March 18, 2009 - Msg 71055: BOO: Even if we ain't going to Me-hi-co, can I still bring my new flamenco CDs?


March 18, 2009 - Msg 71056: And s-w-i-s-h, Me-they cleans up the taylor porch!
Good job!

March 18, 2009 - Msg 71057:
What's all this about M-T cleaning around here? ...Wow, looks good Me-They, real good!


March 18, 2009 - Msg 71058: Thanks, guys. Don't applaud, just throw money...


March 18, 2009 - Msg 71059: Flamenco?...uh, no.

OK Me-They, let's head out west to California. We can just stay right on Highway 1 and travel up the coastline to MONTERRY and cannery row. Beautiful cliffs and crashing waves but we don't have to actually get near the sand...then we could go to the redwood forest, then Yosemite, then we could go on to Lake Tahoe for a day or two, then on to The Grand Canyon and New Mexico, then into Colorado and to Estes Park and drive clear up to the top of the Rockies! How about it? I'll pay for everything.


March 18, 2009 - Msg 71060: I mean Monterrey...I think that's how it's spelled. Beautiful place (it's where Clint Eastwood was mayor).


March 18, 2009 - Msg 71061: Who's goin' with us?


March 18, 2009 - Msg 71062: Boo im packing and putting in for vac here at work...I will bring the big fryer to boil and sell peanuts on the way to raise money for gas...SPOT

March 18, 2009 - Msg 71063:
Then we'll go on thru the Nebraska wheat fields and up to mt Rushmore in South Dakota, down thru Illinois and see pappabear, thru tennessee, Kentucky and into Georgia and give Spot a hard time there. Then where? ha
"from the redwood forests to the gulfstream waters...
Thank you Lord for such a beautiful land.
May Old Glory wave over her, and long may she be the land of the free and the home of the brave!

March 18, 2009 - Msg 71064:
"me and you and a (ahem) dog named Boo."
Nothing personal boo!

March 18, 2009 - Msg 71065:

March 18, 2009 - Msg 71066: say if you see barney tell him we gone to the drug store to get a soda pop.

March 18, 2009 - Msg 71067: From Georgia,y'all will cross the Savannah River,head on into South Carolina and pick me up! I wanna go too!!
Spot,I'll help you sell those boiled peanuts,but I'm warning ya-I may eat more than we sell!
Finally read the archives to see what I missed.Y'all have been in the squeezins again,haven't you?!
Laci went to bed early & is going home to mom tomorrow.Her mouth is healing great,she's over whatever virus she had.My mom is doing well also.
Ro,that story you told about the child falling on the steak knife-oooh! Thank goodness the child wasn't hurt worse.
Well,I might hit the old ironing board kinda early myself. Goodnight Mayberry.
possum under a rock

March 18, 2009 - Msg 71068: Uh-oh,MDC,ya started something.. old song time!

" I can still recall,the wheatfields of St. Paul
and the morning we got caught robbing from an old hen..
Old MacDonald,he made us work,and then he paid us for what it was worth..
Another tank of gas and back on the road again..
Me and You and a Dog Named Boo,traveling and living off the land...
Me and You and a dog named Boo,how I loved being a free man..."
(no offense to Miss Boo-just felt like singing!)

possum again

March 18, 2009 - Msg 71069: And I never was a MAN,so don't even go there-ha!

possum once more

March 18, 2009 - Msg 71070: No offense taken, ya'll. I like dogs.

I never had a boiled peanut...guess I will on this trip.

Possum, praise the Lord. So happy that everything is working out for Laci and your mom. Get some rest (you deserve it), then pack your things and brush up on your travelin' songs.

Been a long day and got a big bill from the dentist. It turns out that Erin was born with some sort of tooth defect that causes her to have spot on her teeth where the enamel is absent and those parts are beginning to decay. They said they see it sometimes but not often and that it is something she was born, there is nothing we can do but cap the ones that need it, do fillings and seal some of them. This, along with future braces, could be quite an expensive venture. We have to go back 2 more times within the next couple of weeks and it will cost us a thousand dollars (with insur@nce). Man, I should have been a dentist.

How was American Idol tonight, SPOT? Who got voted off?


March 18, 2009 - Msg 71071:
Hello porch family

Wow this weather is so nice. Mrs Rev and I went and played tennis today. Today is the only day that I had free so we enjoyed it. Back in the studio tomorrow. That's one part of the music business that I don't like. I like it about as much as M-T likes the beach. hehe

Boo...Most of my time in Victoria was in the area of the HEB store. Normally there one night for my concert and then I'm gone. I haven't booked there in the last two years.

Spot....with all this pretty weather, makes you want to hit the lake and wet a hook.

Ro....talked with Millie today and because of a conference going on at the same time, we may not be able to work out the date at your church this year. Looks like we are going to shoot for 2010. But I am still going to be scheduling in the area this October so maybe you can still come to the concert. I'll let you know more when we get things confirmed.

Well I've got a long day tomorrow so I'm off to bed. Prayers for all the porch family.

March 19, 2009 - Msg 71072: Good morning. I am off to San Antonio for the day so you probably won't hear from me again until tomorrow. We are taking Sean and a couple of his friends to have some fun (an early celebration of Sean's birthday on April 2nd).

