August 22, 2008 - Msg 65458: You all have a great weekend. Save the swing for me...


August 22, 2008 - Msg 65459: Guess that sweep makes the start of the weekend official!


August 22, 2008 - Msg 65460:
Possum- I remember that song, and i have read that it is by the only band that wasnt a real band, just comic characters.
REV- That MT gets all his edukashun from Pink Floyd! ha
oops, gotta go for now, more later.

August 22, 2008 - Msg 65461: Exactly, is the baby sleeping in the backseat in a car seat that is at risk. I read a story a couple of years ago about a man who forgot his infant sleeping in the backseat. It was usually mom who dropped the child off at daycare and on this day it was Dad. He completely forgot since it wasn't part of his routine. The child died and I'm sure the dad has never gotten over it. I can only imagine what something like that does to a family. I had a friend whose young son (age 2) developed a heart problem that required a heart transplant. She was married to a man who had 2 children from a previous marriage. When they went to Houston to talk to the experts about putting Taylor (the child) on the transplant list, the experts told them that they needed to think hard about their decision because it would affect their whole family and that most couples with children who have transplants, end up divorced. They chose, of course to go forward with the transplant, which required that my friend move to Houston to be near the transplant hospital and while the child was on all the required meds, he had to stay away from people because his immune system was compromised. They lived this way for many months and my friend's husband couldn't deal with it and left her for another woman. He wouldn't even support her financially. She went through it all alone (with God's help) and a church who cared and helped her, even providing financial support. The child had the transplant and did very well, but my friend told me once that if she had it to do over again, she might not make the same decision because of the devastating effect it had on her family. I think it just uncovered the kind of person her husband really was, but I wasn't in the position to judge, I guess. Hard to understand why a man would do that. He must have been very weak.

Have a great weekend, M-T.

Homemaker, I was just at the grocery store and picked up a few packets of KoolAid. I bought the lemon and mixed it with water in an empty shampoo container. I will have her rinse her hair with it after she shampoos with the paul mitchell each time. THAT should keep those critters at bay. It is strange because the bugs that she has now are a totally different kind than she had the first time. These are bigger, and a reddish-brown color. The last ones were kind of transparent with black and gray. Really creepy! As I was combing her hair with the nit comb, I saw alot more dead lice than I thought she had, and yes, Romee, I have kept her away from her friend since I found that she had them. I am just glad I discovered this case before next week because I would have had to keep her out of school to treat them!

Speaking of Pink Floyd, MDC, have you seen the T-shirt with Floyd on the front? He is painted pink and the caption under the picture reads "Pink Floyd", of course. haha I saw it on Ebay.


August 22, 2008 - Msg 65462:
Good sweep M-T!
You are quite a guy. I bet you have 12 extra hands, wear a shiney hat, and can make smoke come out your ears! haha
Well, you all have a great weekend. I will prayer for the whole porch at preachin'. I hear that Dr Breen is guest speaking.
God bless,

August 22, 2008 - Msg 65463:
Oh Boo, yes, I have seen it and actually bought it for my brother last Christmas. He loves it!
Easy there asa! haha

August 22, 2008 - Msg 65464: Hey Ro, yeah, I could probably jet over there, if she wanted us to come back with no house to go home to. And trust me, I don't think she would be thinking about my gallantry if something like that happened.
It is all I can do now to keep us up to date with the mortgage payments, and already delaying some of the other bills each month, making them bigger. She already took out a loan to pay for some of this trip, so we also have to pay that back.
So that would be quite a big bullet to bite.
She has quite a short memory where my good deeds are concerned.

-Sterling Holobyte

August 22, 2008 - Msg 65465: Evening Family:
Just taking a cat nap before heading back to work for the 10-6 shift...then off for the rest of the weekend. AMEN.
Prayers for all the family in the path of FAY.
Sterling- It's hard right now, but tough love means that you have to do the sensible thing. She will reason when her "reasoning skills" return. Grief and stress tend to send them out the window. Our prayers for you.
Have a wonderful weekend. ~New Neighbor

August 22, 2008 - Msg 65466: auh20 & ASA, Me-They. Sterling and a few more: You could not be a man in my world..You Could Not!!1 ROMEENA: You hate..and you talk about someones who says this is the way it should be by the power of God! Look at yourself ROMEEENA: I have said more than one goodbye's I know It threatens your power over the PORCH...

August 22, 2008 - Msg 65467: N.N. Don't you be working so hard dear. You need to slow down and take it easy. Ya hear?

Sterling, Prayers for you friend. Your wife is under a lot of stress right now. But you know that. Be patient and do the right thing. (hey, I sound like Dr. Laura)

Now folks, I guess it's time to invoke the big freeze here. As tempted as I am to respond to an attack on a friend I will refrain and wish the offender a happy life, and urge whoever they may be to seek some help. Enough said!


August 22, 2008 - Msg 65468: Thanks, Asa. Pathetic, isn't it? Oh, and thanks for the white tiger email. What a beautiful creature!

Sterling, you're right, of course. Going deeply into debt at this time wouldn't be the thing to do, especially since there's really nothing to be done over there. You can phone your wife and offer your support that way, as you've been doing. I know you'd like to go, but you're right to stay here. Like New Neighbor said, she'll be okay about it when she gets home and has time to think and reason with herself. Hang in there!

