July 17, 2009 - Msg 73988: Hey, Boo. No, I meant family-interferer. Don't you remember when Barney used that term to Andy, when Andy let Opie go fishing instead of finishing his chores, and Barney disapproved?

I'll email the web address to you, and to anyone else who wants it. I'd post it, but the censor won't accept it. His work is really beautiful. I greatly enjoy my prints, and am considering getting another one, if I find one that tugs at me enough to make me part with the money.

I was supposed to be getting an MRI right about now, to try to see why I have so much pain in my back and under my ribs, but I thought about the pacer at the last minute, and of course, that meant no MRI. So now I'm waiting for the doc at the pain management clinic to come up with another idea. Oh well.

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

July 17, 2009 - Msg 73989: Good afternoon everyone. It might finally rain here today. We could use it. A few weeks ago it wouldn't stop, and then it did!

ROMEENA: You can be a family-interferer anytime! It's like BOO said. The Mrs. is very pro-nursing, and doesn't want to take the chance confusing. She will start pumping in about a month and we'll gradually introduce the bottle to her in the evenings so she'll be used to it by the time the Mrs. goes back to work.

HAZEL: I've changed my faitr share of diapers. For the next six weeks overnights will be my wife's (though I have been up since 5:00 a.m. when I spelled her) but once she goes back to work, I'll be on night duty. I've done much "bonding" walking the floor trying to get babies asleep. The Mrs. could sleep through a freight train and is an Olympic sleeper. I have always been, and likely will continue to be, the night watchman for the kids: I get up for the accidents, glass of water, "noises," and, when they are little, feedings if they need one.

We've developed a pretty fair and equitable system around the house generally. I do the daily stuff like laundry, dishes (we have a dishwasher: me), in-between vacuuminng, bed-making (I don't believe my wife made her bed the entire three years we dated) and generally tidying up. Of course, part of it is my compelshun (I can't relax in a messy room). And I do the outside stuff. The Mrs. cleans less often, but more deeply: stuff like the bathroom, deep vacuuming, etc., and most of the cooking (I could about once a week). And, she's a great mom who assumes most of the chaufeurring (sp?). It seems to work for us.

Now, I will admit that I do not--repeat, do not--change diapers the first 10-14 days, until that crusty, gross umbilical stump falls off and heals. My wife understands this is non-negotiable.

I missed TKAM last night?!? I love that movie. BOO: I'm glad that you made that comment about Erin liking it, because I have been thinking that the next time it's on I'll let Nora watch and I just wasn't sure. I, too, will skip through that scene. Such a powerful book and film. You are right about Capote and Dill. Harper Lee and Capote were childhood friendas who remained close their entire lives. In fact, because Harper Lee never wrote another novel, some people suspect that Truman Capote may have written the book. She always denied it, but he sometimes was coy in his answers. Of course, he was Truman Capote so that doesn't mean much. I like to believe that he didn't write it. He certainly is a very talented writer, but he freaks me out. I couldn't even watch that movie about him that was out a few years ago.

Well, back to work!


July 17, 2009 - Msg 73990: Again, thanks for well wishes and prayers for Deb and all those who need them.


July 17, 2009 - Msg 73991: Hi gang,and congratulations on the new baby Me-They!I have extra classes at school this term so I may be kind of scarce once in a while,but I miss you all and your all my prayers.The heat and humidity are terrible here ,I've had a migraine for two days.I was reading the archives and I forget who said they were considering taking a "Porch cross country trip" that is such a cool idea!I may try that myself if I ever get a chance.When you take it don't forget to stop and visit me!Gotta close,have errands to do,talk to you all later-ky girl

July 17, 2009 - Msg 73992: Wow, M-T, as husbands go, you are certainly a keeper. Bruce never hears anything at night after he takes out the hearing aids, so I am always the one up for everything. He also does zero house chores. Well, sometimes he cleans up a little after dinner and puts away the leftovers. Besides that, nothing. Of course if I worked, as your wife does, he would have to do alot more. He is the kind of guy that after coming home from work, he heads out to do some sort of manual labor (digging trenches for water pipes, cutting trees for firewood, etc.) and since I really don't want to do any of that in this heat, I'll do the house chore! You mentioned umbilical cords...I have a friend who put her kids rotten umbilical stumps in a baggie and saved them! Ewww.

TKAM wasn't on TV, M-T. I have it on DVD, and as I mentioned, I have been wanting to watch it again since Lila Harper was born. Last night seemed like a good time to do it. So, it is available on DVD and I am sure you could find it on Amazon.


July 17, 2009 - Msg 73993: Boo I dont even remember the name of the movie ..a "c" grade move that they will only air at 3am...you know the kind..congrats M-T...Asa come in 10-4...well its Braves game for me tonight ao I got to run will read when i get back late....Possum cook a meatloaf for this bunch..I will toss over some maters...pulled over 50 today...SPOT

July 17, 2009 - Msg 73994: All God's children got an umbilical!

July 17, 2009 - Msg 73995: Good evening, all. I thought all God's children had a uvula! You mean to tell me we've all got am umbilical, too? Well, whaddaya know?

Me-They, you're a treashuh! I hope the Mrs. appreciates you, and I'm betting that right about now, she does, even if you won't change diapers just yet. I can't believe you're freaked out over a dried-up "stem", but we all have our quirks. You'll remove the "toxic waste dump" worn by a toddler, but a newborn's cord bothers you? Go figure. You are a bird in this world, but I've always liked birds.

