September 29, 2008 - Msg 66493: Thanks to all of you for the warm welcome. I was on the computer last night looking at The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club website and I saw the Front Porch Icon. As I started reading, it took me back to my childhood when we all sat on my grandfather's porch in Alabama and fellowshipped with family. This "front porch" feels the same way. When the world gets more harsh than usual, I watch one or two episodes of Andy Griffith and I feel calm. I hope you did'nt mind me reading the comments here. It was wonderful to "sit on the porch" and listen to good, Christian people talking. I live in NC (good ole Andy home state). I will keep you all in my prayers and I hope you have a blessed day. Sheryl

September 29, 2008 - Msg 66494: Good morning, everybody! What a beautiful day it is here in North Texas. I hope everyone has a day that's equally lovely. Bright sunshine, 76 degrees, flowers blooming, birds and butterflies everywhere, goofy little squirrels playing like children, the pond pumps are flowing clear and strong, and the fish are bright and beautiful. Oh, yesterday while I was planting flowers, I made a discovery. I wasn't far from the pond at one point, and dug up a big old earthworm. On impulse, I picked him up and tossed him in the pond. Well, he didn't even make it to the bottom. The biggest fish just inhaled him! I may do a bit more of that, since they apparently like them so much. You can't stick a spade in the ground anywhere out there without turning up at least one worm, and usually more. That's what happens when you don't use pesticides, and the worms really enrich the soil.

I have a big, beautiful iris in bloom - the THIRD time it has bloomed this year! It's a yellow and white, tall bearded, and it's gorgeous. That bloom is about eight inches across. It's a remontant, or re-bloomer, but to bloom a third time is very unusual. Remontants usually bloom in the spring and again in the fall, but this one bloomed at the end of July, and now again, two months later. Actually, the July bloom was the unusual one. I hope it will do that every year.

Well, drat! Eloise is out of town, another friend is working, and another friend is at physical therapy, and I have no one to play with! You all want to meet at Olive Garden for lunch? Sheryl, you come too. Welcome aboard, we hope you'll come back and be a regular porchster.

Well, off I go. Got to get busy. I went to bed last night and left the kitchen a bit dirty - got to remedy that! I don't do that very often. No excuse for it, especially when there's a dishwasher! Dirty me, dirty me, I'm disgusted with myself!

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

September 29, 2008 - Msg 66495: Well where are our manners?
Sheryl is brand new here and y'all are making her sweep. Shame on you. Welcome Sheryl. Here's a rocker for you to sit in and relax. Just be wary of a woman sharing meatballs. They'll lay on yer chest. What part of Alabama are you from?

Boo, sure do hope Bruce is able to walk straight soon. My back is just been giving me fits most of the year for some reason. I'm thinking of looking into that spinal decompression. I know some folks who have done it and have felt a lot better. Dang insu-rance won't cover it though.

Hope y'all have a fine week and act like somebody.
Been plenty busy here. Will be till the snow fly's most likely.


September 29, 2008 - Msg 66496: See there, I should read the archives before I just start talking. Big Maude, I see you're already getting up a group for Olive Garden. Count me in!

Sheryl, you couldn't have said anything that would make us feel any happier. The impression you got of the porch is exactly what we want it to be - just a group of friends sitting on a comfortable porch, sharing and caring. As for you reading the comments, that's why they're stored and not wiped away like ordinary chat room stuff. We welcome anyone to read and get to know us. Lots of people "lurk" under the porch for a while, then decide to pull up a rocker and join us, and we love it. So, grab yourself a Mayberry name if you wish. We just don't use any of the names of the four principals - Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee or Opie. Your name can be pretty much anything else - most of us use show names, but not everyone does, and you're welcome to be creative, or you can just keep your own name. Anyway, welcome!

Now I'm going to clean up that kitchen! See you all at Olive Garden. --Romeena

September 29, 2008 - Msg 66497: Well cool Sheryl! will get to know us here Romeena has an album with some family pics and camping pics and pet picks..its Romeena(dot)myphotoalbum(dot)com...some of us have a sub album so click on those..I work in the control center at the power company 26 years..born in 59...lots of us are about that age but all ages are here...Boo Asa and I will have to go to yancy and put on a tool belt show!...Rev check in...Maude thanks for lunch you know Asa and I will be there!..well back to work....prayers..SPOT

September 29, 2008 - Msg 66498: Asa, come here and let me clean your glasses. Sheryl didn't say she lived in Alabama, she lives in North Carolina!

I'm sorry your back is bothering you. Would it help if you'd cinch that toolbelt up a bit tighter, to give you some support? Or maybe that heavy thing is the problem! Try leaving it off for a while. Boo will be disappointed, but she'll get over it.

Gotta run. Joe just called, he's coming by to fix that broken sprinkler head, so I've got to get out of my nightgown and into some clothes, lest there be a scandal! --Romeena

September 29, 2008 - Msg 66499: Asa, Asa, Asa - you know I have the best meatballs in town!
Welcome Sheryl - thanks for wonderful compliment on our porch. Now Asa is a golf player with a mean slice - he has been known to maim a few porchsters with his mighty cyber swing! :)
Hey Spot - do you watch Hee Haw on RFD? I can see you as Grandpa Jones when they ask "what's for supper?" Now that I mention that - Spot - what's for lunch?
Romeena - leave the scandels and the moulages to M-T! He's more ept!

