May 15, 2008 - Msg 62804: Sorry if I rocked on yer toes! Good morning to ROMEENA, DUD, and HM. I took so long writing my book above, I didn't see you there. Maybe He is trying to tell me something; after all, I got one mouth but two ears.


May 15, 2008 - Msg 62805: Oh, man! I swept with THAT! I'd better get the corners...


May 15, 2008 - Msg 62806: ROMEENA: Regarding my comments yesterday about helping others, you don't need to explain. You walk the walk. How many of us have even been on a missions trip, much less to Mongolia? You're always the first one to pitch in and offer help when one of us needs it, and your good deeds in your own neck of the woods are duly noted. Your light shines bright. Kind of like a halogen worklight to some of our refigerator bulbs.


May 15, 2008 - Msg 62807: You make some good points, Me-They. I think you are right-on about children not being taught responsiblity and that is across the board. When I worked in labor and delivery, it seemed like the only difference between those of low socio-economic standing and those considered educated and well-off was that the well-off had abortions when they had unplanned pregnancies. I remember having a patient once who had something like 18 abortions. She was a pretty, white middle to upper class woman who was using abortion as birth control.

I also remember a white, educated, upper class woman who was single and pregnant. She had her teenaged daughter with her when she came in to have her labor induced. While she was undressing in the bathroom, I noticed she had brought along a big balloon that said, "It's a Girl" so I said, "Oh, you know it's going to be a girl? That's great", and the daughter replied (in a very matter-of-fact way), "Oh yes, if it were a boy she would have had an abortion". She wasn't joking, either. Made me sick. I have sympathy for some who abort out of fear and are young and don't really know better, but I feel sorry for the child born to that woman.

Better go get some work done...


May 15, 2008 - Msg 62808: Oh, forgot to mention, Homemaker, that I feel for Casey and Jess. It is hard to grow up and fit in. Bless Casey's heart. My prayers for him and your family today.

Ro, I think the nursing home would be a good fit for Sean because he is kinder to my elderly parents than I am! He got onto me the other day because I had been over to see my mom and was trying to get out of the house before dad got home (I knew he would have chores for me and I was in a hurry). I get a little lecture about how I should be treating my parents and reminded that they won't always be there. That kid! He has a strong sense of responsibility when it comes to family. Anyway, I was thinking about selecting a dog that would be good with people and perhaps joining and organization that would certify the dog to go into nursing homes as therapy...I thought it was interesting that Auh2o mentione the horse "therapy". My friend that I mentioned that has been going to the rehab with me and owns the horse ranch has been talking about wanting us to get the girls at rehab involved with the horses somehow. I am thinking seriously about it.

Better go..


May 15, 2008 - Msg 62809: SPOT and other hungry Porchers:

What is for lunch I am hungry? Last night on the show "Top Chef" they had a visiting judge who was a chef and a diabetic. He was a big guy like my self. I will have to check in to his background for some tips. Guess I will have to check into myspace and find out his name. I love that show like some of you like the AI.

The "Dud"

May 15, 2008 - Msg 62810: DUD: I can't recall his name right now, but the "Top Chef" guest judge last night was the runner-up to season two of the show. You likely can find out all about him on the "Top Chef" website at Bravo.

BOO: Sounds like you have a plan!


May 15, 2008 - Msg 62811: Also, as a one-time very awkward teenage boy who struggled to fit it myself, my prayers go out to all your kids.


May 15, 2008 - Msg 62812: Me-They: Thank you for the info. The "Top Chef" judge from last night is named Sam Talbot and he is all over MySpace and has numerous sites (pictures in his underwear). Huge women and gay following from what I see. I guess he is not going to specialize in diabetic foods. He is slated to open a Burger/Beer joint in the lower east side of New York.

The "Dud"

May 15, 2008 - Msg 62813: Thanks M-T. I'm doing laundry so you can toss over your shorts. Your Big Sis-tuh will do them for you.


May 15, 2008 - Msg 62814:
Boo- Not only get the girls involved with the horses, but your own family as well. It may do everyone a world of good. The horse has been man's faithful transportation and helper since Adam and Eve. Just think, our cars today are stilled measured by the "horsepower" that they possess.
Scouting might be another option for Sean to consider. It was a blessing to me. You may want to ask him.
Thanks for the comments about my bee pictures. When one doesnt even realize that bees can sting, I guess it made me unafraid! ha
APB for Red Crested Lake Loon!!
"Hey, who's been messing with the bulletin board?"

May 15, 2008 - Msg 62815: well hey there gang! still the barn ready for the roof trusses...whew..will order them next week...i will read the mail in just a bit...rain here...supper will be Red Lobster on me...prayers...back at dark...SPOT

May 15, 2008 - Msg 62816: Wanted to mention something to the parents of younger, more strong-willed children. A good friend called me today and we were discussing her daughter, Lauren, who is going through chemo for Leukemia at age 21. She is responding to treatment very well and the doctors say she has about a 70% chance of staying in remission. My friend was telling me that Lauren was incredibly strong througout this difficult year of treatment and was the one who kept her parents from falling apart and always maintained a positive attitude, always believing that everything would turn out well. My friend was talking about how strong-willed Lauren was as a child and how it stressed them out as parents. The way she described Lauren as a child reminded me of Erin. She told me that now she knows that God gave her the personality traits that she needed to be strong and get everyone through this and she told me that Erin will be the one taking care of me when I am old and will be demanding that the nurses in the nursing home do as they should! I thought that was funny and true in a way. Erin will be a strong one and I need to realize that God made her and be diligent to train her effectively. By the way, Lauren is about to finish college. She has 2 more months of monthly chemo. Her main concern is that she may not be able to have children later in life. Her long-time boyfriend broke up with her a month ago and she is already back to dating again. She is something else. Seems like nothing gets her down for long. Just wanted to share that with you.


May 15, 2008 - Msg 62817: Howdy, everyone. I had planned to sleep until about 6 pm, but I just fell awake, so here I am. Of course, a small furry face and little steamy breath might have had something to do with me waking up. I opened my eyes, and Starr's little face was about three inches from mine. The minute she saw my eyes open, she started bouncing all over the bed, so getting up was about my only option. Poor thing, she had been alone all night, then had to sleep most of the day, and now she's going to be alone again. She will not be a happy camper.

Me-They, you flatter me - thank you. You also make some very good points, and they are well taken. China's forced abortion program is horrible. I'm all for population control (and yes, I have four kids, but we fed, clothed and educated them) but it should be directed toward prevention, not abortion. God is not going to hold us guiltless for the millions that have been aborted. How it must grieve His heart.

Boo, a horse-related program might be a good thing for Sean himself. Sitting aboard a powerful animal like that, and exerting control over him, does give one a certain sense of confidence. I was a strong-willed kid like Erin, but I rode horses from about age six onward, and my mother always said I would fight the devil with a flyswatter, so something was working there. Not sure which came first, but I have never been accused of being timid. I rode a bit-in-the-teeth runaway one afternoon, who took me over fences, under trees, through mesquite thickets, skidded through a mudhole, and finally stopped after about two miles. The only reason she stopped was the fence along a major highway was too high, and there was a deep ditch on the other side, so she knew she couldn't handle it, and stopped. As soon as she released the bit, I yanked it back into place in her mouth, putting me back in control, turned her around and marched her back to my uncle's house with her chin about touching her neck. At about the midpoint, I met my dad, who had driven his car over the fields and was about to cut a fence so he could keep going, when we came in sight. I jumped Miss Beauty over the fence, and kept her marching home. She was in a lather and so was I, but I never came off of her, and I won. I was nine years old. I've never forgotten that ride, and I know it gave me confidence at times in my life. Made a believer out of Beauty, too!

Well, gotta get to work. Blessings, all. --Romeena

May 15, 2008 - Msg 62818: Romeena dont work to hard tonight..hey Rev,Tom,hazel,auh20,m-t,boo,possum,lucy,opiemom,sterling,mdc,dud,asa and all...had a great rain here...slow and a bunch..still coming down light...gona be GOOD on the off tomorrow and Miss Sherry is also..think I wlll talk her into taking me out to lunch!..ha ha..opie and otis [lab and cat]just lay on the porch and watch it rain..they get along fine till Otis trys to go around the corner to opies bowl...he gets a hiss and a swat!..then they lay back the ept [I came to fill my vase"} one...well let me get Otis fed and put up and his vase filled!..back in just a bit...prayers...SPOT

May 15, 2008 - Msg 62819: "if you want confirmation of what you expressed, and what I've been beating to death, just Google "Jose Angel Gutierrez" and see what you get. It will scare you, and it will definitely point out what we're up against. You nailed it - the least responsible and least able to provide are the ones producing the most offspring. I guess it's always that way, worldwide. The whole country is on the "spay and neuter your pets" bandwagon, and I'm beating the drum about it too, as it is definitely something we need to do. However, as you said, at the same time people are reproducing at an astronomical rate, and we're expected to feed, clothe and educate them. In their language, yet. Something is definitely wrong with this picture! Can anyone spell "realistic immigration laws, with teeth?" Romeena, I couldnt agree with you more,the situation here is pretty bleak and disgusting,and it doesnt look like its going to get better. Our society is being turned into a ghetto by all this P.C. nonsense.
they wont be happy until every criminal,Illeagal alien,moron and child molester is given a great big hug,a full belly and check out of your pocket.
Its all rather frightening.
There was an article in the news about a week ago about a 17 year old mexican girl who gave birth to yet another kid and had to walk to the doctor with the baby still attached to the umbilcal cord! Shes underage,has no car,no job,and no husband! What got me is how the feel good P.C. media reported the story as though it were something positive and we should all rejoice that another anchor baby and drain on society is born into our world safe and sound! Neither her parents,society or the media is admonishing her for being irresponsible?? its being encouraged! she cant even take care of herself and shes indiscriminately having sleeping around and creating another life which is dependant on her for guidance and care....WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE FOLKS???!! You are right,the imbeciles,low lifes and criminals are doing most of the breeding...H e l l its not like they are busy working or trying to get an education or better themselves,what else are they going to do. We keep lowering the bar.making life easier for the screw ups and morons, and sending the message to them that its ok,society will shoulder the burden! So get to work all you taxpaying citizens the moronic and worthless are counting on you! People today are so brainwashed with all this P.C. b.s. that they are afraid to speak out against the problem for fear of being called a racist. the politicians refuse to tackle the illeagal immigration issue for fear of alienating a huge future voting base. Jose "Jimenez" Gutierrez is one of the most openly racist people on the face of the earth and passes out bumperstickers and shirts bearing "La Raza" (The Race) and openly makes racist comments about running "whitie" out of California?? He even hands out "Deport the Gringo" t-shirts! Why is this being tolerated? Why is this not being called "hate speech?" nobody is out there running to the aclu calling this racist? These people are openly displaying their contempt for our culture and laws and we sit back with a large popcorn and watch! Everyday I see one of those LA RAZA bumperstickers as well as "Brown Pride" and others that are openly hostile and mocking our countrys laws. Yet nobody speaks out,or is doing anything to avert this problem.thus it will continue to get worse. Apathy is going to kill every last trace of what America used to be. Jim Rockford

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62820:
Happy Birthday to Me-They!

Remember,we're all chipping in and buying him a case of mayonnaise for his birthday. Boo,you've got the gift wrap,right?

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

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62821: Good morning everyone. Just having my morning coffee.

Happy Birthday to Me-They!...thanks for the reminder, Possum.



Have a blessed day,

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62822: Morning porch! It's Friday!

Happy Birthday Me-They! Hope is a good one.

Today is also my daugther Beth's birtday. She is 14 today!! We will have a BIG cake for you both later today.

Lunch menu will be: Olive Garden on me today in honor of M-T and Beth.

Working part of the day and then off to a busy week end.

Prayers and Blessings to all today.

Big Maude

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62823:
Hey Folks

I guess we don't have wide spread $4.00 gasoline here. The station I spotted the other day was just an isolated place. The avg. at the pump here is closer to $3.93, I think.

I loved what W said the other day in Israel but I wish he hadn't said it. If Obama wins he'll be weak enough all on his own. But, if he wins, he'll be our President. W looked a little like an ex-President that loves running around the globe bashing other American candidates, we already have two of those.

Me-They I think you're right, we do agree a lot of things, but, what fun is that?

Gotta run,

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62824:
... Yes, thanks for the reminder, HAPPY BIRTHDAY M-T!!

And also to Big Maudes daughter, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Beth!!

Asa- I was thinking of last night when I bought a few Gordon Lightfoot songs on i-tunes.


May 16, 2008 - Msg 62825: Good morning everyone. Thanks for all the birthday well-wishes. Man, who ever thought I'd be 29?

MAUDE: Happy birthday to Beth, too.

JIM ROCKFORD: While I agree with some of your points, I must say that your sentiments are very harsh. About the girl with baby, seems it was a little late at that point to brow-beat her for being irresponsible, and it's certainly not the baby's fault. Seems to me instead of consternation what she needs is prayer and counseling that she raises up her baby responsibly not to make similar mistakes. I don't know about this fellow you are speaking of, but I do know that there were a whole more brown people in the southwest before there were white. I'm not agreeing with anybody's politics, just stating a historical fact. You might want to read up on the Mexican War and its aftermath.

AUH2O: I don't agree about your Bush comments. I, too, am glad he made them, because it's true. But I don't think he sounded like an ex-president bashing any particular person. If you listen to what he actually said, he is talking about anyone who would advocate sitting down with terrorists. I think it's pretty self-centered of Obama to think he was singling him out. But, if the shoe fits...



May 16, 2008 - Msg 62826: POSSUM: Make sure you have a gift receipt to go with that mayo ;).


May 16, 2008 - Msg 62827: Hi All.


May 16, 2008 - Msg 62828: Good morning, everyone. Boo, your verse is so true, Jesus did die for us all. However, I think in this country we are now at a point where we're going to have to draw a line in the sand. Not to refuse to give aid, I don't mean that, but I'm afraid Rockford is essentially right. America as we know it, the country the world depends upon for help, is being swallowed up, watered down, declawed, weakened and overwhelmed, until I fear we're not far from the day when we'll do well to feed our own, let alone help anyone else. Trust me, if you will Google "Jose Angel Gutierrez" and follow some of the links, you'll see what I mean. The man IS a racist, and he is not alone, and as Rockford said, just where is the ACLU when these people are spouting their hate speech? Let an American give a speech like in public regarding "la raza" and see how fast you'd find yourself in the pokey.

Now, how about this premise? If it is our Christian duty to open our arms to the world and welcome them into America, then let's quit making it so hard on them. Why should they have to scratch up enough money to pay the "coyotes" who transport them across the border? Why should they risk their lives crossing the river? Let's just gather a fleet of buses, staff them with US marshals and send them into Mexico to round up any and all who want to come, by the thousands. When they get here, we'll give them full citizen benefits, require nothing of them, not even to learn English - hey, we can all learn Spanish! We'll just feed them and fan them and make them welcome, until we have no more food or resources to offer. Then we'll all truly be equal, and can fight over the scraps.

I've said it before - I have no problem with immigrants who come here and try to assimilate, and who contribute and become a visible, viable part of American society. I have friends among that group. My problem is with the criminals, the child molesters, rapists and murderers that Felipe Calderon is encouraging to leave his country and come here for us to deal with. Don't believe me? Read your newspaper. I also have a problem with ten or twelve men living in a 2-bedroom apartment, and sending the dollars they earn out of the country. I know why they do it, but that's not helping our economy one bit. It also doesn't help that they don't pay taxes or carry car ins#rance, so we have to bear the financial burdens they bring.

Once again - population control is the answer. It can be done. Some countries have made it as simple as offering a free radio to anyone who would agree to sterilization. They gave away a lot of radios, according to what I read. I think birth control is hugely preferable to starvation, territory wars and all the rest that goes on in a developing country. There is often a societal mental deficiency or dullness, attributable to chronic malnutrition. Once again, too many paople and not enough food. I wish I had answers, but I don't, and apparently neither does anyone else. I do know that the gumball email I sent around a while back was enlightening, and very scary. I still have it, if anyone is interested.

Me-They, you mentioned that you understand how they feel, seeking a better life. So do I, perhaps better than most. I see the joy and relief in a new mother's eyes when her baby is born in America and she has some hope that he might have advantages she never had. I do understand, and I'm happy for her. However, I'm much happier when it's her first or second child. When it's her eighth or ninth, and she's twenty-seven, illegal, not working and drawing every kind of welfare you can imagine, I'm not so happy. It's like I can feel her hand in my pocket every time I walk into her room.

Well, enough of that. I'm sorry I ever brought it up. We will not solve the problem here on this forum, that's for sure. Now I'm tired and going to bed, so be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62829: And as for you, Me-They, my dear friend, I just have to ask - does your balloon ever land? I ask that in all love and friendship, truly I do, but about that underage girl who had her baby and walked around with the cord still attached - she's going to need a whole lot more than prayer and counseling. First of all, you have to convince her that she needs the counseling. The praying you can do without her permission, but not the counseling. Her dad is probably strutting around saying "that's my daughter!" and her mom is likely seeing a replay of her own life. The father of the baby could be anyone, we're usually given a list of at least three "possibles", or a blank stare and an "I don't know." That's a whole lot of fun. Nope, we can pray for her until the world looks level, but this situation is a reflection of the ills of a whole society, and praying for one girl isn't going to fix it. We're going to have to put some feet beneath those prayers, and some muscle behind them, and find a way to change things. --Romeena

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62830: I agree that something meaningful must be done to make our immigration system actually work for all our good. Unfortunately, that takes leadership and many of our elected officials are more interested not in leading but in following (polls and money for their reelection campaigns).

Sometimes I find I forget that I am a Christian first, needing to follow Christ's teachings, and an American second. I let my patriotism overrule my servanthood. I don't know, but I guess if I err, I'd rather it be on the side of being a bleeding heart.

I don't know, ROMEENA, but I bet the handful of us sitting on a porch with a pitcher of lemonade could do at least a good a job solving some of these problems as those we hand over millions to do teh job.


May 16, 2008 - Msg 62831: And, by the way, that's what's so great about discussing things with you friends on the porch; we can laugh, commiserate (sp?), and even disagree here and remain truly friendly. I enjoy you people so much.


May 16, 2008 - Msg 62832: JIM ROCKFORD: I forgot to point out that racism is always wrong. It's unChristian and sinful, plain and simple. That goes for nonwhites who are racist to whites, too. You claim that this wouldn't be tolerated if the situation were reversed, but I bet the people in the next county over from me who have to deal with Klan rallies and parades every year would disagree. In any light, such things ain't pretty, but our Constitution protects speech to a point.


May 16, 2008 - Msg 62833: Uh...I think Romeena just shot your balloon out of the sky, Me-They (and on your birthday! haha)...sorry, couldn't resist. I think different life experiences give us different perceptions. What Romeena deals with on a regular basis much be very frustrating, to put it mildly. Ro, I am absolutely FOR putting some teeth into the law, where illegal immigration is concerned (big teeth) because it is the biggest threat to our way of life, in my opinion. I just hope we can maintain a Christian view and do what is needed in accordance with God's will and word. Just a word about the couseling of young girls. No offense to anyone, but in my experience with the girls at rehab, they don't want counseling and so it does them no good. They have to want the help and be willing to do the work involved and that is rare. The only thing that I have seen to make a difference in teens is the gospel, spiritual rebirth and real love (sorry if it looks like my balloon is in the air). Everyone is so frustrated about the problems (rightly so), but take heart and know that you can make a difference where you are. Like the starfish, one at a time. None of this is a surprise to God, he sees it all and he is still at work. Look to see where he is working and join him. Let's do that today..let's pray and ask the Lord how we can "put some feet and muscle to those prayers" and see where we might make a difference.


