October 11, 2008 - Msg 66866: I'm from Idaho, CD. In a town of about 57,000 people. It's about 12 miles from Boise. Yep, we usually don't get our first snow until November. I still need to do my garden clean-up, but it's too cold out there today.
- Hazel

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66867: Good grief. I swept! Shoot, I threw my back out now...
- Hazel

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66868: Hazel, it's hard for me to even imagine snow and cold. It is just so warm and humid here. I have never been to Idaho but I hear it is beautiful.

Some things in life you just can't change...one is the weather, unfortunately. I would sure love to live where there are actually 4 seasons but family and work are here, so here I stay.


October 11, 2008 - Msg 66869: Boo ,like you, I have never been to Idaho. I would love to visit the state. Matter of fact, I would like to see cooler weather, also.
Prayers and blessings,

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66870: Cd and Asa yall did wear shoes!..but the socks with sandles Asa .oh-my. Boo hardwood floors are so neat and good looking..I have them all through my house except bathrooms ,there 4 in square white tile..WOW what a college football...Tenn and Ga. battling it out...Oklahoma (#1) got beat by # 5 Texas..GOOD game..lots on tonight..hopw it stays quite here at work...RACE under the lights..I need another TV in the control center...2 is not enough!..Romeena you working?..hey M-T,hazel,opiemon,ky girl,NN,MDC,goober meatloaf possum!;-}..and all..TOM and Rev check in...Rev hope you can watch the race tonight....ok supper menu:Grilled ribeye steaks,baked taters with all the way,grilled corn in the husk,baked beans with bacon on top,Boo tea...Maude slaw..Mavis will you bring devil eggs?...will fire up the cyber grill at around 7...lets eat outside ok?..prayers...see yall at supper...SPOT

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66871: Hey, Spot, supper sounds great; eating outside is even better. Hope all of the porch friends can make it tonight. Nothing better than a good meal outside on an autumn night with good friends and good fellowship.
Prayers for all; see you at 7:00

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66872: Well gang the steaks were great!...where is everyone?...Asa will you and possum wash dishes?..Race is on!..zoommm...Ga won today and Fla @ LSU on now!..no calls here right now..Life is Good...SPOT

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66873:

Hazel, I hope you're not walking crooked from that sweep. :-)

Boo, Romeena and CD, nice thoughts/quotes there. I don't think I've heard the issue of Christian marriage expounded upon more eloquently.

Still hot here in south Texas, but I'm not complaining. Everyone's saying it's going to be a very cold winter, but as I'm driving around every day with my a/c blasting, that's hard to imagine. LOL

Love to all.


October 11, 2008 - Msg 66874: Wow never seen the porch so quite...Race is a good one...Jr out,carl 16 laps down..gona mix up the chase...snack time...Cpt. Crunch and whole milk....will check back in a bit...SPOT

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66875: Hey, Spot, are you willing to share that Cap'n Crunch? Since you mentioned it, I have a craving for it now.:) I don't follow Nascar, but I can't believe Dale Jr. is out!
Waiting for that Cap'n Crunch,
P.S. Texas is usually the last state to cool off, isn't it?

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66876:

Pretty much, CD. (South Florida doesn't count; it's always warm there. :-)


October 11, 2008 - Msg 66877: Hey Des you want some Cpt. Crunch with CD and me...seems like we are the only ones here....SPOT

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66878:

Capt. Crunch is my all-time favorite cereal. LOL I'm old, but I think like a youngun. I also like Count Chocula.


October 11, 2008 - Msg 66879: Did we miss a dance or one of Asa"s shows at the Gigolo club?...we have been abandoned!...SPOT

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66880: All right, let's hear it for the breakfast club! I like Count Chocula, too. Thanks for the Cap'n Crunch, Spot. Good seeing you here on the porch, Des.
Blessings, CD

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66881: Yeah, what about that, anyway? Now I know how Cinderella felt!

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66882:

Great to meet you, CD! God bless.


October 11, 2008 - Msg 66883:

At least you ain't standing in the stag line with Old Man Schwump, Spot. Or ARE you? LOL


October 11, 2008 - Msg 66884: Good to meet you too, Des. I thought me and Spot were the only porchsters here tonight.

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66885:

Nah, someone will pop in. Me, I'm hitting the ironing board. I worked a long day today. Later, gators!


October 11, 2008 - Msg 66886: Night Des..sleep well...gona watch the rest of the race...CD you stay up late?..im on the night shift on weekends this month 6pm to 6am....SPOT

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66887: I'm usually up until 2 or 3 in the morning, Spot. Since I work second shift, I can't go home and go to bed. I stay up for a while and unwind. It must be hard for you to sleep working the kind of schedule you have. But at least you have several days off in between.
The only drawback is that it's hard to attend morning church services; I usually attend evening services.

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66888: Well, shoot! Guess I missed De§ and I haven't seen her in a while! If you're still out there, friend - Howdy!!