September 29, 2008 - Msg 66500: I think we all know how you feel, Sheryl. When I discovered the porch 6 years ago, I couldn't believe I had discovered a group of people who understood my fondness for TAGS. It was a great feeling and I have been here almost daily since. Keep coming back.

Oh SPOT, you just made my heart skip a beat...a toolbelt show. wow...sorry Ro, I'll have to skip the Olive Garden..I'm going to Yancey. (Don't listen to Romeena, ASA...I won't "get over it").

Where is M-T? I am on my 3rd load of laundry...


September 29, 2008 - Msg 66501: Well, Joe just left. He bought some hamburgers and we sat in the sun room and ate them. Now the sprinkler is fixed and the thirsty little plants in that zone are getting a drink. He planted a clematis vine that had just come in the mail - recycled an old salt-cedar trellis for it to climb when it comes up. He also cut back some overgrown daisies and black-eyed susans, making a shaggy corner look much nicer. He can be ruthless with those pruning clippers - I'm too timid. Gotta learn to be more aggressive with them. Roses are next, it's time for their fall cutback, and they'll flush out and bloom again before the first frost. I love it!

Well, I feel a nap coming on. Good weather for it. It's 87 outside, but fall is in the air, you can just smell it. Great time of the year. --Romeena

September 29, 2008 - Msg 66502:
OK gang, I'm coming up for air while our corporate visitors are out to lunch.
Welcome Sheryl. God and Country were always important to Andy Taylor, so we just set here and carry it on. In fact, I was watching the ep about Uncle Ollie last night on dvd, and I love the opening as they sit on the porch on a Sunday morning and Opie yells to a friend going to the late service what the sermon was about, and Andy turns to opie and says: Knowledge of the Scriptures is a wonderful thing son, but we don't flaunt it.
What a cute and unique line.
KentuckY Girl--good to see you again. I put a new pea in your whistle, so come by anytime.
Possum- thanks for clearing up that rumor! ha
Whew, that would have been the moulage equalled only by the dishtowl salesman. haha
Well, I see the house didnt pass the package, my oh my. I have sure been praying about that whole situation.
God bless you all, back to work.

September 29, 2008 - Msg 66503: Afternoon Y'all! Ol' tired Possum here.Had a good day-just tired.I'll get used to it.Laci was cute coming here in her pjs this morning!
Welcome to Sheryl- hope you'll stick around. We take turns sweeping,so don't think you're going to have to do all the cleaning around here. Consider that your "initiation"onto the Porch! What part of NC are you from? I know NC pretty good- I live in SC near Charleston.NC's my favorite state to visit!

Well,hey to ky girl! Try to get here more often-we miss you!

Asa,why don't you hang in the closet in your contraption for a while and see if your back doesn't feel better- I'll loan you some newspapers to read while you're hanging yourself! Seriously- hope you feel better soon.

Me-They (and any other James Taylor fans)- James has a new CD coming out tomorrow. He does versions of other people's songs. The CD is called (appropriately) "Covers". I ordered mine from Amazon for $9.99- great price! I've heard a few of the songs already-he does "Hound Dog" ( very bluesy & unlike Elvis' version) and he is wonderful on "On Broadway" and "Wichita Lineman." Just thought I'd put the word out.
Hope everyone has a great evening.I'll check out the lineman pics soon -thanks for sharing them Ro and spot!
possum under a rock

September 29, 2008 - Msg 66504: My friend Boo you are a bird in this world!..Asa we will have to plan a trip to Yancey!..oh-my..Sheryl hurry back now ...what kind of trade are ya in?..Rev are your concerts local?..hey MDC,possum check in..since Maude got lunch and Romeens ate burgers with Mr. Joe guess it my trun to cook supper..Boo you get M-T"s shorts in that last load of laundry?..hazel where are you?..CHUCK?!..HM best meatballs in town?...hum..the 5th for me :-}..but they make great door stops!...and yea I have a few Hee Haw dvd"s!...ok supper menu: Southern Fried Chicken (some skin on and some off)fried okra,greenbeans,cream taters,silver queen corn on the cob,sliced maters and sweet onions,rolls,Maude slaw,Boo tea....ready at 6:30 est..Sheryl ya aint got to wear shoes ..Asa dont...prayers and peace gang...SPOTyour"scrach my belly" dog of your porch!

September 29, 2008 - Msg 66505: Thanks SPOT and "right back at'cha".

Well, Possum, I don't know if I would like James Taylor singing anything but James Taylor songs. To me, songs are usually enjoyed most when sung by the artists who made them possible..take one of the songs you mentioned, "On Broadway"..who could do it better than George Benson?

Hey MDC. Glad you had time to stop by. I don't get the pea in the whistle thing??

I have bible study at the rehab tonight. Please remember us and the girls in your prayers.


September 29, 2008 - Msg 66506: that was supposed to be "artists that made the POPULAR"...there is just too much commotion in this house to think straight!!


