Tom Thumb Ranch Market carries it all. I need to check out the Super Target also. Folks, trust me when I tell you, if you try this brand you're going to think you stepped back into your grandma's kitchen. Good stuff!

Well, I've got some errands to run, then will try for a nap this afternoon, as I have to return to work tonight, for the first time since Jan. 8. I hope I can hold up.

Starr says howdy! --Romeena

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61455: Of course I got in the stagecoach, Boo. I had to be Pa; Kai said so. ;)

Oh no, hm, I had fun with Kai walking around the museum. The boring part was just sitting around the display, watching people walk past. I looked in on the yo-yo competition, thinking it might be neat to see these guys in action in person. But, I can only watch someone spinning a yo-yo around their hands for just so long, before it all looks the same. I was kind of impressed with my BIL though. When I first heard about the competition, I thought he just got the event set up at the museum and that was it. But no, he organized the whole thing, and was running the whole show. He was running around like a chicken with his head cut off all day. But they had a good turn-out - I think he said about 600 people showed up - so apparently it was quite a success.

Oh, I forgot to tell you all about another exciting event that happened, well, almost happened, to me that day. But I am here to tell you that my reflexes are as good as ever.
Yeah, so I had walked back to our hotel room to fetch my wife's shirt that she forgotten to take to the museum, as she wanted to change out of her squaw dress, but couldn't leave the museum.
So on my way back I was crossing a street; and yes I was crossing with the walk sign(they have these little timers on them that tell you how long you have before it changes to red, too). Anyway, this lady had stopped her Cadillac right across the crosswalk, so I started to walk behind her car. Then she decides she apparently wanted to be in another lane and suddenly backs up, without looking I might add. Before I even know what is going on, I find myself jumping backward out of the way of this maniac driver, all to the gasps of the people on the sidewalk, who are yelling at her to stop.
Well, since she is now behind the crosswalk, where she was supposed to be in the first place, I walk in front of her car this time, looking at her with her jaw dropped. A lady on the sidewalk gives me a "whew" look, and I just smile and walk on, just grateful I was able to avoid that car.
I've been pretty lucky when it comes to close calls. Maybe, like Kai, I also have an angel looking over me.

Prayers for Debbie, hm. Hope it is nothing serious.

-Sterling Holobyte

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61456: Hey, folks. Here comes one out of the blue, but I think it's important. When you forward an email, please, please -- delete all those addresses that are listed from previous forwards. I know, this has been mentioned before, but I just opened one from a friend, and it contained no less than six sections of email addresses, each with at least 25-30 addresses! I really don't want my address going into the hands of people I don't know, so if you don't want to delete all of them, will you please at least delete mine? It's such a simple thing to do - highlight and hit "delete". Done.

If everyone would do this consistently, I believe we'd see a big drop in the load of spam we get. At least I hope so.

Sterling, I'm glad you're quick. I don't like to think of the alternative. I'll bet you could even catch a tomato if someone threw one at you!

Be blessed! --Romeena

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61457: Good afternoon everyone.

STERLING: Like Barney, you have the reflexes of a cat, huh? Do you do Judo, too?

ROMEENA: Oops! I guess I shouldn't have forwarded your e-mail to the 2008 Spammer's World Expo mailing lists, huh? (Just kidding!--Likewise!)

Well, I have only had a minute to skim the archives, but I think the gist of it is STERLING looks like Charles Ingalls, BOO's lab is temporarily one paw short, ROMEENA is pushing canned goods. And BOO is against drugs and stds. That about size it up?

About those canned goods, my adventures in plastics recently turned me on to the fact that most cans used for veggies and fruits are lined with plastic and may leach it into the food. I always wondered what that slick lining in cans was. Now, unfortunately, I know. Ignorance is bliss.

Still a killjoy.


