May 05, 2008 - Msg 62535: Thanks Maude and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Hey Dud, my mom is 83, too, but can no longer drive after her stroke. I have to ask: What is "no-billed"? I'm not familiar with that term. I do remember the shooting you talked about and do you remember the woman who shot her son's molester in the court room? She died of cancer while in prison.

Dud, I though the Galleria was in there one in Dallas, too?


May 05, 2008 - Msg 62536: Never mind, Dud. I looked up no-billed and found it meant that the charges were dropped.


May 05, 2008 - Msg 62537: Hello:

Happy Birthday Big Maude. That episode with the women escaped convicts is one of my favorites.

Boo: There is on in Houston and in Dallas. And yes, no-billed means he was not charged and Geraldo in all of his tabloid glory made at least two shows out of Gary's story. He showed Gary blowing away the molester in the airport at point blank near close up many times including slow-motion.

The "Dud".

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62538: Watched the news channels this morning:

I am so excited!!! The Democrats are going to give me a free college education for my 9 yr old daughter, free medical care for me and the rich hopefully VA style if we are lucky, going to create me a better job, perserve medicare, medicaid and social security, clean the enviroment for better fishing, tax them oil companies and lower my gas and power bills and bring our boys home from overseas fightin'. I think I will vote Republican. I am old 45+, sick, tired, don't understand gas prices and power bills and sick of the fightin'. My problem is I never believed in the tooth fairy.

The "Dud".

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62539: HA, funny Dud...

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62540:
Now they are reporting 10,000 or more dead in Myanmar, plus the government there is a military junta, and not asking for international help. Not a good situation at all. My prayers go out for all those people. Lord be with us!
Prayers for all,

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62541:
APB for TOM and other porchsters.

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62542: Hello everyone:

I am going to the grocery store to buy those expensive groceries. If I vote for Hillary and the BAMA in November, I know I will pay less. They promised me they will do something about it. I am going to buy an eye of the round beef roast for my 83 mother and cook it Cajun Dumb Cooking Style. Cajun Dumb Style means you can cook this way under the influence. This consist of a room temp. roast, seasoned with studded Shallots Slivers, Garlic Slivers, Tony C's Cajun seasonings and Dusted with with seasoned Flour. Your oven has to be temperature caliburiated correctly or this will not work. If the over is not right it will turn out not cooked or burnt. Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees and stick roast in for 5 minutes a pound for a perfectly pink roast. If you like it cooked more well done, leave it in around 6/12 to 7 minutes per pound. Keep the oven shut for the next 2 hours, if you have youg'uns put a sign on the oven to "Not Open Under Penalty" for it will make the kitchen smell wonderful. Take it out and it will be ready to slice, make a great mushroom onion brown gravy, Louisiana Rice and a loaf of your choice of good French Bread. I think you got a meal. While that roast is cooking you can sit back and watch Andy or read a book.

Thanks All.

The "Dud"

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62543: MDC:

I will pray also, some of the times, the things we are concerned about are minor.

The "Dud"

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62544: For the roast above, turn over off after the the 500 degrees per pound limit and let it set in over. It is delicious and perfect for us rare meat eaters.

The "Dud".

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62545: Sorry Porchers, let me clarify, after the roast is in the oven for the pre-heated 500 degrees per pound, turn the oven off and do not open for 2 hours. When you open it will be perfect.

Thanks, the Dud"

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62546: Possum you are right [happy b-day maudy]..I will join the 49 club 12/22 this year...Asa what do you do with all those bread sticks?..lets grill tonight...grilled chicken [skin off on some]cream style corn,greenbeans,mac-n-cheese,rolls and sweet tea...I will bring a jar of pickled peppers for the off to Publix..back in just a bit..hello Dud...have not read all the archives is Rev and Tom around?...SPOT

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62547: Spot: I will bring some of that Eye of the Round Roast done "Cajun Dumb Style", La. White Rice and my good Cajun Gravy, onions, garlic and parsley. Please never refer to this as Dumb Cajun Style, and you no why.

The Cooking Fool, The "Dud".

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62548: Hello: To Spot and all the rest. Please take me back to the Porch. I need those splinters.

The "Dud".

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62549: Good afternoon, all. Dud, I recently cooked a prime rib roast using the method you described, and it was absolutely delicious. Try it, folks, it works. I would imagine you could cook most any tender cut this way. A tenderloin would probably knock your socks off.

Happy Birthday, Big Maude. Though I must say, you're just a mere child.

Possum, I can't imagine being so close to Secretariat. I think I'd just melt into a puddle, just being in the same county. It is a dream of mine, one that will likely never be realized, to actually sit aboard a thoroughbred, and maybe ease him around the track a time or two. I've ridden most of my life, especially in my younger days, and I've been on some good horses, but nothing like those high-stepping beauties. My husband once joked that my mansion in heaven would most surely have a paddock out back. If so, I hope Secretariat is in it. He will, of course, share that paddock with Ace, the rough-gaited companion of my teen years. I loved that horse!

