May 07, 2008 - Msg 62612: Sorry about your MIL, Dr. P. It's nice of you to help out the family at this time.

Speaking of in-laws, well, I think I told you all about my FIL having lung cancer and my wife going over to help him out with his daily chores and such. She wasn't supposed to go over again until the end of May, but as circumstances would have it, just the other day she learned that her Grandma(her dad's mom) had an aneurism and isn't expected to make it, as it is not reversable. So this morning before work I drove her to where an airport shuttle could pick her up, and she is over in Hawaii again for a week.
When it rains it pours, huh.
It's just weird because when I heard of my FIL's condition, I thought about that old sentiment, that no parent wants to see their child die before they do, and I thought that's what was going to happen. But it doesn't look that way now.
And this is a lady who was so full of life and vigor for a lady in her late 70's or 80's(don't know exactly right off). She was part of a little Japanese(no pun intended) dance group with her friends, and every morning she would get up at 5 am and walk 10 miles. My wife said she went with her once and she couldn't keep up to her. And this is when my wife was younger.

Sad. She was a nice lady.

On a less serious note, we had one of those digital receivers installed for our cable recently, and you know how when you change the channel it will bring up that little bar that tells you what the show is, and it gives you a summary of the episode? Well, I was watching The Beverly Hillbillies the other day, and I noticed that before the summary, it said "Repeat".

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, really? It also gives the year of the show, 1964. I would think it's a repeat. I don't think they are making too many first run episodes of those old shows anymore. ;)
I think it did that with TAGS too.

-Sterling Holobyte

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62613: I guess the porch was getting a little too dingy looking. Just had to sweep. :)

And now, to the laundry.

-Sterling Holobyte

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62614:
Hello porch family.

Sterling and Dr.P....prayers for your family.

Boo....well the long haired dud is off AI.

Spot.....I'll be in Blairsville,Ga soon and then I head to TN, WV, La, Tx, back to TN, up to NJ then into Maine. All this is during the months of May, June and July. Busy!

Well gotta get up early in the morning to meet my daughter. We are going to watch her boyfriend play in a tennis match for the Peach Belt Conference championship.
You all have a great night and sleep tight. Prayers for all the porch family.

May 07, 2008 - Msg 62615: my mom and dad love me


May 07, 2008 - Msg 62616: That was my Erin, it's her first post on the porch.

So Dreadlocks finally got voted off, REV? Hooray.

I am tuckered out tonight so I guess I'll turn in.

So sorry to hear about your wife's grandmother, Sterling. Prayers for your family.


May 07, 2008 - Msg 62617: Well, hello there, Erin. I'm sure your mom and dad do love you very much. I'm sure you don't remember me, but I remember pretty little you. You're welcome to stop by the porch anytime.

REV, that sounds like a killer schedule. I don't know how you do it. I know WHY, I just don't know HOW. May God bless you and keep you.

I slept this morning for about three hours after I got home from work, then got up and went out to lunch with Eloise. We hadn't done any mousing around in about three weeks, what with my bronchitis and her having to go out of town due to a death in the family. We're usually together at least two days a week - I was missing her! She's such a good friend, and we have so much fun. We had a good lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant, then prowled a couple of discount stores. I got a shoulder bag designed to carry little Starr - it has a little hole for her head to stick out! It's in gold-finished leather, is really cute, and was marked down to almost nothing. Now if I can just get the poor little thing over her carsickness problem.....

Well, I think I'll go read the paper, cuddle the little furkid, and then head for bed. Eloise is coming over tomorrow to cut some flowers from the yard, to decorate a table for a party. I hope some more open up, all this cloudiness we've had has kept things from blooming, especially the roses. Still, we should be able to find plenty. There are a couple of stargazer lilies about to open, they'll anchor a nice bouquet. The stargazers in the middle, some roses around them, and some clematis vine with those beautiful purple blooms, to trail over the sides. Add some iris foliage for interest, and we should have a winner.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

May 08, 2008 - Msg 62618: Morning porch family, hope all is well this Thursday morning.

Been busy at work the past few days and since I usually post from work, I have not been here much. Seems like I stay busy at home in the evenings and usually do not even sit down at the computer. We have 1 "community" computer in the family and it is usually occupied by the kids or my husband.

Boo, you are on target about the teen aged girls cutting issue. It is an emotional related behavior. We usually don't see cutting behaviors in males but it does occur. Can be difficult to treat because it is of course accompanied by other problems that you have to address. In some kids it almost becomes a type addiction.

a cool cloudy morning here with rain expected the next few days.

my son has his junior prom this week end, so prayers please for things to go safely and that he has fun. He is going with a group of friends rather than taking a date. His big test is also on Monday.

Lunch will be: chicken salad sandwhiches, chips,
pickles, brownies and sweet tea to drink. see you at noon

Prayers and blessings to all today

Big Maude

May 08, 2008 - Msg 62619: Good morning, all. It's a beautiful day here, 68 and sunny, should get to 80 at least. Flowers are already opening in the sunshine, so should be plenty for Eloise to cut this afternoon. I'm so honored that she wanted to use some of my flowers!