Little Starr is still favoring her left foreleg a bit. I can't tell if it's the foot or the leg that hurts, but she does lick at her foot a lot. I've checked it, can't see a thing wrong, and she doesn't object to my touching it. I can't figure it out, unless she hurt it jumping off the ottoman or something. I don't let her jump off the bed, but that's easy to control because she can't get up there by herself, so I'm always present when she's on it. Chairs and sofas, however, are another story, and good luck keeping her off them. I haven't taken her to the vet because it's much better than it was, but she still looks so pitiful when she stands and holds that one little paw up in the air. Naturally, she milks it for all it's worth!

Well, guess I'll go cuddle her for a while. Pitiful puppies get lots of cuddles. Blessings, everyone. --Romeena

August 22, 2008 - Msg 65469: Oh, brother.
- Hazel

August 22, 2008 - Msg 65470: (that was in response to the pathetic posts, not anybody elses.)
- Hazel again

August 22, 2008 - Msg 65471: I agree with Asa, though maybe we should also say a prayer for them. Hey, it can't hurt.

Thanks again for the prayers for my wife. I talked to her tonight, and she just sounded rather depressed, understandably.

Hey Hazel. Nice to see you.

-Sterling Holobyte

August 23, 2008 - Msg 65472:
Hey Folks

Heartfelt and honest prayers for you. And, now we are done.

Romeena-You're the best!

Hazel-Sterling is right, it is always nice to see you.

M-T I read my first comic, and only, book when I was about 39. It was a "Toy Story" comic and I read it to my daughter. I did love the "Green Hornet" on TV. That Kato was pretty cool I thought.

Been a busy couple of days, wanted to say more but I'll spare you folks. Plus, I can't keep my eyes open.

Night all,


August 23, 2008 - Msg 65473: To #65466 - not real sure what your deal is but this is a Citizen's Arrest. . .I fine you at least $30 for imitating a person and an apology for all those you are attempting to chastise. Shame on you for bringing naughty words on the porch.


August 23, 2008 - Msg 65474: I really feel for your wife, Sterling. She must be going through alot right now. It's too bad you have to be seperated at a time like this. She is probably missing you and Kai very much. God be with her and get her through this. I will be praying for you and your family, especially for God's blessing in your marriage and finances. Hang in there, "this too shall pass". Remember to cast your care on the Lord, for he cares for you more than you can even imagine. Keep those good thoughts and throw out the bad ones.

Prayers for little Starr's foot, too. Hope she is good as new soon.

Hey there Hazel, I would love to see a nice, long post from you soon. You always make me laugh.

The youth lock-in was fairly painless and we were home by 12am. It was decided that we would not keep the kids all night due to school starting on Monday here.

Well, I should have been asleep a long time ago but drank Dr. Pepper and the caffeine is keeping me awake!

Goodnight to everyone...God bless you all.


August 23, 2008 - Msg 65475: Oh, and remember the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God." and "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."


August 23, 2008 - Msg 65476: Sad,ain't it? Just think how mixed up and miserable you must be to get your 'jollies" by attacking people with nasty words and messages.

Sticks and stones,Porchsters,sticks and stones..

To Ro and the Men of the Porch: I love y'all.

possum under a rock

P.S. Sterling,I believe you're doing the right (albeit hard) thing. Hang in their friend.

August 23, 2008 - Msg 65477: Make that "Hang in THERE friend."

possum again

August 23, 2008 - Msg 65478: Thanks Boo. I am glad your lock-in went ok.

Thanks Possum.

-Sterling Holobyte

August 23, 2008 - Msg 65479:

Morning Porch

Joe Biden, I don't agree with him on nearly any position but it is nice to see a pro-American Democrat again. I think a problem may be the he makes Obama look even smaller. However, I think it's a good pick for him and the country if Obama wins.

possum-Thanks for your words of encouragement. I think he may have a bipolar situation going on. I bet he's saddened that he lashed out like a child and pushed himself into a corner. Kinda reminds me of when the "judge" blew through a couple of years ago. I do feel sorry for him and maybe someday... well, we're all Christians here and forgiveness is in us all.


August 23, 2008 - Msg 65480: Ok, Porch, here's the deal~I have been trying to catch up on the archives I am so far behind on. As I'm reading through the days, I see more & more "mean" posts coming across, more than once I've seen others trying to lighten up & be civil, only to see the same people come back with a nasty comment yet again. So, I went on a search to find out who our anonymous poster/Keen Observer is. I found what I was looking for while searching the page source in the archives. So, Redcrested Lakeloon aka Red aka Keen Observer, if you are going to make nasty comments & even resort to name calling, & don't want to sign your name, that's fine, we know who you are now, go right ahead. I for one do NOT appreciate you coming on here saying the things you have said to Romeena, auh2o, Asa, Me-They, Sterling & others as you put it. Your words are totally un-called for!! So, you're out, sign or don't sign, but now at least these folks know the coward is that can run her mouth, but isn't woman enough to sign her name!!
Go to the April 10th archives, you'll find some of the first postings Red made from the same IP address the nasty posts are coming from now. I'm ready & waiting for me to be called something now, so as we say in TN~"Wear it out, Red!"
Now, think I'll have another cup of coffee, finish reading the archives & come back to answer questions or comment on things I want to comment on.
I'll be back in a bit. Hopefully in a better spirit.

