February 18, 2009 - Msg 70441:
Bernard P Fife, Attoney at Law

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70442:
I swept with THAT!?
All those good quotes just plum wasted. (:

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70443: Way to sweep MDC!! Now, come shovel my ice and snow please. ~New Neighbor

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70444:
Also, what heck is an "attoney"? Who am I, Elmer Fudd? geesh! he he he, waskally wabbit!
Sorry NN, I don't do snow! ha

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70445: MDC, you did a nice sweep! Did you go to see President O at the news conference today he gave while he was in Arizona? I saw part of what he said. I went to the doctor, second time in 4 weeks. He said I must of had the flu when I was there last time, so, still no antibiotics, just a prescription cough medicine, he said it had to run it's course. Wish it'd get it's runnin over with, I'm tired of runnin with this miserable thing!Gonna read the archives, talk to you all later-ky girl

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70446: President Obama is scheduled for a visit here in Canada on Thursday. It's only a six hour visit and many Canadians are getting all excited. They have bus loads driving up to Ottawa (Canadian equivalent of Washington D.C.) even though there is no guarantee they will even glimpse the president because of the extraordinary security measures. I'm sure glad I'm nowhere near Ottawa.

For such a short visit, why doesn't he just use a webcam and save the taxpayers some money to pay his stimulus bill?

Someone call Dudley Dooright of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He's the Canadian equivalent of Deputy Barney Fife. (Anyone remember him from the Bullwinkle cartoon show?)

from Poor Horatio

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70447: Yes, PH, I remember Dudley Dooright. He had the big swept-back pompadour hairdo, and the exaggerated, thrust-out manly jaw, if I remember correctly. You know, that was a funny show. Remember Snidely Whiplash, the villain? And Rocky, the flying squirrel, who wore a leather old-timey aviator's helmet, presumably because he was a flying squirrel. Lots of very cleverly delivered satire in that show, much of which went over the kids' heads, but there was plenty that they did understand, and it was funny. Sure beat the socks off the too-mature, suggestive garbage that's fed to our kids today. I guess there are some good ones - I know my grandsons love Spongebob, and he seems harmless enough.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some dinner. The Starr is in here asking for hers, so maybe I'll feed us both. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70448: Storms here gang all lights are NOT on..got to go...SPOT

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70449:
Hello porch family....went to visit my daughter at college today and had lunch together. She's taking some mid-terms and had the afternoon free. That's some special time to me.

Boo...continued prayers for your dad.

KY....praying that you get feeling better soon also.

M-T.....I agree about the Return of Barney episode. It's kind of hard to watch. It just wasn't the same.

Spot...stay safe in those storms. We've got some warnings out but nothing going on here now.

Ro....sounds like it's getting springy looking out there.

Contined prayers for pappa bear.

MDC....was thinking about you today when I got a cd order from Arizona.

PH....you bet I rememeber Dudley Dooright. That was real cartoons back then. Like Ro says...it beats a lot of the junk we have today for kids. Now I still like the Flintstones.

Well folks I've gotta get off of here and get some things done before I go to bed. Prayers for all of you.....you're all so special in my heart. But most of all, you're special in God's heart!

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70450: Romeena, I remember Dudley Dooright, I liked that cartoon, so cute.Rev, I still like the Flintstones too. I used to watch Scooby-doo and the Flintstones every afternoon after school.Some of the stuff they have on for kids is not so great. There is a network called "The N", it says it's for tween's and teens, but, there is some very controversial content on the show "Degrassi". It's a show about a fictional middle school and high school. But, there is alot of talk about "alternative lifestyles' that is just too much info, if you know what I'm saying. Or maybe it's just that this is a different era, and, I'm comparing it to the generation I'm from.Spot, you be careful out there in those storms.Poor Horatio, I can't say I would want to try to go see the Pres. either, I'm not one for big crowds. Well, gonna go watch bull riding on RFD channel, prayers for everyone-ky girl

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70451: Boo, if you don't mind, could you please give me your e-mail address sometime? I have misplaced it.Thanks.-ky girl

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70452: Romeena, Were you referring to President Barack H. Obama in your previous post about your garden helper?
jennie boone

February 18, 2009 - Msg 70453: Thanks REV. Is seems that now Erin has another ear infection. She has been crying this evening and finally fell asleep. It is going to be a long night. She didn't have many ear infections when she was a baby but now she has had three in the last six months...go figure. I don't get it. Seems she gets one everytime she gets a virus, even if she doesn't have cold symptoms or a runny nose. I don't like it a bit because she really hurts when she gets them and the drops they give you seem to make it worse.

Think I will try to doze on the couch until she wakes up again.


February 18, 2009 - Msg 70454: Oh, hey there kygirl...I think I still have your address if it hasn't changed. I will look and send you an email.

Did any of you see the terrible news report about the pet chimpanzee that attacked and nearly killed a woman? What a nightmare that must have been.


