August 27, 2008 - Msg 65606:
Oops, i did that wrong, should be
Sorry if you tried it the other way!

August 27, 2008 - Msg 65607:
Wow, I swept Otis and Mrs Wiley right off the porch!! Hope ya didn't land in the spiders!

August 27, 2008 - Msg 65608: hey everybody, hazel's buying lunch! and if I can break into my cash register piggy-bank, I'll take you all out for a chinese supper. we can get rice with little parasols in it!

~Mrs. Wiley

August 27, 2008 - Msg 65609: May I please "ditto" what Me-They said about Chick-Fil-A? That is one classy operation. Food's great, too!

I picked up Subway sandwiches for myself and Joe today - there's one just about half a mile from my house. Their sandwiches are great, but with the exception of the cashier, the employees need to go to Chick-Fil-A's School of Service and Courtesy. It began with the order taker, who also is the first one in the food preparation line. She couldn't speak English! All she could say was "What you want?" I told her - two roast chicken sandwiches. Blank. I pointed to the picture on the poster. She set up one and went to the next customer. I interrupted her and told her I wanted two sandwiches. Blank stare. "Two sandwiches". Blank stare, and "What you want?" Me- "Dos tortas, los dos de pollo." Oh. That did it. Management should be sure the first person on the line at least speaks English, even if they can't smile at the same time. The veggie-adders did their job, but weren't friendly either. The cashier was a doll, very friendly, enthusiastic and pleasant. So - terrible first impression, great final impression. And very good sandwiches. Good peanut butter cookies, too!

Well, I'm ready to settle down with a big glass of tea and rest a while. Got a lot of weeds dealt with, the broken water line is fixed in the rose bed, and Joe has headed for home. It's hot out there, and I'm pooped! I made a quick trip to the local farmer's market, got some fruit, some tomatoes, an avocado and a watermelon, and I'm set for supper. I have a bit of leftover roast, so a slice of that with some horseradish sauce on it, and a bowl of fruit, and I'll eat like royalty! It's too hot for anything heavy anyway.

Be blessed, friends! --Romeena

August 27, 2008 - Msg 65610: Fresh peach cobbler (still warm from the oven) with vanilla ice cream. . .any takers???


August 27, 2008 - Msg 65611: Save me some hm I'm on my way! I love peach cobbler. Don't let Asa eat it all before I get there!

August 27, 2008 - Msg 65612: Hey there Mrs. Wiley! Good to see you! You have been missed, don't stay away so long. Wow, what a day on the porch, like a family rebellion or something! I'm off to try to act like somebody, I just ain't figured out who.

August 27, 2008 - Msg 65613: Hey gang!..hey Mavis..Asa the round of golf was neat..we will have to do it again soon..HM give me a hunk of that cobbler!..any leftovers from supper...I have been busy in the garden and weed eating..hey Mrs Wiley!..TOM,brother Rev yall doing ok?..M-T how are the kids?...Andy and Kelsey are doing just fine..I double tomorrow and Fri and 12 hrs OT sat night...Otis just laying on the front porch with Opie...they are so funny...get along great...well let me use this last bit of daylight the Lord had gave us today...back in just a bit!...peace love and prayers..SPOT

August 27, 2008 - Msg 65614:

Hey, all. Just droppin' in to say Hey.

Otis! Otis Campbell! As I live and breathe. Drop me an email, bud.

Hope all are doing well. We're doing great. I have on my Barney shirt. Felt kinda funny putting it on, though, what with Barn watching and all. He's never been married, you know.


August 27, 2008 - Msg 65615: Oh DES, you're too funny! So glad to see you again. I was worried, it has been so long. Don't be such a stranger. You are the porch sitter that leaves closest to me and I like to keep up with ya.

It's been a good day on the porch!


August 27, 2008 - Msg 65616: uh, I mean "lives", of course....


August 27, 2008 - Msg 65617: Good Evenin' Friends,
I can only visit for a few. That stranger is driving me crazy again, haha. I saw "my" episode again the other day.
Otis- How do you do? Welcome back. Did ya bring any homemade ice cream to share?
Mrs. Wiley- How is everything? How did your daughter's wedding go?
Mavis- I'm so glad to hear that Mr. Neff is the man of your dreams.
Boo- that poem was heartbreaking! Nick tells me stuff all of the time like that from kids at his school. Did you get your Dad's checking account fixed?
Me-They- You don't have to tell me about Chick-fil-A! Every single one that I have visited, and this is their headquarters so that is many, they have all been courteous, friendly, quick, efficient, and gooood.
Spot & Asa- Have fun playing golf! I used to play, but haven't had time in a good while. Bryson and I will probably go to the driving range once it is cool.
Homemaker- Good luck on your job interview! Let us know how it turns out!
Des- Glad you could stop by for a visit. It's so strange, but cool, that all 3 of y'all stopped by the same day!
Tom- Another lovely poem. I hope you are feeling more loved now!
Romeena- Glad to hear Joe is doing better. Little Starr knows quality when she sees it!
Sterling- Keep us up to date on how the Mrs. is doing. I know this cannot help y'alls situation.

