March 13, 2010 - Msg 78180: Oh my stars! I'm sorry. There, that should fix it. --Romeena

March 13, 2010 - Msg 78181: Hey, wait a minute. I don't think I did that. If I did, then somebody else fixed it before I did. Thanks, mystery fixer. --Romeena

March 13, 2010 - Msg 78182: Sorry yall...SPOT

March 14, 2010 - Msg 78183:
Good sweep Romeena

March 14, 2010 - Msg 78184:
Evening gang.
RO- you would just love this 50s place.
Tonite and every sat is "Sock Hop" nite.
I'm sure you remember those. My older sister used to add little felt doo-dads to her's and her date's socks, and head off to a sock hop in late 50s.
This place does it good. Tonite was great songs
like Chantilly Lace, Charlie brown, EarthAngel etc, and all these "old folks" (and many young folk BTW)in their socks and sup-hose! ha
I'm later, HS in the sixties, but I had my older
sister growing up to Pat Boone and others, so that rubbed off plenty on us other kids.
Well, I better hit the hay before Possum breaks into "Children behave, that's what they say when we're together.." haha
God bless,

March 14, 2010 - Msg 78185:
Romeena, it was Floyd who fixed the bold problem. When he archived it, he broke the link to the defective message that now resides in the archives. So it was corrected automatically.
Poor SPOT ended his Msg 78178 with the forward slash after the B instead of in front of the B. That is why your Msg 78179 after his was all in bold.

I want to remind people that Daylight Savings Time occurs at 2am Sunday morning in many parts of the United States. Although equipment like computers, cellphones, televisions and cable boxes should automatically correct, your manual clocks and wrist watches will need to be advanced by one hour. Remember it's spring ahead and fall back. So we loose one hour of sleep in the spring.

Finally, as already noticed by a couple of you, I am concerned about the absence of TOM. He hasn't posted since Msg 78011 on March 2, 2010.

from Poor Horatio

March 14, 2010 - Msg 78186: Thanks, PH. I saw that forward slash in View/Source, so figured it wasn't my bold, but thanks for confirming it.

I just emailed Tom. It didn't bounce back, so I guess we can conclude that his email is working, and therefore (probably) his computer. I hope he checks in soon. I miss him and his poems.

Well, I'm off to preaching. I've got some dangly earrings that are little green and gold shamrocks. I hope they're not too worldly. --Romeena

March 14, 2010 - Msg 78187: Mornin' y'all! I don't like this Daylight Savings Time! At least not yet-perhaps I'll get used to it.

About Tom... I saw reports of flooding in West Virginia on the news this morning. Perhaps that is what has taken Tom away from posting. Sure hope he is well.

Sterling, when you come back from Naperville,IL and read my posts-please disregard what I said.It wasn't Naperville, IL after all- it was Niles, Michigan! LOL Can y'all tell I'm getting old and senile?! Well, at least they both start with an "N"- good grief! The funny thing is- I had another boyfriend with the last name Napier. I think I got myself all confused traipsing down Memory Lane! Ha!

Boo, any news on Jubi? I've had her on my mind a lot lately.

Y'all have a blessed Sunday- love to all!

possum under a rock

P.S. For MDC: " ♪ ♫ ♫ Gotta get away into the night...♪ ♫" Ha!

March 14, 2010 - Msg 78188: Daylight Savings....groan....yawn...cough... I hate it now, but I will love it in a week or so. I like the way it will stay daylight longer now. Come summer, it will be light until 9pm here. Makes for long summer days, but the sun starts to get low in the sky after six or so and those 2 or three hours before dark are the best of the those summer sunsets and sittin' on the porch with a glass of tea, enjoying that southern breeze.

Prayers for TOM. Hope all is well.

Morning Possum, yes I have news on Jubi and it's good. She had a routine CT last week and she is still cancer free! Keep praying for her.


Better get ready for preachin'


March 14, 2010 - Msg 78189: Poor Horatio, I have lost more than one hour of sleep lately, especially last night, as we drove the 4 hours back from Naperville and didn't get back home until 2 am, which with the time change, was now 3 am. Then I didn't get to sleep until about 4. Ugh.

Don't worry about it Possum. I think I would rather have been in Niles, Michigan, at least they didn't have an Up With People show there. Don't really care for that organization. I mean, they are good, technically and all, but there is something missing. I think it has something to do with when they took God out of their shows, as they used to be a Christian organization. Now they just do the usual secular-humanist themes.

