April 04, 2009 - Msg 71616: Boo, I know what you are saying. There is a man like that in the bigger town next to us. I feel so sorry for him . He is really lost. O.k. gotta close,going to fly kites with the kids and grandkids-ky girl

April 04, 2009 - Msg 71617: Look, it is so windy here not only can you fly kites, you can sweep the porch pretty quick too!-ky girl

April 04, 2009 - Msg 71618: LOL at the thought of your kid with his bag of toys packed,just waiting to take that trip into the next week- funny,Ro! I don't recall that I ever actually traveled through time like that,but my Mama sure got me to snap to attention fast when she'd threaten it!
Ro,I snail mailed you my vintage pics.Did you get them yet?
Boo,when I worked at a call center a few years ago,there was a man that got hired after me that dressed like a woman.He went by a female name (can't remember it) and I always wondered what the customers on the phone thought when they heard a masculine voice telling them "Hi, this is Debbie "(or whatever his/her name was)-weird!

Getting back on the subject of Time Travel(sort of), in today's paper there was a personal ad from a man looking for a UFO. Y'all,somebody actually PAID good money to run that ad! I'll bet it was the guy over in a town a few miles away-years ago he built a UFO welcome center. I kid you not. Some kind of big round silver spaceship looking thing! I drive right past it everytime I go to visit my Italian in-laws. He garnered a bit of national attention when he built it,but haven't heard much from him lately. As Barney would say, "He's a nut!" Wonder if he'll get any replies to his ad?!!
Y'all enjoy today- love to all!
possum under a rock

April 04, 2009 - Msg 71619: Yep, Possum, I got the pictures. Haven't opened the envelope, because I don't want to risk losing any of them before I can get them scanned, and I've got to leave for work in a few minutes. I was counting on having tonight off, but they've changed the over-staff cancellation policy (yet again!) and because I took cancellation two weeks ago, and another nurse hasn't had one since before mine, she gets it. Never mind that my written request was posted nearly a month ago, which was in compliance with the policy du jour at that time. It changes almost daily.

Tom, don't you dare send me any snow!! A little rain between now and the wedding would be nice, but no snow, thank you.

Well, got to get my monkey suit on and get out of here. At least, after tonight, they can't bother me anymore until the 17th. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

April 04, 2009 - Msg 71620: Hey ky,Mavis,Romeena,Tom...possum!..well had a guy wanting to go turkey hunting so Im back at work tonight till morning on OT!..good money so I dont mind but heck its 74 and purty here...but im tomorrow and monday...auh20 yall get some stoms?..
well let me get things started here...color ept on right now ..they just aint the same...but still its mayberry!..had a subwayfor supper sorry I didnt cook...well back in just a bit..Kyle the wonder racer won the nation wide race today..mercy..Romeena racing is out in your state this weekend!..got any tickets like Mavis?;)..ha ha...ok...phone ringing...SPOT

April 04, 2009 - Msg 71621:
Spot-No we didn't a storm just a bunch of heavy wet snow that bogged down lines and limbs. We did lose the electro though.

possum-I bet ya gotta spend some good money to get a decent UFO these days.


April 04, 2009 - Msg 71622: Possum see if ya can borrow that space flying disk and zip on over to the Dog house..run bu and get Asa and auh20..he has snow and we have 75 degrees!..lets have a snack..cheese and crackers..cut off the big chunk of sharp cheddar..the Movie "Sandlot" comes on at 10 anyone seen it?..seems like it will be good..yea thats it sandlot at 10...prayers to all..I will be here all night on OT!..gona bet the boat buffed out for summer so this money will come in handy!....SPOT

April 04, 2009 - Msg 71623:
spot-I did see "Sandlot" awhile back. I think I enjoyed it.


April 04, 2009 - Msg 71624: hey Porch, had a great time flying kites. The youngest grandson just wanted to drag his around and play with the tail,he is 16 months, so he had more fun dragging it on the ground and playing with sticks. My youngest son and my grandaughter had a great time with the kites.Spot, the Sandlot is a really good movie I think.My youngest son has watched it more times than I can count,he still laughs when he sees it.Well,time to hit the bubble bath.Have a nice evening everyone.Spot, do you have yahoo messenger at work? Just wondering. I'll be up for awhile,my grandaughter is spending the night and she is usually up awhile when she stays with me.Let me know if you feel like sending some IM's.Sweet dreams porch-ky girl

April 04, 2009 - Msg 71625:
Hello porch family.....it's been so nice here today.....sunny and warm but plenty green pollen.

Ro....you bet we will be praying for great weather next Saturday for the wedding.

Boo....so glad Sean had a good birthday.

Spot....didn't see the nationwide race today but hope to watch the Sprint tomorrow.

By the way, I finished the studio work this morning and everything turned out real good. Now just getting the pictures and all that stuff done.

Well sleep has been pretty slim lately so I'm heading to bed and catch up on some. You all have a good night and a wonderful worship day tomorrow. Prayers and love for all the porch family.
Remember Jesus loves YOU!

