February 08, 2009 - Msg 70111: Hey Asa buddy..yall go do the teaching of the word and like I said I hit a sermon on the tube on Sundays this month..just have to work days on the weekends every 3rd month so he understands that and now days he understands it just blessed to have a job!...very nice here in Kennesaw Ga..upper 60"s...off tomorrow so its back to the barn...work just a little slow..wiring and stuff...got to get some door of some kind built..well lets all have a picnic type lunch outside...Southern Fried Chicken,greenbeans,corn on the cob,maude slaw,roasted red taters,tea,all on a red and white checkered table cloth and a tear from my roll of paper towels....signed:SPOTthe"tail wagging southern dog" of your porch..ruff ruff

February 08, 2009 - Msg 70112: and a good sweeper too!

February 08, 2009 - Msg 70113: Good afternoon, porch. My heart is heavy right now, due to some news we received at church this morning. I already knew about it, but chose not to mention it until it was made public. REV, you will be especially interested in this.

Our church receptionist, fondly known as Miss Betty, is gravely ill. She has been ailing for a couple of months, thought she had a "bug" that wouldn't go away. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, pain. Well, it's not a bug, it's ovarian cancer, and it's widespread. The doctors have said - maybe six months. This has just left the church reeling. Miss Betty is the nerve center of the church. Got a question? Ask Miss Betty. Need someone's address or phone number? Ask Miss Betty. Want to get something to somebody? Leave it with Miss Betty, and they can pick it up from her. Want to schedule and plan a party, a wedding, a ten-day trip for 50 senior adults? Miss Betty's your gal. The woman could drive a twelve-horse hitch and never break a sweat. Her organizational skills are legendary, her can-do attitude is inspiring, and her love for all of us is obvious. All I can say is, I have to wonder if things are falling apart in Heaven, so God is sending for Betty to get things in order.

Please pray for her, for release from pain at least, and for healing at the most. Pray for our church, as there is going to be widespread grief at her loss, and confusion will reign in the administrative end of things for a while. I cannot even imagine who would replace her - probably will take three people.

Now I must go and take a little nap - have to work tonight. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

February 08, 2009 - Msg 70114: Prayers Romeena for the much loved Miss Betty...SPOT

February 08, 2009 - Msg 70115: Yes, ASA, Elijah was quite the prophet...destroyed all of those prophets of Baal in one day and then went running and hiding from a woman...makes ya wonder, doesn't it? Seriously, though, that must have really been something that day when he wet down that sacrifice and God consumed it with fire. Hope it went well and you enjoyed teaching it. I am sort of an "alternate teacher" for the high school class, so it was a pleasure to teach them this morning and they were very attentive.

My MIL joined our church today and so we had her over for lunch after church. She stayed for a short visit and then went off to home (it's much better this way). We seem to like each other much better when we don't live together.

I wanted to ask prayer for my friend Keith, who goes with me to the bible study at the rehab. You have been so kind to pray for him in the past when his beloved Linda was ill and passed away. He has not been feeling well now for quite awhile and went to give blood at work and was found to be anemic. He saw his dr this week and had a complete blood work-up done to see if they could determine what is going on with him. He is a very active man with a great attitude, but I can tell this is hard on him and he has been lonely for his wife lately. Thanks!

I think we all need to slow down and get some needed rest. Bruce said something funny at lunch today. He said, "How many times have you asked someone how they are doing and they say 'I am feeling so rested today!"? No, you always hear, "I'm so busy or I'm so tired". He has a point. I know I say that alot when someone asks me how I am (about being busy).

What we need is a band concert under the stars, but we need to hire a band that already has mildew-free uniforms...or how about a chamber orchestra. I would love to hear a good cello and violin together under the stars.

Enough dreaming...time to stretch out on the couch and rest my eyes....:)


February 08, 2009 - Msg 70116: Oh, just read your post, Romeena. Prayers going up for Miss Betty, her family, and your church family. Bless all of your hearts. So difficult to deal with.


February 08, 2009 - Msg 70117: Prayers for Miss Betty and for Keith. And for all that love them.


February 08, 2009 - Msg 70118: I wanted to share a very special website with you all. www.iamsecond.com The site has some very touching testimonies by normal folks, and some well-known. I promise it will really bless you. I sat here this evening and watched several and was very moved.

Have to go get Erin to bed...see ya'll in the morning with my coffee.


February 08, 2009 - Msg 70119:
Hello porch family.

Ro....I am so sorry to hear about Miss Betty. She is such a sweet lady. She was so nice to me during my visit. I will surely be praying.

Boo.....prayers for Keith also. Please keep us posted on the blood test.

It was such a pretty day here in SC. I just love it. THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE.

You all have a good night's sleep. Prayers for all the porch family. Jesus loves you so much!

February 08, 2009 - Msg 70120:
Spot....Brother let's all meet at the Main Street Diner for breakfast. Boo is going to bring her own coffee. I'll get there early and save a table big enough for all of us.

