May 31, 2009 - Msg 73013: Mornin' Y'all! Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Continued prayers for Asa and his folks.
Laci is spending the weekend with me. She didn't wake up and party last night,so I actually got some sleep! No barking dogs either.
May I brag on our talking dog? I tease him about not being as young as he used to be,but he e-mailed me to let me know he did the ENTIRE 30 mile bike race yesterday! Way to go,Spot!
Well,let me get Laci out to play in the sunshine before things heat up too much- gonna be in the low 90s!
possum under a rock

May 31, 2009 - Msg 73014: Ok,ok,just because I'm well rested ain't no reason to make me sweep up after y'all!

possum again

May 31, 2009 - Msg 73015: Gona clean the boat and get it to the lake for the to go...SPOT

May 31, 2009 - Msg 73016: Good afternoon, porch! Just got home from a trip to a sporting goods store with my brother. I had previous advice from a police officer friend, and another friend who knows weapons, and my brother agreed with them, so he and I went shopping. I bought a weapon, a Taurus Judge. It is a fearsome critter. I will be going to the range to get comfortable with it, and learn how it handles. Many years ago, I was pretty accurate, so we shall see. It's a 5-shot automatic, and uses a choice or a combination of shotgun shells, or .45 Colt shells. The shotshells can be either little birdshot, or a 4-pellet shell that will "stop a zombie" to quote the man in the store. I don't anticipate ever firing it anywhere but at the range. I pray I never have to, but nevertheless, I'm ready. Isn't that a sad state of affairs?

Beautiful day here today. Hot, but beautiful. It's 92 degrees, bright sunshine, very little breeze. My flowers are looking so much better after we weeded and pruned and deadheaded everything. The roses are starting to flush out again, I'll probably get another whole course of bloom out of them. They really respond to pruning.

Spot, if you and Miss Sherry are going on the cruise, you'd better get your reservations in. I sure hope you do go, that would just be so much fun!

Well, off I go. Toye Starr has been alone all day, and she's pretty chapped about it. I need to go give her some cuddle time, poor little thing. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

May 31, 2009 - Msg 73017: Spot, we'd love to see you on the cruise! Anybody else that would like to go as well. It's a lot of Mayberry fun. --Floyd

May 31, 2009 - Msg 73018:
This is a trouble check! (:
Just checking in for a quick HI.
More tomorrow.

May 31, 2009 - Msg 73019:
Romeena- I sure hope the sight isnt bent
or you'll never win the 'lectric razor! ha

May 31, 2009 - Msg 73020: Romeena, if you need help with that gun, Goober would be the one to ask, he knows about cars and guns both. Hope everyone has had a good Sunday. Was wanting to ask ya'll to pray for our church, our pastor resigned after 17 years today, no problems or hard feelings or anything like that, he just said God was leading him to move on. So now we'll be looking for another pastor. Pretty sad to say the least he'll be leaving the end of the month. Thanks ya'll are the cats!!--Salty Dog

May 31, 2009 - Msg 73021: I envy you, Romeena. I love going to the shooting range and I am a good shot...well, I guess I still am, it's been awhile. Since we had the kids, no more guns and no target practice. I understand where you are coming from and I had a firearm in my home when i was single. I don't blame you for having one and you are very wise for knowing how to use it.

Aww, sorry about your pastor leaving, Salty. I know how hard that can be, especially after 17 years. Prayers for your church family.

Hi there, MDC.


May 31, 2009 - Msg 73022:
Hello porch family.....Still in east TN doing concerts.

Ro....Good for you....the Taurus Judge is a great defense weapon. Throws a very good pattern with the 4-10 shotgun shells within 30 feet. And the recoil is not as bad as some people think it would be. Very good handgun.

Salty.....I know that God will bring in the right pastor for you folks.

Spot.....hope you and Mis Sherry have a great time on your bike trip.

Good race today. Looks like Jimmie is heading toward a 4th straight championship.

Well you all have a good night and know that I'm praying for you!

June 01, 2009 - Msg 73023: Sorry for not updating sooner, but Kai is back home safe and sound. Well, sometimes at night she doesn't sleep very soundly, but that is expected. She is still in some pain at times. We have to give her some pain meds every few hours. And then her other blood pressure and have-to-go-pee meds at other times.
Luckily that will not go on forever.

Yeah, we were able to go home Saturday, after deciding to stay another night on Friday due to her rough night she had on Thursday. Though they had said she could go home on Friday.

We tried to make it into church today, but only stayed about 15 minutes because Kai wasn't feeling up to it. Otherwise, she is coming along nicely.

Salty, I know I would feel bad if our pastor decided to leave. I really enjoy his sermons. That, and he is quite a good guy. It was a blessing to have him and his wife up there during Kai's surgery. They didn't have to be there, but he told me he wouldn't have been anywhere else.
They made a scary time a little less scary just by being there.

Boy I love a woman who isn't afraid to shoot a gun, and knows how to. And I don't blame you one bit for having one, Ro. I wish my wife didn't have such an aversion to them. You never know when you made need it, especially nowadays.

Hope you all have a good Monday!

-Sterling Holobyte

June 01, 2009 - Msg 73024: Thank you for the update, Sterling. So glad Kai is home and the surgery is more worrying about it! May the Lord give her a speedy recovery.

Sterling wrote, "Boy I love a woman who isn't afraid to shoot a gun...", sounds funny~ You are something! Someday you might be thankful that your wife has an aversion to them. You might sleep easier ;-)

Why am I up at 6am in the summer? I really had planned to sleep until 8 everyday but that just isn't working for me.


June 01, 2009 - Msg 73025: Morning, porch.
Sorry about your loss, Asa.
Ro, just make sure you keep your bullet in your pocket.
- Hazel

June 01, 2009 - Msg 73026: welcome to june! the year is almost half over. Sorry about your loss asa. congrats spot on your race. good morning hazel, i hope your doing ok. sterling- prayers for kai"s fast recovery. rev- prayers on your tn concert. prayers for your chruch family and the tuff decision ahead, salty. romeena,i to pray you never have to use that gun but a 45 shell close range is a point and shoot weapon once your comfortable with the weapon you"ll be like barney , good luck... possum, you swept before it got too hot, great job. hope you have a great week. mdc- do you think summer will ever get to your porch? have a great week. to hot to smash stills today... ha. catch you later. pappa bear

June 01, 2009 - Msg 73027: Sterling - so glad that Kai is doing great. She is so very lucky to have a daddy like you.

Asa - I am so sorry for your family. May God bless you and give you the strength needed to deal with all that has been dealt to you.

I stayed in bed until 8:30 this morning - big plans to get things done but just didn't happen. Oh well - off to Ga this weekend. Goat show in Monroe! "No good southerner would fix instant grits. Are these magic grits? Did you get these same grits from the same guy that Jack got his beanstalk beans?!" The two youts are going too!

hotlips, er , I mean - homemaker

June 01, 2009 - Msg 73028: Good morning, all. Thanks for the positive words about my owning a gun. I hesitated for quite a while before actually buying one, but the way things are going, I think it was the thing to do. Before I could decide to buy it, I had to do some soul-searching and determine whether I really would use it in a crisis, and I finally concluded that yes, I would. I wouldn't want to - the idea of actually firing a gun at another person is abhorrent - but I finally realized that if it came down to them or me, or one of mine, I could. And so, the Judge now lives in my nightstand drawer. I'm surprised at how many people seem to be familiar with this particular weapon. Two police officer friends, three other male friends, a cousin, and now REV seem to feel that it was a good choice, so that makes me feel good.

I'm so happy to hear that sweet Kai is doing well. Sterling, I know this has been rough on you and your wife, but you have made it possible for Kai to get through a procedure that will give her a much more enjoyable life. God bless you.

Salty, I'm sorry you're losing your pastor. That's always a hard time. I remember when our dear BO Baker left my church, to retire. We thought our life as a church was over, but it wasn't. God will always raise up another servant. Things won't be the same, but they may be even better, who knows? Prayers for you and your congregation, my friend.

Well, guess I'll go find some lunch. Maybe I'll just go up to the Sonic that's about a block away, and get a good old burger. I do enjoy their burgers, especially when they honor my request for extra pickle and tomato. Yep, that's it, a Sonic burger and a big glass of tea. Then a nap before going to work tonight.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

June 01, 2009 - Msg 73029:
Moral fo the story: don't try skeet shooting again' Romeena! ha
And for pete's sake, stay off the roof of the court house! (:

June 01, 2009 - Msg 73030: Don't worry about me, MDC. I don't particularly like high places. (heehee)

I just sent most of you an email with an attachment, and it probably took a while to load. It's worth it. However, if you received it twice, I apologize. I tried to send it once, and it said the first attempt failed, and nothing showed up in my "sent" file. So I tried again. It went through, showed up once in the "sent" file, but then I got TWO copies in my inbox. I have my own address included in all my group lists, so I can see for sure what was received. I always try to remove old addresses, but as my own copies show, many times they reappear after I've deleted them. Wonder what causes that??

Yay, my pond water is clearing up beautifully. It had gotten just awful, couldn't see a fish if it was six inches below the surface. I called my water garden guru, who immediately asked me the age of my UV light. Three years old. Hmmm. She says they're good for about a year, maybe a little more. It will still emit light, but the UV portion has degraded to the point of being ineffective. Well, I would imagine that was the problem. I ran over to her store, bought a $65 bulb (argh!) and installed it. Within three days, the water has cleared miraculously. Guess I learned a lesson. I had been cleaning the filter of trapped algae almost daily. Now it's down to three days, and will probably get even better. The fish are ecstatic. I've also ordered a large beach umbrella to shade at least part of the pond and reduce the algae-encouraging sunlight that hits the water.

Well, I feel a nap coming on, then must get up and go to work. Gotta pay for that dratted bulb! --Romeena

June 01, 2009 - Msg 73031: Good afternoon to the Porch! It's a fine day here in my neck of Mayberry, and I hope everybody's day is going as good as mine.

Hey to my bud Asa. I was sorry to read about your brother-in-law's passing. It's gonna be hardest on his momma and your wife, and I pray God gives you the strength and wisdom to know how to comfort your wife and in-laws. God bless you, brother.

Romeena, I'm so jealous that you got a Taurus Judge. I've been wanting one since my friend Steve introduced me to them. I bought a Ruger 9mm right before the election (Halloween day, as it turns out), and I'm a good shot with it. My beloveded Charlene can really ping up the place with her little 22 cal, too. But a JUDGE is the best home-defense weapon on the market today. Like you, I hope I never have to fire my weapon at another human being. But if I had a Judge it'd be easier to SCARE the boogers outta the booger-man, rather than put a hole in him and mess up a perfectly good rug. Do you mind telling me where you purchased your Taurus? You can email me if you don't wanna say it right out loud on the Porch here. Oh, and I'm still waiting on a date for you and me (and whoever) to get together for some good fried chicken. I'm starting to feel like you're avoiding me or something. :-)

Hey Floyd, you know me and Charlene would love to go on that Mayberry Cruise with you all, but the Obama admin has hit our pocketbooks pretty hard this year, so we'll have to wait and see about next year. I hope there IS a next year!

Sterling, it's good to hear that Kai is back home where she belongs. Having an ailing child is one of the most frustrating things a parent can go through, but you sound like you're coming through the ordeal together, and that can only make you stronger as a family.

Salty, we lost a pastor at our church yesterday too. He was an associate pastor (not the head mountie) and he has accepted a position with a church in St. Louis. We'll sure miss him. I'll keep your church in my prayers that they find just the right pastor to lead your congregation where the Lord wants 'em to be led!

Well, I'd better get back to work. They don't pay me around here just for looking good!

I'll see ya.
Rafe Hollister

June 01, 2009 - Msg 73032:
He is 83 today for all who may be wondering.
BTW, does anyone here have their reunion show,
done about 5 years ago, on VHS or DVD.
I recorded it back then, but now I can't find it! Drat.
Is anyone going to see "UP"? (Note question mark is OUTSIDE the quotation mark because it is not part of the title.)ha! Pixar usually does a good job with their stuff.
Ro- glad you got things going right with the pond.
Oh, and you could keep the 45 on top of the china hutch. (:
Did anyone else hear about the secret meeting of Oprah, Buffet, Bill Gates, Scoros and a few other billionaires held in NY a few weeks ago.
If you google "secret meeting oprah bill gates"
you will get an eyeful. Strange times!
Prayers for all.

June 01, 2009 - Msg 73033: Well its me gang...hey to all..possum,Boo,Rev,Maude,MDC,Ro,Rafe....well did not get the boat to the lake will be tomorrow..had to put a starter on it and man was that a bugger...but its done now and im cooling off....then finish the cleaning....lets grill some smoked sausage tonight yall want to?...SPOT

June 01, 2009 - Msg 73034: Hey MDC you're right as rain, today IS Mr. Griffith's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANDY!!! Thanks, MDC, for reminding me. Oh, and me and my family went to see UP over the weekend, and it is EXCELLENT. It is also the SADDEST of all the Pixar movies (you'll see what I mean), but well worth the price of admission.

Hey to SPOT. That smoked sausage sounds lip-smackin' good. If we can have some corn on the cob and steamed cabbage with it, I'd be in hog heaven.

I'll see ya.
Rafe Hollister

June 01, 2009 - Msg 73035: Hi I'm yalls biggest fan. I may just be 13, and that may sound young to be watching your show, but it has made a hugs difference in my life. I know every episode known to man and can answer any question. By the way, Happy Birthday to Andy Griffith

June 01, 2009 - Msg 73036: hey it's (13) again and I was wondering if anyone knew andy's phone number. If I could talk to him for 5 min. it would make the world to me. Any how, if you do know I'll be back on this website each day. Andy, your my IDOL.

June 01, 2009 - Msg 73037:
Dear unsigned 13 year old, I don't think that his number is published, sorry. But I think you would
probably just get his publicist or someone like that anyway.
You may want to check and see if there is an official website just for Andy Griffith, the man. There may be some contact info there. Hope it works out for you. I think we'd all like to say HOWDY to him.
But you are welcome here on the porch anytime!
sure and glad you like the show, and have learned some life-lessons from it.
MDC (Mr Darlin's Cuz)

June 01, 2009 - Msg 73038: Afternoon,y'all! Nice to see Pappa Bear,Hazel, and Rafe on the Porch today!
Spot,I think we've got another "My Cousin Vinny" fan- did you catch those "grits lines" homemaker was tossing out there?! She even used the "Y' word! Ha! Enjoy your time down South,homemaker and try to stay cool. Summer's not officially here yet and it's already HOT!!

Happy birthday to Andy!

Welcome 13 year old fan. You sure picked a great tv show- nothing better than the Andy Griffith Show! Feel free to join us here anytime.

Ro,you keep those bullets polished.We don't want folks asking what those green things are in your holster!

Sterling, it's so good to hear the latest news on Kai!
Spot,I'll be right over for supper- that grilled sausage sounds good,YOUT!
possum under a rock

June 01, 2009 - Msg 73039:

June 01, 2009 - Msg 73040: Rafe that cabbage was SO good thanks....hey (13)grab a chair and hang on!...hello Mavis,possum my YOUT,Boo,Rev look for the truck with sausage on it!...well boat is ready and its LAKE tomorrow and 90 in Ga!,,,,ok got to get the fishing rods loaded,,,,SPOT

June 02, 2009 - Msg 73041: Well, who woulda known that so many of the porch folks are gun-lovers? Well, we know that Andy had at least one rifle, don't we?

Happy Birthday to Andy! He is the same age as my dad. Hope they both have many more. You know, my dad may be 83, but he is still talking about taking a trip to see an old girlfriend. He's such a mess.

Good to see you Rafe..You know, that pastor-leaving thing must be going around. Sunday is our youth pastor's last sunday. Curious....


June 02, 2009 - Msg 73042: Hey to the PORCH! It's been such a long time since I stopped by to sit. It's great to hear from some of you now and then...Just glancing here..there's lots going on. just make me smile, you're a font of knowledge...with a heart of gold!

Gonna try to stop by a little more often. Hope y'all are happy and blessed. If you get a chance..stop by and look at the big gospel event I'm putting on in July. If you're close...come on over...if you're not close...start driving NOW! :)



June 02, 2009 - Msg 73043: Oh...and I checked...the moon is NOT blue...but i still managed to come by! :)


June 02, 2009 - Msg 73044: Well gosh Goober?,...hello!..Ok its lake tomorrow..happy b-day Andy!...Maudy lets whup one up for Mavis and the just a lot of eggs ok,nor as far as the bacon...limp for Romeena and kinda crisp for us,(now for the back seat)grits,hashbrowns with cheese and small sliced onions,(by the way the grits have butter in them)(real butter),real cathead bisquits with milk gravy(salt-n-pepper),,love yall....SPOT

June 02, 2009 - Msg 73045: Catching up on some archives...Sterling, great to hear that Kai is doing well. Rev...good to see you...keep on signing brother. Spot, boo..Rafe...EVERYBODY...good to see you all!

FLoyd...what's the cruise folks are talking about? Looked a little...couldn't see it.



June 02, 2009 - Msg 73046: Hey must have posted when I did...great to see you...and as make me HUNGRY!


June 02, 2009 - Msg 73047: Mornin' y'all! Hey to Goober!
I'm not gonna stay too long- I'm heading over to Spot's for breakfast! Sounds good!
Y'all have a great day and if you're down South,stay cool!
possum under a rock

June 02, 2009 - Msg 73048: Hey Goober - how's the Goobette?
A nice hot sticky day here already. Going to the old house and cleaning. Getting ready to do a yard sale next weekend of stuff that I really don't want in the new house.
Romeena - my hubby wants a Judge as well - we are waiting on the finances to be right to purchase. We also need a gun safe to keep things locked up in. Living where we do - hunting is a way of life. And the judge is a necessity in today's crazy world.
Hoping Kai is doing even better today.

Thinking of our beloved Millie's children - hoping they are doing well.

God bless all -


June 02, 2009 - Msg 73049: Morning gang who is washing dishes?...SPOT

June 02, 2009 - Msg 73050: Hey GOOBER! Great to see you. I figured you must be busy these days with the little ones (didn't you and the MRS have another baby, recently?). Don't be such a stranger, Goob.

Well, I will have to check out the "Judge" and see what all the fuss is about.

Better get moving...lots of laundry to tackle, as usual.

Wonder when Me-They is coming home. Hope they are having a good time. His mrs. is getting very close to time to deliver the little one.


June 02, 2009 - Msg 73051: Hello are things going? Are the boys out of school yet? I think of Millie often. She was such a lovely soul that she will always be in our hearts. God bless her husband and children.


June 02, 2009 - Msg 73052: SPOT, I'll have Erin wash the dishes. She still thinks it's fun. She loaded the dishwasher for me this morning and said, "I think I will like being a mom". Hope she continues to like that sort of thing~! ha.

While I am thinking of it, and because you all have always kept Sean in your prayers. I wanted to let you know that we are going through some major issues with him right now (adolescence has brought out some behaviour problems that have to be dealt with). We started counseling yesterday with the most amazing Christian counsellor. Sean will be seeing him each week for awhile. I will ask you to please pray for Sean. He is at a very critical place in his life and making poor decisions that could greatly effect his life in the future. My friends here on the porch have prayed him through so many things and I know your prayers make a huge difference.

Better get on that laundry!


June 02, 2009 - Msg 73053:
Prayers for Sean, for sure!
BTW, Focus on the Family has some great tapes/CDs regarding puberty etc. 1-800-A-Family.
Hey to Goober. How's things with you and yours?
Ya all have a good day.

June 02, 2009 - Msg 73054: Prayers for Sean - can't wait for all the fun stuff ahead - I'll have two going through it at the same time!

Planning our trip for this weekend. At least we know we have pool to take a dip in after a couple days of goat stuff! The boys like the trips when they know there is a pool involved. We are going to stop at Stone Mountain to take a picture of the etching in the wall. Hope it comes out well for the 4-H project. Jess likes to take pictures of things most kids don't get to see.


June 02, 2009 - Msg 73055: Thank you, MDC and Homemaker. MDC, I do rely on focus on the family and their information alot. In fact, the couselor we are seeing was recommended by them. They are a great resource of information, aren't they?

Well, Homemaker, you may have an easy time with the boys..I hope so. Some kids are tougher to get through adolescence than others and it sounds like you keep your boys busy and involved, so that should help. I think you had said that they are involved with church, too, didn't you?

Back to work...


June 02, 2009 - Msg 73056: My youngest son is so excited about our upcoming weekend treat. Our new church doesn't really have a youth group. The last church was okay but not a lot of kids who were kingdom minded or parents for that matter - more of an easy babysitter for them. My kids really didn't fit in with them. So we go to my grandma's church (she is in heaven but it is the family church). It is really small but it reminds us of what we used to go to a long time ago. They sing from hymnals! Nothing against praise hymns but there is nothing like a good hymn.

Oh well - take care Boo!


June 02, 2009 - Msg 73057: I agree, HM. If I lived near you I would certainly visit your church!


June 02, 2009 - Msg 73058:
You're welcome Boo.
Wow, with Ro wrking and Me-They on
vacation and spot at Myers lake,
I guess we inmates get to run the asylum tonight! ha
I'll visit the Morrison sisters pdq,
and ya all bring a covered dish down to the courthouse. Possum's in charge of the entertainment. woohoo!
"Let's fix up the bandstand and we'll have us a concert under the stars!"

June 02, 2009 - Msg 73059: Y'all want Clifford & Opie's "groovy" band or should I go all out and get Carl Benson & the Wildcats?

possum again

June 02, 2009 - Msg 73060: Good evening, porch! Hey, Goober! It's good to hear from you. Actually, I'm going to be in Branson with a group from the church in July, but not on the dates you're going to be there. We tried to set it up that way, but the timeshares we'll be using were already filled on those dates. Drat! That would have been really cool! About the cruise - when you first go to, and the home page comes up, there are about three separate paragraphs, advertising sites or events. They change, like a marquee, so if you don't see the one about the cruise, just hang on for a minute, and it will appear.

Rafe, I've been sort of waiting for Daphne to pop the current little pea, and recover from the event, because I think she'd probably throw something at me if we went to Babe's without her! Should be soon....hmmmm, I suppose we could go more than once??? I'll email her and see how things are going with her.

I'm amazed that so many people know about the Judge! I know next to nothing about individual firearms, and knew zero about this particular model. It was just highly recommended by a police officer friend - in fact, he brought me a page copied from an ad, so I'd be sure to get the right thing. His recommendation was seconded by several other men whose opinions I value, so I just went hunting for it, didn't really consider anything else. Apparently they're so popular that they're a little hard to come by, but I found mine at an Academy Sports store. There are two models, one a little larger and heavier than mine, but I felt like the 2 1/2" chamber would be all I needed or could handle. It comes in a 3" chamber version as well. I never knew a handgun could fire shotgun shells, but this one does, in addition to .45 Colt slugs. It seems strange to be talking about this, but the times, they are a-changin'.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some supper. Spot, those buttered grits sound wonderful, and just the thing to go with a couple of pork chops I've got. Yum!

Prayers for all the porch kids, as they enter a rough patch in life. Adolescence is always a difficult time, and Godly kids are no exception. They face the same stressors, they're just perhaps a little better prepared and supported. Just love 'em, and hang on.

Well, be blessed, friends. Toye Starr says 10-4. --Romeena

June 02, 2009 - Msg 73061: Hey to my porch pals! MDC...great to see you! Boo, HM..Homemaker...always nice to get to visit home! :) Ro...thanks so much for the info. Sad that you can't be there during that time...we're gonna have a big old time for sure. God is doing some amazing things in this event...I think it's going to change some hearts in a great way.



June 02, 2009 - Msg 73062: Boo tell Erin thanks for the dish washing ...hey Goober..MDC ita Allatoona Lake!..ha it...well the boat is tucked away in her slip and ready for the summer...yall meet us up there anytime!..Possum check yer mail...Ky?..mail Me girl..Romeena Pork Chops YEA...Ok gang like I said the big Job is over ...boat in its slip and clean and stocked for the Im in here for a bit tonight...Off till tomorrow night and Miss Sherry off till thu so we may ride up to the lake tomorrow and goof off...GOT to et Ro some Pics of the boat and our dock...its neat power and water...ok ...gona put Otis UP....SPOT

June 03, 2009 - Msg 73063: Mornin' Y'all! Looks like I'm thr first one on the Porch this morning.It's almost 11 AM here- everyone must be sleeping in after the Courthouse Bash yesterday! Wake up Y'all!
I'll leave some Krispy Kremes and coffee-between the caffeine and the sugar rush,y'all will get going!
Have a good day-love to all!
possum under a rock

P.S. Boo.. prayers for Sean.

June 03, 2009 - Msg 73064:
Now spot, yer either runnin' with Miss Sheery or yer runnin' with Possum... haha
Howdy porch, good party last night with the Wildcats! Opie's band couldnt quite cut it. ha
Anyone see Conan yet? I must say, I'm not real impressed.
Well, big BO speech tomorrow. My prayers are going up regarding this whole thing and for ya all. God bless, and have
a good day!

June 03, 2009 - Msg 73065: Howdy friends.
Sorry to have been away. But been tied up with the service and all. We had the service yesteray, and it went pretty well. The family asked if I'd conduct it. I hope I did ok. I feel just so sad for my MIL. She is just a wreck, bless her heart. I really worry about her, as you mentioned Rafe. Although she is a devoted Christian, this has really taken it's toll on her.

You have my prayers for Sean Boo. It sounds like he is indeed at the crossroads, but he has a big advantage in that he has you and Bruce for parents, and are wise enough to know (and care) what it is he's facing. Your love for your children is evident in your posts Boo. And that one ingrediant alone will overcome tons of obstacles. So keep on loving him and seeking the Lords wisdom in dealing with him, and I as-sure you all will be well. He may stray some, most of us have at one time or another, but he has been raised by goodly parents, and as long as you two stay the course, you all will be blessed. At least that's my take on it, and I ain't taking it back. :)
Thanks for all the prayers and thanks Possum for the Krispy Kremes.


June 03, 2009 - Msg 73066: On, Man...I had a long post and then reached for my coffee and accidently hit a key that erased it! I hate that! Well, my long post may have bored all of you, anyway.

I will condense my thoughts...Ro, does that Jusge have much of a kick? I really like the idea that it uses shotgun shells, too. I might want one later.

Hope you get to go to the lake, SPOT. Catch one for me, buddy!...if you go fishing, that is. ;-)

Hi Possum, thank you for those prayers for Sean. He has his first session with the counselor today. I really like this guy and counselled with him myself a couple of years ago. I trust him and think he will do very well with Sean.

I did sleep in this morning and it was wonderful! I woke up early and forced myself to go back to sleep, and it worked. I feel very well-rested and ready to conquer the last of the laundry. Wonder if Me-They is back yet...he probably has a suitcase full of shorts that need washing.


June 03, 2009 - Msg 73067: Thank you, Asa. Your words encouraged me so much, you just have no idea. Lord bless you, Asa.

I am so sorry about your MIL, bless her heart. I can't even imagine her sorrow. My prayers go out to her.

It sounds like you stepped up and did what had to be done, even though it must have been very difficult to conduct the funeral. You are just that kind of a guy, to step up and help where you are needed. Such a good and true heart.


June 03, 2009 - Msg 73068: Good morning, porch. Asa, how kind of you to be willing to conduct that service. That must have been hard, but I'm sure your MIL appreciated it so much. Prayers for her, I know something of what she's going through, and it isn't easy. Give her room, she may withdraw for a while, but she'll be okay in time.

Boo, I haven't fired the Judge yet, waiting for a chance to go to the range. However, I'm told it has a significant but manageable recoil, worse with the .410 shells than with the .45 slugs. It's quite heavy to hold, which should reduce the recoil somewhat. As soon as I've had a chance to practice with it, I'll let you know.

Well, guess I'll scare up some lunch. I've got a couple of leftover pork chops and some green beans. Sounds good to me! --Romeena

June 03, 2009 - Msg 73069: The gun shop owner I talked to about purchasing one said that if there was an intruder in house - the judge would at least wound him no matter how bad his aim was! In Indiana - you can shoot on your own property if you feel threatened. At least we still have the right to bear arms.

Bass Pro carries them and they have a waiting list. The gun dealer here locally said he also has a waiting list.

Bless you Asa -


June 03, 2009 - Msg 73070:
Wow, I can't believe we are talking this on the Mayberry porch. Are times really that bad? Maybe so.
I will be volunteering again at Vacation Bible School. Lord know the kids today need it!
Anyone here having one at your church?
ASA- you sir are a real treasa'! God bless you friend for stepping up to the task.
Well, it DOES seem like "bizarro world" continues
with Hummer being sold to the chinese.
and now the gov owns 2 car companies, the banks and
HC is just around the corner! etc.! help!
Strange stuff my friends.
Hang in there.
Jesus is Lord!

June 03, 2009 - Msg 73071: Asa, blessings to you.I hope your Mother in law finds some peace.I can't imagine how she must feel.
MDC,I don't run with Spot unless Boo accompanies us. We go dancing over in Yancey at the Gigolo Club.And that's only when we're sure that Miss Sherry isn't around! I think she could take both Boo and me! Ha!

Boo,I think Me-They said he would be back on June 9th. Hope he took plenty of clean drawers with him- we don't want him washing dirty drawers in the Atlantic ocean- yuck!!
I guess we were on our own for lunch. Let's all head over to Me-They's for supper. We can raid his pantry & throw something together. I think he left a spare key with Barney,so we won't have any trouble getting in!
possum again

June 03, 2009 - Msg 73072: Good luck with VBS, MDC. We have VBS at our church every summer and we almost always help out. I took a summer off last year but now I am eager to help out this summer. I think we have some sort of Australian theme this year. Do you have your VBS in the evening? We started doing ours in the evening a few years ago and it works out much better because we have alot more help and the men can participate in the duties.


June 03, 2009 - Msg 73073: Hey Possum, you slipped in on me. Yep, I know Miss Sherry could take me. I've seen her and she's in much better shape. Wanna go to the Gigolo club on Friday night? I hear they are having a guest dancer...they call him "The Handyman"!


June 03, 2009 - Msg 73074: Oh and, I'll be the designated driver...You coming SPOT? (or anyone else who would like to go along).


June 03, 2009 - Msg 73075: hey gang ,just got back online my computer went down last week , finally bit the bullet and swiped the plastic to get a new one ,gonna catch up everyone havve a great evening

June 03, 2009 - Msg 73076: Good afternoon, friends. MDC, you asked a question up there ("are times really that bad?") and then you pretty much answered it yourself in the rest of your post. In this "land of free enterprise", the more the government owns, the less the people own, and the easier it will be to exert governmental dominance over the population. That is the goal, you know. We are already looking back over the last ten or twenty years, and wondering how on earth we got where we are. Can you imagine what it will be like in the next ten or twenty years, with ultra-liberal socialism in charge? It makes my blood run cold. Yes, Jesus is Lord, and most of us here acknowledge that, but friends, nationwide, I fear we're becoming the minority.

Many people call themselves Christian, but haven't a clue what that really means, and if push came to shove, would fall away like dry leaves. Others describe themselves as "spiritual", which can include anything from The Gospel According to Oprah, to worshiping the Corn God. God has said He will not leave us, but nowhere did He say He will run begging after us when we leave Him. When the nation as a whole deserts God, the remnant who still holds onto Him will suffer along with the rest. The difference is, we will still have our place with Him in eternity.

I'm sorry if I'm coming across as negative and as a doom-sayer. I'm not really that way, I am by nature an upbeat, positive and happy person. My glass is usually half-full! There are things happening in our world today, however, that just cannot be ignored. If we don't address them, and correct them, we are going to regret it. I only wish I knew how that is to be done. In the voting booths, I suppose, but it may be too late for that.

Toye Starr, in her innocence, says 10-4. --Romeena

June 03, 2009 - Msg 73077: I just found this in the newspaper, and it's a perfect illustration of how far we've come. Right here in Mansfield, TX, just a few miles from where I live, a woman put a 3'x5' American flag up on her office wall, in honor of Memorial Day, in the hospital in which she is employed. She soon received a call from Administration - "I was told that several people found it offensive, but if even one person complained, it would have to be taken down to maintain an air of neutrality." Another employee, an African immigrant who has been in America for 14 years, complained, and actually removed the flag. Her objection was that the flag was "too big". The blogosphere and radio talk shows thoroughly roasted the hospital for sanctioning the removal of the flag. The administration caved, and invited the woman to restore the flag to its place. Obviously, without the local pressure, the affront would have been allowed to stand.

Another thing - I challenge you to Google "Prof. Jose Angel Gutierrez", and just see what is being taught and preached by this man at the University of Texas at Arlington. You won't like it.

And on those happy notes, I'm going to catch a nap before going to work tonight. Lots of little anchor babies to be delivered, I'm sure, and yes, they're sweet - every one of them. It's not their fault. --Romeena

June 03, 2009 - Msg 73078: Yall are on Boo and possum lets step on over to Yancey..Miss Sherry has to work tonight...ha ha...just got back from riding about 13 miles today..HOT..90 is a little to warm but we had 3 bottles of water each plus water at the trail heads....ok got to get tomorrow...will read in just a bit....Maude you got any supper?..Rev look for the truck...SPOT

June 03, 2009 - Msg 73079: Afternoon/Evening Porch! Boy have we got a storm brewing here, high winds, thunder, lightening, my dogs are having a fit, well the ones that are afraid of them that is. Boo and possum I've met Miss Sherry and I can just about bet ya'll she could take ya! HA You gotta watch them quiet ones ya know. Romeena glad you got yourself some protection, I've always had that kind of protection in my house, no matter where I lived. Heck we even have it in the motorhome when we travel, can't trust anyone these days. I figure, if they can get past these big dogs I have, they won't get past me! Asa I'm proud of you friend for stepping up like that, I know it was hard, but you will be blessed for it, I just know it. Mayberry Deputy I know it was a big chunk for that new computer, but you'll be happy with it, I'm sure. MDC have fun at your VBS, what theme is your church doing? Well, the storm is fast approaching so I best get this computer shut down before I have to talk Mayberry Deputy into swiping his plastic to get me a new one. :) Where is Tom??

June 03, 2009 - Msg 73080:
And RO,to address your sen-tence: "the voting booths, I suppose", didnt THAT get us INTO this!
(reserved "ha.")
Yeah, I was kinda "thinking out loud"
up there in my post.
MD- good to seeya. Check in more now that Al Gore got ya back on his invention!
Boo, evenings yes and 2 saturdays this time.
Always fun, and always a delight to see the lightbulbs light up above those kids heads! (:

June 03, 2009 - Msg 73081: Yes, MDC, it surely did, surely did. One can hope that perhaps a lesson has been learned, or is at least in the process of being learned, and maybe things will be different next time. Maybe.

Well, gotta go to work tonight, then am off until next Monday night. Friday will be a tough day - a day of rejoicing for our sweet Miss Betty, as she is already in Heaven with the Lord, but a hard day for those of us who loved her, as we gather at the church in which she served for so long, to say our goodbyes. She is already missed, and it will be a good long while before that eases, for most of us. She was special.

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

June 03, 2009 - Msg 73082: Boo where are your keys?....mercy...Possum get her in the car....SPOT

June 03, 2009 - Msg 73083: Hey Mavis..!...Prayers Romeena.....Ok Boo and Possun lets head home.....(and yall stop that singing).....SPOT

June 03, 2009 - Msg 73084: Romeena, that flag story is about the most idiotic thing I have heard in a long time. Excuse my french, but what in the h#ll are people thinking?! That makes me so mad I could just run up an alley and holler "FISH"!

Well, I can vote and I can raise my children to love God and Country, and I can PRAY, that's what I can do.


June 03, 2009 - Msg 73085: Prayers for Miss Betty's friends and family. I rejoice that she is with her Lord.


June 03, 2009 - Msg 73086: Night Boo......S

June 04, 2009 - Msg 73087: Hey to the sorry to hear about your friend. It's hard for those of us left behind...and the older I get, the more 'jealous' I am of those that get to go home. But oh..what a reunion there's gonna be.

Hope y'all had a great day...blessed beyond stressed, and sure of who holds tomorrow.



June 04, 2009 - Msg 73088: Goodnight and sweet dreams, SPOT and Goober.


June 04, 2009 - Msg 73089: Morning Porch.
Thanks for all the nice comments. It really wasn't all that big a thing to conduct the service though. I'm glad the family thought enough of me to ask me to do it.

Ro, I'm sorry for the loss of Betty. Not so much for her, because we know where she is, but for the void her passing has created and for loved ones left behind who are and will miss her. Prayers for you all.

Hey to Goober. Good to see you posting again.

Well it would seem we are now a Muslim nation instead of a Christian nation. Hmmm, wonder when that all happened. I must have missed that memo. :(

I went to that page you challanged us to Romenna. Got my blood boiling. I just don't get it. The public is paying him to teach this nonsense? I swear, I think the world is going crazy. Can you even imagine it the tables were turned, and this was being said by a white American about Latinos, the firestorm this would cause? But this is the first I've heard of this guy, and I feel I'm pretty well informed. Ahhh, don't you just love our news media? They are on top of things, aren't they? (nbc is to busy sitting in the whitehouse drinking the kool aid to worry about such things as this guy)

Good to see you back Mayberry Deputy.

Mavis, did you get moved in to the new house yet? Is the issue with the former owner resolved? That was getting kind of weird with her.

Better get going. Got lots of bullets to polisg this day.

Prayers for all.


June 04, 2009 - Msg 73090: Hey Spot if you're gonna be runnin with Boo and possum the least you could do is keep them quiet when you bring them home! All that catterwallin last night kept me up and even had my dogs howlin! Not in the new house yet Asa carpenter problems and workers that don't want to do thier jobs so we're behind on moving in. Hopefully by the end of the month, but I've said that before. As for the nut that used to live there, ever since we made her come get his remains we haven't heard anything from her. We do have No Trespassing signs up and the sheriff's deputy did make a point to tell her she could be charged if she came back. So far, so good. Anyways, gotta head down to the electric company today to sign a check, seems Mr Neff forgot to sign one of the checks that we paid the bill with and for some reason, they want thier money! Wonder what causes that??

June 04, 2009 - Msg 73091: I know what ya mean Mavis...well its off to work for me...will read when I get there....Lunch?...SPOT

June 04, 2009 - Msg 73092: Mavis, I CANNOT believe you are still waiting to get into the new house! That has to be driving you crazy. Bruce and I just signed the contract with the builder this morning and the appraiser should be out this week, then the foundation guy can get started. Should be starting by the end of the month! Finally...of coure, we'll see what happens. I know when it comes to building, sometimes there are many hang-ups along the way.

Well, I'm sitting here with a tiny kitten on my shoulder. When we went to church last night, one of my friends had a litter of kittens she was trying to find homes for and I couldn't resist getting one for Erin. He is a little gray-striped kitty and still very little and cries alot when you aren't holding him or playing with him. The kids named him "Tiger" (how original)...I told them they should name him something from TAGS, but they wouldn't do it.

Well, better go do something...


June 04, 2009 - Msg 73093:

June 04, 2009 - Msg 73094: Thanks, MDC!

I wanted to share an easy cake recipe for those who like to bake. It is SUPER simple and was given to me by a friend. I tried it and it is really wonderful (if you like banana). Here are the ingredients:

1 box of yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/4 C oil
1 C water
1 ripe bananas
Mash bananas in bowl, add remainder of the ingredients and mix with mixer on medium for 2 minutes. Poor into greased Bundt, tube pan, or any kind of cake pan, really. Bundt works really well. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes to 50 minutes, depending on depth of pan you use. Let cool for 10 or 15 minutes before icing.

1 rip banana
1 container of store-bought vanilla icing (would probably be REALLY good with chocolate, too.

Mash banana in bowl. Microwave icing until slightly melted, then mix with the banana. Let icing melt down over warm cake. I would probably have put coconut on top, but my husband hates coconut. I think this would also be really good with pineapple added to icing.

I think I will take a little snooze while Erin is at St. Susan's for the day. I only slept three hours last night and Erin has her end of the season little league party tonight at the local pool....need to rest up for that!