I'll leave a note here on the porch swing for Big Maude and Tom. To both of you - I got your pictures and will get them scanned in and posted, tomorrow I hope. It just takes a few minutes, but I would have to turn on the light in this room, and I don't usually do that. I'm sitting in front of an 8-ft wide window, and with the light on, it's like being in a fishbowl. I'm facing the fenced back yard, and I have all sorts of security lighting out there, but still....so, tomorrow it is.

Eloise and I went over to my brother and SIL's house today (at SIL's request) and dug up about a zillion surprise lilies (Lycoris radiata). She had planted a few at one time and they've multiplied, were coming up out in her yard and everywhere! She wanted them thinned, so we did it. We brought home five - count 'em, five - plastic grocery bags of bulbs! And you can't even tell we were there! We could have brought home twice that many and still left her more than she wants. I already have a few growing around here, and had just ordered some more on eBay, when she called and asked if I'd come thin hers and take the excess. Well, yes! The ones I ordered on eBay were pink or yellow, though, and the ones she had were all red, so that's okay. On Monday, I'll be planting surprise lilies! Will mail some to my girls too, if they want them. Pretty things.

CD, I just have to say - I'm so glad you joined us here on the porch. You have fit right in, like you had been here forever, and I really thank God for you. You're a delight.

Boo, the choices you're making just sound wonderful! I love the idea of the river rocks in the shower. I'd never have thought of that, but what a great idea. Are you going to use the same tile on the bathroom floor and the shower and tub surrounds as well? That's what my son puts in the homes he builds in Florida. He uses large tile, at least 12" and usually 15", and just runs it right into the shower, or on the tub surround and it's so pretty.

Hey, Spotty Dog! No, I'm not working again until Monday night, and then again on Friday night. Just two nights a week, but it's amazing how often they roll around! And how many TVs can you watch at one time, anyway??

Well, guess I'll mosey. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66889: Oh, Hazel. Prayers for your sore back - that's even better than an incant! Feel better, friend! --Romeena

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66890: I really didn't throw my back out, Romeena, that was just my joke because I had to sweep the porch. I'm fit as a fiddle at the moment. 'Course, it could go out at any moment...
I wish you could send me some bulbs. I wonder how they would do in Idaho's climate?
- Hazel

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66891: CD I have work rotating shifts for many years ans I love them..hey Mrs Romeena!..with all the sports on wish these tv"s had that split screen thang!...hey Hazel you are up late....SPOT

October 11, 2008 - Msg 66892: Captain Crunch rocks!

Wow, that was some email, Ro...scary...I sent you one that my sis-in-law sent me that is pretty scary, too.

HEY DES! Where ya been? I love hearing from you. I know how what you mean...hard to believe it will ever be cold again....funny about SPOT and the stag line!

Yes, Ro (about the tile), that is exactly what we are planning..the large tile, probably 18x18...floor, shower and tub surround. I may use the 12x12 in the shower, though, with the pebble border and pebble floor. I can't wait until everything is finished and I can send you some pictures. Speaking of which, I need to send you some new pics. I took a cute picture of Gizzy in his new fall sweater today.

Better turn in...preachin' tomorrow and get to see all my amigos/amigas in church!


"Jubal, Jubal, Jubal....Ju...bal"

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66893: Hey, Romeena, it's good to see you here on the porch tonight.Thank you for making me feel welcome. Everytime I read your comments, I am aware that you are an exceptional lady. You are intelligent, caring and funny.
I know you will enjoy planting your bulbs Monday. By the way, if you don't mind, I need to ask your advice. I have elephant ear bulbs planted in my back yard; do I need to dig them up and store them inside for the winter?
Blessings and prayers to all..

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66894: Good evening,er,I should say morning porch family.I'm watching my grandson and he needed a bottle,so,I'm still up.I haven'y eaten Captain Crunch in a long time,I'll take some if you have any left.talk to you all later,going to try to get some sleep,prayers for all-ky girl

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66895: Plenty of the Captian left ky girl..night my friend Boo get some rest...you are gona have a blast building you and Mr B"s house..CD you gone to bed?..the baseball game is STILL on...sox and rays....SPOT

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66896: Hey, Spot; no, I'm still up. I've been watching "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken"; I love that movie. The temperature here finally dropped; it is much cooler outside. The ball game is still on? Who is winning?

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66897: Good night to all my porch friends. I will talk to you tomorrow. Prayers and God's love to all.
Spot, have a good night at work and a good Sabbath Day.

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66898:

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66899: Ok gang..my shift is about over..good Sabbath to all...breakfast will be bacon and egg sandwiches and coffee...prayers.....will holler in the afternoon...SPOT

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66900: Good morning Porch...looks like I am the first one up so I guess I will get breakfast started for SPOT...maybe he can sleep in for a change.

Slept well but should have gone to bed earlier. Coffee sure tastes good this morning.

CD, you are right about Romeena. She has become such a trusted and loved friend to all of us. I think Ro is the porchster that more of us have met in person than any other. I spent a day with her once, REV gets to see her now and then and another porch sitter that we seldom see named Daphne...did I miss anyone? She and I got to meet several years ago in a little town called Fredricksburg, where her daughters live, during an annual Chritmas festival. I got to meet her daughters, her beloved Sugarplum and some of her grandsons and even hear one of her daughters sing. We even got a chance to sip some tea on her daughter's front porch. It was a wonderful Mayberry-like day. Romeena is a treasure and I have learned much from her. There is no way she could know what her friendship mean to all of us. I think she is kind of the "Dear Abby" of the porch. We tend to ask her advice alot (poor thing).

Well, guess I had better finish up the coffee and think about getting ready for preachin'..


October 12, 2008 - Msg 66901: Good Sabbath Porch Pals. I pray your day is a good one.
Well the expected snow storm never got to us last night. You must have kept it all for yourself Hazel. And that's fine and dandy with me. It's colder yhan a well diggers rear here. (I'm not sure how cold their bottoms get but they must get cold). I still had tomaters in the garden that I had meant to cover last night and plum forgot, so no doub't they are gone. Oh well.
Guess I'll go get ready for preachin. I gotta tell ya though, neck ties are horrible. I think they was invented by a mean spirited woman having pms issues. I hate them!


October 12, 2008 - Msg 66902: Mornin' Y'all! Snow?? Shoot,I haven't seen so much as a snowflake for several years now! Don't get much snow in the SC Lowcountry-but,we DID have a white Christmas once,believe it or not! That was the Christmas after Hugo. It was surreal.
Hazel,don't go doin' that with your back there!

Spot,do you have any of those boiled peanuts left? Send 'em my way-yum!
Well,I'd better scoot. Have a blessed day.
possum under a rock

" And another thing..the Therapee don't talk back to the Therapist,so just PIPE DOWN!"

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66903: Good afternoon, porchsters. I hope you all are having a wonderful Sabbath day. I am enjoying some cool, autumn temperatures right now. The skies are clear and the air is crisp and cool.
I'm like you, possum; I wish we would get more snow. Maybe this year?
Well, I'd better run; visiting with my grandsons and they are keeping me busy.
Peace and Prayers to you all. Will stop back by in a little while.

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66904: Good Sunday Porch, hope all is well today.

A beautiful day on my end of the porch. Back from Sunday services and just sitting a spell.

Thanks for posting the pics. Romeena. I will try and send more of my daugther in the future. She does not like having her picture made expect for the school pictures.

Sunday supper will be: fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, SLAW, creamed corn, sliced tomatoes, banana pudding. sweet tea or lemonade to drink. See you at supper.

Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66905: Hey, Big Maude, supper sounds great! I'll be there. Hopefully I can have seconds.
Good Sabbath to you.

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66906: Wow just got chores done and gona get ready for work at 6..Thanks for b-fast Boo...and Maude supper sounds great...well let me get the animals fed...hey Asa,CD..possum I will get another batch of peanuts going tomorrow...im off on mon,tue and wed this month...prayers....will holler from work....great Sunday here in Ga..just a little windy...SPOT

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66907: Hey, Spot, hope you're having a blessed Sabbath day. And, yes, we're waiting on those peanuts. Talk to you later...

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66908: OK CD and Possum. Come get some snow. Holy cow, no longer did I end my earlier post about no snow and it started and started hard. We have almost a foot of a wet heavy snow outside and it's creating havoc. The biggest problem is that none of our tree's have dropped there leaves yet, and now that wet heavy snow is causing them to break off a lot of limbs. I've been outside beating my tree's to get the snow to fall off, and getting dumped on while doing it. Brother! We get lake affect snow here in the winter, but never had it this early. It's a mess, and still snowing as I post.


October 12, 2008 - Msg 66909: Good afternoon, all. You folks are making me blush with your kind words. I guess age has its rewards.

CD, about those elephant ear bulbs -- here in the Dallas area we don't have to dig them. The first light freeze usually knocks the big old leaves and stalks down, all mushy and yucky. I leave it, because I think the bulbs will still draw some nutrients back out of the felled growth, but if it starts to look nasty or get moldy, I rake it off. Then I just pile some mulch or plain old leaves over the bulbs and leave them. Sure enough, in the spring, here it all comes again. Now, how they'll survive in your neck of the woods, I can't say. If you're in about the same horticultural zone as Dallas, you should be fine. Check out this site: http://www.growit.com/zones/ Click on your state, and you'll see what zone you're in. I'm on the border between 7 and 8, so I know elephant ears are hardy to Zone 8, and the southern end of Zone 7. Hope that helps!

Snow, Asa? A foot of snow?? My word! If we got a foot of snow here, the whole city would shut down. Seriously! Schools would close, businesses would close, churches would probably cancel services, there wouldn't be much open but the hospitals, and they would be doing a land-office business in the ER. Sure would be fun, though.

Our pastor, as always, preached a very thought-provoking sermon this morning. Seems he just gets better every Sunday. This time, he really got wheels turning in my head. I won't post about it here, but I think I feel a blog coming on.

Right now, I need a nap! Gonna scoop up little Starr, go settle into my big old chair, and watch a little TV, maybe get a short nap, get up and put pictures in the album. Yep, that's what I'm gonna do - get in my chair, watch TV, nap, post pictures. Yep, that's the plan. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66910: Phew, a foot of snow? Wow. Ours lasted that one day and was melted before the day was over. We've got that same problem though, with the tree leaves. We barely started Fall, and most of the trees hadn't even changed color yet, much less dropped their leaves to the ground. To quote the cowardly lion: "Unusual weather we're havin', aint it?" (when it started snowing in the poppy field) Almost every year here we don't get our first frost until around Halloween, and I usually still have tomatoes turning red in the garden until that time. This year my garden is already all dead.
Oh, Mr. Hazel and I went and looked at dogs today at the pound. We might have one by the end of the week! It's been over 2 years since our border collie Molly died, and we're just now making plans to get another dog. I hope it works out!
- Hazel

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66911:
Hey Folks

You Porchsters out west always have to be first at everything! Enjoy the snow. We started buttoning down the yard today for it's long winters nap. But, it was 70 degrees and we had a nice fire going. I know, I'm an environmental bandit.

Hazel-Hope ya find a good one.


October 12, 2008 - Msg 66912: Good gracious, Asa; a foot of snow already? I wish I could rent a refrigerated dump truck, because I would sure relieve you of some of that snow. What's the temperature where you are at, Asa?
Thank you so much for the info, Romeena. I thought I would be okay leaving the bulbs outside for the winter. Our winters are usually mild; occasionally we see some low 30's for temps, but I figured you would have more experience with plants. I saw your yard, and it is just beautiful.
Hazel-it's nice that you are getting a dog from the pound;I'm glad there's an animal out there that's being saved from possible euthanization.
Good luck with your choice.
Hope you had a blessed day, auh2o.I wouldn't mind having a fireplace myself.
Time to do laundry; Ro, I hope you and little Starr have a cozy nap.
Prayers for all-

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66913: Asa I bet you wear shoes in that snow !..ha ha..well im at work now wind got us kinda busy..let me get things started...hey Boo,possum,Romeena,CD auh20 and all....SPOT

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66914: Hey, Spot- hope you have a good night at work..is the wind causing downed power lines where you are at?
Prayers for you

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66915: Yea Cd just a few problems ...all caught up now...hey have yall ever watched the movie Joe Dirt?...funny movie...its on TBS now...well let me get the end of the week busy work stuff done here...fresh pound cake my Mom cooked for a snack..whole mayfield milk...SPOT

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66916: Evening Family:
I just can't get this picture outta my mind of Asa out with a stick beating the trees, and it dumping on his head!! Sorta like a baptizing!
Thanks for the supper Maude, my favorite, especially after a long double shift at work.
Hey there SPOT- let's keep the lights on...
Evenin' CD- glad to see ya.
As for the dog, I HAVE ONE FOR YOU! Got home from work today and the kids were in the livingroom sitting all quiet. (should have known something was up!) and I walked by the door and saw this HORSE size dog sound asleep on the floor! It looks to be a mixed pointer/retrever. Pointer because it keeps pointing to the parakeets in the diningroom. I keep telling him "I know they're birds". He just showed up on my porch complete with collar (no tags) and walking leash. I called the vet and he's going to scan to see if he has a chip or recognize him. If not, we'll try to find the owner. But we do know he's not from our community. The kids rode around with him before I got home and no one had seen him before. A beautiful, well behaved dog.
I'm gonna get my shoes on, can I bring anything BIG MAUDE? On my way...~New Neighbor

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66917: Hi, all. Just a quick run-by, to let you know there are new pictures in Tom's album, and Big Maude now has her own sub-album as well, and there are new pictures in it. Check it out!

It is deep dusk outside, just a little rosy glow in the sky, and there are three squirrels running around in the yard! What are they thinking?? They should be home in their jammies by now. I wonder if that signals anything?

CD, if your winters are that mild, your elephant ears should be just fine. I would still put some mulch or leaves over them, but I don't think you'll have any problems.

Well, I think I'll run up to Taco Bell and get some of those tacky (but good!) little tacos for dinner. There's a place in town that makes wonderful tacos, but it's a lot farther away, and I don't feel like wasting the gasoline.

Speaking of gasoline, we're now paying $3.19 for regular. REV, that may be of interest to you, since you're headed this way. I can't believe $3.19 looks good, but it does. Of course, I remember when gas was $0.19, back in the '50s and very early '60s. Of course, minimum wage was about $1.65 then, too. I guess it's all relative.