My son is one of this generation's "uber-daddies", I'm happy to say. From the start, he has changed diapers, bathed and fed the kids, is the primary disciplinarian, runs them around to all their little appointments, will take them to the doctor alone, and can and will cook a meal. He has helped with kitchen cleanup around here since he was big enough to see into the sink, and
cheerfully continues the practice in his own home. He, too, is a treashuh!

Now my husband, from another generation, wasn't so much on diapers and such, but he still gave me a lot of help, even more so in the later years. We shared the housework, both of us doing a little of everything at times, but he did the vacuuming. Declared the thing was "too heavy" for me! I think I was spoiled.

Well, guess I'll go scratch up something to eat. I'm not particularly hungry, but insulin must be respected. I'd like to call a friend and go out for dinner, but just don't have the energy to get dressed and go out in this heat. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

July 17, 2009 - Msg 73996: Me-They, yes, you are a keeper! Good for you.
And I didn't mean to imply to any men out there who don't do the duties in the middle of the night that they aren't "keepers". Like Boo said, everyone has different circumstances, and possibly if there's guys that don't help like that it could be for very good reasons. (Early or late shifts at their work, or working 2 jobs, or doing all kinds of other stuff that needs doing around the house, or whatever). I'm sure every couple knows what works best for them.
105 here today. And suppose to be hotter tomorrow.

July 17, 2009 - Msg 73997: Don't ya'll fall over but it's me, AFD. Just wanted to stop by and wish Miss Veda a very happy birthday. Hard to believe she and my Reagan are already hitting birthday number three. Congrats to you and yours as well, M-T, on the arrival of Miss Lila Harper. I think the name you chose is very pretty and I'm glad to see you and your Mrs stuck with a four letter ending in 'a' name. :) Also glad to hear all is well after her rough start.

Sorry I haven't been much of a Mayberry kind of friend to you all here on the porch, with me letting my busyness keep me from stopping by and setting a spell. Know that I did think and pray for you all while I went missing. Guess I need to get some apple-peeling lessons from Mr. Tucker so it doesn't happen again.

Well, wanted to check in and let you all know that all is well. Be blessed everyone - and have a great weekend.

July 18, 2009 - Msg 73998:
Hello porch family.

Starting rain here again.
Spot....you asked where I am; well I was in Wells, Maine last night and I'm in Windham, Maine tonight and head to Fryeburg, Maine tomorrow.

Good to see ya AFD!

I got a phone call today and was told my grandmother is not doing good. They called the family in. It's really hard on me because I'm so far away and can't be there. Please keep her in your prayers. I just pray she doesn't suffer. She's 92 years old.

You all have a blessed night and remember you folks are in my prayers.

July 18, 2009 - Msg 73999: Rev hard prayers for your grandmother my friend...just got back from the Braves game..Braves 11 Mets 0...what a game,,retired Greg Madduxs #..was pretty cool...prayers all and goodnight...SPOT

July 18, 2009 - Msg 74000: Do go beating yourself up, AFD. We are just glad to see you when you can stop by.

So sorry, REV. My prayers for your granmother, family and for YOU. We love you.

Romeena, when you mentioned your son in your earlier post, it reminded me of your DIL and her biopsy. Have you gotten any results yet?

105 Hazel?? I don't get it. With Idaho being way up north, why does it get so hot in the summer? I heard the weatherman say yesterday that it has been over 95 degrees here for 41 days straight (and no measurable rainfall for months) and that is an all-time record. It has been running about a hundred for over a month! When you filter in all the humidity we have here on the coast, it is just terrible. There is a forecast of rain this weekend but seems like everytime they say "rain" it just gets our hopes up and nothing happens. Everything is brown and dried up but NO mosquitos, which is something to be very happy about!

Ro, I have a question for you. I figured you might know something about this since your dad was a builder. They are still working on the foundation of the house and they are about to put the rebar in and they should pour the concrete on Tuesday (that's what they say, anyway). Bruce told me something about them spraying a pesticide on the dirt before they lay the concrete and that we need to keep the kids off the dirt or something. Do you know anything about that? Why would they need to spray something toxic before laying the concrete? Do they have to kill weeds or something? Curious...


July 18, 2009 - Msg 74001: Ha! I really need to proofread..I just told ADF to beat herself up! I meant "don't" beat yourself up, of course.


July 18, 2009 - Msg 74002: Oow! Gave myself a black eye, Boo, before I read that last post. ;)

Prayers for you and yours, Rev. May the peace of God and the Holy Spirit's comfort surround you all throughout this situation.

Have a great day all!

July 18, 2009 - Msg 74003: Good morning, porch! AFD, it's great to see you, and looking so well too, except for that black eeeeyyyyeeeeee. Glad you could stop by, hope you can swing it more often. You're always such a sweet thang!

Boo, I wish I could answer your question, but I can't. If my dad followed that practice, I never heard him mention it. Why not just ask the builder straight out what he's putting down, and why? I'm sure he has his reasons, and my first guess would be termite protection - aren't termites really bad in coastal areas? I don't know what he's putting down, but one thing I think would be a good idea is diatomaceous earth. You can do that yourself. Just get some from a good garden center, put it in a fertilizer spreader, and walk the perimeter of the foundation with the spreader, close to the forms so that some of the earth spreads inside the forms as well as outside. Termites don't like it, ants, slugs, snails, roaches, waterbugs - just about any creepy-crawlie will not like it. If they crawl through it, it will kill them, but it's not a poison, therefore not toxic to vertebrates. Relatively cheap too, compared to a pest control contract. Of course you can always put it down after the house is finished, but if you do it now you can get some of it inside the forms and therefore have it extending a couple of feet under the foundation.

