January 17, 2009 - Msg 69467:
Possum: I can't get out of bed in the morning without first spraying my ankles, knees, and elbows with a few ounces of WD40 aerosol. The stuff works great on joints. The Mrs. has TMJ, and she sprays it on her jaws, and that helps alot.

*wink wink*
Thomas A. Moody

January 17, 2009 - Msg 69468: Hope y'all enjoy a clean swept porch on a Saturday afternoon. Thomas A.

January 17, 2009 - Msg 69469: Hey gang glade yall liked the new pics...still judt to freezing here in ga..im off tonight so im gona wrap up and get outside and try to do a few chores....supper will be HOT beef stew!..cornbread....SPOT

January 17, 2009 - Msg 69470: Supper sounds good spot- I'll be there.Otherwise I was gonna go over to Edgar Coleman's- see if he needed some help glueing the covers back on the hymnals!
possum under a rock

January 17, 2009 - Msg 69471:
Thomas, now dont go making a habit of sweeping.
Floyd may hire ya permanat-like. haha

January 17, 2009 - Msg 69472:

January 17, 2009 - Msg 69473:
Hey possum, I use dmso on my joints now and again. It works pretty good. it's also a solvent!
AUh20- I got a big crate of sunshine on it's
way via fedex. No charge for this one! ha
I heard that it was so cold in new york that
molasses was not just "slow" but plum frozen!
God bless ya,
"You people are living in another world,
men are cicling the globe, international
television has been invented, but here a
public utility is being disrupted for a whole
afternoon because two ladies' feet hurt!"

January 17, 2009 - Msg 69474:
Possum, I was kidding you about the WD40. Gonna see if you would bite.

MDC, You know I already have janitorial business going on. But I really don't mind earnin' my keep here on the porch anyhow.

Who's the Cardinals fan?

Dinner's on me tonight at Market Place! Bring a smile :)

Thomas A. Moody

January 17, 2009 - Msg 69475: I'm pretty sure the Cardinals fan is MDC, Thomas.
Do I have to bring a smile to dinner? I brought one last time...
- Hazel

January 17, 2009 - Msg 69476:
Just bring yourself Hazel! I can't afford to do this every night, so you better get it while the getting's good!

Thomas A.

January 18, 2009 - Msg 69477: Mornin Dears & Honeys!
possum under a rock

P.S. Thomas A.,I knew you were only joking!

January 18, 2009 - Msg 69478: Mornin', porch! Just rushing by on my way to preaching - do you think these earrings are too much? --Romeena

January 18, 2009 - Msg 69479: Possum so is something going on with you and Edgar/...hum..last time I checked all the cover were just fine on the hymn books! ;)- slow here at work...got a couple of outages going on and crews are head out to fix...yall eat yet?...SPOT

January 18, 2009 - Msg 69480: Good Sabbath porch pals.
Thank you for your prayers concerning Mrs. Asa. The infusion went smooth, and she has had no negative side affects, other than some tiredness and soreness that is to be expected. She will have thos done once a month. It will take several months to see if it will help her feel any better, or to see if it will cause her liver to flare up. But anyway, so far so good. Thank you for your prayers and concern.

I had a co-worker years ago make that claim about WD-40. I always have joked I wish I could have a grease zirk installed in my lower spine and just have someone give me a squirt of grease in it when it got achy and I'd be fine.

Sorry7 I missed Dinner Thomas. Dang, I love a free meal. Maybe Spot will fix some breakfast.

I wanted to share with you this little story about the joys of living in small town America. I am teaching a Sunday School lesson today, and it is on the parables found in the 13th Chapter of Matthew. One of those parables is concerning the mustard seed. Anyway, I went to our local farm supply store yestarday wanting to buy a package of mustard seed to use as a visual aid. Being the middle of January, they have no seeds out yet. I asked the owner if he had any packets of mustard seed anywhere, not telling him what I needed if for. He said "no, do you need it for a Sunday School lesson"? He then said I could probably find some at the spice rack at the local grocery store, which I did. Anyway, I just thought it was funny how he knew why we were looking for mustard seed. Only in small town America. I love it.

Has anyone seen the video that has been played where the security camera caught that plane landing in the Hudson? That Pilot was amazing. What a story.

MDC, What is dmso? I need to try something on my sore joints.

Well better go get ready for preaching. I'm not much of a teacher though.



January 18, 2009 - Msg 69481: Ok Asa late breakfast...2 fried eggs over med. toast,grits,hashbrowns,sausage links..OJ,coffee..SPOT

January 18, 2009 - Msg 69482:
Asa, Walmart sells Mustard seeds. I've done used them for preachin' before. Sorry we missed you.

Thomas A.

January 18, 2009 - Msg 69483: Why did I say "done"? Thomas A.

