July 28, 2008 - Msg 64487: Good Morning Everyone:

MILK DUD and I had a very good day trip to Jackson Ms. to see my beloved New Orleans Saints at training camp and even though she does not like football she loves the Saints...she got autographs from some of the stars (Reggie Bush, Drew Brees) and I have a Dallas connection with their coaches..watch out SPOT we are gonna' have some fun with your Falcons..Vicksburg Battlefield as usual was a sobering thoughtful experience to and got some great feedback from my daughter...have a wonderful and prosperous day....The "Dud"

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64488: I am gonna' make a comment and please tell me if I am out of line...I know many of the TAGS sites do not allow political or any kind of discussion that may lead to disagreements among members no mater how friendly..in an earlier post I mentioned the John Edwards "problem" and offended some people on the porch. I guess I am out of line for the post....The following was on the very liberal "Huffington Post" as of this morning.... "Despite what some people are going to say, this is news. A former Senator and Vice Presidential candidate who was running for President less than six months ago and is now on the short list for Vice President has an long affair during the campaign and fathers a child, covers it up, and then is caught at a hotel with the mother of the child. News! Oh -- and his wife made regular appearances on the campaign trail and has been diagnosed with cancer. If it were Mitt Romney, you'd be hearing peels of laughter and the satisfying smacking sound of Merlot and Starbucks fueled high fives coming from the nearest blue state....

Please tell me your thoughts and I will never discuss politics or mey personal thoughts again on the porch........ The "Dud"

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64489: Morning porch, thanks for breakfast SPOT.
It's Monday! working today and a busy week ahead. 2 weeks till school starts back. Patrick starts his football practice this morning, so prayers please for their safety and for some break in the hot temps for them. Hopefully things will go well.

Lunch menu will be: grilled chicken, fresh garden salad with all the trimmings, tea to drink and strawberry shortcake for dessert. see you at lunch.

Blessings and prayers to all

Big Maude

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64490: Please comment on my above post..thanks...The "Dud"

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64491: My point is, if we just want this post to be about TAGS (of course), weather, nature (birds & pets), family problems and that is all....please tell me and I will abide by the rules of this site...
The "Dud"

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64492:
Hey Folks

Dud- Well, I have some experience, with regard to, hurting feelings on the Porch. I'm not sure where that line is until I step over it, and then it becomes abundantly clear. I don't know how anyone could fall for Edwards' "Two America's" nonsense but I don't relish in his personal destructive behavior. His phoniness is so self evident, I don't think it comes as any surprise that he MAY have led a double-life, to many that just doesn't matter (think Arkansas trash). I mean, Ted Kennedy left a girl to suffocate in his car, while he went and toweled off and called lawyers. And yet, he is reelected year after year. I don't know where the discussion line is drawn. I may have missed it now.

Boo-Prayers for your friends family, and you.


July 28, 2008 - Msg 64493: auh2o: Thank you for your comments...The "Dud"

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64494: Hey DUD, I don't remember that anyone was particularly offended by your news about Edwards. I think there was one fairly benign comment about what kind of news is discussed and that person had a right to their opinion and comment. Personally, I found no offense in your post and feel like any subject can be discussed here if in the right spirit. That's the way it has always been. Some folks would like the site to be all TAGS discussion (I'm not speaking of the person who didn't like your post about Edwards) but there are other forums for that. I think the whole idea of the porch is for friends to get together and talk, just as the folks in Mayberry would do. They would talk about their concerns, share prayers, ask questions about things that were going on in the world, etc, and all in a spirit of friendship. I think we are pretty darned good at that, for the most part, so please share your personal opinions and I will continue to share mine.

As far as Edwards, I need to look up that news story and give it a read before I have much to say. If it is as you say, I certainly pity his wife and family and am heartbroken that so many American men choose the low road instead of sacrificing their own families well-being for their own lusts. It's not fair, but it is happening. One day the Judge of all men will meet out his judgement in fairness, and no man will be able to escape the deeds that he has not repented of. God have mercy on us all and on our nation. Having said that, maybe we need to take the challenge and begin to search out the positive roll models that exist in our world today. Men that the news media will probably not share their stories with us...I will start with the gentlemen who put himself in the way of the shotgun blast in Knoxville last week. He is not alone, there are many just like him...especially on this porch. Men who are devoted to God, country and their wives and children and I am proud of them everyday. May God protect them from temptation and make them strong. May they walk in righteousness and love all of their days, shining the light that brings glory to the Father.

Better go put the laundry in the dryer...


July 28, 2008 - Msg 64495: Hey Dud - Since I'm the new kid on the porch, I wasn't sure if I should comment or not. I agree with Boo whereas I feel like this is the porch of the Taylor house and anything can be discussed (within the right spirit). However, I have never been one to discuss politics, religion and moral beliefs. Mainly because surely those three topics will always offend someone. Secondly, having seen first hand how dirty politics can be and how easily people are burned by them because people don't ever hear the whole story (only the one side that makes the best news), I totally abhor politics. And thirdly, I have always tried to live my life by "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". Since I'm a sinner, I cannot judge people. My sins may not be as bad as others sins but God looks at sin as sin, no matter what it is and only He is the judge.

So anyway, that's my take on your question. Tension and disagreement makes me uncomfortable. I'm all about loveeeee. Peace brothas and sistas.