I may have mentioned this before, but my homebuilder son in Florida sort of pioneered a system in his area, and definitely recommends it. When the house is in the framing stage, before the walls are closed up, fenestrated tubing is passed along through all the walls, both exterior and interior. I understand it's also sort of looped around in areas that will be enclosed beneath cabinets, especially in the kitchen. If wooden studs are used, small holes are drilled through the stud near the floor to allow passage of the tube. This doesn't weaken the stud. Metal studs, which are used in Florida, come with holes. The tube is then attached to an access port on an exterior wall. Now the pest control people just hook up to that port, shoot a gaseous pesticide into the line, and the inside of all your walls and the undersides of all cabinets have been fogged, with no fogging inside the house itself. You don't have to empty cabinets, or even leave if you don't want to. He says it works very well, and is not expensive when done in the construction stage. It would be prohibitive, if not impossible, to do it in an existing home. Here's a link: http://www.onduty.com/pestcontrol.htm.

REV, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother. It gets so hard, as folks age and become ill, and everyone else is so deeply entrenched in life that it's sometimes impossible to break away. I would bet that more than anyone else, though, your granny would understand. Prayers for her, my friend, and especially, prayers for you.

Hazel, those temperatures surprise me too. I had no idea it got that hot in Idaho. I know it gets very cold in the winter, but I guess I always thought the summer temps were fairly moderate. Apparently, I thought wrong!

Well, I have pond issues, or more specifically, power to the pond issues. A call to Mr. Ted is in order. Later, taters! --Romeena

July 18, 2009 - Msg 74004:
Hello my precious porch family.....Thank you all so much for your prayers and comforting words. I got a phone call this morning and my grandmother is now with Jesus. I know that she's happy.
Love you all!
Praying for all my porch family.

July 18, 2009 - Msg 74005: Hey y'all- had Laci past two days,she was partying in the night,so I am bone tired. Have to catch up on everything here-I'm lost.
I did see Rev's message directly above mine. Rev,my sympathies on the loss of your grandmother.
Take care & love to all.
possum under a rock

July 18, 2009 - Msg 74006: Rev: Truly the angels are rejoicing with Grandmother's homecoming! Our prayers are with you for a fruitful harvest and comfort in these times.
Just a quick note on Deb...She pulled her NG tube out and is now swollowing mashed potatoes and applesauce. They have started OT, PT & ST. She is still paralyzed on the right side and she has NOT spoken, but she gets her point across! Thanks for all the prayers and thoughts. The family is soooo appreciative. Everyday is a new day, and The Lord promises new mercies everyday. Blessings!! ~New Neighbor

July 18, 2009 - Msg 74007: Sorry for your loss, Rev.
- Hazel

July 18, 2009 - Msg 74008: Those prayers continue for Deb. Sounds like she is making progress. Let's pray for much more over the weeks to come.

REV, so sorry for your loss, but I know it is heaven's gain. My prayers for you and your dear family. There is just something very hard about losing a grandma, expecially a granny who is 92.

Ro, that is very interesting about the tubing...a great idea. I wonder if it could be done with the kind of insulation we are using..I will have to check it out. Our builder is out of town this weekend and I never had a chance to ask about what took place but I went out there today and they had black plastic over everything and were starting to lay the rebar, so I guess they are getting ready to pour the slab soon. Sorry about your "pond issues". Seems that it is always something...you have more patience than me. I would have filled that sucker up with dirt long ago.

Well, gotta run to the store for milk...then a shower, and to bed to look over my sunday school lesson. I forgot to tell you all that I stopped teaching in the youth department (remember when I mentioned I was giving up alot of things to reduce stress and deal better with my own children?). Well, I did (aren't you proud of me?):-) I am now attending sunday school in the adult class that Bruce teaches and I love it! They are a great group of people in there. We have been reading and discussing Paul's epistle to Galatia. Wow, that is some great stuff about grace vs. works!

I'm leaving now for the store...I mean it this time ;-)


July 18, 2009 - Msg 74009: The store for milk...a shower...and to bed...Yep, that's what I'm gonna do...the store...shower...to bed....



July 18, 2009 - Msg 74010: Could ya'll please pray for me and some problems I am dealing with, I need them badly, my nerves are shot. I'd rather not come out with the details right now, but I know I can trust you guys to pray and not ask questions.
Thanks guys!

July 19, 2009 - Msg 74011: Mavis,prayers going up for you.Rev,sorry to hear about your grandmother.Boo,congratulations on reducing your stress,I'm trying to do that myself,started it this weekend.Hope you all have a great sabbath,I will try to stop by in a couple of days-ky girl

July 19, 2009 - Msg 74012: Good late evening, friends. All this week I've had my days and nights turned around - a hazard of working night shifts. Usually I can flip it back when I'm off, but this week I seem to be stuck on the night schedule.

REV, my sympathies and prayers for you and yours in the loss of your precious granny. Be assured that as hard as it must be on you not to be there, you are right where God wants you to be. He's taking care of her now, so you just keep on singing His praises.

