April 15, 2010 - Msg 78665:
Matt.17:27 -"...go to the sea,drop in a hook and take the first fish that comes up. Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth twice the temple tax...
(Did Jesus have a sense of humor, or what? ha)

April 15, 2010 - Msg 78666:
Ha, the perfect sweep for today!!

April 15, 2010 - Msg 78667: Good sweep, Man-Zierre!

Hey Y'all- finally got caught up on all the goings- on around here. Boo, you made me smile several times,you and Thelma Lou! You'd better be nice to that donkey- I came across something online yesterday that was an Indian belief (not sure which tribe) that when a person dies, they have to cross a bridge into the "Great Beyond". and on that bridge is every animal the person has ever encountered in their life and it's up to them if the person gets to cross the bridge. Interesting,but I'm taking from Rev. Tucker- ha!

To Dež, my sympathies in the loss of your family member. My husband's father passed away at Easter,so I understand how you & the family must feel. Praying for you all.

Rev,did you and Spot enjoy the chow-dah? Ya know you've gotta pronounce it the New England way- LOL

Ooh, just remembered that I received a letter from Pappa Bear today! Been so busy I'd forgotten all about it. Will let y'all know how he's doing next time I rock,ok? Take care all!

possum under a rock

April 15, 2010 - Msg 78668: Hi friends!I am using my daughters computer I am waiting to get one of my own in a few weeks.Hope all is well with everyone,i haven"t had a chance to read the archives.Have a job interview monday,keep me in your prayers I will get it.Talk to you all later-ky girl

April 15, 2010 - Msg 78669: Good evening, porch. And what a lovely evening it is! Gentle breeze, sky is partly cloudy, with the slight promise of rain. Flowers opening so fast I can almost hear them, and unless my eyes deceive me, the first rosebud has opened in the rose island. Of course the knockout roses are open here and there, but the island contains the beautiful hybrids. By next week, that island will be a sea of color!

Eloise and I went to John's garden center today, and all I bought was a flat of verbenas and two sweet basil plants. I'll be getting more, but Joe can't come to plant until next week, and I figured I could plant one flat if I have to, but that's about all. I didn't try it when we got home - too tired. I'll tackle it in the morning.

Well, guess I'll go tackle some leftovers for now. I can just about handle them, I think. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

April 15, 2010 - Msg 78670:
Hello porch family....wonderful day here in SC.

MDC....nice sweep with the WORD

Ro....I will get you that clam chowder recipe. And yes I also love to shoot a dash of tabasco in it. Good stuf!

Possum.....you're right....it's clam "chow-dah". We've been married almost 29 years so she's been living here in SC for that same length of time but she still paks her cah in our driveway:)

Spot....watching the Braves play SD. Braves winning in the 6th right now 3-1. Go Braves!

ky girl....praying for your job interview this Monday. Hope you get your own computer soon also.

You all take care and have a great night!
Love and prayers

April 15, 2010 - Msg 78671: Evening porch, just stopping in this evening before bedtime.

It has been a busy work week so I am looking forward to the week end. Still dealing with this
spring cold/crud. Taking some antibiotics now as it is a sinus infection and my voice is still croaky at times. We had a thunder/rain storm this afternoon so hopefully much of the pollen washed away.

Belle and I have been walking abougt 2 miles around our neighborhood in the evenings this week and it has been so nice. She seems to enjoy the walk and I certainly need the exercise. clears my mind, body and soul!

Romeena, hope you are doing better and your foot and leg are okay.

Bedtime snack will be" peanut butter and graham crackers with chocolate milk!

Prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

April 15, 2010 - Msg 78672: That is an interesting belief, Possum! I think if Thelma Lou has anything to do with it, my whole family will cross the bridge. I had to turn my head and laugh this evening because I went outside where Bruce had been putting a golf ball around. Well, there he stood with a golf club in one hand and his other arm around Thelma lou's neck! It was the FUNNIEST picture but I pretended not to notice and walked on. Today we were sitting on the front porch around sunset and here came Thelma Lou, up on the porch and just stood there right by us. I noticed that she seemed to have something under her chin, under the bridle. Bruce removed the bridle (which the previous owner had put on her and which she doesn't need because you can't make her go where she doesn't want to go!), and under her chin was a sore that had been rubbed there. She was pretty happy to get that thing off and proceeded to scratch on face on the posts on the porch steps. Don't think I will ever put another one of those on her. HM, I bought some of that Bronco today to put on her but she freaked over the spray bottle so tomorrow I will have to get a sponge and put it on her that way. I have noticed that in a couple of places on her legs, the bites have caused her to bleed, poor old thing.

Prayers for your job interview, KYGIrl!!Let us know how it goes.

Good for you for getting your exercise, Maude! I need to get out there and do more walking. I have noticed that just from living out here in the country, I am getting in better shape. I certainly don't spend much time sitting around.

I am going to try and get some pictures sent to Ro this weekend but i will probably have to tie Bruce to the chair to get it done.

I should get to bed...it's be morning in no time.


April 16, 2010 - Msg 78673: Good late evening, or early morning, porch. I'm up late, just not sleepy. About to get that way, though.

Boo, if I may - take it from a country girl used-to-be -- I suspect that what Thelma Lou was wearing was a halter, not a bridle. A bridle will almost always involve a bit in the animal's mouth, though there are a few exceptions, used on extremely well-trained and cooperative animals. It will also involve a set of reins, and is used when riding the horse or mule, or in rare cases, a donkey. A halter is much like a bridle, in that it is a set of leather straps and buckles, fits around the animal's head, up over the ears, involves a nosepiece, and almost always will have a metal ring beneath the animal's chin. This ring is what a lead rope is attached to, which is the purpose of a halter in the first place. Folks often put a halter on and leave it, so whenever they need to catch the animal, all they have to do is get close enough to snap the latch of a lead rope to the ring, and the deed is done. Beats fighting with a reluctant animal to put a halter on every time, but the halter should be properly fitted and not cause the animal any harm or discomfort. If Thelma Lou's halter had rubbed a sore on her chin, it wasn't fitted correctly, and I'll bet she was delighted to get the thing off. She will probably object strenuously if you ever do try to put one on her again.

You mentioned that she had some "rain rot" on her body, and I know homemaker and New Neighbor have given you some excellent advice and suggested medications for it. I can't add anything there except to observe that having access to shelter, to quite literally get in out of the rain will help, and daily brushings with a fairly stiff-bristled brush will also help. For a lot more information, just Google "equine rain rot" and a bunch of links will open up. I'm so glad you have Thelma Lou, and even more glad she has you! I just know that my home in heaven is going to be rural, and surely God will give me the companionship of a little donkey, among other critters. I don't care if the mansion turns out to be a cabin, that part doesn't matter.

REV, please tell your dear wife that I'd be delighted to have that recipe, whether it's called chowder or chowdah. Have you ever noticed that parts of New England pronounce a lot of words much the same as they're pronounced in the deep South? Generally speaking, that is. The pronunciation may be the same, but the inflection and syllabification is a little different. Example - New England may say "cah" for car, but they say it fast, clipped. Cah! The deep South also says "cah", (sort of) with the "r" becoming "ah", but it's more strung out, as "caw-ah", with the "a" given two different sounds, thereby making two syllables. I love it! I think if I hadn't been a nurse, I'd have enjoyed linguistics.

Well, enough of my trivial trivialities. I'm going to bed! Good night, porch! --Romeena

April 16, 2010 - Msg 78674: Busy,Busy here at work for a friday...get off at 3 and gona go do yard work...hey Romeena,Possum,MDC,Rev,Hazel,Tom,Maudeie....lets have a picnic for lunch outside...I will fire up the grill for dogs and burgers...swiss cheese,chilie,bbq chips and for sure Maude slaw...Boo make some good sweet tea hun...SPOT

April 16, 2010 - Msg 78675:
Pack the cah in Ha-vaad yaad

April 16, 2010 - Msg 78676:
"Look at this paycheck! Ole sucker Barney Fife,
take another piece of Barney." ha
Happy tax freedom day!
God bless,

April 16, 2010 - Msg 78677:
Hello porch family....just a quick check in.

Ro....Nancy reminded me that the recipe is on her page on my website. Just go to rockymorrismusic.com and click on "Nancy's Kitchen". That recipe and others are on there. Enjoy!

Love and prayers for all my porch family!

April 16, 2010 - Msg 78678: Sweet tea coming up, SPOT.

Thank you for the information, Ro...I certainly didn't know the difference between a halter and a bridle but do now. I did notice when I was at Tractor Supply the other day that they made a lighter, more comfortable halter that we could possibly use later when the sore under her chin has healed. So far, she is pretty easy to lead around without it. I will google rain rot, thanks. Right now she just hangs on the porch if it rains and she stays dry. We will have to build her a shelter out back with some straw in it or something. I also think she has some lice because she scratches on things and has rubbed some bald spots on herself. After doing some research, I think I have been over-feeding her..I think she has now filled out enough! BTW, I agree with you competely about the cabin...

Well, Bruce just got home and I think I will see how his days went.


April 16, 2010 - Msg 78679:

April 16, 2010 - Msg 78680: Thanks, REV! Yay! The recipe is there, for sure, and so are a bunch of others that just look wonderful! I imagine I'll be trying them all, probably beginning with the mac and cheese. That's one of my all-time favorite dishes anyway, and that looks easy and delicious.

The irises are just so beautiful. A new one opened this morning, it's a bright lemon yellow, just almost glows out there in the twilight. Up closer to the house is a pale pink, flanked by a deep purple. The two colors so close together are delicious. I've got to stop at Lowe's and get some more bamboo stakes, though. I have a bundle, but they're six-footers, and I need some three-footers. The irises are all about four feet tall, and so heavy-headed that they're falling over. A three-foot stake will support them just fine, and you don't have the spiky stake interfering with the beauty of the flowers.

Well, guess I'll go rustle up some leftovers for dinner. Maybe tomorrow I'll make that mac and cheese. I have all the ingredients. Next week, after a trip to the store, I'll make the clam chow-dah!

Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

April 16, 2010 - Msg 78681: Hi All.
It going to be a wet raining tonight and cold Saturday and Sunday.
Romeena- no stepdad had not catch a thhing right now.
Will thing are going bad for me now what all this bad weather we had it was to heave for my step a friend of min xame to see my and win he with down the stair broke on him thank good he was all right so how we have to used the sizd door to I git thim fix.


April 17, 2010 - Msg 78682:
I think I'll start a moulage. BO has sold us down the river with this whole nuclear thing.
We are the most peace-loving nation in the world
but he is about to let Russia and others have more and NEWER neclear arms, while we unilaterally cut ours. The "balance of power" will be way off. These times just got scarier, and i wont EVEN mention the humungous volcano that is erupting and actually canceling air travel!! Wierd.
Lord Jesus be with us! Thank you,

April 17, 2010 - Msg 78683:
Just dropping in to give my heartfelt thanks to all for the prayers and well wishes. It means so much to my family and me. It still doesn't seem like he's gone... I guess that will just take time.


April 17, 2010 - Msg 78684: Good Morning gang!....im back at work...have yall eat yet?...if not got some sausage-n-bisquits with mustard...get 2....hey Possum,Romeena,Boo,Maude,Des,MDC....well let me get started here....will be here all day....SPOT

April 17, 2010 - Msg 78685: Ooh, I can't eat that,spot! My stomach doesn't feel so good this morning. Can you rustle me up some grits?
Y'all enjoy the weekend- love to all!

possum under a rock

April 17, 2010 - Msg 78686: Happy Weekend Porch Family:
Cool and rainy here again... can't complain though, 90 degrees wasn't my cup of tea this early in April.
Gonna get moving here this morning. Kids have planned a Skeet Shoot tomorrow after church. That means cookout. Everybody~ drop on by, there'll be plenty of food. Big Maude- could you bring some of your good coleslaw? ~ New Neighbor

April 17, 2010 - Msg 78687: nice day.
feeling without judgment is a washy
draught indeed but judgment untempered by feeling
is too bitter and husky a morsel for human
It is in vain to say human being ought to be
satisfied with tranquility they must
have action and they will make it
if they cannot
fine it.



April 17, 2010 - Msg 78688: New Neighbor I will be at the cook out/skeet shoot...can you sign me up for the competition?..I will get the old mossberg shot gun out and head that way...will have to stop and get some shells...Rev you wana ride with me?...hey Tom,Possum...well its back to paper work....SPOT

April 17, 2010 - Msg 78689: Yes, these are nail-biting times for this world but it is an opportunity to really press into God and learn to trust Him. I know that I have been trying to spend more time in prayer and in the word lately to keep myself from worrying about things.

Ro, I wanted to ask your advice about something. It seems my blood pressure is trying to get high on me and while I know about blood pressure related to pregnance I cant remember alot of what I learned about hypertension. I know that as women near menopause and estrogen levels drop off, many women get hypertension...(I think it may also have something to do with raising adolescent children..hehe;-), especially if they have a family history of it. I had been monitoring mine and while it was a little high for me, it would still be considered within the normal range for most. Well, have had a bad headache today and I was going to take some Maxalt the doc gave me but decided to check my pressure first and it was 160/100 in both arms, I waited and rechecked it and it was about the same so I went to bed and rested for a bit and took it again while on my side and it was 140/80. Then I decided to try taking a bath and see what that would do so I got into the jet tub and took a hot bath...that did it, of course..ha...after the bath it was 120/62 and the headache was gone. I can't spend my life in the tub, though, so I am going to monitor it and call the doc on Monday because I have the colonoscopy/endoscopy procedure on Tuesday and if I go in there the least bit nervous, it will be through the roof. I kind of surprised by it because I have lost some weight and am more active, but I guess with nearly eveyone in my family having hypertension, I shouldn't be surprise. Now, if i could only figure out how to lower the stress!! My sister has had severe hypertension since her 20's and takes Tenormin so I guess I am lucky I have never had it before.

Well, guess i will go take it easy. Both the kids are out of the house for awhile and this might be the perfect time for an afternoon nap! :-)


April 17, 2010 - Msg 78690: Some heavy thoughts from our Tom this afternoon. I think still waters run deep. Tom doesn't say much, but when he does, it's worth hearing.

My landscaper friend, Joe, came by this morning and brought his wife. Kathy stayed here with me while Joe went to make a call on a prospective customer. She and I had a lovely time out among the irises. You may recall, as I think I've mentioned it before, that my very first iris was brought in by Joe from their own garden. In years past, when Kathy was in better health, she had an iris garden that would knock your socks off. It has pretty much gone to weeds and wildness now, but every so often Joe shows up with a division from one that has bloomed among the ruins. He knows I'm happy to have them, and I don't care where he plants them, so now and then somebody blooms that I don't remember planting! Well anyway, we went to Big State Drug Store and had great hamburgers at their lunch counter. Such fun! Then we came back here and visited a while, played with Toye Starr (they're definitely dog people) and they just left. A very pleasant day.

MDC, you just outlined one more unbelievable, outrageous and totally, well, idiotic thing that he has done. What is he thinking? How on earth have we come to this, and where is it going to end? We have the opportunity to slow him down a lot in November, and in 2012 we can kick him out completely, but in the meantime, God help us. He can do a lot of damage in that length of time. I hope we can survive him.

The birth certificate thing still isn't dead, in fact some new things ar surfacing, and it's still just barely possible that he could be declared ineligible to serve. Sounds good - until I remember who would succeed him. Do we really want Joe Biden in the Oval Office? First of all, whoever is pulling Obama's strings would certainly pull Biden's. Then there's the matter of Biden's health. If he passed, then (dum-dum-DUMMMM!) in would fly Pelosi on her broomstick and we would then be in more trouble than I care to imagine. I think our best and only choice is to hunker down and pray, very hard.

As I sit here at this window, looking out over a sea of beautiful color and fragrant blooms, little squirrels happily burying peanuts under my rose bushes, birds carrying straw to their nests, and Toye Starr curled at my feet - it's fairly easy to convince myself that it's okay, that all's right with the world. It's not, but it's fun to think so for a little while.

Be blessed, friends! --Romeena

April 17, 2010 - Msg 78691: Hi there, Boo. You slipped in on me. Well, of course you know that 160/100 is waaaay too high. Obviously, you also know that a warm bath will lower it, as it dilates the vessels. Still, as you said, that's a temporary fix. I think you've sized the situation up correctly, and apparently you're also aware that you need to do something about it. One thing you can do is take garlic tablets. They won't help much, but might help a little, and they won't hurt you. I've taken them for years. If you buy a good brand, they won't have an aftertaste, either. The main thing, of course, is to get to a doctor and get on a good antihypertensive. Try to avoid ACE inhibitors if you can, as many of them have a really annoying cough as a side effect. I take Hyzaar 25/100, it works, and I have noticed no side effects. My pressure stays around 110/70. Don't mess with your blood pressure. The last thing you need is a stroke.

Blessings, my friend. --Romeena

April 17, 2010 - Msg 78692:
Hello porch family....just got home from a great day out with my sweet wife. We ate at Olive Garden so I'm stuffed. It was good as always.

Got to leave out early in the morning for a concert. It's here in SC so I'll be back home tomorrow night.

Ro....you're right about the chain of command in the White House....even if Obama is kicked out we still don't have much to look forward to.

Boo....prayers for that blood pressure....you take care of yourself.

Spot...thanks for swinging by here to pick me up for the cookout.

Well the Braves are behind in the 8th 4-0. Not looking good tonight.

You all have a good night's sleep and a blessed worship day tomorrow.
Love and prayers!

April 18, 2010 - Msg 78693: You said it, Ro...the last thing I need is a stroke and I don't plan on having one. I rested today, monitored my pressure and it stayed in the normal range the rest of the day. Some good friends invited us out to a ball game (minor league...Hooks) and it was a beatiful, cool evening with a gentle breeze...perfect temperature and I enjoyed it. I need to make time to do more things that I enjoy doing. You know, as I sat there watching the team play, I had some thoughts come to me. I was thinking about how the home team had lots of people cheering them on but the visiting team had no fans cheering in the stands and I thought about how it is so much better to have someone urging you on. I was remembering the scripture in Hebrews 23, I think, where Paul is talking about running the race of faith and he says that we are encompassed by such a great cloud of witnessess that it should encourage us to leave aside what hinders us and run the race because Jesus is fathful (paraphrased, of course). Ever think of that? Many have gone before us and won. Something else that I was pondering is how there were these bloated, beer-drinking old fellows shouting from their seats, trying to tell the players what they were doing wrong and how to do it right (and not in a nice way) and I thought of how that is kind of a picture of many in the church today...sitting by, out of shape, watching the game from the stands and criticizing the heck out of those in the game. Those old guys were not in the player's shoes and had no idea of what it really took to play as well as they did. I have been guilty of that myself. Just my thoughts while at the ball park. :-)

Thanks for those prayers, REV. I appreciate it very much. Glad you had a nice day with your sweet wife.

Think I will turn in and try to get some sleep...


April 18, 2010 - Msg 78694: Boo, I'm so glad to hear that you're doing a few non-stressful things, just relaxing and letting the world take a turn. You need to do that. You've come through a very stressful period, building the house and moving into it. Even though it's a positive thing, it's still a lot of work and is a major change, which causes stress. Just keep watching that blood pressure.

You're so right, in your application of that scripture to our situation today. We should be ever ready to encourage each other and "cheer the team on" whenever possible. We all need that, and even a little negative word can hurt some people so much. I recall an incident that happened shortly after our team returned from the first Mongolia trip. I was in the grocery store, and happened to be wearing my "official" t-shirt, with the 3-M logo (Medical Mission Mongolia) on it. An old man, a stranger to me, kept looking at the shirt and finally said "So, you couldn't find any needy people here? You had to go all the way to Mongolia?" I was shocked of course, and speechless, at least at first. However, I'm rarely speechless for long, so I looked him straight in the eyes and said, "You're right, of course, there is a lot to be done here. That's why I pay my taxes which presumably help support the welfare program. I give to several charities and I tithe to my church, which supports several local assistance programs. In addition, I chose to travel at my own expense to Mongolia to dispense medical care and share the gospel. What have you done this year?" He turned red, glared at me and muttered something about "smart-alecky women" and walked away. I'll admit, it hurt at first, but since I'm the type of person who would, according to my mother, fight the devil with a flyswatter, I decided the man was an ignorant busybody and soon dismissed it. However, I have a dear, sensitive little friend (not Eloise, she'd probably have kicked him in the shins) who would have been deeply hurt over that remark, would have internalized it and mulled it over for weeks, wondering if she had made a mistake in going to Mongolia. Meantime, the man would have gone his way, never knowing or caring what harm he had done.

Well, I'm off to bed. Not sure whether I'll be going to church in the morning or not. My foot is still quite swollen, the calf is swollen and tender and has a large, hard lump in it, which I presume is the hematoma the radiologist saw. It doesn't seem to be resolving. The knee is still clicking, slipping and at times locking. I'm thinking there's a loose body in it, and after I get off work Tuesday morning, I will be going to a knee surgeon. This is the age of specialization. The orthopedist I saw last week only deals with backs! For the knee, I have to see someone else. Good grief.

Prayers for your concert, REV! Be blessed, porchsters. God loves you! --Romeena

April 18, 2010 - Msg 78695: Happy Sunday gang...Rev the braves had a no hitter thrown at them yesterday....gem of a game for the rockies...watching a service on the tube at work...slow ...got 2 calls going on......I will bring the fried Chicken to the cookout/skeet shoot NN...Boo will you fix some of your tea?...then BOOM BOOM skeet shooting...recon they will be a lady from Arkansas?....ok..back to work keeping Church lights on...SPOT

April 18, 2010 - Msg 78696: Ok Folks-
It's time to get this Skeet shoot going. I have my ear plugs and dthe grill is started. Brownines are baked, Big Maude is bringing the slaw, it's pot luck so everyone enjoy!!! I know the kids are having a good time! We just have a nervous goat! (Hope he's not loaded). ~New Neighbor

April 18, 2010 - Msg 78697: Happy Sunday porch, back from church and taking it kinda easy his afternoon. cool sunny day today on my end of the porch. Looking forward to the covered dish, got my slaw all ready and I have slow cooked a canned ham this afternoon as well. I poured a can of cherry pie filling over it as it has cooked so hopefully it will be tasty. Not sure though as I had never thought about this particular combination but keeping my fingers crossed it will be good enough to bring to the potluck.

practicing for the skeet shoot as well... hopefully my four leaf clover and rabbits foot will work!

have a blessed day everyone.

Big Maude

April 18, 2010 - Msg 78698: Hello everyone.

Tom, that is awful to hear about your friend falling on those stairs that broke. I am glad to hear he was not hurt. Good thing you have another door you can use until the stairs get fixed.

Romeena, that was an interesting experience with the old man in a grocery store. And that was a great reply you offered to his remark. You not only surprised him, but I suspect you also embarrassed him by the extent of your efforts.

Does anyone watch Clark Howard on the HLN channel? Today he mentioned an scam where a victim receives an email claiming to be from one of their own friends mentioning that the friend took an unannounced trip to Europe and got stranded when they lost their wallet. The email asks the victim to please send them some cash to help their friend get back home. Although the email is using the friend's email address, it is a scam. Apparently, the friend's email account is hacked to be used to make this scam appear legitimate. I never heard of this one before.
So be wary of any requets for cash, even from email accounts you recognize or from other legitimate email accounts.
You can visit Clark Howards consumer advice web site at http://clarkhoward.com/.

from Poor Horatio

April 18, 2010 - Msg 78699: "BOOM,BOOM,BOOM...Maude you handle that shotgun very well...NN Make my burgers hard with swiss please...those sauted mushrooms look good too..scoop me some of the boys on there!...and some Maude slaw...abd Boo you make your tea just right...may NN this is a fun gathering!..thanks for the invite!....SPOT

April 18, 2010 - Msg 78700: Hello again folks.

(ducks to avoid the flying buckshot from Maude and SPOT) . . . Yikes!

I'm watching the Discovery channel. Today they are airing a bunch of episodes of LIFE. Each hour they feature a different species. I just finished watching the episode on insects and it was amazing about what I learned. Now they are showing an episode about fish.

from Poor Horatio

April 18, 2010 - Msg 78701: "smart-alecky woman"!...HAHAHA...Good for you! I love that story, Ro. What he said was just, plain ridiculous and a perfect example of what I was talking about above. "Fight the devil with a flyswatter!"...so funny. You are really something, you know that? (and I really like ya):-)

I caught a little of the Life ep about fish, PH...then I switched to Andy, the ep where they form the "Mayberry Minutemen"

Barney: "Will you help us?!...I mean them..."


April 18, 2010 - Msg 78702:
NewNeighbor- so did you "pass muster" at the skeet shoot? haha
PH- I actually GOT one of those e-mails from a "friend." Somehow they got into his gmail, and rigged it so his emails forwarded to the bad guys account.
Suspicious from the get-go, I CALLED him and he said I was his 15th call, and that he was NOT
stranded in England! So that is my suggestion if
you all get one--call your friend and see.
Tom- my prayers for you and yours!
RO- you are a hoot!
Boo-if you cant stomach fish oil, you may not do well with garlic tabs, but there are other natural BP helps.
God bless,

April 18, 2010 - Msg 78703:
PS; I was watching some of the tags commercial spots on my dvds yesterday, and ran across the one where barn and Andy ordered at the french restaurant, so the commercial was a take on that
and at the end instead of Andy saying "Goo-o-o-d," he said "Bo-o-o-o-on." ha!

April 19, 2010 - Msg 78704: Hi friends,

Just checking in.

MDC, I read a post of yours(I think it was you anyway) a few pages back, where you talked about the census and only putting in how many people live at your residence, and nothing about race, being that it is none of their business and you don't have to report that under the law.
I wish I would have thought of that! I filled it out, thinking "oh, this isn't as bad as I thought." I had heard they might ask you how many bathrooms you have and weird stuff like that. So when it didn't ask anything except the number of people and race, I thought it wasn't so bad.
If I would've read your post before I filled it out, I would've done put on there the same thing you did. Darn it.

Ro, you spoke of Pelosi being in the White House if somehow both Obama and Biden were out of there. I don't know if that would be such a bad thing. Reason being I think Pelosi would go absolutely stark raving mad with power and everyone would see what a loon she truly is, and then EVERYONE would be wanting a change of leadership. Well, maybe except the other loons.

We had a missions conference at our church this past week, with different missionaries coming to talk. One we had from Uzbekistan, who had his son act as interpretor. He has to go by another name because over there, it is illegal to preach the Gospel, or to have more than one Bible, and you definitely can't give it to someone else.
I was thinking that "there is a real follower of Jesus". Who would risk his life to spread the Gospel. We have it easy here. For now. We must hold on to those freedoms at any cost, or it could be that way here soon.

I actually watched part of a couple episodes of TAGS on Tvland today. I forgot if it was during "Andy discovers America" or during the next one they showed with that travelling medicine man.
But somehow I had always missed the part where Andy says to Barney, "Go ahead. I'm all ears." And Barney sasses back, "You always was."
He does it so deadpan that it just cracked me up. Nice to see something "new" on an episode.

-Sterling Holobyte

April 19, 2010 - Msg 78705:
"How did I manage to put that whole thing,that whole foot, into my mouth?"

April 19, 2010 - Msg 78706: Well,it sounds like I've managed to miss the skeet shoot,it sounded like fun.Who wore my martini glass skirt at this event?Lol-ky girl

April 19, 2010 - Msg 78707: Great to hear from you, Sterling. Hope your family is well. I don't remember that line from tags that you mentioned, though I did watch a couple of eps yesterday, including Andy Discovers..and the medicine man...I expect it was in medicine man because I didn't see all of that one. I was bouncing between to programs.

Well, not much news, just checking in. I'll be back later.


April 19, 2010 - Msg 78708: Good morning, porch. I'm a little disappointed, just got my lab results this morning, from the blood drawn last week. Serum creatinine is still high at 2.0. I can't imagine what the problem is, the doc had blamed it on Advil, but I haven't had an Advil tablet since she said that, so I'm puzzled. Well, God is in control.

PH, I really wasn't wanting to embarrass that brazen old man, just wanted him to think about what he said, but if he was embarrassed too, well, so be it. He asked for it, walking up to a total stranger with a remark like that. What did he expect? (I wish there was a way to let him know that I went again the following year!)

Sterling, you could be right about Madame Pelosi. that probably would just send her over the edge. She skates pretty close as it is. She looks like a frightened horse most of the time.

How interesting to hear the man from Uzbekistan! We in this country have no idea of the persecution some people face. I have a connection to a covert missionary in the Middle East, and he could tell you some tales, believe me. Also, our former "fearless leader" on the Mongolia trips is now the Missions leader at Kingsland Baptist Church, near Houston, and he goes into places you would not believe. His blog can be found at: Gobeyondblog.com. Check it out, it's amazing. Read it for several days, sooner or later one will really grab you.

Well, gotta run. Doctor appointment out in Southlake, then have to work tonight. Be blessed, all. --Romeena

April 19, 2010 - Msg 78709: Me again. Those email scams PH is talking about - one way they get y9our address is from people not clearing address lists off when you forward something. Please, please, please!!! Use Bcc, and if you get something from someone who didn't, then clear off the address list before you send that message on. I can't stress strongly enough how important this is. --Romeena

April 19, 2010 - Msg 78710: "y9our". Hmm. Guess I need to shorten my fingernails. --Romeena

April 19, 2010 - Msg 78711: Mornin' y'all! Man, don't tell me I missed the skeet shoot! From what I hears, Big Maude really tore it up! LOL Maybe it was that martini glass skirt of ky's girl's she was wearing- brought her some luck!

Ro, sure hope the docs can get a handle on what's been ailin' you. Prayers, friend.

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

possum under a rock

April 19, 2010 - Msg 78712: I don't " hears" anything- LOL

How redneck & backwoods does that sound? Good grief!

possum again

April 19, 2010 - Msg 78713:
Ro-I watched a movie with the kids last week and a girl spelled her Sa5m. She said the 5 was silent. Maybe, the 9 is silent with the spelling of y9our. Just a thought.


April 19, 2010 - Msg 78714: Morning Family:
Just checking in before starting the day. Looks like a beautiful one at that!
Thanks for all the wonderful food and fellowship yesterday. The kids enjoyed it so much, by the end of the evening there were 30 teens, adults and kids taking a crack at the flying skeets! It's so much fun, and what a testimony! Some are not church going people, but when it comes time to eat... we all thank the Lord for the food and fellowship. Small seeds, that's all it takes. We've envited them to a picnic here in the summer with a gospel singer (friend of ours). Who knows. Must get moving. Thanks again everyone. (Good shot Maude-you ole' dead eye!) ~New Neighbor

April 19, 2010 - Msg 78715: Good Monday porch, back to work today, cool and windy on my end of the porch today. still got the sniffles, must be allergies.

Well, all I can say is that buckeye, rabbits foot and 4 leaf clover sure came in handy with the skeet shooting. Next time I will carry a penny that has been ran over by a train for even more luck!

Better get back to work, have a blessed day. Prayers for everyone.

Dinner menu: pork chops, mashed potatoes, gravy, SLAW, green beans, biscuits. apple cobbler for dessert. tea to drink!

see you at supper.

Big Maude

April 19, 2010 - Msg 78716:
Sometimes i think that if i were around during the
1770s, I would have been a minuteman in a New York minute! Pun intended.(: The last few years especially i feel that way. The census thing for example, sterling, is a good example. 10 years ago i filled it all in, bathrooms and all, but I also did not fear my government like i do now. Even BO's canceling the space program scares me, because after 2010 WE will have to rely on the RUSSIAN's 40 year old space capsule, Soyez, to get us to the space station which we mostly built! The russians will charge us $56 MILLION (AP article)per astronaut!! Everything is crazy right now. I remember during the 50s when we would get under our school desks during civil defense drills, my dad, being part of our power during WWII, assured me that the russians "aren't that dumb to start anything with us," but now I am not so sure!
Anyways, so much for that.
RO- my prayers are with you.
good to see sterling, maude, possum PH, aUh20 and all!

April 19, 2010 - Msg 78717: Well, guess I'll toss in my two cents' worth. As I see it, the nuclear arms question is just an extension of the gun control question. You all know that I have a gun, so you know how I feel. Guns don't kill people. People kill people, by any means that comes to their hand, if they're in a murderous mood. I suppose you could kill somebody with a leg o' lamb if you wanted to. As the very old saying goes, "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." That's very true.

Now let's visit that extension I mentioned. "When nuclear weapons are outlawed, only rogue nations will have nuclear weapons." We have been well-armed for a long time, and no government has officially jumped on us since Japan tried it at Pearl Harbor. Organized civilian groups (Al-Qaeda) have launched terrorist attacks, but no government has done it. North Korea so far has demonstrated quite plainly that they're not going to follow any rules or guidelines. So, my friends, when that demented little gargoyle who is in charge over there gets bold enough, and the nuclear missiles come whizzing over our heads, we can all stand up and say in unison "Thank you, Mr. Obama, for leaving us defenseless. Maybe we can sing 'Kumbaya' to them and they'll stop!"

Friends, correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe even Jesus permitted his disciples to carry two swords with them into the Garden of Gethsemane. I believe it was a matter of the "balance of power". Had they been totally unarmed, there may have been a bloody fight. They weren't armed to the teeth, ready to carry out a massacre, but they had two swords and enough husky young men that the soldiers who were with the temple officials were content to just take Jesus, and didn't escalate it into a bloodbath. The idea of "being prepared" can be found throughout the scriptures. Paul even uses armor and defensive weapons as an illustration of a well-prepared soldier of the Lord.

For this nation, as yet still more Christian than not, to disarm and just sit here and wait to be overpowered is ridiculous, but that seems to be the plan. We'll sit here and be attacked by that goggle-eyed madman in North Korea, and bombed by every jihadist who aspires to earn his seventy-two virgins, and our president sits in his office, stars in his eyes, dreaming 'dreams of his father.' Gag.

Sorry, Mr. President. Sorry, Nancy. When it comes to the last push, I'll be found sitting here with the Judge in my hand, and when the troops come through the door.....

OK, someday I'll tell you how I REALLY feel! --Romeena

April 19, 2010 - Msg 78718: Romeena, never fear. All is not bleak. Prosperity is just around the corner. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVFdAJRVm94

from Poor Horatio

April 19, 2010 - Msg 78719:
Ro, you are too much!! ha Very serious subject, don't get me wrong, but since there's just a few of us on the porch these days, why not discuss it civilly? Sterling's mention of the Mayberry Minutemen got me to thinking about the whole birth of our nation. They could have just sat around and taken it from the british, but, no, there was a point where good men said enough is enough. I suspect that there is a little bit of Nathan Tibbs in all of us.
I see in our newspaper today that a pew poll shows that 80% do not trust the government right now. That is pretty amazing.
Well, next stop... the Soyuz launch pad!
Prayers for all.
"Andy Gump yer chin there a little bit." (:

April 19, 2010 - Msg 78720: Give me one reason why we should trust the government, and I'll be happy to consider it. --Romeena

April 19, 2010 - Msg 78721: And on a happier note - consider this link:

Now we know what angels sound like. Simply beautiful. --Romeena

April 19, 2010 - Msg 78722: Back at work gang....busy here...any leftovers?(dog scraps?).....SPOT

April 19, 2010 - Msg 78723: Hoohoo, how true (post#78720).

Been a tough day, spent alot of time in the bathroom preparing for the test tomorrow...those of you who have had the pleasure of a colonoscopy prep know what I am talking about! Well, the job is now done and I can relax for the rest of the evening. Please remember me in your prayers tomorrow.

Think I will go see if there is any Andy on the tube..


April 19, 2010 - Msg 78724: Have'nt gotten all of the posts read but did do a few. . . Boo, there is a new over the counter med for rain rot called Vetericyn. It is very good and it doesn't sting when it goes on. It is a spray but not a loud spray. You are right about the Bronco - sometimes Shotgun reacts like that.

We are looking for a new to us truck - found one tonite so hopefully we will get a loan from the bank. Hate going into debt for a vehicle - hate that!! But it is perfect. So I am praying the bank will say yes. Can you pray too. Old tan is 12 years old and had 233000 miles plus on it. Although Tan has been a good truck we would feel safer in something with a few less miles.

Spot - if you find anything to eat, toss some my way - I am hungry tonite!


April 20, 2010 - Msg 78725:
Boo and HM, my prayers are with you for two quite different situations! ha
I have heaard that there is now a virtual colonoscopy. Something to think about.
God bless all,

April 20, 2010 - Msg 78726: Praying all goes well for you today, Boo.

Hey to all the dears & honeys of the Porch!

Y'all take care.

possum u.a.r.

April 20, 2010 - Msg 78727: Man, wish I could get a "virtual colonoscopy"! ha...thanks for the prayers. I will be glad when this is all over and I can sleep it off. I feel like a person feels after a stomach virus..guess I am just dehydrated and so thirsty but can't drink anything. I guess they will fix me up with an IV when I get there and I'll feel better...not to mention when they shoot the narcotics into it! :-)

Hope you get the truch you need, HM. Bruce is going to have to get another truck soon...his is getting to be a real rattle trap. I know how you feel about those car payments.

Well, guess I will get ready to go. Talk to you all probably tomorrow instead of this evening.


April 20, 2010 - Msg 78728:
Morning Possum, boo, HM, and all!
Prayers for porchsters.
I think that between now and november, life needs to be anything but 'the usual.' Get involved, and Lord be with us. May we turn back to your ways and repent.
Hey REV, when will your new CD be out?
Take care friends,

April 20, 2010 - Msg 78729: Shakedown!

April 20, 2010 - Msg 78730: Everyone at the diner having the lunch special?

April 20, 2010 - Msg 78731: Wow slow porch...well Im back at work "again"...slow some rain here...camping Fri!..or maybe thu if site is open...hey Boo,Romeena,Rev braves and hawks on tonight...well let me get busy..hey Possum,MDC,HM,NN,Tom....well lets have spaghetti and "meat balls"....no dont throw them..hey where is Asa?..Mavis?...maude can you make a salad tonight instead of slaw?...thousand Island for me please.....ok...see ya at supper ..SPOT

April 20, 2010 - Msg 78732:
Spot, RO is working today, Boo is at her 'procedure', HM is up to her eyeballs in goats,and i guess the rest went to Snappy Lunch! lol
Spaghetti works for me.
Prayers continue for all!
Mr., "reporter in-the-know", Darlin's Cuz (:

April 20, 2010 - Msg 78733: Darlin UAR ha

April 20, 2010 - Msg 78734: Well, I'm back and that procedure was very easy. Waiting in the waiting room was the worst part. They got my IV on the first shot, and everyone was very nice and friendly. The doc came in and talked to me for a minute, I mentioned something about how I had never been sedated for anything and about 2 seconds later I was asleep. I can remember waking up a little during the colonoscopy and feeling something going on in my colon (eeeww) but I guess I said something because they must of hit me with some more of the good stuff. Next thing I knew I was in recovery, the doc was explaining his findings and it was time to go. Fairly enjoyable procedure, when you throw in the drugs...hehe. Oh, and thanks for your prayers, the doc said everything looked good, my colon was (and these were his exact words:) "beautiful". He did find a couple of polyps in my stomach that he called blood polyps and although he sent one to the lab he certainly wouldn't expect it to be cancer.

I finally had a little something to eat and had a nap so I am feeling pretty good....Maybe tomorrow when I am back to normal, we can all eat out at Morelli's.

Better go rest a bit. Hope Ro did ok at work last night with her leg and back, bless her.


April 20, 2010 - Msg 78735: Sounds like a good report, Boo. Glad to hear everything went okay.

I'm concerned over Ro, too. Prayers for her.

Morielli's tomorrow night- Boo's buying!

Y'all have a good evening-love to all.

possum again

April 20, 2010 - Msg 78736: Boo glad things wwent well....and Boo buying supper at Moriellis tomorrow!..I will bring a newspaper....hey possum...Idol was good tonight Crystal was fantastic....ok ...gona find a movie....SPOT