January 01, 2009 - Msg 68998: Happy New Year!! - Floyd

January 01, 2009 - Msg 68999: Happy 2009 Y'all! I would like to report that no tv sets blew up at my rock last night!
Spot,I have put in several requests for Hoppin' John, and haven't gotten a response from you. So.. (snapping my fingers like Aunt Bee the Warden):
In case y'all don't know what Hoppin' John is, it's basically black eyed peas (or field peas,which I prefer,Spot!) and rice. It's a Southern tradition that you eat it on New Year's to bring luck & prosperity. You serve greens,usually collards,which represent wealth,along with it.
If I can get Spot outta his doghouse,we'll have a New Year's feast! Rev's gonna cook the collards,and I'll bring sweet tea.
Enjoy the first day of a brand new year!
possum under a rock

January 01, 2009 - Msg 69000: HAPPY NEW YEAR PORCH!! May you all be blessed in the new year! I count all of you among my many blessings I celebrate & wouldn't trade any of you for a thing in this world, even chicken & dumplins! hehe

January 01, 2009 - Msg 69001: Possum, my mom always made blackeyed peas and cabbage and I never ate either one. Nobody but mom likes blackeyed peas so I made pintos this year and Susan will open a can of blackeyes for mom. Looks like a beautiful day ahead. The sun in shining for a change and its just the kind of day I really dig...cool and dry (a great start to a new year). Bruce cleaned some things out of our storage unit this week and made room for some of the stuff I had here in this apartment that I wanted to store, so yesterday I gathered up clutter that I wanted but didn't want in this apartment and boxed it up in containers. Then I went through closets and drawers to get rid of old linens, clothes and blankets, which I donated to the homeless ministry at church. It felt so good to de-clutter!! It's my favorite thing to do. The problem I have now, though, is that we had to bring our new regriferator from mom's house and it is one of those big Kenmores with the freezer in the bottom and the double doors, so right now we have our frige, the one that comes with the apartment, and a small freezer in here! Oh, well, hopefully not for long. We met with the houseplan guy again last night hopefully for the last time to change some little things on the plan (I told him to do what you suggested in the laundry area, Ro, and we put a nice window above the sink in there). We also increased the master bedroom and bath by a foot. Now I just have to do the cabinet design and send to him. I have to re-figure all the cabinets in the kitchen, so if any of you have any great ideas, let me know. Oh, we also moved the hot water heater out of the laundry room, Ro, and made some extra space for a long broom closet for brooms and mops.

We love you, too, Mavis!

Erin finally woke up and it's 10am. We were all up late ringing in the year. I let her stand out front and bang on a pot with a spoon at midnight (big stuff to a 7 yr old). It was neat living in town because I could hear the people at the bar across the street and on the next block whooping and hollering at midnight, and the fireworks started going off....(we live in a not-so-nice neighborhood, but I love it...call me strange. I'll miss it when we move). What will I do with all that peace and quiet in the country?!

Well, I have talked your ears off for the new year...some things never change. Hope your day is beyond wonderful.


Homemaker, are you out there? We miss you.

January 01, 2009 - Msg 69002: Happy new year folks! I updated the "Archives" area with some links that should help you jump to the past years more easily. It's not much but every little bit helps. :)

January 01, 2009 - Msg 69003: Happy New Years Porch!! I hope everyone had a safe New Years Eve. We just hung out here, ate ice cream and watched basketball it was wild I tell ya wild! Things were actually fairly quiet around here, I think everybody must of had the idea to stay home. Mavis I enjoyed reading your blogs, your babies are adorable! Well, I've been lazy today so I better get at it. Here's to another year on the porch with you all. Love ya'll Salty Dog

January 01, 2009 - Msg 69004: Happy New Year Gang...im still here just been busy..possum I love Hoppin-john...hey to all...I will read tonight...prayers...SPOT

January 01, 2009 - Msg 69005: Hey Salty! I'm glad you mentioned Mavis' pups. I went on that site, too, and meant to talk about how cute the dogs were...the bull terriers are the cutest things in the world...I especially loved Feather in her Santa hat.

Thanks for the updated Archives, Floyd.


January 01, 2009 - Msg 69006: Yeah,but you didn't make any Hoppin' John for the Porch,now did ya,Spot? Ha!And Rev never showed up with our collards either! That's ok,I know you've been busy.I headed over to my mama's-she made 2 big pots of Hoppin' John! Good! One of my sisters brought a video of when she got married back in 1987 because our niece kept asking about relatives she'd heard about,but aren't alive now.So,we took a trip down memory lane-saw some ladies with big 80's hair and makeup,mullet haired men,and the folks no longer with us. My sister's kids had never seen the wedding video-I thought the little one was gonna throw up when her dad (groom) kissed the bride!
Hope everyone has had a great start to the New Year-love to all!
possum under a rock

January 01, 2009 - Msg 69007: Hey Boo! Hope I didn't rock on your foot!

possum again

January 01, 2009 - Msg 69008: Hi, y'all. Spent a very quiet day here at home, just me and Starr and some Hoppin' John. Now I'm about to get ready to go to work. As Boo observed, some things never change. Both units are open, so I'm told, so no chance of getting cancelled. Too many pregnant women out partying, threw themselves into labor, I guess. It's the only thing I can think of, because there certainly weren't any scheduled inductions or c-sections today, or yesterday either. Believe it or not, a lot of women who are anywhere near their due date will do amazing things to push themselves into labor, trying to have their baby before midnight to get that tax deduction for the outgoing year, and others are trying for the New Year's baby in the community, because there are usually some freebies involved. Stupid, but true.