-Sterling Holobyte

March 14, 2010 - Msg 78190: It is a sunny Sabbath Day here in NC; a little windy, but it is a beautiful day. Hope everyone is doing okay.
MDC, it's really nice that you have a Sock Hop night to attend. The only musical gatherings we have in my area is bluegrass concerts in Mt. Gilead, NC. Even though I love bluegrass music(which is very popular in this area), it would be nice to have a place to go to hear 50's music and see all the great dances they did then.
Possum, how is your daughter doing? Hope her nursing career is going well.
Prayers for Tom and all the porchsters.
C Darlin'

March 14, 2010 - Msg 78191: "Sock hop night" or "Spot hop night?"..ha ha..Romeena those earrings looked good at preaching!...I like little of spice!hey asa Lucy,ky girl,TOM,Mr Sterling....Boo...Possum you got the "symbols" down...hum scared to try here on the porch may lock something up!...but we did have fun in e-mail...hey CDarlin!...ok...been piddling at the barn with Pop...gona head to the funeral home tomorrow afternoon to give respects to a good co-worker...his wife passed from cancer....well prayers to all ....SPOT

March 14, 2010 - Msg 78192: Wonderful news on Jubi,Boo! Will keep praying,for sure!

How do I make these ♪ ♫ ? Ancient Chinese secret,Boo! Ha! I'd tell ya, but then Floyd would come gunning for me if the Porch got broken!

Spot- it's bad enough that you PIDDLE at and around the barn,but don't let your Daddy do that! Y'all need Depends or something? Ha!
Yeah, we came up with all kinds of symbols that one time,didn't we spot? I never could make the faces like you could,though. But I can do this ♣
and this ☼ -can you??

Sorry about your co-worker's wife,by the way,spot.

Hey C Darlin'! Daughter is doing home health care-mostly working with elderly. She really enjoys her work. Thanks for asking about her.

Well, Sterling, there's always the Apple Festival in Niles, Michigan- that's where Tommy James got tomatoes thrown at him during the parade,so I've heard!

Well, I was going to the dentist tomorrow,but got a reprieve until Tuesday.

Spot, did you call Romeena "spicy"? I just glanced up at your post again. Ya better watch out for Miss Sherry! Ha!

Well, goodnight, Mayberry.Sweet dreams,all.

possum under a rock ☺ ( I figured it out,spot!)

March 14, 2010 - Msg 78193: Romeena is spicy possum!;)....ha ha...well Maude lets cook in the morning,breakfast menu:3 eggs yer way,sunny side up,over easy,over med,hard fried,scrambled or boiled..ok..fried hashbrowns,sausage links,sausage pattys,bisquits and gravy,bacon(chewy for Romeena),and crisp for others,flap jacks.....oj,cofee,fresh mayfield milk.....ready at 7:00 est.....SPOT

March 14, 2010 - Msg 78194: I understand, Possum (about the letters). I would be too afraid to try it anyways.

Hey to Sterling. Glad you are home safe and sound.

It's not even 11 and I am about to fall asleep at the computer so i guess I should turn in. Luckily, this coming week is spring break and the kids don't have school, so I can sleep in if my eyes will let me. I always seem to wake up early no matter what, darn it!

See you all tomorrow with my morning coffee.


PS- did any of you see the new show on TLC about hoarders? That is such a sad disorder.

March 14, 2010 - Msg 78195: Me? Spicy? Ha! Well, I do take a cinnamon capsule every day. Cinnamon is a spice, right? Also, I just love salsa, and prefer it to have some bite, so if you mean that kind of spicy, then it's true. Other than that, well -- I'll never tell!

Well, back to my TV. The local public TV channel is airing "The Funny Ladies of British Comedy", hosted by Penelope Keith. It's clips of the funnier scenes from the Britcoms over the years, and it's really good.

See you all tomorrow. --Romeena

March 14, 2010 - Msg 78196: Yes, Boo, I saw that show and it's scary. I look at my closets and cabinets and wonder.... --Romeena

March 15, 2010 - Msg 78197:
Hello porch family....back home from my TN trip. Pretty much a wet trip but a good one.

Spot...sad to hear about your co-workers wife.

Tom...check in buddy when you can.

Well I've got to get some sleep. You all have a great night and be sure to tell someone about Jesus tomorrow!
Love and prayers

March 15, 2010 - Msg 78198: Night Romeena !

March 15, 2010 - Msg 78199: Hey Rev!..goodnight and God bless..SPOT

March 15, 2010 - Msg 78200: Gona be a BIG good breakfast in the morning..BE THERE all....SPOT

March 15, 2010 - Msg 78201: Hello, Spot..will definitely be there for breakfast in the morning. Prayers for your co-worker. A good night to every one on the porch. Have a blessed Monday.
C Darlin'

March 15, 2010 - Msg 78202:
Y-A-W-N....nighty nite

March 15, 2010 - Msg 78203: Yes, it is scary Ro but I doubt you are one! haha...most of us have a tendancy to collect more than we need...its the American Way. ;-) That episode was just so sad because of that nice-looking man who appeared to have it all together on the outside but you couldn't even walk inside his house. In the end, his girlfriend left him and was not willing to wait for him to change...he probably won't, though, so she is smart to move on I guess. How terrible that something like that took over his life and is keeping him from having relationships with people. I used to know a woman like that years ago, named Inez. She would spend her days going through dumpsters. He husband, who was a barber and a good man, finally couldn't take it anymore and left when he was about 60. He divorced her and remarried but he died soon after, unfortunately. I don't know how he handled it as long as he did. The house had little trails running through to walk down and Bruce's mom(who was a friend of hers) tell stories about the kithen that you wouldn't believe. The filth and roaches and I won't even tell you about the refrigerator. Terrible situation and people like Inez seem helpless to change. I heard that the usual meds that work on people with OCD doesn't work on med has helped so far so the only hope seems to be very longterm therapy and lots of work and heartache.