Hazel, I forwarded that email video to a lot of people, and alreqady got an answer back from a cousin. He's my age, a rough-cut old country boy, who started his working life as a bricklayer's hod carrier, and ended up owning his own construction company, building schools and shopping centers. He's leathery outside and a marshmallow inside, and I knew he'd love that video. His response? "Would it not be great if the world could work in harmony that?" My cousin, the philosopher. Who knew? Thanks again.

Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

May 08, 2008 - Msg 62620: "alreqady"? Good grief! I think I need to trim my nails. --Romeena

May 08, 2008 - Msg 62621: Morning all! Sorry to hear of your ailing family members, Dr P and Sterling. My prayers go out to you and yours.

possum...oh, nothing

M-T, Veda sounds like quite the corker. She's got you wrapped around her little finger but good, don't she? ; ) Reagan is quite the little daredevil and I think she's going to be my tomboy. Fine with me though, as I was a tomboy too.

auh2o - I love Iron Chef America too! Who's your favorite Iron Chef? With me, it's a toss up between Mario Batali and Bobby Flay.

Hey to Erin! : D

Well, got to run in town and get something for my daughter's teacher as this is Teacher Appreciation Week at my her school. Have a good day and prayers for all.

May 08, 2008 - Msg 62622: Ha Ha, you got it,AFD! "Nothing" is the answer to the riddle.In case you missed it,here's the riddle again: It has 7 letters,preceded by God,greater than God,more evil than the Devil,and if you eat it,you will die.

Good going,AFD! I didn't come up with the right answer.

Well,hello to Miss Erin! It's nice to have a sweet girl like you on the Mayberry Porch.Come back again,ok?

Gotta go- Thanks for lunch,Maude!
possum under a rock

May 08, 2008 - Msg 62623: Good morning everyone,Thanks so much for the prayers.
Sterling,sorry to hear about your Grandmother in law and FIL,hope your wife has a safe trip.
Doctors say that we should know by tomorrow if the treatment they are using on MIL will turn this infection around. So it's just a waiting game.
Ro, My iris and stargazers are up and growwing,no bolssoms yet.I finally have some lily of the valley bloomming so I have a vase of them on the island in the kitchen,the scent is heavenly.
Hello to Erin,are you looking forward to Your summer break from school?
MDC, I use mentholatum instead of Vicks,do you think there is a differance?
auh2o Hope you are feeling better.I'm alittle tired today,but better.
Think I'll go make a cup of peppermint tea and read alittle while You all take care,thanks again.

May 08, 2008 - Msg 62624:
Mornin' all,
Dr P, Not sure, you may have to check ingredients.
but I thik they are about the same.
Sterling- prayers for all involved. hang in there friend.
RO- did you ever get my photos for the album? The ones showing me with the bees?
More later,

May 08, 2008 - Msg 62625: Aw, you guys are so nice! I will read each of your posts to Erin later after she gets home from school.

Busy day...expectin' another visit from mom-in-law so I had to clean the toilets! ha (among other things)...still have to change the sheets on the bed she is using.

(Dreamily)...Ah, it's so nice to see that Vicks is still conversed about on the porch.

Prayers for your son and his safety, Maude.

Hey AFD! I know what you mean about Veda. I was looking at her picture in the album yesterday and that funny smile. What a cutie, and it sounds like she might be a little like my Erin...(we should be praying for Me-They)~haha

Better scoot...


May 08, 2008 - Msg 62626: o k.

May 08, 2008 - Msg 62627: RIP Eddy Arnold

May 08, 2008 - Msg 62628: Good afternoon, all. About Vicks vs Mentholatum, I'm not sure what, if any, difference there may be in the two preparations, but I do know it's a lot more fun to holler VICKS! than it would be to yell MENTHOLATUM! Don't you agree? Besides, it annoys so many people. (heehee)

Yes, MDC, I got them. Yesterday, I believe. I've just been too lazy to process them. Tom, I got yours, too. I'll try to get them done this afternoon, but I'm making no promises. I have to work tonight, and really need to grab a nap, as I can't come home and go to bed in the morning. Starr has a vet appointment, and then I have some things that must be taken care of that will take most of the rest of the day. If I don't sleep a couple of hours now, it will be tomorrow night before I see a bed again. Hmmm. Pictures or sleep, which shall it be? I think I vote for sleep. Pictures this weekend for sure, if not before.

Well, my bed calls, so off I go. Prayers for those with illness and difficulties. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

May 08, 2008 - Msg 62629: I agree, Romeena! Also, it is more interesting to say "I'm going to bed with Vick(s) on my chest", than to say, "I'm going to bed with Mentholatum on my chest"...don't you agree?

Have a good rest, Ro.


May 08, 2008 - Msg 62630: Gona be busy Rev!...hey Boo,Romeena,Maude thanks for lunch..I have been working on the barn today..I got to read the archives..has Tom checked in?..hey MDC,auh20,opiemom,m-t,Dr P and all...gona storm here in just a bit so I better get the animals fed..took the boat to the shop today to get a bimini top for it...ok...I hear thunder...back in just a a pork roast in the crock pot for tomorrow...SPOT

May 08, 2008 - Msg 62631: Ok DUD I FORGOT!.{was suppose to have a crawfish boil tonight}....lets have the throw down tomorrow night ok?..people want have to get up early..[well I will} but lets go that ok?..I will get the corn shucked...big crawfish cajun boil!...SPOT

May 08, 2008 - Msg 62632: Anybody wana buy a cannon?...hee hee...good ept tonight...back in just a bit...SPOT

May 08, 2008 - Msg 62633: Does canon just have one "n"..heck I just cant spell...but yall dun know that...SPOT

May 08, 2008 - Msg 62634:
Hello porch family.....Pray you all had a blessed day today.

