July 13, 2008 - Msg 64003: Thanks again Ro...Good morning porch...im off to work again till 6 pm...Shonnys B-bar on Romeena and Asa this morning...gona catch me a sermon on the tube...Race Fans last night was a good one in the windy city...Kyle cant be stopped it looks like ...a cleen sweep...check in Lucy and Rev....SPOT

July 13, 2008 - Msg 64004: speeking of sweeps!...swish, my tail done the job...SPOT

July 13, 2008 - Msg 64005: Thanks for sweeping SPOT. You always do a mighty fine job. Must be because you have 4 feet to put those dust rags on, then just skitter around. Can I watch sometime? Time for a nail trim? That one toenail keeps hitting the E button! Keep the lights on. ~New Neighbor

July 13, 2008 - Msg 64006: Hi All
Will it going to rain all day and that will help.
It ben to hot fo me and it just start it.

Take time to look for beauty,
Then you will alway see
The hand of God who treasures
Every single little bee.

True treasures make life worth living,
The kind that's never bought.
Worthwhile deeds are alway measured
By the love that you have brought.

So sing a song the whole day long,
Then treasures you'll behold.
For life will be a pleasure,
You will never, then, be old!


July 13, 2008 - Msg 64007: Good advice, Romeena! I usually do my grocery shopping in the daytime while Bruce is at work, but Sean always helps me or just does it for me. I trained him that way a long time ago. I think I will try your method next time Bruce is around when I've been shopping. Usually he will help when he sees me carrying things but now and then he just sits there and it burns me up. He should be ashamed of such behavior. Time to change that.

Thank you for the poem, TOM. It's been a long time, it seems.

Better get ready for preachin'.


PS-I know exactly what you mean about the "flocking syndrome" Ro. Irritating, isn't it?

July 13, 2008 - Msg 64008: Hey Boo...thanks my buddy TOM...NN all lights are not on...storms came through early today...but we are working on them..anybody got lunch?.SPOT

July 13, 2008 - Msg 64009: I brought home half my lunch from Olive Garden, Spot. It's clean, I had pushed half of the food to the side, knowing I would be bringing it home, so you'd be safe to share. Do you like fettuccini Alfredo?

Just got an email from my daughter, with a helpful kitchen tip. You know how sometimes when you rip off a piece of plastic wrap or even foil, the whole roll will jump out of the box and sail across the room, unrolling as it goes? Well, my 12-year old grandson pointed out to his mom that most of the boxes are designed with a little punch-in tab on the ends, which form an anchor for the rolls, so that doesn't happen. Well, OK, so I'm a dunce. I didn't know that, but then neither did she, so I don't feel quite so bad. Anybody else want to admit it?

Thanks, Tom! What a lovely sentiment in that poem, and it's good to see you. We've been missing you.

Goodness, after that big lunch, I'm ready for a nap, and I'll just bet I could talk little Starr into cuddling up and sharing a nap with me. Sounds like a plan. Later, taters. --Romeena

July 13, 2008 - Msg 64010: Well about to get caught up now...will someone bring me some of that food Romeena has for me...I will for sure share it...no problem....SPOT

July 13, 2008 - Msg 64011:
Hey Folks

Tom-Loved the poem.

Romeena & Boo- Ya know, I've always done about 90% of the grocery shopping here, when I was in college or when I was working 60 hrs a week. My wife hates grocery shopping and it never bothered me. Anyway, I know when I go shopping we're having Starbucks Gold Coast (extra bold) coffee.

We lost a Great American, as well as, a Great Christian this weekend. God Bless Tony Snow's family.


July 13, 2008 - Msg 64012: Hey Auh2o, I wish my husband liked to do the grocery shopping...well, some of it. Of course, we would be less healthy if he did. He is much more apt to bring junk food into the house and don't.

I am going to look up Tony Snow and find out who he is...


July 14, 2008 - Msg 64013: Oh, Boo, I can identify with that. Dale used to go to the store with me, and always, a couple of packages of chocolate/marshmallow pinwheel cookies would appear in the cart. He just loved those silly things. The kids were always happy when he went with me, and would be at the car ready to help carry the bags in, because they knew those pinwheels would be there somewhere.

Well, I think I'll turn in early. It's not quite midnight, so for me that's early. See ya in the morning. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64014:
Hello porch family.....It's been a while since I've had service out here on the road.

Thank you all for your prayers.....They sure work. You guys are such a blessing to me. Mrs Rev and I are doing good. Still having thoughts of the accident but doing better. Don't think I'll ever be over it completly.

This past Friday my sweet wife and I celebrated 27 years of marriage. I'm so blessed to have my wife.

The concerts are still going great. Had two today. I'm still up in Maine. I've got a two day break now so hope to catch up on some rest. Spot, keep those UPS meals coming.

Tom....Good to see you back buddy.

Well it's almost 1:00am so I'm hitting the sack. Prayers for all my porch family. And again thank you all for your prayers. JESUS LOVES YOU

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64015: Happy Anniversary, Rev!