Ant D

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64496: P.S. But the one thing that does get me fired up are people who abuse children. I don't consider those who do that as people; they are monsters. So, there are no holes barred when it comes talking about those monsters. There's a special hades for those that hurt children.

Ant D

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64497: Well, AntD, Jesus had some very strong words for those who harm little children. Hard to understand that kind of meaness, isn't it? Although, I have to admit that I have known (and still know) some kids that are such mean little dicken's that it is hard not to slap 'em?! haha...or at least wrap them in some duct tape or something now and then...(do you get the idea that I am ready for the kids to go back to school?)...

You know, I figure that children are the absolute closest thing to God's heart and he loves them so much that the devil, himself wants to destroy what God loves most. We are certainly seeing alot of crimes against the little ones these days.

Auh2o, I forgot to thank you for your prayers. You are a blessing.


July 28, 2008 - Msg 64498: Good afternoon, all. Dud, your question is an honest one, and deserves an honest answer. You've already received several, but I'll offer one more. I think we should be able to talk about the things that concern us here on the porch, just as folks would do on a real porch, within reasonable limits. We're all adults, and within the boundaries of decency and good taste, we should be able to discuss just about anything.

However, we are in difficult and troublesome times, and the things that are foremost in our minds right now are frequently difficult, divisive and unpleasant issues. Because of that, I think we've gotten a little (a lot?) one-sided in our conversation. The porch should be, above all, a fun and pleasant place to visit. If every visit ends up with everyone's jaw muscles workin', maybe it's time to lighten up a bit. I'm not talking about censorship, or oppressive restraint, but just suggesting that we soft-pedal the more serious and divisive topics of conversation. We all know what we believe, and we have our own reasons for those beliefs. We are not always going to agree. Background and life experience shapes our opinions, and no amount of discussion is going to change that. It can only lead to an "agreement to disagree" at best, and verbal bloodshed at the worst. Thank goodness, we rarely go that far.

So, maybe we should try to adopt a policy of avoiding topics that we know are going to draw sharp dissension from somebody. It's highly unlikely that we will change anybody else's mind on an issue, and it's absolutely certain that nothing we say or do here is going to alter the course of history. I may think Obama is the first cousin to the anti-Christ, another porchster may think he's a second savior, and neither of us will ever change our mind, so what's the point of beating each other up over it? There are surely many other areas where we agree.

I know we've lost some folks because the porch just isn't fun for them anymore, and that's too bad. If every time I come here, there's some heated debate going on and I end up getting mad, pretty soon I'll get tired of that. So, I say - keep it light for the most part, keep it friendly, and keep it fun. And yes, I'm talking to myself first of all.

A happy announcement - my friend Joe is doing very well, may even be released from the hospital this week. There is some discussion of implanting a defibrillator first, but that decision has not been made yet. Praise the Lord!!!

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

P.S. Al Gore is a dweeb! (heehee)

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64499: Ant D: YOu seem to be a personal fit for the porch...The "Dud"

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64500: Hello ROMEENA & others: "keep it light for the most part, keep it friendly, and keep it fun". ...That will be my moto on this site....Thanks....The "Dud"

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64501: Good day friends. Sure has been warm on my end of the porch. Entering in to the dog days of summer I reckon. But I'll take this heat anytime over the freezing cold of winter.
Hazel, no maters for me yet. Lot's of green ones but none ripe yet. I was listening to our local State Horticulturist and he was saying it's the night time temps that will make them ripen faster. It has to get below 65 (I think) at night before they will kick in. If that's right I imagine that's why they really turn ripe more in Aug. My corn, although off to a late start, is doing well now. I anticipate my first picking in another 7 to 10 days. Mmmm-mmmm, looking forward to that.

Boo, Romeena gave you some good advice concerning using a contractor. It's so easy to get over your head and as she said, subs have no loyalty to you. The delays they can place on your project can be maddning. And many subs will not come in on a project that a homeowner has started because it often times ends up being to big a hassle. Case in point, I was asked to "complete" a wiring job that a homeowner had roughed in himself. The trouble is, he had no idea what he was doing and much of the rommex he had installed had to be replaced because he had used either the wrong size wire, or had used stuff with the wrong number of conductors in it. It was a mess and in the end he was mad I had taken so long and charged so much. I learned a lot from that job.

Dud, I feel sometimes things get off target here in conversation, and although it doesn't bother me as a rule, I know there are others who have quit posting here for those reasons. That makes me sad because these were some good folks. I typically try to avoid religious discussions much because I know they can be a hot topic item. I don't feel compelled to smother folks here with my beliefs and get annoyed when others do that to me. There are countless other boards out there for religious discussion. I do admit to getting into to much political talking here though. I am probably to outspoken as a conservative, and I apologize to any I may have angered with my comments.
One thing I have found here is that most folks are pretty decent. Although we may not all agree on all things, most are repectful of each other and their opinions. Sometimes you just have to agree to disagree and leave her by the roadside.
Anyway, your posts have not upset me any, but then I find myself agreeing alot with what you say. Me-They on the other hand....... well we'll just leave that by the roadside. (jk MT) :)

Now auh2o. I could vote him in for Prezeedent if he had a mind to run.


July 28, 2008 - Msg 64502: Whoops, Didn't see your post there Ro.


July 28, 2008 - Msg 64503: Hey Ant-d,Ro,Boo,Dud,auh20...Maude thanks for lunch it was great and i still have some for a snack..I put my grilled chicken right on my salad!.."its smarts".well its dog house cleaning day here..gona take everything off the comp desk and clean it...it gets so dusty and ....well kids and crumbs....!..will check in at a break..97 allready here in ga!..it will be an inside work day for sure till about 7 or so,then garden time...Miss Sherry has canned over 2 dozen quarts of maters!..gona be good in chili and soup this winter...Rev check in,you and Tom..hazel,asa yall ok?..possum?...well back in a bit..prayers to all in need...SPOT

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64504: Thank you Asa, for your comments::: The "Dud"

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64505: Hey BOO: In my post about abuse, I'm referring moreso to s*xual abuse. However, physical abuse and a good ole spanking are t-totally different to me. I can give my kids a spankin' without leaving bruises on them or broken limbs. I am a firm believer in the paddle. I wish they'd bring it back into our school system here. We'd probably have a lot less back talk and alot more respect from some kids these days if we did. My mama used the belt on my behind and it only took one whippin' to make me never do whatever it was again. Yup! A good spankin' behind the woodshed.

Hey SPOT: Are you finding a place to chill up there? We here in middle GA are hitting 98 today with a 105 degree heat index.

Here's a cute funny from Dawson (my 8 year old) this weekend. I was going to a baby shower and he asked, "Mommmy, what is a baby shower? Is that when the baby gets its first shower?" Awwww.....ain't that precious????

We went school clothes and school supply shopping over the weekend. Gosh, it sure can break a mom's checkbook, ya know? Mostly Dawson because he's growing taller and his feet are growing longer. So he was due for a whole new wardrobe but he's gonna be stylin'. Bailey (my 13 year old daughter) likes for her clothes to come from American Eagle and Aeropostle like the rest of her school. BUT, I finally got her turned on to cute t-shirts with cute sayings on them from Walmart. $6.88 a shirt. She told me recently, "Hey Mommy. I've started a new trend with the kids at school. They're starting to buy their t-shirts from Walmart now, also." HAHA

Ant D
Ant D

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64506: That's an idea AntD...instead of those redundant games they always make you play at baby showers, we could actually give a baby a shower...sounds kinda fun. I always say there is nothing sweeter than washing a baby. When I worked in labor and delivery, I washed so many newborns and that was one part of the job I loved! I would wrap their bodies in a receiving blanket like a burrito, so they couldn't move their arms and legs, then I would stick the top of their heads under the faucet and wash the gunk out of their hair. Boy, they would scream but I used to get the biggest kick out of their cute little red faces. After their head, I would unwrap them and put them under a warmer to wash the rest of them and they thought they were being killed. The best part was finishing, wrapping them up and giving them a little sugar. I miss those newborn sweeties!

Hey there, ASA, isn't it hard to believe that someone would be dumb enough to try and do electrical work on their home when they know nothing about it. I have always told Bruce that the electrical work is the thing we need to be most sure is done right and well by someone who knows what they are doing. Scary! Hey, after reading what you wrote in your post about religion, I am hoping that when I talk about God or what is happening in my life, it doesn't bother you. It would be hard to leave that out. I hope you mean discussing different religions and who is right and wrong, etc? Do I understand you correctly?

Romeena, I am thrilled to hear that Joe is doing better and going home! That is just wonderful.

Better go...break time over.


July 28, 2008 - Msg 64507: Hey BOO: I know it had to be a wonderful and precious blessing to work in L&D with those sweet babies. Getting little baby sugars is the sweetest little thing. I love babies.

Ant D

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64508: No Ant-d no place to chill except the lake!..Im in Kennesaw and Lucy I think is in st. mt are you around macon?..mid ga?...well supper will be fried [and baked] pork chops,white gravy,mash taters,greenbeans,maude slaw,peach cobbler with ice cream,tea..[un-sweet for dud].and oh yea salsa for Romeena!...well let me run to Publix and get the animals stocked up on food and then swealter the garden chores....SPOT

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64509: SPOT: I'm comin' to your house for supper. That sounds delicious! I'm in Warner Robins, 20 miles south of Macon. Ever heard of Robins Air Force Base? That's us. :)

Ant D

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64510: Yea Boo, you best not cut corners on the electrical work. Don't hire Wheeler for that job.
And you are dead on concerning what I was meaning about religious posts. I have no problem with someone talking about God and the blessings of having Him in your life. I am bugged more by the right and wrong as you put it, and the thing that really riles me up is when someone interpets the scriptures one way, and suddenly that's the Gospel, lock stock and barrell. I always cringe when someone starts by saying "well the Bible says" and then begins to tell me their interpetation of what the Bible says. Does that make any sense? It just seems very presumptious to me. And I have never heard you do that. I'm just speaking in general terms.
I think the work you do with those young ladys every week is wonderful and should be applauded. It does my spirit good to see good Christians walk the walk and not just talk the talk. You, Romeena, and others here who have talked about some of your Ministries is always wonderful to read about. Keep up the good work.

Hey Dud, you did manage to get me hooked on the Next Food Network Star. I sure thought Lisa from Dallas had it won. I think she had the most cooking knowledge for sure and had a good camera presence. Shows you what I know. LOL


July 28, 2008 - Msg 64511: Thanks Asa, you are such a sweetheart. My prayers are with you and the missus.

Speaking of, I have bible study at the rehab tonight and we will be on the "C Hall", which is the tough one with the roughest girls. Lord help me (literally!). I'll let you all know how it goes...better get ready.


July 28, 2008 - Msg 64512: Just stopping by on my way to work. Would you believe I had to clean that dratted pond filter out AGAIN and I had just cleared it yesterday? The algae is growing so fast. Too bad we can't harness that stuff for an energy source!

I got a phone call from Joe himself this afternoon. He sounds good, though he did get a little short of breath a couple of times. He gave me more details about what hapened, and from what I can determine, he had an extremely close call. Thank God for the quick response of the paramedics, or he wouldn't be here. Those folks are the unsung heroes, much of the time. Anyway, he's optimistic, still no decision on the defibber, though I suspect they'll do it. I hope so, it surely sounds like he needs it.

In all that he has going on, he remembered that we had an appointment for tomorrow for a general weed and cleanup session in the yard. I had just marked that off, but he hadn't. He's sending his helper to get the job done, "if that's okay with you." Well, I guess so!

So, I'm off to work. Be blessed, all. Asa, you are a treashuh! --Romeena

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64513: Yes, I know there are two p's in "happened". --Romeena

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64514: ASA: Yes ASA I thought Lisa from Dallas would win next "Food Network Star", She did not and I am not a right on this one...The "Dud"

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64515: ASA: Can you believe that the tool "AAron" won...he may have been the best to the judges, but on the show he did not show the best!

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64516: Does anyone know whether or not Any Griffith show personal check design is available?

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64517: 64516# was not the "Dud"...MILK DUD and MILEY De'Lab...says..hey!!! ROMEENA..how is the "STAR"? The "Dud"

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64518: Good evening. Bible study tonight went very well. We only had a handful but they were quiet and respectful!...one of the girls that I have mentioned here who cuts herself is having surgery tomorrow. They discovered some sort of tumor and did a pelvic sono that showed something suspicious. Remember Maya in your prayers, if you are so inclined. While I am on that subject of prayer, I want to say again that knowing that my porch friends are praying for me and those dear girls is just huge in my mind. I can't tell you how much it means. Your prayers are more important than anything I am doing for them. God bless you for them. We may not always see the fruition of those prayers but they have their effect, to be sure.

Sorry, don't know about any Andy checks..

"Hey" to MILK DUD and MILEY!

Hey Ro, glad to hear that Joe is home and spoke with you, bless his heart (the physical and the spiritual one!)...sorry you have to go to work and sure wish you could retire by now.

Love to All,

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64519: oops...I mean, "Boo".

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64520: Boo: Thank you for your postings and God bless the young Ladies in ReHab...The MILK DUD and I are having a blast with the "MILEY De'Lab". She looks at us so pitiful when we eat at the big table...Like she wants to eat so bad..she hasn't had anything all day (Yeah Right). Ya"ll take care gonna' have another couple of days with the MILK DUD and I love it...I think she does also...but she needs to be with her mother for the majority of the time...I agree with that...The "Dud"

July 28, 2008 - Msg 64521:
Asa-You are too kind my friend. Once my scandalous and self destructive lifestyle was laid open, I wouldn't even be able to carry the electoral votes here on the Porch. A few examples, last summer I took my two girls and a niece to see a Hilary Duff concert, my well documented dependence on mayonnaise, I may have a couple of Clash CD's somewhere in the house, and it is with a heavy heart that I must admit to allowing, and actually participating in, the viewing of the Disney show, "Hannah Montana"... and enjoying it. I'm not worthy. But, thanks for having my back!

Speaking of Disney, we just watched the movie "Glory Road," and it was gooood! I would give it two thumbs up.

Ant D-That is cute.


July 29, 2008 - Msg 64522: Wow, Auh2o, those are some terrible vices...are you sure you belong here on the porch?

I agree, I thought Glory Road was a great movie.


July 29, 2008 - Msg 64523: Morning all.
Hey Dud, I thought Aaron's pilot was the worse of the three. I didn't even feel he should have been in the final three though. I thought Kelsy should have been in there. Oh well.

Sounds like your night went well Boo. That's always good. You need a good night every now and again to keep on going.

Lucy, prayers for you and all you're going through. You have a full plate for sure. You were asking about my Grandbabies. Well Mariah is 2 and 1/2 now and just being as sweet as can be. Amy is almost 8 months now and growing like a weed. She has the sweetest disposition. Always gives her Grandpa a big smile. (hey you asked so now you gotta hear it) They grow too quickly though.

Auh2o, you's still have my vote buddy. And make Romeena your Vice President, I think you two could pull it off.

Well best get busy here. Lots to do today and not full of ambition. Makes for a bad combination.


July 29, 2008 - Msg 64524: auh2o: I hope you do not mind, but I shared your post about watching Hannah Montanna on Disney...MILK DUD thought that was funny and now I am roped into watching the movie next time it is on, if not the DVD....The "Dud"

July 29, 2008 - Msg 64525: Good morning everyone.

Regarding appropriate conversation for the porch, as I have said before, anything goes as long as it's respectful and friendly. DUD: I think the remark about your initial Edwards comment had more to do with the fact that it seemed (at least to me) a little gossipy (though I could be wrong).

As AUH2O pointed out, we all have sins in our past (though I'm not sure thatw atching "Hannah Montana" is a sin, though it quite possibly should be). One sin is not worse than another. The important thing is that a person repent and turn away from the sin. I have a very hard time dredging up past indiscretions and trying to peg present "character." I, for one, am not the same person I was at 21, or even 31. I'd hate for someone to judge me by my actions then. I know the Lord won't.

That said, I'm no Edwards fan and wouldn't vote for him regardless. But his personal life of teh past his between he and his wife.

ASA: I do no plumbing or electrical to prevent just such a situation. It's good to know your limitations.

Prayers for you all. I've got to cut it short...


July 29, 2008 - Msg 64526: My post above makes it sound like I thought you were gossiping, DUD. That's not what I meant. I meant to say, that's how the comment came across; I wasn't judging your intention, which I'm sure wasn't to be gossipy. Sorry if that hit you wrong. I'm posting faster than my brain can think this morning.


July 29, 2008 - Msg 64527: A quick good morning. Just got home from work, and George got here right after I did. He's Joe's helper, you'll remember, and Joe sent him to work on my flowerbeds today. I got out there with him for about an hour and tried to help, but he was weeding about 4 to 1 ahead of me, and still I got so tired and hot I was dizzy, so I just quit. He'll have the whole thing done while I'm doing one bed, and he might just have to pick me out of the rosebushes if I stay out there. It's 86 and climbing, and very humid. Miserable. So, I'm in the house with a big glass of tea, about to get in the shower, and from there - to my bed, which I haven't seen since yesterday morning. I think it's time.

Dud, The Starr is just fine, thank you for asking. She went to the vet yesterday for a pedicure (I'm a big chicken) and he weighed her - 4.65 lbs. Yep, she's a big 'un! She was a year old yesterday - I think I'm repeating myself, but I'm old and tired, so I'm entitled.

Bye, y'all. See you later - be blessed! --Romeena

July 29, 2008 - Msg 64528: Ro, your comments on Star getting a pedicure reminds me something I've been wanting to ask. Mavis or anyone else who may know. Has anyone seen the new machine being advertised that will trim your furkids claws? I have been wondering if they are worth anything. The dogs they show on the ad are almost smiling as they get their claws ground down. Kinda funny really. Anyone know anything about this contraption?
I also saw a funny commercial the other day. A disclaimer that the following ad may be offensive to some listeners. It was the 'Head-on" commercial that keeps repeating over and over and over. The commercial is totaly obnoxious and they know it, and play off of it. I thought it is quite clever.


July 29, 2008 - Msg 64529: ROMEENA: You be careful in this heat, our area like in Irving his hitting over 100 degrees and do not even look at the heat index...Me-They: No offense taken on the gossip, however as Aunt Bee pointed out the biggest gossips in Mayberry were probably Andy and Barney and the boys in Floyd's barbershop...MILK DUD is so happy she beat her daddy again in Tennis early this morning..she is getting so good with her taking lessons and all...I am blaming my poor performance on the "Pink" tennis balls that MILK DUD insists on using with her Pink Tennis raquet..A couple of years ago I bought pink everything for her..Pink softball glove, alum. bat, softball, soccer ball & basketball all at Target..that girl loves pink...Have a great day ....The "Dud"

July 29, 2008 - Msg 64530: Hehe, good point, DUD (about Andy and Barney).

Hope Romeena gets some sleep and stops repeating herself...You really gotta love flowers to be pulling weeds in the heat after a long night at work. Wow.

I haven't seen the dog nail trimmer commercial. Sounds funny. As far as "Head On", I have certainly seen that one! Those grandbabies sure sound sweet, ASA.

"Hey" to Me-They. Hope you can come back and moulage later...

Better get going.


July 29, 2008 - Msg 64531: MILEY De'Lab for president? Our local paper had a cute real story: ON THE OFFBEAT: Labrador 'runs' for mayor of Alabama town. The name of the yellow lab is Wille Bean Roscoe P. Coltrane....The "Dud"

July 29, 2008 - Msg 64532: Yea Ant-d know where ya at...I think there are 3 of us porchsters from Ga...storms today and we are going to the lake tomorrow hope they miss the lake tomorrow ...will be looking across the field for ya at supper..Rev look for the truck..Tom check in buddy ...let me watch this news..SPOT

July 29, 2008 - Msg 64533: Hey Y'all! Good to see all the posts from our favorite Mullet Man Asa lately - sounds like you've got two little sweeties (Mariah & Amy) there. Bet you love spoiling them! Laci is going through a phase where she's knocking over furniture. She tipped my mom's coffee table over and one of her aunt's wicker chairs this past week. Maybe we should sign her up for wrestling classes! And this is a child with cerebral palsy! I think she's acting up a bit because they just moved.She was probably confused with the transition. They are still nearby- just moved about 7 miles away from me. Any farther and I would be throwing things! Ha!
Boo,I remember when Laci came home from the hospital,only about 4 pounds and my daughter was afraid to bathe her. I had to show her how to do it,and I'd never washed anything that little-it was like bathing a little hairless kittycat or something. I just put her in the kitchen sink and acted like I'd bathed preemies all my life! I'll bet you really got a kick out of bathing all the newborns. Nothing like smelling lil'baby heads- especially when they are all fresh & clean!
Hey Boo, do you wanna throw a double birthday party this weekend? Mine's tomorrow & yours is the day after.We could have a big celebration- maybe get Spot to grill some burgers, Maude can bring her slaw and maybe someone would even bake us a cake. You up for it? We'll put Asa in charge of the decorations! Plus,maybe he'll play us "Happy Birthday" on his bongos!
Wonderful news about your friend Joe, Romeena! I pray he continues to improve. Prayers go out for Maya as well,Boo.
Ant D, you're preaching to the choir up there with post # 64495. Peace & love right back at ya!
I agree 100%.

Well, I need to check my e-mail,so I'm gonna scoot for now. Y'all have a great day!
possum under a rock

July 29, 2008 - Msg 64534: Sorry my post above is all "jammed" up. I did write in paragraph form- not sure why it looks like it did. Guess the Count is messing with me!
possum again

July 29, 2008 - Msg 64535: Hey Boo, Spot, Possum, M-T, Asa, Romeena, Dud and Milk Dud and to anyone else I may have left out (I'm sorry). The heat here is getting to me brain. Yesterday hit 102. Today is supposed to be close to that again (probably already there).

Happy early birthdays to Boo and Possum! Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Yea! You made it another yeaaaaar, Happy Birthday to you!!! It's always good to have birthdays. It menas you're still alive. :D

SPOT: Did the storms hurt you guys last night? We had penny sized hail and up to 60mph winds here and the worst lightning I've ever seen. Since I'm an adventurer, I ventured out in the storms last night in my car to do some car surfing. There were some large trees that had fallen down and I ran over remnants of a traffic light that the wind had blown down to the ground. It was smashed to pieces. The roads were about 1 foot deep in water. Water was everywhere. There are still about 3200 people here without electricity. Not cool when the temps here are a 100+.

Hope all of you are having a great and happy day!

Ant D

July 29, 2008 - Msg 64536: Well Happy Birthday to Possum and Boo. Seems like just yesterday y'all were having birthdays. :)

Possum, that little Laci is so cute. I was looking at her pics on Ro's album. Give her e hug for me. I do enjoy spoiling my Grandbabies a tad. Hey, that's what Grandpa's do, right? Well this one does.

It sounds like all this Edwards talk has some truth to it. The media so far has refused to run with it though.

Who do y'all think should be VP in the respective party's?


July 29, 2008 - Msg 64537: Whoops, didn't see you there Ant D. You better be careful out there driving around if lines are down. You might find the experience shocking.


July 29, 2008 - Msg 64538: Ok Possum, a party sounds great. Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone! I almost forgot about it myself this year...I guess the older I get, the more that will happen, but looks like I will have Possum to remind me.

So Laci is turning over furniture, eh? How funny. She is cutest thing!

I'm beat today, had one of those sleepless night (well, almost). Woke up at 4am and felt like I was enveloped in fear. I had to get up and read the bible and seek the Lord to shake it. I don't remember if I ever mentioned it before, but it is something that has happened to me before on the night's that I go to the rehab. Today has been a bit of a spiritual battle, but that's ok. My stomach has been feeling uncomfortable, too. Seems like when I eat anything, it hurts. Just stress, I suppose.

Think I will take a catnap on the couch, if Erin will let me!


July 29, 2008 - Msg 64539: Hi, all. Just came in for a minute to check email and found this. It's so funny, I just had to share:

This is a true story, proving how fascinating the mind of a six year old is. They think so logically. A teacher was reading the story of the Three Little Pigs to her class.

She came to the part of the story where first pig was trying to gather the building materials for his home. She read . 'and so the pig went up to the man with the wheelbarrow full of straw and said: 'Pardon me sir, but may I have some of that straw to build my house?' The teacher paused then asked the class: 'And what do you think the man said?' One little boy raised his hand and said very matter-of-factly ...'I think the man would have said - 'Well, I'll be darned!! A talking pig!'

The teacher had to leave the room.

I think that's just hilarious! --Romeena

July 29, 2008 - Msg 64540: My mail delivery just got here. Thank you, Tom. You are so thoughtful. --Romeena

July 29, 2008 - Msg 64541: Hello Family:
Just stopping by for a quick read, and then off to the kitchen to prepare the evening meal. So glad to see ASA back for some postings. Hey ASA- I know why Amy always gives her grandpa a BIG smile--she's thinking- "how come I have that BIG, OLD,funny looking guy in my face?" Love ya Asa!!
Gotta run, ~New Neighbor

July 29, 2008 - Msg 64542: Hey there, New Neighbor..."What's yer hurry?"...

Been at mom and dad's for the evening. I went by and got mom a hamburger for supper and you would have thought it was lobster. She went on and on about how good it was, bless her heart. Then dad wanted to go to the liquor store to get some wine. His arthritis is bothering him and he is just so tire. I made him an egg sandwich because he had not eaten since the morning. Its like he just doesn't want to bother with eating even we we offer to cook for him. The woman we hired to help out three days a week is absolutely incredible. Her name is Kim and she is nearly crippled with arthritis herself but does what she does to help her family and I suppose as a ministry to the elderly. My dad even likes her and has been paying her above and beyond her hours. She has been cleaning the house for them, as well as feeding them breakfast and making dinner for mom. She tries to fix food for dad but he usually says no. She even brings food from home that she thinks they might like. What an answer to prayer! It has improved the quality of time my sister and I are able to give to the folks because we aren't working and cleaning every minute that we are over there. I usually feed them and then have time to just visit, which is what they want most. Thank you for those of you who have prayed over my sistuation with dad and mom. God is certainly answering. Mom is getting much stronger and is almost back to where she was before the fall, too.

Erin has been attending VBS this week at my sister's church and loving it. It is a small church but they are doing a wonderful job. Sean is volunteering and helping with skits and puppets. I am so proud of him, he is doing very well at it. It is a sacrifice for a teen-aged boy to get up early in the summer to be there! ha You know what that sweetheart did today (sorry, have to brag)? When I took a little catnap on the couch, he went and unloaded the dishwasher, put in the dirty dishes and cleaned the whole kitchen spotless. He even washed the sink and counters. When I asked him why he did it. He told me because he didn't want me to have to do it. I told him that it was a beatiful example of Christian service and that Jesus said "the greatest among you is the servant of all". He really, really is an amazing kid. Thank you for your many prayers in his behalf. My porch friends have been such a blessing to me and my family. (((BIG HUG)))


July 29, 2008 - Msg 64543: uh, dad's not really a "tire", but he is pretty tired....hehe


July 29, 2008 - Msg 64544: Good evening, all. Asa, good question about that pet nail filing thing. I've been watching that commercial too, and wondering if it's any good. Does anyone know?

As I suspected, George was almost finished with the back yard when I got up after about three hours of sleep. I pulled a few more weeds back there while he cleaned it all up, then we moved out front. He went to work on those beds, and I tried to help. That man is a weeding machine, and in no time, he was done. He left around 4 pm. I had a watermelon in the fridge, and knew I'd never eat the whole thing, so I cut it and gave him half. His kids will enjoy it, I'm sure. I ate part of my half just now, and it was pretty good. I've eaten better, but I've eaten worse too.

Anyway, things look better around here now. Eddie will come on Thursday or Friday, and things should look pretty decent when my daughter and her kids arrive Friday night.

Boo, it sounds like things are looking up for your mom and dad. I'm happy to hear that, not only for their sake, but for yours, as that will ease your load considerably. And folks, she's not exaggerating when she "brags" on Sean. I've had the pleasure of meeting that youngster, and he's a treashuh!

Wanta hear a funny one? The hospital called just now and said one nurse had gone home sick, and could I possibly come in for the rest of the night! When I finished choking on my watermelon, I gave a polite refusal. It's now 9 pm and I'm headed for the bed, if I can stay awake long enough to find it. Those three hours this morning are long gone, and I'm beat to the socks. See you in the morning. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

July 29, 2008 - Msg 64545: Sean sounds like such a great kid, Boo. I'd love to meet him someday!
- Hazel

July 29, 2008 - Msg 64546: Romeena Mavis would know about the dog nail thing!..hey hazel,Asa my buddy,Tom?,Rev?.auh20,mdc,md,horaito,New N,Local Lycy,Ant-d...lake day tomorrow for Miss Sherry and i..and another couple...got the picnic basket packed....prayers to all..Maude will you catch the breakfast bunch?...SPOT

July 29, 2008 - Msg 64547: Such a sweet thing to say, Ro, thank you, and Hazel, I would love for you to meet Sean. If you ever have the urge to come to South Texas you are always welcome in our home, and I mean that sincerely. I am going to try to get Auntie Romeena to come down for a vacation after the house is built. I have just got to meet little Starr.

I think I will hop on over to Romeena's blog before I hit the sack. Love you all,


July 29, 2008 - Msg 64548: FYI, it is funny how often I talk about you all. Bruce and Susan are getting pretty used to hearing, "Well, Romeena said..."! ha


July 30, 2008 - Msg 64549: THE RURAL PURGE It has been over 37 years (1971) since CBS executive hatchet man Fred Silverman cancelled The Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry R.F.D. (#15 in the ratings), Green Acres, Hee Haw, The Jim Nabors Hour, The Ed Sullivan Show, Family Affair, and Hogan's Heroes. What a loss for family viewers and it ushered in the era of Norman Lear...The "Dud"

July 30, 2008 - Msg 64550: So that's what happened, DUD? I was pretty young but I remember that TV certainly changed after those shows were cancelled. I do remember the Brady Bunch, The Waltons and Little House being on, though, and they were good and wholesome...except watching Little House used to make me want to beat the daylights out of Nellie and Mrs. Oleson, which was probably not good...ha.

Well, having my morning coffee and some raisin toast. Kids are still asleep so it is quiet. The older I get, the more I appreciate "quiet". I guess maybe once the kids are out of the house I will miss it, though.......naw! By then I will probably be so old that one of them will have to live with me to take care of me.


July 30, 2008 - Msg 64551: Morning porch, been busy the past couple days and thought I would stop by for a minute before my work day starts.

looks like the porch has been busy. Hope all is well with everyone.

Breakfast will be: scrambled eggs, sliced tomatoes,crisp bacon, toast, jelly, apple butter. coffee, oj, chocolate milk. Eat up everyone.

I am recovering from my fall finally. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

July 30, 2008 - Msg 64552: Glad your getting better Maude. Breakfast sounds good.

New Neighbor, did I ever tell you that you have a delightful sense of humor? If I did, I was fibbing. (jk N.N. yer funny)

Boo, it sounds like you and Bruce are raising two fine young-uns. Way to go.

Suppose to be near 100 all week here. But it's a dry heat, right MDC?

Anyone hear anything from Homemaker? I'm worried about her.

And where did Charlotte Tucker run off to?

Well guess I best get to it before it gets to hot.


July 30, 2008 - Msg 64553: Hi All.
Spot I m right here buddy waiting for some rain that we can uesd.
Romeena you are wolcame .
Will I have ben doing thing that that I never did as a kid and it fun.


July 30, 2008 - Msg 64554: Hey Maude, glad you are doing better. How is your boy doing with football practice?

ASA, wow, almost 100 degrees? I didn't know it got that hot where you are...It certainly has been steamy here. Close to 100 most days and the sun is relentless this week. All the rain we had from Dolly spoiled us and now we are baking down here. Shouldn't be long until things turn brown again. Can you believe in just a few weeks the kids will be back in school again? I am, as usual, looking forward to fall and some cooler temperatures. It will be a few months before we get those here, though. It usually doesn't start to cool off any until end of October. Oh, and thank you for your kind comment concerning the children.

I am concerned about Homemaker, too. Hope she checks in soon.

Hey there, TOM. You must be keeping busy this summer.

Well, have to get the kids off to VBS this morning...


July 30, 2008 - Msg 64555: Good morning everyone.

Happy birthday BOO and POSSUM! Two nicer gals youíd never want to meet.

BOO: That Sean sure does sound like a nice kid. I hope I do as well with mine. Itís great that Erin is having a good week at VBS. Iíve said it many times before: it would be great to get all our kids together for one big Mayberry family picnic. Thatís such a blessing about your parents, too. Iím so glad you have some help.

Unfortunately, our VBS experience this week at our church is not so good. The kids are having a good time; us not so much. First, the Mrs. drops the kids off yesterday and notices that the teen girl helpers must be having a competition to see who can wear the shortest shorts and tightest shirts. I thought she was exaggerating until we went to pick them up. Then, the Mrs. informs me that our daughterís teacher isnít even a Christianósheís Jewish, not just ethnically but religiously. I have absolutely no problem with Jewish people, and everyone is entitled to practice the faith he or she wishes. Live and let live. Iíd absolutely have no problem with my kids having a Jewish school teacher, doctor, lawyer, babysitter, or friend. Heck, Iíve got more than a few Jewish friends. But VBS teacher? How can someone who doesnít even believe your faith teach it as truth? My initial response was to yank her out but the Mrs. talked me off the ledge. The way she looks at it, itís only a week and this isnít our kidís only exposure to Christianity.

Conversely, a couple of weeks ago our kids went to VBS at the church associated with their school. Not only do they prayerfully vet their teachers, but in their VBS welcome letter asked kids, helpers, teachers, and parents to ďdress in a modest, God-honoring way.Ē Iím afraid in my church that may have been viewed as an encroachment on personal values. Can you tell Iím more than a little miffed?

To update you all on my grandmothersí situation, she got a 2-month-old kitten on Monday. We tried to talk her out of getting a kitten, to get a young but full-grown cat, but she insisted. My grandmother is 86, overweight, lives in a rather small apartment, and can be pretty clutzy. Weíre afraid she might trip over the kitten and hurt herself or it. Sheís just not used to having a pet so active and underfoot. Anyway, she is happy about getting it and weíre happy for her. While Iím discussing grandparents, my grandfatherís pacemaker surgery went well and my dad says he looks pretty good. His wife is suffering from Alzheimerís, though, so between her problems and his they are having some difficulty adjusting. Add to that my grandfather being a general pain in the butt, and they could use some prayers. Thanks for all your concern and prayers.

Veda started occasionally stuttering the other day. I was teasing saying she sounded like Foghorn Leghorn. I thought it was one of those things that would pass, but the last few days itís actually getting worse. Itís really weird. She never did it before but now just about every time she speaks she stutters over her words, sometimes pretty badly. The Mrs. looked it up on the web (on one of her sources for work) that said this sometimes happens with kids usually starting between the ages of 18 months and a year. The majority grows out of it and thereís no problem unless it stays with them past age five. Of course, my first thought goes right to brain tumor or something. Anyway, have any of you all experienced or heard of this?

Oh, and BOO, I forgot to comment on your post yesterday about your experiences the night before rehab. It may just be nerves or anxiety, but I believe that your work to help those girls is so offensive to the enemy that he will do what he can to stop you. I believe that Satan is a real being who works in this world to thwart the Kingdom of Heaven. The love you are showing those girlsówhether or not they respondóis furthering the kingdom all the time. Remember every day to put on the full armor of God. Youíre on the front line, baby.

Ditto the concern about HOMEMAKER. And APB for STERLING while I'm at it. Good to hear from you again, TOM.

Take care all. Talk to you at lunch.