May 30, 2008 - Msg 63111:
Too funny asa. Ol' Sal and Minela will come a callin'. ha

May 30, 2008 - Msg 63112:
WooHoo, I did it! SWISH! I cleaned 'er off with a bucket o my best squeezins! It's all disinfected now! ha
Mr Darlin's Cuz

May 30, 2008 - Msg 63113: Good cleaning, MDC. Thanks a bunch. Asa, I think your tater salad idea would turn out more like zap than zip. One bite, and zap!

Well, I'm outta here. Eloise just called, our grandson has a baseball game this evening, so we're going to go over and watch him play. It's always fun. He's getting to be a pretty good little player, too. Starr will be upset, being left here by herself, but that's life when you're a puppydog. I could take her to the game, but we'll probably go eat somewhere afterward, and I'm not about to leave her in the car. No way. So, she'll have to stay here. Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

May 30, 2008 - Msg 63114: Evening Family:
So glad to see some new faces on the porch. It's always nice to get to know some new folks. Just pull up a rocker and join us for a spell.
Asa- so sorry to miss you the other night. I know you are a busy, busy fella. (Trying to stay outta trouble and all.)
Summer is FINALLY here in these parts of the country. Temps in the 40's in the morning and 80's in the afternoon! Of course, it's calling for rain on MY weekend off of work!! Wonder what causes that?
Glad to hear from the nut section of the tree--pecan, oh honestly...
See you tomorrow~New Neighbor

May 30, 2008 - Msg 63115: Hey New Neighbor!..good sweep MDC..boy Romeena your tater salad was great!..I got me a bowl for work tomorrow!..hope you did not mind..and a little beace of baked bird!..hey Tom..Rev hopw you got your dinner..its was GOOD..good ept"s on tonight on TV land..that gomer and barn are a hoot!..well bed time for me ..4:30 calls in the morning..6am to 6pm sat and Sun then off for 2 months on the weekends...going deep sea fishing the second week of june then camping the 3 week..whew..june will be full!...yall will have to come to the camp site and frill one night and a ho-down...ok ironing board for me...SPOT

May 30, 2008 - Msg 63116: Oh no, Me-They, don't start a good moulage while I am gone! That would be too painful...wait a minute, I think I might have a laptop I can use to drop in next week...ok, start a moulage..

Thanks AFD, I hope we have a good time and a much needed rest. Bruce has been very stressed lately and kind of grumpy so I think it will be good for us all.

I took some time off from the kids this evening and went shopping and bought a few things to wear and actually went and had my nails done (haven't done that since before Sean was born..over 13 years).

Poor Starr (sniff!). I sure hopes she gets over that seperation anxiety on of these days soon. I really feel sorry for her.

Hey Asa, wanna walk downtown with me and have a coke and a moonpie, or we can go to the Grande and watch a movie? I'll buy the popcorn and the Milk Duds, but if we go to the diner for coffee after, you leave the quarter tip.


May 30, 2008 - Msg 63117: Oh, and you, too SPOT and anyone else who wants to come along. The more the merrier...


May 30, 2008 - Msg 63118: Welcome Philip. And yeah, I share your sentiments.

I didn't receive a community survey, Romeena, but I did receive a survey from a police officer. I saw him walking up the street going door to door, but instead of hiding in another room, I decided I probably should do the right thing and answer the door when he showed up.
I did, and he gave me a survey and asked if I would fill it out(not required like that census one). He said they were going around seeing if there were any areas in the community where we don't feel entirely safe and that might need some extra help from the police. I thought that was considerate.
Then I thought, someone must be up for re-election this year. ;)

Me-They, you asked about my job search. Well, I have an interview on Monday with a rent-to-own place as a delivery person. Not really the one I was hoping to get interviewed for, but I guess beggars can't be choosers.
And we'll be needing the money if what my wife just did today over there in Hawaii is as bad as it is. I got a text message from her saying she got in an accident with one of her dad's cars(not a Corvette). So I call her right away, and everyone involved was ok. Just a fender-bender. But it did bend the fender pretty good I'm told.
Then she lays on me that her dad says it will probably come to two thousand dollars to fix, and she has to pay it. And that's not including the other car.
I told her, we don't have that kind of money. We would be lucky to be able to afford $500 right now.
I asked if her dad had insur@nce, and she said he doesn't have collision.
So then she asked me if she could offer to give $1000, and I said we don't even have that to spare.
She asked why, so I said it was because of this $1200.00 mortgage we have(which just went up a bit after our new property taxes rose).
So of course she has to put it all on me since I am not working now and that gives her an excuse to do that again.
Anyone know if our auto insur@nce over here would cover something like that, or is that just on the cars we own. Just wondering. I don't have the papers in front of me right now.

Sorry to be such a downer tonight. And geeze, Kai and I had such a good afternoon too, playing tennis, and ...well, dolls, and her putting on a little musical "concert" with music from her school program.

See, otherwise it has been a good day.

-Sterling Holobyte

May 31, 2008 - Msg 63119: Gosh, Sterling, I'm not positive-for-sure, but I think my car ins#rance covers me whatever and wherever I'm driving. Call your agent and get the straight story, but I'm thinking your wife might be covered. It may be helpful that Hawaii is a state, even though it's not mainland.

Well, grandson's team lost - by a whisker, but they lost, and this was the first game of the end-of-season tournament. So, they're out. He was one disappointed little feller. Well, there's always next season.