March 31, 2008 - Msg 61458:
Sterling- yup, a MF fan I am! "Just what we need, more nuts around the house."
Thank God you were OK.
I heard about that soldier. may he rest in peace. A nephew just started another tour. keep him and all in your prayers.
SPOT- did you do any frog giggin' or let Bailey's bad boy hold that new fishing pole?
MD- yup- good race, Hamlin held on to win it!
Nasacar soon in Phoenix again!
TOM- welcome back-prayers for all missing porchsters.
RO- thanks for the "Glorious" info. I will check Phx area.
Cecile's MRI went well, now we wait for results.
keep praying.
There was a notice in the room about how strong the magnet is, and that somhoe a policeman kept his badge with him, and it pulled him right to the machine!
Where is M-T??
Trivia question: In what episode does Barney mention MARIJUNA??

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61459:
Oops, there's MT. Almost stepped on yer toes.

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61460:
"somhoe??" Excuse me! I'm blushing!
Of course I MEANT "some how"

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61461: MDC: Ouch! "Quiet Sam."


March 31, 2008 - Msg 61462:
Hey Folks

I don't think I was online more than five minutes this weekend. So, I'm a little behind. We should have the green grass of home, making an appearence this weekend.

MDC... and speaking of grass, you've got me stumped, man! Prayers for your nephew.

I read about Matt Maupin just this morning. God Bless the Troops!

Romeena-Those woodpeckers I was referring to are called "Pileated Woodpeckers." They are beautiful, they can be as big as 18 inches. I haven't seen one that size but I have seen them at least a touch over 12 inches. We don't get too many (and by too many, you can read that as none) exotic birds around these parts but that's one of my favorites. That's good emailing advice, that is thing I've always done. I just cringe when I see my address listed with about fifty folks I don't even know.

Hazel-I hope I didn't bring about too many painful memories for ya. I never wanted the day of my Dad's passing to be as readily available to me, as it is. However, I don't dwell on it, it just doesn't take much to bring it to the front.

Asa & Tom Great to see you guys rocking.

MDC-See, that's the difference between me and you, I was trying to step on M-T's toes. hehe


March 31, 2008 - Msg 61463: I'm with you on the deleting of addresses when forwarding e-mails, Romeena. That's something I've always done, but not for the reason you suggested (of spammers and who-knows-who getting our addresses). I just have always deleted the extra addresses because it is just so much cleaner and efficient looking. I hate to get an e-mail from someone, and it shows where all it's been before it was finally sent to me. It started from one friend to another, and that person sent it on to all his family memebers, one of which forwarded it to their work where it went thru everyone there, and finally makes its way to my own computer. I always delete those extra addys before forwarding them on. I dislike having to scroll and scroll clear down to the bottom, to finally get to the subject.
Prayers continue for Mrs. MDC. Let us know.
Barney mentioned marijuana in "Quiet Sam".
- Hazel

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61464: Shoot, now MT snuck in on me, and beat me to the trivia question. But I'm not mad. Sensitive maybe, but not mad.
- Hazel

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61465: I don't remember Barney mentioning Mary Jane (heehee) on the Quiet Sam episode.


March 31, 2008 - Msg 61466: It was when Barney and Andy were sitting in the car in the dark watching Quiet Sam on his tractor. Barney speculated that Sam was harvesting marijuana and or some other illegal crop.
- Hazel

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61467: BOO: Maybe you were stoned when that episode was on. (hehe)

AUH2O: Are you done loosening all the screws on the wheelchairs already?

HAZEL: At least I didn't put your hat on.


March 31, 2008 - Msg 61468: Here's the buzz...I forgot to mention that the Mrs. has decided she needs a hobby and has decided on beekeeping. Yeah, you heard correctly. She took some classes recently offered by the county beekeepers association, and is getting ready to order her equipment and bees. The kids are (oddly) excited. We won't get any honey this year, even if things go well, but next year guess what y'all are getting for Christmas? Anyone have any experience with beekeeping with advise to share?


