May 04, 2009 - Msg 72296: Well Romeena hope you liked the burger..and there are a BUNCH left overs so the late show uppers can get a brown paper poke and wrap some up in tin foil for there lunch tomorrow..will be good...grab a bag of chips and a Fanta grape and your all here all night at work.....SPOT

May 04, 2009 - Msg 72297: And Swish.....that sweep blew the grill out!..SPOT

May 04, 2009 - Msg 72298: Im telling you what this is the slowest I have seen the porch in a cooking must not be up to par ;)...well im here all night if anyone pops up....SPOT

May 04, 2009 - Msg 72299: Hiall,hope everybody is doing well.Hey Spot,I'll take some of those leftovers Spot!Gonna get those pics sent out tomorrow.Prayers for the porch-ky girl

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72300: I'm off to bed...tired. Had a good bible study tonight at the rehab. I'll tell you more tomorrow, my bed is calling me. Goodnight Mayberry!


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72301: Hey ky and night Boo...gona see if I can find a movie..all caught up here at work...SPOT

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72302: Hey, Spot. I got the rest of the night off, so I'm home, and awake. I slept some this afternoon, thinking I'd be working, and now I'm not sleepy! Any of those burgers left? I could put away another one. They were gooood! --Romeena

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72303: Sure Romeena...plenty of burgers....dolop of salsa on it? you worked part of the night?...there aint nothing on TV that I can find....HELP.....SPOT

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72304: Ok gang now today yall better be more active here on the porch!..Its Tue Morning at about 5:30 am about to go home at 6 for some rest and back at 2 for 16 more then off a WEEK!..camping tomorrow...storms are gona be in the evenings but its will be ok...breakfast menu: 3 eggs your way,over med,scrambled,toast and butter and grape jelly,thin sliced fried potatoes,grits,jimmy dean sausage pattys...oj,ice cold mayfield milk, yall get cha some of that and lets have a great mayberry type day!..prayers to start this fine day....SPOT

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72305: Hey Spot - I have a makeshift computer - yeah!! So I might be able to keep up with all the porch happenings now.
Breakfast was wonderful - thanks I needed that JD sausage.

Boo - I wish you lived closer - got two baby goats that I am bottle feeding - names so far are Sugar and Spice. I bet Erin would love to get her hands on one of them. Specially Sugar - she loves to cuddle!


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72306: I know, we got a little lonely yesterday, didn't we, SPOT? Hope Me-They, Auh2o and all the others show up today.

Had trouble falling asleep again..finally dozed off after 1am, so I am dragging around again this morning. I hate that feeling!

Wonder if Romeena got the whole night off? Watched the Earnest T/Romeena episode on TVLand last night. So funny!...and also the female prisoner episode when Barney doesn't want to leave the courthouse. Otis shows up drunk and Andy and Barney force him out. I love when Andy and Barney toss a coin to see who will drive Otis home and Barney loses...the way he looks when Andy pushes him out the door (screaming with his arms crossed in front of his face!)! I laugh at that every time. Gosh, I wish they had made more black and white episodes with Barney before he left for the Raleigh (did I spell that right?).

Better check on Erin. She was complaining of a stomach ache and when I woke, I noticed she felt warm, darn it. She better not be sick again!

One thing, if you all would please send up a prayer for a classmate of Erin's named Katy. Her Dad died, unexpectedly yesterday...don't have all the details but he was a fairly young man. Thanks.

Better finish the coffee and make myself get ready...which, today, will only consist of pulling on shorts, a TV shirt, and some's all I can muster. Of course, the usual teeth-brushing and face washing applies.


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72307: Hey Homemaker! Oh, boy, would my kids love to get their hands on Sugar and Spice (so would I, for that matter). Yesterday we passed a little farm and there was a pygmy goat near the fence, so we had to stop and look at him for awhile. Erin just can't wait to have a goat of her own.


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72308: By the way, how are things going with the swine flu in everyone's area? Yesterday, all the schools in Corpus Christi were closed for 2 weeks, I think. There have been lots of cases around here but no deaths, that I know of.


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72309: Hi All.
Will at going to be a litle busy arould today!
Cleas up from the flood we had.


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72310: Morning porch, just checking in before I start my work day, looks like the porch has been busy already this morning.

Not much to report about the flu around here BOO. I did hear there were a a few cases around the state though. We are really close to VA and North Carolina though, way up in the far corner of the state and I heard on the news there were some cases in those states as well. Hopefully we will miss out on this one.

Lunch menu will be at Olive Garden today.. One of my favorite places and a great place to celebrate my big 50th birthday with all my porch friends. Thanks for all the birthday wishes and again for the e card Possum.

Cool and raining today so wear a sweater and your rain coat.

Prayers and blessing to all.
Big Maude

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72311: It is amazing how much is being aired about the swine flu when the regular flu kills more on a monthly basis than the swine flu. No schools closed here and no cases in this area.

Congrats Maude on the big 50 - a half of century already.