Starr was in pretty good shape when I got home. Her little cheeks were damp, but not soaked as they usually are, so I'm hoping maybe she's growing out of some of that separation anxiety. I sure hope so, poor little girl.

Well, I'm pooped. I'm off to cuddle that puppy and then hit the sack. Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

May 31, 2008 - Msg 63120: Boo I enjoyed last night but those milk duds stick to yer teeth!..hey Sterling hang in there..prayers...breakfast will be Shoneys B-bar..on Boo and I..Asa wear shoes and act like somebody!...well shower for me its about 5 am and work at 6am....will holler after breakfast..Rev watch for the and Maudy...SPOT

May 31, 2008 - Msg 63121: Good morning to all...Well...its Sat. and yard work today...hope I can afford the gas to fill the lawnmowers...I must say, someone is sure getting rich in the gas Ind. BUT...I'm sure that God is still in CONTROLL not the gas company's.
I have a prayer request...I have a family member who's husband has canser and they are removing his right leg has soon has they get the infection down...Please pray for her and the family...they are christians but there is strength in number...

Phillip (Moshe)

May 31, 2008 - Msg 63122: Prayers Phillip and dont work to hard...after work today at 6 thats what I will be doing...Ok yall load the truck and lets head to Shoneys...SPOT

May 31, 2008 - Msg 63123: Good Sat. mornin to my fine porch family! I'm still around, just been going through some things & not felt much like posting, I have been reading everyday or 2 tho. Tom can relate to what I have been going through, he & I have talked about it before. Mom's birthday was April 20, then Mother's Day not far behind that, & I just have a hard time getting through these 2 months for some reason. I miss her so much. Funny, I thought when Mom passed away, Christmas would be the hardest day to get through, but it turns out, her birthday & Mother's Day are the hardest. Takes me some time to feel like my old self again once those days pass. goes it?!
Welcome to Phillip & all the newcomers! You've found a wonderful place here in this old porch! Sterling I'm sorry to hear about your wife's family medical problems, & about you having to go on a "job search" again, I remember from last time, that is not your favorite thing to do. Keep your head up friend, you have folks out here pulling for you! Spot sorry I missed so many good meals, I'll be making up for it tho, I'm sure. Dud thanks I'll take those LA lobsters any old day! If Asa don't want his plate, pass it over here, I'll eat 'em! That's good eatin for sure! Marty yes that was me posting back when this porch first opened, I've been coming to the porch for 11 years now! Boy hard to believe how time flies, but yep, 11 years!
Well, I just fell awake (with the help of a little puppy that needed to go potty) at 6 am this morning and I think that's against the law on a Sat, especially on a rainy Sat, so I'm gonna try to fall back to sleep for a while. Is that against the law Asa? Yer a night watchman.
Back later folks! Hey to Boo how's little Gizzy doing? and the rest of the folks.

May 31, 2008 - Msg 63124: Well hey there, MAVIS. I was thinking about you last night and wondering how you were doing. I'm sorry you've been feeling down. Hope June will bring some joy to you, Dear...You asked about Gizmo (Gizzy or Gizzard, as I like to call him). My mom-in-law called me the other day and said he is the best dog in the world. She adores him (and he adores her). She said he is one smart little hombre (we were thinking of renaming him "Juan"...hehe..but we didn't). He has adjusted very well with her and is completely house trained and when she says "no" to anything, he stops whatever it is he is doing...I'm thinking of asking her if she will trade me Gizmo for the kids...(kidding). Anyway, she said whenever she sits down, Gizmo jumps in her lap and lies down, but the other day she had something on her lap that she was working on so when he came to get on her lap, she said, "no!" and he immediately backed up and went and got on the other chair. He is a really cool dog.

So sorry to hear about your wife's accident and very glad she wasn't injured, Sterling. Prayers going up for your financial situation. Hang in there and keep your eye on the positives (like the good times you will have this summer with Kai!).

Ro, I was a program on Animal Planet in which a dog trainer went to someone's house to help out with a pet problem. One couple had a Doberman that had severe seperation anxiety when it's owners left. The trainer had them "condition" him to their absence by having them walk out of the apartment and come back after counting to 10, then repeat it using longer intervals of time. It didn't take the dog long to "get" the idea that mom and dad would return when they left and it really worked.

Hey Phillip, prayers for your family member with cancer.

Ever get those Milk Duds outta your teeth, SPOT?


May 31, 2008 - Msg 63125: I was WATCHING a program on animal planet...I have never BEEN a program on animal planet!


May 31, 2008 - Msg 63126: Thanks SPOT and Boo...and too all for your prayers...New here but I'm sure glad God lead me in this direction...

Phillip (Moshe)

May 31, 2008 - Msg 63127: the mornings animal planet show's the most beautiful scenses, (video), of God's world...Try to catch it sometime...

Phillip (Moshe)

May 31, 2008 - Msg 63128: Well hey there Mavis!..I could use a little trim when ya get the chance!..getting HOT ..Boo the Duds are gone now ..hey Phillip..Tom..Rev motor safe,you and Maudey..well lunch will be at Olive Garden..soup and salad..kinda a healthy lunch...well im watching the movie "The Game"..yall seen it?..its weird but kinda good....SPOT

May 31, 2008 - Msg 63129: Thanks Boo,,,

Phillip (Moshe)

May 31, 2008 - Msg 63130: Good afternoon, everyone. Phillip, I've often seen that Animal Planet nature show, and you're right, it's awesome. Very peaceful and soothing. By the way, friend, have you thought about adopting a TAGS name? It's not a requirement, but most of us have. It just adds to the fun.