I know there are others, but I'm plain tuckered out. I need to get a good nights sleep. Tomorrow I have to help chaperone around 100 5th graders to the Georgia Aquarium!
Y'all have a good evenin' tonight and a happy Mayberry day tomorrow.
~Lucy Matthews

August 27, 2008 - Msg 65618: Hey Des!...Lucy Matthews you and Bryson will go with Asa and I next time on the Links!..hey my friend Boo!..hey sterling,brother Rev,Tom,CHUCK?,possum,auh20,mdc,md,Romeena you working nights any?..I do the next 2..Lucy the Ga Aquarium is SO cool if ya aint never been...Mrs Wiley dont go far ok?...well I will check back in just a bit...Romeena ya got a hunk of that roast left?..Im hungry!...prayers and love ...SPOT

August 27, 2008 - Msg 65619: Hey Folks,

Sorry I missed the fun you had but I've scrubbed down the porch and removed a few messages from the "archives" to keep things friendly.

Otis! Wow! it's great to hear from you. I was thinking about you about two weeks back and started searching around the web for you. Couldn't find hide nor hair of you though. I'm sure glad you dropped by and a I hope you'll visit again sometime soon.

I'm been a visitor here on the porch...I don't even want to think about how long. I don't drop in and visit too often any more because I have so many irons in the fire but I do try and keep up as best I can. Keeping the place running smooth takes most of my time.

Sorry again for not being around, folks, to take care of problems. I should be around for a while so drop me an e-mail if you need me and I'll do my best.

--Floyd (a.k.a. Allan)

August 27, 2008 - Msg 65620:
Hello porch family. Good to see you folks.

Welcome back Otis. Never met you but looking forward to sitting on the porch and chatting with you.

Also so good to see Mrs. Wiley back. Don't stay away so long.

Boo....I'll surly be praying for Keith and Mark.

Tom....sure enjoyed the poem as always. Ro said....I ditto your comment about Chick-Fil-A. The Lord has blessed them for their stand on Christian values.

Spot....keep those lights on. If Ro don't have any roast left, we've got some chicken wings and fries left over.

Well I'm heading off to bed. Prayers for all the porch family. Remember, people may let you down but Jesus will always lift you up.

August 27, 2008 - Msg 65621:
Thanks Floyd for all you do for us. You have given us a place to come and be with friends.
Be blessed buddy.....-REV.

August 27, 2008 - Msg 65622: Floyd you are the best,thanks...Rev late night wing would not be too bad!..and fries too...well will check in before bed...prayers...SPOT

August 27, 2008 - Msg 65623: Thanks REV. Thanks SPOT. I'm off to bed. Lock up the barber shop when you leave. --Floyd

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65624: Good Morning Family:
FINALLY RAIN!! We have needed rain for quite a few weeks. A brown yard isn't very pretty, or soft on my tender tootsies. M-T, are you getting any rain today?
My goodness, somebody shook the bushes and some of our favorite people returned to the porch. Just warms my heart to see folks return and jump right in. (especially after all the messy moulage in the past few weeks) OTIS- welcome back. And MRS WILEY- been a long time since we had a good long visit. Pull up a rocker and sit by me. We have a lot of catching up to do.
Floyd: you're the greatest! Thanks for making the porch a safe place for us.
Since I'm the first one up, homemeade cinnamon rolls, danish, 2 eggs done the way a like 'em, taters, slab of ham and coffee/tea/oj.
Rev- praying for ya.
I'm off today (ASA-no comments from you) so I'll be checking in to visit.
Tom- thanks for the poem. I needed that!
~New Neighbor

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65625: Just checking in this morning. New Neighbor's made a nice breakfast for us. Extry good!
Have a wonderful day porch folks. --Floyd

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65626: Mornin' y'all! Good to see so many folks returning to the Porch- I was just thinking of Mrs Wiley a few days ago and here she is! Hey Des! Hey Otis!

Mornin' Floyd...and THANKS!

Gotta go-heading to PT with Laci in a little while.
P.S. Good luck on the job interview,homemaker.

Y'all take care!
possum under a rock

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65627: I believe I'll sleep a little longer, New Neighbor. Keep my breakfast warm and my coffee simmering.
- Hazel

P.S. Thanks Floyd! You're a Prince!

