December 04, 2009 - Msg 76448:
and TP ! ha

December 04, 2009 - Msg 76449:
What, 2 sweeps in a row with campy posts! haha

December 04, 2009 - Msg 76450: Well, I'm lovin' this cold weather. We saw mostly sleet today but it was fun anyways. It is clear and cold as a...hmmm...something, not sure what. Had mom in law and sis in law over for supper. I had made chili in the crock pot ( is too watery that way) but it tasted good. I was passing by the tamale shop on main know the one...right next to the tattoo shop and down the street from the biker bar.;-) Anyways, I thought I would stop in and get some tamales since I never eat them except on Christmas. I got some beef, regular..not real spicy and we had those tonight, too. Mmmm....good! Just eat with a little ketchup and a few crackers and what a meal. We also baked some cookies. Really nice evening until sis in law started crying about her ex that left her about 4 years ago. He left for another woman and she never got over it. Must be h#ll to be stuck in that emotional state. It seems like she just can't get beyond it because she keeps holding out the hope that someday he will be back, even though he has remarried and is very seriously ill from colon cancer. She is in such a state of denial. Her own children had to leave town and move north because she just seems to want to suck the life out of everyone who loves her. Very difficult situation and now she is living with my mom in law. Enough of is very sad to see someone who is 50 but has the emotional maturity of a 10 year old, at best.

Well, I am about to gravitate to the bed and the heating pad. Sure will be nice to curl up under a warm blanket and maybe read a little before going to sleep. Hope I can rest well. Last night I had another one of those anxious episodes before finally falling asleep and I am beginning to wonder if it might be due to a med I have been taking. I skipped it today to see if I sleep more peacefully. See ya all tomorrow!


PS-loved the Peanuts characters, MDC! How wonderful.:-)

December 05, 2009 - Msg 76451:

One would think, possum.. one would think. Actually, it's pronounced "Ruh-FEER-ee-oh." No one really knows why. I've even asked Hispanic friends and co-workers and they have no idea. LOL

It's cold tonight! Going to be in the very low 20s out here at Casa de Dez.

'Nite, all. I'm going to watch some Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives then hitting the ironing board.


December 05, 2009 - Msg 76452: Ha! I never could figure that out either, Dež. Properly pronounced in Spanish, it would be "Reh-FOO-he-o" with a slight throat-clearing sound on the "he" part, but that's not how folks say it. Another example is Mexia, a little town near Waco. In Spanish, it would be "Meh-HE-ah", but locals call it "Mah-HAY-er." If they want to sound a bit more cultured, they end it with "ah", not "er." Weird.

Well, the bunco party went well, tree and other decorations were finished and looked very nice. Would never have made it without Eloise. She came over around noon, we had a quick lunch, and then she helped me finish all the details. She basically set up the Nativity for me while I finished the under-the-tree area and decorated the mantle with "Snowman Row." Only a really good friend would do that, and all the while refrain from laughing at me without makeup and hair sticking up every which way, in grubby jeans and a ratty old shirt.

Now I'm going to take my rapidly-growing-sore and scratchy throat, and my tight-feeling chest and put the whole sorry, weary mess to bed, and hope to feel better in the morning. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

December 05, 2009 - Msg 76453:

Mexia is a tricky one all right. I'll always associate it with Anna Nicole Smith, for whatever that's worth. :-)

I almost forgot: my (and your former) home, Bexar County - pronounced Bayer, like the aspirin. Texas has some weird town names!

Now. Off to the ironing board FOR REAL. I got all worked up when DH went to pick up DD after her choir concert and couldn't find her! She'd just wandered off to talk to her friends, but we were fit to be tied. I don't know how I'm going to get through the rest of my life, the way I worry about them.


December 05, 2009 - Msg 76454: Mornin' Y'all! No snow in sight for SC- just rain. Supposed to have our little dinky Christmas parade in town today,but think it's gonna be cancelled/postponed.

Dež, I would've never thought Refugio would be pronounced that way-weird! Did you ever see the e-mail Ro sent out some time back with all the different Texas towns listed? Lots of unique & strange ones,for sure!

Ro,don't you go getting sick on us,you hear? VICKS!!

I guess the fellers formed a posse and are out hunting for Asa?? Or perhaps they are all out Christmas shopping?! (When pigs fly! LOL)

Ok, guess I'd better get my possum bones in gear. Gotta hit spot up with his daily 'You Know You're Getting Old... " joke. He is REALLY enjoying them- He He He

Y'all have a good day-love to all!

possum under a rock

December 05, 2009 - Msg 76455: Poor DES! How do we ever survive parenthood?? I am like that too. I hate not being able to find someone, anyone, but especially the kids.

Hey DES, I'll bet Anna Nicole prounced it "Ma-HAY-er". hehe I heard a celebrity talking about Anna Nicole once and how someone served her some polenta in a restraunt and she said, "Those ain't taters. I thought them was taters!". Not to speak ill of the dead, but I'll bet it's true.;-)

Hope you are feeling better this morning Ro. Get some rest and stay warm.

It is really cold here this morning but the sun is shining so it promises to be a gorgeous day!