It has been cloudy and gray here all day, temp around 72, and now at 4:15 it's dark enough that my landscape lights have come on! Never has turned loose and rained, though. I hope it does.

Well, I put that Nyjer thistle seed out, and haven't seen a goldfinch since! I hope they come back and find it. They are such beautiful little things. Right now, all I have out there is pigeons and some doves, and a few sparrows. Oh well, they have to eat too.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62550:
Hey Folks

Spot-Way to go big guy! Congratulations! Rev's around but haven't seen Tom in a spell.

Romeena-I can't believe you mentioned Gold Finches, my daughter just snapped a picture (this weekend) of a bunch sitting at our bird feeders. She took the shot to send it to her aunt in Florida, my sister really misses those little things. If it turned out, I'll send it along to ya.

Dud-I'm right there with your critique of the Democrat Party but the GOP has been running the show most of the last 8 years and spending money as fast as anyone on the left. I think Bush Jr and Sr have done as much damage to GOP as Bubba did the DEMs. The GOP only wins when the act like Conservatives and unfortunately with the Bushes it was just an act. I know I already said this but it's good to have you back.


Me-They I saw both of those ads you mentioned, creepy. I've never been a Robertson fan but the one with Newt was disappointing.


May 05, 2008 - Msg 62551: I'am going to put the Roast in the oven and cook the livin' rare out of it. I will bring some to the meeting. My mother needs those proteins.

Take care all. The "Dud".

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62552: auh20: I totaly agree with you. The GOP has been spending money with the DEMO'S as fast as they can.

Lesser of Two Evils, I Guess?

The "Dud".

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62553: Hey Dud,Don't want to start a fight but I believe the Democrates turned a surplus of funds over to the GOP. Just look where we are now. I think we should be spending our money on this country Not a useless war that we can't win.
As for oil prices, didn't you think with Duhbua and tricky Dicky in power , their oil croneys would line their pockets?Welcome back Dud.
Happy Birthday Big Maude,hope it's a good one.
Hope you all have peaceful evening. Dr P

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62554:
I think it is all signs of the times my friends.
Have a good evening,

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62555: "Judy, Judy, Judy"
See, I told you that Goober can take off on Cary Grant.

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62556: Evening porchesters, I wanted to thank eveyone for the birthday wishes, sure makes a ole gal feel good.

remember the birthday cake (no candles though) and ice cream for tonights snack.

have a good evening

Big (and 1 year older) Maude

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62557:
Boy, I picked a bad day to stop back.

Dud- A couple of other things the Democrats left us in 2000, Al-Qaeda, Iraq, WorldCom, and ENRON.


May 05, 2008 - Msg 62558:
Hello porch family....Nice day here in SC. Mrs Rev and I played (or should I say played at) tennis today.

Happy Birthday Maude....Pray you have many many more. In June I'll become a member of the 49-ers club too.

Good to see ya Dud.

MDC....yes I am praying for the people in Myanmar also.

Spot.....yep, I'm here brother. Did you get much done on your barn?

Tom....where you at buddy? Missing you.

You all have a good night and please pray for our country. AMERICA BLESS GOD
Prayers for all the porch family.

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62559: I have just a minute to pop in and say hello to everyone...Happy Birthday MAUDE! Many, many more to you. Hey to AUH20---any way you could share the picture of the Finches? Thanks to OPIEMOM, I discovered the birds that built a nest on my front door wreath were indeed Finches. Such sweet little birds!

Well, I've been deeply saddened by two things: the horrible cyclone that hit Myanmar and the death of that beautiful horse, Eight Belles. It made me sick just like the injury and death of B. I really have to choke back tears. I had horses as a kid growing up out in the country in Illinois. Had some Quarter horses, Appaloosa, American Paint and a Shetland pony who was meaner than a rattlesnake. I rode quite a bit. There is nothing like a beautiful horse. I'd run out every morning before school to feed them oats, apples, and carrots. They were some of my best friends, along with my little Scotty dog, Frazier. Happy, happy childhood days.

My porch friends, it's going to be an extremely busy week for me and my family. My daughter has dress rehearsals and professional pictures, a spring choir performance at school, an art show at school, t ball, and a mother's day play on Friday at school. I'm exhausted just thinking about it!! Though, it will be so much fun and she's so excited by it all that I dare not complain!

Speaking of Mother's Day--I'm asking for a specific kind of tree this year but I don't know what it's officially called. I've heard it referred to as an "umbrella tree." It's a small tree with branches that look like draping vines that have had a bob haircut. Does that ring a bell with anyone? Drop me a message if it does!

PEACE and LOVE to all! Have a wonderful week and I'll check back in as soon as I can! MerriWeather

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62560: Good evening, all. I just watched a 2-part episode of "Designing Women", and it was just so sweet. It was the one where Charlene has her baby, and while waiting at the hospital, the other girls meet Miss Minnie, a woman of 102, who is all alone in the world, having outlived her husband and all her children. It was all handled so deftly, with just enough goofiness from Bernice to keep it from getting sappy. I sat there crying at the very end, but not really sad tears, just tears for the human family, I guess. Anyway, it was well done.