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65628: Hey Lucy, yes, I took Dad to the bank and he was overdrawn by 200.00 and had no idea why. So...I had them set him up with an online account so I can keep up with everything and even pay his bills (when he will let me). Anyway, I will be able to keep up with it and also one of my brother wanted to send him some financial help and Dad would never hear of it, but this way, we can put money in his account without him knowing it. I think it will work out fine once I sit down and figure out what he is spending. Thanks for asking. Yes, the poem you mentioned is heartbreaking. Last night at church, I was talking to a new church member named Matt. He has a wife and 3 daughters and to look at him, you would think he never had a problem in the world. I am guessing that he is probably 40. Anyway, he was asking me about the girls and I was telling him about Christina cutting herself. He told me that he had been a cutter until he was 30 and he showed me his arms. I had not noticed before but he had deep scars running the length of both forearms. He told me that he used to cut himself to the bone and then go to the vet's office and buy suture kits to sew himself back up. He said he went to church when he was thirty and the pastor was preaching about the demon possesed man who is talked about in the gospels, who would cut himself with stones until Jesus cast the demons out of him. Matt said he though, "Well, if God can do that, he can heal me". He asked the pastor to pray for him and he said he was immediately delivered from it since. He cut himself for 13 years before that. I wanted to cry when he told me. I don't know his whole story, or about what trauma he may have faced in childhood, but I was glad he was open enough to share his story with me because it gave me hope for the girls.

"Hey" my friend, SPOT!

Good to see ya, Floyd!

Thank you for your prayers for Mark and Keith, REV. I got a brief email from Keith letting me know that they arrived safely.

Thanks for the breakfast, NN. Glad you got some rain. We have had plenty of rain this summer and everything is green. Its a nice change for August. Has been hot, though. The heat index was 102 here yesterday.

Be careful with your back, Possum.

Better get Erin up for school..


August 28, 2008 - Msg 65629: Nighty-night Hazel....


August 28, 2008 - Msg 65630: Morning all.
Goodness Hazel, I think I might just eat your breakfast as well as mine cause N.N. is quite a good cook. She can't sing, not a lick, but boy can she cook. (burp)

HM, sorry I missed that peach cobbler. Do it again would you? It's gotta be better than yer meatballs.... don't it? (jk dear) And good luck on the interview.

Possum, is your back doing any better? Are you still walking crooked? Poor thing.

Boo, good for you for taking over your Dad's finances. There are a lot of people out there who prey on older folks like that. Makes my blood boil fast. Bloodsucking vermon is what they are. They can all rot in*#@!. Now you got my jaw muscle working.

Good to see you Floyd. How was Maberry Days? Thanks for all you do.

Lucy, if Ed Sawyer is still warming up to you maybe you should give him a chance. He ain't a bad feller, even though one of his ears sticks out a tad more than the other. Anyone else ever notice that? Check it out the next time it's on.

Well if I'm gonna eat Hazel's breakfast I better get started. She's a light sleeper anyway and I'd hate for her to catch me in the act.


August 28, 2008 - Msg 65631: Don't hold back now, ASA...

Shame on me, but I can't remember who Ed Sawyer is.


August 28, 2008 - Msg 65632: Ed Sawyer was the "Stranger in Town". He knew all about everyone (including Lucy Mathews) but no one knew him.


August 28, 2008 - Msg 65633: Don't you remember we had an Ed Sawyer on the porch for a while. . .wonder what happened to him?

There is some peach cobbler left Asa - you and Mavis will have to split it - I'll cyber it to ya'll!


August 28, 2008 - Msg 65634: Thanks HM. I'll save some for Mavis. She likes to put rootbeer on hers and get all bubbly wubbly.

Yea, I wonder where our Ed Sawyer ran off to.

What's everyone doing for the Holiday weekend? It's supposed to cool off and rain here on Monday. I have to teach a lesson Sunday at Church, so we will be staying at home all weekend.
I just may speak on sin. What do you think?


August 28, 2008 - Msg 65635: Morning gang...NN good breakfast..its the shower for me and work at 2 for 16..possum lets take this bunch to the diner [snappy lunch] for a pork chop sandwich..hey Rev,To,asa you gona eat that cobbler?..0mavis,M-T yall ok?..Lucy tell ed to come eat with us....well see yall at lunch...prayers...see ya my friend Boo....SPOT

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65636: Yes, I remember Ed Sawyer from the porch, but I had forgotten who Ed Sawyer was in TAGS, thanks Asa..

Hey, HM, I saw the new pics on your site. Really nice..that spotted goat with your boys was really something. I have never seen one like that.

Yes Asa, talk about sin...hehe. Bruce and I are dropping the kids off with grandma and going out of town for the weekend since our anniversary is on Spetember 2nd. I told him a couple of weeks ago that we need to do something this years since we both forgot about it last year! Not sure what we are going to do but Bruce really needs to get away. He has been working 60 hours a week for weeks now. The new guy they hired to help him should start on Tuesday, though, which is great news (I hope, anyway). This guys is older and more experienced than the last so it will probably work out well.

I got to play with Baby Emily for awhile this morning. Her mom is going to A&M on Tuesdays and Thursdays and my sister will keep Emily on Thursdays, and I will have her on Tuesdays. She is so cute!

Well, Sean is struggling with his schoolwork today because he forgot to take his meds this morning when I told him to, so I had better go see if I can get him going in the right direction.

Where's Me-They today?


August 28, 2008 - Msg 65637: Oh, see ya, my friend SPOT.


