November 13, 2009 - Msg 76089: good morning everyone. possum- thanks for the card.... there 9is a saying we use, hope to see you on the porch soon,... imagine walking out on your porch to find uncle ollie and family there early in the morning and they came to stay awhile to add excitement to your life? mdc- hope everyything is great your way. I will know tuesday but I may have a job with veterans affairs in northern illinois for six months. i always wonder why they call it veteran affairs.... prayers for all on the porch, if i don"t catch you before then may each of you have a safe and blessed thanksgiving . pappa bear

November 13, 2009 - Msg 76090: PAPPA BEAR realy swept the porch- first time in three years. lunch on me the alexander steak and seafood house. PAppa bear

November 13, 2009 - Msg 76091: Mornin' Y'all. Sterling,that is such a shame- will be praying for his loved ones & friends,including you.

New Neighbor,oh,I am so glad you weren't hurt any worse than you were! Thank God! Take care of yourself,you hear?

Hey Pappa Bear- you are most welcome. Thank YOU for your service to our country. Be safe out there on those highways. You have a nice Thanksgiving as well.

Yes,Professor MDC- "affect" & "effect" mess me up a lot! Ro,did we have the same English teacher? Mine used to tell us about the "rat" in separate all the time. To this day,I never spell that word wrong- just think of the Rat!

Well,doing laundry today & it's gonna take all day,since I have to put the clothes in the dryer.Still drizzly & gloomy out. Thanks,IDA.

See y'all at Alexander's Steak House for lunch. Pappa ear,swing by & pick me up. I have no idea where Alexander's is!
possum under a rock

November 13, 2009 - Msg 76092:
Good sweep PB. See you at Alexander's!
Would the job be AFTER your trip out west?
Prayers for all the porch. My heart goes out
concerning the current situations.
God bless,

November 13, 2009 - Msg 76093: That's Pappa BEAR,not ear.

possum again

November 13, 2009 - Msg 76094:
Hey possum! Did you like my take off on Helen Crump? ha
Prayers continue.
Also, "stationery or stationary." Just remember that there is an "e" in letter, therefore "stationEry" is the paper you write letters on! Cool.
RO- what's your rule for "affect and effect?"
Ya got me curiouser and curiouser. (:


November 13, 2009 - Msg 76095: Thanks Ro, I think that is what God has been showing me as well, as to what to say and what not to say, because I was getting the same ideas as what you wrote. Right now, you can't really do or say anything except to be there if they need you.

Thanks Possum for your prayers. And it is funny you should say you are praying for me as well, because when I got the call this morning from the school secretary, she said to call if we or Kai need anything. All I was thinking was, I think their family needs it more than we would. But I thank you for your concern and consideration anyway. It was not something I thought about.

Pappa Bear, good to see you! You have a Blessed Thanksgiving as well!

Hey MDC!

-Sterling Holobyte

November 13, 2009 - Msg 76096:
If you want to create just the right EFFECT, then send up a "runaway balloon," so that it AFFECTS
the whole world, and you can get a felony charge!


November 13, 2009 - Msg 76097: I think we were all affected from that balloon effect. :)


November 13, 2009 - Msg 76098: And the farther in the air that balloon went, the further became my disblief, and thus was less affected from the effect.


November 13, 2009 - Msg 76099: Asa, you're going to get a cramp in your brain. (heehee) The easy rule to remember for me is that "affect" is a verb, and "effect" is a noun. Something affects you and causes an effect. One exception to the verb thing - medically, the term "affect" refers to one's overall demeanor, specifically the facial expression. Someone who is depressed, subdued, not much animation in their face may be said to have a "flat affect." That aside - to use the two terms - the cold weather didn't affect the pansies at all, but the lack of rainfall had a bad effect. Oops - and there's another exception. "Effect" can also be a verb, as in "proper parental discipline will often effect a change in a child's behavior." Confusing, isn't it? And for the final straw - today in Hobby Lobby I saw at least fifty little signs, advertising sale items, such as "Candle's 1/2 price" and "Lamp's reduced 25%", etc. The clincher was the sign over the entrance to the hallway that leads to the restroom. It read, of course, "Rest Room's".

Well, I am flat-dog worn out, gonna go prop my weary and fat little feet up and watch a little TV, with a now-contented Toye Starr in my lap. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

November 13, 2009 - Msg 76100: " But it'll be so effective! E- FECK- TIVE! "
(Andy trying to sell Barney on the 'special' microphone in the choir episode)

possum under a rock

November 13, 2009 - Msg 76101: Evening Family:
Just checking in before heading off to the ironingboard. Doing well. No more fires. Actually no blisters, just peeling. The Lord is good. Have a blessed weekend. ~New Neighbor

"Grace? She died 30 years ago!"

November 13, 2009 - Msg 76102: Hello everyone.

Thanks to all who offered prayers for my family.
And prayers to those in need.

MDC, I did scan through the archives and found one APB. Thanks for thinking of me.
Also, just like you, I laughed at homemaker’s posting about “…good to see you PH. Have fun painting Boo…” in Msg 76069.

Wow New Neighbor, you were lucky not to have been injured in that explosion. I experienced something similar many years ago. I burn papers that I’m discarding that have personal information on them. I loaded up a 55 gallon metal drum in the alley with some crumpled papers, then poured in a little too much gasoline. I then placed chicken wire over the top opening of the drum and placed a cement block on top to keep the wire in place. When I dropped a lit match through the chicken wire, it sounded like a cannon exploding as the cement block and chicken wire flew into the air higher that the roof of my garage. For a few seconds, it was raining crumpled paper that landed up to two houses away. The sound brought out some of my neighbors. Luckily, I was not leaning over the drum opening as I dropped the match, so I received no injuries. Today when I do this, I don’t use gasoline as an accelerant.

Sterling Holobyte, that was sad to hear about your youth pastor. Many years ago, I also lost a cousin who died at age 30

from Poor Horatio

November 13, 2009 - Msg 76103: And speaking as an American veteran, thank you to everyone who remembered my comrades and I. Although I had volunteered for combat duty in Vietnam, the signing of the peace treaty prevented that and, I believe, saved my life. Many were not as lucky as I was. I salute all who served, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

As many of you know, I also have a home in Canada. Canadians seem more public with their displays to show support for their military. Many Canadians proudly wear the poppy flower during the week preceding Remembrance Day (Veterans Day in the USA). Even the talent broadcasting the news on Canadian television wears them on the air. And whenever a fallen soldier’s body is returned to Canada, on the journey along the 401 highway from the Canadian Forces air base to the coroner’s office in Toronto, many people stand on overpasses with flags and banners as a final gesture of respect.
An old tradition on Veteran’s Day is to stop activities for just one minute or two. It is just a mere pittance of time. Visit the following link that I discovered up in Canada

from Poor Horatio

November 13, 2009 - Msg 76104: The other day, I watched the gold truck episode of TAGS. I noticed that three biological Howards were in the cast. The father Rance played a government agent, the older son Ron played Opie, and the younger son Clint played Leon. Is this the only TAGS episode where all three Howards appeared?

from Poor Horatio

November 13, 2009 - Msg 76105: PH, it really is good to have you "home" again - we've missed your insightful comments.

The description you give of the public displays of patriotism remind me of America before such things became "uncool", back when people stood when Old Glory was carried by, or the national anthem was sung. People knew the words back then, too, and Roseanne's tasteless and embarrassing performance would have been booed off the field. The VFW sold the little paper poppies for whatever donation a person chose to give, and on Veteran's Day everyone wore a poppy, even little children. The moment of silence was observed back then, too. You know, being as old as I am has its advantages, but it has drawbacks too. It's hard sometimes, seeing the disregard and downright disrespect for the flag, for veterans and the country's honor that is shown by so many today, when one can remember a day when such was not the case. The contrast is not a pretty sight. On 9/11, the giant stirred, blinked, sat up and waved a few flags for a while, then went back to sleep for the most part. Meanwhile the inmates are dismantling the asylum, brick by constitutional brick, and the rest of the world is laughing at our stupidity. God help us all.

On a positive note, in some of our small towns, great respect is shown during the return of a fallen soldier's remains to his home town. Recently in Fredericksburg, one of their own was brought home, and my daughters tell me the whole bloomin' town turned out, standing along the roadway with little flags, and everyone saluting as the cortege passed by. I'm glad that still exists - there are still pockets of patriotism here and there.

Well, I am so very tired, and I have a big day tomorrow. Jorge and Maria are coming to help me clean this house, and honestly, I needed to go through it with a front-end loader first, but haven't done it. I hate clutter, and there's a lot of it. Well, no matter. They're here to do the deep cleaning, moving furniture and vacuuming, dusting in high places, scrub the tile floors in the entry and the kitchen and sunroom. They can work around some of the clutter, and I'll get it put away later. Got to clean out some closets first, to make room! I may do a little of that while they're here tomorrow, because they could probably use some of what will be going away. Maria wears the size I used to wear, once upon a time.

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

November 14, 2009 - Msg 76106:
Good evening porch, or 'mornin' as it is just turning midnight here. It was 5 years ago this month that i joined the porch, and it truly amazes me how we talk about so many topics at once, yet still seem to be OK with it all and not miss a beat.
We have had the tragedy of Sterling's youth pastor,
grammar rules, patriotism, NN wounds, etc, all covered at the same time. I just wanted to make sure that everyone understands that by not stopping and dwelling on any one thing does not make me any less aware of it. Some topics I dont touch at all, some i comment on only in passing, and some I spend more time on.
Sterling, my prayers are with your whole church family this weekend. Sorry that I didnt say too much about it. God bless you !!

November 14, 2009 - Msg 76107:
And just to clarify, dont search for where someone said why didnt I say more about the topic.
They didnt. I (me) just felt that I should have said more about it.

November 14, 2009 - Msg 76108: Don't fret, friend. I didn't take offense. Whether you posted a comment about it or not, I would know that you weren't being dismissive about it.
And that goes for the rest of you, too. I don't comment about a lot either. But that doesn't mean I don't care or haven't kept it in my mind.
I was thinking about last night today, about when the accident occurred. And I couldn't help but think that while Kai and I were having fun, playing video tennis together last night, Kai's classmate and little friend was losing her daddy, and will never play together again, at least not in this mortal life God has given us.
Don't mean to sound morbid, but I couldn't help thinking about that.

It did make the time we spent today that much more meaningful.

It just occurred to me from Poor Horatio's post that I never commented about Veteran's Day. That really wasn't intentional. I guess in our day to day lives we sometimes forget to thank those who have made our day to day lives of freedom possible. So I would like to thank ALL the American Veterans, from the revolutionary war to today, for what you have done and continue to do, to make this the greatest country to live in ever in the history of the world. I don't care if you never served in a military conflict - the point is you answered the call - or if you were a desk jockey at some base in the sticks, you all had an important role to play and a purpose.
Just as all of God's children have their own special purpose. We may not understand or even like what that purpose is, but God is the designer of our lives, and He knows what is good for us, even if we don't.

Ok, it is almost 2 a.m. now so I'd better get some rest before I pontificate until the next sweep. ;)

Have a good night all!

-Sterling Holobyte

November 14, 2009 - Msg 76109: Good morning porch.

I was feeling bad yestarday that I had only posted a couple of "hit and run posts" as I call them due to time constraints. I just now have had the time to read about Sterlings loss, and would like to express my sympathies to all who are impacted by it.
And also tell N.N. I am glad she was not injured worse from the explosion. Having met her in person I can tell you she is a beautiful woman (both inside and out) and how sad that would have been had she been disfigured permanently. Glad you are ok Sandi.

In honor of Boo's request, a few lines from some classics.
"Frajeelee... It must be Italian."
"What a great lamp!"
"Not a finga!!"
"It.... It....It was.....soap poisoining."
RALPHIE A+ + + + + + + + + +
Ha! Guess what show I watched last night?


November 14, 2009 - Msg 76110: good morning porch-- sterling- my prayers are with you. mdc- i will be counseling returning combat vets from dec till mar as it stands now. hope to be your way in april. i agree with you poor horatio on your comments. our country will survive but it is sad all the apathy toward our flag, christain values, even remembering our friends and loved ones who have gone before us. it seems sometimes right after a funeral that six months later noone hardly visits the grave site. end of my soap box. well it is a beautiful day here on central porch. asa- you sure you have not been into the flower machine ladies elexair? ha. my prayers and thought are with each of you for which i am a better person for knowing each of you. wish we could have a reunion somewhere and all get together for real. have a great day . HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE. pappa bear

November 14, 2009 - Msg 76111: good morning porch-- sterling- my prayers are with you. mdc- i will be counseling returning combat vets from dec till mar as it stands now. hope to be your way in april. i agree with you poor horatio on your comments. our country will survive but it is sad all the apathy toward our flag, christain values, even remembering our friends and loved ones who have gone before us. it seems sometimes right after a funeral that six months later noone hardly visits the grave site. end of my soap box. well it is a beautiful day here on central porch. asa- you sure you have not been into the flower machine ladies elexair? ha. my prayers and thought are with each of you for which i am a better person for knowing each of you. wish we could have a reunion somewhere and all get together for real. have a great day . HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE. pappa bear

November 14, 2009 - Msg 76112: Hi porch friends,hope you all are having a great day.I just read some of the posts,haven't had a chance to read the archives,and Sterling and New Neighbor,my prayers are with you.Pappa Bear,so glad to see your posts!Possum,how is your mama doing?Spot,have you been camping lately?Boo,how is the new house coming along?I miss catching up with you all,but,school is almost over,4 more weeks of this quarter then externship,whew,seems unbelieveable.I hope to have a new computer at my house in a few weeks.Right now,as I've said before,I'm using a library computer or try to get on one when I'm at school,so I don't get to check in on the porch too often.Well,I have my grandaughter today,so I'm going to go watch spongbob,one of her favorite shows,and probably Dora the Explorer.Take care everybody,prayers for all who need them-ky girl

November 14, 2009 - Msg 76113: Romeena, thank you for welcoming me "home" again. When I'm away and something reminds me of TAGS, I always think about you folks and return. I even think about Sugarplum and Millie, may they both rest in peace.

pappa bear, congratulations on your new job counseling those veterans. So often they need to talk with someone who can understand what they experienced. While it may not be a popular job, it is an important and necessary one. Good luck.

from Poor Horatio

November 14, 2009 - Msg 76114:
Hello porch family. Busy day today. Went out shopping with my wife ALL day. But I have to admit, I enjoyed every minute of it....just being together. We finished the day off with dinner at Olive Garden.

Love and prayers for all our porch family.

November 14, 2009 - Msg 76115: Glad to have you back PH, but get away from me with that paint brush.;-)

Been too busy for much comment but you all are always in my thoughts throughout my day. I am very, very sorry for what Sterling's church family is going through and will pray. I don't think you were being morbid, Sterling, with your thoughts. I think it is really healthy to appreciate what the Good Lord has given us every day that we have with our loved ones. We tend to just take things for granted (its human nature), when we have so much to be thankful for. I think about it often. I was contemplating that very thing just today. Even though I deal with alot of stress in my life, everyone is fairly healthy and we are all together, so it is a good time in our lives. ALSO, I have so many wonderful friends (that means YOU). Love you all.

Will try to come back tomorrow and talk more but just too pooped out tonight!~


PS-Asa, you watching A Christmas Story already? We watched Christmas With the Kranks here tonight.

Guess this quote, Asa: "Aunt Bethany?..does your cat by any chance like jello?..."

November 14, 2009 - Msg 76116: I don't know about the cat Clark, but I sure am enjoying it. You wanna load me up there Art? It's goo-oood!


November 15, 2009 - Msg 76117: troublecheck

November 15, 2009 - Msg 76118: Well, this has been a long day, but a good one. Jorge and Maria showed up at 9 a.m., and by 9:30 they had dismantled the beds in the guest rooms and wiped down the frames, vacuumed the mattresses, and the baseboards and carpets beneath the beds. They had dusted the blinds and windowsills and were cleaning the windows when I went to check on them. Those two moved through this house like a pair of smiling tornadoes. I was afraid to stand in one spot very long for fear of being dusted, vacuumed or washed. I washed all the sheets and they remade the beds. Maria cleaned my stove (it wasn't really very dirty), they cleaned bathrooms, mopped the kitchen and sunroom tile, and cleaned my big window behind my desk. The only room they didn't invade was my bedroom, except for Jorge using the extension tool on the vacuum to get behind the bigger pieces of furniture. He wanted to take the bed apart and clean the frame like he did in the other rooms, but I stopped him. That mattress alone weighs at least 200 pounds, and I just didn't want to get involved with that. It took four men to set that bed up when it was delivered, so I think it will likely remain right where it is.

George is a wonder. He's built like that bulldog in the old Tom and Jerry cartoons. He's not tall, about 5'6" at the most, but he's powerful. He has huge biceps and thick, broad shoulders, and a little tiny waist and hips by comparison. Come to think of it, maybe he could have handled that bed! Ha! Anyway, they did a wonderful job on this house - it hasn't been this clean in years. Sure is a good feeling. Now I've still got to clean out the closets and cabinets, but it sure feels good knowing that the rest of it is so clean.

I'm very proud of Jorge - his English is really coming along. He's not fluent yet, but it's certainly adequate. He now speaks to me almost entirely in English, and I try to speak to him only in Spanish, and we correct each other's mistakes. All in all, we had a busy day, but we had fun. They made some money and I got a clean house. Not a bad deal.

This evening, I picked up Eloise and we drove out to Keller to see our grandson Landry play baseball. That kid is making a good little player. He's right-handed, but bats lefty. David started him out that way, and plans to let him try to bat right-handed a little later, so he might be a switch-hitter eventually. He hits well as a lefty, really smacks them quite often. He pitches a good fast ball already, at age 8, and has pretty decent aim. Their games are such fun to watch, and it has been a lot of fun watching his team mature from a bunch of little kids who sat on the ground by their base and played with bugs, to really savvy little athletes, in just three years.

Well, I'm off to bed. Preachin' starts at 8:15 in the morning! That's too early, but I'll be there. I'm just grateful that we are still allowed to have services, and that I have the health to get up and go. God is good. --Romeena

November 15, 2009 - Msg 76119: Upon re-reading, I guess I should note that Jorge and George are one and the same person. --Romeena

November 15, 2009 - Msg 76120: Mornin' y'all! Hey to ky girl- Mama is doing quite well,thank you for asking. I visited her yesterday. And I can answer for spot-he's off on one of his camping trips now. Hope he's having fun.
Feel like I've got a cold or something coming on. Hoping it's just allergies hitting me after all that nasty IDA weather. Don't wanna be sick!

Hope everyone is well-love to all!
possum under a rock

November 15, 2009 - Msg 76121:
Valete! (that's for you Latin scholars)
Well, Jimmie Johnson just won out here at PIR.
I didnt get to see it live this year, but saw it
on TV. I think he won a ge-u-wine ceramic pelican, and he's gonna put it on Possum's mantle shelf! haha
Hope you are all having a good Sabbath afternoon
and not runnin' around trying to fix the gazebo!(:

November 15, 2009 - Msg 76122:
Hello porch family....such a pretty day here in SC today.

MDC....yep, Jimmie continues to roll to his 4th straight.

I sitting here with my little buddy "Jake" in my lap. We are the KINGS of this

Gonna get back to watching the Colts and Pats. In the forth qtr now. Pats up 34 to 21.

Prayers for all the porch family! Tonight before you go to sleep, close your eyes and give Jesus a big "prayer hug".

November 15, 2009 - Msg 76123:
Hello porch family....such a pretty day here in SC today.

MDC....yep, Jimmie continues to roll to his 4th straight.

I sitting here with my little buddy "Jake" in my lap. We are the KINGS of this

Gonna get back to watching the Colts and Pats. In the forth qtr now. Pats up 34 to 21.

Prayers for all the porch family! Tonight before you go to sleep, close your eyes and give Jesus a big "prayer hug".

November 15, 2009 - Msg 76124: OOPs....don't know what I did...sorry!

November 16, 2009 - Msg 76125: You chewed your cabbage twice, Rev! That's what ya did!
possum under a rock

November 16, 2009 - Msg 76126: Hey "King of the Recliner," you're repeating yourself.;-)

Good Monday morning all. Going to be a rainy day here today. Think I'll make soup.

Ro, my frined Michelle that I have been sharing about is moving back to north Dallas this week. She has some family on her father's side that are willing to help her out and they aren't users. She will be closer to her little sister and brother this way, so its probably for the best.

Better get Erin to you all later.


November 16, 2009 - Msg 76127: good morning everyone. we have another rainy week this week on the center of the porch. already had 4 inches in the past two days. possum- hope your feeling better this morning, my prayers are with you. I was hoping you knew the way to alexanders steak house. it is a realy cool place you go to the upright coolers and pick out the piece of meat you want and cook it . first time i went i told them i was not doing my own dishes and paying too. ha. you are full when you leave and dont have to pull a wagon full of meat down to foleys. boo- hope your friend michelle has a safe trip to dallas. prayers foir evweryone. pappa bear

November 16, 2009 - Msg 76128:
Mornin honey, mornin DEAR! Hope monday is a good one for ya all. We finally seem to be starting winter here, to be only 68 today.
May the Good Lord be with you all today, and as Rev says, may He wrap you in His love!

November 16, 2009 - Msg 76129: mdc- I LEAVE lincoln wednesday november 18th so my post may be infrequent for a while- I WILL SEND YOU YOU MY NEW address as soon as I am settled. REV- great seeing you again. did the colts win/ have you any new albums coming out in near future? ro- how are things your way? Poor Haratio- thanks It is a rewarding job when you can share what it really is like upon returning/ and resources available in each state . Sterling Holobyte- pontificate, I am imptressed dont know what it means but a cool word, just kidding. ASA= are you ready to chow down on thanksgiving day? Spot- can we get a few pheasants to eat your way? KY girl- great seeing you my friend, have a safe and wonderful thanksgiving my friends. pappa bear

November 16, 2009 - Msg 76130:
PappaBear- If you pop back in and read this, I'm confused. You say that you're leaving on Nov. 18, but wont be in Phx until April?? You coming by way of Canada? ha Please "pontificate" your travel plans for me. (: Thanks bro. Got plenty lined up for you, including going to a restaurant where the waitresses where six-shooters!
(I suggest you leave a good tip!) ha

November 16, 2009 - Msg 76131:
Banjo Jerry: Well, I told him he owed me thirty dollars, and he told me he owed me nothing.
Andy: Boy, you are pretty far apart.

November 16, 2009 - Msg 76132:
Hello porch family....Pray you all had a blessed day today.

Pappa Bear.....the Colts came back in the last seconds to win. It was a BAD call by the Pats coach that may have cost them the game. As for the new cds, I will be recording again around March 2010. So it should be released around June.

Well possum I guess I need to quit chewing my cabbage so much:) Tucson when I toured out there, I used to eat at a Steak House that was built like a full western town. And I remember if you wore a tie in there they would cut it off and hang it on the wall. There were ties hanging everywhere. Do you know the name of it? The steaks were great.

Well I better get to bed. You all have a good night's sleep and remember Jesus loves you so much!
Love and prayers for all our porch family!

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76133:
Rev, I think it may be Rustlers Roost. You can google it.
A neat story on the news tonight. Made me think of Quiet Sam episode. A local policeman delivered a baby in the back seat of a car.
The man called 911 while taking his wife to the hospital. She was having the baby! He pulled into a church parking lot, a patrol car pulled in, the policeman ran up to the car and shortly thereafter.. bingo, a ten pound baby boy!
Labor to delivery...about 50 minutes!
(Barn: Andy! You can't deliver a BABY!)
Well, pleasant dreams!

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76134: (:

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76135: 10 pounds and NO ANESTHESIA?? Mercy! That had to hurt.

Where is everybody these days. Seems like the porch has been kinda lonely.

It is actually cold here this morning (well, that's relative). Its about 50, I think, which is like -15 for those of us in South Texas. I am loving it. I think I will pull out my flannel shirt and actually wear long pants this morning!

Better get Erin going.


November 17, 2009 - Msg 76136:
Hey Folks

Sunny here again this A.M. We're hoping to get up to Boo's low temp today.

Boo-That is one thing I love about the cooler/colder temps. I'd much rather put on a sweatshirt than walk around in shorts and t-shirt. I don't know why but I just love it when it's colder out.

Poor Horatio-It is really great to see ya rockin' a spell. You really add something to the ole Porch.

Asa-I'm making my way, thanks for asking buddy. I'm not sure if it's something you get over but all is well. I hate to sound so cryptic but I'd rather just leave it vague.

MDC-Your post to pappabear reminded me of the old Charlie Daniels song "Uneasy Rider."

"I think I'm gonna reroute my trip
I wonder if anybody'd think I'd flipped
If I went to L.A., via Omaha."

Peace friends,

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76137: Morning folks.
Hey Auh2o, no need to go into details buddy. Just wanting to make sure you are well. We all have our burdens in life to carry. And it is a true blessing to be able to share one anothers burdens to help lighten their load. And I believe we can do that with out needing to know what those burdens are. And the greatest joy is knowing we can take our burdens to the Lord and He will bless us and loosen our loads. And what a blessed reassurance we can have in knowing He will not burden us beyond our abilities to endure them. Not really sure why I'm saying all this Auh2o. I know you know it. I guess I just feel impressed to speak it this morning. Forgive me if I am stepping beyond my bounds.

Hey Rev, I remember an episode of Frasier where Martin talks Frasier and Niles into going to his favorite Steakhouse. I think it was called the TimberMill or something like that. Anyway Frasier and Niles show up in suit and ties and get their ties cut off. It's pretty funny. We have a steakhouse here we go to. Best steaks and prime rib in town. Called the Timbermine. Each table is kind of set up like a small ore car. Great food, but I don't think they would cut yer tie off. LOL

Hey Pappabear, I'm ready for T day. You betcha!

It has been quiet here Boo. Guess everyone is busy.

Speaking of busy, I better git!


November 17, 2009 - Msg 76138: Mornin' Y'all! Hope everyone is doing well. Just heard from our talking dog- Spot wanted me to tell everyone he'll be back on the Porch "directly",as we say down South. He's getting things squared away after what sounds like an awesome camping trip.
Auh2o,I heard "Uneasy Rider" on the radio this past weekend- that's a blast from the past!

Well,let's go over to Big Maude's- she always rustles up a good breakfast for us.See y'all there!
possum u.a.r.

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76139: Gosh, I'm sorry Auh2o. I will step up the prayers for you. The Lord sustain you through your trials and may you find His unexpected blessing even through these hard times, friend. Asa, you are so right about the blessing of sharing with our friends here on the porch. You words were very encouraging to us all.

I know what you mean about a sweatshirt. I used to have this old, kind of beat-up dark blue sweatshirt from "Old Navy" and it was big and comfortable. I would just wait for the occasional day that I could wear it...didn't happen often enough and now it's lost. I do love wearing shorts and tshirts, though.

Well, have to get going and take Michelle to the bus station so she can head for Dallas. Hope she does well there. Thank you for your prayers on her behalf.:-)


November 17, 2009 - Msg 76140: good morning everyone-- we have so much rain here and for next few days the fish are ringing doorbells trying to get in. well tommorow is moving day for pappa bear I will write when i get my new address. meanwhile happy thanksgiving to everyone and my prayers are with each of you. HOW MANY OF YOU WANT TO HAVE 10 DAYS PRACTICE EATING THANGSGIVING DINNER.? i have to go and check my feet for webbing quack, quack..... happy thanksgiving to our own floyd who thankfully keeps this site up and running smoothly. lol pappa bear

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76141: OK Boo. I'll make sure I have no paint brushes whenever you are around.

auh2o, thank you for that nice comment. I sensed something was wrong in your recent posting and I can understand your desire to keep it private. You and I both have issues that need to be resolved. Hopefully posting here will offer you some therapy because it does for me.

I just read a wonderfull update about Andy Griffith (if you consider one year old news to be an update). Visit

Prayers for pappa bear on his new adventure. Also, did you see MDC's question in Msg 76130?

from Poor Horatio

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76142:
"he's a faithful follower of brother John Birch..."

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76143:
Prayers for Auh20 and Michelle!

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76144: and PH too!

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76145: " kicked old Green Teeth right in the knee..."

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76146: Who's John Birch?


November 17, 2009 - Msg 76147: OK, ya'all knew this was comin'...

I was takin a trip out to L.A.
Toolin along in my Cheverolet
Tokin on a number and diggin on the radio.

Just as I crossed the Mississippi line
I heard that highway start to whine
And I knew that left rear tire was about to blow.

Well the spare was flat and I got uptight
Cause there wasn't a filling station in sight
So I just limped on down the shoulder on the rim.

I went as far as I could and when I stopped the car
It was right in front of this little ol' bar
Kind of a red-neck lookin joint called the Dew Drop Inn.

So I stuffed my hair up under my hat
And told the bartender that I had a flat
And would he be kind enough to give me change for a one.

There was one thing I was sure proud to see
There wasn't a soul in the place except for him and me,
He just looked disgusted and pointed toward the telephone.

I called up the station down the road a ways
He said he wasn't very busy today
And he could have somone out there in just about 10 minutes or so.

He said," Now, you just stay right where yer at!"
And I didn't bother to tell the darn fool
That I sure as he-- didn't have anyplace else to go.

So I ordered up a beer and sat down at the bar
When some guy walked in and said, "Who owns this car
With the peace sign, the mag wheels and the four on the floor?"

He looked at me and I dern near died
And I decided that I'd just wait outside
So I laid a dollar on the bar and headed for the door.

Just when I thought I'd get outta there with my skin
These 3 big dudes come strollin in
With one old drunk chick and some fella with green teeth.

Now the last thing I wanted was to get into a fight
In Jackson Mississippi on a Saturday night
Especially when there was three of them and only one of me.

I was almost to the door when the biggest one
Said, "You tip your hat to this lady, son!"
And when I did, all that hair fell out from underneath.

They all started laughin and I felt kinda sick
And I knew I better think of something pretty quick
So I just reached out and kicked old green teeth right in the knee...

Now he let out a yell that'd curl yer hair
But before he could move I grabbed me a chair
And said "Now watch him Folks cause he's a fairly dangerous man!"

"You may not know it but this man is a spy.
He's a undercover agent for the FBI...

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76148:
LyricMan strikes again!! (-:

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76149: Ha! Like this one MUCH better than "Convoy", LyricMan!

possum under a rock

" And I ain't even got a garage,you can call home and ask my wife!"

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76150:
Vicks and real mayo rule!!

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76151: Cool...I love it when someone mentions VICKS but I have no idea what song that was up there. Sounds kinda familiar but I just can't place it.

BTW, is LyricMan the same person as Manzeirre?


November 17, 2009 - Msg 76152:
"Well, I knew that snake was my own sweet dad
From a worn-out picture that my mother'd had
And I knew that scar on his cheek and his evil eye"

Son of LyricMan

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76153: "My name is SUE! How do you do??!"

Lyric Woman

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76154: Boo, the first song was "Uneasy Rider" by Charlie Daniels. The Lyric People have switched to Johnny Cash now. I KNOW you know this one!

possum under a rock

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76155: Here's one for Spot:
" Kinda like my ol' blue tick hound, I like to lay around in the shade...
And I ain't got much money,but I dang sure got it made..."

Lyric Woman strikes again!

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76156: Well Hello friends!...camping was one of the best trips full of friends...I some people are in need of prayers here...have not got caught up yet reading....shot Possun a e-mail...hey Asa,Romeena,Lyric woman?..(new setter)?..PH,MDC,NN,Boo,auh20 and all.....yall been eating good...I will get back on the job with a snack tonight in a bit...well let me get busy here and then back here to rock....Missed yall porch....SPOT

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76157: Evening Family:
Porch seems kinda quiet. Pappa Bear- let us know your new den #.
Spot- sure did miss talking to you at night! Sure didn't seem the same without a few words...
Asa- how are you doing out there? My brood of Neighbettes say to tell you Hi. Courtney is now a Md. EMT & a PA EMT!! She is working on her RN degree and will be a Md. Flight Medic when finished...kinda changed gears, Huh? Loves the challenge.
Take care. Too cold to rock too long to night. It's 30 degrees here!! ~New Neighbor

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76158: Good evening, porch! My goodness - all these lyrics, and neighbettes growing up, and runaways coming home, and prayers needed here and there, and temperatures dropping (it's 48 here) and such - I just love this porch!

Left work this morning, went by the grocery store (tired but had no choice), came home and put things away, then fell into bed and enjoyed a 3-hour coma. Got up and started preparations for this evening. A friend arrived an hour early to help, and by 6:30 we had 18 women in here, tables loaded with small toys, socks, underwear, crayons, hair ribbons, bouncy balls, little bags of hard candy, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and I don't know what all else. The big island in the kitchen was full of food, none of which I had to prepare. All I supplied was the tea and sodas. We ate, laughed, filled the plastic shoeboxes, laughed some more, and generally had a wonderful time. By 9 p.m. about 70 filled boxes had been loaded into our SS teacher's van, the money for the shipping had been obtained, all the food was packed up and taken away (my request), and my house looked like no one had been here. These women are awesome! In the spring we will do something similar, but instead of gift boxes for children in Third World countries, we'll fill baskets to be used by our Apartment Ministry at the church. The baskets will contain soap, washcloths, dish soap, tooth brushes and paste, maybe a bag of cookies or candy, a pen and tablet, pot scrubbers - just whatever a newly-moved-in person might need. It's good fellowship, we enjoy it, and we hope it sheds the light of the Lord in a few dark places.

Toye Starr was in her element. All those women, oohing and aahing over her, carrying her around, talking babytalk to her, she absolutely loved it, the little brat. She'll mope for an hour or so now, then will be her happy little self again.

As for me, I'm about to put my weary bones in the bed. It was a lovely evening, but I am TIRED! So off to the ironing board I go. Be blessed, everyone. Be safe, those who are traveling. --Romeena

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76159: Sounds like you had a great night, Romeena! And a purposeful one as well.

Yeah, those lyrics had me thrown for a loop as well, Boo.

Youth pastor's funeral is tomorrow. Kai won't be going with us. She quite grown-up-like told us she doesn't think she is ready for it, and I think we will respect her thoughts on this one. I don't know of too many adults who are too crazy about funerals, so I imagine it would be quite a heavy experience for an 9 yr old.

I went to the evening service this past Sunday, and was actually surprised to see our main pastor(the youth pastor's father) and his wife, as well as the wife and kids of the youth pastor, at the service. our pastor didn't give a sermon, as there was a missionary from Wales there who gave his presentation, but he did do the announcements; sang the hymns; and even lightened the mood a little bit with some humor, as he has been known to do normally.
I know I would be devastated if my child had died just days before, and I don't know if I could be as strong as he was.
All I could think of as I watched him during the service, was that there is a man who knows where he is going. And who knows who is going to be there when he gets there!
I would pray that God gives that whole family the strength to get through tomorrow, but I think He already has.

On a more secular note, I just noticed that the guy who was in a scene in the episode of CHIPS that I am watching, is none other than TAGS own, Ed Sawyer! A little older, and not as strange acting. :)

-Sterling Holobyte

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76160:
Hello porch family.....colder weather coming toward SC.

Spot...glad you had a great camping trip. Good to see ya back.

Ro...wonder why people (including myself) talk babytalk when talking to a doggy? lol

pappa bear.....pray your move goes smooth.

Asa...very well put! We need each other. I'm reminded of Moses when his arms grew tired, he had someone on each side holding them up. There have been a number of times that you folks didn't know it but your friendship held my "arms" up when I was tired!

Love and prayers for all the porch family. Have a good night!

November 17, 2009 - Msg 76161: Sounds like fun, Ro! Bless you for hosting such a worthy cause. Speaking of, guess what? Well, the drug rehab where I hold bible study is pretty generic, no extras and not alot of funds for anything and we try to do something for them for Christmas because they are away from home and family and in such a depressing atmosphere. Well, since it is mostly Keith and I trying to do everything now, we weren't sure what we could pull of this year. Turns out my neice-in-law (Emily's mom) suggested to one of her church women's groups that they take on the rehab as their Christmas project this year. She goes to one of those mega-churches with thousands of members and the group that wants to help has about 80 ladies. So...Keith and I have to figure out what to ask them to do for the kids. We thought about a big party with lots of food, maybe some stockings to give out...any suggestions would be appreciated. Hey, maybe that shoebox idea would work for the kids in the rehab...they could contain some home-baked cookies and treats and some small gifts. The problem is that there are so many things they aren't allowed to have, so we have to be creative. You can't give them anything they can take apart and cut themselves with, for one thing, and you would be surprised how many things are off-limits.

Well, went shopping with Bruce again and got in a little argument. He is driving me crazy trying to get into my business! I think it's a woman's place to decorate the home and he is far to involved with the choices I am trying to make. It is not causing good "karma" around here, so he told me he would back off and let me make decisions and he will be happy with whatever I choose. I'm glad he cares about how the house is decorated, but when you have two people, with some different tastes trying to make those decisions, it can get ugly. ;-)

Well, watched "Once Upon a Time in the West", with Bronson and a very mean Henry Fonda tonight. Strange movie...wish i hadn't seen it. I just love Henry Fonda and only like to see him when he's the good guy.

Today was a busy day! I had Emily and that is always an experience. She dumped out about 3,000,000 crayons on the floor and couch, spilled a full glass of milk, and tried to kick me while I was changing her diapers!...toddlers! Of course the two big kisses she gave me made up for it. Man, she has the advantage of being the cutest kid on the planet and gets away with murder most of the time. I think i am finding out what it feels like to be a grandma.:-)

Better get to bed...As they say in Texas, "I am plum wore to a nub!"


November 17, 2009 - Msg 76162: Such a nice thing to say, REV.

Hey there Sterling, i didn't see you. I am so glad to hear that your pastor and his family are being held by God's grace. Bless their hearts.


November 18, 2009 - Msg 76163:
Evenin' all, just here to tuck everyone in!

November 18, 2009 - Msg 76164: OK Im back its breakfast: 4(yes 4) if ya want them if not pass them to Asa!eggs your way..cheese grits,bacon(wobbley for Romeena)country ham,bisquits,gravy,sausage links,hashbrowns with very small chopped onions,coffee,Boo tea,ans a tear from my roll of paper towels...prayers yall and God bless....see ya at breakfast...SPOT

November 18, 2009 - Msg 76165:
Morning Porch

I hate to sound like a broken record but it's sunny-sunny on this end of the Porch, 29 degrees.

Asa-By no means did you over step. As usual, Rev was right the mark and he stated it much better than I ever could have. Thanks Asa and all.

Poor Horatio-It does someone good to sit and rock with friends, doesn't it.

Boo- That "Once Upon a Time in the West" is a rough one. Henry Fonda sure does play a snake in that.

Romeena-Good works and a good time, that's a win win.

Sterling-I like looking for TAGS actors in other roles.

Love the lyrics.

"Some people say a man is made outta mud
A poor man's made outta muscle and blood
Muscle and blood and skin and bones
A mind that's a-weak and a back that's strong."