December 09, 2008 - Msg 68475: Thanks for sharing the Christmas pictures everyone! They are all beautiful decorations!Don't forget lunch menu already posted.
Big Maude

December 09, 2008 - Msg 68476: ROMEENA: Don't forget to add my pic to the album.

Take care, all.


December 09, 2008 - Msg 68477:
Good sweep Big Maude. O'Malley's cabin
looks great! Now go out and get some water! ha
I agree with Ro and Me-They, the Chi Rho being Greek for "Christ, the Annointed." It is still used today on vestments.
And Boo, wow another Saint enters the picture! ha
Let's all listen to Andy's "The Guest."
APB for STERLING and others!!
MD, good to see you.
Boo, glad things went well. I wouldn't be too
concerned about your santa 'kabluey' thought.
It was just
a human reaction.
I can understand your reasoning,
but you DID NOT carry it out.
I'm sure the Lord sees it like that also.
So, we repent and move on.
Merry Christmas to all.
We soon celebrate two of God's miracles, a lamp that stayed lit and a virgin birth!
for nothing is impossible with God.
PappaBear says hey. I'm sure he will enjoy your cards and lettrs.

December 09, 2008 - Msg 68478: Well, after dipping about a bushel of leaves out of the pond yesterday, and another bushel or two this morning, and noticing that the filter is clogging with that (excuse me) snotty gunk again, I did it. I went over to Water Gardens and bought a pond net. It's bigger than I need, but the next size down was too small, so I got the one that would fit for sure. It comes with tie-down stakes and all, and my yardman is here today, and will willingly help me put it in place. So as soon as he's finished getting up the leaves that are on the ground, we'll cover the pond. It's a black nylon netting, fine enough to hold back all the trash, but open enough as not to obscure the view of the pond. Should save me a lot of work, and since it's going to be around 30 tonight, and lots of wind, I really don't want to get out there again tomorrow and fight those miserable leaves.

And now to see about getting some pictures into the album! See ya! --Romeena

December 09, 2008 - Msg 68479: Just an update on Laci- she's feeling a lot better,happy & playing,and just running a slight fever.Thanks for the prayers.
Since Maude took care of lunch,I'll do supper.Y'all come on over to my rock for a homemade spaghetti dinner.I put a special ingredient in my sauce.Wish I could tell ya,but it's a secret amongst us possums!
See y'all later!
possum under a rock

December 09, 2008 - Msg 68480:
Possum, is laci staying with you now?
Just wondering.
Supper sounds good, just dont let HM bring
the meatballs! ha
HM- I hope the new house gets put in OK.
wow, no more firewood to chop!

December 09, 2008 - Msg 68481: Then maybe you follow me. I'm riding my roller skates and you know how accident-prone I am.


December 09, 2008 - Msg 68482: Wanted to mention that Jubi is in surgery at this time (3:30pm, central time). Please remember her and her family at this time. Pastor is supposed to call me when he knows something, so I will pass it on. Thanks friends.


December 09, 2008 - Msg 68483: Thanks for that Christmas Carol, Romeena. I needes it. Funny thing, we tried to sing that at the drug rehab last night and Keith (who was leading, oh brother), kept trying to sing it to the tune of "Deck The Halls". It took me a few minutes to convince him that he was wrong!

By the way, I think I will write all my Christmas cards to the porchsters with "Merry Xmas"...(just to be ornery)...:-)


December 09, 2008 - Msg 68484:

December 09, 2008 - Msg 68485:
"Barney, here's one for you marked 'personal.'"

December 09, 2008 - Msg 68486:
Boo- you are too funny. mdc

December 09, 2008 - Msg 68487: Well, I finally did it. Got Me-They's picture in the album. It's great, go see it. Those kids sure are growing.

Now I have another problem. I keep thinking I'm missing a picture or pictures that someone else sent, and can't find them. Big Maude, was it you? I know I put some of yours in a while back, but seems to me there were more? Who am I missing? Help me, folks!

Eddie helped me get the leaf net over the pond, and I'm delighted with the result. You can't see it from any distance, and up close it still doesn't obstruct the view of the fish. Leaves don't collect on it, they just hit it and keep going, because it's open and the wind underneath blows them off. Wish I had done this three years ago! The net cost $25, and no telling what I'll save in filter fluff, burned-out pumps, and doctor bills from when I catch pneumonia out there dipping leaves out of that icy water! As my German/Jewish grandmother would have said, "We get too soon old and too late smart." --Romeena

December 09, 2008 - Msg 68488: Hi All.
How about the one from SPOT and STERLING pictures.


December 09, 2008 - Msg 68489: Prayers for Jubi. Boo,I know you'll keep us posted,and thank you.
possum under a rock

December 09, 2008 - Msg 68490: To members of the Keevy Hazelton fan club: Keevy sends his best to all of you this holiday season and as appreciation for all your support, is sending you each a 5x7 signed color glossy of himself.

-- Bill Stone, manager

December 09, 2008 - Msg 68491: Sorry to keep popping in and out, causing some to put apb's out for me. Don't like keeping you all wondering.

Kai has been sick these past few days, and today, although she was a lot better, she was home with me as they had a snow day today. That's ok though, because she kind of needed another day of rest.
Let me bring up something I'm sure you all want to talk about again..., Vicks!
I'll tell you, I am one of the believers now on that Vicks on the feet for coughs thing. The last couple nights, as her congestion has been breaking up causing her to have some nasty coughing fits, I decided to try it.
Well, I put some on her feet, and I swear it is true, the coughing stopped. She did wake up later on in the night with some more coughing, but all I had to do was put more Vicks on, and it stopped again. She had a milder fit last night and I did the same thing, with the same results.
I tell you, that Vicks is amazing!
She's now pretty much back to her old self and ready to go to school tomorrow. Unless of course they have another snow day. Of course it has to snow for that.

Prayers for Jubi, Boo. Have you heard anything yet?

You've got a mean streak, Boo. Wanting to off Santa like that. ;)
No, I can understand your wanting the focus to be on the true reason for the season.
And you know, if you change around the last 3 letters in Santa, you get something else, who is not so jolly and kind and really does want to replace God. Is that a coincidence?

Oh, speaking of pictures, Romeena, did you ever receive my pic of the "mouse" in the corn pudding?

-Sterling Holobyte

December 09, 2008 - Msg 68492: I guess that should have been "someONE else". Oh well, doesn't matter that much in this instance.


December 09, 2008 - Msg 68493: Right, Sterling, haha. You're funny, and you're right, too, VICKS does work for coughs. I had a problem last year, though, because when I put it on and then the socks, my feet almost burned up! I couldn't take it for long before I was pulling of the socks and wiping the vicks off my feet.

I am sorry to report that Jubi does have cancer again and it appears to be the same form of cancer that she had in a kidney before. They will be starting chemo very soon and already have the port in place to do so. Please continue to pray for Jubi, her family and her church family, too. This is hard on all of us and I am heartsick about it. Please pray for peace for the family, healing, and that Jubi's church family would be able to minister to them in the way they need most.

Love to All,

December 09, 2008 - Msg 68494: I just saw Me-They's picture of the kids. WOW, did they grow!! I can't believe that's Nora, she looks so much older than the last pictures. Such cute kids, thanks for sharing M-T.


December 10, 2008 - Msg 68495: Good late evening, or maybe early morning? Sterling, I did get that picture, and at first I couldn't see the "mouse", and then suddenly, there it was. I also saw one up in the upper right hand corner, like he was covered in pudding and just blending in, but you could see his outline. Did you want that picture in the album?

Boo, I'm so sorry to hear about Jubi. That's so sad, and especially right here at Christmas, which should be such a joyful time. I'm sure we'll all keep the whole family in our prayers.

Well, that monster tree is finally done. Every year I tell myself that I won't decorate it as heavily, won't use all the ornaments, etc. Then when I get started, there's no place to stop, as almost every ornament has some special value or meaning for me. There are about twenty that are very special, and they don't go on until everything else is done, lest they be accidentally knocked off and broken. However, there are multiplied dozens of less-special ones and it just takes forever to get them all on there. Anyway, it's done except for the bottom - cotton batting and little snow village, but that doesn't take long. Then there are the "sit-arounds" as my mom called them, but again, that doesn't take long.

The big time consumer in that area is the Nativity, which has about 25 pieces and which I arrange with great care on the credenza in the dining room. It takes about an hour to get it just the way I want it. The pieces are ceramic, done by me many years ago - about 60 hours of work in that set, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Which reminds me - I haven't done any ceramic work in several years, and I think I'd like to get back to it one of these days. I have my own kiln, which saves a great deal on the cost since I don't have to pay to have the pieces fired. Before I can do such a thing, though, I've got to clean out my crafts area. I have an area across the end of this room, behind two sets of bi-fold doors, that was designed and built just for my "foibles" as my DH called my hobbies. Shelves, drawers, good lighting, desktop work space - it's great, but it's filled with junk right now. I couldn't spread a project out in there if I tried. I need to drag in some trash bags and start tossing. There's everything in there from old dried-up ceramic paints to long-dead computer components that I don't know what to do with. Trash them, I guess. Sometimes I fear that I'm becoming a hoarder, like those dotty old ladies you see on TV.

Well, I'm pooped, and I'm off to bed. Starr has very pointedly walked to the bedroom about three times, but refuses to stay there alone and always comes back to me. I think she's tired too. Sweet little thing.

Be blessed, everyone. See you tomorrow. --Romeena

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68496: Mornin' Y'all. I woke up thinking about Jubi this morning and hoping for positive news concerning her.I'm so sorry that she is still fighting cancer.God Bless her. Boo,please keep us informed on her progress. There is a website called Caring it's a place where critically ill people can go to update others on what's happening with them.My friend Lisa,who is battling breast cancer,posts on that site.You might suggest that to Jubi's folks,especially if they have a lot of people scattered about the country that they'd like to keep informed about Jubi.
I think I'll get started on my Christmas cards today.Can y'all believe we only have 15 days until Christmas?
Spot should be along with breakfast soon.if not,let's just head on over to Waffle House-we'll put it on his tab!
possum under a rock

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68497: Oh Sterling- didn't mean to overlook you! Good to see you and glad that Kai is feeling better. Yeah,that Vicks is something else,isn't it?!
possum again

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68498: Oh,Boo, that website is

possum once more

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68499: Good morning, all. Would you believe it's 29 degrees here in the Dallas area? I'm firing up my camera! The net over the pond is held about two inches above the umbrella fountain. The wind has blown water up onto the netting, and it has frozen there, just above the little bell of water. From my window, it looks very interesting, will get some pictures. Also, gotta put out critter feed. Poor little things, out there in that cold!

I can't believe my house isn't all completely decorated and there are no cookies baked, not a one! This is the latest I've ever been, I think, getting those things done. However, it looks like none of my out-of-towners will be here for Christmas, so I guess it really doesn't matter.

Well, off I go to feed the squirrels and birds. Got some stale dinner rolls and a big bag of birdseed. Also a couple of pieces of fruit - they'll love that! Be blessed, all. --Romeena

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68500: Good morning everyone. It's a very warm 60 degrees here but raining.

BOO: I'm so sorry to hear about Jubi. She, her family, and you will surely be on my prayer list. Miracles do happen.

Yeah, those kids grow like weeds. It's funny, I was in church the other day and Chad and Veda were vying for my lap as they sometimes do (the Mrs. was liturgist so there was only the one lap available). Every so often Nora will want to sit on our lap. I was looking at her sitting there and realized that--all of teh sudden--she was too big to sit on my lap. Sure, she can still fit and all, but you know what I mean; she's too big to sit on my lap in church as a little kid might. It was a really sad thought to think that before I knew it those days have passed. It also reminded me that I have to take advantage of all the heads-on-shoulders, wet smooches, and tucking in that I can before they are just memories.

STERLING: I hope that Kai is feeling better today. AS far as the Vicks on the feet helping coughs, well, let's just say that my prejudice aganist this particular stinky product may be clouding my objectivity, but I'd be inclined not to confuse corollation with causation.

Vicks on feet--does it get any worse? All you have to do is shove a little mayo on there and you've got a Me-They repellent.

ROMEENA: Thanks for sticking my pic in the album. I'd be happy to help you clean out that room. Closets and junk drawers are a specialty.

As I mentioned, I'm not on Christmas card list this year, but don't confuse that with not wanting you all to have a most blessed Christmas. Y'all are very special people.

Sure wish AFD, ASA, AUH2O, HAZEL, and some others we haven't heard much from lately would stop by. I'll even give up the swing.

I'll be back later.


December 10, 2008 - Msg 68501: Anybody want to get their dander up this morning? Newsgoogle Amsterdam and nativity and see what pops up.


December 10, 2008 - Msg 68502: I'm almost afraid to go there, Me-They, but I think I shall. Be prepared to catch me and restrain me when I return. --Romeena

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68503: Hi All.
All this rain and snow and back to rain is making the creek comeup and just about run out in the yare.

A winter's portrait , so bountiful,
Nature's gift indeed...
Though lurking are the lifeless flowers
Returned to eart as seed.
All sacred gifts sent unto us
Are made by God's own hands-
And always, they are precious ones
To love just as He plans!
While lilies in the valley rest,
And clad are revives trees...
A lifeless day revives the soul
Through snowflakes on a breeze.
These heavenly troves to come our way,
So beautiful, big or small...
Will touch our lives through each new day-
God's gifts... they're best of all!



December 10, 2008 - Msg 68504: Well, I'm back. Didn't stay long. One look at the headlines was enough. All I can say is - may God have mercy on their souls. --Romeena

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68505: There are three fat little squirrels feasting on the bounty God allowed me to put out there for them, and I think I'll just concentrate on them. Much more pleasant. --Romeena

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68506: Wow! I was just reading my email, and a friend had sent me a little story about a lump of clay in the Master's hands, that became a beautiful little teacup. Sweet story, with an obvious message, but it was the last line that really grabbed me. It was a quote from Thomas Warren -- "Everyone will be somewhere forever." I guess that's about as profound as anything I've ever heard. --Romeena

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68507: g

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68508: Vicks on the feet for coughing? I'll have to remember that, what a good remedy! Tom, we are back to rain here too, since we are only about an hour maybe two from each other, I guess we are sharing the same weather.Romeena, that is profound, I'll have to remember that.If anybody is hungry, I just made some homemade barbeque pork,some cheese grits(not the instant kind) and some homemade peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.Come on over -ky girl

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68509: ky girl where are you at


December 10, 2008 - Msg 68510: Oh my goodness, ky girl! Real cheese grits? With barbecue pork, and homemade peanut butter choc chip cookies? I'll be right over, if only in my dreams.

That line keeps coming back to me - "Everyone will be somewhere forever." It really underscores the urgency of spreading the gospel, doesn't it? The unsaved people we meet aren't just going to disappear someday. Everyone will be somewhere forever. Where will my neighbor spend "forever"? --Romeena

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68511: Not in no stag line with a bunch of slumped over teenage boys, for sure.

All kidding aside, that is one profound thought ROMEENA. And you don't need a bucket over your head to know how heavy that question looms. Thanks the Lord there's the option of Blessed Assurance.

Hey, TOM. Nice poem. Are you responsible for our rain?

KY GIRL: Never had cheese grits, but if they are anything like the regular kind I'll let them pas on by. On the other hand, I'll have two bowls of that pork bbq, and eating speaks louder than words!

MDC: I just heard a radio program with a guy who just made a documentary about Thomas Merton. I know a little about Merton but not much. The program was pretty interesting. What's your take on ole Tom?

Where's BOO today? I can't be expected to wear dirty shorts three days in a row.


December 10, 2008 - Msg 68512: Hey, I'm new to this forum. Do you all field questions about episodes? I am trying to identify an episode in which Andy gives a ticked to a motorist, and takes him into the jailhouse. The motorist asks to talk to the judge, and Andy takes off his hat and announces that he is the judge, too.

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68513: ^^ I'm thinking it is the Bobby Fleet episode with Jim Lindsey (the Guitar Player).

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68514: Me-They no I m not all this rain came up from Romeena


December 10, 2008 - Msg 68515:
"Yes VirSterling, there IS a Vicks Claus." ha

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68516: And he stinks.


December 10, 2008 - Msg 68517:
Dear Stranger in town #68512, i believe that episode is the one about the irate publisher called 'Andy on Trial.'

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68518:
Tom, I think ky girl is in western PA.

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68519: Well gang sorry i aint had time to read much..rain and storms here in ga...and you know what that means at work...busy....will someone cook?...SPOT

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68520: Let's cook pioneer style. Anybody got a match?


December 10, 2008 - Msg 68521: Thanks for the episode pointers...Stranger in Town

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68522:
MT- I don't really know enuf about the man to comment. Sorry. I think Earnet T tried to
emulate him tho! haha

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68523:
"We defy the Mafia"

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68524: I'm here, M-T, just been a very busy day. I had to take Erin to the doc. Turns out both ears are badly infected for the second time in 2 months. The doc thinks it could related to allergies since Gizzy moved in. She is putting her on allegra until Grandma and Gizzy move out..did I tell ya'll she will be moving out the first of Feb.?

That quote is really something and I think about that sort of thing often. I'm not sure if I have shared this before, but for the past year or so, when I am in bed waiting for sleep, sometimes this fear grips me at the realization that I won't always be "here" as I am now. Even as a Christian, it shakes me up (for myself and others). I don't know if it was losing Millie, Karen and Don within the same year, but I have this new "sense of mortality" that I never had before. I try to live my life in that light.

M-T, you are hiliarious today!


December 10, 2008 - Msg 68525: BTW, M-T, I loved your musings on sweet. We do need to treasure our children while we have them.

Possum, thank you for your concern for Jubi. She is on my mind all the time right now. One consolation is that she is a very strong little girl. I will keep you updated.


December 10, 2008 - Msg 68526: M-T you get anything "Pioneer" style cooked? hungry and wet.."SHAKE".....SPOT

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68527: Good grief, Spot! Must you shake in the house? You're getting everybody all wet. And please go wipe your paws! --Romeena

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68528: Just thought I'd stop by and let you all know that I am still living!!!


December 10, 2008 - Msg 68529: Just zipping through quick like.
Been very busy, but wanted to wish Salty Dog a Happy Birthday. At least I think it's her Birthday.

And also Happy Birthday to Alan Newsome who makes this all possible.


December 10, 2008 - Msg 68530: Well hey there, Barnwannabee. We haven't seen you in ages. Hope you are well.

Happy Birthday to Floyd and Salty Dog. I wondered what that glow was that I was seeing in the North...guess it was your birthday cakes!! :)

I got a little update tonight on church, concerning Jubi. Her dad was there and told us that the doc told them that things looked better than he had expected because usually, he said, the kind of cancer he thought it was was a very rapidly growing cancer but this isn't. They are waiting for the final report from pathology, though. He said something about the docs thinking it was something called a "Wilms" tumor, I think, if any of you know anything about that. I don't know much about cancer, really.

Well, I think I will relax for a bit.


December 10, 2008 - Msg 68531: Hey Y'all!

Hope everyone here on the porch is doing okay. Boo, I'm sorry to hear about Jubi. I'll be praying!
Asa, I was just wonderin' about you! Glad you checked in.
Well, bless your soul Barnwannabe wondered what happened to you. Still listening to John Conlee songs? How's your girlfriend?
Me-They- You have no idea how quick they grow. I still can't believe that I'm looking for middle schools for my baby! I understand you not wanting to be on the card list, though I have a lovely card you would be getting.
Happy Birthday Floyd and Salty Dog!
Sterling- I'm glad Kai is getting better. We had a nasty flu for what seemed like weeks!
Well, I'm going to hit the hay. I still have a cough so I'm gonna try the Vicks on the feet thing. I just hate sleeping in socks, especially when its so hot. I know you had cold weather Romeena, but its 60 here. We have the windows open and I'm in a tank top! Just not right I tell ya.
Talk to you soon!

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68532: to 68512..Welcome!
I think the pilot episode also depicted a man who got ticketed and Andy played the Judge.
It was the "Make Room for Daddy" show. Danny
Thomas played the law-breaker and he called Andy "Clem".
Merry Christmas everyone.
jennie boone

December 10, 2008 - Msg 68533:
Hey Folks

Good to see the Porch humming right along. I loved to stay and rock a spell but I'm falling asleep as I type this. The remolding project is puttering along. We've had a over 7 feet of snow already. One day we were carrying 9 feet of window (3 Anderson's built together) through a "whiteout." I can't wait until things get back to normal.

Goodnight friends,


December 11, 2008 - Msg 68534: Tom, MDC is right, I'm in western Pa. Closest big town to the north is Washington,PA. and closest one to the south is Wheeling, West Virginia.I'm kind of in between those.Either way is about 15 miles from me.Romeena, I froze some of that barbeque, it makes a great midnight snack too!Sweet Dreams ya'll-ky girl

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68535: Thanks Lucy.

Me-They, I was a skeptic about Vicks too, but for me the evidence speaks for itself. If I wouldn't have seen it happen(and have been able to reproduce the same results over and over) I probably would still be a little skeptical.

Hey Barnwannabe, nice to see you!

-Sterling Holobyte

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68536: Oh yeah, I forgot. Romeena, you can put the pic in the album if you want to. But if you don't think it is clear enough or big enough, or "mousey" enough, feel free to leave it out.
As I said, I can zoom in on a pic on my camera phone, but I don't know if others might be able to see the "mouse", unless you have a way of resizing the pic yourself, and want to do it. But I won't feel slighted if you leave it out.

-Sterling Holobyte

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68537: hey, y'all~~
maybe another "also" or maybe just the same as another already mentioned... Bill Bixby gets jailed for speeding-- mostly for being mouthy-- and his Daddy is an important businessman... or maybe that aforementioned judge...
my goodness, Porch friends, there's way too much illness an' difficulty goin' around, ain't there? I had a bunch of both this past month, but gettin' better now and sure ain't whinin' in the face of those what got it way worse... *prayers* to all.
anyone watch the "Red Green" show? boy, there's some funny stuff.
~~love, Leon

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68538: Good morning gang!..Local Lucy we are WET here in ga aint we!...waffle house on Romeena and I this morning...back in a for me at 2...SPOT

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68539: Mornin Y'all! Spot,keep that rain over in GA! Looks like we're gonna get blasted here later on.Well,we do need some rain.
Lucy,isn't this weather in the South crazy? It's quite warm here too-I almost turned my A/C on yesterday.And it's snowing in Houston & New Orleans! Kooky weather!
Boo, sure hoping for positive news in regards to Jubi. I have heard of Wlims tumor,but don't know anything about it really. Keep us posted.
Laci is better & coming to spend the night with me. I feel like I am getting sick now- bad sinus headache woke me up early this morning. Guess it's time to break out the VICKS!
Y'all take care- love to all! And good to see you again,Barnwannabe!
possum under a rock

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68540: Make that "Wilms" tumor- my head really IS all stuffed up this morning!
possum again

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68541: Good morning porch. raining here on my end with some snow forecast for tonight. Not too cold though at this moment.

working today as usual. looks like the porch has been busy and welcome to the new folks that have been visiting and the missing porchesters that have dropped by. it is good to see everyone.

thanks for breakfast SPOT.
Lunch menu will be: potato soup, grilled cheese,
chips, warm oatmeal raisin /chocolate chip
cookies. tea, kool aid to drink.

better get to work. Prayers and blessing to all today.

Big Maude

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68542: Good Morning Porch! Prayers for Jubi Boo bless her heart. Hey Leon don't stay away so long, people will start saying you been run over by a cab or something ya know. Good to see you Barnwannabe thanks for checking in. I'm off to groom some dogs this morning & then on to more packing, where the heck did all this stuff come from?? Can't wair for lunch Maude sounds mighty goooood!

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68543: Auh2o, please send us some pictures when you get the remodel done. I'll bet it will be worth the work.

I wonder how things are going with Homemaker's house? We finally got the new plans back but they were really "off"...I think the guy has a problem with his memory or something. Anyway, Bruce is meeting with him soon to fix things. One change we made that I think I am going to like is to turn the kitchen around so that the table will be at the back wall of the kitchen, which will have three windows overlooking the backyard. I think that will be nice and will let in so much light. I am rethinking my choice of countertops, though, because everything may be too white. I want white cabinets, so maybe the granite should be something else...I hate making decisions!

I can't believe you all are warm, Possum. We are freezing down here in south texas! We even had to bring in the delicate plants last night. It won't last, though. It'll be back in the seventies by tomorrow, maybe today.

Thanks for those prayers, Mavis. How are things going with the house?

Well, Erin is up and I am going to keep her home again today. She is asking for a pancake..


December 11, 2008 - Msg 68544: Good morning everyone. It's busy here this morning. The computer guy is coming in a few minutes to install some more RAM in my computer, so don't be suprised if the next time you hear from me I post faster ;).

See ya in a bit. Prayers.


December 11, 2008 - Msg 68545: Mornin' Me-They (or should I say "Speedy"?).

I just got an email from Jubi's mom and she is getting her chest tube out today and is doing well. Her mom said, "If everthing goes as well as Jubi expects it to, she will be in church on Sunday". That kid is something else.


December 11, 2008 - Msg 68546: Praise the Lord! Boo I'm so glad to hear that Jubi is getting her chest tube out and is doing well. Bless her heart, her faith could teach us all a lesson.- ky girl

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68547: oh, I almost forgot,Boo, I sure hope Erin gets feeling better. I know those ear infections are miserable. I'll keep her in my prayers.-ky girl

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68548: hey, y'all~~
oh, I just got the miseries an' hermitized myself-- got real sick movin' to our new house and doin' end-of-season yardwork in the rain. prob'ly nobody remembers, I'm almost five years past my first predicted expiration date from Hep C an' don't recover well from... anything. so it's been a miserable month but I'm back... mostly.

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68549: I know I'm not the only one to quick-Google that Wilms tumor thing.

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68550: "I know when I'm hot, I'm dang hot!"
~~love, Leon
sorry-- had to figure out what the censor filter didn't like... it was the hyperlink!

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68551: Welcome back LEON and BARNWANNABE. Hope that you're feeling better soon, LEON. Erin, too, BOO. By the way, can I have a pancake, too? I take mine au naturel. That's wonderful about Jubi. She will continue in my prayers.

Now, back to lunc...I mean work...


December 11, 2008 - Msg 68552: Thanks for lunch Maude...will holler from work after 2.prayers SPOT

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68553: Hay KY GIRL GOING TO SEND ALL THIS RAIN BACK TO YOU.


December 11, 2008 - Msg 68554: Thanks KYGirl.

Thank you, Leon, for that link. I looked it up and learned something.


December 11, 2008 - Msg 68555: If Gomer shows up to give me an update on my car, please let him know that to take his time with the repairs. I'm in no hurry these days.

M. Tucker

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68556:
My goodness, such goings on! HA Hey to the porch.
Busy day today so I'll just say that the
prayers are still going up, and T'll see you all tmorrow! love ya

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68557: Well hey gang...finally caught up here at work for now...hey Romeena,hazel,M.Tucker,possum,auh20,asa,gizzmo,MDC,ky girl and kid and all...thanks for the cards My friend Mavis and Tom...still rain here in ga for Lucy and I...miss Sherry says here all night..gona go Christmas light looking tomorrow night with 2 more couples...I got some pork roast and cream taters and greenbeans left over if yall need a bite to eat...well watching 2 and a half men show...yall ever seen it?...kinda funny....ok back in a bit...prayers...SPOT

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68558: Tom, did you have to send the rain and the snow at one time? Hope it is warmer down your way than it is here. Hey Spot, your food sounds good, I'll be over for a bite in a little bit.I've watched two and a half men once in a while, it is kinda funny. I like the housekeeper best.Keep me in your prayers that I do well on my finals for the first semester.I take 2 big tests next week.Well, better get a few more things done before I call it a night.Prayers for all-ky girl

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68559: They're serving chicken croquettes over at the diner this evening. Not too bad if you douse them with catsup...
the side that comes with them are yellow wax beans. I asked for green beans as a subsitute but Flora said no.


December 11, 2008 - Msg 68560: Well, howdy there, Barnwannabe! Long time no see. Don't be such a stranger, boy - come around more often. Leon, you sort of pop in and out too - wish you'd stick around.

And a howdy to you too, M. Tucker/Lester. You're welcome on this porch - just choose an identity and hang on. Conversation sometimes moves pretty fast around here, so hang onto your hat.

I went to my SS class Christmas party this evening, and it was a lot of fun. "Admission" was a contribution to BBMOI (Baptist Benevolent Ministries of Irving) which our church helps support, and we also had a potluck supper. I never saw so much good food, and I ate waaaay yonder too much of it, and now all I want to do is sit and rock. Better yet, I think I'll hit the sack. I worked last night, and haven't slept all day, so have been up over 36 hours, and I'm feeling it. Here I go! Good night, all. --Romeena

December 11, 2008 - Msg 68561: Hi All.
KY-GIRLI give you just the raine and I guess the snow want to come.
But did you have to send it back here.
It rain all day and tonigth and by tomorror it going to be snow annd cold for the day.


December 12, 2008 - Msg 68562: Yes Tom, I just didn't feel right about having all this cold weather and you all not having any!I believe in sharing, ha ha! We have quite a bit of snow now, the snow plow just went down the street and the salt truck will be here soon.Don't know if there are school delays or not,I'll check in an hour or two. After I heard the latest news on the Caylee Anthony case tonight, I had trouble sleeping, then a friend stopped by before she went in for surgery this morning,that's why I'm posting so early. Talk to you all later today-ky girl

December 12, 2008 - Msg 68563: Good morning Porch, Tom & ky girl we were supposed to get alot of snow last night according to the weatherman, but I guess he decided to just leave it with you 2, got up this morning, fully expecting to see the white stuff & boy was I glad to only see wetness from the rain. Hope to get started on my Fruitcake Cookies today, now don't ya'll go curling up yer noses, they aren't what they sound like, they are awesome cookies, a favorite around here. Welcome Lester grab & chair & rock a while!

December 12, 2008 - Msg 68564:
Hey Folks

I gotta tell ya, it is great to have this Porch, THANKS Floyd! We've been a bit over stressed, over budget, and over snowed but all is well. I haven't been posting much but I check my email every night and giving the Porch a quick rock. I can't believe how comforting a cyber Porch can be, again, THANKS Floyd.

Here's an article in a local paper about our early winter, http://www. buffalonews. com/home/story/520715.html
Of course there are no spaces if ya want to cut and paste it.

I'll be back later friends,


December 12, 2008 - Msg 68565: Fruitcake cookies, Mavis...sorry, my nose is "curling up"'s just involuntary. My favorite cookies are Ranger Cookies like my Aunt Lou makes. Have you moved all the way into the new house yet?

Romeena, you worry me staying up so long. That is hard on a body to go 36 hours without sleep, and during flu season....take care of yourself, Dear One.

Boy, you are so right AUh2o. It is a comfort coming here (most of the time, anyway) :-)

Lots to do today. I was so busy I didn't get to sit on the porch with my morning coffee today. I got Erin off to school and now we have to go meet with the guy about adjustments on the houseplans....will this ever end?!

See ya later.


December 12, 2008 - Msg 68566: :~) :>) :-(

December 12, 2008 - Msg 68567: Hi All a little snow here.
Kygirl i keep sending it back to help what all the wildfire and maybe it will help a little.
Mavis who are you calling a fruitcake?
That sould like half of this porch.


December 12, 2008 - Msg 68568: snow? *whew!* I thought it was the fallout!

December 12, 2008 - Msg 68569: Good morning everyone. Just want to say howdy now; I'll be back later.

I'll take the fruitcake; I need a doorstop.


December 12, 2008 - Msg 68570: This is just one of those quick check ins that I make. House has been delivered but will not be finished for another couple of weeks. We have had contractor problems and so the guy that did the foundation work, etc. is being fired by me and I am in the process of getting someone else to clean up his messes! So - it looks like January before we will be in. I am so looking forward not to have to carry wood in and keep the wood stove going. I am getting lazy but I am also getting old.

We have had so much rain that things are getting delayed because of it. If the contractor had done what he said he was going to do when he said he was going to do it - we would be in it by now!

I have began to receive porch greetings and it has been very uplifting. Thank you Romeena for organizing this! You are a treas----ure!



December 12, 2008 - Msg 68571: Good afternoon gang...we are all going to look at Christmas lights tonight...Maude will you cook?..hello Lester,Mavis,Ro,Boo,To,Rev and all....COLD here...well let me get ready...will holler later from Miss Sherrys...SPOT

December 12, 2008 - Msg 68572:
Haha Tom and MT, you're funny!!
A real riot, ya gonna go wax the steps
at the old folks home??
A regular frick and frak arnt ya! haha

December 12, 2008 - Msg 68573:
Let's all climb into spot's big sleigh
and go look at Christmas lights.

December 12, 2008 - Msg 68574:
HM- that's what happens when you hire the
Illinois governor for a contractor!! haha

December 12, 2008 - Msg 68575:
OK folks, here is my 12 Days of Mayberry for this year:
On the 12th day of Christmas TAGS gave to me:
Twelve prospects for Andy,
eleven tipsy ladies,
ten jars of pickles,
nine fish a leaping,
eight tucker spark plugs,
seven "trouble checks",
six singin' Darlings,
four merry men,
three baby birds,
two fun girls,
and a mayor up a gre-at big treee!!!


December 12, 2008 - Msg 68576: Homemaker, so sorry you are having difficulties! I am very glad that you will soon have heat. I had to heat a cabin last year for a week with a wood stove, and boy, it was a pain. Just think how much easier it will be for you to flip a swith this winter instead of hauling in wood! Hang in's all come together before you know it.

M-T, seems like I remember reading somewhere about a town even called a "fruitcake toss". That sounds like a good thing to do (as long as you don't throw it AT anyone...could be very dangerous) :-)


December 12, 2008 - Msg 68577: that was supposed to be "event"...duh.




December 12, 2008 - Msg 68579: The fruitcake cookies sound good, can't wait till they come out of the oven.I guess I'm one of the rare people who likes fruitcake! One I used to buy every year was a Claxton Fruitcake from a shop in Georgia. My first husband usually had a couple jobs in and around the Ocala , Florida area,around christmas time and we would stop at a little shop, I know it was in Georgia but, I can't remember the name right now.MDC I like the 12 days of christmas!That is very creative.Sounds like a good idea to hop in that sleigh with Spot and Miss Sherry and go look at some christmas lights.Boo,I wish I had a nearby cabin to go to this weekend, I wouldn't even mind bringing in the firewood. I need a break,and ,a cabin sounds great.Well, better get some more done around here. Talk to you all later-ky girl

December 12, 2008 - Msg 68580: Boo, a fruitcake toss? Where did they toss it to?-ky girl

December 12, 2008 - Msg 68581: One more thing, just a little FYI tip; if you have clothing that has lint on it and you don't have a lint brush or tape to get it off, the stick on christmas bows will work just as well, it just takes a few more of them than it does tape!My scrubs had lint on them last night,and I used bows to get the lint off. My oldest daughter thought it was the funniest thing, she said she wished she had a camera she would put me on you tube! See you all-ky girl

December 12, 2008 - Msg 68582: Folks, it just occured to me the place I bought the fruitcake was Claxton, Georgia,think I'll go take a nap, I didn't realize how tired I am!-ky girl