August 23, 2008 - Msg 65481: I also want to say to the rest of the porch, I'm sorry for not giving the "big freeze" like I normally do, but when I feel someone that I dearly care for is being attacked, I HAVE to say something! And I DO NOT appreciate the trash that has been posted on the porch one bit! I'll do my best to "simmer down", but enough is enough!

August 23, 2008 - Msg 65482: Yes, forgiveness is a wonderful thing.

Auh2o, I am glad to hear what you have to say about Joe Biden because I don't know a thing about him other than he is a Democrat. I have been watching part of the Saddleback forum interviews on YouTube and there is certainly a big difference between Obama and McCain, in their views on moral issues. I also heard a very good talk show on my drive to Houston, about illegal immigration and learned some things I didn't about a mess! I didn't realize that there are no laws to make illegals legal. They told about a 17 yr old young man who has been in this country since he was 3 months old, only speaks English, and is just as "American" as anyone. Well, he was not able to get a driver's license and was pulled over while driving. He was arrested and sent back to Mexico, where he had no place to live, no relatives, etc. His only option would be to hop the border once he gets there. Even if he were able to apply for citizenship, the waiting list is so long it would take 20 years. So, in the meanwhile you have millions of illegals living and working in this country who have no way to become naturalized because they came in through illegal channels. There are many good, hard-working families in this group of folks and many came here as small children and are now adults. How can we just expect to send all of these folks back to Mexico (even if it were possible). It's quite a problem. The whole system needs to be reconstructed.

You're welcome, Sterling. Hope things get easier for you soon.

I hope SPOT is having a good time camping and not getting rained out.

Well, the coffee is gone. Talk to you all later.


August 23, 2008 - Msg 65483: Oh Hey there, Mavis, you slipped in on me. It's been way too long since we heard from you. Tell us what has been going on in your life. Did you get the house you were aiming for? How is Dear Mr. Neff...still the perfect husband (I hope)?


August 23, 2008 - Msg 65484: Good morning, all. Mavis, sometimes it just gets to be too much, doesn't it? One good thing about people like that, though - they make us appreciate the nice folks a whole lot more!

Boo, you're so right. The laws are all twisted, punitive in some areas, and largely ineffective. I'm not smart enough to have answers, but I can certainly see that some changes are needed. Tne young man you mentioned obviously merited some special consideration, though I have to say that if he didn't have a license, he shouldn't have been driving. He asked for trouble, and he got it. Inconvenient as it would be to refrain from driving, the law is clear. No license, don't drive. We recently had a little family wiped out here in the Metroplex because an unlicensed illegal immigrant ran a red light and T-boned their van. We also had another tragic wreck here, lives lost, when an unlicensed teenaged American citizen did pretty much the same thing. Citizen or illegal, it's the same law - no license, don't drive. Whether you're hit by an illegal immigrant or an American citizen, it doesn't matter - you can be just as dead either way.

There are two kinds of unlicensed drivers. Those who have never gotten a license - they're bad enough. No one has yet confirmed that they know how to drive and have any level of good judgment. The other kind, though, is the worst. That's the previously licensed driver who has had their license revoked. If they lost their license, there was a reason, for pete's sake! Speeding, driving drunk, reckless driving, whatever - in some way they obviously demonstrated that they weren't competent or responsible drivers. Yet they get back in their cars and drive without a license, and sadly, there's just not much done about it. I think a year or so in the pokey might be a good start. No license - don't drive. How hard is that to understand? Hmmm. I think I feel a blog coming on.

Well, guess I'll go put some vinegar on some nutgrass out back. That miserable stuff crops up like sin - just can't seem to get rid of it. That was last night's blog, by the way.