Boo, I've tried that conditioning technique with her, and it didn't really help much. I think the problem is not so much separation anxiety as it is she's just plain sad and grieving that I'm gone. I think she knows I'll be back, she just doesn't want me to leave, and I don't know how to fix that. She actually plans ahead and is prepared for my return, because she piles her toys against the bathroom door. When I return and open the door, she immediately starts ferrying the toys out of there, carries them into the living room, far away from that bathroom. For some reason, she thinks I won't put her in there if her toys aren't there. When I'm planning to leave, it's useless to put her toys in ahead of time, because she takes them out as fast as I can put them in. She's a funny little critter.

Mavis, I know what you mean about special days being hard, and yes, birthdays and the anniversary of the passing can be harder than major holidays. May is still a hard month for me, because I lost my Dale on May 15, 1996. His birthday is five days after mine in July, and my mom's is two days after his, so I sort of muddle through the last part of July, too. I can tell you this, it has gotten a bit easier the last couple of years, so hang in there. Maybe it's because I'm getting old enough now to realize that it won't be that many years before I join them, and you know what? That's okay with me. My kids hate for me to talk like that, and I remember hating it when my parents did, but now I'm hearing myself say the same thing. For a Christian, death isn't an end, it's a beginning. The older you get, the sweeter that sounds, trust me.

Well, I'm off to run some errands. Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

May 31, 2008 - Msg 63131: Thanks Romeena... Can you suggest a "good" TAG name...


May 31, 2008 - Msg 63132:
Yes STERLING, call YOUR agent. She should be covered on YOUR in-su-ra-nce, less any deductible.

May 31, 2008 - Msg 63133: Thanks...I got it...TAGS that is...


May 31, 2008 - Msg 63134: Thanks...

Phillip...Oops, ( I mean HoBo)

May 31, 2008 - Msg 63135: Hey Y'all!
Just stoppin' by for a quick spell.
Sterling- I'm so sorry to hear about your wife's car as well your financial situation. Times certainly are gettin' hard. Prayers! BTW, I know that when we rent cars our ins#rance covers if there is any damage. My husband was putting in window fluid and the flimsy hood flew up & cracked the windshield. Our ins#rance paid for it. So, just call the ins#rance man and pray!
Philip (Hobo)- I don't believe I've welcomed you. I've been friends with these fine people for a year and a half, since Mr. Knott's died. It's a wonderful community/family. I pray that your family member is healed of cancer.
Mavis- Sweetie, I'm sorry your hurting. Mother's day was hard for me because I knew all of my children weren't with me (remember still birth, Nathan as well as the miscarriages). Bless your heart. Next time, let us know briefly so that we can be praying for you!
Romeena- I hope Starr gets over her anxiety soon. Too bad your grandson's team didn't win. However, I think it's important for children to know that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Just keep doin' your best.
Boo- Have a fun trip! How long are you staying?
Spot- I love the salad at Olive Garden. Um, Um, Good as Andy says with Post cereal!
New Neighbor- I forget what end of the porch you live upon, but it's so hot here that we're about to turn on the air for the first time this season. I hope that isn't a sign for the rest of the summer, glory be.
Well, now I gotta try a new chinese recipe from the newspaper. Y'all have a blessed weekend!
Just know that if I'm not postin' I ain't forgettin'.

May 31, 2008 - Msg 63136: Good evening, everyone. HoBo, I think you did fine! That's a great name, and to my knowledge has never been used here.

Lucy, have you only been on the porch a year and half? It seems like we've known you forever. And you're just now turning on your a/c? Wow, that must be nice. I just got my electric bill, for $210. My a/c has been on for nearly two months. I keep it on 76-77, so it isn't running a lot. This house is well-insulated and is relatively easy to cool, thank goodness.

My son handled things with my grandson so well. He's such a good dad. He never said it didn't matter that they lost, because that would trivialize the whole thing, but he did say that he played a good game. He pointed out a really good play he made at third base, and made much of that. He mentioned the two runs he batted in, and how the score would have been worse without those runs. He assured him that he'll play next season, and how much fun it will be, and mentioned that he'll be able to help his little brother learn the game when he starts T-ball at the same time. He left the child with a smile on his face, and that's what matters.

Well, if it ain't one thing, it's another. I just looked out back and realized there are no landscape lights on. That means the pond pumps aren't running either, as they're on the same circuit. The GFCI is tripped, and won't reset, so there's a problem somewhere. Occasionally ants build up in a junction box or somewhere (WHY are they attracted to such places???) and it shorts things out. So, I'll have to run an extension out to the pond, because my friend Ted can't come until Monday to fix it, and the fish won't make it without aeration and filtration. Too much algae in this heat. Fortunately, I've got the extension cords to swing it. I have a compelshun about those things - whenever I see a good heavy-duty one on sale, I buy it. Sure does help out at Christmas when my son is putting up my outside lights. Seems we always need just one more extension cord than we did last year, and I can usually come up with what he needs. I've got them ranging from 10-footers up to 100-footer!

Well, off I go to rig up an extension cord. It will be easy, I have two separate circuits out there, I'll just plug into an outlet on the other circuit. Hang on, little fishies, I'm coming!

Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

May 31, 2008 - Msg 63137: Thanks Lucy, Me-They, Mavis, Boo, Romeena, Spot, and anyone else I missed for the suggestions and well-wishes. Can't do anything until Monday except wait and pray, I guess.
The wife called today, but didn't mention the car situation.

A 100-ft extension cord, Ro?! Wow, you could supply power for the neighbors down the block.

I'm loving our weather here. It is just warm enough that we don't need to turn on the heat, and cool enough that we don't need the a/c. Now if June could stay like this I will be happy. And less financially strained.;)

-Sterling Holobyte

June 01, 2008 - Msg 63138: the yard mowed, but...still like the trimming...raining...But thank the Lord we need it...As said, HE is still in CONTROL...It can wait till monday, or Tue... Thanks again for all the prayers...I heard from my sister that they have scheduled my nephews surgury for monday...


June 01, 2008 - Msg 63139: Yep, Sterling, I got that 100-footer a while back when Lowe's had it on sale really cheap. At the time, I didn't have the power outlets out in the yard away from the house, and to operate a hedge clipper or leaf blower or any such thing, it got to be a problem. It's about 65 or 70 feet from the back of the house to the back fence, so a 50-footer wouldn't work. I now have four power outlets located around the yard, so it's not a problem, but back then I needed that really long one. My son still uses it at Christmas, because to balance the load to all the lights out front, he brings one line over the roof from the back. I have three outlets in the eaves out front and two in the porch, but some of them are on the same circuit, so we have to import part of the supply from a circuit in the back. It looks like the midway at a county fair around here at Christmas! I love lights!

Little Toye Starr had a good bath tonight, and I just have to brag a little. She just looks beautiful. She's such a pretty little thing, and so sweet. I'm just sure that the Plum chose her and sent her to me. You never saw anything so pitiful in your life though, as a wet Maltese. Mavis will know what I mean. She looks like a little pink mosquito. All that silky white hair just disappears when wet, and all you see is a tiny pink body, a stringy tail and two enormous brown eyes. Afterward, I wrapped her in a big beach towel and just cuddled her for a while, then blew her dry (took about five minutes) and combed her out. She looks gaw-jus!

Well, I'm off to bed. Preaching will come early in the morning. Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

June 01, 2008 - Msg 63140: Morning HoBo,sterling,Romeena..and all...I will try to keep the Church lights on for yall and catch a sermon on the tube...this is my last week of weekend work for a bit...Romeena the ants are attracted by the heat in the junction boxes...we have a fit with them sometimes in underground transformers [the big green boxes]..well lets have a quick ham and bisquit and coffee this morning tired..prayers for all and the ones on the road..Rev you and Maude look for the break-truck.....ok let me get logged in her on these many comp! joy....SPOT

June 01, 2008 - Msg 63141: Morning Porch Family:
Busy day on this side of the porch. Think I'll sit in the NEW ROCKER the children got me for Mother's Day. It's a beauty.
Before preachin' I'll get ya caught up a little.
We have been so busy, with all this rain there has been little time for much else than mowing and trimming. The Lord has sure showered us with blessed rain!
Today is preachin' and THEN-- Graduation for "Opie". Yea, he's getting out of high school. Please pray for him as he seeks where the Lord wants him to serve in life. Opie has a BIG heart and willing to do anything for anyone. He's just not big on the academic front so I don't see him pursuing college, unless they are classes required for his work. He just needs to find "where he fits into the big picture".
We are having a BIG cookout afterwards, so ya'll come!!! I think the Darlin's are coming to entertain. Asa- you can go barefooted,(just watch the buffalo chips)
Thanks Spot for the ham and biscuit. That hit the spot this morning. Well- better get the gang moving this morning. Thanks for the time together. ~New Neighbor

June 01, 2008 - Msg 63142: Congratulations to your Opie, NN! Prayers that he finds his place of service and blessing this life.

Continued prayer for your nephew, HoBo. Please let us know how things go with him and with your sister.

Ro, your discription of Starr looking like a pink mosquito is so cute. I'm so glad you are enjoying her so much.

Better finish up this coffee and get ready for preachin'...I have nursery duty, actually, but will get to attend sunday school. After church, it's off to San Antonio. Would you all please pray for Sean and Erin. Grandma is pretty "with it" but sometimes her judgement my not be as sound as someone younger. I think Sean will be able to handle things ok, but I would appreciate your prayers for them while Bruce and I are in SA. Thanks!


June 01, 2008 - Msg 63143: Yer welcome NN for the quick breakfast..storms moving through Ga right now..not real bad but bet a few lights go out..I will try to keep the Church lights on..prayers on your travels Rev and Maudy and all..congrats for the grad NN..look like you are saying FOOD and "Cookout?"...well .well you know Asa and I will be there!..and most of this porch!.so thats lunch gang ..NN"s grad cookout!..I will bring the hot peppers and green onions..may run over a chicken or two on the way to all to the grill...well ...see ya there...SPOT

June 01, 2008 - Msg 63144: Good morning, all. New Neighbor, please congratulate Opie for me. Don't worry about him, dear. He'll do fine. Of my four, two have degrees, two do not. The daughter who doesn't is settled into radio work, and just loves it. She does air time as a DJ and announcer, goes to remote broadcasts, and is ad sales director as well. She's extremely bright, could have sailed through college, but is doing what she loves. Youngest son tried college, couldn't settle into the groove, so worked for a while doing display setups and some sales for a household fixture rep. He learned the business, then stepped off into the abyss and organized his own company, doing the same thing. He's doing quite well, has branched out into other products, and loves it. Could a business degree have helped him? Possibly, but he's doing okay, and I've always thought that if he had gotten a degree, he would be sitting in somebody's office right now, drawing a finite salary, and looking forward to his two-week vacation, instead of being free to soar wherever he chooses. College just isn't for everyone - different strokes, as they say - and money isn't everything.

