September 23, 2010 - Msg 80993: Yes indeed - prayers for Casey, for sure. Relax, Mom, he's going to be fine.

REV, I have Dish Network, and really do like it. The one drawback is that a major storm will often knock it out for a short while, until the clouds thin out a little, but normally cloudy skies don't do it. It has to be a really heavy cloud cover. I have a DVR on the living room and on my bedroom TV, and have recorded many of my favorite shows, like "Barney Miller". I don't watch them when they're being shown, I just have it set to record them. That way, when a storm knocks the broadcast out, I just switch over and watch some of those until the regular programming returns. And as I said, it's rare.

OK, this time I'm really going to bed. --Romeena

September 23, 2010 - Msg 80994: After I finish sweeping, that is. --Romeena

September 23, 2010 - Msg 80995: Mornin' y'all! I'm here, MDC, so put yer poinky stick away! My hands have been sore and achy the past few days- do possums get arthritis? Or maybe I've been pecking at the keyboard too much lately. Either way,they are bothering me! Oh well..
I want to leave a good thought for Casey as he undergoes surgery today. Prayers not only for him,but for his mama.
Waffle House on Spot's credit card this morning-see y'all there!
possum u.a.r.

September 23, 2010 - Msg 80996: I know what you're saying, MDC, and if I had any choice the dogs wouldn't be tied. They aren't tied all the time and are let out for periods of time during the day to run all over these 5 acres so don't get too torn up about it. Right now we are doing the best we can and I would love nothing better than to find them another home but Erin loves them alot (especially Hank) and I don't want to seperate them, either. It would be hard to find a good home for two lively, destructive BIG puppies and once they are a year old, they will be much less destructive and probably not need to be containted anymore and will have wonderful dog lives, believe me. After the baby goats were born, we had to use the dog kennel to seperate the babies and their mother to keep them safe. Our goat shed is not built yet and poor bruce has been working himself to death trying to get it all done and then the floods came! In two weeks the babies will be big enough to put back into the big pen, the dogs will have their kennel back, and things will be much easier. It has been raining like crazy for a whole week and we have been trying to juggle animals to keep them out of the rain, keep the dogs seperate from the new babies and mom and it has been h-e-ll on us, never mind the dogs. Factor in the terrible mosquitos and the ants, its been no picnic. Once the pups are grown, they will be much less destructive and able to run around without being contained, but until then, it has to be this way. I am open to opinions, if you have an idea about a way to make this easier.

I woke up to find this on the news this morning about the drug rehab where I volunteer...terrible:


September 23, 2010 - Msg 80997: Morning all and prayers for all, especially Casey and HM as he has his surgery today. I'm sure he will do fine too HM.

Rev, I have DISH network and it's ok. As Ro mentioned sometimes a heavy cloud blanket might knock it out for a few seconds. If you get any snow at all that will really affect it more. So my suggestion would be to mount your dish somewhere that you can reach it with a broom or something to clean the snow off. I have a painters telescopic pole that I attatched a small brush onto. I use it to wash my cars with, but it works great for cleaning the dish off also. They make a snow cover you can put over them. I don't know how well they work. I'm in snow country here and it usually only affects me two or three times a year so it's no big deal for the most part. I just wish I could customize my programs. Of the 200 or so channels I have I typically only watch the same handful as a rule. So it irks me to pay for the other stuff.

Boo, them pups are a trip for sure. Just be happy they ain't selfish girraffs. :)

I'm in Possum. Waffle House on Spot. It's steak and egg time.

Well I went and spent almost a thousand bucks yesterday buying the equipment I need for my new certification. I am now official and ready to roll.

75 degrees here today Boo. Perfect is what it is. But back up to 85 by the weekend. Pretty warm for us this late in September. No frozen maters yet.

Better get going. Y'all have a good day.


September 23, 2010 - Msg 80998: You snuck in on me Boo.
That is a horrible thing going on. Will this affect your situation?


September 23, 2010 - Msg 80999: Morning porch, time to wake up. Remember we are meeting possum at Waffle House courtsey of SPOT's credit card.

A beautiful fall like morning on my end of the porch. Hopefully we will start to see some beautiful colors in the trees and mountains in the next few weeks.

Lunch menu will be: BBQ sandwhiches, SLAW, chips. Little debbie cakes. tea, kool aid to drink.

Maybe we can use SPOT's credit card and go bowling or to the movies later this afternoon. We could take Lydia but she would probably pull her back out and have to be in traction for a week :). Wonder if she has been to the movies lately? Lydia was another one of my favorite characters. She was do dry and humorless but so funny to watch. Who ever played that role did a great job.

Prayers for Casey this morning and his Mom and family as well.

Better go get my work brain and get ready for the day. I gotta remember where I left it though.

Prayers and Blessings to all today.

Big Maude

September 23, 2010 - Msg 81000: rats, I just had a lengthy and I'm sure, highly entertaining post, and when I mashed the "post your comments button" it went to my front screen, and never did post. I think there were 3 or 4 posting at the same time, so I wonder if that caused it? Anyway, I'll stop back later.
- Hazel

September 23, 2010 - Msg 81001: I wonder if bigger wires would help.