Hello is so good to see you on the porch. We have heard so much about you from your mom and I know you are as sweet as she says you are. You take care darling and stop by anytime you get a chance.

All this talk about VICKS is clearing out my sinus passage.

Spot....I don't think I need a cannon or a canon. hehe
Our Braves made it 6 wins in a row tonight.

MDC....those DiamondBacks are playing good ball this year.

Well you all sleep good tonight. Prayers for all the porch family. Jesus loves you so much!

May 08, 2008 - Msg 62635: thank you for saying that i can come to the porch.


May 08, 2008 - Msg 62636: my favorite color is blue and red and black. my mom loves me.


May 08, 2008 - Msg 62637: Hey Miss Lanni this is Sean. I remember you vary well. how is your new puppy? I have seen pictures of starr she is sooo cute. seeya later

May 09, 2008 - Msg 62638:
Hey Folks

As I write this there are 4 Rose Breasted Grosbeaks out at the bird feeder. Those are pretty birds.

AFD-Bobby Flay is my favorite Iron Chef and then Mario.

Erin and Sean- Hey, to you good kids. Your mom has told us what great kids you are. I sure you two are, but, you should be proud of your Ma. Her Christian service is raising the bar for us here.

Dr P- Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better, I am also.

Sterling-I keep waiting for the new Hillbillies episodes to come out I don't know what the hold up is. They should get that guy from "Barnaby Jones" to play Jed.

Paid $3.87 this morning for gasoline. Gee, maybe we should build a refinery or three, or at least drill for own domestic oil! Duh!

See ya'll down by the cement pond.

May 09, 2008 - Msg 62639: Morning dears.
Hey to Erin and Sean. I feel I know you because your Mom talks about you both. You sound like some wonderful children that has been blessed by goodly parents. Always love, obey and respect them. They won't lead you astray.

Auh2o, why don't you run for President. You have my vote. Dang if I can figure out how we have ended up with the three finalists we have. This is the best we got? Lord help us, even if we don't deserve it.

It's Friday. Yipee! Hope and pray you all have a blessed and wonderful weekend.

Prayers for all who need em.


May 09, 2008 - Msg 62640: Good morning porch. TGIF for me this week.

Welcome to Erin and Sean.

Just checking in from work for a minute today.

Auh20, you have my vote for President as well.

Breakfast will be: scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing, tea, chocolate milk or coffee to drink.

I better get to cooking so see you all for breakfast.

Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

May 09, 2008 - Msg 62641: Good morning, all. Sean, it's nice to hear from you. You were just a little feller when I met you, I know you've grown up a whole lot. Starr is fine, thank you. She's a very sweet and playful little pup, and I love her very much.

Spot, "canon" with one n refers to church law, and "cannon" with two n's is, of course, a big gun.

My computer is running like it was full of molasses. I checked with a guru I know, and he said I need to add another RAM chip, so guess I will. My son can do it, thank goodness, because I have no clue. I'll be glad when it's running right again. I can't even play a game, it's so slow and jerky.

Well, I'm headed for the bed. I need a nap so I can get through the rest of the day. Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

May 09, 2008 - Msg 62642: Good morning everyone. A big hello to SEAN and ERIN. Pleased to meet you.

Well, will all this talk of Vicks and AUH2O running for president, I'm feeling a little queasy. I'd better lie down...


May 09, 2008 - Msg 62643:
An early HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all you fine porch moms. I have a busy weekend ahead. Tomorrow we have a big 90th birthday party for my dad. All my 7 brothers and sisters and families will be there.
ASA- I have read that if the greenpeacers would let us drill in Alaska preserve, there is enough oil there to supply US for 200 years!
Prayers continue for all and for Burma. Please prayer for Burma (Mynmar). Now saying 100,000, and much devestation. God bless you.

May 09, 2008 - Msg 62644: Hello Wonderful Porch Family:

Yesterday was one for the books.

My 83 year old mother called me at 10:00 in the morning speaking incoherenty that she had an accident. She handed over the cell phone to an officer who told me where she was. Luckily she was only 1 mile away and I got on the scene in about 5 minutes. She had turned in to another drivers lane to go into the grocery store and he hit her drivers side. She was ticket for illegal turn. The other driver was okay, standing around and joking and didn't act litigious. I was very worried about mom, she was hyper-ventilating and had chest pains from the seat belt. She of course made excuses not to go to the hospital, I told the officers to call the ambulance. We went to the hospital emergency room and she was treated and was released to go home that afternoon. She had chest pains from the accident and leg pain. She is doing much better this morning and I am making her rest.

The "Dud"

May 09, 2008 - Msg 62645: Her vehicle's passenger side panel was damaged and little on the right side front panel. She has a solid amount of ins. being a homeowner and she will have no out of pocket expenses.

