July 22, 2008 - Msg 64350: Still hunting, MDC.
And don't worry about your rocking, I was wearing steel-toed shoes at the time. ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

July 22, 2008 - Msg 64351: Wow, I didn't think it was time for a sweep, but I guess it was. I guess the porch gets dustier in summer.
-Sterling Holobyte

July 22, 2008 - Msg 64352: Hey Sterling, your DQ comments made me remember some things from my childhood. I remember the day the first DQ opened in town. I was in the 5th grade and my mom picked me and my best friend up from school to take us to lunch that day. Boy, the other kids were green with envy. I remember my friend (Cynthia) and I always got the same thing...something called a Jiffy Burger, which was a little meat patty on a bun with some sort of bbq sauce on it, and a vanilla Coke. I also remember getting frozen chocolate-covered bananas! When I was in junior high, I remember my sister's best friend Vera was having an affair with the manager, Roger (who was married with kids). He was not attractive, either and I remember my sister and I going on and on about why she would do it. She was a strange girl, raised by strict, very religious parents who wouldn't even allow her to watch TV, but boy, what she did when they weren't around.

Well, no rain here yet and everything is calm. I sure hope we do get at least some rain from Hurrican Dolly.

Do any of you ever shop at thrift stores? There is a Catholic thrift store just down the street from us that I stop in at now and then and find some cool stuff. The other day I came across some handmade curtains for my front window that were exactly the right color and size (perfect length), and had never even been used. They are lined and don't even smell like anything so I didn't have to wash them. Bruce put them up for me and they are perfect. I paid all of 3.50 for them!

Well, better go, I have to go pick up Sean from a friend's house.


July 22, 2008 - Msg 64353:
Hello porch family.....just finished the concert and checking in.

Boo....praying that you stay safe from the storm. And yes...Mrs Rev loves to check out the thrift stores. She's found some neat things there. My wife is one bargin hunting lady.

Ant D.....great news on the teens. Praise the Lord! That just thrills my heart.

Lucy....I'm on a tour in Maine now. Good to see ya back.

Got an early morning so I'm hitting the bed. Prayers for all the porch family.

July 22, 2008 - Msg 64354: We had a huge rain storm here today. (I was right there in it!)
Love the Floyd comments. I have so many favorite Floyd eps. I really like the one where Andy and Barney are looking for Otis, and they stop by the barber shop. "Oh, Otis and I have always been close, just like brothers. Just the other day I was walking him home and he fell down a well. Boy, you fall down a well... you're wet!" (I don't remember the exact wording). And later, in a color ep, when he is helping Malcolm Merriweather find a job. He's looking at the posted jobs... "Falcon keeper, falcon keeper... no, I don't see any jobs for Falcon Keepers. But the first one that comes along, I won't give it to no one else. It's yours!" (Or something to that effect).
Welcome back, Poor Horatio. I miss you over at Sarahs.
- Hazel

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64355: My goodness, I leave for a few hours & along comes Sterling with his broom! My question is, how come you & that broom didn't make it as far as my house to sweep? Ro I am really enjoying your blog, I have always valued what you have to say & I'm glad other folks can do that as well. When I say always, it seems like forever, do ya'll believe I have been rocking on this porch (or some version of it) for over 11 years now?? How old does that make me? Oh yea, that's right, 29. HA Me-They I meant Canada & btw "don't be obtuse, I HATE it when yer obtuse!" Boo I had that problem earlier trying to sign in with just my user name, then figured out, you have to sign in with the email address you used when you created your account, see if that will work & let you post to the blog. Good to see you Rev, keep that invoice just in case. Best get off here & get to bed, I have one of my more challenging "kids" to groom tomorrow, a little Schnauzer that the folks want to look like a Poodle of all things! She absolutely HATES to have her feet shaved & I am in for a fight I need to be rested up for or I won't win. Nite Porch!

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64356: 11 year old girl or a a 12 week old puppy..which keeps a man up longer...my bet is on the puppy...
The "Dud"

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64357: Someone said, "What do atheists do with their money? Surely, They wouldn't carry around anything that says, 'In God We Trust'". The "Dud"

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64358: Ha, Boo. Your description of the curtains you bought, including how they don't even smell, could have come right from the show. I could just picture Barney bragging on a purchase like that. You always make me grin.
And if we don't hear from you for a day or so I won't worry cause you as-sured me you're prepared.

Boy, the more I listen to Obama speak on his "big trip" the more I worry. In all due respect I don't believe the fellow has a clue. Some of his comments are very bothersome to me. Oh well. It'll all work out one way or another I reckon.

Me They, maybe you always feel like the odd man out cause you have a compelshion. There are a lot of compelshions out there you know. Some folks lie at lunch. Some have to wash there hands all the time. Maybe yours is being a maker of moulage. I was reading my learn a month last night and there was an article in there that reminded me of you. It was entitled "The beat of a different drummer". You're welcome to borrow it as long as you don't doyear the pages. That's my compelshion. I hate dogears. :)

Hope you all have a good day. It's a State Holiday here tomorrow so I have the day off so I took Friday off as well. Yippeeee.