Hey, my kids in Florida sent me a big old gift certificate to Wayside Gardens for Mother's Day. That's an online nursery that I order from frequently, so I'll just have a wonderful time spending that thing. This is my son who has been so terribly sick, and is still a long way from well, but is doing better, thank God. I would bet it was my DIL's idea, but I also know he would quickly second the motion. They're both very generous, and she adds the creative dimension when it comes to gift ideas. Anyway, I'm going to have fun!!

I'm feeling proud of myself. I "brokered a deal" between my other DIL's sister, who had three kittens to find homes for, and a friend who was looking for a kitten. I got the two of them together, my friend is going to take two of the kittens, and maybe all three! What a deal! The mama cat was a feral stray, my DIL's sister has taken her in, but obviously doesn't want more kittens, so has already had her spayed. Good for her! I wish more people would do that.

Well, gotta go cuddle little Starr. I've had the "soft paw" on my ankle several times, and that means "Get away from that computer and come make a lap for me." She is the most loving little thing. Oh mercy, I miss my little Plum, but this baby is so sweet, she has definitely made her own place. Still, a couple of evenings ago, I was sitting with Starr in my lap, and began to think about Sugarplum, and just broke down crying, much to my surprise. I loved that little dog so much, and we had been through so much together. God made dogs to be our companions, I'm convinced of that. For people who don't like dogs (?) He made cats, and that's wonderful, too. For those strange people who don't care for either one, all I can say is, God bless you, somehow! God is good.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62561: The situation in Myanmar is just horrific, MDC. Prayers for those who are trying to survive the contamination and destruction. Sean and I were recently studying about Myanmar and the great missionary to China, Hudson Taylor. I just hate to hear about so many people dying that way.

I wanted to mention that our bible study at the rehab tonight went very well. The girls were much more attentive and they are asking the right questions now. It is exciting to see them "get it". Please pray for a new girl, Mary, who is 15, I think. She is probably the most beautiful child I have ever known. She has the face of a cherub but, unfortunately the body of a much more mature woman, and she has received more that her share of abuse from men. She told me tonight that she hated all men. I noticed that she has been cutting herself excessively. She must have had 40 or 50 fresh cuts on her forearms, bless her heart. She did say she had been very depressed this past week and decided to start praying and crying out to the Lord, and she is changed and doing much better. Jesus is the only one who can help this child to heal from her deep hurts.

Well, think I will spend a little time with the kids and go to bed.


May 05, 2008 - Msg 62562: Hey, Merri! Didn't see you there. Sounds like you had a wonderful childhood, as did I. We have a lot in common, specifically a love of animals, and a respect for life. They add such texture, such dimension and joy to life, don't they?

I'll see what I can find out about your tree. I have a couple of friends who might know, and a few websites that could be helpful. Then there's always dear old Google.

Starr says good night. --Romeena

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62563: Good grief, Boo. That's so sad about Mary. I just shudder at the idea of these kids cutting themselves. Where on earth did that come from? I know all that's believed to be behind it psychologically, but kids have been hurt and hurting for a long time, and this cutting thing is pretty new. Isn't it primarily girls who do this? How did it start? Does anyone know?

Is there any hope of re-directing them into another way of acting out their feelings? This is indeed a strange and frightening phenomenon. --Romeena

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62564: Merri, I ran "umbrella tree" through Google, and about all I came up with there was the tree form of the houseplant we know as schefflera. I don't think that's what you're talking about. From your description, I'm wondering if you're thinking of a tree wisteria? Does the one you want bloom? --Romeena

May 05, 2008 - Msg 62565: Hey Merrie, I found a link about umbrella tree that said the following:
The umbrella-tree (Magnolia tripetala) is generally described as a Perennial Tree. This Dicot (dicotyledon) is native to the U.S. (United States) and has its most active growth period in the Spring . The Umbrella-Tree has Green foliage and conspicuous White flowers, with conspicuous Red fruits or seeds. The greatest bloom is usually observed in the Spring, with fruit and seed production starting in the Summer and continuing until Summer. Leaves are not retained year to year. The Umbrella-Tree has a Short life span relative to most other plant species and a Moderate growth rate. At maturity, the typical Umbrella-Tree will reach up to 30 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 30 feet.

It went on to say that it is only available commericially which I interpreted to mean from projessional landscaper.


May 06, 2008 - Msg 62566: Romeena, cutting isn't a new but it has become more common. Most girls who cut themselves will cut themselves on more hidden places that won't be noticed. The large majority of cutters are girls but there are also a few boys. I remember back in the 80's when I first met my friend Karen (I think I mentioned her childhood abuse by mother and father). She had scars on her forearms and after I knew her well enough, I asked her about them. She used to cut herself when she was a teen and the way she described it to me is that when her emotional pain got too severe to handle, if she cut herself, the pain of the cutting somehow blocked the emotional pain she felt for a little while. I know that girls cut for different reasons. Sometimes its out of anger, sometimes pain or even as a way of getting attention. It can become an addiction, though, just like drugs or anything else that makes the mind "feel better" but most teens stop the cutting once they reach adulthood. The immature mind of a child/teen is not always able to cope with pain in a normal way and instead of talking to someone and learning ways to deal with all of those emotions, they find release in what's called in psychological terms S.I. (or Self Injury). Interestly enough, I was recently talking with a good friend who goes to church with me. She is 45 and was s*xually abused in childhood by a family member. She told me that when she was a teen, she used to stick pins through the skin in her arms because it made her feel better somehow, so it isn't something new. I also think that with the breakdown in the family that we see today and the divorce rate, kids are hurting and so we will see more of this kind of "acting out" behavior. Anyway, that is what I know about it, for all that's worth.