Well, off I go. I've been off nearly two weeks now, with all that virus stuff and scheduled time off. Starr is going to be really insulted and hurt when I start dressing in that uniform. Like Sugarplum knew, she knows exactly what that means. Poor little baby.

Well, once more - Happy New Year, everyone. --Romeena

January 01, 2009 - Msg 69009: Very funny possum..Romeena done work to hard...I have to get up at 4:30 to head to work for 16..hey brother Rev,Tom,Boo,Mavis,hazel,MDC,MD,Asa...i just hope everyong is well and ready for the new year....I will catch up tomorrow I promise...Maude b-fast on me at cracker barrell.....SPOT

January 01, 2009 - Msg 69010: Hey again my family, well my New Years Day got off to a bang, I had just got off here earlier today and we got dispatched out to a chimney fire which almost turned into a house fire but thank goodness we saved it in time. Then came back home and found out that one of my girlfriends dad had a massive stroke yesterday and it's not looking good at all for him, he still has a lot of bleeding on his brain. Then tonight I got a phone call from a dear friend of mine telling me he found out today he has cancer. Not sure yet of the severity of it, just that it's in several places. So I'm asking for your prayers for all these situations I know God knows whats best, and he's got full control of everything, but I cant help but worry. So your prayers would be much appreciated. I love ya'll~Salty Dog

January 01, 2009 - Msg 69011: Good evening friends.
Gosh Salty, your news year start really stinks. I sure will include your requests on my prayer list. Very sad indeed.

Good to see you New Neighbor. Thank you for the card. Your family looks to be doing great.

Thanks for the upgrade Floyd. You've been busy today.

Spot, your cooking in the morning? I'll be there.

Possum, sounds like you had a fun day for sure.

Poor Ro, has to work tonight, bless her heart. Hope it goes by quick and easy for you.

Well I'm off to go watch some tv and retire for the night. Been a long long day.


January 01, 2009 - Msg 69012: Salty my friend...prayers...im hitting the ironing board....will see yall at cracker barrel in the morning....SPOT

January 01, 2009 - Msg 69013: you snuck in on me my good friend Asa....see ya at breakfast....SPOT

January 01, 2009 - Msg 69014: Good Evening Porch! Finally winding down this New Year's day, we spent it loading up the truck with furniture can you hear me yelling HURRAY!! I was beginning to think we would never get moved. Prayers for all your situations Salty how hard to start the new year like that. Hey Asa good to see you! Sorry you have to work Ro do you get double for working on a holiday? Sure hope so. I loved the last installment of "Missions to Mongolia" by the way, I love reading about your trips!
Mr. Neff & I were out at the new house last night, cleaning some more carpets & putting that film on the windows to keep drafts out, pretty cool stuff, you tape it around the windows then use a hair dryer to seal it on, what a difference, we could actually feel the difference in them!
Anyway, when we got there we found a card on the door addressed to "New Homeowners" with the address listed on the envelope.
Well, I figured it was a welcome wagon type thing, thought it was kind of strange that they would drive the nearly half mile to the house to make a personal appearance, but figured oh well, maybe that's the way the do it here.
I opened the card & it was from the lady that lived there before us, (the one whose husband committed suicide) & the card proceeded to tell us how they had lived there for 27 years & the house was filled with love & how she hopes we have the same thing. It also said Mr. Stover (the husband) is buried on the property & she would be coming up to visit his grave on special occasions if we didn't mind!! Sheesh!
Well, unless he was cremated, I didn't think a person could be buried without a vault or on private property. I am going to call the funeral home that handled his services tomorrow & find out what I can. I also think I'll go to the police station & talk to them about it.
Now, the math doesn't add up, the house was built in 1983 according to the deed, he passed away in 2006 & the house went into foreclosure in '07, so that's only 24 years, but since that's not so far off, I'll just ignore that.
I don't like the idea of some woman with a drug problem who left the house on bad terms coming up there anytime she pleases!
(I met another person in the P.O. who overheard me talking to the postman about getting mail delivered, she heard me give the address & struck up a conversation, she told me she & Mrs. Stover had been friends since grade school & that her drug use was a contributing factor in the suicide & the problems at home, she was supposedly on meth & crack among other things)
At any rate, now I know who's been coming to the house while we aren't there & taking things/moving things around, etc.
I don't like it at all & will probably call her & tell her we would rather she didn't come up to the house. (she left her number in the card)
Think I'll go get some "No Trespassing" signs to post, and if he IS indeed buried there, I'm thinking I'll figure out how to get them to move him somwhere else!
This whole thing just creeps me out & I wanted to share it with you guys.
Now, on that note, I'm going to go make some hot chocolate & try to relax a bit.

January 01, 2009 - Msg 69015: my goodness, did I run off at the mouth that time or what?