March 31, 2008 - Msg 61469:
Exactillioso Me They and Hazel! I was just watching that ep last night. Pretty bold stuff for the early '60s, a male non-doctor delivering a baby AND marijuna in the same episode!
"ANDY, you can't deliver a baby!!"

OK, how about this one, which ep?:
Andy (to Barney): I was just picturing you and your mother settin' around the house with your hats pulled down over yer ears!"

RO- thanks, I did the google search and a chain here called Albertsons has them! You would think that Fry's which is owned by Kroger would have them, but nope! So Albertsons it is!

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61470: ...besides don't get stung (I know what smart@#%!$ you people are).


March 31, 2008 - Msg 61471:
MT- when I was a kid my uncle was a beekeeper and we used to help him extract the honey with a handcrank centrifuge. It was very interesting.
First we'd "smoke" the hive with a billow, and that calms them down, then we would pull out the slats with the combs filled with honey. I would usually get stung about 5 times during the whole half-day process. But if you "flick" out the stingers, not much venom gets in you. But nowadays ya gotta watch for those africanized dudes!

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61472: Right, M-T, maybe I was stoned and don't remember. Very funny....hey, I take offense to the smart@#%!$ comment. I'll have you know, my mother was a nurse! Seriously, though, I know where your wife is coming from. I am into bees. I would try beekeeping if Erin had not been stung so many times. I think I could be a bee charmer. They love me and I can literally let them walk around on me and they don't sting me. Never had a bee sting. Not sure why I don't threaten them, but they don't seem to want to sting me. I have always heard that they can smell adrenaline and if you are afraid, they will see you as a threat. Don't know if it's true. Of course, I don't think I have come across any African bees. They might not like me!

Better go get Erin from school. She another t-ball game (sheesh, already).


March 31, 2008 - Msg 61473: Thanks, MDC. Fortunately, it's still too chilly here for the africanized honeybees. They still are mostly a southwestern US problem. But with all this global warming, you never know what the future holds. Drat that Al Gore!


March 31, 2008 - Msg 61474: BOO: I remember that about your mother.

Chad's t-ball starts in about three weeks. (It's still a little too chilly here for that, too.)


March 31, 2008 - Msg 61475: sheesh, the wife decides she needs a hobby and chooses beekeeping? Let's see, there's gardening, knitting, dog-walking, scrap booking, and all kinds of hobbies. But beekeeping? I have to admit that's one I never thought of. Now I like bees just like the next person, but I'm not sure I'm that into them. I liked MDC's description: "...extract the honey with a handcrank centrifuge". Sounds like it could get technical. I'll be interested to hear all about it once she gets her first beeboard or whatever you call it.

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61476: So Boo's a Bee Charmer - you could start a business. . .I am sure all the Mayberry socialites would love to come. . .we all need a little charm, bees or not!

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61477: Oh, MDC, thanks for the tip about Albertsons. We have those stores here, so I'll have to look for the Glory Brand foods. Actually Joe Albertson was from Boise, and this is where he started the Albertsons chain.
Can you folks tell I'm home today? I usually don't post this much during the day. All that onion planting yesterday caused me to throw my back out, now I'm walking crooked. So I'm just sitting around home. I might wonder outside here in a bit and look for bees.
- Hazel

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61478: Bees in your bonnet. . .watch out for those bees.

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61479:
No takers on the latest quote? OK, from the same ep:
Andy (Reading from Barney's ticket book):
Juanita Beasley 142-R. Isn't she the new waitress out at the Junction Cafe?

Prayers for all, especially for Hazel's back.
Made me think of the old nursery rhyme about the crooked man walking the crooked mile...

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61480: Yeah, HAZEL, from what she's learned and told me, it does take some learnin' and practice to wrangle the bees. I just want to make sure that I keep the kids away while they're mating with their queen. My yard is rated G!