Well, plenty to do...there is always so much extra housework after the weekend. My brothers are coming from california on Wed. and and aunt and uncle from Houston on Thursday so we will be having another family get-together here at the end of the week. Lots to do...

Please remember Sean in your prayers, this new med he has been on is just not doing the job and I am about at my wits end with Sean's compulsive behavior. He is constantly frustrated and obsessed with something and his temper flares all the time. It's been tough and I guess we will have to look at doing something else.

Better git!


March 15, 2010 - Msg 78204: Good Monday porch, just stopping by for a minute this morning. Hope all is well with everyone.

Working today and making effort to adjust to daylight savings time. Hopefully aftr a few days my body clock will make the adjustment.

Cool and rainy on my end of the porch, but hopefully it will clear and warm up by the week end. It is Race week in Bristol so the fans will start rolling in. I noticed in the paper yesterday that some have already arrived and claimed their camping site.

I go back to the doctor on Friday this week and hopefully he will formally release me. I have been gradually coming back to work but still had some restrictions so hopefully he will say I am healed and ready to get back to my usual routine.

Thanks for breakfast SPOT!
Lunch menu will be: fried bologna sandwhiches, homemade vegetable beef soup, chips, pickles, SLAW. brownies. tea, kool aid to drink.

have a blessed day. Prayers all around.

Big Maude

March 15, 2010 - Msg 78205: Good morning Porch Family:
Just stopping by to say good morning and see if you all are suffering from the time change like my family. They seem to mind this one more than any others. Well, we did make it to church on time.
Thanks for the lunch Big Maude. The soup was just what the Dr. ordered.
Gotta get moving here this morning. Not much energy.
Have a blessed day. ~New Neighbor

March 15, 2010 - Msg 78206: Good morning or afternoon - I do not like the clock changing at all. . .
We did a one day trip to Tennessee - believe it or not, my niece was very sad because she wanted a baby shower from her family. She loves her friends but wanted one with "her people" - 6 of us from Indiana, one from San Diego, one from St. Louis, one from Washington, DC - and various friends all got together in a hospital doctor's conferance room because my SIL (the niece's mother) had to have unexepected surgery and it was too late to change plane tickets but we could change locations - anyway, through all of this - we surprised her big time!! It was great. . .
So I am pooped still from the trip. . .
So glad to see a fried bologna sanmmich - yum, yum. . .


March 15, 2010 - Msg 78207: Afternoon Y'all- these days are just zooming by- dang that Daylight Savings Time! I may eventually like it,but so far I sure don't.

Hey,what do y'all think about this? Just got an e-mail from some guy in England wanting to give me Fifteen MILLION Five hundred thousand pounds of sterling. Apparently,somebody who has no surviving relatives and was killed in a 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai left it behind. Should I go for it?! I'll share! LOL Crazy!

Thanks for the lunch Maude.I'd better enjoy it while I can- going to the dentist tomorrow. I think Spot goes back to his dentist too.

Y'all take care & I'll check in when I can.

possum under a rock

March 15, 2010 - Msg 78208: Wow, Possum! What a break! Somebody wants to give you all that money? Aren't you the lucky one? Next thing you know, some guy is going to walk up to you in the mall and show you a wallet he just found, with a wad of cash in it. He'll share it with you, and all you have to do is put up some "good faith" money. Gosh. Some people just have all the luck!

No, Boo, I guess I'm not really a hoarder, but I do have a problem with throwing things away. My house looks clean, but don't open closets. There are clothes in my closet that I haven't worn in fifteen years, will never wear, someone else could be wearing - why do I still have them? I don't know. I have given some away recently to Maria, Jorge's wife, and she's very appreciative. It makes me sad when I think how much those things mean to her, and I'm still hanging onto them. I think it's mostly laziness on my part - I just don't want to get into the big job of cleaning that closet out. Also, every closet in the house is bursting - most of them with Christmas stuff. Again, there are people who could be enjoying those things, but I just don't have the energy to dig into it.

I'd much rather be outside, digging in the dirt! I got that flat of petunias planted Friday, and I declare, you can't even tell where they are. These flowerbeds soak up plants like a sponge. One flat just about disappears.

Well, gotta run. Pond pump is clogged, needs to be cleared, critter feeding stations are empty and there's a ticked-off little squirrel sitting out there glaring at me through the window. Somebody is hauling nesting material into one of the nest boxes, so I'm guessing there are babies on the way. Someone else was checking out one of the other boxes, hasn't moved in yet, but she will. Got to keep the mamas well fed!

I've broken out in a rash, all in my scalp and down one side of my face, with small areas on my chest and back, and on one leg. Can't imagine what it is. I have no known history of allergies, haven't been on any unfamiliar meds or eaten anything exotic. The only thing I can think of is a new hair product, but I've been using it for about three weeks and just now have this rash. Very strange. It itches, too!! Very annoying.

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

March 15, 2010 - Msg 78209:
Ro- you been roamin' thru caves and lettin' bats lay eggs in your hair again? lol
Also, I didnt even know that our STERLING had a weight problem, but 15 million pounds, wow! haha
Boo- I wonder if people in "the old days" had such problems? Did they ever find an old lady hoarding buggy parts in her log cabin? ha Did Michelangelo have back problems? Wyatt Earp suffer from rhumatism, etc.? Not sure why i'm wondering, I guess its just that we never think of people in the past having our "issues!" ha.
Prayers for Big Maude, Sean, rehab, and all!
Have a good day!God bless,
Thank you Jesus!

March 15, 2010 - Msg 78210:
...and thank you for the job cousin Andy!"

March 15, 2010 - Msg 78211: Good afternoon, porch. I'm still here, just a-itchin' and a-scratchin'! I sprayed some of that hair stuff directly on the inside of my forearm and let it dry. Now we'll see. If that's the problem, I should have a rash there soon. However, I do have patches of rash in places I don't know how the spray could have reached, such as on my leg. Not only do the patches itch, but they're moderately tender to touch. I'd think shingles, except that the patches don't follow any typical shingles pattern. Oh well - guess I'll just take some Benadryl at bedtime and see what happens. Can't take it now because it will knock me for a loop.

Well, got to go rescue the mail from The Shred. I wonder why he's delivering so late?? --Romeena

March 15, 2010 - Msg 78212:
Hello porch family. It was such a nice day today. Mid 70s and sunny. Love it:)

Ro....I pray you get that rash under control.

Big Maude......continued prayers for your back.

Tom....check in buddy

HM....glad you had a good trip.

I've got concerts this coming weekend and then doing vocals in the studio next Monday. Please pray that this cold/allergies will be cleared by then.

I'm praying for all my porch family!
Love and prayers

March 15, 2010 - Msg 78213: Hey all..Possum check yefr mail!...hey Rev,Ro,Maude,TOM,HM and auh20,sterling...Lucy...Miss Sherry and I wents to our co-workers wifes funeral today...she passed from cancer...she was only 56...came upon her very quick...prayers please ...My friend (her husband) is not doing well at all....I have worked with him for 29 yrs...on a lighter note sun here at 58 today!,I got some bbq ribs left over..I will wrap them in tinfoil and put them in the oven on low for later....well let me rotate washer and dryer!....SPOT

March 15, 2010 - Msg 78214:
Hey there Spot.....will be praying for your friend. So sad. What kind of cancer did she have to bring her down so fast? 56 is so young.
Take care bro.....-REV.

March 15, 2010 - Msg 78215: Good evening, porch. Spot, I'm sorry for your friend. It's very hard to lose one's mate so early. It's never easy, but we all more or less assume we'll be together well into our 70s, and when it doesn't happen, it can be very difficult to accept. Prayers for him and his family.

Hmmm. I got my 2010 Census forms in today's mail. The instructions urge you to fill it out immediately and mail it. "Today" is used several times. Then you get to the questions, and they all want to know who WAS living at your residence on April 1, 2010. Well, not being able to see into the future is a handicap, obviously. Therefore, I just answered it the best way I could, which is to say "just me". And this is from the same government who wants me to believe they can handle my healthcare decisions better than I can. Ha!

I'm still rashy - still scratching, not improving, but maybe not getting any worse. I guess I'll take that Benadryl now and go crash for the night. I ate some grapes and some peanuts just now (sugar and protein), to be sure my blood sugar doesn't drop too low during the night. After taking Benadryl, I'd never wake up to notice it.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

March 16, 2010 - Msg 78216: Thanks for reminding me about that census thing, Ro. We received ours in the mail about a week ago and I just about forgot about it. I want to fill it out before the brown shirts come to my house to grill me about it.

15 million! Hmmm, I didn't know there was that much of me to go around, Possum. ;)

Sorry for your co-worker's wife, Spot. Prayers.

-Sterling Holobyte

March 16, 2010 - Msg 78217:
Sterling, what you received a week ago was from the government telling you that the actual form would be coming in about a week! Really! Open it!
Oh, and death panels are a figment of your imagination, and the post office is a wonder of modern efficency, and social security is in great shape (evn tho the congress raided the funds, and... and...
If we dont call our congressmen today, we only have ourselves to blame for any further fiascos!
Lord help us.

March 16, 2010 - Msg 78218:
Didnt Calvin Coolidge say that?

March 16, 2010 - Msg 78219: No, no, I think it was Mark Twain.
- Hazel

March 16, 2010 - Msg 78220: Morning porch, hope everyone is up and ready to face Tuesday!

Possum, how about a loan for your good friend Maude? sounds like you'll have plenty to go around!

Romeena, hope your rash is better today, if not maybe you should go see about it.

Breakfast menu will be: scrambled eggs, toast with apple butter/jelly, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal, sliced tomatoes, fruit. coffee, tea,orange juice to drink.

have a blessed day everyone. prayers all around.

Big Maude

March 16, 2010 - Msg 78221:
Romeena-Now, as for government run health care, I'm sure, there will be a Political Officer assigned to each distract and if your "papers" are in order your health care needs will be attended to by the next available bureaucrat... I mean medical provider.
Please...From each according to his ability, to each according to his need. I heard that somewhere.


March 16, 2010 - Msg 78222: Government run healthcare - if you need healthcare now, you can go into any hospital and you won't be denied treatment. So - what really is the difference.
Heard an interesting fact that 70 people die a day without health insur*nce, so the people that die with health insur*nce is less than that??! Ha - maybe none of us need healthcare, our chances of dying may be lessened. . . .


March 16, 2010 - Msg 78223: SPOT, I want to tell you a story about a friend whose wife died from cancer about 2 years ago at that same age. Its a story about how God can take the worst of circumstances and cause something good to come out of them...not that he wants folks to suffer and die, but he is loving and merciful that he takes those horrible times in our lives and brings about good because of His great love for us. My brother-in-law, Pat (St Susan's husband) is from Michigan and his best friend since childhood was a neighbor named Larry. Larry was this big, tall guy with a head of brown curls and very gentle and friendly, but Larry kind of liked the wild life (so did Pat at that time). There was lots of smoking dope and partying back then. Well, when Pat married my sister and moved to Texas, he began working in a machine shop with an older guy who was a Christians and began to share his faith with Pat. It wasn't long after until Pat had a very sobering dream about his death and said he heard the voice of God warning him to turn his life over to Christ. Soon after, he attended church and recieved Christ and everything in his life changed. It was one of those really obvious conversions and he is still serving God and is the worship leader at his church (and a really good musician, by the way). Well, Larry and Pat kept in touch and Pat shared his faith with Larry but Larry didn't want anything to do with it. Pat continued to keep in touch and pray for Larry for 30 years. Well, 3 years ago, Larry's dear wife who was a Christian and had been praying for Larry to come to Christ, got liver cancer. Larry was beyond sorrowful. They had no children and Larry was very close to her. Through the process of her illness and through her death, Larry began to reach out to God. He began to attend church and gave his life to Christ. He continued after her death and Pat spoke to him recently and even though all his grief, he is experiencing the joy of the Lord and doing very well. I know things seem so dark and hopeless for your friend right now but keep praying for him and loving him. God will be with him and bring him through.

HM, with the last report I heard on deaths being caused by medical mistake, you may be right.

Better go...have to take mom to the ear doc today to see about getting her some hearing aids (if she will wear them).


March 16, 2010 - Msg 78224:
Hello porch family. Another sunny day in SC!

Boo....a very touching story.

Ro.....haha...I didn't catch that "today/April" on the census. Got mine yesterday also and filled it out.

Gotta get some things done around here so better go for now.

Love and prayers for all the porch family!

March 16, 2010 - Msg 78225:
Beautiful Boo! I can hardly see my keys to type.
God's mysteriousa ways are amazing.

March 16, 2010 - Msg 78226:
Oh Hazel, mark Twain said that "the reports of his death were highly exagerated!" teeheee

March 16, 2010 - Msg 78227: Howdy, porch! Rash is a bit better, and I don't want to bother with a trip to the doctor, so guess I'll just skip it. Who knows what caused it? If it returns, I'll get it checked out.

auh2o, you're right. "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need." Sure sounds good, almost like something God would have said. However, it was Karl Marx in his 1875 Critique of the Gotha who actually said it.

What the Bible does say, in II Thess. 3:10, is "If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat." In other words, "according to his need" means exactly that. Need. Not want, not wish, not "I'm too lazy to work for it" - but NEED. This is nothing new - note that THE SCRIPTURE says WILL NOT, not CAN NOT. I have no problem with helping those who cannot work. The disabled, the old, the ill. There but for the grace of God go I. I think we should have reasonable taxes to support programs to help those who truly need it. However, I bitterly resent bankrupting hard-working Americans in order to support third and fourth-generation welfare families, who could work but won't. They say the welfare program is broke. Well, of course it is, it's trying to support half the country, but there's a quick fix for that. Kick the deadbeats off the program, let them get hungry enough, and they'll find a job. The funds in the program will then be enough to support those who cannot work. And there are jobs. I read the "Dallas Morning News" and the employment opportunities are legion. They may not be offering "positions", but they do offer a lot of jobs. I guess it just comes down to the difference between "can't" and "won't".

Well, off I go. Need to eat a little something, then try to catch a nap before going to work tonight. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

March 16, 2010 - Msg 78228:
Hey Folks

Ro-Yup, that was brother Karl. My post was suppose to be dripping with sarcasm. I hope I didn't come across looking like a southpaw.


March 16, 2010 - Msg 78229: Hey Y'all- haven't read today's posts,but wanted to let you know my dentist visit went pretty good.Had some major stuff done & am glad it's over.Hope I'm not in too much pain tonight-still numbed out from the novacaine. Wondering if Spot got his choppers today?
Hope all's well in Mayberry & will catch up when I can.

possum under a rock

March 16, 2010 - Msg 78230: Hey ya'll,I'm at school,suppose to be typing a report,but,wanted to say hi take care everybody.-ky girl

March 16, 2010 - Msg 78231:
Porch family.....we say this all the time but our country needs prayer!
Please pray for our nation!

Love and prayers

March 16, 2010 - Msg 78232: Very well said, Ro. I think that is called "tough love", which you are doing for their own good. They may not see it now, but they must have faith that they will see the reason.
That is something that isn't practiced too much these days. No wonder many kids(and adults) think they can get away with anything, due to this permissive, give me what I want mentality.

Ok, if you all want to step away from the problems of the world for a minute, and read an inspiring story for a change, I just saw this on Yahoo.
I don't know how to put a link in here so you will have to clip and paste this:

Looks like God had been trying to give him messages, and he finally picked up the phone and answered.

-Sterling Holobyte

March 16, 2010 - Msg 78233: Ok, I guess you won't have to clip(I meant "copy") and paste it. It did it by itself. Yea!

-Sterling Holobyte

March 16, 2010 - Msg 78234: I just realized the irony of what I wrote: "step away from the problems of the world", when this guy is actually stepping deeper into them, at least one part of them.
But now it is for a good reason and with a Godly heart.

March 16, 2010 - Msg 78235: Oh, that was me. Sterling.

March 16, 2010 - Msg 78236: Fear not, auh2o, the sarcasm was noted and appreciated. I was just pointing out the irony in the statement. It really reads like a scripture, and on the face of it, is a good idea. Unfortunately, it pre-supposes the nobility of mankind, and doesn't take into account the proclivity of the masses to abuse a good thing. That's illustrated in my own back yard. I've noticed that when I'm vigilant about putting out critter feed, after a while a crowd will gather every morning at the feeders, and they'll hang out all day, waiting for me to put out the rations. This is not good, because they need to keep their foraging skills sharp and be able to find their own if I don't come through. So, for a couple of days out of a week, I let things run empty and stay that way until the crowd disperses, presumably to find their own food. Then the next day, I'll refill things. Just a small example, but it reflects the way things are. The only difference I've noticed is that the critters give up and go hunting pretty quick, whereas humans tend to hang around the feeders for a very long time and sometimes get very ugly when the handout isn't forthcoming.

Obviously, I didn't go to work tonight. Still rashy, and since I don't know the cause, I decided not to take it to the hospital and possibly share it. Will see a doctor tomorrow morning. Sure am tired of scratching!

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

March 17, 2010 - Msg 78237:
Ro, I'll say it...try oregsno. Take some internally, and do a small test area topically.
However, yes, you should indeed try to find the cause. What about a plant? Any new ones?

Auh20, I caught the sarcasm also. Better watch it tho, because I'm about to quote that 1964 convention speech! We sure need it right now! But I'll settle for good ole PLATO.
Can you imagine that he said this about 400 BC??!!
"The punishment suffered by the wise who refuse to take part in government, is to live under the government of bad men." 2500 years later we face the same EXACT thing. A "government of bad men" about to pass the biggest abortion crazy,entitlement "health" package of all time, and people still won't make a simple phone call to those who are supposedly "represent" them!
REV, I agree that we need prayer, but if this thing passes on friday,besides everything else, China will basically own the US in order for us to pay for it, because this backward country of 40 years ago will own most of the US debt, and if we cry to them about human rights, for example, they'll twist our collective arm and say shut up and pay up! This is a very, very scary situation!
Sorry, I didnt mean to get so emotional here on the porch, but people dont realize how important the next few days are to the very future of our country! Lord help us. Box sliding back under the planks! God bless you precious people!
I'll even end with a TAGS quote:
Barn: Now listen buddy, the way I vote is my business..." (:
Love ya,

March 17, 2010 - Msg 78238: Bingo, MDC, on several points above. Scary, sad, but true. The inmates are running the asylum, and I'm not sure we have the rational resources left to wrest the power away from them. As for people not making the phone calls - are you sure they're not? I'm practically on a first-name basis with their phone people.

Oregano? For a rash? Tell me more....

Will be seeing a dermatologist in the morning, but right now, I'm pretty tired of scratching. As for new plants - nothing that I haven't grown before. Besides, most of the rashy areas are under my clothing, don't know how it could be a contact rash. No, clothes aren't new, and haven't changed detergents in about three years. Ditto the bed linens. I'm thinking it has to be something I've eaten, but don't know what. I eat a very wide variety of foods, but can't think of anything I've eaten recently that's unusual. The only exception would be in the quantity. Our local Kroger has had bell peppers on special for about a week, and they're beautiful. Red, yellow, gold and green, and they're fresh and solid, very thick-walled and meaty, and very sweet. I've been eating a whole pepper just about every day. I just remove the seeds, slice them up and eat them, sometimes with a little dip, sometimes just plain. They're delicious. Now I've eaten peppers all my adult life (hated them as a child) but I don't usually eat a whole pepper at a time. I wonder if that could be the cause, not so much the pepper but the amount of pepper? I'll ask the doc tomorrow if that rings any bells with her.

Well, Toye Starr says it's time for bed, so guess I'd better go. She loves the bed, that puppy. See you all in the morning. --Romeena

March 17, 2010 - Msg 78239:
MDC, according to, China is our lead foreign creditor and has been since September 2008.
However, according to, the our biggest creditor is our own Federal Reserve System of banks and other US intragovernmental holdings.

from Poor Horatio

March 17, 2010 - Msg 78240:
MDC, I found a more up-to-date government source regarding foreign creditors. Check out It also confirms that Communist China is the leader as of January 2010.

from Poor Horatio

March 17, 2010 - Msg 78241: Happy Saint Patrick's Day, Y'all!
♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣
o'possum under a SHAMrock

March 17, 2010 - Msg 78242: Happy St. Patricks Day Porch folks!

Breakfast menu: green eggs and ham, toast! Coffee, green tea.

Prayers and blessings to all.
Big Maude

March 17, 2010 - Msg 78243: Communist China?! What on earth? Oh boy, hard to be very hopeful as far as this nation is concerned. Prayers, prayers.

I didn't even know it was ST. Patrick's Day, Possum. Happy SPD to you, too.

Better finish the coffee and get the chores going.


March 17, 2010 - Msg 78244: Good morning everyone. Long time no see. Hope you all are doing well.

Anyone care for my two-cents? If not, please skip to the end. (You have been warned!)

Yep, prayer is in order for this country--too much debt, too much well-meaning harm being done in teh name of patronism, and too much "what's mine is mine." A pox on both political houses. In my opinion (so take it for what it's worth), this nation's biggest problem is our standard of living: "Jesus said to him, 'If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.' But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.' (Matthew 19:21-24) The average people of Jesus' day could not imagine the wealth that even poor Americans possess. To most of the world today, I am a rich man. This passage was not just directed at the uber-rich like Bill Gates; it is directed at middle-class, working Americans--some of the wealthiest people on the planet.

About health care, I don't like the plan on the chopping block right now. The abortion thing is a deal breaker for me. However, I have yet to hear a rival idea that covers all the bases. And I'm sick to death of the argument that tort reform will solve all our problems. Unfortunately, while our health care system works pretty darn well for people like me, there are plenty of poor that line up like cattle for mediocre care, and millions of well-off or well-insured folks who over over-tested, over-probed, and over-coddled. And I won't even get into the billions wasted on adminstration. Do I think the government will do a better job? Doubtful, but it may be worth a try. I agree that the enemy of the "better" is the "pursuit of the perfect" in this situation.

I also agree that too many people are home watching "Oprah" and buying cigarettes on my dime, and it infuriates me. But we can't forget about the kids. It's they who suffer the most. A parasite who bilks the system like that likely is more concerned they have Ho-hos than that their kid (or gaggle of kids) is doing well in school or goes to the dentist. I won't even get into adequate love and care. The way I see it, if I have to cough up $25 to help to ensure that some welfare baby gets $5 worth of formula so his mom can get a $20 carton of cigs, I'm for it. Unless someone comes up with a way all those kids can get what they need or are placed in better homes. And so far, no one has.

Well, I guess that's more than enough! I just want you all to know that I think and pray for you often. Happy St. Patrick's Day!


March 17, 2010 - Msg 78245:
Well, I see that I have awaken Me-They! Thank you for your 2 cents, but if I were a smoker, I'd really be on ya to tell me where to get a carton of cigs for $20!! (:
Ro- I was refering to the folks at work, etc, who just don't see the importance of calling their reps, not you fine porch people.
PH- Thank you for those sites! good info indeed!
I can't even imagine owing a country $889 billion!
OK, I'll get more into the spirit of the porch today, as we celebrate yet another darn Catholic saint! (: Happy St. Patrick's day, a fine day indeed!

March 17, 2010 - Msg 78246:
Oh RO, the acidity of the peppers may indeed
be it! Especially if you never ate that much
in such close proximity. I'd say cease with the
peppers and see if it clears up. But also see
doc andrews just to be sure.
O'Murphy Donagal Casey

March 17, 2010 - Msg 78247:
RO- here's one thing i found on bell peppers:
I hope it posts OK.

March 17, 2010 - Msg 78248:
Hello porch family....Pray you all are having a blessed day. Better be wearing green or you may get pinched:)

Today is my mother's birthday. She was born on St Patrick's Day as a twin so my grandmother named them Patrick and Patricia. Happy birthday mom!

I'll check back later
Love and prayers

March 17, 2010 - Msg 78249: How-do, porch! Just got back from seeing the dermatologist. She said the rash closely resembles poison ivy, but the distribution doesn't fit. That fits more with a food reaction. I told her about the peppers, and she said it was a possibility, but rather remote. I've eaten peppers for years and never had any kind of reaction. Also, the rash is the only symptom, and she said she would expect some GI manifestation as well, though it doesn't always occur. Still, to be safe, I'm going to nix the peppers for a while. Too bad, because I love them, they have almost no calories, high vitamin content, and for a diabetic, that's a great combination. Oh well. Anyway, she gave me a topical ointment for the fiery itch, and some pills to quiet the reaction down a bit. She also signed me off to be off work tonight. Yay. On the chance that it is poison ivy, I can't risk passing it to a new mom, or worse, a newborn.

Me-They, you make some good points, but as you might expect, I have some differences. First of all, I see nothing wrong with a person enjoying a good lifestyle, so long as they're willing to share with those in NEED. We all do it through our taxes, and many of us also share voluntarily, giving of our time, money and other resources, over and above the taxes. There are wealthy people in this country who have done wonderful things with their wealth, and God just seems to bless them with more. I don't think God frowns on wealth. In fact, He promises it, in Malachi 3:10. "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." I think the problem lies in our attitude toward it. We often misquote I Tim. 6:10, by leaving off the first four words: "(For the love of) money is the root of all kinds of evil." Big difference.

As for the welfare moms who buy cigarettes (or booze, or drugs, or whatever) with their welfare check, I can only wish that the kids got $5 worth of milk, but in many cases, they don't even get that. I don't know what the answer is for those people. The first thing that comes to my mind is voluntary sterilization after the first two or three kids, instead of the pay-for-play plan we have now. However, before you say it, I know that's a slippery slope indeed, and it leaves a bad taste in my mouth, too. It's not the answer. Somehow, though, we have to find a way to put the brakes on these women. And - it's not just the women. I see some haggard-looking women, who look forty and are really twenty-five, have six or seven kids, are listed as unmarried and who declare the father is not around. Well, he's around part of the time - the proof is in the crib beside her bed! From the looks of the woman, and the grubby, tattered kids that come in with grandma, somebody besides their mom is getting the money. Guess who? Yep, the guy who drops by to visit the new mother, carrying two cell phones, wearing new boots, showing off a $500 camera, and with a beer belly that totally overlaps his belt. He's driving a pretty spiffy truck, too. Hey - easy come, easy go. It's not his money, he didn't have to earn it, so he doesn't mind spending it.

We have created a welfare monster, and slaying that particular dragon is not going to be easy. We're battling a deeply-ingrained mindset, a sense of entitlement, and I'm not sure we can win. I believe the only hope we have of winning is to somehow tie work to welfare, for the able-bodied. Give them a chance to sweat and earn it, and it will have a lot more value.

I'm seventy years old, and still working, in order to maintain my lifestyle. I could chuck it all, sell this house and scale back a lot, and quit work. But then how would my welfare person get by, the one who gets his/her share of the taxes I pay now? That, my friends, is why Socialism doesn't work.

Be blessed. --Romeena

March 17, 2010 - Msg 78250: Hry gang im still here...just been busy around the dog house...bought a new 5 by 10 trailer...doing yard work...go today at 4:15 to the tooth making man to get molds...still gona be a few surgeon said I healed up he turned me loose....well Olive garden tonight ok.....will let yall know how the dentist goes..SPOT

March 17, 2010 - Msg 78251:
PH and all. Here is another interesting site:
It will blow you away!
Well, I've never been one for green beer
and all that other jazz; been more into the shamrockto the Trinity analogy!
So pllease pray for our troops, our country, and me! (:
Thanks all,

March 17, 2010 - Msg 78252:
Wow! A moulage? I didn't think we did that?

Me-They I didn't skip to the end. However, I don't believe we're doing the Lord's work when we spend somebody else's money. Also, "what's mine is mine," you bet it is. It's up to me to decide what to do with it, not The Village. I know fully that someday I'll be judged, in part, by what I did with "mine." I can also tell you I sleep like a baby at night. I am third. God is first, others are second, I am third. The Village is a greedy monster and is about 44th.


March 17, 2010 - Msg 78253: Haven't we beat this particular moulage to death by now?....hehe...You make an excellant point, Auh2o.."I know fully that someday I'll be judged, in part, by what I did with "mine""....It's not real love and charity unless it is mine to give freely...makes me think of how God gives us all a free will so we can willingly choose to love him.

As far as the "Village" is concerned, my sister and I were engaged in one of those rare conversations that we actually had time for (!) and she was talking about all the earthquakes and disasters we are seeing lately. We were discussing the mentality of current Americans. If things really went down the tubes here, what would happen. Back during the great depression, the church and Christians were the source of charity but now, with such dependance on the "great government t1t", how would folks survive without it?

Hope your rash is better soon, Ro.