January 01, 2009 - Msg 69016:
Hello porch family....It's been a great New Years Day! I got all my Christmas yard decor down today. Now Mrs Rev is taking all the indoor stuff down.

Possum....I had the whole New Years dinner today. Collards, blackeyed peas and rice. Even had some sweet tatters......gooood stuff.

Boo...I love blackeyed peas but I also love pintos so if you have any leftovers, I'll take a bowl full.

Salty Dog.....sounds like your New Years started kind of rough. I will surely be praying for situations. How old is your friend that has the cancer?

Ro...hope your night shift goes smooth.

Spot....get some rest brother and see ya at Cracker Barrel. I'll get there early and save us a big table.

You all have a great night's rest and be sure to let Jesus' LIGHT shine throughout 2009! Praying for all the porch family.

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69017: Sure, I got leftovers REV. Help yourself.

So sorry about the news you received today Salty. Prayers for each situation, very sad.

MAVIS, WHOA...talk about creepy. With you living out in the woods and now possible having a corpse burried out there! Surely the woman is mistaken...I'll bet his ashes were spread there. I would hate to be in the situation you are in with the woman. That is tough. You barely even get moved in and now this. Prayers that the woman is just talking and will stay away.

Time for bed! Love to all..


January 02, 2009 - Msg 69018: Mavis please keep us informed on that body bury thang!..interesting...hey Boo..Rev lets head to the barrel!...GET UP YALL!..im here at work till 10 so I will be bugging yall all day!...Possum you set next to me and Asa ok....SPOT

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69019: Morning all.
Nice breakfast Spot (burrrpp) Thanks.

Boy Mavis, this gal sounds like a strange woman. I think you need to nip it in the bud. I sure would let it be known quickly and sternly that she is not welcome there and if indeed the Husband is buried there (not sure I believe that) get it moved. Sorry, but if she has the drug problems you have described, I don't think you want any dealing with her. This is very creepy. Please be careful Mavis. Just reading your post set the hairs on my neck sticking out.

Well I woke up this morning to a south wind blowing and a temp of 45 degree's, unheard of here for January. Supposed to get up to the mid 50's today before another snowstorm hit's tonight. But even after that, the temps are gonna be in the 30's for the highs. Usually around here in January the lows are single digit, or even sub zero, and the highs are in the 20's. This is balmy.

Auh2o, where is you boy? How's the remodel going?

Well I'm off work till Monday. Kind of nice to lounge for a few days. Maybe I'll get caught up on my National Geographics.


January 02, 2009 - Msg 69020: Good morning everyone. Anybody feel any different today?

I'm still pulling out from end-of-the-year stuff but I wanted to stop by and say howdy. I hope that your new year is staring off right.

Boy, MAVIS, that should be a movie of the week. You be careful with that loon. You have my prayers.

I'll try and stop back later.



January 02, 2009 - Msg 69021: Morning porch folks, I am at work for a while this morning and then off to do some errands. I have some Christmas presents to return and then to do some grocery shopping.

We woke up to some ice and snow this morning. Not much snow but black ice and snow on top of that. I am not sure it was expected so there were lots of accidents around town and on the interstate. I sure am glad I don't have to travel the interstate to get to work. Pretty much a straight 15-20 minute drive for me.

I will cook lunch today: grilled cheese, vegetable soup, crackers, fried apple pies with ice cream for dessert. tea, kool aid to drink.

Have a great day, prayers and blessings to all.

Happy New Year

Big Maude

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69022: Good grief, Mavis! That's spookier than the Remshaw house. I agree with the others - I don't think the woman needs to be coming onto what is now your property to visit whatever kind of remains may be on the place. Ashes are one thing, and that's bad enough, but an actual buried body?? Eeek. Check it all out, dear, check it out. And yes, do have a little chat with the local police.

Salty, prayers for you, dear one. You have a great deal on your plate right now. And you're a volunteer firefighter? Did I know that? I don't think I did. You certainly have my respect.

Well, guess I'll scare up something to eat, then hit the hay for a while. It was a long night, and I'm glad it's over. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69023: Asa, glad you have the day off and it will be warm enough for you to go do something. Have fun. It is supposed to be 80 here today. The weather has been really crazy. Hot one day, cold the next, but mostly humid and warmish :(

I just thought of something...Ro put some pics for me in her album and only one of you said anything about them (Possum). Now go over there and check out those pictures right now (SNAP!)...GET TO IT (doing my Aunt Bee the Warden impersonation)! It took me a long time and much frustration trying to figure out how to get them sent and I want 'em looked at :)....pretty please....

Me-They, glad you could check in. How is the missus feeling? I imagine she is tired after the holidays and being in her first trimester. First trimester was the hardest for me. I always felt like you do when you are trying to get over being sick...really tired and just yucky. It was worse than the end for me. Of course, I had both my kids a month early so that helped. My water broke a month early with Sean and Erin, both at 4am (sorry, I think I already told that story).

Be careful Maude, try not to drive anywhere on that black ice.

Get some rest, RO. I think Salty is an EMT, isn't she?

Better get going. Plenty to do today.


