October 28, 2009 - Msg 75813:
WOOHoo for Possom's mom and Boo's mom!!
Thank you Jesus!

Boo- I guess I had that builder all wrong!
Glad he is so patient and will get all fixed right. Them kind is hard to find 'round here!
Enjoy the "bisketti sauce!"

October 28, 2009 - Msg 75814:
"I swept myself off my feet!" (:

October 28, 2009 - Msg 75815: Thanks, MDC! We have had very few problems come up while building, so we are satisfied. We did have a problem with the electrician, though. I am afraid the guy kind of "wigged out" on us. The work he did was good but he seems to have some emotional issues. i know his wife passed away fairly recently and I expect he is having a hard time dealing with that. He sort of got into it with the builder the other day because he thought things were not moving along fast enough, but we are on schedule. He ended up saying some really derogatory things to Mike...calling him names, even, so Mike had to let him go. Mike said he would have let it go but the electrician said those things to him in front of his sons and he felt very disrespected. Mike is very patient, he has proven that, so if he thinks the electrician needs to go, that's ok with me. He was really finished, anyways, except for installing any light fixtures, which we can do without him anyways. Hey, guess what is going in today???...can any of you guess....it's something Barney bought his parents for their anniversary....

Better wake up Erin.


October 28, 2009 - Msg 75816: Morning porch, hope everyone is okay today. It finally stopped raining and is supposed to be a nice day today. I am ready for some sunshine!

Prayers for everyone today.

let me see boo, would that be a septic tank? Barney was such a good son!

Lunch menu will be: potato soup, grilled cheese, chips, little debbie cakes. sweet tea, kool aid.

Where is everybody? Hope they will show up for lunch!

Big Maude

October 28, 2009 - Msg 75817: 2,000 pounds of steel reinforced concrete!
What a great day in the Boo house. :)


October 28, 2009 - Msg 75818: Wow! Good news on both of our "problem moms" - Boo and Possum, that's wonderful! It supports what I've always believed, that we Americans are over-medicated to a dangerous degree. Sounds like in both cases, the improvement is related to a reduction in medication.

Boo, I'm glad your builder is handling the cabinet problem so well. He sounds like an honorable man. Too bad that electrician behaved so badly, and he's probably sorry now, but Mike is right - he can't allow him to insult him in front of his sons or anyone else. He has to have the respect of his men, or they'll run right over him.

Drat! Leaves are falling out back in great showers, filling the pond. I need to get the net over it, but can't do it without help, especially as windy as it is today. Also, I can't peg it down until we finish killing out the nutgrass that has invaded the beds around the pond, and since it's about to rain, Joe and Jorge can't treat the nutgrass. I'm at an impasse. Rats! Oh well, this too shall pass.

Last night, our church presented the film "Magdalena" for an audience of women. I highly recommend it - if you get a chance, see it. I bought a copy, and plan to share it around with my co-workers. It tells the story of Jesus, through the eyes of Mary Magdalene, and it's beautifully done. A lot of emphasis is placed on one's personal relationship with Jesus, and it illustrates how He elevated the status of women and showed them respect in a society that did exactly the opposite.

By the way, one scene brought up a question in my mind, one that I've wondered about for years, and I'm sure I'm not alone. What do you think Jesus wrote in the dirt, when the adulterous woman was brought before him by the men who wanted to stone her? They were trying to trip him up and get him to dispute the law, but he didn't. He just said that the one who was without sin should throw the first stone, which of course just withered them up and they left. He also wrote something in the dirt, but the scripture doesn't tell us what it was. I've always thought he might have written a little list of common sins - greed, envy, lust, lying, cheating, whatever - just as a reminder. What do you all think?

Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

October 28, 2009 - Msg 75819: I wonder if he was writing the names of those who had "visited" her, and those names included their own.


October 28, 2009 - Msg 75820: Wow! Asa, I never thought of that - sure could be. Interesting! --Romeena

October 28, 2009 - Msg 75821:
Ya just can't have too many septic tanks! ha
RO- good question to ponder. Our pastor talked on that awhile back. His thought was that perhaps he was writing to the men present there that day, like "I make all things new" or somthing along the line of what you say. Because you'll notice that the Pharisees say that they caught her "in the very act" so there must have also been a man present there too,(duh)yet he got off "scott free!" Excuse me, it takes two to tango! So Jesus is basically saying,
"I am here to change your whole way of thinking folks!" (paraphrasing of course!) But whatever he wrote, it sure made the men walk away. But also, many comments leave out the last part of repentance or "change" ! "Go and commit this sin no more." Radical thoughts! even forgiving 70 times 7 !

October 28, 2009 - Msg 75822:
Oops,ended that rather abruptly. But basically i think he was saying "I am here to fulfill the law thru love, but also, on the peoples' part a "change from their 'normal operating procedure'" is also part of the whole deal.

October 28, 2009 - Msg 75823: I heard a sermon once years ago in which the preacher said, "I think Jesus was writing the names of their girlfriends, so they dropped their rocks and split"... ;-)...could be.

Gotta run...be back later.


October 28, 2009 - Msg 75824:
That's great boo! That would sure shut them up! ha

October 28, 2009 - Msg 75825: Hey Y'all- Boo,that is GREAT news regarding your mom! You know,my Mama had a pacemaker put in back in March,then found out she didn't need it after all! I'm glad they figured things out before something like that happened with your mom.
Ro, you've known me long enough to know that I have ALWAYS thought narcotic meds "took" my Mama from me. I have gone round & round with her about it,to no avail. Just frustration and heartache. I just thank God she has finally seen the light. I pray she doesn't revert back to those meds once she's home.
Spot? Still having problems with the computer,I guess.
Well,better go rustle up something for supper.not sure what,but y'all are welcome!
possum under a rock

October 28, 2009 - Msg 75826:
Possum, any chance you could try to "gently persuade" her that the SNF is the best place for her, ie: "look at how well you're doing here, etc, etc." Seems like it would be a win, win; but then
I am just looking in from the outside here.

MDC on top of rock
****************** haha

October 28, 2009 - Msg 75827:
hey to Big Maude.

October 28, 2009 - Msg 75828: Hey Man-Zierre- Get off of my rock! LOL

possum again

October 28, 2009 - Msg 75829: Oh,if by chance you haven't heard this song,go to YouTube,type in 'Don't Apologize For Me' and click on the 1st link that comes up.

Just listen. That's all I'm saying...
possum once more

October 28, 2009 - Msg 75830: Hi All.
Iwas just visiting my friend across the road and fine out the her one grandbaby had a light touch of the n1h1 so will you all pray for her.
That all me stepdad do not want.


October 28, 2009 - Msg 75831: Hey gang im still here.....sorta!....gona get this thing worked on at work in the morning...should take care of the problem....thanks for bearing with me....Maude you and possum been feeding this bunch?...Asa you been behaving?..hey Tom,Ro,Boo,Rev,MDC....ok...a bunch of windows are trying to open....will try later...love ya porch....SPOT

October 28, 2009 - Msg 75832: Yes, whatever happened to you changing your name to "Man-Zierre", MDC?...get off that rock before you hurt yourself, Dear.

Prayers for your friend's little baby, TOM.


October 29, 2009 - Msg 75833: "bro"

October 29, 2009 - Msg 75834: poop

October 29, 2009 - Msg 75835:
Hey Folks

It's a bit rainy here this morning but it's gonna be a good day.

This for all my good friends here (all of you, I not gonna comment on post concerning political points of view or post my political opinions from here on out. I know I've posted this before and I always tend to fall back into political discourse. Not anymore. I think it was Asa, a while back, that said something to the effect of, "I come here to get away from that stuff." Well, I think that made sense. And, I'm pretty sure I am among the common denominators that cause the Porch to clear every now and again. Today's a new day.

Tom-Prayers have been offered for the little one.

I'll stop back later today with some cold pop. Okay, soda.

Peace Friends, I hope ya'll have a great day.


October 29, 2009 - Msg 75836: Good morning ya'll - it is my baby's 13th birthday - all 5'10" of him. He is a sweet boy man. His birthday dinner is tomorrow!


October 29, 2009 - Msg 75837: Good morning everyone. Been busy lately but I wanted to stop by and say hello. Hope you all are in the pink. Prayers for your neighbor's kin, TOM, and all those who need them today.

Happy birthday, HOMEMAKER Jr. Boy, to be 13 again.

AUH2O: I haven't been by in quite awhile and don't know what you speak of, but it's a shame you feel like you have to self-sensor like that. Friends should be able to talk about issues, no matter their point of view.

Have a great week.

October 29, 2009 - Msg 75838:
Morning honeys and dears.
It is finally "winter" here in AZ! Phx was 68 yesterday and Flagstaff got some snow.
Auh20- whatever you want to do is cool with me, but I still hope to talk shop once in a while.
ME-they- good to see you again.
Prayers for all, and have a good day.
MDC, aka man-ziere, bro, and mdc on top of rock (teehee)

October 29, 2009 - Msg 75839: Good afteroon porch! It is good to see everyone
today.It is good to see M-T again!! I missed you.
A beautiful sunny day today around my end of the porch. Looking forward to the week end, those of you affected by the time change, don't forget to turn those clocks back an hour and check the batteries in you smoke detectors/alarms.

Supper menu will be: beef roast, mashed potatoes,
green beans, SLAW, homemade biscuits, gravy. bread pudding, apple cobbler, ice cream. tea, coffee, kool aid. dinner at 6 pm.

Happy Birthday to Homemakers son.

Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

October 29, 2009 - Msg 75840:
Well, I grabbed some Dr. Pepper, Pepsi, Squirt, Classic Coke (my favorite), and some Orange Crush. Ya'll can help yourselves.

MDC & M-T I'm really gonna try and just let the political stuff slide by. Like I said before, a few times, none of it has personally upset me, at all, none. However, I think everyone that cares about my opinion already knows what it is. When I was a kid, and still to this day, and Robin Hood was referred to as the Prince of Thieves, all I could hear was THIEVES. I know, I'm not wired right. hehe I'll just enjoy what you folks have to say on the political matters.

Big Maude- I don't know how I'm gonna buy that Hawaiian pizza at Wal-Mart now that you mentioned that supper. I do love your SLAW!


October 29, 2009 - Msg 75841:

Oh yeah, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! to Homemakers little (yeesh) boy. 5'10" 13 year old, Yikes.


October 29, 2009 - Msg 75842:
Maude- no DST here in AZ, so I'll just stay the course! ha Thanks tho.
Andy: "Five"

October 29, 2009 - Msg 75843: well i am in alabama visiting so i will be out of the pocket for a while. mdc- you sweep darn pretty, my friend.uh20 - happy birthday to the new teen ager . big maude- speaking of weather i have had nothing but rain and windy conditins on this trip i hope you can send me some sun. spot- are we going to do halloween at the remshaw place? DO WE REALLY HAVE TO SET THE CLOCKS BACK IN SOME PLCES THIS SAT NITE. HI TO ROMEENA TOM, ME THEY, ASA, REV, AND POSSUM AND I SEND MY PRAYERS FOR EACH OF YOU. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL. PAPPA BEAR

October 29, 2009 - Msg 75844:
Hello porch family...trust all is well with you all.

Tom...my prayers for the little child.

Maude...looking forward to supper.


More rain here on the road.

Ro....glad you had a great trip with Starr.

Spot...hope you get that thing cleaned up. Mine was doing that last year and someone told me to use the Microsoft program I think called "OneCare". They charge for it but you can get a trial version for free (that's what I did) and it cleaned it right up. I couldn't believe how good that worked. Before I ran it, I couldn't do anything because of junk popping up.

Hello there PAPPA BEAR. Good to see ya buddy.

Well gotta go for now. You all have a blessed day and stay close to Jesus!

October 29, 2009 - Msg 75845: Hey a....supper sounds good Maude...I will bring some green onions and hot peppers....on this work comp now and mine should be back close to norm at home I hope....Rev we will send you a plate....well let me get caught up reading here in just a bit....see yall at supper..Asa go by and pick up Boo and a newspaper please...SPOT

October 29, 2009 - Msg 75846:
Hey to PappaBear. I was going to send you a card this week. Should I send it to Lincoln?
Hope you check in agin from Ala-bam.
I hope my map was accurate and that you didnt end up on the moon!
And git down outta that tree! ha

October 29, 2009 - Msg 75847: Been a busy day....

Happy Birthday to your boy, HM! Yesterday was Bruce's birthday and he turned 52. Can you believe I actually forgot his birthday until his mom called later in the day (shame on me)...first time that is happened in 20 years. Ya'll already know how I am about anniversaries... ;-(

Dinner sounds outstanding, Maude. I'll bring some peanuts to put in the bottom of the orange crush, Auh2o...that's a Texas treat you just gotta try.

MDC, I've driven from Phoenix to Flagstaff but can't remember how far it was or how long it took...it was a long time ago. Can you drive up their easily and play in a little snow? It is very warm here today with high humidity and it's awful. I would have to drive 2 days to see any snow from here!

Hey, letss get together and plan our annual party at the Remshaw house on Saturday night....what should we bring and are we dressing up in costumes?


October 29, 2009 - Msg 75848: I'm coming as Aunt Bee in her blonde wig.


October 29, 2009 - Msg 75849: Boo you are in charge of the party ok....hey auh20,MDC,hazel,NN,lucy...and my good friend Possum....and all rockers....Boo we need house pics girl...ok better get washed up for supper....Aunt Bee better NOT wear that silly wig to supper......SPOT

October 29, 2009 - Msg 75850: Evenin' y'all! Did somebody say Party?? I'm there! We're wearing costumes? Ok,I'm dressing up too,Boo. Lemme think...I'm gonna dress like one of them Go-go girls that danced with Keevy Hazelton on his tv show.Spot,you wanna be Keevy? Bring your guitar!

Tom-prayers for your little neighbor child.

Happy Birthday to homemaker's son! 13 already? Boy,time flies.

Thanks for that fantastic supper,Big Maude!
Gotta scoot-y'all have a good evening!
possum under a rock

October 29, 2009 - Msg 75851: Evening Porch Family:
Did someone say PARTY??? Let's see... I've got an old choir robe, I'll just dress in that. After all we got new ones.
Boo- I'll help you decorate. Please no spiders under the porch! ~New Neighbor

October 29, 2009 - Msg 75852: Hi All.
O' boy a party, I think I will come asbatman.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to nm son and a ate one to BRUCES


October 29, 2009 - Msg 75853: YEA Possum...I will be Keevy!...but im gona sing "My home town" the cool way....FAST!....hey TOM...NN our church is still crooked because of those new robes ;)...and we aint got a pool table in the basement!....snack..."cheese and crackers"...just cut ya big hunk off the block...SPOT

October 30, 2009 - Msg 75854:
Someone start mending the old band uniforms
and fix the gazebo.
Possum, you make the poster please! ha
Boo, "Flagtown" (oh no, not 'Convoy' again:) is about three hours from Phx. Not a bad drive these days, but lots of uphill! Going from sea level to 7000 feet during the drive.
Well, goodnight all.

October 30, 2009 - Msg 75855:
MDC- Oh no! nothing!

Was the dark of the moon, on the sixth of June
In a Kenworth, pullin' logs

Cabover Pete with a reefer on
And a Jimmy haulin' hogs


October 30, 2009 - Msg 75856: Good Grief- not " Convoy" again! Let's dress MDC up as a trucker for Halloween!

Spot,ya GOTTA sing it fast-I can't "Go-Go" dance to it slow!

Breakfast at homemaker's place-I think it's safe to say she won't serve those meatballs this early in the morning!
possum under a rock

October 30, 2009 - Msg 75857: Oh, I wouldn't bet on that, Possum...I thought I heard her say something about her "meatball quiche" once.


October 30, 2009 - Msg 75858: Morning:
Another dreary day here on this side of the porch. At least it's not raining...yet. Prayers for all the flood areas and blizzard spots. (that's BLIZZARD SPOTS--not liver spots, Asa.) Hey Spot, Possum, Auh2o, Breakfast at HMs.
Check in later. ~New Neighbor

October 30, 2009 - Msg 75859: A prayer request, please. I have talked about Michelle (my young friend in recovery)..she has been trying hard but its hard to find work so I am trying to see about getting her into the Teen Challenge program, is any of you are familiar with that. They take young people like Michelle into their facility, house and feed them, help them finish their education, and keep them accountable. They have to attend church, etc. and do community work and so on. I am going to see about filling out an application and see if they will take her. Please pray because I think it could be the best thing for her. I am going to pick her up in a little while to take her to a place that helps women find jobs, in the weanwhile. She is strong but is getting discouraged and called me crying last night because what few work hours she has have been cut and she is losing her bus pass. Please rememeber Michelle and pray for us and my church, that we would be able to help her in ways she needs most. Thanks!


October 30, 2009 - Msg 75860: Prayers for Michelle,Boo.
possum again

October 30, 2009 - Msg 75861:
OK, let me get this straight, while we are all singing 'Convoy', Spot will buy us DQ Blizzards whilst we're all eating breakfact at HM's?? ha
Boo- you bet, Michele will be in my prayers.
Work is so tight these days. Phx area is still at about 9% unemployment. 1000 US Airways employees are now going to be joining that figure. Dear Lord, please be with us as we go thru these times. Point us in the right direction to again beworking as your word states in Colossians 3:23. Thank you Jesus.

October 30, 2009 - Msg 75862: MDC - Actually, your map took me to Pluto but that's okay because I'm too old to travel too far.

Everyone - Happy Birthday to everyone having birthdays. Do you you want me to send the mayor's daughter to come sing for you?

Everyone is in my thoughts and prayers.

I will bring the brown truck to the Remshaw house for Halloween.


October 30, 2009 - Msg 75863: PS to MDC - Please send the card with 25 cents for my travel pay to Jupiter. PAPPA BEAR

October 30, 2009 - Msg 75864: Another prayer request please porch friends. One of my three brother in laws died unexpectedly last night following a heart attack and emergency by pass surgery. Please help pray us through this, he was never married, had no children and was presently unemployed due to his job closing early this year. I appreciate you all more than you know.
Big Maude

October 30, 2009 - Msg 75865: Big Maude - I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I am praying for you and your family during this difficult time. LOVE PAPPA BEAR

October 30, 2009 - Msg 75866: Maude,you & your family have my deepest sympathy.God Bless. You all are in my prayers.
possum again

October 30, 2009 - Msg 75867: PRAYER.
If you can pray for others
When your heart suffers, too...
If you can ease anothers, pain
By any act you do-
If you can laugh when others
Would only pause to weep...
If you can gather courage
When the road isrowing steep-
That God will not forget you
For everything you do.
The more you give to others,
The more comes back to you.

Pray to you all.

October 30, 2009 - Msg 75868:
Hello porch family....Still in LA and boy is it raining. Supose to stop tomorrow. I'll be leaving the area Tuesday heading to AL.

Spot....with all this rain brother you may have to get your boat out and bring me some grub.

Tom....thanks for the poem!

You all take care and have a blessed day! Love and prayers for all the porch family.

October 30, 2009 - Msg 75869: I'm so sorry to read of your loss Maude. You and yours are in my prayers.

And so is Michelle Boo.

Happy Birthday to hm's young un.

Good to see you Pappa Bear. Drive safe. You too Rev.

Auh2o, I enjoy your posts... all of them. We need strong and sensible voices now more than ever.

Love the poem Tom.

Another party? I wonder what I should dress up as..... hmmm.

Glad your Moms are doing better Possum and Boo.

Some rain and snow here today. Nuttin to serious though. And supposed to be in the 60's by next week. I can dig that.

Well better get. It's Friday and I have some things to button up before the weekend.


October 30, 2009 - Msg 75870: Prayers Pappa bear,Maude....hey possum...its party time tomorrow..hey MDC,NN,Rev and Asa we are getting the rain here for sure...more tomorrow...I work till 6am in the morning then off till tue..I think I will pull the camper to the party for the (sleep over) bunch!;)..ya know!..Boo tends to get wild at the get togethers;)....put her and possum together and WATCH out..we will do karaoke at midnight.(boy that will be a site)..Boo do I need to bring anything?....well I can at least get supper...Menu: Grilld bbq center cut pork chops,red taters grilled in a tin pan with butter herbs and garlic then sprinkled with shedded cheese,fresh greenbeans,boiled cabbage,pound cake,tea,maude slaw..and a trar from Asa"s roll of paper towels...ready at 6:30...prayers to all....see ya at supper...SPOT

October 30, 2009 - Msg 75871: So sorry, Maude. My prayers for your dear family.


October 30, 2009 - Msg 75872: Wonderful poem, TOM. Thank you.


October 30, 2009 - Msg 75873: thanks for all the support and prayers. We certainly feel them today. My husband went to Knoxville today (where his 3 brothers all live) and help make arrangments. It is kind of a sad situation in many ways that I won't go into but makes me feel better to know you all are praying for us. Arrangments are made for Monday night for visitation and Tuesday for the graveside. I will try and touch base over the week end if possible. take care and good night porch friends I love ya!

Bed time snack! Oreos and mayfield milk!

Big Maude

October 30, 2009 - Msg 75874: Oh and Possum thanks for the card and for the poem TOM you guys are the CATS.

Big Maude

October 31, 2009 - Msg 75875:
Prayers for Big Maude and family.
have a good day.
I just want to know who's going to retrieve the baseball!? ha

October 31, 2009 - Msg 75876: Spot will get the ball,won't you spot? Good Doggy!

Remember... PARTY tonight at the Remshaw House! Be there.. if you dare!!
possum under a rock

October 31, 2009 - Msg 75877: We took a vote MDC, and you won. Go get the baseball. I'll check under the hood.


November 01, 2009 - Msg 75878:
An early morning all-saints greeting to all porchster!
I got the baseball, all is well (: and breakfast is on me down at the Cracker Barrel!
Have a good Sabbath,

November 01, 2009 - Msg 75879: Cracker Barrell....good deal MDC...I will bring a paper...hey Boo,Asa,Possum ....see yall there....SPOT

November 01, 2009 - Msg 75880: Morning All:
Did you remember to change your clocks last night after the big party? We got an extra hour of sleep- sure wish my body time clock knew that!! Well, at least I won't be late to church...
Prayers for all the porch family. Big Maude- sorry to hear of your BIL's passing.
Asa- can you stop by and pick me up for Cracker Barrel? Thanks. (it's tough having teenage drivers and all the cars are taken) Blessings on the Sabbath day. ~New Neighbor

November 01, 2009 - Msg 75881: Asa,swing by my rock and pick me up for Cracker Barrel too!
Is Ro still up in that tree over at the Remshaw place? Something must have really frightened her last night! Maybe we'd better go by & help her get down..or not?! Ha!
possum under a rock

November 01, 2009 - Msg 75882: Bummer...I still woke up at the usual time and couldn't get that extra hour of sleep in, NN. Oh well...I thought I would because we were up late last night.

Had a spooktacular time at the Remshaw House last night...if you weren't there you missed out. No, Possum, Ro is home safe in bed.

How are things with your mom and family, Possum? I am having to deal with some of my sis-in-law's drama and have decided to say nothing more, move on and help those I can help. We have discussed this before but it is amazing to me how some relatives feel they have a right to your finances to be pulled out of their financial struggles. Don't you love sentences like this one: "I know you have helped me in the past and for that I am grateful, BUT it hurts me that you would refuse to help your own blood, but will help someone else in need". First of all we have helped her...thousands of dollars worth and in other ways. Secondly, I hate those kinds of manipulative ploys..trying to make me feel responsible for her financial situation. It's as if she thinks she is the only person in my life with needs. Everything is about her. How do you deal with such people? I don't have the energy to deal with this sort of thing. I have too much else to deal with and my immediate family is my priority. I know she must have been referring to my helping Michelle instead of her and that is just hard to believe that she would object to that and try to tell me how to give my own money. Now my stomach is all upset. I have to just shake it off. Every stress seems to hit me right in the stomach.

Better get ready for preaching.


November 01, 2009 - Msg 75883: Good grief, Boo. The nerve of that woman! How dare she complain because you won't help her AGAIN when you have helped her so much in the past! Perhaps an answer for her would be "You know, dear, you're right. God has blessed our efforts to earn a living, and we have adequate resources, with enough to share now and then. Because we believe those resources are provided by God, we try to involve Him in our decisions when we share. He has led us to share with you in the past, even though we were almost certain it wouldn't be repaid. This time, He is leading us in another direction, has shown us another need, and I'm sure you will understand when we tell you that you need to look elsewhere, perhaps within your own self, for the help you need."

She won't like it, and will likely complain to anyone who will listen, but don't worry about that. What can she say? "I went to my brother to beg for money, but he turned me down." Anyone she might be talking to will be thinking "and why aren't you out working for what you need?"

I think I've shared this before, but here it is again. My dad had two brothers, both alcoholics. One was functional and worked until retirement, barely making ends meet. The other was a total sot, ended up panhandling on the street, literally. The panhandler would approach the other brother and ask for money, but he never had any to give him, having spent all his extra on his own habit. Then he would ask my dad, who would not give him cash, but would feed him and give him a room in our home, so long as he stayed sober. The working brother would call my dad (drunk) and rail at him "You're such a 'big Christian' but you won't even give your brother money when he needs it, you'd let him starve." My dad would just patiently reply that he would not give cash because he'd only buy liquor with it, but he would always buy him food and give him shelter. No matter, he was still bitterly criticized, until the day both brothers died. But my dad would just smile and say, "It's okay, God knows what I'm doing, and He approves." So you hang in there, Boo. God knows what you're doing, and He approves.

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

November 01, 2009 - Msg 75884: Hey everyone ,just checking in for a trouble check ...we had a great fall festival at church last night , over 3000 people came through for free food ,entertainment and games .A co-worker of mine has a 10 month old nephew who recieved a heart transplant last night ,all seems to be going well for him at the moment .MDC ,SPOT ..Im going to watch hte race here shortly ,hoping Mark Martin can tighten up the points on JJ
Prayers for all in need

November 01, 2009 - Msg 75885: Hey MD and all RACE fans!...its ON in Bama!..here at work with a nice 50 in flat screen tv....hot wings,celery sticks,blue cheese dressing,cheese garlic bread....heard a good sermon on the tube....cold coke,newspaper..paper towels...one outage going on right now...on OT pay...Life Is Good!...yall stop by.hey possum,Romeena,Maude,Asa,Boo..SPOT

November 01, 2009 - Msg 75886: OMGosh, Ro, that is the perfect retort! Can I use that in the future?? LOL Thank you for that encouraging word. I have been taking a bit of critisism over doing what I thought was right, but like you said, God knows and that's what matters. I will try to keep that in mind, thanks.

I have a bad headache tonight, due to some MSG that snuck into some chinese food i had this afternoon...nasty stuff that MSG.

Think I will go to bed with the heating pad.

Hey to Mayberry Deputy and pray that the little 10 month old recovers quickly.


November 02, 2009 - Msg 75887: Taladega is a sweet ride!

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75888:
Hey Folks

It is sunny here, it's in the 20's but it's still sunny.

Asa-Thanks buddy. Your friendship means a lot (all of ya).

Romeena-That is a fantastic post, thanks. Your Dad was a great guy. For so many people it's seem that it's more important to be thought of as a Christian than actually being a Christian. Those people that would rather simply look like Christians always reminded me of the fancy handkerchief in suit coats, it's just showing not blowing.

MAYBERRY DEPUTY-Prayers for your friends child.

Anyone watching the Series?


November 02, 2009 - Msg 75889: Well put, Auh2o. Christians should be able to "take the heat" to do what they know is right, no matter what others say or how they protest. The easy thing is throw money at a problem and shut everyone up. I am finding out more about the situation with my sister-in-law that is really unbelievable. She needs proffesional help. She actually told my other sis-in-law that she was mad at us because we were helping that "drug head" (referring to Michelle) instead of helping her and that bible said we should help her instead. How does someone develope that sort of cruel and twisted thinking?

Better get Erin to school.


November 02, 2009 - Msg 75890: Sorry I have not been around lately - computer is on the fritz and I get to a school to use their computers once in a while. Take care!


November 02, 2009 - Msg 75891: Hope your computer is up and running soon, HM.


November 02, 2009 - Msg 75892:
Morning all! Well, the heat is back in town after a week in the 70s, we are suppose to be 90 by Wed.! Makes me want to move to Montana, and buy a ranch! ha
I prayed for everyone at preachin yesterday. Hope ya all have a blessed week!

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75893: well the sun is up and everyone you meet is so happy. hey to possum, mdc, asa, spot, big maude, tom, new neighbor, rev, boo. romeena, mayberry deputy, hm and everyone. still doing my adventure traveling. so glad to see food back up on the porch- i'll have to bring spegetti with my secret ingrediant thats been in the family for generations. bet you cant quess what the secret ingrediant is. my prayers are with each of you daily. good to see everyone obn the porch. i will get back as often as i can. pappa bear

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75894:
PappaBear- Ya know how to tell if you overstayed your welcome?? Your relatives will tell you that a prisoner escaped and is headed that way!! haha
When is the western part (AZ and TX) of your trip?

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75895:
ANDY: Sarah...fine how are you......Well, soak it Sarah. Soak it a lot in warm salt
water. Uh, listen Sarah, get me Thelma Lou will ya'? I know she's Barney's
girl.....Cause I don't want to..I don't want to talk to Juanita...just get me
Thelma Lou.

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75896: HAHA...that's a good one!

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75897: Just a quick stop by...raking leaves here...lunch at McDonalds.......SPOT

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75898:
Time for a TAGS Quote-a-thon!

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75899: Hey Y'all! Hope everyone is doing well. Me,I'm doing good.Thinking of Big Maude & her family today.

Prayers for the baby,Mayberry Deputy.

auh2o,I will be watching the World Series tonight to see if the Yankees can take it.Can y'all believe we have a hometown boy,from my little dinky Southern town in the World Series?! Sure do,and we are tickled pink down here. Go Bret Gardner! Whoo Hoo!!Go Yankees! Never met Bret,but I sit behind his grandmama in church!
My sister & I will be watching the game over at Mama's on her big screen tonight-y'all come on over,help us root for the hometown boy & we'll have us a PARTY!! (Don't tell Mama! LOL )
possum under a rock

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75900:
BARNEY: Oh, it's no use, Andy! Can you tell
a bird to just go 'chirp, chirp, chirp?' No, Andy, I'm like a bird. I was
born to sing.
...Well if you'll excuse me I got some throat spray out in the
car. If I'm gonna be doin' solos I better give myself a couple squirts.

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75901: Hi family:
a beautiful day here on this side of the porch. Washing all the bed linens and hanging them on the line. Please birds, do your business in some other yard!!
Taking Neighbette tomorrow for a Venious MRI. Maybe some answers ...
Gotta get the sheets out on the line. ~New Neighbor

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75902: Possum- sorry I didn't mean to rock on your toes. ~New Neighbor

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75903: Hey N.N. You hanging your unmentionables out to dry to? :)


November 02, 2009 - Msg 75904:
Hello porch family....just a quick check in to let you know I may not have internet for the next week on the road. But know that my love and prayers continue for you all.

Till I get back.....remember...Jesus loves you!

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75905:
Watch it Asa, or you and Barney may have to take it all down off the line! ha
Hey to Rev! Keep up the good work.

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75906: Wanted to stop by & let ya'll know I didn't get run over by a cab in Raliegh or run off with the dish towel salesman, been busy here and haven't had time for much. I thought once I retired things would slow down, yeah right. I'll be back when I can, gotta read a bunch of archives it looks like.

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75907: HAPPY NOVEMBER! Exactillioso!

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75908: Grrrr! There is a mosquito under my desk, and he has bitten me about five times so far, while I'm sitting here minding my own business! Mosquitoes make big red welts on me, and the bites itch for hours. Guess I'd better pull little Starr out from under there and give the area a spritz with Raid's flying insect spray. I just hate mosquitoes, and hope the little devil chokes on the spray. So there!

Boo, regarding your SIL, you have no worries. You can bet anyone who matters to you has her number, and those who would side with her are not people whose opinion would be important anyway. Sounds like she has bought into the "entitlement" camp. You have it, she wants it, therefore you should share. I remember suggesting to you a long time ago that you wait until she has been quiet for a while, then approach her and ask her for financial help. Family should help family, right? Did you ever try that? Not much you can do about people like that, especially when today's political climate is reinforcing their attitude. Hang in there.

Well, I'm off on a mosquito hunt. He's one little Socialist I can do something about. It's my blood, and I do not have to share!!

Be blessed! --Romeena

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75909: Mind your own business, Asa...NN's unmentionables are...well, unmentionable~ hehe

Prayers for the MRI, NN. Please let us know as soon as you know something.

No, Romeena, I have never asked her for financial help because in the twenty years that I have known her, there has never been a time when she wasn't in financial trouble, except the time she stole from the Bingo parlor she was working for. HAHA!...no kidding. She has always had hard feeling towards Bruce and I because we didn't have the financial troubles she had. It doesn't matter that we both worked very hard and made sacrifices. Sacrifice is not in her vocabulary and never has been. Back before Bruce's dad died, his dad ran a barber shop with a large amount of clients. It was in business for about 40 years. Bruce's mom made the mistake of letting my SIL and her husband take it over and in about a year, it was bankrupt. They had been taking money that didn't belong to them. I was just thinking about that last night...about how many times I have helped her out and not one time in 20 years did she ever give me a penny. What's wrong with that picture? Not that she should have given me anything, but the fact remains that I have helped her often and never had a favor returned. Some people are just eternally needy, it seems, and it keeps them from helping anyone else. Also, she only has herself to take care of. Her children are grown, she's divorced and the only burden she has are her own. Her children are healthy and have never had any problems, except for having to try to shoulder their mom's burdens. They all decided to move to Tyler and start over. Her daughter can't take it anymore. What on earth do we do with someone like this? Those of you with similar relatives...??


November 02, 2009 - Msg 75910: Asa- Do you have my pink pair of unmentionables? They are missing!!! ~New Neighbor

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75911: "Bulbsnatcher!"

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75912: (:

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75913: Boo, the question you ask has an answer that is so glaringly obvious that only a family member with a big, loving, generous heart could miss it. What do you do with someone like this woman? You tell her the well is dry, that she has visited it too often. You tell her to grow up and be responsible for herself. You suggest she get a job. You remind her of the help you have already given her. You remind her of the blessings and opportunities that have been dropped in her lap and suggest she recall what she did with them (i.e., the barber shop.) You tell her she is welcome to come and visit if she can be pleasant and behave like a grownup, but if she is coming to whine or panhandle, she is welcome to stay at home. In other words, tough love. You cut her off, and make sure she understands. You could say it like this - "You have received at least X $s over the years from us, you squandered it, and now there is no more for you. We have children to educate, and a life of our own to support. Do not ask for another cent, because it will not be given. Period." She will whine and rant, and tattle to everyone who will listen, never realizing that she is only painting herself as a loser. If she stomps off and never returns, what have you lost? Mostly a source of aggravation.

She is representative of the vast majority of the entitled ones, the welfare population, who will have hissy fits if their benefits are cut, but never give a thought to the taxpayers who are providing the funds. NOTE: As I've stated before, and will probably state again - when I make such statements regarding welfare recipients, I am NOT referring to the aged, the disabled, and the ill - those who would love to be able to get out and earn a living but through no fault of their own, cannot do it. They are the ones for whom welfare was created, and I am most happy to contribute to that, as I'm sure we all are. After all, it's ordained in the scripture. I also have no problem with SHORT-TERM assistance to the able-bodied, who need a boost. It's the chronic check-taker, for whom welfare is a lifestyle, that bothers me. I'm sorry, no offense intended, but it sounds to me like SIL is cut from that cloth. I guess every family has at least one. I have a cousin who never actually went on welfare, but he flim-flammed a lot of people out of a lot of money over the years, including my dad and worst of all, his own mother. He's still at it, at age 72, I guess. I haven't heard from him in about six years, and I'm glad.

Well, enough of that. Joe is coming in the morning to try to whip this weedy, overgrown yard into shape, so I must get to bed and get some rest. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

November 02, 2009 - Msg 75914: Hi Porch friends!Hope all of you had a happy Halloween.Ours was pretty good.My youngest son had the H1N1 virus for a few days,but,thank God is better now.I see I missed a good Halloween party,who wore my dangly earrings?Seriously,did you all hear on the news about the shootings in Mt.Airy,N.C.?It only caught my eye because they said the real name then put Mayberry up there on the T.v. screen.I am soo busy at school,I haven't had much time to rock in my rocker,thank you all for dusting it off for me.Well,better scoot,prayers for all of you,take care-ky girl

November 03, 2009 - Msg 75915: Well, that is pretty much what I did a few months back, Ro. I told her not to ask for money anymore and that's it. That is why she is mad I guess because she sees us helping someone else in need. With some people you just can't win.