February 09, 2009 - Msg 70121: Good morning everyone. It feels like forever since I posted last, but it was probably just last Thursday or something. Wacky weather we're having here. We had a high of about 20 on Thursday and yetserday is was 65. Darn that Al Gore!

Prayers going up for Keith and Miss Betty. And for all my friends and their friends and families.

It's been a heckuva couple of weeks, friends. Between my boss leaving and the drama and uncertainty that brings, and the Mrs. staring her new job last week, my stress leevel is somewhere up to here (I am pointing at my forehead, by the way). And then there's the ongoing issue of my grandmother. Keep us all in your prayers, please.

BOO: The Mrs. said she couldn't work labor and delivery--too much like work! She said is she worked that hard three nights a week and then had to come home and take care of the house and kids on top of it it'd kill her. Don't get me wrong, my Mrs. is no lazy bones, and when she works she earns her check. But that's just it. In a high pressure, physically demanding department like that she'd go in 100% and end up a basket case. That originally why she went to or/recovery. It just wasn't as physically demanding and much less stressful.

ROMEENA: Nurse Ratchet? Hehehe. That's too funny. Oh, and not true!

Did anyone see the movie, "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story" with Cuba Gooding Jr. this past Saturday on TNT? For those that don't know who he is, he's an African American pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins here in Baltimore. His story is inspiring. I was pleased that his strong faith in God came through in the movie. He credits the Lord with his success. Anyway, if it gets repeated, check it out.

Well, I'll be back later I suppose. Breaktime's over!


February 09, 2009 - Msg 70122: Oh, I wanted to mention something else to you all that has my britches burning.

We have a consignment shop nearby that sells chldrens and maternity clothes. We recently found out that they will be closing. The reason? Because of a new federal protection law that holds sellers and resellers responsble for the effects of lead on children under 12 for the thinsg they sell. Basically, the law holds them responisble for violations of lead levels in all children's clothing and toys. It is $100,000 per violation. While this may make sense for big companies, it is having a horrible effect on places like the Salvation Army and Goodwill who are considering pulling all children's items from their shelves rather than take a risk on liability. So who suffers? People that rely on such stores to purchase clothing for their kids. Now, while I support the spirit of the law, there must be a better way. Anyway this law is schuduled to take effect this month. What burns me up even more is that so little has been reported about it. I sit here listening to the news'talk radio five days a week and I just heard about it. Anyway, that's for listening.


February 09, 2009 - Msg 70123: Mornin' Y'all. The weather sure has been spectacular here in the South lately! Spent a lot of time outdoors yesterday.Laci has been here and she really enjoyed swinging & being outside.
Ro,I am sorry to hear about Miss Betty. She sounds like a jewel. God Bless her and your church family.
Prayers for Keith,Boo.And for you & yours,Me-They.
Well, I am still tuckered out from Sat.night.It was WILD,let me tell ya!I didn't know Boo could dance like that! And she wasn't even booked as the floor show!Just got up on that stage & boogied down!She saw Asa up there dancing around with all that glitter sparkling in his mullet and couldn't contain herself!
Y'all have a good day-love to all!

February 09, 2009 - Msg 70124: Glitter? Mullet? C'mon, Possum, it was the tool belt that did it, you know that!! --Romeena

February 09, 2009 - Msg 70125: Good morning Porchsters! What a beautiful day we have ahead of us here on my end of the porch! Supposed to get up around 65 later today! YIPPEE! Me-They I saw that movie just yesterday, what a great movie it was! I really enjoyed it. My stained glass order came in and I'm finally getting started on 22 trophies I'm making for our dog show in May, I can't wait to get started. When I get some of them finished, I'll send a picture to Romeena Well, best get started, prayers for Miss Betty and for Keith and for everybody else!
Ya'll get out there and act like somebody now

February 09, 2009 - Msg 70126: Good Monday porch, hope all is well today.
I am celebrating the beautiful weather with Mavis today, we live in the same area of the porch so I am looking forward to 65 degrees today.

I have a busy day today so I better get moving to the work mode.

Prayers for everyone and especially for Romeena's friend.

Lunch will be at Olive Garden, my treat today.

Blessings and prayers today.

Big Maude

February 09, 2009 - Msg 70127: good morning everyone--- spot- what a great sweep. big maude- count me in for lunch, good choice. illinois is having a heat wave, 61 today. opies birds are even chirping today. looks like mavis is going to enjoy the heat wave.a great morning to you romeena and possum. me-they, i agree that is one stupid law.you wouldn"t see that in mayberry. good to see boo, rev, asa,on the porch. mdc- got the envelope thanks friend. it"s mounted on my wall now. blessings and prayers for all. this is the day the LORD has made, let us marvel in it. pappa bear

February 09, 2009 - Msg 70128: Now, you just HAD to go and mention the toolbelt!! I'm tryin' to get over that fixation...