September 29, 2008 - Msg 66507:
Boo- in the ep called barney's uniform, he is turning in his equipment and he tells Andy that he had a new pea put in the whistle. (That's what they call the little wooden ball inside a whistle.) It was something that just came to mind as i was typing my last message. No other deeper philosophical meaning. I'm pretty shallow ya know.
Will be praying for you tonight.
Back to work,

September 29, 2008 - Msg 66508:
Jimmy Johnson---v-a-a-a-a-ar-o-o-o-m>>>

September 29, 2008 - Msg 66509:
Two hours later and all I see are empty rockers! ha Back to work for me, whew.
Mr Darlin's Cuz (for Sheryl) (MDC)

September 29, 2008 - Msg 66510: Does anyone else grow surprise lilies? I have several clumps of them, and the surprise is, I don't even remember planting them! Seriously, they're called surprise lilies because most people do forget where they planted them, and then suddenly in the Fall, there they are! No foliage, nothing but stiff stalks that suddenly poke up through the dirt and almost overnight get about two feet tall. Then the red spidery blooms open, and they're so pretty. About the time the blooms dry and the stalks wilt, the foliage starts to sprout and it looks a bit like liriope, just glossy dark green, thin strappy foliage that makes a little mounded clump. This stays pretty for most of the winter, then dries up and just disappears.

Through the summer, there's nothing at all on the site, and it's easy to dig there to plant something else and run into the bulb about three inches down. I've done it several times. Then along about late September, here come the blooms again, sometimes poking up through a petunia or something else I've planted. Such fun! They come in red, pink, yellow and white. I only have red, but just ordered some pink and yellow from eBay. I think they're hardy through zone 6, with the pink ones going through zone 5.

Well, guess I'll rustle up some grub. Not really hungry, I may just eat some watermelon. Got half of one out in the garage fridge, needs to be eaten. Some of you come by and help me eat that thing, you hear? Be blessed! --Romeena

September 29, 2008 - Msg 66511: Well MDC im still here..Boo you get home yet?..Ro toss me a slab of melon!..Sheryl,Asa,hazel,auh20,Lucy,M-T,TOM,Rev...did yall just eat supper and run?..I have about got my 16 done here at work...back at 6 in the morning to start all over..then 8 wed and off 8 days!..camping in the N.Ga.Mt"s here we come in a week...well will holler when I get home...snickers for a snack and milk...prayers...SPOT

September 29, 2008 - Msg 66512: My dear friends, I just opened an email from my friend and SS teacher, informing me of the sudden death of a good friend, a woman I've known for 35 years. She was the wife of our SS department leader, an active woman in many aspects of church life, and a friend to all. She lived and loved life, shared it, enjoyed it. She served others, and relished each moment. As the Bible says, her children will rise up and call her blessed. She loved her husband dearly and spoiled him unashamedly. I don't know what he'll do now - but he'll probably carry on, as she would expect him to do. Please pray for Arnold, as he has lost his Alice, and for all of us at the church who will miss her so much. Life around our church will not be the same without Alice in the middle of things, but I'm guessing Heaven won't be the same either, with her there in the middle of things! And now I think I have to go and have a good cry. --Romeena

September 29, 2008 - Msg 66513: I'm sorry for the loss of your dear friend, Romeena.
- Hazel

September 29, 2008 - Msg 66514: Prayers for Arnold and the family...Im sorry for the loss of your friend Romeena...we are here for you...allways....SPOT

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66515: Morning gang!...rise and shine!..everybody now!..its after 6am...breakfast will be as follows: 3 eggs your way,hashbrowns,grits,bacon,country ham,sausage,bisquits and gravy,fried apple rings,toast,coffee,h20,OJ...ready at about 7est...WAKE UP!;-)....SPOT

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66516: Morning Dears,
So sorry about the loss of your friend Ro. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Now that's a fine sounding breakfast Spot. Thank you.


September 30, 2008 - Msg 66517: Yer welcome Asa....where is everyone?...SPOT

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66518: Oh, Romeena, I am so surry about Alice. How hard it is to lose good friends in this life, but thank God we will see them in the next life. Prayers for you, your church family, and especially Arnold, bless his heart.

Well, bible study at the rehab was, shall I say, interesting? Things in that facility are going south in a hurry! We had 4 total in attendance from 2 halls, while the rest of the girls were running the halls, screamning, rap music blaring. There seems to be no structure and discipline is lacking. It is a totally different place than it was 2 years ago when I started out there, but I told my sister that as long as there is one girl coming, I would be there, and I know Keith feels the same. It is discouraging sometimes and I have doubts about the facility staying in business. I don't know if I told you that the budget for the rehab ministry was cut in half this year. The reason given by the church board was this: "We feel the money can be better spent elsewhere"...this was the day after they baptized 9 young men from the facility. Makes me wonder where they think the money could be better spent.

Well, better get Erin off to school. I have Baby Emily today and cannot wait to see her.

Be back later,

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66519: Morning porch family.
Sorry for your loss Romeena. I will keep you and her family in my prayers. Heaven has another angel now.

Thanks for breakfast SPOT. might tasty!

I continue to work on my weight loss effort. So far I have lost 20 pounds with about 10-12 more to go. Those will be the hardest I am sure. I am trying to make heathy choices as well as walking on my treadmill 5-6 x a week. I am glad these virtual meals have no calories at all. :)

Cool fall like weather today, leaves are starting to turn colors now. Hopefully they will be pretty this year.