Boo, believe me, at times I feel like I could shovel the dirt into that pond myself, like when I come home tired and look out the window at a fountain that's not running because a filter is clogged, and that means just one thing for me. Work. Still, once I grumble a bit and then drag myself out there, I always enjoy it, I really do. I'll admit I enjoy it more when it's not so hot outside, but still, it's simple, undemanding work, and it gets me away from "them ringin' call bells" - to paraphrase Bert.

Today was fun - for some reason, the fish schooled up and followed me as I moved around the perimeter of the pond. I don't know if the light conditions allowed them to see me better, or what - the sky was overcast, and I could see into the pond as clear as crystal, so I assume it worked the other way. When it's bright and sunny, the reflection is bad and obscures vision. Anyway, wherever I went, this bright little school of fish was right there. I got a can of fish food, and sat on the bridge, tossing little pinches of food to them. They seemed to enjoy it so much, and they're so pretty. There are two big ones, about 8" long, one deep orange and one white with orange and black spots. Then there are about four more that are around 5" long, and then about ten that are 4" or less. The big ones all started out as little 1 1/2" feeder fish, 12 cents each. The small ones were born in the pond.

I don't feed them often, just once a week or so, because they find plenty to eat just in the nature of the pond, but I do think they grow a little every time I feed them. I'm convinced I could get them to allow me to touch them, but I haven't tried to do that. I don't want them too tame, too easy for a cat or a raccoon to catch them. I caught Shamu, my neighbor's big old fat cat, lurking on the edge this morning, obviously watching for a careless fish. One click of the right button on the sprinkler remote sent him home wet, yet again. You'd think he'd learn, the dumb cat.

Mavis, you're in my prayers, dear girl. We don't need to know the details. God knows, and that's what counts.

Well, guess I'll hit the ironing board, and see if I can get to sleep. Oh, I watched "My Cousin Vinny" earlier - so funny. One good thing about watching it on TV, they bleep out the language. Also, old Fred Gwynne was just perfect as the judge. Every now and then you can see glimpses of Herman Munster, and I just love that!

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

July 19, 2009 - Msg 74013: Well, I woke up at 4am, so I will pray for you Mavis.


July 19, 2009 - Msg 74014: Prayers my good friend mavis....hey Boo,possum...im headed home at 6 and back at 6pm tonight to keep lights on...good Sunday to all...lets have sausage and bisquits/with mustard before preaching...SPOT

July 19, 2009 - Msg 74015: Good morning porch, I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday, my weekend to work so I'll miss preaching. Rev, I'm sorry about your grandmother cant really say anything else thats not been said here already. Just offer some thoughts and prayers your way. Spot, I love mustard on my sausage, only way to eat it. I'll leave the coffee on, and some cinnamon buns on the table. You all have a blessed day--Salty Dog

July 19, 2009 - Msg 74016: Hey Y'all! Spot,Ro watched "our" movie!! Should we make her a "YOUT" too? Ha! yes,Fred Gwynne was excellent in "My Cousin Vinny"! Good actor.

Prayers,Mavis. Hang in there,girl.

Continued prayers for Deb.

Update on my Mama-she is in the hospital. Doctors there say she has some sort of chemical imbalance and needs her system flushed out or else she'll go into kidney failure and have to be on dialysis. Should come home tomorrow,hopefully. Keep her in your prayers,please. Thanks,friends.
Y'all take care-love to all!
possum under a rock

July 19, 2009 - Msg 74017: I just found Rev's grandmother's obituary online.Most of y'all know Rev and I are both from SC,so I knew where to look. I don't think Rev will mind me mentioning this- if anyone wants to contribute to a memorial, memorials may be made to:
St. Luke's Lutheran Church Building Fund
4056 St. Luke's Church Road
Prosperity,SC 29127
(in memory of Sarah Evelyn Morris)

possum again

July 19, 2009 - Msg 74018: Good Sabbath to ye friends. I'm at work this afternoon. And wouldn't you know it, there's a beautiful blue sky, the temp is around 75, and no humidity.

Prayers for you and your family, REV. Prayers for your mom, too, POSSUM, and for yoru situation, MAVIS. Good thing we have each other to lift one another up.

BOO: I have freinds who are builders but have never heard of that. However, if I'm not wrong Texas is a hotspot for termites, isn't it? If so, I would bet that it's a termite blocking chemical. I know around here when they treat for termites they drill around the edges of the foundation slab and inject. Because termites live so far underground (up to a mile!) pesticides for them aren't to kill them as much as they are to create a chemical barrier to stop them. As with any chemical, it has an effective life. Now, if it was DDT, that might be another story! Why do I know so much about termites? Don't ask!

While it was nice of ya'll to puff up my head like that calling me a keeper, I have to admit it's not much of a sacrifice. Before I got married I lived by myself for about five years, and with a friend before that for several, so I was used to doing most everything for myself. And you may not believe this, but I'm a might picky. Anyway, after we got married I figured I was actually getting a great deal because now I only had to do half the chores. Of course with kids that changes things, but with the Mrs. working three 12s overnight a week you either stand up or get run over. Still, it does make me feel good to do my part.

BOO: I'm gonna have to order that sometime. Right now, with another mouth to feed (so to speak) and down one salary (the Mrs. wasn't eligible for paid leave), it'll have to wait.