Ok, I'll fess up, Romeena. I didn't know that about the push-in tabs either. I never had a roll totally come out of the box and roll across the floor, but I sure hate(d) having to maneuver my thumb over the box and keep the roll from popping up when I tried to unroll some. Maybe I won't have to now. Thanks! And thank your Grandson and Daughter.

-Sterling Holobyte

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64016: Rev keep up the good work and get some rest...meals will keep coming..hey Sterling,Tom,Romeena,auh20 and all early morning porchsters...im back at work today till 2 pm..breakfast will be as follows: 3 eggs your way [over med for me] sausage links,flapjacks,coffee and oj...Asa,possum,horatio,Lucy,gizzmo,CHUCK,Red?...let me get the folks started around...lots of sleepy heads....SPOT

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64017: Morning Porch. Thought I better peek in and say hi.
Been very busy with things. Life gets that way sometimes.
N.N., Stacey said she had talked with you by IM. Thanks for checking in with her and thanks all for your prayers and concern. I told Hazel and Romeena in an e-mail last night what our situation is. We are faced having to make a tough decision concerning another medication. We are praying about what to do. The meds she has been taking have done nothing but make her worse and the new stuff they want her to try has known side affects that has given her problems in the past. So that's where we are as of this moment. Your prayers for wisdom would be grateful. On top of all the physical concerns of the drug, there is also the cost factor. It's $2,600.00 a month. Even with insur-ance our co-pay is going to be $500.00 a month. Just not sure where that will come from. So as you can see, we have much to consider.
But I know the Lord is watching over us and will lead us what to do here. And I know there are others who are in much worse condition than us. Overall we have been blessed and are grateful for all the Lord has given us. We are just on one of them bumpy roads that Barney warned Gomer about and we know the road will get smooth once again soon. All things are possible with the Lord.
Thanks for all who have e-mailed me the last few weeks. It's a great blessing to have such dear friends who are so concerned.
Y'all are something, you know that.


July 14, 2008 - Msg 64018: Oh, thank you Asa, for posting more about your situation so that we can be more specific in our prayers. I can see that the Lord is helping you and your positive attitude blesses me. You're absolutely right; "All things are possible with God". Your friends here on the porch will be helping to carry the burden through prayer. We love ya!

REV! Thank you for checking in when you could. I am thankful that the Lord is helping you through this tough time. I am convinced that he will use all of this to make you an even more effective minister of the Gospel (Romans 8:28). Congratualtions to you and Mrs. REV, on 27 years of marriage. Yes, you are blessed, and so is your dear wife.

Well, Sterling, I have never had the roll come out of the box and roll across the floor, either. I always just hold down the lid with my thumb...sure didn't know about the tabs.

Good morning, SPOT. Thanks for breakfast!

Romeena, I remember that my dad always loved those pinwheel cookies so mom bought them now and then. I didn't care much for them because my mom was one of those women who really knew how to bake! We always had homemade brownies, cookies or pies around and that was better. I inherited her talent for it but use much more restraint. I can make a chocolate or lemon pie that would have you cryin' for more....and you should try my homemade Ranger Cookies. I try to limit the baking to the holiday season but now and then I make a treat for the family.

Well, I need to go get Erin up and ready. We have an appointment this morning with her pediatrician to have that mole looked at.

See you all later,


July 14, 2008 - Msg 64019: Good Morning porch. just checking in from work today. My morning is starting out kinda slow today.

Good luck at the pediatrician today BOO, hope all is well. keep us posted.

Thanks for breakfat SPOT, sure started my day off right.

Lunch will be: peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches, chips, little debbie cakes and team water or soda to drink.

Hello to all the porch folks.

Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64020: Good Morning Porch:

The "Dud"

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64021: Auh20: I ditto your sentiments on the late great Tony Snow. What a pleasure to have a family man of such faith who reported politics and served in our governement. When he sub'ed for Rush Limbaugh and when anchoring his Fox TV & Radio shows his good personality and traits came through like few others.....The "Dud"

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64022: Good morning, all. Asa, it's good to see you on the porch. We'll continue to pray for wisdom and guidance, as you and your dear wife make these hard decisions. As my precious pastor (now retired) used to say - just keep driving in your headlights.

REV, I'm so glad you finally got out of the doldrums and have internet contact again. We worry when we don't hear from you. Is Mrs. Rev with you - more to the point, was she with you at the time of that awful accident? I hope not, but if so, I hope she stayed in the motorhome. Blessings for you both!

My sweet DIL hurt her back last night. They were at a ball game, and their youngest son was moving down to sit in the row in front of them. He stepped into the seat, it folded up and trapped his leg, and of course he began shrieking (he's four). She stood up and lifted that fifty pound child straight up, felt something pop in her back, and has been in severe pain ever since. This girl is in excellent shape, is very strong and all that, but I guess she just wasn't positioned right or something. Eloise has the grandson today, so I'm going over there to give her a hand. The older boy is at baseball camp all day.

Well, gotta run. That dratted pond filter is full again, so must clean it out before I leave. I hate algae. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64023: REV: Our prayers are with you... ROMEENA: I hope you are enjoying yourself on your day off....BOO: I do all the grocery shopping and I cut the coupons (an online) and when my ex-wife used to go to the store she was the one who bought all the store bought cakes, cookies and out of season fruits that I would never buy and yes when she came home I carried in the load of unwise purchases...Ha..Ha... ASA: You take care, I had a co-worker with MS and she was one of the most remarkable people I have ever had the pleasure to deal with... TOM: Good to see ya back on the porch.... Spot: What is for lunch?

Me-They: I know I talk about energy in many posts, but it is so important...please note that I have lived around enery producers, drilling company owning families, off shore workers my whole life..they are part of my existence...I was on a drilling rig that was being produced by my best friend's company this weekend and it is an experience that I wish every American could have...These companies and people who be considered patriots and not robber barons and Earth polluters....We have seen this energy crisis before during the Jimmy Carter presidency...We have oil, we have Gas, we have Coal and we know where it is...let us drill now and we have current tech to provide the means to heat and cool your house, get you to work and provide products for you to be
confortable...renewable energy all of us are for...most of the major companies are invested with the future of renewables... I know many farmers and they are estatic about Ethanol and Bio-Fuel..A gallon of soybean oil cost 60 cents and it takes 9 gallons of soybean oil to produce a gallon of bio-fuel then add the 50 cents a gallon of tax subsidy and you do the math..Bio-Fuel is going to cost trucker more than current diesel fuel and it is government mandated to be in our system next year like ethanol....Yeah for farmer but not cost effective ..Put a windmill in your back yard by all means...put a big solar panel on your roof, by all means..put a wave machine on your beach, by all means, but when the pumps go dry and the heat/cool doesn't come on promptly, do not bother us here in the oil and gas belt with your problems...Go cut wood for fire and kill a tree....I hope I will not post any more energy post while I can still fire up my computer...but this is my life just like others who are enjoying their surroundings.... TAGS FAN...The "Dud"

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64024: One last comment on energy (I promise)....Like the proposal of John McCain & others who would like each state to OK (not FEDS) if they want to drill offshore...please give us in La., Tex., Etc... state rights to prohibit the export of home grown state drilled oil & gas to go to other states who chose not to drill. We get to to keep our state produced energy to provide us with the necessities of life..not very Christian is it...If you have fish to catch..catch it.....The "Dud"

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64025: Bear with me - I have a destination here.

When a young girl, backed by daddy's money and with the blessing of youth asks me my opinion on the best way to get a nursing education, I usually advise going through a university program, to get a 4-year, bachelor's degree. When a middle-aged woman asks, someone already encumbered with kids, debts, responsibilities and with limited time to invest, I suggest a 2-year associate-degree program. It's quicker, cheaper and easily attained. She'll come out with the same license and entry-level employment opportunities, and will make the same money as the BSN. She can then support herself while she explores further educational avenues. The BSN will have greater advantages further down the line, but for the immediate future, they're on a level field, and by the time that changes, the associate-degree nurse can catch up and also have a BSN. Meantime, she has positioned herself to be independent, not relying on credit or anyone else's patronage.

Seems to me that there's a parallel here. This country is no longer young and innocent, and we do not have "daddy's money" backing us. Government, yes, but that's us, honey! We are in a crisis right now, with an ever-rising thirst for energy. We need to go for the quicker, most dependable and most easily attainable supply we can find, and do it now. If that means drilling on a minuscule spot in Alaska, then so be it. If it means off-shore drilling where Mr. Kennedy might be able to see the rig, get over it. Go for the immediate answer, and then, supported by the resources that will be attained, do some serious exploration in the area of alternative energy. Do it without pressure and urgency, and find the very best answers. We know we can get the fossil fuels to the surface and make them available in a relatively short time. We should do that, and then develop the alternatives. The very pleasant additional benefit here is that we would no longer have to be dependent upon the Arabs, and could tell them to buzz off. Doesn't that just sound like music?

I hope this makes some sense to somebody besides me. --Romeena

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64026: Good afternoon everyone. I was just going to read today and not post (work is pretty busy) but decided I wanted to address two things right off.

First, it's good to hear from you ASA. Know that you and your Mrs. are continually in my prayers.

Second, regarding oil and energy (here goes again!)...DUD: When you ask that states have the right to keep their own oil, the problem is that states do not drill: private and public companies drill. They own the oil rights in your state (or at least lease them) and therefore own they own the oil. Never confuse energy activity that happens in your particular state with production of a "state commodity." In fact, the largest oil companies that are pumping the crude out of your state and others are multinational corporations that are "owned" by investors from Shreveport to Timbuktu, Boston to Beijing. The oil may be Louisiana's while it's in the ground, but that oil you see flowing out of state ain't owned by the people of the great state of LA. It's owned by Exxon, BP, Mobil, etc.

ROMEENA: In an ideal world, you solution should and would work. Unfortunately, most people, especially politician wanting to win the next election, are incredeibly short-sighted. During the oil crisis of the 70s you heard everyone saying that we needed to conserve more for today, produce more ourselves for tomorrow, and work harder to develop alternative energy for the future. Well, as soon as OPEC turned the spigot back on and gas became again abundant, the price fell, talk faded, and we all once again began to suckle at the teet of foreign oil. And what did oil companies do when regulations eased on native drilling under Reagan? They continued to buy foreign oil to sell here rather than drill more here. The reason they gave was purely economic: it was cheaper to buy a gallon from the Saudis than invest in deeper drilling at home. Anmd by the way, taht still holds true. If you asked people would they rather pay $2.50 a gallon for mostly foreign oil, or $3.50 for Alaskan, I know which most people I know would choose.