August 28, 2008 - Msg 65638: Aint see nobody much Boo!Sin "now thats always a good subject" Asa!:)...Boo hope Sean gets his lessons ok....dont know where Rev,TOM,M-T,hazel,meatloaf possum,slaw maude...hum...well let me get the grill fried up and that will get them going I bet! bbq pork chops,crilled corn on the cob,purple hull peas,fried okra,fried squash,garlic roasted red taters,texas toast,salsa [that Ro}..and tea,green onions,hot thats south end of the porch meal!...tell-um Lucy!...ok lets see if that gets ya fired up!...ready at 6:30 est..peace-love-prayers....let me get back to work....SPOT

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65639: Just checking in again. RAINING!! AMEN!! Hey M-T, you getting this much needed rain? You're not rusting are ya? Haven't heard from you today...
Sounds like a fine supper SPOT- thanks. Just got the dishes cleaned up from breakfast. Asa was eating everything BUT the dishes! By the way Asa, when have you heard me sing? The local town counsel pays me not to, so you haven't heard it for a year or two. I just always loved that Psalms verse that said "Make a joyful NOISE unto the Lord." I too it to heart.
Evening hellos and love to all.~New Neighbor

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65640:
Boo- have a good time, but for pete's sake,stay away from IHOP! haha
Wow, it's old home week here on the porch.
I better break out some of my best squeezins, and get the boys together for a little bluegrass.
How about a chorus of Old Dan Tucker, followed by the The Mayberry Union High Fight Song!
Sharon Despain and Ramona Wiley will be there, along with Jack Eggbert and Nate Bracey! ha
Prayers for everyone, especially the porch kids as they head back to school.
God bless,

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65641:
Oh, New neighbor, so glad you got the rain!
Floyd--thanks so much for the thorough mopping of the porch. It looks to me like you even sanded and re-finished all the planks. Thanks bro. Sure looks nice as we welcome back all these old timers.

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65642: Hey MDC..NN...supper in 30 min..Asa we will use paper plates so "well feel free to eat all"..a little fiber never hurt anyone ;)...SPOT

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65643: Hey Y'all- it's ol "Meatloaf possum" (thanks for the nickname spot,but it makes me think of homemaker's meatballs! Ha!)checking in. My back is ok,but things have shifted and I'm really sore in my lower left (how can I put this?)hindquarters! I'm using ice and heating pad now,so hopefully it will ease up.
Had a good day with Laci. After therapy,we did some 'schoolwork' and I had her counting plum tomatoes I'd picked from our little garden.It was going good until she started throwing them all over the room!I think I'll stick to flashcards!
Boo,prayers for your friends in Mexico and hoping you don't get hit by Gustav. I see Hanna right behind him and that one's got me concerned. I don't like those "H" hurricanes- will never ever forget getting slammed by Cat 4 Hugo. Unbelievable.What a night.What a storm.
Heading your way for supper spot-sounds as flavorsome as can be!
possum under a rock

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65644: Haha, I can't believe you remembered the IHOP experience, MDC. Thanks for the reminder!

Aw, poor Possum has a sore Putootie. Thanks for those prayers, Possum. I sure hope we don't get hit by Gustav, too. It would be hard to get kids, elderly parents and dogs out of the area!


August 28, 2008 - Msg 65645: Possum, I wish Laci would throw something at me. I ain't had my dinner yet.
- Hazel

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65646: Boo yer a hoot "Possum Putootie"...ha ha..oh-my...thats just too funny...nothing personal possum! laughing out loud..this is our good old porch...glad yall liked a snickers and milk for later...yall watching the convention on the tube?..TOM,Rev,Asa,HM,Romeena,Lucy,auh20,M-T yall check in ok..hazel I will fex-x you some dinner..chops and taters and stuff...and I might throw a ripe tomato!..well back in a bit...possu putootie....hee hee...but all jokes aside my friend possum hope it gets me being a dog guess I have to stop..;)..SPOT

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65647: I just wanted to let y'all know that Bryson and I are heading out of town. I'll post after we get back on Monday. Have a great Labor day!
Boo- Hope y'all don't get evacuated!

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65648: how did I do that?

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65649: test

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65650:

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65651: testtest

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65652: I finally got it Lucy..have a good trip..where is yall at???...SPOT

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65653: Be careful, Lucy.

I am feeling very irritable tonight..the kids are getting to me, I guess. How many of you moms out there get so tired of repeating yourself?! Bruce just got home and it's 9:30. I feel like I am parenting these kids alone and it's getting harder for me. I'm "no spring chicken"....

Hope you caught a tomater, Hazel.


August 28, 2008 - Msg 65654: Hey Hazel now that I laughed out loud & almost spit my milk all over the keyboard~Iveheardenoughaboutthattomato!
Lucy ya'll have fun & be careful, you got your penny that's been mashed by a train?
Spot good supper, as always, but would you please make Asa wait until everyone else is done with their plate BEFORE he starts eatin them? possum sorry your putootie hurts. Did Laci hit you with one of those 'maters & make you jump the wrong way? MDC you are supposed to make Asa wait til everyone is done eatin before he gets squeezins, did you not get the memo about that? NN glad your getting rain, we have had rain for the last 3 days, but I finally saw some blue skys this evening. My fingers are starting to get all pruney we've had so much rain.
Well, I'm off to write in my blog, Romeena & Mrs. Lucy inspired me to get back on mine, so if anyone is so inclined, you can find "Tails" of GroomerAng at www(dot)groomerang(dot)blogspot(dot)com
Later taters, been a long day & this old dawg groomer is one tired puppy.

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65655: Oh & thanks Floyd for cleaning up the porch, do you do winders?

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65656: Didn't see you there Boo what did you say? (sorry I couldn't resist) hehe I know where you are coming from, Jake is 20 years old for crying out loud & I still am repeating myself! MDC's got some squeezins that will fix your irritabilty (sp), if it don't, they're so stout, you won't care anyway.
Hope things get better & just keep looking ahead to a few days off with your beloved, that will make you feel better.

August 28, 2008 - Msg 65657:
Hello porch family....checking in real quick before I hit the bed. Pray you all had a great day.

Spot....the Gamec#cks are whipping up on NC State.

Boo....just take a deep breath.

Good night ya'll. I've got a concert tomorrow night in SC then I head to TN for a Saturday concert so I may be away from the porch a couple days.
Prayers for all the porch family. Jesus loves you!

August 29, 2008 - Msg 65658: Mavis you are a hoot too...Rev be safe..and yes saw part of that game..."#1" Ga bulldogs open up aganst Ga Southers sat..."who let the dogs out"...yall better watch out!..watched the falcons today and they dont look too bad..Matt Ryan our boston collage rookie get the nod to start opening he is excited....well enough football,some of these ladys might want to chat...slow here at woek one outage going on right now,has been busy all my screens up and watching the sub stations...and let me run the midnight reports and get this groups time sheets ready to go in tomorrow...back in a bit...SPOT

August 29, 2008 - Msg 65659: I feel for you, Boo. Though I can't really say I identify with you on that matter. Kai knows better than to make me repeat myself.
She's a good kid. I know, she's going to grow up and be a teenager *shudder*.
I know Bruce is working hard, but he is one of the parents and maybe you could ask him to lay down the ground rules on listening to their mother.
Other than that, Rev. has a good suggestion.

Have a nice trip, Lucy. Stay safe!

-Sterling Holobyte
But also, I am just dealing with one child.

August 29, 2008 - Msg 65660: Woah, that last sentence under my name was supposed to be up there with the other stuff, Boo.

Is the Count around?!

-Sterling Holobyte

August 29, 2008 - Msg 65661: Ok gang ya can sleep a little more but breakfast will be at 7:00..My friend Boo and I are gona whup up breakfast..flap jacks,egg your way,sausage links,hashbrowns,oj,coffee,h20...Maude,auh20,possum,hazel,hm,nn,Rev,Tom,Asa yall all dont be late..Asa you hold the door and Romeena get the tip...peace and prayers!home to snooze for me after breakfast then back at work at 2 for 16 more...then gona go up and do a little fishing sat....SPOT

August 29, 2008 - Msg 65662:
Hey Folks

Spot- I'll be there with shoes on.

New Neighbor-Been dry where you are? It's has been so wet here this summer people are calling it Bummer.

Boo-I know you asked the mom's and I'm a Mr. Mom so I'll give it a go. I think Rev had it right, take a breath. Unless, you are totally misrepresenting yourself here (which I don't believe for a second) it's all gonna work out. I'm a pretty big guy and I have two petit little girls and you'd be surprised how often I have to repeat myself. However, I know they're good kids and are gonna good adults, just like I know your kids are. I bet you'd surprised just how much you have taught your kids simply by the example you have set. The same goes for all of those girls you counsel. Even when you have had, what you thought was, an off night, just showing up makes a difference.

M-T Nope, haven't been in Denver, I think if I do head out that way, I'll give it a few days to air out.

Asa-I loved the way Obama swung in on that cable, ala Garth Brooks, very nice. Well, come to think of it he has friends in "Low Places," Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn those lovable terrorist leaders of the Weather Underground (those of us over 45 remember the W.U., also Bubba pardoned two of them), and, Tony Soprano wannabe, Tony Rezko. Yes sir, Barrack is just like you and me.

God Bless America (please),

August 29, 2008 - Msg 65663:
geesh, that's should be petite.


August 29, 2008 - Msg 65664: Are you up and ready to make breakfast, my friend SPOT? I'm here standing by the griddle and you know I don't like to repeat myself...hehe (couldn't resist).

You porch friends are the cats. I always feel so much better after talking to you. I got a good night's sleep, which always helps. Sterling, I had to smile when you wrote about Kai becoming a teenager (good for you for making her respect you). When Sean was younger he was one of those compliant children and I didn't have to repeat myself very often, but when he hit pre-adolescence, the bargaining began, you know, all the "Please" and "Why" and "Everyone else does it" and I know some of that is related to the OCD (he becomes easily obsessed over things). Now at 13, he is finally beginning to care more about my feelings than what he wants and doesn't carry on about things much, but Erin, is driving me crazy and always has! The other night it was time for her to go to bed, so I told her, ok, go spit your gum out and I will read you a story before bed. I watched her walk to the trash can and (I thought) throw her gum away, then off to the bedroom we went. Well, Bruce came in to tell her goodnight and he said, "Do you have gum in your mouth?"..."No, she said" and then I happened to see something green in there! She had deliberately deceived us and acted like she had thrown her gum away. I went directly to the closet, got a belt and handed it to Bruce. He had a talk with her, spanked her and she cried and said she was sorry after I talked with her about how serious it was to deceive, especially her parents. She seemed genuinely sorry and told me she loved me, then she went to bed without a story. It bothers me because I just can't tolerate lying and she did something similar about a month ago. Some of you may be thinking that spanking is wrong, and I reserve spanking for serious things, like lying, but that is something I just can't have her doing. So, anyway, in some ways its been a good week and it has been very peaceful around here during the day, but Erin is so hyper when she gets home that it is tough to deal with her. I am telling you, she has changed alot in just the past couple of months. She has never been an easy child, but things have gotten tougher. I guess it could be because of Bruce being away so much the past couple of months.

Thanks for the Auh2o, I should not has specified "mom" when we have so many terrific dads on the porch with so much parenting experience. You brought a tear to my eye with your encouragment. It reminded me of a conversation I had with Sean last night. We were watching animal planet together and I was nothing short of dismayed as we were watching the cutest little baby hippo swimming in a river. Well, he wandered to far from his mother and as we were watching, a crocodile got him! We were upset because I didn't think animal planet would show something like that. It was very upsetting to Sean and I could tell he wanted to cry. It opened up an opportunity for us to have a little talk about how sometimes things in life are cruel. I told him that I hope he makes a difference in his world and will live to help others. He said, "Oh, mom, I want to make a big difference." I told him that everyone who serves God and others makes a big diffenrence, sometimes those things go aren't seen in this life, but they will be in the next. My children do seem to have a heart for others, and for that, I am truly thankful.

Thanks for your kind words, too, Mavis....uh, pass the squeezins...I know it's early, but...

Hey it is raining cats and dogs here this morning and talk about thunder!

Better go get my little tornado out of bed and ready for school.


August 29, 2008 - Msg 65665: Good morning Porchsters! Sorry I missed breakfast, I was up & down all night long with my back hurting me & I just couldn't make myself get out of bed at 7:00. At least there was some coffee left. Spot hope you sleep good before you have to go back in to work. At least your snoring won't keep anyone awake, we're already awake. Boo how is Erin this morning? Hope she is better for you today. Jake was just like that when he was little, seemed like that little imp was forever trying me in one way or another. Now he's a big imp & is still pretty good at being trying at times. And for the record, spanking would have been (and was) in order for lying around here too. Rev be careful in your travels, you got your penny too? Where in TN are you going to be?
Big Maude how is Patrick doing in football this year? Did you say he was playing center? Must be a pretty big boy! auh2o thank you for wearing shoes, at least Me-They won't be hollering that you came barefoot on purpose, just to bug him. HA (kidding with you Me-They) Now, I'm gonna put on my Birkenstocks & head out to pick up a dog to be groomed. teehee Guess not getting much sleep brings out a mean streak in me. I'm glad Me-They don't take it personal, figured it was time to give Asa a break & pick on someone else today. Course that has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that Asa is holding a golf club in one hand & MDC's squeezins in the other. HA
I did get a post in my blog last night before going to bed, complete with before & after photos of a dog I groomed yesterday.
Later taters,

August 29, 2008 - Msg 65666: I been wondering where is AntD I miss her posts. Hope all the moulaging that was going on didn't run her off. If you're out there AntD please post & let us know you are ok.

August 29, 2008 - Msg 65667: Mornin' from Possum Putootie! I've got more nicknames than Barney Fife! Good grief,what am I gonna do with y'all?! Ha!
Hazel,I'll get Laci to heave a 'mater your way!
I should be "off" today,but my daughter has a doctor's appt. so guess who has Miss Laci? Yep,ol' Possum Putootie.
Who's cooking breakfast? Save me some!
Y'all have a good day.
possum putootie

August 29, 2008 - Msg 65668: Hey Possum, count your least you aren't pregnant...are you?...Just thought I would start all that up again...for fun.

Mavis, sounds like you know what I'm going through! Hope you have a good day and that your back feels better soon. BYW, I think it is probably likely that the problems on the porch kept AntD away, especially since she was attacked in a couple of posts. Hopefully, she will return now that things are better.

Well, Bruce and I have some appointments today...trying to decide on flooring for the house, etc. Talk to you all later...


August 29, 2008 - Msg 65669: that was supposed to BTW (by the way), of course.