September 23, 2010 - Msg 81002: Darn it, Hazel...wish I could have read your post.

Asa, I don't know how all this will affect my time out at the rehab. I expect they might have tighter security while the investigation is going on and not allow us in there, or the facility might actually close. We'll see.

Hey to Big Maude..enjoy your day.


September 23, 2010 - Msg 81003:
Maudie, Glenn Ford in G-Men is playing at the Grand! wait tilspot gets his bill! ha
Boo- thanks for the explanation. Will keep all your situations in my prayers, especially the rehab situation!
God bless,

September 23, 2010 - Msg 81004: Shhh... Spot's not only a talking dog, but he reads pretty good too! We've gotta keep things quiet,y'all! Bowling and the movies- whoo hoo! OOPS- sorry! I'll be quiet.

Boo, that is just awful. Those girls go there for help and end up being victimized all over again. Prayers,friend.

I'll check in later to see if there's any word on Casey.

See y'all at the bowling alley & The Grand!
possum again

September 23, 2010 - Msg 81005: Hi All.
A hot fall day here going to hit about 90 deg.
Prayer for all that can usesd thim.


September 23, 2010 - Msg 81006:
hey to Tom, now dont go "Glen Fording" all over town! ha

September 23, 2010 - Msg 81007: Can anyone tell me the name of the song "14A"? Thank you. President of "You Saved Mah Life" chapter

September 23, 2010 - Msg 81008: Good old 14-A. Welcome sweet springtime we greet thee in song....
(I'm guessing "Welcome sweet springtime")


September 23, 2010 - Msg 81009:
That sounds right to me too.
Onnly today is welcome sweet fall! ha
I think the Lord forgot that today is the
first day of fall in Phoenix too! 99 here today!!
Gotta be part "crazy' to live here i guess.
Which lead to my quote:
"What's the matter, havent you ever seen a man take off a dress before?" haha
Same ep as Asa's green bullets!

September 23, 2010 - Msg 81010: I heare there's a regular crime wave in marshall county, and it's all due to a-PATHY (:

September 23, 2010 - Msg 81011: Boo, I see that the dog problem you are experiencing is really bothering you. I did not see you respond to my suggestion in Msg 80893. Did you read it?
Remember those dogs are a liability to your family. And because you have previous knowledge of this problem, that makes the liability issue even more serious. Please take some action soon.

And to the author of Msg 81007, 14A that was sung in the Barney and the Choir episode is titled Voices of the Woods. It is also known as Welcome Sweet Springtime and was composed in 1884 by Michael Watson. The lyricist is unknown.

from Poor Horatio

September 23, 2010 - Msg 81012:
Boo, watch this episode of the Dog Whisperer for some great tips on raising and disciplining puppies.
Don't wait too long to view it. It is posted for just a limited time.

from Poor Horatio

September 23, 2010 - Msg 81013: Leneard Blush Leneard Blush! That is all I can find on the radio this afternoon.

September 23, 2010 - Msg 81014:
Hello porch family. was hot here in SC today also on the first day of fall.....95

Hazel....that has happened to me several times. Don't it just tear your nerves up?:)

Tom....good to see ya

Wife is calling me for dinner. Better go...she may not call twice!
Love and prayers!

September 23, 2010 - Msg 81015: Thanks PH, I somehow missed your post when you mentioned it before. I will watch it tonight.

Been really hot here today, too, REV but they tell us a cool front is scheduled for Sunday night that will bring temps into the 80's for daytime highs and into the 60's at night, which will be a huge relief.

Made a good dinner of grilled chicken breast marinated in lots of garlic and soy sauce and made some guacamole to top it off and green beans with new potatoes...good eatin'.

Well, SIL is cleaning the kitchen (big smile) and I am going to kick back with a good book.


September 23, 2010 - Msg 81016: AFTER I watch that video you posted, PH. :-)


September 24, 2010 - Msg 81017: Mornin' Y'all! Any word on how Casey made out?

Rev, do you think it's ever gonna feel like Fall here in SC? Sure has been a hot few months- I am ready for some cooler weather!

I can still make out the numbers on Spot's credit card, 'though I must say they are getting quite faded and worn! We'd better make the most of things while we still can- what about a big breakfast over at Cracker Barrel this morning? Then we'll all go out into the Gift Shop and do some early Christmas shopping!!
See y'all there!
possum under a rock

September 24, 2010 - Msg 81018:
This morning I'm watching an episode of My Three Sons. And one of the characters in this particular episode was our old friend Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou). Even though she had a different hair style, she looked great. Why Barney never married her is beyond me.
In the Barney and the Choir episode, Thelma Lou admitted to Andy that Barney was the man she wanted to marry and have children with.