February 19, 2009 - Msg 70455: Good evening, porch. Jennie boone, to answer your question - yes.

I think I've solved a little problem around here. My granddaughter loves daisies, and wanted them incorporated into the flowers in the yard for her wedding, if possible. Without thinking, I told her I would have some growing. I have several clumps of Shasta daisies already out there, which bloom beautifully every year, and planned on just planting a few more. What I forgot is that they don't bloom until mid-summer, and the wedding is April 11.

So, I've been scouring my favorite mail-order garden centers, and digging through catalogs. I've finally found a plant called "Leucanthemum", which looks just pretty much like a daisy to me. White petals arranged spoke-like, with a yellow center. Yep, that's a daisy, or close enough. The good news is, it blooms in mid-to-late spring, so I have at least a fair chance of getting some in bloom by early April. She also wanted the little wild winecups, as they are her fiance's favorite, but no chance there. They bloom on second-year plants, do not transplant well, and do very poorly in the garden. They're strictly a wildflower. So, we will substitute some wine-colored impatiens, to be interspersed with the "daisies" and I think both bride and groom will be happy. I wanted to put some white amaryllis in a big wooden planter box outside the sunroom windows, but no one seems to have white amaryllis bulbs right now. In fact, very few places even have amaryllis in any color. People have come to associate them with Christmas, it seems, and since you can force them into bloom whenever you want them, it's easy to have them at Christmas. I did!!

Boo, has Erin ever had tubes put in her ears? We finally had to do that with Heather when she was about Erin's age. One ear infection after another until they put the tubes in, and that fixed it. The tubes eventually fell out, but she didn't have any more infections, even after they came out.

What on earth do you suppose motivates TVLand to run that vapid "High School Reunion" show? It is running back to back all evening. I've surfed past it several times, and caught enough to know that I don't care to watch the whole thing. Stupid, gratuitous, sappy stuff. They'll absolutely beat our ears down with it, too. Go figure.

Well, I'm off to bed. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70456: Mornin' Y'all! Erin is sick again? Poor thing! Yep,if those ear infections flare up on a regular basis,then tubes might help a lot. My daughter went through all of that-two sets of tubes,I think. Hope Erin feels better soon.
Ky girl,when you're finished running with that flu bug,you can "run with" MDC! Ha! That's just a running (groan!) joke we have going on around here-no offense! Hope you get well soon.
Ro,I am with you 100% on that stupid "High School Reunion".I was up on the soapbox just a few days ago here,so not gonna get all riled up again! I guess some people will watch anything!
Spot,some of those T-storms rumbled through here last night too. I heard it was bad around Atlanta.Hope y'all get things cleaned up & the lights back on.
Rev,I'm heading up to your part of the state tomorrow. Going to Saluda to visit my cousin,the one with cancer. I'll shout out a big "Hello" when I get up to that traffic circle near Prosperity,so keep an ear out!
Guess I'll be rocking again over the weekend (if computer is still kickin').Y'all take care!
possum under a rock

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70457: Good morning everyone.

Prayers for poor Erin, POSSUM's sousin, and KY GIRL, among others this morning.

AUH2O: Check this out: http://www.thoseshirts.com/goldwater.html. I think the "Welcome Back, Carter" one is funny, too.

I'll be back in a bit!


February 19, 2009 - Msg 70458: Hi All.
Spot some of the storm came a running this way last light and now we are waiting for the snow and cold.
Siss grandbabby had to have surgeryagind for the samething ,because it has not going down.

Sometimes I stand in silence,
Sometimes, in awe, I gasp
At the woners of creation
Too great for a mind to gasp.
Oh, the mighty and the fragile
God's creative hands have made.
How carefully we should keep them.
What trust on us is laid!

TOM :)

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70459: Hello Folks.
I saw this video this morning and wanted to share it with you. I love it when criminals become victims themselves.

from Poor Horatio

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70460: TOM, you sure do post some interesting things here. They sure make me think and reflect. Thank you.

from Poor Horatio

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70461: I just received an e-mail from the kids school. A 10th grader there named Zach has been in the hospital sick for a few days and last night took a turn for the worse. Things look grim. Zach is a great kid. I serve with his mom in the Booster Club and the Mrs. coaches his younger sister in volleyball. The family has had some problems in the last few years, and now this. Please keep him, and his family, in your prayers today.


February 19, 2009 - Msg 70462: Prayers for Zach & his family. Sorry to hear this,Me-They.

possum again

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70463:
Romeena_ i just bought a whole season of Rocky and Bullwinkle at Cracker Barrel. So funny to see it again, Boris Badenouf, Natashia, Sherman and Mr Peabody, Fractured Fairy tales, etc! ha

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70464: APB for Lucy!

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70465:
REV- Ya ba da ba du!!