See you tomorrow and you all have a great day.


March 19, 2009 - Msg 71073: Hi All.
Just a gray and wet day.


March 19, 2009 - Msg 71074: Good morning everyone.

Same here, TOM.

Safe travels, BOO.

REV: Hope you have a productive day in the studio.

POSSUM was a man? I've ssen her picture, and I'd have never guessed it.


March 19, 2009 - Msg 71075: MDC: Thanks for getting that chestnut stuck in my head! That songs has never been one of my favorites.


March 19, 2009 - Msg 71076: Spot check yer email.

March 19, 2009 - Msg 71077: Good afternoon, porch. Joe and Jorge just left, finished up for now in the yard. It sure is looking pretty. Another couple of weeks and things will really be popping. I'm afraid the irises may come into full bloom a little too soon, though. I wish they'd hold off for a little while. The wedding is three weeks from this Saturday, and there are iris buds about to burst right now, lots of them. Everything else is going to need the time, though, so I guess it all balances out.

My son sent me a garden statue - three meerkats, standing upright in a tight little group. Very cute, and I love meerkats. I tucked them under some nandina shrubs, next to a boulder, and they look really attractive there. I enjoy garden art, as long as it's not garish or overdone. I like things that are discreet, whimsical and unexpected. I think three meerkats, popped up beside a boulder, would qualify.

Well, guess I'll go get a little nap before going to work tonight. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

March 19, 2009 - Msg 71078:
Ro- have you ever seen the "rock" (resin)that says "turn me over," and then on the other side it says "Ah, that feels better, thanks." ? (We have one!) cute.
MT- sorry, ya want "Convoy" back? ha I had that in my head for about two weeks!
re: the trip--after getting fungirl posssum, we could go thru mt Airy, NC, then on up to New York and see AUH20, then on up into Canada and get Poor Horatio!
Prayers Abound!

March 19, 2009 - Msg 71079: hey gang , my wife had a rough day today,we had our four austrailian shepherd put down this morning, he bit someone last Sunday and was put on a 10 day quarentine bt animal control,we were to get him back this morning if we wanted but decided on putting him down so it wouldnt happen again.the bite was not bad but the laws in N.C. would have made him a dangerous animal and we would have been under a micrscope with him from now on and he would not have been able to run off leash or go to the park on a leash without a muzzel,anything like that .He loved running so much ,it would not be fair to him .It was hard to make the decision ,my wife got sick over it and the Dr. put her on a mild nerve medication until this was over .we loved the little devil .I buried him in the back yard in a pet burial box we got at the vets office ,we will miss him dearly.Everyone have a blessed day

March 19, 2009 - Msg 71080: That sould have said austrailian shepherd ,not 4 australian shepherd ,been a rough day ,I need to learn to prove read

March 19, 2009 - Msg 71081:
My prayers go out to you and your wife MD.
May God comfort you.

March 19, 2009 - Msg 71082: Prayers for you and your wife, MAYBERRY DEPUTY.

MDC: I hate ity when you're obtuse.

See y'all tomorrow.


March 19, 2009 - Msg 71083: Sure am sorry to hear that,Mayberry Deputy. Australian Shepherds are great dogs.Some of those decisions we have to make in life certainly are hard,aren't they?
MDC,you keep those one hit wonders coming.i am anticipating the next tune!
Tom,do you want to join us on our Spring Break road trip? We'll swing by & pick you up before we head to Canada for Poor Horatio. Maybe we'll end up in a nice sunny place-get you away from that rain!
possum under a rock

March 19, 2009 - Msg 71084: So sorry to read about that Mayberry Deputy. I'm sure that was a very hard thing to do.

MDC, did you get the video? I hope I sent it to the right a.d.

Anyone believe in back crackers? I'm thinking about going to one and see if he can help me out. Would love to hear of any thoughts or experiences any of you have had.


March 19, 2009 - Msg 71085:
Asa, yup, I got it-great, thanks.
Did you see my recent e-mails that i started going to a chiropractor about 6 weeks ago.
It has helped me tremendously!The reading i did regarding the spine and the nervous system was pretty convincing.
Possum- how about "Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now." by the Youngbloods. haha
BOO- have a fun time--no IHOPs! (:
Ya all have a great evening!

March 19, 2009 - Msg 71086:
Opie: You mean i don't have to be grown up to be an "occupant?"

March 19, 2009 - Msg 71087:
Possum, i heard that you're runnin' with Roger Hanover! tee hee

March 19, 2009 - Msg 71088: Howdy, porch. Just stopped by on my way to work. Mayberry Deputy, I sure do hate to hear about your dog. What a difficult decision! To keep him alive, but not allow him to do any of the things his nature dictated, would have been very difficult, and he would have been miserable. It might have logistically impossible, as well. Sooner or later, he would have found a way to get out, and the enforced confinement might have prompted him to be more aggressive - well, you just had a very hard decision to make. I'm so sorry.

My yard seems to be a haven for robins. There are at least six back there right now, running around in the grass. I think it's because I have such a high concentration of earthworms in the soil. Whatever it is, they sure do seem to like this yard!

Well, I'm off to work. Be blessed, all. Spot, are you working tonight? If you go out for a snack, send me something too, please. --Romeena

March 19, 2009 - Msg 71089: Nope,that must've been somebody else, (Msg 71087)
but I have been glueing hymn books covers on with Edgar Coleman!

possum again

P.S. The songs are improving,MDC-barely! Ha!

March 19, 2009 - Msg 71090:
Hello porch family.....just walked in and wanted to check in real quick before hitting the bed.

Mayberry Deputy.....I'm so sorry buddy. Prayers for you and your wife.

Ro......don't work too hard tonight. Hope everything goes smooth for you.

Boo....prayers that you had a safe trip. Have fun!

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

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71091: Oh MDC, I had to laugh when I read "no IHOPS" because we didn't go to IHOPS but on the way home, I started getting sick with a stomach virus. I have been throwing up and in bed all evening. I just got up to sip some water to see if I could handle it. I have aches and a fever, not pleasant but at least my stomach is feeling better.

Asa, I had a bad experience with a back cracker but I know there are good ones out there. I would recommend doing a search on good chiropracters vs. bad ones. I learned alot that way.

Mayberry Deputy, so sorry about your doggy. You were a loving pet owner to do what you did. Prayers for you and the Mrs.

Well, I need to head back to bed..


March 20, 2009 - Msg 71092: Good morning gang....guess WHAT..Miss Sherry and I are headed to Bristol to get race tickets from Mavis and meet her!..WOW Rev yea BRISTOL tickets!...fixing to pack...back in a bit....SPOT

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71093: Good morning gang....guess WHAT..Miss Sherry and I are headed to Bristol to get race tickets from Mavis and meet her!..WOW Rev yea BRISTOL tickets!...fixing to pack...back in a bit....SPOT

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71094: well see there....double excited!.SPOT

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71095: Have fun Spot,and give Mavis a big hug for me!

Boo,hope you shake off that stomach bug soon-feel better,friend!

I'll "spring" for breakfast at Cracker Barrel-see y'all there!
possum under a rock

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71096: Good Morning Family:
Just heading off to "work" if you can call it that, then off to get the Final MRI and tests before the surgery on Monday.
Thanks for the song possum- that one always makes me cry.
Can I sit by you at Cracker Barrel? Asa keeps eating off my plate.
Have a blessed Spring day... ~New Neighbor

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71097: Good morning everyone.

I'm in for Cracker Barrel, as long as this time y'all wear shoes.

NEW NEIGHBOR: You'll be in our prayers for sure.

ASA: I've never gone to a chiropractor, but I've heard stories both ways. BOO makes a giood suggestion. If it were me, I'd also make sure that he or she was a medical doctor as well. I'm not sure I'd want someone manipulating my back who never went to medical school.

With the Mrs. back to work at night, I have three evenings a week with complete clicker control. (It's the only perk to offset me missing having her with me. It doesn't balance!) Last night I caught a great movie, "The Prestige" with Hugh Jackman, the guy in the new Batman movies (can't remember his name right off), Michael Caine, and David Bowie. It was really good. Lots of twists and turns and a suprising ending. The two major characters are Victorian-era magicians with a bitter rivalry. Anyway, I recommend it for a popcorn-munching evening of good entertainment.

BOO: Sorry that you're feeling poorly. Hope you feel better later this morning.

SPOT: Have fun at the races and give MAVIS a pinch for me.

POSSUM: It's a little early for singing...


March 20, 2009 - Msg 71098: Morning folks. HAPPY SPRING!!! I am so happy to see it here, and to hear Possum singing about it.

N.N. Good luck with that surgery dear. I hope it all goes well. And I nly eat off your plate to ease your burden. You know that.

Thanks MDC and Boo for your responses. I forgot you mentioned you had been to one MDC. My question is how do you know a good one from a bad one? I have heard stories both bad and good. Any thoughts?

Spot, you give Mavis a big old hug from me. It's always a treasure to meet folks in person from the board. Me and N.N. hooked up one day a few years back. Never thought that would happen as we are from different ends of the country.

Well it's Friday. I'd say we need a special lunch to celebrate that, and the first day of spring.


March 20, 2009 - Msg 71099: Whoops. You snuck in on me M.T.
Thanks for your thoughts. You suggest an Osteopath? (sp)


March 20, 2009 - Msg 71100:
Morning Friends

Sunny here in WNY. We did get a couple of inches of snow during the night.

Asa-I've been to a back a back cracker, once. The thought of going to see one made me a nervous wreck but he really helped, a lot. I got hit pretty hard playing hockey, couldn't even stand up-right. I don't know if I believe in them however for that one time it helped.

Anyone see the tape of B.O. on Leno last night. I thought his off the cuff remake, about "Special Olympics," was pretty insensitive. Especially from a guy who's suppose to be the most sensitive man the world has ever seen. Could you imagine the outcry if W had made that comment.

MDC-I'd love to have the Porch swing on by. Niagara Falls is right on the way to Poor Horatio's, we could stop there for lunch.


March 20, 2009 - Msg 71101: Good Morning Porch & HAPPY *Mavis

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71102: Did someone say lunch?


March 20, 2009 - Msg 71103: AUH2O: No, I didn't catch it. I might watch it later on the net, though. Maybe I'm too old fashioned, but I don't think a sitting president should appear on chat shows or sitcoms. I wonder if it eventually will be seen like the Nixon appearance of "Laugh-in"--desperate. Of course, Obama does have the benfit of being way less stiff than Nixon, who probably looked tense and uncomfortable even while sleeping.

ASA: I actually don't know the difference. I know that chiropractors don't have to be MDs, but I though that some were. At least that's the way I've seen some ads phrased.


March 20, 2009 - Msg 71104: Ok, now that is just strange, who turned the Count loose on the porch this morning?? I was trying to tell ya'll Happy Spring and tell you how excited I was about getting to meet Spot AND I wasn't even using the color green! Leftover lephrechauns maybe?? They are tricksters ya know. Anywho, as I was tryin to say before Count Lephrechaun snatched my post up, Mr. Neff and I have 2 tickets to Food City 500 that we won't be using so naturally the first person I thought of that might want them was Spot so I picked up the phone and said "Sarah, get me Spot's house" and we had the best conversation last night. He's just like I thought he would be. We can't wait to meet him and Miss Sherry! We'll be sure to get pictures! Hope you get to feelin better Boo
(I am a Happy *Mavis this morning, but I didn't do that)

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71105: Oh and Asa I've used them back crackers quite a bit (don't have the extra money for them now with all the house repairs) but they made me feel like a new woman. I'd ask around and get recommendations from folks as to who is the best.

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71106:
Asa- I looked thru the phone book, found one between my house and work that took my insur@nce.
Then i did a google search of her name and checked the BBB site. All reports were OK, put she is also an RN. That's how i did my prelim.
Hope that helps.
Wow- Spot and Mavis meet in Bristol! Will Nathan Tibbs be there as well! ha Sounds like it should be fun.
Possum- that was me asking about Roger hanover.
I watched that ep. He drove ME crazy too! ha
BTW, did i detect a sour note there at the end of your singin'? ha
Spring here for sure --89 today!
TOM- I'll FedEx you some sunshine!
I havent heard from pappabear lately, so please keep him in your prayer.
Boo- hope you are feeling better.
Rev- thanks for checking in.

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71107:
Oh AUH2O, I saw some of the Leno deal.
But missed the Special Olympic comment.
I'll look on the net.
All I heard was a lot of spin.
How could he defend tax cheater Guitner?
I actually turned it off.
Have a good day

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71108: Thanks, I am getting better...even managed to eat a banana today and just showered and got dressed.

Yes Asa, I do have some advice. A chiropracter that you have to watch out for is one who will try to "sell" you on repeated treatments over the course of months. They will give you the big words and alot of urgency about how you "must" come back weekly (or more often) to prevent terrible problems in the future (scare tactics). Beware of that old trick. A good chiropractor will treat on a week by week basis and will use more than just manipulation. They will use massage therapy, heat therapy, etc. Also be careful about allowing anyone to manipulate your neck. The "cracking" of the neck can be dangerous and many think it isn't needed. Some folks have suffered strokes after having their necks manipulated. Also, some chiroprators over-use xrays. So, it is something to research and when you pick one out, if he gives you the "hard sell", find someone else. I think there are some good ones out there who can help, but there are alot of quacks, too. Some osteopathic doctors are good at manipulating the spine, but they are medical doctors, too. You might start there.

Time to lay on the couch....


March 20, 2009 - Msg 71109: I saw that clip on the news this morning,auh2o.That remark really set my biscuits to burning! I have lost the little respect I had for Mr.President. God BLESS America.
possum again

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71110: Great thoughts folks. Thank you for your input. You have given me something to chew on for sure.

Boo, glad you are feeling better. I had a stomach thing a few weeks ago. I was running fluidly from everywhere. (guess that's nothing y'all needed to know, but now you do) I lost 8 pounds from getting so dehydrated. Was very tired and puny from it for a week. Hope yours isn't that bad.

Auh20, I didn't listen to bo last night but have been listening to what some of the pundits have said this morning. Brother, what have we gotten into here?

Possum, your running with Roger Hanover now? Wow, how'd that come about? He's just a notch below Fred Goss in my book. At least Fred owned a business, had some ambition. Roger, he was bad news. I think you can do better. LOL

Prayers for Pappabear. Hope he is ok.

Well off to finish the day and the week. Hope we all have a good weekend.


March 20, 2009 - Msg 71111: "The sun will shine in your back door someday."

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71112:
ASA- I have to admit, your "notch below Fred Goss" comment made me blow milk right thru my nose here at work!" Had to clean the keyboard and everthing! Too funny!
Aunt Bee- "Oh Andy, he wasn't a BEAU!"
Well folks, you all have a great weekend!
Prayers for all, get to preachin' and act like
ya got some smarts!

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71113:
BARNEY: Let's see. I'm not too hungry this morning. I'll have juice, bowl of cereal, stack of wheats, three
eggs over--make sure they ain't runny now Olive--bacon on
the crisp side, white toast buttered, hash brown potatoes,
and coffee--coffee and cream.

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71114: Just a quick post to let ya'll know, Spot & Miss Sherry made it to Bristol safe & sound. They are on their way to visit some of her relatives for a bit, then off to their hotel room. I'll post more later, just wanted to let ya'll know they made it.

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71115: Oh, Mavis, we're all so envious! You're getting to meet Spot, and Miss Sherry, too! What fun! I'm reeaaaalllly hoping they'll decide to go on the cruise in October. Talk it up for me, will you? Any chance you could go????

Peace, friends. --romeena

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71116: I'm back! I posted that last one from our auto repair shop right after Spot and Miss Sherry pulled out and headed to her relatives house. I promised him I'd let ya'll know they made it. I'm back home now and wanted to tell ya'll what a fun guy Spot is! Course I'm sure ya'll already knew that, but he is really cool. Miss Sherry is pretty awesome too and very sweet. We took pictures, on 3 different cameras no less, then got the guy that is set up at our repair shop selling tickets to take pictures of all 4 of us together. We didn't get to visit with each other near long enough, but they had been driving quite a long time and were pretty tired. They will be in Bristol all weekend though, so hopefully we'll get to see one another again before they head back to GA. What a treat to get to meet one of the Porchsters! I only wished Spot had brought along some of that great food he's always cooking, but I understand. :)
Not sure about us going on the cruise Romeena with the money we are having to spend getting the new house in shape, we probably won't be able to spend on things we don't really need right now. Keep your fingers crossed though. Well, I'm about ready for the ironing board. If I hear from Spot and Miss Sherry again, I'll let you know.
Later taters

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71117: Oh yeah, I forgot, I'll get pictures of our meeting to Romeena tomorrow when I upload them from the camera.

March 20, 2009 - Msg 71118: Hey, that's great MAVIS. I'm glad you got to meet SPOT and Sherry in person. I am looking forward to seeing those pictures.

Thanks ASA, the virus wasn't too bad. Still feeling just a little achy and weak, but stomach is nearly back to normal and I didn't have any "intestinal" problems. :-)

Been on the couch most of the day watching lots of TV and that always makes me feel yucky. I managed to load the dishwasher and clean the kitchen some, though. We have had some other messes to deal with today. This morning I had a styrofoam cup (with a lid) on my bedside table because I was sipping coke from it yesterday evening. I reached over to put my phone on the table and knocked the cup off. It hit the floor and spilled everywhere! I was too sick to clean it up so I just put a towel over it, then earlier today, Sean was carrying in a gallon of milk and dropped it. The only way I can describe it is that the thing exploded. We were cleaning milk off of everything, including my computer screen...what a mess! I am going to have to just throw away the rug that was in the living room.

Well, time to rest again..


March 20, 2009 - Msg 71119: Oh my! Big messes. Now there's a topic for discussion! Boo, you're right, milk does make a terrible mess. There's just enough ambient sugar in it to make it sticky, and besides that, it will start to smell if it gets in a rug or any kind of fabric. One of the biggest messes I ever made and had to (try to) clean up - I dropped an unopened, quart-size glass jar of sweet pickles! As you said of the milk jug - it just seemed to explode. We found tiny shards of glass in the next room! My kitchen floor was sticky for months, despite repeated mopping. Another huge mess was when someone dropped a pitcher of orange juice. Sticky, sticky, sticky!

Now - what was your biggest mess, porch? Everyone share, and then maybe I'll share what was truly the biggest mess I ever had to clean up. I'll have to think about it first, though - whether to share or not. I warn you, it will be hard to top.

Here's a happy story. Eloise and I drove all over town today, seeking a wheelchair we could rent for our trip to the Lippizan stallion show in Waco tomorrow. One place, on the far edge of town, rented them for $25 for the weekend. Sounded good. Only problem, when we got there we realized the chair did not come equipped with a footrest, and she will definitely need that. They don't carry footrests! (??) So, back into town to another place. Calling ahead, we had learned that theirs have footrests, and are $100 for an hour or a month, doesn't matter to them. Weird. Eloise was willing, though, so we went to the place, sat in their lobby for ten minutes, after ringing the little bell, could hear them talking in the next room, and no one ever came out. We finally just left.

Now what? Then I suddenly had an epiphany, and drove us to our church. A quick word with the person who is filling in for Miss Betty, and out came the little wheelchair, with footrests, that I remembered the church keeps for emergencies. No problem to borrow it for tomorrow, no charge, I'll return it Sunday morning, and away we went. God takes care of His own. Thank you, Lord!

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

March 21, 2009 - Msg 71120: Well Ro, I won't share the worst mess...being nurses, I don't think anyone could top us. I think I have cleaned up every gross thing possible having to do with the human body. I dropped a jar of bread and butter pickles one and had just the kind of mess you described...yuck!

Have fun and enjoy the show tomorrow!


March 21, 2009 - Msg 71121: Mornin' Y'all.I don't want to talk about messes after the week I had with Laci bleeding all over the place! Her pillows,her hair,her bedding, her mouth the next morning with those blood clots-ooh! Well,y'all asked! Good thing is that she's healing well.
Hey Mavis,give Spot a hug from all of us,ok?
Well,gotta get going.Hope you are feeling better today, Boo.
possum under a rock

March 21, 2009 - Msg 71122: Good Morning porchters.
It's a beautiful morning here in the rockies. Supposed to hit low 70's today. Also supposed to rain and snow tomorrow. That's ok. Spring snow storms here are usually pretty and short lived.

Possum, so happy Laci is doing well. Kids are sure resilient like that.

Mavis, you tell old Spot and Sherry howdy for me. How neat you all got to hook up.

MDC, sorry about you giving your keyboard a milk shower. Glad I could make you chuckle though.

My biggest mess. Well it was different than most. I was working for a cosmetic manufactuer (Max Factor) as a maintenance electrician. This was a few years ago when I had first got started in the business. They had large containers (around 100 gallons) that were heated that they put the stuff that ended up being lipstick. Here it would heat up and melt into a liquid. A pipe with a dispensing valve came out of the bottom. The product was dispensed onto aluminum molds, shaped like lipstick tubes. When filled, the handle was shut off and the mold placed on a chiller table to cure before going on to assemble. Anyway, one day I was installing some new heat tape on one of the dispensing tubes, when I bumped into another one next to it and it broke off. Hot liquid lipstick came pouring out of the hole. I stuck my hand over it to try and stop it, but that stuff was too hot to hold there for very long. Plus it was running down my arm, into my arm pit. I would hold it for as long as I could, which wasn't more than a minute or two, and then switch hands, all the time hollering for someone to grab a container to catch the product in. Anyway, this went on for about 5 minutes before we got some containers to catch it all. The stuff was not hot enough to burn, just ver uncomfortable, but law, the mess I made was a sight. Both arms, arm pits and both sides of my torso had dried and caked on lipstick. Folks got a good laugh over that for quite sometime.

Glad the bug wasn't to bad Boo. I hate stomach viruses.

Well I'm gonna go power rake and aerate my lawn today, so I better go get started. Hope my back will allow it.

Later friends.


March 21, 2009 - Msg 71123: Good morning, porch! Sorry about the request for "big mess" stories. I should have mentioned to eliminate the gross ones, in deference to the nurses here. Thanks, nurses, for sparing everyone. Moms and grandmoms - as Possum illustrated - can all tell some impressive stories, and I think we're all pretty much used to the copious amounts of blood children can produce and scare us half to death. Nurses, however, can tell you some amazing gross-out stories. That wasn't really what I had in mind. I meant more the household-mess variety. Asa, while your mishap didn't occur at home, it was surely an impressive story! I can just picture you, standing there with a river of molten lipstick running into your armpits! That stuff can stain, too! How funny! And Possum, you have my sympathies. I recall when my three-year-old grandson was running down a tiled walkway, slipped and fell face down. Mashed his nose, and bit his tongue almost off. It was cut through-and-through for about two-thirds of its width. Blood? Oh, yes. Gallons, it seemed. Miraculously, it all healed up and really didn't even scar.

Well, I'm off to pick up Eloise, we're on our way to Waco to see the Lippizan stallions perform. I can hardly wait! Sure hate to leave the yard, though. It's just gorgeous right now, and going to do nothing but get prettier as the days go by. Irises are starting to pop!

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

March 21, 2009 - Msg 71124: I hate leaving Toye Starr, too. She's moping around, tail clamped down, ears drooping, and I never realized a dog could slump its shoulders, but she can. She's the picture of dejection right now, knows I'm leaving, and is really trying to lay the guilt on me. Poor little thing. --romeena

March 21, 2009 - Msg 71125: Good morning Porch! I'll be sure to give Spot all those hugs and well wishes if I get to see him again before he leaves for home. Messes? Ya'll are talkin messes this morning! Boo I'm not a people nurse, but I have been a doggie nurse and trust me, I can bet I've seen some messes as bad as you and Ro have, doggie messes are just as bad as people messes. But we won't go there since we do want Me-They to stick around. :) I do however remember a mess that Mamaw Jackson and I had on our hands in her kitchen years ago. We were canning beets and I still don't know what happened, I think Mamaw had put that jiggler thingy on the pressure canner wrong somehow, anywho, that thing blew up, beets, juice, cans and all! We had purple juice and beets all over the ceiling, the kitchen floor, the overhead part of the stove, I mean to tell you there were beets everywhere. Thankfully we were both in the living room when it blew up so we weren't hurt, but boy what a mess!

March 21, 2009 - Msg 71126: Asa be careful with your back friend, I know how bad a hurting back can feel. Romeena you and Eloise have fun at the show! Take pictures!

March 21, 2009 - Msg 71127: I just finished a blog post telling about meeting Spot and Miss Sherry complete with pictures if ya'll want to see them.

March 21, 2009 - Msg 71128: Hey Porch!
I'm still here and still pregnant. I'm not checking in much because my morning sickness is still so severe! I'm 3 months now and can barely move around. The baby is doing well. Bryan's still not adjusted. I told him that if he hasn't adjusted soon then Bryson and I will spend the summer with my grandmother. He rolls my eyes thinking I won't leave, but he doesn't know me well enough to know that makes me mad and want to leave even sooner. We'll see. I'll keep y'all up to date as I can move around.
Asa- The only chiropractor I would see is atlas orthogonal chiro. My husband went to Life Chiropractic University, but quit right before his clinicals. He's tried every type and the ones that crack you aren't scientific enough for him. AO is very scientific plus after the first few treatments you don't have to go back as often. To find a practitioner check out
New-Neighbor- Blessings for your surgery and recovery.
Mayberry Deputy- I'm so sorry to hear about the difficult decision you had to make. I hope your wife's heart heals soon.
I will talk to y'all later. Gonna lay/lie back down.

March 21, 2009 - Msg 71129: Well, these messes are the wrong topic of conversation for someone with a stomach virus. I woke up at 6am sick again, but worse than before. I have been feeling horrible but managed to eat about 3 bites of banana so I could take one advil tablet. I feel much better after that, but still got a ways to go and speaking of messes, this morning the "intestinal" part of the virus kicked in and my ribs are so sore from throwing up that I feel like I have been in the ring with George Foreman.

Man Asa, how come you never shared the lipstick story before...traumatic memory? I am wondering how in the world you got it all off...cold cream maybe? What in the world did your wife say when she saw you stained up on both sides? I'll bet she just had to laugh.

Lucy, so sorry about your struggles. How difficult this time must be for you and no sympathy at all from Bryan. Maybe leaving for a while would help, but maybe not. Prayers for your family and that the Lord would get ahold of Bryan and teach him a lesson about love.

Mavis, that beet story is a funny one (I'm sure it wasn't to you and Mamaw, though). Speaking of doggy messes, I will never forget when I was in junior high and my sister got a new puppy...a really cute little Airdale. One night, she crawled out of her box and pooped all over the rug in our bedroom. The smell was so bad that it woke us in the middle of the night. My sister got up to try and clean up the mess and she got the bright idea that she would pour some Emeraude perfume on the spots on the rug. To this day, I gag when I spell that perfume...the combination was horrible.

Time to take another break before I pass out at the keyboard.


Of course I will have to check out the blog with SPOT's pictures first...

March 21, 2009 - Msg 71130: Good evening, porch! Just got home from Waco. Eloise and I had a wonderful trip, left her house about 10 a.m., stopped about halfway down (about an hour out) and got out of the car for a little while, let her stretch her knee out some. Back on the road, found a Schlotzsky's sandwich place in Waco for lunch, then on to the coliseum. Very small crowd - bad luck for the show, great for us, as no big crowd to fight for Eloise. We never took the wheelchair out of the car, she didn't need it, did fine with her walker.

The show was incredible. Those horses are magnificent, the riders so skillful - well, it was just the best thing I've seen in a long time. I took tons of pictures, haven't put them in the computer yet, so don't know how good (or bad) they are, but I hope they turned out well.

We got back in the car, stopped in West (a little Czech town) and bought kolaches to bring home (yum) and then with good road, a good car and moderate traffic, we just eased on home with no trouble at all. What a lovely day!!

Mavis, your pictures are in the album. You sent five, but unless I'm seeing things, two were the same, so there are only four in the album. Folks, you gotta visit the album and see the pictures. They're in the Porchster album, under Mavis's sub-album, on the last page.

Well, guess I'd better go feed Toye Starr and myself. I think she has finally forgiven me for leaving her this morning, she was in here tapping me on the ankle a minute ago. Be blessed! --Romeena

March 22, 2009 - Msg 71131: Glad you had such a good time with Eloise, Romeena. I am looking forward to seeing the pictures. It's after 12am here and I just tried eating a little cereal since I felt hungry for the first time in a couple of days. I am still feeling pretty rundown and to make matters worse, Bruce came home this afternoon and didn't look so good. He said that he was having discomfort and pressure in the middle of his chest. It turns out he has been having it off and on for the past three weeks but had not told me about it. I gave him a nitroglycerine tablet to put under his tongue and the discomfort went away within minutes (not a good sign, really). If the nitroglycerine takes it away, it is probably cardiac pain and it needed to be checked out. I managed to get myself dressed and get him to the ER. His EKG was ok and they are still looking at result from the bloodwork, but a cardiologist came in and told us that Bruce would not be going home until we determine what is going on and I guess they will either do a nuclear stress test tomorrow or a heart cath. Anyway, your prayers are appreciated. I am about to try to get some sleep because I am exhausted. Hope I can sleep.

I will talk to you again after I get home from the hospital tomorrow.


March 22, 2009 - Msg 71132: Good heavens, Boo. How scary! You're exactly right, when the nitro helps, that is an indicator that the pain may very well be cardiac. I'm so sorry - please keep us informed. And please take care of yourself!!! You have burned your little candle at both ends and the middle as well, and you can't get away with that forever. It's none of my business, but I care about you, so here goes. I think you've reached a point where you need to tell those who drain your resources that for now at least, you're just pulling in close and tending to yourself and your immediate family, and you'll be available to them again a little later on. If you don't do that, you're not going to be able to help yourself, your family or anyone else, eventually. Your resources are not bottomless. God's, however - are. It's time for you to kick back and recharge for a while.

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

March 22, 2009 - Msg 71133: Morning Porch.
My goodness Boo, my prayers are with Bruce and you and your family. You poor dear, you really are getting hammered. And the advice Ro gave you is very sound. I have never said anything because I felt it wasn't my place, but now that Ro has broached the subject, please be wise in what you do for others. You can only do so much, and at some point you will pay a price for it. You don't need to lose your own health on top of everything else. You all have my prayers.

Well my grand plans for yard work yesterday never got off the ground. My back was just to darn sore. This is so depressing. I know I shouldn't whine. But having constant pain with every move you make wears you down. I kinda went a little nutsy last night and had a tantrum. It felt good blowing some steam off. Just did it to myself. Didn't holler at the wife or nothing. Thanks for the link Lucy. There are only two of those Dr's in our state, and both many miles away, so I don't think that will work for me. But I appreciate your thoughts. And I pray for peace in your situation.

Well better go get an ice pack and sit on it for a while. Not fun, but ice seems to help more than heat.


March 22, 2009 - Msg 71134: Prayers for Boo,Bruce,& Asa.Y'all please take care & hope everyone's health improves.
Beet juice & hot lipstick?! Oh my!
Well,I'm off to look at the pics of Mavis & Spot-y'all have a good Sunday-love to all.
possum under a rock

March 22, 2009 - Msg 71135: Good morning, all. On my way to preachin', just passing by. Prayers for Boo and Bruce, and for Asa and his sore back, and for anyone else with trubs this morning. As some folks say in their email signature - "Don't tell God how big your storm is, tell the storm how big your God is." He understands, and loves us.

Beets all over the place, hmm? That would indeed be a big mess. A big more colorful than my infamous kitchen mess, but probably a bit less smelly. I'm referring to the afternoon in San Antonio when I stood out back chatting with a neighbor, totally oblivious to the fact that a pot of about a dozen and a half of eggs had boiled completely dry. Well, eggs don't take too well to being baked on top of the stove in a pot, and they exploded like little bombs. There was burned egg on the ceiling, walls and floor, stuck to the blackened pot (I had to throw it away) and in the fur of a terrified dog. I can't imagine what she thought, but I'll bet she vacated that kitchen in a hurry! Anyway, "smelled" doesn't begin it. It flat-out stunk! What a mess! Dale, as always, just laughed at me and told me to go buy a new pot.

Well, I'm off. Don't want to be late! --Romeena

March 22, 2009 - Msg 71136: That's a "bit" more colorful, not "big". For pete's sake! When will I learn? --Romeena

March 22, 2009 - Msg 71137: You all are such true friends and I love you for it. Romeena and Asa, I think you are absolutely right and the truth is I am really trying to figure out how to do just that. I am going to start by calling the guy at church who is in charge of the youth fundraiser and telling him that he will have to find someone else to take over the entertainment. I have not been involved with the youth activities much since Sean is getting older and doesn't need mom around all the time. There was a youth bar-b-que yesterday and Bruce took the kids instead of me. I am going to pull out my book on home orginization and get back into a routine so I can keep up with the household chores, and the kids will be taking on more resposonsibility at home. You all are right, my immediate family needs all my attention now. Any and all advice welcome, porch family. Oh, and I am also going to work on finding someone to take my place at the drug rehab or at least go every other week.

Now, for my present dilemma...I left Bruce in the ER at around 10:30 last night because he insisted I go home and get the kids in bed because that would make him feel better. They were waiting on a room for him when I left. After I got home and showered and finally got into bed around 1:30, the phone rang at 2 and it was Bruce telling me he wanted me to come and get him because he was exhausted, his back was hurting from the stretcher and he was coming home. I couldn't communicate with him over the phone because I could hear him, but he couldn't hear me (due to his hearing loss). I called the nurses desk and spoke with the nurse and said I don't know what is going on but would she check on him because he was about to leave AMA. He refused to stay and I ended up having to drive back to town at 2 in the morning and get him. He wouldn't listen to reason and just wanted to go home and go to bed. He plans on going to his doctor tomorrow and I am going with him. I am hoping the doc will check him into the hospital and do a heart cath right away, but after he left the hospital against medical advice, I don't know what the doc will say. Fortunately he has a really nice family doc who likes him and hopefully, will continue to care for him. There was just no getting through to him last night and I was about to pass out, myself. I felt like I was sleep-walking! Anyway, he has had no further chest pressure (not that he would tell me if he did). He is one hard-headed individual but he knows he has to follow up immediately because he might just be a heart attack waiting to happen and this is a warning. Bruce's dad had a bypass x 4 when he was 52 and Bruce is 51, overweight, has high cholesterol and blood pressure, forgets to take his get the picture.

Erin has a school project due tomorrow and I have been too sick to help her with it so I am going to make Bruce do it...that'll teach him...he should have stayed at the hospital. Sean was sweet enough to go out and put some of Erin's clothes in the wash so she will have something to wear to school tomorrow. He keeps looking at me and saying, "I'm sorry Mom"...I must look really awful. ha

That egg story is really something, Ro. What a mess. Funny about the dog!