Speaking of the Barney and the Choir episode, Thelma Lou and Andy are discussing how badly Barney sings. When Thelma Lou mentions to Andy that Barney "can't sing a lick", although I know what she is referring to, can anyone explain to me what "lick" means in this context?

from Poor Horatio

September 24, 2010 - Msg 81019: Yes, Possum, HM has been giving reports on facebook.. Last I heard everything went well and he was getting some pain meds.

PH, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the episode of Dog Whisperer you posted. That is a pretty smart guy because he doesn't try to turn dogs into something other than dogs but trains them according to the way dogs think. After watching that, I have some ideas about what i can do for my dogs. I have already spayed the female but have yet to neuter Hank, which is part of the problem because he is now about 8 months old and frustrated by his hormones, which makes the destructive behavior worse. Now that I think of it, he was trying to mount our female dog when I seperated him and he chewed up the back porch post. So, first thing on the list...make an appointment to neuter Hank. Secondly, I have to spend more time with them, playing with them and giving them more human contact. I am going to try some of the techniques I saw on the video. I think eventually we might be able to train them to stay out of the neighbor's yard so they can run free on our place again. Thanks for the help. Strangely enough, I had never really considered that they could be trained that way.

Gotta get Erin to school!


September 24, 2010 - Msg 81020: Good A.M. to everyone! Boy, do I need a tall glass of orange juice and some time here in the rocker! Boy....looks like my rocker got some cobwebs on it. While y'all are at Cracker Barrel, I'm gonna catch some time here to watch the birds fly overhead.
Sorry I havent been 'round much. Truth is I just havent been much to come around lately and been feelin' a might poorly. I have been kinda down and just dont have my usual momentum or will to go outta my way. Sounds selfish I know, but I just havent been able to be myself. I get my history research done and that's about it. Well....I dont wanna come back here and unload on ya' since I have been gone so long and you have your own concerns. But I hope I will slowly come back around.

I need some time to get back into things so I hope y'all will forgive me for not addressing your lives as I know we do.

Tell ya what.....lunch is on me! Golden Corral for everyone and I'll leave some orange juice in the fridge if anyone wants it.

I'll try to be back later!

John Masters

September 24, 2010 - Msg 81021: Thanks for telling me, Boo.Good to hear Casey made it through ok.
PH, all I can tell you about "can't sing a lick" is that when used that way, "lick' means something like " at all". In other words, Thelma Lou thinks Barney can't sing AT ALL.
Some folks have never done a lick of work in their lives,either. That's another way "lick" is used. It's like saying somebody has never worked at all or any. That's my best explanation-hope that enlightened you!
John Masters, spot will be HAPPY to pay for lunch if you'd like- heh,heh!
possum again

September 24, 2010 - Msg 81022:
Boo, I'm glad to hear you received some good ideas from that video. Although I don't watch him on a regular basis since my dogs have passed on, he is amazing to watch. His basic philosophy is that humans need to become "pack leaders" to their dogs before they can expect to control their behaviour. If you watch documentaries about canine animals, you will notice how within each group, their is only one pack leader who controls the others. And in order to become a pack leader, you have to adopt the same actions that pack leaders use.

John Masters, I'm sorry to hear you are "feelin' a might poorly". Take a dare and offer to share.

possum under a rock, I knew that lick was an action we perform with our tongue. But the way Thelma Lou used it, I thought it might have a special southern meaning. Your explanation did help. Thanks.

from Poor Horatio

September 24, 2010 - Msg 81023: You know what, PH? I tried something on Hank today when I was going to give him a treat. I spoke very calmly to him and he saw the treat in my hand and has his eye on it, so I put the treat behind my back and waited for him to make eye contact with me. Once he did, he kept up the eye contact the whole time...waiting calmly until I gave him the treat. It worked just like the guy on the video! yay. I have read alot about packs and pack leaders, alpha dogs, etc., so I have always used some of that in dealing with the more agressive dogs but this guy goes way beyond that. Good stuff.


September 24, 2010 - Msg 81024:
REV-When my wife has to call twice, I usually get leg-o-lamb, only not on my plate! ha

September 24, 2010 - Msg 81025:
PH - I believe it is a southern term for "at all" but I'm not sure of it's origins.

September 24, 2010 - Msg 81026:
John- hang in there, fall is here, and a season change can help sometimes>

September 24, 2010 - Msg 81027: "Leader of the Pack"

September 24, 2010 - Msg 81028:
I just got a neat e-mail and want to passit on here to all who are interested. Thanks
"During WWII, there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a groupof people who dropped what they were doing every night at a prescribedhour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England,its people and peace. This had an amazing effect as bombing stopped.There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America .If you would like to participate: each evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time(8:00 PM Central, 7:00 PM Mountain, 6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying about the up-coming election,and for the revival of Christianity in this great country."
Troops are in my prayers also,God bless,

September 24, 2010 - Msg 81029:
Boo, I just searched online the public library in a major city near where you live and found 14 books and DVDs from Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer. If you don't have access to this library system, search your own library system. Good luck on becoming a successful pack leader.

from Poor Horatio

September 24, 2010 - Msg 81030: Mornin', porch! Well, I got up at three this morning, and took my visiting friend out to the airport. She was flying on a pass, therefore on stand-by. All the later flights were full and some were overbooked, but there was one at 5:15 that had a lot of empty seats, so she was hoping to get on that one. I haven't heard from her, so guess she made it. I'll call her in a bit. We sure did have fun. She's a neat person, a critter-lover like me, and just adored Toye Starr. The feeling was mutual, Starr spent a lot of time in her lap.

Yesterday she and Eloise and I went out to the Dallas Arboretum and spent the day. The whole park was decorated with pumpkins, and in the children's area, there are three houses "built" of pumpkins - just so cute. The houses are actually of metal construction, with round racks sticking out all over the exterior. In the spring and summer, those racks hold pots of flowers, so the houses appear to be built of flowers. In the fall, they put a pumpkin in each rack, and it looks like the houses are built of stacked pumpkins. Very clever, and very cute. There was a little "corral" built of stacked pumpkins, and standing inside were two horses made of cornstalks and hay bound together. The manes were plumes of feather grass! Fun!

We had a nice lunch in the tearoom, then walked over part of the park, and when we got tired we hopped one of the trams and rode the rest of the way. The trams are like golf carts, only longer so they seat about six. The drivers are volunteers who are very knowledgeable and tell you about the things you're seeing, and answer questions if you have any. There's a koi pool, with some gorgeous fish in it, a couple of reflecting pools, and since the property borders White Rock Lake, there are some lovely views from many of the pathways. There are millions of flowers everywhere, and thousands of plants chosen for their interesting foliage, beautiful trees - it's just a great place to spend a day. Eloise and I will be taking our grandsons out there in a few weeks, when it cools off a little, and we'll have a lot of fun.

John Masters, I'm sorry you're on the "puny list", as my grandma would have said. Whatever it is that's got you down, I'll pray that it will improve soon and you'll be back to your cheerful and happy self. How about singing a couple of verses of good ol' 14A - that one always seems to make you happy.

Goad to hear that Casey is doing well. Young'uns are so quick to recover, he'll bounce back and be running around like a young colt in no time.

Boo, I'm so sorry about what's happening at the rehab. That's just terrible. As if those girls didn't have trouble enough, some pervert has to do something like that. Most of those girls have such awful self-esteem anyway, and now this happens, which will just confirm in their minds that they're worthless. Bless their little hearts. If the facility stays open, I hope you and people like you will still have access, to try to help repair the damage that's been done to those poor kids.

I agree about the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan. He's incredible. I love to watch his shows, because you can actually see what happens when he takes control of a dog's behavior. Often there's no time lapse, the camera is right on the action, and he achieves his goal in a matter of minutes, many times. Some situations require ongoing work, but I've seen a lot of shows where he just brought the dog under control right on the spot. Amazing.

Well, Joe and Jorge will be here shortly. I'm going up to Sonic for a sack of burgers, because I'm sure they'll be hungry when they get here. They've been working in someone else's yard all morning. There's not a lot to do here, just some irises to plant, Jorge will pump the sludge out of the pond, and we'll do a little weeding.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

September 24, 2010 - Msg 81031: pow, pow, pow

September 24, 2010 - Msg 81032:
For all you NASCAR fans, check this story out

from Poor Horatio

September 24, 2010 - Msg 81033: Hello everyone! Well....time for a break from research with a nice rockin' chair and a big honkin' glass a' tea!

No problem here, POSSUM! I was glad to flip the bill since I haven't been 'round much. Seein' as how I kinda left everyone a' hangin'. I thought I should do it.

HORATIO, thanks for the offer of venting. I just plum havent been up to snuff. I have a lot on my mind and things are just gettin' me down. The NFL football season is here and I just cant get up for it. Oh, I still cheer my Chiefs like crazy, but something is just lacking....missing. I believe it's turning 42 and thinking about days past, my parents getting up in years, friends all gone and just that mid-life part of your life. It's not a crisis, just a downer. I believe I'll pull up, but for now.....I just cant seem to crawl out of bed sometimes. I do. But it's hard.

I know, MDC, the change is usually good, it's football season and the leaves falling can be pretty serene. I am hoping to rebound!

Ok, ROMEENA.....I might as well come clean. I appreciate any prayers I can get. I have even fell back away from God. Yeah, I know....big gasps all across the porch right now. I have been following a pastor I really like on TV and have been reading religious books and praying a lot recently. But lately, I havent been able to keep it up. I havent turned my back or quit on God....just lost my "spiritualness" I guess. I know that's when we are supposed to run to God, when things are down. But the problem is...I just dont feel like running. Dont anybody get me wrong, I am NOT suicidal or anything even remotely close. I just have lost my spark. Any and all prayers would be greatly and warmly appreciated!

BOO, I havent followed your situation at the facility, but Ro's response is a good clue. I will tell you as someone would has devoted his time to charity and being a volunteer, keep the fight in you to do good things and know that the good can fire the heart to do amazing things. Let your will lead the way to doing all you can to continue any help you can provide!

Ahhhhhh....*smacks lips*....that is right deeeelicious tea! Ok, folks....hope I didnt rain on your wonderful afternoon. I will get back into the swing of things here at the Porch and I apologize if I have missed your lives.

Oh...and by the way....ASA.....Kansas City 2-0, Oakland 1-1. Say goodbye to the 49ers come Sunday!

John Masters

September 24, 2010 - Msg 81034:
Hello porch family.....going to the local high school football game tonight. It's homecoming so will be a big crowd.

Love and prayers!

September 24, 2010 - Msg 81035: ...Mayberry Union Hiiigh! (:

September 24, 2010 - Msg 81036: Thanks so much John Masters and Ro for those encouraging words...(((BIG HUG))).


September 25, 2010 - Msg 81037: Mornin' Y'all! Scrape up your nickels and dimes if you wanna go out for breakfast this morning because we'll have to pay for it ourselves.. Spot's back!
Now, nobody mention the "C.C." around here, or I'm in BIG trouble!
possum under a rock

September 25, 2010 - Msg 81038: Morning Possum. How about the diner? They have a cheap breakfast special.

Managed to sleep in until 7:30 but wanted to sleep longer..just doesn't work (wonder what causes that)?

You all should have been here last night. I asked my SIL to make dinner because I needed a break. That woman can cook like you wouldn't believe. She made some chicken fried steak that would make you shout. We Texans love our chicken fried steak, so humor me. :-) The problem is that I have been on a diet and I definitely blew it last night with mashed potatoes and gravy. Back on the wagon today.

Another hot, humid day here but should cool off by Monday...yay! Can't break in the heat since last April.

Had fun playing with the baby goats yesterday. We have been letting them and the mom loose in the yard to eat the fresh grass from all the rain. They are so cute to watch and love the back porch steps....up and down they go, jumping off and leaping in the air. I'm going to let Thelma Lou out today to graze...she has been looking at us from across the fence alot and "honking" at us.

Better get started on another Saturday!


September 25, 2010 - Msg 81039: Goooood Morning, Porchsters!

Mornin' Dear, Mornin' Hunny

I believe....I believe I'll just mosey on up to this here rocker and set a spell. Good grief, tis'a wonderful mornin on this side of the porch. A cooooool 65 degrees and just a sunny as sunny can be!

BOO...((((((BIG HUG)))))) I know if there is one thing that can get mighty frustrating and make you wonder "what is it all for and why am I doin' this" it's charity or volunteer work! The passion is what drives, the cause is what motivates. Laaaawwwwd, it can get tiresome. But it's all good in the long run. And if you can go to bed thinking "I did it for them", well....that's your payoff. When I volunteered at the cemetery I did, I thought of it as my 30,000 member family. The board of trustees I was on would make me fit to be tied and I deeclare I wanted to absolutely throw up my hands and quit maaaany times! But I'd think of a little girl buried there who was burned alive in 1902 and suffered until her death about twelve hours later. She wanted to surprise her mama by starting dinner while she was away at market and a kereosene lamp exploded. I would think of her and the other tragic and historic figures and the mental fog of anger would lift. So you just keep on keepin' on and go out there and act like somebody! LOL!

Hey's some money. I'll not be around tonight seein' as I haveta go to see the father-in-law. So you just take everyone out for SONIC sundaes and Route 44 drinks on me!

Well, good mornin' ta' MDC, Asa, Romeena, Hazel, REV, Horatio, Maude and everyone else! Enjoy your Saturday and I will try to get back up here later on.

John Masters

September 25, 2010 - Msg 81040: Good morning, all! John Masters, you sound a bit more chipper. Are you really feeling better, or are you just "whistlin' a happy tune"? Either way, you do sound happier.

It's a cool, very cloudy and rainy morning here, just 72 degrees. Cheer up, Boo, maybe it's headed your way. We are about to go into October, after all, and it's bound to cool off some. I can remember some Halloweens when I had to just fight with my kids to make them keep their coats on over their little costumes. They would have preferred to freeze, but I made them cover up! Then one year I bought them some little "long johns" and incorporated them into the costumes. Worked great!

Well, I'm off to get my hair cut! Yay! I've been dodging the dog catcher for about two weeks now, but finally found a hole in the day that coincided with my hairdresser's schedule, and I'm going to get sheared! This old gray thatch of mine grows so fast, about an inch and a half a month, and it sure does get shaggy quick.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

September 25, 2010 - Msg 81041: Hi All.
A little wram today about 75deg and by tonight calling for some rain.
We can used it now, it ben a dry summer off and on!
Just ben a little buesy doing some little thing.


His is a peace that I know best
When I'm attuned to Him;
Or when my problems seem to mount,
Or when my hopes grow dim;
When I've strayed and come back home
To find my prospects slim;
I only have to speak His nam-
And nearby I fine Him.


September 25, 2010 - Msg 81042: Well ROMEENA....I am keeping the stiff upper lip. I dip down here and there and I try to keep the smile stretched across my face, but deep down there is no spark. I believe I have just lost my joy. I have happiness where I can find it, but the getting is few and far between.

A light rain is falling now and it's a nice 70 degrees here. Low clouds that can bring your mood down a might.

Well, guess I'll get ready to go to the FIL's tonight.

Remember, POSSUM....I left you some money to take everyone out for SONIC Sundaes and Route 44 drinks.

Have a great night, folks!

John Masters

September 25, 2010 - Msg 81043: hanks, John Masters! I'll make sure to bring Spot something from Sonic so maybe he won't get too mad when he sees that credit card bill!

Romeena, did you get the pics I sent of Laci? I sent them several weeks ago for the album. At least, I think they went thru ok.

Y'all take care!
possum under a rock

September 25, 2010 - Msg 81044: Oops, that was "THANKS" up there to John- where'd my "T" disappear to??

possum again

September 25, 2010 - Msg 81045: ""POSSUM"...we will talk about the bill!:)..had a great time camping...glad to be work tonight...legs are tired from the jet ski...ok..hey to all and will read in a bit....SPOT

September 25, 2010 - Msg 81046: Oh, law! Possum, I've done it again, apparently! Yes, I got the pictures, and no, I didn't put them in the album yet. I think this must be what happened with Hazel's pictures she sent. What happens - I make a flying pass by the computer to check my email, find pictures or whatever, and being in a hurry I don't do the necessary at the time. Then with my famous leaky memory, the need for action falls through. Then - if I don't remember pretty soon, the email gets caught in a sweeping "delete" session. Since I get about 50-60 emails a day, I have to delete in batches, and sometimes valuable things get caught up in it. Now, the good news is, I found the pictures, and before I get out of this chair, they will be in the album. Thank you so much for reminding me!

John, I'm praying for you. You sound depressed to me. Try to get out and walk, especially on a pretty day. Find someone who needs some help and provide it - mow somebody's lawn or something. Spend time praying for anyone who has been unkind to you. (No, you're not allowed to pray that their dog bites them!) Consider what my dad used to say when asked how he was doing - "I'm above ground and vertical, so I guess I'm just fine." Most of all, remember that Jesus loves you, considers you valuable enough to die for, and if He thinks so, then you are. We love you too, friend. Hang in there.

Well, I'm off to post pictures! --Romeena

September 25, 2010 - Msg 81047: OK, it's done! You all go check out the album and see the new pictures of little Laci. What a sweet, precious little thing she is, and my, how she has grown! You'll find that there is a new sub-album, with Possum's picture on the cover, because it's her album! She now has enough pictures to have a sub-album of her own. Ten or more does it. Actually, she had ten before I added the last three, but I missed that fact. I think one of them wasn't grouped with the others, and I didn't realize there were ten.

Folks, if I've got things arranged wrong, or not to your liking, or if I've missed something, or a caption is not correct, please don't hesitate to tell me. That's the only way I'll know.

Hazel, once again - if you can re-send me those pictures, I promise I'll get them in there. I never was the sharpest tool in the shed, and it seems that the older I get, the duller I get. I hate when I make mistakes, but make them I do, and I always appreciate a chance to correct them when it happens.

Blessings, friends! --Romeena

September 25, 2010 - Msg 81048: Sorry that I haven't been here to report on Casey - I could access FB through my Blackberry at the hospital and since being home (yesterday) I haven't had time nor energy to do much except tend to Casey. Surgery went very well. The arthritis wasn't as bad as expected but the navicular bone was split into two separate planes and reconstruction took some time. He had the bone marrown graph and about 10 screws to put the bone in the right position. Surgery took about three hours. WE had great nurses!!! I can't say enough kind words about the help we had. I stayed through the night on Thursday. The nerve block wore off at midnite and so we had a crisis then, but drugs and ice got him through it.
He is doing better today but as expected, in lots of pain. I really appreciate your prayers and your prayers of thanksgiving.
This porch is a praying porch and I thank God for the family that we have become.
Thank you again -


September 25, 2010 - Msg 81049: That is great news, hm! I pray he recovers quickly. When does he come home from hospital?
- Hazel

Mayor: "Don't they ever clean this crock?"

September 25, 2010 - Msg 81050: Good news, hm. I'm sure we will all be praying that he continues to do well, and each day will be better than the last. --Romeena

September 25, 2010 - Msg 81051: Enjoyed the pics of Laci, Possum. She looks so much older than the last pics I saw of her! Very cute. :-)

You are right, JM, got to keep serving for the sake of God and others. Hope you have a good sunday...and find your joy. I know how that is. I lack emotions alot of time and I think on my part it is often due to being too busy to get in touch with them.

HM, prayers continue for Casey, poor thing. That has got to be painful but hopefully things will be much better for him soon.

Hazel, I was watching that TAGS ep today. Saw some good ones as I was cleaning the kitchen and making cookies. I found a recipe for oatmeal cookies that was really good and more healthy than ordinary oatmeal cookies. They are made with whole wheat flour and heart healthy dried cranberries and cherries, nuts and a few dk chocolate chips. Good but should certainly be eaten in moderation. I will share the recipe if anyone is interested. I even used the half butter/half olive oil stuff that's out now. They turned out great.

Guess who showed up today looking for a free meal (and I'm not talking about my mother-in-law this time)? The old hawk was back. We haven't seen him since the pups got big and now he is back looking for a couple of little goats babies! We are going to have to keep an eye on them and not let them out unless we are with them. Makes me mad! Those sweet little goats are very small still and could certainly be grabbed up by that big hawk and that would kill us all.

Think I will go take my meds and head to bed tonight. Maybe do some reading. Goodnight. :-)


September 25, 2010 - Msg 81052:
Just got home from a long day out with the family. Ready for some sleep now. Prayers for all the porch family. Good night!

September 26, 2010 - Msg 81053: Mornin' Y'all! Thanks, Ro! I just wondered if I might have goofed something up on my end.
Boo, Laci is getting so big- gonna be talk and lanky, I think. Glad you liked the pics. I'll try to get more to Ro- if Spot doesn't get me first over that credit card bill!

Prayers for Casey- hope his recovery goes smoothly.
Y'all have a great Sunday- love to all!
possum under a rock

September 26, 2010 - Msg 81054: Good Sabbath you creatures! (who am I calling creatures? lol) Hope you are all fine and dandy.

HM, So glad that Casey got through his surgery well and I will pray for his quick and complete healing. Just make sure he don't drop any of your meatballs on his foot. That would set him back for sure. :)

Well Boo, good thing them goats got you looking out for them. But the poor old Hawk can't be thrilled with you. Hope he don't cuss you out like he did Peg and ThelmaLou. Oh wait, that was a crow that was cussing at them. Crows are selfish.

I'll have to see them pics possum. Thanks to you and Spots C.C. I have had to add another hole in my belt. Mercy sakes.

Hey John Masters. Sorry you are feeling lowly. I tend to have to fight that dispare my own self at times. Just hang in there, and lean on the Lord. He won't let you down buddy.

Hey to Rev, Tom, Ro,and Hazel and everyone else.


September 26, 2010 - Msg 81055: Hazel - Casey only had to stay at the hospital for one night so he was home on Friday. He is doing better - we are attempting to control the pain. He slept well last night and so did I. . .I think I may be getting my sleep habits back to normal.

Boo - watch those hawks, we did have a baby goat abducted by a hawk a couple of years ago.

talk to you soonly,


September 26, 2010 - Msg 81056:
John Masters, I believe you might be going through a Mid Life Crisis.
According to what I found on the internet, "A midlife crisis is experienced between the ages of 40 and 60. It was first identified by the psychologist Carl Jung and is a normal part of the maturing process. Most people will experience some form of emotional transition during that time of life. A transition that might cause you to take stock in where you are in life and make some needed adjustments to the way you live your life. Most seem to come through the process smoothly without making major life changes."
If you want more information such as how to deal with it, try searching the internet for "mid life crisis".

from Poor Horatio

September 26, 2010 - Msg 81057: Good afternoon, porch! Good advice, PH, to John Masters. Quite often just being better informed about what's going on in one's emotional state is a big step toward controlling it. I would like to add one thing, and I hope I don't come across as trite, but someone once gave me this suggestion, and I found it to be helpful. Identify someone around you whose need is greater than yours, and find a way to help them. This must be done anonymously, in order to get the greatest benefit. Some of you will recall my little snit fit a while back over the response I got from the girl to whom I took the food. Had I found another way to deliver the food, rather than face-to-face, I would not have known of her ungracious response, and would have been able to feel good about helping someone. Either way, she received the food. I was the only loser because I was personally involved. One other time, when personally delivering a meal to a family, my friend and I were met with the dietary preferences of two of the people involved. "I hope that's not spinach, I hate spinach!" "Is that chicken very spicy? I don't like spicy food." We would have been better off had we not heard those comments. You probably already do helpful things for people, and try to meet needs. Maybe you already do it anonymously, but if not, try it. I can't really explain it, but the blessing you receive seems to multiply when no one knows you did it. It will lift your spirits, believe me.

Well, I'm supposed to work tonight, unless they call me and offer the night off. If they do, I'll take it. If they don't, I'll work the shift and take the money. Either way, I win.

Blessings, friends. --Romeena

September 26, 2010 - Msg 81058:
Hello porch family...pray you all are having a great worship day!

Praise the Lord we are getting a little much needed rain today. Supose to be some rain through tomorrow.

Spot....Braves are crumbling but the Falcons took a win from the Saints.

Possum....I had a flat tire on my equipment trailer......quick give me Spot's CC number:)

Well let me get back to the floor with little Jake. Se ya'll later.
Love and prayers!

September 26, 2010 - Msg 81059:
RO- stupid, stupid me cant remember the photo site, and I have even been the one to give it out here to others! I'm having a real brain freeze!

September 26, 2010 - Msg 81060:
Hazel, boo - saw 'Mayor Stoner' on RTV ep of Incredible Hulk the other night. He played a security guard! ha
Hazel, the only thing on a "field of blue" should be 50 stars, and I DON'T mean football stars!! haha I saw a good game tho.
"always polish the back of yer shoes!'

September 26, 2010 - Msg 81061:
Nice poem TOM, thanks buddy.
JOHN- it may also just be the state of the country right now. I have talked to many people from all persuasions, and NO one is none to thrilled with the way things are going.
Just keep your eye on the Prize at all times!
"maudie, maudie, maudie, maudie, ya can't go around throwin chickens at yer husband!"

September 26, 2010 - Msg 81062:
MDC, I've posted this technique once before here. There is no need to memorize the URL. Just Google search by using "Romeena" "Photo" and "Album" as search keywords, and you will be able to find the link.

from Poor Horatio

September 26, 2010 - Msg 81063: MDC, I guess we started something, with our blue field... I heard that a team in Oregon has painted their's red (I think it was Oregon). They call it "the inferno". And yep, we need some stars and stripes next!
We are having the Indian Summer that I was wishing for. Cool nights, and upper 80's to 90's during the day. Nice, real nice. I went out this afternoon and picked 42 Roma tomatoes, 2 collanders of cherry tomatoes, and a couple beefsteak tomatoes that must have weighed 2 pounds each. Ah, gardens - I love 'em! I just hope it lasts a few more weeks, since we were so late getting started.
- Hazel

Opie: (listening to Barney) "Somebody sounds terrible! It's Barney!"

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81064: Hello to all the porchers

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81065: Enjoyed watching all the Andy Griffith shows on TV Land today.

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81066: Rev did she give you that CC #?..falcons took one but the braves...well...hey Frankie!MDC,Horatio,Romeena,possum and all...still at work till 6...breakfast menu:3 eggs yer way,bisquits and gravy,country ham,hashbrowns,oj,coffee...Boo I will get the paper...see ya at 8..SPOT

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81067: Hazel, me and the kids watched that ep last night and laughed and laughed at that part when Opie says, "Somebody sounds terrible." HAHA...Erin's favorite TAGS quote is in Remshaw house when Barn says: "Gomer?...Gomer?...Gome?".

You people always make me laugh out loud and I love that. Asa with his meatball comment and Romeena having a "snit fit"...hahaha...that's a great expression. Glad I checked in this morning.

PH, that midlife crisis things sounds familiar...think I have been stuck there for awhile.

Guess what?! It actually feels like fall outside this morning. YAY! I didn't have to get up until 7 but for some reason I woke up at 5-stinkin'-am. I guess I was looking forward to the cooler weather, so I got my coffee and sat out on the back porch with the cat, soaking up some of that fresh air from the north. The neighbors behind us have a big rooster that is about the loudest thing you can imagine and it actually got annoying and I went in. Sure was nice out, though. Better get Erin up for school...


"I've got a uvula, they've got a uvula, all God's children got a uvula!"

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81068: Morning porch, anybody need a ride to breakfast?

Hope all is well this Monday. Raining on my end of the porch. Pretty much rained all day yesterday as well. Had a rather lazy week end on my end of the porch.

I did attend a 50th Birthday celebration for one of my long time friends Friday night. You can imagine what 11 females sound like when we all got together.A grand time was had by all and my friend seemed to enjoy her evening. Other than that, I pretty much stayed home all week end. We did go to sunday school and church yesterday. Spenta good deal of my week end watching Andy. Not a bad way to spend my time.

Please say a little prayer for Mr. Maude. He is having his first colonscopy tomorrow. He is 51 so the doctor thought it was his time. He dreads the prep and going without eating more than anything.

Well, I'd better get ready for my work day.

Lunch menu will be: grilled cheese, tomato soup,
chips. chocolate chip cookies for dessert. tea, kool aid to drink.

Blessings and prayers to all.
Big Maude

September 27, 2010 - Msg 81069:
Hey Folks

We've got a nice Indian Summer going on here also. We haven't seen the 90's in a month or so, thank goodness. But, we hit the 30's at night and the upper 60's during the day. I love it!

Hazel-Beef steaks! "Wee dogies Mr Drysdale", it don't get any better than that.

JM-At the fear of piling on, I just want to let ya know you're not alone. I feel a real connection to what you have posted. In my case, it is not a mid-life crisis (not saying yours is) more like unattended business. I know this Porch helps me. Everyone here has been great (I miss Me-They though) however there was a simple post by Asa last year, I doubt he even remembers it but it meant the world to me. Keep putting one foot in front of the other friend.

Boo-This past weekend the neighbors dog was barking so loud... well, I had a few unchristian thoughts.

Peace and Prayers,