January 18, 2009 - Msg 69484: I use Mustard seeds in my potato salad, Asa. I could have mailed you a couple!
- Hazel

January 18, 2009 - Msg 69485: Football is on gang........go Arz. SPOT

January 18, 2009 - Msg 69486: go phi go

January 18, 2009 - Msg 69487: Evenin' Y'all. Now Spot,there ain't nothing going on between me & Edgar! Just trying to be neighborly & help the feller out.Last I heard,those hymn books were a sight! Maybe you & Myra Koontz glued the covers back on before Edgar had a chance-y'all do know there's that story going around about Myra..
Ha! Just messin' with ya,spotty boy!
Asa, hope the treatments work wonders for the Missus. Prayers continue for her.Cute story about the mustard seeds!
Hey to Thomas A.,Hazel,Ro,and any Porch peepers out there.Y'all take care now.
possum under a rock

January 18, 2009 - Msg 69488: Is that MDC I hear hooting & hollering? His team is headed to the Super Bowl!

possum again

January 18, 2009 - Msg 69489: will it Arz going, but who are going to play what thim.


January 18, 2009 - Msg 69490:
WOOHOO!! You betcha that's me a hollerin'.
Sorry to the Philly Phans... but this was a long time coming! 20 years the Cards have been here now.
I am happier than Howard Sprague winning a council seat or catching Old sam! haha
Tom, I got a big box of Sunshine on it's way!
Asa, great story about the mustard seed, and ye of so little faith in my Cards! ha
BTW, you can google dmso, but I get it in a
"roll-on" bottle at Hi-health.
Good Sabbath to all..prayers,

January 18, 2009 - Msg 69491: Well, I'm back from retreat and it was a BLAST. My MIL went and had a great time. She told me a group of us later: "I've been to 4 state fairs and 2 hog-callings in my life and I ain't never seen anything like this!"...We Baptist women can get pretty wild and crazy but there is a saying, "What happens at retreat, STAYS at retreat"...(like in Vegas).

I'll check out the archives later and get back to you. I need a shower and some time with the kids. They want to watch an episode of TAGS (Barney's First Car).


January 18, 2009 - Msg 69492: Go Steelers! I am in Steelers country, just outside of Pittsurgh, this is a big game for them today.Hey MDC, could you spare a box of sunshine to send this way, it would sure be a help!-ky girl

January 18, 2009 - Msg 69493: Boo, I just read your post. What exactly do they do at hog callins besides calling a hog? I went to one baptist womens retreat, it was fun, but, I have a feeling yours was the most fun!-ky girl

January 18, 2009 - Msg 69494: Hey there, KYGirl...yep, our's gets a little rowdy. There was 36 of us and we always reserve this big house at camp that sleeps 40 people, but has a central living room, dining room and kitchen. We always end up in the living room together in the evenings and we do Karaoke (did I spell that right?) and we had a talent contest that was hilarious. Last night, one of the older ladies was singing "Yakity-Yak" and while dancing, tripped over someone on the floor and busted her knee and that was at the beginning of the night! One woman said, "I didn't know you Batist's ended up face first on the floor on Saturday nights." :) We had a great hayride and fire with marshmallow roasting and songs....unfortunately nobody told "The Golden Arm", but maybe next year. Anyway, it was lots of laughs and everyone felt closer and friends were made.

Unfortunately, though, there was a woman there who is rather new to the church and has some mental issues. She was pretty rude to my mother-in-law, but I didn't find out about it until she told me when we got home. The woman who was rude, is going to have to be confronted somehow. Talk about difficult! How do you deal with someone in church who causes dissention everywhere she goes? It's a booger of a problem.

Well, time for me to skip happily to my own, soft bed, which is elevated at the head and slip blissfully into Sleep Land...ZZ


January 19, 2009 - Msg 69495: Good Monday morning porchters.
Hope you are all well and dandy.
Boo, sounds like you had a grand old time and got yourself revived. To bad there was someone there peeing on your b.b.q. Oh well, sounds like you all still had fun. We want pictures with you dancing with a lampshade on yer head though.

MDC, Boy you Cards did shock me. I am pleased as punch they got in to the big dance. I'd love to see them win it all. But dang, that Steeler defense looks tough. Time will tell. That Curt Warner is a class act. I was touched by the interview he did after the game with Terry Bradshaw.
Maybe ky-girl and mdc can arm wrestle for their respective teams.

Well hope you all have a grand Monday and a wonderful week. I have a funeral to attend tomorrow for a dear man in our Church who was called home. It has been painful to watch him struggle this past year with Hogkins disease. But he is now with the Lord and his mortal challanges are done.

Later friends.


January 19, 2009 - Msg 69496: Morning, porch! Just got home from work, and am not too worn out, thanks to a two-hour nap before I went in last night. I'll grab another nap in a little while, but for the moment, I'm okay.

Gosh, Boo. It sounds like you all had a wonderful time. Sounds about like my SS class when we all get together. We do have fun with each other!

As for the rude woman, that's a sticky wicket. If she was just plain rude, a private talk with someone who possesses a lot of tact might work. However, if she has mental issues, that's a different story. She won't reason or react like a normal person would. All I can think of is for everyone to agree to use a "canned" response when she misbehaves. Something like "I know you didn't mean to be rude, so I have decided not to allow what you said to hurt my feelings. I would prefer to forget it and remain friends." If everyone learns the "script" and feeds it to her every time, she may get the idea. If she truly has mental issues, she may actually not realize she is hurting people.

