November 07, 2008 - Msg 67732: Mornin' Y'all. Up early due to Laci's little baby snores around 5am. But,thank the Lord for those snores-can always make up the sleep!
Daughter takes her nursing exam this morning,so keep positive thoughts & prayers.
Better go get a jump on the day before Miss Lady wakes up- let's go to Waffle House for breakfast since I don't see Spot up and cooking breakfast yet.We'll make him pay- ha!
possum under a rock

November 07, 2008 - Msg 67733: So,I've gotta babysit AND sweep? Well, ok,just call me Super possum!

November 07, 2008 - Msg 67734: And I just bet I know who left the broom next to my rocker- can you spell "SPOT"?
That's what I get for trying to stick him with the Waffle House bill!

possum again

November 07, 2008 - Msg 67735: Good morning, Possum! Glad Laci is in safe hands...prayers for your daughter as she takes her exam...boy, I remember taking mine back in '83, after being up most of the night with my friends...amazing that I passed it, really. We had to go out of town for the exam, all the way to Austin, so we all stayed over night and didn't get any studying done, that's for sure. No drinking, either, though.

Homemaker, I am glad things are rolling along with your house. We are not moving very fast, especially since Bruce injured his back, but him being down has caused him to rethink some things and bake some wiser decisions. I am very happy this morning because the Lord is answering prayer. I will share more about it later but I feel like a load has been lifted off of us.

Well, it is cool outside for a change. I think it will only be in the 70's today (yipee), and cloudy. Plenty to do today and the laundry is backing up.


November 07, 2008 - Msg 67736: Hey Boo,possum,maude,asa,ro and all...LUNCH TIME MENU:fried bologna sandwiches,mustard or mayo {no whip stuff},sour cream-n-onion chips,devil eggs with sliced olives on top,maude slaw,Boo tea...served early at 11:45 Rev yours will be Fed-X this time...prayers..SPOT

November 07, 2008 - Msg 67737: HERE COME MY SHORTS!


November 07, 2008 - Msg 67738: Good morning everyone. Welcome back SPOT and ROMEENA! Weíve missed you both. Good to see you, too, KY GIRL. Now I hope that all the other MIA porchstersóAFD, HAZEL, CHARLOTTE, and lots moreódrop by and have a set.

I thought that video was funny for those of any political stripe. It was forwarded to me by a very conservative friend and even my very liberal co-workers thought it was funny.

No matter what the pundits say, Iím staying hopeful. I donít like a lot of what I heard Obama say pre-election but Iím hoping and praying for the best. It really upsets me when I hear conservative pundits basically hope that Obama runs the ship to ground so the Republicans can make a big comeback in four years. How about they hope that Obama has a change of heart on some key issues and things improve? How about hoping that he does find peace in Iraq without surrender? And a way out of this economic mess without raising taxes and over regulation? I donít hold out much hope of a change of mind on some moral issues, but Iím not about to hope that the Obama administration crashes and burns. If it does, it will take real live people with it. Frankly, I hope that the next four years are our nationís best ever, because of Obamaís leadership or in spite of it. I pray he receives the Lordís guidance and I pray that his heart is touched by the plight of the unborn.

I guess for me itís a little different than for some of you. Here in Maryland the Democratic party has had free reign for years and years. Even the few Republicans out there at the state level are pro-choice. In my years of voting, Iíve never had the opportunity (to my recollection) to vote for a pro-life candidate for governor. Our previous governor, who was a Republican, was pro-choice and very pro-slots. Heck, the Republican party in general here is pro-slots, which some of us have been trying to keep out of the state (we lost in this last election). So, itís very easy for me to divorce social issues from the two parties. It just mean much here.

Anyway, unless I am otherwise inspired this is my election season swan song. The people have had their say and the die has been cast. Itís in the Lordís hands. I pray His hand is on our leaders and His will is done. I also hope that our country thrives in the coming years. I plan to shout out about the decisions I disagree with and applaud the ones I like. I plan to continue praying and doing what I can to gain the high ground on moral issues, and respect those put in charge of our government on the things of more earthly importance. Then I plan to go to Thelma Louís, take a nap, yep, thatís what Iím gonna doÖ


November 07, 2008 - Msg 67739:
M-T Just because someone is a Republican does not mean they are a Conservative. I haven't heard any Conservatives hoping that Obama runs America to the ground. I think any of them would hope that Obama has a change of heart, and ideals. But, what are the chances of that happening? I hope he's one and done.


November 07, 2008 - Msg 67740: Spot, I believe I'll just let them fried bologna sammiches slide on by, thank you anyway. Boo you mean to tell me Bruce is baking now? HA possum baby snores are better than big man snores any old day. ;) Tom DUCK! Me-They is throwing his shorts around again. Well, I have the day off from the grooming shop today, so guess I'll head out to the new house & try to get more done. Tomorrow it's stay here & pack some more things up. Anybody want to come help??

November 07, 2008 - Msg 67741: AUH2O: "You know what it's like to know somebody who knows everything?" ;)

Sorry MAVIS, I see you talking but I'm not understanduing the words you're saying...