I will take care of lunch today: grilled cheese,
homemade chicken noodle soup, pickles, chips,
Little Debbie Cakes. tea, lemonade to drink.
come hungry.

Guess I better get to work.

Have a blessed day.

Big Maude

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66520:
Hey Folks

The maple trees are just beautiful, the hills are exploding with color.

Romeena-Prayers for your loss.

Asa-How ya doing buddy?

Spot-That sounds great! Lets have at it.

Well, I think we don't need anymore proof, than what is going on today, to see social engineering just does not work.

MDC-John Shadegg is the man. W just can't inspire anyone or anything, his father was the same way. When I was in college, we had an economics teacher write the 3 most important things regarding the economy. They were, in order, 1 PERCEPTION, 2 PERCEPTION, and most importantly, 3 PERCEPTION. The market fell almost 800 points yesterday about 7%, however, in 1987 in fell 22%, 1997 had another bad turn, and yet here we all are. We'll get through this. We need a President to step up and lead, to tell the American people that. FDR and Reagan knew that. I voted for W twice and I think history will treat him kindly, think Truman, but wow, he just can't rally the troops.

I know everything is gonna work it's self out. Lets keep our heads up. The rest of the world has more faith in us than we do, sure they complain, but, when there's some heavy lifting to do, who do they look to for leadership? And, rightly so.


September 30, 2008 - Msg 66521: Maude good deal! will have to send Romeena a tool belt pic for the album!.we want know you!. :-)...hey auh2o..My friend Boo hang in there at the study at the did have 4 attend!...well let me work some of this breakfast off...Possum?..Rev?..Tom?..Sheryl? girl?....SPOT

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66522: Good morning, porch friends! It's a beautiful day here in NC. I am looking forward to talking to all of you. I am trying to remember names which is really fun. I'd like to use the name C. Darlin', if it's ok. I have always loved to hear Charlene sing "There Is A Time To Wander" (I think that's the correct title, if not, someone please correct me). I live in Cabarrus County in NC and I am a machine operator in a manufacturing plant. I work second shift, so I can spend lunch time on the porch. Asa, I am originally from Anniston, Alabama. My family moved to NC when I was 10, and I have lived here for 40 years. Asa, Boo,MDC ( thanks for the explanation of your initials) M-T, Big Maude, Possum, Rev, Spot and anyone else I missed--thanks for the rocking chair. Romeena, I am truly sorry for the loss of your friend; I will be praying for you. Praise God that Alice is in Glory. Psalm 116:15. As for the economic mess, I have faith everything will be ok; God is still on the throne. Boo, how often do you have Bible study at the rehab? Well, I am going to watch the ep The Pickle Story. Lunch menu sounds great, Big Maude. I hope everyone has a blessed day. C. Darlin' formerly known as Sheryl

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66523: Well good lunch time C.Darlin!..working at the power company I work rotating shifts every month but I love it..days nights,split, a boat and camping person so that works for me...did you ever go to Romeenas album site to see some of our mugs?....Romeena is our secetary I guess you could say...we have had many mayors...I claim to be the cook!..Rev is ..well our Rev..Tom is our poet..well just hang around and you will get to know all about us!...Asa are you gona make lunch or do I need to come by and get you and possum?....Boo my friend you gona make it to lunch or do I need to drop your off?...Maude you did not mention yer slaw for lunch?...hum..well prayers and I will be back in just a bit!..the talking dog SPOT

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66524: Well, what a great name, C. Darlin'. Good choice! You are so very welcome here, and you just fit your rocker so well. We're glad you joined us.

I'm about to make a run to the bank, taking little Starr along so she can get a cookie. The drive-thru tellers always send her a little treat, and she loves that. Of course, she has treats at home, but there's just something about getting to stick her tiny nose in the cylinder and sniff out that cookie! The Plum loved to go to the bank, too. I try to take my furbabies on fun trips as often as I can, so they don't fear getting in the car. It's not always a trip to the vet, so they're not fearful.

I'll bring her back home, and then Eloise and I are going to try out a new restaurant she found - the Sweet Tomato. Sounds interesting. Supposed to have a great salad bar - one of my favorite things. I have to go to Lowe's for a couple of items, and we may just accidentally drop into Hobby Lobby - another of my favorite things.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66525:
"He's a grade A, number 1, certified NUT!"

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66526:
Romeena, my deepest sympathies on the sudden loss of your church friend. I will keep you and her family in my prayers.
Sheryl- good choice, we're all "related" as porch setters. Glad you 'stumbled' upon us. "Kerosene?"
AUH20- good insights, tho i remember the '80s S & L mess. (and back then i didnt have a 401K! ha)I hope we get thru this whole thing.
Got a letter from mayor poorboy. He took back his rented computer, but he may get an old one from a friend, so he may be back soon.
Busy with corporate here more at lunch break.
Ernest T (to Andy about his gold tooth): Did you catch the glare when my mouth kicked open?

I love that line!

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66527: Meatballs all gone - apple pie in the oven. . .
ya'll come! (you can't? can ya?)


September 30, 2008 - Msg 66528: Great comments on the economy, auh2o.

Boo, you do good work. And important work.

I am writing to you on a laptop, so I don't know exactly how this is going to look. You'll have to forgive me if I make some mistakes, I am not used to typing on a laptop. Actually, so far, I kind of like the big keys on this thing.

My wife and I are way up North(ok, actually it was only about 4 hours away, but I have never been up this far) for one of my wife's training sessions(didn't know I had her trained, did you?!).
No, she wanted me to drive her up here, and we'll be here until later tomorrow.
We gave Kai the choice of getting out of school for two days and coming with us, or staying with my parents. She chose her papa and dodie(what she calls my parents), can you believe that?!
We are way up near the tippy-top of Wisconsin; right on the shores of Lake Superior. It is pretty country up here. Though it is cold. Already. Oh well, we can't have summer all year, can we?!

Talk to you all later.

Sterling Holobyte

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66529: Well SPOT, I guess I was too busy with Emily to make it to lunch. Hey, you forgot to introduce me to C. Darlin as the "one with the toolbelt fetish", and Homemaker as the "one with the VICKS fetish".

Seriously, C. Darlin, great to have you on board but don't be surpised if I start calling you's much easier to type. Thanks for telling us something about yourself. Share something about your family if you would like. I will tell you a little about myself (I'll keep it short). I am married to Bruce and have two children...Sean and Erin. I am 46 and my kids are 13 and 7 (oops). I am a nurse but quit working to be a stay-at-home mom and homeschool my 13 year old who has some special needs. You asked about the bible study. My friend and I lead the study every Monday night at a rehab for kids (age 13-17). Been doing it for 2 years and it has been an amazing, rewarding experience.

Ro, I thought about Starr the other day when I went through the Walgreen's drive-through with Gizzy and the pharmacy tech gave Gizzy a milk-bone, which he sniffed and turned his nose up at. Spoiled dog who doesn't like dog food...I was concerned about how he would be around baby Emily but he did fine. He kept a safe distance from her for the most part and she left him alone except for trying to throw the tennis ball for him. She would just drop it, basically and he would just look at it waiting for someone to really throw it. It was really cute. Gizzy never so much as growled at her even when she accidentally fell on him.

Back to the chores...


September 30, 2008 - Msg 66530: Oh, hey there Sterling. Good to hear from you and thanks for the encouraging words. Wow, sounds like you are in a wonderful place. Wish I was there, except that wouldn't be very romantic for you and the Mrs. Take advantage of the time to relax and think of me burning up down here in the armpit of Texas!


September 30, 2008 - Msg 66531: The armpit of Texas, huh?! LOL!
Well, just cup your hand under there and make some music. "A one, and a two, and away we go...."
Briscoe Darling would be proud. :)

Yes, it is very nice up here. And here I thought we had alot of forestland where WE live.
I also didn't know they had some little islands up here. And most have cute names, like Raspberry Island, and Cat Island(my sister would probably like to live there;)), Otter Island, Devils Island(well, that one is not very cute, is it), Hermit Island(that's probably where I'd like to live). And there is alot more. There are about 22 of those little suckers up here, and I had no idea they were there.

Hey to C. Darlin!

Sterling Holobyte

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66532:
Oh, AUH2O, Yes, I also recall FDR coming on my TV after the '29 crash! haha (per Joe B)

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66533:
Sterling, are you in Door County? My wife and I drove up there one time many years ago when visiting her sister in Green Bay. I remember a restaurant up there with grass and goats on the roof!! Neat lighthouses too.

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66534: Romeena,so sorry for the loss of your friend.

Hey to all- rough,tiring day. I'll pop back in (hopefully)tomorrow. Y'all have a wonderful evening!
possum u.a.r.

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66535: How-do, everybody. Just got home from my mousing around with Eloise. Good lunch - we ate at Olive Garden, as the Sweet Tomato is way out north and we decided we didn't want to drive that far. OG is just about a mile from her house. We'll try the Sweet Tomato another day.

Just got something interesting from It's not my wish to stir up a moulage, but I found this interesting, and I think everyone else will too. Here's the web address:

Funny how things get glossed over and forgotten, isn't it? Well, nobody can say he didn't try. Maybe, like auh2o said, he just needs to be more forceful. I think probably he would have been, if he had really known how serious this thing was going to get. He was concerned, but not quite concerned enough, I guess. Anyway, at least he tried. Of course, the opposition will try to put a different spin on it, and before it's all said and done, I suppose Mr. Gore will have been the author of the proposition - something he did in his spare time when he wasn't busy inventing the internet. (heehee) Poor guy, he'll never live that mis-statement down.

Well, I'm home for the evening, brought half my lunch home with me and will punch it up with a veggie and have it for dinner. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66536: Glad yall had a good time Romeena..Sterling it does sound nice up there...CD you said you work the second shift..what times is that...ours is 2 to 10..late night 10 to 6..days 6 to 2..possum you POP in when ya can..Rev?..Tom?...hazel..MDC you up for some cold cuts tonight?..sandwiches of all kind and chips...Maude slaw...Boo tea...Ro what does "punch it up with a veggie" mean?..well slow for a change at bad underground cable they are repairing now...will have the consumer back on soon...well gona check out the local news..Asa where are you at buddy?...SPOT

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66537:
Sheryl-C Darlin'- just to let you know, sometimes we discuss politics here on the porch, but the good thing is, we stay very civil about it no matter your view. (No punch in the nose cases here! ha)
With that said, i ask Ro, then why didnt the Republican majority congress do something with that proposal? Why are we blaming those who were the minority party at the time? But there is plenty of blame to go around, because i also read that when B.O. was 'community organizing' in chicago, he was part of acorn, the community activist organization that pushed and pushed for these loans that people are now defaulting on, causing a big part of the current crisis. These are all contributing factors as to why this whole thing is such a mess.
Well, there's 2 cents from from 2 points of view.
ole MDC
"My Romeena wants me to get an ed-cha-ca-shun."