August 29, 2008 - Msg 65670: Good morning, all. Just got in from work, have cleaned out the pond filters (big surprise) and spent a little time playing with Starr, and reading email. I had an answer from Floyd, regarding the recent moulage and what he did. You'll notice that most of the moulage is still there, though he did mop up the worst parts. I think he feels like the rest of it will eventually drip through the cracks and disappear into the archives with time, and that's best, I think. He can't be expected to clean up such a mess, except where it gets vulgar or profane. Our recent moulage was mostly annoying, and to a great extent, pathetic. So, what I've gotten out of Floyd's response is this: When somebody drops a moulage on the porch, especially a newcomer who doesn't yet know how the porch works, it's probably best to just let it lie there, and not track it all over the porch. The Big Freeze usually works pretty well, but it will take us all sticking to it to make it work. Let the frozen moulage sit long enough, and maybe the spiders will eat it. Thanks, Floyd.

Boo, our kids felt the sting of a switch when they were little, and in the case of lying or other really serious infractions when they were older, they learned just how far their dad could swing a belt. Nobody ever got "beaten", but two or three swings of that doubled belt made them seriously consider the consequences next time temptation came along. Not all children respond to the same form of discipline, though. Erin may be one who will only rebel further against physical punishment. If so, you'll have to figure out what her most cherished possession or privilege is, and deprive her of it.

Well, I need to go get some sleep. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

August 29, 2008 - Msg 65671: Thank You all, Very Much!
I was concerned that I was forgotten.
I see that this Front Porch is a community, of citizens of all walks of life, and I really dig catching up with the Front Porch.

I wish you all a great Weekend, as I myself, am looking forward to a 3 day weekend.

Make sure to go and "Spread a little Sunshine, Every Day!".

I've lost alot of email addresses over the years.

I HAVE A REQUEST: can everone that would like to hear from me via email, email me at

I appreciate that, and thanks again for the warm greetings.

I'm going to go out and Spread Some Sunshine Today!

Otis (Rick Bock, Kansas City)

August 29, 2008 - Msg 65672:
Romeena-Why were you looking at me when you read Floyd's instructions? (hehe) I know you weren't singling me out but I will try better. I've never taken a push well, I tend to push back.

Otis-Glad to meet ya! Good to have one of the originals stop back. I've seen your named mentioned over the years. My porch is in western NY.

PALIN !! PALIN !! PALIN !! Sorry about all the shouting but finally someone I can root for. Obama-balozza is getting a little old. The Chinesse are even saying the show went a little over the top.


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August 29, 2008 - Msg 65677: Thank You ROMEENA!!!

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August 29, 2008 - Msg 65681:
Good morning everyone! Hope you are all doing well. We had a huge storm here last night, but we really needed the rain.
I hope everyone has a super Labor Day weekend, the last harrrah before school!
Prayers for all. God bless you.

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August 29, 2008 - Msg 65684: Hey MDC, We are expected to get that storm by Sunday here. I hope you left some rain for us. We need it.

Hey Otis, I'm gonna have a 4 day weekend here. I have some use or lose vacation time and I'll be ding donged if I'm gonna lose it. Are you a Chiefs fan? If so, we need to talk. (jk)

Boo, you know all you can do is your best when it comes to child raising. It sure sounds like to me you are doing that. The only advice I could offer you, and you most likely are already aware of it, is to remember your children are all different and therefore your approach to dealing with them will most likely have to differ. Some parents I think get caught up in the "we will treat our kids the same for fairness sake" game, and I have found that, as nice as that sounds, it's not always the right thing to do. Different personalities require different methods of dealing with. That's where prayer and seeking guidance from the Spirit comes into play. I'm sure you do that and will do fine. Just always try to do the right thing and it will all work out. There's my two cents. Do I get any change back? LOL

Auh2o, I need to study up on McCain's choice but the early things I'm reading on her sure sound impressive, and by golly she's easy on the eyes... and the ears. Sure can't say that about.... others. LOL

N.N. I ain't ever heard you sing, but I know you got looks, you brains, you got morals. I just figured with all that going on for you, you can't sing. I mean no one's got everything, right?

Possum, hug Laci for me. Hope your "hind quarters" start feeling better soon. If I don't quit eating all this corn smothered in butter my quarters are gonna be halves. Hoy!


August 29, 2008 - Msg 65685: Well gang im back at work ..gona let things settle down...prayers..hey Asa,Ro,Boo,auh20,Rev,boo yall putting haedwood down?..thats what I got and love it,held up good for the 11 years since i it everywhere except bathrooms....SPOT

August 29, 2008 - Msg 65686: "hardwood"...gosh...

August 29, 2008 - Msg 65687:
Asa-Out of the four of them, I like Palin the best. I've been following her for awhile now. I got to the Anchorage Daily News site often.