If she's not all that mentally challenged, but is just plain rude, and really is causing problems, then there is scriptural backing for asking her to find another church home. Sounds harsh, but it is scriptural. A bad spirit like that can tear a church up, and it shouldn't be permitted. I've seen this intervention used twice in my life time - once formally, by the deacon body, and once informally, with the pastor just having a little conversation with the person. In both cases, the offending party left the church, and the church was the better for it. It's sad but true - not everyone who joins a church is there for the right reasons. Just as you would shut a fox out of the henhouse, so sometimes must you remove fellowship from someone whose agenda is to cause pain and trouble.

Well, that's my two cents' worth. Anybody else got any ideas? Be blessed, all. --Romeena

January 19, 2009 - Msg 69497: Exactillioso, Romeena. I know that the woman has some mental issues, obvious to some, but not to her, apparently, but she lies and likes to spread storied about the horrible things people supposedly do to her, that kind of thing and she atttatches herself to someone and then when that person dissapoints her, which they always do because she tries to suck the life out of them, the venom comes forth! I think the reason she was rude to MIL is that she saw her as a third wheel when she wanted to be with the woman she has attatched herself to, presently. Crazy stuff but it won't be swept under the rug, believe me. The leaders will deal with it swiftly because the woman is talking about joining the church next Sunday! Thanks for the sound advice. Ro, you should consider coming to our next retreat. It's near La Grange and it's so pretty, lots of pine trees and old farm houses. We have women join us from other states, and up near Amarillo.

So much I want to comment on from the archives, but I know I will forget someone!

Auh2o, my interest in civil war was just caused by hearing Erin singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic..I just started thinking about it.

Asa, prayers for you and your dear wife, and I am glad that she tolerated this latest treatment well. We love you, Buddy. Having said that, you and Myra Koontz need to keep a low profile. (loved the mustard seed story!)

SPOT, loved the pictures. Kelsey is just precious!

Prayers for you and your family, Me-They, sorry you are having difficulties, but I know the Lord is there working things through for your good.

Possum, stay away from that Edgar. I heard he's a nut.

Sterling, I can relate to your post...Erin was happy to see me yesterday, but when I got her up this morning, she sassed me about something, so I looker her in the eye and said, "Who do you think you are talking to? I leaving this room and you are on your own. Get yourself ready for school". I walked away and a few minutes later, she came into the living room with tears rolling down her face and she fell into my arms, just crying that she was sorry. It was real, too. I can tell the difference and she really felt badly for speaking to me that way. I held her and loved on her for awhile and she was ok and got herself ready for school. I love it when I know my children are genuinely sorry for something and hurt when they offend someone. It's a good lesson for them and when I am able to offer them complete forgiveness and love, they learn something about God and his unconditional love. When we only try to smooth everything over and make life easy for our children, we are crippling them. They need to know that it hurts to be unkind to someone they love, and they need to learn to be repentant. Anyway, that's my sermon on "bud nippin'".

Better get moving. I have to take the folks for their doctor's appointment in town.


January 19, 2009 - Msg 69498: I got a crazy chihuahua on my hands. As I sit here, he is running from one end of the apartment to the other, in circles...guess he needs someone to play with! It looks so funny!


January 19, 2009 - Msg 69499: Boo,it's Spot that might be "running with " Myra- not Asa!
I'll leave Edgar alone- don't wanna see my name linked with his in the "Mayberry After Midnight" column!
Glad you're back home safe & sound.
Mornin to everyone.Let's head over to Big Maude's & see if she'll make us a big breakfast.
possum under a rock

January 19, 2009 - Msg 69500: Oh, really Possum?....that's funny because I heard the same thing about Asa and Myra (hence, my confusion)...I heard she went and saw him perform at the Gigolo Club and has been crazy over him ever since. I don't think SPOT could compete with that, so it may be just a rumor...but, I'm not one to gossip, you know...of course SPOT is really cute, so it might be true, but what I heard is that Mavis Neff feels "all bubbly-wubbly" when she sees SPOT...Now, I don't want to hear anymore about Romeena and Mr Gossett, ya hear?


January 19, 2009 - Msg 69501: ...Or me and the butter and egg man, niether...


January 19, 2009 - Msg 69502: Butter & Egg man? I'm all mixed up.I thought you were running with the dish towel salesman,Boo! Or MDC! Hee Hee

The National Weather Service says SNOW likely (70 percent chance) here at my rock tomorrow! Yippee! Boy,we get all keyed up around here at the mere mention of flurries!
possum again

January 19, 2009 - Msg 69503: That was a good "bud-nippin" sermon, Boo. And right on the mark.

We don't get excited about snow around here, Possum. At least I don't, as I have to do all the snow-clearing. ;)
(Actually, I kind of like it when it snows. It is relaxing in some ways)

-Sterling Holobyte

January 19, 2009 - Msg 69504: Well, I stopped runnin' with MDC cause he was two-timing me with Hogette Winslow, can you believe it? She even left her husband (the taxidermist) for MDC. I hope she don't get hit in the head with anymore rocks because she won't have anybody to sew up her head. Anyway, I'm still with the butter and egg man (he butters me up and I egg him on).

Thanks, Sterling.


January 19, 2009 - Msg 69505: Me and Myra?.....well we do go to preaching sometimes together..but THATS ALL!..hey yall...im headed to work today at 2...possum cook and bring me a plate around 6 ok?...SPOT

January 19, 2009 - Msg 69506: Good Afternoon porch folks, hope all is well today.

Working today but not much going on. Things are kinda slow. Snowy, cold and many places are closed today so folks may think we are closed as well.

You all crack me up with all this gossip, maybe you should send your info to the Mayberry after Midnight column or Opie and Howie can put out another printing of their newspaper. That a way we will all be informed of who is going with who around here.

SPOT, you had better we careful with Myra, cause you know what they say about her. just ask

Since Possum is cooking today, I will sit down, put my feet up and wait until she rings the bell.
I will bring dessert: apple cobbler, vanilla bean ice cream, carmel sauce drizzled over top.

I better go start churning the ice cream.

Have a blessed day,

Big Maude

January 19, 2009 - Msg 69507: Well,since I'm the designated cook,how about spaghetti? I don't do meatballs though. We'll leave that to homemaker-or Hazel.
Sterling,we flake out (bad pun!) down here if the "S" word is mentioned! Nearly run each other off the roads trying to get to the Piggly Wiggly to stock up on canned goods and batteries! Ha! I just checked with the NOAA website- STILL calling for 70% chance of SNOW tomorrow! And Laci's staying tonight- I will be thrilled to have her with me to experience her first snowfall,if it happens-yippee!
So MDC is running with Hogette? How'd I miss that? Guess I was so busy glueing hymn book covers with Edgar that I didn't catch that!
I did hear that one of the fellers has been on the phone quite a bit with Miss Racine Tyler though. Wonder who wants a delivery truck?!
I'd better get started on that spaghetti.See y'all!
possum again

January 19, 2009 - Msg 69508: Uncle Ollie: A skinny widder.
You know what they say about widders Andy.
Aunt Nora: Shut up Ollie.


January 19, 2009 - Msg 69509:
Hey Folks

It's still winter here.

possum-You're post was funny. Hope ya get to enjoy some snow!

Boo-I'm the same way, something can grab my attention and then I'm off to the races.

BTW (first time I ever used BTW, hehe. I feel so internet savvy) By any chance, has anyone read Jonah Goldberg's new book, "Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning." He is a hoot. My wife gave the book to me for Christmas, that and two Bill Buckley books, man, I miss him, Buckley that is, Jonah is still very much alive. What a guy.

Asa-Sorry to hear about your friends struggles but it is wonderful for him to be Home and out of pain.

...gotta run the fella that plows the driveway is here. See ya'll in a bit.


January 19, 2009 - Msg 69510: Boo - if I didn't know any better I'd think you got a hold of some of that "new wine" at the ladies retreat. *grin* Glad you had a great time. I'll second Sterling's thoughts about that bud-nippin' sermon. Sure needed to hear that myself.

Glad things went well with the Mrs, Asa. Prayers that this whole course of action is successful. Loved the 'mustard seed' story as well. Prayers for your church family as it deals with this loss.

Possum - don't forget bread and TP while your at the Piggly Wiggly.

auh2o - I haven't read the Jonah Goldberg book, but I did see him on Hannity's program a few days ago and I enjoyed listening to him. I'll have to see if our library has that book.

Prayers for all you're dealing with M-T.

As far as the Super Bowl - I like both teams so it doesn't matter to me who wins. I like Kurt Warner too, Asa. He's kind of a hometown boy since he'd been with the Rams.

Well, just wanted to check back in and say "hey" to you fine folks - Thomas A, Sterling, Ro, Big Maude, spot, MDC, TOM, Hazel, and the rest of the gang here. Have a good week and prayers for all.

January 19, 2009 - Msg 69511: Good afternoon everybody, yeah they're calling for that white stuff here too tonight. Which I wouldn't mind so bad if I didn't have to get up at 5 and go to work, that might be a little squirelly. Was getting my house all cleaned up awhile ago, dont know why but my house has to be clean when it snows weird, I know, but anyways I'd let my little dog out and heard her scratching at the door, and she came in black as could be, I have no clue what that rascal got into, so into the clean bathtub she went now it's black too. Gotta love the fur kids!! Hope you all stay safe in this weather I'm ready for spring!! Love you all--Salty Dog

January 19, 2009 - Msg 69512: Yeah right, Auh2o..I'm sure I must have read "Liberal Facism:The Secret of The American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning"...right. :-) Well, maybe Me-They has read it. He's super-smart like you.

"Hey" to you, too, AFD. Glad you liked the sermon.

Took the folks to the doctor and that crazy guy is another Patch Adams. He came into the room wearing a ski cap and doing the wave. He said something about going to the inauguration and having to stay warm...! You never know what to expect when you go, but he never dissapoints ya.

Better take a rest. I have bible study at the rehab tonight.


January 19, 2009 - Msg 69513: Hey Salty...I don't think your weird...I like to clean my house before a cold front. Stay warm.


January 19, 2009 - Msg 69514: Ok possum you got lunch I will get supper..hey Boo,Salty,Rev check in brother..hey TOM,AFD,hazel,HM,NN,Thomas,auh2o,MD,Maude,Lucy and all...gona get some snow here too in Ga..Im here all night so I will keep a good watch..ok Supper: baked catfish,hushpuppys,maude slaw,greenbeans,green onions and we will throw a few shrimp in the fryer too..tarter sauce,tea...yall show up at about 7...SPOT

January 19, 2009 - Msg 69515:
Boo-Ok wisenheimer. That was nice of you to say but, believe me, if it is not already evident I am just a hayseed with a library card. The book I mentioned is a "popular read." Goldberg isn't some college professor hiding on campus surrounded byimpressionable kids that believe he is the Wizard of Oz. He books are funny and factual.

AFD-I think you'd like the book.

Spot- Does that mean...
"It's a snowy night in Georgia, a snowy night in Georgia
It seems like it's snowy all over the world." ...just wondering.


January 19, 2009 - Msg 69516: I think I'll let the catfish slide on by, Spot.
- Hazel

January 19, 2009 - Msg 69517: Ok Hazel I will fetch you a bowl of cpt crunch!..here in the South catfish is served just about everywhere!..but its a southern thang!..Rev I wish you would check in brother Tom too..porch is slow tonight...snow here but I dont think we are gona have a whole lot...Romeena you out there "come in" 10-4.....SPOT

January 19, 2009 - Msg 69518: Hey again, we've got about an inch of the white stuff so far, and thankfully it's stopped for the moment. I sure hope thats all of it. Hazel, you should try some catfish sometime, it's good! Especially cajun catfish. Spot thanks for supper. Ya'll stay warm tonight--Salty Dog

January 19, 2009 - Msg 69519: Sure thing Salty...its still spiting snow here but no big deal....the rest of the porch must be running the snow plows on the night shift!....SPOT

January 19, 2009 - Msg 69520: "...A hayseed with a library card..."?! No way, Auh2o. You can't fool me. You are very bright, informed and articulate and that's that. "Wisenheimer"...hmm, I like that...maybe I'll change my name to Boo Wisenheimer. Ya'll can call me BW. I am going to keep my eyes open for the book so I can read it and we can discuss it here on the porch...sort of a Mayberry Book Club. You know, that is not a half-bad idea. If someone reads a good book, he/she could suggest it for the porch and those interested could read the book and have some discussion about it. BTW, very cute about the "snowy night in Georgia".

Hey SPOT, stay warm. Wish we had some snow here! Can I have a bowl of Captain Crunch? It's my favorite, you know. I guess I probably like the peanut butter flavored the best.

Drug rehab was heart-wrenching tonight. We had a new girl that was so precious. She was a beautiful little blond girl who was very happy to be in bible study (or "church" as the girls call it). She was from a Christian family and told us that she was raised in church, but this was her second time in rehab because of her Meth addiction. She told us that she had gotten down to 80 lbs. She is looking to the Lord and maybe this time she will make it. At least she has a family that will support her. Tonight, Keith was saying something to the group about their families, and one 14 year said, "But sir, most of us are orphans". It was so sad. In one of the groups we met with, we were holding hands and praying in a circle before we ended, as is our custom. Each girl has an opportunity to pray out loud as we go around the circle. Tonight some of the girls thanked God for giving them a second chance and one girls prayed, "I pray that my family won't give up on me". It just breaks your heart to see these children this way, but many of them are drawing near to God for help now. As I passed out hugs to them, I pulled that girl to me and said, "God will never give up on you" and she said quietly as she walked away, "I hope not". Oh, these girls are hurting so badly and I love them all. I feel like I want to open my heart and tuck each one of them safely inside, to carry them safely away from all their pain and fear. God help those children and how can I thank my porch family for your prayers for them? They mean so much.

I am tired and have a busy day ahead of me so I will shuffle off to bed. Love you much, porch friends.

Boo Wisenheimer

January 19, 2009 - Msg 69521: Boo grab this bowl of cpt crunch before ya rush off....the rest of the bunch must be on the late,late night shift down at the snow plow factory...SPOT

January 20, 2009 - Msg 69522: Ok gang ..we missed most of the big snow fall..still kinda purtty...hope all that did get winter weather have a good safe day..im out of here at work at 6 then back at 2 for 16 more then off a few days...hope the weather breaks a little (suppose to)so I can get back to work on the barn..miss Sherry and I both are off Wed..may have a date (ha ha)...well here goes: 2 eggs your way,jimmy dean sausage,grits,hashbrowns,bisquits and good milk gravy,coffee,oj,milk....yall stay warm...23 here this morning...peace and love!...SPOT

January 20, 2009 - Msg 69523: Good morning everyone. We had about an inch of snow yesterday; not enough to cause much delay but enough to give us a nice coat of white on the ground. It was the first time we’ve had that so far this winter. Still, it was enough to cause a 35 car accident on the major interstate I travel.

It’s been a tough several days, friends. Nothing really major, just a number of little things hitting like machine gun fire. I believe the worst of it is over and we made it through okay. I’m sure a lot of that is due to your prayers. I appreciate you all so much and thank you for your prayers. It means a lot.

Traffic this morning was okay for me, but some of my friends who have to commute into Washington are in a nightmare scenario traffic-wise. Unfortunately, if you have to work in DC today there’s really no easy was to get there. Roads are clogged because of increased traffic, made worse because most HOV lanes are closed as a precaution for emergency vehicles. The metro has been full since 4:00 a.m. and the trains basically just pass by most stations because they are full. If I had to work in DC I think I’d have taken the day off. But, I don’t work in an “essential service” job, either.

Well, my guy didn’t win and I hold guarded optimism about the next four years. Still, I have to admit that today is exciting. Of course, I find all inaugurations exciting. After all, it’s not everywhere in this world that people get to elect their leader and then get to watch him sworn into office, all in peace. Even through the turmoil of 2000 not one drop of blood was shed. We take it for granted, but it really is exceptional. And, this time around, I can share in the historic nature of today. Our first African American president. Not the one I would have chosen but “we’ve come a long way, baby.” Momentous nonetheless. It all goes to remind me that even though this country makes mistakes and surely ain’t perfect, it is the greatest on earth. God bless America, land that I love.

Today in 1981 Ronald Regan was inaugurated president. Kind of a counterpoint to today's candidate, huh?

Well, I’ll check in later. I haven’t had the chance to catch up from the weekend yet but I will before I post next. Prayers for all who need them today. And thanks again for all yours.


January 20, 2009 - Msg 69524: Okay, I caught up. Such goins ons such goins ons! Well, don't worry cause I'm not one to go around repeating gossip, so you better be sure and listen close the first time (remember that one?).

BOO: Continued prayers for those girls. And I refuse to call you a Weisenheimer.

AUH2O: My next political read is Ann Coulter's new one. She cracks me up. It would even be more funny if so much of what she says wasn't true.

Well, I have to get back to work. Auditors are due here any minutes now...

Be back at lunch.

It's me, it's me, it's...M-T

January 20, 2009 - Msg 69525: Good Morning Porch! I see I missed out on the gossip-fest yesterday, oh well, with Asa around, I'm sure there will be more. And just who was it that told everybody I get all 'bubbly-wubbly' when I see Spot can't nobody in this town keep a secret? I told you Boo it was the root beer that made me do that, not Spot HA
I'm fixin to head out to the courthouse again today, remember I went a month or so ago over a credit card that we paid off and they say we didn't? Well today I head out with my receipt proving we paid it, just burns my bisquits that I have to miss another day of work over something like this AND on top of that, it's cold and snowy outside too! Oh well, could be worse I guess, I just hope I don't have to sit there half the morning waiting for them to call my case like I did last time.
More later, I'm off to put my face on.

January 20, 2009 - Msg 69526: You are very welcome, Me-They. I'm glad things are looking up.

So true about America. Thank God for it!

No snow here, but it is cold (for a Texan). Supposed to warm up into the 70's or 80's, though. We have had some beautiful days!

Been so busy that I have GOT to slow down today. I think after I take Erin to school, I will put in a load of laundry and then just veg on the couch for a while. I still have not even unpacked my suitcase from the weekend, but nobody is going to die because of it and I need a break.

The coffee is done, and it's time to get up..see ya all later.


January 20, 2009 - Msg 69527: Oh hey there, Mavis...sorry I spilled the beans but you know it wasn't the rootbeer. Hope things go well at the courthouse for you today. What a drag to have to deal with that when you could be making money instead.


January 20, 2009 - Msg 69528: Didn't see you there M-T sorry you gotta deal with auditors today. I tell you, today is one of those days I am glad I don't live in the DC Metro area anymore, traffic is bad enough when there ISN'T something going on in town, I would hate to be there trying to get to work today. The joys of living in a small town, I just love it! Of course, after spending more than 25 years in that area anywhere is calmer it seems. I remember actually having the notion to go into the city in '81 when Reagan was sworn in, but decided against it, it was easier to stay home and watch it on tv. HA
Ok, now I'm really out of here, got alot to do today besides the court date, I'll be back to tell you the latest on the rental house, just suffice it to say I feel your pain Ro! And I'll let you know just how much pain our pocketbooks will be feeling as soon as the plumber gets back to us.
Later taters,

January 20, 2009 - Msg 69529:
Morning Porch

Boo-That last post of yours about rehab was something. Ya know, I think that girl was right, it is church and you're the minister. Those stories really hit me in the gut. Don't waste your time reading the book I mentioned, you're putting your day to much better use. Prayers for those kids and their minister.

Me-They I have read nearly all of Ann Coulter's columns, and watch when I know she's on TV, but I've never read one of her books. She is very interesting. I think you're right correlating,Obama to Reagan. I know I'm just as saddened now as I was elated then. It is truly a historic moment in our history and Obama won fair and square. I just like a little less Robin Hood in my President.

Mavis-Hope your day goes well.

Prayers for our new President.

Prayers for President Bush. I'm so glad he commutated of the sentences Ignacio Ramos and Jorge Compean. Quite a difference from the previous administration pardoning Marc Rich and commutating the sentences the 16 FALN terrorists. Thank you W and God Bless.