Now, Miss AFD, I have a few words for you: welcome back! We have missed you around here and I was happy to come across your post. Yep, those girls are getting big, aren't they? I hope that Reagan had a very happy b-day. I know Veda did. Now don't be a stranger, or any stranger than the rest of us, anyway.

Now, if only TOM, STERLING, and a bunch of others would check in...

Back to work!


July 19, 2009 - Msg 74019: Afternoon, porch! Me-They, I got an email from Tom, a forward about the guard on he tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Beautiful! Actually, I sent it to just about everyone, but in the copy I sent myself, the pictures didn't come through. Sorry about that, friends - I tried!

My daughter and her friend and my grandson just blew through this morning. They were coming from a car sale in Oklahoma (Richard buys and restores and resells old cars) so just passed through, but stopped to get up my dad's old '73 Ford pickup, which has been sitting out under the trees at my brother's house for years. They were towing Richard's flatbed, so it was a perfect time to get the truck. It actually still runs, and isn't in too bad shape, considering it's 36 years old. My daughter bought it and is taking it to her oldest son. He needs wheels right now, and is thrilled to have his great-granddad's old truck. He'll fix it up, and will cherish it. He remembers riding in that truck when he'd go with my dad to check on houses he was building. Memories....

Well, off I go. Gonna give Toye Starr a quick bath, then am heading out to Saginaw to David and Brittney's for dinner and to watch some "Lord of the Rings" movies. They have Blu-Ray, big-screen HD and a killer sound system. Two little grandsons are a pretty attractive draw to get me out there, too. Starr will have fun playing with Bentley and teasing the cats. She'll get slapped a lot, but the cats have no front claws so they can't hurt her. Boy, if she ever meets a cat that's fully armed, is she ever going to be surprised!

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

July 19, 2009 - Msg 74020: Good afternoon all...hey Romeena,possum,Boo,Tom,salty and all...just a quick trouble check....got to head back to work at 6pm to keep theChurch lights on for the evening service...gona check out some preaching on the tube.....lets eat supper at Cracker Barrell on Salty and Romeena...I aint got no money....and Gilly ya have to drive a car slow sometimes....SPOT

July 19, 2009 - Msg 74021: Speed, speed, speed, that's all he understands, SPOT.

Have a great trip, ROMEENA.

Let's have a band concert!


July 19, 2009 - Msg 74022: Cancel that. I just got out the uniforms and they're mildewed. And I can't play without a uniform.


July 19, 2009 - Msg 74023: You can't play WITH one either,Me-They! Ha!

Talked to my mom earlier- she said the doctors are taking her off of two meds she takes for cholesterol (Lipitor & Lopid) and she's still being "flushed out" and hoping to be released tomorrow.Thanks for the prayers and kind thoughts.
I wish they would take her off of some more meds,to be honest.It would shock y'all to see how much stuff she takes in a day. She's a retired nurse and believes in medicine. A pill for this,a pill for that.I've voiced my concerns over time,only to always be shot down.Last time I mentioned something was following Michael Jackson's death. I pointed out to her that she takes the same type of stuff that has been referred to in the media lately (MJ,Anna Nicole,Heath Ledger) as "potentially deadly drug c0cktails". She let me know that she resented anyone questioning/commenting on what she takes. Ok,then.
Well,I didn't mean to pull out the soapbox today,but it is just frustrating,you know?

Cracker Barrel sounds good,Spot.See y'all there!
possum again

July 19, 2009 - Msg 74024: hey gang , prayers for all in need ..the wife and I just got back from our yearly anniversary trip to the beach ,had a great time but the time did go by quickly ..everyone have a great evening

July 19, 2009 - Msg 74025: Well hey there MD...Racing been good this year...can you say "Somke"...as in Tony!...and M-T "goober how did you get the car IN the court house"..."Floyd' "Im just thinking about buying this car"...well Boo is it laundry day yet?...I got some shorts that need washing and sox too...Possum hun prayers for mama..."heres my dime and I want my pills"...Asa?...old buddy...well Cracker Barrell was good Salty and Ro...now for some rocking...slow here at work...SPOT

July 19, 2009 - Msg 74026: heck "say it" I cant even Spell it!.."Smoke"...jeezz fat paws..

July 19, 2009 - Msg 74027: Hi All.
A shadow sometimes falls across
The path of life we take.
It may not be of our own choice;
Decisions we must make.
But You are there refining me,
Stretching out my faith.
Walking there beside me, Lord,
Whatever be my fate.
I journey through that shadow time
Not knowing where I'll end;
But one day soon the sun will shine.
Hold tight to me, my Friend.



July 19, 2009 - Msg 74028: M-T, you may want to email your address and let me send you my DVD of TKAM, especially if you can't find one that has the extra part about the making of the movie. You could keep it or mail it back when you are tired of it, whatever you want. Funny, but on the way home from church tonight, one of the boys that we always carry to church (Nathan) is 15 and take honors English classes. He was given a list of books to read and report on this summer. I asked him what he was reading now, and it was TKAM! I told him about the movie and let him borrow my DVD to watch. He was going to watch it tonight, so I will have it back soon. I am really happy that he wanted to watch it.

You know, M-T, I believe you are right about the termites. I'll bet that's just why they did it. You do know your termites, Brother. ;-)

Prayers for your mother, Possum. Hope she is better in no time. Does she live alone? I wonder if she is taking care of herself?

Well Ro, I am glad you enjoy your pond, that's all that matters, and it is good to be outdoors working with your hands, isn't it? I just wish it were not so darned hot outside. The weatherman talked about all the rain we were supposed to get this weekend, and not a single drop anywhere! Hey, that is really neat about your dad's truck! Wonderful that it will be put to use by your grandson.

Great to see you, Mayberry Deputy! Happy belated Anniversary to you.

Well SPOT, it should be laundry day but it will have to wait until tomorrow. I am going to be watching after Emily in the morning, so forget about doing anything then. That child is a handful (of sugar, but a handful just the same). She is about to turn two and it IS pretty "terrible"! hehe


July 19, 2009 - Msg 74029: There's TOM! Thank you for those encouraging words.


July 19, 2009 - Msg 74030: Ok Boo will just pack shorts and stuff in my duffle bag and leave on the porch you get to them when ya can girl ;)...Hey Tom...well tomorrow is new 5th wheel camper pick up day at 2pm..they have to go over everything with us on how to work stuff..and hook it uo and un hook...but all should go smooth...guess I will be building a lean to on my barn for it...and thanks for that info Possum....well I think its time for peanut butter and jelly crackers...yep that it...crackers and a movie...slow here at work but that means lights are on.....SPOT

July 19, 2009 - Msg 74031:
Hello porch family....just a quick check in before bed. The concert tonight was great but I'm pretty whipped.
I read through all of your prayers and kind words and it sure means the world to me.

I also read all the prayer needs that have been posted and please know that as I read them I was praying. As M-T said....it's sure good to have each other to lift each one up.

Love and prayers for all the porch family.

July 20, 2009 - Msg 74032: Night Brother Rev....watch for the breakfast truck...your buddy SPOT

July 20, 2009 - Msg 74033: Good Morning My Friends!..well im fixing to get off at 6am and be off till thu night at 10...great weather here in Ga...Going to get the new 5th wheel at 2 today...cant wait..get to get my dinning room and garage back to normal after we stock it...well firat of all I think we need to pray extra for the porch today...and second BREAKFAST!..lets start the week right:..3 eggs your way,bisquits and gravy,hashbrowns,thick sliced bacon(bending in the middle for Ro),country ham,grits,toast with mixed fruit jam,oj,coffee,milk and a tear from my roll of paper towels...hope yall have a mayberry day...SPOT

July 20, 2009 - Msg 74034: Fair donuts for everyone!!


July 20, 2009 - Msg 74035: You are getting a camper, SPOT?!! How exciting! You will certainly use that thing, won't you? Don't forget to send us pictures (inside and out).

What's a fair donut, homemaker?

Well, I am up early and didn't sleep well...now, to deal with Emily! Emily's mom is going to the hospital to be with her older sister, who is having her labor induced. Sister is in a difficult situation after being divorced awhile back, then meeting a guy that she fell in love with, became pregnant with his child, and he won't take responsibilty for the baby. Strange situation because he is a single doctor with no children and you would think he would be thrilled to have a son. He moved to another state and she is on her own with soon to be 3 children. She has a good job and can support them but it will be hard for her to do it all on her own and it is very sad for the child that his own father doesn't seem to be a part of his life. Please pray for her today and that all goes well with her and the baby. Thanks.

Better get moving in the direction of the washing machine (groan...).


July 20, 2009 - Msg 74036: Good morning everyone.

BOO: That's very nice of you to offer to let me borrow your DVD TKAM. I may just take you up on it. Prayers for Emily's mom's sister. That is a tough situation. Just having a child, especially, I just can't imagine what a guy like that is thinking.

HM: How about a good doughnut?

REV: Glad to hear your concert went well. Rest and recharge.

SPOT: How big is the camper?

Great to hear from you, TOM. Thanks for the poem.


July 20, 2009 - Msg 74037: BOO: I forgot to mention that I heard another piece of TKAM trivia. The actor who played Dill (I've forgotten his name) is the half-brotehr of actress/singer Connie Stevens. Looks like all the looks came from one side of that family.


July 20, 2009 - Msg 74038:
Morning porch family....got a good nights sleep and as M-T said...."recharged"!

Spot.... that's great brother. I know you'll enjoy that new camper.

Boo....prayers for the situation you posted. He may be a doctor but sounds pretty much like he's a deadbeat to me.

Tom....good to see you buddy.

Homemaker....thanks for the doughnuts.

Gotta go for now. Prayers for all the porch family and be sure to let your (HIS) Light shine today!

July 20, 2009 - Msg 74039: A fair donut is a donut that is freshly made at the fair with good old fashioned oil with lots of transfat!! And that makes it delish - not just fair!!


July 20, 2009 - Msg 74040: You mean it's not cooked in lard? Durn!


July 20, 2009 - Msg 74041: Well - it could be :) hm

July 20, 2009 - Msg 74042: Yep, REV, the guy has some serious issues. His family is a very well-to-do and apparently snobish family in the north and I don't know what they said to him, but after a visit to them, he decided he didn't want to be a father. I kind of suspect it may have something to with an inheritance or something. Who knows but he will certainly be the loser on this deal.

You're welcome, M-T. I would be happy to mail it to you.

Gotta go...Emily is getting into something.


July 20, 2009 - Msg 74043: Everything does taste better when it's fried in lard, y'know.