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66538:
Spot, I'll bring a whole tray of coldcuts, you bet!

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66539:
"Pa, why is he called Plain Claude Beeman."

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66540: Ha, that is really funny, Sterling (the armpit thing). It was so hot here today! No breeze and lots of hot air. Not bad in the shade, though, so I decided to take a little walk today. So, I grabbed Gizzy and put him on his leash and Sean put Emily in her stroller and off we went. We were getting too warm so we stopped for a bit in the shade of a tree and while Sean and I were focusing on Emily, Gizzy was on his back, rubbing in some other dog's excrement. The walk was cut short and Gizzy was immediately bathed...eewww. Funny how things never seem to turn out the way you imagine them. We don't have alot of "Norman Rockwell" moments around here....more like "Norman Bates" ones.

I just finished cleaning the kitchen and it is already 8:30! Bruce was taking a long nap and just woke up and ate. The pain meds and muscle relaxers knocked him out. He is still having a very tough time but seems a little better than he did yesterday.

Guess I will grab my shower (the second one was so hot I have to have another before bed!)...wish I was up there with Sterling. I'll bet he doesn't have to take 2 showers!


September 30, 2008 - Msg 66541: It wasn't a loaded goat up on that roof, was it, MDC? ;)

But no, we are not in Door County. We are up even further than that. Almost straight on the top.
My brother though used to go up to door county with his college buddies. He always loved going up there.

Too bad dogs don't like to roll around in soap, instead of that "other stuff". ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66542: Oh, that last comment was directed to Boo. Forgot to mention that.

-Sterling Holobyte

September 30, 2008 - Msg 66543:
Hello porch good to see you all.

Ro...I am so sorry to hear about your friend. Prayers for her family and friends.

Welcome Sheryl....I mean C. Darlin'. It is so good to have you on the porch. I'm from the state below you in SC. You'll find some of the sweetest folks in the world right here on this porch. They are so very special.

Boo....I sure pray that Bruce gets feeling better with his back soon.

Spot....yea, I have local concerts here in SC for the next week then I head to TX and La. did great with the laptop. You're just too talented.

Well I better get to bed. Prayers for all the porch family. matter what we may be facing in the world today, our Jesus is still Lord over all! And He loves you...He really does!

October 01, 2008 - Msg 66544: Your point is well taken, MDC. Maybe, like I said, he just needed to be a bit more forceful with his idea, and should have yanked some of the Republican Congress along with him. He should have rallied his troops, so to speak. Still, at least he saw the problem coming and tried to address it. He just didn't push it hard enough.

Spot, when I said I would punch those leftovers up with a veggie, I meant I'd add a good vegetable or salad to them, to make it more of a meal, since there wasn't really much there, just a little bowl of fettuccini Alfredo. I often do that, and whatever I add is usually more than I want of that particular thing, so it gets punted forward to the next meal, and so it goes. Leapfrog leftovers, I call it.

I got a new camera today, a Fuji, 10 MP, and so far, I think I like it. I had a Kodak Easyshare that was a gift from my son and DIL, and I dropped it and ruined it. This Fuji is very intuitive and easy to operate as far as picture taking goes, now we'll see how it interfaces with the computer. Or maybe not. I did get a memory card for it, and I can just take that out and put it in my cardreader, so really don't have to bother with setting up the software and the hotwire and all that stuff, to read directly from the camera. It's tiny, and I think takes pretty good pictures. The test will come tomorrow, when I see how it does on flower closeups. It does eliminate red-eye, and apparently that extends to canine green-eye, because I got some cute shots of Starr without the devil-eyes. I

t was marked down considerably, was $50 less than comparables of other brands. My big camera that I took to Mongolia is a Fuji, and I like it, so I figured I'd take a chance. I also have a 5-yr old Olympus D550, only 5.0 MP, that takes really excellent pictures, but is big and clunky, like a film camera. This little Fuji is much smaller than a deck of cards. Time will tell, I guess, whether I'm going to like it or not.

Well, guess I'll hit the hay. Starr is giving me these big dramatic yawns and keeps stretching, so I think she's ready to turn in. Rotten kid.