Be blessed, everyone! --Romeena

August 23, 2008 - Msg 65485: Ok, I'm back & finally finished reading the archives. Took forever, guess that's what I get for staying away so long. So, get ready for a long post....:)
First things first, Sterling I'm sorry to hear of your Father-in-Law, prayers your way friend, & I do agree you need to be the voice of reason right now, even though it's hard to do.
Now to catch up on what I missed:
Asa that pet nail grinder you were asking about is nothing but a glorified Dremel tool. It does work, IF you get the dog used to having it's nails ground. I grind the nails on all my dogs, but most of them have been having it done since they were babies so they are used to it. With that said, they still don't sit still like those dogs do on the commercial! Wish they would. But if you want to get one to use, they do work, but you have to work at it as well, & get a Dremel instead, it's much cheaper & the replacement sanding bands are cheaper too.
Me-They your story about that vegetarian sushi just about made me spit my coffee all over the keyboard! I'm sorry you had to experience that, but as my Mother used to say, live & learn. Did you learn anything from that experience?? HA Also, you were talking about your pet peeves one of mine is driving by a gas station & seeing the # 8 upside down on the price board! Drives me crazy! I've been known to let them know about it when I pay for gas, not that it does any good.
auh2o you just had to bring up that Redskins/Raiders Superbowl didn't you? You just couldn't help yourself could you?? ;)
Lucy you asked if my son was still living with us, yes he is & I'm way past ready for them (one of his friends moved here with him) to move out! Those boys are driving me crazy with their hours, both of them work & both of them work the closing shift! He never went to college, is supposed to be heading for the service this Nov. maybe that will make him mature some. Was I that bad at 20 years old?? My poor mother!
Spot you mean yer camping while the Bristol Night race is going on?? I wish I was there on the lake with you guys instead of here in Bristol with all these people! You asked what kind of vehicle folks were driving, I drive a 1999 Chevy Blazer that belonged to my mother, & surprisingly, it gets pretty good gas mileage for what it is. Mr Neff drives a 1991 Chevy S-10 4 wheel drive.
Tom I haven't forgotten about your gum wrappers, the store I normally get the gum from has cut back on what they are stocking now & I can't get as many at a time now.
Boo you were talking about that Christmas Park, sounds alot like Tweetsie Railroad in this area. Lots of neat things & like a big carnival set on the side of a mountain. Also, you were talking about ordering the ACE program for your homeschooling, that is a great program! I had forgotten about it, but when I was in high school that's what our school used. I loved it & the way it was set up, everyone could go at their own pace. My favorite was Biology, hated any of the math though. I think Sean will do well with it.
Now for the news around here. We are still working on getting the house, the hold up was with the finance guy, he didn't bother to tell us right after we got everything to him he was going to be off work for 2 weeks, so as of yesterday, things are rolling again. He is emailing a letter stating the funds are there so we can make an offer, hopefully that will be done first of the week. I don't know how much longer I can take this neighborhood before I start knocking the neighbors & their children in the heads! Just yesterday, I was in my shop grooming a dog & my dogs were really raising cain that the door, I went out to check & there were 3 kids next door, throwing apples at the motorhome, the house & the dogs in the yard. Course when they saw me they took off like scalded cats. I also have a door bell at my grooming shop door that's shaped like a dog paw & when you push the paw, it barks instead of rings, last night they were playing the ring the bell & run trick half the night. Needless to say when the barking doorbell starts, the dogs in the house take off for the door thinking someone is there, it finally stopped around 1am when I got the screwdriver out & took the paw down! Little Monsters these kids are! I'm not even going to get started on the skateboarding bunch on the other side of the house, my blood pressure is up enough today! Suffice it to say, I am MORE THAN READY to move!
Now that I've written a book for you today, I'm going to check my emails & think about cleaning the carpets here today.
Prayers, hugs & good thoughts to all of you!

August 23, 2008 - Msg 65486: Didn't see you there Romeena hope I didn't rock on yer toes. And yes, sometimes it does get to be too much & the Merle Haggard side of me comes out! HA
As for the revoked licenses, you are right for the most part I for one have had my license revoked & it had nothing whatsoever to do with my driving abilities! Remember when Feather, my Bull Terrier, fell out of the car window in D.C. & was lost overnight & animal control found her? Well anyway, I went to get her out of "jail" (thankful that she was alive) paid the fines for her running loose (like it was intentional, right) & proceeded to explain to them, she was 4 months old & in my county in SW VA they don't vaccinate for Rabies until they are 6 months old, in Fairfax Co. where she was "locked up" they are vaccinated at 4 months. They wrote me a ticket for her not having her shot & told me if I had my vet fax over to them that it is not required where I lived until 6 months, (which he did) she would not proceed with it. Well, a full 2 years later, I got stopped in a road block & got a ticket for driving on a revoked license!! I was floored! Seems she sent the ticket through anyway & I didn't pay the fine, obviously because I didn't know about it, & they revoked my license! $200 later, I have my license back, but what I am trying to say is, sometimes it's not necessarily your driving abilities that are the problem.
Be warned, don't let yer dog get in trouble in VA! HA

August 23, 2008 - Msg 65487: I hear ya, Romeena. I get so frustrated with Nathan and Josh's mom (and with the law around here). Their mom lost her license for driving while intoxicated, which resulted in a night in jail and fine that she never paid. Well, she continued to drive anyway and was pulled over for speeding, found to be without a license again and the car was impounded and another fine imposed (which she will not pay, same as last time). She came up with the hundreds of dollars to get the car out and is driving again...just like nothing happened. I don't get it. Why would they allow a person like that to just walk away and get behind the wheel again. She still drinks and likely drives that way. I don't understand why she didn't just pay off the intitial fine and get her license back instead of taking the chance and driving with out it. Now one of her boys is about to get his driver's permit and she will be letting him drive with her in the car. What I am wondering is this; if he gets his permit (which states that he must drive only with a licensed driver), and he gets stopped by a cop who finds out that mom doesn't have a license, will the boy be penalized for it and lose his chance to get a license until he is 18? I fear that, once again, the boys will be the ones to suffer from their parent's irresponsibilty.

Sounds like some neighborhood, Mavis. Good luck with the house!

Have to run to town to get a birthday present for my MIL...


August 23, 2008 - Msg 65488: Mavis for President!

Love ya girl!
possum under a rock

August 23, 2008 - Msg 65489: MAVIS git me vote for president.