April 04, 2009 - Msg 71626: Spot, is Sandlot the one where the kids hit their ball into James Earl Jones' backyard, where it is gaurded by a ferocious dog? I have seen the first Sandlot but there have been a couple since then that I have not seen. If it's the first one, it's worth watching.

Glad the studio work went well, REV. Hope you get some good sleep.

Can't wait to see those picture, Possum!

I am pretty tired. I did lots of chores today and am now working on my 8th load of laundry and it's 10pm...ug..I don't know how I let it get so piled up.

Think I will get a shower and get a good night's sleep.


April 05, 2009 - Msg 71627: Well Hello brother Rev my friend!..yea Kyle was on auto today..and well who know tomorrow..J.Gordon starts outside front row..night Boo..ky I dont really know what the messenger thing is but I really just stick to the simple mail..It keeps me confused enough!;)..well watching Caddyshack..yea ..yea I know..looked it up and believe it or not this year its 29 years old..mercy...ok back to writing bills and watching the substations..all is quite right now....SPOT

April 05, 2009 - Msg 71628: Well gang im pulling the night shift around the porch..made my patrol around it and checked the door knobs...Asa is asleep guarding the bank,possum asleep under her rock...well back to watching Raising Arizona...back in a bit...SPOT

April 05, 2009 - Msg 71629: Well my night shift on the proch is almost over..will check the door knobs one more time and go by and wake up Asa at the bank so he can go home...will let possum sleep till breakfast...ham and bisquits this morning with coffee and Oj..Romeena hope you had a good night at work..prayers to all and have a great mayberry Sunday...gona go home and nap till about 9 and catch preaching...SPOT

April 05, 2009 - Msg 71630: Mornin' Y'all! The UFO ad is in today's paper as well-no takers yet! I guess this gentleman thinks that aliens read small Southern town newspapers?! Crazy!
Pass those biscuits,spot!

Raising Arizona? What channel was that on last night? Good movie-I would have liked to have watched it.I watched those "ho-hum" TAGS color eps instead.
Glad the pics arrived safely,Ro.
Y'all have a wonderful Sunday!
possum under a rock

April 05, 2009 - Msg 71631: Caddyshack, SPOT?....don't go in the pool!

I didn't watch the color eps of TAGS last night. I pulled out some DVD's and watched a few episodes from season 3, I believe. Watched "Barney and the Choir".

Barney: "I've got a uvula; you've got a uvula; all God's children got a uvula!"
Andy: "Hallelujah".

Better get ready for preachin!


April 05, 2009 - Msg 71632: Good morning, porch! I'm home from work, and don't have to go back until the 17th! Yay! Spot, at least when you work overtime you get the keep the overtime money. The hospital will beg and plead for someone to come in when they're short, you get OT pay and all, and then if they can find a day in the same pay period with a low census, you'll get cancelled and there goes your OT. Not fair, but they do it all the time. I just pretty much don't do it. I work my schedule, and that's about it.

It's cold here today, 47 degrees and windy. The forecast for Saturday has changed back to partly cloudy with a 10% chance of rain. Keep praying, folks!

Well, a bowl of cereal for me, and then to bed for about three hours or so. I'd really love to go to church, but know I'd never make it. I'm about to fall asleep right now. Our pastor isn't "dry as dust", he's really an excellent preacher, but I'm just really sleepy.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

"It was just all kinda horrifyin', hon!"

April 05, 2009 - Msg 71633: Mornin' porch, kinda chilly here this morning, not bad just enough to wake you up when you go outside. Have a great Sunday everyone-ky girl

April 05, 2009 - Msg 71634: I know what you mean, Romeena. The same thing happened when I was working. Frustrating! If you helped out and worked some overtime when asked, the managers found a way to send you home early or ask you to stay home. Well were short of staff most of the time so it didn't always happen. Did you ever get pulled to other floors that were short? I had to do that a few times. They got this policy goint (it didn't last), that instead of sending the RNs home, they would just float them to other floors so they could call them back to the labor unit if things got busy. That did NOT go over well because many of the nurses had not experience working anywhere else except for nursing school. I had worked only a couple of years in an ICU and general floor so I could usually keep up but it really wasn't safe for anybody. The nurses finally began to rebel, saying that their licenses were on the line, not to mention the patient's lives! Sometimes hospital management comes up with some very impractical doozies, don't they? I can remember suffering through some dreadful changes for nothing.

Well, it's 47 degrees in your area, Ro..sounds like we can look forward to a cool front down here, I hope. Have'nt watched the weather in a few days.

Better get going...


April 05, 2009 - Msg 71635: Man, I should proof read (is that one word or two)?


April 05, 2009 - Msg 71636: Where is everyone?...probably taking an afternoon nap.

I had a really embarrassing experience in church this morning. I was sitting on the second row, next to Sean and Zach was in front of me. It was a quiet time in the service and the pastor was speaking. Sean leaned forward to whisper something to Zach just as Zach was turning around, and they bumped their heads together pretty hard. Well, that wasn't so funny but Sean started laughing. I stuck my elbow in his side and told him to stop! He was holding his nose and his whole head was red. I whispered, "Take a deep breath!", but when he did, he just busted out laughing. I could not believe it, but I started laughing..out loud, and I couldn't control it. Every eye in the church was on me and I couldn't stop laughing. I put my head down, I held my nose, nothing worked. I told Sean to leave quickly and when he did, I was able to compose myself again. I was so embarrassed. I just couldn't believe I did that?! Have any of you been in those kinds of situations? Sometimes laughter is very contagious, especially when you are in a situation when you can't or shouldn't laugh. It hasn't happened to me in years, though.

Well, hopefully next time I come back, someone else will be here...


April 05, 2009 - Msg 71637: I know what you mean Boo, and no matter how much you want to stop laughing you can't which makes it worse.There is a young man in my class, he grew up with my older kids right across the street from us as a matter of fact. He has a real good sense of humor, and I guess because I have been around him for years I just kind of know what he is going to say. Well, there is another person in out class that really says some off the wall things sometimes,just right out of the blue.And I know not to look at him because we will both start laughing because he will say something. It is not just me ,he can make everyone laugh, it just happens that I sit beside him in class.My grandaughter was throwing a fit one time because I wouldn't let her bring a bag of naked barbies into church with her. When it was quiet she says in what she thought was a whisper but was loud enough for the entire church to hear"Memaw, nobody cares if my barbies don't have any clothes on!" That caused alot of laughter.I took the kids to another easter egg hunt today. No time for flying kites, had to get home and grab something to eat before it is time for church.Talk to you all later- ky girl

April 05, 2009 - Msg 71638: SHAKEDOWN!

April 05, 2009 - Msg 71639:

Boo, that same thing happened to me at my daughter's choir recital the other night. The kids from another school started off doing this weird chant and I made the mistake of making eye contact with my other daughter, who was sitting next to me. Oh boy, it was ON. I thought I'd bust a gusset. Thank goodness I didn't lose it totally.


April 05, 2009 - Msg 71640: That's funny, KYGirl! There is just something funny about naked barbies, isn't there? When I was a kid, my favorite cousin (Philip) had a GI Joe that lost it's clothes and every time I would visit we would play with it and put it into all sort of poses. It just made us laugh our heads off, and you know to this day (we are both in our forties), we laugh about the naked GI Joe!

My sister and I are alike and we used to have a terrible time not laughing in church. We would have to be separated and we did not dare look at one another...that was always disaster. Sometimes out of pure meaness, my sister would whisper something funny to me. Anyway, that carried over into our adult life and we attended the same A$sembly of God church for 10 years as adults. We couldn't sit together and actually sat on opposite sides of the church. We learned our lesson after we seriously embarrased ourselves a couple of times. I can remember so many of those times. They were painful!

Well, I think I will turn on TVLAnd to see if there is any TAGS on...I hope highschool reunion is NOT on, but have any of you seen the next reality show that TVLand is going to put out? Forgot the name but it is about an older woman who like younger men.

Better go...


April 05, 2009 - Msg 71641: Hey DES! Boy can I relate! HAHA...I would have laughed, too.


April 05, 2009 - Msg 71642: Oh, the new show on TVLand is called "Cougar" and it looks utterly ridiculous.


April 05, 2009 - Msg 71643:
Hello porch family......those are some funny stories. It is so hard to control laughter when you are in a place that you are not supose to laugh. The very same thing wouldn't be near as funny if you were in a place that it didn't matter if you laughed.
When I was real young, I remember going to church with my best friend's family. His parents were VERY strict. You didn't talk or do anything when you were in church. You sat there (sat up straight) and at least pretended that you were listening. Well my friend was sitting there beside me and I noticed that he was dosing back and forth. He would catch himself and sit up straight. This went on for about 4 or 5 times and all at once his head went all the way back and......."bang".... right on the back of the pew. I nearly died trying not to laugh. I had tears in my eyes. I can still see the look on his face as he fearfully looked at his mom.

Well race fans, it looks like Jeff is back.

Spot.....our Braves looked pretty good tonight.

Ro....hope you got some rest today.

You all have a good night and sleep sound. Give Jesus a big hug in your prayers before you fall to sleep.
Prayers and love for all the porch family.

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71644: Funny, REV. You all make me feel better...at least I'm not the only one! I grew up in a church like your friend's. It was a very formal, Methodist church and you didn't dare make a sound. We couldn't even write on our bulletins without getting the evil eye. When it came to laughter, it was a real prescription for disaster because there were mostly elderly folks in the congregation and sometimes they wore, what we thought were some pretty funny clothes and shoes. One Sunday (and it was communion Sunday), one of the ushers wore a tie with a picture of a ladies leg and a martini on it. I'll never forget that one...and then there was the Sunday that Dad wore two different shoes to church. That one nearly killed my sister and me. Seems like we laughed at shoes alot for some reason.

Well, the coffee is finished and I think I should get moving. Chores to do, kids to take care of...you know the drill.

I'll be back on my breaks.


April 06, 2009 - Msg 71645: Oh, one more thing...If you are on a break today and need a laugh, go to Youtube.com and search for Leno's photo booth pranks. It's hilarious, trust me...you'll be glad you did. The Tonight Show people put a "free" photo booth at Universal Studios, with a "talking" camera. Funny stuff.


April 06, 2009 - Msg 71646: Morning porch, hope everyone is up and ready to go this Monday morning.

Busy week end, had company all day Saturday, then took a day trip yesterday with the family. had a good day but back to school for the kids and back to work for my husband and me. It is good to get away now and then even if it is just for the day.

Weather was beautiful here yesterday, 80 degrees
sunny a bit breezy and then this morning it is around 45, raining and breezy. The weather people said maybe a light dusting of SNOW in the morning!

I remember getting in trouble in church as a kid too. We just could not be still and would get tickled at each other and see if we could get each other in trouble with my Mom. She sure would get mad and would threaten to take us out if we did not stop whatever we were doing. I still get tickled once and a while and I am a grown woman. We have a man who sings in the choir who always sits on the back row of the choir loft, which is of course in front of the church and behind the preacher. He always puts his head back against the wall during the semon and goes to sleep. The kids take bets on whether he will fall off his chair as he sits on the end seat and often will nod side to side.

Lunch menu will be: chicken tortilla soup, grilled cheese, brownies with ice cream. Tea, kool aid to drink. see you at noon.

Better get to work. Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71647: Good morning everyone.

ROMEENA: According to the "Chicago Manual of Style," while quotation marks are provided outside of punctuation, with an aside in parenthesis within a sentence, the punctuation is provided outside of them (like this). (The exception is when the whole thought is in parenthesis, like this.)

I have had a church laughing experience as well. Once, when I was about 12, I was visiting a friend's church with him. It was a Catholic Church, and in our area, at least, there was only the one for whole southern part of the county so it was quite large. We were sitting about halfway back, making faces at this young kid (probably about 2 years old) who was about 6 or 8 rows ahead. All was okay until the priest started the communion liturgy. My friend make his finger into the shape of a gun and pretended to shot the kid. With perfect timing, as soon as my friend "shot," that kid screamed bloody murder. We busted out laughing and just couldn't stop. The priest turned around. I thought his mom was going to kill us. It looks could kill, we'd bothe be dead.


April 06, 2009 - Msg 71648: Good morning, porch! Having been in church since I was two weeks old, believe me, I have some funny stories, but I'm not sure I could top an usher wearing a tie with a female leg and a martini glass on it! What on earth was he thinking?? Was he so old that he couldn't see the picture clearly and thought it was something else? That's hilarious!

Our little church when I was a small child holds a lot of fond memories for me. It was a small white building with a steeple, could have been on a postcard. I was kin to about half the membership, and the other half had long-standing friendships with my family. In other words, I had a lot of "mothers and dads" there to keep me in line, and they didn't hesitate to do it.

One of the funniest things I remember is the day the hornet got in. There was no a/c in those days, windows were open in the summer and there were no screens. A big hornet flew in one Sunday morning, and someone made the fatal decision to swat at it. They missed, but well - you've heard the expression "mad as a hornet?" Trust me, they do get mad. That critter attacked, buzzing from one person to another and scaring the daylights out of them. People started jumping up and yelling and waving their arms around, just frantic. The rest of the congregation, who hadn't seen the hornet, must have thought they had suddenly gotten the spirit or something, and some of them started standing up and moving about, like they were waiting for it to hit them, too. And we weren't even a charismatic church, just plain old Baptists! Finally, someone managed to kill the hornet, the "spirit" left us, and order returned. Our pastor, the dear, patient and beloved A.D. Bruton, just stood there behind the pulpit the whole time, watching the whole scene over the top of his glasses, and saying nothing. When the commotion finally ended, and quiet returned, he just cleared his throat and said, "Yes. Well. And now if you'll open your Bibles to..." and continued with his service. That dear man was my pastor from the cradle roll until I was 15, and when I married at age 18, he came out of retirement to perform the ceremony. I don't think I would have felt married with anyone else doing the service.

Well, much to do. I still haven't gotten anything to wear to the wedding, guess I'd better get that done today. Then I have to tackle this house. I'm not going to do any serious cleaning, though, because it's already presentable, and people won't be coming in here all that much unless it rains. If that happens, they'll be packed in so tight they won't be able to see anything but other people anyway. So, I just need to make sure all the beds have clean linens, the bathrooms are clean, do a little dusting and vacuuming, and sweep the kitchen and sunroom. Shouldn't take too long, and tomorrow is another day. For today, I'm going shopping.

Be blessed, everyone! --Romeena

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71649: Oh, sorry, Me-They. I didn't see you there. Thanks for the confirmation regarding parentheses. That's what I thought, and it looks right. I'm still a bit puzzled with the quotation marks, though. I really don't understand why the same rules don't apply. A word or phrase within a sentence is no problem. It's when it occurs at the end that the trouble starts. I understand that a whole quoted sentence is fully enclosed, of course. Example: John said, "There are too many people in that car."

Again, it's those fragments that confuse. Example:

There are too many "fat cats" in Washington. That one is easy, and clear.

Washington is full of "fat cats."
OR - Washington is full of "fat cats". This is the one that looks right to me, but apparently is not. I don't understand that. It seems to me that unless the quotation is enclosing the whole sentence, it should be inside the period - same rule as for parentheses. No wonder people have trouble learning English.


April 06, 2009 - Msg 71650: No, Romeena the guy with the tie was not very old..maybe 60 but no older than that. As an usher, he did some strange things. I can remember that when we would have communion, he would stand by your pew when it was time for your row to go up, and he would stand beside the pew and put his foot up on the arm of the pew while he waited! He was probably crazy and we just didn't know it.

Funny Me-They!



April 06, 2009 - Msg 71651: Uh-oh, looks like I got a Boo-Boo

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71652: ROMEENA: Well, your first one indeed is correct. If the second looks right to you it may be because that is the way you were taught. According to an older coworker whose educashun was worth every penny, the rules changes sometime in the 60s or 70s. Maybe when they changed "potatoe" to "potato." ;-) Maybe CHARLOTTE would be kind enough for give us a professional opinion.

(That begs the question, punctuation before or after the smiley face?)

APB for STERLING (Wonder how Kai is doing?), AFD, NEW NEIGHBOR, RAFE (he's gone missing again!), HOMEMAKER (If it helps, "Vicks!"), and others.


April 06, 2009 - Msg 71653: Funny stories about church, I love them! I remember one time, my sister and I were in church with my dear Grandmother, very sweet, quiet lady, but you didn't mess with her. She used to sit with her Bible on her lap and her arms crossed over her belly (Granny was a big woman), me on one side and my sister on the other to make us behave. Well, I don't remember what it was that Linda was doing, but all of a sudden, right in the middle of the preaching, Linda screamed "Ouch! That hurt!" and started crying, everyone turned around to see what was going on just in time to see my dear Grandmother lean over to her and say, loud enough for everyone to hear "It was supposed to hurt" with a sweet smile on her face. I just about died laughing because of the innocent look on Granny's face when she pinched Linda. Then she gave me that "knock it off" look and showed me her her fingers, boy did I straighten up! Everyone smiled at her and nodded like they understood dealing with little girls, I was laughing because I KNEW what happened. See, there was a reason Granny kept her arms crossed, she would reach under her chicken flapper and pinch the fire out of our little chicken flapper if we were not paying attention. Normally it was MY chicken flapper getting pinched so I was pretty relieved that it was Linda this time. Granny could get hold of your arm, have you pinched and be right back to highlighting something in her Bible before you knew what was happening. I'll never forget that! No one ever knew what happened that day except us.
Well, off to get something done, or try to.

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71654: ROMEENA: This is from the Perdue U English Dept.:

Put commas and periods within closing quotation marks, except when a parenthetical reference follows the quotation.
He said, "I may forget your name, but I never remember a face."
History is stained with blood spilled in the name of "civilization."
Mullen, criticizing the apparent inaction, writes, "Donahue's policy was to do nothing" (27).
Put colons and semicolons outside closing quotation marks.
Williams described the experiment as "a definitive step forward"; other scientists disagreed.
Benedetto emphasizes three elements of what she calls her "Olympic journey": family support, personal commitment, and great coaching.
Put a dash, question mark, or exclamation point within closing quotation marks when the punctuation applies to the quotation itself and outside when it applies to the whole sentence.
Philip asked, "Do you need this book?"
Does Dr. Lim always say to her students, "You must work harder"?
Sharon shouted enthusiastically, "We won! We won!"
I can't believe you actually like that song, "If You Wanna Be My Lover"!

This excerpted from Wikipedia:
The traditional convention in American English is for commas, periods, and question marks to be included inside the quotation marks, regardless of whether they are part of the quoted sentence, whereas the British style places them inside or outside the quotation marks according to whether or not the punctuation is part of the quoted phrase. The American rule is derived from typesetting while the British rule is grammatical (see below for more explanation). Although the terms “American style” and “British style” are used, it is not as clear cut as that because at least one major British newspaper prefers typesetters' quotation (punctuation inside) and BBC News uses both styles, while scientific and technical publications, even in the U.S., almost universally use logical quotation (punctuation outside unless part of the source material), due to its precision.[citation needed] The same style used in British is also typical of other languages, for example, Italian language. As with many such differences, the American rule follows an older British standard. Before the advent of mechanical type, the order of quotation marks with periods and commas was not given much consideration. The printing press required that the easily damaged smallest pieces of type for the comma and period be protected behind the more robust quotation marks.[10] The typesetter’s rule was standard in early 19th century Britain, and the U.S. style still adheres to this older tradition both in everyday use and in non-technical formal writing. The grammatical rule was advocated by the extremely influential book The King’s English, by Fowler and Fowler.

This message was brought to you by, "More Than You Needed to Know About Quotation Marks," where symbols of grammar punctuate our lives.