Me-They, your Mrs. is right, that's why I finally gave it up. I couldn't do the job and parent my child well. I pray that she settles in on the new job and that things become less stressful for all of you.

That is terrible about the second-hand stores! I have not heard anything about it. I love to buy second-hand for the kids.

Be back later...


February 09, 2009 - Msg 70129:
Healing prayers for Betty.
Back when i get a moment.

February 09, 2009 - Msg 70130: Oops, that's MDC

February 09, 2009 - Msg 70131:
MT- did you run that law by Truth or Fiction? mdc

February 09, 2009 - Msg 70132: Hey there PAPPABEAR! So nice to have our mayor dropping by semi-regular. Heck, you drop by more often than our senators do, and I'm only 35 miles from D.C.!

MDC: No, I didn't, but I've been reading aboutit from major news sources. Here a link to CNN: http://edition.cnn.com/2009/US/02/08/thrift.stores.lead/.

ASA and his toolbelt! What does a guy have to do to get some attention around here? Grow a mullet? ;)


February 09, 2009 - Msg 70133: MAUDE: Please pass the breadsticks, please...


February 09, 2009 - Msg 70134: Hey possum,M-T,Mavis,Romeena,Steve,Hazel,MaudeSPOT

February 09, 2009 - Msg 70135: well now that post did not work...Miss sherry is on her way over to prime the barn..dad will help too...possum U cook ok....now thats better...SPOT

February 09, 2009 - Msg 70136: Prayers for Miss betty romeena, and prayers for your friend Boo. We are having 50 degree weather here on my end of the porch, and, all of the ice is finally starting to melt. My winter dodrums are finally starting to leave. Praise the Lord for that!I can finally get out and do something.I hadn't heard about that law being passed, about the consignment shops, that's terrible. There is a consignment shop just up the street from me, it is closing and I was wondering why, maybe that law has something to do with it. I love to shop at consignment shops, and Goodwill Stores.Wonder if that law would apply at yard sales too?I's say not too many people know about it because that is the only way they can sneak it in to get it passed.If more folks knew, their would be more of a protest about it.Well, gotta get some things done,have a great day friends-ky girl

February 09, 2009 - Msg 70137: Uh,..you could send Ro a picture of you in a toolbelt, Me-They...that would get MY attention. ;) No, you better not, I'm trying to get over this "compleeshun".


February 09, 2009 - Msg 70138: Hello Family, been gone for a few days. Hubby and I took off to TN for a long weekend for our anniversary. Thank goodness the weather had finally gotten better. Went from 7 and 8 degree mornings, to being up in the 70's. I can get used to this. But I have a feeling we'll probably pay for it. Prayers for Miss Betty and for the other ones I've missed. I'm gonna go catch up on the archives. Hope ya'll have a good Monday--Salty Dog

February 09, 2009 - Msg 70139: Hey Salty Dog, happy anniversary. Hope you had a good one. You seen New Neighbor lately? She's gone AWOL.

Now Boo, don't you be talking MT into wearing no toolbelt. That there stuff is for trained performers. And MT ain't had no training. Why he'd be like to pull his calcium or something.

Woke up to 4 inches of a wet heavy snow here this morning and spent much of the day shoveling it. Tonight my back is speaking to me, and it ain't whispering sweet nothings to me either. In fact it's cursing at me.

I am getting my wife roses for Valentines day. Hope she likes em.

Well I'm gonna go soak my back and see if it will calm down.


February 09, 2009 - Msg 70140: Hey Asa, you want me to bring over my ASD2K? We'll let you hang out in the closet for awhile. It might help your back.--SD

February 09, 2009 - Msg 70141: "...pull his calcium"? What the heck is that? haha...Asa, you are something else. Sorry about your back cussin' at you. Hope you feel better soon.

We had a good night at the rehab tonight. Had a new 14 yr old who was a beautiful little thing, no more than 80 lbs, I'll bet. Had a junkie mom and dad and she has been using since she turned 10. She told us tonight that on her 10th birthday, her mom and sister took her out and got her "high" to celebrate...that was the first time, but not the last. She has even been taking acid. Her junkie mom and sister are meth addicts. That poor baby sat there in her chair and cried while talking about how angry and hurt she was by a mom who would give her drugs at age 10. She said she never really had a mom and has given up on her. So sad. I pray she will stay clean. She said she wants to be different than her mom and not do the same things to her own children, but it seems she is following in mom's footsteps up to this point. Anyway, she seemed to be helped by just being able to talk and cry it out. She gave us all a big hug. I can't wait to get back next week to see her again.

Well, Erin seems to be coming down with something. She came home after school saying she was tired and she had that look in her eyes, you know the look kids get in their eyes when they are getting sick. She was complaining of a headache tonight and went to bed early, which never happens unless she is sick. I felt sorry for her, poor baby. I think I will let her sleep in tomorrow and see how she is feeling after that.

