September 14, 2009 - Msg 75152:
possum-I really liked Swayze too, I'm sure for different reasons. "Red Dawn," "The Outsiders," and "Ghost" good movies. There's a line he says in "Red Dawn," (That movie was so over the top but I love it) "turn it into something else." When I played hockey we used to jokingly say that line all the time. Yup, I liked Swayze.


September 14, 2009 - Msg 75153: Yep Swayeze was a good one for sure...hey my turnnip green and collard patch planted today...back here at work for the night...let me get settled in....and read...SPOT

September 15, 2009 - Msg 75154:
Hello porch family.....I'm still on my concert tour in KY. Nice and cool at night.

Well race fans....the chase for the championship is on. And the old man is leading. I really wish Matt would have made it in.

Spot....hope you have a easy night at work.

Think I'll go back here in the motorhome, get in bed and watch a TAGS before going to sleep.

Love and prayers for all the porch family. Have a great night and know that Jesus loves you!

September 15, 2009 - Msg 75155: Hey there Rev...and yea the old dude is on top of the world!...sure hope he pulls it that would be such a way to end a long and great career...but I do like Tonys chances also...and Jimmy and Jeff...we will set back each with enjoyment and watch!...well lets have a bowl of captian crunch and milk.....SPOT

September 15, 2009 - Msg 75156: Good morning everyone. Another beautiful day here.

RIP Patrick Swayze. He was a good actor and seemed like a nice man.

AUH2O: I do recognize the double standard. However, instead of throwing out the standard because the "other" side won't live up to it, I'm advocating that each side should set their own houses in order and do the right thing. I don't except "I did because they did it" from my kids, why should I from my elected officials? Enough said (from me at least)!

Have a great day!


September 15, 2009 - Msg 75157: "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

I agree with Possum - he was the cats! RIP Mr. Swayze.


September 15, 2009 - Msg 75158: I hadn't really seen the video of Wilson's "outburst" until now. I saw an interview done with wilson on FoxNews and they showed a clip of the event. I have to say that I think it was just a frustrated person trying to stand up to what he thought was wrong. What bothered me more, was the look Obama gave him...he folded his hands then turned and gave wilson a look that said, "Who are you to dare speak to ME that way?" least it looked that way to me. Inappropriate, probably...understandable, yes, IMO. Emotions are running very high in congress, obviously. I say give him a break. Of course, I'm certainly no expert on propriety in sessions of congress ;-)


September 15, 2009 - Msg 75159:
M-T I'm not throwing out the standard because the "other" side thing you are talking about. We are nothing like the other side. I think that is what is so polarizing in American politics today, one side loves the country and the ideals it was founded on and the other side simply doesn't. One side loves the individual liberty that is the cornerstone of this nation and the other side runs around the globe apologizing for our fictional ills for their own gain. I would love to think I've raised one of my kids to stand up to the leader of this country when that leader is lying. To chastise a person because he didn't use a proper procedural mechanism, that would have just been lost in the ether, I think is comical.


September 15, 2009 - Msg 75160: Morning Porch, wanted to check in with everyone now that things are starting to settle down a little (yeah right~wishful thinking) Any old who, things here at the house are going well, slowly, but I'm getting things unboxed a little at a time. (*insert whining voice*) I want my kitchen!! We still don't have the kitchen cabinets or the counters installed, don't even have a kitchen sink! Working out of the motorhome gets the job done, but nearly as easy as it would be in the house. BUT, at least I have that one so I'm not complaining (just whining) teehee
I have to admit I haven't read all of the archives I have missed, but I have read most of them & are you ready?? I have to say I am with Me-They on the Wilson outburst thing, 2 rights do not make a wrong, and while I do understand his frustration because I am frustrated with our president as well, that is no excuse for what he did, wrong place, wrong time in my opinion, so I give him a "rude" I bet you ain't never got a rude
Now, I'm off to soak in the tub for a while, I have a follow-up Doctors appt for the hospital visit last week at 1:30 today, so I'll be back when I finish there. I'll grab a late lunch on my way back to the porch, what do ya'll want? How about Cajun Fried Chicken & bisquits from BoJangles??

September 15, 2009 - Msg 75161: Well, I did something really stupid today..I had forgotten that our cat was scheduled to be neutered today and so at around 9, I called to see if I could still bring him and they said I could, so I rushed out of the house, grabbed Emily and put her in her carseat, grabbed the cat and off I went. Well, I forgot to put the cat in a carrier so when I got to the vet I thought he might get scared and scratch me, but I had no idea that the cat would go completely nuts as soon as I walked in the door of the vet's office. There was a lady sitting near the door with a cat in her lap and when my cat saw it, he climbed up to the top of my head, scratching all the way! He dug one of his claws into my chest and I have a puncture and a bruise from it, but that's not the worst part. I threw the cat over my head and dropped him behind my back and he jumped on a lady who was sitting near the door and ran to the top of her head! I snatched him off and by then one of the staff grabbed him by the back of the neck and put him in a cage. I just felt terrible about could I have been so stupid?! Well, I guess I'll have the scars to remind me the next time. Guess it was a pretty funny picture, though.

I just sent Emily off with her mom and now its time to clean up the mess! She was very good, it's just not easy to care for a 2 year old.

Possum, what you shared about Laci was so sweet. She showed such empathy for one as young as she is. I am proud of her.:-)


September 15, 2009 - Msg 75162: Howdy, porch. Been poorly the last couple of days, though I did work last night. Felt like two miles of bad road when I got there, and the events of the night didn't help any. I was assigned to open our annex unit, with a nursery nurse as backup (can't leave one nurse alone on a unit). She's a great nursery nurse, but doesn't know much about postpartum, so she just functioned as a tech for me. When we opened the unit, we had no patients. Shortly thereafter, we got the first c-section. Then a delivery, then another section, then two more deliveries, then a general care patient from ED. No clerk to transcribe the orders, so I had to do that, too. All in all, a tough night. I came home, fell into bed, and slept until nearly six. Still feeling pretty rough, low-grade temp, a lot of discomfort. I think it's a bladder infection, so will probably call my MD in the morning.

Boo, that cat story is just hilarious. I'd love to have a video of the scene. I'll bet the next time you make an appointment for a cat, they'll remind you to use a carrier! Too funny!

I'm with you on Obama's reaction to Wilson. We've all seen that look before, though he tries to mask it. There's that flash, the poorly-concealed expression that says "How dare you!" It was the same look that my husband used to employ in public with an unruly child, and it would wither them right into their place, ending the uprising. In Obama's case, it is the expression of a narcissist, dealing with someone who is questioning his perfection and omnipotence. Whether Wilson was right or wrong, doesn't matter so much to me. The fact is, he did it, and it drew a lot of attention. People are questioning more, noticing more detail, and paying attention. It may just be a pivotal point in this secretive, came-from-nowhere president's reign.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some leftovers. I haven't eaten anything since Sunday noon, except for an English muffin this morning. Just haven't been hungry, and when you're as overweight as I am, you latch onto any opportunity to avoid calories. I'm a little hungry now, and have a bit of leftover pork pot roast and veggies, should do the trick.

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

September 15, 2009 - Msg 75163: Me again. I just found this in my email, and thought it might be of interest. Check out this link:

This is from the Canada Free Press, whose secondary motto is "Because without America, there is no Free World." In other words, Canada is very interested in what happens here, because their future is so closely tied with ours.

I won't comment on this article - I just challenge you to follow the link and read it. --Romeena

September 15, 2009 - Msg 75164: Drat!
There, that should do it. --Romeena

September 16, 2009 - Msg 75165: Morning Family:
Thought I'd check in before heading off to WORK! I always hated certain 4 letter words. Blessings all. ~New Neighbor

What's for breakfast? I'm hungry.

September 16, 2009 - Msg 75166: Good Wednesday Porch, stopping by for minute. Hope everyone is okay today. Been busy the past several days with regular stuff and I still feel like I am behind in everything that needs to be done. Breakfast menu: scrambled eggs, french toast, jelly, maple syrup, bacon, eggs, tenderloin, biscuits, fruit, hash browns, sausage gravy. coffee, tea, assorted juices. come hungry.

School is going well for Patrick and Beth. Patrick seems to like college and Beth is not grumbling too bad about her classes. Her first 6 weeks will be over next Monday which is hard to believe.

We are in the process of getting estimates for a new roof for our house, we have about 3 estimates now and my husband wants a couple more. Does anyone have any opinions on shingle roofs vs the new metal roofing. A lot of folks around here are putting that new metal roofing on their house, it looks okay but I am not too sure if I like the way it looks or not. We are finding out it is more $$ than shingles but it is supposed to last much longer. Guess we will see.

take care and have a blessed day.

Big Maude

September 16, 2009 - Msg 75167:
Morning Porch

Sunny and cool here again, not the Fonzie kinda cool but very pleasant.

Having one of my favorite breakfasts, strong black coffee and some Italian bread toasted with peanut butter. Plenty to go around if ya'll want to stop by.

Big Maude-Glad to here the kids are doing well. We've been discussing whether to do our roof. No estimates yet but we've also heard that about the metal roofs, which are popular around here also.

Romeena- Thanks for the post, if true the article is frightening. As for myself, I don't give B.O. that much credit. I think he's just the product of "white guilt." The guy can't even speak without a teleprompter.


September 16, 2009 - Msg 75168: Morning, NN. I have lots to do that I don't want to do today so I guess you could call it WORK for me. I have to take Sean to town to have his blood drawn for one of those glucose tolerance tests, where they draw you, give you something sugary to drink and then draw you again in a few hours. I hate doing it because he is a hard one to get blood from because of his chubby arms. We talk him to the lab at the children's hospital and those ladies in the lab use the little butterfly needles, which helps.

SPOT, they finished the roofing on the house and it looks great...really nice job. Hope your's is done by now. Things are moving along again now that the rain stopped. The rain was nice because now it looks like spring around here, but the mosquitos are horrible!..oh well, it's worth it.


September 16, 2009 - Msg 75169: Good morning everyone.

BOO: That cat story was hilarious--sorry! I'm with ROMEENA; I wish you had a video of it to post. Make sure those scratches don't get infected. Don't want you going all Ted Nugent on us.

MAUDE: In my opinion, metal roofs (standing seam) look great. They last much longer and that beautiful sound can't be beat. However, in my area at least, they are typically about double to triple the cost of a shingled roof. If you can, I'd go with metal. If you do, make sure that the roofer you use is experienced with metal roofs. There are many horror stories out there of people who have had them put on by roofers who aren't that familiar with them. The process is vastly different than roofing with shingles. Whatever you do, don not let them talk you into leaving the plywood/board down and putting the roofing on top! The moisture that will build up between them will rot the wood, causing mold issues, and will degrade the life of the metal.

If someone called me a liar during a speech I was giving to a joint session of Congress, I'd give them a "how the heck do you think you are" look, too. And I'm not the president.

NEW NEIGHBOR: I'm with you!


September 16, 2009 - Msg 75170: That's "who", natch.


September 16, 2009 - Msg 75171: Oh hey Maude. The metal roof is better than shingles, but more expensive, as you say. It was my first choice for the house but it would put us too far over budget so we settled for shingles. If money wasn't an option I would have loved to have the metal roof. If you are in the house you plan to be in forever, it might be worth the investment for you. Alot of folks like them because they reflect the suns rays and supposedly are energy efficient. Of course if you get a lighter-colored shingle, you get kind of the same effect. BTW, very happy to hear the kids are doing well...but I expected they would!:-)

Mornin' Auh2o. Funny, your favorite breakfast is very similar to mine. I just use regular bread but maybe I'll try the Italian bread. I also put a little bit of creamer in my coffee...(I'm a wimp).

Better get going...


September 16, 2009 - Msg 75172: Mornin' Dears!
Just stopping by real quick so that y'all don't think I've forgotten about ya. How's everyone doing?

Things are pretty good here-hope not to jinx myself now (just joking). Kids are in school and doing well, though I'm not happy with Bryson's school. If things don't change I may begin homeschooling him or putting him in a school for kids with processing issues like he has and take a loan. Nick's doing well, which is a relief! Michaela is living with her Mom, but I have her before and after school every day until her Mom gets off work. Still, having her away more makes Nick happier, which makes the whole house happier! Bryan and I are doing really well. I pray we are over our issues. I know I am, Praise the Lord! I've been working for him to get some business for an expo that his company is doing. Well, I guess that about has us all caught up. Oh, I'm going on October 21st to have my 5th ankle surgery, which I'm not too keen on after my serious complications during my last surgery in July. So, I'm praying on that and if you don't mind pray that my mind will ease or if it's not God's will that it will be cancelled.

Miss Romeena- I sure do enjoy your emails. Actually, you keep me updated on things going on. I listen to NPR, but that's about it!

Auh20- I'm jealous of your weather! Though not for long when you have all of that snow!
Big Maude- Glad to hear the kids are doing well.
New Neighbor- Don't we all hate that word! I'm having Chick-fil-A and everyone's welcome to join me!
Boo- I bet your tuckered out every night you watch Emily! A 2 year old will do that to ya, especially if you're not used to having one every day.
Mavis- I can't wait to see what all y'all have done to the house!
Rev- I told my cousins in Kentucky to go and see you, but they didn't have enough time. Hope you had a good turn out.

Well, y'all, I have to run to get my iron and pro-time checked at the doctor and go to Walmart and Whole Foods. It's raining like all get out here so I need to leave to allow myself plenty of time. Atlanta traffic and rain are not a good combination! Hope you have a good day! Don't forget about me if I don't post often. I don't forget about y'all.

Blessings to you and yours,
"This is the day, this is the day, that the Lord has made!"

September 16, 2009 - Msg 75173: Oh, M-T dopped in while I was posting....yes, I am sure the scene at the vet's office was funny, but nobody was laughing at the time and I got a few glares for the staff people. It makes for a pretty good story, though!

Good advice on the metal roof, Me-They.

Now, I don't think you would have given wilson the same look that Obama was like "eye profanity", believe me. ;-)


September 16, 2009 - Msg 75174: Dang, every time I post, someone else has been here...I love it.

Hey Lucy! Yes, I am tuckered after having Emily. That's just what I said to Bruce as I fell into bed last night. She really takes it out of me, but I have fun with her, too. Usually when she is here, I just put the chores aside and watch her. She likes for me to sit in the recliner and then she puts her (naked) Barbies in my lap. Then I have to hold the baby doll and sing to grandparents know the drill.

Better go this time!


September 16, 2009 - Msg 75175: Maude - we put a metal roof on our log cabin and we loved it. My inlaws put a metal roof on their house as well. Get someone who is experienced with metal roofs. There is a foam that you can put at the end of the metal so you won't get bugs infesting your roof and making nests (bees, wasps, etc).

As far as Wilson is concerned, he called a spade a spade - maybe not at the right time but he called it correctly. Harry Reid called Bush a liar a lot of times, never once apologized. The House is making more out of this than needs to be made. If I were in SC - I would vote for this man again.


September 16, 2009 - Msg 75176: Well, look who dropped in! Lucy, it's good to see you, and it sounds like things are going well for you. I'm so glad!

Regarding the Wilson thing, of course it angered BO to be called out, just as it would anyone else. However, as Boo said, that look that flashed was murderous. I've seen him do it before. He tries to cover it, but can't quite manage it. As for the propriety of Wilson's action, I suppose he could have written a polite little note of protest, or even asked for an appointment to voice his protest in person and in private. That would have been 100% lost. What he did, right or not, fired up the public - us - and focused even more attention on a subject that people are already very touchy about. (Not good grammar, but it works.) I hope he doesn't apologize anymore - it cheapens what he did.

As for Bush lying, I'm sick of hearing people say how he "lied" about the WMDs. He could only depend on the intelligence that was reported to him. What was he to do - put on camo and go dig in the sand himself? Next time you hear a Democrat say Bush lied, remind them that practically every Democrat with any recognition factor at all was sounding the alarm, including Kennedy and Gore. They all "knew" there WMDs there, and were urgently recommending that the U.S. do something about it. That has all been conveniently forgotten, of course. had a page on it, I've seen it, and can't find it right now. It listed dozens of Democrats who were convinced the WMDs were there, and wanted us to go get 'em! As a matter of fact, I'm still not convinced they weren't there. Just because we didn't find them in all that sand is no proof that they don't exist.

Well, I'd better run. I have to go to some "forum" at the hospital - just another way to pull us in on our days off. Annoying.

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

September 16, 2009 - Msg 75177: ROMEENA: You're "righter" than you think; ending a sentence with a preposition now is accepted by most style manuals as acceptable grammar. Same goes with split infinitives. So split away! (That still doesn't feel right...)


September 16, 2009 - Msg 75178: M-T . . .who split the infinitive?


September 16, 2009 - Msg 75179: Hey Y'all- Just popped in to say hello. That's about all I feel up to saying.Chalk it up to some mood I'm in,blame it on hormones,lack of sleep,I don't know! I'm ok,though.I get like this sometimes.
Yes,I would like to see a video of Boo & the cat-we could have made you a YouTube star,Boo!
Hey to everyone-glad Maude dropped by.
Well,I said more than I thought I would! Y'all take care & I'll "chit- chat" soon.
possum under a rock

September 16, 2009 - Msg 75180: I did!


September 16, 2009 - Msg 75181:
Romeena-Brother Carter just called, he wants us to knock off all racists ranting. How dare we! He got so mad at the end of the conversation all he could say was, "...not a finger!"


September 16, 2009 - Msg 75182:
That should say racist not racists, close but wrong.


September 16, 2009 - Msg 75183: Sorry gang but STORMS here im busy...FOOD!....SPOT

September 16, 2009 - Msg 75184: Good afternoon, porch. I love living in this little town. This was my afternoon: Went to the Nurses' Forum at the hospital at 12:15. It was held in the conference room on the first floor of our Medical Office Building, or MOB. Following that, I walked about 30 steps to the elevator and went to the 5th floor, where I saw my primary-care doctor. She determined I had a bad bladder infection (I knew that) and wrote a prescription for an antibiotic. I returned to the first floor, stepped around the corner from the elevator and into Brown's Pharmacy, where I got the Rx filled. Got in my car, drove around the block to the other side of the hospital and went to my physical therapy appointment. Actually I could have walked over there, but the street is a bit busy, safer to drive than to cross it. How's that for compact and convenient?

auh2o, I think I'm missing something. Please clarify?? Sounds interesting, though!

Well, I think I'll go curl up with a heating pad and Toye Starr. Am already feeling a tiny bit better, after just one dose of the antibiotic. Should be doing fine by tomorrow.

Be blessed, everyone! --Romeena

September 16, 2009 - Msg 75185: Oh, and thanks, M-T, for the reassurance. I think I had heard somewhere that ending with a preposition was now acceptable, but old habits die hard. --Romeena

September 16, 2009 - Msg 75186: Glad you are already feeling better, Ro.

Today Sean and I were discussing Wilson's outburst and Sean said, "Well, when someone threw a boot at Bush's head, he just ducked and kept right on talking."...thought that was pretty funny. He didn't stop to shoot any looks at anyone, I don't think. I will have to look it up on Youtube.


September 16, 2009 - Msg 75187: Well, I watched the video and that's not exactly what happened...Bush looked pretty surprised! haha


September 16, 2009 - Msg 75188: wazz up

September 16, 2009 - Msg 75189: Well, I wasn't going to post, but decided I would, just for the reason to remind you folks that it was 2 years ago this Friday that our dear friend Millie passed away. Sure do miss her.
- Hazel

September 16, 2009 - Msg 75190: Ok OK...sorry gang...hey possum,Boo,Hazel,Sterling,Hm....gosh work tonight and then a double tomorrow and its the Lake camping!...ok..ok...back in just a bit...SPOT

September 16, 2009 - Msg 75191: Thank you for that reminder, Hazel. Two years later and it still hurts to think about it.

Well, been a very long day and I think I need a good night's sleep. Be back in the morning with my coffee...goodnight!


September 17, 2009 - Msg 75192:
Hello porch family....Just got in from my concert. We had a great time.

Lucy....well maybe they can come out the next time I'm in KY. They are already booking me for next year.

Spot....hope things settle down some for you tonight at work.

Hazel....thank you for reminding us. Millie will never be forgotten. I think of her often.

Ro...praying that you get feeling better soon.

Well I hear that bed in the back of the motorhome calling me so I'm heading that way.
Prayers for all my porch family!
Have you hugged Jesus today???.....He's waiting with open arms...because remember, HE LOVES YOU! Night

September 17, 2009 - Msg 75193: Good evening, all. Hazel, thank you for that timely reminder, and it brings up something I've been wanting to ask you all about. If you've noticed, Millie's picture is the cover picture in the Porchster album at the album site. I put it there, either while she was sick or shortly after her death, can't remember now. How do you all feel about that? Should it remain, or do you think it's time to move on? I have no preference, and will do whatever the majority wishes.

Second dose of antibiotic is already kicking in. I can imagine that I'll feel a lot better in the morning. I'm glad, because tomorrow will be a bittersweet day. My little grandson, Logan, would have been seven tomorrow if he had lived. Eloise and I will make our customary trip out to the cemetery. We'll meet our kids (the parents) out there, and will probably go to Babe's for some fried chicken after the visit to the graveside. We usually do that, too - we try to end the day on a happy note, and Babe's is a natural, being only about a mile from the cemetery. I just can't imagine that Logan would already be seven, bless his little heart.

For a child who never really drew a full breath, and whose heart only beat for about an hour, he sure did leave some footprints on our lives. His mother wears a tiny silver angel pin, less than an inch high, and she wears it always, on a formal dress or a t-shirt, doesn't matter. She has a small lighted cabinet in their den, which contains tender mementoes of his coming and passing. She has a framed enlargement of the mysterious shaft of light that appeared on one picture, taken just as Logan's heart stopped. She has managed to walk that fine line between keeping his memory alive and falling into maudlin obsession. I admire the way she speaks of him so freely, as though he were in the next room, and still manages to serve on the board for a grief recovery program. Quite a brave girl, my DIL, and my son supports her at every turn. God bless them both.

Well, I think I'm off to bed. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

September 17, 2009 - Msg 75194: Good porch familt:
Just stopping by for a cup of coffee and some quick reads. Millie-We'll never forget you.
Ro: the picture is somehow comforting of "those who've gone before us". She shared her life briefly with us...but made an impact that remains.
Gotta get moving here. At least it's Thursday...almost Friday. (I'm trying to look for the bright side. It's sure not the weather-rainy, cold, dreary.)
Blessings family-I'm going to have my devotions. That should cheer me up.Yep a little word from the Lord-that should do it! ~New Neighbor

September 17, 2009 - Msg 75195:
Morning friends

Romeena-How touching, thanks for sharing that with us. You have a strong couple there, your DIL and your son. Our second girl gave us some concerns before she was born and when I hear stories like the one you just shared it makes me wonder, and be thankful. As for my post above, I was referencing the former President, Carter. He was blathering on, like he does, calling those that disagree with B.O. racist. I think he just projecting again. And, the "not a finger" thing was is a quote from "A Christmas Story." I was trying a little levity, a swing and a miss.

Rev-Hazel-all I also think of Millie quite often. A lady I never meet, never spoke to, would have never known if it wasn't for the web. It's strange, these WWW dot friendships. I like them and I think of all of you often and I feel bad when I realize a rankle feathers, like I often do.
You folks have a great day. Peace!



September 17, 2009 - Msg 75196: Please don't take Millie's picture off the cover. I want it to remain there as long as we are here.

My prayers for you, Eloise and the kids, Ro. I certainly felt the emotion in your description. May the Lord bless each of you with a new revelation of His love and care for Logan in heaven, and each of you here on earth. One day it will all be a memory and you will have eternal joy with Logan. How can we thank Jesus enough for being a bridge for us from this world to eternity?:-)

Well, the coffee is gone and Erin is up. Better go point her in the right direction!


September 17, 2009 - Msg 75197: Hey there Auh2o...I missed you the first time but just had to respond to your post. I want you to know that you never ruffled my feathers but I can certainly remember times that you blessed me with encouragment and even stood up for me once. I'm very glad that you are a part of this porch family and I miss you when you aren't around much. By the way, I got the quote from "A Christmas Story", of course. Made me smile. You're right about our friends here, I have shared things with all of you that my closest friends and family memebers don't even know. This is such a safe and friendly place and all of you are so quick to encourage and not judge. I think of you all throughout my day.


September 17, 2009 - Msg 75198: Please don't take down Millie's picture. She brought so much to us and we only knew her through here. She taught us alot about grace just as your son and dil have with Logan. I just imagine Logan and grandpa having some good times in heaven looking down on all of you. Two very special angels you have Ro.

God bless us all today and through the weekend.


September 17, 2009 - Msg 75199: Good Thursday morning porch! Raining here on my end of the porch, but who cares? The sound of the rain in all these trees is just divine! Wanted to update you guys on my Dr. appt since I didn't make it back to chat & only dropped off that box of chicken. Doc says he wants to see me in a couple of months to re-check bloodwork & such (to see how the anemia & low sodium level are) but for now, I am supposed to just take it easy. He thinks it was my body's reaction to the stress I went through 3 weeks ago & tells me it could take up to 6 weeks for things to get back to normal. He's such a great Doc & an awesome man. He came in with the CT scan & things faxed over from the ER & first thing he said was "Well, whadda ya know? You really ARE normal, see it says right there "Head CT=normal" now you've got the paperwork to back you up when someone tries to tell you different." He is such a hoot & I feel so comfortable with him, I groom his dogs so he is really more than a Doc to me, he's become a wonderful friend as well. He told me he was glad I didn't do this a week earlier, he & his wife had just gotten back from a 3 week long missionary trip to Africa. He goes at least once a year, sometimes twice & the stories he tells of those trips will keep you mesmerized for hours. His office is filled with pictures he has taken over the years on those trips. Any way, I'm fine, but he says the time has come for me to retire & settle down, he even said "You know, you ain't no spring chicken anymore" haha of course I said is that spelled with an i or an e? and he quoted that whole line from the show. What more could a girl ask for? A Doc who goes on those wonderful missionary trips, knows TAGS & is a great Doctor to boot?
Now, lots to do today, did anyone ever feed Spot yesterday? I seen him hollering for something.

September 17, 2009 - Msg 75200:
Hello porch family.....prayer you are all having a blessed day.

Ro....that story always touches my heart. I'll always remember when you took me to little Logan's grave site and shared that story with me while I was in your area last year.
And I agree with everyone else to keep Millie's picture up.

Mavis.....glad things are getting back to normal. I continue to pray! And glad the doc said your head is "normal" too...hehe

You all tell someone about Jesus today. I'll check back later.
Love and prayers for all the porch family!

September 17, 2009 - Msg 75201: Afternoon Y'all- Ro,please keep Millie's picture up.
I remember your little Logan.You're right-it is hard to believe that 7 years have come and gone. Thank you for sharing him with us- especially that photo of the shaft of light. I recall the goosebumps I got the first time I viewed that picture. How awesome to have captured God's light! If any of you Porchsters haven't seen it in Ro's album,please check it out. You won't be the same after seeing it,I promise.

Mavis,so you're normal?! Okay,if your doc says so,guess we'll have to accept it- ha ha!

Y'all take care-love to all.
possum under a rock

September 17, 2009 - Msg 75202: Oh, RIP Mary Travers (from the 60's folk group Peter,Paul and Mary). Ironic- I pulled out a PP & M cd yesterday when Laci visited.We danced around to "Puff the Magic Dragon" and listened to Mary Travers on the same day she passed.
possum again

September 17, 2009 - Msg 75203: Ok gang ...storms have slacked back at work....gona read and cook in just a bit....SPOT

September 17, 2009 - Msg 75204: Romeena, I vote for leaving Millie's picture on the cover and agree with the sentiments from the others. Busy at work today, but will treat everyone to Olive Garden for dinner

Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

September 17, 2009 - Msg 75205: Yay, Maude! I'll get the tip.


September 17, 2009 - Msg 75206: Thanks Maaude ...sounds good...I will bring the daily news it has done some raining herre in ga....and still...headed camping at the lake tomorrow till tue...better carry a good book and checker board....SPOT

September 17, 2009 - Msg 75207: Good afternoon, porch. I'm back from our little journey to Logan's graveside, and feeling just fine. The weather was cloudy and wet, but still very pleasant. It wasn't a dreary drizzle, just a soft, light mist, with the temperature around 75, so very comfortable. We walked around the cemetery, reading the old headstones, many of them well over a hundred years old. Then we walked back into the woods, on a spongy layer of leaf litter that must have been six inches deep, with lots of little "fairy rings" of mushrooms here and there. So quiet, just birdcalls now and then. Huge butterflies flitting through, and that wonderful scent that you find only in the woods - that earthy, damp smell of decaying vegetation, in the process of making new soil. I love it! We found the well-hidden, moss-covered headstone of one Henry Lay, age 32, died 1905. Nearby is a huge oak with a big projecting limb, known as the "hanging tree". The historical record lists Henry Lay as being an "alleged horse thief", presumably hung right there and buried at the foot of the same tree. No one can say how much truth there is in the whole thing, but it was interesting.

There are now several graves in Logan's area, all children who died at birth or shortly thereafter. I think the oldest was four, but most are just a month or two old. After Logan's burial there, David made a significant contribution into a fund, and members of my family have added to it. That fund is used to pay for a burial site in that designated area, for a deceased child whose parents can't afford to purchase one. It has been invested, but being relatively small, it doesn't bring in enough to sustain it, so probably will run out in time, but until then, a few children have been or will be given a resting place, and Logan's little clay shell isn't out there alone. There is enough to provide for a few more, I think, but that's all. And it's enough, nothing is forever.

REV, thanks - I'm so glad we made that little visit - it just makes one more memory to associate with the location.

auh2o, you must forgive me. I'm a little slow on the uptake these days - your references went right over my head. Sorry!

Well, it would appear that we have a consensus in favor of keeping Millie's picture on the album cover. Good! I was hoping it would go that way, but didn't want to influence anyone's vote. I know not everyone has responded, but I can't imagine that we would suddenly have enough opposing views to change the outcome. So, Millie stays!

By the way, for those of you who have sub-albums - if you'd like your album cover picture changed, just let me know. It only takes a few keystrokes.

Well, I need to go change clothes and get ready to go up to the church. We're having a fish fry tonight. Awk. I have to go up there and eat catfish after eating all that chicken?? Not sure I can do that, but I'll go anyway, since I bought a ticket. The fellowship will be worth the price of the ticket.

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

September 17, 2009 - Msg 75208: Very interesting about Henry Lay..hmmm. You know my fascination with old cemetaries. I plan on visiting some more of them when the weather turns cooler. It was SO hot here the 90's Been another long day. Mom's pacemaker was cancelled AGAIN and they postponed until Monday. This is making me mad because she is on Coumadin and has to be off of it for three days prior to surgery, which means that she has been off for a couple of days already, which is risky to a stroke patient (especially one with a heart rate of 35!). If they cancel again on Monday, I will have no choice but to find another cardiologist and I hate to think of putting her through it. She can barely get out of the bed. Well, hopefully all will be well after Monday.

I have to tell you that I have been having some stressful times and my stomach feels like its torn up all the time now. I have to find a way to rest somehow. The other day I practically had a melt-down trying to get Sean to do his schoolwork. I called St. Susan and boo-hooed on the phone to her. Sean's counselor said we should find someone else to do it...easy to say, not so easy to find. The problem we are having at church is STILL unresolved and it is getting harder to hang on without wanting to just leave. Also my mother-in-law is having problems and I think she has Alzheimer's...she is just not thinking rationally and has been imagining things. She has been telling other family members some pretty outrageous stories and outright lies. I don't know if she is crazy or just mean but I don't need this right now! I am about two seconds from living the life of a hermit (one with a computer, of course);-)...oh, to top it off, I have to help Erin with her school fundraiser! Nobody on earth knows how much I hate school try to get people to buy outrageously expensive items out of a catalogue and they want the money up front (with 7.5% sales tax). We have two weeks to get it done and have to sell 15 items, which I will probably buy half of the night before it's due (if past behavior is the predictor of future behavior).

If I drank, I would be having a double of something right now!


September 17, 2009 - Msg 75209:
Hello porch family!

Boo....I know it must all be hard right now but with your faith you'll come through. You know you have folks praying for you.

Spot....sure hope you have some good weather camping.
I just talked to my daughter and she said it's raining so hard in SC that see can hardly see to drive. Must be the storm that you had in Ga. I'm still in KY and very little rain here.

Big Maude.....thanks for Olive Garden.

Ro.... hope you enjoyed your fish fry at church.

We'll folks it's getting late so I'm off to bed. Sleep good and have a Jesus filled night.

September 17, 2009 - Msg 75210: Good grief, Boo. Somebody needs to follow you around and take notes - there's enough material in a week of your life to make six months of a soap opera script.

First things first - why are they canceling your mom's pacemaker procedure? A day's postponement I can understand. Several days - I don't understand. This is the part where you go stand on someone's desk and say, "Now hear this. She has a stroke history and is on Coumadin, only she's been OFF the Coumadin for two days already, and facing at least three more. Either she needs it or she doesn't. If she doesn't, then we'll take her off, save the money and the endless blood tests and avoid the inherent risks. If she needs it, and she's not getting it, she could have a stroke. If she does, make no mistake, I will place the blame where it lies and will seek compensation, to help fund the after-care she will need. I hope you're insured." You will get action.

Second - please forgive me, Hover-Mother, but Sean is old enough to pick up some responsibility on his own, and I disagree with his learned counselor. The "somebody else" you need to get to ride herd on him is Sean himself. If he refuses, then he repeats the lesson a zillion times, until he masters it. If that drops him back a grade, so be it. Just make sure he KNOWS he has dropped back, and do not let him blame it on you for not "making" him do his work. That's life - that's how it works in the real world, where he will be given a job to do, and will simply be fired if he doesn't do it.

I would have a serious talk with him, approach him as if you fully expect him to understand and comply. Let him know you're at the end of your rope with all that's on your plate right now, and that he's not helping. I know he has a sweet and kind heart, and he will not like feeling that he's let you down. Tell him you are tired, you just don't have the energy to push him like he was six years old, and that you need to enlist his help. Outline what you expect of him in terms of doing his own work - without prodding from you - and then give him ANOTHER

September 18, 2009 - Msg 75211: That was you, wasn't it Ro?...Why are they cancelling the procedure on mom?...well, my sister says the first time the doctor was out of town, which makes no sense because the doctor told us that he wasn't going to do it himself. Well, I let it go that time and kept a close eye on mom. Then they called Susan again today but didn't tell her why they postponed it but I am going to try to find out tomorrow.

Concerning Sean, this has been a tough week for sure. He has been having some severe anxiety because, basically his Zoloft isn't working anymore. I have been in contact with the doc at Texas Children's and they assure me that they are going to try him on something else when I take him back on Tuesday. He has alot of irrational fears, just part of the disorder, but when he is on the right meds, his life is far better and he is able to do the work without so much trouble. He took Zoloft first but it didn't work for long so they switched him to Paxil and it worked great, but he gained so much weight that they wanted to try the Zoloft again. It worked for awhile but not anymore. Now they are talking about putting him on something else that doesn't have the weight gain side effect. We'll see. There are so many things I never post that i deal with, and you are right that Sean has a sweet and kind heart, but he has alot of issues that are very difficult to deal with and schoolwork is just one of them. The irrational fears and depression are probably the worst part...there is just no reasoning with him. You know, he had been complaining about the current curriculum, so I switched some things and he is doing much better. He is actually enjoying it, which is very unusual, so maybe with a little change here and there and a different med, things will be easier. I remember when we started the Paxil, it was like he turned into another child...he was relaxed, didn't have the compulsive anxious thoughts, and didn't have the behavior problems he has now. Of course, I don't know how much of that is just being an adolescent. I do know that it is hard to get him to do what he doesn't want but if its something he wants to do, he will do it. So, he might be pulling some "I can't do it" on me.

Time for me to go to bed, I'm tuckered!

Thanks for the prayers, REV.:-)


September 18, 2009 - Msg 75212: Well, yes, it was me, Boo, but I didn't intend to post that. I had decided to copy it and put it in an email, and hit "post" by mistake! That's why it ended so abruptly. It's also what happens when you try to type with a furkid in your lap. I even emailed Floyd to see if he could remove it. Well, too late now, I guess. I hope you're not upset by my frank talk, and the "Hover-Mother" nickname was one my Dale used to call me when I was trying to defend my cubs against the world. Anyway, get some much-needed rest, dear girl. Prayers indeed, always. --Romeena

September 18, 2009 - Msg 75213: Thanks for the weather prayer Rev...we will have a good time anyway!..well hey Romeena,Boo,Asa,Possum and all....gonaa go home and sleep till noon...Miss Sherry getting off work at that time and coming over to hook up and get gone....dont have the net there so yall take care and be somebody and eat well for the old dog...hope to bring us back some fish for the porch freezer....well let me get things wraped up here so I can get gone....we will be back tue evening....will get pics for yall...Maude yall cook ok?.. and send ME a plate...prayers to all and hope yall have a mayberry kind of a day.....SPOT

September 18, 2009 - Msg 75214: Oh no! I'm sorry, Ro...that must have been stressful for you. Believe me, no offense taken! "Hover-Mother"..that's pretty funny. You know its good to have friends that will give you an honest opinion. Wanna hear something funny?...when I noticed that you had ended so abruptly, my thought was, 'What happened? Maybe she's been drinking and fell off her chair or something..." kidding, haha. Of course it only took a second to realize that was a ridiculous notion.;-) Glad to see you are ok this morning! hehe

Hope SPOT and Miss Sherry have a great time. Wish I had a little RV or pop-up so I could join them in the great outdoors...I know SPOT would lay out a spread every evening...maybe another one of those "low country boils" he talks about.

Plenty to do today, of course, but I am trying to go at it with a good attitude...maybe my life won't be such a "soap opera" today...har,har:-)


September 18, 2009 - Msg 75215: Mornin' Y'all- Well,this part of SC hasn't gotten any heavy rain,Rev.Sure wish we would get some,but it has only been a light drizzle since yesterday afternoon. Maybe today,though-we certainly need it.
Prayers that things level off for you Boo.
Asking for prayers for my sister today. She is having foot surgery in a few hours. You have probably seen the tv ads " If you took the antibiotic Levaquin and have ruptured tendons,etc..". Well,she took it and she's got them.Y'all wouldn't believe how bad her feet look-the bone looks like it is coming out the back of her heels! Repairing her right foot,she'll have to stay off of it for 3 weeks,then she'll have the other one done.I imagine at some point she will be involved in litigation against the makers of Levaquin. It is scary what medicine can do to you.
So.. I get to tend to Mama,pick my niece up from school and things of that nature for the next 3 weeks. I guess I could use some prayers too,as my Mama can be a handful at times! Thanks,y'all.
etter get going around here.Y'all take care!
possum under a rock

September 18, 2009 - Msg 75216: That's terrible, Possum! Prayers for your sister (and you).


September 18, 2009 - Msg 75217: Boo - here is two cents about the fundraiser you are asked to participate in - send the catalog back to school with a donation. Tell them what you think is wrong with the fundraiser -overpriced items! Our school at least has done some positive fundraisers - one was a beginning of school rummage sale. They are doing another one this weekend. Along with that - they will have a big bakesale. It is unfortunate that schools must rely on these fundraisers to make it work. Also - a fundraiser dinner would be a great way to make money. The Christian school near here has a fancy dinner where people/businesses that are associated with the school buy complete tables. They have a nice dinner, silent auction, etc. They also go around a theme. This last year, the waiters and waitresses dressed in their favorite fairy tale theme. Other years, it has had a movie theme, or a Hawaiian theme. Just a thought.