May 16, 2008 - Msg 62834: Oh hey there, snuck in on me. How true about being able to discuss things and remain friends. I value this porch so much.


May 16, 2008 - Msg 62835: Hello Porch Family:

Its a great day here in Northeast Louisiana (not part of Arkansas, but close). Great cool weather after two days of torrential rain.

ME-THEY: Happy birthday!

JIM ROCKFORD: I agree with your last post. Dallas county's Parkland Hospital has more births than any other hospital in the USA. they have gurneys lined up outside in the hallways of the delivery rooms. Most of the mothers are illegal and giving birth to new American Citizens. Texas is right on its way to be the new California. More traffic, conjested public schools, some schools are not only teaching lessons in Spanish but also Asian languages. Some businesses have no signs in English and no English speakers. Property taxes sky high to pay for those public schools. Every road being built is a toll road and now they are converting highways that were built with public funds into toll roads.

The "Dud"

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62836: BIG MAUDE: Count me in for lunch.

My mother is in better spirits this morning. I am glad I am a licensed ins. agent. The people of the auto ins. company she is with, are extremely rude. She went to the hospital yesterday and was perscribed Duladid for pain and they work her up at 7:30 in the morning to discuss her claim. I called them up this morning to find out the situation about waking up a 83 year old woman out of her sleep. They told me they start calling people at 6:30 in the morning. Our company is 9:00 AM and not a minute earlier.

Just read an article this morning that Mrs. Hillary said back in Feb. of this year that Barak's comments that he would sit down one on one with any leader including Iran's was and I quote "Naive and shows his inexperience". This morning on the news channels shows she was bashing our President like Barak and his people..The hipocracy of our politicians is incredible.

The "Dud".

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62837: Man, you folks are depressing the be-jeebers out of me. I come here to get away from all this stuff, not to read more about it.
What happened to our little Mayberry?


May 16, 2008 - Msg 62838: Happy Birthday M-T and Beth! Hope you both have super day. (M-T, seems like you've used that "29" line a time or two before *wink*) Cake and Olive Garden sound good Maude - count me in.

Evie's down to 8 days of school. With all the snow days we've had this year the school is erring on the side of caution next year and starting on Aug 14. She's taking a 3 week summer school enrichment program starting June 9 so it's going to seem like a short summer for us.

M-T, I saw the pictures of your spread and it is beautiful. So park like and peaceful.

Well, not much else going on around here. Prayers for all!

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62839: Crawfish Boil tonite to celebrate these birthdays.

Menu: Boiled crawfish, whole garlic heads, whole small 10/14 Texas Onions, new potatoes and corn on the cob. Peanut oil fried whole Cajun Turkey and Jalapeno Hushpuppies. Deep South Shrimp and Crawfish Stew. Cold Shrimp Salad. Bring your appetites and cold Barq's rootbeer will be available.

The "Dud"

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62840: Asa lets you and I act silly at lunch!..heppy b-day m-t and beth...Maude I will hold the door at the garden..and make asa leave the tip!..gona dodge rain and mow grass today..its back to work for me in the morning..hey afd,Tom,possum,opiemom,hazel,auh20,ro,boo,jim and all..well let me watch the news and get started...back in a bit...and Asa im gona wear a funny nose and glasses at lunch to get this bunch cheered up!...Rev look for the UPS truck!...SPOT

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62841: Dud im in there for the boil..will get the corn and both burnners and pots....SPOT

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62842: I forgot desert. Louisiana Plantation Pecan Pies and Breyer's SugarSmart Vanilla Fudge Twirl Ice Cream for us Diabetics.

The "Dud"

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62843: Hey AFD, today is Erin's last day of school...I'm going to have to get real creative to survive the summer...hehe.

Hey Asa, I was just thiking about that yesterday. Remember when we used to all pack up and go to the picture show in Raleigh and go to Myer's Lake for cookouts in the summer? I think we need more of that.

Anyone want to meet me down at Wally's for a soda pop and a moon pie later tonight?


May 16, 2008 - Msg 62844: Thanks, DUD and AFD. Actually, this is my 13 anniversary celebrating my 29 birthday.

ASA: So sorry, friend. Sometimes it's easy to keep wandering down an alley. But I guess it's time we go up and holler fish on this one, huh?

Lunch sounds great! OLive Garden is a favorite. But, if you don't mind, DUD, since it is my birthday, could we have something besides crawfish (yuck!)?


May 16, 2008 - Msg 62845: I meant to write dessert. We will not be serving sand. The "Dud"

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62846: Me-They:

Since it is your birthday I will not get insulted that you do not like La. Lobsters and we will change the menu. Keep the desserts. We will keep the Cajun fried Turkey and the Hushpuppies, cold shrimp salad and add a tossed green salad for the non-seafood eaters. Add a sauteed fresh green beans, onions and garlic dish. Louisiana Rice with brown gravy. Add sweet and unsweetened iced tea with those Barq's rootbeer.

SPOT: will bring the corn.

For the Kids we will have Emeril's Famous Andouille Corndogs with Creole Mustard and sweet potato fries.

The cooking fool, The "Dud"

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62847: ASA: Sorry about being a political junkie. My father died of pancreatic cancer 3 years ago. We talked politics all the time. He told me before died that I should not worry about things, "Because there is not anything you can do about".

BOO: I will meet the porch family at Wally's for a COKE. Andy and friends only say one thing that makes me cringe. That is calling a soft drink a POP. This southern boy and friends asked if you wanted a COKE and as teenagers we went on COKE dates.

The "Dud"

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62848: After that grand dinner DUD has planned, I'll meet you guys at Wally's. Hope nobody gets the dogs barking (I'm not talking about you, SPOT).


May 16, 2008 - Msg 62849: Well, I agree with everyone about the immigration issue, how about that?! Me-They, I do agree that Jim's post was a little harsh, but like the rest of you I also can't disagree with any of the points he made.
But I also agree that wringing our hands at the matter is not going to accomplish anything. But what can we do? One simple thing we can do is get involved with groups that tackle this and other issues important to conservatives like me and some of you, like Liberty Council, Alliance Defense Fund, Faith2Action; and sign the petitions they send to you and the letters they make up to send to politicians and others in power. That's one small thing I do and it is not that hard.

Asa, I also agree with you. It's nice to have cyber-Mayberry to come to to get away from our daily problems. Though you should also be no stranger to the fact that this porch is a place where we sometimes discuss serious issues, because it is also nice to be able to discuss things like these with a friendly group of people who "usually" hold similar views, so you don't feel so alone in your thoughts.

Ok, getting off of that track now. Wife dragged me to a company party(I hate parties) last night. Tried everything to get out of it. Even tried to put a guilt trip on her asking her if she was sure she wanted to go after she just spent so much time away from Kai in Hawaii. I know, mean, isn't it?! But I tell you, I REALLY hate parties. I thought also that she might be too tired to go, as she had just flown back yesterday morning, and then went into work even.
But no, nothing worked, and we went.
As we walked in(we were a little late) I was almost ready to walk back out again after seeing the "contest" they were doing on the stage involving women eating bananas on strings. But luckily, her co-workers who had saved us our seats sat off to the side of the stage and way back so we didn't have to see much of what was going on. And the other contests they had after that weren't as suggestive as that one we walked in on - almost like kid's games, passing through hula hoops and stuff - so it wasn't as bad. They did have a "Fear Factor" type contest, but we didn't watch that one either. I hated the Fear Factor show, so why would I want to watch it in person?! For those of you lucky enough to not know what show I am referring to, Fear Factor was a "reality show" that mainly had contestants eating the grossest things imaginable.
Yeah, you get the point. And we were eating dinner at that time anyway, and that was gross enough. ;)
Well, we basically sat around after that listening to a bunch of rowdy drunk people. I didn't drink, I wanted to be sober to drive home, which I hoped would be soon. But we stayed until they announced the grand prize, which was two $1000 plane tickets to anywhere. We didn't win that, but my wife did win a $30 gift card from Walmart, plus she received two other gift cards, for $30 and $20, so that was the bright spot of the night.
Actually, the bright spot for me was when we walked out the door to go home. :) Still hate parties.

-Sterling Holobyte

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62850: I think I meant, "you get the IDEA", not "point".
The only point would be that Fear Factor is a gross show.

-Sterling Holobyte

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62851: Folks, I'm sorry if my post sounded a little harsh. I did it quick like because of time limits here at work. I just got back here and re-read it and realized it comes across a lot meaner than I meant it to. Lord knows I have come on here and vented plenty on non-Mayberry things and you have all put up with me. I just tend to immerse myself in the things going on in our world with politics and what not, and this porch is my escape. I'm sorry if I was to harsh. Please forgive. I suspect I am a lot like the rest of you. We are seeing our Country sliding down and endliss Godless pit, and seem helpless to do anything about it. As a staunch conservative I feel totaly unrepresented this election cycle and am sick and tired of it. I have felt that way since the late 80's I guess and just wish someone.... anyone out there could speak to my soul. I get tired of thinking...maybe in 4 years.
Anyway, please accept my apologies and don't stop talking on my account. But maybe we could visit Mayberry every now and again in the process. Boo, I'll join you for that pop.
Happy Birthday MT. Hope it's a good one.
And Dud, I love a good Lobster. Count me in.


May 16, 2008 - Msg 62852: STERLING: Maybe if you spent a could off evening over at Mrs. Wiley's, you could learn a few of the social graces like balancing a cookie plate on your knee and then you wouldn't hate parties so much ;).

ASA: No problemo, amigo. Try and look at it another way: no matter who the people elect--man or woman, black or white, young or old, liberal or conservative--the good Lord can work His perfect will through (or in spite of) any of 'em. There's really only Good News to those who know Him.