Think I will turn in early myself. I am pretty tired tonight.

See you all tomorrow.


February 09, 2009 - Msg 70142: My,My quite porch...well Miss Sherry and I got the barn primed..gona put the Red Paint on it tomorrow...boy what a mess out there!..hey Boo,Ro,Rev,Tom,Asa my buddy.hey Possum ;)-...will mail ya.............SPOT

February 09, 2009 - Msg 70143:
Hello porch family......Still nice and warm here in SC.

Maude.....thanks for Olive Garden.....love it!

Pappa Bear......good to see you buddy.

Salty Dog......glad you and your wife had a great weekend. How many years?

Tom.....where you at buddy?

Asa....prayers that your back is better.

Boo....another great testimony of how God is using you in HIS service. Praise the Lord!
Also prayers for Erin. It's alot of "stuff" going around now.

Spot.....I'm sure the barn is starting to look like a barn with the primer on it. And the red paint will put the finishing touch on it.

Well you all have a good night's rest. Prayers for all the porch family!

February 09, 2009 - Msg 70144: Good evening, all. Just got home from a Sunday School class meeting. We ate chili and tamales, and too many desserts, then cleared the tables and made up "goody bags" for the apartment ministry. We have a large apartment complex which has been adopted by our SS class. We make up "welcome baskets", containing soap, toothbrushes, washcloths, dishwashing liquid, little brushes, scrubbers, note pads and pens, lotion, just all sorts of small sample-size items that might come in handy for someone just moving in. Of course, we include some tracts and a little brochure inviting them to our church. These are mostly in Spanish, because most of the people we serve are Spanish-speakers, largely illegals. We had enough baskets made up, so tonight we made little bags filled with wrapped candy, which will be given out to the children. "You catch more flies with honey, etc."

Boo, that's so tragic, the story of that young girl. Imagine parents doing something like that to a child. Last night, I saw a family where such as that could, and very likely will occur. They had just had a new baby. Grandma was in the room, piercings, tattoos and all. Mom is 16, with an IQ just a little higher than her shoe size. Dad looks like the village idiot, wearing a t-shirt that read "God made weed, Man made beer, In God We Trust." Sickening to see him cuddling his little daughter up to his chest with that shirt on. His ear lobes contained wooden disks at least an inch in diameter. I'll bet that's a sight when the disks are out - just saggy loops hanging there. Oh, and Uncle was present, too. Half-lit, he came to the desk and regaled us with displays of all his tattoos. We saw his tattooed thighs, as he pulled his baggy britches up to show us. We saw his tattooed arms and fat belly, as he raised his raunchy shirt to show us. Then the highlight of the evening was when he pulled the shirt very high and treated us to the sight of the tattoo of a hairy eyeball, peering out of his armpit. I finally left the desk and abandoned my co-worker to deal with them. I knew if I stayed any longer, I was going to say something that would probably get me fired. Today, that bunch of screwballs took that innocent little baby home. God help her. Would they be capable of giving her drugs and/or alcohol? Oh, you bet. And the thing that's hardest of all to digest is the fact that God loves them too, just as much as He loves the rest of us. He doesn't love what they do, but He loves them, and expects me to do the same. It ain't easy.

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

February 10, 2009 - Msg 70145: A'ight.

February 10, 2009 - Msg 70146: Thanks for the prayers, REV.

Ro, I could not help but laugh at your description of the "Uncle"...very sad about the baby, though. As far as a parent giving drugs to a 10 year old, this seems to be a fairly common theme in rehab. As the 14 yr old was telling her story, I was wondering if mom introduced her to drugs, and sure enough, it was mom. There was another girl present in the meeting who said that she, too, was high the first time on her 10th birthday. She said, "At birthdays, mom always made a huge bowl of maragrita, and I had too much to drink and smoked some marajuana"...I never get used to hearing that kind of thing. It always makes my mind reel! It's so unfair. You know, Ro, many of the girls I see there in rehab are from Dallas and Ft. Worth. They come from all over the state, but most are from your area. I wonder if you have ever cared for any of them in your unit? You never know, I guess.

Can you believe it is 2am and I am awake?! I was sleeping and I heard my cell phone ring. By the time I got to it, the person had hung up and I didn't recognize the number. Getting a call at that time of night really gives me a scare and now I am wide awake, darn it.

Guess I will have a glass of warm milk or something and try to go back to bed.