August 23, 2008 - Msg 65490: Boo it is some neighborhood to say the least, I've never been cut out for life in town anyway, now I KNOW I'm not! You asked about Mr. Neff earlier & yes he is still the most awesome man! I am one lucky woman & I thank God for him everyday! Thanks for asking.
Thank you possum I'm not cut out for that job, but hey, at least I admit it! HA

August 23, 2008 - Msg 65491: Didn't see you there Tom reckon I need to get some glasses? But thank you for your vote, I appreciate it!

August 23, 2008 - Msg 65492: Hey, all. Mavis, you're absolutely right, of course. There can definitely be extenuating circumstances with regard to a revoked license. I guess I was just thinking of moving violations - speeding, wrecks, drunk driving, such as that. I never even knew you could have your license revoked for a situation such as you described. What a mess! I'll bet you were fit to be tied. I'd have been pretty mad, to say the least. Oh, and you get my vote for Prez, too. --Romeena

August 23, 2008 - Msg 65493: Oh, and I think my "year in the pokey" should be reserved for those who continue to drive after their license has been revoked for a reason that compromises safety, not some stupid piddly thing like your situation. --Romeena

August 23, 2008 - Msg 65494: GO MAVIS!!! Tell them what ya feel. Don't hold back, (just makes ya jittry).
Had a LONG day at work, short nap, so best I not get started on the posts that I hope Floyd will edit.
Ro- are you off this weekend? If you are, be thankful. Down swing from the full moon is reaping havoc at work! (Talk about loons)
Well, best get supper started. Think we'll try that meatloaf with sourcream. yum, sounds too good to let go by.
Have a Blessed Sabbath everyone. ~New Neighbor

August 23, 2008 - Msg 65495: Ro- I meant to tell you- yesterday while driving home from the neighbors, a doe jumped out in front of me (we live on a practically dirt road)so I stopped and watched.Following her was a WHITE fawn with a few brown spots. They are living in our woods, so I am going to try to get Opie to get some pics for your album! I was so in shock I couldn't think to get my cell phone and take a picture. ok. calm now! ~New Neighobr

August 23, 2008 - Msg 65496: How cool New Neighbor about that white fawn, I bet it's beautiful! Ro I know what you were saying about folks driving that ought not be driving, I feel the same way as you do, especially about drunk driving.
I thought about cleaning the carpets today, but I just let that thought slide on by. ha, will have to get busy on them soon tho, just not today. I'm waiting on the race to start, it won't be long now, I have been hearing the helicopter fly over for the past hour, giving traffic reports & such. Heard the fly over aircraft go over the house last night, not sure what they will have tonight, but I plan to be outside to see them when they do fly over. Anyways, gonna go play with the puppy outside for a while, he's been very good today while I've been cleaning, only barked at the vacuum cleaner a couple of times.
More later, Lord willing & the creeks don't rise

August 23, 2008 - Msg 65497: Been a long day! Had to go to town to shop and wow, it was like the Christmas shopping season...folks getting ready for back to school, I guess.

I am pretty tuckered out so I guess I will shower and get Erin ready for to you later,

Hey there TOM, hope things will start looking up for you soon.


August 23, 2008 - Msg 65498: Good evening, all. Yep, New Neighbor, I'm off until Monday night, thank goodness. I know every bat in the metroplex will be flying into the ED. Unsettled weather will do that. I worked Wednesday night, and it was already building up. With any luck, things will settle a bit by Monday night. Now, about that white fawn!! Girl, what a gift you were given! I sure hope you can get some pictures for us. If you do, send them to me and I'll put them in the album for sure. What a wonderful thing to witness.

Well, I'm off to watch a little TV, and then to bed. Preachin' comes early in the morning. No nap tomorrow either, as it's my grandson's fifth birthday, and I'll be going out there in the afternoon. Batman will be there! Can you believe it? Whatever happened to cake and Kool-Aid and Pin the Tail on the Donkey?

Blessings, friends. --Romeena

August 23, 2008 - Msg 65499: I know what happened to's on my child's head.

G'night and God bless!


August 24, 2008 - Msg 65500: Hahahaha! Boo, you are too much! --Romeena

August 24, 2008 - Msg 65501:
Jumping jelly beans! Batman!! That's too cool! POW! BANG! All we ever have is beef-on-weck and a few side salads, which I love. But, Batman, now that's a party. Have fun Romeena.

Mavis-Thanks for having our back. I'm not so sure I wouldn't rather have you as Secretary of Defense.

Boo-I'm not saying I would have picked Biden, not by a long shot, but I do get the sense that he loves his country (maybe even more than he loves himself, which is a lot) and it puts the Clintons even further in the rearview mirror, always a good thing.


August 24, 2008 - Msg 65502: ROMEENA is a mean women!!!

August 24, 2008 - Msg 65503: Good morning, friends! It's beautiful here today, not sure what happened to the rain that was predicted, but it didn't arrive. I'm looking forward to getting to preaching this morning - due to my work schedule, I've missed the last couple of weeks, and I hate to do that.

I hope everyone is doing well this morning. Sterling, how are things at your house? I pray that your wife will realize that you're doing the right thing, actually the only thing, you can do. Surely she will, when she gets home and thinks about it.

Off I go! I probably won't see you until tonight, after the birthday party. Imagine - Batman! Isn't that hilarious? I'll tell you all about it later. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

August 24, 2008 - Msg 65504: ROMEENA is a meaningful woman. I'm sure that's what you meant to say.

Good Sabbath everyone. Hope your day is a good one. Sure been hot on my porch. Gonna be pushing three digits again today. But I don't mind it. Beats single digits any day.

Mavis, so good to see you posting. Thanks for the response to my question about the claw grinder. I have a Dremel and had not even thought about using that on Barney. I'll introduce him to it later today.

Auh2o, Biden huh? He always reminded me of an attack dog. Why just last year he was attacking Obama commenting on his lack of experience and how the Oval office was no place for on the job training. Ha! I'm sure he didn't mean it.

Well best get off to preachin.


August 24, 2008 - Msg 65505: Ha! Asa, you are a caution! And Mavis, I'd like to thank you too, for suggesting a Dremel instead of that pricey claw grinder. I don't have one, but will get one. Even if Starr won't permit it, I'll have it to use for other things. The only advantage I can see to the Peticure thing is that it has a guard - you have to stick the claw through that little hole, which would prevent accidentally grinding the toe, but I think at least in Starr's case, with her tiny foot, I can hold her foot so that only the claw is sticking out. If I grind anything else, it will be my own fingers!

That cute little chameleon is outside my window again, climbing around in a shrub. I wouldn't have seen him, except he was moving twigs as he crawled along, and the movement caught my eye. I really had to look hard to see him, because right now he's exactly the color of the leaves. I just think that's amazing, the way they can change colors. God provides, doesn't He?

Well, I must finish wrapping grandson's birthday gifts, get the car loaded and go pick up the other grandparents. We try not to take two cars when we go out to my son's house. It's about thirty miles, and that's a lot of gasoline.

Have a lovely Sabbath, everyone. --Romeena

August 24, 2008 - Msg 65506: Thanks for your concern, Romeena.
The prayers must be working, as my wife has been in better spirits the last couple of days, and hasn't even mentioned my coming over there.
I think it might get a little tougher for her on Tuesday however, as that is when they will be having the service and putting her dad's ashes in the crypt.

Have fun at your grandson's birthday, and visiting with Batman! ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

August 24, 2008 - Msg 65507: Good Morning Porch! Hope everyone is well this fine day! auh2o you're welcome, I'm not sure about Sec. of Defense, but I hate seeing my friends attacked when they don't deserve it. Not sure why some folks feel the need to do things like that, but it sure gets my hackles up when someone lashes out at folks I care about for no reason other than plain old out & out mean-ness! I'm also not sure why Dud feels like he has to attack Romeena now, perhaps because Me-They won't respond, but Msg #65502 was Dud. By the way, did I read that the leaves are already beginning to turn on your end of the porch?! Wow!
Asa when you start working with Barney & the dremel, get one of his all time favorite treats out (around here we use pieces of hot dog, or peanut butter on a spoon) & give him a bite everytime you start with the dremel. He will be more occupied with that than what you are doing., I mean, he is a Dachshund after all, & they LOVE to eat! And, I'm glad to see you posting more as well.
Boo you should have saved some of the Kool-Aid for the birthday party! ha
Romeena have fun at the party & don't eat too much cake. Is Cat Woman going to be there? Also, as for little Starr & the dremel, same for her, treats, treats, treats. But also, since she has long hair on her feet, be careful not to let it get caught in the ends or it will catch & rip out her hair, Very painful! One thing you can do for her, take an old pair of cheap panty hose or a piece of cheese cloth, wrap her paw & push the nails through the cloth so that the hair is no where near the dremel, then it won't get caught.
I did get to see the fly over last night for the race, but not sure what they were, hubby says either F-15's or F-18's, hard to tell when they are that high up, but it was cool, they were well over & past our house before I even began to hear them! Oh, and my Redskins managed to really stink the joint up last night against the Carolina Panthers in pre-season 44-3 can you believe that?? (don't answer that Asa)
Anyway, I'm off here for a bit, I have to make reservations for our Oct. vacation, we are going to the Bull Terrier nationals in Orlando, FL, but we are going to head out a little early & spend 3 days in St. Augustine, FL! I can't wait, I have always wanted to see the lighthouse there, now I have a chance!
Blessings to all my porch family!

August 24, 2008 - Msg 65508: Didn't see you there Sterling, glad to hear your wife is doing better. Still saying prayers for her here & I'll be sure to say an extra one on Tues. BTW~what's up with the baby robins? Are they there?

August 24, 2008 - Msg 65509: Thanks Mavis. Appreciate the prayers.
About the robins, I did take a lawn chair over there and looked inside the nest, and there was nada. No egg shells even. But there was also no feathers or parts of bird around either, so that makes me think if there were baby birds in there at one time, they made it out safely. I hope anyway.

-Sterling Holobyte

August 24, 2008 - Msg 65510: Well gang Im back!..great trip..caught a cooler full of catfish sat night!..had to go to the dollar store and get a couple of long sleeve shirts for the night fishing!..Lucy we were at Allatoona! rain just overcast but that was good sleeping weather...thanks for your prayers..hey Tom,brother Rev,mavis, meatloaf friend possum!..hey M-T,auh20,sterling,opiemom "Mavis for president?"..I will have to go back and read some!;)..hey Asa...Boo we had a great time...well gang its good to be home and loved...Let me get this camper parked before these storms...peace and love and prayers...I will be back in just a bit!..Maude you and hazel and who ever else cooked thanks!...but we will have to have a catfish fry soon!...Romeena will get pics to you hun!.....signed"SPOT the"catfish catching?" dog of your porch!...

August 24, 2008 - Msg 65511: did jack teagarden (the trombone player) ever appear in any episode?

August 24, 2008 - Msg 65512:
65511- I'm afraid i don't know the answer to that, maybe someone else here does and can answer for you.

August 24, 2008 - Msg 65513:
Hey, y'all. I hope Floyd gets back soon, but I am quite sure that he is at mayberry days.
But, like I said earlier,I hate long goodbyes, and also I am sure that the watchful eyes of the Illuminati and the Tri-Lateral Commission are taking it all in. haha
Ah, what a nice Sunday afternoon here, only 105 and 20% humid.
God bless, prayers for all,

August 24, 2008 - Msg 65514: # 65511, apparently Jack Teagarden played a guest role as a counsel memeber in "Sheriff Barney". Your question made me curious, so I did a search, and sure enough, he did have a guest spot on TAGS. Interesting!
- Hazel

August 24, 2008 - Msg 65515:
Hello porch family....I've had a problem getting on the porch for the last day or so. Don't know the problem but thankfully I'm back on now.

I've got a lot of archives to read so I'm gonna go read and catch up on all the info.

Welcome back Spot.....Let's have a big catfish fry.

Mavis....wild ending at Bristol.

You all have a blessed night and prayers for all the porch family.

August 25, 2008 - Msg 65516: Hahahaha! MDC, you are too much. Very funny - I love it!

Well, Batman came to the birthday party, and it was really fun. The guy was great, stayed in character, and played those kids like violins. His experience was evident. When he arrived, he punched the doorbell, then burst in, carrying a boombox playing appropriate Batman music, also an armload of long skinny balloons, and was pulling a Batman-motif wheeled carryon bag. You cannot imagine what all he produced from that bag during his hour with us. Yes, the man kept the kids spellbound, entertained and frequently in motion for a full hour. He wore them out! His smile never slipped, he did some sleight-of-hand work, and could make anything from a hat to a sword to a flower out of the balloons. Each child got two balloon toys, and he painted each little face. There were seven kids there, counting my two grandsons. Then he got a "call" on his Bat Radio, learned that the bad guys were invading Gotham City, and he had to leave. The kids wanted to see the Batmobile, and he said they could, but he warned them that his cloaking device was activated, so it would just look like a minivan! This energetic, athletic, talented and very entertaining young man did all that for $75. A bargain, if you ask me.

Mavis, thanks for the warning about catching Starr's hair in the Dremel. I've never used one, and probably would not have thought of that. Poor puppy! I like the idea of a piece of old panty hose to hold the hair back - that should work nicely.

Well, TAGS is on TV Land, guess I'll go watch. Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

August 25, 2008 - Msg 65517: Only 75 dollars to entertain the kids for an hour? Sounds like a good deal to me, Ro. Glad you all had a good time.

Good to see you, REV, as always.

I was wondering what a Dremel tool was and happened to come across a video on Youtube of a guy using a Dremel to trim the top of his Christmas tree! I know what one looks like, anyway.

Glad things are a little easier in your situation, Sterling.

Welcome back, SPOT! Sounds like you had a good time.

"Hey" to ASA, Mavis and Hazel.

Today is the first day of school here so it should be an interesting morning getting those kids up and moving. Better (snap) GET TO IT! (That was my Bloody Mary the warden immitation).


August 25, 2008 - Msg 65518: That sounds like so much fun Romeena I never did any of that kind of stuff for Jake when he was little, everyone charged WAY too much for it. Too bad that guy wasn't around when Jake was little. I'm glad the kids had a good time & no one foundered on cake. ;)
Hey Boo, do you shop on eBay? I buy my soap on there & while I was looking at that, I found an all natural head lice kit. If your interested, give me a shout.
Rev I missed the end of the race, but I was surprised to see that Carl Edwards won after watching Kyle Busch lead most of the night.
Hey to Hazel & MDC!
Off to work for a while. If I get a break in between dogs, I'll holler back.

August 25, 2008 - Msg 65519: Good morning everyone. It (finally) looks like rain here. We surely need it.

MAVIS: Great to hear from you!

This message is mainly for DUD. I checked in a few times over the weekend and really didnít know what to say, so I didnít say anything. Now Iím ready.

First, DUD, I want to thank you. (Bet you didnít see that coming.) Although I didnít necessarily care for how you did it, you did point out to me, and made me think hard, about my attitude. I enjoy being a scamp, but sometimes my responses and retorts have been more obnoxious than funny. So, you have my appreciation for making me take stock of myself. Iím trying to reach a little higher now.

Second, Iím not going to respond to your recent comments. Iím going to try that whole turning the other cheek and forgiving 70x7 things Iíve heard so much about. Iíve tried to apologize to you, DUD. I meant it sincerely. Still do. But nothing I can say seems to satisfy you, and thereís really nothing left for me to try. I canít make you accept my apology and move on.

DUD, I hope that you can reflect for a minute and recall all the good and pleasant conversations you had on the porch. Heck, I recall you had some lip-smacking talks about food and what-not with ROMEENA. I also hope that you will finally accept this apology and stop the bitter comments. Iíll bet that if you would do the same for your part in this mess youíd find a crowd more than willing to forgive as well.

This may be your last chance. FLOYD, the administrator of this site, will return soon and wade through the recent discussions. If history is any indication, he likely will block you from posting on this site. I, for one, hope that doesnít happen. Iíd much rather but this all behind and continue on as porch friends, perhaps a little wiser. Or, if youíd rather, part ways on friendly terms.

KEEN OBSERVER/LAKE LOON: Same goes for you, friend. Lesson: never step in a wet moulage ;).

Like I said, Iíve done all I can do. And now Iíve said all that Iím going to say. God bless.


August 25, 2008 - Msg 65520: Dremel tools rock!


August 25, 2008 - Msg 65521: Good morning, honeys and dears! Yes, $75 for an hour of really exciting fun for the kids seemed reasonable enough to me. Of course, compared to the birthday parties of my childhood, it was a mite expensive, but that's like comparing apples to oranges. When I was a kid, Mom baked a cake or cupcakes, and as I said earlier, made a pitcher of Kool-Aid. Everyone had a tattered old Pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey game around the house, and if not, you could buy one for under a dollar. If the weather permitted, everyone played in the back yard - tag or hide and seek or whatever. That was about the extent of the entertainment.

Things have changed now, though. There's a lot more pressure to provide something imaginative and different. It was starting back when my own kids were small, but about all you could get to come to your home in those days was a cheesy clown, who usually smelled of cigars, who would come in for a while and entertain. That period was the beginning of the little amusement parks and the pizza houses that catered to children's parties. I think Chuck E. Cheese started about then.

I remember we had a place called PennyWhistle Park over in Dallas. It was in a huge, cavernous building, may have been an aircraft hangar at one time. They served pizza and/or hotdogs, and had a dozen or more little kid-sized rides - a little ferris wheel, a merry-go-round, such as that. The kids loved it, and we had a couple of parties there. Then there was Sandy Lake Park, an outdoor version of the same thing, and the kids liked that too. So whatever the weather, there were options. Today, it's more about having something fancy at home, and believe me, Batman filled the bill yesterday. It seems expensive, but as I recall, the PennyWhistle Park parties cost us about $30-35 back in the early 70s, so $75 now isn't out of line. The biggest problem is - what do you do for an encore if you have more than one kid, and then there's always next year! My DIL is already thinking about what to do for Landry's party next February - he'll be eight! I can't believe it.

Well, gotta run. Several little errands to do. Oh, hey, how about those gas prices? We're down to 3.47 here for regular. I can't believe I'm happy to see 3.47, when I can remember 19 cents, but I am. All things are relative, I guess. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

August 25, 2008 - Msg 65522: Bruce Lee (Cato), too!


August 25, 2008 - Msg 65523: Me-They, you are a prince. A real prince. --Romeena

August 25, 2008 - Msg 65524: Well Hellooo gang!...hey Miss Boo,Mavis can you work a trim in for me?...hey M-T lets take this bunch to cracker barrell for lunch...we will get a couple of those Big tables and slide them together...Maude sneek some slaw in for Rev the races are getting interesting!..Romeena ya sleep good?...hey hazel,possum,Tom,mdc,md,nn,merri?..CHUCK?..well let me get ready for lunch...Asa at least wear sandels....!...back in a bit...prayers...SPOT

August 25, 2008 - Msg 65525: Hey there, Me-T. Hope you had a good weekend. Nice post.

Well, when I was a kids, mom made your favorite dinner and dessert, gave you one present and that was that. I have very fond memories of those times with just me and the family. On Erin's birthday last month, she had a friend spend the night, I made her favorite dinner, we had cake and a few presents and she was ecstatic. Fairly cheap and she had a great time (so did I because I wasn't so stressed out). I highly recommend not over-doing kid's birthdays. I find that often it is just the parents feeling guilty or intimidated and trying to "keep up with the Jones", that causes this insanity of having to spend a fortune to entertain the kids at birthday party. I have a friend like that. Everything has to be perfect, even to the point of her calling and telling people what to buy as gifts. Insanity, not to mention incredibly rude.

Well, Sean's doing well today with his schoolwork (hoorah!).

Better HEAD ON out to check the laundry...


August 25, 2008 - Msg 65526: BOO: The Mrs. and I decided a few years ago that with three kids we couldn't "do it up" every year. (As a kid I had the same birthday experience that you did.) So, we decided we'd mix it up between just us, family parties with grandparents, and kids parties. We mix it up for the three of them, so, at the most, we have one more stressful or costly party a year. Still, we don't overdo and limit the amount we'll spend. They don't feel slighted and we enjoy their birthdays a lot more, too.