January 02, 2009 - Msg 69024: Good Morning Porch! Cold, icy & just plain nasty on my porch this morning. Big Maude you be careful out driving, Mr. Neff just called & told me they have part of 81 shut down right there near our auto repair shop, so it's pretty bad out there. I'm hoping it will warm up soon so I can get my running done. Boo that Gizzy is cute as a bug! And man have those kids grown!! Even little Emily, that shot of her in the basket is cute, she looks full of herself.
Ok, news on the "man buried on our property" front, I called the funeral home & they told me he was cremated, so it's possible he is indeed buried there. I am going to go to the Police Station in person, with the card for them to see, rather than call them, so I'll let you know what they say sometime this evening, after it warms up a little. All I know is, I DO NOT want this woman coming to the house all the time, whether announced or unannounced, so I am going to see how to go about making her get his ashes moved. Bad enough the man committed suicide on the property, much less knowing he's "still there". I will certainly be extra observant when I'm out there & I'm taking one of the Bullies with me from now on (they wouldn't bite a flea, but they sound & look the part anyway) At least the way the drive is layed out, I can hear & see anyone coming up the drive long before they get to the house (at least right now in the winter I can) so I'm sure the dogs will warn me too.
So, that's where things stand here at "Days of the Neff's Turn" world. :)

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69025: Where is Tom, auh2o, Lester & homemaker?? Ya'll check in, will ya?

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69026: BOO: I forgot to mention that I checked out those pics the other day. You have two fine looking kids. Only one complaint: where is you? Still camera shy?

Please say a prayer for our family. The MIL, who has some depression issues anyway, unloaded on the Mrs. this morning about how she feels about the pregnancy (she doesn't like it and thinks we're nuts). I mean, I kind of can understand how she feels (my SIL ius a baby machine with physical problems and shows no signs of stopping with the 10 she has). But she's just being rude and mean. On top of it, my grandmother is very sick (she lives next door), my parents are out-of-town (that's an issue I want to get your opinions about later), and since I'm at work the Mrs. is having to deal with her.

MAVIS: You may want to keep those ashes around. After all, that long drive may get icy this winter.

Well, back to work. I'll try and check back in later during my Mr. Cookie Bar break.


January 02, 2009 - Msg 69027: We know you slender, high-spirited people need your sugar pick-me-up late in the day, MT.
Good luck on your situation, Mavis. That deceased man didn't by any chance step in front of a taxi cab, did he?
Well, our snow melted, but we have another storm expected by Monday. Today it's about 40, and very windy. That's the update on our weather. Details at 10:00.
Guess I'll mosey on over and look at Boos pictures...
- Hazel

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69028:
Mavis, I am surprised the county would allow such a burial! I also suggest that you bless the house and property.
Asa- I have some Police Gazettes for ya to read! ha
God bless you all! Thanks REV for the good words
of wisdom for 2009!

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69029:
OK, here are my "Mayberry Resolutions"
for 2009.
1. I won't shoo Hazel off of Frank Meyer's couch.
2. I will revive my glass fruit for hats business.
3. I will NOT sing.
4. I will still defy the mafia.
5. I won't call asa and Auh20 "Bert and Squirt" anymore.
6. I wont wax the steps at the old folks home.
7. I will recognize Nate Bracey at the reunion.
8. I'll only take my wife crow-shootin'.
9. I will only yell "SHAKEDOWN" one time.
10.....I won't stare at the lady with the
chosen profession!
Man, I love tags!

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69030: You're too funny, MDC. I love TAGS, too.

Earlier I mentioned that I was going to get your opinion about something. Here it is. My grandmother, who lives in the apartment attached to our house has been feeling run down since Christmas. She could barely walk or talk on Tuesday afternoon, so the Mrs. went over there and took her vitals, called her doctor, and decided she needed to go to the hospital. My parents live about 8 miles away, so my dad came over and took her. They told her her potassium was low, prescribed bananas and a drug that she won't take (that's an issue for another day), and sent her home. My parents were planning on going to their cabin near my brother's in West Virginia on Tuesday and stay through the weekend. They go up there about every other weekend. Anyway, before they left on Wednesday my grandmother was still feeling pretty bad. I was at work doing all my year-end stuff and couldn't come home. The Mrs. was at home dealing with this situation, three kids, and having to do her own end-of-quarter work for her job. To top it all off, the power went out in the afternoon and it was about 30 degrees outside. So, now everybody is getting colder and it's getting darker as the day winds down. I called my parents from work and laid out the scenario. They decided to leave anyway, saying they were only 2 hours away if we needed them.

I got ticked and called them and let them know that I thought it was rude for them to leave town knowing the situation and not knowing when we were going to get power and if my grandmother as going to get worse. Everything did turn out okay (as can be expected) but it galls me they took off like that. I haven't heard from them since, though they have called an checked on my grandmother a few times each day. I'm still ticked that all this got laid on our doorstep. It's not so bad for me, but I resent that the Mrs. was stuck like that. Am I wrong? They will be back on Monday and I'm sure this will come out one way or the other.

Well, back to work...


January 02, 2009 - Msg 69031: Sorry for the confusing date above; the epsidoe happened on Wedenesday. My grandmother is upper 80s and very overweight. Also, it may be helpful to note that she has high blood pressure (usually hovering around strokeville), heart problems, has panic attacks, and thinks she's either allergic or feels the side effects of almost every drug so won't take anything stronger than Tylenol and cranberry juice. So that's the kind of ticking time bomb we are dealing with here.