Thanks again, BOO. Sounds like a story for a soap opera. It's amazing to me that things like that actually do happen. Guess it goes to prove that money has nothing to do with class.


July 20, 2009 - Msg 74044: HOMEMAKER: I just read an artcile about the most unusual fair food. They were...

Chicken fried bacon (don't know how you could go wrong there)
Fried avocado bites
Spagetti and meatballs on a stick
Fried frog legs (They're good, but I can't get past that they look like frogs legs)
Hot beef sundae (actually Sunday dinner piled to look like a sundae)
Pizza cones
Kristy Kreme chicken sandwiches (chicken and swiss on a glazed donut)
Deep fried twinkies
Fried Coca Cola (soda flavored dough fried and topped with Coke syrup--this one originated in Texas, of course, where apparently they are running out of solids to fry)
Key Lime Pie on a stick

What ever happened to french fries with vinegar and candy apples?


July 20, 2009 - Msg 74045: Good Monday Afternoon porch,just stopping in for a minute.

My sympathy to Rev and his family in the loss of his grandmother.

All this talk of food is making me hungry. Lets have an afternoon snack: fried apple pies with ice cream! YUM.

Romeena, Did I miss your post about you DIL's biopsy results? I read back but maybe I missed it. She has been on my mind.

My daughter Beth now has her learners permit. She turned 15 in May but was not at all interested in taking the test. She finally wanted to go last week and passed with flying results. She is not however interested in being behind the steering wheel and has only wanted to drive 1x since. Guess I should not push her to start until she is ready. She will take drivers ed at school probably in the Spring Term but I would like for her to have some experience before then. There are so many in the class that each kid does not get a lot of time behind the wheel.

Lets have that apple pie and ice cream.

Prayers and blessings to all today
Big Maude

Big Maude

July 20, 2009 - Msg 74046: Hey Y'all- Just stopping in for a minute.I've been babysitting my niece while my sister went to get our mom from the hospital.It's been an ordeal,but at least they finally found out what was going on. Friends,do NOT take Lipitor and Lopid together! Google it if you want to know what can happen. My mom's muscles would have continued to waste away and she would have gone into complete kidney failure and possibly even died if the hospital docs hadn't figured it out.
Yes,Boo,she lives alone. My sister is right next door,I'm a few houses away,but it is getting more worrisome the older (she's 78) she gets.
I am just pretty stressed from the past few days,so guess I'll go try to chill out somewhere.
Y'all have a good afternoon-love to all!
possum under a rock
P.S. Thanks for the prayers,y'all.

July 20, 2009 - Msg 74047: Hey Maude-hope I didn't rock on your toes!
possum again

July 20, 2009 - Msg 74048: Good afternoon porchsters! Thank you so much for all the prayers, I knew I could count on you guys, if you don't mind, keep them coming. :)
Just got a call from Nr. Neff, who had a call from ADT that the alarm was triggered at the new house and the Sheriff's Dept was on the way out. Sure enough, I signed on to the cameras out there and the SD was already there, apparently (sp?) our painter accidentally hit the panic/holdup button as he was leaving and had no idea it was even going off. It sure is good to know the Sheriff's Dept acts quickly on a panic alarm like that in case it ever does happen for real. They were there before hubby even got off the phone with ADT!
Anyway, think I'm going to take a nap then head over to Thelma Lou's to watch a little tv...yep, that's what I'll do, nap, Thelma Lou's for tv...

July 20, 2009 - Msg 74049: Wow, glad they discovered your mom's problem, Possum. Most people don't realize how dangerous meds can be in certain combinations. If she is on Lipitor, she should be getting her blood drawn and liver enzmes, kidney function (among a few other things) every three months. Please be sure this is done if she is started back on Lipitor or any of the statin drugs. Also, it would probably be a good idea for her to take Coq10. I would ask her doctor about it.

M-T writes, "..this one originated in Texas, of course, where apparently they are running out of solids to fry"! haha...too funny, also too true!
We'll chicken fry just about anything around here.

Prayers continue, Mavis.

"Hey" to Maude.


July 20, 2009 - Msg 74050: Sounds like almost anything can be fried and put on a stick at the fair!I haven't been to a fair this year,there are a couple coming up in August I may go to.The ones that come around here aren't very big,so there isn't alot of choice for the kids to ride.Spot,that new trailor sounds beautiful.You and Miss Sherry will really enjoy it.We definitley want pics!Night porch friends-ky girl

July 21, 2009 - Msg 74051: Good late night, friends. I was supposed to work tonight, so had slept a couple of hours this afternoon, then the hospital called and offered me the night off. Naturally, I took it, but now am not sleepy! I do have a CT scan scheduled for 8:45 a.m., though, so had better get to bed soon.

Maude, thanks for asking about Brittney, and I'm sorry I hadn't offered a report. It seems the dermatologist looked at the lesion on her leg, near the old melanoma site, and elected NOT to biopsy it like the oncologist had requested, but instead just zapped it, to burn it off! She had it done before Brittney realized what she was doing. No biopsy can be done now. When Brittney told the oncologist about it, he hit the roof. The dermatologist did find a couple of other places on Brittney's chest, and did biopsy them. The report on one was nothing, completely benign. The other one was a squamous cell carcinoma - the typical skin cancer, she treated it and that's that. As for the one on her leg, the chief point of concern, who knows?? I'm so mad I could spit nails. Needless to say, Brittney will not be going back to that dermatologist, but the damage may already be done. Nothing to do now but wait and see if anything else shows up. And yes, if it does, there will be a flaming lawsuit, but that won't help Brittney any.