August 29, 2008 - Msg 65688: Boo, I am not against spanking, though I have very very very very rarely have ever had to give Kai a swat. Sometimes it is enough for them just to know that you WILL.
But I think Romeena is on the right track if that sort of punishment doesn't work; take away something she loves, be it a possession or a special priviledge. And make it clear to her that that is what is going to happen every time she disobeys, and keep taking away things. She will soon put two and two together. Hopefully.
And if that doesn't work, tell her you will sell her to a passing band of gypsies.;)

Well, what does everyone think about McCain's choice for VP?
I think it is a smart move. Risky, but smart.
Smart for two reasons: One, it takes away the Obama teams' charge that McCain is just a same-old, same-old politician. And two, there are already a large number of Hillary supporters who are mad that she didn't get the nomination and don't think much of Obama(I have to agree with them) - and who were even tentatively thinking about voting for McCain, and having a strong woman on the ticket might be helpful.

I hear the Obama camp is already mocking his choice as being "too inexperienced". Hello! Obama came out of nowhere as well and they are all ga-ga about him being "new" and a "fresh start", so I don't think they have much of an argument there. That might be smart reason number 3. ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

August 29, 2008 - Msg 65689: I DID Spread a little Sunshine, and I feel great about it.

This Waitress was having a really bad day, her boyfriend was being a jerk. I asked her how her day was, and she went on, and on about it.

You know what I did? I sat there, looking at her directly in the eyes, and made sure that she knew that I was listening. To every word.

You see, it wasn't just her boyfriend, but she recently lost 2 family members in Iraq, and this was the breaking point for her.

We talked for a good 10 minutes, and I think that I helped her, just by being an ear! I know that I felt really bad for her loss, but tried to keep a cheerful outlook throughout our talk.

Anyway, go spread some Sunshine! Remember Andy and Barney singing that song to old Ben Weaver?


August 29, 2008 - Msg 65690: Just me again,

I don't have anyone's email addresses, and cannot find a listing from the main page.

Can anyone direct me to a recent email list?



August 29, 2008 - Msg 65691: ByTheWay, my email address is:


August 29, 2008 - Msg 65692: Possun preg?..this porch gets more interesting every day....hey Sterling let take this bunch to Red Lobster...possum in your condition ya want my wheel chair from back when I was hurt?...:)..ha ha.......busy here at work...Boo my friend help Miss Putootie....oh-my....wana a pickel?..ok laughing.....back in a bit...SPOT

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August 29, 2008 - Msg 65694: Hey Rick,

I'll try and send you an e-mail soon but my address it right there on the bottom of the page.

August 29, 2008 - Msg 65695: Eewww, you better not, Possum...UNCLE!

Glad you are spreading sunshine today, Otis. I am NOT. I have been tired and crabby all day. I am thinking I have a major case of PMS or something....just stay out of my way and pass the squeezins.

I don't know anything about Palin but you can bet I will do some research.

Thanks for the advice Ro, Sterling and Auh2o (or anyone else I may have missed..sorry). I can remember my mom using a switch on me a time or two...maybe that's what I need. Spanking works on Erin but it doesn't seem to work well long-term, so I should probably be taking away priveleges. I think she may be watching too much TV and Bruce mentioned to me today that if you watch alot of those kids shows on Disney or Nickelodean, deceit is depicted often in the kid's sitcoms. He is probably right and I should be more careful about what she is watching.

Today when Bruce and I were in a stone and brick place, looking for stones for the fireplace, I met a really nice woman who had 5 grown daughters (she was the owner of the place) and she was telling me about how hard it was raising those girls and getting them through the teen years, but now they are in their 20's and married and having grandkids and they are so much fun. She said, if you can hold out until they get to be about 25, it's all worth it. haha.

Sterling, funny about the gypsies! When I was little, my dad used to tell me that he bought me from the hot tamale man (who ever that is)!

Better go take a break...Bruce got called into work for an emergency on his day off. He will probably have to work all evening and we were planning to have family night tonight. Oh well.

Guess me and the kids will have a TAGS marathon instead. That's not a bad consolation prize, is it? What would we do without Andy?


August 29, 2008 - Msg 65696: You(and Bruce) are so right about those kid's sitcoms, Boo. But it is not only deceit they show.
I have forbade Kai from watching all of those smart-aleck Disney and Nick shows like Hannah Montana; Zack and Cody; Drake and Josh. All shows that she loved, and that I thought were pretty funny at times as well, but we noticed that Kai was getting more flippant to us, but mostly to my wife, and I realized that that is how they talk on those shows to their parents and to other kids.
Cartoons I don't mind her watching as much(well, some I do), because I don't think kids identify as much with them as they do to real-life kids.
She has been very obedient and doesn't seem to mind the restrictions at all.
And you know what? Her attitude has gotten alot better since she stopped watching them. So I think that is a good idea to limit them, if not do away with them altogether.

Just wanted to add, you know what she loves to watch now that she can't just click over to Disney or Nick?
Mr. Rogers, and Reading Rainbow. Two shows I can definitely get behind.
In fact, most of the shows she likes now are on PBS, even over Spongebob Squarepants and Fairly Odd Parents, can you believe that?! I'm happy about that as well. :)

Hey Otis, don't think I greeted you before. Nice to see you!

-Sterling Holobyte