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72312: Good morning everyone. It's still rainy here (sixth day and counting...). I skimmed the archives quickly but may have missed something, so if I fail to mention something important, I apologize.

MDC: I don't know about ASA, but I love "Foyle's War" and have the set on DVD. I enjoy most of the British mystery series ("Poirot" is my favorite), but Foyle is one of the best, in my opinion. Hope you enjoy them.

I also wanted to mention to you that the Mrs. bees swarmed Saturday. Not sure why, but they may have felt too crowded. The hive came through the winter great and was very healthy. We tried to catch the swarm (that's a funny story I will tell later when I have time!) but without success. The Mrs. set a baited box across teh yeard so there's still hope (they are still hanging in a tree in the yard). At any rate, with the field bees gone from the old hive and just the workers left it will survive but without much if any honey this year.

MAUDE: Happy birthday! Man, you people are old around here. I'm only 29, you know.

BOO: Prayers for Erin's classmate and her family. That is so sad. Hope you all are recovering.

Our washer croaked over the weekend. Anybody volunteer to wash my shorts?

See y'all at lunch.


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72313: BOO: Did you hear that Isreal has requested that the World Health Organization rename the swine flu? They say it is offensive to Jews and Moslems because pork is unclean and calling it swine flu is insulting to them. So, in Isreal they have been calling it the Mexican flu. However, the President of Mexico is upset about that, saying it reinforces negative stereotypes and will hurt tourism. I say we call it Emma's flu and hand out a vaccine in the shape of little blue pills.


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72314: Me-They I like that idea.Wonder why they just don't call it the flu thats going around and be done with it?The flu is bad no matter what strain of it it is.Only the doctors would call it the swine flu,it that is what they are calling it.Had the annual mother daughter banquet at church yesterday.It was really nice. My mother came this year,she didn't get to last year,and both of my daughters and my granddaughter.I wish my oldest son lived closer so I could bring my daughter in law and her mother.Happy b-day Big Maude.Hope you have a blessed one.Romeena,I'm sending you pictures today.Guess it will probably take a couple of days to get there.Well,better go get some things done.Hope everybody has a great day-ky girl

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72315: happy 50th birthday maude, see you at olive garden. ky girl- they call it swine flu to help the vets make money, ha. me- they- on the washer, just call the man.ha, homemaker- how is the goats doing? good to see you. tom- sounds like your going to be busy. spot- did you get much water damage from spring storms? boo- central illinois has not had any, just a few in chicago area. romeena- good to see you. sounds like last night was a tossin and turnin night. remember the song? spot- you sure sweep the porch really good, don"t work to hard,.. mdc- recieved the package today, thanks.. I LOVED THE IDEA ABOUT ED SAWYER. is there an ed sawyer on the porch? anyone heard from charlotte tucker? she lives not to far from me but I don"t have contact info. what about others who were active but not around for a while. PAPPA BEAR (ED SAWYER?) SAY FLOYD HOW IS YOUR BURSITIS< like ed sawyer said. have a great day everyone. pappa bear

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72316: Hey there, PAPPABEAR. I did call the man, and he told me to grab the checkbook and get to Home Depot. Seems the transmission is gone. At least he didn't find any dead mice or teargas.

Howdy, KYGIRL. Sounds like you had a regular gal-fest.


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72317: There used to be an Ed Sawyer a long time ago - seemed he went off with the pretty young girl at Floyd's.
It is so good to get to come and rock anytime I want!


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72318: Now don't y'all head over to Olive Garden for lunch- remember,we're having a birthday bash for Maude at Morelli's! Yeah,MDC,I managed to book the ORIGINAL Carl Benson's Wildcats! I ran into Carl's mama yesterday while I was at Weaver's shopping for a present for Maude. She was in there buying some new reeds for her saxophone!
MDC,I haven't seen that show you mentioned. Ditzy women? I'm ditzy enough,I don't think I'd better watch a show like that-might get some ideas! Hee Hee
Prayers for Erin's friend. I lost my daddy when I was 6 years old,so I can empathize.Gonna be hard.God Bless.
Ok,remember,it's Morellis, NOT Olive Garden.And you're welcome Maude. I'm glad you liked the e-card.
Happy Birthday Big Maude!
possum under a rock

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72319: P.S. We had an Ed Sawyer. He lived in Las Vegas as I recall. Wonder what happened to him?
Pappa Bear,I'm gonna call you Pappa Bear no matter how many times you change your name!
Remember that guy from a few years back? "Well,you can call me Jay,or you can call me Ray.." Ha!

possum again

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72320: Me-They, is that really true, about Israel objecting to the name "swine flu", or is that somebody's idea of a joke? I can believe that the Muslims would object - they object to everything - but the Jews are usually much more sensible. If it's true, then I would suggest that they both just get over themselves. This thing is getting out of hand. Next thing you know, grocery stores won't be able to advertise a special on pork chops, lest somebody be "offended". As I understand it, this particular strain of flu virus is called swine flu because its genetic makeup closely resembles a strain of flu that does occur in pigs. It's not the same, but close.

While on the subject, I'm going to repeat what I said in the last post in the archives: I know people are sick, and I know it's newsworthy. We've seen it here on the porch. Still, I have to wonder. With all the press over a couple of hundred cases in the U.S., with a handful of deaths, where's the press coverage on the hundreds who have died on our highways in the same period of time, in alcohol-related accidents? And I'll quit preaching and start meddling - where's the fuss over the smokers who died of lung cancer in the same period of time? Or more to the point, the non-smokers who lived with a smoker and couldn't avoid the smoke, much like people who are inadvertently exposed to the flu?

I don't mean to take anything away from those who have been affected by it, but 99% of the cases of flu in the country are just plain old we-get-it-every-year flu. Google "swine flu" and you'll find a wealth of information, most of which can be boiled down to "don't panic, we have some kind of flu every year." I agree, we should drop the "swine" thing and just call it the flu, simply because that's basically what it is, but meanwhile, if that rumor is true, then Israel and Islam need to get a grip.

This country is very good at making tempests in teapots, and this is no different. Add to that some sort of ethnic or religious sensitivity, and you have the makings of a really silly dispute.

OK, I said it, and I ain't takin' it back. --Romeena

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72321: Well, howdy there, pappa bear. It's good to see you back on the porch. Are you planning to run for mayor again? Actually, I don't even know if your term expired - did it? --Romeena

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72322: Well now this looks more like our porch!..Boo get better,maude thanks for lunch..let me hit the showeer andget ready for work....SPOT

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72323:
MT- The transmission on a washer can be replaced,
but it is a pain. Basket has to be removed etc.
But if your missus is like mine, she will love getting a new one! Wow, a foyle's fan!
Hey to pappabear! Just to clarify, I have been sending him stuff about AZ, and told him that he is like Ed Sawyer who received the mayberry newspaper. He hopes to visit AZ in 2010.
KY girl, did you see the KY derby?
HM- no more wood chopping now that you have
the new house!!
BOO- In Az, the 3 schools that closed have re-opened, and they are calling it H1N1 flu?
What is that? ha I hope Napalitano DOes go to
the Sup court, just to get her out of homeland sec. She was our gov and she is in way over her head at HS.
Well, have a good day, prayers,

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72324: RIP Dom Deluise . . .still loved him as the doctor in hmSmokey and the Bandit!

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72325: ROMEENA:

You are exactly right about putting concern where it's most needed. To use another example, I know very few parents who would let there elementary school aged kids walk to the bus stop without watching them or tagging along. But, these very same people yank their kids out of theie car or booster seats as soon as they legally can, even though consumer protection groups and studies advise otherwise. A kid has a .000003% chance of being abducted and a 5% chance of being in a serious car accident. But what do most parents worry about?


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72326: REgarding my post above, parenst on the site check out this article:


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72327:
One thing for sure, M-T is always good for 'leven hatfuls of information! teehee

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72328: BOO, I'd like to hear your take on that article (it's three pages).


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72329: Heehee yourself, MDC! You're not talking to a jerk, y'know!


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72330: M-T. . .my husband and I did worry at our other house about possible abductions or kidnappings. We joked that if someone took our kids, they would bring them back because of their behavior. Like their mother, they never shut up. Being in a rural area you would not think we would worry but our roads (we lived on a corner where one side had a stop sign) - you could never be sure of the nuts who could travel through. We now live back a loooonnnnggggg lane and well - anyone who visits us must want to because they have to travel a rough lane to see us. I did keep my kids in booster seats until they grew out of them. And yes, I agree with MDC - you always have mucho informationo!
And yes - my kids are definitely FREE RANGE!

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72331: ***H~A~P~P~Y***B~I~R~T~H~D~A~Y***, Maude!!

Sorry about your washer, Me-They...toss your shorts, Buddy.

True, Romeena. I mean, we supposedly have lots of swine flu going on around here (being so close to Mexico, I guess) and everyone is going around like usual. No panic in this area.

Me-They, I really enjoyed the article. The author had a great sense of humor and I agree with her take on things. I don't think I would have had the heuvos to let my 9 yr old ride the subway alone in the city, but I agree with her take on what our society has done to us though the media, especially. I also think that we have a sort of "syndrome" here in America of parents who can't seem to "let go" of their kids, even into adulthood. I see so many young adults who can't seem to function normally because Mama and Daddy always did everything for them. We forget that the goal is to raise up independant, able adults. Making them terrified of the world around them and taking their independance is a terrible thing, but we see it more and more, don't we? I, personally, don't watch the news anymore, and I never watch TV shows like CSI or shows that depict terrible crimes because I don't want to be tainted by the illusion that the world out there is evil and something terrible is waiting to get us around every corner. I can tell you, from experience, that as Sean got older and I began the "letting go" process with him, each time I made the decision to give him more freedom, it got easier, not harder. What I kept thinking while reading the article is that the real threat of danger usually is in the home. Kids alone with internet that does not have the proper blocks, or watching things on Cable that they shouldn't see. Lots of kids get pregnant in their home while parents are at work, too, and most s#xual abuse occurs within the home. Home seems like the place to avoid! ha..sending them out to play is probably much safer. I know we never got into real trouble doing that. Just the other day, Erin was down the street visiting a couple of friends and playing in their backyard. Sean said to me, "Mom, I don't know if she should be down there. The place doesn't seem very safe. The kids are bouncing on the trampoline and then jumping over the fence"..I said, "Sean, if you knew half of what I did at that age, you would never believe that I would have survived. Let's let her have some fun."...and she was fine. :-)


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72332: Afternoon porch, it is pouring rain on my end of the porch today. Possum, thanks for the AARP bumber stickers, my favorite was the one about cremation, thinking outside the box! that sure made me laugh. have a great day and thanks for the good wishes today. Cake and ice cream tonight for everyone, no candles please, we don't want to have to summon the fire department.
Big Maude

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72333: Glad you enjoyed it, BOO. Last summer, Chad was having a big time with my tools building something out of wood (I'd like to tell you what it was, but I have no idea!). He was using my power driver (screw gun), hammer, nails, and my small hand saw. I was busy mowing the grass, then went inside to work (okay, relax). He was five. Anyway, when I told the guys in my group, the two with kids (all older than mine) just about took gas that I would let him use my tools like that unattended. He could have cut off his finger or put a screw in his leg or something! Yeah, but he didn't, and now he loves using my tools and was able to build a small bookshelf a few weeks ago (though, I must say, it looks pretty bad and I wouldn't oput any heavy books on it). It's not like I stapled cash all over his shirt and dropped him off on the side of the road in the inner city. He was using my tools on our deck.

MAUDE: Save some cake for me!


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72334: Oh, another thing that cracks me up is hearing parents complain that their kids can't keep their cellphones with them while they are at school. "But what if I need to get a hold of them?!" Then I suppose they will have to call the office like parents have been doing for a hundred years. Sometimes, I think it's the parents who need to grow up.


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72335: You got that right, M-T..haha. Love the story about Chad. I am surprised by the reaction from the "men" in your group. I might expect that from a group of moms (maybe), but not from the dads. I wouldn't have given it a second thought, and I'm a nurse. Pretty neat that he has already made a bookshelf. See, because you let him learn how to master the tools himself, he is building self-confidence and independance. The "good dad award" goes to you today. I mean, like you said, "It's not like (you) stapled cash all over his shirt and dropped him off on the side of the road in the inner city"! LOL...

I know what you mean about the phones...we are a culture obsessed with cellphones. I don't ever remember a time when my parents couldn't reach me when they really needed to. When we take the kids to church camp, we make them all hand over their cell phones, or they would be constantly texting instead of participating in what is going on.

Better get some clothes out of the dryer.


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72336: Oh, I just remembered a funny story that a preacher told me once (a preacher who would have been contacted by CPS if this happened today). He had a young teen boy who was being pretty disrespectful and ungrateful...the way adolescents are sometimes. The boy decided that he wanted to do things his own way and didn't want to follow any rules, so he told his dad he was going to leave. He was going to run away and make it on his own, then they would be sorry! Well, the dad offered to take his son to town and drop him off in the city so he could look for a job. When they got to town, he stopped and told the boy he could get out now. As the boy was getting out of the car, dad said, "Have you got any money?", the boy replied, "I have 50 dollars of my allowance". The dad said, "Well, give it to me. It's mine now and you can make it on your own." He took the money and drove away. Of course, the kid headed back home with a much better attitude! I think that is so funny, but if someone did that now they would end up on the national news, like that mom who dropped her girls off for fighting.


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72337: Your comment reminded me of the TAGS episode where Barney says something about the jailbird with Otis and the guys says, "For your information, my mother was a nurse!"


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72338: Tee-hee, I LOVE that line~


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72339:
"Mayberry...gateway to danger"

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72340: Good afternoon, porch. Just got off the phone with my Florida computer guru/friend, and he solved the problem of my thunderclap computer. Actually, it was very simple, and I'm ashamed that I didn't think of it myself. I keep The Weather Channel alive on my desktop with an icon, and just delete it down so that nothing shows but the current temperature down on the bottom line. Well, two or three weeks ago, I had gotten notification of an upgrade to that program, free download, and had installed it. What I didn't realize was that part of the "upgrade" was a little alarm system, which produces sounds related to current threatening weather conditions. For thunderstorms - it produces a thunderclap sound every fifteen minutes. Who knew? Since we've been having thunderstorms and lots of rain for the past week or so, the alarm had been sounding often. So, Bruce just went to the little box of options, disabled that one, and the thunder has gone away. While he was in my computer, he tuned it up, cleared out a bunch of old obsolete programs, fixed a couple of corrupted files, and changed my playback default from Real Player to Windows Media Player. He also upgraded a couple of resident programs to newer versions, so things should run a lot more smoothly and quickly now. Bless him, may his tribe increase.

On the subject of uppity teens, the best cure for that is exactly what Boo described. You want to make it on your own? Go for it. There's the door. Dale did that with one of ours, who shall remain nameless. Kid was bucking rules, and announced "I don't have to stay here and take this, I can make it on my own. I'll just move out!" His response was, "Well, because we love you a lot, we'd hate to see you do that, but if you're determined, then go ahead. I'm sure you'll do fine, and it will be a lot more peaceful around here without all this racket. When you get settled somewhere, and get a phone put in, give us a call. Oh, they'll want a $50 deposit for the phone, but I'm sure you know that and are prepared." (This was before cell phones.)

A little more discussion followed, the decision was made that the kid would "save up" and move out when better prepared, which actually didn't take place for about six more years! A dose of reality goes a long way.....

Well, guess I'll go hunt up some supper. Be blessed, my friends. --Romeena

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72341: Idol is ON..hey yall..any supper leftovers...I didnt cook....SPOT

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72342: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAUDE!!!
Evening Family; Don't mean to complain (I know there are others who need) but I'm TIRED OF RAIN!! Even the ducks have moved! And yes, I realize that about July I'm going to be praying for rain, but could we PLEASE see the sun, just once tomorrow! Soggy and sad ~New Neighbor

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72343: Glad you got your computer mystery solved, Ro. Love the story you shared about one of your children! "A dose of reality goes a long way..."..that's for sure.

Well SPOT, Idol didn't thrill me tonight, either. I felt sorry for Danny after his performance of "Dream On"...eww...a "rocker" he is NOT. Too bad. Hope he makes it through to the next round. I thought the duet between Adam and Allison was kind of cheezy...some how reminded me of a ramped-up version of Greg and Marsha brady singing...or maybe Donny and Marie. Oh well....maybe that was just my perception but I had a hard time getting past those striped, very tight in the crotch pants that Adam was wearing. Ridiculous. Maybe I am just getting old. I don't have an AARP card yet, but it won't be long.

Hey NN...boy do I wish some of that rain would come our way. We are just about dehydrated down here in South Texas. Sorry you are soggy and sad, though. Sounds like you need some sunshine in the worst way.

Today Erin turned on the radio in the den (something she never does) and tuned it to a station that was playing Tejano (Mexican) music. She was dancing around to it...I guess she was celebrating Cinco De Mayo (hope I spelled that right), which is today, I think.

Well, I think we will all get to bed early tonight and try to get a decent night's sleep. Where's the Melatonin?


May 05, 2009 - Msg 72344: Ok its me gang..feeling better Boo?..possum and ky where are yall?..NN im am tired of rain also and Miss Sherry and I are "Suppose" to leave when I get up around noon tomorrow for the camp site..but they are saying 100%rain ..if so I will just get packed and forfit the first nights site fee and go up early thu..that will be ok...its rough setting up camp in the rain (have done it)..but if we have a on off shower day we will head out..M-T hows yer bunch doing?..Maude I will catch you at 50 in Dec..I think possum is there and Rev pretty close!..well I had to grab a bag of chips for a snack..been just buzzing around here at work...if there is no leftovers I will go back to the kitchen and ramble..MDC I agree about tearing down a washer...Buy a new one if possible..HM good to see you..well im hungry as a dog....;)..Romeena work nights in your week?...SPOT

May 05, 2009 - Msg 72345: Happy Birthday Maude!! Hope you've had a great day. It's been rainy on my porch for several days now. Calling for more tomorrow. But I'm off so it will be good to get some inside stuff done. hope you all have a great night love and prayers--Salty Dog

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72346: Well hey Salty..and yea rain and heavy storms here in Ga. today but I get off in about 45 min. and off till next wed night at 10!..a week...hope we can get the camper to the lake today but if weather dont permit we will go early in the may slack up this afternoon and we will try to get some fishing the night nights so neat...well I will holler at yall before we head out for a prayer request for a safe trip...breakfast:scramble eggs sandwiches,hashbrowns and oj and coffee...SPOT

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72347: Had another bout of insomnia, darn it. Slept from 4 to 6. To make matters worse, that "smiling" dog next door barked his fool head off in the middle of the night. I couldn't even sleep with earplugs! I'm afraid I might be rather cranky today....just a warning ;-)

What's the matter, SPOT? You don't want to sit in your pop-up all day while it rains? Just think about it...long naps with the sound of rain on the camper roof...nice talks with Miss Sherry. I think I would go anyway...of course you wouldn't really be able to set up camp in the rain, would you? Hope all goes well and you get a nice camping trip...what's on the menu for the trip? Are you doing steaks or low country boil again? By the way, I made some Ranger Cookies last night that you can have for a snack. I'll send them to you. Prayers for a safe trip.

Better get Erin up and going..


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72348: Oh Spotty,I am NOT "there" yet- 50,that is! I don't join the club until the end of July! So.. Shut up! Ha! Ha!
It's bad enough that the AARP has been sending me stuff in the mail for the past 4-5 years-really! I even wrote them back once,telling them to contact me in a couple of years. Didn't do any good-still getting info from them.They want me bad!
Have a great camping trip-hope it doesn't rain on y'all the whole time.
Well,let me get going around the rock.Y'all take care-love to all!
possum under a rock

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72349: Good morning everyone. It's gray and looks like rain, but it's not so I'll take it! I'm with you NEW NEIGHBOR. On the other hand, after like seven days of straight rain they declared our "drought" over. Now I know how Noah must have felt.

BOO: Yep, Cinco de Mayo usually is celebrated on May 5th. ;-)

Like Erin, I enjoy most "traditional" Mexican music. My favorite is New Flamenco, which really is an updated version. I listen to it quite a bit.

SPOT: My gang is doing well. Three weeks of school left!

ROMEENA: I'm socking away all these good anecdotes and advice for when I need them in a few years.

HOMEMAKER: I missed your post yesterday. Glad to hear from you more regular. But are you insinuating I haver a big mouth?

POSSUM: Don't circle that rock too quick; you may get dizzy, fall down, and not be able to get up. ;-)

"You know how hard it is to work with somebody who knows everything?"

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72350: The sun just broke through and shined in my office window. I had to put up my arm over my eyes. I feel like a mole person.


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72351: I am kinda looking forward to my AARP card, with the price of eating out and my kids not qualifying for the kids menu anymore - at least I would a discount of some sort. As long as they don't try to serve me steamed prunes!


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72352: Well Possum, even if it's only AARP, at least someone still wants you at your age....hehehe....just kidding! ;-)

You're too funny Me-T (mole person). So you really do listen to New Flamenco?...for some reason, I somehow find you more exciting now...(smile...joking). I don't even know what New Flamenco is. Where can I listen to it?


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72353: Googled New Flamenco and listened to a few different artists...some I liked, some I didn't. The music seems like some sort of fusion of jazz and flamenco...sounds a little like "dischord" to my ear. Not sure how I feel about it. I did listen to someone named Tomatito that I enjoyed. I think it would have to grow on me because I have never really been a jazz fan. But, as Briscoe Darlin would say..."More power to ya".


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72354: Good morning porch, been busy this morning at work but taking a break for now. raining again today, supposed to have some severe storms coming out way. temps are cool today as well.

Well, I had a good 50th birthday, thanks for all the birthday wishes. I got several phone calls, once from a dear friend in Florida. We onlytalk but 3-4 times a year but when we do talk, we just pick up like we talked yesterday. We have been long distance friends for over 36 years now. She is one of those rare friends who I dearly cherish.

Well, guess I can come up with some lunch today:
roast beef sandwhiches, SLAW, chips, brownie pudding. tea, kool aid to drink. see you all at lunch.

SPOT, be safe on your camping trip.

Prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72355: Yeah, I think you could describe it as a fusion of Flamenco, light jazz, and maybe lounge music (think SInatra singing "Come Fly With Me"). The term "New Flamenco" covers a lot of styles, kind of like saying jazz. There are some I like and some I don't like, either. I'm generally a fan of the mellower stuff, most of which has few vocals. I don't like the discordant stuff either. But it figures; I like light jazz a great deal (think "Grazing in the Grass" and "Girl from Ipanema") but not the open-ended fusion and Miles Davis stuff. Oh, and I hate Dixieland. In fact, I dislike the jazz sounds associated with New Orleans.


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72356:
New Neighbor-What part of the porch are you again?
We could sure use some here in Phx area!
I'll be praying.

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72357:
Boo- sounds like you need to speed up that new house schedule! ha
No more barking dogs etc.

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72358:
MT- I'll send you all my old Barry Manilow LPs! ha
"We'll just go on burning bri-i-i-ght, somewhere
in the ni-i-i-ight!" (-:

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72359: Please don't, MDC! Although, Veda's favorite holiday song this year was Barry's version of "Jingle Bells."


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72360: Afternoon porch! Glad to see I'm not the only one getting rain, rain and more rain, I know we need it, but boy does it make my bones and joints ache! Ya'll are funny about that music, think I'll stick to my bluegrass though, thank you very much. Boo I feel your pain about barking dogs, our neighbor has 2 Dobermans and let me tell you, when they think they are barking at someone it sounds like the barking might just hurt them, it's more like a scream, drives me crazy and of course, when my dogs hear them, they have to join in. Can't wait to get out of here and into the new house, which by the way is off schedule AGAIN! Long story I'll tell later, too aggravated about it right now. Spot ya'll have fun camping, hope the rain lets up for you. hm and NN good to see ya'll! You too Salty. Now, I'm outta here, but first, Happy belated Birthday Big Maude! Don't work too hard and M-T will you act like somebody?!

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72361:
Hey Folks

Happy Birthday Big Maude!

I had to stop and say HEY! to my friends.


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72362: Hey to AUH2O. And you, too, MAVIS (nyah!).


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72363: Mavis - I truly feel your pain!


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72364: Maude, did you enjoy the party we had for you last night at Morelli's?? I couldn't believe it when you got gassed!

MDC, I know what you mean. I keep thinking, if Bruce were not deaf, and could hear that barking dog like I do, we would have it built sooner! Those neighbors are a little bit of a challenge. Sunday night at 12am they were outside making alot of noise with booming music and I even heard screams. I went outside at one point to be sure someone wasn't being murdered. Thankfully, it didn't last long. About the house...we are getting the financial end of things worked out and Bruce thinks we should be able to start by June 1st. PLEASE PRAY! Oh, and as barking dogs go, we will have them out there at the new place, too. Our closest neighbor, who is actually on the next 5 acres but there is just a fence between us, has and old female lab that likes to bark and he just got a lab pup who looks to be about 3 months old. The pup digs out under the fence and hangs out with us everytime we are there. Erin loves it, but I am afraid that my dog Leah will try to kill it when she gets out there. Anyway, can't get away from barking dogs, but at least these will be alot farther away from my bedroom window.

BTW, you guys are making me sick with the Barry Minilow singing...can you stop that, please? ;-)

I feel for you Maude...if anyone can understand your frustration, it's me..and Homemaker, too. Hang in there. One of these days we will be laughing about the days that Mavis, Homemaker and Boo were homeless. I do believe I hold the record on waiting, though.

You know, Me-They, I will admit to liking some of the "Rat Pack" music alot (love Michael Buble'), and I also like to listen to Tejano, the old cowboy music (guys like Sons of the Pioneers), some bluegrass, some classic, some rock and even a little country and western...partcularly the old artists like Patsy Cline. I also like me some Nat King Cole. I guess I love lots of different music...except Barry Manilow.

After doing the grocery shopping today, I managed to sneak in a nap and feel more human. It was great. I put on some comfy shorts and crawled back into bed in my dark bedroom...ahhh, nirvana.

Better go check on Sean..he still has schoolwork to do.

Before I forget, we will be traveling to Houston for Sean's appointment at Texas Children's tomorrow, so I may be scarce for the day.


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72365: Who's Barry Minilow?? :-0


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72366: Oh, BOO, you came and you gave without taking, but you sent me away, oh, BOO...

Speaking of Nirvana, have you ever heard of the Paul Anka album called "Rock Swings?" On it, he sings "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and number of other rock songs. It sounds looney, but it's actually not bad! You can check out song samples by looking up the CD on Amazon.

Her name was Lola, she was a show girl, but that was thirty years ago when the Copa had a show...

I'm not sure what's worse: waiting for your new house to be built, or waiting for your old house to slowly fall apart.

I write the songs that make the whole world sing, I write the songs of love and special things...


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72367: "Tito, hand me a tissue..."


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72368: HAHAHA...I'm going to throw up now...


PS-good point about the houses...LOL

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72369: "Tito, hand me a tissue..."?? I don't get it...please explain because I am sure that is a very funny statement if one understands it.


"Come, Come, Come into my arms..Let me know the wonder of all of you.." (Manilow at his most sickening)

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72370: Well, I was overcome with sentiment after that last Manilow verse...

Actually, it comes from the Eddie Murphy mid-80s stand up film, "Delirious." He is imitating Michael Jackson singing "She's Out of My Life," and at the end when his voice trails off he starts crying and says, "Tito, hand me a tissue." In case you don't know, Tito is a Jackson brother. Anyway, it was very funny in 1983. However, I now do not endorse this Eddie Murphy concert film. It is filthy, and this may be the only line from the movie I can repeat here.

Things like this just ain't funny if you have to explain them.


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72371: Thanks for explaining. I have never seen the movie but you have to admit, the scene you mentioned does sound very funny. Thanks for the warning, though. I missed alot of movies in the 80's. I was always working or going to church back then. In the church I attended back then (Assembly of God), going to movies was kind of frowned upon so I didn't go often. Of course, now that I am a Baptist, anything goes...not really, we just aren't as legalistic about things...kinda like you Methodists. :-)


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72372: Interestingly, we attended an Assembly of God church at that time, too. But I guess I was a little younger (high school) and more immature than you were at the time. I didn't see it in the movies, but saw it on VHS a number of times. VCR were getting to be a big deal then. Of course, if my parents had known...


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72373:
Boo- Barry Minilow is Barry Manilow's little brother!!! haha LOL LOL !!

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72374: Who was that "hit and run comedian"? Very clever...and Barry Maxilow is his older brother...


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72375: M-T, the things we did that our parents didn't know about...and we survived, too (thinking of the article you posted yesterday). I didn't know you ever attended an AOG..or did you tell me and I forgot?


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72376:
Hey Boo, I did a google sersch and ole barry has had FIFTY-THREE albums totaling 850 songs!!
You get one a day here for the next 850 days! haha

Oh Mandy, well,
you came and you gave without taking,
but I sent you away.
Oh, Mandy, well,
kissed me and stopped me from shaking,
and I need you today. Oh, Mandy!

I'm standing on the edge of time;
I've walked away when love was mine.
Caught up in a world of uphill climbing,
the tears are in my mind
and nothin' in rhyming.

Oh Mandy, well,
you came and you gave without taking,
but I sent you away.
Oh, Mandy well,
kissed me and stopped me from shaking,
and I need you today. Oh, Mandy!

CIA or MDC ?

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72377: You better not keep posting them, MDC, or you may end up DOA. ;-)

BOO: I think I've mentioned it before. My family attended AoG from about 1978 to 1988. Before that, we attended several different Church of God churches (the conservative ones) for many years. They are much like AoG. However, I was baptized as an infant Methodist. In the early 90s my dad went back to the Catholic Church, and my mom visited here and there. I started attending a Methodist church about the time my parents stopped at the AoG (I had stopped attending there a few years before). Now you can see why I'm so all over the place!

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72378: Oh, that was me,

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72379:
Speaking of the 70s, did anyone else here "buy"-centennial? I still have a Bicentennial Plate!

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72380: Boo, as long as I didn't dance ON the tables at the party last night. Big Maude

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72381: Thanks MDC, I love you, too :-( I am going to have to find out what music you hate and sing to YOU every day...

Yes, M-T, you had told your church history and I forgot. I am very sorry. I, like you, have been involved in a variety of denominations and am also "all over the place"...hehe

I don't think I bought anything Bicentennial..hmmm... I did paint Dad's old car red, white and blue (with stars) that year, but I think I have already told that story...

But you did dance on the tables, Maude...don't you remember? You and Asa (wearing his tool belt)...


May 06, 2009 - Msg 72382:
Boo- just funnin' with ya. I wouldnt do THAT to you, ya know! ha How bout some abba, "Oh mamma mia.." ha
Ya all have a good evening, and tick-a-lock!

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72383: Evening Family:
WE HAD SUN TODAY!!! I am sooo smiling! But then just that quick it started raining AGAIN! That's ok. I'm thankful for the several hours of sun. It was glorious.
MDC- I'm on the South-Central portion of PA. 3 miles from the Maryland line. Talk about being mixed up and jumping all around...I don't know if I'm a yankee, rebel, methodist, baptist or something in between. Both of my grandfathers' were ministers. One Methodist (circuit rider) one baptist.
I still have my Bicentennial dress we made for the Big Bicentennial program in town! And no- I can't fit in it anymore! Shut up Asa!
Gonna run dry off the dog. ~New Neighbor

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72384: Okay - my name is homemaker and I am a fan of Barry Manilow. And yes, that is a true statement. I have several of his albums and my husband even offered to buy me his expensive concert tickets but I declined. And yes, I like ABBA too - I was a regular dancing queen - maybe that was Barry. . .

May 06, 2009 - Msg 72385: Good evening, everyone. Musical tastes seems to be the topic du jour. Well, mine are simple. I like gospel, though more the old-time kind, not so much the loud, banging contemporary stuff. I like pretty harmonies. (I used to carry a pretty decent alto.) I LOVE the Statlers! I like old-style country, and I like old bluegrass. Jazz in very small doses. And I confess, I too like Barry Manilow. Had the privilege of attending his concert here a year or so ago, and it was very nice. Tickets were given to me and Eloise, so we went and we really enjoyed it. Rock music leaves me completely cold, don't like it at all. I like music you can learn, that becomes familiar, that tempts you to sing along, and I've never heard a rock song that does that.

We're not dried out here yet. Got a little more rain today, skies still look like lead. Mosquitoes are out in murderous hordes. Roses are developing black spot big time, and my cornmeal treatments aren't helping much. Other flowers are getting long and lanky, wanting some sunlight. Little floating solar lamp in the pond hasn't come on for a week. Grass is growing about an inch a day, may have to go to a 5-day mowing schedule. (Ouch, that gets expensive!) Weeds are popping up where I least expected them, but the mosquitoes are so bad I'll need an armed guard to go out there and pull weeds. Still, it's got to be done. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe.

Well, guess I'll go watch TAGS. I've let it play in there for nearly an hour. Now I'll rewind, and watch TAGS through the Cougar's time slot. Ha! There's more than one way to skin a cougar.

Looks like the next TVLand project is another "She's Got the Look." I can handle that. I watched last year's and it was really pretty interesting. There were a few silly moments, with the women squabbling and all, but mostly it was okay. The transformation from average person to super-model beauty was really fascinating, and the fact that these are all older women makes it even more fun. Of course, anything beats that ridiculous high school reunion thing, and the Cougar? What can I say?

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena