December 11, 2009 - Msg 76590: You can get those Andy Williams Christmas specials on CD, MDC. Try Amazon or just google them. I have seen them on sale before.

I am terrified about the conference today. Lord please protect this country.

Funny you should mention that "teachable moment" Rom. Many times when Erin tells me that someone said this or that about her, my first response is "Well are you a _?" and everytime i say it, I am picturing Patricia Neal's face saying that. Funny how something like that would make such an impression on me still.

Ro does that quote have anything to do with VICKS? If it doesn't, it should! ha...glad you are feeling better.


December 11, 2009 - Msg 76591: How about this one? "There's no singing at the North Pole!"


December 11, 2009 - Msg 76592: Hi All.
Will the sun out for now hope it warm up more.
Will I can not find season 7 of the Andy Griffith, I have 1,2,3,4,5,6, and 8


December 11, 2009 - Msg 76593:

Boo-Yes there is!

December 11, 2009 - Msg 76594: Boo, I wonder how many mothers have used that, with Patricia Neal in mind? She was great in that role. And no, my quote has nothing to do with Vicks! And nothing to do with Christmas either. It's just such a funny scene, and the actor delivered the line with such enthusiasm, it just makes me laugh every time I think about it.

Just got back from the grocery store, now the ugly part begins - hauling it all in the house and trying to find a place to put things. I don't mind shopping, but I hate putting it all away.

Guess I'll bake cookies tonight. I had wanted to go to dinner at a restaurant that Eloise and I found, but can't find anyone to go. Eloise's sister is in town, another friend has gone to Houston. All my other running buddies are in the church choir, and they are rehearsing tonight for the Christmas program. I used to be in the choir, but dropped out after Dale passed, and just have no call to rejoin. Nothing negative, it's just not there anymore.

Well, got to run to the bank. The realtor finally showed up with my rent checks and I need to get them deposited. I'll take Starr with me. The poor little thing was devastated when I left for the grocery store, trembling and swallowing hard, so I'll take her this time. They always send her a treat from the drive-thru window, and call her by name, so she gets all excited. My favorite teller actually choked up and cried a little when I had to tell her that I had lost Sugarplum. She had known her for years.

Well, off I go. Be blessed! --Romeena

December 11, 2009 - Msg 76595:
Ro, I heard you were runnin with DON!! teehee
Prayers indeed BOO.


December 11, 2009 - Msg 76596:
And good sweep boo. looks like a new porch!!

December 11, 2009 - Msg 76597:
Here's a good one on authority over the evil ones that i heard from a radio preacher. It just makes so much sense. Jesus said: "I give you full authority..." So think of it this way. When the power is out and we approach an intersection, a policeman raises his hand and we stop, he waves his hand back and forth and we go. Why? because he has the AUTHORITY to do that, and we do what he tells us to do. So when we speak God's authority over the evil ones, they do what we say because they submit to that authority.
Thank you Lord Jesus!

December 11, 2009 - Msg 76598: That makes sense, MDC.:-)

Ro's not runnin' with DON, I'm runnin' with wouldn't you know his name would be "DON"?!


December 11, 2009 - Msg 76599: I am still trying to figure out the quote about the big hole. What on earth is that from? I give up.


December 11, 2009 - Msg 76600:
A quick, Hey!

We're at about 25 inches of snow so far. Still snowing pretty heavy.

Boo-That's from "Elf"

"The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear." Buddy the elf.


December 11, 2009 - Msg 76601: 25 inches of snow? Good grief!

Boo,you mean I can "run with" spot all by myself now that you're running with Don?! Who'll protect me from Miss Sherry? Ha!

Speaking of Patricia Neal in "The Homecoming",don't you love the part where she goes up to John Boy's room and he's got the door locked? " Are you smoking cigarettes up here?" - Classic!
I have a tradition of watching "The Homecoming " on Christmas night,but don't know if I can last until then-I gotta "help" John-Boy find his Daddy!
Y'all have a good evening-love to all!

December 11, 2009 - Msg 76602: That's a lot of snow auh2o. Keep warm buddy.

Boo, the "wow, what a hole" quote is from Home Alone 2.

What's your favorite Christmas song? I think mine is O Holy Night. Love it. Mannheim Steamrollers version of it is fantastic.


December 12, 2009 - Msg 76603: You're right, Auh2o. It was from "Elf". Stay warm and safe!

Hey Possum. You are making me want to see "The Homecoming".

Asa, we watched "Prancer" tonight. It's not really one of my favorites but Bruce was watching it. I would have to say that my favorite Christmas song would have to be "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" because I love the verses to it. I also love the verses to "O Holy Night". I rather like "I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas" too. ;-)

See ya in the morning, gang. I hear my nice soft bed calling me....


December 12, 2009 - Msg 76604: Ahhh, Christmas carols. How does one choose a favorite? "Silent Night", of course, is probably everyone's favorite, or at least in the top three or so. I also love "O Come all ye Faithful", because it has an interesting alto part, and because I know it in Latin as well as English. We sang it in Latin once in one of our choir's pageants, and of course, no music was permitted, so we had to commit it to memory. I loved it! It just seems so, well, Christmassy in Latin,

My dear DIL sent me a copy of Andrea Bocelli's 2009 Christmas DVD, and it's absolutely thrilling. What a voice that man has, what a gift! Just when you think he's giving it his all, he climbs another octave and holds it for about another minute. What control he has! God may have allowed him to lose his sight, but He certainly made up for it with his music. Maybe if he hadn't been blind, he would have been distracted and wouldn't have developed his musical talent to that extent, who knows?

Since no one seems inclined to guess at the quote I mentioned, it was Ensign Pulver in "Mr. Roberts", when he blew up the laundry room with the fulminate of mercury. You see nothing but a wall of suds, then Jack Lemmon comes staggering out of it, covered with suds, and yelling "Geez, that stuff's terrific!" Speaking of terrific, Jack Lemmon was - terrific, I mean. One of the best.

Yep, Boo, my bed is calling me, too. I never climb into that bed without thanking God for it - it is so comfortable! I hope I never take it for granted.

Well, I'm off to that bed. Starr has been giving me little hints for about ten minutes now. She's like the Plum, she does enjoy a comfy bed and a good night's sleep. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

December 12, 2009 - Msg 76605:
Morning Porch

Blue sky's and sun today! We ended up with about 3 feet of the fun stuff.

The thruway was closed for 13 hours yesterday with some people stuck there the whole time, from 7 am until 10pm, in a blizzard. And, guess what was waiting for them... yup, their toll. Don't ya just love the compassion and love that "The Village" has. It takes a Village... to pillage.

Boo & Asa- We were holed up as snug as a bug in a rug, decorating the tree, watching and we even made some homemade hot chocolate... yuck. Anyone have a good recipe for hot cocoa. So far, I still like the packets best.

Romeena-Sorry, I should have told ya I was stumped.

Asa-You're right about Mannheim Steamrollers but I have to agree with Ro, for me, it's "Silent Night." However, I do love "Wizards in Winter" by Trans-Siberian Orchestra.


December 12, 2009 - Msg 76606: OMGosh, I have got to have that DVD...hope I can find it in time for Christmas, RO! Do you know where your DIL got it? I love him.

Ro, I am the same way about my bed. I thank God so many times for a comfortable, warm place to lay my head every night. It is a tremendous blessing when you think of so many in world who don't have that blessing...even Christ himself when he was here.

"It takes a pillage"...haha...that's great Auh2o. I'm so glad you are coming back to the porch more often. You are just a great guy.

Better go...things to do. The electricians are putting up the lights in the house and, well, I am having a little problem with something. Ya'll are really gonna laugh at this one and I will probably never hear the end of it but alot of the lights we selected are the kind that attach to the ceiling and kind of look like a bowl with a little round thing at the bottom. The crazy thing is that they are white and the little round thing at the bottom is dark bronze. Well, everytime i see those things, I am thinking they look like boobies hanging from the ceiling! Now no horrible comments about Freud, you guys because I am as straight as an arrow, believe me. I just hate it but it is too late to change them now. Am I totally crazy or does anyone know what I am talking about?


December 12, 2009 - Msg 76607: I have a feeling I am really gonna be sorry I shared that...


December 12, 2009 - Msg 76608: Ha Ha,Boo,you have a great imagination!why can't you change them now?It can't cost that much to change the look of the light.Even it they just changed the bronze fixture on the end it would alter the look and might not be so disturbing to you.Whoo,3 ft of snow is too much for me.I'm griping because we have 26 degrees and the puddles are frozen.Ok well possum,I guess i'm runnin with Spot too,we definitley have to watch out for Miss Sherry!Only kidding Spot.Tom,I got your x-mas card,thank you,I'll get mine sent to you on Monday.Did you send out the x-mas card lists yet Ro?Just wondering,I haven't received one yet.Well,back to studying,finals next week.Take care all-ky girl

December 12, 2009 - Msg 76609: just out of curiosity,have any of you heard the christmas song for kids"Dominic the Donkey"?when I saw Boos' comment on "I want a hippopotamus for christmas" I thought of it.-ky girl

December 12, 2009 - Msg 76610: KY Girl, you don't even want to know what "KY" girl makes me think of!! HAHA...what is my problem?! No, I don't think I can fix the lights right now but I will one of these days. We are going nuts trying to get things finished up. I am sure I will get used to the lights and won't notice them after awhile.

Ro hasn't sent out the card list yet. She will probably do it this weekend.

Never heard of Dominic the Donkey...


December 12, 2009 - Msg 76611: Geez, KYGirl, I wish I hadn't posted that because now you will probably want to change your name. Sorry! I am starting to hope not many people mosey onto the porch today to read my embarrassing comments...


December 12, 2009 - Msg 76612: Hi All.
It look like a nice warm day is the 30 deg.
Ky Girl you are welcame .
Boo go to YouTube to see the Dominic the Donkey.
Now I have to see if I can fined season 7 of the Andy Griffith .


December 12, 2009 - Msg 76613: Boo, I know exactly what you are talking about, I saw those things in Lowes and thought the same thing! Well, we are under yet another winter weather advisory tonight, until six in the morning I'm hoping the temperatures stay up enough so it just rains. Was hoping to get my shopping done tomorrow. Hope you all have a great day, goin to my hubby's company dinner tonight and hoping the weather holds off until we get back home. Ya'll stay safe and warm--Salty Dog

December 12, 2009 - Msg 76614: LOL@ Boo! Well,I won't be thinking "Kentucky" anymore-ha! Sorry,ky girl! Boo started it! You can still run with me & spot,though. I need somebody to help me keep an eye out for Miss Sherry!

Tom,I got your Christmas card today-very pretty.Thank you!Tom,have you checked on for the 7th season? Seems like they would have it. Or maybe you might find a better price there.

Favorite Christmas song? I think it would have to be " O Holy Night".

Y'all take care-stay warm!
possum under a rock

December 12, 2009 - Msg 76615: Tom, I just checked They have it (7th season) for $20.78.

possum again

December 12, 2009 - Msg 76616: ok possum,I'll help you keep an eye out for Miss Sherry.That is too funny Possum and Boo about my name!Don't worry Boo,I won't be changing my name!You know possum and Boo,we need to go out to the Gigolo club in Yancey tonight.You two are in such a good mood,we won't even have to bring a bottle.I'll be ready in about an hour.Wonder who has my dangly earrings?-ky girl

December 12, 2009 - Msg 76617: oh that's right,Toy Starre wore them last time,wonder if Romeena can find them for me-ky girl

December 12, 2009 - Msg 76618: Tom, I just checked Weaver's Store, and Season 7 is out of stock there, and it would cost more if they had it. So looks like is your best bet.

I've got my grandsons, my son and DIL are having their annual Christmas party for their neighborhood and church friends, so they're busy getting ready for that. I've got the boys now, but Eloise will pick them up after a while and they'll stay with her tonight. Good little fellows - they're just sitting at the kitchen table coloring and playing with Legos. Now and then a scuffle will break out, but a word from me will cool it off pretty quick.

I had one section of my icicle lights out, and wasn't able to fix them with my little gun. I mentioned it to my son though, and he knows about another function that gun possesses. He went out and turned the lights on, messed with them a minute, then shot the circuit with the tool and the lights came on. Amazing.

I got my scattermix made last night (known as nuts and bolts to some people, or "trash" to others) and it's good. I made about a tubful, so sent some home with my son for his party. Tonight I'm going to get cookies made, and then that takes care of that. Seems like things have gotten done in a much more timely manner this year, there are still 13 days until Christmas, and it all seems so much less hectic than usual. I don't know why, except maybe it's because David got the lights up a week earlier than usual, and I got the tree up and done early. Also, I bit the bullet and paid Jorge and Maria to clean the house really good before Thanksgiving, so I'm not fighting that right now, all worn out and crabby. Whatever the reason, I'm grateful, because I'm really enjoying this Christmas season. Got good music in the car, I've discovered channel 949 on Dish Network, so have carols playing softly in the bedroom all night (makes for good sleeping), and have a good mix on the CD player in the living room too. Also, for some reason, this year the grief and "blues" that I usually have to fight during the holidays didn't last long. I guess time truly does heal, eventually.

Well, better go check on the boys. They're a little TOO quiet! (heehee) Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

December 12, 2009 - Msg 76619: Hey, Ky girl, I looked in Starr's toy box, and sure enough, there were your earrings. Stop by on your way to the Gigolo Club, and I'll give them to you. Maybe I'll have some cookies ready to share by then, too. --Romeena

December 12, 2009 - Msg 76620: ok favorite christmas song is "o holy night".And the reason I asked about Dominic the Donkey is because we had it on a test last week for bonus points.The reason Santa uses Dominic the donkey is because the hills in Italy are so steep,it's hard for Santas reindeer to get over the mountains so he uses Dominic to deliver the presents.It is a polka song my teacher said,I have never heard it.Anyone want to borrow a 14 yr old and a 6 yr old for the night?My 14 yr old daughter and my 6 yr old grandaughter are arguing over a connect 4 game,and anything else they can find to argue about right now.-ky girl

December 12, 2009 - Msg 76621: Ok,let's head out to the Gigolo Club! Hey,since Spot's up in the mountains in Miss Sherry's camaro,his truck is parked over at his doghouse. It's just sitting there all alone,so..
Boo,you know anything about hotwiring a vehicle,girl?
Ky girl,can I wear your fancy skirt with the martini glasses on it,or you gonna wear it to preaching in the morning?
Ok,let's all meet over at spot's.He won't mind if we "borrow" his truck-heck,let's take the camper too! That way Ro and her grandkids can come along for the ride- Whoo Hoo!!
possum under a rock

December 12, 2009 - Msg 76622: Ky girl, I'm sure I am the only one who thought that about your name and I think I know why. Remember that I worked as an OB nurse for 13 years and we used alot of KY, so it was a very common word for me over the years. Naturally the first time (and every time since) when I see KY Girl, I make that mental connection. Just wanted to explain so you all wouldn't think i was some kind of "pree-vert", as Archie Bunker would say.

Alright, let's go to Yancey Possum and KY. I'll'll have to fight over shotgun, I guess.

We always called it "Trash" Ro. Love the stuff but haven't had it since mom had her stroke. It was one of the things we could always count on at Christmas..that and her fudge with pecans. Wow, talk about good!

I wanted to pass on a tip that I heard about on the local Christmas radio station. A woman was talking about an easy way to bake brownies. She said instead of baking them in a square pan, bake them in muffin tins. I tried this last night and it worked wonderfully. I made some for the annual ladie's Christmas party at church tomorrow. I also made some royal icing using meringue powder and it turned out great. I iced the round brownied with a liberal amount of white icing and then sprinkled them with sugar crystals...if you don't have some of those, get them. They are made by Wilton and look so pretty on holiday desserts! My brownies look like little snowballs. So cute. The meringue powder is expensive but it sure makes perfect icing that hardens so it doesn't get messed up after it dries.

I think I will go to Youtube to watch Dominic the Donkey. Thanks for the tip, TOM.


December 12, 2009 - Msg 76623: Well hey there, Possum...we were posting at the same time. I know how to hotwire a car so we cant steal SPOT's truck, I guess. See ya at SPOT's...bring a flashlight and a ski mask.


December 12, 2009 - Msg 76624: Huh? What're you saying,Boo? You can hotwire a car,but not a truck? Or is that a typo? I think you know how,but you're just afraid to,so..

possum again

December 12, 2009 - Msg 76625: Oh hey, I wanted to share a really easy and very good fudge recipe i tried this evening. Here it is:

1/2 C of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 C of milk chocolate chips
1 (14 oz) can of condensed milk
1/4 C of butter (half a stick)
1/2-1C of chopped pecans if desired

Put choc chips, condensed milk and butter in a large microwavable bowl and microwave on 50% power for about 4 minutes. Stir until chips are completely melted and all well combined. Stir in pecans and spread into a 8"x8" pan and refrigerate until firm. You can make it using all semi-sweet chocolate if you prefer or you can substitute peanut butter chips to make peanut butter fundge, or white chips with crushed peppermint or coconut...lots of versatility and takes about 5 minutes to make. Try it!


December 12, 2009 - Msg 76626: Alright Possum, no need to go to the "triple dog dare". I can hotwire a truck, too. It all works the same, Blondie. ;-)


December 12, 2009 - Msg 76627: Wait a minute...I made a typo...the recipe above calls for 1 1/2 cups of semi-sweet chips and 1 1/2 cups of milk chocolate chips (NOT 1/2 of each). Sorry.


December 13, 2009 - Msg 76628: Good evening, porch! Now just a minute, I don't want to get involved in any hot-wiring of any truck! I've got Toye Starr's proper upbringing to consider! As for the grandsons, they're over at Eloise's now, so they're no problem. Hmmm - maybe I could just put Starr in my big old purse so she can't see what's going on.

That fudge sounds great, Boo. I've got a fudge recipe that's very good also, and very different. It involves Velveeta cheese, of all things. Anybody that wants it, let me know and I'll email it to you. It's too long to print it here.

Well, I got the fruit and nut cookies made - huge recipe, takes all evening just to get them baked. I still have the pretty little "sand tarts" to make - traditional with my family. It's a simple shortbread dough with very finely chopped pecans in it, and they're rolled and cut, and decorated with colored sugar. Wonderful! My mom always made them, I learned from her, and have made them almost every Christmas since I was married. The first three years or so after Dale passed, I didn't make them - just couldn't bring myself to try, but I'm past that now. Anyhow, I've got the butter sitting out to soften, so will make them tomorrow after church, I guess. Then I think that will be all the baking.

My mother used to make a white fruit cake that was absolutely over-the-top delicious. I know, fruit cakes are always a big joke, but truly, this thing was scrumptious. It was mostly fruit and nuts, and the little bit of cake that held it together was white. The fruit was mostly pineapple and cherries, none of the bitter dried fruit peels and such. The sad thing is, I don't have her recipe. She lost the written recipe many years ago, but still made it from memory. She just never wrote it down again, and never taught me. Too bad, because it really was delicious.

Well, guess I'll head for bed. Preaching starts at 8:15 in the morning. Too early if you ask me, but no one did, so I guess I'll just have to be there. Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

December 13, 2009 - Msg 76629: My goodness! It suddenly occurred to me that all the searches for that white fruit cake recipe had taken place before Mr. Gore invented the internet, so I did a quick little Google of "white fruit cake." There were several very likely-looking results, and one is very promising. From the little I remember about my mom making that cake, this recipe looks very familiar. So, guess what. I think I'm going to make it and find out. If it's the right recipe, I'll be a heroine to some of my family, because everyone has mourned the loss of that recipe. I'll stop by the store on the way home tomorrow and get the stuff. It takes a pound each of candied pineapple and candied cherries. Everything else I've got. I really hope this is the right recipe. There was a picture, and it looked a lot like it. It is soooo good! --Romeena

December 13, 2009 - Msg 76630: I have seen that Velveeta cheese recipe, Ro and I think it should be available online. I don't know that I have ever had it, though. You are bringing back such memories, Ro...sand mom made them every Christmas (but sprinkled them with powdered sugar) and again, haven't had them for over 10 years, since her stroke. My mom could cook up a storm before that and it was great coming to her house to a warm fire and some wonderful smells coming from the kitchen. I know she lives for those memories now and still grieves that she can no longer serve her family that way but has to BE served now. Her situation often makes me very thankful that I can still take care of my family. Ro, maybe you wouldn't mind passing that sand tart recipe my way..pretty please? I think I will surprise mom with some next week. :-) I found her some old-fashioned ribbon christmas candy this week and I know she will love that. She said they always had it when she was a kid at Christmas...that and oranges. For a miner's family in west virginia, that was a real treat. My mom's family had very little in the way of material blessings but she had a very happy childhood, growing up with her siblings and two good parents. Her mom was about the sweetest woman that ever drew breath and she took good care of her children.

You know, when i think of the stories i have heard about the hardships my grandparents endured and triumphed over, I wonder about this present generation and how they would fare. Recently my Dad was talking to me about the day his dad died when he was 14. I have talked about this before, but he told me something he hadn't before. He said he remembered that when his dad died from the heart attack, he was in the backyard and he remembers his mother running outside and passing out when she saw what had happend to his father. He said that the first words she said when she regained consiousness was "What will I do?". Being a widow in the 30's with four children was a terrible thing. No welfare, food stamps or government help. She managed to raise those boys well, even through the depression, owned her own little general store and even built a nice home for them in Bangs, TX. She had two sons serve in WW2 and both came back in one piece. What a life she must have had. I remember her a a woman of grace and strength. She died when i was very young, though, and I regret not getting to know her for longer.

Well, better get ready for preachin'...just an update: Michelle was supposed to be baptized this morning but has strep throat. She did real well last week, otherwise. She passed her drug test for job corps. has followed through on the recruiting process and found a shelter in her area that will take her in if she needs a place during the next few weeks while waiting to be taken to San Marcos. She also went to the courthouse to deal with some outstanding fines she had from when she was on the street. She was told that the judge had signed off on them in Dallas, meaning that there was no warrant involved but that she would have to be on some sort of payment plan to pay off her fines. Thankfully, they were not drug-related charges or I guess she would be in jail. I talked to her about how even though she is trying to live a different life now, the poor decisions of the past will follow her and there is nothing anyone can do about that. They just have to be dealt with if there is any hope of moving on and having a better life. Thank you all for the prayers on her behalf. She continues to have setbacks but her attitude is good right now and she is doing the right things. Please continue to pray that she gets accepted into job corps. without any problems.

December 13, 2009 - Msg 76631: Whoa...that was a long post...


December 13, 2009 - Msg 76632: Mornin' Y'all! Boy,what a time! Spot's truck really has some horsepower-vvrrrooom!
Y'all think he'll notice how muddy we got it? Boo must've hit every mud puddle between spot's doghouse & my rock!

Ro,don't worry-we won't tell that you were out with us last night. Just make sure you get all those specks of mud off of little Toye.Spot might put 2 and 2 together and figure things out!

Sand tarts are delish! I haven't made them in some time. Maybe I will try them this year.

Well,better scoot. Y'all have a nice Sabbath.
possum under a rock

December 13, 2009 - Msg 76633: Good afternoon, porch. I'm home from church, lunch with friends and chasing around to three stores before I finally found everything I needed for that fruit cake. I needed a new angelfood cake pan - mine died the last time I used it. So went to Target and got that. Then to Kroger for the cherries and pineapple. Got the cherries, they were out of pineapple. So on to Tom Thumb, where I found cherries, pineapple and a mix of the two, which would have worked well also. I just got the pineapple. Now I'm full, tired, sleepy and in no mood to make a cake. Maybe later, there's no rush.

Boo, I'll gladly email you that recipe for the sand tarts. I hope it's the same thing you remember. It probably is. The dough can be rolled and cut and dusted with powdered sugar, or sprinkled with colored sugar, as you choose. My mom used to roll it into little balls a bit bigger than marble and bake them, then while still hot, roll them in powdered sugar. Delicious little pop-in-your-mouth tidbits.

I think it's great that you want to make them for your mom. I dealt with a few years when my mom didn't really feel like doing our traditional things either, and she was thrilled when I took it over. I think it confirmed it for her, that the traditions were recognized and loved. She was pleased that I would want to continue it, and I'll just bet your mom will feel the same way.

Don't worry, possum, I brushed all the mud out of Toye Starr's coat. She looks quite innocent, with her huge brown eyes and spotless white fur.

Well, a little rest, a glass of tea, and then I'll see about that cake. Or not. I'm planning to go to the church Christmas presentation at 7 tonight, so the came would have to be finished by then. We'll see.

Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

December 13, 2009 - Msg 76634: Ha! Make that "cake" would have to be finished.... --Romeena

December 13, 2009 - Msg 76635: Hi All.
Will it a rain day here but not to cold.
Ro send me the recipes for the sand tarts and velveta cheese fudgem
Maybe I will git the siss to mak some ,


December 13, 2009 - Msg 76636: Well WE are back safe and sound and ..."wait a mininte" I better go back and read the post...Possum and my truck..I just glanced up and saw that ONE!...HOT WIRED!...let me get this washer going and go see otis....hum...something has been going on...I WILL be back to read the post and get to the bottom of this...;)...........SPOT

December 13, 2009 - Msg 76637: Uh-oh!
Ha Ha Ha
possum under a rock

December 13, 2009 - Msg 76638: The gig is up ladies!We are in trouble now.I thought he was supposed to come home LATE SUNDAY NIGHT!We had it all planned out Spot.But don't worry,we didn't harm anything.Oh,but, are my earrings in there and my skirt with the martini glasses on it?Don't ask questions Spot,just be glad we filled the gas tank back up-ky girl

December 13, 2009 - Msg 76639: Ky girl,did you remember to roll back the odometer on spot's truck? If not,we'd better hope he's not as good as Ernest T. is with math or we're in trouble!
possum again

December 13, 2009 - Msg 76640: Has anybody seen Rudolph yet? Olive's as sorry as she can be.

December 13, 2009 - Msg 76641: Ok I see...when the Cats away the "Ladys will take his truck"!.....I still have not read all of the archives but there will be actions taken...I drove my truck awhile ago and it pulls to the right like many CURBS did yall hit?.....oh-my this is BIG ...I mean really BIG......back in just a minute...wher is My Pills...I need MY pills.....SPOT

December 13, 2009 - Msg 76642: Romeena,I'd like to have the recipes for the sandtarts and fudge made from Velveeta too,if you don't mind sending them to my email.If you get a chance,send me the one for the white fruitcake too,it sounds sooo good.Darn it,possum,I knew I was forgetting something last night!And ,let's let Spot think it was curbs we were hitting last night instead of the two mailboxes and one traffic sign we hit on our way home.I hope he finds his pills before he looks at the camper any closer,cause I'm afraid we may not have gotten all our "friends" from the gigolo club out of there-ky girl

December 13, 2009 - Msg 76643: Possum check yer mail Im still checking into this truck thang....damage Bills will be sent....SPOT

December 13, 2009 - Msg 76644: OK.OK.IM GONE TO THE CAMPER!!SPOT

December 13, 2009 - Msg 76645: What the Heck is all the Christmas Lights strung in a tacky manner ALL over this Camper??...and the DOOR is locked.....somebody has had it....POSSUMMMMM>>>SPOT

December 13, 2009 - Msg 76646:

I once had an extry good fruitcake made with chocolate chips, dates, cherries and pecans. Oh my. Don't have the recipe, though.


December 13, 2009 - Msg 76647: Well. So much for fruitcake, today anyway. I sat down in my big old chair just to "rest" for a few minutes, at about 2:45. Next thing I knew, I woke up and looked at the clock and it was 6:19! The music program at church was at 7:00. So I threw some clothes on (thank goodness for Christmas sweatshirts, they'll go anywhere but a formal dinner party) and blew out of here by 6:30. The Christmas music was beautiful, and I really enjoyed it, but no cake was baked today!

It's now 9 pm, and I don't know whether I want to tackle it this late or not. Maybe I will - certainly I'm well-rested! I can't believe I did that - must have been really tired.

Well, a small furry person is tapping me on the ankle, begging for a cuddle. Guess it's first things first, huh? Who can resist such a sweet little request? REV, is Jake there with you now? If so, I'll bet I know where he is - square in the middle of your lap. Aren't they wonderful?

Well, maybe I'll tackle that cake. Be blessed, everyone. --Romeena

December 13, 2009 - Msg 76648: Evening Family:
Spot: next time you want in the camper PLEASE knock first. For some reason I feel alseep in there last night, and Possum forgot to wake me. I never was rocked and rolled as much as in there!! Kinda made me seasick! Sorry about that Spot. Thanks girls- it really was a hoot.
Got the tree trimmed today. Couldn't go to church, ice storm decided to hit about the time to leave. Spent the morning and afternoon with the kids at home (more to come in a few days) and really enjoyed the time together. It was a real Mayberry morning! Thanks for the cards. Planning on getting mine done shortly. ~New Neighbor

December 13, 2009 - Msg 76649: You must have needed the sleep, Ro. I'm glad you got it.

Calm down, SPOT. All I did was hit a couple of curbs! ;-)

Better hit the hay. Tomorrow is MONDAY and you know how Mondays are...always lots to do. Nighty-night.


December 13, 2009 - Msg 76650: "With the dried berry business being the way it is an' the economy in a slump, it's not easy to jolly up my homestead like in years past. Best I was able to do was have Emmett wire up three sockets together so I could use the three yellow bug lights I got from Bert Miller last August. Not very festive I know, but the "blinker" plug I added sorta' made them more in tune with the holiday season.... best I could do what with the berry business being the way it is." -- -Frank Myers

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76651:
Frank Myers! Hello--just cash in yer bond! ha
BOY, I leave the porch for two days, and you're
all talkin lights that look like boobies, ky, two gals runnin with spot, hot wiring, and sand "tarts'! And Christmas 2 weeks away!! ha
Man is it time for a sweep!
BOO- maybe you can paint the bronze part white
with some heat resistant enamel.
Well, it's late, so I'll turn in. Now be good!! hehee

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76652: Hey MDC, that's exactly what Mike the builder said I should do with the lights when I told him what I thought of them...pretty good idea. The lights in the laundry room are particularly disturbing because there are TWO of them!

It's cool and foggy on the south texas end of the porch. Supposed to warm up today and hopefully dry out so they can lay the concrete for the sidewalks and carport...let's hope.

Better get going. I'll be back later.


December 14, 2009 - Msg 76653: Sorry about that,New Neighbor! I tried to come back & let ya out,but spot's dog Otis came after me,so I got the heck outta there! By the way,Spot- you didn't happen to find a sneaker anywhere on your property did you?!

Let me go check my e-mail-make sure there's nothing in there from spot's lawyers!

possum under a rock

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76654: Made puppy chow and white trash last night as well as peanut blossom cookies. Now I am doing Christmas cards. Ro - can you send me the list, I was very remiss about getting them out last year but now that we have moved, I am ready!!

Maddie did very well with Santa but did leave a present for them at the register. I told Casey to take her out and he didn't get the hint, so she deposited in front of the register. Luckily, no one behind me and they had wipes to clean it up. No harm - no foul, and it was a Tractor Supply, animals are animals (even Maddie - but she doesn't know that!)

Take care - I am going to try your fudge recipe Boo - I have lost mine in the move!


December 14, 2009 - Msg 76655: good morning porch... romeena sounds like starr likes to shop for herself. great sweep boo. homemaker- how do you make whiote trash/? possum- one sip of otis stuff and you would have left everyone behind, ha.. is laci excited this season? boo-great sweep I think we should make you the official sweeper of thwe porch, what do you think? mdc- if you just held that bond last year, the entire town would have done all your chores for you. still trying to get settled. new neighbor sounds like you might need a rest day after all that work. poor spot- ladies take your truck. i hope they customized it and pulled out the ding. oh what fun it is to ride in spots truck more from the ladies of mayberry on your truck at six. merry christmas to one and all. your friendly mayor pappa bear

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76656: anyone seen asa, and all the missing folks? last sighting was dow3n at meyers lake cutting christmas trees. lol pappa bear

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76657:
Possum, you mean Thomas Moody may write ya! ha
Maybe pappabear can organize a good old fashion Camp Meeting for the porch. We can pitch the tent
by boo's barn and get brother Love to do the preachin! Ha, y'all are too much! (:
PB- we're getting the brown truck ready for Christmas eve, so dont end up in the clink with Ben helpin yerself to the evidence!! haha
"I'm in my 40s, and I admit it."

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76658: White Trash - pretzels (any small kind will do, twists,sticks, etc), M and M's (plain, peanut or a little of both - 1 full bag total), cheerios, and peanuts (1 small can). I don't measure anything - I have a fairly large crock that I put all of this in together. Then I take a bag of white chocolate morsels and a heaping tablespoon of Crisco and melt together in the microwave. I pour this over the stuff in the crock so that is coated pretty good. Then dump onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and wait for it to set up. It takes about 5 minutes to make. You can make it healthier (ha) by adding dried fruit (like banana chips, raisins, etc) but I usually just stick with the basics. It is delish! Try it - it is good for clogging arteries!


December 14, 2009 - Msg 76659: Ro - your sand tarts sound like what we call mexican wedding cakes or russian tea cakes.

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76660:
For RO: (and other Latin Scholars)
Adeste Fideles
Laeti triumphantes ,
Venite, venite in Bethlehem
Natum videte ,
Regem angelorum.
Venite adoremus
Venite adoremus
Venite adoremus

Homemaker- those sound GOOD! Sometimes the arteries just gotta suffer! (:
Did Spot recover his truck? ha
TOM, good poem. I lost your address,
RO, could you email me tom's address.
Tom, dont post it here, I'll get it from romeena.
Boo-I guess Mike and i are in one accord on keeping your new home "decent!" ha
PappaBear- if you do any more traveling, you may ACTUALLY FIND the Hollister still!
Card on the way to your PO Box, but I used your new street address as the "return" address!
So you should still get it. Pretty tricky, huh!?
"Otis, Otis Campbell, where is the stiiil."
Prayers all around,

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76661: Well,I'm quietly sneaking in my rocker today,trying to lay low in case spots around.Anybody know if he has full coverage on that truck and camper?-ky girl

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76662: I'm thinking that spot had to have something stronger than Emma Watsons sugar pills when he seen his truck and camper.Maybe he's at the doctor,hope he didn't go look up Barney to write us up,we will neve get out of Otis'cell.Girls,bring your overnight bags with your makeup,pantyhose,and other unmentionables,we'll hang them up in the cell and distract Barney!-ky girl

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76663: Hi All,
Rom are done what the up date address for i can se who i forgit to send one too PLEASE.
I have the two photo from wind all the famliy was in,.
and one of the neighbor famliy waitch one who keep a eye on stepdad wind he is fishing.


December 14, 2009 - Msg 76664: Well I have the clean up crew working on my Personal Truck and Sherrys Camper!! will clean up good...but wait (I have yalls addresses)...bills will be sent....;) work now...back in a bit......SPOT

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76665: Supper Maude or possum,Asa? busy..sorry..SPOT

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76666:
Let's see if I can sweep with this!

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76667:
Nope, not yet!

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76668: Let me try....and supper will be chili dogs and chips...coke...SPOT

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76669: Hi .
Will it look like some of you grils are now on santa bad list this year.
Spot if I was you I would keep the thing you find wind cleaning up from the partting on the weekend.

Although you have not seen Him
You love Him; even though you
do not see Him now yet believe
in Him, you rejoice with an
indescribable and glorious joy.


December 14, 2009 - Msg 76670: Man,I can't cook anything tonight,spot- I feel rotten! Finally giving in and going to doc in the morning. I know I owe you for "borrowing" your truck the other night,so when I feel better I'll make ya a meatloaf-how's that?
Perhaps Maude will whip up something. If not,y'all go over to Morielli's-it's on me,Boo,and ky girl!

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76671: Good evening, all. Been out most of the day, got the last of the shopping done, just a couple more things to order online and I'm done. Got home to a message that my 6 yr old grandson has BOTH KINDS of the flu - very sick. If not better by tomorrow will probably go in the hospital, but his mom says he's better now than he was this morning, so we're hoping. Prayers for Hudson, please.

I'll get that address list out this evening, if I possibly can. I know, I said I'd do it over the weekend, but it just didn't happen. (I fell asleep, remember?) So, unless my DIL calls tonight needing help with Hudson, I'll get it done. My son is out of town working, so she's alone with the kids, and Eloise or I, or both of us, may have to go out there and help her.

OK, let me get that fruit cake in the oven (the thing has to bake for three hours) and then I'll tackle that list. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76672: WANTED: Unused holiday fruitcakes to serve as organic boat anchors. Will pay top dollar. Especially needed are twenty and thirty pounders.
Contact the Skipper at SS Minnow Cruises.

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76673: Very funny, Mystery Poster! I'll have you know, that if this fruitcake turns out to be like the one my mother used to make, it is absolutely delicious and has made converts of many former fruitcake haters. So far, it looks pretty funny when I peek in the oven, but it has another hour and a half to go, so anything can happen. I know that sounds like a long baking time, but per instructions, it started out in a cold oven and is only baking at 250 degrees. Weird.

Anyway, if this one lives up to expectations, you won't be getting it to use as a boat anchor. Sorry. --Romeena

December 14, 2009 - Msg 76674: Hope you like the fudge, HM. I bought some white chips so I can make some peppermint fudge tomorrow....and some with coconut (I call it Snow Fudge). It is a pretty cheap way to make little gifts for the neighbors and friends. I bought some really cute little christmas tins at the dollar store to put it in and give as gifts. I made regular chocolate fudge and chocolate with pecans today. Artery-clogging White Trash...hmm...might try that.

Been a busy day. Had to put the Yukon in the shop to have the heater fixed...some little part that will probably cost me a fortune has to be replace. Guess it will be my Christmas present this year. I did get to spend some quality time with my parents today while I was at Susan's making fudge. Her house looks so festive and cozy. She has two trees in her living room/dining area and they have colored lights on them. She also has a really pretty green garland with red gingerbread men and bows on it on her mantle. She collects Santas and has santa figurines scattered about. It really does resemble Sant's house at the North Pole, I'm certain. ;-)

Well, they finally started putting down the wood floor in the house and have most of the living room and kitchen completed. I like it but i don't really love it. I guess I might as well, though, because it's what I'm getting. To me it is just a bit too rustic=looking and too much red in it. I will probably love it in time, though because it looks pretty durable because it has been made to look older so scratches and wear and tear won't be so noticable. I was over there for a little while tonight now that we have lights and I have to tell you that I felt a little creeped out. I will get used to it and when i have a couple of big dogs out there i will feel more comfortable. I will also have several motion sensor lights on the house and porch lights will help. I know I sound crazy, but when you are used to living in the middle of town with lots of neighbors, it just feels strange to be more isolated. I always try to think about what my dad used to say about cemetaries...he said its not the dead that should be feared, but the living and it's true. I should feel safer in a place where there are less people.

Hey pappa bear! How are you?

MDC, I actually used to attend church with a guy they called Brother Love....Shelby Love. He was a nice man with a real nice wife. What a great last name.

Prayers for Hudson, poor little thing. He must feel terrible.

Better get to bed. I am ready for some sleep and I have Emily to take care of tomorrow...I love it but it is tiring.