January 02, 2009 - Msg 69032: Mavis keep us informed!..Maude thanks for lunch!..hey Boo,Rev you and the other football fans been watching any/..good cotton bowl on right now and Bama and Utah tonight...hey M-T,MDC you are a hoot...well supper will be on me and possum...thick Ribeye grilled steaks,baked taters,salad,grilled corn,garlic toast,Boo tea..I will start the grill at about 6 or so...is I can find my cord for my camara I will send yall some barn pics....now where is that thang?...SPOT

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69033: Hey Y'all! Been busy around here,so I'm just getting a chance to catch up on things. First off,to Salty-I am sorry to hear of the troubles on your end.Prayers for your friend and your girlfriend's dad.
Me-They,I don't blame you one bit.That was a lot for them to throw at you & the Mrs. I would make sure to let them know your thoughts on the matter.Might not make a difference,but then again,it might.At least you'd have gotten it off your chest.
Boo,I was gonna look at the pictures again just to make you feel better,but now I see some others have looked at them.It's about time,people! Ha!
Maude,you be careful out there on those roads.
And Mavis,my pal Mavis,what in the world??! A man is buried out there at your new place? Has the woman indicated where? It's freaky enough in itself,but I wouldn't want you to decide to plant a garden and discover him when you start digging! Ooh! Girl,you keep that drugged out lady away,the dogs nearby,and get his ashes/body outta there!Keep us posted-this is like one of those Twilight Zone episodes I watched on New Year's Eve! Seriously,be cautious Mavis.And do get the man's remains off of your property.
Well,I need to check e-mail & get ready for supper.Y'all want some lasagna? Come on over!
P.S. MDC,I loved your TAGS resolutions-funny!!
possum under a rock

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69034: Hey forget the lasagna-I'm cooking with Spot! Sounds good spotty boy!
Change of plans-head to the doghouse.
possum again

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69035:
Well, I'll say one thing, if a professional writer
ever visits this porch, he/she will have ENDLESS
story lines! haha If my life was only half as complicated as some here, I'd probably be
in the looney bin by now! (:
MT- not sure if you were specifically addressing
me or not but here is my best "Fr Flanigan" advice
on what you asked about:
There are several factors here. Your grandmother seems to be one of those "I've got a little bit of everything" type people. (As an aside, she'd have to eat about 100 bananas to do the job of a couple potassium tablets, and low postassium is nothing to shake a stick at, so I'd suggest some OTC potassium tabs)With that in mind, I'm sure your folks know that road pretty darn good
and with cell phones, they would be in pretty good contact with everyone, so i dont think it was really that bad to go to the cabin knowing the mother's "history", but then again i do not know ALL the extenuating circumstances. I DO see the problem with your expectant wife getting stuck with that whole situation however, and your parents should have realized the predicament that she was in. Did they realize that situastion?
I will say a prayer that you and them will get back on track with each other. hang in there my friend.
BTW, be sure to read Charlotte's new book coming out this fall, "My Secret Life with a Sterling, a Possum and a Wierd MT" haha


January 02, 2009 - Msg 69036:
Oh yeah,I forgot, with introduction and foward by Mavis Neff. haha

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69037:
"Yup, that aint no boy!"

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69038: Just read some sad news. John Travolta's 16 year old son died Friday after suffering a seizure.Prayers for that family.

possum again

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69039: Yea possum I just read about Jett Travolta...prayers...and yall head on over to the dog house...gona fire up the grill and turn the lights on outside...mild outside but bring a sweatshirt and we will get the 4-wheelers out..Romeena I will get you some salsa for your steak..I will start a fire in the outside fire pit for some late night hang out fun...well prayers again for the Travolta family.....Rev bring your stringing instrument...I will get the spoons out...NO Symbols...Maude bring some slaw ok...SPOT

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69040: How sad for the Travolta's I couldn't begin to imagine! MDC may I add to my forward before it goes to publication? Here's what I found out so far, I didn't make it to the police station since we have had icy conditions all day & I didn't want to get out in it if I didn't HAVE to. I talked to the funeral home and they told me he was cremated, so it's possible she could have buried him somewhere there, it's also possible she could have spread him there somewhere, so, here's the plan... I'm going to get to the police station, have them call her (if they will) & tell her we would rather she stay away. I'm also going to ask them about how we go about getting him off the property, should be alot easier since it should be an urn we are moving. If she spread his ashes, guess we won't be able to move him, but so far that's what it looks like we will do. I mean, I'm sorry they had to go through all they went through as a family, but this is our property now & regardless of the fact that he loved that property, it's not theirs anymore & we don't want them there. My only worry is upsetting her & making her retaliate in some way. Oh well, guess we have to let this play out & see what happens, ya'll will be the first to know.

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69041: Hey guys, thanks for the prayers as always, maybe if I'd just ate some Hoppin John, my New Years Day wouldn't have been so bad ha ha. Sorry, I'm trying to find some light to the situations. My friend who has cancer just turned 48 I think, somewhere in that area anyway. Still not sure the extent of it more tests to be done. Yes, Ro, I'm a volunteer firefighter have been for about 14 years or so now and I used to be an EMT but the con-ed hours were just too much and I let it expire. MT, I dont blame you at all in your feeling the way you do in my opinion you have every right. Prayers for your grandmother and your family as well. Mavis, thats just plain out freaky, I hope that woman stays away from your property. Spot, thanks for supper that just twangs my buds. Thanks again ya'll, you guys are the best! ~Salty Dog

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69042: Or,she may just be a "Nut" as Barney would say & the man isn't even buried or scattered there,Mavis! Maybe she wants to keep coming back because of the memories and/or the fact that he died there.I guess if he is buried there,and you tell her to get him off of your property,you'll know for certain.And you are 100% right-it is YOUR property,you have the say-so.Hopefully,all can be handled peacefully,because you mentioned the possibility of retaliation on her part.Let's hope not.And I am glad you didn't get out on those icy roads where you could've gotten yourself killed-then there'd be TWO people buried out on the Neff property! You know I'm only kidding,Mavis! You take care & stay safe now.Keep us posted,friend.
Better get back over to Spot's doghouse.Somebody has to keep them fellers straight!
possum under a rock

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69043: Oh,hey Salty. Here's a bowl of Hoppin' John-we had plenty left over. Maybe a day late don't matter when it comes to the "powers" of Hoppin' John!
Praying for the best for those situations you mentioned.
Ok,that's it.Let me get over to that doghouse & see what's going on!
possum again

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69044: Possum we are acting right for a Friday night!..might play a little cards in just a bit!..prayers Salty..Mavis I got a metal detector you want me to come over and scan yer yard for that fellow?...oh-my I should not have said that!..myst be the squeezens MDC brought to the dog house talking!...well fire is roaring waiting on possum to show back up...SPOT

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69045: New to this site, but luv the show, Name is Gary from Northern NY up on the Canadian border.

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69046: Well welcome Gary....we just have good clean fun and love tags...im the cook most of the time around here (cyber cook)...stop by any time....back to the game...possum where are you?..we are getting a little loud here at the dog house but dont really matter...aint got no houses close....SPOT

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69047: ok yall where ya at?...SPOT

January 02, 2009 - Msg 69048:
Hello porch family.....cold and rainy here today.

Welcome Gary...so good to have you stop by. Come on back anytime you get a chance.

Mavis....wow..now that's a story. I'm waiting to hear what the police will say.

Big Maude...thanks for lunch.

M-T....praying for God to give you full wisdom to handle your situation.

Yep Boo...I saw the pics.....I know you are proud of your family....and should be.

Spot....I haven't been able to see many of the Bowl games. Didn't even get to see the Gamec#cks get whipped.

You all have a blessed night! Prayers for all the porch family.

January 03, 2009 - Msg 69049: Hey Y'all!
Happy New Year! I'm still under the weather though I'm getting on the computer when I can. I pray all are doing well.
Real quick- Me They- I've had the same issues with my parents during my pregnancies. The thing is it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. I forget the verse (don't ya hate when that happens?), but it says in the Bible when you marry someone you leave your parents and cleave to your spouse. That's what you're doing. You can respectfully tell them that they are so sweet and kind to offer their wisdom to y'all that though it is taken well into consideration the deed is done and deal.
Okay, well, I'm tuckered out from typing and sitting up. I'm getting antibiotics tomorrow. Bryan says I'm wheezing and he's going to have the MD write some out for me to get rid of this stinkin' bronchitis.
Y'all take care now!

January 03, 2009 - Msg 69050: Well, Me-They, I think you are absolutely right (and you know I would tell you if I thought otherwise). You are obviously looking out for your wife's welfare, as a godly husband should. I think your parents were wrong to leave, especially when you asked them not to and explained the situation to them. I have noticed that elderly folks in my life tend to get more strong-willed as they age. I know with my parents and even my MIL, if they want something or want to do something, they don't seem to care how it effects anyone else. It's like parents begin to be like children as they age and in my experience, they do what the heck they want to. Hope that isn't how your parents will continue to be. I have heard my dad and my MIL say, "At my age, I don't care what anyone else thinks, I'm going to do what I want"....scary. I try to be understanding but it is hard sometimes.

Mavis, maybe the man's ashes were scattered to the wind and he's no longer around, so to speak. Hope you don't have any trouble from his wife, though. I think if it was me, I wouldn't worry about him being on the property as long as the wife understood that she was not free to visit him. If she didn't agree, I would have him moved, if he is buried in an urn or box somewhere on the property. I know that in my area, people spread ashes wherever they want to, but mostly at sea. It doesn't seem to bother anyone. If someone is creamated, their ashes are no harm to anyone unless it causes some folks mental stress.

Thanks for the kind words about my pictures...even if they were forced...Say "Uncle"!! :)

I think I will hit the hay...it's been a long day.


January 03, 2009 - Msg 69051: Boo, why are you hitting the hay? What did the hay do to you?

Lucy, sure do hope you get better. I'm just coming off a cold. I get tired of them.

MDC, enjoyed them resolutions. Very good.

MT, You are in a situation there, and I can appreciate your protecting your wife. I'm not sure of all the dynamics of the situation, but Honoring your parents have to come into the equation here at some point. The things the Lord requires of us at times are not easy, but eventually lead to our good and to His glory. Something to consider maybe.