Better go get Erin out of bed for school...only 2 more weeks and she's out...


May 06, 2008 - Msg 62567: I was just thinking that Maude could probably shed some light on the subject, Ro. She must deal with it in her work.

ASA, I wanted to mention that on Sunday we heard from a pastor that we are helping to support who is starting a church in Utah, in a place called Lehi in Utah County. He was talking about a place called "Thanksgiving" Point, I think, where they will be holding church. Does that sound familiar? He showed us some slides of the area and the mountains were beautiful. It that anywhere near you?


May 06, 2008 - Msg 62568: Good morning everyone. Itís been a beautiful couple of days here; sunny days around 70 degrees and nights around 50. Just beautiful. If only it would stay like this year-round.

Have a bad cough and sore throat today. It was worse yesterday and I stayed home from work. I figured what the heckómight as well stay home and feel better, and not infect the rest of the staff. I enjoyed having the day off, too. In fact, I think we need to go to the four day work week and have every Monday off. Do I have a second?

Prayers for all who needs them today.

I donít know what it is about those Cedarmont Kids videos, but they were/are my kids favorites and I hear the same from most people whose kids have them. I think itís kind of the Barney phenomenon. I used to think that maybe they were sticking in some sort of subliminal messages in that show (just kidding). Every kid I knew around age 3 or 4 was just hooked on that purple dinosaur. Kind of like kiddie crack or something. Same goes for the Wiggles (STERKLING: Nora went through a huge Wiggle phase about three years ago). I know believe that kids may like cartoon and puppets and stuff, but they just love watching other little kids sing and dance. After all, thatís mostly what the Wiggles and Barney areósinging and dancing. Anyway, thatís my unedumakated opinion.

Thatís for all your suggestions regarding movies for Nora. Iím gonna check some of them out. HAZEL: Iíve never heard of that Haylie Mills movie, and Nora does love those Haylie Mills movies! Most of the movies she watches are Disney movies from the 60s and 70s.

BOO: Thatís a shame about Mary. I honestly donít know what gets into people. I just for the life of me canít comprehend how someone can abuse a kid and derive any kind of pleasure from it. Prayers for her, and you, too.

DUD: Regarding your Democratic critique the other day, I decided a long time ago that party labels have very little to do with success or failure in the Oval Office. It has more to do with strength of character, conviction, and determination to do the right thing, whether popular with your party or even the American people. Some of our greatest presidents like Lincoln made decisions that, at the time, were hated by a majority of Americans. Leaders donít necessarily do the popular thingóthey LEAD. And that means sometimes making very unpopular decisions. Weíve had great Republican presidents, like Reagan and Roosevelt, and great Democratic ones, like Roosevelt and Truman. Weíve also had stinking failures from both parties. I think if more people would vote for the man (or woman), and not the party weíd all be better off.

Regarding your weekend discussion about people who do horrible crimes, some people are just born sociopaths. Unfortunately, these people are born without empathy towards the pain of others. They literally can lash and harm with no remorse. That boy who killed his father over a cartoon sounds like a classic example. While I wholeheartedly believe that such people should be punished to the full extent of the law when they commit a crime, I also believe that they deserve our prayers. It must be very difficult to go through life like that. We all have our cross to bearówhether mental or physicalóand God never promised us a rose garden here on earth. We have to make the best with what weíve got.

Well, I better start catching up on Mondays work now. Iíll stop back later.


May 06, 2008 - Msg 62569: Yes, Me-They, it's hard to understand, but as you said, some people have no empathy for the suffering of others and will do anything they believe they can get away with. There seems to be a certain "mindset" out there that sees children as less than human. Because they are weak and helpless, they are considered fair game, so to speak. Whether in the wild on among the civilized, predators are predators. What I just can't figure out, though, are parents who do such things to their children. I mean, if a sociopath goes out and selects a victim, that is horrible enough, but when a parent uses their own child, that is the worst. What causes a parent to use their child for their own sick purposes? It won't always be this way, though. Someday the innocent will no longer suffer, and "the lion will lay down with the lamb"'s what keeps me from giving up and crawling into a hole somewhere.

Sometimes our efforts seem so futile but I try to remember the story of the starfish. Remember that one?...A grandpa and his young grandson are walking along the beach and they see hundreds of starfish that have washed up and are unable to get back into the sea. The grandpa is walking along and picking some of them and throwing them back in. The boy says, "Grandpa, there are so many. Why bother to throw some of them back. It won't really matter?". The grandpa responds as he tosses out another starfish, "It matters to this one". It's true. Even if you only help one person to find their way in this world, the bible tells us that one immortal soul is worth more than all the riches in the world. Be encouraged, you can make a huge difference.


May 06, 2008 - Msg 62570: "or" among the civilized, that is..

May 06, 2008 - Msg 62571: Thanks, BOO. I've never heard that story before. It's so very true. Thanks for inspiring me this morning when I feel so cruddy.


May 06, 2008 - Msg 62572: Hello Everyone:

I did not mean to imply that I am a shill for the Republican party. I am sick of all the politicans Democrat and Republican. I lived in Dallas with George W. as owner of the Texas Rangers and then as Govenor. He got a loan from his fat cat buddy Rusty Rose to buy the team but they did start winning for the first time. It got him the Texas Govenor's seat along with the money from his Daddy's fatcat friends.

I am just tired of the Clinton's promising everything under the sun to the American people and The Barak is following her lead. Hillary has put out the old Bill line of "I promise a 10,000 more police officers on the street to fight crime." Bill stills go around and tells people that the 10,000 figure is one of the legacies of his tenure in office. It never happend. They ended up with some training money for cities to use to train officers but not to pay there salaries. John McCain is promising some whoppers also, he knows the game. Just less promises. No one is going around telling the public that GE needs to be taxed more because they made a bigger percentage of profits than Exxon.

Thanks for letting me vent.

The "Dud".

May 06, 2008 - Msg 62573: I am reading a great biography on the Rev. Jesse Jackson. I never knew that he only attended semminary for 6 months and rarely attended classes. He started calling himself Reverend when he started hanging aroun Dr. King. All the other main people in his entourage were Reverends so Jesse started calling himself one. He did go back to the Chicago Semminary that he dropped out of and they gave him an honary doctrate. So now he is a Dr. Jesse Jackson.

Great to be alive....The "Dud".

May 06, 2008 - Msg 62574: Good morning, all. Gray and cloudy here today, cool outside but not cold. Roses aren't blooming much, they need more sun. But, the pansies are loving the cool weather, should extend their bloom time a few more days. They were already starting to swoon a little bit as the days were growing so warm.

Boo, you explained the cutting phenomenon very clearly. I'm pretty familiar with the scenario, but it does seem to me that we're seeing a lot more of it these days. Also, a couple of generations back, I don't recall it existing at all. Maybe it did and I just didn't know it, but in my own high school, it was unheard of. I guess it's a reflection of our times that such a thing is occurring now. I know, the "older generation" has been saying it for centuries, but it does seem that things are worse than they used to be.

Where is Tom? I had an email from him recently, but I wish he'd visit the porch. I miss his poems, and his sweet presence.

Well, I have to work tonight, so guess I'd better get a few things done and then think about getting a nap before going in. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

May 06, 2008 - Msg 62575: Hey Rev and all..Rev when is the next road trip?..and yea our guys done good in perry..Tom? back at work..kinda glad to be back...ok back to cooking too...tonight its baby back ribs slow cooked on the smoker,baked beans,big maude slaw,silver queen corn on the cob and salad...sweet and un-sweet tea...texas toast..ok im gona try to go back and read some..Rev I am at the point with my barn that when I get a couple days off next week I will order my trusses...back in a bit...SPOT

May 06, 2008 - Msg 62576: Merri - I asked my husband what kind of tree that is (he worked as a tree trimmer for 17 years) and he said it's a Weeping Mulberry. I've seen some planted around town, so hopefully they are available locally.

M-T, hope ya get to feeling better. Reagan is finally over her ordeal, and she and I stayed home over the weekend while hubby and Evie went to the doins'. What are Veda's latest escapades? Reagan has already vaulted out of her crib and has gone to a toddler bed. I have to tuck the covers around her and under the mattress otherwise she ends up on the floor. I went in there a few nights ago after hearing some thumping and just about stepped on her.

Belated Happy Birthday to you, Maude. Come August, I'll be 21 with 18 years experience. ; )

Well, not much else going on here. Just a little rainy but expecting storms over the next couple of days.

Prayers for the needs among us and the needs around us. Blessings all!

May 06, 2008 - Msg 62577: Spot: You sure sound like a person that likes his vittles and likes to eat. I think I will have to smoke something thursday.

I am still working on those eye of the round leftovers.

On the Clinton promise, I meant to say they are promising again 100,000 new police officers.

I talked to my daughter and ex-wife last night. They live in Dallas and my daughter has attended a Jewish private school since the first grade. My ex grew up a Southern Baptist and she converted to Judaism a year after we broke up. My daughter is being brought up Jewish and the school, her classmates and their parents are wonderfull. I really miss going to all of her class function and the kid's birthday parties. Everyone I meet knows I am a Church of Christ person and they could care less. Best bunch of parents that I have met in that kind of setting. I really miss my daughter but taking care of my mother is a priority right now. She is starting to drive again but she is very unwell. Her older sister is having her 94th birthday next week and she still drives and volunteers 4 days a week. I plan on my mother getting to be the age and with my helping her she will have a full life in her 80's and hopefully her 90's.

Thanks again for letting me sit on the porch.

Spot: I look in the newspaper and they have a great special on trimmed brisket. I think it is time for this Louisiana boy to cook smoke some Texas Style Brisket, Jalopeno Ranch Style Beans, Louisiana Crawfish Macaroni Remoulade Salad and Mexican CornBread.

Take Care Everyone and Every Day is a Special Day.

The "Dud".

May 06, 2008 - Msg 62578:
Good day porch.
I have been voting for almost 40 years, and i truly believe that this may be the first election that I will not vote. All these candidates are worthless in my humble opinion.
As barney would say, something BIG is happening!
There are a lot of things coming to a head.
Boo- I am glad you are making headway with the girls. Jesus is the Way!
Have a great day.

May 06, 2008 - Msg 62579: Dud yer making my mouth water...its on for thu...the Louisiana Crawfish throw down..."Dud" style!..just let me know what to do to help...I will bring the big side burner smoker on wheels and the Corn...SPOT

May 06, 2008 - Msg 62580: Hey there, AFD, thanks for the latest on Reagan.

Glad I inspired you, Me-They. Hope you are feeling better. I was "exposed" to a virus yesterday by a friend and am hoping like heck that I don't pick it up. We just got over colds here at home.

Hope you get some good rest Romeena.

Have any of you ever owned a Chihuahua? I am feeling sorry for Erin because she is so bored her with no playmates in the area and no pets. I am thinking about a small dog for her. The problem is that Bruce doesn't want a dog inside the house, but I am thinking that if it is small enough, he won't mind. We used to have a weinie dog in the house but she piddled alot. Seems we never could get her house trained. She lives with my parents now and is my dad's best friend and NOW she is trained. Go figure.


May 06, 2008 - Msg 62581: Spot: That corn will go well with that Mexican Cornbread it has peppers and corn nibblets in the batter and of course we serve up in a mini corn form. The "Dud".

May 06, 2008 - Msg 62582: Oh, and another thing...I can't stand to have dog hairs around so I would like a dog that doesn't shed alot. I figure a chihuahua doesn't have much hair so it might be ok. I don't think little poodles shed but I am finding that they cost a thousand dollars around here. I looked on the shelter sites and they don't have any small dogs.


May 06, 2008 - Msg 62583: I am hungry and I bought an extra loaf of New Orleans French Bread. Got some extra Gravy and Eye of the Round leftovers from last night, Canton Texas Sliced Tomatoes, Texas 10/14 Onions that are sweeter to me than Vidalias and some Romaine Lettuce. Sounds like it is New Orleans Style Po-Boy time. Got some Horse Radish Style Non-fat Mayo in the Fridge. This will be my Cinco-De-Mayo celebration meal. I will save ya'll some.

The "Dud"

May 06, 2008 - Msg 62584: Walmart has gotten a lot of flack over the years. I went to their pharmacy Web Site and it was in our local paper. They are offering more medicine either perscription or over the counter at lower prices. Their $4.00 per month perscriptions can now be bought at a 90 day supply rate of $10.00. My blood pressure and diabetes medications are on this list for a 90 day rate. Every little bit helps. I will save $4.00 every 3 months, my own little saving. If I still bought at Walgreens I would be paying my co-pay of $5.00 to $35.00 per month per perscription. If you don't have a pay-plan this will be a great alternative. No government interference.... Check it out.

The "Dud"

May 06, 2008 - Msg 62585: BIG MAUDE: I have heard of this legendary slaw. My daughter, mother, ex-wife and friends love slaw. Do you share this great recepie???

The "Dud"

May 06, 2008 - Msg 62586:
Boo- I am so sorry that Erin does not have playmates. What about a playdate with some of her school friends?
Dud, just be careful of some of those generic RX drugs. For example, I read about people who switched from Toprol to the generic got many bad side reactions. A lot of generic brands like Ion and Sandoz are very poor grade.
Spot- good grub.
Yall hang in there. Prayers for Burma, now at 22,000.
God bless,

May 06, 2008 - Msg 62587:
Oops, I meant MDC

May 06, 2008 - Msg 62588:
Hey Folks

Me-They I agree with your assessment of the Parties. And, I'll even accept that the Roosevelt's were great Presidents. However, what does FDR and Truman have in common with the Democrat Party of today, nothing. I can't stand it when people vote for a Party and not an idea but there is only one Party that is even close to what the Founders created, less government, individual freedom, less taxes, less regulation, few entitlements. The right to pursue happiness not a guarantee of it. Don't the "Super Delegate" thing remind you of the Pigs in Orwell's "Animal Farm." "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

Merri-I'll try and send the finch picture to Romeena.


May 06, 2008 - Msg 62589:
Hello porch family....Can't stick around but just wanted to say howdy. Praying for all the porch family.

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62590: Morning shift here at work today..hey Rev,maude,dud,ro,boo,TOM?..CHUCK?..possum auh20,m-t and all...let me whup up breakfast right quick..2 eggs your way,bisquits and gravy,hashbrowns,jimmy dean sausage pattys and coffee,milk and a tear from my roll of paper towels..come and get it...signed:SPOT the "yawn" tired dog of your porch

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62591: Mornin' spot and everyone- I'm tired too! Up too early this morning. Make that coffee good and strong spot!

Not much to say this time of the morning.I'll catch y'all later!
possum under a rock

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62592: Thanks MDC, I am going to make sure I have phone numbers from some of her little friends so I can arrange some visits during the summer and of course I will have Karen's kids with me alot and Alison is Erin's favorite person in the world (besides my sister, St. Susan...hehe). My sister is every kid's favorite. She spoils them rotten and then gives them back to the parents to deal with. Her baby granddaughter (the precious Baby Emily) just started saying a few words, and much to her mom's dismay, her favorite word is "Na-Na", which is what she calls my sister. Yesterday her mom, Amy, asked Emily if she wanted to go "Bye-bye" and Emily yelled, "Na-Na"!

MDC, I was reading an email I received from Gospel For Asia and it sounds like they may have lost 400 of their churches in the Burma region. They were hit hard but are experiencing opportunities to share the love of God with many they may not otherwise. It seems they are now caring for some orphans from a destroyed orphange and even some Buddist monks who came looking for help. The government is letting the Christians work more freely in the area because of the great need. I will forward you the email, if you like. Just let me know.

Thanks for breakfast, deserve a good scratch behind the ears.

Wake up, Possum! How is Laci? Is she over her bout with Strep?


May 07, 2008 - Msg 62593: Me-They, did you catch American Idol last night? I found it to be pretty boring. I couldn't understand David Cook's choice of songs. What was with that stupid "teenage wasteland" song by the Who? AND...the biggest question of the day: WHY is that dreadlock kid still there? He was awful last night. American Idol doesn't thrill me this season. I think David Archuletta is a shoe-in.


May 07, 2008 - Msg 62594: Morning dears. Hope you are all well. Been having some computer problems as of late, both at home and at work. Guess I need bigger wires.
Happy belated birthday Big Maude. Hope it was a fine day for you.

Sure is a lot going on around the world these days. I hope we are all fortified in our faith to be able to withstand it all. We will need to be if we are not.

MDC, I hear ya buddy. I just can't get excited about any of the three remaining candidates. I cannot recall having this problem. And I suspect there are many in the same boat. Oh well, you just have to deal with the hand you are dealt.

Boo, I live about 50 to 60 miles north of Lehi. Thanksgiving Point is a golf type resort that Johnny Miller built. It has many other features including a 55 acre garden spot, nice eateries, theaters and what not, but it's biggest draw is an 18 hole Championship golf course. The gardens are very nice there.

Auh2o, you guy's warming up at all? We were in the 70's yesterday. Just delightful weather after last weeks snow storms. I may be able to get some corn planted this week. Yipeeee.

Well off to work for me. Busy day.
Love ya all.


May 07, 2008 - Msg 62595: Hey Asa,Boo,Possum got that coffee strong for ya girl...busy here at work...Idol will between the two Davids im sure...I never miss it...and jason will go tonight or the show is a joke....back in a bit ..SPOT

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62596: A quick "good morning" to all. Just got home from work, very tired, ready to hit the sack. Poor little Starr wants to play, and I will, but not for long. Sleep calls!

Boo, I'd enjoy reading the newsletter you mentioned. You have my new email address, I think. If not, I'll send it to you, since I have yours.

Looks like it could clabber up and rain at any minute here - should be good sleeping! Be blessed, all. --Romeena

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62597:
Still trying to wake up here! Maybe I need to be run through the creek a time or two-that ought to do it!

Boo,Laci is fine.She only had one really bad day with the strep & that's the day we noticed she was lethargic and had a fever & swollen glands.She did have a rash pop up on her legs & feet a day or so later though.Dr. saw her again,said it wasn't the scarlet fever rash but thought it was connected to the strep germ.Rash didn't seem to bother her.I think she enjoyed having her socks and braces off for a day or so while it healed! It's pretty much gone now & Laci's doing great.Thanks for asking.

Okay,I think I might be awake now,so I'd better get to doing some stuff around here.Y'all have a good day!

Hey to Asa! Sorry your 'puter's acting up. That ain't good. Take care!
possum again

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62598: Good morning everyone. I feel a lot better today, but still have a nagging cough. Thanks for your kind thoughts.

MAUDE: I am so sorry I missed expressing birthday wishes to you. So, a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG MAUDE!

AUH2O: You're a closet Whig, ain't ya? I'm a Bull-Moose man myself. I agree with your statement that FDR and Truman have little resemblance to the Democratic party of today. But I'd add that Teddy or Abe have little resemblance to the Republican party of today either.

POSSUM: Glad Laci is doing better.

BOO: I agree about "AI" last night. Boring. I don't know why they don't just declare Archuleta the winner and start thinking about next season. This game is done. REgarding why the drealock kid is still on, there is a website called The goal is to get as many people as possible to vote for the worst singer on the show and get them through. Evidently, it's pretty popular. Or maybe people just like hair that's been unwashed for months.

AFD: Glad Reagan is doing better. Veda is as cute as can be, and has a really bright personality. She is very outgoing, unlike the other two. She can be very sweet, but she enjoys getting her way too much. She's not one to take no for an answer, and when she doesn't get her way she starts shouting. The other two definitely weren't like that. We've already moved from the timeout chair to the corner. She is a little helper, though; in fact she insists on doing everything! She's a daddy's girl, though, so all is forgiven ;).

I have read some really funny and provacative bumper stickers lately (my favorite still is "I'm voting for Monica Lewinsky's ex-boyfriend's wife"), but this morning I read one that said, "Who Would Jesus Torture?" At first is teed me off, but I have to admit, it also really made me think.

I'll see y'all at lunch.


May 07, 2008 - Msg 62599: M-T you said see ya at lunch...where?..if no one has sprung I will at Burger King for Whoppers and shakes...busy here now at work..Big Maude are you a 77 hs school model too?..its amazing how many of us are...Rev is one...when is the next road trip brother Rev?..hey AFD,,TOM?..Romeena sleep well today..I get off at 2 today...gona work on the barn some...its gona rain here in ga tomorrow...where is Red and Robyn?...and gizzmo?..and the Irishster?..makes ya just wonder ya know...well prayers ...see ya at lunch gang....SPOT

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62600: Thanks, SPOT, but how about Chik-fil-A?


May 07, 2008 - Msg 62601:
Boo- yes, please forward that email to me, thanks!
Hope you all are having a great day in the Lord.
More later.
Andy: Well THAT was a whole lot of fun!

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62602: M-T Chick-fil-A...good deal ....Im still buying!..they got GOOD soup....SPOT

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62603: Here's something I just ran across on the Internet.It's billed as "The World's Hardest Riddle". See if you can answer this question.80 percent of Kindergarteners solved it,compared to 5 percent of Stanford graduates.Here it is:

The word has 7 letters,preceded by God,greater than God,poor people have it,rich people need it,more evil than the Devil,and if you eat it,you will die.

What is it?

I'll check back later with the answer.

possum under a rock

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62604: Hello all,just a quick rock. MIL has taken a bad turn.She had 1 treatment and felt fine, then last Tuesday she had bad acid reflex and went to the hospital,they treated her, sent her home ,by Saturday night she had an infection in her colan,went back to hospital and now the infection has sread to other organs. It's not looking very promising.All 7 of her kids are with her and FIL. I didn't go to the hospital, I've been fighting sinus infection,but feeling better now.Well I'm going to make a bunch of food to take to FIL ,so you all take care . PEACE Dr P

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62605:
That's a good one Possum, even Earnest T would be stumped. I'm thinking...
M-T-- Chik FilA shakes are A Number One good and filling!
Dr P--try a little Vicks in your nostrils. It works great on toe fungus and most sinus infections are fungal. (Sorry if i ruined your lunch!) Works great for me.

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62606:
OK, I'm taking bets on who will sweep the porch!

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62607: So sorry, Dr. P. I will pray for your mother-in-law and your family. May the Lord give you and your family His grace and comfort at this time.

I'll forward that email to you MDC, and Ro, too.


May 07, 2008 - Msg 62608: Hello Porch People:

SPOT: I am looking forward to that Thursday night throwdown "Bobby Flay" style. Get that smoker ready. I love the Food Network and their Web site.

Did anyone catch Bill Clinton on the Indiana stage with Hillary and Cheslea last night. He was positioned right behind her and he looked terrible. Looks like he want be calling Air Force One his private plane again.

The "Dud"

Steve: I agree with you on the generic drugs to be carefull. On my Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan if I insist on the name brand I have to pay one half of the full cost if a generic brand is available unless I get documentation from my Doctor that it is not working. I have been lucky that the generics have worked for me.

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62609: BOO: I don't watch AI unless I am with my daughter. I am a big WHO fan and pity the singer who tackles that song. I know at least Randy and Simon have a copy of the Who's Next album.

The "Dud"

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62610: I'll give MDC & the others trying to figure out the riddle's answer till tomorrow.So grab your buckets and take a think under 'em and see if you can come up with the answer!

Prayers for your Mother in Law,Dr.P. Sorry to hear things have progressed to the point they are now.God bless you & yours.

possum again

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62611:
Hey Folks

Asa-We are warming up a bit 50's and 60's although we've had a couple of days in the 70's. Take care buddy.

Dr P -Continued prayers! I'm battling a sinus infection also.

possum-That's a hard one.

Dud-I watch the Foodnetwork also. I just love "Iron Chef America."

Me-They I have to disagree with you regarding Abe and Teddy. There still is a very prominent "country club" wing in the GOP that sees things the TR way, John McCain comes to mind. Abe, my goodness, the GOP is still all about Abe. I have never been a member of the Republican Party, I've been a registered Conservative since I was 18 (about 11 years now, hee hee), but I think I'm switching to the Party of Lincoln this fall.

The Square peg,