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70466:
BOO- Here is a quote from the bokk "The Cure is in the Cupboard":
"...Oil of oregano's antiseptic powers are immense. Nothing else in Nature can match it, and pharmaceutical drugs are weaklings compared to it. Singlehandedly, it can kill and/or block the growth of virtually any fungus. It destroys viruses and parasites. Furthermore, it inhibits the growth of, as well as destroys, the majority of bacteria, something that prescription antibiotics often fail to accomplish. According to the latest research (2001) it even destroys super-germs, that is the ones which are antibiotic-resistant. Plus, there is no evidence of bacterial resistance, a property unheard of in today's pharmaceuticals."
"Researchers have tested a variety of spices for purported antibiotic activity. This research was performed in the hope of finding spices that could halt or impede the spoilage of food. Of all spices tested oregano was the only one to exhibit significant antifungal and antibacterial activity. This ability to destroy both bacteria and fungi makes oregano oil unique. Finding it difficult to believe that a natural substance could be this powerful, the federal government also tested oil of oregano. In an attempt to prove it didn't work they found the opposite: oil of oregano killed every germ against which it was tested. Nine pathogens succumbed, including samonella, E. coli, listeria, staph, pseudomonas, and molds."

Oregano is a medicine chest in a bottle, and can reverse numerous ailments, including:

athlete's foot
back pain
canker sores
cold sores
ear aches
gum disease

Signed, "Oreganoman"

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70467: (:

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70468:
Possum- I don't run with just anyone ya know,
even tho i am pretty fickle! haha

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70469:
M-T- I read the article. All I can say is good for him! She was not forced to go there,
she went on her own and asked for the audience,
and she got an earful! It probably won't change her, but she has been told, so now the ball is
in her court!
Prayers for Zach and all. Break's over.

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70470: Poor Zach and his family! Prayers going up. I know it can make a difference...I saw my friend at death's door 2 weeks ago, and he was out of the hospital in 4 days. Keep the faith.

"Oreganoman", that's perfect MDC...boy, that oregano sounds even better than Vicks. I will pick some up at the GNC.

Poor Erin was up ALL night crying with her ear. I gave her Advil, Tylenol, codeine, eardrops, you name it (except oregano). She was drop off to sleep for about 5 minutes and then wake up crying and sometimes screaming, begging me to do something for her. It was awful. I woke Bruce at 5am and he took over for me and I got some sleep. He made an appointment for her and took her to the doctor this morning. They still aren't back. Boy, I don't want to keep going through this. It is tough on a parent to see their child in pain for hours. If tubes are the answer, tubes it will be. I am wondering if her adenoids might be swelling when she gets sick and blocking her eustachian tubes and causing the infection. She might need to have them out or something...we'll see.

Better go. The house is a mess and the laundry is piling up, and wouldn't you know Possum went out of town and can't help me with it. :-(


February 19, 2009 - Msg 70471: I'm here to help Boo! Not going out of town until tomorrow,so toss that laundry this way-I'll do it for ya!
Hope Erin gets some relief from that earache & y'all all have a better night.
My sister Cindy is having a LOT of physical pain,yet doctors really don't know what's wrong with her.We suspect they are leaning towards making a diagnosis of MS.She called me earlier crying,but I didn't know what I could do,other than say I'm sorry & that I love her. She could use prayers.Thanks y'all.
possum again

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70472:
Boo- if you are serious about the oregano, try to
also get the book there, "The Cure is in the Cupboard." A small bottle is about $30, but worth every penny. A drop in the ear, plus about 6 drops in some orange juice will do better than any RX. Really, I've seen it work.
There, I've said it and I aint takin it back.
Prayers too!
Gomer:"SHAZAM, an oil fire! Andy, do you know what
you just done? You saved my life."

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70473:
Hey Folks

Me-They Prayers for Zach and his family. I do love those shirts and the "Welcome Back Carter" is funny. I wish this guy had Carter's love of country. I'm trying real hard to respect this... community organizer. If he didn't love himself more than the nation, it would be easier.

Poor Horatio- You're right about our buddy Tom, lot's of insight there. If you guys want to borrow the Big "O" for awhile, feel free. I know I've said this before, and I'll try not to again, but it is good having ya back as a regular.

Asa-I saw you folks were getting pounded with snow. We've taken a bit of a break here; I bet we haven't gotten more than a foot over the last week.


February 19, 2009 - Msg 70474: Gang: I just got word that the doctors will be trying a plasma exchange on Zach momentarily. The procedure will take about two hours. The doctors say that he has hope if it is a success. Please pray hard.



February 19, 2009 - Msg 70475:
You have to have the dvds to appreciate this quote,
because they cut it out on TV, but Andy is reading
a letter from barney on vacation in the capital,
and barn says that he and the guys played Four games of skee ball, and Floyd says:
"FOUR games, he IS livng the high life." so cute.
then Barn mentions the cafe and "peekaboo" and it's funny how they try to hide that part from Opie.
Barn also mentions getting a tin ink spot that
he was going to put on Aunt Bee's table.
Anyway, that's how the ep "Andy Saves Gomer"
starts out. Watched it last night.
AUH20- you're pretty funny too! ha

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70476:
MT- we posted at the same time.
Wasnt being disrespectful in last post
by not acknowleging your post.
You bet I will be praying hard!

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70477:
Me-They, you've got my prayers.

Thomas A. Moody

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70478:
AUNT BEE: Did you like the white beans you had for supper?
ANDY: Um huh.
AUNT B: Well, you didn't say anything.
ANDY: Well, I ate four bowls. If that ain't a tribute to white beans, I don't know what is.
AUNT B: Well.
ANDY: Eatin' speaks louder than words.
AUNT B: You know, your education was worth every penny.

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70479: A plasma exchange...does that sound like he has DIC, Romeena? Prayers continue for Zach.


February 19, 2009 - Msg 70480: Well, I looked up diseases in which plasma exchange is used as a treatment and there are quite a few. Me-They, do you know what his diagnosis is?

Possum, I failed to say that I will pray for your sister, that is so hard.


February 19, 2009 - Msg 70481: Gang we are all alright here...not to say that for the rest of the state...heavy damage from tornados here in Ga...im still trying to get all the lights on...prayers for the storm victims...hope yall are eating well...I will check in soon...SPOT

February 19, 2009 - Msg 70482:
Hello porch family.....lots of prayers needed for our porch family.

Boo.....it hurts me to even think about ear infections. Poor thing.....I'm still praying.

Me-They.....I am praying for Zach even as I post this. I know you'll keep us informed.

Possum.....I'll be listening for your shout as you pass through. Also prayers for Cindy.

Ro.....I agree about that stupid High School Reunion show.

kygirl.....you mentioned the RFD channel.....I watch that station a lot. At certain times it has some of the old music programs on it.

Tom....prayers for your sister's grandbaby.

MDC....I keep my oregano oil with me all the time buddy.

Spot.....try to get you some rest.....Prayers for all those hit by the storm.

Everyone sleep good tonight as you rest in HIS presence...HE loves you!
Prayers for all the porch family.

February 20, 2009 - Msg 70483: MDC, we got possums o.k. to go running together!Bring some of that oregano oil, I bet it would work better than anything else I've tried.Prayers for all on the porch. Yes, Rev, I've seen the old music programs on RFD, I enjoy them too. Sleep well everbody-ky girl

February 20, 2009 - Msg 70484: Thank you, REV. Erin is much better tonight. She does have an ear infection and something called "Glue Ear"...I never heard of it till today. It is caused by a blockage in the tubes in the ear, and fluid builds up in the inner ear until it starts to leak from the ear drum, or until a tear forms in the eardrum and releases the fluid and pressure. Sounds terrible, but with the leaking comes relief from the pain. She took a nap this afternoon and when she woke up I noticed all of this sticky, orange-tinted fluid coming from the ear. It was in her hair and on her pillow. Strange...it was not something either of my kids ever had before. The ear is still draining but it's just more of a clear fluid now. She is sleeping like a baby and no more fever, praise the Lord. I am hoping for a good night's sleep tonight. :-)

MDC, I was thinking that the next time Erin gets a virus, I am going to start putting the oregano oil in her ears to prevent an infection the next time, hopefully. Thanks for the tip. If it works, it will be thirty dollars well-spent.

It is very peaceful here tonight (I guess I am noticing it in contrast to last night's crying). It's dark and quiet and I hear the hum of Sean's fan and it is very relaxing...(big yawn)...goodnight my beloved Mayberry...

Prayers continue for Zach and his family.


February 20, 2009 - Msg 70485:
I would be a crass bore indeed to refuse such kind and trusting hospitality.

Thomas A. Moody

February 20, 2009 - Msg 70486: Good morning everyone.

Thanks for all your prayers for Zach. The good news is that he survived the procedure. Now his numbers need to rise.

BOO: I do not know the diagnosis. The Mrs. was speculating, too. All we know at this point is its life threatening. From what we have been told, he became ill over the weekend, went downhill, and ended up in the hospital. He's in the pediatric ICU at Johns Hopkins now, so he couldn't be in better hands. Please continue your prayers and I wuill keep you updated as the school does me.

BOO: I'm glad Erin is getting some relief. Never heard of that ear thing before.

I love sleeping to the sound of a fan! Once I get used to it in the summer, I usually leave it on past the pont of actually needing it in the fall and turn it away from me so I don't get cold but can still hear it. Crazy, huh? Well, it drives the Mrs. crazy anyway.

MDC: No disrespect taken! I'v edone the same thing myself. Plus, you're post certainly had me smiling, something I could use at that time yesterday.

See y'all in a bit.


February 20, 2009 - Msg 70487: I really need an editor...


February 20, 2009 - Msg 70488: So happy that Zach made it through the procedure and prayers continue...

I know what you mean about the fan, M-T. If you get used to having one on when you sleep, you miss the sound. I am that way about Bruce's machine that he wears at night for his sleep apnea. It make a very soothing, sort of "whoosing" sound and I have trouble sleeping without it.

Well, Erin seems back to normal today, thankfully. I have alot of catching up to do, and maybe I will actually get to do it.

Oh, I wanted to give you all an update on my parent's home. I told you that they had to strip out the walls and replace all plumbing and electric and even replace some of the floors that had rotted through. They are almost finished with everything and are painting and putting up the trim. It looks great. It is nice to see the old place get the TLC it has needed for so long. My nephew and his family will be moving in at the end of the month.

Better scoot...


February 20, 2009 - Msg 70489: Y’know, I really don’t understand some people. And I don’t want to.

Zach’s family is distraught and praying hard by his side as he fights for life. That I understand, and hope I never have to experience.

But last evening the Mrs. was telling me about her day. Now in the NICU, she experiences some of what you do, ROMEENA. She told me the ongoing story of this poor baby. Last week, the crack and heroin addicted mom came in with a man and had her premie baby. The baby still is on opiates because he was born addicted. The mom had to ask the nurse later what she had named the baby because she couldn’t remember. The mom checked out ADA the next day and hasn’t been heard from since. The man who had been with her wanted a paternity test to see if he really was the father since the woman had "been around" (she’s probably a prostitute to feed her habit). He disappeared for a few days, too. He was in the neighborhood and came back yesterday saying he wanted the baby. Why was he in the neighborhood? Because his girlfriend (another woman) was in L&D! Only that baby wasn’t his.

What is it with people? How can people be so hard-hearted and self-centered, so cruel? I just don’t get it.

While I was typing this I got another e-mail from the school. Zach’s procedure was successful enough that they will be doing the exchange again today. His stats continue to rise. Please continue prayer. For him, and for poor kids like the one I mentioned above with jackasses for—and I use the term loosely—parents.

It’s reassuring to know that there are good people like you all in this world. When I get too upset, I remember that.


February 20, 2009 - Msg 70490:
Wow MT, how did that one get past the censor? (:
I think it is just a matter of the wheat and the
tares again. Since the fall, all that evil has
thrived. In fact, if you recall, it got so bad
that there was that little flood thing!
So we put on the Armor of God, we resist the
firey darts, and we stand up for what is right,
like Benedict did to Pelosi!
In fact Obama spoke at that high school here which is about 3 miles from my home, and across the steet from Dobson High is a Catholic Church. So many catholics were standing in THEIR (the church's) parking lot protesting FOCA, as te president's car went by. Of couse, the local media got all
up in arms because the church was involved in
"politics." But ya do what is right, ya
stand firm, and like REV does, ya spread the
Word and invite people to the Lord.
Prayers continue for Zach.

February 20, 2009 - Msg 70491:
Hang in there buddy!
"Carl Finch called and said that
they're having a boil dinner
down at the firehouse,
with cribbage afterwards." (: mdc

February 20, 2009 - Msg 70492: Me-They, you never will understand it. I have come to that realization after hearing so many such stories at the rehab. Unless we live/have lived they life they live, we won't really understand it. I'm sure there are many circumstances that lead to that kind of gross irresponsibilty and pathology....addiction will take people to places we can't even imagine, and my guess is that the "dad" (or possible sp*rm donor) is an addict, too. Pray that the child goes to CPS and is adopted by a loving family.

Funny, the censor wouldn't let me print the word "sp*rm".


February 20, 2009 - Msg 70493: Hi All just a cold and snowing day here.
Thank forthe prayer she came out of srgery ok and her temp is down too.


February 20, 2009 - Msg 70494: You're right, of course, about not understanding because we aren't in their circumstances. I guess BOO: I just don't get how the most common sense of decency doesn't register. I believe addiction indeed is a sickness, but not an excuse for abusing children. I know you weren't saying that, by the way; I just wanted to say it. About CPS, the hospital's (it's a Catholic, charity hospital) didn't want to release the child to the man who may or may not be the father, but the city said yes, so that's how that went.

MDC: I'm sorry for my language there. I guess I was just riled up. Still, I apologize to anyone offended.

TOM: Continued prayers. Stay warm.


February 20, 2009 - Msg 70495: I'm not sure why I inserted BOO's name in the middle of the sentence. Guess I'm not ept today.


February 20, 2009 - Msg 70496: Oh no, they released the baby to the supposed dad? That's beyond terrible. One can only hope that dad has a somewhat decent mother out there who is willing to raise his child. Many of the kids I see in rehab are cared for by grandparents because of their parent's addiction.

I guess it's kind of like understanding homos#xuality. There is no way I can understand it because I have never experienced those inclinations. In order to understand, I would have to experience those things. In many cases, I guess I am thankful that I don't understand. That doesn't mean I don't care, I am just thankful that I don't have that struggle. I think even homos#xuals would tell you that it isn't an easy lifestyle.

When I think about drug addiction, I think of it this way. It's rather like having your foot caught in one of those bear traps. You are suffering and want to be free, but in order to be free you would have to chew your own foot off. It's like being caught and miserable and terrified of getting free at the same time. Or, imagine that you are drowning. You are fighting to get to the surface for a breath of air. Your lungs are burning and you crave that breath of air like you have never craved anything in your life. At that moment, you would do anything for it. I think that is alot like drug addiction. Now, some are morally strong enough to get help and go through the detox and recovery process, but it seems like most aren't or those that do relapse over and over. Very tragic for so many!

You're right, there is never a good excuse to abuse a child, M-T. The bad part is that drug addicts want their kids just like we do, and are almost always selfish enough to keep them and teach them how to follow in their footsteps. Just remember that one day we will all give an account to God for how we lived this life. Nobody gets away with cruelty, especially to children.

Better get moving towards the washing machine (groan)...


February 20, 2009 - Msg 70497: By the way, in case I have not said it for awhile, I really enjoy your posts, M-T.


February 20, 2009 - Msg 70498: Oh, and wonderful news about your niece, TOM!! Keep us posted on her progress.


February 20, 2009 - Msg 70499:
Well Boo, at least you don't have to beat the clothes on rocks or grab a bar of lye soap
and a washboard. (:

February 20, 2009 - Msg 70500: Yep, that's something to be thankful for, MDC, especially when you think about all the people in the world that don't even have clean water. Thanks for the reminder..."This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it".


February 20, 2009 - Msg 70501:
Well, ya all have a good weekend.
If any of ya see Charlene Darling
burying a small sack under an oak tree,
run for the hills!! haha
My prayers are with ya

February 20, 2009 - Msg 70502:
Anyone seen HAZEL, AFD, LUCY, BIG MAUDE and others?
"Calling all cars, all points bulletin..."

February 20, 2009 - Msg 70503: BOO: Right back attcha. You are very wise, and I always enjoy getting your take on things. They are measured with common sense, experience, and hope.

Thanks again for your prayers for Zach. I'm heading out soon but I'll be sure to update you on Monday. Have a great weekend. Be blessed,


February 20, 2009 - Msg 70504: Good afternoon, everybody! Good grief, Me-They, I can't believe they actually released that child to that man, without any proof that he was the father! What on earth were they thinking?? I find it morbidly fascinating that CPS and courts all over the country will release children to people who have absolutely no business with them, yet most animal shelters are very, very selective about the people who adopt animals. And they should be. I just wish CPS and the courts would learn from them.

Please, folks, continue to pray for Miss Betty. She has refused any further chemo treatments, and has been moved from the hospital to a place called Hearthstone here in town. It's a retirement residence/nursing facility, and she is under hospice care. She said she weighed the misery caused by the chemo against the extremely slim hope it offered, and decided it just wasn't worth it. As she put it - "I know where I'm going, I've looked forward to it all my life, so I'm ready to get on with it." She's there now at Hearthstone, in a comfortable, pretty, home-like room, holding court for the dozens of visitors each day. She's planning her own funeral, and discusses it as freely as if it was a birthday party, which in a sense, it is. I suppose that in reality, Miss Betty doesn't need our prayers, other than to pray for freedom from pain. It's we, her friends, who need prayer as we prepare to give her up. It's not going to be easy.

I hear that the list of pallbearers and honorary pallbearers has exceeded 22 names so far. These are all the young "preacher boys" who have interned at our church over the years, and gone on to positions of responsibility all over the country. Each, in his turn, was "mothered" by Miss Betty - fed, advised, encouraged, prayed for and loved by her, and sent out into the world to represent Christ. She lost her beloved husband, Ted, to kidney failure about 25 years ago, and the church has been her family ever since. It was my great privilege to be Ted's nurse on several admissions, and it was on those occasions that I learned to love the kind and courageous Miss Betty.

Well, I'm off to pick up a buddy and we're going to eat shrimp and crab legs at East Buffet. I love that place! Be blessed, all. --Romeena

February 20, 2009 - Msg 70505: Romeena that place sounds great to eat...well I will catch up tomorrow at work....waffle house in the morning on Asa...I got to hit the ironing board,,,prayers....SPOT

February 20, 2009 - Msg 70506: I am so glad to hear that Miss Betty is handling all of this with so much grace. She must really be something, God bless her. May her passing be one of peace and even joy and may the Lord comfort those who love and will miss her. It sounds to me that she absolutely made the right decision in refusing the chemo. I understand that it is sometimes needed to control pain as tumors grow, but if she can do without it, I think she is wise to do so, and the acceptance she exhibits is really inspiring.

Thank you for those very gracious words, Me-They. Hope your weekend is a good one and prayers continue for Zach...

I took the kids out for pizza tonight (Bruce has a meeting tonight). We then went to the bookstore to get Erin the next book in the series of Hank the Cowdog. I love to read those aloud to her at night and we just laugh and laugh.

Guess I will turn on the TV and see if TVLand is showing any TAGS...


February 20, 2009 - Msg 70507: Evenin' Y'all. Just wanted to say "hey" and let y'all know I had a safe trip up to visit my cousin.Please continue to hold Kim in your prayers.Also,thanks for the prayers for my sister.
Continued prayers for Zach and for Miss Betty as well.
Me-They,I too,am surprised you slipped that term past the censor.You were certainly justified!
Rev,did ya hear me hollering at ya? I was just a few miles from your town today. Matter of fact,my cousin & her husband know some folks who live on your road!
Well,it's late,I'd better hit the old ironing board,so Goodnight Mayberry.Love to all.
possum under a rock

February 20, 2009 - Msg 70508: Let me clarify- I had a safe trip home too!

possum again

February 20, 2009 - Msg 70509:
Hello porch family....Cold day here in SC.

M-T.....I just praise the Lord for the progress report on Zach! Prayers prayers prayers!
Also you mentioned about the fan in your room. We are the same way so we went and bought some air purifiers. We keep one in the bed room that we run all night and one in the living room that we run during the day. We love them for the noise at night but they also are really good air purifiers.

Tom....that's great news on your niece buddy.

Ro....my prayers are with Miss Betty for a peaceful Homegoing. And for all of her family and friends. She's such a sweet lady. I know that heaven is waiting with open arms.

Spot.....get you some rest brother....hope things have settled down for you from the storms.

Well folks I head out in the morning for the weekend. I have concerts through Sunday so I probably won't be able to check back in till Monday. (maybe Sunday night) You all have a blessed weekend and know that you are always in my heart and prayers. Until i get back remember...Jesus loves you!

February 20, 2009 - Msg 70510:
Hey possum....I thought I heard someone shouting at me today...hehe. Hope you had a good visit with your family.

February 20, 2009 - Msg 70511: Possum, glad you got home safe. Been considering a trip myself when the weather gets more predicatable. Been wanting to get to take a trip myself when it gets a little warmer.Romeena, Miss betty sure sounds like an exceptional soul.Sounds like she is still teaching by her actions, of just putting your trust in the Lord, which is easy to say, but, sometimes much harder to do.Boo, glad to hear Erin is feeling better. I've never heard of the Hank the Cowdog, I'll have to look for that to read to my grandaughter.Romeena, how were the crab legs and shrimp? I like both of them,haven't had any in a while. well porch friends,have a sweet, mayberry night-ky girl

February 21, 2009 - Msg 70512: Sorry about repeating myself up there in the first 2 lines. Thats what I get for typing and having a conversation at the same time!-ky girl

February 21, 2009 - Msg 70513: Have a nice trip, REV. I am wondering about those air purifiers...when you used them, do you have less dust in on the furniture, etc.??

Glad you are back safe, Possum. Prayers for your sister. You know, I was talking to God about her while I was in the car the other day and I got choked up. Not sure why, just felt alot of emotion while praying for her. Hope things get better for her (and Kim, too).

Never heard of Hank the Cowdog, Ky girl?? Really cute little paperback chapter books for kids. I would guess they appeal mostly to middle school-aged kids. They are a bit too difficult for Erin to read on her own but she loves me to read them to her. They are about this cowdog, Hank, who refers to himself as "Head of Security" on a ranch. He has a "deputy", so to speak, named Drover, who is a real chicken and takes his orders from Hank. Hank is alot like Barney and tends to be sensitive and tries to act like a big shot. Some other characters that seem to return in the books are, Beulah (Hank's true love, who is "runnin' with" another dog named Plato), some very rowdy cyotes who talk like native americans and are pretty rough, and a couple of buzzards named Wallace and Junior (Junior is a stuttering buzzard). And then there are a couple of ranch hands that make an appearance now and then. Really cute books that I get a kick out of even more than the kids, I think. I think there are currently 50 Hank books out there.

BTW, did you ever get the email I sent you, KYG?

Well, better get on with the day and do something productive.


February 21, 2009 - Msg 70514: Oh, and Hank the Cowdog has a website for kids, with games, etc.


February 21, 2009 - Msg 70515: Hey Yall...got a sermon on the tube here at work..lets go grab a salad somewhere after Church...hey Rev when do you hit the road again?..hey possum...and Bo what is a "Cowdog"..oh my...SPOT

February 21, 2009 - Msg 70516: Thank you for telling me that,Boo.Really needed to hear something sweet like that-especially after yesterday,which was very emotional.I am drained.To see my cousin in the state she's in was hard.My sister may get some answers as to what causes all the pain soon.She goes down to MUSC on Tuesday for more consultation.Without going into details,that girl has had it rough enough in her life-hate to see her suffering physically.The prayers mean SO much.
Spot,if you don't know what a cowdog is,I reckon it's safe to say you ain't one! Ha! You're just a good ol' talking dog,is what you are!
Sure miss Hazel & the other Porchsters who seem to have vanished.Y'all come back now,ya here?!
Y'all take care & have a good afternoon.
possum under a rock

February 21, 2009 - Msg 70517: Whew thats good to know possum...The Cowdog thing had me worried if I had to give milk!...:0-..well slow here at work,Mavis did yall get moved?...Romeena ya work nights anytime soon/..Tom mail me buddy..auh20 you and asa still staying out of trouble..M-T hows them kids?..mine are clicking right along...hazel check in..you too Salty...ok..56 and nice here...get off at 6pm...lets burn some hotdogs on the grinn...Boo make some tea ok....will holler in just a bit..prayers...SPOT

February 21, 2009 - Msg 70518: No Boo, I didn't get your email.You may have the old address that was giving me some problems. here is the new one:wisabelle26@yahoo dot com. be glad to hear from you.Well, I will definitley have to get Hank the Cowdog, I think me and my kids would like it.I will check out the website too, thank you. Yea, possum, there have been some porchsters missing, hope they come back soon.- ky girl

February 21, 2009 - Msg 70519: Spot, hot dogs on the grill sound good-ky girl

February 21, 2009 - Msg 70520: Ok grilled hotdogs it is ..may throw a buba burger on also...Romeena and I like our dogs a little burnt and busted open...with salsa...ok...thats it its on...I have to stay a little past 6 tonight next shift man has a little league practice and is running a bit late...but I dont mind...watched a movie on lifetine "My baby is missing"..pretty good movie...well back to some paper work....SPOT

February 21, 2009 - Msg 70521: Hi All.
Just a nice day a little cold but sun all day.
Will my siss grandbabby gong day from the hosp todayand thing are going good now.


February 21, 2009 - Msg 70522: Glad to hear that TOM! I took care of my neice, Emily (she is a year old) most of the day today and she fell asleep on my lap in the recliner. She slept there for over 2 hours while I rocked and watched Gone With the Wind on TCM. It was a really nice way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon. When Emily is sleeping is about the only time she will stand for much cuddling...she's much too busy for that. She is still calling me "Doo-Doo", by the way. She can't say Aunt Ju-Ju yet (baby-speak for Aunt Julie).

You are more than welcome, Possum. I know it must be tough for you...you have certainly had your share of struggles lately.

SPOT, a guess a cowdog is a dog that works on a cattle ranch and helps round up cattle?? Makes sense to me....sorta. Hope you have a good evening once you get off work.

I will email ya, KyGirl. I had the old address.

Better go...gotta make Erin take a shower.


February 21, 2009 - Msg 70523: Speaking of Gone With the Wind...Possum, don't you think Clark Gable was a purdy man? That Scarlett was bonkers to chase after chopped liver (Ashley) when she had prime rib at home.


February 21, 2009 - Msg 70524: "It's the liver Pa- she looked right at it and cried."

February 21, 2009 - Msg 70525: Good Tom..... God Is Good.....SPOT

February 21, 2009 - Msg 70526: Boo I got ky"s new mail if ya need it just mail me....SPOT

February 21, 2009 - Msg 70527:
Hello Porch!
Hope all is well.
The miss and I had such a lovely valentines last sat, I want to share it. Married over 26 years feel like I never do her the justice she deserves on Valentines day so I pulled out the stops. Got her a cute white teddy bear holding a heart asking her to be my valentine, put it in sack and added a vase of red tulips.
Saturday after noon while she was getting ready for dinner, i put on a dinner jacket brought her to our bedroom where I keep my Fender Stratocaster and amp, played and sang(tried my best at least hehe) the old Eric Clapton tune "Wonderful Tonight" while my daughter video'd it. Then gave her her Valentines gift (GPS w/mp3 for her CTS) and we had a wonderful dinner at Market Place in Fort Smith. I think we feel in love all over again. I texted all five of our children and told them that I was in love with their Mother.
God has been so good to us. 26 years ago we were near divorce SEVERAL times. Then we let Christ into our life, and all I can say is God is wonderful to us.

Thomas A. Moody

February 21, 2009 - Msg 70528: Tom, so good to hear that news, as Spot said "God is Good". Boo, i got your email, just answered you a minute ago, you should get it soon.Thomas A.Moody, that is the sweetest valentine story !You both are truly blessed to have each other.Boo, I have to agree with you about "gone with the wind", I never could see what she saw in Ashley, Rhett sure was the "purdy man" plus he had charm and a personality!They say love is blind, and in that case it surely was!Have a great night everyone-ky girl