February 10, 2009 - Msg 70147: Mornin' y'all- gonna be another warm pretty day here-love it!
Boo & Ro,after hearing about that young girl at rehab & that little newborn,I had one thing go through my mind: Do you remember the song" Bless The Beasts & The Children" ? There's a line that goes: "Bless the beasts & the children..for in this world,they have no voice..they have no choice..". Pretty much sums it up,doesn't it? Sad.
Asa,hope your back quits cussin' ya out! Ha!
Boo,I had one of those late night phone calls Sat. night.Don't you hate 'em? Your heart starts pounding,you fear the worse.But in my case,it was just some drunken crackhead with the wrong number ringing me up at the stroke of midnight.Had a one word vocabulary- "Hey!" ,which he shouted at the top of his lungs several times until I hung up on him. How these people can even manage to use a phone in that condition is beyond me!
Hope Erin feels better soon,by the way.
Spot,did you get all those burrs and beggar lice off of your velvet suit yet? We won't tell 'em what you were doing in the woods Sat. night! Ok,ok,before y'all get to gossipin',Boo & I took Spot snipe hunting! Hee Hee Kinda got yourself lost out there in Old Man Kelsey's Woods,didn't ya?
Well,I'd better get going around here.I have it in my mind that I'm gonna do some cleaning.Might just be a notion,though-we'll see!
Oh,since I'm up first,I'll make breakfast.How about french toast,bacon,juice,coffee.Help yourselves!
possum under a rock

February 10, 2009 - Msg 70148: Hey Spot,there's a funny e-card in your e-mail,so check it!

possum again

February 10, 2009 - Msg 70149: What's a snipe?


February 10, 2009 - Msg 70150: You are kidding, aren't you BOO?


February 10, 2009 - Msg 70151: No, I don't think we have snipes in south texas, whatever they are...are they birds?


February 10, 2009 - Msg 70152: Good morning everyone. It's going to be another warm day today they say. I'll take 'em as long as they're handing them out.

BOO: That's so incredibly sad. It makes my heart ache. I don't know how people--much less parents!--can abuse and exploit their children so. If there ever was proof of evil, I'm afraid that's it.

I know sometimes we go on about the work you are doing with those girls, but maybe that's because many of us don't have the strength to do it. Good Lord, the burden being witness to such tragedy must bear on you. You, my dear, are a frontline soldier, the kind who pushes through no matter the fire, completes the mission, and then carries your wounded comrades out with you. Praise the Lord.

ROMEENA: I don't know how you've kept your job this long with situations like that ;). Seriously, I think I'd have had to say something. I guess that's why you're the "sage" around here and I'm more the "brush."

Don't any of you worry; if I ever plan on putting on a toolbelt I'll be sure and take a class or something first. I've sprained my obdulla obondalla before, and I ain't doing it again.

SALTY DOG: Happy anniversary. Did your hubby get you a septic tank or pienapple skinner?

AFD: I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother. Prayers for your family.

Hey theer REV and SPOT.


One thing's for sure, I have got to stop calling people in the middle of the night...


February 10, 2009 - Msg 70153: Hey everyone! Let's take BOO snipe hunting!


February 10, 2009 - Msg 70154:
Boo- prayers for the 14 year old.
Still busy here, but i just gotta say that the
flesh in me would like to ring the neck of that "so-called mother" to do that to a child!
Even Jesus said that child abusers should be punished by tying a millstone (about a ton) around the abuser's neck, and then throw the creep and the stone into the sea...
OK...er...That just gets to me to hear of such horrid treatment of kids.
OK gotta get back to work.
I'll try to end with a little TAGS..
"I was so tired this past weekend that I snored
like my Darlin' cuzins did the night before Charlene's
preacher wedding!" ha.
take care and God bless.

February 10, 2009 - Msg 70155:

M-T I was think that very thing, nothings as grand as the hunt for the mighty snipe! The look on a persons face at the end of their first snipe hunt is one to remember.

Frasier Crane: "Good Lord, Diane, a man does not crouch in the woods for two hours without having a revelation or two."


February 10, 2009 - Msg 70156: That was one of my favorite episodes, AUH2O.

Regarding our hunt, I'll bring the stick if you bring the sack.


February 10, 2009 - Msg 70157: Oh No,I've started a SNIPE moulage! Ha! How long can we go without telling Boo what a snipe hunt is? I thought if anything,somebody reading my post would ask what beggar lice were-not snipe!
possum again

February 10, 2009 - Msg 70158: ...ok, I'll bite...what are beggar lice???

February 10, 2009 - Msg 70159: Hey ya'll, it is absolutely beautiful here today up in th 70's with a light breeze. Just perfect! I called the hubby to wish him a happy anniversary and asked him if he'd take me fishing to which of course he said yes! What a way to celebrate. Thanks for all the wishes. A snipe hunt sounds good tonight, should be perfect weather for it. I know what beggar lice are, they are almost aggrivating as spanish needles. Hope ya'll have a great day, see ya'll tonight and tell Asa not to wear those yellow socks, the snipe might see us--Salty Dog

February 10, 2009 - Msg 70160:

February 10, 2009 - Msg 70161: Hi All. Will the rain came today and we have some fog.
Trom Fridat to Monday was nice and warm up in the 60 deg .
Rev- I;m here just have something on me mined.


February 10, 2009 - Msg 70162: Oh! Oh! I want to go along on that snipe hunt. Such fun! There's just nothing like your first snipe hunt. Elusive little devils, snipes.

I know what beggar's lice are, too. Never, ever wear socks if you're going to be where there are beggar's lice. At least not socks you want to keep. I remember once Sugarplum got into a patch of the miserable things, and I combed for two hours to get her presentable again, and was still picking them off of her two weeks later. They're awful things, and you almost always get into them on a snipe hunt, if you're not very careful.

Looks like we might have little squirrels around here before long. A female has been checking out one of my squirrel nest boxes the past few days. She goes in, stays a while, and comes out. Right now she's sitting on top of the box, and has chased away a couple of birds who came calling. She's a bit rotund, so I think she may be "in a family way". Should be some interesting activities back there in a few weeks.

Well, off I go. My kitchen is a mess, guess I'd better clean it up. I can stand a little clutter, but not in the kitchen. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

February 10, 2009 - Msg 70163: Well, now I really do have a dilemma...I don't know what beggar lice OR Snipes are.

Such kind and encouraging words, as always, Me-They. The truth is that it is easy for me to go. Hard to explain, I guess it's like being a parent. Kids sure are hard to raise, but you love 'em so much that there is no place you would rather be than with them. M-T, if you lived near me, I would take you with me and you would be hooked. If I took you once, I would have to keep taking you every week. That's what happened to poor Keith. ;) It's one of those places in which you feel God at work and I know enough about you, Brother, to know you would love being there. Sometimes I go and feel like I did nothing of worth...last night was like that on the first hall we visited. "A" hall has the tougher kids, from off the streets and so on. I was trying to share something with them from God's word and it was like swimming upstream. One girl who interuppted me every 10 seconds or so told me at the end of session that I used too many big words and she didn't understand me. I have no clue what she meant because I didn't use any big words, but I think if she had listened she might have understood. It's hard to deal with that sometimes, but often they listen. In the next group, the girls were very attentive and interactive and it was a very blessed time...you just never know. You know, what Ro does every week is tougher than what I do for only 2 hours each week. She serves girls like the ones I minister to and she has to put her sweat and blood into it, even when she feels like slapping some sense into them. God bless her for what she is doing. May those she serves see the love of Christ in her and may it make a difference for eternity.

I have not been on the porch much today. Erin is feeling fine, but I am not. :( Headache and sicky stomach. I am starting to feel better, though.

Time to retire to the couch again.


February 10, 2009 - Msg 70164: Well gang the barn is RED.I mean RED.and so am I and Miss Sherry!....Pop stayed up wind!...will read in a bit...im hungry........SPOT

February 11, 2009 - Msg 70165: Haha, that's funny SPOT. Hope you get the red off.


February 11, 2009 - Msg 70166: Good morning everyone. Still crazy warm weather here today.

You are right, BOO, that ROMEENA's work is so important, too.

TOM: Prayers for whatever is on your mind. Glad you stopped by to say howdy.

The Mrs. has started the new job in earnest this week. All is going pretty well. She has to work two weeks of days before she can get on her regular night schedule, so her mom is watching the kids three days this week and next. It's so nice to have family close. We're both anxious for her to get on her normal schedule, but I'm not looking forward to not having her around three nights every week. I've enjoyed this last year and half of having nher every evening. At least she won't have to do any back-to-backs or be on call in this new department. They just about killed her with the sleep situation.

Well, I'll be back in a bit. Can't wait for our snipe hunt!


February 11, 2009 - Msg 70167: Has anyone scouted out some good snipe territory? You know how those little devils can be - one day they're everywhere, then when you plan a hunt, they just disappear. --Romeena

February 11, 2009 - Msg 70168: And I don't want to go after any of those "farm raised" snipes. The wild ones maker a better hunt. Breeding snipr for sport just ain't right.


February 11, 2009 - Msg 70169: My "r" must be sticking ;).


February 11, 2009 - Msg 70170: AUH2O and anybody else interested in teh politics of the economy...

I'd like to hear your thoughts on this one: http://www.newsweek.com/id/183663?gt1=43002


February 11, 2009 - Msg 70171: Old Man Kelsey's Woods are just full of snipes (snipe?)- Do you put an "S" on the end to make it plural,or not? Maybe it's like "deer".
Well,at least I know what a snipe IS! Ha Ha
possum under a rock

February 11, 2009 - Msg 70172: Your "r" is sticking,Me-They? You didn't go and pull your calcium again,did ya?

possum again

February 11, 2009 - Msg 70173: What's a calcium?...what's a snipe?....what are beggar lice?...


February 11, 2009 - Msg 70174: Poor Boo. You never seen a snipe before? You ain't lived girl.
Your story of that 14 year old girl just is maddening. I hear of things like that and just want to scream. What on earth has happened to us as a society? Where are our morals? Where is our decency? What has become of the America and the American family that I knew and grew up with? We have many enemies against this Country, many who want to destroy us, but sometimes I thinkur biggest challange will come from within. If we continue to take God out of our lives, and refuse to stand up for what is good and right, we will self destruct.
Sorry, have more to say, but lucky for you I have to meet with a contractor on a job bid.


February 11, 2009 - Msg 70175:
After taking Boo snipe hunting, maybe you could get her to say the old Indian phrase "Oh-wah," "Tagoo," "Siam." (:
back to work,

February 11, 2009 - Msg 70176: I get it, MDC..."Oh what a goose I am"..hardy-har...

Don't hold anything back, ASA...tell us how you really feel. Well, want some more upsetting news? Remember months back I asked you all to pray for a very special girl we met in rehab named Maya? She was cutting herself. She is one of the ones we baptized in our church and she sang so beautifully. I think I mentioned before that she was to go into a foster home with a minister and his wife. The family had gone through all the training and had been visiting Maya in the facility she is in. Maya was so excited to go to live with them. She was scheduled to go to live with them in a week. Well, CPS changed their minds and are sending her to another rehab somewhere. The caseworker called Maya and told her by phone that she was not going to the family she wanted to go to, and that she could have no contact with them. Maya proceeded to cut her wrists. They took her hope. It's just crazy. She is in the hospital, alone and the people she has grown to love can't even contact her. The family is devastated because they have grown to love her over the months. Please remember Maya in your prayers. We thought she was going to get a real chance of a family and security, but looks like things have changed. She will be 18 in a year, and if she survives that long, hopefully she will still join the family that wants her. So sad.

Still feeling under the weather today, but better than yesterday. I'm about to trade this stomach of mine in for a new one.


February 11, 2009 - Msg 70177: Good grief, Boo, that is just incredible! What on earth is CPS thinking? They will return a child to an abusive parent, declaring that it's "best for the child" to be with a parent. Then they'll take a child who only has the hope of getting some loving parents, and refuse to let her have them. It's insane. I'll bet it has something to do with the prospective foster father being a minister. Heaven knows they can't allow a child to go to parents who might expose her to "religion".

Asa, you said it right. I'm beginning to get the cold feeling that God's hand is no longer protecting this America of ours. The question is, though - who moved? Not God. We have pushed Him away, declared Him illegal and unwelcome, and allowed the ACLU to force outrageous restrictions upon us, all in the name of our "constitution".

Here's the thing that's stirring in my mind like a little snake. Islam is becoming stronger and stronger. They want us dead, as a nation. They want Christianity and Judaism eradicated. They want to establish Shari'a law and their economic system upon us. When they succeed, I promise you, we are not going to like it. Perhaps God is allowing them to do this in order to make us so miserable that we will finally return to Him, and cry out to Him to save us. This scenario was repeated over and over in the Bible with Israel. They would turn away from God, and God would allow some other nation to overpower and enslave them, and they'd finally wake up and cry to God for help.

Thus the scripture: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. II Chron. 7-14.

Muslims refer to us as the Great Satan. Why shouldn't they? Look around you. Tattooed eyeballs in armpits? Filthy slogans on t-shirts? Young girls dressed like the sleaziest of hookers? 80% of our new mothers at my hospital are unmarried, and many don't even know who the father is? Alcoholism, drug addiction, child abuse, perversion of every kind? How dare we still call ourselves a Judeo-Christian nation? Oops, sorry, I guess that isn't even allowed anymore - not politically correct. President Hussein said so.

So, perhaps the Lord is just going to let Islam punish us for our faithlessness, and when we finally get a belly full of their oppression, maybe we'll wake up.

Incidentally - for those folks out in the world who think "Christianity is too old-fashioned and strict" - just wait until you run up against Shari'a law. You're not going to like it.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

February 11, 2009 - Msg 70178:
That's a tough act to follow!

February 11, 2009 - Msg 70179: I agree with a lot of what you say, ROMEENA, and certainly are concerned for the future of our nation.

One question for whomever wishes to respond, though: upon what should we base that our country has or had God's "special blessing?" At least any more so than any other nation. Because we are so wealthy or powerful? I would say that either is less of a speedway to faith and more of a deterrent. You hear this claimed by many Christians, especially, these days. While I think we have a great political system here--best on earth so far, anyway--and this nation was founded by overwhelmingly Christian people, I have a hard time swallowing that the good old U.S. of A. is any more special than Lichtenstein, or that any of us Americans are more special than some poor slob suffering under some depot in a backwash African country. I don't know, I just can't find any concrete signals from the Almighty that this country is, or was, any more special in His eyes than any other.

That doesn't mean that I don't believe that our faith isn't under fire--it is. You'd have to be blind not to see it. So, I pray that God continues to bless America, but more than that, all His people everywhere.