For all you nurses out there, my niece just found out yesterday that she has been turned down for acceptance into the nursing program at her college. It's not necessarily her grades, she's nearly straight A. The program usually accepts about 60 students into the program each semester. This year it's 16. (She landed at number 20 on the eligibility list.) With a nursing shortage all over, this sounds nuts, right? Well, guess why the program has been cut? Not eanough nurses to actually teach! Seems that few nurses want to take a cut in pay for more responsibility. Can't say as I blame them, though.

Have a great evening, y'all! Hope your back straightens out, HAZEL! Keep off the grass, BOO (get it?)!


March 31, 2008 - Msg 61481: Yeah, Me-They, I know judo, karate,... and a number of other Japanese words.
Wow, that's an old joke.;)

So your wife is getting into beekeeping, huh?! We have an older couple around here that do that, though I don't know them very well. I do know that he calls her "honey" alot. ;)

That's interesting though. Maybe she wants to do her part to increase the bee population, since I've heard their numbers are diminishing, and no one seems to know why.
Personally, I think they all saw the "Bee Movie" and were offended by how they were portrayed or something, and left the country.

-Sterling Holobyte

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61482: Please say a prayer for my dear friend who lost her mother this morning in a car accident. She was only 54. My friend is just beside herself, as you can imagine. My heart breaks for her! Thank you in advance for prayers. MW

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61483: That's tragic, Merriweather. Prayers for your friend and her family.

-Sterling Holobyte

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61484: So sorry to hear about your friends loss MW. Prayers are forthcoming.

Sterling, you best be careful. We don't wanna call you Tom Silby. Is your wife a proud woman?

Hazel, sure good to see you posting some. Sorry yer back went out. Mine's been giving me fits as of late too. Dang old age sure can humble a spirit.

I don't know about Albertsons but theres a new butcher out on highway 6 that's got a good price on beef. Diamond Jims. They got sawdust on the floor and everythang.

Beehives? Why don't she try her hand at shredding tires or mosiacs, or maybe she could learn to fly.

Well gonna go soak my tired old aching back.


March 31, 2008 - Msg 61485: Yes, I was voted "Most Likely To Become Charmin'" (bee charmin', that is).

So very sorry for your friend, MW. Prayers for her and her family. What a terrible shock.

It's really good to hear from you so often, Hazel. Hope you get to feeling better.

Yes, I get it, Me-They... you are so clever. Hey, that problem with a shortage of nursing instructors is an ongoing one and has been a problem for years. Educators are payed so much less than what hospitals pay, that most aren't willing to make the sacrifice. I would love to and probably will one day when the kids are older. I can't see myself working as a nurse in the hospital again but I can certainly see myself teaching. I used to be a preceptor when I worked in the hospital and trained new nurses. I loved it because I love teamwork and being around people. I also think that it would be a way that I could serve by helping train new nurses and helping to prevent medical errors caused by low staffing and overworked staff.

Sterling, you are funny!


March 31, 2008 - Msg 61486: Good evening, all. Well, this nurse was supposed to go back to work tonight, and the hospital called and said they were overstaffed (only 4 patients?) and would I be interested in cancellation? Boy, would I ever! So I'm home now until Wednesday night. Yippee!

Merri, I am so sorry to hear about your friend's mom. What a terrible shock. So sudden, so violent, that's just awful. Prayers for her family, and for you as you try to help your friend.

auh2o that Pileated woodp#cker is a true woodpecker, and was the model for our old friend Woody. I would count it a high point of my life to see a large specimen of that critter, but they don't get this far south. They are beautiful indeed.

Me-They, -- beekeeping?? No kidding? I can't imagine such a thing. Now, I'm all for bees, I know they're extremely important, and I don't even smack them when they're in my bird bath (I just squirt them out with the hose) but to deliberately invite the little stingers into my yard - I don't think so. A man down the street has a couple of hives, and I appreciate the efforts of his little flock as they pollinate my flowers, but I'm not going to keep them myself.

Regarding your niece, I'm sorry she had such bad luck in the nursing program, but there's always next year. Encourage her to register for as many of the "basics" as she can carry - English, history, math - and get them out of the way. Then apply again as soon as applications are accepted for next year. Even if it takes an extra year to finish, she'll be glad to have all that "stuff" out of the way so she can concentrate on the nursing program. Don't take any science classes now, though, lest they "age out" before she finishes the nursing program.

Hazel and Asa, I'm sorry you're having back troubles. Soak it, soak it a lot, take some little blue pills, and sleep on the ironing board. Maybe it will be better in the morning.

Be blessed, all. Starr says howdy! --Romeena

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61487: Prayers for your friend, MW. That's terrible news.
- Hazel

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61488: So sorry for your friend's loss MW.

Did you hear about the man who went to the doctor and said, "Doc, yesterday I felt like a wigwam. Today I feel like a teepee. What should I do?" The doctor replied, "You are just too "tents"!


March 31, 2008 - Msg 61489: Eeeeyewwww! That's awful, homemaker. Here's one that's worse: An Indian brave was looking for a wife, so he went to the bride market. Three squaws were there, sitting on animal skins. Two were rather inexpensive, but one, who was seated on a hippopotamus skin, was much more costly. The Indian asked the dealer why this was so, and received this answer: "The squaw on the hippopotamus is equal to the sum of the squaws on the other two hides." I know, I know - eeeeyewwwww!

I'm amazed at how much trouble it is to change one's email address. I can't believe the number of people who must be notified, places that it has to be changed, people who must be notified again and again and again - ad nauseum. And all because of that dratted spam. I sure wish there was some way to ride those spammers out of town on a rail, or tar and feather them, or otherwise get rid of them. Failing that, I can only hope that the fleas of a thousand camels will infest their armpits. Or that their computers all come down with fatal viruses.

Well, back to cuddling the Starr. She is probably wondering why I'm wasting a perfectly good evening off, by sitting at this keyboard.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61490: Hey, congratulations on getting the night off, RO. I know that feeling...sheer tranquility! I used to love to get that call but very seldom got it. There was something so delicious about being home on a night that you were scheduled to work, isn't there? By the way, did you ever consider my suggestion to get another puppy to keep Starr company when you are out?

Had parent's night at Erin's school tonight and thought about you all. The school administrator have quite a good talk on christian vs. public school. I thought it was really good.

Well, I need to think about getting to bed. God bless you all.


ps-loved the joke, HM. Your's was ok, too, Ro.

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61491: No giggin frogs MDC but have done alot of it back in the days..yall I will read in the morning..I got to get to bed right now...4:30 am work in the morn....where is breakfast?..If yall want we can mee at waffle house...well prayers to all...night...will holler at about 6 am...SPOT

March 31, 2008 - Msg 61492:
Howdy porch family....Cool and damp day here on my end of the porch. Ro said, I've found Glory Brand a lot of places that I travel. Good stuff too. My wife loves it because it's so close to being just like fresh out of the garden.
Also...glad you're feeling better.

Prayers for Debbie.

And keeping all our soldiers and their families in prayer.

Spot....our Braves are having a rough start so far.

You all have a good night and know that I'm praying for you all. Jesus loves you!

April 01, 2008 - Msg 61493: You're right, Boo. That call two hours before you're scheduled to go in to work is really welcome, and the time off is so sweet. Here I've been off nearly three months and still don't want to go back! Hmmm. There must be a message in there somewhere.

Oh, I don't think I could bring another puppy into this house. Starr is a handful, and besides, I know she would be highly offended if a newcomer showed up. She would not share my attention willingly. The Plum was the same way. My neighbor came over one day and brought her little Yorkie puppy, and the Plum went in the kitchen, got under the table and wouldn't come out. She pouted under there for at least an hour, all because I was sitting on the floor playing with the puppy.

It's strange, because when my son and DIL come and bring Bentley, there's no problem. The Plum was his little buddy, and Starr plays with him and doesn't mind his presence at all. It's like they know he belongs to the family, and is visiting, not moving in. Maybe they smell familiar people on him or something, I don't know, but he's never a problem. However, when I stopped to pet a cute puppy in PetsMart one day, Starr looked positively stricken and wouldn't even look me in the eye.

She gets very jealous. She was a little concerned about my little grandson over the Easter weekend. She wasn't at all threatening toward him, but every time I'd hold him, she would come and get beside me, as close as she could scrunch up to me, and kept watching my face, like she was looking for clues. No, I think she'd be terribly jealous of another dog.

I did get her a big soft stuffed rabbit, though, and I've been carrying it around under my shirt, and will use it for a backrest at night for a while. My plan is to leave it in the bathroom with her when I'm gone, to see if she'll find any comfort with it. It's bigger than she is, so she probably won't think it's a chew toy. I'll put it back on the bed when I get home, so it will only be a comfort thing, not just part of the general toy population.

Well, I'm off to bed. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

April 01, 2008 - Msg 61494: Rev the braves better get that "new great" bullpin started...whew..well good to see all yall at waffle house...slow today here so far...rain moving in and maybe some storms...will keep a watch...prayers to all...hey maudey,ro,boo,mavis,possum....where is TOM?...hey CHUCK,Asa,auh20,md,mdc,hazel and all...well back in a bit rain starting....SPOT

April 01, 2008 - Msg 61495: That sounds like a good idea, Ro. Hope it works. I just hate the idea of Starr being home alone crying. I hope you can retire soon.

Plenty to do today but the washing is almost done...guess I had better throw Me-They's shorts in the last load.

Speaking of pups, a friend of mine has 2 golden retrievers that had a litter of 9 a couple of months ago and I am telling you, those are, without a doubt, the cutest puppies I have ever seen in my life! She sells them for about 400 a peice. I know she would give me one for much less or for free, probably, but we can't have another dog until we get the house built and are out of this apartment. I will get my next dog from the adoption shelter, most likely. We have been promising Erin she could have a puppy when the house is built (and we know how long that she has already waited). After Jingles died, she took it so hard that Bruce promised her a puppy later, and you better believe she hasn't forgotten it.

I'll be back later, after I get Erin to school. I have something I need some opinions about that could turn into a real moulage starter (it's not political).


April 01, 2008 - Msg 61496: Morning Dears.
Boo, did you guys find another Contractor? Didn't you say your first choice backed out on you? I hear Henry Wheeler is looking for work. You might wanna try him. His rates are low but his work ethic is lacking, so I've been told anyway.
Romeena, ain't it funny how them little critters can be so jealous. Our little Barney was the same way, and Sammy before him was the worse. If we went on vacation and left him with someone, he would remember who the person was who turned him over to the stranger, and when we got back, that person got the cold shoulder from him for a week. He would not look the person in the eye. He was really funny like that. We use to flip a coin to see who had to turn him over to the stranger. Funny little dog.
Well it's supposed to be sunny here today finally. We got snowed on again hard yesterday. 8 inches in my yard, but it'll be gone by Friday if the temps get up to 60 like they say for later in the week. Sure is cold this morning though.
Well off to work.


April 01, 2008 - Msg 61497: That's funny about Sammy and Barney, Asa. My dad's weinie dog is similar. I think she is a little senile or something. She hates almost everyone except those in the immediate family. She really hates my brother-in-law for some reason. When he comes around, she hides in the linen closet and barks continuously until he goes home (don't tell anyone, but I actually trained her to do this....hehe).

Stay warm, Asa.


April 01, 2008 - Msg 61498: Thanks for the kind words and prayers everyone. My friend is still in shock. We all are. Just trying to be a good friend to lean on right now. It's so hard because I don't want to say the wrong thing and just be a shoulder to lean on.

We had more tornadoes yesterday. As I was pulling into the garage after picking my daughter up from school, the tornado sirens went off. So, the girls and I spent the afternoon in the interior bathroom. The girls tend to treat it like camping out or something! Our power went out as well. So, I just tried to make it a fun evening. After the initial threat was over, we ate fast-food junk for dinner by candle and lamp light. We read stories and played a board game. Shortly after our power came back on it was time for the gherkins to get in bed. Red Cross wants me to volunteer today but I really need to be in town for my friend, Mindy.

Have a great day everyone. Stay safe. MW

April 01, 2008 - Msg 61499: Good morning everyone. It's warmer but rainy here today. It might just be spring for real this time.

MERRI: So sorry for your friend's loss. My prayers are going up for her.

ASA: I told the Mrs. she could start a paper route, but bees it is. (When I was a kid I had a route. I sold The Grit. Anybody remember that?)

BOO: Whew! I been wearing these same shorts for four days now...

I'll stop back later. BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!


April 01, 2008 - Msg 61500: will someone opne a window. it hot in here.

April 01, 2008 - Msg 61501: M-T and True Grit! Who would have thunk it!?

Glad you weren't blown away MW. Missouri has been so hard hit this year with all of the weather. Didn't Calvin Coolidge say something about the weather?

Asa - it was actually a nice afternoon in Indiana yesterday and then the thunderstorms hit at midnite. Rain rain go away please give us a sunny day!

Tomorrow I see the doc about my arm. It sure does bother me!

April 01, 2008 - Msg 61502: HM: Well, whatcha expect, pilgrim?


April 01, 2008 - Msg 61503: Hi All.
Spot I m right here , came back in o Sunday what a poem.
Asa we was going to git thhat storm to lastnight.


April 01, 2008 - Msg 61504: Good morning, all. Yes, Boo, I'm hoping the big bunny will help Starr. Poor little baby, she's really attached to me. Asa, I'm so glad you got little Barney. I remember when you lost Sammy - that was a sad thing. I guessjust about all of us have lost pets in the past few yers - Jingles, Bandit, the Plum, Sammy, and I know there were others, I wish I could recall all the names.

Merri, you're on the right track with your friend. There is nothing you can say or do that will help - just be there. Listen, and just be there. I know you know this, but right now don't talk about "God's will" or "better places" - she doesn't want to hear that. Later, she will, but not now. Just a simple "I'm so sorry" helps more than anything else.

Take some food, and maybe a stack of paper plates, cups and plastic utensils. A few rolls of paper towels, paper napkins and some trash bags can help. If you're at her house, don't wait to be given a task - just see them and do them. I know you know all this, I'm just remembering.....

Well, gotta run. Starr has an appointment with her vet to see about the baby teeth she has retained, even though the permanent teeth are in place. She has three that never came out, they're turning brown and distorting the line of her teeth, but they won't turn loose. She chews very carefully, like they might be sore. I'm afraid they're going to abscess, so off to Dr. Mike we go.

Oh, I found the Blue Buffalo food at PetsMart and got her a bag. I'm mixing it into her old stuff, so as to introduce it grdually, but I like what I read on the label. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

April 01, 2008 - Msg 61505: Yes, I know it's spelled "years", and I missed a space between words up there. So sue me! --Romeena

April 01, 2008 - Msg 61506: Where's that laywer Otis used when you need him?


April 01, 2008 - Msg 61507: MW, sounds like you had a nice time with the kids, regardless of the weather. And you kept them calm.

I just rattled off an email to foxnews after seeing my town(well, they didn't say the name) on Kelly's Court this morning. I knew it was my town because we are having an issue with a student in the school district suing the school because the art teacher censored his artwork because it had a cross in it and a Bible reference.
I want to find out that teachers name and have a talk with him as well. It says quite clearly in the handbook they give out each year that students can express religious beliefs in their artwork, homework, or other things. So, where does this teacher think he/she can skirt around the rules, and what is HIS agenda, I wonder.

Ticks me off. We've had our share of this PC garbage already in the school district. Glad I went and voted today. Hopefully we can get all the spineless people off the school board and get some people in who aren't afraid of "offending" the secularists.

Weather here is overcast. We got a lot of rain here yesterday as well. Hopefully nothing today.

-Sterling Holobyte

April 01, 2008 - Msg 61508: RAIN RAIN RAIN GO AWAY AND GO BACK TO M-T


April 01, 2008 - Msg 61509: Hey! Send that rain to someobody else there, TOM! How about MDC? I'm sure Pheonix can always use more rain.

STERLING: Have you checked on Jay Seculow's website (American Center for Law and Justice)? They prosecute/defend in cases like this and probably have some info on it. Their counterparts are typically the ACLU. The ACLJ has done a lot of good work defending religious liberty in recent years and have taken part in a number of Supreme Courts cases as well as many lower court cases all over the country. If you want news on such a case, their website is usually a great place to get info.


April 01, 2008 - Msg 61510:
UHH?! Did someone say, "SUE ME?"


April 01, 2008 - Msg 61511: Hey TOM...sterling,M-T,hm,ro....Lunch Time:grilled ham sandwiches and chicken noodle soup...kinda light cause supper will be at Olive Garden on Big Maaude and I...back in a bit...SPOT

April 01, 2008 - Msg 61512: Those are some great tips, RO. I ran out to the store and picked up paper products, trash bags, ziplocks and gladware. I dropped it off on the porch. Thanks for the suggestion. BTW, I've been real happy with Blue Buffalo so far. My pooch seems peppier and her eyes, brighter. Of course, I could just be imagining things. I signed up for a free sample of their dog food and they send a $3 coupon with it for your next bag.

STERLING, good luck with your school board. Let us know how it turns out. And yes, thankfully, I kept the girls calm. That's half the battle in these situations I think. I may have said this before, but sweet KAI has the most beautiful brown eyes! She is a China Doll! What a pretty kid! You will have the boys knocking at your door one day, I'm afraid. That sends shivers up my spine just thinking of it with my girls!

Yes, HM, we've been relentlessly hit with tornadoes it seems. You know, now that I think of it, I don't think that we are officially in "tornado alley" but it sure seems like it. And was it Calvin Coolidge or Twain? I can't ever remember!

TOM, let's get yours, mine and HM's rain packed up and shipped out to Airy-zona! Think MDC could use a few drops like M-T said?

Well, HEY to BOO, SPOT, REV, MDC, ASA, HAZEL and everyone. Better get myself presentable and fix some lunch. It's going to be a long day I'm afraid. Blessings to all. MW

Barney: "Oh, you think you're a clown don't ya? Why don't you put a red light on your nose and go join the circus!"

April 01, 2008 - Msg 61513: POSTER #61510, or should I say, AUH2O: That'n almost made me spit out my soda.

MERRI: "There's no place like home." I don't know about you people with daughters, but I plan on keeping mine locked in their room from age 12 to 18. Maybe 19.

SPOT: I wish you had posted sooner. I had Five Guys for lunch. Now I'm feeling a little "tight."


April 01, 2008 - Msg 61514:
OK, that's it! I am closing up the porch. The last planks will be pulled up at 11:59 PM tonight, so say your goodbyes to everyone!!

April 01, 2008 - Msg 61515:
Boo, have you made a choice for a clothes washer for your new home yet? Ours went out for good on the weekend, and yesterday we went to the Maytag store and tried the new Bravos model. it only has a little bump for an agitator, and it can hold 23 towels!! (4.6 cubic feet) It has a glass lid and we could watch it go thru a cycle. Bought it on the spot for $729.00 . It is rated #1 by consumer reports.
TOM- send us the rain yes indeed. we got 'zero' rain here for March!
MW- my condolences. Prayers for you and all involved.
The ep with the Juanita quote was from "Andy Forcloses". The Scobies are same family in the Christmas ep.
God bless. Have a great April 1. I am a fool for Christ!