April 06, 2009 - Msg 71655: Yeah, thanks alot, Me-They...(with sarcasm). Kidding...nice of you to take the time to set us straight. You are always so helpful. When's the next moulage?


April 06, 2009 - Msg 71656: Oh, I remember another one. My Grandfather was a Free Will Baptist preacher for over 40 years. I mean the kind that preached fire and brimstone at the top of his lungs, sweating, sometimes spitting, always loosening his tie as he marched up and down the aisle swinging his Bible and pointing his finger and ending every sentence with "UH" You know like "And the Lord-uh, sent his only Son-uh, to die on the cross-uh" I know ya'll know what I'm saying. Anyway, used to scare me to death, that man was nothing like the loving Grandfather I knew from home and his yelling and storming up and down the aisle all red faced was shocking to me when I was little. One time, he got to our pew preaching and going non stop and I sweetly said "Hi Papaw" and waved at him. I guess it was scary to me and I was trying to make sure he knew who I was. I remember, he reached down, patted me on the head, smiled and said "Hi Darling" very quietly and went back to his sermon. After that, I was never afraid again. I guess everyone in the congregation got a kick out of it. He understood that in my innocent little brain, I was scared and he comforted me right in the middle of the sermon. How I loved that man, lost him way too soon. I have all kinds of memories about growing up with him.
Well, I've yakked my head off enough this morning, better snap to and get something done.

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71657: Aw, that's a sweet memory, MAVIS. Your grandad sounds special. Gott say, though, sitting through preaching like that as a child scared me Methodist.

BOO: Not sure what my next moulage will be yet, but I'll try and make it thick enough. Nothing worse than a runny moulage.


April 06, 2009 - Msg 71658: Such a sweet story, Mavis, and I think I see something in it. I was thinking about how sometimes when I read the bible about things like judgement or God's wrath I start to feel afraid of God, but I guess all I need to do is say "Hi Father", and being His child, He would pat me on the head and say, "Hi Darling"...see what I mean? You knew who your Papaw really was and that you were his, no matter how scary things sounded.

I'll be waiting, Me-T...


April 06, 2009 - Msg 71659: Well, thank you, Me-They. I appreciate your efforts. However, the conclusion I've come to after all this is - do it any way you like. Apparently, in the world of punctuation, the Brits do it differently than the Yanks, and the Italians are unique as well, and the main consideration is whether weak type points are protected! So, actually I like all this, because now no matter what punctuation style is used, it will be correct in somebody's book, and that makes it legal. Yippee!

I wish the long-range weather forecast would settle down. It was promising clear skies for Saturday when I checked last night, and now we're back to partly cloudy, with 40% chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms. By tonight, no doubt, it will have changed again. We're at 46 degrees here right now, which is good for slowing down the bloom of things out back, but the sun is bright, so things won't slow down too much. The prettiest iris in the yard, About Town, is blooming profusely right now and will probably be finished by Saturday. Lots of others coming on, though.

Now I'm off to the garden center to get one more flat of posies to fill in a couple of holes. I got an infestation of rust scale on some snapdragons, doggone it. I sheared them and sprayed the remaining bases with Neem (organic) and in time they'll come back out, but I decided I don't have time for that. I'm going to yank them and replace them with something else that's not subject to rust scale. I hate to pull up plants, preferring to give them a chance, but I don't have the luxury of time to wait for them, so out they go.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71660: Hey, Boo. I know exactly what you mean. I think we've all had those moments when we felt in awe of God, almost fearful, and other times when we felt as though we were being hugged. I'm sure most of us can remember both emotions with regard to our own fathers as well. In the Bible, the term "Abba, Father" is used, and it's my understanding that in Aramaic, the language of Jesus' childhood, "Abba" would translate to "Daddy". It's an intimate term, used by a child toward its father. Check out Mark 14:34-36, Galatians 4:4-6, and Romans 8:14-16. (REV, do I detect the seeds of a song here?) I think it's no accident that God chose to describe Himself to us as our Father, and calls us His children. To those of us who had a wonderful earthly father, the comparison is clear and comforting. To those who might not have had that happy relationship, they certainly know what they wish their father had been like, and can surely find comfort in knowing that the Heavenly Father fills all those empty spots if they'll let Him.

Well, I'm off to the garden center. Be blessed. --Romeena

P.S. I'll shop for clothes tomorrow. Eloise had other plans, and I need her along for moral support.

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71661:

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71662: Ha! Laughing in church stories- I've got one,and it's related to Easter. When we were kids,there were mostly old people in the church choir.Well,one elderly lady was like Barney-could'nt sing a lick! She had a really high pitched screechy voice. My sisters and I would always start laughing during the Easter services when they sang one line in particular: "Up from the grave He arose..". That lady's voice AROSE too-you could hear her above all the others! And we'd giggle & laugh until our mama would give us "The Look". then for the rest of Easter Sunday we'd go around making fun of the lady,trying to imitate her! Lucky we didn't get knocked into the middle of next week!
That's my "laughing in church" story.Oh,I just thought of another one.I'll keep y'all in suspense until later!
possum under a rock
P.S. Asa,Sterling & MDC- check in!

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71663: oops- That's COULDN'T up there. Not could'nt.

possum again

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71664:
Hey Me-They- talk about falling asleep in church, I almost fell asleep right here at my keyboard reading that quotation mark information! ha (and me a former English teacher!) BTW, you never told me that you had darkened the door of a catholic church before! Was it in the days when when all was still in Latin?
Ro- one thing for sure, English has been in constant flux since its origin, when the Anglo-Saxons, French and others conquered and re-conquered Britian. Do we speak or spell words today as they did in the days of Chaucer and Shakespeare or King James? No way! Who says "spake" or "thrice" today? Who even says "score" to mean twenty years? (Yet, Abe Lincoln used it just 150 years ago.) So too the "rules" of grammar have also changed over the centuries, and are constantly being updated.
Love all the church stories. My dad is tall with long arms, and he would always have three on his right and three on his left in church. If any one of us would act up, we'd get a swift slap on the back of our heads...not hard enough to do damage, but definitely hard enough to sting!
Ouch! (:
Prayers for all in Italy today!! Big earthquake there!


April 06, 2009 - Msg 71665: MDC I'm picturing the folks in the pew behind you guys cracking up when your dad popped you on the head. HA

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71666: Methinks thou art right, kind sir.

Yes, MDC, I have attended more than a handful of RC services. You may recall that I mentioned my dad was raised Catholic as a boy and reconverted about 20 years ago. He's what you'd call a "born-again Catholic." If you met him, he'd seem downright evangelical Protestant until you start talking down-and-dirty (so to speak) theology.


April 06, 2009 - Msg 71667: ROMEENA- keep a eye out for all the rain and snow that I'm going to send your way as oof today!


April 06, 2009 - Msg 71668:
M-T - I love RC Cola also; but what "services" do they offer? teehee

RC Man

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71669: Hardy-har-har, MDC. Have you loosened all the screws on those wheelchairs already?


April 06, 2009 - Msg 71670: Well gang im still here....been working around here cutting trees....im gona be busy will someone cook tonight...prayers...SPOT

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71671: Hi, folks. Just bought one large flat of posies, and since the forecast for tonight has been revised downward to include a possible freeze (help me, Lord) I'll wait until tomorrow to plant them. Instead, I varnished the slats in two garden benches. Both are old, varnished previously, but needing it again. One of them also has new slats in the seat part, because the originals had rotted out and broken, so everybody got a coat of varnish.

Now, to tackle part of the house. I'll get the three front bedrooms dusted, vacuumed and be sure the linens are clean on the beds, and will clean that bathroom up there. That may be as far as I'll get today, but I hope to do more. There's still the entry, the living area, dining room, office, my bedroom, the kitchen and the sunroom to do, along with my bathroom and the half bath up front. This is a big house, because there was a time when we needed a big house. Now, it's a lot more house than I need, but on the rare occasions when those bedrooms are all filled, as they will be this weekend, I'm glad I still live here. Besides, I've got too much invested in this house now, both financially and emotionally, to move out of it. I guess my next residence, when I leave here, will be Glory, unless I have to make an "assisted living" stop along the way. I'd rather not do that, would prefer to just step out of this house and into my mansion up there, but God's will shall prevail. --Romeena

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71672:
Nope MT, just the ones in my head! ha
Some of the church stories made me LOL !
Reminds me of those church bulletin bloopers.
TOM- send that rain here please. 60 days today
without a drop.
Barn:"two young people lost in a world of pills."

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71673: Romeena, it sounds like we all need to head over to your house with our cleaning supplies. You have alot to do! How is Eloise coming along after the surgery...maybe you should call her for dinner and then put a mop in her hand (just kidding, of course!). You know what you could do? You could hire a cleaning lady for one day! ;) I am afraid you are going to wear yourself plum out before the wedding. Speaking of "everybody got a coat of varnish", that reminds me of a funny church story. When my sis and I started attending the small A$sembly of God church, years ago, the church had these really ugly, dated pews...not the pretty old ones you see in cathedrals, but ugly from the 60's kind of ugly. They were stained dark brown and had green fabric seats. We were coming up on the Easter weekend, and the pastor got the bright idea that we should paint the pews a light color. One of the women of the church picked out the paint and we all met one Saturday morning to start painting. When we started putting the paint on, it looked pink. Someone mentioned it and the woman that picked it out got huffy. We painted the pews with it, anyway, and it was the old oil-based enamel and we had to clean ourselves with turpentine. One of my friends was kneeling and painting the back of a pew and a man was using a paint sprayer on the front. Well, my friend raised up to say something and got it right in the face...I can still see it in my memory. Anyway, we got them painted and with the humidity in south texas, they wouldn't dry. The still felt tacky by Easter Sunday and when everyone was leaving after the service, they had pink paint on the back of their clothes. It was terrible, but we laughed about it later. Talk about a crazy thing to do.

Better get dinner finished up...


April 06, 2009 - Msg 71674:
"Quick as a wink...you're in the pink!" ha

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71675: Ok im taking a break from aouside work...aint seen no supper!...ok here goes: Pork roast,green beans,mac-n-cheese,fried okra,maude slaw,Boo tea,rolls....ok...ready at 7...I know,,I know thats late but I have been busy!...SPOT

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71676:
That's a great one Boo!
It seems like one of those bulletin bloopers went
something like this:
"The ladies will be dropping off their clothes
in the church basement for the charity drive." heehee
prayers for y'all.

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71677: y Thanks spot.

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71678:
Boo- did you catch my comment about sean and the dyson vacumns?
Prayers for rehab tonight.

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71679: No, I'm sorry I didn't. I will look for it...


April 06, 2009 - Msg 71680: Ok suppers over whose washing dishes?....SPOT

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71681: say what time did barney work at his working places?

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71682: Hey, folks! Boo, that's a very funny story about painting the pews. I'll bet that woman thought she was selecting a nice beige, and ended up with "puce" instead. Beiges can be very tricky, and can turn pink or yellow, depending on the light.

You mentioned a cleaning woman, and that did cross my mind, but I decided against it. Actually, I had Jorge and Maria here on Saturday, had originally intended to get them to do some of the house cleaning, but chickened out. They cleaned all the windows across the back of the house, but that's all I had them do. For pete's sake, if I can't clean my own house, I should be ashamed. It's not like there's a lot of traffic and "dirtying up" around here. I'll get it done, and anything that doesn't get done, won't matter.

Oh, true to the custom around here, my kitchen sink clogged up just now. I have never, in 35 years, had a big event going on without a drain clogging up. God is helping me, though, because it usually happens in the middle of the event. This time, I have time to get it taken care of. I called my trusty plumber, who called me right back as always, and he will be here at 0830 tomorrow. Bless him, may his tribe increase. I truly am blessed with the people who work around here - capable and trustworthy, every single one, and all charge very fairly. It has taken a little weeding out here and there, but I now have an A-list. For a woman alone, that means a great deal.

The weatherman is still talking about a freeze tonight. Landscaper Joe called me a few minutes ago, worried about the yard. He made a suggestion that might help, so I did it. I commandeered one program slot on the sprinkler system, and set it to come on every hour from midnight until 5 a.m., and it will run through each zone for two minutes. That's not a lot of water, two minutes in 12 zones - actually not much more than would normally run in the usual cycle. The trick is in spreading it out. The water will be warmer than the air, and will provide a small amount of protection for the plants. If they're kept wet, they will be less likely to freeze. I doubt it's going to get that cold, since the mesquite trees are leafed out, but if it does, I guess I've done all I can do to protect things. I covered the azalea by the arbor, as an added precaution. It's in full bloom, and is gorgeous.

Well, back to my vacuuming. Where is Sean when I could use him?? --Romeena

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71683: Sean is busy finishing the math that he refused to do earlier today! Now he has to straighten up his room. He played around and wouldn't listen to me today so instead of knocking him into next week (ha) I let his dad deal with it when he got home. When will that kid learn?!

Sure hope your flowers don't freeze, Ro. That would be just terrible! It is pretty cool out there right now so I know it much be colder in your area. It's late for a freeze, though, isn't it?

Sean had "Parent's Night" at her school tonight and I get to hear her little class sing a song about Jesus. It was the cutest thing! Erin was right out front just singing louder than anyone. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera.

Better get Erin to bed..


April 06, 2009 - Msg 71684: That was supposed to be, "ERIN had parent's night..", sheesh!


April 06, 2009 - Msg 71685:
Hey Folks

Long day today. Thought I'd check the ball scores and say hey. It's snowing here now, we may get 6 to 10 inches tonight. I hope not, I do enjoy snow but... I hope not.

Well, Hey and goodnight!


April 06, 2009 - Msg 71686: Well I got the supper dishes done ..(jeez)..hey Boo,auh20,Romeena,Asa,possum(check yer mail),,ky check yer mail too...well im in here till 11 got to work the day shift in the morning..well will check in before bed.....will someone at least dry the dishes?...;)...SPOT

April 06, 2009 - Msg 71687: ahhhItethen.(southern).(all right then)...I had to cook,serve,clean,be a host!...my-my..{I love ya porch)...well bed for me....prayers....be cool and love and peace...(70"s)...Your dog SPOT

April 07, 2009 - Msg 71688: Ok no post all night...GET UP PORCH!...im at work now till 3:00...breakfast:3 eggs your way,bend in the middle bacon,hashbrowns,cheese grits,bisquits-n-gravy,sausage links,fried apple rings..milk,coffee...ready at 8:00...GET UP!...SPOT

April 07, 2009 - Msg 71689: I'll help ya with breakfast,Spot! Man,you cooked supper,cleaned up behind us and now you're making breakfast too? Bet you feel like the Little Red Hen! Us Southerners have to stick together,so give me a minute or too & I'll head over to do the dishes for ya!
possum under a rock