Man. That horse is really startin' to stink!

You people take care. I'll be back tomorrow to say a proper howdy to everyone. Let us know about ERin's doc appointment, BOO.


July 14, 2008 - Msg 64027: Me-They: Thank you for your comments...Here we go again as you call it ...I was makin' a point...The majority of the American people think it is EXXON that is drilling in my parish and it is not...You tell us that it is OK for us in LA. & TEX. to drill for your energy, but not in my back yard...Do you want a windmill in your back yard, Me-They? I know about state laws, it was just a point...That you want your cake and eat it too....When the lights are to expensive to turn on, do not blame us who have had the good reasoning to drill for our natural rights...How are you going to get to work, heat/cool your home and I sure think you are surrounded by plastics in your enviroment...good luck to us all but the problem will not go away..SPOT: What kind of fuel is your company using to power the plants that they have? >>>>> The "Dud"

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64028: Hey Me-They: If you think oil and gas in La. & Tex is going to Bejing China and Timbaktu you are in fantansy land.....The "Dud"

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64029: Me-They: I have invested in wells in Wyoming with my neighbor and I know about US. commerce and states rights.. I was just trying to make a point...You want Energy, but your attitude is, just don't produce it in my back yard......The "Dud"

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64030: Everyone have a great evening...Me and the Lady Friend are going to the Cypress Inn on HWY 80 for one of their last of the season Crawfish Boils...Even though I know it is not everyones choice all is invitated....Cajun Popcorn & Alligator Bites on Me....REV: I bet you have been to this place right by the local college here in Monroe La......The "Dud"

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64031:
Romeena-Couldn't agree more. Ted Kennedy loves "wind mill" energy has long as he doesn't have to see those things from his mansion. Wind mills are for us common folk. Don't ya just love Limousine Liberals! It's to bad he wasn't in a limo the night he left Mary Jo Kopechne alone.

Me-They Hey, by the way, while regulations on native drilling under Reagan did ease some they most certainly aren't conducive to making a profit. Regulation is still the main reason oil companies give for not drilling domestically. The Humanists have muddle the water so much that any science has become good science as long as it gives polar bears and the spotted owls the same rights as our kids. The globe has actually cooled a bit since 1998. And, we are told that this cooling is due to ... your right, GLOBAL WARMING. The warming is causing the cooling? Two words come to mind, junk science. I live in the country because I love nature, it is one of my favorite gifts from God. And, I do believe that we most certainly need to care for it. However, these Secular Humanist are the tail wagging us dogs (sorry spot).


July 14, 2008 - Msg 64032: I was just trying to make a point as well, DUD, and not deliberately trying to provoke, though it seems I may have done that. If so, I apologize. I may like to voice my opinion (too often, probably) but I try to do it in a friendly way. Sometimes that doesnít come through very well.

In response to your last statement(s), some U.S. oil is indeed sold overseas; not all domestic oil is used domestically. I was trying to point out that states (Louisiana, Texas, or whatever) are ďdrilling for [my] energy,Ē but thatís just not so. Oil companiesónot statesóare drilling for my energy. That said, if the people in your state, or any other, want to permit drilling within their borders, then (right or wrong) I suppose itís their decision to make. And I hope that they charge the companies that want to do it enough to make it worth the taxpayers while.

As far as the ďnot in my backyardĒ thing, thatís simply not true. Iím no paragon of virtue, but I do like to think Iím principled. I donít want little kids working in some African sweatshop so I can buy a cheap soccer ball for my kids, and I donít want Americans anywhere to have to cash in their quality of life so I can cut the grass. If somebody wants to invite energy (oil) exploration into their back yard, fine. But I donít and I try every day to make the necessity of it here or anywhere else lessen. Iím willing to take a hit with anyone else, but you can darn be sure Iím doing all I can to make sure that hit (to me or someone else) is as soft as it can be.

No, when I take a principled stand the money is purely secondary. I pay more on a number of things or just do without because I absolutely refuse to shop at Wal-Mart. Except under rare circumstances (twice, actually) I havenít darkened the doors of a Wal-Mart in 15 years. To paraphrase Barbara Mandrell (well, sort of), I was anti-Wal-Mart, when being anti-Wal-Mart wasnít cool. I could give other examples. You can call me foolish, if you think I am, but not unprincipled. Like I said, Iím as flawed as they come but Iím no NIMBY.

Anyway, weíll have to just agree to disagree in this department. No hard feelings, I hope. None here.

AUH2O: I agree about secular humanism; it has caused a world of harm to our society. As far as golbal warming being junk science, I don't know. If it is, the overwhelming number of the world's scientiest (though certainly not all) are nuts. The trouble is most people have a hard time seperating the science from politics. And that's on both sides of the fence. I look at it this way, whether global warming is real or not is, in the long run, irrelevent. This planet is God's creation which he has placed in our care. We'd darn sight do a better job taking care of it.

Yíall have a great afternoon.


July 14, 2008 - Msg 64033: All went well at Erin's doctor's appointment. The doc said it looked a bit troublesome but that she thought we could watch it for 6 months and I said I would rather get it taken off ASAP. She gave me a referrel to a dermatologist but said she probably couldn't see Erin for a couple of months...we will see about that. I will do what I can to get her in as soon as I can. It's probably nothing but I not going to sit around and wait.

I had a funny mole on my wrist that changed when I was pregnant and I had it taken off as soon as I could. They told me that it would have probably turned into a Melanoma if I had waited, so I am very careful. Why wait when it is so simple to just have it removed?

So sorry to hear about your DIL and her back injury. I certainly hope she didn't rupture a disc or something. Prayers for her today.

Erin and I visited the book store after our appointment and I found a children's book called "Ramona Quimby", by Beverly Cleary, who is the same author that wrote Henry Huggins, I think...are any of you familiar with Ramona Quimby? It looked cute and was a Newberry Award book.

Better get going on some chores!

Toss your shorts, M-T...


July 14, 2008 - Msg 64034: Oh hey, Me-They, why don't you shop at WalMart...I am inviting a moulage but I am really interested. One of the most common sentences that comes out of my mouth (ask my kids) is, "I hate WalMart", but probably for different reasons than you...please explain.


July 14, 2008 - Msg 64035: Hey there, BOO. If you cane think of a reason to hate Wal-Mart, it's probably on my list (which is long). I hate to be cagey, but I've been waist deep in enough moulages for one day! So, suffice it to say...to each his/her own (retailer).

Every time I hear "dermotologist," I can't help but chuckle. Remember that episode of Seinfeld? "Pimple-popper, M.D." hehe! "Oh, that's right...skin cancer..."


July 14, 2008 - Msg 64036: I understand completely, M-T, and yes I remember that Seinfeld episode, hehe. Before I had children, Bruce and I watched Seinfeld in syndication every weeknight for years...that and MASH and Cheers. I didn't care for Seinfeld at first, but after I watched it for a few weeks, I was really hooked. I can't watch it now, though. Having children really had an impact on what I watch now and that show is pretty questionable most of the time (funny, though!).

Have bible study at the rehab tonight and lots to do, so I will check back later.


July 14, 2008 - Msg 64037: Hey M-T, remember the Proctologist's license plate? haha


July 14, 2008 - Msg 64038:
Hi gang, had a great time in California. Back to work tomorrow. Hope all is ok with all. Will go check archives.
God bless,

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64039:
Asa- Hey buddy! I can't tell ya how many times I have thought about you and your family. Great to hear from you. Like Boo said, I know the Porch is doing the best we can, we're prayer warriors for you folks.

M-T I think you're comparing apples to oranges there. While and overwhelming number of world's scientists believe the globe is warming it is not an overwhelming number that believes in the, kill the capitalist, viva la Revolution, we are the world, "Global Warming." An example of the junk science I was referring to is The Kyoto Protocol. I believe that both sides agree the science and the goals in this accord are both flawed but there it is, the gold standard for the feel good crowd. Who cares whether it achieves any goal. The more important thing is to look like we're achieving something. Kind of like buying "carbon offsets." Wow, what a bunch of snake oil that is. But, then again it helps someone appears as though they care, which is the point.


July 14, 2008 - Msg 64040:
Hello porch family.

Boo...thanks for your comment......I think I'll make copy of your statement that "Mrs Rev is also blessed" and remind her of this fact....hehe...just kidding.

Ro....yes my wife is with me on this tour and yes she was with me at the accident. But I made sure she stayed in the motorhome even though she saw much of it as it happened.

Dud....I have eaten at the Cypress Inn. Just at first glance, it looks run down but really nice. Good food.

Spot....keeping my eyes open for the truck brother.

Praying for all the porch family. I'll try to check back later. Jesus loves you so tell someone.

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64041: Evening Family:
So glad that Asa checked in on his own! And yes, we are praying for wisdom from above. All we have to do is ask.
Rev: Could you bring me a nice Maine Lobster when you come back? Just drop it off at my exit!
It seems like quite a few of the "lost loved ones" have returned. Glad to see ya rockin' for a while.
Yep- moulage or no moulage, it's sure good to see everyone gettin' along so well!! (Oh brother)
Gotta get busy for the final chores this evening... Love you guys! ~New Neighbor

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64042: You're welcome REV! I really like your last statement: "Jesus loves you so tell someone"...great advice and not so hard to do.

Welcome home MDC! So good to have you back where you belong. I'll bet you enjoyed California (not quite as hot as Phoenix, huh?).

Had a nice time at the drug rehab. I had about 15 girls and we had birthday cake for the girls with birthdays this month (including myself). I took them a big collection of coloring books and crayons that my sister donated and they loved them! Those girls are such a blessing and I do love them. One very sweet young lady who is about to turn 18 checked herself into rehab for help and will be leaving soon. She is a Meth addict so I am very concerned for her. We were talking and it turns out that she was born in the hospital I worked in and there is a good chance that I helped bring her into this world back in 1990. I pray she finds the strength from God to overcome her addiction for good, bless her heart.

I got a call from the dr's office saying they schedule the appointment with the dermatologist for Erin and it's not until the end of October! I will have to call and try to get something sooner for her. Please pray that things work out according to the Lord's will and we can get things taken care of sooner. Thanks Dear Ones.

Better go, been a busy day and I could use some rest on the couch.


July 14, 2008 - Msg 64043: Hey there New Neighbor, you snuck in on me. We love you, too!


July 14, 2008 - Msg 64044: Hey everyone
TOM .. great poem
REV.. congrats on the anniversery ,myself and my wife are leaving Wed. to go to Ocean Isle Beach N.C. to celebrate our 3rd anniv. , we were married there on the beach in July 2005

July 14, 2008 - Msg 64045:
Rev- I just read about the accident you were involved in, my goodness! Well, if that don't help put things into perspective. The time we have here is so precious and can end in the blink of an eye. Prayers certainly have been offered up for you and your wife. I/we can tell you are a man of strong conviction and faith but don't try to be so strong that it stops you from reaching for help. Jesus loves you Rev and so does the Porch. I think Boo is right, I bet this strengthens your Ministry even more.

MAYBERRY DEPUTY- Congrats on your anniversary. Me and Mrs auh2o will celebrate our 23rd in a few weeks.

Hey there, Boo, Romeena, New Neighbor, MDC, Dud, Big Maude, Sterling, and Spot.

Barney: "They don't do things that way anymore. This is the Age of Science Know-How, electronal marvels."


July 14, 2008 - Msg 64046:
Hello porch family.

Thanks auh2o.....and believe me.....I do love the folks on this porch. Thank you for the prayers.

MD....I pray you have a great trip to NC and congrats on your 3 years.

New Neighbor.....I'll be sure to bring you a Maine lobster.

Spot.....I'll just bring enough Maine lobsters back for a huge boil.

Boo....as always.....I pray for your ministry at rehab. And also prayers for Erin's situation.

MDC....so glad you're back all safe and sound.

Well gonna get out of here for the night. Everyone have a Jesus filled night. Prayers for all the porch family!

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64047:
Hey Folks

Good morning Porch! Sunny and beautiful here on the eastern end of the Great Lakes. We must have 7 or 8 humming birds out at the feeders this morning. I love those little guys.

M-T I was thinking, we can just punt this issue if you want. You're a smart guy, I'm sure I'm not telling you anything you don't already know, and besides, it looks like my posts always lump you in with the sky is falling crowd and I know that's not the case. God bless, buddy.

Time for some mowing.


July 15, 2008 - Msg 64048: Good morning everyone. It's a beautiful, if rather warm, day here today. Hope it's sunny where you are, too.

Happy anniversary MARYBERRY DEPUTY and AUH2O! I hope you both and your respective Mrs. have a wonderful day. Maybe you could take them to Morelli's. They pound the steaks right there at your table.

Welcome back MDC! Did you turn Democrat while you were in California? Good to have you back either way.

AUH2O: Yeah, I think I'll let this issue just slide on by. Don't worry about how your posts come off; I know how you feel and understand you don't think I'm some kind of a nut. Ha! Fooled you!

BOO: I'm sure you are such a blessing to those girls. I decided that you're one of my heroes. By the way, do you wear a cape?

REV: God bless and it's good to hear from you.

I'll stop back later.

To moulage or not to moulage...That is the question...



July 15, 2008 - Msg 64049: Congrats to all!..Rev those lobsters will be most welcome hey Boo,auh20,Romeena,Tom,M-t and all...been just plan busy here at work doing sub station testing...will some one make lunch?..and get in touch with Maude for slaw....SPOT

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64050: Awww, I'm blushing...I think alot of you, too, Me-They (great husband, dad, christian and friend!)....it's mutual admiration. By the way, I say bring on the moulage.

Morning to Auh2o. I'll bet the weather in your area is great..not as hot as it is here!

Good mornin' SPOT, I'll make some lunch for every one since you will be busy. It'll just be sandwiches but if Maude brings her famous slaw, nobody will care.

Thank you for your prayers, REV. You are such a blessing to me.

Time to go to Mom's and get her breakfast, etc. Talk to you all later.


July 15, 2008 - Msg 64051: I have a question about a name I heard one time watching the show. Buzz Flewheart. Barny used it as an alias i think. Anyone remember this.

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64052: I remember that name, 64051, but at this moment, I can't think of the context. I believe you're right - Barney said the name, but an not sure he was using it as an alias. I could be wrong. (It has happened once or twice, heehee.) --Romeena

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64053: Buzz Fluhart was the one who investigated cosmic rays for jinxing people in "The Jinx" episode.

Just passing through - I'll check in again later. Prayers for all.

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64054: AFD's education was worth every penny...


July 15, 2008 - Msg 64055: Well, got mom fed, clothed and in her chair this morning, threw in a load of laundry on my way out and left dad napping on the bed. By the time I drove home and got out of the car, Dad was calling to tell me that mom had another accident that needed cleaning up! By the time I cleaned her and the floor, I was pretty tired and hot. It is terribly hot and humid here in S. Texas today...the worst so far this summer, I think. Anyway, maybe you all can help me brainstorm what to do about mom. If she doesn't take laxatives, she has the opposite problem, but the laxitives cause the mess when she can't get up to the potty chair quick enough. She is already wearing adult diapers but they just don't help in this situation. I have tried more natural ways to keep her bowels in order (more water and activity, higher fiber foods, fruits and veggies) but they weren't enough. I thought about putting something down on the floor between her chair and the potty chair that we could just take up if she made a mess, but I am a little afraid she would slip on something that might move. That would take care of the floor, but it won't take care of cleaning her up. I guess it's just unavoidable at this point...are you reading this NN? Maybe you have some tricks up your sleeve that I don't know about...? The good news is that mom is certainly regaining her strength and walking better. Thank you for your prayers. Dad is depressed and told me today that if it weren't for what it would do to his family, he would jump off the bridge. He feels so useless and burdensome and I hate that, but trying to reassure him of our love doesn't really seem to help. I have suggested a psychologist that is good with the elderly but he won't go. We had dad on antidepressants meds once, and he had terrible side effects so we are kind of stuck as to what to do with him. It is hard to watch him suffer and not be able to make it better for him. Sorry if I am boring you all, it just helps to talk about it sometimes.

Better go ...break over.


July 15, 2008 - Msg 64056:
Amazing, just amazing AFD! I don't care what the rest of mayberry says about you and the dishtowel salesman, I think you're the cats!
Santa Barbara California is still as beautiful as ever! Median home price there is now $800,000!!!
Had a great time, one day at the beach, the rest was at the reunion. Fun, relaxing and just the R and R that I needed. Cecile stayed home this year and used the peace and quiet to recover from her eyelid surgery! So now it is back to wok! Reality has set in again!
Prayers for all!

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64057:
Back to wok? Sure, I'm a closet Chinese food cook! How about back to WORK!

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64058:
Boo, just saw your post. My mom went thru this. They would give her suppositories and it would liquify everything as you explained. So what we did was to instead start her on daily Sorbital which is a stool softener, and then i would crush up FiberChoice Tablets, available OTC, and mix them in natural style cups of Motts applesauce.
This worked out great for her and it really stopped the constant "constipation to liquid" effect. Sorry for the graphics all!!!
But boo, it is worth a try.

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64059:
Hello porch family......just checking real quick.

Boo....you're never boring us. That's what friends are for.....to be there to share our hearts.

AFD......wow.... how did you get so smart with all that knowledge?

Now M-T why do you want to get MDC all shook up by asking him if he turned Dem while in Ca.? You know what that does to his blood pressure. Now he'll have to take a extra dose of oregano oil.

Spot...don't work too hard.....hope you get all those test done.

Well, I'll check back later.....Praying for you all and remember to share a smile with someone today....It don't cost a thing.

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64060:
oops, that's MDC!! darn vacation! ha

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64061:
2 shots of oregano down the hatch! hic. Democratic? "hey buddy, how I vote is nobody elses business!" ha! I flew over Jerry Brown's
office , if that counts! ha
I aint ready for a moulage yet!

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64062: Good afternoon everyone:

Spent a frustrating day trying to continue to diversify the family accounts to different local banks due to the bank failure crisis.(What else do we have to worry about)..In over my head without professional help.

I had a good personal TAGS story last night...Took the Lady Friend to have boiled crawfish and fixin's at Cypress Inn and like REV said it looks run down but the dining room looks out over our bayou and the food is good...Took Lady Friend home early and retired for the night at the house in front of the big screen to watch TIVO TAGS from last night..was watching "Episode 181.: Look Paw, I'm Dancing" and who walks into the room but my mother's best friend's son...who is one of my best friends..we were born at almost the same time and have known each other since birth....he unfortunately was borned severely mentally handicapped...he was there with is mother visiting...he sat down and we communicated as best as we can and he doesn't really like TAGS, he likes John Wayne and Westerns....The show got to the part of Mrs Crump and Andy dancing at Opies party and he got up with a big grin on in face and just started dancing away doing the jerk, pony, etc.. and when the track shot of Helen's face from Andy's point of view came on he looked like he was in love....So Helen does brighten up some people unlike old stodgy me...It was worth a million dollars to see that smile on his face and it put one on mine....Thank you Mrs. Grump..

The "Dud"

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64063: Hi Boo - I just came across the TAGSRWC site today. I'm a first time visitor and a die-hard fan of TAGS. I was reading your post about your mom. I'm not sure if you've tried this or not but maybe wherever your mom will be sitting or lying, put a doggie pee/poop pad underneath her. I'm sure they make them for humans, too. But with that added protection plus her adult diaper, maybe that will work. Good luck and do make sure you take some moments for yourself.

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64064: Hi Boo - I just came across the TAGSRWC site today. I'm a first time visitor and a die-hard fan of TAGS. I was reading your post about your mom. I'm not sure if you've tried this or not but maybe wherever your mom will be sitting or lying, put a doggie pee/poop pad underneath her. I'm sure they make them for humans, too. But with that added protection plus her adult diaper, maybe that will work. Good luck and do make sure you take some moments for yourself.


July 15, 2008 - Msg 64065: BOO: No way does your conversation bore me. Your position in my eyes only goes up. And you call your sister the "saint." Continued prayers for your parents situation. I wish I could offer advice or something, but I'll leave it to more informed and experienced friends. I do know that we have Chad eat 3-5 "dried plums" (as they are now known--I guess the name "prunes" poses too much of a marketing hurdle) every day to keep him of track.

MDC: Just be sure that oregano oil didn't come from the back of a wagon or you'll be singing "Toot-toot-tootsie, goodbye" soon enough.

Did I ever tell you I almost voted for Jerry Brown once?

Good advice, REV.

DUD: I've never had $100,000, much less that much in any one bank, to have to worry about my bank failing.

Have a good one, folks!

"Excuse me ladies...this is a raid."

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64066: Boo: I am certainly listening to everyones advice and I think my 83 year old mother is on her path of having the same problems as we discussed on previous posts...Your seeking of knowledge and information will be followed by me and I may need your help in the future...Thank you Donna & Steve, I will defer to the older porchsitters to give you the official welcome to this lovely site.....

The "Dud" Wash

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64067: Me-They: I had a government professor in college who after 2 classes it was apparent that he was a socialist. He kept on about taxing the rich and distributing the loot to the rest...no one should to keep after taxes over $30,000 a year ( circa 1978) he proclaimed many times...I had a big mouth even then and I asked him how much he made..he would not tell the class but I found out from a Dean of the college that he made $28,000 tenured dollars..I made my only D in his class due to his low grading my essays...I know a lot of Home Depot/Wal-Mart management people that I worked with that are now retired in their 50's and they are looking at diversifying to other banks also..they took stock options and thought they were set for life and now we have this mess...Have a good rest...and take care and I know you have a good heart.....

The "Dud"

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64068: will it loook like this porch is way off of the mayberry and it no fun to come back to

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64069: Welcome Donna!

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64070: MLB ALLSTAR GAME ALERT::::

Everyone is invited to a non-seafood game supper on the porch...come on SPOT, REV & other fans...let us have good old Nathan's Kosher Hot Dogs (Chicago Style for me) & fixins...Burgers & fixin's with skin on fries...Boiled and roasted peanuts...Texas Ranger Style Ballpark Nachos with plenty of Jalapeno peppers...Kettle Pop Corn, Blue Bell Non-Sugar Added Vanilla Bean Ice Cream..and Non added sweet tea (Sugar avail) & soft drinks (no pop please)....I will be pulling for the Nat'l as an old Cardinal Fan...See you there.........The "Dud"

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64071: Good afternoon, everyone. Tom, I'm sorry you feel that way about the porch, but it's just the way things are. When friends get together, the topic of conversation is likely to wander in many directions, especially in serious times such as we're living in right now.

However, your point is well taken, and it might be nice if we were to lighten things up a bit. Why don't you start us off? What would you like to talk about? --Romeena

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64072:
Tom, that was a great poem you posted at the top #64006. Thanks
Dud, that 'steve' was me accidentally using my
given name. Too many days off.
Wow MT, next you're gonna tell me you voted for Nader!
First day back and i'm draggin'
See ya all tomorrow.

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64073: Afternoon Family:
Boo- So as not to bore TOM with "details" I will write to Romeena for your email address.- Yes, there are several things that can be done to help the situation, but PLEASE do not put anything on the floor that she could possibly trip on...You'd have a worse mess than the one you're dealing with!
So glad the REV is having a goo trip north, and glad that our other travelers have returned safely.
Gotta get supper ready. Steaks on the grill, corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes homemade bread. Come on over. SPOT- get your plate. ~New Neighbor

July 15, 2008 - Msg 64074: Thanks for the advice and very kind words (Me-They..I hope I can be here to give you advice as your parents age). MDC, I think mom is already taking stool softeners and fiber capsules...I'll ask my sister (she's the keeper of the pill box). We were giving her an extra fiber supplement and it turned out that it affected her blood prothrombin time (she takes a blood thinner), so we had to limit that to a few times a month.

Welcome to Donna, and thank you for your idea. I have pads that look like those puppy pads but there are for people and we put them on mom's bed at night, but come to think of it, maybe if I secure one between her chair and the potty chair, that might just work.

I was thinking about something, Me-They, you have such kind words about what I am going through and the thought came to me that someday you will watch you wife doing the same kind of thing and you will admire and treasure her even more than you do now. She is a nurse and she will be able to step right up and do what is needed for her family, not matter what the circumstances. I remember when my husband's dad, Chester, had a stroke in his 60's and needed so much help. I found myself many times in the position of helping him, cleaning him, so many things I had never imagined doing for my husband's father, but my husband hasn't fogotten the love and care I gave to his father. It was hard to do because it was such a humbling experience for my father-in-law, but he was always so sweet and thankful. He was able to stay in his home until the day he died and his wife and us kids helped him. Looking back, we wouldn't have it any other way. I came to love Chester during that time and it was an honor to serve such great man.

Romeena, where are you hiding out?? What's been going on with you today, anything interesting?