Be blessed, everyone! --Romeena

October 01, 2008 - Msg 66545: Hello to all of my porch friends...just got home from work and whew! what a night! I just saw the photo album and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Romeena, your furry baby is the cutest thing! Boo, I admire you for home-schooling. I did that myself for a few years--rough, but worth it. You have beautiful children. Spot, you have a gorgeous home and family. Love your boat. I didn't have time to finish the album; will do that tomorrow. How nice it was to put faces with names.I have 3 children; my oldest daughter Tonya is 28; she is the mother of my 2 grandsons-Nathan,8 and Ryan,2; my son Derek is 24, and my youngest daughter Kristin is 22. I am divorced (since the 90's)....I'm turning in now, have to get up early to find a gas station that has gas. I'll be glad when this gas shortage is over. Hope all of you had a good day-see you for breakfast in the does the breakfast buffet at Golden Corral sound? C> Darlin' (CD)

October 01, 2008 - Msg 66546: Count me in for breakfast,C Darlin'.I know what neck of the woods you're from-up there in the Kannapolis area- NASCAR country,right? Glad to have you on the Porch.
Rev, where in SC are your concerts? If you had any down around the Lowcountry,I would sure try to make one.
Well,awaiting Laci's arrival so I'd better go. Y'all have a great day!
possum under a rock

October 01, 2008 - Msg 66547: Thanks CD We love the little farm..Get up gang...lets meet CD for breakfast...Asa where are you?..go by and get possum..Rev keep up the good work..hey hazel,hm,mdc, friend Boo...ok let me get things started here at work...prayers....SPOT

October 01, 2008 - Msg 66548: Yep Sterling...(with thoughtful look on face) if only there was soap lying around and dogs willing to roll around in it....

Thank you for your prayers, REV. You're such a sweetheart.

Hope that new camera is all you hope it to be, Romeena. I would love to have one that small. Ro, do you think you will be going to Fredricksburg this year for the Christmas celebration? I am thinking of going this year since we won't be taking dad out of state during the holidays, I don't think. I am trying to think of a trip for him that wouldn't be too expensive and I would love to see the lights in Johnson City again.

Thank you for the kind words, CD!..and thanks for sharing more about yourself. Do you have a church family and friends to do things with on your off hours?

Mornin' Miss Possum. Hope Lace you have fun with Laci today. Give her a kiss from Aunt Boo.

Mornin' SPOT. Hope you have a good day.

Better get Erin up and ready for school.


October 01, 2008 - Msg 66549: What did I just write to Possum?..I went back to spell Laci's name correctly and totally messed up. Well, you know what I mean..


October 01, 2008 - Msg 66550: Hey of this bunch must be sleeping in or gone to work..Romeena you got any night work coming up?..gang I get off at 2 pm today and off till NEXT friday at 7 am....Miss Sherry has to work the weekend but bright and early mon we are leaving fot the N.Ga. mts camping ...KOA campground...well let me get these phones....SPOT

October 01, 2008 - Msg 66551: Morning gang.
Top of the morning to you all.
Hope your day is fine and dandy.


October 01, 2008 - Msg 66552: Hey Spot - I know you are in GA - but where in GA. I have forgotten. . .must be all that gray hair on my head that is blocking the sun rays from letting my mind remember. . .

We may be heading to GA in January (of all times) for an open goat show. It depends on how our little darlings do next week at the goat show we are hosting in our county. If they do well - then we want them to continue on. More grand champions mean more money when it comes sell time.

Just a little apple pie cobbler left. . .any takers?

Hey Asa -

Ro - I am so sorry for the loss of your friend but rejoice with you that she has found an everlasting glory with our Father.


October 01, 2008 - Msg 66553: Breakfast sounds good CD - only if Asa is buying. He is the one with the toolbelt (er, I mean money belt).


October 01, 2008 - Msg 66554: I'll take some of that apple cobbler, hm. Yum!

Thanks Rev. The mouse part takes some getting used to, but I am really enjoying the ease of typing with this keyboard.

Well, it is my last day here, so I'd best get to packing. The hotel is letting us check out 2 hours late, with no charge, so that is mighty neighborly of them. Though I still then have two hours to kill before my wife gets done with her training for today. But I'll find something to do.
This is such a nice, picturesque(sp) kind of town, I wouldn't mind moving here. Except for the earlier colder temps.

Can't wait to get back to see the Kai.

Talk to you all later.

-Sterling Holobyte

October 01, 2008 - Msg 66555:
Hey Folks

We are having some of them colder temps today, that Sterling was talking about. Maybe, we'll see a little snow tomorrow, so says the weather guy.

CD-Please forgive my manners, I never welcomed you to our little Porch. Floyd really keeps 'er up nice.

Gotta run. Oh yeah, the sky still has fallen on this end of the Porch. Talk to ya'll later.


October 01, 2008 - Msg 66556:

That should read, the sky still has NOT fallen. Boy, I probably just started another run.


October 01, 2008 - Msg 66557: Good Morning porch, Hope all is well this Wednesday morning. Working today, and trying to stay awake. I am sleepy for some reason today and could use a nap but guess that is out of the question for me.

Fall is definitely in the air here in Northeast Tennessee. This is one of my favorite times of the year.

Lunch menu will be: chicken tenders, broasted potatoes, SLAW. chocloate chip cookies. tea, lemonade to drink. see you at noon.

Welcome to CD.

Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

October 01, 2008 - Msg 66558: Good morning, porchsters...been on the phone and found some gas, finally; yes, possum, I live real close to Kannapolis; as a matter of fact, KP is the only area that has fuel right now;had to get over there quickly before they ran out...Hi, Boo, I am new at the church I am going to,am in the process of finding a new church home, my best friend moved away a few months ago, and a couple of friends I have from work..we get together when we aren't busy with families...Spot, I sure do wish we could tag along with you for camping---Asa, hm, Boo, Romeena, Rev,Sterling, Possum,and all porchsters out there..hope your day is going great---what's for lunch?

October 01, 2008 - Msg 66559: Good morning everyone. Looks like itís shaping up to be a beautiful fall day here. Hope you all are as blessed. Iíve had off the last few days (trying to get a few projects done around the house).

C. DARLIN: Welcome! Itís always nice, real nice to see a friendly new face on the porch.

POSSUM: Thanks for the info. I'll be ordering it soon.

ROMEENA: So sorry for your loss. You and your friend are in my prayers.

A quick note about earthwormsÖDid you know that the big, fat worms we see everywhere today actually are not native to North America? They were brought by colonists and loved it here so much their population exploded. Now, this isnít at all a problem because of the benefits they bring. The only downside is that they have actually pushed out the native American worms, which are much smaller. In fact, the only place where native worms still exist in the country is in the Northwestern U.S., and their range shrinks every year. I read that in the Learn-A-Month magazine that ASA loaned me. Or the Discovery Channel. I forget.

BOO: Why is it that you think of me when youíre doing laundry? Prayers for your rehab ministry. You are doing the Lordís work, whatever your church board decides. Canít understand why they chose not to fund it. They arenít saving to level the church or buy a pool table are they?

About that TAGS ep, I could never understand Aunt Bee and Claraís attitudes. They would actually refuse to sing because they couldnít get robes? Bad form.

Well, Iíll stop back later when Iíve backhoed the pile off my desk. Coffee (actually soda) break is over!

By the way, just to chuck in my two-cents about the current economic woesÖThere definitely is enough blame to go around. The Clinton economic policies were a time-bomb, and the Bush policies were a flame-thrower put to the fuse. And Congress? With big businesses funding the reelection campaigns of both parties, meaningful reform is pie-in-the-sky. If that sounds cynical, after 15 years of watching it happen, itís actually a pretty pragmatic estimation. The $700 million bailout is ludicrous. Some 200 top U.S. economists have signed a letter saying they donít even think itís necessary. Perception is key, but the policy makers and politicians calling for the end of the world may be creating a self-fulfilling prophesy. But, in the end, some kind of bailout will us feel betteróeven if, like taking cough medicine, we donít feel the symptoms as much but still have the illnessóand will make Wall Street very happy (i.e. richer). Of course, we will have the bill to pay on top of the mountain of debt we will be passing on to our grandchildren. (Merry Christmas, grandkids! You wonít be able to afford health care and will have to work until youíre dead, but at least I bought you that X-box back in Ď08!) Nevertheless, congressmen need to get reelected, so pass, baby pass!

There you go. That should make up for my lack of moulages lately.


October 01, 2008 - Msg 66560: Lunch sounds great, Big Maude! Thanks, Me-They and auh2o,prayers for all. Getting ready to watch Andy ep "Mountain Wedding" (I love "Leaning On The Everlasting Arm") Tom-hello and hope you are ok..Rev, if you're ever in my area, let me know; I'd like to attend your concert...God's blessings to all... CD

October 01, 2008 - Msg 66561: Me-They,I always think of you when I open a jar of MAYO! I am hoping my JT cd is in my mailbox today.You're welcome for the head's up about the cd.

Boo,we call Laci "Lace" most of the time,so I kinda figured out what you were doing up there. I'm having a LOT of fun with her now because she is napping! Ha Ha- no,we've had a good morning so far.Gonna take her to the county fair tomorrow-looking forward to that! And yes Asa,I'll try to win ya a prize!
Hang in there Maude- you're halfway thru the workweek. Now, WAKE UP! Hee Hee

Y'all take care-love to all!
possum under a rock

P.S. My friend Lisa (she's battling breast cancer) reported on her blog yesterday that her tumor is shrinking-praise God! Please keep her in your prayers,as the cancer is in a few other places as well.Her attitude about all she's going through reminds me so much of Millie-y'all would love Lisa too.

October 01, 2008 - Msg 66562: Hey CD,didn't see you there! Have a wonderful day up there in the Tarheel State!

possum again

October 01, 2008 - Msg 66563: Hey possum - remember to check out the goats and think of me. . . tee hee! Have fun at the fair - don't let em know you are a possum!

October 01, 2008 - Msg 66564: Hey CD..thanks for lunch Maude..HM im avout 25 miles above atlants in Kennesaw ga..where is the goat show gona be..maybe I can come!..prayers for your friend possum..hey Boo.Rev,Tom..CD what hrs you work? you run a piece of equipment?..holler back M-T..sterling bring some of that cobbler for lunch..Where is Mavis?...ok news time....SPOT

October 01, 2008 - Msg 66565: Did I hear someone say lunch?

C. DARLIN: I forgot to tell you a little about myself. I'm 29, have a thick head of hair, and am smart as a whip. Whip cream, that is.

POSSUM: Let me know how the CD sounds.

HOMEMAKER: When I see a goat, I always think of you. ;)

"Did I ever tell you that you have a warped sense of humor?"

October 01, 2008 - Msg 66566: C. DARLIN: Oh, I also forgot to mention how handsome I am.

"Handsome as a boy; handsome as a man. Handsome, handsome, handsome!"