I have sold and serviced Auto Ins. for the past 9 years and yesterday I dealt with both of her ins. companies, investigators etc.... My mother doesn't know like most people the ropes of the process. Thank God she has a large local ins. company that handles all her home, medical and car ins. needs and she is a seasoned bundled policy holder with nothing on her driving record and no claims. This local ins. company is a Godsend they are bending over backwards to make us happy.

The "Dud"

May 09, 2008 - Msg 62646: The problem of course is the auto ins. company who holds her policy, MET-LIFE wants to total her vehicle and it doesn't have any engine damage and only damage on the passenger side and the vehicle is in wonderfull shape. Living in a small city of 50,000 we know alot of people and the guy who owns the wrecker service called and said the adjuster was just there and he was going to total mother's car and to just let us know not to let them mess with us.

The ins. company will want to give us the Kelly Blue Book value of her 1995 Toyota Camry and not fix it. They will sell it to a salvage dealer for more than the blue book value. Will do my research for mom and of course no rental cars are available until Monday. Thank God no one was hurt and we will get through the minefield. Disappointed with MET-LIFE. I am on Medical Leave with one of the top four companies in America and we treat our customers much better. I know everyone has a story about how ins. companies have given them bad service and the Web is full of sites just for this venting process. The local company said they have gotten alot of complaints since MET-LIFE moved their operations from Ruston La. to the Dreaded, Dallas Texas.

The "Dud"

May 09, 2008 - Msg 62647: SPOT: Glad you wanted to postpone the throwdown. Will have to get those crawfish next week.

The "Dud"

May 09, 2008 - Msg 62648: I do love the Food Network and Iron Chef. Favorite Iron Chef is the woman chef "Cat Cora". My best girl friend here in Monroe is a person of Greek and Southern Belle linage like the wonderful Cat. Her restaurant in Jackson Ms. is supposed to be a American South and Greek Hybrid. Has anyone been there?

AI FANS: I TIVOED AI and watched the dreadlocked guy get booted off. He was terrible, but please do not call him a "Dud"

The "Dud"

May 09, 2008 - Msg 62649: That's terrible about your mom's accident, DUD, but praise the Lord no one was seriously injured. Do you think this a wake-up call regarding your mother's ability to drive or just one of those things that can happen to any of us in a moment of poor judgement? Anyway, prayers to cover both.

I can't imagine an ins*rance company not being anything but helpful ;). (And, while we're near the subject, regarding ins*rance companies, I have to say that they are socialized medicine's best argument. While I'm not on the socialized medicine bandwagon, sometimes I feel like jumping on just to spite the health ins*rance companies.)

MDC: I also have heard that some geologists are saying that at current usage levels there may be less than 100 years of oil left, period. I couldn't tell you who's right and who's smokin' crack, but I'm pretty sure we probably should be hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. There are many chicken littles out there, but there are just as many ostrichs, if you get my drift. Instead of more drilling, perhaps its finally time to cut back and stop wating what we've got. Being economical and frugal used to be a part of our national pride.

That puts me onto something I often wonder about...We Christians can frequently be heard going on and on about not wanting to be so materialistic. But, when it comes to the fuel for our materialism--things like petroleum--heaven forbid someone try to take away our SUV. I don't expect anyone to sleep in the cold, or give up their job, but does anyone else see a disconnect here? Why are we less likely to decry wastefulness than crank up our air conditioners so far we have to put on a sweater in July?

Okay, I guess that's my moulage du jour. What can I say, the tag on my shorts are rubbing me wrong.


May 09, 2008 - Msg 62650: Oh, MDC: Did you hear that the government, still not allowing aid workers to enter, have now confiscated UN aid supplies. Talk about your corrupt regimes...


May 09, 2008 - Msg 62651: Me-They: Thank you for your concern. I got my mother's doctor to advise her not to drive last summer. She quit driving until this March. She does not drive safely at her age and should not be behind the wheel. I brought the subject up this morning and she said he she can not drive she will sell her house and move to the nursing home. "If I can not drive, I might as well as move to the nursing home", was her exact quote.

SPOT: I did have some leftover crawfish tails and made crawfish omeletes this morning with Mexican Jalisco cheese and Texas 10/14 Onions.

Big Maude: Anytime you need help around the kitchen just holler at the "Dud".

The "Dud"

May 09, 2008 - Msg 62652: Gosh, DUD. Sorry to hear you've got that difficulty to wade through. I sure understand your mother's being upset at losing some independence. Not being able to drive is certainly a life-altering thing. However, the decision to go one step further is hers. Don't let guilt on your part get in the way of advising to do the right thing.


May 09, 2008 - Msg 62653: Stop what all this food tak it making me sick.

May 09, 2008 - Msg 62654: Speaking of FOOD.

I saw a great TV program on a not Food Network channel on who has the best BBQ. Texas, Kansas City, Memphis or the Carolinas. My pre Civil war relatives are from Tenn. and my mom grew up 60 miles from Memphis but I have been living in Texas for the last 19 of 20 years. I will have to vote Texas...Happy Mother's Day.

The "Dud"

May 09, 2008 - Msg 62655: Hey, I know, why don't we write in auh2o for President this November. I'm sure he'll be better than McCain. And definitely much better than Hillary or Obomba. What do you think, President auh2o? :)

Scary situation with your mom, Dud, but thank God it wasn't more serious.

Well, I have to start looking for another job. A couple weeks ago, my manager told me that they were going to move me to the dairy dept. Why? Because the guy I replaced(who moved over to dairy on his own accord) in the meat dept wants his old job back.

Well, I wasn't that upset about it at the time, but as time went on it kind of gnawed at me. I had been knocked out of a job before(due to legal discrimination against non-Indian folk when I worked for the Ho-Chunk nation), and it is not a good feeling. You don't feel very important.

The last straw was the other day when we were supposed to have a dept meeting. I went upstairs to the conference room, only to be told that since I was going over to dairy I should just take care of the meat dept while they were in the meeting. The guy who is taking my place was there though, and he isn't even back in meat yet.
I don't really care about missing the meeting, but it just rubbed me the wrong way.
At the insur@nce firm I worked at before, we used to have meetings every week, and sometimes even more often than that, and they were the biggest wastes of time I had ever seen. Things that could have been stated in a memo or something.
We could have been back at our desks working, but instead we just sat around for an hour and talked about work. And it was always about the same stuff every time.

So yeah, today I went in and talked to the store manager and gave my notice. I did tell him it was not a notice for a specific date, but I would stay there in the meat dept for as long as my meat manager needed me, as I didn't want to leave him hanging with nobody there yet.
The store manager asked if I could stay until around the first week of June(because that's when he supposes the new dairy manager they are training now will be ready), and I said no problem.
So that will give me a little more time to find another, and hopefully better, job.
The store manager said that he would be sorry to lose me, and that moving me to dairy was less about this other guy moving to meat and more about moving me to dairy because I had some experience before in a dairy dept, and because of that, the new dairy manager was looking forward to working with me, but I don't think I really buy that. I had experience working in a meat dept before as well.

So, it's back to writing applications and cover letters for my resume. Man, I hate doing that stuff.

Me-They, I heard about that government taking the supplies. I think that is just despicable! When your people are suffering and they take the stuff that is going to help them.
Thank God we live in America.

-Sterling Holobyte

May 09, 2008 - Msg 62656: CAST NOT A STONE...

Cast not the first stone, my friend,
When someone goes astray;
When a brother slips and falls,
Lift him up, instead, and pray.

Pass not along the sordid news
Of someone's displayed;
Because for him you've prayed.

May 09, 2008 - Msg 62657: Don't know who that was, but I'm sure it wasn't Ernest T. Bass who said that...

STERLING: Sorry that you have to hit the bricks and find a new job. I know that stinks. I'm sure that Lord has something better in mind for you, though. Prayers.


May 09, 2008 - Msg 62658: LOL@ msg 62657 (1st part). You're a hoot Me-They!!!

May 09, 2008 - Msg 62659: Do I need to poke you out from under there with a stick, POSSUM?


May 09, 2008 - Msg 62660: Y'all have a great weekend! I'm clearing off my desk for the weekend.


May 09, 2008 - Msg 62661: Have a good one, M-T. Been a busy day so I haven't been around like usual. Thanks to all of the nice comments to Sean and Erin. When I read them to Erin, she was very excited.

Sterling, sorry to hear about the problems on the job. When you said something about not wanting to leave your meat manager "hanging", I got a funny picture of a man hanging from his feet in a meat locker....sometime I think in puns. Seriously thought, Sterling, last night during my prayer time I was praying for you and your family, specifically about Kai attending Christian school and asking the Lord to provide the means if it is His will. Maybe He has a better, more profitable job out there for you. That's what I am hoping anyways. Prayers continue (you are listed in my prayer journal).

Where's Homemaker?? I wanted to tell her about some new goats I saw today near the homestead. Talk about beauties! They looked like something out of a Heidi movie. Like the kind you see on the Swiss Alps. They were the biggest goats I have ever seen and had long-ish hair and these big horns that curled back toward their necks. Some were brown and white and some mostly black. I stopped the car just to look at them.

Well, better get going. Hubby and I have a date tonight...


May 09, 2008 - Msg 62662: By the way, thank you for that sweet comment to the kids, nice of you to say, and humbling.


May 09, 2008 - Msg 62663: Homemaker, I looked at some pictures of goat breeds but couldn't find the breed I saw today. I did come across some Myotonic goats, which I actually saw once in San Marcos, TX on a ranch and, son of a gun, they really fall over like they were dead when they got scared. I never saw anything like it. They took off running, their legs began to stiffen up and they just fell over on their sides. Have you ever seen them before?


May 09, 2008 - Msg 62664: Good afternoon, everyone. This is coming to you from my newly souped-up computer. It was literally starving for memory and I had two 512 chips added. It's pretty well-fed now, I'll tell you! I click, it jumps! It had reached a point where doing a jigsaw puzzle online was impossible. I'd click on a piece and move the cursor to move the piece. The cursor would move, but the puzzle piece would just sit there, and finally would move across the screen in little fits and starts, could take up to ten seconds to reposition one piece. Not acceptable.

Sterling, it sounds like God is getting you out of a going-nowhere job, so likely He has something a lot better in mind for you. When you think about, you probably really don't want to work for a company that will treat employees that shabbily. Trust God and pass out resumes.

Boo, the goats you mentioned are commonly called "fainting goats" because they do seem to faint, though that's not really what happens. As you noted, it's more a matter of their muscles locking up when they're frightened or excited. I'm sure homemaker can shed a great deal more light on the subject. It really is interesting.

Dud, I know what you're going through. My dad finally had to quit driving at about 83, and it was hard for him, but bless his sweet little heart, he tried to make it easy for me. With tears in his eyes, he handed me his keys, and said, "I guess we both know this is best. I don't want to hurt anyone, and I'm afraid I might." That about did me in. So, from that day forth, I became his chauffeur, and I tried very hard never to let it appear that it was inconveniencing me in the least, because that would have hurt him so much. Actually, we had a lot of fun on our jaunts together. I got lost and drove about 30 miles out of the way, and we just laughed about it. Once I had to stop on the roadside and let him visit the bushes because he couldn't wait for a gas station, and he cautioned me not to "peek", then just laughed as though he had made a great joke.

Part of his trouble with driving was very strange, and he described it perfectly. He said his mind remembered that cars didn't have clutches anymore, but his feet had forgotten. So, he would have his right foot on the gas, and his left on the brake, thinking he was on a clutch. Naturally, the car resented this just a bit. He would try to keep that left foot still, and he just couldn't do it. Strange.

Tom, was that poem from you? If so, thanks! It's lovely.

Well, I think I'll go sit down with my little Starr and give her some cuddle time. I've been gone most of the day and the poor little thing has been confined to the bathroom, which she just hates. It's really a tough life - about 30 sq ft, plenty of food, water, toys, cuddle bed, piddle pad, a/c and the TV on in the next room for company. Still, she just hates being left alone, so now that I'm home, she expects some make-up time. I can do that.

Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

May 09, 2008 - Msg 62665: Try these breeds - Kiko, Spanish and Genemaster - these are all meat goat breeds and will have horns. I bet one of these will be what you saw.
Been really busy here


May 09, 2008 - Msg 62666:
Asa, Big Maude, & Sterling-Ya'll flattery me. But, I'm afraid there are a couple of things in my past that would be too repugnant for some people to accept. In 1983 I stood in line outside a TicketTron office all night to buy tickets to a David Bowie concert and, in, or around, 1972 I developed an addiction to mayonnaise, a problem I struggle with to this very day. Although, standing outside all night in Buffalo, NY could be spun as a testament to my bravery. For most of my life Buffalo has resembled "wartime Berlin."

Romeena & Dud- I can relate to both of your posts. My Mom is 83 and will probably never drive again. We have discussed this with her and it was more or less her idea. Dud, glad to hear your Mom is recovering well.

Sterling-I agree with Romeena, keep your eyes and heart open. I can relate to your other job loss, I lost a job one time before I was actually hired. Soon after I graduated from college I was offered a job as a probation officer. I was given a tour of the place, introduced to my "coworkers" and was even shown "my office." Then ... three days before I was to start I was told they had decided to "go in another direction." I was numb. I tried to ask a couple of question but that was that. Turns out it was an Affirmative Action situation, I was too white and too male for the job.

Me-They I think the only people sticking their heads in the sand are those who won't let us drill or refine our own oil. Government will never be able to move us to an alternative fuel, the market will, when it is time. Just think what the government is asking the oil executives to do, essentially they are asking the oil companies to put themselves out of business. Could you folks please pay for the development of some other energy form? That's how upside down Washington is. Of course that's what is fashionable these days, attacking successful business'.

Wow, that is a lot of typing for a hunt and peck guy.


May 10, 2008 - Msg 62667: Yea Dud next weel on the boil feast..comp been on the blink at home finally came back up this morning...will catch up reading..t work now till 6 pm or later depending on the weather..suppose to get bad storms here..hey Romeena,Boo,[have we heard from Tom?],hey sterling,asa.Rev.possum,auh20,m-t and all...let me gat logged in and read ...breakfast will be at martians on me ..[yall have those in yall area],they have GOOD a good breakfast.....SPOT

May 10, 2008 - Msg 62668: I don't know about the rest of y'all,but I ain't going to eat with no martians! Count Istvan Telecky maybe,but not martians! Spot,what in the world ???

Anybody else too scared to dine with the martians can come over to my rock for some grits!

possum under a rock

May 10, 2008 - Msg 62669: Hee well actually possun its "Martins"..yall know I can spell! that did put a scare in yall breakfast!!im laughing out loud possum!..whew..really its a great bisquit house and they serve dogs at lunch then close..there all over around here...well my fishing show is about to come on...on call here at work...back in a bit....:)..hee hee...SPOT

May 10, 2008 - Msg 62670: Mornin', honeys and dears. Possum, save me some grits. Now I try to be as open-minded as the next person, but I agree, I'm not going to sit down to vittles with a bunch of little green men with things poking up out of their heads. It just ain't fittin'.

It's cloudy and a bit drizzly here today. Wonder what it's like about a hundred miles south of here, for the big wedding? I hope it's pretty down there, every bride deserves a pretty day for her wedding.

Well, gotta run. I'm being scolded, and must go do something about it. There is a ticked-off little squirrel sitting in the tree outside my window, peering in at me and he's upset. He keeps stomping his litle front feet, and his tail is twirling like a propeller. His problem is that there is no food in the feeders, and he has come to expect some, so he's telling me about it. No problem, I have corn, sunflower seed, birdseed, peanuts, some dry bread and an aging apple, all of which will last about five minutes when put out on the stones. Birds are perched all around as well, waiting for breakfast. Spoiled little things!

See you folks later. Be blessed! --Romeena

May 10, 2008 - Msg 62671:
Ha! Okay,spot- you had me worried there for a minute! We'll chalk it up to you not being much of a speller,then. Although I think maybe Asa would've taken you up on eating with the Martians. Yep,I think that would be right up his alley! He's probably home right now, slicking down and getting all gussied up to eat with those beings from another planet!

Ro,take care of that squirrel.He sounds MAD!

Y'all have a good Saturday-love to all.
possum under a rock

May 10, 2008 - Msg 62672: Ro, that is so sad about your dad having to hand over the keys. It must have hurt you to have to do that. I know I have my share of pain and guilt dealing my parents. Sometimes I feel absolutely paralyzed with fear. I want to get closer to them but everytime I even hug them I want to burst into tears. To see them the way they are now is very painful. I know for their sake, I need to just be brave and spend time with them.

I have an important prayer request and my friends here on the porch are the first ones I thought about. Some of you may remember a few years ago a good friend of mine dropped in on the porch a few times and called himself "Boo-Hoo"? He is my adopted brother (in a spiritual sense) and has been one of my dearest friends for nearly 25 years now. I had not heard from him a few months and wasn't able to get him when I called. Well, the other night I had a very bad dream about him and tried calling again. He was in terrible shape and talking about suicide. He has been drinking to try to escape his pain and lonliness and has gotten to the point that he doesn't want to fight anymore. I feel so helpless and begged him to check himself into detox. He told me he already made arrangements to do that and had given all of his important papers, phone numbers, etc. to another friend. I am just so concerned because I have been worried that he would take his life for years now, due to his depression. I have tried for years to get him to get help to no avail and finally had to give up and back off. I love him so much and to me, he is family. It breaks my heart to hear his voice and hear him crying and not be able to do anything. Please pray with me, that he will get the help he needs and that the Lord will bring healing to him.

Thanks Friends,

May 10, 2008 - Msg 62673: Oh, Boo, that's just awful about your friend. It seems so unfair that there are so many people in so much pain, and the world just goes right on. I wish I had some help to offer, but all I can think of is to pray for him. And it may be that he's at a point now where you need to apply a significant layer of "Jewish mother" guilt. Tell him that you love him, and let him know how much it would hurt you if he were to harm himself, to say nothing of how it would grieve our Lord. It can't hurt, and it might help.

I nearly had a wreck today, and I would have been at fault, along with a bunch of other drivers. I was on the freeway, driving past the hospital where I work, when I became aware of something hovering and blowing around, about thirty feet above the roadway. It was a hawk, one of several who hang out on the roof of the hospital, and he was after a smaller bird, probably a starling. The starling was darting this way and that, trying to evade the hawk, and the hawk just had his wings spread like a parachute, hanging in the air above the starling. He'd flap a little to stay up with the smaller bird, then hover above him again. Everyone on the road was watching this display and it's a wonder we didn't all run into each other. Finally my car passed beneath the birds, and I never knew whether the hawk caught the little bird or not, thank goodness. I know it's nature, and the hawk has to eat, but it still seems so cruel.

There's a hawk that hangs out around my house as well, and once he just fell from the sky and snagged a pigeon off the ground, not fifteen feet from where I was standing. He flew away with that big fat pigeon flapping and struggling, but the hawk held on. That's why I don't allow Starr out there unless I'm carrying her. That dang bird could carry her off, and I guess I'd just lose my mind. I know I'd be buying a shotgun.

Boo, all I can say is just love your parents, use humor wherever you can, and enjoy this phase of their lives as you have enjoyed everything else before now. If there are hurts, and I know there are some, put them aside and move on. I think you've done that, actually. Live in the moment, don't think about tomorrow, because it may or may not come for them. If it does, then enjoy it too. If it doesn't, at least you'll know you got all the joy you could get out of their lives while you had the chance. And yes, spend time with them. I spent a lot of time with mine, but looking back now, I wish it had been more. Once they're gone, there's no going back, no do-overs. My mom has been gone nine years now, and I still catch myself reaching for the phone, or feeling like I should be buying flowers for her for tomorrow. So call, visit, buy little gifts, do little favors, laugh with them, take them places, or just sit and watch TV with them. Just be there. You will be very glad you did.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

May 10, 2008 - Msg 62674: Boo,prayers for your friend. I think I recall "Boo Hoo" visiting the Porch.Regardless,he is dear to you and so he'll be in my prayers.

Wow,Ro,what you said about parents is absolutely beautiful.. and so true. Thank you. You know,I haven't told y'all that things got much better between me & my mom a few months ago. Don't know why I didn't mention it-guess I didn't want to go into the entire long story.Anyway,she quit all that nastiness & got off of a lot of her meds.I know she hurt me,remember the ugly things she said,but like Ro said,put them aside and move on. My sister is even much better- we can tolerate each other & be civil.Amazing! Life's too short and family is important. Thank you again,Ro for your wisdom.

possum again

May 10, 2008 - Msg 62675: Thank you for those kind and wise words concerning my parents. I really appreciate it. Also, thank you for your concern for my friend (I did give him the guilt treatment this morning...even boo-hoo'd on the phone). Maybe it was good for him to be reminded how much people care about him. He did ask if I would come to the hospital to see him while he was in detox, so I think he is sincere about getting help, finally.

Thank you for your prayers, Possum. You are such a sweet spirit and I love ya, girl.


May 10, 2008 - Msg 62676: Prayers for your friend Boo..and glad the breakfast scare is over!..Asa take that silly green out fit off!...hee hee...well my work day is about over..done at my ist camping trip booked for the last week in to get back busy on the barn mon..i have to keep the lights on tomorrow from 6 to 6 but will stop by Moms afterwards...Miss Sherrys son is taking her out for the whole day..want tell her where!..well supper will be grilled sirlon burgers with cheese and baked beans and big maude I said have I just missed Tom"s post?...Hey Romeena did that big bird thing ever show back up?..well see yall at supper...signed:SPOT the "got to mow grass" dog of your porch...

May 10, 2008 - Msg 62677: Hey, thanks SPOT. I am doing most of the cooking tomorrow and having the family over here. My mom-in-law is helping, though, and she even cleaned out my refrigerator for me...score! That kind of thing makes this over-worked housewife very happy. Did any of you see on the news how they determined that a stay-at-home mom should make like 116,000 a year? I think that figure is way low if you consider, no vacation or weekends off and 24 hour shifts...Let's hear it for Moms.

Got laundry going and am out of clean towels...I thought I was doing a smart thing when I only bought 2 towels for each member of the family (that's all there is room for in this apartment), but now I am beginning to rethink the wisdom of that decision...hehe.

Wish we could all slow down for a concert under the stars in the Mayberry of our Minds...oooo, how poetic.


May 10, 2008 - Msg 62678: I have so many towels (I hit a fantastic sale) in each bathroom that I could go months without doing laundry, especially since there's only me. However, after buying all those pretty, colorful towels, I realized I had made one small mistake. Daughters and granddaughter can ruin a washcloth pretty quick, using it to wash off makeup. Bleaching removes the makeup, but fades the washcloth. So, I hit another sale and bought two dozen snow white washcloths, and when company is coming, I stack about six of them on the counter next to each sink. They can get makeup on them and I don't care, because I just bleach the daylights out of them and they're white again. We get too soon old, and too late smart. --Romeena

May 10, 2008 - Msg 62679: Race is on MDC,Rev,Mavis,goober,m-t and all race fans...back in a bit...SPOT

May 10, 2008 - Msg 62680:
Hello porch family

Boo....I am praying for your friend and for you even as I post this. You are always in my prayers as God uses you in so many areas. thank God that He kept you from a wreck.

Spot....just finished watching the race. I've said it before and will say it again, that Kyle will drive the wheels off a car. He only knows "full speed ahead!"

I want to say HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all you moms. Thank you all for being that special person that God has called you to be. Love and hugs to you all!

Prayers for all the porch family. Jesus loves us so much.

May 11, 2008 - Msg 62681: Rev I agree with you for sure about Kyle...He is the best driver on the track right now..but I think something or "someone" will slow him down some soon...but I do like to watch him move through traffic...and First things first! HAPPR MOTHERS DAY AND SUNDAY TO ALL PORCH MOMS!..good job!..ok storms moved throught the area ...busy here at work....breakfast will be at Cracker Barrell on Rev...!....SPOT

May 11, 2008 - Msg 62682: Thank you REV, that means more than I can say.

Happy Mother's Day to all the porch moms. Love you (big squeeze)!

Ro, another great thing about white washcloths/towels, is that bleach won't ruin them. Seems like someone is always using one of my good washcloths to clean something with bleach!

I thought of all of you last night. We had a great evening sitting and watching some TAGS DVDs with the kids and Mom-in-law. She had never seen the Loaded Goat ep and we laughed our heads off at that thing. I had never watched it so closely before but that episode is a comedic masterpiece, in my opinion. Hilarious stuff and before we turned that ep on, my m-in-law said to Sean, "Wait, don't start it yet, Grandma has to take a gas pill." (seriously). Well, Sean and I looked at each other and I said, "Grandma has to take a gas pill...she's a loaded goat". Sean got hysterical. Anyway, it was really enjoyable. Gotta love that TAGS.

Oh, guess what? I made homemade sweet cornbread yesterday from scratch. I had never done that (always used a mix). Boy, it was so good we ate it for dessert yesterday. We are going to have us a feast today. I cooked a ham and a broccoli-rice and cheese casserole and mom-in-law is putting smothered steak in the crock pot. We also are having butternut squash cooked with butter and brown sugar, buttered corn, sweet cornbread, tea and cheesecake for dessert. Ya'll coming over?