Well, I am off to Corpus to pay a visit to Michelle. Poor thing is sick with a cold from walking the streets in the cold. She couldn't afford a bus pass to get anywhere and she doesn't even have a blanket to sleep with. I bought her one but it got left here when she went to Dallas. So, I am taking her the blanket and some cold medicine and soup. Poor kid has no mom or sister to take care of her when she's sick. She is supposed to go for that interview with job corp on Monday so I pray she is well by then.

Better scoot...plenty to do today, as usual.


December 05, 2009 - Msg 76456: good morning everyone. mdc- great double sweep, i am in the process of moving to danville, illinois- same phone number. well we are enjoying snow and it looks like more than we need for the brown truck to make its christmas rounds, my deepest prayers for michelle- it is a shame that so many in our country suffer like that. ro- i pray you will feel better soon.i will bring you a semi- load of vicks if it will help.possum- you know your getting old when you forget what you ordered at a restruant and fuss because you dont like what you see. well got to go- ho, ho, ho, a shopping we must go. asa where are you/ spot can you fin

December 05, 2009 - Msg 76457: WellHello gang...been busy putting up Christmas lights....Rev and all football fans it on today here in the Ga dome...Fla and to get ready for at 6pm...Gatlinburg next thu....prayers and lunch is on Maude!...SPOT

December 05, 2009 - Msg 76458: find asa/ pappa bear to quick on the post. getting o

December 05, 2009 - Msg 76459: maude- expect 450 for lunch thanks for inviting us spot. i pick alabama to beat fla today. pappa bear

December 05, 2009 - Msg 76460: Afternoon porch, thankfully the snow missed us, and all we got was some rain, but now it's powerful cold outside, I'm so ready for Spring again. Not much goin on today, my Tarheels lost to Kentucky 2nd game we've lost this season :( Hope you all have a warm and safe night I'm gonna go rustle up some supper--Salty Dog

December 05, 2009 - Msg 76461: Good morning, porch. It's absolutely beautiful here today. It was 33 degrees when I sat down here about half an hour ago, and now it's 39. The skies are perfectly clear, a beautiful bright blue, and the sun is just working overtime, so warming things up rapidly.

I feel awful. My throat feels like a pair of wildcats had a fight in it, my head hurts, muscles ache, and suppressing a painful cough will probably be my primary mission for the day. My doctor's office is closed today, naturally. However, I have a couple of physician friends (Mongolia trip partners) who are retired. I think I'll call one of them and see if I should take the Amoxicillin I keep on hand. My dentist orders it, and I take it before I go in for dental work. I don't want to take it if it's not going to help, but neither do I want to take any chances with an infection setting up camp in my pacemaker implant sites.

I'm doubly annoyed by the onset of this whatever-it-is. My son in Florida called, and he had a fun thing planned. He recently got his pilot's license back, after being so ill for so long (he's doing wonderfully well now) and he bought a 6-seat Beechcraft plane. He's been talking about that for years, and finally did it. He was planning to fly it to Dallas tomorrow, pick me up and then fly us both to Fredericksburg. It would have been a great trip, but no way was I going to get into that cabin and risk giving him whatever is living in my throat right now. So, I guess he'll skip coming here, and just go on to Fredbg. He has a rent house there, which is empty at the moment and he wants to get it rented. Shoot! That would have been such fun. Oh well, there will be other trips. He loves to fly, and says he'll probably be coming out about once a month now. The cost is about the same as commercial for one person, with fuel costs and landing fees, but when more than one person is involved, it gets cheaper real quick. Door-to-door, it's about a five hour trip. It takes that long to fly commercial, about 2 1/2 hours in the air and another 2 1/2 hours of driving time, airport stand-around time and such. His plane is hangared at a local strip about five minutes from his house, and he can choose from several airports around here, all of which are twenty minutes or less from me. Plus, he can bring his dog, Abbie, and I can carry Toye Starr without having to pay $80 each way!
It is now about seven hours since I started this entry. I left the computer to feed Starr this morning, ended up in my chair and have been there ever since. I slept there all day! Still feel rotten. I hope none of you gets this stuff - even my fingernails hurt. Oh well, this too shall pass.

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

December 05, 2009 - Msg 76462: Papa bear your prediction may just come true!..Bama beating Fla!!..SPOT

December 05, 2009 - Msg 76463:
Hello porch family. I'm down here in Jacksonville, FL and there are some sick football fans here. Congrats to Bama!

Well you all have a great worship day tomorrow. I'll be heading back home after my concerts tomorrow night.
Love and prayers to all the porch family!

December 05, 2009 - Msg 76464:
Scratchy throat? OREGANO! Right REV? (:

December 05, 2009 - Msg 76465:
Prayers for you Romeena, seriously!
Hey to pappabear--card coming to your new digs.
(It must be pretty cramped in that little PO Box! ha
Boo- prayers continue for Michele.
I made those cut-outs with my God-given talent.
Charlie Brown (Joseph) stand about 4 1/2 feet tall to give an idea. "Jesus" is just a halo
with lights.
God bless us everyone!
Anyone seen "Barney Parney Poo?" Ho Ho Ho
I watched the Christmas ep for first time this year. With the dvd, I've watch it several times
now in Dec.

December 06, 2009 - Msg 76466: Now football fans today was a day of GREAT games...congrats first to my Ga Tech yellow jackets acc champs!..Texas wins with no time left with a field goal...Bama whuped Fla...Bama and Texas for the whole ball of way in the Nationa Champion game...I think Bama will take Texas...ok..slow at work and got a movie ...breakfast will be at Shoneys...prayers..SPOT

December 06, 2009 - Msg 76467: Good morning everyone, woke up to 18 degrees on my porch. Headed out to work just wanted wish you all a blessed Sabbath. Would ya'll bring me a plate from Shoneys? That sounds good on a cold morning--Salty Dog

December 06, 2009 - Msg 76468: So sorry you are "ailin'" Romeena. Hope you are feeling much better today. Maybe it is one of those short-lived viruses. That trip to Fredricksburg would have been great but I am sure there are many to come. What a blessing to be able to see your son so often now! I am very happy to hear that is is doing so well after that long battle with his health. Praise the Lord! Hey, I was thinking that maybe you and Dale, jr. may want to fly down and visit your granddaughter here. Would LOVE to see you again...and to meet Dale, Jr. You are both welcome anytime.

SPOT, did Bama take Texas? I didn't hear anything about it yet but there were alot of Texans crammed around their TVs yesterday. I took the boys to their youth Christmas progressive dinner last night. It was nice and lots of Mexican food, which is always a good thing. Chili, tamales, gucamole, you name it. They each brought a new toy to donate for my sister's organization for needy children. I have the Yukon full of toys and Susan is out of town so I can't drop them off....I kinda feel like Santa.;-)

MDC, I am saving the TAGS Christmas Episode until I get into the house, i think. It will be the first one i watch there. Then, I think it will be A Wonderful Life. I wanna smile just thinking about it.:-)

Better git...


It is finally beginning to warm up here. Will probably get back into the high 60's today. I think I will go out to the house today and put some garland and big red bows on the fence and gate like I did last year. Bruce told me something funny the other day about the house. First, I should say that this being a fairly small town, the population is probably around 20,000, maybe a little more, our house has been getting alot of attention. I think mostly because there have been quite a few homes going up in the area and they all seem to be a certain style that is popular right now, modern, brick...very nice but there are about 12 houses near us that look pretty much the same with different colors of brick. Ours being different and looking old-fashioned it stands out. Well, Bruce went to pay the electric bill on the apartment the other day and told the receptionist the date that he wanted the electric cut off here and transferred to the house. When he gave the new address, the receptionist looked up, pointed her finger at him and said, "You!..are you the owner of the big white house with the red barn? I love that house!". Turns out that our builder was in there the other day and the girls in the office were asking him questions about it and he told them to come out and look at it. A group from the office went out there last week and looked through all the windows and love it, she said. Funny. We get people stopping in and asking the builder to build them one and he is having to turn them away at this point. If you were to see the house, you would see that it is fairly simple, nothing real fancy but I think it strikes a chord with people that says "home". It certainly has a Mayberry quality about it, which is exactly what I was going for. :-)

Well, Gotta get ready for preachin' soon.

December 06, 2009 - Msg 76469: How did that happen...I signed off at the end and then there was a whole paragraph after it!


December 06, 2009 - Msg 76470: what is the name of the episode with them on front poarch

December 06, 2009 - Msg 76471: Well, just about any episode you would name has a front porch scene. Can you be more specific? --Romeena

December 06, 2009 - Msg 76472: Hi All.
Boy is it cold where some heat at.


December 06, 2009 - Msg 76473: Boo It will be Bama and Texas new years day for the Championship..My Falcons got STOMPED today...Saints stay unbeaten 12-0..Colts...well its work for me tonight and double tomorrow and tue 8 wed then off to Gatlinburg and piegon fordge..gona be pretty...hey TOM its cold here also..25 this morning..Andy on TV land tonight!...hey salty,asa,Ro,auh2o,posssum....yall eat?..gona whup a big pot of beef stew...will someone make a pan of cornbread?...oh...stews on....back to work...SPOT

December 06, 2009 - Msg 76474:
Just a quick Hey.

spot-Beef stew sounds great!



December 06, 2009 - Msg 76475: Hey guys, hope you are all staying warm tonight. Spot I got your cornbread in the oven right now. Been a crazy day around here to say the least hopefully it will settle down some now. Love and prayers to you all-Salty Dog

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76476:
Cards just whooped the Vikings!! whoohoo
Neat story Boo. Sounds like the Lord is really
blessing that builder too! We want pictures!!!

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76477: Yea Roll Tide...and man there was a lot of stew left over...yall can get ya a bowl for lunch at work tomorrow...I will fix some up in tupperware and yall can stop by and get some...the cornbread will be in the tin foil....watching "Along came Polly"....good movie...well back to the movie....SPOT

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76478: Good evening, all. Still feeling pretty puny, but at least no worse. This is nasty stuff.

I've gotten a few emails giving me permission to put you on the Christmas card list, but you didn't include your snail address. I got one correction - thanks! For the rest of you, if you didn't include your snail address, please do so?? Thanks!

I watched the neatest show this evening - "The Natives visit the USA" or something like that. It was on the Travel channel. It's about a group of five more or less aboriginal men from the Pacific island of Tanna, who are brought to the U.S. and move around the country, staying with various families for a week or so, and participating in their daily lives. One of them speaks English, and serves as the translator. Seeing our world, and our holiday customs and other activities through their eyes was really fascinating. Also, little glimpses into their world were offered, and their habits began to make more sense as well. They were unfailingly polite and kind, wonderful sense of humor, very playful, and so innocent but at the same time very wise. If you get a chance, watch it. I think you'll enjoy it.

Well, my lights out back just clicked off, it must be 12:30, so I guess I'll take weary me to bed. I got a nap this afternoon so not really sleepy, but my ribs are so sore from coughing that it hurts to breathe. No, I don't have pneumonia. I've already put my "ears" on and listened to my own breath sounds - they're intact in all lobes except the upper right, but that's normal for me, a leftover from radiation treatments in 1979. Now, where did I put that VICKS???

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76479: Romeena I sure hope you had (get) a great nights rest are the Queen of our Porch!...for all the rest GET UP! the leftover stew in tupperware for those whow want to swing by and grab a bowl to carry to work...its home for me to snooze till about noon and back at 2 for a double..34 degrees here this morning in the great st. of Ga...Rev I will send you some b-fast AND stew...well breakfase menu:3 eggs your style,jimmy dean sausage links and pattys,bisquits gravy with hashbrowns and milk,coffee,and OJ...ready at about 6:30 for you early risers and will cook the second batch for some of you late ones and Romeena I will cook you some Lymp bacon hun....prayers and yall have a Mayberry kind of day!...signed:SPOT

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76480: Mornin' y'all! Sure hope you feel better soon,Ro.

Where is Asa??? Strange how he popped in,announced that a grandson was on the way,but never came back to update us. Sure hope all is well- maybe he's so smitten with that baby that he can't pull himself away!

Well, I've got to head down to Walmart. I don't want to go today,but I was stupid and counted my meds wrong-thought I had enough until later in the week.I take 2 a day,not 1! I counted out 1 per day-dumb me! (And no,Spot,I'm not getting senile in my old age-ha!)
Well,better get moving-have a good day,all!
possum under a rock

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76481: MDC, since you are on facebook, you can view a few older pics of the house that my sister posted. I think if you go to my facebook page and click on pictures you can find them. Things looks different now but you can see mostly what the exterior of the house looks like, except the porch rails and steps, shutters are missing. The barn is now red, too. Good luck. I am planning on sending pics to Ro when it gets completed.

Mornin' SPOT. Thanks for breakfast. I always like your's best, even better than Cracker Barrell and certainly better than Waffle House.:-)

Hey Possum, I am getting concerned about ASA, too. Sure hope everything is ok. Seems like the last time he didn't show up for a long time is when he was out in California and fell by the pool and got a head injury. Sure hope he is ok now. The porch just isn't the same without him.

Your not dumb, Possum, just busy. I have been doing things like that lately, too, and I think it is just because I am so busy all the time and there is too much stress in my life. I also remember hearing that doctor on TV say that when your "ovaries shrink" during menopause, it causes a hormonal change that makes you forgetful and kind of ditzy...that explains alot about my mother, as I recall. I feel sorry for my kids.;-)

Better get Erin up and going. She got to bed at 10pm because we were having dinner and visiting with some out of town relatives so she will be hard to get up this morning. It was a nice evening, though and got to spend time with a very dear neice and nephew (and his fiance) that I don't get to see often. They are really sweet kids, well young adults really. I think I mentioned that my sis-in-law and mom-in-law are now living in the same little apartment? Well, we were over there and my sis-in-law (Vicki) looked like she was ready to have a nervous breakdown after living with mom for a week. I don't think she is going to make it for long, but at least she is not on the street. I witnessed how my mom-in-law treated her at times and I didn't like it. She really talks to her and scolds her like she is a two year old. I think I am going to have a nice little talk with her and see if it will help. Sometimes people don't realize how they come across but my poor mom in law is losing it. She is really not very nice anymore. Last night when we were at her apartment, Vicki was frying something on the stove and the smoke alarm went off. Erin rushed into the room to see what was happening and immediately mom=in-law jumped on her in front of everyone and started yelling at her saying, "you pulled the emergency cord, didn't you!", and when Erin shook her head, bewildered, she yelled, "I know you did!". Well, Bruce jumped up and finally got through to his mom that the smoke alarm when off because of smoke in the kitchen. I felt sorry for Erin because there was company and grandma got onto her in front of everyone. Of course Grandma applogized to Erin and everything went on as usual but Bruce wasn't happy and I think he will talk to his mom about it. It kind of sad because the kids want to spend time with her but it seems like things like this happen to them when they do and it makes them not want to be around her. I saw the same thing happen with Vicki's kids who are grown now. They put up with alot through the years and now they don't want to have much to do with her. I pray I don't end up driving away the people I love when I am older. Its really very sad.

Better get moving...Love you all very much, I hope you know that I do.


December 07, 2009 - Msg 76482: Oh and Romeena, prayers that you will be fit as a fiddle very soon!


December 07, 2009 - Msg 76483: Good morning everyone. We got dumped on this weekend to the tune of three to four inches. Guess the rest of my leaf raking will have to wait.

Hope you are feeling better soon, ROMEENA. I am a little under the weather too with a sore throat.

BOO: Family: you can't live with 'em and you can't kill 'em. I sent you a reply on Thursday. Don't know if you got it.

Hope you all have a great day!


December 07, 2009 - Msg 76484: Mornin' Porch!
Boo- My Grandmother is the same way. Her first 3 husbands died while married to her, but her 4th and legally 5th walked out on her 3 years ago and she hasn't been able to deal with it. I'm sorry to hear about your SIL. Bryson also had the same experience as Erin. When we were in OH for Thanksgiving, Nick pinched Bryson's nipples so hard he made them bleed. My MIL told Bry that's what he gets for being annoying and she accused him of opening a Pepsi and leaving it out while yelling at him and he was denying opening another Pepsi, my SIL came in and asked where her Pepsi was. My MIL never apologized or anything. Sad when there's favorites amongst grandparents.
PappaBear- Yay! Good to "see" you. Thanks for checking in with us! I hope your move goes well.
Enjoy the snow.
Romeena- Hope you're feeling better, friend. I think so many people get sick this time of year is because of the abundance of sugar consumed.
Salty Dog- I'm the opposite of you. I don't remember where your end of the porch is, but mine is in GA. We have so much sun and warmth for so many months that I enjoy the few months of winter we have.
MDC- I was just thinking of that episode yesterday. I think I will watch it later today while folding laundry. It's the BEST!
Auh20- Ain't you in NY? You're a Tide fan in NY?

My ankle surgery is still set for Friday. I'm NOT happy at all about it, but I guess I'm as ready as I'll ever be emotionally. I've just told God to do what He thinks is best. I hope His thoughts are to let all be okay.

Today is tidying the house and doing some baking. Hope all have a wonderful day!

blessings to you and yours,

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76485: Hey Me-They! Didn't mean to rock on your toes. ~Lucy

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76486: well the snow is falling here on the central part of the porch. still trying to get settled in. i went back to the archives and was bleeped of my messages, poor pappa bear. my prayers and thoughts are with each of yopu during this christmas season. merry christmas floyd ansd thanks for all you do. pappa bear

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76487: oops i wasnt bleeped i missed my posts sorry about that. congrats to the az cardninals win. i am mailing a big box of vicks and a couple bottles of receipe to all who are sick along with my prayers. pappa bear

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76488: Morning porch, hope everyone is okay today.
Prayers for Romeena and everyone else. Hope you are feeling better today.

Thanks for taking care of that Christmas card list for us, Romeena.

Good to see everyone this morning. I enjoyed my day in Pigeon Forge Friday. The shopping was fun, weather not too cold. Dollywood was beautiful with all the decorations and the lights. Our favorite is Smoky Mountain Christmas!
If anyone goes, be sure to see that. The Performers are wonderful and the Spiritual songs are so well done with heart and passion.

We had snow on Saturday. It is cold today and supposed to have rain tomorrow.

Lunch menu will be: hot dogs or hamburgers with all the fixings, SLAW, chips, chocolate chip cookies.

see you at lunch. have a blessed day.

Big Maude

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76489:
Hey Friends

We got a little snow and a lot of cold the last few days. I think it was 14 here this morning.

Lucy-Yup, I'm in WNY. I have always loved the Tide. I've been following them for about...hmmm close to 40 years, not sure how it started. The Snake went there and George Blanda was coached Bear Bryant. Being young and dumb, I guess that was enough. RTR!!

Ro-Hope you're feeling better. You didn't get sick making snow angels, did ya?

Hey M-T


December 07, 2009 - Msg 76490: Hi All.
I heat this snow and the cold.
I think I will run away to spote end of the porch for the winter and come back in the Sprtime


Why do fears overtake me
When life's darkness begins to fall?
For if I listen carefully,
Tis then, I hear God's call.
Never will you be left alone,
So rest peacefully this night.
And with that thought I'll go to sleep;
Reassurance replaces fright.
The moon and starlight never cease
To remind us of His care.
The heavens declare His glory.
His mercy is everywhere.
Let no more doubts or fears arise
When the shafows of life grow longer.
God carries us in our weaakest moments
To make our faith grow stronger.


December 07, 2009 - Msg 76491:
Thanks Tom, great poem!
Today we have the pewter skies here. The clouds are hanging so low that you can almost reach up and touch em.
Thanks BOO, I'll check out your wall and photos.
Hey to Pappabear. Keep warm in that teeny PO Box! OK, I recycled that joke! ha
Get the skis on the brown truck. Spot,tune up the engine for the polar run!
Big Maude, do they have a CD of Smokey Mt Christmas?
Pastor reminded us yesterday of how important caring for the poor really is to God. The main thing he'll ask at the final judgement is...
"when I was hungry, did you give me to eat...etc." (Matt 25:31-46) In that passage, it actually is THE thing that separates Kingdom Inheritors from non-inheritors!! Powerful stuff!
Prayers continue for all situations.
love ya

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76492: to romeena the episode that the saying at the top of the page comes from

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76493:
To the Poster of message 76492. Since Romeena is under the weather a bit, I'll answer that one for ya. The "saying" up there is just that, a saying; and it isnt really from any particular episode. So many eps had scenes on the front porch that Alan, our site moderator, just came up with that sentence as a "composite" of what might be said during a typical gathering on Andy's front porch. Hope that helps because now I'M totally confused! ha

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76494: Thank you, MDC, for that response. I feel so rotten I doubt I could put a coherent thought together. Whoever you are, give yourself a name and come and join us. Our porch is expandable, isn't that cool? I have an appointment with my doctor at 4:15, primarily for a swab to make sure it's not swine flu, but I really think it's just a particularly nasty cold. Then I'll stop at the grocery store for a few needed items (I'm almost out of Starr's food) then back home. I got tonight off at work, they moved me to Wednesday night where there was a hole in the staffing, but right now, I don't know if I'll even make that. I feel awful! (Whiiiiiinnnnne!)

Well, gotta run. My hair is still wet, appointment is in thirty minutes, and I'm not going out in that cold with wet hair, so had better get busy. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76495: Good evening everyone Ro, I hope you are feeling better and hopefully the Dr will just tell you it's a cold and nothing more serious. Lucy, I'm in the mountains of NC, seems like we have two seasons, summer and winter hardly anything in between lol. Well I've got some spaghetti and meatballs on for tonight and some garlic bread. Ya'll come on over, I put this secret ingredient in my sauce, it's called oregeno supposed to be good stuff ;) Best get at it--Salty Dog

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76496: Ha! I made spaghetti tonight too,Salty! With the secret ingredient,no less!

Y'all are all invited to my rock for the 2nd spaghetti supper- who'll cook the third?!

Ok,Boo,I'll just chalk it up to the old "shrinking ovaries" syndrome! I still think I was stupid,though- stood right there over the weekend,counted my pills out,and was sure I had enough until midweek.Then I remembered I take 2 a day and had counted wrong! Oh well.. got my refill & shopped for Laci's Christmas gifts.

Snow? Cold? Let me give y'all the latest on my Wyoming folks- it's been snowing there since Sunday with a wind chill of -15 degrees! I think the high tomorrow is 2 degrees! My sister is loving it though-we'll see how she feels about snow around April or May!

Ro,sorry you feel so crummy. Hope you shake it off soon!

Boo, what concerns me about Asa is the fact that he posted & told us about his daughter being induced,a new grandson on the way,etc.Wouldn't you think he'd be back online with some news? I am praying that nothing's wrong,and that he's just busy. Or maybe his computer is down.

Well,better scoot- y'all have a nice evening. Love to you too,Boo and everybody!
possum again

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76497: Now,I didn't buy Laci's gifts out of the Pharmacy section of Walmart! Just re-read that and realized that's how it sounded! Ha!

possum once more

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76498: Possum getting old(naw);)..Romeena where is that County Nurse when you need her...Asa?...Me-They bet yer getting snow..Boo house pics?..Possum I will check my mail..hello Lucy!!we are gona get rain tomorrow supper on me...Country fried cube steak(pounded) with good white gravy,those little red taters cut in half and garlic roasted,greembeans,asparaugs tips with melted butter...rolls (kinda brown on top) with real butter Maude SLAW and Boo tea and My newspaper!!...prayers to all Rev will have you a plate on the way yer dvd's out and ready for the gatlinburg trip!!good Mountian travlin music!....prayers...SPOT

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76499: Hi, porch. I'm home from the doctor, and a side trip to the grocery store. Had to do that, Starr was almost out of Beneful, and we can't have that! Anyway, the doc said it was just "crud", not the flu, and put me on a Z-pack, so I should be fine. Will be back to work on Wednesday night.

We have had a light misty rain (cold!) and of course, my twinkles in the front yard are out and half the icicles are out as well - two GFCIs are tripped. I'm telling you, more than five drops of rain, and out it goes! However, everything is still working in the back yard. There was one connection that I had long suspected might be the culprit. I turned a bucket upside down over it, and so far, it's working. I wonder if that connection is thinking under there??

Well, gotta get into something soft and snuggly, feed little Starr, and settle down with some supper and a TAGS DVD. Maybe I'll watch the Christmas ep. Yep, that's the plan.... --Romeena

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76500: Ro yer ept is on TV land!

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76501:
Hey Folks

Romeena-Glad to hear you got a handle on that rotten bug.

possum-I have to agree with your sister. We get between 200 to 300 inches of snow a winter here and dip down into the -20's a few times and I love it. I must admit I do love the Springtime too.

BTW pitchers and catchers report in 67 days.


December 07, 2009 - Msg 76502: Romeena, you get yourself better, ya hear?!

Tom, I am with you. I can do without the cold and snow this year. And we are supposed to get a whopper of a storm tomorrow afternoon, lasting until the Wednesday afternoon or evening.
I am glad I don't work tomorrow, because I would hate to drive the 45 minutes home in a blizzard. Though I may be driving it to work on Wednesday. Unless of course they close up shop.
Which will never happen, as I work at a casino, and neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night shall stop people from satisfying the sin of greed. Unfortunately.
Here's to finding a good job in town. :)

-Sterling Holobyte

December 07, 2009 - Msg 76503:
Hello porch family.....back from my FL trip. The concerts went great.

Gotta read the archives.
Love and prayers for all our porch family!

December 08, 2009 - Msg 76504: Welcome home Rev...SPOT

December 08, 2009 - Msg 76505: Glad you are home safe and sound, Rev.

Hey Spot, hope you are doing well.

-Sterling Holobyte

December 08, 2009 - Msg 76506: Well hello there Sterling my friend...well its a mere 5:15 am Tue. morning..I will get breakfast for yall before I head home to snooze at 6...will keep the coffee simmering..bisquits and your choice of meat(ham,sausage,hot links,tenderloin) eggs,cheese,coffee,milk,oj...hall get one for the road but only if yer a passenger....prayers and will holler at 2....your porch dog SPOT

December 08, 2009 - Msg 76507: Hey Me-They, I did get your reply, thanks and I typed up a nice reply and right near the end of it, my computer just shut down for now reason and I lost it! Will try again today.:-) You got snow...I am trying very hard not too get jealous, Brother!

Lucy, Nick pinched Bryson until he bled?! That makes me mad. You should have held Nick down and pinched him back. There is no excuse for that kind of thing. I really don't understand how your grandmother could respond that way. I know some folks get old and cranky but its not excuse to treat a child that way.

TOM, I loved that poem. I think I am going to copy it and frame it...maybe set it next to my bed. Sometimes I have trouble not getting afraid at night when I lie down and have time to think. My mind wanders to the problems and questions about the future.

Glad you had a great time, Maude!

Stay warm, Auh2o.

Speaking of caring for the poor, MDC, it has been a stretch dealing with Michelle this week! I have to keep praying for a right attitude. She ended up in the ER yesterday feeling sick because she drank bleach water. While she was in Dallas and feeling low, she went out with an old friend and smoked. Now she is afraid she won't pass the drug test for job corps. It was 2 weeks ago but they say it can stay in your system for up to 60 days. Someone told her that if she drank bleach water it would take the marajuana out of her system! She is ok, but when I talked to her last night she was hungry and had no food. She has no money left and her rent is due again on the 9th. She doesn't actually go to San Marcos for job corps until the end of the month or early January. So, I am going to try to contact an organization today in San Marcos that might take her in until job corps can. I guess i will have to take her some groceries, too. She was doing ok until she made the mistake of going to Dalls because when she did that she lost her caseworker here, interrupted her job, which hired her back but has not called her out to any jobs yet. It is one of those situations where you get involved with someone and end up taking on a bigger committment than you thought. I am going to try to get her to San Marcos and then hopefully, she will be able to stand on her own and not get into trouble, but if she messes up and gets back involved with drinking or drugs, I can't help her because I will just be enabling her. We'll see what happens. Prayers appreciated.

Busy day today. Have to take mom to see the cardiologist that specializes in the electrical conduction of the heart. She hasn't been doing very well the last couple of weeks and is not wanting to get out of the house at all. Hope this doc can help her.

Gotta rush Erin to school...


December 08, 2009 - Msg 76508:
Spot, please pound my steak good like they do at Morelli's! ha

December 08, 2009 - Msg 76509: Good grief, Boo! Michelle drank bleach water?? Isn't that just amazing? A dumb kid won't listen when caring adults tell her that pot and other drugs are bad for her, she goes ahead and uses them anyway, because in her mind you don't know what you're talking about. Then when the consequences are coming at her, she listens to and believes some idiot who tells her to drink bleach!

OK, I'm going to do a little ranting here, and I realize I'm going to sound harsh and uncaring, but the fact is, you can't fix stupid. This girl is 18, going on six. Now before anyone tells me, I know she has had a terrible path in life, no advantages, lots of abuses, no example of good choices, etc. She has, however, had lots of examples of the consequences of bad choices, in the lives of those around her and in her own as well. A negative example can be as helpful as a positive one, sometimes more so. You learn more from touching a hot stove than you do from watching people avoid it. One would think that when someone like Boo comes along and throws her a lifeline, she would grab it and hang on, and solidly turn her back on the bad choices. But does she? Noooo - she goes out with friends, smokes pot and then drinks bleach in a stupid attempt to remove the evidence from her blood. Then she calls Boo to come clean up her mess, yet again. As I said, you can't fix stupid.

Boo, you're doomed to disappointment and heartache when you keep fooling with someone like her. I know, I sound like Scrooge. "Are there no workhouses? Are there no prisons?" I don't mean it that way. These days there are agencies and organizations that are genuinely dedicated to trying to help someone like Michelle. Some people build on the help they receive and go on to live a productive life. Some even manage to do it without any help. And some just keep taking, and taking, and taking. I know she's about to age out of the system, and that's going to make it tougher, but there are still women's shelters and places she can go. It's time she stood on her own two feet.


December 08, 2009 - Msg 76510:
Boo--I know you are doing your best with Michelle, but there is also CHOICES involved on her part and, let's face it, she is making some really STUPID ones. There are the genuine poor and then there are others like her who could walk into any whataburger or McD's and quite certainly get a job.
I know i sound callous, but she needs to be told that. Tough love is very important in such a situation. In hindsight (which is always 20/20), perhaps you should have told her that going back to dope would mean a cut-off of your help, or something like that. With no guidelines, and her thinking that you will just "buy her groceries" etc, is not a good set up. My prayers continue, but there is a point where she has to take responsibility for her own actions and suffer the consequences of those actions. I realise that I am a third party removed, but those are just some thoughts.
God bless you,

December 08, 2009 - Msg 76511:
oops, didnt see ya there Ro.

December 08, 2009 - Msg 76512: There's more....

I may have shared this story with y'all before, but here it is again. My pastor, when we lived in Springfield, was a feisty little guy who seemingly feared nothing. He preached the gospel, full and true, and he went out visiting two mornings a week, into some very inhospitable places sometimes. He always took one of the deacons with him, and my Dale was often chosen, probably because of his impressive size. In the course of those trips, Dale learned a lot about Bro. Tom's background. I may not have the details right, but as I recall he had an alcoholic, runaway father and a drug-addicted mother who died when he was small and left him in the care of grandparents who didn't want him, but had to take him, and basically used him for a farm hand. The grandmother was a frightened little woman, and the grandfather was abusive. So abusive that in one of Bro. Tom's many beatings, he received an injury to his back and hip that left him with a permanent limp (which he managed to modify into a sort of swagger) and he couldn't walk without a cane. Still, this youngster would slip away and attend services at a little nearby church. As soon as he could, he left his grandparents' home, got a menial job somewhere and became self-supporting. He put himself through seminary, and eventually built up a church that became a beacon of truth in Springfield, MO. So, it's not your circumstances that matters so much as how you meet them and deal with them.


December 08, 2009 - Msg 76513: and still more...

Right on, MDC. Apparently we think alike.

Boo, Michelle will forever be standing with her hand out, waiting for you or someone like you to "help." If you drop her, she won't fall far. She'll find someone else to lean on. Or she may just melt down and deconstruct completely, and that will be sad, but it will not be your fault. It's a choice she will make, just as she has made others.

This is why Socialism doesn't work - there are too many like Michelle, who are willing to take, but not willing to do what is required in order to make themselves into one who can give back instead. It all sounds so noble - the wealthy sharing with the poor, but it never works, not when it's legislated. There are too many "poor" who are quick to receive, even demand, but offer them a chance to earn for themselves, and they vanish. Opie and his Merry Men learned that lesson, as I recall.

Voluntary sharing, not to be confused with the forced sharing of Socialism, does work. We all do our bit - I have a big box of groceries sitting in my kitchen right now, which I will take to our local food pantry. I'll take some canned goods to the drives at church and at work. I've been cleaning out closets and giving away clothes to some women I know who can use them. Today I'll buy a little warm jacket and give it to our local crossing-guard "coat drive". They hand them out to kids they see who have no coats. My church has a benevolence ministry. I've slipped a $20 bill into the purse of a SS class member when she wasn't looking, because I knew she needed it. I pay my taxes. I give to local charities. I carry bottled water and packages of cheese crackers in my car and hand them to the panhandlers on the corner. Mostly I get a snarl in return. You can't buy drugs with bottled water and cheese crackers.

I don't mean to be patting myself on the back - we all do those things. God has prospered me, and I can do no less. My point is that help is there for those who truly need and deserve it, but sooner or later, the best way to help someone is to make them do for themselves. "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime."

God bless you, Boo, for your loving and generous heart and for the things you do. However, please know that you can't save the world, and no one can help those who won't help themselves.

Be blessed. --Romeena

December 08, 2009 - Msg 76514: Good Tuesday Porch. Just checking in for a minute. Cool, rainy and supposed to be very windy this evening on my end of the porch. Work has kind of slowed down this week, folks must have better things to do. :)

MDC, I don't think there is a CD of the music from Smokey Mountain Christmas. Since it is a live show at Dollywood they may not have CD's available as it would discourage folks from paying the admission price to go. My friend and I have gone every Christmas for the past 8-10 years. it is pretty much the same shows but we enjoy the lights and music as well as our girls day out. CD's would be a good idea though.

Romeena, I totally agree with your post above. Hope you are feeling better today.

Since it looks like I missed breakfast and lunch, I will rustle up some supper: fried chicken with crunchy crust, mashed potatoes with gravy, peas, fried squash, SLAW, yeast rolls, carrot cake, tea, lemonade to drink.

see you at supper. Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

December 08, 2009 - Msg 76515:
BOO- I hope you don't think that we are "ganging up" on you. Just wanted to let you know that RO and I did our posts completely independent of each other's thoughts or postings. And, I guess I should add that I am speaking from EXPERIENCE also. I have been in similar circumstances as you are right now, with a good deed going a bit arwy. Also, besides Opie's hobo, there was also Mr Wheeler, the Elixer man, ROGER, etc from TAGS who took advantage of ones good intentions. Now, we could all say WWJD, and yes, he would have helped her, but people often forget the "rest of the story." For example, with the woman caught in adultry, he ended it with, "now go and dont commit this sin anymore!"
So, all I am trying to say is, yes, it was good of you to help her, but even as you said "if she messes up again with the drugs, I cant help her."
SHE should be calling San Marcos. Give her the phone number and if she wants the help, she'll make the call. OK, I'll slide my Hyde Park soapbox back under my rocker, and just set a spell. Love ya,