September 10, 2009 - Msg 75090: Evening Family:
Just wanted you to know that Opie made it to Kansas, and is starting to settle in. Thanks for the prayers. His text message to me said " It's a good fit!" I'm ok. All of my children have had dreams they are following. Better out there happy then here miserable.
As for the homeschool-private school issue, When Neighbette graduates this spring, we will have put all 4 through private school in 23 years! When you add it all up, it's $185,000. But who's adding? It can't replace the education (highest rating in the state of MD) the discipline, morals, and godly teachers that supported what we taught in the home. And you're RIGHT...we SHOULD have a tax break. Nuff said. Thanks again. ~New Neighbor

September 10, 2009 - Msg 75091: All that soap box speech and sweeping too!!! ~New Neighbor

September 10, 2009 - Msg 75092: Mdc Mr. Wheeler sure did need that lemonade...he says thanks...hey NN...the roof man said that I did for sure qualify for a new roof from the ins. company from hail damage...he is doing a few in the area...yahhoo..may put a mixed brown and black on this time...will send Ro some construction pics during the project...he will start in about 2 weeks...he is doing my Mom and Dads also...well enough from the roof at work again till 6am then back at 2 for weekend...we camp tomorrow week and Miss Sherry notifyed me that she booked again for Oct 2nd for 4 days...should be cool that time...good campfire weather...hey Possum...Mavis take it slow hun...Asa wana go down to the corner for some icecream for the late nighters?...we can just walk and swing by Boos to see if she wants to go...well let me get my midnight reports ran and give the new man a little quiz....prayers...SPOT

September 11, 2009 - Msg 75093:
Boo- that is quite a story, but p-l-e-a-s-e be careful in situations like that. All ended well
and he was happy, but I always tell my wife not to roll down the window for any stranger.
If they can get their fingers in, all it takes is
one quick pull and the window can come right out.
All I'm saying is be careful, discern well the situation.
God bless you for helping him, but you worry me sometimes! ha

September 11, 2009 - Msg 75094: GOOOD MORNNNING gang...good night here at outage but back on now...lets hit I-Hop (know some of yall dont like it) but lets give it a try this morning...just something different..ok,ok I will buy..Boo bring a paper girl..Asa I will come by and get you and Miss Possum so yall be ready..and Asa comb yer hair and slick doen that cow lick!...Mavis you take it easy and I will send you and Rev a plate..Maude,Lucy,Ky...join us...auh20,hm,sterling and all....will get one of those Big curved tables...and slide how many together we need...ok...leaving at 8:00 sharp.....SPOT

September 11, 2009 - Msg 75095: Haha...I knew that is what you would say, MDC!:-) I really am very careful. Probably too careful most of the time!

New Neighbor, I didn't realize you put your children in private school...that is a sacrifice well worth it. We are very fortunate that Erin's christian school is small and not expensive. It only costs 140 per month. They have not changed the tuition much in 20 years because they are very mission-minded and want people to be able to put their kids in private school. We love it..really nice, loving teachers and Erin thrives there. Thankfully, she doesn't have the learning difficulties that Sean has. She told me yesterday that she made 100 on her math and spelling tests....THERE! That's the first time I have ever bragged about one of my children's grades. :-)

Hey SPOT, hope you get that roof on soon. Ours is still half on and in limbo until it stops raining. I liked the cabinet guys we met with yesterday...friendly but proffessional. I am going to have "shaker" syle cabinets, which are lovely, but fancy molding or anything. Some glass front, some panes, though, just solid glass front. The backs of the glass front cabinets will be in beadboard to give it a vinatage look, as well as the blacksplash area. I still have to pick out a sink and the granite countertops. I think i found what I want in Silestone and it looks like marble. Not sure yet.

Well, better get up and get started with the day. Plenty to do. I think I will make a pot of chili today. Haven't had that since last winter and chili is good on a rainy day.


September 11, 2009 - Msg 75096: I just remembered that today is 9-11. I think at some point today I will take the time to look back at the archives of that terrible day.


September 11, 2009 - Msg 75097: Good morning everyone. It's raining cats and dogs here today--nothing like that beautiful crisp day eight years ago.

BOO: That was a wonderful story. Boy, you let that light shine bright everywhere you go, don't you? Keep on truckin', mama!

Wow! 140 a month?!? It may be worth we flying my kids diown there for school. How many bedrooms do you have in that new house again? ;-)

AUH2O: I can give Wilson a hearty amen for his opinion (or rather statement of fact in this case), but that was not the time or the place. Rude is rude and never justified. Like him or not, the President of the U.S. was addressing the Congress. When the Dems would boo Bush, it made my blood boil. Same goes here. "Two wrongs don't make a right." Period. Nothing was gained by Wilson's disrespect. In fact, the anti-Obama healthcare plan efforts may have been sorely injured by his ill-timed remarks. And I doubt Mr. Wilson will be sitting in Congress after next year's election.

Have a great weekend!


September 11, 2009 - Msg 75098: Eight years ago I was in a funeral celebration for a dear Christian man. I remember that the church was FILLED with both deaf and hearing people expressing their joy in knowing this man and where he was going to spend eternity. The final song before we departed was 4 part harmony (5 if you count all the people that signed) of When We All Get to Heaven. Then, on the drive home - the realization that the first plane that had hit the towers wasn't an accident. That is something I will never forget.