Well, guess I'd better go. Am heading over to Eloise's for dinner today - taking little Starr. Bentley will be there, and they're good buddies. Have a great Sabbath, everyone. --Romeena

June 01, 2008 - Msg 63145: Thanks for the encouragment everyone...Just some "mommy moments" that's all. I know the Lord will lead in His time, I just have to be patient and let Him prepare Opie for the journey. His picture is on Ro's photo album. (He's the one with the bright red hair) teehee. Well, off to the ceremony! Thanks again~ New Neighbor

June 01, 2008 - Msg 63146: Hey to Phillip, er, I mean, Hobo. Welcome to the porch. I assume you are an Andy Griffith Show fan? That’s the common denominator we all have. Where abouts are you from? I’m from Idaho.

Ro, I know what you mean about the comments on joining our loved ones who’ve died. My kids don’t like me to talk that way, but I’m not afraid of death, and also have that peaceful, know where I’m going, feeling.

Sorry I’ve not been on the porch much. I went to Montana a few weeks back for my nieces college graduation. I’m so proud of her. She chose of all things, Mining Engineering, to go into; and already has a great job. Anyhow, I was there for 4 days, came back for 3 days and then got the flu. Yuck. Those things, plus lots of yard and garden work, and it seems like I have gone for days without even checking my e-mail. The only reason I’ve got time today is that it’s raining today. (I was right there in it!)

Sterling, I sure hope you can find a job soon! It sounds like that would really help things out and relieve some stress for both you and your wife. Sorry about the car accident; thank goodness no one was hurt!

I agree with Ro; it seems like Lucy’s been here for way longer than a year and a half!

Well, 10-4
- Hazel

“The widow Saunders has been stepping out with a dish towel salesman from Raleigh who drives a wire-wheeled coupe.” (From Opies Newspaper)

June 01, 2008 - Msg 63147: Hazel...Tennessee here...and yes I am a "BIG" Andy Griffith Show fan...I know they where all fictional charactor's but it seemed that they were just next door, Know what I mean?
And a BIG hey to the others here on the front porch,,,


June 01, 2008 - Msg 63148: Good evening to all you Porchsters! Wanted to stop by and say hey to ya'll before I hit the ironin board. Been busy all day out at my old homestead. (the house in the country I was living in before Mr. Neff & I got married) There were some things that needed fixin out there, so me, the hubby, my brother, his girlfriend, & his 2 kids AND his dog all headed out there for the day. Man I DO miss that place! I am a country girl at heart & I just HATE living in the city, can't wait until we can get back out there, but things just ain't set to do that yet.
I was watching a show on TV yesterday called "On the Road with 16 Children" can you believe those folks actually called that a vacation?? Not my idea of one, that's for sure! It was a pretty interesting show, they are all traveling in a huge motorhome and grandpaw is bringing up the rear with a van pulling another camper! 16 kids, can you imagine??
HoBo I like the new name! What part of TN are you in? I'm in Bristol. Yep, the NASCAR Bristol.
Well I'm off here to watch Second Hand Lions, that was such a great movie. If you get a chance to watch it you really should. Not filthy or dirty, just a good family movie.
Have a good night porch!

June 01, 2008 - Msg 63149: Thanks Hazel.
One thing I have been wondering - and what I really should have taken more time considering before I left my job - is what the heck am I going to tell the person in my interview tomorrow about why I left, that doesn't sound like I would just quit a job willy-nilly?! Cause I did ponder quiting for a while before I gave my notice, I just didn't think enough of how it might affect my getting another job.
I mean, I am not going to lie to them, but saying that "another co-worker wanted his old job back so I was knocked out of my job and moved to another dept that I didn't want to be in" might sound kind of blunt. ;)
Must be a better way of saying that.

Hey Hobo, I went through the Smoky Mountains in Tennesee on my way to South Carolina, and that was some of the most awesome country I have ever seen. You in that area? Cause if you are, you are pretty lucky.

-Sterling Holobyte

June 01, 2008 - Msg 63150: Oh, sorry Mavis, didn't know that you already asked that about TN. Didn't mean to step on your toes. :)

-Sterling Holobyte

June 01, 2008 - Msg 63151: Good late evening, all. Just got home from Eloise's an hour or so ago, had a nice day there with my son and his sweet wife and the two little boys. Eloise, of course, is my son's MIL, so it was all family. Bentley greeted Starr at the door, she promptly charged and plowed into his knees, and the chase was on. It's just hilarious, watching big old galumphy Bentley playing with tiny Starr. She's not one bit afraid of him, nor should she be. He treats her like she was made of eggshell. He flopped down for a nap, and she snuggled in beside him. It was so funny, the comparison in their sizes. It looked like Bentley had a puppy!

This morning before church I realized the pond pumps were no longer running, and couldn't figure it out. Then it dawned on me that the outlet I plugged the extension into is on a light sensor, so it shut off at daylight! I had to take some electrical tape out there and block the sensor so the pumps would come back on. I'm glad I noticed, because the fish would have been without aeration all day, in the sun. Algae growth burns up a lot of oxygen, and the algae is blooming right now, so the fish could have suffocated without aeration. The pond is just under 1000 gallons, not big enough for the fish to survive without pumps.

I just heard from REV, he just finished a concert and is very tired, but wished us all well, and as always, reminds us that Jesus loves us all very much. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

June 02, 2008 - Msg 63152: Hey, Sterling. How about - "There are some changes in progress where I was working, and since another qualified employee with much more seniority than I have was asking for my job, I could tell it was only a matter of time. Therefore, I thought it best to step aside and start a search for something a bit more secure."

I don't know if that fits or not, but maybe it's a start. --Romeena

June 02, 2008 - Msg 63153: Hey Mavis,
I live in the Knoxville area...went to college at UK in Lexington...but still a UT fan, (Go BIG Orange)


June 02, 2008 - Msg 63154: Im gone to bed.....will someone cook in the morning? tired...SPOT

June 02, 2008 - Msg 63155: Good morning to all here on the front porch...Well...its monday and another day closer to the Lords return...Today they remove my nephews right leg and I sure do thank ALL of you for your prayers...As you know I am new here so just bare with me till I learn the ropes...
Sure is a nice place here...
By the older brother is the spitting image of Andy...
God bless all till next time...better catch the old train before it takes out or I'll have to run and jump on...


June 02, 2008 - Msg 63156: Hey Spot - I grabbed some breakfast sandwiches from Burger Kind - help yourself.
HoBo - glad to meet you. . .UT is fine and so is UK (Hoosier by birth but a UK Blue fan by the grace of GOD!)
Got the job interview tomorrow - getting my hair done today (needs a new color job to my natural auburn). Decided I'll just purty up my own nails and they will do fine. The person interviewing me knows me too well and will see the fake nails and laugh. If not this job - a possibility of doing English and Language Arts at a high school I travelled too! God will know what is best!


June 02, 2008 - Msg 63157:
Hello porch family......Man I've sure missed you folks over the past few days. I'm still busy on the road as Ro posted above. The concerts are going great.

Spot....I've been eating good so thanks for the UPS. Good stuff brother.
Kyle's still rolling along.

Welcome good to have you a part of our porch. We're just a big family here from all over the country. As in most families, we may not always see eye to eye but we're still family. Welcome! (Also, I'm praying for your nephew...please keep us posted)

Mrs Rev is joining me on my tour today. She'll be with me the rest of the summer. Praise the Lord!

Well better get going for now. Hope to check back in tonight. Praying for all the porch family. PLEASE remember.....Jesus loves you!

June 02, 2008 - Msg 63158: Good Monday Porch

We are back frpm vacation and I am back at work. Just checking in for a minute to see how everyone is doing. I will read the archives and check back later today.

Have a blessed day.

Big Maude

June 02, 2008 - Msg 63159: Good morning everyone. It was a pretty nice weekend overall here. Rainy and humid on Saturday, but Sunday was beautiful. We are supposed to be in the low 80s most of this week with a chance of thunderstorms—pretty typical early summer days. The only thing that ruins it is the darned humidity. It can feel like the tropics here sometimes.

Welcome back, MAUDE. Don't work too hard.

REV: Safe travels for you and Mrs. Rev.

HM: Word of advice for your interview: Don't smell of Vicks or wear open-toed shoes.

STERLING: I like the way ROMEENA phrased that. Sorry to hear about your wife’s accident. Like MDC said, call your agent. Prayers that your job search and that situation work out easily.

BOO: Happy trails; I hope you have/had a great time. I’ll save any moulages until later in the week.

LUCY: It does seem like longer since you’ve been coming around. I forget exactly how long I’ve been loafing around here, but I think it’s about 3-3/1/2 years.

HOBO: Nice name. Just stay away from my wallet.

Since we are leaving for vacation on Nora’s birthday and a lot is going on this week, we celebrated on Saturday, a week early. Well, she loved “The Road to Avonlea.” We also got her a few casual dresses which she really liked, too. She’d much rather where a “play dress” then shorts. Anyway, Avonlea season one has 13 episodes, and she’s already watched 7 of them. But, she’ll watch them over and over. She said she might even like it more than “Little House on the Prairie,” which she loves. I think it probably has more to do with the fact that she’s seen just about every LHOTP a dozen times.

BOO, STERLING, SPOT, MERRI, AFD, etc: I highly recommend the series to any of you with young daughters in Nora’s age range. If they like Little House, or “Anne of Green Gables” and the American Girl movies or stuff like that, they will really enjoy the series. Heck, I even found myself enjoying them. No cursing, no uncomfortable situations, good lessons, and beautiful period scenery. If you’re not familiar with the series, it is supposed to take place on Prince Edward Island in Canada about 1900 in the village where Anne of Green Gables is set. In fact, the same production company did this as the Anne PBS miniseries in the early 90s, and some characters from that show like Marilla (still played by Colleen Dewhurst) show up. You can find whole seasons at Amazon (I think there were five total) but they are kind of pricey, around $50. Normally, I’d never spend that kind of money for something like this, but as long as she’s watching Avonlea and Little House, she’s not interested in other stuff I’d rather not have her watching.

Its funny, I was thinking that the series was produced in partnership with Disney for the Disney channel in the early 1990s. My, how things change. Now, young girls are getting such classics as “Hannah Montana” and “That’s So Raven” from Disney. Makes you think.

Talk to y’all at lunch.


June 02, 2008 - Msg 63160: Good morning, hope you are all having a fine day. I am enjoying a cup coffee in my posh hotel room overlooking the beautiful city of San Antonio, and let me tell you, I am being pampered! I am used to Best Western and this place we are is 5 star. The best part is that is isn't costing me a thing (or I wouldn't be here). Bruce's company is paying for everything. I slept in this morning after being up late. There is so much to do here in SA! We went and had a great steak dinner last night and when we got back to the hotel, there was ice in the ice bucket, robes laid out, flower on the bed, and chocolates on the bedside tables...I'm not use to this kind of treatment but since so many of you were hoping I would have a nice vacation, I thought I would pass all that info on to you...hehe...I would say I wish you were all here, but we would be pretty cramped in here.

I think I will get dressed and go out and do a little shopping. Later!

ps-Ro, I think what you told Sterling to say in the job interview was perfect.


June 02, 2008 - Msg 63161: M-T : Thanks for the advice about the Vicks and I just opened up a brand new bottle. Boy - that would have been a tragedy!

The Avonlea series is just wonderful. I hate to say that I agree with you - I just love a good moulage!


June 02, 2008 - Msg 63162: I am soooo jealous Boo - all I get is barn full of goat poo! My hubby thinks that is posh!

June 02, 2008 - Msg 63163:
BOO- Wow, Just watch out for that jewel thief! ha
"These rooms cost SEVEN dollars!"
Are ya gonna have the escargot too? Sounds like pure GALA!
Welcome Hobo; do you make those fancy fishing lures? I always liked that little "speech" that Andy gives to the hobo in that ep.
A brother like Andy huh? That's cool.
Well honeys and dears have a good day.
We should have 101 to 105 all week here in Phx. Nope, we dont even wait til June 20th ! ha
prayers for HM, sterling and all. God bless,
Mr Darlin's Cuz (MDC)

June 02, 2008 - Msg 63164:
Wow boo, do you get real glass drinking glasses! ha

June 02, 2008 - Msg 63165: Hi all,Sitting here with a down pour outside,supposed to rain every day this week.It really is feast or famine,last year we'd have given anything for some of this weather.
Mavis,I've seen that show,thode folks our excepting their 18th child.Glad it's them and not me,My Great,great great grandparents on my Dad's side had 21. GggGrandma was having babies from 1831 till 1854.
Boo,enjoy yourself, you deserve it.Fritz's old boss took us to Chicago a few times ,talk about swanky,I always felt alittle guilty ,when we would see homeless people sleeping in doorways there.
hm,hope your interview goes well.
Sterling,did you contact your insur comp?
Welcome Hobo.
Me-They our local PBS was showwing Anne of Green Gables last night,always love a period piece.
Well everyone take care.PEACE Dr P

June 02, 2008 - Msg 63166: Afternoon porch, still trying to catch up all on the news from last week. Seems like I missed a lot while I was away.

We had a good week, relaxed on the beach, and slept late. The kids did very well, we let each of them take a friend, so we had 2 17 year old boys and 2 14 year old girls with us. Amazingly the the week went well and the kids we are great.
The beach was pretty quite, the weather was warm but not hot. All in all it was a good week.

Welcome to the newcomers.

I will cook dinner tonight: grilled chicken, baked potatoes, salad, chocolate layer cake. sweet tea, or kool aid to drink.

see you all at supper.

Big Maude

June 02, 2008 - Msg 63167: You outta try the corner Y up in Raleigh. Now THAT's swanky!


June 02, 2008 - Msg 63168:
"Yes Miss Vickers, that's just blasting from the underpass.
Yes ma'am,
we're still holding on to Richmond."

June 02, 2008 - Msg 63169:
Hey MT, I think I've actually stayed in that corner room at the Y. ha In other words, no more staying in motels with names like "Budget Inn!" ha

June 02, 2008 - Msg 63170: I haven't stayed in a hotel or motel in years, and I don't know that I could anymore. I'm okay with most bed and breakfasts. Heck, we just went out and purchased sealed mattress and pillow covers to use at our rented house! I know in my head that strange beds won't kill me, but sometimes it's just easier to go with the disfunction and not fight it...


June 02, 2008 - Msg 63171: Spot asked if someone could cook breakfast in the morning because he's too tired, and I didn't see that anyone offered, so ok, I'm cooking breakfast. The menu will be boiled eggs, whole wheat toast, and sliced bananas and cantelope. And coffee or water. It's only served between 5:00 and 5:30, but most of you all don't sleep anyway.
I'm so glad I don't have your hotel compelsion, M-T. I just enjoy staying in them; if they appear clean I assume they are. I don't go sniffing around for germs or dirt, or worse. I find the older I get, the more I can tolerate things that aren't perfect. A messy house, messy car, whatever. As long as it's not stinking, I'm ok. Lifes too short to sweat the small stuff.
- Hazel

Floyd: "Hey Ollie! Guess who's getting married!"
Andy: "Blabbermouth!"