Thanks so much for a great birthday. I am really encouraged by your well-wishes and prayers. It maybe is my best 29th birthday yet ;). Have a great weekend!


May 16, 2008 - Msg 62853:
I think that Rockford's post 62819 was the roughest and harshest since i have been coming here. Tho i have always defended our topics under the "shoot the breeze" caption above, I just have to say that that message almost made Rockford sound very close to kkk. I do not want this porch to become what became of Miss Crump's board, but it is the first post I recall that the word H--- was used. I stand with ASA and others and let's get back to our topics of the day. There are plenty of other places on the net to spew all that other stuff.
We could talk about what the California Supreme Court did. Now there is pure madness!
Have you noticed the drop in visits by folks who used to be 'reglars here?
Prayers for all. God bless you all. Millie, I miss you. God be with us and help us.
Andy: Now ben, youv'e been nice, you've been real nice. Hasnt he been nice barney?
Barney: OH yeah, he's been a real sweetheart.

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62854:
Will someone PLEASE sweep the porch! It needs it badly!

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62855: Boo im game for the walk to Wally"s at duck for a pop..Me-They we will throw some crab legs,shrimp and sausage in the boil for you...hey sterling,asa,Ro,Rev,Tom and all the new and old time regulars...wonder what happened to Robyn and that other new one?...where is Local Lucy?...well anyway gang lets just forget our worries,politics,gas prices and have a great ho-down tonight!..anyone needing a ride just let me know..we will string lights up and everybody that can play a instrument bring something..I got a banjo but not very good [but its loud]...ok let me get the truck loaded...I have to get up at 4:30 tomorrow for work so no hard cider for me!..happy prayers!..:)...SPOT

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62856:
My git-fiddle only has 5 strings, but I'll jump in.

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62857:
Our Father Which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into tempation, but deliver us from the evil one. Amen

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62858: are us all up for a song loke a old 14 a


May 16, 2008 - Msg 62859: Good evening, all. First of all, I apologize for starting this whole mess. What on earth was I thinking? Asa, you have no reason to apologize, you are absolutely right. Since I started it, maybe I should be the one to stop it. So, with that in mind - TICK A LOCK!

By the way, Asa, you do know that by "Louisiana lobsters", Dud actually means mudbugs, don't you? I like lobster too, but am not too fond of crawfish, or crawdads, or mudbugs - all the same thing. That little bean-sized bite of meat just ain't worth the trouble, and I'm not about to suck out the contents of the critter's head, so there! I will eat just about anything, but even I have my limitations. Now a big succulent lobster, just bursting up out of the shell, and a little bowl of lemon butter to dunk the bites in - yummmm! Notice that is bites (plural) from one critter, not a little stingy bite (singular) that tastes a lot like mud. (heehee) Now there's a moulage we can all enjoy! --Romeena

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62860: Good idea, Tom. "Welcome, sweet Springtime, we greet thee in s-o-o-n-n-g-g-g!" (Are your nerves quivering yet?) --Romeena

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62861: Hey MDC- all I can say about that post you mentioned is this: Where's George when you need him? Ha! He'd have a field day with that one!

Seriously though,it's no laughing matter.Oh,and Asa,no offense taken. I hear what you're saying.

Spot,swing by & pick me up,ok? I'll bring a jug of sweet tea .That'll keep you from getting toodley on hard cider!
possum under a rock

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62862: Hey Ro! If George DOES show up,I've got your back! Hee Hee

possum again

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62863: Thanks, but who has his? (heehee) --Romeena

May 16, 2008 - Msg 62864: Hey there family:
just stopping by for a quick read, and then off to the ironingboard. I'm too tired to talk (can you believe it?) Later Taters- ~New Neighbor

May 17, 2008 - Msg 62865: Well, I am sitting here with a little white dog at my feet that looks like he should be selling Taco Bell. I am supposed to be taking Gizmo to mom-in-law tomorrow but there is no way. He's mine. The little thing is just too sweet and has totally adopted me. He follows me everywhere and looks at me like I am the most wonderful creature in the universe. He is still warming up to the rest of the family but he adores me. Also, he has not had an accident in the house so I guess he really is house trained. He was timid at first but boy, he is very loving now and fun. He loves to play in the backyard and even fetch.

I don't know how I am going to keep him in his bed and out of mine, though. Oh well. Better hit the hay.


May 17, 2008 - Msg 62866: Possum thanks for the tea...and the company...the boil was a hoot!...but its morning now and all yall sleep heads get UP!..hey New Neighbor..Romeena ya on the night shift again?..Asa lets me and you whup up breakfast..get that smiley face bbq apron on and let all ways[boiled,poached,over med,scrambled]grits,hashbrowns,country ham,bacon,sausage,bisquits and gravy,toast,grape jelly,apple butter,coffee,milk,h20...and a tear from my roll of paper towels...ready at 7:30....prayers....SPOT

May 17, 2008 - Msg 62867: Great shindig last night Spot. Had a great time. And I'll be glad to help out with breakfast. But this durn back of mine, lumbago you know. Maybe I'll just sit here and supervise Spot. Now make sure you get that bacon right. I like mine limp, as does AFD but I think Romennea likes hers crispy....
Boo, sounds like you have you a keeper. Ain't them furkids just to much? Glad it's working out for you.