July 23, 2008 - Msg 64359: Yep, ASA, we are doing fine down here. Just getting some needed rain, is all. Glad I made you grin with the curtain description. Last night I was watching a colored ep of TAGS on TVLand and Sean was sitting on the couch with me. Charlene was singing the "Salty Dog" song and Sean was real quiet, then he said real quiet..."That is one wierd song...". It sure is, isn't it? Wonder what a salty dog is supposed to be?

Guess I will finish my coffee and watch TAGS...the episode about Opie's Charity is on a local station right now...love that one!


July 23, 2008 - Msg 64360: Oh, thanks for your prayers for our safey REV!..and to all of you who prayed or were concerned. We are fine as frog hair.


July 23, 2008 - Msg 64361: Morning Porch, hope all is well this Wednesday morning. working as usual, been a busy week. I plan to take Friday off this week, lots to do at home and we have a work day on Saturday at the high school to get ready for football season to begin.

We have had rain and storms in the afternoons and evening here the past couple days. We need the rain desperately so I am not going to complain.

I am recovering from a nasty fall I took last week. I was not too badly injured but sure messed up both knees (neither have any skin left on them). They are healing nicely but I can surely tell Ole Maude is not as young as she used to be.

Good to see Poor Horatio, ASA, Mavis, Boo, Rev and everyone else today.

Lunch menu will be: Olive Garden, my treat. see you there.

Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64362: Good morning everyone. Just a minute to say howdy.

MAUDE: You're no spring chicken anymore ;). Hope your knees feel better.

MAVIS: What do you know? We're the same age!

ASA: Compelshun? Me? You gotta be kidding.

LUCY: Good to hear from you. Come around more often. Don't worry, we won't chit-chat, just have regular conversation.

BOO: You stay outta that hurricane, you hear me?

Are you a yard saler? My mom is a “power sailer.” She and friend go out every Saturday morning. She gets the Friday paper, reviews the classifieds, and makes out an itinerary. By 6:45 they are hitting the road and on to their first sale. The first handful they do the “scan and scram.” That way, they can get the best bargains before the crowds start descending. Later on, they shop more leisurely. She’s got a number of great deals over the years. Just last weekend she purchased a heat pump—brand new—for their cabin in WV for $100. She’s refurnished her house many times over with “deals.” I tease her but can't complain; she's gotten me a quite a few deals over the years, from lumber to appliances. Nora spent the night and went with her the other week. She got a couple of deals, too, and now wants to go every week. The bug has bitten.

Prayers for all in harm's way today. See y'all at lunch.


July 23, 2008 - Msg 64363: BOO: I looked up the song "Salty Dog" on the web 'cause you got me wondering. I didn't find out much about the song itself, but evidently the actual lyrics are from a man's point of view ("let me be your salty dog, or I won't be your man at all..."). I also found out that salty dog is early 20th century slang for a "libidinous man." So, given those two facts, the song actually makes a little more sense I suppose.


July 23, 2008 - Msg 64364: Oh my! Big Maude, you be careful now, and don't take any more falls. As Hazel quoted Floyd - "You fall in a well - you're wet!" - well, I'm here to tell you, you fall facedown on concrete, you're skinned up! A few years ago, I was carrying a flat of pansies out of the garage to the front yard, caught my toe where a tree root had lifted part of the driveway, and sprawled flat out on that concrete. Big bump on my forehead, split my chin, skinned both elbows and knees, but to my surprise, nothing scarred but one knee. Everything else healed and disappeared. You be careful, dear. We're not spring chickens anymore!

Thanks, friends, for all the encouraging words about the blog. So far, it's been fun. I guess I'll put the first installment of the Mongolia journals in there today. For those of you who read the originals, you probably won't want to read them again, but for those who didn't, I hope you find them interesting.

Well, got lots to do today, and have to work tonight, so guess I'd better get after it. Also, Starr is sitting here looking at me, wondering where her breakfast is, the little old sweet thang! Be blessed, all. --Romeena

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64365: Oh, hey there, Me-They. I didn't see you, but apparently we're in agreement about spring chickens. --Romeena

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64366: Good Morning Porch Family!

BOO: I hope you got a big umbrella you're staying under. I watched that episode last night also about Salty Dog. John (my hubby) was listening intently to the song and he asked "What the heck is a salty dog?" So I googled it and this is what Wikipedia said: salty dog - a slang phrase with several meanings, including "an experienced sailor" and "a libidinous man"

MAUDE: I'm sorry to hear about you taking a spill. I hope them knees heal up nicely.

BOO: I know what you mean about the items coming from Goodwill and the "smell". A friend of mine once described in one word what she thought items from Goodwill smelled like. She said they smell like "butt". Yuck! But I found some great plaid curtains at Goodwill (they didn't smell like butt and I didn't have to wash them either) that I put up at my brothers home when I was decorating it. I'm going this week to see if I can find John a stationary bike there.

Ant D

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64367: Garage sales? I love 'em! I used to prowl them all the time - not so much anymore. The last thing I need around here is more "stuff", but occasionally I see one that looks good, and just can't resist. Also, I hit them when I'm looking for something specific. Example - my SS class fills "welcome baskets" to be distributed as part of the apartment ministry, and garage sales are a great source for baskets. I never pay more than a quarter for one, and just about any garage sale you visit will have at least one for sale, usually several. I've gotten a few really beautiful baskets, which never made it to the "welcome basket" table - some class members took them home. By tacit agreement, we can do that. --Romeena

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64368: Ant D, you are a caution! Too funny! --Romeena

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64369: SPOT: Hey - I was just going back through the archives and I missed your Monday comment about Cracker Barrel and treating everyone. Hope you didn't have to come out of pocket to much. Ain't their syrup so goooooooooOOOD? When I was a youngin my daddy taught me how to poke a hole in the side of a biscuit and then pour syrup in it. Of course, I've taught it to my kids too and they do it every time we go to Cracker Barrel or anytime they have biscuits. Gosh, my stomach is craving some now!!

Ant D

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64370: So sorry about your poor knees, Maude! I know that hurts.

Me-They, no I am not a yard-saler. I find that if I were, I would accumulate too much clutter and I don't like clutter. If I am in the market for a particular item, I might check the adds or stop at a yard sale (very seldom, though). I do buy alot of the kid's clothes at second hand stores, though and have gotten some great bargains that way. What you said about your mom reminded me of something. I have a good friend who has 5 kids and hubby is a pastor, so finances are tight. They have a good-sized home that they remodeled themselves in a country theme and it is really nice. Anyway, not long ago, her mom went to a yard sale in a posh area of town, where to folks with money retire on the waterfront, and she found a beautiful designer sofa and a gorgeous oriental rug for a couple of hundred. They were exactly what she needed for her den and they were like brand new. The owner just wanted something different. What a find. That heat pump sounds like a good find, too. I have been looking for a king headboard. Right now our bed is just against a wall and the pillows tend to fall in the crack (big pet peeve!) but I want an inexpensive one that isn't hideous looking. I have been on the hunt for one for a year and no luck yet. By the way, thanks for the info on "Salty Dog"!

Thanks to you, too, AntD...I guess "experienced sailor" and "libidinous man" could be one and the same, eh? hehe...seems funny to think of Charlene singing about being a libidinous man, doesn't it? Oh, and I don't think I will ever think of Goodwill the same, thanks...gross. To me, things from goodwill smell like mushrooms or something musty.

Boy, it's really coming down out there! I opned the curtains on the front window and gave the windows a good cleaning and it looks so neat! Wish you were all here, it's really very cozy. I have some sweet-smelling candles burning and I did have some soft music on until Erin woke up and turned on Spongebob!


July 23, 2008 - Msg 64371: Gosh, biscuits do sound go, Ant D...let's go to Cracker Barrel...I'll drive.


July 23, 2008 - Msg 64372: ...uh, that's "good"...see you got me all shook up talking about biscuits.


July 23, 2008 - Msg 64373: Well Ant D, I'm pretty sure the bike is gonna have the "smell" your friend described. Better break out the Lysol.


July 23, 2008 - Msg 64374: Good afternoon everyone:

ROMEENA: You are speaking to the choir on your comments about illegal immigration...My point is that we have gotten the work done for many years without illegal alien hispanics invading many of our core industries...My ex was amazed when I first took her to New Orleans that good looking white guys were busing tables...ME-They: What employer whould not like the dodge of hiring illegals. I have heard that from many of my friends in Dallas..That they work hard and show up...They are here to work...They also want a the month of August and most of Dec. to go back to Mexico to visit family..the Mexicans that worked for the restaurant I managed took no less that 2 to 3 months off a year, they went back home and lived like Kings..no workers comp benefits, no medical..if they fall off a roof you say "Bye, Bye" and send them off to the charity hospital that we all pay taxes for..I'm sorry La. has the only charity hospitals in the nation..paid for by a large part by you guessed it ..the oil and gas industry....BOO: you are a riot and I am glad you missed the storm..SPOT; I would love to see the Tucker Band..."Can't you see, Can't you see.." I had a great time at the ZOO with MILK DUD and we are going out to eat with the Lady Friend..who is buying us dinner tonight at the first restaurant I took her out on date when we were both 19...GENO's Italina Bistro, REV have you been there.....In business for over 40 years..and the best Lasagne, bread sticks and Pasta & Meat Balls...ya'll take care......The "Dud"

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64375: No DQ's or Whata' Burgers in this part of Louisiana...my ex kept them in business even though I am the cooking fool...I used to tell her you would rather eat fast food than my good cookin' and a blank look came over her face...But when she wanted to impress her friends she would invite them over for a formal dinner cooked by The "Dud"

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64376: What's that smell? Somebody been making kerosene cucumbers?

DUD: I'm not sure what you are referring to; I would never advocate hiring illegals, from anywhere. And I wouldn't associate with someone who did, especially to exploit them.

As far as Louisianna having the only charity hospitals in teh nation, I'm not sure what you are classifying as a charity hospital. I know my Mrs. used to be an RN at a nonprofit Catholic hospital that turned no one away for any reason. It is operated through funds from private donations and the Catholic Church. That sounds like charity to me. There are several others like it in Maryland.


July 23, 2008 - Msg 64377: Me-They" I was refering to post July 22, 2008 - Msg 64323: I apologize if I got your sentiments wrong...I know a guy who owns a lawn service and he tells me his "Spanish guys" are legal and work the socks off of white and black workers..so I consider the source to be untrustworthy...Boo: Enjoy the rain/...and ROMEENA< I am stil unable to get on your BLOG and I do know how to get on sites, "I thinks"..Any pointers...The "Dud"

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64378: Me-They: About our charity hospital system, we are the only ones in the country...The system is now run by LSU Health Sciences Divison and we have a fine facility here in Monroe and most of the other cities over 50,000 and satelitte offices. We have universal health care before Hillary..a legacy of Huey Long..and we have out patient facilities and with Medicaid and the state they will pay for most if not all of your medicine(S)...see what taxing those old powerful Oil companies can provide...come on other states and do the same as we do in La. and tax and spend the energy companies gain...The "Dud"

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64379: Afternoon Y'all! My mammogram turned out A- ok,so thanks for your prayers. Had a 9:45 appointment,but didn't get back there till almost 11:30. Someone came out and explained that they were running at least an hour behind,because they did a diagnostic (like I was having) mammogram on someone and something showed up ,so they had to do ultrasound and additional tests on that person.But for the grace of God,that could have been me back there. So,I waited my turn and prayed for whomever was back there.God bless her.

I love yard sales and going to Goodwill. Every Goodwill I have been in has that unique(?!) smell.I don't want to begin to guess what it is! I've gotten some good items over the years.The weirdest thrift shop I ever went in was in Mashpee,MA on Cape Cod. It was called Cheapo Depot-looked good from the outside. So I stopped in one day.Everything,and I mean EVERYTHING in that store was broken,ripped,and outdated! There were clocks with no hands for sale,ripped clothing, food with old expiration dates on it,broken toys,you name it. It was hard to fathom why someone would shop there! Needless to say,I made a quick getaway outta that place! Strange!! I still think about the clocks with no hands- with price tags on them! Maybe Howard Sprague could've used one on that tropical island he moved to,but other than that.. Geesh!

Maude,sorry to hear about your fall.Wishing you a speedy recovery and you be careful now!

Well,I need to go throw something together for supper.Y'all take care!
possum under a rock

P.S. Good to have Poor Horatio back with us!

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64380: Dud, I can't imagine why you're not able to get on the blog site. The complete address is http://www.romeena-viewsfrommywindow.blogspot.com. I just don't know what else to tell you. A couple of other people were having trouble, but they re-entered the address and were able to get in. If you can't get in with that, then I don't know what to say, except that I apologize. Or you could try romeena-missionstomongolia.blogspot.com. If you get in there, then just click on "my complete profile" and it will list both blogs, so you can then click on the other one.

Rats! I just noticed the pond waterfall isn't working, guess the filter is clogged again. That doggone thing clogs about every other day. I'll be glad when the weather turns cooler and the algae bloom slows down. This gets tiresome.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64381: ROMEENA: Thank you for your tips...I will try and let you know...You live in Arlington? Tell the fine people on the porch that there is a very robust group in Arlington, called the Arlington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce...can you believe that....The "Dud"

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64382: POSSUM: Glad to hear your tests went well.

ROMEENA: I'll have to check out that Mongolia blog. I think your last trip was just before I came to the porch.

DUD: I'm still not sure what you mean about that post of mine, but oh well. LA may be the only state with that particular system, but I was just saying that there are charity hospitals in other places as well. That's great that your state has a good system to care for the less fortunate.

Y'all have a great evening.


ANDY: "What are you doin'?"
OPIE: "Having a tantrum."
ANDY: "Well, don't get your clothes all dirty."

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64383: ROMEENA: I got on your BLOG..and thank you for mentioning me and my comments..I agree with you on making immigrants legal...I am not against legal immigration, but we do have companies who take advantage of the process to bring in skilled workers for lower pay and comparable American workers who can't find jobs (Right Me-They!)...Dallas is a good example and I use to insure many new immigrants working for high tech firms but basically doing menial labor for peanuts (BOIILD OR ROASTED? SPOT)...The "Dud"

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64384: ROMEENA: Do you want to have your say on Parkland Hospital in Dallas County...You can get health care there if you are not insured..correct...but they will charge you for services now and try to collect...and many people for other counties beside Dallas go to the hospital for treatment even though they should not...their counties do not have health care...correct...La..all residents are covered under the Charity Hospital System...The "Dud"

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64385: DUD, it seems that I recall hearing Romeena say that Parkland is down the street from the hospital she works in and the illegals come to her hospital instead of Parkland because they want a private room, or some such thing.

It's still raining but its a light rain, very nice. Bruce got out early from work due to the weather so he watched a Spiderman movie with the kids while I tood a nap. It was really nice.

Wonderful about your results, Possum!

Funny about the bike, ASA! hehe

They cancelled church tonight so I guess we will just enjoy a quiet evening at home. See ya later.


Opie: "What are we havin' for supper?"
Andy: "You and Aunt Bee are havin' fried chicken...and I'm havin' crow".

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64386: how do you "tood" a nap I wonder???


July 23, 2008 - Msg 64387:
I heard that tonite's tags ep is the one with JACK Nicholson in it, so y'all check it out.
More in a bit.

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64388: TV LAND TAGS ALERT: Episode 202.: Opie Finds A Baby...Air Date: 11-21-66. Opie and Arnold find an abandoned infant on the courthouse steps. *Guest Star: OSCAR winner Jack Nicholson appears as the baby's father. Gonna eat Italian and then come back and watch the replay with the MILK DUD if she is awake and Miley De'Lab who will be awake....The "Dud"

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64389: Well Boo, glad he storm has missed you. But now your faced with the question of what to do with all that terlit paper. That stuff has a shelf life, don't it?

Possum, so glad your test went well and came out clean. Yer a good Possum. How's your Husband doing with his issue (if I should be so bold to ask) Better I hope.

Hey, my foot just fell asleep. I wonder what causes that?


July 23, 2008 - Msg 64390: Don't worry, ASA, terlit paper goes pretty quick around here and I guess I could always TP someone's house.
..uh, poor circulation causes that...


July 23, 2008 - Msg 64391:
Ep 202 I have on videotape, so I'll watch along with you cable folk. I always think of Jack in that 'The Shining' poster! ewww, my hair is standing up! ha
Loved him in the military trial movie..named ??

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64392: MDC: "A Few good Men"..directed by the ultraliberal Rob Reiner...Pity the poor guy he actually was married to Penny Marshall at one time...That speaking voice and laugh..ugh..The "Dud"

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64393: Hey gang just a quick hey...maude thanks for lunch..lake day tomorrow for miss sherry and i and another couple...storms here so im gona get this comp shut down...prayers...SPOT

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64394: My husband’s the one in my house with the yard-sale compelsion. He loves to go around looking at yard sales. Having worked as a bicycle mechanic for over 20 years before he became a school bus driver, he really knows how to spot bargains on bikes. I can’t tell you how many times he has come home with a bike, just so he can fix it up and either give it away or sell it. For example he came home last summer with a girls pink Schwinn bicycle that he bought for $5.00. He fixed up everything on it and cleaned it up, and then gave it to one of our daughters friends, who doesn’t have much money but has a 6 year old girl that needed a bike. I can’t tell you how many times he’s done stuff like that. Buys kids bikes for cheap, tunes em up and gives them to someone who can't afford a bike for their kids. Trouble is, he’s always got 4 or 5 extras, sitting in the garage, waiting for him to have the time to work on them. With the 6 bikes of his own, and my 2, our garage looks like a bike shop; with only room to park one car, when it should hold 2. A few years back he brought home an old bike that he said he’d fix up for me. It’s an old Schwinn, with a big basket on the front, and really cute. I’m still waiting on that. Ha-Ha… Bless his heart.

To Possum, Yay! I’m so happy your test turned out good. What a relief for you.

I looked up in my Mayberry 101 book to see if I could find anything on “Salty Dog”. I couldn’t find anything on it, other than a reference to the song. Not what it means. I did find something interesting, and I hope it’s ok to quote it here, and not some copyright infringement or something. I just thought it was interesting. It’s part of an interview with Mitch Jayne, one of the Dillard’s. It’s part of his memories of being on the show.

“We were always allowed to play our own stuff as long as it fit. I remember Andy was delighted that we had written most of our own material, and he talked to us about that. He wanted original material and a new look at this very old music. Incidentally; knowing that we would make royalty money on our own songs, Andy encouraged us to come up with our own music. That piece of thoughtfulness has paid wonderful dividends over the years, and all of us are grateful. Whereas the actor’s screen residuals ran out, in most cases long ago, the Dillard’s are paid as musicians each time a Darling show is rerun.”

Well, I better scoot out to the garden. I think I may have enough tomatoes to make a little batch of salsa.! Speaking of which, I keep forgetting to mention to Ro that I am the same as you. Salsa is a must-have on eggs. Either scrambled or omelets, gotta have salsa.

- Hazel

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64395: Watched Glenn Beck tonite after Italian Dinner and he was talking about drilling in ANWAR..During Gore/Clinton Adm they voted down drilling...it is 200 miles from Prudomme Bay which we have been drilling for over 30 years..showed pictures of a barren wasteland..the pictures you see by the GREENERs are on the southern coast and not in the energy companies plan....Get a grip America...and lets drill...ME-THEY: Saw T. Boone Pickens on CSPAN this morning and he made good sense to the Republicans, not so much with Democrats...They do not want to drill on more well..if they can help it.....Full with Italian dinner and will now watch...TAGS on TIVO....The "Dud"

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64396: BLACK GOLD ON TRU TV>>>. Yes the Lady Friend is a fan..trying to get MILK DUD interested...She wants to watch NIK at nite....I won this battle....The "Dud"

July 23, 2008 - Msg 64397:
Hello porch family....well leave Fryeburg in the morning heading further north. Two more weeks then I head home. Been gone since the last week of May so I'm ready to see me home.

Dud....nope...never heard of that eating place in Monroe.

Ant D......I love that maple syrup too. I usaully leave Maine every year with a gallon of fresh maple syrup some folks give me. They collect their own each year....goooood!

Possum....Great news on your test...God is good!

You all have a good nights sleep. Not sure of internet service at some of the places I'm going this next week so I may be off the porch for a while. But of course I'll be praying for all the porch family.

July 24, 2008 - Msg 64398: Well, TVLand was out today...must have something to do with the bad weather, so I missed TAGS. I was really wanting to watch it because my brother-in-law is borrowing my TAGS DVDs and today was one of those rainy days that are good for have TAGS marathons...

The kids and I did some crafts tonight. I am painting a couple of paper mache Christmas ornaments that look like little houses...kind of like the vintage ones from the 40's and 50's and the kids painted a picture frame.

We were watching a movie tonight in which a boy's grandma died and poor Erin ran into her room crying about Grandpa Don. She still has days when she cries for him. I guess it shouldn't surprise me because it has only been 7 months since he passed. Poor little sweetie. She has a tender heart.

Well, hey there Hazel, good to see a nice long post from you. I'll bet that bike your hubby bought you is neat! I would love an old schwinn with a basked. I remember the bikes I had as a kid and they always had a basket on the front and a banana seat. You never see banana seats anymore.

Bruce has to be in to work at 5am to set all the computers up that had to be shut down and unplugged before the storm yesterday. I hope we don't get any real hurricanes here this summer but we are way overdue. Seems like most of them go in south of us.

MDC, I remember back before mom had the stroke and Sean was 4, I left Sean with my mom while I went to work and he stayed overnight. The next day he told me that he and grandma had watched "The Shining". I was very upset about it. What was she thinking?! Of course, as I have mentioned before, my first memory of a movie was Rosemary's Baby at age 5. It ruined me because I can't stand scary movies. About the worst I can see is Twilight Zone or Night Gallery.

Think I will grab a book and turn in for the night.


July 24, 2008 - Msg 64399: SPOT: This is for you and Miss Sherry on your trip to the lake today... Someone once said, "The typical fisherman is long on optimism and short on memory".... The "Dud"

July 24, 2008 - Msg 64400: Hi All.


God has a special garden
That forever is in bloom;
It has the choicest flowers,
A place that's void of gloom.
Each day a special flower
Is placed among the rest;
It's tended to so lovingly
And given all God's best.
Sometimes he adds small violets
Among the full growing rose;
His garden's growing larger-
God is reaping as He sows.
Each flower that God gathers,
Whether sprouts or fully grown,
They will aways bloom in beauty,
In His garden and their home.


July 24, 2008 - Msg 64401: Good morning everyone. It much cooler here today, though still warm enough. We got some much-needed rain last night. The weather must be good for tomatoes, though; my cherry tomatoes are the size of golf balls. It's actually kinda creepy. Must be the fallout.

Thanks for that poem, TOM. How've you been?

BOO: I don't like scary movies either. Don't like blood and gore (or fake blood and gore), and the suspense and my anxiety don't mix real well. Sorry that Erin was so upset last night.

If you could keep my grandmother in your prayers today that would be great. She's 87 and lives next door to me in an apartment adjacent to my house. He cat of 18 years had to be put down yesterday. My grandmother lives alone, and that cat was probably her closest friend. She is beside herself with grief. I know that some of you know how she feels. Anyway, thanks for remembering her.

I'll stop back later.


July 24, 2008 - Msg 64402: TOM: Great Poem,....Me-They: Our prayers are with your grandmother and family....My 83 yr old mother has 2 cats that she adores and she complains all the time about how much money she spends on them, (food, vet bill, etc...) Being next door is a blessing....Take care...The "Dud"

July 24, 2008 - Msg 64403: I know I have been a supporter of more drilling and more exploration of natural resources for America...We have a pretty major enviromental disaster on the Miss. river right in the port of New Orleans...Some idiots from a barge company from Indiana loaded a barge with heavy fuel oil and it hit a double hulled oil tanker in the Miss...A half million gallons of heavy oil from the barge are now coating 12 miles of the Miss and it is closed to traffic..There was no one on the Tug Boat pushing the barge that was licensed to pilot a commercial vehicle on the Miss..The Double hulled tanker was not injured. I did not know idiots would even try to use barges to bring home heating oil to the north....Calif and Fla will have there Ammo for no more drilling even though when you drill offshore the oil goes in a pipeline to the coast and no boats are used..much safer......The "Dud"

July 24, 2008 - Msg 64404:
Morning Porch

Cooler here also this morning, 61 degrees.

Me-They Prayers for you grandmother.

Has any of you Civil War buffs read, "Cry Havoc!" "The Crooked Road to Civil War, 1861" It's one of those "what if" books, that I typically can't stand, but, the fellow at Borders recommended it. I'm afraid to google it. Two questions on the dust jacket caught my attention, "What if Lincoln had shown restraint over Fort Sumter?" And, "What if Jefferson Davis had allowed Lincoln to resupply the garrison there?" Should at least be fun summer reading.

Asa-I agree 110% about Obama. To me, he just seems like the typical liberal professor, all fire and brimstone when reading from his notes but then stammers all over himself when asked a direct question. There is no there, there.

Romeena-I'm on my way over to your blog site.

John Brown: "This is a beautiful country."


July 24, 2008 - Msg 64405:
Opps? Have any, not has any... uhggg


July 24, 2008 - Msg 64406: Mornin' all!

Hazel: I love it that your hubby fixes up bikes and gives to the poor. I have gotten a few bikes myself from our local sheriff's dept that have been turned it but never claimed, fixed them up and gave them to some kids whose mama didn't have any money. I love being able to share with what God has blessed me with. Also, I have a pink bike with a basket in the front. Some days I put my Yorkie (who looks like TOTO from Wizard of Oz) in the basket and we ride around our neighborhood. He loves riding.

TOM: Very nice poem. Thank you for sharing.

M-T: I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother's cat. That's a very long time for the two of them to be together. Please keep her busy. Do you think giving her a kitten to love and care for could help her? I know it will certainly help with loneliness.

BOO: Sure glad you survived the storm. Now, how about some biscuits?

REV: Prayers for a safe trip for you and yours next week.

Ya'll have a blessed day today.
Ant D

July 24, 2008 - Msg 64407: Me-They, so very sorry that your grandmother lost her best friend. How grief-stricken she must be. To have a pet for 18 years and then lose them must just be unbearable. I will certainly be praying for her throughout the day. As far as Erin being upset, she really was but Sean and I put her to bed and talked with her. It didn't take long until we were all laughing and she was fine.

Thank you for the lovely poem, TOM, and forgive my ignorance...is the poem about those who have died and been taken to heaven?

Wow, 61 degrees sounds nice, Auh2o! IT is still cloudy hear but too warm. It is pretty breezy, though.

AntD, how nice of you (and Mr. Hazel, too) to fix up bikes and give them to children..what a wonderful thing to do!....bring on the bisquits.

Have to go feed mom..


July 24, 2008 - Msg 64408: Yeah, I had the Schwinn with the Bannana Seat, Wheelie Bar and Chopper Front Forks on my bike and don't forget the all important coaster break...I watched the TIVO replay of TAGS, "Opies found a Baby"....My parents didn't tell me about the facts of life (Birds & Bees), I found out soon enough when the young lady groupies came around to watch my baseball team in Dixie League...How bout you guys, did you get the talk, that Andy gave Opie?......The "Dud"

July 24, 2008 - Msg 64409: auh2o: Cry Havoc is also the name of a current Los Angeles Punk Rock Band....The "Dud"

July 24, 2008 - Msg 64410: Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers for my grandmother. The Mrs. says she is still very upset.

AUH2O: How about the what-if book, "True Patriots: What if the South Hadn't Committed Wholesale Treason?" ;)

(Before I start getting angry post from you Southerners, I'm just joking. Kidding--haha. NOT SERIOUS.)


July 24, 2008 - Msg 64411: Me-They: I will have to try your style of putting something out there and then saying Oh' I am just kidding...I will not get started on the obivious refute to your outlandish statement....
This weekend I am gonna take the MILK DUD to Vicksburg to go to the National "War Between the States" Park Battle Ground, where so many brave men lost their lives...and go on into Jackson Miss. to see the Saints at their training camp (2 a days) at Milsaps College...MILK DUD will enjoy it, she loves to read with me a book I have of Arms & Ammo of the Civil War.....The "Dud"

July 24, 2008 - Msg 64412: Me-They: By the way, many of Confederate Lt. Col. John Singleton Mosby's Virginia Cavalry Partisan Rangers (Guerilla Warriors)were from the border state of Me-They (that is right, Maryland) and they captured food, ammo, horses, boots and anything else of value...some of it going on the black market for profit to the Rangers own pockets..The "Dud"

July 24, 2008 - Msg 64413: DUD: My birds and bees talk from my mom went like this. First of all, she gave me a booklet about "reproduction" that she had gotten from my doctor. Then she sat me down at the kitchen table and said, "Read this book. If you have any questions about what a word means, here's the dictionary. I'm going to go and cook supper now." :)

Ant D

July 24, 2008 - Msg 64414: Me-They:..I hope I go over the Miss. River without seeing an Oil Spill..What a mess....What about Marlyland not being envolved with the amancipation process...Lincoln didn't require New Jersey to renounce slavery...did he?..The "Dud"

July 24, 2008 - Msg 64415: I got good test results...also..Thank ya'll...The

July 24, 2008 - Msg 64416: Good grief, DUD. I was just kidding, not being cagey and not being sarcastic. Yes, my statement was outlandish--it was meant to be. It was a joke.

I'm sorry, but if you want to bash Maryland, Lincoln, the Union, or just about anything else short of my friends, family, and Lord, you'll get no trouble from me. I may get a little warm about issues from time to time, but other people voicing opposite opinion doesn't bother me. And I don't take personal umbrage at disparaging remarks about the state I happen to live in, so have at it. My skin's just not that thin.

Anyway, I'm not about to defend a historical event, person, or movement. It is what it is. I don't deify presidents, generals, or average grunts in the field. I tend to stay out of Civil War arguments with people because many people seem to think that they must cheerlead one side or the other and that every fact that doesn't promote their particular side in a favorable light is some sort of face slap. Facts are facts--good, bad, and ugly. Regarding the Civil War, I just do not have any more passionate feelings about it that I do for the Peloponesian War. And, obviously, I've forgotten how to even spell Peloponessian War.

So, I'm sorry if I offended you with my joke. It was not some couched statement of sarcasm. It was not some slight at your southern roots. It was a joke. Nevertheless, it is not my intention to offend anyone, so I do sincerely (and now calmly) apologize. If you could though, please understand that my every word is not aimed at making you angry. I may be many things, but I'm not intentionally evil.


July 24, 2008 - Msg 64417:
Wow, I just asked you guys if you ever read the book. Not to start another one. hehe

Me-They I think you are so right. History is to be viewed for what it is, not what "I wish it were." I can't believe people (not you Dud, honestly) put geography over principle, or facts. The Civil War is what it is, that's for sure. But, try traveling to Gettysburg, or probably any CW battlefield, and I bet if you hear it once you'll hear it a thousand times, "The war of Northern Aggression." Yikes. My wife has had to stop me a few, so that I wouldn't but into others "private" conversations. I say private, but usually everyone one is suppose to hear the apologist ranting's.

Rodney King: "Can't we all just get along." (now that was reeking with sarcasm and hopefully,humor)


July 24, 2008 - Msg 64418: Me- They,I'm sorry for your grandmother's loss. Perhaps she'll consider getting another cat,so that she'll have a companion again.I'm sure it's a very sad time for her right now,but maybe in time she'll think about getting another pet.Prayers for her.

Glad your tests came out well,Dud.

Gotta scoot- see y'all later!
possum under a rock

July 24, 2008 - Msg 64419: Being woefully ignorant of the finer points of argument with regard to the War Between the States, I probably should just keep my mouth shut, and to the greater extent, I will. I'll not presume to place blame on either side, or glorify either side. I'd just like to make this observation - Wow, things sure don't change much, do they? There was dissension, conjecture and blame-laying by non-combatants during the war, after the war, and it still goes on today. I'm not only referring to the CW, but to every war since then. There were those who said we should have stayed out of WWI, and incredibly, some who said we should have stayed out of WWII. Exactly how we would have done that, since Japan openly attacked us, I don't know, but I've heard it. Perhaps it was meant more in regard to the European theater, that we should have just let the Nazis have at it. However, I've heard many bleeding-heart liberals decry our use of nuclear bombs against Hiroshima and Nagasaki, saying we shouldn't have "bullied" such a small country as Japan. I won't even dignify that with an argument, but there are people who feel that way.

And now we have Iraq. The whole country is divided into two camps, mostly Democrat vs Republican, but not entirely. There are mavericks on both sides. Anyway, my point is that no matter when, or where, or with whom we go to war, there will always be those who agree, and those who disagree. The Democrats blame the Republicans, and the Republicans blame the Democrats. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Oh, and it's now Mr. Bush's war, just as the CW was Mr. Lincoln's war, according to a lot of people. --Romeena

July 24, 2008 - Msg 64420: Me-They, I'm so sorry about your granny losing her cat. That is painful for anyone, but for an elderly person, who relied on the kitty for companionship, it's doubly sad. As others have suggested, perhaps she should get another cat. She might not think she wants to, but I'll bet if you showed up with a sweet and loving cat for her, she'd take it in. Consider adopting an adult cat from a shelter - many of them are already house-trained, and through no fault of their own, they're homeless. I'll bet you can find her a friend with very little trouble.

Tom, that poem is just beautiful. I agree with Boo, it seems to me that it's referring to the souls He has called home to Heaven, where they will bloom and flourish forever. Very lovely concept.

I'm happy for those who have had good test results recently. It's always such a relief! Thanks for keeping us informed.

Well, I've just got to go lie down for a few minutes. I didn't go to bed when I got home from work, and I've gone about as far as I can go. I've got about an hour, then have to get up and go meet some friends for dinner. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

July 24, 2008 - Msg 64421: I love this porch!

AntD, at least you got a book and a dictionary. I got squat. I'm still waiting for "the talk".


July 24, 2008 - Msg 64422:
Hey Folks


July 24, 2008 - Msg 64423:
Dud- I got my talk when Andy gave Opie his talk. Kapish? That was it! ha Not EVEN a book OR a dictionary. ha Hmmmm... maybe THAT'S why we never had kids! (:
Boo- glad you and yours are OK. They say that WE may get some residual rain tomorrow.
Ya all have a blessed evening!

July 24, 2008 - Msg 64424: Ro - I believe the anniversary of your birth is today, is it not? Birthday blessings to you! Hope you had a nice dinner out with your friends.

Sorry to hear about your grandma's cat, M-T. It's good that your family is close by to help her through the loss.

Glad to hear of your good results, possum!

Good to see you, Tom - and thanks for sharing a poem with us as well.

Forgot to mention Kudo's to you, Big Maude, on the pounds you mentioned you lost a few days back. Way to go! I've lost about five pounds in the last few weeks as well. Let's keep it up! : )

Well, grandma and grandpa will be here late tomorrow for Reagan's bday shindig on Saturday so I better get to straightening up the house.

Prayers and blessings, ya'll.