Well, off I go. Be blessed! --Romeena

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66918: Hi, New Neighbor, good to see ya on the porch.If you can't find the dog's owner, will you keep it?
Ro, I was laughing while reading your post; I remember when gas was 50 cents per gallon(when I was in high school).
Well, break is over; time to work on my quilt. Stop back by in a bit.
Blessings to all-

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66919: New Neighbor Asa with the stick...funny..WHAM-WHAM..all lights are on right now...wind still blowing here ...CD making a quilt?...Romeena when is Rev gona be at your Church?..he must not have service where he is right now...Tom check in..you too Rev when ya can...possum where are you at girl?....well back to the ballgame....SPOT

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66920: Speaking of squirrels, I'm mad at ours. Ok, I love wildlife and all that; I have a squirrel feeder and love to watch them. But I draw the line when they start destroying my stuff. You all know I'm an avid gardener; well, the squirrels stay out of it. So we co-exist together there. Same goes with my flower beds. So imagine my surprise when I came home from work last Thursday, and went out to my patio. We have two wonderful, comfy swings out there, with a great view of my back yard and garden. Well one of them is now ruined. The seat part is all chewed up and the stuffing all scooped out. Nothing but thread-bare material left. I think perhaps they were getting their winter nests ready, and they needed some stuffing. We've lived at this house for almost 20 years, with patio furniture and swings always on the patio, and we've never had our stuff bothered by squirrels. Irritating! But, not much can be done. We stacked stuff up on the other swing, so they wouldn't get to that one too. And I laid an old pillow out there so maybe if they need more stuffing they'll use that instead... What is it Barney says? "The ways of the creatures of the wild are many and wonderful."
- Hazel

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66921: Tom and Maude I just checked out the pics "Fantastic"...Tom you and step-pop slick up pretty good!...Maude the kid pics are just great...you got your hands full both ways when they get a little older...ok..prayers.im gona get Romeena some new camping pics soon...SPOT

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66922: Hazel, I know what you mean about the squirrels; I have always went to the trouble to get them food whenever I put out bird food. But of course they ignored their food and chewed up all of my bird feeders while eating up all of the bird seed. The only solution is to spend 40.00 for a squirrel-proof bird feeder. They're cute, but destructive.
Yes, Spot, I am working on a quilt; slow-going, though. Between family obligations and work, it may be this time next year before I finish it. It is the "Grandmother's Fan" pattern.
What ballgame are you watching?

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66923: SPOT, we met with an electrician today named Joe and I just loved the guy. He is in his 50's and his dear wife passed away less than a year ago. He is just a super nice guy and will be telling us what he will charge for the job tomorrow. I really hope we can use him. I thought of Romeena when he was talking because he said some really interesting things about Obama and I know Ro would love to have a conversation with him. He seemed to really know what was going on and have some good insight...of course political awareness is no prerequisite for the job, but "what the heck?".

A foot of snow?!! Jeepers, that's hard to imagine. Maybe this IS going to be a hard winter...of course, it never is down here on the Texas coast...it might mean a frost or two for us. I am thinking, though, that if the squirrels are tearing the stuffing out of Hazel's patio furniture to make warmer nests, we all might be in trouble!

Hey Possum, we have only had one white christmas here in recorded history and it was 4 years ago. Five to seven inches on Christmas Eve...people thought the world was coming to an end. It had never snowed like that, and certainly never a white christmas.

Hope you find the dog's owner, NN. That was a funny mental picture I had of the dog pointing at the parakeets. When I was a kid, we had parakeet that would copy alot of sounds he heard and mom had a big Airdale dog named Heidi. The crazy bird learned to call the dog by listening to us and would start yelling and whistling for Heidi. Well, Heidi would hear the bird calling and come and present herself before the cage, staring at the bird like, 'Well, here I am. What do you want?'. It always scared the bird to death and he never figured out what was causing the big hairy dog to appear.

You making a quilt, CD? That's wonderful...send a picture of it (and yourself) to Ro for the photo album..I would love to be able to quilt but I am a real mess when it comes to sewing anything. I do crochet a little when i have the time, though and am working on a blaket with fall colors right now.

Hazel, I will pray that you and Mr Hazel find just the right dog.

The new pics were great. Maude, I cannot believe how grown up Beth looks! What happened?...and that boy of yours, what a cutie. Tom's pictures were great, too. You know Tom, you are really a neat-looking guy with that long hair (very cool).

Well, I think I will turn in for the night. Talk to you in the morning.


October 12, 2008 - Msg 66924:
Hello porch family....Really nice day here in SC today. I had a concert this morning here in SC so I got to spend a lot of the day with my family. They were able to be at the concert.

Asa....you'll have to excuse me for laughing at the thought of you beating up on that tree and it pouring it's snow on your head.

Ro...thanks for the gas price update in your area. I'll see ya this Thursday. We'll have a blast!

Daphne....If you happen to check in on the porch, I understand that you're coming to the concert at Ro's church also. I am so much looking forward to meeting you.

Spot....did you get to see many of the college games yesterday? Man those DOGS put it on TN. Also, who are you rooting for in the baseball championships?

Well you all have a goodnight's sleep. Prayers for all the porch family.