November 07, 2008 - Msg 67742: I will help I need my truck and trailer?..we can stop and get you a burger...SPOT

November 07, 2008 - Msg 67743: Oh no U F O OVERHAED.

November 07, 2008 - Msg 67744: M-T I hate it when yer obtuse! Spot you can bring the truck, trailer & the smoker, we'll smoke some turkey. MMMMM Tom that should be U F S, for Unindentified Flying Shorts. Just make sure you put some tin foil on yer head so they don't make you crazy, they're like bat eggs ya know.

November 07, 2008 - Msg 67745: Gosh I hope they dont lay eggs in our hair !...SPOT

November 07, 2008 - Msg 67746: Got 'em, Me-They. Starch or no starch?...I forget...

I'm not ready to comment on the Obama administration, yet...still feeling uneasy, for sure.

Got up too early this morning so I konked out on the couch around 9 and didn't wake up until a quarter to noon!! Must have needed it something awful...better go get things done.


November 07, 2008 - Msg 67747: Sleep head Boo!...hey yall I got a pair of old army pants that are my favorite...BUT they have a hole wore in the seat do they still make the iron on patches like we had when we were kid YOUTS?...hum...GOT to get them fixed cant do with out them.....just thought I would ask since we were talking about M-T"s shorts....SPOT

November 07, 2008 - Msg 67748: Yes pot - you can git the iron on patches.
Mavis MT shorts can fall and nock yo out.


November 07, 2008 - Msg 67749: Daughter passed with all A's- she is a nurse!!

Somehow today (and it it purely for spite to try to ruin my daughter's big day) Laci's dad/paternal grandparents got the court to allow them to have Laci overnight.She is headed there right now.My daughter will follow the law to the "T" as Me-They has already advised. I hope Laci gives them FITS!! Well,no, of course I want Laci calm & not agitated.We don't like it,but she will be ok. I predict somebody won't get much sleep over there tonight,and it ain't Laci!Prayers again,please. The grandparents are not really bad people,just strange.And Laci's dad is a pretty good dad,when he's on an even keel with his diabetes.Laci does love them all. My daughter says she will & can pick her up at crack of dawn.
This is some special one time only deal- so I'm told. papers came that Laci's dad has granted full custody to my daughter once divorce is final.
Again,they are doing this for spite and I was always told growing up that "God don't like ugly." They could have gotten Laci another night. I told my daughter not to let them steal her joy.
Y'all know Laci is a tough cookie after all she's been through and if she made it the other night next to a loaded shotgun with no safety lock & a whacked out at the moment dad,she'll be ok tonight.( no guns in this house she's staying tonight.)
Say a prayer-thanks again. I promise not to let myself get too worked up over this. God is in control.
possum under a rock

November 07, 2008 - Msg 67750: Just looked up at what Tom wrote & I've got a mental picture in my mind that is too funny- thanks for making me laugh,Tom! Mavis,if ya get knocked out I've got a nurse in the family now-she'll tend to ya!
possum again

November 07, 2008 - Msg 67751: See all the funny we can have what MT short and HM meatball.
We can laugh win thing git us downn, because is good medic.


November 07, 2008 - Msg 67752: TOM: You are right about us all needing a laugh, but I'm not sure my shorts are very good medicine. It might take more than one spoonful of sugar to make that medicine go down.

POSSUM: Congrats on all fronts! Prayers continue in good times as bad.

SPOT: I've got an iron-on patch of fingers making a peace sign colored like the flag you can have. Or a round one that says, "Keep on truckin'" Remember those?

BOO: No starch, please. I don't want to be walking funny. Well, even more funny.

MAVIS: I'm going to check out your album. Which room do I get to stay in? And do you bring breakfast to the door, or will I have to get dressed and be at the table? Don't make it too early; I need my beauty sleep. I'm trying to regrow hair.

You all have a great weekiend! Remember to act like somebody.


November 07, 2008 - Msg 67753: Can anyone tell me what the T in Ernest T. Bass stands for?

November 07, 2008 - Msg 67754: Tiberius? No, that's Kirk...

Sorry, I don't know. All I know is he's a nut.


November 07, 2008 - Msg 67755: M-T I want both of those patches!..Tom you are funny today!..Possum prayers again my friend and congrats for your daughter!...Mavis you get things done at the house?..its raining a bit here..Boo you mend sox?...Romeena girl get back in touch...Floyd stop by...where is Asa?..Rev look for you supper...we make you play for it!..supper menu: Possum meatloaf,greembeans,fried okra,stewed potatoes (kinda thick),cornbread,green onions,apple cobbler and maude slaw and Tom will you bring the tea....see yall at supper,now back to work for me..SPOT

November 07, 2008 - Msg 67756: You got it, starch (to protect your "tender bits").

Congratulations on your daughter's exam, Possum! Prayers for Laci.

No, SPOT...I do not mend sox...but I will (for a price) wash your underwear.

Sorry, I don't know what the "T" stands for in Earnest T's name.

Well, it's been a good day and I am feeling like the weight of the world is off my shoulders. Thanks for your prayers concerning our house building venture. As I have mentioned before, I have prayed that Bruce would not build such a big house and I just wasn't getting through to him. It was more than we needed and I did not want to be under that kind of financial strain (especially in these trouble economic times). God stopped him in his tracks with this back trouble and made him take a look at what it would really cost and how would be living if we built it as big as he wanted to. I think I mentioned that the foundation alone was going to be almost 40,000! I wanted NO part of that, but I knew Bruce had to come to a place of "letting go" of what he imagined for his family and grabbing onto reality. He finally got there and he feels so much better, too. He has FINALLY decided that it is time to enjoy his life and family and stop being so driven to achieve it "all". This is a big answer to prayer and I am thrilled. We are going back to the planner and re-doing the plans and shooting for about 2000 sq ft., which is very affordable for our family and we would have money for emergencies, new cars when needed, be able to build the barn and take vacations with the family AND extra to give to God's causes, besides just the tithes. I am on cloud nine. Hooray! Again, thanks for the prayers...this will put us a little farther down the road as far as a finishing time, but not much since it is smaller and will be easier to build.

Well, tonight is "parent's night out" and we get to leave Erin at the church for the evening. It's a ministry of our church to allow couples to have time together each month. It only costs 10.00 per family and they feed and entertain the kids for the evening (from 6-10). Not a bad deal!

Better get going...


November 07, 2008 - Msg 67757: Woohooo! I just got home yesterday evening from the cruise, have spent the morning just opening mail, paying bills, unpacking, and playing with little Toye Starr. Boy, was I glad to see her! I could hardly hold her when I got home, she was wiggling so hard and giving me so many little puppy kisses.

We had SOOO much fun! I'll say this much - I have been in the presence of greatness! The tribute artists on the cruise were absolutely wonderful. Our own dear Floyd is terrific, and we had Gomer and Goober and Otis, and Briscoe and Opie and Miss Ellen, and Howard and Juanita, and that good ol' southern boy Elvis even dropped by! Friends, it was just almost like being right there in Mayberry, and it was so much fun. I got a lot of pictures, but they're still in the camera, haven't put them in the computer yet, so am not sure how good they are. I hope they're clear and sharp, and you can get some idea of the fun we had.

Folks, a cruise is already in the planning stages for next year, and I would encourage everyone to start dropping your quarters and the occasional dollar bill in a jar right now. The price is right for what you get, and if you're in driving distance of Jacksonville, FL, you've got it made. Eloise and I had to buy plane tickets as well, but it was still well worth it, and I'm going to start working on plans to go again, right now. It would be so much fun if we could have a bunch of porchsters there. The dining room seating is assigned, but I wouldn't be surprised if we could all be seated at the same table. If not, we'll just make new friends, like Eloise and I did this time. Delightful people, we felt like we had known them forever.

As soon as I get the pictures loaded and sorted, I'll post them in a sub-album of the Porchsters album, so everyone can see them.

Haven't had time to read the archives, and I have to get ready to go play bunco right now, so will be doing that later. Meantime - be blessed, friends! --Romeena

November 07, 2008 - Msg 67758: Well I guess yall are all out on dates!..Asa buddy check in..TOM?..Romeena I think a cruise was a great idea..Miss Sherry and I have been on a few but the Mayberry one would be the my jar and im gona save!..Boo I will get some (for a price) drawers and T-shirts up to wash..ha ha..possum check in girl!remember we are 1977 YOUTS!..meatloaf was good...well stoped raining here in Ga..I get off at 10 gona go home and lite the barn up and measure for some windows and gabel openings then bed...woek tomorrow nignt at 6 pm but that will be OT for me...well prayers and I wil check back before the ironing bord calls....SPOT

November 08, 2008 - Msg 67759: Mornin' y'all! Spot,I remember those iron on patches- I didn't like them! My Mamie (grandmama) always tried to put them on my jeans & they were stiff and darker colored than my jeans- thought I looked like a hobo or something! I did like the sew on patches with peace signs,rainbows,etc. though.Let's all wear bell bottoms today! Ha!
Guess Laci made it thru the night with her dad & other grands. Will see her later at my niece's birthday party. Guess I'd better save those bell bottoms for another time. We'll just plan a 70's flashback party for some other time. Spot,Rev,Maude,Boo,all you YOUTs of the 70's be thinking on some ideas for it,ok? We didn't make the Mayberry Cruise -I wish!!) but we can throw a party!
I am trying to look up something for my mom and I'm thinking maybe Ro you would remember this. Do you know the song from years ago ( Now, possum ain't saying you're old or nothing!) called "September Song"? I know several artists sang it. Would you know who (male) did the most favored version of that song? It was my mama & daddy's "song". She just doesn't remember specifics too well. Ro,if you (or another Porchster maybe?) might know-thanks.
Gotta go get started with the day.Y'all have a good one.Love to all.
possum under a rock

November 08, 2008 - Msg 67760: Hi All.
Just a little cold out today.

Let God's love shine through
By the way that we live.
Be compassionate and caring
With the love that we give.
Bringing sunshine to others
On a dark, cloudy day
With a smile and friendship
As we go on our way.
We have a warm, happy feeling
When we are thoughtful and kind.
There are treasures beyond measure
That we surely will find
When we please our dear Father
By the way that we live
With concern for others
And the love that we give.


November 08, 2008 - Msg 67761: I just needed to post this, I threw away my Calendar that I always buy of the show when I saw that advertisement Ron Howard put out for Obama. I sent for a new calendar for 2009 that has pictures of Sarah Palin in it. I feel sick that Mr. Howard used this wonderful show the way that he did for political reasons. I have every episode and just don't know if I can feel the same way again. Cheryl in Santa Maria CA

November 08, 2008 - Msg 67762: Tom, that is a lovely poem. Thank you- I know everyone will like it as well.
Your posts have been cheering me up and making me feel better. Thank you Tom for being you! You are a good friend.

November 08, 2008 - Msg 67763: Hi Cheryl- Lots of us feel the same way as you. Hope you don't give up your love of the Andy Griffith Show. As one of us (we call ourselves Porchsters here)- summed it up,just remember that Ron,Andy, Henry Winkler are actors.We don't have to like them personally for whatever reason,if we choose. We can still love the CHARACTERS they represented.Opie, Andy Taylor, & the Fonz are who we know them to be.Might not be the exact wording,but that's pretty much the idea she was conveying to us. Hope that helps you some. Come back and join us again if you wish. You won't find a better bunch than the Porchsters!
possum under a rock

November 08, 2008 - Msg 67764: Thank you, I will try to do that. I am sure glad Barney was in on it.

November 08, 2008 - Msg 67765: oops, I meant Barney WASN'T in on it

November 08, 2008 - Msg 67766: Good afternoon, everyone. Cheryl, may I second Possum's invitation to you to join us as a regular? Find yourself a Mayberry name if you wish, or just keep yours, and hang on. Most of us meet here at least once a day, and if you'll look back through the archives, you'll soon realize that we are a pretty close family.

As for the disappointment with the three who put on that misbegotten video, I think we have a tacit agreement here to just put that behind us. There are many beloved characters, such as Fred Mertz from "I Love Lucy" who were portrayed by actors who were very different from the character. I've read that William Frawley was a foul-mouthed, grouchy old goat, hateful to people on the set and just generally unpleasant, but who wouldn't love old Fred? Now I'm not saying that Andy and Ron and Henry aren't good people. I think they are, especially Andy Griffith. He has done a lot of good and kind things, gave people work when they needed it, took care of Howard McNear (Floyd) and made it possible for him to continue on the show. He has produced many beloved gospel albums, and I believe he is a Christian. I just think that in this one instance, he made an error in judgment, and I'll leave it at that.

Tom, you outdid yourself! That poem was just beautiful, and has such a message for us all. Thank you.

I still haven't gotten the pictures out of the camera, and may not make it today. I've got a little baseball game to go to, and will probably bring two rowdy little boys home with me for the night, so scrap any ideas of my own!

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

November 08, 2008 - Msg 67767: Oh, Possum. About "September Song", I believe Frank Sinatra did the most popular male vocal of that song. I just plugged "September Song" into Google, and page after page appeared, almost all listing his name as the vocalist. You can find sites there that will give you the lyrics as well. Hope this helps. --Romeena

November 08, 2008 - Msg 67768: By the way, friends, the liquor sales election here in Irving passed this time - by 79 votes! We have voted it down time after time, but this time they had enough money behind them that they pushed it through. Now little soccer mom out in North Irving and Las Colinas (part of Irving) will be able to buy her nice bottle of wine when she stops at the upscale grocery market for the steaks for dinner, and won't have to drive an extra three miles to the liquor store across the river. I'm so glad for her! Meanwhile, those of us here in the southern half of the city, the older part where the zoning isn't as prohibitive, will be living with the liquor stores, the "gentlemen's clubs" that will be springing up, the "adult" bookstores and video stores that always seem to appear next door to the liquor stores. In addition, the convenience store a block and a half from my house will be selling beer by the case to the illegals who live down the street. They're always home by dark, and don't venture out after that in their cars lest they be stopped, but now they can just walk down to the corner and buy all the beer they want. Lovely.

I will go on record right now and predict that in four years (they won't try it in two years, that would be too soon) we will be facing a referendum to allow bars and open taverns to open up here. If anyone doubts it, just hide and watch. --Romeena

November 08, 2008 - Msg 67769:
Hi porchsters, it's MDC. I thank possum, MT and others for all your kind words. Also for the uplifting emails. Sorry for the way I went off the porch. We never talk much about our "non-porchster lives" , but all this work I have done with National Right to Life came down to that kidney punch of Tuesday night. After these three days of prayer and contemplation, I am beginning to see that there may be some cracks in the porcelian facade, but after 15 years and finally seeing the partial birth abortion bill passed, all to see that it may now be dashed is very tiring. I am tired, but I guess this ole Goldwater conservative will dig in, and continue on. I'll be back eventually "full force", but right now I'm still trying to recover and look ahead. Thanks again. God bless you friends.
My prayers are with you
Love ya,
Steve MDC

November 08, 2008 - Msg 67770: Thank you Ro,I saw Frank Sinatra listed as well. Now,I have to somehow get a hard of hearing elderly lady to listen over the phone( can't drag her over here or my computer over there!) if I can find any song samples on YouTube or some other site and see if she recognizes it as "hers & daddy's version". Then,I can order it for her-that's easy enough.She can sit back and blast it through the house to her heart's content then!
Love you too, Steve (MDC). You just know we're always here.
Just got back from a birthday party full of loud squealing little girls.Also, a couple of them ( I don't even know a few of them!)decided to pretend they were on The Oprah show & I was Doctor Phil and they were just chattering away about how this one is mean to her,that one does this,I even had one twin complaining that she has to compete & fight with her sister for mom's attention! Good grief! I told her I know her mom loves them both the same,so quit fighting with her sister!Such drama from 8 year olds- have mercy! I feel like Lucy in the Peanuts comic strip with her psychiatric booth!! Just what I needed after the couple of weeks I just had-I need a shrink myself-ha!
But,Laci was there.She had a good night at the other grandparents,she was happy at the party,so today was a good one.
Well, let me go rest my tired brain- see y'all later!
possum under a rock

November 08, 2008 - Msg 67771: Hey Possum,Ro,MDC,Tom,Cheryl and all..well im at work till 6am...and guess what I do not own a laptop but do NOW..Miss Sherry bought me one for Christmas and gave it to me now a 17 inch HP...its so cool..trying to get it set up now..its got the wireless thang in it and all...back in a bit...any food left im hungry...SPOT

November 09, 2008 - Msg 67772: Good late evening, all. Got the grandsons - one is bedded down in my room, the other in the living room. When they finally get to sleep, I'll move the other into the bedroom, find a place to squeeze myself and Starr in as well, and try to get some sleep. It's like sleeping with a pair of little donkeys, but tired as I am, it will probably work. Seems silly, when I have three empty bedrooms, but the layout of the house is such that I couldn't hear them if they were in one of those rooms, and I'm just uneasy with that. So we all pile into one kingsize bed. Don't know what I'll do when they get bigger - maybe by then I'll be able to tolerate the separation.

MDC, I'm glad you checked back in. Like you, I feel a bit battered after the election, but we can't just cave in. What we must do now is pray for President-elect Hussein, that God will truly reign in his heart, that he will gain compassion for the defenseless, and will receive an in-pouring of wisdom with regard to world politics and how to handle the war in the Middle East. Now, before anyone asks, may I say that I have chosen to refer to him by his middle name, just as the Democrats used "Dubya" to refer to President Bush. It works both ways. I think we must not lose sight of his background and training, and the possibility of where his sympathies lie. Time will tell. I am perfectly willing to pray for him, and will do so, but I will not be surprised at anything he does. He has flatly stated that he wants to "disarm" America from a nuclear standpoint, and wants to turn tail and run in Iraq, and greatly reduce the military readiness of this country. In other words, here is our throat and our underbelly, Kim Jung Il and Islamic terrorists - we are at your mercy. Only time will tell if he is really that foolish, or perhaps it will tell to what extent he's a puppet. Our prayer will have to be that the American side of his upbringing, however limited that may have been, will come through and he will find a part of himself that even he doesn't know is there. God can do miracles.

Blessings, friends. --Romeena

November 09, 2008 - Msg 67773: Good Sunday morning gang...slow night here at work but that means all lights are on!..get off in about 20 min.,will go home and get some sleep and catch some preaching on the tube...Rev check in buddy...yall stop by the dog house on the way to Church and grab a ham and bisquit or sausage and bisquit...prayers..(yawn)...SPOT

November 09, 2008 - Msg 67774: Now Spot,if I'm gonna eat an entire ham,I think you should offer me more than just ONE biscuit to go with it! Ha Ha I hope you are offering ham biscuits-now,that sounds good! I'll be over.Save a few for Ro and her grandsons too.
Y'all have a wonderful Sunday.God Bless!
possum under a rock

November 09, 2008 - Msg 67775: You got it Possum..Ro those boya mah eat a whole ham!..setting this new lap top up at home,im on it now,how does it sound?...SPOT

November 09, 2008 - Msg 67776: Hey guys, I finally made it back from my week in the woods!! Had a wonderful time, and it just wasn't long enough. I'm gonna go back and read up on what I've missed the past week or so. Hope ya'll have a wonderful Sunday--Salty Dog

November 09, 2008 - Msg 67777: Welcome home Salty Dog. Glad yer home safe and sound.
Hope you are all having a wonderful Sabbath. Cloudy and cool here.
I'll join y'all in praying for Hussein. He will certainly need them as he takes office. A whole lot of problems going on right now and no easy answers. Tough decisions are gonna have to be made and we need leaders who have the smarts, humility, and backbone to make them. I better quit while I'm ahead.


November 09, 2008 - Msg 67778: Ya'll please stop calling him "Hussein"!...your-a givin' me the jitters!

Good Sunday to each of you..ours has been a good back later.


November 09, 2008 - Msg 67779: Oh, and thanks for checking back in MDC...hope things will seem less bleak for us soon.


November 09, 2008 - Msg 67780: We will if you stop calling yourself Julie. :)


November 09, 2008 - Msg 67781: Howdy, all. The storm has passed - grandsons went home with their parents. God is good! (heehee) Seriously, they're precious little boys, and I thoroughly enjoy having them here. Now my task for the next couple of days will be to undo what the older one has done. He's Mr. Neat, and has cleaned off my desk (I can't find half my stuff), rearranged all the bric-a-brac in the living room, and has put all of Starr's toys away in her toy box. I'll leave it to her to take out what she wants, but the rest is up to me. He moved my magnifying mirror off my desk, and the tweezers that were with it are nowhere to be found. If I don't locate them, in a few days Otis will be calling me Uncle Ned.

Boo, I know you were kidding about not calling our new President "Hussein", but somehow, I just feel compelled to do so, at least right now. Perhaps I'll feel differently later, but for now, it feels important. I honestly don't intend it in a disrespectful way, not really. It IS his name, after all. The Dems DID call George Bush by his middle initial, and pronounced it "Dubya", in a manner intended to be derogatory, like he was a dumb hick. That aside, I just think it's important to remember his Muslim roots, and the obvious Muslim sympathies he still holds - how could he not, when half his family is Muslim? It will be interesting to see how he handles it when push comes to shove, and it will. However, please don't repeat that "quote" that circulated in the emails, how he supposedly said "I will stand with the Muslims." That was out of context, and was not meant the way it sounded. I do have my fears about how he will react, but that quote is not valid, I have sent emails to that effect, and yet I got it again a couple of days ago.

Another reason for using "Hussein", at least for me, is to serve notice that my concerns about the man had nothing to do with his racial background, but rather with his religious and cultural roots, and where his sympathies really lie. I'm sick of having the race card waved in my face, as I'm sure we all are. He could have been a blond, blue-eyed Republican, and everything else being equal, he would not have gotten my vote. Racism is wrong in any setting, and the voting booth is no exception. It would have been wrong for me to vote against him because of his race. However, I'm pretty sure several million people voted FOR him because of his race, and that's just as wrong. Shame on them. I know one who did - I personally heard her say, "I voted for Obama, he's black and he's cute, and that's enough for me." (Heard on the cruise ship.) Airhead.

Well, relax, everyone. That's about all you're going to hear from me. It's over and done, and you won't hear me refer to him as "Hussein" or anything else very much, because I'm ready to leave all this garbage behind, the the extent that we can. Pray for the man, for his salvation, and the changing of his heart. Pray for wisdom and courage for him, because he's seriously going to need both. --Romeena

November 09, 2008 - Msg 67782: Cute?...well, I guess people differ in their definition of cute. As someone with African American ancestors, I love that he is part Black, but cute?...hmmm, not so sure about that one.

HeeHeeHee-HoHoHo...I'll call myself Julie if I want to Asa Breeny!


November 09, 2008 - Msg 67783: One more thing - for anyone who still thinks George Bush "lied" about Saddam's weapon stockpile, please check out these links:

Very interesting. --Romeena

November 09, 2008 - Msg 67784: Hey gang!,,Ro,Boo,Possum...gosh I do have fat paws on this new comp! the office desk off andgetting everything set me a wireless mice!....very old school so this stuff is neat...SPOT

November 09, 2008 - Msg 67785: Thanks for the welcome back! I'm trying to get used to being back in the swing of things, I'd say going to work in the morning should do it. I guess I picked a good week to be gone, I missed most of the election hooplah, we did the early vote last month. And I'm done with griping and moaning about it, and decided like you all, to just pray for him, Thats about all we can do. I would personally hate to have to put on the shoes he's having to fill. So all that being said, I hope you all have a good Monday, if there is such a thing. --Salty Dog

P.S. To Mavis, VICKS Rules!! Hee Hee

November 09, 2008 - Msg 67786: Romeena, glad you are back. And that goes for you too, MDC.

Cheryl, nice to meet you. I too was a little disappointed when I heard about that commercial(I couldn't bring myself to watch it), but like most have said here, there is a difference between the characters and their real-life counterparts. And after seeing that episode where Andy(Taylor) was sticking up for his pick of Howard Sprague for city council over his Aunt Bee, where he told her something like "Howard is the right man for the job", I have a hunch that Andy(Taylor) wouldn't have endorsed Obama, due to the fact that Andy wouldn't be swayed by "eloquent" talk and promises - just straight talk. I saw that episode during the campaigns, and I saw that parallel there.

Well, tomorrow Kai starts at the Baptist school. Keep her in your prayers that everything goes ok and that she likes it there. She is a little nervous about starting when school has already been in session for a couple months.
You may also want to pray that my wife finds it suitable as well. When I told her that we needed to get some more dresses for Kai to wear she glared at me stating, "Girls have to wear dresses?!" (that feminazi side rearing its ugly head again) She calmed down quickly after she realized she would be able to do some serious shopping(got to remember that next time I get in trouble ;)) this weekend, and she seems to be ok with it now and even understands about why they suggest the dresses not be above the knee. But it was touch and go there for a few minutes after I told her that.
I thought she would've figured on there being some kind of dress code being that it is a private school, and a Christian one at that.
I pray I am doing the right thing. It is going to be a little different experience for Kai, and a much smaller class, but I hope it is a positive experience for her and she enjoys it.
I guess we will just have to see how it goes.