NN, Great to see you. How are the newlyweds? Doing good I hope.

Ro, you ain't to blame for things. We all have had a hand in it. Myself included. So don't go beatin yourself up inside.

Hazel, where are you? You always bring in some good TAGS humor to the porch.

Oh and Ro, you're description of the Duds lobster was good enough. I'm like you. Give me some good deep sea fresh lobster with some lemon and melted butter and you'll see what a pig I can be. No offense Dud.

Well better get. Got more corn to plant today. Put in my first crop a couple of weeks ago. I stagger my planting so's I can have a good long harvest.



May 17, 2008 - Msg 62868: Asa - I have three rows of bi-color corn up and on its way. I had planned on staggering but I think with the other corn I bought and if I get it Mudded into the ground - it will all come at the same time. Actually - I will not mud my garden in but we have had enough rain for right now. They say we are on a rain free track after tonite so I may get the rest of my garden in by next week.

Remember when Aunt Bee gave Opie some spinach (I could e wrong about that) seeds to plant to take up his time and not spend time at the Sherriff's office?


May 17, 2008 - Msg 62869: Asa thats the way pop and I do with tomatoes...gona plant the second 40 or 50 plants in a couple of weeks..speaking of was up at my ist cousins farm yeaterday and he has 800 [yes 800] tomatoe plants in the ground...he is just planting tomatoes this year to take to the farmers market...we enough of that ...hope yalls bacon was ok...slow here at work today...but can change any time...and the lobster does prevail over mudbugs...but I like both....back in a bit...SPOT

May 17, 2008 - Msg 62870: Good morning, friends. Asa, you're very kind - thank you. Now, as for my bacon, I like mine to bend at the waist, at least. Bacon fried crisp is just a waste of time, in my opinion.

Boo, I'm so happy about your little friend Gizmo. However, please tell me again just why he has to stay off the bed???? The Plum would have been insulted and highly offended if she couldn't have shared my bed, and Starr would just be really confused! The night I brought her home, weighing just about two pounds, she slept curled next to me with her little head on my arm. I didn't move all night, for fear of disturbing her! I know, you have Bruce to consider, but the Plum slept with us when Dale was still here, and when he would nap in the afternoon because of his work schedule, she would be up there with him, both of them sawing logs. (I'll bet Me-They's toes are curling at this conversation! Sorry, Me-They, to each his or her own, I guess.)

Well, another SS class at church has invited my SS class to a brunch this morning, so guess I'd better get moving. I'm driving one of the cars, so I can't be late. There will be about 25 of us descending on the hostess, I hope they have enough food. They wouldn't let us bring anything. Also, I hope they don't make all the bacon crisp. Incidentally, I don't like my burgers hard either, I like them rare. I think Spot already knew that, he always makes mine just right.

Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

May 17, 2008 - Msg 62871: Hey Asa, good to see you this morning. Yes, I like the dog, which I call "Gizzy"..Gizmo just doesn't come out right but that is what he has been called all his life. If I had named him he would have probably been "Sancho Villa"...he is such a little lover-boy. I tried to get him sleep in Sean's room but he cried for me so I let him into my room and put him in his bed. He was soon on the foot of mine curled up near my feet and that is where he stayed all night. He never woke me. Of course, one of the "conditions" Bruce gave about a dog was that a dog would not sleep in our bed and he was out of town at a men's retreat last night, so....I am going to have to think of something. Any suggestions Mavis. Is it too late to crate train him at 8 months?

Right now he just went and got a little stuffed bear from the bedroom and Erin is throwing it for him. He keeps bringing it back to me, though, instead of Erin.

Better go make myself a cup of coffee...I'm plum bleary-eyed this morning.

By the way, we went to see the "Prince Caspian" movie last night and, while I found it to be good, it was very violent. I don't think it is for young children.


May 17, 2008 - Msg 62872: Oh hey there, Ro. I have a feeling Gizzy will end up in some of our beds and Bruce will get used to it! ha


May 17, 2008 - Msg 62873: the new dog is spoiled and fun to play with and me and my brother love the dog.


May 17, 2008 - Msg 62874: Well hello Erin! and bro have fun with the new dog!..Romeena glad you like my cooking...speaking of Bro..Rev you been getting your food?..lunch will be a summer special..grilled hot dogs and hamburgers..[some of the dogs will be a little burnt till they bust],cheese for the burgers,chips of all kind,pickels.baked beans with bacon on top,Big Maude slaw,apple cobbler,cokes,tab,sprite,fanta orange and grape,tea,h20..and why not go all the way..a big bowl of tater salad!..jar of hot peppers,green onions all served outside on the picnic tables with red and white checkered table clothes....yee haww..after lunch and a nap under the trees lets all go wet a hook at the duck pond...Asa we can throw the frizbee.....SPOT