February 11, 2009 - Msg 70180: Well, MDC, I have to say that your response surprises me a little. Perhaps I'm just not understanding what you said. I've always felt, and think most Americans feel the same, that America has been blessed by God in it's relatively short life. We have fought in several wars, defending nations who were under attack by evil forces (Nazis) and retaliating against our own attacker (Japan). We have always been victorious. We ARE a wealthy nation as a whole, and I don't see that as a "speedway to faith", but rather a result of God's blessing. Wealth doesn't lead to faith, I think we were blessed with wealth because of the faith we held as a nation. God smiled upon us, so to speak. Over and over, in the Bible, God promised to "prosper" those who remained true to Him.

I think the greatest blessing He has given us is our freedom. More than any other nation on earth, we have remained free. It's true, there are many people suffering under oppressive regimes, all over the world, but for the most part, they are not Christian people. True, God loves them, but they weren't and still aren't serving Him. God loves the Jews, but they rejected His Son, and they have suffered ever since, and will continue to do so. Still, He loves them. We are now rejecting Him, and I do believe He's going to let us suffer because of it. That doesn't mean He no longer loves us, but as our Father, He's going to let us feel the consequences of our behavior, just as any loving father eventually has to do with a willful child.

I believe America in the past has been especially blessed, and I think God did it hoping that we would be a beacon in the world, leading other nations to Him. Well, we're failing miserably, and have even allowed our government to twist and distort and pervert our laws so that God is excluded and diminished at every turn. In addition, a very large percentage of our population behaves in a way that is very offensive to God. He's not going to permit that for much longer.

Well, that's my two cents' worth. --Romeena

February 11, 2009 - Msg 70181: Ok gang its me,just been busy with the barn...rain here now and storms on the eay..hey Boo,possum,Asa and all...let me get things cleaned up and will read..Maude did you cook?..SPOT

February 11, 2009 - Msg 70182: Whooops! Sorry, MDC, that wasn't you, that was Me-They in 70179. I was thinking one, and typed the other. My apologies.

Me-They, that response is for you. Peace, brother.--Romeena

February 11, 2009 - Msg 70183: Anyone get this email yet?
It's pretty good!

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce .

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his unit in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present

8) A bass was painted on the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insur@nce was invalid for the invalid.

12) A row of oarsmen were taught how to row.

13) They were not close enough to the door to close it.

14) The hunter does serious things when does are present.

15) The seamstress, who was a good sewer, fell down into a sewer.

16) To help with planting, the clever farmer taught his sow how to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind up the sail on the sailboat.

18) Upon seeing the tear in my robe, I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) The dog pants after biting at my pants.

21.The coach decided to fly coach.

22. I tried to hit the bat with my baseball bat.

23. There was a little nip in the air, so I took a nip of cider to nip it in the bud.

24. I did mean to tell you that he was a mean cat.

25. Most people of the human race can run a good race.

Any others??


February 11, 2009 - Msg 70184:
Thanks for clearing that up Ro,
and putting me in the clear. (:

February 11, 2009 - Msg 70185: I always have dates when I go out on dates.

It's not very fine when I have to pay a fine.

First I played jacks, then I used several car jacks, then a bunch of Jacks came by to say hello, because they were all "jacks-of-all-trades."

February 11, 2009 - Msg 70186: Barney blew the whistle and Old Blue came runnin'!

I amaze myself sometimes! Ha!

possum under a rock

February 11, 2009 - Msg 70187: Hey Spot, could you post your email again, I can't remember it. Lots of storms here,gotta go.-ky girl

February 11, 2009 - Msg 70188:
Hello porch family.....Starting to rain a little here in SC.

Prayers for all the folks in the path of the storm.

Boo.....that post about Maya just breaks my heart. Oh she will be in my heart and prayers.

Me-They......prayers for your wife's new job as she gets settled into it.

Ro....I also believe we are a blessed nation. God blesses obedience and when you turn away from obedience, God CAN'T bless disobedience. We read that throughout the Bible. I believe that during this trying time, the "Christian America" will be driven back to it's knees. I truly believe that even the church has gotten away from true obedience and seeking God.

Spot.....brother I can see that RED paint from all the way over here.

Well you all sleep good and get some rest. Tomorrow is another day to shine HIS Light.
Praying for all the porch family!

February 11, 2009 - Msg 70189: Hi All.
It was a bad night here the str came a running bad are light gong out for about 4hr here.
Thank Spot for the fast work giting the back on for us,


February 12, 2009 - Msg 70190: hey Tom, we got those bad storms too, the lights have been flickering on and off, and we had alot of rain.Talk to you all later, -ky girl

February 12, 2009 - Msg 70191: That's perfect, MDC! Yesterday, Sean was studying Hominyms, Synonyms, etc...I'll let him read your post.

Heavy subject here on the porch. I'm too tired to comment. Erin was up last night again complaining of a sore throat and tummyache. She is sleeping now, so I think I will try to catch a nap. Oh, there's one: "The coarse knap of the sofa fabric, made it difficult for me to nap there!" :)