January 20, 2009 - Msg 69530: Mornin' Y'all! Well,it's snowing,if you can call it that.Just a few rogue snowflakes-so far. I am holding out hope though.I want snow,dang it! Ha Ha
Can't rock too long-need to get some warm vittles into Miss Laci. Y'all can head over for some bananas and oatmeal if you'd like.
Stay warm- it's icy outside and the sky sure looks like snow down here.
Prayers for all and for our nation.
possum under a rock

January 20, 2009 - Msg 69531: prayers for all and especia;y our country... good morning porchsters!! we may have a heat wave in the midwest around 20 degrees. here is something i ran across you might enjoy... DOUGHBOY- the pilsbury doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection. and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. he was 71. doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including mrs butterworth, the california raisins, betty crocker, the hostess twinkies, and captain crunch. the grave site was piled high with flours. aunt jamima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described doughboy as a man who neverhow much he was kneeded. doughboy rose quickly in show buisness, but in later life was filled with turnovers. he was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half baked schemes. despite being flaky at times, he still was a crusty old man and was considered a rol model to millions. doughboy is survived by his wife play dough, two children, john and jane doe, plus they had one in the oven. he is also survived by his elderly father pop tart. the funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes... I hope you like it. my prayers are with each of you. rets assured as your mayor I have been assured to call barrack any time day or night if mayberry has a problem. pappa bear (the mayor)

January 20, 2009 - Msg 69532: Such sweet words, Auh2o. Thank you. You just don't know the encouragement I get from my porch buddies...it helps to keep me moving in the right direction. Sometimes I wonder if I should share such sad things on the porch, but I think it is good to remember how blessed we are and that there are so many hurting children who need our prayers. Also, I think as "semi-normal" ;), mostly Christian families, we need to sometimes be reminded that it could be OUR children and we need to be sure that we are keeping loving communication with them, and keeping our eyes open. Anyway, thank you again and Lord protect the porch children.

Good luck with those auditors, Me-They.

Hope it snows for ya, Possum.


January 20, 2009 - Msg 69533: Ha, FUNNY, Mayor!!


January 20, 2009 - Msg 69534:
Hey, who's droppin my name up there! (:
Looks like it's KY girl vs MDC in the superbowl.
Well, today is the "big" day!!
more later,

January 20, 2009 - Msg 69535:
"Put-n-tame, ask me again, I'll tell ya the same."

January 20, 2009 - Msg 69536:
"Well let me tell you, Jack Rggbert is no prize"

January 20, 2009 - Msg 69537:
Quotes brought to you by MDC

January 20, 2009 - Msg 69538: That was too funny, PAPPABEAR!

BOO: Thanks. You are so right when you say that about children. So many are suffering right this minute. But by the grace of God...

MDC: My money's on KY GIRL. Sorry.


January 20, 2009 - Msg 69539: Good morning, all. Anybody actually watching the "festivities" on TV? I figure he got elected without my help, and he can probably get sworn in without it, too. Auh2o, I hope you're right, that he was elected fair and square, but I have serious doubts. Too much unexplained money pouring in, in too short a time from undisclosed sources. My cousin who travels in the Middle East about half the time, was there during the election, and he said the joy and elation in the Muslim world was overwhelming. For whatever reason, they were most anxious to see him elected. Well, they got it. Now we'll see how long it will be before they decide to test him.

It is no secret to anyone that I didn't want to see the man in the White House. A black president? Oh, yes, we most definitely needed that to happen in America, no question about it - but not that man, for many reasons, which I have already voiced, and will not do so again in any detail. I just wish he would produce a real birth certificate and explain the source of all that money, and explain how he could have not known about Jeremiah Wright's radical, over-the-top issues. That would go a long way toward raising my level of respect for the man. In just a couple of hours, he will be our president, and while I have serious doubts about the man, I do respect the office. So, out of respect, henceforth I'll keep my mouth shut.

In the next few months, the vultures will be picking the bones of the last administration. Naturally, there will be much criticism and arm-chair quarterbacking, and the spin doctors will be having a wonderful time. Along that line, here's a little story I found amusing. It seems that back in the Cold War days, an American runner and a Russian found themselves in a two-man race. The American won, and in American newspapers it was reported that the American came in first, and the Russian was second. However, "Pravda" reported it thus: "Comrades, the Russian contestant ran a great race and finished second, while the poor American athlete came in next to last!" Be aware of what "spin" can do.

May God bless George "Dubya" Bush, and give him peace in the rest of his life. God knows he's had none for the last eight years. Dallas is proud to have him coming here to live.

May God also bless Barack "Hussein" Obama, and give him wisdom, integrity, courage and protection in the next four years. He's going to need them all.

It's a beautiful day here, 45 degrees at 9:30, and getting warmer. Guess we won't be getting any snow, you think? (heehee) There are five busy little squirrels around the feeders, and one lone dove. She's staying away from the feeding stones - it's that balance of power I wrote about in the blog a while back. Let a few more birds come in, and she'll push her way in and eat without fear. Well, this has become a book. Be blessed, all, and those of you in the cold country - stay warm! --Romeena

January 20, 2009 - Msg 69540:
Ha, hey MT- I'm dealing with auditors (internal) today also.
BOO- A double portion blessing upon you for
your work with those girls! prayers continue.
Mayor pappabear, good to see you make it to
your 3rd innaguration and not scandals. ha Will your wife ride out
on a horse and sing? ha
God bless America,

January 20, 2009 - Msg 69541:
Ro, I remember hearing a few months ago, that if
Sara Palin had ACTUALLY walked on water, the media headlines would have been: "Palin Can't Swim!" (:
Lord, please continue your hand of protection uponthis land. thank you. Amen

January 20, 2009 - Msg 69542: Yep, ROMEENA, I’m streaming it online. An American inauguration is an American inauguration. I certainly understand your reasons for not watching, though. Rick Warren’s prayer was thoughtful. He made his prayer in Jesus’ name—which many were watching him to see if he would—but did it in a pretty sly way by prefacing it by saying something like, “and I pray this in the name of the one who changed my life…” Itzak Pearlman is playing now. He’s great.

I have to say, while there may be irregularities in voting somewhere, there is no doubt in my mind Obama was elected just as fairly as every other president. There have always been and always will be those who tamper and try to fix elections, and there always will be. It galled me when the Democrats said that 2000 was stolen. It wasn’t true then and it’s not true now. As far as foreign money, boatloads of foreign money roll in every major election. In fact boatloads of cash from the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia, flowed to the 2000 Bush campaign.

I’m going to be joyful I live in a great country today. And, if I end up really not liking this guy, I get to pick another one in four years.


January 20, 2009 - Msg 69543: Morning M-T,Ro,Boo,possum,auh2o,Mavis and all...well let me get ready to head to work...lunch will be Subway!......SPOT

January 20, 2009 - Msg 69544: hey gang ..May GOD be with our country and help our new President follow the right path in keeping America safe and free and that he dosent turn his back on the American people .Prayers for all porchsters in need

January 20, 2009 - Msg 69545: Thanks for that encouragement ("I get to pick another one in 4 years")...sometimes we forget that, but alot can happen in four years. I thought it was neat that Rick Warren not only prayed in the name of Jesus, but used his name in several different languages. It felt like he was going, "I praying in the name of Jesus....so there!". It was an interesting inauguration to watch, I'll say that. I really enjoyed the music. I thought the poem was a little strange, though...maybe I'm just not saavy...I hated poetry in high school. As far as Obama's speech, I "got" alot of it, but some of it made me feel afraid..it was though I could feel some of freedoms slipping through my fingers, so to speak. Enough said...just an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. I sure was glad that I was not in the middle of that ginormous crowd...what a mess! Did anyone notice Bush's face? He looked like he was going to throw up when it was all over and he was walking out.

Cooking a roast on the stovetop like you do, Romeena. I decided not to put in the coffee this time, though. Coffee just tears up my stomach unless it is the fake, no acid-kind and I don't know how that would do in the roast. It sure smells good!

Break over...clothes to fold!


January 20, 2009 - Msg 69546: I don't know about Bush feeling like throwing up, but when he was heading for that helicopter I don't think you could've wiped that smile off his face with sandpaper. He looks like the weight of teh world has been lifted from his shoulders, and I guess in a way it has been. He looks liek he wanted to say, "So long, sucker!" Anyway, the chemistry between the Bushes and Obamas seems genuinely warm. Bush and Obama looked very friendly and you could tell were exchanging small talk. It's not always that way (remember Reagan and Carter or Bush and Clinton?). I've heard that since they have been meeting together they have got on very well and I guess it's true. It also was surprising to see that when the two couples were starting to split so the Bushes coudl board teh copter, Michelle Obama went out of her way to embrace the outgoing president. Anyway, it seemed genuine. Maybe now that Obama has been privy to all Bush has known he's judging his decisions much less harshly. It seems like over the last few weeks Obama's plans for the future (war and economy, especially) were sounding much like the Bush plans.


January 20, 2009 - Msg 69547:
I hope Obama's speech is footnoted. I can't find any reference to the Founders wanting Government to guarantee employment or heath care. Then he trots out another racist reverend, "...when white will embrace what is right." I'm sure Obama had no idea of the rev's feelings.


January 20, 2009 - Msg 69548: I must have tuned out before Bush started smiling, Me-They.

That, "..when white will embrace what is right" comment really raised my eyebrows and I took offense to it, Auh2o. I'm white, and I DO embrace what is right...like most "white people" I know, and I live in the south. It was absolutely a racist, stereotypical comment, in my opinion. I think there will be a day, in the not so distant future, that instead of racism being extinct (as Obama is preaching), there will only be one target left in which it will be "ok" to descriminate against, and that will be the white christian individual. There, I'm sure I said too much, but it bothered me. No one wants to be singled out as wrong or bad simply because he is white, black, brown or whatever, and if he had made that same comment about any other race of people, it would have steamed me up, too.

I'm off the soapbox and I hope that came across ok...no offense meant. I love all races of people that God created.