June 02, 2008 - Msg 63172: Thanks Hazel- Sure nice of ya!! Welcome to all the new porch family members. Don't the porch seem nice and full? ~New Neighbor

June 02, 2008 - Msg 63173: Hi Alll.
Was a nice hot day and now calling for rain


June 03, 2008 - Msg 63174: Right, Hazel. Or as my DH used to say, "Don't sweat the petty stuff, and don't pet the sweaty stuff." I never knew exactly what that meant, but it made me laugh when he said it. --Romeena

June 03, 2008 - Msg 63175: Good morning and hey to all on The Front Porch...Thanks for the of this morning is doing good...He is trying to move around some in the bed...still got a BIG struggle in front of him, "lung canser"...So still keep him in your prayers...Well...I hear the old train starting to head out better hurry and get in the oldbox...or I'll have to run and jump on...Love and prayers to and for all...Till next time...God bless all...


June 03, 2008 - Msg 63176: Hi All.
It going to be a hot one this morning!

Strong and mighty Father,
Please bless several new
Christias who are on my heart
Today. Help them recognize
your presence in their lives.
Please maximize the good in
every effort they make and
every intention they have to
honor you and bless your people .
Protect them from the evil one.


June 03, 2008 - Msg 63177: Thanks for breakfast Hazel, sure glad I got up early today.

Working and supposed to have a relatively busy day. I think I am caught up from being on vacation last week at least at work. I am never caught up at home, and I am trying to be okay with that.

You all have a blessed day.

Big Maude

June 03, 2008 - Msg 63178: Good morning, all, and thank you for that lovely prayer, Tom. Prayers for your nephew, HoBo, as he faces the days and weeks ahead. Prayers not only for healing, but for strength and courage as well.

It's a lovely clear day, strong breeze blowing but the temperature is already at 77, at 7:38 a.m. It will be a hot one here, too.

I'm up early, got to take my car over for an oil and filter change. It's always a pleasant experience. I think I've told you all about this before, but my dealership has a lovely waiting area, with nice furniture, thick rugs, fresh flowers, a cappucino machine and freshly baked cookies and muffins. You can watch the lady take them out of the oven! I used to take the Plum, and will now take Starr along. The folks don't mind, and in fact sales people and secretaries will come from all around to fuss over her. There is a treat jar on the cashier's desk, and you can bet the Plum knew it was there. Starr isn't too impressed with treats, nothing like the Plum was, but she loves all the attention she gets.

They will change the oil and filter, lube anything that needs it, run it through a diagnostic and if anything is needed, they'll give me the option of waiting if it's a short fix, or will put me in a nice loaner for free if necessary. Usually there is nothing else needed, and I go home after about an hour in a freshly washed and vacuumed car - all for less than $40. Now you can't beat that with a stick! These people wrote the book on service - literally. They really do have a book out! For those of you who are familiar with the Dallas area, I'm talking about Sewell Village Cadillac, on Lemmon Avenue, not far from Love Field.

Well, gotta run. My service manager said to have it there by 9:00, so I'll be there. Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

June 03, 2008 - Msg 63179: on, by the way Hobo I am from Tn as well, Northeast Tennessee, Mt. Carmel, Church Hill area. My husband was born and raised in Knoxville, his 3 brothers still live there.

Big Maude

June 03, 2008 - Msg 63180: Mornin' y'all! Been taking it easy under my rock,just trying to stay cool.Looks like we're in for (another) hot summer. Plus,I've had migraines these past few days,so haven't felt like doing much.

Just wanted to pop in and say "Hey!" to everybody and to welcome HoBo to the Porch.My best to your nephew in his struggles.

Sterling,you hang in there,friend.Oh,and by the way,when did you come to South Carolina and NOT stop by my rock for a visit?! Ha-only kidding,but what part of SC did you visit & when? I don't recall.Next time you come on over!

Well,I've got some catching up to do with e-mail & stuff,so I'd best skeedaddle.Y'all have a great day!
possum under a rock

June 03, 2008 - Msg 63181: Mornin' dears and posts may be without capitol letter and some punctuation due to this crazy laptop i am trying to use. it keeps messing up.

sounds like you are all doing ok. I came down with a cold but its not a real bad one. at least i can rest and get over it.

took a drive in the country yesterday evening and then had Mexican food at the alamo cafe, Ro. Its been very hot here, at about 100 degrees during the day! It feels like Phoenix!!

think i will go back to bed for awhile, and why not? I can..hehe


June 03, 2008 - Msg 63182: Tom...thanks for the PRAYER...
God bless you brother, May not get to meet you here...Oh but there is coming a DAY we will all meet...I KNOW you know what DAY that is BROTHER...


June 03, 2008 - Msg 63183: Good Morning Porchers:

Watched the Dr. Breen (Preacher from New York) episode last night....Relax..Take it Easy....could not help but thing of us on the porch after going to services and meaning to take life slower and then something else (Band Concert) comes up and changes our plans....great episode....

I was in ROMEENA's neck of the woods Thursday thru early this morning. Went and saw my beautiful daughter in Dallas...Took her to Forth Worth and we stayed at The Hyatt at the Stockyards...Robyn loves Cowtown..Had great food, went to the Ft.Wt. Zoo, Six Flags, Kimbell Museum...Great Food....We had a great time...she still doesn't get the attraction of TAGS, but I am working on it.....She makes an aold man like me young..she has such spirit...loves her computer and book learnin'....

Hope everyone had a great weekend...will read some archives......

SPOT: What's for lunch, I am hungry...

The "Dud"