Mavis, your experience with ADT sounds like some of my alarm occasions with Brinks over the years. Quick response, called me at work, police already here and searching the house when I got home. Yes, it does give you a good feeling, to know that they're so fast and thorough.

Well, guess I'll get to bed. If I can't sleep, I'll just watch TV until I can. No problem. Be blessed, porch. --Romeena

July 21, 2009 - Msg 74052: Ro, I wonder what in the world that dermatologist was thinking? Hard to believe. It just makes you sick but when things are completely out of our control, there is nothing to do but depend upon the Lord and trust Him with it. It's very dissapointing that they weren't able to send it, get a good report and put everyone's mind at ease. Continued prayers for Brittney.

Well, Emily's aunt had her baby really quickly and everything went well. Thank you for your prayers. Emily's mom was able to be there with her for the birth so she wasn't alone.

Church at the rehab last night was really special. We have two girls that attend on one hall that are always there and really are wanting to learn about the things of God and it is just a joy to be with them and teach them. On another hall, we had some new girls and they wanted to have church outside because it was their "outside time" and they had been indoors all day. That was fun because it was a first for us. One of the new girls is named Michelle and she is actually 19. She is the only girl over 18 I have ever seen in the rehab. They made an exception for her because she has no family and noone to go to. She had taken drugs and been drinking to kill the pain one night, and turned herself in to the ER for help. Her story was unbelievable. Her life has been one of total rejection, except for God, of course. She did at some point find the Lord and said she was " born again". She has been reading her bible and had some questions for us. She told us that her mother died last year and left her and her too very young siblings, who are in foster care. She misses them terribly and told us that when she gets out of rehab next month, she wants to see them but she will be going into a halfway-house down here because she has no money. I am going to check up on the halfway house and see what it's like. I wish we could get her into the Teen Challenge program. There is something about Michelle that makes me think she can make it with a little help and encouragment. Hope we can do something to help her. Can you imagine being only 19, no high school diploma (she just took her GED test but doesn't have the results yet), no family, nobody to encourage or help you? What a scary place the world would be. Please remember Michelle in your prayers today; that God would make a way and clear the way for her to find a place and friends who will help her along the way. She is really hurting. Thanks!

Well, better finish the coffee and get going this morning. Plenty to do, as usual.


July 21, 2009 - Msg 74053: Oh, one more thing, up until the night Michelle went to the ER, she had been using marajuana but nothing stronger, so please pray that she will not begin taking other, more dangerous drugs when she is released. She can kick the marajuana but if she starts on the narcotics, or other street drugs, it will be nearly impossible for her to make it.


July 21, 2009 - Msg 74054: good morning from your phantom mayor. prayers for each of you. the man in a hurry is a slow motion man compared to the busy fast passing summer I and so many of you have said. I finally got on a computer, our city and the contract cable company are sill fighting, when the city says things they don"t like the able cuts signals badly,ans cuts internet. isn"t the children of politics interesting? well my time is about up--- our mayberry economy is good. not one time have we issued an IOU for a paycheck like some places. howard spraque still getting his checks and funding. our street funds are solid and the band ill go to state this year. if I don:t get back before end of july - let"s all wish POSSUM a happy birthday on the 31st. as well as all JULY birthdays. may GOD bless and keep you. Pappa Bear

July 21, 2009 - Msg 74055: Hey Y'all! Howdy,Pappa Bear and thanks for the birthday wishes. Actually,it's the 30th,but I don't mind delaying turning 50 by an extra day- ha! Boo's birthday is the 31st.I always remember she's the day after mine. Now,when is YOUR birthday,Pappa Bear? Just looked in my little notebook I keep near the computer,but don't have yours listed.
Prayers for Michelle and all the rehab girls,Boo. Oh,and for Jubi too!

I see Spot didn't fix breakfast this morning- (bad doggy!),but I'll make sure everyone gets something to eat for lunch.How about us all going over to the Diner? We'll have one of those hollowed out tomatoes with the avocado inside-andy says they're GOOD! See y'all there.
possum under a rock

July 21, 2009 - Msg 74056: Howdy, all. Just got home from a CT scan - no results yet, of course. Looking for spinal problems that could be causing the pain I feel in my left side when I sit for any length of time. Sometimes it nearly has me in tears at work, and I just have to get up and walk for a while. If I could chart standing up, I would, but unfortunately, our computers are anchored in place, at desks. I can't even sit here at my own desk more than ten minutes or so at a time. Oh well.

Boo, prayers for the girls at the rehab, and especially for Michelle. And for you, my friend. God will bless you for what you do.

We got a tiny bit of rain last night, less than a quarter inch, but that's better than nothing. It did cool things off just a little - it's only 86 right now, at straight up noon.

Joe and Jorge are coming this afternoon and tomorrow, to clean out the flowerbeds, and in the big island, we'll plant begonias and periwinkles. My brother-in-law and his family will be here Aug 4, and I don't want them to see the yard looking so shabby. Right now, it looks awful! Much weeding to do, roses to prune, and plant a little color. That should do it.

Well, guess I'd better scoot. They'll be here shortly. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena