March 09, 2009 - Msg 70831:
I hate burning good steaks! Arrrggh.

Thomas A. Moody

P.S. Boo, you enjoy that YUKON!

March 09, 2009 - Msg 70832:
I do feel good about a clean porch though =)

Thomas A. Moody

March 09, 2009 - Msg 70833:
"Come baat come bactkc"

That quote is from Christmas Story with a tongue stuck to a frozen steet lamp. Hehe.
I have no idea where it came from?!??

Thomas A. Moody

March 09, 2009 - Msg 70834: Thomas A Moody - you must have been in a mood to SWEEP! Wow!

Hey guys - my contrary computer is working a little bit tonite. Helping the oldest with math -
here are two math questions for you
True or False and explain your answer for both and you might be smarter than a 6th grader. . .
The greatest common factor of two odd numbers is always odd.
The greatest common factor of an odd number and an even number is always odd.
All answers accepted - no cash prizes given.

Boo - enjoy the Yukon, I really like my little Blazer.


March 09, 2009 - Msg 70835: Thomas, have you been hittin' the mulberry squeezin's?

Possum, I started with half a melatonin and it was too much for me. I only took 1/4 tab because anything more made me feel a little tired the next day. Also, someone mentioned here on the porch that some Melatonin is made from the brains of cattle and there has been some concern about the possibility of contracting Mad Cow Disease from it. I called the company that made the Melatonin I was using and they said that it was made in the laboratory and was safe. Unfortunately, I cannot remember the brand but I know I got it from WalMart and it had a red and white label. It was a well known drug company but I just can't remember it...I am thinking the name started with an "S".

Sorry HM, but I am mathematically challenged...

Rehab was interesting tonight..the girls were really rowdy and there was a fight that broke out in the hallway during church. Not sure how much got a across to them but we have a few girls right now who are serious about following God and that is encouraging.

Better get Erin to bed.


March 09, 2009 - Msg 70836: I just remembered the brand of Melatonin I used. It was Schiff. As I recall, Possum, it did help. I felt more rested and like I got better sleep...LOTS of dreams, though, so be ready for that in case it happens to you.


March 09, 2009 - Msg 70837: Hello folks;

I assume some of you know about the senseless killing of a pastor in a Maryville Illinois church this past Sunday morning. I am having trouble trying to understand what happened.
The news claims that the gunman's weapon jammed after the fourth shot, and that the pastor's Bible deflected at least one bullet. Yet the pastor still died from a bullet through the heart.
Here is my problem. Had the pastor lived, we probably would not question people who would praise and thank God for performing what seemed like two miracles (the Bible deflection and the gun jamming). But since the pastor died, what seems like two miracles now seems like two coincidences.
While it does seem true that others in the congregation may have been saved, it's the death of the pastor that bothers me. He did not have to die to save the others.
Are we sometimes too quick to classify a coincidence as a miracle? I would love to read your thoughts on this matter.

from Poor Horatio

March 09, 2009 - Msg 70838:
Boo, NOW I know why I have grown an utter!!
Ha, sorry, I couldnt resist.
Now I also think that one of my four stomachs is upset!
Possum- yes, as boo said, you may have some pretty weird dreams, not sure why that happens,
you know why that happens Ange?

March 10, 2009 - Msg 70839: Well, MDC, you are twice the man I thought you were (referring to the way you signed off).

Hm, I will give your post some thought today, Poor Horatio. I hope more of the story unfolds in time and we have a better idea of what actually happened with the shooter...did they find out who he was or discover a motive? Here is another thought that I had; we always here about these terrible tragedies because they weren't prevented for reasons we can't understand, but we will also never know of them many tragedies that did not occur because God, circumstances or good men intervened.

Would love to chat longer, but I have to get Erin up.

Oh, one more thing...this question is for Dr MDC..I am having that old sciatic nerve pain in my back but can't take pain meds due to the stomach pain they cause me. Do you know of something to take that would reduce the inflammation without hurting my stomach??? Are you going to start charging a consultation fee??;)


March 10, 2009 - Msg 70840: Ooh,now I'm re-thinking taking melatonin! Cow brains? Yuck! Didn't seem to help much anyway- still woke up several times during the night.No strange dreams though.The brand I have is Sundown,the tablets come in 300 MCG (what is that? Milligrams?) Anyway,I broke one in half,per MDC's suggestion.That means I took 150 MCGs.Is that the right dosage? I might try it awhile longer,but cow brains? Gotta get past that somehow.Maybe I'l eat some Jell-O! Ha! Y'all do know what Jell-O is made of,don't ya?!

Poor Horatio,I don't think I'd call what transpired around that church shooting a "miracle" either.To me it would have been a miracle if when the guy FIRST fired,the gun jammed,and he was apprehended BEFORE anyone was hurt or killed.Still,I am thankful for those church members who were able to subdue him before he committed more travesties.Hard to understand how and why the pastor lost his life. Guess that's just one of the many things I may never understand.
I see that ol' spot's slacking off on fixin' breakfast (Wake up,spot!) so I'll throw something about bacon,juice,coffee,grits,biscuits,eggs-heck,the works! Y'all enjoy!
Boo,how's Erin feeling? Hopefully better.
See y'all later-have a great day!
possum under a rock

March 10, 2009 - Msg 70841: "them many tragedies"??...supposed to me "the many", of course. That typo took the seriousness out of my statement somehow...


March 10, 2009 - Msg 70842: Morning porch folks, hope everyone is doing okay today. trying to stay busy and out of trouble on my end of the porch.

Switching to day light savings time has messed with my body clock. It will take me a few weeks to adjust. I like that it stays light longer but losing the hour surely has messed with my sleep cycle.

My kids got back from their youth retreat and had a great time. This Sunday is youth Sunday so they will pretty much run the morning service, the youth minister will preach and sunday evening they are having a special cermony regarding a true love waits program. They youth pastor has been doing a series on true love waits the past few months. I will let you know how the ceremony goes.

Patrick leaves for Nashville on Thursday with one of his teachers and a couple of other students. He will be part of a mock school board debate team that will discuss school related issues. Prayers for their safe travels. It will be a quick trip as they will come home Friday night.

Breakfast menu will be: pancakes, sausages, eggs,
bacon, maple syrup, fruit, sliced tomatoes, and coffee, tea.

Blessings and prayers to all.

Big Maude

March 10, 2009 - Msg 70843: Oh hey, Possum, you slipped in on me.

Yes Possum, I know what Jello is made from and in the words of Lydia, "I hate Jello". I don't remember the dosage of the melatonin I took but remember not all melatonin is made from the brain of cows. Buy the stuff I got from Walmart and try it again.

Erin seems fine, thanks for asking.


March 10, 2009 - Msg 70844: Oh Hey, Maude...there you are, too. Those children of yours certainly stay on the go! They sound like great kids.


March 10, 2009 - Msg 70845: Thanks for breakfast,Maude! I was gonna do it,but didn't really feel like cooking this morning.I'll just put my pots & pans away.
Yep,daylight savings takes some getting used to,doesn't it? Come over & hang out with me at my Rock when you can't sleep Maude-I'll probably be up too!
I saw ya sashshaying around with Barney last night up at O' Malley's cabin,Big Maude.Ya ought to be good and tired after all that dancing! ha! I think "Convicts At Large" is my absolute favorite TAGS episode. It just has all the right ingredients-classic!
Glad Erin is doing better,Boo. I think I will check out this brand of melatonin (they have a website)& if it's ok,I might stick with it. Or I'll get the kind you mentioned next time I go to Walmart.
Gotta get going on some chores.Y'all take care!

possum again

March 10, 2009 - Msg 70846: Cow brains in pill form? Next y'all be telling me you can get hot dogs in liquid form.
I don't know what Jello is made from, and it sounds like I may not want to know.

Thanks for the breakfast Maude. It was good.

We ended up with over a foot of snow here yesterday. A wet heavy snow at that. Ohhhh my aching back.

P.H. You pose a very good question. Events of a tragic nature like that are hard for us to understand.

Off to work for me. Lot's to do today.


March 10, 2009 - Msg 70847:
Hey Folks

Big Maude-Prayers for Patrick, hey, that kinda sounds like an "After School" or "Lifetime" movie. Hope he has a lot of fun. My oldest daughter has a couple of school trips coming up this month also. She's heading up to the great white north (Canada) and the other is sorta like a tour of a few colleges.

PH-I'm not sure I see a miracle in the story you mentioned. I do feel that all good things come from God. Also, I know there are miracles and I know there are coincidences. And, if someone wants to see a miracle when it may be simply a coincidence, to me, that's no harm no foul. As long as God get's the Glory. Ya know, if all good things do come from God maybe there is no difference.


March 10, 2009 - Msg 70848:
Morning Asa!


March 10, 2009 - Msg 70849: Watch it wiggle, see it jiggle. . .


After spending 3 hours on homework - we didn't know the answer to our math question.

Saw the episode with Thomas A Moody this morning - you looked fine and dandy in black and white!


March 10, 2009 - Msg 70850: Good morning everyone. Nice to see you, especially, HOMEMAKER, after so long. I've been sick with the flu since last Friday and just got backl to work today. Based on how I'm feeling, I won't be here for much longer today, either. Man, one time a day being out for a day would be odd. I guess I'm no spring chicken anymore.

Prayers for all.


March 10, 2009 - Msg 70851: I'm not sure who it was who posted yesterday that they are on facebook, but, I am too. Just got on recently, and, honestly I'm still figuring out how to navigate on it.Hope everyone is having a great day. I have some housework to get done, just started the laundry, talk to you all in a bit-ky girl

March 10, 2009 - Msg 70852:
PH- First of all, I was not ignoring you in my post last night, nor was I snubbing with my funny post. Apparently we posted at the same time,
and i shut off the computer right after mine posted and didnt see you there. sorry.
You bring up a very good point.
If the Bible stopped all 4 bullets, then yes,
we probably would be saying "a Miracle," but
really may have just been coincidence.
I have always considered a "miracle" to be
something truly supernatural, such as cancer
definitely seen in a biopsy and MRI, but then
suddenly it is totally gone.Something like that.
My prayers tho for all involved. I hope that the shooter is charged with a hate crime. If he had
gone into a mosque, you KNOW that would be the case. Let's watch and see.
Possum- mcg is micrograms. Sundown is the brand that I use. No cow brains that I know of! ha
I think you could try a whole one. Despite waking
up some, were you "rested" more?
Barn: "You're gettin' to me."
Maude, re-read 70842, you know it's not REALLY
light any "longer!" ha
BOO- About a month ago, I actually started to go
to a chiropractor for that very thing, and related
back soreness. After research and seeing how the
nerves in the spine are so close to the disks etc, I decided to try it. It has helped IMMENSELY as the pain has all but disappeared.

March 10, 2009 - Msg 70853: Hey gang..thanks for b-fast maude..heu possum!..Ky girl!,Tom,Rev,hazel,MDC,auh20,M-T Asa and all my good friends...busy here at work...will try to take tome to whup up some supper in just a bit..possum you got your new comp hooked up?..prayers for Patrick and Erin....well let me get some of this sub station testing out of the way....gona check my mail...81 here in Ga..Romeena you been working nights?...well back in a bit...SPOT

March 10, 2009 - Msg 70854: Ok,MDC,I'll give it (melatonin) another try tonight. Overall,I think I did feel better rested.I'll take one tablet & see how it goes.So,the Sundown brand doesn't have cow brains in it? I was kinda anticipating dreaming about grazing in a meadow or something! Y'all did mention it produces strange dreams,so I may have that dream regardless!
Asa,I don't have the heart to tell you what they make Jell-O out of.Be glad you don't know!
Me-They,sorry to hear the old flu bug hit you.Feel better soon!
Yeah Spot,I'm on the new computer now. I sent you an e-mail yesterday telling you about it.I saw the Mr.McBeevee episode last night & thought if you weren't already "Spot",you could've been Mr.McBeevee.But.. I'm glad you picked "Spot"- McBeevee is too long to type! Ha!

Guess what? Today is Possum Day! Check out "The Beverly Hillbillies"- two whole episodes about Possum Day. Can I be Possum Queen again this year? If I can't be queen two years running,then I nominate Hazel! Maybe she'll show up to
collect her sash & crown.
What's for supper Spot? Don't "whup it up" too much or nobody 'cept Asa will eat it!
possum again

March 10, 2009 - Msg 70855: Thanks MDC, if this back pain keeps repeating itself, I will consider it. It is pretty rare that I have it and not sure what set it off this time. I woke up with it one morning so I am thinking I may have slept wrong and irritated the nerve. It is better today than yesterday, so I hope it will be gone soon. I tried to sit down and take breaks throughout the day today but I kept Emily today and that keeps a person busy. She was so sweet! She got up in the recliner with me and just made the cutest little faces. She even gave me a couple of big smooches without me even asking...oh, being a grandparent is really "grand"...of course I am not REALLY her grandmother but I am her grandauntie and I couldn't love her more and St. Susan and I have always shared our children (and now grandchild). It's so much better than I even thought it would be! I'm sure you grandmas and grandpas know what I mean, right?

I am thankful today because my sis-in-law Linda (Bruce's sister), got the results of her yearly scan and she is still cancer-free. I doubt that you all remember her but you prayed for her 5 years ago when she was going through cancer treatment. Thanks! She is at 5 year mark now so that is very encouraging.

Better go, Sean needs help with his math.


March 10, 2009 - Msg 70856: "Yea pa, he's got a shiney hat, twelve extra hands, hangs out in the trees and makes smoke come out of his ears!"

March 10, 2009 - Msg 70857:
Boo- did you try the oregano oil for Erin?

March 10, 2009 - Msg 70858: "twenty-five and twenty-five (klumpity-klump)FIFTY!"

March 10, 2009 - Msg 70859:
"A cenipede havin' a hun'erd legs? Now Ange, don't go kiddin' with the boy like that!"

March 10, 2009 - Msg 70860: Supper time!..boneless chicken breast,fried and baked your choosing,large speckeled butter beans,mac-n-cheese,steamed veggies,corn on the cob,tea,rolls...and slasa for Romeena..Boo bring a lat evening addition of the news paper....ready in about 40 min., SPOT

March 10, 2009 - Msg 70861: Good evening, everyone! Seems like a week since I sat and rocked for a spell. Yesterday was a busy day, I worked last night, stayed at the hospital this morning until Eloise got out of surgery, then came home thinking I'd go right to bed. Nope, just as I got home, the termite man arrived! I had forgotten he was coming. He was here until just past noon. As soon as he left, I fell into the bed and entered a five-hour coma!

Miserable termites! They had invaded the door facing at the back door, and the wooden siding beneath the sunroom windows. Apparently they hadn't gotten any further, and this should stop them in their tiny little tracks. I'll be getting some beneficial nematodes in the next few days, to spray on the earth around the rest of the house.

You folks just kill me with your DST woes! You should try my schedule. My "body clock" is in such a whirl, it doesn't know whether I'm on DST or Mountain Time, or sometimes even what day it is. I wish my routine WAS so predictable that an hour one way or the other could upset it.

Had a funny little encounter yesterday - check it out a Too long to repeat here. There are pictures.

Well, guess I'll go feed Toye Starr and rustle up some grub for myself. No cow brains, thank you. Be blessed, everyone! --Romeena

March 10, 2009 - Msg 70862: Loved the story, Romeena and I am so happy with the ending! I have rescued many a lizard in my time. Glad you watered "Shamu" again, too. :)

How is Eloise doing? I guess they will start the miserable physical therapy on her tomorrow.

Watched American Idol and am grieving the two hours of life I will never get back. Why do I do it? I always end up dissapointed!

Better mosey on to bed. See you all in the mornin' with my cup of coffee. PS-I finally got my new computer up and running and boy is it speedy-quick. Love it!


March 11, 2009 - Msg 70863: Prayers needed gang...A very good friend and co-worker of mine,went to HS together ane working here for over 25 years together,he is a forman out in the field where I used to be,he went ot the doc yesterday on his off day with a little chest pain and they took him on to the hospital and today done triple bypass surgery on him...I talked to his wife Lisa a t about 8 or so and he is resting fine..his name is Kenny..thanks yall..he will be in ICU for a few days..Boo now about Idol I DONT miss it..Adam the rocker is a very good singer and stage worker if you can relate to that...people like out for him in the top 3...Allison,Lil and Scott also will be in the many Idol fans do we have on the porch?..well like I said prayers for Kenny and Asa and possum lets hit Cracker Barrell in the morning..I will bring the Newspaper...well back to "Fistful of Dollars"..good ole Clint...SPOT

March 11, 2009 - Msg 70864: Should have been a "," in the post above after the last "Kenny"..SPOT

March 11, 2009 - Msg 70865: Good (very late) evening, porch. Spot, prayers for Kenny. Isn't it wonderful, that he could receive that life-giving surgery, and now can look forward to many more years of good health? My dad had a triple bypass at age 70, and lived to be 86. His death was due to complications of Alzheimer's disease, but his little heart was still clicking merrily along!

PH, you have posed a very difficult question. I wish I had an answer, but I don't. Like everyone else, I can only speculate. I do think that a starting place is to define "miracle". When Jesus healed people on the spot - the blind, the lame, the lepers - certainly those were miraculous occurrences. Blind one moment, seeing the next. What else could you call it? Also, Jesus often "called the shot" as he performed the act - thus certifying the result as a miracle. On the other hand, we have many healings today that some choose to call miracles. I'm an example. In 1979, I had a mastectomy for cancer, ten nodes out of fifteen were positive, and many of those had infiltration (outside the node) as well. I received chemo and radiation as well as the surgery, and my church and my family prayed. A lot. Ten years later, when my oncologist released me, he confided that in the beginning he wouldn't have bet a nickel on my chances of living five years. Now here I am, thirty years later, and still cancer-free. A miracle? Maybe. A triumph of medical science? Surely, but is that just another way of saying miracle? To what extent does God lead and guide in medical science, in discovery and practice? As always, He leaves questions, it's His trademark. That's where faith comes in. Absolutes, unquestionable facts -- no room for faith. It's those little chinks, the slubs in the fabric, that bring faith into the equation. Who says He doesn't have a sense of humor?

As for why that young pastor died, I have no idea. Why was my little grandson born with a lethal anomaly, so he only lived an hour? I don't know. I believe that in one sense, when God created this world and all that is in it, He then just wound it up and let it go, with consequences of our actions occurring naturally. We are all free moral agents, making our choices regarding our behavior, but there are consequences. Little children die because some nut beats them up. A family is wiped out because somebody decides to drink and drive. The pastor died because some deranged individual shot him. Sometimes God chooses to intervene, sometimes He doesn't. I don't know why. If I did, then I'd have the mind of God, and that's not possible. I spent several years in misery, trying to figure out why God would let my dear husband die at age 58. I still don't know, but I finally came to the conclusion that God does know, and that's all that really matters. There is a plan that's greater than any of us, greater than the sum total of all of us, and it's God's plan. Some day, we'll understand.

Well, I'm off to bed. Eloise is doing well, they were talking about getting her up on her feet this evening. Don't know if it happened, but I'll be up there tomorrow. She'll do fine, she's a tough old bird.

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

March 11, 2009 - Msg 70866:
Boo Thanks for the compliment but actually I gave up the mulberry squeezin's a over 2 decades ago.
I'm just happy in Jesus knowing that I'm so unworthy to be called a "child of God", but when I look the Cross and realize how powerful it is that it's a breeze that I'm a child of God!

That's all it is =) But sometimes it does "feel" like Mulberry squeezin's, hehe.

Thomas A. Moody

March 11, 2009 - Msg 70867: HM, I'm glad you like my episode. "Otis Sues The County" is another great episode with the same actor. He does good in that one too. Floyd keeps asking him about his nice suit from Mt. Pilot.

March 11, 2009 - Msg 70868: The above was me again! ( I feel like Possum Again)

Thomas A. Moody

March 11, 2009 - Msg 70869: Ok gang lets make it a early morning breakfast..Asa,possum,ky,Boo you ride with me..Thomas ride by and get anyone standing at the curb that looks like porch people...auh2o bring a news paper...Tom you and Rev park cars,Maude bring some b-fast slaw..ok lets go...Romeena you say grace when we get there...well after b-fast its home for sleep till noon and back at work at 2 till 10 tonight then im off till next wed at 10 pm!..rain moving in..Lucy check in ok?..SPOT

March 11, 2009 - Msg 70870: Wow SPOT, Kenny is young for a bypass. Prayers that all goes well for him. I agree with your top pics for American Idol....I can't remember who Scott is, though. I think Allison is going to be one to watch..I just can't imagine a 16 yr old having such a powerful voice. It's really amazing. I guess if you are going to keep watching, I will too, so we can discuss it. I am going to have to miss tonight because of church so maybe you can fill me in on the results and this new change they are talking about revealing tomorrow night...something about the judges and how they do things?? Do you remember hearing that last night?

Well MDC, I tossed and turned all night with that sciatic pain, darn it, and was up early with it. I kept putting the heating pad on it throughout the night because it seemed to help some. I broke down and took just one advil this morning. It seems to be much worse at night when I am lying down, so not sure what is going on there. I think I probably overdid it yesterday instead of resting. I ended up doing a couple loads of laundry, cleaning, cooked dinner, and watched Emily, so "NO WONDER", right? I am not a very disciplined person when it comes to being still and just sitting. I did manage to sit through all 4 hours of "Broken Trail" (with Robert Duvall) on Saturday, which was unheard of for me. No, I didn't watch it WITH Duvall, he was in the movie....wouldn't have minded that, though. He's a good 'ol Texas boy and a great actor.

HA! I know what you mean Thomas A! Thanks for making me smile (real big) this morning.

Wise words, Romeena. I also really liked what Auh2o said about all good things coming from God. While at the rehab Monday night, one of the girls was talking about how sometimes she questions God about why he allowed her to be born into the family she was in, or gave her the mother He gave her. It was very sad but I was listening to the responses of some of the other girls who had been through horrific things, too, and they spoke so much faith and it was obvious to me that they weren't blaming God but looking for God to change things for them now. It was encouraging because most of these kids have been through horrors we will never see. Most have been on the streets doing whatever they could for the next fix. I try to remind myself (when I question things in life), that one day we will be able to see how every decision and every action, effects another and even the horrible things that happen are part of the tapestry of events that will someday be seen by all, and it will be understood. God, being God, is the very nature of love and will always be good. I have to focus on that and I know he is near to the suffering and broken hearted.

OK SPOT, I'll be watching for you.

Possum, Jubi is really going through it right now and is in the hospital. She has not been able to eat and is losing weight and she had a fever of 104, which is better now, I think, but she has not been able to go home yet. She got a blood transfusion and some platelets yesterday so she should be feeling some better today.


March 11, 2009 - Msg 70871: One more thing, please...Bruce has been very stressed and I am concerned for him. He is dealing with something at work having to do with something a guy did that worked with him and moved on. Apparently, the guy messed up and now there is a woman at work that is trying to make Bruce responsible the guys mess-up, even though Bruce was on vacation in colorado at the time. It could be a very serious situation if they choose to hold him reponsible for the other guy's actions (because Bruce was his supervisor). In this day and economy, Bruce is concerned about his job. Please remember to say a pray for him and the job situation. Thanks.


March 11, 2009 - Msg 70872: Mornin' Y'all! Cracker Barrel sounds good,spot! Prayers for your buddy Kenny.Scary to hear something like that,I know.
Boo,I will ramp up the prayers for Jubi.Actually "ramped up" my prayers for her last night,if that makes sense.I was compelled to be quite specific when praying for her.Maybe a breakthrough is coming.I do hope so.
I will pray for Bruce as well.

Ro,you laid it all out pretty good up there,if I may say so. We can't understand God's ways,that's for sure.

Thomas A. Moody,you can go ahead & tack "again" onto the end of your name.I haven't had "possum again" copyrighted yet! Ha!
Tried that melatonin again last night.Still woke up once,but slept pretty good. Oh,and as far as weird dreams,I did dream that Boo was cruising around with Big Maude! Not Big Maude from the Porch-the convict character Big Maude. Bet they were headed over to the Gigolo Club in Yancey!
I'll see y'all at Cracker Barrel!
possum under a rock

March 11, 2009 - Msg 70873: Hi All.
Boy a wet day and a cold week comming in!:(
I will send some photo from my siss little family reunion of some of the grandchil.
We all had a good time!


When my burdens lie heavy upon me
And the load seems too much to bear,
The words that often come to mind-
"Give it toGod in prayer".
I thin of yesterday's miisdeeds
When no one seemed to be there,
I recall the words that gave comfort-
"Give it to God in prayer".

I ask our Father to guide me,
To ease all my worry and care.
In the silence I hear a voice-
"Give it to God in peayer."

I'll face tomorrow with hope
As life's lessons I gladly share.
It's never as dark as it seems
When you "Give it to God in peayer."


March 11, 2009 - Msg 70874: Wonderful poem, TOM. Thanks!

Possum, did you really dream about me or are you joking?! haha...Thanks for the prayers for Jubi. I read an email from her mom today and she got to go home, so things are better. She also said that her spirits are good, so that is a real blessing.

Better go help Sean with his work. He is doing pretty well today because Bruce got on him last night about slacking.


March 11, 2009 - Msg 70875: Good morning, porch! Will you folks up north kindly keep your weather to yourselves? It's 42 degrees and raining here! It's COLD! After our week or so of 80 degree weather, this 42 is not welcome. Actually, it will probably be good for tall the new plantings in the yard, though. They'll hunker down and start expanding their root systems, instead of adding foliage, so when it warms up again, they'll be ready to really put on a show.

Boo, sounds like Bruce is going to have to dig in his heels and fight for the truth at work. Makes you wonder what on earth his upper management is thinking. Prayers for him, and for Jubi, of course.

Well, got to get dressed, drag out a jacket, and head up to the hospital to see Eloise. Got to call her first, though, to see if there's anything she needs me to bring her.

Oh, two squirrels just raced through the yard and up a tree. One of them is Fuzzy Britches. He's the oddest-looking little thing. Now he's down, and sitting on top of the tire swing, his little brown britches blowing in the cold wind. I'll bet the other squirrels wish they had some britches like his!

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

March 11, 2009 - Msg 70876:
Boo- actually, after a chiropractor visit, she tells me to ICE pack it for 20 minutes, not heat.
I have been about 8 times now. Twice a week, and
she showed me on the original x-ray the way two of my lumbars were twisted, thus pinching the nerve. Now I am to go once a week for a few,
then only once a month. My insur@nce is covering most of it. Weight gain can also put strain on the
spinal column, and i had gained about ten pounds, so I am also getting that back in line.
Spot- prayers for kenny! Be happy that he got it before we end up with socialized medicine!
Well, I wrote Barak a letter. Mailed it yesterday.
Told him that 17 executive orders in 6 weeks is hyjacking the purpose of our 3 branches, and that I do not appreciate his latest order of the use of my tax dollars! I think we need a modern day
Boston Tea Party. Is that even taught in schools
anymore? (Taxation without representation.)
God bless you all.
Andy: I didnt know that Howard was a drinker.
Barn: Not Howard, Lorraine!

March 11, 2009 - Msg 70877:
Prayers for Bruce too!

March 11, 2009 - Msg 70878: "If the rightful owner does not appear, then finder same, keep same."

March 11, 2009 - Msg 70879: Afternoon Folks.
First off allow me to congratulate you MDC for taking the time to write a letter. I'm glad to see folks back up being mad with action. Some may say it's a waste of time, but if every one of us wrote our elected officials, me thinks we could have a real impact. So good on you.

Boo, sorry to hear about Bruce. Hopefully the higher up's will know the truth about things and act accordingly. These are bad times. We have had two high level managers where I work lose their jobs due to cutbacks. These guys both have over 30 years with the company. I pray for Bruce, and for all of us who are worried about, or who have lost their jobs. And I also think ice is more effective than heat for back pain. Not nearly as comfortable to lie on, but seems to help ease the pain more.

Rommena, I'd love 42 after this past few days. We got to 32 for a high yesterday. It is supposed to get up to the 60's next week. That makes me smile.

Spot, glad your friend got help in time. I pray for a full recovery for him.

Possum, hope them dreams don't get to wild on you. Don't want you sleep walking like Warren.

Stay dry and warm Tom. Spring is close by.

Do any of you read the Christian Science Moniter? I stumbled into an article there yesterday and in it there were some very startling predictions on Christianity in general and evangelical Christianity in particular. It's one persons opinion, but is cause to make one think.
If anyone's interested I'll post the link.

Well I think I'll head over to the Diner for the Businessman's Special. It's a hollered out tomater, and it's goo- ood.


March 11, 2009 - Msg 70880: Romeena, concerning Bruce's work, it is not really managment making a stink, but a very demanding and disgruntled woman who is probably afraid it will be blamed on her so she has picked out Bruce as a scapegoat and like a dog with a bone, she just won't let it go, even though management has asked her to. She continues to press up the ladder trying to find someone who will listen to her ridiculous agenda. One bad trend they have at his place of employment is to give in to the troublemaking women in fear of being threatened with "discrimination" against women. I have seen it happen before government work, believe me, it happens often. The women and minorities are treated with kid gloves for this reason.

Well, better go get Erin from back later.


March 11, 2009 - Msg 70881:
Some good news!


March 11, 2009 - Msg 70882: Howdy, friends. Just got back from visiting Eloise - took her some flowers out of the yard and also took her a cherry limeade from Sonic - her favorite. She looks great, has been up and walking a few steps in her room, and the therapist arrived as I was leaving, with plans to walk her in the hall this afternoon. She's going to be just fine, and is having very little pain.

Boo, perhaps Bruce should go on the offensive. He could speak to his immediate supervisor and request a meeting with himself, the woman and senior management present. Then just ask her to present her case, and get it settled, once and for all. A strong offense is usually the best defense. If she has to lay it all on the line, in front of everyone, she may back down. Otherwise, she's going to continue sniping and chipping away until she convinces somebody. Also, what you said is so true. At the hospital, because women make up by far the majority of the employee force, they don't necessarily get that special forbearance, but minorities most certainly do. We have some minority, bone-lazy, worthless, can't-find-'em-when-you-need-'em patient aides who just keep hanging on in spite of complaints from the nursing staff. Makes me so mad. Don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying that minority workers are all lazy - they're not. We have some excellent aides among various minorities, and thank God for them. We also get some shiftless ones who are not part of a minority, but they don't last long. They get fired post haste. It's just that a member of a minority can get away with anything and outrageous behavior is tolerated, that would not be overlooked in anyone else. The only group that gets even more tolerance is someone who has a history of work-related injury. We have one aide, a mix of two minorities, who had a "back injury" over a year ago, and I declare, I think she could drop a patient on their head and still keep her job.

Well, I think I feel a nap coming on. Toye Starr has tried to lure me to my chair several times, so I think she's feeling the same way. Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

March 11, 2009 - Msg 70883:
"Andy, why'd Barney throw a tamata at me?"

March 11, 2009 - Msg 70884: Yep,Boo,you were in my dream.Like I said,you were driving around with Big Maude from TAGS,not our Porch Big Maude.That's about all I remember,but I bet y'all were up to no good! Ha!
Asa,I hope I never sleep walk like Warren,or do anything like him,for that matter! Not one of my favorite TAGS characters,for sure.
What's for supper,Spot?
possum again
Glad Jubi's spirits are rising & she's at home. I will keep praying for her.

March 11, 2009 - Msg 70885: Hmm.. How did my comment about Jubi end up down there? I typed that right up there where I was "talking" to Boo about the crazy dream.
Maybe Count Istvan Telecky is hanging out on the Porch again! Strange!
possum once more

March 11, 2009 - Msg 70886: Just a quick up date on my close friend Kenny..found out just a bit ago from his wife he had "5" by passes preformed and they said he is very lucky to be here but doing very well in recovery..msg 70863..thanks for your prayers..Boo Scott is the blind guy, I will fill you in on Idol
thanks Asa,MDC and all prayers....well I get off at 8 tonight and off for a week!..hey Romeena,Rev...Tom check your mail..well lets all go out to the Pizza Place and act like somebody!..salad and pizza & pasta...Asa you and possum cant sit next to each other..remember the time out thing list time!..Boo sit next to me and we will talk at 6:30..SPOT

March 11, 2009 - Msg 70887: Ro, I think Bruce did get everyone together and the woman still persists. There are some things I really can't say here due to security issues but I will email you and tell you the story.

Possum, I wish I could have been in on that dream...sounds like a blast! I know Big Maude and I could have us a big time down in Yancey!

So glad Kenny is doing well now, SPOT. Glad you will be watching IDOL for me tonight. I like Scott...he reminds me of the gospel artist that died in 81 named Keith Green. They have similar styles. I just hope Scott's music is not too "old-fashioned" for America. I think that no matter what happens, someone will snatch him up for a record deal. His history is in gospel music, so maybe he can make it in that arena.

Better go to Wed night's my favorite..just sittin' around with my friends and praying and discussing the Word.


March 12, 2009 - Msg 70888: Happy birthday Maudy, wherever you are. I still think about you often. (((HUGS)))

March 12, 2009 - Msg 70889:
Morning Friends

Asa-Yesterday we could see grass in the yard... then, it once again turned white. We only got an inch or so but we were that close. Oh well, I know Springs a coming. I did see the article you mentioned. I don't really believe doom and gloom stories too often. There is one part of the story I do tend to agree with, I wish the "Religious Right" would not have taken on such a political agenda, even though I agreed with their political stance. Here's why, I think the church should be above politics. Because, politics is an institution that needs compromise to be successful. We vote, one side wins the other loses. On questions of faith, I don't think we should compromise.

Boo-Prayers for Bruce, and you. There is a lot of truth in what you say. Crying wolf really hurts a lot of people. I hope it all gets straightened out for you two.


March 12, 2009 - Msg 70890: Hey Auh2o. Thanks for the response. I agree with you concerning the church being above politics.
I was finding it interesting the thought that so many of our young folks in the church don't really know what it is they believe, because they have not really been taught the Gospel, but rather to many ministries have focused on "feelings". Not sure what to think of that. I agree if we are not truly studying the word in depth, we stand at risk of not having the roots go very deep (aka the Parable of the Sower). I guess I'm just curious how the writer came to the conclusion that that is what's happening in general. But the numbers he present surely cause one to sit up and take notice. Anyway, time will tell, and thank you for responding to me.


March 12, 2009 - Msg 70891: Thank you, Auh2o. I think it will be fine but I know it must be stressful for Bruce to deal with. Bruce is the kind of guy who thinks he has to perform perfectly all the time so it is hard for him not to worry. Me, I am so opposite..I guess that's why God put us together, for some sort of balance. I am much more laid-back. We used to drive each other crazy but we have adjusted over the years. He has learned not to be has hard on himself and I have become a little more motivated to excellance in certain areas.

It is pretty chilly here today! We are all praying for rain here in South Texas because we are in the worst drought we have had since 1918. Everything has turned brown except the oaks and mesquite trees. All the little ponds in the area dried up months ago. I feel sorry for all the little critters that depended on them for water.

Better get Erin off to school.


March 12, 2009 - Msg 70892: Hey Asa, good morning. I guess I need to go back and read that article you are speaking of..sounds interesting.


March 12, 2009 - Msg 70893: I mean, if you will post the link..


March 12, 2009 - Msg 70894:
Hey Folks

Me again. I just find this audio link about a 58 year old Grandma who is a rookie in this years Iditarod. If anyone doesn't know, the Iditarod is a dogsled race held in Alaska. It's only a minute or so long but I thought is was neat and I wanted to share it with my friends. I won't be posting a bunch of links all the time so don't worry.


March 12, 2009 - Msg 70895:
Rats, here's the link.

March 12, 2009 - Msg 70896: Mornin' Y'all! Let's head over to I HOP this morning for breakfast.I'll swing by & pick everybody up.Gotta stop by the Morrison sister's place and get a jar of elixir for celebrating later on..It's my favorite musician's birthday today- Happy Birthday James Taylor! Hard to believe JT's 61.
Ok,heading out to crank up the possum mobile.See y'all in a bit!
possum under a rock

March 12, 2009 - Msg 70897: Whoa...James is 61?! Dang.


March 12, 2009 - Msg 70898: This is hard to believe but we might actually get to do something in our new house like move! Whoa. . .
The heat pump was finished being installed today and there are a few minor things that need addressed but then I am going to start painting next week and getting the furniture in.

Please rejoice with me!!


March 12, 2009 - Msg 70899: Oh Boy!! I'm rejoicing with you, HM (you know I am)! I am just pickled tink...can't wait to see some pictures of the new place. Tell us what your color choices are and your style of decorating.


March 12, 2009 - Msg 70900: Fingers crossed for ya,Homemaker! Good luck!
Oh Spotty,where are you?? I've got a meatloaf cooking-bet that'll get you outta your doghouse!
We'll have that for supper at my rock,ok? Somebody mash some taters and bring some veggies & we'll be good to go!
possum under a rock

March 12, 2009 - Msg 70901: Hey guys! Meatloaf it is! I'll bring some broccoli casserole and sweet tea. Sounds like a celebration is in order tonight for HM. Lets not get too carried away, dont want Hazel going home with a lamp shade on her head again. I hope you guys are having a great Thursday. Guess I'll be held up on my couch for awhile today ACC Championships started earlier. Be back in time for supper though love ya'll-Salty Dog

March 12, 2009 - Msg 70902:
Woohoo HM !!!
So I can't interest you in the Williams' house??
You know, the nice one out on the highway. ha

March 12, 2009 - Msg 70903: Nobody wants a basement that floods,MDC! So you're a realtor now? You better stick to your "doctoring" Ha!
Oh,meant to tell y'all that I received a nice letter from Pappa Bear today. I'd sent him a card after MDC told us he was having some health issues. He said he bought a laptop but hasn't yet felt well enough to search around for an Internet Provider,but hopes to be back on the Porch soon.
Thanks for your contribution to our supper,Salty.We just need something for dessert now. Somebody feel like baking a cake?
possum again

March 12, 2009 - Msg 70904: By the way,the whole tablet of melatonin is working pretty good-thanks Doc MDC!
possum once more

March 12, 2009 - Msg 70905: I'll bring a cake. Angel food okay, with some mashed strawberries and some whipped cream?

While I do agree in theory and principle that the church should be above politics, I think as a nation we have come to a point where we can no longer afford that luxury. As long as politics were being conducted with a modicum of honesty and honor, we could afford to remain apart. Those were the days of statesmen and honorable men - Lincoln, for example. Now we have Toad Kennedy, Clinton and God help us, Obama. Can you imagine Lincoln committing the U.S. taxpayers to fund abortions all over the world, as well as at home? So, it's no longer true that we can afford to remain above politics. I'm afraid the sad truth is that if the church doesn't get involved and try to "raise the bar", it's just going to get worse until it will be a slimepit beyond our wildest imagination. Now, exactly how we're going to do that - I only wish I knew. Our own laws are holding us at bay, laws that were originally written to protect us are suffocating us now.

Well, on that happy note, I think I'll go check on Eloise. Haven't seen her today. Later, taters. Be blessed! --Romeena

March 12, 2009 - Msg 70906: Possum, I can also sell ya a bike with coaster brake problems and a bag of spaghetti seeds! ha
If the melatonin stops working, take 2 aspirin and
call me in the morning! ha
Yes, pappabear is still having ongoing health issues. He has to return to the VA in April, so please keep him in your prayers.
RO- hear, hear! But to further complicate your argument is the fact that some denominations themselves have slipped on the slime! That's very scary and depressing!
I have never written a president, and the first one I was cognizant of was Eisenhauer! I liked IKE even at my young age. But I felt compelled to write this one because he is going crazy with executive orders! 17 in 5 weeks!
APB for Sterling, ME_THEY, Opiemom, DR. P, AFD and others.
God bless you all.