September 11, 2009 - Msg 75099:
Me-They I guess ya gotta be a Conservative to understand what Wilson was feeling. Everyday, every single day Conservatives are derided in all forms of the media. For every Tucker Carlson or Pat Buchanan on TV there 10 or 15 Katie Couric's or Keith Olbermann's. Every halfwit in Hollywood is treated as an expert on any given topic. As a man of history I'm sure you can think of some rude moments you could condone. Wilson spoke for a lot of us by simply saying ENOUGH, "You lie!" I don't think he went there that evening intending to insult B.O. He could have said the "emperor has no clothes." But, You lie, works for me.


September 11, 2009 - Msg 75100: AUH2O: Boy do I understand political frustration. Try believing that what Wilson said was true, but the manner in which he expressed himself was wrong. Conservatives think I'm "soft" and don't take me seriously because I don't believe basic respect is situational. Liberals think I'm deluded and don't take me seriously because Wilson's comments p----d them off. Once again, I'm wrong on all fronts. So, yes, I do understand!


September 11, 2009 - Msg 75101: Mornin' Y'all- Alan Jackson wrote a song about that day eight years ago called "Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?" in which he laid out different scenarios of what folks might have been doing on 9-11.One was where I was: "Teaching a class full of innocent children..." as he sang.
I will always remember us taking our kids to the lunchroom,we had early lunch,guess it was about 11am,and the buzz was going around that something had happened.A kindergarten teacher,who was a high school friend of mine approached me and I told her what we were hearing.I'll never forget her response:" This is some kind of movie you're talking about,right?" Oh,how I only wish it was.

As a South Carolinian,I'll chime in on Joe Wilson's outburst: It was rude.Although I agree with what he was saying,the manner in which he did it was just wrong.

Spot,I didn't know you had hail damage! I know y'all have been getting a lot of storms this summer though.You sure it's hail damage? As I recall,we were tossing homemaker's meatballs all around the place last time we had a party over there!

Boo,I loved the story you told,but yeah,like MDC said,you have to be careful with people these days. Glad it turned out to be a wonderful experience though!
Hey to everybody-y'all have a great weekend!
possum under a rock

September 11, 2009 - Msg 75102: Didn't mean to step on yer toes, POSSUM. I can vividely recall that morning as well. I try not to.

I want to third some caution ("Yes, caution!") too, BOO--but not very much. It takes boldness to spread God's love. If you had been too cautious that day, imagine what you both might have missed. The Lord traveled boldly into the camps of his enemies. He counseled his disciples to use common sense and be a little cautious, but sent them out into danger regardless. So, you go girl! Do God's will, and it will be done in the lives of others and in your's. You are such an encouragement to me!


September 11, 2009 - Msg 75103: Good morning, porch! Strange morning, so far. I'm waiting for the Dish Network installer to arrive with the HD/DVR box for the new TV in my bedroom. He was to arrive between 8a.m. and noon. It's now 10:54, and no sign of him yet. Big surprise.

I say it's a strange morning. I can't really define "strange", it just feels that way. I've been watching Fox News, with their coverage of the 9/11 observances. Impressive, wrenching, and sad. Then came the scare from what was apparently a training exercise by the Coast Guard on the Potomac. I'm always uneasy on 9/11, because there's always the fear that the misbegotten sons of Satan will try to repeat their performance on that day. I'll be glad when the day is over.

Regarding Mr. Wilson's outburst toward Obama, I reluctantly agree that he shouldn't have done it. Obama is lying, he does it all the time, and he's quite good at it. He puts on that steely-eyed, I'm-in-charge expression and spouts untruths, half truths and distortions all the time. I guess Mr. Wilson just couldn't take it anymore. Still, it was inappropriate, and I think he knows it. According to OneNewsNow, he has tried to contact Obama to apologize, but had to speak to an underling. He did so, and offered his sincere apology. He shouldn't have done what he did, but I think there's a strong lesson there for Obama and his henchmen. It took a lot to drive that man to do what he did. Americans are getting fed up. Fewer and fewer people are drinking the KoolAid, and more and more people are really thinking, for the first time. They're seeing through the facade, and as auh2o said, they're beginning to realize that the emperor is indeed naked. Mr. Wilson may have not exhibited the best judgment in that moment, but I think he spoke for a growing majority of us. Mr. Obama - take note. A word to the wise is sufficient.

Well, the installer is here. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

September 11, 2009 - Msg 75104: I hear you, dear friends, and I normally wouldn't think of doing something like that, I just knew somehow that he wasn't a threat. Thanks for your always encouraging words, M-T...YOU are the encouraging one! By the way, are like "my big brother in Arizona", watching out for me. I like that!

Where was I during 9-11, Possum? Sitting in the recliner, watching the news and breastfeeding Erin, who was a month old at the time. What a day! Very scary. I remember thinking, "Is this the beginning of WW2?"


September 11, 2009 - Msg 75105: HAHAHA...I mean "World War 3", of course!!!


September 11, 2009 - Msg 75106: I remember exactly where I was, too. I had worked the night before, and had just gotten into bed, was about half-asleep. My phone rang, and it was my son. "Mom, are you watching TV?" Well, it was on in the room - I always sleep with it on - so I said "Yes". "What channel? News?" "No." "Then change to a news channel. You won't believe it." He was right, I didn't. God help us, I don't think any of us wanted to believe it. It still seems like a nightmare. --Romeena

September 11, 2009 - Msg 75107:
I hope you all have time to reflect on this PATRIOT'S DAY!
RO and MT- I have to respectfully disagree with you. BO was giving a campaign speech. he was the one bringing up twisted items because there are 5 bills floating out there. Things like this happened all the time in the Continental Congress, disagreements, outbursts, give me liberty or give me death type of stuff. Let's have it now too becaue we are talking 2 trillion that we DON'T HAVE, and so much more government claws in places they ought not to be! If this goes thru as it, it will change the lives of all for the worse, it will bankrupt our country which is already about half owned by China!
In fact, MT actually said it all when he said,
"when the dems would boo Bush..." Exactillioso!
They did, and it was "tolerated," yet the now-in-power town criers of "tolerence" cant take it!? What a bunch of babies! Boo hoo! Wilson was right on! He shouted "You lie," like "Hear hear."
If it was the State of The Union or something like that (which is were the dems would boo) then yes, that's not the place. But this was A FAR CRY FROM THAT. This was smoke, mirrors, outright lies, and basic BS and he needed to be called on it, and that WAS INDEED the time and place to do it!
Government abortion, death panels, are all TRUE
under several of the bills, and it needs to be known. His poll numbers actually went DOWN after that charade! OK, I havent done this in quite a while, but I think Wilson did good! Right on! Go Joe! You're the man! (IMHO) Sliding the soap box under porch. (Now ask me how I REALLY feel!) (:
Love ya all,

September 11, 2009 - Msg 75108:
Oh, MT, did you step in any "poodles?" mdc

September 11, 2009 - Msg 75109: You know what, MDC? You make a lot of sense, and I really can't in good conscience, disagree with you. I guess we just got used to the Dems booing Bush, and acting like hooligans - we expect it of them. However, I still really don't like for "one of us" to act out like that. My knee-jerk reaction is "have respect for the office, even if you can't respect the man", and I think most of us feel that way. But in reality, it's Obama who is being disrespectful to his office, when he stands up there and spouts lies and distortions the way he does. On top of everything else, he insults our intelligence, because it's obvious he doesn't believe the general public has a clue about anything. Up to a point, that's true, but I think his falling ratings would indicate that we're GETTING a clue! As I've said before, one of these days, somebody is going to sass him or push him a little too far, and he's going to have a narcissistic hissy fit, stamp his skinny little foot and self-destruct. Remember, you heard it here first! (heehee) --Romeena

September 11, 2009 - Msg 75110: I watched an interesting documentary that made me think about some of the 9-11 events in a different way. I watched it on YouTube and it was called "The Falling Man", which is a rather gruesome title, when you consider the subject. It had to do with one of the more famous pictures that a photographer took of a man who was falling, head down, from the Windows of the World Restaurant in one of the towers. It sparked much controversy when it was published in the paper and and editor of one newspaper asked one of his journalists to investigate who the man was and to try and identify him and write about his life. Really interesting journey finding out and was was done in a very respectful manner. I highly recommend watching it if you have an hour to spare at some point.

Well, animal control just left...Sometimes I just get so mad living where I do because so many people don't take care of their pets. A stray showed up today and was starving to death. She was a pretty little black lab; probably 4 or 5 months old and had a collar but no tags. I have only seen one other day as emaciated as she was. You could count every bone in that dogs body. She was very sweet and came right to me, so I put her in the backyard and called animal the meantime, I cleaned out the leftovers in the frige and I never saw a dog eat like that. She attacked the food, poor sweet thing. When animal control arrived, they were able to just pick her right up and carry her out. She didn't fight at all. I am so thankful she showed up here because who knows how long she has been wandering around. Her collar had a broken clip from a leash hanging on it, like she might have broken free and got herself lost. They should have no trouble finding her a home because she had the prettiest, sweetest little face, but her head looked too large for her body. It'll catch up though before long and she will be a beauty. I might have considered keeping her myself, but being a female, my Leah would never accept her and probably hurt her.

Well, better go check on dinner. Be back later.


September 11, 2009 - Msg 75111: Hey MT,Possum,Romeena,Boo,hm,auh20,...supper will be cubed steak with cream gravy,mash taters,green beans,boiled cabbage rolls...Tea...SPOT

September 11, 2009 - Msg 75112: Boo - I won't tell you what happens here when animal control is called and it doesn't matter if they have a sweet face or not.


September 11, 2009 - Msg 75113: Spot - that supper sounds heavenly - all of my favorites cept the cabbage rolls! hm

September 11, 2009 - Msg 75114: Hee Hee Hm I ment boiled cabbage AND rolls...funny...but hey wonder what boiled cabbage rolls would tast like....hum...Race fans Nationwide race is ON and harvick leading with edwards right there....Mark Martin on the pole for the cup race tomorrow night....SPOT

September 11, 2009 - Msg 75115: Aw, how sad, HM. We have an animal adoption center here and most animals are given a good chance to find a home. I have to say, though, that I would rather see the poor things euthanized that starving on the street. It makes me so mad...this dog must have been starved for months, the way it looked. How could that happen? Surely other people saw this dog and did nothing. All it took was a call to animal control and they were there in about 5 minutes.

Think I will curl up with a book...I am pretty tired tonight and want to get my mind off of the events of 9-11. I think I have been bothered by it more on this anniversary than any of the others...don't know why. So sad.


Today the whole world can't be like Mayberry...

September 12, 2009 - Msg 75116: Did you notice that Fox devoted the day to remembering 9/11, while the others were intent on making a spectacle of Wilson calling Obama out? Hmmmm.

I hope someone continues to remember and show the video and write about that horrible day. If not, in another fifty years, some arrogant Muslim leader will be pontificating about how it never happened, just a "myth", etc. - just as they do about the Holocaust. Truth is truth, but it ceases to be known as such if you bury it deeply enough and deny it ever happened. --Romeena

September 12, 2009 - Msg 75117: Morning Porchters.
They have not replaced my computer at work yet and I just don't have much time at home to chat with you folks right now. Anyway, sorry I missed checking in yesterday, a very important day. I remember that morning so well. I had taken the day off work for some reason and turned on the news just about the time the second plane hit. And then the reports of a third plane going down somewhere else. It was a terrible time when the realization hit we were being attacked. I agree Ro. There are those in the media who really want to down play that day and pretend it didn't happen. Thank goodness for FOX and other voices out there willing to speak up. Thanks mostly to one, Van Jones is history, at least officialy. I'm sure he still has b.o,'s ear. Thank you Glenn Beck for exposing this guy and not backing off despite what it is costing you. And I wish we had more Joe Wilsons in congress. It is lacking spine anymore!

Good to see you Auh2o. Hope things are better for you.

Boo, I have to second MDC's words of caution. I'm sure you are careful, but still desire to do good.

It was nice to see so many flags flapping in the wind yesterday. I put mine up before leaving work, although it was still dark. I know that's not proper protical, but it was the only way I could do it, and I really wanted it flying yesterday.

Well gotta run and get some gas for my mower.
See ya all later.


September 12, 2009 - Msg 75118: Mornin' Y'all. Yes,I tuned in to Fox last night thinking I was going to get Greta Van Susteren,but they were showing a special on 9/11.I watched the entire thing.We cannot forget.
I started to say something about those boiled cabbage rolls yesterday,Spot- thanks for clearing that up! I was wondering if it was some kind of Southern dish I'd never heard of!
Well,doing laundry so I'd better get going. Y'all have a good day!
possum under a rock

September 12, 2009 - Msg 75119: I believe The History Channel ran documentaries on 9-11 all day and evening yesterday and I applaud them for it. They showed some very good ones, too...not sensationalistic, just how events progressed. Very impacting.

How is the weather in Utah, ASA. Still cloudy here and we got so much, glorious rain this week! In a matter of just a few days, the trees are greener, new grass (and weeds) are coming in...looks so much better. Things are moving slow on the house due to the rain, but that's ok by me. I have enjoyed this week of rain so much. Funny how you can take something like rain for granted until its gone for nearly a year!

My chili yesterday turned out good. Tasted so good on a rainy day...I have leftovers if anyone wants to come for lunch. I have fritos and cheddar cheese, too. We could make frito pies.

Aw, poor Possum is doing laundry. I'll be doing some of that, too. :-(


September 12, 2009 - Msg 75120: Rain? Is that what this water falling from the sky is called? We're getting some too! It has rained almost all night, and is still raining now. Not a flood, just a gentle, constant rain that is soaking in and will do so much good. Thank you, Lord!

My mom used to make cabbage rolls, and I suppose you could call them "boiled cabbage rolls", because they did simmer for a while. She would separate the leaves of a large cabbage, preferably one that still had its large dark green leaves. She would drop those leaves in boiling water for a few minutes to soften them. Then she'd put an egg-sized lump of ground meat in the middle and roll it up, tucking the ends in. The rolls were then arranged in a very large skillet, the remaining cabbage was cut in chunks and fitted into the spaces, and everything was covered with a mixture of diced canned tomatoes and sauteed onion. The whole thing was then allowed to simmer gently for at least 45 minutes, until the meat was cooked through. Delicious! The meat was usually half beef and half pork. Mom would saute some onion and garlic in butter and add some dry rice and let it cook in the butter for a few minutes, then that mixture was added to the meat before it was put in the cabbage leaves. The whole thing is delicious, and I may just make some - haven't had it in years!

Actually, it's a Greek dish, and is supposed to be made with lamb and grape leaves. Grape leaves are hard to come by, and my family didn't eat lamb. My dad's sister and her husband lived with us in the country, because both of my parents worked in town and my little brother had to have some supervision. My uncle helped with the yard work and such, and my aunt did most of the cooking. She was an excellent cook, almost as good as my mother.

Anyway, one night she decided to make some lamb chops - got the idea from TV or some movie, I guess. She bought the chops, found a recipe, even had a little dish of mint jelly. When it was all ready, she proudly put it on the table. My dad looked at the platter of tiny chops, picked one up by its little paper panty, and put a small dollop of jelly on it. Then he stuck the whole thing in his mouth like a lollipop, pulled the bone back, chewed a couple of times and swallowed. His words were classic - "Well, that was fun. Now what's for supper?" My aunt was highly offended, and it took a couple of apologies before she settled down, and eventually laughed along with everyone else. That was our one and only experience with lamb. We never even had leg o'lamb, (Andy's favorite dish.)

Well, be blessed, friends! --Romeena

September 12, 2009 - Msg 75121: Hey Dear Romeena....I don't want to press you, but the "woman" at church will probably be there again tomorrow...things still aren't resolved. I would love to know your opinion from the email I sent you, when you get a chance. Thanks! :-)


September 12, 2009 - Msg 75122: Ha Romeena. That story sounds like Big Jeff Pruitt and Thelma Lou's finger sammiches. "That was a great appetizer, now whats for dinner? You actually call that a meal?"

Well Boo, sorry your problem woman is still being a problem. You guy's are in my prayers. And glad your Dads lung screen looked ok. When does your Mom have her next procedure?

The weather here has been nice Boo. Gets in the mid 50's most nights and mid 80's in the day. Supposed to get some rain next week. The tree's in the higher elevations are turning real pretty now and will work it's way down in the next few weeks. I do love the Fall. I just hate what follows it though. But, I am trying hard to find joy in all things because God has created it all and who am I to dis his work.

Mavis, hope you are doing ok. A new season starts tomorrow. Your skins gonna do anything this year?

Well I've been going all day. Just got out of the shower. Ma's cooking up a couple of ribeye's and we are gonna plug a movie in the dvd and relax.

Make sure you guy's get Ro tucked in early tonight. She's got early preachin to get to.


September 12, 2009 - Msg 75123: Thanks, ASA! Mom should get her pacemaker this friday. She is getting weaker, so I hope she will be helped by it.

That weather sounds wonderful! Hmm...I think I need to adopt that philosophy (finding joy in what God created) because I sure don't feel that way in the summer here!

Sounds like a real nice, evening. Guess what I watched today (well part of it, anyway)? A George Raft movie (really). Don't remember the name of it but it had Ida Lupino in it as a psychotic wife that murdered her husband. I had a pretty busy day, too, and had to take Erin to a birthday party at a skating rink. Poor child had never been to one and had some trouble staying up on those roller skates. She finally got the hang of it, though.

I just did some relaxing this evening and watched "The Long, Hot Summer" on Turner Classics....that's a good one with Paul Newman and JoAnn Woodward. Not as good as "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" but much the same, really.

Better head to bed so I can get up for preachin' tomorrow. I'll make sure Ro is tucked in on my way...might take awhile to get to Irving but I got nothing better to do...


September 13, 2009 - Msg 75124: Hi, Boo. Check your email, love. --Romeena

September 13, 2009 - Msg 75125: Mornin' y'all! Ok,where's Spot with breakfast? He's been slacking off in his cooking duties-he's down to feeding us just once a day! That ain't gonna cut it! Ha!

Who has ky girl's dangly earrings? I wanna wear them to preachin' later on. MDC,you got 'em? I know you're our resident "klep-toe-men-a-rack"! LOL
See y'all later-love to all!
possum under a rock

September 13, 2009 - Msg 75126: Woohooo! It's still raining! It seems a big old wide-spread rain-carrying front has just squatted over Texas and is sharing the blessed rain over much of the state. Praise the Lord!

Why are people so rude? I've been trying to get a battery for my cell phone, and our local Batteries Plus had ordered one sent over from another store. It was to arrive on Friday. I wasn't able to pick it up on Friday, but was in that area of town yesterday, so stopped there. It was 6:08 and their little sign said they closed at 6. OK, I can understand that. Problem was, the lights were on, and both of the young men who work there were standing behind the desk, in full view. They saw me walk up to the door, not yet realizing that they were closed, and when I tried the door they both stood there grinning like monkeys. They watched as I stood there in the pouring rain, reading the sign. They just grinned all the more, and shook their heads, one nudging the other, like "look at the old gal, hahaha!" Well, the joke is on them, because Monday morning I will call them, tell them pretty much what they can do with their battery (I'll be polite) and why, and will get one somewhere else, probably from the little kiosk in our mall, or maybe online. I understand "closed". What I don't understand is standing there laughing about it. They should have stepped away from the desk and into the nearby back room until I went away. They could have pretended not to see me - I made no sound, didn't knock or anything. No, they were enjoying their power and they were rude, so they missed a $40 sale, and now they're stuck with a battery for an old phone, which probably no one else in town will want. I hope it sits on their shelf until it rusts. So there!

Well, now I'll go to church and see if I can act a little more Christ-like than I sound this morning. Sorry - I just needed to unload that, I guess. Now I feel better - but I will still call them tomorrow.

Be blessed, everyone! --Romeena

September 13, 2009 - Msg 75127: Morning a little busy here at work this morning....yall eat yet?...SPOT

September 13, 2009 - Msg 75128: Those guys had no class, Ro.

Thank you for your response to my email...I will email you back more later. Got to get ready for preachin'!


September 13, 2009 - Msg 75129: Well gang hope the Church lights stayed on...lets have a late lunch:Sunday Fryed Chicken,greenbeans,potato salad,steamed cabbage,Boo tea.....let meet at about 4:00....SPOT

September 13, 2009 - Msg 75130: Boy oh boy. I'm sure it was a good sermon this morning but I never heard a word of it. Possum get nodding off and them dangling earings kept clanging like an old school bell. I sure didn't like them dirty looks the Rev. was giving you possum.
The chicken, green beabs and tater salad sounds great Spot. But I think I'll let the steamed cabbaged go on by. I prefer it uncooked (hint, Maude's SLAW)
Well Ro, those two idiots deserve a rude to say the least. I hope their manager gives them what for. It always amazes me to see businesses spend bucket loads of money in advertising to get folks in the door, only to be met by employee's who have zero people skills and seem to be bothered by your mere presence. I don't get it.

Well having a party for a son in law in a bit. We have the whole gang coming over. Better go fire up the grill.


September 13, 2009 - Msg 75131: Ha! Funny you'd mention me nodding off in church,Asa( I was just resting my eyes!) because one of the ladies in our choir kept nodding off this morning-she was sitting right next to the pulpit! Ha! How she kept that giant hymnal( or it may have been a Bible) from falling off of her lap is beyond me!
Ro,take your business elsewhere & tell the manager WHY! No excuse for those guys to have acted like that.
Well,I'm heading over to Spot's for some of that fried chicken-anybody need a ride?
possum again

September 13, 2009 - Msg 75132: Good evening, folks. Possum, I will definitely take my business elsewhere, and will tell the manager why, but it won't do any good, because unless I'm mistaken, one of those two idiots IS the manager! I may be wrong, but that's the impression I got on an earlier visit. With that in mind, I may see if there is a corporate website, and if so, I'll just email my complaint to headquarters.

The rain has stopped for now, but it's still very cloudy and I think we'll get some more tonight. However, right now I've got to go clean that pond filter, doggone it. It's not hot, only 74 degrees, but the mosquitoes will be out in squadrons after all that rain. They just love this kind of weather, the wretched little things. Oh well. Socks, jeans and long sleeves will leave them with very few landing spots, and the job must be done, so here goes. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

September 13, 2009 - Msg 75133: Very true about employees, just doesn't make for good business to have moron-like people dealing with the public. By the way, what's a green "beab"?...(grin...snicker...).

Speaking of hymnals, Possum, I have a story to tell ya'll that you just won't believe and I think Sunday afternoon would be just the time to sit on the porch and share it with you all (what's yur hurry?). Bruce told me this story the other day and I about laughed my head off. Well, back in the early 80's Bruce was attending East Texas Baptist College in Marshall, Texas, which is in East Texas and surrounded by lots of pine forrests and little backwards towns with some very old-school people and a large African American population. So, there were many very prejudiced white folks still in those parts in the early 80's (don't know about now). I know the mentality because I have a dear aunt who grew up in the area and has told me some storied...for instance, she found out several years ago that a fiend of hers who is black, was actually her half-sister. Nobody ever told her until the woman herself did, Anyway, manyof the older folks believed in segregation. Now back to the story...Bruce had begun attending a Baptist church near the school, that probably had about 200 members. He had made some good friends there and especially enjoyed the sunday school class, taught by a great guy who looked like Hoss Cartright. One day Bruce invited a friend to church with him, who happened to be black. The guy continued to come for awhile, liked it and he and Bruce decided to join one sunday, so at end of service when the invitation is given to join, they both went down front and the preacher ignored them, and quickly closed the service with a prayer. This was not unnoticed by the congregation who had been having some serious problems with the preacher. Later Bruce approached the preacher and asked about he and his friend joining. The preacher, in a not so nice tone said something about having to talk to "that boy". He had no intention of letting the boy join because of his race. Well, next sunday there was a business meeting after the service and about 75 people stayed to attend. Bruce and his friend were sitting in the back against the back wall. Now, they had no idea about the problems within the church and that the pastor had some folks who stood behind him, and his deplorable behavior, and many who were ready to give him the boot and they planned on saying so in this meeting. One man stood to address the pastor and tell him what he thought about the himnt allowing the black man to join the church. Well it didn't take long until men began shouting at each other (loudly), then the women got involved. A woman stood up, grabbed a hymnal and threw it at another woman and the fight was on. Bruce said he just sat there stunned as people began throwing hymnals, then keys at each other. It was quite a show. He said that finally a set of keys came sailing back towards him and hit the wall beside his head, so he knew it was time to go! He just couldn't believe church people acting like that. Well, the church dismissed the preacher, and it caused a church split and his "followers" left with him. After that, the church began to grow and was a great place to be. That guy needed to move on. I wonder if he ever opened his eyes to see the terrible hypocrisy of what he was doing? I had never heard of a group of church members getting that out of hand, and these were mostly older folks. Can you imagine! In this case, conflict turned out to be a good thing and the preacher moved on. I thought it was a pretty funny mental picture and wanted to share it!



September 13, 2009 - Msg 75134: huh?


September 14, 2009 - Msg 75135:
Evening everyone. I wanted to let you all know that I will be away from my computer for the next week! We are leaving Monday morning for the cool pines of northern AZ and will be back next Saturday, Sept. 19.
Ya all be good and dont be throwin no hymnals at each other, especially the one with "This Little Light of Mine..." haha.
See ya all in about a week. Prayers continue.
God bless and may God bless and help America!

September 14, 2009 - Msg 75136: Good heavens, Boo! That's just awful! I can understand it being funny to you now, after all these years to digest the idea, but to me, hearing it for the first time, it's just appalling. You're right, in some backwood, redneck communities there are still people like that, even in the churches, but thank God they're gradually disappearing. Shame on that pastor and his followers. Hmmm. His name wasn't Fred Phelps, was it? I know, the current object of Phelps' hatred is gay people, but usually people like that pretty much hate everyone who isn't just like them. Miserable old reprobate.

I was supposed to work tonight, but started feeling bad this afternoon, and called in sick. Lower abdominal pain, hard to identify. After the surgeries I've had, sometimes it's hard to really pinpoint the source of pain, but it's beginning to feel like a bladder infection. If not better in the morning, I'll call my doc. No fever yet, but I have to be practically at death's door before I run a temperature. If I get to about 99.6, I feel like I'm dying. At 102, I'm out of my head, confused and disoriented. My usual temperature is around 97. Dale used to say I was part lizard. Har, har.

Well, guess I'll go back to bed. Not accomplishing much here, and bed sounds good. I've only been up a couple of hours, but back I go. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

September 14, 2009 - Msg 75137: Apalling, sure. Thinking of those women flinging those hymnals at each other seems funny to me. I don't think it could be Fred Phelps because I have read the story of his life and I believe he has been pastoring his own church, full of his family members, in the same little town for many years. Phelps has a very "interesting" view on God's justice and mercy..!!!

Part lizard....that's funny.:-D Hope you feel better today, Ro.

Lucky MDC! I've been in those "cool pines of northern AZ" and it's a beautiful place to be. When I was a young adult, back in the 80's I took a trip out there and stayed in a cabin surrounded by pines and these huge Aspen trees. I can remember the sound of the wind in those trees, so beautiful. It was in July but it was very cool there and you needed a jacket after sundown. Loved it! Hope MDC and Cecile have a very relaxing and enjoyable trip.

Better get Erin up an going this morning...


September 14, 2009 - Msg 75138: Hope you feel better Ro - us lizards have to stick together. My temp is the same way. I feel like I am just burning up at 99. My husband just laughs at me.

It's a great Monday morning here - sun is shining. Sore from the weekend's work.



September 14, 2009 - Msg 75139: Morning family:
FINALLY a day off and I have to clean up from my washer exploding! The water shut-off valve broke, and unbeknowns to my other half, he loaded the washer with clothes and left in the tractor-trailer. My daughter and DIL came upstairs and were greeted by 2 inches of water in the hallway and more to come!! I sure can feel for the folks in Texas with all that flooding. HE GIVETH MORE GRACE...HE GIVETH MORE GRACE...that's gonna be my theme song today. Morning BOO. Better get moving...~New Neighbor

September 14, 2009 - Msg 75140:
Hey Folks

A nice and cool 57 degrees and sunny here.

Asa- Thanks for the thoughts buddy. I'm plugging my way through, a bit like a pinball at times, but I think I'm heading true north. Thanks again.

Prayers for ya'll.


September 14, 2009 - Msg 75141: good morning everyone. well it has been awhile since I stopped bye , still I think about each of you daily. as halloween approaches - let us have a big party at the remshaw house? Spot= can you light up the place for the night? I will be the eyes in the portraite. anyone want to play the piano at mid night? or work the secret doors? who wants to work the axe? what kind of meal should we have ? new neighbor- sounds like your day won"t be much fun. ro- my prayers are with you recovering soon. boo- what a story, thanks for sharing it. did a squirrel get loose in the chruch that day also? seriousit is hard to believe in this century.i knew a lot of ww2 soldiers who never could see the japanise or getrmans as humans and when i pointed out they were people like us that their country called on to fight- i got the cold shoulder. ro- your right buisness have lost the human touch and delight in that behavior. there are still a few good ones. mdc- a big howdy my freind. hi to everyone and my prayers and thoughts are witheach of you. hi possum. have a great mayberry day. pappa bear

September 14, 2009 - Msg 75142: Good morning everyone. It's a beautiful day here.

MDC: I know Bible knowledge is not for flaunting, and I'm not trying to, but this explains why I feel Wilson was wrong better than I could: "And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by h*ll.... It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so." (James 3:6-10) Have a restful trip!

NEW NEIGHBOR: Wish I could help out. I'm good at bailing ;-).

BOO: Interesting story. Those people needed to act like somebody, that's for sure. It is amazing how some people can be so "in tune" spiritually to some things and be so out of it when it comes to things like race.

Hope HM and ROMEENA feel better soon.

The Mrs. went back to work this weekend. All's well so far...


September 14, 2009 - Msg 75143: Man,what did I wake up to? Exploding washing machines and flying hymn books! Goodness! I can't believe those church goers acting like that! Guess they kept ol' Edgar Coleman busy afterwards,glueing those covers back on the hymn books! By the way,did Bruce and the black guy ever join the church,Boo?

Hope you feel better,Ro. My mama woke up with a fever & chills so I have to take her to the doctor later.I dread going in a doctor's office with all these flu viruses floating around.But,she needs to be seen,so guess I have no choice.I hope my immune system is in overdrive!

New Neighbor,sure hope you get that mess cleaned up with as little difficulty as possible.

I have a sweet story to share about Laci. My daughter heard this from Laci's teacher & told me about it yesterday: There is a little girl in Laci's class who is severely disabled with Cerebral Palsy-she can't talk, has trouble holding her head up, and is in a wheelchair. Laci has a milder form of CP-she uses a walker to get around.Anyhow, the little girl's head is propped up with one of those neck pillows,but somehow she managed to drop her head and was sitting there for several moments with her head hanging down before the teacher became aware of it.
All of a sudden,Laci gets in her walker,goes over to the little girl,lifts her head up and gives her a kiss.
I can't stop thinking about that.Here is Laci with her disabilities reaching out to help someone else.As Ernest T said, "I'm proud.I am SO proud." Just wanted to share with y'all.

Y'all have a good day-love to all!
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P.S. Have a great trip,MDC!

September 14, 2009 - Msg 75144: Wow, I'm lucky I didn't get flattened by all y'all fellers climbing up on the Porch all at once!

Hey to auh2o,Me-They, & Pappa Bear!!
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September 14, 2009 - Msg 75145: How sweet of Laci. I guess all of the positives she gets from grandma and mom really pay off. Nothing quite so innocent and endearing as a child's love.

Hey poppa bear - good to see you.

M-T. . .you can throw your shorts this way today since Boo is picking up flying hymnals.


September 14, 2009 - Msg 75146: Good Monday porch, hope all is well today. A warm sunny September day over on my end of the porch. Just came back from taking a break outside during lunch. Sometimes I like to go out and sit in the sun for a few minutes before I start my afternoon.
I will check back later.

Big Maude

September 14, 2009 - Msg 75147: Good afternoon, all. I was awake most of the night, since I slept most of the day yesterday, thinking I was going to work. That led to sleeping very late this morning. That's okay, since I still have to work tonight. I'm feeling a bit better, but still have some crampy pain. Not sure where that's coming from, because there's not much left in there that should cramp! Oh well.

Possum, that was so sweet of Laci. The innocent compassion of a child - wish we could always possess that trait. A precious story!

M-T, I must be missing something. In my mind, the scripture you quoted would be better applied to Obama and his untruthful, deceitful speeches, rather than to Wilson, who simply called him out. It was time for somebody to do so. I won't argue that Wilson should have observed a bit more decorum in deference to the office if not to the man, but to my way of thinking, he simply spoke the truth. A lie is a lie, and it should be exposed as such. A public official, a president no less, who stands before the people and deliberately distorts and hides the truth deserves to be called out. I'm glad somebody did it.

Incidentally, for the pro-lifers among us - check out this link, if you still wonder whether he's lying: Planned Parenthood is standing around, licking their chops, at the prospect of all the new, government-funded business they're going to get.

Well, we're still getting blessed rain. We haven't had any hard downpours, just a slow and steady, soft rain that is soaking in. Everything out back looks so green and pretty. Unfortunately, the weeds are popping up faster than six men could pull them, but I'll deal with them later. Right now, I'm grateful for all the free water.

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

September 14, 2009 - Msg 75148:
M-T I have to completely agree with Romeena. Wilson was sitting there listening to B.O. call him (Wilson), the other Republicans, and any others, that dare stand up to this... President, liars. When in fact it was he which was lying. Like I said earlier I guess ya gotta be a Conservative to see how feed-up we are. And we are.


September 14, 2009 - Msg 75149: Hey there. My point was that the tongue gets us into all kinds of trouble. I think James was saying that unless your mouth is expressing the love of Christ, it's delivering the poison of evil. It's one or the other. In my opinion, Wilson's comment (an angry "you're a liar!") was, from a Cristian point of view, fundamentally, wrong.

Further, one side lying, or doing something bad, is absolutely no excuse for the other side doing likewise. I tell this to my kids all the time. Call Obama out with facts in the appropriate forum--great! I wonder how conservatives would have reacted had someone shouted "you're a liar" to Reagan during the Congressional hearings when he "couldn't recall" the Iran-Contra deal. Or to Bush during his speech when he claimed WMDs in Iraq. They would have, rightly, condemned such actions, even though a strong argument could be made they were not being forthright (I'm being polite). There is a time and a place. But that's just my opinion, and I won't go farther trying to convince anyone otherwise.

As far as presidential liars go: find one that doesn't/hasn't. One lie is as good--or actually bad--as the next. So far Obama isn't any worse than the half dozen in the recent past. Again, just my opinion based on what I have experienced.

You can value my opinions for exactly as much as you are paying for them ;-).


September 14, 2009 - Msg 75150:
M-T Buddy, Conservatives are called liars all of the time. B.O. was calling them liars when Wilson spoke up. We did find WMD's in Iraq. There wasn't the stock piles we thought we'd find but we spent months jumping through hoops while Iraq sent hundreds of truck load of "stuff" into Syria. I'm sorry ya can't see the double standard that Conservatives live with day in and day out but it is a fact.


September 14, 2009 - Msg 75151: RIP Patrick Swayze

Man,I thought he was the cats,y'all.

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