Welcome to Gary. We have another poster here from your neck of the woods. Auh2o is from upstate New York I believe. Hopefully he will read this and holler at us. He has been AWOL for a few weeks.

Looking forward to the play-offs starting this weekend in the NFL. Sure was sad to see the Cowboys get knocked off last week by the Eagles. NOT! hee hee hee (sorry any cowboy fans)

Well off to go clean the garage. It's a sight.


January 03, 2009 - Msg 69052: Hey Y'all. Allergies bothering me today,so I think I'm gonna just bum around here at the rock today.Had a time at Spot's cookout! I kept 'em in line,despite the mulberry squeezins'!
Welcome to Gary.Feel free to join us as often as you like.We talk a good bit about TAGS and all sorts of other things ranging from VICKs to dead bodies,as you'll soon find out! Good folks here,for sure!
Asa,when you're finished cleaning the garage,how about heading over to Spot's place. It could use a good cleaning.It's a sight after last night!
possum under a rock

January 03, 2009 - Msg 69053: Possum its a site over here...come quick to clean....SPOT

January 03, 2009 - Msg 69054: Good morning, y'all. I tried to visit last night, but my end of the porch had fallen down, and I couldn't get up the steps. Guess Gomer was spider-hunting again and hit the wrong thing. Anyway, it's fixed now, apparently, as I was able to just walk right up and sit down.

Lucy, you get yourself on some antibiotics and get rid of that crud right now. That can go into pneumonia, and all manner of nasty things can happen. I'm glad to hear that your DH suggested it. Natural remedies are wonderful, and should be preferred if they work, but since in this case they're not - well, 'nuff said.

Mavis, I hope the ashes are contained, and not scattered, because then you can have them moved and make an end to the situation. If scattered, obviously they can't be moved. However, if worse comes to worse and you have to confront the woman, you might ask her just whose ashes she thinks she's visiting? Unless she paid quite a bit extra for a single cremation, what she got was a composite of the ashes of several bodies, all cremated at the same time. Kind of a "group thing". Most people aren't aware of that practice, but an acquaintance in the business told me about it. (Yuck.) At least that's true around here.

Me-They, you and your wife are not being treated fairly, that's pretty obvious. I think an attitude adjustment is needed in a couple of areas. First, it starts with grandma. She's obese, dependent and refuses to try to help herself, even when a doctor tells her what she needs, in this case a potassium supplement. She needs to be given some non-negotiable conditions. This would be best coming from your dad (he's her son, right?) but if he won't do it, then you must. The terms are - cooperate, take necessary medications, or be solely responsible for yourself and we will go on about our lives. We may be here when you need us, or we may not. I'm getting a sense that your parents may have already walked this path with her, and that's why they chose to go on with their plans. Enough is enough, sometimes.

As for the in-laws little hissyfit over the coming baby, that's immature and cruel. What would they have done if you had said, "Well, gee, I guess you're right. We'll go get an abortion." Bigger fit, most likely. Yapping about a done deal, like it or not, is foolish. Either be supportive (preferred) or be quiet (think Thumper the rabbit.)

Well, that's my two cents' worth. Guess I'll scare up some lunch. Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

January 03, 2009 - Msg 69055: Well Auh20 cant be much more upstate than me can see Canada from the house it's about zero here today, thanks for the warm welcome. Gary from upstate

January 03, 2009 - Msg 69056: Amen, Ro. Good advice.

Hey there, Gary. Welcome to the porch.

It's WAY too warm here for January. Wish it would cool off so I would feel more like working. I am doing laundry, as usual anyway, and just cleaned the kitchen. I am watching bits and pieces of "Quigly Down Under". I have never seen it and it is pretty interesting.


January 03, 2009 - Msg 69057: Hey, y'all. Boo, I feel your pain! It's 82 degrees here right now. Gary, how does that sound to you? Boo and I are both in Texas - she's on the southern coast, I'm in the Dallas area. Too warm indeed! I see some buds swelling on some of my shrubs, and know they're going to get nipped back, because it's supposed to get cold again tonight.

Gary, we're glad to have you join us. If you would like to stick around, we'd be pleased. Just grab yourself a TAGS handle if you wish, or you can stick with your own name. Most of us have TAGS names, but it's not required. As you may have noticed, we do try to stay away from using the names of the four principle characters - Andy, Barney, Opie and Aunt Bee. If you're looking for a "hometown", where you can share just about whatever's on your heart, you've found it. Read back through the archives, and you'll get a feel for what we're about. Anyway, welcome!

Happy New Year again, everyone, and I guess that's the last time I'll say that. It is the 3rd, after all. Now I've got to catch a little nap, because I'm supposed to work tonight. Argh.

Be blessed! --Romeena

January 03, 2009 - Msg 69058: Hi there, Ro. Hope they will call you to stay home tonight (my fingers are crossed). Something I will never forget are those rare nights that I would get a phone call asking me if I would like to stay home due to low census.

Been doing housework and finished watching Quigly...what a movie! I can't believe I never watched it before. I loved the part with the Aboriginal people (did I spell that right?). How neat the way they showed up to save Quigly and then just, "poof!", disappeared. That Tom Selleck sure is a purty man, ain't he?...

MDC, that makes me think of a few "Mayberry Resolutions" of my own:

1) I promise to just "look at the purty man".
2) I will not hit my momma with a great big stick.
3) I won't eat anything that will "lay on my chest".
4) I will slow down and listen to a band concert now and then.
5) I will not stand in the stag line with Mr. Shwump and a bunch of huncher-over teenaged boys.
6) I WILL nip it, nip it, nip it..when it comes to the kids (all good books one child rearing are in favor of bud-nippin').
7) I will think twice before I make Helen Crump mad about anything!
8) I will be honest and tell Aunt Bee NOT to make any more of them Kerosene Cucumbers ("I don't know if I can face the future knowin' there are 12 quarts of them pickles in it!").
9) ..and while I'm being honest, I will also tell Andy that he should have stuck with Peggy instead of PMS Helen.
10) And last but not least....I will use OREGANO (that was for you, MDC)!


January 03, 2009 - Msg 69059: Woohoo! Hey, Boo, I got the call! I'm actually the second one canceled out of the four that were scheduled, so it's possible I could be called in at 11, but I seriously doubt it. There are only three patients right now, plus one in L&D that may or may not come to postpartum - they're debating whether she needs to go on mag sulfate for her blood pressure. Still, that would only make four patients, and if two nurses can't handle that, then shame on them. There's no one else back there, and even if more come in, there would have to be about five or six deliveries before they'd need me. So, unless a nurse gets sick, I should be safe.

I love your resolutions! Mine is not a TAGS resolution, but I'm going to try to stick to it. This house needs to be de-cluttered, so I'm going to try to clean out one drawer, one cabinet, one closet or one something each week. Clean it out, clear it out, trash the trash. There will be a lot of give-aways. Most of what's in all those places is usable, just not being used, and that's a shame. So, out it goes. Going to be hard for my little packrat soul to follow through, but maybe I will.

Have a great evening, everyone. --Romeena

January 03, 2009 - Msg 69060: Well my falcons aint doing so good....back after the game....mercy.SPOT

January 03, 2009 - Msg 69061: Hey, that's great Ro. Hope they don't call you in later. I wish I could help you with the de-cluttering. I get a certain delight from getting rid of things..I guess I am sort of the opposite of a hoarder. Be strong.

You know after all that talk about a body on Mavis' place, I had a scary/funny experience last night. It was about 4am and everyone was asleep, of course. Well, I was awakened by a boom, which I recognized as the closet doors on the back patio blowing against the house. I got up and went outside to close them because it had gotten very windy. After I closed the doors and turned around, it was just light enough to see something hanging from the tree in the yard. It looked like the shape of a body hanging with it's feet dangling about a foot off the ground. Well, immediately I thought someone had hung themselves, but as I stood there and looked more closely, the way it was swinging back and forth in the wind made me realize it was too light to be a body. All I could do was walk across the yard in the dark to find out what it was. When I finally close enought to touch it, I realized that it was some of Bruce's waders that he had cleaned and hung in the tree to dry. I went back to bed. It sure liked like a body.

Hey to SPOT.


January 03, 2009 - Msg 69062: uh..I mean looked like a body. I sure have lots of typos lately. I guess i talk too much or type to fast or something.


January 03, 2009 - Msg 69063: Funny Boo!..oh-my...funny...smiles all over my face....lets have some Capt-Crunch...K?...possum check yer mail...SPOT

January 03, 2009 - Msg 69064: ok ..where yall at?..under the porch?.SPOT

January 03, 2009 - Msg 69065: Sorry about your Falcon's Spot. You have a good young team though. They'll be back next year.
Congrats MDC on yer Cards. (if yer a Cards fan)

Boy Boo, you was pretty brave going out there and checking that out. That's a funny story though.

Good game on now with the Chargers and Colts.

We start our new hours at preachin tomorrow. Ain't gotta be there till 11:00 instead of 9:00. I like the earlier one, but me lady likes the later one. Oh well, it's all good.

Gonna be in the single digits here tonight. It's 12 here right now at 8:00 p.m. Brrrrr.

Best go warm up the heating blanket.


January 03, 2009 - Msg 69066: Yea Asa,next year.....you want to spring for b-fast in the morning?....I got to get up early..SPOT

January 04, 2009 - Msg 69067: Well, guess I'm safe. It's 11:00 and they haven't called me in. Hooray, I can sleep tonight like normal people, and can make it to church in the morning. That's what I hate about working Saturday nights. The pay is great - weekend differential is $6/hr, but I hate missing church. I've tried just going on anyway, and it gets embarrassing, because there's no way to stay awake.

Boo, there is no way I'd have gone out to investigate what was hanging in that tree. I'd have gone back in the house, gotten a flashlight, and from a considerable distance, I'd have checked it out. Walk right up to it? Nope.

Asa, I like your reference to your "lady". That's sweet. I have a cousin, a real character - the one who drove the little bulldozer across a field in the rain, wearing only boots and a Stetson - and he refers to his wife as "She who must be obeyed." He's not really kidding, either. His wife is a great gal, but she will yank a knot in his tail right quick if he gets too rowdy. It's hilarious.

Well, I think I'll turn in a bit early for a change. Be blessed, all. --Romeena