Hey Salty Dog! You're lucky you missed the election stuff. You lucky dog(Salty).

Hey Spot, we just got one of those wireless mice, and keyboard, as well. Great minds think alike, don't they?! ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

November 10, 2008 - Msg 67787: I should note, before I get mr/mrs anonymous posting quotes like, "How I vote is my business!", that my comments about Andy Taylor in my post were my opinion and how I saw it.

Goodnight all.

-Sterling Holobyte

November 10, 2008 - Msg 67788: Is Obama the new President?

Well, I'm still waiting for the official verification to come in the afternoon mail.
Along with the county work order.

Got head back to Detroit.

November 10, 2008 - Msg 67789: Well, Sterling, so happy to hear about Kai...prayers that things will go smoothly for her. "Feminazi"!..hoohoo, now THAT is funny. You might tell her that (at least where I live), most private schools have strict dress codes and girls are required to wear skirts or jumpers. It's not just unique to your new school. I am glad for it in Erin's school because all she ever wants to wear is jeans and I like seeing her in a dress! They do have to wear shorts under their jumpers for playtime, which I like and they get to wear shorts and t-shirts for PE and they don't enforce the "below the knee" thing for the little girls. Boy, do the little ones look cute in their little jumpers with there polo shirts with matching bows in their hair. I love it.

Good to see you Salty. Yes, VICKS does rule.

Congratulations on the early Christmas present, SPOT...very cool and you deserve it! Just curious, though...what are you getting Miss Sherry for better be good, huh?....maybe we will see you and Miss Sherry kissin' in the jewelry store and buying an engagement ring??...hmmm?...sorry, I guess it's the big sister in me. I have to ask now and then...hehe. Or, have you considered a bed jacket or a septic tank?...or maybe an "elephant with a clock in it's stomach"?

I hear ya, Chuck.

Better get the day started and get Erin up for school. She was feeling sick to her stomach before bed last night because I took her to a park around 4pm and she went on the merry-go-round too many times.

Be back later..


November 10, 2008 - Msg 67790: Mornin' Y'all! Boo, if you hear that spot gives Miss Sherry an engagement ring, let me know because all I have to do is head up to Rev's and let him know he's got a ceremony to perform.We'll jump in the RV &HEAD ON over to spot's.Plus,I get to be the Flower Possum-remember? Ha!
Hope Erin feels better.I can't do those spinning rides either.
Sterling,I pray everything goes well with Kai & her new school.Keep us updated.
Welcome back Salty Dog!
Hope it's a better week down here. Just trying to get Laci settled down. Daughter is trying to get her wishes/concerns clear. Laci has been moody since she had to stay with her dad & his folks. We want no more overnights with them. Certainly they will see her plenty. Daughter needs to hammer things out ASAP before they try to take her at Christmas or whenever they feel. Laci can't be put through that.It's hard enough on a non- disabled child. Think how it impacts her-y'all just keep praying on it please.
Gotta go. I think I have a couple of formal gowns,maybe even an old bridemaid's dress I might still fit into. Need to get ready just in case spot...Ha Ha
And I know I've got a lovely flower possum basket around here somewhere... Hee Hee
possum under a rock

November 10, 2008 - Msg 67791:
Hey Folks

We got us a little snow last night, about 5 inches with maybe another 8 on the way.

Romeena-The sad part about Saddam's weapon stockpile's is that the Mcmedia knew all about this and reported nill. Remember the way the "Monica's War" in Kosovo was reported, my goodness, one would think that that was the war to end all wars.

As for our new President, I guess the color of his skin outweighs the content of his character. I just like a little less Karl Marx in my leaders. However, like I said before the GOP has no one to blame but themselves. And with that, I'm really gonna try and refrain from mentioning anything more about Obama, unless someone ask's, which I doubt will happen.

Asa and Chuck good to see ya both.

Who's making lunch?


November 10, 2008 - Msg 67792: Five inches is a "little snow"? Sounds like alot to me. Wish we had some of it down here. It's warm and very humid this morning.

Now look what I got started...we better lay off SPOT, Possum...we don't want to scare him out of the idea.

I'm too busy to make lunch today...maybe Maude will do it.


November 10, 2008 - Msg 67793: Good Monday morning folks, just rocking for a few minutes before my work day begins. Should be a busy day today.

cool this morning on my end of the porch. rain expected later this week and we surely need the rain around here.

Week end was busy for me. Went to dinner with 4
girlfriends, 2 I have know since elementary school and 2 since college. We used to be very close and did lots together along with several others. Our lives have been busy over the years but we have managed to get together a couple times a year for dinner. We still have a lot of

Going to a play at this high school tonight. Patrick has the lead role in his drama/related arts class play. It is supposedly written by high school students, a comedy and based on Edgar Allen Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher. I will let you know how it goes.

Lunch will be: grilled cheese, tomato soup, pickles, SLAW, Little Debbie cakes, tea, kool aid to drink. see you at noon.

Guess, I have rattled on enough for now,
Prayers for all in need. Have a good day.

Big Maude

November 10, 2008 - Msg 67794: i'll make lunch today,i already have a roast and vegetables in the crocpot cooked,so,maude you bring some slaw,and somebody else bring some tea,i have plenty for dessert [hope you all like chocolate cake and homemade cookies]See ya and the table-ky girl

November 10, 2008 - Msg 67795: sorry,that was supposed to be see ya at the table-ky girl

November 10, 2008 - Msg 67796: oops,sorry i stepped on your toes Big maude,i didn't see you there.Your lunch sounds good too,can i just bring mine to your place and we can all share?-ky girl

November 10, 2008 - Msg 67797: Good Monday morning porch family! Hope everyone had a great weekend, mine was pretty good, tiring, but good. The painter started on the inside of the house on Sat & he's moving right along, I can't believe the difference a coat of paint makes. Of course, I went out there yesterday & plum forgot the camera, so I'll try to get pictures of it today.
Big Maude lunch sounds great, I love grilled cheese & mater soup! Hope you remember to take a video camera & film Patrick's play, I'm so glad I did that when Jake had the lead in one of his plays. Boo yer gonna scare spot so bad with all that marryin' talk, he might run under the porch & hide, then who's gonna fix our Thanksgivin supper??
I'm off here to get some dogs groomed today, then over to the new house for a bit. Got the internet/phone/cable scheduled to be installed next week, WOO HOO!

November 10, 2008 - Msg 67798: Good morning everyone. Just a few minutes to spend rocking this morning, but I wanted to say howdy.

ROMEENA: Great to have you back. Not trying to split a hair, but the Bush campaign did produce campaign literature and stickers with "W" on them, so it's not like the Dems stuck him with that name. I also have heard many Bush supporters use it. I use it. While I'm not going to stick Bush on my Top 10 Presidents of All Time list, I don't use it in disrespect to the man or his office. I don't think we should call our president anything in disrespect just because others do.

STERLING: Prayers for Kai's first day!

AUH2O: So how about that Obama? ;)


November 10, 2008 - Msg 67799: Hey there ky girl why is it I'm always rockin on yer toes? You got any steel toed boots you can wear when I'm around? ;)

November 10, 2008 - Msg 67800: Me-They looks like you need steel toed boots too. At least you won't have to look at feet with those on. ;)

November 10, 2008 - Msg 67801: At least you didn't say, "see ya UNDER the table", ky girl. *hic* Too many squeezins.

Well, Kai went off to school just fine. A little nervous of course, but that's expected. At least the kids were very friendly and welcoming, so that should help her nervousness.

So auh2o, how do you really feel about Obama? Just kidding. ;)

-Sterling Holobyte

November 10, 2008 - Msg 67802: Darn it, Me-They, you beat me to it. :) Like I told Spot yesterday, great minds think alike.

-Sterling Holobyte

November 10, 2008 - Msg 67803: Ain't it a little early to be drinking? Well, I guess it's lunchtime in London, so bottoms up!

MAVIS: Ouch!


November 10, 2008 - Msg 67804: ROMEENA: I just checked out those articles. Can't say as there's really much new there. We have known all along that Saddam had nuclear "ambitions," and, like the article says, we have known about this particular uranium stockpile since 1991 (before the first war). Heck, the Isreali's have even bombed it. But, as the article also states, the material found in this go-around has been there since that time, in other words, nothing new. And pre-usable uranium from a decade ago is quite different from a "new threat" of weapons of mass destruction. Saddam was a bad guy who deserved what he got, but there's little doubt now that the Bush administration, at the very least, bungled the intelligence at the time. If this was the "missing link" the administration needed to bolster their claims of WMDs, you'd think they would have at least filed a press release going, "Nyah, nyah, see we told you." The whole thing is a mess best left behind us.

At least that's what us lefty pinkos think, right AUH2O? ;)

By the way, I can't wait to see your pictures!


November 10, 2008 - Msg 67805: Kids are starving and people of faith are doing this. It's a wonder why Christians are sometimes tehir own worst enemies: It's amusing, in a sad, ironic sort of way.


November 10, 2008 - Msg 67806:
APB for Hazel, Dixie Bell, Mayor Poor Boy, Quiet Sam, C Darling, Idelle, Poor Horatio, HappyNut,Merriweather and others. Please come back to the post-election porch. We'll be good!
We miss you all.
Love you all! Prayers for all!

November 10, 2008 - Msg 67807: Speak for yourself MDC. I'm still a scamp ;).

By the way, to quote a great philosopher and cereal spokestiger, it's g-g-g-great! to have you back.



November 10, 2008 - Msg 67808: 'scuse me. Too much bubble and squeek.


November 10, 2008 - Msg 67809: Thanks for lunch headed to work will read then...prayers ..SPOT