October 12, 2008 - Msg 66925: Good evening, all. Just been reading back over and getting a laugh out of the recent conversation. Asa, I'll bet you'd be a big hit at a birthday party, if they had a pinata! The notion of you out there thrashing your trees and getting hit with an avalanche of snow off the branches is just hilarious. And Boo, I can just see that ticked-off dog, obediently answering the bird-brain's call, and the silly bird scared out of his feathers because the dog is standing there. Hazel, check your email. You're gonna love it!

Well, I'm off to the ironing board, I guess. My Britcoms are on, and I can't miss them. Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

October 13, 2008 - Msg 66926: Hello to my porch family; it's time to got to bed, as my grandsons have really ran me ragged today. I will talk to all of you tomorrow. Prayers and blessings for my porch family-

October 13, 2008 - Msg 66927: Night CD..and Hello brother Rev!..man were there not some great games yesterday..whew..1,2 & 3 got beat..pulling for the phils in baseball..no dogers or sox...finally caught up at work now..good deal on the elect Boo..got bull riding on the tube...back in just a bit...SPOT

October 13, 2008 - Msg 66928: Get up gang!..still windy here in Ga but gona be nice...I get off at 6am this morning and off till Thu morning at 7am..gona get some things done around the dog house..gona clean up the pop-up camper and get it put in the field for sale..clean out the barn and try to get back started on the Big barn and get some bike riding in....well prayers and here is the breakfast menu:3 eggs your way,bisquits and gravy,sausage links,country ham,grits with butter,hashbrowns,toast,grape jelly,milk,coffee,h2o....hope everyone has a great Mayberry type day...your dog SPOT

October 13, 2008 - Msg 66929:
Morning Porch

Asa- While you and Hazel dig out I gotta let you know that we'll be up close to 80 degrees today. I can relate to snow dropping on your head. We have a maple tree off our front porch that I swear waits for me before it dumps snow on me. I've seen trees do horrible things before. I can remember a documentary (can't recall the name) where trees actually hurled fruit, apples I think, at a lion and a small girl.

God Bless Joe Scarborough!


October 13, 2008 - Msg 66930:
Paul Krugman wins the Nobel prize for economics? Yikes! Of course, a socialist group awarding a socialist does make sense.

Sorry for the editorializing but I just couldn't holler fish this time.

By the way Spot, breakfast sounds great!


October 13, 2008 - Msg 66931: Morning. SPOT, I wish I was in the position to buy your pop-up but right now Bruce is pinching pennies so tight, Lincoln is screamin'.

Sure wish I could drive up to Irving on Thursday to hear REV. My mom-in-law will be in San Antonio this week and Bruce goes back to work tomorrow so I can't swing it. Maybe someday. I wanted to thank you all for your prayers for Bruce. He is doing much better. Still not back to normal (hehe) but better. These back injuries sometimes take months to heal.

Romeena, I would check out the Brit-coms but don't even know where to look. I don't think we get any on our cable network. What would I look under to see a clip of one on YouTube? Would brit-com do it?

80 degrees, Auh2o? Curious...are the squirrels in your area resorting to any strange behavior like Hazel's? The thing about the trees throwing fruit at a lion and a small girl?...whoa, I think you might have been hittin' the squeezins' a bit too hard that night...hehe...you sure is wasn't on Cartoon Network?...(just kidding with you, Auh2o).

Better get moving.


October 13, 2008 - Msg 66932: Good Morning Porch family, hope all is well this Columbus Day. I am working today and have a pretty full schedule. Hopefully, the day will go smoothly.

My kids are in school today but out 1/2 DAY tomorrow for parent teacher conferences. Thanks for the kind words about their pics in the album. They are pretty good kids. I can't believe Patrick will turn 18 in December! and Beth will be 15 in May. I must be getting old.

Supposed to be a beautiful day, around 82 degrees. Gas has come down around here as well. I saw a couple of places that has reg. unleaded for 2.98.

Glad Bruce is feeling better BOO.

Lunch menu will be: grilled ham and cheese sandwhiches, chips, pickles, SLAW. Chocolate chip cookies warm from the oven. tea, lemonade to drink. see you at lunch.

Prayers and blessings to all today and everyday.

Big Maude

October 13, 2008 - Msg 66933: Saw gas for 2.79 yesterday - I almost had convulsions. Had the big goat show this weekend. We has several reserve grand champions and a lot of fun.

Too tired to write much more -


October 13, 2008 - Msg 66934: Saw gas for 2.66 here yesterday, HM. Glad you had fun at the big goat show! Wish I could have been there.

Morning Maude, you're NOT getting old. You are just in the prime of life. There has to be some comfort in knowing that you have gotten your kids this far (nearly grown) and they are doing well. I feel like I still have so far to go with a 7 year old!

Just finished a biscuit with REAL butter and honey and it sure was good. Biscuits aren't something we eat much of around here but they are a nice treat now and then.

Well, think I will go observe the "laundry conditions" before Bruce wakes up and wants to drag me to another tile place or something. Do any of you have an ideas about what we can do to our front porch? Now, knowing that the house has the farmhouse (or older home) look, with a big front porch, columns and railing, but the porch will be concrete. That just doesn't work...don't know whether to put wood on top of it, or go with some sort of brick pavers, or slate...we are considering having someone who does decorative concrete stamp it with something that looks like wood planking. Any ideas out there? The foundation under the porch will be covered by reddish brick, like you see in some of the older colonial-type homes. Funny how many little problems you come across when you are trying to figure these things out. The other day Bruce told me, "I don't understand why you don't like making these decisions. I thought women enjoyed these kinds of things". I told him, "Well, I was alot more enthusiastic five years ago when we first decided to build this house!". I am so overwhelmed that I am not finding it a "fun" thing...guess that might get better as i see the house actually going up. They are building some dang big houses in our area. There is a beautiful, victorian style going up down the street and it looks like it is about 4000 sq ft! The economy doesn't seem to be slowing down too much down here yet.


October 13, 2008 - Msg 66935: Good Morning to all my porch friends; hope everyone is having a good day.
Spot, thanks for breakfast; it was really good.
Hi, auh2o..good to see ya.
Boo, I'm so glad Bruce is doing better. You're right; it will just take time for him to heal.
I'm sure your house will be beautiful; hopefully you'll survive the decision-making.
Hi, Big Maude, hope you are having a good day. Lunch sounds good; I'll be there early.
hm,glad you enjoyed the goat show. What categories are the goats judged in? Is it similar to a dog show?
Well, gotta run. Have to get ready for work. Have a blessed day, everyone. Talk to you later. Prayers for all.

October 13, 2008 - Msg 66936: CD - the goat shows I go to are Boer Goat shows. Boer is a breed so it is divided into four categories: youth showmanship, percentage boer does (girl goats that are not 100% boer), fullblood boer does, and then the bucks (boy boers). Then within each category are age ranges from just born up to 6 years plus. All of the goats have to be papered or registered just like dogs. Then you earn points if your doe or buck wins overall in their %, fullblood or buck division. My older son, Casey, won the Jr. Showmanship. He has been around goats since he was 2 years old. He started showing at 5. Jesse started showing at 4.

I recently earned my goat judging certification so I can go and find the good goats to buy for my herd. Ha Ha

Bad back ache!
Ouch -

Talk to you later


October 13, 2008 - Msg 66937: Are you still looking for tile, Boo? Well, I hope you find some you both like.
Oh, and I know you asked Romeena, but I would think you could find some clips of some Brit-coms on Youtube by typing "Brit-coms". Then again, you could always type them in by name, like "Are You Being Served?" Or "Good Neighbors". Those are a couple I know. I am sure Ro has a longer list.

Wow Asa, you were supposed to get snow? Luckily here we are experiencing some unseasonably warm weather. Actually I think it is just Indian summer; what we get every year.

-Sterling Holobyte

October 13, 2008 - Msg 66938: Good afternoon everyone. It’s supposed to be hovering around 80 degrees here this week, but I feel for you people getting snow. We’re down to less than $3 a ding for gas, too!

It’s one of those days where the pile on my desk is so high, and the amount of things I need to get done is so large…that I’m just going to ignore them.

STERLING: I can’t add any more than has already been said.

DES: Good to hear from you. Don’t be such a stranger. Or at least any stranger than the rest of us.

BOO: You say you’re building a house? ;)

AUH2O: See, I told you socialism was better. ;)

HM: You judge goats, huh? There’s a few around here (work) that I bet are championship material.

Has anyone seen the tv-movie “The Five People You Meet in Heaven?” I watched it on Saturday. It starred John Voight, Jeff Daniels, Ellen Burstyn and some others. It really was a very nice flick. Basically, an old man (Voight) dies trying to save a little girl at an amusement park where he has worked as a maintenance man for many years. In his job he has diligently kept the rides running safe. He meets five people after he dies, who help him to realize how connected we all are. He believes he didn’t contribute anything important in life in his “dead-end” job and that life is random. They show him that all things happen for a reason. (SPOILER ALERT! I’m about to reveal the ending! Skip to the next paragraph if you don’t want to read it.) One particularly poignant encounter is with his “fifth person,” who is a little Asian girl about age eight. He can’t figure out how she fits in his life. She speaks only broken English and keeps telling him “You burn me.” He realizes in horror that he burned this girl during an incident when he was fighting ion the Pacific in World War II. When it happened, he saw a shadow of a girl, but then put it out his mind all these years. Of course, he didn’t not intend to harm an innocent—it was one of those tragic things that happens in war. Anyway, after he realizes he breaks down crying and keeps apologizing. He asks why such a thing would happen and she says because it was supposed to. He can’t understand, and again talks about living an unimportant life. She tells him that he was making up for her all those years, even not realizing it. Then, he’s back at the park surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of people—people that he had kept safe all those years through his work.

Though theologically speaking it’s gobbledy-gook, it was a really touching story showing our lives really are connected, and that terrible things do happen and even though we don’t understand the hows and whys now eventually we’ll see the “big picture.” I highly recommend the flick, which evidently is made from a book.

I also saw a terrible Disney movie on Sunday. Nora loves Hayley Mills movies and has seen (many times) most of them. I purchased one I had never heard of called “In Search of the Castaways” with Maurice Chevalier. The plot was ridiculous, the effects laughable, and the overall movie stupid. If (and I repeat, if) “That Darned Cat” and “The Parent Trap” were 10s, this would have been a -1. Now I know why I never heard of it. The Mrs. and I rolled our eyes to each other so much you’d have thought we were having seizures. The kids liked it though. And I’d rather they watch this kind of stuff than “Hannah Montana.” Chad was disappointed there were no pirates (he loves pirates), so I thought maybe I’d get him the original “Treasure Island” for Christmas.

Well, back to work. I’ll stop back later after I’ve caught up on the archives properly.

APB for AFD! Where ya been?


October 13, 2008 - Msg 66939: Oh, by the way, I heard an interestingstory on teh immigration issue this weekend on "Weekend Edition" on NPR. The reason I mention it is because it was about Siler City, NC, which of course is well-known to us Mayberryites. You can read or hear (better) the story at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95619192.


October 13, 2008 - Msg 66940: Afternoon Y'all! Hey Asa,I think I'd rather have snow falling down on my head as opposed to some other "stuff" that could fall out of a tree! Ha! Wish I could take some of it off of your hands.

Me-They,I read the book.I noticed that the movie was on,but it was rather lengthy so I didn't watch. Good story!

Gas is at $2.99 a gallon here. I had to do a double take when I saw that "2" up on the sign! Hope it keeps dropping in price.

Well,I am off to check out the new pics in Ro's album. I want to send some new ones of Laci,but I haven't been able to get my hands on any of them yet.I'll remind my daughter- she ought to know better than to not give pictures to a grandmother!
Makes me wanna go beat a tree or fuss at a squirrel!!
Y'all take care now.
possum under a rock

October 13, 2008 - Msg 66941: Um,that's snow I'd like to take off of of Asa's hands. Don't need any other "stuff" that might fall out of the trees-just wanted to clarify!

possum again

October 13, 2008 - Msg 66942: Afternoon gang!..had a good morning and noon sleep...ready for chores..hey auh2o,Cd dont work to hard..Boo you and that house..told ya it would be fun!..I use my back deck more than my 2 side front porch...hum..I put a big 20 X 14 back deck on mine...hey M-T,its gona be in the mid 80"s here..Maude lunch was good even cold...I will get supper...grilled sirlon burgers with bacon,SLAW,chips,pork-n-beans...tea...Asa you and haz take care...well let me get a cup of java and see what I can get into...think Miss Sherr is coming over before work..she is on the 10 pm to 6 shift this month....prayers...SPOT

October 13, 2008 - Msg 66943: snuck in possum...hey girl!...SPOT

October 13, 2008 - Msg 66944: Good afternoon, everyone! Me-They, I read that book, one rainy day when the power was out. That's my default activity when the power goes out around here. The sunroom is all windows on two sides, so gets plenty of natural light. There's a comfortable recliner out there, room for Starr up there with me, and a table for my tea glass, so I'm all set. I do a lot of reading out there.

Joe and his helper were here most of the day. Roses are all pruned, surprise lily bulbs planted, grass seed sowed in the lawn so it will be green all winter, everything else all settled and put to bed for the time being. Still have to move the plumeria tree into the garage, but not yet. It can stay out a few more weeks. Sure looks good out there!

I'm scheduled to work tonight. If they call and offer me the shift off, you better believe I'll take it! I'm beat to the socks, and not really looking forward to working all night. Then I've got a dental appointment at 8:30 in the morning, so can't come home and go to bed. Argh. Oh well, this too shall pass.

Boo, the concrete imprinted to look like wood sounds interesting. I think I'd ask the person who would do it to take me by some jobs they've done, just to get an idea of what it looks like. I've seen some concrete "faux" work, and it can be really nice. Haven't seen wood plank design though.

Well, time to hit the shower and scrape some of the yard off of me. My hair is stiff with sweat and sticking straight up, and a goat would not want to stand downwind, so guess I'd best clean up. Be blessed, everyone - and please pray for this election. --Romeena

October 13, 2008 - Msg 66945: Trouble check

October 13, 2008 - Msg 66946: No trouble here, 66945. I only had my eyes closed for a minute; I just had em squinched up real tight, but I was really looking thru the bottom of em. Looking for speeders and whatnot. I was NOT sleeping!
- Hazel

October 13, 2008 - Msg 66947: Yep, Me-They, I am...enough said! ha

I have not seen the movie you mentioned, so I skipped the rest of the paragraph and will rent it soon, thanks.

Possum, just yesterday I was looking at the photo al...oops, gotta...Erin is crying with an earache..